Chicago Inside Slant for Breaking Sports

 

November 30, 2016 View email in browser
 

Clutch problem

The numbers never lie. And the numbers for the Bears continue to depress. 18 times of the past two season, the offense has had the ball in the final 6 minutes of regulation or overtime with a chance to produce a game-tying or go-ahead score. They were able to score … four times. Dan Wiederer takes you on a trip down nightmare lane. One of those failed outings came Sunday against the Titans, with QB Matt Barkley under center. How can he be fully judged in that drop-fest? How much promise does he have? Will he be back with the Bears in 2017 (will John Fox?)? We’re full of questions, but few answers. Like the Bears. Synergy!

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Center of attention

Jon Jay in, Dexter Fowler out? The Cubs signed one of these center fielders to a one-year deal. Spoiler: not Fowler. Yet… And also not yet, Daniel Hudson. And probably never, Chris Sale.

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Helmet hair

The Hawks won in a shootout, But wouldn’t it have been better to see Artemi Panarin’s flowing hair, sans helmet and shield, on his game-winner? Steve Rosenbloom has thoughts.

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Hello again

The Kobe Bryant-less Lakers come to the UC tonight (7 p.m, CSN). What to watch for: HUGS. Especially for ex Luol Deng from his mentee, Jimmy Butler. And likely no Dwyane Wade.

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‘My bad’

The Cavs’ J.R. Smith wanted to say hello to a former teammate. Who can blame him? Oh, it was during a game and allowed the Bucks’ Tony Snell to go in untouched for a dunk? Oh.

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That’s more like it

The Illini roared back for an 88-74 win in their Big Ten-ACC Challenge game. Also yesterday: Notre Dame rolled, Duke toppled Michigan State. Series tied 4-4 with one day to go.

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