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December 13, 2016 View email in browser
 

Memories … 

The United Center crowd will hear a familiar bark along the sidelines tonight. After a five-season run with the Bulls, Tom Thibodeau is back tonight (7 p.m., WGN/ESPN) with the Timberwolves. But before the ball is tipped, it’s time to wax poetic. “When I look back, 90 percent of it was great,” Thibodeau said of his Bulls tenure. “And everything in life, there’s 10 percent that’s not going to be perfect, and I think you learn from everything.” OK, maybe that was a little too waxy. Let’s try that again. “I know when that ball goes up, he’ll be trying to kill me and we’ll be trying to kill him,” Thibodeau said of Jimmy Butler, laughing. There, that’s more like it.

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Hey, stranger

Jonathan Toews (out 9 games) and Brent Seabrook (out 2) are set to play vs. the Rangers (6 p.m., CSN/NBCSN). Not joining them: Eric Semborski, but he’s got a good story to tell.

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Oh, hey you too

John Fox: “Guys, in case you don’t remember, this is Alshon Jeffery.” Yes, Jeffery is is back after his suspension. That’s good news for Steve Rosenbloom, because Josh Bellamy – stop.

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Ch-ch-changes

Bill Polian, no. Vic Fangio, who knows. How much change is coming to Halas Hall? Because the 3-10 Bears keep slipping in the power rankings. And the safeties in the film review.

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Remember baseball?

Cubs ticket packages go on sale tomorrow, so we hope you’ve been saving those pennies. Have you forgotten baseball? CSN is replaying the Cubs’ postseason run starting Dec. 22.

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Home run

That baseball hazing ritual of dressing up rookies as Wonder Woman, Hooters Girls and cheerleaders is now banned under the new MLB labor agreement.

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