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December 14, 2016 View email in browser
 

Lesson plan

Watching Tom Thibodeau prowl on the visitors’ sideline at the United Center was strange. Seeing a Thibodeau-coached team claw back for a win was not. On a night where there wasn’t a video tribute for the former coach, the Bulls players provided their own but not doing their job, writes Steve Rosenbloom. Blown 21-point lead at home? Check. Beaten on the boards? Check. Refusal to play hard for four quarters? Check. Worst loss of the season? Worst loss of the season. But the most satisfying part for a more relaxed Thibodeau? “We just needed a win.”

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Reporting for duty

Jonathan Toews played 18 minutes in last night’s win, a good sign after missing nine games with a back injury. In goal, Scott Darling eyes the future and Antti Raanta, the present.

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Poof!

One new coach or player won’t magically save the Bears, writes Mike Mulligan. Which is a pity, because we love magic. And Brad Biggs loves answering your questions.

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Bear with us

Bears. Packers. Sunday. Single-digit temperatures at Soldier Field. You should watch. Why? Jordan Howard for one. Alshon Jeffery too. Pro tip: Wear a shirt, Bears fans. And three coats.

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Done deal

The White Sox signed lefty Derek Holland to a one-year deal today. He’ll take Chris Sale’s spot in the new-look rotation. And maybe at the new-look SoxFest in January too.

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Victory lap

David Ross is penning a memoir of his baseball life, and spoiler alert, it ends with the Cubs winning the World Series. Pat Hughes should pick up it, since his Game 7 call is a tad fuzzy.

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