Chicago Inside Slant for Breaking Sports

 

December 19, 2016 View email in browser
 

Yes Virginia, there is a draft pick

At the 12:02 p.m. kickoff at Soldier Field yesterday, it was 11 degrees with a wind chill of minus 4. That made it the sixth-coldest Bears game at Soldier Field on record. And when Aaron Rodgers found Jordy Nelson to set-up the game-winning field goal for the Packers, it evened the all-time series at 94-94-6. But let’s go back to that 60-yard pass super late that led to the Packers’ 30-27 win. Namely, David Haugh writes, why was rookie Cre’Von LeBlanc tasked with guarding the veteran Nelson – who called that defense? And if you go back one play before that, Brad Biggs writes, why didn’t the Bears go for it on 4th-and-goal from the 4-yard-line instead of settling for a field goal? Today, the Bears put their 18th player (yes, 18th) on injured reserve. Be careful when trimming those trees, boys.

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Yuletide cheer

Kids, gather around the fireplace, get some egg nog and curl up: Let me tell you the story about how the 2016 Cubs won the World Series.

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The gift that keeps on giving

The Bulls have lost 3 straight and 7 of 10. But are still in the middle of their conference. Because, the East. Yesterday: A long practice. Tonight: the Pistons (7 p.m., CSN).

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Crawsome

Corey Crawford could start in goal for the Blackhawks on Friday. Scott Darling has played well in his relief, including last night’s 4-1 win over the Sharks. But a nap might be nice.

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Put a bow on it

In some ways, Chicago is America’s greatest golfing destination. In other ways, it’s an underachieving wasteland. Can a Tiger Woods-designed golf course save the day?

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Make a list, check it twice

Indiana can’t beat teams from their own state, so down they do in the rankings. In the state of Illinois, wins over the weekend for the Illini (vs. BYU) and Northwestern (vs. Dayton).

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‘Tis the season

The Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliot scored a TD and to celebrate, jumped inside a jumbo Salvation Army red kettle. And, in a very non-NFL move, the NFL won’t fine him. Ring the bell!

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