Category Archives: Chalk Talk

Regular officials back in action; whining can stop

September 27th, 2012 - 8:33 am

When word of an agreement between the officials and the NFL hit the wire yesterday, I let out a deep sigh of relief. Not because I was angry at the replacement officials. Not because I was upset with commissioner Roger …

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Cutler gains measure of vindication from Packers-Seahawks game

September 25th, 2012 - 10:59 am

Eight sacks. Several more quarterback hits. Countless defenders in his face. Limited time to throw the ball or even set up in the pocket. Only 86 passing yards and his team trailed 7-0 at the half. Bears fans, this is …

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Cutler critics need to formulate blame more accurately

September 20th, 2012 - 4:06 pm

I just wanted to take this opportunity to make an attempt to clear up some confusion that seems to be circulating among the media and select fans about Jay Cutler. For whatever reason, those who are most critical of the …

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Urlacher owes no explanation to the media

August 23rd, 2012 - 9:31 am

For those who have been reading me long enough, you know of my shortage of respect for the members of the Chicago media. Specifically the Chicago sports media. Specifically Chicago Tribune columnist David Haugh, who fulfills his job as required …

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Bears-Giants preseason game could literally break season

August 20th, 2012 - 9:32 am

All right, Bears fans, it’s time to hold your breath. Well, you don’t have to hold it all week, but you can start that inhale at about 7 p.m. Friday night. That’s about when the Bears’ first-string offense will take …

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Recurring injuries to young defenders a discouraging issue

August 13th, 2012 - 8:39 am

After a terrific beginning of training camp that landed him atop the depth chart as a starter opposite Henry Melton, second-year defensive tackle Stephen Paea is now expected to miss up to two weeks with a sprained ankle, which he …

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10 things to watch in Bears-Broncos preseason Game 1

August 9th, 2012 - 9:37 am

Here are 10 players, positions, or story lines to watch in the meaningful meaningless preseason game between the Chicago Bears and Denver Broncos on Thursday. Brandon Marshall and his possible connection with Jay Cutler Is it possible that Mike Tice …

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Hold your officiating gripes until they matter

August 7th, 2012 - 5:17 pm

As the NFL officials continue to be locked out by the league in a contract dispute, there is a growing sense of consternation among fans, analysts, and — most importantly — coaches and players about the quality of the replacement …

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NFL players need to stop with the crybaby act

August 3rd, 2012 - 9:14 am

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, one of the most disliked men in NFL locker rooms these days, visited Bourbonnais on Wednesday to review the new practice regulations put into effect with last year’s collective bargaining agreement. He also was on hand …

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20 questions about the 2012 Chicago Bears

July 24th, 2012 - 6:01 pm

A look at 20 pressing questions as the Bears enter training camp in a crucial 2012 season. Is Jay Cutler’s two-year string of injuries an emerging trend or an anomaly? Let’s hope it’s the latter! There is evidence to support …

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