The Bears gave up 16 points; that's nothing in the big scheme of the playoffs games. The Defense did great. Chicago should have won!!!
A lot of unflattering jokes floating around social media about Cody Parkey; let’s remember he completed the first three field goals. As good fans, we can't blame him for the game loss.
The Offense should have been able to score more touchdowns! Parkey signed a three year deal with Da Bears organization for a guaranteed $9 million smack-a-roos; he gets $3.5 million next season and if the Bears waive him, it's a $5 million in dead cap so it’s more affordable to keep Parkey. Pace brings competition for Parkey but ultimately, Parkey may be the kicker for the 2019 season. If your one of those grumpy "I Blame Parkey" fans, there is a campaign you can put money into and buy out Parkey's contract, https://www.gofundme.com, BUT really, give the guy a break!
Who is Chuck Pagano, the Bears new Defensive Coordinator? Nagy hired him, and we can all agree, Coach Matt Nagy is the real deal, a good coach, respected by his players and the fans. Nagy had the ultimate final decision on all coaches on his staff, this decision to bring Pagano in is a Home-Run hire!! Pagano is extremely respected by players and coaches in the NFL for his six years of experience as a Head Coach for the Indianapolis Colts. In his first season with the Colts, Pagano was diagnosed with Leukemia, went through treatment, beat the Cancer and took the Colts to the playoffs #ChuckStrong.
1. Chicago Bears win NFC North Division Title
2. The Bears finished 12-4
3. Five Bears players are going to the Pro Bowl with seven more Bears as alternates.
4. The players respect and like Coach Nagy; so do the fans.
5. We Love Da Bears
What do Bears fans need to worry about? A tougher schedule next season and injuries.
Until next season.... Goodbye Bears, we loved watching you all season, we will miss our half time swims in Lake Pacific; drinking Little Ditka's via Eco-friendly straws; listening to Denise, Jim and Kurt yell at the announcers; Scott’s hilarious commentary; singing the Bears Fight Song; the amazing bar and kitchen crews that provided fresh drinks and delicious food; and the 710 Chicago Bears family!
-Aaron Dremak and Patrick Ryan
710 Bears Fans, it’s less than 24 hours until the Chicago Bears meet at Soldier Field in the NFC Wild Card game against Super Bowl champions, the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Bears first playoff game in eight years, the best way to devour the Green Legion will be for our hero, Trubisky to just keep winning games. Coach Nagy will continue to put Trubisky in a position to succeed and put up big numbers this Sunday. Eagles Coach Doug Peterson and Bears Coach Matt Nagy know each other well. These two guys are having fun and willing to let it fly, seriously, who calls a play the Philly Special and Santa’s Sleigh? The Bears defense dominates by scoring more points off their turnovers than they allow. They need to get Foles early and take the ball away from him. Philadelphia has the league’s No. 1 red zone defense. The Eagles’ strength in this area will be put to the test by Bears offense that ranks fifth in red zone offense. It’s going to be difficult for the Eagles to keep up with the Bears if they’re scoring a lot of points. Philadelphia probably isn’t going to be able to score a ton against Chicago’s defense. The Bears are 7-1 at home this season with their one loss coming to the Patriots with the Bears just one yard short of sending that game into overtime. The Eagles, meanwhile, are 3-4 in true road games this season but they didn’t have to play on the road in last year’s playoffs; that means Foles has never played a road playoff game. This will be a new playoff experience on the road for the Eagles and a new experience being in the playoffs for Coach Nagy, Trubisky and Da Bears.
Anyone remember the Fog Bowl?? Buddy Ryan's feud with Mike Ditka dominated headlines when the Philadelphia Eagles returned to the playoffs following a six-year absence to play the Chicago Bears on New Year's Eve 1988. Then weather stole the show. Late in the second quarter with the Bears leading 17-6, a dense fog rolled in off Lake Michigan and engulfed Soldier Field. CBS play-by-play announcer Verne Lundquist and analyst Terry Bradshaw couldn't see the field from the booth. Fans in the stands had no idea what was happening. Chicago's victory in the Fog Bowl 30 years ago is the only time the Bears have defeated the Eagles in three playoff meetings. The Bears (12-4) get another chance when they host the Eagles (9-7) in the NFC wild-card game.
Injury Notes: Bears TE Trey Burton, who played for the Eagles when they won the Super Bowl last season, has been added to the team’s injury report and is questionable for Sunday’s game due to a groin injury so TE Adam Shaheen and backups Ben Braunecker and Daniel Brown will see more game time. Bears Safety Eddie Jackson, DT Bilal Nichols and DB DeAndrew Houston-Carson are also listed as questionable for the game. LB Aaron Lynch is listed as doubtful.
Join us at 710 (get there early) as the Monsters of the Midway dethrone the Eagles Green Legion. Don’t forget to bring your bathing costume for the half time swim in Lake Pacific. It will be chilly so bring a towel and some warm Bears gear for afterwards.
BOOM BOOM Bear Down!!
Pray for fog…...
Ain’t no party like a #ClubDub party.#DaBears | #NFCNorthChamps !!!!!!! For the first time since 2010, the Chicago Bears are the NFC North Champions. In his first year as the Bears head coach, Matt Nagy brought the franchise to 10-4, with the latest win securing the division title. The Bears sacked Rodgers five times, including Khalil Mack’s “Back Sack”, obtained nine QB hits, followed by the Bears only defensive draft pick, safety Eddie Johnson’s, red zone interception stopping the Packers dead in their tracks from attempting any comeback. After the big win, Bears OT, Charles Leno, Jr., proposed to girlfriend and Chicago native, Jennifer Roth. Week 16’s match-up, Bears v. 49ers, will be this Sunday, December 23 at 1:00pm. Due to the flex schedule, the game may move to the 5:00pm slot, so check your local listings. Shout out to Coach Matt Nagy, Offensive Coordinator Mark Helfrich and Defensive Coordinator Vic Fangio, were your favorite SOCAL Fans, thank you for making the Monsters of The Midway Real. Bearrrrrrrrrssssssss…….
Five members of the Chicago Bears have been invited to the 2019 Pro Bowl: Linebacker, Khalil Mack; Safety, Eddie Jackson; Cornerback, Kyle Fuller; Defensive End, Akiem Hicks and Return Specialist, Tarik Cohen. This marks the most Pro Bowlers the Bears have had in one season since 2013!!!
Bears Den Notes
Ho Ho Ho…710 BC will be closed on Christmas Day to enjoy time with family and friends.
Welcome Chicago Fans to the Holiday Bowl!! SDCCU Stadium will host the Northwestern Wildcats v. Utah Utes on Monday, December 31 at 4:00pm. 710 Beach Club will be celebrating “the fans.” Any Wildcats fan will be given a complimentary drink (within reason) Friday, November 29, 2018 –Tuesday, January 1, 2019. You must be 21+, one drink per customer.
By Patrick Ryan
Da Bears got a chance to display their NFC team status for a national audience on Sunday night with a prime time match up against the Rams. That they did, the game was electrifying from the beginning to the end!
Chase Daniel filled in admirably for Matt Trubisky over the Thanksgiving holiday with a win over the Detroit Lions but struggled against the following week against the New York Giants.
After two weeks off, Trubisky took off running on the Bears first offensive play only to follow up with a bad overthrow into the hands of Marcus Peters. Ram’s offense couldn’t take advantage of the short field so they settled for a field goal by Greg Zuerlein. A big run by Tarik Cohen propelled the Bears into the red zone allowing Cody Parkey, who had four missed kicks that bounced off the uprights in the Lions game, a 39 yard kick to tie the game up. Interception: Roquan Smith becomes the eleventh Bears player to pick off a pass this season putting the Bears inside the Ram’s 5-yard line. Penalties send the Bears in the wrong direction but Cody Parkey saves the day with another field goal. The Rams go for a fake punt on fourth down with Johnny Hekker, LA on the offense, the Bears defense tries to hold them, but Greg Zuerlein hits from fifty yards to complete a 43-yard drive to tie the game 6-6 at half time.
Powered by Coach Matt Nagy’s words of wisdom “Were doing this together”, the Bears come roaring out into the second half with a sack of rookie Jared Geoff in the end zone for a safety, score 8-6. Now the Bears decide to try a trick play, dubbed 'Santa's Sleigh' by the defensive staff, the play action pass features Trubisky, six offensive lineman, and four defensive lineman. The play featured defensive ends Akiem Hicks, Roy Robertson-Harris, Bilal Nichols and Jonathan Bullard all out on the field at the same time. The group motioned to the right side of the field with Robertson-Harris remaining on the left side. Hicks then got into position next to Trubisky. The young quarterback faked the hand off to Hicks and found backup offensive tackle, Sowell, in the end zone, catching his first career pass for the touchdown.
Another Trubisky overthrow follows giving another interception to the Ram’s defense but Kyle Fuller takes the ball right back for the Bears. The Ram’s begin fourth quarter with a big third down to keep the drive alive, but Greg Zuerlein hits the uprights with a 40-yard field goal attempt. The Bears follow up with a crucial fourth down stop with a sack of Jared Goff. Cody Parkey misses a field goal with just three minutes under regulation. A fourth-down pass from Jared Goff is picked off by Bears cornerback, Prince Amukamara. The Bears defense, WOW, it’s been a long time since they conquered such a powerful opponent.
The Bears won their game but quarterback, Trubisky, had his worst professional game with a career-low passer rating of 33.3 on 16-of-30 passing for 110 yards with three interceptions and his only touchdown pass going to the Ram’s. Trubisky, “I’m pretty disappointed in myself, the way I played [but] it’s hard to be down when you get such a big win. I’ll get everything corrected. I’m going to go back to work this week, play a lot better. I’m just proud of the way the team had my back.”
With the Minnesota Viking’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks Monday night, the Chicago Bears can clinch the NFC North this weekend with a victory over their rival, the Green Bay Packers. In recent years, the Packers have dominated the Bears, winning 15 of the past 17 game match ups. This is a great opportunity for the Chicago Bears to win against their neighbors from the north. Motivation is high for the Bears, who not only want to secure a position in the playoffs for the first time since 2010 but they also want to send Green Bay “packing.” “It would mean a lot,” rookie receiver Anthony Miller said. “It’s something the city [Chicago] hasn’t seen for a while. We’re bringing the winning mentality back. The train’s not going to stop rolling.”
With the holidays upon us, Chicago fans want presents from Santa’s Sleigh or the Bears defense train, wrapped in blue and orange, in the form of a touch downs and wins. The Bears are the “A-Team”, their players stand out, have exceptional skills and have a specific purpose. They are be tightly woven together, working together. They are da best of the da best!
The Bears win again! That's three in a row! The Week 10 game against the hapless Lions was the first divisional rivalry game since the Week 1 matchup against Green Bay. The Chicago offense was glad to see WR Allen Robinson back from injury and QB Mitch Trubisky put him to work right away, throwing two TDs to Robinson on Sunday. Robinson ended the day with 6 receptions for 133 yards. Trubisky finished with a career-high 355 yards passing, three TDs passes, and a 148.6 QB rating (per NFL.com).
The Bears D benefited from the return of LB Khalil Mack as well. The defense leads the league in turnovers and earned three more in this matchup (2 INTs, fumble). The Monsters sacked QB Matt Stafford six times, two of those by Mack. Welcome back Khalil!
BTW – What was up with Cody “RightUpright” Parkey in Week 10? 2 missed FGs & PATs. For real, man? #YouHaveOneJobK
The Bears will be back in prime time in Week 11! They started off the season with two nationally televised games and will now face Minnesota on Sunday Night Football. It will be a battle for the Bears to stay atop the NFC North as they play a strong Vikings team in their first matchup of the season. Some say this will be the first “real” test for this improving Bears team since their game against the Patriots in Week 7 – read that as “Can the Bears win against teams with winning records in their own Division?” The Vikings were on a bye in Week 10. (This game was flexed by the NFL back in Week 9 - replacing the Eagles vs Saints game originally planned for Week 11.)
Then it’s off to Detroit in Week 12 to face the Lions again on Turkey Day. The Bears vs Lions game is the first scheduled game of the day on Thanksgiving – so expect your usual 10 AM start – but check your local listings. Let’s hope it’s all gravy by halftime so we can sit back and enjoy some of that delicious Turkducken we’re always hearing about!
Note: 710 BC will be open for Thanksgiving Day for this game only. After that, they’re closed and off to enjoy time with their friends and family too.
Elsewhere in Chicago - the Blackhawks brass fired Coach Joel Quenneville on November 6th (along with assistant coaches Kevin Dineen and Ulf Samuelsson), claiming they needed a fresh start. At the time he was fired, the Hawks were 6-6-3. Coach Q was the second-winningest coach in the history of the Blackhawks franchise and the NHL with a 452-249-96 record. He was scheduled to be under contract into the 2019-20 season at a reported $6 million per season (per ChicagoTribune.com). Coach Q brought three Stanley Cups to Chicago during his tenure and will always be revered in Chicago sports lore for this accomplishment. Sad to see him go out like this but we wish him all the best at his next coaching gig!
The Blackhawks hired 33-year old Jeremy Colliton, formerly of the AHL Rockford IceHogs. Colliton was into his second season with the IceHogs before the Hawks promoted him. Last year with Rockford, he went 40-28-4-4 as their coach. He's got some big shoes to fill! He is currently the youngest head coach in the NHL. Per ChicagoTribune.com:
“Colliton, whose NHL playing career comprised 57 games in five seasons for the Islanders from 2005-06 to 2010-11, is younger than four Hawks: Chris Kunitz, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook and Corey Crawford.”
Good luck Coach C! (That just doesn’t sound quite right...might take a little while to get use to….)
(Note: As of this date, the Blackhawks have lost their first two games under the new coaching staff and are in last place in the Central Division with a 6-8 record.)
Well Bears fans, I hoped for a reason to wake up happy on Tuesday and my wish came true. It wasn’t the prettiest of wins, but we’ll take it right? Last week I made some bold predictions about our beloved football team and for the most part they actually made me look somewhat smart. Kind of..
Once again the Bears offense and defense came out firing on all cylinders! A first drive TD for Mitch and all seemed right for him to lead us to our most explosive offensive game yet. I had high hopes for Trubisky, hence my 300+ yards and 3 TD game prediction, but inconsistency and lack of execution led to a 200 yard, 2 TD and 2 int performance. He did have some impressive scrambles and kept plays alive, but he continues to miss the simple throws that end up resulting in punts and lost opportunities. Although it’s frustrating, we need to remember that he is young, inexperienced and is working with an entirely new supporting cast and offensive coordinator. At some point that excuse will not fly, but all things considered he is making enough plays to win games behind a dominant defense. Imagine when he finds his comfort zone and begins connecting on throws downfield! I truly believe that time is coming soon and we will start blowing lesser teams out.
And, about that aforementioned dominant defense. Words cannot describe how awesome they look right now!!! A top 10 defense last year, has become a top 3 defense so far this year and very well may end up being the best defense in football. I predicted the Bears to score a defensive TD and man did Amukamara make a play when we needed it the most! Khalil Mack is absolutely a STUD and has put together two of the most dominant games I can remember watching. And Roquan Smith did not disappoint leading the Bears with 8 tackles. All in all, 5 first half sacks and they were flying around the field making gang tackles reminiscent of our 2006 Super Bowl defense. I was confident they would create havoc for Russell Wilson and boy did they ever. There is still some work to be done on the defensive side but unlike last week we finished strong.
Here’s a look at how my other predictions fared.
Tarik Cohen has big returns and 2 TDS
Well I was off here since he didn’t get in the end zone but he did have a 54 yard return and a couple nice catches. He is instant offense as we saw last year and is always one juke from going the distance. Nagy needs to get him the ball in space more!
Anthony Miller breaks out -
I wouldn’t call this a breakout performance but the wide out did make his first career touchdown grab and looks the part. Keep your eyes on #11
Trey Burton has 7 catches and a TD.
I was close on this one. He ended with 4 catches and a TD. I still expect to see him become a focal point of this offense since Nagy loves using Tight Ends.
Next up for the Bears is the Arizona Cardinals! They are 0-2 and have only scored 6 points in 2 games. Look for another Mack Attack and for Trubisky to have his best game as a pro. I believe in you Mitch!
Bears fans what a difference a week makes! Last Monday I wanted to crawl in a hole and hide from all the Cheeseheads basking in their miraculous comeback victory. Today I woke up excited about a Monday night game and a chance to get our season turned in the right direction. Only time will tell how Tuesday’s wake up mood will go, but there’s a lot to look forward to tonight..
Keys to a Bears win:
Final thoughts… Tonight’s game is HUGE in terms of setting the tone for the rest of the season. Back to back prime time slots and the Bears must bring their A-game. Something tells me we are going to see a complete game and one of the best all around performances we have seen from our Bears in a long time. Considering the Packers seem to have sold their souls and have escaped an 0-2 start, The Bears must come out victorious!
P.S. 710 will be packed tonight so get there early and drink heavily! #beardown
get there early and drink heavily! #beardown
After a 5 game division lead dwindled down to 1 seemingly overnight, Tuesday’s game felt like the most important one of the year. Fortunately Jose Quintana came through in the clutch and shut down a Brewers team that had won 10 of its last 12. The veteran lefty went 7 innings, allowing 0 runs on only 3 hits and was in control most of the night. The Cubs got an early lead on a ill-advised pickoff attempt at second base that sailed into center field, letting Zobrist trot home and Baez to move up to third. (Note to opposing pitchers: Do not mess around when Baez is on base. Every time El Mago gets on, bizarre things happen and he eventually scores.) The next batter Caratini, whose offensive game is surging of late, delivered a bloop single over the second baseman’s head, plating Baez for an early 2-0 lead.
A pitcher’s duel ensued as both starters shut down the opposing offenses behind several key defensive plays. Cain, center fielder for the Brewers, made a couple impressive catches that kept the Cubs lead to 2 runs through the middle innings. As we entered crunch time in the 7th inning, the Cubbies were able to add that ever important insurance run on an oppo field double by Caratini. Once again the backup catcher came through in a big moment. Kudos to Joe Maddon for having La Stella moving on the pitch, as the perfectly called hit-an-run allowed him to score all the way from first. That run deflated the Brewers and all but served as the dagger.
As previously mentioned, there were several highlight defensive plays made, but none better than Addison Russel’s backhanded stab-pirouette-throw to rob Braun of an infield single. This put them one out away from finishing the game and was as spectacular of a play as you’ll see. Russell had just checked in as a defensive replacement, so once again great managing by Joe Cool. And by the way, Rizzo did the splits better than a female gymnast could on that play. Wow!
10 things to know:
The only thing worse than watching the Bears blow a 20-0 halftime lead, was having to go in to work Monday morning when you’re a Bears fan living in Wisconsin. To be honest I had a hard time sleeping because I kept reliving the events that led to our unthinkable loss. New look team, same disappointing result.
A few key moments stand out that ultimately led to the season opening defeat:
Overshadowed in the tough loss was the play of Khalil Mack, Roquan Smith, and Akiem Hicks. Mack, in limited action, made the defensive play of the year so far stripping backup QB Kizer and taking it to the house. Smith recorded his first career sack on his first career play! Imagine when both these studs get in game shape! Other than that, the offense showed glimpses of magic early on, but lack of execution and poor play calling stalled most second half drives.
If there is a silver lining, it’s that the Bears were up 20-0 at half in Lambeau Field. Without looking at past seasons, I can’t even remember the last time the Bears had a sizable lead against the Pack. We knew there was going to be some growing pains, but nobody expected us to come out the gates and look like a playoff team. Unfortunately complacency and a lack of unity amongst a newly put together roster was the main reason the Bears are 0-1.
Oh yeah and that Rodgers guy. Next time just put him out for the whole season...
Chicago Fans! We've missed you and promise to bring you more regular posts now that we are heading into the fall. Unless you have been living under a rock this summer you are aware that the Bears have added some exciting players to the team this offseason.
This past Saturday, GM Ryan Pace went all in on this squad by trading the Bears 2019 and 2020 1st round picks for Khalil Mack. (more info on the trade and $141Million contract below) Mack is a certified defensive stud, top 3 pass rusher and Defensive player in the entire NFL! Along with aggressive moves in the 2018 draft (drafting ILB Roquan Smith #8 overall and two picks in 2nd round) and a very active Free agency period (Bears signed Allen Robinson, Tyler Gabriel, Trey Burton, and resigned Kyle Fuller) the Bears are many "experts" picks to be a team on the rise and very much improved in 2018.
Oh, almost forgot to mention that the Bears have an entire new coaching staff! Goodbye John Fox and your 1960s offense and hello Matt Nagy (pronounced Nah-gee) and a modern day offense built around 2nd year stud QB, Mitchell Trubisky. At the very least the Bears should be much more fun to watch in 2018!
Join us this Sunday night (get there early!) as the new look Bears take on those dreaded Cheeseheads from the North! Let's welcome Khalil Mack to town with some mini Ditkas while he slams Aaron Rodgers to the turf. Also, reminder that week 2 Bears game is Monday Night 9/15 and 710's infamous icon and mascot, Bobby Smalls, will be in town to cheer on the Bears over the Seahawks.
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