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.
To get more of your Bears fix read these:
Whether you’re a glass half full or glass half empty kind of Bears fan, be sure to be part of this year’s Preseason Party! If you’re from Chicago, I can almost guarantee that you’ll probably run into or meet someone that knows your father’s brother’s nephew’s cousin’s former roommate and they’re probably from Naperville. And yes... the 10am game takes some getting used to, but once you’ve had a Bloody Mary and a Lil’ Ditka shot you’ll be in mid-season form. Oh and definitely order the new and improved chicken tenders. You’ll thank me later!
Now, here are a few things to watch for in the Bears 3rd preseason game. Essentially this is the dress rehearsal for the regular season, so expect the starters to play at least the first half. What excites me the most, is that this will be the first true game-plan for second year QB Trubisky and new head coach Nagy.
The latter brings a fresh and multi-dimensional offensive approach that is the complete opposite of the boring, run-first schemes that John Fox deployed. Couple that with Trubisky’s strong, accurate arm and new look wide receiving corp, and you have the makings of a big-play offense that Bears fans haven’t seen in decades. Equally as exciting will be watching 7th overall pick in this year’s draft, LB Roquan Smith. Experts say he is a generational talent, possibly best player in the draft, and will restore our defense back to the Monsters of the Midway identity. Lastly, keep on an eye on new wide receiver Anthony Miller who led the NCAA with 18 TDs last year, and plays with a toughness and chip on his shoulder similar to the likes of former Pro-Bowler Steve Smith and current star Antonio Brown.
In closing, I truly wish I could be there to sing the fight song and facilitate shenanigans, but know I’’m always there in spirit 710 family! And since I can’t be there in the flesh, here’s a Throwback Thursday picture from 2008! Bear down!!!
CUBS WITH BIG OPPORTUNITY TO GAIN GROUND IN NL CENTRAL
With just under 40 games left in the regular season, the up and down, Chicago Cubbies have a huge chance to jump start a struggling offense and continue to find a way to lead the National League in wins. (71-52)
An offense that managed just 4 runs in 4 games (one solo HR hit in each game), was bailed out by terrific pitching outings by Lester and Hamels, not to mention a MLB record tying 7 double plays to close out a 1-0 team victory against the Pirates. Somehow the Cubs managed to go 2-2 in the series, and now the focus turns to a 9 game stretch against teams that are a combined 52 games under 500. A quick 2-game set against a lifeless Tigers team, 4 against the Reds in Wrigley, followed by the miserable Mets in town for 3. True, the Reds have had the Cubs number this year, but our boys will be looking for some revenge after a tough 4 game sweep back in June.
Despite injuries to Bryant, Morrow and Darvish, the Cubs must continue to win series’, especially against teams outside the playoff picture. A strong finish to August should put the Cubs in the driver's seat to win a 3rd straight NL Central title!
Key matchup: Cubs vs Mets (Lester / Syndergaard) * Mon 8/27 * 5:05 PST * ESPN
Bears fans, for the third time in five years the Bears will turn to a new head coach. This time around the Bears are going with a young and up and coming offensive-minded coach in Matt Nagy. Nagy is coming from Kansas City where he was Offensive Coordinator last two seasons and helped in the development of QB Alex Smith. He's been coaching under Andy Reid since 2008 in Philly and KC and before that played college football at Delaware and then quarterbacked in the Arena Football League.
Bears fans haven't had much to cheer for since the days of Lovie Smith (fired December 30, 2012) but this hire is a breath of fresh air and hopefully will help turn the team around. The Bears dug themselves in quite a hole during the Trestman/Emery era and after three years of Pace/Fox the culture and depth of the team has improved but it wasn't enough to win on a consistent basis. GM Ryan Pace wanted his own guy and that is what he got in Nagy. Let's hope he can help in the development of QB Mitchell Trubisky and get our Bears back into the Playoffs.
As Chicago Bears fans we have been used to a losing the last 5 seasons. Let's hope this hire helps in the rebuild and we all will have something more exciting to look forward to come this fall. Another 5-11 season will not cut it.
710's very-own superfan, Bobby Smalls, was reached for comment from the comfort of his home outside Chicago and he had this to say about the new coaching change: "This new hire must win at least 8 games for us fans to accept... period. Or we need to fire Pace, if he made a bad choice! We have suffered long enough as fans and a team. We aren't the Cleveland Browns. This new coach has the talent and players. And if we resign Fangio (Defensive Coordinator whose contract expires at midnighttonight) we can do it. Go Bears!" Spoken like a poet, no sir, we are not the Cleveland Browns and lets hope we can get to at least .500 next season and build from there.
Let's all raise our glasses tonight and wish Matt Nagy good luck. Oh and in other news Pitchers and Catchers report in just over a month!
Here is some more info on the Bears new hire: https://www.sbnation.com/2018/1/8/16862902/bears-head-coach-hire-matt-nagy-chiefs-andy-reid
ubs fans we know you are recovering yesterday from the nail-biting 4+ hour game last night! But we’re all in good spirits because, Cubs Win! Cubs Win! The Cubs won in dramatic fashion winning 9-8 while using 7 pitchers. In the hard-fought five-game series with the Nationals, the Cubs scored 8 total runs in games 1-4. Last night ended up being the perfect time for the bats to wake up and help the team advance to the NLCS.
The Cubbies have now advanced it to the NLCS three straight seasons. This is quite a feat for our lovable losers. The Cubs will take on the hated Dodgers of La La Land for the second year in a row as well. The Dodgers led all of baseball with 104 wins and will have home-field advantage hosting games 1-2 and 6-7 (as needed). The Dodgers won 4 of the 6 meetings between the teams during the regular season and won all games played in LA.
Game 1’s first pitch is Saturday (10/14) at 5:08PST and Game 2 starts at 4:38pm PST on Sunday (10/15). Games 3-7 will be Tuesday (10/17), Wednesday (10/18), Thursday (10/19), Saturday (10/21), and Sunday (10/22) with these game times currently TBD. Former Cy Young winner, Clayton Kershaw, will take the bump for the Dodgers for Game 1 while Joe Maddon is still tinkering with his lineup and scheduled starters but it is looking like Jose Quintana who only was used for 12 pitches Thursday makes the most sense.
710’s official sports spokesman, Bobby Smalls, was contacted this morning about the Cubs and he had this to say: “We are going to beat the Dodgers into the ground with our bats, defense, and pitching. Go you Cubbies Go! Chicago needs another World Championship!!! (insert 5 baseball emoticons) Are you in?? I’m all in. Whooooopppiee!!!” You heard it here first Cubs fans, Bobby Smalls is officially excited for this Cubs team and likes their chances to win another title!
For a full analytic breakdown of the NLCS: https://baseball.realgm.com/analysis/2533/2017-NLCS-Preview-Los-Angeles-Dodgers-Vs-Chicago-Cubs
And for some local Chicago spin on what the Cubs pitching lineup may be: http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/cubs/ct-who-pitches-game-1-for-cubs-20171013-story.html
See you at 710 Beach Club this weekend to catch all the action! GO CUBS GO!
It’s October so we all know what that means Chicago fans! It’s Blackhawks season, Cubs playoffs, and Bears football. Here is a quick rundown of what is happening over the next five days:
Thursday 10/5 – Blackhawks season opener vs Penguins 5:30pm PST,
Friday 10/6 – Cubs Playoffs NLDS game 1 at Nationals 4:30pm PST,
Saturday 10/7 – Cubs game 2 NLDS at 2:38pm PST and Blackhawks vs Blue Jackets 5:30pm PST
Sunday 10/8 – Day of rest. Hopefully, reminisce about Cubs and Blackhawks dominating over past few days. Get ready for a BIG Monday!
Monday 10/9 – Cubs in Chicago game 3 NLDS time is TBD as of post, Blackhawks at Maple Leafs 4pm PST, and Bears vs Vikings MNF 5:30pm PST
Let’s start off with the Blackhawks. They return tonight for their season opener vs the defending NHL Stanley Cup Champions, Pittsburgh Penguins. Pittsburgh has won back to back titles and 3 since 2009. With the Hawks winning in 2010/3/5 these two teams have won 6 of the last 9 cups. Tonights matchup could very well be what some are predicting as this year’s finals pairing. Only time will tell. The Hawks are coming off two straight seasons of being bounced in the first round and will be without Marian Hossa who’s career sadly may be over. Hawks fans will be happy to welcome back Brandon Saad and Patrick Sharp however. For a more detailed season preview click here: http://www.espn.com/nhl/story/_/id/20765378/2017-18-nhl-season-preview-chicago-blackhawks Don’t forget to 710 for all the games including tonights 5:50pm PST puck drop.
So we all know the Cubs are back in the Playoffs for the third straight season which is the first time in over 100 years. This will also be their first world series title defense in that same time period. The Cubbies travel to the Nationals who have pretty much been the top team in the NL East all season. The Cubs had an up and down season but they pulled away in the NL Central and won 15 of their last 19 games. Hopefully, most of the team is well rested and ready to roll. The rotation against the Nationals for the Cubs will be Kyle Hendricks, Jon Lester, Jose Quintana, and then Jake Arrietta if needed. While they might be defending champions the Cubs are actually underdogs in this series and also behind the Dodgers in odds to advance to NL. This underdog status might be exactly what this young Cubs team needs. For more on this read here: https://cubbiescrib.com/2017/10/05/chicago-cubs-stand-benefit-underdog-status/Cubsplay Friday, Saturday, and Monday. Of course, all games will be shown at 710.
Lastly, let’s not forget about the Bears! They play on Monday Night Football vs the Vikings and will be trotting out their rookie QB Mitchell Trubisky. We have mentioned before in past blogs that the time would be sooner than later before Trubisky would take over for the terrible Mike Glennon. Rightfully Glennon is back to holding a clipboard and now we can see why GM Ryan Pace was so enamored with Trubisky on draft day. The Bears haven’t had the 1st QB taken in the draft since pretty much anyone reading this was born… We can all remember Cade McNown and that disaster but he was the 5th QB taken that year. We hope Trubisky can be the real deal so all we can do is hope he shows promise. We know he is throwing to a WR corps that rivals most college WR corps… But he does have an average to above average offensive line and a top 5 running back tandem in Howard and Cohen. If you have been sleeping on the beach lately and have no idea who Mitchell Trubisky is here is a quick primer for you: https://www.windycitygridiron.com/2017/10/5/16429226/chicago-bears-podcast-radio-who-is-mitchell-trubisky-north-carolina-rookie-nfl-audio Get ready Chicago fans because Mitch-a-Palooza officially kicks off Monday night!
As you can see this is a VERY EXCITING time for Chicago sports. Come on down to 710 and catch the Hawks, the Cubs title defense playoff run, and the first game of what we hope to be the Chicago Bears savior and future pro-bowl QB.