| Jul 23, 2013
| 5:52 PM
When it comes to blending excitement with gloom over sports teams, no place does it better than Chicago.
So our town is in somewhat of a frenzy over the start of Bears' camp Friday at Olivet Nazarene in Bourbonnais, which most apparently expect to...
| Oct 8, 2013
| 6:40 AM
After the Bears failed to pressure Drew Brees into an interception in a conference loss at home, defensive end Julius Peppers was asked how to fix the pass rush or change things or make it all better.
Pepper said he didn’t have a lot of time to...
| Oct 15, 2013
Lovie Smith never warmed up to anchormen in Chicago so, if you can, picture Smith pretending to laugh at prominent and omnipresent USC fan Will Ferrell's jokes on the sideline during a Trojans practice.
Imagine the straight-laced Smith sidling next to...
| Sep 17, 2013
| 6:15 AM
Isn’t this where we came in with Devin Hester?
Isn’t this the kind of guy we saw eight seasons ago when he pantsed the NFL with kickoff and punt returns that were, well, ridiculous, as Jeff Joniak said?
Hester is back to returning kicks...
| Jul 22, 2013
| 5:35 PM
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — Twelve years ago, the Chicago Bears staged a statewide hunt for their new summer home.
They traveled to Charleston, site of Eastern Illinois University, to meet with the mayor. They drove five hours south to Carbondale to check...
| Sep 19, 2013
| 9:38 PM
Killing the fun notion that the Bears had hired a football facsimile of life coach Tony Robbins, Jay Cutler kidded that Marc Trestman has yet to ask him to fall blindly backward to prove he would catch the quarterback.
"He hasn't said, 'Hey, this is a...
| Sep 21, 2013
| 1:54 PM
During meetings in 1975 inside the Bierman Building on the University of Minnesota campus, Golden Gopher quarterbacks Tony Dungy and Marc Trestman hung on offensive coordinator Tom Moore's every word.
Dungy was the established starter who led the Big...
| Aug 7, 2013
| 8:46 PM
BOURBONNAIS — When Bears defensive end Shea McClellin made the play of training camp the other day by leaping to intercept a screen pass, exaggeration that often accompanies August football brought several comparisons to another No. 99.
| Sep 23, 2013
| 5:12 PM
When Henry Melton insisted on driving himself home in the wee hours of Monday morning after returning from Pittsburgh, coach Marc Trestman exchanged texts with the injured Bears defensive tackle like a parent checking on his child.
When Melton showed up...
| Aug 8, 2013
| 5:42 PM
For 10 seasons, Lance Briggs was the right-hand man to future Hall of Famer Brian Urlacher.
Briggs was the Robin to Urlacher's Batman, the Luca Brasi to Urlacher's Don Corleone.
Urlacher took the Arizona alum under his wing, taught him the ins and...
| Aug 9, 2013
| 8:55 PM
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Standing alone at the 5-yard line before Friday night's exhibition opener at Bank of America Stadium between the Bears and Panthers, jumpy coach Marc Trestman bounced up and down several times like someone trying to loosen his...
| Aug 15, 2013
| 6:05 PM
Because preseason NFL football barely resembles the real thing most of the time, it can be tough to determine how much stock to put into what you're seeing. That goes double for the Bears' warm-up Thursday against San Diego at Soldier Field, which...