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Style points: Two Chicago athletes crack most fashionable list

Style points: Two Chicago athletes crack most fashionable list

Chicago athletes may need their own fashion show soon. 

On Monday, two Windy City players cracked the top 10 of Sports Illustrated's the fashion issue rankings, earning some major style points. 

Coming in at No. 2 was the Bears' newly acquired receiver, Victor Cruz. The speedy wideout is known for his salsa dancing celebration on the field and his colorful wardrobe off it. Per SI, here's how Cruz explained his style evolution: 

“I’ve been in the safe zone. I’ve cemented my style and what I like—the baseball jackets, t-shirts, the suits. Now it’s time to experience new things and go outside the box a little bit. Create looks people wouldn’t think I would wear. It’s about being able to let people judge you a little bit.”

Five spots below at No. 7 ranked Dwyane Wade, whose summer has revolved around attending fashion shows in Europe. The guard's outfit selection is often questioned on Twitter, but he's clearly passionate about his love for fashion. And also his love for joggers: 

“Joggers. I have so many pairs. I can dress it up or down. I don’t wear a specific brand, I’m all over the board. But it has to be a tighter, ribbed bottom, so I can pull it up over my sneakers. And they have to be stylish—not the dad ones. I’m a dad, but I don’t want dad joggers.”

Although those two are can't-miss choices, SI seemed to overlook some other Chicagoans with flare:

-- Cameron Payne 

C'mon, that NASA-themed, crew-neck sweater is flawless. 

-- Kris Bryant 

If you don't wear your team on your sleeve, can you really call yourself a fashion icon? 

-- Bastian Schweinsteiger

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Peep and learn from the pocket squares above. 

Bears-Lions prediction: Will special teams continue John Fox's NFC North woes?

Bears-Lions prediction: Will special teams continue John Fox's NFC North woes?

Only three of John Fox’s 12 wins as Bears coach have been against NFC North opponents, while 12 of his 29 losses have come against divisional opponents. 

That’s a recipe for back-to-back-to-back last place finishes in the NFC North. And if the Bears can’t beat an Aaron Rodgers-less Green Bay Packers team, why could it beat a Detroit Lions team that has a healthy franchise quarterback?

The positive end of that answer is the Bears do have wins over two playoff teams (Pittsburgh and Carolina) while six of their four losses have been by eight points or fewer. Sunday’s game will probably be close, again (if it’s not, and the Bears are on the losing end of it, it would raise some significant concerns about the state of Fox within the locker room). 

So if the game is decided by one possession or less, this could be the difference: Detroit has one of the best special teams units in the NFL, ranking second in Football Outsiders’ DVOA, while the Bears are 28th by the same measure. 

Getting Sherrick McManis back this week should help solidify Jeff Rodgers’ special teams units, but Jamal Agnew has two punt return scores and is averaging 18.3 yards per return. 

“Tough guy — he’ll return inside and outside,” Rodgers said. “He’s got multiple longer returns against people this year. it’s not just, ‘I had a long return in Week 2 or Week 1,’ and kinda held onto that. he’s been productive in a lot of games. certainly a guy that we’ve gotta do a good job against.”

If the Bears don’t do a good job bottling up Agnew, though, he could be the reason why the game flips to Detroit — or, at least, why the Lions keep the Bears at arm’s length. 

Prediction: Lions 24, Bears 16

SportsTalk Live Podcast: How hot is John Fox's seat?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: How hot is John Fox's seat?

Seth Gruen (Bleacher Report/”Big Ten Unfiltered” podcast), Chris Emma (670TheScore.com) and Matt Zahn (CBS 2) join Kap on the panel. If the Bears lose badly to the Lions, should Sunday be John Fox’s last game? 

Plus Bulls Insider Vincent Goodwill joins the panel to talk Bulls as well as the Niko/Portis cold war.

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