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Word on The Street: Dent finalist for Hall of Fame

Word on The Street: Dent finalist for Hall of Fame

Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011
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Ex-Bears DE Dent finalist for Hall of Fame

Former Bears defensive end Richard Dent once again is among the 15 modern-era finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, it was announced Sunday.

Joining Dent are five first-year eligible players: Jerome Bettis, Marshall Faulk, Curtis Martin, Deion Sanders and Willie Roaf. The other finalists are Tim Brown, Cris Carter, Dermontti Dawson, Chris Doleman, Charles Haley, Cortez Kennedy, Andre Reed and Shannon Sharpe. Two senior nominees are Les Richter and Chris Hanburger.

NFL Films founder and president Ed Sabol also is a finalist as a contributor, (ChicagoBreakingSports). Sox give two pitchers minor league deals

The White Sox have reportedly agreed on minor league contracts with right-handers Josh Kinney and Shane Lindsay, according to a major league source.

Kinney spent 2010 with the Cardinals' Triple-A club in Memphis, posting a 1.80 ERA in 60 innings. Lindsay, a native of Australia, reached Triple-A last season with the Rockies and has never pitched in the majors, (ChicagoBreakingSports).

Sammy Sosa in the Hall?

Sammy Sosa will be eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2013, but Chicago Sun-Times' Rick Morrissey says it means nothing. Morrissey said, "Unless the federal government, with the blessing of the American Medical Association, decides that performance-enhancing drugs are a good thing, Sosa and his once-merry friends never will see the inside of the Hall without buying tickets," (Chicago Sun-Times).

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.

Listen to the full SportsTalk Live Podcast right here: