Dan Santaromita

Brian Urlacher got to say his goodbye to Bears fans

Brian Urlacher got to say his goodbye to Bears fans

Getting inducted into the Hall of Fame was a big deal for Brian Urlacher, but returning to Soldier Field and being honored at halftime of Monday's Bears-Seahawks game was also significant for Urlacher.

The Bears held a ceremony for Urlacher on the field. He walked out in his Hall of Fame jacket and teammates were there to watch him.

"It was amazing," Urlacher said after the ceremony. "I didn't get a chance to say goodbye. I've said this in my speech, I didn't get a chance to say goodbye to the fans. Because you don't ever know when it's your last game. I especially didn't know it was my last game. To get a chance to come back and do this, this whole process, not just the Hall of Fame weekend, but this process getting ready for this week. All my teammates, 15, 16 guys came back. I get a chance to see them, go to the facility and see a lot of people that worked there when I was there. It's just awesome."

Not only was Urlacher joined by his teammates, but Bears fans made a point of watching the former linebacker at halftime instead of hitting the concessions.

Seattle's Michael Dickson does drop-kick kickoff against Bears


Seattle's Michael Dickson does drop-kick kickoff against Bears

The drop-kick has become one of those weird nuances to football rules that so rarely gets utilized.

The Bears were on the receiving end of one in Monday night's game against Seattle. Seahawks rookie punter Michael Dickson pulled one off in the fourth quarter.

The Seahawks kicked off from the 50 after a Bears penalty moved the kickoff forward. Instead of just blasting the ball out of the end zone for an easy touchback, Dickson got creative.

The drop-kick worked as intended, forcing a return from the 1-yard-line. Anthony Miller returned it to the 15.

Dickson got another shot at it in the final seconds. The Seahawks got within seven with a late touchdown so it was onside kick time. Dickson went back to the drop-kick. It didn't take any funky bounces though and made for an easy game-sealing recovery for the Bears.

Dickson is an Australian using his Aussie rules football experience to turn him into a weapon as a punter. He won the Ray Guy Award with Texas last year and was even named the MVP of the 2017 Texas Bowl so he's already in unusual territory for punters.

Is Jose Rondon emerging as a sleeper for the White Sox?

Is Jose Rondon emerging as a sleeper for the White Sox?

Jose Rondon isn't making any prospect lists or even many future lineup projections for the White Sox, but the 24-year-old is showing some ability this season.

Rondon was acquired for cash considerations in the offseason after the Padres designated him for assignment. He made his MLB debut in 2016 with the Padres, going 3-for-25 in eight games, but has gotten more of an opportunity with the White Sox this year.

The infielder has been up and down between Triple-A and the majors this season. He has shown something in his game that wasn't really there before: power. Rondon had six home runs in 2016 and seven in 2017, but erupted with 18 home runs with Triple-A Charlotte in 80 games. That power has continued, in limited games, with the White Sox.

Rondon's homer on Wednesday was his fifth in 33 games. He is hitting .256/.318/.513. Rondon isn't much of a contact hitter and doesn't draw a ton of walks, but his ability to play multiple positions on the infield and hit for power could make him a valuable piece going forward. He likely won't supplant Tim Anderson, Yoan Moncada or even Nick Madrigal down the road, but could earn a utility infield role.

His 23 combined home runs between the minors and majors place him second in the organization. Only Daniel Palka, who has 25 between Charlotte and the majors, is ahead of Rondon.