Mayor Lori Lightfoot, tennis legend Billie Jean King and U.S. women's hockey Olympic gold medalist Kendall Coyne Schofield were at city hall on Friday to promote the Magellan Corporation Women’s Hockey Showcase.
The showcase is on Saturday, Oct. 19 and Sunday, Oct. 20, featuring Olympic hockey players from all over the world, including 2018 U.S. gold medal team members Schofield and Hilary Knight, Megan Bozek, Canadian gold medalist Marie-Philip Poulin and Finnish medalist Noora Raty.
The showcase also includes many other star players, such as gold medalists Cami Granato and Angela Ruggerio. On Friday, Oct. 18, the players will hold a youth hockey clinic.
King and Mayor Lightfoot showed their support of the event, which is the first time a women’s professional hockey event has come to the city of Chicago. The Blackhawks are also supporting the showcase, thanks in large part to the event being at their practice arena.
Individual day passes for Saturday and Sunday of the showcase are available for $25 each. Passes to attend both days are available for $40 and can be purchased here.
More information on the event can be found here.
If Super Bowl LIII had an oddly familiar feel to it for Bears fans, there’s a reason. Until the Rams’ final game, the team who had held the NFL’s second-best offense to its lowest point total of the season was Chicago. The Bears’ 15-6 win over the Rams in week 14 was the first time the Rams had been held without a touchdown all season. It didn’t happen again until the Super Bowl.
Rams RB Todd Gurley finished with 35 yards on 10 carries in the Super Bowl, and had only 28 yards on 11 carries against the Bears. Chicago held Gurley to his lowest rushing output in the regular season. In the playoffs, Gurley ran for 115 yards and a TD against Dallas in the Divisional round, then had only 10 yards on the ground against New Orleans in the NFC Championship game.
Unfortunately for Rams QB Jason Goff, he also saw arguably his worst performance since that Bears game in the Super Bowl. Against the Bears, Goff was 20-of-44 for 180 yards. He threw 4 interceptions, and was sacked three times. His QB rating in that game was a paltry 19.1. Against the Patriots—he was 19-of-38 for 229 yards and an INT, for a 57.9 rating.
Stifling Gurley and shutting down Goff is no easy task, but both the Bears and Patriots were able to do so, and both won their respective games. If only the Bears defense had had the chance to face the Patriots… but that’s a feeling Bears fans know all too well.
The first thing Matt Nagy said to his team in the locker room had a positive spin.
“Be proud that we fought until the very end," Nagy said. "That was the first time this year we lost the turnover battle, and at the end we still had a shot to win. All that said, I absolutely love this team. I love where we’re at. This is life, man. How are you going to rebound back from it?”
The Bears find themselves in a spot they haven’t been in since Oct. 28, having to rebound from a loss. They won five straight before falling in overtime at the Meadowlands, and instead of going for two when they scored a late touchdown to make it 27-26 Giants, the Bears opted to go for one, and the tie to send the game into OT. Nagy said he was not tempted to go for two.
"We actually talked about it before we tried to prep ahead," Nagy said. "We said, ‘Hey, before this drive, we ought to score one or two?’ We all thought about it. I ultimately made the decision to go for one. I felt like we were in a good spot with our team. You could kind of feel where we were going. And they won the toss and had that first big play for a long gain.”
Chase Daniel was 26-of-39 for 285 yards, a touchdown and threw two interceptions. He was sacked five times.
“We weren’t really in rhythm," Nagy said. "We weren’t getting first downs. Starting the game with a pick-six, not how you want to start it. To his credit and the rest of the guys’ credit, they figured out a way to give us a chance at the end of the game, as hard as it felt throughout the game. He did everything we asked him to do. I appreciate how Chase has been this whole time and it’s who we are as a team, and I’ll never put a win or a loss on one guy.”
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