Why Ryan Pace believes in Trubisky despite declining fifth-year option

Why Ryan Pace believes in Trubisky despite declining fifth-year option

Ryan Pace still believes in Mitch Trubisky despite not picking up Trubisky's fifth-year option.

Pace said he hopes the 25-year-old — whom he drafted for the Bears in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft — can make a comeback and earn a contract like Kyle Fuller did in 2017.

"We believe in Mitch — that doesn’t change,” Pace told 670 The Score on Thursday. “I think you can point to Kyle Fuller as a great example of a player that didn’t get his option exercised. I think we would say it worked out well for him and for us.”

Trubisky will be competing against Nick Foles for starting quarterback this season. Picking up Trubisky's option would have put the Bears in a financial bind for $24.8 million in 2021.

Pace is doing everything he can in the front office to improve this Bears' team, and he knows that everyone is behind him doing the same thing.

“We’ve always had the approach that we’re honest and we’re truthful with our players and our staff, and we move on and we get to work, ” he said. “Mitch gets it. Everyone’s competing. Everyone’s focused on better results. That’s the entire team. That starts with me and everybody."

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Michael Jordan's 1986-87 Fleer rookie card sells for record-breaking $96K

Michael Jordan's 1986-87 Fleer rookie card sells for record-breaking $96K

If you were given $96,000 to buy anything in the world during this pandemic you'd buy a mint condition Michael Jordan rookie card, right?

Well, one unknown buyer in Thursday night's Heritage Auction just made that purchase.

Heritage sold an additional copy of the card (a 1986-87 Fleer graded PSA 10) at a record-breaking $51,600 just 19 days ago. The latest winning bid has now shattered that record, making it an 86 percent increase over the previous high.

Since ESPN released the Jordan 10-part documentary "The Last Dance" in April, sports card dealers noticed prices for Jordan cards have skyrocketed in value.

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This particular card was issued two years after Jordan's NBA debut season and features him in his iconic Air Jordan pose (going in for a slam) and wearing a red Bulls uniform. It's regarded as his rookie card because it was produced on a larger scale. It is Jordan's most famous card to date and it's one of the hottest cards to own out of all sports in the card-collecting hobby.

According to SportsCollectorsDaily.com, the going rate for a PSA 10 grade of this card was less than half of $51,600 just a year ago.

Tell your mom not to throw this card away if you actually own it! Copies of this card — even if they're not a perfectly graded 10 — are still worth thousands of dollars. A 9.5 graded card by Beckett is currently up for $39,999 on eBay. A PSA 8 graded card is going for $6,950.

Maybe the record-breaking buyer really idolizes the GOAT. What would you buy for $96K during this pandemic?

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Former White Sox pitcher Brandon McCarthy just found out Han Solo's name

Former White Sox pitcher Brandon McCarthy just found out Han Solo's name

The force is not with Brandon McCarthy.

The former White Sox pitcher and member of the 2005 World Series team just found out what the captain of the Millennium Falcon's name is:

After all these years, McCarthy thought that the iconic lead man of "Star Wars" was named Hans. Hans Solo. It doesn't sound right.

The first week of May is always special for "Star Wars" fans who celebrate National "Star Wars" Day on May 4 (May the Fourth be with you).

It's the perfect time to catch up on all nine episodes of the saga, especially if you're unfamiliar with the beloved characters of the franchise.

And if you ever thought about which former White Sox pitcher you'd want as your "Star Wars" trivia buddy, maybe think twice about McCarthy.

The 36-year-old was drafted in the 17th round of the 2002 MLB Draft by the White Sox and made his debut in May 2005 against the Chicago Cubs.

He made 10 starts for the White Sox, ending the season at 3-2. Although a member of the '05 World Series team, he did not pitch in the postseason.

McCarthy — whose first career win was against the Texas Rangers — now works as a front office executive for the Rangers.

Listen to stories from the 2005 White Sox reunion on this episode of the White Sox Talk Podcast.

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