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Bears 2 for 2 on surprises?

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Bears 2 for 2 on surprises?

When the 2011 draft finished, Ohio State wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher was still without a team. He signed with the Bears, made the team after catching 10 passes in preseason, and then was second to Kellen Davis in receiving touchdowns (three).

Sanzenbacher was the No. 1-rated player remaining after the finish of the draft last season, according to ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr.

This year Kipers No. 1 remaining player post-draft was Troy tackle James Brown. He too is a Bear now.

The reasons why Brown went undrafted are fairly apparent:

Hes 6-3-and-a-half, a left tackle and theres not too many of those out there, Mel observed. Outside of Brad Hopkins from Illinois to Tennessee Titans, and a couple others, there havent been many like that.

We talk about tweeners at positions He was a tweener. Is he a guard? Is he a tackle? I think hes a guard. I think this was a good signing for the Bears.

He was the highest-rated undrafted guy. Last year Dane Sanzenbacher was my highest-rated undrafted guy. So two years in a row the Bears have gotten my highest-rated guy still on the board.

Blackhawks make it official: Corey Crawford is back

Blackhawks make it official: Corey Crawford is back

He’s back.

Corey Crawford will start in goal for the first time since Dec. 23, 2017 when the Blackhawks host the Arizona Coyotes, coach Joel Quenneville confirmed after morning skate on Thursday morning.

"It’s exciting," Quenneville said. "I’m sure he’s looking forward to it and we’re all excited about it as well. It’ll be a fun situation for the guys, seeing him back in the net as well. So we’re looking for everyone to be excited about tonight’s game."

The two-time Stanley Cup champion was medically cleared to practice from his concussion on Oct. 1, but the Blackhawks wanted to give Crawford as much time as he needed to get his conditioning and puck-tracking skills up to game speed before putting him into game action.

"It feels good to be back to myself," Crawford said on Wednesday. "I'm feeling good, I'm feeling clear. It was a pretty long process. ... Practices have been great, been getting timing a little bit more and getting up to speed and reading shots and all that, so it'll be nice to finally get in one."

To make room for Crawford on the 23-man roster, the Blackhawks will assign forward Luke Johnson to the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League. Brandon Saad, who wore a white healthy scratch jersey all week at practice, will take his spot in the lineup.

For now, the Blackhawks will hang on to Anton Forsberg and carry three goaltenders as insurance as they get ready to start a seven-games-in-11-days stretch.

Crawford was 16-9-2 with a 2.27 goals against average, .929 save percentage and two shutouts in 28 games last season. The Blackhawks were 17-30-8 without him and finished last in the Central Division.

The amount of money you'll need to get into Bears-Patriots will make your head hurt

The amount of money you'll need to get into Bears-Patriots will make your head hurt

It costs a lot of money to see the GOAT, apparently. 

According to TickPick, a secondary-market ticket site, the get-in price for Sunday's Bears-Patriots matchup is currently sitting at a nice, plump $356. 

That price is, according to this article in the Chicago Sun-Times, more expensive than a ticket to No. 3 Clemson vs. No. 16 North Carolina State ($161) and No. 5 LSU vs. No. 22 Mississippi State (39$??) combined. It's also over 100 percent (116, to be precise) higher than the Bears' following game against the New York Jets. 

This is on top of what is, according to CNBC, already the most expensive gameday experience in the NFL. Soldier's average beer costs $9.50, coming in as the 2nd-most expensive cup of Bud Light Foam, behind only San Fransisco. 

Honestly though, it's not even that cold yet. Who needs heat/electricity when you can have nosebleed seats and *one* beer instead!