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Bears back in driver's seat with win over Minnesota

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Bears back in driver's seat with win over Minnesota

The Bears' win over Minnesota may have come at a cost in terms of injuries, but it may also be the most significant win of the season. The victory came on a day when teams in contention with the Bears all lost: Green Bay, Seattle and, of course, Minnesota.

The Bears always say winning the division is goal No. 1 because that assures them a spot in the playoffs. Now they are once again back in control of their own destiny in the NFC North as they sit in first place and play all three division rivals down the stretch.

Looking at the NFC it looks like 10 wins will be enough to get a playoff berth as a wild card, but the Bears should be focusing solely on winning the division and earning a home playoff game.

What could be a long shot is a bye in the opening week of the postseason considering Atlanta already has 10 wins and the 49ers might be playing the best of any team in the conference.

Regardless, the Bears' injuries may not be as costly as they were last season if they prove not to be season-ending especially, for the offensive lineman. If there is one area they don't want to be thinner at it's the offensive line.

The good news is they put themselves in prime position with the Minnesota win even if they stumble over the last month.

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 30th homer in 1998

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 30th homer in 1998

It's the 20th anniversary of the Summer of Sammy, when Sosa and Mark McGwire went toe-to-toe in one of the most exciting seasons in American sports history chasing after Roger Maris' home run record. All year, we're going to go homer-by-homer on Sosa's 66 longballs, with highlights and info about each. Enjoy.

Sosa hit the 30-homer threshold on June 21, 1998 in only his 71st game of the season. For perspective, the 2018 Cubs leader in homers on June 21 is Javy Baez with 14 and Mike Trout leads all of baseball with only 23.

At this point, Mark McGwire was ahead of Sosa, but the Cubs slugger was pulling closer. McGwire had 33 dingers on June 21 while Ken Griffey Jr. had 28 and Greg Vaughn had 25.

Sosa' June 21 homer came off Tyler Green and was his 5th blast of the series against the Philadelphia Phillies at Wrigley Field that year. But the Cubs lost that series, despite Sosa's efforts.

Fun fact: Sosa drove in 10 runs in the three-game series with the Phillies that summer while the rest of his teammates combined for only 9 RBI.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Should the Bulls trade up or down in the draft?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Should the Bulls trade up or down in the draft?

Mark Carman, Hub Arkush, Phil Rogers and Will Perdue join Kap on the SportsTalk Live Podcast.

The guys start by discussing Brandon Morrow's injury that he sustained while taking off his pants... what's the craziest cause for an injury the guys can remember?

Plus, should the Bulls move up or down in Thursday's NBA Draft? Does it make sense to take on a bad contract in a potential deal?

Listen to the full SportsTalk Live Podcast right here: