The Bears clearly dont hold a grudge.
Indianapolis Colts cornerback Kelvin Hayden broke their hearts and a 56-yard interception return for a touchdown against the Bears in the second half Super Bowl XLI.
Now Hayden is a Bear, agreeing on a one-year contract that accomplishes multiple objectives for the Bears.
Hayden, the Colts second-round pick in the 2005 draft out of Illinois, gives the Bears experienced depth at a position of considerable need. The Bears previously re-signed Tim Jennings this offseason and had explored signing Hayden last offseason before he signed for one year with the Atlanta Falcons.
Hayden will be 29 in July and also gives the Bears a big corner (6-feet) in an NFC North replete with big receivers.
The signing also dials down any need urgency to select a cornerback high when the draft begins in three weeks. Just as trading for Brandon Marshall took wide receiver off the critical list, the addition of Hayden addresses an area of concern.
The Bears had begun the offseason with just two cornerbacks D.J. Moore and Charles Tillman under contract. Backup Zackary Bowman signed with the Minnesota Vikings.
Hayden started 47 games (out of 85 played) with the Colts from 2005-2010 and Falcons last season. He has 312 career tackles and 11 interceptions along with 41 passes defensed.
He also has played in 10 postseason games, starting five, and has three INTs in the postseason.
His most memorable came at the Bears expense when he stepped in front of a Rex Grossman pass intended for Muhsin Muhammed at the Indianapolis 44 in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XLI. Hayden returned the resulting INT 56 yards for a clinching score.
The Bears trailed 22-17 at the time and had the ball with a chance to score. Hayden finished the game with four tackles and another pass defensed in addition to a special-teams tackle.
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 is heating up, but even a red-hot Sosa doesn't automatically equal wins for the Cubs.
Slammin' Sammy notched his first multi-homer game in 1998 in a 9-5 loss to Kevin Millwood and the Atlanta Braves. Sosa drove in 4 of the Cubs' 5 runs on a solo shot in the 4th inning and a three-run shot in the 8th.
Sosa tallied 830 feet of homers in the game, with his first blast going 410 feet and the second shot measured at 420 feet.
The big game bumped Sosa's overall season slash line to .337/.411/.551 (.962 OPS) with 11 homers and 35 RBI.
Fun fact: Mickey Morandini hit second for the Cubs in this game and went 4-for-4, but somehow only scored one run despite hitting just in front of Sosa all game. That's because Morandini was caught stealing to end the 3rd inning, leaving Sosa to lead off the 4th inning with a solo blast.
Anyone who lived through the Michael Jordan Bulls remembers those games when he was putting up tons of points, but the Bulls were still struggling overall.
Steve Kerr referenced one of those games to give advice to Kevin Durant during Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals. The TNT broadcast caught the conversation and aired it late in the third quarter.
"When MJ was with the Bulls, we had a playoff game," Kerr began the story. "He kept trying to score and he was scoring, but we weren't getting anything going. Phil Jackson said 'Who's open?' He said, 'John Paxson.'"
Paxson famously hit the game-winning shot in Game 6 of the 1993 NBA Finals to clinch the series. Kerr, who later hit his own championship-winning shot on an assist from Jordan in 1997, was trying to get to get his teammates involved.
"I want to trust your teammates early," Kerr said. "What you're doing is you're getting to the rim and then you're trying to hit him. I want you to trust the first guy and then move. Still attack, still look to score, but trust these guys, OK?"
Watch the video above to see the interaction.
Durant scored 29 points in Game 5 to lead the Warriors, but Houston took a 3-2 series lead with a 98-94 win.