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Bears on Twitter

By Danny Moran
CSNChicago.com

Last week, we gave you the complete list of Blackhawks players on Twitter in preparation for the upcoming season.

But the Bears are already getting deep into their training camp and with the team's first preseason game coming against the Broncos on Thursday, we know you are ready for some football.

So without further ado, the following is a list of Twitter accounts for current members of the Chicago Bears to follow during the 2012 season:

Player
Twitter Handle
Recent Tweet
Armando Allen
@ArmandoAllenJrGreat practice today, First time I've been around and experience every practice full with loyal fans beardown bearnation Respect!!!!
Kahlil Bell
@KahlilBell32U don't Appreciate what u have till its gone so live in and enjoy the moment. Be grateful for today that's why its called "Present"
Michael Bush
@MichaelBush29Good morning people hope everyone had a good weekend and have a better n blessed week.
Tyler Clutts
@TylerClutts44
Nothing beats playing a little @Xbox Kinect after these long days of training camp before hitting the sack BearDown Winddown
Matt Forte
@MattForte22Only what we do for the Lord will last.
Harvey Unga
@unga45Cj Ross is the worst boxing judge ever!! Worst decision, Pacman is still the REAL CHAMP!!!
Earl Bennett
@Agent_Orange80Awesome event tonight! Personally want to thank everyone who came out to make it successful! "Earl Bennett Legends for Literacy"
Devin Hester
@D_Hest23It's all daddy's fault!!!! Lol
Alshon Jeffery
@AJJeffery1God Bless everyone have a great day
Johnny Knox
@Jknox13Follow these two...my wife @Mrs_PooKnox my agent @NFL_Bridge and they can update you on my recovery!!!!!
Brandon Marshall
@BMarshallI'm happy for T.O.
Gabe Carimi
@GabeCarimiFelt good for the first day in pads. Now that this is under my belt I just need to keep working hard to get where I want to be. beardown
Lance Louis
@LanceLouis60Jus got done workin out feel good
J'Marcus Webb
@jmarcuswebbWho has the shirt? JWebb Nation has to represent at the preseason game at Soldier Field and all across the nation!
Nate Collins
@BIGN98Oh so everyone is part Jamican now that Bolt won again? when's the last time you been to Jamaica? Lol
Israel Idonije
@iidonijeStill Hungry!! BearDown
Shea McClellin
@SheaMcClellinLast day in Boise.. Heading to the zoo, TDKR, and UFC 2nite. Great way to go out
Henry Melton
@HenMelWow I knew Usain Bolt won buf these guys were MOVING!
Stephen Paea
@paeabear92Ice bath for this much needed Recovery day hardworkpaysoff
Matt Toeaina
@JimmyFlySnuka75
Gonna miss the USO Fred Matua. Gone too soon. In a minute... Prayers and condolences to the family and friends. Alofa atu
Corey Wootton
@CoreyWoottonDays off go way to fast..had a great time spending some qt with my amazing wife @feliciachester
Lance Briggs
@55BergerToday just got a whole lot better. Got a chance to welcome bk rashied Davis. Good job bears!
Dom DeCicco
@ddecicco58Crazy how sick some individuals can be ... Thoughts and prayers to families in Colorado.
Nick Roach
@ricknoachLast night, Nick was able to answer some of the fan question you asked! Watch the video and see if yours was one...fb.me1AZXb7dYb
J.T. Thomas
@TheRealJT3Ahhhhhhhh!!!!! COLD TUB!!!
Patrick Trahan
@YoungMFGatorIs nas cd really good? I have been fooled by him in the past
Brian Urlacher
@BUrlacher54a special thank you to all who sacrificed for the rest of us to have our freedom.
Chris Conte
@ChrisConte47Damn I'm mad I missed @alexmorgan13 score the game winner! CalBears baby!
Brandon Hardin
@_B_Hard_I really thought this mall cop was pulling me over. Wow
Tim Jennings
@HennOrJenn26Dodgeball should be an Olympic game!!
D.J. Moore
@DJMoore30Is anyone willing to let me borrow there small tv for camp. Bourbonnais il
Charles Tillman
@peanuttillman@KahlilBell32 Capitalize "G" in God fool!!!
Anthony Walters
@Anthony_WaltersIf you sweep stuff under the rug, eventually it'll pile up, and you'll trip over it.
Jeremy Ware
@Jware9I wonder if bolt give me 5 in the 40 will he catch me NOway HAHA
Major Wright
@LilMade21Thanking the man above for another 24, Blessed (3Fs) Faith Family Focus
Robbie Gould
@RobbieGould09I really enjoy getting a knock at the door ridiculously early to take a steroid test... Does it look like I take performance enhancing drugs
Patrick Mannelly
@PatrickMannellyHeaded down to Joliet to watch some drag racing nhra tonyschumacher
Adam Podlesh
@Adampodlesh08Congrats to @Bgould09 headed to the arena bowl

In addition to the players, make sure to follow these CSN-related accounts for breaking Bears news throughout the season.

CSN Coverage
Twitter Handle
Recent Tweet
Bears Talk
@BearsTalkCSNBears starting with some stretches including @MattForte22 getting warmed up pic.twitter.com9pXriZPH
Marshall Meter
@MarshallMeterMike Mayock of @nflnetwork talked to @BMarshall at Bears camp last week & said 15 is happiest he's been in his career
Matt Bowen
@MattBowen41I think we will see the Zone Read become a more consistent scheme in NFL. RT @YardsPerPass: @MattBowen41 Zone read is even easier to put in.
Kip Lewis
@csnkiplewisAlshon Jeffery continues to make impressive plays time after time, day after day.. bears bearstalk
Jim Miller
@15millerThoughts on road. I like Chiefs, but that is brutal early schedule. They will be good.
John "Moon" Mullin
@CSNMoonMullinwriting for @CSNChicago.com on Bears succession "plan" behind Brian Urlacher -

Podcast: Wild week at Wrigley wraps up with Cubs showing what they’re made of

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Podcast: Wild week at Wrigley wraps up with Cubs showing what they’re made of

The Cubs have been a different team the last six weeks, looking a lot more like the resilient bunch from 2016 than the sluggish 2017 squad that lacked energy. After some wacky circumstances Monday and a tough loss in Game 1 of Tuesday’s doubleheader, the Cubs came out and showed what they’re made of in the last two games of the series against the Dodgers, a team that knocked them out of postseason play last fall.

Kelly Crull and Tony Andracki sum up the longest short homestand (or shortest long homestand?), updating the status of Yu Darvish, Brandon Morrow, the Cubs pitching staff and how the team is rounding into form as the season’s halfway mark approaches.

Check out the entire podcast here:

Chandler Hutchison's unusual basketball background makes him an intriguing target for the Bulls

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Chandler Hutchison's unusual basketball background makes him an intriguing target for the Bulls

Over the past several weeks, the Bulls have been heavily rumored to be selecting Boise State small forward Chandler Hutchison with the No. 22 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.

Although the 6-foot-7 Hutchison had a stellar four-year career with the Broncos, and was regarded as a top-100 national prospect coming out of high school, his background is relatively unknown compared to many of his first-round counterparts. Not many recruiting gurus watched Hutchison in-depth in high school. The same could be said about draft analysts watching Hutchison's career unfold at Boise State.

Part of the reason Hutchison has flown under the radar for so long, despite being a first-round talent, is his unique basketball upbringing. Many elite high school players opt to transfer to big-time basketball schools while playing in high-exposure shoe-company leagues during the spring and summer. Instead of the normal path, Hutchison chose to stick with the people that he trusted.

Playing for a small, independent grassroots program in high school known as Team Eastbay, Hutchison started showing special gifts as a sophomore in before blossoming into a top-100 national prospect towards the end of high school. Hutchison's trainer and coach with Team Eastbay, Perry Webster, saw that Chandler had the ability to be a big-time player.

"I walked into the gym and saw this 15-year-old kind of gangly kid. And he just moved different than anybody else. I thought he had a chance to be a pretty good player," Webster said of Hutchison.

As Hutchison developed more of a reputation in the Southern California basketball scene, becoming a starter at Mission Viejo High School his junior season, he started to draw more attention from local and national recruiting analysts — including former ESPN recruiting insider Joel Francisco, Scout.com's Josh Gershon and SoCal recruiting analyst Devin Ugland.

"You saw during his junior year that he was a legitimate Division I prospect. During the spring he started blossoming," Francisco said. "He had the ball skills and the prototypical length and things like that. And he was finishing plays. He had a good IQ for the game. It was a matter of strength and he had to fill out to become a more complete player."

By the end of summer going into his senior season, Hutchison had established himself as a potential Pac-12 recruit, as schools like Oregon and USC started to show heavy interest. But it was mid-major programs like Boise State, Saint Mary's and UC-Irvine who had long been involved in Hutchison's recruitment.

Knowing that Hutchison was a unique wing with a high IQ and passing skills, Webster, a former Division I player at Cal State Fullerton himself, advised that his star player take a close look at the programs that would put him in position to succeed right away.

"Every AAU program in Southern California was trying to get him for their team. Free ride this, free shoes. The kid stayed really loyal to me. I was very hard on him," Webster said. "I demanded a lot of him. I screamed at him, I yelled at him. And he looked me in the eye and took it. I realized, this kid is pretty special because he's not running away from what he is. He knows what his limitations are. That's not something he's afraid to address.

"Not everybody was sold on him. Joel [Francisco] was. Joel was one of the proponents of him. But being that he burst on the scene late, and that he didn't play for the big shoe companies, we kind of came to the decision that we wouldn't be so enamored by the Pac-12. He realized he had ability but he still had a long way to go." 

Hutchison eventually decided to sign his National Letter of Intent with Boise State before his senior season started as assistant coach Jeff Linder acted as his lead recruiter. Even though his collegiate future had been decided, Hutchison continued to evolve into a major prospect during senior year as he flourished at Mission Viejo.

Even with his strong senior season, skepticism remained about Hutchison since he hadn't played with and against many of the major names in Southern California. Ranked as the No. 83 overall prospect in ESPN's final Class of 2014 national recruiting rankings, Hutchison was viewed as the seventh best player in his own state. While Francisco pushed for Hutchison to be ranked in the top 50, he had to settle for him being a back-end top-100 talent.

"They're like, hey, he's going to Boise State, he's not on a major shoe company team. How good can he be? But if he can play, he can play. It doesn't matter if he's not on the adidas circuit, he's not in the EYBL," Francisco said.

Francisco wasn't the only major recruiting analyst to take notice of Hutchison's play. Rivals.com's Eric Bossi also labeled Hutchison as a potential breakout player at Boise State. Hutchison was even placed in the Rivals national recruiting rankings, ending up at No. 98 overall, after his senior season. Bossi was on vacation with his family during spring break and he happened to see Hutchison play during his senior season. But Hutchison's strong effort, along with some research, convinced Bossi that he was worthy of a top-100 ranking, even with only one serious viewing. 

"I decided to go watch some regional California high school playoff stuff. And it just so happened to be that Chandler's high school team was one of the teams I was seeing," Bossi said. "I knew he was on the team and committed to Boise State. But then when I watched him play I was like, 'Holy cow, what an incredible get for Boise State. Like, this dude's legit.' He had great size for a wing. He could handle the ball, he could really pass and I thought he could defend multiple positions at the next level when it was all said and done. I thought he was a versatile, well-skilled, well-rounded basketball player. So, based on that, I thought he was top-100. I wish I had seen him more."

Even as a former top-100 national prospect, it took some time for Hutchison to gain traction at Boise State as he didn't put up big numbers during his first two seasons. Although Hutchison played plenty of minutes and started a healthy amount of games, he often took a back seat to talented all-conference players like Anthony Drmic and James Webb III.

When those players eventually moved on from the Broncos, Hutchison was given his chance to shine, as his ascension into all-conference player and future first-round pick came with an intense work ethic that continually developed during workouts in college.

Hutchison also became a consistent three-point threat — something he had been lacking during his development — as he became a hot name in the 2018 NBA Draft despite his unorthodox basketball background.

"He's always been competitive. I think the big thing is reps. And it still will be as he continues to play in the league," Webster said. "He wasn't a bad shooter in high school, but I think the big adjustment for him getting to college, it's hard to put up good percentages in college. I think some of it is mental. But I think he's a good shooter and I think that he'll prove that." 

It's hard to predict if the Bulls will end up with Hutchison with the No. 22 overall pick on Thursday night — especially given all of the chaos that can occur on draft night. But if Hutchison does end up in Chicago, he won't be fazed by having to prove himself after already doing so at the high school and college level.