Bears - Vikings: And so the winner is...


Bears - Vikings: And so the winner is...

First, the requisite accountability. This is how I saw this game and the Bears record as of the second Minnesota game:

At Minnesota Vikings (3-13) Sun., Dec. 9, noon

Analysis: The Vikings didnt get that much better in two weeks.

Result: W (10-3)

Obviously the record is now a touch off, owing to the combined 192 total yards allowed on those last two drives in the Seattle game (the Seahawks TD drives were 97 and 80 yards, but they also overcame 10- and five-yard penalties to sustain those drives, hence the added length).

The fact is that the Vikings havent gotten that much better in two weeks. Minnesota lost to Green Bay despite Adrian Peterson rushing for 210 yards.

A concern, though, is that the Bears have not held a team to fewer than 100 yards rushing since they bracketed the run-challenged (more than just run, actually) Detroit Lions six games ago.

But while immense attention is understandably focused on the Bears defensive issues without Brian Urlacher and Tim Jennings, the Vikings quietly have not held a team to fewer than 20 points in their last five games, four of them losses. Granted only one of those (Tampa Bay) was in the Vikings home venue, where quarterback Christian Ponder is 5-1 this season.

The Vikings have taken immense steps under coach Leslie Frazier this season and they settled their left-tackle question (Matt Kalil, No. 4 overall) in the draft, something the Bears will look to do in their next time on the clock.

But the Bears slowed the Minnesota pass rush with simple, solid game-planning in the 29-10 win on Nov. 25. The dome is a huge Vikings aid unless the Bears stay in second- and third-and-manageable with the run game. Best guess: They will. And Lovie Smith takes the three points every time this week.

Bears 23 Vikings 20

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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?


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?

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