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The Bears have officially entered the 'getting off social media' stage of this losing streak

The Bears have officially entered the 'getting off social media' stage of this losing streak

If you can’t help but shake the feeling that this Bears’ losing-streak is starting to feel an awful lot like a bad breakup, just know you’re not alone. 

First came the Raiders loss. Whatever! It was never that serious in the first place, things are fine. And actually, the loss was actually a nice wake-up call. With a bye week up ahead, the Bears can really work on *themselves* for a little.

Then came the Saints’ blowout, and wait a minute – this actually sucks? Maybe spending the entire bye week with the shades drawn rewatching highlights from last season’s Tampa Bay game wasn’t a great idea after all. Everyone on New Orleans looked so happy, and the Bears used to have that. Did … did they make a mistake? 

Things went from bad to worse when the Chargers – the Chargers! – came to Soldier and showed the Bears that even they are in a better place – and they just broke up with San Diego a couple seassons ago, not to mention being in the middle of a mid-life crisis that has them thinking about moving overseas and redoing their whole look. The Bears didn’t call you from Club Dub at 1:30 in the morning, but you should just know that they thought about it. They might have even dialed your number. 

And lastly comes the Eagles loss. The Bears tried to make a public appearance before they were ready and OOF it didn’t go well. The same rejection twice in one calendar year got people talking, and – in true breakup fashion – the Bears are quite literally blocking it out. 

“After games, I find myself not going to those social media sites and all those things,” Anthony Miller said on Wednesday afternoon. Apparently those cryptic subtweets from earlier in the season are a thing of the past.

“It’s not something that bothers me,” he added. “I could talk back all day, but I’ve learned that that’s a waste of time, and there’s bigger things to focus on.” 

And because what are breakups if not a chance for group solidarity, other Bears’ receivers are joining in on the blackout. 

“Stay off your phone,” Taylor Gabriel said. “Stay off social media. But at the same time, that’s hard to do, you know what I mean? Because nowadays, everybody is on social media. It’s about being focused and playing through that, because that’s our job. Everyone’s going to have their opinion about everything.” 

Believe it or not, everyone’s opinion about everything usually starts with Mitch Trubisky. If anyone could benefit from a good block or two (ha!), it’s the quarterback. He hears all the noise – and honestly how couldn’t you? – even when it’s coming from inside the house! 

“[I’m] trying to get some of these TVs in the building turned off,” Trubisky said with a smile, a detail worth noting given that exact social media outrage the Bears are now avoiding. “Because you've got too many people talking on TV about us and what they think about us — what we should do, what we are and what we're not — but they don't really know who we are or what we're capable of as people or what we're going through or what we're thinking, it's just the outside viewers looking in.

“So tunnel vision, ear muffs and just come to work everyday and try to get better and get back to what we know we're capable of doing.”

Devin Hester one of six specialists to make the NFL 100 All-Time Team

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Devin Hester one of six specialists to make the NFL 100 All-Time Team

The NFL 100 All-Time Team just got a serious influx of speed and athleticism. Former Bears' legend and arguably the greatest special teams player of all time, Devin Hester, was named to the squad on Friday.

Hester played with the Bears from 2006 to 2013, racking up an incredible 31 return touchdowns (18 on kick returns, 13 on punt returns). Over his 11 season career, Hester collected a total of 11,028 return yards between kick and punt returns. Hester made four Pro Bowls and three All-Pro teams over his career. 

The 2006 No. 57 overall pick out of Miami (FL) dazzled from the start of his NFL career, collecting 1,128 combined punt/kick return yards and 5 touchdowns. 

But just as impressive as his overall effectiveness, was his penchant for rising to the moment. Hester's clutch moments included an 80+ yard punt return for a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals in the infamous, "They are who we thought they were game".

And, of course, all NFL fans remember how Hester became the first player in NFL history to take the opening kickoff of a Super Bowl back to the house for a touchdown. 

Hester was a shoo-in to make the NFL 100 All-Time Team, as he is the NFL's all-time leader in kick and punt return touchdowns but even, so his game was about so much more than just the numbers. 

Devin Hester's unparalleled combination of speed and creativity in the open field delighted NFL fans in a way that perhaps no other player in history did or ever will. 

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Sports Talk Live Podcast: Bears win again as they trounce the Cowboys

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Sports Talk Live Podcast: Bears win again as they trounce the Cowboys

Sam Panayotovick and Seth Gruen join Kap on the show.

0:00 - The Bears win again as they trounce the Cowboys. So did Mitch Trubisky save his job or was it just one good game?

12:00 - The Bulls look for their third straight win with the Warriors in town. Plus, Sam gives out his best bets for the weekend as the guys preview the college football conference title games.

17:00 - Comedian Steve Rannazzisi joins Kap to talk about the dumpster fire that is his Knicks. Plus Kap thanks his Giants for helping turn the Bears season around.

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