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It's April Fools Day, so let's rank the top five trick plays from Matt Nagy

It's April Fools Day, so let's rank the top five trick plays from Matt Nagy

Just objectively speaking, April Fools Day sucks. It's the second-worst holiday – St. Patrick's Day is undefeated there – and every year we just get outraged at The Brands. It's a day-long headache full of banal tweets that could all be avoided by logging off if logging off were ever physically possible. But since we're here, Not Logged Off together, let's make the best of it.

So that means highlights of trick plays (and ranked duh). There are few more enjoyable things to do than watch football teams succesfully run trick plays; football is so hard, and none of these plays should work. Usually they don't. Sometimes they do, though, and sometimes they get run a lot and sometimes it's the 2018 Bears season. First year head coach Matt Nagy wasted no time in a Bears' visor before endearing himself to the locals with a half-dozen or so gadget plays that (and this is very important, like maybe the most important part) worked. The top 5: 

5. Lollipop

This gets buried because it came in the final week of the 2018 regular season, when the Bears had already won the NFC North and the Vikings – playing for a playoff berth – lost 24-10 at home. Yikes! It's a clever two-point conversion – Prince Amukamara's fake sweep is fun, Nick Kwiatkoski makes a nice catch and Mitch Trubisky is AMPED about it all. 

4. Willy Wonka

The Bears are winning 28-3 and it's against the Buccaneers, so #4 feels right for Willy Wonka. This play's apparently the brainchild of now-Lions QB Chase Daniel, and it's a beauty. Why are there two QBs on the field?! It is perhaps the best 5th 1st-half touchdown pass in the history of football. 

3.  Freezer Left

It's a legacy play, and I understand that has a certainl level of appeal to a lot of people. That being said, Big Guy touchdowns are always great, no matter where on the field they come from. There's actually not a whole lot of trickery about this, though – Akiem Hicks is strong as hell and just runs it on in. Sometimes it's as simple as that. 

2. Santa's Sleigh

This is not the best trick play the Bears have run in the Matt Nagy era, but it is unquestionably, inarguably, the most fun. The combined weight of all 11 players on the field for the Bears was 3,288 lbs. Truly in awe at the size of those lads, just absolute units. Also shouts to Roy Robertson-Harris, a defensive lineman, for just clearly beating Marqui Christian, a cornerback, on that corner (?) route. 

1. Oompa Loompa

It's certainly got shades of the Philly Special (having Trey Burton involved feels especially on the nose) but also what are the Giants doing? With one play left to tie the game, the Bears ran that. With their backup quarterback playing, they ran a reverse running back pass with the game on the line. And it worked! And Anthony Miller wasn't even Cohen's first read! This is the best trick play Matt Nagy's called. 

Mitchell Trubisky breaks social media silence to support George Floyd protests

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Mitchell Trubisky breaks social media silence to support George Floyd protests

Mitchell Trubisky is using his platform to support Blackout Tuesday and the protests against racial injustice in the United States.

In the post, Trubisky concedes he will never truly understand the struggles black people experience in America, but he stands by them during this time of unrest.

“Throughout my life I’ve been blessed to share the field and locker room with countless black men,” Trubisky said in the post. “These men and teammates have become family to me. Although I could never understand what they have to experience I empathize with them and love them like brothers. I stand with my brothers and sisters in the fight against racial injustices.

“We need to do more. We must do better. Posts, tweets, and statements aren’t enough. We need to take action. We must take the steps together to make systematic changes to prevent these evil acts from occurring.

“Love is stronger than hate. Peace and Unity will overcome violence. Black Lives Matter. #JusticeforGeorgeFloyd”

Trubisky broke his social media silence to make his statement. He hadn’t posted on Instagram since Dec. 19, and besides retweeting teammates, friends and brands, he still hasn’t posted on Twitter since May 2019.

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Bears release statement from George McCaskey on George Floyd's death

Bears release statement from George McCaskey on George Floyd's death

On Monday evening, the Bears released a statement from George McCaskey regarding the recent death of George Floyd: 

A week ago another unarmed African-American man died at the hands of a white police officer. We are witnessing the anger and frustration play out in protests across the nation, including Chicago. We must do more than wring our hands and hope it doesn’t happen again. As an organization, we have addressed it internally by offering unconditional support to our family of staff, coaches and players, and today Ryan Pace and Coach Nagy spent the allotted two hours of team meeting time listening to and healing together with our players and the coaching staff. Through our voice, our actions and our resources, it is our obligation to lead. We will continue to work with our player-led social justice committee to provide funding and exposure to local organizations dedicated to empowering communities that have been oppressed for far too long. We’re proud to support organizations like BUILD Chicago, I Grow Chicago, My Block, My Hood, My City, and Youth Guidance, among others, who are doing great work in these communities and we encourage fans to partner with us in supporting them. Our commitment is to continue to be an active participant in change.

Though they don't use his name specifically, it's clearly a reference to Floyd's death, as they Bears joined (most) teams across the country in issuing statements condemning the abuse of power among law enforcement officials.