Bears

Sports Talk Live Podcast: Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot takes a shot at Ryan Pace

pace-thumb.jpg
USA TODAY

Sports Talk Live Podcast: Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot takes a shot at Ryan Pace

Laurence Holmes, Jason Goff and Chuck Garfien join Kap on the panel.

It's a Thursday edition of SportsTalk Live filled with heavy hearts following the passing of White Sox radio voice Ed Farmer. Laurence Holmes, Chuck Garfien and Jason Goff join host David Kaplan to remember the former Sox pitcher and broadcaster. Chuck called him a real-life Forrest Gump since he knew seemingly everybody. Jason refers to him as a "professional homer" because of his love for his hometown team.

Reports say Astros’ Jeff Luhnow and AJ Hinch suspensions will end this year even if there is no baseball. The guys agree this is wrong while Laurence says it's another sign that the commissioner of baseball doesn't like baseball.

Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson II says the teams veterans won't have a rooting interest in the Bears quarterback competition. The panel isn’t buying it. The crew also share their pride in mayor Lori Lightfoot after she took a shot at Ryan Pace for the Mike Glennon contract on the radio.

Later, Jason Benetti joins Kap to remember Ed Farmer and how beloved he was by everybody who met him. Benetti also shares stories about crowded radio booths with plenty of free food. Jason also discusses simulating White Sox games on MLB The Show.

0:00- The guys remember White Sox radio voice Ed Farmer and share stories about their interactions with him as well as how he knew pretty much everybody in the world.

8:00- MLB says the suspensions for Jeff Luhnow and AJ Hinch will end in 2020 even if there is no baseball season. Is that the right call?

11:30- Allen Robinson, II spoke with NBCSPORTSCHICAGO.COM and said the vets on the Bears won't have a rooting interest if there's a quarterback competition. Should we believe him?

14:30- Mayor Lori Lightfoot takes a shot at Ryan Pace for the Mike Glennon contract and we love her for it!

19:00- Jason Benetti joins Kap to remember Ed Farmer and share stories about crowded radio booths filled with plenty of free food. He also previews the "MLB The Show" White Sox game of simulations which are pretty close to the real thing.

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below:

Sports Talk Live Podcast

Subscribe:

Former Bears linebacker Mike Singletary reportedly leaves HS coaching job

Former Bears linebacker Mike Singletary reportedly leaves HS coaching job

Mike Singletary may be one of the best linebackers in NFL history, but his coaching career has not lived up to his playing days.

The Dallas Morning News reports that Singletary has stepped down from a high school coaching job in Texas after he led the team to a 1-21 record over two seasons.

According to the report, Singletary is going to focus on motivational speaking and consulting opportunities, instead of coaching football.

Singletary also coached in the Alliance of American Football for the Memphis Express in 2019, but he didn’t have much more success there. The Express went 2-6 in the lone AAF season.

As a head coach in the NFL, Singletary fared a bit better. His San Francisco 49ers went 18-22 from 2008-2010. He last coached in the NFL as defensive assistant for the Rams in 2016.

RELATED: Mike Ditka's Gold Coast restaurant closes partly due to coronavirus impact

Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of the Bears.

Chicago Bears tabbed 'best value' bets for several NFL futures

Chicago Bears tabbed 'best value' bets for several NFL futures

Even though the Bears have fairly long odds to win the division, they’re being recognized as “best value” bets for several futures.

An overall regression in 2019, coupled with an upcoming quarterback competition between Mitchell Trubisky and Nick Foles, soured oddsmakers on the team.

As things stand on Monday morning, the Bears have the third-longest odds to win the division at +400, putting them behind the Vikings and Packers at +165 and +170, respectively.

But you can find value in picking the Bears to win the division when you look at the win total over/under futures, as well.

Right now, the Bears sit at 7.5 wins, behind the Packers at 9 wins and Vikings at 8.5. With things projected to be so tight from a win total standpoint, the Bears have been recognized as a “best value” pick to win the NFC North since their defense can steal any game on the schedule, adding a win or two and propelling them to a division crown.

Using that same logic, the Bears have also been recognized with a “best value” pick to hit the over on their 7.5 win total.

There’s no reason to think the defense will take a step back from last season-- in fact by all accounts, the squad should improve again with Robert Quinn in the fold, and Akiem Hicks and Khalil Mack fully healthy again.

While things may develop a little more slowly on the offensive side due to the aforementioned QB competition, any uptick in offensive production should help the team improve on their 8-8 record from last season, making it easy to see why taking the over on 7.5 wins feels like a great value bet.

RELATED: Several White Sox in spotlight for 2020 MLB Futures bets

Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of the Bears.