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It wasn't even an actual Bear: Anything bother you about the Oscars?

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It wasn't even an actual Bear: Anything bother you about the Oscars?

Leonardo DiCaprio pulled down this year’s Academy Award for Best Actor. Some thoughts here.

DiCaprio was up for Best Actor because of being mauled by a bear. And he wasn’t even actually mauled by the bear, which wasn’t even actually a bear, come to think of it. Good special effects. And DiCaprio’s pulling down $20 million for the gig, which let him do as many takes of those scenes as he needed for getting it right.

So here’s Denver Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler — who was mauled in real life by one, two, three, four, five actual Bears in the Broncos’ Nov. 22 win over the Bears — didn’t get to do even one of those scenes over in a re-take, and he isn’t sure he’s going to get anything close to $20 million in his new Denver contract.

DiCaprio is part of the $20 Million Club along with Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr. and a few others who take away $20 million or more per film. Per film. One film. And that’s one film in which the performer gets as many do-overs as he or she or the director or whoever decides is needed.

Out of curiosity I popped in the tape of Super Bowl 50, Cam Newton fumbling and not falling on the football fast enough to suit critics.

I waited. No do-overs. Newton didn’t get another take.

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It was news when Harrison Ford broke a leg (no, really, not just “break a leg” in thespian parlance) in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." Ford banked somewhere between $10 million and $20 million, depending on reports, from that film. When Joe Theismann breaks a leg on Monday Night Football, he gets an injury settlement.

Rants about the stratospheric pay for athletes is beyond cliché. Why isn’t that applied actors, putting DiCaprio, Damon and the rest on par with, say, Peyton Manning? That is really a bit insulting to Manning, who needed neck surgery bordering on life-altering because of what he’s endured from actual Lions. Meanwhile, Michael Douglas pocketed $15 million for playing a lion-killer in "The Ghost and the Darkness," playing a character that not only didn’t get savaged by lions in real life but didn’t even exist, period. But did anyone question whether he was worth $15 million?

None of this is intended as commentary on what the pay scale is for actors, quarterbacks, teachers, police officers, firefighters, sportswriters or anyone else. Just sayin’.

Watch Matt Forte attack Lance Briggs with a cardboard box, because why not

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Watch Matt Forte attack Lance Briggs with a cardboard box, because why not

It's gameday. 

The Patriots are in town. 

Khalil Mack is probably playing with a significant injury. 

Stressed out? Don't blame you. So enjoy this video of Matt Forte pranking Lance Briggs:

The best pranks are the most simple ones. 

Bears vs. Patriots Live Blog: Score, highlights, analysis from NFL Week 4 game

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USA Today

Bears vs. Patriots Live Blog: Score, highlights, analysis from NFL Week 4 game

WE"LL DO IT LIVE. 

Welcome back, gang. It feels like only a week ago we were all in Miami, watching one of the drunkest Bears games we've seen in a while. No rest for the weary, though, and the Bears are back in Chicago and oh god they're playing Tom Brady and the Patriots. Khalil Mack WILL play, though, and Rob Gronkowski will NOT. One step at a time. 

As always, J.J. Stankevitz will be your eyes and ears from Soldier; give him a follow. Lorin Cox's tweets are also worth your time. 

1ST QUARTER

1235 - CODY PARKEY FROM 46 YARDS STRAIGHT CASH. PATRIOTS 7, BEARS 3. 

1230 - Trubisky is like, the entire offense right now. Up to 37 yards rushing. Whatever works! 

1217 - look at this absolute unit: 

1210 - Touchdown Pats. New England sort of did whatever they wanted to on that drive. It begins. PATRIOTS 7, BEARS 0. 

1205 - Bears kickoff to the Pats and we're underway here. So far NE's pass-catching backs are as good as advertised. 

PREGAME

Inactives are out! Check them all out right here. 

PREGAME READS

Three Keys and a Prediction

Final Thoughts on Bears-Pats

(Too) Bold Predictions

Bears' O should hang with Pats' D

The Trubisky-Brady Comparisons