The National Football League has lowered the boom on Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.
The league announced late Monday afternoon that Brady has been suspended for the first four games of the 2015 season for 'Deflategate,' in which footballs were deflated for the AFC Championship Game against Indianapolis. Additionally, and surprisingly, the Patriots were heavily penalized as well: The team was fined $1 million and stripped of its first-round draft choice in 2016 and its fourth-round pick in 2017.
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The move was surprising since the Wells Report into the incident specifically absolved owner Robert Kraft and coach Bill Belichick of any responsibility. Kraft is on record as saying the team would not fight any discipline imposed onto the team by the league.
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You're probably not going to be able to watch the Bears at Soldier Field any time soon, but next week you'll be able to watch a movie there! That's kind of the same!
That's because a program called 'Chi-Togther' "will provide Music Entertainment and Movie Screenings each night that will also include carpool-style concerts plus food and beverage options for all ages."
The event will be held in Soldier's South lot, and anyone who signs up will get a free popcorn! Honestly, it's worth it just to get out of the house and grab yourself some free kernels.
Movies being screened include Groundhog Day, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, and Fast and Furious (hell yeah). Also Shrek.
The Chicago Bears franchise celebrated 100 years of football last season but there are a few more notable anniversaries on the horizon.
Next year will mark the 50th anniversary of Bears football at Soldier Field. And the columned stadium itself, which opened in 1924, is nearing the century mark.
While the franchise played a vast majority of their home games at Wrigley Field in its early years, a smattering of contests took place at the lakefront facility. The first of which was a 10-0 win over the Chicago Cardinals on Nov. 11, 1926.
The Bears moved away from Wrigley Field after the 1970 campaign, landing at the AstroTurfed Soldier Field the following season. The team’s first game there — as official tenants — gave the franchise a positive jolt. A late Kent Nix touchdown pass gave the Bears a 17-15 victory over coach Chuck Noll’s Pittsburgh Steelers in front of a capacity crowd. The win was one of the bright spots in an otherwise pedestrian 6-8 season.
Alas, there were better days ahead.
Let’s take a look back at the 12 greatest Bears wins at Soldier Field: