Word on the Street: GB fan fired; Barkley on Cutler

Word on the Street: GB fan fired; Barkley on Cutler

Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011

Man fired for wearing Packers tie

A car salesman in Oak Lawn, Ill., was fired on Monday for wearing a Green Bay Packers tie to work and refusing to remove it.

"I didn't know you could get fired for wearing a tie," John Stone told McClatchy News about his dismissal from Webb Chevrolet.

Jerry Roberts, the general manager at the suburban Chicago dealership, asked Stone to remove the tie when he reported to work -- a day after the Packers beat the Bears in the
NFC title game.

The story ends on a good note though, as a competing car dealership offered Stone a job on Tuesday. (USA Today)

Barkley, Brees defend Jay Cutler

Never shy about letting his opinions be heard, NBA legend and TNT NBA analyst Charles Barkley weighed in on the Jay Cutler injury subject and defended the Bears quarterback.

"I was mad at the players, to be honest with you," Barkley told WMVP-AM on Tuesday. "I think it was inappropriate and wrong to question a guy's heart. Now reporters, they're going to do what they want to. They're entitled to their opinion. But as players, I don't think it's appropriate to question another guy's heart.

"If you go back and start looking at all the stuff that's been said, and clearly one of the more vocal critics was Maurice Jones-Drew, and then you find out he missed the last two games with a bad knee," Barkley said. "And he was really the first guy who crucified Jay. "You have to be careful, because in the two most important games of the year, Jones-Drew sat out with a bad knee. And then it really makes him look like an idiot now." ( addition, Saints quarterback Drew Brees also weighed in on the subject and empahtizes with Cutler."In some cases I know players that have torn an MCL and been out for six weeks. In some cases it's four weeks. In some cases it's two. And sometimes you're able to fight through and play. None of us know exactly what is, nobody except Jay Cutler and the Bears training staff. So it's nothing that any of us have the right to comment on because we just don't know." ( Kaplan, Man on the Move

For a great read, check out the following link from veteran Chicago sports journalist Ed Sherman in todays Crains Chicago Business. He profiles the incredibly busy schedule (with an even busier schedule on the horizon come Cubs season) of our very own Chicago Tribune Live host David Kaplan.
Should Cutler have stayed in game? The T.Ocho show debates

Seabrook, Blackhawks talking new contractThe Blackhawks are trying to retain a piece of their corps in defensemen Brent Seabrook, who is set to become a free agent at the end of the season. Seabrook currently has the second-most assists on the team (23) with 26 points, and is already close to matching his career high in both categories.
"It's one of those things that it's going to be done when it's done," Seabrook said. "I understand that it's the business side of the game. I love Chicago, it's been my home for six years and it's definitely the place I'd like to play hockey in." (
Cubs to sign Wellemeyer?
Todd Wellemeyer is returning to the team that drafted and developed him. The Cubs signed Wellemeyer to a one-year, non-guaranteed deal. The right-hander can earn 800K, plus another 400K in incentives, Levine reports.

The Cubs drafted Wellemeyer in the fourth round of the 2000 draft and he showed some promise in the minor leagues, striking out more than a batter per inning and reaching the majors in his fourth pro season. He pitched for the Cubs from 2003-05 before they traded him to the Marlins. (
Lysacek wins USOC award

Evan Lysacek has been selected the U.S. Olympic Committee's sportsman of the year for 2010. Lysacek defeated reigning Olympic champion Evgeni Plushenko to win gold at the Vancouver games, becoming the first American men's figure skating champion since Brian Boitano in 1988. (Associated Press)

Collins suffered significant shoulder injury?

NFL Networks Albert Breer reports that Bears backup QB Todd Collins suffered a significant shoulder injury in the game. Collins has an MRI Tuesday to determine if he needs surgery.

This will probably mark the end of Collins 16-year career. He threw five interceptions and no touchdowns in the regular season, which made a lot of folks wonder why he was ahead of Caleb Hanie on the depth chart in the first place. (Pro Football Talk)
New helmet saves Rodgers from concussion?

After being twice-concussed this season, Aaron Rodgers changed helmets to one of the new, safer, high-tech models the league has been urging players to use.

Remember the big helmet-to-helmet hit he took early in the fourth quarter from Chicago defensive end Julius Peppers, the one that drew a 15-yard penalty on Peppers? Well, Rodgers feels that hit could well have led to concussion number three had he not been wearing the new helmet. (

Akiem Hicks reveals what makes him so good against the run


Akiem Hicks reveals what makes him so good against the run

Akiem Hicks finally earned the recognition he deserved in 2018 with his first trip to the Pro Bowl, and playing on the NFL’s No. 1 defense provided the national attention he should have received in his first two years with the Bears.

He’s a solid interior pass rusher, but where he dominates is in run defense, leading the NFL in run stops last season according to Pro Football Focus.

When Hicks beats an offensive lineman at the line of scrimmage to make a big tackle in the backfield, it’s a work of art, and he revealed the secret to those flashy plays on NFL Game Pass.

He broke down the film of a play against the Green Bay Packers where he beats center Corey Linsley because he knew right guard Jordan McCray was going to pull to the left.

“I read it before the snap happens. I know that McCray is going to pull just based off his stance,” Hicks said. “I know his stance for every play that he’s going to do. I’m going to be at least 75 percent right.”

Hicks looks at how much weight an offensive lineman is putting on his hand, how far apart his legs are and how much bend is in his hips.

“If you do your due-diligence as a defensive lineman and prepare like a professional during the week, you’re going to know,” Hicks said.

Any little deviation from a normal stance is an indicator to Hicks of what the play is going to be, and that pre-snap knowledge keeps him a step ahead of the blocker in front of him.

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Vegas sets Mitchell Trubisky’s pass TD total at 26.5


Vegas sets Mitchell Trubisky’s pass TD total at 26.5

If Mitchell Trubisky has the kind of break out year in his second season under Matt Nagy that Bears fans are hoping for, he should have no problem cashing an OVER 26.5 passing TDs ticket for bettors who want to back him.

Per Bet Chicago, Caesars is rolling out division props and they set Trubisky’s touchdown pass total for 2019 at 26.5 and his pass yard total at 3,744.5.

While both those marks would be career highs for Trubisky, this number will surely be seen as a slight by the hometown fans and continue to add to the polarizing nature of the quarterback formerly known as the Pretty Boy Assassin.

In Chicago, and if you’re team Mitch, this number is ridiculously low and you’re probably already pounding the over.

Outside of Chicago, and with some analytical support, there’s a lot of doubt about Trubisky’s future as a viable option as an NFL starter, so I’d guess the Pro Football Focus crowd is probably gonna take the under.

We rolled out some props of our own on the Under Center podcast last week including:

Will Mitch Trubisky pass for 10 or more touchdowns than Craig Kimbrel has saves? (Including playoffs for both)

26.5 regular season passing touchdowns probably gives Kimbrel the edge, but it’s right in range. 

And that Trubisky – Kimbrel prop prompted this bold response from our own Bears insider JJ Stankevitz:

I don’t think I’m in the 40 club with my guy JJ, but the OVER certainly feels like the move here. At least it better be if the Bears are gonna make any sort of NFC North title defense.