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Chicago selected to kick off 2015 Dew Tour

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Chicago selected to kick off 2015 Dew Tour

NBC Sports Group announced on Thursday the cities selected for the 2015 Dew Tour schedule. The 11th year of the Dew Tour will bring the world’s best skateboarding and BMX athletes to Chicago, Ill., to kick off the season June 20-21. First-time host Los Angeles, Calif. will also provide a playground for a celebration of the sport and culture of skateboarding, spanning the downtown area from August 14-16. Concluding the season will be eight-year host Breckenridge Ski Resort with snowboard and freeski events Dec. 10-13.

The Dew Tour returns to Chicago after a five year hiatus, highlighted with the successful skateboard and BMX streetstyle competition created by the Dew Tour three years ago.  For the first time ever the Dew Tour will be taking over the beautiful new Grant Park Skate Plaza for skate and BMX street and streetstyle competitions.  Sunday of this event coincides with international Go Skate Day, and will feature special activities for local Chicago area skaters.  Dew Tour’s return to Chicago will also be a celebration of the summer opening of the new Grant Park Skate Plaza.  As part of the celebration, the Dew Tour will be working with the Chicago Park District and Grant Park Conservancy to make further improvements to the park.

Heading to downtown L.A., where skateboard roots run deep, the Dew Tour will create a skateboard cultural ecosystem, inclusive of art, fashion, music, movie premieres, competitions and more. For the first time in the Tour’s 11-year history, the Ace Hotel will act as the central hub of the Dew Tour, encompassing theaters, concert venues and outdoor competition courses. Dew Tour L.A. will feature skateboard street, skateboard streetstyle, and additional skateboard competitions to be named at a later date. It will also host the cinematic version of “Dew Tour Push.”

“Los Angeles is the heart of the skateboard industry, and the Dew Tour has long celebrated the diverse culture that has grown from this hub. We’re shaking things up and tapping into the resources the area provides, from adding movie premiers to incorporating fashion, art and music on a grander scale. We’re ready to bring Dew Tour home to skate’s roots,” said Chris Stiepock, General Manager of the Dew Tour. “This year NBC and the Dew Tour are very excited about holding events in two of the three largest cities in America."

Come December, the Dew Tour will return to Breckenridge, Colo. for the eighth year in a row, representing the winter sports of freeski and snowboarding. As one of the top winter resorts in their capacity to hold a major early-season event, Breckenridge Ski Resort will once again support the top international men and women’s snowboard and freeski athletes to compete in superpipe and slopestyle competitions, while downtown Breckenridge plays host to streetstyle competitions, music and more.

Complete coverage of the events in Chicago, Los Angeles and Breckenridge will all be broadcast on NBC. Additional details about NBC broadcast dates and times will be announced at a later date. 

2015 DEW TOUR EVENT SCHEDULE

DATE EVENT LOCATION
June 20-21 Dew Tour Chicago Chicago, Ill.
Aug. 14-16 Dew Tour Los Angeles Los Angeles, Calif.
Dec. 10-13 Dew Tour Breckenridge Breckenridge, Colo.

(Too) Bold Predictions: Akiem Hicks' return to the Bears will be felt immediately. Literally.

(Too) Bold Predictions: Akiem Hicks' return to the Bears will be felt immediately. Literally.

(Too) Bold Predictions aims to take nuanced, well-researched information and use it to make wildly improbable predictions. Analysis! 

Cam Ellis

1. Akiem Hicks has a sack on the first series of the game
The Packers have the best pass-blocking unit in football, and Aaron Rodgers is averaging something like three seconds per dropback to throw. Still, there are going to be far more one-on-one matchups on the line because of his return, but I imagine the Packers' are still focused on stopping Khalil Mack first and foremost. With so much attention to both edges – because you'll remember Leonard Floyd is basically Khalil Mack against the Packers – Hicks is going to get some single-man looks. Hicks gets to Rodgers somewhere on the Bears' first defensive series, and the upset is off. 

2Kyle Fuller finally connects on jumping a route ... twice 
It feels like Fuller's been painfully close to a pick-six a bunch of times this season. There was the one in Denver, and in Los Angeles, and the latest came against Dak Prescott last Thursday night. I'm pretty sure I'm forgetting one or two also. At one point, he's going to connect, and the weirdest possible moment would be against a quarterback that doesn't throw interceptions that plays on a team that doesn't turn the ball over. We'll say only one goes for a touchdown, but if tomorrow gets weird, it's going to get weird. 

Rob Schaefer
1. Khail Mack logs three sacks in Akiem Hicks' return
Our long national nightmare is over. Akiem Hicks is back, and with him, could come an unleashing of Khalil Mack the likes of which we haven’t seen this season.

We’ve written about the impact of Hicks’ presence on Mack’s production before. The theory is simple: With another all-world talent eating up the inside of opponents’ offensive lines, teams have less capacity to focus extra attention on Mack. Granted, the Bears have gotten decent production along the line this season in the form of Nick Williams (six sacks), Roy Robertson-Harris (10 QB hits) and flashes of Leonard Floyd. But this week, the potential is there for their pass rush to return to its 2018 form, and that starts with Mack.

The Packers have the fourth-highest PFF pass block rating (79.4) in the NFL and Aaron Rodgers is notoriously slippery, which is what makes this prediction bold. But Mack has been trending up recently (two of his 7.5 sacks and six of his 13 QB hits have come in the Bears’ last three games). Perhaps the return of Hicks will push him to new heights.

2. David Montgomery has his 2nd 100+ yard rushing performance of the season.
If there’s a soft spot in this Packers defense, it’s in the heart of their front seven. On the outside, Preston and Za’Darius Smith are often used to edge-rush and contain — roles they’ve been effective in — but the two backers in the middle of their base 3-4, Blake Martinez and B.J. Goodson, both enter this one with average PFF grades (as do defensive ends Dean Lowry and Tyler Lancaster). Frank Clark is, admittedly, a beast, but again… Bold predictions.

As a team, the Packers allow the eighth-most rushing yards per game (122.8) in the NFL, and Matt Nagy has displayed intention in establishing the run as the season has worn on. With conditions set to be frigid and Montgomery coming off his third game with 20+ rush attempts of the season last week against Dallas, a breakout from him is plausible. 

Bulls Outsiders Podcast: LaVine turns in an All Star performance as the Bulls beat the Clippers

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Bulls Outsiders Podcast: LaVine turns in an All Star performance as the Bulls beat the Clippers

On this edition of the Bulls Outsiders podcast, See Red Fred joins Big Dave and Matt Peck. The guys talk about some big plays down the stretch by Zach LaVine and Denzel Valentine. Plus a great defensive job by Kris Dunn on Paul George. (1:30) See Red Fred states his case for more playing time for Denzel Valentine. (4:00) Plus what's going to happen when Otto Porter and Chandler Hutchison come back. (8:00) The guys share some concerns about Coby White in the short term. (10:30) See Red Fred tells you about 3 players who have exceeded expectations this year. (13:00) Plus the guys debate whether Zach LaVine should compete in the dunk contest or 3 point competition. (18:00) They discuss the impact that Kris Dunn has had on the defensive end of the floor. (20:30) Plus See Red Fred lays out his blueprint for the Bulls to make the playoffs. (23:30) Plus the guys make a wager regarding the rest of the season. (25:00)
 

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