After 26.2 miles of winding through the packed streets of Chicago on a quintessential day to run, with unbeatable forty-degree fall temperatures, the men’s 2019 Chicago Marathon came down to one second.
Kenyan runner Lawrence Cherono outkicked Ethiopian runners Debela Dejene and Asefa Mengstu in the final 400 meters to win the men’s elite race. After running 26 miles and some change, the top three band of runners looked like they were coming down the home stretch of an 800-meter track race rather than the final minute of their endurance run.
Long-winded, yet determined to fight for first, Cherono, Dejene, and Mengstu finished within three seconds of each other – the closest podium finish in Chicago Marathon history. It was such a close margin that the entourage of people gathering around the finish and crowding Michigan Ave. had to crane their necks to see Cherono cross first.
Some may have been surprised that British distance runner Mo Farah, last year’s champion, wasn’t in the mix. Farah competed again this year but finished more than four minutes off his winning time last year of 2:05:11.
Leading the men’s elite field this October, Cherono ran a 2:05:45, topping his winning time from April's Boston Marathon (2:07:57). He is the first man since 2006 to win both titles in the same year – the latter, secured in a second.
The NFL calendar takes no prisoners, which makes the precious off week hours valuable for, you know, peace of mind. Go outside and read a book! Stay inside and read a book! The Bears will provide you ample opportunities to yell at them for the next 11 consecutive weeks, so there's no point in getting worked up over today's football, right?
Right! So what Bears fans did is they went and got worked up over today's football. Pat Mahomes and Deshaun Watson -- both of which, you may have heard, were available to Ryan Pace during the 2017 NFL draft -- played one another for the first time in their pro careers, and it was magnificent:
Pat Mahomes is a CHEAT CODE 🤯 pic.twitter.com/9AkJLZIJcS— Whistle (@WhistleSports) October 13, 2019
This of course did NOT go over well on BearsTwitter, which is weird because usually Twitter is such an appreciative and understanding place. You know how they say that are only six types of storytelling? The same thing applies to Tweets.
There are Angry Tweets:
Still mad the Bears passed on Watson smh— Red Mayo (@Red_Mayo) October 13, 2019
Watson is such a f^<£ing gamer...again worth noting...I wanted Bears to draft him 😑— 🤨 (@Chicagonzo708) October 13, 2019
The Bears really chose Tribuisky over Watson.... Chicago sports continue to disappoint— Maybe: Jacoby (@Getthebagcoach) October 13, 2019
There are Sad Tweets:
I feel bad for Mitch Trubisky. Through no fault of his own, he's destined to be the Sam Bowie of the NFL after being drafted No. 2 over Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson.— Greg Rajan (@GregRajan) October 13, 2019
Deshaun Watson is so good. What could have been, Bears, what could have been.... 🤷🏽♂️— Steve Hudgin (@SteveHudgin) October 13, 2019
I cried draft night when the Bears did NOT draft Deshaun Watson. Especially after back to back National Championship appearances, shredding 2 phenomenal Bama defenses. 405 passing yards and 4 TDs in 2016, and 420 passing yards and 3 TDs winning the 2017 National Championship— BR (@benjyreiff) October 13, 2019
I mean, how do the Bears not draft Watson? Mahomes I get, nobody saw this coming, but Watson?! Lead his team to a Natty, 2x Heisman finalist, and like 10 other national awards I’ve never heard of. This is a lay up!! https://t.co/Bm1qOnenqe— John Grayson 🏴☠️ (@JRGrayson) October 13, 2019
Deshaun Watson beats the Goat Patrick Mahomes and yes the Bears still drafted Mitchel Trubisky pic.twitter.com/IqWypDv3Ty— MJA (@MJA773) October 13, 2019
There are Trolling Tweets:
The Trubisky Bowl https://t.co/6iyLLuck4C— Jim Rome (@jimrome) October 13, 2019
Watson AND Mahomes going head to head today? Bears twitter gonna be on fire pic.twitter.com/R1QiU8sXKM— Anthony (@_CrossingALine_) October 13, 2019
how could the bears look at watson and mahomes and take trubisky? hahahaha dumbest pick in recent memory— Dr. loomis (@patsfandave32) October 13, 2019
Bears fans watching Patrick Mahomes & Deshaun Watson face each other today pic.twitter.com/QoccQsd15L— Skyler Carlin (@skyler_carlin) October 13, 2019
This Patrick Mahomes vs. Deshaun Watson duel in Kansas City is fun. Good thing the Bears passed on both of them to take Mitch Trubisky. pic.twitter.com/XAzuuY887Y— Zach Barnett (@zach_barnett) October 13, 2019
And finally there are Over-Written Tweets That Love The Dramatic Standalone Final Punchline:
I know people will gripe at those who harp on the Bears picking Trubisky over Watson and Mahomes, but I think it is understandable.— Matt Eurich (@MattEurich) October 13, 2019
Bears haven't had a good quarterback since Sid Luckman. Want to get mad at those two playing at a high level & Trubisky not?
I think that's fine.
Trubisky losses in 2019:1— Jarod (@JarodFTS) October 13, 2019
Mahomes losses in 2019:2
Watson losses in 2019:2
Clearly the right choice #Bears100
Hope everyone's enjoying their peaceful week off!