By Danny Moran
Jay Cutler's California redwood-like stiffness during his rendition of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" last Saturday had many fans longing for the days of a dazed and confused Ozzy Osbourne and flustered, screaming Mike Ditka.
But everyone deserves a second chance and the man eagerly hoping to give Cutler that chance is the most famous move-buster of all-time: Young MC.
Young MC, whose 1989 song "Bust a Move" was a Billboard Top 10 hit, will be a headliner at Merchant Street MusicFest, a two day festival in downtown Kankakee that starts on July 28. That is three days after the Bears begin training camp in nearby Bourbonnais and the rapper is hoping that his proximity to the Bears will allow Cutler a do-over.
Young MC tweeted Wednesday:
Thinking Bears Jay Cutler and I could laydown a better "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" than at Wrigley jaygetsadoover @KankakeeMSMF Young MC (@officialyoungmc) July 18, 2012
There has been no response from Cutler but Kankakee Mayor Nina Epstein has apparently promised the Bears quarterback a police escort if he appears at the event.
So far, Young MC has only extended his do-over invitation to Cutler. If that offer went out to every sub-par seventh inning stretch performer, they would need a longer festival.
We'd been circling this news all week, and now it's getting closer to reality: late Saturday night, Adam Schefter reported that QB Mitch Trubisky will be under center for the Bears' matchup with the Saints this Sunday:
Trubisky was a full participant in practice from Wednesday to Friday of last week, but had still been listed as questionable up to this point. He returns after dislocating his left shoulder in Week 4 against the Vikings and missing the team's Week 5 loss to the Raiders.
The news comes at a crucial juncture of the season for the Bears, who are currently 3-2 and in third place in the NFC North.
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The Bulls waived Milton Doyle, Justin Simon and Simisola Shittu Saturday, which is minor news since they were mostly camp bodies competing for possibly a two-way contract.
The bigger development is that the Bulls’ roster is basically set, pending the signing of one player to the second two-way contract still available. No Iman Shumpert. No Alfonzo McKinnie. And that’s just naming two hometown products recently linked to the Bulls via the rumor mill.
The Bulls still want to see what they have in Chandler Hutchison, who did some individual shooting Saturday but missed all training camp with a hamstring injury. Denzel Valentine, currently out of the rotation, is staying ready.
And Shaq Harrison, who missed all five preseason games with his own hamstring injury but now is fully practicing, remains a Jim Boylen favorite.
And that’s what the roster staying set for now is about as much as anything. The buy-in Boylen has received from players dating to voluntary September workouts and bonds that have formed could be disrupted by the waiving of someone like Harrison, whose contract isn’t fully guaranteed but his commitment is.
While the Bulls recognize proven wing depth is a question mark, they value Harrison’s toughness and defensive ability. If Hutchison or Harrison or Valentine---if he gets an opportunity---don’t produce, perhaps a move could be made at a later date.
But expect only the signing of a second player to a two-way contract to join Adam Mokoka for now.
“We’ve been talking about that,” Boylen said. “We’re working on that. We’ve got our list and have reached out to some people. We’re actively in process.”
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