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Random News: Who needs '85 Bears?; Goldy Gopher

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Random News: Who needs '85 Bears?; Goldy Gopher

Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010
10:27 AM

By Joe Collins
CSNChicago.com

From The 'Who Needs The '85 Bears' Department: If you want to see a good defense, head to Vernon Hills High School. Their football team has not given up a single point this season, outscoring their opponents 290-0. Every other team in Illinois has given up at least 22 points. That's nothing short of astounding. Oh by the way, their offense is paced by wide receivers DaVaris Daniels (son of former Bear Phillip) and Evan Spencer (son of Bears running backs coach Tim).

From The 'I'm Also Afraid Of Mr. Food & That Six Flags Old Guy Mascot' Department: I had the chance to witness Northwestern's 29-28 win in Minnesota in person on Saturday. I realized a few things: (1) TCF Bank Stadium is a great place to watch a game. And it's within footsteps of fraternitysorority row...if you're into that sort of thing, (2) Golden Gophers fans wouldn't let head football coach Tim Brewster sit at the kiddie table if he crashed their Thanksgiving party, (3) I'm scared to death of mascots. Is there anything more annoying and awkward than when a mascot comes up to you at a game? It's tantamount to when actors at an improv show start coming into the audience looking for volunteers. (Cue "Airplane" movie soundbite: "It's coming right at us!"). Goldy Gopher came over to where our group was sitting and started doing his shtick. I'm sure my response was similar to what you might have gone through during similar situations: pretend you don't see the mascot, act all startled when he's in your face, faux-laugh at him for two seconds, say something to him before you realize he can't say anything back to you, go back to focusing on the game, realize he's not going away, start texting some random person for the heck of it, notice that he's still making fun of you, get upsprint to concession stand to get a 4 hot dog.

From The 'Wait...It Gets Better!' Department: On Sunday, Brewster said the following: "We could be sitting here 5-0 right now." Minnesota is 1-4. All four losses have come at home, including a pillow fight bruising by South Dakota. Their one win was over 2-2 juggernaut Middle Tennessee.

From The 'Talk About Random' Department: Juan Pierre finished the 2010 season with three triples for the White Sox, only two more than the equally swift Paul Konerko.

From The 'Your So Crazy And I Am To' Department: Look, I'm not saying that I'm Johnny Grammar or anything (this column alone is at the seventh grade level), but I have noticed the breakdown of our society in how certain people have completely scrapped "you're" for "your" in conversations that call for "you are" or the suitable equivalent. You see it a lot in Tweets and Facebook status updates: "Your so right!" I see it a lot on the pages of athletes I follow on those sites. The difference between "you're" and "your" is taught in elementary school. Are we really getting that stupid? It's the same with "to" and "too"-- "I ordered that same pizza to!" Makes me want to ROFL. And I don't mean that as the acronym for rolling on the floor laughing-- I mean that because "ROFL" looks like a sound that a person would make while dry heaving.

And Finally, From The Prediction Department: Bears 19, Panthers 17.

Or Something Like That.

Bulls Outsiders Podcast: Bulls fail to close another close game in loss to Raptors

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Bulls Outsiders Podcast: Bulls fail to close another close game in loss to Raptors

On this edition of the Bulls Outsiders podcast, Matt Peck, David Watson, and John Sabine react to the Bulls 93-92 loss to Toronto.

0:45 - Reaction to losing another close game

2:00 - Kendall Gill stops by to give Matt Peck a hard time about Derrick Rose

3:30 - On Wendell Carter Jr and wanting more

4:45 - Viewer comment on Bulls shooting 46 three-point attempts

7:20 - Concern over Lauri Markkanen

8:10 - Viewer comment still believing in Lauri

9:40 - Viewer comment on Wendell Carter and Daniel Gafford

12:10 - Viewer comment on running more pick n roll w Zach and Lauri

15:35 - Viewer question on Otto Porter and Hutchison

16:30 - Viewer trade idea: Kevin Love for Markkanen

17:15 - Any comfort in coming close to beating two of the top teams in the East?

20:30 - Viewer comment on losing games

23:00 - Viewer comment on Coby should start

24:05 - Viewer comment pandering to John Sabine

24:40 - Sabine shares his weird dream that involves Jim Boylen

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below:

Dwindling attendance shows Bulls fans don't want moral victories

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Dwindling attendance shows Bulls fans don't want moral victories

Following the Bulls’ second heartbreaking loss in as many nights, Jim Boylen had the floor.

“I coach by faith. I coach and teach every day on where I think we’re going to be. When that’s going to happen, when that’s going to break through, I’m not sure. But I’m going to keep coaching that way. We’ll watch from this, learn from it and grow,” a passionate Boylen said. “We’re playing good, hard basketball. We have to win two or three more possessions — one more defensive rebound, one more loose ball, one more open 3. That’s the difference in this. And I’m not going to let any negativity deter us from that mission. That’s what we’re going to do.”

And with that, the Bulls’ coach exited his postgame news conference, an atypical move for one of the more accessible coaches in the league.

Nobody could fault Boylen. At this point, people are tired of words anyway. And judging from the announced attendance of 14,775, the smallest since Dec. 16, 2004, people are tired of the Bulls’ losing ways, too.

Most any coach in the NBA brings his starters back with 6 to 8 minutes to go, as Boylen did with the Bulls leading by eight. Most any coach in the NBA goes to his most talented player, as Boylen did in calling Zach LaVine’s number, with the game on the line.

In the broken record department, the starters, with Denzel Valentine in for an ineffective Kris Dunn, coughed up another fourth-quarter lead. LaVine, who went scoreless in the second half after scoring 20 points in the first, missed over a double-team near the buzzer.

Making matters worse? LaVine afterward said he should’ve passed to a wide-open Daniel Gafford, in for the fouled-out Wendell Carter Jr.

“I saw Marc Gasol there. I tried to get him in the air and draw a foul. I’ve looked at now. I just wish I would’ve took an extra dribble to see the double-team on me,” LaVine said. “I could’ve hit Daniel. I could’ve kicked it back out. I thought I was making the right play by trying to get in the air and get to the free throw line. It just didn’t happen.”

How are these for some disturbing numbers? Valentine, who wasn’t even in the rotation until recently, took as many fourth-quarter shots as the four starters who played. The bench outscored the starters 18-3 in the final period.

For contrast, the Raptors’ starters scored 18 of their 22 fourth-quarter points.

The Bulls are going to keep recording moral victories, not real ones, until they learn how to close games.

“The starters’ job is to come back in, get re-engaged in the game and close it out. That’s what they did. They brought their guys in and they closed the game out,” Boylen said, alluding to the Raptors. “We have to learn to do that. We’re close. We’re right there. That’s the next step.”

To LaVine’s credit, he’s playing through a shoulder that Boylen called “banged up,” even though it hasn’t landed him officially on the injury report. He also briefly got the wind knocked out of him when OG Anunoby blocked his shot from behind and elbowed him in the back.

“We’re fine. Obviously, you’re upset in the moment. But it’s not like we’re not playing with these teams and competing with them all the way down to the fourth quarter,” LaVine said. “It shouldn’t have even been a one-point possession but that’s what we were left at and we just didn’t make the play.

“It feels like a little bit of a broken record. This is our job. We have to compete every time on the floor.”

The Bulls are on a three-game losing streak by a combined eight points. LaVine has missed game-winning attempts twice in the last three games. They still have yet to beat a team with a winning record.

“I can’t speak for everybody or the fans. I get a lot of positive feedback about our group,” Boylen said. “I think people understand what we’re trying to build. It’s disappointing when we don’t win games. It’s disappointing when we don’t win home games. Nobody is running from that. But this team is playing hard and competing and learning and growing. I think people can see that too.

“We’re going to keep pounding the rock and playing hard and working at it. I’m confident we’ll break through.”

It’s Boylen’s job to remain positive. Is anybody else confident?

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