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Returns still falling short for Bears special teams

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Returns still falling short for Bears special teams

KICKING        B-
 
Robbie Gould had a field goal blocked, the first since the Seattle game in October 2010. But Gould converted from 39 and 21 yards for what amounted to the winning points. Adam Podlesh put two of eight punts inside the 20 and averaged 39.6 net yards.
 
RETURNING    C-
 
Not many chances. Devin Hester fair-caught two of three punts to him and Eric Weems netted 27 yards on his one KOR.
 
COVERAGE    A
 
Zackary Bowman marked his return to a Chicago uniform by recovering a muffed punt to set up a third-quarter field goal. Stefan Logan returned six punts a total of seven yards in addition to his muff, and averaged only 22 yards on two kickoff returns.
 
COACHING    A
 
Coaches dialed up the emphasis on teams and the effort was noticeable. Big returns are still missing but coverage is critical for giving a very good Bears defense field position.

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 49th homer in 1998

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 49th homer in 1998

It's the 20th anniversary of the Summer of Sammy, when Sosa and Mark McGwire went toe-to-toe in one of the most exciting seasons in American sports history chasing after Roger Maris' home run record. All year, we're going to go homer-by-homer on Sosa's 66 longballs, with highlights and info about each. Enjoy.

Sosa's 49th homer of the season came with a runner on 1st and one out, when Oriel Hershiser served up a high fastball that Sammy belted 415 feet into the last few rows in left-center field. 

Sosa would later start the game-winning rally in the bottom of the ninth, scoring the game-tying run on a Henry Rodriguez single through the right side of the infield. Jose Hernandez would step in the next at-bat and walk it off with a base hit that scored Mark Grace, as Sammy and the Cubs bested the Giants 6-5. 

Fun Fact: A 33-year-old Barry Bonds would hit home run No. 25, finishing the season with 37 homers. He would finish the next season with 34 dingers but would string five consecutive seasons with at least 45 home runs, of course hitting a record 73 home runs in 2001. 

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Michael Kopech prepares for The Show

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Michael Kopech prepares for The Show

Pete McMurray, David Haugh and Ben Finfer join David Kaplan on the panel and discuss the long-awaited arrival of Michael Kopech for the White Sox, Yu Darvish's short rehab start and Mitch Trubisky's second preseason game.

Plus, they discuss new NFL rules and when Eloy Jimenez could get his call up.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below: