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Simeon survives tough test from Morgan Park

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Simeon survives tough test from Morgan Park

By Michael O'Brien
YourSeason.com

Not every game is going to be a masterpiece, and Simeons 57-44 win over Morgan Park on Friday certainly wasnt.

As bad as we played we got the win, Simeon coach Robert Smith said. I understood, looking at the schedule, that this was going to be a tough one and I wanted to try and keep the guys from looking ahead to Findlay Prep.

The Wolverines (15-0, 5-0 Red South) play Findlay Prep on Monday in Springfield, Mass. Findlay Prep features seven Division I recruits, and is considered Simeons toughest opponent this season.

Every Simeon game this season has been an event, and Friday was no different, with Mayor Rahm Emanuel in attendance.

The mayor was treated to three quarters of tight play. Simeon junior phenom Jabari Parker was in foul trouble and missed most of the second quarter. The Wolverines led by eight at the half and by just six after three quarters, thanks to a jumper at the third quarter buzzer from Morgan Park junior Billy Garrett Jr.

Simeon opened the fourth with a 14-4 run to seal the win.

Every time Morgan Park plays the world is against us, Morgan Park coach Nick Irvin said. We are ready to compete, we are just young. With Simeon you cant make mistakes, and we missed a few opportunities.

Kendall Pollard scored 10 in the fourth quarter for the Wolverines, he finished with 12 points. Steve Taylor led Simeon with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Parker finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds and Kendrick Nunn scored 11 and grabbed eight rebounds.

Morgan Park played without 6-9 junior Xzavier Taylor, and his absence was monumental. Simeon out-rebounded the Mustangs 38-17. According to Irvin, Taylor has a messed up knee and is likely out until the city playoffs.

They didnt have a big guy to rebound the basketball so we exploited that, Smith said.

Garrett Jr. scored a game-high 21 points for the Mustangs (8-5, 4-1). Sophomore Josh Cunningham added nine points and Dominique Lee scored six.

The Bears have the top-ranked defense in Madden 20, plus other takeaways from today's ratings reveal

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The Bears have the top-ranked defense in Madden 20, plus other takeaways from today's ratings reveal

A boatload of Madden ratings dropped on Monday, and with it, more content than you could shake a stick at. 

The Bears, predictably, got a fair bit of love on the defensive side of the ball and were largely ignored on offense. 

No Fangio, No Problem

For a wide variety of reasons, it's trendy to point out that the Bears' defense is headed for some regression this season. Madden disagrees, though, rating the Bears defense (88) as the best in football. They did also give the Houston Texans' defense an 88 as well, but never let the details get in the way of a good story. Here's what they said: 

For Chicago, the unit is fronted by 99 Club member, LOLB Khalil Mack. FS Eddie Jackson (91 OVR) is a Superstar X-Factor like his teammate, Mack. That’s a scary combination for any opposing quarterback. Toss in CB Kyle Fuller (89 OVR) and you can see why this Bears unit should roar out of the gate in Madden 20. 

Year 2 Mitch Doesn't Get Any Love 

Trubisky was rated as the 24th best QB, which is already being debated passionately, regardless of how debatable it actually is. What's lowkey worse is that Chase Daniel, the 9-year NFL vet, got the same rating as Dax Raymond, the undrafted free agent. 

May We Remind You That Khalil Mack Is A Terrific Football Player 

Earlier in the month, Mack was revealed as one of the 4 players who received the infamous 99 rating. That means he's also the top-ranked LOLB, two points ahead of Denver's Von Miller and 16 points ahead of any NFC North LOLB. Enjoy those draft picks, Oakland! 

Akiem Hicks Gets Snubbed And Frankly We've Just About Had It 

Hicks was ranked as the 19th-best defensive lineman, which is just objectively untrue. In some alternate universe, there may be 18 better defensive linemen than Akiem Hicks, but that is just simply inaccurate in this one. He was heated about his rating, and we cannot blame him. 

The Lowest Ranked Bears Player Was ... 

Patrick Scales. Sorry Patrick Scales.

Akiem Hicks not happy with Madden 20 ratings: ‘Tell them to come see me’

Akiem Hicks not happy with Madden 20 ratings: ‘Tell them to come see me’

EA Sports released the full Madden 20 player ratings for every team in the NFL, and not everyone was happy with the numbers they received.

The Bears shared a video of backup quarterback Chase Daniel revealing ratings to his teammates, and defensive lineman Akiem Hicks seemed the most upset of the group.

“Bring some of the scouts out here doing the madden ratings,” Hicks said. “Tell them to come see me.”

Hicks received an overall rating of 87, tied for fourth-highest on the team and 10th-highest among defensive ends.

He has the same rating as Green Bay Packers DE Mike Daniels and Detroit Lions DE Trey Flowers.

In the video, running back Tarik Cohen was disappointed with his 92 speed, which is tied for third-fastest on the team behind wide receivers Taylor Gabriel and Emanuel Hall.

Cohen does lead the Bears with 97 agility and 92 elusiveness, but he thought his throwing power stat should be higher than 51 after his two career passing touchdowns.