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Take another look at '12 Bears' schedule and the '85 Bears'

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Take another look at '12 Bears' schedule and the '85 Bears'

The remainder of the Bears schedule has presumably better teams than the first seven games. What that means well, it really doesnt mean anything. More perspective on that in a moment.

Coaches and players arent the least bit interested in discussing whether or not the Bears have played anybody i.e., good on the way to their way to the 6-1 start. Why should they be?

Using one prism for perspective, the Bears have beaten only one team currently above .500.

Using a different one the Lovie Smith glass-half-full model four of the seven teams the Bears have faced have been .500 or better: Indianapolis, Green Bay, Dallas and Detroit.

Dallas and Detroit are 3-4 right now but heres the catch: that includes the losses to the Bears. Meaning, part of the reason those two are sub-.500 is because they played and lost to the Bears.

I think you have to forget that winning record part, Smith said. Because we had a 1-5 Carolina team come in here and play pretty good football.

I think you look across the league, if youre a true pro you dont get into those things. To be truthful, I know who we play this week Tennessee. But beyond that and I know whos coming up. But the order, we cant look at that. We just know that this week going on the road in a tough environment we need to play better ball, which well do.

The 85 lesson

Smiths Bears have had to endure endless comparisons with the 1985 Bears anytime their defense is very good. So its only reasonable that the 85ers help this group out on schedule perspectives.

The Super Bowl XX winners had six games against teams with winning records in 1985: New England, Washington, San Francisco, Dallas, Miami and the Jets. They were 5-1 against those teams.

The 2012 Bears are on course to have seven games against teams with winning records, including one more with Green Bay.

While the angst is running amok in BearNation, and lest there be any idea of, Yeah, but those 85 guys at least crushed the mopes on their schedule.

The 85 team needed come-from-behind wins to escape with two wins over Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first five weeks of the season. Those would be the 2-14 Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Jim McMahons legendary Thursday night rescue from a 17-9 third-quarter hole was against division rival Minnesota. The 7-9 Minnesota Vikings.

As they were on final approach to the Super Bowl, the week after losing in Miami on Monday night, the Bears were tied 3-3 at halftime, at home, with the Indianapolis Colts. The 5-11 Indianapolis Colts.

The 2012 Bears arent the 1985 Bears. For that matter, the 1986 Bears werent the 1985 Bears. Schedule analyses should wait until more of it has played out.

Chris Getz on Michael Kopech: 'He’s got no interest in being second best'

Chris Getz on Michael Kopech: 'He’s got no interest in being second best'

With his MLB debut a day away, the Michael Kopech hype train is rolling full steam ahead.

Chris Getz, the White Sox farm director, did nothing to really slow that train down. Getz was interviewed during the NBC Sports Chicago broadcast and it was all about the pitching prospect and his upcoming debut.

“His stuff is unique,” Getz said. “It’s front-line repertoire, there’s no question. But he’s got such a competitive mindset. He’s got no interest in being second best. He’s a great teammate. He’s a great person. He’s everything you ask for in a guy to be on a team to compete for championships.”

Getz said Kopech has become more confident with his curveball in his last six or seven starts. The “six or seven starts” timeframe is something both general manager Rick Hahn and Charlotte Knights pitching coach Steve McCatty said verbatim in other interviews on Monday. Apparently they saw what they wanted to in terms of Kopech’s development.

Kopech had a 1.84 ERA with 59 strikeouts and four walks in 44 innings in his last seven starts with the Knights. He also didn’t walk any batters in his last three starts over 20 innings.

“He’s got a lot of momentum going right now,” Getz said. “He’s in a very good position for success. He’s right where you want a player to be when we graduate them to the major leagues.”

McCatty, when talking about Kopech on ESPN 1000 with Fred Huebner, said Kopech’s fastball, slider and curveball are all plus pitches.

McCatty also has some experience with big time prospects coming up to the majors. He was the Nationals pitching coach when Stephen Strasburg made his major league debut in 2010. He had some advice for Kopech for his White Sox debut.

“I told him make sure you’re not throwing 102 in the first inning,” McCatty said with a laugh. “He’s gonna be exciting. He’s a specially talented kid. There’s no question about it.”

In Getz’s in-game interview with Jason Benetti and Steve Stone, Benetti asked about Kopech’s upside. Getz didn’t temper expectations in his response.

“To be a front end guy,” Getz said. “He’s got all the ingredients that all the best pitchers have. Michael, he’s going to be himself. He’s got a great personality. He’s got great stuff on the mound. He’s just going to be a guy that’s got a chance to be in the major leagues for a long time at the front end of a major league staff. In terms of throwing comparisons out there, there’s no need to do that. He’s going to be himself and he’s going to be a good one.”

Pedro Martinez talks up Michael Kopech ahead of his White Sox debut

Pedro Martinez talks up Michael Kopech ahead of his White Sox debut

Michael Kopech's pending debut for the White Sox on Tuesday is getting plenty of buzz among White Sox fans, but it's also getting some national attention.

Hall of Fame pitcher Pedro Martinez tweeted out some strong words about Kopech the day before Kopech is set to make his major league debut.

Martinez was one of the most electric pitchers in the game so when he talks about a pitching prospect as "the biggest up and coming arm in baseball," it carries some weight. As if White Sox fans couldn't be excited enough for Kopech's debut...

Kopech also got some love from Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.