Now that the draft ratings and rankings are well in the past, the rankings of actual instead of projected NFL players can get started in earnest.
Lance Briggs is already in as No. 72 on the top 100 of NFL.com. Thats better than he fared with CBSSports.coms Pete Prisco, who doesnt have Briggs in his top 100 at all, a bit of a snub for someone whos gone to seven straight Pro Bowls.
Pete does bring Matt Forte in at No. 63, but that makes Forte the fifth-best running back, behind Ray Rice (52), Arian Foster (36), LeSean McCoy (32), Adrian Peterson (28) and Maurice Jones-Drew (19).
Brian Urlacher sits at 40 with Petes list and Julius Peppers (8th) is the highest-rated Bear. Jay Cutler doesnt make the list, although Cam Newton (83) and Tony Romo (78) do along with the usual suspects (the Mannings, Brady, Rodgers, Brees). At least there's no mention of Tim Tebow.
Tebow does, however, grace the NFL.coms top 100 for 2012, which veers over toward the head-shaking simply because Tebow is a longshot to beat out Mark Sanchez for the Jets starting job and chances of Sanchez being in the top 60 (hes not in 61-100 group already unveiled) are, ummm, slim.
NFL Network says that another Bear, a defensive player who was on the list last year, will be among the group from 51-60 that is unveiled Wednesday night. Best guess is that it will be Urlacher again, since Julius Peppers projects in the top 25 at least.
The White Sox signing Yasmani Grandal broke suddenly and unexpectedly.
It wasn’t a big surprise that the White Sox would go after him, but the timing and the fact that the White Sox broke the news on their own (a la the Jose Quintana trade) caught people off guard.
Once the dust settled, the White Sox were in the national spotlight as far as the baseball world was concerned.
ESPN’s Jeff Passan got Ken Williams on the record before the White Sox had conference calls on the signing. Williams makes it sound like it’s go-time for the South Siders.
Passan also gave a look at a potential White Sox lineup for 2020 once prospects Luis Robert and Nick Madrigal eventually join. We also made our own.
The Athletic’s Jayson Stark was impressed with how early the signing was. White Sox fans will enjoy that after going through the long, drawn out Manny Machado/Bryce Harper sagas last offseason.
Here are some Grandal stats that should get White Sox fans fired up about his addition (if they weren’t already).
Finally, is it time to talk playoffs? Long way to go, but the White Sox offseason is off to a notable start.
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The Bears are throwing it back to the past this weekend at Soldier Field.
The Bears will rock 1960s throwback helmets Sunday when they take on the New York Giants. The helmet is navy blue and features a white "C" logo and gray facemask, whereas the current helmet has an orange "C" and white facemask.
A look at the throwback lid:
The Bears donned those helmets from 1962-72 during the playing days of Dick Butkus and Gale Sayers, now Hall of Famers. They won the 1963 NFL Championship along the way.
“I think a lot of Bears fans remember the ‘60s, especially the ’63 championship team winning at Wrigley against the Giants with those ‘Cs’ on our helmet,” Bears chairman George H. McCaskey said. “And of course Butkus and Sayers and all the great memories they provided. That small change I think means a lot to people.”
As 2019 is the Bears' 100th season as a franchise, they've been honoring a different decade at each home game. The Bears have also installed seven-foot tall bobbleheads around Chicago each week featuring players from that week's celebratory decade.
Unsurprisingly, this week's game will celebrate the 1960s, with Butkus and Sayers represented in life-size bobblehead form:
The Bears will give out bobbleheads of Butkus and Sayers to the first 20,000 fans who arrive at Sunday's game.
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