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Word on the Street: Bears must-see TV?

Word on the Street: Bears must-see TV?

Monday, Nov. 29, 2010CSNChicago.com

Bears-Eagles highest rated game of season

The rest of the country appears to be catching on to what Chicago fans already know; The white-hot Bears, winners of four straight, are must-see TV. SBNation Philly reports that Sunday afternoon's Bears-Eagles game at Soldier Field was the highest-rated game of the NFL season thus far. (SBNation Philly)

Maine South to be stripped of 8A title?

The head of the Illinois High School Association backed off the possibility that Maine South would be stripped of their Class 8A state football championship title it won on Saturday night in light of alleged violations.

Maine South is accused of printing extra, fraudulent, sideline passes as well as engaging in vulgar taunting.

"Our rules are very clear about how many passes schools get and who is to get them," IHSA executive director Marty Hickman said. "We are taking this matter very seriously. We are concerned that they used fraudulent passes to gain a competitive advantage having extra coaches, extra spotters and extra people not available to other folks. (ChicagoBreakingSports)

Bears getting no respect?

Despite an impressive statement win over the explosive Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday afternoon, NFL.com senior analyst Pat Kirwan still believes the Bears will miss the playoffs. Kirwan listed his his six playoff contenders from each league, as well as one extra seventh team - the team he believes is most likely to break in if one of the top six teams fall. The Bears were listed as No. 7 in the NFC behind the Packers, Eagles, and even the 5-6 Rams.

"Too close to leave out of the picture, especially since they currently sit in the No. 2 spot. The Bears defense is excellent, but the offense is inconsistent. They are hot right now with four straight wins, but they still have three road games and their two home games are against the Patriots and Jets," said Kirwan of the Bears. (NFL.com)

Boozer practices, could play Wednesday

Bulls top free agent acquisition Carlos Boozer said that he felt "pretty good" after taking part in his first contact practice as a bull on Monday. He said it was too early to know whether or not he will be able to play on Wednesday when the Bulls take on the Magic at the United Center, but several people associated with the team are reportedly cautiously optimistic that it will happen.

"I felt I had a pretty good day of practice," Boozer said. "My hand felt pretty good. There were a couple times it got hit, which was good to see how that felt. It was a little sore. But overall, it was a good day." (ChicagoBreakingSports)

Soldier Field death ruled accident

The death of a 23-year-old Woodstock man who fell from a ledge at Soldier Field during Sunday's Bears-Eagles game has been ruled an accident by the Cook County medical examiner's office.

The autopsy of Stuart Haverty, who fell at about 4:55 p.m. and was pronounced dead at Northwestern Memorial Hospital about a half hour later, concluded that he died of multiple injuries sustained during the fall. (CSNChicago.com)
Bears-Patriots start time moved

The start of the Dec. 12th Bears-Patriots game at Soldier Field has been moved from the Noon time slot to a 3:15 p.m. start in wake of yet another impressive win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday afternoon - a game that had also been moved up to 3:15 the week earlier. (Bears Goggles On)

Zach LaVine puts on rare scoring display in Bulls' win over Atlanta Hawks

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Zach LaVine puts on rare scoring display in Bulls' win over Atlanta Hawks

On some nights, basketball can feel pretty simple. For the Bulls’ offense — a unit in desperate need of a breakout — tonight was one of those nights.

“I told him, whenever you get it, just shoot it. No matter where you at,” Coby White said of Zach LaVine (who else?) after the Bulls routed the Hawks 136-102. “It just seems like when he gets in a rhythm, he's impossible to stop.”

At present, that sentiment resonates strongly. LaVine scorched the Hawks Wednesday night to the tune of 35 points on 12-for-16 shooting, 7-for-7 from 3-point range. And he did it all in just 25 minutes, sitting the entire fourth quarter of a resounding victory that the Bulls, mercifully, polished off early.

“You know, I get it going. And I want it to stay that way,” LaVine said. “It finally got all put together… It feels good. You wanna have wins like that. It does good for the team and obviously for the body [resting the entire fourth quarter].”

Trouncing the Hawks simultaneously snaps a three-game losing streak for the team and a shooting funk for LaVine. He shot only 33.3% from the field on 19 attempts per game in the three games that comprised that losing streak — hard-fought losses to the Warriors, Heat and Raptors. The Bulls’ total margin of defeat from those three contests was eight points.

“That's what we've been trying to put together,” LaVine said of the Hawks game. “Even though we've had our losses, we’ve been competing every game, we've had stretches where we look really good, where we look like the better team. But we're coming out with the losses.”

Not so tonight. But of course, it’s facetious to call the type of display LaVine put on ‘simple’. Every NBA game, no matter what colors the competing teams sport, features the best basketball players in the world. There are no easy nights at the office in this profession.

Which makes just how easy he can make it look all the more astounding. And all the more worth appreciating.

“Zach's efficiency obviously is just unbelievable,” Jim Boylen said. “He wants to be great, and he's working, and his habits are good. So I'm happy for him.”

LaVine joins a list of only 13 players in NBA history to score 35 points in 25 minutes of play with this performance, including Ben Gordon and *drum roll* Michael Jordan. He is also now the 20th player in league history to shoot 100% on 3-pointers on seven or more attempts in a game. When he’s on, it’s a spectacle. Appointment television.

But, for LaVine, the focus remains on the team. And the future.

“I don't think every game's gonna be like this, obviously,” he said. “But we need to have more of them.”

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Bulls Outsiders Podcast: LaVine drops 35 in blowout win over Hawks

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Bulls Outsiders Podcast: LaVine drops 35 in blowout win over Hawks

On this edition of the Bulls Outsiders podcast, Matt Peck, John Sabine, and David Watson react to the Bulls 136-102 win over the Hawks

0:45 - Reaction to blowout win over Hawks, no cookies though?

3:30 - Viewer comments on Matt being angry, and admitting being wrong on LaVine

5:00 - Zach LaVine highlites by Big Dave

8:10 - On Denzel Valentine and the potential for starting

9:35 - Viewer comment asking for Coby White to start, Matt gets annoyed

10:05 - Viewer comment on trading for Michael Porter Jr

11:30 - Viewer comment on Denzel Valentine in 3-point contest

14:30 - Viewer comment making fun of Sabine’s Cowboys

15:15 - Viewer comment on Markkanen

17:15 - On Otto Porter Jr and missing at least another month

20:55 - Viewer comment on LaVine being the most athletic player in the NBA

23:30 - Viewer comment on Kris Dunn

24:30 - What was your life ‘It’s Over’ moment when you were overconfident?

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

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