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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)

Bulls, Bobby Portis value each other greatly despite no deal getting done

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Bulls, Bobby Portis value each other greatly despite no deal getting done

Monday's deadline came and went with expected results: Bobby Portis and the Bulls being unable to reach an agreement on a contract extension.

Some 19 hours later all parties involved said the right things, that they value one another and hope to be working together long-term.

But all that will be shelved until July 1, when Portis enters restricted free agency at this coming season's end. The two sides found themselves in position to wait out on an extension.

For Portis, he's improved his game each of his first three seasons in the league posted per-36 numbers on par with some of the game's best big men. Expected to start while Lauri Markkanen recovers from a sprained elbow - and then act as the team's Sixth Man after that - Portis is in line to post career numbers once again.

For the Bulls, nearly all their front office decisions the past three seasons have been with an eye toward the 2019 offseason and having as much cap space as possible. Waiting on a Portis contract allows them to see if any of the top free agents in the class are interested in Chicago, while also having the ability to match any deal Portis gets on the open market.

It's similar to how the Bulls played out the rookie scale contracts of both Jimmy Butler and Zach LaVine.

John Paxson spoke during Tuesday's practice at the Advocate Center and reiterated how much the Bulls value Portis and the work he's put in since they drafted him 22nd overall in 2015.

Portis also spoke with reporters after practice. And what would normally be considered posturing from any other player, Portis' blue-collar mentality was present in his comments.

"I couldn’t see myself in no other jersey. Obviously, I got Bulls DNA," he said. "Me and the city have a love connection somewhere. At the same time, I just enjoy playing for the Bulls.

"I play this game because I love it. Obviously, you want to make as much money as possible to help your family. But I started playing basketball because it’s fun to me and I loved it. I still have that same passion, that same heart every night I go out there."

Still, the opportunity will be there for Portis to make himself significant money in the coming six months. After averaging a modest 13.2 points and 6.8 rebounds in Year 3, Portis will be called upon to shoulder a scoring load in the absence of Markkanen. And with Jabari Parker's Bulls career off to a shaky start, Portis will be the go-to guy on the second unit once Markkanen is back in the lineup.

"Bobby is a guy that is very confident in himself. He’s confident in his ability. That’s what we love about him," Fred Hoiberg said. "And like I said, he’s going to go out there and play the same way every time he steps on the floor, whether it’s practice, whether it’s a pick-up game in the summer or once we get started on Thursday. He’s a warrior, and he’s just going to go out there and play the right way with great effort.’’

The Bulls will need that with the start of the regular season just two days away. They open on the road against the Philadelphia 76ers, a team that went 30-11 at home last season.

Portis will play a significant role in slowing down one of the NBA's best frontcourts. Whether or not this is his last season doing so in Chicago, he knows what the Bulls think of him and won't let the impending negotiations distract him.

"I know how much I’m valued. They tell me a lot. Give it all I got. Kind of the leader of the bunch. Blue-collar worker," he said. "Everybody respects me because I come in every day with a chip on my shoulder, try to push my guys to get better each day. That makes me go."

Hawks Talk Podcast: Crawford's return, Saad's demotion and power play concerns

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Hawks Talk Podcast: Crawford's return, Saad's demotion and power play concerns

In the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle, Charlie Roumeliotis and Slavko Bekovic provide their thoughts on the Blackhawks’ 3-0-2 start.

They also discuss Brandon Saad’s demotion and whether it could serve as a wake-up call, Corey Crawford’s potential return on Thursday vs. Arizona and what could happen with Anton Forsberg because of it, and address the power play concerns.

The guys wrap up the podcast by making a few bold predictions going forward.

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