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Word on the Street: Bull vs bullfighter

Word on the Street: Bull vs bullfighter

Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011
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Bull vs bullfighter

Bulls MVP Derrick Rose has commercial for his new Adidas shoes, AdiZeroRose 2. The commercial is set in Madrid in a bullfighting arena and Roseis the Bull. He dribbles in between two bullfighters that are trying totake him down. Then, he puts some And1 moves on a few more bullfighters rightbefore driving in for the dunk on a hoop. It's another classic Rose Adidas ad. The shoe will beavailable Oct 6. (Chicago Tribune)
Ben Wallace arrested for drunk driving and weapon charges

Former Bulls center Ben Wallace was arrested over the weekend for erratic driving. Wallace lives in Bloomfield Hills, Detroit and was pulled over around 3 a.m. Saturday while driving a 2007 Cadillac Escalade. When township police searched his car an unloaded pistol was found in a backpack without permit. Wallace was also given a breathalyzer test which showed a blood alcohol count above .08. Wallace's bond is set at 5,000.(ProBasketball Talk)

Marlins offered Morrison for Ozzie?

Chicago White Sox initially offered a deal to the Marlins which consisted of Logan Morrison for Ozzie Guillen. But, the White Sox don't have much leverage in this trading situation. Thanks to general manager Ken Williams the Sox still ended up with potential successors for Guillen. (Hardball Talk)

Strike 3 for Quade

Cubsmanager Mike Quade has been comfortable saying that he knows he is goingto be back next season, but not anymore. The stubborn optimist finally cameto terms with the likeliness that he will not with the Cubs for the2012 season. If Quade leaves then so may his staff. (Bleacher Nation)

Smith is better

BlackhawksMarian Hossa and Patrick Kane did a great job Wednesday at the UnitedCenter against the Red Wings. That was their first game in thepreseason and they each scored a goal. It was phenomenal win, but therewere terrible losses. Viktor Stalberg left during the first period due to a leginjury and Ben Smith was out with a head injury in the third. Stalberg could be out for three weeks.(Chicago Tribune)
Urlacher still respects Payton

FormerChicago Bears superstar Walter Payton's recent exposure of his personallife in Jeff Pearlman's new book "Sweetness", left Brian Urlacher andLance Briggs with comments. Urlacher said people are trying to getattention. He continues to say, "Its not going to change my view onwhat Walter Payton was or is." And Briggs said Walter Payton is theface of the NFL, "to think that people are without flaws is wrong. Hewas human," said Briggs. (Chicago Tribune)

Kill is still in

Former Northern Illinois University football coach Jerry Kill was hospitalized for seizures for the second time in two weeks. However, three days later he was coaching his Minnesota Golden Gophers. After practice Kill said he fully intends to be on the sidelines this weekend. Kill said his situation is complicated but he doesn't plan on resting anytime soon. (CollegeFootball Talk)

The Bears are embracing an underdog mentality as playoff push continues

The Bears are embracing an underdog mentality as playoff push continues

After the final horn sounded on the Bears' signature win of the season so far — a 31-24 trouncing of the Cowboys that wasn't as close as the final score — and all the patented 'Club Dub' celebrations had concluded, a subdued, resolute and focused locker room remained.

These aren't the 2018 Bears — no matter how decisive and dynamic Mitch Trubisky was tonight; no matter the fits the team's depleted front seven gave one of the most talented offensive lines in the league; no matter the balanced plan of attack deployed by Matt Nagy, or that they're now one game closer to an improbable run to the playoffs.

Three weeks ago, this team had been all but dismissed by the greater Chicago faithful. And perhaps that was fair. In year two of the Nagy-Trubisky coach-quarterback pairing, the team was on pace to regress in just about every category you could conjure — most importantly wins. Now, they're 7-6, above .500, and only 1.5 games behind the Vikings for the No. 6 seed in the NFC (with a matchup against them looming in Week 17). 

Tonight, the process may have been even more encouraging than the result, especially looking forward to a challenging three-game close to the season.

"When you win, your confidence goes up. Players, they play different in regard to when you're winning," Matt Nagy said postgame. "You play looser. You don't press as much. I think right now the identity between the defense, the offense, it doesn't feel like one of those deals where if we don't hold them to under 14 points, we don't have a chance to win."

Trubisky was as sharp as he's ever been in one of the bigger games of his career, tossing for 244 yards and amassing four total touchdowns — three through the air, one on the ground. And talk about loose: He also put together his most impressive rushing performance in over a calendar year, breaking out for 63 yards on 10 attempts, including a late-game 23-yard touchdown (to put the Bears ahead 31-14) that ignited Soldier Field around him.

His resurgence has come in lockstep with the Bears' season turning. Perhaps that's no coincidence.

"I think it says we're resilient, stick together, believe in each other even when nobody else believes in us," Trubisky said. "That's a special group in that locker room. We want to keep this feeling going, focusing on the little things, focusing hard, sticking together, doing our jobs."

Allen Robinson said that the team's confidence has "never wavered." Charles Leno said the offense is firing on all cylinders. The defense, missing four starters, didn't miss a beat until the Cowboys tacked on some garbage-time fluff late in the game.

A crucial, yet challenging, stretch looms. First, the Bears travel to Lambeau Field to face the Packers for the second time this season. Then, back home for Kansas City — though mortal, still one of the more potent offensive attacks in football. And finally, to Minnesota for a potential postseason play-in game. The Bears probably need all three of those games to be wins, save for late-season collapses from the Rams and Vikings (not impossible), to pull off a playoff berth. As it stands currently, they project as underdogs in both those road contests, and possibly even against the Chiefs (though a win in Green Bay would go a long way, there). 

As far as Nagy is concerned... Good. 

"I'm okay with that. For our guys, it's different," Nagy said of assuming the underdog role for the stretch run. "Last year, there was a different type of mentality because we didn't know, there were no expectations. This year, a lot of expectations. So now here we are at 7-6. Who knows really what we're going to be at. We know we have some really good teams coming up. Our guys, as you can see, they're just focused on winning each week. That's what they're doing."

Under Center Podcast: Trubisky shines in big win over Cowboys

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Under Center Podcast: Trubisky shines in big win over Cowboys

Laurence Holmes is joined by the Football Aftershow crew of Lance Briggs, Matt Forte, Alex Brown, and Olin Kreutz to break down the Bears' huge win over the Cowboys. The guys give their initial thoughts on the victory (1:05) before discussing what impressed them most about Mitch Trubisky's performance (5:00), what the possible return of Akiem Hicks and his leadership could mean (15:30), and how the team stays focused heading into Green Bay for Week 15 and beyond (25:00).

 

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Under Center Podcast

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