The Bears Den: June 2, 2011

...where we're like Jeopardy smart.

Bears tabbed Pop Warner team of year | Larry Mayer: The Bears were honored as the 2011 Pop Warner NFL Team of the Year last Saturday night at the 51st annual Pop Warner All-American Scholastic Banquet in Chicago.

How many Pro Bowlers blocked for Emmitt Smith? | Larry discusses how many Pro Bowlers blocked for Emmitt Smith, if receiver or offensive line is a bigger free-agent need for the Bears and the Bears' record when leading at halftime under Lovie Smith.

NFL player lockout sees secret meeting in Chicago's western suburbs - Brad Biggs: NFL labor strike sees secret negotiations near an obscure Chicago airport -- a report on the Chicago Tribune's airport stakeout.

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Dan Pompei's Bears mailbag - Dan Pompei's: Will the Bears ever appear on HBO's 'Hard Knocks'? What is Garrett Wolfe's outlook after his arrest? The Tribune's Bears columnist answers these questions and more.

Bears' Idonije: 'When lights turn back on, we'll be ready' - Brad Biggs: Chicago Bears defensive end Israel Idonije says he is confident a collective bargaining agreement will be reached this summer or early fall, and his team will be prepared.

Would NFL rookie wage scale reduce outsiders preying on NCAA athletes? - Chicago Sun-Times Sean Jensen: The disgraceful fall of a college football power broker nicknamed ‘‘The Senator’’ intensifies the spotlight on the systemic issues plaguing the NCAA.

Bears' Wootton comments on NFL offseason | Video: Bears defensive end Corey Wootton visits CTL to discuss his offseason and the controversial topic of whether college athletes should be paid or not.

Expect Bennett to Have a Bigger Role in '11 | NBC Chicago | Grizzly Detail Maggie Hendricks: Mike Martz wants to get Bennett the ball.

Lockout tough to swallow near Bears' camp - Chicago Bears Blog - ESPN Chicago Michael C. Wright: If the lockout continues, business near the Bears' training camp will suffer, too.

Will Bears or Vikings shift training camp? - NFC North Blog - ESPN Kevin Seifert: Bears and Vikings camps might overlap with the start of the fall semester at both schools.

Green Bay Packers are best NFL organization in 2011 rankings - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN Adam Schein: It is my favorite time of year. It is time once again for the annual NFL organization rankings on Blogs " Blog Archive Schwartz solicits nickname suggestions from fans " Lions coach Jim Schwartz is fast becoming one of the NFL’s more influential tweeters. His latest initiative is a perfect example.

Punk move by Panthers players to lock out media - NFL - Yahoo! Sports Michael Silver: Jordan Gross and Co. risk alienating fans and reporters with their police-monitored workout sessions. - National Football League news.

Breaking down the Saints red zone Cover 2 | National Football Post Matt Bowen: Using video to discuss Jenkins' 'pick-six' vs. Bradford

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