Brandon Marshall: 'I needed help' - Michael C. Wright: Brandon Marshall spent time with ESPN at his home discussing a variety of topics, with most focused on some of the things he’s doing to promote mental health awareness. [Includes link to Video.]
Bears tickets go on sale Thursday - Larry Mayer: Single-game tickets will go on sale through Ticketmaster on Thursday, July 10, at 11 am (CT); tickets for Family Fest at Soldier Field on Saturday, Aug. 2 are still available at $8-$12.
Training camp preview: Quarterbacks - Not-Hub Fishbain: Expectations will be higher for Jay Cutler and the rest of the offense in Year Two, so the scrutiny that comes with any poor practices in camp won't be going away. The backup QB competition will be an intriguing camp battle.
Rookie watch: Kyle Fuller - James Neveau: "If there is one thing that Trestman and the front office appreciate, it’s versatility. Corey Wootton is a great example of that, as he spent time last season at DE and DT as injuries ravaged the line." [Uh, is Neveau aware that he was moved to DT in an emergency and wasn't re-signed after the season? Come back Maggie Hendricks, all is forgiven. - Den]
Bears history - Michael C. Wright with a rundown of the three most memorable plays in Bears franchise history. Today's is Devin Hester's kickoff return TD to open Super Bowl 41.
Brandon Marshall on Derrick Rose recruiting - Tony Andracki: Marshall says it's not his (Rose's) thing, but he himself would love to be recruiting players.
Sun-Times Bears section here.
NFL Rookie Symposium: First-year football players learn off-field risk - Robert Klemko checks in on the league’s effort to see fewer DUIs, concussions, drug charges and suspensions, incidences of off-field violence and post-career poverty.
NFL Health & Safety - Dr. David Chao: NFL bans "grill" facemasks citing safety, meanwhile, players cite safety as reason to use them.
Which teams have the best (and worst) running games? - Mike Tanier uses broken tackles, breakaway runs and more to analyze each team's running game. [Ooo, you're not going to like the Packers being top 10. - Den]
Know thy enemy: Vikings - Josh Katzowitz: Norv Turner seems to really like his QBs, describing them as 'A really, really good group'. [Why, did they cut Ponder? - Den]
Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling presents Brett Favre's interception that cost the Vikings a chance at their first Super Bowl trip since 1977 as one of their three most memorable plays in franchise history. [I can see why Rence thought it mean. - Den]
Know thy enemy: Lions - Michael Rothstein: Let’s face it. In the long, long legacy of the Lions, there are not many positive plays out there; but there was the time Barry Sanders burned the Cowboys in the team's only playoff win in the Super Bowl era.
Know thy enemy: Packers - Rob Demovsky with the first of the three most memorable plays in franchise history: Bart Starr's Ice Bowl sneak with 13 seconds remaining for the game-winning score in the NFL Championship game against the Cowboys.
Never let it be said The Sponge does not cater to his audience. Here are the highlights of the new and interesting twists from the hilarious 2005 film version of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy; for everyone else, episode 2 of the BBC series is here (Warning: contains nudity - Douglas Adams' arse at 02:00 - and Vogon poetry).