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The Bears Den: June 18, 2012

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"...where we apologise for the delay in bringing you today's Den, due to unforeseen technical difficulties."

Did Chicago botch Super Bowl chances with failure to build McDome? - One critic blames politicians for scuttling plans in mid-1990s for multi-use stadium with sufficient capacity.

Bears' unfinished business: OL - "Tice has stressed he wants them to be much better with their hands this season, a message that has been sent to J’Marcus Webb, who has also been instructed to clean up his second step."

Peter King's MMQB - LaDainian Tomlinson second only to Marshall Faulk among modern-era RBs; Jim McMahon's thoughts on concussion issues; King and I have same opinion of 1-day contracts to retire with a former team.

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Photos from veteran minicamp - And football season edges closer and closer... More from the Tribune (Jay's smiling in #3).

Bears sign OT Brandon, CB Brown - Now have 89 of 90 roster spots filled.

Gould responds to questions from fans - Trivia: When Bears called to invite him to try out, he thought it was a prank and hung up on them, repeatedly.

ESPN NFCN blog ChatWrap: Bears' left tackle competition - Seifert: Webb or Chris Williams?

Circling back on minicamp questions - Offense closely resembles Broncos' scheme from 2006-08; Idonije still pencilled in as starter opposite Peppers for the time being.

NFC North breakout and versatile players - Carimi, Hester are Bears' representatives.

Playbook session: the base NFL run game - Bowen on the terminology behind the run game.

Playbook session: a look at the 'Sucker' route - Bowen breaks down the route scheme up on the chalkboard.

Breaking down the top Cover 4 beater - Bowen takes a look at the 'Pin' route up on the chalkboard.

[Video] Bowen's Breakdown: 'Under 10' formation in Bears defense - Matt Bowen goes nuts with the whiteboard. There's no other way to describe it.

Update on the Charles Tillman math(s) homework story - The student's tale is revealed.

Ex-Bear Harris' emotional Father's Day journey - Tommie Harris preparing to celebrate Father's Day with his two young children for the first time without his wife.

Moon Mullin: In the end, how does Tomlinson compare to Payton? - Spongie: In the end, only one of them played his entire career with the same team instead of having to sign a "1-day contract" to "retire as a member of the team he'll always be associated with"...

NFL making coaches film available to the public - Starting in 2012, the online NFL's Game Rewind feature will include access to the mysterious and secretive "All-22" coaches film.

What Bears Fans Need to Do Before Training Camp - Maggie Hendricks' entry for "ultimate space filler piece" competition.

Know thy enemy - Packers roster analysis: Set at QB, but thin at RB.

Know thy enemy - "5 reasons the Lions will be better in '12". One of these relies on an oft-injuried trio of RBs getting a break (as in, not getting anything broken).

Know thy enemy - OT Reiff’s versatility will be a key for Lions moving forward. Early career will be scrutinised alongside those of Perry and McClellin by Bears fans, no doubt...

Start your one-armed drumming miming!