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The Bears Den: February 04, 2013 - Offseason news and notes

Mike Ehrmann

Hester wants fresh start, could seek trade - Vaughn McClure: Returner/receiver confirms he's discontented with his role on offense and is conflicted about whether he wants to stay with Bears.

Hester frustration understandable; Bears', too - Moon Mullin offers some perspective on Hester's trade talk.

Steven Schweickert: Hester hints at trade request.

Seven named for 2013 Hall of Fame class - Bill Parcells led an induction class that also included Warren Sapp, Cris Carter, Jonathan Ogden, and Larry Allen.

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Trestman might be next great surprise - Barry Rozner: Marc Trestman could turn out to be a disaster, just like Harbaugh's pick of Kaepernick could have been. But Kaepernick got the 49ers to the Super Bowl and turned out to be the stuff of genius, just as Trestman might turn out to be for Emery.

Steven Schweickert: Don't expect miracles in Year 1 A.L. (After Lovie).

Tillman presented with Salute to Service Award - Larry Mayer: Charles Tillman was presented with the award, which recognizes those who honor and support members of the military community.

Peanut for MVP (Most Valuable Peanut)!


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NFP Sunday Blitz - Dan Pompei: The Ravens' behind the scenes secret; best 49ers teams of all time and all the scoop from New Orleans.

Matt Bowen's game notes - SB XLVII: Flacco, Ravens knock out the 49ers.

Best and worst Super Bowl ads - I had to sit through this twice every ad break. I'm sure there was a store for beds called "Dreams" or somesuch from years gone by... so it was like I was being bombarded by an advert for a bed store 25-30 times an hour. At 3 in the morning.

Halftime show - If you missed it or, like me, didn't care and want to see what the fuss was all about. Now, if it'd been Alicia Keys, we might have a future Mrs Spongie on our hands.....

What's next in the NFL? - Dan Pompei: Combine, draft, possible rules changes among the things to watch in the months ahead. Issues facing the game.

Ireland face England this week in the Six Nations but there's no point doing a week of music from England, so here's a week that isn't U2.