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The Bears Den: June 26, 2013 - Offseason news and notes

Matt Stafford is about to get flashbacks.

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Larry Mayer's Chalk Talk - Larry discusses if Kyle Long will win a starting position this summer, if the Bears have ever won a championship the same year as another Chicago sports team, and Bears who have worn Ditka's No. 89 jersey .

Lester A. Wiltfong Jr.: Who will be the new Face of the Bears?

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Lions sign former Bear Israel Idonije - Carlos Monarrez: The Lions may have just quietly added their most productive DE. Kevin Seifert: Ideal swing D-lineman for Lions. PFF: Slam dunk win for Lions.

Izzy A. Wiltfong Jr.: Israel Idonije signs with the Detroit Lions

Bears players congratulate Blackhawks - Larry Mayer: Many Bears players took to Twitter to offer their thoughts and congratulations after the Blackhawks scored two goals in :17 late in the third period to turn a 2-1 deficit into a thrilling 3-2 win.

Ex-Bear news - Tim Graham: Tank Johnson, who moved to Chicago from Phoenix, where you can buy an AK-47 at Circle K, tells NFL rookies not to bring their guns to town.


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NFP Agent's Journal - Jack Bechta: There are some harsh realities about working in sports that are overlooked by those dying to make a career of it. Deacon Jones Award - Beginning in 2013, the NFL's leader in sacks will receive the Deacon Jones Award. So, who's primed to take home the hardware in Year 1?

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Adam Schein: Christian Ponder's first two NFL seasons have been a roller-coaster ride and now he faces a pivotal Year 3, but the QB can succeed. Marc Sessler: Ponder is a shambles attacking defenses deep.

Know thy enemy: Lions - The Lions Twitter account wanted to know why its followers are Lions fans. Barry Sanders' answer was deliciously backhanded, whether intended or not.

Whut? - Charges filed after police break up fight during charity softball game hosted by Eagles player LeSean McCoy. Oh, those whacky Philly fans.

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