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Four days left in the 2019 season. It’s been a bumpy ride.

NFL: NOV 28 Bears at Lions Photo by Steven King/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

Ken’s Note: I understand about as many words the press is saying about the NFL right now as I do this song. And no, I don’t speak Chinese.

BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

Chicago Bears Q&A with Brad Biggs - Chicago Tribune - Brad Biggs' Bears mailbag includes questions about Mitch Trubisky's and Ryan Pace's future, the McCaskeys and whether to re-sign Nick Kwiatkoski or Danny Trevathan.

Chicago Bears players take the #DecadeChallenge - Chicago Tribune - The social media #DecadeChallenge got us thinking as we approach the New Year: What were current Bears players doing 10 years ago?

Zeglinski: Count to 10 - The Mahomes nightmare remains – The Rock River Times - Patrick Mahomes knew what he was doing. He will deny it to the end in public circles. He may keep it as a valuable secret he only shares and laughs over with his closest family and friends; the key to the lock never being revealed. But Mahomes had a premeditated plan when he used his fingers to count to 10 in the midst of a Sunday night 26-3 pre-Christmas evisceration of the Bears.

Four players Bears GM Ryan Pace should have on his holiday wish list - NBC Sports Chicago - Four players Bears GM Ryan Pace should have on his holiday wish list.

Bears focused heading into season finale vs. Vikings - Bears Wire - Matt Nagy is getting his team focused for a meaningless regular season finale against the Vikings, where the Bears still have a job to do.

Quick Hits: Matt Nagy talks focus, post-season evaluation - ChicagoBears.com - Coach Matt Nagy discusses the Bears needing to stay mentally focused in season finale, the offseason evaluation process and the job that defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano has done this season.

Chalk Talk: Will Bears starters play in finale? - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses how the Bears will approach Sunday’s season finale against the Vikings, the number of consecutive years the Bears have closed the season in Minnesota and why the Bears are visiting the Rams for the second straight year

Lunch With Larry: 12.24.19 - ChicagoBears.com - Bears Senior Writer Larry Mayer looks at the performance against the Chiefs, defensive standouts, and gears up for the Vikings during his weekly Q&A with fans.

Potash's Bears 2019 superlatives: Who’s the most disappointing? What must be fixed? - Chicago Sun-Times - The Sun-Times’ Mark Potash breaks down the Bears’ superlatives with one game to play in the 2019 season:

Finley's Bears 2019 superlatives: Who’s the most disappointing? What must be fixed? - Chicago Sun-Times - The Sun-Times’ Patrick Finley breaks down the Bears’ superlatives with one game to play in the 2019 season:

1st-and-10: Why Mitch Trubisky is good for Chicago Bears 2020 - Chicago Sun-Times - Changing just the quarterback is unlikely to ignite Matt Nagy’s offense — and it’s just too soon for a full-blown upheaval at Halas Hall. Wait till next year.

While Chicago Bears scramble to fix offense, Chuck Pagano to rely on continuity - Chicago Sun-Times - Coach Matt Nagy compared the defensive staff to his own offensive assistants last offseason. The Bears didn’t replace a single one, and the team spent the offseason trying — unsuccessfully, it turned out — to find a way to make leaps in Year 2.

Matt Nagy says Chicago Bears will play to win Sunday, but won’t rule out resting players - Chicago Sun-Times - A 23-10 home loss to the Packers on Monday night locked the Vikings into the sixth seed in the playoffs and made their Week 17 game against the Bears essentially meaningless.

WELL AT LEAST ONE OF MY TEAMS HAD A GREAT WEEK!

McDonald leads Hawaii to 38-34 win over BYU in Hawaii Bowl - West Hawaii Today - Cole McDonald capped a stellar performance with a 24-yard touchdown pass to Nick Mardner with 1:17 remaining, and Hawaii beat BYU 38-34 on Tuesday night for the Warriors’ first 10-win season since 2010. McDonald threw for 493 yards and four touchdowns against a BYU defense that was allowing an average of 203.8 yards passing per game.

Hawaii rallies for 38-34 win over BYU in the Hawaii Bowl - KSL.com - A year ago, Zach Wilson broke on to the college football bowl landscape on the strength of his arm. \n\nA year later, neither his arms nor his legs were enough to save the day.

Hawaii 38 BYU 34: 5 Thoughts On The Hawaii Bowl - College Football News - Hawaii rallied late to beat BYU 38-34 to win the SoFi Hawaii Bowl. Five thoughts and analysis of the win, and what it all means.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Detroit Lions Week 17 injury report: Rick Wagner, A’Shawn Robinson remain out - Pride Of Detroit - A Christmas injury update from the Lions.

Detroit Lions QB David Blough could win a free car on Sunday. Here’s how. - Pride Of Detroit- The fans must be crazy!

Packers Week 16 Snap Counts: Is this the ideal playing time distribution on offense? - Acme Packing Company - Jones and Lazard were featured heavily on Monday night as Packers fans seem to be getting what they have wanted.

IN CASE YOU YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Sunderbruch: A Holiday Wish - Windy City Gridiron Community - Windy City Gridiron - Chicago fans should stay united as the team works on finding a new direction.

Witfong’s Chicago Bears Sackwatch 2019: Week 16 vs. the Kansas City Chiefs - Windy City Gridiron - Good morning and Merry Christmas! It looks like Santa had some Bears Sackwatch in his sack last night!

WCG CONTRIBUTORS BEARS PODCASTS & STREAMS

Windy City Gridiron Podcast Channel which includes Bear With Me from Robert Schmitz, Bears Over Beers featuring Jeff Berckes & EJ Snyder, and T Formation Conversation from Lester A. Wiltfong Jr.; Steven’s Streaming Twitch Channel from Steven Schweickert; and Robert Zeglinski’s The Blitz Network

THE RULES

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WCG CONTRIBUTORS BEARS PODCASTS & STREAMS

Windy City Gridiron Podcast Channel which includes Bear With Me from Robert Schmitz, Bears Over Beers featuring Jeff Berckes & EJ Snyder, Bears Banter hosted by Bill Zimmerman, and T Formation Conversation from Lester A. Wiltfong Jr.; Steven’s Streaming Twitch Channel from Steven Schweickert; and Robert Zeglinski’s The Blitz Network

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