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One day closer to the draft, and questions are surfacing because questions always surface... they float, don’t cha’ know?

NFL: APR 27 2018 NFL Draft
Mike Singletary announces the pick for the Chicago Bears during the second round of the NFL Draft on April 27, 2018 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX.
Photo by Andrew Dieb/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

We are fully engaged in Rock Pocket week... where all of the songs have a deep pocket groove... the kind of groove for which you dim the lights, sit back, relax and flow... for today we have a “near repeat” of a previous special, but this is David Gilmour’s solo version from Pompeii. Why the near repeat? Because if you need the pocket defined for you, listen to this song... this is what it is...

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

BEARRRSSSS

Fox-32 hires Kaitlin Sharkey as new Chicago Bears reporter - Chicago Tribune - Ahead of the NFL draft, Fox-32 has reached into Packers country for its new Bears reporter, Kaitlin Sharkey, who has worked in Milwaukee, Green Bay and Wausau.

Denzel Mims a Dream Receiver Pick for Bears in Round 2 - SI.com - When the draft approaches players sometimes begin to drop in projections for no good reason.

Here’s What Trading Down Could Net Bears in NFL Draft - SI.com - Trading down makes sense in so many ways for the Chicago Bears on Day 2 of the NFL Draft.

Three Ways Mitchell Trubisky Already Trails in QB Battle with Nick Foles - SI.com - When the Nick Foles and Mitchell Trubisky quarterback battle come down, Trubisky could have very little weighing in on his side to make victory possible in a fair contest.

Where do four Bears rank among best of best? - ChicagoBears.com - The aptly-named Adam Rank of NFL.com has ranked Khalil Mack and the three other Bears who were named to the NFL All-Decade Team for the 2010s among the 52 players on the all-star squad.

Matt Nagy helped Nick Foles rediscover love for game - ChicagoBears.com - A reunion with Bears coach Matt Nagy with the Chiefs in 2016 led to quarterback Nick Foles rediscovering his passion for football he had lost the previous season with the Rams.

Eyeing Potential Bears 2020 NFL Draft Targets: Houston OL Josh Jones - Bleacher Nation - Josh Jones is one of the best tackle prospects in this draft, but that he played at Houston is a cause for concern for some.

Trubisky’s Development Still Important - Da Bears Blog - We’ve all seen the flashes from Trubisky.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Rex Ryan: Brady made Patriots great, give Belichick Geno Smith and see if he wins - ProFootballTalk - Tom Brady today called the question of whether he or Bill Belichick is more responsible for the Patriots’ success “a s–tty argument.” Shortly after that, Rex Ryan went on ESPN and engaged in that argument.

Geno Smith fires back, calls Rex Ryan "a snake" - ProFootballTalk - If controversy is what ESPN covets, Rex Ryan is providing it. He has gone on a rip-a-thon over the past week, making it personal for no good reason.

Report: Concern emerges over IT employees in NFL homes - ProFootballTalk - It’s not quite carnage in the streets, but there’s a concern regarding the presence of IT workers in NFL homes.

NFL will make allowances for legitimate technical collapses - ProFootballTalk - It’s one thing for the league to take the position that there generally will be no reason to delay the deadline for getting picks made when the first-ever (and hopefully first-only) home-office draft happens in 15 days. It’s quite another for the league to take the position that the clock will continue to run if a legitimate technical collapse occurs.

Cubs, Bears and Tiger Woods? Mistakes were made - Chicago Sun-Times - On Albert Pujols, the Cubs, Joakim Noah, Tiger Woods and much, much more!

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Green Bay: Nobody cares except the cheeseheads. Nobody cares what a cheesehead thinks. Ergo, nobody cares.

Detroit: Nobody cares. I suspect Detroit is still in Detroit, but I don’t care enough to even check. Because Detroit.

Minnesota: Nobody cares about Minnesota because the Mall of America is closed, with the following exception:

Mall of America® Red Cross Blood Drive - Mall of America® is closed, but the American Red Cross Minnesota Region is using the North Atrium as a blood donation center. If you are there, please donate. Other than this, nobody cares about Minnesota.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: Would you like a 10-round 2020 NFL Draft? - Windy City Gridiron - The Steelers general manager has proposed adding three rounds to the 2020 NFL Draft.

Infante's Draft Q&A: Should the Bears draft a receiver in Round 2? - Windy City Gridiron - What positions should the Bears target in the draft? Would a cancelled 2020 CFB season convince the Bears to trade future draft capital? All that and more answered in this draft Q&A.

THE RULES

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