A NOTE ABOUT THE CURRENT STATE OF UNREST
While we have a firm, non-bending rule against discussion of politics of any kind here in the Den, right now there are many WCG family members (and that’s what you are to us, our extended and sometimes dysfunctional family members) who live in areas nearby or even in civil disruption zones.
It’s OK to talk about that here in the Den (leaving politics entirely aside...). There are things happening in society that transcend our little sandbox full of toys here at WCG. All I ask is that you keep it civil, keep politics 100 percent out of it, and respect other people’s right to their own opinion.
If in doubt, don’t say it or word it in as non-confrontational of a way as possible. If it gets out of hand, well... let’s make sure it doesn’t come to that, m’kay?
THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL
The last song of the Den’s week long Xmaslovechild & Ken’s personal favorites (that aren’t mainstream, at least not in 2020) week takes a twist, as Jack steps in with one of his favorites to seal the deal. First Xxmaslovechild’s, then Jack’s.
“America, I love you, but you’re freaking me out”
BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!
Matt Nagy emphasizing competition in the Bears’ secondary - BearReport - Matt Nagy says the QB competition isn’t the only one this offseason as he commented on some battles in the secondary.
Mitch Trubisky and Allen Robinson take part in discussion with Chicago youth - NBC Sports Chicago - According to several different Chicago athlete’s Instagram accounts, a number of players from the Bears, Cubs, Bulls, and Blackhawks got together on Thursday.
Chicago Bears director of player engagement work vital, appreciated - ChicagoBears.com - Already a valuable member of the Bears organization, director of player engagement LaMar “Soup” Campbell is playing an even more important role as he helps players navigate unprecedented times.
Just asked Kyle Long if there was any truth to the Jets talk rumors. He said, "No. None." https://t.co/ZcsnZ0JYZa— Rick Tarsitano (@RickTarsitano) June 5, 2020
Kyle Long isn’t joining the Jets, calm down Bears fans, he’s staying retired - NBC Sports Chicago - The internet strikes again.
Former Chicago Bears LB Sam Acho hopes event helps people who are hurting - ChicagoBears.com - Former Bears linebacker Sam Acho coordinated a special event Thursday that brought together pro athletes with residents and police officers from Chicago’s West Side to discuss how to effect change in the city.
Da Bears Blog - “I Understand What I Don’t Understand” - I call it The Beige Beast.
Pearson’s 8 observations: Thoughts on OTA’s - BearReport - We take a look at 8 things for Chicago Bears OTA’s as they open up the month of June.
With uncertainty ahead, when will Bears QB competition begin? - BearReport - The Chicago Bears QB competition between Mitch Trubisky and Nick Foles will be in the spotlight this offseason but when will it officially begin?
Chamberlain: Why the Bears Are Facing a Long, Hot Summer at Camp - BearDigest - With so many new players entered into position battles, the Chicago Bears coaching staff will need every practice rep it can get to figure out each of the winners
How Local Athletes Are Creating Change For Chicago - 670 The Score - In the wake of George Floyd’s death in the streets of Minneapolis, the issues of racial injustice and police brutality have been at the forefront across America. It has left our society with a daunting question.
Potash: Bears’ Mitch Trubisky vs. Nick Foles — Will competition bring out the best in either of them? - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears’ quarterback derby is between two players who have never won a QB derby. But the upcoming competition still figures to produce a better quarterback than the Bears had in 2019.
Column: When will Chicago sports teams start playing again? - Chicago Tribune - Here’s where each of Illinois’ pro sports teams stands currently as sports slowly start to return around the world.
Jordan Brand and Michael Jordan Statement on Commitment to Black Community - Nike News - In addition to the investment from NIKE Inc., the Jumpman is announcing a joint commitment from Michael Jordan and Jordan Brand to donate $100 million over the next 10 years.
Texans special teams coordinator Brad Seely retires - ProFootballTalk - The Texans have a prominent position to fill on Bill O’Brien’s coaching staff.
Schutt Sports unveils visor to ‘block droplets from sweat, coughs, and sneeze’ - NBC Sports Chicago - At the least, it’s an intriguing start.
Kraft family pledges $1 million to groups promoting equity, fighting systemic racism - ProFootballTalk - The Kraft family said in a statement earlier this week that the United States is in need of “deep healing”
Nine NFL bandwagons to hop aboard in 2020: Bills, Bucs top list - NFL.com - In the wake of wheeling-and-dealing season, NFL bandwagons are filling up fast. Adam Schein spotlights nine teams you should be hyped about in 2020 and beyond.
More than half of NFL coaching staffs not at team facilities - WGN Radio 720
More than half of the 32 NFL teams did not have coaching staffs at their facilities Friday even though the league has approved such returns where local governments allow them.
RB Freeman tells Bucs to reach out to him directly - NFL.com - Free-agent running back Devonta Freeman needs a home and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers could use help in the backfield, but money may be the underlying issue between a proven veteran and a team with little cap room.
NFL All-Analytics Team: Lamar Jackson, Stephon Gilmore stand out - NFL.com - Cynthia Frelund assembles an all-star roster of analytics monsters from the 2019 season. Who joins reigning MVP Lamar Jackson on the squad?
NFL coaches return to team facilities - NFL.com - NFL teams are back in the building. Well, at least parts of them. Friday is the first day coaches are allowed to return to team facilities, and the Bengals’ Zac Taylor and Steelers’ Mike Tomlin were already spotted in their respective headquarters.
Roger Goodell: NFL ‘wrong’ for not listening to protesting players earlier - NFL.com - NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Friday the league admits it was wrong
KNOW THINE ENEMY
Green Bay: Green Bay Packers sign sixth-round pick Jon Runyan, Jr. - Acme Packing Company - The Packers have agreed to terms with another of their three 2020 sixth-round picks.
Detroit: Detroit Lions facility to open Wednesday, June 10 with no players, coaches - Pride Of Detroit - Allen Park will be open for business next Wednesday.
Minnesota: Vikings players distribute food, water, essential goods in Minneapolis Friday - ProFootballTalk - A number of Vikings players attended George Floyd’s memorial service in Minneapolis on Thursday and many of those players were back in the community on Friday to assist in getting food, water and other essential goods to those in need.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON
Roundtable: What are your favorite teams in other sports? - Windy City Gridiron - Let’s get to know the Windy City Gridiron community a little better by finding out what other sports teams you guys root for.
Roundtable: WCG’s NFC North Consensus Top 50: Nos. 30-21 - Windy City Gridiron - We now dive into the next phase of our consensus top 50, revealed which NFC North players ranked 30th through 21st on our board.
Windy City Gridiron Community Guidelines - SBNation.com - We strive to make our communities open and inclusive to sports fans of all backgrounds. The following is not permitted in comments. No personal attacks, politics, gender based insults of any kind, racial insults, etc.
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