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
Hey, it’s Southern Fried Rock Week here in the Den... so put on your cowboy hats, crank up your amps and let’s boogie!
BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!
Five Bears under maximum pressure going into 2020 season - Chicago Sun-Times - Some Bears didn’t play up to expectations — or their contracts, in some cases — last season and go into 2020 looking to show they’re better than that. In other cases, newcomers walk into highly scrutinized positions.
Mike Ditka, ‘85 Bears looked like NFL’s next dynasty, but what happened? - NBC Sports Chicago - Examining one of Chicago’s most painful ‘what-ifs.’
2020 Bears Roster Review: How much room for improvement does O-Line have? - NBC Sports Chicago - And who’s going to be the starting right guard?
Why Doc Rivers thinks Nick Foles wins Bears’ QB job, beats out Mitch Trubisky - NBC Sports Chicago - The Clippers coach makes some good points about the QB competition.
Why Matt Nagy Has Built Up Hot Seat Immunity - SI.com - There are no existing factors placing Nagy onto a hot seat, only factors which could occur in the future and eventually could put him there.
Why Guard Remains Ryan Pace’s Riskiest Gamble - SI.com - Bears fans will be drawn into every single pass thrown at every training camp practice by Nick Foles and Mitchell Trubisky.
Black and white voices heard in Chicago Bears meeting on George Floyd’s death, protests - ChicagoBears.com - The team unity that Matt Nagy has instilled in the Bears locker room since he became head coach in 2018 was never more apparent than during last Monday’s emotional two-hour video meeting.
This week in Chicago Bears history: June 8-14 - ChicagoBears.com - With the NFL set to celebrate its 100th birthday on Sept. 17, 2020, take a look at what transpired this week in Bears history, including the day that former Bears Pro Bowl center Olin Kreutz was born.
Chicago Bears Halas Intrigue podcast: The Bears, Sam Acho and social justice - Chicago Sun-Times - How will pro athletes’ calls for social justice affect the NFL in 2020?
Trubisky leads list of 7 NFL Players Entering Make-or-Break Seasons in 2020 - Bleacher Report - Every year, NFL players face added pressure for a variety of reasons. Some of them need a strong season to maximize their earning potential on the free-agent market, while others have to prove they can hold down starting positions...
5@5: Reaction To Roger Goodell Changing Course? - 670 The Score - The Mully & Haugh crew debates a five-pack of questions every weekday.
Report: Camps could open in mid-July - ProFootballTalk - The expectation has long been that NFL players won’t report until the start of training camp, but that reporting could be sooner than previously scheduled.
Column: Drew Brees’ comments ignore black military veterans - Chicago Tribune - New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees said players deciding to kneel disrespected the American flag. While he since has backtracked, his words ignored the contributions of black military veterans.
On Drew Brees, Vic Fangio: These days, the intersection of sports and online shaming is a very special place - Chicago Sun-Times - It’s easy to be cynical when it comes to public mea culpas, but Drew Brees, Vic Fangio and others seem to be listening and learning a thing or two. Thank goodness for the army of upstanding young “bullies” who are showing many of us how it’s done.
NFL gives teams planner for reopening facilities - Chicago Tribune - In a memo to the clubs written by Commissioner Roger Goodell and approved by the NFL Players Association, the league described protocols focusing on screening, testing, and infection prevention and treatment for COVID-19, including response for new infections.
KNOW THINE ENEMY
2020 NFL rankings: Top 5 NFC North safeties - Pride Of Detroit - A look at the best safeties in the Detroit Lions’ division. Ken’s Note: Wrong. Eddie Jackson is the best.
Writing is on the wall for these five veteran Packers after the team’s offseason moves - Acme Packing Company - A first-round quarterback addition is bad news for one returning veteran.
Minnesota: In all seriousness, we’re going to miss you Ted Glover, you did a heck of a job at Daily Norseman. Good luck and be blessed.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON
An Open Letter to the Chicago Bears - Windy City Gridiron - Now it is time for you to say more.
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.
Editor’s note: The COVID-19 pandemic is a subject that requires sensitivity and care. Many families and people have already been impacted by this crisis as it unfolds. This is a reminder to please express yourself respectfully while also exercising common courtesy in interactions with one another in the comments. All WCG commentary guidelines remain in effect and apply especially. Stay safe and healthy, everyone.
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