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As our picture today shows, Walter Payton knew exactly what to do with that football team from Washington... crush them like bugs...

Washington Redskins vs Chicago Bears - September 29, 1985
Pro Football Hall of Fame and Chicago Bears running back Walter Payton (34) breaking tackles in the Bears 45-10 victory over Washington on 9/29/1985 at Soldier Field in Chicago
Photo by James V. Biever/Getty Images

THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

Bond Movies Song Week continues with a couple of good ones...

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

BEARRRSSSS

Yahoo Sports has Bears pegged for another mediocre season in 2020 - Bears Wire - It’s safe to say that there aren’t many people that feel confident about the Chicago Bears heading into 2020.

Bears 2020 training camp preview: Tight ends - Bears Wire - While the Bears have a crowded TE room, there are ultimately just four roster spots up for grabs. Let’s take a look at the Bears TEs.

A Major Bears Offensive Shift Nick Foles Can Accomplish - SI.com - Moves made by the Bears in the offseason indicate their aim for one major change in their passing game.

Wherever Kindle Vildor Lines Up Bears See Possibilities - SI.com - When the Bears saw cornerback Kindle Vildor at his best, they saw someone even the best team in college football had trouble competing against.

Healthy Akiem Hicks figures to give Chicago Bears defensive line huge boost in 2020 - ChicagoBears.com - The return of talented veteran defensive tackle Akiem Hicks from injury figures to give the Bears defense a gigantic boost in 2020. A Pro Bowler in 2018, Hicks was limited to six games by knee and elbow injuries last season.

This week in Chicago Bears history: July 13-19 - ChicagoBears.com - With the NFL set to celebrate its 100th birthday on Sept. 17, 2020, we take a look at what transpired this week in Bears history, including the day a Pro Bowler on the 1963 NFL championship team was born.

Ex Bear Brian Urlacher joins group bidding to buy New York Mets: report - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears Hall of Famer is among several NFL players joining the group led by Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez.

Jim McMahon finds his footing on golf course - Chicago Sun-Times - Former Bears quarterback Jim McMahon continued his tradition of playing celebrity golf tournaments while barefoot.

Countdown to Camp 2020: Chicago Bears Running Back Preview - Chicago Audible Podcast - In this episode, the guys provide an in-depth preview of the Chicago Bears running backs heading into 2020’s training camp.

2020 Bears training camp preview: Can Mitch Trubisky save his career? - NBC Sports Chicago - The biggest question facing the 2020 Bears centers around Mitch Trubisky, and if he can save his career in the last shot he’ll get in Chicago.

Brian Urlacher joins A-Rod, J-Lo and others in bid for New York Mets - NBC Sports Chicago - Well this is some pretty weird Bears news!

Madden 21 rating leaks: Khalil Mack may have lost elite 99-overall status - NBC Sports Chicago - It’s arguably the most shocking development of the recent Madden leaks.

2020 Bears Roster Review: Is the D-line the most talented unit on the team? - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears have a lot of roster questions in 2020. Defensive line probably isn’t one of them.

ESPN lists Bears’ offensive weapons as NFL’s 5th-worst group in new rankings - NBC Sports Chicago - Outside of Allen Robinson, no one is spared in the new positional rankings.

Under Center Podcast: Rotoworld’s Josh Norris on Ryan Pace’s 2020 draft - NBC Sports Chicago - Taking a deep dive into the Bears’ 2020 draft class

POLISH SAUSAGE

Greg Olsen signs with FOX, will work as commentator after retiring - ProFootballTalk - Seahawks tight end Greg Olsen has his post-football job lined up.

Washington announces name, logo will be retired - ProFootballTalk - The Washington NFL franchise, 10 days after announcing that a “thorough review” of its name will be conducted, has made a preliminary decision.

NFLPA rep Nate Solder warns of “no football,” if NFL fails to keep players safe - ProFootballTalk - “If the NFL doesn’t do their part to keep players healthy there is no football in 2020,” tackle Nate Solder tweeted on Friday. “It’s that simple.”

Washington team name change ends longstanding embarrassment for NFL - NFL.com - Judy Battista says the Washington franchise’s decision to change its name ends a longstanding embarrassment for the NFL — and boosts the league’s efforts to pursue racial equity.

Official: Washington officially retiring team name and logo - Hogs Haven - It’s over

Washington NFL Team Set to Retire Racist Name on Monday - Native News Online - The Washington National Football League (NFL) franchise is set to retire the racist team name on Monday, the Washington Post reported late Sunday night. The announcement is expected on Monday morning, three people wit...

What’s In A Name (Change)? - Hogs Haven - It’s beginning to feel like a name change is imminent, and the Porkcast crew has some thoughts to share.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers 'hopeful' for '20 season with fans - NFL.com - Packers QB Aaron Rodgers was asked over the weekend about his concerns on the upcoming 2020 season amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Will Detroit Lions DE Trey Flowers live up to his big contract? - Pride Of Detroit - Can Flowers take a big leap in 2020 with a new supporting cast?

Jeff Gladney tabbed as “dark horse” Defensive Rookie of the Year candidate - Daily Norseman - But it’s going to be a tall order

Aaron Rodgers: "Are we gonna have a season?" - ProFootballTalk - Asked for his “top of mind” concern as Rodgers enters his 16th season and chases his second Super Bowl win, Rodgers was blunt. “I think top of mind is are we gonna have a season?” Rodgers said.

WINDY CITY GRIDIRON MADDEN INVITATION

Do you want to do more officially sanctioned WCG Madden stuff? Or just enjoy the game?WCG now has an official Madden Discord server! Feel free to offer suggestions, updates, or anything to help the internet’s best Bears community have the best Madden community as well! Invite link is here.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Berckes: Vote on your Favorite Championship Belt Series Poster - 1st Round - Windy City Gridiron - It’s a tournament of champions! Vote now on what poster was your favorite from the series!

Infante: Brian Urlacher to join A-Rod, J-Lo in bid to buy MLB’s Mets - Windy City Gridiron - The Hall of Famer will join numerous famous athletes in an attempt to help Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez purchase the New York Mets.

Wiltfong: What NFL Agents say (and don’t say) about the Bears’ front office speaks volumes - Windy City Gridiron - A recent article by The Athletic has several interesting Chicago Bears’ nuggets...

Berckes' Chicago Bears History by the Decade: The 2020s Prediction Show - Windy City Gridiron - Episode 13, our final planned episode of our limited podcast series Halas to Mack: Chicago Bears History by the Decade applies lessons learned and tries to predict the future

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