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Inside the Bears War Room on Draft Night, DJ on Caleb, Byard on the Culture, and Other Bears Bullets

I’ll admit, I expected the outrage over Caleb Williams’s and the Bears’ offense’s tough day to be much less than I thought it would be. It’s nice that people can understand the difference between a rookie in shorts and a t-shirt and three years of NFL game film. Good work, friends.
• I mentioned this yesterday, and I think it’s worth repeating here: as much as the offense struggled on Thursday, Bears safety Kevin Byard said it was the other way around on Wednesday. “I ain’t gonna lie, the first

Cubs outfielder Ian Happ Made History on Thursday, and the Cubs Made Sure the Braves Knew It

Remember when the Atlanta Braves stopped their game with the Cubs last season when Ronald Acuña Jr. made some history by stealing his 70th base of the season?

After swiping the bag, Acuña took the base out of the ground in the 10th inning after becoming the first player in major league history to swipe 70 bags and hit 40 home runs in the same season. That meant that the Braves grounds crew had to stop the game to come out and replace the base. As if that wasn’t enough of a stoppage during the 1

Cubs Farm Report | May 24, 2024: Five Home Runs Weren't Enough for Iowa, Dean Dazzles, More

Five home runs weren’t enough for the Iowa Cubs on Thursday, and Nick Dean was stellar in his first game with South Bend last night. That and more in today’s Cubs Farm Report.

The Iowa Cubs lost to Indianapolis by a score of 10-8. Starter Dan Straily struggled, giving up four home runs over three innings. Iowa hit a total of five home runs, with right fielder Alexander Canario hitting two, including a massive 445-foot solo home run in the bottom of the ninth. Miles Mastrobuoni, Pete Crow-Armstr

The Bears Won't Have Much of an Advantage (or Disadvantage) When it Comes to Travel This Season

The Bears schedule has been released for about a week now, and I’ve had this one in the bookmark folder on Twitter since then, and I’ve got a few minutes to get into it now.

Bill Speros has calculated the anticipated travel distance for each NFL team during the regular season. According to his estimates, the Bears are expected to travel 19,558 miles, which ranks them 15th in terms of distance traveled among all teams in the league for the upcoming season.

The Bears Won’t Have Much of an Advant

MLB Notes: Phillies Historic Stretch, Skenes Dominant Even Without His Best, Manfred on Robo Umps, More

The Philadelphia Phillies are the hottest team in baseball, winning 29 of their last 35 games, their best 35-game stretch since Grover Cleveland won the 1982 presidential election—that and more in today’s MLB Notes.

The Red-Hot Phillies Continue to Their Historic Stretch

The Philadelphia Phillies look unstoppable right now. On Thursday, they beat the Texas Rangers 5-2 in the finale of their three-game series, marking their seventh sweep of the season. Seven series sweeps in May! In their last

Caleb Williams and Co. Head to the Southside, New Episode of 1920 Football Drive, and Other Bears Bullets

Not many things would make me want to attend a White Sox game again this season, but this Caleb Williams-inspired promo could be one of them.
• The White Sox are offering $18 outfield tickets for their game against the Baltimore Orioles tonight. Williams, Rome Odunze, and Kiran Amegadjie will be in attendance and throwing out the first pitch. That might be the only pitch that doesn’t end up in the $18 outfield seats that you purchased, considering Mike Clevinger is on the mound against the Oriol

Cubs Farm Report | May 23, 2024: Horton's Impressive Start Helps Iowa Down Indianapolis

Cade Horton made his best start yet at Triple-A as the Iowa Cubs downed Indianapolis in 11 innings on Wednesday. That and more in today’s Cubs Farm Report.

The Iowa Cubs defeated the Indianapolis Indians in 11 innings with a score of 8-7. Cade Horton had a strong start, pitching five innings and allowing two runs on four hits. Miles Mastrobuoni had an RBI groundout to score Alexander Canario and end the game. Several players, including BJ Murray Jr., David Bote, Alexander Canario, and Pete Crow

MLB Notes: Steinbrenner Says Yanks Have to Slash Payroll, a Daunting Assessment on the 2024 MLB Draft Class, More

Yankees’ Hal Steinbrenner is crying broke, the Padres’ depth will be tested without Xander Bogaerts for the foreseeable future, and Keith Law has some strong words for the 2024 MLB Draft class in today’s MLB Notes.

Hal Steinbrenner Says Current Yankees payroll is ‘not sustainable for us financially’

The New York Yankees typically have one of the highest payrolls in baseball every season, but principal owner Hal Steinbrenner reiterated some concerns about staying there on Wednesday. During the

Bears OTAs: Tough Day for Caleb Williams and the Offense

Are you ready for the premature panic on social media because Caleb Williams and the Chicago Bears offense had a tough day in shorts and tee shirts on May 23? Prepare yourself because it happened.

The word out of Lake Forest is that the Bears’ secondary took it to Williams and the Bears‘ offense. CHGO’s Nicholas Moreano called it a “really rough day” for Williams and the Bears offense that featured “a lot of incomplete passes and near interceptions.”

In the 7-on-7 period, Williams completed ju

Robo Umps, World Baseball Classic Sites, and More MLB Owners Meetings Nuggets

It’s clear that Major League Baseball needs to move to an automated balls-and-strikes system, and it’s also clear that it will happen at some point. Unfortunately, it sounds like that system will not arrive in 2025.

A report by the Associated Press this afternoon says that MLB commissioner Rob Mandred noted today that there has not been as much progress in the minor league this year as MLB had hoped.

The Automated Ball-Strike Zone (ABS) was implemented in the Triple-A and Low-A Florida State L

NFL Notes: Dak's Not About the Dollar, Rookie Sleepers, Leaner Lamar, More

Despite not having a contract extension in place (or even in sight), Dak Prescott doesn’t plan on skipping any Cowboys offseason activities.

Despite entering the final year of his contract with the Dallas Cowboys, Dak Prescott was one of the first on the field at the Cowboys‘ OTAs on Wednesday. Prescott says he has no plans to miss any offseason activities due to contract negotiations (or lack thereof).

“Right now, it’s about being my best for this team at this moment, OTAs, helping these guys

NFL Notes: Must-Watch Games, Early OTA Impressions, Dolphins Training Camp Plans, More

Must-watch games, early OTA impressions, and the Dolphin’s plans for training camp. That and more in today’s NFL Notes.

The Athletic’s staff put together a list of every team’s most watchable matchup this season. Here are a few of my favorites.

This season, we get our Super Bowl rematch between the Chiefs and 49ers in Week 7. Patrick Mahomes has beaten the Chiefs every time he’s faced them, and Kansas City has averaged 34.5 points per contest in those four games.

Kirk Cousins will make his re

Cubs Farm Report | May 22, 2024: Trio of Home Runs Not Enough for Iowa on Tuesday

Pete Crow-Armstrong hit a monster blast, and Matt Mervis and David Bote also added home runs on Tuesday, but it wasn’t enough as Iowa fell to Indianapolis. That and more in today’s Cubs Farm Report.

The Iowa Cubs lost to Indianapolis, 18-6, with Thomas Pannone having his worst start of the season. Pannone allowed six runs, four earned, on five hits over just two innings. Pete Crow-Armstrong and David Bote had strong performances, with Crow-Armstrong hitting a monster solo home run (421 feet) an

MLB Notes: Hader's Unprecedented Usage Rules, Oneil Cruz's Laser Show, Walk-Offs, More

After the Milwaukee Brewers won an arbitration hearing against Josh Hader in 2019, the reliever decided to protect himself until a team decided to give him a long-term commitment with unprecedented self-imposed usage rules. That and more in today’s MLB Notes.

Last month, Josh Hader pitched the ninth inning for the Astros. No surprise there. He also pitched the 10th inning, which wouldn’t seem odd for one of the best late-inning relievers in baseball, who signed a five-year deal with Houston in

The 2026 NFL Draft Will Be in Pittsburgh

The NFL announced this afternoon that the 2026 NFL Draft will be held in Pittsburgh. The announcement was part of the day’s activities at the annual NFL Spring League Meeting in Nashville.

The event will take place in Pittsburgh and incorporate elements of iconic Point State Park and Acrisure Stadium, home of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

“The NFL Draft is one of the biggest, most-anticipated sporting events of the year, and we’re thrilled to partner with the Pittsburgh Steelers and VisitPITTSBURGH

Cubs Farm Report | May 21, 2024: Top 25 Prospect Stock Report

The Chicago Cubs minor league affiliates were off on Monday, so it’s time to take stock of some recent hot (and not-so-hot) performers inside the Cubs Top 25 prospects down on the farm in today’s Cubs Farm Report.

Pete Crow-Armstrong made three starts and came off the bench as a pinch-runner once for the Cubs last week, picking up two hits in 12 plate appearances and a stolen base. PCA is hitting .236/.295/.364 with an 89 wRC+ for the Cubs this season.

Horton allowed three runs on four hits in

MLB Notes: Devers Chasing History, Mariners Wild Comeback, Sale's Resurgence, More

Rafael Devers has a chance to chase history tonight, Chris Sale is having a career resurgence in Atlanta, and the Mariners topped the Yankees in a wild one last night. That and more in today’s MLB Notes.

Rafael Devers Homers His Way into the Red Sox Record Books

On Monday, Rafael Devers made history in Boston’s 5-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays, hitting a two-run homer in the top of the fourth inning to set a new Red Sox record with homers in six consecutive games.

His 382-foot opposite-fie

Cubs Farm Report | May 20, 2024: Tough Day for the Cubs Affiliates

It was a rough afternoon for the Cubs affiliates, who were swept in four games and scored a combined 10 runs. However, Ethan Roberts made his first appearance with Iowa since 2022 and tossed a scoreless inning in relief.

The Iowa Cubs fell to the Syracuse Mets, 5-3 on Sunday. Julio Teheran took the loss, surrendering five runs on six hits over three innings. He recorded five strikeouts and one walk. In his first game with Iowa since 2022, Ethan Roberts pitched a flawless fourth inning, striking

MLB Notes: MLB Investigating David Fletcher, Giants Lose Jung Hoo Lee for the Season, More

Major League Baseball is reportedly investigating former Angels infielder—and current Braves’ minor league player—David Fletcher regarding allegations that he placed illegal sports bets with the same bookie that former teammate Shohei Ohtani’s interpreter Ippei Mizuhara placed bets through …

MLB initiated an investigation on Monday into reports that ex-Los Angeles Angels infielder David Fletcher engaged in illegal gambling with a bookie, according to ESPN.

However, the investigators are curren

Cubs Farm Report | May 17, 2024: I-Cubs' Homer Party Helps Cade Horton Get His First Triple-A Win

The Iowa Cubs mashed four home runs and scored 10 runs, as Cade Horton made his best start at Triple-A on Thursday. That and more in today’s Cubs Farm Report.

The Iowa Cubs secured a 10-4 victory over the Syracuse Mets. Cade Horton earned his first Triple-A win, pitching five innings and allowing three runs on four hits, striking out three. Despite a strong start, he conceded three runs in the fifth inning. But, as we’ve discussed, those runs were almost entirely on dinks, dunks, and weak conta

MLB Notes: Elly De La Cruz Continues to Electrify, Yanks Want Soto for Long Haul, More

Elly De La Cruz continues to dazzle and the Yankees want Juan Soto in New York for the rest of his career. That and more in today’s MLB Notes!

Cincinnati Reds shortstop Elly De La Cruz was at it again last night, putting on a show in Los Angeles, the place where he was told he was born until he was a younger teenager.

De La Cruz went a perfect 4-for-4 with a walk, four stolen bases and three runs scored. According to Sarah Langs, De La Cruz became the sixth player since 1901 with 30-plus stole

New York Jets: Dates and Times for All 17 Games, Strength of Schedule, Record Prediction

The Jets were expected to soar in 2023, but their hopes were dashed just four plays into the season when Aaron Rodgers tore his Achilles against the Buffalo Bills.

With a 13-season playoff drought, the longest in professional sports, the Jets have run out of time and excuses. Aaron Rodgers was anticipated to elevate New York to Super Bowl contention before the end of his NFL career. In this make-or-break season, the Jets must either finally make the playoffs or face a major overhaul, likely res

NFL Notes: Get Ready for a Hefty Serving of Aaron Rodgers, How Much Will it Cost to Watch Every NFL Game in 2024? More

The NFL schedule makers felt they were entitled to a re-do when it comes to cramming Aaron Rodgers down our throats, and they took full advantage of it. Plus, how much will it cost to watch every NFL game in 2024? That and more in today’s NFL Notes.

Get Ready for a Hefty Serving of Aaron Rodgers and the Jets

Those who were excited to see Aaron Rodgers in a Jets uniform last season (I know, it’s hard to believe that exists) were robbed of that opportunity when he suffered an Achilles injury on

Washington Commanders: Dates and Times for All 17 Games, Strength of Schedule, Record Prediction

In 2024, the Commanders are embarking on a new phase. Following a disappointing 4-13 season under new owner Josh Harris, Washington saw the necessity for reevaluation and change. This offseason, Harris made decisive moves. The Commanders parted ways with head coach Ron Rivera and brought in two prominent executives: former Golden State Warriors GM Bob Myers and former Vikings GM Rick Spielman, to establish a new leadership team.

Washington’s new leadership then appointed 49ers assistant general
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