• I hate it when this happens

    This is real . . . and really odd.

    This headline provides a rare example of Chicago being a safer city.

    NO current or past resident of Chicago would lift a finger if a monkey stole a Chicago Bears hat.

    Rather, they would think, “Stupid monkey knows nothing about professional sports.”

    NO current or past resident of Chicago would think of wearing a Bears’ hat, much less taking one to the South Pacific.

    In fact–true story–I have gone through Midway Airport 3 times in the past 10 days, watched thousands of people moving through, and seen a grand total of one item of Bears paraphernalia being worn.

  • EVERY single point in San Francisco 49ers win over Chicago Bears was scored by kicker released by Bears (and loved by Bears’ fans)

    Both teams are truly dreadful, but this victory had to be sweet for the 49ers’ place-kicker Robbie Gould.

    Gould is the Bears all-time leading scorer.

    And he was beloved by Chicago fans.

    His release in September 2016 by the Einsteins who run the Bears was bemoaned by fans.

    He was picked up by the San Francisco 49ers and had his first chance to return to Soldier Field on Sunday when the hapless 49ers met the hapless Bears.

    The 49ers won, 15-14, on Gould’s last-minute field goal. In fact, Gould scored all the 49er points.

    Revenge is sweet.


  • Another deflated-football story from the NFL

    ◆ The Giants claim the Steelers deflated the ole pigskin in Week 13, according to FoxSports.

    FOX Sports NFL Insider Jay Glazer reported on Sunday that the New York Giants alerted the league office that the Pittsburgh Steelers were using deflated footballs in Week 13. After the Giants forced two turnovers of the Steelers, they tested two footballs on the sideline. Both of them came back under league standards for PSI, so the Giants sent those footballs to the league office. –Fox Sports

    ◆ In Chicago, by contrast, football has deflated the Bears–and their long-suffering fans.

  • The Chicago Bears 2016 Season in one word

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    Here’s a time-saving tip.

    Don’t bother watching the Chicago Bears for a couple of months.

    They are “rebuilding,” and that’s if they are lucky. That’s never an easy task, and it’s a lot harder when so many building blocks are injured, as they were in Monday night’s game against Philadelphia.

    Other key elements, like the offensive line, haven’t played together before and will take weeks to develop rapport. We still don’t know if they have the horses.

    In mid-November, if you read that, mirabile dictu, they are somehow still in the hunt, consider watching then. Maybe.

    Until then, enjoy your Sundays. Go to the museum. Go out to brunch . Do anything but watch the Da Hibernatin’ Bears.

  • ZipDaily: News Beyond the Front Page . . August 30

    Always being updated

    New York Times own editorial slams Clinton Foundation, urges major changes immediately. They say: end foreign and corporate donations now, cut all ties to family if Hillary elected. They make sure to lead the piece by saying “no smoking gun.”

    A wiser course would be to ban contributions from foreign and corporate entities now. If Mrs. Clinton wins, Bill and Chelsea Clinton should both end their operational involvement in the foundation and its affiliates for the duration of her presidency, relinquishing any control over spending, hiring and board appointments. . . .

    The Clinton Foundation has become a symbol of the Clintons’ laudable ambitions, but also of their tangled alliances and operational opacity. . . . Achieving true distance from the foundation is not only necessary to ensure its effectiveness, it is an ethical imperative for Mrs. Clinton.

    NYT editorial

    Fall asleep in meeting with Kim Jung Un, die by firing squad. A regular firing squad is not good enough. Bring out the anti-aircraft guns. (Bloomberg)

    “Why is Hillary avoiding press conferences for hundreds of days?” asks Vanity Fair.  The answer is simple enough. First, when your opponent keeps shooting himself in the foot, don’t ask to borrow the gun. Second, the press lets you get away with it. No pushback. Third, if you actually held a press conference, you would have to answer lots of awkward questions. Better to raise money at private parties in Hollywood and the Hamptons.

    Rising competition in self-driving cars signaled by Alphabet (Google) executive resigning from Uber’s board. (Business Insider)

    One of the most innovative dining concepts I’ve heard of, and in my native Mississippi. The Delta Supper Club invites top chefs from around the country to prepare their signature meals and serve them at historic settings in the Mississippi Delta, the farming country south of Memphis. (NYT Style Magazine)

    With the Cubs holding the best record in baseball, local fans yearn for a true Chicago sports headline. Here’s one: “Are the Chicago Bears really this bad?” Yes. Yes, they are. (Yahoo Sports)