Sunday, November 23, 2014

Chicago Bears victory over Lovie and the Tampa Bay Bucs episode of the Podcast


In this episode, we talk the big Chicago Bears victory over Lovie Smith and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  What was good?  Bad?  Ugly?  We break it all down.
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Bulls and Blackhawks Circus Trip. Hot Stove Talk. Episode 37.5 of the Podcast


In this episode, we talk with Teuvo Teravainen and Mark McNeill of the Blackhawks/IceHogs.  We also break down the start of the Chicago Bulls and Chicago Blackhawks circus trip.  Finally we talk beginnings of Cubs and White Sox hot stove season.
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Monday, November 17, 2014

BEARS WIN! BEARS WIN! Beat the Vikings episode of the Podcast


In this episode, we talk with Lester of WindyCityGridiron.com about the Bears big victory against the Minnesota Vikings.  While this is a Bears-only episode, on Wednesday, we will post an episode dedicated to the rest of our hometown teams: Bulls, Blackhawks, Cubs and Sox.
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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Cubs Acquire Tommy La Stella


The Cubs have announced they have acquired infielder Tommy La Stella from the Braves for right-hander Arodys Vizcaino. The two teams also swapped international bonus slots: the Cubs receiving the Braves’ number four international signing bonus slot in exchange for their slot numbers two, three and four. MLB.com’s Mark Bowman tweets the Braves will net $830K in swapping the bonus slots.

La Stella made his MLB debut for the Braves in 2014 and slashed .251/.328/.317 in 319 plate appearances. La Stella, who will turn 26 in January, led all National League rookies with his .328 OBP and 36 walks.
Vizcaino, who the Cubs acquired two years ago from the Braves in the Paul Maholm trade, only made five appearances during his Chicago career, all this past September (three earned runs over five innings), as he recovered from Tommy John surgery.

Story courtesy of MLBtraderumors.com
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Friday, November 14, 2014

Does Cutler deserve to be hated this much?


I know, I know.  It's the cool thing to do.  Let's all hate Jay Cutler.  He's the worst.  He's a mustache-less Hitler.  If Satan and Bin Laden had a child, it would be Jay Cutler.  He makes you want to drink.  I get it.  But let's move past the hurt for a quick second and look at his statistics.

Jay Cutler is on pace to have 4200 passing yards and 32 TDs and a 92.8 QB rating.  Let's just put that into a quick perspective.  If he indeed hits these projections, he will surpass the ALL-TIME Chicago Bears single season passing yards records by over 500 yards (current record 3,666 yards by Jay Cutler in 2009).  He will also surpass the ALL-TIME single season passing touchdown record for the Bears (29 by Kramer in 1995).  While Peyton Manning and Drew Brees may scoff at these numbers, this would easily be the greatest single season by a Bears quarterback EVER.

Also, let's compare him to some of the other big name QBs in the league this year and how their season looks to project based on current stats:
Jay Cutler           4200 yards 32TDs/18ints 92.8rating
Phillip Rivers     4179 yards 36TDs/14ints 102.6rating
Tony Romo        3740 yards 30TDs/10ints 107.2rating
Eli Manning      3937 yards 30TDs/10ints 93.1rating
Drew Brees       5000 yards 32TDs/18ints 95.1rating

So we've established that Cutler is on pace to have the greatest QB season in Bears history.  He is also on par with several of the other bigger QB names in the NFL for this season.
The differences mostly come down to wins and losses and expectations for the season.  After last season, the Chicago Bears were a top 5 offense amassing nearly 400 yards per game and scoring almost 28 points per game.  Coming into this season, Brian Billick proclaimed Cutler as his favorite for MVP.  With a second year in the same offense, was that out of the question?  However the Bears are 3-6, can't win at home, and aren't even scoring 22 points per game.

With all of this in mind, does Cutler deserve as much of the blame and hatred he has gotten this season?
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Monday, November 10, 2014

Bears are terrible, Blackhawks win, Fire Trestman. Episode 36 of the podcast

After that horrible, miserable, rotten Bears game, we commiserate about it and add fuel to the fire. We also talk Blackhawks and IceHogs and interview IceHogs defenseman Klas Dahlbeck.



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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Talking Blackhawks and their offensive woes on this episode of the show

We talk with Chris Block of thethirdmanin.com about the Blackhawks, their slow start, the offensive troubles, and TVR.  All of this and more on this episode of Bill Swerski's Sports Talk Chicago



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