WBEZ | Seattle Seahawks http://www.wbez.org/tags/seattle-seahawks Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Bears stunned by Seattle in OT http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2012-12/bears-stunned-seattle-ot-104153 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/rsz_bear_fan_praying.jpg" title="A Bears fan's prayer is not answered in the OT loss. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)" /></div><p>The Bears defense wilted in the final minutes against Seattle Sunday, with Coach Lovie Smith taking the blame for a poor 4th down decision. The offense had some big plays, but didn&#39;t control the ball late &mdash; the result was a 23-17 overtime loss.</p><p><strong>Defense blows 4th quarter lead</strong></p><p>The Bears defense has been the team&#39;s strength throughout the season. But Seattle&#39;s rookie quarterback Russell Wilson saved his best for last; he drove a go-ahead touchdown late in the 4th quarter and guided the Seahawks to a game winning score to Golden Tate in the OT. Safety Major Wright&#39;s huge hit on Tate almost caused a fumble, but after one of many reviews of the game, it was ruled a game winner for Seattle. Wright, as well as the rest of the Bears, was stunned by the dramatic defeat. &ldquo;We definitely got to come out and play better football,&rdquo; said Wright. &ldquo;This is a tough loss to swallow.&rdquo; The defense looked worn out and suffered more injuries: Tim Jennings hurt his shoulder and Brian Urlacher had a sore hamstring. Another factor for the Bears defense was losing starting safety Chris Conte; he was weakened by the flu during the first half. His absence seemed to open up the running game for Seattle&#39;s Marshawn Lynch and Wilson (71 yards rushing).</p><p><strong>Point a finger at Lovie Smith (he did)</strong></p><p>The advantage should have belonged to the Bears, so when a team loses at home to a club that has only one previous road win, you have to analyze certain game decisions. The big one was early on, when Coach Lovie Smith decided in the second quarter to forgo a short field goal 4th and inches on Seattle&rsquo;s 15 yard line. Smith trusted a revamped offensive line to get the first down &mdash; it didn&rsquo;t work. After the game the Bears&#39; coach took full responsibility for his decision. &quot;We should have taken the field goal. It felt like we had momentum,&quot; Smith said.&quot;[I] wanted to really try to knock them out and get them on their heels a little bit.&quot;</p><p><strong>Did the Bears score enough? Probably.</strong></p><p>Jay Cutler got his team on the board early in the first after the defense gave him good field position off a forced fumble by Brian Urlacher. Cutler again found his big player, receiver Brandon Marshall, throwing touchdowns to Earl Bennett and Matt Forte. But Bennett&#39;s helicoptered effort to get into the end zone may have been costly. Although he continued to play and dropped what looked like a sure touchdown, Bennett was ruled out during the intermission because of a concussion. Cutler lamented that the offense didn&#39;t help the defense enough by not controlling the ball late, which allowed the Seahawks too many opportunities. Cutler and Brandon Marshall deserve huge credit with the amazing 56-yard pass play with seconds left in regulation. &ldquo;I told Brandon to run as fast as he could down there, and I&rsquo;ll throw it to you and you make a play. That&rsquo;s what he did,&rdquo; said Cutler. That pass completion gave Robbie Gould the opportunity to tie the game with a 31-yard field goal. Marshall finished the game with an incredible 165 reception yards. The problem in overtime the Bears offense never got to touch the ball.</p><p><strong>OT-turned out to be &#39;Oh, no&#39;</strong></p><p>The Bears didn&rsquo;t win the coin toss to get the ball on offense in the overtime. If the Bears &ldquo;D&rdquo; could have held Seattle to a field goal, the Bears would have been given an opportunity to tie or win with a touchdown. Unfortunately, the Bears defense was exhausted and couldn&rsquo;t stop the Seahawks from getting into the end zone.</p><p><strong>Looking forward</strong></p><p>The Bears are now 8-4 for the season and fall to second in the NFC North with Green Bay beating Minnesota.&nbsp; The Packers&#39; earlier&nbsp;win over the Bears gives the tie-breaker to Green Bay. That is why the loss on Sunday was a heart-breaker. Next week the Bears will travel to Minnesota, and every game from now on will have significant importance as the season winds down. There is plenty of work for Lovie Smith and his staff to do to get this tired and banged up team ready for the playoff push.</p></p> Mon, 03 Dec 2012 09:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2012-12/bears-stunned-seattle-ot-104153 Do the Chicago Bears rival the Boston Red Sox for worst collapse of 2011? http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-12-19/do-chicago-bears-rival-boston-red-sox-worst-collapse-2011-95006 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-December/2011-12-19/AP111218041502.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Chicago Bears. That is supposed to mean something. But right now, I'm not sure it does.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-December/2011-12-19/AP111218041502.jpg" title="" width="512" height="341"></p><p>Instead, it shines brightly as a symbol of incompetency and joke football. Is it the heart? Is it the soul? The brains? But more times than not this season we have watched football on par with the Indianapolis Colts - even with Cutler and Forte healthy. And then there were flashes of brilliance, that same feeling you had when the Bears beat up the Seahawks last year in the playoffs. That is the Bears we signed up for. We signed up for a team that had swagger, that had talent, that had heart. We showed up for the Bears team that stuck it to Atlanta on opening day. And/or the Bears squad that pummeled Michael Vick and the Eagles. We showed up when it dismantled the Lions. We've showed up ever since. Too bad the team didn't.</p><p>It's the mark of a coach, too. Because I remember the coach of all coaches (Da Bears) getting handed crappy quarterback after crappy quarterback and still grinding out 10-0-type wins. Nope, not this squad. When the chips were down, this squad sputtered, flopped, choked and gave up. That's not a glowing endorsement of the head coach, whose job is to motivate players to play.</p><p>But guess what? The NFL has changed. There is no way that a mobile, active quarterback will make it 17 weeks. You have to have a capable second player. They learned that in running backs. They learned it even in wide receivers. But teams can't afford to pay back-ups (or choose not to) and take their chances and hope they don't get burned. I have to say, if Forte went down but we still had Cutler, we would be the No. 5 seed and very much in the playoff hunt. So I guess that's on the GM. As we've heard day after day after day for the last month, "We are happy with our quarterback situation."</p><p>It just seems to be that the Bears brass has led this team to a 50/50 split. And right now, we are seeing the other half.</p><p>So if the Bears go out and lose the next two games, will we be talking about the 2011 team as one of the biggest choke-artists in Bears history? Where do they stack up against other Chicago sports? Or in 2011? The Red Sox and the Braves faltered down the stretch in their race for the wild card. If the Bears go from 7-3 to 7-9, will it be Chicago legend?<br> <br> <strong>Here are some very quick, random observations from yesterday's game: </strong></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-December/2011-12-19/AP111218052798.jpg" style="width: 507px; height: 337px;" title="If losing didn't kill your morale, a good ole fashioned neck injury did (AP) "><br> &nbsp;</p><p>The Bears were sloppy at the top of this game. Penalties, turnovers, tense neck injuries. Whoah Johnny, that was quite a hit. I'm glad Knox is okay. The slow-motion replays on that play were gruesome. And Fox seemed to really enjoy showing it over and over. Knox did the thumbs up while being carted off, and Fox missed the thumb - it was obscured. That's a money shot right there. Gotta get it, guys. But Knox is okay. Probably out for the year, but not for life.</p><ul><li>With Knox out, we could see some other guys get a shot. What's that Hurd guy up to? (What, too soon?)</li><li>I hate the Seahawks. But as fans, we share each other's pain. The Seahawks are now coming on? What about earlier in the season, guys? If you didn't start so poorly, you'd be in the playoff race. Instead, you have teased a city. I guess it's better than winning early and blowing four straight to get bumped OUT of the playoff race.</li><li>Is it Nathan Enderle time? I don't want to watch Josh McCown. We got a glimpse of him wearing the benign #15 jersey. He looked sooo like a back-up quarterback. Give Enderle a shot. I would much rather watch a untested rookie outplay expectations than watch a crusty veteran underplay them.</li><li>Julius Peppers is a beast. Now he's forcing fumbles for TDs. This guy is sooo good. It's a pleasure to watch him play football every week. I hope he plays the rest of his football here in town.<i> <a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/">Paper Machete</a></i><a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/"> host Christopher Piatt</a> had a great joke last week: "I don't know football. I always thought Julius Peppers was a Lettuce Entertain You restaurant."</li><li>It's funny how we all now look at Cutler and say, "Yeah man, now we realize how great Jay Cutler is." What I liked about Good Jay Cutler (as opposed to Bad Jay) was the halftime adjustments. When Cutler and the Bears are on their game, they do a great job making adjustments. With Hanie, they regress. Same coaches, same plays - so it has to be the QB, right? Cause Hanie just looks awful after the half. In all four games, he has been awful. Last week in Denver was his best, but this one was definitely his worst. Also, I miss Cutler's look. Cutler looks sooo mad when they are losing. He even flashes the famed "I couldn't give a care" look. It's almost always when they are losing. But Hanie? His look is "Why did I throw that?!?" or "I'm so mad at myself!" or "Where am I?"</li><li>I've kind of got that Cutler look going on in this post. I couldn't give a care about the Bears anymore. C'mon guys, let's go hit Rush Street.&nbsp;</li></ul><p>Here are some pictures pulled off the AP wire:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-December/2011-12-19/AP111218030216.jpg" title="Chicago, welcome your new Cutler and Forte (AP)" width="399" height="512"></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-December/2011-12-19/AP111218039043.jpg" title="The warrior. Tavaris strikes fear. (AP) " width="367" height="512"><br> <br> <img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-December/2011-12-19/AP111218046006.jpg" title="Santa is a camera slut (AP) " width="512" height="361"></p><p style="text-align: center;"><br> <img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-December/2011-12-19/AP111218023633.jpg" title="Can someone tell Marshawn that they make smaller headphones? (AP) " width="357" height="512"></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-December/2011-12-19/AP111218033194.jpg" title="Is Peppers conducting an improv workshop? (AP) " width="512" height="341"></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-December/2011-12-19/AP111218042781.jpg" title="When did this guy score? Why don't we just let every Seahawk in the end zone? (AP) " width="512" height="333"></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-December/2011-12-19/AP111218034390.jpg" title="Oh, I guess we are letting everyone in (AP) " width="380" height="512"></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-December/2011-12-19/AP111218042971.jpg" title="Run! Run! Don't fall down! Okay, you know he fell down (AP) " width="512" height="321"></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-December/2011-12-19/AP111218040421.jpg" title="Even the Bears no-name players are scratching their heads (AP) " width="512" height="341"></p></p> Mon, 19 Dec 2011 13:44:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-12-19/do-chicago-bears-rival-boston-red-sox-worst-collapse-2011-95006 Bears v. Packers: Camouflage deer hunting pants likely to sell out in stores this week http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/bears-v-packers-camouflage-deer-hunting-pants-likely-sell-out-stores-week <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/AP110116044840_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="361" width="512" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-January/2011-01-17/AP110116044840.jpg" alt="" title="" /></p><p>The 2010-11 Chicago Bears are hosting the NFC&nbsp;Championship game. Let that sink in. In the face of doubting fans and contrarian media, the Bears team quietly excelled to elite status, becoming one of the top four teams in football. And now they host a home game against (who else?) but the Green Bay Packers. The only thing that could top a Bears v. Packers championship game would be a Cubs v. Sox World&nbsp;Series. That's how big this is.</p><p>It couldn't have played out any better. For all the purists and supreme football analysts: Sit back, shut your mouth and be happy that the Bears let the Packers into the playoffs. If the Bears knocked the Packers out back in week 17, we would have never experienced the pure, unaldulterated joy that - win or lose - will be a Chicago memory forever. The familiarity, the tradition, the honor and respect. The civic pride, the memories, the rivalry. It really is the best of what sports has to offer. I feel proud to be a fan for this game.</p><p>Here are some random observations of that less important game yesterday (Bears v. Seahawks):</p><p>It is obvious that Jay doesn't like the media, and like a smelly kid scorned, the Chicago sports media gets back at his disdain by writing columns and stories about how bad of a person he is. And they try and foreshadow how the Bears will lose if&nbsp;Cutler plays poorly. It's always so negative. But he comes out and plays the best game of his young career. Not just making great throws and great decisions, but playing with a competitive streak that had him going head-first into the endzone, challenging defensive backs and linebackers and willing the ball over the goal line in traffic. You don't see Peyton Manning or&nbsp;Tom&nbsp;Brady make that play. It was very punky QB. This is what we paid for. Yes, he has bad games. But the potential gives us gems like this and I am looking forward to a stellar career in Chicago. Think about it - two years ago we gave away the house for him. Two years later, we are a game away from the Super Bowl. Worth the investment?</p><p style="text-align: left;">Speaking of investment - how do you like the decision-making of Lovie and Jerry Angelo now? The perfect storm came to Chicago as former head coaches were released and stacked on the stockheap with their reputations soiled from recently failed ventures. Mike Martz, Rod Marinelli and Mike Tice have coached up this team during mid-season to create a squad that is very well-coached and quite possibly 60 minutes away from going to the Super Bowl. That's quite a coaching squad. Most of the sports media were skeptical about the staff at the beginning of the season, but watching the swagger yesterday reminded me that we might have the best coaches in football. Seriously, someone get these guys some local commercials! I want to see Martz selling used cars. Marinellis selling sub sandwiches. Tice telling me where I&nbsp;can get my degree in fashion merchandising.</p><p style="text-align: left;">So many Bears players whom we had written off came up big in the playoffs. Tommie Harris has made play after play after play the last few weeks, and yesterday showed that he was still a prime time football player. Harris had two sacks, and together with Julius Peppers and Israel Idonije, made the Bears defensive line look like world-beaters. Throw in some hard running from Chester Taylor (first time all year) and a tremendous game from Greg Olsen and the Bears showed off some surprising weapons. Maybe these guys were just trying to save their legs for when it counted. Yes, that must be it! They were playing possum all year long, getting ready for the sneak attack. Brilliant!</p><p>Fox decided to show the national anthem before the game. Why?&nbsp;Because they knew that the Chicago Blackhawks regular Jim Cornelison was going to take his schtick outdoors and 70,000 fans were going to wildly cheer. It was quite a sight. Probably the best anthem scene I've seen in my time watching televised sports. Definitely the most disrespectful (you aren't supposed to cheer) but well worth the intense pre-game ritual that set the tone for the entire game. Do it again next week. And have Cornelison do national anthems for every Chicago sports team. Or at <a href="http://www.nbcchicago.com/around-town/archive/Blackhawks-Singer-Wails-Anthem-In-Bar.html">least every sloppy post-game bar celebration</a>.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><object height="297" width="485"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/wMmIKoC3DQQ?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed height="297" width="485" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/wMmIKoC3DQQ?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object></p><p style="text-align: left;">Wasn't that weather awesome?&nbsp;Reminded me of a certain NFC&nbsp;Championship game against the LA&nbsp;Rams in 1985. The Bears have played the last two months in snowy or frozen conditions. Next week is supposed to be cold. They are prepared. They are playing the Packers, who understand cold weather, too - although they played in a dome this past weekend. If the conditions were exactly the same as they were yesterday, the Bears should have a huge advantage.</p><p style="text-align: left;">Greg Olsen is 2011's Brian Baschnagel. Discuss.</p><p>Last night, Urlacher was great on Fox Chicago's Final Word. He talked about looking forward to the Packers and reitirated what Peppers and Cutler said in their press conferences. They all have respect for the Packers. They all know the drill. Their honest assessment of the big showdown? Whoever executes the most plays, wins. Pretty simple. These are two evenly-matched teams that have already won close ballgames against each other. The Bears will try to run off tackle to Forte. The Packers will throw slant passes to Driver. The Bears will blitz and pressure Rodgers. The Packers will bring Woodson off the corner. Clay Matthews will sack the quarterback. Charles Tillman will strip the ball. The Packer O-Line will hold somebody. Daniel Manning will be out of position. Kuhn will try to run for short yardage. Hester will return punts to the house.</p><p style="text-align: left;">I was jealous of Steeler fans on Saturday. The idea that they got to play their hated rival in a playoff game was so exciting. Now we know how it feels.</p><p style="text-align: left;">Yesterday's winners: Devin Hester (field position), Tommie Harris (two sacks), Julius Peppers (in backfield all day), Brian Urlacher &amp; Lance Briggs (no missed tackles), Charles Tillman &amp;&nbsp;Tim Jennings (physical man coverage),&nbsp;Jay Cutler (2 passing TDs, 2 rushing TDs), Greg Olsen (great match-ups) and the Bears offensive line.</p><p style="text-align: left;">Yesterday's losers: Tony Siragusa (sideline reporter insight was bland), Seattle Seahawks running game (Marshawn who?) and the Green Bay Packers (tough break getting the Bears again.)</p><p style="text-align: left;">What a complete playoff game. Congrats to the Chicago Bears.</p></p> Mon, 17 Jan 2011 14:09:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/bears-v-packers-camouflage-deer-hunting-pants-likely-sell-out-stores-week Chicago gears up for Bears, Packers showdown http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-bears/bears-pummel-seahawks-host-green-bay-next <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Bears Packers playoff sign - Getty Jonathan Daniel.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Chicago Bears are gearing up to face their archrivals in the NFL playoffs for the first time in 70 years. The Bears will host the Green Bay Packers on Sunday for the NFC championship, and a trip to the Super Bowl.</p><p>Jay Cutler ran for two touchdowns, threw for two more, and the Chicago defense manhandled Seattle early for a 35-24 victory Sunday, lifting the Bears into the NFC championship game against their archrivals, the Green Bay Packers.</p><p>&quot;Now that we've beaten the Seahawks, it just doesn't get any better ... than for the NFC championship to come down to the Packers coming down on our turf this time. ,&quot; Bears Coach Lovie Smith told reporters after Sunday's game. &quot;The Packers and Bears to finish it up - that's how it should be.&quot;</p><p>The Bears (12-5), who edged the Packers for the NFC North title, will host the title game next Sunday - their first meeting in the postseason since 1941. Chicago leads the NFL's longest series 92-83-6, and each team won at home this season.</p><p>Bears Quarterback Jay Cutler said he's trying to break through the hype as Chicago prepares for Sunday's game.</p><p>&quot;Doesn't get any bigger than this.&nbsp; You know, to be in an NFC Championship in the situation we're in, at home - and then to bring Green Bay in on top of it - just adds to it ... So, they're used to the road, and I'm sure that their confidence is just sky-high,&quot; Cutler said.</p><p>Against Seattle, Cutler had TD runs of 6 and 9 yards, Chester Taylor added a 1-yarder and Greg Olsen caught a 58-yard touchdown pass from Cutler on Chicago's third offensive play. Kellen Davis caught a 39-yarder with 4:40 remaining.</p><p>The Bears' defense did the rest as Seattle (8-10), the first division winner with a losing record, couldn't score until the outcome no longer was in doubt.</p><p>Back in the playoffs for the first time since the 2006 Super Bowl season, Chicago harassed Matt Hasselbeck and held Seattle to 276 yards Sunday. &nbsp;Hasselbeck, who'd engineered the upset of the New Orleans Saints in the first round with four touchdown passes, was 26 of 46 for 258 yards, much of that coming after the game was out of reach. He threw all three TD passes in the fourth quarter.</p><p>Seahawks tight end John Carlson was taken from the field on a cart after landing on his head following a reception about three minutes into the game. Seahawks corner back Marcus Trufant also was taken from the field on a cart after an apparent head injury in the third quarter. <br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <br />&nbsp;</p></p> Sun, 16 Jan 2011 22:10:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-bears/bears-pummel-seahawks-host-green-bay-next Soldier Field groundskeeper says turf is ready for playoff game http://www.wbez.org/story/cdata/soldier-field-groundskeeper-says-turf-ready-playoff-game <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/IMG_6805.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>The head groundskeeper at Soldier Field says the turf is ready for Sunday's Bears playoff game.</p><p>Soldier Field is one of the last in the NFL to use real grass instead of artificial turf. Add to that hard surface the fact that Soldier Field is open to the air and not in a dome, and you have a recipe for players to complain about the conditions of the field. Earlier this season, Bears' Quarterback Jay Cutler said Soldier Field was one of the worst football fields in the NFL.</p><p>Groundskeeper John Nolan jokingly said he tried not to let the criticism get to him.</p><p>&quot;My steering wheel gets beat up a few times when I'm driving,&quot; Nolan said. &quot;But normally it comes with the job so we deal with it.&quot;</p><p>Nolan said the turf is as playable as it can be for the middle of January. He said it's been completely re-sodded in preparation for Sunday's game.</p><p>The Bears face off against the Seattle Seahawks at noon.<br />&nbsp;</p></p> Sat, 15 Jan 2011 11:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/cdata/soldier-field-groundskeeper-says-turf-ready-playoff-game Young pros: Leadership in Chicago sports http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/young-pros-leadership-chicago-sports <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/cutler dope_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The <a href="http://www.chicagobears.com/index.html" target="_blank">Chicago Bears</a> will play the Seattle Seahawks Sunday for a shot at the NFC Championship. Last time they met, the Bears lost to the Seahawks and it&rsquo;s been four years since the Bears won a playoff game. But the odds seem to favor Jay Cutler and the boys. Although, Cutler has never been in an NFL playoff and in recent days, there have been a few some <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/espnmag/story?id=3682223" target="_blank">unkind words</a> about his personality and leadership.</p><p>Will the behind-the-scene dynamics of this team play a factor in Sunday&rsquo;s game? And what about some of Chicago's other young teams &ndash;how are these winning teams coming together behind the scenes?</p><p>There&rsquo;s only one reporter in this town that gets up-close-and-personal enough to answer those questions, &quot;Eight Forty-Eight's&quot; sports contributor Cheryl Raye-Stout.</p><p><em>DJ&nbsp;John Ciba's Music Button: Samson and Delilah, &quot;There's a DJ in Your Town&quot; (7&quot; on Black Prince Records)</em></p></p> Fri, 14 Jan 2011 14:30:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/young-pros-leadership-chicago-sports Bears prepare for playoff game against Seahawks http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-bears/bears-prepare-playoff-game-against-seahawks <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/105962673.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Chicago Bears are preparing for their playoff game Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks. It's the Bears' first playoff game since they lost the Super Bowl in 2007.</p><p>Bears' Wide Receiver Johnny Knox is in his second season in the NFL. He said he's looking to the veterans on the team for how to conduct himself.</p><p>&quot;I'm surrounded by a great group of leaders that has been in the playoffs and been in the Super Bowl. I'm just going to rally around them and take their lead,&quot; Knox said.</p><p>The Bears lost to the Seahawks earlier in the regular season, 23-20. Game time is noon on Sunday at Soldier Field.</p></p> Fri, 14 Jan 2011 13:15:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-bears/bears-prepare-playoff-game-against-seahawks The sooner the Bears lose, the better http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/sooner-bears-lose-better <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/AP101226041784.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="341" width="512" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-January/2011-01-13/AP101226041784.jpg" alt="" title="" /></p><p>As the Bears get set to host the Seattle Seahawks in their divisional playoff this Sunday, Chicagoans are starting to come together like they did when the Blackhawks glided toward hockey&rsquo;s Stanley Cup last spring.<br /><br />The excitement brings to mind some words of a 19th century German philosopher: &ldquo;Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people. The abolition of religion as the illusory happiness of the people is the demand for their real happiness.&rdquo;<br /><br />If religion is our opium, as Marx put it, then Chicago&rsquo;s National Football League franchise is our crack cocaine.<br /><br />More than three years since the economy began to collapse, the Chicago area&rsquo;s unemployment rate is hovering around 9 percent. Foreclosure filings are rising again. Our wages are anemic. Illinois lawmakers are raising our taxes. <br /><br />Gee, though, won&rsquo;t it be great if Julius Peppers knocks Matt Hasselbeck on his ass this Sunday?<br /><br />We have no connection to these multimillionaire gladiators, yet a few of us are already donning Bears jerseys. It&rsquo;s the only show of Chicago solidarity we can imagine.<br /><br />Some of us will even put money on the team, regardless of the odds. We might be a couple months behind on rent. But Devin Hester could go all the way!<br /><br />On Sunday, finally, we&rsquo;ll spend hours and hours on a couch, gazing into a liquid crystal display. We&rsquo;ll cheer now and then, but the experience will be entirely passive.<br /><br />Then, if the Bears win, the &ldquo;news&rdquo; coverage will crowd out most meaningful Chicago journalism for days. The coverage will quickly turn into hype about the next playoff game. And our addiction cycle will continue on.<br /><br />We could be smoking this rock until at least February 6, the sacred day known as &ldquo;Super Bowl Sunday.&rdquo;<br /><br />Marx may have been wrong about abolishing religion. But the sooner the Bears flame out, the sooner Chicagoans can build some solidarity for things that count.</p><p>*<em>This post was edited from its original state to remove a characterization of a mayoral candidate</em>.</p></p> Thu, 13 Jan 2011 20:48:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/sooner-bears-lose-better Video: KUOW ups the ante on Bears/Seahawks wager http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/video-kuow-ups-ante-bearsseahawks-wager <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/WBEZ_KUOW_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Earlier this week, we challenged our sister station KUOW&nbsp;out of Seattle to a friendly wager over the Bears/Seahawks playoff game. Seriously, why should the mayors have all the fun? What are we wagering? Leftover pledge premiums. <br /><br />Here is KUOW's response and wager:&nbsp;</p><p><br /><object width="480" height="385"><param value="http://www.youtube.com/v/ZqnE-ZQCHLU?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" name="movie" /><param value="true" name="allowFullScreen" /><param value="always" name="allowscriptaccess" /><embed width="480" height="385" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/ZqnE-ZQCHLU?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US"></embed></object></p><p>So it's on! For those who didn't see our original video, it's below. Go Bears! We really want that Wait!&nbsp;Wait!&nbsp;mug back!</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><iframe width="485" height="364" frameborder="0" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/18677338?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=b30000"></iframe></p></p> Thu, 13 Jan 2011 15:12:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/video-kuow-ups-ante-bearsseahawks-wager Seattle vs. Chicago: Local commercials http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/seattle-vs-chicago-local-commercials <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/seattle_chicago_flags.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>This week we are featuring our tale of two cities in preparation for the showdown between the Chicago Bears and the Seattle Seahawks at Soldier Field Sunday. We are taking it past the gridiron and following the lead of the Seattle Times, which is comparing the two cities' infrastructure, history and food. We wanted to expand on the idea, and bring some more comparisons to light. Today, we bring you local commercials.</p><p>Seattle has a few great local commercials, including a new one from a divorce lawyer that is going viral. But how can you compete with Walter E. Smithe and Peter Francis Geraci?&nbsp;</p><p>Here is the divorce lawyer commercial:&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><object height="385" width="480"><param value="http://www.youtube.com/v/8QjnoW4d_Io?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" name="movie" /><param value="true" name="allowFullScreen" /><param value="always" name="allowscriptaccess" /><embed height="385" width="480" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/8QjnoW4d_Io?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US"></embed></object></p><p style="text-align: left;">But not to be outdone, Chicago counters with the insurance commercials. C'mon, Eagle Man sequel featuring Mancow?&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><object height="385" width="480"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/ZPzV0YgqtRY?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed height="385" width="480" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/ZPzV0YgqtRY?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object></p><p>Of course, Seattle won't lay down. They bring the heat with&nbsp;Leroy menswear. Those are some cool clothes!</p><p style="text-align: center;"><object height="385" width="480"><param value="http://www.youtube.com/v/FMoSLgjFA64?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" name="movie" /><param value="true" name="allowFullScreen" /><param value="always" name="allowscriptaccess" /><embed height="385" width="480" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/FMoSLgjFA64?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US"></embed></object></p><p>And for Chicago's counter?&nbsp;Let's go with the heavyweights Walter E. Smithe. The furniture company just released a football themed commercial featuring a few 1985 Chicago Bears:&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><object height="295" width="480"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/z90BCcW41ck?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed height="295" width="480" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/z90BCcW41ck?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object></p><p>Leroy Menswear really makes this a tough call.&nbsp;But I&nbsp;give the nod to the hometown talent.</p><p>Chicago wins this round, just based on the use of local celebrities.</p><p>(I&nbsp;don't know Seattle local TV that well, so maybe Eddie Vedder and the guy who owns Starbucks have their own insurance commercials, but highly doubtful.)</p><p>Tomorrow:&nbsp;Alt media!&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 12 Jan 2011 17:03:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/seattle-vs-chicago-local-commercials