Thursday, January 20, 2011

Sports Guy Loves a Bull?

After calmly observing Bill Simmons' anti-Chicago bias for the last six to seven years, I pretty much expect everything that comes out of his mouth (err.. computer?) regarding my teams to make me just a little mad. I mean, I like the guy, but c'mon!

Anyway, it appears now that he has fallen in love with Derrick Rose. How can you not, right? Some great tidbits from his Q&A on All-Star Weekend, in which he calls Rose the best point guard in the NBA and the clear favorite for MVP:

• Backstage intrigue: As the story goes, Rose took it personally when Wade didn't return two of his phone calls during the two weeks leading up to The Decision, then immediately shifted into "I'll show those guys a decision!" mode and devoted the rest of his summer to destroying both of them. Even if this sounds like the makings of an Us Weekly cover -- "ROSE TO WADE: YOU'RE A SELFISH BITCH!" -- there were enough rumblings within NBA circles that I believe this one. So yeah, throwing Rose on the same team with LeBryane could be interesting -- maybe not as rocky as Isiah allegedly freezing out MJ in 1985, but still pretty interesting.

Q: Does the East team have too many bad chemistry subplots? Won't that affect how it plays together?

A: Not necessarily. Back in the 1980s, Parish, Bird and McHale (the original Big Three before Perry, Don and Mole) coexisted with Bill Laimbeer even though they probably would have run the Celtics' bus over him under any other circumstances. It's basketball -- these guys have spent their entire lives playing with people they didn't like. Does it look like an episode of "Bad Girls Club" on paper? Sure. You have bad blood with Rose and Wade/LeBron (covered earlier); Rose and Rondo (their rivalry started in the 2009 playoffs and festered over during the 2010 Team USA scrimmages, when it became so icily competitive that Coach K decided he couldn't keep both)

I like this killer instinct stuff! I like it a LOT!

New Hunt and Halas Trophies

I am not sure if anyone else has noticed that the NFL has come out with new branding this year.

This includes

New AFC and NFC Logos.

New Preseason Logos.

New Post Season Logos.

And finally new Lamar Hunt and George Halas trophies for the winners of the AFC and NFC Championship games.

So if the Bears win on Sunday, instead of seeing this

you will see this trophy.

I am not a huge fan. I am not going to miss the old trophies too much, but the new ones look kind of incomplete. I also don't think they are as timeless as these trophies should be. It looks like a flavor of the month design. Seem cool now, but we will change this in 5 years cuase then they will be dumb. The old trophies didn't have this problem.

Let me know what you think

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Bears on SI Cover

Well it's official, the Bears will become the latest victim of the SI Cover Curse. I anticipate Jay Cutler and Devin Hester to run into each other on the first play of the game and have them both simultaneously tear their ACLs.

Houston Oiler's Fight Song

After hearing this, I feel like my entire life has been a lie.

WTF, Can T-Pain Remix this one too? Thank goodness they are extinct, cause how can two football teams have identical fight songs?

Sunday, January 16, 2011

NFC Championship: Armageddon

This will be the first time the Bears and Packers have met in the postseason since 1941 (according to ESPN).

Good game today - could have been a little bit better if Tillman had come down with the late interception, but I'll take a comfortable win like this any day.

Much more to come later from your fabulous Armchair Superstar Writing Staff, which has to go to work now.

I don't much care who wins tonight. Since Chicago beat the Jets and got stomped by New England, it's kind of a mixed bag - on the one hand, a rematch and chance for revenge (a la the Giants a few years ago vs. the Pats), and on the other, an easier potential matchup. Whatever, one week at a time, let's get ready for the Pack, shall we?