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Tears for Bears Fans and From Derrick Rose

September 14, 2012 @ No Comments

OK, so the Chicago Bears lost to the Green Bay Packers 23-10 Thursday night (Sept. 13) at lovely Lambeau Field. Bears quarterback Jay Cutler threw four interceptions in the loss after looking so good in Sunday’s season opener. Cutler has had input on his receivers, offensive coordinator and quarterback coach. If he only had the power to pick the opponent (guessing it would be Week 1’s Indianapolis Colts).

This photo was on former Chicago Sun-Times colleague Bill Linden's Facebook page. Ypu can thank him.

* Packers defensive back Tramon Williams had two interceptions. Meaning he caught as many Cutler passes as newly acquired receiver Brandon Marshall did for the Bears. Marshall had five passes thrown his way. If it’s any consolation for Bears fans (and the guess here is that it is not), Marshall averaged 12 yards per catch.

* The Packers sacked Cutler seven times. If it’s any consolation to Bears fans (and the guess here is that it might be some), the Bears did sack Packers QB Aaron Rodgers five times.

* Which is worse, Bears fans: Giving up a touchdown on a fake field goal to giving up seven sacks?

* The bright side for Bears fanatics? Well, rather than a replay of the White Sox-Detroit Tigers game, Comcast SportsNet Chicago aired Bears “Postgame Live” at 1 a.m. Although you have to think a game that was rained out in Chicago might have been preferable to the one that was played in Green Bay.

OK, this might not be the typical video seen around here. If you listen to the tune, you might be amused (depending on how quickly you recover from a Thursday night loss to the Packers):


* Former Chicago Bears cornerback Ken Taylor, who played on the 1985 Super Bowl championship team, will be signing autographs on Sunday (Sept. 16) at Sports City Memorabilia in Skokie, Ill. (9241 Skokie Blvd.) from noon-2 p.m. As part of the event, the store is offering 20 percent off Bears Super Bowl XX autographed memorabilia (except for Walter Payton-signed items). Taylor’s autograph fee is $25 (with one free inscription and certificate of authenticity). Persons may reserve tickets by emailing Sports City Memorabilia with name, phone number, number of tickets and inscriptions to Additional information is available at the store’s site or from store manager Steve Gassman at

Speaking of football, Jordin Sparks (“American Idol” winner and daughter of former NFL player Phillippi Sparks) recently lost some weight. Now that’s what some of us consider news — and some of us don’t. Even so, here’s some video:


The latest Derrick Rose sneaker from adidas was unveiled Thursday with something that seldom accompanies such events: tears.

Derrick Rose is moved to tears during an adidas event Sept. 13.

The Chicago Bulls guard, who is recovering from offseason surgery on his anterior cruciate ligament, broke down in tears during the launch of the D Rose 3 as snippets from “The Return” campaign that adidas has been running were played.

“It’s truly a blessing,” Rose said after he regained his compusure. “With all this stuff going on in this city, a kid from Englewood got something positive going on. That makes me feel so good, man

“This shoe is great, this is great, but I can’t explain this. I can’t. Went through so much, to have true fans, that means a lot to me. And I know it means a lot to my family. We aren’t supposed to be here, at all. But God made the way. This is truly unreal. I’m just happy that I have true fans out there.”

The shoe will have its worldwide launch on Oct. 4 at, Foot Locker, Eastbay, Finish Line and other retailers for $160 in away (black/white/red) and home (grey/black/red) versions. Seven additional colors will become available through the end of the year.

“The D Rose 3 signature collection is special to me because I worked side-by-side with adidas on everything from materials to fit to colors to make it the best we’ve done yet,” he said. “I love the new logo that calls out the most important things to me: my family, basketball and the city of Chicago.”

Video from the adidas announcement event:


Miss Illinois Nancy To with David Spada and Elliott Harris. How lucky can she be?

With yesterday being Thursday, that means today is Friday (assuming you are reading this on a Thursday), that means another edition of “Sports & Torts” is available on podcast. The one-hour interview show co-hosted by David Spada and Elliott Harris airs live on Thursdays at noon Chicago time on The Sept. 13 version featured Miss Illinois Nancy To and former football standout Joe DeLamielleure.

You can access the show by clicking here.

The highly acclaimed program (well, it is treated with a certain degree of reverance in the Spada and Harris households) has advertising opportunities available. Those who choose to run commercials on the program just might be able to be present when such lovely ladies as Nancy are in the Talkzone studios. For information about becoming part of the show as an advertiser, contact


The Onion’s “Sex House” reality-TV spoof series has its reunion show with — among others — Ashley Lobo (a former Chicago Blackhawks Ice Crew member and always a favorite around here) in the cast. Ashley portrayed Tara in the series:


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