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  • The Scorecard has cornerback Charles Tillman as the Bears' MVP for the first half of the season.

    The Scorecard has cornerback Charles Tillman as the Bears' MVP for the first half of the season.
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Tepid stove league:

Can you imagine how gaga fans would go if the NFL actually made trades at the trade deadline?

Instead, all we get are crickets and a confirmation that the deadline has passed with maybe only a minor move or two having been made.

Think the league is missing out on something big here.

And the winner is ... :

Who will be the Bears' MVP when they hit the halfway point Sunday in Tennessee?

1. Charles Tillman

2. Brandon Marshall

3. Lance Briggs

4. Tim Jennings


Tough call. Gotta go with Tillman, though. Right?

Compare and contrast:

Jake Peavy will make $14.5 million in each of the next two seasons.

Ryan Dempster made $14 million last year.

Who would you rather have on your pitching staff?

He said it:

"He's handling it like he's representing 30 owners."

-- Jeremy Roenick on the "Waddle and Silvy Show" discussing NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman's role in the lockout.


Nice to see a professional sports league start its season on time.

Kudos to you, NBA.

The good:

The Bulls signing Taj Gibson to a four-year extension.

The real good:

The Bulls' opener hopefully marking the end of those borderline creepy Neil Funk-Stacey King commercials.

Not always a numbers game:

Some will argue that the concepts of team chemistry and clutch play are just nebulous, floaty things that can't properly be measured.

And that's fine, but the bottom line is the Giants sure displayed plenty of both in their World Series sweep of Detroit.

Taking me back:

How about the guy holding up the John 3:16 sign in the waning moments of the Series?

He didn't have the Rainbow Head wig on, but for pure nostalgia, it'll do.

Easy listening:

This could all change on a dime, but for now I could listen to Mike Tice, Rick Hahn and Brandon Marshall talk all day.

Lovin' it!

Really, is there anything better than a 4:30 p.m. sunset?

It's coming soon to a town near you as we turn back the clocks this weekend. Ugh.

Skeptical no more:

ND football: I believe. I believe.

Wait, what?

So the lady in the commercial now owns a car that uses so little gas that when she actually pulls into a gas station, sometimes she forgets how to fill up the tank?

Really? Seriously?

Simply Classic shots:

I know you didn't ask, but here I go anyway: Questing is the pick for the Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic on Friday, and here's hoping it will be Mucho Macho Man taking Saturday's Classic.

Catching my ear:

Bears radio analyst Tom Thayer saying Lance Lewis is playing at a Pro Bowl level.


The whosie-what now?

So, Steve Spurrier thinks Alabama could beat some of the lesser teams in the NFL.

Yeah um no.

But ... :

Alabama certainly can and probably will beat LSU on Saturday night.

Still, I can't wait to watch.

The big showdown:

In case you missed it, Rory McIlroy beat Tiger Woods by a stroke in their exhibition match earlier this week.


Where was that matchup a month ago at Medinah when it really mattered?

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