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  • Coach Marc Trestman and the Bears visit Seattle to take on the Seahawks in tonight's preseason game.

    Coach Marc Trestman and the Bears visit Seattle to take on the Seahawks in tonight's preseason game.
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Everybody ready:

For some overreaction theater regardless of the outcome of Friday night's Bears game?

Better be, because you know it's coming, and it will all be for naught once the real season begins.

Having said that:

I'm actually really looking forward to how the first team stacks up against the defending champs.

Good ol' No. 14:

When it was announced that new arrival Santonio Holmes would be sporting uniform No. 14, I started to think (I know!), and really couldn't come up with any former Bears who have worn that number.

So I did some research (I know!) and found that Holmes joins a distinguished list of players who have previously worn 14, including Link Lyman, Lloyd Burdick and Ken Gorgal. So there ya go.


The last two Bears to wear 14 were Ben Bennett (1988) and Jim Harbaugh (1987 … pre-khakis, of course).

Every. Simpsons. Ever:

Has officially kicked off on FXX, and here's my all-time favorite snippet of dialogue, which just so happens to involve Homer and his brother Herb:

Herb: "Come into the dining room. I want to give you a 20-minute presentation that will change the world."

Homer: "(Incredulously) 20 minutes!?!"

Bucket list:

This ice-bucket challenge has been a godsend for ALS research, raising so much awareness and money for a very, very worthy cause.

But …

Anyone else think, with so many thousands of people doing it, that eventually something tragic is going to happen?

Like the guy with the heart condition who really shouldn't be pouring ice water over his head but decides to anyway and …

Yeah, I know it's morbid, but that's just how my brain works.

A pioneer among us:

The Daily Herald's very own Don Friske was the recipient of one of the most famous and talked about ice-bucket dumps back in the early '80s during spring training when he was our Cubs beat writer.

That's when ever-surly slugger Dave Kingman decided to take out his animosity toward the media on the least-worthy recipient -- walking up to Don and emptying a big bucket of ice water on him. Kingman later called the whole incident "a joke." It wasn't.

The worst part:

Kingman's deed wasn't done to benefit a great cause like ALS research.

More like AS-something, but definitely not ALS.

Mom. Roof. Bullhorn.

Make. It. Stop.

It's official:

No one does a tribute to a person or event better than David Letterman.

As fantastic as his tribute to Robin Williams was this week, nothing will compare to his words in the days following 9-11.

Still gives me the chills.

Just thinking:

Paul Konerko is not gonna be liking all the fuss headed his way over the next month or so.

Mirror image:

Kyle Hendricks and Tom Ricketts?

Lights out:

The Blackhawks put single-game tickets on sale Monday and, Bam! They're gone in a flash.

As impressive as that was, though, pretty sure they didn't go as fast as tickets for UFO at Randhurst Ice Arena did back in the day.

What am I talking about?

Hitting the trifecta:

Like horse racing?

Like reading?

Then you'll love "Long Rein" by Jay Hovdey.

I cannot put it down.

And finally:

How does one improve a video involving struggles with a tarp?

Add the music from the old "Benny Hill Show"


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