Lots to love around town ... except bumbling Bears

It's always cold.

It gets dark at 3:26 p.m.

The Bears bite.

What in the name of John Coughlin is going on around here?

But alas:

Call me a cockeyed optimist, but as dreary as this Bears stuff is — and it's Neill Armstrong dreary — there's a lot of good things happening around town these days.

It starts:

With the two tenants of the United Center, both of whom have found their groove and absolutely should be playing well into May … and beyond.

Then you've got the White Sox, who appear all in for next season. And the Cubs, who are getting very, very close.

So in conclusion:

Cheer up, it's gonna get good around here soon.


The Optimist

Just sayin':

Is it me or is this Bears season dragging on more than that bookshelf scene from “Interstellar?”

Seriously, what was that?

The “feels like” equation:

Marc Trestman = Alpo Suhonen

A tweet to love:

CubsJoeMadd Respect 90... going to make daily push for our players to respect that distance. run hard for 90 feet, and the respect will come back to you


How great is it hearing all those rumors emanating from the winter meetings?

Answer: Very

Can't wait for it all to kick in next week.

Random thought:

I have never seen a woman driving a used police car.

Hawk thoughts:

• Is there anyone else you'd want with the puck on his stick than Patrick Kane? Soak in what you're watching when it comes to 88 — pretty special stuff.

• The musical chairs involving Rundblad, Clendening and now Dahlbeck points out just what a gem the Hawks have in TvR.

And how much they miss him.

A numbers game:

Could 88-91-23 equal the number of points the line of Kane, Richards and Versteeg ends up with this season?

Heck, yeah.

Things that rock:

NIU football.

California Chrome.

Those Salvation Army ads.

Bear down:

Regardless of how the Bears finish the season, if Marc Trestman is brought back to coach next year, what would your optimism level be?

Thought so.

Not done yet:

If the Bears, who are celebrating the 50th anniversay of drafting Dick Butkus and Gale Sayers, finish with a top-10 pick and Phil Emery is the guy making that pick, what would your optimism level be?

Again, thought so.

Block Party:

1,000 games for Brent Sopel.


No other way to put it:

That was one weird season for Brandon Marshall.

Jimmy Butler and the Bulls are 12-7 and leading the Eastern Conference's Central division. Associated Press
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