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606, 2021

Former Bears great Steve McMichael says he is “feeling the love” as he battles ALS

By |June 6th, 2021|Categories: Chicago Bears, NFL|

Hundreds of friends and well-wishers turned out for a fundraiser for former Chicago Bears legend Steve “Mongo” McMichael in Romeoville, Il. on June 5.

My wife, Kim, and I were invited for a private visit to his home prior to the event, dubbed “MongoPalooza,” which was held at McMichael’s restaurant. The former Super Bowl XX champion defensive tackle revealed publicly on April 23, 2021 that he has been diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), an incurable and insidious nerve disease.

“I am feeling the love,” McMichael told me as we reminisced for an hour and talked about the support he has been receiving before the public event. I covered most of Mongo’s Bears career for the Chicago Tribune and watched his often under-valued contribution to one of the most intimidating defenses in NFL history. Three members of that defense are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame: Dan Hampton, Mike Singletary and […]

2312, 2016

Week 16 NFL picks

By |December 23rd, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Playoff spots are up for grabs for several teams. For others, top spots in the upcoming draft could be their consolation prize. The Browns, 49ers Bears, Jets and Jaguars are this year’s bottom-feeders. Here are my Week 16 picks:

Eagles over Giants

Bills over Dolphins

Panthers over Falcons

Redskins over Bears

Chargers over Browns

Packers over Vikings

Titans over Jaguars

Patriots over Jets

Raiders over Colts

Rams over 49ers

Bucs over […]

1712, 2016

Week 15 NFL picks

By |December 17th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Bears and Packers, playing in frigid temperatures Sunday at Soldier Field, will participate in one of the coldest NFL games ever in Chicago. I attended the 1963 NFL Championship game between the Bears and Giants with my father at Wrigley Field before wind-chill factors were calculated. I am still trying to thaw out. Here are my Week 15 picks:

Dolphins […]

1112, 2016

Week 14 NFL picks

By |December 11th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Big games coming up in the AFC with the Bills hosting the Steelers and the Texans at the Colts. Will the Browns win their first game against their in-state rival Bengals? Here are my Week 14 picks:

Lions over Bears

Chiefs over Raiders

Bills over Steelers

Panthers over Chargers

Bengals over Browns

Colts over Texans

Vikings over Jaguars

Dolphins over Cardinals

Redskins over Eagles

Broncos over Titans

49ers over Jets

Packers over […]

412, 2016

Week 13 NFL picks

By |December 4th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Remember when a Bears vs. 49ers game created a major buzz? Such as that 1988 Monday Night contest at Soldier Field when Richard Dent flew through the air to sack Joe Montana in the fourth quarter to help preserve the Bears’ 10-9 victory? Today’s game between the 2-9 Bears and 1-10 49ers is all about next year’s draft positioning and […]

2411, 2016

Week 12 NFL picks

By |November 24th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

The most compelling NFL games of the weekend might be on this Thanksgiving Day. Here are my Week 12 picks:

Lions over Vikings

Cowboys over Skins

Steelers over Colts

Texans over Chargers

Bills over Jaguars

Ravens over Bengals

Falcons over Cardinals

Dolphins over 49ers

Saints over Rams

Giants over Browns

Seahawks over Bucs

Raiders over Panthers

Broncos over Chiefs

Patriots over Jets

Packers over Eagles

Titans over Bears

Last week’s record: 12-2

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