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Entries from April 2017

Scott Wright calls him Mitchell.

April 27th, 2017 · Comments

Scott Wright from Draft Countdown answers all of our tough questions. Questions like "Mitch or Mitchell?" Scott's got an interesting thought about why Mitch Trubisky has become Mitchell Trubisky. Max thinks that fans will change one letter in his name if he struggles regardless of whether it's Mitch or Mitchell. The most shocking part about all of it is that Cleveland is in control. They are LOADED in the draft not just this year, but next year, too. Max thinks Scott will begin writing about what the Browns will do at #1 next year as soon as this year's draft is over.

We go through Scott's mock draft. Scott's very high on Myles Garrett, calling him "a young Julius Peppers." Well then! Along with Leonard Fournette and O.J. Howard, there are some men among boys in this draft. Sorry, Bears fans. You're missing out on Garrett, but could wind up with Jamal Adams. Not a bad consolation, really. By the way, Scott's mock draft has Howard going at #8. Can you imagine Cam Newton having Howard, Greg Olsen, Devin Funchess, AND Kelvin Benjamin at his disposal? That is one physically imposing receiving corps.

We are amazed at how much inexperience is running through some draft rooms right now. San Francisco's John Lynch, Jacksonville's Tom Coughlin, even the Bears' Ryan Pace are really inexperienced in the board room.

Character issues probably aren't going to hurt Jabrill Peppers and Reuben Foster too much, but Gareon Conley is in for a slide. Remember La'el Collins? Collins was only mentioned in his ex's murder investigation, was found to be not connected in any way, and still couldn't get drafted. Conley's got a sexual assault allegation over his head the week of the draft.

As far as quarterbacks go, it will be Trubisky, Watson, then everyone else. Expect a QB run between the 25th and 50th picks.

Scott's been our draft guru from the beginning and there's nobody better.


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Lester Wiltfong, Jr: Drafting From the Carpool Lane

April 26th, 2017 · Comments

Lester Wiltfong, Jr. from Windy City Gridiron has your Bears draft news, but first, he's changed scenery. Gone are the days of being accosted by bums and listening to screaming children on the Metra. Lester joins us from the carpool lane where we can actually hear him and won't get interrupted by an unruly passenger's meth trip.

What are the Bears going to do in the draft? Lester thinks Ryan Pace wants a quarterback (Deshaun Watson, anybody?), but doesn't want to spend the third overall pick on one. We could see the Bears trade down from #3. If they go defense, do they go with Jamal Adams? Bartender likes him, but maybe he's not worth the #3 pick, either. Maybe they go with Jonathan Allen, arthritic shoulder and all. Lester hopes they don't go that route because of past problems drafting injured players.

Lester has his dream draft scenario, which you can read all about at Windy City Gridiron. It involves Myles Garrett, Pat Mahomes, and more. We also hear what Lester thinks of Deshone Kizer and his comments.

The Bears have been busy in free agency, too. Lester thinks the offense will be better, while the defense has better safety play. Lester is ever the optimist. Max thinks Bears fans will turn on the team by the second quarter of the season. Not the second quarter of a midseason game, no. The second quarter OF THE SEASON.


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The Four Horsemen of the NBA Ride Again

April 15th, 2017 · Comments

Since we had the honor of being guests on their show, we had them on ours, too. Cal "Gameface" Lee and Warren Shaw from The Baseline NBA Podcast help us preview the NBA Playoffs.

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Tab Bamford talks Stanley Cup Playoffs

April 12th, 2017 · Comments

It's been too long since Tab Bamford has been on the program, so we remedied that. We preview the Blackhawks-Predators series, as well as the rest of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Tab says that this isn't the same Nashville team that Chicago has faced before. Max thinks it's the same, whiny fanbase that can't fill its building.

If you have yet to do so, set some time aside to watch Connor McDavid play in the Edmonton-San Jose series. It will be well worth the insomnia and sleep deprivation. Pittsburgh-Columbus will also be a great series, but if you're getting sleep-deprived from that series, you need to look at other things in your life.

Tab is involved with a project called ¡Viva Baseball!, which is documenting the love of baseball in Latin America and how baseball is better for it.

Read Tab's work at Committed Indians, The Fourth Period, and ChicagoNow. (more...)


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