For most of the year I have had a miserable time trying to predict when the Bears are going to win.  I say win, they lose.  I say lose and then they win.

Disclaimer:

Once again, do not bet your mortgage based on the Crystal Ball, the interpretations of the writer may be biased.  He may be publishing his wish list for Santa, instead of actual predictions.  The writer is not known to have psychic abilities, he is just a legend in his own mind.  He has not won an outright contest on Draft Kings in almost two years.

Take this down, for what it’s worth: absolutely nothing…

Danny Trevaithan, the Bears best inside linebacker, is back this week.  I don’t believe the Bears have won a single game without him this year.  The Bears played harder last week against the Eagles than has been reported, which means that head coach John Fox has not lost the team, contrary to most beat writers opinions.  That said, the rookie quarterback doesn’t know how to win yet.  Until he wins a game that you can say, it was because of Trubisky that they won, I will pick against him and the Bears.  Hopefully the kid will pull out at least one game by the end of the year, just for the sake of his confidence.

The Bears coordinators on both sides, offense and defense, haven’t done a good enough job the last four weeks.  Which team will show up?  Will both the offense and defense play 60 minutes of hard nosed, clean and consistent football, in order to save everyone’s jobs?

If they do, the Bears should blow out the 1-11 49’ers this weekend, and the Cleveland Browns in week 15. But I sense that defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, still won’t blitz, or bring creative pressure, against Rolling Meadows native and Eastern Illinois alumnus,  Jimmy Garoppolo.  Garoppolo was acquired mid-season, from the Patriots, to be their quarterback of the future.  Without pressure on him, Garoppolo probably picks the Bears secondary apart, and makes this a close, hard fought game.

San Francisco wins a thriller on a field goal by former Bears Robbie Gould as time runs out.  49’ers 27-24 over the Bears

Caveat… every time I predict a close loss, the Bears win.

Crystal ball says:

the Bears will now finish 6-10.

the Eagles go to Seattle and lose, a week after handling the Bears.

that I fail to make the playoffs in my fantasy football league, ending any chance for a three-peat.  My friend Brian’s team, the CTS Raiders win’s the league championship for the first time.

George McCaskey will save John Fox’s job, and let him finish the last year of his contract next season.  As a condition of his retention, Fox replace’s Dowell Loggains as offensive coordinator, with Mike McCoy, Fox’s coordinator from Denver.

Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio will leave and go back to San Francisco.

Mike Singletary will interview for the defensive coordinator’s job.

The Bears will draft another quarterback next year, in the fourth round.

 

In other sports around Chicago:

The Chicago Blackhawks turn their season around behind their revitalized defense, enter the playoffs as a number 4 seed, and win Lord Stanley’s Cup for the 4th time in the last 8 years, 7th overall.  Forward Alex Debrincat finishes the season among the top rookies.

The Bulls get back Zach LaVine and Nicola Mirotic from injuries, which leads to more wins than they like.  Then they trade center Brook Lopez, which leads to more turmoil and accusations by the media, of trying to tank the season.  The Mirotic-Portis feud continues, after the Bulls fail to trade either of them.  LaVine turns out to be a better player than previously believed, and Bulls finish with between 25- 30 wins.  This is far away from being among the three worst teams in the league, so the high draft pick the Bulls wanted,  falls to between 7-11th.

The Cubs pursue, but fall short of, signing Japanese superstar Shohei Otani.  This leads to increasingly desperate attempts to trade Jason Heyward, their over-paid right fielder.  Failure to trade Heyward, means that the Cubs miss out on free-agent pitcher Alex Cobb as well, since the Cubs ownership has currently stated, they will not pay over the luxury tax threshold for the teams payroll budget.  Jake Arrieta leaves the Cubs and signs a free-agent deal with the Dodgers, for 4 years and $100 million.

The White Sox trade Jose Abreu as their only move of the off season.  This move is heavily criticized by the young Hispanic players on the White Sox and leads to a fan revolt against general manager Rick Hahn at the team convention.

NFL conference championships:

Pittsburgh over Kansas City

Seattle over Philadelphia

Ben Rothlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers win the Super Bowl over the Seattle Seahawks 31 -24.  Rothlisberger wins his third Super Bowl for the Steelers and retires after the game.

Is it just the rantings of a lunatic or a madman, we’ll see.  Clip and save!

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