Around 10 AM this morning, former Chicago Bears
legend and middle linebacker Brian Urlacher announced his retirement
. Obviously, Twitter
blew up shortly afterward. Urlacher
was THE trending topic; not just for Chicago Bears
and sports news, but news in general.
will have his place on the Bears
Mt. Rushmore of all time players. #54 will also go down as one of the greatest linebackers in NFL
history. Given his storied career, it’s a shame that he went out the way he did. His final season will unfortunately be remembered for:
second half collapse which cost the team a playoff berth, Urlacher
’s rant against the fans, media, Lovie Smith detractors
, and the insult of a contract
that the Bears
It doesn’t do justice to all that he accomplished. He accomplished a bit off the field too: Paris Hilton, Jenny McCarthy
Let’s look at how social media
reacted to the Urlacher
continues to dumb down it’s audience and make people less informed about sports. Today the network actually posed this question for its panel “How much do you blame Jay Cutler
for RG III’s injury
?” Yes, this is not parody but a serious attempt at “journalism” by the WWL. What a way to “cover” the Robert Griffin III surgery
that took place today.
screen grab courtesy of Twitter @WaneDog
Earlier this week the Chicago Bears Devin Hester made comments
about how NFL
football is no longer fun for him and how he thinks this could be the end of his career. He also said his family is a factor and he needs to take that into account regarding his decision about his future. These comments came on the same day Bears
coach Lovie Smith was fired, and given how close Hester was to Lovie, there was speculation that the two incidents were related.
Also factor in that Hester, one of the NFL
’s most dangerous return men in history did nothing on kick returns in 2012, and had a very non-descript year catching the ball, and it’s easy to see why he made such comments of frustration. But today he clarified...
How much Chicago Bears
coverage is enough? Everyone in the media
, including myself, is guilty of ridiculous over-coverage of the team. But 670 The Score is by far the worst offender. And a major reason they do it is to promote their sister station, WBBM, which broadcasts the team’s games on the radio.
Obviously, this is a Bears
town first. Whether the team is winning or losing. The Cubs
are 1b. to their 1a. when they’re in the playoffs. And Michael Jordan
borrowed the city for a decade, making the Bulls
come first during the ’90s. (It even helped me remember the difference between bear market and bull market, who was up in the ’90s and who was down?) The Bulls
come third, and then there’s a drop off to the White Sox
So I understand how much the Bears
move the needle, and the media
must follow suit...
Brian Urlacher had an interesting view of the Chicago Bears
loss to the Green Bay Packers
yesterday. His view from IR was quite opinionated. Maybe this is the end of his days with the Bears
? Or the end of his NFL
career? During his weekly appearance on the local Chicago FOX news program he had some choice words for Bears
fans, the media
and those who think Bears
coach Lovie Smith should be fired...
Remember after 9/11 when then President George W. Bush proclaimed “you’re either with us, or with the terrorists” to the entire world? Well the NFL
version of that came today after the Green Bay Packers
beat the Chicago Bears
and put the Bears
in serious jeopardy of making the playoffs. Bears
safety Chris Conte turned on his own fans by tweeting the following:
While the Dallas Cowboys clearly win the NFL
’s popularity contest, the team’s fame doesn’t translate in to fan engagement. Unmetric gathered data in terms of Likes, Comments, Shares and Impressions to determine average engagement for each of the NFL
’s 32 teams.
The Chicago Bears
are the league’s most engaging, with an average engagement score of 320. The Ravens, Packers
, Cowboys and Texans round out the top five as the most engaging teams on Facebook...
Amy Jacobson of the Big John Howell and Amy Jacobson Morning Show on AM 560 WIND Chicago tweeted out some interesting pics before the Bears-Texans game last night. You might remember when Jacobson herself was the story. She was fired 5 years ago from WMAQ ch. 5, the local NBC affiliate for…well there’s a link... Read more »
So much to watch last night, game 7 of the NLCS the Chicago Bears
and Detroit Lions
on MNF, and of course the third and final Presidential debate. picture in picture was highly utilized. And at WFLD TV, Chicago’s Fox affiliate confusion reigned...
Bears fans can also look forward to yet another entertaining season of The Lance Briggs Show (formerly Countdown to Kickoff), featuring host Pat Boyle, former Bears standout Tom Thayer and seven-time Chicago Bears Pro Bowl linebacker Lance Briggs. This half-hour program provides fans with a complete preview of the Bears’ next game, including a discussion... Read more »