Judgment Calls: Good, Sound, Poor, Inexcusable, or Impaired?

So, how is your mind working today, judging by the performance of our teams?  Yeah, the Bears won, but really, can anyone out there realistically see them as a real 5-3 threat?  Only Lovie, Angelo, and Martz.  It appears that  Halas Hall remains in denial, which is our brains’ way of staving off unconscious pain.  Somehow this resembles the White House, well defended against major losses this last week. 

With both our Bears and political leaders telling the media that things are not as bad as they appear, I’d say their judgment ranks as poor, period. The Bears rushing game barely made 100 yards, while Martz’s offensive playbook was telegraphed to the Bills.  If Chester or Matt were not in the backfield, then obviously there were no chances for play action or rushing,  besides a pass.  Are we in the NFL, or does being in Toronto mean CFL playbooks?

And what is up with our Blackhawks? Our champions can’t figure out how to win against teams with losing records, as the other night against the Oilers.  Our defense gave up 2 goals in 15 seconds.  I guess they’re still in their summer hang-over phase, even if they’re not in a cab.  This lends itself to impaired judgment. 

Chicago Tribune Live beat guys had it right, when they said that our Hawks must subconsciously think they can “turn it on” during crunch time.  Well, their fans are in the crunch phase now, just catching our breaths with each line shift.  Yet, Coach Q is still the right man, and I’d rank his judgment as quite “sound” when it comes to knowing how to mix in these 10 new players, while missing our buddies in Thrasher uniforms. 

We’re looking better with the Bulls, especially with Noah, Deng, and Gibson, spreading around the rebounds, blocked shots, passing, and scoring.  Last night’s victory v. Carmelo was truly a pleasure to watch, something that began to look like a Bulls team from the late 1980s. Playing defense is good judgment, and ultimately, that’s what the Bears did to win on Sunday.

Off the field, but of no less importance, are these South Side Sports Chick’s judgment calls:  On the day Omar Vizquel signed a one-year deal for $1.75 million to remain a 2011 White Sox (humble) Randy Moss’ was released by the Vikings, in part, due to his expletive-laced tirade against  Tinucci’s catered food at team practice (disgustingly off – the -charts judgment). Even more striking was the Titan’s picking up the remainder of his $6 million contract for 2010 (desperate).  

Yet I want to end this topic, for now, with the judgment by one of our players which media rarely picks up on, given this never ending 24 hr. junkie -dependent cycle of sporting news. Israel Idonije, who literally swinged the Bears – Bills game with his block of the extra point kick, has committed himself off the field to his “First Down” program at four Chicago high-poverty area schools. 

This program encourages middle school children to be active and present in class, by providing incentives and face -to- face time with Idonije.  He credits his parents, Nigerian missionaries, to their charity and compassion, and to these values which led him to establish his foundation.  “I emphasize to the kids that these things help you achieve in life….all sorts of things happen where they’re from, but their education is the number-one equalizer.  Coming to school every day, making the right decisions…- I tell them, ‘If you do that, you’ll end up in a better place.'”  

Nice going, Idonije. We need you buddy, for your outstanding, exceptional, and determined judgment, that will rub off on the streets of Chicago, and hopefully, on your teammates at Soldier Field. Using your 3 yr. $8.8 million salary as a Chicago Bear, to tackle poverty, is just as powerful as any tackle you’ll make this next Sunday v. the Vikings and especially, against Brett. May his narcissism be deflated by our Bears’ Defense.  It may be all we got left, by the time our Bears’ Post Game show airs. 

South Side Sports Chick’s Twitter handle:    southsidejanice

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