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Posted: April 19 2019,08:48

The Bears and Packers with a division title on the line for the Bears Cody Whitehair Jerseys 2019 , and certain playoff elimination in store for the Packers if they lose. meanwhile the Packers enter with their trademark confidence of beating the Bears (who could blame them based on history?). Bears. Packers. The oldest rivalry in American sports. What more could you want?The Windy City Gridiron staff makes it’s game picks for Sunday afternoon. Robert Zeglinski: Bears 31 Packers 16I’m wary of picking the Bears to win comfortably against a team that has owned them so much. But I think the revenge factor can’t be ignored, and Sunday becomes a worthy coronation.Lester A. Wiltfong Jr.: Bears 29 Packers 13No outcome in this game would surprise me, but the Bears are the better team and they should win. Aaron Leming: Bears 23 Packers 17Bears vs. Packers in a chance to clinch the NFC North with a win? Inject it into my veins. This won’t be an easy game but this is one the Bears need to win. It’s great that they are 3-1 within the division and just beat the 11-win Rams on Sunday Night Football. But in order to truly get the monkey off their back, this is the game the Bears need to win. Jacob Infante: Bears 23 Packers 12Aaron Rodgers has crushed the Bears’ hopes and dreams for years, but with how well their defense has been playing, he might not be enough to lead the Packers to a victory.Sam Householder: Bears 23, Packers 17As much as I want the blowout, comfortable win to cap off a division clinching win and a winning home slate, I don’t see it happening. The Bears haven’t beaten the Packers at Soldier Field since September of 2010 and haven’t covered as a favorite at home against Green Bay since 1993. Rodgers will keep it close. He always does.Jack Silverstein: Bears 20 Packers 0Finish them.Josh Sunderbruch: Bears 27 Packers 21Green Bay tries a late rally and almost gets there, but this time the defense holds.Patti Curl: Bears 36 Packers 036 points because the Bears go for two after their fifth touchdown and humiliate the Packers with a fat-bear trick-play conversion. ECD: Bears 34 Packers 0This is going to be the ultimate revenge game for the Bears. Not only can the Bears clinch the NFC North, they can eliminate the Packers. It’s simply too good of an opportunity for Matt Nagy and these Bears to pass up. WhiskeyRanger: Bears 27 Packers 13Head Coach Quarterback Rodgers, Davante Adams, Aaron Jones, and, um ... 43 other guys, are coming to Soldier Field for a rematch of Week 1. These two teams are in different places this time around. The Bears come out swinging, and don’t stop until there’s nothing but half digested cheese strewn along Lake Shore Drive.Ken Mitchell: Bears 44 Packers 3Yeah, I know that score is totally unrealistic. It’s hard to imagine the Packers actually scoring in this game. Hey, it could happen.Here’s the bottom line: Rodgers shot his mouth off a few weeks ago and disrespected the Bears defense. He treated them like they were a “yeah, whatever” afterthought. They are pissed. It’s open season on Packers White Leonard Floyd Jerseys , and this week, there’s no bag limit.WCG Contributors: Jeff Berckes; Patti Curl; Eric Christopher Duerrwaechter; Kev H; Sam Householder; Jacob Infante; Aaron Lemming; Andrew Link; Ken Mitchell; Steven Schweickert; Jack Silverstein; EJ Snyder; Lester Wiltfong, Jr.; Whiskey Ranger; Robert Zeglinski; Like us on Facebook. Allow me to offer just the slightest break from our Bears fan business of gamely jousting with Eagles fans wherever they lay their head or show their hide.Instead, here is a story about George McCaskey giving Jerry Jones a public tongue-lashing in an owners meeting.I recently finished reading Big Game: The NFL in Dangerous Times, political reporter Mark Leibovich’s book on the NFL. Published in September, Leibovich’s book chronicles four years in the life of the league, starting chronologically in the summer of 2014 when Leibovich, a Pats fan, bagged an interview with Tom Brady (who answered Leibovich’s email query with subject line, “Tom Brady here”) and ending with the Eagles’ victory in Super Bowl LII.In between, Leibovich tells the story of the league through the eyes of the NFL’s power players, including Brady (an institution if ever a modern NFL player was one) and commissioner Roger Goodell. The bulk of the perspective, though, comes from the NFL’s owners, whom Leibovich coins “The Membership.”The book is fascinating for its insider’s view on the owners of the 32 teams, with the New York Times reporter Leibovich not just interviewing but spending what might be called quality time with many of the Membership’s biggest names: Robert Kraft (Patriots), Arthur Blank (Falcons), Mark Davis (Raiders), Bob McNair (Texans), Woody Johnson (Jets), Daniel Snyder (Washington) and of course Jerry Jones (Cowboys).What do I mean by “quality time”? In the course of reporting this book Leonard Floyd Jerseys 2019 , Leibovich:Receives a gift of organic eggs from chickens at Kraft’s mansionPasses out stone drunk on a Cowboys team bus following too much Johnnie Walker Blue with Jones, who then scampers off to a bar for some “SEE-gars”Hangs with Goodell on the field in Carolina prior to the 2015/16 NFC championship game as Goodell tries to show off the new NFL mobile app before growing frustrated that it doesn’t work (“Watch, now it’s going to screw up,” Goodell says while fiddling with his phone)Gets close enough to the Brady family that Brady’s father reveals his feelings on Brady’s diet: “Sometimes we’ll go to Tom and Gisele’s house for dinner. And then I’ll say afterward, ‘Where are we going for dinner?’”Leibovich also spends a ton of time writing about three owners (Davis, Stan Kroenke of the Rams, Dean Spanos of the Chargers) trying to move their respective teams to Los Angeles, the owners attempting to navigate the fallout from Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling and the intersection between his political reporting and his NFL reporting via in-depth campaign trail Trump interviews whose snippets make it back to the NFL side.The best of the sports-politics cross-reporting is an anecdote from before Super Bowl LI. Leibovich published a piece in the Times that recycled unused Trump quotes from his previous interviews with the now-president, including Trump saying that his friend Kraft had “choked ... like Romney” regarding Kraft’s decision to not appeal Brady’s Deflategate suspension. Reading the piece, a disheartened Kraft asked Leibovich: “Did he really compare me to Romney?”One ownership team barely visible in the book is the Bears, with one note-worthy exception. Virginia is briefly mentioned on page 27 of this 373-page book, used as an example of the older, family-based owners. And then there is nothing on the Bears owners until page 329, when George — the eighth of the now 10 McCaskey children and the team’s chairman since 2011 — makes his first and only appearance.Like I said, Leibovich got a ton of revealing material from Jerry Jones, and it’s easy to see both why Jones has such a high opinion of himself (his innovations both of and within AT&T Stadium are professional sports game-changers) and why owners might get tired of his often aimless braggadocio. For example, in explaining to Leibovich why it’s important to have fun in your business, Jones takes a rather wide left turn into a brief story about masturbating in shoes while working as a shoe salesman. It’s all part of the endless yarn Jones seems to spin at all times and for all occasions — in an owners meeting in Irvine, Texas, in December of 2017, after Jones opined at length on the state of the league White Eddie Jackson Jerseys , Arthur Blank stood and said, “Jerry, you just spoke for about forty minutes, and I have no idea what you’re talking about.”And that is basically the harshest rebuke any of these owners gave Jones in the book, until McCaskey was pushed just a bit too far.In an owners meeting in October of 2017, Jones prepared to deliver his opinion on Goodell’s compensation and impending contract extension, which Jones wanted to curb. He prefaced his remarks by calling himself the “senior ranking owner” in the room, despite having only purchased the Cowboys in 1989, nearly seven full decades after the league’s birth.That didn’t sit well with the so-called “legacy owners” whose teams have been in their respective families for generations. The one person to voice that dissatisfaction was George McCaskey, who did so two months later at the Irvine meeting. Writes Leibovich:McCaskey is indeed collegial and mild-mannered, and as a result his personality can be tricky to parse out. He seems very well liked within the organization, as a philanthropic leader, supporter of one of my favorite organizations and dedicated photo bomber. I enjoyed, therefore, seeing this inside look at what draws his ire, and how he is carrying on the legacy of Papa Bear Halas, his grandfather.My only regret is that he won’t be able to photo bomb himself hoisting the Super Bowl trophy next month. C’est la vie. Bear Down.---Jack M Silverstein is Windy City Gridiron’s Bears historian, and author of “How The GOAT Was Built: 6 Life Lessons From the 1996 Chicago Bulls.” He is the proprietor of Chicago sports history Instagram “A Shot on Ehlo.” Say hey at @readjack.
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