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on the Weekend Sports Report with Packer Dave and Steve Leventhal
….Jeff Rich joins us to preview the 2016 AFC and NFC Championship games. We also have as a guest a current NFL player who has authored a tell-all book about life in the National Football League. Unlike a typical memoir, loaded with whitewashed anecdotes and cute stories, this is a no holds barred, real world look inside the daily life of an offensive lineman playing right now. It’s so explosive, he uses the pen name “Johnny Anonymous” and disguises his voice for interviews. No topic is off the table in this wide ranging interview.
Lastly, John Poulter brings us up to date on what’s going on in the NHL and the English Premier League.
Hear interviews from Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Greg Olsen, and Larry Fitzgerald.
Don’t miss a cameo from Bob Costas of NBC.
…Jeff Rich joins us to preview the Green Bay Packers – Arizona Cardinals playoff game, the three other NFL games this weekend, and the head coaching changes in the league. Also, we’ll discuss the new teams coming to the Los Angeles market, and Alabama’s win over Clemson in the College Football Playoff championship.
Next, John Poulter brings us up to date on what’s happening in the NHL.
Hear interviews from Aaron Rogers, Eddie Lacy, Julius Peppers, Bruce Arians, Ron Rivera, Russell Wilson, and Peyton Manning. Plus, don’t miss a cameo from ESPN’s Chris Berman.
The Northwestern Wildcats welcomed in the Wisconsin Badgers to Welsh-Ryan Arena on Tuesday night for the first time in 15 years without being led by head coach Bo Ryan. Ryan retired midseason after his team was runner up in the NCAA tournament last year. In his 15 seasons as the Badgers head coach, Wisconsin made the NCAA tournament every year and never finished lower then 4th in Big Ten Conference regular season standings.
Ryan left his team in the hands of his longtime assistant Greg Gard, who inherited a young team that is in transition from being one of the best teams in the country to a below average Big Ten team. The Badgers came into the game at 9 – 8 overall and 1 – 3 in conference action.
The Wildcats jumped out an early 14 – 5 lead on the Badgers, thanks to some nice shooting by sophomore sensation Bryan McIntosh and some aggressive team defense. The Badgers were able to climb their way back into the game as they were only down 26 – 28 at halftime.
From start to finish this was McIntosh’s game, as his was dazzling on the offensive end of the floor. Every time down the court it was a “what is he going to do next,” type of feeling. McIntosh was hitting 3’s over centers and beating his man off the dribble at will leaving Coach Gard searching for answers. McIntosh finished with a game high 28 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds.
The over laying theme of this year for the Wildcats is whether or not they make the NCAA tournament but a close second is the maturation of McIntosh. The NU point guard is leading the team in points and assist while running Coach Collins offense and becoming the leader of this team.
The Wildcats have had to change their identity the past 4 games due to a foot injury to senior center Alex Olah. The lack of a low post presence has made the Wildcats play outside-in, compared to feeding Olah when healthy to open up the outside shooters. The Badgers ran the Wildcats off the 3-point line all night and contested every long distance shot causing Northwestern to shoot 4 – 12 (.3333) from beyond the arc.
The Badgers Nigel Hayes did his best to keep his team in the game by scoring 17 points but it was not enough to beat the Wildcats. Hayes came in the game as 1 of 2 players in the Big Ten averaging over 15 ppg, 6 rpg and 3.5 apg. The junior showed his aggressiveness by getting to the line 7 times, an area he is familiar to as he leads the Big Ten in FT and FTA.
Even without Alex Olah, the Wildcats were able to break Wisconsin’s 5 game winning streak in Evanston and move to 3 – 2 in the Big Ten. Northwestern will look to extend their winning streak to 3, when they host Penn State this Saturday night at 7:30 pm.
….Jeff Rich joins us to preview the Packers’ playoff game versus the Redskins, as well as the rest of the NFL playoff slate. They also talk about the coaching vacancies, and which are the more sought after jobs. John Poulter discusses the NHL with us, and lastly, Paul Banks from TheSportsBank will preview the College Football Championship game, and give his thoughts on the just concluded season.
Hear audio from Mike McCarthy, Randall Cobb, Clay Matthews, Jay Gruden, DeSean Jackson, John Fox, Bears GM Ryan Pace, Russell Wilson, Adrian Peterson, Ben Roethlisberger, JJ Watt, and AJ McCarron.
Don’t miss a cameo from comedian Jeff Foxworthy.
….Dionne Miller of ABC7Chicago joins us for a look at the Chicago Bears. We preview their final home game against Detroit, and reflect on their turbulent 2015 season. Jeff Rich and Dave discuss the crucial Vikings – Packers game for the NFC North title, as well as other key NFL games this weekend.
Hear interviews from Aaron Rogers, Mike McCarthy, John Fox, Bears CB Tracy Porter, Mike Zimmer, Teddy Bridgewater, and Carson Palmer.
Don’t miss a cameo from Dick Vitale.
along with a Bears – Bucs preview….on the Weekend Sports Report with Packer Dave and Steve Leventhal
Les Grobstein of the Score 670 Sports Radio in Chicago joins us to looks at the 2015 Bears season and discuss the weekend slate of NFL games. Steve and Dave debate who the NFL MVP should be. Fred Wallin of SportsByline checks in from Los Angeles with his thoughts on the NFL likely coming to the LA area, and Kobe Bryant’s final season of his storied career.
Hear audio from Aaron Rogers, Mike McCarthy, John Fox, Jay Cutler, rookie RB David Johnson of the Arizona Cardinals, Chip Kelly, and Jay Gruden.
Don’t miss a cameo from Packer broadcaster Wayne Laravee.
Dave reviews the Green Bay win over Dallas with Marty. Jeff Rich from SportsByline.com looks at the weekend slate of NFL games. John Poulter from Toronto comments on the NHL and latest baseball offseason moves.
The weather wasn’t the only thing that was sloppy Sunday night in Evanston as Northwestern hosted Chicago State in a very low scoring game. In the end, it was the Wildcats size and speed that separated them from the Cougars which helped get the Wildcats to 8 – 1 on the season.
Northwestern didn’t score until the 3:49 mark as poor outside shooting and some ill-advised turnovers kept them from finding their offensive rhythm. The Cougars full court press was able to pressure the Wildcats into a turnover and a couple rushes possessions which gave them a 5 – 0 lead over the home team.
The Wildcats were finally able to settle down and break they Cougars press with relative ease but ended up shooting 5 – 18 from three for the first half. Northwestern was much better inside the arc as they were 6 for 8 and Chicago State had no one to match up with Alex Olah.
Olah imposed his will on the Cougars defense in the paint and was able to put together a nice game line of 9 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists. The Wildcats did not need a big game out of Olah but his presences on the defensive side of the floor was felt after he was able to block 3 shots. Head coach Chris Collins will look towards Olah’s direction later this month once Big Ten conference play starts against Nebraska on December 30th.
The heart of the Wildcats, Tre Demps, had a nice game while leading his team in points and rebounds. Demps scored 23 points, while pulling down 9 rebounds and adding 3 assist. Demps was able to break the Cougars press with his unique ability to push the ball which helped alleviate some of pressure.
The game was over by early in the 2nd half as the Wildcats were able to pull away from the Cougars, outscoring them 46 to 20. The Cougars ran out of gas on both ends of the court and it was obvious on why they are a 3 – 8 team.
Coach Collins knows that these games against lesser opponents are just window dressing for the rest of the season and the wins are fun but none of it matters if the Wildcats don’t make the dance. Coach Collins was brought in for one reason, have Northwestern make the NCAA tournament for the first time in the programs history.
on the Weekend Sports Report with Packer Dave and Steve Leventhal.
Cubs broadcaster Pat Hughes joins us to discuss the newest disc in his Baseball Voices series of Hall of Fame tributes. The fourteenth edition chronicles Denny Matthews, the voice of the Kansas City Royals. Pat also gives us his thoughts on the Cubs’ 2015 season.
Jeff Rich checks in to talk Bears-Skins and Packers-Cowboys. John Poilter updates us on the latest news in baseball and hockey.
Hear interviews with Mike McCarthy, Aaron Rogers, Clay Matthews, John Fox, Robbie Gould, Vic Fangio, and Redskins coach Jay Gruden.
For 59 minutes and 58 seconds that Bears game hurt every football fans sensibilities and was even more painful to watch. With all that said, Robbie Gould had an opportunity to win the game as time expired with a 36 yard FG. Gould promptly hooked the kick wide left (like his other miss earlier in the game) and the Bears would end up losing in overtime to BLAINE GABBERT!
The worst part about the Bears loss is that it dashed all hope for making the playoffs and now we can watch a team go through the motions as the offseason approaches. For the sole fact of keeping this team entertaining and having articles like the one you are reading relevant, the Bears loss totally ruined the next 4 weeks of football.
It is good to see the Bears are not the only dumpster fire of a franchise in 2015 as they welcome in the Washington Football Team to Soldier Field this Sunday. The only difference between the two teams is that Washington is in the NC East and still has a shot at winning their division.Washington is led by QB Kirk Cousins who has started every game this year in place of potential bust Robert Griffin III. Cousins has a solid QB rating of 92.4 (Higher than Jay Cutlers at 90.1) and is coming off of back-to-back games of a +100 rating. Cousins will turn the ball over if he is pressured and has 4 games with 2 interceptions.
Washington’s running game is atrocious as they have been using both Alfred Morris and Matt Jones to tote the rock. Washington ranks 26th in yards per game by averaging 94.3 yards but go up against a Bears team that just gave up 121 yards to the lowly 49ers.
Cousins has the services of a legitimate tight end (when healthy) in Jordan Reed who is a beast in the red zone. Reed comes in with 58 receptions on 74 targets for 574 yards and 6 touchdowns. Reed leads his team in receptions, yards and touchdowns… he will look to exploit the Bears weak linebackers and should have a big game on Sunday.
The Bears have placed TE Martellus Bennett on season ending IR with a rib injury and it is believed that Bennett has played his last game as a Bear. Bennett had been complaining of targets in the red zone which rubbed some of the front office personnel the wrong way and it is believed that the two parties will split up during the offseason.
WR Eddie Royal was back at practice this week and might be cleared to play verses Washington, the last time Royal saw the field was against the Vikings in week 7. Royal’s presence would be much appreciated by Cutler due to the injuries to TE Zach Miller and WR Marquess Wilson.
The Bears are out of the playoffs and are looking towards 2016… the only thing left this season of any interest, is the Bears 1st round draft pick Kevin White and if he will play or not.
Washington Chicago Notes & Predictions
Key Matchup: Bears Linebackers vs. TE Jordan Reed
Key Injuries: WR Marquess Wilson (Questionable), WR Eddie Royal (Questionable), TE Zach Miller (Questionable)
Fact: The Bears are 1 – 5 at Home in 2015
Fantasy Spotlight: TE Jordan Reed
Spread: Bears -3
Prediction: Washington 22, Chicago 23
….Kip Lewis of CSN Chicago joins us to preview the Bears-San Francisco game Sunday. Dave is basking in the glory of the Packers’ last second win over Detroit, and when he finds out that our guest is the son of former Packers Offensive Coordinator Sherman Lewis, Dave goes into full fan boy mode. Jeff Rich talks NFL and college football playoff previews. Lastly, John Poulter checks in with an NHL update and soccer preview.
Hear audio from Aaron Rogers Richard Rogers, Mike McCarthy, John Fox, DC Vic Fangio, Martellus Bennett, 49ers coach Jim Tomsula, Larry Fitzgerald, and Mike Tomlin.
Don’t miss a cameo from ESPN’s Chris Berman.
That hope will remain as long as the Bears keep winning and that starts this Sunday against the lowly San Francisco 49ers in which the Bears can get to .500 for the first time in over a year. The Niners come in with a 3 – 8 record and are in the midst of an organizational transition away from QB Colin Kaepernick and towards QB Blaine Gabbert.
Gabbert took over the reins last week against the Arizona Cardinals and held his own against a good defense, as he went 25 – 36 for 318 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception. Selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars 10th overall in the 2011 draft, Gabbert struggled as a starter in his first 2 season in Jacksonville and was release by the Jaguars after the 2013 season.
Gabbert has completed 65.3 percent of his pass this year and has 4 TDs to 3 INTs while cultivating a connection between his TE Vance McDonald. McDonald has 10 receptions for 136 yards and two TDs in the last two games that Gabbert has played. The 49ers will be without RB Carlos Hyde and will have ex-Bear Shaun Draught tote the rock this Sunday.Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio is going up against his old team for the first time since leaving SF and it comes on the heels of the Bears best defensive performances of the year. The Bears followed up their worst defense in franchise history with an even more pathetic performance last year and Fangio has turned this no named defense into a respectable product in 2015.
The 49ers are Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde when it comes to playing on the road verses at home. 49ers are #4 in the NFL for points given up per game at home (15.8) while dead last in PPG given up on the road (35.2). This bodes well for Cutler and the Bears offense, especially with Marcellus Bennett coming back from injury and Matt Forte another week healthier.
The Bears may have lost WR Marquees Wilson to injury Wednesday at practice so Marc Mariani and Cameron Meredith will have to step in to fill Wilson’s absence. Expect a heavy work load for WR Alshon Jeffery, TE Zach Miller and RB Matt Forte due to the lack of experience on the outside and the uncertainty of Bennett’s performance on the field.
There is a crazy amount of enthusiasm surrounding this 5 – 6 team but no matter what your thoughts are for this Bears team, they need to win out to have a chance to make the Wild Card.
It all starts with 49ers this Sunday.
49ers Bears Notes & Predictions
Key Matchup: Vic Fangio vs. Blaine Gabbert
Key Injuries: WR Marquess Wilson (Questionable), WR Eddie Royal (Doubtful), TE Zach Miller (Questionable)
Fact: The Bears are 1 – 4 at Home in 2015
Fantasy Spotlight: RB Matt Forte
Spread: Bears -9
Prediction: 49ers 17, Bears 27
….we are joined by Les Grobstein, WSCR 670 Chicago overnight host. The Grobber discusses the Bears’ stunning upset of the Green Bay Packers on the night honoring Brett Favre’s induction into the Lambeau Field Rig of Honor. Jeff Rich gives us his take on the game as well, plus other key NFL and college football matchups. Lastly, John Poulter makes his weekly appearance with an NHL and EPL update.
Hear interviews with Aaron Rogers, Mike McCarthy, Jay Cutler, John Fox, Larry Fitzgerald, and Broncos coach Gary Kubiak.
The snow is falling, the Bears are losing and the Green Bay Packers are licking their chops as they host Chicago on Thanksgiving Day. The Bears are coming off a 17 – 15 loss to the Brock Osweiler-led Denver Broncos last Sunday at home… while, the Packers reclaim the division lead after dismantling the Minnesota Vikings on the road in Minneapolis, 30 – 13.
With Turkey Day on the horizon, it is time for the much anticipated, never duplicated and always entertaining …Thanksgiving menu!
The Turkey: QB Aaron Rodgers
Whether it is a Butterball, Honeysuckle or Norbest, the most important item of any meal of the year is the turkey. Everyone basis the success of Thanksgiving on how the Turkey turns out and how long it takes Uncle Randy to pass out after his 5th helping. The Packers go as Rodgers goes and many believe that he is having a “down season”. If a “down season” means throwing 23 touchdowns to 3 interceptions thru 11 weeks, then what do you call Peyton Manning’s season this year? Expect Rodgers to throw for 275+ yards and 3 TD’s as he is deservingly always the center of attention.
The Mashed Potatoes: The Bears Offensive Line
The mashed potatoes seem to be that one side that everyone takes too much of but always gets eaten. The masked potatoes also have a tendency to crowd the turkey territory which can limit the amount of space the turkey has to operate. The Bears will need a strong showing by their offensive line in the run game to prevent Rodgers from getting more possessions then necessary. With center Hroniss Grasu back last week, the Bears were able to move Matt Slason back to his left guard position to help sure up the Bears line.
The Stuffing: RB Eddie Lacy
I am not sure if Lacy is the stuffing or ate all of the stuffing but he is coming off his best game of the season as he rushed for 100 yards on 22 carries. Lacy has been nursing a groin injury throughout the season which led to James Starks stealing some of Lacy’s carries the past couple game, but if healthy, Lacy will be asked to “stuff” the stat sheet against the Bears again in week 12.
The Gravy: WR Pernell McPhee
The added bonus. The bee’s knees. The savory nectar of the gods, which helps wash down Aunt Margie’s green bean casserole and any other undercooked/burnt side that appears on your plate. This is McPhee to this Bears defense, which ranked 30th in total defense last season and now is up 14 spots to number 16, thanks to the defensive mentality McPhee has brought to the locker room. Another added bonus has been 5th round draft pick out of Penn State, Adrian Amos at the safety position, who appears to be a big part of this team going forward.
The Rolls: WR Randall Cobb and WR James Jones
An essential part of the Thanksgiving meal but goes unnoticed thanks to the turkey and stuffing. The rolls are always were they are supposed to be but don’t seem to need much attention. Cobb and Jones have played with Rodgers for years now and their presence is negligible but their impact on the game is great. Whether they are your safety blanket (in Jordy Nelson absence) or your go to in crunch time, the rolls don’t make or break the meal but they play their part.
Yams: WHAT THE HECK IS A YAM?
The Cranberries: QB Jay Cutler
Love them or hate them, they are on the table year after year and there is no end in sight… You have tasted them year after year but just when you decide you like them, the next bite is sour and icky. Cutler has had a nice year under OC Adam Gase… but with Gase’s departure in the upcoming offseason, will Cutler be able to build off of this year success?
Pumpkin Pie: A Bears win
Bears Packers Notes & Predictions
Key Matchup: The Turkey vs. The Gravy
Key Injuries: RB Matt Forte (Day-to-day), WR Eddie Royal (Questionable)
Fact: Brett Favre beat Chicago 23 times during his NFL career
Fantasy Spotlight: WR James Jones
Spread: Packers -9
Prediction: Bears 20, Packers 31
….Cheryl Raye-Stout @Crayestout from WBEZ in Chicago joins us for a discussion of the Bears’ resurgence this season. A long time journalist in Chicagoland, Cheryl also recounts her experiences covering the Bulls during their championship run. Jeff Rich and Dave talk about how can the Green Bay Packers break their losing streak, and other key NFL games. Jeff and Steve highlight the top college football contests. Lastly, John Poulter updates the hockey season and gives his thoughts on the baseball postseason awards.
Hear interviews with Mike McCarthy, Julius Peppers, Adrian Peterson, Vikes Offensive Coordinator Norv Turner, John Fox, Jay Cutler, Brock Osweiler of the Broncos, Larry Fitzgerald, and Bengals coach Marvin Lewis.