Mar 30, 2020 4 min read

Are you Team Mitch or Team Nick?

Good morning, frents

Hope everyone was able to make the most of their weekend, all things considered.

You probably don’t need to be reminded about this, but today would’ve been Opening Day at Wrigley. If you need a boost at any point, last week’s 10 tips for a baseball-free Opening Day are still here to help.

Trubisky vs Foles: Who’s your man?

It’s been 12 days since the Bears traded for Nick Foles and I still don’t have a good sense on how Chicago wants this to play out come fall.

There’s only one opinion that matters, of course. But we haven’t yet heard from Ryan Pace on the move so no one can say certain if this was a trade made toward creating a true training camp competition or if Foles is an expensive “break glass in case of an 0-2 start” insurance policy.

But regardless of what Pace says, the scale is presumably already tipping one way right now. I’m just not sure which way it is.

You’re probably Team Mitch if you …

… want to give him one more look before throwing him on the pile of Pace’s recent first-round busts with Kevin White and Leonard Floyd.

… think he’s better than Foles.

… would rather a 26-year-old get first crack at the job than a 31-year-old who has still never played a full 16-game season.

… saw some flashes of talent over his first three years and still think he can be a late bloomer in the mold of Drew Brees.

… think he’s a good Polish kid with a nice smile who deserves one more chance. (OK, this just might be my rationale for giving Mitch one more try.)

are Ryan Pace at the combine.

You’re probably Team Nick if you …

… think Trubisky is a cost already sunk to the bottom of Lake Michigan.

… put a lot of stock in Foles’ Super Bowl run with the Eagles and his playoff win over the Bears one year later.

… put a lot of stock in Foles’ familiarity with the Bears coaching staff.

… think all the Bears need is a caretaker at QB.

… don’t think the Bears should have invested $15 million in a guy just so he could hold a clipboard the first week of the season.

… are the type of Chicagoan who always prefers the backup quarterback.

… are Ryan Pace and forgot everything you said after the season about having great faith in Mitch Trubisky.

So which camp are you in: Team Mitch or Team Nick? Comment on this email by clicking through to the site or email me at midwayminute@gmail.com. If I get some good responses, I may publish them in a future newsletter.

Two Cubs employees have tested positive for COVID-19, the Sun-Times’ Madeline Kenney first reported on Sunday. The unidentified employees were seasonal game-day workers who attended a March 8 training session at Wrigley Field. NBC Sports’ Gordon Wittenmyer reported that one worker is recovering at home while the other is hospitalized and receiving treatment.

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RIP to Les Hunter, a star on Loyola’s 1963 national championship team. He was 77. (Tribune)

At least one outlet thinks the Bears are the offseason’s biggest losers. (B/R)

• Before you click: How many of the 12 forwards can you name on this all-2010s team for the Blackhawks? (Second City Hockey)

• I’ve was already feeling bad about letting my workouts lapse since becoming a shut-in. Now I see this:

• Marquee is using MLB The Show 20 to bring us highlights of the Cubs season. Here is Sunday’s result up in Milwaukee. (Marquee)

• South Side Sox is partnering with Out of The Park Baseball to simulate the Sox season. Here’s how they fared in Sunday’s rubber game against KC. (SSS)

Jamal Collier on one sports-related business that’s being hit hard: Razor Red barbershop, a favorite among Bulls players and visiting NBA squads. (Tribune)

A Q&A with Rachel Folden, the Cubs’ lead hitting lab tech. (Cubs Insider)

• Why yes, I do have time to watch this hour-long documentary on Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out and a quest to break its world speedrunning records. (Kotaku)

How Roger Ebert “discovered” John Prine one night in Lincoln Park. (Chicago Mag)

• Finally, a reminder to stay home from the best meme I saw all weekend. (Shoutout to the original artists: Georges Seurat and Ben Jennings.)

That’s it for today. As always, thank you for being a #frentofthenewsletter. See you back here tomorrow morning.

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