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It's been a great week and a solid month on Midway Minute so far. Thank you for making time for this newsletter each morning.
Bulls at 76ers (6, ESPN)
Hawks at Hurricanes (6, NBCSCH)
Illinois at Minnesota (2:30, Fox)
Hawks at Hurricanes, PPD
DePaul at St. John's (6:30, FS1)
Kings at Bulls (7, NBCSCH)
Could the Sox ever leave Chicago?
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News and Notes
Carson Wentz to the Colts
All the sound and fury surrounding Wentz to the Bears the past few weeks ended up signifying nothing: The former Eagles QB is headed to Indianapolis for a 2021 third-rounder and a 2022 second-rounder that could turn into a first.
Jay Glazer and Albert Breer both reported that the Bears never even made an offer, which means either those guys are doing a favor for an Eagles front office that couldn't draw anything close to a Matt Stafford package from a quarterback-hungry league or the two lower-on-the-chain football pundits floating Wentz-Chicago proposals got taken for the proverbial "ride." (I suppose it could be both.)
So that's that. I feel both a sense of relief that Ryan Pace didn't overpay for a reclamation project and a little regret that maybe the price wouldn't have been that bad if he'd gone ahead. The Bears will need to take a risk at some point to fill the position for 2021; it's just a matter of pushing themselves away from a cliff for a leap of faith that never ends well.
LaVine finishes fourth in All-Star voting
Nice finish for LaVine, who placed just behind Bradley Beal, Kyrie Irving and James Harden among East guards. But he'll have to wait until next Tuesday to get the official invite to his first All-Star game as a reserve. Elias Schuster did a nice deep dive on exactly why LaVine belongs in this year's game.
Also, a big congrats to Ryan Arcidianaco for getting two player votes from two dudes who were maybe hoping Arch would have to go to Atlanta instead.
- The NFL and players union agreed that the salary cap floor will be at least $180 million. Here's what that means for the Bears. BearsWire
- I am here for all the Jim McMahon stories that Dan Pompei collected for Quarterback Week. The Athletic
- MLB Network released its list of the top 100 players and the White Sox led all teams with nine spots (though none higher than Tim Anderson at No. 27.) The Cubs had five players make the list. MLB Network
- Rick Morrissey on Michael Jordan's next image-altering chapter: Philanthropist. Sun-Times
- Yes, that man running around the North Side in a big White Sox jacket is Rod Blagojevich. (He says he feels bad about 2005.) WGN-TV