Good morning, frents!
If you're looking for a place to watch Sunday's Bears-Packers game, might I suggest the Nisei Lounge in Wrigleyville?
You might remember that Luis Medina of Bleacher Nation promised on a Midway Minute video to throw a get-together if Justin Fields fell to the Bears. He did and well, Luis is following through.
He'll be there. I'll be there. And hopefully you'll be there. Hit me up on email or DM if you have any questions.
Mercury 91, Sky 86 (OT)
WNBA Finals tied 1-1
Avalanche 4, Hawks 2
WNBA Finals: All tied at one
It looks like we're in for a fun series.
No, Wednesday's outcome wasn't a good one for the Sky, which fell 91-86 in Game 2 of the WNBA Finals. Though Courtney Vandersloot forced OT with a fearless drive down the lane, Phoenix pulled away in the extra period with eight points from Diana Taurasi and some preferential officiating down the stretch.
Because, oh right, the Sky are playing the WNBA's version of Michael Jordan for their first title in franchise history.
And behind Taurasi is Brittany Griner, another of the league's top 25 players of all time and this year's MVP runnerup.
Both players were better rested for Wednesday's game. Griner especially. The Mercury center scored 29 points, including a first-quarter dunk, and she pulled down nine boards.
Point guard Skylar Diggins-Smith, who won a gold medal with Taurasi and Griner in Tokyo, had a great game too.
If the Sky fall in this best-of-five series, it'll be because of Phoenix's star power and experience. Taurasi is gunning for title No 4.
The good news is the Sky don't seem that impressed and their play has reflected it. The team opened an early nine-point lead in Game 2 and for awhile it looked like they might be in total control of the series as it headed back to Chicago for Game 3.
Vandersloot led the way with 20 points, 14 assists and five boards. Allie Quigley struggled with her three-point shot early, but finished with 19 points and six rebounds.
They just couldn't stop the 39-year-old GOAT long enough as members of the Suns and Trail Blazers cheered from courtside.
Games 3 and 4 should be fun. Wintrust Arena is sold out for both weekend games and yes, most of the fans will be of the bandwagon variety.
I've been writing this, but you should climb aboard, too. If there's anything Chicago sports fans appreciate, it's a team that plays like a team, doesn't flinch when they're down and plays above expectations.
We also love a good playoff basketball game, something that's been in short supply around these parts the last few years.
This Sky team provides all of that and more and the fans they've been gaining this playoff run are proof.
Hawks: Poor start sinks season opener
Three Avalanche goals in the first 10 minutes resigned the Hawks to a 4-2 loss in the season opener. It's obviously just one game, but the gap between the Hawks and the league's top contenders still looks wide. Dominik Kubalik and Connor Murphy both scored for the Hawks.
• Next game: At New Jersey on Friday night.
Cubs: Finalizing a deal with new GM
It's been easy to forget the Cubs haven't had a GM since Theo left last fall and Jed Hoyer was elevated to team president. But the opening is on the verge of being filled as The Athletic reports the Cubs are targeting Cleveland's Carter Hawkins for the gig. The 37-year-old is a Vanderbilt grad and has been with Cleveland for 14 years, most recently as assistant GM.
Bears: Allen Robinson DNP on Wednesday
The biggest surprise from the first injury of Packers Week: A-Rob sat out with an ankle issue we didn't know he had (but might explain a lot about his early production this season). Khalil Mack and Akiem Hicks also missed practice.
- How Carlos Correa sees a possible fit with the Cubs. NBC Sports Chicago
- Michael Jordan thinks the Bulls will compete in the East. Bleacher Nation
- Cool feature on the Sox's "Game Changers' mural that honors Gene Honda and Tadahito Iguchi. WTTW
- Howard Megdal on the metrics boost that Candace Parker has brought this year's Sky. Five Thirty Eight
- Revolution and the Fire are teaming up on a new brew and the can design is, well ... fire. Josh Noel with the story on how the collab came to be. Tribune