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Friday, December 9th, 2016

ZONER’S MONDAY MORSELS

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To the morsels…

—The Chicago Bears now claim 1st place in the NFC North all by themselves. The Packers are now 1-6. Minny lost and Detroit is just bad. I’d have to say I would be very surprised if the Bears do not win the division. I’m betting on them picking up another road win next week over the hapless Haslett Saints. That would make them 5-3 and they have beaten Detroit twice, giving them the tiebreaker. Culpepper is out for the season. The Bears keep playing D and Orton keeps getting better. Oh and lookie here–Ced Benson had a few nice runs. Azumah is looking much more comfortable on returns and you heard it here first–he returns one for a TD next week.

—The Packers are now 1-6. There is no end to the joy I receive from saying that.

—The Chicago Blackhawks are already a mess. They are tied with least points in the NHL–6. They have won only 3 games. They opened at home this year and they did not televise the game. You would think after a prolonged strike the Hawks would have televised it as a goodwill gesture, or just out of a smart business move because most people here don’t even remember them. But no. What morons. Kahbibulin looks terrible and the Hawks look the same as always. Bob Foltman from the Trib talks about their chances to even get to the playoffs. Snore.

Sam Smith has analysis on the Magloire for Desmond Mason deal. I have always liked both very much. For a team that was poor defensively, getting rid of Mason seems curious. And now Bogut will be coming off the bench. With TJ Ford and Michael Redd in the backcourt, fans might want to watch the games with a clicker to see how many times players drive by them to the goal.

—Speaking of hoops, NBAdraftnet has the Illini’s Dee Brown going 54th in next year’s draft to the Rockets. Wow.

—And for your Monday laugh: Scooter the Talking Baseball Tries to Explain How Tim McCarver Still Has a Job

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