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Urlacher’s Hall of Fame Candidacy High Point of Bears’ Rebuilding Season

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Coming off of their most recent home loss to the San Francisco 49ers, tallying only three wins this season, the Chicago Bears are in the midst of a definite rebuild. Despite the question marks and disappointments ranging from the offense, to coaching, to management, the most telling sign of the Bears’ lack of relevancy to this point is how a player who is no longer in the game is somewhat a beacon of hope for fans, at least until the draft comes around.

Calling it a career in 2012, former Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher has become one of the talking points for the Windy City for being selected as a semi-finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Posting 1353 tackles, 22 interceptions, 41.5 sacks to go along with his eight pro bowl appearances, four all pro selections and a Defensive Player of the Year award in 2005, the question isn’t if, but when Urlacher will be inducted.

“My body of work is out there and I feel it’s as good as anybody’s, honestly, if you look at my numbers compared to defensive players in the Hall,’’ Urlacher told the Chicago Tribune recently. “But that’s not why I played the game, to get to the Hall of Fame. I never dreamed that when I started playing, I’d have a chance to be in that conversation. So just to be considered is a big deal.’’

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Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher tackling Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers 

The billed criteria for the hall of fame is on the field accomplishments. However it has been shown on a variety of occasions that numbers alone have not been deemed worthy of the ultimate honor in sports, which is why I can acknowledge that while still presiding on the south side of 30 years old and missing out on the Bear’s lone super bowl victory, Urlacher instilled a culture in Chicago that gave the feeling that our second victory was on the way.

Just falling short of winning Super Bowl XLI, Urlacher maintained that season’s intensity for 13 seasons. Winning Defensive Rookie of the Year to begin his career, maintaining his production for multiple coaches over the years, and even battling injuries in his final years to remain at worst formidable at his position. Revered in the locker room as a true leader and in the community as as genuine as they come, few boxes if any should go unchecked on Urlacher’s ballot.

Being recently selected to the College Football Hall of Fame along with other names such as Peyton Manning, Marshall Faulk and Adrian Peterson, one could only hope that this would be the warm up to his victory lap with the Pro Football Hall of Fame as his starting point. With the final announcement to be made just before this year’s Super Bowl, when the Bears’ season presumably will have been over for quite some time, Chicago will be looking for the grandest thank you to be expressed to one of its’ ultimate winners, patiently waiting for its’ next one.

 

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PBS Suspends Distribution of Tavis Smiley Indefinitely After a Sexual Misconduct Investigation

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PBS has suspended distribution of late-night talk show Tavis Smiley after an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against host Tavis Smiley, Variety reports. Smiley has denied the allegations. The network released the following statement:

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Google pulls YouTube from Amazon TV boxes amid bitter feud

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If you own an Amazon Fire Stick, you currently see the very awkward message come up. Here’s more

The conflict between Amazon and Google is escalating: Google once again started to block access to YouTube on Amazon’s Echo Show device Tuesday, and is notifying users of Amazon’s Fire TV that they won’t be able to access YouTube anymore starting January 1st.

In an unusually frank statement, a Google spokesperson squarely blamed Amazon’s unwillingness to strike a business deal with Google for the step:

​“We’ve been trying to reach agreement with Amazon to give consumers access to each other’s products and services. But Amazon doesn’t carry Google products like Chromecast and Google Home, doesn’t make Prime Video available for Google Cast users, and last month stopped selling some of Nest’s latest products. Given this lack of reciprocity, we are no longer supporting YouTube on Echo Show and FireTV. We hope we can reach an agreement to resolve these issues soon.” –Variety

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Listen Guys…10 Signs You’re Trying Too Hard to Be Stylish

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Hey guys there is help available… Check this out!

 

Clothing should enhance your confidence, not make you even more insecure. –Complex

Casual bowties. Highwater pants. Camo down to your boxers’ codpiece. For every trend and style, there are at least 100 ways to go overboard. Judging from the current state of menswear, plenty of people do. While men’s style grows out of this awkward phase between high-end tailored gear and streed-cred worthy clothing, it’s not hard to strike a balance between the two without looking like you don’t know what’s up.

 

Before you leave the house, check the mirror, and before you check the mirror, check out these 10 Signs You’re Trying Too Hard to Be Stylish.

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