Noteworthy Sunday, Good & Bad, in Chicago Sports

HIGH: The Bears beat the Rams 15-6 in a huge Sunday Night Football showdown, thanks to otherwordly defense.  Eddie Goldman’s early 3rd quarter safety accounted for the points that put them ahead to stay.

LOW: The Blackhawks continued plummeting, falling 3-2 to Montreal.  They’ve now lost 7 in a row.

HIGH:  Harold Baines and Lee Smith were elected to the Hall of Fame by the Today’s Game Era Committee.  It’s one of the new veterans committees (this one focused on players from 1988-present), comprised of 16 baseball dignitaries such as Greg Maddux, Roberto Alomar, Ozzie Smith, Joe Morgan, Tony La Russa and Jerry Reinsdorf.  Lee Smith was the all-time saves leader (478) when he retired and made 7 All-Star teams.  Big Lee says he intends to wear a Cubs hat, honoring the team with which he began his career – before they made one of the dumbest trades in franchise history, shipping Smith to Boston for Calvin Schiraldi and Al Nipper in 1987.  Baines had three stints with the White Sox during his underappreciated 22-year(!!!) career.  The 6-time All-Star joins Frank Thomas as the only HOFs to DH more than they played the field.  I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Baines and he’s a humble, funny man who’s cool as they come.

LOW:  The Bulls almost revolted against Jim Boylen less than one week into the new head coach’s tenure.  Players are fed up with the way he talks about them in public and how he yanked all 5 players off the court twice during Saturday’s mauling at the hand of the Boston Celtics.  A text chain amongst the players suggested they not show up for what was sure to be a brutal Sunday practice.  K.C. Johnson of the Tribune and Darnell Mayberry of The Athletic report Robin Lopez, Lauri Markkanen & Wendell Carter Jr. kept everything from going full Kamp Krusty and some long meetings took place.  Boylen says everything is cool now and it’s a learning experience.  We’ll see.  This could get worse before it gets better.  We get to find out immediately, because there’s a game tonight at UC against the Kings.  Watch closely.



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