Bears Schedule

Quality of today's televised sports offerings in terms of Bears post-Walter Payton running backs, on a notability scale of Raymont Harris to Thomas Jones

Thursday night's prime time matchup has the Bears traveling to face the Dolphins and it brings up intriguing fantasy questions, but seeing these two teams on the national stage reminds me that we're approaching the 25th anniversary of the one hiccup on the 1985 Bears' schedule that prevented that team from reaching immortality.

If only the Dolphins had reached the Super Bowl that year (they lost at home to the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game), we would have seen a worse shellacking, I believe, than what Chicago did to New England (46-10). Here's a brief glimpse of that Monday Night affair when the 12-0 Bears fell victim to the Dolphins curse, 38-24

Bears at Dolphins, 2010 version
This is a huge game for both teams as the Bears (6-3) look to remain at least tied for first in the NFC North while the Dolphins (5-4) need to stay relevant in the AFC East and the wild-card race with a debilitating QB situation.

Well, let's just say this doesn't seem like a good matchup for the Dolphins. First, they're apparently going to start third-string QB Tyler Thigpen (Yes, you may begin to groan, Brandon Marshall owners). With Chad Pennington's career possibly over after just two snaps in Week 10 (can anyone seriously believe he'll be an effective QB again after a fourth arm injury?) and Chad Henne limited by a knee injury, the passing by the Dolphins will be minimal to say the least.

Normally I wouldn't mind it if the Dolphins were forced to run a lot. With Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams among the best backfield tandems in the league, it shouldn't be a problem. But the Dolphins face the league's second-ranked run defense in the Bears, and we all know Chicago will be crowding the line/box to take away the run and force Thigpen to make throws to win. Stay away from both Brown and Williams if you can. And the Bears' defense is a must-start, as if you hadn't locked them in already.

Then, there's the odd fact that Miami is 1-3 at home at home this season, getting their first win this past week against Tennessee. This game presents a strange mix. Miami's defense is ranked 8th overall, 6th against the pass. Miami's defense has been susceptible against strong passers this season (Aaron Rodgers, 313 yards, 1 TD; Ben Roethlisberger 303 yards, 2 TDs; Joe Flacco, 266 yards, 2 TDs), so expect Jay Cutler's numbers to fall in that range for the Bears and he should be an average start at worst. I also might keep Matt Forte in your lineup this week. I see not only a slightly productive game rushing, but some possibilities out of the backfield in the passing game.

Greg Olsen has been a solid start at TE with TDs in each of the last two games. Keep him in your lineup, as well as Devin Hester. It should be a productive night for the Bears offense, not a blockbuster one.

You didn't think I'd start an entry referencing the Super Bowl Shuffle without linking the video, did you? Oh, how I miss the music video craze of the 1980s.

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Georgia State Football

Alabama won’t get the opportunity to defend its national title, much less its two SEC championships, but it’s still looking to finish strong.

Its opponent Thursday night doesn’t figure to have much of a chance of standing in the way of that goal.

Georgia State football coach Bill Curry knew his team was in for a long night in Tuscaloosa.

In many ways, just being there was all that matters for the former Alabama head coach.

Curry was chosen to help start Georgia State's program, which took the field for the first time in September and came away with a win.

The prospects Thursday night were far bleaker for the Panthers, who currently trail the Tide 42-7 in the second quarter.

Curry, who went 26-10 during his three years as head coach of Alabama, has directed his team to a 6-4 record this season.

The most impressive showing may have actually come in a loss.

Georgia State pushed Jacksonville State, a team that beat Ole Miss, to overtime before falling just short.

It's certainly been a fantastic first season of existence for the Panthers' program.

In addition to getting a game against Alabama on the schedule to bring in revenue, Georgia State also landed on the cover of ESPN the Magazine.

Not bad for a school with a fledgling football team.
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Meteor Shower November 17

NASA said, if skies are clear, stargazers should expect to see at least 15 meteors per hour.  The best viewing time for the Leonid Meteor Shower will be just before dawn, NASA added.
Here’s how NASA describes the Leonid meteor shower:

In the pre-dawn hours on the mornings of November 17 and November 18, the offspring of Comet Temple/Tuttle will be flashing through our atmosphere and just taunting you to test your meteor watching skills against bright skies. Although the phat Moon will greatly interfere with fainter meteor trails, don’t let that stop you from enjoying your monring coffee with the sparkling “cubs” that will be shooting out from the constellation of Leo.
Where? For all observers the constellation of Leo is along the ecliptic plane and will be near its peak height during best viewing times. When? Because of the Moon, just a couple of hours before local dawn is the best time to watch. Why? Read on!

Although it has been a couple of years since Temple/Tuttle was at perihelion, don’t forget that meteor showers are wonderfully unpredictable and the Leonids are sure to please with fall rate of around 20 (average) per hour. Who knows what surprises it may bring! Each time the comet swings around our Sun it loses some of its material in the debris trail. Of course, we all know that is the source of a meteor shower, but what we don’t know is just how much debris was shed and where it may lay.

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Erin Barry

The Barry's are reportedly in the middle of a divorce, which will likely get nastier now, says Brent's father, NBA Hall of Famer Rick Barry.

Earlier, we reported the rumor that Tony Parker not only cheated on Eva Longoria, he cheated with a teammate's wife. We can now confirm it's true, and who it is:
Erin Barry, the wife of Brent Barry.
The father of the former San Antonio Spurs player, Rick Barry, confirmed the news to TMZ today and says he worries Brent will be "devastated" by the news.

Brent played with Parker from 2004-2008, and is in the middle of a divorce from Erin Barry. Eva Longoria and Tony Parker are in the middle of one, too, as of earlier this afternoon, when the Desperate Housewives star filed the paperwork.
Rick Barry says "I feel horrible for my son. I'm in shock. I knew [Erin] was moving out of the house soon and SHE was the one that filed for divorce."
"This is the straw that broke the camel's back. [Brent] is going to be devastated. I can't even imagine going through this ... the divorce was hard enough."
We're guessing Eva Longoria knows the feeling.
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Prince William Engagement

Prince William, 28, popped the question while they vacationed in Kenya last month, according to royal officials. The wedding is planned for next spring or summer in London.

The Prince William engagement is making headlines across the globe, after the news of his proposal to Kate Middleton has been made public. And now that the British Monarchy is on Facebook we can see what they have to say first hand! The Prince William engagement was announced on the British Monarchy’s facebook page this morning with a posting that read ‘The Prince of Wales is delighted to announce the engagement of Prince William to Miss Catherine MiddletonThe Prince of Wales is delighted to announce the engagement of Prince William to Miss Catherine Middleton’ followed by a press release.And whoever updates the page has been busy because they have followed it up by posting the official press release! The official announcement already has almost 2000 ‘likes’ as well as over 600 comments!

I love that the British Monarchy is now on Facebook! Can’t wait to see all of the details of the Prince William and Kate Middleton engagement posted! I can’t wait to see her ring and hear the details of the wedding! It’s been too long since we got to see a Royal Wedding! Are you excited about the Prince William/Kate Middleton engagement or do you care?

Queen Elizabeth is said to be "absolutely delighted" for her grandson and future bride, according to Buckingham Palace, and so too are the British people. The royal family posted the news on their Facebook page this morning, and within half an hour, more than 1,400 people "liked" the news.
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