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Cardinals at Bears Game Preview: Good Cardinals, Great Sondheim, Bad Prediction.

| December 3rd, 2021


Why Do I Like the Chicago Bears This Week?

I always like the Chicago Bears.

And 2021 is almost at its conclusion. Why harbor negative feelings?


Bears Need to Keep Game Close

This is the part of the game preview where I try to find an overarching theme for the contest. But Sunday is one tough tamale.

The Bears are too banged up on defense to find relevance there. (What even is this defense without Mack, Roquan and Hicks?)

Without Justin Fields playing – and he shouldn’t play until he’s 100% healthy – there’s little relevant happening on the offensive side of the ball. You want to get excited about Larry Borom and Darnell Mooney? That’s fine. But those two guys are going to be part of the program next season. Their next “important” game is in September.

So, what is worth watching? The score. The Bears have to keep this game close and competitive because if they don’t Soldier Field is going to a nightmare. The fans have had enough of the coach and they want blood. If the score gets out of hand in the second half, the only audible things on the telecast are going to be “Fire Nagy” chants. And those chants will be leading everyone’s game stories.

The Bears need to stay in this game and have a plausible chance to win in the fourth quarter. Will they?


Top 10 Sondheim Songs (From the Stage)

There will be plenty of time for me to write thoroughly about what Stephen Sondheim’s life and career means to me. But the world is currently flooded with those types of remembrances. As time moves along, and there’s distance from his passing, I will spend some more time with this difficult topic. For now, I’m sharing ten songs that display his genius in this form I love – musical theatre. They are ranked because I like ranking things. But the rankings are meaningless.

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(10) Someone in a Tree, Pacific Overtures

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(09) Comedy Tonight, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

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(08) Losing My Mind, Follies

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Final Thoughts on Michael Sam, a Homosexual NFL Player and the Elephant in the Locker Room

| February 12th, 2014

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Full disclosure: DaBearsBlog is not my only job.

I started my theatre career in New York City as the Assistant Artistic Director of a now-defunct organization called Musical Theatre Works. I was subsequently part of the team that launched the inaugural New York Musical Theatre Festival (“NYMF”) in the city and parlayed that gig into the role of Associate General Manager of the Helen Hayes Theatre on Broadway. (I was historically awful at the latter.) All the while I wrote. Plays. Musicals. Poetry. Everything. In 2005 I no longer depended on administrative-type roles to support my writing career. (That lasted a few years. Then it didn’t. Then it did again!)

Why do I tell you this? Because when it comes to homosexual exposure, I am uniquely qualified as a straight man. Most people might have a few folks they know who might be gay. Everyone I work with is gay. So let’s destroy a few myths and clarify a few things when it comes to Michael Sam’s prospective locker room reception in the NFL.

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