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The [Monday] Papers

"The average NFL team is worth $1.97 billion, 38% more than last year," Forbes reports.

"The gain was fueled by a $39 million increase in national revenue for each of the league's 32 teams. The NFL is unlike any other sports league in that from an operating standpoint every team is immensely profitable. In 2014, operating income (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) averaged $76 million for the league's 32 teams, ranging from a high of $270 million (Cowboys) to a low of $25 million (Atlanta Falcons)."

And that doesn't even count the free Wi-Fi Rahm gives the league whenever they bring the draft here.

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Also, Rahm gives the league use of Grant Park rent-free.

If only one of those schools Rahm closed was named Draft Town Elementary.

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Forbes' latest team valuations put the Bears at No. 8 in the league at $2.45 billion, which just goes to show you that winning isn't remotely necessary to building a fortune in the sports world.

This, however, is:

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That's how they get you.

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Also, can we get our $432 million back now?

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Also:

"The overwhelming conclusion of decades of economic research on the subject is that using public funds to subsidize...

Posted by The Beachwood Reporter on Sunday, September 13, 2015

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As for Sunday's opener against the Packers, I have a few thoughts. But first, here's our very own Jim "Coach" Coffman's take: "Congratulations, Bears, on not being totally embarrassed this time around but of course a loss is just a loss."

Still, Coach is more sanguine than I am about this team. Sure, we all thought they'd get blown out, but they played to the spread. Big deal. Making predictions about a season based on one game is so Bears Fan. The fact that the humiliation was kept in check does not foretell a better future than expected - except maybe for the Packers, who hadn't won a season opener in four years (and on the road, at that).

As the also far-more-sanguine-than-I Matt Spiegel said on The Score this morning, the Bears are about to go 0-16 in moral victories. (Or would that be 16-0 in moral victories?) (Right, like could you go 16-0 in actual victories but 0-16 in moral ones? Maybe if you're the Patriots. - Tim Willette)

Also, the fact that Jay Cutler limited his mistakes to the crucial one that cost his team the game instead of spreading a bunch out through the day is hardly comforting. In fact, the game plan demonstrated the same lack of trust the new coaching staff has in Cutler that the old one had.

And Cutler wasn't supposed to matter this year! LOL.

What's not even remarkable is how many of us saw it coming. So many people on Twitter predicted the pick on that particular drive that I didn't even bother crafting a line about it myself.

The popular notion that the pick wasn't Cutler's fault because Packers linebacker Clay Matthews made an extraordinary play is pure nonsense. Look at the video - Cutler should never have thrown that ball, and in fact he said after the game that he knew it was trouble the moment it left his hand. That describes a huge mistake by the quarterback, not a great play by the defender.

I also got a kick out of folks joking that the Bears failure to score inside the red zone late in the game, when they passed the ball on four straight downs, was a Trestmanesque mistake - even as folks praised the relative professionalism of the new staff.

Journesia strikes again!

To wit, here's a representative slice of commentary about Marc Trestman's first game as Bears coach, which, unlike John Fox, he won:

"We've seen mirages before - the first game last year, a 41-21 win over Indianapolis comes to mind - and then we've seen the reality later, such as Marshall crying, Cutler pouting and Lovie Smith getting canned.

"With a new coach, who came by way of the Canadian Football League after a life of bouncing around assistant jobs in the NFL, and the cloudy past of Cutler, the Bears are an afterthought nationally. That's fair. To me, that makes this team dangerous."

Trestman started that season 3-0 and was lionized for finally bringing a professional passing offense to the city.

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Now, this is more like it:

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The general sentiment, I guess, is that the Bears at least lost the right way: By running out the play clock on every offensive down to keep Aaron Rodgers' time with the ball to a minimum and making Cutler a game manager who mostly hands the ball off, just like in the Lovie Smith era - without the crushing defense and stellar special teams. Accordingly, even Lovie's worst teams always seemed to be "in it," but at the end of the season the record was the same as if they'd aired it out - maybe worse.

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The truth is this: Ryan Pace has had an awful start as general manager, what with the Ray McDonald signing; the failure to adequately stock this team with offensive linemen, wide receivers, and every level of defense; the specter of a non-impact draft; imposing silly secrecy rules on his coach and players (forcing first-round pick Kevin White to lie to reporters about his season-threatening injury) because as a scout he reportedly used to scour media reports for the tiniest edge in revealed owies and game plans; and the thing about the grilled onions and peppers, which, to be fair, might not be his fault.

Oh, and switching to a new defensive scheme without rostering players who actually fit that scheme, "forgetting" about Jeremiah Ratliff's pending suspension, and somehow thinking Tim Jennings and Mason Foster couldn't help this team.

But yeah, they kept it close for awhile on Sunday, just like NFL teams tend to do before superior teams step on the gas.

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Chicagoetry: Spur
He utilized all the stock maneuvers of the Digital Revolution.

The Cub Factor: Division Week
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The [Riotous] Weekend In Chicago Rock
Featuring: Against Me!, De La Soul, New Politics, Ice Cube, Ultimate Painting, Holy Sons, CoCocoComa, Earth, Tommy Stinson, Motörhead, Drive Like Jehu, Pegboy, Disappears, Government Issue, Of Montreal, The Coathangers, Yelawolf, Merle Haggard, Faith No More, Anthrax, Alkaline Trio, System of a Down, Rodrigo y Gabriela, The Runnies, L7, Kongos, Skating Polly, Andrew W.K., Less Than Jake, Rancid, GWAR, Modest Mouse, Alexisonfire, Hailu Mergia, Babes in Toyland, Gymshorts, Damian Marley, Snoop Dogg, Jimmy Cliff, Stephen Ragga Marley, Cypress Hill, Barb Wire Dolls, Speedy Ortiz, Every Time I Die, Bwana, La Santa Cecilia, Eleventh Dream Day, Oreofest, The Devil Wears Prada, Hum, The Damned, The Lawrence Arms, Rick Springfield, Loverboy, Foreigner, Billy Idol, CIV, Iggy Pop, Taking Back Sunday, Northern Faces, Foxing, Beach Slang, Have Mercy, The Airborne Toxic Event, The Prodigy, The Dead Milkmen, Tenacious D, and No Doubt.

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BeachBook

Dude was beating Obama for U.S. Senate seat until divorce papers were unsealed late in the race and then sensationalized by Axelrod's media pals.

Posted by The Beachwood Reporter on Monday, September 14, 2015

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"His child care tax credit echoes the sorts of tax-policy-as-welfare proposals of conservatives like former Republican Senator (and 2012 presidential candidate) Rick Santorum."

Posted by The Beachwood Reporter on Sunday, September 13, 2015

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ObamaCare to Crapify Health Insurance at 26% of Employers with “Cadillac Tax”

Posted by The Beachwood Reporter on Sunday, September 13, 2015

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Bush to Obama a seamless transition. #legacy

Posted by The Beachwood Reporter on Sunday, September 13, 2015

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Hoping to generate extra revenue.

Posted by The Beachwood Reporter on Saturday, September 12, 2015

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The Beachwood Tip Line: Not sanguine.



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