Head Coach Matt Nagy of the Chicago Bears on the sideline during a home game at Soldier Field on October 28, 2018.
Head Coach Matt Nagy of the Chicago Bears on the sideline during a home game at Soldier Field on October 28, 2018.
Chicago Bears Head Coach Matt Nagy (Photo by Jonathon Daniel/Getty Images)

2020 is now over for the Chicago Bears.

After consecutive 8–8 seasons, Bears fans were left feeling rather disappointed despite making the playoffs for the second time in the past three seasons.

With a third season now under his belt, Head Coach Matt Nagy has yet to win a playoff game but also has yet to have a losing regular-season record. The Bears have already announced they have no plans to extend Nagy’s contract at the moment, which expires in 2022.

The other name on the hot seat is General Manager Ryan Pace, who just finished his sixth season within…


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Detroit Lions Quarterback Matthew Stafford (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Everyone knock on wood, but I think it’s officially safe to say the NFL is going to happen.

Coming off the wildest offseason, including a virtual Draft Day, a Tom Brady-less Patriots team, and countless nasal swabs, the NFL is gearing back up for its 101st season. It’s been the normal amount of time between seasons, but without any preseason games, it’s felt like a lifetime since we’ve watched some good, ol’ football.

All of this starts with a Thursday night matchup between the reigning Super Bowl champion in the Kansas City Chiefs up against division rival Houston Texans. It…


Jackie Robinson, famous Civil Rights activist and baseball player, at the plate in a Brooklyn Dodgers jersey
Jackie Robinson, famous Civil Rights activist and baseball player, at the plate in a Brooklyn Dodgers jersey
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On August 26, 2016, former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat on the bench during the National Anthem of a preseason football game in protest of police brutality in America.

On August 26, 2020, the entire Milwaukee Bucks team went on strike and sat out during the NBA playoffs for the same reason.

The outcomes?

For Kaepernick, it left his career in shambles. It was multiple NFL executives labeling him as a “distraction” or an “embarrassment” to the sport. He didn’t return to the sport the following year. For the Milwaukee Bucks, it was a chain reaction. …


Milwaukee Bucks player Giannis Antetokounmpo
Milwaukee Bucks player Giannis Antetokounmpo
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Wow. Finally. The NBA is back.

It’s been a wild process to create the bubble in Disney World that is set to host the remainder of the NBA season up through the Finals. Whether we make it to the Finals or not, it feels amazing to even have basketball back on.

The lead up to the season has come with plenty of crazy headlines from players being scrutinized for leaving the bubble, to disgusting looking cafeteria-style food for the athletes, and players opting out of playing out their season.

But it’s finally brought us to the start of games this…


The soft cool echo of the trumpet feels refreshing, as the dry heat of the sun slows down everything else. The subtleness of the piano helps slide along the music, guiding the rest of the instruments along like their conductor, keeping everything in time and together.

A vivid picture is painted inside my head, one that is different from what would’ve been painted had I been listening to it at an earlier time. The picture is not yet complete, but it is hopeful — it has the direction of promise and beauty. …

Brennan Merkle

Student of Journalism at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln and enthusiast of enthusiasm.

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