Bears Vs. Cheeseheads Preview

The long awaited Bears vs. Packers NFL season opener is tonight in Soldier Field. Plainfield’s very own and recently inducted Hall of Famer, Don Wachter a.k.a. Bear-man joins Dan and Amy to discuss his pre-game regimen and a preview of tonight’s game.

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Ask Not Why They Did It But What They Serve

Why would the billionaire owner of the NFL’s most successful franchise patronize a brothel?

Why would a successful actor perpetrate a fraud on the nation for a pay raise?

Why would an international music superstar prey on young girls?

Why would they risk everything? What’s in it for them?

Those questions are dead ends in the search for an explanation for this depraved conduct.

To understand why one must ask the question, “What do they serve?”

As with the high-profile cheaters and reprobates before them, R. Kelly and R. Kraft and Smollett are C.S. Lewis’ men without chests.

They are walking pleasure centers seeking only to serve their visceral wants: celebrity, money, carnal release.

They are the byproduct of a culture that celebrates the unrestrained indulgence of one’s appetites over objective truth.

What a society extols it begets. And so we have begotten R. Kelly, R. Kraft and Smollett.

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Is the imagination the only place where socialism and the banning of fossil fuels works? Was sports a once unifying tradition for all Americans now becoming increasingly more divisive? Is the commentariat and those in the beltway losing sight of why Trump won? Is Trump too obsessed with finding the anonymous op-ed writer? Essayist and Hollywood screenwriter, Andrew Klavan joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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Is The NFL Kneeling Ban A Win For Conservatives?

Is Trump to blame for exacerbating the kneeling controversy in the NFL or did he merely expose people for who they really are? Is it good for the country to force people to take sides and for lines to be drawn in the culture war? Columnist at National Review, David French joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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After the first round of the Masters, who are the front-runners and who hasn’t been quite up to “par?” Are Tiger Woods’ fans exposing their bias? Where should Sergio spend his weekend off while waiting to put another green jacket on Jordan Spieth? Green Golf Partners CEO, Matt McIntee joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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Opening Day For The White Sox

Despite some possible flurries, Larry Molloy and his mom are making their 50th straight White Sox Opening Day at “Comiskey.” Larry joins Dan and Amy to share memories of opening day over the years with his mom and how he’s now carrying on the tradition with his sons.  

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Eli Manning’s Example

One day you’re the 2-time Super Bowl champion, 2-time Super Bowl MVP with the second-longest starting streak in NFL history. And the next day you’re on the bench.

That’s life. But how many of us would handle it with the humility of Eli Manning?

Manning was given the option to continue to start and play a few series to keep his streak alive but declined saying “that’s not the right way to play.”

In doing so, he essentially said that if coach thinks starting someone else at QB gives the team the best chance to win then we should do that. Manning’s personal streak isn’t bigger than the team.

“It’s hard…but hang in there and figure it out,” said Manning, his chin quivering.

How Manning responded to being benched, with understandable disappointment but not defiant entitlement, is why he is a leader of men and a 2-time Super Bowl Champion, twice defeating the team of his generation for the Lombardi Trophy.

A few days later Sports Illustrated conferred the Muhammad Ali Legacy Award to a Castro-loving spoiled brat. 

The NFL’s positive, teachable moments are few and fleeting.

Lionizing Colin Kaepernick is an example of our time.

Eli Manning’s example is timeless.

Most professional athletes are not role models. But some are.