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So...the Bears just forked over a little under $200 million for a big plot of land in Arlington Heights, about 35 miles outside of Chicago. They've been looking to get out of Soldier Field for a while and it looks like that process is gearing up. Their lease on Soldier Field runs through 2033, but they can reportedly get out of it starting in 2026 by paying the city $84 million, peanuts in NFL terms. (And the number goes down in each subsequent year until the lease is up.)

I mention this because there is already speculation up here that this could attract a second team to Chicago, either an existing club or an expansion team. The market is certainly big enough to support it. It would have to be an AFC team, of course. And I couldn't help but recall that a certain other team's stadium deal in up in 2026 too...I wonder if Mikey does...

 

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“Chicago?  Ol’ Shakeytown!  Buh Gawd, I remember Bronco Nagurski just was a human car crash out there!  Ha ha!  I’ll move the Bengals to the Windy City and I’ll never look back!!”  /Cackles insanely, adroitly pilots Rascal Freedom Power Wheelchair ($1,498.20 at Sam’s Club) out of family restroom on PBS concourse, length of toilet paper, stuck to his left shoe,  trailing behind./

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“Ah yes, only year 30 of my 50 year rebuilding plan, and look, we’re in the right quadrant of a chart on my hand TV!”  /Cackles insanely, pilots Rascal Freedom Power Wheelchair ($1,498.20 at Sam’s Club) on wheelchair ramp outside Indian Hills Senior Center, chair plows through door and Mike triumphantly enters cafeteria for Spam Mac & Cheese Casserole day./

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"What the hell is this AFC North Crown I keep hearing about?"
"Do I have to wear that damn thing or can I pawn that off on pumpkin?"
"Will the league just give it to me or do I have to pay for it and make sure we raise the price of beer by $2.00 if that's the case."

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Wow we need to apply for a loan through the NFL… you know Mikey poured another cup of hot Joe on this one ! ( Wonder if he still has that jacket on from the Lamar Hunt trophy presentation )

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I think the team can do two 5 year extensions on the lease which expires in 2026.

That being said, it will be interesting to see what happens moving forward.
I think winning a Super Bowl might make tax payers soften to the approach of additional public funding.

I won't be taking that approach mind you, but it will be intriguing.

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Splack!   (Dentures fly across the breakfast table)
 

“Did I just read TJ said we have six positions of need?  Ha ha!  That’s exactly what his granny used to say to me!”

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Doc was pretty merciless back in the day.  It is difficult to say this, but good for him, mending fences a little.  I’m glad he noted that while others took his insults personally, Mike stayed above it all.  
 

If Doc really wants to do a service on the way out the door, he should reassess all Mike’s business practices and NFL votes.  He ridiculed Mike for what he perceived as outdated stances on league issues and finance.  Sometimes Mike was the lone dissenter in league votes.  Time has proven Mike correct on a lot of those things.  
 

All that would be a lot of work though.  So Doc’s farewell column about Mike Brown turns out to be all about Doc.  I’ll miss Daugherty.  
 

Daily papers used to have these sports columnists who were a little like local celebrities.  They could sort of speak for the local fan base.  With the internet and the fracturing of our traditional media, those guys are a retiring breed.  

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IMO, the scribes of the "Mike Brown Sucks" era became dated about when Marvin Lewis beat the undefeated Chiefs.   Doc, IMO, did not adjust along with some others and by default their opinion became worthless to me.   I could not really point to one thing Doc opined in the past 20 years.   I'm sure I read some stuff as that is not really a burdensome activity but his voice/view wasn't one I sought out when the direction of this franchise started to turn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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That was well said.  Easiest thing in the world is to sit in the sideline and lob grenades at people trying to accomplish difficult tasks.  I do it all the time.  It’s a different thing to provide insight, knowledgeable analysis.  Doc couldn’t make the transition.

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Worse, he never ever tried. Daugherty resolutely refused to try and grow in his job. He remains, to this day, stuck somewhere in 1996. 

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