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Jabari and the mad world of Chicago recruiting

Jabari Parker is the latest in a long line of prep stars to come out of Chicago. That Parker has seemingly managed to navigate the treacherous waters of the grimy local recruiting scene might be his biggest accomplishment.

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In praise of Joakim Noah

Joakim Noah has established himself as the Chicago Bulls' best player this season, and is helping the team keep up their winning ways even without Derrick Rose in the lineup.

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Brian Urlacher vs. Bears fans: Everyone is wrong

Brian Urlacher was critical of Bears fans booing the team during a home loss to the Packers on Sunday. SB Nation Chicago's Ricky O'Donnell looks at why this is a lose-lose proposition for all involved.

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Packers 21, Bears 13: A Critical Reassessment

The Chicago Bears were again defeated by the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. SB Nation Chicago's Ricky O'Donnell tries to put this one-sided rivalry in perspective.

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Nikola Mirotic's legend grows

Nikola Mirotic is tearing up the Euroleague, and Bulls fans are starting to get excited.

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Injuries kill another Super Bowl dream

The Chicago Bears looked like a viable contender for much of this season, but injuries have all but decimated that chance. Come get sad with SB Nation Chicago's Ricky O'Donnell.

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Vikings 21, Bears 14: A Critical Reassessment

The Bears lost their fourth game in their last five tries on Sunday, falling to the Vikings 21-14. A second straight late season swoon has Chicago's playoff hopes in serious jeopardy, writes SB Nation Chicago's Ricky O'Donnell.

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In praise of Brandon Marshall

Brandon Marshall has rewritten the Bears' record books, and in the process has helped make football fun again in Chicago. SB Nation Chicago's Ricky O'Donnell can't say enough good things about him.

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Queasy about 'The Return'

This week was full of progress reports on the health of Derrick Rose. While all of Chicago desperately wants the Bulls star back on the court, it's a scary proposition for everyone involved.

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Bears ready for life without Brian Urlacher

Brian Urlacher is down and out and the Chicago Bears might be, too. SB Nation Chicago's Ricky O'Donnell looks at the importance of No. 54 and where the Bears go from here.

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Kirk Hinrich: One of the worst players in the NBA

The Chicago Bulls' problems are bigger than Kirk Hinrich, but no one player personifies them more succinctly. SB Nation Chicago's Ricky O'Donnell looks at what went wrong for the Bulls' prized free agent signing.

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Seahawks 23, Bears 17: A Critical Reassessment

The Bears lost their third game in their last four tries on Sunday when Russell Wilson and the Seahawks shredded the vaunted Chicago defense in crunch-time. Are the Bears still a Super Bowl contender?

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Seahawks vs. Bears: Let's talk about Adderall

The Bears and Seahawks meet Sunday at Soldier Field as two of Seattle's best players find themselves in the national spotlight after testing positive for Adderall.

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Thibs' minutes management is killing the Bulls

Tom Thibodeau is one of the very best coaches in the NBA, but his dedication to running his best players into the ground is slowly killing the Chicago Bulls.

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How Jay Cutler won over the Internet

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler turned into an Internet hero this week after he was unjustly ripped by ESPN's Tom Jackson. But is Cutler being built up because of his own merits, or being used as a symbol in the crusade against ESPN?

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Bears 28, Vikings 10: A Critical Reassessment

The Chicago Bears earned a much needed 28-10 victory at Soldier Field on Sunday, but it came at a steep cost. SB Nation Chicago's Ricky O'Donnell looks back at all those injuries.

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Bears fan tweets to say DJ Moore gave his TV back

The Bears fan who lent D.J. Moore a TV in training camp hit me up on Twitter after a bad joke. He wants you to know his TV has been returned.

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Phil Jackson's hook shot is the best new .GIF

Phil Jackson is the man, and never forget it.

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49ers 32, Bears 7: A Critical Reassessment

The San Francisco 49ers beat the Chicago Bears into the ground on Monday night behind a deadly pass rush. SB Nation Chicago's Ricky O'Donnell looks back at the disaster in Candlestick Park.

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Chicago Bears podcast: MNF vs. 49ers

The SB Nation Chicago podcast is back! Ricky O'Donnell and Zach Martin break down the Bears' Monday night matchup with the San Francisco 49ers.

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Bears vs. 49ers roundtable: Thoughts! Predictions!

The Chicago Bears and San Francisco 49ers meet on Monday Night Football. The SB Nation Chicago team has some thoughts.

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Bulls podcast: Talkin' Joakim, Nate & Circus Trip

The SB Nation Chicago podcast has returned. Zach and Ricky are talkin' Bulls.

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Cutler, Smith again put spotlight on concussions

The NFL doesn't want you to talk about concussions, but sports' most terrifying issue is still largely unresolved. SB Nation Chicago's Ricky O'Donnell has a few thoughts.

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Bears vs. 49ers: Concussions overshadow game

The Bears and 49ers face each other on Monday, but the game will be overshadowed by concussions to each team's quarterback.

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Video breakdown: C's beat Bulls pick-and-roll D

The Boston Celtics twice successfully ran the same play late in the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bulls on Monday to seal their victory. SB Nation Chicago's Ricky O'Donnell looks at how Boston beat the Bulls' vaunted pick-and-roll defense.

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Texans 13, Bears 6: A Critical Reassessment

The Chicago Bears fell 13-6 on Sunday night against the Houston Texans, but another concussion to Jay Cutler overshadows the loss. SB Nation Chicago's Ricky O'Donnell thinks you can't help but worry about the quarterback's long-term health.

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Bears vs. Texans: This Game Is Important

The Bears and the Texans square off in front of a national audience on Sunday night. SB Nation Chicago's Ricky O'Donnell thinks the Bears need this game to keep the city's confidence irrationally high.

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Bears notebook: Florio, stats, J.J. Watt is Bieber

Shaming Florio, placing the Bears' defense in historical context and fully realizing J.J. Watt's tween appeal. All in this week's Bears Notebook.

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Bears 51, Titans 20: A Critical Reassessment

The Chicago Bears curb-stomped the Tennessee Titans to improve to 7-1 on Sunday. SB Nation Chicago's Ricky O'Donnell is starting to think these Bears feel special.

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Chicago Bulls finally have a good day

The Chicago Bulls defeated the Sacramento Kings and re-signed power forward Taj Gibson on Wednesday night. SB Nation Chicago's Ricky O'Donnell says you can't ask for much more than that.

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James Harden trade speaks to Bulls, Taj Gibson

The Oklahoma City Thunder let money dictate their basketball decisions when they traded shooting guard James Harden this weekend. Now the Chicago Bulls face a similar situation with Taj Gibson.

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