Donald: I’d like to start out talking about the Chicago Blackhawks. They’ve struggled out of the gate. They need to get more force on the inside. Coach Q is doing what he can with them and the captain, Jonathan Toews, is a pretty good guy. Also in hockey, the Red Wings are up and coming. They have been trouncing some teams.
Russell: It’s a great time of year to be a sports fan. You’ve got the World Series, the NFL, college football. the NHL, and the NBA. The Las Vegas Golden Knights hockey team is on a roll. Despite being an expansion team, they are 8-2-0. The Kings, after not making the playoffs last year, have found their way back on top. In college football, there have been plenty of upsets. Not too many teams are still undefeated. There are no real surprises in the NFL—all of the teams you expected to be good have been. The Bears are the only surprise and have already won as many games this year as they did last year. Now I have to ask, what is going on with the NBA? Last I checked, the Orlando Magic is in first place. Cleveland is only a game ahead of the Bulls. Golden State has already lost three games. It felt like they didn’t lose three games until February last year. I don’t know what’s going on. It’s still early, but it’s been strange.
John: I’m glad you brought up the Cavaliers. LeBron James seems to be picking and choosing his moments a lot this year. That probably explains their record so far. They are a bit older and slower this year. On the other hand, the Milwaukee Bucks, and the "Greek Freak," Giannis Antetokounmpo, have been fun to watch. The question is if Jabari Parker can come back fully healthy. If he does, they are going to be a force to be reckoned with. Golden State seems to be on a vacation early on. The season is so long and they are relaxed. On to college basketball, there’s two games I’m looking forward to: UCLA against Georgia Tech and Notre Dame vs. DePaul. That DePaul game will take place in the new Wintrust Arena, located in the South Loop. After so many years of being up in Rosemont, they are finally in the heart of the city. In the NFL, we are at the halfway point. The Bears have overachieved what we thought they would be at the start of the year. With Aaron Rodgers out, the Bears might even beat the Packers.
Donald: Milwaukee has really surprised me. They’ve got a star and he’s been showing out. They might give Cleveland a battle this year. The NBA is where I’m at this time of year.
Russell: I really feel for Zach Miller on the Bears. His career might be over after he injured his leg. On top of that, they took his touchdown from him. He caught the ball, man. I feel bad for the Bears, too. All of their receivers are getting hurt. They need somebody to give their young quarterback some help.
John: I’m hopeful that DePaul’s new arena will help with recruiting. Having an arena in Chicago might entice some kids away from the Dukes and North Carolinas of the world.
Donald: My final thoughts are on the WNBA. The Sky have gone all the way to the bottom. Their point guard is fast, but isn’t strong enough. The Los Angeles Sparks and the Minnesota Lynx are always great. I don’t see the Sky joining that class any time soon, especially since they lost Elena Delle Donne to Washington.
Russell: The Bears are on a bye week, but when they come back they have the Packers. I can’t wait to beat those boys! Payback!
John: No matter what team you root for, just have fun. During the holiday season, there’s nothing better than watching sports. It takes the stress out of holiday shopping.