MURPHY’S LAW: Bears-Down, Big 4, Recruiting Woes

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By: John Sears

The Chicago Bears are not ‘officially’ out of the playoff race, but as far as I’m concerned, they are. After starting 7-1, the Bears are now 8-6.  Swept by the Packers, who clinched the North at Soldier Field, doesn’t get much worse than that for Bears fans. 

So, who’s the best team in the NFL?  Patriots?  Packers?  Falcons?  49ers?  Giants?  Texans?  Broncos?  How about the Seahawks?  They just dropped 50 points for the 2nd straight week. 

How bad are the Kansas City Chiefs?  They were just shut out by the Raiders.  Let me repeat, the Chiefs were shut out by the Raiders.  

The Big 4 classic turned out to be a pretty cool event.  2 high level basketball games, 1 arena, and beer on tap.  I understand why Ben Jacobson and Mark Phelps are not huge fans of the event, but I also understand the logic from Iowa and Iowa State.  With all four teams competitive this looks like a keeper of an event. marble

THIS YEAR, Iowa has the best basketball team in the state.  I don’t think there is any denying that.  However, I fully expect ISU and UNI to cause a lot of trouble for teams in the Big 12 and MVC.  I love it when all Big 4 teams are good. 

We’re seeing first hand what a 4-8 season will do to recruiting.  Iowa loses another RB to transfer, Greg Garmon.  3 days later they lose their highest rated recruit, Delano Hill, who flips to Michigan.  I know ‘ratings’ aren’t everything, but Iowa and Minnesota are the only Big 10 teams without a 4 or 5 star recruit.  Kirk Ferentz has his work cut out from him. 

I’m currently watching the Patriots-49ers game.  Not sure if it will be over by Monday morning…

President Obama’s speech at the Newtown vigil was incredibly passionate and moving.  I still can’t even begin to fathom what the people of Newtown are going through.  Pray for change.