By: Will Farlow
The Kansas City Chiefs winning Super Bowl 58 cements their early dynasty in the NFL. After each Super Bowl comes the offseason where other NFL teams try to fix their team toward winning the next Super Bowl. There are many teams that try to emulate teams like the Chiefs that show consistent winning. The Chicago Bears currently are no stranger to this connection. Chicago's General Manager is a former Chiefs front office member , and was a part of drafting Patrick Mahomes in 2017. The Chicago Bears hold the first pick in the 2024 NFL Draft this coming April. The Monsters of the Midway have a chance to take generational QB in Caleb Williams. I think the result of Super Bowl 58 shows that Chicago Bears GM Ryan Poles needs to select Caleb Williams at Pick 1 on draft night.
The Chicago Bears for many years in their history have had struggles finding a true franchise quarterback. Since Sid Luckman and Jim McMahon Chicago has not had a true consistent QB on their team. The Bears recent QB1 Justin Fields has been viewed by most as the next franchise QB in the Windy City. However, inconsistency in game situations and last years draft trade with Carolina has led the Bears to Caleb Williams. Caleb Williams is a quarterback that has a strong throwing arm, can read defenses, and has excellent decision making in game situations. Williams has similar qualities to Patrick Mahomes. The Bears in the next few months have a very tough decision ahead of them.
Chicago Bears fans in my opinion supporting Fields staying at QB1 is settling for mediocrity. Fields has talent , but is not worth the upcoming almost 20+ million-dollar deal he will receive. Restart the QB clock with Caleb Williams, and the Bears can develop him properly with their new offensive coaching staff. Williams is a chance for Chicago’s young roster to possibly get a playoff appearance next season at best. Williams will need more weapons in the receiving and running back positions for success if he lands in Chicago. The Bears already made a mistake not taking Mahomes in the 2017 NFL Draft. Ryan Poles is a smart general manager , and the right one to notice how a great QB can take a team to success. Avoiding repeating that 2017 draft mistake I vital for the Bears to have any success in future seasons. The time is now for Bears fans to get set for a new QB in town I think will be USC QB Caleb Williams.
By: Will Farlow
The realm of sports presents many positives for fans and others connected to it. Players receive honors during their careers. Small amounts of athletes are named to a special Hall of Fame each sport has to acknowledge special athletes. Earlier this evening, three former Chicago Bears players each received a special honor no one will ever forget. Former Chicago Bears players Julius Peppers , Devin Hester , and Steve McMichael will be named to the NFL Hall of Fame 2024 class.
I am very happy each of these individuals has been named to the Hall of Fame. Julius Peppers was a reliable defensive player in the league during his career. During his four seasons in Chicago, Peppers helped the Monsters of the Midway make opposing offenses nervous to their presence. Peppers spent most of his career being a dominant player for the Carolina Panthers. Peppers in my view is well deserving of this honor. Peppers during his career had the fourth most defensive sacks in NFL history.
Growing up as a Chicago Bears fan , I watched Devin Hester play as a receiver and return specialist for the Chicago Bears. Bears fans will never forget his opening kick return touchdown in Florida during the 2006 Super Bowl game against the Indianapolis Colts. Hester set the standard for greatness of a kick returner on special teams in the NFL. The former Chicago Bear’s historic career play led to future rule changes connected to players returning a kick or punt return. Hester holds the records for most kick return, punt return , and total return touchdowns. I believe his records will last in history for a long time. Hester has done good things on and off the field for the Chicago Bears organization and the sport of football. Hester during this year’s voting has third time being the charm as he is now a Hall of Fame member.
My father has told me stories of the 1985 Chicago Bears and the great Steve McMichael. McMichael was a well known defensive tackle for the Bears during the days of great defense featuring Dick Butkus and Dan Hampton. McMichael was a part of the great 1985 Super Bowl Champion Chicago Bears team. The former Chicago Bears defensive end since his time as a player has been a great person to fans and others showing good representation of the Chicago Bears organization. McMichael is facing a serious disease called ALS which has impacted his life. Fans around Chicago and elsewhere have shown great support to the player Bears fans know as Mongo. I feel very happy for Steve and his family as he finally receives this Hall of Fame honor. The addition of McMichael of the Hall of Fame is a good choice, and representation of character to those involved within the league in the selection process.
The National Football League Hall of Fame shows over the years the greats that have played the game of football. When someone visits the Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio they learn the stories of these men. Tonight fans in Chicago can feel joy for their three former players of their favorite team joining that select group of men. Truly wonderful that football fans can someday go to Canton to learn about these three great football players. Congratulations to Julius Peppers, Devin Hester, and Steve McMichael on being named to this year’s induction class into the NFL Hall of Fame.
By: Will Farlow
Good evening and Happy Thursday Will’s Fifth Quarter Special fans! This is host and creator Will Farlow bringing you the newest Will’s Weekly Sports Quote. The Chicago Bulls have faced a positive style of play while star guard Zach Lavine is injured. The team is playing more in sync , but still needs to address future trades involving Lavine, Derozan, and other players not fitting the future. Which leads us as the mics and recording devices of media officials go off. Arturas, Marc, and Billy leave the room to talk about more continuity. Here comes the fifth quarter with your newest Will’s Weekly Sports Quote!
Cody Westerlund of 670thescore.com quotes Colby White saying this to the media.
“I feel like now we’re just starting to hit our stride and everybody as a collective, we’re starting to make shots. We’re starting to trust each other. Like I always said, we believe in each other and we give each other confidence each and every day.”
Time to dissect this quote now, Will’s Fifth Quarter Special fans!
The quote from Colby White is a positive sign to Chicago Bulls fans. White has grown into a young leader on this veteran led Bulls team. The Bulls have played well with White’s increased role on the court. I like how he is being more realistic and honest to the public with his words. We have heard stars like Zach Lavine just say what people want to hear at times and not make sense. There is clear, valid words from a player that can become a valuable long term piece for the Chicago Bulls. The Bulls are in a rough place still facing trade rumors to their star players that have not played well together as a group.
The hope is that Colby White grows from this current role on the Chicago Bulls. The Bulls are hoping to retool into a younger team that can still compete in the Eastern Conference. White needs to continue playing well consistently to earn more minutes in key game situations. Fans can see his effort on the court , and this brings optimism to the future of the organization. Colby White following a possible Zach Lavine trade can take over as a starting two guard , and this can be something the team prepares for now. Be on the lookout Will’s Fifth Quarter Special fans for future Will’s Weekly Sports Quotes whether episode, live stream , or blog we have you covered. When the fourth quarter buzzer sounds you turn to us for your fifth quarter sports talk. I’m Will Farlow saying so long from this edition of Will’s Weekly Sports Quote.
By: Will Farlow
The Chicago White Sox are currently retooling their team this offseason. New GM Chris Getz is optimistic the team can compete next season in a winnable division. The Southsiders have made smart and affordable moves this offseason. The White Sox have now made a second trade with the Atlanta Braves. Earlier this evening the Chicago White Sox acquired veteran catcher Max Stassi and cash from the Atlanta Braves for a player to be named later or cash.
Stassi is an interesting veteran for Chicago to acquire. The now former Braves catcher missed last season due to injury during the 2023 season. The White Sox can now take their new catcher as support for their young catcher Korey Lee. I like this move for the White Sox given the low risk in the trade itself. Stassi fills a need the team has at catcher, and this allows the White Sox to continue filling the holes on their roster.
The Chicago White Sox made a move that can hopefully have a positive impact this upcoming season. The Atlanta Braves paying a portion of Stassi’s salary this coming season is another positive. Stassi has a decent bat and defensive presence behind the plate. I think he can help a young White Sox pitching staff and Korey Lee this season. Smart trade for Chris Getz as the White Sox now welcome new catcher Max Stassi to the Southside of Chicago.
By: Will Farlow
The Chicago Cubs finished the 2023 season with a rough finish to the regular season halting their postseason hopes. The Northsiders have a good farm system with talent at the major league level. David Ross did a phenomenal job developing this young Cubs team to where it currently is in the 2023-2024 offseason. The Cubs ownership and front office sees the team can try to get back to the World Series in the near future. I feel this is why the Cubs yesterday made a move early in their offseason that fans will never forget. Late Monday afternoon the Chicago Cubs fired manager David Ross to hire former Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell.
Craig Counsell becoming the manager for the Chicago Cubs is a very smart, aggressive move by the Chicago Cubs front office. Counsell is in line to be the National League Manager of the Year for 2023. The Cubs signed their new manager to a five year 40 million-dollar-deal which is the largest manager contract in MLB history. I like this move for a young Cubs team that now has its fanbase in the cold Chicago months ahead dreaming of another World Series push in 2024. The Cubs already have strong talent around the baseball diamond and the pitching staff. Prospects like Pete Crowe Armstrong and youngsters like Christopher Morel give the fans hope for the future. The Cubs needed a manager also to make better in game decisions , and Counsell brings his experience to the Northside of Chicago. I also heard form analysts on Twitter that the Cubs manager job was a dream choice for Counsell.
The Cubs also just found stronger NL Central rivalry grow with the Milwaukee Brewers following their new manager hire. The Brewers owner spoke saying the new Cubs manager is no longer welcome by his organization and the community in Milwaukee. Brewers fans will sure be circling matchups in the future with the Cubs and their new manager. Congratulations to a talented Chicago Cubs team being aggressive early by bringing in the right manager to take them back to a possible World Series in the near future. Good luck to the new Chicago Cubs manager Craig Counsell. I personally think the Cubs made in the first day of free agency the biggest free agent signing of the year. Fans of other Major League Baseball teams should take notice of this team that calls historic Wrigley Field home. Chances are this will not be the only aggressive offseason move by the Cubs, but I give them props for a smart hire in their new manager Craig Counsell.
By: Will Farlow
The Chicago White Sox are one of Major League Baseball’s disappointing teams since 2021. The Southsiders entered this offseason with some tough decisions to make to improve their future. Tim Anderson has been a strong player since his first White Sox game in 2016. Anderson since then played his worst career major league season in 2023. Disrespect to other players, injury, and inconsistent play led to a shocking decision for GM Chris Getz. The White Sox earlier this afternoon declined the 14 million-dollar player option on Tim Anderson making him a free agent.
Anderson showed strong, consistent hitting during his career as a shortstop. The former first round pick hit well , but still needed to improve his defense. I admired his ability to try to change the game with his famous bat flip. Anderson will also be in baseball history for his walkout homer in the White Sox win in the first MLB Field of Dreams game in 2021. Tim in my opinion did good things on and off the field , but poor personal choices clouded his reputation in the eyes of fans. The altercation of Anderson fighting Guardians infielder Jose Ramirez tipped the scale of his view in the eyes of owner Jerry Reinsdorf. Tim showed poor representation of White Sox baseball by inconsistency at the plate. The White Sox letting the star shortstop go sends a message to fans.
Chicago White Sox players need to take this as a sign that things can continue to change during the offseason. Chris Getz did not sign these players on the major league club. Tim Anderson’s current departure leaves the position open to top prospect Colson Montgomery in 2024. I see this as a step to the White Sox retool a positive for the team playing better moving forward. Fans will miss the times Anderson wore a White Sox uniform , but something had to be done to fix this team. Thank you Tim Anderson for the great memories , but its time to move on to a new player at shortstop. The former first round pick just got a shocking bat flip of his own from the White Sox. Good luck Tim Anderson you might need it this offseason.
By: Will Farlow
The Chicago Bears have had a glaring need in their defensive line. Defensive ends show key importance to the strength of an NFL team’s defensive success. The bears made smart moves drafting and signing good defensive pieces . The Monsters of the Midway made a smart trade deadline move acquiring Montez Sweat from the Washington Commanders. Earlier this afternoon Sweat received a four year 98 million extension.
The extension was a smart move by Ryan Poles . I feel this cements a key piece for the Bears defense moving forward. Sweat is a great talent that can help ignite a young Bears defense. I feel seeing his experience that this new Chicago Bear will be a smart move to positively help the team. The extension means there is less need at defensive end in the upcoming offseason , and one less target in the draft.
The question still is how Sweat will play in his first game as a Bear on Sunday. Time is a factor for new players fitting in with their new teammates. Sweat in his introductory press conference seems confident he can fit in well. The extension overall gives Bears fans relief that the team is continuing to improve. However, more still needs to be done to make that reality. The Montez Sweat extension is no more than just a step toward that direction.
By: Will Farlow
The Chicago Bears came into this current season with a positive, and productive offseason. The fans were hopeful under year two of the coaching staff that things would turn around for the Monsters of the Midway. Unfortunately, the Bears faithful are seeing a 1-5 start making fans prepare for a long season. The big question I have is whether Fields will be the QB1 next year.
Justin Fields in his second season under Luke Getsy has looked better as a player. Adding weapons like DJ Moore have helped his passing ability. Rapport with Cole Kmet, Mooney, and Khalil Herbert have been positives at times . Fields took a bit too long in my view to stand up for himself after the first three games. Fields speaking out lead to two games against Denver and Washington to send a statement to the NFL. I admire Fields as a team leader in Chicago which is a true positive in a team’s starting quarterback. We need to see better play on a regular basis to back up his confidence in his postgame remarks. Time to back up those words on the field , Justin!
Fields still has to currently recover from a dislocated thumb he suffered from during the first half of the recent loss against Minnesota. I think the Bears should continue to have optimistic hope in their QB1. Justin has shown at times this year signs he can be a QB1. I feel he still has a lot to prove this year for him to be a QB1 next year.
Trouble reading defenses, and an injury prone offensive line to start are issues for Bears QB1. The Bears could have a high draft pick in April where they are near talented QB prospects . Fields has a lot to live up to already this early in season. Run more with mobility, trust your teammates, and play with motivation to keep your job next year. Good luck to Justin Fields staying QB1 next years he's gonna need it.
By: Will Farlow
Good evening and a Happy Friday Will’s Fifth Quarter Special fans! This is host and creator Will Farlow here bringing you the newest Will’s Weekly Sports Quote. This is the first Will’s Weekly Sports Quote in written form in the show’s history. The Chicago White Sox fans witnessed a historical moment in the franchise of the team at 35th and Shields. Before the introduction of new general manager Chris Getz, team owner and chairman Jerry Reinsdorf spoke to the public. Which leads us as the mics and recorders of media officials go off. Jerry, Chris and staff leave the room maybe to talk to La Russa or team loyalty. Here comes in the fifth quarter moment, your newest Wills Weekly Sports Quote!
Chuck Garfien of NBC Sports Chicago has quoted Jerry Reinsdorf saying this during his press conference moment with the media.
“ The 2023 season was my 43rd season in baseball. It was absolutely the worst season I’ve ever been through. It was a nightmare. Embarrassing. Disgusting. All the bad words you can think of is the way I feel about the 2023 season. It was just awful.”
Let’s dissect this significant quote here , Will’s Fifth Quarter Special fans!
The quote of Reinsdorf shows a new side of his view of the season most White Sox fans are trying to forget. Jerry shows in his words his passion for the game of baseball which is a similar passion to the average White Sox fan. Jerry is 87 years old guys, and let’s be honest to ourselves he wants more World Series wins. Reinsdorf isn’t getting any younger hence the urgency to change the front office after the team’s struggles. This is a great Will’s Weekly Sports Quote as it shows the average angry fan the view of the team owner who seems to want the same thing. Jerry wants this team to be better to the degree that he talked to the people today. Reinsdorf rarely speaks to the media , and I hope today shows he should more often. I feel as a fan of this team more optimistic then I was after hearing this quote in the press conference. The owner wants to do better for the organization and the fanbase.
Question is how he can prove that to the fans feeling it’s just the same old, loyal Jerry routine today. So in my view this is a special quote for our segment here to show a side of Jerry Reinsdorf fans don’t see often. I’m excited for the segment’s first historic blog post here. Be on the lookout Will’s Fifth Quarter Special fans for future Will’s Weekly Sports Quotes whether episode , live stream, or blog we have you covered. When the fourth quarter buzzer sounds you turn to us for your fifth quarter sports talk. I’m Will Farlow saying so long from this edition of Will’s Weekly Sports Quote.
By: Will Farlow
Chicago White Sox fans have been hoping for change after another disappointing season. Fans headed to the stadium at 35th and Shields looking at their radios and phones in shock. Before tonights game against the Seattle Mariners , the White Sox fired General Manager Rick Hahn and Executive Vice President Kenny Williams. Here are my takes on the moves , and how it positively impacts the future of the Chicago White Sox organization.
Kenny Williams was the general manager that put together the White Sox team that won a World Series back in 2005. I think its good Kenny was let go as he lived off that for too many years. The White Sox did not do right by the organization keeping his mediocre leadership around the team. The team needs a new executive outside the organization that can help take this talented franchise in a better direction. General Manager Rick Hahn promised fans through the recent rebuild the team would win multiple championships . Rick Hahn years later in 2023 getting fired for his mediocre and ineffective work as a GM. Hahn did not fix issues the team had constantly , poor free agent signings, and awful coaching hires. I expected Hahn to be fired at the end of the season, but the firing of Williams was the most shocking.
The question is whether Pedro Grifol will stay as manager. Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf has said how tough it was for him to make these tough decisions. Reinsdorf spoke out saying a new head executive will be hired by the end of the season. I hope the organization doesn’t stay too loyal and hire internally as it would be a crucial mistake. Change is finally coming to the Southside. Chicago White Sox fans rejoice on this news, and feel hope for the future. Thank you for 2005 Kenny , but that’s many years ago.
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