Windy City Bulls Daniel Oturu (24) grabs the rebound in Tuesday night's matchup against the Raptors 905 at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL. Photo by John L. Alexander.
The Windy City Bulls, The NBA G-League team for the Chicago Bulls, faced an evenly matched foe on Tuesday night, January 18, 2022, as the Raptors 905 remained neck and neck with the Windy City Bulls, each team taking turns taking the lead in the first half of the game. The Windy City Bulls finally pulled ahead in the third quarter and maintained a 10 point lead in the final minutes of the game. Daniel Oturo (24) was the games top scorer with 26 points, followed by Windy City Bulls' Scottie Lindsey (15) with 24 points.
Windy City Bulls Center Marko Simonovic (19) reaches to block a shot by Raptors 905 guard David Johnson (13). Photo by John L. Alexander.
Stetson Lawrence of Williston, North Dakota) went 3-for-3 inside Allstate Arena to win the second premier series event of his career at the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Tractor Supply Co. Invitational, the third elite Unleash The Beast event of the 2022 season. Lawrence, who last won an elite series event in Thackerville, Oklahoma, in 2017 and was sidelined for majority of 2021 due to reconstructive shoulder surgery and a broken neck, has been resurgent in 2022. Fresh off a Top 25 effort in New York City, Lawrence began his Windy City campaign with an eighth-place effort in Round 1, covering Street Fighter (C Check Bucking Bulls) for 86 points. The Native American sensation was then unstoppable as Championship Saturday got underway. Lawrence, whose nickname is “The Firewalker,” first brought the boisterous crowd to its feet when he won Round 2 via an 89.75-point ride aboard Bottom’s Up (TCB Ranch/K-C Bucking Bulls). The score allowed Lawrence to climb to second on the event leaderboard and garner the second pick in the championship round bull draft.Lawrence opted to go head-to-head with Big Black (K-C Bucking Bulls/Joe & Nina Webb), the very bull aboard which Daylon Swearingen (Piffard, New York) won the previous elite tour event in Chicago.Lawrence remained poised as he climbed aboard the back of the renowned animal athlete. Matching Big Black jump-for-jump, Lawrence clinched the second golden finish of his career when he reached the requisite 8 for an event-best 91 points.The 90-point score was the fourth of Lawrence’s career on the premier series and first since February 2018.
A total of 34 of the 35 participants returned for Day 2 of this Bull Riders competition. The highest point getters competed for the Championship.
These bulls showed they meant business, many bucking off their riders before they could barely leave the gate.
It's Rider vs. Bull in every contest, and many times the triumphant bull casts the rider off and then seems to take a victory lap around the yard. Photo by john L. Alexander
Cowboy and Horse are on standby to rope bulls and lead them back to the stall, when the bulls get beside themselves showing off to the crowd. Photo by John L. Alexander
Families come out and enjoy this lively event, some cheering for their favorite bull riders and some cheering for their favorite bulls. Photo by John L. Alexander
This two day event features 35 of the world's top Bull Riders, striving to stay atop a bucking bull for at least 8 seconds in order to score points, measured in the fractions of a second that the rider can stay on the bulls back, holding the rope with one hand and not touching the bull with his free hand.
The bulll "Crime Time" kicks his hind legs high in the air. Photo by John L. Alexander
What does it take to stay on top of a bucking bull? We’ll find out tonight at the Professional Bull Riders Competition ay the Allstate Arena.
Professional Bull Riders strive to stay on top of a bull for at least 8 seconds in order to score points.
This round goes to the bull Buckeye Bill as Professional Bull Rider Derek Kolbaba is thrown off before the mandatory 8 seconds needed to score points at the Professional Bull Riders competition at Allstate Arena.
Another win for the bull, Smoke On The Water, who threw off Professional Bull Rider Jess Lockwood before the mandatory 8 seconds needed to score points in this PBR first day of competition at the Allstate Arena.
It was a cold day for Bears Head Coach Matt Nagy and General Manager Ryan Pace after ending the season Sunday January 9th with a big loss against the Minnesota Vikings, a final score of 31-17. Things got even colder when Bears Chairman George H. McCaskey announced at a news conference Monday January 10th that the Bears have fired Head Coach Matt Nagy and GM Ryan Pace,
The Bears' 31-17 loss to the Vikings on Sunday was seen as the final blow to Nagy's career as Bears Head Coach. He ended the season with 6 wins and 11 losses. Although the Bears went into halftime leading the Vikings 14-3, in the second half Minnesota gave Chicago a beating. A Vikings touchdown in the third quarter narrowed the gap, 14-10 and although the Bears moved the ball down field, they could only manage a field goal, bringing the score to 17-10. Another Minnesota touchdown in the fourth quarter evened the score 17-17. Another touchdown put Minnesota ahead 24-17, and an interception leading to another Minnesota touchdown seemed to put the possibility of a win out of reach for the Bears. The game ended with a final score, Minnesota Vikings 31, Chicago Bears 17. Above, Head Coach Matt Nagy explains what he thinks could have gone better during the season. Photo by John L. Alexander
The Chicago Bears are a professional American football team based in Chicago. The Bears compete in the National Football League as a member club of the league's National Football Conference North division. The Bears have won nine NFL Championships, including one Super Bowl, and hold the NFL record for the most enshrinees in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the most retired jersey numbers. The Bears have also recorded more victories than any other NFL franchise.
Bears wide receiver Darnell Mooney (11) strides past the Vikings' defense to pick up yards. Photo by John L. Alexander.
CHICAGO - After nearly two weeks of game postponements due to positive COVID cases, the Windy City Bulls came back Sunday January 9, 2022 with a decisive win against the Delaware Blue Coats, 125-83. The Windy City Bull's 38-point margin of victory was tied for the second-largest in team history. The team grabbed an early lead in the first quarter. Rookie guard Ethan Thompson (5) hit 11 points in the first quarter, contributing to Windy CIty's wide lead of 40-28 after the opening 12 minutes. Windy City maintained its momentum in the second quarter, going into halftime with a score of 67-48. Center Oturu (25) was top scorer in the first half with 15 points. Windy City's lead stretched to 49 points with 5:32 left in the fourth quarter. Guard Scottie Lindsey scored 22 points, center Daniel Oturu added 22 points andThompson finished with 21 points.
Pictured here is Windy City Bulls guard Kerwin Roach (12) going up for the dunk against the Delaware Blue Coats. Photo by Marcus Robinson.
The Chicago Bears ended their season January 2, 2022, with a resounding win against the New York Giants, and Bears Linebacker Robert Quinn (94) broke Hall of Famer Richard Dent’s single-season record of 17 sacks set in 1984 when when he brought down Giants Quarterback Mike Glennon (2), jarring the ball loose in the fourth quarter, his 18th sack of the game. The Bears defense held the Giants to a field goal in the 2nd quarter, and the Bears offense scored two touchdowns in the 1st quarter, and another touchdown in the 2nd quarter. A 2nd quarter two point conversion and a 3rd quarter touchdown led to the final score of Chicago Bears 29 - New York Giants 3. The Bigs Media Deck Check Crew, Herb, Brandon, and John, gather at Chicago’s Soldier Field on the blistery Sunday afternoon to reflect on some of their favorite moments of the Bears’ season.
Bears quarterback Andy Dalton (14) looks for an open receiver down field. Photo by John L. Alexander
The Bears' defense takes down Giant's wide receiver Pharoh Cooper (83).Photo by John L. Alexander
Bears defensive back Eddie Jackson (4) celebrates as the Bears lead the Giants Photo by John L. Alexander
With one minute left in the game, Bears Quarterback Nick Foles (9) connected a 15 yard pass to tight end Jimmy Graham (80), bringing the score to Chicago Bears 23, Seattle Seahawks 24. A decision was made to go for the two-point conversion, an all or nothing decision that paid off big. Bears wide receiver Damiere Byrd made an acrobatic reception, clinching a Bears win over the Seahawks, 25-24.
Bears Running Back Khalil Herbert (24) makes his way down the field, but despite all efforts, the Vikings came out victorious. Photo by John L. Alexander
The Bears needed a win against Minnesota in order to get a shot at the playoffs, but unfortunately, it was not to be. Minnesota left Chicago with a17-9 victory. In another frustrating night for Bears fans, they watched as their team had three turnovers, and four personal fouls which Minnesota capitalized on each time. The Vikings grabbed an early lead with a first quarter touchdown when Kirk Cousins connected a pass to Justin Jefferson in the corner of the end zone for a 12 yard touchdown. A Bears fumble lead to a turnover which Minnesota turned into a field gold, extending the lead to 10-0 in the second quarter. A Cairo Santos field goal helped the Bears to tighten the score to 10-3. In the third quarter, the Vikings scored another touchdown, widening the gap to 17-3. The Bears turned the ball over on three straight possessions and the fourth quarter touchdown and missed extra point was too little too late for the Bears. Final score, Minnesota 17, Chicago 9.
Bears Tight End Cole Kmet (85) leaps into the air for a catch. Photo by John L. Alexander
Bears running back David Montgomery (32) pulls away from Green Bay Packers line backer De'Vondre Campbell (59).Photo by John L. Alexander
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rogers (12) looks for an open receiver as the Bears defense rushes in. Photo by John L. Alexander
Wide receiver Jakeem Grant, Sr. (17) prepares to catch the ball for a punt return. Photo by John L. Alexander
Green Bay Packers tight end Marcedes Lewis (89) leaps over Bears linebacker Bilal Nichols (98). Photo by John L. Alexander
Lions Quarterback Jared Goff (16) hands off the ball to Lions Running Back Jamaal Williams (30). Detroit scored in the first quarter, leading the Bears 7-0. Photo by John L. Alexander
CHICAGO - The Baltimore Ravens emerged victorious and the Chicago Bears lost their fifth game in a row Sunday November 21,2021, despite valiant fourth quarter efforts to outscore Baltimore. The Ravens took the lead in the second quarter, scoring a touchdown, but missing the extra point. The Bears came back in the third quarter with a touchdown and extra point, leading the Raven's 7-6. In the fourth quarter the Bears scored another touchdown but Ravens scored a touchdown, the extra point and a field goal, clinching the win 16-13. Above, Bears Quarterback Andy Dalton (14) hands off the ball to Bears Runninng Back David Montgomery (32). Photo by John L. Alexander