MINNEAPOLIS—***Do the Bears STILL think they are in the playoff chase? Minnesota just toyed with them up here Sunday. And these two play again at Soldier Field in a few weeks!

***They were so awful,that they were held to just two lousy yards offense in the second half of this debacle. Now it turns out that in a Yahoo Sports interiview,Brian Urlacher ripped Jay Cutler and called Kyle Orton a winner, no doubt a shot at Cutler.

***Next week the awful St.Louis Rams are at Soldier Field,and one of two things will happen.A)The Bears win as excepted-causing a few of them to spew BS about them still being a factor, or B)They somehow lose,which would be an even larger embarrassment than the brutal losses to Cincinnati and Arizona.

***Reports claim that Charlie Weis has already cleaned out his desk after Notre Dame lost to Stanford Saturday night. The 6-6 Irish do NOT deserve to go to a Bowl,but don’t be surprised if they get an invite. The Bowl bids come out this coming weekend.

***All of a sudden,things are looking surprisingly good for local College hoops teams. NORTHWESTERN won the Chicago Invitational Challenge at the UIC Pavilion over the weekend with wins over Notre Dame and Iowa State, DE PAUL and LOYOLA are both off to 4-1 starts and ILLINOIS STATE is 6-0. BRADLEY stunned ILLINOIS in the third place game of the Las Vegas Invitational.

***Now that the Blackhawks are done with their Circus Trip(4-1-1)they return to the United Center Tuesday night to host Columbus. The Bulls finished the western part of their own Circus trip(1-4)but still have Monday night’s game with the Bucks at the Bradley Center.