How to Get a State-of-the-Art Home Basketball Court

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Become the Chicago Bears Head Coach and buy a sweet new house in Winnetka equipped with your very own Bulls basketball court. This is awesome and I want one.

Marc Trestman’s $2.94 million home also includes¬†6.5 baths, “a kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances, a cherry wood library, a third-floor loft and a lower level with a movie theater, [and] a wine cellar” according the the Chicago Tribune.

Trestman’s main focus is obviously on the Bears regaining a top spot in the NFC this season, but if you have a sick basketball court in your house you better have a perfected jump shot and an excellent free throw percentage. ūüôā

Dolce Vita: Cutty and Cavallari Honeymoon

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Smooching on what looks like the coast of Capri

How sweet it is to be Jay Cutler and Kristin Cavallari. After their romantic Nashville nuptials earlier in June, the newlyweds headed to Italy to enjoy the breathtaking views. Mrs. Cutler took to Twitter and Instagram to share some of her favorite shots from their honeymoon.

kcav honeymoon 2I have to say, a nice little tan does our Bears Quarterback some good. It was the perfect time for Cutler to head out of town before pig-skin-mania begins in August as the highly anticipated football season approaches (38 days until the regular season whoop).

Cavallari followed up her honeymoon photos with a tweet that said:¬†“Just had the most amazing 2 weeks in Italy! My jeans are tight so u know it was a success ha.” ¬†Too bad I don’t believe her, she’s still looking skinny-mini in her photos!

Nashville Nuptials for Cutler and Cavallari

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It’s official! Bears Quarterback Jay Cutler and bride Kristin Cavallari tied the knot this past weekend after their two year engagement (with a brief split in the middle).

The couple kept things hush-hush when it came to the details of their southern wedding with only a single tweet by KCav announcing their official nuptials. ¬†It wasn’t an over-the-top Laguna Beach style shindig, but rather a mellow wedding. Cutty doesn’t seem like the type to have a big glitzy party.

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KCav went with a beautiful strapless gown and Cutler looked very dapper in a gray suit. The best part – the couple’s 10-month-old son Camden wore a coordinating little gray suit – precious.

The ceremony took place at¬†Woodmont Christian Church in Nashville. Guests headed to Houston Station for the reception where they indulged in some southern cooking,¬†vanilla cake with pink roses, chocolate chip cookies, and red velvet cupcakes (YUM). Cutler and Cavallari boogied on the dance floor to a live band where eye witnesses told US Magazine, ¬†“They looked incredibly happy and like they were having a great time.”
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The guest list was VIP, as the couple wanted to keep things small only inviting friends and family. Bears Wide Receiver and Cutler’s buddy Brandon Marshall was nothing but smiles at the couple’s reception.

It looks like it was a very fun and tasteful day. Congrats Cutlers!

Bridal Bonanza: Bears & Packer Wedding Gowns

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Talk about being the belle of the tailgate…wowzers. These prideful bridal gowns take being an NFL fan to the next level.

The dresses were designed by the owner of Complete Bridal Salon, David Gaffke back in 2011 Рwhere he debuted these gems on NBC. Recently, the dresses have resurfaced making a splash on Pinterest.

If you’re a true super-fan – I would recommend sticking to the colors of your favorite team, but maybe not a full length Bears/Packers gown for your big day.

Brian Urlacher Announces NFL Retirement

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It is officially the end of an era. For 13 years Brian Urlacher has been the face of the Chicago Bears franchise. Throughout his extraordinary career he has bled only navy, orange and white and has been the one true “Monster of the Midway.” On Wednesday morning the eight-time Pro Bowl linebacker announced his retirement from the NFL.

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Urlacher had been testing the waters of free agency this year after the Bears could not reach an agreement with the star linebacker. When it came down to his NFL future, he said, “Although I could continue playing, I’m not sure I would bring a level of performance or passion that’s up to my standards. When considering this, along with the fact that I could retire after 13-year career wearing only one jersey for such a storied franchise, my decision became pretty clear.”

He went on to say, “I will miss my teammates, my coaches, and the great Bears fans. I’m proud to say that I gave all of you everything I had every time I took the field. I will miss the great game, but I leave with no regrets.”

Urlacher SprintHere’s a little breakdown of some of his accomplishments:

  • 2000 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Winner
  • 2005 Defensive Player of the Year Winner
  • First-Team All-Pro 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006
  • Pro Bowl Appearances:¬†2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011
  • 2012 Ed Block Courage Award (given to those who showed a commitment to sportsmanship and courage)

As a selfish Urlacher lover, I’m honestly happy I don’t have to see him suit up in another jersey next season, but this isn’t the ideal way to send off a future hall-of-famer.

It is unclear what the next steps will be for #54. Will we see him on NFL network or CSN Chicago providing commentary? Will he be a part of the Bears organization in some capacity, possibly as a coach? Or will he head back to his roots of New Mexico and enjoy his retired life sipping on cold beer and playing some golf? Whatever he chooses, he deserves the best.

Urlacher, you are a class act. Chicago fans everywhere thank you for giving us something to cheer about these past 13 years. You will be missed!

Emery Rocked the Free Agency Boat for Bears

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Touche Mr. Emery! After last year we had a feeling you were a shaker-and-maker type of guy and you’ve proved us right again. On Tuesday the Chicago Bears picked up not one, but TWO fantastic additions to their offense on the first day of free agency. On Wednesday the Bears welcomed¬†left tackle¬†Jermon Bushrod¬†and tight end¬†Martellus Bennett¬†at Halas Hall.

bushrod w breesBushrod is a two-time Pro Bowler, has a Super Bowl ring under his belt from 2009 and has been anchoring the Saint’s offensive line the past four seasons. You haven’t seen Drew Brees get creamed in every game and this guy is one of the reasons why. We have to keep our QB standing to keep the offense moving and Bushrod is an immediate improvement for Jay Cutler.

Bennett is the complete package – a tight end that can block and CATCH the ball. He set career highs with 55 receptions, 626 yards and five touchdowns last season with the Giants. YES PLEASE! With the addition of Bennett the Bears said goodbye to both Kellen Davis and Matt Spaeth (no tears were shed here).

With the two free agency pickups the Bears got themselves some legitimate players, addressed immediate holes in their offense and also gave themselves some flexibility in the upcoming draft (4/25-4/27).  Cutty gives two thumbs up!

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Cutler smiles are hard to find

BEARS: Lovie’s Out, Who’s In?

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After nine years as the Chicago Bears head coach the soft spoken and level headed Lovie Smith is OUT. It wasn’t the best way to ring in the new year as Smith was fired by the Bears on Monday after a 10-6 season.¬†Smith did quite a bit of good for the Bears in his time with Chicago, but his downfall was the part of the game in which he had no experience; the offense.

Chicago is now on the hunt for a new head coach and guess what they’re looking for…an offensive minded guru. Bears General Manager Phil Emery described his current head coach search as¬†“fast, furious and thorough” on Thursday after conducting the initial round of interviews with prospective candidates. He held a press conference to discuss Lovie’s firing on Tuesday and was jet-setting to Atlanta for interviews almost immediately after.

Who are the Potential Candidates?

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It’s not required to have an offensive minded coach to be successful in the NFL. We’ve seen the defensive minded coaches get the job done as well, for instance Mike Tomlin, Bill Belichick and John Fox, even special teams guys like John Harbaugh. But if offense is the reason Lovie was booted, offense is what the Bears are looking for. Our defense is solid for at least another year with¬†Lance Briggs,¬†Julius Peppers,¬†Charles Tillman¬†and¬†Tim Jennings¬†all still under contract.

There are definitely other head coach openings around the league, but hopefully the Bears position is the most appealing to the potential candidates. Sometimes coming into an organization who believes they already have their “franchise quarterback” (Jay Cutler) and other star players in Brandon Marshall and Matt Forte takes some of the fun out of the job. Instead, we can only hope the large market, fantastic city and¬†impenetrable¬†fan base will lure the best of the best to lead the Bears.