Thursday, August 16, 2012
Lake Zurich High School graduate aims to be Bears backup QB; former UW coach says Blanchard's best football still ahead.
Lake Zurich’s Matt Blanchard performed well in the pre-season Bears opener, last week, against the Denver Broncos, completing 6 of 7 passes, which included a 28-yard pass to rookie Chris Summers. The 2007 LZHS graduate is fighting to be a backup quarterback on the Chicago Bears. Blanchard is battling Josh McCown to be the Bears No. 3 QB. Although Blanchard is considered a longshot by some, he has garnered some favorable reviews in his debut. The Chicago Tribune says: “He showed poise and delivered some nice passes, especially when you consider the reps he’s receiving in training camp have been very limited. Bears quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates told the Tribune: “He handled himself well. I think the big question mark always with a …
Sunday, August 5, 2012
Chicago Bears fans will celebrate their team in the summer heat or the brutal winter cold. Is this the year, Bears fans?
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Monday, May 14, 2012
Quarterback gets contract after participating in Chicago Bears rookie minicamp.
Lake Zurich High School graduate Matt Blanchard was among seven players signed by the Chicago Bears, over the weekend, according to the Chicago Tribune. Blanchard participated in a rookie minicamp over the weekend. The Bears liked what they saw and signed him to a three-year contract. The 23-year-old was a quarterback at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where he won 25 games in two seasons, passing for 44 touchdowns to just six interceptions, according to ESPN Chicago.com. Blanchard was the starting quarterback at Lake Zurich High and had listed his dream job as “head coach of the Chicago Bears” while in college, according to Chicago Now. Blanchard won all 25 of his starts at LZHS, throwing for 44 touchdowns and only six …
Thursday, April 26, 2012
The NFL draft begins at 7 p.m. in New York. We take a look back at some of the Bears worst draft mistakes.
The NFL draft begins at 7 p.m. Thursday and the Chicago Bears have the 19th overall pick. The Bears have a checkered draft history, to say the least. For every Walter Payton, there’s a Rashaan Salaam. But, of all Bears mistakes on draft day, which is the worst? We did our best to compile a list of worthy nominees and we limited our choices to the first round: Those are our nominees. Vote in the comment section, or feel free to tell us who you think was the Bears worst draft pick.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
If you've got wit, add your punchline to Patch's weekly comic and win a personalized proof.
Are you blessed with insight and good humor? Or just bored today? Share your wit with your north suburban neighbors by entering Patch's comic caption challenge. Just add your dialogue for today's comic in the comment section of this post. Our only requirement is that you keep it clean! At week's end, we'll pick the winning punchline based on how many of us here at Patch giggle and smile at your contribution. The user who produces the winning punchline will get a personalized proof of the comic, with the winning words and a credit line, from cartoonist Chuck Ingwersen and Patch. Congratulations to Debbie Donushi, who provided this winning caption to last week's comic: "Bad News ... his job has been outsourced ..."
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Offensive lineman offers his advice about life and football.
Middle School South (MSS) students were pleasantly surprised to see special guest Roberto Garza, #63 Chicago Bears offensive linesman, walk through their gym doors on April 8 as part of a special assembly. Seventh grader Nic Zanichelli won a drawing through Central DuPage Hospital (CDH) and CBS Radio, to win the chance to have a Chicago Bear personally visit and speak at the school. “My grandfather entered me in the contest,” explained Nic. Zanichelli’s name was chosen at random among hundreds that entered the contest online, according to Amy Jo Steinbruecker, senior media relations specialist at CDH. Garza spoke to Nic’s seventh grade team exclusively for an hour in the East Gym at MSS about Play60, an NFL-sponsored program promoting …
Monday, March 21, 2011
Patch has obtained a tape recording of convicted killer Marni Yang detailing the deadly shooting to her best friend.
According to prosecutors, Marni Yang made one “big mistake” when it came to her plan to murder 42-year-old Rhoni Reuter back in 2007: she told her best friend about it afterwards. "I took the first shot," police secretly recorded Yang telling Christi Paschen after the murder at a restaurant in Arlington Heights. "I remember screaming cause at that point I realized we are now at the point of no return.'" Last week a jury convicted Yang of first-degree murder and intentional homicide of an unborn child. Authorities say she brutally shot and killed Reuter at her Deerfield condo. At the time, Reuter was six-months pregnant with the child of former Bears player Shaun Gayle. Yang was also romantically involved with the Super Bowl winner. …
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Judge announces verdict after four hours of jury deliberations Tuesday.
The woman accused of killing the pregnant girlfriend of former Bears player Shaun Gayle was convicted in court Tuesday. Marni Yang was found guilty on all counts of first-degree murder and intentional homicide of an unborn child. Prosecutors say Yang “executed” 42-year-old Rhoni Reuter in her Deerfield condo in 2007 because she wanted to “eliminate the competition.” At the time of the murder, Reuter was six months pregnant with Gayle’s child. Yang was also romantically involved with the Super Bowl winner. Gayle and Reuter’s family remained silent while the verdict was read but rejoiced afterwards. “Justice is served,” Gayle said during a press conference. “It’s been a long time coming.” “Needless to say we’re overjoyed with the jury’s …
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Super Bowl winner testifies about his connection to murder suspect and victim.
Former Chicago Bears player Shaun Gayle admitted to having sex with the woman accused of killing his pregnant girlfriend the night before the shooting. For almost two hours the Super Bowl winner was questioned by lawyers on Tuesday during the murder trial of Marni Yang. “She is right there wearing glasses,” Gayle said when prosecutors asked him to point the defendant out during questioning. Gayle barely looked in Yang’s direction during the rest of his testimony. Yang is charged with first-degree murder and intentional homicide of an unborn child in the death of Rhoni Reuter. Authorities say Yang shot and killed Gayle’s pregnant girlfriend in her Deerfield condo back in 2007. Prosecutors claim Yang was also intimate with Gayle and wanted…
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Lawyers believe Marni Yang purchased books and equipment to create silencer for shooting.
Prosecutors allege Marni Yang used a gun silencer during the murder of 42-year-old Rhoni Reuter and spent the majority of Monday in court trying to prove it. Yang is on trial for first-degree murder and intentional homicide of an unborn child. Authorities say she shot and killed Reuter at her Deerfield condo on Oct. 4, 2007. Reuter was the longtime girlfriend of former Bears player Shaun Gayle and was six months pregnant with his child. Prosecutors claim Yang was also intimate with Gayle and killed Reuter in a jealous rage. During court proceedings Monday prosecutors questioned Lawrence Riling of Pennsylvania. Riling told jurors he used to own a mail order arms books business and in August of 2007 received an online order from Yang. …