Column: Layering up for Chicago’s polar vortex while thinking warm thoughts about spring training

It’s arduous to put in writing with mittens on and your tooth chattering, however you depend your blessings when you don’t need to work outdoor throughout one other polar vortex.

Thinking heat ideas throughout this present stretch of frigid climate is the one method to survive, and luckily there’s been sufficient happening within the sports activities world to maintain us occupied, from the NFL playoffs to the Cubs Convention to the White Sox tools truck leaving for Arizona.

Here are 10 takeaways from a wild week.

A “Just One Before I Die” signal was noticed by the CBS cameras in Buffalo in the course of the Bills wild card win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday. This was once the mantra of Cubs followers, who swore they’d be pleased with just one championship of their lifetime.

They lied after all. Once isn’t sufficient.

But if anybody deserves no less than one, it could be Buffalo. Or Detroit.

Cubs President Jed Hoyer prefaced his remarks about Christopher Morel on the Cubs Convention by going off on the rumor mill. Someone apparently wrote Morel wasn’t on the conference as a result of he was being traded, as an alternative of the actual cause — he had a visa subject.

“The rumors sometimes have zero basis in truth and it happens all the time,” Hoyer stated. “Read stuff with a pound of salt, as a result of so typically instances one thing that has not a bit of bearing in fact, however zero foundation in fact. And there’ve been loads of these this winter (the place) Morel is linked to this staff or linked to this participant.

“We’ve been linked to a number of free agents we’ve never actually spoken to this winter, and I think the agent just puts out that we’re interested because we’re a big-market team. … So I think sometimes the rumors get going and it’s a freight train. Be aware of how often these things have no bearing in truth. It’s kind of an alternate universe I would say.”

Hoyer didn’t appear too bothered by the rumors that linked Shohei Ohtani to the Cubs, which made it look like they’d a practical shot at signing one of the best participant in baseball. Sometimes another universe helps hold a staff within the information.

If coping with a polar vortex builds character, we must always have sufficient in Chicago to final a pair lifetimes by now. Maybe we’re higher off having no character and a few feeling in your toes.

Watching that Detroit fan cry Sunday in the course of the finish of the Lions’ wild-card win over the Los Angeles Rams in a climate-controlled, indoor stadium was the polar reverse of Bears followers crying after the Double Doink loss to the Philadelphia Eagles within the 2018 wild-card recreation at frigid Soldier Field.

The White Sox invited the media to return out to Guaranteed Rate Field on Tuesday with a subzero wind chill issue. It was not for a free agent signing or commerce, however to report on the tools truck leaving for spring coaching in Glendale, Ariz.

The truck leaving city occasion is a time-honored ritual for groups which have performed little over the winter to enhance their possibilities of successful however may use some publicity. The Cubs even used to have a sponsor for the tools truck movies that might air on newscasts to remind followers it’s “almost spring.”

In a traditional world, the Sox can be touting the arrival of SoxFest subsequent weekend. But for causes which have by no means been defined, SoxFest is kaput as soon as once more, and an occasion for season ticket holders is presently on the schedule as a alternative.

At least the Kansas City Royals are having a fan fest on Feb. 3 at Kauffman Stadium. Sox followers looking for autographs from future Sox gamers could be all in favour of driving all the way down to Okay.C.

The greatest a part of the NFL wild-card weekend was the fourth-quarter hypothesis by broadcasters concerning the dropping coach probably dropping his job, whether or not it was Mike McCarthy, Nick Sirianni or Mike Tomlin. The subsequent smartest thing was Fox Sports speaking head Skip Bayless dropping his thoughts on social media over the Dallas Cowboys’ loss to the Green Bay Packers. Bayless tossing his Cowboys’ gear within the trash after a playoff loss is the human equal of Punxsutawney Phil seeing his shadow on Groundhog Day.

A domed Bears stadium within the Soldier Field south parking zone often is the worst thought ever, except you depend drafting Mitch Trubisky over Patrick Mahomes.

President/CEO Kevin Warren, talking usually a couple of new stadium, stated final week that “very rarely do you get an opportunity to have such a beautiful downtown with a vibrant business community, with an absolutely beautiful lake and the energy that goes along.”

Maybe it appears to be like good on TV, however Warren seemingly doesn’t perceive that getting out and in of an space bounded by Lake Shore Drive and the lakefront is among the causes followers don’t like Soldier Field within the first place.

A Lions-Chiefs Super Bowl would current the final word popular culture showdown between Eminem and Taylor Swift. There could be extra cutaways to these two by CBS than Mahomes’ commercials.

Lost within the kerfuffle over Bulls followers making Thelma Krause cry in the course of the Ring of Honor ceremony was the horrible choice by administration to not announce the names of the 1995-96 staff that was being inducted. It would have been good to see Luc Longley, Ron Harper, Bill Wennington and the remainder of the gamers and coaches get their well-deserved applause for his or her contributions to the championship season.