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Michael Tomaso
Michael Tomaso is a lifelong Chicagoan currently working in New York City as a business news producer. You can follow him on twitter: @michaeltomaso.

Entries by Michael Tomaso

Time for Chicago Bears to Commit to a New Quarterback

(42) Comments | Posted February 19, 2015 | 10:51 AM

Giving Bears quarterback Jay Cutler chances in Chicago is like Sylvester Stallone making Rocky movies. They're never ending, and no matter how bad the previous performance, the next one is just around the corner.

On Wednesday new Bears head coach John Fox and new GM Ryan Pace were repeatedly asked...

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Jay Cutler Wasting an Elite Bears Offense

(13) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 9:27 AM

An ominous cloud hung over Chicago's fall chill all week. There was an uneasiness in the pit of Bears fans' stomachs they couldn't shake. Was the offensive explosion last week against the Atlanta Falcons an outlier? After Sunday's horrible 27-14 loss to the Miami Dolphins, the...

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The Best Story in Sports Upsets the Miami Heat in Game 1

(3) Comments | Posted May 8, 2013 | 9:51 AM

The movie script wrote itself: Lebron "King" James receives his fourth personal MVP award before Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals, then loses to the underdog Chicago Bulls who had nine players that came together to play as one.

An injured and sick Bulls team

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NFL Teams Shouldn't Punish Tebow for Circus That the Media Created

(76) Comments | Posted April 29, 2013 | 6:44 PM

The New York Jets releasing of Tim Tebow on Monday ended what can only be summed up as the worst treatment of a player by an NFL team.

It's hard to recall another situation where a team was so afraid to win with a player, and so comfortable...

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Joakim Noah -- Who's Actually Hurt -- Leading Bulls Through Playoffs

(2) Comments | Posted April 23, 2013 | 10:39 AM

He couldn't run. He couldn't even walk. But this is the NBA playoffs.

So while one Chicago Bull -- who isn't hurt -- refuses to play, Joakim Noah -- who's actually hurt -- led the Bulls to an upset Game 2 win against the Nets in Brooklyn.

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The Blackhawks Are Starting to Make 'Hockey Plays' of Their Own

(4) Comments | Posted February 21, 2013 | 6:06 PM

The record didn't matter anymore.

With 18 minutes left to go in the game for the Chicago Blackhawks to tie the NHL's record for longest point streak to start the season, the United Center's faithful stood in stunned silence. The thoughts of 'not again' spread throughout the stadium.


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Baseball Prospectus' Annual White Sox Prediction Hatchet Job Continues

(5) Comments | Posted February 15, 2013 | 11:20 AM

Baseball Prospectus released its highly anticipated annual season predictions on Monday. It's the time of year where Baseball Prospectus uses its inside knowledge of baseball to predict the records of every team in the league for the upcoming season. It's also the time of the year where Baseball...

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Bears' GM Emery Calling Jay Cutler His "Franchise" Quarterback Is a Mistake

(15) Comments | Posted January 2, 2013 | 9:40 PM

After three offensive coordinators and soon-to-be two head coaches, Jay Cutler is the Chicago Bears "franchise" quarterback, General Manager Phil Emery confirmed at his post-season press conference on Tuesday.

Emery's press conference was held a day after he fired Head Coach Lovie Smith after nine seasons with the Bears. In a very candid and refreshing press conference, Emery admitted that it was the Bears offensive futility that cost Smith his job.

Emery spoke of the need for a new coach who inspires leadership. He spoke of how he needs to replace the offensive line. He spoke of the need for running back Matt Forte to contribute more, and how the offensive coordinator needs to do a better job getting Forte the ball.

All true. The one problem with an otherwise inspiring press conference was the one name he left out. Quarterback Jay Cutler.

Not only did he not site Cutler in his list of areas that need to improve or be replaced, but he went a step further and said Cutler was his "franchise" quarterback.

Team Chairman George McCaskey went all in on Cutler when he told the Chicago Sun-Times that "Jay Cutler is the most talented quarterback the Bears have [had] here in the last 60 years."

Really? Cutler threw 19 touchdowns for 3,033 yards this year for the 28th ranked offense. Rex Grossman threw 23 touchdowns for 3,193 yards in 2006 for the 15th ranked offense, his first full season playing.

I wrote here last time that Cutler continues to get a free pass in Chicago. Emery's and McCaskey's comments regarding Cutler confirms my suspicion that the Bears' management believes he's the quarterback of the future, no questions asked.

There is no doubt that Cutler is the best quarterback the Bears have on their team. He probably is better now than any quarterback that the Bears could get in next year's draft with such a low first round pick.

But it's the mind-set that the Bears don't need a backup plan at quarterback, and that there's no need to explore trade options or free agent quarterback signings that's going to be the Bears' downfall in the long run.

With Cutler as quarterback, the Bears' offense has ranked 23rd, 30th, 24th and 28th in the league.

During this time, they've fired two offensive coordinators and a head coach.

Current coordinator Mike Tice might also be fired after finding himself on the hot seat this season, which would make it three coordinators fired.

What other quarterback needs so many people to get fired before he can lead his team to a Super Bowl...

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Jay Cutler Continues to Get a Free Pass in Chicago

(9) Comments | Posted December 20, 2012 | 3:31 PM

The word coming out of Bears camp this week was "accountability."

It started when Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall criticized the team's offense in a post-game press conference after their 21-13 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.

"It's the same every single game," said Marshall....

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Tim Tebow and the New York Jets: The Final Insult

(233) Comments | Posted December 19, 2012 | 11:23 AM

The nationally televised humiliation of Tim Tebow by the New York Jets started from day one.

In March, Tebow flew to New York for the announcement that he had been traded from the Denver Broncos to the Jets. He didn't want to make it a big...

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Sammy Sosa's Fans Reject Him Now

(6) Comments | Posted December 4, 2012 | 5:48 PM

On June 4, 2003, Sammy Sosa walked slowly up to the plate for his first at-bat of the game and received a standing ovation from the 33,317 fans in attendance.

"Everybody was cheering for me," Sosa said. "I feel very happy inside."

What did Sosa do to...

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President Obama and the 150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2012 | 5:20 PM

The Gettysburg Address is more than the speech itself or the man who gave it. It was a dedication to the soldiers who died on that battlefield to preserve the Union and to give the human right of freedom to all. President Lincoln's address is eternal because not only was...

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Jets Would Rather Lose With Sanchez Than Win With Tebow

(102) Comments | Posted November 16, 2012 | 2:00 PM

Lost in the saga over unnamed Jets players ripping Tim Tebow is the clear indication that they would rather lose with Mark Sanchez as quarterback than win with Tebow. We take for granted that every player has the internal drive to want to win, and that it's the only thing...

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Rex Ryan Blows Golden Opportunity to Save Jets Season With Tebow

(6) Comments | Posted October 11, 2012 | 11:17 AM

Of all the people who should know better, it's Rex Ryan.

Ryan had three opportunities to save the game and the Jets season in the fourth quarter Monday night and passed on all of them. In the end, the Jets lost 23-17 to the undefeated Houston Texans,...

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The 'Start Mark Sanchez Just Because' Experiment Isn't Working for Jets

(29) Comments | Posted October 1, 2012 | 11:10 AM

During the fourth quarter of the Jets embarrassing 34-0 loss to the 49ers, there was something besides fans missing in the stadium... Tim Tebow. More telling than the loss, was that Tebow was nowhere near the field in the fourth quarter as Sanchez stayed in at quarterback to...

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Detroit Tiger Fans Show White Sox Fans How to Support Team

(13) Comments | Posted September 28, 2012 | 5:05 PM

Looking back it shouldn't be a surprise. After all, it was White Sox fans for years who "made fun" of Chicago Cub fans for attending games. Thursday afternoon the Detroit Tigers were playing a playoff type game against the Kansas City Royals. The Tigers, who were up one game on...

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White Sox Weekend Sweep Had 2005 Season Written All Over It

(0) Comments | Posted August 29, 2012 | 10:44 AM

The White Sox 2005 championship team was marked by tremendous starting pitching, a shutdown bullpen, timely hitting and finding every single possible way to win a game, even in bizarre fashion. For the last seven years the Sox have been trying to recreate that magical year. This weekend...

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The White Sox Are Kenny Williams' Team Now

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2012 | 2:47 PM

White Sox general manager Kenny Williams was standing behind home plate with his usual intense glare, as he watched his team take batting practice Friday night before the series opener against the Los Angeles Angels. Never one to be happy with his recent trade acquisitions, he must have scanned the...

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Cubs' Ryan Dempster Finally Traded, Criticism of Him Unfair

(2) Comments | Posted August 1, 2012 | 1:05 PM

Ryan Dempster loves Chicago just like you. Ryan has a family just like you. He also found himself in a situation at his job just like many of you.

Last week, his employer, the Chicago Cubs, called him into the office and told him his job was being transferred to...

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