HAWL IN: ‘Twas the Game Before Christmas


CHICAGO, IL – DECEMBER 12: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots lines up against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on December 12, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Patriots beat the Bears 36-7. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

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CHICAGO – A tradition I started in Indianapolis back in 2010 was to write a poem “‘Twas the Game Before Christmas.” It was a unique way to the tell the story of the Colts game before the holiday.

I now carry on this tradition here in the Windy City, focusing on the current standing of the sports teams in town. So below is the 2015 edition of “‘Twas The Game Before Christmas.”

Enjoy and have a wonderful holiday!

‘Twas The Game Before Christmas

And the weather’s pretty fair

Not a single snowflake is floating in the air.


But in sports there is still plenty to talk about

Despite a 15-11 record, the Bulls are much in doubt.

Jimmy’s talk of Fred showed some locker room disdain

Then Joakim was lost for a month with a shoulder strain.

But for Hoiberg, there’s still plenty of time to fix

After all, their only up through game number 26.


On the ice, things are just a bit better

for the other team that occupies the United Center.

Joel Qunneville’s Blackhawks in the West are keeping pace

Even if a loss to the Starts put them 10 points back of first place.

The biggest storyline for the group remains Patrick Kane

He’s gotten at least a point in all but four games.


At Halas Hall, John Fox is ready to complete his first season

One that the Bears have won less than they’ve been beaten.

That’s why their future has so much confusion

Even though in two weeks their season comes to a conclusion.

Are we seeing the last of Matt Forte in the orange and blue?

If the running back’s words are serious, that’s probably true.

For a head coaching job, Adam Gase will likely get attention from another

Oddly enough, the future seems more certain for quarterback Jay Cutler.


On the North Side, the future is quite merry and bright

This winter it seems the Cubs moves are more than alright.

On Lackey, On Warren, On Zobrist and Heyward

The Cubs look like the favorites from now looking forward.

But expect Theo and Jed to keep working harder

Maybe for a center fielder, but probably another starter.


Rick Hahn made sure his team wasn’t forgotten

A big bat is what a three-team trade brought him.

Todd Frazier’s a third baseman and a big hitter

Hope is high even after his fade with the Reds last summer.


For local college basketball teams, it’s still early in the journey

Still a lot of doubt if any team will make the NCAA Tourney.

A bowl appearance for NIU was a bust after little offense was gained

Maybe happiness will come from Northwestern or Notre Dame.

The Irish play Ohio State in the Fiesta on New Year’s Day

The Wildcats face Tennessee in the Outback, hoping for the first time to win an 11th game.


At Allstate Arena there’s the Wolves and all the games the Sky won

They feature Chicago’s big rising star in WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne.

On the South Side Chicago’s MLS team hopes to reignite the “Fire”

Veljko Paunovic is the first step as their newest coaching hire.


So here’s to a 2016 where sports teams on and off the field do everything right

Happy Christmas and New Years to all, and to all fans a great night!












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