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Amid uncertainty in Chicago and across the nation, a ray of hope: Chicago’s baseball teams are in first place, and the city’s beloved Bears pulled off a miracle comeback. Can professional sports actually be a tonic for tough times?

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Football is back. The Chicago Bears are set to kick off the regular season Sunday against the Detroit Lions. It’ll be the first time the Bears face an opponent this year, since the NFL skipped the preseason due to COVID-19.

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In this Feb. 4, 2007, file photo, Chicago Bears chairman Michael McCaskey is seen on the field before the Super Bowl XLI football game between the Bears and Indianapolis Colts in Miami. (AP Photo / Jeff Roberson, File)

Michael McCaskey, who led the Chicago Bears for nearly three decades following the death of his grandfather George Halas, died Saturday after a lengthy battle with cancer, the team said. He was 76.

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The coronavirus pandemic has brought much of the world to a screeching halt, but it hasn’t been able to stop the NFL’s draft clock. We get a preview with former Bears offensive lineman James “Big Cat” Williams.

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Jim Riebandt appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Jan. 2, 2020. (WTTW News)

It’s the end of a considerable era for Chicago Bears fans. The team’s longtime public address announcer, Jim Riebandt, worked his last game at Soldier Field in December when the Bears faced off against Kansas City.

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Former Bears offensive lineman James “Big Cat” Williams appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Dec. 30, 2019. (WTTW News)

The Chicago Bears (8-8) wrapped up their season Sunday with a 21-19 win over the Minnesota Vikings. We review the season’s highs and lows with former Bears offensive lineman James “Big Cat” Williams.

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The Bears look to end a disappointing season on a high note with a win over the Vikings. Former Bears offensive lineman James “Big Cat” Williams gives us his take.

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Chicago Bears running back David Montgomery (32) runs against the Kansas City Chiefs in the first half of an NFL football game in Chicago, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019. (AP Photo  /Nam Y. Huh)

Patrick Mahomes outplayed Mitchell Trubisky, throwing for two touchdowns and running for another score, and the Chiefs beat the Chicago Bears 26-3 Sunday night for their fifth straight win.

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With the Bears’ playoff hopes dashed, can they at least end their final home game on a high note? Former Bears offensive lineman James “Big Cat” Williams gives us his take.

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Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Jones runs for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo / Matt Ludtke

Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers’ wait to see if a long-time foe would help them clinch a playoff spot was a whole lot easier than the lateral-filled final play they had to survive to beat the Chicago Bears in the rivals’ 200th game.

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It may be the best rivalry in all of sports. Former Bears offensive lineman James “Big Cat” Williams joins us to preview the 200th meeting of the Bears and Packers.

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Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky (10) throws during the first half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo / Charles Rex Arbogast)

In a matchup between disappointing teams that made the playoffs last season, the Bears (7-6) came away with their fourth win in five games after dropping four in a row. The Cowboys (6-7) have lost seven of 10 since a 3-0 start.

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Can the Bears actually make a playoff push? Former Bears offensive lineman James “Big Cat” Williams joins us to preview their matchup with the Cowboys.

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Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky throws during the first half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo / Rick Osentoski)

Mitchell Trubisky started and closed strong to overcome some shaky decisions and plays in between to keep the Chicago Bears in the NFC playoff picture.

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Will it be feast or famine for the Bears when they play the Lions on Thursday? Former Bears offensive lineman James “Big Cat” Williams gives us three key takes on what the Bears need to do to win.

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Is there still hope for the Chicago Bears? Former Bears offensive lineman James “Big Cat” Williams joins us to preview their matchup with the New York Giants on Sunday.