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Chicago: Thank you, next

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The GIST: The Bears signed a new QB, and the Loyola Ramblers are prepping for their NCAA Tournament debut tomorrow. How can we feel so hopeless and hopeful at the same time?

March 18, 2021
Source: Scott Taetsch/Getty Images
Source: Scott Taetsch/Getty Images

๐ŸˆBears: As soon as free agency hit, the Bears went after a new QB. Their first choice? Seattle Seahawk Russel Wilson. But despite a v. generous offer, da Bears came up empty. Next on the shortlist? Dallas Cowboy Andy Dalton, who agreed to a one-year, $10 million deal with the Monsters of the Midway on Tuesday. 

  • After nine years as the Cincinnati Bengalsโ€™ starting QB, Dalton went 4-5 last season as the Cowboysโ€™ starter after Dak Prescott suffered a serious injury. Hello darkness, my old friend...
  • TBH, Dalton is not exactly the game-changer we were hoping for. The Bears desperately need a star-powered QB, and from what we can tell, Dalton just doesnโ€™t have it. 

๐Ÿ€MBB: The Loyola Ramblers are making their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2018, which was the year they, along with national icon Sister Jean, were Americaโ€™s most beloved Cinderella story (besides the Hillary Duff version). 

  • Sister Jean, who is now 101 years old, is back, vaccinated and ready to attend the No. 8 seed Ramblersโ€™ first-round game vs. the No. 9 seed Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets tomorrow at 4 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. CT. 
  • Check out our deep dive for more details on the Chicagoland teams playing in the tournament this weekend. Time to dance!