Bears: Joe “Champ” Tanksley Says Sun May Come Out After All

Our man Champ, co-founder of, is providing special Chicago Bears-related columns for the RedEye newspaper this season, appearing online every Thursday and in the print edition each Friday.

This week, a first — some honest-to-goodness positivity.

After surviving against a motivated (and so far successful) Raiders team last Sunday, the Bears enter this week with the freshness of a win surrounding them and the not-too intimidating concept of facing another 1-3 team in the Kansas City Chiefs.

Don’t know what the weather is going to be like in KC Sunday (yeah, I know…you go Google it if you care so much) but it stands to be beautiful in Chicago — maybe an actual winning streak could also greet this city and give folks more to be proud of than playoff baseball at Wrigley.

Back to Chicago’s adult grizzlies: Champ offers five reasons to not only watch this next game out of habit, but to be excited to do so. Among those reasons, off-season pick-up Pernell McPhee at outside linebacker. Writes Joe:

“…in the past two weeks, he has taken his game to a higher level with his attitude and his ability to make game-changing type plays. The Bears will need every ounce of his ability and leadership in Kansas City against a Top 5 running back in Jamaal Charles and quarterback Alex Smith.”

Get the other four reasons here.

If you don’t know, Joe has experience playing the game both in the Chicago Catholic League (St. Rita) and in college (Butler). Keep following him here, on the RedEye and on Twitter for real, passionate and informative football talk.

Also remember, you can also catch members of the We Are Regal Radio team in the RedEye’s 5 on 5 feature every Tuesday.

Follow Regal Radio on Twitter @regalradio1 and on Facebook under Regal Radio

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