On The Future Of The Chicago Homer

Hey look, a post!

There haven’t been many on this site in the last few months because, with the college football season starting, I have to dedicate my time to work. The plan had been to resume writing here on a regular schedule once the college football season ended, but plans tend to change.

This will be the last post on The Chicago Homer for quite some time. Possibly forever.

While I’ve spent the last four years writing at CBSSports.com, I’ve been doing so as a freelancer. That meant I was free to write whatever I wanted for whomever was willing to have me write for them. Starting Monday I’ll no longer be a freelancer, but a full-time employee at CBSSports.com.

That’s good news! I’ll have a contract, benefits, and all that good shit. But with all that good shit comes the fact that I’m no longer free to write wherever I want. From now on every single word I write for public consumption will be for CBSSports.com.

So no more Homer for the foreseeable future.

Which is somewhat sad (for me, anyway), as I’m never going to stop caring about Chicago sports, and I’m always going to have thoughts and feelings about them that I want to share. And I’ll continue to do so, just not here, and not in written form.

As for what this means for the site’s Twitter account, I’m not sure as of yet. I’m not going to delete it, but I don’t know what I’ll do with it, either. Maybe I’ll still use it to vent about Chicago sports — it’s nice having a Twitter account where I can swear in all caps sometimes — or maybe I won’t. I really haven’t given it all that much thought.

And I doubt you care that much, anyway.

If you want to continue following me on Twitter, you can do so at @TomFornelli. It’s basically the same thing, except with a lot less swearing and a lot more college football.

Anyway, for those of you that read The Chicago Homer over the course of its short existence, thank you. It’s always nice to have something to say, but it’s better when others are willing to listen to or read it.

And don’t worry, the Bears season will be over soon. I promise.

How To Make Tom An Actual Cubs Fan


Just gonna leave this here.

Yep, that’d do it.

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The Mailbag: When Is Robin Ventura Going To Be Fired?


Welcome to The Chicago Homer’s Mailbag. It runs once a week unless it doesn’t, and in it I answer questions from readers via Twitter or email. The questions can be about any damn thing you please, and there likely isn’t a question I won’t answer. There may be questions I can’t answer, but I’ll try.

If you’d like to submit a question for the next edition of the mailbag it’s pretty simple. Either ask the question on Twitter using the #AskTCH hashtag — as long as you use the hashtag I will see it — or send an email to TCHMailbag@gmail.com.

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Grading Jay: How Bad Was It?

USA Today Sports Images

USA Today Sports Images

There’s a rather simple narrative in Chicago right now when it comes to the season-opening loss to Buffalo, and it’s JAY CUTLER’S FAULT. This isn’t entirely wrong, as Cutler threw two interceptions in the Buffalo game, and both led to Buffalo points. In fact, as I went over yesterday, every Bears turnover led to points for the Bills.

But while one of the interceptions Jay threw was terrible, the first one wasn’t really clear until looking at the tape. After watching the play a few times, I feel confident that the interception wasn’t on Cutler, and that he actually made the right decision. It was somebody else who screwed up.

Let’s take a look at it.

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Defending The Bears Defense

-USA Today Sports Images

-USA Today Sports Images

I come here today not to tell you that the Bears defense played well Sunday. It didn’t. Nor did I come here to tell you that the defense is good. It’s not. Instead I come here to say that, as awful as the Bears defense looked at times, the truth is things weren’t as bad as they seemed.

I mean, unless we’re talking about Chris Conte. He was just as bad as it seemed.

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The Cover Of Sports Illustrated Features A Lot Of Interceptions

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It’s only a regional cover, but at least Jay can now say he’s competing with his wife for magazine covers.

Also, sorry for the lack of posts so far this week, but with the college football season getting underway I’ve been pretty busy with work. It won’t be like this all fall and winter, but I need to get back in game shape.

Also, something needs to happen in Chicago sports that I feel like writing about. That helps too.

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Jimmy Clausen Is Your Bears Backup Quarterback


The Bears have begun making cuts to get the roster down to 75 by the Tuesday deadline, and it seems one of the bigger battles of training camp has been settled.

Jimmy Clausen is your backup quarterback.

I assume this also means that David Fales will be the team’s third quarterback. Though I must say I think just letting Jordan Palmer go could be a mistake. I mean, you didn’t even try him out at safety first. Or linebacker. Or cornerback. Or on special teams.

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Jonathan Toews Does Ice Bucket Challenge While Wakeboarding

While I appreciate people finding new and interesting ways to dump buckets of ice water over their head, I would hope that Jonathan Toews would have been smart enough to TURN HIS DAMN PHONE HORIZONTALLY WHILE RECORDING VIDEO ON IT.

I mean, you’re a captain for Christ’s sake, Jonathan. You’re supposed to know better.

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