JC's Blips, Blurbs & Blasts

Will Greg Olsen be a training camp holdout thanks to Drew Rosenhaus? Can Devin Hester coexist in the same offense as Garrett Wolfe? Should Rex Grossman be as untouchable in the starting lineup as he was a year ago? Find out those answers and more right here as we delve into yet another installment of JC's Blips, Blurbs & Blasts.

Here are a few thoughts running through my head as I pull Mike MacDougal from my 16-inch softball game for ineffectiveness:

The Bears have signed seven of their nine draft picks already, and expect second-round defensive end Dan Bazuin to put his John Hancock on the dotted line fairly soon. First-round tight end Greg Olsen might take a little more work considering the fact that he's represented by the Anti-Christ himself, Drew Rosenhaus. But Bears fans shouldn't be overly worried because Desmond Clark had a career year in 2006 and is slated to be the starter once again, so even if Olsen holds out for a while, Ron Turner's offense shouldn't suffer ...

I know LeBron James is single-handedly carrying the Cleveland Cavaliers right now, but to me it's a foregone conclusion that we're going to be stuck with yet another awful NBA Finals matchup between the Detroit Pistons and San Antonio Spurs. It was so much fun to watch the Phoenix Suns and Golden State Warriors light up the scoreboard earlier in the postseason, especially for a casual basketball fan like myself. I can appreciate Tim Duncan as arguably the best power forward of all time, but personally, I'll be reading about his exploits in the paper the following morning as opposed to actually watching it on television myself ...

I'm looking forward to Devin Hester moving over to offense just like I'm curious to see how good Garrett Wolfe can be, but the problem is that the Bears sound like they're going to use both of them the same way. There are only so many footballs to go around, so I'm not sure it makes a whole lot of sense to employ two separate runner/receiver-types who line up in the backfield one play and in the slot the next. I'd like to see Wolfe as the secondary tailback behind Cedric Benson and all the gadgetry stuff to be designed for Hester ...

Whether or not Michael Vick is directly involved or not, the mere fact that some people are rushing to his defense by simply stating that dogfighting isn't such a big deal is highly disturbing. We're talking about innocent animals that are bred with the specific purpose of ripping each other to shreds for the blood-and-guts pleasure of a bunch of degenerate gamblers. I don't need some judge to tell me that this barbaric pastime is just plain wrong ...

Although I believe Rex Grossman will play very well and solidify himself as the only quarterback of consequence in Chicago, head coach Lovie Smith might be more apt to bench him in favor of Brian Griese this season. 2007 is the last year of Grossman's contract, so if he gets off to a bad start and the front office decides to move in another direction starting in 2008, there will be no reason to be so loyal this time around. Griese certainly is not the answer for the long-term, but Smith will do anything it takes to win the Super Bowl and won't have to worry about Grossman's supposedly fragile mental state quite as much ...

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In a bizarre twist of events on Wednesday, Kobe Bryant went from demanding a trade out of Los Angeles on one radio show to professing that he never wants to leave the Lakers on another radio show in a matter of hours. While I understand that the Lakers have done very little to surround Bryant with the talent he needs to challenge for a title after foolishly trading Shaquille O'Neal to the Miami Heat, he has to take at least some of the blame here. Lamar Odom is not going to be his Scottie Pippen, and Kwame Brown couldn't even be his Bill Cartwright ...

For the last time, undrafted free agent Chris Leak is not going to beat out incumbent Kyle Orton for the No. 3 quarterback job. While Orton is far from a polished passer at this point, he's light years ahead of Leak both in terms of ability and experience. Leak is too short, very slow, has no arm, makes questionable decisions, and has been accused of being a little bacon short of a BLT between the ears – other than that, I guess he's a great QB ...

For the life of me, I have no idea why fans of the Chicago Cubs were so excited coming into this season. The roster is overpriced and poorly constructed, manager Lou Piniella has at least one straight jacket hanging in his closet, and no matter what the heads in the front office say in the papers, you know they were once again mumbling to themselves, "If we can just get Kerry Wood and Mark Prior healthy again, we may have something here." They have no leadoff man, no center fielder, and the bullpen can not be counted on to hold leads for a stronger-than-expected starting rotation ...

Yet another upstart league is going to test this country's appetite for football and cherry pick off the monstrosity that is the NFL. Billionaire Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is on board for the proposed United Football League, which is apparently set to be launched in the fall of 2008. I might give Cuban & Company a snowball's chance in hell of succeeding if they played in the spring instead, although the mere fact that XFL founder Vince McMahon is not involved in any capacity has to be a good thing ...

A Harry Potter theme park is scheduled to open in Orlando, FL come late 2009, although the target audience may have to conjure up a spell in order to get a date to actually go with them.

John Crist is the Publisher of Bear Report and Editor in Chief of BearReport.com. To read him every day, visit BearReport.com and become a Chicago Bears insider.

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