Under the Hood- by: Jonathan Hood

Under the Hood- 4/4/12

by: Jonathan Hood




What’s up everybody?

I hope you are doing well.

I am back from New Orleans and had a blast being at the Final 4. I really enjoy the assignment each
year to go to a great, historic event and this year was no different.

Kentucky proved why they have been the most dominant team all season in college basketball. They
displayed depth, size and ability on both ends of the court. Head Coach John Calipari’s
Wildcats were the most complete team that I witnessed this season and for their
effort, they earned a National Championship.

There has been rampant speculation about the future of Calipari’s future and his team. Calipari has
been rumored to be the next NY Knicks coach and that at least 5 of his players from his championship team will leave
Kentucky and enter the NBA Draft.


As much as I like college basketball, the disappointing aspect of it is players leaving as
Freshman to enter the Draft. I don’t see college basketball dynasties on the
horizon with players leaving so early to go to the Association.


I look forward to see who will be in the Final 4 next year in Atlanta. I hope to be there.

* While I was in New Orleans, I did see Wrestlemania 28 at Fox and Hound Bar with 100 other hardcore
WWE Universe fans and it was really a fun time.


It’s very likely that no other wrestling/sports entertainment company will ever match the success of the
WWE. Like most WWE pay-per-view events, it wasn’t perfect for an old-school
wrestling fan like me.

But as I explained to one fan Sunday night, the WWE is very different from traditional wrestling –and
it always will be under Vince McMahon.

The time honored tradition of pro wrestling is if a wrestler isn’t going to be around for awhile
due to injury, suspension, time off work, film a movie – whatever – that that
wrestler would lose to the opponent. In this situation, The Rock, who had been
away for quite sometime and has several movie deals on the table, should have
done the job for John Cena.

The opposite happened as the Rock pinned Cena at his hometown. I didn’t expect a classic between the two.
But I thought that they both did a great job selling the meaning of this match
and they pulled it off.


* HHH/Undertaker with Shawn Michaels as a special referee was a pretty awesome match. The twists and
turns in that match stole the show. The match was billed: The End of an Era. I
believe that was the Undertaker’s last match in the WWE- but I could be wrong.


* Chris Jericho and CM Punk was exactly what I thought it would be- a classic. The build up for the
match was perfect and CM Punk proved why he is the Best In the World.




*There has been very little buzz in the city about the upcoming baseball season. My baseball preview
on a recent Gamenight podcast is at this link: http://espn.go.com/chicago/radio/

I believe this year the Cubs and Sox will struggle, I just wish the fans were as excited about talking about it on the radio.  Look forward to your calls throughout the season.

* Thursday, I will host Bulls Buzz on espnchicago.com and espn1000am from 6-8pm before their game against Boston Celtics.  I hope you join me.

* By the way, the pre-season Bears schedule is out and………..

2012 preseason schedule is as follows:

Aug. 9-12                  DENVER BRONCOS
Soldier Field
TBD                                               Chicago Bears Network on


Aug. 16-19                WASHINGTON
REDSKINS  Soldier Field
TBD                                               Chicago Bears Network on


Friday, Aug. 24          at New York Giants               MetLife
Stadium                              7:00
pm                                         CBS / WBBM Radio


Aug 30            at Cleveland Browns             Cleveland Browns
Stadium             TBD                                               Chicago
Bears Network on WFLD-TV / WBBM Radio

FOREST, IL — The Chicago Bears announced their opponents and weekends for the
2012 preseason today.


Chicago’s preseason schedule
begins with back-to-back home games versus the Denver Broncos (Aug. 9-12) and
Washington Redskins (Aug.
16-19). The Bears conclude with a nationally-televised tilt at the New York
Giants on Friday, August 24th at 7:00 pm CST on CBS and at the
Cleveland Browns on Thursday, August 30 at a time to be determined. Exact dates
and times for the Bears home contests will be announced at a later date.


The Bears preseason contests
versus Denver, Washington and Cleveland will be produced and broadcast by the
Chicago Bears Network in high definition. Each game will be shown live on
WFLD-TV in Chicago and stations throughout the Midwest. All four games will be
broadcast on WBBM Radio (780 AM
and 105.9 FM) with Jeff Joniak (play-by-play), Tom Thayer (color analyst) and
Zach Zaidman (sideline reporter).


The Bears will host the Broncos in the
preseason for the first time since 2003 when they battled in Champaign. The two
teams squared off in the 2009 preseason in Denver. Chicago will be traveling to
East Rutherford, NJ to battle the Giants in the preseason for the second
consecutive year. The Bears and Redskins will square off in the preseason for
the first time since 1976, while Chicago and Cleveland will close their
respective preseason schedules against one another for the ninth year in a row.