The Bears added tight end Trey Burton to their injury report Saturday night.
They list Burton as questionable with a groin injury.
Burton finished the season with 54 catches for 569 yards and six touchdowns.
It happened this past week ... the loss of two men who kept us entertained with song and comedy.
Daryl Dragon died Wednesday in Prescott, Arizona. Better known as the "Captain" of the musical duo The Captain and Tennille, Dragon was a Beach Boys backup musician when a spontaneous decision to wear a captain's hat on stage earned him an enduring nickname.
After meeting singer Toni Tennille in 1971, the two went on to record a series of hit songs, including their 1975 Grammy-winning "Love Will Keep Us Together."
Married in 1975, the couple divorced in 2014, but remained close. Tennille was said to have been with him when he died.
Comic actor Bob Einstein died Wednesday at his home in Indian Wells, California.
The older brother of actor and filmmaker Albert Brooks, Bob Einstein is best remembered for two characters he portrayed on television.
First was Super Dave Osborne, the clueless stuntman who made occasional visits to "The Late Show with David Letterman":
More recently, he played Marty Funkhauser opposite Larry David on HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm":
"Never have I seen an actor enjoy a role the way Bob did playing Marty Funkhauser," David said in a tribute, adding "There was no one like him, as he told us again and again."
'Captain' remembered as a 'brilliant musician' and 'great guy'
Sunday, January 06, 2019
This October 25, 1995 file photo shows Toni Tennille and Daryl Dragon, the singing duo known as The Captain and Tennille, posing during an interview in at their home in Washoe Valley, south of Reno, Nevada. Dragon died early Wednesday, January 2, 2019 in at a hospice in Prescott, Arizona. Spokesman Harlan Boll said he was 76 and died of renal failure. (Photos: AP)
NEW YORK (AP) — Daryl Dragon, the cap-wearing “Captain” of Captain & Tennille, who died last Wednesday at age 76 has been hailed as a “brilliant musician” and a “great guy”.
Dragon, who teamed with then-wife Toni Tennille on such easy listening hits as Love Will Keep Us Together and Muskrat Love, died of renal failure at a hospice in Prescott, Arizona, according to spokesman Harlan Boll. Tennille was by his side.
“He was a brilliant musician with many friends who loved him greatly. I was at my most creative in my life when I was with him,” Tennille said in a statement.
Dragon and Tennille divorced in 2014 after nearly 40 years of marriage, but they remained close and Tennille had moved back to Arizona to help care for him.
Dragon and Tennille met in the early 1970s and soon began performing together, with the ever-smiling Tennille singing and the dourer Dragon on keyboards. He would later serve as Captain & Tennille's producer.
Their breakthrough came in 1975 when they covered the bouncy Neil Sedaka-Howard Greenfield song Love Will Keep Us Together.
Sedaka and Greenfield, a top hit-making team in the late 1950s and early 1960s, were nearing the end of their partnership and had written Love Will Keep Us Together as an ode to their long-time bond. Sedaka himself recorded the song, released it as a single in France, and included it on his 1974 album Sedaka's Back.
But Love Will Keep Us Together topped the charts in the summer of 1975. It won a Grammy for record of the year and not only made Captain & Tennille stars, but helped further revive Sedaka's career. In October 1975, his single Bad Blood hit Number One.
Sedaka tweeted Wednesday that Dragon was “a great musician, keyboard player and friend for over 40 years. He took Love Will Keep Us Together, made it his own with the magic of his playing and her incredible voice”.
Meanwhile, Captain & Tennille — known early on as The Captain & Tennille — followed with a mix of covers such as Muskrat Love and Shop Around and original songs, including Tennille's ballad Do That To Me One More Time, which hit Number One in 1980. They also briefly starred in their own television variety show before their careers faded in the 1980s.
Over the past 30 years, they continued to perform and work together on occasion, with more recent albums including The Secret Of Christmas.
A Los Angeles native, Dragon was the son of Oscar-winning composer Carmen Dragon and singer Eloise Dragon and was himself a classically trained musician. Before he was with Tennille, he played keyboards for the Beach Boys and was dubbed “The Captain” by singer Mike Love, who noted Dragon's fondness for sea captain's caps. Tennille briefly worked with the Beach Boys as a backup singer.
“So sad to hear about Daryl Dragon,” the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson tweeted Wednesday. “Daryl was a great guy and a hell of a musician and keyboard player. I feel very bad about this.”
In 2016, Tennille published Toni Tennille: A Memoir, in which she alleged their marriage was far removed from their cheerful hits. They wed in 1975, but Tennille recalled that their marriage was announced in advance — and to their surprise — by the record company. The couple, which had been living together, made it official in November of that year.
Tennille would allege that the couple suffered from lack of intimacy and blamed it on what she described as Dragon's “very, very difficult family” and “famous but overbearing father”.
“I kept trying and trying and thinking I could bring this man who has so much to give into the light,” she told NBC's Today show in 2016. “I wanted him to experience the joy that I had with my very loving family.”
Dragon is survived by his older brother, Doug Dragon, and two nieces, Kelly Arbout and Renee Henn.
USC's block may not stop Kliff Kingsbury from pursuing Jets, NFL opportunities
USC won’t let the Jets talk to Kliff Kingsbury, but that doesn’t mean the coach doesn’t want to talk to the Jets or any other NFL team.
Before he took the job at USC, it appears Kingsbury had eyes for the NFL, and the NFL had eyes for him. So if a team like the Jets (or the Cardinals) offers a legitimate chance to make the jump, it would not be surprising for Kingsbury to leave USC after the school denied those two teams permission to interview him for their head coaching vacancies.
Those conversations made Kingsbury an intriguing option for teams like the Jets and Cardinals, Robinson said.
That catches the attention of evaluators, it catches the attention of owners and it catches the attention of NFL teams that have quarterbacks that they want to groom. I think that’s part of the motivation of teams to sit down with Kliff.
So, why did Kingsbury take the USC coordinator job 10 days after he was fired if NFL teams were already calling him? Well, it sounds like Kingsbury wanted his first stint in the NFL coaching circles to be as a head coach, as Robinson continued in his report, and not as an offensive coordinator.
The flavor of the day in the NFL is young, offensive-minded coaches. McVay turned the Rams into a powerhouse in the NFC, while Matt Nagy’s Bears won the NFC North for the first time since 2010. The difference between Kingsbury and those two, however, is Kingsbury doesn’t have any coaching experience in the NFL.
But now that the opportunity has potentially presented itself, Kingsbury might not want to wait another year before bolting to the pros. Both the Jets and the Cardinals will have young offenses with talented second-year quarterbacks and an early first-round pick. If their interests are legitimate, there’s no way Kingsbury would turn down the chance, even if it meant walking away from his guaranteed job at USC.
There is obvious inherent risk in Kingsbury leaving USC for a potential NFL head coaching job. For one, an interview doesn’t guarantee the job will be his. So if he finds himself without an NFL head coaching job as well as his old USC job, Kingsbury may have to take an offensive coordinator or quarterbacks coach job in the NFL. That may not be the worst thing for a coaching candidate whose only NFL experience is as a player.
Kingsbury has the potential opportunity to sell himself better than any other prospective coach. He has the quarterback development experience the Jets covet and fits the bill of the type of coach many teams are looking for these days.
It’s all about how much he’s willing to gamble now that his bosses are standing in the way.
The former Texas Tech head coach was hired by USC at the end of 2018.
Kingsbury reportedly had some other coaching options, but decided to take the Trojans’ offensive coordinator job.
ProFootballTalk is now reporting that Kingsbury is considering resigning from USC to pursue an NFL job.
Per multiple sources, Kingsbury’s contract has a very low buyout. But the buyout never came up because the NFL teams, honoring the strong mandate issued at last month’s ownership meeting, contacted Swann and requested permission to interview Kingsbury. Swann said no, and that was the end of it.
But that may not be the end of it. Kingsbury, the former Texas Tech head coach, may simply pay the buyout, walk away, and see what happens with any NFL head-coaching or offensive coordinator opportunities.
Kingsbury probably won’t land an NFL head coaching gig, but he could at least get an NFL offensive coordinator job.
Dozier, 48, was hanging from a bed sheet tied to an air vent in his cell at Ely State Prison, the department said in a news release.
He was pronounced dead at 4:35 p.m. PT.
Dozier was to have been executed in July 2018 with a never-before-used combination of drugs, but a judge’s ruling regarding one of the drugs put that on hold.
Dozier was convicted of first-degree murder in the death of Jeremiah Miller, who was killed and dismembered in 2002. The victim’s torso was found in a suitcase dumped in a trash bin in Las Vegas, according to the Nevada Department of Corrections.
Dozier was also convicted of murder in the death of another victim found buried in the Arizona desert.
Dozier’s attorney, Thomas Ericsson, said in July that his client wanted to be executed. But his excution was delayed twice — once in November 2017 and again in July 2018 — because of the combination of midazolam, Fentanyl and cisatracurium that Nevada planned to use to execute him.
Legal concerns were raised over whether the drug cocktail would torture Dozier in his final moments. Death penalty critics have long argued that midazolam is not a pain killing anesthetic and would allow the condemned to feel tortuous pain from the following drugs.
Midazolam’s maufacturer went to court to stop its product from being used in an execution. A district judge granted the company a temporary restraining order, saying the company would have suffered “irreparable damages.”
Fentanyl, the drug that was deemed the deadliest drug in America by the CDC last month was not the main cause of controversy.
The third drug in the combination was the main subject of legal contention in 2017. Cisatracurium is a muscle relaxant, and a district court judge ruled that the state could not use it because the drug could hide signs of pain.
“Allowing the government to execute a person using a protocol that risks torture would be a grave injustice,” the American Civil Liberties Union argued in July.
Dozier did not make legal challenges to halt his execution. “Life in prison isn’t a life,” he told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “This isn’t living, man. It’s just surviving.”
“If people say they’re going to kill me, get to it,” he told the newspaper.
CNN reached out to Dozier’s attorney, but has not heard back.
Nevada hasn’t executed a prisoner since April 2006, when Daryl Mack died by injection
Philip Rivers is a demonstrative player on the field even when things are going well, so when a blitz pickup went awry in today’s wild card game in Baltimore, an outburst was to be expected. Tony Romo’s description of the moment, though, was clearly not what Jim Nantz was expecting.
Here’s the play as it happened, with a missed assignment resulting in Patrick Onwuasor essentially coming free up the middle:
And here’s the aftermath, with a furious Rivers doing furious Rivers things, leading to Tony Romo using a word Jim Nantz probably hasn’t heard on the air before:
Rivers was indeed pissed! Romo wasn’t wrong! But he also realized what he said right away, as you can hear him stifling a laugh or two as he continued. Nantz, meanwhile, must have hit the cough button, either because he was also laughing or because he was shocked and appalled. Both are fun to imagine.
Obviously it’s not that big of a deal, although some people felt differently.