chicago, illinois, city-2064523.jpg


Four Stars of the Week - 9/25/2023

Highlighting the best performances and top performances from your favorite Chicago Sports teams every week.

Connor Bedard - Blackhawks Center

Embed from Getty Images

Connor Bedard, also known as Chicago’s last hope, got his first taste of NHL action as the Blackhawks kicked off the preseason, and he’s made a great first impression. In his preseason debut, he assisted on both Blackhawks goals in a 2-1 OT win and performed extremely well in the offensive zone and from the faceoff dot. While he has yet to light the lamp in a Blackhawks sweater, he’s looked very dangerous with the puck on his stick so it’s only a matter of time before that happens.

-Nick DiCola

Justin Fields - Bears Quarterback

Embed from Getty Images

Somewhat lost in the shuffle of the biggest collapse in franchise history, Fields had his best as a pro on Sunday. Fields had his first 300-yard passing yard game of his NFL career, finishing with 335 yards and 4 TD’s. For most of the game, Fields was decisive, playing on time and accurate, all the traits that we were looking to see growth in heading into this season. Fields’ was especially locked in during the first half when he completed his first 16 passes. To exemplify how dialed-in Fields was, the third-year quarterback completed 23 of his first 24 passes with the only incompletion being a hail mary attempt at the end of the first half. It’s a shame that this team wasted this performance from Fields, but hopefully this is something that he can build off of moving forward.

-Andrew Freeman

Cole Kmet - Bears Tight End

Embed from Getty Images

The Notre Dame product (yeah I’m gonna mention it even though we all know where he went, deal with it) had arguably the best game of his young career. Falling just shy of his career high in Rec yards, Kmet had 7 receptions on 9 targets for 85 yards, while matching his career high of 2 TDs in the Bears’ upsetting loss to the Broncos. He also had a conversion on a 4th down TE sneak (the dumbest play in football behind 4th and 2 HB dives from shotgun). Despite the gaffe on the last play of the game, Kmet and Fields continue to grow their QB-TE connection that has become almost paramount in today’s game. Now if only the big 8-5 can learn how to block.

-Teige Mullin

Pete Crow-Armstrong - Cubs Outfielder

Embed from Getty Images

Pete Crow-Armstrong was just awarded Defensive Player of the Year. Not for the Iowa Cubs, not for AAA, but for all of minor league baseball. As if we needed further proof that he’s a stud, we got more. I would be absolutely flabbergasted if PCA didn’t make the roster out of training camp. He certainly paints a bright future for the Cubs’ outfield.

-Jordan DuPont