"Shakhtar have looked very good in beating Chelsea recently and when playing at home have a very big advantage. They haven't lost in 35 competitive games and should have beaten Juventus in the away game in the group stages. There are some big clubs in the Champions League, but Barcelona and Real Madrid don't look unbeatable this season, the English clubs all look ordinary as does the English league, the Italian teams don't look anything special and the German clubs are underpriced as I don't think there is that much between them and Shakhtar. "
"The Dodgers have really turned things around in the last 6 months. In have come Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Hanley Ramirez, Josh Beckett and Zack Greinke. That now gives them a line up including the first three named along with Andre Eithier and Matt Kemp, enough to scare most teams. Their bull pen is normally a strength and their starting pitching has gotten a lot stronger in recent weeks. Clayton Kershaw is among the best in the league and you can say the same of Greinke on his day. If Josh Beckett returns to his NL form then he's a very able third starter and they've spent a large sum on Japanese import Hyun-Jin Ryu. All told, they could be scary this season. "
"The Bears fell to pieces in the second half, after starting the season 7-1, they went 3 and 5 for the last 8 games and missed the play offs. That led to a change in head coaches with Lovie Smith being replaced by Mark Trestman, a man that's done most of his coaching in Canada over the past few years. Trestman does come with NFL pedigree though and has a history of getting the best out the quarterbacks he's worked with.
The biggest change with the Bears will be on the offensive side of the ball, where the signing of free agent tackle, Jermon Bushrod from the Saints is a start to suring up an offensive line that's been a weakness for years. He's a pro bowl left tackle and with a little more luck in terms of fitness to our other linemen, Jay Cutler may stay his feet a little more. With Marshall and Forte, our offence could be potent this year and despite Urlacher's departure, we've still got one of the best defenses in the league. "
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