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CHARLOTTE, N. Stitched Chicago Bears Jerseys .C. -- Danica Patrick traditionally winds down each season with a series of interviews designed to reflect on the past year and look ahead at whats next for one of the most recognizable figures in sports. She deliberately left something out of her 2012 exit interviews, waiting until two days after the season ended to announce she was divorcing her husband after seven years of marriage. So as she relaxed earlier this month at Homestead-Miami Speedway in a motorhome parked near the bus boyfriend and fellow driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr., it was imperative to get the important stuff out of the way first: Was she planning any bombshell announcements in the next week? Pregnant? Engaged? "Pregnant? No. I can promise you not," Patrick laughed. "The other one? I dont know. Im the girl. It could be never, it could be tomorrow." Patrick, who disclosed two months after announcing her divorce that she and Stenhouse were dating, is open to getting married again. "I would, absolutely. I love love," she told The Associated Press in a wide-ranging interview. "But if Im getting married is not a question I know the answer to. Should we go get Ricky and you can ask him yourself?" This is the new Danica Patrick, who for most of her career has been viewed as guarded, even cold. She was light and playful as the sometimes scantily clad "GoDaddy Girl" in all those Super Bowl commercials, but she was strictly business at the race track, where she has struggled to put together results to match the hype. Patrick was, in all regards, an enigma. She spent five seasons driving for Michael Andretti in the IndyCar Series, and the team owner saw a seismic shift in Patrick as her superstar status exploded far beyond the small world of open-wheel racing. She began dabbling in NASCAR in 2010, and left Andretti behind when she made the full-time jump to stock cars in 2012. He has followed her from afar since, and thought he recognized Danica from simpler times when he saw her become the first woman in history to win the pole at the Daytona 500 earlier this year. "Now that her husbands out of there -- he was not a good influence on her, I can tell you that," Andretti said in March, two months after Patricks historic run at Daytona. "Thats when things went south with us when he started getting involved. He was very controlling. Had her think in funny ways. She was getting out of control. Her head was getting so big. You just couldnt talk to her. Im hoping shes coming back down to Earth a little bit." If Patrick needed to become more grounded, her two years in NASCAR have given her that, cowboy boots and all. Stenhouse, a Mississippi native whod never visited New York City before he began dating Patrick, has had a total transformation on the one-time diva in the designer heels. Asked how Stenhouse has changed her, she flips rapidly through her phone showing pictures of the couple at various country music concerts. Her taste in music has changed so much that Patrick will join Trace Adkins as co-host of the American Country Awards on Dec. 10. She watches dirt track racing, goes to Professional Bull Riding events and has taken up golf, improving from an inability to hit the ball to trash-talking with Stenhouse and confidently wagering with him there will come a day she will beat him on the links. "Id say I have a lot more fun doing a lot of different things," Patrick said. "Theres a lot more things that Ive tried for the first time this year and Im open to doing, whether its going skeet shooting or learning how to play golf. The fun weve had having our families here on the weekend, just having everybody stay on the buses and be with us. Its just been a great year." And that goes for the track, too, regardless of what the statistics show. Patrick finished 27th in the final Sprint Cup standings and lost the rookie battle to Stenhouse, who finished 19th. Although she completed 94.2 per cent of the laps, she finished on the lead lap in only 12 of 36 races. It wasnt the season anyone hoped for, particularly after Patrick became the first woman to lead laps in the Daytona 500. She wound up eighth when she failed to anticipate Jimmie Johnsons race-winning move and couldnt stop Dale Earnhardt Jr.s late-race jockeying for position. It was her only top-10 finish of the year. Although she is brutally hard on herself, team co-owner Tony Stewart believes Patrick did just fine this season. A broken right leg in August kept Stewart out of the car the final four months of the season and the three-time champion was able to evaluate Patrick firsthand. "I see room for improvement, but I see a lot of potential," he said, praising her attention to details, preparation, focus and communication with her crew. "I think she realizes to a certain degree she took a big bite doing this as early as she did, and I think everybodys judging of her, grading of her, I think you have to look at how much time shes really had in a stock car. The time shes been in a stock car, shes done a pretty good job. I value it for what it is, not necessarily the result at the end of the day." Patrick had just 10 Sprint Cup starts before this season, and 58 starts in the Nationwide Series, where the cars are heavier but have less horsepower. Stewart has seen that Patrick lacks confidence at the start of each race, and often needs to wait for her GoDaddy team to make the needed adjustments to her No. 10 Chevrolet to get comfortable. "Im not sure if shes so used to IndyCar and how it is, I think she struggles finding and knowing what to do to work around the problem," Stewart said. "As soon as they get it close for her, the pace comes up. But at the beginning, when everybodys cars arent driving well, we have to figure out how to get her more comfortable wrestling the car." Patrick knows exactly where and when she struggles, and blames inexperience. "When you need to get to the very limit of the car, especially when things are challenging, is when it shows up. Like first laps of practice, or qualifying, restarts, start of a green flag run -- all the things when you are testing the limit and having to be confident and know the limits. I dont know them yet, and Im not confident," she said. "When the car is right, its all good, I will gain spots. There is a big contrast in those moments." She is judged harshly by fans who look at her numbers, or see her running at the back of the field, and scoff at her presence in the Sprint Cup Series. They argue shes only with Stewart-Haas Racing because sponsor GoDaddy pays her tab, and she hasnt earned the right to race alongside 2014 teammates Stewart, Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch. "She doesnt read the comments at all," Stenhouse said. "Shes pretty hard on herself, she doesnt need to read it from anyone else." Stenhouse, the protective boyfriend and on-track competitor, has learned to tune out the critics and not focus on Patricks race. He said he will sometimes notice another driver racing her harder than necessary, but its not his problem and he does nothing but discuss it after with her. "Ill talk to her, but as far as confront them? No," he said. "Lets create an army," Patrick goaded. "Come on. Tony is on board. Kevin is on board. Kurt is on board. Its an army of awesome." "Huh?" Stenhouse said, wrinkling his forehead. "I mean, Ive got my own things to do out there." "Its fine," she replied. "Ill learn to fight my own fights out there. Ill learn how to take people out." Happier than shes ever been, personally and professionally, Patrick sees a bright 2014 ahead. As SHR expands to four cars and adds Harvick and Busch, she knows expectations will be even higher for her to perform. But with a year of experience, she hopes to meet new goals Stewart sets for her progress. In the meantime, shell travel to Las Vegas next week for the season-ending awards banquet, where shell play a supporting role as Stenhouse collects his Rookie of the Year title. The competitor in her isnt thrilled, and Patrick feigned a halfhearted cheer. "Im just kidding, babe," she smiled at Stenhouse, "Im extremely happy for you. You had to beat me." Custom Bears Jerseys . The cause of his death is as of yet undetermined, but police said foul play is not suspected. Authentic Chicago Bears Jerseys . Follow all the action live on TSN Radio 1050 in Toronto, TSN Radio 690 in Montreal, TSN Radio 1260 in Edmonton and TEAM 1410 on Friday at 3pm et/Noon pt. http://www.bearscheap.com/ . -- The Chicago Bears agreed Tuesday to a one-year contract with defensive lineman Israel Idonije and are bringing him back for a second stint.Either way, good chance Encarnacion goes yard.THURSDAY, MAY 29, 2014: MIKE GALLAYS BREAKING POINTIt was a lovely late afternoon in May when I rode by bicycle, short-sleeved, to the Rogers Centre. Numerous situational forces were aligned to create a fantastic night. No rain in the forecast for days, not too hot, just crisp enough to keep you foul ball-ready. The Jays, newly in first place, had won nine in a row, and a battle of aces (R.A. Dickey versus James Shields) was on tap. What commenced would live up to the billing: multiple towering homers, herculean Bautista throws conjuring memories of Jesse Barfield, the consumption of Rolling Rock tallboys, and timeless records being matched and smashed—where even the bitterness of an extra inning defeat could not diminish a fine night at the yard.Instead of basking in the exceptional circumstances, my buddy Shecky and I spent the bulk of the game cursing the teams roof policy, as an enjoyable evening was marred by a closed dome. 17,978 fans sat in a windowless room for three and a half hours wondering if theyd ever see another rainbow. The air was thick with our exhales, the yard more a convention centre with a shaggy plastic floor. Why was the roof closed?This has been a continual angst—and yawn—inducer since the SkyDomes inception, and a blight Ive attempted to expose and exorcise for years. Who is in control? Scouts, team lawyers, operational staff...not one has ever given me a straight answer.The Rogers Centre website responds to the question, "How do you decide whether to open or close the roof for an event?" with the following nebulous answer: "The decision to host an event, baseball game or football game with an open or closed roof, is based upon detailed weather information gathered by our Roof Technicians."Wait, weather-gathering Roof Technicians? According to a 2012 Toronto Star column, once reasonably warm weather has arrived, as long as the temperature is 10 degrees Celsius or above, opening or closing the roof is not a risk. Then and current Blue Jays SVP of Business Operations, Stephen R. Brooks explained that "at around 10 degrees, if we were to open the roof, and the temperature then dropped, we risk not being able to close it" because the metal rails may expand and contract depending on temperature.Fine. But who decides on a day with a high of 19, a game time temperature of 17, a low of 15, and a next day high of 23, that the roof should be closed? A Roof Technician? Pish posh. Who is this Grand Arbiter of the ceiling, and why will he or she not show a face or present a name? Is it a coach or the general manager acting as The Domes Official Roof Keeper (AKA The D.O.R.K.)? Or is there a mysterious cabal, with a velvet hooded helmsman at control, operating as The Master Of Roof Open Ness (AKA The M.O.R.O.N.)?And if so, did this covert M.O.R.O.N. not survive the same winter as the rest of us—the one that ended roughly three weeks ago? Seventeen degrees is bikini season. Seventeen degrees brings non-smokers out to patios. Seventeen degrees brings all the boys to the yard. Seventeen degrees and you keep the roof open. Chicago Bears Riley Ridley Jersey. REASONS TO HAVE A ROOF OVER A BASEBALL FIELD1. The weather is truly terrible.2. It is 1989, and for a few more months this novelty will seem like a good idea.In 1989, when the team was legitimately selling out the building with over 50,000 bums in seats and thousands of outlaw bags of peanuts being sold on Blue Jay Way, team brass presented Torontonians with a seemingly paradisal venue: watch the games in the comfort of the great outdoors and, should need arise, never miss a match due to inclement weather. According to RogersCentre.coms own Q&A, "the roof takes just over 20 minutes to open or close." Wow, so our emergency hot dog consumption preparedness plan is not just total, but nimble.Except, the team has abused its privilege. It has become an anxious parent, coddling the child in the playground. Fear not, dear executives. Little B.J. must learn to scrape his knees. People will survive. They may even purchase an eighty-five dollar long sleeve shirt at one of your conveniently-located Jays shops.I know Im not alone in this frustration. There exists a website dedicated to alerting would-be attendees — www.isthedomeopen.com — and a Twitter feed with nearly 2,500 followers — twitter.com/IstheDomeOpen — to the same end (its followers consistently demonstrate understandable bias towards keeping the roof open).Listen, if this whole rigamarole relates to on-field issues, lets address it now, and I will live with the stuffiness and dead air. Trying to boost offence? Okay. Trying to help Dickeys knuckler get even knucklier? Fine. Think the Blue Jays have better juju with the lid closed (which, historically, is technically true)? Okee-do-kee. But if its not because of these reasons, lets get some easy to follow rules going.RULES FOR A CLOSED ROOF1. If it is snowing within three hours of game time.2. If the heavens have been angered, and are creating a three-inch layer of ice around Toronto within three hours of game time.3. Locusts. Maybe frogs.4. If it is raining within 45 minutes of game time or predicted to rain during the game. *caveat: If it is not raining, the roof should be opened to a fractionally open position. Just the slightest breath of wind or the sight of a small window of sky is deeply comforting to the fan who wants to feel alive. Also, a great way to keep fans awake.5. If it is below 10 degrees Celsius at game time (since roof function apparently becomes an issue). *caveat: again, a fractionally open roof would be welcome in these conditions.6. If it was actually shown to help R.A. Dickeys effectiveness which it absolutely has not.Note: If you or a loved one is the M.O.R.O.N. I seek, please get in touch. Baseball is a grand game, often simply because it is played outside during the most pleasant section of our calendar. Please, mystery decision maker, lets hash this out to develop a system fans can anticipate. These life-affirming changes could both increase beer sales and prevent post-game sleepy driving conditions.Time to rally.GALLAYS POLL #12My favourite Blue Jays games are when the dome is:A) openB) OpenC) OPEND) I watch the games on tv. 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