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Idonije makes Lake Michigan gamble to promote reading


Defensive lineman Israel Idonije has left the Bears, but he could be making a return to Chicago this winter.

Per the Associated Press, Idonije has joined Rahm Emamuel in a promise to jump into the waters of Lake Michigan if children in Chicago read 2 million books between June 17 and August 10.

Last year, “Rahm’s Readers” ripped through 1.5 million books. ¬†With a 33 percent increase, Idonije and Emanuel will end up suffering from 100 percent shrinkage.

Idonije recently signed with the Lions after 10 seasons with the Bears.

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13 Responses to “Idonije makes Lake Michigan gamble to promote reading”
  1. larryboodry says: Jul 4, 2013 4:13 PM

    Nice to see a feel-good NFL story on here, as opposed to more Aaron Hernandez BS.

  2. thebrettman says: Jul 4, 2013 4:24 PM

    A great representative from my hometown of Brandon, Manitoba and a great representative for any football team! Great work Izzy.

  3. prosportswashington says: Jul 4, 2013 4:25 PM

    What a guy-you don’t hear enough about these type of guys lately

  4. granadafan says: Jul 4, 2013 4:30 PM

    Reading and especially writing had become a lost art in this country. kudos to Rahm Emamuel and Israel Idonije for promoting this campaign.

    Cue the Conservative idiots who are frothing about a Rahm Emamuel mention in a story.

  5. bennyb82 says: Jul 4, 2013 4:55 PM

    If the Lions win the superbowl, I will jump into Lake Michigan in the winter and stay there until summer…my guess is I will end up staying dry.

  6. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 4, 2013 5:15 PM

    If Rahm is already jumping then Idonije should setup a similar challenge for the Detroit area and jump into Lake Erie or Huron. Get some Michigan kids to challenge the Chicago kids on who can read more books. And the loser has to also jump into Lake Superior. That should hype things up a bit!

  7. barkleyblows says: Jul 4, 2013 7:10 PM

    Cue the liberal idiots on how great Rahm is.

  8. beedubyatoo says: Jul 4, 2013 7:46 PM

    When Chicagoans receive their property tax bills, they all want to tell Rahm to jump in the lake.

  9. coreyn23 says: Jul 4, 2013 8:18 PM

    I live in Ashland, WI, on Lake Superior and jump in it all the time at the beaches. No big deal to me. Give me a dollar and I’ll jump in Lake Michigan no problem.

  10. greenmeattruck says: Jul 4, 2013 11:40 PM

    Great football player, I wish our Packers would’ve signed him.

  11. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Jul 5, 2013 1:50 AM

    It’s for charity you idiots. Believe it or not acts of charity, regardless of source, affects children of right, left, and center minded adults.

  12. lionscometola says: Jul 5, 2013 4:15 AM

    Really glad we picked this guy up. He abandoned that sinking ship called “Chicago bears” and joined a team on the up and up. Now he gets to give cutler something to legitimately cry about 2 times a year (sorry Webb). Smart move by both him and mayhew

  13. groleo45 says: Jul 5, 2013 1:40 PM

    Clearly a concerted effort to bring better leadership types. Izzy and Bush seem like just the types that locker room needs.

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