Fred Pfeiffer

Chicago Bullseye – “Last Dance” Roundtable Pregame

See Red Fred is joined by 3 generations of Bulls fans (Gabrielle Blackwell, Stuart Lazarus, Coach Colucci) in a pregame prep for Episode 9 & 10.

Topics:
1:00 What were the interesting revelations for you in Episodes 7 & 8?
8:15 What do you want to see in Episodes 9 & 10?
11:45 Better or Worse? Who do you feel better or worse about after viewing this Documentary? Jordan / Pippen / Coach Jackson / Krause

Michael Jordan, the GOAT, is still Underrated

“I watched two Jordan playoff games on NBA TV last night — his 45-point evisceration of the ’90 Sixers (Game 4), and the night he rammed a stake into the hearts of the Bad Boy Pistons (Game 3 of the eventual 1991 sweep) — and came away wondering if Jordan was actually underrated. A strange takeaway from someone who already believed Jordan was the greatest basketball player ever, and that we’d never see anyone like him again. But that’s how I felt. When will I see the league’s best athlete, hardest worker, smartest player and most ruthless competitor in the same body again?” – Bill Simmons 9.12.2011

The countless debates I’ve had over the past 5 years with seemingly knowledgeable fans, who firmly believe Lebron is a better player than Michael Jordan, serves as my primary evidence for Jordan’s status as an underrated player. Most people 25 and under have no memory of watching Michael play in a Bulls uniform. Sports personalities like Nick Wright, born in Jordan’s rookie year of 1984, espouse moronic arguments on Lebron’s superiority. Nick doesn’t have real memories of Jordan at his apex, which were the years from 1987-1993. Many commentators do not remember 1987-88, when Michael averaged 35 points, 3.2 steals and 1.6 Blocks, all numbers LBJ never achieved. Few remember 1988-89, when Michael averaged 32.5 PPG, 8 rebounds and 8 assists.

There’s one simple but significant difference between LBJ and Michael. Michael was ready to win titles in 1986, but his teammates were not. LBJ’s teammates were ready to win titles in 2011, but LeBron was not. James shrunk on the NBA’s greatest stage and was outplayed by Dirk and his inferior Dallas team. This fact cannot be erased or ignored. In 6 games vs the Mavericks in 2011, LBJ never led his team in scoring. Contrast that stat with Jordan, who was the highest scorer on the court for every game against the Suns (Barkley tied him with 42 once) in 1993, and for the majority of games he played in his Finals career.

Jordan was the greatest member of the Red Leviathan, who took the vast majority of often average teammates by the collar, and dragged them up mountains of achievement. Whenever the Bulls faced a moment of truth, all eyes turned to Michael. No player, LeBron included, had more weight on his shoulders. Even his greatest teammate, Pippen, couldn’t consistently step up against the feared Pistons teams until 1991. I don’t believe Scottie could have achieved his status as one of the best of all time without Michael providing cover and propulsion during Pippen’s formative years.

Michael never deferred, as Lebron did in the 2011 Finals. While succumbing to Dirk, LeBron deferred to Wade. He became insignificant on a national stage. And he did this over the course of a series, not just in one game. Everyone can point an occasional bad game, but the greatest will never fail over an entire series, and that never happened to Jordan.

Michael’s impact on our city is also underrated outside of basketball. There was a time when the most famous Chicagoan was the gangster Al Capone, according to many who remember our city before Michael’s arrival. Today, Jordan, Oprah, and President Obama are the names most often associated with Chicago, and we should all take solace in that fact.

It’s also hard for younger fans to comprehend the “loser” reputation Chicago once held in the world of major sports. None of our teams produced a champion from 1963 until 1985. Even the 85 Bears, undoubtedly great, left a sea of disappointment in their wake, with all of those legendary players failing to achieve another trip to the Super Bowl. There was still a palpable attitude that Chicago was nowhere near New York, Boston, or LA in terms of “winning sports towns”. Jordan took that albatross and smashed it forever. Chicago went from “second city” status to a metropolis synonymous with greatness within a few years, almost entirely due to the feats of Jordan.

LeBron is the second best I’ve ever seen. He’s a fantastic athlete, an incredible basketball player, and a good guy. But when it comes to ranking the best ever, it’s Michael Jordan and a Grand Canyon between one and two. There will never be another basketball player as great and life-changing as Michael Jordan. All attempts to describe his impact and importance on Chicago fall short. Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player and Chicago athlete of all-time, and as is the case in most debates, he’s somehow still underrated.

“See Red Fred” Pfeiffer
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Chicago Bullseye 442 – Bulls Lose on Thunder Road and DePaul is Back

See Red Fred @cbefred discusses the awful loss to the Thunder. In the 2nd half of the show, John Watson (Older Brother to Bulls Outsider Big Dave @bawlsports) joins the show to discuss the return of DePaul basketball.
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Chicago Bullseye 440B – Heat Check w/ Alex Stancioff

Special Addendum to Chicago Bullseye 440. Miami Heat Expert Alex Stancioff @alexcon stops by to talk about Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat before their game vs. the Beloved Bulls tonight.

Chicago Bullseye 440 – A Win in a Sea of Troubles

See Red Fred @cbefred and Mark Lewinthal reunite on a night that the Bulls celebrate Luol Deng. Recorded just after the Bulls 20 point victory over the hapless Pistons.

Topics include:
Bulls of Ole’
Bulls Problems 3:00
See Red Fred’s Counter 5:00
LaVine Critiques 6:45
Playoffs? 11:00
Lauri’s Struggles 15
Because I Said So 20:30
The Boylen Contract 21
Harden 25

Chicago Bullseye 436 – Bullseye at Bulls Practice Part 2

Part 2 was recorded after the 1st Preseason game. See Red Fred @cbefred and Keith Frantz @bullscripted discuss the Bulls practice we were able to witness on October 5th, 2019.

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Chicago Bullseye 435 – The Bulls are Almost Back with NBC’s Bulldog Kevin Anderson

See Red Fred @cbefred interviews NBC Sports Chicago’s legend Bulldog Kevin Anderson. They touch on a variety of topics before the Bulls start training camp next week. Topics include:

1:30 What addition to the Bulls will contribute the most to winning in 2019-20?
4:30 The Return of Denzel Valentine
6:29 Who is starting at PG?
10:09 Boylen’s First Camp
12:05 Otto Porter Jr.’s Contract
18:00 Boylen’s comments about Parker
21:00 Boylen’s comments about Sato
27:00 The Path to the Dark Side
28:10 USA Basketball is a Travesty
33:00 Star Wars Episode 9 Predictions

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Chicago Bullseye 434 Part 2: Interview with Michael Walton II of NBC Sports Chicago

In this episode, See Red Fred @cbefred interviews Michael Walton II @ZenMasterMike in a wide-ranging discussion on the Beloved Bulls. They discuss the draft, the free agent signings, and where the Bulls will likely finish in the East. Email the show: ChicagoBulleye@gmail.com

Chicago Bullseye 434 Part 1: Interview with Michael Walton II of NBC Sports Chicago

In this episode, See Red Fred @cbefred interviews Michael Walton II @ZenMasterMike in a wide-ranging discussion on the Beloved Bulls. They discuss the draft, the free agent signings, and where the Bulls will likely end in the East. Email the show: ChicagoBulleye@gmail.com

Chicago Bullseye 433 – Part 2 Interview with Nuggets Expert Stuart Lazarus

In part 2 of Episode 433, Nuggets Expert Stuart Lazarus joins the Bullseye to discuss See Red Fred’s pick to win the West, the Denver Nuggets.

Topics:
Can the Nuggets win the West?
Michael Porter Jr 1:38
Power Structure in Denver
Wade to the Nuggest 3:57
Mistakes of the Nuggets Front Office 5:15
West Predictions 14:05

Chicago Bullseye 433 – Part 1A Interview with Bulldog Anderson of NBC

Part 1A “Bulldog” Kevin Anderson joins the Bullseye to discuss the burgeoning Red Leviathan after their successful offseason.

Topics:
Ranking the Offseason 1:40
Fanbase Positivity 3:00
The 6 Teams Ahead of the Bulls 5:45
The Bulls Tier 10:00
Bulls Depth 14:00
Defense of Kris Dunn 17:45

Chicago Bullseye 430 – Interview with Sean Highkin

See Red Fred interviews the Glorious Wordsmith and NBA expert Sean Highkin. They discuss his time as a beat writer covering the Bulls and his current stop with the Blazers:

1:00 Sean Highkin 411
3:37 Blazer Fans
5:14 Highkin’s First Year in Chicago
6:00 The Fanbase Negativity
10:30 The Fall of Thibs
14:00 The 3 Alphas
21:50 Jimmy Butler
28:05 Wall or Felicio?
37:00 Draft Picks
38:19 Patrick Beverley
43:43 Ed Davis
45:11 Ed Davis or Rolo or Taj?
47:30 Favorite Player to Cover
49:34 Favorite Coach to Cover

Chicago Bullseye 428 – Lottery Thoughts

See Red Fred provides his post-lottery thoughts and hope for moving forward. In Part 2, See Red Fred interview Paul Conner @paulconner of Bulls Twitter, and they discuss a wide variety of Bulls topics. This is the first segment of “Fixtures of Bulls Twitter”, where SRF interviews shining lights of Bulls Twitter.

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Chicago Bullseye 427 – Top Draft Prospect Review Part 2 with Keith Frantz

Keith Frantz @BullScripted joins the Chicago Bullseye to make the case for Darius Garland. See Red Fred (@cbefred) interviews.

1:00 Darius Garland
5:40 Ja and LaVine
10:20 Coby White
16:08 Kris Dunn Island

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Chicago Bullseye 424 – Interview with Jason Patt of the Cash Considerations Podcast Part 1

Recorded last Sunday, See Red Fred @cbefred interviews the Bulls Twitter & Podcast celebrity Jay Patt @Bulls_Jay, co-host of the Bulls Podcast sensation “Cash Considerations”. Timeless topics include:
1:00 See Red Jay?
2:30 Do you believe the Bulls need to land Zion for a Title?
4:40 Ja Morant
6:10 The Bulls with Zion
10:15 RJ Barrett
14:40 Does Lauri Markkanen have Top 10 Potential?
19:00 Zach LaVine
24:05 The Otto Porter Trade
27:00 Departure from Kris Dunn Island
35:05 The Jim Boylen Roller Coaster
40:45 The Disastrous State of our Illini

Chicago Bullseye 421: Wyse_Black & Marcus Couch of Bulls Podcast

See Red Fred @cbefred interviews Wyse_Black @radical_Creator & Marcus Couch @marcuscouch of BullsPodcast.com:

1:39 Can the Bulls Make the Playoffs without a contributing rookie?
4:57 The Injuries
9:00 Who should we draft outside of Zion?
15:00 Would you trade next year’s #1 to move up to #2?
20:45 The Top 4 Teams in the East

Chicago Bullseye 420 – Interview with the Mysterious RaMEANa

See Red Fred @cbefred and Keith Frantz @bullscripted interview the iconic heroine of Bulls Twitter, the Mysterious RaMEANa @Ramina1690
1:05 Why so positive?
2:29 Bulls Secret Chat Line
3:31 The Mysterious Rameana
4:00 Comments after the Atlanta Loss
8:15 Pax Moves of the Rebuild
10:30 The Jabari Parker Signing
13:30 Is Dunn Done?
18:30 What is the Your Favorite Part of Bulls Twitter?
20:11 The Evil of Bulls Twitter
30:00 The Resurrection of Jim Boylen
34:10 The Future of the Beloved Bull

Chicago Bullseye 418 – The Prophetic Visions of See Red Fred

THE BAND IS BACK TOGETHER! See Red Fred @cbefred, Mark Lewinthal @bullseyemark23, and Keith Frantz @bullscripted discuss the sudden progression towards greatness of the Budding Big Red Leviathan.

1:30 2 Biggest Reasons that the Team has been playing so well
5:00 Is Kris Dunn Done?
9:55 Bring Derrick Rose Back
12:45 The Face of the Team
14:00 What do you feel is more likely…Lauri becoming a top-10 player, or the Bulls wining the 10-14% Zion lottery, and he then will become a top-10 player?
17:50 Do we have the Eastern Conference Contender Core here already?
21:00 The Prophetic Visions of See Red Fred

Chicago Bullseye 416 – Porter Trade & Collegiate Prospects to Watch

See Red Fred @cbefred, Keith Franz @BullScripted, and Buzz @SMBuzzWeed discuss the loss to Milwaukee, the Otto Porter Jr acquisition, the Portis-Parker departure, the best team in the East, and the best collegiate prospects.

Chicago Bullseye Special Edition: The Bulls Dynasty of the Nineties Part 1

In this special episode of the Chicago Bullseye, See Red Fred @cbefred, Big Dave @BawlSports, C-Dub @BawlSports1, and Jack Silverstein @readjack reminisce about the Bulls first three-peat (91-93). Topics discussed:

1. Would the Bulls have won in ’94 if MJ didn’t retire, and was an 8-peat in play?
2. What was the best team of the 1st three-peat, and what was your favorite team of the 1st three-peat?
3. Has John Paxson, the Executive, sullied the reputation of John Paxson, the player?
4. Favorite team of the 1st three-peat
5. Best team of the 1st three-peat
6. Most nervous playoff series

Part 2 will be up later this week. Please email your questions to chicagobullseye@gmail.com

Chicago Bullseye 413 – Bulldog Kevin Anderson of NBC Sports Chicago

See Red Fred @cbefred interviews Bulls Twitter Luminary and Noted Capologist Kevin Anderson @Kevin_NBCs of NBC Sports Chicago.

0:00 Some Announcements about the Bullseye
2:45 Bullseye Intro from 2012
4:40 What are the primary issues with this team?
6:40 The Jabari Parker Benching Decision
9:30 The Future of Bobby Portis
14:15 Take on Salary for Picks or Sign Free Agents
18:45 Potential Free-Agent Targets for the Bulls
29:00 Ranking the Duke Prospects and Ja Morant
35:00 The Downside of Lottery Reform

Chicago Bullseye 412 – West Coast Roast

See Red Fred @cbefred & Keith Frantz @BullScripted discuss a wide-variety of Bulls topics, including the disastrous West Coast trip, the Melo trade, and the no-win situation for the Beloved Bulls:

0:30 Intro and Addendum on the Melo Trade
5:49 Sign a 2nd Tier FA or Bring on Salary for a #1
End of part 1
Part 2 recorded after the end of the Bulls West Coast Trip:
10:50 West Coast Trip Overview
11:40 Parker Benching in Retrospect
15:30 Parker or Portis
18:28 Zach LaVine State of Mind
19:42 Is Kris Dunn Done?
21:30 Potential Free Agents Next Year
26:00 Top Prospects for the 2019 NBA Draft

The Big Red Bus #23 – Putting the Brakes On

Bulls Podcasting Legends See Red Fred @cbefred and Doug Thonus @Doug_Thonus take out the Big Red Bus for a ride to chat about the Beloved Bulls. Topics include:

The Slower Offense of the Boylen Era / Hoiberg to Boylen and Trading Parker 6:00 / The Bulls Need to Be Competitive 16:15-ish / Replication of the 2004 Bulls 19:10 / Will this Player Be on the Team to Start Training Camp in 2019 & Trading LaVine 27:00 / Lauri for Simmons? 35

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Chicago Bullseye 408 – To Practice or Not to Practice

The Enigmatic Bulldog Kevin Anderson of NBC Sports Chicago discusses a tumultuous week for the Beloved Bulls. Was it the Coach or players who committed the gravest sins? Follow Kevin: @Kevin_NBCS Follow See Red Fred: @cbefred Email the Chicago Bullseye: chicagobullseye@gmail.com

Chicago Bullseye 406 – Pessimistic Optimism for the Red Leviathan

Part 1: See Red Fred chats with Kap & Company about the budding Leviathan on ESPN 1000.

Part 2: See Red Fred @cbefred & Keith Frantz @bullscripted discuss the budding Leviathan. The Budding Leviathan / Schedule Analysis / The Ramifications of Lauri’s Return / The Parker Resurgence / Boston’s Problems

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The Big Red Bus #22 – Our Tires Are Missing Part 1

Bulls Podcasting Legends See Red Fred @cbefred and Doug Thonus @doug_thonus take the Big Red Bus out for a ride after several disastrous losses to the Raptors and Bucks. This show was recorded before the win against the Suns.

Topics Include:
2:25 The Bulls Depth
5:30 Fred Hoiberg’s Offense
7:45 RPM Evisceration from Doug Thonus
16 What’s Up with LaVine?
23 A John Wall Trade
29 Jimmy Butler
35 The Warriors
39 Releasing Parker?
41:30 Parker Trade Destinations

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Chicago Bullseye 404 – Boston Massacre and NBA Talk

See Red Fred, Keith Frantz, and Basketball Historian Tim Gallagher join the Bullseye to discuss a variety of topics, including:

The Boston Massacre * Zach LaVine is Struggling * To Tank or Not To Tank * Will Coach Fred Be Let Go? * Wendell Carter Jr. Steps Up as a Player & Leader * The Jimmy Butler Trade * The Failure on the Process * To Fultz or not to Fultz * The Golden State Durant-Green Drama * Why Not Chicago for Durant? *

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Chicago Bullseye 403 – Knicked Up!

Bulls Podcasting Legends See Red Fred @cbefred and Keith Frantz @BullScripted discuss the Bulls win in New York against the Knicks. Many topics are broached, including:

• Zach Lavine
• Next season, will the Bulls be better than….
• Wendell Carter Jr.
• Big debate on Valentine vs. Holiday
• Is Parker the Worst Player on the Team?
• Is Holiday Tradeable?

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The Big Red Bus #21 – Driving Home from the Garden Party

The Big Red Bus #21 – Driving Home from the Garden Party
Bulls Podcasting Legends See Red Fred @cbefred and Doug Thonus @doug_thonus take the Big Red Bus out for a ride after the Bulls win in New York against the Knicks. Doug is almost kicked off the Bus with an argument for Holiday and negative Valentine talk. Many topics are broached on the Bus, including:

• Where would the Bulls be if they were fully healthy?
• Will 38 wins be enough for the 8th seed?
• Let’s debate Ryan ArchIMaybeInTheNBA vs. Cam Payne
• Wendell Carter Jr.
• Big debate on Valentine vs. Holiday
• Antonio Blakeney
• What Players are Part of the Future?
• Rose Scores 50 & Jimmy Butler

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Chicago Bullseye 401 – Jars of Klay Filled with Baskets

See Red Fred @cbefred and Keith Frantz @bullscripted search through the wreckage of Monday’s loss to the Warriors.

The measure of a man is determined by his actions in times of trouble. Well, these are times of trouble.

1. We’re missing our best player (Lauri)
2. Our best defender (Green)
3. Our best 3-point shooter (Valentine)
4. Our 6th Man (Portis)

If Golden State was missing 4 of their top 7, they wouldn’t be playing well either.

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