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After Strong Work From the Understudy, Chicago’s Leading Man Returns to the Stage

| December 13th, 2013

understudy

If you’ve never been to a Broadway show, you’ve never experienced the dread, the utter dread, which accompanies a small square white piece of paper dropping from your Playbill after you’ve taken your seat. The square usually reads something like:

At tonight’s performance
the role of King Lear, usually played by Brian Dennehy
will be played by Bryan Adams

playbill

In the old days audience members would take the fall of the white paper as an opportunity to rush the box office and demand their lavish ticket price back. (Those rules have now been changed and understudies are posted on a board in the lobby before you enter the actual theatre. You miss the notice, it’s your fault.

But just as the name on the marquee has come to define the history of theatre (Lee Cobb in Death of a Salesman, Cherry Jones in Doubt, Carol Channing in Hello Dolly!) so have the names on the white paper defined and reinvigorated life for the avid theatregoer. On not-so-rare occasions audiences were rewarded for their patience with the gift of discovery. Some of the great names in theatre history stepped onto the stage for an ailing lead and seemed to never step off: Merman, Robards, Stritch…etc. Hell, Huffington Post did a top ten list on the subject a few years back.

But there are others elements to the understudy’s performance that should not be overlooked: the lowering of expectations coupled with the raising of compassion. Suddenly a dropped line or two from the understudy is tolerated because, you know, he or she is just out there doing their best. And the audience now celebrates a well-performed soliloquy or musical number with greater affection because that audience is now behind the performer. They are rooting for the little guy. This is his/her big moment!

Fans were outraged the Bears ONLY CONTINGENCY PLAN for Jay Cutler was Josh McCown at the start of the season and he has been nothing short of a wonderful understudy. He has produced to levels not even the most optimistic Bears fan could have expected. And fans have embraced him with the same lowered expectations/raised compassion fitting a player of his status.

At Soldier Field Monday night against the Dallas Cowboys, there was open laughter when McCown floated a pass to Jeffery at the sideline that seemed to take three weeks to arrive at its destination.When he spun in the air after reaching the end zone, folks turned with arms raised as if to suggest “How is this guy doing it?”

Each of McCown’s should-have-been intercepted passes were greeted with a chorus of, “C’mon, Josh, you can’t throw that pass there.” C’mon, JOSH. Not “asshole” or “prick”. Josh. Fans were speaking of McCown like he was their son in the backyard, encouraging him to just do better, kid.

McCown can deliver the lines. He can sing the songs. But he lacks the spectacular. He lacks the ability to turn the final notes of The Impossible Dream into a spine-chilling moment of beauty. He lacks the ability to make the words of Shakespeare feel they were written specifically for you, specifically for the moment in your life you’re hearing them. (If you don’t believe this is possible, email me.)

If Jay Cutler were to have thrown the same passes McCown threw Monday night and thrown them in the same moments, a chorus of boos would have rung out around the ballpark. The wiggle room afforded the understudy is not afforded the star. Its what comes from being listed above the title. (As I am writing this, Ron Jaworski is on SportsCenter stating clearly that McCown’s finest asset is his taking care of the football. This after three INTs were simply dropped Monday night.)

Now Sunday, in Cleveland, the star returns. Cutler retakes the field, adding yet another layer of drama to one of the most dramatic and interesting season in modern Bears history. The pressure on Cutler Sunday is palpable.

  • Stupid though it may have been the fake Cutler/McCown debate was living alongside the Robert Griffin disaster in Washington as the top national football story midweek. With a strong performance Sunday, the story is gone.
  • Cutler’s future in Chicago is going to be the only sports discussion worth having in the month of January. How he performs over these next three weeks of December will have a tremendous impact on that discussion.
  • Most importantly, the Bears are in a playoff race! If they win Sunday in Cleveland they will load more pressure on the shoulders of the Detroit Lions than they are used absorbing. Cutler needs to play well, sure, but he also has to recognize his personal numbers are far less important than a victory.

What if Cutler struggles on early drives? Can Marc Trestman actually pull him from a ballgame for football reasons? If Trest did so would that not mean the official end of the Cutler Era in Chicago? How can a head coach tell a player that “Josh McCown gives us a better chance to win than you” and then roll him back out in Philadelphia seven days later? Nobody in the Bears world wants Cutler to struggle but his struggling would present one of the most interesting decisions an NFL coach has faced in many-a-year.

The stage is set. The star returns. And with his return comes pressure, drama and opportunity. A man can seize the reigns of the Bears quarterbacking position. If he doesn’t, another is waiting in the wings.

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  • gpldan

    Browns have one weapon: Josh Gordon.

    Vegas has this game as a Pick’Em. What do they know that we don’t?

    • they know we’re still able to give up 200 yards rushing in any given week.

      • gpldan

        Chris Ogbonnaya for 200 yard day? That would be sad.

        • MB30SD

          …but not a total surprise.

        • Benny Cunningham: 13 rushes for 109 yards.

        • MikeBrownhadaPosse

          How bad is it? I actually stashed him on my FFL roster just to keep him away from my opponent this week.

          • Jokey

            I picked him up to start him. Why fight it?

    • Sactowns#1

      Actually Bears opened as 2 1/2 point underdogs and are now -1 at a lot of places. I expect that number will keep climbing as the smart money is following Chicago.

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      TE Jordan Cameron is like a young Gronk, except he’s not made of glass. He tea-bagged the Pats last week, and is a very real threat especially against our LBs (not named Anderson) and Safeties.

      • MikeBrownhadaPosse

        Yep, those two guys are it…last years D would have taken them apart. Cameron scares me for the reason you mentioned above.

  • Still a Doug Plank Fan

    This has to be the most eclectic, 32-degree angled slant on an NFL story that I’ve ever read.
    Bravo Jeff! Bravo!
    Wow.

    • gpldan

      I like my Don Quixote with plenty of ham, and that clip is a full monster pastrami on rye.

      • Still a Doug Plank Fan

        It has Ethel Merman in it. I think that goes LSD – laced miles past pastrami on rye…Jay Cutler and Carol Channing on the same stage. Okay, I’ll give you rye. Thats right.

        • tobijohn

          FWIW, I think LSD was originally extracted from ergot, a fungus that forms on rye bread…

          • Still a Doug Plank Fan

            Well, of course it was. Jesus, I feel like an off-broadway prop guy that woke up in his pajamas being interviewed by Sports center…maybe its the sandwhich gp made.

          • Cormonster

            The Deadheads perfected liquid acid between 1998 and 1992. After an Alpine Valley Dead run, it was everywhere. I met one of the chemists at a Dead show at The World Theater in Tinley Park circa 1990, but that’s a story for a different time. As are many others.

          • tobijohn

            I vaguely remember reading a story in Life Magazine when I was a kid about a small town in France where half the population went insane almost overnight. It turned out it the rye bread from a local bakery went bad…

          • Cormonster

            I remember reading a story like that. From 1988 until around 1994 I used to get great acid and trip quite often. Most of the time it was low doses, but 6-8 times a year I’d drop full doses or eat a gram of schrooms. Those were fun, enlightening times.

  • JerseyBear

    I like Cutler but McCown should be starting this game.

  • Adam Truelove

    I mostly agree with everything except one thing. McCown isn’t just keeping the ship afloat like an understudy would. He is literally excelling in every aspect. Sure, he’s thrown some questionable balls that should have been picked off, but they HAVEN’T been picked off. I’m a huge Cutler supporter, but McCown just looks comfortable out there. The only reason I can give for this is McCown has faced very soft defenses in pretty much all of his games. Which is why I’m nervous for Cutler coming back and facing a good defense on the Browns.

    Your understudy analogy falls short when you consider McCown isn’t just filling a role, he has been outstanding. The TD/INT ratio and completion percentage are a very good indicators of this. Two stats even Cutler himself says are the most important in evaluating the performance of a QB.

    • Still a Doug Plank Fan

      If you read EPSN’s Wright vs. Brown’s writer exchange the other day, you’ll note that the Brown’s writer is wringing his hands over our receiving corps, and Josh Gordon’s ability to shit either of them down. Gordon is their D-Star, by all accounts. Once Cutty shakes off the rust, I think he and the 3 will torch the Browns.
      Is anyone but me thinking it’s better for Cutty to come back in a road game, given the neurosis that McCown has inadvertently caused among fans and the media?

      • Still a Doug Plank Fan

        “Shit” them down is likely a typo. I don’t think that was intentional on my part.

        • MB30SD

          see that little “edit” link below your post….

          • Still a Doug Plank Fan

            Yeah, uhm, sorry…was still floundering around trying to reconcile the McCown/Cutler story with “Hello Dolly!”…

          • that being said, i bet gordon would be a much better db than hester ever was. because he certainly couldn’t be worse.

    • DaBearsBlog

      I’d argue McCown is not excelling in every way. Outside of a monster statistical performance against the worst defense in the sport Monday night, McCown has been managing the game proficiently.

      • JerseyBear

        His passer rating is over 100 with 13 TD and 1 pick. That is more then managing the game proficiently.

      • Adam Truelove

        Every important way I guess. Completion percentage and TD/INT ratio.

      • Still a Doug Plank Fan

        “…a monster statistical performance…”?? You don’t think it was a bit more than just that? I think your statement marginalizes his game that night a bit much.

      • 350 yards in 3 straight is some amazing game management.

        • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

          No doubt Orton would have done that, right?

          • depends on your definitions of “no” and “doubt”

          • MB30SD

  • gpldan

    According to Hub this morning, Cutler’s agent planted the story about the Titans interest in Cutler.

    • DaBearsBlog

      Of course he did. That’s what smart agents do. Houston and Tennessee don’t know who their coaches will be in 2014.

  • Shady

    If McCown were 24 and not 34 the Bears would let Cutler continue to sit and leave McCown in to continue to develop as the QB of the future. But McCown is 34, not 24 and the future most likely lies in Cutler’s hands. If this were about winning ONE game I think Trestman would leave McCown in vs the Browns, but this game isn’t just one game. This game and the rest of the season have so many implications for the future of the QB position that they need to find out whether or not Jay is the guy to commit to for the new head coach.

    • Adam Truelove

      It’s not just McCown’s age. It’s his unimpressive body of work and limited arm strength.

      • honestly – who cares what the man did for the first 9-10 years of his career? you can’t use 2005 as an indictment against his performance in 2013.

        rich gannon was doody for so, so long. then he won an mvp award.

        jose bautista was garbage for the first half of his career. now he’s a 40 HR a year monster (as long as he’s healthy).

        just two examples. but sometimes it just takes time for a player to click.

        not that i’m saying McCown over Cutler, but i’m saying you should judge his ability to succeed in Trestman’s system by what he’s shown within the system. and what has he shown? hmm?

        • MB30SD

          and isn’t that an indictment of our entire american society? But I’m not going to sit here and listen to you bad mouth… the united states of america!

      • MB30SD

        true… and what an adorable avatar. Awwwwwwwwww…

    • Still a Doug Plank Fan

      I don’t think that holds water if you hold it up to the Gannon/Warner light. I see your point, and for the most part agree. I still think that SC Dave’s post a couple of threads back rang true. He said he wished he could transplant McCown’s brain into Cutler’s body.
      I think McCown has a masterful grasp of Trestman’s offense, and that more than anything has led to his success, regardless of how much we try and downplay it. In other words, McCown, at least here and now and in this system, is legit. And there’s the problem. So is Cutty. But Jay’s insistence on staying in his last game hurt us. His brain wasn’t where his body was. Let’s hope that doesn’t become a trend.

  • gpldan

    Only three people stabbed last night?

    C’Mon Denver – we all know your town has more psychopaths than that!

    http://tinyurl.com/kesacjd

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      Isn’t Col the capital of Super Churches with rock-star pastors?

      • MB30SD

        yes. Coincidence? I think not.

      • MikeBrownhadaPosse

        Technically, that would be Colorado Springs, but yeah.

      • Cormonster

        Retarded comment.

        • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

          why, it’s true. It’s like saying Utah is mainly Mormon.

          • Cormonster

            Sorry, I didn’t know you were just stating a fact. I thought you were implying something.

  • Still a Doug Plank Fan

    Here’s a very, very detailed look at the Brown’s defense, complete with clips:

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000254189/article/cleveland-browns-defense-stifling-opponents-under-ray-horton

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    I said it before, but the Browns rbs are THE worst we’ve faced all season. Yes, worse than whatever street vender the Gmen trotted out. Worse than ailing Rice with the Ravens.

    Combine that with our hopefully still potent O, and my bold prediction of the week is that no single Brown RB goes over 100, thus snapping the streak.

    If the Browns as a team gain over 150, it would be the Mona Lisa of Run D ineptitude.

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    For a while, I thought Jeff was making CUTLER the understudy.

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      Maybe McCown ends up on the Huffington Post Top 10 understudy poll.

      Brady, Ganon, Warner, etc would make the NFL version of that list. McCown? hmmmm

      Remember, none of those ‘understudies’ were believed to have a gun and why they were backups.

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    Glad to know other teams have their own version of Chicken Dinner. Stephen Hill just got IRed after a stellar 30 catch 300 yard season. The 9ers drafted A.J. Jenkins instead of Alshon. Rams drafted Brian Quick. Fins – Jonathan Martin.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/12/11/jefferys-emergence-should-cause-plenty-of-regrets/

    • gpldan

      Jonathan Cooper, who everybody said would be a Pro Bowler, in fact some had the kid penned in for the yellow jacket at Canton before he ever suited up in the NFL, broke his fibula in pre-season and is only now in a walking boot, while Long – who Hub stated would be an outright bust – is looking like he might win a trip to Hawaii.

      I was huge for Eifert over Long at that pick, but Eifert has been okay and flashed brilliance, while Long has not missed a game with Mills and contributed much more.

      I wanted Trumaine Johnson ahead of Alshon Jeffery on draft day, so that’s not even my biggest screw-up.

      Mercilus, who this blog had a giant hard-on for, has probably been less productive than Chicken Dinner, when you look at the whole.

      • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

        By “the whole” I assume you’re alluding to breaking Rodger’s clavicle.

        I wanted Eifert, Patterson (needed that vertical threat) and yes, DT Floyd mainly because I wasn’t sold on Melton and as insurance.

        They’ve all performed ok for their respective teams, but yeah, Long for sure has meant more for us than those rooks to their teams so far.

        Trumaine Johnson was that big CB who I liked too, so you’re not alone there GP.

        • gpldan

          After Chicken Dinner smashed Rodgers into the ground and ended him, I turned to my GF and said “I may need a #99 jersey for Xmas”.

        • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

          HOWEVER…OG Warford (a guy I thought was on our radar and I liked as a big fat mover) for the Lions has probably performed just as well as Long, and he was a 3rd rounder. So we could’ve drafted him plus whomever else in the 1st theoretically.

          That’s why drafting OGs in the 1st is very contentious among ‘draft experts’.

      • johnnywad

        Fuck Hub.

        • gpldan

          Jeff –

          On the sleeve of next year’s T-shirt, it should say “Huck Fub”

          • DaBearsBlog

            We didn’t get a shirt done this year due to all the changes and the charity event. But we’ll spend the spring figuring out a good one for next year.

          • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

            Yesterday after work I hit a Mex-Bar-and-Grill that advertised they showed every game. So I went up to the bartender and asked if they showed Bear games, and he responded, “Sure. We can hook you up with that”.

            I said awesome cuz I’m a huge Bear fan, then pointed to Da Blog Shirt I had on, and he just blankly looked at me.

            It just looked like an orange shirt with the blues brothers to him lol

    • SC Dave

      Of course they do; draft picks miss all the time.

  • MB30SD
  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    Jags DE Mincey released. If he clears waivers, move in on him with the pesos we have left?

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/12/13/jaguars-give-up-on-jeremy-mincey-again/

    • johnnywad

      He hasn’t done much and seems uncoachable from what I’ve read. Guess Mel would know better
      than anyone though.

      • MB30SD

        fuck mel tucker…. right in his worthless face.

        Too much?

        • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

          understatement of the year!

        • johnnywad

          No. I’ve been there for weeks. He’s getting a pass because of injuries. Injuries notwithstanding, he’s easily replaced on his best day. So if the Bears are going to clean house and rebuild the D, why not bring in somebody better? A competent D makes the Bears contenders immediately. Now is the time.

          • Still a Doug Plank Fan

            He’s also getting a pass because after being told to not fuck with the defense on any level whatsoever, he didn’t, even though after we started dropping like flies change was critical. But, let’s give him one prop; after Dallas racked up their 14 points, he gathered the D and regrouped, effectively shutting Tony Romo down for nearly the rest of the game. He didn’t just rollover and cry out to Briggs for answers on the sideline.

            Let’s see if he’s going to deliver in these final 3. If he does, all will be forgiven, or at least temporarily forgotten.

          • MB30SD

            disagree… 3 good games, and an entire season of bad one.

            look, I know he doesn’t have much to work with both on the injured player side and given the fact he was told don’t touch anything just work with what you have…

            But dude has been collecting a paycheck and from some reports he’s been campaigning for a HC position next year. Can’t have a dude like that on the chicago bears in charge of one of the most storied and historied units in the game.

            We need a guy who comes up with some crazy stuff and still manages to put a competitive unit on the field no matter what happens with the personnel. Not asking for miracles, just asking him not to oversee an almost whole-season total collapse. which is exactly what he’s done.

          • Still a Doug Plank Fan

            Oh I agree with that 100%. My point was that he SHOULD have fucked with things when the injuries piled up. It took him until the Cowboys had racked up 14 to wake up and do his job.

            But, if he brings it together for these last 3 (and I don’t give a fuck if he only does it to juice his resume – I’ll help him pack), then we’re going to be as happy as a playwright winning an Olivier…

            Did you read the post I left for you?

    • Cutty Badger don’t give a fuck

      gotta try out Mincey just to see

      • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

        I think the Bears were courting him last season, if I vaguely remember. I think we should IF he’s not a fucking Haynesworth who just wants to sit on his ass and collect a check. Don’t need that in our locker room.

        I’m not looking forward to our current Dline vs McCoy.

        • MikeBrownhadaPosse

          We did flirt with Mincey, I’m sure of it. Anyone with a pulse is worth taking a look at on our D-line.

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    Flacco, Romo and Eli cautionary tales?

    Eli Manning’s $20.9 million 2013 salary cap number is the highest among all starting quarterbacks.

    It’s an insanely high number and eats up 17 percent of the
    Giants’ salary cap. For 2014, Manning’s hit barely goes down — to
    $20.4 million. He stated last offseason that he’d be willing to
    restructure. With the Giants up against the cap, Manning may need to
    re-work his deal in the spring. The G-Men have gotten 16 touchdowns and
    a whopping 20 interceptions out of that $20.9 million in 2013.
    – Rotoworld

    • MB30SD

      man, I’d do not much more than be a tackling dummy for angry 300lb men for a few hours a week for 6 months for $20M.

  • BillW

    I don’t recall three dropped INTs. I recall two and one called back by penalty. And on that one it would have been a completion if not for Marshall being held.

    Despite that, I agree with the point; Cutler is the starter, McCown is the backup. No more need to be explained.

    PFT says McCown “lost his job”; a couple comments went like this: he didn’t LOSE his job, he DID his job. He was and still is the backup QB; he didn’t lose his job as backup QB – he still has it.

  • johnnywad

    It seems to be common thought that the last three games are huge for Cutler. I’m not sure I agree. They’ve already seen him at his worst in the first Detroit game. He played pretty solid after that. They know what he is. He would REALLY have to shit the bed to hurt his negotiations. I do however think he could earn a bigger pay day with some really strong post season play. If the Bears manage to slip past the Lions, which I think is slightly better than 50/50

    • johnnywad

      Lost the ability to type for some reason . . . . So if they get in and Jay rocks in the playoffs, he pads his wallet. That’s how I see it.

      • MB30SD

        I agree with this analysis.

  • Cutty Badger don’t give a fuck

    Oh I’ve gone and done it boys. I took the last couple of days with the wife away with family on vacation to watch all of the Bears games. Here is my take on the season:
    1. Injuries to the Defense have led to every single loss. It is a cop out to assume that the D did their job by holding a team to 20 or less. Some of the teams we played had no fucking business scoring 20 pts and the injuries are the easiest explanation as to why our biggest tacklers are the two safeties, James Anderson and Lance Briggs who hasn’t even fucking played in several games.
    2. Cutler and McCown have both played well in the system. I’ve analyzed the first downs conversions, the check downs, the decision making and the TD/INT’s. The first Detroit game was an eye opener on how badly their D line manhandled us and how it affected the offensive playcalling.
    3. Our Offensive line is greatly improved but is not at the level to consistently push the Defensive line on key short yardage situation or up the middle. Our biggest successes with the RB have been getting to the edge or going outside of the tackle. Getting Forte to the edge as quickly as possible with the fake dive misdirection pitch, the slip screen and the flare to Forte have been the big winners because of the ability of our WR’s to block. Full disclosure: Martellus Bennett has blown almost a dozen key blocks this year that blew up running plays resulting in failed 2nd and 3rd down opportunities.
    The controversy between Cutler and McCown is a non issue with me and the two biggest season defining factors for the Bears this year based on what I’ve seen is the defense’s inability to stop the opposing offense in key 3rd down and 4th down situations and the playcalling of Marc Trestman.
    When Trestman calls games like Dallas he puts the offense in position to dominate no matter who is at QB. When he strays from the strengths of the team (WR’s, TE, Playaction, Forte in space) and tries to cater to the weaknesses of the team (jumbo package, inside runs, Bush, “getting cute” the result is heartbreaking.
    When Trestman keeps the pedal on the gas other teams simply won’t be able to keep up. Cutler and McCown are the perfect 1-2 punch for this first year offense but the keys are just keeping it simple. Get the balls into your weapons hands as quickly as possible while minimizing the importance of the new O line to play like a seasoned pro bowl group.
    Cleveland simply will not be able to handle the weapons and the only way we lose is if Trestman gets scared and calls plays like the first Lions game, St. Louis game or Vikings game. He can’t be afraid to get the ball out of the tackle box using the run and pass.

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      The short yard deficiency will be our doom. Only so many times we can run trick plays on 3rd and short. We need to pick up those 3rd and shorts/goalline plunges with higher percentage plays (like running it between the tackles). That is our only Achilles heel on O.

      Ford would be a nice option, but I’m tired of beating that drum.

      On D, there’s just no easy fix. No push by our D line, LBs running around like chickens with their heads cut off. Safeties who take bad angles. Overall bad tackling. The CBs are actually playing ok considering the situation.

      The D just has to make stops on crucial 3rd downs. I now simply assume they’re going to allow a ton of yards, and 20+points, but they just have to make about 2-3 stops on important downs in the game. We didn’t make those against the Redskins and Vikings, etc and lost. We made those stops against most teams we won (starting with the Bengals victory in week 1).

    • Still a Doug Plank Fan

      Cutler has to beat Cleveland and Philly away, then face Rodgers and the Packers at home. Philly has to beat Detroit this week. That makes everyone do their own version of “A Chorus Line” in their living rooms (sorry – trying to stick with Jeff’s theme).

      If we actually steal the division crown out from under Detroit, we get Peanut back for the playoffs, and in theory anyway, Briggs is slated to return for the Philly game already, according to reports.

      The Pack has Mathews back, and the Philly d-line is nothing to be overlooked. Your read on our O-line is spot-on. They are going to have to play the best games of their short careers in the last two games of the season, period. I’m not overlooking Cleveland’s D, I just don’t think they can stop a very motivated Jay Cutler. Not on their best day.

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    The most expensive reach around not involving John Travolta.
    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/12/13/cody-wallace-i-was-reaching-for-the-ball-when-i-grabbed-starks/

    Read the comments. The comedians are taking it up a notch.

    • MB30SD

      my favorite with a nice pop cult ref:

      “Where’s your hand?

      Between two pillows.”

      • SC Dave

        I good a good chuckle from Deb’s comment:

        “Men! Women just pull hair.”

  • MikeBrownhadaPosse

    What the hell do you have against Bryan Adams, Jeff?
    What are you…racist?

    • MB30SD

      worse… he’s canadaist

      • gpldan

        Just wait…. Phil Collins said he now wants to come back to music and go on tour.

        • Willie

          I prefer my Genesis with a dash of Peter Gabriel and a story of Jael.

          (Oh yeah, and fuck Phil Collins)

          • MB30SD

            theeeeereeeee he is

        • Sactowns#1

          And then theres this steaming pile. It didnt work the first time you tried this and you had Rick James behind you. You think it’s gonna happen this time? smh
          http://www.worldstarhiphop.com/videos/video.php?v=wshh23e7EMXxO3aw1R54

  • Still a Doug Plank Fan

    This one is for you, MB (and the rest of you coders…)

    http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/people/mickens/thenightwatch.pdf

    • MB30SD

      thanks, interesting.

      Not a coder myself, but sent it to my CTO. He said dude is either insane or brilliant, he’s not sure which.

      • Still a Doug Plank Fan

        Knew you were somehow connected to the biz, thought you might get a laugh outta the zombie gang shit.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Remember the pass to Marshall last season against Seattle that set up sending that game into O.T.? A throw that HAD to be made right there, right then because there were precious few seconds remaining in regulation and the Bears had to get into Gould’s range, immediately?

    Cutler lit up the afte burner and zipped one down field like he was playing darts in a puband help send that game into O.T.

    I DON’T think Josh McCown is capable of making that throw.

    • gpldan

      And I think everyone agrees with you.

      • 100%. What I’d like to see is if Cutty can make that pretty floating screen pass to Forte/Bush in the flat. Can he give it the McCown float or will he laser it in?

        http://www.gifdsports.com/2013/12/michael-bush-17-yd-td-gif.html

        • AlbertInTucson

          On McCown’s behalf, those WERE pretty touch passes.

        • SC Dave

          +1.

          The idea is to make your pass the best combination of:

          a) Getting the ball there in time to keep your receiver from getting killed (and of course in time to beat the defender to where the recipient can catch it)

          b) As easy to catch as possible

          Kurt Warner was really good at that.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “This after three INTs were simply dropped Monday night.”

    Really? Three?

    I clearly remember TWO drops and a deflection that WAS intercepted but called back on an obvious defensive holding that SHOULD have been interference which is what caused the “Interception”.

    Was there a 3rd “drop”..?

    • SC Dave

      Jeff doesn’t like McCown it seems. I think the entire article is bullshit, but that’s just me.

      • Still a Doug Plank Fan

        Wanted to give you belated props…I quoted your “…transplant McCown’s brain into Cutler’s body” line to a few people on and offline today. Well received.

        The entire article is weird. But it’s unique. And I’m worn out with McCown’s performances being marginalized and qualified. That IS bullshit.

        • SC Dave

          Thanks man, but as I said in that post, my son gets credit for that one.

  • MB30SD

    so if they lose this weekend, do they bring him back for the final 2?

    http://nfl.si.com/2013/12/13/aaron-rodgers-injury-out-packers-cowboys/

  • MB30SD

    ass·hole (assholel)
    noun./adj.
    1. Slang for the anus or rectum of the human body.
    2. Philip Rivers.
    ass·hole adv.
    ass·hole n.

    Eg. http://twitpic.com/doi653 and http://twitpic.com/doi62g

  • gpldan

    Colorado had another Columbine incident today at Arapahoe High which is in the same district. Maybe a 15m drive.

    I used to live around there and want to reiterate this: Colorado is a very very broken place. It seems to posses the exact demographic characteristics that make it intensely fucked up.

    • SC Dave

      Bummer

    • AlbertInTucson

      The gene pool in this world just continues to recede at an alarming rate.

  • MB30SD
    • tobijohn

      I’m constantly and consistently impressed by your ability to find this arcane stuff..

      • MB30SD

        it’s on my resume tobij

  • AlbertInTucson

    Understudy notices you do NOT want to see as you enter the theatre:

    In tonight’s production of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, the part of “Beauty” will be played by …..Sandra Bernhard.

    In tonight’s production of A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, the part of “Stanley Kowalski” will be played by…….Harvey Fierstein.

    In tonight’s production of OF MICE AND MEN, the part of “Lenny” will be played by…..Wallace Shawn.

    In tonight’s production of HAMLET, the part of “Hamlet” will be played by …..Arnold Schwarzeneggar.

    • tobijohn

      Good stuff

  • AlbertInTucson

    I believe that is Oak Park-River Forest High School’s Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio as Aldonza in that “..La Mancha” Clip.

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