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Hard To Call Bears Season Over With NFC Sixth-Seed Logjam

| October 28th, 2013

monday

Seattle and San Francisco are going to the postseason.¬†New Orleans is winning the NFC South. Somebody is winning the NFC East because someone has to win the NFC East, right? That’s four NFC postseason berths accounted for.

And I’ll give you the NFC North too, accepting the argument that a healthy Aaron Rodgers will be able to compensate for the rampant injuries they have suffered on the both sides of the ball.

The leaves one position, the six seed, for the postseason tournament. And unless you as a Bears fan are willing to concede that position to a Detroit Lions team that is a Calvin Johnson hamstring injury from losing out or a Carolina Panthers team that just climbed over .500 for the first time during the Obama administration or a team quarterbacked by Carson Palmer, it would difficult to argue the Chicago Bears season is over.

This is not to say the Bears will make the postseason. It is hard to predict how poorly the defense will perform with their best player (Briggs) sidelined and their second-best player (Tillman) unable to play sixty minutes. And every Bears fan remembers the Caleb Hanie experience well enough not to get over-excited by a backup quarterback’s performance in a game Jay Cutler exits injured. Josh McCown is still a huge question mark week-to-week in Cutler’s absence.

But perhaps the doomsday prognostications spread out across the Chicago dailies are a bit premature? Sure we can all acknowledge the Bears are not going to win the last game of the season in New Jersey. But when did the NFL in Chicago become a race to see who can declare the season over first?

I understand why fans do it: they want to lessen the hurt. Fans think they can trick themselves into not caring on Sundays by nonchalantly declaring the season over on Saturday. It doesn’t work.

The sports media in Chicago feeds off negativity. The sell the loser mentality. And that approach to sports is what has led to sites like mine being successful. (Side note: Do you think there are columns in Detroit being written about Matthew Stafford targeting Calvin Johnson too much? Only in Chicago does a great player get criticized for being too great.)

Why not wait and see? Why not allow the games to be played and respond to them? Why not acknowledge that we – all of us – don’t know what to expect from the Bears in the coming weeks? Seems prudent to me. In the meantime I’m refusing to count out a team that is currently a half game out of the postseason.

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  • Trac

    The Bears have their first must win game of the season coming up against the Cheese next week. I’m not willing to count them out yet.

    • DaBearsBlog

      I’d argue the MUST win is the following week at home against Detroit.

      • Trac

        Carolina and Detroit both have 4-2 Conference records. The Bears are 2-3 in the NFC. If the Bears lose another conference game, it’s going to be very hard for them to catch either of those teams if they end up with the same record.

  • gpldan

    Hello all. I am writing you this post from the Tardis, where I am standing in the year 2033.

    I just wanted to tell you all that 2013 was a magical season. Trestman comes out after the bye week with Forte moved to strong safety. Yes, he plays both ways, as does Tim Jennings as 3rd down back. It was a stroke of genius. Peanut is moved to free safety and Conte is moved to fetching bagels for the staff. The Bears rip 6 straight off, starting with the Packers. Hester’s cross field throw to Joe Anderson is noted by Kromer, who moves Hester to wildcat back, and ALL the stops come out. It’s crazy. It makes the Air Force Falcons wishbone attack look tame. Nearly every other offensive play involves either a pass or, if the ball is handed off, it’s nearly always reversed. Hester racks up 500 yards receiving AS A QB! Joe Anderson is moved in as the 2nd TE in a 2 TE set that is all menace, nobody can stop it.

    The real highlight is Ditka’s jersey retirement ceremony however. He gives a moving speech handing all credit for ’85 to Buddy and Jimmy Mac, and as the air force flies overhead and his tears well up – he has a coronary event and falls over! Tebow races to the field and gives him mouth to mouth before the paramedics can even REACT – and Ditka recovers fully. There wasn’t a dry eye in the stadium.

    Bears go on to face the Pats (again!) in the Super Bowl and, I know this is crazy, it ends up 46-10 AGAIN! Can you believe it? Chicken Dinner sacks Brady 6 times and Gisselle is so smitten, she leaves Tom to move to Iowa and raise a new family with Shae. They star in a remake of Green Acres but Shae has to play Mister Hanie with Clooney in the Eddie Albert role.

    One of the crazier things is that a sober Glen Campbell is the Super Bowl halftime show, where he does a 30 minute tribute to the work of Lou Reed. As he finishes Walk on the Wild Side, the fireworks go up – great, great show.

    So take heart, the fun is about to start!

    • tell me. is it true? is svedka really the #1 vodka where you come from?

      • DaBearsBlog

        I like how longer comments have an extension at the bottom. Pretty cool.

      • gpldan

        In 2033, everybody gets a Swiss Army Knife that dispenses Xellent vodka from it.

    • bearsfantillend

      sounds plausible to me. although i am trying to figure out why Tebow was at Ditka’s retirment ceremony
      .

  • ChrisCurmudgeon

    Bear the eff down.

  • Sactowns#1

    I want to go back to when we could post pics directy on here. I have some sweet pics of my cool halloween costume I wanted to share!

    • gpldan

      Going as Dr. Frank N. Furter again?

      • MB30SD

        hahahahahahaha

        coincidence? I’m going as Dr. Hugh Jorgan

        • Sactowns#1

          We had Vincent Vega, Mia Wallace and Butch all present on Saturday. I was Vincent Vega in the “couple of dorks” scene.

  • AlbertInTucson

    A glimmer of hope?

    One would/could/should hope that, unlike Christian Ponder, Josh McCown will SEE the wide open receivers and /or checkdowns and take appropriate advantage. The replay after replay of Ponder missing opportunity after opportunity and, apparently, being the ONLY guy in the Metrodome NOT to see them was just damning.

    How can you miss your #1, Paid-a ton-of-money-for-him-in-free-agency receiver crossing the middle of the field with nobody within 10 yards of him?

    BTW, Greg Jennings, how’s that free agency deal you made last off season made working out for you?

    • Trac

      I don’t know, 17.8 Million guaranteed ain’t too shabby. I really don’t think these guys that make the big bucks after having gone to a couple of Super Bowls really care that much about another one.

  • MB30SD
    • gpldan

      My and my dawgs barkin bottles and we ridin’ to-night…

    • gpldan

      Meriweather on the subject of Brandon Marshall:

      “He feel like I need to be kicked out of the league? I feel like people who beat their girlfriends should be kicked out, too.”

      • Trac

        What color shoes should Merriweather wear? I’m guessing he’ll be representing I.Q. deficient chillin’s all across the Country. Beautiful zinger though.

      • bearsfantillend

        Meriweather is a d-bag. he is still gonna get penalized and fined for going lower because he leads with the fucking crown of his helmet. Refs don’t usually call the crown of the helmet penalty on lower hits, but my guess after the comments he made the league will instruct refs to enforce it more especially when he does it. he just needs to learn how to tackle. how fucking hard can that be to learn!!

    • AlbertInTucson

      It’s trite, it’s cliche’ but it IS true:

      “Ignorance is bliss.”

  • MB30SD
  • gpldan

    You want brazen fear-mongering? But maybe with a touch of credibility? But still, you know, bring the full Walking Dead level of crazy fear and make everybody run and start building their zombie apocolypse bus, like, right the fuck now?

    Got it covered.

  • bearsfantillend

    I am not throwing in the towel yet either. I am going to hold on to it too long Like Rocky when he was the corner for Apollo Creed fighting Josh McCown… i mean Ivan Drago.

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      My latest FF name? The McDragos!

      They won. I interpret that as a good omen.

    • Waffle

      Technically you can’t throw in the towel as your name implies that you will be a fan until the end and fans don’t cash their chips in until they’ve won breakfast for everybody or they’re blowing a dude at gunpoint in the walk in freezer of a Chik Fil A to pay off the credit.

  • Trac

    Getting ready for the game this weekend.

    A win would be a thing of beauty. Not too many times that we’ve been down and out and beaten a good team like the Packers when we needed it the most. I don’t have to tell you guys how huge it would be to come away with a win against the Cheese. Heck, we haven’t been able to beat them even with a good team lately but you never know.

    I think the season will crumble if we lose this game.

  • MB30SD
    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      If douchnozzle wins a SB, I quit. I mean, it’s bad enough that Saban is killing college, but if Gym Shorts wins it all in the NFL, that is undeniable evidence that the universe is indeed a random string of events which will either contract or expand to obliterate all existence.

      Go Bears?

      • Trac

        He’s not going to win a Super Bowl. Ever.

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    I got a good feeling about this week. Call me crazy. I got one of those Butch Underdog Specials starring the Bears this week..

    This has all the ingredients of an upset. An angry team coming off a bye in a division game in which no one gives them a chance. The opponent really doesn’t know the new H.C./O.C, nor the D.C. with the new personnel for that matter.

    I mean, I have no clue what the Bears will do, and I’m diehard. Will the Bears rely on Forte now? Then again, Trestman didn’t dial anything back with McCown and that was with McCown cold off the bench with little prep.

    I think the Bears’ D is humiliated, and they come out and rally against a familiar foe.. The O will do just enough. Choppy, like always, but pull out a last minute drive. Bears will throw out the kitchen sink. Hester throwing it across the field, then Weems will throw it back. That’s right. The first, double-double return for a TD eva!

    Well, the Bears will cover the spread at least….

    • Cormonster

      It’s gonna be tough to run on the fudge. They are top 5 against the run this year. Getting Jolly back has been huge for them. Their D hasn’t played this good since they lost Collin Jenkins. Not sure what happened, but AJ Hawk is actually playing really good at LB. He’s sucked most of his career. I think the Bears are going to have to throw and win a shootout.

      • MB30SD

        told you guys that. Hawk has been a badass. The two games I watched seems like dude was in on every single fucking play.

      • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

        I’m trying to get some friends to go, but everyone’s got kids and such. Still, gonna try my damndest. I have my emergency standby costume ready just in case. Of course, I can pull off a good Jim, though I’ve got short hair now and no full beard.

        • Cormonster

          Sometimes going solo is more fun. No restraints. I’ve done that several times and always had a blast, especially if you like the music. I’m friends today with a couple people I met at shows I went to by myself. The Mule crowds are always cool, and you gotta hear Warren Haynes play his guitar and sing at least once. I’ve taken over 30 people to their 1st Gov’t Mule show, and only 1 person was dissatisfied. He was throwing up during the show. Just sayin my opinion. Lobbying effort is done. If you go, be prepared for a long show. I went to the Hendrix tribute last Halloween and the show was very long.

    • gpldan

      • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

        I like 70s chick. Something natural about them – before the whole 80s silicon boobage.

        “Maturity” is overrated. I mean, what’s so awesome about getting a job you likely hate – a wife who you ‘love’ if you interpret love as someone who will grind out your B.S. – kids you love, but so much for those trips to Italy, and hot mistresses in the Alps. Paying a bunch of bills so that a CEO can have a mistress in the alps…

        “Settling down” – a cross between ‘wearing down’ and ‘settling’…

        When the Bears suck I become misanthropic (more so).

        • MB30SD

          One word for you…

          Disco. Bush.

          • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

            That’s two words.

            What I find curious is that the 70s had disposable razors. No one put one and two together?

            It’s like that episode of Seinfeld.

            The Asians had pitch forks. But they used chop sticks. Seems like forks should have happened. Nope.

          • MB30SD

            yes, that’s the joke. smh.

          • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

            haha I know. Disco Bush would make a great punk band name. All female band, that is.

          • MB30SD

            naw… has to be a 70’s funk music cover band maings. Punk?!?

            They already have a couple….

            Pussy Riot and Nashville Pussy

          • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

            ThunderCunt?

            (one word. Bang bang).

            For the record, funniest/aburdest band name ever I saw at a battle of the bands:

            Anal Holocaust

  • DaMurph
    • SC Dave

      Well, Aikman is rather queer, don’t you think?

      What’s pathetic is that perfectly good words like “queer” have to go away, while other perfectly good words like “gay” get co-opted.

      Whatever happened to calling things what they are, like, um, homosexual?

  • MB30SD

    What’s wrong with Deter Manley Murph? Is is brain damaged? (seriously)

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    I followed Jeff’s twitter directions. I say who ever comes last in FF this year, has to wear these for a day:

    http://www.sears.com/nfl-green-bay-packers-fluffy-green-gold-leg/p-SPM7099115103?prdNo=4&blockNo=4&blockType=G4

    • tobijohn

      That will probably be me wearing them. I just lost by fifty points to a guy who had one player out and another on a bye..

      • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

        It happens, Tobi. Free ff advice (take it from a guy who beat you like 4 times already!), Start CAM. Why you’re starting Geno over Cam is a mystery. You’re also hurting at TE and WR.

        I tried trading offering you Shorts and Julius Thomas (studly TE), but I can understand your reluctance.

        However, do yourself a favor and at least start Cam! That dude has been tearing it up the last few weeks. Chico said he’s throwing out his Lovie conservative approach. Coach’s do wacky stuff when their job’s are on the line.

        • tobijohn

          Done…

    • MB30SD

      I think since shady is so scared of wearing Bears gear to the game next week, he should be shamed into wearing these instead.

      SMMFH

  • Big Mike

    Two comments you made, have sealed the deal on why I like this site. 1) “The sports media in Chicago feeds off negativity” and 2) “Only in Chicago does a great player get criticized for being too great.”

    Excellent.

  • MB30SD

    what do people think of allen?

    http://nfl.si.com/2013/10/29/nfl-trade-rumors-josh-gordon-tony-gonzalez-2/?sct=hp_t2_a1&eref=sihp

    If we got him I’d say part of his terms would be to change that fucking lame sack dance.

    • FQD1911

      pass. not only would Minny not have done that, but don’t we already have a DE who makes too much money for his age?

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