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Packers Day

| November 4th, 2013

They happen once a year, at most, these days. Days where I wish I had one of those put on pants and go to an office jobs. Because if I had one of those alarm-goes-off-at-7:01, hate my boss gigs I would at least be able to pass the time on a Monday with the Bears playing the Packers at Lambeau on Monday night.

Instead I’ll walk around. Write a bunch. Listen to way too many national analysts explain why Aaron Rodgers is going to dice up the Bears defense and leave their season at the side of a Green Bay road. I’ll probably jump on with my buddies Trent and Marty in Des Moines and have my first beer when it’s five o’clock somewhere but not five o’clock here.

Bears fans will be nervous but they need to take a valium and relax. Tonight is a fun game if you’re a Bears fan. The pressure is entirely on the other guys. There’s nothing to lose. The upside of a win far surpasses the downside of a loss. And from a fan perspective, the stage is set for a the type of win you’ll remember for years to come.

So get through the day. I know it won’t be easy but, hey, nothing is any more.

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  • gpldan

    Tonight is a fun game if you’re a Bears.

    Think you might need another word there. You could say it is a fun game if you’re a Bear, but that sounds like the best place to watch the game would be on Halsted north of Fullerton. And I don’t think that’s what you meant. Although, NTTAWT.

    Here’s hoping the Cheese is Swiss not limburger.

  • Trac

    a Bears fan? Only if they win. A loss means another hopeless post season prognostication.

  • Trac

    Well, Minny lost again. It looks like they will be drafting their QB of the future next year. More than we have to look forward to if we don’t beat the cheese.

    • DaBearsBlog

      This is just silly. So the vikings are going to draft a QB and hope to do what? Become a top ten offense? Because the Bears already are that.

      • Trac

        I don’t think it’s silly Jeff. I’m not trying to make mountains out of mole hills, Really. We all thought this was going to be the year that our D made it’s grand finale with the last of our aging vets and Lovie’s hold overs. Next year our Defense has the potential to be worse than this year because of Free Agency and long in the tooth players. If we don’t will a win tonight, I can’t see a playoff run this year and I believe it will be harder next year. If I’m wrong then so be it, but I think a tough year is ahead of us in 14.

  • Shady

    Will be decked out in Bears swag amongst the Packer crowd. Very excite.

    • Big Mike

      Bad timing.

      • Waffle

        Mike, I have just discovered who you are based off of a recent post and am heading over to your company to waterboard you with the kool aid.
        Sincerely,
        Rodgers Dead.

        • Big Mike

          That’s hilarious. I need it. I am so invested emotionally and logically in beating the Packers. Emotionally, because they are the fucking Packers. Logically, because even in the years we’ve had great starts, losing to the Packers usually is a very good indicator if we are a fraud, or if we are good.

          Until we beat the Packers, we’re not good.

          I had hopes at the beginning of the season, we might take both games. (hope, not a prediction). I would be happy for a split. I hate that it is the last game of the season at home. The odds of it being equally important for both teams are small. We can hope that it is. What I see happening is 5-6 when we get Briggs and Cutler both back, a great run to the finish. 10-6 or 9-7 and getting nosed out of the playoffs, because Conte fell down instead of picking that ball against the skins….

          • MB30SD

            Yeah, I for one was shocked he didn’t make that play.

            smmfh

          • Big Mike

            I was at the game in the corner of the endzone where it happened. I’m watching him track the ball, getting jacked up thinking he’s going to pick it and seal the win. Then he trips on his own feet. AAAAAAHHHHH..

        • Big Mike

          As we get closer to the end of the work day (SMH its not even lunch time), the Kool-Aid Drip is still not helping. The sense of gloom and dread however is lifting…

    • Waffle

      Shady, bring the heat man. Get super drunk and cheer the loudest in your section. I told myself that I didn’t care after cutty and briggs and DJ and Collins and melton and ellis and McBride and tillman and irving went down but that’s fucking bullshit.
      We’re winning this game because fuck every smug Packer fan that thinks they’re the fucking all knowing encyclopedia of football fucking history.
      Martellus is going off tonight. The way that Kellen Davis should have gone off for the last 2 fucking years. No more free passes for the GB defense. It ends tonight.

    • MB30SD

      woot woot! that’s myboy!

  • CanadaBear

    Not sure all the pressure is on the Fudgies. We’re way more desperate than the Fudgies. This trying to put on a happy face is BS. We’re going to get smoked tonight and probably next Sunday. Unless the old Peppers shows up (ain’t gonna happen), Wright and Conte turn into reliable, competent safeties (not gonna happen), McClellin turns into a competent DE (never gonna happen), Forte goes off completely (possibly could happen but unlikely) and Devin has a huge game (possible); we’re fucked.

    • Big Mike

      No expectations, no pressure. Staying within 2 scores into the 4th quarter would be nice. Any stupid shit like a turnover on the first drive, not picking up a 3rd and 1, etc and this game will get ugly fast. Ugly like the 1994 MNF game when they retired Butkus and Sayers # in the downpour and got whooped 33-6

      • Waffle

        we’re not losing by 3+ scores man. not going to happen.
        #thereturnofPEP

      • CanadaBear

        No need to dredge up old nightmares (truly one of the worst). Hope I’m completely wrong and we sneak out with a win.

        • Big Mike

          It truly was one of the worst. By brother was at the game, and it took a week to stop shaking his head in dismay.

          Sneaking out a win, would be a victory of epic proportion.

    • DaBearsBlog

      There’s not one of you, not a single person, who thought this was a win coming into the season. Full healthy defense and Jay Cutler. Still would have picked a loss.

      The Packers are fighting for a division title. They have a division game at home. Bears need to play well tonight. That’s all. If they get blown out of the building it will be rough.

      • Waffle

        I actually had this as a win because I felt that our offensive upgrades and an offense predicated on not letting Clay Matthews run to the same spot on the field to hit Jay on the last step of his predictable Martz/Tice drop added to a defense that looked like last year would propel us to victory.
        Then McBride got hurt, Ellis fucking retired, Irving got hurt in the last minute of the 4th preseason game, Melton tore his ACL, Collins tore his ACL, Tillman hurt his knee,DJ tore his pec, etc. No one could have predicted this shit on D.

        • MB30SD

          I too had us shocking the filthy hoard twice this season since lovie smith and mike fucking tice/martz/shea/turner aren’t going to be within a few hundred to a few thousand miles of the sidelines.

          Didn’t predict we’d be playing our entire rookie class and a few McyD’s fry cooks at this point in the fucking season. SMFH.

      • Big Mike

        Agreed. Again about dignity… Progress on defense. Experience for the young guys. I don’t believe in moral victories. I do believe that you can make progress as a team in a loss.

    • Big Mike

      and another thing, when does playing under pressure every bother the Packers?

  • Big Mike

    Dignity could be lost.

  • MB30SD
    • gpldan

      Lambos are for tiny people. I simply do… not… get.

      We don’t have SoCal class of rides here in the Windy City, but we do have Supercar Saturdays.
      http://www.supercarsaturdays.com/

      I go sometimes, and am always interested why a 6’3″ guy like myself fits easily and nicely into a F430 or F458 but I would need a can opener and a shoehorn to make it into a Gallardo Superleggera. I love me some Muira, but Lambo, what is UP with the cockpit size? Do they have gnomes for customers?

      • MB30SD

        yes. Italians and oil-baron sheiks are traditionally small people

    • Waffle

      fuck the packers man. fuck them.

  • TheBigCheesy

    wooooo Go Pack!

    • Waffle

      a lot of unsatisfied wives are going to be beaten by deer jerky breath having, leinenkugel drinking, semi professional bass fishin’, baby deer shootin’, out of work paper mill line workers tonight after McCown and the boys shock ESPN and the NFL Network.

      • CanadaBear

        I look at your avatar while I read the post. Good Stuff!

      • TheBigCheesy

        That would shock only ESPN and NFL network?

        • Waffle

          well, from a programming perspective it would. Like when Deion Sanders had a pre-planned and filmed extended segment / sit down with Mike Vick and it ran before the game. It was all “bros huggin it out and talking about success and maturation in the game of football”…..then Vick proceeded to shit the bed in epic fashion At halftime and after the game Sanders and the crew were beside themselves since it made them look fucking insane.
          Sanders’ moping and incredulous quote was comedy gold:
          “I uh……..did not expect that to happen.”
          I couldn’t stop laughing for the entire day.

  • BearFanInDE

    I cant bear to watch an ugly game…I wish I could not watch tonight and just replay on DVR tomorrow after a Bears win!! Cant remember the last time Vegas had the Bears as 2 score underdogs v/s the Pack..

    • TheBigCheesy

      They must have been 2 score dogs last time McCown was quarterback on christmas in 2011

      • Waffle

        I think McCowns WR’s for that game were Scrappy McScrapperson, a nameless faceless white 5’11 WR, a kick returner, a backup safety and the cousin of one of the girls in the marketing dept.

        • bearsfantillend

          Pretty sure the OC at that time also picked his plays with combination of a bingo wheel and a monkey throwing feces.

          • MB30SD

            I heard it was just the monkey.

          • Waffle

            It’s weird because Martz’s offense scored points and moved the ball with very little skill at the WR position. His extreme stubbornness to change any fucking facet of his offense to accommodate Olsen or ease the burden on the shit O line was ultimately his undoing. Cutler couldn’t stand him because everyone knew that you could tweak here and there and reduce the pressure on the QB and line but the fucker just refused to do it. It was tough to watch needless pressure and countless times behind the 8 ball.

          • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

            It’s amazing that Martz’ system was actually effective. It would be great in Madden when you turnoff injuries. I guess it never dawned on Martz that QBs behind shitty lines can get hurt. He wasn’t coined the mad scientist for nothing. Like most mad scientist, he lacked common sense.

        • TheBigCheesy

          That, among other things, is exactly why they must have been two score underdogs

  • BearFanInDE

    I agree w Jeff about the lack of expectations, but cant sit and watch 3 and outs while Rodgers has a field day!

    • Waffle

      If Trestman calls an intelligent game we score 35 on these guys. Just can’t give up sack fumbles or turnovers deep in our own zone. Josh just has to get the ball out quick or hit the ground running….and sliding.

      • Big Mike

        How do we get off the field?

        • Waffle

          lol, hopefully after a slightly underthrown 3rd and 9 resulting in a field goal.

  • Trac

    I hope the Bears players see what I see. A loss to the packers means season done! If ever there was a game on the schedule that can compel our guys to display superhuman feats of heroism, this is it. Tonight’s game is for the season, I don’t care what Jeff has said so far, tonight IS the battle for THIS season. I’m calling a WIN!

    • Big Mike

      It’s really not season done. It’s huge because its the Packers and beating them puts us in the thick of it. Losing puts at 4-4 with bad news in a bunch of tie breakers. My hope of all hopes is that Trestman is the anti-lovie and actually has the team playing better in November and December than September and October. From there we drive to the playoffs, instead of hanging on. But again, 8-8 is a good mark for first year coaches.

      • Trac

        If the Bears lose then yeah, you’re right, statistically we’re still in it but the odds dramatically go against us. But, if the Bears win, it’s game on. That’s what I want, GAME FRIGGIN ON!

        • Big Mike

          Not even just statistically. My likely scenario is McCown does a real nice job. The offense does better than it did last year WITH Cutler. The defense gets nice experience against the Packers.

          Bears pull out a win vs Detroit. (more likely Detroit gift wraps a victory for us) and the Bears go 5-1 down the stretch to finish at 10-6.

          Whether that’s playoff worthy or not, who knows… But that’s my call.

          • Waffle

            I wish we had this offense last year. That would have been special.

  • gpldan

    Is #returnofPEP trending on Twitter yet?

    • Waffle

      lol, it has to be. The guy still has some pride. He’s got to make it happen. He can’t just fade away like this.

  • Doc Nitty

    I hear what you’re saying, Jeff. From the time I was a wee teenager when Al, Frank and Dan were the voices of Monday night football, bear games on Monday night always felt special. When most Mondays were an exercise in beginning-of-the-week doldrums and the depressing reality that another bears game wouldn’t happen for 7 more days, if the bears were playing, those Mondays were different. I’d walk around my bears colors seeping from every pore, with my chest puffed out and my eagerness palpable. My mood wasn’t the typlcal Monday mood. It felt more like a Friday. Like you knew in just hours the best part of your week would be upon you. You walked proudly around junior high on those days with the knowledge that the rest of your idiot peers already watched their team play and only you had something to be excited about. A feeling similar to the one you had in high school when you had just begun a new relationship (if you could call it that in those early years) and you were the only one on earth that could possibly feel so good – because she liked you and not those other fools who coudn’t possibly know your joy. No, the feeling on those Mondays was reserved for Bears fans (and to a lesser extent I imagine to the fans of the bears opponents.)

    I still feel that way today, at 38 years old. The bears are playing and no matter how crappy Mondays usually are, this day is my day. And we’re playing the Packers. The cheese. The rival. The enemy. Of course, most of the Monday nights featuring the bears of my childhood wound up being an asskicking at the hands of some team like the 49ers, so I won’t go into how much I like post-bears-defeat Tuesdays. When our team was the only team on the planet that played that poorly in front of the whole world. No, I’ll not go into that here. Because today is different. Today we’re going into Lambeau against a heavily favored opponent with our horses lame but out spirits high. Today we defeat the mortal enemy in front of a stunned world, who think “who is this offensive juggernaut with swiss cheese defense that just slayed Goliath? Who are these bears?”.

    I’ll tell who they are. They’re Phil Emery’s bears. They’re Mark Trestmans bears. They’re Josh Mc-fucking-Cown’s bears. They’re Jon Bostics and Khaseem Greens bears. They’re my bears. And tonight, they’re the Packers worst fucking enemy.

    Fuck Jyeah!

    Let’s kill the mother fuckers!!!!!!!!

    • gpldan
      • MB30SD

        hahahahaha… exactly.

        • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

          Damn it, MB, why did you get us all banned from showing GIFs on here!?

          That’s the perfect GIF for the game tonight.

          • MB30SD

            I know…. and it wasn’t my fault, it was jokey who fucking cried about it then didn’t fucking come back to post a single god damn thing since.

            Jokey, you bastard! The least you could have done was to stay posting. jerk! (wait, is that considered bullying?)

          • Doc Nitty

            Guess I missed that fateful day on da blog.

          • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

            It was the VERY FIRST THREAD! The infamous GIF: a glorious scene of Upton topless mounting a horse.

            It really was a thing of beauty. If we had to go out, that’s a good GIF to go out on.

            But c’mon, Jeff. Bring back the GIFs!

          • MB30SD
  • gpldan
  • Big Mike

    By the way, in GB they are having discussions of going on “another” 19 game winning streak
    http://lombardiave.com/2013/11/03/green-bay-packers-regular-season-wins/

    • Waffle

      they are also throwing around ideas in the city council about getting running water. It doesn’t mean it’s going to happen.

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    Anyone bet the Jets over the Aints? Anyone bet the Bucs could march into invincible Seattle and make them sleepless? Tonight is my upset special. I’m undefeated in my upset specials thus far this year.

    Bears 34 on a Gould kick as time expires and we all jump around like fools.

    The Rodgers 31 walking off the field with a dazed look.

    Book it and Bear down, bitches!

    • EnderWiggin

      As far as the DBB Pickum league goes – Chiefs, Colts, and Pats are the ONLY three games I got right this week for a total of 28 points. When the Bears beat the spread, I will have 38.

  • Sactowns#1

    Well the rams spoiled my parlay but I took the Bears tonight since Harrahs had them as 11point dogs. The Bears will win tonight gentlemen. I can feel it in my bones.

  • DSupreme

    FUCK the Pack! #BearDown fellas!!

  • AlbertInTucson

    Depressing Stat seen yesterday: Rodgers is 11-1 in his last 12 Divison games with 31 TDs and 4 INTs.

    • MB30SD

      ouch. any given sun… er… monday Al. Have to cling to that whole thing. smh.

      • Big Mike

        There are few reasons that the Bears keep this close. There are fewer reasons they win. Therefore, I will be drinking vast amounts of kool-aid, along with Captain Morgan, in order to make this a good night.

        • EnderWiggin

          Dear Gawd… get some cola.

  • MB30SD

    My god, I have to take back my pussy comment. What the hell is wrong with incognito. Jesus, what a freak

    http://nfl.si.com/2013/11/04/richie-incognito-suspended-miami-dolphins-jonathan-martin/?sct=hp_t2_a1&eref=sihp

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      See kids, this is why you don’t bully.

      http://youtu.be/pt5dDtQT_xg

      • MB30SD

        BAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHA!!!! Kid had finally had enough. Street justice you little douche.

        • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

          Damn. Got served.

          You know, one of my greatest regrets in life is that I didn’t stand up for the kids getting punked growing up. I mean, I wouldn’t join in, and I would always be the kid/guy to say, “c’mon guys, that’s enough’ but I wasn’t like Chuck Norris about it. I’m not sure any kid could be like that, but that’s something I always felt I could’ve done more about.

          But then again, punking is so prevalent, that I just saw it as a regular thing. It’s almost a given that SOMEONE is going to get bullied per school (sometimes even a group). No one says anything to parents/teachers because then it’s ‘snitching’ which feels wrong on all levels too.

          It seems like being fat is the last bastion for bullying. Can’t pick on kids if they’re minorites cuz that’s racist. Can’t pick on kids cuz they’re pansies, that’s homophobia. Can’t pick on the handi-cap.

          Nope. Fat ppl and maybe gks/nerds seem to be the only fair game for bullies now.

          • MB30SD

            yeah, I feel ya.

            In high school my bro and I were football jocks and team captains and all that. I was always the strongest kid in school (not biggest) etc… and we always had 2-3 kids that were geeks nerds who wanted to play fb and who would come to the weight room which is where us meatheads hung after school. We would take them under our wing a bit, so I actually felt good about that when I look back. Most of the bullying that happened by and to me was among our group of friends, and was considered normal and expected. But it got pretty harsh and I think we all carry some scars.

            In fact, here’s a story for you….

            One of the nerdy nonathletic kids that we befriended was the son of our chem teacher.. he was a super nice funny guy and everyone loved him.

            At the end of the year I had to take chem he pulled me into his office and said, “MB… you have a D in my class right now my man. You’re not good at the maths and it’s crushed your grade. I asked around the faculty and I know you’re an across the board B+ student.

            I am also so so grateful that you and your brother took the time and effort to take (his son, can’t remember his name) under your wing and help him out in the weight room and on the field. He has so much more confidence and he is such a happier kid now… I want to thank you for doing that. You’re getting a B- in my class this year, now get out of my office before I change my mind.” He had tears in his eyes.

            Know what. it felt better to hear that we made his son’s year, than not flunking chem… although that would have been very very baaaaad in my family.”

          • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

            That’s a cool story. I was sort of an ‘in-between’ kid. Since I was athletic and played sports, I would know the jocs and we’d be cool, but I never really hung out with them after school. Most of my friends were actually misfits and outsiders. In fact, in grade school, my closest friend was probably a Japanese kid, Yoshi, straight from Japan. He barely knew any English, and I think I was his ONLY friend. I’m not even sure how we got a long since I was the kid from a bad neighborhood who traveled to a very rich school. I was like that double-kid from The Departed.

            Anyhow, I saw it on all sides. My best friend in Highschool used to go around yelling “Fag” to the male cheerleader. I never felt comfortable about it, but EVERYONE did it. The teachers wouldn’t do shit about stopping it. Some would even chuckle. This was the 90s too, not like 1950. Not sure if that still goes on, but I always felt like maybe I could have done something more about it. But even now I’m at a loss to what.

          • MB30SD

          • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

            Hahah…I would have had to beat up the entire school. Maybe at a pep rally I could’ve propelled down from the rafters and challenged every bully to a cage match.

          • gpldan

            We had a kid in our school who was poor and didn’t have a lot of money. He had no dad, and you could tell his mother struggled but loved the kid and did what she could.

            Because he wore a lot of old, used salvation army clothes, everybody called him “the box”. His name was David, and people would just say “hey, it’s the box”.

            You could tell he hated it, right down to his core. I think it motivated him to try harder or something, maybe it really fucked him up. THat was one kid who probably didn’t deserve the rap he got. School is a bitch. Most of the bullies when I looked them up on Facebook, almost all of them are in sales jobs and are still dicks.

          • MB30SD
          • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

            See, I don’t want to laugh, but I just did. “The Box” lol God, we humans are so despicable. Usually the really poor kids were labeled “payless.” But shit, I wore payless shoes, and they never made fun of me! I think getting picked on is a combination of something – there’s some sort of formula which science has yet to determine.

          • Waffle

            in my gradeschool all of the parents kind of hung out together so there was less bullying but it still happened. We had a polish exchange student and he was developed and kind of jacked as an 7th grade last minute import into the community.

            This kid had it kind of rough in the beginning and the 8th graders would fuck with him over his limited English. The best part was that I told my dad about these kids because I was only in 5th grade. My dad laughed and told me that he had a beer with this kids dad. Totally off the boat badass polish dock worker type that could crush you. He told me that this kid could take care of himself and just to be nice to him even when no one else was.

            This kid fucking snapped one day after being harassed bad and almost killed two 8th graders by effectively throwing muay thai knees into their heads for about 5 minutes straight…..because you know, the kid was a fucking junior kickboxing/muay thai champion back in Europe. You can’t make this shit up.

            No one crossed this kid ever again

          • MB30SD

            made some edits… I was sounding like a douche, but was just trying to provide color. sorry for sounding like a douche.

          • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)
          • Doc Nitty

            Can’t believe the teacher couldn’t remember his own kids name. Crazy.

          • MB30SD

            hahahahahaha, bastard.

        • Trac

          Sho did get a face full of ccccment didn’t he. Anyone who thinks all kids are little angels need to watch that. I had my fair share of those kinda kids growing up too. I had one rule, touch me and you’re dead. Ha ha. Usually one good whooping would do the trick until I had to go to a new school.

          • MB30SD

            exactly.

            When I was in 3rd grade or something a little chollo was fucking with my buddy constantly at recess. I remember one day at a drinking fountain the dude was messing and I’d had enough and punched him in the fucking mouth. After that he wanted to be my best friend and my buddy never got fucked with again.

            It’s mostly true that most bullys are cowards.

    • DaMurph

      I’m still going to wait and see how this all plays out. If we had a guy at work that decided he wanted to fuck us over and share texts and messages, everyone would read the transcripts and think we were all assholes. Our banter back and forth was just as vile and fucked up as Incognitos, but we were all in on it and even though most retired still best of friends and buddies. I’m not sure if this Martin ever conveyed his feelings were at stake or just is looking for an out, or got pissed at Incognito. I mean the dude is like 6’4 340………come on man you are paid huge bucks to maul huge men, I’m sure you can or should handle your business. If you are fucking with a defenseless guy just to bring misery to him and he has no possible way to defend himself, that’s just plain fucking wrong! I just cant bring myself to see how this had to be soooooo bad for this guy. It’s the fucking NFL! How can you be an effective O linemen and you feelings get hurt by some texts? My guess is, it would be IMPOSSIBLE for Incognito to hurt MB’s feeling and get him to quit an NFL team and there’s a slight size difference here.

      • MB30SD

        yeah, I felt that way… but felt bad about thinking it. Thanks for at least saying it Murph. I can always count on you not to fucking sugar coat anything.

      • MB30SD

        I am starting to get my feelings hurt just by all the stature comments made in my direction.

        Jerk! *sniff*

        • DaMurph

          Awww man I love ya MB, I’d never tease ya ‘cept I know youre a bad ass and can take all I can dish!

          • MB30SD

            I’m just mussin murph.

            I don’t care my man… I make up in penis size what I lack in my dwarf-like 5’9″ stature. hahahaha

  • MB30SD
  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    All I ask from the Bears D is to stop that back shoulder throw. I’m tired of seeing that god damn back shoulder throw on the sidelines which is always good for about 15 yards. Is that too much too ask? Can they fucking stop that one play?

    Also, I want one of the young, Green or Bostic, to layout fat Eddie. And some dude like Washington to just get a clean hit on Rodgers so that he won’t be running for a 1st every time it’s 3rd and 5.

    • Big Mike

      As long as we are putting in our wish list. I want Julius Peppers to be a Beast. I want to know that he was dinged up and time off healed him.

      And since @4ever85akabutchdeadlift:disqus, got to put up two “wishes”, I wish for McClellin’s light bulb to go off and play like the 19th pick in the draft.

      • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

        I would settle for Chicken Dinner living up to the 3rd-4rth rd prospect he was originally projected as.

        Every time I see Jones on the Pats, it’s like a slap in the face. We could’ve needed that right now, big time.

        It’s like getting stuck with a bitchy wife, then you sift through your freshman scrap book and find a love letter from Scarlett Johanson.

        http://youtu.be/Znw2OHRigMA

        • Big Mike

          It’s exactly like that. The opportunity cost of chicken dinner is enormous. I’m not sure if I read this here first, but chicken dinner must have been a Lovie pick. How could Emery miss that bad on that one pick. Missing in round 3 on Hardin, shit like that happens. But missing by 4-5 rounds on McClellin, has to be an outlier.

          • MB30SD

            canada, dave and some of the others don’t like my conspiracy theory that I’ve been peddling here for a while now Mike. It goes like this (and based on what we saw this year is the only thing that makes any sense to me whatsoever):

            1. When emery came in his first year he was basically told straight up by teddy that Lovie was the man on campus and he made the decisions. Lovie even interviewed emery… how often does an HC interview a new GM.

            2. given that environment, and I remember reading that marinelli was the one with the hardon for chicken dinner… in fact I remember that he went to work him out at BS.

            Anyway, here’s how I think “Emery’s” first draft went:
            RD 1 Chicken Dinner – Mari/Lovie
            RD 2 Ashlon – Emery (the only great pick of this draft)
            RD 3 hardin – Lovie (known history with turrbile white safeties)
            RD 4 Erod – Tice (tice is the one who cut Clutts)
            RD 6 and 7 – meh, who cares… probably lovie

            Then lovie is shitcanned (a day after my bday thank the baby jebus), and this year emery basically knocks it out of the park on every pick so far.

            How in the fuck do you explain the discrepancy otherwise!? I’m still waiting on another plausible explanation from my naysayers. (taps foot impatiently)

          • Big Mike

            Oh man, did I like that kid Clutts… I hated the McClellin pick. It blinded me and as a result I hated the Kyle Long pick. I figured why go against the grain two years in a row, when it didn’t work out the first year. I was right with McClellin, dead wrong on Kyle Long…

          • MB30SD

            we all did mike. We all screamed about it when tice cut him. tice was a buffoon.

          • Trac

          • MB30SD

            how’s that?

            Again, I still haven’t heard another explanation that makes any sense. He just lucked out this year? What do you do with the lovie situation? I consider myself a pretty logical and reasonable guy… I don’t get it.

          • Trac

            I’ve given you several. #1 Reason is that Chicken Dinner was highly scouted by Emery while he was with the Chiefs. I’ve also given you post draft comments by Emery too. All you have going for your argument is that you keep repeating it. Maybe I’ll ask Uncle Larry to clear this up. He he.

          • MB30SD

            oh right.. so wait… emery, the bears GM and media figurehead… was giving the company line on the bears first round draft pick? No shit?!?! I can’t believe that!?!?!?

            dude… I bet I can find the same thing from lovie. from mari, from every other fucking coach, assistant coach, film analyst, etc… on the bears staff.

            In the immortal words on Sargent Roger Murtaugh… that’s pretty fuckin’ thin

            (smfh)

          • Trac

            “Phil Emery claims that McClellin was the highest rated player remaining
            of the seven the Bears were targeting, and whether you believe that or
            not, you can’t deny that he would have gone in the first round. Maybe
            you wanted to see Emery trade back and acquire an extra pick or two and
            still draft his guy. He could have tried, but there’s no guaranteeing he
            would have been there. As soon as the Bears drafted McClellin the
            Patriots moved up to the 21st pick to snag Chandler Jones. Some experts
            believed that the Pats wanted McClellin and then Jones with their
            original pick, and as soon as they saw McClellin fall off the board they
            had to move up to ensure they got their edge rusher. The Packers were
            also rumored to want McClellin to pair opposite Clay Matthews, but with
            him gone they went with USC’s Perry.”

            http://network.yardbarker.com/nfl/article_external/phil_emery_got_his_man_in_shea_mcclellin/10691699

          • MB30SD

            yes, company line. But who actually made the pick emery? Mari (the… wait for it… wait for it… dline coach). Look, like I said before. If emery shits the bed next year and doesn’t rebuild our D like he did our O in one year, then ok… I’ll agree my theory was bunk.

            BUT, if he has another great draft, you can eat my crow.

            Oh, and here’s mari’s piece on him: http://www.chicagobears.com/news/article-1/Marinelli-eager-to-begin-working-with-McClellin/1688AD67-E403-4508-A523-5B09F01E947B

            Sounds kinda similar to Emery’s. Strange huh?

          • SC Dave

            Seriously? Are you claiming the Bostic, Greene, Mills, Washington and Wilson are “knocking it out of the park”? Really, MB. Really?

            Mills is playing because the Bears had no offensive right tackle on the roster. Bostic and Greene are in because the starters are out. Washington and Wilson would not dress without all the injuries.

            Kyle Long is a fucking animal and an awesome draft pick.

          • MB30SD

            yes I am dave. 100%

            Although you are correct about them not playing if we were deep and not injured, they are indeed playing right? And contributing. Fucken a, almost every single one of our picks is playing in some fashion.

            Fucken a I call that a helluva draft regardless of the whys. Don’t you?

            And please don’t get me started about which one of us has been dead on right about another little topic we’ve been on opposite sides of lately. Pretty sure I should get the benefit of the doubt here. (hee hee)

  • MB30SD

    “DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog

    #6 of 10. So two head coaches keel over in a three-day span? Maybe, fellas, you’re all taking this job a bit too seriously. Only football.”

    Common man! It’s like any hyper competitive job… cepts no one’s going around wall street counting up and televising the many heart attacks/suicides/etc… that probably happen daily.

  • ChrisCurmudgeon

    This is how I know The Bears will win: I work in Madison, WI. Our CEO is taking our entire sales staff (which I am not a part of) to Lambeau to see the game. They are all Packers’ fans. He shelled out a lot of money to see them lose.

    • MB30SD

      fuck your boss and the entire packer-loving sales team chris. Fuck them right in their faces.

      • ChrisCurmudgeon

        +1

      • Big Mike

        Your passion is admirable @MB30SD:disqus

        • Big Mike

          @MB30SD:disqus “right in their faces”

  • MB30SD

    my god, we’re doomed.

    • Cormonster

      Going back to the bullying, grew up with a bunch of skinheads. When they would show up at a party and start harassing our minority friends, that always ended in a major asskicking. Two of our friends loved to fight bullies, especially bigger guys. They would take on 3 or 4 by themselves. Both were no bigger than 5-7 and 140. They were so fast and brutal, had to stop them a few times because I thought they would kill someone when they would start stomping.

  • MB30SD

    you want a no bullshit splash of ice water about our squad this year? Yes?

    Ok, you asked for it. Read this…

    http://www.jsonline.com/sports/packers/preview-packers-vs-bears-b99134031z1-230440391.html

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      “The Bears ranked 31st in sack percentage entering the
      weekend after ranking 11th a year ago. The starting defensive end,
      Julius Peppers and Shea McClellin, have combined for 1½ of the team’s
      nine sacks. “Peppers is a shell of what he was,” an executive in
      personnel said. “When (Rod) Marinelli had him it was like he was excited
      to play again. I don’t see the excitement. Just kind of off-again,
      on-again. Not motivated. This is what he looked like his last year in
      Carolina. Right now he’s lost a step because he’s not motivated. …
      McClellin stinks. Just not a football player. A lot of people say he
      should be in a 3-4. Let me tell you something. If the guy can rush the
      passer, the guy can rush the passer. He can’t rush the passer. I don’t
      care what scheme it is. He’s always a tad short. He doesn’t bring
      anything to the table. He might be a high-motor guy. He gets to the
      pile. Doesn’t make any plays.”

      That’s about right, sadly.

      • Big Mike

        Fuck you Angelo, to borrow a quote “Right in the Face”.

        • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

          “…the unknown executive further elaborated…”And McClellin can’t even jump out of a pool. I mean, who drafts a defensive lineman who can’t jump out of pool?”

          • gpldan

            If you look back up the thread, I posted a bullying story about a poor kid at my school people called “the box”.

            That’s gonna be my new name for Chicken Dinner. the box. Cause he’s poor on talent.

          • gpldan

            I found a way Shae can supplement his income once he washes out.

      • Waffle

        fuck the Milwaukee journal sentinel right in the fucking mouthvadge.

      • SC Dave

        A sad day indeed when people use Packer beat writers around here.

        • MB30SD

          The chicken dinner piece hit home with me dave.

    • Trac

      Ha, you’re just a regular modern day Tokyo Rose now aren’t ya? Isn’t that special!

  • MB30SD

    why haven’t I seen this movie yet?

    • gpldan

      McConaughey still looks gaunt from Dallas Buyers Club.

      I don’t know if you’ve seen the trailer for Dallas Buyers Club yet, but if you have holy shit – just fucking don’t bother with nominees, the 2014 Best Actor Oscar goes to McConaughey and it won’t be close.

      • Waffle

        I love that McConaughey made 10million a movie for all those rom’coms and now can actually do movies that he wants to do because he’s rich as balls.
        Dallas Buyers Club is going to wins awards. McConaughey and Jared Leto fucking brought it to health be damned. I think Leto caught AIDs on purpose just to be authentic.

      • MB30SD
        • MB30SD

      • MB30SD

        damn, that movie looks powerful.

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    This is another game preview (with a slight FF emphasis) which is thorough esp if you like numbers.

    http://www.rotoworld.com/articles/nfl/45029/179/matchup-bears–packers

    It’ll be interesting to see if the Pack stick to their previous philosophy of bracketing Marshall.

    For one, Cutler is no longer in the lineup. Also, the emergence of Alshon and Bennett may force them to abandon that strategy.

    I would also like to see Jennings shadow Jordy everywhere. In the slot, in the x/z, when he goes to pee. Time to earn your big FA paycheck, Jennings.

    • Trac

      Speaking about FF, I thought I had a slam dunk but my opponent had Andre Ware(40pts) and he started Zack Stacy(29pts) who I had never heard of. Now I have to count on Rodgers putting up 30pts against the Bears tonight. Can’t win for losing.

      • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

        I have Stacy in two leagues. Didn’t start him cuz I thought it was a bad match up. Damn. Still won though. I took down the last undefeated team in Shady’s league cuz that’s the way I roll. I take down juggernauts and only lose to teams with no QB and three guys on bye.

        Oh, and Irish still lives because in his league someone is still changing his lineups. Unless of course, the tall whites are into FF now.

  • gpldan

    I watched the CBGB movie with Alan Rickman playing Hilly Kristal.

    The guy they got to play David Byrne and the guys they got to play Joey, Johnny and Dee Dee Ramone just fucking KILL IT.

    Rest of the movie is so-so, mainly because Rickman’s idea of playing a wishy washy genius is make him seem constantly sleepy – is it possible that Rickman’s a little over rated, but the actors who play the rock stars all do really really well. Except for the guy who plays Lou Reed who looks nothing like Lou Reed. But the guy who plays Iggy Pop and the gal who plays Blondie are awesome.

    • Sactowns#1

      Oof a whopping 9% on Rotten Tomatoes. I want to like the movie but I’m affraid it will be poop!

  • Viva

    BEAR DOWN!

  • tobijohn

    Well, I’m all in. I’ve got the Bears as my #1 confidence pick in the DBB Pick’em league. Like the band on the Titanic, I’m going to keep playing until the water is swirling over my head. See ya all later, I’ve gotta go post the Bears fight song on my Packers friend’s Facebook page…

    • Big Mike

      Atta Boy.. That’s awesome. I have a bet with a kid I coach. I have to wear a cheese hat If the Bears lose.

  • Viva

    We have a new OC, DC, STC, and HC. We’ve had two weeks to develop a game plan to exploit and camoflouge every mismatch on the field. Time to execute.

    • SC Dave

      Bear down, VIva! Bear. Down.

      • Viva

        GET SOME!

    • Big Mike

      @disqus_i9XXcJasSb:disqus I hear you. But we have the JV playing DT and LB and our Safeties shouldn’t have made the Varsity. Very weak up the middle. How do you scheme for that against Rodgers. I’m not being a dick, I’m trying to ingest more kool-aid.

      • Viva

        Drink it. Drink it now.

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    Just heard Ratlift on ESPN 1000. Dude was all business. They asked him what made him choose the Bears, and he replied that he wanted to go to a professional organization with a serious mentality. So while Peanut/Briggs, etc might be old, the environment they create at least makes the Bears a nice destination for FAs (I think Pepp said something similar when he signed).

    The more interesting question was whether the scheme was a sell, and I think Ratliff answered, ‘definitely’ – He wanted to be in a 4-3 so he can chase down QBs as opposed to just stuffing the holes in a 3-4, which makes one wonder what they told him about their future plans.

    Ratliff said he’d return in a “couple weeks”, but who knows what that means.

    I like that when Silvy said that the Bears are in desperate need for a DT, Rat responded, ‘I don’t know about desperate – a lot of guys are trying here’ or something along those lines which tells me that he’s at least optimistic about the D for what’s that worth (or just media savvy).

    He’s just a stop-gap this year, but hopefully he can help us at least stop the bleeding.

    • gpldan

      they told him the truth – Chicago is a 4-3 city and no amount of Box Dinner is going to make them switch.

      We will never see a 3-4 run here until maybe we get another GM and coach. This is a 4-3 team and always will be.

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)
  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    from twitter: Wind here is 22 mph, gusting to 28. Trestman says wind affects
    gameplanning more than any weather element. McCown doesn’t have
    strongest arm

    hmmm…if this becomes a fat eddie vs forte game, might even things up a bit.

  • MikeBrownhadaPosse

    We’re going to win this g-ddamn game.

    PS – Richie Incognito can eat a bag of dicks. Hated that guy when he was at Nebraska, hate him now.

  • MB30SD

    unis are getting crazy these days. This one’s awesome: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGoguKeYZeY#t=22

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      That looks like if Captain America played football.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    This is a big game for the 4 rookies. I see them all starting many of these ones in the future, so they must play ball.

    PS: If they blitz I hope they do it with the safety pair…give them some confidence.

  • MB30SD
  • Shady

    The Eagle has landed.

    • MB30SD

      ze pearl… iz in ze river.

  • Sactowns#1

    Bear down gents!

  • Big Mike

    Just finished practice. (Coaching 8th grade teem). Feeling it “fuck the packers right in the face”. GO BEAR.

    • Woottonsfirstsack

      Game time! GO BEARS!!

      • Woottonsfirstsack

        If Rodgers goes out the entire state of Wisconsin will be on suicide watch.

  • ChrisCurmudgeon

    Chicken Dinner

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