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Responses to the Brandon Marshall/Mental Health Awareness Column

| October 16th, 2013

NFL: New York Giants at Chicago Bears

Yes I am spending a third day at the DBB focused on the piece I wrote Monday regarding Brandon Marshall’s green cleats, the NFL fine and the league’s embarrassing mental health record. If you haven’t had an opportunity to read a rare piece of journalism from this part of the internet world, please CLICK HERE and do so.

Why a third day? Because I believe it wrong to succumb to the 24-hour news cycle and let a piece I am proud of and truly believe in be swept into the “yesterday’s news” category. And the responses I’ve received from a wide range of individuals leads to believe the column had a nice impact. So, really, what’s one more day? Could I really make a larger impact with this week’s installment of Audibles From the Long Snapper? (This week’s game preview will be posted first thing Thursday morning.)

Responses have been wonderful and what follows are some of the responses I’ve personally received. Please feel free to send along yours to jeff@dabearsblog.com.

From Dr. James Scully, former head of the American Psychiatric Association:

“Really well done…great piece..dead on target”

From Pat, a reader and friend:

First, regarding mental illness generally, as someone who has at various points been part of a support network (both by volition and necessity) for friends suffering from mental illness, I can attest that these illnesses are both extremely complex to diagnose and vary widely. Many people who seek treatment are misdiagnosed, or the treatments are simply not very effective for them.  The brain’s chemistry is extremely complex and the triggers for different individuals are different. How do you explain why someone suffering from a mental illness may recognize me as someone comfortable and trustworthy as opposed to another friend who they may shut off… and furthermore, why a person who is perceived as comfortable in one encounter may not be the next. A doctor may provide a clinical diagnosis based on office sessions (which this different environment may itself introduce a new set of stress triggers), but often the doctors do not understand the patient better than a person close to the patient who is educated and understands their condition.

The point is “mental illness awareness” writ large should not only be concerned with getting patients to seek treatment. Equally important is raising awareness among people who may part of the support network for someone who is struggling with mental illness who may become more educated and recognize the signs and symptoms and convince that person to seek help.

You said at the end of your piece, “if it helps one Josh Marks to understand he is not ‘crazy’…”, I’d say it’s equally as important if it helps one Josh Marks’ sibling, girlfriend, parent, friend, etc, to recognize the signs that the individual is struggling and convince them (as often they’re the only ones who can) to get help. It is because Marshall’s act is so public that it is important; it helps diffuse the stigmatization that often accompanies this issue.

Finally, this incident highlights once again the impotence of the NFLPA. Where are they on this? If this happened in MLB, you know the MLBPA would be putting themselves out there defending their player and publicly shaming the league for the insensitivity of the fine until the league relents.

From the comments, El Stripo:

Fantastic article with a well thought out, concise and eloquently written point of view, Jeff.

I know it isn’t part of your main narrative, but I must comment on it; I personally take a lot of offense with the “NFL pink campaign” bullshit. As a female sportsfan breast cancer “survivor” (I cringe at the term survivor in *my* case…there wasn’t much to “survive”) I am offended by the massive annual pink barf tornado when the feelings of people who are catostrophically effected by a terrible disease are exploited for profit.

My feelings, in short: We don’t *need* your awareness, we *need* your money.

My feelings, in long: People are not “unaware” of the disease. It’s obvious that the NFL knows exactly what they are doing with this campaign; they are playing the audience’s basic human psyche like a fiddle. This whole campaign allows the viewer to “participate” while doing the least amount of work possible. As humans, we want to be rewarded for good behavior, and why not make that “good behavior” the easiest thing to do possible? “Man, I’m glad I’m watching this football game that I probably would’ve been watching anyway, but the mere fact that I’m watching is raising awareness. Yay me, I’m a good person.”

On top of that, this pink awareness barffest is offensive to the point where it’s laughable. Everything in the fucking place is pink. Pink hats, pink socks, pink flags, pink towels, pink helmets, pink butts, pink ball, pink scrimmage line, pink puke. It’s embarrassing when an announcer has trouble announcing a call when he can’t figure out what flag was thrown because they’re all fucking pink. But it doesn’t matter if we look like idiots, guys! We’re RAISING AWARENESS. And you can raise awareness too, for just 34.95; you get a pink Jets hat! Show all your friends that you’re “doing your part”. Especially that missus across the way with her brand new SUV.

I mean, really…who doesn’t like a good old bandwagon? We’re all on the good side, after all! It’s usually difficult to fight a bandwagon (see also: Hitler’s third reich, that whole Steubenville ‘thing’, 9/11 9/11 9/11 nine eleven 9/11), especially when it involves football in this country. But it’s cringe worthy when the bandwagon becomes a mutated alien of itself, completely missing the point while focusing *so hard* on how to showcase exactly how much the NFL “cares”.

I digress. Essentially, Mr. NFL, you are correct; breast cancer blows. Hard. Why not pay those smart scientists or those good doctors more than a fraction of a percent of your yearly earnings to find a cure for the disease that effects 1 in every 8 women we know. We’ll all still watch.

Besides, I don’t know why the NFL has to remind women to get breast exams at all; I can’t turn on a football game without wondering how many players on the field have, at some point in their anointed athlete youth, creepily groped a woman’s breasts. Oh yeah, I think as Ben Roethlisberger drops back to pass,mammograms.

From my mother, who had never mentioned this prior to Monday:

Very understanding.   I’ve had depression and you hit the nail on the head.

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  • Luis

    As a police officer I see people struggling with mental illness on a daily basis at work and in my family. I’m glad Marshall is raising awareness on this issue and shame on the NFL.

    Hopefully one day well have mental health awareness month in the NFL and players will wear green to show support.

  • johnnywad

    Glad we’re off CN so your piece got out there a bit more effectively. What a difference a couple of weeks makes.

    Good on your Mom. I’m sure that wasn’t easy to say. Time to take that fine lady to dinner.

    Keep up the good work on this front. DBB is a strange launching point for this but who cares? You may have just found a new and more important direction. (In addition to running DBB, not in lieu of, of course. Gotta keep this thing rolling.)

  • DaMurph

    Jeff, kind of awesome that people have taken notice of this. You have done a great job writing this blog for a lot of years. To be noticed and recognized for an article not in your wheelhouse has to be satisfying to you. I venture to say you can take satisfaction in knowing this WILL make a difference in someones life, somewhere down the chain. I know your family of “regs” are proud of this article you have written. Also, so very thankful for our new home!!!

    • MikeBrownhadaPosse

      Agreed, I am very, very proud of Jeff for this piece.

      • MB30SD

        and we, you… for choosing such an alluring avatar.

        • MikeBrownhadaPosse

          It is hot, isn’t it?

          • MB30SD

            OMG… sooo hot!

  • Trac

    My favorite response to your article was from el strippo. That broad is dead on!

    • SC Dave

      Agreed. Perhaps all of this stuff would be less obnoxious were they to be XXX Awareness *Week* instead of *Month*

      • Scharfinator

        Then the NFL can’t make as much money off of their “campaign” while donating 8% of the proceeds to Breast Cancer.

  • gpldan

    My niece, Jill, was diagnosed with BPD at age 19. Like the guy who won the MasterChef contest rejected the full-on schizophrenia diagnosis, Jill rejected BPD. And, at the time, Prozac was the answer for every problem. She hated it, and refused to take it. So she exhibited all of the worst aspects of Marshall, seeing everybody as a friend or bitter enemy, alienating people she cared about, having trouble with intimate relationships with boyfriends. All these aspects of the problem manifested themselves in spades with Jill, who – if I am being honest with myself – was a hard person to like. But then again, many of us are. As uncompromising as I am about things, she was 10 fold that way.

    So when I saw Marshall putting on his cleats and pushing the issue, I could only laugh a sad laugh. Today is the 2 month anniversary of Jill pulling that weapon out of her drawer. To the day. Sort of like the end of Fight Club, there was one way to get Tyler Durden out of your head, one sure way that was bound to work. And that’s the way she chose. She was 32. Had she stuck around another 2 months, maybe she would have seen Marshall’s gesture. Maybe it would have meant something, maybe not. Maybe Marshall is railroading for the same endgame as Jill. It’s nice to see him, however, self-aware enough to see the cliff at the end of the rails and want to tell people he can’t slow that train down.

    What he can’t do is use it as a shield. I’m already hearing the spin from d-bags on the Score like Bernstein, who accuse Marshall of using the illness as a shield for being a d-bag, saying “hey, it’s my brain, I can’t control my need to scream and cry when I don’t score or Jeffery does better than me.” And that’s what a lot of people think is going on. That’s the root of the issue with mental health, it’s not seeping your life away from you in any visible manner, so people regard it as false. Brandon has his work cut out for him.

    Yesterday, Jill’s father rowed a rowboat out into Sarasota Bay from the Longboat Key side and spread a small bit of her ashes out because Jill liked it down there. So I would say to Brandon, hey – this is a real thing and people are really suffering from this – so if you want to raise your hand and force awareness of it – don’t blow it. Because if you do, if you end up beating the shit out of a casino guard and urinating on his unconscious body and then try and chalk it up to BPD, you are going to fuck it all up for a lot of people who probably wish you hadn’t tried.

    Here’s to Jill – I raise a glass today and say hey, maybe it is better to burn out than to fade away, but there are alot of people who felt otherwise.

    • DaMurph

      gp, great post! I felt it as I read it.

    • MB30SD

      with you in support my man. Nice post.

    • MikeBrownhadaPosse

      GP, great post.

    • Trac

      Thanks for that GP. I think my wife has what your niece had, I needed to read that. It’s been one hell of a ride. For years I used to think she was effected by the weather because things would be going great and then all of a sudden around Christmas or spring, she’d go ballistic over imagined threats in her mind causing her to try and hurt and push everyone in her life away. It normally subsides after about a month or two and then she goes back to normal. It has been very difficult and there were times I’d have to go and get an apartment until she came back to her senses but thank God, the bouts are further and further apart now. It’s been about 3 years since the last hum dinger. I refused to give up on her and she is the most important person in my life. Along the way I have learned how to not provoke her when she suffers from an episode and just being there for her and refusing to give up on her seems to somehow have helped her manage her outbursts. Not sure if this has anything to do with it but she had scarlett fever when she was really young and I have often wondered if having a high temperature for a prolonged amount of time may have contributed to her condition. What got me and my family through all the trials was my faith. I guess that is why I am such a strong advocate for it. Anyhow, I understand what you and your family went through and I appreciate you for sharing.

      • gpldan

        That sounds like PMS not BPD.

        (Kidding! just being an asshole.)

        I had Scarlet Fever as a kid. Just like the line in comfortably numb about the fever and your head feeling just like two big balloons. I don’t know of any clinical study that relates SF to issues down the road with schizophrenia, bipolar or borderline issues.

        What CAN cause it is childhood trauma, usually bad trauma like the kind burntorange discusses, kids who are abused can trigger those genetic predispositions towards these problems. Also, LSD use. Nobody ever studied Syd Barrett properly, but what I think happened to him having watched all his videos, read his diaries and listened to all the documentaries on him, was that he may not have triggered his schizophrenia had he not abused the hell out of the lysergic. Back then, they called them LSD casualties without understanding the causality.

        What happened to me with Scarlet Fever was like something out of Monty Python. My mother got the priest to give me some sort of benediction, maybe some last rites thing. And I’m laying there going in a tiny voice “I’m not dead yet.” And then, “no seriously, feeling better.” So perhaps I am conflicted since without Catholicism I am not here (thanks no condom policy!) but you know, they tried to bury me a bit early.

        As for your wife, it’s good you stuck with her. It’s not easy or fun sticking with challenging people in a world of Match.com and roll the dice again, it’s fun and easy, but it’s closer to what real life is supposed to be when people care about each other.

        • Trac

          Womens cans be crazys mans. lol. Thanks GP. Living out my struggles and not running away from them has been very rewarding. I’ve got two wonderful Children and I am thankful for the good, the bad and the ugly.

      • CanadaBear

        Good for you Trac. I know it can’t be easy. My wife is dealing with numerous issues and is getting psychiatric help as well as meds. She’s a bit of a zombie sometimes but I love her dearly and hope things turn around.

        • Trac

          Our struggles can make us better people I think. Hope all goes well with your wife. From the bottom of my heart my friend.

          • CanadaBear

            Thanks to all you guys. We get after each other on occasion but at the end of the day were a fraternity of brothers. And not one of those dumbass fraternities where we have to do stupid rituals (other than watch the Beloved).

        • MB30SD

          positive thoughts for all the old boy’s wives (you too murph).

        • DaMurph

          Prayers for your wife too Canada!

        • AlbertInTucson

          BPD or Bi-Polar Disorder was formerly call Manic-Depression.Frankly, I thiknk the latter explains it better.

          Good psychiatric help is not always easy to find.
          When you have a “keeper” and when they retire or leave the profession, it’s tantamount to losing a parent.

          Next, finding the right med or combination of meds is akin to a real life game of Mine Detector. There is a literal Laundry lists of drugs to try. Bi-polar can masquerade as just depression and the wrong anti-depressant can trigger a Manic episode. It’s been our experience that the Docs try to avoid tripping Manic episodes like the plague a s almost every manic episode inevitebly leads to a deep depressive one. “What goes up- must come down'”. it’s actually well explained in MR DEEDS GOES TO TOWN (1936, Gary Cooper & Jean Arthur)

          The same psych drug(s) that work(s) for one person may not work for another and sometimes drugs that DO work are not effective after prolonged use.

          Lithium, and then Depacote, were “friends” here for years, with minimal side effects but, eventually, each had to be replaced due to diminishing effectiveness and dosage limits

          And they basically ALL come with side effects ranging from mild to severe that often cause the patient to refuse to take them. Lots of weight gain issues appear.

          So many people struggle because they don’t have someone to keep tabs on them as in

          “Did you take your morning / evening meds?’

          “Do you see your Doc(s) this week?”

          Bi-Polars are famous for being non-compliant” and either refusing meds or stopping meds when they feel better because they think they’re “cured.”

          Then, while off the meds, BAD things can happen.

          VERY bad things.

          We had chronic migraines tossed into the mix for good measure.

          I commend you Trac, Canada.

          Tough row to hoe.

      • DaMurph

        I’ll pray for the Mrs and you Trac.

        • Trac

          🙂

      • AlbertInTucson

        A Bi-Polar spouse is a HUGE challenge. The vast majority of marriages do NOT survive it.

  • Shady

    http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2013/10/16/nfl-reportedly-considering-additional-thursday-night-games/

    Next? Wednesday Night Football in Malawai.

    I think we all just need to accept the fact the NFL is a business and they will do anything they can to increase profitability, even if it’s at the expense of everyone involved.

  • MB30SD

    Nice Jeff. Good job. Where did el stripo post? Never saw it.

    Also, watching the shutdown deal thing on the innerness… quick totally out of the blue questions… if there’s separation of church/state, why is there a congressional Chaplin and why does he do a christian prayer before every session. Weird.

    • MikeBrownhadaPosse

      Because there’s a war on religion, MB….didn’t you hear?

      • MB30SD

        Jesus christ.

        Adding immeasurable amounts of credibility to your cause buddy. nice work. Wait, wasn’t palin a speaker at this rally too? SMMFHV

    • SC Dave

      I’m not Christian, but the “separation of church as state” thing has been bullshit from day one. The point was very simple – no state mandated religion, *nor* (critically) any state mandated restrictions on the “free exercise thereof”. Even if it includes bat shit crazy pedoph… oh never mind.

      It’s about *liberty* goddamnit!

  • Sactowns#1

    It’s frustrating as consumers that our feedback means so little to the producers. I cant comprehend a group of execs not realizing the whole pepto pink has jumped the shark. Then again I cant comprehend a group of execs who would allow a Bills vs Browns game to be one of their marquee nationally televised games

    • SC Dave

      As long as people keep showing up wearing the shit…

  • MB30SD

    back to football for a sec… is Jim Irsay overtaking lane kiffin as the biggest asshole in football? Sure looks that way to me

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/broncos/2013/10/15/john-fox-peyton-manning-jim-irsay/2990913/

  • Sactowns#1
    • gpldan

      This pretty much captures how I now feel about it. I pretty much hate any employer, from nuclear plants to Monsanto factories, that hides an employment hazard from employees. And the NFL deliberately went the Big Tobacco route on hitting. It’s crystal clear what happened.

      It’s still a great sport, a uniquely American sport, so I will watch this Bears season play out. But I am not really enjoying watching the 85 Bears with CTE implode and the sport itself needs to radically change. Nobody wants flag football, and I don’t know what the answers are – maybe robot football cause that would be awesome, but something needs to change.

      • Sactowns#1

        Please dont ever say robot and football in the same sentence. it makes me think of FOX and that stupid dancing robot they would try and put in every single comercial break, timeout or score update. Drove me utterly insane. No offense B Marsh. There were times when I wanted to throw my TV out the window and hopefully hit a FOX exec.

        • gpldan

          I think the HAL 9000 had Borderline Personality Disorder. So if we DID go all robots, we could keep the green shoes, just on the robot!

          Everybody wins!

  • MB30SD
    • gpldan

      See now that Craig is 46, I would love to see his “next” Bond be his last Bond, and to do this – and set it in 1969 just like the book is, and fuck continuity. The whole Jedi Dench is M now she is dead is great, and the segway to having Voldemort be M is also great – KEEP IT ALL – even the Uhura clone Miss Moneypenny, just set it all back in 69 and have him keep the DB5!

      Wouldn’t you go see that film? I would.

      • MB30SD

        fuck yes… but I’d see any bond they put out, even if it had Mr. Bean as 007… wellllll….

        • gpldan

          He does take Bond out of the Aston and puts him in Africa with a Jensen Interceptor II. If Bond has to leave Aston, I would agree that Jensen was the way to go there…

          • MB30SD

            I’m a bit partial to an ’65-’67 E-Type in BRG, but I’m a bit biased.

          • gpldan

            Yeah, I knew you were going Jag E-type. It’s shape is a little too tampon for Bond.

            (Kidding! Just kidding!)

          • MB30SD

            HOW DAAAARE YOU!!!

            The Jaguar E-Type is a raging erect penis of manliness!!!

            That comment may preclude you from a ride the next time you’re in town.

    • Waffle

      bad.ass.idea.

  • burntorangenavyblue

    Great article piece Jeff. My dad has bpd and growing up wasn’t easy. My siblings and I couldn’t understand why he was always a ticking timebomb but we thankfully had a Boys and Girls Club in my hometown to get away whenever possible. I cannot count how many times that our family almost fell apart. My dad didn’t drink either but smoked a lot of pot. It did lead to my mom becoming an alcoholic as a coping mechanism. I have always known that there was something off with him as we got older and when us kids grew up and he became a grandfather, we finally convinced him to see a doctor. Fortunately, my dad has embraced his mental illness and has become a much happier and positive outcome kind of guy. Don’t stop this momentum Jeff, you have our full support on here if you need anything! By the way, great new site.

  • MikeBrownhadaPosse

    Jeff, thanks for bumping that article. I was travelling for work again and missed it the first time.
    I’ve shared it on Facebook and encourage all of your readers to put it out there. I admire Marshall for putting it out there and it made me glad that my daughter wears his number. I admire you for the eloquence you put into that piece and I’m glad I stumbled across the old blog way back when.
    Thanks again.

  • Waffle

    Jeff, solid analysis on twitter of all places about the Giants game. Sadly in order for you to continue analyzing games i’ll need you to film your analysis, scrap half of it, fill the space with screamed catchphrases into the camera and be a total fuckhead in general like (insert name of any idiot on NFL Network)

    • CanadaBear

      Love the new avatar Johnny! That shit was crazy funny.

  • MB30SD
    • Sactowns#1

      OOf. next week we have to hear from my least favorite committee.

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    Hey, so what happened to all our other previous comments? Is this a new thread, or the continuation of the older one? I’m confused.

    Also, for all gun owners, check this out.

    http://www.dudeiwantthat.com/gear/weapons/the-gun-box-rfid-safe.asp

    • MB30SD

      Dude. Sweet.

      I have this now: http://www.walmart.com/ip/GunVault-Multi-Storage-Vault/4861130 (ahhh walmart)

      • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

        You’re doing it wrong. That gun safe that recognizes finger prints is James Bond! You need to get that shit!

        Wish I had it for my porns 15 years ago! Ahh, print media….r..i.p…

        • MB30SD

          $250 maings. I already have one, albeit a much less sexy one… and can you imagine wearing a fucking white ring with “Gun Safe” written on it. Yikes!

          That and $250 gets you half way to a new piece.

      • bearsfantillend

        dude did you see the discount on that gun safe at walmart list price $14,997 what a fucking steal

        • MB30SD

          hahahaha… awesome. Quite a discount

    • DaMurph

      Wow thats nice, I think I might get one or two of those!

  • gpldan

    Jeff should monetize this site more. There is giant white space below his Twitter feed just screaming for a widget that does directed advertisements for online dentistry programs and Viagra.

    • MB30SD

      oh dont worry, I’m sure it’s coming.

      And no comment on the new site?!?!?! What say ye?

      • gpldan

        Jeff has done himself a giant service in going WordPress + Disqus. Huge.

        For every reader he thought got drawn in at CN, there were 5 that stayed away because of it. The Trib is broke, the gnomes have gone to the West with Gandalf and the place is rotting with wraiths in the tunnels.

        Here, it’s his – it belongs to him. The reason he didn’t want to leave was he was getting a stipend to blog, and it was some income. But when you own the bus, there are many more ways to network and make revenue. I mean, stick Paypal’s donate widget at the top. Do whatever. Here we can embed pics – though not animated (boo!) – Jeff will find that there are all kinds of synergies between this thing and the rep he’s trying to cultivate on Twitter, and he could even go e-commerce here integrated with places that make t-shirts and find many more flexible arrangements to take cuts of the action.

        How about a chat widget, or a link to a web chat area? Easy to do when you have the linux vm at your beck and call behind the curtain. So he’s now freed up to build his brand, make a segway into sports writing if that’s what he wants.

        The next business plan step for Jeff to move up the hierarchy is to write a book and hawk it on the site. He writes a book and it sells, and he can just sit around and wait for Grantland to call him.

  • gpldan

    Also, I am working on an animated GIF of Rich King because it’s so damn creepy it’s insane

    http://www.sbnation.com/lookit/2013/10/11/4828600/matt-forte-gets-photobombed

    • Waffle

      hilarious GP. They did a piece on WGN about it and did ultra closeups of his face. When you accomplish it I will be it’s biggest supporter.

  • gpldan
    • Waffle

      You’ve inspired me. You are my muse.

    • MB30SD

      why oh why can I not play Vines?!?!?! It just flashes and that’s it. (i’m on Chrome)

  • SC Dave
    • MB30SD

      they’re good.

      first play… garza gets used by a fucking LB. he actually blocks his man and matty gets 20+ not 7. smh.

      • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

        Garza is never going to bull-doze anyone, that’s for sure, but it seems like he’s playing better this season than last (maybe two new OGs have something to do with that). I think the Bears are using him for his smarts more than anything right now. Sometimes knowing blitz schemes is more important than athleticism – just look at Peyton.

        • MB30SD

          …a linebacker.

      • sc dave

        ISecond play, if matt goes right….

    • gpldan

      Nothing like lawyering out Our Boy Roy’s gig and then stealing it.

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      Fiammetta took on a guy 150 pounds fatter and held his own. He also is avg 30yds per catch! I named my FF team (Irish’s league) after him to pay tribute:

      Fiammetta-WorldPeace

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    I think Artoo’s gonna do the sneak preview for the Potato Skins this week, but I’ll give an annotated version:

    1) It’ll be a close game because that’s just how the 2013 Bears roll. If we played the Jags, we’d win by 2 FGs. If we played the Broncos we’d lose by a score.

    2) Because it’s going to be close, the Skins are gonna run all over us. I mean, if Brandon Jacobs looked like the Bus, imagine what Alf is going to look like vs our soft run D.

    3) It almost won’t matter because the Skins’ secondary and specials are laughable. Big days for the O all around, and Hester (if he gets his head out of his ass).

    4) I expect the Skins to blitz a lot. They showed that last week, and no doubt they’ll get exotic a la Saints. However, the Bears did a much better job of adjusting to them, and this should keep Cutler upright enough.

    5) RG3 has been very inaccurate so far. Expect an INT or two from our D this game. Garcon might have a big day too if they can get play action going, but it’ll be a day of big plays and take aways, I think.

    6) X-factor. RG3-read option. Having a studly Pepp, Melton, Izzy and Woot last year is one thing, but how will an old Pepp, bum-footed Paea, pancaked Shea, hobbling Anderson (and/or Bostic who might start at SLB, while Constanzo starts at MLB) and rook LB handle the speed and schemes of the read option? I think the Bears contain RG3 at the expense of Alf going off, but RG3 looks like he’s got his legs back under him, so watch out.

    • gpldan

      Running RG3 is back.

    • Trac

      Anyone else thinkg RG might have come back from his injury too early or is this just a sophomore slump?

  • Sactowns#1

    Just because I know all of you love Bounce. She ugly but the beats got me bobbin and bouncin. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eau1qHxI-8w

  • MB30SD

    when are they going to kick this POS out of the league? When he gravely injures someone? I’m far from a sensitive alarmist, but his history is just ridiculous.

    http://nfl.si.com/2013/10/16/ndamukong-suh-fined-hit-brandon-weeden/?sct=hp_t2_a2&eref=sihp

    • Waffle

      I don’t think that hit was illegal. He didn’t use his helmet in the video nor did he kick his nuts, judo slam him, foot stomp him, twist his helmet and neck in an attempt to paralyze, etc…..you know, his usual modus operandi.

      • MB30SD

        I know, but it’s his whole body of work. dude is just a cheap punk bitch. Like the school yard bully maings. dude sucks.

    • Trac

      Nothing to see there. The dude is a toole no doubt but when you think about it, he could really hurt people if he wanted to. To me it looks like a man pushing a paper doll on that play. I wish we had a monster like him on our team without the tooleness.

  • MB30SD
    • Trac

      A slap on the hand. If Marshall has no problem with the fine, no point in taking up an offense for him.

  • bearsfantillend

    Just having the announcers talk about a subject brings awareness. I have always thought the inordinate amount of Pink is ludicrous and contrived. If the NFL truly cared why not take each week and focus on a disease that needs awareness. But that focus does not need to be a massive campaign that looks more like a publicity stunt for the league to show us how much they care.

    On November 6, 2000, I was watching a Monday Night Football Game between the Packers and the Vikings. During the pregame show the announcers were talking about Josh Bidwell the Packers punter at the time. Josh was drafted in 1999 and had missed the previous season battling Testicular Cancer. The announcers talked about how his team mates had helped with medical bills since he was diagnosed with it the year before and before he actually signed his rookie contract.

    As a 21 year old college kid at the time, I had been bombarded at College by the Testicular Cancer Awareness program that MTV had been focusing on at colleges across the nation. I took no notice of the campaign because it was so over the top and so in your face.

    I was glad i was watching that Monday Night game and listening to the pregame show where the announcers spent no more than five minutes raising the awareness. Because Josh Bidwell’s story, for some reason, struck home with me. Later that night I did a self check, probably the first time i checked my balls with a medical purpose, and i discovered a lump. I was lucky I discovered it early since the treatment was very easy compared to most.

    I, like many people, don’t care about and don’t listen to the ‘OVER THE TOP’ look at us, we care, type of awareness campaigns, that major organizations and business put on. Those types of campaigns look more like Publicity stunts and seem so contrived. In Professional Sports these huge campaigns seem more like a way to increase their fan bases than focusing on the disease, Spend all the money spent on Pink Crap on a donation to the cause.

    There is no need for the Pink Awareness Barffest, i like that term so had to steal it, that occurs in EVERY professional sport, for a disease that everyone knows about already. Its great that every league wants to bring awareness to it, but there are plenty other diseases out there that not many people know about that could benefit greatly to a little exposure.

    So KUDOS to Marshall for getting Mental Illness talked about. In my opinion, his little action brought more awareness to a disease than all the Pink crap the NFL spewed out the last couple weeks.

    It does not take much to bring awareness to an illness or an issue with society. In my case, a five minute ‘time filling’ conversation during a pregame show, probably saved my life, or at the least made my battle with cancer a little easier.

    • Cormonster

      Good story and nice avatar.

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      Why do I have a feeling that the story is somehow connected to the avatar?

      Man, I may have to check my nuts too, for professional and not recreational purposes.

      • gpldan

        With all the women you’ve been with, just send out a census form about your balls. With that many responses, you will have statistical significance and if they didn’t find anything – you’re good.

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  • Trac

    Where oh where is my Irishsweetness? Hope all is well buddy!

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  • Trac

    What does the Washington Redskins name mean to me as a fan of Football?

    #1 One of the coolest team logo’s in the NFL. – In a day and age where innocent homage to a portion of this countries History has taken a back seat to political correctness, I’ve got to admit that I have always admired their name and logo. When I was growing up, I was always intrigued by the image displayed on their helmets and I can recall wondering about days gone by when conjuring up the image of their logo in my mind as a young lad. Never, never have I once looked at their name or their logo as a racial slur.

    #2 Great football memories – “The Hogs” – Need I say anymore? What a relief they were when they destroyed the Bronco’s in the ’87 Super Bowl. For years they were the anti-Cowboy vote and they were one of the only franchises standing in the way of “America’s Team”. Who can remember Doug WIliams being the first black QB to win the Super Bowl? Gee, what a racist organization? (That’s sarcasm by the way). Funny how politicians railing against the Redskins name have failed to bring that up. I am open to debate on this issue but I don’t see it as a defining moment in our countries civil rights mandates contained within the Constitution.

    Having said all that, lets hope that our Boys can break the arrows the Redskins have in their quivers and bury the hatchet squarely in RGIII’s game. He he.

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