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Two New Charities Join Our Otis Wilson Charity Event Sunday Night in Wicker Park

| December 4th, 2013

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The co-sponsor of Sunday night’s event to benefit the Otis Wilson Charitable Organization is called Art of Men. Art of Men is a soon-to-launch digital platform that pairs the knowledge, experience and expertise of men with good works projects in their communities. Art of Men does not ask men to donate their money. They ask men to donate themselves; to donate their time. (To see video of Art of Men’s work with senior centers in NYC and the New York Yankees, CLICK HERE.)

Art of Men will be gathering volunteers Sunday night for two Chicago-based organizations desperate for the assistance. (For full event details, CLICK HERE.)

COMMON PANTRY

Common Pantry is Chicago’s oldest, continually-operating food pantry. On Friday December 20th they are receiving a shipment of more than 3,000 pounds of food to be served to the city’s neediest citizens. Their problem? They lack the man power (about ten people!) to unload the trucks and organize the food. From an email I received from the pantry’s Executive Director:

We are confirmed for the food drive pickup on December 20th.  It will be at Lane Tech High School at 10am.  The school is at 3500 N. Western Ave. We can have volunteers meet at the pantry (3744 N. Damen Ave) around 9:45a and then head over to the school.  It is only about a mile away from the pantry.  The process should last about 2 hours.  I have confirmed a large truck to use for transporting the food, volunteers will just need a vehicle to transport themselves (we can definitely car pool).

We’ll be signing up volunteers at the event and contacting them in the days after.

LEAVE NO VETERAN BEHIND

This is a truly unique organization to benefit Chicago’s veterans, providing educational and employment services to veterans facing economic hardships. Many organizations service the mental/physical needs of returning vets (though nowhere near to the extent they should) but LNVB helps them transition back into the working world. Here is an appearance the organization did on Windy City Live:

What we are attempting to mobilize is 2-3 individuals to work with veterans on mentor level. We’d like two or three men to meet regularly with a veteran or two and provide guidance on all those elements that aid in the transition to the working world: resumes/cover letters, interview approach…etc.

It is going to be a terrific night. I hope many of you will join us and help us make Chicago a better place to live.

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  • SC Dave

    From Da Site; Emery responded about “transcending ability” in an earlier question about moving to a 3-4.

    Phil Emery:
    I know that Shea has contributed positively to our team. We do a lot of analytics on the level of success of our units when a player is on or off the field. I know that our defense and particularly our pass rush is more successful by a wide margin when Shea is on the field than when he is off the field. Shea has the combination of very good athletic ability, play speed, work ethic and smarts that will allow him to continue to develop moving forward into his career. Due to his athleticism, Shea has that trenscending ability to be successful in any scheme and that’s a big part of why we drafted him.

    • Trac

      Are you paying attention MB? No way Lovie was interested in switching to a 3-4 because of his commitment to the cover deuce. Hee hee.

      • MB30SD

        yes, I am trac. I am sending a flaming-bag-of-dogshit gram to both lovie and angelo this christmas.

        Put out the fire boys, put out the fire.

        • Trac

          hahahah. Good on ya mate!

          • MB30SD

            Going back to the homeland to see the parents in Jan trac. I’ll have some boerwors and biltong for you… usually massive amounts of both. Maybe topped off with a peppermint crisp. Boom!

          • Trac

            I have to go to D.C to get a new passport. Oh Brother. Speaking of my SA treats, I think I’m going to give you a new nickname for my favorite treat. Can you guess which one it is? lol

          • SC Dave

            Biltong! Yummy!!

          • MB30SD

            Look at you dave!!!

            I might try and sneak some back this time.

    • gpldan

      Shae is “transcendant”. Maybe he meant “translucent”. Casper the ghost sports a better tan.

    • CanadaBear

      Talk about trying to justify a horrible pick! Although if you take out all the fluff the last sentence tells me we’re going to a 3-4 and CD will be standing up next year. He can’t be any worse at LB.

      • SC Dave

        Kinda my interpretation; the true indication will be whether a true NT is targetted in round 1 or FA next season.

        • bearsfantillend

          i kind of figured that was why we signed Ratliff. He played NT for Dallas when they were running a 3-4. i know age will be an issue with him in the next few years but gives time to find something in the draft the next couple years.

          • SC Dave

            I thought about that too, but Ratliff is only 303 pounds, so I question whether he has the size to play the position. Certainly, we would need someone else to split time – Paea and Cohen are both smaller.

          • Ghost of Waffle

            you mean Nate Collins right? Landen Cohen will not be on an NFL team ever again.

          • SC Dave

            Yes

  • gpldan

    Fun Facts:

    Big Cat Williams was a converted DT. I always had the idea that Izzy might have made the same transition, but in reality it’s a specialized skill and Big Cat was one of the few to make the cut.

    The high mark for charity work while an active player still goes to Zorich. That guy spent a good deal of his money on other people while actively playing. He used to rent a set of trucks and prepare hundreds if not thousands of hot meals and drive around the south side and give them to needy people. The scale of what he would do on Thanksgiving could have easily reached $200k in early 1990s dollars.

    • Shady

      http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-07-12/news/chi-zorich-sentenced-to-probation-20130712_1_tax-case-matt-lydon-chris-zorich-charitable-foundation
      Zorich, 44, pleaded guilty in March to misdemeanor charges and faced up to 16 months in prison.

      His attorney, Matt Lydon of Winston & Strawn, had requested probation. He noted Zorich cooperated with federal authorities and is already being punished by paying thousands of dollars in back taxes and penalties to the federal government.

      Zorich did not file tax returns from 2006 through 2009, during which time he had a gross income of more than $1 million in deferred compensation from the Bears and other sources. He also received monthly rent payments from the charitable foundation he founded in the early 1990s, according to court records.

      The Tribune reported in 2010 that the Chris Zorich Charitable Foundation was in disarray and that the last tax return it filed on time, in 2002, showed about $864,000 in assets.

      That story prompted a review by the Illinois attorney general’s office and eventually led to a consent decree in which he agreed to pay back about $350,000 in unaccounted charitable funds. Zorich has denied misusing any money, but the decree barred him from taking a leading role for any charity in Illinois.

      • gpldan

        That’s too bad. He went back to ND and got his J.D. so he’s not stupid. Maybe they taught him to skip his taxes in Law School. Either way it blights his efforts which for many years were exemplary.

      • CanadaBear

        Don’t know any of the details but when he’s being “punished” by paying back taxes, that sounds like BS. That’s not being punished, that’s paying what you owed. I don’t doubt Zorich’s heart is in the right place but as the nuns told me on an almost daily basis, “the road to hell is paved with good intentions.” And you know the nuns would never steer you wrong!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • MB30SD

          now put out your knuckles and then give me 5 hail Mary’s and a who’s your faatha

          • CanadaBear

            Nah. It was lots more corporal punishment and lots less praying. NUNZILLA!!!!

    • DaMurph

      Mark Bortz made that transition too. He was a D tackle out of Iowa and converted to one hell of a guard for the Bears

  • MB30SD

    Hey, at least we’re not the Browns: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxv4hOpbFEQ#t=62

  • MB30SD
  • MB30SD

    my god… overkill already. I don’t even want to see the movie

    • MB30SD

      Oh, and payton is such a fucking massive dbag.

    • CanadaBear

      I never saw the first one and have no intentions of seeing this one. He and Adam Sandler have to be the 2 most over rated “comedy stars” of all time (esp Sandler).

      • MB30SD

        with you canada.

        • gpldan

          There are parts of Talledega Nights that are kinda funny, mostly with Cohen as the French F1 driver, but so much of it is cringe humor.

          • CanadaBear

            I’m not saying Ferrel can’t be funny, clearly he can. He isn’t funny enough to carry a movie. If he has a comedic part OK, main star, uh no. Sandler is awful all the time. Oddly enough, they are both better in dramatic roles.

          • MB30SD

            I can’t stand sandler.

            I have wanted to see him in Everything Must Go for a long time: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1531663/

          • CanadaBear

            He was really good in it. Liked the movie a lot.

          • MB30SD

            thanks canada, I’ll check it out.

          • tobijohn

            Try Punch Drunk Love. It’s pretty dark and all his regular fans hated it. I liked it..

          • MB30SD

            just checked out the trailer tobi… whoa.

          • tobijohn

            I think you’ll like it. Another one to check out is Dummy with Adrian Brody…

          • Cormonster

            Sandler did write a great song that really speaks to me. It’s eerily similar to my sex life.

            http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=zLm5oSJRxIU

          • MB30SD

            Love that movie, but yeah… it was mostly Jean Girard

  • CanadaBear
  • BillW

    By the way Jeff – you should be very proud of your part in the Charity events! Great job!

  • gpldan

    So now what is needed is a mockumentary with Ditka himself, in the plot is he gets some hair coloring and enters his own look-alike contest. he goes up there with – and this would be the best if he would come – Johnny Morris and goes on a mock tirade with Morris. Gum chewing, the whole bit. And he loses, with Big Cat and Otis saying he’s turrible, they are both turrible and nothing even close to the real thing, and they leave dejected. Johnny sees a flyer for a Tom Landry look alike contest, and dons a Fedora – fade to black.

    • gpldan

      With a cameo from Will Ferrell as another Ditka impersonator.

  • MB30SD
    • SC Dave

      That’s a good amount I think.

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      The Steelers might get punished in the draft too. I think they’re waiting to see where the Ravens and Steelers end up, and I have a feeling that God-dell is going to switch them in a round.

  • MB30SD
  • MB30SD

    ahhhh to be insanely rich

    Yes, I know it’s just a commercial, but they could both easily do it.

  • MB30SD

    thought summa you guys might enjoy this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJ_uqlNgSU8#t=56

  • MB30SD

    so I don’t get it… what sony just didn’t plan correctly… again? Or is this a strategy to create a demand? either way the numbers are silly.

    http://games.yahoo.com/news/forbes-don-t-buy-xbox-one-152040908.html

  • MB30SD
    • SC Dave

      “Michelle is being all nagtown”… hee hee

  • EnderWiggin
    • MB30SD

      damn it

      4.9 40. ouch.

      • Ghost of Waffle

        he was a baller. i’m pissed he’s not on the Bears. Fullback, specials and backup long snapper.

        • Ghost of Waffle

          probably could have filled in at DE in a pinch too.

        • CanadaBear

          You know I’m a Forte fan and the best he’s ever looked for the Bears was running behind Clutts. It makes you wonder if Forte ever says anything to the staff.

    • SC Dave

      Arrrrrgh!!

  • gpldan

    MB –

    Looks like Walker’s driver may have switched traction control off. Bad call.

    You’ve heard of snap oversteer, but have you ever seen a car snap understeer?

    Advance this to 8:12 and watch to 8:42 as Stig/Ben Collins crashes the Swedish Monster

    He got snap understeer, which is really oversteer with a “hop” as the opposite tire bites in and grips pushing all the power to it, but you see these guys at SCCA events with GT-Rs and they turn TC off and it happens alot with these ground huggers with flat bottoms. With TC off the diff applies all the power to the spinning tire and then it GRABS and poof – off you go.

    • MB30SD

      yeah. that first article on the Porsche basically said the same thing.

      BTW, you know who the Stig is right?

      • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

        James Dean?

        Too soon?

        • MB30SD

          jackass

          (hee hee)

          • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

            hey, and I actually like that Jag-e-whar (that’s how it’s properly pronounced according to those commercials with the dude with the weird accent).

            It’s a great looking car. I think I just like the Cobra for the same reason you like the Jag. I saw it as a kid and fell in love.

            That’s probably why I like the 95 Viper – reminded me of the Cobra.

            I’m a casual gear head – I don’t have a PHd in Forumula 1 like Dr. GP.

          • gpldan

            No no. Just a fan. My experience with cars is confined to buying and rebuilding an old Triumph TR6. Then, I got ambitious and bought a vintage Formula Ford, looked a little bit like #19 in this pic:

            http://images.hemmings.com/wp-content/uploads//2012/06/vintageracing_02_1200.jpg

            I put the rebuilt FF 1600 DOHC in it, and ran it a couple times, then sold it. It was too much work. It lived up the old joke about “how do you make a small fortune racing cars? Start with a large fortune.”

      • Jokey

        Do tell.

        • MB30SD

          Supposedly it was Michael Schumacher.

          • MB30SD

            BUT, if you read the comments and GP’s post… MS was only the stig for the one Ferrari FXX lap (he was the only one allowed to drive it) and Ben Collins was the ‘regular’ stig.

            http://bencollins.com/

  • Ghost of Waffle
    • MB30SD

      686 people think we should before a FS, DT, DE, or Corner.

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

          From where I stand, a DE is getting ass-rammed by a Viking, another Bear right by him (Frey?) is trying out for Juliard Ballet Corps, Green is getting washed out while Steltz is playing grab ass. I think Bostic was trying to loop around the sideline then sneak up from behind, while everyone else thought a good rugby scrum was just what the game needed.

          • MB30SD

            soooo take a QB in rd 1 then, right? right?

      • SC Dave

        774 by now

    • Trac

      Kinda reminds me of all the people that voted for obamacare because they thought it was free. he he.

  • MB30SD

  • MB30SD
    • bearsfantillend

      no worries MB. Rev’s in Malawi not Mali – other side of africa.

  • MB30SD

    I. Want. This. Dog.

    But they should have played Flashdance instead.

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    The plot thickens…

    GM Phil Emery suggested that he doesn’t want to use the franchise tag on Jay Cutler.

    It would cost roughly $16.2 million for the Bears to slap
    Cutler with the tag, a number that would seriously harm their ability to
    improve their woeful defense. Emery would prefer to get Cutler signed
    to a long-term deal that would keep the franchise’s cap situation in a
    reasonable place. The situation is complicated by not only Cutler’s
    current ankle injury, but the multitude of injuries he’s suffered of
    late. He’s missed 11 games over the last three seasons and is highly
    questionable for Monday night’s game against the Cowboys.

    –Rotoworld

    • gpldan

      Hmmmmm. Interesting.

    • BerwynBomber

      I thought they would franchise him. Sounds more and more like they will get a deal done.

  • gpldan

    Lovely stats:

    2011 Cowboys Special Team Rank: 17th. Coach Joey D.
    2012 Cowboys Special Team Rank: 22nd. Coach: Joey D.

    This year’s Cowboys, without Slow Joe: 3rd

    Bears under Taub were perennially top ten in ST

    This year: 28th.

    So, to add suckage, just add some Joe.

    • BillW

      You have to wonder if first time head coaches actually WANT a mediocre assistant or two to deflect attention from him until he starts feeling secure. Think about it – Trestman’s offense is one of the tops in the league, but that was no guarantee going in. Maybe he was afraid if on of the other coords were better at their job than he was at the offense, he’d be under fire.
      Of course, with his puzzling in game decisions, he only draws attention to his puzzling hiring decisions as well.

      • MB30SD

        Bill… don’t be such a pussy. 🙂

        Pretty negative defeatist attitude my maings. Pull that chin up tiger, it’s his first year and I’m pretty sure emery also had a say. Let’s see what happens this off season and next year before we start running the warm tub and get the razor blades out.

        • BillW

          Well, of course I don’t mean that literally; but I do think it takes a lot of guts to hire someone clearly superior in their field. Even Ditka had Buddy Ryan forced on him. But the other dynamic, and more likelythe case than my depressing outlook is that without a lot of recent NFL connections it may have been difficult to get assistants to risk hitching their wagon to Trestman. Now that he is proven to be a success on his side of the ball, I would think a rising talen woudl want the exposure that would come from turning the Bears defense around.
          (Is that better MB?)

          • johnnywad

            He got Kromer to come to Chicago. That’s big.

          • BillW

            Agreed – though I think Kromer is a line coach with the OC title; and Joe D is a bad STC with “assistant head coach” in his title. I’m trying hard to let the 2nd down OT kick go so I won’t speculate what part Joe D may have played in that if any. Obviously the HC call anyway.

  • bearsfantillend

    is anyone else having strange things happen in the comments section, especially when trying to view new comments?

    • gpldan

      Your avatar looks like a monkey with a giant penis. That’s kinda strange.

      • bearsfantillend

        lol. its a bear with a giant penis.

  • gpldan

    I think it looks pretty good. It has IRS and they might pump the 5.0 to 450bhp.

    http://tinyurl.com/jw7zlqp

  • MB30SD
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