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A Bunch of Random Thoughts on the “Happenings” in Bourbonnais

| July 29th, 2014

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You walk into a bar. A fella says, “What do you think of the Bears this season?” You sit there in that moment, raise the cold glass of Bud to your lips and realize the fella just ordered a sandwich that don’t fit his mouth. He expected a “they’ll be pretty good”. He’s getting a lot more.

Thoughts…

  • Optimism in camp is usually a synonym for bullshit but there seems to be some legitimate optimism surrounding the linebacker position. Shea McClellin seems finally able to utilize his athleticism. Khaseem Greene and DJ Williams have been making plays. Lance Briggs has stopped bitching and moaning about the ghosts of defense past. Hell, even Christian Jones has received praise from Phil Emery.
  • If you don’t know much about Greene, he’s a sound man. CLICK HERE to read an article detailing his decision to wear number 52 as a tribute to his friend Eric LeGrand.
  • The only way Phil Emery is cutting Pat O’Donnell is the rookie having a couple nightmare performances in the preseason and Tress Way is sound. Emery can say what he wants about the best players making the squad but there would be a significant egg stain on his cheeks should he be guilty of wasting a sixth-round pick on a dud punter.
  • Side note: Tress Way is a great name.

  • I tend to like when entrenched starters miss some time early in camp for two reasons. (1) They can’t get seriously hurt if they’re not out there. (2) Folks like Eben Britton and Kyle Fuller can get meaningful looks at positions they might be called to play should injury hit the team mid-year.
  • Is it me or is Jay Cutler sort of anonymous at this camp thus far? You get the sense everyone has finally accepted he’s the guy, the only guy and the only news of note that could involve him would be injury-related,
  • Why would Matt Forte ever do anything aside from mildly jog at camp?
  • Same for Jared Allen. He knows how to rush the passer. He doesn’t need to practice.
  • Like the random fights at camp because it proves the offense views themselves equal to the defense. This has been the greatest impact of the Emery/Trestman era.
  • 0: the number of catches I’d like to see Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery combine for in the preseason.
  • What the hell is this disease Kyle Long has got?

No injuries, no problem, a lot to consider.

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  • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

    Firstness

    • For your consideration….

      Nitty, I told my wife that I want to take out a 50,000 home equity line of credit to bet that the Bears make the playoffs. That would net me 107,803.00
      She told me that I am no longer allowed to drink rum and coke all day in her uncle’s pool like a pirate. I told her that she needs to “fucking buy in to Trestman”.

      • SC Dave

        Thinkin’ the Mrs. is on the right track here.

        • For your consideration….

          You need to fucking buy into Trestman

      • Trac

        Only 50K? Tsk tsk!

      • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

        Awesome. I can picture it now. Although, my vision of you usually includes an air blowjob.

        • lol Johhny should frame it, “If we don’t make the playoffs, you don’t have to cook or give me a bj for a year!”
          Sweeten the pot a bit.

          • For your consideration….

            dude, i’m married, I can’t even spell bie jayy anymore.

          • MB30SD

            so sad, so sad. If I still had your # after upgrading phones I would have been sending you text pics of tits and vaginas for the last 6 months… ask $.

          • For your consideration….

            upgrade your phone? Are you now carrying around a laptop for a phone?

          • MB30SD

            I went from the Samsung Note II to the Note III. It is quite literally the single best piece of technology I’ve even owned – and you know how much of a technology whore I am. If you are using an iphone, you are a sucker to the marketing.

            If you’d like entry to the vicarious wormhole just shoot me a text. Same # still. If not, I understand…. but that won’t save you when I visit.

          • If you’re willing to donate your samsung note II to ole Butch, I’ll send you better quality pictures.

            Trickle Down economics at its finest!

        • MB30SD

          I still have that pic. Want me to text it to you?

          • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

            Sure.

      • Big Mike

        Put it on winning the division and go BIG time. Last year I had 30:1 odds at $1,000 to win the NFC North. A true long shot. It was really a crap shoot, then Rodgers got hurt, Fuck you Chris Conte.

        • For your consideration….

          damn Mike, that’s like Shakespearean Tragedy.

          • Big Mike

            I was in Vegas in July or August. The Bears were totally being undervalued because of having a new head coach, having spent a #1 draft choice on a guy who played 5 games at D1, etc. Packers had a good off season, Their odds to win their division were even with the Vikings, Redskins, and a bunch of other turd teams.

            I had been winning at craps, and the chips turn into fake money. (If you’ve ever been on a roll, you know you start tipping $25, $50, $100 for drinks and the stick guy, because you’re the shit, right? ) So I had looked at the odds earlier and since I was the shit, I asked the pit boss to hold my spot, so I could go place this bet.. he went and placed it for me, because he wanted me to stay at the table.

            I almost forgot about the bet. I’ve got the Bears going 9-7, maybe 10-6 and being a wild card hopefully. No way they get past GB. But there we are with our fate in our hands, even after shitting the bed the week before against the Eagles, the Packers lost to the Steelers at Lambeau, so all we need to do is beat the Packers at home.

            So what do we do.. we leave a ball on the ground when the plays still alive and they walk it in for a TD. But we almost recover from that… and Conte takes $30 large from my pocket.

          • MB30SD

            Chris. Conte.

            I can’t believe you haven’t been on the shitcan CC bandwagon with me Mike.

          • Big Mike

            It was too painful. It set in motion a series of events that cannot be described online. At the precise moment Conte sucked a cock, I was proportionately upset about the Bears losing. There was silence, cursing and the like. Then my buddies pointed out that Conte just cost me $30k. Like the assholes they are, they proceeded to amuse themselves by coming up with a list of what $30k could purchase. I just got more and more intoxicated. Car keys were hidden, along with shoes. Night became day, the assholes couldn’t remember where they hid my car keys. Wives and girlfriends were called into the equation. One of the assholes, tells my wife I lost $30k on the game, my car keys and my shoes. She gets over to where we were located along with several others. I had no idea why she was at wifecon 10. Figuring level 3 or 4 is the appropriate level of pissed offness for a Bears game that determines a playoff spot or not. She’s on me about this and for once, when I claimed I had no idea what she was talking about I was telling the truth. She stormed off, I got drunk again… it took a couple days another day or so to sort out.

          • MB30SD

            wow.

            I guess that’s all you can say. And technically you didn’t LOSE $30K on the game, you just didn’t make it. But I imagine that explanation wouldn’t have done much to help the situation at the time. Hahaha

          • Big Mike

            I was in no conditions to argue, she came at with me both barrels. I had no car keys, no shoes, and why was I in Vegas gambling in August….

          • MB30SD

            Hahahahaha… oh shit. there’s the kicker. She didn’t even KNOW you were in vegas.

            Oh god, that must have been a very miserable few days. I am SO glad I’m single and only have myself to answer to when I constantly and regularly do stupid shit.

          • Big Mike

            I travel on business often. I was in Phoenix. Called and indicated that there were delays on the project and instead of taking a red-eye back to DC on Friday night, I’d be getting home Sunday. Hopped a flight on SW and met up with some buddies. The guy that spilled the beans violated several bro-code rules. 1) he talked to a spouse giving details, 2) Vegas.. c’mon everybody knows that) 3) he did not throw himself under the bus immediately.

            As of this post, “Loose Lips” is in the barrel and has penance to serve to make up for his indiscretion. The punishment has not been decided, but the range is from watching the Bears opener on a 13 inch black and white set,while we watch on a 70+ inch deal. No TV radio only, catering the opener with certain very specific requirements (import Portillo’s, Malnattis etc.. )

          • MB30SD

            I think you go with the last one, and let him attend… but only in the get up I’ve been pushing for a bet with $

            Have him buy and wear this: http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41ELDNoCQvL.jpg

            That should do it. BTW, wtf is wrong with that guy?!

          • Big Mike

            He’s a younger guy for our group (34), he’s sort of a suck up with everyone’s wife/girlfriend, (not in a hitting on them kind of way, but in a “i understand” sort of way.) It gets worse when he’s drunk. Thought he was trained. But he’s a die-hard Bear fan, good guy, funny as all get out.

            That get up might seal the deal. The catering tab will be a few hundred. Maybe he has to fetch drinks the first half…

          • MB30SD

            perfect! Make it so #1!

            btw, that shit don’t fly with my crew. fucking siding with the enemy gets you swift expulsion.

            #guycode!

            http://www.mtv.com/videos/guy-code-ep-412/1728548/playlist.jhtml#series=2211&seriesId=37308&channelId=1

          • For your consideration….

            lol, awesome.

          • SC Dave

            And people wonder why I don’t gamble on sporting events?

          • MB30SD

            i don’t get gambling in general. it seems like a not fun way to piss your money down the drain. I’d much rather spend it on travel, extreme shit, toys (not a big toy guy either tho), I’d say hookers and coke, but they aren’t my thing either.

            When I go to vegas I go to eat, drink, and unleash my vicious pool game.

          • Big Mike

            I rarely do. But I liked the odds, was up a ton and was in Vegas. Only bet that size I’ve ever made on a sporting event. Placing that wager may have tipped the karmic balance and contributed to the unspeakable events.

          • For your consideration….

            if Conte was a Columbian goalkeeper he would have been burned in a stack of tires for costing you that money.

          • Big Mike

            Ughhh..

          • MB30SD

            I can only wish

            (I keed, I keeeeeed)

          • That would drive me nuts. Just replace Finkles with Conte…

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCOGH–E_80

        • Cormonster

          That sucks. Some of the blame should go to Anderson for not picking up that fumble and potentially running it back for a score. Could have been a 14 point swing. From my view at the game it looked like Anderson could have scored. One of the most heart-breaking losses I’ve ever attended. Not $30G bad though.

          • Big Mike

            Oh clearly, that’s the play that is overlooked when everyone goes all bat shit about Conte’s play. The whole damn defense just stood there, with thumbs in asses. Sort of a metaphor for the whole season defensively. And fuck Julius Peppers for not yelling “ball”.

          • SC Dave

            The worst play I have ever seen watching the Bears.

          • Big Mike

            For all the crap that Lovie Smith takes, some deserved, mostly not, this would not have happened to one of his teams. WTF…

            As for Conte, the fact that he blew the coverage, is unforgivable, but the Packers scoring on that drive seemed inevitable. A field goal would have beaten the Bears and the Packers only needed to pick up about another 20 yards to be in field goal range.

          • bearsfantillend

            Preface: I am doing this just to be an ASS! Sorry in advance it might be painful.

            Conte was not the only player on that play to screw up, I’m looking at you Peppers.

            Players make mistakes. Coverages are blown. Blown coverages and crappy defensive schemes have always led to heartbreak. so everyone get over that play. let it go.

            Remember these plays.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJLYkdilUm4

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmJRVcFrDmE

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wn8DN_FmGpw

      • MB30SD

        Hahahaha… I want to drink rum in your uncle’s pool all day like a pirate. Can we do that next time I’m in town?

        • For your consideration….

          Cruzan and Coke all day errday

          • MB30SD

            that won’t have the same ‘je ne sais quois’ in winter

          • For your consideration….

            in winter we drink whiskey and eat grilled animals while our team dominates on the field.

          • MB30SD

            In.

          • SC Dave

            Fuck yeah.

  • CanadaBear

    Hey Cor, you probably already know this but here’s Mule’s fall sched.

    http://www.jambands.com/news/2014/07/29/gov-t-mule-reveal-fall-tour-dates/

    • Cormonster

      I had tickets to see them at the MN Zoo a few weeks ago, but had to cancel and eat them at the last minute because of work and my cousin was a wreck because her good friend lost a day old baby the day before. I heard it was a great show. They opened with two Johnny Winter songs in honor of him. (Johnny was supposed to join them in Jamaica next winter). Oh well, catch them next time.

      • SC Dave

        Do you live in MN? On my way up there around Labor Day…

        • Cormonster

          I live on the WI / MN border close to Winona, about an hour from Rochester.

  • Trac

    Random thoughts!

    Poison Ivy really sucks. So does calamine lotion.

    • Cormonster

      It does suck. I used to get it really bad, but found a natural antidote that grows locally called Jewel Weed. As long as I crush up some jewel weed and rub it on the areas within a day or so, it goes away really fast.

      • SC Dave

        Wow… do they bottle that shit?

        • Cormonster

          I’m sure there is some “natural” company that uses it, but it probably doesn’t work. There are sites online that talk about its use. It doesn’t work very well after 24 hours. Whenever I camp on islands on the Mississippi, I fill a big freezer bag full of Jewel Weed. All the islands around me (hundreds, if not thousands) are loaded with poison ivy. The Department of Natural Resources and Army Corps of Engineers plant that shit on the islands to try and discourage people from camping on the sand bars. They say it’s to prevent erosion, which is bullshit. The islands naturally grow and shrink every year based on flooding or high water.

          • SC Dave

            Probably too hard for Homeland Security to watch you there.

          • Cormonster

            It’s not worth it to have a big party on a sandbar anymore during a holiday weekend. Some agency with show up and give out a couple token $200-300 tickets, and tell you how nice they are because they could do a lot more. They can find or interpret violations that would allow them to confiscate boats in most cases. But they are all “good guys” who just want to keep the environment and the people “safe”.

          • Peanut FTW

            If that bullshit excuse really works then the next guy that gets busted for having a ton of weed growing should play that card.

    • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

      Back in my forest fire fighting days, I would always get it real bad from the smoke (I think). I wouldn’t touch anything and the next day I would have it all over my junk. Sometimes my eyes would swell shut. I reasoned that the poison oak burning resulted in my inhaling it or something (never one to shy away from inhaling). Then, it would come out through my pores on the sweatiest parts of my body; my junk, and under my armpits and knees. Damn it sucked.

      • MB30SD

        that doesn’t sound fun at ALL.

      • Cormonster

        I was pulling huge vines out of trees late one fall with no gloves. Turns out it was Poison Ivy. I had never seen it get that big before. After showering that night, the next morning I woke up and it covered my ENTIRE body. Ears, nose, junk, ass, everywhere. I couldn’t stop it from spreading. I was miserable for several weeks.

        • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

          Yeah. There’s nothing worse.

          In my situation, I had to go back out and fight fires the next day and the next day. Imagine the suckage there.

          • Cormonster

            That is some major suckage.

          • MB30SD

            jesus, thank god I live in a civilized place. Fucking mountain men!

        • Trac

          Docs junk or the poison ivy? Just sayin. Lol.

      • Trac

        I was a virgin until last week doc. This stuff is worse than any gangrenous subtropical vaginal rash that butch has ever come across. Turrible

        • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

          Sorry mang. That’s one thing I don’t miss about firefighting.

      • SC Dave

        I knew a gal that was hospitalized for inhaling that smoke. The shit it did to her lungs almost put her down about six feet. Fortunately, she was an athlete and in good shape. May have made the difference.

  • “Is it me or is Jay Cutler sort of anonymous at this camp thus far? You get the sense everyone has finally accepted he’s the guy”

    $100 million dollar contract will do that. Naysayers have no choice but to accept Cutler for at least the next 3 years.

    • SC Dave

      Yeah, and maybe he’ll just concentrate on reaching his potential. Would be nice, and make him worth what Angelo gave up to get him.

  • EnderWiggin

    Long better not have that MRSA crap that was going around Tampa last year…

  • The issue with “resting” vets, or any player, is that it’s been proven time and time again, that resting them, then throwing them into the fire usually results in inj. How many players have held out, then they sign very last minute, go out there, and get injured or have a sub-par year? Didn’t Andre Johnson just recently mess up his hammy?

    I think they need to be out there, though on a very limited basis. Just enough to get their body back into football shape.

    • MB30SD

      this

  • Sactowns#1

    Well since Canada is bringing up music heres a couple great bands that are just starting to get traction. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20SMrNWV_UQ

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-mRETd7XW0&list=UU3I2GFN_F8WudD_2jUZbojA

    BTW thanks to whoever posted Lake Street Dive a while back. I’ve been getting into them.

    • Cormonster

      That would be me. Good stuff. They are really good in concert too. And KEXP has a lot of fantastic videos on youtube.

      • Sactowns#1

        I tried to see them in SF but I was too late on tix. They were being scalped for a pretty penny too which usually means theyre on the way up.
        Harlem and Parquet Courts are really good too but i fear they better catch on quick or they”ll run out of steam.

        • Cormonster

          LSD is ascending fast. I seen them in Madison last August at a free neighborhood party in the park. At the time they were playing mostly small clubs and afternoon gigs for festivals. This year they played at Red Rocks as an opener, and are starting to hit the 500-1000 seat venues. Those are my favorites. Gonna try and catch them live in the next few months at one of two great venues, either in Minneapolis or Madison. If I see any tour news close to you, I will try and remember to pass it on. Canada, they are playing in Vancouver in a few days.

          • CanadaBear

            I’m still in SE BC. Vancouver is a 13-hour drive. Uh, no thanks! We’ll be moving to the Island in the middle of the month. Can’t wait!

    • SC Dave

      Pup.. do people like cacophony, with emphasis on the caca?

  • Random thought of the day.

    Just watched “Choke” again. If you haven’t watched that movie, watch it!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMZ3Mi1vT-w

  • So, file this under crazy Butch files #2409.

    I went to a club on sat. It was a “zombie-vs-military” themed goth-industrial-80s gig in L.A. Why? Well, I have some friends that are into that, so. wtf not? Even had my first absinthe there, though I didn’t go all Johhny Depp.

    Anyhow, so the club’s ending, some lights are turning on, and this girl (and I do mean girl, cuz she looked 18), approaches me. She asks, “Why haven’t you been dancing all night?” So, she’s very cute, and I respond, “Oh, I have been. Maybe you haven’t been stalking me properly.” Actually, I didn’t say something witty like that because the music was still blaring, and I had to scream something clever like, “I have.”

    Anyhow, that wasn’t the odd part. So, suddenly, some man comes up to us. I go, “hey, so this is your friend?” She kinda looks embarresed and relays, “No. That’s my dad.”

    I TRY not to look, what’s the word, creeped out? So her dad looking a bit sloshed asks who I am. I shake his hand firmly and tell him. And he seems nice enough. Then some other ppl approach. It’s her entourage of dad, bro, sis-in-law (who was smoking hot. She looked like Ruxin’s wife in The League), and naturally, mom.

    I met all of them, right there and then. Then, kinda grabbed her by the hand and told her, “let’s go over here for a bit.” She was more than happy. So, away from the fam, I tried chit-chatting with her for a bit, trying to close the deal before they turned on all the lights and kicked everyone out. But I knew I wasn’t going to get lucky with her that night, so we just exchanged digits.

    I walked her out, and the fam followed us. Like I said, they were nice, but I found the whole scenario eerie for some reason. This wasn’t a “family” club. This was NIN meets David Lynch club. Ppl were not only dressed like zombies and half naked leather bound, there was also an S&M show/area.

    WTF? Would you ever go to that type of club with your parents, or take your daughter to such a place?

    It threw me for a loop. The odd part is, they seem very “normal” and she’s pretty nice actually, studying to be a nurse and volunteers for the homeless and everything.

    Still, one of the weirdest “pick ups” in the annals of le Butch.

    • MB30SD

      what… in….thee…. fuck?!?!

      • You know the other funny part? They claimed to be related to Tony Romo!
        And I didn’t kiss any ass either. I told her dad, “I think he’s over rated” and he said, “Yeah, I don’t like him either, actually”.
        Just a day in the life..

        (o, I’ll send you a pic of her to you, but you can’t call “To catch a predator” on me. That club was 21 and over!)

        • MB30SD

          W….T….F.

          Dude, that is some seriously random shit.

    • Cormonster

      Maybe her parents took her to the show? I know some guys that still listen to that kind of music who are in their 40’s.

      • MB30SD

        there is no way in hell I would take my baby anywhere near something like that… even if she was 40 herself. fuck that noise… but to each their own… right trac? (hee hee)

        • Cormonster

          The S&M stuff is definitely a little creepy. All the goth / punk parties I went to in HS and college that had live music were always like culture shock for me. It was at one of those underground parties that I got dosed with PCP by a grade school “friend”.

          • MB30SD

            fuck that.

          • It wasn’t “8mm” snuff film S&M. But there were whips, chains, gimps, candles, electronic devices…yeah, not exactly a Disneyland family outing.

    • Trac

      I don’t think this club is the kinda place where anybody from middle America would hang out butch.

      • You’d be surprised, Trac. I met ppl there who were bankers, consultants, teachers…
        And they’re actually friendlier than the “hip-hop/rap/trendy” clubs where accidentally bumping into someone can get you jumped.

    • For your consideration….

      Hostel pt 3

      • Yeah, I wasn’t going to an afterhours party with them. They probably creeped me out more than the zombie gimps.

    • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

      Only on Da Blog…

    • Shady

      Was he wearing a “Daddy” collar, or do you think he was actually her fahshah?

  • MB30SD

    3rd bullet from the bottom is an interesting take.

    I guess that plays into it, but when I played it had much more to do with the fact that camp is set up to always have the two side separated except when scrimmaging. so you basically set up an us vs them thing, and your side of the ball are your brothers and you defend them.

    Once you start paying games against other teams, then the whole team mentality comes into play, but in camp (or 2-a-days) it was always D vs O and there were always fights. just what happens when you pit two sides against one another… human nature baby! But I do like jeff’s spin on it, whether true or not.

  • Jokey

    Jeff, the first play of the first preseason game is going to be a pass to Marshall.

    • Play action to Forte, Black Uni pancakes the blitzer, 80 yard bomb overhead.

      • MB30SD

        Peanut picks the flat for a 80 yard pick6…. bitches!

    • For your consideration….

      quick outside toss to Forte

    • SC Dave

      Just for MB, I call strip sack, TD Chicken Dinner.

      • MB30SD

        You can get one of those from inside a burger king drive-through window dave?

        • SC Dave

          Normally, people get them outside the window.

          • MB30SD

            Hahahaha. .. indeed

  • Cormonster

    Nice interview with Matt Bowen today. Click on hour 3 at the 23 minute mark. He likes Christian Jones as a 4-phase ST player this year, and a potential starter in the future. He likes Vereen. Always like to hear his perspective.
    http://chicago.cbslocal.com/audio/the-mcneil-and-spiegel-show/

    • MB30SD

      I would listen to the whole thing. I heard a LOOOOT of talk of CD and how the only thing keeping that dude on the field is that he was emery’s 1st (1st rd) pick.

      • Cormonster

        Even Bowen mentioned he doesn’t have much usefulness, since the D will be in nickel most of the time. I don’t put much stock into the opinions of MacNeil and Spiegel, or the other guy who was a guest host today. Same with Boers and Bernstein. I mainly listen to podcasts so I can just hear the guest interviews.

        • MB30SD

          yeah, but trust bowden. he knows his shit and he’s been there. Nice to hear him big upping vereen man. We need guys back there who are even just solid. And if you look up the definition or “solid in college” there’s a pic of brock vereen.

          • Cormonster

            I live on the WI / MN border so I know some die-hard Gopher fans. Yeah they are homers, but they all think the Bears got a really good player. They all basically said the same thing: “solid”. Bowen knows his shit, so I liked hearing that from him.

  • MB30SD
  • MB30SD
  • MB30SD

    If NFL teams had their own superheros… you’ll laugh at ours… take a guess who it is before you click: http://sports-kings.com/downanddistance/photos-nfl-teams-their-superhero/

    • GPLDAN

      Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa…………….. Coach

  • MB30SD
    • Trac

      Awww……..say it ain’t so?

    • haha reminds me of the ozzy osbourne story.

      He was wasted and pissed on the alamo. So he effectively got banned from Texas. Well, a mexican fan went up to him, and told him, “Don’t feel too bad about it. Mexicans have been pissing on the Alamo for years”.

  • For the record, I stated this last year, and I’ll state it again.

    Bostic-Shea-Greene

    That’s how they should be.

    Bostic looked like a natural Weak. Just a hammer.
    Shea looks like a natural MLB. 6’3 230 with a lot of tools.
    Greene was a former SS, with speed range, but can also tackle. That’s a SAM.

    All this LB musical chairs I think will only confuse the youngins. This is where we need to put them, with SOME reps at another LB spot, but a majority in aforementioned position.

    Jones is a wild card. I’ll have to see him in professional action, but I could also see him in the middle or sam.

    The sooner we find our true MLB, the sooner we can find out everything else.

    • MB30SD

      I don’t even know you any more.

      Briggs – DJW (Bostic) – Greene (Jones)

      • Well, yes. But for reps.
        That will be our future.

        • MB30SD

          I don’t know man… something just tells me jones will beat out cd IF they aren’t looking for just a rush guy at LB. Like bowden said, he’s everything you want in an NFL OLB, he’s just really green (not Greene)…. but so is CD at that spot and he’s never played it before.

          Anyway, dead horse I guess.

          • SC Dave

            I think that’s why CD at Mike is the idea. I really don’t think Bostic has the smarts. Not to say that CD does either…

          • CanadaBear

            Actually Bostic is supposed to be fairly intelligent. He graduated from the University. Maybe that doesn’t translate to the football field. His dad played in the NFL and has a PhD in pharmacy. I thought I remember his mother being a teacher.

          • MB30SD

            He’s a smart kid. I’ve seen a couple interviews. Pretty well spoken. .. good vocab. He will excel this year.

            Oh and oso… Cd is nothing close to Bruce Irving, who played for the ducks… a real fb team who played really other fb teams. They’re not the same guy

          • Ososfan

            I really wish Shea was given more that just one season to really learn the position, Bruce Irvin, while more athletic was given the time to develop and it seems he will be a beast this year, both these guys were in the same draft. I know Emery really wanted him, yall remember?

    • Ososfan

      I really like that idea. Bostic can play all three LB positions which is good for him and Greene should be learning more than one as well, I remember a while back, Tucker stating that he wants all the D players to be as versatile as possible. In addition, Jones is looking like a steal and hopefully will produce for years to come. As for Shea, if he does not pan out, I believe Emery will not hesitate to cut him….

  • AlbertInTucson

    Is it me or is Jay Cutler sort of anonymous at this camp thus far? You get the sense everyone has finally accepted he’s the guy,…”
    Who is “Everybody” because he STILL has a lLEGION of doubter/haters in the media that range from selling him way short to basically ROOTING for him to fail.

    • SC Dave

      Maybe he will use the lull to reach his potential?

      • For your consideration….

        I find it amusing that people say that Jay from last year and now has everything he needs so there are no excuses.
        He had 2 rookies including a 5th rd pick and Garza at center and pundits act like it’s the Cowboys line from the 90’s. I just find it funny. That’s how fucking bad our line was before. Potential is reached in a team game when the team is strong. The team is stronger than previous years and therefore the odds of potential being reached are higher.

        • SC Dave

          Exactly. The pieces are in place to give Jay a fair chance now. The franchise has made a pretty strong commitment to that chance contractually, and Cutler needs to seize it.

          He is a smart guy, so no doubt he knows it and intends to do precisely that. So long as the injury bug does not devastate the guys around him, I’m liking the prospects.

  • GPLDAN

    Here’s one from the “if it’s your time to go” or “my day wasn’t so bad” thread…

    I was down in Florida doing some jet-ski in the intercoastal. About another twenty miles south of me, down south of Siesta Key, a dad and his daughter were taking a sunset stroll on the beach.

    Overhead a pilot in a Piper loses his shit, has to ditch it, decides instead of water – which will probably drown them or fuck them up, and instead of beach, which will lawndart their ass, he’ll try for a touchdown on the waterline where his tires will roll.

    You see where this is going.

    Plane comes tearing up behind the guy and his daughter… and suddenly it’s Fargo.

    The daughter got away with only a limb lost. Her dad…. no. He pushed her out of the way. Then… zap.

    So you know, your day wasn’t so bad. Remember what almost happened to Charlie and Grandpa with the fizzy lifting drink? Yeah. So, you know… smile and be happy. It’s not better than Butch’s pickup story with the family that raves together, stays together, but it’s something…

    • Ososfan

      WOW! That is sad and unfortunate indeed. As an aspiring pilot, experiences like that make you want to become an even better person all throughout and yes, enjoy every minute of life and also always be aware and more cautious while in the air, Wow….

    • MB30SD

      The daughter died yesterday too. Sucks

    • Shady

      Saw this the other day. Awful. I go down to Sarasota and Longboat Key annually, and last time I went there was a story of a father and daughter crashing a prop plane in April. Between the Malaysian Airliners and other hassles of flying, I have no fuxking interest anymore.

    • SC Dave

      Bummer… live each day compadres. You never know which will be your last.

  • Shady
    • For your consideration….

      closest thing to a lock I’ve ever seen that pays out like this.

      • For your consideration….

        Vegas will now have to kill Cutler or Marshall because they are going to lose their ass if they don’t.

  • Sactowns#1

    So last year we were DEAD LAST with a whopping 31 sacks. What are we setting the O/U on sacks at for this year ? I’m going to say an additional 10 sacks and set it at 41. I’m gonna go over. Thoughts?

    • GPLDAN

      Young, Houston and Allen replace 3/4 starters on the DL, and probably Ego will beat out Flatbread to start.

      So it’s like 5-card draw and taking three cards and then going all-in without looking at the cards. It’s too many variables. You don’t know how this new line will fare until the games begin.

      If, by the bye, this D is still in the bottom 10 – the papers will come headhunting for Tucker. You can bank that.

      • Sactowns#1

        Swapping out CD for Allen has to be worth at least +4 sacks.

        • MB30SD

          11 sack average over the last 13 years. THIRTEEN year average.

          • CanadaBear

            NFL stats says avg 13 sacks over 10 years.

          • MB30SD

            I knew I had them mixed up… even better!

            So let’s say he gets us 10 this year… ooooooooor 15 because of the change and revitalization. Hee hee

          • CanadaBear

            I’m with ya all the way. I was pretty sure he only played in the league for 10 years. Had no idea about the sack totals. Hopefully we get the Everson Griffen effect and Houston or Young (the new Mark Anderson) end up with double digits or close to it.

    • Peanut FTW

      Part of the low sack total last year is going to be a chicken and the egg argument. We were dead last at defending the run. If a team knows they can run you over all day long, they are going to pass less and punch you where you’re soft. Less passing against us, less chances to get sacks.

      So if we stay healthy in the middle, that should help shore up the run D and that will domino down to more passes, more opportunities……
      41 would be league avg type number for sack totals.

    • Big Mike

      50

  • MB30SD
  • MB30SD

    sharknado II tonight boys: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Js8Ael2qlA

    (wait, was one of those dudes the lead singer from sugar ray???)

  • MB30SD

    you guys see the new video footage of Vlad Putin at his moscow home: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkB9OT2XVvA

    • SC Dave

      Looks about right.

  • MB30SD

    GB just gets an automatic top 5 spot every year. Ridiculous

    (drum roll please) And the first pre-season totally meaningless power ranks are: http://pro32.ap.org/poll

    Oh, and the…. chargers are ahead of us. Hee hee

    • Big Mike

      They will until Aaron Rodgers retires.

      • MB30SD

        Maybe Allen or houston or even my darkhorse Jones can help him with that this year.

        Oh oh! wouldn’t it be poetic dave, if CD comes in for the only play of the game against GM and takes rodgers and himself out on the same play. Puts them both out for the year. At least then we can say, ‘well, at least he wasn’t a total bust.’

        Hahahahahaha

        • SC Dave

          I imagine most of us would take that trade. But why not just do it like Woot v Favre?

          • MB30SD

            sure.

    • Peanut FTW

      Those are decent I suppose. SD and Indy are both too high imo. SD is a streaky team that played well against Denver twice at the end of the season and that got overvalued. They are much more of a 12 or 13ish type team. Indy had a great record and I’m trying not to be a hater but 6 of those wins were against Tennessee, Jacksonville and Houston. They did beat some good teams but I think they are over-ranked due to a shiny record. And Carolina deserves a spot in the top 10.

  • MB30SD
  • AlbertInTucson

    Kyle Long has been cleared to practice.

    • SC Dave

      Good; slacker needs to get out there 🙂

  • GPLDAN

    Danny McCray?????

    We haven’t even gotten to pads yet and Vereen is already swapped out?

  • SC Dave

    Wow…

    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/eye-on-football/24642071/report-raiders-owner-mark-davis-meets-with-san-antonio-officials

    Having lived in San Antonio and thereby become a big-time Spurs admirer, can one hope that should the Raiders move there they will become more like the Spurs (“UnRaiderish”)?

    Or merely become unwelcome thugs in the Alamo city?

    • AlbertInTucson

      Sorry, San Antonio, but you’re dreaming.

      The NFL wants a franchise in L.A.

      Heck, they probably want TWO there to share a facility a la the Giants & Jets.

  • MB30SD

    “I promised her that I wasn’t up to anything sick, but that was hard story to sell with my teammates pressing their nipples against the balcony door glass.”

    Read this: http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/86730234/minor-league-baseball-masculine-culture-exploitation?tcid=tw_share#!brjfVH

  • AlbertInTucson

    “I tend to like when entrenched starters miss some time early in camp…. ”

    Yes, but, Pro Bowl selection not withstanding, as a guard, Kyle Long has a mere 11 games at Oregon and 16 with the Bears.

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