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A Look at the Potential Fifty-Three on Memorial Day Weekend

| May 25th, 2014

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UPDATE: SOMEHOW I DIDN’T COPY OVER MY FULLBACK COLUMN WHEN POSTING. THIS IS NOW DONE.

Here is the breakdown of the 2013 Chicago Bears roster as they broke August and headed for the regular season:

Quarterbacks (2): Jay CutlerJosh McCown

Running backs (3): Michael Bush, Michael Ford, Matt Forte

Fullbacks (1): Tony Fiammetta

Wide receivers (6): Joe AndersonEarl BennettAlshon JefferyBrandon MarshallEric Weems, Marquess Wilson

Tight ends (3): Kyle Adams, Martellus Bennett, Steve Maneri

Offensive linemen (9): Taylor Boggs, Eben Britton, James Brown, Jermon BushrodRoberto Garza, Kyle Long, Jordan Mills, Jonathan Scott, Matt Slauson

Defensive linemen (9): Nate CollinsShea McClellinHenry Melton, Zach Minter, Cheta Ozougwu,Stephen PaeaJulius Peppers, Cornelius Washington, Corey Wootton

Linebackers (6): James Anderson, Jon Bostic, Lance BriggsBlake Costanzo, Khaseem Greene, D.J. Williams.

Cornerbacks (6): Zackary Bowman, Isaiah FreyTim JenningsSherrick McManisCharles Tillman, C.J. Wilson

Safeties (4): Chris Conte, Craig Steltz, Anthony Walters, Major Wright

Specialists (4): Robbie GouldDevin HesterPatrick MannellyAdam Podlesh

Understanding how much can change over the next three months, let’s try and project  what this year’s 53 might look like and identify what camp battles might truly exist in Bourbonnais. One thing that’ll surprise you? There are very few questions.

Quarterbacks

A year ago the Bears kept two but I think they liked what they saw from David Fales last weekend and will continue to like what they see this summer. Sliding Fales onto the practice squad is a definitive risk if the team believes he can be a long-term answer at backup QB. I don’t think they take the risk.

Jay Cutler, Jordan Palmer, David Fales (3)

Running Backs

Forte and rookie Ka’Deem Carey are locks. Michael Ford has experience in the system. Phil Emery went and got Shaun Draughn so we know the player has something he likes. Jordan Lynch is a barrel of potential but what are the chances that potential can be harnessed in a few months. I say Lynch lands on the practice squad.

Matt Forte, Ka’Deem Carey, Michael Ford (3)

Fullback

Tony Fiammetta (1)

Tight Ends

Let’s be honest, the Bears are going to give Fendi Onobun every opportunity to become a professional football player. But until he can prove his hands are not made of granite, it ain’t happening. And unless the Bears can replace their Zach Miller with one from Seattle, I don’t see either man being able to usurp two solid professionals in Mulligan and Rosario.

Martellus Bennett, Matthew Mulligan, Dante Rosario (3)

Wide Receivers

There are some legitimate battles to be had at the bottom end of the receiver position and it’ll most likely come down to special teams contribution. Does Chris Williams make the roster as a kick return specialist or is he going to be a legitimate wide receiver? Do the Bears really need Hixon and Weems on the same roster? Does Josh Morgan have anything left? I say Hixon is odd man out.

Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, Marquess Wilson, Chris Williams, Eric Weems, Josh Morgan (6)

Offensive Line

Roberto Garza, Brian de la Puente, Kyle Long, Matt Slauson, Jordan Mills, Jermon Bushrod, Eben Britton, James Brown (8)

I don’t see them going nine again. Taylor Boggs is a young talent but can the Bears really keep three centers? Are Ryan Groy or Charles Leno going to get enough meaningful reps to make a summer impact? The versatility of Brown, Britton and Garza makes a ninth OL unnecessary.

Defensive Line

Bears go with ten this year and I only see one available position to be contested by Austen Lane, Cornelius Washington and David Bass on the outside. And I can’t get the image of Bass picking off Joe Flacco and returning it for a touchdown out of my head. It was the rare 2013 highlight for a member of the Bears defensive line and with Bass being younger than Washington, I’d be gambling on his potential.

Jared Allen, Lamarr Houston, Willie Young, Will Sutton, Nate Collins, Jay Ratliff, Ego Ferguson, Stephen Paea, Israel Idonije, David Bass (10)

Linebackers

The moment the Bears signed Christian Jones as an undrafted free agent, I penciled him onto the fifty-three man roster. If the Bears get a healthy Williams and Briggs, they will have a band of young, athletic linebackers to send at the quarterback on a consistent basis. I kinda like it.

Lance Briggs, D.J. Williams, Jon Bostic, Shea McClellin, Khaseem Greene, Christian Jones (6)

Side note: I’m assuming Blake Costanzo is gone as the Bears have given his number away but he has not, to the best of my information, signed anywhere else. If the Bears end up bringing Costanzo back, I think the road to the fifty-three gets more difficult for Jones.

Cornerbacks

Is C.J. Wilson versus Sherrick McManis enough to book your trip to Bourbonnais? McManis is far too valuable on specials for this to be an actual camp battle.

Charles Tillman, Tim Jennings, Kyle Fuller, Kelvin Hayden, Isaiah Frey, Sherrick McManis (6)  

Safeties

For a position that is now the Bears only true weakness, there is surprisingly little competition. I think Vereen and Mundy are the week one starters, by the way

M.D. Jennings, Ryan Mundy, Craig Steltz, Brock Vereen (4)

Side note: Thanks to the comments for reminding me of the existence of Chris Conte. I know the Bears have said otherwise but I expect Conte to start the year on PUP.

Specialists

Pat O’Donnell would need a nightmare summer to not be the starting punter against Buffalo.

Pat O’Donnell, Robbie Gould, Patrick Mannelly…because he has to. (3)

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That’s my fifty-three as of today.

I leave it to your comments.

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  • For your consideration….

    agreed across the board except I think they keep McCray instead of MD Jennings. I would think you keep Conte for backup as well if he is healthy at that point.

    Rodgers dead.

    • DaBearsBlog

      Haha. I totally forgot about Chris Conte.

      • FQD1911

        after last season, we all did and still want to.

        • MB30SD

          Ha!!!!!!

          FQ with the early bomb!!

          +500 blog points

      • AlbertInTucson

        After watching his play last season, i WISH I could forget.

    • Irish Sweetness

      … or Cattouse(?) whoever shows up hungry in camp.

      I’d swap out Weems for Tolliver. Carey/Williams in the slot.

  • I disagree on tight end. I think Onobun and Miller are competing for one spot as the “receiving” backup TE, while Rosario and Mulligan are competing for another as the “blocking” tight end. We’ll see though.

    • MB30SD

      Hahahahaha….

      You used “onobun” and “receiving” in the same sentence.

      Funny.

      • well he sure as hell ain’t making the squad for his blocking ability. I didn’t say it was a battle I thought he would win

        • MB30SD

          Truth be told, I didn’t even pay attention to the content data… the joke was just too easy and I was too eager.

    • For your consideration….

      Rosario can catch the rock.

      • For your consideration….

        kind of.

  • are you saying the Bears don’t keep a FB? Seems highly unlikely, IMO.

    • so you need to pencil Fiammetta in there at FB, I think, which means dropping either a WR (most likely) or CB.

      Also, I could see 7 LB. IMO this is the only way Jones makes the roster, as the top 6 (the 5 you listed + Senn) are pretty much locks IMO. 7 LB would mean only 5 CB, which means either Frey or Hayden (oh man please Hayden) get cut.

  • What about Jordan Senn at LB? He was signed with some guaranteed $$ to replace Costanzo.

  • The battle for that 8th OL spot should be fierce. Brown is the incumbent, but they signed Joe Long to compete there too late last year, and then drafted Leno and signed Groh in UDFA.

    Hopefully at least 2 of Long/Leno/Groh can stick on PS this year.

  • MB30SD
  • FQD1911

    very excited to see Marquess Wilson this year. if he can solidify the 3rd WR, this could potentially be the best Bears offense ever.

    however, Mel Tucker, you have más work to do…pronto.

    • NewBearInTown

      Out of curiosity, when did we ever have a better offense than last year?
      The defense will trend toward average again this year. But poor coverage could hurt us if we don’t stay healthy.

      • FQD1911

        Exactly the point…we’re in uncharted waters at this point. For the first time, we could be a legitimate offensive juggernaut.

      • SC Dave

        From an ESPN article (http://espn.go.com/page2/s/list/nfl/offenses/best.html):

        “The Bears went 10-1 in 1941, scoring 396 points, an average of 36 per game. George McAffee was second in the NFL in rushing, carrying the ball 65 times for 474 yards and 12 touchdowns, tops in the NFL. Norm Standlee was fourth in rushing, with 414 yards. Sid Luckman led all QBs by completing 57.1 percent of his passes. And they did this all outdoors.”

        Note also this list:
        http://www.pro-football-reference.com/years/NFL/team_stats.htm

        In 1941, the average team scored 16.5 points per game, meaning the Monster of the Midway scored about 2.25 times the league average. To match this, the 2013 Bears would have needed to score (23.4 * 2.25) or somewhere around 52 points per game.
        Had they scored another 380 points or so last year they would be equivalent as a dominant scoring machine to the 1941 Bears as a team.

        Read that again… 380 more points.

        Now to be fair, I’ve not dug deeply enough to see how many of the team points in both cases were scored by offense and defense; these numbers always end up surprising.

        Just like the statistic that both times the Bears made the Super Bowl, they tied for second place in the league for points scored (tied for 2 and 3 in 2006).

        I’ll take a few minutes here to get a csv file and see where the 2013 teams ranks historically in points per game. Top ten I’d wager on, but maybe NOT top five.

        • SC Dave

          Okay, here are the Top 15 seasons ranked by (team) points scored per game:

          1941, 1942, 1948, 1943, 1956,
          1947, 1965, 1985, 2013, 1949,
          1939, 2006, 1946, 1944, 1954

          So 2013 ranks 9th. Now, ranking all Bears teams as (Bears points per game / average number of points scored per game league wide) we get:

          1941, 1942, 1934, 1926, 1939
          1936, 1943, 1956, 1928, 1935,
          1944, 1940, 1937, 1932, 1946,
          1947, 1948, 1985, 1938, 1923,
          2006, 1965, 1949, 1924, 2013

          So far as points scored versus the league average, the 2013 Bears rank 25th all time among Bears teams. So, statistically, last years team, while better than average, is hardly in unchartered waters. In fact, the Bears have been there a *bunch* of times before.

  • MB30SD
    • NewBearInTown

      My alma mater. I shopped at that market.

      Many similarities to this http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2001_Isla_Vista_massacre

      I knew the perpetrator in 2001. Scary stuff.

      • MB30SD

        I didn’t know you went to school out here NB. I almost went to UCSB, but they got rid of their football program the year before I applied. Chose Davis instead. Good schools.

    • bearsfantillend

      that is fucked up.

    • For your consideration….

      I would like to see how people think we can legislate this kind of behavior from not happening. Anyone that says guns are to blame for this are fucking delusional. Think about to lunacy of this situation. This kid is obviously a fucking loon. His family has known for quite some time and did nothing. The videos were on there for months i believe and no one did shit.

      We’ve got people killing over turf, drug distribution channels, over love/obsession, money, jealousy, greed, stupidity, delusional mental illness and now we have a guy killing people because he couldn’t get laid and was pissed that other men were more successful than him? what the fuck?

      Seriously, it’s a new age man. I’m extremely sad but not concerned. Until there is some shift in the mindset of people I’ve got myself and my family covered…and anyone within a hundred yards of me that i can get to if necessary.

      • bearsfantillend

        you are right about people blaming guns being delusional, he killed 3 people with a knife. so cant blame guns for this guy being totally insane.

        • For your consideration….

          even if he used a gun for all 6 or 7 it wouldn’t be the point. The point is that we are a fucked up culture as a whole and this is simply not a reason to kill somebody. There are very few reasons to take it to that point.

          How do you even begin to address why people get to the point where they feel that the only recourse it to kill a bunch of people they don’t even know.

          People always look to blame and usually take the path of least resistance to do it. We have to ask the hard questions on why we are such fucking pussies that the only way to deal with disappointment, failure, loss, perceived and real slights, confrontation, etc is to kill someone.

          • For your consideration….

            a gun is just a tool. The person taping fucking manifestos and planning school shootings and holding girls hostage for 10yrs of rape and killing someone over 5 dollars and killing their parents or little siblings, that’s the fucking people that are the problem. we are the problem.

          • For your consideration….

            and some fucking idiot I was stuck talking to at a party had the audacity to bring up the point that if he didn’t have access to a gun maybe he could have only killed 2 or 3 instead of 6. What kind of fucking solution is that? Knives and his car would have been the tools instead of knives, his car and a handgun.

          • NewBearInTown

            Attias, the 2001 killer I mentioned below, did not have a gun.
            He killed four people and seriously wounded a fifth with his car before he was brought down. Someone gave CPR to one of the victims, Attias came running out of the car and kicked the good Samaritan off saying to let the victim die.
            Terrible things still happen without guns. That’s not to say that guns should or shouldn’t be banned, but eliminating guns will not eliminate the problem.

    • If he didn’t do what he did, I would say it was a bad monologue. The fucked up part is that parents our age (35-45) will probably get blamed for raising such fucked up children, but is that really the case?

      TV, videogames and the internet seem to raise kids as much as the parents now adays. Could that be it? Nah. Can’t be, right?

      I think a few things are happening. One. these mass killings are a ‘trend’ now. Yeah, like twitter trend. So the more CNN and the such cover it, the more it will appeal to these types.

      Two, perhaps CSI and the such have taught killers that you can’t do long serial killings anymore. I mean, is this guy any sicker than Ted Bundy? I don’t think so. Maybe if this guy lived in the 70s he would have become a serial killer as opposed to mass killer.

      Three, because everyone seems so connected, it’s making loners feel MORE alone. Everyone makes it seem like they’re living the Pepsi life – vacations, friends, resorts, women, cars, suishi, etc

      These loner types see this (through FB and other social networking), and it just drives them deeper into the hole.

      He said it himself, that he sees all these ppl with all that, while he “rots in loneliness”.

      I think in the past these types just used to kill themselves, but now because mass shootings gets so much news coverage, they decide, “Fuck it. Might as well go out in a blaze of media spotlight.”

      • Irish Sweetness

        TV and video games aren’t to blame for mass killings ….. armed psychopaths are.

      • Trac

        I guess good and evil is subjective, right. Heaven forbid, the precepts of the gospel are just a myth, right? No, anything but that. O man, you are without excuse.

        Godless society? God help us.

        • If we just slap acts like that with “Evil”, we won’t be able to possibly prevent it. What would be the point of psychology, sociology?

          It doesn’t SEEM like he was a psychopath. Some ppl are just born without any empathy. Can’t do anything about that (not yet at least).

          That guy seems like someone NORMAL who just got desperate. It could be that he has a brain imbalance too (is that evil?)

          Not saying evil doesn’t exist. Some are masochist fuckers and it’s hard to believe they’re humans.

          • Trac

            Talk to longtime homicide detectives. Most will tell you that anyone is capable of murder. Once the emotions get outta wack and the base human instincts surface, anyone can snap.

          • MB30SD

            exactly trac, “human instincts”

            Evil is just a label man came up with to enable those in power to control. It’s just another description of what we all are… animals. In a society, that part of ever human, our animal instincts, are not a positive force, thus, the appropriate marketing and labels are applied.

          • MichiganBearFan

            All is instinct or marketing. It’s been my motto for a few years now.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Evil is an archaic word. Does anybody really buy evil? Psychopathy, yes.

          • bearsfantillend

            as a word to describe people yes i buy evil.
            definition of evil:profoundly immoral and malevolent.

            as long as it is used to define the actions of the person or the person themselves i am ok with using the term evil. But if you are using it to as a catch all to explain the actions of a person then no. There are reasons people do this shit whether drugs/mental issues/rage, but to say someone did something because that person is just evil is not a good enough explanation. That is why teams of psychologists interview and study people like Bundy or Manson or any other serial killers/mass murders. They are trying to understand how someone could perform so many ‘evil’ actions and yet be so unremorseful.

      • For your consideration….

        you introduce some interesting concepts here. It would be interesting to try to track these school/mass type killings from kids 17-28 in these recent times. Guys like Bundy had appetites whereas alot of the revenge/lashing out type killings these days are scary because when you realize that you can’t just blame a gun, or a video game, or someone being bullied or abused, or the degree of mental illness present or even the devil it makes you realize how little we know about why people snap and who is going to snap and how little it will take for the guy next to you or at your kids school to snap.

        We all try to play monday morning quarterback but it gets frustrating when we can’t stop alot of shit that goes down.

        • Cormonster

          I would like to see a serious study into the use and effects of amphetamines and methamphetamines on young kids, primarily boys, and how it affects their later lives. Kids are being put on hard drugs as early as 6 years old ,under the guise of “ADHD”, a generic term with broad generalization of symptoms that could describe any young boy I would like to see how many of these mass killers were put on these drugs during their developmental years. My hypothesis is that it was probably a good % of them.

          The brand name ADHD drugs , Adderall, and I’m sure others are not much different than what “Meth users” are cooking up in their “trailer trash” homes. They are damn near the same drugs, with the same modes of action and symptoms, but prescribed by doctors, so they are “safe”. Read these possible side effects of Ritalin, then go look at illegal methamphetamine, and tell me the difference.
          http://www.drugs.com/ritalin.html

          • MB30SD

            good post corm. agree… neither of my kids is taking ANY of that shit.

          • For your consideration….

            very interesting

        • Irish Sweetness

          Bundy and school-killers are completely different animals. Intelligent psychopaths like Bundy wish to remain undetected for the most part. When you take your guns to school, that’s a fairly definite attempt at calling attention to oneself.

          • For your consideration….

            agreed

  • We keep 6 and not 7 WRs. Weems, Hixon or Morgan is gone. In his place, Fiammetta.
    If Patrick Mannelly is gone, that leaves Boggs.
    Safety. Forget Conte. I wish. I’ve been saying it since forever, unless he’s hurt, he’s starting. Conte on the pup – is he worth the risk? What happens if Briggs, Allen, etc go down early? This might be the year that Steltz is gone. M.D. Jennings vs Steltz, perhaps.
    QB. I think we have to keep Fales on the 53. I’m sure other teams around the league have noticed that our QB guru liked him.
    The Oline spot will come down to Brown, Groy and Leno.

    • not Boggs at LS. They have Hartson and Rempel as LS right now. One of them (Rempel IMO) will get cut if Mannelly decides to come back, while the other would just be a camp body to stay familiar with the team and keep Mannelly fresh.

      • Weren’t the Bears training Bogg to be the LS? Or was he a LS we were trying to convert into a C (which we no longer need with the signing of De LaPuente).

        • Irish Sweetness

          Boggs to the kerb. BDLP to start from week one. Garza ready on the bench. Bootleg right jets wiggle. Football is coming back. COME ON!

          • IMO Garza is either starting or retiring. No way a guy like that can sit in that locker room as a backup.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Turn his back on a paycheck?

          • AlbertInTucson

            I sure don’t.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Love to see Steltz at Free. Vereen has to ride the pine and learn the game.

      • Steltz is a SS. I would be terrified to see him at FS, because he’s a liability in coverage.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Conte is out. M.D. Jennings …. rookie …. yup, love to see Steltz in there.

          • MB30SD

            smfh at you irish… read what Data just posted. what’s wrong with you boy?

          • johnnywad

            He loves him some Steltz and Kyle Orton. Try hard types. Steltz is a good .3 seconds too slow to be a FS. I still like him on specials and as an emergency SS though.

          • MB30SD

            this

          • Irish Sweetness

            He’s probably the best option to put out there at FS. I know. Not good.

            I offer you Calvin Pryor / Stanley-Jean Baptiste / Sutton as your first three picks ….?

          • Conte is the best option at FS, unless Vereen looks really good in camp.

          • MB30SD

            grudgingly have to agree, JUST because he has the experience out there and we SHOULD have an actual Dline this year.

            That said, I think if vereen even comes close to ‘getting’ the D, he beats conte out pretty easily due to his athleticism and his great angles and tackling.

          • remember, this will be a new D this year. So while Conte has a lot of experience, he’ll be learning a new D just like all the other S. So that might play in Vereen’s favor.

            I just think Conte is a solid NFL S behind a good DL. He showed that in 2012.

          • MB30SD

            good point. HeGone!!!

            I wrote this big thing then hit the wrong button, not retype it all.

            Here’s the net-net. If you haven’t learned angles and how to tackle by the time you hit the NFL, you’re not going to, good line or no.

            time to move on and put the horrible past behind us… NEXT!

          • Irish Sweetness

            Surely we’re not expecting to see the injured Conte?

        • gpldan waiting 4 Funukkah

          I doubt Steltz got any faster this offseason.

          • Irish Sweetness

            So you’d stick in Vereen wet behind the ears?

  • SC Dave

    Hey Jeff, saw your link and read the Bowen thing. Thanks for pointing that one out – definitely worth the investment to read.

  • gpldan waiting 4 Funukkah

    I’m not sure Izzy makes this lineup. If Washington comes in cut like Wolverine with his claws out, a couple of spectacular bull rushes from end, then Izzy seems a bit long in the tooth.

    Costanzo, if you recall, made some seriously fucked up plays last season including losing an onside kick and when called upon in a game when Bostic got nicked, Costanzo was gassed after a couple series and generally looked like a D3 kid in a man’s game. So he’s 100% gone.

    I like the Ford kid and if I do make the trip downstate, I hope to see him get the rock in scrimmage and maybe bust one out in pre-season.

    • SC Dave

      Yeah, Ford is our preseason Hall of Famer.

      • For your consideration….

        Dave, one of the things i’m excited about this year is to see the evolution of how Trestman uses Forte.
        He had 74 catches last year which is exactly how i want to see him used. I think Forte and Unicorn are going to have monster years with defenses being even more aware of Marshall and Jefferey.

        • SC Dave

          Not that I’m disagreeing, but I’d say Forte was pretty close to monster last season. As with you, I only hope it gets better!

  • For your consideration….

    Film recommendation: The Secret LIfe of Walter Mitty.

    Disregard any marketing you’ve seen on the movie and just rent it. Trust me, i’m a movie nerdball.

    • johnnywad

      Are you kidding me? That movie just knocked off “Grand Canyon ” as the worst my wife ever rented.

      • For your consideration….

        johnny, for 4 bucks it was a nice little low budget creative story of unfulfilled personal dreams. thought it was sweet and heartfelt. it wasn’t godfather 2 i’ll admit but for Ben Stillers directorial debut i came away satisfied.

      • For your consideration….

        and i know you secretly rented Pacific Rim so don’t tell me this was the worst you’ve ever rented. 🙂

        • johnnywad

          Nope. Gran Torino is my favorite movie of all time (see Irish below). Lonesome Dove, Nobody’s Fool, any Bourne flick, etc….
          Walter Mitty was simultaneously boring AND overdone. I didn’t think that was even possible. The guys that played new management in that movie made me want to turn it off. The acting from those two in particular was enough to make me sick. Hated the movie to the point it has become and adjective in my house. “Well sure that sucks Dear, but is it Walter Mitty bad?”

          • MB30SD

            kind of have to agree to a lesser extent. the management guys would have been such ridiculous hyperbole that I’d have turned it off, except I love that guy because of this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ds8kNNlUK5w

          • johnnywad

            He gets a pass. But if he pulls this shit again……..

          • For your consideration….

            sorry but Gran Torino is not your favorite movie of all time. I simply will not allow it.

          • johnnywad

            Get off my lawn.

          • For your consideration….

            lol, it was great but can’t put it on all time list. Let’s make a top 25 list of Best Movies , 5 for each category:

            1. Drama
            2. Comedy
            3. Action/Adventure
            4. Documentary
            5. Optional 5th category : Porn????? (some members of blog can abstain from this category)

          • CanadaBear

            Stiff Competition with Gina Carrera, Cyndee Summers, Bridget Monet, Kitten Natividad, John Leslie,Ron Jeremy, Herschel Savage and a very young Peter North. It’s the international blow job competition. Filmed in 1986. Parts are genuinely funny (thanks to The Hedgehog), tons of sex and the women are babes.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Not this ‘Stiff Competition’ then ?

          • CanadaBear

            Uh, no.

          • MB30SD

            totally. liked it, but come on maings. See list above.

            Get to the choppah man…. get to the choppah.

            …whoops, this is for johnny, not yonny.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Oooh ‘Chopper’ ??? Got to be a top ten movie for me. I have a man-crush on Eric Bana. He’s in an Aussie movie called ‘The Castle’ that’s in my top ten comedies. Aussies make funny movies. Muriel’s Wedding. Priscilla Queen of the Desert.

          • CanadaBear

            Nobody’s Fool is great.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Ah … Broken Trail …. The Jack Bull … the re-make of True Grit …. Jeremiah Johnson …. can’t beat cowboy movies. Pitt makes a great cowboy. The river runs through it and The Assassination of Jesse James. Looks good in a hat!

          • johnnywad

            Forgot about True Grit. Awesome. And Jeremiah Johnson, one of my favorites. Unforgiven….. the scene toward the end, when Clint’s holed up and looking to finish this thing and get out of town….. Awesome.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Just watched Unforgiven again recently. Great stuff. And Once upon a time in the West.

      • Irish Sweetness

        I thought you were saying Gran Torino. Great movie.

      • MB30SD

        Agree. thought it was an interesting concept (kind of), but came off more as a personal homage to himself. Felt like the little man stroking himself the whole movie. That said, it was a departure from his usual museum stuff.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Good call thanks. Sometimes i’m sitting there thinking of thinks to watch online …. and nothing.

      Schindler’s list again last night. SMH. Why did I do that? Watched Forbidden Planet the other night. How far ahead of the game was that movie? Matter transport a la star trek. Force-fields. Anti-grav propulsion. All in 1956!

  • Irish Sweetness
    • MB30SD

      like that dude maing. Wish I liked his counterpart on D. Just praying that now we have players on D tucker will look good, not like a fucking ghost.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Looking at the roster, can we really afford to give Joe Fails a spot? If it gets down to the point point where that guy is under center then we’re fucked anyway. We need spots for guys that are going to play. he’s a backup to a backup.

    • gotta think future. He’s your backup for the next 4 years (so 3 years as primary backup QB after this year).

    • bearsfantillend

      look at the Bears history, how many times have we used 3 or more QBs in one season. Can we really afford not to have 3 qbs on the roster? Can we really afford not having a 3rd guy in the QB meetings for the entire season learning the system and learning from Trestman – a so called QB guru?

      • bearsfantillend

        With Cutlers injury history there is a high probability that Palmer will see the field. Palmer has thrown a total of 15 passes in NFL games. No one knows how well he is going to do, i would rather have options, that have been in the system, if he is a bust when/if he gets significant playing time.

        • Irish Sweetness

          One of those options should be a capable vet. Emery gets an F- from me on QB roster – and that’s the biggest spot there is. If you want a young QB to groom, then fine – but the other backup had better be a Kyle Orton or B Griese.

          • bearsfantillend

            i agree. if we had a backup with more experience then i would be alright with only using 2 roster spots for QB but as it stands i think Trestman would like to have the developmental guy on the roster.

      • Irish Sweetness

        We didn’t have three QBs last year did we?

        • bearsfantillend

          to be honest with you if Matt Blanchard did not get hurt last year in the preseason i bet that he would have been on the 53 man roster or at the very least been on the practice squad.

  • For your consideration….

    Boys, let’s do it. I’d like to see Jeff’s selections as well:

    Let’s make a top 25 list of Best Movies , 5 for each category:

    1. Drama
    2. Comedy
    3. Action/Adventure
    4. Documentary
    5. Optional 5th category : Porn????? (some members of blog can abstain from this category)

    • MB30SD

      Uhhhhh…. big undertaking. I’ll just pick my top two categories. Listed in no partic order.

      2. Comedy:

      1. Animal House
      2. Fletch
      3. Coming to America
      4. Blazing Saddles
      5. Tropic Thunder/Taladega Nights/dumb and dumber/all monty

      python/caddyshack/spaceballs/ghostbusters/ferris bueller/groundhog day/princess bride/etc… etc…

      Yes, I cheated on the last one. Jesus, how do you do that list. impossible. Just impossible.

      3. Action Adventure

      1. Every 007 ever made… that does not include pierce fucking brosnan or that other asshat douche (i refuse to even acknowledge him by name). Also not a huge fan of george lazenby’s one shot at the title, and I’m not ready to add daniel craig yet… yet. Oh, and very obviously connery over moore.
      2. Predator (you can swap out the terminator here, but I like military over space in general)
      3. Pretty much all of the Bourne Identity movies
      4. Ronin
      5. Apocalypse Now

      Man, also so many more like good, bad, ugly (or any of the other classic clint westerns, but GBU was my fav), loved Hurtlocker, traitor (with don cheadle see this if you haven’t), the kingdom (badass movie), full metal jacket, Indiana Jones (the first 2.. MAYBE the 3rd), saving private ryan, District 9 (a personal fav), then old stuff like the thin red line, dirty dozen, the great escape, victory, etc…

      Too many maing too fucking many!!!

      Oh, and I don’t like horror movies, but here’s my suspense:

      * Silence of the lambs
      * Seven (whaaaaat’s in the booooooox. Horrible.)
      * Momento (this is more action, but loved the originality of this movie, so putting it here)
      * Signs (creeped me the fuck out. This scene ALWAYS gives me the willies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HeTjBPbY70Y)
      * All the old stuff (birds, dial m for murder, all alfred’s stuff, etc…)

      • For your consideration….

        nice list. i’ll work on mine and post later today.

      • Cormonster

        I’ll take at shot at comedy movies. My list is based on the ones I go back and watch over and over again and never get tired of watching again.
        1. Caddyshack (That movie has so much truth to it)
        2. The Big Lebowski
        3. Animal House
        4. Team America: World Police
        5. The Jerk
        Some runner-ups would be Office Space, Vacation, Blazing Saddles, and Stripes.

        • CanadaBear

          Caddyshack didn’t make my list but it’s awesome!

        • SC Dave

          Thumbs up on #4.

        • For your consideration….

          badass list

        • SC Dave

          I guess I have to weigh in. Mine:

          Comedy
          1) Being There
          2) Monty Python and The Holy Grail
          3) Team America: World Police
          4) La Cage aux Folles (1978 version; never watched the Robin Williams remake)
          5) Hmm… wow… either Animal House or Borat.

          • For your consideration….

            Monty Python was amazing and my brother got me started on them when i was in grade school.
            Team America is hysterical and Animal House quotes are used by me and my crew to this day. “you fucked up….you trusted us.”

          • Sactowns#1

            Why is everyones list so glaringly white? Anyone ever see Trading Places, Coming to America, Stir Crazy, Half Baked, The Kentucky Fried Movie, I’m gonna Get You Sucka, Amazon Women on the moon?
            And for my money you can give me just about any Albert Brooks movie and I’ll be happy.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Ah The Big Lebowski ! But what is that? It’s got drama, some suspense, plenty of coolness, laughs, it’s even got Jesus.

          • Irish Sweetness

            “I’m gonna git you sucka!” anyone see that movie? The Wayans boys were in it, as was a 13 year old Chris Rock trying to buy a single rib from Jim Brown.

      • CanadaBear

        OK Johnny I’ll play (kinda, sorta).

        Here’s my list in no particular order;
        Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, Animal House, The Godfather, Goodfellas,
        Blue Velvet, Shawshank Redemption, Unforgiven, Maltese Falcon, The Big Sleep
        (with Bogart. The remake with Robert Mitchum is good but there is no comparison), Treasure of the Sierra Madre (can you tell I like Bogie?), Pulp Fiction, Fargo, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Chinatown, Marx Brothers The Cocoanuts (actually any of the following for them; Animal Crackers, Moneky Business, Horsefeathers, Duck Soup, Night at the Opera or A Day at the Races) and W.C. Fields International House, It’s a Gift or You Can’t Cheat an Honest Man (My Little Chickadee and The Bank Dick are his two most famous movies but the other three are funnier).

        If any these movies are on unedited and no commercials, I’ll watch them every time.

        As you can probably guess I’m not a big fan of Sci-Fi or Horror movies.

        I’m willing to bet most of you have never seen W.C.Fields in International House.
        That’s a shame. It was made in 1933 and is crazy funny. Among other
        things Cab Calloway and his band do a killer version of The Reefer Man (yes,
        THAT reefer).

        • CanadaBear

          Here’s the song (Reefer Man) from the movie International House;

          http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x7h66c_cab-calloway-reefer-man-best-hq_music

        • For your consideration….

          i love that you answered the porn category even after I deleted it.

          #dedication

          • Irish Sweetness

            #ghettobooty #ebonycreampie

        • Cormonster

          WC Fields is awesome in the few movies and shorts that I’ve seen. I’ll have to check out some more of his movies one of these days. He reminds me of my Grandpa’s humor.

          • SC Dave

            The Barber is a nice one; check it out.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Ah, Cuckoo’s Nest. Definitely top ten for me, and i think Pulp Fiction and Fargo might even make it in too. If Mickey Rourke had played Butch like he was asked, might have made it top five. Seeing that dick from Moonlighting sitting there across from Marsellus …. SMH.

          • CanadaBear

            Mickey Rourke would have been better. No doubt! But I thought Willis did OK.

        • Sactowns#1

          Someone actually put Blue Velvet on their list? That movie was pretty horrible. Which is actually a much better idea for a list. Worst movies you’ve actually sat all the wway through. Gummo anyone?

          • Irish Sweetness

            I liked Gummo. Ken Park. Movies like that are interesting and frightening to society. Using kids to make movies about kids. Young people discovering sexuality is a touchy topic for folk – but it remains a part of life that we all went through.

            Remember getting violent boners for your fat French teacher and drilling the under-side of your inclined bench?

          • CanadaBear

            And you like “any number of Adam Sandler movies.” I rest my case.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Interesting nobody has mentioned Chaplin or Laurel and Hardy …. the stuff we’re told is hilarious/genius. Like Seinfeld.

          • CanadaBear

            I liked them but they didn’t knock me out. As far as physical comedy goes Buster Keaton was the man.

      • NewBearInTown

        Comedy:

        1. What About Bob (my personal favorite Murray film)
        2. Office Space
        3. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
        4. Big Lebowski
        5. Bull Durham

        Lots of honorable mentions though… wow.

        Also, looking at lists online, there are a ton of things I need to sit down and watch (and probably won’t)

        • For your consideration….

          Office Space and Lebowski and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels are in my DVD collection.

          • NewBearInTown

            Also forgot About Schmidt. Love that one.

        • Irish Sweetness

          All classics. Broken Flowers is probably my favorite BM film.

          DRS: Watching Ruprecht ask if he could go to the bathroom and then he pisses his pants right there used to make my dad cry. That and Martin pretending to feel nothing when he’s having his shins whipped too. Classic.

      • Irish Sweetness

        War Movies. Nice one.

        1. Apocalypse Now

        2. The Thin Red Line

        3. Schindler’s List

        4. Full Metal Jacket

        5. Saving Private Ryan

      • Sactowns#1

        With your love of all things bond I’m shocked you didnt put the original Casino Royale on your list. Man that is one weird movie.
        Also youre missing Kingpin, Something about Mary and Oh Brother as well as any number of Adam Sandler movies, most notably Grandmas Boy.

        • MB30SD

          you mean the one with David Niven? LIked it, but def not a fav. It was weird.

          Kingpin was good, but none of those modern slapsticks beats out D&D man. That’s the gold standard.

          Oh brother 100% forgot that one. Loved it… as well as most cohen bros.

          Sandler is dogshit. Whatever he did in the past just got totally flushed down the toilet by the vast suckiness of fucking blended.. I mean are you fucking serious!??! Does he really need more money? smfh.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Sandler was good in serious stuff like Punch Drunk Love and Reign on me. The comedies are painful. Grown Ups is embarrassing. Shame on Chris Rock for appearing in that.

        • CanadaBear

          Sac, I listed Blue Velvet and you went out of your way to call it terrible. Then you pitch “any number of Adam Sandler movies”. Really?

    • NewBearInTown

      Too busy to do all of it. Starting with Drama (working fast and for sure forgetting some stuff)…

      1. Shawshank Redemption
      2. Usual Suspects
      3. Pulp Fiction
      4. Big Fish
      5. Amile

      • Trac

        Sorry, The Godfather tops them all.

        • NewBearInTown

          For me, honestly, good movie but not incredible. Just in the mafia genre, I’d take Goodfellas, Scarface, maybe even Casino over the Godfather.

          • For your consideration….

            wow, how awesome were Goodfellas, Casino, Scarface, Carlitos Way, Godfather? I love film.

          • CanadaBear

            Carlito’s Way is just so-so until Penelope Ann Miller shows her boobs. Fabulous rack!

          • Irish Sweetness

            Dude, they look like bee stings. Carlito’s is in my my top ten. Had it all. Great script, acting, direction, style and it’s a builder at the end. Starting at the end is my favorite film device. It’s over-done now though I think. Just a great movie.

            ‘Remember ME?’

          • CanadaBear

            In that movie they were at least 34 C’s . That’s mighty fine in my book.

          • Trac

            Is it the Catholic thing?

          • MB30SD

            Haha… Didn’t loooove it either. Just better movies to be honest

          • NewBearInTown

            Basically yeah. The whole tone of the film, including the acting, directing and camera work… just doesn’t grip me the way it does some people. A little too self-important maybe.

          • Trac

            My favorite line from the Gfather.

            “Women and children can be careless, but a man cannot afford to be careless”.

            The Don.

          • Bronx Tale?
            Sleepers is another, well, sleeper.

          • NewBearInTown

            Oh wow yeah. A really amazing film. That bar scene is one of the best tough guy moments of all time.

          • For your consideration….

            loved Bronx Tale.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Bronx Tale! Chaz Palminteri and Bob De Niro. Awesome.

          • Sactowns#1

            I’ll take State of Grace any day for best mob movie. The acting alone is head and shoulders above anything else.

          • Irish Sweetness

            The scripts, the direction, the acting … all put the first two over the top for me. Citizen Kane was a great movie, but could you watch it again and again? The layers in the GF are numerous and wonderful. The Usual Suspects and The Shawshank are great stories – the best. The GF trilogy was the story of man’s adult life, and it’s a shame people pull them apart and compare them, it’s three different periods of a man’s life, and two of his father’s. Complex stuff.

      • For your consideration….

        +1 for Big Fish, a sleeper hit. Speaking of sleepers, Sleepers was sad but awesome.

      • MB30SD

        Usual suspects was AWWWWWESOME.

        shit, forgot one of my all time favorites. ..

        FIGHT CLUB!!!

        • NewBearInTown

          I might have swapped Fight Club in at 5 (did think of it). But I give extra points to movies that make me walk out genuinely happy – which I find Hollywood has a harder time doing without being cliche.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Big Fish was good at that. Albert Finney was awesome.

        • For your consideration….

          Usual Suspects will go under Best Ensemble movies.

          What a fucking classic that movie is.

          • Kaiser Sose.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Endings. Third acts. There’s another good list – 5 Best Endings. Usual Suspects would definitely be in it. Have to think about more, but Gattaca would be in there for me.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Love the top 4.

        Never thought as much of Amelie as a lot of people do (saw it again last week) but if you like French cinema, have you seen Les Amants Du Pont Neuf … the three colours trilogy … La Haine …. Betty Blue … stuff like that. Close by, Roberto Benigni’s “Life is beautiful” is the only movie I saw in a cinema that got a standing ovation at the end.

      • Sactowns#1

        Shawshank is def one of my all time favorites. Great acting, great writing.

    • SC Dave

      Well, this is waaay to hard, but I’ll play.

      My answers might be different in a month, and I imagine many will agree with THAT statement, if not anything

      on my list. But it was about FAVORITE, not BEST movies, right?

      Drama
      1) All Quiet on the Western Front (1929)
      2) High Noon (1952)
      3) The Killing Fields (1984)
      4) Stand By Me (1986)
      5) The Andromeda Strain (1971)

      Comedy
      1) Being There (1979)
      2) Monty Python and The Holy Grail (1975)
      3) Team America: World Police (2004)
      4) La Cage aux Folles (1978)
      5) Borat (2006)

      Action/Adventure
      1) Das Boot (1981 – watch it in German with subtitles)
      2) Goldfinger (1964)
      3) Casino Royale (2006; easily best Bond movie other than Goldfinger)
      4) True Grit (1969)
      5) Lonesome Dove (do mini-series count? if not)
      5*) Rumble in the Bronx (it was about favorite, not best, right?)

      Documentary (sooo many I have not seen…)
      1) Ken Burns’ Baseball (1994)
      2) We Are Marshall (2006 – does this count?)
      3) Apollo 13 (1995)
      4) Ken Burns’ Civil War (1990)
      5) …

      Horror/Suspense
      1) King Kong (1933 – this was originally a horror film)
      2) Psycho (1960 – best horror ever, I just like KK better)
      3) Silence of the Lambs (1991)
      4) The Reanimator (1985 – not seen this in forever, but it creeped me out)
      5) Vertigo (1958)

      Dave’s “nearly made it list”
      1) Drama – Seven Days in May (1964)
      2) Comedy – Dr. Strangelove (1964 – leaving this out is *wrong*: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jf9iTZ433zs)
      3) A/A: The Great Escape (1963)
      4) Doc: Shit, I could barely fill the list
      5) H/S: Bad Day in Black Rock (1955)

      Postlude: Since there is no genre aforementioned into which I could fit it (drama or a/a maybe), my all time

      favorite movie has to drop to here.

      2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

      • Sactowns#1

        Is being there really a comedy? I mean how many lough out loud moments does it have?

      • For your consideration….

        Killing Fields is a classic.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Lists rock.

      Drama

      1. Godfather Pt II
      2. Godfather Pt I
      3. The Elephant Man
      4. The Deer Hunter
      5. Apocalypse Now

      Feel crappy about leaving out my favorite director out, so #4 could/should be 2001: A Space Odyssey, or any movie Kubrick made.

      • For your consideration….

        Deer Hunter. i wanted to cut my wrists out of sadness watching that movie.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Horror/Suspense:

      1. Jaws

      2. Salem’s Lot

      3. Rosemary’s baby

      4. Aliens

      5. Case 39 (scared the fuck out of a 40 year old man)

    • Irish Sweetness

      Documentary

      1. Zeitgeist

      2. In the shadow of the moon

      3. The Fog of War

      4. Fermat’s last theorem

      5. When we were Kings

    • Irish Sweetness

      Action/Adventure.

      Easy.

      1. Star Wars Episode IV

      2. Star Wars Episode V

      3. Star Wars Episode III

      4. Star Wars Episode II

      5. Star Wars Episode VI

    • Irish Sweetness

      Comedy

      1. Blazing Saddles
      2. The Jerk
      3. The Life of Brian.
      4. Monty Python & the holy grail
      5. Withnail and I

      ‘The Meaning of Life’ misses out, but three Python would be taking the piss.

  • Viva

    Comedy:

    A Fish Called Wanda
    Old School
    Dumb and Dumber
    Caddyshack
    Spaceballs

  • Viva

    Action/Adventure

    Matrix (note to producers, you can take II and III and shove them up your asses.)
    Harry Potter (I, III, VI and VII)

  • Viva

    Drama

    Heat
    Blackhawk Down
    Unforgiven
    Braveheart
    Dead Poet’s Society

    • MB30SD

      was JUST about to throw heat in… totally forgot. 100% in my top 10, just blanked.

      Nice call viva!

      • NewBearInTown

        Would have been in my top 5 for drama, but I moved it to Action. The best action films can go either way.

      • Viva

        Seven was right there. That ending was remarkable.

    • For your consideration….

      awesome list. May watch Heat after the Hawks beatdown of the Kings tonight.

      • Viva

        if they lose, maybe Barfly.

        • For your consideration….

          John Ritter?

  • Viva

    Need the mullet to make an appearance tonight. KAAAANER!

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    I say Jordan Senn and Hixon make the roster. I also don’t buy the 3 QBs prediction. It’s a waste. PS: I see Bass as a possible SLB. Very similar to McClellin. That also could be an option.

    • Trac

      Barb, we’re currently amerced in trivial movie preferences.

      • Any Romanian selections, Barb?
        Doesn’t “The Incredible Lightness of Being” take place in Hungary? Hmmm…I can’t remember, but know that’s a great movie.

        • MB30SD

          hungary is not romania… last time I checked. SMH

      • SC Dave

        immersed, damnit. You trying to ruin poor Barb’s English?

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        Go Bears !!!

    • For your consideration….

      sorry Barb, our guy just tore his ACL. 4th WR is Morgan’s job to lose now.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        I don’t know if he plays special teams.We will see. There will be a big competition for that spot…many players will have their chance after the cuts start happening.

  • For your consideration….

    I just realized that it’s impossible to accomplish this task. I could break down the 5 categories into 25 sub categories. NO PARTICULAR ORDER

    I’ll start with sweeping action/dramas i can watch over and over and fucking over commercials or not (i’m omitting old movies for this category at this time)
    1. Heat
    2. The Matrix
    3. The Last of the Mohicans
    4. Inception
    5. Braveheart
    6. Glory
    7. The Last Samurai (love Edward Zwick)
    8. Gladiator
    9. Warrior
    10. The Wild Bunch
    11. Public Enemies/Miami Vice/Collateral (love Michael Mann)
    12. Batman Begins/The Dark Knight/The Dark Knight Rises
    13. more to come, the kids are hungry…

    • Trac

      Ah, you are a very complex man.

      • For your consideration….

        lol, i can go from A Man for All Seasons to Dumb and Dumber.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Ah Schofield and a firm-calved Robert Shaw long before he was Quint. Brilliant film. Top script and food for the ear.

    • For your consideration….

      Top war movies/War related movies most people have never seen:

      1. Tigerland
      2. The Thin Red Line
      3. No Man’s Land
      4. Harrison’s Flowers
      5. Hero

      • NewBearInTown

        Hero, if you’re referring to the Jet Li film, is really something special. But it suffers (as many American films do) from over the top nationalism.

        • For your consideration….

          yeah, you can’t get more nationalistic than that. I just loved the other themes, the musical score entwined with the story, the perfect theatricality of the various scenes.

          • Irish Sweetness

            They make some beautiful movies, the Chinese. And Zhang Ziyi and Gong Li are just delicious to look at.

          • For your consideration….

            dee. lish.

      • Irish Sweetness

        First thing I saw Colin Farrell was Tigerland, he did a good job. Putting it over the ensemble of legends in Thin Red Line though?

        Charlie Sheen’s No Man’s Land or the Bosnian one?

        Must watch Harrison’s flowers. For a good movie on that conflict but rough watch, ‘Savior’ was very good.

        • For your consideration….

          i do my lists in no particular order and i tend to forget dozens of movies that i would put on the lists.

    • Viva

      I’ve seen the Matrix a thousand times. “There is a difference between knowing the path and walking the path” is a great theme.

      • For your consideration….

        why didn’t the Wachowski brothers call you and I before they decided to fucking ruin the next two. Part 2 was bearable. Part 3 was unbearable.

        • Viva

          They fell in love with their special effects and forgot about the amazing story.

          • NewBearInTown

            No, look at the rest of what they’ve made since. Matrix was an amazing world they almost lucked into and that’s what we fell in love with – they’re not actually good at writing stories. George Lucas is the same way if you think about it.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I think George hit the jackpot on stories – and remember ‘Raiders…’ is his too. He’s so rich he could afford to give away the 4.5 Billion Disney gave him. Which he did.

            Writing dialogue, that’s another story. And apparently all he said when he directed was ‘Faster, more intense….”

          • Irish Sweetness

            Or they had their great idea made into a movie, and then there was so much cocaine in their systems when they were writing the second installment that they thought it was really clever and would be way cooler if they split it into two parts.

      • You know the weird ‘stranger than fiction’ part. Some physicists/scientist actually theorize that our universe is…wait for it…a computer simulation.

        Supposedly, they found something mathematical to prove it. I’ll link it when I find it. It’s interesting.

        • For your consideration….

          the back stories on how the Matrix and The Terminator storylines evolve is exactly what is playing out with our technologies right now. In about 15years we will be seriously discussing the use of AI tech in our robotic soldiers, that CURRENTLY EXIST, our unmanned aircraft, etc.

          Technology is about to pop and the next 50yrs are going to be fucking crazy…oh, and we will have a war over drinking water.

          • Irish Sweetness

            It’s the technology on the lowest levels of Area 51/S-4 that we need to break out.

            Aliens are freaked out by AI. Apparently.

        • Irish Sweetness

          I have an aging American friend who is somewhere on this planet, I hope still travelling, and he told me that when we experience deja vu it’s a really just a glitch in the software.

  • Trac

    Kinda surprised nobody mentioned apocalypse now. Man there are so many to pick from.

    Most depressing movie I ever watched was Barry Lyndon.

    • Viva

      MB had it on his list…

      • MB30SD

        I kind of have an obsession with that movie for one reason or another. Maybe because reading conrad at a very young age had a pretty big impact on me.

        Can’t believe not one person has mentioned Star Wars… or did I miss it?

        • Irish Sweetness

          My whole top 5 action movies were Lucasfilm.

  • DaBearsBlog

    Top five war/war related movies:

    1. Ken Burns’ Civil War
    2. Schindler’s List
    3. The Best Years of Our Lives
    4. Stripes
    5. Paths of Glory

    • For your consideration….

      Ken Burns’ Civil War is timeless and absurdly special. Everything about it enthralled me.

      Schindler’s List also will be on my updated list.

      • Viva

        I haven’t seen Ken Burns’ Civil War…

        • For your consideration….

          don’t lie to me

          • Viva

            I will unfuck myself next weekend.

          • For your consideration….

            I can’t even explain what the fuck it is. it’s not a movie, it’s not a documentary, it’s not a tv show. It’s just a perfect presentation of an impossible subject to encompass.

        • Watch it. So many quotes from that doc. So many keep refraining that the WWII generation is the greatest, but that generation that lived through the Civil War is nothing to sneeze at.

          Look at how Vietnam affected the U.S. About 60,000 casualties.

          In ONE Civil War Battle alone at Gettysburg: 51,000.

          http://www.civilwar.org/education/civil-war-casualties.html

          It also is very fair – it doesn’t make the South into a bunch racist yahoos.

          I forget which french philosopher said it, but one of them said that he would battle injustice, but that he would defend his mother first before injustice, and I can’t help thinking about how the Southerners for better or worse probably felt the same.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Cold Mountain was a good look at the bloodiness of all y’all killing each other. One scene in particular where Jude Law is in a battle and it’s just muck and bodies. Terrible.

          • Viva

            I look forward to watching it next weekend.

          • Cormonster

            Definitely check it out. It may take longer than a weekend to get through it all. Hard to absorb the whole thing in that short a time.

    • Viva

      Saving Private Ryan
      Blackhawk Down

      • For your consideration….

        Amazing movies.

      • MB30SD

        You and i are mind melded today

    • Trac

      DId you ever see “Too late the Hero”?

    • SC Dave

      Damnit, forgot all about #3. But you forgot about All Quiet on the Western Front…

  • For your consideration….

    Top Guilty Pleasures:

    1. Cocktail
    2. Point Break
    3. Road House
    4. Every movie in the Golden Age of Steven Seagal 1987-1992
    a. Above the Law
    b. Hard to Kill
    c. Marked for Death
    d. Out for Justice
    e. Under Siege
    5. The original and best : The Fast and the Furious

    • NewBearInTown

      Don’t forget Speed, Predator, Blood Sport and the American Ninja series

      • For your consideration….

        i think i’m in love with you. I could watch all of those in a rainy weekend with a bottle of shitty scotch and some cold pizza.

      • MB30SD

        How dare you add predator to the junk list!!!

        I object! Badgering the witness! Permission to treat as a hostile witness! Etc… etc…

        American fucking ninja?!?! Smhis

        • For your consideration….

          not junk, simply a guilty pleasure.

          • For your consideration….

            like….Predator 2 for example. Not going to win awards, not going to be purchased for a collection but will be viewed whilst hungover on a sunday afternoon if it’s raining.

          • MB30SD

            the original predator was a fine fine movie. Not even in the same league as the sequel

            I mean: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMMQgVDrwOU

            (try to look past the douche narrating.)

          • Irish Sweetness

            What about the last one where the humans ended up on some alien planet being hunted by the Predator? WTF was that called? Predators?

          • MB30SD

            meh

        • Irish Sweetness

          Did you watch the Making of The Predator? They’re always great stories. That Native American lookin’ dude had to be followed by security he was such a threat of violence generally.

          • MB30SD

            awesome. one of my favorite movies of all time.

      • Irish Sweetness

        American Ninja IV may have been my favorite movie at one point.

        Best Steven Segal stories ever? Easy. Schneider.

      • Irish Sweetness

        No retreat no surrender.

        Randy Couture was in a pretty good movie a few years back about MMA. Redbelt. David Mamet wrote the script.

    • MB30SD

      Point. Break.

      Whoaaaaaaaaaaa

    • Irish Sweetness

      Was anyone cooler than Swayze in Road House? Well, maybe Sam Elliot in the same movie. Damn, was anyone cooler than Swayze as Bodie in PB?

      Wait. Burt Reynolds as The Bandit. Yup. And I bet he fucked Salley Field right in that Trans-Am.

  • For your consideration….

    Some fairly recent Top performances by an actor:

    1. Daniel Day Lewis – Lincoln
    2. Anthony Hopkins – Silence of the Lambs
    3. Bill Murray – Lost in Translation
    4. Michael Fassbender in almost every movie he’s in
    5. DeNiro/Pacino/Sizemore/Trejo/Kilmer – Heat
    6. Christoph Waltz – Inglorious Basterds
    7. others to come, must watch Hawkce game now.

    • For your consideration….

      8. Don Cheadle – Hotel Rwanda
      9. Denzel – Training Day
      10. Jason Patric – NARC

      • Irish Sweetness

        Narc – that was awesome.

        • For your consideration….

          one of the most intense opening scenes ever. That and Saving Private Ryan.

          • MB30SD

            saving private ryan hardcore man. Fuck me. what a shitty fucking deal. Where was the air support behind the lines!?! (I know, I should know this… I know it was a last minute move deal)

          • Irish Sweetness

            Isn’t that the one where the movie starts and he’s chasing a junkie/dealer full pelt? Have to watch that again, haven’t seen it since first watching.

            Saving Private Ryan – they completely ruined a lovely beach in Ireland to make that scene, but it was awesome. Proper heroes stormed those beaches, and Spielberg probably captured it very well.

    • MB30SD

      I’m a huuuge waltz fan

    • Irish Sweetness

      Day-Lewis has to be at the top now. Mickey Rourke is as good as anybody. Sean Penn may have grown more than anyone in his class. This Must Be The Place was a huge step for him as an actor, and especially after Milk. He doesn’t get the credit he deserves. I Am Sam. Dead Man Walking. Mystic River. Gangsters. the assassination of Richard Nixon … where do you stop with that guy? He stole a movie where he was in the first scene and never again. Just a few minutes at the start of ‘Loved’ with William Hurt.

      • gpldan waiting 4 Funukkah

        You forgot the Falcon and the Snowman.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Haven’t seen that in forever. Worth a watch?

  • Viva

    Da Hawcse just shit the bed in the first period.

    • For your consideration….

      our power play is brutal and our penalty kill strategy is brutal as well. “sit back and let them tee off”.

      • Viva

        Nick Leddy and Duncan Kieth are wearing the wrong unis.

        • For your consideration….

          i’m going to watch the whole game if only to see if guys man up even if they do it in a loss. That will show if Hawks get ass rammed out of the playoffs on their own ice or not

          • Viva

            FUCK ME

          • Bear Down in Tampa

            Hockey is so up and down, the Kings looked like crap against Sharks for three games in round 1, then won 4 straight to take the series. I still can’t count the Hawks out yet.

  • For your consideration….

    well, that was quick and disappointing…

    #outhustledoutmuscledoutworked

    • johnnywad

      Crazy Heart. There’s a drama I really liked. You?

      • For your consideration….

        loved it.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “UPDATE: SOMEHOW I DIDN’T COPY OVER MY FULLBACK COLUMN WHEN POSTING.” Tsk, tsk. Sure glad I NEVER have to sue the edit function around here. Whoops. pant leg just ignited.

  • MB30SD

    Did I mention to you lads that I watched the pathetically helpless padres beat the cubbies live at petco park yesterday?

    Man talk about shit on shit.. but drinking and chicks were fun.

    • For your consideration….

      drinking and women are the only things that make baseball games tolerable.

      • MB30SD

        So so soooo true.

        It’s pretty much the only reason I went. In fact, I think I actually watch one play… an error by a cubbie outfielder. Dude went to throw it in and dropped it twice. Smh.

  • Viva

    “Did we give up after the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?”

    • MB30SD

      forget it, he’s on a roll

      5 – 2!?! They’re done.

      • Viva

        Our D got caught out of position all game long. Wright and Conte must have rubbed off on them.

  • MB30SD

    reposting as part of a posted below to viva…

    “Can’t believe not one person has Star Wars (and its pieces parts) on their list… or did I just miss it?”

    • NewBearInTown

      Two other outstanding films not mentioned:
      1) Rocky 1
      2) Rambo: First Blood

      • MB30SD

        100% on FB

      • For your consideration….

        Rocky 1 and 2 are amazing. Rocky 3 and 4 are guilty pleasures for me.

    • NewBearInTown

      The extended universe is really more interesting than the films IMHO. The original 3 are great cinema, but not top 5 material.

      • MB30SD

        wow.

        (mind blown)

      • EnderWiggin

        I think I am one of the few that really enjoyed The Phantom Menace. Darth Maul, Qui Gon JINn, pod-racing, foreshadowing, etc. Its not “Empire” by any means – but a great flick nonetheless.

        • Irish Sweetness

          They’re all great man. And people still find the time to bitch about this and that … but who ever came close to the ‘FUCK ME!’ effect of a SW movie? Alan Ladd was a genius for saying yes to Lucas off the back of American grafitti and his college short.

          I’m worried about JJ Abrams though. Lucas never fucked up. He fell in love with Jar Jar Binks and wrote some cheesy dialogue… but he never fucked up. This could go either way.

          • burntorangenavyblue

            What about that last “Indiana Jones” movie him and Spielberg made? It seemed Lucas already “Nuked the Fridge” far before the Crystal Skull movie w/ the Star Wars prequel. I am a die hard science fiction guy, but I never ever could get into Star Wars and Star Trek really.

        • Irish Sweetness

          The double-light-saber wielding Darth Maul is the only thing that saves that movie. Then again, if I was five years old maybe the pod-race. I thought they cast both Anakins very badly. Anakin kills Tusken Raider babies and slays young Jedi children, that takes acting chops to play such a young badass, and they went with a pin-up who couldn’t act.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Hands down, no movie has ever come anywhere close to affecting me as much as Star Wars did. 5 years old. Lifechanger. I tell a lie, the other SW movies came close.

  • Viva

    So I’m holding my 5 year old daughter over my head and my three year old son tries to rescue her by unleashing a junk punch. Note to self: wear a cup.

    • johnnywad

      When my son was 8 months old, I was laying on the floor, holding him up and flying him around like Superman. He spit up straight into my face and open smile. Kids overhead seems to end badly with disturbing frequency.

    • MB30SD

      always manage your downside risk my maings. Never put yourself in those scenarios that you’re 100% sure might win you $100,000k on americas funnies home videos… or do and make sure someone is filming.

    • My little nephew is always trying to hit me. Don’t know why. I think it’s because his parents keep him away from anything violent, so when they’re not looking, he wants to Hulk smash. I mess around with him, but those little suckers can be surprisingly swift and strong.

  • gpldan waiting 4 Funukkah

    1. Drama: Fight Club, Goodfellas, Godfather 1/2, Dark Knight, Apocolyspse Now, Full Metal Jacket

    2. Comedy: Rushmore, Dr. Strangelove, Blazing Saddles, Life of Brian, Spinal Tap

    3. Action/Adventure: Casino Royale, Enter the Dragon, Road Warrior, Hard Boiled, Minority Report

    4. Documentary: Supersize Me, Jesus Camp, The Up Series, Man on a Wire, Roger & Me, The Thin Blue Line

    5. Horror/Suspense: Jaws, Dawn of the Dead, Alien, The Conversation. No Country for Old Men.

    • For your consideration….

      dude, Hard Boiled.
      Chow Yun Fat and John Woo madness. That extended hospital shoot up scene was art. Almost 1 continuous camera shot.

      • gpldan waiting 4 Funukkah

        It’s always rated the best, but I don’t have it as best from Hong Kong.

        To me, the best extended tracking shot in Hong Kong action history is here:

        • For your consideration….

          haha, that was awesome. I love the audacity of one fucking take. Now i will watch the whole movie. I want to be a Hong Kong filmmaker when i grow up.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I don’t know if Tony Jaa (A.K.A. Jaa Panom) is known at all in the states, he’s only been in Thai movies, but you should check out Ong Bak or Tom Yam Goong if you’re into martial arts. He’s like a cross between Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan. Amazing physical stunts performed in real time, no cuts, very dangerous, awesome to see. He combines that with awesome fight skills and showcases other styles in his ‘enemy’ opponents. It’s like a fusion of kick-boxing and kung fu. Amazing stuff. Can’t figure out why he didn’t try MMA, he’d cream those guys in his weight class.

        • For your consideration….

          i love Hard Boiled though because they get up close and personal and go all out with the glass and some John Woo acrobatics.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Wasn’t there a cool one in a Ronin car-chase?

    • MB30SD

      good ‘drama’ section, but I don’t consider some drama.

      Rushmore had one of my fav 1-liners of all time

      “I’m an OR doctor”

      “Oh… are you?!”

      • MB30SD

        Also, 7 pounds was interesting.

        And liked irobot, bad boys, I am legend (creepy), and of course shark tale.

        • Irish Sweetness

          7 pounds, have to watch that again. What was that one about the weight of the soul? 21 ounces?

          • MB30SD

            i won’t spoil it

          • Irish Sweetness

            Grams. That would be grams.

            Only my soul is 21 ounces. Dried.

    • Trac

      Fill me in on Jesus Camp. Was that the documentary about the Wacho evangelical movement?

      • gpldan waiting 4 Funukkah

        You decide.

        • Trac

          Yep, that’s the one. It’s sickening to see the wolves amongst the sheep. Very pissed off when I see that kind of tripe being freely peddled to the kids.

          • gpldan waiting 4 Funukkah

            Indoctrination and intolerance is what it is – in any form.

          • MB30SD

            this

        • Irish Sweetness

          “At 5 I got saved ….”. Whoa.

          Anyone see the short documentary ‘Sean’ ? A 4 1/2 year old kid interviewed in Haight-Ashbury in 1970.

        • MB30SD

          terrifying people

        • Irish Sweetness

          You can watch it free (and legally, law-abiders!) on http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/jesus-camp/

          Watch it free in the grace and favor of the Lord Jesus Christ.

          Go Bears!

      • Wacko Evangelical movement. Isn’t that like saying a round circle?

        • Trac

          No, there are Evangelic Organizations that observe the scriptures in context and with little or no abhorrent theology. My biggest complaint against the Church is the whacko’s they give a free pass to because they’re afraid of blow back.

          • I actually have a few ‘even keeled’ Evangelical friends, relatively speaking.
            They’re good guys, but when they notice ‘unchristian’ activities going on in their churches, they’re admonished and hushed up.
            For instance, my one friend ‘Sean’ was very disturbed by “the gospel of prosperity” or whatever it is that they preach in churches that it’s ok to pray to god for money, and that reverends shouldn’t feel guilty about riding around in limos and flying on private jets because that just means God is blessing them.
            Sean spoke up, but was quickly rebuked.
            I’m not sure if he’s still part of that particular branch.

          • Trac

            Good for him. There is the remnant and then there is the many!

      • Irish Sweetness

        Waco, Texas .. or whacko … or it’s something else called Wacho?

        Aside: Bill Hicks was outside the compound when they were going for Koresh. He said there was a Sherman tank (may have been tanks) shooting fire into the compound. That was never broadcast on television and proved categorically that all TV media is controlled by the shadow elite who stand before us in other more familiar guises. There were kids in that compound.

    • Irish Sweetness

      I still haven’t sen Rushmore! I like Moore’s documentaries, could have easily put 5 in there.

    • Irish Sweetness

      4. Is that 7 Up, 14 Up …. ? Damn, yeah, that should be my #1 doc, that was just a huge undertaking. Great stuff.

  • gpldan waiting 4 Funukkah
    • MB30SD

      yes. white front and center is candidate #1, then the one with the big tits to HER right.

      • Irish Sweetness

        White bikini girl is going to be like the bait in a pool full of sharks, so we move immediately to focusing on the second from the left and put game theory to work.

        Look at the paws on Gronk.

  • gpldan waiting 4 Funukkah

    Shatner is finishing up a documentary about the first three years of NextGen.

    Yes, despite not being on NextGen, he has interviews with Jonathan Frakkes and Wil Wheaton and Denise Crosby and others that were (but not Stewart, I guess).

    The documentary is mostly told by the writers. Paramount had given Rodenberry carte blanche to do what he wanted, any way he wanted it. Roddenberry made the writers lives hell – there could be no conflict, the wars with Klingons and Romulans was over, and there was only peace. And none of the aliens could be evil or want to do bad things. And the crew could not have interpersonal conflict, either. It was Hare Krishna for everyone.

    This made writing shows pure hell.

    My feeling is, Shatner had a hot/cold relationship with Roddenberry, and Roddenberry took his pot shots at Shatner late in life. Roddenberry’s kid made a documentary about him showing how difficult he was, that he drank too much and fucked every hottie he could despite being married, and basically un-deified him. The fans didn’t like that documentary, but I thought it was a heartfelt attempt by a son to understand his father and the legacy of Star Trek.

    Shatner’s movie looks like it’s going to hit him from a 2nd front. That his brilliance was perhaps not so brilliant, and that he fundamentally didn’t understand drama. Anyhow, looks like an interesting flick.

    • That’s interesting. I read that TNG was more what Rodenberry had in mind originally, but that the Hollywood powers back in the 60s told him to make it more like a spaghetti-space western because that’s what the public wanted. Enter Will Shatner (who was not the captain in the pilot).

      And as much shit as DS9 receives, it seemed to deal with all those issues NextGen skirted around , especially religion. From what I’ve read, Rodenberry really perceived religion as an obstacle that humanity must overcome to unite and progress. In a lot of the original and TNG episodes, when starfleet meets up with religious aliens, they often remark, “we were once like that, superstitious and irrational…” or something along those lines. One of the reasons why he was accused of being a communist (not to mention staring a black female and casting capitalism as barbaric and immoral, ie, the Ferangi). But in DS9, the main character is pretty much a somewhat reluctant prophet or “emissary”, which is counter to Rodenberry’s vision.

      Anywho, just a few scattered thoughts on it. Also, I imagine that Shattner can’t stand that he’s no longer the #1 Captain anymore. That goes to Picard.

      I’ll def check out the movie.

      • Irish Sweetness

        They had great moral questions on TNG. “Journey’s End”, where the Enterprise is under orders to forcibly remove the descendants of native Americans. All the “what is humanity?” questions revolving around Cmdr. Data. Great stuff.

        • MB30SD

          Irish, do you still have a country? (the one you’re living in)

          • Irish Sweetness

            I walk in all countries alike, brother … my five year mission to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and civilizations ….
            … oh the coup? I love military takeovers, fewer loons on the streets.

          • MB30SD

            ok. stay safe maings

        • Yeah, that’s why I love Trek.
          Like when Will Riker got cloned.
          Does he have a soul? etc etc

        • AlbertInTucson

          I’m no “Trekkie”. I came to the Star Trek party late in it’s network run but really got into it in reruns. I like 2-parter THE CAGE that reworked the original pilot with Jeffrey Hunter as Captain Christopher Pike. Also BALANCE OF TERROR with Mark Lenard (who gained fame later Sarek, Spock’s daddy) as a Romulan .

          Hunter, a good actor, died young shortly after his Star Trek pilot.

          It took me a couple of seasons to warm to TNG and I think it took TNG that long to find it’s center. I think about when Riker grew the beard and they put collars on the UNIs. Just saw one of my TNG favs, THE INNER LIGHT. I like YESTERDAY’s ENTERPRISE a lot, too.

          Jonathan Frakes is married to the lovely, Genie Francis, best known for the daytime soap, General Hospital. Frakes also directed, including at least one of the TNG feature films.

          • Irish Sweetness

            TNG was the best of them all, but Voyager and later on, DS9. Man, Voyager ran for SEVEN years! Went through the top 20 episodes not too long ago. Great stuff in there.

            Anyone notice that the Breen’ helmets in DS9 are the exact same helmet that Leia wore in Episode VI?

      • Irish Sweetness

        Ever see Andromeda, his last gig? Sucked balls.

    • Irish Sweetness

      I love Shatner in his old age. He’s seen it all.

      ‘The Captains’ was a wonderful documentary. It was nice to see Shatner and Stewart realize they had given something great to the world, and even though they preferred to be thought of as Shaespearean actors … their real legacies would be as Starship Captains – and they’re okay with that now.

      No doubt Gene cockblocked the very handsome Shatner on many occasions. Marina Sirtis implied he tried to get up on everything.

      I wonder if that included Uhura.

      http://img4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110111214524/stexpanded/images/4/48/Uhura_distracts_Hikaru_Sulu_%28mirror%29.jpg

      • MB30SD

        I saw that dude at breakfast a few years back… i posted the story. he stopped and stared at me for like a full 10 seconds, it was weird.

        Point is, he looked like shit. getting old sucks.

        • AlbertInTucson

          What’s even as bad or worse about getting old is what happens to the people around you that you care about. If they told you what would happen as you got into your 50s and 60s when you were a kids, you’d have run screaming into the night.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Should have made his day and shouted “Spock!”.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Shatner seems more than willing to lampoon himself.

  • MB30SD

    shit, Enemy at the Gate just hit me.

    Love ed harris.

    • IBNO

      I thought you typed “Emery at the Gate” and I thought there was some documentary about the GM and draft day…

      • gpldan waiting 4 Funukkah

        Enemy of the State is a Will Smith movie that is actually good.

        • MB30SD

          dude…. MiB!!!!!!!!!

          • gpldan waiting 4 Funukkah

            Meh. MiB is meh.

          • MB30SD

            W….T….F.

            No way man. Can’t believe you’re saying that. That one hurts.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Never got the love for those either. Maybe because that shit is for real and not funny.

            Anyone hear Dan Akroyd’s story about the MiB outside his office on 42nd and 8th? Check it out.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Hancock. 7 pounds. The pursuit of happiness. I am Legend. That’s all I got.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Just watched that again recently. They took a bit of licence in it having Zaitsev know Ludmilla Pavlichenko. I don’t think they ever met, and I think she got about 80 more kills than he did. She was the first Soviet citizen to be received at the White House (FDR).

      • MB30SD

        It’s a movie… stick with it.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Yeah, yeah, good movie no doubt.

          Just thinking about Jude Law, The Road to Perdition may be a classic. Saw it again twice recently. It’s perfect. What a way for Paul Newman to end his career.

          • AlbertInTucson

            That is ALSO in my library.

            Tyler Hoechlin was excellent as Hanks’ son.

            The scene where Sullivan (Hanks) executes the younger slime ball, Rooney (Daniel Craig) in the bathtub is classic film making.

            Director, Sam Mendes also teamed with Craig in SKYFALL.

    • AlbertInTucson

      ENEMY AT THE GATES is in my DVD library. Ed Harris is always good. Jude Law was excellent as the peasant sniper as he was as the photographer / hit man in ROAD TO PERDITION. The scene of his first series of kills from a shell hole with Joseph Finnes observing in awe is outstanding. Loved the Late, Bob Hoskins, as Nikita Khrushchev (yeah, I had to look up the spelling).
      I think It would have been a better overall movie sans the love story.

  • MB30SD

    I know that Irish wants Brokeback Mountain… he’s just forgetting.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Eeeesh.

      • MB30SD

        hahahahaha…. NTTAWWT

  • Peanut FTW

    Only thing I really disagree with is Izzy as the 10th DL. Whoever fills that extra spot vacated by Devin, should be great at special teams. Ala Brendan Ayenbadajeo; so I think they use a DB/DE/LB to fill that void. I think Izzy is too old to play STs in all phases and feel like his real value only comes in after a couple of injuries, at which time you could place someone on IR and get him off the junk pile.
    If they cant find a safety or DE like Washington to keep. I think they grab Castanzo back.

    • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

      I think Izzy makes the team provided that Washington can´t probe to belong. Costanso is death with Penn on board.

      • Izzy also has to beat out Trevor Scott and Lane Austen. Lotta competition for those DE4/DE5 spots.
        Idonije is nice versatility in that he can slide in to DT too, but Houston does that as well, and team likely to keep 5 DTs.

        • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

          I doubt both journaymen are going to show sth that never show to the previous teams. maybe Izzy can made the team as a security blanket, never knows how many time Collins and Paea are going to last healthy

          • they’re fighting for the DE4/5 spot. They’ve both been DE3 in their careers before. Izzy is the best of those 3, but he’s also 33 and on the decline.

          • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

            Agree, Izzy is the best among them. but as Emery says, D-fense scheme will change as game flows, so I don´t put enought money in those. Team can get rush from LB when the occasion arises.

  • MB30SD

    you guess see this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uBOtQOO70Y

    Question for you music guys… if ferrel actually playing? Doesn’t look like it to me.

    Also, they look so much alike

  • Interesting tidbit from OTAs today: when Bears deploy packages with 3 CBs, they’re lining Tim Jennings up as nickel CB and sliding Fuller outside (Jennings/Tillman in for 2 CB looks).
    Kinda makes sense. Jennings matches a typical nickel profile (small, speedy ), while Fuller gives you 2 big CBs outside to match up with big WRs.

    • MB30SD

      I like this… of course, timmyJ is already a probowl NFL player so if kyle ain’t ready, we better see it switched back.

      • I think we’ll likely see both players at nickel some this year, depending on matchups. Jennings matches up better with a guy like Cobb, but Fuller can handle TEs in the slot better (Emery specifically mentioned this in his post-draft presser).

        • MB30SD

          yep. I think fuller can probably handle anyone once he feels comfortable in the D… and that’s the fulcrum point.

          He went #14 over every free safety in the draft while chris conte was our starting FS… emery HAS to have seen something very spectacular in this kid that will allow him to be a bigtime contributor right away and for years.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Emery has still failed to address the safety issue. No Conte now. A rookie and a pile of shit at safety. That’s what we have, Fuller aside.

    • NewBearInTown

      Agreed about the physical profiles, but I think the Bears also probably just want to start him off learning the basic outside cornerback game. That’s where they’ll want him in preseason games as well.

      Its a luxury to have three corners that good. The main reason we need Fuller is if Tillman goes down with another injury – that’s where the first round pick earns his paycheck.

    • I said this from the go. Nickle CB might actually be harder to learn than outside CB (with the sideline to help). Plus, the size aspect.
      It’ll probably be match up based.

    • Irish Sweetness

      I’m all up for drafting another corner high next year. Fuggit.

  • MB30SD
  • MB30SD
    • gpldan waiting 4 Funukkah

      That car belongs in Rollerball.

      Concussions? I got your fucking concussions right here mofo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • MB30SD

        yeah, not a fan.

  • Does anyone know if Washington is being used at LB or DE? I think I heard somewhere that they were trying him at LB.
    Can the Bears only roll with 7 Olinemen? The 5 starters + DeLapuente, Britton.

    I know it might be a little risky, but Britton can play everything except C. DeLaPuente can always slide into C while Garza moves over to OG too. DeLaPuente and Britton (and Garza being able to slide over to OG) provide a lot of flexibility.

    Besides, I’m pretty sure at least Brown, Boggs, Leno, Groy, etc (or some other vet another team cuts) will be available in case of emergency.

    Did any team only roll with 7 Olinemen last season?

    • Peanut FTW

      Lineman numbers can be a little scheme specific. A team that very seldom uses a 6th lineman could probably get away with a couple of swing backups. However Britton played quite a bit last year in the jumbo packages and even in normal sets when they had trouble with an end or backer. I think they use 6 too often to go with less than 8 but I could be wrong.

      • True. In my scenerio, if God forbid, Bushrod AND Mills go down, we don’t really have another emergency OT….or do we? (enter Kyle Long).
        That would go something like Britton, Slauson-Puente-Garza-Long.

  • Some Comedies that might have been neglected.

    I’m Gonna Get You Sucka
    Raising Arizona
    The Departed (I see it as a comedy)
    American Psycho (see above)
    Ace Ventura Pet Detective
    Clerks and all things Kevin Smith.
    Something About Mary
    Wedding Crashers (of course)
    So I Married an Axe Murderer
    Planes, Trains and Automobiles

    • MB30SD

      you’re a sick fuck

      • Not a Nick Cage fan? I actually think a lot of the movies he stars in are comedies, especially the ones that aren’t supposed to be, like FaceOff

        • MB30SD

          am. psy was NOT a comedy. I get the dark humor aspect, but was pretty brutal movie.

          Mostly I was just taking the opty to call you a sick fuck

          • I know what you were getting at. Just giving you the biz. You’re telling me you didn’t laugh your ass off in American Psycho or The Departed? That card scene was as good as it gets in comedy. And The Departed? “You work hard and rise fast” SGT Dignum, “Yeah, like a 13 year old’s dick.” “Thank you seargent.”

          • MB30SD

            yes, I did. still not considered a comedy.

            THIS I consider funny: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmejo2uyNlI

          • gpldan waiting 4 Funukkah

            David Lynch thinks Eraserhead is a comedy.

            A director’s intent and the perception can widely vary. Lynch is so weird, he would crack up laughing at the weirdest shit on the set of Twin Peaks. Just things that made no sense.

          • That makes PERFECT Lynch sense.

          • Irish Sweetness

            He made one of the most human movies I ever saw in The Elephant Man. The last scene gets me every time.

          • Irish Sweetness

            How CUTE are they ?

          • MB30SD

            tasty too!

          • gpldan waiting 4 Funukkah

            I’m pretty sure that American Psycho was a comedy.

            The director and Bale tell Charlie Rose flat out that it was, as does Bret Eliot Easton or whatever the hell his name is

          • Funnukkah bruthas, unite!

          • MB30SD

            It was very funny at times, but it was also shocking and pretty violent and gruesome at times.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Brutal Actor. Wild at Heart was good, but he’s just playing a psycho again. Raising Arizona – he did the cowed-male very well. Leaving Las Vegas – probably playing himself again. I liked that City of Angels. Gets it wrong a lot though.

      • Hip to be Square…

        http://youtu.be/uyTJ_yBeq_U

    • SC Dave

      Little Miss Sunshine?

      • Ah, Yes, surprised no one has brought that up. Love the Grandpa.

      • Irish Sweetness

        LMS. Oh yeah. Super Freak.

        Donnie Darko (director’s cut) always feels special.

        “Sometimes I doubt your commitment to Sparkle Motion!”

    • gpldan waiting 4 Funukkah

      Kentucky Fried Movie?

      • Haven’t watched that. I also heard Kung Pow was funny, though haven’t seen that either.

        • For your consideration….

          The Foot Fist Way with a young Danny McBride.

          • MB30SD

            danny mccray?

        • Now I’m hungry

        • SC Dave

          I found it amusing. Damn, so many good reminders in this thread.

          • Irish Sweetness

            This is a great thread. Thanks FYC!

      • Irish Sweetness

        KFM! Oh fuck yeah. Top ten easily. I watched that movie on LSD or Mushrooms and laughed my ass off from start to finish. I have no idea if it’s actually that funny in this dimension but I never laughed as hard at anything in my life.

        A Bruce Lee to match Kung Fu Joe from “I’m gonna git you sucka!”

    • Viva

      Zoolander

    • Irish Sweetness

      I’m Gonna Git You Sucka. Wedding Crashers. Classics.

      Jason Mewes probably deserves at least a little golf chair in the pantheon of Comedy history.

      Ooh. History of the World. Mel Brooks. There’s another one.

  • MB30SD

    damn man. Just damn. that said… inspirational

    • NewBearInTown

      Great video. I’m curious to hear what his plans are next year. Staying with Rutgers?

  • MB30SD

    THIS is interesting. Check out this chart of the evolution of athlete’s physiques: http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/27/sport/rugby-sporting-physique-compared/index.html?hpt=hp_c3

    • gpldan waiting 4 Funukkah

      Nineties Sumo was the shit, maing.

      500 pounders grinding. On AVERAGE.

      • MB30SD

        500lbs. damn man.

        One of my friends goes to japan for work, and he’s gone to the champeenships in japan twice. I was supposed to go last time but didn’t work out.

        • SC Dave

          I thought the Ted talks thing you posted a couple weeks back about sports and technology was more interesting.

          • MB30SD

            agree

  • What’s the most overrated film which everyone likes, but you’re a philistine about?
    Kinda like this.

    http://youtu.be/eRsemHatx-o

    • MB30SD

      that is SO me. I’m always just like…. meh. Haven’t seen the whole movie, just tons of pieces.

    • For your consideration….

      Gravity. Visually stunning. Solid acting. Good Flick. Not Oscar worthy.

      • I don’t think there’s one single Sandra Bullock movie I like.

        • MB30SD

          fuck sandra bullock.

          Seems like the type of girl who would correct you for pronouncing her name with a short a not a long a. “it’s saaaauuundra.”

          Cunt.

          • Viva

            I’d go down that road.

          • MB30SD
          • Viva

            You hit the nail on the head. Girl next door…is in my wheelhouse.

          • MB30SD

            me too… but much hotter, much naughtier, and with much bigger tits.

            I have issues.

          • Viva

            You have not hit 40 yet….

          • MB30SD

            Turned 41 in jan. I’m getting worse, not better.

          • Viva

            One of my first bosses used to say, “you show me a hot broad, and I’ll show you a dude tired of humping her.”

          • MB30SD

            See, my buddy says that. I don’t believe in that saying, I think this one is MUCH more accurate in most cases:

            “Show me a hot girl, and I’ll show you a dude who’s sick and tired of putting up with her shit”

            I never get tired of fucking the hot ones, just taking their bullshit (my ex included)

          • Viva

            It is body and intellect. You can’t separate the two. You can’t fake out your dick (insert viagra joke here), and you can’t fake out your brain. The broad you need to start looking for must satisfy both of your brains.

            Shared goals and shared effort.

          • MB30SD

            when I’m ready. Right now more of one if ok. Maybe after summer I’ll settle down a little if I can find one.

          • Two words.

            LOW-Maintenance.

            IF you want a relationship, you gotta go for the “B” types. Cute-attractive body, but not so attractive that everywhere you go dogs leer.

            Funny, kind and with a certain amount of stubbornness to put up with our occasional bullshit (If it’s more than occasional, a man gets what he deserves).

            That’s the formula.

            Show me a bombshell with intellect and personality. I’d sooner believe in unicorns.

            Even the ones who happen to be hot and intelligent tend to lack personality (like Cindy Crawford).

            Just got to be hot enough to want to bone, intelligent enough to get jokes and references outside pop culture or fashion, and cool enough to chill with even if you’re not banging.

            That’s the holy trinity.

            Now, if you don’t give a shit about having a relationship, fire at will….

          • Irish Sweetness

            I could handle Cindy. Listen to bullshit just to flick that bean? Absolutely. Can I borrow your Gold card sweetie?

          • Irish Sweetness

            Try not to call them a cunt on the first date :o)

          • MB30SD

            I only do that here for effect, I’m actually big into the chivalry stuff in real life. .. ask erik.

          • You eat lobster every night, you eventually get tired of lobster.
            Told this to a girl who had a husband hitting on her.
            She laughed, sorta.

          • MB30SD

            no, you don’t get sick of eating lobster, you get sick of it pinching your nuts off with huge pincers.

          • Viva

          • AlbertInTucson

            Original “Super Models” Cheryl Tiegs and Christie Brinkley have EIGHT busted marriages between them. 4 apiece.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Gold-digging whores, as Bill Burr might say.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Except the women were the ones with the money. Billy Joel allegedly went through a LOT of Brinkley’s money after he pissed away his own.

          • Irish Sweetness

            The Ex-Prez of my school used the “you show me a hot girl, I’ll show you a stinky asshole.”

          • Irish Sweetness

            I’m rolling with 42. But as you know … it’s the answer to life, the universe, and everyTHANG!

          • Irish Sweetness

            Used to be attractive … I think it was the Botox giving her anti-grav capability.

          • SC Dave

            So would I. Especially were it to lead to a financial arrangement.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I’d love to. I’d be good for Sandra.

        • For your consideration….

          I liked Demolition Man….because i was 14

          • What were those shells for?

          • Irish Sweetness

            Logan’s run for Jenny Agutter’s frozen nipples. Good for anywhere from about 9-90 years of age.

        • Viva

          Speed

        • EnderWiggin

          “The Net” was OK

        • Irish Sweetness

          The Blind Side !

      • gpldan waiting 4 Funukkah

        I agree with this. It’s some metaphysical idea that the strongest people are the ones who reconcile survival with grief or something. It confounds it’s own ideas about religion and evolution by having Bullock crawl from the sea like the first land creatures, or life came from space or something like that… it has no coherent message it seems… just a bunch of ideas without shape.

        Crash was like that. It won Best Picture at the Oscars in 2005 but as far as I could tell, it had no message. People are sometimes good and sometimes bad? Can’t we all just get along? The Rodney King of movies.

        • NewBearInTown

          The message was simple: The world is awesome and scary at the same time, if you waste your life worrying about the scary you miss out on the awesome.
          Now with that said, I thought the story was thin. Deserved best director, did not deserve best picture.

        • Irish Sweetness

          I think I liked Crash, but with Gravity -as much as I love all things space – meh …..

      • Irish Sweetness

        Seventy million dollars. The woman made seventy million dollars on that flick. Although the premise that a woman who has lost a child can bounce around earth orbit and jerry rig a Russian can and then a Chinese Space station? Mkay. And the completely ludicrous sight of Clooney giving his life up and saying bye bye with a corny line ….

    • Viva

      Monster’s Ball

      • Wow. That’s a good one. The Hale Berry scene was enough for me.

        • Viva

          I may have rosterbated to that one.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Best slamming of a female in history. Billy Bob you legend. Jack Daniels, let’s go. The only thing I miss about drinking is the having sex with people you don’t know..

    • NewBearInTown

      I already said the Godfather was one for me. Other stuff on this http://www.imdb.com/chart/top that I don’t care for:
      Lord of the Rings (didn’t like the books either)
      Monty Python

      • MB30SD

        monty fucking python NB!?!?!? I thought we were going to have a great dinner… now, not so sure.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Just don’t offer him a mint and then suggest it’s only “wafffer thin” when he refuses.

      • I’m with you on Lord of the Rings.
        My step-bro loved them, and I thought, “Meh”. I mean, it’s not just the end of the world, it’s like the end of elf world, midget world, other midget world…sheesh. Can it be more dramatic? Couldn’t just fly over to begin with on those dragons?

        • MB30SD

          I’m with you guys, although they were fun.

          The hobbit was one of my favorite books as a youngster, so liking the hobbit trilogy more.

          Quick meaningless trivia item: JRRT and I were born exactly 230 miles and 82 years apart.

          • Loved the books. The movies, meh, They were just mindless fun. I wasn’t about to hop on a Jackson plane over to New Zealand for them, that’s for sure.

            My brother-in-law actually had pizza with the main hobbit before the first film came out in H-wood. Said they were all in a booth, and super cool.

            Drinking beers and eating pizzas with hobbits. Hellavua night.

          • MB30SD

            I can’t stand the main guy. little weenie.

            He does that tv show with the guy in a dog suit. Looks bizarre… but I’d probably love it if I ever watched it. Seems like my kind of humor.

      • Irish Sweetness

        LOTR were boring. Sorry Mr. Jackson.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Peter Griffin doesn’t like the Godfather, I can live with that. Acting, cast, script and direction all score 10 for me, both movies. Pt 3 was great, just different. Don’t agree with Coppola casting his daughter though, just because she was the baby in Pt I who’s getting christened when Michael is closing everybody’s accounts? The door closing on Kate in the final scene, perfect.

      I can accept there are people who don’t like The Godfather movies. But nobody can ever call them shit.

      Koyaanisqatsi anyone?

    • IBNO

      Leaving Las Vegas:

      Nick Cage acts like he’s drunk (big stretch!), and then the hooker gets sad.

      Fucking awful.

  • Bear Down in Tampa

    Domenik Hixon, torn ACL.

    • MB30SD

      Yikes! That does it for him.

    • gpldan waiting 4 Funukkah

      He goes…. back to Ohio…

      • Viva

        Deep down inside you know you love Rush Limbaugh.

        • gpldan waiting 4 Funukkah

          His wife is a little fuck bunny

          http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_04yqJnkcyn4/TAxAY-_IaBI/AAAAAAAAGx0/CZXeBl71bIY/s400/KathrynRogersRushLimbaugh.jpg

          You think she blows him? I have 20 bucks on she doesn’t blow his fat ass.

          • Viva

            Is there a prenup? If no, she’s blowing him. If yes (I hope Rush would have include a BJ clause), I would say that BJ’s are over for him.

          • Irish Sweetness

            He’s married, right? Who gets blowjobs off their wives?

          • IBNO

            Ummm… me.

          • MB30SD

            Hahahahaha… BOOM!

          • IBNO

            That’s wife number… what? 4? That malformed slug has connived FOUR women and got into their pants? What’s he doing, bribing them with Vicodin?

    • For your consideration….

      that sucks, that’s his 3rd knee injury. He’s tweeting like he’s hanging it up.

    • Damn. Not sure if he would have made the cut, but that’s no way to go out.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Terrance Tolliver, your table is waiting, Sir …..

  • For your consideration….

    The tight spirals and pass patterns give me bone. Can’t wait for this season.

    http://www.chicagobears.com/multimedia/videos/Highlights_OTA_Practice_52714/61cd492b-18db-4092-9cb1-13d0ebdbd8fe

    • MB30SD

      jesus, saw #87 and for a second my heart dropped. SMFH

      • beninnorcal

        Were you thinking Kellen Davis? Or was it Muhsin Muhammed?

        • MB30SD

          HAAAAAAAA!

          Look at you Ben! Sadly Davis.

        • SC Dave

          Would it matter!?

    • Viva

      Smells like playoffs.

    • SC Dave

      Points scored give me the bone.

    • IBNO

      Saw #50 a few times, in the right place in coverage, reacting to the ball. That’s very encouraging. He didn’t look like a DE lost in a hook zone.

      • He’ll be better back there where he should have been all along (that’s what she said!)

        • gpldan waiting 4 Funukkah

          Anal Sex joke! I get it!

      • MB30SD

        stop it… you’re just setting the kids up for a fall.

        Shhhhh shhhh shhhh… it’ll be ok guys.

  • MB30SD

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog
    Sean Lee is a terrific player. Very sad.

    What happened to sean lee, did he hang it up? Man, that sucks. He was a serious badass… under the radar style. Better for him personally though man. Dude got fucked up last year.

    http://nfl.si.com/2014/05/27/sean-lee-injury-dallas-cowboys-ota/

    Ahhh, feared torn ACL again. Bummer man.

    • Heard some rookie fatboy ran him over, and he left the field inj and pissed. Didn’t follow up, but he’s like the Mike Brown of MLBs.
      Jerrah just threw him like $40M too.

      • MB30SD

        Wow, really? What was his parachute? Was there one?

        He’s a very good LB man. Dude’s all over the field. He had concussion issues last year. this seems like a freak accident. Poor guy

        • SC Dave

          Nfl life is always a crapshoot

          • MB30SD

            mmmm… quite dave.

    • Viva

      ACL

      • Imagine being the rookie who caused that.
        Imagine if Webb as a rook coming in and running over Lach and tearing his ACL.
        That would not be a good way to endear yourself.

  • Viva

    That Sobel piece Jeff tweeted is worthy.

    • SC Dave

      Was reading newest first on my phone past all the war stuff, saw that name,and thought of winters, et al, at toccoa (sp? ) in band of brothers… weird world

  • Let’s get to the nitty-gritty.
    Top 5 “WTF” movies?

    1. Lost Highway (and all things Lynch).
    2. Usual Suspects (when it first came out).
    3. Memento
    4. Hedwig and the Angry Inch
    5. Excorcist (might be #1 because I’m sure it stunned everyone)

    Honorable Mention

    Donny Darko (though it did seem like it tried too much. Still).

    • Viva

      Blue Velvet

    • MB30SD

      fight club.

      come on maings. hand in your mancard at the door on your way out pls.

      • Oh yeah. I’m sure I left out more than a few.
        Some might say “Pulp Fiction” too. “Get out the gimp!”
        “Deer Hunter”?

        • MB30SD

          dude, that scene in PF scarred me. smh.

          • Irish Sweetness

            The only thing that bothered me in PF is that he goes back to help Marsellus. The guy that wants you dead is about to be dead. I think I see a way out of this.

    • Irish Sweetness

      “The Skin I live in.”

      Almodovar / Banderas. Watch it.

  • Man, that dude on NFL Networker hates Manziel more than MB.
    #hatehatehate

    • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

      it seems he owns him money…

      • AlbertInTucson

        His family is not hurting.

        • MB30SD

          only one side is well off, the other are shitkickers of the first order supposedly.

          …not for money at least.

    • MB30SD

      cause the kid’s an asshole. plain and simple. shitkicker trash by all accounts.

  • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

    HIxon torn his acl, is out of equation it will be Wilson vs. Morgan show for the slot.

    http://beargoggleson.com/2014/05/27/new-bears-receiver-hixon-lost-season-torn-acl/

    • Maybe they bring back Johny’s illegitimate son.

      • For your consideration….

        My man Joe.

        • gpldan waiting 4 Funukkah

          Future Canton induction

    • Irish Sweetness

      Oh ye of little faith. Double-T steps up and becomes The Three Amigos with the Beastly Bros.

      • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

        hahaha…

  • Cormonster

    While reading through the movie posts below that primarily dealt with war movies, a thought crossed my mind. All of my close relatives who have faced traumatic war experiences have never watched or mentioned a “war movie”.
    My old man was in the 1st Cavalry from January 68-July69 in Vietnam and seem some fucked up shit He likes movies, but I can’t recall a single war movie he’s ever seen or talked about. Same with a couple uncles who got wounded in Vietnam, one pretty severely.
    My Grandpa was second wave on D-Day at Utah beach. Got lots of chest shrapnel in the hedgerows 7 days in and later was in Patton’s 3 army late in the war. Never watched a war movie, and as a kid for 4th of July he went home before the fireworks. He hated fireworks.
    Just an interesting observation I just thought about.

    • EnderWiggin

      Weird. I have two uncles that served in Nam. Both are religious and wouldn’t even think of mentioning war movies. My late grandfather that served in WW2 was “laid back”.. But my father who left the navy right before Nam is super gung-ho on anything action oriented… Like Carlin said – If we still called it “shell-shock”, maybe the troops would get the treatment they deserved.

      • AlbertInTucson

        My Dad was a WWII Vet. He served in an anti-aircraft battery in under MacArthur beginning in 1943 in Austrailia, and later in New Guinea and the Philipines. if he ever had qualms about watching war movies, I never saw it. One of the last films we went and saw together was SAVING PRIVATE RYAN.

        • gpldan waiting 4 Funukkah

          My dad was also a WW2 vet. He was stationed at Camp Beauregard in La. for the entire war. He was a 1st. Lt and later promoted to Captain. His job was to run the ambulances/medics and motor pools that dispatched from the troop ships that came into New Orleans with wounded from both Europe and the Pacific. They returned bodies to their homes, dispatched the cars with officers that informed people in the U.S. that their family had been killed and gave rides back to wounded in ambulances for the seriously wounded transferring to hospitals in their home state.

          He really didn’t like war movies, thought wars were ugly and brutish, and opposed the Vietnam war, although he didn’t march or anything. He was 55 when I was born in ’69, so I only knew him until high school.

    • Irish Sweetness

      I’d say the ones that saw the opening of Saving Private Ryan would have been back there pretty quickly. I guess it’s not cool once you’ve been in it.

    • CanadaBear

      When my brother came back from Vietnam he would no longer going hunting with me. He said he wouldn’t fire a gun again unless it was in the line of duty.

  • All time “it’s so cheezy, it’s good” (lots of 80s here).

    “Top Secret”
    “Evil Dead 2, Army of Darkness”
    “Tremors”
    “Weird Science”
    “Bride of Chucky”

    • Irish Sweetness

      I think I saw Weird Science more than Star Wars. Good call. The Sure thing was great too.

      • MB30SD

        Weird. Science.

        • MichiganBearFan

          Favorite movie of all time is Better of Dead. I like all the Savage Steve Holland movies though. I watched Weird Science last week due to a lack of anything else better to do and loved it. Makes me want to go on a 80’s movie bender. Starting with Ferris and working around that genre. Probably ending with either Fast Times or Some Kind of Wonderful. Emma Thompson will always be hot, much in the same way the iconic Pheobe Cates.

          • MB30SD

            dude!!! Fast times!

            100% on the rest of what you said. get some beers and make that shit happen

          • Irish Sweetness

            Loved Better off Dead.

            “I want my two dollars!”
            “Do you realize what the street value of this mountain is ?”

            Cusack is in a great recent comedy “Hot tub time machine” about a you-know-what that travels back to the Eighties.

          • EnderWiggin

            Sorry I blew up your mom, Ricky.

      • MB30SD

        Real. Genius.

        Oh shit… one of my faves that created an entirely new genre….

        The nightmare before Christmas. Amazing.

        • I was debating between Real Genius and Top Secret.

          • MB30SD

            real genius is a movie of substance and wit. TS is just slapstick… but funny slapstick, including a still-skinny Val

        • EnderWiggin

          Ice is nice!

    • Irish Sweetness

      Top Secret!

    • MB30SD

      Better off dead!!!

      Also this is the first mention of Mad Max!?!?

      • haha damn, almost forgot about that.
        And “Big Trouble in Little China”. PorkChop Express!

        • gpldan waiting 4 Funukkah

          Escape from New York,

          “It’s the Duke! The Duke of New York! Nobody crosses the Duke!”

          How bad ass was Isaac Hayes as the Duke? Chandeliers on the DeVille, bitches!

        • MB30SD

          DUUUUUDE!!! BTiLC is one of my all times. Damn it, I linked to it on a thread recently, then totally forgot about it.

          “you know what jack burton always says….”

          “who???”

          “Jack Burton….. ME!”

      • gpldan waiting 4 Funukkah

        I mentioned Road Warrior.

        Mad Max is in many ways better. My high school friends group had a running joke where somebody would try and do something cocky or brave and we’d say

        “they say there are no more heroes Max! Well, damn them!”

        A kid in high school with the billy idol look wore a leather jacket and pants came to the Halloween party senior year on his Yamaha crotch rocket as the Goose.

        We were in Catholic HS, so of course there was

        “you’re a blasphemer. I don’t have to listen to a blasphemer!”

        I guess you need to have seen Mad Max too many times.

        • MB30SD

          excellent!

        • Irish Sweetness

          Catholic Boys?

          “To WHOM Brother ….”

    • gpldan waiting 4 Funukkah

      They Live, with Rowdy Roddy Piper. John Carpenter’s leftist parable, so full of ideology it bursts with cheese.

      • MB30SD

        the…. moment… of revelation

      • Irish Sweetness

        Might be way more to that movie than meets the eye.

    • gpldan waiting 4 Funukkah

      “Warriors…come out and playyy-ayyyy”

      • MB30SD

        I always hated that movie. It was weird and uncomfortable for me… but I saw it when I was young.

        DUUUUDE… just made me remember the main guy, who was in….

        48 HOURS!!!!! Boom!

        (so was the indian from predator)

    • SC Dave

      Snakes on a Plane?

  • Troll quote of the day (on Sean Lee’s torn ACL).

    “They need defense…so they take an offensive lineman…who hurts one of the few good defensive players they have.

    And that, Alanis, is irony.”

    • Irish Sweetness

      Classic. Isn’t it ironic? No, Alanis, it’s slightly unfortunate in fairness, but ……

  • Irish Sweetness

    http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/

    What a site. I’m hooked.

  • MB30SD

    not sure how viable this is… or just a gimmick to get cash, but pretty cool idea: http://uncrate.com/stuff/solar-roadways/

    That road does look a little bumpy though.

    • NewBearInTown

      Its brilliant, but too expensive. I have a friend in the solar panels business. They’ve gotten a lot cheaper in the past 10 years, but its still not really an economically viable energy source for a building without government subsidies.

  • Sactowns#1

    Well you gents have already mentioned most of my cheesy favorites.. but nobody has mentioned the cheesiest.
    Maximum Overdrive is one of my all time favorites. Steven Kings only turn at directing. He says he was so coked up at the time he barely remembers any of it.
    Big Trouble in Little China- Prob my favorite on this list. I went as Jack Burton for halloween once. I still have the shirt. Was originally written as a western (I would love to see a remake)
    Evil Dead 2- Stephen King was such a huge fan of The Evil Dead that he convinced producer Dino De Laurentiis over dinner (who was producing King’s Maximum Overdrive at the time) to have his production company DEG (De Laurentiis Entertainment Group) finance Evil Dead II.
    They Live _ inspired Shepherd Fairey’s OBEY brand. The message is great and the 5 minute fight scene in the middle was all improvised.

    Which brings me to the cheesiest of the cheese- HELL COMES TO FROGTOWN! The story is amazing (as one of the few fertile males left he is captured by the all female army and his duty will be to sleep with as many women as possible.. oh yeah and there are mutant frogs) the actions sequences laughable, the “acting” is strained

    Random Movie pick- Where the day takes you. Ricky Lake, Will Smith, Balthazar Getty, Lara Flyn Boyle etc etc It reeks of teen angst

    Recent film I enjoyes- Out fo the Furnace. If the first 4 minutes of that movie doesnt grab you idk what will.

    Missing from the best dramas – No Country for Old Men!!!!

    • I’m not sure I’ve watched Maximum Overdrive or Frogtown. They will def go on my cheezy queue. Didn’t know the backstories either.

      The one with the truck coming alive is also a horrible must watch movie. I forgot the title of it…GP, you’re a car guy…

      • gpldan waiting 4 Funukkah

        Maximum Overdrive is the trucks coming alive.

        It’s based on the story Trucks which was in his anthology of short stories. The short story is pretty good.

        He looks so totally coked out of his skull in the trailer.

        • King singlehandedly disproved the age old maxim “if you want something done right, do it yourself.”

        • Irish Sweetness

          And an AC/DC soundtrack to boot …

    • MB30SD

      Good list.

      DUDE, I LOVE that idea for halloween.

      someone mentioned NCfOM, can’t remember who

    • MB30SD
    • Irish Sweetness

      King says he was so drunk he doesn’t remember writing Cujo (great book), and was too coked up to remember Tommyknockers, only that he had tissue up his nose all the time to stem the bleeding.

  • Eh, it’s the off-season. Changing up my profile till shit starts getting real. In honor or my new handle and avi…

  • bearsfantillend

    “DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog
    Alex Smith wants long term deal at $18M. What choice do Chiefs have? Either he’s your guy or not. If he’s your gay, that’s what he costs.”

    just read jeffs tweet on A. Smith. i know its a typo but gave me a good laugh. If he’s your ‘gay’???

    • MB30SD

      saw that…. but didn’t want to be a dick. thanks.

      I was going to say, why you always gotta make shit about sexual preference jeff?!!?

      • bearsfantillend

        good thing i don’t mind being a dick.

        • gpldan waiting 4 Funukkah

          Hey now

        • SC Dave

          I resemble that remark

  • bearsfantillend

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/05/28/whitehurst-loses-number-via-arm-wrestling-with-punter/

    Arm wrestling Punters. a great way to liven up the off season. ESPN could cover it. I envision coverage similar to the movie ‘Over the Top’ They could award the winning punters team with a late round compensatory pick next year.

    http://www.imdb.com/video/screenplay/vi1452998937/

  • Sactowns#1

    News from OTA’s- Bears are movine Jennings from CB to Nickle in passing situations in order to get Kyle Fuller on the field. Also they had some guy named Samurai Mike come in and do some talkin.

    • gpldan waiting 4 Funukkah

      They asked Jennings to be the nickel moving Frey to the bench?

      I did not see that coming.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Have to get the #1 pick on the field.

        • MB30SD

          I’m all for this if fuller is who we think he is.

          Two corners, 6’1″ and 6’2″ with a pro bowl nickel. Now all we need is for mundy and a free safety to be named later to turn into very nice surprises and we’ll be a top 15 D again.

  • gpldan waiting 4 Funukkah

    Hawkce: Do or die.

  • MB30SD
  • MB30SD

    DaBearsBlog @DaBearsBlog:disqus
    If David Haugh – cunt that he is – wants to block me, I shouldn’t have to see any beat who ReTweets him. His opin

    Know what I’d pay to see? 2 man enter 1 man leave. Jeff v haugh.

    From all accounts and pics, jeff looks like a bit of a load. My money’s on the blogger.

    • SC Dave

      Twittter Wars. How cute.

      • gpldan waiting 4 Funukkah

        Can you say cunt on Twitter?

        • MB30SD

          That. Just. Happened.

  • MB30SD

    because they’re bad ass… and I have them (kind of) : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onquT6s3X-s

  • MB30SD
  • MB30SD

    hawkce?

  • Irish Sweetness

    Learned two things yesterday.

    1. Sonoluminescence – a star in a jar! Cold fusion through sound.

    2. Chloe Sevigny sucks Vincent Gallo’s chode on-screen in The Brown Bunny. Actually gags on the thing.

    • MB30SD

      Dude, that is fucking bitchin camaro maings. Awesome. thanks for posting.

    • gpldan waiting 4 Funukkah

      So when James Anderson fails to pick up the loose ball, we should say he “Sevigny’ed”?

  • Viva

    ZEUS!!!

    • MB30SD

      Jericho?

  • MB30SD
  • MB30SD
  • MB30SD

    yes, the dog loved it so much he was obviously not jumping around thanking the doggie god he was back on earth AND alive, he was just so fired up about the 10,000 ft jump that’s totally natural for all dogs in nature.

    SMFH.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Hawks stay alive by the power of…”ZEUS.”!

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      What a fucking game !!! I almost pissed on myself in OT during that 8 minutes non stop play. I couldn’t just leave and go to the wc. AND I SAW THE GAME 12 HOURS LATER DOWNLOADED WITH TORRENT !!! No way I’m putting ‘pause’ on this beauty

  • Irish Sweetness

    Malcom Glazer’s dead. Man U and the Bucs up for sale?

    I’m still up for part-ownership of the Bears by the way, if there is a group of wealthy sons of Chicago out there who can front my end. I’m lookin at you John Cusack and Bill Murray!

    • MB30SD

      You forgot Ashton coochie

  • Shady

    I would just like to let my blog bretheren know this morning that I will be pulling for the much maligned Fendi Onobun this summer. He’s now officially… “My guy.”

    • MB30SD

      You. Are. Delusional.

      Smc

      • gpldan waiting 4 Funukkah

        Shae is wearing Singletary’s number now, though.

        I hope Shae makes the Singletary face when the ball is snapped. Show some intensity, kid.

        • MB30SD

          jesus, show anything but suck kid.

          • SC Dave

            He has shown more than bostic, for certain

          • MB30SD

            you can’t even fairly make the comparison yet dave. Give bostic 3 years in the system and then we’ll see… or we can just wait till next year when bostic is our IMLB and CD is bailing hay back on the homestead. Hee hee

    • Irish Sweetness

      Pulling for Ford and Tolliver.

  • gpldan waiting 4 Funukkah

    Jeff could have a regular column that posts the worst sports journalism of the month.

    We could call it Hee-Haugh

    • MB30SD

      and every single week it would just be one of haugh’s pieces?

      • gpldan waiting 4 Funukkah

        With some Don Banks in there.

        • MB30SD

          maybe a surprise guest appearance by peter king every now and again

  • MB30SD

    whoa, this trips me out. Basically the opposite of myself. So strange… nature is complex and amazing

    http://cnnphotos.blogs.cnn.com/2014/05/27/asexuals-tell-their-stories/?hpt=hp_c3

  • MB30SD

    Hey GP, any interest in going to check out the season opener of Ukraine’s got talent this year?

    (oh, just make sure to bring your favorite flak jacket. btw, I think pretty much every other act is a sniper)

    • gpldan waiting 4 Funukkah

      Well the Ukraine girls really knock me out
      They leave the West behind
      And Moscow girls make me sing and shout
      That Georgia’s always on my mind

      • gpldan waiting 4 Funukkah

        Here you go. Titties and guts.

        • MB30SD

          yeah, I would toooootally trust that solid ukrainian masonry.

          oh, nice tits btw

  • gpldan waiting 4 Funukkah
    • MB30SD

      85% chance all of that actually happens… that’s what makes it so funny. Could have been run in the dallas star.

  • MB30SD
  • MB30SD

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/video/si-video/20140528/patriots-devin-mccourty-with-more-free-safety-advice.sportsillustrated/

    So… would conte just stand there with a blank look on his face? Or would he try to go to talk to someone and completely miss them. (BOOM!)

    • gpldan waiting 4 Funukkah

      He would take terrible angles to them as they walked past and then be too far away to catch up.

    • SC Dave

      Conte starts for us this season, so you better be nicer

      • MB30SD

        no way. he’s on the pup man. If conte starts more than 2 games this season, I’ll buy the first 5 rounds when we finally meet.

        • SC Dave

          Fair enough. I’ll buy the second five, and maybe you’ll get past it!

          • MB30SD

            I’ll get past it when that guy is wearing a diff jersey… like Micky Ds.

  • Big Mike

    new thread needed. ZZZZZ

    • MB30SD

      You came all that way just to whine about a new thread. .. what, you don’t like movies?

      Read down. Smhaym.

      • Big Mike

        I read that yesterday… 🙂 We’ve got Bears OTA’s Blackhawks, surviving and the thread is all Siskel and Ebert..

        • MB30SD

          go get some good sheite to post than maings!

  • not sure if anyone said this anywhere because i haven’t been reading and my fingers are broken so i can’t search, but it’s looking like maybe we lucked out by losing out on TJ Ward and Jairus Byrd, eh? one guy gets arrested, the other guy goes in for back surgery.

    Chris Conte, your table is waiting!

    • You did it. Didn’t think it was humanly possible, but you managed to include TJ Ward, Byrd and Conte in the same breath. I applaud you, good sir.

      • MB30SD

        don’t feed the zoo animals

      • i could’ve fit Fencik in there, but i didn’t want the world to explode.

    • MB30SD

      I for one, am glad your fingers are broken for that post! Bloody ponce!

      Just kidding, I would never. And since you asked us all to comment on it… what happened to your fingers ev? Got a little too aggressive with the mustachio twisting did we?

      • fingers aren’t broken. i was being cute. if i were you, i would’ve come back with a:

        “your fingers are broken? then how are you typing? with that silly hipster stache of yours?”

        it’s only gotten longer, by the way. my avatar mustache wouldn’t even recognize my real life mustache anymore.

        • I would have posited a much dirtier scenario for why your finger weres broken…

          Rickky Spaanissh…

        • MB30SD

          don’t be shy, let’s see it.

          And stop being cute, it makes you even more of a hipster… and that shit doesn’t translate well into type. SMH.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    I thought about this Jennings possible slot solution. It means nothing 100 days before the season, but could it be a strategic solution in the sense that they’ll play press on the outside in nickel situations with the bigger CB on the outside ? Do more blitzing and different things ? They said it will be a more open minded scheme. Even McClellin has a chance to become a legitimate starter of a Bears D if you have than mentality.

    • I’m not sure why ppl are surprised that they’re moving Jennings to slot and letting the Rook on the outside. I said it like 5 seconds after the draft. Makes sense for reasons I’ll rehash.

      1. Slot CB is HARDER to learn than R/LCB. No sideline help. Multiple formations. Crosses, screens, pulling OGs, movements, chop-blocks etc etc. It typically takes CB studs about 2 years to learn the outside (Peterson), the slot is even more difficult.
      2. Size matters. I see 6’0, 5’8. One is an ideal outside CB, the other an ideal slot. Plus, Jennings is great in the slot. He’s a ballhawk now, so those quick slants that used to kill us aren’t a cake walk any longer. Jennings can def ball in the nickle. He also can blitz.

      But if Mel Tucker has even half a brain, he’ll change up the look. They already hinted they like Fuller’s ability to blitz and take TEs, so I expect some of that from him in the nickle. He’s bigger and a sure tackler, so maybe if the Bears suspect a draw, they’ll insert Fuller in the Nickle, or if the slot wide out on the opposing team is a bigger slower WR (like Earl Bennett).

      Lots of options for Tucker. Better not fuck it up.

      • gpldan waiting 4 Funukkah
      • MB30SD

        your last sentence is the most important. By miles and miles.

        We’ve got some playas on the roster now… tucker better not be what we saw he was last year. A guy who does fucking nothing when the chips are down and all we can possibly go on is leadership… in the worst possible scenario, the dude was a fucking ghost.

        He’s got the keys to the castle now, I sincerely hope he’s not still dogshit with a bunch of shiny new (expensive) toys.

        (and I mean sincerely like I really, actually mean it… not like when I say I hope CD doesn’t bust or that I hope lovie has a good run with the bucs, or I hope angelo doesn’t trip and break his neck today)

        (and for those of you wondering, yes, it would be bad for the bears if CD busted, but I believe there’s no other way so would rather he bust fast and get the fuck off our team ASAP so we can stop wasting time/cycles on him that could go to a guy with actual NFL football talent)

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          I’m confident about the leadership this year. Not because of Tucker, but Trestman. Last year he left the D at their own fate and spent all the time installing the O. This year he’ll be a real Head Coach. Kromer’s new role is a clear message. Also the coaches of the front 7 are guys with balls…potential DC if Tucker fails. So it’s not all Tucker… by design. That should give him time and confidence in putting his brains at actual football stuff instead of the ‘problem’ of managing the group. The Xs and Os should be his strong suit because sure as shit his leadership skills aren’t.

          • MB30SD

            I hope so barb, I really do. What I saw (or didn’t see) last year scared the hell out of me.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            For me it was always Trestamn’s D instead of Tucker’s D. So the problem last year had a clear solution all the way. Because Trestman can inspire and lead the simple solution was for him to become a real HC instead of a OC. Just don’t be the offensive version of Lovie. I even managed to ‘read’ the reality… he took one year to install the Offense before taking charge at 100%. Kromer’s ‘promotion’ was a clear sign I had it right so that calmed me right at the end of the season.

          • MB30SD

            I mostly agree, but even if you’re just babysitting someone else’s D, you don’t just disappear and not teach your guys fucking basic stuff… you HAVE to still instill fire and discipline no matter what.

            THAT is the part that scares me… not that we sucked because we had a bunch of 3rd stringers and rookies running around like chickens with their heads cut off, but because it was a rudderless ship. If I could have picked out one thing tucker HAD to do last year, it was just hold that unit together and instill some pride and fire… and I saw NONE of that. That’s what scares me most.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            I wanted him fired big time. Still do. More than that… it’s a big question mark on how I view Trestman the way he left the D fail last year.. They decided to keep him – maybe the good decision, what a fuck do we know. I’m calm about Tucker now because he won’t be The Man next year. Trestman will be there and they bought possible replacements if the fails. In my mind I would not be surprised if they change DC at the Bye week.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Some Plays lad. Some. One more good draft and I’d be EXPECTING a playoff run with something that feels like a Superbowl squad. This is 1984. We’ll knock on the door this year, and kick it in the next. Cutty, Beast and Tresty will all get legally married to each other and have arse-babies.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        I’d put Tillman in the slot. Put him in the center of the field where plays happen. More plays means more chances for forced turnovers. Also we need that leadeship in the center of the fiend and Tillman can take one on one the big time TE that usually kill the Bears… and they play against all of them this year… Gronk, Graham, Vernon Davis,…

        • MB30SD

          also much more probability of injury unfortunately. Don’t think his body can handle it any more.

          That and gronk is never going to play a full season again. Dude is brittle now.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            The Bears play New England in the second half of the season. He’ll play that game more likely than not.

        • I always wondered why they never put Peanut up against Graham and such. If he can take Megatron…however, he’s too old now. I can’t think of a single slot CB Peanut’s age.
          Now, if they want to give him Graham to follow around, yeah, I’m for that. But usually slot is a young man’s game.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            He did defend at times Graham last year at Soldier Field. I think. Woodson is a classic example of old CB playing the slot in nickel formations. The 49ers used Carlos Rogers in the sold in nickel (really the base) formation. He’s 32. Antoine Winfield played the slot until 35 years old. But you are right …these 2 guys are slot specialists. I guess if you use an older guy like this you use them as S.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I didn’t like the fact that he said he wouldn’t play safety. I pay your check – millions of dollars – i tell you to jump you ask me how high. Period. He could play free safety or nickel in his sleep – his anticipation and ball skills in the middle of the field would far better be suited than sticking him out to one side. Then again he was marvellous at taking Megatron out of games. You want to use him everywhere.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            That’s right. Put him on the ones you can’t stop with the others. Then again… when you play McClelin at DE what could you demand ? That pretty much tells you everything.

        • Irish Sweetness

          I alwayI always felt that. You keep your playmaker in the centre of the field, not skewed one way or the other where you have no possible effect on 50% of the field. The ‘injury’ argument against Tillman faces anyone who plays the position, i’s a contact sport, let the chips fall where they may. Put your players in position to succeed. CD to LB. Playmaker DBs in the middle, especially when your safeties are dogshit.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Belichick did it last year. 2 weeks after Graham killed the Bears Talib took him oe on one and shout him down. It was a beauty.

      • Irish Sweetness

        1. I have a sneaky feeling that the great players in that position would just watch the QB’s eyes. You can’t possibly process all of the information related to the variables after the snap that quickly, I think they just feel out the QB and react.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Think they’ll just rotate the LBs until somebody steps up?

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        No. I think it’s pretty much clear what they’ll do… they will have 4 ‘starting’ LBs. Or better said 1 clear starter and other 3 that will rotate. They’ll use packages and each package will have different parings. I think Bostic-Briggs will be the 3rd and long pair. I also think the best case scenario is playing nickel as the base formation. I see a DLine that plays run with nickel behind it. They’ll also use packages because they wanted and got versatile players… Houston more than everybody. he is the key. Summary: I think the plan is to have a Defense more similar to Belichick’s D than Lovie’s D. I’m very excited about that.

    • Irish Sweetness

      I assumed Fuller was going to be the nickel, with lots of 2 LB formations. He’s big enough to deal with TEs in the middle – better than a 5’8 185lb Tim Jennings is able to deal with them ?

      • MB30SD

        tim jennings is a pro bowler maings. he’s a total stud.

        • Irish Sweetness

          He’s 5’8. There’s no escaping that. How does he flatten a TE?

          • MB30SD

            Smh.

            Pro. Bowler.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        This could be a sign of more press man situations on the outside. That’s what this experiment tells me.

  • MB30SD
  • MB30SD

    ok, since there’s not much going on right now… here’s a tidbit for the daddies.

    I bought my kids a few toys from this company: http://www.hexbug.com/

    Specifically the aquabot (sharks), the Nano V2, and the little original bug. My kids LOVE them. They are so simple (to use, they use advanced tech) and fun for the kids. And they seem alive, so they name them and treat them like pets.

    I was so impressed, I emailed the company to see if they were either listed, or taking investment. they’re taking neither cause they’re blowing shit up so hard.

    Check the site, then get some for your kids… I guarantee they’ll go cray cray for them. Awesome stuff.

    • Irish Sweetness

      I didn’t see prices. I never go looking when they don’t show you the pricing. Steep? I’ll guess $75-$100. And that’s robbery.

      Ebeneezer Dad.

      • MB30SD

        naw, they’re cheap. the shark, which is fucking awesome is like $14 (7-ish quid). I think the bigger bugs are probably in the $20-$25 range. So basically, the small ones are like $5 up to $30ish for the biggest ones. Cheap.

        https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=hexbug&tbm=shop

        Cheapish, really cool toys that the kids play with for hours because they seem alive and do cool stuff. worth it.

        (and it lets you get into both robotics AND bugs with them. Bonus)

        • Irish Sweetness

          Wow, wasn’t expecting those prices. Good stuff

  • MB30SD

    holy shit!

    http://nba.si.com/2014/05/29/report-former-microsoft-ceo-steve-ballmer-clippers-bid-2-billion/?eref=sihp

    FUcking ballmer. Dude is a dbag extraordinaire. Never liked him or his vision. The second I saw this I thought, omg, this guy runs the biggest tech company on earth!?!?

    asshole.

    • Trac

      Is he the dude with the birth control glasses? Hahaha

      • MB30SD

        ???

        No, he’s fat and a total spaz. smart guy, but totally socially turrible by all accounts. That and he didn’t do much with the reigns at MSFT. Man, can you imagine what you could do with that company and all the resources and power they have… crazy.

        • bearsfantillend

          didnt do much??? when Ballmer was CEO of MSFT the company grew from 25 bill a year to 70 billion a year in revenue. unfortunately the microsofts failures to capitalize(smart phones, tablets, mobile music.) which put MS in the position of catch up in those areas and missteps with Windows OS are what most people see. Under his control Microsoft suffered in the highly visible software areas, but under his control the Enterprise Business solutions grew astronomically.

          I actually met Ballmer a few years back at a conference when MS announced an OEM agreement with the company i work for. He seemed like a nice guy, he reminded me of the ‘rah-rah’ high school coach type of person, which i found extremely annoying.

          I met the new CEO Satya Nadella, 7 or 8 years ago when he was VP of the Business Division. There have only been a few people that i have met in my life that i have walked away in awe of, this guy is one of them. My personal take on him is while he is a very low key guy, the guy is extremely confident and smart and is a visionary.

          • MB30SD

            good insight and I knew this was coming from someone.

            Here’s my deal maings, I think a monkey could make that company grow. You just have to not be a moron, which ballmer isn’t. He’s just a douche and a spaz.

            I think for me the points you hit in paragraph 1 were really the crux of my issue with him… he had an opty to really rule the world with mobile (mostly), tablet, music to a lesser degree, and collaboration (my area of expertise… if you want to call it that)… all flopped. He could have blown shit up in an unprecedented way, and he did the opposite.

            I’m an entrepreneur so I tend to gravitate towards being impressed with the visionary stuff, not the block and tackle ‘he grew their ent. sftwr side’… meh, again… how could you not with their brand, resources, etc…

            But you’re right, he’s not a visionary… kind of surprise ray ozzie wasn’t that guy since he was 100% a visionary with groove (fucking LOVED that product). And I think most of my opinion about ballmer is your same observation about his personality and legacy since I never met him.

            Interesting stuff about the new guy. will be interesting to see what he does.

          • bearsfantillend

            not defending Ballmer, because clearly he made some big mistakes, yet i have a problem with the statement ‘a monkey could make that company grow’. CEOs have alway made mistakes, some lead to the ends of the companies. To totally disregard the ‘block and tackle’ stuff is just being short sighted. I understand the thought of how couldn’t a company grow with their brand and resources, yet we see large companies fade and fail all the time due to bad decisions, not many grow. It takes a lot to make a company grow despite mistakes.

            Notable mistakes to remember, ‘New Coke’, Apple fired Jobs in the 80s, Microsoft failed to see the emergence of the internet under Gates, IBM let Gates keep the rights to DOS, Motorola failed to produce a viable smartphone despite their great market share in cell phones, Kodak developed a digital camera in 1975 failed to capitalize on the technology.

          • Irish Sweetness

            And what did Jobs do after Apple?

            NeXT.

            Steve Jobs owed his life and fortune to Wozniak. He was just another arrogant asshole without The Woz.

          • bearsfantillend

            Don’t discount what NeXT produced.
            BTW he also purchased Pixar after Apple. He did pretty good with that.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Pixar … created by George Lucas.

            Didn’t know this :

            “This original NeXT Computer was used by Tim Berners-Lee at CERN, and became the world’s first web server and ran the world’s first web browser in 1990”

          • MB30SD

            I don’t know man. I was at macromedia with steve elop. Was in quite a few meetings with that guy… and with a lot of very high level execs at big companies since. These guys are all smart, but once you reach that level you become more of a figurehead than anything… except for guys like jobs.

            Ballmer was undoubtedly a good biz/numbers guy, but in our industry at the top levels it’ really about vision and shifting paradigms right? Google is very good at it, apple was, microsoft sucks, and it’s directly related to the culture set forth by the top down.

            Ballmer just struck me as a run of the mill smart biz guy, not a guy that was going to take the optys at their feet (mobile, tablet, music, collab) and rule/change the world again. Just was never impressed with him, and his personality was a total turn off… again, never having met the guy.

          • bearsfantillend

            i agree with you, and that is why he retired(kindly asked to step down), he is a biz/numbers guy and he lacked the foresight and vision. He seemed to always take the safe route in terms of innovations, not making a big splash with anything when it came to end consumers. Yet when it came to business enterprise software Microsoft surged ahead granted most of their software was acquired by buying other companies. This is where microsoft seems to excel. Taking others products and putting the finishing touches on them to make them more appealing to business. I learned first hand when MS OEM’d our product line, while we thought they were good products, MS demanded that me make a lot of changes. In the end the changes they demanded were exactly what was needed. it made our products easier to use, easier to install, easier to upgrade, easier to maintain, which made them more appealing to business, and sales increased.

          • MB30SD

            First, I see what you did there. MSFT… excell… hee hee.

            Second, that’s not really what they’re known for… making products solid and easy to use. If they pulled their head out of their asses and seamlessly hooked up:

            * Outlook
            * Lync
            * LiveMeeting
            * SharePoint
            * OneNote

            Into one transparent and flowing system they’d put the entire conferecning and collaboration space out of biz. Anyway… I think we’re on the same general page.

          • bearsfantillend

            agree we are on the same general page.

            i guess the key word is ‘seamlessly’ and what your definition of it is. there are integrations between all of those apps that seem pretty seamless to me. what are you trying to do?

          • Irish Sweetness

            The only vision Gates ever had was of a chick on the end of his cock. He was never first at anything with Microsoft, always scrambling to steal ideas, buy them, whatever. It took him a while to latch onto networking after Novell took the market. How did he miss networking computers together as maybe being a good idea ? He completely missed the mobile wave. He’s a dinosaur who never had any ideas of his own in the first place.

          • The Edison of our age?

          • Irish Sweetness

            They have a virtual monopoly, it’s not hard to make money if you’re Microsoft in that case, you just keep over-charging people. That people are paying hundreds of dollars for an an OS is mind-boggling to me. It’s like paying tens of thousands of dollars for the wiring in your car. Linux is better, constantly maintained and improved by a global community …. and it’s free. Nobody could sell it so nobody cared.

            Linus Torvalds had something good that everybody needed but he couldn’t sell it. Gates has something nobody needs anymore – but made everybody think they do.

          • bearsfantillend

            Windows 8 is less than $100. how is that over-charging?

            As far as Linux, there is hundreds of variants of it out there, so it depends on which version you are using whether it is constantly maintained and improved.

            BTW, I started with Redhat 2.2(i think) and updated through all of the revisions to finally 6.1 when i quit updating it. My favorite linux saying, “Shit breaks with updates”. Over the years i have found that it is sometimes hard to figure out how to fix the stuff that breaks after an update.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I’m a dino myself. $100? Okay that’s not ridiculous. They used to screw people – but is that 100 a seat – what’s a private user single license?

          • Bender McLugh

            Try implementing Linux in a 50k-110k node company. Won’t happen.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Being an asshole is a pre-requisite for working at Microsoft, because you have to believe in the product, and if you are in any way technically-minded then you can’t honestly do that.

      Why Bill Gates is rich :

      His daddy was rich. IBM wanted an operating system for their new revolutionary new PC. Gary Kildall, the man witht he s/w to do it was on drugs and fucked up royally by not being there when the IBM bosses went to see him. Gates hears about this on the grapevine and using daddy’s money he buys PC-DOS, re-names it MS-DOS and flogs it to IBM who create a demon in BG. Then he robs Windows off Jobs who robbed it off Parc Xerox who invented it 10 years earlier. Windows 95 is the worst piece of shite ever released – as anyone who had to support it for a living will testify. They are anti open-source and are therefore the antichrist.

      Ex Corel-employee.

      • bearsfantillend

        PC-DOS was the rebranded version of MS-DOS that IBM used. Gates bought 86-DOS.

        • gpldan shorting Peppers

          This also neglects the whole story where Gates goes to the creator of CP/M because he doesn’t have a floppy disk driver or a disk formatting protocol like FAT.

          He gets the guy to turn over rights to the IP to him for a flat fee, but lies to him about what it’s for.

      • Bender McLugh

        so wait, are you saying Microsoft is actually bad? How many different hardware platforms does Apple OS support? ONE. Microsoft OS? Thousands and thousands. We could debate whether or not MS doesn’t do everything well and that Apple does, but we all (should) know that is total bullshit.

        Gotta give credit where it’s due, MS isn’t some shitty company just because they’ve used gorilla warfare & G. Gecko tactics on small companies………..oh wait, yes that’s exactly why they are. And that is the TRUE reason they are a shitty company. A big, very profitable, shitty company.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Microsoft are anti open-source ergo they suck satan’s balls.

          • bearsfantillend

            FYI, on several software projects i have worked on i had all the source code from MS. So not truly anti open source.

  • MB30SD

    http://bloguin.com/32flags/2014/2014-world-cup-jersey-power-rankings.html

    This is awesome… although I totally disagree with his ranking. I’ve had a crush on the Côte d’Ivoire uniform for years. Bought a jersey last WC but lost it in a move, I was pissed.

    Might have to buy me a South Africa Bafana Bafana boys jersey this time… even though we didn’t even make the cut this year *sniff*

  • MB30SD

    fucking thug… THREE of these are against Jay. God damned animal.

    http://www.totalprosports.com/2013/09/16/dirtiest-plays-of-ndamukong-suh-gif/#1

    • SC Dave

      Butkus remains my favorite Bear. And if Payton could not beat him, i dont know who can. But Dick was “dirty” too. Though he’ll never be half the player, in some ways Suh reminds me of #51.

      ( and no. I did not viee that slideshow)

      • MB30SD

        different times. And suh is def a hell of a fb player, but dude is a POS. he’s dirty in a time where it’s not accepted. He’s a repeat offender and tries to hurt people. he’s a thug.

        • gpldan waiting 4 Funukkah

          And he wrapped a Cranberry 70 Chevelle 454 around a telephone pole.

          Asshole.

          • Irish Sweetness

            With the overhead cams ?

            (pffft)

          • tobijohn

            I don’t believe Chevy big blocks (or small blocks for that matter) back then were overhead cams. I think the first production V-8 overhead cam engine Chevy put out was the Lotus designed/OMC built DOHC LT5 which was used in the 90-95 ZR-1 Corvettes…

      • EnderWiggin

        In all fairness.. Dick never tried to hurt anyone… He just tried to rip their head off.

        • SC Dave

          “Dick didn’t want to put you in the hospital. He wanted to put you in the cemetary.” – Deacon Jones
          (Perhaps not perfectly quoted, but it was very close to that).

    • NewBearInTown

      “in December 2010, he started his now-legendary “rivalry” (if you want to call one guy repeatedly kicking the crap out another guy a rivalry) with Jay Cutler.”
      I think if he was a Bear, the blog would love him. Much like we loved it when Corey Wootton ended Brett Favre’s career.

      • burntorangenavyblue

        I strongly disagree…incidents like that almost always cost Detroit a huge setback not only allowing the opponents to advance down the field, but also possibly the player taking himself out of the game and future games. I would never in a million years think to myself, “Yeah, let’s draft/sign a player that may or may not play for us because he is a complete bonehead that may lose us the game and piss everyone off because of it”

        As for any hits that were ruled legal, you can just still tell by Suh’s style of play that you will always dread whether or not he’s going to get a penalty. Whenever Suh leads with that forearm as he makes a tackle towards another player’s head, I just cringe.

        • burntorangenavyblue

          And in this day and age of NFL’s rules of protecting the offense’s progress down the field, Detroit should know better and realize that putting out a defense that only cares about their image as being “thugs” and “badass” will not help them get anywhere.

          Being fast and very smart (b/c the IQ of NFL offenses are extremely high) is what defenders need to use to make big plays. You cause a bone-headed penalty, the opposing team and the refs will highly punish you for it, and normally, that makes a HUGE DIFFERENCE for a momentum swing in the game.

      • IBNO

        I somewhat agree. I think if Suh was a Bear, we’d all be in his corner. Until the flags started costing games, and his fines turned into suspensions.

        The guy comes across in interviews as a really down-to-earth, good guy. Dunno why he gets stupid on the field.

  • MB30SD
    • gpldan waiting 4 Funukkah

      Winnie has a Ph.D in math.

      • Irish Sweetness

        I’d like to measure the area underneath her curve ….et cetera.

        • gpldan waiting 4 Funukkah

          I’d like to invert her diagram.

          • MB30SD

            I’d like to… uhhh…. uhhhhhh…

            Doc? Little help here?

          • She can show me her PI any time?

  • SC Dave

    Sitting at liberty tap room imbibing $2.75 pints. Lonerider Peacemaker, Noda Hop Drop & Roll, Rogue Dead Guy, and probably a Stone Arrogant Bastard to finish… but this good life is not why I’m writing…

    Instead it is because of the little ticker on the baseball game on the tv… all the ” news” about contracts being signed.

    Cliff Stein is THE FUCKING BOMB!

    • MB30SD

      by my count that will be 4 pints = almost 2 liters = 8 cups.

      Well done sir. that should be a good night.

      • SC Dave

        Its workin purty good at this juncture. I do, however, have experience at this. Too much in fact. Four is right, five is pushing it, and six is definitely cab time.

        • MB30SD

          whatever works for you dave. Get some!

          Life’s too short and tough not to enjoy yourself every now and again.

          • SC Dave

            Damn straight, MB. Home safe & sound, so all’s well

          • MB30SD

            good to hear dave. glad you had a good night my maings.

  • I actually had a Packers fan last night try explaining to me that Chicago’s run D will not improve this year because Jared Allen is the worst DE against the run in the NFL. I just… I can’t even. Apparently he’s never heard of Shea McClellin (or the fact that Allen has played nearly every snap for a MIN D that has finished above-average in run D 5 years running, top 10 in 4 of those).

    • oh, and apparently Lamarr Houston for Corey Wootton is a wash, and Shea McClellin to Willie Young is actually a downgrade somehow.

      • Big Mike

        And the rotation of Paea, Ratliff, Ferguson, Sutton, Idonije, Collins, on the inside isn’t better than Wootton, Paea, minter, Cohen and Tupou

      • NewBearInTown

        Regardless of what the names are. If our DT group doesn’t get decimated like last year (I think we were down three starters at one point?), we’ll be better against the run. Just having anybody who can be healthy and practicing for more than a week or two will be an upgrade.

        • MB30SD

          exactly

    • MB30SD

      guy is obviously a fucking moron. Period.

      • I was even willing to say Pep/Allen was a wash, though I believe it’s an upgrade due to age and effort.

        • NewBearInTown

          Pep/Allen is wash in terms of talent, but we saved several million in cap space that went to getting Houston and Young. Our D-line as a whole this year is similarly priced to last year, but as a group there is a ton of improvement.

          • MB30SD

            I don’t think it’s a wash NB. I think Allen is an upgrade. Maybe not based on raw talent, but based on injury history and production. What’s pep’s career sack avg? Off the top of my head it can’t beat allen’s right?

            Even if allen falls off his average 30% this year, it’s gotta be better than pep’s sack average while with us.

            maybe I’m wrong when you look at actual stats?

  • Big Mike

    I want to share something off topic. (closer than the movie theme, but still off topic). At the neighborhood High School (Centreville High School) there is a young man who has been an honorary member of the football team, since my son was a freshman. He’s severely disabled physically, but has the greatest outlook you could imagine. I’ve known him for a few years. He got asked to prom by a wonderful young lady and it was exceptional. But the community pulled out the stops, to make this a big deal. Watch.

    http://www.wjla.com/articles/2014/05/special-student-asked-to-prom-in-centreville-with-help-of-rgiii-103625.html

    • NewBearInTown

      That’s nice. Like they said in the story, with all the negative press from shootings, drugs and the like, we often forget that America’s schools are full of good kids. In my experience, stories like this are common, but frequently overlooked.

      • Big Mike

        And RG3 being there was a nice show on his part. He stayed for over an hour. Chatted him up for a bit. Very guarded. Redskins PR handler was not very friendly. He had spent the day defending a hashtag about the teams name…

      • tobijohn

        To your point NB, a piece on one of my nieces from a few weeks ago. I’ll tell you, she didn’t learn that selfless behavior from me, that’s for sure:

        http://www.examiner.com/article/best-friends-fundraise-for-wounded-warriors-and-their-families

  • Irish Sweetness

    For you acolytes of Chess. Kasparov v Deep Blue. The doco.

    http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/game-over-kasparov-and-the-machine/

    • AWESOME doc. Thanks for posting it. I played “ChessMaster” and in it a computer voice remarked, “Kasparov was devastated by the loss to Big Blue”. Since then, I wanted to learn more about it.

      I don’t put it past IBM to cheat, but I don’t believe that’s what went down. I learned very quickly (losing to the computer on “grandmaster” level), that chess is not as much about imagination as it is about memory and how quickly one can process outcomes, variable and information.

      Computers can process more outcomes, variables and information than humans, and much faster.

      The fact that Big Blue defeated Kasparov proves my suspicion. I also think that’s what bothered Kasparov so much. He probably always assumed that Chess was like a poem or a musical composition, and that his genius was on that level.

      Big Blue came along and basically proved he was little more than the SECOND best microchip. How does one recover from that?

    • NewBearInTown

      No interest after reading the synopsis. Kasparov is arguably the greatest chess player in history. Part of made him so great was his ability to terrify opponents over the board. Gamemanship, sponsors, etc. is all very common in chess tournaments. I doubt Kasparov would have expected anything less.

      Bruce Pandolfini has a good book: http://www.amazon.com/Kasparov-Deep-Blue-Historic-Between/dp/068484852X

      Really nice introduction to analyzing games.
      Incidentally, within 10 years of that match, there were half a dozen chess programs that could consistently beat the world’s best player. Nowadays, you can buy a chess program for your cell phone that could beat Kasparov probably 4/5 times. Put that program on a computer with a modern processor and that number goes up to like 99/100.

      • Irish Sweetness

        The doco was basically about how Game 2 did his head in. He left two pawns there for the taking, and Deep Blue didn’t fall for it. Kasparov couldn’t believe a computer would do that and so basically called them cheaters. His head wasn’t in the matches after that.

        I noticed he resigns very easily and early in those matches.

  • gpldan waiting 4 Funukkah

    Both the article and the comments section are interesting:

    http://www.packers.com/news-and-events/article-1/Julius-Peppers-doing-more-but-Packers-want-to-do-less/42d3d25a-f4e6-4f6e-bdf3-59b20a33efe3

    Clearly, there is no love for Capers up north. And what is with #56? He’s the Packers LT? We’ll see.

    • burntorangenavyblue

      Hahaha, posted by a packer commentator: “Face it, if it wasn’t for Rodgers, the team would be looking up at the Vikequeens.”

      Really? Hasn’t the NFC North for a few years been very tight and competitive? Besides, the Vikings has very often found ways to lose 2nd half games the past few years, so I wouldn’t really ever think that the Packers would feel that the Vikings were their next in line closest competitor…I may be wrong, but that’s my thoughts on that.

      • burntorangenavyblue

        Ugh, I feel dirty going to that site…..gonna scrub my eyes now

        • gpldan shorting Peppers

          This is an actual Packer cheerleader (no joke):

          http://fatchicksings.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/kaitlyn-collins-green-bay-packers-cheerleader-e1360300302565.jpg?w=625&h=350

          It’s like if you picked her up in a bar and did the tussle. Your skin would smell vaguely of bacon in the morning and you would need 3 showers.

          • burntorangenavyblue

            They gotta stay warm up there! Fancy coats won’t do it, but a layer of blub will!

          • Irish Sweetness

            I was just going to mention blubber. You wouldn’t jeer a seal pup for carrying the poundage. She probably goes ice fishing without a rod and line.

          • MB30SD

            wow.

            she’s a 1

          • bearsfantillend

            really guys. didn’t a bunch of bears fans get in trouble last year for making fun of her. Let it go.

            http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/ex-green-bay-packers-cheerleader-fights-back-vicious-cyber-bullying-article-1.1260173

          • burntorangenavyblue

            Meh, I’ve never seen the picture before. Plus, her letting herself be “cyberbullied” by people she does not know is silly. Parents need to teach their kids that there will always be haters and that you need to learn how to ignore it. The more you let it bother you, the more the haters feed off of that. I was bullied and made fun of as a kid until my mom said, “If you ignore it, they just look stupid. If you pay attention and react negatively, then you provided an audience for them to continue”. If people are physically harming her, then that’s a different story, but no one is forcing her to go online and read comments.

          • gpldan shorting Peppers

            I was bullied and made fun of as a kid

            It was your giant penis, right? That’s what did it?

          • MB30SD

            that’s the reason I was bullied.

          • burntorangenavyblue

            I laughed so hard at this. Thank goodness I wasn’t drinking anything!

          • bearsfantillend

            the cyberbullying is different from regular bullying. 1st it is anonymous, people think it is alright to spout hateful shit because no one knows who it is, and there are no repercussions. So what is wrong with what she did, if you had seen her video before it was removed it was very tasteful video showing how ridiculously hateful people can be, and it was more on the point of bringing attention to cyberbullying as a whole. my guess is that her video actually helped others who have also been bullied.

            We praise athletes, like Kyle Long, for helping kids who have been bullied, yet because she stood up for herself and others its “silly”

          • burntorangenavyblue

            Being cyberbullied by peers and classmates who know you and can actively harass you and impede on your lifestyle because they live by you or go to your school/work is very different than people making fun of someone online in which both parties do not know each other. She was no matter what was going to be subjected to ridiculed because of the nature of sports team rivalries. There are millions of example in which people make fun of something and no one knows each other.

            Maybe the level at how far things have went to making fun of her went on for too long, but overall, she does not know these people making fun of her and so in effect, just needs to ignore it and move on. It comes with the territory of when you somehow become “viral”, people will make fun of you, be inspired by you, or whatever the reaction and outcome is.

            I do not whatsoever encourage cyberbullying or any form of bullying

          • bearsfantillend

            i understand what you are saying, however, if you had seen her response video, you would understand that it was more about bringing attention on to the subject of cyberbullying, and if the video made people pause and think before they spout hateful things whether towards complete strangers online or people they know personally then she should be commended for taking a stand.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Kids have a lot more to deal with now – the first web browser only came out when I was in college, and there were no social networks other than alt.geek

          • Irish Sweetness

            “sticks and stones will break my bones …”

            I’m wondering if that’s the wisest way to teach kids about conflict. Bullies feed on kids who turn the other cheek, I’m not sure a kick square in the balls isn’t the greater leveller here.

            Case in point – and I see it’s up to 22M views – is the big kid in the wrong here, or is it fair game?

          • MB30SD

            yeah, that’s the same chick? She’s actually not that bad…

            5

          • gpldan shorting Peppers

            LMAO

          • burntorangenavyblue

            1 in that first picture. 4 in the dailynews link. Would be 5, but it’s a 4 because she can’t handle the heat

          • MB30SD

            fair enough… 4 is her official number.

            Only 2.5 off my floor.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Looks do-able there.

            So the internet has freedom of speech … except for Facebook and Twitter.

  • MB30SD
    • gpldan shorting Peppers

      Rebounders, rebounders, rebounders, rebounders

      • MB30SD

        jesus. I can’t even watch him. I want to punch him in his puffy double chin.

      • That’s as scary as Jesus Camp.
        I don’t know why humans always find a need to create cults. In my younger days, I took a summer sale’s job. It was my real first “corporate” experience, and it was grotesque.

        The boss was some dude who could have doubled for Lex Luthor, and he always talked about his Porsche, sitting ringside at Laker games, having a hot GF (who also just happened to be one of the secretaries). “If you sell, you can have all that too”. Used to go to all these meetings about style and approach, etc. Then conferences to recognize top sellers (really it was just to foster a competitive spirit – look what they’re doing over in the Valley, we can top that etc).

        I guess that sort of life appeals to some. I was one of the top sellers actually, but left as soon as I got another job that didn’t make me want to laugh and vomit and the same time.

        • MB30SD

          • Exactly.
            Humans weren’t meant to for such an undignified life.

          • MB30SD

            yeah, fuck that. Never working for someone with half my intellect and none of my ballsack. Fuck that life.

            #itsthathuglifefomefromnowon

  • MB30SD
    • gpldan shorting Peppers

      I sprayed a mosquito with mosquito repellent and now he’ll never have any friends.

      ha!

      • gpldan shorting Peppers

        That reminds me a Stephen Wright line

        “I’m a peripheral visionary. I see into the future, but just way off to the side.”

        • Irish Sweetness

          “My uncle had real feet but prosthetic legs ….”

      • MB30SD

        http://www.mandatory.com/2014/05/30/this-weeks-20-funniest-tweets/7

        the one about tissues and clowns made me lol for some reason… still not sure why.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Today’s a good day to leave a note on a random car that says, “I KNOW WHAT YOU DID.”

  • For your consideration….

    Just put way too much money on Cutty and the boys to win 9 games or more this season. That’s a 66% return on investment.
    #RodgersDead #don’ttellmywife

    • For your consideration….

      Portfolio:
      MO
      JNJ
      KO
      YGE
      AAPL
      ATVI
      LMT
      VIFSX
      JCTLR’sARM

      • Shady

        What, no telecom (T)? Utilities (DUK)? Energy (XOM)? Financials (JPM)? You need to comtinue to diversify yo potfolio.

        • For your consideration….

          VIFSX is the S&P500 with Vanguard so it’s diversified.
          YGE is a Chinese Solar Energy holding company that trades like a movie scene. It swings wildly for no reason and is similar to playing Roulette in Vegas and always eventually winning. If you just put money in when it dips it always comes back. then you sell wait for it to dip and buy low again. I’ve been doing it with the same money since 2009 and the overall return has been like 400%. it’s lunacy.
          Financials scare me. I feel that I have a much better chance of success by using the money I would invest in JPM or BofA and just pay off debt with it.
          Utilities could be a good move. Dividend stocks give me money boners and that is my main focus.
          My other new focus is a hot stock called Jay Fucking Cutler and his huge flesh cannon surrounded by actual talent and an improved D. Guaranteed 67% rate of return. Then I will take that money and reinvest it into next years team as well to get another huge payout.

          • For your consideration….

            what could go wrong?

          • gpldan shorting Peppers

            seasonable variability and overly high COGS?

          • MB30SD

            high COGS will kill you every time.

          • gpldan shorting Peppers

            this is one business where a high turnover ratio is bad.

          • For your consideration….

            i was feeling lucky so i put 500.00 on one roulette spin on an unnamed casino site and quickly doubled zee money. Kaner style. quick and deadly.

          • Irish Sweetness

            A horse called Australia is going to win the Epsom Derby on Saturday FWIW.

            Chicago (-6) to beat Buffalo week one at 10/1.

            That’s all I got.

  • Jeff tweet.

    If I’m Donald Sterling I say, “Fuck it. You win.” Take cash. Buy private
    island. Stock it w/eastern Euro hookers. Die a happy, happy fella.

    – Eastern Euro hookers, eh Jeff? I figured you for a Malaysian/Southeast Asian hooker type of man, or are you putting Eastern Euro hookers cuz Donald likes zee whites?

    Ricky Spanish approves this message.

    • MB30SD

      so does mb30sd

      • IBNO

        Was your “so does mb30sd” referring to approving the message, or liking only “zee whites” like Donald Sterling?

        I keed, I keed

        • MB30SD

          I don’t discriminate my brother… it’s all pink on the insiiiide.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Your money would go A LOT further in SE Asia. Great place to take a little money.

  • For your consideration….

    Jeff, old misers like Sterling like thinking that they’re relevant, not just about the fact that they have a shit ton of money. He’s all set when it comes to money but he’s been all set since the fucking 70’s. Letting control of the team to him means he’s out of the spotlight. That’s what kills these types of guys the most.

    • gpldan shorting Peppers

      In his particular case, it was the tax implications of a forced sale. Guys like that hate giving money to Uncle Sam.

      He got a structured payment deal from Ballmer’s group that was to his liking. He didn’t get rich by being stupid.

      • MB30SD

        reports are also out that he has alzheimer’s.

    • NewBearInTown

      I’d be curious to hear Brandon Marshall’s thoughts about Sterling. The obvious signs of early dementia make it hard for me to get too upset with him.

      • CanadaBear

        If he didn’t have such a horrible track record, I’d cut him some slack. Since he and his wife have demonstrated countless times they have no respect or compassion for poor people, he deserves every kick in the nutsack that he gets. His lovely wife could use a few boots in the ass too.

  • MB30SD
  • MB30SD
    • johnnywad

      Candy

  • MB30SD
  • MB30SD

    Hawkce?

  • Viva

    KAAAAAAANER

  • AlbertInTucson

    What a series. Stanley Cup IS the best set of playoffs.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      I shit on myself watching the game. Stanley Cup is the top kind of sport on the planet, there’s no doubt. They were so smart in changing the rules…the game is so much better with the introduction of the stretch plays.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Tresty signs an ex-Allouette.

    http://www.chicagobears.com/news/article-1/Bears-claim-Ola-cut-Martin-Gaines/14ce8a3f-0e4e-4263-8a29-596838740752

    TJ to Nickel.

    http://www.chicagobears.com/news/article-1/Jennings-working-at-nickel-back/4726d312-3250-4b45-8461-d13acea491fe

    TJ said that Nickel is a lot harder than CB, there are more reads, backfield reads etc. More like athletic linebacker.

  • burntorangenavyblue

    In response to Jeff’s basketball tweet:

    This is why as I get older, I am starting to pull away from really watching the NBA anymore. It is too drama-filled and I cannot stand how many time the game is stop and go, stop and go. The number of free throws they attempt nowadays is mind boggling. I was spoiled enough to watch a majority of Michael Jordan and the Bull’s dynasty run, but back then, players had to fight and play very hard to get to the top and that’s why I admired that era. Now, you can just tell that whoever the inferior teams are, you can feel that vibe that they aren’t going to play their hearts out to topple the superior teams.

    Unfortunately, I think that with the way kids are nowadays and the sport being so easily viewed and accessible nationwide…most of them will be bandwagoner fans and that does not really hurt the sport’s bottom-line.

    If you’re saying that if the same 3 NBA teams are almost always predicted to be in the finals of their respective conferences is bad for the sport, is the same true for the NFL? (I think NFL dynasties are WAY WAY harder to accomplish than NBA, so there’s that) I know that the Patriots/Colts/49ers/Packers have dominated the conference finals quite a few times…

    • burntorangenavyblue

      What if Seattle won the Superbowl 3 years in a row? (I know, highly doubtful) Would that be bad overall to the NFL?

      • MB30SD

        yes

      • Shady

        No NFL team has ever three-peated. Ever.

        • NewBearInTown

          Closest thing is Buffalo’s 4 consecutive appearances in the Superbowl, of which they won none.

          • MB30SD

            : (

      • SC Dave

        I dont think they’re good enough

        • They shoudn’t have beat the 9ers last playoffs. That game was given to the Hawks, I don’t care what anyone says. Biggest snowjob since the, ironically, the Steelers-Hawks SB.

          I guess Karma…

        • MB30SD

          I think they are… I think there’s equal parts luck involved though. And no one has that much luck year after year. It’s just not possible

          • SC Dave

            True enough

      • NewBearInTown

        If Seattle, San Francisco, New England and Denver were the final four again next year? Yes, I think that would be bad for the NFL. As it is, it hurts the league that teams like Carolina and Indianapolis weren’t able to crack the championship group.
        But if everyone could predict, with 80% or better accuracy what the final four teams would be before the season started? That would really hurt the league.
        Right now there are writers saying that the NFC is Seattle vs. whoever they’ll beat in the Superbowl. But nobody really thinks its that simple. In the NBA, it really is that simple.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      I like regular season NFL much more than NFL playoffs.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Freeman is a free man. Tresty might do wonders with him a lot quicker than Bobby Joe Fails.

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000354806/article/josh-freeman-released-by-new-york-giants

    • first off, Fales is being groomed to be the backup in 2015 and beyond, not 2014. He’s the QB3 this year.
      So then Freeman would be competing with Palmer for backup spot. Freeman undoubtedly has more talent, and a longer track record, but he seems to have come unhinged as of late and would be more likely to be a problem in the locker room.
      I dunno what I would do, but I am pretty confident that the Bears won’t take Freeman since they already passed him once. They have their 4 arms for camp.

    • Freeman might be beyond redemption. When the Vikes let a QB go, that speaks volumes.

    • AlbertInTucson

      I think Freeman is a psyhcological circus.

  • So is Mickleson gonna cry like Charlie Sheen at the end of Wall Street? hmmmm

  • Shady

    The Bears offense gave up 44 points last year… Most in the League.

    “Chicago instead wins the dubious prize, with three pick-sixes and a whopping four fumble returns for touchdowns on the way to 44 points allowed.”

    http://grantland.com/features/nfl-stats-predicting-success/

    • Trac

      What was Jay thinking Jonny? Hee hee

    • AlbertInTucson

      Ew.

    • For your consideration….

      that was the dumbest article i’ve ever read.

      Predicting 2014 success off of 2013 scenarios that have no validity in 2014. Awesome. Too many people sucking off of the NFL tit.

      • Shady

        I think that was his point…

        “Defensive Touchdowns Allowed

        There’s virtually no consistency in terms of the number of points your offense gives up on defensive touchdowns. The year-to-year correlation in points “allowed” by an offense from 1999 to 2013 is 0.008. In other words: What happened last year is of no predictive value whatsoever. It can also have a pretty large impact on the way your defense looks, too. The ’99 Dolphins are the best example. They allowed 336 points, the 19th-best total in the league. But their offense allowed a staggering nine touchdowns that season, including seven pick-sixes from Dan Marino and Damon Huard. Strip out those 54 points and they were a great defense; Miami was actually fifth in DVOA that year, and when its offense allowed only a single touchdown return the following season, the Dolphins returned to third in the league in scoring defense.”

        • For your consideration….

          I was referring to the whole article. The jist of his article just smacks of filling pages with statistical reasons inside of categories why a team performed a certain way and they pure conjecture about how they will perform in the future.
          The curse of the 24hr news cycle.

          • Shady

            Yeah, I didn’t think the article was that great either. More offseason filler than anything else, but I do like statistics and I thought that was an interesting one. The fact the offense gave up so many points makes me feel just a little bit better about the odds of a bounce back on D – like the ’99 Fins example above.

          • For your consideration….

            Shady, i just want the season to fucking start. The only thing getting me through this offseason is the Hawks and Bacardi Silver.

          • MB30SD

            too bad you don’t roll with the homies any more… shady and I only hook up to kill each other every couple weeks these days, but when we do it’s fun… and nostalgic a little.

            He still has the codes though.

          • For your consideration….

            i don’t have PS4

      • he’s looking at stats that are traditionally more “luck” than anything else to see who was “lucky” or “unlucky” last year. This in turn would indicate “lucky” teams are likely to see that even out this year, meaning they’re not as good as last years’ record indicates, while “unlucky” teams are likely to see some slight improvement from that.

        That said, I don’t fully buy that stat as luck. Cutler has a long history of a lot of turnovers, and some of those are going to turn into TDs. Hopefully less than 44 points worth of them though (how do you even get 44 there? That’s 6 TDs with 4 XP and 2 successful 2 pt conversions?).

        • Barnwell does these types of stats things every year. I find them somewhat informative.

          Football’s not like baseball, basketball, or hockey, where there are enough games for that luck to even out. They play 10% of the games baseball does and 20% of NBA/NHL, meaning luck plays a much bigger role in who gets to the playoffs.

          • gpldan shorting Peppers

            Any Given Sunday…

        • CanadaBear

          7 turnovers X 6 pts = 42. Possibly a safety on top of that?

  • Shady

    Sunday Times Sport ✔ @ST_Sport
    Plot to buy the World Cup – Huge email cache reveals secrets of Qatar’s shock victory http://thetim.es/RQuW5q
    Retweeted by DaBearsBlog

    Look at my shocked face:

    http://cdn.memegenerator.net/instances/400x/33639794.jpg

    • MB30SD

  • gpldan shorting Peppers

    Michael Ford has a bit of a 1-2 juke that invokes this guy

    • MB30SD

      god damn man… they do NOT make them like that anymore.

      • Cormonster

        There was only one, and there will never be anyone close.

        • SC Dave

          Never is a really long time.

      • CanadaBear

        Peterson runs as hard as Walter. Not the all-rounder Walter was but Peterson is faster so there’s that.

    • CanadaBear

      I love it when Walter was getting ready to deliver the blow to DB’s. Esp when the DB is trying to set himself and one of Walter’s blockers comes out of nowhere and smokes him. You could tell DB’s really didn’t like taking him on.

    • bearsfantillend

      Did you seriously just compare Ford to Walter? you really need to lay off the hash pipe. maybe you should email Marshall, he can probably recommend a good doctor to get your head examined.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Bears reminiscence …. not strictly comparison …. and I saw the same thing in a few of Ford’s runs last year – so we’re both hallucinating I guess. He does run a bit like Walter (minus the highstepping to reduce injuries), he’s 5’10 like Walter and has a few pounds more on his body …. but he does have that jinky juke thing going on, and he’s got a decent spin-move. Watch this space.

        • bearsfantillend

          i think i will join the ridiculous comparison party also. Man I just seen some practice tape on Fales kinda reminded me of Montana. And Ka’Deem Carey invokes Barry Sanders.

    • Irish Sweetness

      See?

  • CanadaBear

    Hey MB, how ’bout that Giro? Quintana’s the man. Great to see new guys on top. Poor old Cadel died in the last week. What a gamer but he’s done as far as the elite level of stage racers. He’s a tough bastard so he might still win a one-day race or a lesser stage race.

    • MB30SD

      didn’t get to watch any of it canada. I need to get my shit together.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Blogfather Tweet: “Today is one of those days that makes sports bars heaven. Tight final round at Memorial. NASCAR at Dover. USMNT v Turkey in WC warm up.”

    You mention a Soccer “Friendly” but fail to even note a game 7 for the Blackhawks at the UC pitting the last 2 Stanley Cup Champs against each other? You have to be kidding, Blogfather.

    • AlbertInTucson

      And BTW, if the three events the Blogfather touted qualify as “Sports Bar Heaven”, I think he’s setting the bar way too low.

      The Soccer “Friendly” I have already dismissed above.

      The Memorial? Really? Is that the “5th Major” the PGA would like to invent as they bleed viewership / attendance and scramble to deal with a Post-Tiger PGA Tour?

      BTW, Tiger, thanks for the “No US Open” announcement. Why didn’t you also announce you weren’t going to orbit the moon this year, either?

      Lastly, is it the potholes at Dover Speedway that make the left turns there more special than Daytona or Talladega ?

      Sorry, folks. My handle tonight should read “GrumpyInTucson” due to the Hawks’ demise this evening.

  • SC Dave

    Well, think I’ll go home after 2 nd period. Intense game.. ‘course, it should be at this point

  • Shady
    • MB30SD

      didn’t seem like it was meant to be this year.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Ohhhh, crap.

    • Where was that button on that play where Peppers got owned by a white guy about 60 pounds lighter and 5 inches shorter…and Conte!!!!!

  • MB30SD
  • MB30SD

    http://soccer.si.com/2014/06/01/usa-turkey-usmnt-three-thoughts-friendly-world-cup/?eref=sihp

    Well, at least we’re not total dogshit… and altidor sounds like he’s coming on.

  • MB30SD

    My god, every time I think this guy can’t possibly be more of an asshole…

    http://nfl.si.com/2014/05/30/lane-kiffin-disses-current-nfl-running-backs-while-heaping-praise-on-alabama-trio/

    • AlbertInTucson

      Like he would know after the bang up jobs he did at Tennessee and Southern Cal?

      If you spotted Lane Kiffen in, say, a park or your back yard, he could easily be misaken for something a dog pinched out.

      That comment would be stupid even if HIS name wasn’t attached to it.

      • MB30SD

        Bingo al.

        He’s my least liked football person. People may hate ol roll tide, but at least the dude is great at what he does.

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