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Around the League Tweets – April 16th 2014!

| April 16th, 2014

ATL Tweets

Around the League Tweets, Winner of 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Around the League Commentary in 140 Characters Spread Out Over 10 Installments!

1 of 10. Aldon Smith needs to find a rehab for being a fucking idiot.

2 of 10. Only 3 games on NFL schedule are easy to guess: week 17 match ups, CBS Thanksgiving game, opening night. Good luck w/ Rams contest.

3 of 10. How much you wanna bet the NFL exec who called Clowney lazy & spoiled works for the Rams? Or the teams with the third pick. Or fourth.

4 of 10. Did someone actually criticize the Jets for pulling out of Draft Day with Kevin Costner? Maybe they just read the script?

5 of 10. Would Donald Trump change the Buffalo Bills to the Trump National Bills at Buffalo? (He is poison, NFL. Pure poison. See: golf.)

6 of 10. I can’t think of an NFL assistant coach who has achieved as much and received as much derision as Kevin Gilbride. I don’t get it.

7 of 10. Brandon Lloyd is one of the stranger characters on the NFL landscape but I wouldn’t be surprised to see him have productive year in SF.

8 of 10. When people say player isn’t “good value” at certain draft spot, what does that mean anymore? Money no longer issue. Get your guy.

9 of 10. Does Phil Emery direct Trestman to “avoid Devin Hester like the plague” when Bears travel to Atlanta? You know, a respect thing?

Side note: The respect element is a joke. But I don’t think Bears fans would stomach the camera shot of Emery’s face after Hester scored on an opening kickoff.

10 of 10.  Critics of NFL sched release-as-event baffle me. Many fans, including myself, make fall plans based on announcement. A huge deal.

(Side note: The individuals who criticize this are the ones who HAVE to attend every game anyway. But a lot of fans get excited by the number of primetime games they’re awarded. A lot of fans look for the most desirable road date to go away for the weekend with their buddies. And many STHs across the NFL can no longer afford their tickets and how the schedule is aligned has dramatic impact on their ability to re-sell tickets.

From a football standpoint, how can the impact of the schedule be understated? You’d much rather draw a new head coach early. You’d much rather play a difficult road opponent in the early Sunday slot than in primetime in front of their drunken, hyped-up fan base. These things are important.)

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  • MB30SD

    First again… bitches

      • MB30SD

        Already on the VIP list.

        Bringing my motherfucking maida power drill too

    • Shady

      Sometimes, he looks right into you. Right into your eyes. You know the thing about him, he’s got… lifeless eyes, black eyes, like a doll’s eye. When he comes at ya, doesn’t seem to be livin’. Until he bites ya and those black eyes roll over white. And then, ah then you hear that terrible high pitch screamin’ and the ocean turns red and spite of all the poundin’ and the hollerin’ he’ll come in and rip you to pieces.

      • MB30SD

        I want you to take comfort in the fact that from now on I will torment you by using that quote for every first I get from here to eternity. Love you maings.

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        You made it to #1 Shady !

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        Farewell and adieu to you Spanish ladies, Farewell and adieu to you ladies of Spain …

    • SC Dave

      You need a hobby,MB

      • MB30SD

        have plenty. don’t hate me cause I’m beautiful dave. You can be first, just gotta put in a little more effort and add some real value once in a while. Maybe post something other than a reply once in a while. hee HEEE!

  • Shady

    What the hell happened to this site?

    Twitter? Is it Twitter? SMH

    I used to look forward to new posts from Jeff, but these days were lucky to get a string of Twitter brain farts of which maybe ONE is Bears related. Dafuq happened bro?

    • I’m still waiting for Jeff’s epic-tragedy about Hester and Podlesh.

    • gpldan

      There’s a fallacy that exists, and it will be in stark relief in about – say – 5 years, that to get into sportswriting you need to be networking or moving along with some faction on Twitter. The heavy quant guys, the guys who have tips, and – worst of all – the death trap – guys who have inside access with the players have evolved into high school cliques. Scoops rule d00d!.

      None of that builds a writing brand. What builds a writing brand is good writing combined with great insight. And what builds insight is a mesh of using quant when justified, using contacts when justified, grinding the rumor mill from time to time, but getting back to great writing.

      That Jeff is a playwright and has resorted to posting his Tweets and calling it blogging is, as you say, an unfortunate development. That leaves the regulars entertaining each other instead of playing off the post, and maybe just wishing for some tech like a chat room for draft day.

      So let’s hope the writing returns. Fuck the contests, contests suck. You read the paper for the columnist, I watch Biggsy’s twitter feed because he posts links to his WORK. And also, to see if he’s still breathing. Twitter should have a EKG of it’s person associated to it. But I digress: Posts of Jeff’s tweets are bad.

      • MB30SD

        Meh, sometimes I don’t even read jeff’s pieces anyway, I’m here for youz guyz.

        Whatevs

      • I can see it both ways. On the one hand, Jeff doesn’t want to simply put up an un-inspired puff piece. Jeff has already admitted that he’s not into draft season. In fact, he seems a lot more passionate about Hester, Punters, and golf than about the draft. Unfortunately, we don’t give a shit about any of those.

        A new piece would be nice though. I get tired of seeing those dead eyes.

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        In five years, if you can string a complete sentence together, they’ll be handing you a Pulitzer. Look at the comments section under anything. We live in a post-literate society. Your parents were better off than you, they received a better education – and the slide is steeper in America than anywhere else. Asian education isn’t sliding into the toilet, so what’s going on in America? No big surprise, there’s very little money being pumped in. A few billion for education, trillions for weapons, bloated weapons and utilities contracts. Where does that stop? Nobody listened to Ike.

        • Cormonster

          Money IS NOT the problem with American education. You can blame poor schools on a host of things, but lack of money isn’t one of them.

          • SC Dave

            + several tens of $ billion

          • Shady

            Money IS a big part of the problem. On one hand, education costs are getting HIGHER each and every year. Yet, by and large, these institutions seem to producing LOWER quality products, or products that don’t match the needs of our current economic environment. Must be nice.

    • Big Mike

      You all must have missed the post, where Jeff said during the off season instead of posting nothing, he would put up a top 10 list of tweets.

    • SC Dave

      It is the inevitable consequence of Twitter, the worst thing to happen to Western culture since 24-hour news.

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        I was looking at a clip of Larry King interviewing Jon Stewart. Larry says “we’ve got some tweets just come in…”
        Stewart goes, “Really? Why?” ….Larry says “You don’t care what people think?” ….. Stewart : “No! Why?”

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          Okay, terrible paraphrasing.

          Stewart on Tweeting

    • burntorangenavyblue

      Yeah, I mentioned this a month or two ago…Jeff is better than that Twitter stuff. I understand you have to be able to adapt and get with the times a little bit. However, the amount of “noise” or “garbage” that is pumped into the 24/7 sports media, reading Twitter thoughts is not what I come here for.

  • AlbertInTucson

    3 of 10:

    For anyone to run with that “quote”, unattributed, allowing themselves to be a willing an dupe is not only wrong, it’s ignorant.

  • Trac

    For all practical football reasons, Hester was done in Chicago Jeff. I don’t think more than a handful of Bears fans are gonna miss the Devin we ended up with for the last couple of years. Put him to bed Pal. Also, no more butter threads please, enough already. Hee hee.

    • burntorangenavyblue

      Amen, I want some toast with the butter stuff. Need to fill my hunger for real Bears insights.

  • Shoot, I forgot the Pats now have Browner and Revis at CB. Damn.

    • MB30SD

      damn

      • The Pats and Donkeys are in a cold war arm’s race. Reminds me of the 9ers-Hawks last year. Bears are making just enough moves without totally selling out.

        • MB30SD

          yeah, should be an interesting year. Lot of power shaping up around the league.

          • It’s going to be fun seeing what Billichick can do on D with Revis. Revis will allow him to be a lot more exotic and creative.

          • MB30SD

            yeah. did they fix their WR and TE issues? I haven’t been paying attention. If so, they’ll be very dangerous… as usual. Mofos

          • Nah, they still have a bunch of scrubs at WR. At TE, they got Gronk, but we all know he’ll break some time during the season.

            I wonder if this is the year they decide to actually provide Brady with NFL caliber weapons, or if they’ll go all in on D hoping Brady can once again make lemonade out of lemons. They let their best RB walk too.

          • MB30SD

            amazing what those fuckers do with just an evil genius, a HOF QB, and a couple weapons sprinkled in on both sides. Every. Fucking. Year.

            That’s all I ask for… just to be competitive and relevant every year and once every 4-5 win one.

            If the McCaskey’s were smart they’d sell everything out to get us to that level. With our brand, history, and market, their profits would go through the roof with all the bandwagoneers jumping on board. We have the best uni colors in the NFL too so translates really well to merch. We’d be what the cowboys were in the early 90’s.

            They aren’t good. If I was them I’d be ALL about getting the Bears to that spot. We’ve got all the pieces to easily be the most popular NFL team. SMH.

  • Sactowns#1

    Living here in Nor Cal it’s pretty funny to watch Niners fan continue to turn a blind eye to the real issue. When your coach is an egotistical A-hole then you’re gonna get a whole team of egotistical A-holes. I know Harbaugh got some quick results but those types of personlaities quickly wear out their welcome. It will be interesting to see what happens this season.

    • gpldan

      Tom Thayer on the radio the other day was discussing Bears with some b00b DJ on the Score. He called Harbaugh “more Type A than Type A, maybe Type AAA” and the only QB who would scream back at Ditka, both of them working themselves into a red faced frenzy. Man, I wish there was a Tubez of that.

      • That would be a sight to behold. They both probably shaved about 5 years off each other’s life.

        • gpldan

          Thayer’s broader point was that Ditka liked to play his QB’s off each other and never give anybody any security. Which started a lot of fights and non-cooperation between the QBs on film analysis.

          Thayer thought the approach sucked, and said that the way Jordan Palmer earns creds is by helping Cutler and showing his brains off, because his arm and mechanics are meh. That’s what McCown understood and was really good at. He was like having another coach around.

          • Funny. Hitler used the same method, playing generals and sycophants off each other to consolidate his own power.

            Must be the stache.

          • SC Dave

            Or… never mind…

  • Also, I don’t consider drafting a RB a “depth luxury”. I absolutely view it as a necessity. I like Ford, but I’ve been wanting them to draft a hungry battering ram for the last two years.

    Offensive positions I feel we need to draft or make priority UFDA.

    1. HB (Forte has A LOT of mileage. He also tends to get banged up).
    2. TE (Black Unit goes down, we’re in trouble. I also believe in drafting athletic TEs who take a while to learn the position, ala Gates, Graham, etc. We can begin grooming one now, unless Ebron is going to play TE too).
    3. C (Not as big of a need after De La Puente theft. Does anyone doubt Puente’s not going to re-sign with the Bears after Garza retires? I see Slauson scenario part deux here).
    4. QB (We all know the story here. I don’t think it’s absolutely necessary to draft a QB, but it would ease my mind a bit because unlike with Martz, I trust Trestman to find a guy, though who knows?)
    5. WR (Prefer a UFDA true slot/special-teams guy, but if some studly slot WR drops, wouldn’t mind one in the 6th. We don’t really know if Wilson – who does NOT fit the typical slot mold – will not break in half over the middle. If some slot/spTeam demon is there for the taking, why not? Then again, Joe Anderson is an FA again, I think. Just sayin…)

    • Here’s Mayock’s top 5 RBs:

      1. Bishop Sankey, Washington
      2. Carlos Hyde, Ohio State
      3. Jeremy Hill, LSU
      4. Andre Williams, Boston College
      5. Tre Mason, Auburn

      NFP ranks them:

      1.Hyde
      2. Sankey
      3. Mason
      4. Hill
      5. Thomas

      6. Carey
      7. Sims
      8. Freeman
      9. Seastrunk
      10. Williams

      11. West

      http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/scouting_department.html

      Most of those guys are projected to be drafted, and we should be able to land one in the later rounds.

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        Any of Mayock’s 5 plus Carey and West, will be there at our 3rd round pick. One or two might be there in the 4th. Or would it be strictly, only allowed to draft a RB if we get one in the fourth round?

    • Big Mike

      Drafting Forte’s replacement is a priority for next year. A banger can be found later on the scrap heap. Injuries to top players cripple any team. You don’t have the luxury of being 3-4 deep with top talent at WR, or 2-3 deep at TE. This whole notion of grooming, is overrated. Taking a guy in the later rounds and given him more time to develop and expecting him to become the equivalent of an early round draft choice is pure nonsense. If it ever works, its just luck.

      • I’m not looking to replace Forte, Mike. I want to complement him with a big bruiser who can later learn how to catch/pass protect. Preferably someone in the 3rd or later ranger.

        Forte still has gas in his tank, but he does get banged up and plays through it, but less effectively. We need to spell him more often.

        In 3+ years then we can talk about truly replacing (and not merely complementing) Forte, though obviously I hope he lasts.

        • Big Mike

          It’s a wasted pick. Bears offense is fine. If one of the studs goes down, it’s a problem, but they have a lot of weapons. If two go down.. it’s over anyhow. Spending a 3rd round pick on the back you describe would be a luxury. Bears would have to see someone who they had graded as a first or second round pick that was there 2 -3 rounds later than they expected to make that kind of move.

          • The Bears O is fine IF Forte doesn’t go down. If it does, you’re really comfortable with Ford? I like him, but obviously the coaches thought otherwise cuz they never gave him any reps last season.

            We were lucky on O last year with inj. I don’t want to roll the dice again on that. Like I said, ideally in the 4rth. Besides, what sort of defensive guy are we really gonna get on with the 4rth? Most likely a special teamer. I’d rather draft an insurance plan that can spell our HB star and contribute on short yards and goaline situations.

          • MB30SD

            I could be onboard with taking a diamond in the rough with great value in the 4th if we’ve hit 1-3 out of the park on D.

          • Big Mike

            No but a 3rd round bruiser taken in the 3rd round or later isn’t going to replace Forte. Relative to the gaps we have on defense, where we have no depth at corner, we don’t have a single starting caliber safety, we have too many DEs and too few true DTs and we had the worst Bears defense in the last 50 years.

            On offense, Forte, Cutler and Bennett are the three guys that can’t get hurt. Any one of them goes down, for too long we’re screwed. Forte is the key to the whole thing. (in this has inspired a post… ) Marshall and Jeffery aren’t on this list, because if one of them goes down, we’ve still got the other one, Bennett and Forte get more touches in the passing game and Wilson or one of the other 5 WR/Special Teams guys steps up.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Forte is the key?

            News flash – if either AJ or BM goes down, then the other gets *all* the attention. Bracketed, jumped on, harassed.

            We can lose Forte and not miss a beat. Ford is equally gifted, and perhaps a better runner. He returns, so I guess he can catch a screen. But no, we cannot afford to lose a WR, or a QB, or a TE.

            If Ford went down also, we could sign a guy in ten minutes. They’re running backs, not truffles.

          • Big Mike

            Same thing happened 2 years ago when all we had was Marshall. Except now we have a tight end, an offensive line and host of NFL quality receivers fighting for the 2 and 3 spot. It’s not ideal, but more survivable than an unproven player who coming out of college, couldn’t block and couldn’t catch.

            I don’t get your fascination with Ford. 3.8 yds per carry in the preseason is all we have to go on. http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/players/1664310/michael-ford.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            He’s on the team, there’s no one else to root for! He has some moves, not many chances, I’m sure we’ll see more this season. We just need that slasher/banger guy – and if the dude is 5’9 then so be it.

            But the closer we get, and having watched more Donald videos, it really would be a huge thing not to draft him if he’s there at 14. We don’t need a #1 CB right now, with the first pick. We have no 3T really, not a fast pass-rushing guy unless Paea’s your wet dream. Donald might use that “smaller body” to his advantage in the NFL. If he can beat those sloppy fat guys on a line, he’s going to be in a lot of backfields this season, and every season, for 5-7 years.

            Jimmie Ward in the second? That would free us up to maybe go RB in the third, before getting a stroke of a corner in the fourth.Maybe we get lucky with some sixth rounder TE they had their eye on.

            If Donald’s there for us, and it works out … it’ll really fkn work out for the rest of that defense, and safeties and cornerbacks won’t be of immediate concern.

          • Big Mike

            Well if he’s your guy just because he’s got the right color jersey, than I’m with you. I’m such a die hard Bears fan, that my favorite 53 players every year are in the blue and orange.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Are we really burying a junior player because of his performance stats in pre-season? Did Walter get buried because of zero yards in his first game?

          • Big Mike

            Irish, you’re missing my point. We don’t need to draft a replacement for Forte this year. We can’t afford to spend a pick that high. Even though RBs are being picked later and later, Forte’s replacement needs to be a 1st or 2nd round pick.

            In my opinion, any pick before the 4th rd spent on offense, had better be for a guy that starts this year and challenges for Rookie of the Year.

            Lastly, I don’t hate Michael Ford. I think if he’s learned to catch and block, he’ll do ok. He’s fast, he’s rested :). The guy has done well to come in as an un-drafted free agent, stick around and put himself in position to be the #2.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            I don’t think we need to ‘replace’ Forte, but any good roster has 3 backs on it. Forte’s more an outside guy, Ford is built like Walter, but there’s nobody there to get you a yard and a half up the middle. I went through the draft class of RBs and just don’t see any Michael Bush types – but if we get one of the little guys who weigh 225 … then we’re set. Not trying to replace Matt at all, just to have another option. We shouldn’t have him in there every on play anyway.

          • Big Mike

            Ebon Britton 🙂

            Draft a real FB, in RD 7 if that’s all you’re looking for. A top 10 or even top FB will be there. I hear you. We don’t even have a rd RB on the team. I think that speaks volumes about Emery’s opinion that there will be UDFAs, waiver wire guys, Practice Squad guys that they can pick up cheap later on.

          • Big Mike

            Forte is special. His versatility is key. Bears play action, screen and dump passes keep the safeties honest and freezes LBs. My point is the one guy that makes every single weapon better is Forte. I thought I was clear that other than QB, Forte was the key. But maybe not. I guess that just goes without saying. Of the if I had to take one guy from Bennett, Jeffery, Forte and Marshall that I would not want to lose. It would clearly hands down, be Forte.

          • SC Dave

            So right, and more than cutler too

          • Big Mike

            I don’t know. If Cutler goes down, everything looks different. I am of the mind that this is his pro-bowl year. All excuses removed. If the defense is average and he gets his hands on the ball he’s going to go off. Which will of course make the defense even better because teams will be playing catch up.

            Oh man.. Kool Aid bath.

            Go Hawks.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            What? That’s cray cray. Jordan Palmer?

            Can’t have any of this. Forte goes down, I don’t think we miss a beat with Ford. Marshall goes down, Jeffrey gets schemed out of games. Cutty goes down, season over. Forte is just a running back, and they’re ten a penny. People will point to his numbers – I would say what numbers would many other backs have had in the same position on our team?

          • SC Dave

            You are sooo full of shit on this irish, but i gotta credit you for beong consistently and obstinately full of shit on it

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            If the Bears coaches didn’t think Ford was excellent, then he wouldn’t be on the team. Methinks time will show he’s a better pure runner than Forte. He’s got the spice. He’s a Bears’ running back, and running backs are what we do.

            If we go defense in the first and second rounds, then going offense in the third is no downer.

            That Terrance West guy can be our low-pad bruiser. 5’9 225. He’s stacked and packed.

            Can you imagine Ebron on the roster though? Surely that’s the most frightening receiving talent on any team all time at some point?

    • Cormonster

      I think Forte has only missed 5-6 games in his career, and he rarely takes a big hit. I think he’s got at least good years in him.

      • Forte takes good care of his body (dude sleeps in a hypobaric chamber and never drank a soda in his life), but he’s been the cow-bell since college. I think he has another 3 good years in him, possibly more IF he gets spelled. If he carries it like he did last year (which is nice for fantasy, not so much for Forte), then I give him 3 more years.

        I don’t want to replace Forte in the draft. I want to complement him with a bruiser. A Banger HB who we can draft in the 4rth, a back like Andre Williams. Check him out. Tell me you wouldn’t like seeing this guy in our short/goaline situations. We wont’ always get 11 tries from the 2 like in that Ram’s game.

        http://youtu.be/Ujt1S9P2XHE

        • Cormonster

          He looked great in that video, but I didn’t see any bruising runs where he broke tackles at the LOS. I looked at his stats from last year. He had a big game against Florida State, but other good competition like USC, Clemson, and Arizona shut him down. He gobbled up a ton of yards against chumps, and didn’t catch a single pass. I don’t think he’s versatile enough for the Bears to draft him.

          • He runs with attitude. Look at him at :17 and that wicked stiff arm at 1:22! Forte would never do those. Williams isn’t AP, that’s for sure, and others have also mentioned those games, but teams were stacking the box against him. No excuse, but he still runs with violence in his heart, and I dig that.

            I saw that he had no catches too, but supposedly they didn’t throw it his way much. But like I said, we have Forte for those catches.

            He definitely has his drawbacks, but if he didn’t, we wouldn’t be able to snatch him up in the 4rth.

            I would bring in Williams on those tough short yards against teams like the 9ers, Hawks, etc. D. Williams is also deceptively fast. I think he would add another dimension to our offense.

            I’ll be checking out some later round RBs we might be able to use. Charles Sims is more in the Forte mold, but he’ll cost a 3rd or higher methinks.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Forte wouldn’t do a lot of stuff. He’s no great runner, he’s a yards-from-scrimmage guy. Never impressed me as a runner. Never made me go “Wow!”. Not once. Already seen it once from Ford in PS.

          • CanadaBear

            Yeah, those yards from scrimmage guys that are in the top five in the league suck. Give me an undrafted rookie that never sees the field. That’s where the lightning in a bottle resides. HUH?

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Everyone acts like we don’t have another RB on the roster!

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          Carlos Hyde would be the banger, and he’s a guy we have to look at seriously if he drops to 51. Forte is a business asset. He’s depreciating in value, his salary isn’t. He’s human. He can get injured. We might want to use him as trade bait, yada yada. Hyde would have to be drafted if still there. HE won’t be though.

          Trade back, let’s get more picks.

          • SC Dave

            You’re nuts re: Forte. Not sure why any of us respond to you on it any more. Is that the game, Irish? Certainly, you can’t actually be SERIOUS with this stuff?

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            What stuff? Suggesting we draft a RB when we only have two? The fact that football players are just assets that depreciate?

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          “…. a finalist for the 2013 Heisman Trophy and won the 2013 Doak Walker Award as the nation’s best runningback. During the 2013 season, Williams became only the 16th player in NCAA history to rush for over 2,000 yards and he finished his college career ranked 5th all-time for most yards rushed in a single season with 2,177 yards.”

          And I love that tape. He’s hungry up the middle, loves the contact, and then when he hits the secondary he switches on the afterburner. He’s got acceleration at the top end.

          4th round? I’m sold. DT/CB/SS/RB

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      RB is absolutely a need with TE. We need to draft a RB and a TE period.

      We don’t need to draft a QB. Nobody needs to draft a QB. You just need two. We have one.

  • MB30SD

    10 of 10. Critics of NFL sched release-as-event baffle me. Many fans, including myself, make fall plans based on announcement. A huge deal.

    Yeah, ok, I get that. It’s still a fucking meh ‘event’ compared to the draft. What in thee fuck am I missing here?!!?

    To me the schedule is just another release it whenever item, while the draft is a fucking manstravaganza!!!!

    Get with the fucking program Jeff. This is a bear, and more so, a FOOTBALL blog. How is the acquisition of (hopefully) two critical starting pieces to our decimated defense not hyper critical and ultra exciting/interesting to follow/cover/behold.

    I honestly do not understand your POV on this one. It does. not. compute. I feel like a dog that hears a high pitch noise. I’m turning my head sideways with a look of total confusion on my face at you

    http://www.boredpanda.com/shake-shaking-dogs-carli-davidson/

    • Big Mike

      Sure it’s “meh” compared to the draft. The draft is the offseason Superbowl. The release of the schedule is news because the draft build up, gets so worn out. It give you something else to read about. How many potentially cold weather games late, are there stretches of multiple games on the road late, or early. When is the bye week. These things all impact the “flow” of the season. PLUS everything about booking travel. I go to two games a year. One at home and one on the road. Do I go early before Cutler gets hurt? (two of last three years I watched backups). Do I roll big and go for the home game against GB? In the last 10 years, I’ve seen the Bears play GB at home 4 times. Not a win to show for it. Do I want to to a night game at Soldiers? Also rule of thumb, never go on the road to another teams opener and only go when they play an early game. Avoid away games at division rivals. Better yet, go to an AFC site for an early game.

      • Cormonster

        I broke all of your rules in one game. I went to Cutler’s debut, opening day, Sunday night, at Lambeau against the Packers. It was a great time, other than the Bears losing and Cutler throwing 3-4 picks.

        Mike, an answer to your question from the last post about teams winning the Super Bowl and missing the playoffs the year before
        . The Giants did it a couple years ago, and the Rams in 1999. The Giants were a playoff team at 8-8 in 2006 and won the SB in 2007, so it’s not unprecedented. Those are the only two teams I checked. I’ll go see if there are any more.

        • Big Mike

          The Giants did it, but if I remember they had recently won the SB. I believe they are a rarity. Neither Giants team that won was a favorite to even get to the SB. The Rams caught lightning in a bottle with Kurt Warner etc. My point is that with few exceptions teams have to be contenders for a year or two more often than not.

          I’ve been to Lambeau when the Bears won. Early Lovie Smith/ Urlacher era. That was a truly memorable day for me. Traveling to as many games as I have, I don’t enjoy the inevitable confrontations with jacked up drunk rivals. Back in the day.. different story.

          • Cormonster

            I just checked from 1999 to present. Bradys 1st two SB wins and the Saints also make the list. So that makes 5 of the past 15 winners not making the playoffs the year before. I totally agree with your premise, but it can be done, especially in the modern era of free agency.

            I’ve never been in a confrontation after a game aside from telling a Packers fan to shut the fuck up after the last game last year. I don’t mind the ribbing after a game, but this guy behind me just kept yelling for what seemed like an eternity and didn’t know what the hell he was talking about.

          • CanadaBear

            If it’s your buddies you have to grin and bear it. Most friends at least have a clue when to let up. Those dopes that don’t even know the game, are usually totally hammered and quite often, dumber than Paris Hilton. THOSE are the ones that get me pissed.

          • Cormonster

            Yeah, it was more of an annoyance thing. I don’t think the guy seen half the game and he was smashed. The dude didn’t even realize it was Cobb who caught the winning TD.

            Worse thing that day was in the ridiculous bathroom line at halftime. There was a really nice college kid in line right in front of me who happened to be a Packers fan. He wasn’t talking smack, just about how much fun he was having at his first game. Then out of nowhere a Bears fan walks by and pours a full beer on his head. Credit to all the other Bear fans around for making sure that asshole didn’t go anywhere and got kicked out. I felt bad for the kid, but he took it well after the initial shock. It was cold that day, so he probably froze his ass off in the second half. Stupid fans.

          • CanadaBear

            I really don’t miss going to Bears games because of the drunken idiots. I haven’t been to a game in 25-30 years. Not sure if the fans are better or worse now.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            (in my best Bill Burr)

            Eli Manning has two rings.

            (shakes head)

            Listening to you guys talk about games, I’m thinking GB in Lambeau doesn’t sound like something I’d want to lay out expenditure on.

          • Big Mike

            Everyone is wondering what’s wrong with Eli last year. I’ll tell you, He’s not that good. People outside of this group would slay me, but I would rather have Cutler. Eli’s horseshoe, or rabbit’s foot has worn off.

            With regards to going to Lambeau, it was a great football day. The history of the place, I felt like an explorer. “see the cheesehead in his native habitat, grazing with cheesewife”, The tailgating was spectacular. 95% of the fans were as friendly as Canadians. The 5% that were not, were no worse than the drunken fools you see at Soldiers. The only problem is that when you are in enemy territory, you become a magnet for the biggest assholes in the stands. Fortunately at 6’2″ 250 and the small one in my group of a dozen friends we were not an inviting target.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Never thought he was good. Never had any time for him as a QB. One lucky sonofabitch to have two rings. 27 interceptions last season. Five clear of Flacco and Palmer.

          • Big Mike

            Hey we agree on that!.

          • Cormonster

            I agree regarding going to Lambeau. The tailgating is more like a college atmosphere and loads of fun.

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          ” It was a great time, other than the Bears losing and Cutler throwing 3-4 picks.”

          Did you get a half-time BJ ?

          • Cormonster

            No, but I gave a couple.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            I guess if he gave you a good ticket ….

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      “It does not compute master!”

      Anyone know the fuck who K9 was? Not the Belushi dog, no, Tom Baker’s Dr. Who. robot dog.

      (a wind picks up, a door creaks…..)

      He used to say that ….

      (cicadas)

      …. he couldn’t handle it when the Doc laid the heavy human trip on him and he’d say that …’s cute …..
      (tumbleweeds)

      I’ll get my coat.

  • Big Mike

    1) Aldon Smith .. oh man. SMH.
    3) Absolutely was the Rams bagging on Clowney
    4) best front office move by the jets in a while
    5) Peter King and Pete Prisco actually thought Trump in the NFL was a good idea.

    8) I believe good value now means that the teams drafting ahead of you, because of needs, stupidity or a different valuation of players have left you with a player you projected to be gone
    9) Hester cannot run one back against the Bears. The end.

    10) Schedule release is a big day for planning trips to see games, and to break up the monotony of which position do the Bears fill in which round…

    • MB30SD

      peter king and pete prisco. (say no mo say no mo)

  • MB30SD

    Ho. Ly. Sheite. Muslim.

    http://profootballzone.com/nfl/packers-fans-dating-website/

    BAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    GP, please sign up and have some fun that you can share.

    In the details section of your profile you get to pick the types of girl you like, options are:

    Ayrshire
    Brown Swiss
    Canadienne
    Dutch Belted
    Guernsey
    Holstein (Holstein-Friesian)
    Jersey
    Kerry
    Milking Devon
    Milking Shorthorn
    Norwegian Red

    • I just trolled it bwhaha Generalissmo Meow strikes again.

      • MB30SD

        answer my text. TRUST me.

    • gpldan

      “I like long walks on the beaches, lard, tipping farm animals and inbreeding.”

  • MB30SD

    Hahahahahaha, I loves me a good (sad) pun: http://www.mandatory.com/2014/04/15/todays-funny-photos/17

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      I want that house on the river! Man, fishing without leaving your living room!

  • Here’s my question: do GMs employ spies to know which teams are targeting certain players, or do scouts from other teams talk to each other as professional courtesy? Are there third party “evaluators” to objectively gauge where prospects will likely go which all teams use? Every year someone trades up because they think they know the next team will draft their guy. Doesn’t that require a certain amount of intel?

    Well, here’s the low down from a guy who worked on drafts in the NFL now at NFP.

    “Q: I noticed in your reply to the swami, you said that you never did any
    mocks while you worked in the NFL…..what kind of intel did you have on
    other teams and what they would select? Was it a complete crap shoot
    for you?
    A: @a5- we would talk to people who know about where players are going. Not
    to a specific team but in what part of the draft was the consensus that
    they would be drafted. In other words, what’s the word on player
    A….answer..middle of the 3rd is the consensus. So if you really want
    the player and you like him you better get him by the beginning of the
    3rd. We would talk to about 5 different people who made it their
    business to know those things. I would keep track to see how close they
    were to being right…a couple of them were right on year after year.

    It gets down to doing the proper research. The draftniks are clueless after the first round.

    I didn’t know what players a team was going to take…I could care
    less…I just wanted to know what the general feeling around the league
    was.” http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/NFP-Mock-Draft-20-8847.html

    • gpldan

      Robinson and Matthews before Lewan, eh?

      Mocks are fucking clueless.

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        Does anybody do trade predictions? That’s something they could analyze. Who’s in spot 7 and really couldn’t give a fuck? Who are the Texans going to absolutely rape for the top pick?

  • MB30SD
    • AlbertInTucson

      I’ll take rich. You can keep famous.

      • MB30SD

        well said al.

      • SC Dave

        Amen… in fact, I’m not sure i’d take rich if i had to take famous too

  • MB30SD

    anya you guys watch Guy Code?

    http://www.mtv.com/shows/guy_code/series.jhtml

    No? You should. (guy code!)

  • Big Mike

    A bit of a riff coming here… A thread down below was discussing the value of taking a RB in the third round or later. Quick summary, I’m not for it. @disqus_8wt7C2idGC:disqus is. Good discussion. But it got me to thinking something that I hadn’t thought much about in this off season of “We must fix the defense”. That is the Bears’ offense and in particular.. Matt Forte.

    In my opinion, in spite of having the top WR tandem in the NFL, a very nice TE and a franchise QB, I think Matt Forte is what makes and will make the Bears offense in 2014 very, very special. Having two receivers like Marshall and Jeffery is made so much better by the presence of a versatile back, who is a great pass blocker, can run between the tackles, or get outside AND is a legitimate pass receiving threat. Play action, Center Screen, Bubble screens, passes in the flat, are all something that opponents have to very cautious of. Not many backs in the NFL, or on the draft board have his skill set. I think his importance was lost with the emergence of the passing attack last year. Not only is his skill set rare, his consistency and the fact that he had a very good year after signing a lucrative extension makes him one of a kind I believe.

    So here’s to #22.

    • SC Dave

      It has been my opinion for several years that Forte was the key to the whole thing, and that was a big part of why I lobbied so adamantly that they give him a damn contract a couple seasons ago.

      All the regs know what I think about Matt, so here’s a hearty “seconded” to your sentiments.

      • Big Mike

        Up until 2 seasons ago,he was the whole offense. Now he is the element of the offense that makes every other piece more dangerous.

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      He gets us yards, no argument there. But a great pass blocker? Great between the tackles? I’d say we need the Michael Bush type to complement that. I don’t see matt doing either of those things well. Garza may have been the issue with the running-it-up-the-middle …. should be interesting to see what happens with De La Puente.

      • Big Mike

        He is in fact a great pass blocker. He’s not a pound it between the tackles guy, but he gets the job done. Michael Bush could hardly get it done with the crap lines we’ve had. I would argue that the player you want is a FB. My point wasn’t that a guy like that wouldn’t be nice, but not from rounds 1-5. The top fullback in all of college FB is projected to go in the 5th round.

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          FBs are dead, for me. Bush weighed more than most FBs. I think our problem up the middle was Garza, not Bush. Never a hole where a man once stood. We could get a really nice bruiser in 5’9 Terrance West

          • SC Dave

            If the problem was garza and not bush then why do you blame forte?

  • MB30SD

    This is awesome: http://glipho.com/b1llionaire/what-is-the-difference-between-american-football-rugby-and-australian-rules-football

    You’re all welcome.

    check out the all blacks doing the Haka mid way down.

  • MB30SD

    this is even more awesome. He blasts that guy near the end of the vid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nT57T5tDIic

  • MB30SD

    my mind just exploded.

    Jesus I’m old.

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      Old guy: It plays music.
      Kid: You’re kidding me! (genuine shock)

  • MB30SD

    Ok, last one…. if you aren’t mesmerized by this, you may either be a woman or are gay (NTTAWWT)

    Used to work for a company HQed in SF. One time up there the building next to ours was getting demoed by heavy machines. I stood at the window for like an hour mesmerized. I hadn’t even noticed that lined up all the way down the hall (that whole side of the building was a window) like 20 other dudes were doing the same thing. Classic.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Heavy mMachinery is just Big Giant Toys.

      Long live Tonka.

      • tobijohn

        Love Grieg’s Hall of the Mountain King soundtrack…

        • SC Dave

          Soundtrack? Dont think that was for a movie 🙂

          • tobijohn

            Alright already, the “accompanying background music”…

  • MB30SD

    Hey Trac, Murph sent me the slideshow (thanks Murph!). Thanks again.

    Wanna know something funny… I know Brandt well. In fact, those very images come from a coffee table book that… wait for it… sits on my coffee table (I’m looking at it right now actually). It’s a beautiful book. My daughter loves it. Thanks again.

    • Trac

      Imagine that. Great! Glad you enjoyed.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    The Bears had a perfect schedule last year. The bye was at the middle of the season and played the thursday game at home after a home game. Also they played Green Bay away the week after the bye. Huge advantages. PS: There’s no way Hester returns a dome kickoff by Robbie Gould. Zero chances. None. Zip. Nulla. Nada.

  • MB30SD
    • CanadaBear

      What a hardass! Never saw the bits on CNN. Most Canadians are polite. That’s not the same as being nice.

      • MB30SD

        seriously. I found that line a little silly.

        good point.

  • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

    it’s painful to see the bullshit articles around the web. No one has anything to talk about so we have video segments on whether the bears should bring back marshall??? Bowen turning all Hub on us and taking any fucking talking gig possible? Why not have a panel discussion on whether we need fucking oxygen or not.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      Few things are clear as the fact that Emery will re-sign Marshall. It’s only a question of when will they actually do it.

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      The anti-oxygen brigade were last seen leaving airlock 9 aboard the ISS and were never heard from again.

    • Big Mike

      imagine it was your job to say new things every day, when nothing was happen. As much as I think most sports media in Chicago is awful, I give them a pass at this time of year. Even the best of them, start swimming in their own drool.

    • MB30SD

      not bringing marshall back would be paramount to apple firing steve jobs at it’s height… oh, wait… yeaaaaaah, so how’d that work out for them?

      That is just fucking insanity. pure and simple insanity (see how I did that?)

  • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

    The Bears O-line with Joniak. Ladies O-line?

    http://www.chicagobears.com/multimedia/videos/ITB-Joniak-Interviews-OLine/53f82853-bac3-4b23-8c4e-0bbc5bb1421f

    The Brothers Beastly. AJ talkin smack about being faster than BM. BM grabs AJ’s mike and goes “I’ve had a full off-season of training, you won’t be faster than me this year.That ends.”

    He didn’t say “that ends”, but I would have.

    http://www.chicagobears.com/multimedia/videos/ITB_Marshall_Jeffery_micd_up/3e38ab9a-b0ed-4b26-bdb8-1b78a81d886d

    • Trac

      Can’t wait. Yes sir, it’s gonna be a very interesting year.

    • Big Mike

      Oh man.. you mean Marshall will be even better next year? He’s almost too good to be true. Great leader, training up the young guys, competitive, humble. Damn. I’ve never had a Bears Jersey with a number lower than 34. Might be the time.

      • SC Dave

        Like thesentiment but I’ve been wearing 9 for about four seasons now. For the better 9, meaning Robbie of course

        • Big Mike

          I’m to big to wear single digits. Plus, he’s a kicker… One of the best. Good man, but he’s a kicker.. I am so happy that he is our kicker. But nah.. not wearing a kickers # 🙂

          • MB30SD

            good man mike. Met a chick the other night that wears robbies number. looks good on a chick.

          • Big Mike

            A background note, I coach youth football. Came up with my son from when he was 8 until high school. Now I coach whatever age group I like. Middle school sometimes, sometimes the little guys. My kicker tryouts are hilarious. Everyone gets three shots, they get ridiculed without mercy (fun jabs) They all think they can kick. Mostly I already know who the kickers is.

            I’ve been known to send “all the kickers” for a lap. When I’m not happy. (knowing I only have one and he’s probably not critical to whatever I’m coaching.at the moment). At the same time, I’ve missed and made the playoffs, lost championship games based on a mixed extra point.

            Freaking kickers…

          • SC Dave

            Whatever, dude. When I got it, he was the best player on the team. And truthfully, he’s still in contention.

            Who else on the team is in the top three in his position? Marshall, and maybe Forte. Who else is the best at his position in Chicago Bears history? Again (probably) Marshall and maybe Cutler.

            So I’m fine wearing it.

            Oh,.. gee… almost forgot. Who on the Bears roster is in the top five in the HISTORY OF THE NFL at his position? Oh, yeah, that would be Robbie too. And all by himself in that category.

          • MB30SD

            hahahaha… I’m just fucking with you back dave. you’ve been getting on me about my giving shady shit. If you dish it, you gots to take it maing

          • SC Dave

            I know, bro. ‘s all good.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Take away his post-Chicago ‘career’, and Jimmy Mac is the second winningest QB of all time behind Brady. Won 75% of games started as a Bear.

            Marshall needs another 5000 yards and change to make the top 5 WRs all time. That’s a lot, especially with AJ around. Not that it matters, he’s my favourite Bear by far.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Jimmy Mac fan. Youtube junkie.

    • SC Dave

      Aren’t they the picture of diversity?! Just need an Asian sitting there

      • Funny. They even interview like they line up. That tradition started with Kruetz, right?

        Black-white-brown-white-Black

        There’s a nice symmetry. That’s probably why they got De La Puente. Keeping the mojo.

        Also, how big is Long? Christ. He makes those other dudes look like they’re in JR High.

  • Big Mike
    • CanadaBear

      Thanks. I needed that!

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      Da Titans …..

  • johnnywad

    Need some tech tips guys. When I move, I’m leaving DirecTV behind and the NFL Sunday Ticket with it. But I will have excellent internet service. Some of you guys are watching on PS3’s if memory serves. Is that right?

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      Is that a thinly veiled request for asking how to watch free football, Johnny?

      Any Statham-partial bods out there. Hadn’t heard of this – Blitz – he plays a tough cop out trying to nail a cop-killer in London. Not bad, and on YT.

      • Trac

        If only the tall whites would let us use thier satellite for free. Surely they offer some intrinsic value?

      • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

        love Statham. Relishes the fact that he gets to be a badass in real life and in every single movie. No fucking crying scenes for our boy.

        • gpldan

          And he goes home, IRL, to Rose Huntington-Whitely.

          • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

            I have no idea if that’s true but I believe it with my whole heart.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            I first remember him for being Kelly Brook’s boyfriend. He’s had the hotties.

        • Trac

          Don’t forget the soccer give. Talk about a prelude to a charmed life.

    • MB30SD

      yeah, you can get it through the PS network my maings. And it’s flawless… but it’s going to cost ya. I think it’s ~$350ish for the year. The nice thing is you pay by the quarter (season, not game), so if cutty, bmarsh, briggsy and peanut all go down right before the second half of the season you can cancel and not pay for the rest of the year.

      We’ll worth it if you ask me. You still get redzone too. pretty freaking awesome.

      • Bender McLugh

        can you still watch two games at the same time, and pause to flip to each other? This works great for us now with our DVR, but we want to drop DirecTV asap.

      • Trac

        If you patent this, De Beers may buy that slogan from you for thier fall ad campaign.

        ” it’s flawless but its going to cost you”.

        Well done sir!

        • MB30SD

          Sorry trac, already sold it to a plastic surgeon in Bev Hills.

          I receive no monetary compensation, but I do get to attend exit exams of all boob jobs. They’re told I’m the, ‘hand-feel and mouth test’ doctor.

          It’s a tough job, but someone’s gotta do it.

    • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

      advice is to find nearest Buffalo Wild Wings and set up auto debit from your bi-weekly paychecks.

      • SC Dave

        Oh yeah…for me its Carolina alehouse tho

        • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

          Dave, even though there are times when I want to strangle your online persona I have a feeling we’d get along famously in person.

          • MB30SD

            hmmmmm…..

          • MB30SD

            Hhhhhmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm…………………….

          • SC Dave

            I suspect we might at that, Johnny. Especially were there decent beer and excellent italian beef sandwiches (not that the Alehouse has a clue on that shit) around.

            And, as goes without saying, Bears.

      • MB30SD

        BWW sucks here in SD. If you want FB and some decent scenery and not dogshit food there are a couple other joints that are way better. If I had to pick a big chain, i’d probably be hooters.

        • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

          I know. The wings are small but I love the sauces. I also feel like their shitty Coors light just tastes better freezing cold. If I want wings I go to places where my life is in jeopardy.
          If I want 15 screens and decent wings and seemingly delicious shitty Coors light I go to BW3. I can’t call it BWW because I’ve been going there since it was Buffalo Wild Wings and Weck.

          • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

            Hooters wing sauce sucks. Hooters in my face as I get sauced? Awesome if not a bit douchey.

          • MB30SD

            Yeah, confession… I’ve only been once for lunch in denver. Meh. I’d rather actually be able to take the chick home I’m talking to and know she’s not just interested in selling me another side.

          • RenoBear

            Ha! True true. All that being said, I was in FL With my wife and kids… 4yo boy and 2yo girl. Was at my folks house on the Atlantic side for 5 days… Great to see my parents, but tough because ummm well they are very retired, my dad is very busy, 8 car garage, many fun hot rods etc… My mom has COPD and doesn’t move very well, oh except for tongue which always has a comment about our precocious loud boisterous happy children… So the last few days we went to disneyworld and the best damn part was us having our first family alone time of the whole trip, right after we checked into our hotel in Orlando, was my wife saying “hon, there’s a Hooters. Let’s go have some wings.” Walking distance from the hotel, took our kids, had two big ass Sam Adams, a shitload of wings (their sauce does suck… I DO LOVE Bw3 sauces, that’s another story though). The hottest waitress in the joint (trust me, the quality ain’t all it’s cracked up to be) lovin our kiddos… Titties hangin in our face And my wife smiling the whole time…a beautiful thing.

          • MB30SD

            yeah, their sauces are indeed good… have to admit. All the other dishes I’ve tried (about 5) are not horrible, they just aren’t good either.

            There’s this bar that I WILL take you to if you ever come here that serves these crab claws. they are unbelieveable… oh and they have tvs and lots of hot chicks that aren’t waitresses. It turns into a bar bar at night.

          • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

            i’ll be right over. I’ll just tell my wife i’m going out for milk…..and to see hot ass chicks in SanDiego while I swim with great whites and eat dolphin tacos with fresh guac with MB.

          • MB30SD

            She’ll tooooootally buy that… right?

        • SC Dave

          I guess when I go to bars, food is not a priority. Except for quality beer, because as well all know, beer is good food.

          • MB30SD

            I’m kind of a foodie a little. I don’t like spending money on normal anyonecanmakeit food. Feel like it’s a big part of the equation. That and I’ve never been a big beer guy, but i get where you’re coming from.

          • SC Dave

            The Mrs. was a foodie… used to have five different cooking magazines coming into the domicile monthly back in the day. So I get that side too, MB. Generally, bars with food have not been the place that I’ve found the culinary delights – though I would never disagree that a good kitchen is a giant plus.

          • MB30SD

            check this menu out dave: http://localunion101.com/menu/dinner/

  • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt
    • NewBearInTown

      As a third rounder, he looks to be a great value. I’m curious if the press coverage strength is what we’re looking to build on this team. Lovie historically was preferred “in space” tacklers that could cover more ground even if they didn’t jam the big receivers as much.
      Seems like this is a deep draft for cornerbacks. Guys like this could be good value picks in the middle rounds. If this one doesn’t fall, someone else solid will.

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        That’s why I don’t think Phil goes CB in round one. He’ll get us one (or two) but not at the first time of asking. Is the reason he stayed away from TJ Ward and Byrd in FA because he knew he was drafting a SS and a FS?

        • I don’t think Phil drafts CB in the first either. I like Gilbert, but I think he’ll be gone by our pick, and Emery knows it too, so he’s focusing on middle round CBs, like I posted in the last thread.

          Jeremiah def intrigues. But his lack of getting off blocks to tackle in a division with Lacey and AP…no bueno.

          He also doesn’t play well off-press, but I have no clue how Tucker likes his CBs or defenders in general.

  • gpldan

    Based on my job history and work experience, I am being recruited actively for a position by….

    wait for it….

    Penn State.

    Tee hee.

    “No my name is GP, not Benjamin Buggery. Maybe you got the wrong guy.”

    • Trac

      Tell the truth. Ain’t no Al’s in Happy Valley.

    • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

      GP Resume:
      Education:
      Masters in Finance

      Work Experience:
      22yrs experience in the setup, financing and day to day operations of the exciting new field of Rape Farming with a focus on Administration Coverup/Witness suppression
      Also formerly an intern with Goldman Sachs.

      • gpldan

        Author of Whitepaper, “The Sandusky Doctrine: The use of creepy ‘Eyes Wide Shut’ sex cults for the senior officials in higher education. Pro or Con?”

      • GPs a bugger, or wanker….I forget which is which.

        Who knew?

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      The Curious case of Benjamin Buggery – great movie. The older he got the less he got buggered … how do they think this stuff up?

  • Speaking of HBs, LaMichael James will probably hit the market, any takers?

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/04/17/lamichael-james-hints-that-he-sees-a-trade-coming/

    He’s a returner too. Former 2nd rounder. Crazy how some guys are productive in college yet fizzle out at the next level. James might be too small. Think, Garrett Wolfe.

      • Trac

        Bad link.

        • Really? Works for me. I’ll just copy/paste it here then.
          5’8 195 (4.45 40)

          Overview

          James had a decorated career at Oregon and started all but two
          games after redshirting in 2007. An invitee to the Heisman Trophy
          presentation the past two years, James has been the most electric and
          productive player on a very impressive offense. He was an ideal fit for
          the unique zone blocking scheme run by Chip Kelly and has shown many
          traits that are transferable to the NFL. Teams could get hung up on his
          size, but he has shown quality traits on a consistent basis.

          Analysis

          Strengths James is a quick and decisive back who looks
          like his motive is to be productive each time the ball touches his
          hands. He can get to full speed quickly off the snap and doesn’t
          hesitate when hitting the line of scrimmage. He is capable of making
          splash plays out of nothing. He is a better runner between the tackles
          than his frame would suggest, as he uses a quick shuffle to avoid trash
          or get up and into an open lane. Once through the line, he can make
          things happen on his own downfield, and routinely had runs of 20-plus
          yards at Oregon. He is always a threat to score, and has the foot
          quickness and breakout speed to get the edge at the next level.

          Weaknesses James had fumbling issues throughout his
          career that weren’t helped by a dislocated elbow midway through his
          junior season. He looks conscious of keeping the ball high and tight to
          his frame, and he has very good all-around strength, but he doesn’t have
          the arm strength to secure the ball when big hits are put on him. He is
          a willing and technical blocker in pass protection but simply doesn’t
          have the bulk or anchor to be successful here early at the next level.

          • Trac

            RB’s who fumble get thrown onto the garbage dump of history.

          • Some RBs can cure fumblitis (Peterson, Barber), others just can’t seem to shake it. Obviously James still has that issue. It makes me feel a little better that even the 9ers can screw up a 2nd round pick.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            If a dude’s gonna be 5’8 or 5’9 he’d better thave another 30lbs on him – has to have something to hit with. All those little guys in the NFL are stacked.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Blogfather Tweet: Trifecta. No Tiger. Phil cut. Runaway winner. RT @darrenrovell: Weekend Masters viewership worst since 1993.

    Well Golf and their fans better get used to it.

    Tiger’s a wreck and Phil’s arthritis doesn’t figure too get better , either.

    • johnnywad

      Somebody new will be along soon. I must admit I do enjoy Bubba winning Green Jackets even if the “aw shucks” is slightly less than legitimate. He bought the General Lee with his last batch of Masters winning for crying out loud. How can I not like that.

      • Cormonster

        I seen a stupid article ripping on Bubba because he tweeted he was at a Waffle House after winning the Masters. Supposedly this was setting a bad example according to some health nazis.

        • CanadaBear

          Someone is always setting a bad example for the kids. How did we ever survive childhood?

          • SC Dave

            Gawd, no shit.

        • johnnywad

          How’s he supposed to celebrate? Crack and hookers? Low cholesterol you know.

          • MB30SD

            crack and hookers? I thought John Daly was retired?

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          If he went home and cooked dinner for his family somebody would piss on it.

      • NewBearInTown

        I doubt that somebody will be along soon. Tiger Woods transcended golf for about 5 years when he was at his peak. Then he had the scandal, he stopped winning majors (though he was still winning a ton of tournaments) and the country kinda lost interest.
        People who like golf already have 10 other people they enjoy watching. But there is nobody on the PGA tour who can do for golf what Tiger did. It could be another generation before that happens again.

        • johnnywad

          Guess we’ll see. Football has been around forever and yet Johnny Manziel still got a special uniform from Phil Knight for his Pro day, and every camera in the sports universe. And he’s likely not really a great pro. I don’t mean to say the next Tiger is waiting in the wings, but every generation in golf has had it’s top two duking it out. With a bit more consistency I could see Bubba becoming one, especially given the persona, and perhaps an Adam Scott, or Rory fills the other slot. Phil is replaceable, Tiger will be a tough one.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            I’ll never understand Padraig Harrington. Wins the British Open in 2007, wins it again in 2008 – along with the PGA – then he decides to change his swing and is practically never heard from again.

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        THE General Lee? With Daisy’s stains?

  • Artoo

    I guess I don’t have much of a right on this site since I haven’t been around lately but…

    You all complain and whine about this site too much. I’m quite sure Jeff doesn’t make a ton of money from this site. He probably makes just enough to give away tickets, if that.

    Above all, it’s always free and I don’t see why anyone, regular or noob, has a right to complain.

    I quite like Jeff’s Twitter thoughts. I feel like it gives me and others, something to think about besides just the Chicago Bears. I mean, this is about one team but it’s the impact and moves from other teams and the NFL that should also be considered in this discussion.

    • gpldan

      Says the guy who runs his own site and has tried sportswriting.

      Which would you prefer, Erik, a bunch of rowdy fans with opinions on how things should go, or a bunch of fucking sheep who are simply grateful for the site and wouldn’t dare criticize the great and powerful Oz…. I mean Blogfadder?

      Clue: I think Jeff would prefer we state that the whole Twitter thing is bad mojo rather than just not knowing and all of us moving to other sites. We WANT Jeff to be successful writing and get paid for it, which is why I pester him to put banners ads for Viagra on this site to make his hosting costs back. We let him know that Gnome code made the Baby Jebus cry. And Shady’s point is that Jeff is tweeting about non-Bears stuff most of the time, and so maybe that doesn’t keep things on topic in the best way. With MB and me linking car and boobie pics all the time, it’s already off topic enough. The two of us are like a site cancer, Erik! A site cancer! A giant Jewish-Irish cancer, being all blue and white and green and growing and taking over the host agent until it dies. Jeff’s writing is site chemo man. It shrinks our contribution down to where it belongs.

      What you are saying is like the dad who gives his kid a shit dinner and the kid says “this sucks”, and you pull the plate off the table and say “fine, go hungry then.” Is that good parenting? No. No it’s not.

      We are that kid, Erik. Don’t stunt our development, maing.

      • Artoo

        Good God, I missed some of these rants/epic conversations lol

        Having, I guess, comments in general are good. Regardless if they are bad or good.

        I feel you all are more like Eddie Murphy when he was a kid. He wanted a McDonald’s cheese burger instead of his mom’s burger.

        In the end, I still think the improvements, which were very slow, are more than enough for you all. Jeff should add more stuff but I’m pretty sure he doesn’t want to.

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          Give us a link man – I was checking out profootball networks ? Just came up with a facebook page. Are you still doing those chats with Chester Church?

          I think Jeff does fine. He keeps the place open, the glasses are clean and the beer is good and cool. No chicks to start fights. In Ireland, pubs are split into the bar part and the lounge part. Bar = men only, as a general rule. No brain damage.

          This is the Bears Bar.

          Yo – what’s this about you taking your clothes off for Coca Cola, or is it the superior-tasting Pepsi?

          (see what I did there? You think there aren’t a thousand lawyers messaging each other right now on their company i-Phones? See that sudden spike in hit count Jefe? Suits that is, because there are thousands of cola executives reading this. Probably.)

          • Artoo

            If I had time, Chet and I would still be doing those chats and I would be writing.

            A link to what ? My photos? Lol

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            So you’re not blogging?

          • Artoo

            Not at the time.

          • MB30SD

            yeah man. let’s check that shit out. I’m not gay or anything (as far as I know), but post that shit…. don’t be shy.

            And what post in georgia? You in the fucking military now?

          • Artoo

            My wife is, did you forget? I will later. Sickos

          • MB30SD

            ahhhhhh, that’s right. Yes, I did… since you know, you never come around any more. It’s easily been 6 months since you posted.

            and I’m fucking 41 man. I forget my own name some days. (just kidding… for the most part. Although I do think my balls are beginning to droop a bit)

          • Artoo

            Here’s how I got started, I have other photos from the promotionsame I worked on Dropbox but my boss is looking at those right now .

            http://www.modelmayhem.com/2815726

            Joke and laugh all you want. My looks got me this far. Lol

          • MB30SD

            Good job man. I only have two things to say to you:

            1. Some of your ‘friends’ scare me a bit. Just don’t let them tell you a BJ WILL get you the job.

            2. Dude, start hooking me up with summa them bitches since you are married.

            Do what you gotta do lad. you guys are a cute couple… I take it she made you put the pic of you both up. Hahahahaha!

          • Artoo

            I just need an age group, amigo.

            Actually, I love my wife so I put it on there. Dude, if I get some gigs in San Diego and you let me crash at your place, I’ll bring all the girls that won’t stop hitting on me even though I wear my ring lol

          • MB30SD

            Hahahaha, you’re always welcome at my house erik. Anytime, just let me know and it will be so.

            Sweet! Chicks dig me…. guys wanna fight me. Ah the life of a Mac.

          • Jokey

            yeah all our blog women split, were they all scared/offended away? whatever happened to Nicole from Indy, or RemilovesSports, and there was a cake baker woman… maybe they aren’t off-season folks?

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            The last one was dodgy. Fiveofninetangents? That one smelled off.

          • Shady

            Nicole. She made custom rice krispy treats. Nice lady, but hasn’t been around in years.

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        The Chicago Buyers Club!

        Can I be Jared Leto? Do you guys mind if my fishnets are a bit ripped?

        • MB30SD

          I couldn’t see it any other way Irish.

    • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

      lol, shut the fuck up Artoo and come back to us.

      • Artoo

        Johnny? I can’t imagine anyone else saying that. Lol

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        Yeah, don’t be a stranger – you guys get married and then blow off the old crew. We get it.

    • MB30SD

      no, you don’t have much right. Jerk!

      • Artoo

        Do you miss your long lost adopted son? The minute I’m in San Diego, you better be available for at least a lunch.

        • MB30SD

          Anytime my man. I’ll make it happen.

          Get your ass back on here once in a while. even if it’s just for a what’s up.. dawgs.

          Are you gonna post your naked photos online?

          • Artoo

            Are you that desperate now? Lol

          • MB30SD

            always for you. We heard you did some male modeling and dabbled in a bit of gay porn (NTTAWWT), so any son of the DBB needs to post that kind of thing.

            Don’t be ashamed lad, it’s probably good money. Gotta pay the bills one way or another right?

          • Artoo

            I’m still doing modeling/brand ambassador work. No gay porn or photo shoots (NTTAWWT). I should add that I haven’t done any porn or nudity shots.

            Granted, photographers asked if I would and politely declined.

            Hopefully, something comes up in San Diego before my wife and I, sex is still going, move to Georgia.

          • MB30SD

            yeah maings. Make that shit happen.

            BTW, your mom sent me some footage of you as a baby: http://www.mandatory.com/2014/04/17/the-funniest-gifs-of-the-week/4

            Nice!

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            I can totally see Chester doing that Exploited Black Teens or Ebony Creampie thing (if there was such an organization exploiting ladies in such a way)

          • Artoo

            I’ve forgotten how sexually active this site is lol

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Inversely proportional to the amount of sex being had, no doubt.

          • MB30SD

            speak for yourself lad!

            I think I might have a problem. Maybe I should start watching kalifornication and see if I relate a little too much.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            I only saw one episode but I liked it.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Huh? The nudity or the porn?

            What’s up in Georgia?

          • Artoo

            Neither lol and next duty station

          • Trac

            Have you ever done any female modeling?

          • MB30SD

            yes?

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            This is Erik … modelling a petite ebony on the end of that pylon …. she’s called TeQuan’da and hopes one day to meet Shia LeBoeuf … nice arm-pin there, Erik ….

  • gpldan

    Um…. ouch. No – wait – it’s more like….. AAAUUUUUUUUUGHHHHH FUCK!

    http://tinyurl.com/ogzkxos

  • Doc Nitty

    I guess I shouldn’t have bitched about the Around the League Tweets column. Seems now, that’s all there is. ugh….

  • MB30SD
    • CanadaBear

      Hey Now!

    • Shady

      Kate Upton wanna be.

      • MB30SD

        uuuummm… YES PLEASE!

        You… no?

        • Shady

          Yes. Feedbag.

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          The energy required to actually maintain that succubus far outweighs any pleasure that would be derived from it.

          Pleasure < (Time spent listening to it)/sexual encounters per week

          • MB30SD

            I’d give it a try

    • She doesn’t have that innocent je ne sais quoi that Upton has.

      That being said…

      • MB30SD

        that being said indeed my maings.

        shall we shoot to kill?

  • Cormonster

    Does this link work? Yes or no? Chris Borland highlights.

    http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=WCbBmcxmFHY

    • Not for me, Corm.

    • gpldan

      No.

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      nope

    • MB30SD

      HELL NO!!!

  • gpldan
    • After you draft your starting HBs, WRs, TE, QB, D and K.

      You’d basically be gambling that Chris Ivory will get hurt, which is not entirely unlikely since he’s made of glass.

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      His ADP last year was 24, but he was the 15th best player in FF. I guess it comes down to what ivory and powell take off him, and how good the jets are at keeping games close. i wouldn’t draft him in the top 2 rounds anyway.

  • MB30SD
  • SC Dave
    • MB30SD

      this is all you needed to know dave: 21-year-old Australian woman

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        See her friends’ posts below it? One of them hangs her about drink driving.

  • Trac

    For me twitter and Facebook is a younger generation thing when it comes to using those formats for personal reasons. Facebook has been adopted successfully for business purposes and theres no doubt it can be benefitial but I guess I’m old school when it comes to those forms of social networking. I make a distinction between them and the blog because this format allows for relationship building with accountability. I dislike Facebook because it gives delusional dopes a format to post utter bullshit and lies. When you say something on da blog, you WILL get feedback and I believe there is a reasonable level of accountability. I liked GP’s response to Artoo’s criticism because it was measured with honesty and comedy and effection. That’s what I love about some of the dialogue that takes place here.

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      Louis CK made a good point. A few years ago it was all fear of Big Brother knowing everything about you. Now they can read your emails, and people can’t upload enough of their information about themselves – information/photos they no longer own by the way. Law enforcement loves Facebook.

  • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

    League minimum? A 6’3 safety. Mmmm.

    1. Kerry Rhodes, SS, Arizona Cardinals

    Rhodes, 31, hasn’t generated any interest since being released by the Arizona Cardinals in March 2013.

    The Cardinals offered Rhodes a contract at the end of an impressive 2012 season in which he collected 67 tackles with 11 pass breakups and four interceptions while grading out as Pro Football Focus’ No. 4 safety.

    But he turned that offer down and then proceeded to pour his energy into a production company, acting in a comedy series ”Good Cop, Bike Cop” and rolling out some children’s fitness initiatives with his foundation.

    Rhodes thinks money, more than the gay rumors, might have hampered his signing with a team, since he wasn’t going to take a deal that he wasn’t comfortable with.

    “Every option for me is open, I haven’t retired,” Rhodes said in February, via ESPN.com. “It’s about me staying ready to go, I would probably have to take a deal right now, but if an opportunity that’s good for them and also good for me I would entertain it and want to come back and play. I still love football and it’s still a part of me. That’s not closed. But I’m not going to go into a situation where it’s not beneficial to myself. Because with the things I’m doing now I feel pretty comfortable and confident. It’s just what works best. But definitely haven’t closed that door yet.”

    The 6-3, 212-pound safety has racked up a total of 608 tackles with 13.0 sacks, eight forced fumbles and 23 interceptions (returned for 402 yards) in 118 games (116 starts) with the New York Jets (2005-09) and Arizona Cardinals (2010-12) since entering the league as a fourth round pick (No. 123 overall) out of Louisville in 2005.

    • Trac

      This mirrors my thoughts on why he couldn’t cut a deal. Jeff on the other hand chose to take the anti gay angle which I took objection to because I didn’t buy it.

      • MB30SD

        Yep. I think he’s one of those rare nfl players that is smart and understands there’s more to life… whatever that may be for him.

        Still would love to bring him in on a vet min contract with prove it turbo boosts. If he can still play, and he kicks ass, his vet min pay gets blown way up. I’d be more than good with something like that.

      • At first it did seem that he was getting black balled (pink balled?) for being gay. But then reports came out that he turned down a decent offer and was more concerned about non-football areas of his life.

        The Bears should have Rhodes on a roledex (do they still make those?). If we only draft one safety, he should be the first # called like one minute after the draft, just look under “emergency contacts”

        • gpldan

          Last Rolodex I recall was in my dad’s office.

          He had a rotary phone with multiple line appearances. When the phone line was engaged, the light would light up on that line. It was called a Comkey 416.

          http://mysite.verizon.net/dalderdi/phones/comkey.jpg

          I remember being a kid and just playing with the phone switching lines and putting people on hold because hold was cool.

          • haha that’s cool. Do you still have it? Prob could buy it on ebay.

            My mom used to be a receptionist for a hotel, and she used all those old school lines, plugging wires in and stuff like it was 1950.

    • MB30SD

      interesting guy… and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with gay porn (seriously, if that’s your poison, have at it), but you need to come back and play football for the chicago bears kerry. You can bring your boyfriend or girlfriend or chicken… we don’t give a rat’s stinky little asshole as long as you’re lighting it up on the field my man.

      And I’m sure there’s a large, lively, and vibrant gay community in Chi that will help support the move…. shady?

  • Did someone post this? If SB winners were built through draft or FA. Haven’t read it yet, but seems interesting.

    http://sports-kings.com/downanddistance/path-super-bowl-draft-free-agency/

    • Shady

      Regardless of whether it’s through the draft or FA, teams must get the most out of their limited resources. Not whiffing on 1st rounders. Finding starters, especially at QB, later in the draft. Not pouring money into big name FAs who don’t produce. Most all teams have the same amount of resources at thier disposal to build a winner, it’s the teams who can get the most out of those resources that are the most successful.

    • Trac

      Ruh Roh! Over the last decade, every team that won the SB with the exception of the Saints drafted thier QB’s. Oh Johnny? Johnnnny?

      • That could due to the fact that franchise QBs rarely hit FA.

        Brees was allowed because they drafted Rivers and Brees’ injury made the Chargers worry.
        Cutler bolted because Josh McDouche began shopping around for another QB (drafted Tebus. Who looked like a fool there?)
        Peyton’s situation is unique too, but no one would be surprised if he ended up winning a SB.

        Just depends.

        • Trac

          I believe that up until acquiring Cutty, this organization did not believe in franchise QB’s. They always blew thier wad on RB’s and LB’s.

          • MB30SD

            and that got us……………

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            McMahon was a franchise QB, and drafted as such. He was the best passer in the nation coming out of college. We won a superbowl because of him.

          • Trac

            Yeah, that was about 30 years ago and makes my point.

        • Trac

          And still Denver went to the Super Bowl. The irony of it all.

          • MB30SD

            with a guy that will be first ballot HOF… if it was possible he’d be pre1st ballot.

            Come on maings. Apples y naranjas

  • Great Burwell line on Rodman: “He rebounded with a ferocity that just didn’t make any sense.” Jeff

    Having played Bball, I must say that I was an excellent rebounder even though I was only 5’9. It’s all about aggressiveness, hops and ANTICIPATION.

    When the ball leaves the hand of the shooter, a good rebounder automatically senses if the ball will go through the net, and if not, which way it will likely bounce/roll, then hit that spot while everyone else is still seeing the ball go through the air. All this happens instantaneously. Anyone who’s played basketball knows that when you shoot, you develop a 6th sense if your shot will go in, and great rebounders on the flip side possess that.

    It also requires strength to be able to box out, especially if they’re bigger than you. I would have made an awesome forward…if I were 6 inches taller.

    • Viva

      Rodman was a stud. I loved his passion.

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      • Exactly. I think I knew that guy.

        For the record, I was always picked in the first 2 rounds. Sometimes ppl wanted to play with their buddies.

        We always had one un-offical rule at the parks I balled at: NO WOMEN.

        There’s an old saying: boxers punch harder when beautiful women are around.

        This seemed to be true on the basketball court too. Guys didn’t want to look bad in front of the women, and shit got more chippy than usual, so very few brought women over.

        Plus, a lot of guys were playing Bball to GET AWAY from their woman.

  • MB30SD

    new season of Bourdain’s Parts Unknown. Enjoy.

    http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/ireports/2014/04/13/full-episode-anthony-bourdain-parts-unknown-season-3-ep-1-punjab.cnn.html

    Awesome. Going to go check out the punjab in the next year or so. Can’t wait.

    • Shady

      • MB30SD

        BAAAAAAHAHAHAHA… I almost posted it myself, but was hoping you would. You didn’t disappoint. Well done.

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        That’s my favorite show. When Sanjeev’s cousin turned out to be his brother … that was just off the chain …..

  • MB30SD
  • MB30SD

    http://nfl.si.com/2014/04/17/eli-manning-secret-procedures-new-york-giants/

    Labia reduction surgery would be my first guess

    (because god knows his flappy vagina was on full display all season last year. smh.)

  • Hey, tech question. I want to restore a previous version of Firfox, one that allowed a certain extension of mine to download music, which the newer version denies. I tried googling it, but they all just point me to this directory, but I don’t see any download button. Anyone?

    http://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/firefox/releases/

  • MB30SD

    Hey $, this more your type?

    http://www.mandatory.com/2014/04/15/justene-jaro-is-just-gorgeous

    Yeah, me too (and every other red blooded male in the free world)

  • MB30SD
  • MB30SD

    And so we don’t end on a sad note….

    happy easter my bitches: http://www.mandatory.com/2014/04/18/todays-funniest-photos/2

    • Viva

      Nice!

  • AlbertInTucson

    Hmm.

    An all-too-familiar theme for the Blackhawks this season: Can’t hold a late lead late, then can’t get it done in O.T.

    Just to add insult to injury, the NHL whacked Joel Q to the tune of $25K today.

    • Shady

      I though it was a fair whacking considering he went nuts.

      • Viva

        Pick a side.

        • Shady

          It was a joke Viva, he went NUTS. Get it? NUTS. WHACKING. ‘Cause he grabbed his junk?

          • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

            love Q

          • MB30SD

            BAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHAHAHAHAHAHahahahahahahahaa…. hahahahaha… hahaha… hah…. heh…. uhhhhh… yeah.

          • Viva

            Payback just happened. Seabrook just whacked their Captain.

    • Cormonster

      Tough loss, but hopefully tomorrow Shady or Viva will be the 1st to post HAWKCE! on this here blog.

      • Viva

        Done.

        • MB30SD

          VIVA!

    • Viva

      Al – My daughter (5) caught her first fish on Mount Lemmon last weekend with Grandpa. He called me the day they flew back and said it was the best 5 days of his life.

      • AlbertInTucson

        OUTSTANDING! It IS lovely up there. Haven’t been up to the Lemmon myself in quite a while.

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        (weeps uncontrollably)

  • Cormonster

    I bumped into this article yesterday and found it very interesting. Nice to see investigative journalism still exists. The piece is about Chicago fudging some of their crime statistics.

    http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/May-2014/Chicago-crime-rates/

    • AlbertInTucson

      Chicago? Manipulating numbers? Go figure.

      • Cormonster

        It’s good to know that Chicago politics didn’t rub off on our current President. Obama’s first Chief of Staff was instrumental in forging “the most transparent administration in history”.

        • AlbertInTucson

          He confused “Transparent” with “Invisible”.

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          …. was instrumental in forging “the most transparent administration in history ….. in being a shill for the Federal Reserve.

          The first thing he did was oversee the Fed create almost a trillion dollars of wealth out of thin air. The only way the administration gets away with that after Bush is by putting a brother in the Oval Office.

  • Viva

    HAWKCSE!!

  • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

    I have to say this because I’m sick of seeing it and jeff’s recent tweet is proof positive. The disdain for the christian religion on this blog is laughable. A lot of the bashing is veiled in sarcastic humor but to continuously call out Christian beliefs as nonsense while staying silent on orthodox judaism, Islam, etc is fucking amusing to me.
    Jeff, don’t be such a smarmy pussy, if you are such an atheist or agnostic/skeptic or whatever, start applying your sarcastic social commentary to all of the crazy ass religions and not just Christianity. Or do you think that may affect readership? What if you become known as the anti muslim blogger……well, i guess you can just stick to bashing Christianity because it’s all of the rage right now.

    • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

      almost was able to keep my my shut all the up to the draft….

      • MB30SD

        Horseshoes and hand grenades.

        I don’t think any of us would have it any other way.

    • Shady

      Happy Easter Johnny.

      • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

        lol, if that was heartfelt it is appreciated. If it wasn’t it was great fucking comedic timing and has to be respected.

      • gpldan

        LOL

    • MB30SD

      I don’t hate christianity yonny, I dislike all organized religion. My own included. I don’t believe in their (our) version of it (him??). It’s all either stick or carrot… which is great, but call it what it is.

      Religion (all religion) has been used for immense bad, and I think that should also be acknowledged.

      I personally think it should all be done away with in exchange for a deeper spirituality. But that’s me.

      Btw, I don’t think anyone has bashed christianity as an institution… meh, I lost interest in saying whatever I was going to say. I loves alls you guys and I don’t care what religion you follow or if you’re gay shady, or if you’re black FQ, or korean jokey, or whatever. I loves you guys!

      • gpldan

        I have also posted links to this book and Hitch’s lectures many times:

        http://www.amazon.com/God-Is-Not-Great-Everything/dp/0446697966

        I think, if you read that book, it’s fairly even keeled against all religions. Ok, maybe not Buddhism, but they have nice trinkets at the airport, so we lay off them.

        When I have my kids I get them up and make them watch Neil De Grasse and Cosmos. On Sunday mornings. I tell them it’s sunday school, MY sunday school – the church of the people who believe in science – because we need more of us and fewer people who think Noah lived to be 900 years old.

        • MB30SD

          so much this.I do the exact same thing.

          I think we will get along famously when we finally meet GP. I just don’t get it sometimes. You can have your faith AND acknowledge what religion ALSO is and has been. If you’re not a moron or a robot, you should be able to agree that there’s a logical side to all this. Anyway, pissing in the wind.

          For the record, I am 1000% behind the institution of most religions, help others, do good, be a good person, it provides structure and support for people, and that’s great… again, just don’t get all up in my shit telling me I’m going to hell because I don’t believe in your brand.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            The institutions are the problem. “Help others, do good, be a good person.” – they’re tenets of faith, not institutions. The institutions are corrupt and appear to be as big as the thing they represent.

        • Cormonster

          Hitchens was always interesting to read and fun to watch in debates. At first I was surprised to learn in the late 90’s or early 00’s that he was a big fan of Reason magazine, but after some thought it made sense. Reason at its core is libertarian, but it also has a contrarian streak.

          • gpldan

            Hitchens vacillated all OVER the spectrum. He was so far left, he came back around to the right. I think he literally wrapped around the spectrum.

            He would say the royal family and the Queen were nothing more than a gang of thugs, and then the very next day he would support George Bush and the invasion of Iraq, saying something like “it’s them or us, so it’s going to be them.”

            He was crazy to watch, a true provocateur.

          • Cormonster

            I don’t think there has been a President since Johnson that Hitchens hasn’t torn a new asshole. Nixon was a crook, Carter an idiot, Reagan stupid, Clinton a liar with no ethics, Bushes nasty, and Obama a megalomaniacal narcissist.

            In college I was a young idealist who thought Clinton was great. I followed him throughout the primaries and went to see him speak. I actually believed what he was saying. Then he broke campaign promises before he even took office, and I haven’t trusted a politician since for the most part.

    • AlbertInTucson

      I thought it was just an attempt at humor.

      Fell asleep watchng Ben-Hur last night. Missed the sea battle AND the charoit race.

      • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

        i believe it was as well but it just felt a little condescending and it just reminded me about all the other shit that’s been thrown around.

    • Trac

      Actually Johnny, to me the fact people feel they can continually rail against THE FAITH is proof positive that Chrisrianity truly is a faith based on love and peace. We are an easy target because we don’t call for Jihad and suicide bombers when we are mocked. What saddens me more than anything is that if people really took the time to try to understand the heart of Christianity, they’d realize how rooted it is in action love, not lip service love.

      Remember that the Bible makes a distinction between being mocked for doing wrong(we bring it upon ourselves)as opposed to believers doing right(hypocracy free living)and being mocked.

      • gpldan

        I loved Carl Weathers in Action Love.

      • MB30SD

        I do not agree one bit unfortunately trac. Guys like you are, but not all of it. Anyway, let’s not get into all of this, you can’t win an argument about personal faith. Enjoy your faith and keep it out of other people’s face, that’s all you can do.

        • Trac

          If your position is without hypocrisy then you would steer clear of it as well. Hard to do is it not?

          You’re asking people of faith to keep it to themselves while evangelizing yours under the cover of free speach. Like I said before, everyone has a faith.

          I really could am not bothered by you stating yours, why does it bother you so much when others do it?

          • MB30SD

            Please. That’s my biggest bugbear with christianity, nothing else. I don’t give a rat’s ass what you believe in as long as you don’t come to my fucking door telling me I’m going to hell because I don’t believe in your god (or use it to kill innocent people… oh, wait). Then the next tool comes in wearing a fucking bike helmet and shortsleeve white button up with a black tie telling me no HIS religion is the right one and I’m going to hell if I don’t believe in HIS god. I’ve never had a rabbi come to my door. None of my jewish friends try to convert my non jewish friends.

            I don’t state mine religion here because I don’t have one… I have a nationality or culture, a shared history and by definition it’s ours and ours alone. We aren’t trying to share it with anyone.

            Jews don’t proselytize. We don’t want outsiders coming into our religion. we don’t go door to door, we’ve never sent missionaries to plunder aboriginal people while carelessly spreading disease and destroying their way of life just so you can ‘save’ them from the wrong brand of ‘religion’ they’ve followed since WELL before your god was fucking invented by man. We keep to ourselves, that is why I like the jewish faith. that’s pretty much it, all the god stuff you can have if you need it to be strong in the face of the fact that there’s nothing else after death. I don’t begrudge you for it and I couldn’t care a less what you believe as long as it makes you a better person.

            And puhfuckinglease don’t even dare use the word hypocrisy with me dude, organize religion was built on the foundation of fucking hypocrisy. ALL organized religion.

            Etc… etc… blah blah blah…. etc.. etc…

          • Trac

            I like you MB. That is my response that is true and cuts to the chase. You have heart.

          • MB30SD

            I like you too trac. I know you did that just to poke me though the cage a little (that’s what she said). I gave you what you were looking for… are the people not entertained!!!!

            Hahaha…

            I don’t need murph to tell me you’re a good man. I already knew that. It doesn’t matter that we believe different things, you’re a good man, and I’d like to believe I am too. In the end, that’s all that really matters my maingses. And when we finally meet I’m going to give you a big hug and I’m sure we’ll get along famously.

          • Trac

            Lol. x a lot my man.

          • The correct answer was…the Mormons, yes…the Mormons were the correct answer

            http://www.southparkstudios.com/clips/152270/abandon-all-hope

            You have to remember, MB, that a lot of these evangelicals (which is different than Christianity, though I know Trac will vehemently deny it) are rather new. Even Protestantism hasn’t been around for that long. New religions act a lot like viruses. Initially, noob viruses kill off their host, like AIDS. naturally, this is counter productive to the virus, so as time goes on, the virus adapts to NOT kill of its host (and itself in the process). It learns to not be as virility.

            Judaism and Catholicism have been around the block for a while, so they’re like your dad sitting on the recliner chair grumbling about all these crazy kids around the block, but they too were once those crazy kids.

            The Hebrew Bible itself boasts about the Jews wiping out neighboring gentiles. women, children, even animals.

            And the Catholic Inquisition and the such are well known, though I would argue that such atrocities were not because of Jesus. Jesus is perhaps most well known for “Turn the other cheek”. Only humans can somehow pervert that into “Kill and torture in the name of the cross”, but I digress…

            The correct answer was….Mormonism…

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            I think it’s only Mormons and Jehovah’s Witneses that go door to door, no?
            Christianity isn’t that desperate yet.

          • Trac

            Thank you for making the distinction Irish. Most people don’t realize the difference.

      • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

        I’m a man of science for the most part but know that I can’t fucking stand it when one group says their method is the best and only method….including the science crowd.

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        The true heart of Christianity and the Church itself – that’s what people have no time for Trac. The gulf in difference between them is too great.

        The Vatican is its own country, its own banker. What did Jesus do to the Moneylenders in the Temple ?

        • Trac

          The church is not a man made institution. It’s you and me Irish. I do struggle with the meeting at the building thing but I continue to do so because I can make a difference if my heart is right.

    • IBNO

      I think Christians feel like they get picked on because they’re THE MAJORITY RELIGION. Any bashing of theism gets interpreted by Christians as bashing of Christianity.

      “All of the crazy ass religions” is a value judgement. Because YOU are Christian, the OTHERS are “crazy ass.”

      I know your religion tells you that it is the one, true faith. But you should recognize that the majority of the world does not share your belief.

      • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

        uhh, no, i was raised Catholic but that doesn’t mean i share all of their beliefs. I was a kid and was obeying my parents and my educators. Since i wasn’t raised in a sitcom on a WB Network TV show about 15yr olds played by 21yr old actors and written by 35yr old screenwriters we didn’t haul off and wax philosophical on life and religion and shit. We got handjobs and did our fucking math homework and drank some Icehouse. Now i try to mind my own business as much as possible and teach my kids not to bite others and to say thank you. I did not say the “other crazy ass religions”, i said to include “all of the crazy ass religions and not just christianity” in smarmy, sarcastic, condescending posts. I even went so far as to identify myself as a man of science and still threw a jab at the secular crowd.

        This is a very important distinction because i’m not espousing the virtues of one over another, i’m saying that it’s a little unfair to bash one consistently and not the others that have equally as unbelievable stories and aspects associated with them.

        You don’t know what I believe, you can only read what i write and you obviously didn’t read what i wrote in the post above.

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      I agree on the religion-bashing – hate crime. You’re all wrong anyway. To push the point in any direction is arrogance, and all of the arguments are unwinnable. Tell me how everything transpired and put your head and the heads of your family as stake on the wager.

      Politics and religion. Division and polarization.

      Choose the form of corruption you can most easily deny.

      • SC Dave

        Faith and reason are different realms, and cannot be described in terms of each other.

  • gpldan

    So the word is they took the Boss engine’s lifters and cam (with ecu program) for the 5.0 and have it’s output at 445bhp.

    I think this car is a 9/10 personally. Put in Highland Green and take the horse off the grill and it’s a 10.

    • MB30SD

      ford….. mustang. probably fun for the money.

      If I was going to go big ‘american’ I’d do the new vette. That thing looks vicious.

  • MB30SD

    Ah the vicious and premeditated attack on the once-great institution of 8theism

    http://www.aol.com/article/2014/04/18/Shannon-Morgan-new-jersey-woman-sues-over-8theist-license-plate/20871902/?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl2%7Csec1_lnk2%26pLid%3D466672

    See guys, everyone hates everything that isn’t there’s. It’s just the way human nature works. Whining about it won’t ever make it go away. Just don’t pay attention to whatever you don’t like/agree with. Right?

    • Cormonster

      This is about 6-7 blocks down the street from me. I had walked by it 100’s of times and never really thought about it much. It was weather worn and barely noticeable or readable. Now it’s got a fence around it and has been completely refurbished. You can’t miss it now. This was a big deal in the local news for several years.

      http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200206/26_druleyl_commandments-m/

      • MB30SD

        Wow, I thought it was in NJ for some reason. Obviously wasn’t paying attention.

        All of this shit is ridiculous to me. Just let people believe/do what they want. Who cares and why waste your precious energy on something that really doesn’t impact your life. SMFH.

    • I wonder where the line is drawn?

      How about “Satan#1”?
      “DeadGod”?
      “MaoFan”?

      • Cormonster

        My license plate says tuffkr.

        • tough kick returner?

          haha, just kidding. Surprised you got that through the DMV, then again, they’re not the brightest bulb.

          • Cormonster

            My plate doesn’t actually say that, but it should.

      • MB30SD

        Ohhhh I like maofan!

        • gpldan

          A Mao mao mao wow

      • MB30SD

        I’ve submitted:

        Bvreetr
        muffme
        ohherro
        and… i8urpsy

        I think they’ll give me the last one.

  • burntorangenavyblue

    Again, Jeff….this twitter stuff is getting out of hand for you. You should keep to the Bears/NFL-related stuff with @DaBearsBlog and everything else?…just get a different one…smh

  • Johnathan Wood

    Back from the land of warmth and sunshine. Did I seriously only miss one article, and a Tweet roundup at that?

    • Shady

      Now I’m up in the sunshine state for a week. We’re tag teaming this bitch.

      • MB30SD

        visiting Bubbee and Zaydeh? Very nice moeshe. Good boy.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Just my opinion but, I have absolutely no sympathy for idiotic mountain climbers who die trying to ascend Everest.

    It is tantamount to playing in traffic at the height of rush hour.

    Mount Everest will happily kill you without so much as batting an eye or maybe you folks just don’t notice the carcasses strewning the path to the summitt?

    It’s no coincidence that the name contracts from EVER REST.

    Mount Everest: World’s Tallest Peak and the World’s Highest Cemetary.

  • Viva

    OT again.

    DA HAWKCSE!!

    • Cormonster

      Another tough loss. Time to regroup and get the series back to even.

  • Viva

    The sooner the left kills God, the sooner they kill the guarantor of OUR rights. “We are endowed by our Creator, certain and inalienable rights.” If we let them kill God, we let them confiscate our freedom. Of course this argument doesn’t prove His existence, but I don’t need proof. I need freedom.

    • IBNO

      Whaaaa?

      What in tarnation are you talking about?

    • gpldan

      This country was founded by men who wanted to escape religious tyranny. Many people don’t realize — or don’t care — that real religious liberty must exist for everyone, not just for themselves. It’s no coincidence that people who object to the principle of “freedom from religion” like Gov. Rick Perry are adherents of religious groups whose doctrines or standards would be the ones enforced by the state.

      • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

        The country was not founded by men wanting to escape religious tyranny. Early settlers from Europe were the ones looking escape religious tyranny. That was in the 16th century wasn’t it? Maybe the religious climate was a little different back then in europe. I don’t think the biggest argument of the day was little kids praying in school. i think it was getting killed or tortured for being the wrong religion. 16th century style.
        The founding fathers were all general Deists and not atheists. They didn’t have much use for the systems of man muddying the waters of spirituality. They also banged whores and slaves too though so whatever.
        another post for another time.

        • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

          lol, actually, the early settlers were deeply religious themselves but just didn’t want to be part of the Church of England. They got some investors and set off from Holland to the new world. Then they proceeded to have 4 hour masses in the new colonies they formed here and practiced their own form of religious dominance. it’s kind of ironic.
          The founding fathers were a whole different breed that came on the scene almost 100years later.

          • gpldan

            The early settlers like the Pilgrims and Calvinists did not author the Constitution and Bill of RIghts. Note I said founders.

            Paine was one of those intellectual thought leaders and the founding of the country was the most progressive thoughts since the Greeks.

            Note Paine when he says:

            I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish church, by the Roman church, by the Greek church, by the Turkish church, by the Protestant church, nor by any church that I know of. My own mind is my own church.

            All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.

            Now please: you and Trac go take your Christian persecution mime and stow it, mmm’kay? For the vast majority of advancements in science and reason came by sheer defiance of a church founded on the principles of the Christ determined to keep mankind in the dark ages for as long as possible. The idea that modernism takes cracks at Christianity is solely due to Christianity’s primacy in retarding the enlightenment.

            And then, go back and read the Paine quote again. Take it as homework.

          • MB30SD

            Damn. Shit just got brung.

            Civil discourse lads.

          • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

            naw, it was GP just taking another shot at Trac and once again avoiding the issue while just acting like a bitch.
            I see no distinction between guys like him and a preachy, condescending religious nut. They think they are so different but in reality they are the same.

            Some hide behind science and some hide behind religion to deliver their act. The rest of us just tire of it.

          • gpldan

            I see no distinction between guys like him and a preachy, condescending religious nut. They think they are so different but in reality they are the same.

            That, unfortunately, makes you hopeless.

          • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

            nope, you’re the same when you hide. I try to see all sides and it’s hard but it makes me the opposite of hopeless. I’m not religious and i’m a science freak but i simply can’t stand by as a regular guy and just listen to attacks all the time. Sometimes i just laugh at it but it gets old.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            143 years ago, the leaders of the Comanche and Kiowa tribes met with William Tecumseh Sherman at Medicine Lodge Creek, Kansas. The Comanche had dominated the American plains for hundreds of years, and had terrorized the Texans whose Confederacy Sherman had done more to crush than any other man. But this was not a meeting of equals. Sherman told the Comanche they had to give up the plains, to live on a reservation in Oklahoma: “You can no more stop this than you can stop the sun or the moon. You must submit, and do the best you can.”

            The Comanche were led by Ten Bears, their last great war chief save Quanah Parker. This is what Ten Bears said to Sherman:

            My heart is filled with joy when I see you here today, as the brooks fill with water when the snows melt in the spring. I feel glad as the ponies do when the fresh grass starts in the beginning of the year.

            My people have never first drawn a bow or fired a gun against the whites. There has been trouble between us. My young men have danced the war dance. But it was not begun by us. It was you who sent the first soldier.

            Two years ago I came upon this road, following the buffalo,that my wives and children might have their cheeks plump and their bodies warm. But the soldiers fired on us. So it was upon the Canadian River. Nor have we been made to cry once only. The blue-dressed soldiers came out from the night, and for campfires they lit our lodges. Instead of hunting game they killed our braves, and the warriors of the tribe cut short their hair for the dead.

            So it was in Texas. They made sorrow in our camps, and we went out like the buffalo bulls when the cows are attacked. When we found them we killed them, and their scalps hung in our lodges. The Comanches are not weak and blind, like the pups of a dog when seven days old. They are strong and far-sighted, like grown horses. We took their road and we went on it. The white women cried and our women laughed.

            But there are things that you have said to me which I do not like. They were not sweet like sugar, but bitter like gourds. You have said that you want to put us on a reservation, to build us houses and to make us medicine lodges. I do not want them. I was born under the prairie, where the wind blew free and there was nothing to break the light of the sun. I was born where there were no walls and everything drew free breath. I want to die there, not within walls. I know every stream and every wood between the Rio Grande and the Arkansas River. I have hunted and lived all over that country. I live like my fathers before me and like them I live happily.

            When I was in Washington the Great Father told me that all the Comanche land was ours and that no one should hinder us from living on it. So why do you ask us to leave the rivers and the sun and the wind and live in houses? Do not tell us to give up the buffalo for the sheep. The young men hear talk of this, and it makes them sad and angry. Do not speak of it more. I love to carry out the talk I heard from the Great Father. When I get goods and presents my people feel glad, since it shows that he holds us in his eye.

            If the Texans had kept out of my country there might have been peace. But that which you say we must now live in is too small. The Texans have taken away the places where the grass grew thickest and the timber was best. Had we kept that, we might have done as you ask. But it is too late. The whites took the country which we loved, and we wish only to wander the prairie til we die.

          • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

            I’m not being persecuted by it pal, just pointing out that continued snarky, sarcastic comments about it are tiresome when you and a select few keep it going like the fucking Inquisition ended last weekend instead of centuries ago and do your absolute best to focus on Trac and Christianity because of your disdain for both.

            You can pull up quotes all day long and this latest from Paine was especially awesome. It was his personal opinion and at the time was alot more relevant considering he was saying it in the mid 18th century.

            Even when I agree with points that you make, you almost always succeed in doing it in such a way that comes off like such a complete fucking douchebag nerd. Your latest retort and regurgitation of quotes was impressively hateful and filled with your commonplace douchery. Stop being such a tool.

          • gpldan

            complete fucking douchebag nerd

            That’s how I know I got through your thick skull. Pal.

            And believe me, *MY* douchebaggery – is not so commonplace.

          • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

            and to suggest that grown fucking men take a lesson from you as “homework” is unbelievable given my initial comment. I simply suggested that you spread the wealth of your disdain. Give everyone the same treatment. You want to bring up history but choose to ignore pretty much the entirety of human societal evolution and how peoples, gov’t and empires have exercised influence and gone about growing their reach in this vast world.

            Your utter contempt for anything that falls outside of your wheelhouse is apparent and it’s fucking annoying as shit. You’re the type of guy when someone calls you an asshole you actually think it’s a compliment and you fucking relish in it. A normal guy that wasn’t a complete sociopath would take it, even in some small way, and maybe ask himself if he was being a tool and should dial it down. You are immune to criticism because you are always right. You craft any and every intended attack, perceived attack, possible threat and even reference to a varying thought and treat it like nuclear war.

            I can only hope that you raise your kids to set aside a little spot in their worldviews and overall emotional makeup for some reason mixed with compassion and some perspective and not just subject them to your selected educational syllabus mixed with your endearing brand of snide ass narcissistic, contempt ridden bitchiness. I hope this happens because unless they are 6’3 250lbs like dad they’ll just get their fucking teeth kicked in eventually when someone’s had enough of it. In a best case they’ll just become an asshole like dad and subject some lucky lady to the “treatment”.

          • gpldan

            Uh-oh. Panties: wadded.

          • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

            lol, no, it’s just annoying that you’re smart enough to know better but you indulge in this madness anyways just to fuck around. We all have GP’s in our lives. Mine is called Billy.

          • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

            your new name is Billy. Please change your handle.

          • gpldan

            You still wake up sometimes, don’t you? You wake up in the dark and hear the screaming of the lambs. And you think if you save poor Catherine, you could make them stop, don’t you? You think if Catherine lives, you won’t wake up in the dark ever again to that awful screaming of the lambs.

          • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

            I have no fucking idea what that quote from that movie means here but in your head it was the absolute perfect statement at that time. That’s why i hate/love you man, i agree with alot of what you say. I appreciate your humor. I love that you are smart enough to say it and i even appreciate the edge and the sarcasm. It’s when you consistently misapply it that it gets old.

            I understand your arguments about The Enlightenment, the churches role in our history, etc and i remember using that same argument against my mom when she didn’t want me to bang my girlfriend after i would get home from highschool before my parents got home. I used your religion argument. It was pretty effective as a 17yr old. It was pretty inappropriate for the argument at the time but that is what it came down to in my mind. That was my sticking point.

          • Thomas Paine went to town on the Amish. Perhaps the first and last great thinker to ever get pissed off by them.

            Paine called them cowards for their pacifism. The Amish didn’t want to get involved in the war of independence.

            Oddly enough, the Amish might be the most “christian” of any sect in the U.S. All that bloodied history Irish has pointed out, the Amish are clean of all that.

            So the correct answer is…the Amish.

            http://youtu.be/AKKGpZyWj3M

          • Also, that should be your license plate MB.

            nofatchx

          • tobijohn

            But before you mess with one of them, make sure he’s really Amish:

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        They escaped religious tyranny … by wiping out 500 American nations and building a country on rivers of blood ? Freedom, and things like ‘rightful ownership’ didn’t matter a cunt hair to any of the Europeans that came in. Just their own freedom. The Europeans introduced Year Zero. What the ‘State’ did … sucks. ‘The Country’ is based upon massive human genocide, anyway you care to dice it up. Do ‘true Americans’ blame the genocide on … who ? Other white people but not us?

        The rest of the world is quietly stunned at the glossing over of what America is founded upon. For ‘Americans’ it’s founded upon beliefs and a set of principles and a bill of rights etc. … but the rest of the world … sees genocide on a massive scale.

        • Shady

          *cough* bullshit! *cough*

          Here… Have this blanket… On us.

          Hey Posse, how’s that scarf of pestilence working out for you? Haven’t seen ya in a while…

    • gpldan

      Also, the “left” whatever that is – maybe in your mind that’s Marx or something, did not divorce God from the establishment of rights. That distinction goes to Jeremy Bentham, a Tory, in London around early 1800s. Legal positivists like him and John Mill advanced the idea of the law being distinct from God’s will.

      Just so you know upon whom to direct your vitriol.

  • MB30SD

    I believe in a complete and total secular gov. Separation of church and state and all that…

    …but much more importantly, after watching UFC on Fox just now, that women fighting should never be televised… ever. Because it is a fucking joke.

    The athletes aren’t a joke, but watching that abject fucking garbage after watching the wedman barboza match was like watching this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0FdQVx55_fs

    Literally, watching chicks slap fight each other in slow motion is the biggest waste of fucking time and tv ever. SMFH.

    Oh and while you’re at it, please for the love of god and state, stop televising women’s basketball too.

    I think we can all agree on that, right?

    • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

      can we agree on this new exciting venture?

      http://www.bikinibasketball.com

      • MB30SD

        Yes. I am IN!

        I think we should found a dual league. The 5 man UFC league with the bikini BBall league sharing an event. two courts, two sets of entertainment. I just want a take of the concessions.

        • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

          The winners of the 5 man UFC league game get to plunder the losers of the Bikini BBall game. True caveman type shit.

          • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

            and Joe Rogan has to announce the whole thing.

          • MB30SD

            Of course. Who else??

    • Trac

      Lol. You’ve had a busy day lad, get some rest.

    • johnnywad

      Dude. Perspective. My daughter us in 6th grade and falling in love with hoops right now. She’s an elite athlete. (As a sixth grade girl, she currently would be the fastest player on the boys 8th grade football, lacrosse and basketball teams. That’s no shit.). The kid absolutely loves to catch the girls college and pro games on TV.
      I don’t think anybody would tell you its nearly as good as men’s. Women’s games kind of just lurk in the shadows on secondary channels in secondary time slots. Nothing wrong with that. Just change the channel you stubborn son of a bitch. Oh and Happy Resurrection Day. Still love you.

      • MB30SD

        I was just mugging for the crowd my maings. I’m sure your daughter is a star. Good for her.

        Like everything in life, it’s all about the peeps. Love you more.

      • Cormonster

        That’s great about your daughter. The female game isn’t as exciting as guys, but on average the ladies are usually better jump shooters and free throw shooters.

        I have a female friend that used to kick ass in pickup games and 21 against all tall guys. She was a competitor. She is only about 5’3″ and was the point guard in HS in Milwaukee. Only white girl on the team. She had trouble driving the hoop on us, but had a solid pull up jumper and rarely missed free throws. She was a great dribbler with either hand. When my friend was your daughter’s age she practiced her dribbling every day. She said she would use her right hand down one side of the street, and her left hand on the way back until she was good with both. It’s a great skill to have combined with her speed.

  • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

    Terrelle Pryor will be cut if he can’t be traded. Maybe the QB whisperer can mold that gallivanting gazelle.

    • He’s interesting. Pryor’s been working a lot on his mechanics, and he improved tremendously from his first year, but it still wasn’t enough for the Raiders, the least talented team in the NFL, to believe in him. They went with some 7th round (UFA?)QB instead.

      If we don’t draft a QB, then I think he can be a good project.

  • MB30SD

    Can I change the subject so we can all start loving each other again…

    I would like to once again submit my licenses plate ideas to the gallery:

    Bvreetr
    muffme
    ohherro
    and… i8urpsy

    (crude, yes. Funny, maybe)

    Which do you like most? Add your own below please

    • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

      GP will be fine. This shit washes off him like rain off of a treated windshield. This discourse actually gave him a little joy with his morning coffee.

      I have to go to Easter mass now. I don’t want to go but i’m going to do it because it will make my wife happy and it will set a good example and when i indoctrinate my kids I like to cover the whole spectrum, religion, math, science, literature,etc. AND of course sports.

      I’ll always respect disagreement but once in a while i’ll stand up against a bully or i guess what feels like bullying behavior even if i agree with a lot of what he says or in this case, spits with clenched teeth and a smile.

      • MB30SD

        I don’t think that will fit on a license plate… in CA at least yonny.

        Have a great time with your beautiful family my maings. Happy Easter.

        • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

          lol, it’s bumper sticker material for sure. sorry for clogging the blog.

          • Cormonster

            I bought a bumper sticker in college that said “Ask me about my penis”. I was about to put it on my car when some brain cells kicked in and I thought better of it.

      • gpldan
        • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

          so far you’ve painted me as a Nazi and as a woman hating right wing conservative somehow.
          You’re my Billy and you’ll always be.

          • gpldan

            You misunderstand. I call you Luftwaffle because you lift our collective spirits to the sky. You cross the English channel of ignorance to lay siege to the snarky nerds of the Interwebz.

            You are like a stream of bat’s piss. A shaft of gold when all around is dark.

  • MB30SD

    I was in buffaro once

    • gpldan

      If you have the friends, the food and clothes, and the nice home. And the pool. And the beautiful woman who makes you foam at the mouth – you will be happy.

      • MB30SD

        Exactly.

    • Trac

      Nice find.

  • Just for you, GP. Catholic Throwdown!

    http://youtu.be/c9zeYyOdBU0

  • MB30SD
    • Big Mike

      I have to tell you how good, even the worst guy in the NFL is something I’ve come to appreciate. Even a Chris Conte is a guy who is in the top 2,000 players in the world. The cut from HS to College is brutal. The cut from college to the Pros is brutal, The best of the best of the best. I bring this up, because next weekend I’m helping out at a local combine sponsored by Nike for HS players from around the area. (run stop watch, set up combs, hang with some of the kids I’ve coached.. Get a free T-shirt and hat). These young men are phenomenal athletes and football players. All Conference, All Met, All State type ballplayers in HS. These guys are the top HS ball players in the Mid Atlantic region. They are the the top 2% of HS ball players. Yet, only 1 in 10 will ever see the field in D1 or FBS

  • Big Mike

    Is this a blog about the Bears? I’m lost. 🙂

    • gpldan

      We’re re-framing the Angelo years through the prism of a Marxist dialectic with a tart twist of the Protestant Reformation of 1547.

      Later today, we will be marching to Halas Hall to nail Ninety-Five Theses to the door. Actually the main lobby door is made of glass, so we will be using scotch tape. And we pared themdown to Eighty-Five, because 85 is a totally awesome number.

  • gpldan

    I saw propaganda day… I mean Draft Day yesterday.

    After seeing this, here is what we should believe (I will try and add no spoilers):

    A 61 year old man with leather skin like a late 90s Dior purse left in the rain should be allowed to knock up Jennifer Garner and it not be creepy that this is their first kid and they both act like they are in their late 30s. Maybe Garner is in her late 30s, not sure. She is still cute.

    Roger Goodell is a good guy, and when he walks out on the stage to begin the draft, New Yorkers wildly cheer for him.

    A GM could trade to get the 1st pick, then run a back channel campaign against the consensus #1 pick, and then somehow that works out for the best.

    NFL GMs are all ruled by fear and innuendo. While they all secretly conspire against each other like horse traders at a thieves guild, all of them are secretly ruled by fear and spook incredibly easily. Only the GM of the Cleveland Browns acts on the strength of his convictions.

    GMs will allow a blue chip running back to fall out of the top 10 picks because he clocked a guy at a bar and broke his jaw. In fact, amongst these cowardly lion GMs, the only thing that ACTUALLY matters in a series of deeply deeply ironic bits of dialog, is character. Talent is a nice to have.

    GMs tend to favor running backs in the Top 10 picks of the NFL draft. This was news to me.

    The difference between being selected #1 vs. #7 in the 1st round comes to over $7M in signing bonus money. Also news to me.

    The NFL tacitly acknowledges that the draft is a crap shoot.

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