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Audibles From the Long Snapper: Paea, Prospect of Will Hill & MORE!

| June 4th, 2014

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PAEA IN THE SKY-A

Stephen Paea has been a disappointment for almost the entirety of his Chicago Bears career. In 2014 he is acknowledging that disappointment:

“You see how I played — I let my teammates down,” the defensive tackle said after the fifth of 10 organized team activity sessions at Halas Hall. “The best thing about it is, I have a second chance to do it …

“Just put a chip on my shoulder this year.”

For me Paea is the Bears fifth defensive tackle in 2014 and will see even less field time when the Bears slide some of their versatile ends (Houston, Young) inside on passing downs. You could make an argument that no player on the defensive roster outside of Shea McClellin needs a better summer.

WILL HILL WENT TO MY HIGH SCHOOL…

…but that is not the only reason I believe the Bears should be interested in the talented, pot-smoking knucklehead recently released by the New York Giants.

They should be interested because if they were to sign Hill he would immediately become the most talented safety on the Bears roster – the weakest position on the team. The Giants had no choice but to cut Hill, who will miss the first six games of the 2014 season, and had let his teammates down one too many times. But the Bears locker room seems to be the type of place where a young man like Hill will understand he isn’t bigger than the game and, perhaps more importantly, he’ll cost very little.

Side note: When we look back and see how many young careers were derailed by weed smoking, the league will be embarrassed. Smoke pot? Suspended! Drive drunk? Eh…

OTA ONE-LINERS (and two-liners)

  • Seeing a lot of love for Brock Vereen around the Twitterverse. This is a case of “the grass has to be greener, doesn’t it”. Vereen might become the starting free safety by opening day but right now I’d bet Phil Emery still thinks Chris Conte will start in that role against Buffalo.
  • Loved this Tweet from Adam Jahns: “Just one real takeaway for me from today’s fight. Jared Allen and Lamarr Houston both go all out during practice. No breaks in them.”
  • On the fight: good for Lamarr Houston. The Bears defensive front needs to relocate its toughness.
  • Ryan Mundy is going to be the starting strong safety.

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  • Trac

    First to say, Twitterverse is for twits. Just kidding. No I’m not. Well kinda.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Have never “Tweeted”. Don’t plan to. Not kidding.

      • For your consideration….

        that is the perfect tweet.

      • Irish Sweetness

        @AlbertinTucson #ithinkyoujusttweeted … wait …. is that me? Am I a twat ? Hey, did I press something ?

    • it’s a useful tool for a few things, IMO.
      1) News. Incredibly useful during FA, draft, etc. Stuff breaks on their fast (though you have to be careful to make sure it’s legit).
      2) As a writer, it has helped me expand people who know/respect me and view my work. Also a great way to interact with the “big-time” professionals.

      • CanadaBear

        I totally get it but can’t be bothered. I do read the twitter feeds on some sites (this one and a couple others) but will never join in. Glad you stay up to date with all of the types of media and hand feed it to us geezers that don’t.

        • I’ve never touched instagram, tumblr, or a bunch of other things. Just FB and Twitter, really.

          • Irish Sweetness

            To me, Twitter seems to be the only way of making sure the police turn up at your door

    • Bender McLugh

      I was against twits at first, but twats have grown on me….

  • Bender McLugh

    If Conte does end up starting, what’s the over/under on games he will dissapoint this season?

    • MB30SD

      100% he will disappoint.

      #empiricalevidencedontliebitches

      • Bender McLugh

        I wonder if he will even see the field though, and even if he does and sucks it up, how many additional games will Trest allow him to play?

        • MB30SD

          I personally don’t think he will if phil can find even a reasonably solid replacement. he’s insurance at best.

          • Bender McLugh

            enter Will Hill perhaps….

          • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

            If the “pot-smoker” can tackle “in high mode” better than Conte. sign him!! Vereen is still too green to start

      • Bender McLugh

        oh and yeah, completely agreed

    • SC Dave

      6 games, if he starts 16

  • I disagree on Paea. When healthy, he’s a solid run stuffing DT. Nothing special, but solid plug’n’play player to absorb blockers and help free other guys on the line to make plays. He should see a decent amount of PT this year, assuming he stays healthy. Health is the issue, not performance when healthy.
    I look forward to seeing Paea and Ferguson out there together in short-yardage situations. Two big run stuffers like that will be nice. Been a while since Bears had the option of throwing two guys like that out there together.

    • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

      Paea must be the sleepless guy in the Dline.. feeling Ego´s breath behind his neck all the time.

      • yeah, will have little to no leverage on new contract next year if Ferguson looks anything like Paea this year. Already replaced with a younger, cheaper guy. But having them both this year will be really nice for depth.

        • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

          yeah, it´s right about having them both this year for team´s sake, his future contract with bears or elsewhere is in his court as long as he keeps healthy. something I can´t remember since he was drafted.

          • SC Dave

            Well, at least he’s done better than Dusty D.

          • I’m really hoping that rotating DTs more with 5 guys good enough to play (plus Houston ducking in some) helps keep Paea’s snaps down to keep him healthy. Good solid rotational player when healthy.

  • I agree 100% on Conte though. It’s his job to lose right now, IMO. The fact they’re already dropping Jennings behind the rookie only solidifies that in my mind.

    • CanadaBear

      If Conte comes back healthy it’s his job to lose (I’m pretty sure he’s up to the task of losing it). I don’t hate the guy and would be happy for him (and The Beloved) if he bounced back this year but he was so shockingly bad last year I have zero expectations.

  • TheBigCheesy

    What makes you think the Giants locker room has a better culture than the Bears’ locker room. You might even be right, but where is the evidence for you to assume that? It kind of just sounds like the classic fanboy “Player X should come to my team so he can be motivated to win a championship” baloney.

    • Trac

      Could be wrong but I don’t see Emery wanting a shitbird on the roster.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Please, do not feed the troll.

    • bearsfantillend

      Actually have to agree with you. I don’t understand how anyone can compare locker room effect of most teams. Granted teams with a history of bad locker room culture, ie. Dolphins,is understandable. But we are talking about the Giants, a Tom Coughlin run team. They have good veterans and disciplinarian as a coach(although he has seemed to soften over the last years).
      I will say that it is sometimes apparent that players find a new team that they seem to get their act together, but I think that is more of the fact that they realize that they better get their life/play in order else they won’t have a job in the NFL anymore. Cris Carter has always claimed the best thing to happen to him was being released by the Eagles, it put his life into perspective. It wasn’t the fact the locker room of the Vikings was any better, it was the fact that he realized if he didn’t change he wasn’t going to have a Job.

      It is just ridiculous to think that the locker room culture will have that much of an affect on players actions. If Aaron Hernandez was with Chicago, would he not have murdered 3 people? Is New Englands locker room so bad that it leads to murder? NO! Some guys are just idiots, thugs, locker rooms are not going to change that fact. They are men, who need to take responsibility for their actions, and sometimes that means they have to grow up a little. I was not the same person at 25 as i was at 21, why, because i matured and learned what not to do.

      • True, but often times “confused young men” need structure, or a mentor, and when they get it, they transform.
        For every Cris Carter who realized his own folly, there are 10 other examples of how a mentor or a structure (whether it be church, military, lockerroom, etc) “saved” a young man.

        • bearsfantillend

          the “confused young men” still need to want to change, otherwise it doesn’t matter how great the mentors are or how great the structure is it won’t matter if the guy doesn’t want to change.

          • Of course a person has to realize and change, but Neo still needed Morpheus. Yes, he took the red pill on his own, but a change of scenery, support or structure can do wonders.

            Don’t take my word, just ask Brandon Marshall.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Pills saved Brandon.

          • Yes, but he also credits the change in scenery and his support system. Ppl can be sane losers, after all.

          • bearsfantillend

            Brandon Marshalls conversion to a upstanding player in the NFL started with him finally being diagnosed and coming to terms with his mental disease, and i will absolutely agree with you that a change in scenery assisted him, but you have to look at what environment he was in. From all accounts i have read, Miami’s locker room was an awful environment. So I think Brandon going just about anywhere would have helped him as long as there was a fairly competent QB on the roster to get him the damn ball. yes it was beneficial that Cutty was in Chicago to help him out.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Pills. A change of scenery doesn’t change your brain chemistry if it’s out of whack. Pills. You can hear it in his pressers, the raw shared emotion, the confession of love for Tresty …. there’s MDMA in there somewhere (present in anti-depressant SSRIs). Good for him.

      • Trac

        Bottom line, who wants a problem child on the team. Emery wants smart, aggressive, versatile players who won’t be a weak link.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Locker rooms trickle down from the Coach right? I don’t think they’re too far away from their coach’s personality. Heard some Lion say the other day that they won’t win until there’s a change of scenery ….

    • When JPP punked Prince, that might be exhibit A.

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

      Can I say that stuff didn’t happen in the Bears’ locker room definitively? No.

      But I SERIOUSLY doubt that type of stuff/culture flew under Smith or Trestman.

      Say what you will about Lovie, but he ran a tight ship and dumped looselips (especially those who tweeted too much for his liking).

      • TheBigCheesy

        that’s a good point

      • bearsfantillend

        yep thats why we had OLine guys breaking each other jaws or getting arrested for drugs, RBs and FBs getting DUIs, DTs getting arrested for guns, assault and DUIs, . LBs wrecking lambos, drug dealing WRs, and the list goes on. All happening under the watchful eye of Lovie….

        Since 2000 the Bears and their great locker room culture, that is so great at straightening out players, ranked 11th on number of arrests of NFL teams.

        http://www.midwestsportsfans.com/2013/06/graphs-of-nfl-arrests-since-2000-show-interesting-trends/

        What does that say about how tight of ship Lovie ran?

        • SC Dave

          Last I knew, arrests are not the same as convictions. On the other hand, where there’s smoke….

        • I’m not talking about what they do OFF the field. I’m talking about the locker-room culture. Can you really see Lach, Peanut or Briggs doing something like what JPP did?

          And sometimes punching a renegade or selfish player in the face keeps everyone else in line. Not going to argue that Olin was a saint, but I don’t think he went around bullying people cause he was just a bastard. I think he was trying to weed out the “non-hackers” as they say in Full Metal Jacket, or the “scrubs” as my cousin Marine would say.

          Cedric Benson was one of those, and can you imagine what Olin would have done to Webb?

          • bearsfantillend

            How can we not be talking about what they did OFF the field? did this conversation not start with how the Bears locker room would help people with their OFF field issues and motivate them?

            Besides, by your statements, the locker room culture should have helped to prevent the off field issues, because part of motivating people to win championships depends on them being on the field.

            I wouldn’t use Cedric Benson as an example, i guess i see that situation a little differently. Look what he did when he went to Cincinnati. You can’t call him a scrub. Why did he not put up those numbers in Chicago? Is Cincinnati’s locker room better than Chicago’s? It was well known he wasn’t one of the most well liked people in the Bears locker room from the get go. It was not because of his performance, but because he was a threat to Thomas Jones, a well liked veteran starter. The media crucified him for his holdout, his teammates despised him for his comments that he would be the starter by week 2. His cockiness got him disliked by his teammates, especially the defensive players.

            http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/blog/shutdown_corner/post/The-Chicago-Bears-defense-does-not-endorse-Cedri?urn=nfl,87187

            audio from last link: http://ht.cdn.turner.com/si/danpatrick/interviews/2008/6/10/Glazer_on_Benson_and_teammates.mp3?eref=fromSI

            That does not sound like a great locker room environment to me, or a locker room that Lovie Smith was in full control of.

          • CanadaBear

            These guys are grown men. If they want to misbehave off the field, neither Halas or Lombardi could stop them. Lots of NFL’ers are very large, aggressive men that are alpha males. They do what they want.

            Cedrunk was an idiot when he joined the Bears. Thomas Jones was dinged up the year before and that dope JA passed on Rodgers to shore up the RB position. Jones healed up and Benson was more of a luxury than a vital cog. He was despised by a lot of his teammates. He earned that.

    • Irish Sweetness
      • SC Dave

        Far out, Irish. While it’s not quite Nekama’s, perhaps it can become the troll hammer of DBB.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Blogfather Tweet: “@PriscoCBS You don’t actually believe Green and Jones were better than Marshall and Jeffery last year, do you?”

    I can actually see Prisco making a case for Julio Jones and A.J. Green but then he names Jimmy Graham as his tight end. As far as I am concerned, Graham is a “Tight End” in name only. Even Prisco admits he “can’t block”. It is a statistical fact that Graham lines up wide more often than not, not to mention that Graham, himself, wanted to be considered a wide receiver for “Franchising’ purposes. The Saints said “no” to save a few million, not because he actually IS a”Tight End” .

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    I’m not on tweeter, but I have a lot of love for Vereen. He will be the starting FS of the Bears D. Not only because of naive hope, but because he looks the part and ‘why not?’. Pea will have his role, but what makes him the 5th DT is not his actual value, but the fact he is not what they are looking for. They want athletic, versatile players. Paea is not such a player. He’ll get snaps because he’ll be a FA at the end of the year and he’ll go all-in. The Bears could use such an element. He could be a key piece this year if they go for a nickel D as their base D and bank on the DLine to stop the run…you only have Ratliff and Ferguson in that mold. You need 3.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    You can’t sign Will Hill right now for the same reason the Giants cut him. You could ask Mundy about him, but can you trust him ? He lost his job last year to Hill and he seemed like a con artist in that locker room. If you sign him now instead of after the start of the season you have to pay him guaranteed money and ‘spend’ a roster spot for him. But you can’t sign him after the start of the season because he can’t train with the squad at that point. It’s a cluster fuck !!! PS: My bet is Emery doesn’t sign him. It’s not the right time or place for such moves. Even if the player is a solid one. He’ll work other avenues.

    • Irish Sweetness

      I’m guessing if the dude is smoking ganja when he knows it’s banned …. this is what they call a red flag.

      • Trac

        Not only that, to be a second time offender means he’s dumb as nails. Do you know how hard it is to fail an NFL pee pee test twice?

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          That’s not the case. He went into the anti drugs program for doping. At that point they can test you something like 10 times a month.

          • Trac

            Let’s see? Do I choose my career or left handed cig greets. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure that one out. Hmmmm.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            He is clearly not a genius in getting away with it.

        • MB30SD

          love that movie. Love most of his movies actually.

  • Paea was always a bit of a “tweener” – not quite fast enough to play 3-tech, not quite big enough to play nose. I still remember Hub scratching his head as to whether Paea would be any good right after the draft, and I was similarly perplexed because he would either be ‘jack of all trade, master of none’ or ‘master of all’. He can bench a lot, but does that transfer over to functional strength? He’s also been hurt, so I’m sure that sapped a lot of his potential. That is why I didn’t want Jernigan. He reminded me a lot of Paea (except the latter was stronger).

    Ratliff has cut a nice niche for himself as an undersized nose in a 3-4 (when in Dallas), but they are rare and it tends to take a toll on the DT (Ratliff has been plagued by inj too).

    Ego is now here to insure the aging Ratliff or the possible bust Paea. I would still have preferred a bigger Ted Washington type NT as opposed to a smaller two-gap DT, but obviously I’m not drawing up the defensive scheme, so I hope Tucker and gang have a vision and specific plan of attack.

    • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

      What those years with Tedd and Keith…. fulling gaps and controlling the line… making look Ulracher and Co.like unbetable….. they had to won the super bowl in that year….fuck Eagles!!!!

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      Nobody wants a ‘smaller two-gap DT’. They want a smaller DT that can do a lot of stuff including ‘two-gap’ work. It’s all about versatility. They look for power, speed and versatility.

      • Paea was supposed to be versatile. Sometimes, it’s better to be specific at the expensive of all inclusive. That’s why god made phillips and flat-head screw drivers.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          The only good ‘specific’ trait is pass rushing. You can’t draft run stoppers in the 2nd round. That’s bottom of the draft material.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Would have preferred Sutton and Nix, we’ll see ….

  • AlbertInTucson

    $126 Million for Colin Kaepernick? Anybody here think he is worth that or that his recent off season was not a yellow light flashing “CAUTION”?

    • bearsfantillend

      depends on what the guaranteed money is

      • AlbertInTucson

        It is, reportedly, the MOST guaranteed money, to date.

      • depends even more on contract structure.

        Flacco and Cutler had similar $$, years, and guaranteed $$, but structure makes it so that Flacco is actually going to end up with at least $20M more than Cutler. Cutler’s deal front-loads all the guaranteed $$, while Flacco’s deal is backloaded to the max.

        • AlbertInTucson

          I dunno, J Wood. Seattle and Indy have to shaking their heads at where the 49ers set the cash-up-front bar and the agents for Russell Wilson and Adnrew Luck have to licking their chops.

    • Irish Sweetness

      I’m not sold on that dude. Haven’t seen anything from him other than his legs.

    • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

      For a QB who still haven´t won anything – no ring -, he made a heck of a business, my kudos to his agent.

      • AlbertInTucson

        No argument. The same’s been said about Cutler and Romo.

        If you have a guy you even THINK can take you to the promised land, you’re going to have to shell out.

        However, I think $60+ mil guaranteed could IMPLODE that guy. He’s a LOT younger than Cutler or Romo.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Call to the stockbroker. 50 mill in Gold EFTs please. And that gentlemen, is how we do that. Nick work if you can get it.

        • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

          If I can get the bucks just for showing promises… I would hit the jack pot a long time ago…

    • CanadaBear

      Here’s a little more detail on the contract. Not really a killer.

      Lots of fluff in Kaepernick’s deal

      Even the announcement of a long-term deal with a boatload of guaranteed money paid out to a rising star can’t change Jerry Glanville’s famous quip that the NFL stands for “not for long.” A league source with knowledge of the record-setting six-year contract agreed to by the San Francisco 49ers and quarterback Colin Kaepernick sent the details to Pro Football Talk, and as expected, there’s plenty of fluff. Technically, the deal has $61 million guaranteed, but only $13.073 million is guaranteed at signing. It comes in the form of a $12.328 million signing bonus, a base salary of $645,000, and a workout bonus of $100,000. On April 1 of each year from now until 2018, the base salary guarantees convert from injury only to fully guaranteed, giving the 49ers the freedom to decide to move on from Kaepernick in any given year.

      Read More: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/-daily-jolt/news/20140605/daily-jolt-june-5-kaepernick-jeter-love-zimmer/#ixzz33lvi4pFH

      • AlbertInTucson

        Thank you for clearing that up, Canada. As Emily Litella would have said: “Oh. THAT’S very different.”

  • In terms of problem players, Emery doesn’t have a problem (see what I did there?) taking a chance on them. Marshall, Rodriguez, Wilson, Carey all had off-field issues before being brought in to Chicago. Even Martellus Bennett to a degree (he was a slacker and bit of a malcontent as a youngster in Dallas unhappy with being a backup).

    • Trac

      Cutler was the key to trading for Marshall, Let’s be clear about that. Barb makes great points against Hill.

      • SC Dave

        There is a certain myopia about replacing Conte on Da blog. I’m really interested in how three things play out – Conte, McClellin, and Wilson.

        Okay, and maybe O’Donnell.

        • MB30SD

          dave, the basic facts are that he sucks. when he has a great line and linebackers in front of him he’s just kiiind of serviceable.

          I remember he lined up 30 yards off the ball that year pretty much every play. That’s not a good safety dave… that’s a dude that fills a slot. If things breakdown in front of him, we’re fucked.

        • CanadaBear

          Dave he was a complete failure last year and his final play of the season put an exclamation point on it. I don’t think it’s personal (except for MB) but for the rest of us, there’s very little hope.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I don’t even think there’s a conversation. It’s a given. If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s a fucking duck. Conte is an ugly little duckling and there’s no swan in there trying to get out.

          • CanadaBear

            I’m not giving up on him but will be shocked if he turns into a decent FS.

      • I’m all in favor of not touching Hill. Not worth it for a one-year deal for a player who’s out almost half the year and one strike away from a year-long penalty. Not unless he’s a stud, which is he’s not.

        • Irish Sweetness

          There was a reason Jairus Byrd was allowed to walk and it wasn’t his salary. Ditto TJ Ward. Now Hill.

          We’ll have to beat teams with our offense and nine guys on D. So be it.

          • Mundy is a competent S. The question is if they can find one more competent S between Conte, Vereen, and Jennings.

    • Irish Sweetness

      I don’t know a male human being who never had off-the-field issues. I trust Phil not to hire a loon. He’s a good judge of good character. A lot of GMs and professional people don’t have that because they don’t have good character themselves – and so they don’t know what it is and can’t hire it.

  • Irish Sweetness
    • MB30SD

      he’s got some pipes for sure… but I don’t gives me a fuck abouts his pipes mate… I gives all me fucks abou iz legs yeah?

      • Irish Sweetness

        He’s strong like Wally. Good start. Good stiff arms. It’s all good.

        • MB30SD

          we’ll see my maings. it all comes down to field time.

          I ain’t making wally comparisons just yet… come to think of it, there’s only one guy who deserves even a whiff and he wears the ugly fucking purple.

          • Irish Sweetness

            My favorite since Walter was Neal Anderson. How lucky were we to get a replacement like that? We’re always money in the running back department. People sell the DEFENSE! tag on the Bears …. but we’ve always had a running back. Even with Cedric, TJ was still on the team. Can any other team boast our history of backs?

            As Pinkman would say :The Chicago Bears. Doing the running back thing for a hundred years. BITCH!

          • Piper!

            Pinkman!

          • bearsfantillend

            what about the era of Rashaan Salaam and Curtis Enis?

          • AlbertInTucson

            That wasn’t an era, it was a depression.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Neal was great, right up until he got hurt trying to tackle highly touted / vastly overrated Seahawk linebacker, Brian Bosworth who was running back a turnover. Anderson never ran with the same determination after that. He had some GREAT games against the Packers in his day.

    • Looks pretty buff. But I thought I read that if your guns are too big it makes you more prone for fumbles? Meh. My mind is oatmeal right now anyway.

    • Damn. Saw #23 and had a brief flashback.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Yup. Our new #23, Mr. Fuller.

  • SC Dave
    • Irish Sweetness

      Derek Trucks!

      • Cormonster

        Irish, check out Derek Trucks at 12 yeahttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLQTbmUYI4Ars old playing Duane Allman’s guitar solo on Layla, plus a little more jamming. He’s a frickin’ prodigy. His style has not changed. No pedals or effects, no pick, just turning up the reverb at times. He is unbelievable in concert.

        • Cormonster

          Derek is only 12 years old here jamming out Duane Allman’s awesome solo on Layla. The kid was a friggin’ prodigy. He uses no effects or picks, other than turning up the reverb. He is absolutely spectacular in concert, whether with Allman Brothers, Derek Trucks Band, or Tedeschi Trucks Band, and all his guest appearances.
          Clapton peeked as a guitar player with Cream and Blind Faith. I like him as an ambassador of blues rock music, but don’t think he’s been a top player for the last 40+ years. I did like his acoustic album quite a bit. He wrote some great songs after that period, but he is WAY over-rated as a guitar player.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Different class. To do that at 12 … different class.

            There was Hendrix, and then there was everybody else, but Clapton had a career and is probably due immunity from criticism at this stage. Eric never said he was God, Eric never rated himself in the pantheon of greats. All he did was probably invent heavy metal with Cream in the best three-piece ever, and make great music for 40 years. He knocked heroin and alcohol on the head, and more than that he didn’t return to them when his 5 year old son fell 52 floors to a tragic death because a cleaner left the window open. The man’s a hero for the ages.

            People get lost in arguments about the best guitar players. They all get the notes right when they play, but only a few can think up great new ways of putting them together. Eric Clapton is one of them.

          • CanadaBear

            If you were 20 years older you would feel differently. I really don’t get into rating musicians. For me it’s either I like them to varying degrees or I don’t. Doesn’t mean anyone is more talented than others just means that’s who I like. One thing I put a lot of weight on is originality and sound. If you can recognize someone’s playing immediately they have hit you where you live. I’ve got a bunch of guitarists that do it for me and some of them weren’t exactly prodigies. Here’s a perfect example.

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ueJQiwaVoA

            Technically he’s no great shakes but if you saw him live and didn’t have fun, you might be legally dead.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Recognisability category. Top trump winners : BB King. Jimi Hendrix.

          • CanadaBear

            I’m not going to argue you with ya, esp since B.B. and Jimi are two of my faves. So much of it depends on who knocks you out when you are younger and really passionate about the music. There are a million guitar killers out there. I’ve seen at least a half dozen great guitarist that are local players here in Calgary.

  • MB30SD
    • CanadaBear

      I know you’re not a MLB fan but Zim was a dandy. He got into a pissing match with Cubs over his contract and got fired. Walked out of a coaches meeting with Steinbrenner and didn’t get fired. Classic!

      • MB30SD

        I knew a little about him Canada. Just what I read in the news over the years. Seemed like a character.

        btw, getting back into it. rough first couple rides. feeling a little stronger every time though. Ride #3 back today. Going to lay down 30 I think. Try to keep it in the 18 avg range.

        • CanadaBear

          Why were you off the bike? Hopefully you weren’t injured. I used to run around 18 MPH. I’m so slow now I don’t want to know.

          • MB30SD

            No, just work, chasing women, and I’m a total pussy when it’s cold. Hate the cold… so now that it’s warm and sunny every day I’m back out there. Today will be my first bike/swim… might throw in a short run at the end too if I feel strong. Maybe a 500M / 30M / 2M

            I did spin in the gym, run, and workout a lot. Probably way too muscular right now. need to drop about 5lbs of fat and another 5 of muscle. Also might help to sign up for a fucking race. SMHaM

            I am such a puss. It’s kind of sad. Don’t know how you ride up there. Couldn’t do it.

  • MB30SD
  • Cormonster

    MB and especially Butch, what do you think of this Tedx speech by my cousin?

    • Cormonster

      Don’t really know my cousin, the poet, other than the fact his Dad lived with us for about half a year for a job at American Motors and he was a total asshole. His Mom is pretty much fucked in the head too. My experience with Mom, Dad, and my cousin is their lives are a wreck, but they are well “educated” and pretentious fuckers.
      Butch, since you deal with poets at school, I would like to hear your opinion on this speech. I really want to rip the shit out of my cousin, because I find his views and arguments naïve and stupid. He reminds me of a modern hipster, who gets reinforcement and encouragement from other naïve and stupid hipsters.

      • Piper!

        Fucking Hipsters! Argh!

  • Piper!
    • MB30SD

      now that deal sounds better. only 13 guaranteed. nice work 9ers

  • Piper!

    FWIW here:

    I grabbed Watch Dogs for the PS4 for my son, he really wanted it and it was marketed like a motherfucker to kids in grammar school. Really pisses me off.

    I screening played it before allowing him to play it. I had a feeling about this game based on this:

    http://www.gamespot.com/articles/watch-dogs-get-new-r18-rating-in-australia-for-sex-and-violence/1100-6418274/

    The game is basically GTA Chicago, except without the humor of Rockstar and a vile streak a mile wide in the game. There are cutscenes of 16 year old Romanian immigrant girl being dragged by her hair into a room and violently beaten and raped. It makes Chicago look like the most sociopathic city in the nation. When you use your phone to mouse-over people, everybody is addicted to something, running from something, or in the process of planning a heist.

    There is nudity. When you bump into somebody on the street, you don’t get “watch it” you get 4-letter words followed by a threat to kick your teeth in. It’s a really vile look at the city.

    And – if that wasn’t enough, they put Wrigley field where the United Center should be and grafted the Soldier Field Colonnades onto the stadium. It looks incredibly stupid. THe Cell and Soldier Field don’t exist. The Chicago river must have advanced global warming because now it’s about the width of the Mississippi in many places.

    The engine and the overall kind of architectural “feel” is cool – hacking phones and cameras and opening locks and the combat mechanics are all interesting – but the game is sociopathic. I mean – REALLY sociopathic.

    I can see a whole class of weirdos like that dipshit in San Diego having a game like this fuel their power and revenge fantasies and see how this game really makes Chicago the ugliest place on the planet.

    0 Stars.

    My kid will be pissed at me when I tell him he can’t play it. I am having a sit down with him to explain the morality of artwork as a videogame and why these things are destructive. And I was never the parent who blamed society’s problems on videogames – but this game and it’s origin studio are just begging to be censored. It’s ugly.

    • MB30SD

      that sucks. I was looking forward to a smartly created game that derives it’s excitement and fiun from being intelligent and futuristic.

      I guess you have to play to your audience. Lowest common denominator.

      Wait… am I the dipshit in San Diego?!

      • MB30SD

        I keed, I keeeed. (I hope)

      • MB30SD

        Oh, and hit me up on email and I’ll give you my address where you can send me your disk. Hee hee

    • Shady

      Let’s be honest, sunshine and rainbows don’t sell nearly as well as death and destruction. These manufacturers are only making games that they believe will sell units. Adults will make decisions on thier own, but like with any other entertainment outlet (movies, TV, internet etc) parents need to take ownership of what their kids are seeing and hearing that may influence thier character and behavior down the line.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    James Anderson to the Patriots. He was a good player for the Bears, but he was clueless against the run. Not all was his fault, though. With that coaching and DLine few could have done a stellar job. That being said…when you are the responsible for this hole…
    http://s3.amazonaws.com/br-cdn/temp_images/2013/11/05/StarksTD.gif

  • AlbertInTucson

    Blgfather Tweet: “Wouldn’t say Clausen signing means anything in regards to current Bears backup QBs? Wouldn’t NOT say it either.”

    And they brought in Tommy Rees in April, too.

    The Bears have long been fascinated with Notre Damers.

    Still looking for the next George “Moose” Connor or Johnny Lujack, I think.

    Alan page was a “Domer” but wound up a Bear when the Vikings thougt he was washed up and were wrong by a long shot.

    They got Jim Seymour of “Hanratty to Seymour” fame from the Rams who had taken him as the 10th overall pick in 1969. I couldn’t find details of what they gave up but I expect both teams were hoping he was the next Jack Snow. He caught 2 of Bobby Douglass’ 4 TD passes on November 22, 1970, but had a mere 21 receptions in 3 seasons with the Bears.

    Chris Zorich was an undersized reach at DT and is now more famous as a tax cheat (shouldn’t there be a job for him in the Obama Administration?).

    Of course there were the short tenures of QBs John “heisman Trohpy” Huarte (Snow’s QB at ND), Blair Kiel and the forever infamous Rick “The 49ers were ready to cut him but instead managed to get a #1 pick from the Bears” Mirer.

  • Shady

    New post.

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