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Bears at Jets Game Preview Addendum

| September 19th, 2014

ON THE JETS RUN GAME…

  • 179 yards a game thus far, admittedly against two fairly poor defenses. Only Houston has run the ball more and only five teams are averaging more yards per carry. Especially considering the shaky health of Eric Decker, I’d think Rex Ryan would not be disappointed with a forty carry night.
  • Give you a stat to keep an eye on. If the Bears limit the Jets to less than five yards a carry, the game is over by the fourth quarter.

JETS CORNER ANTONIO ALLEN A KEY COMPONENT

From a New York Daily News column by Manish Mehta:

He is Rex Ryan’s own personal Plastic Man, a shape-shifting presence willing and able to fit into the Jets’ defensive scheme in any imaginable way. The folks in Florham Park call Antonio Allen a “baller,” a one-word description that reflects the player’s ability to take care of business by any means necessary.

He is a jack of all trades trying to master one pivotal position in dire need of help. He is a hybrid strong-side linebacker-turned-safety-turned-cornerback hoping to stop the hemorrhaging in Ryan’s secondary.

Two years after Allen made the transition from a college “spur” — a swing position in South Carolina’s unique 4-2-5 defense — to NFL safety, he is learning to play cornerback on the fly.

Dee Milliner called himself one of the best corners in the NFL. He is barely the best corner on the Jets. Allen will be tasked with Marshall or Jeffery all night. How he performs could go a long way towards deciding the outcome.

THREE OTHER JERSEY SPOTS NEAR METLIFE

  • There’s a Jersey delicacy called Taylor Ham (pork roll in the central and southern part of the state). In my hometown of Kearny, NJ is a tiny little grease pit called The Greeks.  (Map It: Click Here)

taylor-ham1

  • Harold’s Delicatessen. I have had corned beef at pastrami at every legendary deli in New York City and Los Angeles. None of them hold a candle to the gargantuan delight served up in Lyndhurst. (Map it: Click Here)

harolds

  • Pizzaland in North Arlington is known mainly for being in the opening credits of The Sopranos but the pizza is one of a kind and a perfect Jersey pie. Take the pie next door to the Silver Bell Tavern and enjoy the night. (Map it: Click Here)

pizza

New Jersey is great.

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  • MB30SD

    Konichiwa bitches

    • MB30SD

      Oh, and I don’t get tom waits

      • SC Dave

        Sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t.

      • Bender McLugh

        seriously? Musical. Genius.

        • MB30SD

          I get that, what I don’t get/like is his voice and actual music, regardless of his writing/skill

          • Bender McLugh

            Check out Bad As Me, first song is “Chicago”

            “everythiiiiiing will be bettah…..in ChiCAHgooo”

            Catchy, like doritos.

          • MB30SD

            Uuuuummm, yeah. SOOOO don’t get it. Like, at ALL.

          • Bender McLugh

            hahah fair enough.

            this is the tune I was referring to:

            But I get ya, he’s an acquired taste if you will

          • Bender McLugh

            also a live version, which is where for me his genius in timing and gruffness shine through

          • Bender McLugh

            one more and I’ll stop……..LOVE this track, and it’s the best version of it that I’ve heard.

            I HAVE NO USE FOR THE TRUTH!

          • CanadaBear

            That looks like Duke Robillard playing guitar. He’s a killer. Can play almost any style. Not to mention he’s a super nice guy.

          • Bender McLugh

            wasn’t too familiar with him, I dig his sparse style

          • CanadaBear

            He mostly plays Blues, Jazz and Roots stuff. Here’s a clip. Monster tone.

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=byqdq7SWL3o

          • Cormonster

            The Hispanic guitar player on this song is David Hidalgo from Los Lobos. I seen them at the Warren Haynes xmas jam a few years ago and they put on a great show.

          • CanadaBear

            I thought that was him and then I didn’t. Still not sure.

          • Cormonster

            It’s Hidalgo for sure.

          • MB30SD

            I won’t, but appreciate the effort.

      • Peanut FTW

        I’ve never heard of him

      • CanadaBear

        Great songwriter, insane voice (to say it’s an acquired taste is misleading). At work we would listen to FM radio. Most of the guys liked classic rock and I was OK with that. Heard everything a million times but OK. My main partner loved country music. FUCK! No offense to anyone who loves country. I actually like the really old country stuff but for me popular country music sounds like pop music with a twang. Anywho, one day my boss (who loved the local public station) encouraged me to play that channel. First song, Tom Waits. There were about 7-8 guys in the Control Room and they are all looking at me like I’ve changed the channel to some alien transmitter. The next song was Inuit Throat Singers. If you’ve never heard it before, all I can say is unless you’re Native or have a VERY DEEP appreciation of cultural heritage, it’s frighteningly odd. By now everyone in the Control Room is either howling or riding my ass. We went back to classic rock.

        • MB30SD

          awesome. Inuit B boxing!

          French douche b boxing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-U1MC_-0Ci4

          • CanadaBear

            Except they’ve been doing that for centuries. I think the French guy is a Johnny Come Lately!

        • Sactowns#1

          He’s a pretty decent actor too. LOVE this movie https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8X_RjblHg8

          • MB30SD

            always thought he was the cabby in scrooged, but it’s this guy: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0423774/?ref_=ttfc_fc_cl_t6

          • Sactowns#1

            He’s another singer turned actor. Gotta love the NYD! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64Kz3D2OgAE

          • CanadaBear

            You really need to stretch your musical boundaries.

          • MB30SD

            meh, music is like anything. personal tastes maing. Besides, have we ever had a discussion about who I like? Hmmm….

          • CanadaBear

            Nope. All I ever hear is what you don’t like/get.

          • bearsfantillend

            MB is still mad all his favorite Boy Bands broke up

          • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

            Beastie Boys.

          • MB30SD

            That’s all I get? I don’t even know you anymore.

        • SC Dave

          Did not listen to this, but the group called Huun-Huur-Tu (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huun-Huur-Tu) has been doing throat singing for a long time. The Mrs. bought the Fly, Fly My Sadness disk a number of years back; it is rather different to be sure.

          • CanadaBear

            When you see it up close and live it’s really cool. For me, on record or video, it loses the energy and mysticism. I’m sure that has a lot to do with the fact that I’m an old white guy.

        • Scott W.

          Mandolin Orange. Give a listen.

          • CanadaBear

            NICE! The style reminds me a little bit of Doc and Merle Watson. Trust me, that’s a huge compliment.

          • Scott W.

            It said the video was unavailable, so i listened to a couple others (Salt Creek was great! )…thanks for the intro.

          • Cormonster

            Thanks Canada. I’ve seen Govt Mule cover a few Tom Waits songs, and my favorite is fittingly Get Behind the Mule. Here’s a great version of the song when Mule was still a power trio with Allan Woody on bass.

          • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

            I dig that Scott!

  • Trac

    Easy as 1, 2, 3, can’t you see?
    Bust and move with me boys!
    Bears win, Bears win, Bears win!

    • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

      happy, optimistic Trac today?

      • Trac

        Whatever the Bears once were, they are no longer the Lovie Smith Bears. Do you feel me bro? Well do ya punk?

        He he.

        • MB30SD

          The Bucs are now most certainly, the lovie smith bucs.

          I only wish he would have taken the lions (or vikings) gig.

          “my first and only order of business, is to beat the bears”

          • Trac

            Last night was an exorcism to me for Lovie Smith the ex-Bears coach. I love the guys Character and everything he stands for as a man. It was time for him to go but I had some mixed feelings about how his departure came about because I respect the guy so much. Let’s be clear, his DL was decimated due to injury prior to the game but 56-14? Yikes, no thank you.

          • MB30SD

            want my address?

            Extra dry
            sticks
            2lbs

    • MB30SD

      Trac, I personally don’t quit. .. but after last night’s “performance” I would understand if you just wanted to settle up now.

      Yeah, they may get a bit better. .. but there is NO way that steaming pile of loviepoo is getting anywhere near sniffing the playoffs.

      Lovie is who we thought he was. If you want to crown his ass (with doodoo, then crown his ass)

      playoffs?! PLAYOFFS?!?!

      • Shady

        “Trac, I personally don’t quit. .. ”

        Pfffftttttthahahaha Two words: Rage. Quit.

        • MB30SD

          Hahaha. Fair enough!!

          I meant in important life things… wasn’t thinking video games.

          …and the misdirection won’t help, answer the question sir!

          Hee hee

          • Shady

            Was there a question in there I missed?

          • MB30SD

            does he just want to send me my winnings now.

            Pelic.

          • MB30SD

            hahaha… I actually, didn’t even look at your handle. I thought that post was from trac.

        • Trac

          Hahaha. Yeah, I thought about that too. Bastardo!

        • MB30SD

          mmmmm, yes…. quite.

        • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

          That’s funny. I made it all the way through grad school. I worked 10 hours a day for 2 years on two problems and I never quit, and I would often go months without any progress. But I’ve rage quit quite a few video games. So so frustrating.

      • johnnywad

        Lovie is worse than what we thought he was. We all knew he was terrible with the offense. I now contend he’s not that great with defense. The Lovie two sucks. It only worked for him in Chicago because he had a near HOF middle linebacker, Safety, Tackle and Corner, plus Briggs. If I lined those guys up as their DC and said, “Fuck if I know, tackle the asshole with the ball.”, I would have been quite successful as well. That Tampa team,……..they have a chance to lose every game left on the schedule.

        Further, how many Lovie wins/playoff appearances, can be directly attributed to Devin Hester in his prime and Dave Toub? My guess is more than a few. If they get you one or two a season, that’s typically the diff between playoffs or not.

        • MB30SD

          thece.

        • bearsfantillend

          At least Lovie did not have to worry about any Time Management issues last night.

      • Trac

        Let’s do this thing at the end of the season. In spirit you win but remember the by laws. Smh.

        • MB30SD

          hahahaha… i’m such a fucking asshole. i love being right (kinda tends to happen a lot)

          BAAAAHAHAHAHAHA!

          • Trac

            I’ll have to give my boy a cost of living increase allowance adjustment to write the check. Waffle knows all about this. He he.

  • Peanut FTW

    The Marshall press event was great. B made ESPN look like the Falcons made Tampa Bay look last night…. really bad.

  • “@dabearsblog Record! (Called it)”

    You sure did. You also predicted a big game from Hester in nearly every single one of your game previews when he was on the Bears. If you predict the weather every day and always say it’s going to rain, you’re going to hit the nail on the head a few times.

    • MB30SD

      Ouch.

      You didn’t have to be so mean about it ev. Maybe you could have used a metaphor, or a euphemism, or maybe even a rhetorical analogy

      • isn’t the rain thing a metaphor?

        and let’s be honest, jeff called the Kyle Long pick a good one while most of us were questioning Emery’s sanity. So he’s had his hits.

    • Peanut FTW

      Making a preseason prediction that Hester would not break the return record until his 3rd game when he was facing Lovie Smith, is a bit more exact than predicting a big game every game.

      • was that a preseason prediction? if that’s the case, i retract my statement and owe Jeff a Bud Light for my snark.

  • Peanut FTW

    Now that Hester has the record, they need to change it and make it more legit. It should only count ST returns. If someone has a bunch of pick return TDs they will get their recognition from being a great defender. As far as strictly a ST returner, Deion nor Woodson were even close to what Hester is and shouldn’t show up on the stat sheet as being that close. I mean why punish Hester’s stats for not being a defender, lets add his offensive TDs…. just make it ST returns.

    • BillW

      I like that thinking. Kick return touchdowns as a category in itself, rather than including turnover returns (and I wonder if that includes fumble returns?).

      • CanadaBear

        Pretty sure all returns.

      • Peanut FTW

        It does, so even a lineman that has scooped up a few 10 yard fumble recoveries gets on the list. It is stupid. It should be ST only. Defensive returns should be a separate category with…. defenders on that list.

    • johnnywad

      I’ve been saying this for years. Interceptions are FAR easier to return than kicks and punts. All eleven know you’re coming and practice to stop you. Not mention most of them are a lot longer. Interceptions are surprises and the opposition doesn’t even play defense. Its just not fair.

    • Trac

      Here’s the kicker, with the new rules Hester’s record may be broken.

  • MB30SD

    Know what I remember about jersey. .. look on the ground in the pizzaland photo.

    Yuck

  • Shady

    Mah posts are been deleted.

    • MB30SD

      Probably for good reason. Pelic.

      • Shady

        Probably. It’s was a Tropic Thinder clip.

        • MB30SD

          Damn, I LOVED tropic thinder!

  • Bender McLugh

    One of the best slices of NY-style I’ve ever had was in Hoboken, at Fillipos on First. Perfect slice of pepperoni.

  • MB30SD
    • GPLDAN

      The Viper is better as it drops the engine out so it’s not a fast car anymore, like 200hp. All this does is record stuff, but the valet still hoons the car.

      • MB30SD

        yeah, but you can sue and just hand over the video. Payday!

        then upgrade to a real car.

        • MichiganBearFan

          Road cars are for losers.

          • MB30SD

            1. Holy fucking shit! That was insane.

            2. There were roads in that vid

            3. I assume you drive one of those to work… on all dirt roads?

            4. I want that huey… replete with the hos (I loved when they were all like, ‘O…M….G!!! That was so awesome when he flew over us just inches above our heads, and we all could have easily been gruesomely killed and/or maimed! Like sooooo hooot!’

            5. Have you ever even been to ensenada!?

          • MichiganBearFan

            1. Not insane if you know what you are doing, and have a vehicle to suit.
            2. Trophy Trucks are not built for asphalt.
            3. I drive a Subaru. I do fast T.S.D rallies occasionally. Fast to about 60% of the speed of a sanctioned US rally. I live near Hudsonville MI, which is mainly flat boring dirt roads. You need to go north of Cadillac for good dirt roads.
            4. I’d take the Trophy Truck. Hueys are a bitch to maintain.
            5. No, but it is in my bucket list to drive from SD to Ensenada. I would do it in a Class-5 VW with a WRX motor.
            That video shut our sales department down for at least 30 minutes. We are all gearheads and severely dig that kind of stuff. The hoes are a good bonus. My boss drives a Raptor, my Sales manager has a completion rock crawler, I have a LR Discovery, and everyone else owns a Jeep.

          • MB30SD

            Nice.

            I’ve done the drive all the way down twice, to loreto (about half way) about 3 times. Down to ensenada about 100.

            I don’t go at all any more and it *really* makes me sad. Baja Mex once you get past the shit of northern baja (just past ensenada) is so beautiful. So many different environments as you go down. Amazing.

            Not worth losing your head or getting kidnaped maing. Sad, but true. Maybe they’ll clean all that shit up at some point and I can start going back, but not holding my breath. Fly into loreto or cabo and stay in town. that’s about it now.

            If you ever make it out here let me know. I’ll host you for a night in SD.

          • MichiganBearFan

            I love SD. I’m a big fan of Old Town Café. I just wish we had a trade show or more customers in the SD area. Most of mine are near LA and Bakersfield. A boy can dream though.

      • Peanut FTW

        That is one way to look at it, but like all technology, it will eventually fail. I would rather have the Vette when the thing gets stuck in Valet mode permanently.

  • BillW

    Several good articles about Marshall’s presser in the Trib. Even David Haugh wrote a fairly balanced one. Biggs very subtly addressed those that think the Bears should have signed Hester (takes up the same cap space that Willie Young does.) And address – again subtly – the Cutler / Hester disconnect by pointing out Hester was forced on Cutler as a number ONE receiver.

    But the best was from a non-sports writer – John Kass. Good reading.

    • bearsfantillend

      I find it interesting that there are so many news articles about the press conference from news organizations across the country, yet ESPN has only 1 article on their website, and it does not even have an author attributed to it. No mentions, that I have seen, on Sports Center, or any of their talking heads shows.

      • CanadaBear

        What a shock! ESPN doesn’t like it much when someone calls them out. Esp when they are completely in the wrong and the guy has them red-handed. FUCK ESPN. I’ve hated their BS since I lived in the States. Fortunately we get very few of their programs other than live events.

      • BillW

        While some writers spoke of Marshall “rambling” and even said it was embarrassing, John Kass addressed that quite well – saying Marshall may not be a smooth talker, but Kass (dealing with politicians primarily in his job) knows a lot of smooth talkers and he prefers Marshall’s way.

        It’s why I appreciated Biggsy more and more each year – he sticks to facts and football and leaves the other stuff alone. He knows what he knows and he avoids the stuff he doesn’t.

        And the more I think about what ESPN did to Marshall (never once apparently in the program did they point out that the interviews were TWO YEARS OLD!) the more upset I get.

        And Kass talked to Allred – and it was clear that she was out to get Goodell and used Marshall’s past. She came right out and said essentially she didn’t care about Marshall – nor did she care about the alleged victim (who tried to extort money from Marshall).

        This is bringing out the worst in a lot of people. Ironic that a former DV perpetrator is the voice of reason.

      • Scott W.

        I think it was “First Take” with Smith and Bayless that did a huge feature on Marshall’s presser today. Both tipped their hats to Marshall and effectively dismissed Allred’s lame attempt to get back on TV.

    • SC Dave

      Since I don’t read news, I did not know who this Allred was. Somebody (MB?) posted a couple of threads back what a miserable excuse for a human being this woman is. After reading Kass’ article, I cannot but vehemently agree with that sentiment.

      And my admiration for Brandon Marshall continues to grow. This is a story, a real story, of redemption. In a world stuffed to the rafters with bad news, Brandon Marshall is one hell of a fine story.

  • BillW

    A comment on something non-football or DV:

    Glad Scotland voted as they did. With the state of the world as it is, we sure didn’t need the uncertainty or worse that would come from a UK split.

  • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

    Nice Tom Waites drop too Jefe. Surprisingly, many many people are not familiar with the genius that is Tom Waites.

    • MB30SD

      see below for discussion

      • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

        Not surprised at your opinion of the man. Hey, we can’t all be the enlightened type. You just go back to what you do best…bangin’ hotties.

        • MB30SD

          I’m more than just a gigolooooooo!

  • Bender McLugh

    Speaking food (I know I was)……..East Dundee just landed a top-notch place BBQ this year:

    Blues BBQ:
    http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20140603/business/140609514/

    They won some BBQ fest earlier this year:
    http://couriernews.suntimes.com/2014/07/01/blues-bbq-reigns-champ-first-pignic-throwdown/

    They started in Frederick, MD in a truck, then opened a restaurant in Roanoke, VA, both still in operation.

    Excellent stuff for those that care to venture that far out of Chitown.

  • MB30SD
  • Bender McLugh
    • MB30SD

      • Bender McLugh

        don’t think I’ll ever get tired of seeing Hester highlights

    • GPLDAN

      OMG. Get a room.

      • Paul Stuart

        Fair play to Hester, he looks like a rejuvenated player and it’s nice to see ex-players supporting their records getting challenged and beaten…but you’d think Devin had just saved a drowning kid… Nice game from him though.

  • MB30SD

    On a serious note guys: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oya4bdDpIL0

    Cereal.

    • bearsfantillend

      That’s a 15 yard penalty illegal hit to the head. Goodell just announce the Mascot will be fined $15k.

      • MB30SD

        Dude. I just ain’t care

        …about goodell. Off with his head!

      • BillW

        More like $15,121.63 (in reference to the ultra specific amounts of the fines the NFL hands out)

  • burntorangenavyblue
    • burntorangenavyblue

      Where is the responsibility in journalism in being professional? Let alone, where are the editors’ COMMON SENSE before allowing their writers to post garbage like this?!? Jeff, you are our last hope in professional sports writing….I’m being dead serious…maybe you can start the revolution of bringing sports writing back to where it needs to be

    • GPLDAN

      East Texas Acceptance

      “Adrian Peterson is a monster.”
      “He’s just the same and maybe WORSE than Ray Rice.”
      “I don’t want a guy like that on my favorite team.”

      These are comments being made in every part of the country, but there’s less being made here in the great state of Texas. They are reportedly angry in Minnesota. They don’t view Peterson’s methods as a form of discipline. They view it as a form of abuse. The reaction is a mixture of outrage, anger and attack. The reaction HERE is a mixture of understanding, acceptance and debate. Adrian was raised in East Texas.

      They just don’t understand AP like ‘we’ do.

      ‘We’ believe and practice corporal punishment. We got Whoopins, beatings, belts and switches administered like a bath at night. We agree and support your way of parenting Adrian. We get it, because it’s the way we grew up. Come back home and finish your HOF career here. We would welcome you with open arms like no one else in the country.

      Does this article strike you as somebody who needs professional help? “In Texas, that ain’t abuse” is the argument?

      There is a lot of oil and other fracking contaminants in East Texas. If you ever are down there, don’t drink the water from tap. PErhaps it causes a kind of mass psychosis, like in a horror movie.

      • CanadaBear

        Since I worked in the gas industry for 30+ years I never said anything about the environmental impact. Thought it was pretty two-faced to bad mouth the industry that paid me. Now that I’m retired, fracking is a nightmare. I only hope they don’t do too much irreversible damage to the groundwater in the areas where they frack.

      • Trac

        Anyone that suggests beating a 4 yr old like AP reportedly did is acceptable needs their head examined. There is an age during adolescence where spanking a child may have its place but it should be few and far between and no matter what the reason is that a person uses to spank a child, it should never ever be done out of anger. Ever. Even Dr. Spock changed his opinion on physical discipline later in his career after observing the behavior in societies youth that never received corporal punishment. Everything in life requires judgement and balance. If people love their children in the proper fashion , spankings are seldom necessary if ever.

  • I love that New York’s best CB was a LB in college who has mostly been a S in the NFL. I love even more that he’ll spend most of the night matched up with either Brandon Marshall or Alshon Jeffery.

  • BTW, I was talking in the past few days about how pleased I was with Chicago’s pass blocking and how well they handled two tough defensive fronts.

    My comments were based on the research I had just done for this article, which is now published: http://dabearsbeat.com/2014/09/19/a-closer-look-at-chicagos-pass-blocking/

    • Bender McLugh

      excellent as always

    • Peanut FTW

      Stats don’t mean quite as much in football as they do in say, baseball and even there, “a computer can’t tell you if a kids got instincts”. But, sometimes as in this case, the numbers back up what you see on the field. The Bears pass protection has been more than solid, the other fact is that they are not bringing in a 3rd OT as often as last season and the protection is still fine. They do need to get some semblance of a running game going though or playaction will fail and the wheels will come off the bus.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Research?

      What a concept!

  • burntorangenavyblue

    Goodell news conference at 3pm ET….dun dun dunnnn!

    • Scott W.

      I could write his presser before anyone hears it, and be within 90% accuracy.

      • EnderWiggin

        Is he stepping down from Supreme Chancellor?

        • Scott W.

          Watched it all. I was wrong. I couldn’t have predicted he would essentially say nothing at all.
          Will say I think the seismic shift here will take time. But until the Superbowl?? Really?

          • AlbertInTucson

            Saying “Nothing at all” is a skill a lot of top execs have.

  • MB30SD
  • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/19/woman-boyfriend-falcons-game_n_5849790.html?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000592

    I watched this happen in the game last night and now it’s gone NATIONAL. Somewhere, some dad is pretty embarrassed.

    • CanadaBear

      I saw it too! All I thought was nice backhand. That and bless her heart!

      • GPLDAN

        She has life by the balls.

      • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

        any girl that will do that in public does some pretty awesome shit in private.

        • MB30SD

          meh, she reached back and gave her bf a little hello. Nice gesture. I had a chick who loved to do that when we were walking. I kinda liked it.

  • Saw some discussion about Lovie in the comments below. You know who he reminds me of? Jim Caldwell.

    Not just for the obvious “I’m a black head coach who never shows emotion on the sidelines” thing.

    Both got their reputations on one side of the ball. Caldwell is an offensive guru, Lovie is a great defensive mind.

    Both of those reputations were because they coached consistently good units relying on one great player who ran them on the field (Peyton and Urlacher).

    Both have consistently seen bad results when those players aren’t around (Caldwell in BAL last year and IND the year without Peyton, Lovie so far this year and 2009 without Urlacher).

    Being Payton Manning’s offensive coordinator does not make you smart. How hard is it to say “hey, go run the offense. Do whatever you want. Score 35ppg and make me look good.” Same way with Urlacher. “Hey, our playbook is designed around having an incredibly intelligent 260 pound S playing MLB. That’s you. We’ve got about 10 plays. Figure out which one to call.”

    • can I also say that I simply LOVE that Detroit signed the offensive version of Lovie, only they have Matthew Stafford, not Peyton Manning.

      • MB30SD

        I’ve been with you on this since last year. I was pretty happy that the lions chose caldwell since I, like you, think he’s basically lovie’s twin. they will both fail, not because they’re bad guys, but because they’re not good coaches.

      • AlbertInTucson

        The Lions certainly came back to earth with a THUD last week.

    • AlbertInTucson

      I would question labeling Urlacher “Incredibly Intelligent”, JW.

      Great Skills and great instincts, for sure.

      Great intelligence?

      How intelligent do you have to be to make 10 different calls?

      • AlbertInTucson

        BTW, that’s one of the many great scenes in THE D.I. when Sgt. Moore (Jack Webb) catches another Sgt testing one of his boots on ONE general order and promptly has the recruit go thru ALL eleven, which forces the other Sgt. to stand there and listen as they are rattled off.

      • He read opposing offenses very well and called the plays on the field. Urlacher may be a dumb meathead off the field, but he had a very high football IQ.

        The point was that he, like Manning, essentially ran the unit, rendering coaching somewhat obsolete, at least in terms of playcalling.

  • Trac

    Only Hoge and Jackson from the ESPN “Experts” picked the Jets to win. This is a good thing since we all know Hoge is a dope. Whatever happened to him? Did his check bounce when he played for the Bears? He consistently picks against them year in and year out.

  • GPLDAN

    Dodgy Rodger does not resign at the presser. He dodges.

    • Trac

      Evra agent representing a child or women beater now owes dodgy a lap dance. His position has gotten stronger.

  • MB30SD

    I want this life for just 2 years: http://instagram.com/danbilzerian

    • MB30SD
    • Peanut FTW

      Well if your father stole millions and millions of dollars and you claimed that money as “gambling winnings” to launder said money. You could have it.

      • MB30SD

        I was wondering what the real story was. It obviously wasn’t just from poker winnings.

        But, yeah, some of us are just lucky I guess. ; )

  • bearsfantillend

    WTF just happened in the Goodells press conference – someone started screaming and was dragged out of the room…

  • Trac

    Hester going to the Hall of Fame one day? Thanks Angelee, job well done.(he ducks). Hee hee.

    • Scott W.

      It will be interesting to see if he actually makes it on a final ballot. Right now, I don’t think he’d get in.
      Electric, awesome, superlatives ad infinitum, but he’s limited in his contributions overall. His mentor, Mr. Neon, was far more an all-around player.
      I think they will put something in the HOF to recognize him, but don’t believe he’ll be an official inductee.

  • SC Dave

    Tool. http://www.sportingnews.com/nfl/story/2014-09-18/brandon-marshall-bears-domestic-violence-press-conference-roger-goodell-espn-gloria-allred

    Obviously, the Bears were upset enough to post Marshall’s comments on the official website? Unbelievable what these assholes write now. No wonder I never read this shit.

    I’d HUGELY prefer to read ten posts from Irish on the aliens and the Federal Reserve than the tripe that passes for sportswriting.

    • Scott W.

      I watched his presser. One helluva lot better than Goodell’s, and after being spit on by ESPN and Allred TV, I think he had every right, and spoke well to it all.

  • burntorangenavyblue

    The prank at the press conference just made my day. Wonder what people will think of next. I’m pretty sure SNL is going to have a field day with everything NFL.

  • Trac

    Can anybody explain why it took 76 years for a Jewish family to have their property returned ? Smh.

    http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Viennas-Jewish-Museum-returns-painting-seized-by-Nazis-to-heirs-375849

    • MB30SD

      There were/are toooons of us there. SA was one of a very few places taking us. There’s also a huge jewish south african pop in san diego and specifically la jolla. La jolla is veeery similar to Cape Town.

  • Trac

    Looking at that pic of Pizzaland is driving me crazy. “What’s inside?” it says. He he.

  • MB30SD

    shady

    28-13-4

    Meeehhhh (revenge of the nerds laugh)

  • MB30SD

    players not happy with rodger’s little doggie and pony show: http://www.si.com/nfl/2014/09/19/nfl-players-roger-goodell-press-conference-twitter

    • AlbertInTucson

      Surprise.

    • Trac

      Back of the bus baby. Nobody likes to be thrown off the bus. They’re thinking they could be next. Hypocritical in my opinion since it’s their conduct that’s in question. I’m tired of this whole mess.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Pop Quiz:

      When was the last time the Players WERE happy with Roger Goodell?

      A) Never.

      B) Never, ever.

      C) Never, never, ever, ever.

      D) All of the above.

  • MB30SD
  • AlbertInTucson

    Goodell should just quietly tell the ESPN/ABC higher ups “I think it’s time to move on now unless of course you’re planning to kiss MNF and any other NFL branded show on your network goodbye.”

    I mean, it’s not like ESPN hasn’t caved in to pressure from the NFL before.

    Can you say “Playmakers” boys & girls?

    Additionally, ESPN awarded their top play-by-play slot to (allegedly) twice-suspended-for-sexual-harrassment, Mike Tirico and there has been more than one book written describing the “good old boy locker room” mentality that permeates the boys in Bristol.

    Talk about a glass house.

    • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

      Tirico loves harassing women sexually

      • GPLDAN

        We call fall prey to a booty call now and then

        • MB30SD

          This is true

  • GPLDAN

    How weird is it seeing Hester hit the jets wearing a red # 17?

    • huntinbare

      Jim Morrison might write about it being a strange dream….I see it as a beautiful thing….I never saw Joe Louis; but I did see Devon Hester….OOOOOHHHH what a lucky man

    • AlbertInTucson

      Yes, makes you think “Who WAS that masked man?”

      Maybe that’s why Lovie kept kicking the ball to him. He didn’t recognize him.

  • huntinbare

    In today’s NFL, capitalistic structures that have spray painted the “shield” on their carts are begining to sneer at the idea of redemption….it is a story that damages the bottom line of dollars and “sense”….Atonement has been the death of many a news cycle….There are so many bricks being thrown inside the glass house; we are running out of sand to replace the walls…Media loves a struggle and negative press is creating an unlimited supply of viewers…the typical politicians field of dreams…..
    Lost in all of the hoopla….Forgiveness…..The heroes weapon of choice….Armed with forgiveness no one gets “switched”, no one gets “decked”, words never become “threatening” in the first place, in fact aggression never finds its way into the quiver. This should be in your daily fitness routine if you are in a position of authority…”Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. What he does to the web he does to himself”…Chief Seattle…This should become a daily drip; like water torture , upon your thinking. Eventually it will conquer that beast of pride.
    A wise man was walking towards the east, a mighty wind buffeted his face; he turned around and headed west. We are all taught to compete from day one in this life. A great majority of our life is spent looking out at another; whether animate or inanimate, concrete object or thought, that has to be “bested”. Peace, harmony, and balance, are hard to find in this mixed up, troubled up world. They indicate a weakness in many circles. Since these truths are not honored by leadership; and have not been for many years now, we drop our jaws in disgust at the recent string of events….outrage is always late to the party; penalties without concern for the redemption of the soul are hollow.
    I know this is getting to be too much..,,but I would be a fool to not try to help give a few pointers to a community I care about; remember I want everybody to have the best that this life can bring to you and your loved ones; so with that let me close with another daily drip for your souls thinking…
    Love is always patient and kind; love is never jealous; love is not boastful or conceited; it is never rude and never asks its own advantage; it does not take offence or store up grievances. Love does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but finds its joy in the truth. It is always ready to make allowances, to trust, to hope, and to endure whatever comes.
    Swallow your pride, you will not die, it is not poison….Bob Dylan sang that….I hear he is not played robustly in the halls of the NFL Castle…or ESPN Towers

  • AlbertInTucson

    Stating the obvious but, we all KNOW Annheuser-Busch’s indignance is purely politically correct smoke-blowing.

    Their target audience watches (and WILL watch) the NFL come hell or high water.

    Where else is Busch going to spend all that advertising money and reach their target number of eyeballs and demographics?

    They want this crapstorm to pass as much as the NFL does.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Guess somebody turned up the heat on Florida State.

    Has Jameis’ Father complained yet that there wasn’t a coach to stop is clueless son from mounting that table?

    • Cormonster

      Off topic Al, but are you a music afficianado? What kind of music do you like?

      • AlbertInTucson

        Uh-oh, Cor. You’ve opened Pandora’s Box.

        Here comes a tome on the music I like.

        Some JAZZ but not the free form stuff. Stuff like Dave Brubeck’s TAKE 5 or Chuck Mangione’s THE LEGEND OF THE ONE-EYED SAILOR.

        Swing peppered with LOTS of Benny Goodman (SING SING SING is one of the best songs ever written), Glenn Miller. I love Tommy Dorsey’s OPUS ONE.

        60’s rock. Beatles, Stone, Roy Orbison, Neil Diamond, et. al. and lots of “One Hit Wonders” I fell alseep to on WLS or WCFL in the 60s.

        LOTS of early Beatles (The Red Album) but a lot less of their later (Blue Album) stuff. Don’t see the greatness of HEY JUDE.

        Early Rolling Stone but I really like START ME UP.

        70’s Doobies, Eagles. Ringo Starr’s OH MY MY!

        Love Mellencamp’s SMALL TOWN and HURTS SO GOOD.

        Pop & Rock instrumentals. Jorgen Ingman’s APACHE. Horst Jankowski’s A WALK IN THE BLACK FOREST. Henry Mancini, Percy Faith. Hugo Winterhalter’s CANADIAN SUNSET. Perez Prado’s PATRICIA.

        Herb Alpert and the TJB. My Dad loved those albums and so did I.

        He brought home an Album of Al Cailoa doing themes from the 60s TV westerns. I still have it and I transferred it to CD myself.

        Pop vocals. My Sinatra fav is LEARNIN’ THE BLUES. Dean Martin, TAKE THESE CHAINS is my favorite RAY CHARLES.

        My daughter and I danced to ALWAYS by Bobby Darin at her wedding.

        Some classic Broadway show stuff.

        I like to cherry pick. I have a TONE of GREATEST HITS collections that I the edit down to MY greatest hits.

        The mix CDs are only songs I never tire of.

        Not that big on The Boss but I can listen to GLORY DAYS over and over again.

        Marty Robbins EL PASO is an all time favorite I never tire of.

        Patsy Cline. SWEET DREAM, LITTLE THINGS, CRAZY.

        It’s more about a tune I like than a genre or artist though on my 60s favs vol 1., every 3rd song is a Beach Boys followed by a Beatles.

        Yes, classical too. I used to actually be able to play LIGHT CAVALRY OVERTURE on the organ.

        My current favorite TV commercial is the HEINEKEN that has no dialogue, just Elvis doing HEY BOSSA NOVA BABY on the sound track.

        Movie soundtracks. Main theme of SPARTACUS is fantastic. MAGNIFICENT 7 and THE BIG COUNTRY areprobably the best western soundtracks ever.

        About the only stuff that doesn’t do much for me; Rap/hip hop, heavy metal, punk does it for me.

        I get to edit production tracks in my work so a little musical knowledge (Grade scool & High School Band drummer, 4 years of organ lessons) helps there.

        More than you wanted know, I’m sure. Bottom line; All kinds of music and,like almost everybody, I think I have great taste in music.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Forgot Folk Rock. Here’s My Folk/Rock Ballads #1 CD

          1.
          WORRIED MAN – KINGSTON TRIO

          2. CITY OF NEW ORLEANS – ARLO GUTHRIE

          3. NORTH TO ALASKA – JOHNNY HORTON

          4. GREEN GREEN – NEW CHRISTY MINSTRELS

          5. UH OH I’M FALLING IN LOVE AGAIN – JIMMIE RODGERS

          6. RUEBEN JAMES – KINGSTON TRIO

          7. I’LL NEVER FIND ANOTHER YOU – THE SEEKERS

          8. BIG IRON – MARTY ROBBINS

          9. BIG BAD JOHN – JIMMY DEAN

          10. YOU WERE ON MY MIND – WE
          FIVE

          11. THE LION SLEEPS
          TONIGHT – THE TOKENS

          12. THE GREAT FILLING
          STATION HOLD-UP – JIMMY BUFFET

          13. BABY, THE RAIN MUST
          FALL – GLENN YARBROUGH

          14. GREENBACK DOLLAR – KINGSTON
          TRIO

          15. A WORLD OF OUR OWN – THE
          SEEKERS

          16. SIXTEEN TONS –
          TENNESSEE ERNIE FORD

          17. YESTERDAY’S GONE – CHAD
          & JEREMY

          18. WHATEVER … RANDOLPH
          SCOTT – STATLER BROS.

          19. EL PASO – MARTY ROBBINS

          20. YOU DON’T MESS AROUND
          WITH JIM – JIM CROCE

          21. BYE BYE LOVE –THE
          EVERLY BROTHERS

          22. HONEYCOMB – JIMMIE
          RODGERS

          23. SINK THE BISMARK – JOHNNY
          HORTON

          24. FLOWERS ON THE WALL
          – STATLER BROS.

          25. LITTLE BITTY TEAR – BURL
          IVES

          26.
          END OF THE LINE – THE TRAVELING
          WILBURYS

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    No decent club will draft this Winston character. Bears wouldn’t take him even as an undrafted rookie.

    • bearsfantillend

      wrong. If he is talented enough some team will take him at some point in the draft.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        some team maybe, but not a serious one. It’s impossible to sell ‘rapist’ to your fans.

        • bearsfantillend

          hasn’t been charged or convicted yet. besides Steelers’ fans don’t mind Roethlisberger, Ravens’ fans didn’t mind murdererin Ray Lewis. A lot of players have been accused of a lot of bad crimes. It’s not hard to sell Fans on a player if they are helping the team win. Just look at Marshall’s arrest history,

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            these were current players. Superbowl winners.

          • bearsfantillend

            fine if you want to nit pick.
            Mark Sanchez was accused of sexual assault in 2006 drafted 1st round in 2009
            Travis Johnson accused of sexual assault in 2003 drafted 1st round in 2005
            Lawrence Phillips – arrested for assault on ex-girlfriend. 1995 drafted 1st round in 1996

            the point is if players are talented enough then they will be drafted and fans won’t care.

  • bearsfantillend

    new thread!

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