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Bears Must Add Defensive Starter in Free Agency

| March 6th, 2014

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I am not for spending sprees in NFL free agency. More often than not the more money spent by an organization in March, the more time they end up spending in the salary cap penalty box for years to come. But Phil Emery’s execution a year ago – landing Jermon Bushrod and Martellus Bennett and Matt Slauson – proved to me the Bears GM knows how to approach the veteran flea market and add the right pieces at the right prices. (Pay too much for the starting left tackle, save a boat load on the starting left guard.)

But this offseason, coming off one of the worst defensive years in Bears history, Emery must attack that side of the ball. That starts Wednesday with free agency and runs right up through the signing of undrafted free agents in May. Emery must be aggressive, must believe that while injuries were greatly responsible for the downfall they were not the only element of culpability. The players on the roster were not good enough. Simply bringing them back is not an option.

Jairus Byrd, T.J. Ward, Linval Joseph, Lamarr Houston…etc. You can walk around the internet for the next hour and read the positives and negatives on all the defensive talent headed to the marketplace. Byrd is a star but can cheat in coverage. Houston is a brilliant run defender but his sack totals are not representative of a top tier pass rusher. Joseph’s first name is Linval.

They are all upgrades. Significant upgrades. And other than the positions occupied by Tim Jennings and Lance Briggs, the Bears should take upgrades wherever they can. And as Emery learned with Bushrod a year ago, sometimes you pay a bit more out of necessity, not desperation.

The Bears offense is championship caliber. The Bears defense is not and the organization can’t afford to take chances with draft picks at pivotal positions when all that’s needed is an incremental climb in the defensive rankings to leave second place in the NFC North behind and join the collection of contenders at the top of the conference.  The Bears can play a young safety if he’s paired with Byrd/Ward. The Bears can start a rookie defensive end if Houston is providing steadiness on the other side. The Bears can put a guy like Aaron Donald in there day one as part of a rotation that includes Joseph.

Will Emery make the move? I think he will. I think he knows fans expect it. I think he knows the locker room needs new veteran blood. And I think both he and Marc Trestman are invested in Mel Tucker’s success at defensive coordinator. That means toys to play with.

Free agency starts Wednesday.

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  • MB30SD

    Joseph and byrd. Make it happen cliff

    • Johnathan Wood

      the more I look at the FA market, the less likely I think Joseph goes to Chicago. A few reasons:
      1) The depth at DT is phenomenal, especially for run stuffers. Most of the guys available are 4 years older than Joseph (so 28-30 instead of 25), but will give you 90% of the run stuffing ability for the next 3 years at probably half the cost.
      2) The DE market sucks (draft too), and that’s a huge need. So I think they prioritize DE in FA. I expect Wootton back and to add a starting-caliber DE in FA.

      • MB30SD

        good analysis, thanks data

        • Johnathan Wood

          I don’t put all that much stock in PFF grades, but go a head and look at all the DTs they have on the market with good grades (+10 or better is a solidly above-average player). Most of them are run stuffers.

          https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2014/01/01/2014-free-agent-interior-d-linemen/

          • MB30SD

            i tend to be a big picture guy data (i.e., too lazy to get into the deets), so here’s my analysis and summary:

            * I just want to sign our good guys back for the right price (ratliff, woot, and melt if cheap)

            * I want the best DT or DE value available in FA

            * I want enough money to spend on shoring up the FS spot (with byrd) so that we can focus the first 2 picks in the draft on best DT/DE available.

            * I want to take a badass SS in the 3rd

            With that and some injury luck our D should be able to crack the top 20 this season.

          • Johnathan Wood

            IMO the D won’t need a ton to be average. When healthy(ish) last year it was average. Subtract McClellin from DE, that’s a boost.

            But they still have some solid talent on D (albeit older), and I would actually be surprised if they fall outside the top 20 this year (unless they just get hosed by injuries again or all of the young guys-including incoming draftees-simply suck).

          • man. can you imagine what last season would have looked like if we had the #20 defense?

            we beat washington. beat the lions at least once. beat the pack in week 17.

            11-5 would’ve been nice.

          • MB30SD

            yeeeeeeep.

            How’s my future ex wife doing? Have you sent her my pic yet?

          • i sent her a pic of mike brown.

            “great,” she laughed. “so this guy’s gonna give me an awesome performance, and then break his junk and not be able to come back to bed for the rest of the season. that’s gonna help.”

          • Shady

            OoOoOoOo Low blow!

          • MB30SD

            and you shut it… shady sniper.

          • get it? cause his name here is mike brown? and mike brown always got injured right after turning in an awesome play?

          • MB30SD

            tell her I kinda look like this: http://crustula.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/jesse-predator.jpg?w=500&h=240

            ‘cept without the mustache and butt chin. The guns do come standard… and I’m not talking about the minigun. (insert jersey shore exclamation of meatheadedness here)

            Oh, and, yeah, I might get hurt, but only near the end of our relationship and when I am on the… field… I’ll be the best she’s ever had.

            Jerk.

          • do you have time to bleed? she may or may not be a nail digger. i’m a gentleman so i’d never say.

          • MB30SD

            nah, man…. I ain’t got time… to bleed.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I’ll go with all of that except the SS in the third. Another project at DB who may or may not work out? Emery’s not going to blow 10+ million on a FS, but Ward should be within our grasp, and he’s already a badass.

            Then again, the fact that we signed Boggs sounds like they’re going with Garza and him this season, so maybe a FS in the 3rd after a DE and a DT ….sign Ward. That’s affordable and realistic.

          • MB30SD

            no, other way around as explained to you above. You MUCH more want the known badass to be at FS. Our line and LBs will be much improved… the SS is the run support safety and will be helped more by that… so go with Byrd and then pick up SS jimmy ward in rd 3… he’s also supposed to be a badass.

          • Irish Sweetness

            But we don’t have the cash for Byrd – he wants to be the highest paid safety in the NFL?

          • MB30SD

            I know… that’s the only problem. girl can dream though right?

            I don’t know anymore man… I’m leaving it to Phil. Fuck it. Just get us a good FS phil.

      • Johnathan Wood

        I would absolutely love for them to get Lamarr Houston, re-sign Wootton, add a lesser DT in FA (somebody on a 2-3 year deal for cheap), then draft Aaron Donald in round 1 and maybe look for a DE to develop in mid/late rounds (although they already have 2 developmental DE on the roster).

        Add in another lesser DE maybe (somebody like Kyle Moore last year). That gives you 7 or so solid guys you can rotate around. That’s EXACTLY what you need.

        Seattle last year had 7 DL men play between 30 and 40 snaps a game. keeps them fresh. Rotate them through and always be badass.

        • MB30SD

          that’s awesome… now what do you do about our 2 totally critical holes at BOTH safety spots? I know everything starts up front, but everyone saying a good dline fixes everything else is full of shit. We simply can’t continue to have guys like conte and wright back there and expect for things like the packers game fail not to keep happening and keeping us out of the playoffs.

          • Johnathan Wood

            I look for a cheaper competent FA S. A guy who can play solid ball for not much $$ (two S from NO-Roman Harper and Malcolm Jenkins-fit this bill, among others). Then I draft a rookie to compete with Conte (who also showed in 2012 he can fit that bill).

            Not ideal, but you can’t fix everything at once.

          • MB30SD

            sure you can:

            * Best value at DT/DE in Fa
            * Get Byrd
            * Rd 1 & 2 best value at DT/DE

            * Re-sign collins and maybe even melton

            * Pick up some short/small vet contracts to compete and maybe even play
            * everyone else stays every relatively healthy

            Bingo!

          • Johnathan Wood

            so you’re banking on 3 rookie starters + a contributor from the draft? That’s not a very good strategy.

          • MB30SD

            no 2 and a contributor… and I actually visualized a ST guys as the contributor.

            I expect some of the 2nd year guys to step the fuck up (bostic, greene, wilson, maybe even washington the octopi), for our vets/FA signings to be solid and to stay healthy, and for our first round guy to be a stud badass right off the bat, our 2nd rounder to at least be a situational contributor, and for one of our other rd 3-6 five guys to be a surprise starter (maybe part time or situational).

          • Johnathan Wood

            don’t forget David Bass. The Bears are likely to have Frey, Bass, McClellin, Bostic, Greene, Washington, plus 4+ rookies all as young guys on the D. Some of them will need to step up. If they don’t, it will be another long year. If they do, good things could be in store.

          • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

            Hopefully the new position coaches can actually COACH cuz Tucker – that guy….

          • MB30SD

            yes, but not one safety name on that list. We need 2+ new ones man.

          • David Bass! more Pick 6 plays in his career than chris conte!

          • MB30SD

            sigh

          • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

            We’re not signing Byrd.

            Also, there’s no Santa Claus.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Ignoring the safeties is insanity. Both of those fools need to get straight cut.

            The line will come from the draft. Ratliff, plus Collins, Paea and the rookie will provide a good rotation at tackle. Wooten, Washington, the Jag, and the rookie DE will be okay for the ends.

            if Conte can’t run angles at this stage of his life he never will. He’s a turd, and so is Wright. Dump ’em.

          • MB30SD

            my goodness… what a difference a day makes. I cain’t quite you maings… you’re winning my love back ain’tcha?!

          • SC Dave

            Says the guy that wanted to get rid of Forte.

          • Irish Sweetness

            For a first round draft pick and lose his salary? Absolutely. He’s only a running back.

          • SC Dave

            smh

          • dude. he went to Tulane. good running backs don’t come out of tulane. #fact

          • MB30SD

            Hahahahaha…. true story.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Happy to have him, don’t get me wrong – but you always have to wonder what other gap you can fill with 8M, right? Open the holes for the back and I don’t care what his name is. Plus if somebody gives you a 2nd or a 1st for a guy that cost you a 2nd years ago – net-net that’s win-win. Happy happy joy joy.

  • MB30SD

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog
    As I told a friend last night, Peanut Tillman will be the first NFL player I spend time arguing for Hall of Fame induction.

    this. : ((

    • Johnathan Wood

      sadly, I don’t think he’ll have much of a chance at the HOF, simply because he didn’t get national recognition until late in his career.

      But his turnover #s are up there with Woodson, Bailey, and Reed, all 3 of whom are locks for the Hall. Tillman should be mentioned in that class, but he’s not, and it’s a damn shame.

      • MB30SD

        agree

      • SC Dave

        Hall of Fame, Hall of Shamame… which of THOSE guys has a legendary technique NAMED after HIM? One that players in the league will attempt to emulate until Charles passes to the next world?

        Any?

        I thought not – Peanut Punch forever, bitches!

        • Irish Sweetness

          The Peanut Punch. A thing of beauty.

  • Johnathan Wood

    In response to the article title, I don’t think one FA starter will do it.

    Right now they need a starting CB, starting DT, 2 starting DE (assuming Pep is cut), starting MLB, and 1-2 starting S. They’re not getting all that in the draft.

    I expect every one of those spots to have a guy there to at least compete with a rookie for a job before the draft starts. Should be 2-3 contracts given out to guaranteed starters (aka multiple years, guaranteed $$) and 4-5 smaller one year deals (like what Slauson, Williams, and Anderson got last year) for guys who will compete for spots.

    • Irish Sweetness

      I haven’t given up on Peanut. No team is going to pay him the big bucks for what he USED to do. He missed half of last season. Teams look at his age and see that. I think he smells the coffee and signs for a reasonable salary. If we sign Ward, then FS is the only position we have to think hard about.

      • Johnathan Wood

        I will be very happy if Tillman is back at reasonable salary (something like what Ratliff signed, maybe 2 years $5M instead). He is still good when healthy. But when it goes, it goes fast.

      • MB30SD

        AHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAHHHHH… (the heavens open and sunbeams and angels fall down around irish as they serenade him with sweet sweet hymns).

        Ok, so at least youve taken that first step. Bad execution, but the first step usually is… Don’t worry about ward. He’s good, but go the extra mile, spend the extra cash and get byrd as our FS for the next 5-7.

        Decent SSs are a dime a dozen and we can pick one up on a short vet contract… we don’t need one of the best. With better injury luck, our best LBs back, and some heavy DL FA and draft picks, the SS will just become the guy to support in run downs and to pick off the tipped passes near the line of scrimmage.

        Still need the stud who knows that the fuck hes doing when you need to cover a super fast receiver in a fly into the endzone for the fucking NFCN champeenship and a playoff spot.

    • EnderWiggin

      Exactly. Emery had a FULL roster last year BEFORE the draft. I’d expect the exact same thing. Everyone was almost 100% sure we’d take Urlacher’s replacement in round one. Then we signed Williams and Anderson which gave us flexibility. Drafting the best player available is cliche but nice.

  • still waiting on that peanut article that was promised weeks ago. tweets aren’t the same thing, jefe.

    i want 1 Safety and 1 DL added through FA. i mean, i want more, but that is the least that I’ll accept. then spend the entire draft, minus 1 trestman-approved-qb, on defense.

    get younger. get quicker. get bigger.

  • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

    I approve of this message

  • Irish Sweetness

    Houston to start opposite our rook draftee? Why? What’s wrong with Wooten? Pay over the odds for another washed up end? No thanks. The draft will cement the line.

    FA spending? Easy. Safeties. End of.

  • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

    I like the Ratliff re-signing. I feel that he will be improved this year over the rehabbing version of last year. Wooton should be re-signed but play DE. We need a badass run stuffer on the line at DT and we will get that guy in FA. Draft another DT with the first pick and pick up a FA safety. Hayden coming back at nickel will be an upgrade actually. I hope Peanut comes back but at a reasonable price since he won’t last 10 games but his impact in those 10 games could be huge. A mediocre defense with a couple of key turnovers and a burgeoning juggernaut offense. Sad to see Hester go as he was a huge part of our Bears lives over the last 8 years. That guy was football Viagra.

    • Johnathan Wood

      I’m still not sold Hayden makes the team. Frey wasn’t half bad last year, is healthier, cheaper, and younger.

      • MB30SD

        hayden SUCKED every single time he was in. Turrible.

        • gpldan
        • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

          who’s worse, him or Frey?

          • MB30SD

            hayden, by far. Hayden should not be on an nfl fb field.

            When timmy j got hurt a couple years ago you could guarantee that the guy giving up the 1st down or TD on turrible coverage was going to be hayden. I watched him closely and he is NOT a good corner. Cut him.

          • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

            damn, you hate Hayden.

          • MB30SD

            He sucks man. I watched him carefully after a game or two and he was ALWAYS the guy getting used like a tampon. Pissed me off.

    • gpldan
      • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

        his highlight reel was 10:43 long….of fucking kickoff and punt returns!! Those special teams units were badass. They had swagger like the Seahawks D.

        • gpldan

          Here’s what a special team player who contributes looks like:

          Oh, and 0:34 to 0:54 is the greatest jump cut of all time. ALL TIME!

          • MB30SD

            he was a badass.

          • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

            Loved Metcalf. Like a little pony out there prancing and dancing. He was electric.

          • MB30SD

            (I might have chosen a different color for my skin tight tights… and maybe throw on some panties?)

          • gpldan

            OMFG. Prancercise.

            I am dying right now.

          • MB30SD

            dude! that’s the first time you’ve heard of this?!!??!

          • Irish Sweetness

            Cross between Barry and Wally?

          • SC Dave

            Sayers did a dozen or more that good.

          • CanadaBear

            Amen Dave. Sometimes I don’t reply to some of these statements because I’m sure some of the younger guys think, “Well, there goes Grandpa again”. I wish the old video did Sayers justice. I will always say that Sayers was a better runner than Walter. Walter was a better all-round football player.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Love to hear about the old stuff, C-Bear! I’m a fan of the history of the game, there were some special characters around. Gallimore gets left out of a lot of discussions because of when he played and his untimely death, even moreso Red Grange and Nagurski – but we should know about them all even though we may not have seen them. That’s maybe why I have never fallen in love with Forte – his numbers are great … he just never made me go “WOW!”. Simple as that. TJ was good, but I have to go back to Neal Anderson to when I last went “DAMN!”. When you add in all the other guys from the era like Bo, Dickerson, or even guys that you just loved watching like Okoye …. I dunno … Forte just puts up the numbers in a quiet fashion I guess.

            This one’s for you MB. How a FS should hit a 260lb RB.

        • Johnathan Wood

          notice Tillman was right there by Hester holding a key block til the very end on a lot of those.

    • CanadaBear

      Thanks for the link. I sat there grinning the entire clip. My favorite game had to be the Denver one against numbnuts (Sauerbrun). AWESOME!

  • gpldan
  • gpldan

    The Dude is a douche? A weird, reclusive, wealthy douche?

    #disappointed

    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2454643,00.asp

    • MB30SD

      it’ll get interesting when he’s found with one of those brad pitt garrott machines around his now severed head in the next couple weeks.

      • gpldan

        Tick Tock.

      • Irish Sweetness

        It was the losing the fingers part that grossed me out …

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      Not everyone is a fan, though. “My brother is an a***ole,” said
      his youngest brother, Arthur Nakamoto. “He’ll deny everything. He’ll
      never admit to starting bitcoin.”

      – sounds about right.

      • MB30SD

        what a fucking awesome quote. hilarious.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Being an asshole is almost compulsory to starting ventures. It almost requires an “I’m great – fuck you” attitude. Zuckerberg, Ellison, Steve Jobs ….

  • Doc Nitty

    Really looking forward to Wednesday.

    I say good riddance to Podlesh. I say thanks for all you’ve done to Devin Hester, but his one TD per year avg on returns post-2007 is ridiculous (pun intended). And I say please, please, please stay another year or two, Peanut. You sir, will be greatly missed.

    As for whose out there? I’d be lying if I said I knew a whole lot. but I’d be an idiot to not suggest replacing our inept safeties with damn near anybody.

    Go Emery!

    • MB30SD

      we miss you doc. come back to us

      • Doc Nitty

        Who has time, mang?

        • MB30SD

          make time. it’s medicine… bros time always is. Hope everything’s good my maings.

          • Doc Nitty

            I’m fine, but shit has been crazy lately. Had to put my dog down, just found out my mom has dementia and my best friend whose 38 just had a heart attack. He’s fine but yeah, life’s been crazy.

          • Cormonster

            Sorry to hear the bad news Doc. Wishing you and yours the best.

          • Shady

            Hang in there maings.

          • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

            Yeah, that’s rough. My cous now went on the heart transplant list.

            He’s 36! Man, I feel you.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Sorry to hear about your mom, Doc. That’s a pure c**t of a thing. Cruel as can be.

          • CanadaBear

            Really sorry to hear about your mom Doc. Cherish the time you have. Hopefully your mom’s dementia moves at a glacially slow pace. We put our little dog down last year. I still cry about it once in a while. Best wishes.

  • MB30SD
    • gpldan

      I didn’t know Bowen’s son had Downs. That’s sad. He’s one of the guys who played hard and works hard after football.

      • MB30SD

        yeah. The ex and I discussed and no way we would have gone ahead. Maybe we’re bad people, but it’s a newborn X 10 right? Rough choice. Good for him.

        • DaCoaches Mustache

          I have a niece with downs and she is awesome. She’s only 3, she has a great attitude and is always smiling and brightening up the room. There were extra health expenses and there will be more that thats a really shitty thing to say MB.

          • MB30SD

            Ho Ly Fucking Shit. You come back after months of being gone just to make me feel like an asshole. Damn you.

            It has nothing to do with down kids man. I’ve had a couple in my life – not directly but in my life. My aunt also had bad cerebral palsy and I was the one in the family that went out of my way whenever I could to spend time with her, do whatever I could to brighten her day. Our decision was based more on knowing what we could and couldn’t do. It was just a personal decision. I knew it would bum some of you guys out, but I decided to post it anyway, because it was an honest decision based on real circumstances.

            Sorry if I upset you my maings. I’m sure your niece is an amazing little girl who’ll grow up to be an amazing woman and positive add to this earth.

          • MB30SD

            yes, I feel like an asshole. Happy now?

            I don’t even know you any more coach.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Whoa, man. The rough choice is terminating because of Down’s. Dude. That’s what the Nazis suggested for society. Down’s children are happy kids – it’s not autism. It’s the selfish parents that want designer kids that have the problem. Would you terminate an autistic kid? An Asperger’s? A cleft lip? Red hair? Where does does it stop?

          • Irish Sweetness

            The more I think about it, it’s a tough one. I’ve never been in that position. I’ve only ever had one pregnancy face me, and it was twins … so that was that.

            Another case against abortion – people terminating because they don’t want the hassle of two babies at the same time. Or what about a selective abortion where they choose to terminate ONE! Imagine explaining that one to your kid later on.

            The two little bastards are here covered in chocolate, watching Tinkerbell and murdering one another, the walls are covered in permanent marker and crayons. And I’m glad.

            Phil Coulter wrote a song about his child who has Down’s. Luke Kelly sings it. “Scorn not his simplicity, rather try to love him all the more”.

            Daoine le Dia.

          • Cormonster

            I love that song since you posted it for huntinbear a few years ago.

          • MB30SD

            I get it maing. Personal choice. Who knows how it would have gone if it would have actually happened. Different situation when it becomes real.

      • Irish Sweetness

        It’s not sad for the kid, they’re happy out. The Irish for Down’s is “daoine le dia” …. “people with God”.

  • Bears-4-Ever

    Well See ya Devin…thank you for the great memories. I hope you break the record in Tampa.

    You’ll always be a BEAR to me. Good Luck Bro!

  • gpldan

    Jeff Tweets:

    Brian Urlacher hasn’t stopped complaining about Bears since no team in NFL other than Bears offered him a contract.

    Yeah, Jeff we know – the regulars here talk about it all the time. You know, the guys who push your hit count way up.

    Urlacher makes Carlton Fisk look like a amateur. He’s clearly going for Butkus Redux since Dick kissed and made up for his jersey retirement. Prior to that Butkus was no fan of the organization and would constantly say that jersey retirement was “stupid”. Especially when he was in the play by play booth and asked about it, which is why that whole Hub-Butkus WBBM team got flushed, or at least part of the reason.

    Urlacher seems to want to pick up the “hatin Halas Hall” torch. What he’s too stupid to understand is that someday he will need the money, livin large as he does. And then, after pissing everyone in Chicago off, nobody will give him any endorsements the one place he needs them. See the guy in my avatar for the case study on this.

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      a Lach-Hub broadcasting team calling the Bears. I would LOVE to hear that. It would be like two of your bitter exes talking shit about you at a bar.

      At least Olin just disappeared into oblivion. Where the fuck did he go? Of all the Lovie Bears, I would like to hear his stories most.

      • gpldan

        Pull up last night’s Score show on the 670 site with Jeff Joniak.

        Olin was his guest. He refrained from trashing the Bears too much. He mostly praised Phil’s decision to give Garza another year and how important the king of the locker room is to team chem.

        • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

          wow. Gotta check that out. I’m not sure I ever heard him on radio/tv after he just quit the Saints once he got demoted.

        • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

          ah, man, “there’s a lot of stories we can’t say on the air.” Those are the stories I want to hear!

          The one anecdote about Joniak’s first day on Bears Airforce One is classic Olin.

          He seemed a lot less prickish than I imagined. He would have made a way better tv personality than those meatheads on NFL network.

          Man, what’s up Lach’s ass…

          • MB30SD

            his big meat-head… what’s new?

          • Irish Sweetness

            He has reason to be pissed. He got royally screwed. Dissed by the team he brought to the verge of greatness, a team with no leadership on offense, he led the whole franchise for a long time. And we fucked him. we fucked him and gave him a boot up the ass on the way out. “Here’s ten cents Bri, now fuck off.”

            Piss poor by the Bears – although Halas would have approved.

          • CanadaBear

            I admire your loyalty but nobody else offered anything. I love Devin but it’s time. If not, our roster would be full of old guys that we love that aren’t getting it done. He would have helped last year after all the injuries but that’s hindsight. If DJ and Lambo stayed healthy last year, Lach would have been second string. His wheels were gone and that was his calling card.

          • Irish Sweetness

            He would have been running in the right direction though. The in-game adjustments would have been made, and people would have been in the right places. Lac wasn’t as fast as he once was, but other things improve with age, such as leadership and making the right calls. I doubt he could have made up for all the injuries though.

          • johnnywad

            His head. Full of Tau.

    • CanadaBear

      I’m guessing the network puts him up to it and he’s not confident/smart enough to say no. I’ve only seen brief clips of him on air. It was pretty dreadful.

    • MB30SD

      Hey fucking Irish… did you just read that.

      Nail on the head GP. Exactafuckingmundo!

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    On a cultural note, it has come to my attention that some of you have NOT watched “American Psycho”. It quite frankly alarms me, heathens. So, for anyone who hasn’t watched, WATCH it. At the very least there’s a scene that’s very cathartic featuring a singer/actor getting hacked to death with an axe.

    IF you can, watch the special edition uncut one (that’s what she said!). They have a nice little doc/essay on NY during the 70/80s for those who are nostalgic.

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    On the D-note, Emery will definitely fill the defense with starters, it’s just a matter of what ONE big name he’s going sign. A DE, a DT, a S? and which one? We all know it’s going to happen. It’s E’s m.o. (EMO, if you will).

    Scanning the draft, I tend to agree with Data. The DE is a bit thin. Ealy, Tuitt, Hageman…and none of them are “disruptive” in the mold of Clowney. More like holding the point of attack, with some pressure (which is still an upgrade for us at this juncture).

    So maybe we get an elite DE in FA with that in mind, but a lot of the good ones are now unavailable (Johnson), and the rest we’ll definitely have to over pay for.

    So we might see a different philosophy adopted. Emery might sign mid-level guys at DE, restructure Pepp, and re-focus the point of the attack away from the perimeter, to the interior and re-sign Melt/Linval AND draft DT Aaron Donald, the most disruptive rusher in the draft besides Clowney (some would argue Donald is even more disruptive).

    Woot/Pepp would only have to NOT go backward, while the onus of penetration would now shift to the rotation of Donald, Melt/Linval, Ratliff, Paea and maybe Collins.

    Tommie Harris has proven that this can be an effective strategy, while the so-so Brown/Ongunleye bookends just had to not suck balls.

    Just a though.

    • Johnathan Wood

      The more I look at it the less likely I think Linval Joseph is. Big $$ on a DT just doesn’t seem in the cards this offseason, especially when he can’t rush the passer.

      • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

        It depends on the price. I keep hearing conflicting reports on him. Some say $30M, others closer to $55M.

        Joseph is not a classic 3-tech disruptor, but from what I hear, he does get pressure.

        Joesph/Ratliff/Paea would be an excellent complement to Donald.

        For the right price though. If not, then Melton comes back, or maybe a lower tier DT, but that would almost force our hand to draft DT in the first round, which I don’t think Emery wants.

  • MB30SD
    • Trac

      Be careful, it has been said that the eyes are the gateway to the soul. Hahaha

      • CanadaBear

        Trac I hate to say it but your cross was a little gaudy. Perhaps a smaller one would be more tasteful!!!!!!!

    • gpldan

      I love my Rowdy Roddy look.

      • CanadaBear

        Who doesn’t love a fuzzy mullet?

  • MB30SD

    Ok guys, no fucking around I need your help with a moral dilemma.

    I bought to Beta fighting fish for my kids about 6 months ago. THey’re a pain in the ass and my kids don’t even look at them any more. Well, today I went to feed them on one was cooked. For some reason the pump got all hot and the water in the tank was like 85 degrees.

    So one died, the other is still alive. I kinda wanna flush the other one down the toilet. The surviving one is old and looks pretty haggard… and I’m sick of feeding these things and cleaning their tank while my kids never even look at them.

    Flush or give away (if I can) – you’ve got one hr (it’s 4:40 PST now)?

    • Cormonster

      Bring it to a store that sells fish. They will probably take it.

    • None

      Where is the dilemma? One flush, and the fish will be in a happy place.

      • MB30SD

        that’s my question… do they survive to go live in the sewer and later turn into CHUDs?

        • CanadaBear

          Burial at sea!

    • Doc Nitty

      We did the fish thing too. Same experience. Never again. I say kill that slippery little fucker.

      • MB30SD

        Hahahahahaha

    • tobijohn

      If you had a cat, this would not be a problem. Seriously, Cor’s suggestion is not a bad one but I suspect the pet store would be hesitant to resell it, hence take it. Bet if you threw something up on Craigslist, you could find a home for it. Those Siamese Fighting Fish folks can be almost cult-like…

      • MB30SD

        craig’slist…. grooooaaaan.

        I’ll figure it out. Can’t bring myself to off the little fucker.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Scorn nooooooot his fish-lis-i-teeeee, but rather try to flush him down the bawwwwwg ….

    • Bender McLugh

      Do you have a pond or stream near you?

      Catch and release…….

      • MB30SD

        I might try that. He survived the night, so he’s earned his freedon

  • Doc Nitty

    New problem fellas.

    I’m all done with work and ready to go home, but the problem is, Down By the River is on Pandora and I don’t ever walk out on Neil. And it’s like a 20 minute song.

    As for the well wishes below, thanks guys. It’s appreciated. But let’s not shed a tear for the Nitty. Despite my comments below, my life is not a country song.

    Oh wait, I have three kids. I guess it is.

  • MB30SD
  • MB30SD

    hey $, guess what I just rented.

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      Debbie Does Dallas?

      2nd guess, American Psycho.

      • MB30SD

        oh my god……………………….. it even has a watermark.

        • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

          Fucking Paul Allen.

          • MB30SD

            Dude….. DUDE. This movie is FUCKED UP! WTF?!

          • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

            Not the face!

          • gpldan

            It’s Hip to be Square!

  • Cormonster

    Sign Byrd and a run stuffer along with our DL from last year minus Peppers. Draft a couple DL guys and a safety to groom in the later rounds and we’re set.

    Move Byrd to SS and let Conte stay at FS unless our draft pick wins the job. Still curious how the linebacker position will play out..

    • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

      Cor, why would you take a brilliant FS and make him a SS? That’s what Angelo fucking does. We are done with that shit. If Byrd comes in he’s centerfield.

      • Johnathan Wood

        and my favorite 2 guys for round 2, Buccanon and Ward, are both SS. Also vets you could sign for cheap to compete with the rookie there.

      • MB30SD

        Oh thank you god… I was about to go all American psycho… but I have faith that corm is just fucking with me

        • Cormonster

          Just fucking around. That’s how I roll. No changies, right?

          • MB30SD

            What yonny said… No more projects please

    • Irish Sweetness

      I see what you did there. MB didn’t bite though ….

  • Trac

    Melton needs to stay on our roster. I think Emery will find a way to sign him for a reasonable price. Looking at out options, it doesn’t make sense to let him walk. Keeping Melton on our roster will allow the Bears to avoid having to reach in free agency. I believe Emery’s going to be able to do this because I just don’t see the kind of offers coming for Melton via FA that will put him out of reach.

    • johnnywad

      Milton’s knee makes him a big question mark. I can’t imagine a guy of that size, coming off an ACL, that won’t be able to participate in any, camps, OTA’s, or any preseason games is worth signing to a short term deal. Why? There wont be many offers coming to him in FA for a reason. The signing of Ratliff, allows Phil to draft his replacement. Cheaper and fewer question marks.

      • Trac

        I think Phil’s waiting to see what the market will offer Melton. I think he’s worth a mid level signing risk.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Huh? How many tackles do we need? Sign Collins. Paea, Ratliff … the stud we’re going to draft … isn’t that enough … why do we need to overpay a guy like Melton who’s numbers are skewed by one Julius Peppers having played beside him ? Nah. Don’t like his off-field issues either. Get rid off Melton and Peppers (he’s done). You guys think Urlacher was worth two million at most? I’m not giving peppers 500K to call it in. Fresh blood at DE and DT please.

  • Trac

    Should a team such as the Bears allow solid free agents to walk and then go out and sign top dollar FA’s with an iffy cap? I’m thinking the best way for Emery to buy more time this year is to keep peanut and Melton. Anyone?

    • CanadaBear

      It’s all about the money. Peanut for sure should come back. Melt is a tough call. I thought Melt was a difference maker before he tore his ACL. Never know what he will look like this year. Knowing PE he has a top $ amount for both players and won’t go above it.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Tommie Harris. Thank you.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Again, Melton. Why? We need money to spend elsewhere – like on Jimmie Ward – not on hyped-up ACL jobs who bite people when they’re drunk, guys that won’t have Julius Peppers around to make them look good.

  • johnnywad

    The Bears did not fuck Brian Urlacher or Devin Hester.

    Urlacher earned more than $70 million in salary as a Bear. This does not include endorsement money. His last season as a Bear was a gift to him. He looked slow and old and was unable to do his job well. I’d say he got a pretty fair shake considering he isn’t even smart enough to keep his mouth shut and continue signing new endorsement deals in Chicago.

    Devin was paid like a wide receiver for years to suck at it. He’s spent three seasons being slightly above average as a kick returner. During those three seasons, I contend Tim Jennings would likely have been a better return man. I know you don’t use a Pro Bowl CB to return kicks, but the point is a dumbass like me can immediately find a body on the roster capable of filling his job. So why have a guy do ONE thing and be paid as if he’s doing more? Bad business model.

    The concept of loyalty in business is stupid. Employers pay employees to so a job so they can make money. When the job is done and the money has been paid, everybody is square with the house. Businesses cannot continue to pay people to di things they were once good at but no longer are. Anybody have a friend or acquaintance in their mid 50’s that has been forced out of their job for a younger sleeker version that costs less. I do. Same thing. Why should the NFL be different?

    Loyalty my ass.

    • MB30SD

      Thank you for returning sanity to this blog johnny. Well done.

      Irish, put down that alien expose for a second and read the above pls

      • gpldan

        I’ve explained it to Irish twice myself.

        He Dooooon’t Care. He compares the $1M deal to dropping a dime on Brian. I’d like a dime like that.

      • johnnywad

        Welcome.

        Check it. Baffoe’s readin my stuff. He just says it way more gooder than me.

        http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2014/03/07/baffoe-urlacher-puts-grudge-ahead-of-basic-business-with-hester-comments/

        • MB30SD

          perfect.

          Irish, pls read the whole article above, but here’s the moneyshot for you, “Brian Urlacher hates the Bears general manager because in 2013, Emery put what was best for the team ahead of letting the corpse of a Hall of Famer decay further on the field. And then when nobody else wanted Urlacher either, he burned a bridge rather than admit even just to himself that Emery was basically right.”

          • Irish Sweetness

            Okay, let’s put all personal feelings for Lac aside for a moment.

            “..letting the corpse of a Hall of Famer decay further on the field.”

            I implore any of you to point to a game played by Urlacher in a Bears uni where he let us down. One game, any game. When? I never saw that game. I never saw him let us down. Sure, he couldn’t go sideline to sideline quite as fast as he used to. So what? Was Ray Lewis running as fast as Pat Willis in his Superbowl? Did it matter?

            How fast is Chris Conte? Major Wright? How many times were those jokers out of position or on the wrong side of the fucking field last season? What’s the point of being super fast when you’re running in the wrong direction?

            Lac doesn’t like Cutty? So fucking what? He’s kind of a cocky kid for a QB who’s won sweet fuck all in his life. Know who else was cocky? Jimmy Mac – except that he broke about 70 collegiate records and won a Lombardi before he was assassinated by Charles Martin.

            Emery should have called a presser and announced Brian’s retirement. He was either fit to play pro football or he wasn’t. If the offer was serious, and they wanted him to play ball for another year, you don’t offer him the salary of a backup tackle – he’s your defensive captain, your middle linebacker, and you have enough class not to low-ball the guy.

            In Asia, what they did to him was indefensible – he would have had to commit suicide in order to save face after that.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Corollary. I’ve seen plenty of Lance Briggs and Julius Peppers look ordinary. Plenty. See, those boys haven’t got the mental hoo-ha to know what’s up when Big brother Bri’s not around to tell them ….

    • Irish Sweetness

      Nah, they fucked him. Name me a starting linebacker in the NFL who plays for two million ?
      It wasn’t about loyalty – you should never pay someone on their past achievements. Emery knew what he was doing, he knew Brian would blow his stack at such a cheap offer. But who’s calling your defense in his absence? Briggsy? He’s a grown man who reads comics. There was NOBODY left.

    • SC Dave

      Devin Hester was paid wide receiver money so that he would not return kicks for anyone the Bear might have to play against. Period.

      • johnnywad

        I disagree. He was paid wide receiver money because the Bears had none and Angelo and Smith were fairly inept at finding good ones. NFL teams don’t pay players to suck at a position so they won’t play some other position for a different team.

        • CanadaBear

          Devin got a great signing bonus/guarantee when he resigned but all the rest of the contract was based on production at WR. He never cashed in many of those escalator clauses.

  • Johnathan Wood

    So now Lance Briggs is bitching in public too. He always was Urlacher’s little brother. Geez.

    • MB30SD

      fuck that guy. Shitcan him. So done with all these whiney fucking lovie cronies. Fuck you lance, go play mediocre football for a mediocre coach on a less than mediocre team. Go have fun with that you massive dbag.

      Asshole.

      • Johnathan Wood

        Problem is they need him to be their defensive captain and leader this year.

        • MB30SD

          I get that, but what is a D captain that’s badmouthing the org and the D?

          What are the options data? Can we trade him? Cut him and save cap? What’s his last contract say.

          I’m just done with these guys… especially him. He’s been rewarded RICHLY by the bears and he always bitches.

          • Bender McLugh

            This isn’t anything new from Lance. Even under Lovie he would complain about his contract, his Lamborghini repair man, etc.

            I really want to give him a pass on his bitching (for now) simply because I can’t imagine just how frustrating it would have been this last season to be on that horrid D. Just another Briggs-just-shut-the-fuck-up-and-PLAY moment….

      • gpldan

        “whiney lovie cronies”

        excellent name for a Texas bar band.

      • CanadaBear

        Really? He’s been the best LB on the Bears for years and you want to run him out of town because he misses his pals. SMH!

        • MB30SD

          Yeah, how’d employing a bunch of disgruntled lovie’s kids work out for us last year?

          Exactly. ..no thanks on 2.0. Smh.

          • CanadaBear

            All of a sudden Briggs sucks? Really faulty logic.

    • johnnywad

      What could Briggs possibly be bitching about?

      • Johnathan Wood
        • Cormonster

          I didn’t think it was that bad.

          • MB30SD

            After I read the article, I agree. I was going on his pas douchebaggery.

            Not that bad, but still signifies he’s holding onto the past and hasn’t bought all the way into the new system. If he’s going to be a locker room cancer, just let him walk.

          • gpldan

            Mel Tucker is the kind of guy who can help Briggs transition post playing days into a Linebacker coach.

            I actually think Lance would be a better linebacker coach than Singletary, because he’s a bit more funny and gets on with other players better than Samurai Mike, who was always just wound too tight.

            So Briggs has every incentive to be a good company man this year with Mel. He’s just sore that Emery cut Hester.

            If he was a leader, he would have called Devin out in public when Devin said he was playing half-halfheartedly for two seasons. Cause that is weak sauce in football. If you ain’t got it, son, you step down and give somebody else a shot at the roster spot.

            Emery just helped make Devin’s mind up for him.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I would have cut Hester the first I heard of his admission. I would have called him into the office, said “did you say that?”, the first sign of an affirmative response I’d have him escorted from the building. He broke his contract in the most blatant way imaginable.

            By the way, my math isn’t so good apparently.

            Hester (regular season) : 18 PR TDs, 13 KR TDs.

            Yet he has 20 overall return TDs? What am I missing?

            18 + 13 + 1 FG return TD + 1 SB TD = at least 33 TDs plus whatever playoff TDs I’m missing … ?

            20 total return TDs ?? WTF?

        • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

          I thought it would be worse. He’s just venting, and really didn’t throw anyone under the bus. Kaplan seemed to be leading him a little bit saying that Lach and Hester should have been given the boot more graciously.

          So are we supposed to host media days for every player we let go now? Lach, Hester, Pepp, Peanut, Briggs…?

          • i still tear up thinking about Leon Joe’s impassioned speech after Tank Johnson was shown the door.

          • gpldan

            How did that one go?

            “He only had 2 loaded shotguns in the trunk of his DeVille! I mean damn, Walter fucking White can haul a damn .50 cal but Tank can’t keep a couple of sawed-offs handy?”

          • Irish Sweetness

            “Kaplan seemed to be leading him a little bit saying that Lach and Hester should have been given the boot more graciously.”

            And what in the name of all that is holy is wrong with that? Fuck Hester, he called it in for two years, that’s unacceptable. Fuck him. But Lac? He was the face of this franchise for 13 years.

    • NewBearInTown

      “For a guy like me, and Peanut and Brian who have been here a long time, we’ve seen a lot of guys come and go, and I think we all know our time is coming, but it’s sad when it does. And I hate to see a guy like Devin and what he has meant to this city and to the Bears’ organization not brought back. He’s a guy that I’ve become very close with from the day he got there, to over the years we’ve gotten closer and closer. It’s hard with the bond that you build with all your brothers. It kind of just sucks.”

      Briggs totally gets it. But he’s absolutely right, it still sucks.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Did you read what he said ? Where was he bitching? He misses Devin, his little bro. That’s cool. He misses Lac, his big bro. That’s cool. He paid props to Tucker – he said Tuck made the right calls last season, but the players didn’t execute. I don’t see any bitching there.

      • MB30SD

        Awwwwww… there’s not crying in football. Guy’s a wanker.

  • gpldan

    My girlfriend would probably be pissed with me, but it would kind of be fun to go to the roast of Doug Buffone next Friday.

    http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2014/01/27/announcing-670-the-scores-2014-celebrity-roast-of-doug-buffone/

    • MB30SD

      why, because you’ll have fun?

      “GP… what is that I smell all over you?!? WHAT IS THAT… IS THAT….. FUUUUN?????

      HOOOOW DAAAARE YOU have fun without me!”

      smfh at chicks.

      • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

        “Is that glitter on your crotch! Why do you smell like victoria secret and have a stupid grin on your face!?”

        Oh, sorry, having a flashback.

        • MB30SD
          • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

            Back in highschool, I thought I didn’t want to be with anyone else…but I also thought 311 was a good band.

            Bwhahaha.

          • MB30SD

            (disclaimer: I like 311)

          • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

            AND you don’t like Seinfeld.

            -2 points.

          • MB30SD

            whatevs… hipster.

            I don’t own any albums, and I don’t have any on my ipad/ipod, but I leave it on when they come on the radio.

          • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)
          • MB30SD
          • MB30SD

            you must LOVE this show then: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7flZEDMT6I

          • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

            I haven’t really watched that show all that much actually. When it’s on, I’ll watch it. It has it’s moments, but the foibles of hollywood stars, meh.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I never got the Seinfeld thing either. Or the fact that you were SUPPOSED to love Seinfeld.

          • beninnorcal

            I like 311 AND Seinfield.

    • Cormonster

      I’d go to that. $115 for laughs and free booze for 4 hours. That’s a bargain in Chicago.

      Speaking of Buffone, did any of you guys ever subscribe to The Bear Report? I read it religiously in the 80’s and early 90’s. I could swear Buffone was the editor or owner or both, but nothing on his Wikipedia page about it.

      • DaMurph

        I subscribed, and I thought he was at least part owner.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Abe Gibron ALWAYS pronounced Doug’s last name as, you guessed it, “BuffOON.”

      Sadly, that word pretty much summed up Abe as a head coach.

      • SC Dave

        When I read the first sentence, I immediately thought “pot calling the kettle black”.

        • AlbertInTucson

          For sure. Make no mistake about it, Doug Buffone was an outstanding linebacker.

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    So, Bennett says he wants to test the market. I’m not sure if that’s code for “I want to play with my bro” or “SHOOOOW MEEE THE MONEY!”

    Hopefully it’s the former.

    We will have to overpay for him, but the cap might keep increasing from now on. It went up like what, $10M this year? Maybe that will soften the blow a bit.

    • Johnathan Wood

      it’s projected to be about $140M next year, $150M the year after that, and $160M the next year.

      That makes it likely you’re gonna see some stupid big contracts handed out on Tuesday.

    • Johnathan Wood

      In regards to Bennett, he has stated it will be about money. Said he won’t take a discount because “This isn’t Costco”

  • gpldan

    MB –

    Hammond’s Ep5 test of the 918 is up.

    There’s going to be a June Special TG with the Stig vs. Lewis Hamilton, one takes the 918 and the other the McClaren P1. At Silverstone.

    • MB30SD

      WOW, that will be AWESOME. Without having watched Hammond’s review yet, my money’s on the McClaren is Hamilton drives.

      Then there’s this: http://editorial.autos.msn.com/the-worlds-worst-supercars

      Ok, going to watch now…. thanks for posting maings.

      • gpldan

        Watching the afterburner exhaust ports, you may need to shift in your seat.

        Until Ferrari releases LaFerrari, I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like the 918. It’s incredible.

        • MB30SD

          watching now. Fucken a maings. Wow. If I had fuck you… and your camel money, would be fun no?

          Hammond nails it about 6:40 in… the P1 is a race car, the 918 is a porsche that can drive like a race car. The all-wheel drive/steering has to give it a big advantage I’d think.

          And yeah, those top exhaust ports are amazing. What a car. Still think the McLaren take it by brute force

          • MB30SD

            this is also going to be interesting, as you mentioned: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRsV6YpLsKA

          • Irish Sweetness

            Nice to look at, as you would a painting .. but only a complete wanker would actually purchase and drive one. N’est pas? I mean if you had all of that money, wouldn’t you drive something less wanker-ish? Aston Martin, say, or Jaguar …

          • MB30SD

            My ex FiL is that exact wanker. Actually, he’s even more of one… He voted for palin. No, not just McCain palin, he wanted palin.

            What a totally and complete asshole… who also drives a canary yellow Ferrari.

          • CanadaBear

            Who doesn’t enjoy a talking bumper sticker (Palin)?

          • MB30SD

            I literally cannot listen to her talk and it’s not because of her politics. I want to reach through the screen and slap her. Annoying moron.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I’m not thinking of slapping her .. .well, not in the way you’re talking about. Something would definitely be slapping against something. I’ll be 42 this week, it’s not that disgusting.

          • CanadaBear

            As long as she was silent.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Case in point. Q.E.D.

          • Irish Sweetness

            A small, tiny part of me – the evil part ( that breathes within each and every one of us) … does yearn to see Clarkson two-wheel one of these vehicles into a wall.

            Bless me father for I have sinned … I have wished ill-will on a member of the Top Gear team ….

          • MB30SD

            Hammond did… In a jet car. Google it. Poor little shit.

        • MB30SD

          totally fake. And lame.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Revelation : I have never driven a car on a public road. But there is something that attracts me to Top Gear, although IMHO, ‘James May on the moon’ was my favorite thing any of them have done. Other than demo a building with – I think – a toyota Hilux on the roof of it.

          • MB30SD

            W….t….f?!?!

            What do you mean you’ve never driven on a road. You submatter hover in your discount instead?

            And of course you’re drawn to it, you’re a man. saw the hilux one. Hilarious.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Back home I used to walk 3 miles to work, 3 miles back, with a hard gym session at lunch-times. Working for a Canadian company rocks. Driving was never necessary. Too far to walk? Bicycle. If I drove cars I’d be dead long ago or somebody else would. #drunkasfuck

          • MB30SD

            Got it. In San Diego if you don’t have a car and don’t live downtown or in PB or ob, you’re fucked. Stranded. City is so spread out and there’s literally zero pubtrans

    • Irish Sweetness

      So was Schumacher just Stig for one show? Or what was the deal there?

      • MB30SD

        Yes. For the Ferrari FXX. Fucking car is a rocket ship and need a real professional

        Sad he’s not going to recover.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “I always get worried about plane crashes when minor celebrities are on board. Joe Lieberman is on my flight to Jax.” .

    How big is the plane?

    Carole Lombard (Mrs. Clark Gable) Richie Valens & J.P. The “Big Bopper” Richardson. Patsy Cline. Jim Reeves. Rocky Marciano. Audie Murphy. Jim Croce. Stevie Ray Vaughn. Roberto Clemente.

    Reasons I avoid small aircraft like the plague.

    • Trac

      Lol. Don’t worry, most people don’t even remember who that cat is.

      • johnnywad

        You’re kidding me right? You talking about Waylon like that? Why I oughta…………

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      Buddy Holly, John Denver, Jenni Rivera (recently)…JFK Jr?

    • gpldan

      In fairness to fixed wing aircraft, Stevie Ray got killed in a helicopter.

      Robert Cray and Eric Clapton were at the show, and stepped aside to let Stevie take the copter because he was in a hurry.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Knew Stevie Ray was in a Helicopter which qualifies as “small aircraft”. FORGOT the Cray-Clapton angle.

        Supposedly, Waylon Jennings “lost the toss” for the final seat on that ill-fated Buddy Holly flight.

    • Cormonster

      Otis Redding.

      • johnnywad

        Love me some Otis Cor. Listen to one of his Greatest Hits albums at least twice a week.

        We ever gonna get to fish again? I just heard this week, there will be a major fish kill this spring due to the extended ice cover on the lakes. The lakes are completely covered and the ice so thick, its going to take forever to melt off. There won’t be enough oxygen in the water to support the fish. Damn.

        • MB30SD

          Global warming

          • johnnywad

            I wish I could get in on some of that global warming. My buddy’s brother loves to tell me its colder because of global warming. So when we get El Nino winters and its warmer, its global warming. And when we get Polar Vortexes and its colder, its global warming. Its a nice position to be in. Regardless of the conditions you get to be right

          • MB30SD

            supposedly we’re heading into another el nino. Might not, but the conditions are setting up to be perfect for one this summer.

            Here that means 75-78 degree water from july – october. LOOOOVE IIIIIITTTT (said in happy oprah voice). But then the next winter will be VERY wet and we’ll get dumped on like crazy…. which will be good cause we’re in a massive drought right now, cause of, you know… global warming.

          • Irish Sweetness

            HAARP.

          • Cormonster

            If your buddy’s brother starts talking about concensus or the Skeptical Science website then it’s almost pointless to debate that person. They are a true believer and no facts or logic will change their mind. But I still debate them anyways!

            None of their arguments for anthropogenic global warming holds up in a debate. That’s why people like Al Gore and Barry Obama always say “the debate is over”. It’s a political agenda, plain and simple.

            I’ve been a skeptic (denier) since my liberal days in college back in the early 90’s. Why? Because I have a real science background based on the scientific method, not the pseudo science of simplistic computer models that are pushed by the UN IPCC.

            I’ve stated this before. The top models used by the IPCC are so wrong they are not even within their margin of error for global warming over the last 15 years. In fact, the average computer model was over 400% off. 400%!!!!!!!!!!!

            When I fucked up in a lab experiment, I was nervous as hell about my grade when I was 5-10% off expected results.

            But now we are supposed to believe a minor greenhouse gas like CO2, which comprises less than 1% of all greenhouse gasses, will dramatically alter our environment? It’s so fucking stupid and totally pisses me off.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I’m with you man. The amount of CO2 we produce compared to the amount churned out by nature isn’t even worth talking about. As soon as I saw Al Gore do that documentary, I thought … whoa … hold on … one of Satan’s spawn … talking about the environment … what’s his angle? Didn’t take long to find out it was carbon taxes.

            We came out of an ice age ten thousand years ago, now we’re warming up … we’ll go back into an ice age …we’ll warm up … and there isn’t a damn thing we can do about it. The Earth .. .the solar system .. .the galaxy we live in … they all have their cycles and their ways.

            It’s Nature, and we’re just here for the ride.

          • Cormonster

            I read Michael Crichton’s book State of Fear a few years ago. Great book. His afterward is worth a read.

            http://www.michaelcrichton.net/essay-stateoffear-whypoliticizedscienceisdangerous.html

          • AlbertInTucson

            I believe the hucksters, er, proponents behind that scam, er, theory, now refer to it as “Global Climate Change” in order to cover their butts.

        • Cormonster

          I love Otis too. Such a shame he died so young like many other great artists.

          Here’s a good version of one of his classics.

          http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=e27hFNGL8kg

          Not sure if you’ve been around long enough to know I’m a Warren Haynes junkie. I don’t know the exact number, but I’ve seen him live at least 40 times as a conservative number. Allman Brothers, Gov’t Mule, the Dead, Warren Haynes band, and solo acoustic. I’ve taken over 30 people off the top of my head to their 1st Gov’t Mule show. Anyway, here’s another Otis cover.

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

          Warrens not Otis, but I think he does him justice.

          • johnnywad

            Nice.

            I just downloaded some Sam Cooke this week. Lots more there than the two or three songs I remembered. There’s even a little of his early gospel stuff on there. Serious talent. Awesome.

            I’ve only been into the R&B stuff two or three years. My parents used to listen to it when I was a kid so I guess I kind of went back. I’ve just frown weary if what’s on the radio day in and day out. Its a bunch of contrived garbage. I’ll even go back and listen to some David Lee Roth just to here a dude that’s comfy in his own skin.

          • Irish Sweetness

            DLR had some good stuff back in the day. I loved the Skyscraper album.

          • johnnywad

            Ice Cream Man. Might be my new handle soon on this here blog.

          • Cormonster

            There’s a lot of good bands out there now, but very little of it is on commercial radio stations. I guess it’s good for me that most of the bands I really like rarely play venues over 2,000 people so I can usually get great seats. A good contemporary R&B / soul band is The Warren Haynes band. Man in Motion is a studio album and Live at the Moody Theater is a 2CD / 1DVD package. Great stuff.

            Canada is the resident expert on this kind of music. He’s loaded with knowledge about blues and R&B.

            Hopefully in about two weeks I can go walleye fishing by the dam. Tired of this long ass cold winter.

          • CanadaBear

            Johnny get Sam Cooke Live at the Harlem Square Club (Miami). It kills from beginning to end. The recording is fantastic for ’63. King Curtis is on sax and blows the roof off the joint. There is another Live Sam Cooke album out there but it doesn’t cut it.

            The intro takes forever but once he gets going this is by far the best version of Bring it on Home to Me I’ve ever heard.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Sorry.
            You’re welcome.

    • tobijohn

      Don’t forget members of Lynyrd Skynyrd and Ricky Nelson. Thurman Munson too

    • tobijohn

      Payne Stewart (the Plus Fours guy on the PGA tour)…

    • tobijohn

      Nothin’ like the internet:

      http://www.planecrashinfo.com/famous.htm

      • AlbertInTucson

        INTERESTING list. Tobi.

        Sept. 17th, 1935:

        Len Koenecke 31, baseball player, Dodgers, Giants.

        After being thrown off an American Airlines flight for being drunk, Koenecke boarded a charter flight. A fight broke out between the pilot, Koenecke and another passenger. After Koenecke grabbed for the controls, the pilot hit him over the head with a fire extinguisher killing him.

        • MB30SD

          Holy schnikies

        • Irish Sweetness

          On a baseball note … I learned about Ted Williams this week. Never heard of him. One of the greatest pure ball-strikers that there was. I did not know that.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Never heard of Ted Williams?

            Yikes.

            You can’t be much of a baseball fan, Irish.

            If not for seasons lost to military service as a fighter pilot in WWII AND Korea (John Glenn’s wingman in that “Police Action”), he likely would have passed Babe Ruth on the all-time homerun list long before Hank Aaron did.

            Uh, you DO know Mssrs. Ruth and Aaron, I presume?

          • Irish Sweetness

            Not a baseball fan, no, fun to play though.

            Yes, Babe Ruth/Hank Aaron are known to me as home-run dudes … and I know DiMaggio, but mostly because he was bangin’ Marilyn.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Somewhere at home I’ve got complete sets of Topps Baseball cards from the Eighties (in presentation boxes – corporate gift things). Worth anything?

          • CanadaBear

            Not sure how much but it definitely is worth some cash.

          • CanadaBear

            A couple of quick Ted Williams’ stories. He swore like a drunken longshoreman. When he would take batting practice he would say out loud, “I’m Ted Fucking Williams and I’m the greatest hitter in the Major Fucking League. He was going to meet Richard Nixon at the White House and one of Tricky Dicky’s aides tried to warn Nixon about Ted’s vocabulary. Nixon was said to reply, “Yeah, I know that fucker”.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Don’t forget Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr.

      Denver was born in Roswell, I did not know that. He was four years old when aliens crashed there. Cool.

      • gpldan

        That’s how John Denver knew God.

    • CanadaBear

      Al you forgot the headliner from the Surf Ballroom show in Clear Lake, Iowa. The one and only Buddy Holly.

      The worst scare I’ve ever had in a plane was a float plane in Ontario. We were flying along not all that high in the air when we hit an air pocket. The plane must have dropped at least 100 feet instantly. Since I was the smallest I always had to ride up front with the pilot. When the plane dropped my old man was in the back with a few of his buddies. All I could hear over the noise of the engines was “WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE”!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That, in a nutshell, was my old man. He was a trip!

  • Trac

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/03/07/cowboys-make-enough-moves-to-get-under-the-cap-again/

    This is why you can’t go hog wild in FA when you should be rebuilding through the draft. The cowboys refuse to rebuild because Jerra can’t help himself and thier QB’s contract has not helped. I sure hope Emery is up to the task of picking up his game come draft time.

    • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

      You don’t rely on the draft when you have one of the top offenses in the league and can win now. You have to have sense of urgency in Free Agency AND draft effectively. Angelo put us behind the 8ball with 8 years of dog shit drafting.

      • Trac

        What will we have 2 years from now? I just read an article about how shocked and disappointed jimmy graham is that the saints are having to release so many players to pay for his and drews contracts. This is what has screwed today’s NFL fans. The mega contracts always cause teams to release good players. If I could change one thing about the NFL. it would be the prices of admission, coaches salaries and these ridiculously large contracts. Greed has ruined this sport.

        • MB30SD

          Greed has ruined the world…. since men came to be.

          • Trac

            Yes MB. Greed is sin. Just one aspect of it. Reject God and man becomes the master of his universe so there is truth to your statement. See how I did that?

          • MB30SD

            I do, i do!

            Hmmmm…. shall we discuss the inquisition, the crusades, tithe, mega churches, who has historically owned the most land, etc… etc…

            Greed transcends God as he/it pertains to man trac, in fact, one could make the argument that historically there’s been a strong parallel relationship. (Shhhh… that’s a euphemism for, ‘man created god as a device… nay, a weapon… of control and greed’)

            Hos 24:7

            (See how I did that)

          • Trac

            Nowhere in the new testament do you find support for any obedient believer to have justified any of the above. Like I said before, “Judgement begins in the house of God”. You reject the implication of a creator because you see the result of wickedness practiced by professing believers and so maybe man has the tendency to blame it on God or man made religion I think.

            Try this one on: I also reject religion as a mechanism to justify evil and guess what, so did Jesus. That is why he was crucified because he spoke out against the religious leaders of His day who were doing the very thing you have referenced.

            Net net, religion can be very very evil, benign or very very good. I believe we have all been born with a conscience that allows us to distinguish what is good and what isn’t but only to a point. The Bible teaches that unless a man submits to God, he cannot resist the devil or his inner impulses and he will die in the condition he prescribes for himself.

            Oh people can manage how far they take a certain disposition but if they never define their own standards by anything outside of themselves that is flawless, the struggle with what we know is wrong will always be there waiting for an opportunity to manifest itself.

            You’re a smart guy but how is it possible to reach past your limited intelligence if you live inside the box of your own making? Philosophy 101!

          • MB30SD

            I agree with that last statement and would put it right back on you. You’re an intelligent guy, so why look to a book of fables as guidance when you yourself just said we’re born with enough conscience to know good from bad and make decisions about which path to take every day.

            I’ve never committed a capital sin and I live my life to be happy and to make others happy. Have I sinned sure if you’re going by the book. I drink once in a while, I’ve slept with married women, I’ve killed animals for fun (birds with a pellet gun when I was young and dumb), I’ve gotten in fights, I’ve said mean things to people I love, and people I hate… I hate, etc… etc… But I’ve never done anything that would get me put in jail (cept speed and drive while tipsy), but on the whole, I’m a good person and I do my best to enrich the lives of those around me.

            So why do I need god? And why YOUR definition of him/it? Why not one of the other definitions that preceded yours by millennia? Or what about one of the aboriginal ‘religions’ that are so so so much more harmonious and at one with the rest of man kind and nature?

            That’s what I believe trac, that mother nature is ‘god’. That ‘god’ is in everything living, not some old man with flowing beard and locks that sits on a cloud and judges your actions, especially those that don’t conform to a very specific list. So if I’m a good person and I do much good, but don’t conform to your very specific and bounded definition of good, I go to hell.

            How do you even come close to swallowing something so ridiculous as that, as an intelligent man?

            Honestly man, boggles my mind. It makes absolutely zero sense to me as a reasoning sentient being. You’ve more than welcome to it, but when you use it to judge and define my life I just laugh.

          • gpldan

            Look at you, bangin’ the married ladies on the side.

            DJ GP spins this one up for you, today MB:

          • MB30SD

            Hahahaha… naw, not any more. I did twice when I was in my early 20s (and they were strange kind of open marriages). Don’t mess with that shit any more, age makes you smarter/kinder about that kind of stuff.

          • Trac

            This mother nature?

            Considered the moon-goddess, Asherah was often presented as a consort of Baal, the sun-god (Judges 3:7, 6:28, 10:6; 1 Samuel 7:4, 12:10).
            Asherah was also worshiped as the goddess of love and war and was
            sometimes linked with Anath, another Canaanite goddess. Worship of
            Asherah was noted for its “SENSUALITY” and involved ritual prostitution.

            There is nothing new under the sun.

            By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain.

            It’s all good, I know I can’t change your mind but there is one that is able to.

          • MB30SD

            No, not that mother nature. NOT the one defined by man… see that’s my whole thing, everything you believe in is defined, created, bounded by how man envisions things.

            That is EXACTLY why it’s so flawed. Without man there is no god trac… your god at least.

            Without man IS my god. Not some definition given by men to try and control other men… but flowers, trees, the mountains, hawks, rabbits, etc… etc… things that aren’t designed by man to be bent and wielded. What you did above with what I gave you is THE problem with faith as we define it… from where I sit at least.

            If God is all powerful, then he can’t be defined by man… but then to believe that you have to believe in dinosaurs too. 😉

            And I will believe in your Specific brand of God the second I meet him.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Oh boy! A debate on religion/god/the bible that I’m SURE will be resolved to everyone’s satisfaction in short order.

        • Irish Sweetness

          AGENTS ruined the sport.

          • CanadaBear

            That’s like blaming lawyers for all the law suits. Greedy people hired them to get as much money as possible. I don’t remember a lawyer or agent ever forcing their clients to proceed.

          • Irish Sweetness

            They let their agents take care of the business, but I’m sure they wish the agents didn’t push so hard sometimes where they just force you into retirement through refusal to compromise.

          • CanadaBear

            They work for their clients. The client has the final say so on everything.

    • Johnathan Wood

      there has to be a balance. Relying solely on the draft gives you a good team that consistently comes up short because you’re an egotistical maniac who refuses to change from his system and wastes the prime of a studly QB (cough GB cough).

      But spending huge in FA repeatedly gives you WAS and DAL. You need to draft well and supplement in FA. Emery has killed it in FA/veteran trades so far in his career. Has shown some promise drafting, needs to continue to do that well (and show he can draft D at all)

      • Irish Sweetness

        In Emery we trust.

        I expect a few Ted Williams-y hits to leave the park this off-season (see how I did that?). He’s not Michael Lombardi, he’s the real deal.

  • MB30SD

    hey shady… finally said fuck it, going to get me a PS4 today. Can’t find one. Everyone still sold out. smh.

    • Shady

      I know, I got lucky myself. Wasn’t even planning on buying one when I was in BBY but they had just recieved a shipment of 5 that morning and had one left. Don’t worry, you’ll get yours too. Just be patient… I know, not exactly your strongest trait.

      • MB30SD

        Hahahaha… you bastard. I was cleaning out my pics yesterday and came across your double bird. Made me laugh.

        Gonna have to make it out there next year again.

        • MB30SD

          Cause you owe me a fucking beer.

    • Irish Sweetness

      PCs. Install World of Tanks. End of.

  • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

    Ok, this fucking whining pussy shit has gotten old from these Lovie, old guard defensive players. It was so bad that Briggs, Pep, Tillman and Melton tried to have a fucking coup this year. They don’t like Cutler because Brian didn’t like Cutler. Fucking division on the team before the season even started. Then the Defense fucking got raped and embarassed and were THE REASON that the Bears didn’t go deep into the playoffs. As a defender you just need to shut the fuck up because you just gave up the most yards and points in the HISTORY OF THE BEARS.

    It was so bad that Cutler had to call out guys for not being on board. Like Chicago is the only place where you can’t get cut or be released or it’s a personal affront to your fucking soul. It’s a fucking business and when you get old in a sport you are shitcanned. When you don’t adapt in business you starve and are shitcanned. These guys really do show their true colors when it’s on the line. These are fucking kids when it comes down to it but they are in their early to mid 30’s but once they started getting benefits from football hardly any fucking grow up.

    • MB30SD

      Thiiiiiiiiiiiiiis!

    • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

      It’s also a business where the average rookie makes more money than the president…of the country.

    • tobijohn

      Coup? Where did you hear that? Details please…

      • CanadaBear

        It’s kind of like Belushi saying the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor. Johnny’s on a roll, just go with it!

        • tobijohn

          I have this image of Halas Hall being surrounded by big brawny masked guys in orange/navy blue uniforms but without any team insignia, logos or numbers, driving Escalades and Mercedes G-class SUVs devoid of license plate and city stickers…

      • Johnathan Wood

        There were rumors all over the place that the defenders were unhappy Trestman handed the reigns back to Cutler from McCown. Nothing confirmed though.

        • AlbertInTucson

          The DEFENDERS were unhappy with Trestman. No doubt because said defenders were PLAYING SO WELL.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Jimmy Graham is doing the same in N.O. which cut loose Sproles today.

      • Johnathan Wood

        That team is in cap hell and had no choice. Too many old overpaid players, need to get rid of some of them.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Yet Graham tried to get himself classed as a wide receiver and rack up anothe few million against the Saints’ CAP with the Franchise tag. Talk about trying to have your cake and eat it, too.

  • MB30SD

    GP, just watched The Counselor.

    The dialog was pretty labored and contrived at times, but I liked it. Pretty dark, but good. The ferrari scene was classic. Diaz is NOT aging well. Few more years and she’s going to look hideous.

    • Irish Sweetness

      OH COME ON !!!!! Reuben Blade’s dialogue? Where the fuck have you heard dialogue like that this side of the GODFATHER?

      Plus one on Diaz…. but then she never looked good. Mouth like a dolphin.

      • MB30SD

        No it was excellent, but there were two speeches that really stood out as way over thought. There was one in the beginning, can’t remember who… and Diaz’ one at the end with her banker.

        The Ferrari story was brilliant. And Pitt was entertaining.

        Ha! I was thinking a carp. Def a weird mouth.

        • johnnywad

          Holy fucking early riser. Isn’t 5:45 a.m. Saturday there? Go. Getter.

          • MB30SD

            Yep. Going to go check the surf and if it sucks hit the gym or go for a run. Booyah!

            See what happens when you’re not out drinking and carousing with loose women. Yeah, sucks… but can’t do it *every* weekend, I’m old.

          • MB30SD

            Btw, it’s supposed to be 75 here today… not a cloud in the sky. This place kinda sucks. (hee hee)

            http://www.surfline.com/surf-report/swamis-southern-california_4789/

          • DaMurph

            jerk!……..as it snows here again!

          • tobijohn

            FINALLY back in the mid 70s in West Palm. I’m pretty sick of the 80+ temps we’ve been having all winter…

          • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

            damn you Tobi.

          • DaMurph

            You guys are killin me!

          • tobijohn

            Run an extra mile or two for me. I ate an entire foot long strawberry cheese Danish while reading your comments and links last night. It was delicious…

          • MB30SD

            excellent.

            And I can’t even use the SD weather against you. It’s like you’re impervious!

          • johnnywad

            You and I are more alike than you know

        • gpldan

          Javier Bardem was great playing menace in No Country for Old Men. But when he plays it for laughs, he’s actually pretty funny.

          • MB30SD

            agree… he was good.

            He was weird and kinda turrible as the villain in skyfall.

          • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

            That’s right, friendo.

          • Irish Sweetness

            That thing he carried in NCFOM. A bolt for cattle .. .wtf is that thing called? Freaked me out no end.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Trust you. I’m like “what Ferrari ..?”

      • Shady

        Mouth like a dolphin! bwahahaha

        ahgay, ahgay-ahgay…. eeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

        • Irish Sweetness

          Maybe that’s how she comes !!! Ewwwww….. with a facehugger for a pussy … double-ewwwwwww…..

      • gpldan

        A Dolphin! Yes! That’s IT!

        • Irish Sweetness

          Or a Baleen whale ….

      • AlbertInTucson

        For there was never WAS “Something About Mary”.

  • johnnywad

    Irish:

    Player salary

    Patrick Willis-2011: $1,900,000
    Navorro Bowman-2012: $665,000
    Luke Kuechly-2013: $2,200,000

    This is why Lach was allowed to leave the building. He wasn’t worth the money. Had DJ Williams not torn his Pectoral muscle, he was better, faster and cheaper. I want Bears championships. You have to cut loose dead weight at some point. Even if your nostalgia dictates otherwise.

    • MB30SD

      THIIIIIS!

    • gpldan

      I need to archive my posts, because I am too damn lazy to do it again, but I showed how Lach collected big the year he was injured, and played nothing. If you look at his total earnings over his entire career vs. how many games played, he did very well.

      • SC Dave

        He also played very well – don’t forget that.

    • Johnathan Wood

      Chicago’s 2013 LBs were better than their 2012 versions (for a lot less $$) until 2/3 of them got hurt and the rookies weren’t ready.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Get the fuck out of here !! I guess the pay scale for entering and leaving the league are the same … fair enough.

  • gpldan

    A Boeing 777 at cruising altitude doesn’t just vanish from screens with no radio traffic if it had mechanical problems. Now they found two passengers who didn’t make the flight because their passports were stolen at gunpoint.

    Somebody blew this plane outta the sky. The question is: to kill a passenger or passengers, or just generalized terrorism?

    I hate air travel.

    • MB30SD

      yeeeeaaaah, south east asia is the biggest muslim pop in the world. Not exactly the safest place on earth,

    • AlbertInTucson

      Would not some set of wackos have stepped up for “credit” by now?

      • IBNO

        Not necessarily. Immediate claims of credit can be very detrimental to the health of individuals and/or organizations.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Like in a the form of a “gift” from a drone up the tailpipe of your motor bike.

    • Irish Sweetness

      It is, I believe, also the only commercial aircraft that can take off and land without any human help whatsoever. That’s all I got.

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      If Islamic Terrorists really were behind it, that would be about the stupidist move they could possibly do.

      China has like a billion soldiers, and their government has just been itching to use them while reducing some of their population to more manageable levels. It’ll give China a perfect pretext to re-establish its sphere of influence, and how can the U.S. protest? We did the same after 9/11.

      • IBNO

        China already has a war going on against Muslims. In Xinjiang, against the Uyghurs. They wouldn’t need a terrorist attack on a Malaysian jetliner as a pretext.

        • Irish Sweetness

          China has an internal war in itself – the northwest of China – a third of the country’s population hates the Han Chinese, the other two thirds. They don’t even speak Chinese or eat the same food. The fuckin’ hate ’em. My school gets a Chinese teacher every year from Kunming. A few weeks ago a bunch of them walked into the Kunming train station with machetes and murdered over 30 people and injured about 130 more. Kids too. Brutal.

    • IBNO

      Sure they “vanish from screens with no radio traffic” all the time. Egyptair, AirFrance just in the post 9/11 era for examples.

      Let’s not jump to conclusions until we have some facts other than stolen passports (which happens a lot more often than you’d realize).

  • MB30SD
  • Shady

    Damn, really wanted this guy to stabilize the middle for the Bears.

    http://espn.go.com/espn/print?id=10573738&type=story

  • johnnywad

    Devin’s claim to the record books should be addressed whether he gets into the end zone again or not. What Sanders did and what Devin did, are not the same.
    Returning interceptions for touchdowns is nothing like returning kicks for touchdowns. Interceptions returned for touchdowns typically occur by surprise against an unbalanced, short field filled with players that suck at tackling.
    Kick returns occur over a full field against players that know it’s coming and are specifically trained day in and day out to stop the return man.
    What Sanders did, while remarkable in its own right, should never appear in the same historical context as what Devin has done and my still do more of. Its just not the same thing.

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      AND they pooched it out of bounds like at the 40 A LOT. Even didn’t mind it on kickoffs. I’ve never seen that, not Hall, not Meggett, not Cribbs, not no one.

      If they would have kicked it to him even 1/3 more, he’d absolutely already own the record.

    • RenoBear

      Agree 100%. It has always irritated me that they are compared together. Two COMPLETELY different animals. Apples and oranges etc…

    • EnderWiggin

      Great point. Just think if Devin was never a WR. If he spent the last decade backing up Tillman/Jennings or even playing some nickle, then he absolutely destroys Sanders’ record. Destroys it! Shit! Why did I like Lovie so much?

  • Johnathan Wood

    LOL GB. 2x the $$ to Shields that Tim Jennings got? Thanks.

    • Johnathan Wood

      I absolutely love that GB’s strategy this offseason seems to mainly be paying $$ to keep their shitty D intact.

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      I saw that. I think he’s getting paid like $27M in two years too. The Fudge fans seem to be split. Some think he’s worth it because he’s only like 26 and still learning the position, others deem it idiocy because they won’t be able to really beef up their pass rush now.

      It’s a very curious move by an organization that usually doesn’t splurge.

      Just glad we got Stein. We got a bargain in Jennings, but now I’m wondering if Peanut will see Shield’s contract and demand more.

      • johnnywad

        Peanut will get a fair shake no matter where he goes. He’s not young enough to press based on Shield’s bullshit deal. Packers are fucked man. I love it. You can’t spend money like that, on guys like that, and come out on top. (See Revis Island)

      • Irish Sweetness

        Cromartie’s on the street lookin’ for a new baby-momma, Peanut better be careful.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Sorry if this was posted. Surprised Jefe didn’t have Bennett up there as our DE-target in FA.

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000332059/article/report-seahawks-michael-bennett-on-bears-radar

    Second choice for Phil seems to be :

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000332058/article/reports-michael-johnson-linked-to-bears-vikings-bucs

    So if we sign a vet DE does that mean we go :

    Rd 1 : Best DT.
    Rd 2 : FS
    Rd 3: I have to write down ‘Center’ but it’s not going to happen now / DE
    Rd 4: That 230lb RB somebody mentioned ……

  • Irish Sweetness

    So if we don’t go DE in FA .. .do we make Byrd a very rich man ? If we did :

    Rd 1: Best DE.

    Rd 2: Best DT.

    Rd 3: Best SS.

    How ’bout them apples?

    So we need to go either safety or DE in Free Agency then draft whichever of DE/DT/FS/SS has not been addressed, using the top three picks. A bit of luck with injuries, maybe another surprise signing that works out as a starter, and this team could be on the road.

    But we say that every f#$%in year …..

    Lions owner died. Uh …. he was rich.

    • Johnathan Wood

      what about CB?

      • MB30SD

        Worse case…Jennings, bowman, hayden, frey… Low level udfa or fa vet min signing. .. If we lose the nut. Best case all that plus the nut.

        We can make that work for one year IF we fix the dl and at least half of the safety problem ( you know which half I’m talking about too)

        • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

          Loving Hayden now, eh?

          I actually think he’s better on the outside then as a nickle, but not much better.

          Some CBs are better suited for the slot. Jennings is one of those. Hayden and even Nut aren’t.

          Hopefully Peanut will re-sign, if not, then Bowman will have to step up and at least be serviceable. His issue was always consistency, but he looked ok last year especially considering the elephant dung which was our D.

          • MB30SD

            No… not anything hayden except as a body to plug a hole. I trust some no name udfa will beat his horrible ass out.

            If we fix the dl and get a franchise FS, we can make the rest work till next year.

        • johnnywad

          SS.

          • MB30SD

            Jimmie ward. Rd 3

          • Irish Sweetness

            If Bennett or Byrd doesn’t happen then we absolutely must sign Ward. I’ve only seen a highlight reel, but he just seems to have a nose for the ball, runs good angles and lays the wood. Baller. Monster material. I still think it will be another draft next year before we’re any way monstrous.

          • George Hernandez

            Think he’s going higher than that after his pro-day, round 2 or bust for him.

          • Johnathan Wood

            I have long wanted Ward in round 2, but it seems likely now he won’t even be there for them.

        • Irish Sweetness

          If we lose Nut then we are proper banjaxed. No safeties and one half-decent corner. Bleuch!

        • Johnathan Wood

          I would love Bowman back and draft a CB in rd 2 or 3 to groom/compete with Bowman for starting spot

          • MB30SD

            you’d take a CB in rd 2 OR 3 over a FS or SS? We have some serviceable CBs on the roster even if we lose peanut. We’ve got conte, steltz, and Walters locked up at safety?!?!

            Need at least 2 Safeties in Fa + draft.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Depends on Peanut. I can’t see them letting Peanut walk. He must realize he can’t get paid top dollar at his age. One more year from Peanut. We get a CB in round 1 next year. Deal?

    • MB30SD

      I knew you’d come around. I just needed to alter my approach. Thanks for the tip about using the anal probe system aliens!!

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    Hey, Russia and Iran are accusing the U.S. of being controlled by “Tall White Overloards” (so see racists, whites are still in charge!). It was also part of Snowden’s leaked documents. The story was even picked up by Fox and Forbes.

    Can’t make this up. Irish is Snowden?

    http://youtu.be/bq-e2Dx50MY

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      Also, if you’re tired of “X-files” and “Star-Trek” re-runs, take a listen to this.

      http://youtu.be/R255n5LAsqs

      From doing my research, his narratives seem to be more or less an outline to what many UFO-oligists believe. Sounds nuts, but he pretty much covers a majority of the alien species, their possible nature/motives, and all that entails. I’m pretty sure he avoided the question that he made love to an alien, but don’t let that get in the way of a good story!

      And on a side alien note, the Catholic Church allows for the possibility of alien life, but if aliens are gay, then they’re sinning too? I guess NTTAWWT doesn’t apply to aliens as well. Sorry Aliens, should have read the Old Testament!

      • tobijohn

        I’m thinking that Ignatius Loyola (founder of the Jesuit order) was a Tall White. I spent my first two years of high school under their tutelage and it would explain a lot. and the Sisters of Loretto (who had me grades 1-8) while not aliens themselves, I’m pretty sure were influenced by them…

        • CanadaBear

          I had BVM’s for eight years and then a combo of priests, nuns and lay teachers from 9-12. They weren’t aliens. They were mean mistreaters!

      • Irish Sweetness

        The Vatican’s X-files department is probably the oldest and most extensive collection of data on the planet. The Church accepts the existence of E.T.s.

        • CanadaBear

          Of course they do. Their entire schtick is based on believing the unbelievable.

    • tobijohn

      Onion material, for sure…

    • Irish Sweetness

      I saw that – decided against posting, I think. Paul Hellyer got his info from somewhere – I don’t think he would make unfounded claims in front of 6 members of U.S. Congress at the citizen hearings on disclosure if he hadn’t.

      Paul used some info I sent him from my friend Yuri on the RT channel interview he did.

      I think this is disinformation however. The TWs are a benevolent species (the Nordic type, anyway), that sounds more like Tall Greys or the Reptilians.

    • Irish Sweetness

      This the main source on TWs – Charles J Hall. He hasn’t spoken in many years, this is from January. He was a liason between TWs and Nellis AFB, where they had a base. Allegedly.

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    I have this sneaking suspicion that Bennett’s going to be a Bear. Just my spider-sense.

    Emery has a knack for making big splashes. B-Marsh, Black-Uni, Bushrod.

    Heck, even Angelo got Cutler and Pepp. Real ballers want to wear navy blue.

    • Johnathan Wood

      I have a sneaking suspicion this is going to happen and I’m gonna punch my computer screen when I see how much money they gave him.

      • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

        I know. It’s like buying a car. You go in and are set on buying a sedan. Then, out of the corner of the eye, you spot a cherry red convertible. You drive home with the top down and the air in your hair feeling like you’re 18 again…then the bill comes.

      • George Hernandez

        I don’t even flip out though when I see these contracts, I look at the guaranteed money and how the contract is structured. Let’s take B-Marsh for example, if he wouldnt have worked out and we had to cut him, his entire 9 mil this year is unguaranteed (he does have a small workout bonus, but go with me) we could have just cut him with no cap ramifications. I’ll be pissed if there’s a huge signing bonus that creates an uncomfortable Peppers like situation later on down the road where you have to take $4M cap hits in successive years for players no longer on the roster. I also hope the guaranteed money isn’t more than Mario money but Ev Griffin just got $20 mil guaranteed so I guess that’s the floor. I could see Bennett pulling down $26MM guaranteed which is more than what Mario got.

        My prediction is 5yr/$55MM, $26MM guaranteed (not all of it for injury, skill, cap) which would put him at #2 in guaranteed money for a DE and T7 in average annual value. He’ll get most of it in the first 3 years with the crazier hits coming in years 2&3 and this years hit coming in at ~$4MM, the signing bonus should be moderate $5-10MM, but for me that’s the only thing i really can’t gauge right now.

        • Johnathan Wood

          Bennett is gonna get $12M a year plus with a ton of guaranteed $$. Perks of being the top FA at a premium position in a friendly market.

          • George Hernandez

            We’re both wrong. Brad Biggs is reporting SEA offering $8MM per year, we’re offering $8.5MM.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Angelo got Cutty WITHOUT B-Marsh, when McTard wanted both gone.

  • Johnathan Wood

    Now Everson Griffen gets $8M a year. He’s never been a starter.

    This is gonna be a ridiculous year for contracts. I’m actually starting to hope the Bears sit out the first few days.

    • tobijohn

      Can we get by with a rotation of B/B+ lineman instead of one A/A+ guy? If that’s possible, at least we’d be a little more resilient to injuries…

      • Johnathan Wood

        I’d be all for getting a bunch of solid but unspectacular guys, but you still need 1-2 studs to really make it work. Even if you bank on one of those guys being your first round pick, you still would ideally get one in FA. But I’m not sure any of the DL guys are enough of a difference maker to justify paying out the ass it would take to get them.

        Still, even a B DL with no stars but 7 players who aren’t horseshit gives them an average D, which would be awesome.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Josh McCown. Lovie’s beady eye.

    In true Star Wars fashion, I have a bad feeling about this ….

    • johnnywad

      Lovie won’t get Josh more than 1800 yards in a season.

      • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

        Lovie would find a way to fuck up Andrew Luck.

        Bucs may draft a QB in the first too. Who will it be? Whichever QB has the smallest hands.

        • gpldan

          Speaking of…. Rex is a URFA. You know you want him.

          I’m sure Cutty and him would bond just great. Or…. not.

          • Irish Sweetness

            His dad’ll be like “You’re a great QB Rex, just hang in there, somebody’ll see sense…”
            “I know, dad …. I know …..(uncomfortable silence) … Dad …. I’m gay …..”

          • MB30SD

            nttawwt

      • Irish Sweetness

        Ahhh … Lovie’s rose-tinted brain …. and the lack of oxygen at birth that spawned it …..

  • gpldan

    I know McCown isn’t going to sign for $600k, I get that. But past $1M and one wonders. If somebody steps up and offers him $2M, I don’t know that you want to match.

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      Trust Cutty lasting an entire season? Flip the coin, Friendo.

    • Irish Sweetness

      We paid Campbell $3M and we’re not going to offer Josh that? It’s the msot important position on the squad. 2nd most important? The backup.

      I’d pay Josh even more, because at some point .. .he’s going to be leading our team. I hope.

      Lovie’s gonna steal him, and fuck us.

      • johnnywad

        Lovie will be laughing all the way back to Tampa with the quarterback he stole. And just paid like a starter. Because he played 3 out of 5 games WAY better than any in his previous eleven seasons. While he was throwing to Brandon, Alshon, Martellus and Matty. They got dudes all over the field like that in Tampa? Is he bringing Trestman with him? Oh, almost forgot, Josh will turn 35 this season. “Steal” isn’t the right word. Maybe “recycle” or “repurpose”.

        • Irish Sweetness

          But at some point in the season … that hi-powered O will be led by …… Jordan Palmer ….. at which point we’re pondering the next draft really early ….. and I’ll be anticipating the Juno mission’s arrival at Jupiter in 2015 and the real reason it’s going there.

          {Because the militaries of the world are really interested in rocks, gas and all that science shit, so they spend hundreds of billions of dollars on … y’know … science. Get over it!}

          Oh.

        • Johnathan Wood

          he had 2 really good games… GB and Dallas. What did they have in common? Really shitty defenses.
          He had two pretty bad games… STL and MIN. One pressured the shit out of him and he couldn’t handle it (STL), the other he just couldn’t hit the blind side of a barn (but Alshon had 2 ridiculous catches to save his #s).
          He was meh against Baltimore.

      • George Hernandez

        “Josh is our quarterback”

  • Shady

    Bears sign Nate Collins and Jordan Palmer, closing in on Michael Bennett.

    Collins and Palmer could be negotiating chips in a deal for Melton and McCown, and the Michael Bennett noise keeps getting louder.

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      Nice to see Collins getting re-signed. He really flashes at time. After these signings, I’m not sure we’re running as much ‘hybrid’ as we first imagined. FA will clue us in more, but I so far magic 8 balls says “maybe”.

      • gpldan

        You don’t know that Collins has burst after his MCL tear. He could get all butter with it.

        I hope he’s the same player, but I don’t think you can count on that.

        • Irish Sweetness

          I’ll take ‘MCLs over ACLs’ for 200, Alex …..

        • Johnathan Wood

          it’s a one-year veteran minimum with no guaranteed $$. Collins will be competing for a roster spot in camp. Zero downside to this signing.

      • Johnathan Wood

        Ratliff is scheme-versatile. Will be more about the DEs they fill out with than the DTs.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Bad news on Palmer. Lovie’s got the cash bid in and is prepared to pay him like a baller. Damn. Cutty goes down next season and it’s lights out. Had we paid Josh 3-4 M and Cutty goes down .. .we get better.

  • gpldan
  • MB30SD
  • MB30SD

    Well, there you have it: http://tracking.si.com/2014/03/09/michael-bennett-bears-sign-free-agency-rumors/?eref=sihp

    Looks like we might have the black uni brothers. Mother fucker better bring the god damn noise man.

    $, Data, NB… what’s your take on him? One year wonder alex brown/izzy or true monster that will dramatically improve our pass rush/run game? Better than linval, or bryant, or any of the others?

    • MB30SD

      So let’s assume we get him, we have what:

      DTs – Ratliff, Paea, Collins (knee?)
      DEs – Bennett, Washington (spaz), David Bass (meh), Cheta Ozougwu (meh)

      Who’s still not signed: Woot (I assume he’ll get resigned), Melton (maybe/maybe not)… uhhhh… I’m forgetting someone (already assuming pep is gone)?

      Then we go:
      FA: Ward (SS – you’re welcome Irish), a couple other 1 yr, vet min signings at safety and DL, maybe LB or CB is available

      Draft:
      Rd 1: If we resign woot AND melton, I think we should go Dix here is he’s still on the board
      Rd 2: BPA at DT or DE
      Rd 3: BPA at DL/CB/LB
      Rd 4: QB
      Rd 5: BPA at DL/CB/LB

      Rd 6a: BPA at DL/CB/LB
      Rd 6b: BPA at DL/CB/LB

      How about dem apples?!

      • Johnathan Wood

        the market is exploding this year. They pretty much will only be able to do one big contract.
        Latest rumors have SEA as the favorites to re-sign Bennett. You never know with these things.
        Ultimately you need to draft well or none of it matters. I’m almost at the point right now where I don’t want them spending huge $$ to massively overpay a good-but-not-great player and then expect him to be great based on his big-ass contract.

        • MB30SD

          agree, in general. The fact remains we have some FA money and realistically 3 out of 7 draft picks to fill out an almost totally blank slate at DL and safety, and some depth needs at LB and Corner.

          How do you best use those 1-2 + 3 draft picks to make that happen.

          • Johnathan Wood

            I think that in FA they need 2 DEs who can give them 30-40 solid snaps a game. Maybe 3. Then a S (or 2), LB, and CB who can all compete for a starting job.

            The CB (Bowman) and LB (Williams) should be able to come in-house. Need to look at the FA market for a S, but please don’t overspend for a Mike Mitchell.

          • MB30SD

            I’m ok with that, but as I said below to you… we have conte, steltz, and walters locked up for both safety spots. We badly need some good players at both spots this year. I don’t care where they come from, but they need to be real NFL safeties who can actually play the game well… they don’t need to be spectacular… they just can’t be chris conte and major wright bad.

          • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

            Now that Bennett is a SeaChicken, we might make a move for Johnson, but like Data mentioned, we would have to throw some cash. I still think Linval Joseph would make the most sense, both money and scheme wise, to go with Woot and another competent DE (unless we’re restructuring Pepp).

            I also don’t think Emery is going for a top S. I keep hearing rumors that the Jets and Eagles are going to get the top 2 safeties, and I believe it.

          • MB30SD

            grumble grumble.

          • George Hernandez

            Think Linval is going to be the headliner of the 2nd wave of FA, I’m not worried about the lack of interest thus far. Think we could sign him and a competent DE like Young or Ayers for what Bennett or Johnson would have cost us.

  • MB30SD

    I thought this was cool. Good for you young man: http://nfl.si.com/2014/03/09/rashard-mendenhall-retires-arizona-cardinals/

    • gpldan

      “I’m the one being called crazy, but I think everyone else is crazy,” Moffitt said last November. “It’s disturbing that people are questioning my sanity for giving up the money. What does that say about our world?”

      It says that 90% of the population are muggles, Mr. Moffitt and don’t appreciate the life they have been given. It says that money is the driving force in Western society and people will treat you differently and act differently around you when they perceive you have a lot of it. It is the lubricant of capitalism, and makes the world go around for many.

      It’s why, when an athlete like Mendenhall and you retire, the first thing the Internet haterz say is, “he’ll be back once he’s broke.” Because that validates their world view, Mr. Moffitt. The trick is knowing that 90% of people are stupid muggles, and ignoring them. It’s hard, they are all around you.

  • George Hernandez

    Let’s not get too hopeful on the Bennett thing yet.

    https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter/status/443068403457466368

  • George Hernandez

    DJ Williams on his way back:

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/chi-dj-williams-nearing-new-deal-20140310,0,83836.story

    Kinda hoping we would get in on Daryl Smith, he has played for Tucker before and would have a better idea of the defense Mel likes to run.

    • MB30SD

      we better be working on the same for anderson damn it.

      • NewBearInTown

        Anderson solid, but might get cut because there’s a ton of competition for the Sam spot. Shea, Bostic, and Anderson all expected to play Sam.

        • MB30SD

          I don’t want to beat the dead horse cause I’ve addressed this like 5 other places on this same string, but why are people so excited to try the two total rook/project players at a spot where we can have a cheap vet min guy who’s already proven to be a very good option at the exact spot in the exact defense? My mind is blown.

    • we have yet to see whether “played for Tucker before” is something we should be rooting for.

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      I like D.,J., but honestly I don’t expect him to last the entire season. I just want him to last long enough for either Bostic or Shea to level up.

      • NewBearInTown

        Not sure either of those guys is the team’s first choice at Mike. Emery wants Bostic at OLB, and Shea will probably also stay outside to rush more.
        Would not be surprised to see another LB added in the middle rounds.

  • George Hernandez

    Bennett going back to SEA, we should turn our attention to Joseph, Willie Young, get some value.

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      “Seahawks re-signed DE Michael Bennett to a four-year, $34 million contract, including $16 million guaranteed.

      He chose to stay with the Super Bowl champs over the Bears,
      who were reportedly offering more money. Bennett, 28, “started” only
      three games in 2013 with Seattle, but racked up 8.5 sacks and a forced
      fumble while playing both defensive end and tackle, primarily operating
      as a sub-package pass rusher. He’s not an every-down player, but the
      Seahawks are big believers in “wave” rotations up front, and Bennett’s
      versatility is critical in their philosophy. The Bears may now attempt
      to make a late run at free agents Michael Johnson and Lamarr Houston,
      the top remaining available defensive ends.”

      – Rotoworld

      • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

        I guess my spider-sense was off, but reportedly Emery made a big push.

        If you avg it out, that’s about $8.5M/yr, which is decent, but Bennett will be only rotational over there.

        That might be the smart way to go. I wrote a few years back that we were riding Pepp way too much, that asking him to play 95% of snaps an entire season, constantly having to wrestle 2 Olinemen and sometimes a TE/HB too, will wear him down. But we wanted to get our money’s worth.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Josh McCown coming up out of the break on NFL LIVE.

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      I have a feeling he’s going to the Texans.

      • AlbertInTucson

        The interview mentions the Bears, Jets, Bucs and Texans as serious suitors. McCown IS originally from Texas.

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    Here’s the latest rumors from WalterFootball. http://walterfootball.com/freeagents2014rumors.php

    3/10: The Bears are close to a deal with LB D.J. Williams according to Jeff Dickerson, ESPN Chicago.

    3/10: “Source: Browns, Bears, Jets have expressed most interest
    in S Donte Whitner. 49ers “still pushing” to retain him.” – Eric
    Branch, San Francisco Chronicle

    3/10: Michael Bennett is Chicago’s top free agent target, according to the Chicago Tribune.

    3/9: “Henry Melton has multiple suitors, according to source.
    As we said a while back, he fully intends to test market.” – Michael C.
    Wright, ESPN

    3/8: “Bears interested in DE Michael Johnson.” – Jeff Dickerson, ESPN Chicago

    3/8: The Bears are expressing interest in Michael Bennett, per Brad Biggs.

    3/8: Ryan Mundy (safety, Giants) is a target for the Bears, according to Brad Biggs.

    3/8: The Bears are showing interest in safety Michael Mitchell, according to Joe Person, Charlotte Observer.

    3/8: Earl Mitchell is an option for the Bears at defensive tackle, according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.

    • MB30SD

      thanks $. Know anything about the other safeties on the list? I don’t… except hittner.

      • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

        Those are the only rumblings at S I’m hearing/reading. That’s why I keep refraining that we’re not signing Ward or Byrd.

        I would really like Hitner because of his mentality. The NFCWest is a deathmatch every time they play each other. Very physical football. We need that even if he’s a little older (not yet 30 though I think). The Pack have Fat Eddie, the Vike AP, and even the Lions now have Bush who is very elusive. I’m tired of seeing our safeties holding on to APs leg for 5 yards. SOMEONE make a hit and set the tone.

        • MB30SD

          ask dave, he’s got a sweet 4th round H-back, who played Dline in high school but switched to corner in community college, and then to safety for the final 2 games of his senior year. He’s perfect! (hee hee)

  • AlbertInTucson

    Trey Wingo refers to McCown as “One of the most coveted” FAs.

    “Most Coveted” ??

  • AlbertInTucson
  • George Hernandez

    We couldn’t give Bennett $10MM this year, it would have had to wait until next year. I dont know if that factored into his decision. Also, IL has a state income tax rate of 3% and Washington has a tax rate of 0 which will help him maximize his earnings and at the end of day he took a paycut to stay in SEA.

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      He’s also only going to be a rotational player over there, so he’s getting more money per snap.

      Over here, we would ride him into the dirt like we did Pepp.

      • George Hernandez

        We paid Pepp to be that though, granted we should have had enough depth to actually have a rotation.

        • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

          We did, but that’s what happens when a team throws heaps of money at an FA, they almost have to play him a lot.

          But I remember one year when Pepp was playing an insane like 98% of snaps, or some crazy number, and then fans wondered why he tailed off at the end of the season, or why he disappeared for stretches. Dude is only human.

          Lovie did always want his rotation on the Dline though, so the Seahawks are following his blueprint.

          He would rotate everyone, except Pepp naturally.

  • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

    I predict:
    Pep pay cut to stay
    Tillman re-sign
    Mundy or Hitner in FA
    Draft DL beast
    Draft DL beast
    Resign DJ
    Resign Anderson
    Melton gone
    Michael Johnson in FA

    • Cormonster

      I doubt they re-sign Anderson. Bostic or McClellin will probably take his spot.

      • MB30SD

        that would be a big mistake. Mark my word. *I* predict….

        McClellin will unceremoniously bust out at OLB by the time the first quarter of the season is in the books and bostic, being a MLB his entire career as a football player not an OLB, will go back to backing up DJW at his natural, career long position of choice.

        When is the scourge of moving players to moronic project spots going to end with the bears. Teams who get good players don’t need to pull that bullshit. sick of it.

        • Cormonster

          I read somewhere that the Bears haven’t shown any interest in signing him.

          • MB30SD

            I know, and I SO don’t get it. Dude was by far our best OLB besides briggs. So instead of giving him another 1 year vet min deal, we’re going to fucking gamble another season on a disgruntled 33 year old, a situational DL bust, and a IMLB who’s never played the spot before in his life?!?!

            What in THEE fuck is going on with that?!? I honestly don’t get it. Makes no sense to me. Someone please explain the logic… seriously, I want to get it.

          • CanadaBear

            I thought Anderson played well but as the season wore on he was less and less effective. Not sure if it was him or all the other guys not pulling their weight.

          • MB30SD

            I watched him pretty closely in the 3 games I got to watch (mostly cause everyone else looked like a chicken with it’s head cut off). I bet if he came back and we had a solid D around him, he’s be one of the standout players. Guy was everywhere in a couple games. I was pretty seriously impressed with at least 2 of the 3 games I watched him in.

          • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

            That’s what I saw too Canada. At first, he played like gang busters. He was a revelation in coverage.

            But as the season progressed, he seemed just as lost as Bostic at times. Besides, we gotta give Bostic/Shea a chance, like I previously stated.

            Anderson’s gone, MB. Gone, baby gone…like the Violent Femmes.

          • MB30SD

            so what happens when CD busts and bostic is better at IMLB? Who steps in?

          • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

            Move DJ to Strong Side.

            Briggs – Bostic – DJ.

            Though I don’t see that happening. Most likely, it’s going to be.

            Briggs – DJ – Bostic (with some Shea).

            Gotta remember, that nickle plays like 50%, so Shea will only be in on sub-packages in both SLB and MLB.

          • MB30SD

            I get it. Still, this makes so much more sense to me:

            Briggs – DJW – Anderson

            Second string:

            Greene – Bostic – CD?

            Not sure why so many people want to try total left-field project players at positions they’ve never played before in their entire football careers, never mind trying it in the NFL for the first time. Just boggles my mind. And then I’m the asshole for railing against project players trying these totally new positions. WTF?!

          • Irish Sweetness

            We tried ‘Briggs – DJW – Anderson’ already and they flat sucked. Have to hope the kids step it up ….

          • MB30SD

            no, no they didn’t at all suck, Briggs and DJW went out for the entire year!?

            Where did you get they sucked? For the first 2-3 games last year the D was looking to be in the top 15 again.

            Check the stats like they were an alien report my maings.

          • Johnathan Wood

            That’s the nice thing about WIlliams. Has played ILB and OLB, 3-4 and 4-3. Highly versatile LB who can plug in wherever the fuck you need him.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Why would CD bust out? He’s quick, built like a linebacker … they just need a leader in there. I see a lot of rotation at LB this year. We’ll have a run-stuffing LB and a pass-D LB, a pass-rushing LB … like that – a situational roster of LBs rather than the traditional “these are our 3 starters…”

          • MB30SD

            becau…. know what…. sure. I’m sure he’ll be the next Lawrence Taylor. Can’t wait to watch his HOF induction speech.

          • Johnathan Wood

            when he was tasked with calling plays after Briggs went down, Anderson couldn’t handle it.

          • Irish Sweetness

            …….because there wasn’t anybody on the defense that could call the plays and get the guys lined up. That was Lac’s value to us, it wasn’t in his legs. Headless chickens.

        • SC Dave

          Yeah, like that safety out of New Mexico those assholes tried to turn into a MLB…

          • MB30SD

            Oh right, versus devin, conte, hardin, etc…

            Jesus dave, seriously? Lach is a HOF football player who had the size, speed, athleticism to play just about any fucking position he wanted. I bet he would have been a great fullback, TE, H back, etc… etc…

            I mean honestly, you’re going to parade that garbaaage out there? You’re much better than that.

            Let’s see what mcclellin does this year. smh

          • DaMurph

            They even got that wrong at first, they tried him outside and it wasnt working.

          • MB30SD

            thank you sir.

          • Irish Sweetness

            But then they moved him to Mike and that worked out okay – so it can work, and I think/believe/hope that it will with CD. Emery saw something in him.

          • MB30SD

            I’ll say the same thing I said to dave when he suggested the same ridiculous shit.

            Applying the physics of a HOF athlete to any riff fucking raff off the street DOES NOT WORK!!!

            Lach was a VERY special athlete and he proved that… like fucking saying meh, MB can take over at apple, he’s got a software start up… same fucking thing right?

            Common man.

      • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

        we will see. I love free agency and the draft. like xmas I tell ya.

        • MB30SD

          i was going to post tomorrow Am, “Happy Yonny’s Xmas everyone!”

    • MB30SD

      yonny, this is for you: http://coed.com/2014/03/10/the-22-hottest-jessica-simpson-gifs/

      Watching her eat that ice cream is absolutely mesmerizing.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Good lord. Up to the eggs, mate.

    • AlbertInTucson

      4-Letter says Peppers is “Being Shopped” which is the same as saying “Bon Voyage, Julius”.

    • johnnywad

      That would be nice. Pepp would have to take a ham sandwich to stay and bring Michael Johnson on board.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Do we like Michael Johnson? Does he please Caesar?

  • MB30SD

    mccown is gone: http://nfl.si.com/2014/03/10/josh-mccown-free-agency-bears/

    Some team will bring him in cassel/flynn style.

    • Irish Sweetness

      fack-fackitty-fack-fack!

      Surely he looks at his top two WRs, Forte in the backfield, and says “I’m not going to have those toys anywhere else.”

      The Jets, Buccaneers & Texans? Good luck with that Josh.

  • MB30SD

    it’s all about vision on the field: http://extramustard.si.com/2014/03/10/new-la-kiss-helmet/

  • Cormonster

    The Bears trimmed Bush from the roster.

    • MB30SD

      expected. Jeff wants Sprolls to replace him.

      • Cormonster

        You gonna watch the Senate’s all night talk-a-thon on climate change tonight?

        • MB30SD

          hmmmmmmmmmmmm………………………………..no.

        • SC Dave

          zzzzz… um.. what?

          • Cormonster

            No shit, I heard it on MSNBC Morning Joe this morning. Senate Democrats are pulling an all night talk-a-thon / sit-in/ vigil on global warming (climate change). Four Democrats with tough re-election campaigns are not participating.

          • MB30SD

            politicians are pathetic. brutal man.

          • johnnywad

            You watch MSNBC? Isn’t it prerequisite to be a “climate changer” to even get that channel?

          • Cormonster

            I was bopping around to see if there was any variations of opinion on Ukraine early this morning among the media and caught that story.

            Sure as shit I just turned on C -SPAN 2 and it’s going down about climate change. Right now literally the first chump from Hawaii just started speaking and thanking everyone for the robust debate. Then he proceeded to mention the debate is over. It’s fucking Orwellian.

            It was global warming for over 25 years. Then around 2006 or 2008, when no warming happened for 8-10 years, and hasn’t happened for 16 years, suddenly the term changed to climate change. Now everything is “Climate change”.

            We were told climate and weather are two different things. “Climate” is a 30 year period, and weather is the vagaries that happen from year to year. But now every weather event is caused by “Climate change”. These same buffoons have reversed the definitions that they created regarding weather and climate.

            CO2 caused rapid warming from about 1979 until about 1998, and then the deep oceans “took one for the team” and decided to start absorbing all the extra heat. Now all this excess warming from CO2 that the oceans decided to start taking up is “acidifying” the oceans.

            Two years ago I read a bunch of articles about how “Climate change” was going to cause much more mild winters in the US after an abnormally early spring. Now we’ve had two really long winters right after that prediction, with this one being brutally cold. Now that is a result of “Climate change”.

            I have a hard time leaving this topic alone, because I deal with Mother Nature every day for 28 years and find this hypothesis preposterous.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I’ll tell you what’s “acidifying” the oceans, it’s bloody well us and all the toxic shite that we pour into it. Co2 my arse. Nature balances itself out – if there’s an imbalance then it was caused by the idiots called Homo Sapien.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Did we get ice-cream ?

      • Cormonster

        Sprolls would be awesome for a similar price to what Bush was getting.

        • MB30SD

          agree, but that still leaves us with a guy who can gain a yard on 4th and 1, or 3rd and goal from the 5. Bush wasn’t that guy in the end either, but…

          • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

            give the young kid a shot? Ford?

          • MB30SD

            love to see that dude

          • Irish Sweetness

            He’s not going anywhere I hope, but we need to replace Bush with a hefty man-sized man.

          • tobijohn

            Eben Britton!

          • MB30SD

            ha

        • Irish Sweetness

          Are we taking about Darren Sproles .. the 190lb midget …. or some 260lb behemoth called … Sprolls ? Bush was the hammer-man, Darren Sproles plays a different game.

          • George Hernandez

            Ok so now on 3rd and 1 instead of the obvious Bush off RT play, you have to contend with the real possibility of an I-Formation set featuring Sproles, Beast, Mini-Beast, and Black Uni where either one of them can rip off monster chunks of yardage through the air or the Bears can run the FB dive or sneak Fiametta into the flat (Giants game this past season). That’s nothing to sneeze at. Plus we still have Mike Ford.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Jeff wants a midget to replace a bruiser ? I don’t follow. How can a scat-back replace a pounder?

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      Bears trimmed Bush…

      I was going to make a joke, like “Was he going on a date?” but…naaaah.

  • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

    McCown is not coming back. Palmer has been signed as was the guy that a lot of people wanted on the squad last year. With a full training camp, offseason and a multitude of fucking beasts to throw to he will be fine. I loved what McCown did but to think there is only one McCown is silly.

    • MB30SD
      • MB30SD

        yes, the above was a total non sequitur. What about it.

        • Cormonster

          I was snorkeling in Jamaica a few years ago, totally in my own little world. I had seen a bunch of stingrays the previous hour or two. They were all over where we were at. No big deal, even had a few small ones surprise me that were buried in the sand. Then while checking out some small fish on the coral a huge stingray went right by be. It was probably 5-6 feet wide with a 6-8 foot tail. It scared the shit out of me at first, and I stayed as still as possible.

          • MB30SD

            we have millions of them on the beaches here in summer. Literally hundreds of people get stung A DAY!

            I’ve surfed for 25ish years on and off and I’ve only been stung once. Right on the underside of the very middle-back of my heel. Luckily that skin is thick when I go shoeless a lot in summer, but hurt like hell. There was hole there for weeks and I couldn’t run or bike it hurt so much.

            I could feel him trying to dig it in deeper when he did it. Little fucker. Funny though, like I said that’s the only time I’ve ever been stung and it was on the day we did a paddle-out for my mentor who had passed from ALS the previous month. We all joked that it was him giving me one more last little hello and goodbye.

      • IBNO

        So he WAS trying to stick his thumb up its butt!

        • MB30SD

          yes.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Coming at an 8-foot wide Stingray … from behind …. “let’s surprise the fucker!”

        SMH.

        I remember seeing him chase a poisonous snake up a tree.

        It was a very sad thing, and he had children …. but he had it coming.

    • SC Dave

      I hope you’re right.

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    Hey, all you degenerate gamblers, is Vegas taking bets on which FA ends up on what team? That seems like it would be fun.

  • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

    Vegas has us … without a defense… at 25/1 to win the fucking super bowl. They now realize that our offense in it’s 2nd year simply will not be stopped.

    14/1 to win the NFC

    • Johnathan Wood

      there are 32 teams, 16 in the NFC, so that makes the Bears a slightly above-average team.

      About right for right now, IMO. No matter what happens, they won’t be division favorites. Long shot to win SB in 2014, IMO. 2015 will be better chance if the young D guys can develop.

    • Irish Sweetness

      33/1 on Totesport.

      1. Our offense has an ineffective center who will be a year older. A chain and its weakest link …..
      2. Possibly/probably, that offense will be led by some dude called Jordan Palmer at some point.
      3. Defense – still nobody who has proven themselves to be a play-caller.
      4. Potentially missing the Peanut.
      5. Currently no safeties worth a damn.

      I’d say 33/1 is optimistic.

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    OK, so I’ve been trolling pretty hard on the Alien trail. I started off as an agnostic, but I am now maybe leaning toward “believer”. I would say, I’m 40% agnostic, 55% believer and 5% “This is all bullshit” skeptic. (see, no black-and-white dichotomies here, binary drones!).

    I’m still waiting for HARD evidence, however, I have come across SOME hard evidence (very slim though).

    The latest is the “Atacama Humanoid”. WTF is that Butch? Are you going “Full-Irish” which like “Full-retard” can never be come back from? Well, maybe my friend. But check this shit out. IT”S REAL. A Standford scientist and an expert on pediactric abnormalities from Senai have vouched for it.

    Here’s the vid (with no biased commentary). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NyhRaLNSEjI&list=PLFYM4DvxvgnOvfn8_yzkHx9JMENMdzK26&feature=share&index=3

    Here’s two articles on it:

    http://news.sciencemag.org/health/2013/05/bizarre-6-inch-skeleton-shown-be-human

    http://www.redicecreations.com/article.php?id=25675

    Now, I’m not concluding it’s an alien, but 3 FACTS which make me seriously wonder.

    1. “It” is supposed to be 6-8 years old. So no, not a fetus.
    2. It only has 10 ribs. I’m not sure ANY other human specimen has been found with that.
    3. It’s 95% DNA. Some say, “Oh, well, there you go.” But remember were’ like 99.9% identical to chimps, so even 1% is a huge fucking gap.

    The article mentions that its mother is definitely Chilean…see, nothing to see here, just move along….Oh wait, how about the dad? Did some poor Chilean peasant just travel to some exotic vacation spot, get banged, get pregnant, then return to have this? Something’s up.

    Also, JUST LOOK at it.

    • SC Dave

      Aliens… God… what’s the difference? Either way, no one can prove anything.

      I watched a little of the last thing you posted, but watching it I could not get past the movie “A Beautiful Mind” – how firmly people can believe in a reality that exists only in their minds. Economist, Apostle, it matters not.

      • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

        The difference is, that psychiatrist found him to be indeed “crazy”. It has not deemed all the first hand eye-witnesses to suffer from the same psychotic breakdowns.

        Eye-witnesses that include astronauts, physicists, scientists, various ex-military or who have worked for the military-industrial complex, and yes, even a president.

        I’m still waiting for hard evidence, but all these ppl can’t be fucking nuts, can they?

        • MB30SD

          regardless… now you’ve fucking done it.

          Jesus, I would much rather you find proof of god than merely cause irish to post 3 page tomes about fucking aliens every night.

          Guess I should look on the bright side, at least it keeps him off the rothschilds and the fed.

          • johnnywad

            Wonder how he feels about a woman Fed Chair.

          • MB30SD

            I don’t think gender is ever in play… they’re all crooks.

          • johnnywad

            For us, sure. But I want to know how Crazy
            Old Uncle Irish feels about it. Its bound to be interesting.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Tits or no tits, they’re all cunts …..

          • Irish Sweetness

            Pigs don’t know they’re on the menu til the one beside them starts screaming.

          • MB30SD

            fuck it maings. I’m ready for anything. Zombie apocalypse, earth explosion, radiation poisoning. I don’t give a fuck anymore… I just want it to be instant and painless for my babies.

            I’m just assuming shit’s going to end badly one way or another at some point.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I get it, I get it. Keep it to cars, PS4 and tits ….

        • Irish Sweetness

          I’ve watched everything on Schneider. His story is so far out there, that it needs to be verified in some way, and I’ve found nothing. What worries me about Schneider is that he would stand their after his ‘shows’ selling rocks and paraphernalia.

          It’s interesting that his dad was a German U-sub commander brought over by the Navy, but it’s just interesting.

          His basic deal is that he helped construct the underground bases beneath AFBs etc., and that they’re all connected by a high speed maglev rail, and that thousands of special railroad cars were constructed with only shackles inside them so that the ‘dissenters’ could all be taken away somewhere in some final solution.

          His most far out story though, was he was making a new tunnel in Dulce, NM, when they tunneled into an alien grey base. He ‘shot a grey dead’ and was alsered by one, making that hole in his hand. 66 special forces soldiers were allegedly killed. That’s a stretch. That’s a leap of faith.

          Good stories though, great to listen to.

          Interestingly, he was found hanging with his hands tied behind his back …

          I would try Clifford Stone and Bob Dean. Check them out.

          • Irish Sweetness

            And of course, the daddy of them. Col. Philip Corso. Roswell. That’s the only one you need to believe in, cos if that’s true …

            Army releases a statement to the media – against the wishes of the information officer – “We found a crashed saucer.”
            Next day, “No we didn’t.”

            They must think we’re all stupid .. and they’re mostly right.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Wait – that’s a badly named (although great) documentary. It implies that it’s all about Phil Schneider and it’s not. Worth watching.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Fr people who haven’t got the time to watch all f the video Butch posted – just go to 24:44 and watch for a few minutes as they scan the witnesses of the Sirius disclosure group, mostly military – make your own mind up if these people are all liars. It only takes one of them to be telling the truth for it all to be true ….

      • Irish Sweetness

        In a sense, everything only exists in your mind. Colours are just your brains interpretation of different wavelengths of electromagnetic radiation. Not every living thing views the universe the way we do.

    • SC Dave

      On the specimen, Piltdown Man was “real” too. Until it wasn’t.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piltdown_Man

    • IBNO

      My standard reply to anyone who has any sort of “alien” theory/evidence:

      If aliens have mastered FTL travel to visit Earth, this would mean that their civilizations were so much more advanced than ours it would be ridiculous. So, if aliens were to visit Earth, there are three basic scenarios:

      1) The super-duper advanced alien race is coming to conquer us.
      2) The super-duper advanced alien race is coming to help us.
      3) The super-duper advanced alien race doesn’t give a shit about us.

      If it’s #1, what would our world offer a super-duper advanced alien race that they couldn’t get elsewhere with their FTL travel? And what resistance could we realistically offer? The answer in both cases is “nothing.” But in the end, if aliens wanted anything from us, they could take it–and they wouldn’t have to sneak around, or half-ass some visitations/abductions, or keep things secret.

      If it’s #2, similar to #1, why pussy-foot around? And if they’re so advanced and they want to help us, they wouldn’t be infiltrating us anyway.

      #3 if they don’t give a shit about us, why keep us in the dark? Some dumbshit alien would streak across the field during the Superbowl in order to glorp his saznaks.

      In the end, no matter what the intentions or the friendliness of aliens, the sheer fact that their technology (and society) would be so far ahead of ours renders all the conspiracy theories moot: aliens wouldn’t need to sneak around. They could froznerk our kliperstings without frackling a bindleshnutz.

      • MB30SD

        god I hope they don’t froznerk our kliperstings

        • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

          I’m pretty sure I saw that on a german porn vid once.

      • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

        1). Like you say, we really don’t have anything to offer. There’s about 10,000 planets in our galaxy alone that can be colonized. They can just go to one of those esp since our planet might not be all that desirable for them (too hot, too cold, too many germs, too much water, not enough oxygen etc etc). It’s not like they’re coming for the oil.

        2. Possible, but they may help us in a less direct way, sort of like how you help your kids. They ask you for a nintendo, you say, “raise half the money, and I’ll pitch in the other half.” I don’t think they want to just sweep in and start throwing out tech candy because they’ve seen what we do with technology (we either weaponize it, or use it for porn). Still, it would be nice if they just “We’re here, we’re queer, get used to it.”

        3. I think a lot of alien species DON’T give a shit about us. There’s been one crazy story where an alien species told the U.S. Government “We’ll help you, but spiritually, not technologically. One condition: get rid of your nukes.” And the U.S. Government probably responded, “Great. Galactic Jehovah Witnesses. Thanks but no thanks” and they went on their merry way.

        Still, I agree with you. I mean, stop pussy footing around. If they’re out there, they should just show themselves (though they might deem this act as very disastrous for us. Imagine the consequences on the socio-political-economic-religous spheres).

        • MB30SD

          • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)
          • MB30SD

            Dude… that is a SWEET motorized witch balloon. I want one next halloween

        • Irish Sweetness

          Most military witnesses discuss the dis-arming of nukes by E.Ts. This happens a lot.

      • Irish Sweetness

        There is a #4 …

        4) The super-duper advanced alien race has genetically engineered us – or as Bob Dean has proffered – 12 races have combined to engineer us and we are a special DNA project. The combination of twelve races …
        … or just simply Cro-Magnon man with added ‘alien’ DNA.

        They are our progenitors.

        • MichiganBearFan

          #5 Illuminati are not our friends. They are in a partnership with descendants of an ancient Martian race. These “Martians” exist mostly in a parallel universe, their DNA is such that they can’t exist in our universe. Think serpents, demons, and the like. They can only exist on our world though DNA splices. There are ways of channeling these beings, but most people who see them don’t want to see them again (see Alistar Crowley). Usually you see serpent beings with cultures that involved human sacrifice. Mass death seems to shift the universe slightly to allow these beings to come in.
          Anyway, the tall whites (or angels) are Atlantian and are opposed to the Martians and their handlers on this planet. They know that we were designed to be greater than the angels, and are here for our protection.
          That’s all I have time for on my lunch break…

      • Irish Sweetness

        First up, there are many different races, with many different agenda. Some like us, some hate us, some don’t give a shit.

        #1 If wiping us out was a primary concern – we wouldn’t be here talking about it.

        Some say the Reptilians are already running things (they don’t like us, allegedly). I can’t really get into stuff for which there is no evidence.

        #2 Again, some races are benevolent e.g. Tall Whites, others have perhaps darker agenda e.g. Tall greys, Reptilians.

        What is more likely is that one or more races have been genetically altering us over a long period of time. One theory is that we are containers for something. Another is that we contain DNA from many races, and that we are some kind of experiment in inter-galactic ‘peace’. Just because these races are technologically superior to us does not mean that they are emotionally superior etc. Perhaps we interest them in ways we cannot imagine.

        #3 I don’t know. If they didn’t give a shit, why would they bother coming here? Who’s to say they’re not from the center of the earth or bottom of the ocean, where it’s safe?
        It’s hard to second-guess races that are more advanced.

    • Irish Sweetness

      The Atacama thing is solid. Thing is, they found it to have ‘human’ DNA – but what does it mean to be ‘human’? If – as I beleive/suspect – that we were genetically modified by another race/races – then we obviously have ‘alien’ DNA within in us in that case .. .which we now call ‘human’. Anybody inspecting the Atacama corpse for themselves can see that it clearly looks nothing like us.

      I simply cannot believe that an improved diet including fish and cooked food helped us ‘evolve’ to the point we are at now … wile chimps/Bonobos etc. are pretty much unchanged over the same period. Don’t buy the big bang, and I don’t buy natural evolution from apes to Homo Sapien. There’s too much of a gap in there, too big a jump … and far too many abductions stories, particulary from the same genetic family lines.

      As for the Big Bang. The entire universe came out of a singularity? Really? Doesn’t that totally refute the laws of thermodynamics?
      “Oh but the laws of thermodynamics didn’t exist before the big bang…”

      How fucking convenient.

      I’ll tell you what a singularity is – it’s when a scientist hasn’t got a good answer nor a good idea on how to explain something, so they call it a singularity. What’s on the other side of a black hole? A singularity. What was there before the big bang? A singularity.

      @$%^#@!

    • Irish Sweetness

      Define hard evidence.

      1. Astronauts Dr. Edgar Mitchell, Gordo Cooper (who witnessed a saucer land and a being exit the craft, which he photographed and never heard back from his superiors about the photos),
      Dr. Buzz Aldrin …. are these men lying when they say they have seen alien craft? If they’re not, then there’s your testimonial proof.

      2. Roswell. Anyone who denies that an alien craft crashed near there is either (a) somebody who has not spent five minutes studying the facts and testimonies of the case (from U.S. Military
      personnel) … or (b) an idiot. The military even admitted as much, and then changed their story a day later once top brass stuck their oar in.

      3. Historical recordings of our alien brothers. The Sumerian tablets, Hindu history, Egyptian hieroglyphs, Japanese paintings, cave paintings, the Bible (Nephilim) all show that we have been visited (and ruled) by ‘aliens’.

      4. Witnesses. 400 ex-military / government contractors have been interviewed by the Sirius disclosure group (100 can be watched online). All liars? Possibly. This is 3rd hand information, but my colleague, Professor Yuri, has investigated these things on behalf of the KGB. He is a quiet, serious, skeptical scientist – not a kook. He helped develop the Russian ‘concorde’ – TU-144. He has been invited to military bases that have been visited by UFOs – and in one case a craft landed and two TWs exited the craft, were fired upon, disabled the soldier’s rifles and left again. He has investigated the TW landings around Voronezh which occurred over a two week period in ’89. He has seen wheat and plant stems bent …growing at 90 degree angles after close contact with alien craft. He has seen the molecular composition of soil change beneath the landing feet pods of alleged landing sites and estimated the weight of such vehicles to be 11 tons. He has seen scraps of metal made from a compound that he could not identify. He has interviewed many witnesses, a lot of children, videoed their accounts (all with a KGB Major present – skilled in lie detection). All were disturbed by their encounters, some unable to be interviewed they were so traumatized. He has been told by a high-ranking friend of his in the airforce that UFOs were recorded hovering over the Chernobyl reactor the day of the meltdown – not causing it, but preventing critical mass from being reached (catastrophic explosion occurs). He could be lying about all of that .. .I could be lying, from your perspective …. but I know he isn’t.

      There have been many many incidents involving aliens in Russia. The only reason that Yuri was involved in ’89 was because of GlasnostPerestrika .. a new open-ness encouraged by Gorbachev. Now things are returning to the old ways. Putin is not so open. Nor are the USA. France, Belgium and the UK have opened their files to the public, but our super-powers remain
      tight-lipped, fearful that the muggles cannot handle the truth.

      We are surrounded by evidence, but when a person has decided that they do not want to believe something, then there can be no convincing people.

      Americans did not want to believe that an American organization would shoot Jack Kennedy. Why? They don’t know about the Fed – or that he printed five billion dollars of govt-issued cash,
      or that he was a naval intelligence officer who was demanding disclosure of the UFO issue. It was too crazy to imagine.

      Americans don’t want to hear questions asked about 9/11. Countries don’t attack their own countries( or allow it to be attacked) … so they won’t hear of it … and they won’t hear of Operation Northwoods .. or the fact that top brass knew EXACTLY where the Japanese fleet was before Pearl Harbor happened – but a country where 85% of the population who wanted no part of WWII, had to be persuaded to join the game somehow (as Tonkin would provide later on to do the same job for Vietnam).

      Anybody who asks such crazy questions is a loon and a commie … they’re nothing but conspiracy theorists. Ever hear that phrase before 1997 ? Bet you didn’t, because it was created for George W by a think-tank for Project for the New American Century. That was just before they took your last remaining freedoms using the Patriot Act, Homeland Security and all those lovely Executive Orders. Then the para-military organization of Blackwater happened …. heard this story before ?

      And so it goes ….

  • RenoBear

    Yeah sure it would be nice to keep McCown, but as somebody said earlier and has been talked about ad nauseum, he was clearly created by the system and mad monsters to throw to. Great, great selfless guy…. But I am going to laugh my ass off when some team gives him 3-mil guaranteed and starting job…. Lovie I’m looking at you…

    • CanadaBear

      I’m pretty sure Lovie is going to roll with Glennon with a cheap backup.

    • MB30SD

      McCown is like an older, slower cassel or flynn.

      • Irish Sweetness

        When did Cassel or Flynn ever go 13-1, QBR = 104 ?

        • MB30SD

          plenty. How do you think they got the exact same kind of situation???? Flynn stepped in for one or two games for rodge and threw like 5 TDs in ONE GAME… then got a huge contract because of it and has summarily been put at 3rd string or cut ever since. Cassel had one good season.

          That’s how it goes down. One work maings…. system.

    • NewBearInTown

      $3m guaranteed? I’d pay that for him to back up Cutler. Some team is going to pay him $10M over two years, with at least $5M guaranteed.

      • RenoBear

        Yes. Typing on crappy iPhone. I originally posted 3-5mil guaranteed. I can see 2yr 10mil 5 guaranteed easy. Good for him, get paid man. I would be good with is keepin him for one yr $3M

    • Irish Sweetness

      We paid Jason Campbell 3M. Is a backup, the #2 on your team .. not worth 3M?

      You’re happy with Jordan Palmer leading this team?

  • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

    Teddy Bridgewater just caught with Tranny prostitute. Draft stock expected to plummet.

    • NewBearInTown

      But endorsement money expected to skyrocket…

      • MB30SD

        Trojans? KY?

        (yes, it would seem that I indeed always have to be the lewd one)

        • CanadaBear

          Mano e mano, the KY Connection. (Clerks)

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      Didn’t hurt Eddie Murphy’s career.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Hey, it can get confusing out there ….

  • RenoBear

    Soooo finally got on the twitter. Just to follow free agency this year while I’m on vacation w the fam in FL. I’m following Biggs, Jeff, Jahns(kinda slow), and rich Campbell (who Jeff recommended). Biggs is awesome on the twitter.. I can’t see ever giving even half a crap about 99.9999% of the utter bullshit that people tweet… But for following FA for the beloved, outstanding…

  • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

    I can’t stand the waiting. What new gift are we to open up? A nice shiny Linval? A sleek Michael Johnson? A surprise Lamar Woodley? That would blow your fucking mind wouldn’t it?

    There are so many chances to slide up a couple of notches of the shitty D meter to ensure a playoff appearance. No one can stop this, not even Conte….well maybe Conte.

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      You want to know the funny part? Conte might actually start again this season. Funny in a Cohen Brothers type of way.

      • MB30SD

        stop it

        • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)
          • MB30SD

            you bastard. I bet you had your pick of about 20 similar shots from different games.

            My god, my trust in phil will crumble. We need two new safeties… they don’t have to be the best two available.

        • Johnathan Wood

          Conte will end up competing with a rookie for a starting spot, IMO. He could very well win.

          He was a solid safety until probably the last 1/2-2/3 of this year. Just got exposed in a shitty situation. Put a solid front 7 in front of him and he’s adequate.

          • MB30SD

            wrong man. You can’t fix a guy who doesn’t get angles. Like math, you’re either good at it or not when you come out of the womb.

            He is turrible. The ONLY reason you say he’s not bad is because his first year we had a really strong DL and LBs AND he was told to line up literally 30 yards off the ball. I didn’t just start hating him last year. He was garbage the year before. If we draft a safety in Rd 1 or even Rd 2, no way he beats him out… even with all his ‘experience’ (at getting smoked)

          • Johnathan Wood

            He may not be starting this year. I’m just saying don’t be surprised if he is.

            My biggest beef with him is that he drops so many interceptions. Like balls that look like they were thrown to him. He dropped at least 5-6 of those last year. Those are game-changers.

      • Irish Sweetness

        No, that’s more Cronenberg or Lynch.

    • Johnathan Wood

      rumors have it the Bears are closing in on Lamarr Houston from Oakland. Excellent run defending DE and solid pass rusher. Could be a good signing, depending on $$

      • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

        I don’t who this Lamarr Houston Latrell is but he sounds bigger, blacker, meaner and more athletic than Shea so fucking sign him up. Shea is such a little beeyatch. I mean, by normal human standards he is fucking enormous and would kill me but by NFL standards he is a vagina.

        • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

          I don’t want any more white safeties or white linebackers. I am a reverse racist.

          • SC Dave

            Hmm… no more Urlacher, George, Butkus… yeah, I get that.

  • EnderWiggin

    Allen says he will not return to Minnesota. Hate to say it, but I’d rather see that rodeo shit-show in Chicago than Packer Land.

    • Johnathan Wood

      he’s a 4-3 DE. He’s 32. You really worried about him going to GB to learn an entirely new position that requires more athleticism?

      • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

        Wouldn’t it be funny if Pepp and Allen end up on the same team?

        • Johnathan Wood

          I will be shocked if Pep goes anywhere but TB. Allen apparently is interested in Denver. Seems to want to win.

          • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

            You know who would be good in Denver? Steve Smith.

            Him and Peyton could cause a lot of damage. Plus, that offense got PUNKED by SEA. Steve Smith would put some sand on that team.

          • Johnathan Wood

            They already have a bunch of money tied up in D Thomas and Decker. Doubt they look to take on another expensive old WR.
            They need to fix the D, not add more toys on O.

          • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

            Decker is a FA

          • Johnathan Wood

            yet they still have 2 good (and expensive) WR and a good TE. Passing weapons are not their concern.

          • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

            agreed

  • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

    “NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports the Bears are “pushing hard” to sign free agent DE Lamarr Houston [6’3 300].

    They’ll have plenty of competition. After failing to
    convince DE Michael Bennett to leave Seattle, the Bears are going to
    Plan B. Houston appears to be that. Michael Johnson may also be in the
    discussion. Houston, 27 in June, has also been linked to the Packers
    in recent days. He can play both inside and outside and is very light
    on his feet. The Bears are seeking Julius Peppers’ replacement.

    – Rotoworld

    • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

      According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Packers are “among those interested” in free agent DE Lamarr Houston.
      Houston
      would be a huge get for GM Ted Thompson, who is trying to get quicker
      and more athletic on the defensive line. Houston is listed at 6-foot-3,
      300, but after watching his 2013 tape we believe he was closer to the
      275-280 pound range, at least in his contract year. The Raiders have
      been surprisingly lukewarm on keeping him. Houston is Rotoworld’s No. 2
      free agent defensive end left on the market, behind Michael Johnson and
      ahead of Michael Bennett. Mar 9 – 1:44 PM

      • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

        If Houston really was playing at closer to 275-280, then we should have NO issue drafting DT Arron Donald.

        • Johnathan Wood

          Houston’s a DE, not a DT. Different positions.

          I would be very happy with Houston at $6M a year. But pissed if they give him $8M a year. Do you go based on Griffen’s deal (Houston is better) or Bennett’s (Houston is worse)? That’s the multi-million dollar question

          • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

            The Bears used to be a destination for a defender but now guys know they are coming to a shit defense and will be held accountable now more than ever. Therefore i think FA’s will stay away. I just came to that conclusion a couple minutes ago. Fuck.

          • Johnathan Wood

            most guys will go where the $$ is, especially for big deals like this.

            If it’s close, then maybe those other factors come into consideration.

            But they also get to play with one of the best offenses. But the potential lack of coaching stability (DC gone if struggle again this year) could hurt.

          • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

            remember the size of our boners when we found out we got fucking Julius Peppers? No guys this year make me football aroused. I know we need one if not 2 DE’s now that it looks like they are shopping Pep. that means he will be released for nothing. Missing out on a FA pick up just snowballs when teams know you are starting to get desperate. First girl shuts you down to make out, next one sees you get shot down and doesn’t want to be the runner up. Then you find yourself with your buddies drinking Jaeeger, telling some fatty you think she’s hot and then wake up covered in empty white castle boxes and you can’t find your 95 Ford Explorer.

          • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)
          • 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift)

            I checked out Houston’s measurables. He has 33 inch arms and 10 inch hands.

            Donald has 32 5/8 arms, 9 7/8 hands.

            In other words, they seem very much a like in measurables, though Houston is 2 inches taller so can pack a little more weight.

          • Johnathan Wood

            IMO it’s not good if Houston is the best guy on your DL. If he’s the 2nd best you look to be in solid shape though. If they could land a top guy in the draft-which I think Donald is-and fill out around that (already have at DT, would need 1-2 more DE of a Corey Wootton-caliber player) they will have a very solid rotation, IMO.

  • CanadaBear

    Apparently Da Coach and I are in complete agreement. From the Sun-Times; “2. Hester is a great open-field runner, but you played with a pretty good one, too. How does Hester stack up with Gale Sayers?

    Nobody stacks up to Gale Sayers. Let’s stop right there. He was in a class by himself. If he had not gotten hurt, he would have set records that would still be standing. He was unbelievable. I’ve seen them all. Walter Payton is as good a football player as I’ve ever seen. But nobody, not even Jim Brown, ran with the football the way Gale Sayers did. He had that grace and that ability to change direction. Still, Hester would be in my top five all-time. Hester got results, and his results were touchdowns.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Revis was due $16M . Who thought paying a corner like a franchise QB was a good idea?

  • CanadaBear

    Had to re-post this. It has something for everyone. A gorgeous black woman for Irish, a cute blonde for MB and a brunette with fabulous boobs for the rest of us. BTW the brunette with the fabulous boobs is also in SI’s swimsuit issue in the body painting section. Oh Emily!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    http://www.vevo.com/watch/robin-thicke/blurred-lines-unrated-version/USUV71300526

  • el_caney

    Houston or Byrd? not both

  • el_caney

    it would be interesting if Anthony Barr reach 14 pick….. don´t know…..

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