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DBB Broken Record: Bears Training Camp Will Be Defined By Health Not Performance

| July 17th, 2014

x There is a chance fourth-round selection Brock Vereen will earn his way into the Bears defensive starting lineup come the end of August.

There is a chance Shea McClellin will thrive in his new role as strong-side linebacker, playing against opposing twos and threes for most of the summer.

There is a chance the new additions at defensive end – Allen, Houston, Young…etc. – will wreck havoc in Bourbonnais and throughout the preseason.

There is a chance the Marquess Wilson will solidify the third wide receiver spot and complete the best receiving corps in the sport.

There is also a chance none of it will matter. A strong chance. Because if Jay Cutler turns the wrong way on his knee during 7-on-7s or Matt Forte takes an awkward shot to the ankle or Brandon Marshall pulls up running through the seam, it will be that moment and nothing else that defines this summer for the Chicago Bears. NFL training camp has become a war of attrition, survival of the fittest, Thunderdome.

It has become a month-long breath hold for every die hard in the league.

Where must the Bears be healthy heading into a 2014 season as one game, one loss might be the difference between a division title and failure to make the playoffs? I shall tell you now. As a note, these are not the only positions where an injury would weaken the roster. But they are positions wherein injury could prove especially debilitating and perhaps ever cost games.

QUARTERBACK

Be wary of the Josh McCown Delusion –  the belief that Marc Trestman can turn any journeyman QB into a winning player. On the surface Jordan Palmer and Jimmy Clausen are not remarkably different players heading into the summer of 2014 than McCown was heading into the summer of 2013. (I wrote last year that McCown might have been the 2013 roster’s biggest question mark.) But every golfer knows you rarely chip in from the same rough twice. If Cutler misses any bulk of time, don’t expect a repeat of last year’s results.

RUNNING BACK

Matt Forte in Marc Trestman’s offense is, quite possibly, more valuable than any other starting tailback in the game. His ability to not only carry the load in the run game but provide exceptional protection for the quarterback while being a lethal threat in the passing attack made him one of the two or three most versatile and dynamic backs in the NFL last year. The Bears have some talent behind Forte at RB but they don’t have a player as good at any of those three elements, let alone adequate at all three.

WIDE RECEIVER

Here’s what I don’t think fans understand about Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery: they are unique, exceptional talents. They are not the type of receivers Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady can rotate in and out of the lineup. (Okay, our shorty, speedy guy is injured…go get that other short, speedy guy we have!) They are not successful because of a talented quarterback or dynamic scheme. They would be talented with me calling the plays and my mother throwing the passes.

The reason the Bears offense is one of the best in the sport is because it is rare for an organization to have two such talents on the same roster. (See: 2012 Atlanta Falcons) Losing one can have a demoralizing, mediocrity-inducing effect. (See: 2013 Atlanta Falcons) This is the reason I rank Cutler the most important Bear to keep healthy and Marshall and Jeffery second and third. The pairing of these two players is what makes this offense go.

TIGHT END

Martellus Bennett is one hell of an interview. He’s also the only pass-catching threat the Bears have at tight end. Bennett isn’t Jimmy Graham but his ability to take up the middle of the field opens the outside for the above receiving duo in the league and his presence in the red zone is beyond invaluable. Losing Bennett for any significant period of time will render tight end to a block first catch passes later position as Mulligan and Rosario are little more large bodies with hands and won’t worry opposing safeties for more than a few seconds.

DEFENSIVE END

Defensive tackle and secondary were addressed over draft weekend and in the wee small hours of the free agency morning. But Phil Emery’s big ticket, big money items were acquired to rush the opposing passer, most notably Jared Allen and Lamarr Houston. Yes, Mel Tucker will be applying a more varied, more aggressive defensive style. No, the Bears can’t expect to suffer the slings and arrows of the NFL’s injury epidemic on that side of the ball once again. But look at the names below Allen and Houston on the DE depth chart and you’ll understand how important it is to keep these two individuals healthy: x

Without Houston and Allen healthy, it won’t take long till I’m reading emails complaining about Shea McClellin’s inability to be an every down defensive end.

The drop from safety starter to backup is minimal. The sooner Kyle Fuller gets onto the field full time, the better he’ll ultimately become. There’s a bunch of capable if not extraordinary fellas at linebacker and the offensive line is not only talented, they’re deep almost across the board.

These positions, lifted above, are the irreplaceable core of the Bears 2014 roster. With them on the field, they are title contenders. Without them, they’re a question mark each week.

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  • Irish Sweetness

    Oh I’m coming up with the NASA rant, MB. Lying, photo-shopping cocksuckers.

    Firstness, also.

    • MB30SD

      can’t wait!

  • Irish Sweetness

    There is a chance Brock starts, slim I hope. I’m still rooting for Mr. Adrian “6’3 230” Wilson to give us his swansong though.

    On the QB thing, if we don’t sign Kyle Orton when he gets cut then I’m questioning the sanity of Phil Emery. Cut JP, Fails and the clown-son, go with the Neckbeard, the man that got us Cutty.

    Welcome Home Kyle. For the love of God.

    • For your consideration….

      OH MY GOD IRISH. HE FUCKING QUIT THE LEAGUE. KYLE ORTON IS NOT PLAYING FOOTBALL ANYMORE.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Somebody hasn’t had their coffee this morning …..

        • CanadaBear

          Maybe you don’t see all the stories about Kyle not showing up at OTA’s for Dallas. They fined him $70k for missing them. He says he’s leaning towards retirement. If it was any other player I’d think it was a ploy to get released and cash in twice. KO never struck me as that kinda guy.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I feel a homecoming brewing – just read up on him and it sounds like the guy wants out of Dallas rather than he’s retiring at 31. He knows he’d get his game in Chi-town … eventually. Complete the circle, Kyle, it’d be a beautiful thing. JImmy Clausen is not a beautiful thing.

          • For your consideration….

            Irish, there are only 2 scenarios here.
            1. Orton is simply done with football and the last crazy ass deal that the Cowboys gave him and that he just successfully got out of was his walking money.
            2. He will be pulling a pussy ass “retirement” move to try to get starting money somewhere else. Even if that is the case the Bears are not the landing spot. The Bears won’t give him 2-3 million to back up Jay and he wouldn’t start in Chicago. Trestman values the knowledge of the system to try to bring in Orton and make him learn the system in a month. It’s not happening. We are sticking with Palmer/Clausen. I’m calling Clausen because Palmer’s arm fell off at mini camp.

          • MB30SD

            this. and when the cards were fucking down, orton shit the bed… just like the douche he replaced. I loves me some neckbeard too, but it’s time to move on mainjes.

          • For your consideration….

            the more I think about it, Orton is not retiring. What insane 30something gives up the chance to do this long term WITHOUT negative effects on his body and only positive effects on his pocketbook.
            He is delaying because he would have failed a drug test and now he’s going to sign with another team that has a shitty starter.

          • CanadaBear

            Is he back on the Jack Daniels?

          • For your consideration….

            who knows? maybe he saw McCown make a career 180 and he feels he can do the same thing…or he’s just been good with his money and has millions and millions of dollars growing and growing.

          • CanadaBear

            If anyone has the sense to manage his money properly it’s probably KO. I remember him starting a recycling program at Halas Hall and driving a Prius. Obviously he’s a tree hugger with a social conscience. I’m guessing he’s pretty squared away. If I remember correctly his parents are school teachers in Iowa.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Drugs is exactly what I was thinking. It’s the hair. When you have hair like that it’s because you’re too stoned to care. #rickywilliams

          • Irish Sweetness

            Surely if we ditch every QB not called Jay Cutler we can scrape 3M together? What happened to palmer at MC?

          • CanadaBear

            Everything I’ve read said KO was kicking around retirement. He seems like a pretty straightforward guy, so I’m taking him at his word. If he turns around and signs with somebody, well fool me once …

    • DaBearsBlog

      I would have argued the same thing last summer and been totally wrong.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Aye, not many saw that coming …. though likely Kyle would have gone 3-2 also ?

  • CanadaBear

    Sad news. R.I.P. Johnny Winter. Here’s my favorite cut by him. A rollicking version of Let it Bleed. The video is a crappy compilation but the sound is great. BTW, I agree with Johnny at the end of the song. It does indeed “get it”.

    • Cormonster

      Sorry to hear that. I seen him about 5 years ago and he was looking pretty frail. He played sitting down the entire show, but he could still play some good guitar.

    • SC Dave

      Can’t quite get the right one… so hard to pick. But Johnny did play more than a couple of times with Dr. John, so I’ll put this one up.

  • Irish Sweetness
  • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

    7 days til camp! Giggity Giggity, ALRIGHT!

    • MB30SD

      • CanadaBear

        Loved the highlight vid.

  • beninnorcal

    Remind me to never fly on Malaysian Airlines. This shit is terrible.

    • MB30SD

      had nothing to do with them, has to do with the fucking lunatic putin.

      Someone needs to take that crazy fuck out. what a total loon.

      • burntorangenavyblue

        Because of the volatility of the area, it could be possible that both separatists and Ukrainians may be riding the coat-tails of this disaster to bring their cause to a more international spotlight….I think two scenarios could have happened:

        1) Malaysian airlines, regardless of what happened or who did it, are SCREWED because this is their second plane going down this year by unnatural incidents. Their PM needs to do something about it. If the terrorist incident happened on their plane, then they have a huge security hole and the consumers need to ban their airline/travels altogether. This is not acceptable in today’s standard of air travel, especially post-9/11.

        2) If the plane was brought down by a missile from the pro-separatists, then the area needs to be stabilized. The potential of many international citizens being on the plane is going to bring those countries’ wrath into that area or possibly against Russia. Whoever brought that plane down, not only hit the WRONG plane because of the possible international make up of the passenger, but I’m pretty sure Malaysia is going to bringing down their hammer for them having to deal w/ a national/international crisis two times in one year, for the almost same exact thing.

        Bottom-line? This is screwed up, and we’re going to be hearing about this for a looong time to come.

        • burntorangenavyblue

          Wow, I am looking at the pictures on CNN….there are a ton of residents walking over the wreckage and debris, totally defiling the possibility of a pristine investigation….SMMFH

        • Irish Sweetness

          Putin has about a million ways he could have brought that plane down over Ukrainian airspace. It’s the kind of thing I can imagine him doing – mess with the country indirectly.

  • MB30SD

    alright boys, I’m off to opening day at the del mar race track. See you guys tomorrow… hopefully

    https://www.google.com/search?q=opening+day+at+del+mar+races&es_sm=93&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=pBXIU5vYEsj0oASMw4GwAg&ved=0CAkQ_AUoAg&biw=1366&bih=653

    Giggity giggity goo!

  • Sactowns#1

    Aside from the D I think I’m most excited to see Black Unicorn this year. He had a decent year last year but he was banged up and in so-so shape. I’m interested to see what he can do after a healthy off season combined with some B Marsh workouts. The guy just turned 27 so he’s still plenty young.

    • For your consideration….

      I think Trestman knows he had Bennett running to many flat routes. Look for more Martellus in the seams and in the holes in the zone. He will easily have 750yds this year.

      • he had 750 yards last year. I expect closer to 900 if Cutler stays healthy.

        • For your consideration….

          I wqs going to say 800 but then I remembered Marshall, Alshon and Forte. I just think that both WR’s will have 1200.00 or more. Forte will have at least 750 and Bennett will have 700 to 750. I predict Wilson will have 350.
          That’s 4250 just between the starters, a pro bowl for Cut and a deep playoff run.

          • For your consideration….

            if teams go nuts over covering our outside WR’s then I think Bennett, Forte and Wilson could be used to exploit those fear boners resulting in drop-offs in yardage for both Marshall and Alshon but overall increased TD and First Down production.
            Or…lol, you just fucking throw Marshall and Alshon the ball even when they are covered and they make guys look silly. Either way we in.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Not forgetting that once the Beastlies and Uni are downfield, and Matty clears out the flats stage left, Cutty just has to tuck and run trap right, nobody home. With no injuries it could be the #1 offense in the league.

          • I think Alshon and Forte get fewer yards. Marshall about the same but more efficiently, Bennett more, and Wilson gets Earls plus a little.

            All assuming everybody stays healthy, of course

          • Irish Sweetness

            And assuming Marquess beats out Toliver and Chris Williams.

          • bearsfantillend

            Wilson beat Toliver out last year, so its a pretty good assumption he will do it again this year. and i am assuming you are talking about Chris Williams not Wilson – if so there is not much competition there.

    • If Cutler stays healthy, Bennett’s production should increase. Cutler used him much better than McCown last year.

      http://www.bearsdraftontap.com/#!Why-Martellus-Bennett-could-see-an-increase-in-production-in-2014/c182g/FDCB4CAF-50FD-410F-BA1F-CE8953434856

    • Irish Sweetness

      Uni’s all twitterpated with his new little baby girl #JettLife
      Focus and a good homelife = onfield happiness I hope.

  • For your consideration….

    I want to talk about camp boners but then the world had to put a stiletto heel right in my sock monster:

    http://news.yahoo.com/israeli-pm-instructed-military-begin-ground-offensive-gaza-194739389.html

    • Irish Sweetness

      Dude, I just logged in to ask that very question. Are the U.S. media carrying video of what’s happening in Gaza right now? I’ll bet they’re not. How does Obama sleep at night? He has children! Netanyahu’s not human so I know he doesn’t need to sleep, but this is disgusting. It’s child murder and indefensible. IDF have closed both exits, sealed them all in and it’s literally shooting fish in a barrel – or rather shelling rockets into a barrel of fish. Except they aren’t fish, they’re very very scared children huddling together under arches waiting to die. This has to stop.

      • johnnywad

        It sucks. That said, they warned them for days in every conceivable way in front of the offensive to leave as it would not be safe. The children will stop dying when assholes stop randomly firing rockets into Israel. You don’t get to fire rockets at the rate of fifty a day at a group of people with a real military mechanism and assume everything will be ok. There is not now, and will never be a winner here. They must simply stop shooting at each other and call it good. Sucks to be Palestinian but such is life.

      • For your consideration….

        Oh, i think you misunderstand me. I’m just bummed that there needs to be an offensive. Those fish in a barrell you speak of have sent 1500 rockets into Israel in the last fucking week. 1500! The offensive is to close off the tunnels that HAMAS militants use to gain access to Israel and the areas where the rockets come from. Stop acting like it’s a child killing mission. Those palestinian rockets know no difference when it comes to victim.

        Dude, fuck Hamas and the people that accept them and their money/supplies. Hamas and Hezbollah pull the same fucking tactics and the people eat it up. Well….that what you get then my friend.

        I just don’t want to see it happen but don’t for one second think I hold Israel responsible for this shit show.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Gaza is effectively a long room with two exits controlled by the IDF in and out. They’re shelling it, knowing that Hamas are not the ones suffering the results of that/ 1500 rockets? You believe that? Says who I wonder? And how many were killed as a rsult? One person. One. That’s how effective and accurate those rockets are. Plus, they’re fired randomly in an outward semi-circle, not concentrated into one confined area with two sealed exits. It’s not the same.
          They won’t show you the fear on people’s faces who are penned into Gaza on U.S. TV, but it’s very disturbing to watch. I’m not defending what Hamas do, but don’t play it like there’s a fair fight going on.

          • MB30SD

            yes you are defending what hamas does. 100% you are, and then turning around and saying that tough shit they kill people and start it all the time.

            So you didn’t answer my question above. What would the US do if it was mexico using palestinian tactics? UK and ireland/scottland?

            Curious.

          • Irish Sweetness

            No, I’m not. I do not defend Hamas, but I understand that when your back is against the wall what the consequences are. Palestinian tactics? It’s their last resort. And like I said, Britain invaded my land and stayed for 800 years, enslaving us, killing us, taking our food, and I hold not one ounce of hatred in heart for them. We drove them out and moved on. So I know better than any other nation that wounds can heal and lasting peace can be forged. It’s harder for white Americans to understand perhaps, given that the USA is built upon rivers of blood and the genocide of 500 proud nations. I don’t abide by genocide. War does not make peace. Talking and non-fighting whilst talking, makes peace.

            And I don’t like fighting on the blog. I respect the fact that those of a Jewish background have suffered equally throughout a couple of millennia, and I understand their defense of their given state, but I understand the feelings of the conquered and the oppressed even more, and if I am the sole voice on this blog that will stand up for them, then so be it. I speak not as a Christian, for I denounce my born faith – I speak as a human who respects all races, and hopes and wishes that one day we all live side by side in peace and harmony.

            Religion makes that a hard place to get to though. Peace to you all.

          • Shady

            Thank you for once again displaying your true stripes.

          • Irish Sweetness

            If you mean one who champions peace and righteousness, then thank you. Don’t go the other route. Don’t play that card.

          • Irish Sweetness

            And if it was Russia v a rebellious little statelet, wouldst thou support Russia in its efforts?

          • MB30SD

            if it stemmed from decades of unprovoked attacks on innocents, yes. 100% yes. Again, a totally incorrect comparison. Putin’s russia is a war hawk, you really think israel would rather have the sliver of palestinian land than give it to them and have no more unprovoked attacks on it’s people?

            I’m from the party of common sense irish. If you are constantly being attacked for (being the ONLY ME nation who’s) giving land, suffrage, food, etc… to the same people doing the attacking, and this does absolutely nothing to stem their hatred for you and attacks on your citizens… what would you suggest israel do then please?

            Get off your high backwards unicorn and give me a solution. These people don’t speak diplomacy or even charity and fairness. Tell me your solution, and while you’re doing it imagine it’s your people being attacked by the UK. Wait… that happened once and what did you guys do again?

          • Irish Sweetness

            Giving land ? It’s THEIR fucking land.

          • MB30SD

            Read a history book instead of alien propaganda. Jesus.

            How is it theirs? Because it’s alluded to in an old book of fairytales?

        • Irish Sweetness

          It wasn’t kids lobbing those rockets though, was it? You don’t burn a herd of cattle to kill a few ticks. But you’re right, Israel aren’t responsible. Britain kicked it off and the U.S. are keeping it going.

          • NewBearInTown

            I’m not getting into this again. Irish, you’re a much more loveable idiot when you say we should trade Cutler for two second rounders and Kyle Orton.

          • MB30SD

            yeah, I am driven to refute this ridiculousness… but I will stop. It makes me and the blog miserable.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I noticed yesterday that not one person other than myself stood up for the side that curries the favor of the world on this issue, yet anyting pro-Israeli got voted up – no doubt by regs that signed in as “guests”. The fact that this blog accepts blatant racism against Muslims and Arabs makes me miserable, because racism is racism and it’s condoned wholesale on here. I’ve been part of it and said nothing which makes me just as bad. So I’ll stop.

          • MB30SD

            And you are an anti-Semite for whatever reason… what’s the difference?

            (Not just because of this thread, you are always the voice of the anti jew on the blog)

          • bearsfantillend

            where is the blatant racism against Muslims and Arabs? I will side against any group of people that has launched 15000+ rockets at any nation. I don’t care if they are Muslim, Asian, White, Jewish, or green men from Mars. I take great exception by the accusations of racism.

          • CanadaBear

            Irish I take offense to the blatant racism line. I never have been and never will be a racist. Just because I don’t join the argument doesn’t mean I’m a racist. This isn’t my fight and nobody needs me in the middle of it. As far as the not signing in and voting up posts as guests, who knows who’s doing that and who cares? Does that actually mean anything? I think you’re a great guy with a huge heart but don’t think everyone is against you. I might not agree with you but i have nothing against you.

          • johnnywad

            You do when the ticks launch rockets at you

          • bearsfantillend

            you are correct you don’t burn a herd of cattle for a few ticks, But you burn the herd when you are dealing with Mad Cow.

      • MB30SD

        I’m just curious why there’s no outrage when the Palestinian side constantly kills random innocent Israelis every year without any provocation whatsoever? Do they EVER hit military targets? So they ever even try?

        I’m also curious to know what you think the UK would do if scottland or Ireland were launching rockets at London every day and targeting their innocents?

        How many years of it and kidnappings killing suicide bombings and aggression towards your innocent civilians would it take for you to try and stop it any way possible?

        Although I badly want to stop responding to posts on this topic I will not. You believe in aliens dude…. and stopping short of outright calling you a fucking asshole, it’s hard to take these posts seriously.

        • For your consideration….

          aliens.

          • MB30SD

            this

        • Irish Sweetness

          Resort to the ad hominem stuff if you need to, but the rest of the planet sees it like I do, but maybe not feels it as much. I come from a nation that suffered oppression and genocide for 800 years in a row. It made the Africans adventure in America look like a holiday camp. African slaves were at least fed and kept as assets/livestock, the opposite of what we went through for twice as long, so I feel for the Palestinians and what they’re going through – that’s THEIR land. Feeling for the little man – the children moreso – doesn’t make anyone an asshole, it makes them human.

          And come on MB, I’m not saying Israeli lives are worth less. I know the Jews were persecuted throughout the ages – but they’re not being persecuted now. Shoe’s on the other foot now, but it’s not the same – one israeli life was lost recently, ONE. How many palestinians died today and yesterday? How many buildings were destroyed? What’s the score since all this started? Innocents are being slaughtered, not Hamas. They have nowhere to go. Rockets out of Gaza are one thing – and any life lost as a result is tragic, but those things are not the same equipment that the IDF have. It’s not an eye for an eye. This has gone way past apartheid, it’s just outright slaughter and it’s sanctioned by the U.S. And if I’m an asshole for standing up for the helpless, then there’s about six and a half billion people with me.

          You wouldn’t know it looking at this blog though. Folk get real quiet round here when It’s Israel/USA doing the slaughter. I’ll take my licks, I’ll stand up and be counted when the underdog is being beaten down. Every time.

          • MB30SD

            bullshit. they’re aren’t the underdog they’re the fucking aggressor. You’re on the wrong side.

            You don’t want collateral damage, stop starting a war without provocation. you start a war by targeting innocent civilians, then you get what you get… especially when you use your own children as shields just to use as propaganda.

            Disgusting.

          • Irish Sweetness

            MB, are you calling the Israelis the underdogs? The American-backed, Blackhawk-flying, practically-Superpower Mossad-badass IDF under-dogs? In 1946 there was Palestine. Then Britain sold their country out from under them and installed a nation of people unsettled by the war, giving them a home and telling both sides to get along with one another. Now one side is all pushed into a little strip of land – without access to the sea beside them – the exits are controlled by the Israelis and they’re supposed to .. .what, exactly? Say thank you?

            And using their children as shields?? Have you lost all perspective? They’re basically a whole country forced into one room where they IDF control the two doors and are effectively lobbing grenades into the room over the wall. That’s people using children as shields??? COME ON!

          • MB30SD

            read up on the history of WHY they are in the situation they’re in. they put themselves there and they back, support, and perpetuate Hamas’ tactics either directly by participating or by sitting by and letting Hamas’ violent ways be the face of their people/nation.

            All you have to do is stop the violence towards israeli civilians and gradually the walls and security will be taken down. But that will never happen because you can’t reason with terrorists.

            So go post your whiny bullshit on a hamas or al qaeda site dude, because people like you are supporting this exact outcome.

            You don’t think Hamas knew what it was doing when they kidnapped and killed those innocent israelis? You don’t think they knew exactly how it would all play out? You want to cry about killing innocent palestinians, go cry to Hamas about it, because israel will always defend itself from unprovoked attacks once it reaches a certain level… as they should.

          • Irish Sweetness

            The three kids? Terrible thing. But we know this goes back a lot longer than that, and read I have. Like I said, an Israeli life is not worth less, but a lot less of them are dying. I see all lives as being equal, you don’t, and that is your right. Call them terrorists, fine. But what does that make the IDF? Is there an iron dome over Gaza?

            And are three Israeli children worth ten Palestinian children … or a hundred ?

          • bearsfantillend

            how many Israeli children would be dead if the ‘Iron Dome’ defence system did not exist? Also just because Israel has a defence against the rockets does not mean they should launch 15000+ against it.

          • bearsfantillend

            Look at a map. Gaza strip does have access to the sea, and the Egyptian border to the South. Even the Egyptians think they are idiots because they closed that border because they also think the Hamas government in Gaza are a bunch of terrorists. As far as not having access to the sea, yes there is a blockade and sanctions but those were imposed because of the dumbasses continually throwing rockets at Israel.

          • bearsfantillend

            the innocents you talk about being slaughtered, also elected Hamas to power in Gaza in 2006. Not so innocent when you vote a Terrorists organization into government. What did the Palestinians expect to happen when they elect a terrorist organization into power that does not recognize Israel as a state and have vowed to destroy it?

      • SC Dave

        “Peace will come when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us.”
        – Golda Meir

  • johnnywad
    • johnnywad

      Sea Lion Uprising

    • MB30SD

      Those eyes johnny… those black eyes

  • Cormonster

    I ran into a documentary on Netflix about Calvin and Hobbes last night. Greatest comic strip ever, and the only one I was ever enthusiastic about reading every day. Some others would give me a chuckle now and then, but Calvin was epic. In Junior High, HS and college, I would literally look forward to opening the comics page to find out what Calvin and Hobbes did that day. Bill Waterson is a genius. I pulled out one of my Calvin and Hobbes books tonight, and immediately started cracking up.

    • my wife bought me the fancy complete set for our first anniversary. It’s awesome. The entire series in published order, plus commentary from Bill Watterson. Only issue is it’s kinda steep; runs about $150.

      • Cormonster

        My brother cut out and saved almost every strip from about the first year to the end of the series. I may have to get that book one of these days.

  • AlbertInTucson

    My name is Albert in Tucson and i endorsed this message.

  • CanadaBear

    Hey Dave, here’s the vid I was trying to find the other day. It’s the main group coming to the finish line at the Tour de Suisse. The cameras are mounted to the bikes (handlebars or under seat). Fun Stuff!

    • SC Dave

      Crazy how fast they go.

  • MB30SD

    Tom Brady’s wife still makes $128,000 A DAY!

    That is all.

    • CanadaBear

      Check out the vid below if you haven’t seen it.

      • MB30SD

        Thanks for posting Canada… that is so gnarly.

        Shocking there aren’t tons more crashes. The guy I used to train with was a pro indoor guy and he used to show me how they’d use shoulders and their heads and hands to pull guys ahead of them to move up.

        He used to do it as a joke to me all the time in surprise ‘attacks’ while we were riding… almost fucking crashed me out like 10 times. Hahaha

        Btw, thanks for posting the kate upton bit yesterday. I’m pretty sure I’d give up a testicle for a week sleeping with her.

        • CanadaBear

          That video is awesome. I used to have a friend that would fuck with you constantly if you weren’t paying attention. Funny fucker. Kate’s not my ultimate cup of tea (I like them skinnier and don’t care about huge boobs. As long as they have enough for a perky handful (I have small hands) I’m happy). There is something about her that makes you think she would be fun.

          BTW, follow that link for all sorts of videos of guys descending and other great stuff. It’s from InCycle video. Cyclingnews.com carries all their vids.

  • Alright chaps, I’m gonna be out relaxing with my family for 2 weeks. It’ll be preseason when I get back. SO EXCITED.
    Have a good one.

  • MB30SD

    BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

    Who wants to start a White House petition with me?

    http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/18/living/onepiece-bathing-suits-swim-fashion-week/index.html?hpt=hp_c3

    • tobijohn

      Where do I sign?

      • johnnywad

        And where have you been sir?

        • tobijohn
          • Cormonster

            Pretty guitars. Lefty, heh?

          • tobijohn

            Yup southpaw. I was wondering if anyone would notice. Usually only lefties notice other lefties…

          • Cormonster

            Do you or have you played for live audiences, or just for fun? The one on the top left has a sweet finish. Do you have a favorite?

          • tobijohn

            Played in a very short lived glam rock band about thirty years ago. We looked great but sounded absolutely atrocious. Completely lost interest in it and hadn’t played since the early nineties. Got the itch out of nowhere this past March and went crazy.
            Good eye, even though it’s not a very good pic, that one on the top left is the most beautiful of the bunch…

          • Cormonster

            Well, I hope you are having fun playing again. I wish I knew how to play an instrument. I just listen and critique friends of mine who are in bands.

          • tobijohn

            It’s never too late to learn. There’s all kinds of online resources and these days, and you don’t have to spend a fortune to set yourself up with some quality gear…

          • Cormonster

            I’m starting to think about it. Bass or more likely acoustic guitar. The problem is 27 years of landscaping and especially tree work has done a number on my hands. Maybe I’ll give it a shot this off season. Winter gets really boring. I could take lessons from one of several employees. A few of the best musicians in town work for me, and give lessons on the side.

          • tobijohn

            Give it a shot, I doubt you’d regret it…

          • Cormonster

            I just might do it. I want to learn how to play Pigs on a Wing. And many other songs.

          • CanadaBear

            I would think you could play bass even though your hands might not be all that delicate. A little more space between the strings. Who knows where that might take you. I’ve never played publicly (other than piano recitals that were all students). No matter if you stuck with it or not, you’d learn more about music and that’s never a bad thing.

          • johnnywad

            Nice. Missed you TJ. Shits been a bit tedious here. Ready for camp to start.

          • tobijohn

          • CanadaBear

            OK Tobi, if you don’t mind give me a rundown on each guitar. I’ve never played guitar but I’m crazy about ’em. Brand, model, characteristics of each? That’s one thing about playing piano, not many people end up with a collection of acoustic pianos (unless they live in a warehouse). I do have a small 2-octave piano accordion (Scandalli) along with my baby, a Yamaha G2 5’7″ grand piano.

          • tobijohn

            Ya got a few hours?

          • CanadaBear

            Actually yes! Just a short rundown if you don’t mind. I used to be a Fender/Gibson fan due to my Blues background. A friend fronts a band out of Vancouver and he plays Gretsch guitars. Really like that sound. Esp when he incorporate the Bigsby Whammy bar. One of his older models has a really thin top and it twangs like mad.

          • tobijohn

            When I bought my first electric guitar back in the mid-seventies, if you wanted a decent one, there weren’t many options. Gibson, Fender, Gretsch and Rickenbacker were pretty much it. All my guitar heroes back then played Gibsons, so that was it for me. I used my tax refund and bought a used Gibson SG for $400. There were, of course, cheaper Asian imports but the their quality was generally horrible and not worth considering, at least by me.
            However, when I caught the electric guitar bug again this past March and started looking into getting another electric, I found that the difference in quality between the imports and US made guitars had narrowed almost to the point of imperceptibility, especially for someone who is not a professional. You can now buy an import copy of the brands/models of the American guitars that are 90% as good as far as quality for a third of the price. In fact, both Gibson and Fender now have Asian subsidiaries that produce copies of their most popular guitars and price them much lower.
            The cost of those five guitars combined wouldn’t get me a new Gibson Les Paul Standard. While at some point, I’d like to upgrade to the real McCoy, until I can tell the difference blindfolded, to me, it makes no sense to spend over $2000 on a single guitar.
            Anyway, from the top left and going clockwise: an Agile AL-3001 Les Paul copy with Alnico V magnet humbucker pickups (Korean), An Agile Harm I semi-hollow body (similar to a Rickenbacker) with ceramic P-90 single coil pickups (Korean), an Epiphone (Gibson owned) Les Paul 100 with ceramic magnet humbucker pickups (Chinese), an SX Liquid (sort of an old Fender body style) with ceramic humbuckers (Chinese), and an Epiphone (Gibson owned) Les Paul with Alnico V humbuckers (Chinese). I’m waiting on a set of Alnico II humbuckers and a new wiring harness for that last one and plan to put single coil pickups in the Les Paul 100. I also have an Ibanez GAX70 (Indonesian) that’s not in the picture that I bought to play around with refinishing. To the completely untrained ear, I’m sure they all sound the same but to anyone who’s listened to popular music for any period of time, they all definitely sound different, due to shape, wood and pickup types.
            The amp on the top is a Blackstar HT-5R tube amp ( company started by a couple of former Marshall engineers), the one on the bottom is a Fender Mustang II solid state modeling amp (it has the ability to emulate the sound of other types and brands of amps). Anyway, I think that about covers it.
            Now that you’ve got some extra time on your hands, if you ever had the inclination to learn guitar, now is as good a time as any. If you don’t mind letting someone else pay for the initial depreciation and don’t mind buying used, you can get an excellent starter guitar/amp combo for les than $300. For under twice that used, you could get professional quality gear…

          • CanadaBear

            Thanks. I’m a keyboard kinda guy. I just bought the used accordion last year and took lessons until we moved out of Calgary. If I ever get to the point where I feel like I’m really good on piano and accordion, I’d consider getting a guitar. Of course, I’ve had the grand for about 25 years and I’m not much closer to being really good than I was 20 years ago. Hopefully once we get moved out to Vancouver Island and my life calms down a little, I’ll have waaaay more time to play. Can’t Wait!

            I remember talking to the bass player for Yank Rachell and he said the biggest difference between expensive vs cheap guitars was the hardware. He said he was always fussing with the hardware and trying to keep it in tune.

          • tobijohn

            Yeah, there’s that but there’s as much aftermarket stuff for guitars out there as there are for cars. Still, the initial cost of an Asian guitar and hardware upgrades it might need (not all of them do) and you’ve still spent less than half of what an American made Gibson/Fender will cost you. It’s funny, these guitar forums remind me of the Corvette forums I sometimes hang out at. Just about everyone is intent on modding whatever they have…

          • CanadaBear

            Cool! Not much I can do with my piano other than keep it in tune, keep it clean and don’t do anything stupid. Do you do all the work switching out pickups, etc.? I could see that getting addicting.

          • tobijohn

            Yes, I’m just beginning to and it is addicting. There’s even a acronym for it – GAS (Guitar Acquisition Syndrome). I mean, come on, how many guitars and amps can you play at the same time? I’ve got two more guitars I bought to refinish and mod coming tomorrow….

          • CanadaBear

            Awesome! I’ve had as many as 8 bikes at one time (I’m down to 5 now) so I totally get it.

          • Cormonster

            I have no idea what you are talking about, but I love the sounds Gary Clark Jr. is making with his Epiphone guitars. He can make some nasty sounds. I have a guitar story that I will tell later about my good friend’s Dad.

          • Cormonster

            Canada, this is pretty interesting. The guitar stuff starts around the 6 minute mark.

          • CanadaBear

            That was great. A lot of it is over my head but some of it sunk in. Makes you wonder how many guitars Warren has? His guitar tech seemed very cool. Filmed in Iowa City! Gotta love that!

          • Cormonster

            The guitar tech, Farmer (Brian Farmer), is a really cool and funny guy. Before Warren, he was the tech for Johnny Cash for quite a few years. Partied some with him in Jamaica. When I wisely went to bed, my buddy stayed up until morning partying with him and shrooming. He missed Warren’s solo show the next day, and Warren was PISSED! Someone made shirts of that incident afterward, with Farmer’s image and the caption “It’s all normal now”! Fungi can do that to a person.

            My cousin works at a place in Portland as head of security, but also helps set up for shows all over Portland. He worked a Mule show last year and sent me some cool pictures with him and Farmer. He said of the thousand plus shows he’s worked, the Mule crew was the most professional and some of the nicest.

            I was at that Iowa City show. Totally cool setup on the campus. The light show was really cool off the buildings behind and on the sides. It was a free show the night before the Iowa homecoming game. It was interesting to crowd watch because you could tell half the people never heard Mule or knew who they were before the show started. After a couple songs, you started to see the crowd start moving up closer and closer to the stage and getting more enthusiastic or just focused on the music Great show. Here’s a little glimpse of one of my favorite covers by them.

          • Cormonster

            Canada, here’s a pretty funny story that Farmer tells about how he became Johnny Cash’s guitar tech. My Mule friend Sue recorded this in Jamaica. This is the stage setting for the two trips I made to Jamaica for the shows.

          • CanadaBear

            Nice setting! He seems like a great guy. The JC story was definitely funny.

      • MB30SD

        I can’t believe you guys!?!?

        Hijack my very serious very critical political movement to talk about geetars.

        • CanadaBear

          Welcome to the Bears Blog, summer 2014!

          • MB30SD

            hahaha… i thought it was supposed to be the other way around.

          • CanadaBear

            It’s kinda been the Twilight Zone around here the last week or two!

  • MB30SD

    MUUUURPH!!!

    Post some of you fabulous pics from canton for the boys!

  • MB30SD
    • CanadaBear

      Have no idea if it’s true but it made me laugh!

    • Shady

      Found a new music video for you.

      • MB30SD

        Where the fuck have you been

        • Cormonster

          I’m pretty sure Jack Reacher could kick James Bond’s ass. It would probably be a pretty close fight though.

          • MB30SD

            Dude, corm. You cannot be serious right now?!

            Jack reacher is like 5’2″ dude. James Bond (Sean Connery) is like 7’14”.

            SMH.

          • CanadaBear

            HEY! Watch that shit about 5’2″ dudes!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh, you’re referring to Tom Cruise. Sorry. Carry on!

            Sean was 6’2″ (probably shorter now) and a body builder when he was young. I think Cruise is 5’6″. Besides the fact that he’s a complete egotistical jackass and religious loon, he’s lousy in bed. When Mimi Rogers divorced him she was asked why. Her reply, “He’s not enough of a man for me.” OUCH!

          • MB30SD

            Hahaha… sorry canada. No offense. You’re much more of a man than him.

            I refuse to watch his movies after that couch thing on oprah. Inane

          • CanadaBear

            It would take a lot more than kidding me about being short to get my goat. After 60 some years you adapt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m with you 100% on that idiot. I used to think he was just a tool. After that couch jumping shit and then unloading on Brooke Shields, he deserves to have his ass kicked. I don’t even like Brooke Shields but he was so off base ragging on her he should be called out every day. What a jackass.

          • MB30SD

            he’s a freak show. bottom line.

          • Big Mike

            @cormonster @MB30SD:disqus First of all Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher was appalling. In Lee Child’s Series Jack Reacher is a big man. 6’5 240lbs. Not that big wins fights, but Reacher is experienced in hand to hand combat and the martial arts. James Bond.. Not so much.

          • MB30SD

            Bond experienced in PPK… walther PPK.

            Ever seen what it looks like when you bring a big man to a gunfight mike?

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mur-c5IiWJI

          • CanadaBear

            I miss having the PPK/S (stainless model). Surprisingly accurate for a small gun. All the kick is in the palm of your hand. The first time you shoot it, it’s really surprising. After that, it’s no big deal. Fun little gun with a good punch (.380 caliber).

          • MB30SD

            For some reason I’m partial to .40 cal.

            More stopping power than a 9mm, but not like throwing a brick at someone like a .45. Kinda perfect for home protection

          • CanadaBear

            I get that. The Walther isn’t really a 9mm. They call it a 9mm short. Bullets are short and stubby. It was my dad’s and I got it when he passed. I actually got 4 handguns when he passed. The others were a .45 Gold Cup, another .45 which had been upgraded (trigger pull, sights), S&W .22 and a Taurus snub nosed .38 sp. I already had a Colt Python .357. I sold all those, 2 .22 rifles (one was a Browning T-bolt, really sweet) and all my reloading stuff before I moved to Canada. I gave my Winchester model 12 16 gauge shotgun to my nephew. Now I’ve got a slingshot! Gotta love Canada!

            For home protection I’m a big believer in shotguns.

          • MB30SD

            Nice stash. A former buddy bought a colt python. Wanted to shoot it badly, but we broke up before I got a change. Hahaha

            I’m with you… with kids in the house, I actually feel more comfortable with my .40. I’ve become very accurate with it over the years, and feel pretty comfortable I could take a guy out even at 25+ yards pretty well. Adrenaline and chaos aside, I just feel more comfortable firing that in the house than a spreader.

          • Cormonster

            I was referring to the book character more so than Cruise, but the movie was pretty good. Cruise is a douche, but so are half the actors I like in Hollywood. I try to avoid the Hollywood gossip shit and late night talk shows because I don’t really care about most of their personal lives (unless I’m on the shitter at my Mom’s or sister’s with one of their People or Us magazines).

          • AlbertInTucson

            Isn’t this is where SOMEBODY is supposed to post : “Ditka could take’em both. At the same time.”

      • MB30SD

        Just When I Think You Couldn’t Possibly Be Any Dumber, you go and do something like this…. and TOTALLY redeem yourself!

        That video was very awesome.

        …and EXACTLY like any big company marketing meeting I’ve ever attended. So brutal.

  • NewBearInTown
    • CanadaBear

      I’m surprised the guy is still alive.

      • MB30SD

        if that had been my son, I’d be up on murder charges this morning.

        And I’d be fine with that.

        • CanadaBear

          I don’t think a jury in North America would find you guilty.

          • MB30SD

            Don’t know about that, but I wouldn’t care

        • For your consideration….

          no you wouldn’t be, he’d be in a wood chipper and we’d having a beer. Evidence? what evidence?

        • AlbertInTucson

          Nah. Manslaughter at the most. Extreme Emotional Disturbance. Maybe even Man 2. And then good luck trying to find a jury that will convict.

      • AlbertInTucson

        The father told the perp “You’re luck I love my God.” otherwise he wouldn’t be.

        • NewBearInTown

          I chuckled a bit when they played the recording. “Oh yeah he’s here. Send an ambulance for him.”
          I know plenty of people that love their G-d quite a bit and would not have had any qualms about killing that guy.
          I understand the legal/moral back and forth on how far you go in that situation, but I can’t imagine any parent holds it against that Dad for what he did.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “Who is the tall dark stranger there,
    Maverick is the name,
    ridin’ the trail to who knows where,
    luck is his companion, gamblin is his game.

    Smooth as the handle on a gun
    Maverick is the name,
    wild as the wind in Oregon,
    blowin’ up a canyon
    easier to tame.

    Riverboat ring your bell,
    fare-thee-well, Annabelle,
    Luck is the lady that he loves the best,
    Natchez to New Orleans,
    Livin’ on Jacks & Queens
    Maverick is a legend of the west.

    Happy trails, James Garner…86. Thanks for all the entertainment.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “This is Jim Rockford…”

    • John ‘GP’ Nada

  • AlbertInTucson

    “Wow”

  • For your consideration….

    Everytime I find myself on PFT I find myself staring at a story about Kluwe. Jesus. Give it up pal, talk about a last money grab. Wasn’t he with the Raiders after the Vikings and still got bounced out of the league??? And we’re still letting him portray that he was let go because he was gay? Kluwe you fucking dork, give it a rest. It’s over.

    • CanadaBear

      According to Kluwe, if he wins, he’s donating it to LGBT causes. I get the BiQueens coach is an idiot and someone should have talked to him but is this shit really a big deal in a pro football environment?

      • For your consideration….

        it’s a non issue. Kluwe was needed 30yrs ago for this issue…except that multiple players will tell you they played at some point with gay teammates and didn’t give a fuck about it unless their play affected the team or got teammates hurt.
        No one cares. Kluwe are guys like him need to be in gradeschools and small town shit kicker highschools on the front lines. Not bitching and moaning on the stage where it’s not even a real issue.

  • John ‘GP’ Nada

    Everyone should read Rich Cohen’s book Monsters – The 1985 Bears

    He interviews Plank, Fencik, Singletary, Hampton, Mongo, Mac, Moorehead, Frazier and even Ditka to paint an interesting portrait of the history of how it came together, from Halas in the 50s and 60s to Ditka’s improbable hire and why it happened, what happened when he got here, how they put it all together and why it didn’t last.

    He gets the context of the game correct, from it’s origins and blue collar roots to what it’s become, with the Ryan boys calling today’s sport “basketball on grass”. Everyone here would like it and it contextualizes history correctly and paints everyone in a light that is neither rose-colored nor yellow.

  • Ososfan

    Soooooo. Are there any chess junkies here. I haven’t been in a long time. And I assume you smarte(borderline-genius) lot probably dig chess, you got political convos and guitar convos…..I just started playing chess and was told I play crazy like Mikhail Tal, but suck. 🙂

    • AlbertInTucson

      I know how the game is played, but I am hardly a chess player.I DO, however, really like the movie, SEARCHING FOR BOBBY FISCHER.

    • Cormonster

      I play a couple guys on the blog. The site is called Chess by Post. You have to play on an Android or I-phone. It is correspondence games, so you can make a move any time you want. If you are interested, download the application and start a game with Cormonster.

      • Ososfan

        Copy that, Cor. I suck so please do not get your hopes up. I’m not a challenge. YET

        • Cormonster

          I am 1-16 against one of the regulars in private (unranked) games. I just started playing again after almost a 20 year hiatus other than an occasional game against my brother. It’s all good. I’m just trying to get better again. If you really do suck, I can take out some of my frustrations against you!

        • NewBearInTown

          You can look me up as well. NewBearInTown on the same app. Happy to play beginners as well.

          • Ososfan

            Absolutely, thanks NBIT, deff will.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “James Garner was cooler than you. And me. And all of us combined. RIP. ”

    Damn straight, Blogfather.

    The only other guy who immediately comes to my mind as being as cool as James Garner is Robert Mitchum.

    Kathie (Jane Greer):”Oh, Jeff, I don’t want to die”
    Jeff (Mitchum): “Neither do I, baby. but if I have to, I’m gonna die last.”
    —OUT OF THE PAST (1947)

    • AlbertInTucson

      If you enjoy old movies, especially the “Film Noir” genre, and you haven’t seen OUT OF THE PAST you have been deprived.

  • AlbertInTucson

    DBB Broken RDBB Broken Record: Bears Training Camp Will Be Defined By Health Not Performance Record: Bears Training Camp Will Be Defined By Health Not Performance”

    When you get right down to it, Health determines the entire season. Bears win the NFC in 2006 but must get to the Super Bowl sans Tommie Harris who, is never as dominant a force after his injury. The Bears go 7-3 in 2011 with Cutler really starting to “get it” in his 2nd season under “Mad Man” Mike Martz but then, WHAM! Cutler breaks his thumb making a tackle and the Bears end up 8-8. If Peanut isn’t playing on a bum knee he intercepts RGIII’s “Throw it up for grabs” TD pass and the Bears beat the skins in D.C.

    In the NFL, week-to week it’s ALWAYS about health.

    • Cormonster

      Mike Brown also got injured late in the season before the 2006 SB.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Ohhh, Mike Brown. How much could we miss a great SAFETY against someone like Peyton Manning (He said, sarcastically)?

        Even last year. You lose your top THREE DT’s and starting MLB. Think that MIGHT have been a factor in the demise of the Bears defensively?

        • Cormonster

          Losing Brown was a huge loss in our run defense more so than the pass defense. Tommy too. The Colts won more on the run game and short passes than Manning breaking down our secondary, other than the one deep ball. At the time those two were arguably two of the Bears top 4 defenders.

          • AlbertInTucson

            It was RIDICULOUS that Manning was named SB MVP when he had 2 backs that gained 100 yards in that game.

  • GPLDAN

    I will probably head to Bourbonaiss this weekend, just to see what’s up.

    • CanadaBear

      Looking forward to the report. I believe your insight more than most of the media.

    • For your consideration….

      I was in a bourbonhaze this weekend.

  • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

    4 days…

    • For your consideration….

      I should get my balls ornamentalized.

      • MB30SD

        I def need to do that shit. Like playing fucking baby-with-random-strange roulette every week.

        That would NOT be good,

        • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

          Every week? Look at you! Please send me Playboy Forum style stories from which I may live painfully vicarious.

          MB is New Crown.

          • MB30SD

            yeah my maings… this summer has been ridiculous. I’ve been on FIRE.

            2 new per week almost avg. for the last month and a half. been crazy.

          • GPLDAN

            Your name should be Face Man on the blog.

          • MB30SD

            I love it when a plan comes together.

      • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

        Uh oh. That doesn’t mean what I think it means does it? New little Waffle?

        • For your consideration….

          lol, fuck

          • MB30SD

            Are you fucking serious!?!?!

            Holy shit, you are insane!!!

          • MB30SD

            Oh, and congrats!!! ; ))

          • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

            Yikes. Well, I’d offer you words of encouragement but, I’m sorry sir, you are proper fucked.

          • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

            And by that I mean congrats!

          • For your consideration….

            i don’t know how this happened.

          • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

            To quote Tim Robbins on Shawshank Redemption….”do you trust your wife….?”

          • MB30SD

            Might I suggest these from now on?

            http://www.trojancondoms.com/Product/magnum-lubricated-condoms.aspx

            Actually, never mind, you need a vasectomy STAT!

          • For your consideration….

            mere latex cannot stop my seed from spreading. I must simply let a surgeon ornamentalize me with a laser beam. This is the only way to stop it.

            Lasers.

          • MB30SD

            #stopthemadnessrightnow

      • CanadaBear

        Congrats Johnny. Do it man. If you know you don’t want any more kids. Simple and really not a big deal.

  • GPLDAN

    There’s a Hollywood joke that goes

    “If Tom Cruise is playing him, he should be called Jack Reacharound.”

  • MB30SD
    • Shady

      Ur link iz not werking.

      • MB30SD

        did for me?

        • Shady

          Ah yes, saw that on Deadspin last week. Kahyute.

  • GPLDAN

    Dareus is a man-beast, but since we open with the Bills, it might be good if he drags out his problems until game 2.

    http://www.sportingnews.com/nfl/story/2014-07-20/marcell-dareus-buffalo-bills-doug-marrone-training-camp-update-status

  • MB30SD
    • GPLDAN

      Look at the front beam on that thing. It looks like it would plow under and the water would break over the nose and buck you off it on the first wave.

      I just got back from Jet Ski’ing in the Intercoastal Waterways in Florida. I swerved HARD to avoid a surfacing giant sea turtle (it was fucking huge, it’s shell looked like a kitchen table) and almost went flying off.

  • MB30SD
    • CanadaBear

      I loved the Degenkolb vid from the Tour of California.

  • Sactowns#1

    Not a single jersey in the top 25? Are Bears fans taking a wait and see approach on Jared Allen and Houston?
    http://www.nflshop.com/pages/Top_Selling_Jerseys

    • MB30SD

      most fans are bandwagoneers man. Diehard fans aren’t all that normal, especially with FF.

      • GPLDAN

        That and the Bears are not organized to be a star-based team. Even Cutler and Forte are regarded as mid-tier talent.

      • Shady

        Speaking of which…

        Are you finally in this year? DBBFFLOG Championship is returning!

        • MB30SD

          but when are you going to get maaaaarriiiiied?????

          Did you see the Yonny’s are on their THIIIIIIRD Alllllreeeeaaaaddyyyyyyy!

          • Shady

            THE MEATLOAF! Fack.

  • GPLDAN

    Here you go Irish: NY is the first state to regulate bitcoin out of existence. It won’t be the last.

    http://techcrunch.com/2014/07/21/new-york-to-bitcoin-startups-get-permission-or-get-out/?ncid=tcep&google_editors_picks=true

    • AlbertInTucson

      Good.

    • Noooo…I have about a million bit coins…or are those chucky cheeze coins?

  • For your consideration….

    I’m embarrassed to admit it but I’ve been quietly browsing Windy City Gridiron for actual bears related articles, opinion pieces, videos, etc. I know Jeff is just as bored as the rest of us and we’ve all become content fiends. I want content. I need content.
    I am fed up with the offseason.

    • MB30SD

      Ahhh yes… I was wondering what would break first…. your spirit or your body.

      • For your consideration….

        lol, fucking classic

        • For your consideration….

          MB, how did you find this? I’m a weird cat guy and this is one of the most entertaining clips I’ve seen in years.

          • MB30SD

            Mainj… where you been?!!?

            Shady posted first… then he and I posted it about 50 times after. There’s also a sequel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIoi-4u_yfs

            Enjoy

            (cat guy?!?!!? Weird!)

          • MB30SD

            warning: the acting in episode 2 isn’t exactly… how can we say… worth a shit.

  • For your consideration….

    i tuned in to ESPN 1000 for one day in the last 3 weeks and immediately heard the following from Jeff Dickerson:
    “If the Bears win this year it won’t be because of Jay, it will because of the pieces surrounding him.”
    “The Bears just need a Cutler type D, 20th ranked or so, and they should be fine”

    It’s frustrating to be in a major market and with so much anticipation our radio guys choose to invent drama again for ratings as they are about to head off to bourbonais.

    I don’t like our radio options and know it’s helpless because there is nothing to do about it.

    • johnnywad

      They lose because of Jay, win because of McCown’s overwhelming awesomeness, and finally win in spite of Jay with the same pieces. Guy’s a fucking tool. I want to see the list of quarterbacks that have great careers and/or seasons without “pieces around him”. Give Brady Hester and Knox as his one and two, with Jwebb and Omiyale keeping him comfy and let’s see what happens.
      Talk about a cheap, easy bullshit story

      • For your consideration….

        it’s just frustrating because alot of us are truly excited about the team this year. Alot of us are truly excited about our franchise quarterback and the growth of his game and his life. It is satisfying to watch a guy actually growing and improving and raising kids and succeeding.
        The lowest common denominator comments and hit pieces designed to create pageviews are disrespectful and are a distraction when there is literally nothing supporting those stories, anecdotes, opinions, etc.
        It just sucks because there is so much to be excited about and instead they just sit there like smug pricks because they’ve got the conch and talk shit. If i was 20 again i’d just choke him with one hand in front of his friends and swat his little t rex arms away as his panicked eyes begged me to stop.

          • For your consideration….

            I know. I am bored of everyone and everything including myself. I tried to stay away from the media and they got me anyway.
            I’m done ranting about it.

          • I haven’t even listened to ESPN since the SB ended, I don’t think.
            I accidently turned on Mike and Mike one time, then when quickly changed the channel to watch Law and Order re-runs.
            No news = good news for the Bears.
            Only news PFT reports is someone getting arrested for [insert misdemeanor], injury or outlandish Kluwe statements.

          • For your consideration….

            on a different note i was at the beach this past weekend at a family party and met a packer fan. he was excited about the addition of Peppers but still thinks that the Bears and Pack will split their two games this year. He mentioned that the pack fans he hangs with are confident as always but acknowledge that the Bears are now officially scary.

          • MB30SD

            fuck that guy (no offense if he’s family)

          • For your consideration….

            haha, fuck’em. It’s nice knowing that deep down inside the pussiness of packers fans there lies a part of their soul that can admit that it’s fucking over. OVER.

        • MB30SD

    • AlbertInTucson

      This is Dickerson’s way of saying, “Uh-oh, the Bears could be successful and I’ll look like the doofus I really am so I’ll put out this pre-emptive statement because I hate Cutler and I don’t have near enugh class to admit I was wrong and with this spin I can still say , ‘See, toldja so’.”

      His comment is not even worthy as something your dog would leave in the back yard.

      What a meely-mouth. He should run for office. He has “Spin Control” down pat.

  • “We just don’t know in shorts” Tresticles.
    Damn straight. In shorts, Onobum was a star. Throw on the pads, lads!

    http://www.chicagobears.com/multimedia/videos/Trestman_Players_have_to_earn_role/523922d8-94ef-417c-af88-bb8ba3496de9

    • AlbertInTucson

      You mean Fendi could actually CATCH a ball in shorts?

  • For your consideration….

    Vegas just revised their Bears futures. the odds of Bears winning the Super Bowl , NFC Title and NFC North just got alot better so it’s not even worth betting now.

    • what changed that made them change?

      • For your consideration….

        I think the combo of the amount of action that Vegas was seeing based on the Bears outcomes and a complete understanding of how fucking awesome the offense is going to be. The D will be much improved no matter what and the whole group including coaches are in the 2nd year of the system.

  • Another chance to re-hash S flux, and watch some more Mundy highlights. P.S. Wilson is YOKED. If his achilles is healed, BAM.

    http://www.chicagobears.com/news/article-1/Competition-wide-open-at-linebacker/1c5aeaef-ce55-4aa5-a30c-1965ba2cf398

    • For your consideration….

      Jared Allen is going to be productive this year but I feel like having Houston, a healthy Ratliff and Allen on the same line will be a handful for opposing O’s. Throw in crazy Willie Young and some young bucks like Sutton……aggressive LB play and standard badass Corner efforts from Tillman and Jennings and you’ve got a D that seems like it can be exciting and impactful.

      • The one HUGE concern I have on D (besides Bubba Tucker) is pressure. We MUST get pressure, esp with iffy safeties.

        Cynical outcome:

        Allen burns out. It happens. See every single top end DE fall off a cliff overnight.

        Houston. Gets pressure, but not sacks. Can’t finish. If he could, he would have got paid much more or franchised by the Raiders who had the GNP of Liberia.

        Young, another Shea. Flashes, but mostly goes right by the Qb and gets washed out on run plays.

        Sutton’s a rook. Outside of Suh, rarely do DTs make a huge impact rookie years.

        Ego is not a disruptor.

        Collins still hasn’t fully recovered from his ACL, or worse, has lost explosion.

        Ratliff (see Ego, but older)

        Paea (please. When he’s not injured, he’s spotty at best).

        Like I said, cynical diagnoses, but you never know. It’s not as if the defensive coaches blew me away last year (though many have been replaced). Same dudes who were thinking Shea was a DE.

        • AlbertInTucson

          That post makes ME look like an optimist.

        • bearsfantillend

          i agree with the need for pressure, not as cynical as you on the players, but they better stop the RUN. that made me sick last year.

          • Well, for the record, I’m not a cynic, and I do believe Allen has something left in the tank, and HOPING Houston converts those pressures into sacks.
            I’m not as worried about our run-d this year. OUR DTs last year just went down by the dozen, and I think Ego, Ratliff, and Paea can stuff the run, while Houston is a huge DE who is stout against the run.
            Allen has enough savvy and motor to not get run over, and Briggs is behind him anyways, so that should be ok.
            I still wish we would have drafted a bigass DT to plug up the middle, but the brass went with Ego over that Notre Dame behomoth, so Ego better fucking man up on the run. That’s what he was drafted for, to take up 2 blocks and free up the LBs.

  • GPLDAN

    PFW releases another stat based measure and the Score talks it up.

    QB rating while under pressure. Some sort of stat that measures QB performance while the pocket is breaking down – who the fuck knows how this shit is measured.

    Anyhoo – Josh McCown leads all NFL QBs with an 8.7. Out of what, I dunno, this is bullshit stats, remember.

    Cutler is 3rd to last with a -4.4.

    Socre couldn’t get enough of that shit today. Good thing Waffle didn’t listen to that or he’d go Animal House deathmobile ramming speed and crash through the studio wall like the fucking Kool Aid man, if the Kool Aid man was driving a Lincoln.

    • MB30SD

  • Whoa. Why isn’t Jeff all over this? Does he only have eyes for our new P?

    “When do you think that Robbie Gould will become the Bears’ all-time leading scorer?

    John D.
    Hammond, Indiana

    Robbie
    Gould needs 92 points to surpass Kevin Butler’s all-time Bears record
    of 1,116 points. If Gould scores at the same rate he did last season
    when he tallied 123 points, he would break the record in the Bears’ 12th
    game of the year on Thanksgiving Day against the Lions in Detroit.

  • bearsfantillend

    Lovie Smith on Mike and Mike said “You got to have offense to win games” SMH! maybe he finally figured it out.

    • MB30SD

      SMFH.

      I doubt that.

  • MB30SD
    • Shady

      Hee hee. Nuggets might make an appearance tonight. I was planning on catching up on a few shows like The Strain and The Leftovers, but maybe I’ll hop online tonight instead.

      • MB30SD

        Bang! Bang!

        If I’m not out for taco tuesday I’ll be there. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dc9BaSz4twg

        Gwat time you thinkin?

        • Shady

          8-9ish maybe.

          “Just close your eyes and open your mouth.”

          Believe me that line never works.

          • MB30SD

            looking like I’ll be absent sadly.

  • MB30SD
  • GPLDAN

    Likelihood of our Gopher making a big impact this year

    https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2014/07/22/rookie-impact-safeties/

    • MB30SD

      slim… to none.

      what round was he?

    • Al Afalava, jesus, when I woke up this morning I thought, “Whatever did happen to good ole Afalava?”

      • GPLDAN

        It’s nice to know that the Bears are the only team in history to draft a rook 6th round safety and then start him the whole season.

        WTG Angelo, you turd

        • The study’s findings are a bit surprising.
          “There haven’t really been many poor seasons from rookie safeties in the
          time we’ve been grading, with just 11 players finishing their debut
          seasons with a grade of -5.0 or lower”
          Starting a rook safety seems relatively, well, safe. They’re not gonna come in and become Ed Reed, but they won’t be Conte-ish either. Sorta low-ceiling position at first. I wonder how much of that though limits the defense on D, ie, that the Dcord tries to protect the rookie safety and thus limit the play-book.
          It would bode well for Vereen because he’s the definition of “meh” or lukewarm. The tape I saw of him, he didn’t ‘wow’ me, but he also didn’t “ugh” me either. Not a playmaker, or a fuck-up, so he would fit right in to that study.

        • MB30SD

          fucking turd.

  • MB30SD
  • GPLDAN
    • I really hope SAM becomes bad ass. But it should have never come to that.
      Rodger’s should have come out loooong ago.

  • For your consideration….

    As the eve of camp approaches let us all gather around in an internet circle and repeat the following prayer:
    O holy Halas we ask you to look down upon our boys as they begin training camp. May we never see the training cart bring a starter off of the field. May we never see a WR come up limping after a go route. May the finger of the quarterback come safely through his follow through and not into the helmet of an eager rookie defender or oblivious FA offensive lineman.
    O holy Halas if you grant us this request we shall take our opponents into our bear den to abuse and assault them en route to a most glorious 12-4 record. So that the unwashed media masses should take our bear meat into their mouths to choke for spewing doubt and sarcasm and venom.
    May our opponents not suffer injuries lest their mark ass trick ass fans continue to make excuses for our illustrious record and impressive wins on multiple Monday Night Commercial games and at the Super Commercial Bowl in February.
    In CuttyForteMarshallJeffereyUni’s name we pray.

    • GPLDAN

      Amen?

    • Amen!
      Oh, baby jesus, the best of all jesuses, 8 pound, haven’t even learned a word yet…

  • MB30SD

    this should help for a little bit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1aU0hz5Tf8

    • For your consideration….

      that’s crazy.

      • MB30SD

        dodgy fucking aussies. smh

  • Sactowns#1

    I’m not buying this one at all!! Seriously? San Diego?!? http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/powerrankings

  • MB30SD
  • MB30SD

    this one’s for Ev

    http://www.si.com/extra-mustard/2014/07/22/west-virginia-punter-nick-otoole-waxed-mustache

    My old logic class teaching tells me that YOU sir, have THEE very best mustache in all of american college football… by a longshot! Congratulations. (and you’re welcome)

  • GPLDAN
  • MB30SD

    who’s in?

    Yonny, you KNOW you’re going to need this by the time you’re done fucking popping out like 10 kids.

    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/bunchoballoons/bunch-o-balloons-100-water-balloons-in-less-than-1

  • Ososfan

    PSA: If you’re thinking about playing Cor or NBIT in chess and you are a noob, prepare to cry yourself to sleep every night…..

    • NewBearInTown

      Dude, we’ve finished one game so far. Have a little faith in yourself 🙂

      • MB30SD

        hahahahahaha

        • Ososfan

          All hope is lost. I’m getting destroyed in the first moves of the second game! Player beware!

          • MB30SD

            hahahahahaha

      • Ososfan

        All. Hope. Is . Lost.

  • For your consideration….

    no drama, no holdouts, no animosity, no controversey, no Lovie holdover poison, no fucking limits.

    The return of the Peanut Punch. Briggsy, Houston, Allen, Young, DJ, Jennings, young bucks like Sutton and Fuller, solid vet safety play made better by quarterbacks piledriven into the ground.

    Cutler, Marshall, Forte, Jeffery, Unicorn, the line, the scheme, the options, who are you going to fucking cover? Who are you going to double team? It’s your choice who runs up in you D coordinators. Is your rope stiff from fear or are you just happy to see Ginny?

    12-4 and fuck the hatin naysayers.

    • For your consideration….

      Just in case you want to watch the first year offense in action for 13 minutes straight.

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