• MB30SD

    First bitches

    • Trac

      Are the best!

      • MB30SD

        Indeed!

  • Trac

    5 and 4 at week 9 does NOT translate into being in a good position. Sorry but we had better be 6-3 at that point.

    • TheBigCheesy

      Considering that 7-3, 7-1, 5-3 all weren’t good enough, I’d say “Yes, 5-4 is not enough.”

      • For your consideration….

        gay

    • Big Mike

      I’ve argued before that the Bears have had inflated records at the half way point and it’s always hurt them down stretch. 6-3 record after 9 would be ideal. 5-4 wouldn’t be terrible. Still would have had to beat some good teams and win a couple road games. Schedule sets up nicely for the remainder.

      • Trac

        Jeff had to go with 5-4 to line up with his innocent climb theory.

      • CanadaBear

        If we win both the Carolina and Atlanta games, I could see 6-3. If not, 5-4 at best.

    • SC Dave

      9-0

      • Trac

        Not this year Dave. I may shoot for it next year. This is the innocent climb year. Hee hee.

  • Sactowns#1

    So is anybody in Bourbonnais? Can we get some 1st hand accounts?

  • MB30SD

    Hey GP, while I fucking hate white things (except ma bitches), this is woof man: http://uncrate.com/stuff/1966-ferrari-365-p-berlinetta-speciale/

    And you might only have to bid $20M on it!

    • GPLDAN

      You may well be looking at the most expensive Ferrari ever.

      I find that interesting, because the 250 GTOs have long held this distinction. Specifically the 1962 Edition, considered by most (including me) to be the most beautiful car ever made, the Racquel Welch of cars.

      http://static.cargurus.com/images/site/2008/08/22/13/12/1962_ferrari_250_gto-pic-49178.jpeg

      The Berlinettas never really rated that high.

      • MB30SD

        yeah, I saw a 250 at the Concourse the last time I went. In classic ferrari red. It really is a beautiful car.

        http://static.cargurus.com/images/site/2009/01/23/12/20/1962_ferrari_250_gto-pic-29443.jpeg

        (in fact, that might be the one)

        • GPLDAN

          It’s gorgeous.

          By contrast, the Berlinettas come from that tree that produced the Dino.

          And while I’m much too large to actually fit in a Dino, if I had that kind of money, it’s under a half a mil for a mint one. So that 365P is benefitting ALOT from it’s heritage.

          http://tinyurl.com/kkq7lvd

      • CanadaBear

        Holy Crap, that just might be the best looking car I’ve ever seen. Used to love XKE Jag’s as a kid. The sports car lot close to the house always had one. They used to have a Studebaker Avanti which always intrigued me. Guess my love for Canada was evident even as a kid!

        Saw one of these at a car show in Michigan when I was on a bike ride. Killer car. The doors roll forward.

        http://www.hemmings.com/classifieds/carsforsale/kaiser/darrin/1669436.html

        • GPLDAN

          A 1954 Kaiser. EXTREMELY Rare. Never seen one.

          • CanadaBear

            A guy in my hometown collected Kaiser’s. All of them were really cool but big boats. Not in great shape, even then. That Darrin at the car show in Michigan was mint. That was 20 years ago. The one I saw was white so maybe the one in the ad is the same car. Who knows?

          • GPLDAN

            Easterm Michigan has some great car shows. Woodward Dream Cruise and the Drive to Hell. You will see some barn keepers that are true history items such as Tuckers, etc.

          • CanadaBear

            I’d have to pull a map out but we were on a week-long ride that started in Lansing. Kinda up the middle over to Western MIch and back. Beautiful state.

  • MB30SD

    HAHAHAHAHA… that ray rice joke went off like a loud, wet fart in church.

    That was awesome!

    • CanadaBear

      I’m guessing the radio guy thought it was funny but didn’t dare laugh.

      • MB30SD

        exactly. He didn’t want to touch that with a 10′ poll. There’ve been enough people losing their jobs over this already. funny though. made me actually LALZ.

  • CanadaBear
  • MB30SD

    Jeff… can you please send me some of the crack you’re smoking re: CD.

    You just listed all of the qualities that he (you think) has that he’s never had to use in his football life. As you know, this stuff boggles my mind. it’s all fantasy at this point.

    • Trac

      A girl can dream can’t she?

      • MB30SD

        Sure, if that girl is Helen Keller.

        (too soon?)

  • MB30SD

    Posting these possible FF team names from the last thread since… FB is upon us… and to be totally honest, I think I’m wittier and funnier than I actually am (let the up arrow count go through the roof… and fuck you very much in advance)

    GPLDAN
    St. Angerer
    Brock’s Hard Candy
    Shae at Match.com
    Cutler’s Van Wagon
    Buc Lovie
    Mike Sam’s Willpower
    Vaccination Station
    Quit Clowney Around
    Manziel in Distress
    RG3 Comfortable in his Skins
    Uncontrollable Ego
    Eat Until You’re Fuller
    David Fails
    It’s Pat!

    MB30SD
    Christian Jonesing
    Chicken Dinner or Bust
    Charles and the giant peanut… punch
    Talk Softly and carry a Bostic
    He’s not so greene anymore
    Rock out with your Brock out
    Don’t conte on him making the team
    Young, Dumb, and full of Conte
    Conte your blessings he’s still injured
    Yo adrian!!!!
    Those dreads are McCray cray
    Looks like someone’s got a case of the mundys

    • MB30SD

      My favs:
      Cutler’s Van Wagon
      Quit Clowney Around
      Manziel in Distress
      Talk Softly and Carry a Bostic
      Rock Out with Your Brock Out
      Looks Like Someone’s Got a Case a’ the Mundys

      • GPLDAN

        I sorta like “It’s Pat!” for the punter.

        Anybody remember that one? Ahhhh… androgyny humor….

        • MB30SD

          I never really found that skit that funny. I mean it was the first couple times, but how many times can people being confused about a person’s sexuality be funny?

          Meeeeyyyeeeewwwwww!

          • CanadaBear

            I think the key was to only see it once or twice.

          • GPLDAN

            Those were the dark years of SNL. Well, SNL has had many dark years, but those were really bad. Corky Romano bad.

  • MB30SD

    dude, this is crazy: http://www.si.com/extra-mustard/2014/07/31/austin-jackson-trade-middle-bat

    I wish they’d do this with NFL coaches. Hahaha

    • AlbertInTucson

      Only in a Super Bowl matchup.

      • MB30SD

        HA!

        You see lovie packing up his headset and walking off the field in the middle of the 3rd. AHAHAHAHAHAHA

  • Big Mike
    • GPLDAN

      Wilson – McCray?

      • MB30SD

        sure. whichever pairing works best right?

        Shit, how awesome would it be to have 4 capable guys to swap in and out.

        Wilson
        McCray
        Mundy
        Vereen

        It’s all CD linebacker fantasy stuff at this point, but would be awesome, and Emery would be a fucking hero.

  • MB30SD

    here you go trac: http://www.si.com/nfl/video/2014/08/01/two-nfl-teams-who-will-make-playoffs

    Riiiiight boomer you dbag… 4-12 to playoffs. Good luck with that. BAAAAHAHAHAHA

    (mmmmmmmm… biiiiiltooooong)

  • AlbertInTucson

    The comment by host that John Tait was the only time in the last 20 years the Bears went after an offensive lineman is not accurate. Reuben Brown was a Free Agent. Maybe Fred Miller too. And, of course, the failed prayer that was the Orlando Pace signing.

    • CanadaBear

      He made a couple of comments that would lead you to believe he’s not much of a Bears fan.

  • GPLDAN

    I went to Bourbonais because that’s when I had time to go. But, in reality, it was a bad time to go.

    Now, with pads on and hitting a bit – now is the time Jefe should be concerned – this is when the injuries start showing up. It would much more interesting to go down there now.

    • MB30SD

      how far is it for you? Go again maings.

  • GPLDAN

    Lions appear willing to let Suh try FA

    • AlbertInTucson

      They have a LOT of dollars tied up in Stafford and Megatron.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      Of course they will. And he’ll leave. They’re done.

    • CanadaBear

      I read if they tag him next year it will cost $22 mil. He’s good but he’s not that good. Not to mention a loose cannon and dirty, cheap shot artist.

    • bearsfantillend

      i have a feeling Suh will be the next Albert Haynesworth. Get a big contract somewhere and then quit doing the work needed then be out of the league in 3 yrs.

  • Trac

    Innocent climb?

    Remembering the glory days, I can still picture my first day of sizzling hot two a days in HS.

    All the boys trotted onto the practice feld for warmups but the coach blew his whistle and motioned us to the cool shade of the 100 year Oak on the corner of the field and tells everyone to take a knee.

    “Boys” he says, “today we start our innocent climb.” NAWT! Get yer asses out there and give me 50.

    He he.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    I hear talk about Bostic and his role this year. The only role I’m interested this year regarding Bostic is that he is the 3rd down-passing down LBer. That’s what he has to do before anything else… be the other half of the Briggs-X. He could never play but for those passing downs and I wouldn’t care. With Briggs gone in a year he’ll be The Guy next year. He has to beat this group of LB if he’s expected to take on Briggs’s role next year on passing downs.

    • For your consideration….

      If Briggs has a decent year and stays even mildly healthy I could see them re-signing him to a tiny extension next year, same with Peanut.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        The fact that they’ll play this year on a 1 year deal hind of tells you that it might not happen. Lots of things have to happen for them to come back… health, production, leadership, financial expectations. I doubt it’ll happen for either of them. Last year was hard to forget. The health was not there, the production was just ok, the leadership was non existent and regarding financial expectation Tillman wanted more from the Bears after trying the new Lovie land and Briggs was always a ‘hard negotiator’ when he had leverage with the ‘old’ Bears. Can you see him changing his way ? I doubt it.

        • CanadaBear

          I don’t see either of them having that much leverage. If they are productive this year the door will be open but only at the Bears price. Can’t blame injured vets for lack of leadership. You can’t lead when you’re not playing.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            I agree. They have to play well and be open for Bearss price. The last part I don’t buy. Not from Briggs. The Bears D was shit all of last year and the injuries have nothing to do with it. The lack of leadership was obvious and it was a combination of factors. New coach, same players, same system and a HC who has really a OC. The design called and banked on the leadership from the players. There was none. Trestman had this plan… wanted to be a OC-HC for one year so he can install the O system, then become more of a HC. I get it… but it left the D into the shiter. It’s the reason Tucker wasn’t sent packing… Trestman-Emery created the situation before the season started while decision-making. They brought in leadership in the positional coaching tough. So they can help/sostitute Tucker.

          • CanadaBear

            People tend to forget the D was OK until Melt and Collins went down. Once we had nothing in the middle of the D line it was a jail break. It’s not just the injuries but injuries at the same position. A position that also had a guy retire and another go on IR early in camp. You can blame PE for not doing enough after Ellis retired and McBride went on IR. Not saying there were many options but PE definitely dropped the ball on that one.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            That’s week 5. Melton went down Week 3, Collins Week 5. The Bears conceded 140 points in those 5 games. That’s 28 points per game. THE BEARS ALLOWED 17.3 POINTS PER GAME IN 2012. That’s 10 more points per game… before the injuries. They ended the year at 30 points per game. That’s non a big difference… it’s the trend of the season. If you want you can count the games until the Redskins when Tillman and Briggs went down. They allowed 29,5 points per game until Week 7, the Redskins game. The year numbers. So you see the D was shit all year. PS: I know why you might think they were ‘OK’. They turned the ball over like in 2012 in those 4 Weeks. That’s why you have this illusion of ‘Ok’ D.

          • CanadaBear

            That was always the D’s calling card TO’s. The run/game stats went crazy after Collins went down. Not to mention, if your O is scoring pts in bunches and not marching down the field the D is on the field longer, etc. I can see you’re a stats guy. They tell a story but it just depends on who’s telling it.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            I really am not a ‘stats guy’. I do like to study a bit as it makes me more knowledgeable. It’s just a small part and it makes it more fun. I’ll give you an example… Eddy Lacy was poor against base Defense last year. Below average. He did ok/great against nickel. So when you watch the Packers and see the opposition (Bears D or other teams D) play base D that tells you a lot. Or if you see nickel you’ll realize they might run the ball. You’ll aspect it. So you’ll pay attention to what the LBs do. How fast they react to the run play. That kind of stuff. Another ‘stat’ is that Tom Brady was very bad on long passes these last 2-3 years. So as fan of his you’ll want to see what he does there. Can he bounce back ? If he does, the Patriots might very well win the SB. So, with every long completion, you kind of see it happen months in advance.

          • bearsfantillend

            Brady bad on long passes last 2-3 years. That offense did not have the downfield threats for the last 2-3 years. Their receiving corp was below average, and unless they had Gronk on the field they had nothing but a bunch of midgets. its an offense that was based on quick slants because they did not have the talent at receiver.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            I’m wondering how they’ll do this year. Will they change their O ? I think they will.

    • MB30SD

      my money’s on the fact that he’s being groomed for the inside spot my eastern euro brother.

      Bostic takes over for DJW… unless DJ has a great season without injury, then he’ll be brought back too (which would be a very good thing).

      Dr. JOOOONES!!!! on the outside to take over either at the open SAM spot or for briggsy. I would love both jones and greene to really take a step forward and be our guys on the outside next year IF briggsy finally breaks down.

      #bestcasescenario

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        People pray for at least 2 possible starters next year from this years unit. You already have inked the LB corp for the next decade.

  • For your consideration….

    I agree with Jeff about Will Hill. I think it was a mistake not making a move for him. The Bears had a quiet enough offseason with little controversy so much that bringing on a mild distraction like Hill would have been ok.

  • GPLDAN

    Wrote it when it happened but Emery missed major boat letting Will Hill go to Baltimore. Bears have leadership, locker room to handle Hill.

    I don’t believe Jeff ever advocated going out and getting Hill. In fact, when I made a fuss about Emery not doing it, I believe he stated that Hill would be suspended at the get-go and probably wasn’t worth it.

    #history_revised

    • For your consideration….

      I remember Jeff being way on board with bringing in Hill.

      #icouldhavebeeninthepooldrunkonrumthough

      • GPLDAN

        Ahhh ok. Retracted.

        Bears lost out on the safety they needed in the end.

        • MB30SD

          I’m on board at this very early juncture… until it all goes to shit and we’re back to fucking conte and some other dude:

          Wilson
          Mundy
          Vereen
          McCray Cray

          #badasssafetycrewsomefuckinghow

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          The Bears don’t have the roster spot for someone like Will Hill. Plus they don’t have the locker room to handle him… they were historically bad last year… and in great part it was because of lack in leadership. People forget so fast. Plus when you want to start rebuilding something you don’t sign guys like Will Hill. PS: Why didn’t the patriots sign him ? They have big NEED at S and the knowledge to handle him. maybe because you don’t bring in pathological liars. Especially if you’re in rebuilding mode and depend on enthusiasm and fraternity.

        • but maybe with our re-vamped D-Line getting 76 sacks this season, we won’t notice the weakness up top?

      • MB30SD

        spectacular mustache AND historically accurate… mrs. evan is one lucky gal.

        Btw, I imagine your chuppah was fabulous. Tell me it was ev.

        • it was. we hand built it with wood foraged from Prospect Park (big park in Brooklyn – where we take #TheDogOliver for his daily walks). lots of people get married under chuppahs, but only me and the misses got married under this one.

  • For your consideration….

    I know it’s irrelevant because it’s our 3rd string back but there is no way Lynch is making this team. Running backs will be Forte, Ford, Perry

    • For your consideration….

      unless Trestman has some crazy wildcat, pistol package lined up for the red zone and short yardage….which you don’t do when you have Forte,Marshall,Jeffery,Bennett,Cutler.

      Sorry Jordan

      • GPLDAN

        No love for Kadeem Carey? He will get a look.

        • For your consideration….

          that’s where i get caught up. I know they like Ford. I know they see alot of potential and talent in Carey. If they keep Fiametta they can’t keep more than 2 running backs right? Carey and Ford are both talented so the RB position is a mystery to me.

    • CanadaBear

      Not sure about Ford but I’d be shocked if Carey doesn’t make the opening day roster.

      • For your consideration….

        I have a camp story that no one knows about regarding Lynch and Carey but I don’t want to divulge it because the media would pick up on it immediately and it would cause a stir since it involves a high profile Bear. Let me think about it and i’ll possibly post today

        • CanadaBear

          Cool. Just so you know, Pirates could never keep secrets!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • GPLDAN

          Oooooohhhh….

        • MB30SD

          Oh well…. heeerrooooooooooooooooo.

  • MB30SD
  • For your consideration….

    I’m going to innocently climb into a pool today with a barrel of rum

    #wifesawaypirateswillplay

  • MB30SD

    I also have a juicy no-press camp story. I hear through a very reliable source that cutty is about to… upgrade… his van.

    Personally, I like the viking riding a unicorn with an AK-47, but you can decide for yourself: http://www.mandatory.com/2014/08/01/the-least-inviting-vans-youll-ever-see/

  • GPLDAN

    53 List – Yes. it’s way early before even PS Game 1, but hey, it’s prediction fun.

    This list is too heavy on D, not enough OL. But it’s my first draft.

    WR
    1. Marshall
    2. Jeffery
    3. Bellamy
    4. Weems
    5. Wilson

    T
    6. Bushrod
    7. Britton
    8. Mills

    G/C
    9. Long
    10. Slauson
    11. delaPuente
    53. Garza

    TE
    12. Bennett
    13. Miller
    14. Rosario

    QB
    15. Cutler
    16. Clausen
    17. Palmer

    RB
    18. Flamatta
    19. Forte
    20. Ford
    21. Carey

    D

    DE
    22. Houston
    23. Washington
    24. Allen
    25. Young
    26 Bass

    DT
    27. Paea
    28. Sutton
    29. Ferguson
    30. Ratliff
    31. Robertson

    LB
    32. McCellin
    33. Bostic
    34. Briggs
    35. Greene
    36. Williams
    37. Jones
    38. Franklin

    CB

    39. Peanut
    40. Jennings
    41. Fuller
    42. Hayden
    43. McMannis
    44. Frey
    52. Purdy

    S
    45. Wilson
    46. Mundy
    47. McCray
    48. Vereen

    ST
    49. O’Donnell
    50. Gould
    51. Rempel

    • GPLDAN

      Noteable Cuts in my list

      Steltz
      Conte
      Ford
      Lynch
      Perry
      Spurlock
      Morgan
      Fales
      Tress Way

      Some tough choices. Is keeping David Bass more important than keeping Michael Ford, since Ford can play gunner on ST? Perhaps incorrect there.

      I keep looking for the spot that Jordan Lynch can have, and I keep not seeing it. All I got is him beating out Purdy on ST.

      • For your consideration….

        solid list but
        I think Hurst beats out Purdy
        Trevor Scott beats out Washington
        Morgan beats out Bellamy

        I think they have Carey at second string RB and try to hide Perry on the practice squad. it won’t work but they will try.

        Nice job making sure Franklin is in there at LB. No one knows who the guy is but he’s a 4 phase ST guy and is not that bad at all at LB. Very physical guy. I like Jerry.

        I know they love Steltz but with the injury and the new talent they brought in i don’t know what they will do. Also Conte having surgery so late means if they like Wilson and think he can compete i think Conte is gone.

        • GPLDAN

          With the news that Wilson maybe playing with the 1s, I just don’t see how Steltz makes this roster. He’s a ST player, not a standout.

          I admit to being swayed by Cornelius superhero body. The guy on the field just looks like Jadaveon Clowney. He is one to watch in preseason. He has to show he’s made big strides. Scott is a solid edge rusher for 2nd string.

          • For your consideration….

            If Wilson can simply stay healthy and be 82% of what he was he would be a solid backup and even a starter. He is the wildcard. This could be huge or just a low risk gamble that didn’t pay off. So close to finding out. I think they like Ola alot and don’t think they can risk putting him on the practice squad. Britton is also a huge question mark. Hamstrings aren’t good. His leg just buckled on that play but we need him as the first man up in case of injury….except that he’s injured.

      • Trac

        Jordan Lynch could easily take Palmers spot. Think about it. If Palmer has to suit up, we’re in trouble. I’d put Lynch in before Palmer and run the wildcat all day if Jay and Clausen are no go’s.

        • GPLDAN

          With Cutler’s injury last year and losing McCown, you are willing to roll the dice on Clausen all the way?

          Clausen kicks massive ass in preseason and looks very very sharp and maybe that shows Palmer the door. Big maybe.

          • Trac

            2011 was the last time the bears had 3 QB’s on the 53 man roster. It’s a gamble but a worthwhile one. Maybe we could bring neckbeard in off the street if things get dicey.

          • For your consideration….

            Trac, every incompletion or mistake would result in fans going nuts and calling for Orton. He’s not coming here. It would be meathead lunacy city.

          • Shady
          • For your consideration….

            not cool

          • CanadaBear

            He’s making $18 mil/yr for the next 3 years. Pretty sure only the dumbest of Bear’s fans would be clamoring for KO.

          • Trac

            Just thought of something. Arent teams allowed to carry 57 players now but only dress 53?

          • bearsfantillend

            no it still 53. i think they did increase the number of players that dress.

          • Trac

            Yeah, that’s right. Teams can dress 46 including a 3rd QB now if I’m not mistaken.

      • For your consideration….

        no way Collins gets cut.

      • MB30SD

        there never was a spot for lynch. dude is a trick pony with a pointy horn. And if the best trick glitter pony in the history of college football couldn’t find a spot on a roster… even after the miracle run of 2012(?), then no slow white unicorn can. And I am 100% ok with that.

        Also, you forgot jordan senn… who is supposedly a bad ass ST guy and potentially even a serviceable IMLB if injury catastrophe hits.

        • For your consideration….

          completely forgot about him. hasn’t been mentioned one time in months on any news outlet.

          • Cormonster

            Some beat reporter on the Score yesterday said Senn is probably a lock to make the team, and may lead to the cutting of CD or Greene. Just that guy’s opinion.

          • For your consideration….

            i can’t see Greene getting cut at this point or Shea either for that matter until there is some verifiable proof that he can’t play SAM or MIKE. Maybe Jerry Franklin is out in favor of Senn.

          • Cormonster

            I agree. The same guy said Jones was the standout in practice the other day. I like hearing that.

    • Trac

      Palmer , he gone!

  • For your consideration….

    Glenn Dorsey just tore his bicepts for the 49ers. Decent sized blow to that D.

    • AlbertInTucson

      And they are already missing RB Hunter, out for the year.

      • For your consideration….

        i hate the preseason. Imagine losing two pieces like that before even the first fake game. Then losing more depth during the 4 fake games.

        • AlbertInTucson

          I used to look forward to the pre-season. Now I just dread it.
          What’s more incedilbe? It used to be SIX games.

  • GPLDAN

    Tonight is family night for Bears practice at Soldier Field.

    With Lollapalooza and a 5k race going on, it will be a fucking zoo down there, so good luck.

  • Big Mike

    Brandon Hardin – Cut http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2014/08/02/jets-sign-rb-michael-smith-safety-brandon-hardin-gets-the-axe/

    Wasn’t he one of the 3rd round safeties the Bears picked? Looks like he’s on his way out of the league.

    • GPLDAN

      I believe Hardin was MB’s favorite draft pick that year.

      • DaMurph

        You are correct sir!

    • bearsfantillend

      Was he ever really in the league? Did he even play in a game? He avoided the field as if he was allergic to the turf.

      • MB30SD

        I think that was his last injury actually.

        • Big Mike

          Okwo, Hardin, or Bazuin.. who was the worst draft choice?

          • For your consideration….

            Bazuin because he was a 2nd rounder i think

          • bearsfantillend

            i forgot he was a 2nd rounder. he might be the worst.

          • bearsfantillend

            Pool Jumper Extraordinaire Jarron Gilbert, especially since he was the 1st pick we had in the 2009 draft.

          • Cormonster

            Marcus Harrison was a pretty bad pick at DT in the 2nd or 3rd round. He came to camp out of shape every year.

          • CanadaBear

            Michael Haynes was a first and all he did was take up roster space.

          • GPLDAN

            Haynes wins, along with Ditka favorite Stan Thomas.

            As awful as cookie was, he was still not Stan Thomas.

          • CanadaBear

            No kidding. I remember watching Thomas and it was like he was in slow motion. Never really improved either.

          • For your consideration….

            Harrison was actually a steal at rd 3 because he was thought to be a first round talent. However, he apparently was a huge emotional eater. His grandma died and i think he gained 25lbs over part of an offseason once. i’m not joking.

          • johnnywad

            Bazuin. If memory serves, he was a second pick. Makes it worse

  • For your consideration….

    I’m going to watch the shit out of that first preseason game tomorrow. Come to think of it, i’d watch a full preseason game over a playoff baseball game.

    #becauseitsbaseball

    • Shady

      Bills 3pt favorites. Take the Giants and the points.

      http://www.covers.com/articles/articles.aspx?theArt=381292

      #degenerate

      • For your consideration….

        when i win, i will roll the money into my Cutler MVP fund at 20-1, what could go wrong?

        #doesn’teveryonepaytheirkidstuitionlikethis?

  • GPLDAN

    If you’re going to make the Bronco HOF Case, do NOT start with Davis. I watched all those Elway post-uniform change Super Bowl Broncos closely. Davis is totally undone by the fact that when he went down, Shanny went to Clinton Portis who was even BETTER.

    If you’re going to make the case for unloved Broncos, you want to START with Mecklenberg and Atwater. And I would argue Duerson was as good as Atwater (that would put a Broncos fan into a hissing fit).

    Atwater is defined by the run blitz he put on the Chiefs whereby he met Christian Okeye in the hole and the crack was heard across the stadium and a whispered hush came over the crowd before a mighty cheer as Okeye was planted on his ass when he had a full head of steam. Bronco fan tells that story to anyone and everyone that will listen: it’s like Woodstock, maybe 100k people were there, but at least a million said they were. Every Bronco fan over 40 today claims to have been at that game.

    I think Denver is under-repped a bit but not terribly so. Which is to say, this article is mostly BS

    http://milehighmaniac.com/2014/08/02/denver-broncos-deserve-better-pro-football-hall-fame/?utm_source=FanSided&utm_medium=Network&utm_campaign=Around%20the%20Network

    • MB30SD

      I fucking LOVED steve atwater… my fucking kind of safety.

      BOOOOOM!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvPxzQBIafo

      • For your consideration….

        Steve Atwater and Dennis fucking Smith. That’s a safety combo for the ages. I loved Atwater but i loved Dennis Smith more. Good ole number 49

        • For your consideration….

          Atwater – 8 pro bowls, 2 times All Pro , 1180 tackles , 5 sacks ,2 super bowl wins

          Smith – 6 pro bowls, 4 times All Pro, 1171 tackles, 15 sacks , played in 3 super bowls.

          That production is nuts.

  • For your consideration….

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/ct-rail-bears-spt-0803-20140803-story.html

    pics from Family Night. First picture is the kid making a highlight grab over Nut. Boom.

    • GPLDAN

      Story seems to be that Wilson looked flat footed out there.

      Maybe when he can start to crack people for real his particular set of skills will emerge.

      • For your consideration….

        yes, i heard the same thing and it did not please me. Hopefully over the next 4 weeks he gets really comfortable or else we’ve got a rookie going up against guys like Rodgers. Rodgers will bang that rookie’s mind like he bangs his hot girlfriend whilst thinking about his boyfriend.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Regarding Blogfather’s prediction of Shea McClellin as breakout player this season, we can only hope THAT turns out better than this call ffrom his 2013 predictions…

    “The biggest surprise on the Bears defense this year will be the emergence of Chris Conte as one of the game’s best safeties.”

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      both these predictions depend on the general level of the defense. For a player like McClellin to have success the D must be a dominant unit. Like… the QBs can’t have much time before they must to get rid of the ball or else they’ll take advantage of the mismatch. The strength of the unit is closely linked with Tucker’s ability as a coach, also. And that the most debatable thing out there. McClellin can be more than ok if he is put in the right situation/position to succeed. After last year of Tucker that’s highly doubtful.

      • Trac

        I’m pretty sure Tucker is coaching for his career at this point. I don’t think he’ll get another bite at the apple if he turns in a stinker.

        • johnnywad

          I agree Trac. I was VERY ready to launch him last year. Looking back, it would have been a mistake. Let’s see what happens with a retooled line and perhaps a bit more freedom to run his own D. If it doesn’t go well this year, I don’t see how they could possibly keep him.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          no. He’ll find work regardless. In the NFL everybody is an expert in finding excuses and hiring your friends.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    Guys…did you read this great article from Pro Football Focus on Cutler and McCown last year ?
    https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2014/07/03/qbs-in-focus-cutler-mccown/
    Fantastic stuff. Interesting thing: Cutler threw only 3.9% of targets on slants, second-lowest percentage in the league, MCCown had 11.6% of slants, second-highest in the league. Cutler had better % on slats, McCown had more yard per rec than Cutler (+50%).

    • For your consideration….

      donnnnnn’t caaaaarrrrrre

      • johnnywad

        I heard McCown also has a giant cock and he obviously has great hair and a winning smile

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          I’m not bisexual, move along, please.

          • johnnywad

            Yeah me neither. I just cringe now when McCown is mentioned here. It always holds the potential for “Josh is suddenly a franchise quarterback” explosion. Drives me crazy.

          • GPLDAN
          • MB30SD

            hee hee

          • johnnywad

            Well he is…. Isn’t he?

          • MB30SD

            dude is going to have a more than pedestrian season and will hereafter be mentioned in the same sentences as the likes of Fitz, Flynn, Kolb, and others in the one and done good season list.

            I’m looking forward to enjoying my pounds of dried south african meat snacks in a few months.

          • johnnywad

            Where do I get my cut?

          • MB30SD

            Ask Trac

          • For your consideration….

            I think the OC knows what he has to do. I think Josh will be playing with a lot of confidence and i’m excited to see him do well. I don’t think he will have the same level of success but i do think it will be better than his career avg but much lower than last year.

          • MB30SD

            yeah, I can see that I guess. We’ll see… if you look at history, it’s not good for josh.

            It’s also still a ? whether lovie can pilot a team and have even a decent O. Hope his OC is a total badass.

            #noIdon’t

          • For your consideration….

            hey, i’m making fish tacos for dinner tonight, all of the flavor of San Diego, none of the risk of dying via shark.

            http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/bobby-flay/fish-tacos-recipe.html

          • MB30SD

            nice. once you have them where I’ll take you, you’ll never make them again.

          • SC Dave

            Agreed. Good luck, Josh. Just not vs us. Use that extra share vs green bay or the fucking bounty hunters.

          • Trac

            In your dreams pal! Are you feeling the Lovie? Hee hee.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Man the article talks about both QB in the same system. So you can compare their style. The same system, 2 different QB. I believe it helped Trestman and Culter during summer research. Going into Year 2 of the O last year was huge. I made the example of the ‘slants’ as an example. In the same system one has at the top of the league while one was at the bottom in one thing and the other way around in another. So you can pick and chose.

          • SC Dave

            This. The fact that Trestman USES THE STRENGTHS of his QB and other guys is so unusual in Chicago that peope are still in shock I think.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            and this post started a discussion about… Josh McCown the franchise quarterback. I see what you did here… you Joshy lover are a sneaky one.

          • MB30SD

            #returnofthebarbarian!

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            never use this ‘line’ when you visit Afrika, #friend. They might take it the wrong way and feed you to the lions. Now that’s an experience to tell your friends ‘back home’. Or… wait… isn’t it difficult to call it ‘back home’ after you visit Afrika ? Never been there, but my instinct tells me that after you live there for a while you’ll call it ‘home’ and it doesn’t matter if you’re white or black… just not a moron. You know what I’m sayin’ ?

          • MB30SD

            Not really, but yeah kinda.

          • Trac

            Barb is our “Dr. Strange Lovie”. Hee hee.

            Know what in sayin?

          • MB30SD

            not really, but yeah, kinda

        • illuminati?

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        Let the beer flowwwwww, where the bithcezzzzzz.

        • For your consideration….

          Barb, i like alot of your posts because you offer solid explanations behind your reasoning whether people agree with it or not. I took a tiny issue with your PFF post because stat douche bags like the guys at PFF don’t deserve to be given such an important and comprehensive free pass about the dumb numbers they spit out. It leaves so much to interpretation and really doesn’t answer any pertinent questions.
          I’m a boots on the ground guy which is why i respected what Cutler and the offense did over the last couple of years with very little firepower and support. I’m not ranting because it doesn’t matter at this point. I just am getting tired of the whole shift to stats and metrics over real analysis of situations and the context in which those situations happened.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Man, I love PFF. Read them all the time. They are good. That being said this article has nothing to do with their ‘grading system’. These are clear cut numbers. Like ‘how many times he used play action’. These are not debatable things. It’s not the ‘how does that amateur behind his PC know who the RG had to defend?’. PS: I also don’t like sports that depend on stats. Fuck that shit. But a small amount of them can be fun. That’s all there is to it…it’s fun. Take for example Lamarr Houston. Nobody knows who the fuck he is. If you’ve read PFF you know very well who he is. A fucking beast. Likewise with Michael Bennett. He was PFF favorite for 2-3 years in Tampa. Top DE for their site. I guess people caught up with them this year. Hah.

        • For your consideration….

          also, please take my posts about drinking as tongue in cheek. I am a father of 2 soon to be 3, work 9-12 hours a day 6 days a week and once in a while i get to lay back at a bbq and get a pass from chasing the kids around. I’m looking to entertain you guys as much as offering thoughts from time to time.

          • GPLDAN

            And run strafing runs in the Me109.

            What is your profession?

          • For your consideration….

            Mortgage Banking

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            pimping and pandering. hah

          • For your consideration….

            lol, sure.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Make time to read this article. Best view of Trestmans Offensive system you’ll ever see. I understand you don’t care, well I do.

          • For your consideration….

            i’ll read it today

    • GPLDAN

      THere are more relevant stats that emerge in that analysis

      Threw 24.3% of passes in 2.6-3.0-second range, third-highest in the league.

      Threw 17.1% of passes at least 20 yards in the air, third-highest in the league.

      So – all the things we know about Cutler – he’s going to drop back farther, hold the ball longer and more consistently look for that deep ball to his big men. Jeffery is a god send, the guy who will go up and get that pass deep downfield.

      I believe Trestman will try and coach Jay to more consistently dump off to Forte and hit his 3rd option more often. But it will be hard, because at this stage of his career, Jay is probably only coachable around the edges, and is going to home run that thing when he wants to. He just needs to get rid of that ball faster.

      • For your consideration….

        Also, with Marshall in the slot more less throws will be slants because Brandon doesn’t run slants. He runs hitches, crossing routes underneath, deep digs, go routes, ad libs and settles into zones. The offense will continue to evolve but it is not a mistake that Forte caught as many balls that he did and that Cutler seemed to target Martellus more as well. It tells me that he has no issue checking down or going to 3rd/4th options.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          Maybe they defend against Marshall slants. They fear his size/strength and think don’t let him inside no matter what.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        Well McCown had 22,6% of passes in 2.6-3.0-second range & 25% of 9+ yards drop backs. That might be by Trestmans O design.

        • Trac

          High percentage passes work when you have Marshall and Jeffrey on the roster, and low percentage passes are more effective as well with these kind of receivers. That’s the beauty of having such big and rangy WR’s, almost anything you through their way is in the catch zone.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            who ?

      • bearsfantillend

        i somewhat agree with this, with big emphasis on somewhat. when looking at these types of stats they don’t take into account the defenses that are being played against each of them. While Josh played against some of the worst defenses in the league, Jay played against several of the best. It also doesn’t take into account the type of defenses played on the backend either, were they more man to man or zone? Press Coverage or were they playing off? They do try to bring into it the number of DBs but still does not tell us what type of coverage they were in. There are a lot more variables that need to be taken into account. Which is why comparing 2 different QBs in the same system is almost impossible. Defenses are going to play each QB slightly differently, play calling is different for each QB, and each QB is going to play more to their comforts(ie. who they throw the ball to)

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          Whatever they did it rarely worked. The Bears O did what they wanted in at least 12 games last season.That’s the point. Different QBs, different ways of defending them, different play calling, different comfort targets, timing,… It worked big time. Can’t wait to see what they achieve this year.

          • bearsfantillend

            i agree i can’t wait to see the progression of the offense this year. my point is stats don’t tell the whole story. Stats don’t tell you what would happen if Jeffery doesn’t make one of those acrobatic insane catches that maybe 2-3 other receivers in the league could make. Stats don’t tell you that an interception actually bounced off the hands of a receiver first. Stats have their place but must be viewed with a little cynicism.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            First I watch the game, then use the stats for a better understanding. Maybe I missed something. By stats I mean reading PFF.

          • Trac

            So who gets the credit? My money is on Alshon, Marshall and Bennett and the O-line. The quarterback is the beneficiary of Trestmans system.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Forte had almost 2.000 yards. He has big. Needs to be great this year also. It’s a contract year for him… basically.

          • Trac

            True enough. Evra QB we’ve had since Forte has been on the roster has benefitted from Mattay.

          • For your consideration….

            The quarterback and the rest of the players are the beneficiary of any situation where the team addresses vital needs including the coaching staff and the scheme used.

          • Trac

            Not dissin Cutty at all. How else do you explain McCowns success last year?

    • Here’s what I don’t get for Cutty.

      • Graded at -4.4 when pressured including -5.3 against blitz pressure.
      • Faced third down blitzes only 30% of the time, fifth-lowest in the league.

      So, Cutty graded out poorly against the blitz, but teams still hesitated to blitz him on money down? Seems odd. However, as Woodson so infamously sneered, “Same ole Cutler” and “He’ll give you [DBs] chances” meaning he’ll try to squeeze it into tight windows even if the defense hangs backs and waits for said passes.
      This might also explain Cutler’s apparent struggles on those mid-range

      • Struggled throwing in 21-30-yard range (-1.3).

      Usually, that’s where the Cover-2, Cover-3 hang around.
      It’s an interesting stat, and it shows to me more than ever how important establishing the run early can really help out the Bears specifically to make teams bring in that extra man in the box or even blitz. Then Cutty makes them pay with the long ball.

      When we get stuffed or sacked on 1st down, Cuttler according to PFF also struggles with 2nd and long, perhaps trying to make too much happen all at once – most likely, the Ds switch to that safer zone knowing the run/draw is unlikely, then Cutler tries to squeeze it into very small windows.

      Impressive that Cutler was almost equally effect at the left-middle-right of field. Shows awareness and progression.

      • Trac

        Doesn’t evra one that doesn’t play us struggle on 2nd and long though?

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        They blitzed McCown on 3rd down about the same %. They might have feared playing one-on-one against the WR beasts. I agree… Cutler is the type of guy who would rather go all-in rather than the 20-30 yards mark. Like…if we’re here I’d rather wait half a second longer and go for a home runner. PS: His production should get better this year… especially in the 2nd and long.

  • Cormonster

    I was happy to hear Christie McVie rejoined Fleetwood Mac after a really long hiatus. I always liked her singing better than Stevie Nicks. So I looked into getting some tickets, because I love the band. WTF. A good seat is $167 plus fees. Screw that. I seen them around 1990 (awesome show) for about $15 bucks, and I had great seats in the first 25 rows. I can’t imagine what people are paying on the secondary market.

    • SC Dave

      Thats because nicks is NOT a good singer. Used to drive the wife nuts because Laurie had near perfect pitch and said nicks was rarely in key. My ear is mercifully not that good, but still…

      • Cormonster

        I like Stevie, especially her song writing ability, but she can’t sing nearly as good as Christie. Her vocals are just so pleasing to the ears. Speaking of near perfect pitch, I have been enamored with the vocals of Rachel Price the last two years. Great jazz singer now in Lake Street Dive. Give this a listen if you like jazz lounge type music.

      • CanadaBear

        She was always, kinda, sorta in the neighborhood.

  • Trac

    Watching the G-Men. If I wasn’t a Bears fan, I could see me pulling for them.

    • For your consideration….

      it felt good to pop on the tv and watch the game tonight even if it’s only the first preseason game.

    • living in NY with the majority of my friends rooting for the Giants, i’ve gotta say it’s fun to root against them.

  • NewBearInTown

    Alright gents. I have created a 13 team (13 because the schedule works out well) fantasy league on espn.com
    This league has some fun quirks
    – Every team has a punter (points for yards and coffin kicks)
    – D/ST get more points than usual for shutouts and fumbles, but are penalized for return yards
    – QBs are penalized for sacks
    – Only 2 QBs allowed on any roster. So its harder to stash talent.
    – Only 6 bench spots, instead of the usual 7.
    – Return yards and now rewarded like receiving and rushing yards
    – Auction league. Draft tentatively scheduled for the Sunday night before the regular season.
    By invitation only. Send me your email to be invited.

  • MB30SD

    damn: http://www.si.com/extra-mustard/2014/08/01/teammates-send-well-wishes-paul-george

    Guess I’ll add my best wishes from the group that had the exact injury. Brutal.

  • MB30SD
    • Trac

      Somehow the thought “pot calling the kettle black” comes to mind.

      • GPLDAN

        Who, Roger Goodell?

        • Trac

          Just not a fan of K.O.

  • MB30SD
    • GPLDAN

      Lot of upper body strength. Also, you catch your feet on those ramps and it’s good bye feet.

    • Trac

      I used to barefoot. I tried waterskiing when I was about 40(ten years ago) and it was a totally different experience. Lol.

      • MB30SD

        Getting old sucks

    • Cormonster

      Those guys are amazing. A guy I fish and downhill ski with performs in water shows since he was a kid. I seen a video of him just a couple years ago jump off a RR bridge and get up barefoot skiing backwards. As soon as he hit the water the boat gunned it. He was dragged for about 15 seconds before he got up. I don’t know how his arms didn’t get pulled out of the shoulder sockets.

      • MB30SD

        crazy. like anything, it just takes practice, and once it ‘clicks’, it’s like riding a bike from then on.

  • GPLDAN

    My favorite part of the Ray Rice debacle is his interview with his wife sitting by him.

    A reporter asks him if this ends his career. His answer:

    “you can knock a man down, you can knock me down, but I will get up again.”

    Yes, Ray! Excellent metaphor in this situation! Go with that!

    • Trac

      A lot of these guys grew up in tough situations and are far from educated even though they went to college. What he did was outta bounds and I suspect Goodell took a lot of factors into account. Most people that get into domestic disputes get diversion and probation in the courts so I think Goodell did the right thing here. Putting hands on a women is terribly wrong but you never know what this women’s crazy factor was. I bet she’s above an 8.

      • MB30SD

        You are hereby suspended from the blog.

        Trac a smith.

        …but yeah, she’s prolly closer to a 9

        • GPLDAN

          bitches be cray-cray?

          I think that was the gist of Stephen Smith’s editorial. They castrated him for it.

          • MB30SD

            exactly.

          • CanadaBear

            Karma.

          • bearsfantillend

            they castrated Stephen A. Smith because no one likes him and he is always saying stupid ass shit. Aside from that shouldn’t hit a woman no matter how crazy she is.

          • Trac

            True but the point is that nobody died here. It was a stupid ass thing to do but didn’t deserve an overreaction from Goodell. I’m not defending Rice, I’m defending reason.

          • AlbertInTucson

            ESPN chose to turn the Ray Rice act of shear stupidity into a cottage industry, not unlike CNN and the Maylasian Airlines tragedy. The 4-letter must have pitched to 4 or 5 different reporters in ONE report. Move on, for crissakes. Dollars to donuts Mr. & Mrs.Rice were both shitfaced during the incident.

            It was a first offense for Ray Rice under the NFL’s personal conduct rules and, unlike Stephan A. Smith, Rice’s record does not read “…like a bunch of pig tracks”.

            I would remind all that the Nauseatingly-Self-Righteous-With-A-Well-A-Established-Reputation-For-A-Locker-Room-Mentality-ESPN happily promoted Mike “Twice-Suspended-By-The-World-Wide-Leader-In-Sports-For-Sexual-Harassment” Tirico to it’s #1 play-by-play position.

          • AlbertInTucson

            To paraphrase John Wayne from IN HARMS WAYN regarding Stephan A. Smith: His record “..already reads like a bunch of pig tracks.”

  • GPLDAN
    • For your consideration….

      “Annoreno, still bedecked in a Jay Cutler jersey, had no answer for the judge”
      lol, classic.

      • CanadaBear

        I liked the judge saying, “If you spent the night in County Jail I’ll be you’d know”.

  • GPLDAN

    Hey Jefe –

    Andy Dalton got 6-years and $115M Contract.

    Note: The above figures are not typos.

    • Dalton, and all mediocre QBs, should give Ponder a cut of their checks.

      Every organization is scared to death of starting over at QB because of the Ponder, Gabbert, JaMarcus Russells of the draft world. It’s always a crap shoot, and they rather go with a pair of 9s than gamble on getting a full house. Only once in a blue moon does a near sure fire like Luck come around. Even RG3 is beginning to look like a tenuous pick, though I think he might improve this year IF he remains healthy.

      • GPLDAN

        Gabbart is a good example. Everybody I know did a WTF when Ponder was selected by the inept Vikings. Few teams believe themselves that stupid.

        Another good example is Tennenhill and Mike Glennon. Both considered disappointing, although Tannenhill has come back this year with a chip on his shoulder (or so I hear).

        Lovie giving McCown $2M and a starting job will either be looked at as getting off to a good start, or typical Lovie inept O management. Maybe MB knows if Tedford is the real deal down there, the Golden BEars were always tough.

        • This year esp was rough for QB needy teams. Bortles? Manziel? Bridgewater? Carr? Garrapolo?
          I don’t think I’d be willing to stake my career as a GM for any of them.
          That’s why teams like the Bengals are overpaying for the Dalton’s of the world.
          “Devil you know…” theory.

          • MB30SD

            Manziel will be broken and busted out of the league by year 3.

          • Trac

            Nah, Jerra’s always good for a 3 yr contract if the Browns get tired of him. Jerra, Jerra, quite contrarra!

          • GPLDAN

            He looked like shit, but then again the Browns looked shit in scrimmage.

  • For your consideration….

    Shaughn Draughn is listed ahead of Ford, Ka’Deem Carey and Perry as the Bears’ No. 2 running back.
    I don’t want to read too much into that but I didn’t see that coming.

    • GPLDAN

      Check this professional career out:

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

      that is the very definition of scrappy.

      We have a new scrappy. Goodbye Joe, you will be missed.

      • For your consideration….

        Shaun Scrappy Draughn – 4 teams in 3 years, DB in college and special teams.
        Ka’Deem Carey – 2 time all American, 2 time all pac 12, OPOY pac 12
        Draughn must be extra scrappy or Carey must be a complete box of claw hammers.

        • They’re just making the rook “earn his way up.” Every team does this – well, except for the Seahawks who don’t even pretend.
          Carey was OK I guess. I would much rather have drafted Williams who the Gmen drafted. I didn’t watch the PS Game, but apparently he ran well.

          http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/08/03/giants-offense-shows-different-approach-in-preseason-opener/

          • For your consideration….

            damnit, I keep reading articles about Peppers impressing the fuck out of the Pack brass at camp. Motherfucker dropped weight and is playing fast as balls. Less weight also means less stress on the feet. Fucking Peppers if he has an awesome year. Mentally gave up on the Bears and now I really feel like he’s going to bring the heat this year.

          • CanadaBear

            He missed the stat sheet in several games. That’s pretty hard to do unless you aren’t trying.

          • MB30SD

            let him go maing… it’s like a hot crazy ex who didn’t like to have sex with you. She looks amazing at parties in that tiny dress with her big tits hanging out, but once you get home she always had a headache or one of 10 other excuses.

            Fuck that shit. I’ll take Jarred Allen over that dude any day. Oh and JA has a 13 sack average over 10 years. I bet you any amount of money JA has a better year on the stat sheet… by a lot.

            #fuckloviesholdovers

          • For your consideration….

            my gut is telling me that Allen will do well but that Julius will also do well…inside of our division.

          • MB30SD

            DOOOOOONNNN’TTTT CAAAAAAAARE!

            Fuck that dude.

          • SC Dave

            You will if he puts Cutler out.

          • MB30SD

            that could happen on any play with any lineman my maings.

            (Also see: McClellin, Shea)

          • Trac

            Ha. Loviely, just Loviely! Your hot date analogy I mean.

          • bearsfantillend

            good analogy. Would that make Allen a slutty redneck girl that’s into a little calf roping-esque bondage? Great fun for a rebound.

          • Cormonster

            MB, was that you who posted the dating chart a thread or two ago? That was hilarious.

          • He relies on brute strength at this point of his career. I don’t think he’s beat anyone with speed since 2010.
            And while true, less weight = less foot stress, running around as a LB, back pedaling, having to cover TEs from time to time, I’m sure will mean more foot stress.
            I don’t think Pepp has EVER played stand up 3-4 LB. Yes, he’ll be rushing mostly, but no one really knows how effective he will be there.
            All good 3-4 LBs are explosive, like Matthews, and I just don’t think Pepp, lean or not, has that initial blast/acceleration anymore.
            He’s like an old ferarri. Once upon a time, queen of the dance, but not anymore.

          • Cormonster

            I watched some of the Packers Family Day practice. The first hour was a non-stop lovefest of how awesome everyone is on the Packers. I don’t put much stock into those reports this early in camp.

          • CanadaBear

            I liked Carey’s highlights but he is slowish and is going to take a beating. Apparently Ford still can’t block. Pretty sure I read where CD owned him in drills. YIKES!

          • GPLDAN

            Maybe Shae gvae him that spin move.

            Because that thing is awesome.

            #unblockable

        • AlbertInTucson

          No way I take Williams over Carey. Head to head in the bowl game matchup last year it was no contest. Likewise, check their performances against their one common opponent, USC.

  • For your consideration….

    Jeff Dickerson ‏@ESPNChiBears 23s
    Marquess Wilson shaken up in 11-on-11. Wilson carted off the field.
    “Hi Earl? It’s Phil, yeah, no hard feelings ok? Be here by Wednesday.”

    • For your consideration….

      i’m calling dislocated shoulder or broken collarbone

      • GPLDAN

        Hello Mister Spurlock.

        • For your consideration….

          sucks for the kid. He was pumped.

          • GPLDAN

            We need a deep route threat, somebody with scary 4.3 speed that keeps the safeties way off. Not sure who could fill the role if Wilson ain’t it.

          • For your consideration….

            that little shit Chris Williams runs a 4.37

          • For your consideration….

            but he’s 5’8 170 and Wilson is 6’4 205.
            Let’s split the difference and go with Spurlock or Morgan

          • For your consideration….

            or sign the Pearl back and just focus on chain moving. I guess you don’t need a speedster to take the top off of the D when Alshon can do it just by going up higher. Safeties have to respect it.

          • Shady

            Is he still available?

          • For your consideration….

            yes and now they could get him for under a million easily.

          • For your consideration….

            or just roll the dice with Morgan/Spurlock/Weems/Edwards
            I have to believe that they will kick the tires. he is a known quantity and would contribute.

          • MB30SD
          • For your consideration….

            forgot about that movie

          • GPLDAN

            Go downstate and tell me WIlliams is 5’8″.

            He’s like Michael J. Fox sized. He looks like a litlle child let onto the field.

            But he could out run Gump. Backpedalling.

          • For your consideration….

            lol, he will die instantly on the field. I remember when people would say how little Danny Woodhead was. He is 5’8 but 207 lbs. Legs as thick as my entire torso.

          • MB30SD

            I et breakfast next to that dude a month or two ago. He’s small, but a fireplug. Dude’s durable too. Nice kid.

          • For your consideration….

            lol, he averaged 7 yards a carry in college and scored the equivalent of 15.5 pts every game of his career.

          • MB30SD

            yeah, tough little fucker. Bunch of buddies are charger fans so I see games. He’s a solid RB man. Nothing spectacular, but little homie moves the chains. He looks like some kind of wood elf though. his wife wasn’t that hot.

          • GPLDAN

            He’s like one of those little zippy shits that Gym Shorts loved for the Lions.

            I would love to see Williams make the grade just to unleash his boogety-boogety on the Lions turf.

          • For your consideration….

            Wilson collarbone so PUP list for him back in 10weeks after game 6 right?

    • Trac

      THIS is exactly what I was afraid of when some of you guys were all in on 1st team vs 1st team practices. I Lovie the concept but hate the injuries which will result with all the a1 personalities on the practice field at the same time.

      • For your consideration….

        he dove for a ball Trac. It could have happened to anyone. It’s football.

        • For your consideration….

          no contact with a defender, he just laid out for a bomb and landed on his shoulder instead of flat on his chest

          • Trac

            I thought two guys were scrapping.

          • For your consideration….

            that was a fight between Bennett and Fuller but no one was hurt, they ended up high fiving after Bennett freaked out for a couple of minutes

  • For your consideration….

    some fireworks at camp today. Bennett and Fuller get into it, Marshall yelling at Bennett. I love the passion. We’ve got some crazy ass dudes on our team. Bennett comes off all funny and quirky but he can get hardcore if needed.
    I’m hoping Wilson didn’t break his collarbone or dislocate his shoulder but that’s what it sounds and looks like.

  • For your consideration….

    Rich Campbell ‏@Rich_Campbell 6s

    WR Marquess Wilson suffered a fractured clavicle, Bears spokesman says. No timetable for his return.

    • Big Mike

      Grrrrr

      • For your consideration….

        Briggs knee , didn’t finish practice

        • Big Mike

          and then you had the Fuller/Bennett dust up.

          • For your consideration….

            not a good day for the Bears.

    • Damn. Being a stick increases clavicle breaks? Earl the Pearl Bennett still available. The 9ers just released former 1st rounder Jon Baldwin. Maybe Trest and Bmarsh can make him into the WR he should be.

      Not a good day for Wisons. David Wilson, HB for Gmen, retiring cuz fear of neck injury.

      http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/05/14/pfts-2014-all-unemployed-team/

      • MB30SD

        damn… are you serious?! D Wilson was kind of a bad ass. What a bummer.

        Not worried about our WR corps. As long as BMarsh and Ashlon and Black uni stay healthy, a hard core badass #3 is almost a nice to have not a necessity.

        • NewBearInTown

          Depending on what the defense does this year, a true slot receiver might be our top priority in the off-season. But a true slot is not Wilson – he’s a backup to play outside. As long as our starting outside guys are healthy, we’ll be fine.

          • MB30SD

            i was actually talking about david wilson nb. i really liked watching him run… and wasn’t he only a 3rd year?

            Poor kid.

      • Shady

        Baldwin claimed by Lions, apparently.

  • For your consideration….

    Losing a starting WR sucks.

  • For your consideration….

    I should probably do some work at some point today. I feel like I should be a bears beat reporter. that is my calling. I could just eat portillos all day and sweat gravy and watch the shit out of football games.
    #Biggsing

    • MB30SD

      DO IT!

    • GPLDAN

      Fun Fact: Gravy Sweat was Iron Butterfly’s B-side to “In a Gadda Da Vida.”

    • johnnywad

      Get out the mortgage side of transactions and become an appraiser. They don’t do anything but fuck up and collect checks. Should leave you with lots of free time to watch, write and tweet all things Bears and still have transitional income until you’re famous like Biggsy.

  • Mayock singing the praises of joint practices. “Every rep is a quality rep”
    Are Bears going to do that?

    • MB30SD

      weed?

  • Bender McLugh
    • MB30SD

      jesus

      • Bender McLugh

        though you’d like that

  • Anyone catch the HOF game and induction?
    I was too busy porking and trying to pork girls this weekend.
    Read that the speeches were long.
    I always go by Lincoln’s advice on speeches:
    “If they can remember the beginning of the speech, it’s a good speech.”

    I think he wrote the Gettysburg address in the stage coach on the way to it.

    • Cormonster

      I believe it was a train.

    • Cormonster

      After hearing of your goth show, wondering what you think of these guys? The bass player and guitar player are good friends since we were kids. Very talented and eclectic band. Different crazy costumes for every show. Always cracked me up to see what they would wear for the next show.

      • I’ll check it out. I don’t listen to much goth, aside from the Cure, and I guess if Joy Division qualifies. But they do happen to play that type of music at a lot of clubs in l.a. It’s still very much a sub-culture.

        • Cormonster

          Nothing like goth music. More like metal Frank Zappa. Thought you might be interested since you seem to have eclectic tastes. The music can be all over the spectrum depending on the show and time period.

    • AlbertInTucson

      I believe the legend has him writing it on the train on on the backs of postcards. When I was in grade school school we had to memorzie it and recite it aloud.

      • MB30SD

        can you still?

        • AlbertInTucson

          Meh, I can only get to about “…can long endure” from memory these days.

  • Trac

    Just read a quote from Crazy Legs Wilson after he threw in the towel on his career due to injury. That cat is cool. Total class act.

  • GPLDAN

    What’s the Over/Under on n00bz who show up on the blog after Friday’s pre-season game?

    • For your consideration….

      GP I can’t believe the season is here. I mean we’ve already lost quality depth on the O and D but the main pieces haven’t really even tweaked anything yet. I am sure Jared Allen and Ratliff are sore as shit right now but with a couple days off the likelihood of significant injury lessens. I want to wrap the big 4 weapons in bubble wrap and store them in a cool dry place for the next 4 weeks.

      • GPLDAN

        An entire off-season of flamewars, bitter harsh winter, debates on Israel, links to pictures of chicks with great racks, links to pictures of cool cars, stories of goth bar family nights, porking conquests, ex cray-cray tales and checking out the latest gear from Sharper Image wannabe sites. All of it ends on Friday.

        Whew. Now I know what it was like to serve on the Eastern Front.

        • For your consideration….

          it’s a miracle we all survived though I think we lost Irish right at the end. Killed during peacetime. Sad.

          • Trac

            What happened to Irish?

          • Cormonster

            I think he got pissed off when everyone basically agreed with Israel in the conflict in Gaza. Not worth getting mad about, unless it’s some other reason.

          • For your consideration….

            aliens?

          • MB30SD

            rothschilds.

          • For your consideration….

            time travelling alien Rothschilds?

          • Trac

            From Gaza?

          • NewBearInTown

            I hope he comes back soon. He’s always up for fantasy football.

          • johnnywad

            I don’t think he’ll be back this time.

          • MB30SD

            love him, but fuck im if he’s going to get pissed because he was the only one supporting terrorists.

          • Trac

            Gotcha.

          • GPLDAN

            No way man. He’s with Richard Dreyfuss on the spaceship making hand gestures to the guys with eggheads.

          • For your consideration….

            lol, look at the rack on the chick in the youtube videos that show up after your Close Encounters sequence.

          • GPLDAN

            they look like water balloons dipped in motor oil

          • For your consideration….

            i’m disgusted with myself because I just want to hump that chest canyon like a puppy.
            #puppyshamehumping

          • MB30SD
    • Viva

      Counting me…16.

      • For your consideration….

        haha, what’s up noob!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • MB30SD

        VIVA!!!

        Fucking Season-only poster. Shame on you.

  • Marques Wilson with a broken clavicle. Sweet.

    • GPLDAN

      Sweet?

      He looked shit the day I was at camp (lost, slow off the snap) but you kinda wanted him to get deposed by his lack of play, not by injury.

    • For your consideration….

      what!!!!!!!!??????!!!!

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      this is bad news. Wilson is the real thing. Better hope the big time WRs don’t get even a stinger. There’s nobody behind them.

  • Cormonster

    The top local news story: Brett Favre is getting his number retired and being inducted into the Packer Hall of Fame next year.

    • AlbertInTucson

      As he should be.

    • I would love for it to be against the Vike.
      However, it would be that much more epic if it’s against us, and we beat the shit out of the Pack at Lambeau for his cumbaya party.

  • For your consideration….

    haha, the fucking rookie taking it to the dinosaur…then getting taken by the dinosaur:

    http://voices.suntimes.com/sports/martellus-bennett-slams-kyle-fuller-as-another-fight-breaks-out-in-bears-camp/

    • Trac

      Dang, I was really hoping Fuller was going to be a smart player for us.

      • Shady

        Black Santa just overreacted. Cutler went over to Fuller after the play and gave him praise for being aggressive.

      • For your consideration….

        fuller not wrong, marty was embarassed

      • MB30SD

        what those two said. Wasn’t fullers fault, he took what he was given. Kinda surprised the BU went down so easily like that.

        But year, was BU getting pissed and was his fault.

    • Isn’t this the SECOND time dinasaurus got in a scuffle? Didn’t he get into with Houston too?
      I like his aggressiveness, but save it for the Lions and Packers. And the 9ers. Fuck those guys. Tired of getting pummeled at their stadium since Oakleys were cool.

      • MB30SD

        yep

    • SC Dave

      Trestman shut down practice after it – so the whole team loses reps because of misbehavior. Interesting psychology on Trestman’s part; I like this guy more and more as time goes on.

  • Shady

    Here you go Waffle, prop bets on Matt Forte this year (bet $100 to win +):

    M Forte (CHI) Over 15 TDs
    +500

    M Forte (CHI) Over 1500 Rushing Yards
    +1400

    M Forte (CHI) Over 20 TDs
    +5000

    M Forte (CHI) Over 2000 Yards from Scrimmage
    +600

    M Forte (CHI) Scores 15 or More Rushing TDs
    +1800

    M Forte (CHI) To Rush Over 100 Yards in 8 Or More Games
    +1400

    M Forte (CHI) to Score 5 or More Receiving TDs
    +1000

    https://www.sportsbook.ag/livesports?categoryId=928

    I’d go for the 2000 yards from scrimmage as the best bet. But if you’re feeling lucky, lay a bill on the 5 or more receiving TDs to win a grand. Better than that Yingreen garbage you go going.

  • MVP?

    “Since entering the NFL in 2008, Forte ranks third in rushing yards with
    6,666 behind Adrian Peterson (8,774) and Chris Johnson (7,965) and third
    in receiving yards with 2,919 behind Darren Sproles (3,340) and Ray
    Rice (3,034).”

    http://www.chicagobears.com/news/article-1/Tucker-impressed-with-Adrian-Wilson/4527ca34-01d6-45a1-ae9a-ba3f7ba533dd

    On a side-note, how awesome would it be if Wilson returns to form and starts at SS, and Mundy/Vereen man the FS? Answer. Very awesome.

    • SC Dave

      Not in any way a surprise to me. Matt Forte is a very goof football player. Very good.

  • Digging deep. HB, Senorise Perry. Mayer says keep an eye on him.

    Butch take.

    Great balance, good vision and feel for knowing which hole to take, or bounce outside. Not afraid to lower the pads, though he’s no Lynch. Showed some blocking and catching skills, esp niffty with the screen. Sells it very well.
    Negatives. Listed at 6’0 184. He’ll have to gain at least 10pounds, although he doesn’t look overly slim like Wilsom. Runs a bit upright. Long strider.
    Bonus. Played gunner in KR/PR, and looked comfy at it. That might give him an edge on Ford, although Ford also returns kicks.
    I really like the way Ford runs, but Perry might be more adept on specials. Perry seems like a very poor man’s Forte actually. Hopefully, we can at least stash him on the practice squad.

    • Here’s the 411 from Nawrocki. [He’s also listed at 6’0 206 on NFL.com, which might be more accurate]

      Strengths Good acceleration. Flashes the ability to
      bounce outside and has long speed to pick up big gainers when he breaks
      free. Functional short receiver. Willing blocker and special-teams
      player with speed to contribute in the pros — has experience covering
      and returning kicks. Helped himself at his pro day — posted sub-4.4 40,
      37-inch vertical jump and 6.89-second three-cone drill. Competitive,
      tough and hardworking.

      Weaknesses Lacks ideal bulk for the position. Average
      eyes and instincts. Lacks elusiveness to string moves together. Limited
      run strength — not a powerful pile mover or robust tackle breaker.
      Average career production (shared carries). Needs to improve technique
      in pass protection. Could require extra reps to grasp complex concepts.

      Draft Projection Priority free agent

      Bottom Line Fast, linear, one-cut perimeter slasher
      best-suited for a zone scheme. Never established himself as a feature
      back, though his speed and special-teams ability will give him a chance
      to compete for a roster spot.

      http://www.nfl.com/draft/2014/profiles/senorise-perry?id=2549938

  • Balls deep. Bearceboner.

    The match-up between Houston and Mills has been the most entertaining so
    far in training camp with each individual leaving nothing on the field.
    Games are going to seem easy for those two compared to their one-on-one
    confrontations in camp—one of which resulted in a scuffle.

    Compared to last season, what is different with the Bears besides their new players?

    From Paul S. on Twitter

    The
    biggest difference I see on the practice field is the attitude of the
    defense, especially the line. They’re competing with a take-no-prisoners
    mentality that features a toughness and physicality that were missing
    last season. A lot of that has to do with the new players the Bears
    brought in, such as Jared Allen, Lamarr Houston and
    Willie Young.
    Much of it also starts with two first-year assistant coaches in Paul
    Pasqualoni (defensive line) and Reggie Herring (linebackers). Both are
    old school no-nonsense coaches who see themselves as teachers and expect
    a lot from their players.

    http://www.chicagobears.com/news/chalk-talk/article-1/Which-new-players-have-stood-out/dee6ed95-2bfc-4a4b-9795-a18ae1270a92

    • MB30SD

      YAAAAAY!!!!!!

      Fucking finally.

  • The defensive Onobum?

    “Bears second-year DE Cornelius Washington has failed to turn heads in training camp.

    ESPN Chicago left Washington off its 53-man roster
    projection. Washington is competing with Willie Young, Austen Lane, and
    Trevor Scott for a backup role. He’s a workout freak who was discussed
    as a potential third-round pick before dropping to the sixth last year.
    Also working against Washington’s roster odds are multiple arrests
    since his junior year in college, including one this June.” – Rotoworld

    • AlbertInTucson

      The rebuilding of the Bear defense has no time for that off-field nonsense.

      • MB30SD

        more importantly for dude’s who are useless dogshit

        (very slowly turns head to stop and stare blankly at Shea McClellin)

        • AlbertInTucson

          Former First Rounder Syndrome.

          Someone recently cited 1st round busts Michael Haynes and Stan Thomas. Floating in between THOSE two selections, 2003 and 1991, respectively, there was 1994 flopper, John “He’s a linebacker! “He’s an end. He’s neither!” Thierry.

  • Fatness + bad knees = Oh oh

    “Texans rookie NT Louis Nix underwent arthroscopic knee surgery prior to camp.

    Nix required surgery on his left knee last November, but it
    is his right knee giving him trouble now. Coach Bill O’Brien did not
    discuss a timetable, but did say Nix would be “back out there at some
    point.” Jerrell Powe will open the season as the Texans’ starting nose
    tackle. It’s possible that concerns over Nix’s knee were the primary
    reason he slipped to May’s third round.” – Rotoworld

    • MB30SD

      damn

  • AlbertInTucson

    Tiger Woods, coming off back surgery, trying to “play thru the pain” for 8 or 9 holes on Sunday wasn’t heroic, it was abject stupidity bordering on sheer lunacy.

    “Waiting for godot’ should be required reading at the 4-letter.

    These people become aroused when Tiger Woods has decent first round in any tournament these days, let a alone a Major, then seem SHOCKED when Woods’
    “I’m 35 and falling apart” body betrays him in the next round.

    Like the characters in “… Godot” the jokes on the 4-Letter because the Tiger “He’s Won 14 Majors” Woods they are waiting for is never going to show up, either.

  • MB30SD

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