• “Jay works best when he’s freelancing.” – Jeff
    I’m not sure about that premise.
    Once more, maybe the Cowboy/Romo blueprint where they lean on the running game to limit the Romo/Cutler-experience?
    Only, the Dallas Oline might be a better fit to push defenses around on the ground, while our Oline is more modeled after the Saints/Kromer pass first philosophy.

    What I don’t get – the Cowboy D was WORSE than ours last year; Bryant, Williams and Witten are NOT superior to Bmarsh/Alshon/Bennett; we can call Murray (when healthy) and Forte a wash, (same with Romo/Cutler) so how come they’re 6-3 and we’re not?

    Things that make you go hmmmm….

    • addendum: from worst to first!
      #tradewind

    • johnnywad

      I really would love to know. To me, it feels like the Bears continue to fuck themselves at precisely the wrong moment with stupidity or a very untimely turnover that changes the complexion of the game. When Forte fumbles as the Bears are about to put away an inferior opponent, you know there’s some crazy shit going on.

    • Trac

      I’ll say this much: we now have the safe Jay. Good Jay, Bad Jay was better than the safe Jay.

      • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

        can’t agree with this statement. He’s 2 INT’s away from 5-3 even with this shit box D and inconsistent O. Sorry Trac, no simple answer to the problem.

        • SC Dave

          No easy answers indeed… problems across the spectrum

        • Trac

          At least we were fighting for playoffs at the end of the season. It’s time to unleash the Cutler.

          • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

            lol, unleash the Cutler. I am visualizing him in a cage before the game and they just poke at him and fuck with him until this look of complete disgust and anger comes over him and then they just open the cage and all jump back. He walks down the tunnel ignoring the fuck out of everyone and they take the opening drive 89 yds (because we tried to return it) in for the score. DOOOONNNN’TTT CAAAARRRREEEEE!!!!

          • Trac

            Hahahaha. I love it.

  • Trac

    Yes, Trestman will be back next year Jeff. Unless the Bears lose out, Marc Trestman is our coach.

  • Bender McLugh
    • CanadaBear

      Yes, yes I do.

  • johnnywad

    Having the season hang in the balance on a Sunday night game in Green Bay in early November blows. On the other hand……..its like the playoffs have already started for us.

  • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

    Elections in Chicago today. This is going to be amusing.

    • Doc Hamstring

      Vote early; vote often.

    • Cormonster

      Waffle, I think it was you who talked about how great The Wire was several years ago. If so, thanks! I just finished watching the whole series and it was fantastic. One of the best TV shows I’ve ever seen.

      • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

        i’m glad you watched it. That show was art.

  • Peanut FTW

    Hate audio posts, I never listen to them as I simply come here to read a blog. At least I can read people’s comments though. No idea who Trent Condon is, his name is fairly close to Rent Condom which is a horrible idea MB, if you’re reading btw.

    • Scott W.

      I don’t like them either, but it’s probably easier on Jeff to toss an audio up each week. He’s a busy boy.
      Meanwhile, the blog stage has sure changed, hasn’t it?

  • Bears-4-Ever

    Hey, just wanted to say…I don’t give a damn about your politics, religion, race, sexual orientation, or even if you are a packers fan…Get out there and VOTE. It’s your given right, a right paid for in blood, sweat and tears. So you owe it to yourselves to get out there and make a choice. V O T E.

    “I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.”
    -Voltaire

    Semper Fi.

    • Trac

      Voltaire was a freak. Just sayin!

      • Bears-4-Ever

        Yeah no doubt, but it’s a good quote.

        Here is another I have always liked.

        “Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.”
        ― Abraham Lincoln

        • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

          The greatest thing about democracy is that everyone can vote. The worst thing about democracy is that everyone can vote.

          • Cormonster

            That sounds like a Will Rodgers, HL Menken, or Mark Twain quote.

          • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

            Oh, that was a Tradewind inspired rant when I lost my annual 16 entry chili cookoff to my wife’s friend by 2 votes and overheard my wife’s teenager female cousins saying how they hated the one “that was spicy” and the other not liking that it “had steak in it”.

          • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

            they both gave me a 1 out of 5 and everyone gave me 4’s and 5’s. DEMOCRACY YOU CRUEL BITCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

            Any chance you’d pass along the recipe? Spicy hot steak chili is just my game.

          • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

            I type one out tomorrow for you

          • Cormonster

            You sir are like a modern day poet.

    • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

      Before everybody gets upset at reading this, please take a deep breath and just hear me out. Consider this an academic exercise, food for thought if you will.

      I used to believe exactly as your post describes. A democracy can only work if the people participate. However, I’m beginning to go towards the other side. As things currently stand I believe that our current system is seriously flawed and corrupt. Other than talking points I fail to see a very big difference between democratic leadership and republican leadership. I feel that they are both puppets of their corporate interests. I’m not a democrat, but I did vote for Obama in the last election. And when I did I told myself that if things don’t seriously change as a result of his “leadership” then I will no longer believe things can change in the current system. I believe that the tenets of capitalism and democracy have gone haywire. At the beginning, they seemed like great ideas that have been responsible for a great many good things in our countries history. Now, though, now I feel like capitalism is bigger than democracy and that the all mighty dollar rules the day. How? Well, the corporations interest in profit fuels their decisions on which party or person to back, who is then a flunky for those very same corporations. Those same corporations control the news in this country. Hence, the people are only being fed the information or disinformation that can better support their bottom line. Hence, the people who are tasked to vote are doing so based off of flawed, skewed, or bullshit information. A democracy can only function if the populace is properly educated. I think you see my problem. Further, since the “leadership” can only be chosen (realistically) from one of two parties, both of whom I believe are corrupt, there is no way I can support either party. And the people I would like to support are not electable based on their lack of ties with either major party.

      At this point, I feel like participating in such farcical democratic elections is to become complicit in the corruption. I cannot cast my vote for a corrupt person. I cannot cast my vote for a corrupt system. No serious change can come by continuing on the course we’re on. the only meaningful change can happen if we completely reevaluate our system. The way I see it, picking between two puppets, is no different than in Russia where you get to vote but there’s only one person running. Status Quo is the only inevitability here. And status quo does not work for me anymore.

      So, I’m at a crossroads. I realize that not voting means I have no right to complain about the consequences of the election. But I feel that voting for one of these puppets is to perpetuate the status quo and that maybe my voice is louder if not’s not heard at all. But then, how will change come about? At this point, I think it will have to start at the grassroots level and lead to a revolution of sorts (hopefully non-violent). But at this point, I’m left disillusioned to the point of just sitting by and watching the shit-show unfold.

      Also, before you begin rebutting, which I fully invite, hear this. I am proud to be an american. I believe that our country has been the greatest country by far. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be made better. I just don’t believe that it can be made better while adhering to a flawed corrupt system. So please don’t ask me to leave the country. It’s thinking like this, thinking that deviates from the established norms, that made this country the greatest country of all.

      • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

        Doc, if you were here I’d air blow you in a cab. That was well said and completely understandable.

        • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

          Thank you.

          • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

            I sincerely believe that we can have more impact in our communities on the local level by gathering the resources of your friends and family than any large scale government could ever have.
            I voted for Obama in 2008 and Romney in 2012. I have come to believe that it simply doesn’t matter who the president is. To my kids, i’m the fucking president…and the president wants you to pick up your stuffed animals and get ONE book for storytime before bed because we have a big day tomorrow.

          • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

            Seems like you’re trying to start a little country of your own!

          • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

            it’s my wife man, she keeps gittin herself all pregnant

          • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

            yeah, mine too. We’re on a strict no immigration policy now. You should consider it.

          • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

            spray and pray? pull out and fake it? sleep on couch? Smoke tons of weed to reduce sperm count?

          • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

            Fake it? Ha!

            Snip snip bro. Snip snip.

          • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

            needle in balls is fucked up. That sounds like something that would happen in a prison camp.

          • CanadaBear

            It’s into the vas tubing. Not a big deal. It stings a little and that’s it. I got snipped on Saturday and had sex on Monday. That was 35 years ago. So how bad can it be now?

          • Scott W.

            Yeah, i did the same thing. Sex less than a week later. If yer ever down this way, I’ll introduce you to the lovely, smart, successful result of that rush to pleasure…she’s a great daughter.

          • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

            I’ve tried the last thing. Doesn’t work.

      • Cormonster

        I mainly vote on local and state issues. At least at those levels the politicians have to be somewhat accountable to the voters. The federal level is mainly just a sham, especially with gerrymandering. Congress has historically low approval ratings close to single digits, yet over 90% of incumbents get reelected every term. After voting for Clinton in 1992, I basically stopped voting for Democrats or Republicans at the federal level. I voted for a Democratic congressman once and a Republican senator once since that time. Otherwise my ballot is left empty or 3rd party at the federal level. For years people have been telling me those are wasted votes. I would counter that voting Democrat or Republican is a wasted vote, especially if your voting for the lesser of two evils. The two main parties are losing membership like crazy. By 2020 I bet more people identify as Independent than Democrat and Republican combined. Hopefully by that time voters have more than two choices for winning other than the candidates that are force-fed to the electorate by the two main parties. Corporatism / crony capitalism has got to be fought.

      • Bears-4-Ever

        I totally understand your point of view. You are correct in many of your points. I have come to the conclusion long ago that the United States is no longer a true Democracy. Rather it is a Capitalistic Republic which is far from a true Democracy.

        This is actually a good thing in today’s World IMHO. Since the world is connected financially on a global scale. Unlike Stalinist Communism that wanted to take over the world with tanks decades ago, rather we as a super power, and most Western super powers want to also take over the world, but selling goods, economically, in lieu of force. Capitalism in not evil, it actually does more good around the world than other political Philosophies. Because it pushes money everywhere and it takes money, lots of it to actually help someone. Sure we need a military, but solely for keeping our own interests around the globe safe aka our financial interests. Ask yourself, why is most of Africa in general a hell hole. Because it has very little natural resources and thus cannot generate financial interest in any super power outside the continent.

        However, that being said, your vote still counts…how? Well, you have to pick the lesser of two evils or in other words you have to pick the Capitalistic Candidate that best fits your personal mandate. There is major differences between the parties, their backers and special interest groups that drive their power…That is who you are actually voting for. I don’t care if the President is a puppet, you don’t vote for that person, you are actually voting for the powers that are pulling their strings and trying to instill their agenda. That is the reality and as long as those powers keep the US as one of the greatest countries on earth, a land of opportunity and relative peace. I’ll vote every time. The world is ever changing and the country needs to change with it. Countries that refuse to change collapse or are at the bottom of the food chain, perfect example is N.Korea.

        Anyway we can go on and on…just wanted to throw my thoughts out there. I’ve seen many a shit hole country in my travels and I can say this…every time I came back home I was damn glad I grew up in America.

        • Trac

          Urgh….We are not nor was the constitution set up to be a democracy. This Nation is a republic. Granted it’s becoming more and more like a banana republic but we are not a democracy…..yet.

          • Bears-4-Ever

            Yeah that was what I was eluding to. Not only a Republic, but one driven by Capitalism. Like I said above…I don’t think it’s a bad thing. But not getting dragged into a political debate…I still think its good to vote even though the choices may not all be to ones liking.

  • BillW

    While I do believe the Bears have the talent and motivation to rise up and win Sunday night, unfortunately GB has more riding on the game. They are a game behind in the division; Detroit already has beaten them; division games are the first tiebreaker. Rodgers will be focused especially after a week off;

    Tall order to win this one.

  • Scott W.

    I almost quit football altogether this season. I was disenchanted with the whole of the NFL culture, and that really accelerated when the Dolphins player was disciplined for his very mild remark about the staged Michael Sam kiss on television.
    I felt the NFL had overstepped its bounds by punishing him, and it strikes me still as un American to have done so. He has a right to express himself.
    Last night, I finished Gregg Easterbrook’s book, “Football in America”, and if you have not read it, you should make a point of doing so. It will take the last tint of rose off your glasses.
    I have been a die hard Bears fan for 49 straight years. So much has changed since I was young and played the game. Some for the better, a lot for the worse.
    For a brief moment in time, I was privileged to an inside look and experience in the NFL, and my beloved Bears. This was over 25 years ago. Back then, I was awed by the opportunity.
    Now, while I rail for people to be fired, players to be cut, argue and celebrate with fellow fans, I wonder why I am still engaged.
    Fuck do I care if Marc Trestman coaches and loses every game? Who the hell do I think I am?
    I suppose at the end of the day, one of Easterbrook’s observations is the most telling: Football is the last arena left that women cannot invade and mold to their liking. They can report, they can officiate, they can work at desks. But they cannot play. It’s an iron ceiling, and physiological differences are too hard to overcome.
    So, as sexist, as odd, and as irrelevant as it is, that describes best why I haven’t quit.
    I love my daughters, my wife, and respect them all. But I’m glad there is at least one thing I did that they can never, ever do.

    • BillW

      Did not know you played at the NFL level. Respect to you, sir.

      • CanadaBear

        Pretty sure Scott was in the media in Indy.

        • BillW

          My mistake. It read differently. Respect all the same, Scott.

          • CanadaBear

            Scott’s pretty low key about it but he did mention it once a while back. Of course, with my memory I could have it all screwed up!

          • Scott W.

            Nah you got it right. So many, many stories I have, but who wants to listen to an old guy talk about yesterday? Heh.

          • Cormonster

            Me! I love history and useless knowledge.

          • Scott W.

            Tell you what corm. I have a few websites. Instead of intruding on the flow here, I’ll write up a few of the stories over the next few days, try and have em done by game day. Then I’ll throw up the link, and anyone who feels like killing some time off their life’s clock can click over and do just that.
            Canada, I even have a cool Gretzky story for you. Cool to me, anyway. I’ll toss it up.

          • Cormonster

            Sounds good. Don’t rush yourself. It is Bear-Packer week, so time to start getting pumped up for the game.

          • Scott W.

            I won’t. It will be good to go back and reawaken those memories though, so I’ll start on them.

      • Scott W.

        Yeah Bill. Canada remembered right. I was in the media, not a player or in any drawing an NFL check. But thanks for helping me pretend for a milisecond that I suited up. Ha!

    • GPLDAN

      I am having a very very hard time as well. I don’t like any other sports. I don’t really care about “goal” sports like Hockey and Basketball. I don’t like baseball. I like GOING to the park, once in a while, up to Wrigley, but I don’t care about the Cubs or Sox.

      I have always been a Bears fan. But the game is changing, the rose is off the glasses as to what happens to the men who play it, it’s gotten very politically correct, and the domestic abuse thing is just ugly.

      To top all that of, this organization is brutally managed.

      I don’t think the Dolphin player should have been fined or disciplined for what he said, and I don’t think the Clippers owners should have been shunted for talking ugly to his ho-bag. At least not forced to sell, that was ridiculous.

      It’s really not fun to be a Bears fan, or an NFL fan, in the last two years.

      • CanadaBear

        Gotta agree overall. I still like baseball and hockey. Don’t watch it all that much but will still sit down and watch a few innings. The NHL playoffs are awesome if you like hockey. Everything is really ramped up. Love watching bike racing but realize that makes me one in a million. At least I can mention it and not feel like I need to explain myself. Unlike watching darts, bowling, golf, etc. NASCAR was the fastest growing sport for a while. You’d have to inject me with crystal meth to keep me awake for one of those broadcasts. Nothing against anyone that likes all of these sports. All of them are fun when you’re a participant. I’m still OK with the NFL if they would just stop with all the penalties. Hands to the face? OK, if it really made a difference in the play or was really nasty. Same with re-routing receivers or pass interference. If the NFL doesn’t figure this shit out it will eventually drop in popularity.

        • GPLDAN

          I watched the Formula 1 race in Texas, just to see how exciting it would be to watch Hamilton and Rosberg fight it out.

          It really wasn’t. The cars are turbo’ed 1.6L cars making 600 bhp, which is amazing from a displacement to hp ratio, but the cars seem like glorified Star Mazda racers and Mercedes is just killing everybody else.

          So it’s a bore. I fell asleep watching it.

          • Trac

            I went to the brickyard 400 once. It was a perk from a vendor and I never would have spent the bucks to go otherwise. I went thinking ho hum but left super stoked I went. Haven’t been to another Nascar event but I totally dug it.

        • BillW

          I agree completely. You know, sometimes I think they need a complete overhaul of the rules rather than continual modifications. It’s getting like the tax code – constant changes make it worse, not better.

      • johnnywad

        I’ve given a lot of thought to what happens to the men who play the game and how it should affect my outlook on the sport.

        At the end of the day, people all over trade their time, and many times, their health for money. My wife works in a nuclear facility. There are men and women that put themselves at great personal risk daily in that work environment so we can all live comfortably. Many of these guys Don suits of one sort or another and weld, maintain, and fabricate bits and pieces of these facilities in places so toxic, it boggles the mind. The suits help, but they still pick up unhealthy doses of radiation. All for an annual salary that amounts to less than one game check of even the most pedestrian of NFL players.
        Personally, I am in the trades. I watched a guy making $11.00 and hour fall three stories and land backwards over a sawhorse. He will never walk again. We all have a roof over our head. We all partake in some measure of comfort because people are willing to risk their lives/health for money.
        The only difference I can find between a nuclear welder, a roofer and an NFL player, is the number of digits on their paycheck. None of these guys are forced to play. No welder, roofer, miner, oil rig worker, etc. is forced to work where they do. But they do.
        There is some argument to be made about the NFL’s knowledge of the dangers to players long term cognitive health and when the league knew there was an issue. With that in mind, this type of occurrence can be found in nearly every big business. Further, I don’t see many players leaving the league over the new information.
        So my take……They want to play, and I want to watch. I’m no longer going to worry about somebody that doesn’t worry about themselves enough to change.

        • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

          thank you for that common sense perspective.

        • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

          My thoughts exactly.

        • Doc Hamstring

          Here’s another difference between the guy who makes $11/hour and the NFL player: when the rare case happens where a $11/hour working stiff gets hurt, it’s a tragedy and we rightly call attention to it. When the NFL player gets hurt, we tell him to suck it up, buttercup, because it happens to every player.

          My concern about CTE is that there is evidence that it occurs not just from concussions, but repeated micro-traumas that accumulate over years. So a kid who plays 4 years of high school ball and never gets a concussion might very well have accumulated enough damage to drastically affect his life, without ever getting paid a dime or even getting a free college education.

          In other words, maybe we should stop looking at the paychecks NFL players collect and saying, “They knew what they were in for,” and look at the effects the game has on guys who don’t get those paychecks.

          • johnnywad

            I’ve considered the same thing. But if that were true, the country would be full of cognitively impaired 40,50,60 year olds that played high school football. But it just isn’t. There just isn’t evidence to support that “enough”, and I use that word very cautiously, damage is done at the high school level to change a life. I believe the real damage is done beyond high school, and more particularly, beyond college. The world is full of guys that played at a very high level and have no residual effect. The evidence is still being gathered and I’m sure we’ll know a lot more in ten years, but I’m not convinced high school kids are ruining their lives by playing the game

          • GPLDAN

            Not to mention that when you take a job as a carpenter and walk on roofs, you know that falling to your death or permanent injury is part of the peril. Same as the beam riders of the 1920s who build the Chrysler building, etc.

            Football players through, say, 2010 – had no real understanding that they were turning their brains to applesauce.

            They may have understood the aches and pains of broken bones and ruptured tendons and torn muscles – but not of the insanity and dementia such as what took Dave Duerson and Junior Seau.

            So I just look at the analogy that johnnywad came up with as some weak sauce. a cheap rationalization to assuage the feeling of contribution to something negative.

            It’s akin to being for the Iraq War and thinking that foot soldiers should have known about the nerve agents and sarin gas they might have been exposed to and just deal with the PTSD and other side effects, not to mention the VA is so inept it can’t help them.

      • Scott W.

        How do I articulate this? You’re right, it isn’t fun anymore. I suspend, I think, my disillusionment with the game on almost a per play basis.
        This is the first season in memory I haven’t watched a single NFL game except Bears games.
        I did try to watch a little college ball, then just got bored. Then corm mentioned Easterbrook’s tome, and that was it. Not a death knell, but right to the edge of the end.
        Basketball? God, how awful has that sport become? It’s unwatchable.
        Baseball I used to like, but not so much anymore. I feel like i need a degree in mathematics to watch it.
        Lastly, I’ve felt the slide this year on the board. Thought it was just me for a while.
        Thanks for noting the domestic abuse too, GP. That’s also a big factor here. Last year I went off heavy on AP for playing football while his son was being buried. Now, the reason, disgusting as it is, is clear. He’s a sociopath as a father and boyfriend. So, thanks for the reminder.
        This was my version of buying you a virtual beer.

      • Doc Hamstring

        Here’s the big problem (from my perspective): Football is a violent game that is highly structured and scripted, yet depends very much on the emotions and the physicality of men who often are not in complete control of themselves on or off the field.

        We’re peeling back layers of the onion and finding that we don’t like the implications of the violence in football–particularly in this age of 100% public exposure. Unfortunately, we can’t put the genie back in the bottle. We know that the violence we love in football cannot be contained on the field… unless we start building robots to play the game.

    • BillW

      Fascinating topic on the “feminization” of America. Not appropriate here but I’ve thought of that point over the years. It will continue – but I don’t consider it “feminization”. It’s simply evolution.

      • Scott W.

        We will agree to disagree on whether it’s evolution or not, Bill.

        • BillW

          Social evolution, not physical. Should have said that.

          • Cormonster

            I have to respectfully disagree Bill. It’s not social evolution, it’s social engineering that starts as early as pre-school or kindergarten. Being a normal boy of my generation in the 70’s is simply not tolerated in the school system today. If your a restless boy who has trouble sitting still or paying attention for 6 hours of instruction as a 6-12 year old, the teacher or school wants to diagnose the kid (predominantly male) as ADD or ADHD and put the boy on psychotropic drugs like Ritalin or Adderall (methamphetamines) to force conformity. If a boy wants to let off some pent up energy at recess by wrestling or playing tackle football or playing guns, they will most likely get suspended or expelled by the school. Most of the zero tolerance policies in schools are aimed directly at boys.

      • SC Dave

        Well, for those of you worried about
        the males, there is always western religion as a bastion of male domination

        • Scott W.

          Thanks for the heads up Dave. That based in Wyoming?

    • Doc Hamstring

      How is it un-American for an employ to discipline an employee for saying things that will make the employer look bad (to its ever-widening audience)?

      You can disagree with the NFL for disciplining the guy, but it’s not un-American to let a corporation do what it wants with its contracted employees. Hell, that’s the free market at work, son!

      • Scott W.

        You can slice it up that way if you like.
        I think it was arrogant and cowardly to punish him for speaking out – again, mildly – on a topic of social interest. I think it was oppressive.

  • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

    I too have lost my passion for the NFL game. I still will go to a game if invited, will host people at my house to enjoy their company and will still enjoy the hell out of a beautifully executed screen to Forte or a Cutty to Marshall/Bennett/Jeffery TD.
    I simply refuse to let THIS GAME, in it’s current state, affect my moods or the rest of my life. I just don’t care about it anymore. My family has me back on sundays and I won’t let that revert anytime in the future.

    In all honesty, I don’t even enjoy the blog like I used to. I still think it would be interesting to meet everyone in person but talking about this team and this game has gotten tiresome. I actually got tired of myself to be honest. When you start to get annoyed at others really easily and then get annoyed that you even posted a reply or thought you know it may be time to just hang it up.

    • Peanut FTW

      I don’t think Im quite there yet but it is starting. Football and Hockey are my favorite sports, then Soccer. I will watch Baseball or Basketball if there is nothing else on but that is it. Hate golf and Nascar, I would much prefer watching someone play poker than either of those two horribly boring sports. So it is very frustrating that this is the one time of year when my two favorite sports are on all the time but the NFL is becoming less and less fun to watch.

      The penalty thing is simply ridiculous, it is like watching a basketball game when they call every ticky tack piss ass penalty; let the players play. Call the obvious stuff, the things that directly affect the play and let the iffy stuff go. Stop instituting rules to help the media sweethearts and just enforce the rules you have.

    • Trac

      I agree 100% Yonny. The football side of this blog has gotten tedious and repetitious over the last several years. The mantra always seems to be the same. As in …..could da, would da, should da. See how I did that. Lol.

    • SC Dave

      I know we’ve had our disagreements, but those last two sentences certainly apply to me also. And i really wouldn’t mind one iota having a beer or few with you.

  • TheBigCheesy

    Fans seem very afraid of interceptions. You know who isn’t? The league MVP this year. Andy Luck.

    -@dabearsblog

    Jeff, I don’t entirely disagree with you, but from the little i’ve watched of Andrew Luck, he’s thrown two of the more inexcusable throws (non matt-ryan-in-london-division) I’ve seen this year.

    1. At home against Philly. Colts are up 7 mid-to-late 4th quarter and they are in FG range. Luck throws an INT. The pass wasn’t horrible and the DB made a physical play on the ball, but WHAT ARE YOU DOING taking chances right there. A two score game is a two score game. Eat the ball and kick the fucking FG. There is just no way Indy loses that game if he doesn’t turn it over there. He was reckless when the game situation called for caution.

    2. That ridiculous diving lob he threw yesterday as he was getting tripped up and going to ground. That thing sailed into the middle of the field and hung for a good two seconds. THEY WERE UP 14 POINTS. That could easily have been a house call to bring NYG back into a game that they had already surrendered. If you remember the pass, you know it was a wretched decision. Seriously, it was awful.

    I love me some Andy Luck but that kid really needs to be smarter than that in those situations.

    • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

      Sign of the apocalypse: agreeing with Cheese.
      Oh, Luck throws some fucking ludicrous INT’s that would get Cutler blasted. The differences you ask? Mainly the other team doesn’t return them for TD’s or 50yd returns regularly and the turnover doesn’t automatically result in a mandatory scoring drive by the other team.

      • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

        I do respect the kid and he has real football talent. They don’t diminish him but also make sure to run creative patterns and plays conducive to success.

        • Trac

          Are you talking about cheesy or Luck? Yuk, yuk, yuk.

    • Peanut FTW

      His toss to noone from his ass in the endzone was a thing of beauty as well; Ill throw up a possible walk in easy pick 6 blind to try and avoid giving up 2 points from falling on my ass. Dipshit. He actually got praised for that BS too like it was some heads up play that he knew noone was there.

  • SC Dave

    We sure need a win around here.

  • I’m interested to see how NFL handles the AP case. Can they justify keeping him out any longer? Suspend for the rest of the season, perhaps?

    • BerwynBomber

      To me it would be ridiculous to suspend him any longer. He was convicted of a misdemeanor and has already missed seven games. Let the man return to work.

      • johnnywad

        Yeah. Poor AP. He should totally get his job back now. Hasn’t he suffered enough? All he did was beat the shit out of a four year old. And jeez, its just a misdemeanor, I mean give the guy a break.

        I wouldn’t give that piece of shit a nickle if he was starving to death. Let alone carry the football for my NFL team. Misdemeanor or not, fuck him.

  • BearDown100393

    So in other words, accountability is opined. Assuming of course the Packers defeat the Bears at Lambeau. I find this interesting. Is it truly accountable for “changes being made” assuming the inference is at a coaching and players level while granting a second chance to those who in charge of assembling this coaching staff and player roster? Who is exactly at fault? The high or low end of the food chain in the Bears organizational structure? Is Phil Emery really less at fault than Marc Trestman? Or is Marc Trestman performing better at his coaching responsibility compared to his coordinators? Is the system and game strategy at fault over poor player performance? If Phil Emery failed at selecting an appropriate head coach, would he select a more appropriate next candidate? How high up the hierarchy is to be held accountable for losing?

    • I think there’s a lot of blame to go around, really. Poor coaching on both sides of the ball is a big part of it.

    • Trac

      Think about how we got here. Emery is here because Angelee embarrassed the McCaskeys. Remember the billboard signs calling out the Bears org? These guys are too old and too old money to care about the sport in a meaningful way. That’s how it looks from my corner of the world. Emery is not the new generation.

  • NewBearInTown

    Johnny – Give some serious thought to that trade proposal. You could get some real value there!

    • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

      lol, what am I missing here? why would I trade Foster for Colquitt?

      • Don’t trade with nb! He’s a lawyer!

      • NewBearInTown

        It was a joke. You didn’t even field a team against me, Foster is the only decent guy in your lineup.

        • Bernsy

          I think I missed a week and all my tightendd got hurt. My season is nit going well

  • Shameless self promotion alert:

    part of the reason I say poor coaching is poor playcalling. Offense is too predictable, and I’ve got the stats to prove it:

    http://dabearsbeat.com/2014/11/04/bears-at-the-bye-down-and-distance-tendencies/

    • BillW

      Good stuff; I sensed the numbers were in this direction but if I had to estimate before reading your analysis I’d have been too generous to the Bears.

      I can see Trestman getting cute though. (“The other team will assume we saw our tendency to pass in this situation and assume we’ll run now; so we’ll trick them and pass anyway!”)

  • GPLDAN

    Hubby Tubby (he has ballooned in his old age) is just killing Lovie on the air.

    Calls him an abject moron for giving 10m to McCown

  • Sactowns#1

    I never can hear these audio clips.

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