• Trac

    ” I won’t believe Bears can beat Tom Brady til they do it.” – Jeff’s recent twat.

    I can’t see Tresty and Tucker taking this approach against the Pats, I just can’t. The Pats game is there for the taking Jeff. The Bears are starting to come into focus for me. The Bears are a team that can do just enough on defense that when coupled with a solid game plan on O, can own this Pats team. I’m going out on a limb here by predicting the Bears will be all over Tom Brady. Last weeks victory was important to the Bears for multiple reasons, mainly it was a confidence builder and you can’t put a price tag on that in the NFL. I’m not overlooking the Fins game but I feel good about our chances in both these matchups.

    • johnnywad

      I’ve been calling a Bears victory over the Pats since August. I was thinking at that time, they would just simply outscore them in a shootout. But if the Bears D is more what we saw against Atlanta and less what we saw against the Packers, they have a very real chance to hold Brady down in that game. Additionally, looking ahead to the Packers, that game is far different from the first with Rat and Allen, and at least two of our young Linebackers. I am beginning to think the Bears D can become something far better than serviceable by season’s end. The LB depth is proving to be interesting at a minimum……not the train wreck I expected. Unfortunately, the Dline depth blows. That unit is a different animal altogether without Rat and Allen. Here’s to their health.

      • Trac

        Brady’s mobility ain’t what it used to be. He can still kill you when he has time though. The key to that game will be we can keep constant pressure on him.

        • MB30SD

          the dude falls apart when he gets even mildly consistent pressure.

      • Scott W.

        You know, Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, these guys believe they will beat the Bears every time they play them, home or away. I don’t think Brady fears us as much as he fears the Jets.

        Their defenses always make some crack about Cutler, and believe that on both sides of the ball, they can get past us without much worry.

        I think if Cutler sets the tone against Miami, then humiliates the Pats D in the 1st half, the GB and Detroit games will start with a whole new tone. Tough not having Peanut on Johnson later, but Fuller will pick up the slack because he wants to prove he is elite.

        I confess, I think the Pats game is a precursor to the next GB meeting.

        And it’s all on Cutler and Fuller in a way, to make it happen.

    • MB30SD

      Well good morning cybil. How are you today sunshine

      • Trac

        Last week erased all doubt that we can be good MB. Actually even after we lost to the Panthers, the arrow was pointing up for me because our turnovers gave the game away. I actually was optimistic after that loss.

        • MB30SD

          eeeeeexcellent.

          How are you feeling about lovie’s squad btw?

          • Trac

            Lovie’s teams can only play well in cold weather. He he.

          • MB30SD

            I heard they get off the bus running… away from the game.

          • Cormonster

            Classic Lovie team. They win the games they are supposed to win and lose the ones they are supposed to lose.

          • MB30SD

            This year he’s simplified. .. he just loses them all. Right trac?

  • Trac

    Keys to a Bears victory.

    1. No Turnovers
    2. O-line must protect Jay Cutler
    3. Defense needs to create turnovers.

    We have plenty of talent to win this game handily. If the Bears go out and execute on both sides of the ball, this game could get ugly fast.

    • Bears-4-Ever

      No mistakes aka stupid false start penalties, fumbles, interceptions, etc. We almost played flawlessly vs. Atlanta, we need to play that way again vs. Miami and especially vs the Pats.

    • MB30SD

      4. Score more points?

      (this thing on today?)

      • Trac

        If our boys do 1 thru 3, I pretty much figured that will happen. This could be an epic beatdown on Sun. That’s my gut feel anyhows.

  • IBNO

    For some reason, I was thinking the Bears played New England this weekend.

    No, it’s Miami. I feel better. I think BMarsh has a monster game.

    • CanadaBear

      If Cutler doesn’t go looking for Finnegan, I’d be shocked. If Finnegan tries any of that dirty shit with Marshall, Bennett, Jeffery or Forte, he’s going to wish he hadn’t. Pretty sure all of those guys would be more than happy to throw down with that fucking cheap shot artist. The last time we played against Finnegan he was benched before halftime.

    • Scott W.

      Last night, I had this bizarre thought that we had to play the winner of Jets/Pats. Lasted about 3 seconds, then I realized my brain had taken a vacation day.

  • MB30SD

    Jeff… thank god. A dog for once. The cat thing was beginning to scare me a bit. (Sorry tj)

  • MB30SD

    So I guess we’re a buncha ra-bid lunatics… sounds about right.

    Speaking of, where’s gp?

    • CanadaBear

      Yeah, Jeff always throws something in the podcast about the posters. Really glad there’s no moderator. When you have reasonable (kinda, sorta) people posting everything gets sorted out over time. It helps that it’s mostly guys. We can say FYVM to each other (and mean it) and it all blows over in a day or two. Women can’t do that. They will make sure it’s on your gravestone that you said FYVM to them on a certain date.

  • MB30SD

    good article on peanut: http://mmqb.si.com/2014/10/15/charles-tillman-chicago-bears/

    (was this posted already?)

    • CanadaBear

      Yesterday by moi.

      • MB30SD

        $5 coming your way. My apologies my canadian maings.

        …I’m walking off my 10 yards (in shame) now.

        • CanadaBear

          Pretty sure I don’t care!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just wanted to let you know I was adding value yesterday!

          • MB30SD

            hahaha. you always add value. Unfortunately, it’s at the current canadian exchange rate… so it’s only .89 of the normal value.

          • CanadaBear

            Since most of my retirement money is in the States, I’m loving the exchange rate these days! When I came up here in 2001 the exchange rate was around .65. I was living large!

          • MB30SD

            nice!

            My parents do the same in SA, and it’s about the same exchange right now. Makes the money go a LOT further.

  • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

    Nothing takes the sting off of Fridays…….Because there is no sting on Fridays. It’s Friday!!!!

    • MB30SD

      theeece!

      (I miss yonny)

      • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

        Where’d he go? Did he quit da blog again?

        • MB30SD

          basically. Wish crown and willie and the coach would come back too. Oh well.

          • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

            I’m sure you have his digits. Call him and tell him he has to come back. Doc’s orders.

          • MB30SD

            I do not try to change men my good doctor. he will come back when the time is right.

          • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

            Then send me his digits and I’ll change the man.

          • Scott W.

            I don’t think passing the man’s fingers around is going to help your cause, but what do I know?

          • MB30SD

            I see what you did there scott. A for effort.

          • Scott W.

            Thanks Mr. MB. I was going to add a slam on the USPS for losing digits “left and right” also, but decided that would be too funny.

          • MB30SD

            good call.

        • CanadaBear

          He said he was only going to be on here on game days and not let things get to him. Some days he back slides and is here. Those are the lively days around here.

          • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

            I said I won’t be on the blog on gamedays because of the insane shit I read. I also suffered a crushing gambling defeat at the hands of the Blackhawks/Calgary game so I have been nursing my wounds.

          • CanadaBear

            Sorry, I got that fucked up. I could have told you not to bet against the Flames. But did you ask? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

  • burntorangenavyblue

    Hearing the debate about whether to start Briggs or not is sickening because the ones that argue for starting Briggs just reminds me of the whole Urlacher debacle…..ugh!

    • burntorangenavyblue

      And it’s starting to cross into the Conte situation too

      • Scott W.

        Ok. Let’s talk about Jordan Mills then.

        Last season vs. this one.

        Should the Bears be more patient? Last year he held his own pretty damned well, didn’t he?

        • looks to me like his foot might still be bothering him.
          Given that you have a solid option in house to spell him, I’d sit him til after the bye.

          • Scott W.

            That makes sense. I hope he comes back strong. He really did well last year I thought.

          • Jokey

            On one play I remember, he just plain and simple gets beat around the outside and seemed to be a mobility thing. It’s not like he overreached or got off balance or anything or suddenly forgot his technique. I think he’ll return to his old self.

        • It’s Mills’ foot. Agree with Data. Sit him till after the bye.

    • johnnywad

      Briggs starts when healthy. Everybody else is a variable at this point. DJ appears done to me. Couldn’t give a smaller fuck about CD

      • Scott W.

        I guess CD, like Carimi, just couldn’t elevate his game high enough for NFL level play. Both were rolls of the dice.

    • Not necessarily. Briggs has made a few plays and has shown he’s shaping up to his PB level.
      Greene did well, and might be a better blitzer though.
      DJ for sure should move over to SAM for Sharpton though.
      That’s prob the line-up they will trot out.
      Briggs-Sharpton-DJ.
      If DJ looks like shit, then replace him. SAM is only out there like 50% of the time anyways, and sometimes it gets subpackaged out (like with CD).
      I doubt Briggs can get benched at this point.

      • CanadaBear

        Sharpton blitzed a lot last week. He was getting there, too. Pretty sure they will try to keep that going in some fashion.

  • CanadaBear

    Unless Cutler has one of those days, if the OL can keep him upright we should win going away.

  • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

    Yonny, if you’re out there lurking, send me your digits so I can harrass you into coming back. Don’t be an asshole dude. You are one of the blog staples. It’s like if Norm left Cheers. Wouldn’t be right.

    • Did I miss something? Did he pull an Irish?

      • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

        give me a TE

    • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

      lol, what are you talking about, I posted yesterday about pouring SoCo all over Colt45 and his soon to be knocked up fiancé wife.
      I was making some money today and was out of the office. I’m here to stay unless the Fins defeat us this weekend and I throw myself into Lake Michigan after the game.

      • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

        MB insinuated….

  • CanadaBear
    • SC Dave

      Maybe he can do to Shea what he did to Barwin.

  • Sactowns#1

    Whats the latest on the injury report gents? We still getting healthy? Will Briggs be playing?

  • Last week talked about how zone defenses were stifling Chicago. Here’s a film breakdown of how they adjusted vs. Atlanta and were able to make big plays against zone: http://dabearsbeat.com/2014/10/17/the-trestman-effect-how-jay-cutler-picked-apart-the-falcons-zone-defense/

    • I think a big part of it was the OL buying Cutler time and the WRs getting to their spots faster. That’s what you need against a zone.

      • Jokey

        That piece is a nice complement to last week’s. And if we have to keep one more guy back for protection, so be it – too bad we can’t send Bennett out and have Holmes stay in to block.

        • I’d take Holmes off the field in favor of Rosario or Britton to block, and then send Bennett out.
          This is why I’d love a 2nd TE who can block and challenge the seams like Bennett does. Keeps your options open and forces the defense to account.

  • GPLDAN

    Here’s the Larry the Tool, who has apparently found the love of the Whopper sammich, on Sharpton:

    http://www.chicagobears.com/news/article-1/Sharpton-stepping-in-and-stepping-up/4ccc8a54-e496-44fe-a8bd-c71d3178f0a3

    • MB30SD

      you don’t find that love GP, you catch it. Maybe he and biggsy have been hanging out… training.

    • “Sharpton is the second cousin of Reverend Al Sharpton. But that’s far
      from the most interesting thing about the linebacker given his journey
      to the Bears, which began with a tryout.

      “When I first came here I
      only had the clothes on my back,” Sharpton said. “That same night I had
      to go to Walmart and get some underwear and socks and stay in a hotel,
      so it was pretty rough. It was the first time I did something like that,
      just living out of Walmart pretty much. My wife was able to ship my car
      and some clothes up to me now, so I’m a little bit more settled.”

      – He IS related! haha
      Cool lil nugget at the end. Seems like he kept getting released due to injuries, not performance, which can be a plus (if he actually stays healthy)

      • BillW

        Did he shoplift the underwear or pay? I doubt they have Guilty cologne at Walmart – probably English Leather or Hai Karate.

  • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

    Why do students come into my office with clothes smelling of mildew and breath smelling of sardines? Why I ask you? Why? I’m guessing it’s because they haven’t developed a cell phone yet that can brush teeth and do laundry.

    • BillW

      There’s not an app for that?

      • BillW

        Sorry I missed your question on Butkus. Yes, I started saw him play. High School for me was late 60s early 70s. Albert filled you in quite well. I recall the stories of him calling time outs to clobber guys – Buffone tells that story.

        I ca’t say I recall too many specific plays – I do remember once a bone jarring hit that took everyone’s breath away in the crowd – and instead of yelling or cheering you just heard hundreds of people saying “Butkus” almost reverently. That may be an embellished / false memory but it’s what I recall.

        I also remember a conversation at Wrigley my uncle was having with a guy next to him, when they both concluded definitely that Butkus (on that day) surpassed Nitchke in reputation.

        And I also remember Detroit fans claiming Mike Lucci was better – and then Bear fans calling him “Lucy” at one game.

        I also remember my Dad and Uncle having a pre-game shot (at Wrilgey – they sold hard liqour there). I think it was $1. Sounded expensive to me as a kid.

        • BillW

          Sadly as I age I find my memory being less reliable. False memories are real (if that makes any sense) and I probably have many more than younger people. Or it’s a point of how kids process things based on their limited experiences or ignorance of a sense, and then those innaccurate conclusions become reality.

          Anyway, as I go back in time I find I cannot definitely remember my first Bear game. Not the year even. I know it was after 1963; it may have been before I was in high school. I seem to feel I was younger.

          And now I’m searching to see if I’m right that they got $1 shots at Wrigley or if I’m thinking of them at Cubby Bear or somewhere before the game. I know I rarely went with both of them; their were 4 in their group but almost always either my Dad or Uncle would stay home and let me go.

          Saw a few games in 1968 not SF) including their loss to Don Horn that kept them out of the playoff (shut up, Cheesy!)

          And in 1969 I got to see LOTS of games (except the one they actually won).

          • Trac

            Appreciate that Bill.

    • MB30SD

      gross.

    • Trac

      You must establish a safe zone around your person Sir. If you can smell their breath, you can prolly also contract Ebola. (Our daily Ebola quota has now been met.). He he.

  • From Da Site:

    “Why did the Bears line up in the shotgun formation on first-and-goal at the 1 against the Packers?

    Aidan L.
    San Mateo, California

    Offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer was asked that same question this week and he xplained that the Bears were very effective in the shotgun in the red zone and even at the 1-yard line last season both running and passing the ball. Said Kromer: “We ran some up-the-middle plays that scored; Matt Forte walked in cleanly a couple times. Those were the plays that were called and they just didn’t work this time. We didn’t block them as well. We didn’t throw and catch them as well.”

    Makes me wonder if KROMER is calling the O more than Tresty.

    • SC Dave

      He IS the o coordinator

  • BillW

    Jeff’s tweet: Phil Simms, just shut up.

    I thought the same thing and maybe the same time. Nantz would say something, then Simms. Then Nantz, then of course Simms, etc etc it seemed like 4-5 in a row. I thought are you legally obligated to say something EVERY time there is the slighest pause.

  • MB30SD

    canada, you’ll appreciate this: http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/17/showbiz/music/jim-marshall-haight-photographs/index.html?hpt=hp_c3

    btw, joplin def wasn’t a looker.

    • Viva

      nasty.

      • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

        I’d do her.

        • BillW

          Jefferson Airplane had the only good looking female rocker in those days

          • CanadaBear

            Grace really was a babe. Saw JA in ’71 and she looked fine. Another SF band called It’s a Beautiful Day had a fabulous singer and looker, Patti Santos. They were my favorite band back then. Here’s a clip from the movie Fillmore. It was a doc on the last show at the Fillmore. BTW, how ’bout that dress!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRKtPCr8v_4

            If anyone has any interest in the SF music scene in the early ’70’s, this film is a must.

            http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0068584/

    • CanadaBear

      No but when she was on she could really belt ’em out. This clip from the movie Festival Express is a good example. From everything I’ve ever read (never saw her live) she brought that intensity every night. That’s one of the reasons I’m so put off by female pop singers today. Other than Pink and Lady Gaga, the rest of those charlatans lip synch the whole show. I’ll never understand how kids can be OK with that shit. Oh well.

      • BillW

        Well, they were ok with low bit rate MP3’s and now suddenly vinyl is making a comeback.

        • CanadaBear

          Vinyl does sound better if you don’t abuse it. I still play my vinyl a lot. Years ago I had my tattoo friends over for Thanksgiving dinner. Both of their wives were about 19 or 20 (my friends were in their 40’s). I was playing music and I asked them if they wanted to hear anything. One of them said Metallica and I told her I didn’t have any Metallica. The other asked for Led Zep. I pulled out the vinyl and was cleaning the record/stylus, when I could see out of the corner of my eye they were both transfixed. Once the record started the girl said, “That sounds fantastic!” I said yeah, I take care of my records. Both of them admitted they had never heard vinyl. I explained it wasn’t the sound that killed vinyl it was the convenience of CD’s that killed vinyl.

          • BillW

            One reason Dark Side of the Moon was on the best seller list so long was people buying another copy after theirs got played out

          • CanadaBear

            Bob Marley’s greatest hits is in that same conversation.

  • Viva

    I smell 4-3.
    Rodgers ______!
    Little help, Johnny.

    • Trac

      I saw what you did there Viva. Well done Sir.

    • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

      dead
      sorry, I was actually working for once.

      • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

        Oh thank god. I thought you’d left us.

  • GPLDAN

    FSU v Domers has come down from -12.5 to -10.

  • GPLDAN

    NFL Game of the Week: Niners at Denver.

    If this team has checked out on Jimmy, they will collapse this game. Denver’s line is 6. Take it and bet the Broncos.

  • Trac

    Niners gave Dallas their only loss. Should be an interesting game.

  • BillW

    Berwyn was ranking Bear MLBs and wondered on Bill George.

    Now I don’t recall Bill George very much but based on my Dad he’d have said Butkus / Singletary / Bill George.

    Therefore since I also would rank Lach over Samurai we have
    1. Butkus
    2. Lach
    3. Samurai
    4. George
    5. The Rev

    • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

      Ha! the Rev! Good one.

      Surprised you’d rank Lach over Mike though. Very interesting.

      • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

        If I were picking teams, I’d take Samurai over Urlacher. The intensity he brought and the intimidation factor. I never got that from Urlacher. He was a better athlete though.

      • BillW

        Tough one; I’ve argued this one with my oldest son several times. He says “Arizona game”. I say “Dickerson Stop NFC Championship”. He says “Arizona GAME, not play”.

        So maybe he wore me down. Different styles; not Lach’s fault he didn’t have an offense to speak of so the SB shouldn’t matter. I’ll always remember Mike’s eyes – while certain 49ers will always remember another part of him.

        • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

          Take Lach’s athleticism and Samurai’s heart and big hits, and you have Dick Butkus. That Arizona game was something to behold. I may be biased too because I was watching Samurai through kid’s eyes, and those eyes tend to make men larger than they really are.

          • BillW

            That’s my general thinking too – that the whole 85 year makes him better – but then again maybe he really is. But maybe 85 is what put him in on the first ballot too.

            Tell you what – we’ll let Cheesy break the tie. Whoever he says is better is not.

          • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

            Ha! But you shouldn’t have told him that, he may be smart enough to use reverse psychology. Doubtful, but maybe.

          • BillW

            “Clearly I can’t choose the wine in front of me…
            Clearly I can’t choose the wine in front of you…”

          • Trac

            Nah. You would have to add a Jack Tatum type in there as well for meanness to even come close to Butkus. Not sure about this but I don’t think Butkus ever helped an opponent off the turf. I know Samuri and Lach did.

          • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

            Good point. But he would have be a bear. How bout Bryan Cox.

            Urlacher+Samurai+Cox<=Butkus.

          • Trac

            Nah, I never really thought Cox was as good as his rep. My vote would have to go to Otis Wilson. That guy was a beast at attacking the run. He was brutal. You could probably insert the entire ILB corp of the 85 Bears to come up with one Butkus.

        • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

          Samurai was a first ballot hall of famer. It’ll be interesting to see when and if Urlacher gets in. Plus, I’m seriously doubting Mike Singletary was ever voted most overrated player by his peers.

          • BillW

            Brian will have a tough time given Ray Lewis is eligible the same year.

          • BillW

            Also Singletary seemed like a good sincere Christian guy so players tended to respect him more.

            Urlacher dated Paris Hilton.

          • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

            Suppose you have Brian Urlacher and Mike Singletary, both in their primes, playing on the same team. Who do you put at MLB? I’m putting Singletary there and letting Urlacher rush the QB.

          • BillW

            Without a doubt – or put him at safety.

            Some people felt Urlacher should have played outside.

          • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

            Well that answers the question then. Singletary was the better MLB.

          • BillW

            Good reasoning. I enjoyed that.

          • BerwynBomber

            But Lach was the better overall football player.

          • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

            Fair.

          • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

            Then again, maybe you switch to a 3-4.

          • CanadaBear

            Suppose #54 played in any other scheme than the cover 2? I’d take Lach over Samurai all day, every day.

          • I think it would depend who we play. A power run team, I’d put Mike at MIKE.
            A spread aerial assult foe, Lach at Mike.
            Also, if a team has a Graham/Gronk TE, you can put Lach on him, and that’s that.
            The All Bears LB line-up might be this.
            Singletary(WILL), Butkus(Mike), Lach(Sam).

            Oh….what it sight that would be to behold…

          • Cormonster

            I think the only guys to be named Defensive POY twice in the modern era are Singletary, Taylor, Bruce Smith, Reggie White, and Ray Lewis.

          • SC Dave

            I predict Luke will

          • Cormonster

            Most likely the way he’s playing.

        • BerwynBomber

          I took Lach over Samurai because of two things: 1) versatility (Lach was a much better pass defender) and 2) surrounding talent (Lach’s front seven mates weren’t up to snuff of Singletary’s, therefore his degree of difficulty was a little higher.) But yes it is a close call, and one could check off things in Samurai’s column too — mainly gap integrity.

          • No one had the 85 Dline, but Lach had some decent Dlines in front of him.
            He had two fat Bastards at DT like Ted Washingtion keeping him clean.
            Then, Tommie Harris before his inj required double teams, then later Pepp (sometimes requiring TRIPLE teams).
            It is close though.

          • SC Dave

            Singletary had Hampton. Dent, and McMichael. ALL better than EVERY player Urlacher had in front of him. Peppers could, at his very best with the Bears, been equivalent to Dent, but absolutely no chance on the rest of them.

        • SC Dave

          1) Butkus.
          x < 1) Everyone else on any team, ever.

          That's the story. Bill and we other old farts know.

      • SC Dave

        Singletary had much better DLs keeping blocKers off him.

  • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

    IT’S A BOY MOTHERFUCKERS!
    Jay Alshon Marshall Waffle Jr will be here in February. Holy fuck I am fucked.
    Doc, come snip me now
    MB, bring hookers
    Viva, tell me to snap straight and stop being a pussy
    Canada, calmly and pragmatically, like a true Canadian, reassure me that i’ll still be able to hit retirement goals.
    GP, make an obscure reference to the German Hitler Youth Aviation program that never got off the ground
    Trac, bless my wife’s belly (but don’t you fucking touch her!!)
    Jeff, let me play with your cat. I fucking love cats but my wife hates them with the passion of a Cuban.
    IBNO, make me a detailed plan on how to keep my kids safe from Enterovirus 68 STAT.

    • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

      Congrats mang! And condolences! What genders are you other kids?

      • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

        boy and girl

        • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

          You have about 3-4 months of unsheathed sex. If you like it and you don’t want to go through THIS ever again, snip those fuckers by February. But don’t ask me to do it. I’m apt to use a chainsaw.

          • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

            haha, unsheathed.
            “As I withdraw my penis from it’s scabbard”……..

        • Jokey

          Congrats. Remember tho that Doc is only a doc on da blog. Wrap yer wrascal!

    • CanadaBear

      Johnny I got divorced when I was 48. Giving up half your net worth at that age is not a great retirement plan (trust me, I was on track to go at 55). I moved to Canada a year and a half later, got married and was unable to work for a year due to no work permit. I still retired at 62. I’m not living the life of luxury but I’m not waiting for my Social Security check to show up each month so I can buy groceries, either.

      Congrats on the great news. Now go get that vas tubing snipped. If mom doesn’t approve sneak in the appt while she’s having the baby! Couldn’t be happier for ya!

    • BillW

      Congrats!

      I’m sure he’ll add value to your family!

      • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

        haha, that was good.

        • BillW

          Yeah – but after today I’m retiring it. Getting stale.

          • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

            well, it went out on a high note.

    • Trac

      Hahahaha. Good man. Sons are the best until they can beat you at arm wrestling. Congrats.

    • GPLDAN

      The Shturmokindervargen?

      • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

        lol

    • Congrats! I’ll ship you over a crate of Tradewind posthaste.

      • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

        ship me a TE as well. Both of mine are hurt.

        • I tell you what. Since you’re having a kid, I’ll ship you over TE Donnell + HB Storm Johnson for Isiah Crowell who is the 2nd back on the Browns, and you can let go of those other chumps at TE taking up roster spots.

          I just got Ben Tate, so I want to hand-cuff him.

    • Cormonster

      Congrats man. I’ll have a beer or twelve tonight in your honor.

    • johnnywad

      Congratulations Waffle. Got a name picked yet? “Joe Anderson’s Brother”? Run that one by the wife.

    • Viva

      Congratulations, Waffle!
      Now snap straight and stop being a pussy!

    • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

      I think you should play it up for naming rights. Something along the lines of, “honey, I just gave you the bonus third child against my better judgement, as a gift to you, because I love you. All I ask is that you let me name him. First name Cutty. Middle name Badger.” Wait til the feel good hormones kick in just after birth.

      It worked for me. My second son, we agreed, would have two middle names (cause he was going to be our last and I wanted the honor my grandpa and my dad. His middle name was all set to be George Robert. Then, when he was born on Cinco De Mayo I convinced my slightly euphoric wife to change it to Jorge Roberto. So that’s what we named him. True story.

  • BillW

    Gentlemen – hoping for another victory Monday; looking forward to a great day at Soldier Field.

    For the record – I won’t write a long explanation because no one wants to read it (and why would you), but I have adjusted my attitude considerably.

    I had a long talk with myself and even he thought I was being an insufferable jerk at times.

    But seriously it came down to three things:

    1. The bar analogy. I’ve been coming in here off and on since 2006, but I’m not a regular in the same sense many of you are. You guys are the ones that keep this establishment “open”. I see where my “walking in” after a long absence and “shouting” negativity would be disruptive.

    2. Corny – but the Serenity Prayer fits. Both in my dealings here and my thoughts about the Bears management.

    3. Finally – I really want my “kids” to experience the thrill of a SB victory in my lifetime (my boys were very young in 85) – but I was placing way too much on it. We have a great relationship – we always will – and a football teams’ success or failure plays absolutely no part in that. It was insulting to them and me to start to act like it did. (Something MB wrote made me think of that.)

    BEAR DOWN!

    • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

      Bear Down, brother. When times get tough, just bear the fuck down.

      • GPLDAN

        Bear down.

    • BerwynBomber

      Did you and yourself share coffee or meet for a beer? Any second dates planned?

      • BillW

        Nothing serious, but we see a lot of each other.

    • Cormonster

      Bear down! New Bill is way cooler than drama queen Bill from a week ago.

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        I am still hesitant. He could just be like the crazy chick in the bar(to keep that analogy going). Seems normal for a while, and everyone starts to accept her then BAMMMM!!! crazy leaks out and she’s yelling at everyone “What do you want, YOU WANT A FUCKING COOKIE!!! I will punch in the head”

        • BillW

          I’m trying to come up with a clever line but I can’t. You just made me frightened of myself.

          Please knock me out if I get like that.
          (as I envision the line of people waiting to slap the hysterical woman in Airplane)

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            i will be first in line unless MB beats me to it.

            Funny side note. That crazy chick anecdote actually happened last sunday night. Crazy girl “semi regular” showed up at the bar. It was about a month since the last time her crazy leaked out. Sunday night she came in to the bar, immediately the bar tender looked at me and said ‘Oh SHIT!!!’ just by the way she was walking we knew she had cracked and it was going to be good. she went off on the 1st person that even walked within 3ft of her yelling exactly what i said above.

  • GPLDAN

    A guy goes into his shrink’s offices, wearing only his underwear which is made of wrapped cellophane.

    His doctor says…..

    WAIT FOR IT!!!

    “Clearly, I can see your nuts.”

    • EnderWiggin

      I ate some food coloring earlier…
      I think I’m OK, but I dyed a little inside.

      • BillW

        A neutron goes into a bar and orders a beer.
        He asks the bartender “how much?”
        The bartender says “for you, no charge!”

        • Ososfan

          Haha

  • BerwynBomber

    Since 2011 Richard Sherman leads the NFL with 20 INTs. Who is second over the same stretch with 13?

    • I would say Peanut, but he’s been injured.
      Patrick Peterson?

      • BerwynBomber

        Nope

      • BerwynBomber

        Ok, I gotta bolt … and this one didn’t draw much interest anyway but it’s none other than … Tim Jennings.

        • You know, I was going to say Jennings, but I though, “naahhh”,
          Good for tiny tim. He should be the Jugs Machine spokesperson.

    • Ososfan

      I’m assuming it’s Jennings?

  • BillW

    So I started to wonder who IS the fifth best MLB in Bears history. Turns out it may well be the Rev:

    only list I could find, and it may be wrong:

    BILL GEORGE: 1955 – 1965
    **** BUTKUS: 1965 – 1973
    DAN RIVES: 1974
    LARRY ELY: 1975
    DON RIVES: 1976
    TOM HICKS: 1977 – 1980
    MIKE SINGLETARY: 1981 – 1992
    DANTE JONES: 1993 – 1994
    JOE CAIN: 1995
    BRYAN COX: 1996 – 1997
    BARRY MINTER:1998 – 1999
    BRIAN URLACHER: 2000 – TO DATE

    I think these are either opening day starters and/or concensus starters. I know Buffone played MLB for few games if not more.

    After the top four, there isn’t anyone (Don and Dan Rives I’m sure refers to the same player)

    I recall Singeltary beating out Hicks. So I guess that puts Hicks at number 5.

    • BillW

      And yeah, it’s funny the list censored Butkus’ first name.

    • Cormonster

      I used to go to training camp once or twice a year with my parents when it was held in Lake Forest. My old man was ecstatic with the Singletary pick, so he told me to keep an eye on him his rookie year. After practice, I went to get his autograph. I told him, “my Dad says your going to be an All-Pro”. He just calmly replied, “well son, I’m just trying to make the team right now”.

      • Ososfan

        Dope story Corm.

      • Viva

        That is a great story.

  • BillW

    I found a site that had a discussion called Sign / Trade / Release. Three Bears at one position – who do you sign, trade, release. They had luckman/mcmahon/cutler and galimore/forte/anderson.

    Then they had Butkus/Singletary/Urlacher. Probably shoudl have not included Butkus for the same reason they excluded Sweetness.

    First commenter released Butkus because he never saw him play. The comment board exploded.

    • BerwynBomber

      That’s funny. That dude might have to go into Bartman-like hiding.

    • Never saw Bill George play, so don’t know if he’s better than Urlacher, though some argue he was the first true MLB.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Bill George said something to the effect of

        “The first time I saw Bukus, I knew I was finished.”

        1948.The Bears still had the declining, Luckman, Notre Dame Star, Johnny Lujack and Bobby Layne, who they had just made the 3rd overall pick in the draft. Layne chafed at being 3rd on the depth chart. Bears traded him for for a #1 to the soon-to-be-defunct NY Bulldogs. Layne then went to the Lions where he won back to back Championships in ’52 & ’53 and lost the to the Browns in ’54 to be denied a 3-peat. Lions won it all again in ’57 but Layne had broken his leg late in the season and his backup, Tobin Rote, finished the season. I smell coin flip.

        Legend has it that upon leaving the Lions, Layne laid a “they won’t win for another 50 years” curse on the Motor City Kitties but htere is little in the way of facts to back that up. Makes a great story tho’ as the Lions did proceed to stink for decades.

        Lujack was all-pro for the Bears in 1950 but retired, due to injury I believe, after only 4 seasons. It was HIS Bear’s single season scoring record that Gale Sayers broke in 1965. Lujack rushed for 11 TDs that year but also was 3 of 5 in FG and 34 of 35 in PATs.
        The Bears TIED for the Western conference crown in 1950 and lost the playoff game to the Rams who they had beaten twice in the regular season. Someone needs to explain to me why the playoff game was played in LA with the Bears having gone 2-0 against the Rams that season.

        Oh, BWT. the guy who replaced Layne as the Bears 3rd QB was George Blanda.

        • SC Dave

          The Butkus HoF page on da site has this:

          “The minute the guy walked into camp,” George, now a Pro Football Hall of Fame Member himself, will tell you. “I started packing my gear. There was no way he wasn’t going to be great!”

          ====

          Sportscentury page of that network that shall remain unnamed has:

          “The second I saw him on the field (at training camp) I knew my playing days were over,” George said. “Nobody ever looked that good before or since.”

  • It’s official. Briggs/Conte out.
    DJ/Shea/Vereen “starting”
    (McManis too, who I expect to slide outside and Jennings inside on Nickle)

    http://www.chicagobears.com/news/article-1/Briggs-Conte-will-miss-game-Sunday/51647983-25fb-4850-9068-c18154a95a5f

    Not sure where that leaves Sharpton, Greene or Jones.
    Will they put DJ in at middle, and slide one of them to WILL and SAM?

    I still think Shea will only be a situational player.

    Vereen starting over Conte will be something to monitor on game day. He’s the one that took the bad angle and let Antone Smith run for a long TD. But in Vereen’s defense, Antone Smith burnt a lot of folks.

    • MB30SD

      jesus. why in god’s name would you not play sharpton? Ridiculous.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Sniff, Sniff. That smells like “Can’t lose your job because of injury” being served.

    • Scott W.

      All I can say is if Sharpton is being sat in favor of CD, McClellin better have the game of his fucking life and then some. I am just not a believer. I think he’s Gabe Carimi, just on the other side of the ball.

      • AlbertInTucson

        “…he’s Gabe Carimi…”

        That IS a putdown.

  • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

    My buddy just told me Percy Harvin was traded to the Jets. Can anybody confirm this?

  • Sactowns#1
    • BerwynBomber

      And they didn’t even mention Portillo’s.

      • BillW

        I craved a portillos big beef sandwich all day. It’s after ten and you just brought the craving back

  • Donnnnn’t Caaaaarrrrrre!

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/10/17/report-jets-trade-for-percy-harvin/

    WTF? Harvin to the Jets for a conditional MID ROUND pick?

  • GPLDAN

    Rexy went 1-6 and now trade future picks away for a guy who, while a burner, is always injured.

    I’d happily trade Santonio Holmes for Harvin, but I wouldn’t at the price of a 3rd round pick.

    • “After giving up first-, third- and seventh-round picks to get him, then paying him, they got 10 games from Harvin.”

      Suddenly, Emery looks pretty smart.

      • BerwynBomber

        Might have been worth it. He came up huge for them in the SB, though one could argue they would have won that game regardless.

        • AlbertInTucson

          I agree with the “…regardless.” assessment.

          I believe The Seahawks took a bit of a bath on another former Viking receiver, Sydney Rice, who ALSO had trouble staying on the field in Seattle and ultimately had to retire due to injury.

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      what does Rex care about future picks? he knows he’s out of there after this year.

      • MB30SD

        and hopefully our new DC!!!

        • SC Dave

          Show him your feet, if you really want it

          • MB30SD

            My toenails are painted silver right now, so you’re probably right.

  • Huge Bear’s Penis

    Holy shit!! another reason i could not be in the military i would have shit myself. I find i have even more respect to those boys in harms way. how could they stay so calm? amazing

  • Cormonster

    Waffle, fear no more. Obama brought out the big guns today and appointed an Ebola Czar. A great first step.

    The next move should be emergency Congressional hearings with experts like Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo, and Morgan Freeman, who all have experience stopping a deadly disease Outbreak.

    • Viva

      Problem solved.

    • MB30SD

      Hahahaha. Very nice corm!

    • Scott W.

      Eloquence eminateth frometh thee.

  • Viva

    PE needs to reach out to Lovie and trade Lambo to Tampa for a mid-rounder.

  • Viva

    Rex Ryan is the new Al Davis.
    Fucking Belichek’s (who routinely abused Al Davis in trade deals) head has to be spinning now. “Hey Rex, Bill Bellicheck here, how about I give you Tom Brady, and you give me your next 3 first rounders…”

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      while Rex might have some input on the trade pretty sure John Idzik is the GM of the Jets making that decision.

      • Viva

        You are probably right, HBP…I have revised my comment.

  • wreckinball

    The Harvin trade just seems dumb on both sides. Seahawks of course have a shot at a SB Why give him up?

    The Jets are toast Why screw next years draft?

    Makes no sense

    • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

      Local media is saying that he has anger management issues (see: is a cancer) and that he’s not that good at catching deep balls.. His skill set is more of a running back who can run patterns. I think that because of that it’s taking carries away from Lynch and not helping an already weak receiving core. I’m thinking they know something about possible long term health risks and that the cancer angle is bigger than we know. Trade while there’s still value.

      Net net, the hawks fucked up letting Golden Tate go.

      • johnnywad

        You know who’s good at catching deep balls? Aaron Rodgers. That’s who.

      • AlbertInTucson

        And as I recall, Seattle gave up an arm and a leg to get Harvin.

        • AlbertInTucson

          AND if I’d scrolled down a little further I’d have seen 85Bears posting the details of Seattle overpaying for Harvin.

        • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

          And a taint. A Golden one at that.

          • Cormonster

            Doc, what do you think of this shit? The bass and guitar player are two of my best friends growing up.

            Spent a lot of time at band practices over the years.

          • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

            Remind me to listen tomorrow. I can’t find my headphones and I’m not willing to get off my ass right now.

          • Cormonster

            Maybe I’ll give you a sampler basket tomorrow. Behind the veneer of crazy costumes and crazy music lies a lot of talented musicians. It doesn’t hurt to be in a giddy, buzzed up mode when listening and watching this stuff.

          • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

            Wow. Now that’s a band that would be fun to see live….on shrooms.

    • BillW

      Rex is gone and the GM is trying to stay.

      Never mistake activity for achievement

  • MB30SD

    Yonny. Congrats my brotheryourefucked.

    I don’t do (or need hooker$) we’ll just pick up some sluuuuuts in the bars.

    ~ Kisses

  • Trac

    I know this will never happen

    • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

      Shyeah, rayght and monkeys might fly out of my butt.

    • BillW

      Take the meteor and give the points.

    • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

      Is it too much to ask to keep emoticons off the football blog?

      • Trac

        Why? I need a rational scientific explanation followed with a polical statement my good Doc.

        • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

          Will a pretty please suffice?

          • Trac

            Hahaha. Ok Dac, is it a classroom thing? Lol.

  • BillW

    Two atoms are walking down the street. The first said to the second “you look different”.

    The second says “That’s because I lost all my electrons.”

    The first says “are you sure?”

    The second says “Yep, I’m positive!”

  • BillW

    Last one:
    What do you do to an elephant with three balls?

    You walk him and pitch to the rhino.

  • Scott W.

    My younger brother, who has also been a Bears fan his whole life, and has dreamed of going to a game for years just got his wish. His wife’s (also a big fan) boss gave her 2 tickets for this Sunday. God bless him, he is revved outta his mind.
    It was cool listening to him just skyrocket on the phone.
    They got end zone seats, 2nd level, towards the Bears side.

    • CanadaBear

      Hope he brings home a winner!

  • AlbertInTucson

    Some rumbling in the media that Seattle’s offense is devolving into “We’ll just wait for Russell Wilson to ad lib something.”

  • SC Dave

    I presume at least MB will consider this adding value of some sort to the blog…

    http://celebrityselfy.com/biggest-breasts-in-hollywood/1/

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