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Reflections on the Release of the Chicago Bears 2014 Schedule

| April 24th, 2014

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To see the entirety of the 2014 Bears schedule, CLICK HERE.

Guessing which teams will be good and which teams will not is a futile endeavor in the middle of April. So addressing the strength of the Chicago Bears 2014 schedule is also futile. But the schedule does offer many talking points, mostly about logistics, worth thinking about as we prepare to switch our attention around here to the NFL Draft.

  • Bears opening with five of their first eight on the road is tough sledding for any franchise but especially one that’ll be installing what is essentially a new defensive structure. Bears season may be a matter of early survival.
  • Perfect bye week, right in the middle of the year. One thing I always think about when it comes to the bye week is the PUP list. If the Bears suffer a significant injury between now and Labor Day and are forced to utilize the PUP list, they may be able to give that player an additional three weeks before calling him back into action.
  • I don’t care what form the Niners are in come early September, the Bears will be double-digit underdogs when they help open the Dungaree Ballpark outside San Fran. Those fans are already quite rowdy without the excitement of christening the sloop and a full day of imbibing Scrimshaw.

  • How’s this for a five-game stretch? At Panthers, at Falcons, home Dolphins, at Pats, Bye, at Packers. 3-2 through that stretch and this may very well be a title contender.
  • Love the Bears finishing at Minnesota, their coldest game of the year. NFC North belongs outdoors.
  • Dream scenario for this schedule? Force the Cowboys and Saints to visit Chicago, in December, in primetime. Cowboys withered a year ago. Saints have withered in Chicago in winter for a decade.
  • DaBearsBlog will definitely be in Atlanta for October 12th. Anybody who wants to get together at Manuel’s (the best bar in the city) simply drop us an email.
  • Three of the final four games at home and the only road game the aforementioned Minnesota contest? No team in the NFL would pass on that finish to the schedule.
  • Where do I stand on the Bears playing Thanksgiving in Detroit? I’m on the fence. Part of me enjoys the relative stress-free, fill my stomach with meat and booze, watch other teams play approach of Thanksgiving. But let’s be honest. The Bears are kicking off before noon CT. There’s still plenty of time to do all that.
  • NFL allowing CBS to bring the Bears into their Thanksgiving slate and not forcing the network to choose between Miami and Buffalo at Detroit is a stroke of genius. And it also save the league from having to take the Lions and Cowboys off Thanksgiving.
  • There is a new trend happening with Bears seasons and I don’t like it: the slow erosion of the Sunday schedule. From November 24th until December 20th, the  Bears will play three games and none of them on Sundays. It’s the heart of the NFL season and I’ll be waking up on Sunday mornings checking to see what time the Packers play? I don’t care for it.
  • I hate the idea the Packers and Bears will be finished playing one another by November 9th. They may play in two games where the weather never dips below 60.
  • I think the NFL made a mistake not scheduling the Bucs and Bears earlier in the year. My contention? If you’re not going to play the game in primetime, why not slow McCown v. Cutler, Lovie v. Bears right at the top of the schedule? Too much can happen in two and a half months to assume there’ll still be thickness to the rivalry.
  • Yes, there is a NASCAR race in Charlotte on Saturday night October 11th and yes, I was rooting for the Bears to play there the following day. Missed by a week. I always do.

Final Thought…

It is an interesting schedule. A tough logistical road through the first eight, a perfectly placed bye week and a smooth landing area. It’s not a schedule the Bears will be able to exploit to make the postseason. They will need to be a good team to contend. The way it should be.

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  • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

    She is a wolf … in mouse clothing ….

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

  • MB30SD

    Dooooonnnn’t caaaaaaare!

  • Donnie Brasco is missing from the picture.

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      One of Donnie and Lefty Ruggiero ….

  • bearsfantillend

    ” At Panthers, at Falcons, home Dolphins, at Pats, Bye, at Patriots. ”

    really had me confused that we would be playing Patriots 2x. should be at Pats, Bye at GB

    • Trac

      writers cramp?

      • Big Mike

        Tweet brain

  • Johnathan Wood

    If the Bears are sitting 4-4 or better at the bye I’ll be a happy man.

    • Big Mike

      That would be a very strong 4-4. Unlike some 6-2, 7-1 Lovie teams that got exposed. No way to get 4 wins out of that first 8 games without beating a few quality teams and at least 1 quality win on the road. A 9-7 team might be better than Lovie’s last 5 teams. If this team gets 10 wins, it is a playoff ready squad.

  • Hey, we signed a HB, Shaun Draughn (sounds like a limmerick name).

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/04/23/bears-sign-rb-shaun-draughn

    • FS Will Hill (to go with Shaun Draughn) was PFFs #2 S last year? Say what? Do we roster him for 8 weeks?

      “The New York Daily News reports FS Will Hill is likely “done” with the Giants after failing another drug test.

      Hill is facing a lengthy suspension, one that could cost
      him 6-8 games or an entire calendar year. It’ll be Hill’s third
      suspension in as many seasons, though he does plan to appeal. Whether
      he wins that appeal or not isn’t expected to matter in terms of saving
      his job with the Giants. The team is reportedly “livid” at Hill’s
      continued drug issues. He was PFF’s No. 2 overall safety in 2013.” -rotoworld

      • Johnathan Wood

        he’ll likely sign with somebody mid-season if he can stay clean and be eligible again, IMO

      • Big Mike

        Talked to a friend who is a huge Giants fan. They all want Mundy back. A lot of guys there say he was better than an average safety, hard worker with some upside.

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          They night be ready to roll at safety with what they have. Jennings v Conte for one spot. Mundy over Steltz for the other. They draft Donald, then a corner, maybe some project safety in the lower rounds.

          • MB30SD

            If Donald, dix, and Gilbert are all off the boards…. well take Pryor. Nothing else makes any sense.

            Jennings is total garbage according to all accounts

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Moseley might be there. Ebron.

            i’ll sleep better if we get Donald. If he translates that to the NFL then Conte might end up in the pro bowl.

        • Ask them about Hill.
          He smoked reefer. I could care less about that. We’ll be able to scoop him up for dirt cheap mid-season (right about the time we find out if Conte is still shell-shocked).

          Added bonus: Hill already played with Mundy, so they already possess a built-in chemistry.

  • NewBearInTown

    Know the difference between the schedule and the draft?
    Before the schedule comes out, there are maybe 10 possibilities you really think through. A couple of special weekends you hope are a home game. A couple you hope the Bears go to a certain city. You worry about awkward short weeks before tough games. You wonder who will get the marquee openers, Thanksgiving games, and season closers.
    That all is good for a couple of days of chatter. Then the schedule comes out. If you aren’t actually planning a trip? You’re done in like 5 minutes.
    With the draft? There are like 100 players to check out. Tons of tape to watch. Tons of possibilities to think about. And then the draft happens and you’re not done. Now you’re checking out the new first rounders on your opponent’s teams. You’re looking at good QB prospects that got screwed landing on terrible teams. You’re looking at 5-10 players on your team’s roster. Hours of tape to watch of players on your team.
    I’ve read the schedule, said my piece. I’m kinda done. I see no gimmes. I see no impossible games. I’m hoping for 11-12 wins.
    Now lets get to the draft!

    • MB30SD

      Bingo nb.

      So as a football blog/blogger why on earth would you abandon the draft??

    • Big Mike

      The schedule helps me picture the coming of the football season and feel its possible ebb and flow. It’s a crystal ball made just for me.

  • NewBearInTown

    Some thoughts on the top of the draft.

    If I’m the Texans, I take Clowney. Wouldn’t it be a steal to get Clowney at #1 and then a QB like Carr, Mettenberger or Garrapolo at 33? Maybe even trade back into the first round to tack on the fifth year option.

    The Rams are said to really like Khalil Mack and Sammy Watkins. I get the Mack thing, but Watkins is intriguing to me. He’s obviously a great player, but he’s only 6’0″. That’s small for a #1 WR. Guys like Welker and Smith (both 5’9″) show that short guys can make an impact, but the top receivers in this league are generally taller: Calvin Johnson (6’5″), A.J. Green (6’4″), Brandon Marshall (6’4″), Alshon Jeffery (6’3″), Josh Gordon (6’3″), Larry Fitzgerald (6’3″) and all of the many TEs that are catching passes these days.

    The Rams drafted Tavon Austin last year to be their undersized receiver. This year, they need size. Mike Evans is the better option. And they can likely get him even after they trade out of the top 5.
    Mack is viewed as less physically gifted that Clowney, but much more sound technically. We won’t see him at #14, but I’d draft him in a heart beat.

    If Jake Matthews falls to #14, do you draft him? Stranger things have happened and he’s a pure left tackle. Hard to say no to a player like that.

    Eric Ebron is another rare talent that it would be hard to say no to. We’ve already got a great starting pass catching TE, but wow this guy is talented. You put Ebron and Bennett in with Marshall and Jeffery on the outside and Forte in the backfield. Wow that’s a scary team to scheme pass defense against, and they’re using run personnel!

    Dix and Pryor are both solid. Not sure what it is, but Dix makes me nervous. Maybe I’m worried he’ll get hurt, maybe I’m worried he won’t tackle well enough, but I like Pryor better. Pryor strikes me as the kind of guy who can put the defense on his back, who can really bring attitude to the locker room.

    • Johnathan Wood

      regarding Watkins: I saw a tweet today with a complete list of WRs under 6’2″ drafted in the top 10 in the last 10 years (Watkins is 6’1″). Not an inspiring list. Let me see if I can find it.

      • Johnathan Wood

        bummer, can’t find it. But it was a list with a lot of busts and no stars.

        Not to say Watkins won’t succeed, but history is not on his side.

      • I wasn’t sold on Blackmon either, but he balled. However, was it him or the PEDs? I understand the Lions trying to make a move for Watkins, but I’m with you, not as a #1.

        I’d rather go the route of the Saints. Take Ebron, make him you’re #1 weapon, and mix and match WRs (Pats basically did the same with Gronk/Hernandez).

        • NewBearInTown

          You’d take Ebron before any of the WRs this year? I’d take Williams first for sure.

          • I would trade down and get whatever I can, even if it’s not “board value” or whatever the trade chart is.

            I am more sold on Ebron becoming a great TE than on Watkins or Evans becoming a great WR. That would be my rational.

            With an extra 2nd, you can then get a WR like Kelvin Benjamin (6’5 230) or someone along those lines. I don’t think I would make Watkins my #1 WR, so I wouldn’t draft him in the top 5. Evans has size, but he’s a risk that high.

          • Johnathan Wood

            I really like Evans. He’s one of those big guys who can run and just overpowers you.

          • You would draft Evans in the top 5, or before Watkins?

          • Johnathan Wood

            I don’t know that I would take either in the top 5, given that WRs are rarely worth that. Megatron is the best WR in the game, maybe the best since Jerry Rice, and he’s been on one winning team in his career. Factor in the supposed good depth, and I’d go elsewhere that high.

            But in the 6-10 range? Absolutely.

          • NewBearInTown

            The Lions offense was 10 times more effective this year when they added a second threat (Reggie Bush). If there’s a player they can put on the field to take some of the heat off of Megatron, they should absolutely make that happen.

            In that sense, Ebron makes a lot of sense for them. He’s a great red zone threat (where Johnson has struggled sometimes). He’s a change of pace, like Bush, is that they can do some inside throws while Calvin pulls the safeties toward the sidelines. And he’s a fairly safe pick, which they need to bulk up that roster.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            I was originally feeling the trade-down and grab another pick, but I’ve been growing a steady Donald-boner. At the start I was hung up on his weight/size, but as long as he has that first step on his opponent he could be devastating for us. Ratliff at nose, Allen and Houston. Is Paea our 3T? Is that sexy?No. If Donald’s there, we get him.

        • Johnathan Wood

          Blackmon is over 6’2″. The stud WRs to get at the top of the draft are the big physical guys who can run AND go up and get the ball.

          • I like my WRs 6’4 230ish. I think we in CHI can appreciate SIZE MATTERS. Remember when Earl the Pearl was our biggest wideout? I know he’s not as talented, but it makes a difference.

            If you have a deadly accurate QB like Brady, Brees or Rodgers, you can get away with 6’1ish WRs, but usually teams at the top of the draft don’t have those type of QBs.

          • Johnathan Wood

            I think Evans going to TB could be the best thing that ever happened to Josh McCown (besides 2013, of course). Evans+VJax is a combo that can go up and get his jump balls like Alshon+Marshall did.

            That said, I’m also a little terrified of Evans going to Detroit at 10. He + Megatron would be so much size to cover, not to mention Tate in the slot too. I really hope Detroit trades Suh + 10th pick for a top 3 pick.

          • That’s why I don’t understand this trade the house for Watkins?

            Why trade away Suh and a pick for Watkins, when you can easily stay put and draft Evans? Makes no sense unless the new coaching staff views Suh as a cancer from the previous regime, in which case, trade Suh to the Cowboys for their whole draft.

          • Johnathan Wood

            I will be a little surprised if Evans is there at 10.

            The fact that they’re willing to trade Suh (if true) that easily tells me that either he is a major clubhouse problem or wants way too much $$ in his new contract. Maybe both.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            The Lions offer Suh for Forte straight up. What say ye?

          • NewBearInTown

            Makes me stop and think for a minute, but no.

            Forte is a better value in terms of salary cap. Forte makes our offense go. Forte is better for the locker room.

          • You are like a succubus, tempting me with your wiles…the ONLY reason I wouldn’t is because losing Forte might affect the locker room morale. If they begin to believe that they’re all expendable and that their GM is a cold calculating dealer, team chemistry might suffer.

          • SC Dave

            ABSOLUTELY NO FUCKING WAY. You’re such a fucking troll on Forte.

          • Cormonster

            Dave, any Joe Schmoe running back, even an undrafted one, can do what Forte does. You know, average 1,600 yards per year his first 6 seasons. Pro Bowl running backs are a dime a dozen.

          • NewBearInTown

            If the mock draftniks are right, Evans will be there for Lovie. And that is the smart move on offense. Lovie can get a left tackle or a wide receiver that’s as safe a bet as you’ll find in the draft. I hope for his sake he stays away from taking a QB.

          • MB30SD

            I hope for our sake he takes a qb. You can’t put a price on laughter nb

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            The Lions should be drafting a QB with their first pick.

          • NewBearInTown

            Tom Brady’s best year, he had Randy Moss helping him out. Its great when you can scheme to create separation, but the big guys will just take it.

          • Caraher

            Boys, don’t overthink think this. It’s a weak year for wide outs. There’s no Megatron in this draft. The top 10 WRs are all sophs and jrs, there’s reason for that. There’s no one top 10 pick worthy and def not worth trading up for.

          • Scouts are comparing Evans to Vincent Jackson. If even ONE GM believes that, then him in the top 8 is not out of the question. But me personally, I’m alway a little skeptical about WRs that high period, especially if they’re “projects”.

            When Julio Jones and Green came out, there was no question in my mind they would dominate because they had tons of production plus size and great tape against high competition.

            I agree, this WR crop is deep, but not as flashy at the top, at least for me, but Watkins and Evans should be gone by 12, for sure.

          • NewBearInTown

            Evans has some drops for sure, but I don’t see him as a project at all. He’s built to play with the big boys and has the skills he needs to do so right now. He’ll still be a rookie, but he’ll get it done at the next level wherever he plays.

          • Caraher

            Generalissimo… I’ll call you Franco from here on out. Not saying that some GM may not take them early. Someone will take them, doesn’t mean they’re worth the early pick. 2 WRs to watch: Marquis Lee- he’s #5 on the board… He’s a speed guy in this draft. #2 Jordan Matthews out of Vandy. He might be there in the 3rd round and he might be better than the entire first round crop.

          • MB30SD

            Sorry n00bs don’t hand out nicknames… especially packer fans… no matter how pleasant you’re being.

            His nickname is “$”

          • Big Mike

            Rule #1 of Draft Club
            – No projects in the first round.
            Rule #2 of Draft Club
            – No injury history in first round

          • MB30SD

            It’s like Angelo wanted to break all the rules.

            Rule #3: can he jump out of a pool?

          • Big Mike

            He’s the reason for the rules. 1st round busts Mark Colombo, Michael Haynes, Cedrick Benson, Chris Williams, Gabe Carimi, 2nd and 3rd round busts Roosevelt Williams, Dan Bazuin, Michael Okwo, Marcus Harrison (DT), Jaron Gilbert, Juaquin Iglesias,

            Wright and Conte not on list.

          • MB30SD

            Oh I get why. They’re good rules to follow

          • IBNO

            Colombo didn’t have an injury history. His knee was a total freak injury. You CANNOT call him a “bust” or say that anyone would’ve avoided him because maybe he’d have a nearly career-ending freak knee injury.

            To a lesser extent, you can say the same thing about Carimi. He “busted” because of an odd injury and mishandling of him post-injury.

            That said, I’m not disputing your rules. I’m just disputing a couple examples that you use.

          • Big Mike

            He was still a bust for the Bears. I’m as glad for him as anyone that he made a career for himself. I can blame Angelo for everything from climate change to not taking Tom Brady. I just went off the top of my head, of draft choices that I remember turning into shit.

          • MB30SD

            yes i can…

          • You’re killing my buzz.

          • bearsfantillend
        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          I wouldn’t be unhappy with Ebron as long as we picked up a tackle, safety and a corner too. Martellus was very quiet last year. Your offense is on another level with Ebron though.

    • QB Tom Savage is supposedly moving up the board too. Rumor has it that the Pats are calling him Tom#2, but I never believe rumors from bottom round teams. They like to pump up guys so that other players they actually want fall to them.

      • Johnathan Wood

        I think Savage is extremely overrated. The only good thing people ever mention about him is arm strength.

        QBs that have arm strength as their only positive trait are almost always shit in the NFL.

        • I haven’t got around to watching his tape, but read some of his profile, and that’s what they say. Prototypical arm, build. The QB situation has thrown me in a fog. From a QB rush, to some thinking that QBs might fall to the 2nd. Bortles is the best, no Manziel, no Bridgewater, no Carr, oh watch out for Garrapolo and Savage.

          I do wonder if this is the year when the market corrects itself and a QB is not picked until the 20s. Once upon a time, no one thought RBs would ever fall out of the 1st, but with more teams taking chances with QBs (like Alex Smith, McCown), or seeing success from out of the 1st (Wilson, Kap), I wonder if teams now really can show patience with the QB position.

          • Johnathan Wood

            As long as QB is the most important position on the field, teams without QBs will convince themselves that a guy is better than he is and overdraft him.

          • That’s been historically true (see, Ponder), but eventually GMs gotta wisen up, right?

            Picking a questionable QB in the top 10 is like having sex with an ex. It’s easy, and seems like a good idea at first, but once the deed is done, it’s almost always regretted.

          • Big Mike

            My opinion on taking a QB, if you earned your spot at the top of the draft line (IE you sucked), you are not a QB away from being good. Bad teams stay bad, because they keep reaching for QBs.

          • NewBearInTown

            The market corrected itself last year. EJ Manuel was taken at #16 and was the only QB in the first round.
            A really interesting play for the Texans would be trading with Detroit for Suh. Then taking the best QB available at #10. That squeezes their cap, but they do have space for a year or two. And it gives them the chance to still get their preferred choice to lead the offense.
            Instead of Watt and Clowney, we’d be talking about Suh and Watt, likely both playing 5 tech. Wow.

          • But was last year an aberration, or will it be the trend from now on with respect to QB?

            If it’s a trend, then it’s a real possibility that the first QB taken this year might be going to…the Cards, at 20!

          • NewBearInTown

            The Cards would be a good landing spot for some of these guys. Fitz allows you a safety valve while you learn to go through your progressions.

          • Plus they have a QB guro coach, and Carson Palmer as a mentor for a year or two.

            Also, their defense won’t force shoot outs.

          • SC Dave

            Watt and Clowney would be better, IMO. And a fuckload cheaper, since Clowney would be on the rookie contract.

    • Johnathan Wood

      if the Bears had Conte and Wright on the roster coming off of seasons like 2012, I would be all for Ebron. Another TE mismatch would make this offense damn near unstoppable. They would have so many weapons and different ways to beat you.

    • Trac

      Here’s the thing about Clowney. Whoever drafts him will more than likely just be getting a player for 3 years, maybe 4. Based on how he handled his last year in College, he’s gonna be all about the money come contract renewal time. And, like MB says, I can’t imagine justifying taking off his last year to protect his draft status. That’s just NOT what the greats do, they cement their draft status by continuing to be the players they are. Whoever drafts Clowney will have to come with the right strategy to get their money’s worth on him. I don’t trust him, period.

      • Big Mike

        Don’t care about Clowney. Don’t care about Mack, Don’t care about anyone who is sure to be gone in the top 7-8 picks. Only care about picks that leave more options on the table for the Bears. Let 3 or 4 of the guys they need be sitting there at 14 and let them trade back a spot or two, to pick up a 2nd or a 3rd. That’s my home run scenario.

  • Caraher

    As an interloper from the team up north, it is unfortunate that you have to open a football stadium called “Dungaree Field”. Lambeau Field, Soldier Field, respectable football names. Dungaree Field: hippie Bay Area crap. Asinine field name notwithstanding, it will be a tough early season road game, but if it makes you feel better the team from the north travel to Seattle for game #1 of the season. Not exactly a softball either.

  • Cormonster

    HAWKCE!!! This series might give me a heart attack.

    • Doc Nitty

      What series. What am I missing here?

      • Bear Down in Tampa

        Hawks-Blues, I was on the edge of my seat the entire time!! I live on the east coast so the game didn’t finish until 1AM but it was worth it!!

        • Doc Nitty

          Of course. Forgive me. I’m an idiot.

          Speaking of series….how bout them blazers!!! Rip City, Baby!!!

          • MB30SD

            Hee hee

            (I do, see what you did there)

          • Doc Nitty

            What exactly did I do? I mean, I know what I did there, but how can I be sure you know if you don’t tell me? But seriously, I have no clue. Help a brother out.

          • MB30SD

            I see what you just did there.

      • MB30SD

        you aren’t missing anything Doc. Trust me.

        • Cormonster

          Says the guy who likes soccer.

          • MB30SD

            Can’t wait for the world cup my maings. It will be glorious corm

            (or at the very least give me a legit excuse to go to a bar and cavort with hot drunk Int’l chicks a couple times a week for an entire month. And my entre is canned, “who’s your team” or “Did you see the X vs. Y match last night?”)

            Besides, it’s the different between fucking canada (no offense canada) and brazil. I’ll take brazil any day.

          • Cormonster

            That recent World Cup that ended in a “shootout” was bullshit. The teams should keep playing until one team scores a goal.

          • MB30SD

            dems da rules my maings.

          • Cormonster

            Rules are meant to be broken. Well, changed. Football added the forward pass. Was that shootout year France vs. Italy? I think whoever won only scored about 5 goals in the entire tournament. That’s damn bullshit, I say.

          • MB30SD

            yeah, love the shootout. It happens. As long as it doesn’t favor one team over another unfairly.

            And let’s be honest, it’s always the most exciting part of any soccer game.

          • SC Dave

            Right on. Play until someone wins with a real goal.
            Maybe give another sub once you hit the third OT.

          • SC Dave

            We will do well to advance from group play. Ghana scares me more than the others, even though it’s fucking GERMANY and Portugal. I think Klinsmann finds a was for us to tie (or beat) the Germans.

            But Ghana has eliminated us from the last two Cups. Bastards – we owe those fuckers.

          • MB30SD

            Yeah, I think we’re going to use that built up karma this year and beat Ghana finally. I worry about ze fucking germahns. So mechanical, but at least we have their coach.

            Portugal is a toss up, hopefully they aren’t hot this year. They have some talent (obviously), but I’m more worried about ze germans. Yes, we’ll be lucky to move on.

  • NewBearInTown

    Saddest scenario for Suh? The Browns trade for him.
    They move from #4 to #10 and still get the player they wanted… Michael Sam. Then they use their second first rounder to draft the strongest armed QB in the draft.
    At least Cleveland is driving distance from Detroit…

    • Are there any 29 year old QBs in this draft?

      • Johnathan Wood

        I’m only 25, so a few years young for them, but would be happy to declare.

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          25? DAMN! Did you tie the knot yet? You can still get out of that, right? Don’t give some chick The Big Ticket when you’re 25, homes. Don’t do it. It’ll all make perfect sense down the line. It’s an even money to worse horse bet, that’s all it is – but the stake is all your cash. For life.

          Put on Gloria Gaynor/ I will survive, get a little bit tipsy and then go out and talk to single horny women. See how much of it is out there, and how much you’re giving up …. for a lifetime bet on a five to four nag. Whoa Nelly.

          • Johnathan Wood

            I’m celebrating my 5th anniversary this June. No regrets.

  • A dark horse athletic riser from Boise St who few have going in the first, you say? We’ll just call him, onyx Shea.

    http://www.rotoworld.com/slide/nfl/346

    • MB30SD

      Pass

  • Big Mike

    This schedule will show us how good the Bears really are come playoff time. No way to get to 10 wins without beating quality teams at home and on the road.

    • Trac

      Me thinks our D is gonna show us how good the Bears are this year. Schedule be damned. This season will come down to what we can do on 3rd downs and how many times we get to the QB. Draft/FA/Team over schedule, evra time.

      • Big Mike

        Absolutely. But we won’t be getting false positives with a bloated record puffed up by weak opponents, catching teams on short weeks while we are rested, etc. Bears have had some of the worst 6-2 and 7-1 teams in history. I like that this schedule has obstacles up front. A win in SF or in NJ or in Carolina, or in Atlanta or in Foxboro are signature wins. Get a couple of those and stay clean at home, sitting at 5-3 heading in to the bye week. If we can take care of GB in GB (oh happy days!!!!), 6-3 with 5 home games left. Sweet baby jesus!!

        • Totally Nostradomus level, but I think we lose in SF (until proven otherwise), we win in NJ, CAR, and ATL (won’t be blow outs, but eh) and we lose in Foxbororo. I would bet that.

          I already stated we’re sweeping the Pack this year (unless Cutler goes down), so enjoy it Mike, in April. As I’m sure you tell your players, visualize it, and it shall come to pass…

          • MB30SD

            be the ball Danny

            Nananananaaa

          • Big Mike

            Those wins in NJ, CAR and ATL will not be easy. Atlanta’s 4-12 record last year was, I believe a fluke. Carolina is on the rise. The Jets play well for about a month. This will be a real test of the offense. SF and Carolina have very good defenses. On the road makes it even tougher. The defense has to give us a chance, but the offense will have to win those games.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            It’s in the eyes, Mike …. those dead eyes….. just lookin’ at ye …..

          • Big Mike

            Oh, I have the eyes. i see the Bears at 12-4.

  • Big Mike

    Not a fan of so many night games. I’ve come to love the late game (4:00 for me). Get all my work done, maybe shoot a round of golf, game and if the mood fits an appropriate amount of cocktails. Early games, cramp my chores and end in the middle of the afternoon. Feel like a degenerate if I keep drinking. Enough of a buzz, to be useless… Night games, well that just makes Sunday like Saturday and then Monday just sucks.

  • Big Mike

    Now hitting the snooze button on the NFL until the draft. Adieu

  • Trac

    Wow Jeff! I can’t help but notice all the fan excitement on da blog about the new schedule. I wonder how many posts we’ll have the first night of the draft. Hee hee

    • MB30SD

      there will not be any posts for the draft. It’s boring and immaterial to anything we have to do next season trac.

      The schedule release was the orgasmic offseason climax we’ve all been panting for. SMH.

  • MB30SD

    you’re all welcome: http://instagram.com/missemmaglover

    except you jokey.

  • bearsfantillend

    16-0 BABY!!!!!

    i don’t believe it but i can’t believe no one has said it yet.

    • Shady

      Check the last thread Holmes.

      • MB30SD

        you know what the cholo said when his apartment collapsed down around him right?

        • Shady

          OK I’ll bite. Que?

          • MB30SD

            Get off me holmes.

          • haha. That was pretty funny. Much funnier than that lame Coming to America joke.

          • MB30SD

            smh.

            Here then… know what the cholo said to his teacher at school about the midterm assignment?

          • MB30SD

            I ain’t gonna write that, essay.

    • Trac

      I will say that no more, forever.

    • I said we’re sweeping the Pack, but you’re taking it up a notch.

      • Caraher

        Wow, did I prompt a name change? The only thing funnier than that is the premise of the new name. Would a picture change be out of the question?

        Breaking news: it’s been almost 40 years and shockingly, the Generalissimo… is still dead: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=butZyxI-PRs

        Cheers.

        • MB30SD

          and now… the packer troll becomes a troll. Never fails. Starts nice, but as soon as we talk about the packers… the first time ever we’ve done so on this bears blog… promoted ONLY by the materialization of a packers toll… which we’ve never had ever before.

          Dude, you aren’t at all important, and you’re not the first packer troll to show up. This is a bears blog, we always discuss the packers. So self-important this morning. SMFH.

          • Caraher

            LOL. Relax man, I’m no troll and trust me, by no means do I feel self-important. I’m just busting balls. Not hating. Just having fun. One of the great things about sports is bantering with rivals.
            Say what you will, I’m a Red Sox fan that lives in NY, I’ve heard it all before. Next time I make it to Chicago, I’ll meet y’all at Hubbards and buy you a beer.

      • Trac

        They are a plague that now sweeps through the worlds of man! They are monuments to their unholy crusade.

    • DSupreme

      Actually Rosendouche from the Tribune said it this morning…. He was probably trolling as usual though. He did predict 8-8 last year, so he may be on to something. Lol

      • It’s easy to predict 8-8 for nearly any team. Off the top of my head, I predict the Cards, Chiefs,Falcons will finish 8-8.

        By the end of the season, most will be very close to that.

        It takes much bigger balls to predict which playoff team will bomb, and which last place team will make a run. Happens every year.

        • SC Dave

          Seattle finishes 9-7, losing twice to the Rams, who finish second in the West after San Fran. They go on to the NFC Championship game in Chicago, which they lose as it begins to snow in the 4th quarter.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            The Rams got hosed. Week four is their bye week. They have an 8 game stretch where they play 7 playoff teams from last season. Ours is sweet.

            http://www.nfl.com/schedules/2014/REG/Rams

    • MB30SD

      shady said it a few threads ago

      • bearsfantillend

        my bad must have missed it.

  • Shady

    “Guessing which teams will be good and which teams will not is a futile endeavor in the middle of April. So addressing the strength of the Chicago Bears 2014 schedule is also futile. But the schedule does offer many talking points, mostly about logistics, worth thinking about as we prepare to switch our attention around here to the NFL Draft.”

    I agree. 100%. But it seems when Jeff expresses these thoughts in the Twitterverse he comes off as more of a douchayne. I miss these normal length, thoughtful, insightful posts. It’s the snarky, condescending twitter pot shots that I can’t stand.

    • Predicting the draft, predicting wins/losses based on April schedule…all futile. But maybe Jeff hasn’t learned that a lot of fun endeavors in life are futile, am I right married men?

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      Twitter should have been invented where the Lord Buddha alone.could tweet.

    • SC Dave

      As I said, Twitter is high up on the list of *the worst* cultural changes in America in my lifetime.

      • MB30SD

        reality TV and buffoons like kim kardashian, paris hilton, lilo, and justin beibs (youtube made) are killing our youth.

        “And what do you want to grow up to be little kimmy”

        ‘I want to be famous’

        “Ahhhh… do you want to be an actor, performer, athlete?”

        ‘Nah, I’ll just video myself sucking some guy’s dick and then post it online, then get my own tv show and go from there”

        Fucking ridiculous. Garbage society.

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          TV killed society, the family unit anyway. The drug of a nation.

  • Artoo

    I agree about the Bucs needing to be scheduled at the beginning of the season. Talk about drama?

    This is a tough schedule if everyone plays the way they did two years ago. If it’s like last year, the Bears should be 14-2 or 12-4. However, I think a lot of teams are going to bounce back/be tough to beat.

    9-7 or 10-6 is really realistic and especially if the defense struggles/injury bug hits.

    Let’s see what you got Trestman.

    • Zoolander!

      • Artoo

        My new name? Lol

        • You’re blonde though, so maybe Hansel. Peer into your future…

          http://youtu.be/5MGV7ioTM7o

          • Artoo

            My hair is short at the moment.

            Can I be honest, that movie was ridiculously stupid. I hated it and I was hoping I wouldn’t .

          • MB30SD

            idiotic.

            If you want something good with Greg focker, watch Tropic Thunder: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6WHBO_Qc-Q

            Something with Wilson, wedding crashers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bK0pKyrBMl8

          • Artoo

            Wedding Crashers was awesome.

            Stage five clinger

          • MB30SD

            yeah, luckily I’ve had none of those yet. I’m sure my time will come.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            The last truly funny movie I saw. What was that? Ten years ago?

          • I really liked “Something About Mary”. Brett Farve-rah.

          • MB30SD

            meh

          • Cormonster

            My old man hates the Packers as much as anyone, and especially Favre. He never called him Brett. It was always Bart FARVE. The only Packer players I ever heard him talk positively about were Jim Taylor and some DB from the 60’s. Every other Packer player is an asshole and sucks.

          • I like your old man already.

          • SC Dave

            Willie Wood, no doubt. An absolute baller.

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          You gotcher name ye little trashcan now get back there and fix that hyperdrive unit.

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      I really could care less about the schedule (and ours looks easy) – it’s whether or not you’re in the super bowl at the end of the season. If they find us some extra pieces between now and September this looks like a possible 12-4 with no injuries.

  • Shady

    Did anyone else read Jeff’s Final Thought in Jerry Springer’s voice?

    • No, but now I can’t stop reading it in a Springer voice, as the Black Panther and Neo Nazi sit in the background listening like little children.

  • Still reading Rousseau. Your R quote of the day:

    “That men, who may be unequal in strength and intelligence, become every one equal by convention and legal right…under bad governments, this equality is only apparent and illusory…[under bad governments] laws are always of use to those who possess and harmful to those who have nothing” Social Contract, 1762.

    • Trac

      Yes, everyone gets a trophy! Kibbles n bits, kibbles n bits, I’m going to get me some kibbles n bits. I love me some rousso-eee. Ummmm ummmm!

      • He’s actually not arguing that everyone should be equal. He admits that some are endowed with more strength or intelligence, and he actually doesn’t mind that they should reap their spoils, just as long as it’s not at the expense of the “weak”.

        He’s arguing that though nature makes some stronger or smarter, that EVERYONE should still have the same rights, and that when a government goes bad, the very laws themselves which were set up to protect the masses, are actually instruments to oppress them by the more powerful.

        • Trac

          Don’t mind me, I’m feeling funky.

          • You probably wouldn’t like what he says about Christians though lol Well, at least Christians in France circa 1750s. Ironically, R considered himself the only true Christian in Europe, and a devout “reformed Protestant”. He read the Bible every day and said that all his writings were merely commentary on the good book.

            Then he went on to blast “Christians” lol

          • Trac

            His mom dying giving birth to him messed him up pretty bad.

          • This was his quote on Christianity (gotta remember which type of Christians he was referring to though):

            “Christians as a religion is entirely spiritual, occupied solely with heavenly things…true Christians are made to be slaves, and they know it, and don’t mind it much; this short life counts for too little in their eyes.”

          • Trac

            Nothing wrong with that quote except I’ll add “to live is Christ and to die is gain”.

          • MB30SD

            so what happens when the lights just go out trac? Nada mas? Zero? Zilch?

            ‘Doh! I shoulda gotten laid more’

            Hahahahaha (sorry, couldn’t resist)

          • Trac

            After living the life I have, there were many times I said “I shouldn’t have gotten laid”. Hahaha

          • MB30SD

            Ha! fair enough sir!

        • MB30SD

          quiiite

          • Trac

            Rousso smart. Get it, he he.

          • I’m using Da Blog like Mussolini used balconies!
            Actually, I just thought some of you dudes would enjoy R since he writes about a lot of stuff we’ve been debating on here the past few off seasons.

          • MB30SD

            OH MY GOD!

            (best show…. EVEEER!)

          • Higgins!

          • MB30SD

            quiiiiite

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Two closet private dicks in an episode called “The Big Blow” …..

          • SC Dave

            Bring it on, dude.

        • johnnywad

          There’s no way to “reap” anything without taking it from someone or something, and its nearly always “Th Weak”. Its how shit works. Always has. Always will. “The Weak” generally only have “stuff” because others give it to them or don’t want the shitty “stuff” they have.
          The world just is not more complex than that. My .02

          • Nietzsche, is that you?

            Like I said, Rousseau understands that Nature/God? does NOT make men equal, but what he advocates is a system where it won’t be GROSSLY disproportional. Because you know what happens then? Revolution or Tyranny (usually both as with the French/Russian/Nazi revolution). And the shit just keeps repeating over and over and over again, like a bad “Lost Highway” loop.

            Here’s MY take on it:

            The wealthy are short-sighted. If they continue to expand their treasures while making paupers of everyone else, eventually a tyrant will arise from the zest pool and offer to overthrow the plutoarchs, and those very paupers the aristocrats helped to create will be the very same instrument of their own doom. By the time they sense the danger, it will be too late; it’s not a matter of IF, but when.

          • johnnywad

            Precisely. This is Phase Two of the Johnnywad Doctrine. I guess my point is Rousseau and pretty much every other “thinker” that thinks about this stuff is just spinning his wheels. Why bother to worry about it? This is the way it goes. Always has. Regardless of the time period, man with power always wants to fuck man without power even harder than he already has. Its in our DNA I suppose.

          • You’d be surprised. Many historians think that Rousseau’s works inspired the French Revolution as almost every single revolutionary, Robiespierre, etc, credited R. Ironic, because the French Revolution would have horrified Rousseau. But I agree with you in general. Marx was wrong because he misdiagnosed human nature.

            He ASSUMED every human wants to be equal. They don’t. Humans don’t want to love their neighbor, they want to employ them, at best, enslave, at worst, and will only tolerate them if perceived to not be a threat.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            The rich are bored, and have a lot more time to gaze at their navels. Poor philosophers always hit the nail on the head, with fewer and simpler words.

          • MB30SD

            the rich, once rich, are often fucking useless. Yes, I’m generalizing.

          • MB30SD

            sire sire… the peasants are revolting.

            Mmmm, yeeeees… I knoooow.

          • SC Dave

            So long as its three generations down the round, they don’t give a shit.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Sheep don’t overthrow the farmer, and thanks to TV there’s a big old flock ambling towards the slaughter-house. The wealthy have been running the show since day one, and those of us down the bottom are the ones that need to watch out.

            You ask some random punter in the street who the Rothschilds are, I’ll wager they’ve never even heard of them, yet their table is the top table, and everything flows down from them. Everything.

            Until each and every sheep knows their name and who and what they are, we’re just fodder.

          • MB30SD

            they do! I read this book….

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          If the system becomes rotten – and it is – is it not the job of true patriots to overturn the apple cart?

    • MB30SD

      I see you also enjoy being seen as part of the pretentious inteligencia. Well done.

      • *Huffs on monocles, “Yes, fellow chap. Indeeed.”
        I told you I was more Jew than you! bwhaaha

        • MB30SD

          quiiiite.

          • gpldan

          • hahah…me and my buds used to pull up to random ppl walking on the streets in our shitty 72 Monte Carlo or 81 Datsun and ask, “Pardon me, but do you happen to have any Grey Poupon?”

          • Big Mike

            A 1969 Oldsmobile Delta 88 was my ride… Thing would not die. Plus I could actually lift the hood and fix stuff.

          • tobijohn

            Hand-me-down 70 Oldsmobile Vistacruiser station wagon from the rents was my first ride, followed by a hand-me-down 67 Rambler American from grandma. I had a lot of fun in the back of that Olds, not so much in the Rambler…

          • MB30SD

            in summer tourists invade la jolla. It’s brutal. A lot of them older and from AZ (sorry al). So my buddy used to take this 12 inch monster black dildo with a suction cup on the bottom, stick it to his windshield and then pull up to groups of them and ask for directions while this thing gently swayed like it was a branch in the savanna wind. We’ all act like nothing was out of the ordinary and no one would acknowledge it. The looks/reactions we’d get were priceless.

            We’d also drive down prospect (downtown LJ) with supersoakers blasting the tourists on the sidewalks. Ah to be young and dumb and carefree again.

          • Shady

            I literally LOLed myself.

          • MB30SD

            semicolon……….. close parenthesis.

      • SC Dave

        I say,MB, that would intelLigenSia?

        Or was that a snarky bit to which I was to respond “I saw what you did there”?

        • MB30SD

          Have fun with it dave

    • SC Dave

      The difference between equality of opportunity, and equality of result.

  • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

    They’ve billed the Packers/Hawks opener as ‘Fail Mary II’.

    • The Hawks are going to get coronated on their home turf on opening day. Could you imagine the frenzy they’re going to be in? This won’t end well for the Pack.

      • Big Mike

        I hate the Seahawks because of their stupid loud ass stadium, filled with people who 5 years ago, couldn’t tell the difference between a Nickel Defense and Nickel Back.

        I love the Seahawks, because I’m jealous. Damn, they have so much young (cheap) talent and they ball out on D. And because if they beat the Packers that’s good.

        • Shady

          Bears get to travel to SEA for the 3rd game of preseason. And we all know nobody takes the 3rd game of preseason like its bull sheite.

          #theyarewhowethoughttheywere

          • Big Mike

            Those are scrimmages. Fun to get a look, don’t mean a thing. Just don’t want injuries. Good to see what McClellin can do at LB. See the rookies compete, I might not even have Cutler in for the customary 3 quarters. Fall down Jay. Hold Like a MFer offensive line.

      • SC Dave

        Packers will beat them

        • MB30SD

          no fucking way the packers beat them at home.

          No. Fucking. Way.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            We’re sweeping the Packers, and that’s that. If Donald gets drafted by the Lions and Suh stays though … ouch.

          • MB30SD

            Wtf???? I thought you said he’s too small and will get swallowed?!

  • MB30SD
    • gpldan

  • MB30SD
    • gpldan
      • haha that’s hysterical.

        • gpldan

          This note’s for you…

          http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-KzYATY5apTg/UXuEm5wJdKI/AAAAAAAALbg/re9FLJyJ3dI/s1600/Mussolini.gif

          That’s the Luftwaffle just after he bitch slaps another blog nerd.

          • Big Pimpin.

          • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

            please consider texting and driving on your way home this evening.

          • Shady

            Lol smh that’s turrible. I see people driving in rush hour with their eyes glued to their cell phones and wonder to myself when? When will we finally have self driving google cars so I don’t have to share the road with these facking people?

          • Big Mike

            I honk at’em real loud.

          • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

            i’m confident that if anyone could invent a self driving car it would be GP.
            And in an ironic twist of fate it will be a member of his own development team that will program his AI mobile interface to swerve the vehicle into oncoming traffic.

          • MB30SD

            can’t we all just get along?

            Btw, 75 and sunny here today my maings. Also, this is for you. We’ll get you one when you come out

            http://www.ted.com/talks/hamish_jolly_a_shark_deterrent_wetsuit_and_it_s_not_what_you_think?utm_source=newsletter_daily&utm_campaign=daily&utm_medium=email&utm_content=image__2014-04-23

          • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

            lol, nah.
            I’ll be out soon. Save a spot on your bang couch for me to sleep on.

          • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

            maybe cover that stained contraption with a sheet or something.

          • MB30SD

            it’s almost brand new awesomeness from Jerome’s. An SD institution in the furniture game. Thing’s the shit, that said, I haven’t banged any chicks on it… It’s a new couch and my crash pad for my buddies, so no sex on the couch. You’re safe.

            I can’t say the same for all the shit my babies have spilled all over it, but it has that super repel everything covering.

          • Trac

            We all know you’re a good guy Johhny. Gotta admit its a catchy name. Just laugh at it, even sick dark humor can be funny. Lol.

          • Trac

            Haha. I love da blog.

          • gpldan

            But as long as I repent at the end, Jesus has my back. So I got that going for me.

          • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

            If that’s what you believe….that’s cool I guess. Not really into that scene but whatever.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            The Cylon war is coming.

          • Trac

            He takes the L.

          • MB30SD

            isn’t that a song?

          • SC Dave

            What a wanker.

      • MB30SD

        If she could, she may have. cept, uh, I think it would be the other way round.

        Either way, nice Fagro homage

      • SC Dave

        Awesome

  • gpldan
  • gpldan
    • “Once known for a grueling training regimen that included a purported
      1,500 push-ups and 3,500 sit-ups per day, Walker says that he is still
      into such extreme measures. He’s also put his body to the task with
      mixed martial arts, and won both of his MMA bouts, the most recent one
      in January 2011 at 48.”

      I remember that regimen. Shea?

  • gpldan

    Toucher and Rich slay me when they rip Rome.

  • Shady

    With any schedule, it’s not how you start it’s how you finish. For the last few seasons, the Bears have managed to inspire the fan base with impressive starts only to piss away any shot at the division or wildcard.

    Let’s be honest, the Packers had no fuxking business winning the NFCN. The Bears had a stranglehold of that bitch until injuries hit the D like a plague and the team started leaking oil. One fuxking offensive fumble recovery for a TD because James Anderson can’t pick up the ball and it cost the Bears the playoffs.

    I’ve personally come to terms with the end of the defensive identity for the Chicago Bears. It’s all about offense now. And no, I’m not talking about meaningless Detroit Lions stats racking up yardage and points in garbage time, I’m talking about Trestman and the offense taking ownership of the season and creating a new identity for the organization. It began last year and it needs to take the next step this year.

    • I’m still holding out hope that the Monsters of the Midway return, like Godzilla.
      Then again, my real handle is 85bears4ever, so I’m a nostalgic knave.

      • gpldan

        The Seahawks won because they intimidated Manning and the Broncos. That long snap to begin the Bowl was from feeling overmatched and having to rush the snap to get into the block.

        This whole “End of the D era” is so much hooey. D still wins the big games.

        • Shady

          I doubt Manning is intimidated by anybody. Problem was they couldn’t protect him for any intermediate to long routes.

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          I hope we get that identity back. Beat people with your defense, a nice offense is just gravy.

          • MB30SD

            Naaa… We’ve got more than just a ‘nice’ offense… now we need a solid d. No more bend don’t break bullshit. Hope tucker steps the fuck up… but I’m not holding my breath.

      • Big Mike

        Shit all we need is the 83 Beard D, or the 2008 or 2009, or 2010 bears d

    • Big Mike

      They’ve had inflated records of 7-1 and 6-2 in the last few years. They were never that good. They caught back up QBs, injured RBs, WRs out etc. This year, if they are 5-3 or even 4-4 at the break, they will have had to beat some very good clubs on the road and don’t well at home. I like the challenge early. Makes a team playoff tested.

      • Shady

        It’s not how you start Mike, it’s how you fuxking finish.

        • Big Mike

          AMEN. My point exactly. We’ve finished like crap. I’m saying a 4-4 team this year is as good or better than some of those 6-2, 7-1 teams.

    • Trac

      Ok Lovie.

  • Shady

    I have to admit I was also hoping for a Carolina away game the weekend of the NASCAR B of A 500. I totally would have gone.

    Yes, I was once like you.

    NASCAR? Really? Those hillbillys only drive in fuxking circles.

    But oh, HOW they drive in those circles. It’s thrilling racing and now I can’t get enough.

    #vacationdrunk

    • bearsfantillend

      not a huge fan of watching on TV but I love going to see the races live, especially the short tracks.

  • Shady

    I know it’s early, but the Bears are currently -6.5 vs Buffalo.

    Seattle -5 vs the Fudge.

    Would you be willing to lay the five points if the Seahawks were opening at home against the Jets? Dolphins? Rams? Because the Packers weren’t much better, if any better at all, than those teams last season.

    Green Bay snuck into the playoffs only because the Bears were leaking oil after Thanksgiving, and the Packers actually gave up more points than they scored last season. Even if they emphasize defense in the draft, it’s hard to see a big enough improvement by Week 1 to enable them to hang with the Seahawks on Opening Day. Give the five before it grows to 7.5.

    Lay the points and take the home faves.

    • SC Dave

      The Packers have Aaron Rodgers. No one else does.

    • tobijohn

      I think it came down to sneaking in because Rogers was out for a while there. I suspect that if he hadn’t been injured, that last game wouldn’t have mattered to either team…

  • DaMurph

    Would have been nice for an away game or two in warmer weather cities in the colder months. Instead we have Atlanta and Carolina. I’ll try to make one of those two. I know I’m not doing the Vikes the last game of the year and sitting outside the end of December. New England may be a possibility, but given our record against the Pats I’m not sure I’d like to attend that game.

    • MB30SD

      I’m still waiting for a game against the chargers so that I can show a buncha you midwest feegs (NTTAWWT) around my beautiful city.

      • Big Mike

        San Diego is a great place. Did not know that’s where you were. Had a bud lived in Cardiff, Had a business partner who lived in La Jolla, Stayed for a couple weeks once in Coronado. Can’t remember the last time the Bears played in SD…

        • MB30SD

          nice.

          We played a pre season game here 3-4 years ago I think. I didn’t go for some reason. Think I was out of town.

          I grew up in LJ, and I’ve lived in cardiff. Love cardiff. I live in solana beatch now. North county SD is one of the best places in the world to live. Coronado is nice too, just far from me.

          • Big Mike

            How does one grow up in LJ and become a Bears fan?

          • MB30SD

            The year was 19 and 84. I was 11, I think. I was moving from flag to tackle fb and my best friend’s family was from Chicago.

            It only took watching one game at his house. I don’t remember the game or the players or who we played that weekend, but I remember the feeling. I was a bears fan for life from then on.

            Wish it was a more interesting story mike.

          • Big Mike

            1984 was a great season. It was the year the Bears became a contender. They were a lot like the Seahawks of two years ago. I think they were 10-6. There signature game was a win against Oakland at home. McMahon ruptured his spleen and the Bears beat one of the TOP teams for the first time a long while. The highlight of the season for me was watching the Bears beat the Skins at RFK, while I was in DC, surround by die hard Skins fans who had never lost a home playoff game.

            Easy to get hooked on the Bears of that era. Much tougher to endure the Jauron, Wannstedt era. Those teams sucked hard.

          • MB30SD

            Indeed mike

        • Shady

          Yeah, a great place for whore ex girlfriends to sleep with yoga instructors twice their age…

          I’ve said too much.

          • MB30SD

            Hahahahahahaha…

            I literally LOLed myself.

          • Shady

            You’re not a yoga instructor, are you? Please say no.

          • MB30SD

            I wish… how poetic would that be? Can you imagine the fucking cosmic karma involved. Wow, that would be spectacular.

            Naw, I doubt I’d find any of your homely pudgy little ex-girlfriends up to my very exacting standards little guy.

            BAAAAAAAAAAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

          • Shady

            True, she’s more of the girl next door type. Not your fantasy jumbo blonde boobage plastic type. Maybe one day she’ll assimilate.

          • MB30SD

            I’m just fucking with you my maings… you knows I loves you.

            This latest girl I’m dating she’s totally the sam….. BAHAHAHAHHAHAHA… ok ok, I couldn’t finish that with a straight face.

            In all seriousness, I’m trying to break out of the mold. Want to shake things up a bit, you know, for bucketlist sake.

            (shut up $!)

          • johnnywad

            Wait……there are old dudes teaching young bitches yoga? And society tolerates this? There is no Creep factor here? Hell in a hand basket

          • Shady

            Yeah some 48 year old Indian guy. Apparently she’s always had a thing for funny little brown men. Namaste motherfuxker.

          • MB30SD

            BAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHA…

            wait, that’s fucking creepy maings. yuck.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Tantric sex.

            Sorry.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Fuck him. Fuck her.

            Confer on you the level of Jedi Knight the council does.

          • Big Mike

            Whore ex girlfriends can do that anywhere, it’s in the job title.

      • Big Mike

        By the way, SD should host the Bears next year.

        http://www.footballdb.com/teamvsteam.html?tm=6&opp=26

      • DaMurph

        If the Chargers host the Bears, I’m in! So if Big Mike is correct, partay at MBs house in 2015.

    • Trac

      Atlanta would be a good time maybe.

  • MB30SD
    • Cormonster

      As Waffle eloquently stated on the last thread, this is the murder pre-season. Once the weather warms up more, it should be a big kill season.

      • MB30SD

        sad and scary

    • SC Dave

      Generations of Democratic Party sovereignty over the peasantry.
      Correlation or causation?
      Discuss.

      • Cormonster

        Has Chicago even had another party since Capone?

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      Chiraq!

      Murder and football. ‘S what we do.

      • MB30SD

        Ireland?

  • MB30SD
  • MB30SD

    this is kind of awesomeness.

    The other two chicago teams (I won’t count the cubbies or sox in that) in the top 30… HAWKCE are #1 corm!!

    Bears….. 5fucking7th

    http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-04-24/smartest-spenders-in-sports-2014

    • Big Mike

      This ranking is remarkably accurate. The Hawks being #1 makes sense. Two potential HOFers in the draft, deep runs and championships. Cubs at the other end.. makes sense as well. Bears mid range makes sense.

    • Cormonster

      Two of the Blackhawks key players(stars), Toews and Kane, are both only 25 years old with 6 years experience each and 2 Stanley Cups already. They have a good mixture of youth and experience on the team, and a couple guys in the minor leagues who would probably be on the roster of most NHL teams. Not a bad position for an organization.

      • MB30SD

        wait, we’re talking about soccer here, right??

  • Cormonster

    http://youtu.be/QN90evUhJgk
    This is totally bad ass. It’s filmed at my buddy Marty’s private track. He worked for me a couple years after High School, then raced pro for about 8 years along with building tracks all over the US and in various other countries.

  • Today would have been draft day. Instead, it’s in two more weeks. Thanks, Godell.

    • MB30SD

      Jeff still has 3 more pieces to write about the schedule man… those will have to get us through the draft. SMMFHAJ.

    • Trac

      Yes, wasn’t this because of a schedule conflict with another sport using their venue.

      • Big Mike

        It started that way. Radio City Music Hall had some show booked. But don’t look for it to move back next year. What I don’t understand is how the NFL didn’t already have it booked.

  • Trac

    I have a conundrum that maybe a few of you guys can offer your opinion on.

    I have a customer that turned into a friend about 6 years ago. Over time I started to sell him parts at cost and do service work for him at a fraction of my normal rates and most of the time I never even sent him a bill because I became uncomfortable due of the friendship.

    About a year ago, he needed a used piece of equipment I had in stock so I gave him a cut rate price leaving about 15 grand on the table and told him I’d only charge him my cost on any parts and fuel for travel expenses to install the equipment and that my labor was part of the package. When it came time to pay the bill, he refused to pay the sales tax. I was caught off guard because I thought being my friend that was the last thing I’d have to worry about. It seems I failed to cross my T’s and dot my i’s and I had to eat the sales tax. It kind of annoyed because I didn’t think he would ever pull that trick on me but I chalked it up to experience and went on.

    Then about 6 months later, he had an insurance claim on some equipment and asked me to give him a bid for his insurance company. Sure enough his equipment was totaled and the insurance Company paid the claim in full. He placed the order with me verbally to replace his equipment with a new piece of machinery so I called up the factory and had them put a rush on the job. A couple of days later, I told him I needed a deposit and he asked me how much the bill would be. I sent him an invoice which matched his quote I gave the insurance company and when he got it, he called me up and cancelled the order because he said the supplier was charging too much for the equipment he ordered. This really annoyed me, not because he cancelled the order but because it seemed his word was not good anymore and that is not my kind of friend.

    Now here’s the kicker, he wants me to do some more work for him and I just am having a hard time going there.

    Any suggestions?

    • MB30SD

      fuck no trac.

      Here’s my suggestion. Be honest and totally upfront with him about everything you just told us. Take all emotion out of it and just use the facts. Set it up as you see fit, but the end result should be that you lay it all on the table as you’ve experienced it. Then get his thoughts/perspective.

      If his view is out of whack based on reality/facts, just tell him you can’t continue to take hits for him when you’ve been much more than fair and it’s hurting your business and you simply can’t do it any more… you’ve been much more than gracious giving him the best deal possible while losing money on your time, you’re not prepared to get totally fucked and lose ‘hard’ money any more.

      If he’s a dick about it… he’s not a real friend and jettison the selfish toxicity.

      I’ve done this twice in the last two years… although no business was involved, only friend loyalty. I’m glad I made the decision I did to get them out of my life looking back. They were both only all about them. My $.02 my maings

      • Trac

        What makes it hard is that he’s kind of a fatherly figure. The cat is has made his bones in the dirt work business and is not hurting by any stretch. I’m just debating on whether or not I say anything and just change our relationship back to business 100%.

        • MB30SD

          my gut always tells me to come 100% with truth and fact and let the chips fall where they may no matter how difficult.

          Bottom line is that he’s knowingly taking advantage of your relationship trac (if the facts are indeed as you’ve presented them). Do what you will with that nugget.

          • Trac

            Yes, it’s been one of those relationships that because you like the person so much, you ignore the signs.

          • MB30SD

            mmmmm… well, as long as you know the dealio and the value is there for you anyway. Then he’s not really taking advantage of you.

          • Trac

            No value, he’s the kind that buys the parts and asks you to come install them. lol

            I’m between the sucking it up stage and letting it all lay out. I do think your approach is the correct one.

          • MB30SD

            cut your losses my maings. (ok, ok, none of my business)

          • Trac

            You’re right and thanks.

          • MB30SD

            NB will be much more diplomatic about it… and most likely much smarterer.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Exactly. Either come clean with him and ask him why he would behave that way, or kick him to the kerb. Doesn’t sound like he’s a source of income for you anyway. You would only be losing a bad customer.

            I’ve found that people in wheeling and dealing businesses all cultivate their relationships very carefully. Squeeze what you can out of every customer/supplier in whatever Machiavellian way you can.

            You treat him like a friend, he treats you like a mark. Now whatcha gonna do?

      • gpldan

        I would always pay your sales tax, MB.

        • MB30SD

          thanks GP. I have a feeling you indeed would. Likewise my maings.

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      Two options. One observation.

      One, as MB points out below, state your case as you stated it here. Hope that he’s just a blind, selfish asshole, so that you can continue ‘being friends’ with this particular asshole.

      Two, maybe don’t feed the dog any tidbits from the table now that he’s bitten your hand a few times already?

      He doesn’t sound like a friend, Trac. He’s a people-user. Only relates to people in order to get something out of them.

      • I agree with the Tall-White.

        None of my friends have ever done me dirty like that. If you can’t take him at his word, then who needs those type of friends?

        “Truth shall set you free” right? I would add, with tact, or righteous indignation…that’s at your descretion.

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          “And the Truth shall set you free….” – that’s written on the wall in the lobby of the CIA HQ in Langley. Ain’t that a gas?

          • Who says they don’t have a sense of irony?

          • gpldan

            You should watch the Good Shepard from your treasure trove of MPEGs of questionable origin.

            Matt Damon plays John Jesus Angelton and the origin story of the org.

        • gpldan

          None of my friends have ever done me dirty like that.

          Well, there was that time when you were in prison, but we won’t bore people with that story.

      • Trac

        Bingo Irish. Bingo. This is now how I feel.

    • Big Mike

      Do you still value the friendship? If you don’t the answer is easy. The question is how much fun do you want to have making the guy realize he’s a jerk. If you do still value the friendship, I would simply start by asking him a couple questions. Do you realize how much money, I’ve saved you over the years? and Why are you doing me like this?

      • Trac

        I value friendships. I just don’t think it really ever was one now. Irish pretty much nailed the guy. About 4 years ago he had a bad heart attack and nearly died and that’s pretty much when I started letting him get to me. I don’t think there is a clear cut way to deal with this which is why I’ve been twisting in the wind. He is who he is.

        • Big Mike

          Hope you move on from the guy. Isn’t a near death experience supposed to make you a better person? Oh wait that’s the movies… You deserve better friends.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    The schedule after the BYE is perfect. You have 2 weeks to prepare for the Packers, then 2 at home, then the 2 Thursday games, then 11 days to prepare for the Saints, then again home, before the Vikings ice game. Give me a 4-4 record before the BYE and I’d be more than happy. The Bears last 2 years started strong and faded down the road. This year they should finish strong and enter the playoffs with force.

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