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Three Thoughts as Free Agency Slows Down…

| March 21st, 2014

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If you follow DaBearsBlog on Twitter, you know that I’m going to win a billion dollars soon. So…I got that going for me. Which is nice. In the meantime I’ll continue living my life among the not-so-rich.

Three thoughts…

  1. Everyone spent a month telling me that Lovie Smith was going to purge the Bears roster of all their talented players. Everyone spent a month telling me the allure of Lovie Smith would be too great for them. Corey Wootton. Minnesota. Henry Melton. Dallas. Julius Peppers. Green Bay. Charles Tillman. Home. Devin Hester. Atlanta. Major Wright. Mutual of Omaha. The only player Lovie pulled off the Bears roster was a man who owes his career renaissance to the man replacing Lovie. Is that ironic? It might be. I’m actually not sure.
  2. I don’t understand fan reaction to players leaving their favorite team. There is no reason to root against Josh McCown or Devin Hester or Henry Melton now that they’re no longer a Chicago Bear. If there was no salary cap, all of these men would remain in the navy blue and orange for years to come but running a modern organization is about making difficult decisions without the luxury of sentiment. I hope Devin Hester breaks the record Week One for Atlanta, as long as the Bears don’t open the season there. Because nobody will remember him returning kicks for the Falcons. They’ll remember him returning kicks on the Drive.
  3. A majority of the Tweets and emails I receive ask one question, “Who do you see the Bears drafting with the fourteenth pick?” Here is my answer: I don’t know. But one thing I truly believe is that no position on the defensive side of the ball is off the table. Yes there are pressing needs at DT and safety but if Emery identifies a potentially game-changing pass rusher, he’s taking him. If he identifies a potential shutdown corner, he’s taking him. I don’t think any of the moves made in free agency actually influence the draft approach, despite what Emery said in his press conference. As a matter of fact, I think Emery’s press conference statement that free agency will clue the media in to his draft approach is an old fashioned, transparent smokescreen.

Enjoy the weekend, poor people.

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  • Saren Arterius

    I haven’t really seen anybody disparaging Hester, mostly it’s a lot of “good for him” type comments. For me, with Melton, it’s more like “meh… I’m not really going to miss him.” I don’t think he was ever as good as he thought he was, and he was exceptionally mediocre last year prior to getting hurt. He might do nothing in Dallas, he might work out because Marinelli can get something out of him, but in either case I didn’t want the Bears to pay to find out.

    • MB30SD

      exactly. Hey… a n00b first!

      • Saren Arterius

        not really a n00b, I just comment intermittently, lol

        • MB30SD

          It’s like sex saren… more than a couple months and you’re basically a virgin again.

          • johnnywad

            Lot a married virgins on the blog.

          • MB30SD

            yeah. Fuck that. Not sure I’ll ever do that again.

          • johnnywad

            There are some good ones out there. My wife is great. Very laid back, likes to have a good time and likes for me to have a good time. And she gives it up. I’m lucky though and know it. The universe will eventually settle up with me some way or another I guess. Right now, I’m playing with house money.

          • MB30SD

            excellent. enjoy it while it’s there for you.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Good for you man, some people do get lucky ….

          • johnnywad

            Thanks Irish. She’s the real deal. We met early in college when neither of us had two nickles to rub together. I think that has a lot to do with it. My brother is going through some pretty rough shit with his lady right now. So I have a very good idea how bad it can be. I’m thankful everyday I haven’t had to live through that.

          • CanadaBear

            The further you are away from home the less you are married. After a couple hundred miles, you’re single!

          • MB30SD

            I have friends like that. I was and will never be like that. I’m traditionally a one woman guy. I never cheat on sig others. Just don’t believe in it. Always struck me as really messed up when people around me had that attitude.

            Homie don’t play that.

          • So, if this girl was grinding at you at a Halloween party, you’d be like Ghandi? “Nah, I’m good.”?

            http://46.51.244.56/coomao-goodsimg/349/110726/031719-edd28da5d9.jpg

          • MB30SD

            yep.

          • I’m not sure I would, which is why I never bothered to get married.

            The Bible says something about knowing thy weaknesses, I’m sure.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Fkn A mang. You get married, then respect the situation … or lose half your shit and pay for it forever.

          • CanadaBear

            When I was an organizer for a 3-day music fest, I went to the after fest jam. One of my friends (female) had the hots for my buddy. She has a friend with her who’s crazy hot. We’re out dancing and they finish the song and a slow one starts up. I turn to go to our table and she says “don’t you want to dance?” We start dancing and she starts grinding on me. This was 30 years ago. I get a diamond cutter in about 2 seconds. She gives me that demure little smile. The song ends and both women go to the bathroom. I ran out of that bar and went straight home. Saw the hottie the next day and got a HOF dirty look.

          • MB30SD

            hahahahahaha

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Tell me you were married ….

          • CanadaBear

            Of course I was. When I was young and single I was a complete slut.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt
          • CanadaBear

            Just kidding of course. I never quite got that either. When i was in my late teens and early 20’s some of my friends would cheat on their wives all the time. Their wives were babes and their out chasing skanks that can’t hold a candle to their wives. Real head scratcher.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Headscratcher? Not really. Monogamy is an un-natural concept. We’re programmed to spread our DNA – we’re just these sacks of flesh that act as DNA replicators. The cruel thing is, we have this thing called a brain that gets filled up with ideas, morality, religion, and a whole load of other bullshit that gets in the way of us fucking everything in sight. Little head = DNA replicator. Big head = Confucius. No fair.

          • CanadaBear

            I get all that irish. Why get/stay married if you’re going to do that? That’s the head scratcher.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Precisely, yes.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            “Men are only as faithful as their options.”
            – Chris Rock

            “Nigga say what now?”
            – Chris Rock’s wife.

    • bearsfantillend

      except for a few holdouts i am pretty sure most of us have been ready to let Hester go over the last few years, he is hesitant in the return game and appears to have lost a step. He has been running scared, instead of instilling fear into the opposing ST. The only thing i’ve seen was posters laughing at his contract wishes, 4mill/year still makes me giggle.

      • Saren Arterius

        Well, he got 3 million a year – that’s still pretty silly, it’s more than he made here

        • bearsfantillend

          seriously?!?!?!? he got 3 mil. SMH.

      • johnnywad

        And he catches balls he shouldn’t as well as passing on balls he should catch on a pretty frequent basis. To be fair, he was given that green light based on hall of fame skills and success. Somebody forgot to switch it back two or three years ago when the skills and success tapered off.

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          But one has to wonder how much Toub and the blockers had to do with his success. Does Emmit Smith put up his numbers in Chicago? Did Devin pull some Gayle Sayers shit to get those TDs? Or was he just running through the creases he was provided? I don’t really care at this point, but they should have left him doing what he was good at, instead of trying to make him a receiver. He wuld have been all alone in the record books now.

          (scans the bar for MB)

          Really shouldn’t experiment with position-switches in the NFL.

          Shhshhh.

  • MB30SD

    1. Maybe even lovie learns (thank god for him life isn’t one long perpetual halftime)

    2. I haven’t seen any of that for ANY of our players. Mostly it’s been…. good move phil, or questions why the moves were made. (I think most has to do with phil’s non-sentimental approach, and his reluctance to pay above market for injured players). Some jettisoning might come back to bite us, but I feel most were good moves.

    3. Agree. As long as he picks one of the 5-7 guys there that will be available and exactly fit that mould, we should be great. Just no CD too-smart-for-your-own-good reaching please.

    Also, check out this piece on draft range success. Super interesting stats (our draftniks will *love* this): http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/Boom-or-bust-A-look-at-draft-probabilities.html

    and here’s 3 of SI’s mock drafts side by side (love this format, so easy to consume): http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/nfl/news/20140226/2014-nfl-mock-draft-database/

    (finally, data, pls repost your latest water cooler article on this thread, it was good)

    • gpldan

      2/3 of SI Writers have the Pack picking CJ Moseley.

      Peppers – Moseley – Brad Jones – Matthews, and you got Mike Neal, Nick Perry – all guys in the upper 260s save for Matthews. And Pep is closer to 290.

      Fuck that’s a big team.

      • Trac

        Unless the fudge trade up, Moseley will not still be on the board when they pick.

      • johnnywad

        Almost as big as the Bears offense. Almost.

    • Big Mike

      I’m indeed the CD for comeback player of the year award. He’s going to be a stud Linebacker. I know guys have said that is where he belonged all along. I’m putting it out there. Went back and looked at his college tape. His highlights are at least 1/2 as an LB.

      • MB30SD

        it would be a nice surprise mike. just remember he played in the mountain west conf with powerhouses like san diego state, wyoming, and air force. those highlights… meh, never mind. Let’s hope he’s a surprise.

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        I can’t remember if I posted it at the time, but I thought it would be cool if we drafted McClellin and groomed him as Lac’s replacement. They did the first part.
        I looked at his college highlights just the other day, and he looked like a solid LB. I’m sure they checked out his smarts before drafting him, I’m guessing he can do it, just surprised it’s taking so long and that’s he’s been in the wrong room.

  • gpldan
    • MB30SD

      two of SI’s ‘experts’ have us taking him in their draft mocks (see my post below). Wouldn’t be the worst pick. Def adds a sheiteload of beef to the middle of our line.

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        The experts also have TB passing over a QB.

        The more mocks I see – as pointless and as silly as they are (because they never incorporate trade movement and are therefore ALL incorrect always) – the more I hope we’re trading down …

        Jefe – will you be needing an Irish butler? I can do all the accents. Gielgud in Arthur? What’s on your mind?

    • Nix has been staying at MBs pad?

      “Nix has struggled with his weight — even reaching as high as 370. But he
      believes that some dietary changes and better conditioning before the
      combine served him well.

      What exactly was he eating?

      “When I first got to [EXOS training facility in Arizona] I could have a burrito,” Nix
      said. “But the next day, they cut out all my carbs. I got eggs, almonds
      and a parfait with granola and Greek yogurt, which is disgusting. I ate
      that stuff for two months.

      “Then I had a lunch salad, a dinner salad, and if I got hungry they gave me a snack salad.”

      • Also, Five Guys…excellent burgers. Not as good as Inn-and-Out, but top-notch nevertheless.

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        If the guy can’t control his eating habits then he can’t control himself. No to Nix. Too much fat on a player is not good. If it’s all lean beef like Tuitt? Yes.

  • Trac

    #1. You miss the gist of what most of us have been saying Jeff. I expected Lovie to take some interest in some of his former players, mainly Peanut and Hester. Don’t forget, Peanut and Hester did go look up their old coach to test the market. What I’ve been trying to convey is that most of the players Lovie was known for having a good relationship with up are either washed up or a shadow of their former selves and were obviously on the way out anyway. Mainly because they be long in the tooth. We knew Hester and Pep were gone and thought Peanut might be persuaded to play for his old coach, what’s so unreasonable about that?

    #2 I agree with this.

    #3 Emery will either hit a home or confuse the fan base with his first pick. Of that I am certain.

    • Bear Down in Tampa

      Kyle Long confused the heck out of us and was a home run.

  • Jokey
    • Bender McLugh

      LOVE the Green Mill, absolutely a great place for jazz. If you are lucky enough and Paul Wertico is in town, you may just catch a free set with Pat Metheny & Lyle Mays sauntering in late night. Absolutely recommend!

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        Any old-style jazz going on in Chicago? Nat King Cole, Satchmo, Ella, Chet Baker-y stuff ?

        • Bender McLugh

          not sure unfortunately, I haven’t been back for a good stretch in quite a while.

    • Bender McLugh

      does anyone remember the Bop Shop on the south side?

  • Shady

    Q: What’s the difference between beer nuts and deer nuts?

    A: Beer nuts will cost you at least one dollar, while deer nuts are always under a buck.

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      Walking Dead Ep. 14.

      What an episode by the way. Always good to have a child murdering a younger child, followed by Ellen De Generes executing said child. Fearless writing.

      • Shady

        The show runners love killing off young girls. I think Rick has killed about 5 so far.

        • Trac

          I figured their summertime acting gig was up. Time to go back to school.

      • MB30SD

        Meh… old hat lad.

        2011: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ialZcLaI17Y

        Creepy shit. Fucking hate zombies (ask shady)

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          Anyone see ‘Quarantine’ ? Handicam POV, but it wasn’t bad. Good job for a five dollar movie.

      • EnderWiggin

        As disturbing as that was, I felt it harder to stomach that Daryl is going to boing the 14 year old.

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          She’s 14??? The actress certainly isn’t. I thought he was going to schtup her after they drank the moonshine. That was a good episode.

  • Trac

    Anyone else notice DaBlog is acting skitzo?

    • Bender McLugh

      test test…..my last reply didn’t go through

  • Trac

    He says “I’m a grown man” and “they should have treated me like a grown man”, but unfortunately he’s not handling his situation like a grown man. Hmm……

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/03/21/donald-penn-new-regime-in-tampa-bay-did-me-wrong/

  • Trac

    Is this thing on?

    • MB30SD

      Here’s some fresh meat for you trac: http://www.aol.com/article/2014/03/20/forget-happy-wife-happy-life-study-says-its-all-about-the-h/20853751/?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl10%7Csec1_lnk3%26pLid%3D456042

      Let me break it down for you… the net net of the study is this: The more a man can take a woman’s ridiculous emotionally driven bullshit on a daily fucking basis (and/or doesn’t mind having his balls smashed over and over again), the better the chance the union has.

      That pretty much sum it all up for you?

      (and yeah, no shit would be my response)

      • MB30SD
      • Trac

        The “Woman”, she is deceived. A man must not let himself be driven off course by the weaker vessel. Her desire is to rule over the man. The man cannot let this happen, or he is no longer a man and he will not only lose but he will lose himself. Also, it is very important that the women never finds this out. She has to believe she is winning. Only a very smart man can pull this off.

        Trac’s advice: keep your mouth shut, never, never let the women smell blood. They love the sight of it and are like sharks to the scent of it.

        • MB30SD

          VERY well put.

          Hos 24:7?

          • Trac

            We MUST choose our words wisely. Yes? Every word has to be examined in the mind before they pass the lips. Words are the wrong weapon to use against a women. Unless you like to lose. He he.

          • MB30SD

            exactly. Again, sadly, I don’t posses that maturity or control. And again, I don’t like taking shit.

            I obviously have quite a few more incarnations to go.

          • Trac

            Nobody does. We can just try to do our best. 🙂

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            As Bill Burr pointed out, women are excellent at arguing, staying on point, until they’re losing, at which point they go off the reservation until you call them a c*%t.
            “And now you’re in this room…”

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          Preach it brother! This!! And the last sentence to the power of YES!

  • MB30SD

    hey GP, driving back from a breakfast meeting this morning I saw a brand spanking new McLaren 650S… in… wait for it….. fucking white!?! (in fucking WHITE!?!?! my god the rich have no taste)

    http://cars.mclaren.com/home.html

    This place is like the bermuda triangle of insane wealth. Del Mar, La Jolla, and Rancho Santa Fe. Ridiculous.

    • gpldan

      Paris Hilton bought a White LFA and has beige/cream seats put in it.

      That is punishable by death, but then she upped her game.

      She only drives that car when she is wearing a MATCHING OUTFIT.

      http://www.gtspirit.com/2014/03/10/paris-hilton-spotted-with-her-white-lexus-lfa/

      • MB30SD

        My god man, the horror.

        All of these filthy rich ‘stars’ that never did anything to achieve their ‘stardom’ but be dumb pretty whores should be exiled to elba forever for their vacuous sins.

        …then I’ll finally have the perfect place to vacation.

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        Those sunglasses alone are punishable by death.

  • MB30SD

    btw, when I look at the picture of lovie, all I can think about is…

    “WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!”

    • I was listening to The Score last night, and one of them was going through the SB, how Thomas just ripped off a 40 yard run, and naturally, Lovie-numb-nuts goes with Ced Benson. He fumbles; they recover. They score. End of SB dream.

      Have fun, Bucs.

      • MB30SD

        exactly. People wonder why I can’t let it go. Because he, like wanny and juron fucked this franchise with bad coaching and lack of intelligence. I wasn’t plugged in enough during those regimes, I have been for lovie and I want nothing to do with a coach like that.

        We’ve been bad/mediocre for so long now. Just want a regime who badly wants to win and actually knows how to engineer it. I’m all in on trestman and phil at this juncture.

        • gpldan

          He also told Chico to stop blitzing in the Super Bowl, which made Chico very very mad.

          And now, of course, what is the book on beating Manning? The book that the Shehawks read from? Blitz him.

          • to be fair, we only gave up 22 to peyton. no amount of bears blitzing would’ve stopped rex’s pick-6.

          • “Rex is our quarterback” Lovie numb-nuts

          • “Josh is our Quarterback.”

            Poor guy.

          • AlbertInTucson

            I lay it all at the feet of Ron Turner .

          • johnnywad

            Thomas Jones was having himself a day and Turner/Lovie decided to have Rex throw it in the rain in lieu of letting Jones keep Manning off the field. Colts couldn’t stop him. I’m still pissed.

          • hey. without Ron Turner we wouldn’t have had the Jason McKie FB dive. I wouldn’t give that up for ANYTHING.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            He doesn’t have Marino’s release. Buddy blitzed the shit out of Marino in ’85 and the dumb fuck ate our lunch. We didn’t deserve to win that game. No franchise with Rex Grossmann does.

  • MB30SD

    MB’s life lesson of the day: http://www.mandatory.com/2014/03/20/todays-funniest-photos/

    No one said life would be fair, but my god I love huge boobs.

  • I am very shocked Jeff didn’t write a farewell Broadway tune for Hester. I think he was his staunchest supporter.

    • Why do you say that? Because he predicted a Hester return TD in every single game preview?

      • gpldan

        …or said that we should resign Hester no matter the cost because he is the GOAT?

        • i would’ve taken him back for the minimum. dude should’ve broken the record in the bears uniform. fucking steltz and bowman.

  • Hey, Lovie-phites, maybe Lovie ain’t so Lovie after all.

    “The way Tampa did me kind of left a bad taste in my mouth. I kind of
    wish they were on the schedule, but they’re not” Penn told Alex Marvez
    and Gil Brandt on SiriusXM NFL Radio.
    “I still appreciate what I did there in my eight years, appreciate the
    owners and everybody that gave me my opportunity. I built a great
    relationship there. But the way they did it at the end, it wasn’t right
    in my book. I’m a grown man and they could have treated me like a grown
    man.”

    Penn said the new coaching staff misled him, giving him the impression that he was in the team’s future plans.

    “I talked to Lovie twice,” Penn said. “Everything was great, we
    talked good, they told me they were looking forward to working with me.
    Then I started seeing all these reports.”

    -PFT

    • gpldan

      “Baby, we love you! L-O-V love you, maing! You da best! You da man! Of COURSE you are coming back, we know you got the goods!”
      (he leaves)
      “yeah, fire him”

      • MB30SD

        there’s no crying in business.

  • Blog poll.

    If you were a GM, where would you feel comfortable taking Johnny Manziel?

    • Johnathan Wood

      If I needed a QB, I’d draft him very high. I could easily see him as the best QB out of this years’ class, though I haven’t done much film study on the top QBs since Bears aren’t drafting them.

      • I’m not sure Manziel’s frame and style can last in the NFL.

        Some QBs are naturally savvy – they have a 6th sense about when to bolt from the pocket, when to step out of bounds or slide. Wilson is like that.

        Manziel is more like RG3 or Vick when he runs. He always seems to get hit. That’s not going to end well for him or his team.

        Maybe he can work on it, but how many years has Vick been trying to last a season?

        • Johnathan Wood

          My biggest fear with him would be injury concerns because his playing style leaves him exposed to huge shots.

          But the thing that impresses me most about Manziel is that he scrambles while keeping his eyes downfield and looking to find a guy open (best guy in the NFL at this right now is Russell Wilson, IMO). He frequently bought a ton of time in the backfield, which makes it impossible for a secondary to cover.

          But then he would throw it last second before getting crunched, and that’s not gonna be sustainable with how big/fast NFL guys are. Somebody will break him in half sooner or later.

          • MB30SD

            that and the kid’s a low-character asshole.

            justin bieber in pads. And don’t give me the he’s young stuff… there’s being young and impetuous, and then there’s the shit he and the biebs continue to do. Not a fan

          • Johnathan Wood

            IMO what Manziel does is nowhere near comparable to Bieber. Manziel goes out and parties. What college kid doesn’t?

            Nothing illegal he has done (like hookers, cocaine, pissing off his neighbors by being an asshole, roping off streets to drag race, etc.), to the best of my knowledge. Just shit the NCAA doesn’t like (piss on their archaic rules).

            Question his commitment to football, sure. But a Bieber comparison is simply not fair, IMO.

          • MB30SD

            these are all personal feelings, I’m not talking about arest level crimes here.

            To me, the kids is a douche and as one of the old guys said a pompus little prick. Tough to be a leader when you’re doing all that shit.

            He’s obviously gifted athlete and QB, I tend to agree with you and $ that his style won’t be sustainable in the nfl for long, but I wouldn’t want him on my team if I was a serious leader/locker room guy. He’s all about johnny manziel

          • DaMurph

            He has a lot of Cade McNown in him. Very talented in college but a douche that won’t be respected as a leader in the NFL

          • CanadaBear

            Wow. In my mind that is about as damning a statement about a QB that you can make. Easily my least favorite Bear of all time.

          • Big Mike

            Cade wasn’t a douche. He just lacked talent. Douche is Ryan Leaf.

          • CanadaBear

            Yeah, he was a major douche. Caught with a handicapped parking pass in college, stole his best friend’s girlfriend (in his defense she was a playmate), but the shit that really pissed me off was not practicing before the 49ers game (where we never crossed midfield) or my least favorite when he said he wasn’t over throwing the WR’s it was because they were tired and slowed down. I thought Marcus R. was going to kill him. Really a spoiled mamas boy in all the worst ways.

          • DaMurph

            Cade was a douce, all the vets hated him when he came to camp. Not quite the Ryan Leaf variety, but not liked nonetheless .

          • What, I’ve always liked Razor Ramon.

            http://youtu.be/vWEOxIJsxws

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Look at this tool. He thinks he’s the boy King.

            (How a deposition tape ends up on YT I don’t know.)

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Oh priceless. He’s asked if Usher started his career.

            Beebs looks into the camera and says “I was found on youtube, I think I was detrimental to my own career ….”

            Lawyer: I’m sorry, what? I can’t hear you at all …..

            Beebs’ lawyer : He said he was instrumental to his own career.

            Beebs: … instrumental ….

          • MB30SD

            I hate that little fuck. 15 minutes in a room alone and freedom from prosecution.

            Jesus what a little cunt.

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          Manziel is a born bust. It’s in the name. It’s like Tony Mandarich. It’s always in the name.

    • gpldan

      Every mock now has him in Cleveland.

      While I really want the Vikes to take him, Cleveland is some form of poetic justice for the guy. The headline would be “Johnny Football: Tim Couch 2.0”. It’s like St. Peter telling you that you fell just short of getting in, so it’s Hades for you.

      The Vikes would then take Bridgewater, whom they will make into Joe Webb 2.0.

      • have you seen Joe Webb’s hands? they’re HUGE.

        • MB30SD

          ev, do you like movies about gladiators?

          • have you ever been inside a turkish prison?

        • MB30SD

          ever seen a grown man naked?

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      As an undrafted player for league minimum.

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      Burfict was undrafted.

      What odds Michael Sam sees the same fate?

  • Johnathan Wood

    Request for my latest article. Here it is. About how Emery using this offseason to set up for the future.

    http://watercoolersportsnetwork.com/2014/03/20/phil-emery-positions-chicago-bears-future/

  • AlbertInTucson

    OK, so Coach K, NOW do you understand why the ACC didn’t get so many tournement bids.

    • AlbertInTucson

      BTW, Duke lost to the Mercer BEARS !!!!

  • If you have a Lion’s fan friend, the Silverdome urinals are for sale. Perfect for the Juggalo who has
    everything.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/03/21/silverdome-urinals-for-sale-but-dont-ask-barry-sanders-to-sign-one/

    • MB30SD

      the juggalo who has everything… HAHAHAHAHA!

  • MB30SD
  • Speaking of Old School Wrestlers and over-the-top stereo types, the WWF (I refuse to call them WWE) needs to create a character more up to the times.

    Maybe call him “The Tea Bagger”. It’ll be a red neck with a cross bow and M14, and he’ll go out and say stuff like “Y’all uppity yankees, with your elitistist heads up yo asses, and your nigerian president who is really taking oders from the reptilians NWO, – you can all suck it. USA USA! – oh yeah, and 9/11 was an inside job, and Jews own the Media.” Then some elitist yankee, we’ll call him “Jewy McRich” runs from the stands and smashes a grey poupon bottle off the back of his head. “Now, listen here hillybilly, I shall try to keep it short for your neolithic amygdala and toothless sister-wife. All which you have professed is true, but Americans are too stupid or too lazy or too apathetic, most likely all of the above, to do anything about it. So, excuse me. My limo which is paid for by tax subsidies awaits!”

    I wonder who the crowd will end up cheering for?

    • EnderWiggin

      Sounds like a mix of Hillbilly Jim and Hacksaw Jim Duggan.

      • gpldan

        And I think Andy Kaufman did the elitist asshole bit, already.

  • Johnathan Wood

    shit

    Jeff Dickerson ‏@ESPNChiBears 1m

    Free agent CB Zack Bowman is close to agreeing on a one-year deal with the #Giants, per league source.

    • Johnathan Wood

      If that ends up close to league min. choosing Hayden over him could come back to bite them in the ass.

    • one less guy who’ll commit a holding penalty on a return TD?

      • Bender McLugh

        Agreed…find the positive

    • gpldan

      I always thought Bowman was serviceable, at best.

      We picked up a guy Derricus Purdy, that is at the same level. Not to mention Sherris McManus was probably going to win the starting job.

      • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

        I always thought Bowman was a solid depth player that would get better with more playing time. i’m sad to see him go.

        • I wanted him back, and not Hayden, but I guess Hayden told them a long time ago he’d sign for cheap, while Bowman wanted to test the market.

          I’m not sure if Bowman will prosper elsewhere. If he can learn consistency, he’d be a good starter, but the Gmen better have a good secondary coach.

    • Bender McLugh

      That sucks

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      We’re drafting one in the top 3 rounds. Book it. He’s our backup. McManis, Frey, Hayden… we’re covered. No biggie.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “Everyone spent a month telling me that Lovie Smith was going to purge the Bears roster of all their talented players.”

    Reminds me of when Buddy “You’ve Got A Winner In Town” took over as head coach of the Cardinals.
    He brought in a bunch of his former former players like Wilbur Marshall, Clyde Simmons & Seth Joyner who had all already seen their best days and took a 7-9 team to a lofty 8-8 followed by 4-12 and the end of his head coaching career.

    Yes, the Cardinal defense improved under Buddy but that offense went from #9 overall the year before he got there to #27 of then 28 teams. His 2nd season there, the offense improved to 27th out of 30.

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      I always thought Buddy was over-rated. My mother could have coached that roster with a little TLC. A combination of Ryan and Jimmy Mac not playing cost us a perfect season.

  • Cormonster

    Lovie Smith: “We are in the fourth quarter of free agency”. Sorry if someone posted this already.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/03/20/lovie-smith-wants-strong-finish-to-free-agency/

    • Trac

      The Lovie we know oh so very well.lol

    • MB30SD

      jesus, he’s going to call a timeout… and then throw the challenge flag isn’t he? smfh.

    • tobijohn

      Please, no comments about him looking up during the draft only to find a ceiling instead of clouds…

  • tobijohn

    OK, Jeff is really touting bringing Sanchez in as the Bears’ #2. Discuss among yourselves…

    • EnderWiggin

      We discussed this yesterday, I think. It had something to do with ham sammiches, hookers, and head bands…

      • tobijohn

        In his defense, this excerpt from PFT:

        “Lost in the last three seasons is the fact that Sanchez won four postseason road games during his first two NFL seasons, beating Carson Palmer in Cincinnati, Philip Rivers in San Diego, Peyton Manning in Indianapolis (his final game there as a member of the Colts), and Tom Brady in Foxborough.”

        • EnderWiggin

          I think the consensus was – we’d take him, for cheap.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            And a very firm no-fkn-way, from yours truly. I’ll take Jordan Palmer and his 59 yards, thanks.

          • Big Mike

            Seriously? Sanchez as a back up would be brilliant

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            But your backup becomes your #1 ! You guys really like Mark Sanchez? He sucks! It’s not just his crappy decisions …. it’s … he’s Mark Sanchez! Gut feeling aside, and I know stats don’t tell the whole story … but he’s thrown more interceptions than touchdowns and never broken a QBR of 80 in a season. That’s not good.

            He was admittedly okay in two playoff appearances.

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          …. because of his defense, maybe.

      • tobijohn

        Yeah, and probably another QB controversy in the making. Ah, never mind…

  • MB30SD
    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      That’s a really long article that can be summarized in one sentence.

      “On some plays, Julius will be standing up, while on others he’ll have a hand on the ground.”

      • Big Mike

        On others he will be wandering around aimlessly

  • I don’t want another vet QB. Not Sanchize, not Vick, not no one.

    We need a QB to groom from the draft, and if a good one doesn’t fall to us, shit, what’s Tyler Wilson up to this off-season? That’s the 4rth rounder the Raiders drafted last year who intrigued me.

    Get him, or roll with two QBs. Worst case scenario, we run a wild cat with Forte and Bmarsh in the back-field.

    • tobijohn

      Titans have Wilson. Signed him last December off the Oakland practice squad…

      • tobijohn

        Upon further research, the Titans signed him after he was dropped from the Raiders PS…

        • Titans won’t know what to do with him. They always have a cluster fuck at QB. They’re almost as bad as the Raiders. They”ll let him go, and Trest can work his magic on Cutler Jr.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Don’t have to worry about Vick anymore. Don’t think you ever did.

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      If Cutty goes down in week one … you want a rookie from round 4 leading the team?

      Admit it guys, you wish we’d offered Josh about 4M now, don’t you?

      • MB30SD

        insurance maing. You don’t pay up front. That’s why it’s insurance… in case the worst case scenario happens.

        Do you put food on the table and put your kids in good schools… or do you keep that money handing in a savings account just in case there’s a flood or car crash?

        Yes, the bears with cutty have basically built our house in a riverbed in rain country, but still… you can only do what you do maing

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          Funny you should mention schools. I met a neighbor in 711. The Wisconsin racist. We get chatting and I told him the kids were starting school on monday. He has twins the same age (3). I told him I was dropping just under $1000 on their first term alone with a look of pain on my face (that’s just under a month’s salary for me, that I can’t afford and will be into my overdraft). He winces and tells me he got his two into a school down the road for a tenth of the cost. My two have already seen their school and can’t wait for monday, when I have to pay the bulk. I have to squirm between now and then wondering if I should pull the plug. Ebeneezer Dad.

          • MB30SD

            do what you gotta do maings

      • Big Mike

        Absolutely not. I’d rather have Melton

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          Whatever about his ACL, I don’t like his character. We’re not the Raiders. He’s clearly prone to being a ducheyne.

    • Big Mike

      Not like you can take any 3rd or 4th round QB and marinade him into a top 10 guy. A lot of people comment, let’s draft a guy in the middle round and turn him into a stud or get some picks for him. Easier said than done. A QB yo are going to develop need to be at least an early 2nd round guy. That’s a luxury bears and most teams cant afford. Best case scenario win the SB take a QB with the last pick of the first round

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        Exactly. You don’t draft a backup ‘for grooming’. You draft your starting QB one day, and if that’s not a first rounder you’d better know why. Dan Le Fevour, Nathan Enderle .. these are just guaranteed busts and wasted draft picks – where you might have found a great punter or some under-the-radar TE in their place.

        • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

          but you wanted Tyler Wilson more than life itself. Tyler. Wilson.

      • I would say a 4rth rounder, IF Trestman likes him.

        Harbaugh was known as a “QB guru” and look what he did. He resurrected Alex Smith’s career and took Kaep to the SB.

        Carrol isn’t even known as a QB guru, and Wilson now has a SB.

        Trestman is considered a QB whisperer, resurrected McCown’s career, has improved Cutler, and I think he is more than capable of truly grooming a QB of his choosing, unlike Martz.

        It might take 2-3 years, but look at how long the Pats have been stashing Mallet for.

        The real question is if you believe that Trest can groom a later round QB.

        I think he can, and given Cutler’s durability and contract, I wouldn’t mind the project to start now.

        • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

          Smith, Wilson, Kaepernick……………what do they all have in common? I could tell you but i’d like to hear someone use some fucking brain power and not answer….”they are elite” because that is not the answer.

          • Well both the 9ers and Hawks have a great oline, but as important, they have HCs/OCs with a vision and a plan.

            We now have an a pretty good Oline and an HC/OC with a vision and plan (as was made apparent by going from one of the worst offenses to #2 scoring).

            As a matter of fact, we’re SUPERIOR offensively than those teams because of Bmarsh, Bennett, Alshon and Forte.

            Hence, why I think taking a QB prospect which Trestman chooses would be a good idea.

            I think we’re all still thinking that Martz or Lovie is drafting Enderles of the world.

            Tresman made McCown the 2nd coming of Jeff Garcia; I think he’s earned some street cred for grooming QBs.

  • Hey, PS4 dudes, how does the social networking work on there? Specifically, how does the Youtube work? For the PS3, it’s choppy as hell. Does Youtube work better on it? Is there internet browsing?

    • MB30SD

      Apps. Yes.

  • Bender McLugh

    Why the hell didn’t we overpay J Byrd?? Anyone?

    • Bender McLugh

      seriously think he could have been Brown 2.0

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      I’d say paying McCown 5M is a way more important investment since he’s the most important player in the franchise when he steps on the field ….

      • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

        no backup has every been paid 5M on purpose in the history of the league. In the history of the league Irish.

        • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

          it can’t be done in the salary cap era

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Then we pay our starters too much. The owners should get together and decide that. They’re only ever a play away from being out for the season

          • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

            we pay our starters “too much” because they’ve usually proven to be one of the handful of guys in the entire world who can do what they do. Why do you think we put up with Lambo so often?

          • MB30SD

            you are doing a splendid job not blowing the fuck up at the insanity yonny.

            irish, you don’t pay your insurance company the cost of a totaled car when you sign up maing… you pay MUCH premiums every month hoping you don’t get into an accident.

          • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

            waffle 3.0

          • MB30SD

            don’t like it.

            You don’t want to end up lIke this: http://spongebob.nick.com/videos/clip/not-normal-clip.html

            Have the kids started on spongebob yet?

          • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

            i’m watching my 2yr old boy try to jam a toy shark into my scanner. that kid wants to watch cheetahs eating springboks, not spongebob.

          • MB30SD

            eeeeexcellent.

            Spongebob is fucking visual valium for kids maing. Don’t do it if you can avoid it. My daughter loves that shit… like zombies. they get one each… my son loves the bubble guppies. I try to force animal and science shows on them all the time. smfh.

            Otherwise they’re outside.

          • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

            the kids love Wild Kratts and Little Einsteins which makes me feel less guilty when we have them watch TV. This winter has been brutal so we are itching to get them outside more so they can release this pent up destructive energy.

          • MB30SD

            yeah, we do wild kratts, although those two brothers are good but are clowns.

            Any of the sesame street and disney stuff is good. SB is just a waste of brain.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            ‘Frozen’ is like kiddie crack. Wreck-it Ralph? Thank god they dug Bambi. Yeah, that’s it kids, sometimes the primary care-giver dies, so listen up ….

          • MB30SD

            heartwarming… have anything specific planned yet?

            Haha

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            mine are 3yrs = aliens, dinosaurs, horrors, spiderman, smurfs, daleks, cybermen …. DNA replication is a weird thing to see play out.

          • Bear Down in Tampa

            3 y.o. and I got Monster Trucks, Tee Ball, Race cars, Boxing, Mickey Mouse and Robots. No Spongebob, No Dora, Not ever.

            Funny Anecdote, We are sitting at dinner and my little boy says, “Go Packers” (Knowing full well how everyone in the house feels about that, he was trying to bust my stones). So I told him, “Well then you aren’t my son anymore, because we don’t like the Packers here.” (I was obviously kidding) but without missing a beat he gave me one of the most inspired Daaaaaa Bearsssss’ ever, gave me a hug and said “can you please be my daddy again?” It was hearbreaking and hilarious all at the same time and he hasn’t mentioned the Packers once since that incident.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            My twins know that daddy loves his Bears, but they can’t say ‘Chicago Bears’, so it comes out ‘Jingle Bells’.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            The time may be approaching. I dated a teacher about ten years ago who was into spongebob!

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            These aren’t cars bro. Every Toyota Camry is exactly the same. Every QB is different.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            But the chances of a QB injury are high. Yet you pay choice #1 ten times what you pay choice #2 .. .who will undoubtedly be your #1 at some point. Doesn’t make sense. Owners put all their eggs in one basket. These are billion dollar organizations and they walk around thinking the sky will never fall in.

            I can only think of Kyle Orton as a savior right now, and we probably can’t afford him. Again, week one, Cutty breaks his leg. You’re looking at a guy who basically hasn’t played football in the NFL as your leader.

            Fail to prepare, prepare to fail.

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          And therein lies the insanity.

          Q1: Who’s the most important player on any team?

          Q2: Who’s the second most important player on any team?

          Why do you pay the second guy less than 10% what the first guy makes? Where’s the sense in that? On the second play of the season, he might become the #1 guy. Your whole season rests on your backup’s shoulders .. so why pay him like a bum?

          • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

            When you can find a way to pay a starting caliber quarterback less than a 2nd contract slightly above average defensive end and convince him to be the backup instead of starting on another team you must submit your job application and credentials to the first NFL club you think of because you’d be the first ever.

            There aren’t even 32 quality starting quarterbacks in the league and you want to find 2 and put them on the same team somehow? It may be the hardest position in all of pro sports.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            We had two, last season, and IMHO our #2 played safer, better football. Not hatin’ just sayin’. It’s there in the style and the stats, and anyone who says different just has an agenda. Now we were lucky to have two guys like that, so what you do is work out some way of keeping both, because your QB is that important.

            Maybe Jay doesn’t get hurt this season. Maybe. But from JC to JP? That’s some drop-off.

          • tobijohn

            It’s been said numerous times before but it bears repeating that last year the overwhelming consensus was that there was quite a drop-off between JC to JM.
            Besides, Mark Trestman has yet to say “Jordan is our #2 quarterback”…

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Difference was, Josh had actual NFL experience under his belt – not that any of us foresaw him looking studly in Jay’s absence. JP doesn’t have any.Not to say he can’t perform, but the experience in actual games just isn’t there. He’s almost a 30 year old rookie, just more classroom stuff under his belt.

            http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/chi-jordan-palmer-backup-quarterback-20140323,0,7495063.story

          • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

            and it didn’t do shit for us because of the fucking failures of 8 years of shitty drafting by Angelo and having no young homegrown talent as a result. The fucking D was the issue and that is why you can’t have 2 starting quarterbacks. 1. they don’t exist. 2. if they did you couldn’t afford it.

            Josh, for his ENTIRE FUCKING CAREER had bullshit journeyman numbers. He has one part of a year of success and all of a sudden he’s supposed to get starting money, not go to another team with huge qb issues to start and somehow we just pay both of them.

          • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

            also it’s tough because what if you have a really competent backup but you don’t have impact players at the rest of the positions around him due like on defense…..oh, you’d have the 2013 Chicago Bears. It’s a fine line between being in salary cap heaven and suck cock like the Jags or be in salary cap hell but having a shot at winning the big game for years to come.

          • Big Mike

            That’s why you can’t hit the QB. Yiou also can’t have that much $ in one position. So do you go for 2 journeyman? Or a stud and a vet min, or a stud and a project?

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Give me a journeyman who looks after the ball. Said it before and I’ll say it again, would we have done any worse with Kyle, and having the two firsts, and two thirds back? That’s potentially four starters your team is missing. That’s like a quarter of a team!

            Who threw Brandon his record-breaking 22 catches in one game? That’s right. We should have taken BM off McTard that day, not Cutty …. meditate on that.

            Oh, but wait Irish, without Cutty we wouldn’t have …. uh … uhhhh …

            Wouldn’t have .. .what?

            Can’t say Angelo would have pissed the picks away either, nobody knows who would have been picked. People ream on Angelo a lot, but there was another factor retarding our growth – the Cutler deal …jury’s not in on that one yet, but its’s forming.

          • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

            Irish, honestly just fucking shut it. You could have brought in Brady instead of Cutler and what would he have done with no protection, no scheme, no WR’s, no continuity. What the fuck is wrong with you people. It’s like you all have Stephen A Smith disease. Stop repeating all of the beat writer bullshit.

          • MB30SD

            theeeeere it is!

          • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

            lol, i couldn’t take it anymore.

          • MB30SD

            yep, I get it.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Kinder …. gentler ….. kinder …. gentler.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            I don’t read beat writers. I have no idea who Stephen Smith is, I think for myself. It’s irrelevant that he couldn’t succeed with the defense we had.

            The defense isn’t something the offense can do anything about. With a better defense, and Jay going down. With no scheme/continuity/WRs in place, it doesn’t mean you have to be reckless with the ball. You can’t laser a ball into triple coverage/ a crowd of DBS and say “Well, my protection and WRs suck, so I haven’t got much choice …”. You always have a choice, and in fairness to Jay he doesn’t do it quite so much when he’s in trouble now, but he will always have a tendency to squeeze it into trouble.

            This year is the concern now. I’m not so concerned about him these days. But the backup …. a definite concern

          • bearsfantillend

            BTW the broncos lost that record breaking game by Brandon. And Orton didn’t even throw for 300yds.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Irrelevant. Orton can hook up with BM, that was the point.

          • bearsfantillend

            you just suggested that we should have kept Orton and traded for Marshall that year, and inferred that Orton could run a successful offence based on the fact that he was able to successfully throw the ball to Marshall 22 time in one game. That Broncos team had a pretty damn good receiving core that year and the year before when JC was the QB. Eddie Royal had 90+ catches his rookie year BM had 100+, when JC was the QB. Then Orton took over, while BM still had 100+ catches, Royal had less than 40. What happened to that offense in those 2 years, Kyle Orton happened. BM has proven in his career that he can catch 100+ with anyone at QB. Keeping a journeyman QB like Orton was not going to bring us success. We saw what Cutty could do with weapons and an o-line when he was in Denver, we finally started to see it again last year. And we have to hear people say Cutty focuses too much on one of the best receivers in the league for the past 6 fucking years, why the hell shouldn’t he focus on him. You stated we would have been able to have 4 starters from those draft picks, but Angelo had plenty of chances to draft a fucking O-Line, or get o-line talent in FA over the years but he didnt. instead we got assfucks like Omiyale, or Webb, or ancient players like O. Pace, or a fat fuck defacto o-lineman/TE Manumaleuna. Angelo, Lovie, and the Lovie coaching baboons were the fault we haven’t been successful. Remember those are the idiots that thought Hester should be the #1 receiver. Those are the idiots that kept saying Webb had potential. Those are the idiots that wasted picks on people like Bazuin/Dvoracek/Gilbert. Those are the idiots whose only great Offensive Draft pick was Forte in 10 fucking years, and its sad that Earl Bennett was probably their 2nd best. But yeah – it was Cutler deal that cost us all these years.

          • MB30SD

            So much this that I can’t even tell you. Thank you sir…. may… I… have. … another.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Well, not really, it’s just fun to think about. The What-Ifs, you can’t help but ask them.

          • bearsfantillend

            Irrelevant. Matt Moore and Chad Henne were also able to hook up with BM for 100+. Hell even Tyler Thigpen was able to get a couple receptions to BM. The problem is these guys are average to below average QBs. Hell I bet Tim Tebow could have thrown 100+ receptions to BM. He is that FUCKING good that any piece of crap QB will get him the receptions.

          • Shady

            A1: Most people would say the QB.

            A2: Most people would say either the player you pay to protect the QB, or the player you pay to hit the QB.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Aha, until Franchise-boy goes down …. is your LT or DE #1 then …?

          • Shady

            Most teams are done when they lose their franchise QB anyway. That’s why you allocate the scarce resources you have to surround him with talent to maximize his potential. The backup QB is just not #2 on the list of priorities for most organizations.

          • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

            we have to be one of the only franchises that is so used to not having a franchise quarterback that we fucking berate the one that has done the most with the least and has a winning record an almost all of the records and plays his ass off. Franchise boy, Golden Boy, etc.

            Jesus.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            How many division champs and Lombardis does he have again?

          • Bear Down in Tampa

            1 division title (2010) and 0 Lombardis. Oh, you were being sarcastic…

      • Bear Down in Tampa

        I am a Cutty apologist; however, if McCown is 28 years old are we even having this discussion?

  • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

    I am a firm believer that every single decision the rules committee considers has 2 key underlying tenets:
    1. will this allow us additional ammo to combat future settlements and look better in court?
    2. will this allow us to shorten the game to fit in more commercials and thus create even more ad revenue?

    Anyone saying anything else is a fucking liar. They are truly fucking up this game beyond repair.

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      #2 all the way ….. and the uber-protection of QBs is ridiculous. They get 20M … but you can’t touch them? The sight of Brady or Manning throwing their hands up in the air when somebody brushes them is pathetic.

      • MB30SD

        think he does that with gisel?

    • NewBearInTown

      I don’t disagree with this, but which rule are you referring to this year?
      I like the idea of making extra points more interesting. An 80% success rate instead of 99.5% will make for some interesting twists, especially with injuries or bad weather.
      I like the idea of centralized replay.
      I like that sacking the QB doesn’t stop the clock (even though it shortens the game) because it increases the value of sacks.
      I like Belichek’s idea that anything should be challengeable.

    • NewBearInTown

      Here are all 13 proposals:

      Move kickoffs to 40-yard line (proposed by Redskins) – I hate this.

      Make personal foul penalties reviewable (Redskins) – All plays should be reviewable.

      No overtime in preseason games (Redskins) – Fine.

      Extend goalposts five feet higher (Patriots) – No.

      Move PAT line of scrimmage to 25-yard line (Patriots) – Yes.

      Add cameras to goal lines to assist with instant replay (Patriots) – Yes.

      Allow any referee’s decision to be reviewable (Patriots) – Yes.

      Include blocks from the side in “roll-up” block personal foul penalties (proposed by Committee) – I like protecting knees, so I’m fine with this in principal. But the league needs to put more responsibility on offensive players to protect themselves. So there has to be an “intent” aspect to these penalties.

      Allow replay communications between officials to include league representative at league office (Committee) – Good.

      Make the recovery of a loose ball a reviewable play and reorganize the replay section of the rules (Committee) – Yes.

      Allow clock to run when quarterback is sacked at all times (Committee) – Yes.

      Remove one-yard interference zone and enforce pass interference anywhere beyond line of scrimmage (Committee) – Not really sure why they’re proposing this, but DBs are already too disadvantaged right now. If the goal is to make the game more exciting, the rules should be adjusted to increase the chance for interceptions; so interference should be somewhat relaxed in that respect. But this rule change seems more technical, so I’m not sure what they’re going for.

      Simplify penalty yardage enforcement on certain plays including change of possession (Committee) – Yes, the rules are too complicated for this stuff right now.

  • MB30SD

    here it is boys: http://mmqb.si.com/2014/03/19/nfl-free-agency-safety-position-evolution/

    nail on the head… can’t keep putting sheite back there man year after year boys. Just cain’t. Brutal.

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      We messed up not getting Ward, plain and simple. Any rook we draft has to spend time adjusting anyway. How much did he cost in the end? I see no team wants a part of Chris Clemons either.
      Best we leave these things to the professionals (unless your name is Angelo).

      • AlbertInTucson

        I do not think we are privvy to enough actual details on not getting a guy to declare “We messed up.”

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          Well… Chris Conte and Major Wright are the only ‘details’ that come to mind. Let’s put it this way ‘if they don’t sign an important S until the season starts I’ll say that they messed up’. As of today Conte starts for the 3rd year as a Bear.

          • AlbertInTucson

            The fact that our safeties stunk is kind of obvious and hardly qualify as the kind of details I’m talking about.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            I don’t know what Ward’s salary is in fairness …

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            the fact are all that matter.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Sorry, no. In the salary cap era, the details matter, too.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Like the decision to make Peppers a post June 2 (or is it July ?) cut could have saved you 4 mil in cap space. They say it’s cause Emery wanted a clean slate next year. Well… Emery redid Cutlers deal to gain 4 mil in cap space this year, pushing that money in the future. It’s all a big cluster fuck… as a fan you can only judge the bottom line. And in the bottom line Conte is a starter today. That’s a classical ‘messed up’. I don’t care how, what, why… it’s what it is. Period. PS: Until he brings in a starting S who can give you high S play, it’s going to remain that way.

      • We should have pursued Ward a bit more aggressively, esp for that price, but maybe we did.

        Sometimes certain FAs have their heart’s set on specific franchises. It’s usually more because of some 7 degrees of separation connection. The FA played for some coach previously, system, grew up in the city, childhood fav team, historical team, vet locker room, old college buddies are on team, etc etc.

        Shit, look at us. We almost landed Bennett simply because his bro played here. Bennett almost immediately eliminated every team except the Bears simply because of his bro.

        Thems are the breaks.

        I think Ward took less money because he wanted to be on the Broncos much like Avril, Bennett, etc wanted do be on the Hawks last year.

        Also, I find it EXTREMELY odd that the Browns didn’t even make an offer to Ward, instead they went all in on Hitner.

        When the Browns don’t want you (see Richardsons…)

      • Bear Down in Tampa

        Clemons offers versatlity at a discount and would have been a nice place keeper until we finally draft a 1st or 2nd round safety. Clemons is absolutely an upgrade over Conte, he struggles in run support, yes; however, with our vastly improved D-Line and better injury luck this year that won’t be exposed as much and he’ll make plays in the passing game. You can’t have superstars at every position, so if your philosophy is to allocate resources to your Dline then you need quality safety play at an affordable rate, enter a guy like Clemons.

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          Quality? The Dolphins let him walk and no team in the league has called his agent. I don’t know anything about the guy, but that doesn’t bode well for his rep.

      • Bear Down in Tampa

        I agree we should have grabbed ward but Clemons is not bad, he has had visits his price tag may be a little high right now. 10 days into free agency teams are expecting a discount he may not be willing to offer yet. Kerry Rhodes priced himself out of a lot of teams’ budgets and had to sit out a year.

  • MB30SD

    anyone interested?

    http://www.everyjoe.com/2014/03/20/girls/elizabeth-raine-photos-virgin-auction/#1

    Boobs are too small for me, so I’m prolly out.

    • tobijohn

      Me too, for the same reason. And why is there a premium on being the first? They generally have no idea what they’re doing anyway and it’s just awkward and messy. And I’m not passing judgment but isn’t that technically prostitution?

      • AlbertInTucson

        Maybe she’s moving to Nevada (but not Clark County).

      • johnnywad

        I think its a psychopathy. First is not where its at. What you really want is a low milage, lightly used version. Something with a nice,plush interior and tight suspension. No surface rust. Besides, you’ll lose like 15% on this one the second you drive her off the lot. No thanks.

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          It’s hardly true, either – every man’s fantasy is a virgin … no it’s not! You want someone who’s down to %*&@!

    • AlbertInTucson

      I think she passed the physical. Nothing wrong with her. Well, except for the “selling yourself on line for sex” part, maybe.

    • johnnywad

      No. But to all you bidders out there, I smell a rat. I only see a few likely scenarios here.

      1.) She’s a unicorn. Girls that look like that and go to med school don’t exist.

      2.) Her face was horribly burned in a tragic fire.

      3.) Her personality is so awful, it ain’t worth it for the price of dinner and a nice bottle of wine.

      I’m guessing it’s #3. She had to have a pretty good head start down the virgin trail AND be a generally miserable person before she came up with this little gem of an idea.

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        I have to agree with #1. Med students DO NOT look like that. They look like hairy Asian Mr. Magoos.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “Could Jets be in hunt for DeSean Jackson? Source tells me: ‘Philly is trading him or cutting him.That’s a fact. They don’t want him’. ”

    Jackson carries a $10m price tag. I’m not giving up a draft pick to take on that CAP hit OR all the “me” attitude this punk brings with him. Why pay for a guy Chip Kelly will likely cut anyway?

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      Because if they cut him Denver could sign him. Or the Patriots. If you trade for him you have to have 10 mil in cap space. You sign him as a FA you can ‘play’ with his contract as you wish… pushing his cap space into the future. PS: For example the Bears… they can’t trade for DeSean Jackson, but they could sign him as a FA with the cap space they’ll have next year. They could sign him as a FA and take the cap hit next year… trade for him and the cap hit would have to be this year.

      • NewBearInTown

        You can trade for him and restructure as well. But the Jets actually need the cap hit (as strange as that sounds).
        The salary floor requires teams to spend 89% of cap average over four years. The Jets don’t need to get to 89% this year, but they need to get closer or they’re really handicapped in the next three seasons.

      • AlbertInTucson

        I don’t think the Eagles CARE if he goes to Denver or New England or the Jets, all AFC teams. Plus, Denver has already spent a LOT of money on FAs, including receiver Emmanual Sanders.

        Jackson is clearly NOT a “Chip Kelly Guy”. On one of Nick Foles’ 2 INTs on the season, Jackson became a spectator on a ball he could have possibly at least knocked down. When an assistant coach confronted him about the lack of effort on the play, he did NOT react like someone who gives a damn about the whole concept of “team.”

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          the EAGLES want the draft pick. They want to calm the fans-media down by gaining something for their star and there could be money they lose if they cut him. In the case of a trade all that money goes to the buyer… the dead cap money. If it’s this how dead cap goes… not sure about that.

          • AlbertInTucson

            I’m SURE the Eages want the draft pick.

            People in hell want ice water. They doesn’t mean they get it. Word’s out that Kelly doesn’t want Jackson.

            I’m not surrendering a draft pick for a guy Chip is going eventually just cut.

            Well, MAYBE if I’m the Raiders…

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Of course if you’re the Raiders. Cause if you’re the Raiders there is no chance in hell he’ll pick you if he becomes a FA. He’ll chose he Broncos or the Patriots (just examples), not the Raiders. But the Broncos and the Patriots would only sign him as a FA. I don’t understand your point… you can’t say “People in hell want ice water. They doesn’t mean they get it.” unless the Raiders give you some of their precious water. Well… fuck yeah. Water is water and Raider water is better then others… they pick high in rounds and are desperate in giving you that water. It’s not only good water, it’s a lot of water.

          • AlbertInTucson

            It was a shot a the Raiders, Barb.

            I was saying that you have to be stupid, like the Raiders.

            I thnk it’s STUPID to offer a draft pick for a DeSean Jackson. who the odds say is going to be cut because he’s overpriced and couldn’t spell TEAM if you spotted him the T, the E and the A.

            Let it go.We just disagree.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            It’s not that we disagree. It’s just that you miss the point. There are teams like the Raiders THAT CAN’T GET DESEAN JACKSON IF HE IS CUT !!! So they HAVE to and are more then willing to trade for him. You said ” I’m not giving up a draft pick to take on that CAP hit OR all the “me” attitude this punk brings with him. Why pay for a guy Chip Kelly will likely cut anyway? ” . The simple fact is that low level teams HAVE to trade for jackson if they want him… no matter his cap hit and ‘me’ attitude. Those negative things for normal teams are positives for teams like the Raiders: they would be happy to give up picks and money…cause it’s the ONLY way they get the player.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “How is it possible that with modern technology an EPL ref can send the wrong man off the pitch?”

    Aren’t these the same people who make you GUESS as to how much time is left to play?

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    Of course he’ll draft a pass rusher. We have no depth at the position at the moment. I hope Emery signs a veteran DT and drafts a DB or DE at 14. If he doesn’t trade down. I keep writing this…drafting a DT at 14 would be a waste and it will not happen. Our weakest spots are at S and DE, now that Wootton didn’t resign (I would have got me some Wootton for 1,5 mil/year that’s for sure).

    • tobijohn

      I thought the consensus here was that there weren’t any pass rushers worth a 14th pick?

      • DT Donald is, if you believe 285 can get it done at the weight in the NFL.

        • tobijohn

          You know more about this stuff than I do. Do you think that weight can get it done? Is he maxed out at 285 or can he put on more?

          • He’s only 6’1, unlike T.Harris who was closer to 6’3 295.

            It’s hard to believe someone coming straight out of college can be maxed out. The NFL’s work out regime takes it to another level, but I think he’s close to maxing out.

            He might be able to get to 295-300, but then the question becomes – will he then become less explosive? will this unnaturally make him more injury prone (more stress on his joints, knees)?

            Of course, the counter argument is – does 10 pounds really make that much of a difference?

            John Randle and Geno Atkins are a bit smaller and found success. He might be worth the upside.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            He absolutely loses that explosiveness if he packs on 20-30lbs. He’s 6’1 (maybe) and that’s that. The likelihood he gets swallowed up in the run game and then gets double-teamed out of the passing game is very high. It’s physics, not opinion.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        Nobody has any clue about the draft in general. Only some of the teams have a clue.

    • NewBearInTown

      The teams does not have a starting 3 technique DT on the roster. We have nose tackles, we have DEs, we need a starter at 3 tech. The distinction is hard to notice because DTs aren’t separated by their different roles in the 4-3, but there is a big difference in the two positions. NT is a bigger run-stop specialist. 3 Tech is more athletic, faster and can get after the QB.

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        I don’t see why Tuitt can’t play 3T, plus he would have the speed/size to beat double-teams, and you can move him around and call him the Elephant/Giraffe/Sea-otter ….

        • NewBearInTown

          You’re assuming Tuitt is around in the 2nd round. If we can’t trade down, and aren’t willing to sell out to get back into the first round (not worth it), we’d had to draft him at #14. And that’s fine if he’s your guy, but Barb wants a DE.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            I’d personally draft him at 14, because I want him and I think he should be a high first rounder. Even trading down to 25 you could still miss him. HE was a DT but could easily play DE at 6’5 304, he looks like a Pep.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        The Bears don’t have a scheme at the moment. So anything goes. ROb Ryan took the worst defense in the league 2 years ago and played a 4-3 without a 3T. That D was great with a lot of injuries. This 3T is Lovie withdrawal. You can play 6-3 without a 3T… play run with the DL and nickel behind it…like the Giants did or how the Patriots and Broncos do.

  • Some might criticize the Raiders for sending a draft pick for Schuab who would have got released anyways, or the Jets for possibly sending a pick for DeSean who might get cut anyways, but you gotta remember if those guys get cut, they’re free to go anywhere, and why on earth would anyone want to play for the Raiders or Jets?

    In essence, their horrible franchises must compound their horribleness, whereas Denver and England have now become prime destinations where FAs take pay cuts to play.

    Rich get richer, poor get poorer.

    • NewBearInTown

      I think the key is to make that trade at the beginning of free agency (not two weeks in). That way other prospects get excited to be part of a culture change. Kind of like when the Bills signed Mario Williams.

      • MB30SD

        hence the reason why they are perpetually horrible franchises… they rarely make the intelligent move. And thus, the cycle of dysfunction continues.

        • Trac

          This is why so I’m glad the Bears didn’t go out and overpay for a guy this year that would have barred us from getting a true FA stud that will be a difference maker when it counts in a year or two. Peppers was that guy for us a few years back but unfortunately our offense was so woefully inadequate that signing Peppers just wasn’t enough. I hope Emery is trying to get the Bears into the position of building great “teams” through the draft and only signing the big fish that will go a long way in producing Contenders, not pretenders.

  • Cormonster

    This Japanese guy is pretty amazing. Check out his matrix style moves in the third video.

    http://www.ontheredcarpet.com/Americas-Got-Talent-winner-Kenichi-Ebina-gets-1M–Heidi-Klum-kiss/9254475

    • NewBearInTown

      The act is good, but it seemed unfinished. I feel like a good producer could make that a much tighter routine and really everything he does would get a cheer. He’s definitely got the moves.
      The comedian was good too. The rainbow joke cracked me up.
      But I wouldn’t pay money to see either of these acts based on those videos. Seems like a lot of these variety shows are running out of steam. I have to wonder if the talent pool is getting depleted or if the good acts are just realizing that its not worth signing your life away.

  • Trac
    • NewBearInTown

      Apparently Matt Bowen has the guts to go against Gus Bryant because he calls 7 technique playing the outside shoulder of the TE. 9 tech is playing off the TE completely and adjusting your stance to face 45 degrees toward center.

    • NewBearInTown

      Interested to see the follow up on Sam/Mike/Will linebackers. I’ve been looking to read an expert explain the characteristics you look for when drafting a player in those roles.

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      Always though this stuff was hooey. If you’re a top DT, do we really think it takes a different kind of player to line up directly across from a guard, or to line up across from his shoulder, or to face him at 45 degrees (like we were doing a few years ago on the OL)? Does it really take a different guy to do each? If you put Steve McMichael or Dan Hampton directly across from a guy, or just over their shoulder … did they give a fuck?

      0, 1T = NT
      2, 3T = DT
      4,5T = DE

      These are POSITIONS … not different types of players. NT, DT, and DE are different types of players, yes.

      If you’re a freak like Tuitt, you can play 2,3,4,5,6,7,9 (the NFL doesn’t do 8s?). End of.

      Hooey.

  • Trac

    This might be good news. We might be able to trade up with our 2nd round pick and get more value if a lot of teams are looking to trade down.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/03/23/steelers-g-m-says-everyone-wants-to-trade-down-in-this-draft/

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      Why the hell would we trade up? Screw our draft for the under-sized tackle?

      • Trac

        I would only be game if trading up was a little cheaper than normal and there was a first round talent that slipped into the 2nd round. Buy low. he he.

  • NewBearInTown

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/03/23/steelers-g-m-says-everyone-wants-to-trade-down-in-this-draft/
    This was the point I made a few threads back. Everybody wants to trade back this year. Its a buyer’s market for trading up, not down. So if the goal is to buy low, we should be looking to make a move.
    To my mind, the candidates are:
    – A trade up to about #9 or so if it will net us the guy we think is an all world pass rusher (Clowney, Mack, whatever).
    – A trade up in round 2 to net a first round graded talent that slipped past day one. Kyle Fuller, Jimmie Ward, Stephon Tuitt, even C.J. Mosely).
    – Flipping one of our sixth rounders to move from the fourth back into the third.

    • MB30SD

      I like this nb… and think Phil is probably thinking the same.

      take one of the 45ish guys we’ll have available to us at 14… then trade up to get a late 1st Rd talent in the early second.

      I like it. Maybe dix or Pryor at 14 then titties in the early 2nd.

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        We could achieve much more by trading down, especially trading down to like 28/29, get ourselves another second round pick and still hit on three great players with our top three picks. You could grab a Tuitt, plus a top CB, a top SS … never know who might drop that’s high on our board.

        • MB30SD

          Sure… everything’s gotta fall into place during picks 1-13 first

        • CanadaBear

          Not to mention that means PE is going to hit on 3 D picks when he hasn’t hit on one yet. That seems unlikely.

        • Bear Down in Tampa

          Phil won’t trade back unless the team trading up gives him good value. He hasn’t moved back in the 1st round yet because I’m sure teams were trying to lowball him. The most realistic trade back scenario is for one of the top 3 QB’s to fall to 14 and get CLE to move up from 26 to 14 and give us their 2 thirds this year (71 and 83 OVR). That would give us 26, 51, 71, 82 and 83. Then you can use 51 and 71 to trade back into the 1st round. However, the more realistic scenario is staying put at 14 and then we trade up in rounds 2 or 3 where in a buyers market we’ll be able to exploit some value to land a coveted guy (Tuitt, Jimmie Ward, etc.)

    • Trac

      Copy cat.

      • NewBearInTown

        Your check is in the mail.

  • Oh, hey, Irish, do you have a Youtube channel? I try to watch the links you post on here, but I don’t catch all of them.

    You need to have a channel so I can subscribe to it and get the full Irish experience.

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      What’s going on with that? Wait, I think I know …

      • Well, NOT that experience.

        But you need to have a youtube profile where you just centralize all the links. I’m actually trying to coalesce a bunch of conspiracy stuff together, weed out the bat-shit docs from the ones that seem more valid.

        But, gotta tell you, it’s a grind. No wonder the tinfoil industry is prospering. There’s a lot of Moulders out there, and I might becoming one.

        Beam me up, scotty!

        • MB30SD

          You mean mulders? Does that make irish scully?

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          Have to watch ’em all, it’s the only way. A lot of them are just compilations of stuff that’s already out there – it’s hard to find genuinely ‘new’ stuff you haven’t seen. And even the bullshitters can provide you with some great stories.

          There are some very creditable witnesses brought forward by Sirius Disclosure though. Callahan, who was 3rd or 4th in the FAA – or any of the air-traffic controllers … the AF/Navy pilots … but perhaps the best is Gordo Cooper – American hero – who tracked a ‘UFO’, watched it land and observed an alien exit the craft. He took photos of it with the gun-camera and never heard back from his superiors. The fact that he never made a stink about it and kept his mouth shut probably bumped him up the flight list on Mercury/Gemini.

          Is Gordo lying in the winter of his life? Why? If not, then there’s your evidence right there, is it not?

          Then there’s Aldrin, Edgar Mitchell …. and of course Neal Armstrong’s curious veiled implications in his speech at the 25th anniversary of the moon landing.

  • And speaking of conspiracies, I’m now about 90% certain that Lyndon Johnson, his Texas Oil Cronies, the CIA and who knows who else (Fed?) took out JFK. If that is possible, then our system really is a sham. Check out the first 2-3 parts of these docs. They’re a little long, but in depth.

    http://youtu.be/1pGg-rS26c4

    • Gotta say, the first part is mainly context. It’s not till the 2nd-3rd part that really zeroes in on Johnson and Co.

    • Cormonster

      Haven’t watched what you posted, but it intrigues me. My Dad spent 20 months in Vietnam throughout all of 1968 and 8 months in1969. He was in the First Cavalry, which had the highest or one of the highest casualty rates of the war. His unit was battle tested at Hue, Quang Tri, Khe Sanh, Dong Ha, along the DMZ and Loatian and Cambodian borders, and other areas around South Vietnam.

      Anyway, just before his extended tour was up, he was offered a job as a truck driver in the Saigon “safe area” for a private military contractor. He was offered about 50 grand a year, which is huge money by today’s standards. According to my Dad, the company was owned or controlled by Lady Bird Johnson, and it wasn’t a big secret. It was considered matter of fact knowledge among everyone. Not sure if that’s true, but I don’t dismiss the idea. My Dad seems to have no doubt that the Johnsons were profiting off the war.

      • That was one of the big reasons. MOTIVE. Everyone close to JFK said that he was really having doubts about Vietnam, and was leaning toward bringing the troops home.

        LBJ obviously was more hawkish, for various reasons as you pointed out.

        Parts 1-3 are about JFK and sometimes can lag at times because it meshes A TON of old clips.

        4-6 are more about RFK.

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          He was a smart guy – he knew that nobody has ever beaten a guerilla army defending their own country. He took over from Ike and no doubt was very cognizent of his exit speech. He was going to send the youth of America to the other side of the planet to die? For what?

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        All war is about money. The Rockefellers and Rothschilds funded both sides of the wars. The Rothschilds could care less that six million Jews died under Hitler. Kuwait/Iraq/Afghanistan = Bush family, Cheney/Rumsfeld/Halliburton/Raytheon yada yada yada. Follow the money.

        What were the first things Obama said he would do? Get the Fed to print up close to a trillion dollars out of thin air (which then gets lent to the government at interest), and move the troops out of Iraq within 18 months.

        It was genius. The only way that could have been pulled off after the Bush debacle is to install a black President to do it. They needed people to believe in something. They generate wars to make money and human life is meaningless.

        • johnnywad

          Yeah. We’re fucking cleaning up in Iraq and Afghanistan. The money is flowing like crazy to America. All the cheap oil. Its great

          My in laws make this argument all the time. It just doesn’t hold water. War is expensive all around.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            The money is in the contracts. The $20 pop rivets supplied by Halliburton and Honeywell. The $15 meals supplied by whoever. Contracts. I’m pretty sure Afghanistan has always been about securing the Exxon pipeline that runs through it.

          • johnnywad

            Same thing my mother in law says. Again, I disagree. We can see what those companies make. Halliburton does well enough, but not well enough to convince nearly the entirey of Congress that Hussein had WMD and get them to back a war. Halliburton is no more profitable than say Phillip Morris (Altria now?). So why not just sell cigarettes? Just doesn’t make sense.

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      They always say with any conspiracy look to those who profit from it. LBJ was an obvious one. The Fed were another .. the military industrialists … MJ12 … the list is quite long.

      Just watched JFK again last night, there’s so much in that movie … little things that happened that you never knew/forget about, because it really would be like taking a degree course to get to grips with such a massively involved and complex set of circumstances.

      The idea that the conspiracy came from anywhere but within the U.S is preposterous. It was all inside shutdowns. The Cubans don’t shut down the National Guard that day. The Mafia don’t get to bury the “grassy knoll shooter” evidence and perpetutate the magic bullet theory. The Soviets don’t get to control the autopsy yada yada yada …. it’s a fucking endless maze of cover-ups and lies and mis-directions.

      He was the last great President you could be proud of. He stood up to the power brokers. He truly believed in peace and people above profit and control, and those just below him didn’t agree. Fucking tragic, and served as a warning to future presidents. It led to sad little teat-suckers like George W get into the hot-seat. Even more tragic.

      They shot Freedom And Justice For All that day in Dallas. It’s been a dog and pony show ever since.

      • Trac

        Most colleges don’t require History classes with degree’s anymore. It’s no longer in vogue.

    • Cormonster

      Jackie Kennedy was convinced that LBJ was behind JFK’s death.

      Our voting system is a sham in regards to Congress. Approval ratings are about 10%, yet routinely over 90% up to 98% win reelection.

  • haha…perhaps my 2nd fav quote on stats now.

    “Statistics are like bikinis. What they reveal is suggestive, but what they conceal is vital.” – Aaron Levenstein

  • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

    Butch’s JFK doco – link

    14:16 … LBJ looking at JFK as he takes the podium. It’s all there in his eyes. All right there.

    Shame on you, Lyndon. Shame on you.

  • Re: #2) I root against every player on every other team. I respect a lot of other players, but the truth is any team not named Chicago Bears that has any level of success hurts the Bears chances of a playoff run to the Super Bowl. Damn right I’ll root against Melton, Hester, and McCown. I hope all their teams flop, and them having subpar performances will help that cause.

    • gpldan

      Well said.

    • Trac

      Bully! Here here.

    • MB30SD

      I root agaist the team, I root for individuals I like and respect.

      Melton and pep don’t make that list. And as ALWAYS… FUCK the greenbay packers.

      • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

        I loved Pep when he had to bring the heat because of Urlacher being there. I have to believe that was one of the reasons that Pep pretty much showed up for 4 seasons straight for us. When Urlacher, Briggs, Lovie and Marinelli were gone or out then the dark spectre that is human nature kicks in. Laziness, resentment, entitlement, disdain, etc.

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      And particularly Pep for joining the Fudgers.

  • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

    Goodell pushing for FOUR games in London. What the fuck is this clown doing? From a quality of game perspective no one has done more to hurt this NFL product. The game is now broken down into milliseconds to see if the ball shifts an inch after a player brings down a one handed catch in the back of the endzone with no time left……
    An hour long game is expanded to 3 hours and 15 minutes because of commercials jammed into every single available space. Then they create extra spaces to jam more commercials into.
    Rules are rearranged to fit into product liability guidelines instead of the spirit of this warriors game.
    They are now legislating racist language from people of the same race.

    I wish there was an alternative so fucking bad.

    • Trac

      We are a means to thier end Waffle. Nothing more, nothing less.

      • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

        I wish I just didn’t love it so much. I sit through commercial and commercial after product placement after BS analysis sponsored by PowerAde, blah blah blah. But I keep doing it because I crave that TD pass to Marshall, that screen going 80yds to Forte and the hope of another super bowl season of awesome plays by our boys.
        I won’t go out of my way to pad the NFL pockets but I have to admit that I will watch the hell out of the games when they are on TV.

        • johnnywad

          Second half of this year, I started recording the games on my DVR. Start 45+/- minutes late, skip the commercials and you catch up late in the game.

          • Cormonster

            I’ve been doing that for a few years. If I have to go to the bar for the game, I strategically plan out my smoke breaks.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Exactly. Football is perfect for smokers.

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          I like the fact it takes three hours to play, stretches out the experience. Yes, you can bang like a rabbit and come in a minute … or … you can stretch it out, slow down, and make-a-da-loooove.

    • tobijohn

      Up until my mid-twenties, I was a rabid baseball fan and couldn’t get enough of it, especially the White Sox. Then the culture of the game started to change and I gradually lost interest to the point now that I can’t imagine watching even a playoff or WS game. Other than a couple games a few years back when the Sox won the World Series, since then I haven’t.
      I see the same thing starting to happen with me and football. There’s a time coming when Sundays I’ll be rereading the great classics or cleaning the grout in the shower…

      • AlbertInTucson

        The White Sox were my first team. Barely remember ’59.Broke my heart in ’64 when the Yankees went 20-6 down the stretch to win it by 1 game. The lost it down the stretch in ’67. Saw Dick Allen launching them. Fisk. But by the mid-90s my interest in baseball had waned, though I too, enjoyed their 2005 Championship Run.

        • CanadaBear

          I used to go to games on both sides of town back when Veeck owned the Sox. After that, uh no. Was always more of a Cubs fan but always pulled for the Sox, too. Still watch part of a game now and then. if I try to watch the entire game I’ll be taking a nap for sure.

          • AlbertInTucson

            The “1993 No World Series ” with the Sox in the hunt REALLY alienated me.

      • NewBearInTown

        You’ll want a sport to follow. It might be hockey or golf (golf TV coverage is far superior to football) or MMA, it might be something that isn’t popular right now like lacrosse or volleyball. But you’ll always want a sport.

        But Cuban is right. If the NFL product gets stale, people will change the channel.

        • Bear Down in Tampa

          I think the more likely event as far as sport following will be to revert back to one of the other 3 major sports or soccer.

          • NewBearInTown

            That’s entirely possible. Although my Dad now cares much more about golf than soccer, but he was a huge soccer guy growing up in Liverpool.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Kenny Dalglish was my favourite player growing up .. .and I was a Leeds fan! Liverpool were awesome in the early eighties. Great stuff.

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          I think golf coverage sucks. It assumes you want to be watching Tiger Woods be mediocre as often as possible. It doesn’t show you most of the golfers. Mostly, it’s the “What’s Tiger doing?” show …

      • I used to be into baseball too, Tobi. But after they went on strike, I said, “Adios”. And I was the kid that collected tops and fleer baseball cards. I played little league. I would smash soda cans and practice my swing, going through the lineups of the dodgers and cubs playing each other.

        I would literally play nine innings in my head, switching left to right, etc etc.
        They went on strike, and I stopped watching cold turkey.

        When McGuire and Sosa were battling, it peaked my interest a bit because I knew it was historic, but I never had more than a passing interest in MLB from then on.

        NFL should take heed.

    • DaMurph

      It is a vastly different game than the one I grew up with. Plays that were shown on highlights and applauded are no penalized. Players who 35 years ago would be Hall of Fame material for their play are now portrayed as villains and poor sportsmen. Im not sure if overexposure or the taming down of the warriors game will do it, but I agree the NFL is heading for a nose dive.

      • tobijohn

        I never watched any Arena games. Anything to get excited about or is it just too gimmicky?

        • Cormonster

          It sucks. There’s a team in La Crosse. It was popular for a year or two, and now they draw a couple hundred people. It’s hard for people to even give away the tickets. I went twice. I guess it’s OK for families with younger kids. Pretty cheap relatively speaking.

          • AlbertInTucson

            200 people. Wow. That’s only a hundred or so more than most WNBA and Women’s College Basketball games!

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          LFL is where it’s at.

        • DaMurph

          I never went to any arena games either, I watched a little on TV but it didnt compare to THE NFL.

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        It’s f(l)ag football now. Anytime you see a crunching hit, you’re just waiting for the flag. They’re millionaires who do this of their own free will, the sport isn’t violent enough.

    • AlbertInTucson

      We agree on London. I hate the concept of ANY games there, let alone 4 or worse, a full time franchise. But “An hour long game is expanded to 3 hours and 15 minutes” is Hyperbole.
      Football is not an “hour Long Game”, even if you took all the commercials out of it.
      And yeah, there’s too many but those commercials pay for privilege of being able to flip on your TV and watch the game without having to pony up every time you want to see the Bears.

      • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

        I know it’s not an hour long but it sure as hell not 3:15 either.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Put in charge of replay and I’ll get it back down to 3 hours.

        • NewBearInTown

          Actually saw an article a few weeks back that the total time during an average game that the football is a live ball (meaning snap to whistle only) is like 11 minutes. If you were to add in pre-snap time where the players are on the field getting into formation, audibling, etc, and the post-snap time where the ref makes a call on the field, etc. I suspect you still don’t get over 30 minutes.

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      This is the non-NFL fans biggest moan about the game. It takes too long to play. You want more new fans? Make it shorter.

  • gpldan

    “When pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered,” Mark Cuban said (about the NFL). “And they’re getting really hoggy. When you try to take it too far, people turn the other way. I’m just telling you, when you got a good thing and you get greedy, it always, always, always, always, always turns against you. The NFL has enough problems with the safety of the product they produce, they need to focus on that.”

    “They’re trying to take over every night of TV,” he said. “And initially, it’ll be the biggest rating thing there is. Then, if they get Saturday, now they’re impacting college. And then if they go to Wednesday, at some point, people get sick of it. I’m sick of it already.”

    • Trac

      Isn’t it harder to be sued in Europe?

      • AlbertInTucson

        It definitely is in England. Suits are reviewed for worthiness before they ever see a courtroom and a lot of frivolous, ambulance chasing crap that sees the light of day in this country gets tossed before it ever sees and English court.

  • gpldan

    Pryor wants OUT of Oakland, and they say “ok”

    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/eye-on-football/24498964/report-terrelle-pryor-has-asked-for-trade-raiders-may-oblige

    You know you ain’t shit when Oakland could give a rat’s ass if you stay.

  • gpldan

    No blog love for Vince Wilfork?

    He grabbed his shit from his locker and stormed out of Pats Central today – prolly not comin back

    • MB30SD

      I’m in!

      Wait… how much?

      • AlbertInTucson

        A lot.

        • AlbertInTucson

          And yes, if it were feasible I’d take him in a heartbeat.

    • Shady

      Damaged goods.

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      Fat aging fuck who’s seen his best years? Not Phil’s M.O.

      • gpldan

        Two Words: Keith Traylor.

        • MB30SD

          dude would just sit down in the middle and eat a hammy sammy… everything would have to go around. I’m way down for cheap if the gettin’s there.

  • Trac

    Hey Jeff? I was wondering if you’re having any negative thoughts “the day after” listening to Irish music? He he.

  • MB30SD
    • SC Dave

      Why? Not much different than the King David Hotel… just depends on who’s doing the spinning.

      • MB30SD

        meh, you can say that about most cultures/people. like what the americans did to the NAs, like what the british did to anyone they could, the christians to countless aboriginal people, etc…etc…

        It seems different when you walk up to a child and shoot him in the head point blank. Something not human about that. A bomb from afar seems a lot easier, much more removed.

  • So I was reading an article on the Malasian Flight that went down. And I think we have a nominee for “Troll of 2014”. I’m going to paste his comment.

    “Patrick Bateman: New card. What do you think?

    Craig McDermott: Whoa-ho. Very nice. Look at that.

    Patrick Bateman: Picked them up from the printer’s yesterday.

    David Van Patten: Good coloring.

    Patrick Bateman: That’s bone. And the lettering is something called Silian Rail.

    David Van Patten: It’s very cool, Bateman, but that’s nothing. Look at this.

    Timothy Bryce: That is really nice.

    David Van Patten: Eggshell with Romalian type. What do you think?

    Patrick Bateman: Nice.

    Timothy Bryce: Jesus. That is really super. How’d a nitwit like you get so tasteful?

    Patrick Bateman: [Thinking] I can’t believe that Bryce prefers Van Patten’s card to mine.

    Timothy Bryce: But wait. You ain’t seen nothin’ yet. Raised lettering, pale nimbus. White.

    Patrick Bateman: Impressive. Very nice.

    David Van Patten: Hmm.

    Patrick Bateman: Let’s see Paul Allen’s card.

    Patrick Bateman: [Thinking] Look at that subtle off-white coloring.
    The tasteful thickness of it. Oh, my God. It even has a watermark.

    Luis Carruthers: Is something wrong, Patrick? You’re sweating.”

    http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/24/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-plane/

    • MB30SD

      I’m thinking about getting a ‘social’ card that has my ‘stage name’, but make them EXACTLY like those in AP… and call it out every time I give one out… i’ll have the title of “Senior Vice President” but without a company name or address. Chicks will NEVER get it.

      “Here’s my card sweetie. Nice aren’t they…. ecrew… with times new roman, raised, WITH a watermark. Good finger-feel huh? Anyway, give me a call babe. kisses”

  • AlbertInTucson

    “The Sanchise” to the Eagles. Per Mortenson at the 4-letterThe Sanchise to the Eagles.

    http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/10667053/quarterback-mark-sanchez-joining-philadelphia-eagles

    • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

      Jeff will fall into despair and will return to the same Irish Bar but will now be drinking whiskey instead of Guinness.

  • Bear Down in Tampa
    • Shady

      The NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement limits the number of compensatory picks to the number of clubs then in the league (32). This year, three clubs – Chicago, Atlanta and Cincinnati – qualified for compensatory picks under the net loss formula but will not receive those picks because they ranked 33rd, 34th and 35th, respectively, among all compensatory picks. Atlanta and Cincinnati will receive picks for other compensatory free agents lost who ranked within the top 32 compensatory picks.

      Bullsheite.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Thank you. Now am I COMPLETELY confused.

      • Johnathan Wood

        comp. picks are based on players lost and players gained in FA.
        They brought in more than they lost last year. Wasn’t expecting any comp. picks.

  • Bear Down in Tampa

    Forte is down in MIA with BMarsh and crew. I love how the offense has jelled together. Defense is now like a rag tag group of spare parts. Man this team is so different than 2 years ago.

    http://instagram.com/p/l8RWcZJ4Zl/

  • Shady

    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/writer/jason-la-canfora/24499069/bears-tackle-jordan-mills-tops-nfls-performance-based-pay-list

    The NFL has released its annual report on performance-based pay, with 11 players earning at least an additional $250,000 in 2013 compensation based on their work last season. The performance-based pay program works to compensate players whose level of playing time was much higher than what their salary would have paid.

    Generally, lower draft picks and un-drafted free agents who end up being starters, earn the most through the program, because their base salaries very low.

    For 2013, Bears tackle Jordan Mills ($318,243.96) topped all earned in the program, according to the NFL Management Counsel report that was released recently to teams.

    Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict, a former un-drafted player who has annually been near the top in performance-based pay since becoming a starter, was second in the league accruing $315,847.69 in performance-based pay.

  • Bear Down in Tampa

    According to Biggs, Cutler’s contract was restructured to create $4M in salary cap space this year.

    • MB30SD

      Hmmmm… and what will THAT extra little nug be used for… I wonder aloud to the blog… all the while secretly thinking about DD boobies.

      • Bear Down in Tampa

        Don’t know but as of the moment we have approximately $10.4MM in cap room.

      • Mullet Man?

        Who else is out there? Rhodes? Some block buster trade?

        • Bear Down in Tampa
          • This is so ridiculous, it must be true.

            “”the black Brokeback Mountain”

            “Kerry Rhodes refuses to sashay out the closet. The alleged gay baller
            has recently been forwarding a text message to his NFL buddies claiming
            to have fathered Kim Kardashian’s baby girl. The message reads:

            Man this could be my baby!! I was fu**ing her the same time as K.West was lol!!!

            Read more at ONTD: http://ohnotheydidnt.livejournal.com/78779687.html#ixzz2wvJlgd91

          • MB30SD

            wtf?!?!?

          • I don’t know much about current events, but if a gay football player impregnated Kim Kardashian when everyone thought Kanye was the father…I think TMZ and twitter will explode.

            Also, judging by the thread, gays speak in GIFs.

          • MB30SD

            hahahaha. didn’t know that.

          • CanadaBear

            At some point you have to admit it! He’s either gay or bi.

          • MB30SD

            if that’s him in the pic then not sure there’s much left to debate.

            I’ve never hugged a buddy like that… never mind they are in a pool shirtless. That’s how I hug girls.

            Again, not that there’s anything wrong with it, it’s just kinda obvious… unless it was a gag pic.

          • CanadaBear

            Exactly.

  • MB30SD

    blog help please.

    Just reconnected with one of my best buddies from HS. We played FB together, we were team captains, we got hammer in HS for the first time together, etc… he’s 6’7″ and went on to play for SC then the… wait for it… the packers. Yep, he was the left tackle in SB XXXI.

    Aaaaanyway, he moves back into town (kinda… newport about an hr north of me). he came down to party and stay with me this last weekend. Suffice it to say there was some big packers/bears smack talk going on. I told him rodgers is a douche and should just come out of the closet already (NTTAWWT). He asked me if I remembered the last time the bears beat the packers before the first game this year (I couldn’t… fuck you lovie!).

    So I said we’re going to be them once maybe even both time next season and we’ll win the NFCN.

    He goes, ‘oh yeah…. if they do I’ll wear a bears tshirt EVERY SUNDAY for an entire YEAR! afterward!!! And you have to do the same.’

    I went quiet and was like, whoa dude… shit just got real. See, the reason you suggested that is because you’ll look cool in your navy and burnt orange chitown shirt every sunday… but I gotta wear a fucking packers shirt.

    Should I take the bet? I’m very escurd.

    • Bear Down in Tampa

      If they split are you off the hook?

      • MB30SD

        if we split and the vikes or lions take the north, yes.

        • Bear Down in Tampa

          I would wait until after the draft before I lock that in.

          • MB30SD

            hahahahahaha. yeah, exactly.

            Problem is, a bears shirt is cool. You wear a packers shirt and you’re one of two things, a steer, or a… just kidding.

            you’re either a hillbilly or a bandwagoneer. and it’s lime green and piss yellow!!!

          • Bear Down in Tampa

            Meh, just wear it as an undershirt. You’ll violate the spirit of the bet but not the bet itself.

          • MB30SD

            selfie out in a public place with the shirt on EVERY SUNDAY is mandatory

          • Bear Down in Tampa

            OK, it takes 10 seconds to take a selfie, then you put your jersey/shirt overtop and you’re good again.

          • MB30SD

            I am a man of dignity sir. A bet is a bet. all waking 12 hours of it unfortunately.

            You’re only as good as your word after all.

          • Bear Down in Tampa

            Haha, no doubt, I was looking for loopholes…it is part of what I do for a living. My best friend is a Lions fan, we have had some crazy Bears-Lions bets over the years, including me having to dye my hair blue. My wife is a Bucs fan and we had some pretty awesome Bears-Bucs bets over the years as well.

          • MB30SD

            appreciate it.

            Oh shit… bears bucs should get good over the next few years. How does she feel about lovie having seen the pain from the inside?

          • Bear Down in Tampa

            She was one of the few Bucs fans who didn’t get overly excited about it. She observed that Lovie is an upgrade over Rahim Morris and Greg Schiano. At this point she would take, 8-8, 9-7 in a heartbeat.

          • SC Dave

            You could take the selfie every week at some bar, coming out of a broom closet wearing #12. With a little hand-held “NTTAWWT” sign.

          • MB30SD

            I like that idea.

    • You gotta ask yourself 3 questions.

      1. Do you believe Emery can draft D?.
      2. Do you think Cutler will finish the season?
      3. Do you trust Tucker to coach up the D?

      If you say “nay” to all three, I wouldn’t. Then again, live a little, am I right?

      • MB30SD

        1. I can push off till after the draft. Cause none of us knows that yet. this year is the year to find out.
        2. No.
        3. No.

      • el_caney

        1. I have a Feeling that Emery will surprise us for good or bad.
        2. Yes, why not?
        3. Absolutely No. even more dissapointed leaving Wayne Phillips when can grab him.

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          2. Why not???? Really?

      • SC Dave

        1. Yes
        2. Yes, though I doubt he plays all the games
        3. Maybe

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        1. Yes.
        2. No.
        3. No.

    • CanadaBear

      Personally I would never under any circumstances wear Packers shit. Therefore, I wouldn’t take the bet. Even if I could bring myself to honor the bet, those fucking colors! Don’t think the Pack are all that but we don’t have a clue what our D will be. YIKES!

    • Trac

      No. Swallowing your balls is better than wearing a packers shirt for a year. I hate liars but in this case you may have to take the bet and refuse if you lose.

      • MB30SD

        hahahaha… I think I’m going to pass after all the help gents.

        Appreciate it.

    • NewBearInTown

      I look at it like this:

      If wearing a Packers jersey for a whole year will be lousy, but fun lousy – like when you’re a freshman getting hazed and the football team makes you stand up on the lunch table and sing the school fight song lousy – then do it.

      If wearing a Packers jersey for a whole year will be lousy, and its ruin the fun lousy – like when you’re a freshman getting hazed on the lunch table singing your school song and somebody sets fire to the scarf your mother knit for you on her deathbed as a prank lousy – then give it a miss.

      Even if he feels the same way, it ‘aint worth the risk.

    • NewBearInTown

      So this is your buddy?

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

      I don’t know why, but I never figured you for a guy who grew up in Tennessee.

      • MB30SD

        no sir. you have my email, if curiosity gets the better of you shoot me an email and I’ll shoot you a link.

        • Bear Down in Tampa
          • MB30SD

            could be. semicolon…. end parenthesis.

          • Bear Down in Tampa

            He’s lived one heck of a life so far.

          • MB30SD

            yeah, he’s one of the best guys/peoples you could ever hope meet. Just such a great positive happy person despite some hardships.

            He’s very religious trac if that helps (actually so is my other best friend in life… what am I doing right/wrong!? I think they all want to try and save me. Hahahaha)

          • NewBearInTown

            Resist MB Resist! You’re a member of the tribe! ‘Tis not you way!

          • MB30SD

            Hahahahaha… actually my three best buddies are all very christian now that I think about it… well, one’s episcopal, but he always tries to convert in jest.

            Hell no NB (see how I did that). I was born a jew and I’ll die a jew. Despite shady giving me crap because I haven’t been to temple since I was a teenager, I identify heavily as a nice jewish boy. Not interested in all that other hooey as more than information. I always tell them Jesus was a good jewish boy too, why don’t YOU convert (it only takes a year)!?

          • You’re what is known in theological circles as a “cultural Jew” – just as there’s many that are “Cultural Catholics” or “Cultural Christians.”

            Usually refers to folk who can relate to the history, art, music, ideas etc of their religion, but don’t necessarily believe believe lock step with it (like obeying 600+ commandments, or that the Pope is the vicar of christ and infallible, etc).

            Most Jews I’ve come across are “cultural Jews”. Some even admit they’re agnostic, and I reply, “Then you’re not a Jew.” And they get offended, “Of course I’m still a Jew!”

            http://www.southparkstudios.com/clips/151424/synagogue-of-anti-semites

          • NewBearInTown

            Its different for Jews. Judaism isn’t really a faith, although there is a holy book (the Torah) which is the basis for a faith kept by Jews (and some non-Jews too). But being Jewish is actually primarily an ethnicity.
            If your Mother is a Jew, you’re a Jew. Becoming a convert is like being adopted into the family, and as Jewish as any other member of family. But once you’re in, by birth or conversion, you’re in.
            So Dr. Laura, who had an orthodox conversion and then decided Judaism wasn’t for her, is Jewish.
            John Stewart, who is seriously “culturally” Jewish but doesn’t practice at all, is Jewish.
            And Rabbis David Lau and Yithak Yosef, current chief Rabbis of Israel, are Jewish too. But no more than anybody else I’ve mentioned.

          • MB30SD

            I would have loved to have worn her on St Patty’s day… on my face

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            But ‘converts’ can’t ever be Jewish. If the Jews are the ‘chosen ones’ or genetically-modified aliens or whatever-the-fuck, then you can’t just ‘decide to be a Jew’. The DNA isn’t there. It’s like those dreadlocked rich white kids who go back-packing around the world on daddy’s gold card in their Bob Marley t-shirts. You are NOT a rastafarian.

            “Oh, I was a Catholic, but I converted to Judaism…”
            You are NOT a Jew.

          • Cormonster

            I refer to those people as Trustafarians. They are all over the place, especially music festivals that include jam bands.

          • NewBearInTown

            They are. And the genetics argument isn’t perfect as Judaism is a maternal trait. So there are amongst us naturally born Black, Asian, Mexican and all the other colors of the rainbow.
            But conversion isn’t just saying you’re Jewish. There’s more to it than that, but not worth getting into all the details here. Suffice to say, it can be done.

          • MB30SD

            Thank you sir

    • johnnywad

      I don’t see how you can shrink from this if you were talking smack to begin with. You take the bet. If you lose, you take your medicine like a man. It has to be this way.

    • gpldan

      I’ll go with John Michels.

      Which means your real name is Rolf Benirschke!

      • MB30SD

        met rolf once. really nice guy… and great kicker.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Crohn’s Disease shortened a promising career. He also hosted the daytime version of WHEEL OF FORTUNE for a season, I believe.

  • Bear Down in Tampa

    Random thought: We are trained to think men and women are equal, especially in the arena of sport (i.e. ESPN calling Pat Summit the NCAA all time winningest head basketball coach) but I don’t see Warren Buffet giving away a billion dollars to the person that completes a perfect women’s March Madness bracket. Caso Cerrado!

    • MB30SD

      because women’s bball sucks so much more than men’s… and no one watches that garbage.

      • Bear Down in Tampa

        Exactly!!! So don’t (I’m talking to you BSPN) sit here and tell me that the accomplishments of Pat Summit are up there with John Wooden or Dean Smith or Coach K (even though I don’t like Duke).

        • CanadaBear

          It’s just more political correctness.

      • AlbertInTucson

        And unless it’s UConn or Tennessee or 2 or 3 other programs there is NOBODY at the games beyond players’ friends and family.

    • SC Dave

      Shit,fuck that warrenBuffet asshole. No way in hell was he ever going to pay$1B.

      Even with a perfect bracket there would have been a “technicality” that would have kept him from paying.

      • MB30SD

        lost today huh dave?

        • Cormonster

          Warren Buffett has turned into a crony capitalist scumbag, and some of his influence (his ear in Washington) has screwed over lots of people and businesses.

          • MB30SD

            yes. but are you shocked?

          • Cormonster

            Not really. He’s trying to clean up his image in the Midwest right now by backing the Keystone pipeline.

            He owns BNSF railroad, and they are making big bucks shipping oil from North Dakota with 19th century technology. Fucking stupid. Since they are shipping so much oil, they are neglecting other customers like farmers and food manufacturers. Grain and fertilizers aren’t being shipped on time. All of these products are going up in price to pad the pockets of his investment companies. Everyone is losing due to these policies except Warren and his investors.

            I’m still a little amazed by the number of people who actually think Obama gives a shit about them. He’s as much or more in bed with Wall Street than Bush. Low information voters.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Oh, he’s the biggest Wall Street bum-chum Prez ever. No question.

            Krs-One said it best about Obama :

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            You don’t get to be rich unless you screw over a lot of people. Watch Bill Gate’s deposition video. These guys are ALL assholes. Jobs. Trump. Whoever. The generationally wealthy can be different though, they’re just deluded.

      • Bear Down in Tampa

        There were a couple of little known technicalities such as only the first 15 million entries counting.

  • Viva

    The ONLY guy on our roster that Cutler would restructure for is Beast, and no one on our roster deserves a bump more than Brandon. His intangibles (see any of Plank’s comments) are off the charts, and I think Emery would love to reward that behavior. Make it happen Phil!

    • Viva
      • MB30SD

        from the comments section:

        “Jim Richards · Top Commenter · Arizona State University
        still a ridiculous contract…they’d have been better off with Vick”

        This guy should slit his wrists now. jesus. Yonny, thoughts?

        • Bender McLugh

          I just saw that comment this morning too….. fucking hilarious

    • NewBearInTown

      Cutler doesn’t have to agree. The team can do it at will. And I guarantee you Cutler will restructure for anyone. All this move means is he gets a check for $4M this week and his game checks get a bit smaller because of the advance.

      • MB30SD

        that sucks. how will he manage.

      • Viva

        I didn’t read the article before I posted…but I like my logic…

      • Johnathan Wood

        $5M check. but yeah.

        • NewBearInTown

          Was the restructure for 4 or 5 mil?

          • CanadaBear

            $5 mil over 5 years. You have to count $1 mil for this year so they save $4 mil this year.

          • Johnathan Wood

            $5M, spread evenly over 5 years, so saves $4M this year

  • Viva

    MB –
    The only way I take the bet, is if I find an an old Jimmy Mac (or McMichael) Packer jersey.
    Sometimes we get to win when we lose.

  • MB30SD

    another question for the blog dads.

    How much do you spend, ballpark average, on your kids bday presents? In my fam, the non-bday kid got a couple smaller gifts on the day, and I continue that on. Just trying to get an idea. thank you fellow blog dads.

    • NewBearInTown

      I’m going to get killed for this… Nada.

      We have a medium sized party. That’s it.

      My kids all get presents regularly whenever there is a holiday, which for Jews is like every other month. Sometimes its a big present, sometimes its a 5 dollar throw away. Just something nice to add to their enjoyment of the day.

      I’m not a fan of the big gift giving holidays. Its just teaching kids consumerism, which is an American vice. I’m fortunate to have my kids in schools where the other parents are more or less like-minded. I’m not sure what I’d do if my kids went to schools where everybody got $500 spent on them for their big day, but I’m sure I wouldn’t be trying to keep up with that.

      • NewBearInTown

        Well, in fairness, we do more than just a party. And there might be a treat here or there. But still, the notion that the kid is entitled to a big gift on the birthday… doesn’t happen by us.

      • That’s interesting MB. Some “hippy” parents do the same, so see, common ground!

        Do you really believe that an expensive gift fosters consumerism in kids?

        It’s a fascinating view point. I’m not sure if it does. Personally, I was given GI Joes, He-man, which were about $5 a pop, nothing extravegant.

        The biggest gifts I was ever given was an Atari, a Nintendo, and a BMX Bike (which I never asked for, but was thrilled to receive nevertheless).

        Now, as an adult, I’m not materialistic per se. I have a PS3, a lap top, a decent car and cell, but I’m not into name brands or anything like that. But maybe big gifts do wire a child’s brain. I’d like to see some studies on it.

        • NewBearInTown

          It all about the idea that you prove your love for me by buying me things. I’ll prove my love for you by buying you things. It filters into our social conscience.
          People will live together, buy houses together, have children together all before marriage. But they won’t get engaged if they can’t afford a nice diamond ring.
          The most universally celebrated holiday in this country, Xmas (which I don’t celebrate obviously, but I close the office for), for a lot of families is about give me presents. Parents literally stress out if they can *only* afford a couple of hundred dollars for presents.
          Buying things is supposed to help the celebration, not be the reason for the celebration. And we pay lip service to that at the movies (that people pay $11 per person to see), but we still spend.

          • Yeah, I agree with you that we live in a hyper-consumerist society. Those diamond commercials are the worst. Not only can’t you get married without buying a girl a gigantic rock, but now you’re expected to buy diamonds for 10, 25, 50, etc anniversaries. And I know people who buy brand new cars, and I think, “Don’t they depreciate by half once you drive it off the lot?”. I never got why dudes are into brand names. I guess if you don’t got game, you gotta impress women somehow.

            And I agree about Xmas too. Our family (extended) is so big, that we’d go broke purchasing gifts for everyone. So we mainly just buy some modest gifts for the kids, but I suppose it depends.

            If I had a kid and he wanted a PS4 and I had the money for it, I would probably give it to him. I mean, I got an Atari and Nintendo – is it the same? hmmmm.

            Maybe it depends how old they are. If they can begin mowing lawns and stuff, maybe make them raise half of the money for an expensive gift they really want.

            Michael Strahan did that for his bike.

          • NewBearInTown

            If my kids want a PS4 (not at that age yet, but they have their lists), they’ll likely get it. But I don’t save up gifts like that for a holiday.
            If I get the kids a holiday gift, like say they’ll get something next month for Passover, its something for them to enjoy while the adults enjoy the more mature aspects of the holiday. Its really hard for a kid to sit around the table for hours late at night telling the story of the Exodus, but if they’ve got a new lego set to put together while we do our thing, everyone has a good feeling about the holiday. That’s my approach anyway, though the credit mainly goes to the wife.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Valentine’s day. How much do you love me honey? BOOM!

            The pressure on adults at Christmas is huge. For kids it’s ALL about presents, and what such-and-such is getting off Santy. Presents for family members, extra food/drink yada yada. Consumerism. The spirit of Christmas is neither here nor their. The zombie Jewish carpenter’s son born to a virgin who was killed and came back to life before ascending to heaven … that’s what it’s really about … wait ….rewind … what?

        • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

          Do you really believe that an expensive gift fosters consumerism in kids?

          It’s about burdening them with a sense of expectation, yes. And it fosters envy. The rich kid friend who gets the AT-AT walker and Millenium Falcon for Christmas, when you’ve just got Luke and Threepio. “Why can’t I have that Dad, why are you such a loser?”

          • gpldan

            Works the opposite of that.

      • MB30SD

        VERY conscientious of you NB. Wish I could do the same, but trying to be smart about it and teach lessons as well… and I try to get them gifts that teach or get them outside.

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      Can’t convert the amount you love them into a cash equivalent.

      (says the guy who lives on a permanent overdraft and in negative equity)

      I agree with NBIT about teaching Consumerism and more is better. They get what they’re given, and they should learn to be thankful for anything they get. One Christmas my dad made me a pirate’s shield and sword. Painted the shield black with a skull and crossbones on it. The sword was wooden and painted silver with a black gaffer-taped handle. I don’t remember the store-bought shit I got that Christmas, but I’ll never forget that.

  • Trac

    May I? Here’s my take on gifts dear brothers of da blog.

    There’s just one gift that lasts for eternity. The free gift of eternal salvation to those who believe in Jesus.

    You opened the door brother MB, I simply walked through it. He he.

    • MB30SD

      jesus was a nice jewish boy, right?

      • Trac

        Actually just got done watching a documentary on Israel’s History. Pretty interesting. I would love to go there one day.

        • johnnywad

          Risky proposition. I wouldn’t visit that part of the world for free.

          • Trac

            Israel is pretty safe now but it is a concern for sure.

          • johnnywad

            Just keep a safe distance from the dicey spots. Like more than the range of shoulder fired munitions. And always take a ham with you on the bus. That should cover most of it.

          • Trac

            I’m actually amazed Israel didn’t demolish the dome on the Temple mount after the 1967 war. Wonder if NewBear can tell me why they didn’t?

          • NewBearInTown

            One of the great mysteries of middle eastern politics. Even more amazing is that the Palestinian police control almost none of Jerusalem except for that one spot. I shan’t opine more than that.

          • MB30SD

            Nb… I think you should. Honestly you probably have the facts ready to go, I’d have to do actually research.

            I would actually like to be able to cut and paste the next time someone talks about the poor poor oppression of the palistinians.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            I’m amazed that when Apartheid happened in South Africa, nobody bought their fruit. It happens in Israel/Palestine and the USA is cool with it and supplies the Blackhawks.

          • Trac

            Israel has only protected themselves and still exercises amazing restraint when dealing with their enemies. If the roles were reversed in Israel, do you really think that the Palestinians would really have done the same? Every Muslim nation has refused to grant the Palestinians land. Israel grants citizenship to Arabs and Muslims and allows them to own land and vote. Try building a Church in an Arab country Irish, I dare you. Oh and the vineyards and farms the Palestinians were given in Garza, yep they all turned to dust bowls.

          • MB30SD

            Biiiiingo! Well put trac. I didn’t have the energy.

            Irish, do some research on reality maing. Put down the alien shit and read up before you post stupid shit… I mean stupid shit about reality.

            …and no I’m not really angry mostly just messing with you back. But that was a dumb ass comment filled with ignorance.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Protected themselves? They were installed in somebody else’s country, and then turned around and gave the one-fingered salute to the terms of the agreement. Do you what the Gaza strip is, Trac?

            Ignorance? No. I’ve read Carter’s book three times, to make sure – he’s a
            fair man who has been involved with that region for a very long time.
            it’s a straightforward Apartheid situation.

            The crime
            of Apartheid is defined by the 2002 Rome Statute
            of the International Criminal Court as inhumane acts of a character
            similar to other crimes against humanity “committed in
            the context of an institutionalized regime of systematic oppression
            and domination by one racial group over any
            other racial group or groups and committed with the intention of maintaining
            that regime.”

            And religion has nothing to do with it for me. If it’s Catholic’s doing the occupation, it’s still apartheid/opression whatever. You occupy and oppress … if the natives fight back … they’re entitled to do so.

          • Trac

            I’m not going to try to give you a History lesson Irish because I believe you have allowed yourself to be sucked into to a toxic view of History due to your position on the world financial system maybe? We should never allow our minds to be poisoned towards a nation because of our hatred for the things we believe to be evil or wrong committed by a few. A person has to allow for rational judgement and casting Israel into the dump of history is a mistake at best and antisemitism at worst. There is no nation on earth that has ever gotten it right but your view of Israel is pretty bad in my opinion and it is not in accordance with the facts.

            Oh, and Jimmy Carter? Really? SMH!

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            His antisemitism is, at best, equal with your islamophobia.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            I’m not accepting the charge – most of the art I enjoy, and all my favorite scientest are Jewish – but there is without question a prevalent anti-islamic feeling on here that makes me feel uncomfortable, and double-standards are at play.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            anti-islamic also means anti black islamic americans. That’s 2,600,000 black american in 2010, by the way. My point was that you are not antisemitic as he is not antiislamic. And those terms should not be written and thrown into normal discussions with such ease. It’s just like the apartheidists called the irish ‘terrorists’. Careful with these terms, man… w-h-a-t a fuck !!!

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            It’s a fine line. I was always embarrassed when IRA bombs went off in pubs up the north, or on the British mainland where innocents are stricken. Military targets are one thing, innocent civilians are quite another. I hope those days are over now.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Agreed.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Whoa. Whoa. Whoa. Don’t pull that card. My financial ‘beliefs’ have nothing t do with Israel or Jewish people. Bankers. Pure and simple. Bankers. The really big ones. Their religion is irrelevant to me. All religions are irrelevant to me. I would never hate on a person because of their religions – I don’t care what religion a person is. Bankers are criminals – don’t pull the race card. I’m a Bankist – call me that.

            Israel? Nothing to do with religion. If it’s Catholics in there, it’s still apartheid to me.And I have no love for the catholic faith – although I was raised one – they have a lot to answer for. There’s one way in to the gaza strip, one way out, and they don’t have access to the river. Calling anti-semitism is bullshit Trac. And what’s wrong with Jimmy Carter? Which westerner knows more about the situation than he? Tell me how it’s not apartheid? Specifically.

          • Trac

            You have seemed to be fair minded in the past but I think you have missed the big picture when it comes to what’s at stake for Israel. Because a Nation has chosen to maintain their culture and has been amazingly successful of that in spite of worldwide opposition and oppression who the hell are we to oppose that? As far as the Muslims go, if they want to live their lives under Sharia that’s fine with me until they start blowing up Children on school busses. Nothing justifies that. To come against Israel’s right to maintain her identity is an egregious assault against them as a people in light of what the Nazis and Russians did to them during World War 2.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Nobody is justifying murder Trac. And if people wish to live under Sharia law then that is their right – nothing to do with us. The Christians have a long and bloody history behind them too, Trac, as bloody and murderous as any before or since.
            Islam is a peaceful faith, Islamic people are peace-loving – it’s the white man who has run amok on this planet, remember that – and often in the name of God. That is why I disapprove of religion land flags – they cause nothing but division and war.

            Blowing up buses is not cool. But suffering as the Jewish nation (and others) did during WWII does not give anyone the right to act in an oppressive manner towards Palestinians. They are not Nazis. They did nothing to deserve their current plight. Yes, the Jewish nation deserves to be left alone after their history, but occupying another country is going to cause problems.

          • Trac

            If the zombies come, I’m moving to Israel because at least I know they won’t try to feed them or become their friends.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Those dudes are all crazy in that region. You can’t save anybody. You can’t call the Apartheid as a similar example. We have fucking religion and land claim in this Israel stuff. And the South African blacks where the victims of clear cut sociopaths who ran an Empire. It’s different !!! There are no victims in the Israel region. Or better said there are no innocents. PS: I’m not talking about simple people, kinds and such…I’m talking in the sens of ‘nations’, ‘people’. In a general sense.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Israel can’t push it very far and their restraint is a must. They are ‘western world dependent’. Push it to far and those western white dudes are going to turn their back. When that happens the arabs would have a field day. And it would only take one day let’s be clear about that.

          • Trac

            Yes, hatred for Israel is unparalleled and its always easy to spot the anti-Semites. Lets be clear about that!

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            The term ‘antisemitism’ is confusionary itself. If the term is debatable who can you spot the anti-Semites with that much ease ? I mean the semites, the jews and Israel are 3 completely different terms. PS: Plus… you can spot anti-Islamic just as easily. Lets be clear about that, also. Witch begs the question… why do you hate the black islamic americans.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            What ‘hatred’ ? Am I anti-white if I supported Mandela against Apartheid in SA? Am I anti-protestant if I supported the blacks in slavery times?You’re the one making it racial, Trac, pointing out injustice does not mean you are denigrating the religion of those perpetrating the injustice. Religion has nothing to do with it. Dammit, I don’t hate protestants just because the majority of the invaders who occupied my country for 800 years were Protestants. It’s history, it’s done, there’s nothing left to hate but injustice.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            hey man… Kane, Toews and Keith are the real deal.

          • MB30SD

            Hahahaha. .. wait… Fucking anti semite

          • johnnywad

            Couldn’t be farther from the truth. When the suicide bus bombings were at their worst, the Israelis placed hams on the busses and it put a stop to it. As I understand it, the crazy fuckers blowing themselves up, get all weird about swine. Apparently they were unwilling to mix their mangled dead bodies with ham juice or pieces. So in summary, totally cool with blowing themselves up, but not if it means getting a little pork in the mix. That is the most fucked up thing ever.

          • MB30SD

            I was kidding maings. I didn’t know that… interesting, and yes sad.

            I don’t think anyone on the blog is really racist or a real anti-semite… well, except for irish.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            I know you’ve got peeps in SA, and likely Israel, MB, so it’s a contentious issue. But my own land was occupied for more than 800 years and we suffered badly during that time by the hand of our oppressors – so I naturally feel sympathetic/empathetic to the little brown/black guys that get fucked over. We’re coming at it from opposite sides, that’s all.

            Politics and religion, boys, politics and religion.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Ham? Not very kosher ….

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            And nobody – well not me anyway – is defending suicide bombers, or those that take life arbitrarily. If there was a lesson to be learned (other than Gandhi – I still don’t know how he pulled it off), then it was in Ireland. You put down the weapons first. You stop with the bombs. And then you sit around a table and talk. And talk. And talk. And talk. And talk …

            Carter has bent over backwards for years trying to get people to sit around tables. And anyone that thinks Carter is an ‘anti-semite’ then they’re an ignorant so and so who doesn’t know the heart of Jimmy Carter.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Huh?

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          Israel is like America. They don’t have a real history. They are based more on catch phrases than facts… ‘land of the free’, ‘the chosen people’. It’s always nice when you want to visit a country and people give you advice such as “just stay away from the concentration camps”.

          • Trac

            You are an ass.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            No I’m not. Gaza is a concentration camp. It’s obvious and not e secret. The advice ‘stay away from that zone’ is a natural one. I think you’re an ass if you don’t realize that there is a concentration camp in Israel… mind you.
            “A concentration camp is a place which a government uses to keep people who are either against that government or who it thinks are too dangerous to remain free. Sometimes these are called internment camps, where a large number of people are put in prison without a trial.

            The people who are locked away in such a prison, are not usually yet found guilty of a crime, but may be politically against the leaders of a region, people who are of a certain race or religion, or non-military prisoners of war.”

            Get real, man. And stop insulting people for no reason.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            In fairness Barb, there aren’t any concentration camps you can walk out of. They can at least walk out of the strip, although it is a rough situation.That’s why the term apartheid is used. I respect all creeds and colors, but when the poor and the militarily weak get stepped on, it reminds me of the stain of blood in my own land

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            That’s the point. I empathize with the victims cause I’m not a moron. I also don’t give a fuck that race, religion, gender they are. PS: Can you really just walk out ? Some do, but a very small number. Like… Romania under communist Russian oppression had closed borders, but some could get out. It doesn’t matter how you call it… what matters is what it really is. you can call them ‘reservations’. It’s all disgusting shit… in my world.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            There’s checkpoints, sure. They can come and go, but it’s all very limited – and they’re right beside the water.

            Carter’s book is very good and unbiased : ‘Peace not apartheid’, he reads the audiobook himself. Then there’s a good documentary on his book tour “The man from Plains”.

            Here, Carter explains that there is no apartheid in Israel, but in Palestine. Explained in 4 minutes.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            I know who it goes. I’m just saying that when you are people under oppression you are a victim by thinking you are a victim. Sure you can get out, but why get out. To do what ? Look this ‘conflict’ is so difficult to understand cause there are so many things in play… I never tried to understand it, never read stuff, never listened either. I can listen to a 4 minute video, but I then need days to do my own research on those 4 minutes. And then there is so much propaganda in there… one source is not enough. PS: I don’t agree with the apartheid version. I’m far from an expert on either ‘situation’, but for me the apartheid was a pure racial thing made by the white sociopaths for financial gains. This Israel-Arab ‘situation’ is more than that…. it’s 10 things into one. AND THERE ARE IS NO TRUE VICTIM. THEY ARE ALL JUST AS GUILTY. In South Africa the positions are clear… murderers and victims. Whites killing blacks for coins.

          • Trac

            You have at least twice purposely insulted Americans with generalizations and now your are criticizing Israel’s right to protect themselves with ignorant comments. You are on an American blog that talks about American football among a wide variety of topics at times. Show some respect man. The Palestinians are reaping what they have sowed. If you want to blame someone, blame them for their own propaganda, tactics and hatred.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Trac, people moved into their land and took over! Y’know, like the Europeans moving into America and wiping out 500 nations …. like the British Empire moving into Ireland and staying for the guts of a millenium while they culled a few million heads! Don’t Palestinians have the right to be a teensy weensy bit pissed off ??!!
            What is an American anyway? They were wiped off the face of the earth!

          • Trac

            Is it wrong to blow up children Irish? To shoot families in the head trying to live a peaceful life and raise a family? The wicked fall by their own hand my friend. America’s forefather did some terrible things, it is what it is but you can’t blame the descendants of people who did evil hundreds of years ago. For all America’s problems, she still is a good place to live and pursue your dreams. Israel has a history in the Middle East of over 3000 years. Let it be man.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            I absolutely agree Trac brother, I do. I trust and hope and that barbarity is something we are leaving behind as we all move to a higher plane of existence. Love and peace to all, absolutely. That also means loving your Islamic brother and sister Trac. “There are many rooms in my father’s house”, “Love they neighbour as thou would be loved thyself”, “Forgive them for they know not what they do.”

            I haven’t forgotten what Jesus said, Trac. Nor should you.

          • Trac

            Preaching to the choir Irish. Go tell that to the mobs chanting in the streets after an innocent family is murdered. That’s who needs to hear the message.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            True, true. There but for the grace of God go we ….

          • Trac

            Grace does not justify murder. I’m not saying you are doing that, I’m saying murderers do.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Not even murder justifies murder – which is what a state execution is, regardless of what the Supreme court calls it – but that’s another argument.

          • Trac

            The law allows for it because of the hardness of men’s hearts.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            And I don’t blame the descendants, Trac. Few have suffered longer than the Irish. The African/americans were in slavery for only half the time of my people, and by and large they were protected as property, they suffered no genocide, they were too valuable to kill. Not so the Irish. Yet I bear no ill will at all towards the British, nor their Queen, whom I like. She loves her horse racing, so she can’t be all that bad. I was delighted that her recent historic visit to Ireland went without incident.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            There might be islamic people in this blog man. Stop hating on them. PS: Man, I read Five Chimneys: A Woman Survivor’s True Story of Auschwitz by Olga Lengyel when I was 14 years old. I probably know more stuff about ‘that’ part of history than you do. My number 1 hobby outside of sports is reading about “propaganda, tactics and hatred”. It’s why I went to study Sociology. One thing I never did was think ‘the jews are reaping what they have sowed and they shouldn’t blame the nazis, they should blame themselves’. You do. That’s utterly stupid.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Man, I walked though the camp at Dachau. The gas showers and the ovens were one thing – I won’t go into detail on the little ovens here – but it was the hall of photographs that got me. That’s when I broke down.

            I was ashamed to be human that day.

            An American G.I. was shown to one of the huts by a girl from the camp, I think his name was Bill Basch. He saw a scene of such human misery before him that it took his breath. The girl turned to him and said a line from Goethe – “Noble be man, merciful and good.” They were married a year later in Paris.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            You are brave, man. I wouldn’t do that. I need to protect my mental health.

  • johnnywad

    I buy my kids tons of shit. Most of it is sports related but there are the electronics, etc. As long as they’re taking care of business, they get cool shit. They don’t keep up with school, chores, other commitments, I take stuff away. Its a bit like real life. And my parents didn’t by me shit. I hated that.

  • MB30SD

    thanks for the input again gents… except you trac. Hahahaha.

    I’m not throwing a party, will probably just have some buddy dads over with their kids or take mine to chucky cheese with their uncle and cousin. But I went out and dropped what I thought most people would consider ridiculous. Under $500, but just. Got them one of those big personal bouncy houses (was on sale for $215 down from $270) so had to get it… it will be billed as hers, but is for both of them all summer (and is a sneaky way to get them to exercise). Then a bunch of other cool science/animal stuff.

    Oh and mine are 5 and 3… I’m just starting to implement chores and allowance. Going to make a big chore board with stars that equal real $. I’m also going to be the “Daddy Bank” and will teach them about savings accounts and will make them checks to use with me when they’ve saved up enough and want to buy something. They will also work to pay for half their first cars. Gotta teach them real skillz maingz

    • Shady

      Bouncy castle? Oh hells yes. Can I go?

      • MB30SD

        no, I’ve seen you… you obliterate the weight max. BAHAHAHAHA!

        (your clan sucks)

        • Shady

          What about my own… personal… bouncy castle?

          • MB30SD

            hahahaha, sure. this is the one. It’s 20% off at TrU right now. get some!

            http://www.littletikes.com/dry-bouncers/jump-n-slide-bouncer/invt/620072

          • Shady
          • MB30SD

            that thing is awesome… but why white. strange looking. I thought it was an ice rink at first.

            I like this more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=drZWy6m6B10 (great quality clip huh?)

          • Shady

            If I were stupid rich like Bill Gates or Carlos Slim, I’d build a bouncy village to surround my bouncy castle. Late for school or work? No problem! Just bounce down the street and you’re there! Need Eggs? Milk? Soda? Piece of cake! Jump down the bouncy castle slide and you’re litterallly a jump, skip and a hop away from the grocery store. Break your leg or throw out your back? Just bounce on down to the

          • MB30SD

            Ho ly fucking shit. How hi were you when you wrote that?! Seriously, holy shit.

            …that said, it does sound fun.

            Oh, and nice emoticons. ☆☆☆ : 》~ ♤♡♢♧ ¤

          • Shady

            At 730 in the morning? C’mon I’ve for a little bit more sense than that… There was a funny South Park episode that kinda ties this whole thing together. Stan’s dad ends up with huge nuts and bounces on them all the way down to the medical marihuana shop in town. See of you can find a clip and post it for me while I’m busy working.

          • MB30SD

            730 is the middle of the night for me. I didn’t do the maths… as you know.

            I thought maybe willy wonka came to visit you last night or something. And no, ask hairy.

      • Johnathan Wood

        my niece had her 6th birthday party last Saturday. I supervised the bouncy house.

        Got to use it after the kids were gone. That shit tires you out quick.

        • MB30SD

          Bingo!

          Remember that lesson my son.

    • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

      Nobody ever gave me dollar one for a car. Built my own bicycles. I wanted to buy shit? Get a summer job. Before we were old enough to get proper summer jobs, it was getting up at four in the morning to look for golf balls. Good money in golf balls.

      Want to give the kids real skillz?

      Richard Branson’s parents dropped him off in the countryside miles away from home. Just left him there. Over to you son. Whatcha gonna do?

      I never really agreed with chores=allowance (as an adult). Chores = just do it because I said so. Responsibilities don’t always come with a per diem attached.

      • MB30SD

        Sure it does maing. It’s why you go to work every day. .. unless you’re going to tell me that trying to teach those little shits anything while they listen to music is your destiny.

        Also… again, they’re 3 and 5…. If I dropped them off in the country I’d be in jail and would never see them again. This ain’t 1962 and shit my man.

  • MB30SD

    shady, I think you should try this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKxJKXA1LxM

    • Shady

      mmmmno.

      • MB30SD

        why won’t you fight me!??

        MmmmmmmmEeeeescurd?

        • MB30SD

          just had a 22 12 17 game

          • Shady

            Dafuq.

        • Shady

          Are you online? I see invites but it says you’re offline and I can’t join.

          • MB30SD

            sent them a while ago. was in the zone, then started getting tired and got lit up. bailed.

  • MB30SD
    • NewBearInTown

      Lead guitarist died this year also. Heart condition at 34. Yikes.
      I have never listened to one Gwar song, but I’ve head about them for years. Anyone on the blog been to a show?

      • Cormonster

        Your not missing anything. I have some friends who liked their shows, but not my idea of good music. I can’t recall the details of some of their lyrics, but they were disturbing.

        • MB30SD

          Yes but they were pioneers in perf art in music. Not exactly cats but still.

          I think the founding guys were all from prinston or Yale or mit.

          Anyway. Check a show on yt for some disturbing fun

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        When you look like Gwar, the music has got to suck. Es verdad, no?

  • Trac

    Jeff hasn’t tweeted since going to an Irish music gig. Hmmm.

    • CanadaBear

      I had to laugh at his post about Irish music. If you don’t like Irish music negative thoughts flow like water.

      • NewBearInTown

        Was tempted to tweet a response “Listening to an Irish jig, but I all I can think is how much I hate this dark world we live in”
        Or “Listening to U2, but all I can think is how evil this world is to allow African children to starve to death”

  • tobijohn

    I just know MB’s day will be that much better knowing that Chris Conte was awarded an additional $210,957 in performance based pay for last season:

    http://www.csnchicago.com/bears/late-round-gem-bears-jordan-mills-tops-nfls-pbp-pay-list

    • MB30SD

      That was just cruel tj. The only thing that would make that worse would be if you shipped me one of your cats as a consolation prize

      • tobijohn

        And poor Henry Melton was awarded an extra two grand. Assuming they were healthy and didn’t need more than an annual visit to the vet, that would cover the annual costs of about three cats…

        • MB30SD

          you should rename your most sickly cat “Henry Melton” TJ. that would be awesome.

        • johnnywad

          Have your cats ever seen your coyote fur coat? And if so, are they afraid of it?

          • tobijohn

            Nope, I put the coat in storage at Macys when I moved down here in 2002. It’s waiting to be worn by one of you guys at the next really cold weather Bears game you get around to attending. And I mean cold. If it’s over 20, you’re going to melt in that thing.

            However, when I was a kid, a cat one of my sisters brought home pissed on my father’s polar bear rug (he’s into big game hunting). I thought for sure there was going to be a little cat head up on the wall along with all the rest of the trophies….

  • gpldan

    After more research, I have concluded that MB’s real name is Crystal Harris. La Jolla grad.

    He is a she, and married to Hugh Hefner. This does explain the fascination with boobies.

    • Shady

      Oh, it explains a LOT.

      • gpldan

        Thank you. I placed the Chief Inspector on the case.

        • MB30SD

          Zat… iz not my dog.

          • gpldan

            You want a massage, eh?

          • MB30SD

            the fucking french.

            …but god I love their country, food, and yes… weemaingses.

      • MB30SD

        I’ve got great tits don’t I?

    • MB30SD

      Funny, I tried to follow the path too, to see if one of you junior magnum PIs would be able to see who I am…and I ended up looking at her tits online for 10 minutes too.

      We also have robin wright and rachel welch.. so we got that going for us…

  • gpldan

    Here is why Cuban said what he did:

    Games that move to Wednesdays and more Saturdays means the NBA gets marginalized, his tv revenue goes down, his league and his team lose money.

    That’s all. That’s it. It’s a PR campaign to warn football off his “turf”. Nothing to see here.

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/leeigel/2014/03/25/is-mark-cuban-right-about-the-nfl-being-10-years-from-implosion/

  • gpldan

    Perhaps the only place as corrupt and morally bankrupt as Happy Valley is Evanston.

    http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/25/us/northwestern-football-players-union/

    Yeah, right. Go for it. Kill your D1 football team. Get kicked out of the Big Ten. Do it! Do it!

  • MB30SD

    here’s something for all you star wars fans out there: http://geekologie.com/2014/02/well-executed-star-wars-themed-nfl-footb.php

    • gpldan

      I like that Chicago is Hoth.

      That’s about fucking right.

  • MB30SD

    ok, I don’t feel so badly now: http://pagesix.com/2014/03/25/diddy-seeks-swag-for-sons-birthday/

    Asshole.

    Btw, my master plan once they get old enough (and I’ve amassed a healthy fortune by then) is to do away with presents all together (bdays and christmakah) and to allow them to chose one adventure a year as a combined ‘present’. Machu pichu, climb kilimanjaro, experience the bush in africa (not that kind), do the tomatina in bunol, etc…

    Life experiences maingses.

    • NewBearInTown

      That is a man who is literally using his son’s moment as an opportunity to line his own pocket book. He’s promising advertisers that the kid will pose in front of the gift bags! Who’s the party supposed to be for?
      I’m all for pushing my kids to be good hosts… to their friends. I’m not as motivated to tell my 16 year old that “I know you’re having a great time with your friends and just want to go hang out playing your new X-box game, but we’re contractually obligated to spend 5 minutes asking them about the dope sunglasses we gave out. Can you get them to pause it for a sec?”

      • MB30SD

        these people do not live in reality.

  • MB30SD

    hey corm, canada… you two ever hear of The White Buffalo?

    The drummer is a buddy from high school.

    The lead singer sounds a lot like eddie vedder. Check it out:

    love this sound and always great lyrics.

    • Cormonster

      That was good. Love how the singer puts his soul into the vocals. Never heard of them.

      Get this. A girl I went to school with is a frickin’ rock star. I graduated with her sister from HS and she was a year or two younger. I knew them both through parties, friends, and a few live shows in early college. The girls name was Korey Pingatore. She played keyboards in a local hard rock band. I basically just knew them as acquaintances. Last I heard she went to divinity school. Her Dad was Minister of his own church in town.

      Fast forward to last summer and find out she’s the keyboard player and rhythm guitarist for the band Skillet, one of three rock bands to go platinum in the US in 2012. They started as a hard rock Christian band, but have had a lot of crossover to mainstream audiences. They have some really good songs. Check out the songs Sick of it, Monster, or American Dream on YouTube.

    • SC Dave

      They just made my list. Thanks MB.

      • MB30SD

        welcome dave. they’re bad ass.

  • gpldan

    Let’s get to da choppa!

  • Trac

    I’m gonna be in Chicago Sun thru Thurs morn. It’s been a while, anyone care to plan out my dining calendar. Murph, if you’re free, maybe we can catch dinner. I’m taking my son and we’re planning on hitting all the museums and cultural sites.

    • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

      Trac, you intrigue me and part of me wants to wine you and dine you and speak to you about life and your worldview. I think that a roundtable of us would get along famously. Before I die I want to get us all in one room to watch a game with one open bar tab, get it on tape and make Bears history.

      • MB30SD

        Can GP come too? That’s a live video feed I would LOVE to watch.

        • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

          of course. The whole crew has to be there.
          I also would want Cheesy to be there so we could rufee him and put the bill on his mom’s discover card.

          • MB30SD

            I mean this week’s meeting, not next season’s.

            I will be in Chi at LEAST once next season… we will have to do a reunion. THis time GP and Shady have to come too.. and anyone else still in chi.

          • gpldan

            Shady and I like to pick up skanks in our GTRs and make videos of them:

            It’s tough bid-ness bein’ a playa.

          • MB30SD

            Don’t hate the playa. .. hate the game.

            Bitches

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            Jimmy’s back!
            Who was the person on your last avatar, GP?

        • Trac

          Lol. Of course. I think we’d get along pretty well face to face. He’s an intelligent guy and we’d have fun.

          • gpldan

            I would put MB on my shoulders and insist that Trac address us as Master Blaster.

            Who run barter town!? Who run barter town!?

          • Trac

            That’s funny. I can actually picture MB doing that. Wearing fake boobies! Lol.

          • MB30SD

            I can’t tell if that amuses or scares me.

          • Trac

            That’s exactly what I was thinking. Hahaha

          • MB30SD

            And for the last time… 5’9″ is the national average!!!

            (Curls up in the fetal position quietly sobbing and rocking)

          • Hey, I’m 5’9. Screw those tall whites.

            As a friend once retorted, “Hey, man, it’s all about the girth. The girth.”

      • Trac

        That would be a good time. I get the sense you’re a pretty complex guy and I think we’d have a good time Waffle.

      • SC Dave

        No shit. Let’s make it happen.

    • Cormonster

      I recommend smoking a big doobie, dropping some mushrooms, and going to the Field Museum.

      • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

        Public places, really? I’d recommend smoking a big doobie, dropping some mushrooms, and just going to a field ….

    • NewBearInTown

      Trac, I’m down to hook up with you and the boy, especially if a couple of other bloggers are coming too. If things start getting cemented, shoot me an email and I’ll try to make it happen.

  • MB30SD

    newest si mock draft

    http://nfl.si.com/2014/03/25/2014-nfl-mock-draft-blake-bortles-2/

    Has us missing donald and dix taken before us, but passing on Gilbert, pryor, hageman, and Nix III taken after us… for, wait for it Murph…. JERNIGAN!!

    Although he does have us possibly trading up with minny for donald at #8… but I really can’t see that happening, can you?

    • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

      is that old Johnny Jernigan’s kid Timmy? Yeah, I remember he used to date one of the Swarski girls, no not the softball player, the pretty one, yeah. He was a great little league pitcher….

    • gpldan

      WEAKNESSES: Jernigan needs to improve his snap anticipation and is too often the last lineman to move off the ball. He’s still developing his technique and figuring out how to properly use his limbs. – CBS

      Errrr…. I like Nix III over this guy.

      Phil has a wide berth with us this year: Hageman, Nix, Pryor, Donald, Ha-Ha Your Dix, and certainly Gilbert who would be a STEAL.

      But if he drifts outside that box, there will be catcalls from the balcony. If we get a guy not projected as a 1st rounder and he busts, Emery will take a HUGE credibility hit.

      At 14, you can meet your need on D in many ways.

      Edit:

      Quick feet, lots of showmanship in his tackles:

      • MB30SD

        Agree 100% gp.

        There are 5-6 guys you simply can’t miss on from a fan perspective. .. they may not work out in the end but such is life.

        He picks outside the 5-6 pack and he’s fucked himself for absolutely zero reason. Don’t be a rebel just because phil… just do what’s right this year

      • Bear Down in Tampa

        You can include Jernigan and Kony Ealy in your “I would call for Phil’s head if he didn’t draft one of these guys” list, they’re highly rated players at need positions and I can’t get mad at Phil for that if he believes these guys are legit, they flash on tape and have legit size for their positions. If he pulls a Dee Ford or Chris Borland please feel free to unleash an all-out blog assault on him.

        • NewBearInTown

          Ealy I’ve seen ranked in the lower third of the first round, so he’d be a bit more surprising, but still a first round talent at DE – a total need pickup.

          But Jernigan is the top DT prospect according to a lot of experts. Donald had the monster combine, but how many monster athletes have we seen that are better in shorts than pads. Jernigan is built like a prototypical NFL 3 tech, he’s a solid pickup.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Heard these stories before about Corey Liuget: “Liuget has a thick, strong build with good arm length and some definite growth potential. He is a rare, complete prospect for the position, a top-10 talent who should make an immediate impact in the NFL”. Yeah…sure….whatever you way.

      • I always wonder if “anticipation” can be coached. I suppose if the player studies film enough to figure out opposing QBs snap count, or OGs body tells.

        One of the knocks on Houston was that he’s always offsides. That was even a negative in his scouting report, and he’s STILL offsides too much.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      That’s just silly. Now I’ve never seen these dudes play in my life; I don’t know who they are, but I can tell you one thing for sure… none of these guys would beat out Ratliff on the 3rd down pass rushing unit. That’s why it’s silly. And these is no fucking way the Bears trade up for a DT… wayyy more likely they trade down if they want to draft a DT in the first round.

  • gpldan

    “We want to honor you and recognize your historical struggles. We have begun that process by firing Mike Shanahan, a man whose face was so red some felt he was an insult to Native Americans everywhere. Also, his nepotism was off-putting, we admit that. We are hoping that through these token gestures, you will leave us the fuck alone and allow us to keep the team name, such that I don’t have to back down after such ridiculous posturing. We hope you accept this, and also, I will be gambling a reservation Casino this weekend and plan to lose big. Have a nice day.”

    http://bostonherald.com/sports/patriots_nfl/nfl_coverage/2014/03/snyder_redskins_to_assist_native_americans

    • MB30SD

      How much do you think it would cost them to rebrand everysinglefuckingthing?

      • gpldan

        Maybe just make the face green and call them the Martians? Would that work?

        • It would offend Martians since they’re not from Mars.

          I believe the correct term would be “Pleiadians” or “Zetas”

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            (sighs)

            The Nordic aliens/tall whites are allegedly from Pleiades, the short greys are from Zeta Reticuli (fourth planet tehreof).

        • MB30SD

          Irish might disapprove

        • DaMurph

          Call then Irish

  • gpldan
  • gpldan
    • MB30SD

      Amazing. If I was Going to go it would be off the eiffel tower

    • DaMurph

      DAMN!!

    • SC Dave

      Asswipe is going to get all those bushes cut down. A little less green in NYC.

  • Bear Down in Tampa

    Saw on Twitter that Bostic, Greene, Nate Collins, Lamarr Houston, David Bass and Paea are amongst some of the defensive players that are in MIA with Brandon Marshall. Chris Williams is down there too.

    • Thank fucking god. I was wondering when our D was going to get into gear. Bmarsh. PAY THAT MAN.

      This just in, Briggs was spotted at Burrito King.

      • NewBearInTown

        This Miami connection Marshall is putting together really is the stuff of legends. If this team wins a Superbowl, people will talking about those summer sessions the way they talk about Walter Peyton or Jerry Rice running the hills.

  • Bear Down in Tampa
    • MB30SD

      here’s my only issue and it’s the same as CD: http://www.fbschedules.com/ncaa-13/mid-amer/2013-northern-illinois-huskies-football-schedule.php

      Who the fuck did these guys play?! More and more it’s the dude’s that have already played on huge stages with the best of the best in college that impress me.

      My net-net, if I HAVE TO HAVE a franchise safety this year in the draft I take dix or pryor. If I have to have a DT, I take one of my top 3 that’s there at #14.

      • That’s not necassarily true. See, great programs like ‘Bama play the top talent, HOWEVER, they also boast top talent that might hide, or mask a player’s deficiency. Case and point, Ha-Ha.

        Some criticize “Well OF COURSE HA-HA was bad ass. Look at the front 7 in front of him. Which safety wouldn’t be?!” And how many Bama busts on D have their been? Lots.

        Shit, even Conte/Wright performed well two years ago.

        • MB30SD

          yeeeaaahh, I get your point, but still, you’ve gotta be a badass to get a starting spot on those teams. it’s still best of the best.

        • Johnathan Wood

          the 2 best players on that D last year (by a mile) were Mosley and HaHa.

          Those were the 2 who consistently made plays and I think will be good pros.

          But yeah. Same shit happens with college QBs. Remember Ken Dorsey? College stud surrounded by an NFL team. Was sacked like 3x in 2 years.

      • NewBearInTown

        I don’t think anybody is saying we take Ward at 14. The question is, would you draft him if he fell to us at 51 in the 2nd round? Would you trade up into the 40s to get him?

        I agree with your point. But I have a bigger concern. We have a solid if not stellar group of corners that can play man-coverage. We have at least two of those guys we are comfortable using in the nickel/slot position. And we might draft another corner.

        Do we really want a safety who’s biggest strength is lining up in man coverage on nickel plays? We play so much zone, we don’t even let our corners play enough man coverage. Now we want the safeties to do the same?

        I’d rather have a guy with suspect man coverage skills, but serious range from the deep spot on cover-1 looks. A true ball-hawk if you will.

        Ward’s ceiling is suspect. But even if he develops his game to truly excel at the pro level. Is his game what we need to improve our defense?

        • MB30SD

          I agree NB, good points… hence, it all depends on what happens in picks 1-13 in my mind.

          If we get our shot at a top DT, we gotta take one and we need to draft a safety in rd 2. If not, then it becomes interesting at 14. do we take pryor or dix? If the corner is available, i think we all believe he’s worth the pick.

          Should be an interesting draft.

        • Johnathan Wood

          their D is going to be different going forward and supposedly will play more man looks. You never are going to be disappointed with a safety who can play man coverage.

          Ward is my favorite S in this class. He just has that “it” factor IMO. Instinctive.

  • MB30SD
  • Shady

    Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald has a reputation for great hands, and the numbers back it up. Fitzgerald dropped one of 83 catchable passes last year for a drop rate of 1.2 percent,best in the NFL, according to Pro Football Focus.

    Surprisingly, rookie DeAndre Hopkins ranked second, dropping one of 53 catchable balls. The website watches film of every pass to determine whether it’s catchable.

    James Jones (2 drops of 61 catchable passes), Marques Colston (3 of 87), Golden Tate (3 of 67), Alshon Jeffery (5 of 94) and DeSean Jackson (5 of 87) all finished in the top 15.

    The butter-fingers group was led by Davone Bess (14 of 56), Kris Durham (10 of 48) andAaron Dobson (9 of 46).

    The bottom 15 included Vincent Jackson; who dropped 12 of 90; Brandon Marshall, who dropped 15 of 115; and Wes Welker, who dropped 10 of 83.

    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/fantasy-football-today/24500304/larry-fitzgerald-best-hands-in-the-nfl

    • Golden Tate and DeSean on the top’s list surprises me. I never really considered either as having great hands (esp since they’re both small). Glad DeSean ripped it up last year, had him on my FF team! And V-Jax too.

  • NewBearInTown

    MB, just saw your post about the bouncy castle.
    Granddad got one for my oldest boys when they were maybe 2 and 4. The 2 year old was scared for the first 6 months, but then they both used it weekly for like 2 years. One year, both birthday parties consisted of 1 hour in the bouncy castle and 1 hour of food/craft/pickup. Its totally worth the money.
    5 is probably going to get sick of it after a year. The 3 year old will love it for at least another 2.

    • MB30SD

      awesome, thanks NB.

  • Trac

    This is for Murph, New Bear or anyone that is interested. I’ll be in Chicago with my 14 year old son Sunday through Thurs. morning. It’s gonna be a working vacation and I’ll be busy during the days but I thought a dinner could work if any are you are game. Maybe a few of you would be interested in meeting for some Chicago Style Pizza on Tuesday or Weds. night. in or near the City. My email address is dbitkus@yahoo.com. Email me if you have any ideas.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Jared Allen is now a Chicago Bear.

    • Bender McLugh

      ugh, the jabroni…….honestly a great signing for the D, I don’t have to like him.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        It’s kind of a desperation move. I don’t have a clear cut opinion about the player … but I hate why the move was made. PS: This also means we are drafting the best S or CB that’s on the board at 14. That one makes me happy.

        • MB30SD

          as irish so succinctly put it, “…he averaged 13 sacks a year for the last ten years”.

          So why desperation barb? a week ago we were all screaming that we need a proven 10+ sack brand name at end to get us the pressure we’ve been desperately missing (even pep wasn’t that guy)… and allen is EXACTLY that. And he comes with a 10 year 13 sack average pedigree to prove it (not one year wonder… a TEN (10) fucking year average for chris’s sake!!). Even if this is his fall off ‘getting old’ year and he only gets us 9-10 sacks, is that not a godsend over last year?!

          We’ve got our new D line almost sorted completely out with some young guys who can step up (collins, young, houston), some above average vet stability (izzy, paea), and a brand name 13 sacks a year badass (don’t know the deal terms, but can’t be a long contract)… and now was can go Dix/Pryor/Gilbert at #14 and then trade up in rd 2 for a tuitt type monster at DT to fill the final gap.

          Is this not what we all dreamed about? Would you not have KILLED for that D last year?!?

          ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED!?!?!?!?

          • bearsfantillend

            deal is 4 yrs 32 mill. only 2 years guaranteed.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            A lot of fucking money for a 32 years old. I’m amazed how people can be so sure that it’s a great move. You have to be doubtful just a bit. Ask some questions…like ‘why’ ?

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            It’s the ten years though … he’s been in the league a LONG time …. like Pep was. Does he produce for us? We’ll see. He had 22 sacks a few years ago, but that’s history. We’ll see.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            I never screamed about a 10+ sack brand name. Never. And I said ‘it’s KIND of a desperation move’. It wasn’t a clear cut statement. Am I happy Emery signed him ? Sure I am. I have doubts about the overall strategy instead. I don’t think that’s a stupid or offensive thing to write or think.

        • bearsfantillend

          Are you serious??? Desperation?? We were last in number of sacks last year. Our D-Line was horrendous. The guy makes the team better. The guy has a great motor and gets to the QB. Who cares if he has a gay ass sack dance? I look forward to seeing him do it in a Bears uniform. Emery just rebuilt the D-Line in one offseason, could still use a DT. BTW this move no way means we will be drafting S or CB at 14. It will still be the best defensive player available.

          • MB30SD

            you can be brash sometimes, but you and I are usually exactly on the same page my man. I like your aggressive style. Hell, you can come over and fuck my sister!

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Well… other guys would have make the team better also. Younger guys. You can’t sign a 31 years old DE and sell me the ‘get better long term drafting version’. Just as Peppers was a desperation move from the Packers, you have to call this one the same way. I never disliked Jared Allen. I like and always liked him as a player. PS: When you sign 6-7 players on the DL and only one in the secondary… it pretty much means you’ll be drafting in that area. It’s basic logic.

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            If they draft the shit out of the secondary, then we’ll be fine, but surely we need a badass in at DT now.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Our 3rd down DL unit is well set and has other 2 first choices in place (letting aside the OLB McClellin and Bass). That badass rookie DT is going to sit on the sideline and watch others pass the rusher with disperation… they have to get the QB before this guy can attack our S pair… CHRIS CONTE and RYAN MUNDY !!!

          • bearsfantillend

            they signed 4 on the DL and 3 safeties this offseason. of the 3 safeties sure 1 was probably a ST player but the other 2 will be fighting for a starting position. besides defensive success starts up front. if the dline gets pressure, less pressure is put on your secondary. So if there is a stud DLine guy available at 14 chances are Emery will take him.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Another year of Conte starting at S…here it comes. He don’t have starters in the secondary and you think he’ll pick up depth guys on the DL ?

          • Irish Sweetness 4 StephTuitt

            The desperation part is in expecting an old-timer to be the savior .. a la Julius. That didn’t really work out. Allen’s best years are very likely behind him, although 75% of what he was would suffice.

          • Doooonnnn’t Caaaaare!

            Julius was crazy effective from 09 to 12 and that is why we brought him in. He impacted games in all kinds of ways. He helped keep that D at top tier….until he didn’t in 2013.

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