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Why a Chris Conte Renaissance Could Go a Long Way Towards Defining the 2014 Bears on Defense

| August 11th, 2014

The 2013 Chicago Bears season came to a fittingly sad conclusion.

Chris Conte, one of the emerging stars of the previous campaign who seemed to have not only lost his way in the secondary but his confidence as well, missed an assignment. The physical side of the game had let him down all season long. Now the mental side was delivering a final, crippling blow. Peppers leaps. Kuhn blocks. Rodgers scrambles. Cobb scores. The culprit was Conte. Not only had he, in that moment, become the poster child for this devastating loss. That wasn’t enough to pour onto the slumping shoulders of a beleaguered safety. No, in that moment, Conte became the symbol of the entire season’s defensive futility.

Shots were fired at Conte from every discernible angle. Once news of an off-season surgery surfaced many, myself included, wrote off Conte’s potential future with the Chicago Bears. When Marc Silverman of ESPN Radio bet Tom Waddle Conte would not play a down for the Bears this season, Conte met that challenge with a Twittery terrific, “fuck u all.”

That response was the most impressive defense Conte had played in well over a year.

But one does not need to spend much time in the Stats Inc. research room to come to the simple conclusion that Conte, bitter and embattled, is the club’s best option at free safety for the 2014 season. Better than relocating Ryan Mundy to a position of non-strength. Better than forcing a special teamer like Danny McCray to be an every-down contributor. Better than relying upon a mid-round rookie like Brock Vereen who registered only three interceptions for the entirety of his college career at Minnesota.

Because Conte, despite the belief of many fans, is not a terrible player. He simply had a terrible year. It was a year in which injuries up front forced him to run defend in ways in which he’d never previously been asked. It was a year in which the Bears so lacked for pass rush that opposing quarterbacks had weeks to throw the ball. No safety in the league can cover for five or six seconds. If they could, they’d play corner and collect those paychecks. It was a year in which the Bears best defensive player and the greatest cornerback in their history spent months on the sideline. Conte was not without blame. I’d have to believe he’d admit to playing poorly.

But 2013 was something of a perfect storm around Conte and the high winds picked him out of his desk seat and sat him squarely in the dunce’s corner for all the other schoolkids to gape at and mock.

2014 is an opportunity for redemption and boy does sport love a comeback story. If Conte uses the anger he’s feeling towards fans and media to channel the near-Pro Bowler of a few years ago, he could anchor a defensive renaissance in Chicago. If Conte plays like the man who picked off Aaron Rodgers in the end zone last December and not the one who let Randall Cobb roam free, he could find himself engulfed in the warm embrace of the Soldier Field faithful instead of the object of their derision.

The pass rush, run defense and health of unit will all be better. The free safety position is his. What he does with it in 2014 will define his NFL career. If he plays well, it could also go a long way towards defining the Bears season on the defensive side of the ball.

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  • I don’t know that Conte was “Near Pro Bowl” in 2012, but he was certainly a capable starter. Which is why I think he ends up starting this year (alongside Mundy).
    First practice back yesterday and the coaches had him splitting time between the 1s and 2s. That tells you all you need to know right there.

    • My fear with the defense is more about the LBs than the S. If Bostic and Shea both continue looking as lost as they did against PHI, that will be the weak spot on the D.
      But having your 2 weakest links both be up the middle of the field is not good.

      • DaBearsBlog

        Rarely will the Bears have three LBs on the field. Third linebacker is the least important position on the starting defense.

        • yeah, that’s what I’m trying to tell myself. But then I also think about the fact that the odds are pretty good at least one of Williams/Briggs gets hurt at some point.

          • If DJ/Briggs stay healthy, I have no worries because the SAM plays like 50% at most.

            But I’m with you. It’s only a matter of time before I expect DJ to go down, and Briggs, well, father time always catches up.

            Also gotta think of goaline. We gotta roll out 3 LBs there. Who’s that gonna be? Bostic, who teams will PA and throw to his TE.
            Or Shea who will skate backwards back into the tunnel?

            (Christian Jones, save us, you’re our only hope!”

          • 2 thoughts:
            1) Briggs is a guy they need to stay healthy and have a big year this year.
            2) I want to see more of Khaseem Greene. He looked solid Friday night and seemed to at least get to the right spots, which is more than you can say for Shea or Bostic.

          • MB30SD

            did jones get any snaps data? I didnt see the game.

          • According to PFF, he played 13 snaps. I don’t remember seeing him in, but I was only half paying attention in the 4th quarter while I worked on setting up my new website, so I would assume that’s when he played.

          • GPLDAN

            He played the last 13 snaps.

            MB – spend the $20 on the app and watch the game.

          • MB30SD

            ok. link please sir

          • Big Mike

            He had a tackle. looked the part.

          • GPLDAN

            Did you see Shae notably out of position?

            Maybe I need to spend $20 on this Apple app, because I didn’t.

          • Chicago’s defense got dissected by Mark freaking Sanchez in the 2nd quarter. Exploited the LBs by drilling the TEs play after play after play.
            That was with Bostic and Shea in there, and I saw both of them on different plays as the guys who were closest to the ball when it got there. Typically that means they screwed up, but not always.

          • GPLDAN

            Dirty Sanchez also ran the ball up the gut (that sounds awful).

            That was when Fergie and Sutton were in there, and they got manhandled against the run.

          • yeah, I was a bit disappointed in the rookie DTs. Was hoping for more from them. Will be watching them closely this week against JAX.

        • MB30SD

          this post is brutal. you are dead to me.

    • Peanut FTW

      I don’t like Conte at all, just saying but purely for the sake of argument; if you actually look at the numbers on paper, if Conte had 1 more int that season he would have had numbers on paper very similar or better than Earl Thomas in 2012, and that was the Pro Bowl FS.
      At the end of the day whoever is back there at FS this year is going to look a lot better than Conte did last year with the pile of Dogshit he had in front of him. Wether it’s Conte ’14, Mundy, or the kid; we will have improved play at FS simply because of the line play.

      • you really can’t judge safeties much by numbers. Conte and Wright both posted their highest tackle totals last year in their worst professional seasons. I’ve watched Conte play for 3 years now and never thought he was close to a Pro Bowl-caliber player.

        • SC Dave

          I agree with this, and also with your earlier assessment about Conte being a capable starter in 2012. Will he, as Jeff suggests, turn all the hate into motivation to be better than he has ever been, or deep down inside was his confidence destroyed last season?

          An interesting story for 2014.

        • Big Mike

          If your safeties are making that many tackles your in bad shape.

  • GPLDAN

    You make the call:

    Was Cobb a Bowman fuckup? Si o no?

    http://www.packers.com/media-center/videos/Rodgers-to-Cobb-Listen-to-the-radio-call/da5bdb5f-b314-4ccd-b218-e25094248fdb

    Btw, listening to this sucks. Fuck Wayne Larrivee you cocksucking Chicago traitor.

    • For your consideration….

      lol, the scene on the bench makes me laugh. Cutler, Kavanaugh and Bennett sitting in stunned silence. Fucking defense. Everyone on the D heard the call from what I saw. Conte is the only one that didn’t turn his head or change any position

      Shea quits on the backside in pursuit, Peppers let’s Rodgers get outside, ARGGHHHHHH!!!!!

      • Big Mike

        They knew their ass was going to get whipped. No way that teams stops the Packers from scoring. All they needed was 3 points.

    • Jesus, this is like watching the Kennedy assination. No matter how many times, it’s still painful to watch.

      Pause it at exactly :19

      It looks like Conte thinks he has the flats.
      Problem is, so does Bowman, and they both hover around the sideline while Cobb runs right by both.

      Does Conte indeed have the flats, while Bowman was supposed to stay deep? Seems unlikely, but it wouldn’t be too exotic a call.

      You can clearly see that Conte is looking towards the WR who ran the out, perhaps sneaking a peak at Bowman being behind, and thus concluding that Bowman has the deep routes.

      Of course, Conte could be wrong, and Bowman only hung back once he saw Conte covering the flats/out/hook, wondering “WTF is this cracker doing?”

      Interesting to note though. Bowman, Anderson and Pepp are gone, while Conte is still here.

      hmmmmm…

      • Also pause it at :45

        Who looks more lost and flustered, Bowman, or Conte? hmmm

        • GPLDAN

          Who is on the team, and who is not? Hmmmm.

          It’s the Bears Zapruder film. Deep and to the left. Deep and to the left…

          • Can’t wait till we sweep those biatches this season. Knock the bad taste out of my mouth. This bitterness will only make the sweep and division championship that much more sweeter, like when Nolte finally puts Deniro down in “Cape Fear”.

          • MB30SD

            Dude, did you get your Nolte III yet?

          • haha You’re such an ashole in the gas lamp disrict! lol
            btw, Hello.

      • everybody said postgame they audibled to man coverage. Bowman was in man, but left his man in a last desperate gasp (and Rodgers’ throw was ALMOST bad enough that he got there in time to save the TD). Conte played zone.

        • So, in other words…

          Of course, Conte could be wrong, and Bowman only hung back once he saw
          Conte covering the flats/out/hook, wondering “WTF is this cracker
          doing?!”

          • MB30SD

            this

      • Big Mike

        Conte is here because he has a year left on his rookie deal.

        • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

          that is the real reason why Conte is still here!!

          • Big Mike

            He’s basically free. He plays well in 2014 he gets a second contract. Set for life

          • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

            and playing for his NFL´s career… despite of MB´s comments hahahaha

          • Big Mike

            Yes he will be.

    • MB30SD

      jesus motherfucking christ on a motherfucking bike!!!!!!

      FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK!

      I knew I shouldn’t have watched that. Conte’s man god damn it. Bowman had the outside man, he made a heads up play seeing that conte fucked the dog and came off his guy to try and catch cobb.

      Oh my god I want conte off this team RIGHT NOW all over again. FUCK!

      • Big Mike

        This cracked me up. It’s your kryptonite.

  • Shady

    Bwahahahaha

  • MB, the floor is yours…

  • MB30SD

    fuck me man.

    It’s not about that one play boys. Not at all. Let’s just erase that one play from our collective memory (which WAS indeed 100% conte’s fault… the corner does NOT have man on an inside guy running a streak. That was conte’s field to protect. 100% his fuck up)….

    So, what have we got? Troll youtube for conte lowlights, of which there are many. My issue with conte is not his speed, or athleticism, or experience… he has all of those. I actually think the guy looks great on paper… and yes, he’s even made some impressive plays over the last couple years.

    Here is the crux of my conte conundrum: he takes horrible angles and is a turrible tackler when it counts.

    AND YOU CANNOT TEACH THOSE TWO THINGS (to a fucking NFL player at least)!!!

    He’s done. Like any chick over 18… they are who they are and if you think she’s going to learn to love sucking your dick out of the blue just because, you’re going to end up miserable.

    If it walks and talks and smells like a duck boys….

    • MB30SD

      “Because Conte, despite the belief of many fans, is not a terrible player. He simply had a terrible year”

      And that is the crux of my argument. You are wrong, he IS a terrible player who had a terrible year… because that’s what terrible players do. Show me revis’ last terrible year, or earl thomas’ or any of the A guys. Bottom line, if you can’t take good angles and tackle well, you aren’t a good player. Period. You can’t refute that. There’s 16 games worth of taped proof (probably many more actually)

      Also, he’s only the best option Jeff because we didn’t fucking do enough at safety this year. Being the best of a group of B- players isn’t the right answer, going out and getting an A player is the right answer. Again… period.

      I get phil had to pick his shots and you can’t fix an entire D in one year, so I get it… but we better get two A safeties sometime in the next year.

      anyway… ALL of this (conte, vereen, wilson, mundy, mccray, bostic, cd, jones, greene, etc…) will shake out over the next 8 – 12 weeks and then we’ll be able to say for sure.

      • nobody is saying Conte is an All Pro like Revis or Thomas.
        But solid players can have bad years in bad situations. Look at Cutler in 2009 (or 2012, honestly). Look at Garza in 2012 vs. 2013.
        There are guys you build a unit around. Those are guys like Revis, Thomas, Marshall, etc.
        Then there are guys you need to fill in around them and not suck. That’s Conte, Garza, etc.
        If you have a bunch of studs and they all play like studs, Conte is fine. There were 4 studs in 2012, and Conte was fine. There were 0 studs in 2013, and Conte sucked.

        • MB30SD

          again, I maintain that it is not conte.

          Conte can’t take angles or tackle. he’s been bad his entire career. Why is wright gone and conte still here data?

          Because SS are MUCH easier to come by. If emery had been able to get us a better option he would have. Conte is a liability out there no matter how you dice it. He’s not solid, at all. He’s swiss cheese, and THAT is why I fight so hard against having him on the team.

          • he started 15 games in 2012, when the Bears had arguably the best defense in the NFL. Clearly you can play him a lot without it ruining your defense.

          • MB30SD

            again, sure… if you want him 30 yards off the ball and HOPEFULLY cleaning up any mess in front of him.

            Of course, if you want a guy who actually makes plays and is a difference maker every game, he ain’t your guy,

            And that’s my main point… I want the second option for once. I’m sick of having 12 years of the first scenario. Maybe next year, right?

          • it is certainly possible that S will be one of their top priorities next offseason. Also possible are LB, CB, and DE (to groom a guy to replace Allen after 2015), but I’m getting ahead of myself here.
            I don’t see how you can say a rookie 4th round pick in a weak S draft who has yet to play a down of NFL football is already more reliable than a guy with 40 starts under his belt. Again, he started 31 of 32 games in 2011-2012 for some damn good defenses.

          • MB30SD

            Because vereen gets angles and tackling… that’s how untrustworthy conte is in my mind. And that’s how bad he was in 2013… and how badly damaged his psyche probably is

          • SC Dave

            Or. MB, THAT the coaching staff in no way shares your opinion that Conte is worse than Wright.

          • MB30SD

            oh, I promise you they do… there’s just no other option.

            they’re not blind dave. Or at least one would hope

      • GPLDAN

        Or, in summary: Turrible is as Turrible does.

        • MB30SD

          jes.

      • tobijohn

        I wonder if Chris ever got a call from Bill Buckner telling him to hang in there. Unless he redeems himself this year, that play will be his epitaph…

        • MB30SD

          TJ!

      • Big Mike

        And then next year in the offseason, I believe you’re dreams will be addressed.

    • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

      “Here is the crux of my conte conundrum: he takes horrible angles and is a turrible tackler when it counts”…

      Sounds dramatic but You are right. It is one of the basics if you want to play this game… the only I know is in Canton Ohio without tackling is “Prime time” but he was a player of thousends…

    • MB30SD

      you and GP, please stop visiting those sites, you will catch something! at least wear a finger condom.

      • GPLDAN

        Cheese herpes.

        • MB30SD

          jes. gross.

    • Big Mike

      I usually find myself pulling for former Bears. Peppers, NAH. Never felt like “ours”. Appreciated him while he was here, but he just didn’t have a connection. Alex Brown yes, Idonije yes. Peppers, blah.

    • CanadaBear

      I’d be a lot happier if this wasn’t a preseason game. I’m really hoping the Fudgies get the same version we had last year. Or maybe a year older version of the same check cashing, don’t care, keep to myself, washed up dude + learning a new position. If this turns out to be their worst nightmare, I’ll laugh all year. Let’s hope!!!!!!!!!!

  • TheBigCheesy

    #playwright

    • GPLDAN

      How are you enjoying Yellow Julius?

      • TheBigCheesy

        I dunno I haven’t watched him any yet. He’s not injured though, so that’s a huge plus!

        • johnnywad

          Yes is he is. Plantar Fasciitis. It’s there. Waiting.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    I don’t think there will be a starting pair of S. I think they’ll go with who’s better each week next to Mundy. I also think Vereen will start one or more games for the Bears this season.

  • GPLDAN

    Mills now in a boot.

    http://t.co/fFhwvYSz2B

    I don’t think his foot is “fine”. I think we are looking at Ola at RT on opening day.

    • or Britton if he ever gets back healthy.

    • even if Mills is ok by the start of the regular season, I’m really bummed he’s missed most of training camp. Was really hoping for a jump from him this year, but he has now sat out most of the offseason.
      Also a reason why I’m bummed Long missed so much time.

    • I saw that. Like they said in the Simpsons, “Have you ever heard of a good alarm?”
      No such thing as a good walking boot, esp for big men who need to be dancing bears.

  • bearsfantillend

    OH GOD, Why are we still talking about Conte?

    Is he great player? NO!
    Is he the only reason we didn’t make the playoffs last year? NO!
    Is he the best player on the roster to play safety? probably.

    To some, like MB, that busted coverage is just the tip of the iceberg of why they hate him. unfortunately to the less educated fans among us it is the entire iceberg. It is the play that sticks in fans memories, it is the play that fans can point to for an entire year of failure on defense. To those fans, Conte is the reason for all failures we had last year. It’s just like some fans still hate Cutler because he got injured in the NFC Championship. Fans want a reason to be angry for the teams misfortunes, fans want a scapegoat.

    I believe Conte is serviceable. If the defense fails this year it is not going to strictly be because Conte is on the field. There was enough blame to go around last year for every member of that defense and coaching staff. That entire defense and defensive coaching staff should be ashamed by their performances last year. I am hoping that everyone on that defense uses their failures last year as fuel to be better this year. Some of those players, like Conte, have more fuel than others. Conte, at least in my mind, is showing some heart through his words. Lets hope he can back it up on the field.

    http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/bears/post/_/id/4693547/chris-conte-a-lot-of-people-i-want-to-prove-wrong

    We all would have liked Emery to make major upgrades at the safety positions this year, but that did not happen. As long as we don’t have the perfect storm of injuries on either side of the ball, bad ST plays, or major fuck ups by the coaching staff (i’m looking at you Tucker), we will be successful. Our offense is good enough that we don’t need a top 10 defense or even maybe a top 15 defense, to win. Don’t get me wrong I will be mad if they are not a top 15 defense.

    • MB30SD

      you and I see pretty much eye to eye on most things I’ve found.

      I just want no one badly injured, 10+ wins, and a playoff shot. Everything else is….. in..conse..quen..tial… really.

      • Big Mike

        Oh you have that. 10 wins, 1 win in the playoffs. Road Game in SF or Seattle. Then we’re done.

        • MB30SD

          I’ll take that IF we sweep the Packers and win the division.

          …or sb!!!

          • Big Mike

            Here’s the Ultimate Bears Fan Question.

            Which would you pick?

            Get to playoffs and win one Playoff Game, but lose both regular season games to the Packers, (Don’t face Packers in Playoffs)

            OR

            Sweep the Packers finish 9-7 and miss the Playoffs

          • Scharfinator

            Sweep. Hands down. You’re also in better draft position.

    • actually, the play that sticks most in my mind is AP dragging Conte for about 10 yards while he was hanging on for dear life.

      2nd to that is “the play”

      3rd is when he took such a horrible angle (i think it was the Ram’s game), that Matt Bowen said he never in all his football life witnessed such an open hole for a RB to run through (that was on Bostic too).

      • MB30SD

        jesus… please stop… please.

      • Big Mike

        No, looking at the ball on the ground while some asshole with a packer hat picked it up and scored. Worst play of the century.

  • MB30SD
    • GPLDAN

      Concours d’Elegance this Sunday at Pebble Beach.

      Bentley is bringing this

      http://www.bentleymotors.com/world_of_bentley/news/bentley_launches_continental_gt3r__the_ultimate_gt_road_car/

      • MB30SD

        Yeah, my dad hammers me about not going every year, ‘I’m in SA, you’re right there, why aren’t you and your brother going, etc… etc…’

        I’ll meet you there. We can sleep on the greens somewhere, they won’t mind right?

        oh and that thing looks nice. One of the only cars in all white I’ve ever liked. The green accents are very nicely done. impressive.

  • MB30SD
    • MB30SD

      and here’s one for Corm… and maybe canada: http://www.spin.com/articles/all-333-phish-songs-ranked/

      • Cormonster

        Never a big Phish fan. I liked a few of their early albums, especially Junta, but never got into them. Doc’s a fan.

        • MB30SD

          Ah, that’s who it was. there ya go doc!

      • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

        I’m pretty sure that one was for me. And sweet it was. It contains a link playing a 59 minute version of Runaway Jim. Oh how I thank you sir.

        • MB30SD

          Most welcome doc. Happy you enjoyed it.

          • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

            still am. same song. delicious

      • CanadaBear

        Not me. I don’t dislike them but I’m not really a jam band kinda guy. At some point my mind starts to wander.

    • Cormonster

      Sorry, I quit reading kids magazines 30 years ago.

      • MB30SD

        I just found the link maing. Didn’t even see the pub

        • Cormonster

          That Onion video I posted is so dead on about Time Magazine.

  • GPLDAN

    Shady Porn is very Pr0n0graphic

    http://www.gamespot.com/articles/play-call-of-duty-advanced-warfare-one-day-early-w/1100-6421643/

    MP looks Fast AND Furious. And jumpy. Very jumpy.

    • Shady

      mmmmmjyeah, that’s the stuff.

    • MB30SD

      Ho…Ly….Shiite.

  • beninnorcal

    This revamped D-line, with it’s added depth, should go a long way in making our secondary as a whole look alot better.

    • beninnorcal

      But, more importantly, our O will be keeping them off the field more which should lead to a fresh and explosive D.

      • AlbertInTucson

        It’s all very symbiotic.

    • MB30SD

      sigh.

      • beninnorcal

        I know, I know, I liked Mike Brown alot too, he also grew up in Scottsdale. I don’t know if anyone will ever replace him for ya. Certainly not #47 GB’s 2013 week 17 MVP.

        • MB30SD

          Hahaha. A guy def can. .. emery just needs to make it a priority and then go get him. We’ve had plenty of opty, just more holes than money or picks

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      the coaching might be the biggest problem. That being said they’ll still be a Top 16 Defense in points allowed

      • Big Mike

        top 10

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          no way

  • Shady
    • say what!? damn.
      Nanu-nanu, brother.
      Then again, he did a looooot of coke.

      • Shady

        So sad. I’m going to drown my sorrows in some youtube clips now.

      • beninnorcal

        I remember him checking into rehab recenty per the local paper here, but he was actually still sober. He’s been battling depression and it looks like he gave up the fight. I liked him alot, seemed like a real good guy.

        • Reminds me of Rodney Dangerfield. I guess he was depressed most of his life too, and in his interview he said something I’ll never forget.

          “I’m depressed, not depressing.”

          That’s why the archetype of the crying clown exists, I suppose.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Clinical Depression and Bi-Polar Disorder are at the bottom of a LOT of addictions ESPECIALLY in us male types who tend to self-medicate with drugs and/or alcohol.

        • SC Dave

          Maybe Robin should have talked with Brandon.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Both dealt with mental health issues but Marshall’s was/is “Borderline Personality Disorder.” My personal exprience has been with Bi-Polar disorder, which is what Williams had.
            And no, I don’t have it, but I have dealt with it for over 20 years.

            The big hurdle, especially for men, is admitting you can’t get thru it without help and then taking/staying on necessary medications.

          • SC Dave

            I realize the diagnoses were not the same. My real point was your last sentence.

    • GPLDAN

      Some fascinating stories in the Bob Woodward book about Belushi regarding Robin.

      Belushi, Robin and Bobby D used to hang and do TONS of coke.

      Of course, Woodward turned in a bottom feeder, so how much is true I don’t know.

  • beninnorcal

    I just saw that, Shady. RIP Robin Williams, I’m shocked.

    • AlbertInTucson

      He was Bi-Polar and was severely depressed lately. Very sad.

      • Big Mike

        Bi-polar is a f’n very rough deal. It sling shots people around terrible loss.

  • So, the NFL Net has turned to the Manziel Channel, eh? Well, at least it’s no longer the Tebus 700 Club…

    • Cormonster

      I dumped my cable aside from the basic plan. Most of the channels are just junk anyway, and I don’t miss it a bit. The only thing I’m worried about missing this fall is college football and Monday night football on ESPN. Anyone know if you can just buy the games on ESPN? I could care less to hear the pre- and post-game hype or analysis. I just want the games.

      • SC Dave

        You’re halfway there, compadre. Now just ditch the rest. Bet you wont regret that either

        • Cormonster

          Mainly I just need my college and pro football games and college basketball, along with a few other sports. Other than that I could do without TV. The problem is I need to find a cheaper source for games other than the big packages that cost more than the cable.

      • Big Mike

        I’m a sports junkie. I live outside chicago, I can’t tell you what my Direct TV bill is. I have some regional package that gets me Chicago Comcast Sports Net. I had the MLB package until a couple years ago. NBA, NHL package. I wish they’d just let me buy for one team, but need to buy the whole shit. RedZone.. that is the shit. I love when the Bears are a night game. I can watch 2-3 games, highlights. AHHHHH

  • Max

    I realize it is incredibly pointless, but didn’t Vereen have 4 interceptions in college

    • MB30SD

      meh, it’s not about the upside for me even any more max, it’s about mitigating the downside risk.

      I’ll give up a big play INT guy if he takes the right angles and makes the sure tackle 99.9% of the time. erra day.

      • Max

        I’d be good with that …

      • SC Dave

        Nobody has, in the history of the NFL, made “the sure tackle 99.9% of the time”. Nor has anyone ever *attempted* the sure tackle 99.9% of the time.
        It just does not happen.

        • MB30SD

          A little hyperbole never hurt anyone dave. : )

  • bearsfantillend

    Enjoyed reading Deadspins take on Tampa Bay, Lovie, and McCown.

    http://deadspin.com/why-your-team-sucks-2014-tampa-bay-buccaneers-1619306481

    • AlbertInTucson

      “Why Your Team Sucks” is always funny.

    • Shady

      You’ll enjoy this one MB:

      “Smith is organized, professional, and beloved by players, and NONE OF THAT will matter when he ends up burning both challenges within the first three minutes of every game the Bucs play this season.”

      • MB30SD

        I did indeed LALZ at that one.

      • I would have written, “And I hope you got a good look at the safeties last season, or in your programs, because they won’t be on your football screen for the next 5 years, especially when they play the Lovie-prevent.”

        • MB30SD

          Boom!

    • MB30SD

      hilarious.

      This is the essence of a lovie team: “What might not suck: The Bucs made sweeping changes this offseason and brought in both Lovie and McCown so that they could win nine games right away, and then spend the next five years getting no better. You won’t suck. You’re just not gonna be all that good.”

  • GPLDAN

    Here… this will cheer you up

  • MB30SD
    • SC Dave

      What do you mean? It’s Islam… old school Islam. M” would be proud of that boy.

      • Trac

        But it’s a religion of love. They’re such nice guys that 5 Taliban were exchanged for 1 Muslim U.S. deserter. Sorry, I digress.

        • SC Dave

          Exactly

      • MB30SD

        Disgusting.

    • AlbertInTucson

      And gene pool just continues to recede at an ever alarming rate.

    • johnnywad

      Jesus. There is a sickness out there that appears to be very widespread. I grew up sheltered in the Midwest and assumed the world to be a good place with just a few crazies out there you had to be mindful of. Its not. More like a crazy place with just a few good people left.

    • Big Mike

      I’m a pretty open minded man. Freedom of speech, separation of church and state. People who know me, think I’m a “liberal”, people who don’t figure I’m a “conservative” I support gay marriage, and have a conceal and carry permit. I’m fairly successful, which sometimes people associate with being a conservative republican. But these cocks suckers make me hate. My emotions go to a place where I think nuking the whole fucking mess would be the right answer. Just fucking start over. You’ve had thousands of years to evolve, you failed. Ok, sorry. I know how wrong that is. Makes me want to go hug a Packer fan.

      • MB30SD

        I’m right there with you maing. You are spot on.

        Make the place a parking lot and give the only successful people in the region the keys to start over from scratch. The middle east would then be a place e of success and peace. A girl can dream

      • Cormonster

        Might as well go nuke the whole lot of them Muslim extremists. The entire Middle East, most of North Africa, large parts of sub-Saharan Africa. The big population is in Asia though. Indonesia, Malaysia, western China, chucks of India, the Philippines, Pakistan, all the other stans, Turkey, etc. That should get rid of a good billion or so if we start there.

        • Big Mike

          I hope I was clear in saying this was my emotional first reaction. Not my thought out response

          • Cormonster

            Sorry for my harsh response. I know what you meant.

          • Big Mike

            It’s ok. I’m sure yours was meant in the same manner.

  • GPLDAN

    Wow, this letter NAILS what Tampa fan is like

    My dad and I have been season ticket holders for 16 years. Even when I lived in another part of Florida, I would drive home to go to games with my dad because we enjoy spending the time together. We used to get frustrated or irritated when things didn’t go well. Now we don’t even care enough to be upset. Over the last season or two, things have gotten to the point with this team where I show up for opening day wondering who the starting lineups will be (because I don’t care enough to do research ahead of time) then spend the first few minutes after the announcement trying to figure out who the hell most of the players are. For several years now we have tailgated with some friends. At the beginning of last season, my dad announced that he doesn’t see a point in packing up the tailgate early, and so we no longer make any effort to make it into the game for kickoff, because we all enjoy hanging out in the 95+ degree parking lot more than sitting in our seats watching this miserable team. My dad used to literally sprint out the doors of church to make sure he saw the start of games. Now we wander in at our leisure, unsurprised to find the Bucs already behind by 10 points.

    • Trac

      This is why Lovie was hired. Bucs fans will now get to experience the false hope us Bears fans went through. Hee hee

      • Big Mike

        He will return the Bucs to relevance. Guaranteed.

        • MB30SD

          Hee hee

          Like they said, you won’t suck any more. .. but you will wallow in mediocrity for the next however many years

        • Trac

          Just having fun Mike. Lovie is still one of my favorite coaches in the NFL. Great character guy and I agree that he’ll turn the team around but I don’t see SB victory for him, ever. That’s really what I meant.

          • Big Mike

            No disagreement. Maybe he improved in his year off. If he picks up a good OC. He’s got a shot

  • For your consideration….

    was watching SF vs Baltimore an had to turn it off because Harbaugh is such a fucking tool. Shameful pussiness.

    • Cormonster

      Which one?

      • For your consideration….

        yes

  • Shady

    Anyone else watching Hard Knocks? *Apparently* They’re in ATL this year.

    And *Apparently* the Falcons have hired both Bryan Cox and Mike Tice to coach the D and O lines. Cox appears to still be out his damn mind and Tice is swearing it up like a fucking sailor. So far there have been 3 fights in this episode alone. Each altercation has ended in a full out fist fight knuckles to helmets, seemingly much worse than what Martellus did to Fuller.

    *Apparently* the Falcons 2009 1st round draft Peria Jerry just retired.

    There was also a funny moment when the rookies stood up to embarass themselves in front of the team. One rookie, instead of singing like the rest of his class, gave an impression of the special teams coach. He stood up and said…

    “How many receivers we got on this team rookie?”
    “Roddy and Julio, sir”
    “How many footballs we got?”
    “One, sir”
    “Better get your ass on special teams”

    Not bad HBO, not bad.

    • beninnorcal

      I watched it the other day and thought the same thing regarding the scuffles. Pretty entertaining but I’m glad our Bears don’t have to deal with such a spectacle as that show.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Not enough on HBO to inspire me to shell out for it but I TOO am glad the bears have dodged that bullet to date.

    • GPLDAN

      I wish I could buy HBO 2GO off the Apple TV ala carte and not need a HBO subscription.

  • AlbertInTucson

    A “Chris Conte Renaissance”. That just seems..remote?

  • AlbertInTucson

    Robin Williams; Weapons of Self-Destruction.

    Ironically Titled.

  • Trac

    At least 40 HS football players have died from heat stroke since 1992. I feel for them and their families more than Robin Williams.

  • To be fair, it was “fuck u is all I gotta say” not “fuck u all” like to the fans…just Waddle and Silvy. Hope Conte can make a big comeback and then gets a big payday.

    • Only way Conte wins a big payday is if he racks up 12 ints, or wins the powerball. The latter is more likely.

      • MB30SD

        Hahahaha… this. Hahaha

  • Here’s a little feel good piece on the Dline:

    http://www.suntimes.com/sports/football/bears/29202249-606/bears-revamped-defensive-line-looking-good-so-far.html

    As athletic as Pepp was, his one “deficiency” was that he always seemed more of the loner type. I think they put the “C” on him because they paid him so much, not because he was necessarily a leader.

    Mullett Man genuinely seems like a leader and excellent teammate. They seem like they have more camaraderie and leadership this year than in previous years, beginning with Allen and Ratliff. Let’s hope the good mojo converts to production.

  • Herring believes Shea is coming along. I’m beginning to have creeping doubts that he can so quickly re-learn the LB position at the NFL level after a 2 year hiatus.

    http://www.suntimes.com/sports/football/bears/29203083-606/bears-trust-in-shea-mcclellins-instincts-at-linebacker.html

    Personally, I still think he’s a liability in the run. I don’t think he has the sheer strength, snap, violence to get off blocks. In space he seems athletic enough – esp in pursuit or when closing in – but LBs aren’t always going to have a free run without another fat man in their face.

    Let’s hope Shea is just a little rusty.

  • Not too sure about Weems as K/PR. Didn’t impress me much.

    http://www.suntimes.com/sports/football/bears/29202334-606/health-helps-as-eric-weems-chases-bears-kr-job.html

    He’s a decent gunner, and DeCamllis implies as much, but great returners don’t really rely on their blocking as much as their instincts, vision, acceleration. As long as a play is decently blocked, young Hester would make his own holes and take it to the house. I don’t see that type of potential in Weems.

    I know it’s unfair to want another Hester, but we’re the Bears, we deserve the best. I rather we go with a young buck who blazes like Williams, though sadly he went down.

    So, one thing I’m keeping my eye on is returners on other teams. They tend to make highlights, so they should be easy to spot.

  • Big Mike

    I posted this is a thread with MB30SD below. But I think it is a worth topic to go up to the top.
    Here’s the Ultimate Bears Fan Question.

    Which would you pick?

    Get to playoffs and win one Playoff Game, but lose both regular season games to the Packers, (Don’t face Packers in Playoffs)

    OR

    Sweep the Packers finish 9-7 and miss the Playoffs

    • For your consideration….

      playoffs

    • Big Mike

      Beat Packers 2x

      • GPLDAN

        I would choose this as well. Because you stipulated we would only win ONE playoff game, assuming the division but get beat the next game.

        A better situation is to go 9-7 but have the Packers at 12-4 but lose twice to us. They go to the playoffs and the push becomes harder to improve.

        This is because I am so tired of Lovie calling his one and done years as success.

        I would however choose TWO playoff games and a loss in the Super Bowl to beating the Packers twice.

        • Big Mike

          I stipulated one playoff win on purpose. While possible to win the division and lose to Packers 2x, not likely. So scenario would be win a WC game and get beaten.

          I would choose to beat Packers twice also. 1 WC victory while providing an extra week of football, is not what this is about. It is about dominating the division for a few years and getting a SB.

      • AlbertInTucson

        I don’t think they can beat Green Bay twice and NOT make the post season.

        • Big Mike

          It would take odd circumstances. Agreed. But it’s very possible. Just not likely. So which would you take?

          • AlbertInTucson

            Playoffs.

    • bearsfantillend

      playoffs

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      I don’t give a shit about the Packers.

      • Big Mike

        So you take playoffs.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          That’s the point of the game.

          • Big Mike

            Yes or now would have done. There are many points to the game. Depends on perspective.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            It’s not a yes or no situation. It’s a ‘yes, what kind of sick fan choses no?’ situation.

  • Big Mike

    “This was largely thanks to Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffry, who is able to catch incoming meteorites with his bare hands.” from “why your team sucks- tampa edition”

  • GPLDAN

    Fun Fact: In the Mork season pilot he visits the Fonz.

    • AlbertInTucson

      MORK originated as a guest spot on HAPPY DAYS.

      • GPLDAN

        The difference between the Fonz and the real Henry Winkler was amazing. I remember being kind of stunned watching Night Shift.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Night Shift. Michael Keaton’s breakout film as Bill “Billy Blaze” Blazjowski.”

          “LOVE Brokers”.

  • johnnywad

    Just listened to a Willie Young I interview on the Score. Personable and smart. I like the guy. Hope he brings it.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      he does. Emery made a great ‘deal’ with him. He’s very cheap.

  • MB30SD
  • MB30SD

    hey traaaaaaaaaccc…

    http://www.brooklynbiltong.com/

  • MB30SD

    poor chris conte.

    Adam Jahns@adamjahns
    Chris Conte was getting heckled by fans after he slipped on soggy field. A veteran #Bears defensive player tells them shut up.

    • GPLDAN

      he knew it was coming. he’s made of sterner stuff.

      • MB30SD

        we shall see my maings

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      they heckled him 1 minute after the slip… it took time to put down those triple ham cheesburgers and 2L bins of Coke. I can imagine that lot of lazy fucking pigs.

      • GPLDAN

        Damn Barb. Look at you, lighting up the south siders like that.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          I don’t have a favorite cardinal direction, man. I’ll get to that in the future…it’s a promise.

          • MB30SD

            there are fat lazy pigs in every country around the globe now barb

            Thanks to Mccky D’s and KFC globalizing. Did you know that in Morocco, you can now get a McRabian. It’s true, check it out: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/19/mcdonalds-international-menu_n_2507006.html

            Exporting fat lazy fuckers across the globe!

          • ‘Murca!

          • MB30SD

            ‘McRabia!

          • SC Dave

            fuck yeah

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            OK… rewind… they are ‘fat lazy pigs’ because they booed a player which is a big no-no for a true fan. So, under that premise, I wanted to insult them. A bunch of brainwashed beasts that went there for a ‘picnic experience’. GPLDAN than got me into a south side, north side direction… then googled south romania chicks and so on. Point is… I don’t know what ‘south side’ means. My knowledge tells me that that’s a richer side on that area, suburban, white. But I don’t know or care.

            PS: All true what you wrote. But i got news, baby. I’ve never eaten at McDonalds, KFC,… . It’s disgusting.

    • SC Dave

      Thumbs up for that vet!

      • MB30SD

        Naw. I don’t heckle our own players… been to two games now and never booed once. Not my style. I’ve stated my case with evidentiary back up. I don’t think I’m one of the meatballs who’s made him the one-play scapegoat for the ’13 D… I do believe I’ve voiced my dissatisfaction with him for at least two full seasons now dave.

        Surely you underestimate me sir.

  • well, if shit ever gets really bad…

    The Bucs are not believed to have any interest in free agent OG Richie Incognito.

    Incognito, 31, said last week that he’s been getting “some
    nibbles” from offensive-line needy teams. The Bucs certainly fit the
    “offensive-line needy” description. They’re trying to find the right
    guard combo after Jaguars DLs Sen’Derrick Marks and Red Bryant wreaked
    havoc on them Friday night.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      Lovie is such a cunt. He made a big mess at G yesterday. His starting G was sent packing for life after 1 preseason game… after saying 2 days ago ‘not to read very much into the first preseason game’. Fucking loser !!!

      • Big Mike

        Uncalled for. The Bucs starting offensive line was bad. Meredith got booted off the first unit, so another guy could get a look.

        • MB30SD

          stop defending that turd mike.

          Beside, I like the way the Barbarian thinks

          • Big Mike

            I will not. Lovie is a quality coach. He’s a Doug Collins type. People rag on him and it pisses me off. He served 9 years. Turned around an irrelevant franchise. Had a bad ending. Got stuck on mediocre. Made mistakes in game mgt, etc I’m not blind. But he was not a “cunt”. So fuck that comment.

          • MB30SD

            I’m mostly just trying to get your goat man.

            That said, the bears are never an irrelevant franchise and you saying lovie turned us into one is a little ridiculous (ok, a lot ridiculous). He did nothing of the sort. He turned us into a franchise that no one was afraid of… yeah, our D will manhandle you, but our O will turn right around and let you kick our ass and win the game.

            He didn’t get stuck on mediocre or make mistakes in game management, he IS fucking mediocre… he breaths, walks, talks and shit mediocre, and he IS turrible at game management and always will be. He’s going to do the exact same thing in tampa. he’ll average out to 9-7 with a couple division titles if he’s lucky, maybe a playoff shot or two. But mostly just more crushed hopes and broken dreams for bucs fans.

          • Big Mike

            No the reverse, we were irrelevant before Lovie got her for most of the 90s. Wannstedt, Jauron. OMG, it was terrible. They were rarely on MNF, it was horrible.

          • MB30SD

            turrible yes irrelevant no… we can’t be… by definition.

            And yes, lovie raised us up from turrible to, well, to what emery and trest are juuuust about to raise us up out of… from 1 and done at best (and one magical lucky sb that he then completely fucked), to real every year contenders who can not only beat the crap and sometimes the decent but never the good.

            Onwards and upwards christian soldiers!

          • SC Dave

            If Lovie fucked the SB, it was letting Rivera run the defense.

          • MB30SD

            Say whaaaaaa?!?!?!

            Dave… you can’t be cereal?!?!

  • Well, Irish gives you Aliens, MB boobs, and I class up the joint with crazy Nolte stories, and Pliny.

    In the wake of Robin Williams, Here’s one on Pliny addressing suicides. (yes, it’s long).

    http://ancienthistory.about.com/od/authorsps/a/Letters-Of-Pliny-The-Younger-Letters-10-14-Of-Book-I_3.htm

  • GPLDAN

    Barb –

    I asked the Googlez for it’s best picture of south side of Romania chick.

    Here’s what I got:

    http://prisonphotography.files.wordpress.com/2010/07/romania6.jpg

    • I just threw up a little in my mouth.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      that’s obviously a rather negative way of using google.

      • Barb UMihai Mar
        • Barb UMihai Mar

          if you write ‘usa chick’ on google you’ll find more photos of Manziel than ‘women you’d fuck’. So there’s that. Case closed.

          • MB30SD

            give us a link to the common looking hot romanian chick. I’m friends with one that’s a bartender here, and she’s pretty hot.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Man… I can tell you this. It’s better to just walk the streets. It’s pretty much about the depth.

            How do you find pictures with ‘common looking hot romanian chicks’ ? If one is hot… she’s hot. I can’t wrap my hear around your ‘Common hot’ notion

            I’d say these are common looking romanian chicks. Let’s say these are the 4-5s
            http://www.ziarulmetropolis.ro/wp-content/themes/ziarulmetropolis/tim.php?src=http://www.ziarulmetropolis.ro/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/PET_1760ctrln.jpg&w=815&h=500

          • MB30SD

            3-1-1 (and not the band)

            I want the above, but at the 8-10 level. What do common hot romanian chicks look like? Simple maings.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            You know what… show me what you mean. Show me ‘how common hot american chicks look like’.

            I must understand this ‘common hot’ notion. And I have to figure out were do I find photos.

          • MB30SD

            http://www.maxim.com/girls/hometown-hotties

            normal girls who aren’t models submit photos… enjoy lad.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            These are all wannabes. I’d fuck few of these.

            The truth is I find sexy being hot. So you see why it’s difficult to produce visual of ‘common hot’.

            Trust Big Mike. He knows his shit.

          • MB30SD

            I trust no one maings.

            Keeps me alive longer while on secret missions.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Big Mike votes down this post.

          • Big Mike

            When I was in Bucharest, what I noticed was that younger women were on average hot. But holy shit, as they go older, (not like 45-50, but like 30 years old) they just went to shit. Either that or all the good looking MILFS and Cougars were not allowed out.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Big Mike understands the world. He pretty much has this shit figured out. Da Bearrrr.

          • Big Mike

            Had a great time every time I was there.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            You did ? I think it says more about you than about this place. I find it rather boring.

          • Big Mike

            I was visiting the company that my company used for software development. A company called Totalsoft. I’ve know the General Manager for 10-15 years. I was hosted and taken to the best restaurants, casinos, shows and then a weekend trip to a resort on the Black Sea. Perhaps the most adventurous thing in my minds eye, was a ride with a Romanian cab driver, in something that I would best describe as getting in a soup can with wheels and holes in it and throwing it off the side of a hill.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Life is exciting everywhere when you have the cash.
            I guess this was time ago. There aren’t such cabs anymore. Things change very quickly around here. I’d guess 8-10 years ago…right ?

          • Big Mike

            First trip was about 10 years ago. Last trip was 2009. There were no cabs involved, based on earlier experience. Also I left out watching a Romanian Cup soccer match home team was Steau? And yes, $ makes everything fun.

          • MB30SD

            Money and pussy. That’s all. (Yes I’m kidding… Life’s not about shitstfuckhouseained balls or the alligator fuckhouse mike)

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Look at you…living the life. Ever been in Budapest ?

          • MB30SD

            a tough life tends to show.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            it’s difficult walking 10 km to the water well every morning. Hahahahh.

          • Big Mike

            It was like the minute they were married they got fat and ugly

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            tell her ‘multzumesc’ next time she ‘serves’ you a drink. It’s ‘thank you’. You can ho up a notch and tell her ‘eshti beton’ which literally means ‘you’re concrete’, which means ‘you’re super hot’. She’s yours after that. You’re welcome and never say I’m not a giver. Hah.

          • MB30SD

            I’ll give that a shot. thanks!

        • GPLDAN

          Is that Kate Upton on the right?

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            I think it’s Kate UpTon… yes sir.

  • GPLDAN

    Ballmer managed to get the Clippers.

    While Sterling was simply too bat-shit nutterz to live, I still don’t like the precedent of the NBA forcing an owner to sell because he was recorded in a private conversation trashing a race. While unethical and bad, it’s not illegal speech. There was no crime. There was no legal basis to forcibly remove him from ownership. Problem was, the idiot was his own worst enemy.

    Well, maybe Steve can resurrect Clippy as a mascot for the team.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      That’s crazy. The NBA is a private organization. They can invent their own rules. The decision has nothing to do with USA’s Constitution. So if you do ‘unethical and bad’ and it can’t be ‘sold’ as ‘no big thing’ by the PR machine… you’re out.

      They didn’t sent him packing because he was a racist…they got rid of him because his racism become a liability for their bottom line. It isn’t about race or free speech, but about the dollar bill.

      Which is very american, I might add. God save.

      • MB30SD

        mmmmmm…. quite.

      • For the record, I don’t like “morality police” in corporate america either.

        I mean, if a person gets a dui or gets caught with some weed, or a hooker, or whatever, a worker can get fired.

        Don’t like that if whatever activity you do on your free god given american time doesn’t affect your work.

        I mean, Ok, if you’re a bus driver and get a dui, I can see that. Or if you’re on call, and high, then yeah. But if what you do on your off time doesn’t affect how you work, or negatively impact the employer, who are they to terminate you?

        Reminds me of Ford trying to build his own little corporate fiefdom.

        • Cormonster

          I like the policy of one of my customers who owns a very large printing company. They drug test before hiring to weed out people with big problems. After that they only test in case of an accident (insurance reasons and regulations). He figures if you have a problem you will eventually get yourself fired for other reasons.

          • Exactly. If you become unproductive, then yeah, get fired.
            I mean, what’s next, a worker must go to church, be married and attend pta meetings?
            I know corporations want drones, but christ on a bike, we got to give people a little leeway to remain human.
            That’s what I don’t like about sport’s sometimes. Kobe, Tiger Woods, etc seem somewhat less human, and they almost all end up snapping.

          • GPLDAN

            In that case, the NFL should drag Jim Irsay through the streets and crucify him.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            The NFL doesn’t exist. It’s a mirage.

          • to be fair, Sterling has been unproductive for several decades now. It’s just that he’s the boss, so he can’t be fired for incompetence.

          • CanadaBear

            Due to my job, I was randomly drug tested for years. Total crock of shit. If a person has a drug or alcohol problem it should be obvious. Mood swings, late for work, absenteeism, etc. If they are model employees and smoke some weed, is there really a problem?

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          For the record, I don’t like morality, police, corporate, america.

      • Big Mike

        It’s about the agreement that all owners sign. I think the NBA calls them ownership by-laws. There are specific terms for removal, or a forced sale of the team.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          sure. but those by-laws are phony. At the end of the day ok’s all about what the other owners think. It’s a very rich white dudes club. A bunch of wankers making money.

          • bearsfantillend

            exactly. Its about MONEY!!!! The NBA have advertisers and TV deals to deal with. Once those started pulling out their money the owners get had to do something. Thats why they have the rules to protect their pocketbooks.

            the people upset about the Redskins moniker should take note of this. Until the NFL and Dan Snyder see an impact to their bottom lines the Redskins name won’t change.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            people have these crazy ideas about these leagues. They have top class PR. The model must be the USA Federal Reserve. Now thats’ a con job they’d like to achieve.

          • SC Dave

            No shit. And maybe you’ll get Irish to show back up…

          • Big Mike

            I don’t know what you mean by phony. They are contractual. Contract law is enforceable up to the point where it violates constitutional law.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            So why does Godel do pretty much whatever he wants or better say what his bosses tell him? They are phony because in the case of Sterling it was some shit like ‘actions detrimental to the League’. Who decides what’s detrimental to the League ? The Owners. Themselves. But it’s the same with pretty much every important League in the World.

          • Big Mike

            Because the NFL Commissioner is an employee of the NFL Owners.

            The league decides what is “detrimental”. But they do so within the construct of what their general counsel (lawyer) tells them they believe a court would uphold.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            And when they go to court the jedge tells them they should decide things in arbitration. Between them.The whole Concussion Lawsuit that happened these years was about that. It’ s why the Players accepted the settlement. You had your CBA…go fuck yourself.

    • It doesn’t sit well with me either. It’s close to thought-police. Not to mention, doesn’t Sterling have alzheimer’s? I mean, he was a dirtbag racist since forever, but seems like a little bit of a TMZ set up, if you ask me.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        next week: ‘The NFLs Concussion settlement is close to communism’.

        PS: Come on, man…step it up. Sterlling’s ban was as much of a Democrat Capitalistic decision you’ll ever see. Now don’t go Nazi on me…or do…please do… it’s my area of expertise.

    • MB30SD

    • Big Mike

      It’s in the ownership rule book. Don’t be an asshat in a way that costs the league money. Otherwise, have fun being a billionaire.

    • Big Mike

      There was a legal basis. He signed a contract when he bought the team.

      • if my boss was recorded saying something like that, he would 100% be fired. Same for the president of the university where I work. Same for your boss, most likely.

        It’s not like they’re filing criminal charges against him.

        • Big Mike

          Agreed.

    • CanadaBear

      Karma’s a bitch.

  • MB30SD

    GP (or yonny), what app am i looking for for my iPad (piece of fucking shit)? Thanks!

    • For your consideration….

      huh?

      • MB30SD

        the nfl app where I can watch games after for $20

        • For your consideration….

          ahhhhh, you’ll like it. I’ve watched a couple of games and used that 10second fast forward feature to scoot through the games. My wife thinks it’s porn and it kind of is.

          • you can get through a whole game in about 30 minutes. It’s awesome.

            Called NFL Game Rewind, BTW. I dunno what the preseason version is called though.

          • MB30SD

            Thank you sir… got it. .. watched the game. Was impressed with both 1st team units

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    My Bears roster projection of the 23 roster: OFFENSE: QB 2, RB 3, FB 1, TE 3, WR 6, OL 9. DEFENSE: DL 9, LB 7, CB 5, S 5, Specialists 3.

    I’m only 100% sure about the QB, RB, WR, TE positions. The other ones depend on the Special Teams.

    My point is… they’ll go low on QB, OL and DL for the sake of the Special Teams depth.

    • For your consideration….

      i’m thinking 10 DL, 6 LB, 6CB and 4S because of what happened last year.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        they have 2 Safety special teamers in Steltz and McCray. They will not cut them both. Frey is at risk at that point. The LB corp…they have Jones and Senn on the 6 and 7 spot. Senn is a ST specialist and Jones will not get trough the wire list.

        It’s all debatable and nobody knows what they’ll do. I don’t think they know. My point was that the Special Teams will be key in what they do with the roster.

        I’m only 100% sure about the QB 2, RB 3, WR 6, TE 3 positions.

        • I think McCray could easily stick as one of 4 safeties. I’ll be pretty surprised if Steltz is one the roster.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Vereen, Conte, Mundy, Wilson, McCray, Steltz. So you’re saying they cut Steltz and another one. Wilson ? I highly doubt that. And if they do it’s panic time… going into the season with Conte, Mundy, Vereen, MCCray is insane.

          • MB30SD

            Agree… I think you have to go with:

            Mundy
            Vereen
            Wilson
            McCray (or conte if he looks healthy and McCray don’t keep coming along)

            Btw, I downloaded that app and paid my sawbuck… McCray Doesn’t Look At all bad at fs with the 1s. He actually had a few good plays and was in good position.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            He’s a ST and a pupil of DeCamillis. So you’re saying they go with only 4 S ? So if Conte looks healthy they cut both Steltz and McCray. That’s a ST nightmare.

          • MB30SD

            I was just working within the given parameters.

            I think you keep McCray and conte (if he’s healthy) and from what I saw on the tape from last game, McCray easily beats out conte… basically, loser goes to be a ST warrior. Personally I think steltz, while the lesser athlete, is the better safety (than conte)

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            I think they cut Steltz, but he’s very important figure in the locker room.

          • MB30SD

            I don’t know about very, but he’s a solid specials guy when he’s not destroying our own pro bowlers.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            he is friends with all the veterans. Didn’t mean it in the sense of ‘locker room leader’

          • that was my prediction before training camp started. I’ve seen nothing to make me change it yet.
            Let’s not forget Steltz was their 3rd S last year. The depth is much improved this year, even if the talent level of the starters is not.

    • Frank Schoenburg

      You have David Fales not making the team.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        Practice squad. Why would Fales make the team ? Do do what ?

        • Frank Schoenburg

          To keep him away from other teams. Obviously if he makes the team he’ll be inactive every week.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Sure, but who cares ? You can’t keep a 3rd Qb, a FB, 3 TEs + a KR specialist. At least 1 has to go.

          • Frank Schoenburg

            I think Rosario could be a goner.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            He plays ST. Zach Miller doesn’t.

          • MB30SD

            he’s proven that he’s kind of a baller frank. don’t think he’s going anywhere.

        • Frank Schoenburg

          Too keep him away from other teams. He’ll be inactive every week.

  • bearsfantillend

    can someone explain Jeff’s tweet? King James is nickname. Rex is his real name. There is only one king in Cleveland.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      something about golf ?

    • Shady

      Grossman signed with the FOS Browns.

      • johnnywad

        I still doesn’t make sense.

        • Shady

          Rex is latin for king.

          • johnnywad

            There. Now it makes sense. Thanks Shady.

          • MB30SD

            so edumacated.

          • Shady

            it was all innerness.

          • MB30SD

            Isn’t it always these days.

          • SC Dave

            Were there really people that didn’t know that?

          • MB30SD

            Oh tisk tisk dave… the booj intellijencia are we now?!

  • MB30SD

    you guys see this, “More than 100 additional U.S. military advisers heading to northern Iraq” on CNN.

    Want the read? here is it… we’re sending 100 special forces guys and seals to seriously singlehandedly fuck some Isis shit up.

    Not sure I’m down wasting our best men on that fucking human refuse, but ok.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      Sounds like the basis for the next Hollywood blockbuster.

      • MB30SD

        I think it’s already been done… like 50 times.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          that’s what I’m saying. This one will be a remake… a new world order version of The 100.

          • MB30SD

            sounds awesome, can’t wait to shell out my $13 to see it.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            $13 ? holly shit !!! You can buy 2 AKs with that dough in Northern Iraq. Everything is connected. It’s the fucking Butterfly Effect right there !!!!!

          • MB30SD

            to be honest, I have no idea what a normal movie tix costs these days. I have a 4 and a 6 yr old.

    • AlbertInTucson

      So much for “No boots on the ground”, Mr. President.

      Maybe they’re barefoot?

      • SC Dave

        Hey! I like going barefoot!

    • Shady
      • MB30SD

        and around and around we go…

        • Shady

          So what’s the answer my man? I know the WMD invasion was a complete disaster, but are we really going to let the worst of the worst (ISIS) overrun Iraq?

          #aintnobodygottimeforthat

          • For your consideration….

            i’m not a fan of President Obama but he had to send the boys in and everyone knows it. Those ISIS motherfuckers gots to git got.

          • SC Dave

            sigh

          • this is what pisses me off. Everybody else just stands around waiting for the US to play world police. But then people get pissed at the US for playing world police.

            It’s a catch 22 situation. Do you let assholes be assholes and ruin millions of lives? Or do you do something about it? Either way there’s gonna be a bunch of people pissed off at you.

          • Scharfinator

            Agreed. It is a tough double standard at this point. We could all say we shouldn’t have done things in the past, but hindsight is 20/20.

          • MB30SD

            There really is no viable answer or solution when one side views diplomacy and compromise as weakness and a sure sign that they need to redouble their efforts to perpetrate even more and grander scale terrorism against bigger numbers of innocent infidels.

            And there is no way to press a button and make all the ‘bad’ Muslims disappear while leaving all of the ‘good’ Muslims alive… so it is what it is… we’re all fucked and we should just wait for skynet to come online.

  • MB30SD

    have you guys seen this lame ass challenge. It’s for a great cause and is cool in that regard, but couldn’t they have chosen something a little more…. exciting?!

    http://www.si.com/extra-mustard/2014/08/12/nfl-commissioner-roger-goodell-ice-bucket-challenge

    So lame.

    • Shady

      It’s better than the cinnamon challenge:

      • MB30SD

        I was going to write that it wasn’t… but I can’t see Roge or pete doing that one.

        How about the gallon of milk challenge?

        • Shady

          Stopped after 3 secs, no need to watch a shirtless bro chug milk maing.

          • MB30SD

            whateves, they were all shirtless bros chugging milk. Literally the top 4 vids were shirtless dudes.

            #whenyoucan’tbeatem

          • Shady

            I was the director of a milk chug film in HS. I have a copy on VHS somewhere, maybe I should look for it…

          • MB30SD

            Post that shit… deviant

          • Shady

            Won’t but I know I think I could…

          • MB30SD

            Would you hold me? Love me?

            (Wtf was that?!?!)

          • Shady

            Hee hee.

  • MB30SD
    • MB30SD

      initial thoughts:
      * Kyle fuller is a grown ass man
      * If the Dline stays healthy, we will be a force
      * CD looks lost and get’s destroyed the second he’s touched.
      * Briggsy is a beast… Williams is also a badass
      * McCray looked pretty decent

      more as i watch…

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        who the fuck is CD ? PS: Watch Fullers pass defense in the 2nd quarter. At about midfield they play man and Hayden leaves his man down the seam and stops in a zone. Fuller leaves his man and gets there to kick the ball out of WRs hands. Fuller is at the the left CB, at the bottom of the screen. Fantastic play. Still can’t understand if he had scheme/coverage responsibility or he free styled that shit. In the end it doesn’t matter… he’s a playmaker.

        • Cormonster

          Shea McClellin, aka Chicken Dinner.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            aka ‘walking proof of the bad coaching the Bears had on the D side in the past’.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          Check that. Hayden fucks the play up. With 9 seconds to go in the first half he plays some useless underneath route leaving the WR free down the seam. Fuller plays zone from the start and reacts like the real player he is.

          • MB30SD

            Noooooo… not hayden!?!?! Can’t be!?!?

            Hee hee

  • AlbertInTucson

    Jordan Mills is still in a walking boot. Trib says don’t look for him against the Jags.

    • For your consideration….

      not cool. that will be an issue all season.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      that was obvious from the start. There’s no need to force him. He’ll return to the third game in Seattle.

  • Sactowns#1

    So I have to jump on the Chris Conte bandwagon, not becasue he deserves it (deserve’s got nothing to do with it- one of my favorite lines) but because it’s the right thing to do for the team. I’m an A’s fan, grew up loving the Bash Brothers, Eck, Ricky etc. So this year I was really glad to see the signing of Jim Johnson, ace closer. I mean the last few years we’ve been just a few pieces away from a World Series. But Jim had a rocky start to the season and fans were more than happy to pile on. Soon the blown saves started to pile up and fans were just merciless (much like fans booing Conte at todays practice). My question is why? What does that do for your team? Johnson was so rattled that he just couldnt perform. He was sent down and subsequently picked up by the AL rival Tigers. Great, so the tigers got a up and down reliever and the A’s fans showed they have no class. So we see the harm created by booing, by expressing no faith in a player, but what does it hurt to cheer someone on? What does it cost us? I guess I would rely on the logic of Pascals Wager in this. (Trac should love that) I say we circle the waggons, rally around this guy and maybe, just maybe, he’ll have a pro bowl year.Or maybe he wont. But at least we can hold our heads high and say ,”hey at least we didnt kick a man while he was down.”
    http://www.mercurynews.com/athletics/ci_25869488/donaldson-chides-oakland-fans

    • For your consideration….

      anyone that boos a player on the Bears should have his vadge kicked in.

      • Shady

        What about coaches?

        • For your consideration….

          that’s a little different. The players are the guys literally putting their health on the line every single play doing things that the rest of us simply cannot. You can boo and complain about a GM for fucking up years on end. You can be pissed at a coach for not being solid. They have guaranteed contracts. Did you ever notice that it’s not the coaches that result in a team being good? Is it a coincidence that all of these great coaches had all of the best talent year in and year out?

          You don’t boo a guy for trying, struggling and failing. You blame the guy that keeps putting him out there for him to fail.

          • Shady

            Let’s say the Bears, by some stretch of the imagination, sign Ray Rice or Mike Vick. Would it be OK to boo then?

            #justaskin

          • For your consideration….

            Vick paid his price i think so i couldn’t really boo him at this point. Rice is another matter. I’d be like, “fucking great run you goddamn wife beating scumbag!” Let’s go boys, let’s get a stop here and get the rock in that fucking talented piece of shit’s hands again and stomp these Packer bitches.” then i’d have to drink more because of the guilt.

          • Shady

            Thank you for entertaining my ridiculous line of questioning.

          • For your consideration….

            no problem, i had a couple of minutes to kill before settling down to a little Michael Mann feature called Public Enemies. Boom. see ya bitches, i’m fittin to git entertained.

          • AlbertInTucson

            A good one.

          • Trac

            Would you dare ask your wife to buy you a Ray Rice jersey for Christmas?

          • For your consideration….

            my wife doesn’t even know who Zach Miller is…..fucking ZACH MILLER!!!???!!!!!

          • MB30SD

            #almostgroundsfordivorce?

          • johnnywad

            I reserve the right to boo Roy Williams’ first down celebration.

      • For your consideration….

        and at practice to boot!

      • Trac

        Except sexy Rexy. He deserved his boo’s.

    • Trac

      Loved this post except for the part about the A’s. He he.

    • SC Dave

      Far out. Way to go Sac!

  • For your consideration….

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/

    Lauren Bacall dead at 89. Smoking hot fox from yesteryear.

    • Shady

      Incredible life she led. RIP Lauren.

    • MB30SD

      That’s a great run maing. If i make it to 75 i figure I’m on borrowed time after that.

  • Shady

    Well, I guess I’ll be the guy to throw it out there – only ’cause we handled the Trayvon case with civility – so what do you guys think about this Michael Brown case in St. Louis? I’ll wait until we get some facts straightened out, but this looks bad.

    • Trac

      I think this nation is a c— hair away from mob rule.

      • GPLDAN

        Crazy Irish.

        • Trac

          Yeeeaaaah, just like that.

      • Cormonster

        I would say just the opposite. We are much closer to a police state than mob rule. Exhibit A: martial law in Boston after three people got killed during the Boston Marathon. Exhibit B: the training exercise in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina when people were not allowed to leave the city.

        The police have been militarizing in this country since the late 90’s – early 2000’s, and I seen it first hand. I contracted work at a police training center and a close by military base during that time, and warned a lot of people about future problems. Almost all of the new recruits at that time had an us against them attitude and it is causing major problems in this country today. It’s scary shit.

        Many of our civil rights are vanishing right under our noses and people don’t even see it. The mainstream media, down to the local level, is in bed with law enforcement. They parrot out whatever the military or police forces tell them. The media today in the US is similar to reading third world bullshit media from 20-25 years ago.

        Lots more to say, but diatribe done for now.

        • Trac

          Now you’re splitting hairs.

          • Cormonster

            Go fuck yourself.

          • Trac

            That was a joke.

          • Cormonster

            I know, but this is an issue that gets me really riled up.

          • Shady
          • Cormonster

            The kid was jaywalking, a major crime. When the police confronted him for this heinous crime, he charged the officer in his car, tried to take his gun, and was shot. When he tried to escape, he was shot several more times in the back for good measure. Case closed. The officers did everything right. Classic case of good police work.

          • Shady

            This is sarcasm, right?

            Please be sarcasm.

          • Cormonster

            Yes, sarcasm.

          • Shady

            Well there goes the civility.

          • Trac

            Indeed.

          • MB30SD
          • Shady

            I see what you did there.

        • the police/government are also suppressing media rights to a shockingly bad extent, so people don’t hear about stuff they should

  • Trac

    True or False?

    Russell Wilson on any other team isn’t even on the honorable mention list.

    • GPLDAN

      Kumar is a fucking stud. Anywhere.

      EOL.

      • Trac

        True or false only please.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          False.

    • Frank Schoenburg

      true

    • Jokey

      False, but only b/c I’m familiar with his play at UW.

  • GPLDAN

    The Panthers “Why Your Team Sucks” is up.

    It contains the greatest line from any letter yet.

    Charlotte looks like somebody expanded the lobby of a Holiday Inn Express to fill up 300 square miles, dotted it with the occasional Moe’s Southwest Grill, and then sold it to Bank of America.

    Swish. 3 points there, Tar Heel.

    http://deadspin.com/why-your-team-sucks-2014-carolina-panthers-1620050552

    • SC Dave

      Charlotte is *kicking ass* right now. Building everywhere, money everywhere.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “Received many emails, comments, Tweets begrudging Bears for lack of TE depth. Sure looks like non-issue now. Bennett suspension a blessing?”

    Um, Blogfather, aren’t you reading a AWFUL lot of significance into one exhibition game?

    Is the back-up QB situation a non-issue now. too?

    I hope you’re right about tight end but I don’t think ANY parts of the 2014 Bears should be proclaimed a “Non-issue” at this point in time.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      I agree with Jeff.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Fine. Except that Blogfarher’s already stated recently, basically:
        Don’t Read Too Much Into One Exhibition Game.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          That’s what Lovie said one day before he benched his starting G for life. Last week.Hahahh. PS: Zach Miller is a decent backup without looking at his preseason game. Had some ok seasons with the Jaguars playing behind Marcedes Lewis. 20 catches, 200+ yards as a reserve TE is huge. We had worse TE as starters in the past. He is also a Jocker TE so he can play with Bennett, they are compatible

  • Cormonster

    You all can thank me tomorrow for Jeff’s new post after this rant.

    Why aren’t more American’s outraged by the second Iraq war? It was illegal and under false pretenses. Any weapons of mass destruction that Saddam had were probably supplied by the US during the Iran-Iraq War in the late 70’s-early 80’s. Lots of chemical and biological weapons. There is no link between 9-11 and Iraq that I can see. It was mostly Saudis, Yemenis, and Eqyptians.

    Yet we went to war and killed upwards of 1 MILLION people, and displaced another 5 MILLION people (refugees). 20% of the population lost their homes and livelihood. Aside from the Republican Guard and some other zealots, most of the Iraqi army laid down their arms and went home. They were conscripts forced into the army by Saddam. The US walked into Baghdad with little resistance.

    The people we fought after this were mainly former Baathists at first, and later we got entangled in a religious civil war that started. The Shias, rightly so, had a lot of pent up aggression after being oppressed under Saddam. They wanted to oppress the Sunni Muslims in Baghdad and the western part of the country. Revenge.

    Is the US government really less violent and barbaric than these people? They may chop off heads, but we dropped incendiary bombs and depleted uranium bombs all over the country for many years. The US government has killed 100x more Iraqis than ISIS or any other group. We just don’t see pictures. The only pictures we see are planes flying over at sporting events and we say “fuck yeah”. America!

    America is “protecting” freedom around the world, while we go to airports and have to go through hoops to get through security. Ever been taken into another room? I have, and I was scared shitless.
    My crime? Nothing, they were just doing their job. They fooled me. I could swear I thought I might be a terrorist and not even known it.

    • MB30SD

      …skynet… coming online. … 10….9….8….7….6………..

      • Cormonster

        Was it worth it?

        • MB30SD

          Uhhhh…. yes?

          I love fucking around. Can’t take life too seriously, right?

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      My friendly advice to you… never watch 9-11 ‘conspiracy theory’ documentaries. Many reasons for you not to do it. Main reason: After this ‘flagged’ post you might never be able to board a plane in your life.

    • What can be done? I know it sounds defeatist, but aside from going Timothy McVeigh to make a point, what is the option for the avg american?

      I went to protest rallies against Iraq 2. I didn’t exactly feel comfortable around the puppet makers, bongo drummers, and hooded anarchisst, but I was there to show “them” that there are americans who don’t like that shit.

      I DIDN’T go to protest rallies for Afhganistan because I felt that we couldn’t allow a whole fucking country to harbor and train terrorists who openly proclaim they’re trying to wipe us out. THAT will not do. It was a huge split in the “activist” community, as some were hard core pacifist, while others, were hardcore conspiracy theorists not much different than Irish, claiming that 9/11 was an inside job, etc etc.

      No matter. I went to a few protest. I didn’t vote for any of those cock suckers in charge then, or in charge now. I’m sure I could have done more, but what? join a militia? attend citizen forums (mostly pointless)? Join groups – what groups? The only groups the reds and blues listen to are the corporations.

      Baring an unforseen situation, we all know Hillary will run for president next election, and most likely win. Unless a video of her gangbanging jihadists on the american flag pops out while she yells, “Death to America!” mid coitus, she’ll likely become the next president. The media will go wild with the first female narrative. Does it even matter who the Republicans trot out? It’ll be some middle aged white male droning about the same b.s. topics of (fill in the blank). The general election will be close like always. Texas red, Cali blue – Ohio, Fl, swing states, etc. Electoral college will go to another Clinton.

      And what can anyone do to stop this? No way a libertarian gets elected. No way a socialist gets elected. No way any other 3rd party even makes a dent in the machine.

      I know it seems defeatist, but that’s just the reality. If someone has real options, I’m all ears. But please don’t refer me some literature or tell me to write my senator. That does squat, and we all know it.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        You have to be moron or simply brainwashed to believe 9-11 has what the official story says. PS: This way that USA follows is only natural. It is what it is by design. And it will never change. You guys never had a proper revolution in your history and so there isn’t that knowledge and instinct in your general DNA. There’s also a track record of high powers/rulers assassinating every true leader that could change history.
        People are so paranoid about the inside jobs because the country had so many and people have accepted them. Case in point 9-11.

        • For your consideration….

          jesus

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Glad you nominated him. It’s how white dudes got there. The official reason. There we go again.

        • johnnywad

          What the fuck are you talking about Barb? I’m not paranoid about anything. What inside jobs are you talking about? Are you saying 9-11 was an “inside job”? And what the fuck do you mean we never had a “proper” revolution? Seriously? What does that fucking mean? You know we cast off the largrst , most powerful, military machine the world had seen at that time right? Jesus. Stick to football.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            First of all answer ‘Cormonster’ on his initial post. That’s what I did. His post isn’t about football. He asks a question…I answered. You didn’t. Dude… you’re THAT guy. Doesn’t go near the difficult question, piggybacks on the answers.

            PS: About 9-11 all I can say is that if you think a plane crashed into the Pentagon you are a moron. Literally.

          • johnnywad

            I don’t have an issue with Cor’s post. Just yours. I keep trying to factor in that you’re not from here when I read your comments regarding world events. It doesn’t change anything here.

            One of my best friends from High School was in the fucking Pentagon when the plane hit it. And yes, a fucking plane hit it. He survived, and we’ve talked about it.

            The fact that you will use the attacks of 9-11 in your earlier post as a tool to demonstrate that we, as Americans, are stupid; somehow taken in behind a giant conspiracy, or at least paranoid that one actually happened, pisses me off.

            How the fuck could you possibly know anything that actually happened? You don’t know anything more than the next guy on the street. Yet you use the event , and your imagination to essentially call us all stupid for assuming the facts to be what they are. More time, analysis, and money was spent sorting out what happened than any of us could possibly imagine.

            Go fuck yourself.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            SukMyPredictalator wrote this:

            “It was a huge split in the “activist” community, as some were hardcore pacifists, while others were hardcore conspiracy theorists not much different than Irish, claiming that 9/11 was an inside job, etc etc.”

            I responded
            “People are so paranoid about the inside jobs because the country had so many and (other) people have accepted them. Case in point 9-11”.

            I never said 9-11 was an inside job…you moron.

            PS: You are clueless. Tell me how the fuck does an airplane fit into that hole. You’re a wanker.

            http://thekromblog.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/pentagon_on_911-lite-597×479.jpg
            http://911research.wtc7.net/reviews/loose_change/docs/pentagon_lawn.jpg
            http://www.orwelltoday.com/planepentagon.jpg
            http://www.apfn.org/images/pentagon-9-11.jpg
            http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-qCtHD3R6Jkk/UE5d9vvklmI/AAAAAAAABis/aEidNzEiNeg/s1600/911%2Bpentagon%2B2.png
            http://truthandshadows.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/pentagon-far.jpg

            You and your friend… man, fuck your friend.

          • johnnywad

            Maybe because it was going a couple hundred miles an hour when it hit the ground? You know people saw the plane and plane parts on the ground right? And why fuck my friend? Because he was there and saw it first hand? Look at the sources you’re using to make your point. You’re an asshole. Wait….. PS. You’re an asshole. I’m done hashing this over. Your stupidity is just pissing me off.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            You sissy should sent me links with the interviews of these people.

            These are real photos and measurements you naive fool… what do the ‘sources’ have to do with it ? Google it…you stupid fuck.

          • johnnywad

            http://www.9-11commission.gov

            Happy reading asshole. I know its not Orwelltoday.com or truthandshadows.com but it will do.

            I’m probably going to wish I didn’t ask, but I have to know. If you don’t believe it was a plane, AND you don’t believe it was and inside job, just what do you think happened? And why?

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            What a fuck do I know ? Maybe Bel Amid Buamhamban fired a big missile into the building from across the street.

            PS: You’re giving me a link of the official statement ? That’s crazy. I’m accusing a cover-up and you link the ‘report’ of dudes named to write it by the cover-upers ? It’s insulting.

            You should read this (note: found it after 5 minutes on google)
            http://www.opednews.com/articles/genera_alan_mil_070905_u_s__navy__top_gun__.htm#14079711640631&action=collapse_widget&id=5250903

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Am I less crazy now if I have the same views as Commander Ralph Kolstad (a now retired top-rated fighter pilot during his 20-year Navy career, a participant in the Navy’s ‘Top Gun’ air combat school, and a ‘Top Gun’ adversary instructor. While in the Navy, he flew F-4 Phantoms, A-4 Skyhawks, and F-14 Tomcats and completed 250 aircraft carrier landings. after his 20 years of Navy active and reserve service and served as a commercial airline pilot for 27 years, flying for American Airlines and other domestic and international careers. He flew Boeing 727, 757 and 767, McDonnell Douglas MD-80, and Fokker F-100 airliners. He has flown a total of over 23,000 hours in his career) ?

            Can I ? Here it goes:

            “Commander Kolstad is especially critical of the account of American Airlines Flight 77 that allegedly crashed into the Pentagon. He says, “At the Pentagon, the pilot of the Boeing 757 did quite a feat of flying. I have 6,000 hours of flight time in Boeing 757’s and 767’s and I could not have flown it the way the flight path was described”.
            Commander Kolstad adds, “I was also a Navy fighter pilot and Air Combat Instructor and have experience flying low altitude, high speed aircraft. I could not have done what these beginners did. Something stinks to high heaven!” He points to the physical evidence at the Pentagon impact site and asks in exasperation, “Where is the damage to the wall of the Pentagon from the wings? Where are the big pieces that always break away in an accident? Where is all the luggage? Where are the miles and miles of wire, cable, and lines that are part and parcel of any large aircraft? Where are the steel engine parts? Where is the steel landing gear? Where is the tail section that would have broken into large pieces?”

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            I agree with this dude also: Col. George Nelson, MBA, U.S. Air Force (ret) – FAA certified commercial pilot. Former U.S. Air Force aircraft accident investigator and airplane parts authority. Graduate, U.S. Air Force War College. 34-year Air Force career. FAA certified Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic.

            He says:
            “With all the evidence readily available at the Pentagon crash site, any unbiased rational investigator could only conclude that a Boeing 757 did not fly into the Pentagon as alleged.”

          • For your consideration….

            Barb, you just took all of your football insights and opinions and pee’d all over them. You’ve pissed on your merit. Learn about it.
            #regs

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            On this site we can talk football or about other stuff. If I have a view I’ll write it down.

          • For your consideration….

            And that is the beauty of the internet Barb. You can express any crazy ass view you want. You, a foreigner, can express your views on a well coordinated terrorist attack of our country and claim that it was an inside job. You have that right I guess. I have the right to tell you that it’s fucking disrespectful and batshit crazy and infuriating. Another way of saying it is that you fucking pissed all over yourself and I can no longer read or respond to anything that you express here. You are dead to me. Stick to football jerk.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Again… SukMyPredictalator said:

            “It was a huge split in the “activist” community, as some were hardcore pacifists, while others were hardcore conspiracy theorists not much different than Irish, claiming that 9/11 was an inside job, etc etc.”

            I responded:

            “People are so paranoid about the inside jobs because the country had so many and (other) people have accepted them. Case in point 9-11.”

            SHOW ME THE QUOTE WHERE I SAY ‘9-11 WAS AN INSIDE JOB’.

            It’s a basic concept… the conspiracy theorists are hardcore because
            “the country had so many and people” never revolted. So when 9-11 happens they think ‘inside job’ right away.

            The thing I did say is that ‘Only a moron can believe that a aircraft hit the pentagon’.

            Wake up and get out of your asshole. Read what I write and stop making stupid accusations.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            You want to talk about learning ? You should watch 30 minutes of this documentary. Watch from minute 53 and 20 seconds. You could watch it all, but I’m sure you’re not very keen on such a thing. You should…if you really want ‘knowledge’. Or you could stick your head in the sand.

          • bearsfantillend

            “PS: About 9-11 all I can say is that if you think a plane crashed into the Pentagon you are a moron. Literally.”

            WOW, JUST WOW!!!!
            that is single handedly the stupidest thing you have ever written, Probably the stupidest thing i have ever read on this blog, and that includes crap Irish has said. Congrats you have won the ignorant ASS of the year award.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Yes… when physical and improbable events happen at the same time…. the ones that are baffled are considered stupid and asses.

            You have no informations about the topic. None. If we’d start a conversation about this it would be like talking to a wall. And I can assure you I’m no genius. Nooo.

          • bearsfantillend

            yeah i got that you are no genius, that is very apparent. If you want some new information, you are bat shit crazy in believing the shit you have said. Damn thats not new i think someone alluded to that information.

            Basically what you have implied is that a plane never hit the Pentagon, despite all the evidence and eyewitness accounts, and it was covered up by the government. That would be like me saying that the Romanian Christmas Revolution in 1989 was actually orchestrated by a joint force of CIA, KGB, MI6, and the North Korean Secret Service. And this group was formed and directed by the Dalai Lama.

            Do a google search without the word conspiracy in it and you might learn something.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Every medium IQ romanian knows that the ’89 revolution wasn’t a local thing. Everybody and I mean everybody knows we are not capable of that kind of shit.

            Tell you uninformed nonsense to Capt. Daniel Davis (Former U.S. Army Air Defense Officer and NORAD Tac Director. Turbine engineering specialist. Founder and former CEO of Turbine Technology Services Corp., a turbine (jet engine) services and maintenance company (15 years). Former Senior Manager at General Electric Turbine (jet) Engine Division (15 years). Decorated with the Bronze Star and the Soldiers Medal for bravery under fire and the Purple Heart for injuries sustained in Viet Nam. Also served in the Army Air Defense Command as Nike Missile Battery Control Officer for the Chicago-Milwaukee Defense Area. Private pilot.)

            “”As a former General Electric Turbine engineering specialist and manager and then CEO of a turbine engineering company, I can guarantee that none of the high tech, high temperature alloy engines on any of the four planes that crashed on 9/11 would be completely destroyed, burned, shattered or melted in any crash or fire. Wrecked, yes, but not destroyed. Where are all of those engines, particularly at the Pentagon? If jet powered aircraft crashed on 9/11, those engines, plus wings and tail assembly, would be there.
            Additionally, in my experience as an officer in NORAD as a Tactical Director for the Chicago-Milwaukee Air Defense and as a current private pilot, there is no way that an aircraft on instrument flight plans (all commercial flights are IFR) would not be intercepted when they deviate from their flight plan, turn off their transponders, or stop communication with Air Traffic Control. No way!
            Finally, going over the hill and highway and crashing into the Pentagon right at the wall/ground interface is nearly impossible for even a small slow single engine airplane and no way for a 757. Maybe the best pilot in the world could accomplish that but not these unskilled “terrorists”.
            Attempts to obscure facts by calling them a “Conspiracy Theory” does not change the truth.”

            This dude is a real patriot and you’d call him hero. Look at the credentials of this individual. And look at his medals…Bronze Star,Soldiers Medal and the Purple Heart.

            He is 1.000.000.000 times the patriot, hero and expert you are. I think you should pay attention and not let ‘barb’ make you close your eyes on the ‘topic’. You should inform yourself and see what’s what on your own.

          • bearsfantillend

            yep you are right… none of us watched the thousands of hours of coverage about 9-11, none of us have seen anything on the conspiracy theories and spent any time debunking them. In 10+ years since 9/11 we have not educated ourselves on anything, we are all blind. Its amazing now that I think of it, all of those interviews of eyewitnesses and experts were all faked, the wreckage of the planes were all planted and the footage of planes hitting buildings was all CGI. you showed me the light. I am going to have to reassess everything now because some romanian with an internet connection read a couple conspiracy websites.

            It all makes sense now. Wow the moon landing never happened, i bet it was staged, JFK was actually killed by aliens, Elvis is alive he just left to his home planet, the holocaust never happened, crop circles are real, the govt is secretly tracking us with microscopic implants in our skulls, Aliens crashed near Roswell, Pearl Harbor was allowed to happen, neither Gulf War had anything to do with OIL and Tupac is still alive.

            I am done with you and your insane theories, you have lost all credibility in my mind on any subject including football.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            At the end of the day, from my point of view, you can believe whatever you want. I just don’t give a fuck.

            I don’t think it’s an insane ‘theory’ to state that it’s physically impossible to fit a Boeing 757 into this hole.

            http://www.history.com/images/media/slideshow/9-11-pentagon/attack-on-the-pentagon.jpg

            It is. That’s all I’m saying.

            PS: There’s no footage of “planes hitting the Pentagon”. You are clueless. And a real wanker…. look at you trying to put stories into my mouth with aliens, JFK, Elvis, holocaust, implants and shit. That’s the way losers go when they don’t have shit.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Uh, that flushing sound was your credabilty going down the toidy.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            hahah. You understand… I don’t care about it. And even if I did I can’t fake being a clueless moron. It’s how you become when you tell Santa to go fuck himself at 5, hate priests at 10, start reading books about the WWII at 14 and the “History of the Gestapo’ at 18.

      • SC Dave

        The option? Move, while you still can.

      • johnnywad

        Spot on Butch. My solution…..Fuck it.

      • Peanut FTW

        As far as a direct tie between Iraq and 911, I didn’t know there was one. As I recall we were sending troops to Afghanistan to retaliate against the Taliban and that made it very convenient to go next door and make sure Saddam knocked off the bullshit permanently. There sure as shit were nuclear weapons in Iraq, they just moved them out to Syria or Russia or insert X country that would hide your dirty laundry for X millions of dollars.

        Saddam was given plenty of opportunities to prevent the war, it was supported by NATO in the end because all the sanctions and embargos weren’t working combined with the whole lunatic killing his own people with chemical weapons stuff. If anything I feel we screwed up the most in not completely removing him during Desert Storm. But I choose not to question our military … because deep down in places I don’t talk about at parties, I want them on that wall. I need them on that wall.

        I totally don’t get the Hillary thing. So, you can prove to the world beyond a shadow of a doubt that when given Secretary of State; you can’t even handle that job and are forced to quit because you suck. Then two years later you wanna go for a higher stress job in the Presidency. I am missing something as to how she should even be in a primary.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          UAUUU !!! Never mind…

    • Jokey

      Amen Corm. Ever watch the Frontline “What went wrong in Iraq?” Paul Brenner and Rumsfeld were idiots. After our tanks rolled into Baghdad and everything started going to shit, Rumsfeld kept asking everyone “When are we wrap this up?” “Do you have this wrapped up yet?” As if centuries of sectarian strife, held together by Saddam and his mustard gas and tyranny could be resolved in a couple weeks. What a fucking clueless asshat.

      • Cormonster

        Thanks, I’ll check it out.

  • MB30SD

    man, this thread needs some smiles.

    http://www.mandatory.com/2014/08/12/and-here-are-some-dogs-who-wish-they-hadnt-messed-with-bees/

    Shady, you know which one I liked most. He looks like a little elephant seal: https://encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSfYOIBF1hrUoZ0NlHRDUO2wuuuQLw8R0SUTjlxsG09_OHMZMu4Kg

    (sidenote: took my little ones to seaworld a couple weeks ago. I was shocked to see how big the walrus was. That is a massive animal)

    • Shady

      Aww, hee hee! Too bad your sea world patronage didn’t do enough to prevent the company from releasing horrible quarterly earnigs.

      #blackfish
      #droppinglikearock

      • MB30SD

        yeah, I watched blackfish… and I did have some reservations about giving them my measly $300 for the day (smfh)… but you know what, my kids don’t know or give a fuck about that horrible and serious grownup stuff yet (and the zombie apocalypse will have long come and gone by the time they can make their own decisions about it)… they just love seeing the animals. We don’t do the shows, well *I* don’t… no idea what their mom takes them to when there.

        So in the end, my kids get to learn about sea creatures… I get to drop $300+ for a half day, and everyone goes home happy… except all the killer whales who lead miserable caged up lives just to entertain taiwanese tourists, who, if given the chance, would probably kill fillet and eat shamu right up there on the stage.

        Anyway… the walrus was enormous.

        • Shady

          That’s what she said.

          $300 bucks? That’s robbery! Jeebus, maybe I should buy on the dip, plenty of hungry tourists out there.

          • MB30SD

            You have no idea maing. Legoland is even worse… dropped a 5 at that joint for a full day. They have legoland, the waterpark, and the aquarium. .. buying a tix for all three isn’t one price it’s like 1+1+1=gimme all yo money.

            Kids is ‘spensive… think before you fuck, and always wear a jimmyhat young man

          • GPLDAN

            I once signed into a HoJo as Jimmy Hatte.

          • MB30SD

            LALZ. I like that.

          • MB30SD

  • MB30SD

    Old vergie is ranked 20th… behind, wait for it… zig wilf, jerrah fucking jones, MARK DAVIS!?!?!?!

    http://bloguin.com/thisgivensunday/2014-articles/every-nfl-owner-ranked-by-likeability.html/2

  • MB30SD

    this is kinda cool… wait… cousins?!!? AH FUCK! Hayden is STILL on the team! AHHHHH!

    http://www.besttickets.com/blog/nfl-hometown-rosters/

    • MB30SD

      and why is jay on the panthers?!? I thought he was from santa claus?

  • Is there someone on the blog that lives in Green Bay? I’m going to be about 30 minutes from Lambeau for the game on the 28th and want to try and find a good place to watch it.

    • Shady

      Yeah, how about watching it AT Lambeau? Best game I’ve ever been to was at Lambeau last year, and that was a battle between backup QBs. Seriously, just go to the game, I wouldn’t trust watching a game anywhere else in GB.

      • if i were a magician who could transport the players from Soldier Field to Lambeau, i’d do it. but as the game is in chicago, i’m not sure there will be much action at Lambeau.

        • Shady

          Drive to Soldier Field.

          • if i didn’t have to fly out of milwaukee at 6 that would be a plan. you never take my flights into account. NEVER.

          • Shady

            Where there’s a will there’s a way Evan.

            #Beardown

          • MB30SD

            he’s so inconsiderate isn’t he!? He invites us to meet him for a beer, then I was the only one he didn’t buy one for?!!? (it’s always all about me isn’t it)

          • MB30SD

            yonny, were you up voting the thing about shady, or that it’s always about me

            Let me guess… “yes”

          • For your consideration….

            I just think your back and forth banter is cute. Like sophomore in highschool flirting cute.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Details, details.

    • CanadaBear

      I was in Du Pere years ago for a bike ride. The Bears played the Fudgies in an exhibition game that night. Went to a local watering hole downtown (there aren’t that many) and had a ball. The fans rode the shit out of me (I was wearing a knockoff Bears sweatshirt (total cost $5)). It was a blast. By the end of the night (I was still drinking back then) they even admitted the Charles Martin play was the dirtiest they had ever seen.

    • Cormonster

      There are a couple big ass bars right by Lambeau. The Packer HOF is right inside the stadium. You could always go check that out first or the day before. Be prepared to get razzed wherever you go, but I’ve never had any real problems.

  • johnnywad
  • GPLDAN
  • GPLDAN

    Blogfadder remembers when the blog was cray-zee over Arthur Brown coming outta Kansas State.

    Now it appears CJ Mosely might send the kid packing

    http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/ravens/ravens-insider/bal-ravens-linebacker-arthur-brown-battling-for-role-since-arrival-of-cj-mosley-20140804,0,7671756.story

  • GPLDAN
  • Bender McLugh

    Just watched Muppets Most Wanted last night………….absolutely awesome. Nearly as good as Muppets From Space!

    • Trac

      I started watching the original star trek tv series this week on amazon. I love me some cheesy propps. lol. Last night I watched the one with the unicorn space dog in the show. They’re so badly made that it’s hilarious.

  • Sactowns#1

    So I know some of you are the road race types but I was out at this the other weekend. http://www.downievilleclassic.com/pages/downhill.html. Pretty crazy course.
    If any of you are ever in Cali I suggest taking the drive up 49 through historic gold country. Lots of great places to eat, wineries and breweries along the way and some really cool old towns.

  • GPLDAN

    The Limeys and the Yanks are banding together to fly in and airlift about 30,000 refugees that ISIS is trying to starve out to safety.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2723743/Cameron-set-arrive-Britain-today-amid-mounting-anger-left-lunch-Iraq-burned.html

    Giant rescue operation it appears.

    Also, massive arms shipment going to the Kurds.

    • Shady

      Mmmmmm…. Kurdssss.

      Were like the Oprah of international arms dealers, “You’re getting arms, he’s getting arms, EVERYONE IS GETTING ARMS!”

      • GPLDAN

        Iraq has devolved into a Megadeth album.

        • Cormonster

          Holy Wars…The Punishment Due

      • MB30SD

        give it 10-15 years and the kurds will be the ones revolting (they are aren’t they) and starting a war and we’ll have to go in and bomb the fuck out of them… as they fight us with our own weapons.

        and around and around we go…

    • Sactowns#1

      Yeah I’d say more weapons and killings is definately the answer.

    • GW senior left the Kurds with their dick in their hands when we left Saddam in power.

      • AlbertInTucson

        No, our allies at the time, the Arab Coalition, are the ones who left the Kurds to Sadaam’s tender mericies because

        A) They couldn’t care less about the Kurds and

        B)They were NEVER, repeat NEVER, going allow the USA to go to Baghdad and take down an Arab ruler, even Evil Incarnate, Sadaam Hussein.

        That was a prerequisite of the Arab Coalition.

        We were more than welcome to kick Sadaam’s ass, blowup some buildings in Baghdad, destroy his armor, ground Air Force , slaughter his soldiers and push him out of Kuwait and back into Iraq. That was the deal.

        Stormin’ Norman Schwartzkopf wanted to go downdown and finish the job but Colin Powell ordered to a halt or there would have been no more Arab Coalition.

        • at the time, I was quite young, and very incensed over our betrayal of them. I saw the world in more black and white terms.
          What I didn’t see, which the political machinery did, was what would happen if we did take out Saddam. How it would destabilize the whole region. How Saddam kept Iran in check, and in some sort of strange formula, kept the region balanced, like some sort of virus that keeps the host alive, though not well.
          Bush sr was an intelligence man, and he saw the big picture.
          Or maybe not. If he would have taken him out then, maybe it wouldn’t have been like Iraq 2.
          Still, poor Kurds. I felt so bad for them.

  • MB30SD
  • MB30SD
    • GPLDAN

      SOMETHING I’VE NEVER SEEN BEFORE

      Lance Briggs playing on the strong side. Granted, it was only one series because that’s all the seven-time Pro Bowler was out there for. Briggs has played the weak side throughout his decade-long career. Perhaps that will remain the case in 2014. But on Friday night it wasn’t. If Briggs stays on the strong side, he’ll thrive. For one, it’d be a great way to accommodate a potential decline in speed. (There’s no evidence of a decline, but when you’re in your mid-30s, your speed can start heading out at any time.) More so, Briggs’s strength at the point of attack would serve him well against the run in traffic. And it would put him in position to defend tight ends, something that converted defensive end Shea McClellin would have trouble with.

      I saw this as well down state. But I don’t see it as welcome like this analyst does.

      Say what you want about CD, he’s quick on his feet and Briggs has never, ever covered tight ends well. Shae’s taller size and longer arms and quicker feet should translate into him being the natural choice to pick up the TE in man schemes. Why Tucker would assign Briggs to this role remains a mystery to me.

      • MB30SD

        dooooood. I watched the tape very closely, CD was totally lost in space or getting rolled under by a TE or olineman on 90% of his snaps. Not good maing. I know it’s PSgame1 and yes, he’ll get better… he HAS to, but not a viable playmaker at SAM maing. not good.

        • GPLDAN

          Ok, so for $30 – or just $10 more than you paid, you can have access to the All-22 cameras.

          https://gamerewind.nfl.com/nflgr/secure/packages?ttv=0

          I’m going to do that tonight and install the app. I want to see CD with the All-22 cameras.

          • MB30SD

            nice.

            (using the movie trailer voice) THIS SUMMER… COMIING TO AN NFL.COM ALL22 APP NEAR YOU…. CHICKEN DINNER… PREPARE TO BE…. UNDERWHELMED!!!!

            Ok, ok, so that’s not totally fair. He jumps on the pile pretty well. (hee hee)

          • For your consideration….

            “IN A WORLD WHERE TWEENER WHITE HILLBILLIES ARE CHOSEN OVER HUGE BLACK AWESOME SUPER FREAK STUD MONSTERS BY GM’s….IN SUPER HD ALL 22 SUPER MAX VISION…COMES….PRESEASON GAME NUMBER 2…..CHICKEN FUCKER VS JAGS”

          • MB30SD

            swap CD for arthur brown when the ravens cut him?

          • For your consideration….

            isn’t Brown like 5’8?

          • MB30SD

            he’s listed at 6’1″ 240 in the combine stuff, but in GP’s article he’s 6′ 232

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Brown_(American_football)

          • MB30SD

            just stop it. you take him in a fucking heartbeat.

            Stats! Weeee don neeed no steeeekin’ staaats!

          • For your consideration….

            Ravens won’t cut him….but if they did i’d swoop in like you aiming at an Asian, American Indian Irish bartender at a hotel bar at night with sunglasses on and your versace scarf waiving carefree in the wind (from the air conditioner).

          • For your consideration….

            lol, we have to get drinks again. that was fucking fun.

          • MB30SD

            BOOM!

            this time I’m taking ‘her’ down. and you have to promise not to disappear to TJ latenight.

          • For your consideration….

            I promise I won’t bail. I had a neighborhood party that lasted until 4am…which is why I could not wake up to meet you for the game. i’m a pussy.

          • MB30SD

            I trust we’ve both gotten much stronger since last time.

            Ps. I still might be wearing a scarf… that shit worked great last time.

          • GPLDAN

            Tweener White Hillbillies.

            Starring Woody Harrelson

          • GPLDAN

            The package is only good for the regular season – no All 22 access to preseason.

      • because then Khaseem Greene, who looked miles better than Bostic or McClellin, can play his natural WILL spot?

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    Guys don’t trip about the LB corp. The Bears will use nickel as base Defense anyway. Like I’ve told you 4 months ago they’ll do while beasting up those draft predictions.

  • MB30SD
    • AlbertInTucson

      That slogan work for this President, too.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Blogfather tweet; “Somebody tell these CNN clowns that life success, happy family can’t stop/halt depression. Depression is a medical, chemical brain disease.”

    New slogan for CNN: “More clowns than Ringling Brothers!”

    • GPLDAN

      But CNN has holograms!

      “Help me Obi-Wan, my Neilsen ratings are in danger.”

      • AlbertInTucson

        “The Force” is not with them. Or the ratings, either.

        • Shady

          What’s your favorite show on TV these days? And what’s your favorite of all time?

          • MB30SD

            Jesus… settle down oprah

            Haaaateeeedddd iiiiiit!!

          • Shady

            What? I can’t try and get to know some of the blog personalities a bit better?

            I know it appears as though I upvoted your comment, but that’s not actually the case. Because you can’t see the downvotes anymore, I’m using my upvotes on your comments to indicate a downvote just so you’re aware. Don’t worry though, I’ll still be upvoting your good comments, it’ll just be via the downvote button now. You won’t be able to see them, but trust me – they’re there.

          • MB30SD

            perfect.

          • MB30SD

            btw, if you haven’t watched Drunk History… do so.

          • Shady

            So creepy, I literally just finished the last episode (Hawaii) on OnDemand… Are you watching me? What’s that noise?

          • MB30SD

            Hahahaha… doooood. Always thought it would be ridiculous. Looked so dumb. then I got caught lazy with a lost remote and watched one. Fucking hilarious.

            Yes, yes I am.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Interesting question, Shady. I watch so much less series TV anymore. We used to watch MUST SEE TV Thursdays back in the days of CHEERS and HILL STREET BLUES. We watched every episode of both. The original LAW & ORDERs are still favs as long as Jerry Orbach is there.

            Actually our current favorite show is a game show: THE CHASE. Lots of questions and answers without too much wasting time. Mark Labett IS really sharp and former BAYWATCH HAWAII lifeguard / DOG EAT DOG host, Brooke Burns is still a hottie. I watch a lot of PAWN STARS becuase I love the history that is provided with much of the mercandise. Always liked JEOPARDY.

            Tried to get into MAD MEN when it first started but, while I appreciated the 60s look, EVERYBODY on the show seemed to be jerks. Never watched BREAKING BAD. Totally NOT into Zombies (OK, I WAS entertained by ZOMBIELAND) or all the VAMPIRE / WEREWOLF genres.

            1 favorite TV show of all time? Too many to pick one. Can’t do it.

            Is it fair to say TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES.

            I love the Duke but even I can’t watch THE CONQUERER.

            Jane Fonda was ignorant to allow herself to be used as a propaganda puppet by Ho Chi Minh’s thugsI don’t blame ‘Nam vets for never forgiving her, but I don’t boycott her films.

            As for “Who am I”?

            A Chicago and Chicago suburb refugee who moved to Arizona in the ’70s fully expecting he’d eventually end up back in the Windy City.

            Eh, you make plans and then life happens.

            I have no respect for what passes for the news media today.

            I think Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Boxer and Diane Feinstein are MacBeth’s 3 Stygian Witches, incarnate.

            I believe Attorney General, Eric Holder, should be in jail and that he makes Nixon’s AG, John Mitchell, look like a Choir Boy.

            Barack Obama’s race has NOTHING to do with it.

            His Chicago Machine Politics has EVERYHING to do with it.

            I think he makes Bill Clinton look like a Republican and I sincerely hope the Supreme Court soon deals his concept of governing a crushing blow.

            That said, I’m not racing to the polls to vote for Tea Partiers and while I respect the service that Arizona Senator, John McCain, gave to this country, as far as I am concerned he, Pelosi, Boxer, etc., are the POSTER CHILDREN for term limits.

            I’m a guy coming up on 40 years with the same employer, and almost 35 years with his only wife.

            I ain’t “set” financially and figure I will retire just before they close the lid on my box.

            To make a long story short.. meh, too late for THAT.

            This will be my 50th season as a Bears’ fan.

          • Shady

            Love it. Thanks Al.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Nielsen ratings outside the top 30 markets, are a joke.

  • johnnywad
  • Shady
    • AlbertInTucson

      Lifetime Bears’ fan and he names his son “Camden”?

      Not George Halas Cutler? Or Sid L…? or Gale S…? Or Dick B.? or Walter P?

      “Camden”?

      Really?

      Had to be the wife’s choice.

    • For your consideration….

      she’s hot and i’ve got to give her credit. She is the one that got Jay eating right and drinking less which helps regulate his blood sugar and control the diabetes a little better which means better long term health and better on field performance. Good for both of them.

      ….and did i mention that she’s super hot?

  • For your consideration….

    can’t sleep so i popped on NFL Preseason package and watched Johnny Manziel in his first performance. The kid is electric but his reckless style is not going to play well when he takes a season ending shot from some DL or DE that’s faster than he is.
    Packers are going to have a tough time on D this year. I am convinced that last year’s final game against the Pack is the end of the dominance. They barely squeaked it out and it took historically bad D, a fat old Briggsy, 3 freak occurrences, etc to win. With the upgrades to the bears i truly believe we take both of those games this year.
    Detroit will do better than expected. They are still Detroit and the Fairley distraction will result in a distracted Fairley which means less performance or more stupid game changing penalties or both. The addition of Golden Tate will make that offense more rounded so they now boast solid TE corps, solid WR duo in Tate/Megatron and the dangerous RB combo of Joique Bell / Reggie Bush. I call 9-7 for them.
    Minnesota is screwed simply because of their QB situation. They have a young aggressive D but will fall to the wayside because of Cassell/Bridgewater/Ponder take your pick.

    Bears are going 12-4 this year. The firepower on O will be evident but I’m actually thinking that a resurgent D will have them in the top half of the league and therefore some games that experts have us losing simply because they don’t know how the D will perform will actually be wins. C’mon man, losing to Carolina? They don’t have an offense anymore. Losing to Jets? Geno fucking Smith? lol, naw. Split with Detroit? nope.

  • I knew it , MB! Goddam wieny dogs!

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