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Why Football Season is the Greatest Sports Thing on Earth: A Somewhat Incoherent Essay

| July 23rd, 2014

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Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I assure you, it’s much more serious than that.”

-Former Liverpool manager Bill Shankly

The ritual of Sunday mornings is unique to each American football fan and this one is no different. Mine and the lady’s fancy coffee maker has the pot warm when I wake, usually no later than 6 AM. I accumulate my morning news – NY Times Arts section, Drudge & Huffington because I’m too lazy to not have my politics aggregated for me on both sides, Guardian soccer.  After a shower and a visit to the marble throne I’m on the 7 train from Queens to Josie Woods bar in Manhattan where I proceed with the ritual of push-pinning jerseys to the rafters and selecting which games will go where on the myriad of televisions. (Pats and Eagles fans are sent way, way, far away from us.)

Josie Woods isn’t a great bar. Hell, I’m not even sure Josie Woods is a mediocre bar. But Steph is there. Maciej is there. Reverend Dave is there when he’s not contracting insect-borne illnesses on the dark continent. Sometimes Noah shows up! Brian and Wayne and Alicia and Vinny used to be there. Josie Woods is the canvas on which the portrait of my Bears fandom has been laid these last fourteen years. The Art Institute in which that portrait has been displayed? You’re looking at it.

Every Sunday on the last barstool to the left is cherished. How could it not be? I can still recount every tear I’ve shed, both in joy and sadness, in that corner. And while age and maturity and the growing seriousness of this site have allowed me to harness the rising tide of emotion each Sunday, I still feel it all, in the moment.

Football has the shortest season. Football has the least number of games. The Wall Street Journal calculated that those football games total eleven minutes of actual football playing. So a majority of NFL teams will engage in 176 minutes of football action. For context, every Major League Baseball team will have eclipsed that total with ease by the end of their first series.

Every moment is more significant. Every snap draws more attention. Every game leaves a larger mark. The most nerve-wracking minute in a football fan’s life is the minute right before opening kickoff because they know everything can change once the ball goes in the air. Every Monday morning is either elation or depression and that elatiodepression builds for an entire week into the next contest. By Wednesday the NFL fan is waking up with night terrors, screaming “Don’t throw it there, Cam, ahhh!” (It’s okay, honey. Sleep. Sleep.) The games themselves are unique to the other sports as well.

THE FIELD GOAL BLOCK

Think about the field goal block for a moment.

Your team starts a drive at their own 20. 3 yard run. First down pass. 4 yard run. First down pass. 10, 11 plays. Down the field with ease. Run. Screen. Draw. Tight end in the flat.

Red zone. Tougher to move the ball. Holding. Left guard. Shit.

Run a few plays, gain some yards. Touchdown has gone by the side of the road but three points are there. Make the three and leave the field with confidence from the drive. Line up for a field goal. Long snap. Kick.

Blocked into the sky. Caught by defensive end. Oh lord, he’s running with it. (Raises pint glass to lips.) 81 yards. Touchdown.

Six or seven minutes of genuine pride and excitement destroyed in a moment. Somewhere, in some other bar, in some other city, a different fan base suffered those six or seven minutes and now are raising crystal glasses of Veuve Clicquot.

In a stunning baseball moment, what can happen? A home run? In hockey or soccer, a goal? On a basketball court, a four-point play? Unless these things happen in a game’s dying moments they will never feel emotionally insurmountable. Football history is littered with games where one moment changed everything and often those moments are buried within the game.

In the two weeks leading up to the Super Bowl I never read in one of the five hundred prediction columns this would be the opening play from scrimmage:

(14:53) (Shotgun) 18-P.Manning Aborted. 66-M.Ramirez FUMBLES at DEN 14, recovered by DEN-27-K.Moreno at DEN -8. 27-K.Moreno tackled in End Zone, SAFETY (56-C.Avril). Penalty on DEN-18-P.Manning, Illegal Motion, declined.

I watched the Super Bowl alongside two Denver Broncos fans. One turned to the other after that snap and quietly whispered, “I’m going out for a smoke. This is not going to go well.” He knew. We all knew.

TIME IS THE REASON WHY…

…every NFL Sunday is a perfect three act play.

Structure snobs believe strongly in a three-act structure when it comes to dramatic writing. The best description may very well be this:

ACT ONE. Get the guy up a tree.

ACT TWO. Throw rocks at him.

ACT THREE. Either he climbs down the tree safely (comedy) or falls to his death (tragedy).

Wednesday through Saturday we set up our characters. And not in a David Mamet way – minimal action, suggestive dialogue. We set up our characters like Eugene O’Neill – sprawling stage directions and long, detailed speeches about time at sea. This quarterback has a tendency to throw these routes late and this cornerback has a tendency to jump those routes and thus there’s A GOOD CHANCE THAT WILL BE THE KEY TO THE GAME. Writers who do this, myself included, are not just filling space. Pre-game analysis is an attempt to make the often irrational rational. Imagine being handed 200 puzzle pieces but no image to construct.

Then the game. Rocks. Drama. The tailback tears his ACL. The left tackle can’t handle the edge rush. The quarterback has a career game. The kicker makes the two longest field goals of his career but misses an extra point. Football overloads the viewer with information because unlike almost all other sports it is impossible to digest in a single viewing. Fans only see what television shows them and one’s eyes can only fix upon one action at a time.

When the whistle blows final, well, it all starts. The Parade of Reaction & Overreaction. The Twitter squabbles. The anger directed at the overly negative Tribune columnist and the hate email directed my way for NOT pushing the panic button in Week Three. (Of the 40 or so emails I’ll receive on a Sunday evening at least 3/4 of them are doused in the day’s alcohol.)

Bad performances are systematic of a larger problem. Buzz word: exposed. Good performances sell a few hundred jerseys that will more than likely end up at the bottom of the closet by Christmas. A win makes that Monday morning commute just a tad bit easier (I’ve heard) and a loss leaves one hitting the snooze two or three additional times because asleep there is still a chance to dream of victory.

AND THEN IT ENDS.

A bad team can get not so bad and that increase in quality can be viewed as success. A decent team can make the playoffs and that playoff run can be viewed as success. A good team can win a playoff game and that playoff victory can be viewed as success. This is what Pat Riley referred to as “the innocent climb”. Each of those fan bases burst into the offseason.

If we can just hire that coordinator, we’ll go from 6 wins to 8 wins.

If we can just convince that free agent to come, we’ll go from 8 to 10.

A home run draft and a few playoff wins are not out of the question!

No league in the history of man sells hope better than the NFL. They sell it those large tubs you can purchase cheese puffs in at Cosco.

puffs

And fans, all fans, buy it. Just ask yourself this question: is there a single team in the NFC that doesn’t believe they can make the postseason in 2014? The answer might, might, MIGHT be the Minnesota Vikings and they have a new head coach, a rookie quarterback and will be playing the upcoming season in a temporary, outdoor home.

One of the reasons there was a strange outrage around United States men’s national team manager Jurgen Klinsman saying our boys did not have a chance to win the World Cup is because an intrinsic quality of the American sports fan is the belief that this could be the year no matter how implausible the thought may be. (Or for Cubs fans, wait till NEXT year!) No American sport prospers from this ideology more than professional football.

Football season is the greatest sports thing on earth not only because everyone believes at the start of the campaign a championship is possible. It is greatest because each week is its own beautiful, three-act experience and a majority of that experience takes place off the field, in the hearts and minds of its fans. The optimism/nervous anticipation of Friday and happiness/sadness of Monday morning are as much part of the NFL experience as game days.

In that sense it is truly the fans’ game in ways no other sport in this country could hope to be.

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  • Peanut FTW

    Yay

    • Shady

      My thoughts exactly.

    • bearsfantillend

      could not have been said better.

      • what about “Yay! Jeff is back!” ?

        • MB30SD

          so this

        • Trac

          Dungy thread is in the works? Hee hee. Football is upon us gents. Hip hip hoorah, hip hip hoorah, hip hip hoorah……..yes?

        • bearsfantillend

          he edited his post after i posted, or i did not refresh. When i first saw the post it just said “Yay”. it just seemed fitting.

  • I believe.

  • GPLDAN

    Veuve Clicquot? Is the other team’s fans at Buckingham Palace?

    Fun bit Jeff. Get everyone fired up, the blog will soon have fat to chew.

    • DaBearsBlog

      True story. In Josie Woods. Guy brings his girlfriend to watch Jacksonville Jaguars game. He wears David Garrard jersey. She wears heels. She asks the bartender if he can make mimosa. He says “sure”. She follows up, “Can you make it with Veuve?”.

      He says, “Sure” and proceeds to pull the bottle of shit champagne out of the cooler and pour the mimosa while looking at me and laughing.

      • johnnywad

        Classic. I once watched a bartender at a wedding make a Black and Tan with a Labatt’s. The guy had no idea which made it even better since he was a douche.

        • CanadaBear

          When my dad was a teenager he worked a hot dog stand at the University of Iowa home games. The guy he worked with was a big guy with huge hands and fingers. He said every half time when the stand was mobbed they was always a jackass waving money and screaming at them. His co-worker would put one of those giant fingers in a hot dog bun, put on the condiments, wrap it up, take the guy’s money and hand him the hot dogs. Every time the jackass would move to the concourse just behind the crowd with a look of satisfaction knowing he beat the crowd. When he would take a bite of the hot dog bun and not find a hot dog, he would look around on the ground to see where it went. It sure felt like there was a dog in there.

  • Ososfan

    As excited as I am, I’m still not sure the O-LINE is where it should be just yet. I think that finally, by next year, emery will have a little more flexibility in the draft to get a higher. Online prospect as well as LB and finally, another safety. I’m still in the minority that believes safety is not as immediately important as picking up a LB and TE/Oline stud to groom for Kromer.

    • DaBearsBlog

      I actually think the o-line is talented and deep, especially if Mills makes substantial gains in his second year.

      • MB30SD

        what I was going to post. Out of everything we saw last year Oso, you’re worried about the oline?!?!

        Dude, I will understand if you changed the channel every time we were on D after the 4th game of the season, but doooood.

        Nice season warm up piece btw Jeff.

        • Ososfan

          Haha, I’m always worried about the trenches man. Keep bringing in higher rated talent at O and it will be unstoppable. Man even trestman admitted he was surprised by having the second best O in the league because he felt they could have done better. There definitely were a lot of plays left in the field especially with the run. I too am hoping the rookies have made great strides but I bet a lot of you would agree that it was infuriating watching forte only run for two yards at a time, when the O was out. That all stems from the line and talent. Kromer and trest have done a heck of a job but I believe they are still not satisfied.

    • bearsfantillend

      already looking at next years draft??? nope. no way. not gonna do it. I’m not going to bite.

  • Jeff’s love of Josie Woods has turned me onto Josie Woods. I’ve been to other Bears bars in the city (Canal Room in Brooklyn with its free BBQ hot dogs, Overlook, The Gael Pub playing the fight song after each score) but none have the same feel as Josie.

    Josie helped turn my girlfriend (now wife) into a Bears fan. She learned about the Black Unicorn there, and made it her mission to learn the fight song after the first game she heard it. “So I can sing along and not be a jerk,” she explained.

    There’s a crowd of knowledgable fans who aren’t afraid to yell at the TV in support or derision. There’s the bell. There’s the fans singing the Fight Song instead of listening to a recording. There’s Jeff doing his McCown. There are wings. They serve $4 Killian pints.

    And sometimes, if you’re good, there are baked treats handed out that may or not have been made with Cayenne pepper.

    • MB30SD

      Evan, you ferocious, brilliant mustachioed hipster… you are sooooo cuuuuute about your little wifey. I hope you’re still looking down at your ring in aw…. wait a fucking minute… did you just say free BBQ hotdogs?!?!!

      My god man, switch bars RIGHT THIS SECOND lad. I command you!

      • Sactowns#1

        Barbecued or grilled? Theres a difference. Is there charcoal being used? If so I’d switch bars.

        • MB30SD

          Sac, you must have missed the FREE part man… FREEEEE!!!

          • Sactowns#1

            There are some things in life that are free that you dont want, herpes comes to mind. Barely cooked chicken hotdogs would be on that list as well.

          • MB30SD

            fair enough… but I think we’re making too many assumptions in a vacuum lad.

            Evan, care to clarify this critical topic?

          • 1. Chicken hot dogs? Where the hell did that come from? You think I’d admit eating chicken hot dogs? They were beef dogs. Sabrett maybe. The buns were a little soggy, but providing Chicago-style fixins was a nice touch.

            2. They were cooked on a BBQ. Where I’m from, it’s ok to call that Grilled. I believe it was a gas weber grill, but I can’t say for sure.

            3. I do look down at my ring in awe. Why shouldn’t I? It’s a C3P0 inspired ring. It’s awesome.

          • MB30SD

            1. I feed my kids uncured chicken hds… all organic, no hormones, preservatives, nitrates, etc… If you’re into lips and assholes, they’re the way to go: http://www.applegate.com/products/natural-uncured-chicken-hot-dog

            2. Mmmmmmm…. BBQ

            3. You should! You Should! I think every newlywed does for the first year or two. Pretty standard really. Oh and pic please!

          • Hebrew National for me. The finest L&A.

            Am out running around, but can send pic when I get back to desk. It’s similar to: http://www.cmstatic1.com/9188/9188.475281.jpg

          • MB30SD

            wow.

          • Sactowns#1

            The nerd is strong with this one.
            And I’m with you. Hebrew National or Nathans all the way. There’s a reason theyre 2x the price of the chicken, turkey, pork mixed dogs.

          • here’s mine, sitting on top of my motorcycle-parts-darth-vader desk figure.

            https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/233283/IMG_20140723_130458.jpg

            i haven’t quite figured out how to clean out the dirt that insists on finding its way into the grooves. but one day i will. and that day will be glorious.

          • Toothbrush and toothpaste, Evan.
            And the DBB Hipster Award Goes to…Evan, for the third straight year.
            A 3 peat, congrats.

          • I want to thank Al Afalava, Major Wright, and Josh Bullocks for making this all possible.

          • MB30SD

            the trifecta of my aneurysm.

          • CanadaBear

            Go to the jeweller that made it (or where you bought it) and have them throw it into their ultrasonic cleaner. If you have any type of relationship with them, it shouldn’t be an issue.

          • that’s always an option. but i want the do-it-in-the-corner-of-my-living-room solution. =]

          • MB30SD

            Holy jesus…. What is that…. what the fuck is that… WHAT IS THAT EVAN!?!?!

            Is that an emoticon…. on this blog?!!?

          • 😀

          • MB30SD
          • CanadaBear

            MB, you’re certainly old enough to know that free shit is usually worth exactly what you pay for it.

          • MB30SD

            I know, but I couldn’t resist giving my favorite mustached tribesman a little friendly blog rogering.

      • tobijohn

        I thought you limited yourself to celery and carrot sticks…

        • MB30SD

          I am only a man tj.

          (So I take her to the can…)

  • MB30SD
  • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

    Very good post, Jefe. The last two paragraphs were the perfect summation. I’m a mathematician, I know little of writing prowess, but I can spot summation a mile away. Bravo. Sir. One of your better pieces.

  • MB30SD

    Doc, help me with this equation….

    Here’s how to totally and completely blow success with the exact opposite strategy of what you should do: http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-09-13/can-crocs-step-into-the-high-fashion-market#r=hpt-fs

    Instead of turning their backs on the brand identity (and customer base) that made them, they should have double down and gone downmarket, not up. Look to channels, verticals (medial, Gov, edu) and distribution to grow… and don’t go from ugly, but ohhhh so comfy, block rubber clogs to try fucking 4″ pumps. The market is so obvious and already designated, tested, and proven. That CEO should be canned today. Corporate groupthink will kill a great idea every time. SMFH

    Oh, uhhhh, sorry. I now return you all to your regularly scheduled program

    • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

      If you ask me, that’s maybe the only problem with the NFL. They try to appeal to too many people. Why else would we see bubble-gum pop starts perfome the super bowl? Why else would we see people like shani twain perfome the opener of SNF for example? Why else would they do so much with breast cancer pink uniforms and such. It’s to appeal to the wider audience. The effect of this is that it is the exact opposite shit the die hard fans want to see. I’m having trouble coming up with too many examples. But the point is, it was NFL films tough guys narrated by John Facenda that was a major force in growing the product to the men in the country, making it our favorite sport. Now they try to appeal to so many markets it waters down the product to us purists. Of course, we’ll keep watching, because we love the game so much. But I would rather not water down a great product to appeal to a more general audience. Then again, I’m not a capitalist, so yeah, there’s that…

      • Sactowns#1

        IDk I really only watch football so I can see that cool Fox robot dance around and listen to their over use of sound f/x.

        • bearsfantillend

          wow, i am glad i am not the only one. My next favorite part of the broadcast are the sideline reports. Those reporters get the scoop on everything and ask such hard hitting questions.

          • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

            It all started with O.J. He’d knife right in there to get the scoop!

          • MB30SD

            ooohhhhhhhhhhhhh. too soon?

          • CanadaBear

            Nothing but neck!

          • MB30SD

            awwwww…. brutal!

          • bearsfantillend

            loved O.J. style, his questions always cut deep to the heart of the matter, although he was known for taking a few stabs in the dark trying to catch people off guard. The way he slashed through the bullshit was awesome.

          • MB30SD

            you guys are terrible.

            know what this room needs……. a smile!

  • CanadaBear

    Hey MB, I read a story about Maria Sharapova and she said she is 6’4″. She said she likes to wear high heels and intimidate men. WHEEEEEEE! That’s one good thing about being very short. I don’t care how tall women are. Most of them are going to be taller than me. By a couple inches or a couple of feet, who cares? My theory is, if they don’t mind dating a shorty who am I to complain?

    • MB30SD

      6’2″ barefoot, probably 6’6″ in heels. Ho-Ly-Sheite muslim!

      I’d def climb that tree and shake the fruit loose… if you, uh, know what I mean. Eh govnah!?

      Hahaha… in the last year I dated 6′ and 5″11.5 girls. I’m 5’9″ barefoot, 5’10” in dress shoes, and I personally don’t give a rat’s ass how tall a girl is as long as I find her hot. I find most of the time it’s the tall girls that won’t date shorter guys because at some point most of the men become insecure and the girls decide they don’t want to risk the conflict. Besides, all of the taller girls I’ve talked to have admitted that if the guy has a big, confident, attractive personality after an hour or two they don’t even notice that he’s shorter than them.

      It’s all about the confidence and the way you carry yourself canada… you go wit yo big self my mainjes.

      • GPLDAN

        plus you have an 8″ penis. so there’s that.

        • MB30SD

          little over actually according to my HS gf’s tape measure, but who’s counting and who can remember a silly frivolous thing like that anyway. Ahem…

          Sides, it’s more about the girth and how you use it.

      • I’m the same. I love when tall girls say, “I like dating guys 6’4, so I can wear high heels” then, I bang them in those high heels. 6’4 in the pants. bwhhaa
        The way I see it, I’M not short, THEY’RE tall. Why should I feel intimidated?
        Though I guess if a guy’s short, then I see the problem. My pal is like 5’6 and he had a thing for asians. Coincidence? I think not….

    • tobijohn

      Well, I’m 6-3 and while it seems I hear a lot of “I like tall men”, I really believe the clincher is that I have five sisters. Once they hear that, they all think I’ve been trained so they won’t have to…

      • CanadaBear

        No kidding. I have 3 sisters and I get the same reaction. Not sure in your case but it’s totally true in my case. My middle sister (the one that lives in Chicago) is still the person closest to me. She was always on my case not to be an asshole to women.

  • MB30SD

    little help here… is this as fucking dumb as I think it is?

    http://fansided.com/2014/07/23/reggie-wayne-indianapolis-colts-camp-indycar-video/#!bkHgb6

    (btw, looks like a really smooth ride on the lovely public thoroughfares of Indianapolis).

    • CanadaBear

      All about making an entrance. Gotta give him credit, he did that!

  • MB30SD

    Oh fuck that. fuuuuuuuck thaaaaat! No amount of hotness or money is worth a life like that. TRUUUUST me, I know… both to a lesser degree, but I know aight.

    http://www.sportressofblogitude.com/2014/07/22/tabloid-says-tom-brady-gisele-marriage-in-trouble/

    “Not only does Gisele allegedly control Brady’s day-to-day responsibilities in the home, she has the final say on how their homes are decorated and makes the ultimate declaration regarding how their two children, Benjamin, 4, and Vivian, 19 months, are raised.

    Bunchen allegedly feels that since she was the one who gave birth to the children that her child-rearing responsibilities are done.

    But arguably the most degrading aspect of the juice rumors is how Brady is assigned chores by his wife.”

    Run Tom, RUUUUUUUUUNNNN!

    Can you imagine the amount/quality of… vag…I mean women tommy could…. acquire, on the open market?

    • CanadaBear

      If any of that shit is true Brady only has himself to blame. No amount of supermodel pussy is worth that shit. We all put up with some shit in every relationship but once it goes over the top, C-Ya. Considering her earning power, Brady could probably get child support from her. BTW, she has a great body but I’ve never thought she was pretty, let alone beautiful. After she tweeted a bunch of rubbish about Brady’s teammates after the Pats latest playoff loss, I knew she was beyond fucked.

      • MB30SD

        having been there and knowing where I am now… leave tom. trust me, it’s the right decision for you and for your kids. And you’ll have the most fun of your life… especially since you’re a fucking football legend, multi-millionaire, and good looking super athlete. Doo eeeet!!

        • CanadaBear

          Gotta agree. When two people that fight constantly say they are staying together for the kids, it always makes me laugh. Kids know what’s going on better than anyone. Split up, get your shit together and make up your mind to be a great parent (and don’t bad mouth your ex in front of the kids). This isn’t directed at you because I’m pretty sure you already do all that. I’ve just seen way too much of the other and the kids pay dearly for it. No doubt in my mind Giselle isn’t going to be in the running for mother of the year.

          • MB30SD

            agree with all of that canada. Have never said a single bad word about the ex or her horrible family anywhere near my kids. Hahahaha

          • GPLDAN

            I think my ex trashes me to my kids. Pisses me off something fierce. Taking the high road is really difficult.

          • MB30SD

            that’s fucking bullshit dude. Nothing worse than that. No matter how bad things got between us in the middle of the fight, we always swore we’d never ever do that to the kids. It doesn’t do anyone any good and mostly it hurts the kids. bullshit

          • CanadaBear

            Give you a lot of credit for taking the high road. I know I have a tendency to be a Pollyanna but I really believe your kids will respect you more for not going there. That and they probably will realize mom is kind of a putz for bad mouthing you.

          • MB30SD

            this

          • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

            Okay, so, this may be a good time to share a particular conundrum I’m having.

            First, let me say that my wife is great. She lets me be a dude without making me feel guilty. Let’s me do what I want when I want. Doesn’t act bitchy. She’s down for a lay pretty much whenever. She’s fun. she’s happy, she laughs and smiles and life with her is pretty sweet.

            There’s one major problem. She is the worst housekeeper in the history of mankind. I’m far from a neat freak myself, but our house is in such dissaray nearly all of the time that I can’t help but get in a bad mood when I get home. Clutter and piles of shit everywhere. Nothing is in its place. So every time I look for something I spend an hour searching and can’t find it when I need it. And there’s no good reason. She’s a stay at home mom. I can do more cleaning in a day then she’s capable of in two weeks (if she actually worked hard).

            So I’m generally of the mind that nobodies perfect and the rest of the situation is so good I should be able to live with this one major imperfection. But yet that one major imperfection causes me so much stress and anxiety that sometimes I feel that I can’t hang on. And it’s not just my happiness that concerns me. I want my kids to learn cleanliness and work ethic, and all they see from their mom is excuses and ineptitude (when it comes to her house cleaning).

            We’ve been together for 10 years now and it’s the one recurring fight. It happens over and over. she knows it drives me crazy, and she knows I work my ass off for the family. Yet she does nothing.

            Is that a make it or break it problem? Sometimes I feel like I can’t live the rest of my life in this situation. Other times I feel like an asshole to let her one major imperfection overshadow all that is great about her.

            What do I do? I feel like, if I can make it until all the kids are in school, then she won’t have any excuses and things will get better. But that’s still 2-3 years away. And what if it doesn’t change then?

            I believe marriage is forever and I don’t believe in divorce (personally). But if the problem continues, the kids will grow up with a grumpy dad and won’t learn any work ethic.

            Goddamn it. Who brought this up?

            Run Tom, Run!!!

          • CanadaBear

            Wow. That’s a pisser. My first wife was a human cleaning machine. True story. When we were first living together, I’d set a mag down on the coffee table, hit the can and when I got back the mag was already stacked neatly with the others. After a few times of that I asked if she could refrain from doing that because now I had to dig it out and find my place again. The house was immaculate at all times. Gotta love that. However, there were enough other things wrong with our relationship that it didn’t last (married 21 years). My present wife isn’t too far off where your wife is (cleaning wise). Drives me nuts but everything else is good. At some point, I made up my mind to clean whatever is making me crazy and forget the other stuff. I know it’s way harder for you because of the kids (kids=messy house). If there is any way you can find some peace of mind by pitching in and having the older kids help you, do it. The perfect partner doesn’t exist. Hope that helps a little bit.

          • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

            Great stuff guys. Thanks for humoring me. I’ve tried everything suggested here except the housekeeper stuff. No way I’m pissing away money to do what she should do for free. All in all though, it sounds like the consensus is that messy house is not a deal breaker in this situation, which I’m inclined to agree with. I guess that leaves me with trying one last thing:

          • MB30SD

            god I hate that show.

          • Cormonster

            Hire someone to clean the house once a week?

          • Make the kids clean?
            There’s always the shame route, like when you get home, just start cleaning up. This is a more dangerous gambit though. She might A. Say, OK, dickhead, you wanna clean, clean. which will eventually lead to a blow-up on both sides or B. She’ll actually feel bad and TRY to clean.
            But honestly, this is one of those things that women are or aren’t, and it’s usually based on how they’re raised, or maybe even their “feminist views”.
            It’s like trying to make a girl like blow jobs, or cooking. Either they like doing it of their own volition, and do it well, or they’re naturally repulsed by it through and through.
            And I think it’s not so much the cleaning, but more like you said, you feel slighted. It seems unjust. But to her, it’s not about ‘injustice’ or ‘fairness’, it’s just about a pair of socks or dirty dishes. Maybe try to stress the injustice more, and let her know it really really bothers you to the point where you dread coming home (the last one is your call).

            It’s a tricky issue though, that’s for sure.

          • MB30SD

            Doc.

            Here’s my take. It can’t be a deal breaker. Not with everything else being so good as you chronicled.

            Here’s my thought:
            * (from Canada) you clean the stuff you just can’t live with and let the rest go, BUT
            * (from $) Also lay down the law with the kids and make them clean. you can offer weekly prizes and/or allowance for cleaning amounts done… AND

            * (From corm with my spin) Get a maid once a week… BUT, I know cash don’t grow on trees, so take it out of something discretionary of hers… shopping or cloths or whatever she does that uses that $60/week or whatever. tell her fine, she doesn’t have to clean herself, but with a big family and 3 kids SOMEONE has to do it, and since you work AND clean, you need her to give up something she does to cover that aspect that would be/is her responsibility. so add a little stick/carrot action!

            Just spitballing here, but with everything else so good mainj, no way should you allow this to be a dealbreaker… there are solutions. Besides, the DTF whenever you want is reason alone to never ever ever leave that girl… trust me!

          • Sactowns#1

            My ex girlfriend and i were together for 7 years. She was a great, old school gal. We’d show up someplace she’d make me a plate and a drink. I’d go out on the town while she’d stay home and wait. She even forgave my many misdeeds in the name of men will be men. But 2 major issues. She has a shopping addiction. No doubt. She was banned from returning items to Nordstroms and Macysand who knows where else. She would buy stuff, get that high, and when it would wear off she would return it and buy something else . Needless to say she spent money like water. Issue #2- she was a slob. It wasnt that she didnt clean, it was the fact that she actively made the house messier.
            I can totally relate to the stress factor. Coming home to a messy house is super frustrating.

    • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

      “Some may believe that being married to a woman as gorgeous and wealthy as Gisele is worth some semblance of domestic suffering. But as the old saying goes — or one of its many variations — “No matter how beautiful and irresistible a woman is, there’s some guy out there who is sick and tired of her crap.” Something tells me that may be exactly the case in this situation.”

      Word.

  • MB30SD

    Ok, I haven’t been holding up to my part of the blog relationship. I’m so so sorry.

    Here’s a little something to show you all I care and will try to do better: http://coed.com/2014/07/23/hooters-swimsuit-pageant-2014-bts-hometown-costume-contest-photos/#photo=1

    (Jokey, do NOT click that link!!!!!!)

  • MB30SD
  • MB30SD

    Ok, ok, I’m slowing down. You Hawkce fans will appreciate this: https://twitter.com/InnovativeMomma/status/490588114352484352/photo/1

  • MB30SD

    I’m posting this because I think I might recognize the guy on the left (our left): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WY67JWtMa_s

  • MB30SD
    • CanadaBear

      Sad indeed. The biggest pisser is we don’t have anyone even close to being mentioned for this list. If DJ stayed healthy all year maybe he could get an honorable mention but that’s never gonna happen. Once DJ goes down again this year it will be interesting to see who ends up at MLB (Bostic, CD, possibly Jones if all the hype is warranted).

      • For your consideration….

        Canada, DJ Williams suffered a freak injury last year and people somehow have labeled him as injury prone. he’s been injured once in his entire career. He missed those other games because of suspension.
        He will perform sufficiently this year as he was last year before tearing his pectoral.

        • Suspension for taking roids. I don’t trust DJ staying healthy either. Some athletes once they come off roids, their bodies break down (see Shawn Merriman).
          Hope that’s not the case, but I see DJ as a bonus.
          What I want to know is why can’t Briggs slide over to MLB? He obviously knows the defense – he’s a good tackler. He’s not that much of a liability in the pass.
          I would rather have Briggs slide over to MLB and put Bostic at Weak if DJ goes down.
          Bostic is our future Will anyways.

          • GPLDAN

            They started last year with Briggs calling out from the huddle and calling adjustments. By a few games in, Bostic was doing it. I think it’s hard for the Will to call signals. The weak side has the broadest discretion; there’s no TE to adjust to and in the Tampa-2 it’s the LB most likely to blitz. He just excels there, moving him to mike with that deep drop is a different set of priorities and you need a guy with excellent backpedalling and the rangiest of the backers. That was Lack in his prime, that’s Williams. Williams in Denver was a mother fucking speedster, that guy in his prime was faster than many strong safeties. He was the fastest Bronco LB I had ever seen until then, much faster than Ian Gold.

            I don’t have much confidence that DJ can stay healthy either, the pec is a muscle tear not a ligiment or bone break – granted, but as Butch said the guy had roid issues and once linebackers start to fall apart – it goes quickly – except for the rare freaks like Seau.

          • Very true, we might lose something in the pass defense, but at least Briggs will align the entire D correctly more often than not, and sniff out plays on pure instinct, instead of blind-dog-meat-market Bostic.
            Is Briggs slower now than Lach in his last year? Hmmmm….

          • CanadaBear

            Depends if he still weighs 300 lbs like he did when he came back last year.

          • GPLDAN

            If I go down state this weekend (I probably will) – you know I will be snooping out some Chicken Dinner. At 240, he’s an optimal Mike, but probably can’t shout calls or learn the reads. I think that’s why he was quickly pulled from mike – they have him penned in at strong, but he’s not a 4-3 strong side naturally. I wish the kid wasn’t such a shy turd sweeper, I wish we could infuse a little Zach Thomas into the guy because the physical tools are there.

          • I think we agree with Bostic and Shea, but how many games did Bostic start at MLB last season, not to mention getting an entire preseason in, and he looked WORSE every week.
            I also don’t expect much from Shea at MLB though he would be ideal there. Hopefully, he surprises, but he better be hitting those books hard. He’ll prob flash though, I do believe that, and he’ll make a limited impact at Sam and situational pass rush.

          • Ososfan

            I blame a lot of the ineptitude on the coaching.

          • CanadaBear

            The coaching sucked ass no doubt (Trest and Emery seemed to agree and shit canned a couple of them). But at some point the players have to make some adjustments. I agree with Butch that Bostic and Greene got worse each week. Hopefully everyone takes the next step this year.

          • Big Mike

            CD is going to shock everyone.

          • MB30SD

            not me… he’s going to double bust.

            Bostic is the one that’s going to shock everyone… well, everyone but me. You CD bandwagoneers and bostic detractors baffle me.

          • Big Mike

            Not down on Bostic. Bostic gets the not at SAM to start, but he’s catching DJ Williams and CDs getting in at SAM. I don’t understand why you don’t see McClellin’s upside. As I said in a different post. Bostic’s rookie year is by no means an indication of his ability. Urlacher in his prime would have looked shitty with that dline in front of him.

          • MB30SD

            I’m down because he’s never been a LB, and everyone here is like, he played in college… no he didn’t.

            I just think he’s a wasted roster spot mike. If you want a badass OLB then get one… don’t try to turn your busted DE into one. It’s all about mathematical probability… the numbers are super low. It’s a risk I’d rather we not take.

            We’ll see shortly my mainj.

          • Big Mike

            Your right,he’s played standing up that’s all. It’s a no lose situation for the Bears. He either works out or he doesn’t I’m just a sucker for this kind of transformation. A coach’s dream to take a guy and find the right fit for him, and watch him compete and excel. Doesn’t happen in the NFL often. All the time in HS. State Champion team a few years back had a kid that had been a JV Free Safety. 5’10 175lbs nothing special. His senior year he became an all conference Center. He bulked up a bit to about 190. But his technique, quickness and surprisingly his strength more than made up for his size.

          • MB30SD

            I get it Mike… but this is the NFL. that shit’s already supposed to have been worked out by the time you’re being paid millions of dollars to do what you the team wants from you.

          • Big Mike

            Of course it’s supposed to be worked out. But what a rare opportunity. That’s how I see it. The best coaching, a great athlete, high football IQ, pretty low expectations to be honest. What a great movie it will make. What a great plus for the Bears. I’m in a big Bears mood, my tickets to the Packers game on 9/28 and Bucaneers game on 11/23 came in the mail today. A bit of a splurge on my end, but business is good.
            Fuck the Packers, right in the face.

          • bearsfantillend

            I might cya there GP. I was thinking of driving upstate this weekend. not sure yet, its a 3 hr drive for me. and only morning practices this weekend. so i’d have to be on the road before 6am to make start of practice and i am not usually a morning person.

          • Big Mike

            I’m on record saying that CD resurrects his career. McLellin, Bostic, Briggs, by Week 8. Bostic will simply pass DJ Williams. Watching Bostic last year was an unfair test for a rookie LB. It’s been said here a bunch of times, but last year you had LBs with practice squad guys lining up in front of them at d-line. You give a starting NFL Line the chance to go up against 3s and 4s, your middle linebacker is F’d. I don’t care if you have Singletary, Butkus, or Urlacher, out there.

            I think CD is going to be a beast OLB. Worst case in my book, is on Special Teams he’s going to be amazing. Like game changing amazing.

          • CanadaBear

            I can’t tell you how much I hope you’re correct. I’m nowhere close to where you are with those guys but I’d love to be wrong.

          • Big Mike

            I love the depth and the competition at LB. We don’t even talk about Khaseem Greene. He’s a player as well. Just needs some time. Even old Briggs has to be chomping at the bit. Playing with Allen or Houston in front of him and not having a Guards and Centers in his face before he can make a read will make him look like a new player.

            Deep, Deep run this year. NFC Championship game is the floor. We are also knocking the Packers off their throne. Their run is done.

          • MB30SD

            hee hee

          • SC Dave

            I promise you, Butkus would STILL have been a monster.

          • Big Mike

            Most likely. But let’s remember that our memories of Butkus are largely becoming of his highlight reels. It was possible to block him. He didn’t toss offensive linemen around like rag dolls on every play. He certainly would have given who ever got to him first an ass whooping,but it doesn’t mean he’d be able to make as many plays on the ball carrier if the defensive line was as shitty as what we had going last year.

          • CanadaBear

            Mike I was 13 when Butkus was a rookie. I literally saw every game he played in. His highlight reels could go on for hours. Until his knees were completely gone, he was a sideline to sideline mauler. He didn’t get washed out on plays, he had great instincts and never took a play off. If his D-line was as bad as ours was last year, he might not have always made the tackle but he would have made sure the ball carrier was totally exposed.

          • Big Mike

            The lense of highlight reels. Butkus would still be a monster, but he’d be beating the crap out of offensive linemen instead of running backs.

          • MB30SD

            it was a blown tendon.

          • CanadaBear

            Not sure Briggsy can back pedal and cover the deep middle.

          • For your consideration….

            He can’t cover the deep middle but here’s hoping we are not playing the Tampa 2 so he won’t have to.

          • *chicago 2 – Lovie Smith

        • CanadaBear

          What Butch said and his age is working against him. Hope you’re correct!

    • GPLDAN

      I put Keuchley at the top of that list, ahead of Dansby and Bowman. Esp, since Bowman busted his ACL in the NFC CG.

      Luke is the new Lack. We should got him, but we were stuck down too low with nothing to trade up for.

    • Big Mike

      Soon. Someone’s emerging on the lot we have now. If not Tremery is going to draft the very best LB there is next year.

      • MB30SD

        maybe… we’ll see how things play out but unfortunately FS might still be at the top of our list mike… again.

        • Big Mike

          I’m so tired of hearing about FS. It’s a broken record. I don’t know anything about next years draft class. But I do know that the Bears are about great Middle Linebackers. Free Safeties, who gives a crap. (ok, I do, but it doesn’t fit my rant) George, Butkus, Singletary, Urlacher. The heir to throne needs to be found.

          • MB30SD

            I get it man and I’m with you, but we have a glaring 10-year major hole in our D still. At some point it needs fixing, and fixing with real talent in the form of either a very expensive top FA, or our very low rd 1 pick. that’s just the way the position rolls.

          • bearsfantillend

            i could honestly care less if we ever get a MLB that is anywhere close to Urlacher, Singletary, Butkus, or George. Just put players on the field on both sides of the ball that will win us a Super Bowl!!!!! Count how many championships those 4 guys have. 1963 and 1985…. One position does not make a champion. get me a god damn team that is good enough to win. you need good players at almost all positions to do that, you don’t need all time greats.

          • Big Mike

            No need to go off. Sound strategy is you built from the front to the back. A stud MLB, is a great weapon.

          • bearsfantillend

            apologies- did not mean to make it sound as if i was going off. i would love to have a stud MLB and it is a great weapon to have, but not necessary to have a winning team.

  • Big Mike

    Or when Cutler got making a tackle. You don’t say it, but you know it. Season done. Or when Urlacher went out in Week 1. You convince yourself you’re not done. But you’re done.

    I can smell football. Next week my eight graders start up and I’ll be in a 3 pt stance for way more time than a 52 year old man should be. “6 inch step, square up, punch”

  • GPLDAN

    Kyle Long did not show today. He has some sort of flu virus, so they are going to keep him out and move de la Puente to RG for camp.

  • GPLDAN

    http://tinyurl.com/p3wh7j3

    Tresticle’s head looks like a…. tresticle.

    Dude needs a weave like George “It’s all natural, I swear!” Zimmer had. Cause we’re not gonna like they way you look, Marc.

    http://www.trbimg.com/img-51c1c303/turbine/la-fi-mo-mens-wearhouse-george-zimmer-20130619-002/600/600×400

  • GPLDAN

    Blogfadder hedging that Conte gets cut.

    Conte’s not getting cut, I am willing to put coin on that. Adrian Wilson is a broken down battle wagon at strong, so it’s Mundy at strong and Vereen at free, and we’re not keeping that Packer reject around, they’ll keep Conte.

    • DaBearsBlog

      My theory is Conte never gets out there and ends up on six week PUP, not cut.

      • MB30SD

        my theory is this… conte tries to press the ‘i want to walk across the street button’ but misses and takes a bad angle right into oncoming traffic on Mich Ave… at least, that’s what happens in my recurring dream.

  • For your consideration….

    lol, Biggsy has blocked me from his Tweeter. Why you gotta hold grudges Biggsy? Last year was last year. I didn’t really mean what I said.

    • GPLDAN

      Did you tell him the beads of sweat he left behind had the consistency of Campbell’s gravy in a can?

      You did… didn’t you….

      • For your consideration….

        I think I told him he was teetering on death’s doorstep and since he would be dead anyway he should stop being a pussy and confront the other hacks he works with.

        • For your consideration….

          I was obviously wrong, he survived the year and looks better than ever!!

          • Maybe he made it a goal, “I’m gonna live long enough to block this asshole.”

        • How could he possibly block you…you were basically calling him the Biggy Smalls of Bears journalist.

          • Ososfan

            “Biggie Smalls is da realist!”

    • tobijohn

      My sisters send me a box of frozen Lou Malnati pies every Xmas. You could try the same thing. No way he could hold a grudge after that…

      • For your consideration….

        that sounds fool proof. I’m going to send it Tobi. By the way, that’s a badass xmas present.

  • For your consideration….
  • For your consideration….

    just heard on twitter that Jordan Lynch is going to take a shot at safety…..if some lower middle manager at Home Depot from Iowa City has his way.

    • For your consideration….

      lol fucked it up

  • CanadaBear
    • MB30SD

      Excellent find canada.

      This sums it all up, “Stein ‘‘doesn’t try to embarrass you,’’ a prominent agent said. ‘‘He tries to make you look good in front of your client. He’s all about the win-win.”

      • SC Dave

        An excellent find indeed. We periodically extol the virtues here of Cliff Stein, and it’s always well deserved. Do you suppose many other fans talk about their team’s legal counsel on their blogs?

        • MB30SD

          I would venture the guess… no.

  • Nothing like the cold eye of a German to dowse American hard-ons.
    We need to hire Klinsman as an NFL anaylst, “So, what do you think of the Cowboys this year?”
    “Da Cowboyz are great, if you like cheerleaders. I give them a .021 chance, if ze owner dies, .314, rounding off.”

  • Shady

    We made it boys, we finally fuxking made it. It’s been a long strange trip this offseason but we’ve arrived. The Bears and (real) football is back.

  • MB30SD

    Ok, mike throwing out some prognostications this morning so I thought I’d get in on the fun and go on the record about a few items:

    1. CD will be a fine situational edge rusher, but will never become a true 4-3 OLB (briggs). He will be called a success (finally), but in reality he’ll have very similar numbers as the last two years, it will just be more acceptable to be abjectly ‘just some guy’ out there because it’s now not the core focus of his job description and his 4 or 5 sacks will come on blitz situations. Yay! In my mind he will be a bust for a top rd 1 pick and a waste of a roster spot (this will be made even more glaring by C. Johnson’s surprise badassery… see below)

    2. Chris fucking Conte will never see the field again unless we have a lot of injuries. Guy’s still abject dogshit.

    3. Jonathan Bostic at some point will end up our starting IMLB… and he’ll be good. Not lach spectacular, but very solid. People will be pretty impressed with his jump up in this new D scheme (which includes actual other players on defense and a system he played in all throughout college – my eyes do not deceive me, I’ve seen what kind of FB player jon bostic can be, and I’m all in on the kid)

    Not sure about greene, I want more data this season.

    4. I know nothing about Chris Johnson except what I saw in college. He looks like a real NFL football player to me. I would not be the least bit surprised if he turned out to be the big surprise of camp, preseason, and the real season and a starter at OLB. I also wouldn’t be shocked to see him out of football for drugs, dui, bar assault, etc…

    • GPLDAN

      I see it somewhat differently. I think the plan is to try and get a full season from DJ Williams in the middle, and that Bostic beats out CD at Strong side. He uses his speed and learns to pick up tight ends, something he wasn’t very good at. If he falters, the plan is to have him be Briggs replacement at Will, and draft a middle LB next year anyway.

      This new scheme under Tucker’s first year to not have Lovie’s playbook may not ask as much of the middle LB as we saw last year. I think the Bears will spend a majority of defensive percentages in the nickel anyway, and in those cases the coaches will want Briggs and Bostic out there with Bostic making the adjustments.

      I also think you will see an end to a Lovie staple, that sugar front where the weak side and middle crowd the center forcing the interior three lineman to reveal their assignments and then dropping out fast into middle zones to try and decap anybody running the slant. I think that formation/technique is gone now, you won’t see that look this year.

      Now you will see a base nickel with Jennings at nickel, the rook assigned to the SE and Peanut on the flanker. Pressure will need to come from the edge rush, which is why Houston and Allen will be key to success. Next year, Bostic is at will, we have a new mlb who is situational anyway seeing somewhere around 40% of the snaps, and the other strong sider will emerge this year or not.

      • MB30SD

        Oh I agree with Williams as the starter, I’m just expecting an injury for some reason. Hope not. If he makes it all year that would bode very well.

  • bearsfantillend
    • MB30SD

      darwin strikes again.

  • TheBigCheesy

    LOL Bears are the prohibitive favorite to win the NFC North? Are you trolling or do you not understand the term “prohibitive favorite”?

    • For your consideration….

      Hi Cheese! The Pack run is over. You can’t rely on Angelo anymore to keep such a disparity in talent going. It is now closed. The run is over. Without the worst D in Bears history you cock smokers are knocked from the playoff hunt as recently as last year. it took the worst Bears D EVER to do it but you saw your last first round playoff exit for the next few years.

      • TheBigCheesy

        I heard that last year. And the year before that. And the year before that….

        • For your consideration….

          sorry bro, deep in your heart you know what happened last year. It’s over. You don’t have to admit it here but let’s revisit this in a few short months.

          • GPLDAN

            Ted Thompson + McCarthy > Emery + Trestman.

            Until proven otherwise. Cheesy gets to wag his finger (classless as it is) based on the ridiculous nature of the final game last season alone. I am so sick of the Packers owning Chicago, but they have owned us.

            This is the year when it is realistic to assign Emery a grade as GM. I know I’m going to. On paper, this team should own the division. Expectations should be high. We should go to training camps and preseason with a chip on our shoulder expecting this organization to begin the era of atonement.

            But let’s not kid ourselves into thinking it’s preordained. I’m sick of that trope.

          • johnnywad

            Perhaps. But Thompson and McCarthy were comfortable with Seneca Wallace backing up Rodgers. How brilliant can they be? I think the mere presence and durability of Rodgers has made them look smarter than they are.

          • Bill Billichick got booted from the BROWNS.
            Brady, Rodgers, Brees make their coaches/gms look better than they really are.

          • Nevverrr! Whhooooo.

          • For your consideration….

            It’s not preordained. Our GM/HC combo, unlike before, sees problem, admits problem, addresses problem and then proactively addresses future problems. That’s normal football operations for successful teams. Now that we have that kind of thinking a shift will happen quickly just like the Blackhawks. We simply won’t see a stagnant organization like we have in the past.
            Last year was just a glimpse of what could happen on O. The D was decimated and our biggest rival squeaked by. This year will be a fucking trouncing. I’m sorry but it will be. Fucking Morgan Burnett trying to cover Alshon deep…pfffffttttt. Micah Hyde trying to tackle Marshall….pssshhhfftt.
            Rodgers fucking dead. Sorry i’m not sorry.

          • Cormonster

            1st paragraph is spot on. No complacency by the GM or coaching staff. Pete Carroll completely turned the Seahawks roster upside down his first couple years until he got the players he wanted, and still never seems content.

            I just looked through the Bears roster. 10 players are left from the Angelo era.
            Gould on Special teams
            Cutler, Forte, and Garza on offense
            Briggs, Tillman, Jennings, Paea, Steltz, and Conte on defense

            All the position battles on defense should make for an interesting camp.

          • MB30SD

            Here’s who’ll be left after this year no matter how we do:
            Gould
            Cutty
            Forte
            Jennings.

  • Sactowns#1
    • CanadaBear

      I loved the comment about it provides enough distance inside to keep him away from his unvaccinated children.

      • GPLDAN

        That and calling Chicago “the hago”

        The Hago?

        • CanadaBear

          Have you ever heard anyone say that? I don’t live there but in 62 years this is the first time I’ve ever heard it.

    • bearsfantillend

      how long will it take for someone on the team to prank him by putting a ‘FREE CANDY’ sign on it?

      • MB30SD

        It does have windows everywhere at least

  • GPLDAN

    Greg Hardy’s ex-girlfriend, probably pissed from being beat up, released a nude photo him admiring his junk in the mirror onto the Interwebz.

    I wonder if Tony Dungy thinks this is a distraction from football.

    • MB30SD

      fuck that self-righteous little troll

      • AlbertInTucson

        He is all over the place doing damage control spin.

    • Hopefully, for his sake, he didn’t just step out of a cold shower. In the infamous words of Constanza, “Shrinkage!”

  • MB30SD
    • GPLDAN

      Kid Rock is the people version of an above ground pool

      LOL

      • AlbertInTucson

        I’d rather have my above ground pool, thank you.

  • GPLDAN
    • For your consideration….

      GP, i’m predicting that Julius has a 2012 type season. Not all world but certainly not some old has been. He mentally checked out on the Bears and that is fucking bullshit. He is now dialed in and even with reduced physical ability he’s still Julius fucking Peppers. 34yr old Julius is like normal 29yr old NFL player.

      • MB30SD

        last time I’ll address this publicly.

        Fuck Julius Peppers. Right in his packer-loving face.

        • For your consideration….

          I know, i’m just being honest. He didn’t want to stay but it sucks to let him go.

          • MB30SD

            I wouldn’t have given a smaller fuck if I was a midget, cept that he went to our main rivals. If he’d have gone to the browns I would have been happy to get rid of his ass.

      • AlbertInTucson

        He started having foot trouble and I just don’t think when guys that size have foot trouble it ever goes away.

    • MB30SD

      Sexual. … napalm.

      • For your consideration….

        mom bombs.

        • MB30SD

          no comment on my ratings below?

          You do have to add 1-3 points for bodies, but then subtract them right back off for night after morning faces with no 2″ of foundation and enough eye make up to kill 8-10 bunnies each.

          • For your consideration….

            I think they do that for the cameras though so they actually have definition in their faces from distances.

        • GPLDAN

          shag carpet knee burns

          actually, I don’t get the Jessica Simpson thing at all…

          • For your consideration….

            GP, I can’t explain it fully. There’s just something about her.

          • MB30SD

            I can, she’s a smoking hot dumb as a fucking hammer sexdoll.

            One of those chicks you can just tell drips with sex by looking at her. and she’s 100% my type (hot blond with big tits) so that kinda ices it for me.

            That said, to each his own.

  • GPLDAN

    Biggsy with all kinds of insightful tweetz today – he must have visited Hot Dougs

    http://hotdougs.com/

    new starters on defense in season opener since SB XLI:
    2007 3
    2008 2
    2009 4
    2010 5
    2011 6
    2012 1
    2013 4.

    Could be 7-8 this year.

  • Isn’t Rice beating shit out of his wife & dragging her around a
    distraction? That doesn’t distract NFL players? Only guys banging guys
    does? – Jeff tweet

    I think it’s mostly because men HATE prying into someone else’s relationship. I think most men have been pissed off by women to that point, though most of us go punch a wall or hit the bar, instead of knocking out the girl.

    I don’t know how much of a distraction being gay would be in the NFL though. I think it really depends on the locker room. You get a Dolphins type locker room, it might be an issue. You get a Pat’s locker room, with strong leadership with coaches and GMs, I don’t think it’s that big of a deal.

    • For your consideration….

      I think it’s not about men hating to pry into someone else’s relationship. I think it’s a little more obvious and controversial. I really don’t want to go into it because it is a path that doesn’t end with smiles and laughing.

    • Cormonster

      Speaking of Rice, Sidney Rice retired at 27. Too many injuries and concussions. Was he ever really that good, or was it because of the year he had Favre targeting him as his #1 receiver?

      • It’s hard to say. Didn’t a lot of Bears fan want him? I never trusted his health.

        • Cormonster

          I didn’t want him on the Bears. Injuries and only one good season, then he waited too long to have hip surgery, so he was worthless the next year.

    • Cormonster

      I’m glad he’s not on the Bears. Not because he’s gay, but because of the Tim Tebow affect. I think it would be a total distraction and cause some resentment among players. Think about being a player and having massive amounts of media around you all the time wanting to ask questions about a marginal player and the social implications, instead of your own play and the team? I’m already tired of hearing about Sam on sports radio, and pre-season practices haven’t even started yet.

    • Emery’s alter ego…

    • GPLDAN

      I like how Emery says that Kelvin Hayden can push Kyle Fuller out of the starting spot.

      Child… please…

      • MB30SD

        Kelvin Hayden to Kyle fuller is like a 1973 VW bug to a bug…atti veyron

        (this has yet to be independently verified)

        • GPLDAN

          Zack Zaban on the radio says Adrian Wilson looks like a stud, cut and trim. Now let’s see if he can run.

          the tear of the achilles isn’t where I had mine, mine was up in the quad.

          his is down near the heel. My guess is that’s less painful, but running again was a bitch for a long time.

          • It’s been like a year for Wilson, though, right?
            But yeah, everyone keeps saying it’s hard to run after that injury, but perhaps that only applies to mere mortals.

          • For your consideration….

            he didn’t shred it. if he had the traditional procedure for the Haglunds deformity it was a clean incision and reattachment and not shreds of tendon.

            http://www.orthogate.org/patient-education/foot/haglunds-deformity-of-the-foot.html

          • MB30SD

            awesome. If he turns out to have one more year it will be the miracle of this season.

            I never watched him play or even heard much about him, but looking at his history and creds, looks like the guy was the real deal.

          • For your consideration….

            if he can retain a shadow of the Adrian Wilson of old he will be scary. That guy is a fucking dump truck and brings wood. Achilles are no joke but the bears liked what they saw and Wilson is a pros pro and rehabbed like a fucking maniac.

          • MB30SD

            my bro did it. Tore it to shreds… playing squash in guangzhou of all things.

            Which he had no business doing since: a) he’s perpetually out of shape, and b) he’s never played squash a day in his life. (our dad played from childhood until a few years ago, so maybe he thought it was inherent)

            I’d give you guys intel on how it healed up, but not sure he’s done more than a 5 for 30 minutes on the treadmill since (or before for that matter).

  • 6 of 10. There’s a reason black coaches & players don’t see
    correlation between black & gay discrimination: Sunday morning
    service. – Jeff Tweet
    The irony is that slave owners also used the bible to justify themselves, specifically the Curse of Ham.
    Even the devil can quote scripture…

    • MB30SD

      and usually does.

      • Trac

        So that’s why Jewish people don’t eat ham.

        • GPLDAN

          Trac, you need to try Hot Doug’s. You would like it.

          http://hotdougs.com/menu.htm

          • Trac

            Do you have any idea how painful it is to see a menu like that considering how far away from Chicago I am? I will have nightmares tonight.

          • MB30SD

          • GPLDAN

            getting your ass handed to you at the circle.

            best done at 2am near closing time

          • MB30SD

            never been. Next time I come into town you and yonny are taking me there at said timeframe… unless I have a higher than 30% chance of being shot. Then maybe not.

            (and MURPH!!! if he’s allowed out at that time)

          • For your consideration….

            the only thing you’ll be shot with in that area would be a penis shaped squirt gun full of UV raspberry vodka from a girl in a bachelorette party.

          • MB30SD

            Fuck yes… my peoples!

            I’m in!

            (Ps. is it gay to like being shot with a penis shaped squirt gun full of UV raspberry vodka from a girl in a bachelorette party?)

            (NTTAWWT)

          • For your consideration….

            no but I could also take you about 5-10 minutes from that location to an area where you’d be shot with a penis shaped penis full of penis juice from a bunch of dudes with no shirts on but with a ton of Kylie Minogue playing in the background.

          • For your consideration….

            and that my friend, would be kind of gay.

          • MB30SD

            Hahahaha… I hope you won’t be offended if I politely decline the second scenario in favor of the first? Maybe take shady to the second party soon (NTTAWWT)?

          • SC Dave

            Man, you are on a roll, dude!

          • For your consideration….

            i’m fired up because my wife has the remote, my 4yr old commandeered my bed and is hogging my side and i’m forced to read outlandish articles about Cutlers body language, Peanut reminding us that Emery forced out Lovie/Marinelli, Chicago beat writers talking insane shit like the great Jay media feud of 2010/2011 was still going on, articles about bringing Orton back (completely invented by the author), tweets about missing McCown……

            madness.

          • GPLDAN

            They call their Italian Beef the Luca Brasi.

            because you never take sides against the family.

            also – it’s freakin delish – the guy is a butcher and the beef he uses —-

            and lastly – only 70 days before this institution closes shop for good

            http://www.hotdogs.com/countdown

          • MB30SD

            Is Hot Doug the lesser known brother of Hot Carl?

          • GPLDAN
          • MB30SD

        • MB30SD

          Oh… well look who the cut drugged in all of a sudden the second I use his name in vegan.

          Hmmmm, no. I believe it’s actually because of a very utilitarian and practical reason. Swine, back in the dizzy, were considered dirty animals because they live and et where they sheite. (NB, care to correct or confirm?)

          That said, I totally agree with you that it’s antiquated and silly now… kinda like the entire bible thing, but hey, to each his own right?

          • Trac

            I can do pork but only a few ways, preferably on the smoker. Disgusting creature though.

          • MB30SD

            Hahaha. .. smart. Like dog – level smart.

            Didn’t you see that movie?

          • SC Dave

            Generally smarter than dogs, afaik

          • CanadaBear

            Not sure of anyone’s background but all of my relatives on my mother’s side are hog farmers. As a kid and young adult I was around hogs a lot. They aren’t anywhere near as stupid as cattle. Pretty sure they are smarter than sheep and I’m absolutely positive they are light years ahead of chickens. If people don’t want to eat them for religious or dietary reasons, I get that. If you think pork tastes terrible I get that. I don’t get not eating them because they seem lower on the food chain than other animals. They aren’t. Needless to say I love pork.

          • Trac

            My wife kept telling me she wanted a pot belly for a pet years ago and behold, one day I saw a sign on the side if the road ” free baby pot belly pigs”. I brought one home only to find out a few months later it wasn’t a pot belly pig. It crapped evra where and chewed the lawnmower bags, the siding on the house and dug up evra blade of grass in the back yard.

            My opinion still stands. Disgusting creatures!

          • CanadaBear

            I’ve never considered having one for a pet. Just for dinner (and not as a guest).

        • SC Dave

          Classic

    • For your consideration….

      it’s easy to keep bashing the religion angle but it’s hard to admit that there’s a segment of American culture that honestly doesn’t even bat an eye at violence and sometimes even fucking celebrates it.

  • For your consideration….

    http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/bears/post/_/id/4693110/tillman-on-chi-return-this-is-a-business
    I know this sounds like blasphemy but I’m fucking sick of Peanut. Stop fucking complaining like a bitch. This shit has to stop. These quotes should be obvious to anyone that Peanut, Briggs, Pep and Melton were the fucking problem last year.

    • For your consideration….

      welcome to the real world you fucking douche. Boo fucking hoo.

      • MB30SD

        100% with you. As much as I love peanut, I can’t wait to be totally devoid of lovie and angelo players. Just can’t wait.

        • CanadaBear

          Careful what you wish for.

          • MB30SD

            they’re gone soon anyway.

            Just to clarify we’re talking whiny D side here. We can keep timmyJ.

            In with the new out with the old canada

          • Cormonster

            Right before Waffle’s post, I was about to write about how Tillman has gotten better with age and still might have 2 or 3 more good years in him. He’s been one of the most durable CB’s in the league over his career, playing through multiple injuries some years and still producing. He tore his triceps last year. Freak injury. Before that he was playing great football, even with a bum knee. He’s a better tackler than most safeties in the league. He was the Walter Payton Man of the Year last year. And you just want to discard him because he got drafted by Angelo and played for Lovie? The only thing I could consider negative that Peanut said the other day was that adjusting to the new coaching staff last year was tougher than when he was a rookie, which was Lovie’s first year. He clarified by stating the only reason was as a rookie he didn’t know what to expect. After all his years as a pro, there were a few more adjustments. Enjoy watching Peanut while he’s still on the Bears, because it’s doubtful we will see a better cornerback on the team for quite some time, if ever….fuckers.

          • MB30SD

            agree corm. It’s more the lovie sympathisers that piss me off man. Get fucking over it already.

            Anyway, peanut is one of my fav bears of all time. Not sure he has much left in the tank, but I hope he has at least one more brilliant year for us.

          • Cormonster

            I’m not mad at all, just smh and spicing up my comments while using some choice words (word) from the Jerry Burns meltdown.

          • For your consideration….

            he’s a baller but it’s not just about physical ability. He’s been emotionally out of it since Lovie/lach/marinelli were gone. Pep actually physically checked out. Pnut fucking mentions it in every god damn interview. Get over it. He’s a fucking grown man and is actually younger than some of us. He’s not some fucking elder statesman. He’s acting like a bitch more often than not and its gay.

          • beninnorcal

            Hey!! Waffle said ‘gay’ in a negative light! I’m calling the PC poh-lice.

            I miss using that word, it used to describe so many things.

          • For your consideration….

            gay doesn’t mean man bang to me, it means you are being gay.

          • CanadaBear

            Johnny, not to put too fine of a point on things but you’ve been defending Cutler relentlessly all these years. Since he’s been here nobody displayed a worse attitude than him on the field and the sidelines. He has been an ass to the media off and on. He has acted like a petulant child a lot more than once. To me, none of that is a big deal. However, you’re totally blind to this and go off on the Walter Payton man of the year winner. Seems a little peculiar.

          • For your consideration….

            No one, and I mean no one, has gotten a more raw deal in this city than the quarterback. It is crazy to think but this guy has been attacked from every angle by every reporter, the majority of fans, the national media! etc. Fpr not winning with shit talent around him, for getting hurt, for whatever.
            Cutler never threw anyone under the bus even though he has been accused of it every single day since 2009 and even before. He was an ass to the media because he was being treated like a fucking murderer. He does the same shit that other quarterbacks are lauded for. He shows passion, he gets angry, he holds people accountable including himself. he won’t put up with the Angelo lunacy and nor should he. There are only a handful of teams that were handled as badly as the Bears over the last few years while everyone else made strides to improve and foster an environment of success the Bears did not…at least on one side of the ball.
            Cutler finally had enough of the madness didn’t he? Those clowns that perpetrated that madness finally got fired for incompetence didn’t they? Why would he sit there like a bitch and just take it game after game, year after year.
            Tillman and the D have been treated like royalty for almost 12 years. He’s made a fucking killing as a Bear. He won the man of the year for the charity work Canada. Cutler raises the fuck out of money too but just does it with a low profile and has been doing it for years. I’m proud of Tlllman but can be sick of the Tillman, Briggs, Urlacher passive aggressive media tour if I want to be.

          • For your consideration….

            i also said in a previous post that if he gets through this season relatively healthy that they should consider a fair extension. But just listen to the non Lovie defensive players on the team or Offensive guys talking about this season and last season compared to Peanut, old Pep before he left, the pussiness of Lach, Melton parroting the same BS, etc. it’s obvious.

        • SC Dave

          Fuck that. The best payer on our offense is an angelo guy

          • MB30SD

            Look down

      • Cormonster

        Take it fucking back you guys! I don’t get where you think he’s bitching or complaining. I’ve listened to a few interviews with Peanut this offseason, including yesterday on Mully and Hanley, and he was the happy guy he always is in interviews. He even said last offseason before negotiating that he planned on returning to and retiring a Bear. Briggs has had his contract issues, but the dude is a total pro and has earned every penny he’s made. Might as well get rid of Forte too. Hell, he looked at his job as a business and wanted to get paid, and he’s earned it too. Fuck this negativity before the first practice.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNcBFZ26lcIe

        I want to go all Jerry Burns meltdown on you guys right now.

        • MB30SD

        • For your consideration….

          sorry man, that “it’s a business” bullshit is tired. I’m sick of hearing of it when he needs to be focusing on not rocking the boat…..again. Every time he gets a chance to talk he fucking mentions it and sounds more pleasantly bitter and distanced every fucking time. Enough.

          • CanadaBear

            Wow. I just don’t get it. He’s not rocking the boat. They asked him about coming back to the Beloved and he gave an honest answer. Apparently it’s not what you want to hear but it’s hardly a big deal. Considering he’s in my top 5 all-time favorite Bears, your reaction kinda blows me away. Different strokes!

          • For your consideration….

            Canada i love Tillman, don’t get me wrong. What happened in 2013 was not an accident. Sorry. It was injuries and attitudes.

          • For your consideration….

            I’m telling you this and i’m the biggest homer fan of all time. I’m not, however, a fucking retard so I can see when something is not right. the D was not right and it wasn’t the eager rookies that were the problem. it was the pissed off vets

          • Big Mike

            Ton of injuries in the same spot not a factor? Rookies Linebackers behind a practice squad d-line? No that wasn’t the problem.

            Remember being 3-0 before injuries hit? Cincinnati, Minnesota, Pittsburgh… If the vets were pissed off, it was because of how poorly they were playing.

          • For your consideration….

            Mike, injuries were the main killer. We all know that. We also know that players were fucking DISGUSTED that Love and Marinelli were gone. HESTER was crying. Tillman and Melton started on their whole “i don’t even care at this point its a business” “we expect it”, “i’ve learned over the years that it’s a business”, all fucking euphemisms, Peppers would go entire games WITHOUT A TACKLE………

          • Big Mike

            Players across the league get their panties in a wad all the time and comment that “it’s a business”. Hester is just an immature person, who had bonded with his head coach. Peppers on the other hand. Dialed it in all year. He either got old real quick or just quit on his team because he didn’t like where he was. Tillman- I think simply speaks truth.

          • Trac

            I actually think its refreshing to see a great player be able to discuss his perspective in a reasonable manner without the ra ra bs. Charles is a man now and no longer a star struck naive football player. You won’t see him at the unemployment office 3 years after retirement. I wish more NFL players had his level of professionalism.

          • For your consideration….

            I’m referring to his attitude post Lovie/marinelli/Lach. You didn’t hear this fucking schtick when Lovie was around. wrong again. Everyone knows it’s a business, when you say it it’s because you’re fucking complaining about feeling unappreciated or because salary negotiations didn’t go your way.

          • bearsfantillend

            “When I retire, it’ll be somebody else and I’ll be long gone and forgotten. That’s just how this business and this league operates. ”

            this quote makes me sad and a little pissed. I get it, from the teams perspective he will be forgotten and they will move on, it’s a business that’s what happens. But does he not realize that he is one of the most loved players by the fans? Does he not realize that fans still talk about their beloved players from 40 years ago? Heck Chicago fans remember and talk about the worst players and hated players after 20 years. Does he not realize that in 20 years he could be on a talk radio show and fans are going to call in just to ask about the Peanut Punch, the Moss Interception, and the great work he’s done outside of football? We will remember those drives you ended with that patented punch, we will remember those timely interceptions, we will remember because we are still amazed when you do it. We expect you to do it yet we are still amazed when it happens. That my man is stuff of LEGEND, and to many of your fans that is exactly what you are, a Legend. Peanut, sir you will never be forgotten. So get your head out of your ass, quit talking like this and amaze us a couple more years.

    • Big Mike

      This whole thread is horse shit. Charles Tillman is a professional. Saying “it’s a business” is simply a catch phrase to respond to deeply personal and emotional questions. He knows this could be his last season. Put yourself in his shoes as a man. Throw out the nonsense about I’d be so grateful blah, blah. That shit doesn’t hold up.

      • For your consideration….

        i can have my own reactions about how that whole crew fucking acted last year. Because they acted like assholes…from day fucking one. It doesn’t mean i don’t love Tillman. It means that I think they acted like assholes and can shut the fuck up about it now.

    • Big Mike

      Never saw a guy look so terrible, non-coach, milk toast, goofy ass looking, who transformed the way Trestman does with a hat.

    • GPLDAN

      +80 blog points for dropping a radio call sign on Yahweh

    • For your consideration….

      lol, it will be fine. i know guys that said Nolan ruined Batman.

  • CanadaBear

    I keep reading about Wilson still having his burst (from Emery). If this guy or something close to this guy shows up, fuck me!

    Hit it, professor!

    • Trac

      Not too shabby Canada.

      • CanadaBear

        We haven’t had a thumper back there since MB. From the highlights it looks like Wilson has more thump than MB but not the return skills (I’m not sure I’ve seen a safety with better return skills than MB. He was always looking to take it to the house).

    • Big Mike

      I had forgotten about this guy. He was a beast in AZ. Hopefully he’s fully healed and the year off has rejuvenated his ass. Reports say that before he got hurt, he was on the roster bubble in NE. Who knows. But now that’s another interesting camp story.

      • For your consideration….

        he was cut after the Patriots got Patrick Chung back. Wilson, upon getting released in April:

        “Can’t make the club in the tub”

        Classic. He is no nonsense and i think he knows how healthy he is. I have a little feeling that he is going to make the squad and start/contribute regularly.

        • Big Mike

          If he is Wilson from 2012 or earlier he will be automatically the best Safety the bears have had since Mike Brown

          • For your consideration….

            We will see. It will be a very interesting camp.

  • For your consideration….

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/ct-kyle-orton-biggs-spt-0725-20140725,0,5368018.story

    Are we fucking joking at this point? Are we fucking serious that this article was even fucking written??? What in the holy fuck is wrong with this city, it’s fan base, it’s media, etc. What the fuck is going on here?

    We’ve got national media ALREADY making excuses why Cam Newton will take a step back this year because his weapons are gone. We’ve got guys saying Alex Smith may not be as effective because they lost 2 offensive linemen. US????? We fucking act like Cutler is fucking Chad Hutchinson. We act like Cutler is the only fucking guy to ever struggle or show some inconsistency playing behind ABJECT SHITBALLS in shitball schemes with shitball GM”s and coaches that couldn’t pick an OC if the OC slapped his dumb face with a huge fucking cock.

    Biggs you fucking disgrace. Just fucking die and get it over with.

    • How could Biggs ever block you?

      • MB30SD

        Hahahaha

      • For your consideration….

        His blood sugar was probably a little low that day. Bad decisions are made when Bradley doesn’t get his morning chocolate malt.

        • GPLDAN

          Now with Riboflavin.

    • For your consideration….

      and the Orton/McCown discussion continues this morning on the Score. After Mully states that the season is over if Cutler gets hurt because Palmer or Clausen can’t keep the ship afloat for a couple of games i call to remind them that Mully was RAILING against the McCown decision at backup last preseason. Of course i didn’t get on the air.

  • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

    The faster pre season finish the best, I´d really pissed off hearing that any of the veterans got hurt during meaningless games.

  • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

    I think the real question mark in this team is Mel Tucker, time will tell….

    • MB30SD

      Exactly!

  • Shady
    • MB30SD

      I certainly hope so.

  • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

    About Suh, I still don´t mind throwing two draft picks for him… and feel bears steal him.

    • For your consideration….

      I was just thinking about that. He is a supreme talent but could never see Emery bringing him into the fold. Not after the judo leg whip/hip toss that was an attempt to obliterate Cutlers throwing shoulder.

      Fuck Suh.

      • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

        He plays nasty and delivers whenever has the oportunity to hurt, remember Wilber Marshall, that is the approach this team needs to get back its mojo. not a “whimping” Peanut or “what side of the bed woke up” Briggs. I don´t have anything against them, on the other hand respect them, but lately seems only “bad blood” can get by them.

        • MB30SD

          naw, fuck suh. that guy is a trainwreck just waiting to happen. And he’s a bad human.

          Where are you from ghost?

          • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

            I’m from México city, but I’ve been living between México And Tokio the last 10 years. And bear fan since I remember…And perhaps he is as bad as you say but how he delivers, it entices

        • For your consideration….

          whoah, no one is tougher than our guys, I may not like the way they hang on to their memories of their past girlfriend Lovie but I don’t think the mojo is gone or at least I hope it’s not.
          Suh is a really aggressive guy but I can’t see him jiving with the Bears. Ever.

          • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

            Perhaps you are right about coexist with Suh, And I hope our guys arise to the occasion this season, expectations are high this year as I’ve never seen before.

  • For your consideration….

    Jeff’s hatred for David Haugh is admirable. I think one of the greatest local sports talk moments ever would be getting those two guys in a room with a bottle of shitty whiskey, two laptops with internet access and cameras that kept rolling.

    • GPLDAN

      The Bare Bitch Project?

      • For your consideration….

        Jeff’s passion and flair for the dramatic vs Haugh’s fat cat mentality and penchant for being fucking brutal + booze

        • GPLDAN

          • MB30SD

            awesome

  • Trac

    “So it was just all business at the end of the day. I didn’t take it
    personally. They didn’t take it personally. They were just trying to get
    the best guy at the cheapest amount. That’s just kind of how this
    business rolls.”

    Ok Yonny, disect this comment for me because I just don’t get your angst.

    • For your consideration….

      you can’t take this quote and place it in a vacuum. This wasn’t the first time or the first version of this kind of distancing tactic. Tillman has been shown A LOT of love by the Bears and he’s made several generations of money by being an EMPLOYEE of the bears. Pro Football players don’t know how the biz world works because if they did they’d realize that it works the same way as the NFL so they’d shut the fuck up about it. When you are irreplacable and indispensible to an organization you are enticed to stay and continue to perform. When guys that are perceived to have talent are lured to another company to use their skills sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. When your level of performance drops off and you are up for your yearly review your employer looks at what you’ve done and your likelihood of continuing your performance and you are compensated accordingly.

      Tillman was in a fucking contract year and got really fucking hurt. That is why the Bears had to reevaluate. It wasn’t about him being had on the cheap. it was about the Bears trying to gauge how much to pay a guy who may had played his last down in the way we had come to expect.

      • Trac

        Yet the Bears chose to let him shop his wares. I can see where a guy like Tillman would choose to go the route of emotional disconnect instead of the way of Urlacher. Double edged sword my friend.

  • Big Mike

    On the topic of the “old Bears” on defense. How big of a deal was there alleged bad attitude a factor in the defense’s total free fall last year? On one hand, I don’t know how you can dismiss injuries, unless you say that somehow there attitude made them more prone to injury, on the other hand playing with a bad attitude is not a recipe for being at the top of your game. I could see it Peppers who seemed to not only suck all year long, but didn’t really seem to give a shit.

    Discuss..

    • GPLDAN

      Pep played like shit last year, and guess what?

      It cost him any shot at Canton. Not that he had one since he checked out in Carolina. So fuck that.

      • Big Mike

        He did the exact same thing in Carolina and was rejuvenated with the Bears. Will he do the same in GB? Hope not. Don’t wish him any harm, but don’t want to see him have a pro-bowl year.

        • MB30SD

          diff is that he’s what 4-5 years older now WITH a bad chronic foot injury. He’ll def have a better year than last year, but that’s not saying tooooo much.

    • For your consideration….

      injuries AND attitude. They both had a noticeable impact. Injuries obviously had a huge impact because guys like Nate Collins who stepped in and was playing well in place of Melton went down as well. DJ Williams was ready to ball and got hurt. Turk McBride was excited about being the the rotation until his achilles shredded. I would say injuries affected everything the most.

    • bearsfantillend

      could some of those injuries have been caused by players not fully buying in? Players always say they have to go 100% else they risk injuries. Couple players ie. Cutler , stated early on that several players had not bought into the new changes. Could it be possible these players(mainly defensive) that did not buy into the changes, weren’t putting forth the effort needed to prevent injuries?

      • Big Mike

        I was hoping someone would say that. I preach that to the kids I coach. The most certain way to get hurt is to hold back.

        • actually, the most certain way to get hurt is to not hold back and lead with your helmet. so please preach proper tackling techniques, as well =]

          • MB30SD

            I’m starting a new congressional campaign to outlaw any emoticons that use the “=” sign.

            Help keep our children safe ev.

          • Big Mike

            I don’t know what that emoticon is

          • MB30SD

            good for you mike.

          • :O

          • Shady

            B===D

            Suck it.

          • MB30SD

            big bag O’ dicks my mainj… biiiiig bag O’ dicks

          • Conte employs the colon in his emoticons. 🙂 😀 :/ etc.

            Do you want to raise your kids in a world where Conte has control?

          • MB30SD

            god i hate him

          • Big Mike

            Yep. Been coaching for kids for 10 years now. My league was one of the first to adopt the new “heads up” tackling technique. Took a while to get out of old habits, but I’ve definitely seen an improvement not only in keeping the head out of it, but in tackling technique.

            http://usafootball.com/headsup – Distribute to any coaches you know.

            http://www.syasports.org/football/playersafety/index_E.html

    • Shady

      Can we just stop the “attitude” and “emotion” judgements? I mean, it’s almost as bad as the “body language” bullsheite that surrounds Cutler.

  • MB30SD
  • GPLDAN

    DO you remember this offseason when JOHNNY FOOTBALL did that media pro day thing? Where he put on a show for the media, and Old man Bush and Barbara were there, and there was X-rated rap on the PA and he was showing off his own line of shoulder pads from Nike or somebody?

    All the scouts were there on JOHNNY’s Pro day? Well… not all the scouts. The team that didn’t bother showing up?

    The Browns.

    • Trac

      Johnny who?

  • Trac

    New thread-a-rewsky!

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