• TheBigCheesy

    Yes.

    • Irish Sweetness

  • Fantastic article. Very insightful, couldn’t have said it better myself.

  • Bear Down in Tampa

    Get your Pulitzer Prize speech ready Jefe!

  • Bender McLugh

    so a very good friend of mine from Ohio (and sad & angry Browns fan) told me that her friends she went to high school with made a backyard wrestling video and posted to YouTube a while back. She said “this was our typical friday & saturday nights, drinking and watching these doofuses all night.” Apparently one of the bigger guys in the black dego-t is now in WWE, not sure his name though.

    Actually not bad I must say, although the vid quality is poor (early days of YouTube). The only injuries were a broken ankle and a smattering of sticky bush thorns needing to be removed “because they didn’t want to use barb wire.” I mean, of course. Enjoy.

  • Bender McLugh

    Yes, agreed, no way did Bears overpay.

    • CanadaBear

      The Bears paid the going rate. Cutler will determine if they overpaid.

      • Very true. Cutty has up to 2016 (I think) to prove he’s earned it. After that, Stein and gang put in a “cut your losses clause” in which we can release him with little cap ramification.

        And if anyone thinks we could have gotten a better QB for 2014-16, you’re wrong.

        • SC Dave

          As Canada says, Cutler will determine that.

        • Bender McLugh

          so that means……Bears didn’t overpay.

        • Irish Sweetness

          We could have gotten a better backup. Instead we have a 30 year old virgin and Doug Flutie.

          • That’s what we said last year around this time. Palmer will be alright.

  • MB30SD
    • Shady

      Attention whore.

  • Brilliant, Jeff. Bravo.
    But does a picture of Jay exist where he doesn’t look like he’s taking a cig drag?

  • Oh, and Corm, I’m checking out your link on Tedtalks about your cousin and poetry. Have lots to say on that since my specialty is poetry…and poon.

    • OK, so just watched the link Corm, and I have loads of thoughts, but I’m not about to write a thesis here, even if it is the offseason.

      Your cous seems well read. I have in fact, read all of those authors he quotes, specifically Pound, Eliot and Wallace Stevens (he gets kudos for the last since many don’t read him. Then again, you said he’s a snob, so this makes sense).

      It began with an interesting question, does art still fulfill the same function as in the ancient past.

      I’m not sure it does. Keats, one of my fav poets, argued that poetry is a balm for humanity, that it helps, it heals (he was a doctor, after all). And I think most of western civilization assumes that art has this function, that it somehow ‘cures’ us of our savagery (that is what being civilized means, right?)

      The problem is, that most artists are indeed, savage, as that prof pointed out ‘primal awe’; in order to create primal awe, one must in some sense become – primal. This process can tax the creator, but that’s for another story. Plato saw the danger of this, and summarily banned poets from his Ideal Republic. Oddly enough, I also see the same thing unfolding in our modern Republic – Start Trek universe.

      Anyhow, I’m not sure if modern art ‘heals’ humans like it was once supposed to. A lot of it is indeed pleasant, but then Picasso happens, Pound happens, non-tonal music, in your face performance art, non linear fiction, graphic plays, etc….

      These arent’ the caves of Lascaux any longer, nor the sonnets of Shakespeare. The game has changed, and while “shock” art always existed (Dada), it seems like the function of art in modern times is continuing in the Picasso/Wasteland vein – shock and awe, more than to soothe and awe.

      • Oh, and if I were to go with a Wallace Stevens quote, I would have went with “Fiction completes reality”.

      • MB30SD

        do you have any idea what it’s like, $, to be up to your elbow… in a zebra’s vagina?

      • Cormonster

        Here’s what I don’t get. Why does he think in order to be a good poet he needs to be miserable most of his life? Why does it take him until his mid-thirties to realize he can enjoy watching a bird (or nature in general), without feeling miserable first?
        HIs “search for deep and profound” meaning in life is shit I figured out in college or just after. Believing in nothing leads to believing in nothing, no matter how hard you try. Glad he found Buddha and yoga to realize some of the important things in life.
        So all that deep introspective thinking and writing over the years, along with years and years of schooling, led to conclusions I figured out in HS and college or before. I find it kind of sad. I also find it sad that a lot of other narcissistic fans and poets friends of his think that they are coming up with profound ideas, when they are just rehashing shit that mankind has known for millennia.

        • It’s because if you take philosophy, the main method of learning is DOUBT. This inevitably leads to nihilism. When Socrates talks about “self evident truths’ or Aristotle about “absolutes”, those are like unicorns in modern universities Corm.

          Once a student concludes that it’s ALL bull, where do you go from there? Christianity, relgion. Nope. Patriotism? that’s gone in one real history class. Politics, etc…the same.

          The last refuge is art, but humans CRAVE the metaphysical. Can’t help it. Most humans are built to yearn for something other than matter and death.

          Not everyone can be a content atheist-materialist.

          Nihilism, imo, is THE biggest issue in modern civilizations. Billions of citizens are disillusioned with God, Queen and Family, but they have no alternative aside from the Tall Whites descending from above.

          • Cormonster

            Have you ever taken psychedelic drugs like acid or mushrooms? You should try it. It will expand your mind.
            Your comments sound like something out of one of Ayn Rand’s philosophy books, like the Romantic Manifesto about art, or The Virtue of Selfishness. Ever read those?

          • I have taken both acid and mushrooms. I think I dropped acid about 3 times (in my Doors phase), and I tried shrooms once, which was a mellower trip.

            I read Rand’s Atlas Shrugged, but didn’t really like it as literature. I preferred reading her straight philosophy. I mean, she wasn’t alone. Sartre tried mixing phil with lit in Nausea and some other stuff, though I did enjoy Nausea a bit more.

            I think most ppl in modern society struggle to BELIEVE. Doesn’t matter in what, but most don’t believe in anything, not passionately, not enough to die for.

            Most just worry about paying the bills and taking care of the family. In many ways, they’re default Epicureans.

          • Cormonster

            I got more for this conversation later, but this is a good interview to give a listen.

          • Paul Stuart

            “did you ever take acid Miller?..You know, back in the hippy days?”

      • Irish Sweetness

        I’ll bet Aliens don’t write poetry.

        I’ll bet the reason we do is because our DNA is spliced together from 12 races which is what makes us so special and such a source of interest to the huge amount of visitors we have from other times and dimensions.

        We’re an oasis of flora and fauna in the desert of space being dragged down by Rothschilds and shadow governments, but a race of ‘old ones’ is watching down on us ready to step in and kick their asses if they interfere too much with the cosmic experiment we represent.

        Stick that in a poem.

        • I will. Ode to Irish…

        • MB30SD

          fuck the aliens.

          How’s that?

          (yes, I might be a little drunk)

          • Celery stick juice?

          • MB30SD

            rice juice. Close.

          • Saki bombs!
            Went to a suishi bar. They served Saki bombs…from a saki box. Like wine in a box.
            Chugged it anyways.

          • MB30SD

            fucking best. I got so fucked up in SF at the union street fair one year on sake bombs that i don’t remember half the weekend, never mind the meal.

            Love sushi maings. Had mirugai, maguro, uni, ama ebi, sake, cani tonight. My buddy says it’s probably like eating out a virgin. Not that he’d know, but like he’d imagine it to be.

          • eating out a virgin lol they squirm a lot, so I’ve heard…

          • MB30SD

            I’ve read the same thing.

        • MichiganBearFan

          Didn’t Thoth already do that? Just asking.

    • MB30SD

      in that order

  • Ososfan

    Here’s a better question: Will DBB start selling awesome t-shirts again?

    • MB30SD

      when did they sell ‘awesoe’ shirts again

      (hee hee… sorry jeff. Sorry, but sadly true)

  • JP

    The only way this could have be doper is if you got fancy and said Negative instead of No.

    • MB30SD

      that’s negativo to you sir

  • George P. Nada

    Wilson has some wheels. He just needs some tough.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      He’s a baller and will be a key piece this year. I predict more yards for him this year than Forte. I don’t know if he’ll get more yards than Bennett. That would be a great poll for the site. Jeff… steal my idea.

      Who will have more yards this year ?

      Poll 1: Jeffery or Marshall
      Poll 2: Forte, Bennett or Wilson.

      • MB30SD

        oh god… somewhere in South Carolina a man just lost his mind. Hahahaha

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          god is a man from South Carolina ? I’m confused.

          • MB30SD

            SCDave is going to be angry with you for saying that about Matt Forte.

            And that’s a very viable possibility. could be me for all you know (just ask erik)

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            You can’t be god… you have kids. Talk about putting pressure on your little ones. PS: I get it now. People could disagree on the poll. That’s the point !!! Let’s fight.

          • MB30SD

            ha.

          • SC Dave

            Not mad so much as incredulous. Forte had the most yards on the team last season. More than 400 more than Jeffery, who finished second.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        receiving yards of course

      • Irish Sweetness

        So Wilson catches two passes and everyone’s in a circle-jerk over him… and I get grief over Ford?

        Where did this new 204lb weight get attributed to Wilson? According to the official site he’s still 20lbs lighter than 6’5 Tolliver. TT has 5 years on Wilson, I’ll be surprised if they just hand it to Wilson on no basis whatsoever. I hope TT gets a fair shake in reps.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          I think that the fact Wilson didn’t get cut, played some important snaps and he is without doubt a baller is more important than his 2 catches. I personally had a feel for him from the day he was drafted. I loved that rebel part of his personality. Future evidence points in the direction that those instincts weren’t off course.

        • bearsfantillend

          no one has compared Wilson to HOFer, NFL Legend, or the greatest WR of all time.

      • MB30SD

        Bmarsh by such a wide margin, I giggled at the question.

        Forte for now. we’ll see how black uni holds up this year.

        • SC Dave

          Jeffery had more than Marshall last season.

          • MB30SD

            it’s not all about stats. Would the jeffery we know today even exist without bmarsh?

            no.

          • SC Dave

            We have no way to know. Maybe he’d be better. Not likely, but we just cannot know.

  • George P. Nada

    But, hey, if Chicago had great sports columnists I wouldn’t exist.

    This is called: they suck, therefore I am.

    You tell ’em Jeff.

  • MB30SD

    Lalz, ravens: http://www.diehardsport.com/2014/06/05/baltimore-ravens-twitter-account-calls-colin-kaepernick-overpaid/

    They need to fire their marketing/PR chief. he/she’s turrible.

  • MB30SD
  • MB30SD
  • AlbertInTucson

    Blogfather Tweet: “Wouldn’t say Clausen signing means anything in regards to current Bears backup QBs? Wouldn’t NOT say it either.”

    Jimmy Clausen.

    Is it all worrisome that they still seem to be playing the “We are fascinated with Ex- Notre Damers” game?

    Maybe I missed it, Blogfather. Did you tweet when they brought in Tommy Rees back in April?

    The Bears would still seem to be looking for the next George “Moose” Connor or Johnny Lujack, I think. Save the jokes. Both of them go back well BEFORE my time.

    Alan Page was a “Domer” but wound up a Bear only when the Vikings thought he was washed up and were, fortunately for Bear Fans, wrong by a long shot.

    They got Jim Seymour of “Hanratty to Seymour” fame from the Rams who had taken him as the 10th overall pick in 1969. I couldn’t find details of what they gave up but I expect both teams were hoping he was the next Jack Snow. He caught 2 of Bobby Douglass’ 4 TD passes on November 22, 1970, but had a mere 21 receptions and 5 TDs in 3 seasons with the Bears.

    Chris Zorich was an undersized reach at DT and is now more famous as a tax cheat (Shouldn’t there be a job for him in the Obama Administration? Just askin’.).

    Of course there were the short tenures of QBs John “Heisman Trophy” Huarte (Snow’s QB at ND), Blair Kiel and the forever infamous Rick “The 49ers were ready to cut him but instead managed to get a #1 pick from the Bears” Mirer.

    Any recent good to great Bear/Notre Damers I am overlooking?

    • AlbertInTucson

      Couldn’t find out how jim Seymour became a Bear but I did learn he ruptured an achilles in The Hula Bowl, aggravated the injury in the, now defunct, College All-Star Game, and never regained the speed he had in college.

    • I wouldn’t NOT not say it.
      triple negative.

    • John Nada

      Was Jerry Lujack the father of Larry Lujack?

    • DaMurph

      We got Mirer from Seattle who picked him number two overall in the draft.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Ohh, well, THAT makes it OK.

        Seriously, sorry about the mis-info. I stand corrected.

        I still want the head of whomever made THAT deal.

        • DaMurph

          He and Drew Bledsoe were the 1-2 picks that year and Mirer actually had a better first year than Bledsoe. Their first three years of QB ratings were very similar. Why we ever thought he was worth a first I will never know. He was just one of many wasted first round picks of the Bears once the Jerry Vanisi era ended.

    • DaMurph

      Tom Thayer was a Golden Domer that paid off for us. Mirko Jurkovich was an ND man, one season. Dave Duerson served us well! Jim Flanigan gave us some good years, Mike Gandy played a few years for us then another 6 in the league. Paul Grasmanis gave us a few years. Bob Thomas our kicker for a few years. A few more passed through too, some for a very short time “Zibikowski”

      • AlbertInTucson

        Nice calls, Murph. Especially Thayer, Duerson, Flanigan and Thomas .

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    I don’t give a shit about his contract as long as he doesn’t turn over the ball in the redzone and keeps his INT under 15 in the regular season and under 3 in the playoffs. With the weapons and coaches the Bears now have Cutler can be as great as he wants to be. Doesn’t even need to be the leader, so that’s ok.

  • Trac

    I think the more intriguing question for MB is, “did Lovie (hee hee) pay too much for McCown? NO! Wouldn’t is be interesting to hear Irish rant if Josh has a better QBR that Cutty this year?

    • MB30SD

      we’ll find out. I’d say hell yes. Dude’s going to crash and burn without trestman, our line, bmarsh, ashlon, black uni and forte (there you go dave).

      I get they have a pretty potent O roster, but not ours and lovie isn’t trestman… in fact he’s the diametric opposite.

    • Irish Sweetness

      I don’t know what Tampa’s OL is like, but I’d be surprised if he’s 13 TDs to 1 INT at any point.

      The Clausen signing isn’t filling anybody with confidence is it? He’s thrown for 3 TDs and 9 TDs for a QBR of 58.4. Drafted in the 2nd round … “Analysts attributed his slide to his cocky demeanor and “persnickety smirkness.”

      There is a high probability that Jay gets injured this season.

      We will then be led into battle by the persnickety one .. or a 30 year old who hasn’t thrown for 60 yards in the NFL … or Doug Fails.

      Mr. Emery, I call ‘failure to prepare’ in relation to the QB roster. Why aren’t their combined salaries paying Kyle Orton or Derek Anderson/whoever?
      I hope Palmer is as good as you think he is, because he’s going to be our starting quarterback at some point.

      “Smirkness” … we do indeed live in a post-literate society.

  • Haha So Russia got the boot from the G-8 and now it’s the G-7, unless Putin plays nice?

    $10 says Putin will make his own club roughly based on the Legion of Doom.

  • John Nada
    • MB30SD

      If chi gets it, I’m in. I’ll meet you fuckers there.

  • Irony: Heat. Can’t take the heat.

    • MB30SD

      fuck the heat.

    • AlbertInTucson

      4th Quarter Meltdown?

    • SC Dave

      Go Spurs! My second favorite franchise in professional sports.

  • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

    What´s the big deal with Clausen? unless can play safety I don´t see much to cheer up.

    • This signing means one of two things. We won’t know which until training camp:

      1) They want to have a veteran in for OTAs who can learn the playbook for a month. You know, just in case. Equivalent to Palmer last year, can come in and be backup if Cutler gets hurt. If they cut him before camp, that’s what this means.

      2) They want Clausen to compete with Jordan Palmer for the backup job (and keep Fales as 3rd QB). If they bring Clausen to camp (likely would cut Jerrod Johnson then), that’s what this means.

      To me it’s one of those 2 things. Though maybe there’s another option I’m missing somewhere.

      • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

        Palmer must feel the most miserable QB in NFL. looking the pile of QB´s growing behind him, meanwhile must coaching the competition AKA Fales, and still no playing a full-game!!!

        • he’s got like 15 career passing attempts in 6 years. He understands nothing is gonna be handed to him.

          • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

            If he is a competitor he’ll be up to the challenge

      • Frank Schoenburg

        I’ll go with #2

      • For your consideration….

        I’ve been watching some tape and Fales is not making this team next year. He looks like an actor trying to play QB out there. He may make it this year simply out of pride of not cutting a draft pick this soon.

        • SC Dave

          Trestman has him now tho…

        • I disagree there. I think he is a good fit for this offense and will be the backup in 2015 and beyond for a while.

  • Thompson Way

    If you could name one person who is better than Cutler, and who was available to sign this offseason, then maybe Chicago did over pay. I can’t think of anyone, so the answer is “no”. Regardless of what Emery says, this Cutler deal gives Chicago 3 years to find someone better, and knowing Emery’s style, he will work endlessly until he finds that player.

  • Peanut FTW

    The ultimate goal of every NFL team every year is to win a superbowl. Cutler has won as many superbowls for Chicago as Manning has for Denver, and Wilson has won as many superbowls for Seattle as Rodgers has for Green Bay. Mathematically, everyone in the NFL has overpaid based on the Wilson comparison and no one by as much as Denver.
    But in a realistic comparison, Chicago was forced to slightly overvalue Cutler due to the lack of available starting QBs. They didn’t overpay by much though, look at the Flacco deal, that is overpaying and shitty timing.

    • MB30SD

      then there’s tony romo.

      #fuckthecowboys

      • Here’s the thing: Romo is actually a better QB than Cutler. And most of these other QBs too.

        I know, his teams have a penchant for choking in big moments. But statistically speaking that’s not on Romo, though maybe you can fault him for not stepping his game up enough. Look at the “talent” he’s had around him. It’s never been such that that team should actually be a SB contender, it’s just that the media always overhypes Dallas and then blames it on Romo when things fall apart.

        • MB30SD

          shut yo mouth!

        • You would rather have Romo over Cutler?

          Oh oh, what’s that sound overhead…

          • Romo has outplayed Cutler every year they’ve been in the NFL. Anybody who would want Cutler over Romo right now is delusional, IMO. Unless you’re worried about age/injury.

          • For your consideration….

            I hear what you are saying and I respect your opinion. With that being said, I hope a pigeon shits in your mouth while you stare into the bright sun on a beautiful day sir.

          • SC Dave

            Lol

        • Irish Sweetness

          “Romo is actually a better QB than Cutler.”

          In my best Ocho Cinco …. Chile please …..

  • John Nada
    • MB30SD

      scary

  • John Nada

    Bostic wants the mike, but it appears CD is being groomed to backup DJ

    http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2014/06/04/hoge-bostic-still-prefers-to-play-in-the-middle/

    • MB30SD

      prediction: He’ll end up in the middle at some point.

      CD might make it on the outside in situational pass rush scenarios.

      • Bostic won’t MB.
        Bostic will be the WILL next year, but no one on the Bears will say that.
        CD will be in the Mike
        Greene will get a shot at the SAM

        I think that’s how they WANT it to play out, but it could look totally different by the end of the year.

        • MB30SD

          smoking crack.

          Green – Bostic – Jones

          CD will be bailn’ hay

          • I don’t think Bostic has the smarts for MLB. He’s a hammer, like Briggs. Nothing more.

            Jones I could see in the middle, but he’ll have to really show the coaches something this year.

            I still think CD will surprise.

            Greene is sort of a wild card. He seems fast enough to play strong, former safety and all. But not holding my breath there.

            The other uncertainty is scheme. They say they want to show more hybrid, and if they do, that can change things at LB.

          • SC Dave

            This, this, this. Bostic has shown NOTHING, unless you want to count one preseason hit and a year of suckness.

          • MB30SD

            guess we’ll see over the next year or two boys.

          • John Nada

            Bostic was asked to play Mike in his rook year behind LANDON COHEN and the fat guy behind the counter at Denny’s.

            That he showed he could roam, hold up against having the guard routinely get his hands up on him, and make some sticks from time to time showed the kid has promise.

            Talk about getting fucked as a rook, Bostic is the poster child.

          • MB30SD

            thank you sir may I have another. I just gave up and said time will tell.

            Bostic’s my homie… not fucking chicken dinner. jesus.

          • SC Dave

            Yet CD played with the same assholes next to him, but he does not get the Bostic pass. Yeah, I know… you’ve always hated white guys. (Is there a yanking your chain emoticon?)

          • MB30SD

            hahaha… bostic was a 2nd rd rook my maings. CD is a first round 3rd year.

            Let’s see where bostic is in 2015. My bet is he’ll have had a much more productive career at the same juncture.

            I’m pretty fly for a white guy

          • Big Mike

            Nope CD plays.

          • MB30SD

            dreeeeaaaaamiiiiiiing…..

            Dude’s about to bust out twice in a career… is that a first?

          • Big Mike

            We will simply have to disagree..

  • John Nada
    • MB30SD

      No thanks, I’m holding out for blake Costanzo… wait.

      • John Nada

        I can probably get you Joe Anderson’s autograph.

        • MB30SD

          split the diff and make it devin hester?

    • AlbertInTucson

      Oak Park! Home for 14 years.

  • AlbertInTucson

    I would like to note that today, June 6, 2014 is the 70th Anniversary of “D-Day.” Officially named “Operation Overloard” and referred to by General Eisenhower as “The Great Crusade.” Breaching Hitler’s “Atlantic Wall” cost more than 9,000 Allied troops killed or wounded, many of whom weren’t even old enought to vote. It was the beginning of the end for “The Fuehrer” and his Third Reich.

    • John Nada

      By 10am they wanted to be 2 miles inland. Instead they were still pinned down on the beaches.

      Now imagine if Rommel hadn’t bought that Calais bullshit feint.

      Next time your day is off to a bad start at 10am, just think about being pinned down by artillery and pillboxes knowing you either advance or you die.

      • MB30SD

        fuuuuuuuuck

      • AlbertInTucson

        Rommel KNEW Normandy was the invasion, not a feint. He also knew that he’d been caught with his pants down (he was away from the front celebrating his wfe’s birthday) thinking the Allies would not attack in bad weather and he knew if the Allies established a beachhead, the party was over for Germany.

        Deluded Hitler, on the other hand, refused to admit he could be wrong and held critical armored reserves back for the attack on Calais, led by Patton, that HE had predicted/still expected. Rommel’s superior, Alfred Jodl, refused to contradict Hitler or even have him awakened from a drug-induced sleep when things started popping.

        To loosely quote Rommel’s character in the movie PATTON:

        “Our men our throwing pebbles at each other on the beach at Calais while our troops are being slaughtered in Normandy.”

        • MB30SD

          this is an idiotic question and I should know this Al, but why didn’t we have aerial support to bomb the pill boxes at normandy? Was the air force totally invested in the diversion?

          • AlbertInTucson

            Here’s my understanding from hours of HISTORY CHANNEL shows:

            The pill boxes were pretty impervious to aerial bombardment. The Germans knew how to build them and had 4 years to do it.

            Eventually, a destroyer commander’s complaint that “we need to get in there and help those guys” was yielded to and the Navy allowed ships to move into point blank range and do the job on the concrete, up close and personal.

          • MB30SD

            thanks Al.

            Well that sucks.

          • AlbertInTucson

            I can’t even imagine. I almost soiled myself watching the opening of “…PRIVATE RYAN.”

          • MB30SD

            me too. brutal brutal stuff.

            that and the knife fight scene. made me angry

          • Zee Germans had those 88s blasting away. Can’t even imagine charging the beachhead with a peashooter against those suckers.

          • SC Dave

            The 88mm AT gun has a reputation in many ways divorced from reality. While unquestionably a remarkable piece of artillery, its fortes were in the anti-tank role (in which it remained *highly* effective until the end of the war) and for anti-aircraft work.

            While there was HE ordinance for the 88mm, the giant infantry killers were (as they had been for several wars previous) medium and large caliber artillery in an indirect fire role. The guys on the beach were likely suffered more from 105mm and 150mm divisional artillery placed miles inland, and light caliber (81mm and 120mm) mortars with direct lines of sight.

            On the other hand, I would think that the 88mm guns would have been rather dangerous to the landing craft on the way in.

          • Yeah, I watch “battle of the tanks” and such, and the 88s were modiefied anti-air guns which devastated tanks. The Tankers said you could almost see the shadow coming at you.

            There might be bigger badder guns, but something about the 88s..even the name is sorta creepy lol

          • AlbertInTucson

            I highly recommend Stephen Ambrose’ D-DAY and CITIZEN SOLDIERS which are largely based on compelling oral histories of those events.

          • MB30SD

            thank you sir

          • AlbertInTucson

            I wish I had had more serious talks with my late father about his WWII experiences. He mostly told funny stories about his Army experiences, I’m sure there was plenty more. He complained that he hated Tuna because they had to live on it for 6 weeks in New Guinea because a supply ship was sunk.
            Or going “Jap Hunting” with some fellow soldiers one day and finding a Japanese rifle in a deserted camp that he liked enough to carry for the rest of the war. Of course, the next day a prisoner was brought in and he looked at my Dad and told him “You got my rifle.” My Dad said it quickly dawned on him that A) That camp they found wasn’t as deserted as they thought and that B) Instead of just watching him take the rifle, the future prisoner might just as well have lobbed a grenade at them.

          • SC Dave

            I recommend also The Good War, a compilation of interviews byStuds Terkel (sp?)

            The part that stood out, whichv i already knew, was about the borders on the pictures in German homes

          • AlbertInTucson

            Studs Terkel. Excellent writer. Didn’t he have a role as a baseball writer in EIGHT MEN OUT ?

          • Cormonster

            Love those books and many others by Stephen Ambrose. He was from Whitewater, WI. UW-Whitewater is a division 3 powerhouse. Won the football, basketball, and baseball championships this year.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Here is the dialogue exchange, courtesy IMDB:

          General Alfred Jodl: Enemy armored forces driving through our defenses at Lessay.

          [reading telegram]

          General Alfred Jodl: “American tanks moving rapidly, slicing through to the rear areas.”

          Capt. Oskar Steiger: This sounds like Patton, Field Marshall.

          General Alfred Jodl: Patton is in England.

          Field Marshal Erwin Rommel: Do we know this?

          General Alfred Jodl: The landing in Normandy is merely a diversionary maneuver. The real invasion will come at Calais and Patton will lead it. The Fuehrer says that the Fifteenth Army is not to be moved to Normandy.

          Field Marshal Erwin Rommel: Those men are sitting on the beach at Calais throwing rocks at each other while our men are being slaughtered in Normandy.

          General Alfred Jodl: [firmly] The Fifteenth Army is waiting for Patton at Calais and he will land there.

          Field Marshal Erwin Rommel: You seem perfectly willing to accept this nonsense, Jodl. Why?

          General Alfred Jodl: [chuckles] Because I am not prepared to dispute the Fuehrer.

          • And Hitler believed the main thrust would be Patton for two reasons:

            1. The Fuherer and higher ups were mystics, and they really did believe that Patton was indeed the reincarnation of great warriors past. Most specifically, Gangus Khan, the only foe the Germans truly dreaded. He was the original “Great beast from the east” the Germans feared for ages. Hitler thought Patton would do the same.

            2. The intelligence of the allies knew this, and played off it by doing everything to make it seem like Patton would be the main attack. But ONE man perhaps more than anything helped convince the Third Reich’s suspicion.

            Agent Gargbo.

            A lot of the generals, including Patton, wanted to get to Berlin before the Reds because they knew once Russia got a hold of those lands, they wouldn’t leave. Churchhill thought the same, but Eisenhower instead let Russia suffer the causalities. It was a decision he would later regret.

            Stalin, of course, didn’t give a fuck about Russian lives, and threw as many men as he could to get the prize. Stalin really hated Hitler for betraying him and breaking the initial treaty.

    • SC Dave

      The beginning of the end was Sixth Army’s surrender at Stalingrad.

      • This is true. Once the blitzkrieg froze (literally), and they had to fight a two front war – game over.
        Didn’t help that Nazis atrocities on Russians fueled their thirst for vengence, Look how we got after Pearl Harbor and 9/11. Now imagine that x1,000,000

        “In the city the USSR losses were 750,000 killed, captured, or wounded. [79][80] An unknown amount of material was also lost.

        In the Stalingrad region the USSR, according to archival figures, suffered 1,129,619 total casualties;[83]
        478,741 personnel killed or missing and 650,878 wounded or sick, with
        40,000 civilians dead. On the material side for the region the USSR lost
        4,341 tanks destroyed or damaged, 15,728 artillery pieces, and 2,769
        combat aircraft.[84]

        Anywhere from 25,000 to 40,000 Soviet civilians died in Stalingrad and its suburbs during a single week of aerial bombing by Luftflotte 4 as the German 4th Panzer and 6th Armies approached the city;[85] the total number of civilians killed in the regions outside the city is unknown.”

        • AlbertInTucson

          Civilians were also dropping like flies from starvation.

          Moscow was within the Wehrmacht’s grasp when Hitler redirected his armies to instead take Stalingrad which had little strategic value but DID have Stalin’s name on it.

          Of course, Stalin likely killed as many or more Russians during his tenure as premier with his many purges and Mao Tse Tung probably makes Hitler AND Stalin look like dime a dozen serial killers next to the number of Chinese that were done away with during Chairman Mao’s rise to power and susequent reign.

          • SC Dave

            Partially true, but Hitler was more redirected by the need for the oilfields in the Transcaucasus region, centered (iirc) around Maikop. The fact that there was no practical way to get the oil back to Germany for refining perhaps did not dawn on Adolf. Or maybe he just assumed his miracle man Speer would find a way.

            The disaster at Stalingrad could have ended the war before D-Day, except that the Soviets had the same problem of reconverting rail gauges that the Germans suffered and so logistics was a huge problem (there was no road network as we understand them in the USSR). That, and one of the still-studied campaigns by Erich Von Manstein (in my estimation the greatest general of WWII by a significant margin) that somehow restored the front and ultimately led the the counterstrike in the Kharkov area in winter 42/43.

            On the Stalin thing, the Ukranians greeted the Wehrmacht with flowers and bread. Until the Einsatzgruppen showed up. And as bad as Stalin was, those assholes were worse.

            And on Mao, don’t get me started. Please.

            Gad… that war was so crazy. Heroic, infamous, and interminably (for me) fascinating.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            I chose Rommel from the germans side. That being said the clear winner has to be Zhukov. The fucker won Stalingrad and Kursk. Great 2 way general. Hah.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Stalingrad was a key objective on the road of getting those juicy resources the germans wanted.

    • SC Dave

      Not reading everyone’s comments on my shitty phone, but go look at a situation map of europe on june 6, 1944 and look east. You know,the decisive front.

    • Cormonster

      My Grandpa was 2nd wave on D-Day at the less bloody Utah Beach. He never talked about his combat experiences until he was about 80. He was given direct orders from Teddy Roosevelts’ kid on the first day to guard a road. He got wounded from artillery (shrapnel in the chest) crossing a stream in the hedgerows on June 13th. Due to heavy sniper fire, no medics were able to help him. Eventually he crawled his way out until he

      • AlbertInTucson

        Teddy Jr., physically, had no business on the front lines but finageld his way there to be with his men.I’m sure the old Roughrider was proud.

        • John Nada

          Why? Was he a scrawny dweeb? Have polio?

          • AlbertInTucson

            Severe arthritis (He walked with a cane) and a bad ticker. He was the only general to land with his troops in the first wave on D-Day. He was awarded the CMH for his actions on Utah Beach and he was already a decorated WWI veteran. His Medal Of Honor was awarded posthumously as he died of a heart attack not long after the Normandy invasion.

      • SC Dave

        My maternal grandfather fought in The Great War. I never spoke with him about it, as I was too young to understand what a Silver Star earned as a trench raider meant until he was too far gone to cogently respond to me.

        Years later, I got a copy of his memoirs. This thread may spur me to re-read them.

        Come to think about it, this summer marks the 100th anniversary of the “Guns of August”, when the assassination of some douchy head of a Austrian grand-duchy plunged Europe into a debacle from which it has, to this day, never recovered.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      All true, but the part with ‘the beginning of the end’ is a large exaggeration. If you really want to name such a key moment in the war I’d rather chose the battle of Stalingrad. D-day was a nice piece of military execution and a great subject for books or movies, but that’s about it. Had a lot more importance after the war then the world got ‘negotiated’ than during the actual conflict.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Hitler was very close to defeating Britain in 1940. With no USA in the fight, it could have been the endpoint for the allies. He hammered their airfields and tactical targets for two months until Britain was on her knees … and then on September 7, against the advice of all of his Generals, he switched the focus of the bombing to the cities – of no tactical advantage whatsoever.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          I don’t know about that. You still need a D Day of your own. And it’s no piece of cake… a massive invasion by sea. Just look at D Day. It happens only after a master piece military operation. And you got to have 10 to 1 superiority in men and ‘weapons’. Invading Britain was next to impossible. What you do is try to cut their resources. I get the civilian attacks. It had no tactical advantage, but I don’t think every singular tactic has to have an advantage. The same way as using nukes on 2 lame ass japonese cities has no tactical advantage. Or burn down Tokyo. Everything in war makes sense from a propaganda/mind war point of view.

  • MB30SD
    • Doc Nitty

      Your theories are intriguing to me and I’d like to subscribe to your newsletter…

  • Frank Schoenburg

    Who is the most overpaid QB? I’ll go with Flacco

    • John Nada

      Who is the most overrated newspaper comic character? I will go with Charlie Brown.

      • MB30SD

        Cb sucks

    • Irish Sweetness

      Easy. Kaepernick. Flacco has a ring.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      Stafford.

  • John Nada

    Jeff tweets:

    Id watch Tom Watson take a shit. (Tom Squatson?) Don’t care if you do.

    http://31.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m1x5vfiCx61qkbjzoo1_500.jpg

    • AlbertInTucson

      That is a really crappy Tweet, Blogfather.

      • SC Dave

        The epitome of twitter

  • Frank Schoenburg
  • Let’s just take a look at their numbers here. Similar career volume (3700 attempts for Romo vs. 3300 for Cutler). Romo starter since 2006, Cutler since 2007.
    Romo: 64.6% completion, 7.8 yards per attempt, 208 TDs (5.5% of passes), 101 INTs (2.7% of passes), 2.1 TD/INT, 95.8 passer rating
    Cutler: 61.0% completion, 7.2 yards per attempt, 155 TD (4.7% of passes), 112 INTs (3.4% of passes), 1.4 TD/INT, 84.6 passer rating
    I really don’t see how you can even begin to claim Cutler>Romo. I love Cutler, but come on. Romo has literally been better at every single thing you want out of a QB. He’s also made the playoffs more often than Cutler.

    • to put that in further perspective, if you took Cutler’s BEST year for completion % (63.1%), yards per attempt (7.6), and TD/INT ratio (1.9), that’s still short of Romo’s averages over his career.

      • John Nada

        C’mon Data – you are better than that.

        While Romo had Roy Williams in his prime, Austin, Dez Bryant and the best pass catching TE in the last 10 years in Witten – Cutler had his buddy Olsen shipped away, had an ENTIRE YEAR where Devin Hester was the #1 and Knox was the #2 and Lovie tried to tell us that Rashied Davis was a excellent slot guy (so FUCKING scrappy, he was) and line that up with the fact that Cutler spent one year regressing his technique because he threw while backpedalling so much it was silly while Romo has, for the great majority of his career, had a top OL that he could sit down in the pocket with – and the fact that Cutler is NEAR Romo is a fucking miracle.

        • I understand situational context, but there is an entire career’s worth of data saying Romo>Cutler. Until that changes, it remains true.

          It’s possible that, based on age, injury history, and context, Cutler might be better going forward. I certainly hope that proves to be true.

          • MB30SD

            Does he get ANY points for chrissy’s mug?

          • John Nada

            What’s that sound? Uh-oh…. Stuka sirens….

          • Big Mike

            Disagree vehemently. Not just because of Cutler. Look at guys like Archie Manning crap team every year. Fundamentally he was an excellent QB. Then look at Terry Bradshaw. Bradshaw was as fierce a competitor as ever played QB. He didn’t shrink under pressure. But he was an average QB. McMahon, barely average. I’m not arguing that Cutler is Manning, or Brady, or Rodgers. But I’d take him over Romo every day. Now, if Cutler doesn’t have a fantastic year this year, He’s basically a good journeyman QB. But I’m betting the house he’s top 10 in close to every category. That’s the promise of his potential. He’s got an average to good offensive line, he’s got 2 pro-bowl receivers, a reliable TE, a fantastic RB and a great system. It’s the team’s 2nd year in the offense and there are ZERO acceptable excuses.

          • Irish Sweetness

            C’mon, Mac wasn’t barely average. He’s one of the winningest QBs of all time and was key to the Bears winning a Superbowl. Broke what, 70 NCAA records in college? Steve Young didn’t learn the game watching an average QB. The NFL is full of average QBs, McMahon wasn’t one of them.

          • bearsfantillend

            Yep, Mac was also faster than a speeding bullet, could leap tall buildings, and could shoot lasers out his ass. He was an average NFL QB.

          • Big Mike

            College is not relevant to the discussion. I could get the stats, but McMahon’s rep is inflated. Career stats average. His peak years were good not great. He had a 5-6 game stretch in 85 where he was elite. But all you’ve done is prove my point. I would take a healthy McMahon over QBs who whooped his ass statistically.

            Cutler is McMahon. But with a better arm.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I’ve always thought that. Since he did that helicopter thing into the endzone against the Lions (I think). Crazy, and dumb, and excellent.

            I’d start Joe Cool, but Mac would be on the bench.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Data? Otto Graham was in the ‘superbowl’ every year of his ten year career. He won it 7 times. The data strongly suggests he’s by far the greatest QB of all time by some way. Context is very relevant.

            Again, Jimmy Mac’s numbers are not impressive (other than win%), but -other than Joe Montana – there was nobody better at comebacks and never-say-die stuff. There are no stats for intelligence and that’s a QB’s greatest asset and why Dan Marino has no rings. Terry Bradshaw was an anomaly, because the team around him was so good.

          • There is literally no argument for Cutler over Romo. Stats favor Romo. Romo has made the playoffs more, so you can’t even go with the “Cutler’s a winner, Romo’s not” thing.

            You don’t have to like it (I certainly don’t), but it’s the truth.

          • also: Romo has had a dog-shit OL for most of his career. Only recently has it returned to respectability.

        • bearsfantillend

          points deducted for Roy Williams in his prime statement. he never had a prime.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Beg to differ about WR Roy “Key Drops” Williams. Check his stats. His “prime” was in Detroit. He had 94 catches in 3 seasons in Dallas and never more than 38 in any of them.

        • For your consideration….

          you just Jericho’d Woodman.

          • John Nada

            I let one off the leash.

        • Big Mike

          10,000 likes.

    • MB30SD

      this makes me sad. Here’s the final most important determiner:

      Who has the hotter wife:

      Cutty: https://www.google.com/search?q=kristin+cavallari&espv=2&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=viOSU6LVJcO8oQTc0YLIBQ&ved=0CAYQ_AUoAQ&biw=1366&bih=653

      Romo: https://www.google.com/search?q=Candice+Crawford&espv=2&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=4iOSU5b9Asm8oQT3uIHYAQ&ved=0CAYQ_AUoAQ&biw=1366&bih=653

      I don’t know… kinda even. As a professional expert on such matters, I give the face edge to Cutty and the body edge to romo. Tie?

      • John Nada

        UR INSANE in the Membrane.

        http://coedbc.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/candice-crawford-bikini-5.jpg

        She walks away with it in every category. By a solid 2 points. At least.

        • MB30SD

          That’s silly. 2 pts?!

          I don’t like the close eye ostrich look. Think Mrs cutty is cuter in the face

        • MB30SD

          still waiting for my disc in the mail? Or was I that asshole in SD?

          • John Nada

            That asshole was the son of the director who went on a shooting spree. The point of that post was about guns.

          • MB30SD

            He was in Santa Barbara not sd

    • Big Mike

      I swear on the legend of Halas, that Cutler is better. Everything statistically favors Romo. My instinct as a player, coach and fan, Cutler is the better QB. The problem with evaluating QBs is all of the other variables. If Cutler/Romo had swapped teams, the numbers would not only be reversed, Cutler’s would be even better.

      • SC Dave

        Peyton Manning would have passed for 8,000 yards with the 2013 Bears offense. So there.

        But he didn’t, and Cutler didn’t play for Dallas (or Romo for Chicago, for that matter), so this, like all the other apologist bullshit on this blog about Cutler, means nothing.

        Cutler’s excuses are gone. It’s time to put up or shut up.

        So, do it fucking to it, Jay!

        • Big Mike

          Agreed that this is Cutler’s put up or shut up year. I’m also not an apologist. A QB needs a good environment with a competitive system and competitive talent. Cutler had neither. Romo did now he doesn’t. He’s screwed. Don’t confuse facts with being an apologist.

        • For your consideration….

          First – “Cutler’s excuses”. Jay has never made a fucking excuse and never threw any single one of his shitty linemen or WR’s and TE’s under the bus. He got up from or tried to get up from every fucking hit and sack that he endured during the fucking disgrace that was the personnel around him from 2009 through 2012.

          Second – “Apologist bullshit” – using rationality to understand that judging the play of a single guy with little to no help around him is faulty logic, especially when that guy still helped you get to the NFC Title game with shit personnel, had the team on the way to the playoffs the next year in his second year in the martz system, etc.

          It’s a team game and we finally put a fucking team around him. It’s a fucking disgrace that we wasted 4yrs of his career and only last year put pieces in place that other teams enjoy consistently.

          12-4 and playoffs at the very least….unless catastrophic injury of course, like last year.

          • For your consideration….

            I know football and I know that, while i hated the first Emery draft save Alshon, that we have a GM that will make moves to keep the team ultra competitive. We have a coach, although not perfect, that knows how to move the rock and keep teams guessing. We have improved the D otherwise known as the only reason why we didn’t fucking firebomb our way through the schedule last year including the de facto playoff game against the Pack.

            I put thousands of dollars on this team to win more than 9 games:
            a. because i’m a sick individual
            b. because i know that with even a mediocre D we dominate this year
            c. because this Bears offense will be remembered as one of the best in the history of the organization. Led by the most talented QB we’ve ever had.

            d. because the D has acquired pieces that will bring swagger back to the city.
            e. because i’m a sick individual

          • Frank Schoenburg

            I like that bet. Not sure I’d bet thousands, but a couple of hundred is very tempting.

          • For your consideration….

            i used my Chinese energy stock funny money to do it so it means nothing to me. I just wish the Commerce Secretary would have informed me a little sooner they were going to close the tariff loopholes that kept said Chinese solar stocks so high.

          • For your consideration….

            make the bet Frank. 100.00 bet will net you 66.70, that’s the best return outside of a Madoff hedge fund. It’s almost guaranteed.

            Bovada has the over under at 8.5 games

          • Frank Schoenburg

            Will do. Since you pointed the bet out to me, if you have a referral code, I’ll use it. Email me fschoenburg@gmail.com if you’d like.

          • Irish Sweetness

            The Bears are 3-1 to win the division. GB 4/5.

            If we had a backup QB worth a damn I’d say it was a great bet. Cutty goes down. Season over. Last year Cutty went down, we got better.

    • If you keep insisting Romo is superior to Cutler, I’m going to call you Data’s evil twin, Lore.

      http://youtu.be/EqL01hDHXC0

    • Irish Sweetness

      These are just stats. Numbers. In terms of what it means to be a QB they’re almost irrelevant. If you look at the TD-INT ratio or QBRs of Elway or McMahon, they suck. Look at Elway’s stats his first ten years as a pro – dogshit. But if you were down 2 TDs with minutes to go, only Joe Cool was better at getting it done.

      Numbers don’t tell the tale of a QB IMO. Romo is 3% more accurate than Cutty? Please. Romo is a bed-wetter who’s had better lines and receivers than Cutty. We’ll see what goes down this year – but if Romo was on the Bears on Cutty’s team he’d probably be long gone out of the league by now.

  • John Nada

    I don’t know why Blogfather shrugs off the Clausen thing when it’s a big deal.

    http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/bears/post/_/id/4692591/clausen-intriguing-entry-in-backup-qb-derby

    Hub also reported that David Fales throws in OTAs were weak. You can check that comment out at Hub’s site.

    So there is Palmer, who the above article says may not be the answer, and Fales who is throwing lawn darts. I can see why they made the move.

    • For your consideration….

      I’m surprised that Fales isn’t doing better I mean he was a 6th round pick from San Jose St. and several blog member were convinced of Brady-esque legendary exploits.

    • AlbertInTucson

      “What we’ve got here is, FALEyer to communitcate.”

      Strother Martin – Cool Hand Luke.

    • SC Dave

      So Hub is the expert? I’ll go with Trestman, thank you.

      • Trac

        Fales will not be on the roster come opening day. Heck, I would be very surprised to even see him on the practice squad.

      • John Nada

        Yeah yeah, I know – Da Blog hates Da Hub. Got it.

        Nevertheless, he’s on the sidelines at OTAs, him and his kid, and he’s blogging for what appears to be free making observations based on 30 years of being on the sidelines. So while he’s gotten a lot wrong over the years, I still read his stuff because he’s out there hustling at 67 years old making a buck, and I respect that.

        What he did with PFW, well – we have been over that before.

        • SC Dave

          I’ll give you that. Can’t fault the guy for working hard, that’s for sure.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Hub was canned because he wouldn’t make nice all the time as a Bear analyst. That, of course, was wrong. But it’s pretty obvious he has an ax to gring so it’s hard to take his comments at face value.

    • Trac

      Where the heck have I been? I didn’t know the Bears picked up Clausen. As far as Fales goes, this gives feet to my comments about him after the draft when I reviewed his highlights and noticed he almost broke his poop string every time he threw the ball. He’s one of those qb’s that needs a clean pocket and has to step into his throws to get velocity on the ball. Good luck with that.

    • Irish Sweetness

      You guys telling me Kyle Orton wouldn’t be welcome here for $3.5M instead of that bunch of dummies?

      • MB30SD

        He’s under contract yo, can’t just take him. ‘Sides he might retire this year.

  • MB30SD
    • AlbertInTucson

      Sadly, a bunch of film shot on D-Day was dropped while being brought back and is somewhere at the bottom of the English Channel. A lot of Combat Photographers died to give us some the the images we enjoy today.

      • John Nada

        Who was Teddy Roosevelt Jr? I never heard of the guy.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Theodore Roosevelt, Jr.was the first son of Theodore Roosevelt who became the 26th President. TR, Jr. Distinguished himself as a soldier in World Wars I and II.

          In case you don’t about Theodore Roosevelt, Sr….

          He resigned as Asst. Sec of the Navy to form the all volunteer “Rough Riders” to fight in Cuba during the Spanish – American War in 1898.

          He became Governor of New York and eventually Vice-President under William McKinley for McKinley’s 2nd term .

          When McKinley was assassinated in September of 1901, Teddy, Sr. became President

          As President, TR was known for breaking up monopolies (“Trust Busting”), getting the Panama Canal built, nature conservation and creating the National Parks System. He won the Nobel Peace Prize for negotiating an end to the Russo-Japanese War. He said upon re-election in 1904 that he would consider that his “2nd term”, even though tradition dictated he could run again and there was no legal “term limit” on the presidency at the time, and he did not stand for another term in 1908. He DID run again, unsuccessfuly, as a progressive 3rd (Bull Moose) party candidate in 1912.

          He is one of the 4 faces, with George Washington, Abe Lincoln & Thomas Jefferson, on Mt. Rushmore.

          Other than that, he accomplished very little in his 60+ years on the planet.

          He also left us this quote:

          “Speak softly and carry a big stick and you will go far.”

          And yes, this WILL be on the final.

          • John Nada

            Sorry Al. I didn’t mean TR. I meant Junior, whose story I didn’t really know.

            His dad? Well, yes, I know all about him. Thank you.

          • AlbertInTucson

            I believe TR, Jr. is the only American Soldier to win the French Legion of Merit in both World Wars. Patton admired his courage but once relieved him because he thought his concept of discipline was too lax.

            Besides inheriting a big pair of brass balls from his famaous Dad, he also inherited Senior’s iffy health. It’s suspected Jr.suffered other cardiac events prior to the one that killed him in his sleep and he probably kept quiet about them so he could stay in the Army.

            5 Star Air Corps General, Henry “Hap” Arnold also suffered serveral heart attacks (4) during the war and didn’t last long (1950) after WWII ended.

  • MB30SD
  • Irish Sweetness

    Mr. O’Brien’s horse, Australia, has won the Epsom Derby at 11/8. Don’t say you weren’t told – right here on DBB! Brought to you by Beer Bars.

    • Trac

      You’ll give it back. Don’t say I didn’t tell you so. Hee hee.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Had 4 winners after that!

        Watching Belmont here, terrible commentary. Amateur.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Go, Chrome!

    I remember watching Secretariat, Seattle Slew and Affirmed win the Triple Crown (Yes I AM too young to have seen Citation) and I wouldn’t mind seeing another.

    I believe horse named Alydar finished 2nd to Affirmed in all 3 of the big races.

    • DaMurph

      Its been a long time Al! I saw all of those races too.

  • MB30SD
  • MB30SD
    • John Nada

      Thanks. I remember watching Rutherford win the race in ’80 in that yellow Pennzoil.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Sigh. No Chrome-Plated Triple Crown this year.

    • johnnywad

      After listening to the post race interview with Chrome’s owner, I am immensely satisfied he didn’t win. After a century and a half of running the same races, under essentially the same guidelines, this guy loses it, wants to change the rules, claims the format is unfair to the horses, (Unfair? The horses somehow understand the connection and the past performances of the rest of the field?),calls the winner a coward, etc. Now he wants particular qualifiers in place for the most difficult of the Triple Crown races? Its supposed to be nearly impossible. That’s what makes it special. That guy is officially on my list. I now root for him to fail.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Yes, wanted to root for these “working class” owners to catch lightning in bottle but the post-race comments/whining were beyond weak and extremely off-putting.

      • Irish Sweetness

        I don’t watch American racing generally, but I saw that race.

        1. Chrome was not bred for stamina. He could not win that race if he ran it a hundred times.

        2. The jockey rode him the longest way around, and for a horse that’s got stamina questions to answer, that’s insane.

        3. The owner is a disgrace to the sport and a piss-poor loser. Doesn’t understand class or manners.

        • johnnywad

          Agree all around. I had Ride On Curlin. Oops

  • MB30SD

    I know a lot of you pelics don’t like soccer, but you’re gonna like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZzJxWbWXtY

    Promise.

    • Trac

      Where was that filmed?

      • MB30SD

        Brazil I think. Or Scandinavia. .. because they’re so similar. Hahaha

    • Cormonster

      Reminds me of the Norwegian kicker video. The guy who tried out for the Lions.

      • MB30SD

        Corm… still need to check your pretentious cousin and get back to you.

        • Cormonster

          It’s probably not worth your time. He’s a fan of poets that are more out there than the philosopher Derrida, who basically believes in nothing, but just wants to break down all social norms.
          We were debating some topic, and I told him the problem with his point of view is that it doesn’t work. His reply? “I like things that don’t work”. Some of his friends thought that was a great answer. Who the fuck thinks like that?
          It took him 37 years of agony, self-loathing, and “deep introspection” to realize that some of the important things in life are friends and family. Now he can enjoy watching a bird or other things in nature without feeling miserable first. His best friend is his 4 year old daughter. Who thinks like that?

          • MB30SD

            sounds like a great guy. hahahahaha

          • Cormonster

            I’m going to a concert with his hippy sister in a month. She’s about 10 years younger, so never really knew her. Had a blast hanging out with her one time when she was about 20. She just moved back to Wisconsin after spending about 13 years living in the mountains in Idaho with all her hippy friends. Should be interesting. We’re gonna hang out for a few days.

    • SC Dave

      Good shit.

    • Shady

      Sweet Capri Jorts.

      This video reinforces every prejudice and stereotype i have about soccer.

      • MB30SD

        yes. that’s what I want as a hello present when I’m in Chi this year. Get me jorts please.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Remi!

  • Trac

    Jeff’s twatters about his Belmont experience cracks me up.

    Jeff, if you go to the Belmont Stakes for the beer and the food, you’re at the wrong place. Hahaha.

  • NewBearInTown

    http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/Inside-Colin-Kaepernicks-new-contract.html
    Something was off about the numbers in Kap’s new contract, and this article lays it out pretty well.
    If the Niners are a monster team for the next 5 years and Kap remains the starter, then he’ll get all his money. If Kap blows out his ACL the first game of each season the team tries to keep him, he’ll get most of his money. If Kap stinks but stays healthy in 2014, or in any year after, the team can cut him with almost no dead money. Most of the money is guaranteed on April 1 from year to year, but if the team cuts him he gets nothing.
    You can still argue (though I do not) that Cutler got a better deal because so much more of it is fully guaranteed at the start.
    But no, they didn’t overpay.

    • AlbertInTucson

      And I, for one, would like to thank the wonderful folks in the national sports media for all the initial dis-information (“MOST Guaranteed Money EVER !!!!”) about the Kaepernik contract.

  • MB30SD

    http://tennis.si.com/2014/06/08/rafael-nadal-novak-djokovic-french-open-final/?eref=sihp

    Should be a good one. Who hates djokovic on the blog, is it $? I kinda like him. He seems funny.

    • Not I. I don’t care enough about tennis to playerhate.
      They all seem like euro-douches to me.
      Only one’s I liked were Mac and Aggassi.

      I do like when the girls groan though. Riiickky Spaaanisshhh.

      • SC Dave

        The Connors – McEnroe – Borg days were pretty cool. Since then, it’s been one guy or the other dominating everyone else. Or so I believe, as I don’t pay a lot of attention to it.

  • Trac

    Forte thinks the Bears will have the top NFL offense this year. With “Good Jay” under center, it just could happen.

    • Shady

      It will have more to do with staying healthy than any other narrative.

      • True. But we have pretty good depth at nearly every position except TE on offense.
        Forte’s pretty irreplaceable because of his unique skill sets, but Ford and Carey can pick up the slack.

        • SC Dave

          Maybe, but Matt is the key to the race car.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I think we can afford to lose Matt, moreso than a receiver or a tackle. Ford/Carey can run the ball, and we’ve got receivers.

            Cutty is the key to everything. We don’t have a guy to go in for him.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      There’s no way this will happen. These guys should pull the breaks on this crap. 8-8 team that got spanked by crappy teams like the Rams, Lions, Vikings, Packers, Redskins should first do and only then talk.

      • bearsfantillend

        We all know their defense SUCKED. Forte is referring to the possibilities of the OFFENSE. Yes if the defense does not improve then we are up shit creek again, it is very plausible that the offense will be in the top tier in the NFL.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          The offense sucked the last 2 weeks.

          • Bear Down in Tampa

            False. Scored 28 against GB, Cutler had a quarterback rating of 130.6, gained over 300 yards with over 100 on the ground. Problem was the D in Wk. 17. Week before against the Eagles they did suck but against the pack they brought their O and forgot the D.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            with 3 minutes to go the Offense had 1st and 10 from GB 45. They ended up punting and Rodgers won the game. The stats, yards and shit are all cool, but a great Offense is the one that gets things done when it counts the most. Now I’m not saying that I don’t like the Offense or that I don’t believe they could be Top 5 in the league. My point is ‘prove it first’.

          • bearsfantillend

            GB went 87 yards for a score with 6 and 1/2 minutes to go. The DEFENCE did not stop them. Left the Bears with 31 seconds left.

            Besides its the offseason. a report asked him about the offense. He was talking about POTENTIAL. and being the 2nd year in the offense the expectations are high, what’s he going to say, “The offense is going to just be OK.”

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            You’re right. Funny how memories change, especially when you try very, very hard to forget them. I get the hole ‘you have to say this, everybody is 0-0, everybody is a Super Bowl contender in June’. My reaction came as this is just another one of statements this offseason. Just tune it down. Don’t put a target on your back. Fucking New England and Denver stay low profile this time of year. The Bears should do that to.

          • I have to agree with this. The OFFENSE should have been able to keep the ball and at the very least, milk the clock.

            A CLUTCH offense would have scored a touchdown AND milked the clock, and essentially stick a dagger into the vomit green packer heart.

            But this is a new season and the 2nd year in the system with basically all the same personnel. They’ll score a lot, like last season, but as the Seahawks proved, it’s not necessarily about scoring, but scoring and preventing scoring at the right time.

    • Jokey

      Did anyone notice Eddie Lacy was rated 2 spots higher than Forte on that NFLN top 100 list? Do you agree, disagree?

  • John Nada

    I am never prepared when NASCAR leaves one of the great sports broadcasts on TV (Fox) for the TNT amateur hour.

    Jeff is watching NASCAR on TNT. I think we need to stage a sports on tv intervention.

    • MB30SD

      Seriously. NASCAR is the krokodil of motorsports. Cheap, dirty, and very dangerous to use. Yuck.

      • Shady

        DALE YEAH!

    • Jokey

      He’s just biding his time until the World Cup.

  • John Nada
    • Irish Sweetness

      “But Clausen and the Bears’ three other backups share one thing — none has thrown a regular-season pass in the last three years.”

      Setting ourselves up for failure here, Phil. Not good enough.

  • SC Dave

    From this: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nfl-shutdown-corner/shutdown-corner-s-overrated-and-underrated–roster-building-techniques-170754232.html

    “We live in a world in which Cutler (one Pro Bowl and one playoff appearance in seven seasons and never a season rating better than 89.2) has a $17.5 million base salary this year, more than Adrian Peterson and Calvin Johnson combined (they’ll make $16.75 million in base salary this year, according to Spotrac).”

    But more interesting was this:

    “I remember asking Andy Reid at the Super Bowl in 2006 about how his Eagles’ roster was comprised of a fairly large number of former undrafted players, and after nearly a week of boilerplate answers, his eyes lit up. He spit out a stat that I never forgot: Every year, there are more undrafted free agents on NFL rosters than there are first-round picks. This study of the 2012 season backs that up, and what it shows is that the 412 former UDFAs on rosters — an average of almost 13 per team, or nearly a quarter of a 53-man roster — are not only a higher number than the former first-round picks but also more than the number of combined second- and third-round picks (or fifth-, sixth-, and seventh-round picks combined also, if you want to look at it that way).”

    • For your consideration….

      The undrafted free agent angle is interesting and just goes to show you that the talent evaluators in the league are merely human beings that make mistakes and do average jobs just like the rest of us.
      The quarterback angle by Frank Schwab (whoever the fuck that is) is just nonsense. There are about 23 guys in the world that can play fucking NFL Quarterback and a team, no matter how stacked they are around the QB really only go as far as the talent at that position.

      • Big Mike

        This is managing the cap. A team needs a good number of these low round and UDFAs to stick to spend big money on QBs, LTs, WRs etc.

        Also, agreed on the number of QBs. But even a great QB needs a system and some pieces.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      I think the article is rather lame. Lots of stuff without any logical sense. Some sort of “How to look smart in front of your friends. For dummies”

      • Irish Sweetness

        Yup. Teams are made up of different kinds of players. Wow. Mind-expanding stuff.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          And QBs are overpaid. Really? Hah.

    • johnnywad

      Well given there’s only one first round pick per team per year and scads of UFA’s in every camp, I guess it makes sense

  • John Nada
  • John Nada
  • MB30SD

    I have a new official logo for my thoughts on the packers, lions, and sometimes vikings.

    http://www.mandatory.com/2014/06/09/todays-funniest-photos/17

    (oh, and chris conte and lovie smith)

    • SC Dave

      Conte may be your starter, so be careful.

      • MB30SD

        if he starts it’s cause we couldnt find anything worth a shit off the waivers/cuts and vereen isn’t coming along as planned.

        Dude is dogshit no matter how you cut it dave. We should just cut the guy and get it over with. Even a totally lost vereen will take better angles and tackle better. If your argument is that with a bad ass dline and solid linebackers then even mediocre safeties can work, then let vereen do his thing. Conte is a straight up liability… and now an injured liability.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Phil is shitting the bed when it comes to S and QB.

          • Who on earth would you want as the 2nd QB with the remaining cap we have? Orton might retire, AND he’s getting like $3M.

  • MB30SD
  • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

    Can we exchange a Virginia with the Bills when Monica takes charge?

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/06/07/monica-seles-could-own-the-bills-eventually/

  • John Nada

    Shady porn

    • MB30SD

      damn. too sci fi for me

      (but I might be talked into it)

      • Shady

        I see me fucking you up like right around 6:23.

        • MB30SD

          whatevs… you gots to get online and play with me once in a while first mano

          smh

  • Shady

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog
    Taking normal time in June from updating DBB. Never content for content’s sake. Tomorrow aft will have pod w/ @adamjahns on all things OTAs.

    SWEET – A legit Bears beat interview. Looking forward to this.

  • MB30SD
    • MB30SD

      And is this any better?

      • Shady

        Damn kids. Get a job!

    • Shady

      Saw that last night on HBO. Funny. Pretty much sums it all up, don’t it?

  • MB30SD

    How’s this? Anyone like gingers? I do

    http://coed.com/miss-coed/jessica-sulecki-miss-coed/

    • Irish Sweetness

      Crimson gash! Oh the humanity!

  • NewBearInTown

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/06/09/jaguars-will-have-poolside-cabanas/

    Follow me for a second here. NFL tickets routinely go for $300+. At $12,500, a cabana that can hold 50 people would be $250 per person.

    So, for example, if the Bears play the Jags. You buy the cabana for $12,500, sell tickets to your poolside Bears party in Florida with beer and wine included for maybe $400 per person? Sell 40 tickets and you’re at $16,000. That covers your initial cost, plus airfare for you and a date (first class) to Florida. And you’ve still got cash and space left over.

    • EnderWiggin

      DaBlog party?

      • MB30SD

        I’m in. Let’s do this

        • Trac

          How much of a deposit will you have to put up? He he.

          • MB30SD

            I’ll pay my entry fee up front. $400… done.

      • NewBearInTown

        Bears not playing Jacksonville this year. Not sure when the next game in Florida would be.

        • EnderWiggin

          We should look into other locations. If a bunch of us can get VIP treatment for the price of a nose-bleed, it would be worth the airfare/or other travel.

          • MB30SD

            I’m in.

  • MB30SD
  • MB30SD

    final one for Irish… I’ve done the bulls, would like to do the goats

    • Irish Sweetness

      Aaaah.

      • MB30SD

        they look tasty, don’t they?

  • AlbertInTucson

    Blogfather Tweet: “Never content for content’s sake.” A good philosophy for Tweeting, as well.

    • Trac

      I think it was his childhood. It always goes back to the childhood.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      I guess he didn’t like my poll idea…who’ll receive more yard this year…1. Jeffery or Marshall…and 2. Bennett, Wilson or Forte. This is content, man. Real stuff. I can’t sleep now.

      • johnnywad

        I think it’ll be Jeffery and Bennett. As much as I love Forte, he’s getting old for a feature back. Its hard to assume he’ll get through a full season anymore with the number of touches he gets. The ability and athleticism is still there, but if I’m betting on it, he’s the most likely player in that group to hit IR. Wilson is going to struggle as a third option to pile up yards like the rest.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          Mine are Marshall and Wilson. Marshall because of increased attention for Jeffery and Wilson without any logic other than the fact that I believe in him as the Bears 3rd option.

          • johnnywad

            I think it will be close between Bennett and Wilson. And if it is, they’re going to put up about 40 a game this year.

  • “Veering towards hope”? I’m sure national writers are as clever as I. Here’s a piece on Vereen (MB, don’t get a hard on)

    http://www.chicagobears.com/news/article-1/Brandt-Vereen-possible-impact-player/e52a336f-7a80-432a-88b4-8f804c803c64

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      I still don’t understand why Vereen was there in the 4th round. It makes no sense from a logical point of view. The S class was poor from teams point of view (the proof is the record number of S 1st rounders…get them while you can). He was top class in all the tests they made. He is smart. He is a leader. He has no history of off the field problems or injuries. The player seems like a smart player, understands the game, has great speed (short distance, long distance, change of direction), he is versatile. Has NFL bloodlines. Now I get he ain’t got huge size, is not a hitter and must improve his tackling, but who the fuck cares ? He is similar in body with Devin McCourty who is Top 3 Safety in the league. It’s very strange for me. Why didn’t the Bears get his sooner, why didn’t the Patriots draft him. Why didn’t the other clubs pick him. He seems to me like he has the ideal potential to become a good/great Free Safety. Whatever… I feel this player, just like I did Wilson last year.

      • MB30SD

        Boom. me too barb. Vereen and jones are my boys this year as I’ve said a few times before.

        (See mike brown clips above… got me pumped… and sad)

        Ps. Fuck chris conte.

    • MB30SD

      I can text you a pic of it already in full force if you’d like?

    • CanadaBear

      Loved the pic. Great to see some of the retired guys. I loved the comment, “Conte was invited but he was late getting there,” Cracked me up.

      • MB30SD

        wow, like 1/2 the comments are about my namesake. He had a huge impact.

        For those of you continuously trying to convince this blog that chris fucking conte is a real NFL safety… check out what a real free safety should look like: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pj_ey8blG0

        and this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fB5Gm-UIHe0

        Can we PLEASE use our first for a FS next year. Please!

      • haha that was funny. ZING.

        I also like “Once a Bear always a Bear, unless you go to the Pack #peppers”

        We’ll give Jimmy Mac a once in a generation pass.

  • Cormonster

    It’s official. 57% of Americans are racist.
    http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/category/cnns-gut-check/

  • Irish Sweetness

    Rik Mayall R.I.P.

    :O(

    • MB30SD

      Noooooo… not rick. Fuck man. 56.

      Vyvyan probably had a hand in it.

    • John Nada

      The Young Ones was some inspired work.

      Almost everyone on that show, from the director to the actors and writers, were all in their early 20s. That the BBC bankrolled them was the strength of the pilot. Those two seasons are pure gold.

  • MB30SD

    Ahhhh the homeland. Trac, when you booking your trip: http://www.mandatory.com/2014/06/06/man-being-robbed-at-gunpoint-captures-everything-on-gopro-camera/

    (look, in all seriousness, that was a huge win for the guy. He walked out without being shot for no reason)

    • Trac

      Hope that guy sends in a recon team.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Blogfather Tweet: “Nothing worse than the few days before major sporting events. World Cup and US Open only 48 hours away.”

    How about the NFL season being 4 MONTHS away? Isn’t that worse?

    • MB30SD

      too far out to even think about Al.

      Gotta keep focused on the good.

      Le Tour in a few weeks as well (Woo Hoo!). This is going to be a very good summer indeed!

  • So Rodgers got skinny and flexible through yoga, and Cutler got bigger and buffer through banging Cavelleri I assume. Got it.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/06/10/marc-trestman-jay-cutler-is-bigger-and-stronger-than-last-season/#comments

  • John Nada

    FIFA is so corrupt it makes anything going on in the NFL with concussions and drug abuse seem tame.

    In 2022 when the Cup is played in Qatar at this time of year, that should be interesting. The average outdoor temp this month in Qatar is 122 F. Average.

    • MB30SD

      it’s hard to decide who’s worse FIFA or the IOC

      both disgusting.

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