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FrontRowTickets.com Game Preview: Carr & the New Look Raiders Come to Chicago in Week Four

| October 2nd, 2015

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“Oakland wants to run the clock down here…they’re going to go hurry up though.”

-Something Chris Simms actually said while calling Raiders v. Browns

KYLE LONG V. KHALIL MACK

If you’re looking for a single reason to be excited for Bears v. Raiders, this is it. Mack rarely moves off left side of the defensive line (if at all) and that means a showdown between two of the best young players in the sport for sixty minutes. Mack has the advantage of being a pass rusher for the last half decade while Long has been a tackle since Labor Day. If Long consistently wins this battle it will reaffirm the belief of many that he’s destined to be one of the best tackles in the sport for years to come.

WHAT THE RAIDERS LIKE TO DO IS…

  • Feed Amari Cooper and feed him a lot. It is rare to see a young wide receiver as polished and versatile as the young man from Alabama. Derek Carr is just as comfortable throwing him a quick fade on first-and-ten from his own 20 as he is throwing him a slant on third-and-goal at the one with the clocking winding down on a victory. Cooper embarrassed Joe Haden in Cleveland and the Bears don’t have a defensive back anywhere near Haden’s league.
  • Play with balance. Even when the Raiders were nursing a substantial lead against the Browns they managed to mix in the pass with some effectiveness. After the Browns got within 7 of them late in the fourth quarter Sunday, here was their drive (the fumbled punt by Cleveland cost them the gain):

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  • Run the power game with Latavius Murray. Murray reminds me an awful lot of Frank Gore. He’s not only big and strong but he’s got real explosiveness once he get through the initial hole. He’s hell for any secondary to deal with in the open field.
  • Sit their safeties back and make opponents throw underneath. One reason tight ends have had such success against the Raiders (see Bears of intrigue) is that neither Charles Woodson nor Nate Allen are capable of covering anyone. Both are far more comfortable 15-20 yards off the line of scrimmage, playing a center field role. One would imagine this approach will change against James Clausen as giving Clausen any easy throws is a schematic mistake. No throws are easy for Clausen if there’s a defender within five yards. (If Cutler plays, expect Woodson to sit deep and rely upon his proven track record of reading Cutty’s eyes.)

THE GAME POEM

They come….

Raid, raid, pillage and plunder!

…young and hungry…

Raid, pillage, pillage, raid!

…a western horde…

Plunder, pillage, raid!

…ascending to the top of the hill…

Raid. Pillage. Plunder.

IRISH VIDEO OF THE WEEK

A magical evening in Kinsale, Co. Cork. The best tin whistle player I’ve ever heard…and I’ve heard a bunch.

THREE BEARS OF INTRIGUE

  • Browns tackling at the back end of their secondary was responsible for massive gains in the Oakland run and passing attack a week ago. One thing both Antrel Rolle & Adrian Amos can do: wrap players up and bring them to the ground. They need to be at their fundamental best Sunday.
  • Oakland has been manhandled by tight ends each of their first three games and have yet to face a tight end with the explosiveness of Martellus Bennett. Of course Bennett will be handcuffed by inadequate quarterback play if James Clausen plays so to expect anything beyond pedestrian production is unfair. (If Cutler plays, massive performance coming from Bennett if the two ever get on the same page.)
  • Jay Ratliff. The middle of the Raiders offensive line, where J’Marcus Webb lives, is vulnerable to any kind of penetration. If Ratliff is able to return to any kind of form, he could dominate.

 STAT OF THE WEEK

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I won’t give you the entire breakdown of these kickoff return stats against the Bears. I will tell you they are on pace to be the worst kickoff coverage team in the history of the NFL by a significant margin.

WATCH OUT FOR TAIWAN JONES…

…because he is the Raiders kick returner. But he’s not just a warm body. He’s been explosive in the early part of the season, returning four kickoffs for an average of 30.3 yards, ranking him fifth in the league. The impressive part of that statistic is his longest return has only been 35 yards, meaning the number hasn’t been skewed by a lengthy touchdown. He’s consistently good and going against the worst kickoff coverage in the league.

(The video below is an example of a Google search gone horribly awry.)

GAME PREDICTION

If Jay Cutler plays….

Bears 27, Raiders 14

If one must factor in James Clausen, Bears win but the dreadful quarterback makes the game far closer than it needs to be.

Bears 20, Raiders 17

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  • Trac

    Watch out for…….hmm…..can’t think of a single Bears player to promote this week.

    • DaBearsBlog

      If Jay plays, Bennett should have massive game. Mediocre tight ends have been dominating Oakland.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Pulling for Acho to shine … and speaking of promotions, please give us Terry and Anderson from the PS. And for the love of all things holy, let’s get Ducasse out of there.

    • pat o’donnell?

    • Scharfinator

      Who is replacing Allen’s spot? He should have a good game.

  • The GP

    neither Charles Woodson nor Nate Allen are capable of covering anyone. Both are far more comfortable 15-20 yards off the line of scrimmage, playing a center field role.

    So is Kyle Fuller. Except he’s not 40 years old.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Put him in for Rolle or Amos? Which one?

      • MB30SD

        Neither?

        • Irish Sweetness

          Single high with the Fullerino. I like it, MB.

          • The GP

            fuller to the bench. He won’t get hurt there

          • Irish Sweetness

            Nickel?

          • The GP

            See if he has anything as a ST gunner

          • MB30SD

            Now this I wouldn’t mind trying out

          • MB30SD

            This

        • Huge Bear’s Penis

          can he punt? we might need a backup there, don’t want to wear out O’Donnell, Maybe he can play QB, cant be worse than Pickles.

  • The GP

    The little ones are a metaphor. For the Bears.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MveqXxB12YA

    • MB30SD

      That dougue de Bordeaux is beautiful. Kind of always wanted one, but that’s a whole loooootta doggie.

      Oh, and cats are assholes

      • Irish Sweetness

        Uh uh. Just hard to impress.

        Dogs are like sluts, they’ll do anything you want, no matter what you do to them. .. and they’ll still come back for more.

        Cats are like high class ladies, who were well raised. You get one chance, you’d better respect them, and they will walk out on your ass if you don’t.

        • Scharfinator

          They’ll also shit on your bed to make you mad. Just like a high class lady.

          Dogs ALL THE WAY!

          • CanadaBear

            My little bundle of joy (dog) takes a whiz on the bed (on my side only) if she’s mad at us. When we leave we have to shut the bedroom door if she isn’t coming with us. I could correct this problem pretty quickly but the dog is my Beloved Bride’s.

          • MB30SD

            hahaha, then he’ll be peeing on your side of the couch

          • MB30SD
          • Scharfinator

            Dang, it sucks when familial politics get in the way of proper action.

            It’s just like our government!

        • MB30SD

          You are fucking KILLING me here man. Now it all makes sense.

          I don’t WANT to have to work for a fucking pet’s affection, you know, the entire reason you buy one. Why in thee fuck would I want to buy an animal that automatically hates me and fucks with all of my shit for fun. You know there are multiple websites, twitter feeds, insta accounts with some variation of the moniker, “catsareassholes.xyz”)

          And why in God’s name would I buy a pet that acts like a moody, disinterested, fed up girlfriend… dude’s who like cats have massive mommy issues. (Not saying this is you irish, I’m sure your Irish mammy is/was a beautiful woman)

          …except you TJ, you sir are a savior.

          • CanadaBear

            Really? Mommy issues? WTF!? I love both dogs and cats. Both will fuck with you and both will love you unconditionally if you treat them decent. We had cats growing up and I had cats until I moved to Canada. Since then I’ve had 3 dogs. The dogs have all been the hypo-allergenic, non-shedding variety small dogs. Once you get away from the pet hair you don’t want to go back to dealing with it.

            Not to mention; who buys a cat?

          • MB30SD

            Hahahahhaa… I was kiiiidding! Sheeesh.

          • CanadaBear

            I knew that. It hasn’t been that long since we came back!

          • MB30SD

            https://youtu.be/CgcIBRxjBjY

            This sums it all up. Made me lallz

          • Scharfinator

            Cats don’t support our troops! Cats don’t love merica! Cats can git ouuuuuuuut!

          • CanadaBear

            That vid can’t be authentic. Nobody’s bleeding.

          • MB30SD

            exactly my point

          • Pissed Off

            Dogs rule, cats drool.

          • tobijohn

            Thank you, I was waiting for the disclaimer. I might not be on here as much as I used to but I’m keeping an eye on you…

          • MB30SD

            hahahaha, come back to us TJ! Loves yous maingses

          • tobijohn

            I’m going to try to spend some quality time here game days, these days it’s tough during the week. BTW, here are the latest two miscreants to call this joint home, found them in bushes a couple months ago. The one on the right coincidentally is named Cheddar Bob:

            https://www.flickr.com/photos/135919194@N03/shares/2468AV

          • MB30SD

            jesus TJ. Don’t make me change the disclaimer.

            When your ex left you with all of them, that’s a saint. Looking for new ones in bushes makes you a crazy cat lady. stick to guitars maings.

          • tobijohn

            I don’t go looking for them, believe me. They find me. But that’s it. I’m capping both the cat and guitar population:

            https://www.flickr.com/photos/135919194@N03/

          • MB30SD

            Holy shit tj.

            I do believe you have an addiction issue. At least guitars and cats are better than crack and smack.

          • Cormonster

            Holy shit, man! You’ve really added to the guitar collection since last winter. It’s a good thing you don’t live by me. This guitar shop is a few blocks from my house. His collection upstairs is amazing. He also has lots of lefty guitars. Here’s a cool video of the place if you have some time.

            http://davesguitar.com/105918/dgs-shop-tour/

          • tobijohn

            You’re right, it is a good thing. Dave’s is legendary. The next time I make it back to the Chicago area, I hope to make a pilgrimage up to there. BTW, nice catch on the lefty thing. The only ones who notice are actual players…

          • Cormonster

            Dave’s a really nice, humble guy who worked his ass off to get to this point. He’s also a very good player. I seen him play out a few times in the last two months. His personalized Fender custom guitar has incredible tone.

            Let me know if you ever come up this way. I can show you around. I don’t actually play, but I’ve been hanging around lots of musicians since I was 12 or 13. I’ve been to hundreds and hundreds of band practices. I’ve even got 3 top flight musicians who work for me part time, and 3 other pretty good players. I just need a keyboard player. Gonna head out right now to see a kick ass band for a few hours. It’s against my better judgement though. Gotta work about 22-24 hours this weekend.

          • tobijohn

            I know you have to make hay while the sun shines, especially up there, but I avoid working weekends like the plague. I’ve got a pool service and maintenance business and after a week of being out in the heat and humidity, I need two days in a row off. When customers ask me if I work Saturdays, my standard response is Orthodox Jews aren’t supposed to work on Saturdays. “You’re an Orthodox Jew?” they ask. “No,” I reply, “but I respect their belief system”…

          • Cormonster

            I maintain a large medical complex,, and I hate doing it during the week because people are everywhere and it takes way longer to complete. On the weekends it’s practically empty minus the urgent care area. It’s nice and peaceful. Plus, I have to make most of my money in 8 months. Snow removal basically just covers overhead in the winter. Getting ready to leave right now, and it’s 41 degrees out. Shorts and a hoody weather! I do have backup clothes though. I try to wear shorts as long as I can this time of year. Usually when I switch, it’s to pants and long johns in the mornings. Time to make the donuts.

        • DocNitty Ellipsoids Ornamental

          What animal does a transvestite resemble? I just figured you’d know since, you know, you’re Thairish.

          • MB30SD

            they’re called ladyboys docs… what animal does a ladyboy resemble.

  • Bobby Douglass

    Did we ever manage to sign an extra punter?

  • Irish Sweetness

    WTF is going on?

    1. My betting site opened on Monday with Raiders 2.5 point favorites. alarm bells went off when i saw this. That price is a “Jay Cutler at QB price”. With Claws at QB it should be more like 25. Flag #1.

    2. Cutler and AJ had already been ruled out as per the mother site.

    3. Now this – Jay smirking when asked if he’s playing on Sunday :

    http://www.chicagobears.com/multimedia/videos/Cutler-on-possibility-of-returning/8fb4b6ef-3975-4318-a091-9081bd39a29e

    Gut feeling? Back the beloved now .. or not … I don’t know … shit.

    We’ll kick their ass if he’s in for sure. Probably … I don’t know … shit.

    • Pissed Off

      Boy from that video it sure sounds like he’s gonna play

    • Pissed Off

      Just listened to the Gase presser from that link, he said he thought they did a “great job” of possessing the ball in the 1st half and it was a good 1st half for the guys for what they were asking them to do. So you asked them to put up zero points, not cross the 50 yard line and punt X amount of times? Do we need to start a Gase must go thread. He sounds like an idiot.

      • BillW

        I think he was just asking them to not turn the ball over, take no chances whatsoever, and try to maintain reasonable field position. Which they did. He had no delusions of Clausen doing anything more than that.

        • Pissed Off

          I still stand by poor choice of words at least

  • Irish Sweetness

    Fox reports Ego/Will/Ball/Rat/O’Donnell limited. Get Terry off the PS onto the field Foxy !

    http://www.chicagobears.com/multimedia/videos/Fox-talks-Cutler-Jeffery-injuries/7f36237b-ed22-4c50-85ae-eaed0dc85386

  • Irish Sweetness

    Tresty was 50/50 run/pass BTW …..

    • yep, first time all year with a balanced offense for Baltimore.

      first 3 games were 65% pass.

      And still their passing efficiency is shit (YPA is down more than a half yard) and Flacco has 5 TD to 5 INTs.

      And they’re averaging more than 3 ppg less than they did last year.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Amazing that they could beat the Steelers with a 7 FFP prformance from Flacco. Then again, Scobee missed a FG to win it in regulation.

        Anyone see the Cutty presser? Posted the link below. From his body language, i take it that he’s playing on Sunday, but they’re keeping OAK guessing. He can barely contain himself. Anyone else take it that way?

        • MB30SD

          No. Just you.

          You’re almost willing it to happen all the way from Thailand. Haha

          • Irish Sweetness

            He could also be playing it the other way i.e. he has ZERO intention of playing … and wants to keep OAK guessing. Not that it’s real hard to prepare for Jimmy. You just kind of … do whatever you want really.

          • MB30SD

            exactly

          • Pissed Off

            I really hope Jay plays just so we can see some semblance of an offense. I don’t even care if we get Cutler’d. I just want to see us move the ball up and down the field even if the drives end with a turnover and/or without points. Last week was SO BRUTAL. I felt like I was watching Orton in 2005.

        • BearDown100393

          Yep

        • Pissed Off

          He made the plays when he needed to. Clutch. That pass to Aiken…money. Cutler would have had a pick 6 there. I’ve said it before but for God’s sake please STOP referencing fantasy stats. Its not AMAZING that Flacco scored 7 fantasy points and the team won. Who gives a shit about the fantasy stats with regards to real football and winning a game. ARG! I love FF as much as the next guy and play in several leagues but a higher scoring fantasy player is the not the end all with regards to a good player or a clutch player. For years Brady was not a top FF quarterback, middle of the road at best and this was when they were winning superbowls (like Flacco has) and did anyone think he was garbage because he didnt light up the fantasy scoreboard? NO! A lot this goes to the game plan of the team and maybe that gameplan doesnt call for a lot of passes or passes in the redzone which equal TDs.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Well, you can call it 7 FFP … or a <190 yard, 1 INT, 2 TD game. It's just shorthand.

            I didn't see the game BTW. But the rushing stats looked good.

    • BillW

      My take on that is John H told him he better balance it out. Trestman listened. He had no one in authority telling him that in Chicago.

    • Sactowns#1

      That fake punt that almost cost them the game had Nesman written all over it.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Just saw the vid you posted Jefe. Didn’t realize you got down as far as Cork. West Cork and Kerry … God’s own country. Kinsale is a grand little town, but there are so many in West cork/Kerry.

    If I had to pick one in Cork it would be Clonakilty … a top little town. A real Gem. Jimi Hendrix’ bass player, Noel Redding used to play in a little pub called DeBarra’s every Sunday with a band called the Clonakilty Cowboys. When you walk into the pub, the walls are covered with photos of the musical stars having a drink in the pub. It would be easier to name the people who haven’t been in there.

    Schull is a magic seaside town too. God, I miss little Irish towns down there.

    • Bender McLugh

      What do you know/think of Sligo, Irish? I know different part of the country, just curious.

    • Sactowns#1

      Had the best fish chowder of my life in Kinsale. But Galway is where the ladies are at.

  • The GP

    The Raiders starting right guard is Jamarcus Webb. Webb nation and Raidah nation are one.

    His OL coach is Mighty Mike Tice.

    I want to see Jay walk past Tice refusing to talk to him only to go shove Webb

    • MB30SD

      That would be amazing

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      geez Tice still can get a job as an OL coach…. Didn’t he coach in ATL last year and their OL sucked last year.

  • Irish Sweetness

    One question Jefe – if Claws is in … how do the Bears score 20 points? Claws couldn’t pass the 50 yard line last week.

    3 defensive scores and a missed PAT? I like it.

    • The GP

      Bears boo birds will set Soldier Field a howlin if we get shit Pickle again

      • Pissed Off

        If I was there I would break out the brown paper bag

        • MB30SD

          smh

        • BillW

          Do you do the wave too?

          • Pissed Off

            No the wave is never cool the paper bag may at least get on camera and have someone in a higher position think about how bad this team is and actually consider doing something about it

        • Irish Sweetness

          Like, with your head in it .. or something pooey?

          • Pissed Off

            No with my dick in it ……even more phooey

      • Sactowns#1
    • Pissed Off

      I was curious on that as well, I can see maybe a FG but where is he coming up with the other 17 points?

    • BerwynBomber

      Pickles played well against DET last year. He is still an inferior as hell QB but if he can summon that sort of performance against OAK we can win.

      SEA game could have been part gameplan, part Pickles, and part SEA defense. In other words, I’m not sure it was entirely Pickles fault.

      • Bender McLugh

        Wow……Pickles Apologist?

        • SC Dave

          Why not? We could have one to match dozen or more for our other QB.

          • Johnnywad

            Because Pickles is so bad, he gets no benefits.

  • The GP

    Kudos to Bill Simmons for roasting the 4 letter network over Deflategate and being on their knees for Goodell.

    • BerwynBomber

      Most of Simmons’ roasting I don’t buy. He is a huge fanboy of Brady and Pats. I’m no fan of the Booyahs but I think they attempt to cover stuff professionally — whether it is the Ray Rice stuff, AP or Deflategate. No doubt there are a few protect the shield guys but no way it infects the entire network. SImmons, IMV, has been a baby about Deflategate from the word go.

      Simmons is a Ballghazi truther. Plus, he is a disgruntled ex-employee to boot.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Was watching a few seconds of Fox …. did I really hear Trump say they should let ISIL kick Assad’s ass and then go in and finish them all off? Was he saying that tongue-in-cheek?

    • The GP

      He wants to build a wall around Syria. Keep them all in.

      “It will be beautiful. First class all the way. I can build!”

  • MB30SD
  • The GP

    I want to send a giant FU to Butch for bogart’ing Karlos Williams and Thomas Rawls right out from under me.

    Who says dumb luck doesn’t play a part in FF?
    Each time, you were just 1 or 2 spots ahead of me in waiver priority. I smell a rat.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Gotta be quick out of the gates, son. But if you wanted one of ’em, you woulda got ‘im….. who did you pick instead?

      Martavis Bryant starts next week, back from suspension. How about MArvin Jones – is he picked up yet?

      • They gone. We have a deep league, and they’re a bunch of scavengers! Even all the QBs are gone, except the immortal Pickles.

    • I didn’t use the waiver wire the first 3 weeks so I can get as much priority as possible. The funny part was, I was debating getting the Packer D, so I would’ve went 3-for-3!

      You can always lose to skip ahead of me.

      If it makes you feel better, Forsett blew up for 27 on my bench.

      • Also, I might not even use Rawls this week if Foster returns, so if you wanna offer me a trade for one of your WRs…

  • BearDown100393

    I guess the Bears defense will have to put up 20 points if Clausen starts.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Just watching Inside the Actors Studio – Matthew McConaughey. His old man, Jim ‘The Bear’ McConaughey was a fudger. Sacked Johnny Unitas twice in one game. I did not know that.

    • Trac

      Yes, it’s true. Some people are indeed cursed because of the father’s sins.

      • MB30SD

        Is this a jesus reference?

        • Trac

          No.

          • MB30SD

            oh

          • Trac

            You silly bastard. That gave me a good chuckle.

  • Pissed Off

    Dont really have anything to say other than that I think the Bears will lose regardless. We have a shot with Cutty, none with Jim. I would like to see someone step up now that they’ve off’d a few guys. Maybe someone will show some leadership or some fire. I would really like the entire team to be healthy and see how we do on the offense. Alshon, White, Cutty, etc. We could be pretty good I think on that side of the ball throughout the course of a season….put up a decent number of points anyway. As for the offense….wow is it bad. How does Fangio even stand it.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Lose with Cutty? We’re #6 in the league running it, that would help Jay a lot, but I wouldn’t want to see him sprinting around with that hammy …

      The Raiders got hammered by the Bengals, Ravens put up 33 point on them, beat the Browns 27-20. We’ve just played three SB contenders.

      • MB30SD

        while that is all very true and I’m with you my irish brother living in a SE asian country… with pickles at the helm, pretty much everything is out the door.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Hence … time to have a look at my shaggy-haired dreamboat under center.

          That’s David Fales …. not A-Rod’s vagina ….

      • Pissed Off

        Let’s talk after the game. If I need to eat crow I will but let’s see what happens because I think some are underestimating the Raiders and overestimating the Bears.

        • Irish Sweetness

          If the Raiders beat us at home – with Cutty – then we really are in a position to tank.

          • Pissed Off

            Suck for Goff…….doesn’t have a good ring to it. If anyone can come up with a catchy slogan in regards to tanking for Goff….plus 100 points

  • MB30SD

    http://video.nydailynews.com/?ndn.trackingGroup=90051&ndn.siteSection=nydailynews-news&ndn.videoId=29756315&freewheel=90051&sitesection=nydailynews-news&vid=29756315

    Meanwhile in the real world…

    the moneyshot is the German guy. So german. Can you even believe the fucking drama rich people invent to keep themselves interested. smh.

  • BearDown100393

    No Alshon

    • BerwynBomber

      Good lord. Do we even know what injury he has?

      • BearDown100393

        I can only conclude that he contracted the Motaba Virus.

  • Sactowns#1

    Been announced that Alshon is out this weekend. What the hell is going on with that guy?

    • MB30SD

      turrible

    • That dude better not even think about asking for more than Hilton.

    • DocNitty Ellipsoids Ornamental

      Pussitis

    • SC Dave

      Whatever it is, it ain’t good for us.

  • MB30SD

    You’re welcome guys.

    I just spent hours researching the following scouting report: http://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/nfl/raiders-owner-mark-davis-drives-a-1997-dodge-caravan/ar-AAf0FbY?li=AAa0dzB

  • MB30SD
    • Irish Sweetness

      The shutter keeps catching the hand as it falls down over the boobage. What are the odds!

    • The GP

      It’s the Leno show

      • Let’s hope he’s not as LAME.

        Leno does have badass cars though including the 1937 Fiat Topolino that gets 40 miles to the gallon.

        http://www.therichest.com/expensive-lifestyle/entertainment/the-top-10-cars-from-jay-lenos-collection/

        Also, I sent you a trade proposal that might tickle your fancy

        • The GP

          something outside pawning off shit Bronco backs?

          • They’ll get their run game going, just like the Ravens did.
            Might be this week. CJ Anderson is my bet, but Hillman is his handcuff.

            Lynch might be more hurt then they’re letting on too.

          • The GP

            OK that trade was not ticklish.

          • Well, I think I offered you Forsett who blew up for 27 this week, so I think that’s all I got to trade.

          • The GP

            Check the trade, you did not offer him.

          • Not this last one, but I think the one before? Maybe that was Artoo, who will likely lose now lol

            Forsett is locked now, so maybe next week we can work something out.

          • Oh wait, they don’t lock players for trades. Hmm. Didn’t know that.

            Ok. I offered you another trade.

          • The GP

            Do you just love Beckham’s doo? His color highlights?

            Every trade is for him. You should have

          • It’s cuz I don’t want Packers on my team. I actually think Cobb and Jones will be just fine, but…just can’t do it…unless it’s like the playoffs or something lol

    • was bushrod worth a damn?

      • BillW

        I think so, At least I know I said damn several times when I saw him struggling.

      • When healthy, he was serviceable. More than Leno, that’s for sure.

        • Waffle

          I Leno will be going up against Aldon Smith. Yucky.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Better than Leno, no?

        Hey .. no …rhymes with …. Tay-O.

        Ahem

  • MB30SD

    might I make a small suggestion gents?

    If you have not had Bouillabaisse in the south of france, do so once before you die: http://www.cnn.com/shows/anthony-bourdain-parts-unknown

    And of course if you like amazing: wine, cheese, bread, women. You can’t go wrong either.

  • BillW

    deleted

    • Trac

      This ain’t Oprah Bill. No offense but I remember some good advice crown gave several years ago when he suggested we should try to use the blog to release tension, no cause it.

      • MB30SD

        I think his bigger point was… get blowjobs at halftime.

        And I will happily vote for the first candidate with that as a part of their platform.

        • Trac

          You might say that but I couldn’t possibly. Haha

          • MB30SD

            Hahahahaha… I am going to make that part of MY platform trac.

            Can I count on your vote brother?

          • MB30SD

            wait, is blowjob one word or two… I think one? Fixed! Now my platform is solid.

          • DocNitty Ellipsoids Ornamental

            I’m in!

      • BillW

        You’re right. Thank you. I deleted it and apologize. It was out of place and coming from you I feel especially bad posting that.

        • Trac

          Guilty as charged.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Is it even possible to argue that the world needs either gun or armies? It’s obviously a better world if neither existed. Surely everyone is agreed on that, purely on a philosophical level?

        Different argument, but I would hope that the feeling was unanimous on that one.

        • SC Dave

          Evidently not, since as a species we keep on having wars. With or without guns.

        • Gotta be dove-hawks, Irish. When the ISIS of the world disappear, then I’m all aboard the Lennon train

    • Irish Sweetness

      The question is invalid, Bill. You can’t just ignore the Militia clause, it’s the fourth word. It says fairly clearly, that only those in a militia (representing the people) have the right to bear arms. It’s slightly confusing language that’s used, but it’s there:

      “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

      (Then again, there is no provision given in the constitution for income tax, or private banks to create wealth, so the state doesn’t care what it says in the constitution anyway…)

      Checked my twitter feed for the first time in a month today. This was in it.

      Neil deGrasse Tyson ‏@neiltyson 2h2 hours ago

      Guns don’t kill people. Bullets kill people. Fired from guns, brandished by people, who shoot you by accident or on purpose.

      • MB30SD

        Oh shit… here we go.

        IRISH NO!!!

        Hahahaha

        • Irish Sweetness

          :o)

      • SC Dave

        Were it as clear as you suggest, the courts would have ruled so at some point in the last 230-odd years.

        Of course you’re right.on the whole enforcement thing so it scarcely matters.

    • Here’s the way I see it.
      Nearly every single government in the history of man has eventually turned against its people.

      So, owning guns might be a good LONG TERM deterrent to prevent that from happening in the US (the militarization of police and expansion of federal powers don’t make me sleep easier on this either). And for those snickering, “What can an armed citizenry do against tanks and planes?” Well, see Vietnam, Afghanistan, etc.

      HOWEVER, this means that the SHORT TERM cost is indeed murders, killing sprees, etc, so are they worth it for perhaps the long term preservation of a democracy? I say, yes.

      But I am also a pragmatist (as most Americans are), and I’d be willing to try a 50 year ban on guns to see the results.

      Some cite other countries who have banned guns as precedents, but I think that’s folly. Americans are simply more violent than other countries. My marine cousin who was stationed in Japan said he could literally leave a $100 on the restaurant table, and come back an hour later and it would still be there.

      The U.S. obviously breeds a different culture.

      • If we do ban guns eventually, that will undoubtedly create a black-market that rivals the drug wars. Something to think about.

        • SC Dave

          To say noting about the unparalleled success of Prohibition.

      • Irish Sweetness

        One could argue that democracy doesn’t actually exist. In America, for example, you get to vote for which color of crook gets into power – red or blue – who then just do whatever the power elite want them to do anyway. Is that democracy? Two guys that went against them were shot in the head in public.

        • well, preservation of an Oligarchy that also happens to offer one of the better standards of living, for whatever that’s worth.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Aha. But not democracy. A true democracy is the power being vested in the people .. .but anyone who believes those crooks in D.C as being truly representative of ‘the people’, well …..

          • True Democracies are a myth. They can only exist in small nations, and not for very long.

            Every ancient greek used to be able to put in a black marble or white marble to vote on an issue. Every CITIZEN, except for ya know, the slaves and women.

            And then industry made the common worker too busy to keep up with the minituia of politics, economy and war, so they elected representatives to do it for them and speak for them, so that democracy vanished fast and it became a Republic.

            But democracies and republics react horribly to war, so then kings, emperors, etc were needed, and the rest as they say, is history.

            Do democracies even exist in small units like a family? Don’t think so.

            Either the husband or wife “wears the pants” in the family.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I wonder if we will one day be able to vote from anywhere on any major issue by swiping that chip in our thumb .. or will we be too stupid or ignorant to care by then.

            I was going through the answers of an English test today with a bunch of Masters-level trainee-teachers today. The first bunch of a new breed of super-teachers coming through, who have been given every opportunity of the new technological age. They’ve been though 6 years of University by now, and have already passed – bar an English requirement. The question was a grammar-related question, but it used the word ‘allies’ in it, and I checked to see if they knew what the word meant. Not only could I not get an answer to who was fighting whom in WWII, nobody could tell me a country that was involved.

          • BillW

            You Tube and gossip sites and the like is the “soma” in our Brave New World.

            While Facebook and other social media apps that young’uns embrace without realizing the privacy implications became a voluntary Big Brother.

            I wonder how many people get their “news” from Facebook? I actually know several people who find out current events that way.

          • Irish Sweetness

            The first generation of smartphones … and people are getting less smart ..?

          • BillW

            Machines doing the work for us make us soft physically. Now our devices make us soft mentally.

          • That’s what ppl said when calculators came out, but I don’t see scientists using abacuses anymore.

            Truth is, the younger generation isn’t getting any stupider. Truth is, EVERY generation is stupid, and when we were young, we were quite dumb too, I suspect; we just don’t remember how dumb we were.

            The smart always find ways to adapt and maximize technology.

            The rest, well…

          • DocNitty Ellipsoids Ornamental

            This. Things like calculators make the smart smarter and the dumb dumber.

          • SC Dave

            The absolute LAST thing you want is universal voting. Unless, of course, you are a demogogue of the elitist, racist class. Such a world is perfect for the Hitlers and Obamas.

          • SC Dave

            Democracy, as you point out, is a chimera. A fantasy. A non-starter.

        • SC Dave

          You mean the guy in Wyoming? Certainly you cannot be talking about the Kennedys?!?

        • Sactowns#1

          Oh it’s most certainly an oligarchy. Studies have shown as much.

    • The GP
      • BillW

        Gosh – I’ve been back for a few weeks. I was wondering when I’d see this. Thanks GP.

        • The GP

          I was waiting for you to try and take things down a rathole. I figured it was just a matter of time.

          • BillW

            In all seriousness – I feel very guilty having done that. Can’t undo it. Can only learn from it.

          • The GP

            I feel very guilty having done that.

            Hence the GIF. If the shoe fits…

          • BillW

            It does unfortunately/

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      “deleted”??? did you say something stupid, again?

      • BillW

        Sure did

        • Huge Bear’s Penis

          i guess it was only a matter of time.

          • Trac

            Actually was a good thing bill did. Give the guy a break.

          • The GP

            Is that why you told him to stick to football?

          • Trac

            He corrected the foopah. No sweat off my back.

          • BillW

            He meant it was a good thing I deleted it. Not a good thing I posted it.

            I’m glad he told me to stick to football. I’m also glad you and hbp gave me shit for it.

    • Viva

      This is the price we pay for being late to the dance. I wish I had the chance to read it!!!

  • The GP

    So we going to move Forte before the deadline?

    • Sactowns#1

      I believe I’ve already covered this. The answer is an emphatic NO!

      • SC Dave

        I sure as hell hope not. There would be no reason to watch this without him. None.

  • BillW

    Go Bears!

  • So is Cutler officially out then? Is Fox making the Raiders prepare for both QBs? Is that’s what’s going on.

    Tell you what, if Cutty limps out there, Soldier Field will erupt, and they’ll ride the wave to a victory.
    (Ratliff on D can have same effect).

    The fact that Raiders are only 2 point favs makes me think Vegas envisions this scenario as well.

    • Johnnywad

      Soldier Field erupting for Cutty? Thought everybody hated him.

      • If you were extra creative with your taxes, and expect the IRS to come a-knocking, then you hear the “rap rap rap” and open the door…and its…a Jehovah Witness!

        Praise Jehovah!

        See what I’m saying here?

        • Huge Bear’s Penis

          I love when Jehovah Witnesses show up at the door. i let them talk for a couple minutes then tell them I am not interested in a Zombie god named Jesus. They thank me for taking the time to let them talk. then 99% of the time they ask if there is anything they can do for me, so i tell them my lawn needs mowed, and they do it. i love those guys.

          • I think Mormons are obliged to help out if you ask.
            They no longer come around my pad.
            Also, one time I heard a punk band in Hollywood called the Mormons. They were in full uniforms. Came in riding bicycles. They performed with their helmets on.

            Not THAT’S a schtick !

          • MB30SD

            Fucking amazing.

            I always give those little fuckers bottled waters and talk to them about byu football.

            …which, coincidentally, one of my neighbors is an ex byu free safety. Big black guy… good dude. But don’t think he’s Mormon.

          • Johnnywad

            A couple of them once came to the door when my wiife and I were “recreating” in the living room shortly after being married. Dude knocks on the door then realizes whats going down just feet away as only the screen door was between us. Classic moment in Johnnywad history.

            Pretty sure I was the one converting people that day.

        • Johnnywad

          I do. Point taken.

        • MB30SD

          Clausen… irs… irs…. clausen… cutty… jw…. jw… cutty.

          Finkle…. einhorn.

    • Pissed Off

      What…..they booed the hell out of him in the opener even before he cutler’d us

  • Waffle

    i’m going to the game and we’re going to win….and i’m bringing a flask of Tradewind to the tailgate so i’m going to win as well.

    • Viva

      Fuck it. I’m gonna pull out some Al Davis for this occasion: “just win, baby!”

      • Waffle

        As EV once said, you can’t go 13-3 without losing 3

    • SC Dave
    • Johnnywad

      Sounds like a hell of a good time.

      Been waiting to hit you up. A while back you mentioned a recipe you had for beef sandwiches. Help a brother out?

      • Waffle

        ahhhhhh, i’ll post it when I get home. My bad guys, my bad.

    • The GP

      The idea of Waffle going toe to toe with Raider fan on the lakefront is delicious.

      Here you can survive, Johnny. In Oakland they would shiv your butt.

      • Sactowns#1

        Actually, living around here and having gone to cheer on the beloved at both the Niners and Raiders stadiums I would emphatically say Niners games are far far worse. I never had a single problem at the Raiders game, other than some friendly jawing re Caleb the incapable. At Niners game? I squared up a couple times. People went there just looking for a fight. I doubt they even knew there was a football game going on.

        • The GP

          Really? Wow.

          That’s so opposite of how the rest of the country sees San Fran and Oakland.

          • Johnnywad

            No kidding. Always assumed the opposite myself. I thought everybody in San Fran was a pacifist. Well…….other than their football players.

          • Sactowns#1
          • Johnnywad

            Jesus. I will never understand how multiple dudes can jump on one. I’ve seen plenty of fights in my day, but when you have one on the ground, and several kicking him, what the hell is going on? I can at least understand a couple of young bucks scrapping after a few beers. But four or five kicking one on the ground…….. cowards.

          • The GP

            I’ve seen this alot post 1990 or so.

            At some point, rib kicking a guy when he’s down became acceptable.

          • Johnnywad

            I think we can pinpoint that as the moment shit went South.

          • SC Dave

            Fuck it… dogs

          • I think it happened earlier than that, during the 80s when bloods/crips etc were at their height. (See the movie “Colors”).

            It became common practice to “jump” new members as an initiation rite.

            So, they just used that model on others.

            Wow, I sound like an anthropologists describing ancient tribal rituals…cheerio

          • beninnorcal

            Because they’re scared little bitches.

          • Pissed Off

            Gotta look tough

          • Irish Sweetness

            Human nature. Kill the weak from a position of strength … when you’re weak yourself. Temporary power. When I was still drinking over here I’d see it a lot. One guy goes down, then people who aren’t even involved throw in the kicks. They get to ‘win a fight’ for the first time in their lives.

          • Sactowns#1
          • The GP

            Did he punch him because he wore a Kap jersey?

            usually NFL fights are between people from the OTHER team.

          • Sactowns#1

            Full story, he punched him because the vic told him there was a stall open. Seriously. That’s the quality of Niner fan.

          • Sactowns#1

            Unfortunately it’s a lot like to issues the Dodgers are having. A gang (for the niners its Nortenos) has a growing allegiance for nothing other than the team colors. So they show up, get drunk and try to jump people. Class acts all the way.

          • Waffle

            I’m actually an honorary Norteno so I think i’d be ok.

          • Pissed Off

            You mean as queers?

          • MB30SD

            We call that vaginally-challenged now

        • beninnorcal

          This is true, I’ve been to both multiple times and the Niner fans have begun to ‘out-Raider’ the Raider Nation.

      • Waffle

        i’d lure him in with a kind word, an outstretched hand…..and a firm handshake as I use my left hand to procure the flask of the devils urine from my sweatshit pocket……

        • The GP

          He’d be awestruck by your Romney hair.

          • Johnnywad

            I wish I had Romney hair. I’m working on the Belgian Monk ring.

          • Waffle

            haha, I wish I had Romney hair, that was definitely my buddy Johnny. I used to call him the Governor when we’d drink whiskey at family parties.

      • Pissed Off

        They are ruthless out there

    • I’m going to the Northwestern-Minnesota game tomorrow. 50 yard line, 10th row. Best seats I’ve ever had at a football game by a MILE.

      Going to the Bears/Broncos game in November too. Will only be my 2nd NFL game (3rd if you count preseason). All in the nosebleeds, which are still damn expensive.

      Oh well, enough of my pointless rambling. Hope you have a great time and get to see a Bears W!

      • Pissed Off

        Go gophers.

        • yesterday must have been tough for you. Sorry about that.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Had those tickets at a Boston-Army game in Dublin. Ted Kennedy was sitting right behind me. Not bad.

  • The GP

    Guys on the Score have been salty about Alshon today.

    He’s developing a rep as a guy who won’t get out of the hot tub until he feels 100%.

    If you recall, he had a bit of a spare tire coming in as a rook, and the draft notes on him was that he was perhaps soft.

    But they confirm that Pace won’t have him on the block. You just can’t deal a young weapon like that, you gotta rebuild on something and there are no assurances that Kevin White has got anything to offer.

    • Johnnywad

      And he has always had the benefit of BMarsh on the other side of the field. He may be great, by I’ve always had at least a bit of suspicion. How is he still in a Bears uni next year? I don’t see it. Somebody will pay him, but its getting harder and harder to see Pace being that guy.

    • willbest

      I don’t believe it. He is going to need to average 100+ yards and 0.75 TDs a game in non garbage time, and going up against the best corners if he wants his 30 million guaranteed if he plans on only playing 8 games. And his agent has no doubt told him that. Now if he is financially smart and only feels he needs to make another 15-20 million in his NFL career (with about 6-7 million net), then he can ride out for #2 money opposite Julio Jones or whatever.

  • The GP
    • Sactowns#1

      That would be awesome. Now lets all hope Cheddar Bob never sees the field again.

  • Johnnywad

    http://www.kentucky.com/2015/10/02/4067859/pitino-jurich-to-address-allegations.html

    Say it isn’t so……

    For me, as a 17 year old, this would have been very effective. Very effective indeed…..

    • The GP

      http://fabwags.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/sypher-posing1.jpg

      That’s the broad that fucked Rick Pitino and then tried to shake him down for $10M.

      I hope Pitino brought a higher grade of broad to his recruits, because even for some doggie in a stall at the BBQ joint, that’s low grade. That’s like a 1 or a 2 to MB.

      • Johnnywad

        Truer words have never been spoken. That said, me, at 17, a high school senior, first time away from home………yeah. Oh yeah. She/they would have owned my soul. But I didn’t know MB then. I was without guidance……..and the internet.

        • MB30SD

          I am here for you my brother.

      • MB30SD

        At best. I don’t go to negative numbers maings, but she’s close.

        she’s scary. And what’s with the hairball regurge pose?!?

      • Irish Sweetness

        I wish someone would shake me down for a fuck and then give me $10M.

  • The GP

    Fat Niner broads be hysterical

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIa4xWFXk58

  • BerwynBomber

    “Oakland wants to run the clock down here…they’re going to go hurry up though.”
    -Something Chris Simms actually said while calling Raiders v. Browns

    Must run in the family. His pops often says equally self-contradictory/stupid shit.

  • EnderWiggin

    J.Wood works on figuring Cutty’s worth.
    http://www.dabearsbeat.com/2015/10/02/trade-value-jay-cutler-2/

    • BerwynBomber

      I would beg to differ with JWood’s take on the Alex Smith situation. Smith was coming off the two best years his entire career and thus his trade value was at its peak. In fact, his last year with SF, albeit “only” ten games, he received a higher efficiency rating — 101 — than Cutler ever has.

      Btw, I’m no fan of Alex Smith but just pointing out he had something more than being four years younger to offer. Or perceived to offer.

      • but there’s more than just raw stats to it. He was very limited in what he could do. He was good at it, but there’s a reason he was benched for Kaepernick even though he was putting up better raw stats.

        Kaepernick could make plays. Smith could simply avoid making bad ones.

        • Pissed Off

          Agreed. Cap could shine at times and run like a young vick. I’m actually fine with cutty over Smith just would like to see some fire once in a while.

        • BerwynBomber

          I don’t disagree but he again he was at the peak of his trade value. I don’t think that will be the case with Cutty.

          • if he can play the last 12 or so games at a good level like he did the first 1.5, that would definitely rebound his value.

            Plus the longer BAL O/Flacco suck under Trestman, the more that will improve Cutler’s value.

            You’re definitely right that there are no guarantees Cutler draws the same return Smith did (should the Bears decide to trade him).

        • Irish Sweetness

          I remember when Alex was the worst in the league. Then he got replaced by a bottom 5 guy.

  • Uggh. The Bears are giving up 20 yards per return more than any other NFL team. That’s just so terrible.

    Kick. the. ball. out. of. the. end. zone.

    Every damn time.

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      we should just onside kick every kick. hell maybe we get lucky.

      • Pissed Off

        10 percent is the league average…..not a great strategy

    • MB30SD

      He can’t maing. Haven’t seen him do it once yet

      • SC Dave

        It would seem not any more. Two years ago every damn kick was out the back

    • Every time they ask Gould to kick it deep but not out of the endzone, I wish they would play this on the jumbotron

      https://coub.com/view/1uq98w0

      That also goes for running Forte in the 4rth when we’re behind by 20 points and Clausen behind center.

    • WP34

      If he cant do that, then kick it out and give it to them at the 35. No Td, and no moumentum for the other team.

      • Irish Sweetness

        NFL kickers seem to be terrible directional kickers. Rugby dudes can kick it 50 yards downfield and make it bounce before it goes over the sideline. For the money they get paid, I’d want my guy to be able to squib it over the sideline at the 5. Screw the 20. You put a team on the 5 and you have them at a serious disadvantage. Kicking has not evolved, it’s in stasis since forever.

    • FourFeathers

      Robbie Gould has become a severe liability on kickoffs.

      • I don’t know about that. Wasn’t he kicking it off under Toub? I don’t remember them sucking.
        Like that 108 yd kick return. When the opponent catches it deep in the endzone, the coverage team isn’t supposed to let them run it 108 yds for a TD.

        • FourFeathers

          Gould can no longer kick it out of the end zone. This has been going on for over a year now. He’s not a young guy and I suspect his leg strength isn’t what it was.

          • yet he’s almost automatic on field goals from 50+. what a world.

          • AlbertInTucson

            There’s quite a bit of difference between that 50 yard FG and the 75+ yards requires to kick it out of the end zone.

      • DocNitty Ellipsoids Ornamental

        Maybe I’m wrong but deep kick offs were never his strong suit. I think he worked on em real hard one offseason a while back and they got better but it didn’t last long.

    • Pissed Off

      Is gould capable of that? At a consistent rate. Those stats are alarming. Could we sign a stud soccer guy just for that? Would it be worth it? What the hell did the nfl do when it was Back further?

      • O’Donnell is certainly capable of that.

        • AlbertInTucson

          If O’Donnell IS capable of that, why in the hell isn’t he kicking off?!

          • no freaking clue. I’ve been calling for that since he was drafted.

    • AlbertInTucson

      only happens if he has the wind behind him anymore. I’m sure the word is “No doubt- Bring it out!”

    • Irish Sweetness

      WHAT?!

  • FourFeathers

    Raiders owner Mark Davis looks like the illegitimate love child of Chris Farley and Captain Kangaroo.

  • MB30SD

    This is fucking amazing… and that dude is a MAC!

    Enjoy: http://cloud-video.unrulymedia.com/dKd3y-1442345955181-600.mp4?1

    • Irish Sweetness

      That’s awesome. The twins loved that.

      • MB30SD

        How are they doing my maings?? They’re almost 4 now? Mommy sticking around these days?

    • SC Dave

      Thanks MB. That was way cool.

  • AlbertInTucson

    I don’t see HOW they can win with Clausen.

    The defense will have to make a couple of HUGE game-changing plays.

    • EnderWiggin

      Or special teams… /chuckle

    • Irish Sweetness

      Cutty will be out there, Al. 1-3.

    • Pissed Off

      They cant

  • BerwynBomber

    Pale Hose bringing back Ventura in 2016. Mediocrity apparently is their goal. And it may be a stretch goal at that.

    • BearDown100393

      They would have to win a bit more to achieve mediocrity.

    • AlbertInTucson

      I fail to understand that move.

  • BerwynBomber

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog “Interesting NFL stat. Through three weeks and one game no RB is averaging more than 100 yds a game. Only Peterson, Forte, Bell in the 90s.”

    But is that abnormal? A 100 yard average would, of course, translate to 1,600 yards for a full-season played. Gotta imagine there have been more than a few rushing titles won with less.

    P.S. Good on Matty for being right up there with a future HoFer and the best young back in the game.

    • Odd that Bell is in the 90s since he was suspended for the first two games, so in one game he must’ve run for 280 yds

      • BerwynBomber

        Good point. Blogfather may have mis-tweeted.

        • DeAngleo Williams ran really well in his stead, so maybe he was thinking of Steelers overall?

          Interesting that an old Williams ran that well though. Makes me think that it’s more that Oline, though Bell is obviously talented.

          • Irish Sweetness

            It’s always the O-line, unless your name is Barry Sanders or Walter Payton.

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        nope he only played one game so Bell’s average would be in the 90s

        • Yes, but he said through THREE weeks. Can’t count a HB with only ONE game to avg it out.

          If so, throw in Thomas Rawls in there who rushed for 104 yds in one game.

          I think Jeff was trying to say that no HB in 3 games has avg 100 yds per game. He probably forgot, like many, that Bell didn’t play the first two games.

          The cause for RBs not starting off hot is two fold, IMO.

          One. The Olines take a while to gel. Many blame the rash of QB injuries on subpar lines who don’t practice enough due to regulations.

          Two. Running back by committee is plaguing the NFL. That’s why true 3down HBs are FF gold.

          Anywho. bleh.

  • MB30SD

    SA 34 – SCO 16

    Boo yah! the run to the title is back on track! And we have the USA next, which should be a cake walk…. wait…

    • Trac

      My favorites Rugby teams

      1) New Zealand – My dad is a NZ citizen and they’re just bad ass. Always have been.

      2) Australia- I’m a dual Aussie & SA citizen and I’ve always liked rooting for them.

      3) Springboks- My birth place and they’ve always been my fallback team so I’ll root for them as long as they’re not playing my All Blacks or Wallabies.

      • MB30SD

        You disgust me right now.

        Turn in your passport, and/or change your place of birth please.

        You are dead to me… for a little bit. SMFH.

        Ps Fuck the all-blacks.

        PPS> FUUUUUUUCK the wombats. Cunts.

        • Trac

          Hahaha. Yes my friend, I KNEW you’d like that.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Trac, you’re a Boer ???? And you support NZ …AND Australia ???????????

        That’s the most fucked up sporting arrangement I’ve ever heard of. Ever. Ever.

        • Trac

          Yeah, kinda like being a Bears fan.

  • Huge Bear’s Penis

    This is ridiculous. these players better get their shit together. We can’t have players not living up to expectations.

    http://deadspin.com/the-nfl-went-a-calendar-month-without-an-arrest-for-the-1734238830

  • DocNitty Ellipsoids Ornamental

    I have the Cal Wazzu game on in the background and heard “touchdown Bears!”

    Sigh. Been awhile since I heard that.

    • I’m watching it too, Doc.
      I think this is the first Cal game I’ve watched in years. Wanna take a look at Goff in real time.

      • Pissed Off

        From golden bears to Chicago bears …….hopefully

  • Thoughts on Goff.

    He doesn’t look all world like Luck did at Stanford (then again, Luck has transformed into Cutty).

    Goff definitely needs to work on some things. He seemed to struggle with recognizing Ds, ball security and accuracy (a lil erratic . Made some dime throws, then was off).

    His frame seems slight too.

    But when they needed a big play, he made it, esp on that 4rth quarter 3rd down conversion.

    Nice feet in and out of the pocket. Good pocket presence, generally sensing the rush, and making that one or two inch wiggle in the pocket to avoid the rush and make the throw (Joe Montanish there). This was epitomized when he was literally spun 360 degrees, and he had the presence of mind to not only avoid the sack, but know exactly where his check down RB was and threw it to him accurately.

    So far, he kinda reminds me of Romo, for better or worse.

    Stay tuned.

    • BerwynBomber

      Good stuff.

      FYI: the slight frame is fine so long as he has the requisite height. I would prefer not to draft a guy under 6’3″, and yeah I realize that would rule out current guys like Rodgers, Brees and Wilson, but I would rather play the odds and go with a tall field general. It is a definite advantage.

      P.S. Blogfather seems impressed with him too.

      • Yes, I was thinking of Wilson, but Wilson is really shifty (like Flutie) and a lil compact. Goff needs to add a few pounds to his core.

        He made some impressive NFL throws though, and has some Wilson-ish (Romo-ish) escapablity.

        He also looked cool. Unrattled, even though he was under duress behind that shitty line.

        To me, he really does compare to Romo, though as to whether he’s clutch or not we’ll likely find out by bowl time.

        • BerwynBomber

          Yeah, Wilson’s a little tank and was obviously quite the steal. But once you get past the three guys I mentioned, seems like the majority of the top QBs are 6’5″ or so: Brady, R-berger, Peyton, Cam, Ryan, Rivers, Eli, etc.

          So if Goff is 6’3″ plus, the slight frame isn’t a huge concern, IMO. Actually Mariota is built a little slight (as was Brady) and skinny guys like that will often fill out as they age.

    • Irish Sweetness

      I’ve only seen highlight reels of him, but he doesn’t look too accurate, and that’s not something that’s learned.

  • The GP

    Didn’t take Harbaugh long to toughen the snot outta that team.

    • Trac

      I was thinking about that today. And the fact that Utah is a lot better than everyone thought they were at the beginning of the season.

      • The GP

        And Clemson just won…. hehe

        • AlbertInTucson

          Welcome back to Earth, UCLA. You too, Georgia.

          Both embarrassed at home today.

          • BerwynBomber

            Georgia was not a surprise. UCLA was. Guess AZ St. has a decent squad this year.

          • AlbertInTucson

            I know he’s very good and quite poised for a true freshman but, with his helmet off, UCLA’s Josh Rosen looks like an 8th or 9th grader.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Oh, I’ll just bet GEORGIA fans were surprised.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Chip Kelly going for 2 after their first TD was either arrogant or ignorant.

          Maybe both.

          • BerwynBomber

            Way too early to chase points like that.

            Btw, Brian Kelly.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “If one must factor in James Clausen, Bears win but the dreadful quarterback makes the game far closer than it needs to be.Bears 20, Raiders 17”

    I think it’s a pipe dream to believe a Clausen led offense can put up 20 points.

    You MUST be assuming the defense scores at least once and sets up a couple more scores.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “Sit their safeties back and make opponents throw underneath”

    Like Jimmy Clausen can do anything else BUT throw underneath.

  • willbest

    How did the punter hurt his knee? Its not like he had to squat down to hold the foot ball for the kicker.

  • MB30SD
  • willbest

    What? 14 hours of NFL football. Lets do this.

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