• The GP

    If you ask me, this is one of my best Youtube video links to date:

    A drone in Grand Rapids drops money on the crowd below. Only $100, but the crowd freaks out.

    A crazed Ben Bernake was seen on the roof of the hotel yelling “QE4 has started, bitches!”

  • The GP

    I also want to congratulate Jeff for being on the right side of the McDonald issue and AP issue and not the knuckle draggers who unfortunately seem to inhabit this blog. WTG Jeff, nice outrage. Nobody does phone interview outrage like the Blogfather.

    PLUS, there was actually some pre-interview meet and greet. I nearly fell off my chair.

    (golf clap)

    • BillW

      In fairness to the “knuckle draggers” I’ve yet to hear anyone defend hitting women (in general). I still believe McDonalds case may not be domestic violence as much as pure stupidity. It sounds like these women are exaggerating the facts for whatever reason (money – narcissism – simple anger at him). You stay away from people like that – but he can’t.

      Maybe he actually cares about his baby and wants to see him/her?

      That may be giving him too much credit, but this doesn’t sound like Ray Rice or AP. .

      Several people said at the time it wasn’t worth the risk. No guaranteed money – no draft pick but it was reputational risk for little upside (he wasn’t going to put us in SB contention and the chance of something like this happening seemed pretty high). Well, it came to pass – but thankfully will likely blow over before camp.

      Imagine if he was playing well and we got to the bye week and he decided to pay a visit to his child and its mother? And this happened? What a disaster that would have been. Thank God the guy was stupid enough to screw up this fast.

    • Waffle

      If he was truly outraged he’d boycott the Bears for signing Ray. Give me a break GP. Also, everyone was on the right side of the AP issue if I recall.

      • BillW

        Cheer up. There’s people like ‘Lifetime’ Hernandez too

        • Waffle

          i’m not sad about it at all, I just don’t agree with the fake outrage from people. We have terrible people in high positions taking advantage of people everyday in endeavors much more impactful than fucking football and the level of moral outrage from guys like Jeff and others is at a fever pitch.

          • Trac

            I’d like to know where all the outrage was when John Bobbitt got his tallywhacker chopped off.

          • I think the difference is that the general public is not buying CFO Bob’s jersey.

            But, when I come to think of it, I’m not sure if it’s the fan’s right AT ALL to know about a player’s personal biz.

            It seems like the issue is conflated, as if clapping for AP when he scores will somehow be an act of condoning switching.

            That’s a VERY slippery slope. How about cheering for Sweetness back in the day? Is that the same as cheering for infidelity? Or cheering for Bmarsh – was that the same as cheering for a drunk to drive the wrong way?

            It’s a classic fallacy – non sequitur.

            But I understand. Many consider playing in the NFL a PRIVILEGE, and as such, the players must conform to a “higher” moral/ethical standard, which is ironic given that many of those players didn’t exactly grow up in an environment that nurtured such behavior.

      • Sactowns#1

        I don’t think there’s any evidence that McDonald beat anyone. Just sayin.
        Play this game instead. Its great!
        http://ad009cdnb.archdaily.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/1323875410-jump-to-conclusions-2-final.jpg

        • Waffle

          haha, i’m afraid to click on that link at work.

          • Sactowns#1

            It’s an official Jump to Conclusions game mat.

  • BillW

    http://money.cnn.com/2015/05/26/news/companies/russell-wilson-seahawks-crowd-funding/index.html?utm_source=cnn.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=editorial

    Fans crowd funding to keep Russelll Wilson in Seatlle. Do they not even KNOW there is a salary cap – it has nothing to do with the amount of money.

    Along with fans crowdfunding to pay a billionaire’s fine in NE. I don’t quite know what to say. Anything that comes out of my fingertips here will sound like overreacting. What stops me from saying anything is I’m not sure one CAN overreact to this stupidity.

    • EnderWiggin

      Wow. Have any of those fekkers ever heard of homelessness, hunger, or anything charitable? I wouldn’t be able to sleep at night knowing my $ went to a cause like that.

      • Waffle

        one of my friends lost her husband quickly to cancer and was left with 3 little kids. We raised 217K in 2 months and paid off her mortgage leaving her a small life insurance policy to pay for tuition, food, medical stuff for the next 10yrs.
        Social media can be a great and powerful thing to be used for compassionate and constructive purposes.

        • BillW

          Exactly. We are having a fund raiser for Nepal quake victims at work. Sadly it was determined that the best way to get contributions was to make it a 50 50 raffle. They hope to raise 1000,but only 500 would go to the victims.

          I’m contributing and if I win that money goes right back to the Nepal fund.

        • EnderWiggin

          Wonderful!

  • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

    If you asked me, that class I just taught was one of my best ‘teaches’ yet!

    • 505Bears

      Is P.E. that hard to teach? 🙂

      • BillW

        If it gets one more person to experience Doc’s greatness it was worth it.

      • Waffle

        haha, zing.

  • BearDown100393

    Most of the guys in the NFL are not beaters or criminals. Most worked incredibly hard to become professionals and try to live a productive existence no different than most here or anywhere else. The difference is the media spotlight and public attention. The NFL is entertainment. And being a player means celebrity status whether it is wanted or not. An athlete can be perfect 99% of his or her life and receive no mentioning. Screw up once and you are labeled a thug who should be locked up for life. I have no idea if statistics prove that there is higher percentage of abuse and violence perpetrated by NFLers vs the societal norm. Maybe it is. Maybe it isn’t. Presumption and assumption serve nothing but feed into preconceived bias which leads down the road to never ending arguments that yield no conclusions. The NFL mouth pieced its own independent type committee looking into this off the field behavior. I’d assume it is far too early to determine anything regarding its effectiveness. Ray McDonald has serious issues. The Bears took a calculated risk on him. He failed those terms, was promptly fired and the team has moved on. Some argue the Bears should be punished. I understand the sentiment but fail to see its practicality or even legality to dictate who a team can hire. I think of myself as a realist. The NFL is a business. And it will do whatever it thinks it must do to maximize its profits by earning public and corporate sponsorship trust. Roger Goodell inspires no credibility in his decision making processes. His leadership is questionable. And that has led to a serious erosion to the NFL brand. Until the league assumes better leadership at the top position, it will continue to flounder in its management of these situations. Nothing can really change from a league perspective until this happens. And only after that happens, can a serious discussion about the commissioner’s power, enforcement of league policy and reformation of that policy can really occur. Until then, this will be an ugly cycle repeating itself. And if the NFL does not get it together, it might find itself in the same legal position as FIFA today with the authorities.

    • BillW

      Great post.

      • BearDown100393

        Thank you.

    • I don’t know about domestic violence, abuse or other crimes, but a report came out a few years back that NFL players get DUIs at a lower rate than the avg U.S. population. It was pretty close if I remember correctly, but still lower.

      It just SEEMS like all NFL players are “thugs” because of the spot-light, like you said. It’s also a sport with a relatively big roster and infrastructure when compared to other sports, but percentage wise, I would guess that the NFL hires as many “thugs” as the rest of U.S. employers.

      No doubt a more consistent system must take place instead of this piecemeal make policy as you go that Goodell seems to favor.

      But this new hypothetical system would require a MAJOR concerted effort and overhaul at the top, and I doubt that happens. And even if a new system is created to deal with legal matters, it’ll most likely be as imperfect and piss off as many fans as it satisfies.

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        i read a story the other day on this that compared NFL arrests to the 25-30 year old age group of the General Public. And the NFL was lower in every category by several percentage points, including DUIs and Domestic Violence. if i can find that article back i will post it.

    • Joecashflow

      I say it’s the best post in 60 days. A long long pre-season dry spell.

  • BillW

    “If you ask me, this is one of my best radio appearances to date. ”

    Jeff – seriously. I do admire your passion for this issue. But self congratulations reads very poorly. About as poorly as Twitter comments. You can take this as a constructive observation – as it’s meant – or get all defensive (which too often seems to be the norm these days all over.)

    • DaBearsBlog

      If it encourages one more person to listen to it I’m fine with it.

      • BillW

        Jeff. You really sound like you’ve become very full of yourself

        It may be great but that’s for others to judge.

        • The GP

          Pot. Kettle. Black.

          • BillW

            Not sure I agree in this case (I’m not the host of this or any blog), but I understand the point. I simply want Jeff to know – for what’s it’s worth – how he is coming across to one of his frequent participants on his blog. And I suspect perhaps others.

            He may not care and that’s his right obviously. Not saying he should even consider changing for me or anyone or any number of people. But I would think it should be welcome information – for him to assess and then ignore if he so chooses.

            For example – many people hate Bernstien and many people hate Rosenbloom. They are not going to change – that’s their right. But a lot of people dislike that style. That’s information – even if they choose to ignore it, I suspect they at least are interested in knowing.. As opposed to foolishly thinking all sports fans think they are great.

            Now PLEASE – I am certainly NOT comparing Jeff to either of those clowns. I’m simply letting him know – for what it’s worth – how he is coming across to me and perhaps others.

          • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

            I think you might be taking it a bit too seriously.

          • BillW

            Not the first time – as many of you well know.

            Thanks for noticing me.

        • DaBearsBlog

          Or I just think it’s a really good radio spot. I’m not shy about promoting the material I think is good in the same way I promote to a lesser degree “filler” content. Not sure it’s the big deal you’re making it.

      • BearDown100393

        The endorsement would ring louder if volunteered by a third party instead of yourself.

      • Joecashflow

        How bout ” Listen to DBB talk about the most challenging issue in the NFL today”. As opposed to self flagilation. People are interested in issues not narcissism.

    • AlbertInTucson

      “Damning with self-praise”…?

  • 505Bears

    Are things like this just reported more now, or have many pro athletes just gotten in to the mentality that they are mightier than mighty? I mean, was there as much violence/crime happening back in the day, but it just wasn’t reported because it was the “norm/culture?” I remember when getting a whooping by a parent or an ass beating because you ran your mouth (male/male, not male/female) was part of living life. Then again, I came from a pretty shitty area of the Wild Wild West out here…haha

    • Waffle

      the mentality starts much earlier than the pro level where kids are treated differently to varying degrees based on what sport they play, at what level and where they play it.
      Ohio gang rapes in shitty blue collar towns covered up by adults and authorities
      Gangbangs (consensual and non consensual) on and off campus in college. I personally know of 3 consensual ones when I was in college (was not involved)
      Multiple 2nd and 3rd chances for celebs, athletes and politicians (anyone in positions of power, authority, etc)

    • Sactowns#1

      Almost every one of societies ills has decreased over time while at the same time receiving more and more media attention. It amazes me when the local news shows some tragedy happening in another part of the country. They’re literally running out of BS to scare us with.

  • AlbertInTucson

    MORE Ray McDonald? Didn’t this topic land with a resounding “THUD” as the last thread?

    • BearDown100393

      New topic: get rid of Cutler

      • The GP

        New topic: Shae is calling all the D signals in camp? Seriously?

        • BillW

          “Get the guy with the ball and tackle him! Because I can’t”

        • Shae called the shots in college, if I remember correctly.
          So naturally, the Bears neglected that asset.

          It’s like they purposefully tried to sabotage his career. “Let’s see his strengths. Savvy, long speed, but lacks explosion. Ideal size for a LB, but undersized and weak for a DE. Ok. DE it is.”

          • SC Dave

            This. So this. So Bears.

      • Joecashflow

        Hahaha!

  • Waffle

    How retarded has this gotten? Please click on chicagotribune.com and immerse yourself in this shit.
    The Ray McDonald reaction from McCaskey is the top headline with multiple links to click
    Below it?
    Some grandma shot while sitting in her living room
    Some 5yr old boy fucking eaten by a Dogo Argentino Hunting dog/pitbull on the southside zoo
    Politicians being incarcerated for corruption
    Ray McDonald reaction from Bears front office????? At the top. As if it means anything.

    • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

      So true, Waffle. And you know that if Jay had thrown a pick yesterday and walked off the field shoulders slumped, that headline would take precedent over the McDonald headline. Even if he had thrown 4 t.d.’s and saved a baby from a burning building.

      • Waffle

        haha, I would have defended him, pointing out that the baby he saved could possibly one day save the world, so in effect Cutler pretty much saved the world.
        BearDown90210 would then point out that Jay stepped on a rare plant whilst saving the baby that could have one day cured Ebola…..and the dance would have continued.

        • The GP

          I would like you to change your avatar to Jay Cutler stepping on a rare plant.

          • Waffle

            haha, someone please take my current avatar and have the following plant firmly entrenched in my cutty badger jaws:

            Ouachita Mountain Goldenrod

            Solidago ouachitensis, or Ouachita Mountain Goldenrod, is found in only three counties on the Arkansas and Oklahoma border. The exact surviving number of these plants is unknown, but they are thought to be leftovers from the last ice age, preferring to grow only in the cool, moist ridges of the Ouachita Mountains

      • Waffle

        haha, headline after Jay walks off field shoulders slumped:
        Cutler intercepted in Bears defeat, pretty much drunkenly shows up at 3am and abuses city…again.
        Chicago-Jay Cutler threw his 1st interception yesterday in the Bears embarrassing defeat at the hands of some team that doesn’t have Shea McClellin at starting LB. While the defense could not force the other team to punt the city’s hopes were raped again pretty much like when Ray McDonald and Ahamd Brooks raped that girl but somehow at the same time much worse than that.

      • BearDown100393

        If Cutler cared about domestic violence and was a good teammate, he would have been waiting on the driveway to prevent Ray McDonald from getting arrested. As we all know, Jay Cutler was absent. Meaning of course, that he does not care which we knew all along. Yes Ray McDonald is responsible for his own actions. However as starting quarterback of the Bears along with being one of the top paid players in the NFL, Jay Cutler had a duty to prevent this alleged crime. Now we all suffer from his indifference. McDonald is lost forever to this team. McCaskey’s leadership is in question for backing this deal. Fangio’s defense is in shambles. And Pace and Fox look foolish. Was this because of Ray McDonald? Partially. Was this because of Jay Cutler’s aloofness? Absolutely. (my audition tape to be sent to ESPN’s First Take, wish me luck guys)

    • The GP

      You forgot the $150M in bribes at FIFA.

      • Waffle

        a scant 150? isn’t that what Baloteli keeps in the trunk of his Veyron?

  • The GP

    Shae’s D audible calls?

    https://twitter.com/chibearsad/status/603628193287958531

    “Feather”, “Coop”, “Cluck” and “Batter”.

  • The GP

    In his phone interview, Jeff said he wanted to see Georgey M stand up and say “this one is on me. I will change and do better.”

    Well, Jeff – you got it….

    http://www.chicagofootball.com/2015/05/27/video-george-mccaskey-addresses-ray-mcdonalds-arrest-release/aqtnt61/

    • Huge Bear’s Penis
    • And for those fuming, “Why didn’t Georgie interview the victim!?”

      Well, most likely he couldn’t.
      The cases were ongoing at the time, I think. Also, the first one was settled and usu part of the settlement includes no party discussing further.

      Plus, from what I’ve read, George didn’t want to get a character reference from his parents. He himself knew what to expect there.

      What George wanted to really find out was whether he had that two parent structure to keep McDonald out of trouble. Turns out, they were very supportive of McDonald, but hey, even the best parents, coaches, psychologists can’t keep a person from making bad decisions at 3am.

      • BerwynBomber

        No one ever truly knows anyone. And that includes a lot of husbands and wives.

  • Trac

    I sure hope Hillary doesn’t get elected. Violence against women would go through the roof. He he.

    • BearDown100393

      Term limits should includes spouses, siblings and offspring. Already played out Clinton vs Bush.

      • We’ve been living in a Plutocracy for a long time now. Some might even argue, since the beginning, but most likely since the Industrial Revolution and rise of Corporate power.

        • BearDown100393

          I agree.

        • Trac

          That’s prolly the most intelligent post of yours yet Butch. That’s why I think it’s funny when I hear the average Joe blow libs and publicans get into arguments over politics. They haven’t figured out that their opinions don’t mean jack in the grand scheme of things. It’s all an illusion.

  • Yeah, I think we went over all this last thread. I don’t know how one quantifies Bears majority/minority. ESPN? Twitter, Score, Blog comments?
    From what I’ve seen, the reaction is merely . “risk/reward. At the very least, he’s a bonehead. Should be fired. Move on.” There’s not huge outrage.

    One thing I touched on yesterday that Jeff covers is that a system might be created to handle such situations.

    In fact, what I mused he proposed, namely, that a player only has to be ACCUSED/CHARGED (not convicted) of a crime to be suspended.

    Seems unfair and un-american, but at least it would be consistent. In order to avoid “tiers” like if DUI is worse than Weed, the NFL might simply put a ban across the board no matter what the charge.

    Maybe they can make felony charges or violent chargers worse, but this is something that I think would be have to hammered out with the NFLPA, so I doubt it ever happens.

    Also, it might take power away from Goodell. He seems to get off on playing judge/jury/executioner , so I doubt he’ll voluntarily give away that power.

  • footballandpoop

    It’s an interesting theory. Any accusation is given a cursory glance. If evidence is substantial automatic commissioner’s list until law enforcement phase is over.

    • The GP

      “Thug at your own risk” policy.

      • footballandpoop

        If the union were smart they would go for it because it protects their image as well. Everybody wins.

        • The GP

          You’ve got something on your chin.

          • footballandpoop

            It’s not mine.

      • How about this. When a wife or child beater is charged, he gets put on a queue.

        So for instance, Greg Hardy would’ve been on that. He can’t play football until the next accused.

        So, now it’s McDonald (again, doesn’t matter if he’s guilty or not, merely accused).

        Well, ready to rumble!

        Put Hardy-v-McDonald in an octagon, and whoever wins gets to play in the NFL, and the loser sits out until the next offender.

        Make it PPV, and all the $ goes to battered women and children shelters!

        Win/Win!

    • NewBearInTown

      Until a player gets put on the list on bogus charges (La’el Collins) and the union gets upset.

      • footballandpoop

        They wouldn’t be put on if it was he said she said nonsense. notice the ‘evidence is substantial part’?

        • NewBearInTown

          The evidence has been “substantial” in many, many cases that result in acquittals. You’re essentially adopting a grand jury standard – where you need a grand jury to okay charges before the Feds will prosecute.

  • The GP

    Good news on a down week:

    Taco Bell now delivers. Rejoice!

    http://fortune.com/2015/05/27/taco-bell-kfc-delivery/

    • footballandpoop

      And they are going to stop using a lot of preservatives and chemicals in their foods, so that’s good.

    • BearDown100393

      Food poisoned a few years ago. Never again.

  • More on FIFA….

    “Stories of soccer spending gone amok included an FIFA official who, according to a memorable 2014 piece in the New York Daily News, maintained an opulent lifestyle that included a luxury New York City apartment—for his cats.”

    http://www.wsj.com/articles/fifas-overdue-day-of-reckoning-1432769840?tesla=y

    • AlbertInTucson

      FIFA, corrupt?

      Why, that’s tantamount to accusing the IOC of corruption!

  • AlbertInTucson

    As long as this thread complete disinterests me…

    Yo, Robin Ventua!

    What part of “Josh Donaldson is white hot and beating your brains out” did you fail to grasp in the 9th inning TWO DAYS IN A ROW?!

  • AlbertInTucson

    “Not in OUR house, Duckies!”

  • AlbertInTucson

    @1;45- “Now, you’re still going to have the outspoken, I call them sort of a, a loud minority who will come out and say ‘Hey, the Bears gave the guy a chance, it didn’t work out, so be it, you move on’.”

    “Minority”?

    Loud, yes, but certainly NOT a MINORITY that I can see onTHIS Blog.

    @ 2:24 – “This entire regime, whether they want to admit it or not, this entire regime will now be looked at under a little bit of a microscope”.

    When is a Bear Regime NOT under a microscope?

    “Defining Moment”. – Overstatement.

    “Stain on the Franchise’. – Hyperbole.

    “Scarlett Letter”. You KNOW the Playwrite couldn’t WAIT to work that reference into the text!

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