• BearDown100393

    Roger Goodell issues an emancipation proclamation and frees all would be NFL players from participation in the combine.

    • BillW

      “Nobody knows the trouble they’ve seen…”

      • SC Dave

        Yeah, it would be damn hard to figure out how to spend all that money, eh?

    • Shady
      • BearDown100393

        Receiving a Porsche really is slavery after dealing with the taxes. Check out Brady’s $60K tax bill for winning the Super Bowl and car.

        • Big Mike

          I bet that is one of the reasons he’s trying to figure out “how” to give the car to Butler. Butler doesn’t have that kind of cash laying around.

          • Doc Hamstring

            Brady would still take a tax hit if he gives the car to Butler. Butler gets no tax hit if Brady gives him the car.

          • Big Mike

            If he takes ownership first, you are correct. Brady is not only giving him the car, he’s paying the tax on it. In the few cases I’ve seen where a gift like this is “re-gifted”, the first recipient does not actually take ownership.

          • Doc Hamstring

            That doesn’t work. That’s a dodge.

            The car if given to Brady. It is income for him. He cannot “re-gift” it and avoid taxes. Period.

            I don’t know what you’re talking about “if he takes ownership first.” Brady MUST “take ownership” of the car in order to give it to someone else. You can’t give something away that you don’t own.

            If Brady doesn’t accept the car, then he’s telling Chevy to give the car to Butler instead, and I’m pretty sure Chevy wouldn’t do that. It’s an award to the MVP, and it’s a promotional gimmick for Chevy.

            http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Gift-Tax

            SOMEONE has to pay tax on the gift. It won’t be Butler, because it’s not his liability. It won’t be Chevy, because they’re giving it away. Therefore, it will be Brady.

            If Brady “sells” the car for the amount he owes in taxes for receiving it in the first place (the way he’d “dodge” the tax and get Butler to pay for it), then he STILL has to pay taxes on the difference between the car’s actual value and the amount he’s charging Butler, because it’s a gift (see link above) from Brady to Butler.

            In other words, gift #1 is to Brady from Chevy. Brady, as the recipient, owes taxes on it. If Brady gives the truck to Butler, THEN Butler owes taxes on the gift from Brady. So TWO people pay taxes on the same thing–because it’s changing hands twice.

            But there’s NO way NO ONE pays taxes on it.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            i can’t believe people are worried about Brady having to pay a couple grand in taxes to give away a truck. He made 15mill last year in base pay. i am pretty sure he is not worried about a couple grand. also his wife makes 40-50 mill a year still. no big deal for them.

          • SC Dave

            Why should he pay taxes on the truck?

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            because it is the law.

          • Big Mike

            The rules surrounding the gift tax are far more complicated than the opening paragraph of the link you sent. By the definition you sent, which is simply the starting point Chevy is responsible for the gift tax. Not mentioned are special rules for awards, lotteries and 10 other exceptions. Also missing from your link are income tax consequences to each subsequent recipient. Chevy is possibly responsible for accounting for the gift tax, (there may be rules that legitimately allow them to avoid this). The first recipient may or may not be responsible for income tax. The variables allow for an immediate transfer without incurring a taxable benefit.

          • CanadaBear

            At the end of the day you know Chevy isn’t paying any taxes, on anything. Gotta love creative accounting.

          • SC Dave

            Chevy paid taxes on it (btw, the highest corporate taxes on Earth) BEFORE it was given to Brady.

          • Doc Hamstring

            No.

            Again, that’s a dodge.

            If Chevy pays Brady’s taxes, then THAT’s a gift to Brady, too, and that’s taxable.

            And according to news reports, Chevy’s going to give the truck straight to Butler, and then Butler will be on the hook for the taxes. So the truck is never going to be “Brady’s”

            http://espn.go.com/boston/nfl/story/_/id/12290611/malcolm-butler-new-england-patriots-pay-taxes-tom-brady-gifted-car

            Chevy wouldn’t pay their corporate tax rate, by the way. The taxes due would be the actual taxes for the RECIPIENT of the gift. So it would be the estimated tax due based on what Brady (or in this case, Butler) has paid to-date in 2015, or what was withheld on 2014 income.

            And maybe the US has a high marginal rate for corporate taxes, but there are so many loopholes and so many ways to avoid paying the marginal rate that the US has a very low EFFECTIVE corporate tax rate.

            http://money.cnn.com/2013/07/01/news/economy/corporate-tax-rate/

        • SC Dave

          Fuck… really? You’re worried about poor pretty boy’s tax bill? Have you looked at yours?

          • BearDown100393

            Slavery. NFL. Slavery. Taxes. Slavery.

      • Porche?! Pure oppression!
        Can’t get them a Ferrari?

    • bloomie1937

      Mr Goodell needs to resign. He is a calamity wrapped in corruption and egocentricity.

  • I just want to actually look forward to Bears games again.

  • Emperor Lrrr

    Huh. The totals votes so far are about how I’d rank each of these as well. Move on, refresh the D, see what the O looks like without bed-head in charge, draft wisely, see if Culter craps the bed or rises to the occasion, and let our best player get some work done. Sounds about right.

    • “see if Culter craps the bed or rises to the occasion”

      I think 9 years in the NFL has already told us how this is going to turn out.

      • Big Mike

        But maybe he has that 1-2 year flash that a journeyman gets near the end of his career where he sees the end and the light bulb goes off.

        • CanadaBear

          At this point, that’s about all we can cling to.

      • bloomie1937

        Too much emphasis is placed on skill players. Cutlerr is not the problem. It is the line of scrimmage where football is played.

        • SC Dave

          While I agree with this, nothing can kill an offense quicker than poor decisions by the QB.

  • GPLDAN

    Just the idea of going to Bourbon Haze and seeing John Fox standing out there looking like a god damn football coach instead of Cryptkeeper Nessman.

    If you go to my Photobucket site you see I have some pics up there of all of them gathering around Nessman at the end of practice so he can tell him what wonderful individuals they are and how they grew their inner self that day.

    Fox will stand there and tell them what it fucking takes to win some fucking football games and not handle a fight on the practice field with the same corporate duplicity that bond traders get shown the door when they screw up a big trade.

    • BearDown100393

      I wonder if Jake Cutler gets to keep his golf cart for camp? So many questions that need to be answered.

    • NewBearInTown


      That’s how you coach a football team.

      • GPLDAN

        That clip is distilled awesome.

      • haha talk about the duality of man, private Joker

        “You rip their god damn heads off and shit down their necks!
        now, let us pray…”

  • Bears-4-Ever

    Well it’s gotta be the last one for me. Nothing could be worse than the 2014 season. Thank God it’s over.

    BEAR DOWN!

    • NewBearInTown

      I voted the same way. But I think it says a lot about the Bears fan base that there are so many more people excited about the defense than the offense.

      • Big Mike

        I voted the same, only because my real choice was not on there. My vote would have been for “Find out young talent on team can do with solid leadership and coaching”.

      • Bears-4-Ever

        I think the excitement in regards to the Defense is understandable. If you take into account our head coach last year and the under performing of the Offense, I think many feel it was more of a coaching problem since the offensive talent is there but was not coached correctly.

        But the HORRIBLE defense we had the last TWO seasons is the bigger thorn in the side for this team. I’m also excited about how the Bears are going to fix this issue now that it seems we have the right coaches in the right spots and a new GM.

        Let’s face it, it’s the Defense that is going to make or break the Bears in the next 2 years.

  • John Doe

    Brad Biggs19m
    NFL source says #Bears are expected to hire Stan Drayton as running backs coach. He has served in that role at Ohio State.

    Skip Peete is out then. Guess this hire was agreed to but kept under wraps as Ohio State had recruiting to do and Drayton was a recruiter besides being RB coach.

    I like the fact the Bears now have 3 young coaches from 3 top college programs who were recruiters as well. Clint Hurtt – Louisville, Mike Groh – Alabama and now Stan Drayton – Ohio State University.

    • SC Dave

      The youth movement has been clear. There is a little extra risk perhaps, but the potential rewards of having a staff in place *improving* for a decade is pretty exciting. Most of my life as a Bears fan, much of the staff seems to have already reached their plateaus by the time they got to Chicago. I’m a bazillion miles from being an expert, but really only Marinelli seems to have had much of an upside after leaving Chicago, and that may just be personnel.

      • John Doe

        The added benefit of these young coaches is that their recruiting knowledge and player knowledge will be helpful during draft time and attracting good UDFAs from their respective colleges.

        • SC Dave

          Good point. Let’s hope it pans out.

      • NewBearInTown

        Barring something very strange happening, I think Dave Toub the HC is going to happen in another city. If it happens at all.

        • Reid handed him more responsibility, I believe.
          I really do hope Toub gets a shot, hopefully with a decent team, ie, NOT the Browns.
          If for any other reason, to answer my curiosity.

          • Big Mike

            Even the Browns can be a launching point. See Belichick.. It’s well known they are a disaster. Like the Raiders, a coach or coordinator gets either of those teams to .500 and they will be given kudos.

  • Cormonster

    The mainstream media just took a hit to their 18% credibility rating after the clown Brian Williams just got busted for lying. I guess he made a “mistake” and “misremembered” that he WASN’T aboard a Chinook helicopter that got shot down in Iraq. In fact, he wasn’t even close to the attack. He took those euphemisms right out of the HIllary Clinton playbook after she got busted for lying about her and Chelsea taking sniper fire in Bosnia. Lucky for Brian that Dan Rather came to his defense and called him an honest and decent man. Who better to defend you than another reporter who got busted for fabricating a major news story.

    • GPLDAN

      So you are angry about this?

      • Cormonster

        No. I’ve been part of the 82% who thinks the MSM is a joke for a very long time. This is just the latest example.

        • CanadaBear

          Once the networks decided that the news programs had to pay for themselves, journalism has taken it in the shorts.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Paddy Chayevski predicted this decades ago. He was prescient.NETWORK is as relevant todat as it was when it was first released.

      • beninnorcal

        For all the folks who like to bash Fox News(which I also don’t watch) outlets let NBC were looked at as beacons of truth. Truth is that pretty much all major news outlets are garbage, in it for the wrong reasons. That may be part of what Cor alludes to.

        • BearDown100393

          Only trust blogs.

          • GPLDAN

            In Irish we trust.

          • AlbertInTucson

            “You can’t put it omthe internet if it isn’t true.”

        • NewBearInTown

          Yeah, I’m very frustrated by the fact that I don’t spend more time being informed about what’s going on in the world. But to actually find credible sources is almost impossible.

          • CanadaBear

            I think the BBC is fairly reliable. I’m sure there are others but I only speak/understand English so that limits me quite a bit.

          • Irish Sweetness

            They’re all spinning it for the man, C-Bear. All print and TV broadcasts are censored by the shadows. Politicians, media, lying whores each and every one.

          • Christian Science Monitor? BBC?
            The other option is to do what the French do. You got your out right Left/Right papers.

            read both, and decide, but that seems time consuming.

          • Cormonster

            That’s how the US used to be in the past, with most bigger towns having two or more papers with opposing views on the news. The idea of an unbiased, “objective” press seems to be a 20th century phenomenon.

        • SC Dave

          Fox has been more about truth than all the left-wing MSM put together.

          And how fucking sad is that?

          Not much different, I suppose than my whole life – the statist distortions of the Croncites and Rathers and their ilk…

          At least until I gave up television. Best call I’ve made in life, So far.

    • BearDown100393

      Don’t worry. Roger Goodell suspended Brian Williams, fined him $250,000 and pulled his 1st round pick.

    • AlbertInTucson

      NBC is receiving a hailstorm of protests over this gaffe. Unlike Roger Goodell, Brian Williams Career could well fine his career in jeopardy.

      • Trac

        It was no gaffe Al. It was deliberate and calculated.

        • AlbertInTucson

          The fact hat it blew up in his face (no pun inteneded) turns it into a gaffe.

          I will be surprised if he can survive this stupidity.

    • Trac

      For those that don’t believe in absolute truth, here is an absolute lie. Notice how spectacularly good at it Mr. Williams is.

      http://pagesix.com/2015/02/05/letterman-called-williams-a-war-hero-over-false-iraq-story/

      • Irish Sweetness

        In any other industry you’d lose your job for a blatant line of bullshit such as that story. And this will all have blown over in a week or two ? What a shambles the media are. Peacocks.

        Public apology on live TV before 50 lashes.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      LOL.

      I’m not surprised… This story is slightly funny, but nothing more. Just a stupid guy trying to make a buck and status leap.

  • BerwynBomber
    • CanadaBear

      I saw one on SI for the first 2 rds and they had us going S and then CB. If there is a difference maker at LB available and we take a S or CB I’m going to be really surprised. Pretty sure it will be LB, DL or OL.

      • BerwynBomber

        I don’t get the call for CB unless there is some absolute stud that teams have slept on. Otherwise, it is the one D position where we are set pretty well, and that is even taking to account the potential loss of Peanut.

        Fuller and Jennings are a solid starting tandem. Give the back-ups, like Louis-Jean, another year to develop. Eventually, Tiny Tim will need replaced but I don’t see it as urgent as this year. Or put it this way, if we are already that worried about replacing Jennings then we should be absolutely freaking the fuck out about immediately replacing Cutler.

        • CanadaBear

          I think we could use some help at CB but it’s not a crying need like LB. Even if they keep Briggs to play ILB (really doubt it but you never know) we’re still desperate at that position (ILB and OLB).

        • Irish Sweetness

          And when one gets injured? We need another CB all right, just not a first rounder.
          Pass rushing animal is next on the agenda.

  • GPLDAN
  • NewBearInTown

    This team hasn’t been the same on D since Lach left. We need a new captain for the defense at the MLB position (or one of the MLB positions if we go to 3-4). Based on Walter’s list, there are some really good options for us to grab in the second or third round. The way I see it, we obviously need someone who can be productive to get respect, but we also need someone who will come in and be a leader. Kyle Long had that quality, I’m wondering who on the list below has the same makeup mentally.

    http://walterfootball.com/draft2015ILB.php

    • SC Dave

      Eric Kendricks is the all-time NCAA career leader in tackles. He’s my choice, for the exact same reason Luke Kuechly was.

      Take him at #7.

      • NewBearInTown

        He’s also apparently an extremely high character guy, with a brother on the Eagles and excellent football intelligence and preparation. He’s perfect for what we’re looking for.

        http://www.nfl.com/draft/2015/profiles/eric-kendricks?id=2552312

        http://withthefirstpick.com/2015/02/05/2015-nfl-draft-scouting-report-eric-kendricks/2/

        I will admit I thought it would be too soon to take Fuller in the first round (I was banging the drum for him all summer last year) but that he might not be available in the second. I was wrong about that, you take the best player you want that’s available regardless of what you think other teams will do. If Pace believes this guy is the future captain of our defense and that the height concerns are unwarranted, I agree we can take him at #7 and feel good about it.
        My one reservation is that there is a ton of talent at the DE/OLB position at the top of the draft. I haven’t really dug into it yet, but I suspect there will be some consensus first rounders we like to improve our pass rush. If that happens, we might go that direction and cross our fingers.
        One interesting scenario if the Marshall to Baltimore rumors had any truth to them. We could send Marshall and our second rounder to Baltimore in exchange for their first rounder. That moves us up about a dozen spots and would allow us to guarantee a productive guy like this is still on the board. I don’t want to trade Marshall, but that’s one way to do it.

        • Irish Sweetness

          With you on Marshall (and personally I think our passing game dies a death with his departure) … but another first round pick could really seal this draft for us. Two pass rushers with the first two picks – LB and DE. It makes everyone we put out at DB look so much better.

      • Irish Sweetness

        And we can take Williams with the #2 from the Titans … GET IN !!

    • Big Mike

      It’s not since Lach left. The Bears defense hasn’t been the same since the year Urlacher got old. They faked it for a year or two by being cagey. But fast young teams gave them fits and wore them out. They only really looked good in his last couple years when the offense controlled the ball.

  • Wonder if we’ll look back at Tiger Woods, the way we look at Ken
    Griffey: Absolute brilliance, but injuries kept from being *the*
    greatest. – Jeff tweet

    I don’t follow golf much, but I did follow baseball when Griffey was around. Heck, I think I even bought a Griffey rookie card thinking he would be the next stud.

    He never really was. He never dominated the way Woods did. Teams weren’t scared of Griffey.

    Griffey was a very good all around player who was always at the cusp, kinda like Pippen, but he was never dominate.

    Tiger was a Jordan-esque sensation, if only briefly.

    • Big Mike

      Wasn’t he dominant for like 10 years, with a 2-3 year supernova type run…

      • Johnnywad

        Tiger or Ken? I don’t follow baseball at all. But yes, Tiger was the best golfer on the planet for a long stretch. He dominated the entire field. In 2000 he win the U.S. Open with a fifteen stroke lead over second place. That doesn’t happen in High School golf tournaments let alone a Major. I’m a big fan of Jack, but were they to play each other in their prime, my money is on Tiger. I’d gamble on Tiger but on a personal level, I’d be pulling for Jack. Tiger’s not a good dude.

        This is much like trying to compare football players of different eras though. The courses and equipment are very different. Hell, even the balls are different.

        Tiger hasn’t been himself since his wife found out he was into porn stars on the road. I often wonder if he wasn’t into PED’s as well. We’ll likely never know. Taken for face value, I’ve never seen an individual dominate a sport the way he did.

        • Big Mike

          That whole wife thing blew up his mojo. He looks like shit on the course now. There is no part of his game that is good at the moment. I don’t know what he’s doing in practice, but he is getting progressively worse over the last few years.

          If you ask me, something is wrong in his head.

          • CanadaBear

            When he was banging everything that walked he was THE alpha male in his jungle. Now that he’s been emasculated he might as well be just another golfer. Don’t get me wrong, banging Lindsey Vonn is a pretty great consolation prize but he’s not even the alpha athlete in his own house. That has to mess with your psyche.

          • AlbertInTucson

            I think I’d be forced to let Ms Vonn mess with my psyche.

          • CanadaBear

            You’re a hell of a guy Al!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • BerwynBomber

          Is golf a sport? It’s debatable. Seems like it could be considered a leisurely activity. You know, like bowling or shooting pool. I have no doubt that tennis is: to compete at a high level you have to be incredibly fit, have superb hand-eye coordination and superior kinetic balance. But golf? Didn’t a 58 year old Tom Watson nearly win the British Open a few years back? The guy was basically John Fox’s age.

          • Johnnywad

            Per Webster it is.

            sport
            spôrt/Submit
            noun

            “an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment.”

            If you don’t think playing 18 holes four days in a row is physical exertion, you’ve never played. How about Hockey goalies? They don’t even leave the crease. A golf swing requires more movement and precision skill than stopping a puck, right?

            It really makes no difference to me. Call it a game if you like. Either way, Tiger was impressive as hell for more than a decade.

          • BerwynBomber

            Oh, I have played; like it even. I’m just not sure it is a sport. But yeah, game works too.

          • Big Mike

            This is one of the great debates that occupies my crew’s time. One definition establishes that unless there is defense, it cannot be a sport.

          • BerwynBomber

            Or if you can play in dress shoes and slacks …

          • Johnnywad

            I’m wondering how long it will take for somebody to play a round in Under Armour skin tight clothing. Performance enhancing, breathable, wicking, friction reducing blah, blah blah. High school kids wear tights and knee pads now to play basketball. I saw an eighth grader wearing a compression sleeve last year in a game. The world has gone mad.

          • BerwynBomber

            Ironically enough, one of the theories that has been posited about Woods’s breakdown is that he was so intent on being viewed as an athlete that he subjected his body to off-the-course rigors (watch it with the waitress jokes there) that other golfers did not and that said rigors ultimately contributed to his fall. I believe the article — and frankly I don’t remember where and by whom — said that initially he even took perverse pride in saying that he had a serious knee injury when surrounded by athletes from other sports.

            Btw, way too early to be writing him off. He could potentially be competitive until he is 50.

          • Johnnywad

            I believe it. Weird dude. It was a hell of a ride, but I don’t believe anybody could sustain that level of success with the backdrop that was his life. The mental toughness and focus required to play at an elite level just doesn’t mesh well with hiding hookers and porn stars from your wife.

          • Johnnywad

            I do believe we could still see another run from him later in his career. He’s going to have to hit bottom and rebuild his mind and likely change the way he plays altogether. He’s going to have to learn to play old man golf to get back on top. Hitting from a cactus patch is a rough way to win tournaments.

          • Big Mike

            Or he could limp out worse than Willie Mays. There are 20 golfers who couldn’t clean his clubs on their best day, compared to Tiger’s best day that are regularly whipping his ass.

          • AlbertInTucson

            I saw Willie’s exit and it wasn’t pretty.

          • Big Mike

            My Dad took me to Wrigley to see Mays in 1973. We sat in the bleachers. It was a doubleheader. Cubs split. Mays got a couple hits, but looked like he was running with gravel in his shoes. Cubs were in first place at the time. Proceeded to lose a whole lot more than they won and finished in 3rd or 4th.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Have to disagree. Too many issues, especially the back, that a golf swing only agitates.

          • Irish Sweetness

            It won’t be happening at St. Andrews ….

          • Johnnywad

            Interesting. This sounds like a good off season topic to be settled once and for all.

          • Big Mike

            The debate often includes what to do with race care drivers (very touchy, there is defense, but some simply not see it as a sport), track athletes (runners yes.. there’s defense), gymnasts (no), ice skaters (hell no), badminton (begrudgingly yes), and the debate rages.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Ernest Hemingway:

            “There are only three sports: bullfighting, motor racing, and mountaineering; all the rest are merely games.”
            I went to the same high school as Ernie (decades apart) but I think this particular quote of his is crap.

          • Big Mike

            Well played. I believe that quote has come up in our debates. Same conclusion.

            We’ve built a catch all that is conciliatory towards those that are not in the majority (loudest), by saying “those are great athletes, but X is not a sport”. Baseball is by all accounts a sport. But there are some wobbly ass, fat fuckers playing that game.

          • CanadaBear

            What makes baseball so tough physically is the 6 month season and relentless travel. People poo-poo the travel excuse but when I travel I’m beat by the end of the day. It just wears you out with all the bullshit. I get the players aren’t exposed to all the shit regular people put up with but they travel 100 times more than most people.

          • Big Mike

            Yeah, had that same travel schedule for a year as a national sales directory. It’s a bitch. Being on a charter, having somone get your bags to and from the hotel, no rental car to go fetch. Must be rough. But it does wear on you.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Remember Mickey Lolich and Wilbur Wood? Effective pitchers. Hardly anyone’s idea of toned athletes. They each threw 300+ innings in a season several times.

            That WAS a great pitching matchup in the early 1970s. When they faced each other, that ballgame was gonna be just over 2 hours or less. You could bank on it.

            I don’t get the fascination with bullfighting as “sport” since before the Matador ever takes on the bull, several guys on horseback (Picadors) have at him shapened, large, industrial-sized toothpicks. Also the apprentice matadors get to run around and insert some sharp obects into the bull as part of pre fight festivities.

            The only bullfight I enjoy is in BULLY FOR BUGS. “Of course youi know, DIS means war!”

            Hemmingway’s opinion of his home town of Oak Park: “A village of Wide lawns and narrow minds’.

          • BillW

            I never looked it up, but I don’t get the reason for killing the bull after the “fight”. I do get the appreciation for a matador calmly and gracefully sidestepping a charging bull. But why kill the bull?

          • Johnnywad

            Because they’re tasty.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Makes them feel even more manly in their tights. I love it when the matadors get gored.

          • CanadaBear

            I remember one year Lolich lost a ton of weight and was totally ineffective. He went right back to his old body type.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Wilbur Wood might STILL be pitching if he hadn’t taken a line drive off his knee.

          • CanadaBear

            Didn’t remember that. That’s got to be scary out on the mound once your reactions slow down.

          • Cormonster

            You could look at the golf course itself as the defense. A sand trap or water hazard “guarding” the cup. Dog legs with woods or high rough and waste areas if you miss the fairway. Undulating, hard, fast greens. Etc.

            I would consider golf a sport. My brother is superintendent of a nice golf course, and every summer a group of old friends play four rounds in three days. My body is usually a hell of a lot more sore after that than 4 games of baseball in the same period.

          • Big Mike

            That is a good argument. Baseball is the weak link in the big four sports. Funny story, my son who is a 3 sport athlete at his High School, switched from Baseball as his spring/early summer sport to lacrosse. He switched when he was in 8th grade. I asked him why, he said “3 reasons Dad. Baseball players are weird, too much sitting around and it takes me a month to get back in shape for football”.

          • Cormonster

            Funny. I’m not sure I would have stuck with baseball as long as I did if I didn’t play catcher. I didn’t like any other defensive position because it could get boring. At least playing catcher you are involved in every defensive play of every game.

          • Big Mike

            He was a outfielder on a real good travel squad. Lot of standing around. He pitched relief every not and again. Not good enough to pitch in HS. Just liked the idea of running around with a helmet and stick and hitting guys with it.

          • Irish Sweetness

            “Baseball players are weird…”
            MWAH!

          • BerwynBomber

            What an absurd comparison, especially when you suggest golf is more physically demanding. Have you seen the injuries that can be sustained in the MLB vs. the PGA? If nothing else, baseball requires one to occasionally sprint. It also requires kinetic reflexes, balance and hand-eye coordination. There is no kinetic aspect to golf except the swing itself. Everything else is still. There is reason you won’t see 75 years olds playing baseball but still playing golf.

          • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

            So you’re saying the bears didn’t play a sport last year?

          • Big Mike

            Well played. More correctly their 16 opponents did not

          • Irish Sweetness

            I didn’t see any sign of it, Doc, no ….

          • AlbertInTucson

            All you have to see is the physical toll Golf has taken on Tiger’s Body.

        • Cormonster

          One amazing stat is that Tiger has won 25% of golf tournaments he’s entered in his career over the last 17 or 18 years. That is mind boggling.

          • Johnnywad

            That is insane. I wonder what the next closest is. I wouldn’t hesitate to guess less than 10%.

          • Irish Sweetness

            But is that dominant? He also gets his ass kicked a lot and misses cuts all over the place.

            Serena Williams has won over 80% of her grand slams and wins over 70% of her other tournaments. Now that’s impressive.

            There’s probably some bi-athlete or skeet-shooter that’s an undefeated legend. I don’t know. I will never google ‘biathlon’.

      • AlbertInTucson

        While I DO think he’s done, Nobody ever dominated the PGA tour like Tiger did in his prime.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Small box on yesterday’s USA TODAY front page “TIGER IN A FUNK”.

      Duh.

      He’s not in a “Funk”. He’s done.

      He’s the Kobe Bryant of the Pro Golf Tour AKA “The next injury waiting to happen.”

      His body has sent up the white flag and Tiger just kids himself pretending he doesn’t see it.

      Just last week before the Phoenix Open he was quoted, and I paraphrase,
      “I feel great. I’m hitting the ball father than ever.”

      Right, Eldrick.

      Then he goes out and shoots the worst single round of his career.

      He finished so far below the cut he couldn’t even see it.

      Playing is one thing but his physical condition won’t allow him to practice enough anymore.

      All this “He needs to fix his swing” or “He needs Butch Harmon” is just passing gas.

      What he needs, and isn’t going to get, are a new back, new knee, new achillies tendon new leg…

      What he needs most is to be 25 again.

      Sorry.

      • Jokey

        Wrong. Nicklaus won his first major in 1962, his last in 1986. You can’t tell me he did that with the same swing. All golfers adjust as they age and lose flexibility, strength, and club speed.

        • AlbertInTucson

          No, not wrong.

          You generalized my post which was clearly specific to Tiger Woods situation

          Tiger CAN’T adjust because he is falling apart, physically.

          Did Nicklaus have multiple back and knee surgeries before he hit 40?

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        maybe his is in a “Funk” – Fred Funk that is.

        http://www.fredfunkgolf.com/

        lol – gay joke.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Take the money and limp Tiger .. .that’ll go a loooong way in your motherland.

    • Irish Sweetness

      I never got the Tigers Woods domination thing. Domination means dominating all the time. That means winning or being close to winning every tournament you’re in. Certainly winning all the majors every year. That’s domination, and it doesn’t happen in golf. Sergry Bubka was dominant in the pole vault. He owned the sport. Tiger never owned the sport.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Apparently somebody did beat Bubka’s 20 year old record.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Pole Vaulting. A COMPLETE mystery to how anybody does that. THAT is being an athlete.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Griffey , Jr. needed to show a little more respect for outfield walls. Those crashes into fences help prematurely erode his marvelous skills.

      His son “Trey” is a (good) wide receiver for the University of Arizona.

  • SC Dave

    How about this for a new trend? I think I like it…

    https://www.yahoo.com/style/model-with-normal-body-graces-sports-illustrated-110196422508.html

    I know you do to, MB. Come out of your exile, bitch.

    • haha if that’s “normal”, many many many women are FUGLY.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Beats the snot out of the “I just escaped from a Concentration Camp” look.

      • CanadaBear

        Lollipops with fake boobs.

        • AlbertInTucson

          I never got the fascination with the fakes. Especally the beach ball sized ones.

          • CanadaBear

            You and me both. I used to kid all the time with MB about them. Man he was crazy for them.

    • Scharfinator

      An appropriate size 12. Gotta love it.

      • CanadaBear

        I’d work it without a net!

  • bloomie1937

    I’m looking forward most to the Cubs

    • Johnnywad

      It’ll be interesting to see if they’re as competitive this year as the hype would suggest.

      • bloomie1937

        I’m simply disgusted with the McCaskeys.

        • Johnnywad

          Huh?

      • Big Mike

        They will not be. With some luck they are a .500 team. Which is great progress. Progress that I am delighted to see. Watching a young team get it’s legs is rewarding.

        The whole Cubs’ hype this year is fueled by the fact that they won’t suck. Somehow us delusional Cubs fans turn that into a playoff run.

        There is no magic that will let them overtake the Cardinals, just because they decided to try and actually field a team. Take a look at the Nationals. Holy shit. That teams looks like it could win 100 games.

        • The Cubs’ peak is projected to start in 2017 or 18 with this group. I wouldn’t be shocked by playoffs in 2016. I would be shocked by playoffs this year. Too many young bats still.

          • Big Mike

            so we agree.

          • AlbertInTucson

            UNFORTUNATELY, that peak was projected in the 1950s.

        • BearDown100393

          IMO .500 baseball should be the goal for this season. A lot of young kids need to learn to play at the MLB level. That won’t happen overnight.

          • Big Mike

            Unless their are trophies for most improved, this is not the year. It will be enjoyable for the patient, realistic fan to watch this team mature.

      • Bears-4-Ever

        Things always look better on paper. We’ll see…we’re talking Cubs here after all.

        I have some high hopes for the White Sox actually.

        • Johnnywad

          I don’t really even watch much baseball. I’m only really interested in the idea of what the Cubs have attempted to do with Theo. I want to see a big league team reap the rewards of what they deemed to be a real, long term investment and strategy. It took a very concerted effort to do what they’ve done to date. It either works, and they look pretty sharp, or it doesn’t and they look stupid. Can’t wait to see what happens

        • AlbertInTucson

          I expect them to both AT LEAST be competitive again.

          James Shields has lowered his asking price on the FA market. Cubs are now supposedly, interested. He’d make a nice bookend with John Lester.

    • Scott W.

      Back when I was a kid, I loved baseball and the Cubs.
      Now, there are so many mathematical elements to the game, I get lost. I try every year to watch a few games on TV, but give up after a while.
      Someone needs to write an article for us old fogies on how to reconnect with baseball without the need for a degree in calculus.

      • Big Mike

        The nerds have ruined it a bit. Can’t make a comment about a player without hearing about war, whip, dice EqA, vorp and so on.

        • CanadaBear

          Speaking for old fogey Cubs fans, my new analytic is OBP for hitters. Other than that, they can shove all that other alphabet soup out the window. That shit is fine if you’re the manager, scout or front office guy. For the regular fan, use the eye test. When I hear all of that advanced metric crap most of the people spouting it are some pointdexter, pencil neck geeks that would shit their pants if someone threw a curveball at them.

          • Big Mike

            I feel the same way about fantasy football players. Sorry guys. I get my fix coaching my 8th grade squad.

          • CanadaBear

            100%.

      • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

        It won’t help you, believe me.

  • Ososfan

    I’ll be excited when Moon Mullin and some other dumb ass reportors STFU about dumb ass ideas particularly the possibility of Brandon Marshall leaving the Bears because of his supposed “unbearable attitude” where the he’ll do these people get their ideas from, seriously?

    • BerwynBomber

      I sense they have more insight and access to the locker room and “off the record” information than we do.

      • madscout12

        Mullin’s great at analysing performance on the field and the results of games. I doubt just about any source on the subjective, such as what “leadership skills” a player has and how a player is “dividing a locker room”. There is no way one reporter can accurately project what all 53+ players, coaches, and staff are thinking during the season, let alone the off season when guys aren’t coming in everyday. Unless that player is causing fights at practice and getting suspended, there is no real evidence for any statement made.

        • Mullin may not PERSONALLY know if Bmarsh is a menace, but Mullin could have a solid source like, ah, CUTLER, or Black Uni, who would have a much better feel.

          The “inside source” to selling out Cutler was after all, Kromer himself. The dude who worked with him everyday for the past two seasons.

          Sometimes journalists do have reliable sources, just depends on who the journalists is

          Biggs and Mullin tend to be pretty solid.

    • GPLDAN

      Un BEAR able attitude. Nice.

    • BearDown100393

      Don’t really believe anyone in that locker room will miss #15 if he leaves.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    The only thing that interests me is to see if the Bears will indeed change their modus operandi and the culture of the organization at its core.
    They clearly made a step in the right direction this offseason. I want to see if it’s a pattern or a singular event.

  • GPLDAN

    Source: CBS Radio front office ready to unload Dan Bernstein for “perpetually talking out of his rear orifice.”

    Bernstein and that idiot sycophant he brings with him to his show have become viciously anti-NFL and anti-Bears. They have asked listeners to stop being fans of the NFL, which for a sports radio station predicated on Bears fandom, is an unusual move.

    I can see where CBS Radio would want him to skedaddle and maybe move Lawrence Holmes up the chart. I don’t listen to them anymore, I think both their shows got really bad and hopelessly negative. Bernstein recently had the coach of U of Illinois football on and gave him a dressing down because he said that the media should not be so adversarial to the Illini program. Bernstein shot back to the guy that maybe if you could coach and didn’t suck and the program didn’t suck, people would write better things about it. THen went on a 30 minute tear about how dare the coach tell the media how to work.

    I heard about it because Mully spent a long segment reviewing it, and I still listen to Mully and Handley in the mornings.

    • BerwynBomber

      Would be surprised if they got rid of him. Bernstein has ratings, far as I recall, which are basically the bottom line in that business in terms of advertising bucks.

    • BearDown100393

      Holmes is excellent on the air.

  • Slow your roll on Bmarsh to Ravens.

    “When looking at the Ravens’ biggest needs, keep an eye on the potential releases of Tampa Bay wide receiver Vincent Jackson, San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis, New York Jets running back Chris Johnson, Carolina running back DeAngelo Williams, Oakland safety Tyvon Branch and Eagles cornerback Cary Williams.” – Jamison Hensley, ESPN

    Also, anyone know if Tyvon Branch is any good?

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      he’s fantastic, but he’s been injured the past 2 years. Major stuff.

      He’s what Byrd was… great S that nobody knows because he plays in ‘small’ poor teams.

  • suh huh

    Those who know Suh believe that playing in New York, Dallas or Chicago always has appealed to him.” – Adam Schefter

    • GPLDAN

      I will take it upon myself to bring Suh down to Nickey Chevrolet, where they will have several 1970 Chevelle SS’s for sale for him to wrap around trees.

      • CanadaBear

        Is that what he piled up in Oregon?

        • GPLDAN

          Yeah a Cranberry Red ’70 SS with the 454.

          Probably a numbers matching, too. The fuck.

          • Johnnywad

            Well at least he has good taste.

          • CanadaBear

            Fuck! The same friend that has the fairly new Shelby bought a ’70 454 Chevelle last year. Not sure about the numbers matching. He tore it all down and rebuilt it. He took it out for a run just recently and had me laughing about what a snarling beast it was. The Shelby (I think it’s a 2010) will blow the doors off of the Chevelle. Naturally, he loves them both for different reasons.

            He sold his ’70 Judge a couple of years ago. He and his friends drive the hell out of them. When he sold the Judge a guy from Philly bought it and came out to do the final inspection before money changed hands. My friend picked him up at the airport and drove it like you would expect. He said the guy was REALLY nervous about going so fast. At some point the guy says, wow it uses a lot of gas. My friend knew at that point the car would never be beat again. So sad. A muscle car is a terrible thing to waste.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      meaning ‘his agent’.

  • psssss

    “Several teams, including St. Louis Rams, are ready to make a deal for Eagles’ Nick Foles.” – Elliot Shorr-Parks, NJ.com

  • speedy options/ late tackles…

    “The Dolphins are targeting a speed receiver, which makes Mike Wallace’s future in Miami perfectly clear … The Dolphins have shown a ton of interest in speedster receivers Devin Smith (Ohio State) and Philip Dorsett (Miami).” – Charlie Campbell

    “Sources with the Giants say a player that has impressed them is Division III offensive tackle Ali Marpet. … Keep an eye on the Hobart product landing with the Giants on day three of the draft.” – Charlie Campbell

  • John Doe

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog
    If Bears got rid of Brandon Marshall before season it’d be a losing decision by a losing organization. You don’t throw away great players.

    It takes two to tango. It is not that Bears want to get rid of Marshall. They may do so because Marshall wants to play on his terms.

    It is clear Marshall wants to do “Inside the NFL” Showtime show. He is clearly making preparations for retirement tv career. He announced his deal last year on “The View”. He is always looking for airtime for his cause and so he will continue to do tv.

    If Fox and Pace decide that they will not allow any player such special treatment, then that is it. Marshall must be traded or cut.

    • CanadaBear

      Fox was able to work with Steve Smith in Carolina and he’s 10 X’s the powder keg Marshall is.

      • John Doe

        Smith was not doing tv show. That is the main point of contention here.

        It is amazing so many berated Tresticle for being weak and allowing Marshall to do the show. And now those same folks are saying keep marshall and let him to do the show.

        • CanadaBear

          I haven’t heard one person say he should keep doing the show.

          • John Doe

            But Marshall has been saying he wants to do the show… as late as a couple of days ago. He also asked a Head Coach of another team – half-jokingly perhaps – if we he would let him do the show.

            The situation for Marshall has shifted in Chicago. He has no supporters in the locker room. From all the reports, not many players were fan of his outbursts. Cutler was his only strong supporter.

            I doubt even Cutler wants him now.

            No support in the locker room + Marshall’s insistence on doing the show = Marshall gone.

            So are you willing to say if Marshall wants do the show then he should no longer be a Bear. Even if that means simply cutting him.

          • CanadaBear

            Don’t try and speak for me. I’m quite capable on my own. Fox is the boss. If he says Marshall isn’t doing the show he won’t. At least not as a Bear. Could they work out a compromise and let him do remotes from Chicago. Possibly. Marshall is getting $10 mil from the Bears. He’s probably getting 6 figures for the TV show. Not a tough decision.

          • John Doe

            This is exactly what I said above- “If Fox and Pace decide that they will not allow any player such special treatment, then that is it. Marshall must be traded or cut.”.

            Your bitterly stuck on Marshall and denying the reality of Marshall’s insistence of wanting to do the show. Remote compromise means nothing. Distraction is still distraction.

            Can’t have it both ways guys.. Criticize Trestman for allowing Marshall to do the show and then suggesting remote compromise is just fine and Fox should be ok with remote show.

          • CanadaBear

            You’re bitterly stuck on scenarios with absolutely nothing but conjecture.

  • GPLDAN

    Brandon Marshall is 30. Steve Smith is 35. Notion that Marshall’s career is winding down would be an unsubstantiated guess.

    When Terrell Owens stopped having the goods, it seemed like it happened overnight. He was T.O. who could act the ass on the Eagles and the Cowboys and had too much talent for anyone to do anything about it with the Sharpies and shit – and then – suddenly, seemingly overnight, he was shit. Became a desperate journeyman whose talent got him a few looks but then he was living out of his car, broke with all his bridges burnt.

    That’s how it will go for Marshall.

    • CanadaBear

      Owens really was a horrible teammate. He routinely threw teammates under the bus. What he said was usually the truth but you just don’t do that. I agree when Marshall isn’t getting it done on the field football people will ignore him.

      • BerwynBomber

        Whom did he throw under the bus other than McNabb? Really not trying to defend TO but I don’t remember him tossing fellow teammates under the bus but I could be forgetting. And even with the McNabb choking stuff he was not the first Eagle to make the claim.

        Anyway, the TO/BMarsh comparison seems pretty apt. Both are headaches/divas, even if for a different reasons. To me the BMarsh question comes down to a) Cutler and b) what you could potentially get for Marshall. If the Bears are keeping Cutty then I would lean toward keeping Marshall. But I would at least see what I could get for him if I wished to dump him.

        • CanadaBear

          He threw Mooch under the bus in SF and I’m pretty sure he did something similar in Dallas. Don’t care about him enough to look it up.

          People seem to forget what he did for Alshon. Showing him what it takes to be in top shape. Did the same thing with Wilson last year (to no avail). I’m not big on trading good players for draft picks. Maybe once we find out if Pace is the real deal, I’ll be more amenable to that strategy.

        • Huge Bear’s Penis

          TO tended to throw all his QBs under the bus at some point in time, accept maybe Romo, because “He’s my QB, man.”
          My favorite was when he “implied” Jeff Garcia was gay.

          • BerwynBomber

            Yeah, although I believe that was after they were teammates. I don’t know if dissing on ex-teammates or opponents is the same as tossing a teammate under the bus. In fact, I’m quite sure it’s not.

            Anyway, I sense both BMarsh and TO are objectionable characters, if for different reasons.

          • AlbertInTucson

            You forgot “He’s my man. (whimper, sniff, blubber) He’s my Quarterback…”

          • CanadaBear

            Yeah, at the time he said that Garcia was going out with a Playboy Playmate.

      • AlbertInTucson

        But he cried for Tony Romo.

        • Irish Sweetness

          That was insane. It was very girly, or drugs.

          • CanadaBear

            I liked the sit ups in the driveway. Not too desperate.

  • BillW

    Regarding BMarsh:
    Said this before – our “favorite” WSCR host seems / seemed to have a pretty good source and insisted Marshall would not be back with the Bears. All this (I believe) before Pace and certainly before Fox. Then reiterated after they both were hired.

    My comment has nothing at all to do with if he should or should not be. That’s a coach decision and fan opinion is just that. And without all the facts.

    It seems quite possible Bernsteins’s source is in the McCaskey family or inner circle. Now it would set a very dangerous precedent if the owner’s family starts making personnel decisions after promising the GM full control. So it may come to pass (get it?) that Pace/Fox say that he stays.

    But someone important has had enough of him.

    • BerwynBomber

      From what I heard from B&B the other day, they are sticking by their original story/sources but also claiming that Pace/Fox have the ultimate say; i.e., if they want BMarsh to stay he will stay.

  • BillW

    Perhaps there is a distinction to be made between sport vs athletic competition vs non-athletic competition.

    With fuzzy borders between each – based in large part by the intent and level of the competition.

    Most of us golf. I know I never thought of myself participating in a sport.

    The people I know in 16 inch softball leagues in Chicago I believe are in that fuzzy area – mostly leaning toward sport though. But certainly not for the beer belly guys in pickup games.

    Badmitten? Again, qualified by intent and level of competition.

    Chess? Mental toughness which requires some physical toughness, but it’s non-athletic competition.

    Bowling? Frisbee golf? Skatebording? Synchronized swimming? I think golf is in that area – and whatever that is, it doesn’t seem like sport.

    • BerwynBomber

      “Most of us golf. I know I never thought of myself participating in a sport.”

      Exactly. Funny enough, I think Tiger tried to impress on the sporting world that he was an athlete, but end of the day, it Is golf. A demanding as hell game, but still a game. Not a sport.

      • Johnnywad

        I don’t know BB. Not saying you’re wrong. Not even sure I disagree. I’m not even sure there is a point or an end game to be had here. But….

        I was a pretty decent high school golfer. Could have played minor college golf but knew it was going nowhere. It felt like a sport to me when playing in invitationals with 80 plus players in attendance. Perhaps just the nature of large scale competition made it feel that way.

        I also ran track. I can’t decide if that’s a sport either. You definitely have to be an athlete to do it. But is running a skill? I suppose at some level it is. Some people just can’t do it.

        I mentioned goalies earlier. I have a 19 year old triple A goalie in my employ right now. I routinely tease him. All he has to do is “Sit there and be in the way.” Right? Truth be told, he’s athletic as hell and could beat my ass like a drum.

        I suppose it would be hard to arrive at a unified decision.

        • BerwynBomber

          Yeah, I get your point to a degree. Who knows? Maybe I just have hard time calling something a sport that never leaves one winded or requires so little kinetic movement/hand-eyes coordination. (Though I once heard someone make a compelling argument that, technically, someone could play OL or DL on any level without having the ability to catch a ball. Wouldn’t happen, of course, but the possibility could exist.).

          terms of the pressure of playing in front of others, of course, but you could also feel something similar giving a speech.

          Anyway, not a biggie. We probably agree as much as we disagree on this one even if we take different stances.

          • Johnnywad

            “Agree to disagree” as they say. As close as I’ve seen that phrase come to practical application. Though this is more “nearly, almost, agree to kind of disagree”.

          • CanadaBear

            I find most people tend to say something is a sport if they really like it or participate in it. Who cares if someone says it isn’t? If it’s a sport to you that’s all that matters. Every year when the Tour de France is on there are always people in the American sports media that say it’s not a sport and anyone can ride a bike. Really? Try going down a mountain at 70 mph on bicycle and tell me anyone can do that.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Gravity will do it for you C-Bear. Going UP the mountain is a cunt.

          • CanadaBear

            I do both. Anyone in decent shape and 3 chainrings in front should be able to get up the mountain. Coming down at 70 mph like the pros is frightening to say the least. I’ve been over 50 mph lots of times and only once over 55 mph. Trust me, at that speed you’d better be paying attention because things happen really fast.

    • Irish Sweetness

      As in Badminton ? dude are you serious? You need to be super-fit and athletic to play badminton at a high level.

    • NewBearInTown

      I’d put chess in the same category as Nascar or the new computer gaming competitions. The skills involved are basically mental, but the concentration and endurance involved require top level competitors to be in decent physical shape.

  • GPLDAN

    When that OTHER blog (the one that is no fun) posts a new thread, it gets picked up on Google RSS and News feed.

    http://beargoggleson.com/2015/02/06/martellus-bennett-bash-jay-cutler/

    Jeff – every time you make a new post, it should be at the top of Google’s results on the news page.

    • BearDown100393

      Jake Cutler does not care about Martellus Bennett or his opinions.

  • BillW

    The Lions were voted as having the best training staff in the league.

    Only a matter of time until Marc can pick up his award for having the best practices.

    In fact, it ought to be an annual NFL award – they can call it the Tresty.

    • BearDown100393

      Brandon eagerly raises his hand to volunteer as the official announcer of the Tresty. And then after the acceptance speech, beat up its recipient in the name of charity and anti bullying.

  • BillW

    Great Bears trivia question years from now – match the fired coach with their saying:
    All the pieces are in place
    Rex is our quarterback
    We had a great week of practice
    Get your mouth shut!
    Silence (that’s Jauron)

  • GPLDAN

    Yo Corm Dog –

    Williams lied about Katrina as well. A reporter who makes things up. Wasn’t there a guy at the NYT who did that?

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2015/02/06/brian-williams-katrina-coverage-in-question/22980005/

    • BearDown100393

      Jake Cutler does not care about Brian Williams’ lies.

      • GPLDAN

        How about Marty Booker? I think he has some game left.

    • Cormonster

      I wouldn’t doubt it. It is a communist newspaper after all.

      • GPLDAN

        That’s the Red meat Fox News guy I know.

        • Cormonster

          I’m not a Fox News guy. I’m more into Reason.com and the Cato Institute stuff.

      • Jack Lacan

        Pravda?

    • AlbertInTucson

      Deeper and deeper…

    • Jack Lacan

      Stephen Glass – The New Republic – They made a film about it.

    • AlbertInTucson
      • AlbertInTucson

        FOX News is NEVER going let this go.

  • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

    Happy Birthday Bob Marley!!! 70 years old today!

    • AlbertInTucson

      Not to nitpick, but, he WOULD have been 70 if he hadn’t died in 1981.

      • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

        Fair point. So he’s 34 years dead today!

        • AlbertInTucson

          Dead at 36. Worse, he missed the ’85 Bears.

          • Johnnywad

            Uncle Al keeping us focused. Somebody’s gotta do it.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Well that’s TWO tragedies, no?

        • Cormonster

          There’s a good chance he would have survived the skin cancer if he would have accepted modern medicine and had his toe amputated, but he wouldn’t do it because of his Rastafarian religion. What a shame.

          I watched an episode of Guitar Center Sessions this week with Ziggy Marley. I had always dismissed him as just living off his father, but I was surprised how much I liked his music and voice. His song Lighthouse live was great. Here’s a music video of the song. Kind of poppy.

          • CanadaBear

            Liked the song. A guy I worked with 20 years ago was a huge reggae fan. We booked Big Daddy Kinsey and the Kinsey Report at a local bar. I told my friend I’d introduce him to Donald Kinsey (he played with Bob on numerous recordings) if he came to the show. I prepped Donald and asked him if he would mind. Of course, Donald was really nice about it (the whole family is really nice and really talented). My friend was like a little kid meeting Donald. Very cool.

          • SC Dave

            I saw Ziggy in Va Beach a while back. Was surprised how much I liked it.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Babe Ruth’s birthday today, too.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Can a sport be played by a man that fat? Aha.

        • CanadaBear

          Look at the DT’s and OL men. Lots of fatties there. My old barber (may he R.I.P.) used to always say Babe was the greatest baseball player of all time because he did it on a regimen of hot dogs, booze and hookers.

        • SC Dave

          Actually, look at the pix from the early 20s when Babe was at his best.

  • Johnnywad

    http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2015/02/06/americas-fastest-growing-beer-brands-are-all-foreign/?intcmp=features

    PBR is now considered a hipster craft brew? What in thee hell, is going on here?

    My old man drank PBR in the 70’s, in his underwear, on the couch after a very long day pouring steel train wheels after new home starts crashed. I drink it once or twice a year now just to remind myself where I came from.

    • CanadaBear

      It’s been THE brand with them for the last few years. Like your old man, it was my beer of choice back in the early ’70’s. I went from Hamm’s, to PBR, to Olympia, to Old Stool. No wonder I had to quit drinking!!!!!!!!

      • Johnnywad

        What? No Blatz?

        • BerwynBomber

          Nothing was as bad as Busch.

          • Johnnywad

            We used to get a case of Busch next to Campus for $9.99. That was warm though. If you wanted one from the cooler it was $10.99. I still laugh about that.

          • CanadaBear

            The Beast (Milwaukee’s Best) is the low water mark for me. The absolute worst was Billy Beer but that was just a joke more than anything. When I was a kid you could get 5 quarts of Golden Glow for $1. Potosi was also dirt cheap. Along with Stroh’s and Mountie Piss (Drewery’s). Point and Leinenkuegel were cheap but were actually good. Schlitz lived up to (or down to) it’s name. Gave them to me every time I drank it. Which wasn’t often. Falstaff had great commercials with The Old Pro but it wasn’t exactly a winner.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Buckhorn?

      • Scott W.

        I was a solid PBR guy in Jr. High and most of HS. Then one night at a party, some chick said she’d never seen me without a PBR in hand.
        I dumped that bottle in the trash, never had another.
        Graduated to Wild Turkey before I finally figured out maybe I needed to dump it all.

        • CanadaBear

          Whenever I drank the loud-mouthed stuff (hard liquor) it was never a happy ending.

          • Scott W.

            “I’ll drink to that!” said the coffee addict.
            No, I can’t remember a happy ending to a single one of those days. On the other hand, there was the joy of pouring a shot in my coffee in the morning so I could see the carnage more clearly.

          • CanadaBear

            I didn’t do much of the “hair of the dog”. Would just lay on the couch watching TV, smoke some herb and hope like hell I started feeling better. When I was younger I could sweat out a hangover but after 30 that wasn’t happening. I usually had a great time until I went into the blackout phase. I always tell people the same thing. I had a lot of great times drinking but all of the worst shit in my life that was preventable was due to drinking.

          • Scott W.

            Gosh that all sounds so familiar, except the herbal, marijuana maintenance program. My hair of the dog became an anti-sick-as-hell remedy by the time I hit 38 or so.
            It was a barrel of stupid, and I couldn’t wait to get my mouth on the spigot.

          • CanadaBear

            I wasn’t like that. I drank about 2-3 times a week and usually until I dropped. Got picked up twice for drunk driving and the last time was the last time I ever had a drink. I wrestled with alcohol for years with periods of no drinking that lasted anywhere from 3 months to 6 years but somehow would go back to it. I still smoke off and on (off right now) but I never bought into one leads to the other. I could always maintain some semblance of reality with weed. Not saying it’s a good thing but it never got me in serious trouble.

          • Scott W.

            Sorry. I wasn’t connecting the two, just using a phrase from “the rooms”. I was calling it more of a stop-gap or dessert/variety kind of thing.
            I was 29 my last time lighting up. It actually made me nauseous after a couple, so though I’m sure that was the fault of the product, it just made me feel like I was trying to turn back the clock.
            Because, you know, it’s so much more mature and grown up to pour your stupid over ice in a glass than roll and light it.
            I blame your DUI’s on the fact your sister lives in Galesburg. The place is cursed.

          • CanadaBear

            Pretty sure it was my fault but that truly made me laugh! I’ve known lots of people who used to smoke herb but quit for various reasons. Usually it made them paranoid or just wasn’t a pleasant experience any longer. I never got there. A couple of times it made my heart race but that was about the worst of it.

      • AlbertInTucson

        How about “Australian for beer’, FOSTER’S? A coworker who has a brother who lives in Australia says real Australians don’t drink Foster’s. Only tourists.

        What’s the equivalent “real Canadians don’t drink that beer”. Canada?
        Would that be MOLSON’S?

        • CanadaBear

          Molson’s is like Bud. They place it in a ton of arenas and it’s everywhere yet I literally don’t have one friend that drinks it. Oddly enough Bud was really popular with my friends in the little mining town where I had a house. I went to a Grey Cup party a couple of years ago and I took a popular beer in Western Canada (Kokanee) along with a bunch of snacks. Literally everyone was drinking Bud. They all teased me about the beer I brought. Like I told them, once the Bud runs out you’ll drink it.

    • BerwynBomber

      I know. I drank it throughout college because it was dirt cheap and tasted better to me than any of the Anheuser-Busch products. Hell, I still drink High Life and my college days are a couple/few decades in the rearview.

      • Scharfinator

        I was in that horrible transition phase, as PBR went from good for its price cheap ass beer, to hipster favorite – while in college.

        Those were dark days for PBR.

        • SC Dave

          Back in the day, I always thought of Old Milwaukee that day. But it never quite went hipster.

          • huntinbare

            In DeKalb it was called ….Old Kishwaukee

    • AlbertInTucson

      Pabst was a major disappointment when I was old enough to drink. So was Hamm’s after watching all those Hamm’s Bear commercials in Cubs & Sox games for all those years.

      • Johnnywad

        I don’t care for it either, but Blatz, that’s a testament to true will power. If you pour it into a glass, you’ll see with your last drink, its full of particulate of one sort or another. Wretched stuff.

        • AlbertInTucson

          As a kid I like their spots too. An anthropomorphic Keg, Bottle and Can singing the jingle…”I’m from Milwaukee and I ought to know why Blatz beer taste great wherever you go. All Blatz is draft brewed that’s why you hear, Blatz is Milwaukee’s finest beer!”

          • AlbertInTucson

            My choices for my occassional brew these days: FAT TIRE or SHINER BOCK.

          • NewBearInTown

            Fat Tire is popular among my pals, but not really my favorite. I actually really enjoy Matilda and, while its very pricey, Dragon’s Milk. My go to at a pub is and always will be Guinness.

          • AlbertInTucson

            I’m hardly a connoisseur. I imbibe only occassionally any more. Usually during the first galf of the Bear game if I have to watch at the bar and if it’s a 10a kickoff, as it can often be here out west while DST is still in effect, it’s often bloody Mary.

            I haven’t been truly polluted since my bachelor party and I don’t EVER what to be THAT hammered again.

        • SC Dave

          That was about as bad as it gets, although Red, White & Blue, Carling Black Label, and the stuff with the generic green BEER label were contenders.

          (Actually, I never drank any of the generic stuff. But hey, if Brian Williams can make stuff up…)

          • Johnnywad

            I forgot all about RW&B. Horrible.

            I was handed a beer last fall at a family friend’s. Didn’t bother to look, cracked it open and took a swig. Horse Piss should have been the name. But no, it was called 5:30 Beer. Worst I’ve had.

      • SC Dave

        From the land of sky-blue wa-aw-ters…
        Hamm’s the beer refreshing
        Hamm’s!

        Can still hear that stupid jingle.

  • Jack Lacan

    Canadian Ace?

    • AlbertInTucson

      Billy Bishop?

      • Jack Lacan

        Corey Price??? — Vezna trophy???

  • AlbertInTucson

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog; “Draft Day is one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen.”

    The ISHTAR of sports movies?

    • GPLDAN

      What’s common to them?

      Warren Beatty and Costner both had faces that looked like tanned hide golf bags left in the sun.

    • BearDown100393

      Jake Cutler doesn’t care about movie critics.
      He loved Draft Day.
      And uh Ishtar.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    Jerry Rice admits to cheating, says everyone did it
    Posted by Mike Florio

    With Hall of Fame receiver Jerry Rice applying an asterisk to New England’s latest Super Bowl win, Patriots fans will now apply 1,549 asterisks to Jerry Rice’s career achievements.
    On Friday, PFT pointed out (at the behest of multiple Patriots fans) a recent admission from Rice that he applied stickum to his gloves.

    “I know this might be a little illegal, guys, but you put a little spray, a little stickum on them, to make sure that texture is a little sticky,” Rice said with a laugh as part of an ESPN feature regarding the evolution of gloves.

    “I’m going to be point blank, I feel like it’s cheating,” Rice told Jim Rome on January 22 regarding the current controversy regarding whether the Patriots deflated footballs. “Because you have an edge up on your opponent and it’s unfortunate that it happened. I’m not saying the outcome of the game would have been different or anything like that because they got beat 45-7, but they still had an edge.”

    By claiming that “All players did it!” regarding stickum use, Rice is trying to create the impression that he didn’t have an edge. Regardless, it’s now clear that the greatest receiver of all time cheated.

    *** The NFL in a nutshell. ***

    • AlbertInTucson

      “…said the pot to the kettle.”

      Um, pass the asterisk sign, please.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    Si, if the draft is in Chicago and you’re a new-rookie GM of the Chicago Bears…do you have the attributes to trade down if need be ?

    • CanadaBear

      Why would the draft location make any difference? Everything I’ve read makes it sound like Pace is a super prepared person. I’d like to think he would have just about every scenario covered for the first rd.

      • BearDown100393

        Home crowd lynch mob scenario.

        • CanadaBear

          I get that but like the old saying goes, if you start listening to the crowd pretty soon you’ll be sitting with them. I just can’t see Pace being swayed by the fans.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            I never said that. I think it’s added pressure, though. All the hype…

          • CanadaBear

            I’m sure there is some added pressure but I just don’t see Pace being affected by it.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Me neither.

          • AlbertInTucson

            I don’t think there’s bleachers in each teams war room.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        there’s already tons of pressure on a new GM. The Draft location adds to that… I believe so.

    • Bear Down in Tampa
  • CanadaBear

    Hub wants to move Fuller to Safety. The grades aren’t pretty.

    http://www.csnchicago.com/bears/making-grade-breaking-down-bears-secondary-2014

    • Trac

      The dude was a reach by Emery in the first round to fill a need. I don’t think any of Emery’s picks in the 1st round weren’t a reach. He may pay out but only time will tell.

      I’m willing to accept Long may have been worth it if he continues to be a leader. We definitely need some more of those.

      • CanadaBear

        I think Jeffery was a really good pick, Long was a great pick and Fuller a decent pick. if he played safety he’d have to bulk up a bit. I think he’s about 190 lbs. I’m trying not to get down too much on any of the picks because of the train wreck aspect but it’s hard to get too excited about most of them.

        • Trac

          Not saying those players aren’t good, My comments were strictly directed at Emery’s 1st round picks and where the players he chose were selected. I think Emery was a peg off on who he chose, and when he chose them. I have no problem with the Jeffrey pick in the 2nd round. I would argue that you don’t draft a guard in the 1st round(long) and that going for Fuller in the 1st when our front seven was so suspect, was unfortunate. Emery zigged when he should have zagged.

          http://www.nfl.com/draft/2014/profiles/kyle-fuller?id=2543681

          http://www.nfl.com/draft/2014/profiles/c.j.-mosley?id=2543464

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Emery drafted an OLB with the 1st round draft pick in 2012. He drafted 2 other LBs in the 2nd and 4rd round in 2013 Draft.

            Your claim is he should have drafted another LB in 2014 with pick 14.

            This is insanity.

          • CanadaBear

            Insanity as long as PE was picking. All 3 picks have turned out to be stiffs. Maybe Bostic develops but after 2 years he hasn’t shown much. CD isn’t a lock to make the roster this year and Greene will probably get released.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            That’s a different thing. A GM can’t keep picking players in a certain position every year. He first has to see what he was in the other and then he can fire the coach responsible for their lack of production.

          • CanadaBear

            Well the coach got fired (and the HC and the GM). Those guys better start balling or they’re going to be next.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Detroit had to wade thru Charles Rogers and Mike Williams (USC) as first round flops before they grabbed Megatron. Just sayin’.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            don’t forget Roy Williams also. 3 straight 1st round picks on WRs.

          • CanadaBear

            PE was bad but he wasn’t Matt Millen bad.

          • AlbertInTucson

            “Matt Millen Bad”

            Creative insult.

            Fair to say Matt is now the poster boy for “Bad GM” ?

          • willbest

            I almost got the feeling that Greene and Mel Tucker had issues. Sure he looked lost in his rookie season, but he looked better when he got to play last year but they spent a lot of time avoiding him.

            Then again there seemed to be a command from on high that Emery’s first two rounds were to be on the field if they were healthy.

          • Bear Down in Tampa

            It is insanity because we were playing a 4-3 front but we drafted LB’s like we were playing a 3-4.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            if that’s true, it’s a genius move now that the Bears will likely transition to a form of 3-4.

          • Bear Down in Tampa

            Meant quantity moreso than quality, but I think 1 of those 3 (McClellin, Bostic or Greene) has a renaissance under the new staff. That isn’t based on anything other than pure optimism.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            are we talking about draft strategy or player quality ?

          • CanadaBear

            I was stunned by the Long pick but love the results. I’m guessing he’ll play tackle in the near future. Kromer loved to have his best OL men from guard to guard. With a new OC he might be on the move. He didn’t give up a sack this year, is a great guy who will probably turn into a real leader on the O. Love his attitude. I could see them moving him to LT and put Bushrod over at RT.

      • He was the top CB on many teams’ boards and was not a reach at all. People forget that, in the first 6 weeks, he had 3 INT, 3 FF, and shut down Michael Crabtree, Julio Jones, and Kelvin Benjamin.

        Basically he looked like the best defensive rookie in the NFL until he got hurt. While playing on a shit-tastic defense.

        • Trac

          Problem is he was graded out to be drafted 30th or 2nd round. We took him at 14th. I don’t like leaving money on the table.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            graded out by who… we routinely see players drafted higher and lower than their “Grade”, The only time i take “grade” into account is when there is a significant difference.

          • Trac

            Everyone knew the draft was thin at his position. There were no clear standouts. It’s just my opinion that Emery had a tendency to jump the gun. I am very interested to see how the players he selected will perform with this new coaching staff. We will find out soon enough.

          • 1) If you like him, he’s not gonna be there with your next pick. Trades aren’t always possible.

            2) Most mocks I saw had him in round 1, many at or around the Bears pick. Many draft guys thought he would be Chicago’s pick if they went CB in round 1.

          • willbest

            This is silliness. You think CBS or ESPN has millions of dollars of proprietary software, a department of moneyball guys, and scouts who collectively have 200+ years of experience evaluating player talent?

            The media collectively doesn’t put 1/3rd the resources of 1 NFL team into draft analysis. Why would you even consider what they have to say. And then two days after the draft they grade out each team based on their guesses, and then are proven to be spectacularly wrong more often than they are right.

          • Trac

            Dude, we disagree on strateegery, give it a rest.

          • willbest

            What we disagree on is which set of experts are more qualified. I tend to think the guys whose job depends on getting it right are more qualified than the guys whose job is to generate interesting content to drive advertising. And you somehow think the reverse is true.

            The truth is nobody has any idea. All we know about Fuller is that he wasn’t at the top of 13 draft boards.

      • willbest

        I don’t know how you can argue he was drafted to fill a need when we had a massive hole up the middle at DT, Mike, and Safety.

        I also don’t know how you can consider him a reach when he was by most accounts a top 3 CB prospect, and arguably was the best rookie secondary player this year after the fact.

        • Trac

          His draft grade did not have him going where he went and it turned out to be correct. Emery deserves to be ho slapped for passing up on Mosley.

          • willbest

            If it was 100% without question the obvious choice, Mosley wouldn’t have even made it to 14 let alone 17 when he was drafted. Oh and do you think Mosley would have looked that good under the tutelage of Mel Tucker sandwiched between old man Briggs and chicken dinner?

            Here is what I consider a draft win. If the 2014 draft were held today, would you be able to draft the same player in the slot. Because you really don’t get a clear sense of how anybody is going to turn out based on a couple exhibition games against similar level talent and the slave auction measurement day.

          • Bear Down in Tampa

            After 1 year? Really? You can’t compare Mosley’s successes this year on a loaded Ravens LB core (he’s playing with Suggs and Dumervil to the outside of him and Daryl Smith next to him) to Fuller flashing on a defense with a bunch of flunkies in the secondary. Did Fuller hit a rookie wall, yeah? But who else in the Bears secondary in 2014-15 would have been a starter for a playoff team?

          • Trac

            I saw the LB train wreck from a mile away before the draft. Why do you think I wanted Mosley so badly? I believe on D, you shore up the front 7 first.

          • Bear Down in Tampa

            That’s fair, but one of the main knocks on Mosley was the injury red flag (ironic that I’m using this argument in defending the drafting of Kyle Fuller). Let’s see how his body holds up after playing 1000+ snaps last year.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        This is nonsense. He was the best CB in the draft. Picking the best CB at pick 14 is a reach ? Since when ?

        PS: I’ll remember this post and I’ll get it out when the time comes.

    • NewBearInTown

      Hub wanted Peanut to play safety too. Fuller played amazing for a rookie till he got hurt. Then he still played well enough to be a starter on most teams even though he was injured the rest of the season.

      • CanadaBear

        I thought he looked lost the last month and a half. Maybe it was the injury.

        • willbest

          Keep in mind in the last month he went against Megatron twice, and Dez Bryant once.

          • CanadaBear

            No doubt but he was barely in the same zip code on some of those plays.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Fair say Hub also would be happy to see the Bears continue to fail miserably?

  • Anonymous Yahoo Poster

    BearDown100393, are you military or ex-military?

  • Jack Lacan

    AlbertinTucson – go to http://chicagocrimescenes.blogspot/2009/01mahattan-brewing-company.html
    for Canadian Ace details…an outstanding beer with more than ninety-six calories.

  • T’Challa

    Looking forward to a competent coaching staff again.

  • NewBearInTown

    If we go safety, there is really only one guy projected to go in the first round. Landon Collins. If this Walterfootball report in accurate, I would not take him at #7.

    http://walterfootball.com/scoutingreport2015lcollins.php

    I share the blog sentiment that we desperately need an upgrade at the safety position. But this guy sounds like a strong safety, not a free safety. We need a true free safety that can play single high coverage. This guy is not that guy. Second round sure, but not with a top 10 pick.

    • my dream draft scenario: Mariota falls to #7, Philly trades Chicago 1st (20th overall) and 3rd this year, 1st next year to move up and get him. At 20, either Landon Collins or Alvin Dupree is there for the Bears.

      The odds of that happening are extremely remote, but it would make me so happy.

      • NewBearInTown

        Yeah, bottom the first is a good spot for Collins. A strong safety is certainly a good add, but we need help in coverage a lot more than an eighth man in the box.
        So far I still like Erik Kendriks at #7, but I’m just starting to look at the supposedly stacked class of D-linemen.

      • BerwynBomber

        Of course if this happens I wonder what the odds are on Mariota becoming a 15 year franchise QB. Btw, I’m not as down on Mariota as some on this blog. Wanna see more — mainly regarding his arm strength and ability to work thru progressions — but he strikes me as a kid who could be a quick study.

    • willbest

      I would rather spend it on an OT and then throw money at Devin McCourty.

    • Irish Sweetness

      He’ll probably go late twenties, can’t trust these mocks. Still, if we get an extra pick or trade down, I’d still like him. Mundy turns 30 in a few days.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Fines dished out for end of Super Bowl Brawl. Chump change.

  • GPLDAN

    I’m surprised Jeff isn’t organizing a Draft Day party. Everybody wear Kevin Costner masks to the gala.

    • MikeBrownhadaPosse

      The one a few years back was epic – and now that it’s going to be in town, yeah, it seems like a no-brainer to hold another one.

  • Shady

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog

    “Stop it. I work in theatre. Spend my life around gay people. NFL coaches would employ someone who bangs goats if he helped em win”

    Both these players look like goat bangers:

    http://www.youdubber.com/index.php?video=mDp-ABzpRX8&video_start=167&audio=mDp-ABzpRX8&audio_start=167

  • AlbertInTucson

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog

    “Stop it. I work in theatre. Spend my life around gay people. NFL coaches would employ someone who bangs goats if he helped em win”

    Really. Let’s move on. Gay or not, Sam is just another one of a LOT of football players who were outstanding or even GREAT collegians whose game just did not translate to Sundays.

    All you have to do is run down the list of Heisman Tropy winners to see THAT.

    Archie Griffin won TWO Heismans but his NFL career was middling, at best. He lasted 7 years but he never rushed for more than 700 yards in a season and had exactly three 100 rushing days.

    Another “If it helped th’em win” case in point: The Bills just signed Richie Incognito.

    • willbest

      I could understand not making the Rams. They have arguably the deepest d-line in the league. In fact, if I were going to make up a conspiracy it would have been the NFL ordered the Rams (a nice mid market team away from the national media) where he wouldn’t really have a shot of making the team in exchange for an additional comp pick this year (since nobody knows how that formula works anyway).

      But then Sam failed at the cowboys. A team whose defense was held together by gum, spit, and a can do attitude.

      That being said, I would be surprised if he doesn’t make some teams 90-man, but his demonstrated skill to date doesn’t warrant locking him before you see who you can get from the next crop of talent that will soon be available.

      • NewBearInTown

        I suspect he will be like Tim Tebow. A popular underdog story, but ultimately short on talent. He’s good enough that folks argue for him to make a 90 man roster, but he isn’t good enough to make the team. After a few teams give him a shot, the league just moves on.
        Sam might make a team this year and then get cut before the regular season. If that happens, I doubt he comes back again next year.

  • Cormonster

    Does anyone know if there is a breakdown somewhere of all current NFL players by draft position and the number of players at each draft spot? It would be interesting to see the breakdown.

  • EnderWiggin

    This article is probably bullshit (NBC *chuckle), but it can give us hope that the Pack may be “experimenting” next season.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/02/08/report-packers-considering-changes-to-offensive-staff-play-calling-responsibilities/

    • Johnnywad

      That’s great. They scored more points than the rest of the league last season and they’re going to relieve their head coach of calling plays for HIS offense. Classic. Good luck with that.

    • CanadaBear

      Had to laugh at some of the comments. It reminded my why I hate the BiQueens more than the Fudgies. Queens trolls are out and bragging about being the champs next year and soon a dynasty.

  • John Doe

    MSN Sports @MSNSports · 4h4 hours ago

    Greg Hardy reportedly will not return to the Panthers next season, making him a free agent: http://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/other/report-greg-hardy-will-not-return-to-panthers/ar-AA98Fl8

    Another benefit of hiring John Fox. Fox drafted Greg Hardy. If he is acquitted, he is worth going after. And after all the off-field issues Hardy might want to play for a coach who knows him. Willie Young will likely spend 2015 on IR.

    • NewBearInTown

      I haven’t looked at the cap situation yet, but I do wonder if we’ll have the cash for a signing like that. But if he wants a one year prove it deal like Avril signed a couple years ago in Seattle (for like $5M), then I’m all about it.
      Has Hardy played in a 3-4?

      • John Doe

        The projected cap figure for 2015 is $138 million. With that, Bears have $28 million in cap space…ninth highest in the league.

        There was a report last year that the 2015 cap could be as high as $145 million and the cap could go to $150-160 million in 2016.

        Let’s say Bears have $28 million. Setting aside $5 million for the draft class and $3 million for in-season emergencies would leave Bears with $20 million for 2015 free agents.

        A lot can be done for $20 million with creative, back-loaded contracts. For example, Allen contract will be off the books in 2016 freeing up even more space and Cutler contract will be off the books in 2017.

        • willbest

          Of course by 2017 you will be paying Jeffery 10 mil a year, and Long 5-6 and if Willie Young returns to form probably another 6-7 a year for him. Plus you will probably be extending Ego or Fuller.

          • NewBearInTown

            And that is why “creative back-loaded contracts” are not a good plan. We need to build a complete team – that means retaining talent and not getting into painful contract disputes caused by cap problems.
            Plus, a player like Hardy shouldn’t be signing a back-loaded contract. That means that we’re (a) giving him a multi-year deal in the wake of serious character concerns, and (b) making it that much worse for the team if we have to cut him.

        • you’re forgetting money allotted for Chicago’s draft picks. They’re sitting at just under $23M right now assuming a $142M cap, per spotrac.

        • I really hope Pace doesn’t borrow from his mentor Loomis and start backloading contracts. I don’t want to be in a NO situation in 3 years where they have to cut productive guys every year because their GM has screwed their cap over.

          • Bear Down in Tampa

            I’m a big Pay as you go guy myself. Backloading contracts is asking for trouble.

          • EnderWiggin

            Lets hope they keep Cliff Stein. That’d be a good start on the accounting front.

          • Pace specifically mentioned leaning on Stein for cap management help in his introductory press conference, which made me very happy.

          • Hope not. We have a pretty good accountant in Stein at Halas, though obviously it takes two to tango, and if a GM forces certain players, then it doesn’t matter who’s drawing up the contract (Cutler, Allen, Houston…)

  • AlbertInTucson

    DRAFT DAY = Bad movie.

    OK, Blogfather, I think we get it.

    • BearDown100393

      A football movie is not legit until an eyeball is scooped off the field and placed in a plastic bag.

      • AlbertInTucson

        As far as I am concerned, when it comes to football movies, there’s North Dallas Forty and then there’s everything else.

  • CanadaBear

    Watched the Grammy’s and as usual, ho-hum. AC/DC were fun and Annie Lennox killed it singing the Screaming Jay Hawkins classic, I Put a Spell on You. Other than that, not much for an old fart to see or hear. Why give Lifetime Achievement Awards to artists and then play a 5 second clip. Would it kill a 3.5 hour show if they went all crazy and had them perform 1 song each (if they’re still alive and performing)? Had to laugh at how awkward it must have been for Sam Smith to win a boatload of awards for plagiarising a Tom Petty song. I’m sure Tom Petty is saying Ka-Ching because he’s getting royalties from that song but everyone is lucky he was so gracious about the whole thing.

    • Cormonster

      I had it taped and zipped through for the performances. I had to fast forward most of them after a minute or less. Most of the Grammy performances remind me of the shitty school musical variety shows I was forced to sit through. Funny, most of my friends who really like the Grammy’s are the same people who used to perform in those shitty school performances.

      Like you said, AC/DC was cool. No shit, when I heard the Sam Smith song, I thought it was a cover that I had heard before. When I looked it up, I seen Petty as a songwriter. It was only later on that I seen it was VERY similar to a Petty song that he ripped off.

      I don’t even know why I bother spending any time on that show. It’s always crap to me and boring. I agree on having performances by the Lifetime folks.

      • AlbertInTucson

        I move that we have now seen everything posted about THE GRAMMYS that we need to see.

      • CanadaBear

        I did the same thing. Recorded it and buzzed through it. Every now and then something awesome happens.

    • NewBearInTown

      I’ve listened to the Tom Petty and Sam Smith stuff quite a bit. I will say the following:
      1. I’m not a big fan of Tom Petty’s music.
      2. I’m not a big fan of Sam Smith’s music.
      3. Both songs in question are fine, not amazing, though both will be played on the radio for years to come.
      4. I hate that Tom Petty sued Smith; I hate that similar melodies are enough to be considered derivative works; I hate that Smith settled; I hate the whole thing. In jazz, “quoting” another artist was considered a compliment. The two songs would never be considered the same, even if the Smith melody may be similar to Petty’s. But what Petty did to Smith does not promote the arts, it restricts them. I hope he loses more money from the bad press than he makes off the royalties.

      • Didn’t even know about the Petty-Smith controversy. Googled it.

        Sounds pretty similar to me.

        Still, I often wonder if there’s only a finite amount of melodies, etc with basically the same instruments, esp those that appeal to the human ear.

        Just a thought.

        I couldn’t care less about the grammys. I listen to, lets say, off-radio music.

      • CanadaBear

        I heard a link that slow downed the Sam Smith song and lowered the pitch of Tom Petty’s. Then they overlaid the 2 songs. You could only hear one song. Pretty damning evidence. If Smith didn’t settle it wouldn’t have ended well for him.

  • Trac
  • Bear Down in Tampa

    If we are just broncos mid-west, then I say we just say screw it and sign Eddie Royal.

  • Bear Down in Tampa

    Also, not that Jeff needs anymore ammo but Ravens actually did a very smart thing in signing Will Hill. They got him on the cheap last year because of his “issues” and now they can keep him on the cheap this year because he’s only a Restricted Free Agent. The 1st round tender will only cost them about $3.5M depending on the cap. So if he performs like he did last year, that’s 2 years of high-level safety play for about $4MM, that’s quite the bargain and one of the many reasons that regardless of who the coach has been that defense has always been good. Also, why Sweaty Teddy should have been fired and replaced with Ozzie Newsome.

  • John Doe

    John Fox, Ryan Pace..get to work. Hardy and Allen as bookend DEs on 4-3 fronts will be pretty darn good.

    ProFootballTalk @ProFootballTalk · 3h3 hours ago

    Case against Greg Hardy dismissed http://wp.me/p14QSB-9HM1

    ProFootballTalk @ProFootballTalk · 3h3 hours ago

    With charges dismissed, Greg Hardy’s atop the free agent defensive end market http://wp.me/p14QSB-9HM8

    • NewBearInTown

      I think it is very likely that Jared Allen is released before the season. The guy just isn’t justifying his production.

      • John Doe

        No. Thanks to Phil Emery the contract is such that there is no getting around the cap hit. They will have to keep him for 2015.

        • it was always a 2 year, $15.5M deal. It was set up such that he was cheap in 2014 ($3M cap hit) and they would pay for it in 2015 with a fully guaranteed $12.5M cap hit. Bears have plenty of cap space this year still and a number of big contracts that will be up and/or can be moved on from easily after 2015.

    • I think it is very likely you see the Bears go for multiple mid-level free agents (more of the Willie Young/Martellus Bennett type contracts) than the huge name guys. Pace said he wants to fill needs so he can go BPA in draft, and that means 3-4 starters in FA on D.

      • not to mention Hardy is still not out of hot water with the NFL, and could have a suspension incoming. There is no doubt that he beat the shit out of his GF (even if he paid her off so they can’t prove it legally), and the NFL is making a push to seem like they care about domestic violence for PR purposes.

        Plus the guy clearly has anger management issues and I’d be hesitant to drop huge money on somebody like that since he could end up doing it again, and (aside from the moral part) from a football standpoint that’s a very risky investment because he could be useless to you in the future. Carolina paid him $13M of their cap (nearly 10%) for 1 game this year.

        • John Doe

          No harm in trying to get him on a cheap 1 year prove it deal given his situation.

          • no harm in trying that, no, but unlikely to succeed. He’s the top 4-3 DE available on the market.

  • John Doe

    Aaron Rodgers wins MVP of the year. Jake Cutler wins MUP of the year.

    Walter Cherepinsky @walterfootball · 14h14 hours ago

    NFL Awards posted today: #Bears QB Jay Cutler is Most Unimportant Player; #Saints TE Jimmy Graham, Scrub of the Year- http://walterfootball.com/awardsnfl2014.php

    • GPLDAN

      Past Winners of this Award:
      2013: Trent Richardson, RB, Colts
      2012: Randy Moss, Terrell Owens, Chad Johnson, WRs
      2011: Albert Haynesworth, DT, Patriots/Buccaneers
      2010: Terrell Owens, WR, Bengals
      2009: QB Dog Killer, QB, Eagles
      2008: Plaxico Burress, WR, Giants
      2007: Michael Vick, QB, Falcons
      2006: Randy Moss, WR, Raiders
      2005: Terrell Owens, WR, Eagles
      2004: Kevan Barlow, RB, 49ers
      2003: Keyshawn Johnson, WR, Buccaneers
      2002: Barrett Robbins, C, Raiders
      2001: Randy Moss, WR, Vikings
      2000: Deion Sanders, CB, Redskins

      • John Doe

        Elite company for the elite Jake Cutler.

      • I’m not sure who of all them is the worst teammate.
        Deion Sanders perhaps isn’t that bad, but man, that is la creme-de-la-creme of douchebaggery.

        Imagine having them all in the same room.

        • GPLDAN

          Moss, Vick and Cutler.

          48 Hours Part 3. Nick Nolte stars as the precinct captain and Eddie Murphy has to steward the three most hateful asswipes to a minimum security penitentiary. But their krew (Owens, Burress) want to break them out of the joynt.

    • this is the same Walter Football who said firing Trestman was a mistake “because he was saddled with Jay Cutler.” You’ll excuse me if I ignore him whenever he’s talking about Cutler, as he obviously has no idea what he’s talking about.

      • NewBearInTown

        He also used to bang the drum for teams to pick up Tim Tebow in FA a couple of years ago. But there’s a lot of value on the site as a whole.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Happy Birthday, John Fox.

    • Trac

      A lot of great guys were born in February. 🙂

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