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FrontRowTickets.com Game Preview: And So Begins the Final Four…

| December 11th, 2015

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(Battling a demon virus this week so the game preview is abbreviated.)

Robbie Gould let the wind out of the sails of Bears fans last Sunday, shanking a game-winning chip shot worse than early 2015 Tiger Woods. But I’d expect the crowd to be fired up for the Redskins Sunday – a team that desperately needs the game.

THE GAME POEM

On the last bar stool to the left he sat,

For fifteen years in an orange and blue hat

A power lifter and reverend to his right,

And an endless amount of draught Coors Light

Fifteen years goes by in a blink

With the same stool, same people, same drink

Yesterday it was a title he’d choose

Now he’d like em to win as many as they lose

THOUGHTS ON THE WASHINGTON REDSKINS

  • Washington is every bit as bad a road team as San Francisco, losing all five of their road games by a combined 162-86.
  • Injuries across the defensive front (Stephen Paea, Jason Hatcher…etc) have severely limited the Redskins pass rush. On Monday night against the wretched Matt Cassel the ‘Skins managed just a single sack and (by my count) no additional hits. If they couldn’t muster a rush in that must-win, prime time affair, you’d have to be surprised to see them come after Cutler consistently Sunday.
  • Kirk Cousins at home and Kirk Cousins on the road are vastly different individuals.

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A THOUGHT ON THE NAME “REDSKINS”

It’s a football team. Why not just change it? Seriously, who gives a shit? I find the whole idea of these teams having mascots at all ridiculous. Oh, it’s the Chicago BEARS! They’re a bunch of a guys. Why are they bears?

WATCH OUT FOR DESEAN JACKSON

Jackson is a game-breaking return man and while the Bears have been far better in coverage the last few weeks, I’m not ready to completely buy into the reformation. If Pat O’Donnell gives Jackson multiple chances to beat the Bears, there’s a good chance he’ll do it.

And here is the greatest moment of his career:

THREE BEARS OF INTRIGUE

  • Will any Bears fan not be concerned when Robbie Gould lines up for his first field goal Sunday? Hell, won’t you be concerned when he lines up for his first extra point? Do I believe Gould is done as Bears kicker? No. Could I change my mind over the next four weeks? Yes.
  • Adrian Amos is coming off his worst game of the season (as are the Bears, really, if you don’t count James Clausen’s  involvement). We have seen players – Fuller, Goldman, Houston – rebound off poor performances all year. Amos needs to do the same or we will all be reading about the “rookie wall” on Monday morning.
  • The Redskins want to run the ball. A lot. The Bears have struggled to stop it all season. Shea McClellin has the confidence of the coaching staff while drawing media and fan skepticism. Honestly, for his first year at the position, he’s been mediocre. And I expect the Bears to bring him back. But no player on this defense could use a strong final month more than McClellin.

GAME PREDICTION

Bears didn’t respond when a chance to have a season was within their grasp. They harness the frustration of one week ago and grind out a much-needed home win.

Chicago Bears 23, Washington Redskins 18

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  • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

    With the season pretty much in their control the Bears went up by 7 with 3 minutes and 30 seconds to go and proceeded to let Gabbert drive the length of the field WITH EASE. Let’s be honest, it was a kind of ugly game but with flashes of competency. At least 3 if not 4 games were pissed away this year by the defense but it just reaffirms for me that with a strong DEFENSIVE draft for Fangio to play with, the introduction of Kevin White as a top pick, a solid FA class and we’ll be poised for alot more consistent success in 2016.

    • Scharfinator

      The defense pissed away? They gave up 14 points in regulation last week. Any team should win with that.

    • MB30SD

      Agree. We’re just missing some pieces this year. Like decent inside linebackers and a single uninjured fucking WR ever.

      I’m already moving my chips to next year and not worrying about the miracle puzzle that needs to happen this year. I’m just going to enjoy watching the last few games without heated expectations.

      2016 baby!

    • Fangio is making chicken salad out of chicken shit this year. I can’t wait to see what he does with some real ingredients.

  • The GP

    Stephen Paea is injured? Go figure.

    • MB30SD

      Dude, he did 49.

      Do you even bench?!

  • BillW

    Question for the blog – especially those who follow college football – with a short set up first.

    I think we can assume that the procedure done for Kevin White worked in the medical sense. That is, the rod inserted in his leg was necessary to heal the fracture. It also may have necessary for him as an athlete but maybe not for those not involved in a physically stressful job.

    Anyway, having a rod in your leg is not normal. It has to make SOME difference I have to assume.

    That said, what are Kevin White’s strengths as a receiver? I believe it’s burst, speed etc. If he loses any of that, what do the Bears have at receiver vs what they thought they were getting?

    Is Kevin White “just” a burner? Or does he also have smarts? Is he good at getting open when contested or just good at outrunning his man? Can he make difficult catches? Contested catches? Is he strong and fast or just fast.?

    Or will we need to get a “Kevin White” type to complement him and Alshon?

    I could read up on this but actually I trust a lot of people on here more than I do the media.

    • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

      Kevin White is (was) a raw physical specimen. He strength is not route running because he wasn’t asked to do that a ton in college. He will learn the nuances of the NFL game in time. Hopefully he doesn’t lose too much speed and burst now that he is part titanium.

      • MB30SD

        he said jump balls

    • He can win jump balls too, using big size and leaping ability just like Alshon does.

      Honestly, his speed didn’t show up all that much in the college film I saw. Even a WVU blogger who talked about him on Windy City Gridiron after the draft said he didn’t realize White was that fast after he ran a 4.35 40 at the Combine. His route running in college was pretty poor (very raw), which can mask that kind of speed. Hopefully he can learn to play faster in the NFL.

      • here’s the exact quote

        Windy City Gridiron – Before the NFL Combine, many scouts were questioning White’s top end speed, but then he went out and ripped off a 4.35 forty yard dash to silence the critics. Did White’s 4.35 speed translate to the football field?

        The Smoking Musket – White’s forty time was a big shock, especially with him outrunning fellow WVU star Mario Alford. The more I thought about it, though, the less I was floored by it. He was tremendous at getting separation on deep routes like streaks and posts, and had a few really nice plays on screens this season where he just outran everyone else. So, yeah, the game tape definitely backs up the 40 time. Cutler will enjoy having a giant, football playing bird of prey like Kev to throw to.

        http://www.windycitygridiron.com/2015/5/13/8603995/chicago-bears-kevin-white-2015-nfl-draft

        • that makes sense then. His speed shows up on plays where he just runs, with or without the ball in his hands, but not so much when he has to do routes. So that’s something he’ll need to work on improving.

      • Johnnywad

        God damn. I hope he’s not just Big Devin Hester.

        • He’s got pretty good hands, I think, but IMO the bust factor is high with him becuase he’s raw.

          He’s basically going to be Demaryius Thomas or a scrub, with little room in between IMO. I wouldn’t be shocked if he’s a star. I wouldn’t be shocked if he’s a bust. I would be shocked if he ends up as just a guy, a solid WR2/3.

  • BillW

    Jeff seemed to get a vibe that Kevin White was going to be activated. But every reporter I ever read (respected and otherwise) said it was unlikely. I’m just curious what made you think he was going to be activated?

    Your tweet says “why sign his praises…” Because maybe they are proud of the work and attitude the guy has and they don’t want the fan narrative to be he was a wasted draft choice.

    • Most reporters were starting to say that it seemed to be trending towards him playing this year. That was really a change in the last couple days as the Bears started to involve White in team drills.

    • DaBearsBlog

      Cutler flat out said it will be good to have him the last four games. In words.

      • BearDown100393

        What else was he to say?

      • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

        I think he had a small setback. More pain than he thought.

  • willbest

    Jeff you naïve twit. If they change the name of the Redskins they won’t be applauded for being conscious of other cultures. Nor will the issue be resolved and these people go away. It will be taken as a conviction of racial insensitivity for which the organization will need to atone. Most certainly with money to disadvantage groups but also to the parasites that have been attacking the Redskins in the form of no work-no show “consulting” and diversity jobs. But also there is a good chance they move on to Donald Sterling approach of a forced sale.

    • Scharfinator

      Poor language… but I understand your sentiments.

    • BearDown100393

      The owner is more offensive than the name.

      • CanadaBear

        I think it’s a tie.

        • Doc Nitty

          I guess I’m just an insensitive asshole but I hope they never change the name.

          • Trac

            Doc, this is dangerous territory. I agree.

          • CanadaBear

            My issue isn’t what a bunch of white guys think about it but what Native Americans think about it. If they say it’s offensive to them (and let’s be honest, a lot of them say this is offensive) it should be changed. I’m pretty sure all the Washington fans would survive a name change.

          • Trac

            Skin pigmentation should never allow one culture to slander another. I could care less about their lawyering on this issue. I reject their argument and refuse to allow Native Americans to label fine law abiding Americans “racist” because of an ignorant libelous accusation that assaults the constitution upon which this great Nation was founded.

          • CanadaBear

            Blah, blah, blah. It’s offensive to native Americans and that should be enough to change it. Wrap yourself in the flag all you want, it’s still offensive.

          • Trac

            It’s the law Canada. When feelings trump the law, you have mob rule. I strongly disagree with your feelings on this one. Hahaha. I still love you buddy.

          • Sactowns#1

            AMEN!

          • MB30SD

            I would like them to change their names to the Washington lawyers or Washington doctors. In lieu of the Washington jews

          • willbest

            If the Native Americans didn’t want to be referred to as Redskins they should have slaughtered all the paleskin invaders as they were getting off the boat.

          • CanadaBear

            If they had a do over …

          • Johnnywad

            But it’s his business. His privately held business. On that merit alone, and that’s a big one, shouldn’t he be allowed to choose the name of his business however he likes? It’s not like Native Americans are somehow forced to consume his product.

    • Trac

      No comparison to Sterling ‘ s situation except for the fact that both men really have acted like horses asses of the years.

      • willbest

        You are right. This is far and away worse if you admit that its wrong.

        See Sterling told his eye candy he didn’t appreciate her hanging out with all the black guys on her instagram because he was getting shit about it back at the country club (I am paraphrasing). Racists he may be, but that was his private dealings.

        If you admit that the name redskin is offensive, you are basically admitting that you have been turning a profit on your bigotry. I can’t see why any justification on why you should keep your team if that were the case.

        • BillW

          I will say that is the most compelling argument I’ve heard for keeping the name. not being sarcastic. If Snyder changes it, we’d all say “how did ti suddenly become racist when you always said it wasn’t?”

          • willbest

            Which is exactly why people would force him to sell the team. It would be best for the NFL if he sold the team to a new owner and the new owner said, my team, I like the name Coursers (or whatever) better. Unfortunately, Snyder is a youngin.

          • SC Dave

            Honestly, only a tiny minority gives a fuck.

  • MB30SD

    There’s one for Irish in there: http://www.mandatory.com/2015/12/11/the-ultimate-guide-to-foolproof-pickup-lines/

    Some good ones. Go to it ’85

    • SC Dave

      My favorite was the dinner iinvitation.

      • MB30SD

        This one is crude, but made me LALZ: “There will only be seven planets left after I destroy Uranus.”

        Similar to… soooo, are you into fitness….

        • MB30SD

          Also reminds me of my very favorite my buddy tells chicks as a joke (once he’s already broken the ice and has them locked)

          Him out of nowhere: Btw, I hope you have pet insurance babe

          Drunk (5- 7) chick at bar: Huuuhhhhhh??!?

          Him: Cause I’m going to kill your pussy tonight

          Us (drunk): Busting up uncontrollably

          Her: Puzzled look on her face

  • Washington had little pressure on Cassel and they blitzed like crazy in that game. This is the time for Cutler to break out of his mini slump (1 TD, 2 INTs over last 3 games). Royal coming back should only help that.

    • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

      Wood, c’mon bro don’t throw out a stat like that. You watched the games. Is it any more of a slump if Wilson falls into the endzone instead of the 8 inch line?

      • Trac

        Itchy trigger finger? Hahaha.

        • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

          Wood’s too good for that

      • Yeah, it might not be fair to call it a 3-game slump. He was quite good in the first 2.
        But also he’s had 3 straight games now where he’s thrown pretty easily interceptable balls. So in that regards, he might be slumping a bit.

        • BillW

          Carousel of receivers have an impact?

  • Speaking of Shea, Trib this week talked about the no tackles near the line of scrimmage thing that we discussed on here two months ago. Go us!

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/columnists/ct-mulligan-shea-mccellin-bears-spt-1209-20151208-column.html

    • MB30SD

      nice work Data.

      I hereby redouble my shae to the bench (or some other team) next year wagon. Who’s with me… ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

      (dave?)

      • SC Dave

        I’ll continue what I’ve said since day one. What we think it irrelevant. What the coaching staff thinks is not. And we’ll just have to wait and see.

  • willbest

    Bears can’t be eliminated this week with the Vikings loss, and with Atlanta playing the Panthers its likely the Bears could slide into the #8 seed with a win this weekend. What if the reason White wasn’t activated is because he is too raw on his route running and doesn’t have enough time with Cutler to be useful this year.

    • MB30SD

      esssspeculation will.

      What if heez legz just still broke

  • The GP

    This is for MB

    • MB30SD

      That was glorious GP. Thanks my brother!

  • CanadaBear

    Bummer about White but it’s all about next year at this point. The last 3 Chicago GM’s first picks; Mark Columbo, Shea McClellin and Kevin White. Not exactly a murderers row. The first and last seem like decent picks but bad injury luck. CD is meh. Hopefully White is healthy and the real deal next season. If not, the hits keep on coming.

    • SC Dave

      Funny that so far, CD wins easily.

      • CanadaBear

        I see very little humor in that! I think White will develop. Columbo was a decent tackle for the Cowgirls (other than leg whipping Tommie and leading to the end of Tommie’s career).

  • BD

    If it is just a football team and “who gives a shit?” why is “why not just change it?” any stronger of an argument than “why does it have to be changed?”

    And if and when a change is ever forced upon the Redskins, everyone can be damn sure that the Blackhawks will be on the list of the PC Police’s next targets. And that would be a shame as the Blackhawks’ logo is the best in all of sports.

    • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

      the Blackhawks won’t be changed because the term Blackhawk is not racially disparaging. Done.

      • BD

        Your naivety on this score is amusing. After the Redskins, they’ll come for the Blackhawks, the Chiefs, the Indians, the Seminoles, all of them. It’s how they work.

        As for the Redskins, there isn’t a ton of polling on it but what polling there is show that it is a minority (and not even a large one at that) of even Native Americans who believe Redskins is a derogatory term. Those who are seeking the name to be changed (by force of government if necessary, which they have already employed) are in effect seeking the equivalent of the “Heckler’s Veto” with respect to being able to deem for the rest of us what words/language is or is not offensive. Sorry, I’ll pass on that.

        • Sactowns#1

          Please do not insult our intelligence by using lazy logical devices like the slippery slope. Come strong or stay home.

          • Trac

            “I” would never insult your intelligencia sac. Hahaha

          • Sactowns#1

            I appreciate that you usually argue your points in a logical fashion…. usually. haha

        • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

          Blackhawk is a tribe, Redskin is an old racist description of a native American indian. I’m all for the skins name change but blackhawks is going nowhere. No one is pissed about that name because it doesn’t offend. the Cleveland indian and his huge cartoon nose? that’s offensive.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Negative as per “Tribe’.

            Black Hawk was an historical person.

            War Chief of the Sauk.

        • BillW

          I do think a lot of people who argue for keeping the name change are really drawing a line in the sand regarding hat some people call PC gone crazy.

          But Redskins is a slur. The polling on this is suspect in my semi-professional opinion. A lot has to do with how the question is phrased, how they sample etc

          It doesn’t pass the smell test. Here’s an example – is the term “colored” derogatory? .Most would say no – in fact it was once consider polite. And the NAACP won’t change its name for legacy reasons that in part address that.

          So a poll could reveal that most blacks do not consider it derogatory. And yet most blacks would not wish to be identified as “colored”.

          By the way, can you think of any other sport team that is known as a (arguably) derogatory term describing a group of people?

          Some say The Fighting Irish. I think that’s a stretch. How about Canucks? I used to think that was, but I assume not. Vikings? Of course not.

          Giants? Not a “thing”.

          Midgets – definitely. And many schools using that name are also gradually realizing they have to change.

        • AlbertInTucson

          The Actual Seminole Tribe has already told the PC folks to go screw themselves.

      • BillW

        Yes – somethings really ARE simple.

        This has been brought up an refuted by members of that nation or tribe (sorry I dont’ know the proper term) many times. It’s clearly a sign of respect. Not a slur – no stereotype mascot (though Tommy Hawk comes dangerously close). No Chielf Wahoo or Tomahawk Chop (that even Jane Fonda did!) or Chief Noc-a-homa etc.

        Redskins is considered a slur by the people it refers to, Why is that so difficult?

      • BearDown100393

        The team name was actually changed. It used to be Black Hawks.

  • That Guy

    Related to the Redskins issue…

    A New York football team used to be called the Titans. Then they became the Jets in 1963.

    My question: What’s “cooler” or more expensive: Titans gear from ’62 or Jets gear from ’63. “Titans” is visibly older because its the old name, but people prefer their stuff to actually say “Jets” on it.

    Same question about Decatur Staleys stuff.

    If the value of gear reduces after a name change, it seems to me that the Redskins would want to avoid such a change. If the value increases, there is an argument to make the change happen.

    Same question about the sales figures for teams that have done name changes such as the Hornets to Pelicans switch.

    • Trac

      I still don’t get the angst about their name. I’m 51 and I can honestly say that I have never heard the Washington Redskins name used in a way to where even the slightest hint of racism or disrespect to native indians was intended or implied. If changing the name is a smart business decision then that is an entirely different issue. By the way, if the name ever does get changed, it will be because it will be a smart business decision not because it’s offensive to native americans.

      The other day I read an article about students voting to change the name of a university hall from lynch hall to something less offensive. I believe the hall was named after some dude who helped found the university and due to the upward evolving intellect of today’s future leaders disguised as students, they were having a hard time confusing a lynching with this founders name so it had to go.

      Does anyone seriously think we’re getting smarter as a society? I guess it all depends on the definition of the word “smarter”.

      Thank you, that is all.

      • Doc Nitty

        Nice to agree with you for a change..

      • Sactowns#1

        Well, as an older white male I wouldn’t expect you to understand the feelings or opinions of women, people of color, youth these days etc. Your argument is akin to “I leer at women and undress them with my eyes. If it bothers them they’re just too damn sensitive. It doesn’t bother me if a woman undresses me with her eyes”

      • willbest

        Its not about being offended. Its idolatry. You are seeing people’s public display of their faith. They claim it is in the name of tolerance, but they are decidedly intolerant.

      • That Guy

        I’m not looking at this from a legal or moral perspective. I’m asking a dollars and cents question. Do teams make money or lose money when they rebrand?

        • Trac

          I think a rebrand would have to be pretty snappy for it to make a difference. Rebrand after a SB win maybe. But if the Browns rebranded I doubt very seriously it would make a diff.

  • MB30SD
    • CanadaBear

      Unless I’m missing something, it’s not like the guy was in and out of jail on a routine basis. No doubt something isn’t adding up.

      • Sactowns#1

        Seems pretty straight forward. He was either on drugs or had a mental break. Nobody just jumps up one morning and says “I’m driving to Utah”. So he hits a rock, gets smacked by the airbag and dazed, wanders off into the desert.

        • The GP

          eaten by dogs

        • willbest

          A lot of people with mental issues will self medicate with drugs and alcohol.

          • Johnnywad

            I think many to maybe even most alcoholics are dealing with anxiety and or depression and don’t know what to call it or do about it.

  • Doc Nitty

    Happy Friday. It’s Forward Friday for me. I just wanted to take a moment to thank all of my blog brothers for their ears, and their well wishes. It’s funny because, most of you I’ve never met, yet i still consider you friends (even you Trac). Special thanks to NBIT for the lawyer advice and MB for the always being willing to hear a brother out. This is truly a unique place. Thank you all.

    And so I’m hopeful that today will be the last day I bring down the atmosphere with depressing talk of divorce and shit. I just wanted to say that the wife and I have had THE talk. Shit’s pretty depressing at home and tense as hell, but I can finally see what needs to be done. From this point forward, I’m looking forward only. What’s done is done. The time for healing and looking forward has begun.

    Thank you again.

    Bear Down.

    • CanadaBear

      Good luck Doc! Most of us just want you to be happy, no matter which way you go.

      • BillW

        Could not have said it better. Wishing you the best Doc!

    • Trac

      Great to hear Doc. Wish your wonderful family the best.

    • Sactowns#1

      Way to tackle things head on and not from some obscure, catch you from behind, angle like Chicken Dinner. Takes some cajones to possibly incur the wrath of someone you once loved. Be strong because this is going to go one of two ways. She will either crawl back or try to hurt you and push you away. Either way just let it roll off your back amigo.
      And I must echo your sentiments. While I may have never met most of you I do truly appreciate each and every one of you (except for you Cheesy, you can eat a bag of dicks). The conversations are always lively and the topics always vary. I can say I’ve learned quite a few new things from you gents. (mostly relating to your love of white girls I’ve never heard of but I digress). So here is to this crazy little corner of the internet and the community we’ve built.

      • Johnnywad

        The “Chicken Dinner Angle”.

        Born on this day.

    • Scharfinator

      Good luck and Godspeed. Things will inevitably get harder and more stressful – but like you said, looking forward means you know it will pass.

      You’ve been staring at that bandaid on your dick for too long, now you’ve started to tear it off….. best analogy I can think of. :

    • Celloguy

      So I’ve been a total lurker on this blog for about 3 years now (since the Chicago Trib days) and I never post. I feel like I actually “kinda” know a lot of you guys without ever actually introducing myself, but I feel obligated to say that I’ve been thinking about your situation and I’m sending nothing but good vibes and mojo your way…and I hope that this isn’t the slightest bit creepy…although it might be a LITTLE creepy…

      • Doc Nitty

        Don’t lurk. Come join the party. Come strong or don’t come at all (else you’ll suffer MB’s wrath). And thanks, not creepy at all. No more creepy than me flying to chicago to spend a weekend with a bunch of dudes I met from a blog. One of whom, gives tremendous air-head.

        • Johnnywad

          I’m still amazed not a single one of them was really just trying to Dahmer your ass. Like quarter you and put you in the freezer.

        • Celloguy

          Air head?! I know the story of a bunch of you guys getting kicked out of a bar because of wheaties, but you must enlighten me of that story!

          • Doc Nitty

            Johnny Waffle, MB, MBHP, Shady, Murph, and myself had a fucking awesome dinner at Ditkas on the eve of the game vs GB in, what was it, ought 12? Goddamn that was a good dinner! Anyway, after said dinner we get in a van-cab to go to a bar. At which time Johnny Waffle, quite the funny guy as I recall, proceeds to give me some of the best (only) air head of my life. You know, like air-guitar but with blowjobs? Quite the evening.

            Goddamn that was a good dinner.

      • Johnnywad

        You sound like you’re not a dick. So welcome. We could use a few more positive vibes. Especially on Sundays in the heat of battle. Moreso on Thanksgiving, when we’re beating the Packers. Gets pretty dicey then.

        So how do you feel about gun control, Jesus, and Chris Conte…….and who will you be voting for next fall?

        • Huge Bear’s Penis

          getting a little deep asking about his feelings on Conte so soon. you barely know him, might scare him off.

          • Big Mike

            How he feels about Cutler is really the acid test.

          • Celloguy

            I like Cutler, I think the team is stronger when he plays (duh, right? RIGHT?!).

          • Johnnywad

            If he’s gonna roll here, he needs to know these things. We all know there is no middle ground on these issues. Trial by fire I say.

        • Celloguy

          Ha! Thanks I guess, although I’m definitely a bit of a dick (admitting it makes me less of a dick, right?). I’ve learned that in order to make or keep friends, you don’t talk politics and religion. But I think we can all agree Conte was a dick

          • Johnnywad

            All but one. Duck when Uncle Dave wakes up from his nap.

    • That Guy

      Only the best Doc. Feel free to call if you need to talk again. I wish you only the best.

      • MB30SD

        You sir, are definitely a mensch

  • DSupreme

    TGIF fellas… I booked a flight at the last minute and I’m coming home to Chicago to attend the Bears game on Sunday! I haven’t been to Soldier’s Field since I was a kid so my excitement is through the roof! Hell of a birthday present from the lady I must say. She got us tickets in section 240. Has anyone ever set in that area before? Good/Bad? Anyway, lets get this W on Sunday boys! #BearDown

    • CanadaBear

      Bring home a winner!

    • Doc Nitty

      When was the last game you saw? Vs who?

      • DSupreme

        In Chicago, I can’t even remember . I was like 11 then, so like 91′ probably and was sitting up top… The last Bears game I went to was that disaster last season in Philly. I sat right behind the fuckin’ Bears bench too. We got our asses kicked so bad the Philly fans didn’t even harass me.

    • The GP

      have fun

    • BillW

      Are you kidding? Those are PRIME!

      https://seatgeek.com/venues/soldier-field/seating-chart/?aid=34&pid=323446024&gid=25363588264&rid=aud-147769326304:kwd-274336094&dt=c&ap=1t1&adId=79404010144&gclid=CIO_o_mv1MkCFQesaQodMM8LMg

      And you’re covered – supposed to rain all game. I’m in the North End Zone – 200 level. Just bought a couple ponchos for the game (I decided the Mickey Mouse ones I have won’t cut it.)

      • BillW

        I though it linked to the specific section but I guess not. This is not just a seating chart – when you click on the section (and you can zoom in to see the numbers better) it gives you an actual picture from the middle of that section.

        • DSupreme

          Yeah, that’s what I ended up doing. Thanks for the link.

      • DSupreme

        Yeah those seats look bad ass! My lady came through and did a great job getting seats.

    • Big Mike

      You’ll be in the media deck. It’s a short section. (short walk to concourse, bathrooms etc) It’s covered as well. Might not sound like a big deal, but if it rains, you’ll be the among the happiest people in the stadium. The view is great. Here’s a picture

      http://imgur.com/8RcxBvU

      • SC Dave

        Damn dude… DO NOT ask her how much it cost. Just give her your best lovin’ evah!

  • willbest
  • Bryce Callahan injured in practice yesterday and didn’t practice today. Oy vey.

    • CanadaBear

      FUCK!

      • Bears have had 5 other guys (10% of the team!) suffer injuries that caused them to miss at least 2 games during practice this year: Royal, Rolle, Wilson (missing his 2nd this week, already ruled out), Grasu, and Jeffery (2x). Here’s hoping Callahan isn’t the 6th.
        And WTF are they doing in practice? Geez.

        • Toph

          Not stretching.

          • MB30SD

            Coach?! Is that you coach?!

        • BillW

          “And WTF are they doing in practice.”

          I was going to ask that after Wilson got hurt.

          His was a foot injury. So not likely due to not stretching, though what do I know?

          I’m amazed some reporters aren’t making a deal of this.

        • Big Mike

          Close games that we lose is the best scenario from here out.

      • Big Mike

        Who cares. This season is shot. Callahan is a practice squad guy who will be replaced by another practice squad guy

        • Johnnywad

          Maybe. He might also be your starter there next year. Kid’s played pretty well.

          • Big Mike

            I wasn’t paying attention. I was thinking he was one of the WRs we’ve been trotting out.

        • willbest

          Seasons isn’t over. 6 critical victories remain. And the 4 the Bears are in are the most difficult.

          • Big Mike

            That last loss took the gas out of me.

          • CanadaBear

            I just chalk it up to rebuilding but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed. That one made me thing twice about Fox/staff because they didn’t seem well prepared.

          • BillW

            Yeah – I was saying that all game. I can see the players falling into a “trap” game situation, but it almost seemed like the coaches did too.

          • Big Mike

            I’ve had the whole year chalked up to rebuilding. Then they went and played Denver close and beat the Packers in GB. I thought well let’s rebuild from the playoffs. Now we’ve got the skins coming up and I live in DC. And the skins are terrible and they are playing for first place in their division and the Bears are likely to take their foot off the throttle. Probables become questionable, Questionables go to doubtful and some guys simply get put on IR.

        • MB30SD

          agree on the first two sentences.

          • Big Mike

            Callahan’s not a PS guy? What did I miss.

          • Big Mike

            NM. I was thinking he’s one of the WRs #37 CB is a good player.

          • CanadaBear

            Once he replaced McMannis at nickel, the D started playing a lot better.

          • Big Mike

            You’re right. I had the wrong guy in mind. I liked watching him fly around. McMannis is going to cost us the ball game. Skins pound the rock.

          • CanadaBear

            It’s been a revolving door for sure. Usually by October I’ve got a decent handle on the players/numbers. Every game I’ve seen this year I’ll see a number and go who? Fortunately for the Bears Pace has done a really nice job of bringing in prospects and Fox/staff have done a good job coaching them up. If ever there was a year where constant injuries aren’t a horrible thing, it would be this year. Lots of evaluating going on.

          • McManis won’t play. It would most likely be Porter at nickel with Ball outside in 3 CB sets.

  • willbest

    In other Chicago sports news it appears that Cubs are well on their way to winning the off-season world series by adding Jason Heyward

    • now reportedly looking to trade for one more starting pitcher (likely by moving Jorge Soler), and then sign a CF.

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      FUCK THE CUBS!!!

    • SC Dave

      “Just wait until next year”
      Established 1909

      • CanadaBear

        Everybody and I do mean everybody makes a big deal about this. Like anybody can’t have a bad century. Not to mention, anything that happened before you became a fan means nothing.

  • Huge Bear’s Penis

    since MB’s been slacking here are some facts about Boobs

    http://thechive.com/2015/12/11/facts-about-boobs-because-boobs-23-photos/

    • CanadaBear

      This almost makes up for that nasty post about the Cubbies!

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        sorry, i am a Cards fan.

        • CanadaBear

          I kinda assumed that (or a White Sox fan).

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            i guess i can take a little solace in the fact the Cards are going to get a couple extra draft picks.

          • CanadaBear

            Won’t be a great one from the Cubs due to a good year. The Cards should be OK. I’m constantly amazed how their minor league teams keep sending quality players to the majors.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            they get 2 compensatory picks at the end of the first round. Cubs just lose their first 2 picks. Remember Cubs also signed Lackey.

          • CanadaBear

            Forgot him already! Not very often the Cards lose somebody they wanted to keep. I can’t bitch about losing draft picks after the Cubs tanked a few seasons. Being a longtime Cubs fan I’m pleasantly shocked how well that worked out.

          • Cubs will also get a compensatory 1st round pick if they don’t re-sign Dexter Fowler.

    • MB30SD

      Awesome job lad! Full stars!

    • MB30SD
  • BillW

    Jeff: Two feet down. Possession. Catch

    It may come to that – but then there will be (or at least might be) a lot more fumbles. A guy makes a great leaping catch. Comes down on two feet but falls to the ground (not touched). Ball comes out.

    Today that’s incomplete because he didn’t complete the process. With a simpler rule that’s a fumble.

    But I agree – I’d rather see a few more fumbles.

    Take another view – same idea but he is knocked down. Competed catch because he’s down by contact.

    Same thing out of bounds and of course in the end zone.

    The more I think about it I do hope they go this way. In fact, the league could go back and review and count how many fumbles would have resulted from this rule. And if it’s a lot, oh well.

    • BillW

      OK – I’m not going to obsess over this right now, but it really isn’t as simple as we’d like to be.

      Leaping catch – comes down on his back. Loses the ball. Incomplete? Didn’t come down on two feet. Or in this case does “one knee equal two feet”?

    • willbest

      My really big issue with the catch rule now is that they don’t need to complete the process if they are breaking the plane for a TD. If they catch it anywhere else on the field they have to complete the process. Its utter nonsense.

      My second issue is that possession takes too long. For center to QB, QB to RB it happens instantly. They need to make possession happen quicker (which would result in more fumbles). It also might make it too hard to defend, so perhaps you give the DBs a bit more leeway in the pass interference category.

  • The GP

    Shanny the Red Skinned Tranny would still be the Skin head coach if only he had gotten Cutler like he wanted….

    http://espn.go.com/blog/washington-redskins/post/_/id/22193/failure-to-land-jay-cutler-altered-direction-of-redskins

    • Big Mike

      Kyle Orton sealed the deal. He was seen to be a better #2 than whoever the skins had.

      • The GP

        Neckbeard for the win

        • SC Dave

          Win? Not yet.

    • Trac

      Talk about killing 2 birds with one stone. (He runs to the bunker)

  • The GP

    Tomorrow’s forecast is a downpour for the game at noon.

    They say it should be a giant mudbowl.

    • willbest

      Well they cover the field until about an hour before game time.

      • The GP

        If the Chicago Park District is known for anything, it’s how well they keep Soldier Field.

        #sarcasm

        • AlbertInTucson

          Sarcasm: Just another FREE service provided by Da Bears Blog!

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        my guess is that they will use giant metal shards to keep the tarp in place. just hope they pick them all up this time.

    • TBC

      Tomorrow is Saturday.

  • willbest

    I am guilty of this occasionally, and I know its just the way people speak in off the cuff situations, but it always makes me laugh

    “Zimmer added on Friday, “If I knew (the fumble) was gonna happen, I probably would have done something different, but I thought about kicking the field goal with 13 seconds left on the clock. If we miss the field goal, I’m wrong.”

    If he knew Teddy was going to fumble he probably would have done something different? As in knowingly losing that game would have been something he contemplated if he had some sort of precognition.

    • TBC

      Maybe he is considering the possibility that Teddy could have recovered his own fumble and rumbled into the endzone?

  • MB30SD

    I know it’s a terrible, serious, shittsangwich of a thing/situation… but how fucking amazing is the nickname Chiraq

    • Trac

      Chiraq, a quiet little Jihadist training town in Iran. Sounds peaceful.

      • MB30SD

        Lovely vacation spot I’m sure. Yikes!

        • Trac

          Have you ever been to Chiraq? Hee hee.

          • MB30SD

            The one on lake Michigan, yes.

          • Trac

            Hahaha.

  • MB30SD

    Btw, how amazing is AP (as a running back, not as a dad): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQzni6JZuGw

    • Trac

      In the last 20 plus years we drafted Lach & Briggs, the Packers drafted Rodgers and Clay Mathews, the Lions drafted Sanders and Mega-Tron, and the Queens drafted AP.

      Who did I miss? (Likely Hall of Famers)

      Green Bay has kicked our asses in free agency. There’s the rub.

      • MB30SD

        briggs??!

        rodgers. without him they are just another team having up and down years. Everything else is………. in-con-se-quential.

        • Trac

          Hahaha. Dr. Evil really exists you know?

        • Trac

          I’m kinda with you on Briggs. He might get in on an off year at the HoF in 20 or so years though.

      • Anonymous

        You forgot Woodson and Suh. Suh was drafted; Woodson was an FA. Both will have spent only a chunk of their careers in the NFCN but they did their damage while they are around and are likely HoFers. (Woodson is a lock, Suh has work to do.)

        Briggs won’t get in. Same with Forte and Tillman. But certainly all three would be worthy of a Bears HoF, if Halas or Soldier had such a thing. Or a league-wide of Hall of Very Good.

        Oddly enough, Peppers may some day be a HoFer. His longevity, achievements and recognition point toward that.

        • Trac

          In today’s landscape where evra one gets a trophy, I guess Hester will prolly sneak into the HoF. I forgot about Suh, and that in itself says a lot but yeah, I was thinking “likely” HoFers.

          • That Guy

            Suh and Matthews will both need longevity to get in. Matthews was a beast his first few years in the league, but he’s not as much a national figure anymore. He doesn’t play on a good defense and, while productive, he’s never in discussions for the sack record.

            Hester might sneak in after several years of discussion. Likewise Peppers. Briggs might get a nomination, but I doubt he gets in as the OLB position has evolved to value sack totals more. Lach is not as much of a guarantee as people think, but I suspect he gets in after a couple of years.

            Rodgers will be first ballot. AP will be first ballot. Nobody else recent in our division will get that honor.

            Forte could still sneak in if plays 2-3 good years on a dominant offense (here or elsewhere). But I suspect he’ll go the way of Peanut: awesome player without enough national recognition to merit a spot.

            Suh needs Miami to be good again or he might not have the longevity to get it.

            Megatron should get in, but his TD numbers are low and the WR field is very crowded. If he’s mediocre and resented for his salary for the next 5 years, he could be a surprising snub.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Caught part of A FOOTBALL LIFE: Bruce Arians tonight.

    We knew this already but the show detailed the fact that, of the 7 teams looking for a head coach at that time, The Bears were the FIRST team to contact Arians.

    Arians, on camera, says he “Thought he had the (Bears) job.”

    The catch was that he refused to be told he would have to keep running Lovie’s Tampa-Two defensive scheme.

    Good-bye Bears, hello, Cardinals, and playoff appearances despite a torrent of injuries!

    Hello, Dumpster-Fire Coaching Staff in Chicago!

    Thanks, again, Phil.

    • willbest

      Who would have required it? Emery didn’t draft like he was going to run Lovie’s D.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Remember, part of the plan was to placate veterans on the defense who were mad that Lovie was canned.

      • Trac

        Phil Emery was our Manchurian candidate.

    • Trac

      Yeah Al, I can’t believe we were that close to getting Arians and then Carson Palmer. That would have been awesome. Hee hee.

    • Celloguy

      I thought the whole thing was that he “failed” the practice interview, and Phil didn’t think he was right for the Chicago “media”

    • SC Dave

      Who cares ?! We get Arians and maybe we still have Emery. A clear net loss.

  • MB30SD
    • Trac

      It’s actually kind of a bargain at 500k? When I was in Ventura, 500k could get you a cinder block 6 blocks from the beach in the late 80’s.

      • MB30SD

        the same joint is 2.5 now.

        • The GP

          • MB30SD

            meh

        • Trac

          Yeah man, my Sis sold her house in Newbury Park for 1.7. She’s a nurse. Smh.

          • SC Dave

            That must be where the people buying the bazillions of new houses in Charlotte ‘starting in the mid-700s’ come from.

          • Trac

            Yeah she got lucky. The year after she sold it, the market tanked.

  • BearDown100393

    Quick question about the Bruce Arians biography on NFL Network. I have not finished watching it (kids) but recorded it. The job interview clips – was that from the Bears?

  • The GP

    • Celloguy

      “She can really relax her sphincter!”

    • CanadaBear

      My fave was throwing it over to the Hamburglar.

  • SC Dave

    Dont get the Arians love. I’m thinking we’re every bit as well off as we would have been with him, especially since it got Emery fired

    • Celloguy

      Would you rather have Arians or Fox now? I think looking to the future (as long as Gase or Fangio pan out as successor), we are doing pretty well

      • SC Dave

        Pace and Fox vs Emery and Arians? You are not serious, right?

        I cannot see Emery having been fired so soon sans last year’s nightmare.

        • Celloguy

          Let’s assume Emery is gone in both conditions to make it at least a debate

          • BearDown100393

            F*ck Phil Emery!

          • SC Dave

            I think i go with fox and the current coordinators, under a similar assumption that both are happy winning a fistful of rings together in Chicago

          • Celloguy

            Yep, I agree. I think Arians is better presently, but our future is brighter

          • SC Dave

            All’s well that ends well! Or something like that.

          • BearDown100393

            You are more forgiving than I am. F*ck Phil Emery for hiring Trestman over Arians. Wasted time off our lives. Wasted time off player careers especially Cutler. And that is by no means a slight toward Pace and Fox. But seriously…. f*ck that guy.

          • Celloguy

            Yeah I agree, I wouldn’t wish Trestman upon anyone (except THAT team). I just think it’s an interesting debate with hindsight. Would you rather of had the Arians hire, or our present staff. I could be persuaded either way

          • SC Dave

            Especially Cutler?? How about our best offensive player, Matt Forte?

            Good QBs last into late 30s in the modern league that coddles them. Tho to be fair, Cutler doesn’t get his share of coddling.

          • BearDown100393

            Matt too.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            Fuck Emery for giving that ridiculous extension to Gould last year also.

          • Trac

            But we did trade up to draft a punter big dick. That should make us all feel better.

          • SC Dave

            Trolling again, eh? Dont be a dickhead.

          • That Guy

            Hey! Leave me out of this.

          • Trac

            Ok girls, after we’re finished sitting around the campfire eating marshmallows and playing make believe, lets come back to reality cause we’ve got a game to play tomorrow. Smh. Lol

        • CanadaBear

          If Kromer didn’t lose his mind I’m not sure anyone other than Tucker gets fired last year. Nessman and Kromer were scheming to blame it all on Cutler when it blew up in their faces. That’s about as low class as it gets. George and esp Ginny weren’t going to stand for that. Bless their hearts for launching all those fools.

    • BillW

      I wouldn’t take Emery and any hof coach that ever was

      But the key point is you can’t separate it. Hiring Trestman rather than Arians defines the essence of Emery

  • BearDown100393

    F*ck Phil Emery.

  • willbest

    Alright, I think its time to start looking into Mariani or Bellamy as possible preps. White misses the entire season, Wilson is on IR, and Jeffery and Royal are missing 6 games each. Who has been benefiting from this?

    I think if they win Sunday, they have to seriously consider about putting White on the 53.

    • SC Dave

      White is done for the season. Maybe forever

      • MB30SD

        W. T. F.?!?

  • Trac

    My upset special for the week?

    Drumroll…..

    Falcons over Panthers. It’s gonna happen. #13 jinx.

    • willbest

      In Carolina? I don’t think so. Maybe in 2 weeks in Atlanta.

  • Doc Nitty

    Can I get an amen from someone who was there about how goddamn good the dinner was at Ditkas? Murph? Waffle? MB? Rabbit? Shady?

    TESTIFY!

    • MB30SD

      Amen brutha! That shellfish tower was eutopia

    • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

      Haha, Da Coach is such a commercial whore but damnit that was some.good eating and drinking

  • The GP

    Girl who cuts my hair is pretty cute, looks like Carrie Underwood, she’s also the hostess at Ditkas on Rt83. She said Mike might show up Xmas eve dressed as Santa. But to keep that a secret. So I will. Just you guys know now. Shhhh. Get your reservations.

    • SC Dave

      Rt83… what is that, like 10 fucking lanes now?

      • MB30SD

        And get off my garsh dorn lawn you doggone kids!!!

        Hahahaha… dave.

    • My wife took me to that one for my birthday the first year we were dating (I was turning 19). Such a good steak. But Ditka wasn’t there 🙁

    • Trac

      Do you keep your elbows in or out during your haircut? Hahaha

  • BillW

    Dead thread by the time anyone reads this.

    But I’m psyched to be going tomorrow. Rain but 60 degrees in mid December!

    I’m buying two rounds for strangers tomorrow I decided.

    Bear DOWN!!

  • Irish Sweetness

    The Redskins should be looking out for DeSean Jackson. He lost them the game last week.

    http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2015120700/2015/REG13/cowboys@redskins?icampaign=GC_schedule_rr#menu=gameinfo%7CcontentId%3A0ap3000000596958&tab=videos

    I have no idea who wins this game.

    AND THE NEW …..

    As guaranteed all-year long, congrats to The Notorious Conor McGregor. Ten year-unbeaten FW champ knocked the fuck out with the first punch. Brazilians are tough, but Conor’s from Crumlin.

    https://twitter.com/owenduffy1/status/559874013506568192

    • Trac

      And Connor is such a polite young man as well. Happy for the Lad, really glad he won’t have to eat potato soup and cabbage for the rest of his life either.

    • MB30SD

      It’s allllll fun and games until you get an overhead left right squah to the jaw.

      McGregor is a fucking lunatic badass.

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