• Irish Sweetness

    Drink sensibly. Ahem.

    • Scott W.

      Killer! Like watching two dudes deciding they had nothing better to do…heh!

  • Scott W.

    Happy St. P day everyone. This is another of those “holidays” that got lost in translation years ago.

  • Bears-4-Ever

    Just a great excuse to get drunk and turn the river an even brighter green.

    Happy St. Pat’s Day!

  • Trac

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog

    Chris Borland is a smart, articulate man who will have outside opportunities. For 75% of NFL players, that isn’t remotely the case.

    This is untrue. If the NFL were based in Somalia then I might agree with you

    • NewBearInTown

      You look at a lot of the NFL players and it is. A lot of these guys haven’t had to actually pay attention since middle school. They left college early and the course work in underwater basket weaving was a joke anyway. They’re 6’6″ and 300 pounds of muscle, they’ve always known they would be professional athletes and now that door is closed.
      They have no functional business skills. No concept of money management. No concept of how to sell, how to fill out forms, how to manage their own day without a coach giving them a schedule. They’ve got sharks swimming all around them trying to take the last of their cash.
      Some of these guys can’t even get construction jobs because their backs, knees and shoulders are all a mess. Some of them have mental health issues due to a lifetime of being hit in the head.
      Its easy to say its their fault, but the entire system has been constructed to control these guys. But the NFL does have safety nets built in. I think the league pays for grad school for any players that want to go; and there are all kinds of resources out there to try to help players manage their money. A lot of them don’t want it, fight actively against it.
      These aren’t easy problems to solve.

      • Johnnywad

        Its up to their parents to give them those skills, not the NFL. Can’t save everybody NewBear. I refuse to feel sorry for a retired 30 year old that made and pissed away millions of dollars in half a decade. Nor am I concerned about their health. The world is full of dangerous jobs. None of them pay a fraction of what a vet minimum contract is worth.

        • BillW

          I don’t think too many people feel sorry for them. I don’t think NB does – just saying what I’ve thought at times too. For all the phony concern the NFL tries to show for say Breast Cancer – they seem to show very little for their players after football. (Unless a lawsuit makes them do it.)

          I sometimes think I’d rather an NFL that quits the BS and goes back to embracing the “gladiator” aspect of the sport. It’s dangerous and everyone knows it. Have the players sign a waiver and play on.

          Or don’t play on. But of course there is too much $$$$ to assume they’d go away.

      • Waffle

        NB, I love your posts but this one if way off the mark. A great number of kids don’t have functional business skills, concept of money management, etc. Football is no different. These kids go to gradeschool, highschool and college just like everyone else. They just have more time commitments just like other high level athletes do.
        The comment that they haven’t had to pay attention since middle school is crazy. I’ve never met a higher percentage of athletes with high academic achievement than offensive linemen.
        Our entire line was on the Deans list. Now, the guys that actually make it to the pros fall into a couple of main categories. This will be a little controversial.
        You have athletes that come from strong athletic families where older brothers, cousins, uncles, dads, grandpas, moms, aunts, etc were badass college or pro athletes. It’s not a mistake that the NFL and college ranks are filled with guys whose families have done it before them.
        you have athletes that come from very religious and structured environments including military.
        You also have athletes that are trashball gangster pieces of shit but they are so athletically gifted that they will succeed in athletics no matter what.
        To say that anyone that has the mind to understand highschool, college and pro playbooks and concepts can’t exist in the real world is crazy. SO many athletes do it. We just hear more about the minority that are total fucking scumbags.

        • NewBearInTown

          True. The scumbags and idiots get the press. But many of those scumbags and idiots were never taught any better.
          As I said, the NFL has actually done a lot to help these guys. A lot of them don’t want to be helped. I worked in a juvenile hall, I know what its like to watch a bright kid throw opportunity away.
          The point of my post is simply that there are a lot of guys with these problems. I wish there was a way to help some of them.
          Remember, its much cheaper to educate someone than pay for their jail cell.

          • Trac

            It’s called the Gospel NB. Hahahaha, had to do it.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Certainly in California during the Schwarzenegger years – I don’t know what the latest figures are – where they were investing about $7300 per student per year. but 120K per prisoner. Criminal.

      • Trac

        I 2nd waffle’s post NB, I think it’s poppy cock to suggest 75% of NFL players don’t have opportunities after football. A man can make a good living cutting grass 9 months out of the year if he is willing to work. That is the issue. Too many people want a quick road to riches and not everyone can even handle being wealthy and the NFL gave them the high life for a season.

        • NewBearInTown

          Don’t disagree with any of it. But you have kids Trac – you know you have to teach a boy how to be a man. Its not 75%, but a lot of these guys never learned how to man up. Again – not saying you can save everyone, but lamenting the sad reality for some players.
          By the time they realize they’re in a mess, its too late.

          • BearDown100393

            “When you coming home, dad?” “I don’t know when
            But we’ll get together then
            You know we’ll have a good time then”

          • Trac

            All I’m saying is that life is not all about money or football.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            true there is also boobs and bacon.

      • BearDown100393

        Some of the most motivated goal oriented individuals I personally know have played football at a college and/or professional level. IMO that is an invaluable skill set. And it tends to serve very well in the “real world” beyond football. We’ll always read about the tragic examples of ex-athletes down on their luck. But more than a few do plan for employment beyond football. And many do succeed.

        • NewBearInTown

          Don’t disagree with any of that. I think sports are tremendous for the tools they give some athletes to learn how to achieve at a high level.
          My post is simply lamenting that there are some guys who don’t have that. They had no role models growing up, they sucked at school, they were given easy classes to keep them eligible. The NCAA did them no favors and they did themselves no favors by declaring early.
          As I said at the bottom, these guys have a ton of resources if they use them. But a lot of them don’t. A lot of them are specifically taught bad habits by their parents, their friends, even their coaches. And that’s a shame.

          • BearDown100393

            IMO the problems which you mention for some players (which is true and I do not dispute) easily extends to many more outside of football in the same manner.

          • NewBearInTown

            True. But the players have a clearly identified pool of resources from which help can come.

        • MB being one of those. Don’t believe me? Ask the Swedenise (Swedish-Chinese) models he’s banging in lovely SD.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      Truth is one is 100 more insane while becoming a soldier than becoming an american football player.

      I have no problem with either. Do whatever you want. Accept the consequences.

      • willbest

        You have to abuse your body with little chance of payout to make the NFL. You just need to be reasonably fit and reasonably smart to be a soldier. You also get a free college education in addition to your salary, and unless the US is engaged in a major military engagement it doesn’t even break the top 20 on riskiest jobs.

        Its not peaches and roses and definitely not for most people, but it most certainly isn’t more dangerous than being an NFL player.

        • Bear Down in Tampa

          On deployment it is, even during peacetime certain occupations within the military are dangerous (MP, EOD, etc.). How many men have died playing in the NFL? You get a subsidized college education, not free. The salary is a joke. Please unfuck yourself and Semper Fi Bitches!

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          The US is always engaged in some sort major military engagement.

  • BillW

    I know very little (essentially nothing) about NASCAR and other auto racing organizations. Do they mandate certain safety measures and do they actively work to make the sport safer?

    How about the circus? Do they mandate safety measures? There may be something about local laws that require inspection of equipment or rigging etc for public performances.

    Nick Wallenda could have fallen and died when he crossed the Chicago River last year. I do know the City had to get involved but I’m not sure to what extent they needed safety assurances for the performer – only for the crowd watching.

    My point is there are and always have been public entertainment displays that contained elements of risk for the performers. The performers understood the risks and carried on. I don’t recall any race car drivers suing NASCAR, or circus performers suing Ringling Bros etc.

    How did this become a deal in the NFL? (Rhetorical question.) Borland’s retirement is a very GOOD thing in that we finally have players self-assessing the risks and taking personal responsibility – as it should have always been.

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      NASCAR and other racing mandate the hell out of safety, from types of walls to use, clothing drivers wear, and structures in vehicles. They do all they can to prevent their drivers from dying while driving 200mph into a wall or flipping their cars 27 times in a fiery crash. If a vehicle doesn’t meet the requirements the car does not race. It’s amazing that most drivers can walk away from any type of crash. it hasn’t always been that way but a few high profile deaths led them to quickly make rule changes in the past.

    • BearDown100393

      All players should retire for safety reasons.

  • Not St Patty’s day related, per se, but fucking a. Humans have discovered a new way to ‘warp drive’ that defies all known laws of physics and which may one day in our lifetime free us from fossil fuels and allow us to colonize other planets, but hey, look at those cat memes!

    http://www.examiner.com/article/nasa-successfully-tests-engine-that-uses-no-fuel-violates-the-laws-of-physics

    • also, can we get an AMEN for science?

      • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

        AMEN

      • Waffle

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      don’t hold your breath waiting for that technology. I’ve had farts that have created more thrust than it is producing.

      • Yes, but your farts do not defy the laws of physics, or at least I hope not.
        Also, the Chinese produced a more powerful thrust. The main point being, that it is POSSIBLE, which revolutionizes how we may think of the universe in general.

        • BearDown100393

          China might now have the #1 economy but no way does it produce a more powerful thrust than ‘Murica.

          • Chinese government issued a statement, “We maintain it is all about the motion in the ocean…”

          • Irish Sweetness

            The Chinese are controlling the moon right now. He who holds the higher ground,..

        • Huge Bear’s Penis

          they may not defy laws of physics, but i am pretty sure they push the limits of human physiology.

      • SC Dave

        The Dawn explorer is now orbiting Ceres using very low thrust, after flying there from Vesta. Dawn set the record for delta-V (magnitude of change of speed and direction) for any human-made object. Using that very low thrust. Using it a lot.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Wouldn’t we love to see the real reason there going there spread all over the front pages? Whatever it is.

          Nah, we’re just going for “science” reasons, like when we landed on comet 69P and went dark. Or the Chinese “going dark” once they landed on the moon. They spend all that time, money and effort in doing incredible feats of astronomy, engineering and exploration … get there …. do the thing … then go “oh, we’ve lost contact … technical problem.”

          Technical problem. A.K.A. Top secret.

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        can’t a guy just make a fart joke with out being bombarded by facts.

        • Johnnywad

          You said thrust

    • BearDown100393

      Just curious who other than humans would have discovered ‘warp drive’?

      Marc Trestman?

      • Irish’s Tall Whites, or small greys, or the blues…
        Irish will swing by at 1am and elaborate.

      • Irish Sweetness

        I bet you in a hundred years they’ll be saying “so back then they didn’t know all you had to do was fly into the black hole ….”

        If anyone points out gravitational torsion at the accretion disk, they can leave their mancard at the door.Starting now.

  • MikeBrownhadaPosse

    If you’re going to drink tonight, don’t be a moron – use a cab. That includes you, NFL players.
    This is a public service message. Thanks.

    • BearDown100393

      Is that what Cade McNown is doing these days?

    • NewBearInTown

      And if you’re going to drink at a bar tonight, try not to pick a fight with anybody over a Wheaties box. Or if you do, at least take it outside voluntarily before the bar puts you outside and makes your blog bros have to keep you from doing something stupid.
      Wait, what were talking about?

      • BerwynBomber

        Details, details, details … who or what was on said Wheaties box and what were the combatants arguments?

        • DaMurph

          You had to be there.

        • SC Dave

          Dat be some blog lore, dere…

      • DaMurph

        LMAO! Best post of the off season, NewBear!!

      • It was a vintage Jordan Wheaties box though…

      • MikeBrownhadaPosse

        Now, now…I did not pick the fight.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “Borland retirement does not signal doom for NFL. ”

    No, but it doesn’t help the 49ers’ situation.

    • Bear Down in Tampa

      “They’ll be fine they still have Harbaugh and Fangio and they always have their guys ready to play”

      –MB after he emerges from the cave he’s been hiding in.

  • Bear Down in Tampa

    Should we kick the tires on Greg Jennings?

    • John Doe

      No.

    • Bear Down in Tampa

      Ok fine, but we still need a vet WR. You know, maybe someone who has produced more than 19 Receptions for 153 yds and a touchdown.

      • I caught a few Charger games. Royal seemed to be open at will. Also, he and Cutty already have a rapport from Denver.

        Trust me. the Chargers did not want to lose him, and I expect big things from Royal this year (and we also got to find out once and for all if Wilson is the real deal or not)

        • SC Dave

          Oh god, no the “rapport” bullshit again… I cannot believe hearing that about Denver. That QB has not existed for many years now.

          • Marshall came in like gangbusters, so “rapport” exists.
            Sometimes it takes a while for a QB and WR to click, to get a feel for each other. Just like in Basketball, or a pitcher catcher, or doubles tennis, or whatever.

            Cutler and Royal won’t have to start from zero. It’s like riding a bike.

            That’s what i mean by “rapport”. Will Royal put up numbers like in Denver? Don’t know.

            If Cutler zeros in on him like he did with Marshall (which isn’t exactly a good thing), then maybe.

            If he distributes it more evenly to Alshon, Bennett, Wilson, and Forte, then I think Royal will hover around the 700-900 yd mark.

            That’s still solid production for a “slot” WR not named Welker.

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        anyone is still better than Santonio Holmes.

  • John Doe

    So Browns offered #19 for Bradford but didn’t try to trade for Jake? Jake’s lost all his value in the league.

    NFLTradeRumors.co @nfltrade_rumors · 4m4 minutes ago
    Update: #Browns Reportedly Offered Pick No. 19 Overall For QB Sam Bradford http://bit.ly/1EPS8HC

    • Bear Down in Tampa

      Yeah, no one would have signed him if we cut him either. They would rather have Sam Bradford for 6 games, than Cutler.

    • BerwynBomber

      The Clowns are dumb organization. I’m far from a Cutty fan but he would be the best QB they have had since Kosar. And the fact that they spent as much as they did on McCown tells me how idiotic they truly are.

      I get that Cutty’s contract is a big deterrent — though the worst year of it is over — but that is team that could have made use of him.

      • John Doe

        Agreed. Bradford is not cheap either..he is owed $13-14 million this year. Not much less than Cutler’s $15.5 million this year and $16 million in 2016. They can use Cutler for 2 years until Manziel is ready with McCown tutoring him.

      • GPLDAN

        Kosar. Hehe.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Bernie, Ber-nie ….whoa baby … su-per-bowl …..

    • BearDown100393

      Not sure how much value Jake Cutler had with the rest of the NFL anyway.

    • BillW

      OK everyone. So why DIDN’T the Browns pick up the phone and offer something for Jake? Or did they and Pace said no?

      Very curious. not jumping to any conclusions because I can’t see any logical ones to make.

  • AlbertInTucson

    So, the Raiders signed Trent Richardson.

    Somewhere, P.T. Barnum is laughing and saying “I TOLD you there’s one born every minute!”

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      I disagree.

      For the Raiders he’s the 3rd string RB. They actually got value signing him. Maybe, just maybe he rediscovers his old form.

      That’s hugely different than spending 1st rounders for him and making him THE man.

      • AlbertInTucson

        3rd string or no, you can have him.

        The guy basically admitted he half-assed it at Indy.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Of course, better to admit he half-assed it than admit he just isn’t very good.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          He’s a camp body with potential.

          That’s not a bad signing.

          • AlbertInTucson

            $3.9M for “Camp Body”?

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            You’re exaggerating.

          • AlbertInTucson

            I’ M exaggerating? That’s the reported deal. 2 years, 3.9 mil. Don’t know how much is guaranteed and don’t care because you can have him and his 3.1 yards per carry.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            $600 K guaranteed. So, he’s making the roster, but he’ll gain minimum money.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Great. You can have him AND his 3.3 yards per carry.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Yes…but that’s a Bet. Nothing out of order. You as a GM take a chance with minimal cost.

            What the Brown and Colts did was plain stupid. The stupid ended with the Raiders.

            You’re initial post was in the sense that… “here we go again… another moron bit the Richardson hook”.

            I can’t agree with that. The Raiders did nothing of sorts.

  • BillW

    I finally looked it up and in fact it’s St. Paddy’s Day – (Padrieg) not St. Patty’s Day.

    • DaMurph

      FYI- Padraig

      • BillW

        I knew I should have double checked the spelling. Thanks.

  • EnderWiggin

    John Groce has to go. I couldn’t even watch that game past halftime.

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