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Money Mouth: Regular Season Finale Picks

| December 31st, 2015

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Goal was ten over. I’m nine over. And the pressure is on.

Chicago Bears -1 over Detroit Lions

Explanation coming tomorrow but here’s the brief version: I think the Bears REALLY want to go out on a victory. I think the Lions know massive change is coming and won’t want to play in the Soldier Field conditions Sunday.

New York Jets -3 over Buffalo Bills

One team is playing for the postseason. The other team has quit on their coach. Buffalo will probably win – because that’s what the NFL is these days – but I’m going chalk.

New York Giants -3 over Philadelphia Eagles

Tom Coughlin’s finale home game? Yep, I will take him to go out with a win. And I think Odell Beckham Jr. plays a revenge game.

Season Record: 27-18-3

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  • Scharfinator

    I think you could also say the Eagles will be a bit out of sorts with Chip getting fired this week. The transition is never smooth during the season.

  • The Yes Guy

    Yes.

  • Irish Sweetness

    I don’t know what the stats are on teams who’ve just fired their coach, but my reality distortion filer is set to they-generally-win. I’m taking dogs this week, don’t know who yet, haven’t checked the injuries.

    Anything here jump out at you guys?

    At Carolina -10.5 Tampa Bay
    New England -10.5 At Miami
    At Cincinnati -9 Baltimore
    Pittsburgh -10.5 At Cleveland
    At Denver -9 San Diego
    At Arizona -6.5 Seattle

    Miami and Cleveland are at home. Pittsburgh were sluggish last week, Miami have a receiver, the Pats just have Gronk?

    • 505Bears

      If you are going dogs, I might take Baltimore and the points. The others will probably cover. I think AZ at -6.5 is actually pretty low. They might blow out Seattle just to prove they own the NFC West.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Yeah, I like Baltimore more than the others. McCarron has a sore wrist, how sore is anyone’s guess, and I was surprised by the Raven’s defense last week. That was a top offense they stifled.

    • Trac

      It’s so nice not to be a slave to my gambling whims anymore. I don’t envy you my friend. Call it a New Years gift of fickle wisdom from a friend Irish.

      Have a great new year gents. God knows we could all use one.

      • CanadaBear

        It was an easy decision for me. I was really bad at it.

      • Irish Sweetness

        I learned something this year. Back each team individually, not in multiples like I do.
        Went 42-25 this season, so I should be up a lot of dough, but I’m not. Next season I’ll do it the other way. Greed is not good.

        I also learned that if you back the dogs when they’re +7 points or greater, you will win without putting any thought into it whatsoever. So, if you put a little bit of thought into which +7 (or greater) dogs to back … you’ll win more, guaranteed. The science continues!

    • Sactowns#1

      You never do O/U bets?

      • Irish Sweetness

        Never have, no. Don’t really think about points, other than how many could be between the teams final scores. Whether it will be over or under is like a coin flip.

        • Sactowns#1

          Nah. I like the O/U bets and find them to be a little more logical. Just look at TNF this year. Less prep time, tired players and boom you get the under hitting almost every week.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Interesting, thanks.

    • Sactowns#1

      I like Tampa out of all those. Those inter divisional games are rough. I like the under in that Browns game too. Pittsburgh will be on cruise control.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Happy 2016 guys. Hoping good things come your way, and for the Beloved

    I’ll post this again. This is a Space-drum – or a ‘Hang’ as the inventor calls it. Invented in Switzerland in 2001, this must be the ‘latest’ instrument on Earth?

    Enjoy. Doc certainly will if he’s vaped up.

    https://youtu.be/747hJQNJpeg

    • CanadaBear

      My wife has wanted one of those for a few years now.

      • MB30SD

        Vape? ; )

        • CanadaBear

          No, that’s me. She loves the Hang drum and watches videos of people playing them quite often. The good ones are expensive as hell and as much as I love her, I really doubt that she would be dedicated enough to learn how to play it.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Buy her the vape and it’ll all work out …. she’ll be rocking the dreadlocks and doing the full moon parties in no time :o)

          • That Guy

            More importantly, the folks who make the original hang drums don’t just give them to whoever asks. They consider it more of a work of art and only give it to “worthy” recipients. I listened to a cool interview about it by Evelyn Glennie on the BBC podcast.

          • CanadaBear

            If I remember right the original hang drums are 5 figures. I was shooting much lower than that. I’ve messed around with a cheap one but it mostly just made my fingers hurt. When it comes to playing percussion, I’m not exactly Tito Puente.

          • That Guy

            Tito Puente, of course, most known for using sticks rather than his hands. But yeah, those things are pretty intense on the knuckles.

            There’s an Indian drum called a Clay Pot, which is literally just a clay pot built to have a few nice resonant tones.

          • MB30SD

            If I’m learning any Indian instrument, it’s gonna be the sitar.

          • BillW

            Played (or tried to) back when George and Ravi made it cool. Really hard given how far and fast your left arm has to go. Friend loaned his to me. Maybe it was a cheap one but even being a decent guitar player it seemed it would take years to learn well

          • CanadaBear

            The one I messed with was super cheap and you had to strike it fairly hard to get much tone out of it. The good ones don’t seem to be like that at all. He had a small mallet that I used but the tone just wasn’t there.

          • MB30SD

            Smh

          • MB30SD

            I know, I was kidding. That thing wasn’t that great, I’d much rather learn the steel drums so I could pretend I was on vacation whenever I wanted.

          • CanadaBear

            The videos that my Honey Bunny watches, the sound is incredible and the people playing it are crazy talented. I’m more of a steel drum kinda guy, too. Although I would suck at that too.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Man, you really do love her, she must be great!

            Honey bunny.

          • CanadaBear

            She watches these guys a lot.

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

          • Sactowns#1

            Interesting. What do you think the prevailing odor of that little camping trip was? I’m going to say b.o., butthole and patchouli.
            How much MDMA is that chick in the background on btw?

          • CanadaBear

            I still wear patchouli all the time. Old habits die hard. Being on the first wave of hippies, I’ve always liked them. The stinkers not so much. I never smelled butthole so much as B.O. All the hippies that use crystals instead of deodorant have serious B.O. Never have any idea what people are abusing when they dance like that.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I love hippies – just not professional ones. The permanently-on-vacation ones that have the old man’s Am-Ex in their back pocket.

            Hippies like this guy :

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9R2dNwih-1s

          • Cormonster

            I call the professional ones Trustafarians. They can be really annoying.

          • Irish Sweetness

            She’s not chewing her lip though :o)
            I’m guessing mushrooms/LSD?

            The fake rasta with no rhythm listening on the right is classic.

          • MB30SD
    • MB30SD

      It’s like a trippy upside-down steel drum. Interesting

    • Sactowns#1

      Oh man you take that out to the drum circle at your local park and you’ll have dirty hippie chicks ripping your clothes off.

    • Doc Nitty

      I actually watched the whole thing yesterday when you posted it (while vaping). Very very cool.

  • CanadaBear
    • Trac

      Wanna know how the Bears can keep Gase? It can be done. Give him a raise, increase his duties, promise him a sweet deal to succeed Fox when the time comes and give him a sweet severance if the Bears re-nig. The Bears need to do everything they can to keep this coaching staff together for at least 2 more years. Make it happen George.

      • CanadaBear

        The article implied Loggains would probably become the OC if Gase left. Usually good HC’s are happy and encourage the coordinators to take the big job (if it’s not working for a nut like Snyder). I’d be happy for Gase if he got a good gig. I’d also be happy if he stays.

      • BillW

        I like how you think

      • Irish Sweetness

        Do folk think Cutty would regress if Gase left?
        Wouldn’t Cutty be thinking, sweet, the penny’s dropped, I’m good now?
        I honestly think a Chinese kid could draw up better plays. Does Cutty really need Gase?

        If somebody does offer him a HC gig for some reaon, I would be super surprised if Cutty regressed next year. The OL should be better, Kevin White should help him, a few new faces thru free agency … perhaps even getting Cutty to call the plays himself might be the thing rather than go through a new offense he mightn’t like.

  • 505Bears

    Happy 2016. Here is to hoping the Bears start 2016 1-0. Forget tanking the game for a few draft positions. The momentum of not being last in the division should outweigh a few draft slots….Bear Down…Stay safe everyone

  • CanadaBear

    Gotta echo 505’s post. HNY to all my blog brothers (don’t know if there are any sisters). And for fuck’s sake take an old alcoholics advice and don’t drive. Drink your face off if you want (you’ll be sorry tomorrow), just don’t drive. There will be a ton of check stops out there and no matter if you’re only slightly bombed you will be over the limit for sure. I’ve stayed overnight in the Old Grey Stone Hotel (formerly the Crossbar Hotel) twice and trust me on this, the maid service is lacking and it’s VERY expensive.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Arrive alive. Yessir.

      • CanadaBear

        Not to mention if you got into a wreck and seriously injured/killed other people. Can’t imagine living with that would enhance your life in any way.

        • Irish Sweetness

          I was a going to say that, not drinking and driving is really about not killing other people. I had a friend growing up who wrote off about 4 or 5 vans because he kept falling asleep at the wheel and just thought he was really lucky because he would come off a road and just gently come to a stop in a field – like he was protected by angels. Even called whatever van he had at the time the Millennium Falcon, thinking that the Force was with him. He didn’t seem to get that it was everyone else that was lucky, not him.

          • CanadaBear

            Doing music promotion years ago (Blues and Roots stuff) I found out pretty quickly how many of the touring artists have been in serious wrecks due to falling asleep at the wheel. Alcohol wasn’t the issue. Travelling constantly after gigs in the middle of the night was usually the culprit.

          • Sactowns#1

            Driving from the bay back to Sac at 2am quite a few times I can see how people fall asleep. It’s the weirdest thing too, as soon as I get out of the car and into my house I’m wide awake. But the road at night has some strange hypnotic powers.

          • BillW

            Literally hypnotic. I drove past a wind farm in Indiana on my way to Columbus. Middle of the day. They are all synced to turn the same rate. Creepy looking. Windmills as far as you can see. All turning silently the same rate. The lines on an empty highway at night would have the same effect

          • Irish Sweetness

            The lorry drivers in Thailand are all hopped up on speed/meth, to stop them falling asleep .. so you get all these super-tired drivers with the pedal to the metal haring it up and down the highways.

            Thailand is #4 in the world for fatalities per capita on the roads, behind Eritrea, the Dominican republic, and Libya!

          • MB30SD

            I hear Eritrea is lovely this time of year.

          • BillW

            Already 2016 for you, right? Or near? All the best Irish!

          • Irish Sweetness

            Just gone. I like even numbered years! No parties, just curling up with the kids .. and getting flagged up by the NSA with you guys ;o)

            Same to you Bill. Have fun, if you are.

          • BillW

            Spending an early fake countdown party with my son his wife and our granddaughter. Will be home before the real thing but I’ll stay up. Wife will probably be asleep though. I’ll have a shot and text my kids then retire. Sounds lonely but actually is quite the opposite. Reflecting on how the kids are all doing well. And two more grandchildren due next year. Life is great!

          • Irish Sweetness

            My missus gave it the fake “yayyy!”, and I smiled. The kids came over to see what was going on. Nothing kids, literally, nothing.

          • Johnnywad

            That sounds pretty damn good to me right there. Congrats on the forthcoming additions to the fam too. That’s the stuff.

  • Anonymous

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog “If Jay throws 5 more interceptions, does Gase’s HC stock drop? Don’t people see how flimsy this whole thing is?”

    Gase had a solid, on-the-rise reputation before he arrived here. His work with Cutler and an inferior set of wideouts has only enhanced that reputation. If Cutler craps the bed in WK 17, most GMs would view it as an aberration of his season, not reflective of the work Gase put in with him.

    Big hurdles for Gase will be a) does he have the stuff to be a successful HC in the league (or is he “only” an excellent coordinator), and b) how tough a sell will he be to a team’s fan base (or a team’s owner) given that he is coming from a team with a losing record?

    • Irish Sweetness

      I feel sorry for Jay this week, really, who is there to throw to? Miller, the back … that’s got DBs and LBs jumping hot routes written all over it. Hopefully they’ll just run it a lot and work play-action off that.

      Is it true that Terry Williams won’t be suited up on Sunday? I was rooting around for a video and found one with a piece on Alshon below it. He was healthy for 7 games last year. 8 this year. Mr. Pace knows that too.

      http://chicago.suntimes.com/sports/7/71/645646/undrafted-free-agent-terry-williams-provide-bulk-bears-defensive-line-insider

      353 pounds on a 6’1 frame. I can’t wait.

      • BillW

        And without prime targets Jay has been extra aware. Well except for those screens that he said should be taken out. Maybe it’s been a valuable learning experience for all

        • Irish Sweetness

          Hey, redzone, playaction, Unrein bails out into the flats … Cutty hits him in the numbers. How much does Gase make? Do I get medical?

          {Irish, they’d never give you a visa with all the shit you post}

          Oh, yeah … I keep forgetting about that …

          • willbest

            Its hard to understand you with your mouth around Unrein’s cock. Does he rescue orphans from burning buildings when he isn’t on the field?

          • Johnnywad

            Lighten up Francis.

    • BillW

      I think Jeff meant 5 more throughout the year.

      • Anonymous

        Well, in that case of course his stock would drop because Cutler then would have had another mediocre-to-crap year. Gase’s acclaim for this year is all about Cutler’s limited TOs and his improved pocket awareness.

  • MB30SD

    Happy new years bitches. Loves you guyz

    • BillW

      Back at you MB. Happy New Year!

    • Irish Sweetness

      HNY mang. Plans? Kiddy winks? Or some tipsy Nubian queen who was neglected as a child ?

      • MB30SD

        I have my babies and will be happily plopped on my couch fucking up 15 year olds in a virtual world with virtual bullets… and/or watching a movie. partying on NYE is so overrated.

        • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd 4ever85! (AKA, ButchDeadLift)

          Yeah, I’m sorta burnt out on partying on NewYears too, but this chick I know never goes out cuz of work and other shit, so figure this might be the only time I can take her out.

          Plus, women tend to get dressed up to the 9s on NYE trying to get that midnight kiss to feel less desperate and lonely, so nice eyecandy everywhere.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Ha. Give em hell.

          The 15 year olds, I mean.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Just saw The Big Short. Great movie. The only problem I had with it was when they break the fourth wall and use people like Selena Gomez to literally spell out what the script and very fine actors have just portrayed for you. Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, Christian Bale are all on top form.

    In real life? In the USA alone, 6 million Americans lost their homes, and five TRILLION dollars disappeared. Of course it didn’t disappear. A certain family who shall not be named knows where all of that went.

    That it happened is not incredible. When Reagan de-regulated the banks it was only a matter of time, but what is incredible is that nothing was done in the aftermath. Absolutely nothing was put in place to stop it happening again. You the taxpayer bailed out the super-rich courtesy of Barry O’ Bama, and the poor people bit the bullet. It happened in the land of my birth too, and the damage is so great that the bill can never be paid, though the folk there still don’t realize it – something akin to the ponzi scheme the Federal reserve is running over in your end. We call it NAMA. The National Asset Management Agency – where they put all the toxic debt that the Irish taxpayers now own, nobody really understands it, and they won’t work it out until the crooks that organized it are all safely dead and buried.

    Steve Carell has a great line in the movie. “They knew what they were doing … and they’ll blame it on the poor people and the immigrants.”

    • That Guy

      Big Short was a really excellent film. I thought the cutaways were hilarious. They also allow the actors to use more jargon as the film goes on without losing the audience. The housing bubble was a disaster and, particularly as portrayed by the film, there was definitely criminal activity going on.

      But one of the reasons that these problems don’t get fixed is that an intelligent dissenter such as yourself destroys his own credibility by perpetuating an anti-semetic myth of some all powerful family controlling the world’s banks. That’s the same myth that makes people think the president can do anything he wants – he can’t. When things get that big no-one can control it alone.

      • BillW

        Anxious to see it. Read the book along with Paulsons. Then got tired and scared of reading about it. I like the idea of making this somewhat humorous. Though it’s anything but.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Nothing to do with religion my friend – and I am not a smart man – but the family that started banking hundreds of years ago, did not disappear. They own the Bank of England and probably the controlling interests in all of the banks that make up the Fed, of course they’re too smart to leave an obvious paper trail, and none of it is publicly audited. And the Rockefellers and Morgans et al are all there too. You’re probably right, there is no single Mr. Evil, but it will happen again, and it won’t be a mistake, and the little man will pay for it once more. It’s done cyclically, but purposefully, milking the wealth of the people until they are all bonded in slavery, and those that wish to nay-say the conspiracy, think on the words of a man who was smart, Thomas Jefferson:

        “I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around [the banks] will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.”

        • BillW

          Just read this thoroughly. Excellent points Irish.

          (Have you seen the John Adams mini series? Book was much better. Since the series took a lot of dramatic liberties. But I loved seeing the conflicts between Adams and Jefferson and how they came so close at the end of their lives

          • Irish Sweetness

            I have not, but I will now, thx Bill.

            On youtube I would recommend The Secret Of Oz, or The Money Masters, both by Bill Still. The story of money is both fascinating, and frightening.

          • BillW

            I’ll check it out. Must be good with a first name like that!

    • Trac

      The govt got into the banking business Irish. A dream the Rothchild’s have been weaving for generations. Alas, I digress.

      • BillW

        Dereg made sense IF risk taken had real consequences. “Too big to fail” makes that all academic and unrealistic. No different than how pure communism or benevolent dictatorship in theory makes sense but in practice is a disaster

        • Irish Sweetness

          One of the greatest marketing pieces of all time was when they came up with “too big to fail”. They pulled the wool over Obama’s eyes with that one, for sure. It worked in Ireland too.

          Government : we have to bail out the banks i.e. rich investors. You, the ordinary, taxpayer, will all be paying this off forever.

          The ordinary Taxpayer : WHY?!

          Government : They’re too big to fail.

          The ordinary Taxpayer : Huh? Oh … (what do they mean?) .. shush ….didn’t you hear them, they’re too big to fail.

          • BillW

            True but the economy could have sunk into depression. To me the answer would be criminal prosecution. So you put risk and consequences back into the equation

          • BillW

            Of course the bankers would just find a fall guy or gal and the real culprits would still skate

          • Irish Sweetness

            Always this. Exactly.

          • Irish Sweetness

            That’s fine, it’s in depression anyway, but the taxpayers wouldn’t bear the brunt of an endless Ponzi scheme. The sub-prime thing happened because they KNEW they would be bailed out. If they thought for a second that they weren’t ever going to get bailed out, they never would have lent money to a stripper to buy five homes.

            About ten years ago, a friend of a friend visited from America. He was Irish-American, Pat his name was, alcoholic, lovely guy. I was flabberghasted to learn he had somewhere in the region of 150-200 houses back in the states. I could not comprehend that, as he hadn’t inherited money, or certainly not enough to do that. Went off and got himself a phillipino wife. Last thing I heard was that he owed a bunch of money. I wonder if she’s still around.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Unfortunately not Trac. The government SHOULD be in the banking industry. Only the government should be creating wealth – Lincoln’s greenbacks, JFKs silver dollars – but the legal boffins found a loophole, and only the government is literally “coining” wealth. they get to make the coins. Private companies are creating deposit accounts out of thin air, and that was not intended by the Constitution.

        • Trac

          Irish, irish, irish. If I could have used a smaller i on the last irish, I would have. Banks weren’t allowed to fail because of uncle Sam and they were slipped a Mickey Finn under the table in order to bail their sorry asses out instead of lancing the wound after the housing bubble burst. I have banker buddies, the new regs have made it harder to get decent loans in the banking industry in the states and you know who is theft holding the bag? The borrower and taxpayer.

          The whole banking system is a sworded mess and all their sweet deals will continue to be endorsed by washington.

          Here’s a tip, bypass the banks, save wisely, pay cash for everything, don’t live above ones needs.

          “Let the borrower flee from the lender as the gazelle flee’s from the Lion”.

        • willbest

          Well the Fed gets their cut of everything, but some 40% of the debt is owed by the government to itself. The reason people would revolt is that if we got rid of fractional reserve currency we could also get rid of the income tax.

          • Irish Sweetness

            The tax which is not constitutional. Everyone is getting double-taxed to keep the Fed happy. And if you’re paying interest for using your own money …

  • BillW

    Jeff
    Great pics from your hotel. Belated welcome to Sweet Home Chicago. What other restaurants you going to? Millers? Twin Anchors? Pizza?

    • DaBearsBlog

      Yes to all.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Happy New Year Blogfather, and thanks for letting us all sleep on your couch.

  • AlbertInTucson

    I saw quite a few DNPs for the Bears AND Lions this morning.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Who’s really banged up in the league Al, help us out …

      • AlbertInTucson

        Easier question is probably “Who isn’t?”.

        Royal was “DNP – Illness”. Megatron was a DNP and so was Abdullah.

  • BillW

    Pft does serve a purpose. As long as they keep calling it “rumor mill” . They touch stuff most wont. Like the dog fighting claim years ago

    And now. The possibility Manziel is faking a concussion to avoid consequences from the latest video knowing his coach might be fired and he might be traded anyway.

    And that the league denying they helped Hochuli on the face mask call is empty since admitting it would be saying they broke their own rules

    Clearly stated as speculation but food for thought

  • Sactowns#1

    Your year in music review. Here are some of the best things I found this year.

    While in NOLA I stumbled across these guys. Love the old Hank sound combined with a bit of Bakersfield. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqsSF9gznJE

    In a similar vein I heard an interview with this hottie and I was kinda blown away. She’s a 9 and she’s smart as hell pushing that up to a 10. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGIUtLO_x8g

    Moving away from country and into something more rock centric. I heard this LP when the band released the whole thing, free of charge, online. Such a great, raw, energetic garage sound https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vIIvlg9DoQ

    Another great rock find was Rose Windows. Ever wonder what a Jethro Tull/ Black Sabbath collaboration would sound like with a female lead? Probably a lot like this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHtOY0clXGY

    In the realm of hip-hop. Well everyone knows Uncle Earl is the shit. I must have bumped this at 3am so much my neighbors have dreams about making decisions. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRChz-OYi9o

  • willbest

    Gase’s time in Chicago basically proves that he can work with a non HoF QB. As fans we forget we aren’t privy to certain aspects. Like do you really think its Gase that makes the decision to run it 3 times and have the defense come up with a stop? That is the sort of question that a GM will ask and Gase will answer. He is also going to have to explain the use of the bubble screen audible after its stopped working.
    I do think he will get a pass for the revolving door at wide receiver and the fact that he never had a healthy in season plan A of Jeffery, Wilson, Royal out there.

    • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd 4ever85! (AKA, ButchDeadLift)

      I think so. Panthers dc will be ahead. Prolly Wade again.
      McDaniels? Chip?
      Steelers OC.
      Coughlin and Payton if they’re out.
      Plus, add 2 hot college coaches annually.
      Gase might peak some interest, but not ahead of those guys, imo

      • willbest

        Coughlin and Payton are net neutrals though. If they are fired they will likely be in line for HC gigs elsewhere, but then those teams will be looking. Gase-Eli has to be something the Giants give serious consideration to.

    • Anonymous

      The bubble screen is easily explained by Gase in an interview: “Historically, have you watched Jay Cutler chuck the ball downfield with any regularity and what it results in? Also, the Bears receivers had some issues with separation this year.”

      Save a few last-minute drives, Gase turned Cutty into a game manager. In fairness to Cutty, some of that was due to our inferior wideouts. But I gotta believe some of it was designed to cut down #6’s turnovers.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Is he trying to say passes should go sideways instead of downfield? With receivers and time, the ball goes pretty damn well downfield when he so wishes. Bombs, not so much, but lasers, yes.

    • Irish Sweetness

      I hated the playing for FGs attitude. The defense could smell it and sold out on run-run-run-fuck. Little or no designed roll-outs. Predictability e.g. the RB standing beside Cutty in shotgun is an obvious draw play. Discovering the power of the I-formation at the end of a season. Getting near the end of a half? Relax defense, we’re just playing this thing out. GAH!

  • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

    Happy New Year boys! Make 2016 your best year yet.

    • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd 4ever85! (AKA, ButchDeadLift)

      Don’t chug too much Tradewind!

      • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

        never

        • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd 4ever85! (AKA, ButchDeadLift)

          As in, never too much Tradewind, or never chug too much? Hmmm. Yes.

          • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

            Never chug too much Tradewind so that you run out of it before you have a chance to purchase another bottle.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            you should have been a boy scout. they you would know that you always need to be prepared and have a couple cases in reserve

          • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

            i was and i do. I never run out, i always have more…. and that my friend is the reason why i occasionally either sleep on the couch or impregnate a certain female that lives in my house.

    • MB30SD

      you too my maings.

      How is project Pearl in ze river going? Are we a go? When’s our first night in?

      I have the kids so shoot ’em up and/or a movie on my couch tonight are my plans! Booyah NYE!

      • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

        off the books cash is officially in my possession as of Monday. I’ll look to purchase after that.

        • MB30SD

          eeeeexcellent!

  • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

    haha, had my first package stolen from my doorstep ever. From my work address no less….by the fucking Potbelly sandwich delivery guy.

    • MB30SD

      camera?

      • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

        no, I walked past him, he nervously asked where some random address was, was holding a box, 4hrs later I checked amazon.com for delivery Tracking and time matched exactly when I had arrived at the office and saw the guy. I didn’t think anything of it.

        If I see him on the street i’ll stuff a Wreck w/hot peppers (aka a
        “Biggsy”) in his hole.

        • MB30SD

          get his ass!

        • Irish Sweetness

          Fuck him. Make it a police matter. How much has he stolen off others?

  • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd 4ever85! (AKA, ButchDeadLift)

    Argued forever ripping Jay on demeanor, work ethic, huddle leadership
    was all dogshit. All people cared about was INTs. Gaselove proves it. – Jeff

    That’s not necassarily true. There are some real diehards who genuinely despise Cutler. They’re the ying to Jeff’s wang.

  • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd 4ever85! (AKA, ButchDeadLift)

    Mario Williams will be an FA next offseason. Any takers?

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/12/31/report-bills-have-decided-theyre-cutting-mario-williams/

    I don’t know the inside scoop on it, but I may turned off for a couple of reasons.

    1. He seemed to hate the 3-4 scheme, and probably is a better fit as a 4-3DE
    2. Is he cancer in the locker room? The fact they essentially cut him before the last game is a huge red flag.
    3. He’s 31
    4. He’s going to want a shit load of $

    However, if he WANTS to play for Fangio for a reasonable price, that’d be nice. Add in some Mo Wilkerson…bam.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Well, facts first. He’s 30 on NFL.COM. Superbowls have been won with locker room cancers, if he is one. And they didn’t cut him before the last game.

      Can he play DE in a 3-4?

      Can we pay top players peanuts?

      Can we blame him for speaking out when the Bills were NFL sack leaders last year, and now they’re 31st?

      Give me Brandon Marshall and Mario Smith, and 51 others like them. Guys that want to win. Not pussies who sit silently by their lockers as it all goes tits up.

      • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd 4ever85! (AKA, ButchDeadLift)

        a. He’ll be 31 in a month, so he’s pretty much be 31 and 9 months old when the season starts.
        b. He CAN play 3-4, maybe, but seems not to like it, hence, all his bitching.
        c. Maybe if he bought in, they wouldn’t be so sucky at sacks. Is he another Bennett?

        I have a feeling he’ll end up in Dallas with a big paycheck.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Okay, 31. Not the end of the world. Don’t think his bitching is about first to worst from Rexy in the sacks/pass-rushing system?

          From a fan on nfl.com :

          I haven’t missed a Bills game for 3 years. I agree- he did start mailing it in towards the end of the season, but that’s not why we failed. Hughes went from 10 sacks to 5. Dareus went from 10 to 2. There’s more to this than just Mario Williams giving up and there’s more to the failure than simply dropping back into coverage. Pass rush involves continuity and learning how to beat the line you’re up against. Schwartz’s scheme was simple. Pettine’s scheme, though it shared some philosophies with Ryan’s, operated entirely differently in terms of communication (used sideline cards instead of linebacker audibles), and relied much less on being so multiple. Rex’s scheme, with all it’s variety, preoccupies the line so much with extra responsibilities that it can’t focus on it’s principle objectives: pressure and gap control. This means they never learn to beat the line they’re up against.
          Wanna say “Bye” to Mario? Fine. But say “Hello” to another failed season in 2016.

          • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd 4ever85! (AKA, ButchDeadLift)

            And here’s some more Bill’s fans from PFT.

            “He poisoned the locker room. No one will pay him $20 per year.”

            “Overrated, washed up linebacker hitting the market? Ted Thompson has a $26,000,000 check waiting.”

            “Keep him motivated? He hasn’t been motivated since October.”

            “Wow finally an intelligent move. Based on the effort he has put out this
            year, if he is allowed to set foot in the field this week the entire
            front office and coaching staff should be terminated.”

            “Solid player but does not fit the 3-4 style that Rex likes to implement.”

            Like I said, lots of questions to be answered.

            Don’t need another Bennett.

            But really, perhaps the even bigger question is if he would even consider a 3-4 team, which I doubt.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Anyway, with DEs you need to draft them. Too expensive, and I want a God-fearing man, like the ‘Gigantic Square’ … Terry Fucking Williams.

            And yes, that’s his name.

  • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd 4ever85! (AKA, ButchDeadLift)

    Wish Gase the best. But have feeling a lot of this love is coming from
    folks who (a) have no respect for Jay or (b) don’t watch Bears games.- Jeff

    See, that’s the sense I’m getting too, but from the other side.

    Those who’ve been most critical of Gase, “coincidentally”, are also Cutty lovers.

    So when shit goes wrong, it’s not Cutty’s fault. It’s Gase’s, or Long’s (the most ridiculous one yet) or Bennett’s , etc.

    IMO, Cutty’s “success” is due more to Gase than the other way around, much in the same way that Harbaugh resurrected Alex Smith’s career, or Arian’s with Palmer.

    Cutty always had the potential, but he never knew how to unlock it on a consistent basis.

    Gase has showed him how, and I think that even if Gase leaves, Cutty will now tap into that new found method.

    As the saying goes, if someone’s hungry, you don’t give him a fish, but teach him how to fish, and Gase has taught Cutty how to fish.

    • Anonymous

      Agreed, just too much coincidence that Cutty finally gets it when the hot young OC shows up. I also find it mildly amusing that for years the Cutty lovers blamed his OCs and now there is apparently a good one here and they have no interest in giving him credit.

      Oh well, I’m kinda with Cutty when it comes to Gase’s HC prospects: hope he gets one. Also don’t think it will hurt us much as Loggains will be promoted or Fox will get his old buddy who is soon to be canned by SD.

      • Irish Sweetness

        I’m confused how Cutty’s improvement is 100% on Gase?
        Isn’t it ten years in the league and the penny finally drops for Cutty? He’s not stupid. He knew he was playing with fire all those years, trying to squeeze it in, throwing the pick, walking off shrugging is shoulders with the we’ll-get-em-next-time mentality. Why can’t it just be that he said “enough”? It’s certainly not the play-calling. His decision making is better, his manner is different, his allowing himself to throw it away and wait for the next drive or just pull it down and run … nothing to do with play-calling. Perhaps the OC go thru to him, but I don’t believe anyone tells Jay what to do. Jay has to decide what to do.
        If Gase walks, it’s no biggie. We’re a lot bigger than Adam Gase. Can’t see Jay regressing when he’s already seen the fruits of his labor. So Jay is playing better, why is all on Gase just because he’s around? Maybe they changed the paint on the walls at Halas, is it that?
        Could it maybe that Jay decided to stop being a prick with the ball?

        Adam Gase is not Bill Walsh.

        • Johnnywad

          Timing.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Timing of what? I don’t get it. Timing of throws? Can’t teach timing.

          • Johnnywad

            Gase’s arrival and Cutler’s immediate and obvious pocket awareness and ball security. It’s got to have at least something to do with Gase. It sure isn’t the receiving corp and the O-line situation was not exactly great.

            Moving forward, I would guess he’s learned something from Gase. He knows what it feels like to play smart and aware. Next year, the defense will be another step better which will further reduce pressure on the offense.

            As Butch suggests, I’m betting Cutty has learned to fish and will have an even better year next year in a Bears uniform.

          • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd 4ever85! (AKA, ButchDeadLift)

            There’s a HIGH correlation, J-wad.

            Apparently, Irish believes that the 10th year indeed is “magical” LITERALLY.

            I’d sooner believe Tall Whites from AlphaCenturi transferred Sid Luckman’s soul into Cutty than that Cutty somehow magically “got it” by himself after a career of mediocrity, stretching all the way back to Vandy.

            Muah! love you Irish, but sometimes, you cray-cray!

          • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

            oh hell no, you did not say Cutty was mediocre at vandy. Bro, if you played on a team as thoroughly outmatched as his teams in the SEC and still kept them competitive and won occasionally that is not mediocre.

            He’s a fucking legend at Vandy. Did things with teams that had NOTHING. Odd…he did the same here.

            #team game
            #pink champagne bitches
            #butch why are you not in a blasian right now

          • Irish Sweetness

            I think his turnaround has far more to do with himself, than some external factor.
            For example, are you going to quit doing something because somebody else told you to, or because you yourself deep down want to stop?

            All moot. If Gase walks, the wheels aren’t coming off Cutty. He’s a grown-ass man now. Super bowl ready. It’s the Bears that have to catch up now.

        • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd 4ever85! (AKA, ButchDeadLift)

          Yeah, every QB in their 10th year magically cuts their INTs in half.
          No correlation that Cutty was doing well under Martz, and that Gase a Martz protege, went back to that well to MAKE Cutty make better decisions, to simplify his reads, to limit his audibles, to get in plays quickly so that Cutty can be more comfortable and analyze the defense with more than 2 seconds on the clock.

          Gase somehow helped Tebus make the playoffs and beat the Steelers.
          I’m also certain he learned a lot from Martz and Mooch and transferred that knowledge to Cutty like a sith lord.

          Gase has A LOT to do with Cutler’s progression, but like I said, it’s not as if Cutty is the only QB who’s career was salvaged by a good coach.

          Where would Brees be without Payton? Palmer without Arians? Alex Smith without Harbaugh (Alex Smith would probably be a backup)?

          Though I do agree, I don’t think Cutler regresses now mainly because Gase/Loggains have showed him the way, and hopefully, there’s no turning back.

          That being said, I still have reservations about Gase’s playcalling, but that’s separate from him remaking Cutler.

          • Anonymous

            I’m with you about Cutler/Gase but both Palmer and Brees were fine w/out, respectively, Arians and Payton. At least individually.

          • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd 4ever85! (AKA, ButchDeadLift)

            I think both Palmer and Brees flashed, but both kinda got derailed by injuries.

            SD after all decided to go with Rivers and let Brees go.
            And Palmer looked Cutler-ish in OAK.

            I think both Palmer and Brees had the tools, but pairing them up with those coaches really elevated them, much like Gase elevated Cutty (but obviously, not to their level – not yet at least).

          • Irish Sweetness

            Brees dislocated his shoulder badly I think in SD, so they were happy to let him go. I heard him say that watching last week on Bear Grylls, just before he wrestled a fucking crocodile. That man has balls.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Just Elway ;o)
            Alex Smith is a good example. He was sweaty balls terrible in SF.

        • Anonymous

          We agree to disagree, Irish. Cutty has had a solid year. For the first time since I can remember he, indeed, has been the best O player on the team.

          But he’s largely been an overpaid, mercurial but mediocre QB his entire career who has led his teams to the post-season as many times as Kirk Cousins. Again, it would just seem too coincidental that he just flipped a switch the year Adam Gase and John Fox arrived. (Although I would buy it a little more if it was due to fear after almost being shipped out.)

          In terms of Gase being the next Bill Walsh, nah, I don’t think so either. And in fact, I think Fox will replace him with someone just as good. But I do think that Gase got thru to Cutler about some QB concepts and put in an O system that made it easier on Cutty.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Oh we all got salty on Cutty towards the end …just glad he went with the ten year turnaround.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Did Arian’s make Carson Palmer? Or was it a top defense, a great line, and Larry Fitz? I remember Carson as being pretty good before hand.

      I don’t know what a Cutty lover is. We were all fans .. and then not .. and we’re fans again. The man is doing better than expected. He turned it around on his last chance, and it’s working.

      Jay just needed to pull his head out of his ass. Gase didn’t teach him how to play QB, Gase wouldn’t have the first fucking clue. Only Jay can pull Jay’s head out of his ass. I’m with the Blogfather on this one. IF Gase goes and gets overpaid as a HC, he’ll fail. I can’t see why anyone would give a kid – that kid – a job at the top.

      • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd 4ever85! (AKA, ButchDeadLift)

        Have you seen Palmer play under Arians?
        He’s great and that has nothing to do with his defense. In fact, if the Cards had a suckier D, that might mean Palmer would light it up even more, but half the games they’re blowing the other team out, that they take the foot off the pedal a bit, or else Palmer would probably be breaking many records.

        • wreckinball

          Are we really comparing Palmer and Jay?

          • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd 4ever85! (AKA, ButchDeadLift)

            I’m saying that Arians resurrected Palmer’s career much like Gase with Cutty.
            Ppl forget, Palmer sucked donkey balls in OAK, and if he would’ve stayed there, he’d probably be in the Fitz tier, if that.

          • Irish Sweetness

            He didn’t have much to play with in OAK in fairness. Even Meg Ryan and Eli can look good when they they throw it up to JJ or OBJ.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Oh, I always liked Carson …

    • wreckinball

      Cutler progressed from awful
      To mediocre
      Gase is fine keep him
      Actually next year no one wants Cutler even the new and improved version
      That’s Ok
      Keep Cutler draft a new QB
      Let him mentor for a year and then adios Jay

      • Johnnywad

        Sure. Because the QB we draft in the middle of the first round, in a year when there are no top shelf QBs to be had at all, is going to be awesome.

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    So the guaranteed or probable HC openings are: IND, PHI, SD, SF, CLE and TEN.

    The possibles are: DET, MIA, NYG, NO and STL.

    Btw, would it be shocking if TB let go of Lovie?

    • Johnnywad

      Yes. No way they fire Lovie. That’s next year.

      • Irish Sweetness

        They’l have to hit 10-6 first.

  • wreckinball

    I’m thinking the Bears should be looking at Jared Goff
    Not sure he’ll still be there

    • willbest

      Not at 14 with QB needy teams drafting before us.

    • beninnorcal

      I doubt he’s still there. I’m for taking a qb to develop but our first pick better be on D. Either ILB or DE, hopefully.

      • wreckinball

        Agree if none of the top three are available

        • beninnorcal

          Or OLB if a really badass one is there where we pick.

      • Irish Sweetness

        I hear Paxton Lynch stunk it up on his outing? I’m still a Fales fan, hope they don’t throw a pick way on a QB.

    • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

      I agree. I don’t think it’s an issue that we gave up 4 leads in the 4th quarter at all. it probably had no impact on the playoff hopes of the bears.

    • AlbertInTucson

      The Bears are drafting defense first.

      • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

        Thank you Al for restoring my faith in humanity.

      • Irish Sweetness

        And second. And I hope, third. DE, LB and CB, in whatever order that needs to happen … with a stupendous pick of foresight when we grab an OT in the fourth. A fat, bearded white man who becomes our Jimbo Covert.

        • Johnnywad

          We need another safety too.

  • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

    boys, as we wrap up 2015 please keep this thought in your hearts. I love you all and at the same time if you mention drafting a QB this year after the reasons why we missed the playoffs again i’ll hunt you down and kill you.

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      surely there are easier ways to meet the posters on the blog than out of vengeance

      • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

        i met the best of them not through vengeance but through vodka tonics at Ditkas. it was epic…..even though GP had a “cold”.

        • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

          and by “kill” i mean make them drink hard alcohol while i try to change their minds by passionately pleading my case of football logic and numbers, and football know how…until they fucking die of tradewind poisoning.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            Happy New Year bud, i got to head out to celebrate.

          • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

            be safe. get crazy. survive.

  • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

    had the kids watch Star Wars tonight. they loved it because they got the toys for xmas and recognized the characters in the movie. I’m 37 going on 38 and my New Years went from making out with random hotties to watching my kids be fascinated by their toys acting out an adventure on screen.

    I don’t want to get sappy but since everyone is asleep in my house I have a couple of hours to kill. I’m not going to lie. I’m going to drink some awesome booze and get a little sappy by myself. I have alot to be thankful for and alot of shit that i wish would have went the other way this year.

    I love having an outlet for my Bears obsession and hope you guys do too. I regret some of the nuclear wars that have gone on in the past but since we all came though them unscathed it makes me happy that we’ll continue this little community into the future.

    Even if I tell you to die in a bathtub of Clay Matthews blood soaked urine from time to time please know that what i really want is for you, your family and your loved ones to be happy, healthy, safe….and then AND ONLY THEN to die in a blood soaked tub of Matthews urine if you malign Cutty or the boys.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Bear the fuck down, man! YES.

      Jay Christopher can take us to the promised land. I’m a belieber !!

      And Kylo Ren CAN become a badass … eventually.

      • Doc Nitty

        Seemed a little too easy for her. How could she out force the new Vader character in that one scene? I loved the movie but that and the Vader character was the weakest yet.

        • Irish Sweetness

          SPOILERS (for the grannies who haven’t sen it yet, stop reading)

          Aha. Let me reassure, kind sir. That was my initial thought. Loses a light saber battle to a chick in her first ever light saber battle?

          I’ve seen it 4 … 5 times now. His training is not yet complete, Snoke sends for him at the end. It’s highly likely that Rey is Luke’s daughter and will have a crazy midi-chlorian count like her grand-dad…. saber jumps into her hand, not Kylo’s … she can jedi mind trick the guard (Daniel Craig!) unlike Qui Gon Jinn who was crap at that . She’s certainly very strong with the force, resisting his mind probe like that – so he can be forgiven, especially since he was fighting after being wounded (Chewbacca had just blown a hole in him). In the deleted scenes on the Blu-ray coming out in April, she receives a telepathic message from Snoke as she’s fighting Kylo, and Snoke tells her to kill him, so Snoke knows about her .. and Luke looks like he knows her at the end

          But Kylo also shows great promise. Can already stop a laser bolt in mid-air. The best force choke ever on his own man. Gets the details from Poe in no time. And he took a serious walk to the dark side by doing you-know-what to you-know-who.

          His tantrums were hilarious.

          But he arc is not complete, Anakin was an impetuous teenager too, Kylo is on the way. His training will continue in Ep. 8, and Luke will train Rey (on Skellig Michael in Ireland!).

          They are basically re-booting the original trilogy, the story is identical so far, but it’ll still be cool.

    • Johnnywad

      Happy New Year Waffle. You magnificent bastard.

    • Doc Nitty

      What did YOU think of the movie?

      • Irish Sweetness

        I was about to ask …

        And what did YOU think Doc? No doubt it was a vape-enhanced experience?

        Bastard.

  • MB30SD
    • Trac

      You can go to sleep now MB. It’s midnight somewhere.

      • MB30SD

        Was out by 103p trac.

        Happy new year and all the best in 2016

        • Trac

          Is the new year thing a Yiddish Chinese thing? I forget.

          • MB30SD

            I think it’s the day we lost a good jewish boy… wait….

  • Irish Sweetness

    (42-25)

    Hitting up the dogs this week. All about the points.

    CLE +11 at home to the lately-sloppy Steelers

    SEA +7 Love the Cardinals, but it may be tighter than that. Arizona looking light at safety and DL.

    TB +10.5 Panthers also looked sloppy last week. No Ginn and no RBs.

    Other bets:

    MMA – UFC 195 – Joseph Duffy to win by KO/TKO or DISQ over Dustin Porier – 9/4.

    The last man to beat Conor McGregor will open this guy’s head in the first round.

  • AlbertInTucson

    I see Joey Bosa was excused early today.

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