• CanadaBear

    Just read that a survey revealed 41% of the people surveyed think the Pats cheated. I had no idea 59% of the NFL fans like the Pats. Barb you’re in the majority!

    • willbest

      They are in the high 20s on my list, but since Seattle is 31, followed by GB at 32, the Pats it is.

    • NewBearInTown

      Whether or not they did, players commit “veteran” penalties on the field all the time. I see this the same way. The advantage offered is small at best and the only reason people care so much is that the league is doing such a lousy job (again) with PR during a disciplinary matter.
      I’m really just ticked off that Goodell let the story get out before mid-February. Guilty or not, this ruined like 4 days worth of Superbowl week. It was only today that I’ve heard anyone really talk about the game itself. That is not how I like to approach the big game.

      • CanadaBear

        I think the outrage is mostly due to Belichick’s history and they win so often. No doubt they gained an advantage deflating the balls but people have been doing other illegal stuff for years. Not saying it’s right, I just can’t work up much indignation about it. As far as the SB hype, I hate it and avoid it (since forever). I always try to find out when kickoff is and turn it on then.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      It’s not about being a fan. It’s about the subject of ‘cheating’.

      your survey shows the act of ‘cheating’ in the NFL is a debatable one. Which was always my point.

      I’ve took tons of grief and crap for my opinion… which you now say is the majority opinion in some context.

  • AlbertInTucson

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog
    “Doesn’t mean Bears will or should bring him back. But even at current skill level Briggs could thrive.”

    Does anyone really think Briggs has ANY desire to remain a Chicago Bear?

    • CanadaBear

      I think he would like to stay and play for Fox. Not sure that feeling will be reciprocated.

      • AlbertInTucson

        What’s his contract situation? Think he wants a farewell tour with Lovie?

        • he’s an unrestricted free agent.

          I can guarantee Lovie doesn’t want him. He’s got Lavonte David at Briggs’ position.

        • CanadaBear

          I can’t imagine many teams will be beating down his door. I think it will be a lot like the #54 situation. I’m not sure the Bears will even make a lowball counter offer. Lance played well in 2013 before he got hurt. Since then it looks like Father Time caught up with him. Who knows?

          • AlbertInTucson

            Blogfather seems to think there’s still gas left in his tank but I’m with you on this one, Canada.

          • Sactowns#1

            There’s definitely a fire in his belly, and two full racks, some brisket, mac and cheese, a couple of biscuits, some greens….

    • GPLDAN

      He has the desire to finance another rib joint or comic book launch. And that costs money.

      • John Doe

        And supporting Ho Biscuits ain’t cheap.

  • yesssss that’s the stuff. For a second there I thought the Rev performed hari kari.

    I too am not all that fond of the SB. It has gotten overyhpyed. Many want “American Football” to be exported to other countries. I do not. I like it that’s it’s insular. It’s a niche fetish, like tazering titties and clothe pinning testicles. Hmmm, Good stuff.

    Anyhow. SB gets diluted. It’s one 8 hour long commercial – a sweaty condiment-fueled capitalistic orgy which most accurately reflects western civilization.

    Yeah, I’m probably still gonna watch it. It’s like watching “Lost”. It starts off compelling, then after the 400th flashback, you want to board a plane and jump off, but you are duty-bound to watch the finale.

    Go Bears, 2035!

    • CanadaBear

      I’m going out to a great Blues Jam on Sunday. Gonna record the game. Skip all the commercials (up here in Canada they are all replaced with BS commercials I’ve seen a zillion times with the sound off) and half time. That should help a lot. Somebody will just have to recap the Katy Perry lip synch festival for me!!??!!

      • haha, jam out for me! My in-law is a Pat’s fan, so he might want to watch it with me.
        I’m not sure if I’m going to cheer or jeer when ever either team scores.

        It’s gonna be like watching Stalin box Hitler. (hyperbole over)

        • CanadaBear

          I actually think it’s going to be a really good game. If it’s not close, I’m guessing it will be the Pats in a blowout. You just know Darth Vader will test out Sherman and Thomas to see if they’re healthy. If they aren’t, it will be a long night for the Squawks.

      • Bender McLugh

        what do you play, Canada?

        • CanadaBear

          Piano and accordion but I don’t play in public. Too shitty and too shy. I just go and have a great time. They have 2 pianists/organists that are crazy talented. Tons of guitarists, a few good singers and a bunch of good bassists and drummers. Also, a few harmonica, sax and trumpet players to punch up the sound. Once in a while someone will get up there that sucks and everyone on stage tries to prop them up. Really a great group of musicians that all seem to get along. It goes from 4-8 every Sunday.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Anyone cry at the ‘Lost’ finale? I did. And then I woke up the next day realizing they’d jumped the fucking shark.

      • Yes, but before Lost jumped the shark, it dedicated an entire season to the shark’s flashback of when he was battling for chum, and swimming through sunk shipwrecks and falling in love beneath the coral reefs…

        • Irish Sweetness

          It was great stuff though.

        • AlbertInTucson

          I recently heard that the “Jumped The Shark” site had changed hands and now has actually “Jumped The Shark” itself!

    • Shady

      “It’s a niche fetish, like tazering titties and clothe pinning testicles. Hmmm, Good stuff.”

      You’re spending way too much time on the interwebs.

  • Bears moving from 4-3 to 3-4 with current personnel would be what is
    referred to as “rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic”. Players. – Jeff

    There is such a thing as great coaching lifting all tides.
    Harbaugh came in and took the same roster (more or less) from disaster to contender in one season

    Not saying Fox and Fangio have that dramatic turnaround, but it’s in the realm of possibility.

    • DaBearsBlog

      I think you will see that on the offensive side of the ball. I don’t think the players are there on defense.

      • I think somewhere between 4 and 6 guys who start for the Bears day 1 this year are not currently on the roster.

        • CanadaBear

          Let’s hope so!

    • beninnorcal

      Is there a third option? I’m seeing a tie here. Would either way is what I mean.

      • CanadaBear

        Like I used to tell my buddies when we were on the prowl. Take your pick and I’ll take the other one. Actually it was always the women that decided. Unless you were a total blockhead you could always tell which ones the ladies wanted and why would you fight that? Unless of course the other one was hideous.

    • Shady

      Pretty sure that sash says Miss Colombia is Dutch, but regardless not a fan of Miss Jamaica. I’ll do some research and get back to you shortly… MB, your thoughts?

    • willbest

      Personally, I would have been all in Miss Czech Republic. But then Miss Universe seem to have a fairly healthy Latina bias.

      • I have no complaints about Latinas.
        The one’s from Venezuela have a solid rep for beauty, like Ukranians and Swedes.

        • willbest

          Not knocking the Latinas. Just noting that over half the Miss Universe winners are Latinas, where with Miss World they only show up about once or twice a decade.

  • beninnorcal

    Regarding the comparison our Cheesy friend was making between Bears/Niners on the last thread:

    Regardless of the difference in roster talent, the arrows are pointing in different directions for these two teams. If you don’t see that you are most likely a jilted Packer fan hoping against hope that it ain’t so.

    • beninnorcal

      I live in SF and the general consensus around here when it comes to football is that nobody wants to talk about football. Niners are headed back for mediocrity.

    • beninnorcal

      Cheesy, yes they have a better roster than Chi but remember the only difference between the Harbaugh Niners and the crappier teams before he got here is youth. A lot of the same players were here before Harbaugh and I saw the product firsthand, it wasn’t very impressive. Now he’s gone and they’re getting older.

    • NewBearInTown

      Everything is pointing to a decline for the Niners. But is it really that certain? The coach they’ve hired is a total unknown, and he was a key assistant to the previous regime.
      San Fran could fall apart under the new guy, or they could take a step back this year in transition and turn out to have a solid coach in place once again. Everyone assumes that Harbaugh was the reason that the team was so good and that the GM is just causing trouble. Harbaught was definitely a great coach, but we’ll see if the GM can’t prove he was a part of the success as well.

      • beninnorcal

        I’m not saying they’re falling to the bottom, I just foresee more of what it was like pre-Harbaugh. I’m not one to give him total credit for their success, he inherited a great roster. But the change from Singletary to him was night and day, no denying that.
        Nothing’s for sure, but the Niners future doesn’t look so hot.

        • Johnnywad

          Not to mention they’re in the NFC West. They may never be heard from again trying to get out of that division.

  • Shady

    New Key and Peele East/West Bowl game Super Bowl special:

    (Can you guess which ones are real??)

    • Shady

      hahahahahahhahahaaha

      This shit is too funny, lawd iz too much.

      Last one’s for you Cheesy.

    • SC Dave

      Marmadune Shazbot for the Hall!

  • “What if 20 years from now we’re all still talking about the 85 Bears?”

    I think the 30 year anniversary of that, coupled with how bad Chicago has been the last few years, has really started to lead to a shift in the thinking of many fans. I see often now people getting upset when the 85 Bears are brought up, saying we need to stop living in the past and win in the present. Never really saw that much until the last year or two.

    • willbest

      I remember doing the lip sync to the Super Bowl shuffle in elementary school. At the rate we are going my children won’t have that opportunity.

      • Johnnywad

        I still have it. I want to say its on a vinyl 45. Is that possible?

    • Big Mike

      The ’85 Bears are an interesting phenomena. They provided the city with perhaps it’s greatest joy. The dominance fed an ethos that was starving. At the same time it also ruined many Bears fans, who hold every future Bears team up to that standard. The 2006 and 2010 teams were excellent, but flawed teams. While neither finished the job, they were not appreciated during their runs and before their fate was known, largely because they weren’t a lock every Sunday.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Those god damned dolphins. We would have transcended the game had we beaten them. A bit more of Jim, little less of Buddy … but not to be.

        Just found this interview with some members of the team.

        • the game has changed so much though. You can’t knock those receivers around nearly as much anymore.

        • CanadaBear

          Irish if you saw the game it was the Dolphins night. One of their TD’s was a deflection off a couple of Bears defenders. Taking nothing away from Marino, who was excellent that night, but they could have fallen in a pile of shit and came out smelling like a rose.

      • SC Dave

        Great post, Mike.

  • Irish Sweetness

    More interesting stuff from Mongo from that show “interesting people” :

    On Mac’s greatness at audibles:
    “He would have been a genius OC … he saw the whole field like a sauvant … he didn’t go through progressions like other QBs … he just knew who was open.”

    On Buddy’s defense :

    “He kept smart players. He’d be on the sidelines and he’d just slap one palm against the other. That meant AFC – automatic front coverage – it meant whatever offensive front was presented, you got into the formation that beat it.”

  • Irish Sweetness
    • Doc Hamstring

      Yeah, I gotta agree. Miss Honduras wins the looks category. Maybe her talent sucked?

    • GPLDAN

      El Slalvador

  • So here’s the Cutler “garbage time” stats workup. Let me know what you think. Incredible that 19% of Cutler’s pass attempts in 2014 came with the Bears down 3 scores or more.

    http://dabearsbeat.com/2015/01/29/are-jay-cutlers-stats-inflated-by-garbage-time/

    • GPLDAN

      Excellent observation data. Now tell us what love means to you…

      http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/0/09/DataTNG.jpg

    • CanadaBear

      Great stuff JW. Backs up what most people thought watching last season.

    • Johnnywad

      . What percentage of the season did they spend down three scores or more? Is it even disproportionate? Feels like they spent 20% of the season down three scores.

      • 19% of Cutler’s passing attempts came with the Bears down by 3 or more scores, but those passes accounted for 23% of his yards and 29% of his touchdowns (and 22% of his interceptions).

        • Johnnywad

          Yards and INT’s seem pretty closely correlated. The TDs is the one that sticks out. Perhaps opponent defenses had already packed it in?

          • could be. His YPA was 8.3 in those situations and 6.4 ypa in other situations. That’s a pretty wide discrepancy.

          • Johnnywad

            Might as well air the damn thing out.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            seems to me we need to find a way that gives us favorable matchups like what is found in a ‘prevent’ defense without going down by 3 scores first.

    • Bear Down in Tampa

      Well done, my one nitpicky accountant thing (because you knew it was coming) is that how many times were they down 17+ in the 3Q. It seems to me teams aren’t going in to prevent until the 4th. Teams may have still been playing legitimate D. Bears were down 17 against SF in the 2ndQ and Jay led a TD drive: 3-5, 36 yds, TD.

  • DaCoaches Mustache

    Every one of you should read the book “Monsters” by Rich Cohen. A lot of great stuff about the 85 team, but it’s much more than that. A lot on Hallas and the early days of the NFL too

    http://authorrichcohen.com/monster.htm

    A few interesting notes from the book that I didn’t know before reading it.

    Papa Bear Halas Bought the Bears, known as the Staleys at the time for $100.

    Halas played 1 year of pro baseball for the Yankees, and was replaced by one Babe Ruth as the starting right fielder. Halas wasn’t the every day starter, but he was highly thought by the Yankees.

    Ed McCaskey was a well known singer when he met Virginia. In fact, he was so highly thought of as a singer, he was considered for the lead of a well known big band in Chicago headed by Tommy Dorsey. Frank Sinatra ended up getting that spot and it was his first big break.

    When Halas was on his death bed, he reportedly said any one but Michael could run the Bears after he died. Referring to Michael McCaskey…

    • CanadaBear

      Thanks for the reminder Coach. I’ve been meaning to buy that book but keep forgetting. Insert old joke here.

      • GPLDAN

        You should read Cohen’s other books, esp. Sweet and Low.


        Sweet and Low

        Sweet and Low is the bittersweet, hilarious story of Ben Eisenstadt, who invented sugar packets and Sweet’N Low, and amassed the great fortune that would later destroy his family. It is a story of immigrants, Jewish gangsters, and Brooklyn; of sugar, saccharine, obesity, and diet crazes; of jealousy, betrayal, and ambition. Disinherited along with his mother and siblings, Rich Cohen has written a rancorous, colorful history of his extraordinary family and their pursuit of the American dream.

        • CanadaBear

          Thanks GP. I’ll look them up. A great writer can make almost any subject compelling.

    • beninnorcal

      I read it last year and loved it. I especially liked the part about how the people around Halas could tell when he knew he was close to his end. They knew this because he stopped cussing so much, like referring to opponents and certain other people as ‘cock-suckers’.

    • apparently Halas had intended for his son (also a Halas) to run the team, but he died a couple years before his Dad did.

  • Doc Hamstring

    You know what? 20 years from now, I WANT to be talking about 1985 Bears. They were definitely one of the greatest teams of all time, and arguably THE best.

    That doesn’t mean that if the Bears go on a tear and win Super Bowl 51, 52, and 53 that we’ll stop talking about the ’85 team. Just means that we’ll have something MORE to talk about.

    • “Who would win in a fight: Ditka or Fox?”
      “Well, I dunno, Johnny. Nobody will top Ditka’s 85 Bears, but Fox won 2 Super Bowls to Ditka’s 1”

      • Doc Hamstring

        What about the Indianapolis 500?
        How would they compete?
        Well, the team would be in a bus.
        Would Ditka be driving the bus?
        Of course.
        Da Bearsssssssssssssss!

      • Irish Sweetness

        Ditka won three superbowl rings – VI, XII, XX.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Hear Hear. Gives me a sense of pride. Name a Pats team that crushed everything before it.

  • GPLDAN

    Marc Trestman lost his job. Does he really need a fu**ing waiver wire kicker like @jayfeely throwing dirty on his grave?

    Yes.

    • BearDown100393

      A little dirt helps to grow the coach right?

      • GPLDAN

        Lete’s not equivocate on who Nessman was or what he was. He was a historically bad coach, an awkward weird guy who had no frame of reference for NFL leadership or handling players of that caliber.

        Instead of being the Cutler whisperer, he lost the trust of everyone – including his GM and his QB and sent his OC (his personal friend Kromer) out to do his dirty laundry which is to lay the foundation that Cutler is a coach killer to the press.

        He was using dry-wall to seal off the flood of criticism he knew was rising with the tide.

        He was framing Jay to save his ass.

        He COMPLETELY lost control of the locker room and embarked on a season that embarrassed the city and the franchise.

        His flaccid ways made the Bears soft and weak and sad. Things that will take awhile to un-do.

        So torch the guy. The radio called him Doctor Death because he was trying to Jack Kevorkian the Bears. Fuck him.

        • Trac

          I lay all of the Trestman inadequacy at Phil Emery’s feet because he hired Trestman. There’s not a pro football coach with Trestmans career spanning over decades that would have said no to a HC gig. The guy is human, he failed, end of story. Feely is an ass for piling on. Truly classless act. I totally get Jeff on this one.

          • GPLDAN

            I found last season offensive. It was offensive to be a Bears fan last year and that’s how a lot of Chicagoans felt.

            If Feely was trying to provide context as to why that guy was such an abject failure, then I appreciate his candor. He context of ‘Jay couldn’t lead Scotsman to a bar’ is well founded so we know if we have to keep him another year then we know that dynamic exists.

          • Trac

            I’m with you 100% on the outcome. Still, I blame Emery more.

          • Trac

            Just read Jeff’s twitter feed. I take back my Feely comments but I still blame Emery.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Absolutely. Emery doesn’t know football if he thought Mr. Mackey could come in here and be a leader of men. Ditka had been there and done that. 3 trips to the dance. So when he said “If you walk with me …” then guys listened. Trestman was probably a locker room joke.

  • GPLDAN

    While you are waiting for camp to start this summer, you can go see this:

    Don’t tell me you didn’t laugh your ass off at that hashtag joke….

  • BearDown100393

    Nick Saban hired Mel Tucker.

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