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Super Bowl Sunday

| February 1st, 2015

Seattle Seahawks v Atlanta Falcons

A Note on the Super Bowl

I hear a lot of Bears fans say, “I’m not even going to watch the Super Bowl for this reason or that reason or the other reason or a few different reasons than the other reason.” There’s a sadness to that sentiment. This is the Sunday wherein the sport’s history is written. What is past – regular season, wild card, divisional, title games – is merely prologue.

Fans of the thirty teams not represented in Glendale watch this game with dreams in their hearts. Everything a Bears should want from their club will be represented by the two teams battling this tonight. Every emotion a Bears fan should want to experience will be felt by one of the club’ fan bases well through the evening hours.

This is the Super Bowl.

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  • SC Dave

    Don’t care.

  • Bobby Douglass

    I will watch. The Superb Owl is a shared national experience. And hell yes I want to feel what the fans of the victor will feel.

  • Scott W.

    It may or may not get watched here. Depends on what else I want to get done.

  • Scott W.

    Daughter and son in law had dinner next to Jay Cutler last night. He’s grown his “You don’t recognize me” beard.

    • Irish Sweetness

      I’ll bet it looked like girl’s facial hair compared to Fitzy’s.

  • Trac

    Hey I love football like the next guy but “a sad day” when fans don’t watch the SB / it? What’s sad is that most people will agree with Jeff’s hyperbole.

  • CanadaBear

    I’ll record it and watch it when it’s convenient. Skip all the hooey, esp half time. The only trick is to avoid finding out the score before I watch. Living in Canada, not having a cell phone and leading an insular life makes it pretty easy to do. I find nothing sad about people not watching it, esp Bears fans not watching it. After last season who could blame any Bears fan that just wants to put last season behind them?

    • AlbertInTucson

      I’ll be watching in real time, skipping pregame, halftime or post game.

    • Shady

      But Katy Perry’s gonna have lions! Tits and kits!

      • CanadaBear

        If I thought we’d actually see her nude I’d watch (with the sound off). I’m still baffled by the choice. Her demographic is 13 year-old girls. I’m glad they have given up on the old farts (I think The Who’s performance drove a nail in that coffin) but you would think they could get a band(s) that would connect with their demographic.

        • NewBearInTown

          I think they’re being smart about it. They’re picking pop artists that know how to put on a good stadium show and also know how to put on a production. Last year the Chili Peppers (totally part of the demographic) were ho hum, but the pop artist was really good. Rock bands, for the most part, perform well enough on stage but don’t put on much of a production.
          For a long time I thought Metallica should do a Superbowl. But now I wonder – Metallica with dancers? With a color guard? I think the pop acts are the right choice, even if the music isn’t everyone’s favorite.

          • Scott W.

            You’ll hate this then. I’d bring back college and high school marching bands, perhaps the various military color guards, etc.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Once more gentlemen. Katy Perry as God intended.

          Abra-ca-dabra !

          http://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s–aS0VIvcj–/18k2enoohf436jpg.jpg

      • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

        Tits n kits? I’m in!

    • Doc Hamstring

      Why skip halftime? Katy’s Perry’s boobs are a pretty good show!

      • CanadaBear

        I’m too old for cleavage. It’s bare boobs or nothing for me!

  • Big Mike

    Every week the playoffs progress is way easier, because at this point the Bears are just one of 30 teams that aren’t playing for the championship. Watching GB snatch defeat from the jaws of victory was as good or better than a Bears win. Watching NE destroy Indy was a clinic.

    Seeing the caliber of football being played in the playoffs is refreshing. The playoffs are really the main attraction for a football fan. The SuperBowl is a fun excuse most to simply, drink, watch silly commercials, with a game going on in the background.

    • CanadaBear

      It wasn’t better than a Bears win but was thoroughly enjoyable. I just read it was Pep that told Shields to go down on that last INT. Thanks Pep. First time you did anything for the Bears in the last couple of years.

      • Big Mike

        Packers painful loss in playoffs I guess isn’t as good as a Bears regular season win. You’re right. But it was the most enjoyment I could have gotten from that game. Pep did have a brain fart. That’s for sure. He and that 86 kid on the onside kick. His job on the play was to block. They had Jennings out there right behind him to go for the ball. Kid owned up to his mistake. Felt bad for him personally.

  • Doc Hamstring

    I am watching and rooting for one purpose only. The Patriots have won more Super Bowls since 1985 than the Bears. I cannot abide by them continuing to out-perform the Bears. Thus, they must lose, and lose badly.

    Go Seahawks!

    • NewBearInTown

      Wait, what?

    • TheBigCheesy

      The Seahawks will also have won more super bowls than the bears if they win tonight.

  • NewBearInTown

    After talking it over with Doc (Doc Nitty that is), I’m going to go with Seattle. I want the Patriots to win, but I’ve learned my lesson after the last couple of Superbowls. Pick the best QB in the regular season. In the playoffs, pick the better D.

    • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

      Any chance I could also talk you into not being so good at Chess?

    • NewBearInTown

      Well, so much for that.

  • DocNitty(BallsStillOrnamental)

    Couldn’t agree more Jefe! And inespecially don’t get those who say this SB has no appeal. You’ve got stars an legends in both teams. You’ve got old best corner vs new bras young best corner. You’ve got Pete Carrol vs the team that fired him and the coach that replaced him. You’ve got one of, if not The best defense in modern history vs the best QB Of all time (arguably). You’ve got colorful people on both teams in Gronk and Sherman and Beast Mode. You’ve got two punishing running backs in Blount and Beast Mode. You’ve got the most recent dynasty trying to hold back the up and coming dynasty.

    I could go on and on. This is a great Super Bowl!

    I’ve been beer in since 10:30 am.

    Fuck Yeah I love SB Sunday!

    • Thisguy_justsaid

      Dam when u say like that now I’m excited!

    • MikeBrownhadaPosse

      Yup yup!

  • AlbertInTucson

    So, Marshawn Lynch had to be told by NFL Uniform Enforcer, Merton Hanks,

    “Change those shoes or you will not be allowed to play.”

  • Cormonster

    Who had the over on the National Anthem? I clocked it 2:03, two seconds over.

    • AlbertInTucson

      And the “Gift’ that was a FG in the first quarter died a horrible death on Brady’s Cutler impression.

  • MikeBrownhadaPosse

    Still haven’t figured out who to root for. Don’t want a repeat champ but would rather root for that D. Don’t wanna to root for Brady but do want to root for Hoodie. Carroll bugs the hell out of me but love chancellor. Ugh.

    • Cormonster

      Easy decision for me. Love Wilson (WI) and don’t like Brady (MI).

      • MikeBrownhadaPosse

        Well yeah Corm! Illini have like 4 players on NEs roster.

  • MikeBrownhadaPosse

    Is Edelman ever NOT chirping at a db?

    • GPLDAN

      Edelman clocked that dude’s leg

  • GPLDAN

    With a ball at 10.5 psi, Brady doesn’t make that throw.

    • Cormonster

      He looked like Cutler throwing off his back foot.

  • GPLDAN

    I think Wilson did his tax return while he was back there.

  • BearDown100393

    Cris Collinsworth is the Peter King of football commentary. Sanitize, sterilize, rinse and repeat.

  • GPLDAN

    A call that Carroll is not afraid to make, but Trestman never would have.

    • Shady

      I wouldn’t say Trestman was overly conservative, he had a few calls over his tenure where he showed some Tresticles. It just seemed he didn’t have a consistent approach or plan for certain situations.

      The knock on Fox is that he’s overly conservative, but at least he’s consistent.

    • CanadaBear

      Nessman was always going for it on 4th down. Not to mention coming up a few inches short just before halftime against the Fudgies.

  • BearDown100393

    Elton John could only dream of producing a gayer half-time performance.

    • GPLDAN

      I was hoping for a Kim Jong Il reference during Fireworks.

      • BearDown100393

        He might be thanked during Goodell bot’s acceptance speech when he wins a Tony Award for that crap.

      • MikeBrownhadaPosse

        Ditto. If only there were more Mil-28s.

      • Irish Sweetness

        I was hoping for Kim Jong Il.

    • Irish Sweetness

      NTTAWWT.

  • Shady

    I was expecting more boobage from Perry, have to say I’m slightly disappointed. I thought the return of Missy Elliott was the best part of the show, although the dancing sharks were a close second.

    • BearDown100393

      I thought that was Lenny Kravitz in drag?

  • GPLDAN

    Bellicheat is gonna need to slide Revis onto Matthews or lose the game over it because that kid has his sights set on Super Bowl MVP.

    • BearDown100393

      Al Bundy could not be prouder.

    • MikeBrownhadaPosse

      What is it with the patriots vs. One hit wide receivers in the super bowl?

  • BearDown100393

    The air is going out on the New England Patriots.

  • Shady

    Was that Brandon Marshall sitting next to the commish??

    • BearDown100393

      Somebody has to tell the bot what is happening on the field.

    • GPLDAN

      It was. Way to network Brandon.

  • MikeBrownhadaPosse

    Impressed that Edelman was conscious, much less making a second effort, after that hit from chancellor. Yow.

    • Shady

      He was running like he had just done one of those dizzy bat challenges.

      • MikeBrownhadaPosse

        tough little bastard!

  • Shady

    Who’s/What’s harder to wrangle? Russell Wilson, Julian Edelman, or a greased chicken?

    • BearDown100393

      Jake Cutler’s front foot on the turf. Mission impossible.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Whoops.

  • BearDown100393

    Only Marc Trestman could defend Pete Carroll’s play call.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Thing is, Tresty would have called that play and none of us would have blinked. 2nd and 1? Goal-line? Yup, corner-fade to Brandon. 3rd and 1, 4th and 1, it would have made no difference.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Marshawn Lynch 1 yard away on 2nd and goal WITH a timeout left and Bevill calls THAT?

    TOO funny.

    That’s called “Outsmarting yourself.”

    • BearDown100393

      Who wants to interview Bevill?

      • AlbertInTucson

        Some folks here wanted to.

      • Johnnywad

        I would like to, just so I can sit down and ask WTF? Sadly, he won’t make it out of the airport alive, should he choose to travel back to Seattle.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Or … the mafia got to him.

      “You win dis game Carroll …. (thumb makes throat-slitting motion) …fuhgeddaboudit.”

      There was no reason in sports not to run that ball. Seconds had to be taken off the clock or Brady goes down the field and ties it with a FG … and … I dunno … THE ENDZONE IS FULL OF THEIR DEFENSE ???!

  • AlbertInTucson

    The only word for thay play call is “Ignorant.”

    All credit to Melvin Butler for reconizing what was coming.

  • AlbertInTucson

    I’m going to get a kick out of listening to the Seattle play-by-play team call THAT stinker.

  • tobijohn

    Jimmy Garoppolo gets a ring…

    • AlbertInTucson

      Where ya been?

      • tobijohn

        I’ve been around. Spending a bit of time on guitar and Forex sites lately but I’ll be back on a more regular basis once the Bears’ offseason officially starts..

        • AlbertInTucson

          Well, we need all the sentient beings we can get here, you know?

          • tobijohn

            🙂

  • GPLDAN

    Throwing the slant vs. going Beast Mode.

    Crazy.

  • GPLDAN

    Who saw a Tom Brady performance like this coming? He is dreadful.

    Jeff, a little quick on the trigger there.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Another reason to give up Tweeting.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      his post before the Bears-Patriots game….. hahahaahh.

  • GPLDAN
  • Barb UMihai Mar

    I’ve been telling you about Malcolm Butler since August. Consider yourself lucky.

    Superb game… minus the usual Super Bowl crap that makes every wanker watch and have an opinion about it.

    I bet none of those motherfuckers knew who Butler is… very talented undrafted rookie cover CB who would have never been active if he wasn’t an equally excellent Special teamer.

    Smart people should take notice… nobody will.

    PS: 2___1 Sherman. 21. Bitch.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Dude. Butler fucked up. Bigtime. He’s an idiot. All he had to do was take a knee.

      If Bennett doesn’t encroach, there is a very good chance that the Pats get stuffed for a safety … punt the ball to the HAwks who then only need a FG to win.

      Butler is a very lucky man to have escaped that.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        I want to fuck up like him every day.

        Forcing a safety is not easy to accomplish.

  • GPLDAN

    This feels a little like the new Wolfenstein video game where the Germans won WW2.

  • Scott W.

    Not sure Brady is anything more than a lazy MVP choice.

    • AlbertInTucson

      The 4 TD passes trumps the INTs. Who else would you suggest?

      • Scott W.

        Eddleman would have been more of a gutsy, heady choice IMO.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Not a bad call. We know they look for any excuse to give it QBs. Worst example was Manning vs. Bears.

          • Scott W.

            Yeah. That was a default choice too. Everybody just picks the QB (especially if Brady or Manning are playing). I just thought Eddleman turned in one helluva gutsy, smart game.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    how about a defender on the fucking podium… morons.

    • Scott W.

      I’ll upvote you that Barb.

  • AlbertInTucson

    I think my favorite commercial was the “Avocado Draft.”

    • Shady

      Didn’t like much of the commercials, but the polar bear in the sombrero hoping to get drafted by Mexico was pretty funny. The other one I enjoyed was the Doritos airplane passenger.

  • Shady

    So Detroit gets jobbed on a questionable call/no call against Dallas. Dallas gets jobbed on a similar questionable call against Green Bay. Green Bay loses in gut wrenchingly horrendus fashion to Seattle. Seattle loses in gut wrenchingly horrendus fashion in the Super Bowl. Interesting.

    • Scott W.

      …and gallactically stupid fashion, I believe.

      • AlbertInTucson

        “gallactically stupid “. A FEW GOOD MEN reference?

        • Scott W.

          Great Catch Al! I’ve got you down for MVP of Film Reference posts.

          • AlbertInTucson

            I enjoyed that particular rant from Lt Caffey.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Fury is a good watch, although the ending is pure hollywood. Anyone who plays World of Tanks would love a Sherman with that kind of armor.

            The Imitation Game (Alan Turing) is worth a watch too. Won the war almost singlehandedly and never got the recognition for it. In fact, all they did was chemically castrate him.

            1. Invent the computer. Check.
            2. Win World War II with your brain. Check.

            Thanks Alan, we’ll have your testicles please.

    • BerwynBomber

      Yep. And don’t forget Baltimore somewhat failing to close the deal against NE in the divisional round.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      The playoffs this year have been special. Too bad most don’t realize it… they’re obsessed with Brady’s balls instead.

    • AlbertInTucson

      But in Seattle’s case, they shot themselves in the foot.

      • Shady

        And Green Bay didn’t?

        • AlbertInTucson

          I thought Green Bay was more a case of missed opportunites for failing to cash in more points off 5 turnovers.

          Tonight was straight out of Barney Fife’s playbook with his .38 special.

  • AlbertInTucson

    The Brandon LaFell prop bet WAS, in fact, under (29 yds)

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      no FG either

  • GPLDAN

    Edelman for MVP.

    Brady throws the pick to Jeremy Lane. Edelman CRACKS the kid as he’s trying to return that ball back. Puts Lane out of the game. I thought Edelman blew Lane’s knee out but in fact he broke his wrist on that fall.

    Pats then proceed to target the backup nickelback and exploit him to get the game winning drive going. Hawks missed Lane. Edelman made a lemon into lemonade. Man did he come to play.

    • Shady

      Agreed. Bears need one of those quick twitch point guard type WR/RBs. Give them the ball in space and they just make defenders miss.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        Edelman could have been signed by any NFL team for less than 3 mil 2 years ago…

      • NewBearInTown

        37 completions, which apparently is a Superbowl record. And 4 touchdowns. But I do agree, the two interceptions were really painful and completely on Brady. Seattle made great plays on both balls, but that doesn’t change the fact that Brady should be better to be a true MVP.
        But who do you give the award to if not Brady?

      • John Doe

        “Bears need one of those quick twitch point guard type WR/RBs. ”

        Word is that the new Jets GM is planning to cut Percy Harvin who is slated to make $10 million in 2015. The new GM did not make the trade and will not cough up a draft pick to Seattle by keeping Harvin.

        If Bears could handle Brandon Marshall, they can handle Harvin too.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      last year be played Defense… plays Special Teams.

      He doesn’t care about no mvp.

      He’s a great dude. Just read this…

      http://espn.go.com/blog/boston/new-england-patriots/post/_/id/4714762/football-journey-julian-edelman

      • Irish Sweetness

        Edelman would disappear in a Bears’ jersey with Jake under Center.
        The dude can’t even hit 6’4 guys when they’re open …

        POOF!

    • Scott W.

      Echo.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Dunno. I think you give it to Michael Bennett for being an arse.

      What’s the ONE thing you cannot do on defense when the opposing team is on their 1 yard line trying to get the ball out of the endzone?

  • AlbertInTucson

    Nice sucker punch on Gronkowski. Was that Michael Bennett or the guy who got ejected?
    Classy stuff that, while I’m not please The Pats won, DOES make me happy Seattle loss.

    • Shady

      I think Bruce Irving got tossed. Certainly an ugly moment.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Yes, Irin got the heave-ho for instigating. Collinsworth ID’d Bennett for the sucker punch.

      • NewBearInTown

        First player to ever be ejected from a Superbowl.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      another one…

    • NewBearInTown

      I get rushing the victory formation in that situation. An unaware QB could fumble the ball and Seattle gets another shot. But yeah, everything after the whistle was just disgraceful.

      • Irish Sweetness

        I was watching the last minute with a friend who knows nothing about the NFL. I told him when the game ended, there would be a big fight (because of Bennett’s encroachment and all Hawks being pissed off majorly). And it was disgraceful …. the one game when a large portion of the planet is watching gridiron, and that’s what they see. Millionaires fighting like dogs in the street.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Julian Edelman is why New England never really missed Wes Welker.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      They missed him last year.

      • AlbertInTucson

        They did? Because Edelman only had 105 receptions last year.?

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          would have used him with Hernandez in jail and Gronk injured and re injured

          • AlbertInTucson

            Yeah, they missed him so much they only got to the conference championship game.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            That’s my point. With him it could have been another Super Bowl. They lost against Welker’s team.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Edelmen caught 100+. How many footballs do you think they play with?

            “…would have used him with Hernandez in jail and Gronk injured…”
            What!? Welker’s going to play tight end?

            NE didn’t get to SB 48 because you can’t replace a Gronk.

            Edelmen doesn’t get concussed every 3 or 4 games. Plus, they picked up Amendola to replace Welker’s consonssions.

            Edelmen didn’t play as much when Welker was they are basically because they are the same guy except now Edelmen’s an even better version of Welker.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Edelman was coming after a ACL tear and the other 3 WRs were rookies.

            Who doesn’t need another 100 catches WR ?

          • AlbertInTucson

            Read my lips. Edelman Caught 105. If you think another guy at the same position is ALSO gonna snag 100 balls you are wrong.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Both guys will take 75 which means 150. I don’t understand your point. They acquired Amendola , a similar Welker player.
            That’s proof THEY saw it differently than what you’re writing here.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Great. I don’t understand yours so I’m just going to declare victory and move on.
            I suffest you do the same.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            You can’t declare victory when you talking Patriots. I follow that team and watch all their games, so I can bury you on the subject.

            Lets go with… no one wins. I’m ok with that.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Whatever.

    • NewBearInTown

      Amendola was supposed to be the replacement for Welker. Edelman is a different kind of player, but he is picking up the slack for sure.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Peyton Manning misses him on a regular basis.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    How about Belichick not calling a timeout in that situation ?

    Trestman did it last year against the Giants or the Ravens and it worked. Strange tactic.

  • Shady

    Richard Sherman witnessing his team snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNf8wT5t8V8

    Brutal. But that shit talking loud mouth had it coming.

    • AlbertInTucson

      The look on the face of that talented, but arrogant, weasel is priceless.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Just saw a still photo of Jeremy Lane’s wrist injury. It is MOST cringeworthy

  • BerwynBomber

    Still not sold on Brady as QB GOAT. But I am sold on Belichick in terms of that as HC. At least in my forty odd years of viewing.

    • John Doe

      I thought both Brady and Belichick were meh in this game. Brady looked off through out the game and had several inaccurate throws besides the two INTs.

      Belichick’s defense was shredded by a team with no name players on offense. The vaunted Patriots defense gave up TD, TD, FG, and TD on four straight drives starting late in the 2nd quarter.

      Seattle gifted the Super Bowl to Brady and Belichick.

      This whole playoff season was marred by teams giving away games. GB gifted their game to Seahawks and Seahawks obliged by choking in the last 60 seconds and half a yard away from Super Bowl.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Gifted indeed, although I’m sure Tom would have gotten them their FG to tie it up ….

        2nd and 1. Goal-line. Superbowl. Marshawn Lynch is on your team. Wow. If for no other reason than running it keeps the clock ticking. Just, wow.

        • Trac

          At least Marshawn got to run in a TD during the game Irish. There is that.

      • BerwynBomber

        Can’t disagree there. You can also claim that, to a degree, Baltimore gave away their game to NE too.

        • John Doe

          Agreed. Baltimore was up by 2 TDs two different times in the game and could not hold on.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        “Belichick’s defense was shredded by a team with no name players on offense”.

        Seattle has 4 players that are Super bowl winners. They are ‘no names’ for people who negate reality.

        Patriots Defense never broke down. Seattle were making plays, simple as that.

        PS: Patriots Offense has no names also, Gronk excluded. And they put up 28 points on the vaunted Seahawks defense.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Joe Cool was always special when the heat got turned up. He was the Anti-Peyton Manning. Time has passed and I can publicly admire him now. Never saw one better than Joe.

      • BerwynBomber

        I’d vote for Montana. Tell you the truth, I would even vote for Elway over Brady or Manning. Elway carried some atrocious teams to the SB when they were getting blown out. His stats aren’t all that but he was the closest to a one man band I think I ever saw.

        And I’m sure some of the more mature guys here might say Unitas. Heck, I would even probably take Peyton over Brady. I know Brady has the hardware but I still think it is Belichick who is the genius up there. That Matt Cassel season convinced me forever of that.

        • Irish Sweetness

          When you start going back, you could make cases for all kinds of guys over Manning/Brady. Otto Graham is a shoe-in for me. His record in end-of-season football will never be beaten. Ten years in the game and you win seven ‘superbowls’ .. being runner-up the other three. That’s insane.

          The thing about Belicheat is his teams always seem to win it by a whisker and Sunday was no different. That game was a coin-flip and we all knew it.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Saw the second half, (and unfortunately the half-time show).

    Aside: Can you imagine being one of the sharks beside Katy – 2 billion people watching or whatever, and you’ve told your mom and your friends that you’re performing in the half-time show. Yeah, right. Prove it. I WAS THE SHARK ON THE LEFT !! I WAS THE SHARK ON THE LEFT!!

    How fkn dumb was that DB at the end ? Interception to end a superbowl ? Check. Struggling to get OUT of the fkn endzone to set up an impossibly dangerous and difficult situation for your team that could hand it right back to your opponents ? Check. The only thing he could have done to really fuck it up, and he does it. WHAT A DOUCHEBAG !!

    …. but he gets off the hook because …

    ….. Michael Bennett undoes EVERY SINGLE GOOD THING HE’S DONE THIS SEASON BY ENCROACHING ….

    1 ….. 2 ….. 3 …

    WHAT A DOUCHEBAG !!

    • Shady

      Bipedal sharks are the nightmare of evolution that will end us all.

      Can’t really blame the Butler for not trying to take a touchback on that INT. He caught the ball right at the goal line with his momentum carrying him out of the endzone. Jeremy Lane’s INT in the 1st half was close to the goal line as well. Hard to blame a guy for trying to get YAP (yards after pick).

      • Irish Sweetness

        It looked to me like he was trying to escape the endzone as if his life depended on it. First he falls back – away from the plane of the goal-line – he made a concerted effort to get out. He was surrounded, no way in hell he was getting more than the 20 he’d get by falling over. And they didn’t need a return, they just needed not to be on the 1 yard line. They’re on the 20 then it’s snap, kill, snap, kill, game over. Rookie mistake. Bennett saved his life.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          Donta Hightower pushed him out of the endzone. Butler never wanted to take off… all he was trying to do was secure the ball.

        • Trac

          The pick was better than the move out of the end zone. Patsy’s win. Ugh.

  • NewBearInTown

    I will say this – Goodell is a goner. The Patriots win the Superbowl and all anyone can ask Bob Kraft about is deflated football allegations. I watched Kraft while Goodell was presenting the trophy – he let a “thank you” slip a little early, basically saying “shut up already and give me the mic.” That look in his eyes said “you’re fired.”
    I would not be surprised if Goodell was gone before the end of February. Only question remains who would replace him.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Don’t hold your breath.

  • Shady
  • Irish Sweetness

    Just a thought.

    It’s the Superbowl. A minute left. You’re 2nd and 1 on the goal-line … your coach calls in the play. One and in. Pass play to the center of the endzone. Your name is Jim McMahon.

    (in the huddle)

    “Okay the play is Daggers-in, Z-right … sshhyeah right mike …. fuck that …. 21 dive left … on two.”

    That’s EXACTLY how it would have gone down. Senor Russell no tiene cojones … ya sabes ?

    • BearDown100393

      Russell slept just fine last night. After all, Jesus wanted him to throw that football and get intercepted.

  • MichiganBearFan

    That was a great football game. I loved everything about it from the play and tempo of the game to the halftime show. If Jay threw that last interception, it wouldn’t be the coaches fault.

  • Big Mike

    Two best quotes of the night. “Shanahan went all Trestman with that call”. &

    Hey Seahawks, would you like another Super Bowl trophy?”
    “No thanks, we’ll pass.”

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    So… on the INT play… New England had 4 DT, 2 DE and 2 LB on the field. 3 DBs. the Seahawks were in 11 personnel… 1 RB, 1 TE and 3 WR.

    Very interesting patriots players. No S on the field. So the 3 CB covered and all the other 8 had clear run responsibilities. There was no middle ground, no zones, nothing passive, nothing read and react, get fooled.

    The box was 8 against 6 (including a feather type TE) in favor of the Patriots. The pass was clearly the right decision. The problem was in the personnel the Seahawks put in on the field.

    The play before Lynch got 4 yards with Seattle in 12 personnel (1 TE, 1 FB, 1 RB). The Patriots went base 3-4 defense.

    PS: The no timeout by the Patriots was a huge decision. You need balls not to call one. That somehow fucked the Seahawks, who I think wanted to keep one in the pocket for a sack, 4th and 1 scenario.

  • Bears-4-Ever

    Pete Carrol got what he deserved. The going for the TD when they should have just got the 3 points first off was a risk not required or worth it at that time. Then the call for a pass over the middle, which is stacked with defenders expecting Lynch, on 2nd and goal on the one yard line.

    These two things prove it to me that Carrol is an arrogant jerk-off. That play absolutely blew the SB. And yes if that was indeed the call then Wilson needed to audible. Shit, with his speed he could have bootlegged to the corner and ran it in. It was 2nd down…you have two more tries. I’m not a Seahawk fan but to give a gift like that to the Pats really burns.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      1. The Seahawks needed a touchdown. 3 points weren’t enough…28-24.

      2. Audible to a run play would have been almost a fireable offense for Wilson. They were totally and heavily outmatched in the trenches. And if the Patriots stopped them, very likely, they would have used the last timeout and another run would have been impossible.
      They wanted 2nd down PASS – 3rd down RUN – Timeout – 4th down whatever.

      • Bears-4-Ever

        Barb, I’m talking about the 1st Half TD in lieu of a field goal which is a sure 3 points with 6 seconds left in the half. At that point in the game you really didn’t need to do that you could have went for the “sure” points and go in at half 14 to 10. Some may call that guts I call it stupid…that early in the game you get the points. They were lucky they got the TD. Still not a good call IMO.

        A fireable offense? Please… If that was the true play call, to throw it into the teeth of the defensive set up, then any other veteran QB would have done something different. You think Peyton Manning or Drew Breeze would have run that play and thrown the ball? Sorry I don’t buy it. They stacked the box Barb..you don’t throw the ball into the box…keep it on the ground and ball protection. You could have faked the dive with Lynch and thrown to a TE in the corner or run to the outside…so many things but omg not that play.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          Sorry I misunderstood. I don’t know if it was a mistake. you can run a play in sec. I mean they practice situational football and are, maybe, the best in the NFl. The result of the play was there… could have won the the trophy. They went on a 17-0 run because of that decision. Such a momentum boost before the 30 minutes break ? Huge play. Winners stuff.

          Ok… I get the bad throw. but he didn’t have to change the call in order to do what you say. On the other side of the field he had 1 on 1…. Lynch against Chandler Jones on the flat and Luke Wilson the TE against Jamie Collins on the corner route.

          My point is… good play decision, bad decision making in regards with the personnel that was on the field. New England had 6 DL on the field, Seattle had 5 OL.

          How can people criticize Wilson for not running the ball is beyond me ?

  • AlbertInTucson

    Blog Tweet:” Will this Super Bowl be remembered as “The Pick” or ‘The Call”? Leaning towards latter. Has to be the worst play call in football history.”

    In SUPER BOWL History.

    As for FOOTBALL history, you just haven’t seen as many Bear games as some of us here have.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Blogfather: “Johnny Manziel is entering treatment for what? He’s not an alcoholic. He’s a douche bag. Do they have centers for that?”

    Low blow.

    I don’t (and never did) like the guy, either, but he IS admitting he has problem. An addition.

    While not all douche bags are alcoholics, all alcoholics ARE basically douche bags. Maybe Johnny football, sans booze, is STILL a douche bag, maybe he ISN’T. It’s too soon to tell.

    Kind of like your early call yesterday on Tom Brady.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog
    Richard Sherman mocking Darrelle Revis on the sideline is one of the most childish and unprofessional acts you’ll see in sports. Classless.”

    Richard Sherman: Defined.

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