226 Comments

Three Hopes for the NFL Schedule Release

| April 19th, 2015

The NFL will announce the 2015 schedule at some point this week, setting travel calendars for many of the sport’s fans this fall and winter. Personally, I love the announcement as much as any day in the off-season. It’s like building a brilliant travel itinerary. Sure, the fun is actually executing that itinerary but creating the itinerary itself makes the trip real. Seeing the Bears 16 games laid out makes the 2015 season suddenly real.

Here are my hopes…

HOPE #1 – Return the Bears to Sunday at Noon

I know the Bears are a huge television draw and the NFL has more prime time slots than Law & Order in the 90s. But two years straight the Bears have gone almost a month late in the season without playing on Sunday afternoon.

When the Bears don’t play on Sundays, Sundays are worthless to me. Sure you get the chance to watch a few other clubs closely but I do that on Mondays and Tuesdays anyway. Sundays are about routine. Sundays are about ritual. Some folks like to go to church. I like to go to Josie Woods and pray the Bears don’t embarrass themselves.

HOPE #2 – Send the Bears to San Diego in December

You think a lot of Bears fans show up to Nashville and Dallas and Charlotte? Try scheduling the Bears in paradise once the winter has rolled into Chicago. I’ll have my hotel room booked an hour after the schedule is released.

Side note: the Chargers should have petitioned the NFL for this. They already are amongst the league’s worst fans and with word leaking the team has its eyes on LA, it isn’t going to get better any time soon.

HOPE #3 – Send Peyton Manning to Chicago Late in Year

Throw the Bears a bone. Manning trying to cut the wind after a long season might be the only way a transitional defense can neutralize one of the league’s best offenses. With the Bears having a difficult road schedule in 2015, they could use a few breaks when it comes to home scheduling.

BONUS HOPES! Non-Bears…

  • Can’t imagine the league not sending Rex Ryan and the Bills to New Jersey to play the Jets as their Monday Night Football opener. Burying this game in a Sunday slate would be a terrible error.
  • Which Pennsylvania team – Philly or Pittsburgh – is sent to Foxboro to open the season? I’m leaning towards the Eagles.
  • My Thanksgiving schedule? Seattle at Dallas on FOX, Denver at Detroit on CBS, New England at New York Giants in primetime.

Tagged: , ,

  • After the 5-11 season, I’m guessing the Bears won’t be as much of a national interest and will see fewer primetime games, which means more Sunday noon slots.

    • Scott W.

      No, the Bears are enigmatic enough to be a real draw this year Jonathan.
      John Fox with ____________ at QB?

      Must see TV.

      I want it to end in GB. I can live with anything else.

      • beninnorcal

        With Jay Cutler at QB you mean? Haha, just messing with ya. Well unless It is, probably about an 85% probability there.

        • beninnorcal

          And fuck Green Bay.

        • Scott W.

          Yeah yeah….heh! But yer right, odds are Jay’s the guy slinging next season.

    • Trac

      Do you have any data on that? Hee hee

  • Scott W.

    Good wish list Jeff.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    I love when the Bears aren’t playing on Sunday afternoon (early slate games).

    It’s the worst thing from my point of view. You lose the action in many other games and the 2nd tier FOX commentators/announcers is obscene.

    • JP

      I agree with this. I’m a church goer so 3pm, 7pm and Monday Night Games are best for me.

  • GPLDAN

    I’m looking forward to the schedule as well.

    • Trac

      Do you diagram the season into quarters or do you believe a season should always be viewed as a whole?

      • GPLDAN

        A three act play. Isn’t that how the last few Bears seasons played out?

        16 games in a 5-6-5 organization. The team in Act I usually has some epiphany in act 2. Act 3 is usually the resolution of the conflict and wind down in Act 2.

        Last year, we started ok regaining footing after the Buffalo home loss, and then a major blow up at the end of Act 1. Then Act 2 was the explosion. Act 3 was clean up, the realization and embarrassment of being the dogs that get kicked.

        But I find every Bears season plays out like a 3 act play. Perhaps why I like reading Jeff’s stuff.

        • Trac

          Hahahaha. Bravo, bravo.

        • http://cdn.niketalk.com/6/61/350x700px-LL-61da63b1_tumblr_mqpplzoH0H1sur8xko1_500.gif

          I actually agree, but a little different format (besides, aren’t traditional plays 4 acts? or am I thinking of opera…)
          I heard someone describe the basketball season as three acts. The first two are in the regular season, the last act is the playoffs.

          I think that could apply to football as well more than the Lovie 4 quarters.

          Act 1. Opening game to about game 7.
          Act 2. Game 8 to end of season.
          Act 3. Post-season.

          Act 1 is when a team is finding out its identity. It always happens where there’s pretenders and sleepers. But usually by mid-season game 8, that’s when the plot really thickens, the stress bares, and the audience figures out who’s who, which teams are making a real play-off push, and which were just a mirage.

          Then the post-season starts, Act 3, and it’s a whole new story. Almost a story within a story, like the play in hamlet, and much like Hamlet, nearly everyone is slaughtered by the end of it.

          But the 4 quarter lovie tactic probably is used because coaches don’t want their teams to get complacent, but I think the 3 act analogy perhaps is more indicative of how the NFL season really unfolds.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Act 1. Opening game until Forte gets hurt.

            Act 2. The slippery slide to a high draft pick begins as Sling-it-in-there throws a million interceptions trying to connect to a rag-tag group of receivers.

            Act 3. High draft pick. Lose/Win.

  • The punter and the schedule w a dash of gambling…that’s Jeff’s secret sauce

  • Two things that usually happen w the schedule. ..the Pats will have an easy schedule no matter what, the Raiders will have a tough schedule no matter what.

  • BearDown100393

    Hope#1: Monday night national coverage is still a coveted perk. And hell, its fun for the fans. Mondays suck as they are. But having a prime time broadcast featuring your team makes it a freaking holiday. People are in better spirits, show up to work wearing team colors or cut out altogether. Any city featuring a MNF game should have an ordinate declaring it a local holiday. Beyond that, play the game whenever suits your fancy. Just as long as it is not TNF. That is an abomination to football in general and has degraded the NFL brand. Last season’s games on TNF generally were horrible.

    Hope#2: San Diego already doesn’t really care about the NFL. Its stadium is shit and face it, nobody cares about the Chargers in any capacity other than those powder blues. Why torture it further having its city infested with obese pale skinned Bears obsessive palookas from the midwest? Besides, every scribe romanticizes Bears weather football when it hails or rains sleet. Suck it up buttercups. This isn’t soccer or the ice capades.

    Hope#3: Still upset about the Super Bowl apparently. JFC how sadistic of a wish is it to witness the destruction of a geriatric Peyton Manning dying on the frozen turf at Soldier Field? That is some serious level of hate. If Manning must be carried off on his shield, let it be due to an overpowering Fangio defense and not the goddamn weather. Mile High Stadium will probably long finish Manning off anyway.

    Bonus Hopes: Ryan vs Jets. He’s just a head coach. So how is this really riveting? Watching Ryan on the sideline for 3 hours from 4 dozen camera angles? The Jets are garbage. Literally, the only point of interest would be Ryan vs Jets. And that will get old before the 2nd commercial break. As for Buffalo, they should consider themselves damn lucky still being in the NFL.

    Penn Team vs Foxboro: Go ahead and send the Eagles. The Steelers became team retirement over night. Chip Kelly will be exposed as genius or fraud after this off season. Might has well happen against Belichick.

    Thanksgiving Games: Just play one game on the schedule. America is fat enough as it is. 12 hours on the couch eating the highest caloric meal in history is more indicting against the NFL than concussions. This is the most overhyped football day on the schedule. Because the games usually suck. Seattle vs New England sounds good. I hate both teams. Play the game on the deck of a fucking air craft carrier in the Persian Gulf. FOX loves its glorification of hyper patriotism, might as well go the full 10 yards. Losing team gets dumped off ship. Everyone wins.

    It is fucking April. None of this shit matters. Nobody’s opinions matter either. The NFL will schedule out these games however it wants. And everyone will suck it up no matter what because watching football is the high point in most lives.

    • BerwynBomber

      Good to see you didn’t get run off by the blog veterans’ gripes. Hate that shit. Not only is it whiny, it is censorious.

      P.S. The T-Day games seem to have improved over the years. Last year’s match-ups were fine on paper, but games were unfortunately one-sided.

      • BearDown100393

        They have nothing else but that alleged status of self grandeur. Quite sad.

      • Waffle

        No one wants to run anyone off Bomber but at the same time people became/are fucking sick of it and multiple people have left because of a healthy several month dose of certain posters who had the volume on max the whole time. It was to the point that it was like having those old Green Bay trolls around.

        I took a break because my enjoyment levels of the blog dropped through the floor. It was obviously more than just some guys i found unbearable but it became a situation where you have to log on to a site that you used to enjoy to read/discuss something and you’re suffocated by insane comments. As adults we have to prioritize and fighting with BearDown or wreckingball (who i am convinced are the same guy), John Doe, who i’m 80% certain is the same guy and you occasionally just didn’t rank very high on my needs list. You and i obviously disagree from time to time but I also have found myself reading your stuff and finding myself in agreement. I find myself agreeing with BearDown and other guys as well from time to time but just get really frustrated when it just can’t stay constructive and i end up reading comments that make me think the guys have stopped taking meds or something. I’m not the only one who feels this way but at the same time don’t want anyone to feel like they have to leave the entire message board. Anyway, i know it’s just a thought on my part and i would never want someone censored but occasionally when the frustration meter overloads i have to say something.

        • BearDown100393

          You are the fucking idiot that created the situation not me. I simply typed two words. The response was fag fuck fuck fuck fag fuck. Revisionist history at its worst. You are a piece of garbage. Always have been, always will be. Fuck you asshole.

          • BearDown100393

            Bang. Bang. Bang.

          • Waffle

            nothing in the measured and reasonable response above consists of banging a keyboard like you just did 15 minutes ago with your response. just let it go. i’m going to.

          • BearDown100393

            Do what you want. As will I. But I will never do what you want.

          • Waffle

            i don’t want you to do anything. I just don’t think it’s going to solve anything. You’re not weak for not wanting to bang out internet fights but i do have the right, as others on here do, to get fed up with you from time to time. I mean, look at some of the coherent stuff you write and then look how you can turn on a dime. it’s fucking baffling.

          • BearDown100393

            You have zero rights to anything. This began with “Smokin’ Corey”. You escalated it. Not me. I did not direct anything to you. Yet you incited. I’m not backing down from a turd such as yourself.

          • Waffle

            It needed to be addressed because of the history and because of the context you’ve created here on this blog. Now you’re dragging the fucking blackhawks into it….

          • BearDown100393

            I’ve created nothing. You created me. Deal with it. Before this weekend, I was a pretty passive non-combative poster. Practically anonymous. And with Darling in the net, the Hawks dominated this afternoon.

          • Waffle

            jesus dude, what are you a supervillain? i created you? Before this weekend you’ve managed to drive about 6 normal guys fucking bonkers. Bonkers. This weekend you took it to a level where i thought you were going to kill your coworkers or hang yourself in your closet.

          • BearDown100393

            The choice is completely yours. Perhaps you need to think about it a bit.

          • Waffle

            look where you are going with this………..

          • Waffle

            also, you’re saying bang bang bang but you’re actually kind of bang bang banging right now. You need to settle down.

          • Waffle

            Those two words said it all didn’t they? I mean those two words completely sum up all of it when you think about it. Also, as you decide to remember a completely different time of events please feel free to refresh yourself by reading the exchange. My disgust with your lack of respect as evidenced by your sarcastic trollish comment resulted in you coming back like a true demon. You behave like a douche and you find it unfathomable when some calls you out on it.

            I’m not going to do it in the future because it’s not fair to everyone else and you’re not going to change and why should you. We don’t know each other and this kind of exchange would certainly never happen in real life.

          • BearDown100393

            I have zero respect for you. None. I wish you only the worst here and in life. I have read your crap for a very long time in complete disgust. Far longer than when first logged on here officially.

          • BearDown100393

            You simply cannot help yourself.

          • Waffle

            you’re starting to do it again. This is where you should step back and take a breath. You’re getting super worked up bro. I was responding to Bomber who i have gone back and forth with far longer than you and you swoop in and then somehow try to transfer that shit onto me about not helping myself?

          • BearDown100393

            What goes around, comes around.

          • MajorGolfPickEm

            Guys…enough.

        • Trac

          Remember den mother MB yonny. I appreciated him talking posters down from a fight when skirmishes broke out. Evra one should try to not get personal because it ain’t worth the grief. Nobody wins when we lose sight of the fact that this is supposed to be a break from reality.

          • Waffle

            agreed Trac. I should have let him just make yet another baseless remark about a professional athlete he knows nothing about yet can still ascribe attributes and faults to as if they grew up together. I’m dead serious. i should have just ignored the comment. I have come to expect those but to make the comment about a Stanley Cup winning goalie just proved how crazy this dude can get with his character assumptions/assassinations. I had to say something as i am sick of it but in retrospect I should have not checked this blog from my phone on Friday night.
            I’ll work to ignore better in the future.

          • BearDown100393

            Corey Crawford does not care that you rose to his defense on a football based blog. He really does not. Predictably, you made an ass out of yourself. And I enjoyed it.

          • Waffle

            look at you jumping in again. Talk about not being able to help it. you know full well it has nothing to do with Crawford. It’s about your personality and how you stink up the blog with your shit. You simply had to be a douche and make a douche comment and you know it was a douche comment and i made the mistake of falling into the trap of calling you out on it. It’s over with. It’s better for everyone if when i do check in on the blog to ignore what you write. It’s either decent or the dumbest shit ever. I’ll promise to you that i’ll do my best to ignore the dumb shit for the sake of everyone else here.

          • BearDown100393

            It isn’t your assignment to call anyone out. You have no elevated status here. You don’t get to decide what is or what is not over with either. Yes you make mistakes here. Plenty in fact. You are not a message board cop. You can pretend to ignore but you won’t. You cannot help yourself. You project your “fag” inner rage onto others. You have been doing it for some time. It is a classic sign of depression, hate turned inward. Perhaps you need to come terms with your sexuality. But then again, that is your business.

          • Waffle

            it shouldn’t be my job to call you out. It should be your job as an adult and a guy to call yourself out once in a while for acting like a complete dork. My choice of the universally applicable word fag is tough to replace with one that describes what a monumental tool you’ve been for months. I apologize for offending you and certainly didn’t mean to insinuate that you were gay, merely that you act like a huge fucking pussy and it’s annoying. I apologize for using the wrong word. It’s hard to find a word that appropriately describes you. I have failed in my attempts to do so. I am in fact deciding that it’s over between us and you can do nothing about it. It was a mistake engaging with you and it will never happen again. You have no control over this. It is over my friend.

          • BearDown100393

            Oh we have never been friends, perhaps that is your problem. So much projection here. I hope you get some help. But this does explain quite a bit about your choice of words and overall tone/behavior/treatment of others. Some free advice, if you see a dude lifting weights and smoking a joint with the garage door open, don’t stop by to visit. Don’t ruin his life. Just go home and shut the door. Especially if it is raining.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            Gonna help you out Johnny so here are words to use instead of fag. no particular order
            1. pussy
            2. moron
            3. loser
            4. idiot
            5. jerk off
            6. Frodo DoucheBaggins
            7. tool
            8. little bitch
            9. asshole
            10. purveyor of apocalyptic douchebaggery.

        • BerwynBomber

          No worries. The stuff between you and BearDown is what it is. I just get tired of the “remember when the blog was this/I hate the new guys” stuff.

          We are all different people. Some of us have different opinions.

          • beninnorcal

            It’s not ‘remember when the blog was like this?’. It’s actually ‘hey remember that one guy (insert ex-blogger here) who used to come here and everyone liked so much because he was so awesome? What happened to that guy? Oh yeah, these other dick bags came along and are capable of screaming much louder, he grew tired and left.

            That’s why older regulars are irritated this offseason.

          • Well, in all honesty, most of the regs are usually irritated EVERY off-season (that’s what happens when football is taken away). And usually some random topic makes everyone pissed off at each other for a while, then once the draft starts, the blog makes up and kisses (like true men) and everything begins to click again. That’s sorta the ebb and flow.

            HOWEVER, this off-season is a little different in that some of the regs have practically sworn it off because of “trolls”. It’s happened before (Crown I think, and a few others) but not to this extent.

            I know I try to nag MB like a Jewish mother to return, and he keeps refraining the same thing – that the blog has just gotten to brutal, that it’s a grind just trying to ignore the CAPS and !!!!!…

            But who knows. Maybe when draft day comes some like Canada, Doc, MB, etc will make cameos…

          • BerwynBomber

            Sounds the same to me. You mythologize the old guys and hate the new guys. I get it. Just find it tiresome is all and I’m glad guys like BearDown aren’t cowed by it even if I don’t always care for his posts.

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      wow you really have a negative view on everything.

      • BearDown100393

        Of course not. MNF & the Bears is always an event.

        • Huge Bear’s Penis

          sure MNF is an event but in the same paragraph you made sure you berated TNF. So even when you are positive about something you still find a way to be negative about something.

          • BearDown100393

            Well yeah TNF IMO has been terrible. I don’t like it, mostly because it creates short weeks of preparation and injury healing time for the players. The games haven’t delivered like other nights. I don’t like TNF. Maybe you do. So be it. I really don’t care how you take my posts in terms of positive or negative. But I will post whatever the hell I think.

          • Trac

            I too think TNF is infamnia. The coaches and players don’t like it either in my opinion.

          • BearDown100393

            I think you are correct on that presumption.

          • Depends. Some do like it.
            It’s like working 12 hour shifts for 4 days. It might suck, but that extra weekend day is nice.
            Some players like the extra rest after TNF, though they’re probably in the minority.

      • Trac

        This is why you don’t allow Iran to have the bomb.

        • BearDown100393

          I’m a peacemaker.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Love the Bears at Noon, in Chicago. That puts them on at 10am here in Tucson until November. ANY NFL football at 10a on Sundays is outstanding. Too bad we lose it in AZ when eveyone goes back to Standard time becuase we never go tot DST.

    • 10 am is fine when i don’t have a long Sat night.

    • I have church at 10:30 on Sunday mornings and usually don’t get home until 12:30 or so, which means I’ve usually missed the start of the game when it’s a noon kickoff. So I like the later games as well.

      • Trac

        You must not be Methodist. 15 minute sermons, tops. Hahaha

      • Just become part of the tribe like Jeff, MB, Shady…I think they’re part of the tribe just to be able to watch football on sundays.
        Also, you get two New Years (If you’re Chinese or Persian, that’s 3 New Years!) and a holiday about 3 times a month.

  • BerwynBomber

    From a team standpoint, I imagine the biggest concern is when the bye week falls. Mid-to-late bye weeks = good. Early bye weeks = bad.

  • Trac

    Hope #1 is my favorite thought from Jeef. Really could care less about the other bullet points. Sunday afternoons at 3 are my fave though.

    • Big Mike

      I’ve grown to like the occasional 3:00 start. Once in a while a night game is fine. It’s better when we don’t suck and are embarrassing ourselves trotting out there with a douche bag head coach. Man, I hated his coaching style. Everything he did as the leader of the Bears was awful.

      But I digress. Noon games are the best.

      • Trac

        Last year was horrific on so many fronts. I truly believe it shook the very foundations of the Bears faithful. Not to mention a lot of posters on da blog. I blame tresty/emery for that. “Beast”, my arse.

        • Big Mike

          It was awful. Bears have been bad before. But they were never a laughingstock. They also never played so far below their expectations and talent. That’s why I lay this at the feet of THE WORST HEAD COACH IN BEARS HISTORY. Should be a sign at Halas Hall under his picture

          • BearDown100393

            Nobody put a gun at Phil Emery’s head to hire a coach from the Canadian Football League. Blame a crappy coach, fine. But do not forget the idiot who hired him in the first place. That will go down as one of the worst head coach hires in NFL history.

          • Trac

            I am actually on the same page with you here. Emery created a Frankenstein. The mad scientist that enraged the peasants is as much credit as he deserves.

          • BearDown100393

            Exactly. Well stated.

          • John Doe

            Emery hired Tresty because he thought he could control a weak coach and control everything at Bears. He wanted to create his own fiefdom and hence did not want strong personality like Arians.

            It backfired big time and Emery won’t be GM ever again.

          • BearDown100393

            A lot of merit with your statement. Arians pretty much buried Emery on the interview process.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            He didn’t. Actually Arians leaks about the process saves Emery.

          • BearDown100393

            Interesting, I really didn’t see how Arians comments made Emery look competent.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Arians basically said it… he was ever going to take the Bears job. No real competent HC with options would have.

            The roster was a mess. There was no Offense and the D was on death row.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            He also said someone very high in the Bears organization (not Emery) fell in love with Trestman very early in the process.

          • I’m not sure about “controlling” Tresty. I think he just identified someone very much like himself.
            But like Seinfeld found out when he went out with a girl exactly like him, sometimes that’s not a great idea.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            Lets not forget the idiot that hired the idiot that hired the idiot.

          • BearDown100393

            Agreed but difficult to fire the owner. As for Phillips, he as much a McCaskey now as Tom Hagen was a Corleone.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            My point was that if you want to find the idiots…look higher.

          • The narrative was “Revenge of the Nerds” – that Tresty was blackballed by a bunch of Jimmy-Johnson good ole boys for being too “cerebral” – for looking like some sad combovered underdog in an indie flick, for trying to buck the trend and using positive reinforcement. Who knows, maybe a lil antisemitism along the way…

            And some bought into it, esp after the first season which produced a Bears O hitherto unseen.

            However, he crashed and burned shortly thereafter, and in some sense, his meteoric fall somewhat redeemed the “good ole boys”.

            It’s like the reverse Oger in my screen play “Revenge of the Jocks”, where a nerd realizes that being a nerd sucks and becoming a jock is more satisfying….

          • Big Mike

            I cried a little thinking about this.

          • BearDown100393

            The nerds never tried to grow Ogre. Lewis and Gilbert let Ogre be. We Are The Champions indeed.

        • Scott W.

          Yeah. It was a hellish season. The worst part was it sucked the hope right out of everyone.

          • Trac

            I can’t say I’ve ever experienced such a down year as a bear fan and I’ve been a fan since ’77. I guess because deep down I knew what was coming but I convinced myself to expect more. It’s hard to put into words.

          • Scott W.

            Oh, we’ve had some doozies.
            But the expectations for last season were huge….and we wound up with that mess.
            Now, we are all on the edge of our seats for draft day, and speaking for myself, I’ve never paid as much attention to it as this year.

    • Scott W.

      I’m a fan of the nooners…but I also like the primetime games.

  • MorganW

    I thought that teams with losing seasons were supposed to have easier schedules the next year. I know that there are some things that can’t be avoided in the schedule like playing divisional teams twice or the 4 cross-conference games, etc. but the opponents list for the Bears is brutal.

    • BearDown100393

      Arizona, San Francisco, Denver, Oakland, Washington, St. Louis, Seattle, Kansas City, San Diego, Tampa Bay and then the divisional opponents. How does this look bad? Arizona, Seattle and KC are tough. 49ers are a disaster right now. Broncos? Not convinced it won’t be a down year in Denver. Oakland, Washington, St. Louis? Doormats with the 1st two and who knows with the 3rd. San Diego seems mired with a QB situation and an uncertain future overall. Tampa Bay is garbage with either Mariota or Winston in year 1. As always, some team out there expected to do well will collapse and another will rise from the ashes. Nature of the league.

      • MorganW

        Well, whatever happens, warts and bumps along the way, I’m sure the Bears will fare better than last year. The coaching improvement alone should be worth an additional 3 wins. St. Louis will be tough with their defense. Those guys are pretty serious on their D-line.

        • BearDown100393

          Honestly have no idea what the record will end up being, but I do suspect the Bears will fight and compete harder compared to last season.

          • RenoBear

            I agree 100% with this. Although it’s a pretty low bar to beat from last year, I too think they will compete and show fight this year. You’re on fire today maing, lots of well thought out posts. A pleasant side after all…

          • BearDown100393

            Thank you.

    • only 2 games depend on how you did the previous year.

      Every team in the NFCN plays the same 4 games against one other NFC division (rotates on a 3-year basis), 4 games against one other AFC division (rotates on a 4-year basis), and 6 games within division. That’s 14/16 games.

      The other 2 are against the teams from the other 2 NFC divisions who placed in the same spot as you last year.

      So the entire NFCN plays the NFCW, AFCW, and rest of the NFCN. Then the Bears get the last place team from the NFCS (TB) and NFCE (WAS), while the Vikings get the 3rd place teams, Lions 2nd place, and Packers 1st place.

  • John Doe

    Teebus back in the La Liga…

    -Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter
    · 2h2 hours ago
    Philadelphia giving Tim Tebow a one-year contract, per source. Deal expected to be signed Monday, before Eagles’ off-season program begin.

    • Trac

      Such a great young man. I hope he finds a way to get on the field and stay there.

    • BearDown100393

      Good for Tim. The guy is dedicated and won’t quit. No matter how much others mock and attempt to drive him out of the NFL, he keeps returning. The Eagles have little to lose. They will either have unearthed a gem of a tight end or a terrific team chaplain.

      • SC Dave

        Do chaplains count against the salary cap? Maybe the Bears should get one… doubt it could hurt. Much.

        • BearDown100393

          Never know these days with Roger at the helm do we?

          • Trac

            Au contraire! Roger prolly called up Tebow to deflect the bad press all the wife beaters, rapists and murderers in the NFL are getting. Pure genius.

          • BearDown100393

            You very well could be correct. So who stars as Tebow in the upcoming Disney movie on his life?

          • Has to be Zac Efron, no?

          • Bear Down in Tampa

            Efron’s gonna have to get jacked…

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        I’m against this point of view.

        He doesn’t accept less than the role of an NFL QB. Go play in Canada if you want to play. Test yourself, improve yourself.

        PS: he will not play any other position.

        • BearDown100393

          Understood but he still managed somehow to get a NFL contract. The million dollar question is why?

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            The Eagles pay 50K for a fuck load of TV time and sales.

            I guess Chip wants to gain some positive feelings from his owner…’I made a lot of crazy football moves, but look how much gold I’ve put in your safe, also’.

    • Signed as a QB?
      The wily coyote chip

      • John Doe

        Yes, signed as a QB.

        And what a twist of fate.. Tebow and Mark Sanchez are now back on the same team after that drama filled year with Jets.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Tebow and Sanchize … the anti-Montana/Young combo.
          Kelly has a QB controversy … which one is worse ?

    • BerwynBomber

      Funny. Sanchize has to be thinking, “this again?” Kelly is nothing if not interesting.

  • John Doe

    No takers for Matt Barkley?? He was talked about as a possible first rounder leading up to that draft. It seems Fales >> Barkley.


    Kevin Seifert @SeifertESPN · 1h1 hour ago
    Per @AdamSchefter, #Eagles have been trying to trade Matt Barkley but have found no takers. In this QB crisis, er market, that’s amazing.

    • He’s like a young McCown perhaps. Crazy to think if he would’ve come out a year earlier in the draft he likely would’ve been a top 5 pick, and now he’s 3rd string.

      NFL is a fickle bitch.

  • Just watched “Bronx Tale” again. Nice reminder.

    Friends, romanians, trolls…lend me your ears…

    • NewBearInTown

      That wasn’t nice. Now youz can’t leave…

    • BearDown100393

      Terrific film.

    • I actually used Sonny’s car test for girls on more than a few occasions. But now, automatic doors. Alas…

      • Irish Sweetness

        Now it’s a phone test. Can you compete with her phone? Will she put down her phone for ten fucking seconds?

    • Irish Sweetness

      Great fkn movie. De Niro’s first stab at directing. Script by Palminteri himself.
      “The workin’ man is the tough guy!”

  • GPLDAN

    I feel we need a sign from https://imgflip.com/memegenerator or something.

    Picture of Chip Kelley, says at top “Trades away McCoy, Signs Tebow”
    Lower passage says “Still expects to make playoffs”

  • Scott W.

    Informal poll…

    How many years have you been a Bears fan?

    And NO, this isn’t about “seniority”.

    • BearDown100393

      Since ’84

    • AlbertInTucson

      This is my “Butkus anniversary”. 51 Years.

      I remember being in the car and Dad had the WGN broadcast of the Detroit game and Whitsell had just sealed the deal with a pick six but I didn’t start paying closer attention until ’64 and then fully invested in 1965.

    • 1988 technically, in terms of being born into it, but really started when I moved here in 2006 for college. I always rooted for the Bears before that, but could never really follow them much beyond watching the 1-2 games a year when they were on national TV.

    • Bears-4-Ever

      Went to my first game with my dad in 1972. I was 5.

      Bear Down.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      2007

    • T’Challa

      Since 1969

    • Irish Sweetness

      Early Eighties, when football came on to British telly. Wasn’t really sure about adopting football until I saw Walter Payton.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Greg Cosell on Dan Patrick today: “This Could happen – 1) Mariota 2) Dante Fowler 3)Leonard Williams.

    Cosell’s concern about Williams. “He plays high. Not really a classic inside rusher. If you play high in the NFL, you’re going to get moved.”

    • Irish Sweetness

      That Armistead guy sounds like an interesting pick.

  • BerwynBomber

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog “You know what thought I keep having? 2015 Bears will have lowest expectations in decade plus. Wouldn’t be surprised if they’re good.”

    Seems to often work that way but I wonder if such an impression is misleading.

    My suspicion is that the NFCN will be a 9-7 dogfight in ’15. GB will have NFCC meltdown hangover, Rodgers will have a mortal TD/INT ratio and GB’s CB talent/depth will be vulnerable. Likewise DET will take a step back if only because of losing DonkeyKong and Fairley. On the flip side, we will step up due to Fox/Fangio and MINN will continue their improvement under Zimmer.

    • If Aaron Rodgers plays 16 games, GB wins at least 10.

    • BearDown100393

      9-7 or 10-6 might seem to be a reasonable expectation. Also means it is either win the division or miss the playoffs. Hard pressed to believe that a wild card comes out of the NFCN.

  • GPLDAN

    The blog wars oddly remind me of this video

    https://youtu.be/6TLmJhXhUEg?t=18

    • Scott W.

      I upvoted because I get sick of LOLs, etc.
      Perfect vid.

    • T’Challa

      Too funny!

    • Irish Sweetness

      Man, I can’t get enough of epic fail videos. The difference between some of these guys and astronauts beggars belief. The basic laws of physics are not known to all, somehow. Things like gravity and force are akin to some kind of arcane magic to these loons.

  • Sactowns#1

    The San Diego game should be a great one. We’ll have to have a Da Bears Blog tailgate party.

  • Scott W.

    So. So far we have…

    1 51 year fan (Al)
    2 50 year fans (Dave and me)
    1 38 year fan (Trac)
    1 31 year fan (BD)
    1 27 year fan (Jonathan)
    1 10 year fan (NBIT)

    Chime in folks. I promise, there’s an actual point to all of this…

    • GPLDAN

      37 years.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      31

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      36

    • Big Mike

      When do we consider being a fan begins? My Dad told me it starts at birth. In which case I can state that I have been a fan for 53 years. If we go by when I first remember watching a Bears game, I will have to say this 47 years. I was in first grade, I watched every game that was televised locally. Went to my first game when the following year. Saw the Bears beat the Vikings at Wrigley Field.

    • Bear Down in Tampa

      29 years for me…

    • RenoBear

      If it’s from birth, its 40 yrs… If from my memory of first game/ playing football with my friends pretending we are bears players, then 33yrs

    • Johnnywad

      32 years here

    • EnderWiggin

      39!

    • 27.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Canada’s tenure is conspicuous by it’s absence. He may even knock me out of that top spot, which, I’m not all THAT comfortable in anyway.

      • Scott W.

        Yeah, I’m hoping corm will make an appearance, drop his number in then ring Canada up for his, or drag him in, better.

      • Wasn’t the Ghost of Halas the longest Bear fan?
        Sadly, he might be watching games with Halas himself now.

        • Scott W.

          I think he had (has?) the title, yeah.

        • MikeBrownhadaPosse

          Ghost has been missing for a couple of years now. Really hope he’s still kicking.

    • Bender (Call Saul) McLugh

      33

    • damn I’m a young’un. On the plus side… done with school and on to the real world in 8 months.

      • Scott W.

        It’s interesting, isn’t it?

  • GPLDAN
    • NewBearInTown

      Makes sense to me honestly. So many more possibilities for variety (shooting games, racing, sports, space ships, military etc.)
      Plus everyone can play regardless of physical talents. I totally see it.
      Still, I think to a large extent its a different category. World of Warcraft won’t replace the NFL, even if it grows ten times bigger.

      • “Plus everyone can play regardless of physical talents”
        Kind of. It requires a different physical skill set, but a skill set nonetheless. Everybody can play video games just like nearly everybody can play sports, but to be truly good at it you have to have really good hand/eye coordination and very quick hands/fingers.

    • I actually like that Football is an “American” sport. It’s not cuz I’m nationalistic or anything, I just have always been attracted to “sub-cultures” – and the NFL to me is still that. It might seem very popular since most live in the states, but once you get outside, it’s pretty irrelevant.
      Also, it is still a very male fan-based sport. A lot more chicks are into basketball, baseball and even hockey. I think this is because of how convoluted the NFL rules are. Anyone who has ever tried indoctrinating a new GF into the NFL knows how hard getting over that hump is.
      Most of us who grew up with it take that for granted.
      So really it’s only American males (and not even all like Canadian males and hockey) who watch the NFL.

      Luckily for the NFL, that just so happens to be the demographic with the most disposable income.

      So personally, I wouldn’t actually want it to become more “popular”. However, if I were an NFL owner, obviously I might feel different ($$$)

      • Irish Sweetness

        I don’t think football can get “more popular”. The uninitiated can’t get past the girly pads and games going on for three hours because of the stoppages. Beautiful, brutal human chess to us, a funny joke to everyone else.

  • NewBearInTown

    Just got a Chicago Bears official facebook update that it is 100 days to July 29, which is the first day of training camp. Its supposed to pump fans up I guess.
    100 days till training camp. Training camp… Makes me sad 🙁

  • BillW

    Sad sad day for me. Buffone was my first favorite Bear. RIP and prayers.

    • Scott W.

      Bill, how many years have you been a fan?

      • BillW

        I don’t know when to start counting. I was always a fan because of my dad/uncle/grandpa. I remember them singing “Bear Down” as early as 4 or 5. But I found football very confusing when I was a kid and they did not have the patience to explain it to me (since they were busy watching and didn’t want a little kid interrupting them.) That actually turned me off to the Bears for a while. Plus they refused to take me to a game until I was in HS so they knew I wouldn’t want to leave early – and they didn’t have to leave their seats to take me to the bathroom. (I should have called DCFS!)

        I also found it impossible to follow on the radio, so I never even listened to the ’63 championship game.

        Therefore, in fairness, I don’t think I can count any of the years before then. That makes it 52 years for me – though I was “old” (11) by then.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Good enough for the top spot so far.

          • Scott W.

            Yup.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Awww crap.

      • Scott W.

        Yeah. That.

  • BearDown100393

    RIP Doug.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Outstanding linebacker in the shadow of Butkus’ greatness.

      • BearDown100393

        He was always honest and genuine on the air. He spoke from the heart.

      • BillW

        At the time, the best three LBs in the game were Butkus, Buffone. and Ross Brupbacher. But in actually it would have been Butkus / Buffone / Anyone else.

        • AlbertInTucson

          I was a big Brupbacher fan, too. I only ever heard Abe Gibron call Buffone “Buffoon”.

        • SC Dave

          Clearly you mean the best “set of three”, not the best three.

  • AlbertInTucson

    I expect to see “55” sticker on on the helmets or a patch on the sleeve this season. And give the jersey # this season off.

    • 55 was likely getting the season off anyway due to Briggs, IMO. But this for sure cements it.

    • SC Dave

      Why?

      • AlbertInTucson

        As a well deserved tribute to a great Bear.

  • MikeBrownhadaPosse

    Bears in SD in December sure sounds like a road trip to me.
    Just hoping MB has a sofa available.

    • Scott W.

      Hey man. Howzit goin?

      How many years have been a bears fan? Poll with purpose below.

      Good seein ya around, MBHP.

  • Gotta give you 50+ Bear fans some props.
    1) You know how to use a computer! (My mom still needs help getting to her email sometimes)
    2) It’s good to have you old razor backs around to give perspective and history, something which other franchises sorely lack.
    3) That’s some serious dedication.

    Perhaps that old proverb is true…habit is greater than love.

    • Also, on that note, I feel like we should give a special badge or something to the 50+, 25+ fans like they wear on those jerseys.

      • SC Dave

        We’ve certainly paid a price for all those years of mostly suckness.

    • Scott W.

      Yeah, I’m thinking of getting my nearer future walker done in navy and orange…heh!

  • Scott W.

    Hey Jeff. If it doesn’t make you feel too young, jump in the poll down below..

    How many years you been a fan, super-scribe?

  • 10 days away till Chi draft, bitches!

  • Caught a lil of NFL net today. Were arguing greatest rook season ever, and naturally Sayers made the list. 1 TD per 10 touches. That is INSANE. Can’t even do that on Madden on easy.
    LT was there too.
    Chris Carter’s Football Life followed.
    And it made me think. LT and Carter would’ve been booted from the modern NFL.

  • Huge Bear’s Penis

    police videos of Warren Sapp being questioned by cops after being arrested for solicitation.

    http://www.tmz.com/2015/04/20/warren-sapp-video-hooker-arrest-prostitute-phoenix-super-bowl-sex/

    • Scott W.

      Ah, those goofy former stars, always doing silly things…

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      releasing those videos is a disgrace.

  • GPLDAN

    If you want to listen to Doug eulogies by people who really loved him, tune in:

    http://player.radio.com/listen/station/670-the-score/

    I will miss Doug and OB. That fucker Trestman probably took 2 years off his life. Holy shit did those guys tear Emery and Nessman to shreds. The old guard passes.

  • Scott W.

    I NEVER do this, but decided to bump the post for later arrivals…

    1 52 year fan (BillW)
    1 51 year fan (Al)
    2 50 year fans (Dave and me)
    1 47 year fan (BigM)
    1 43 year fan (B4E)
    1 39 year fan (EnderW)
    1 38 year fan (Trac)
    1 37 year fan (GP)
    1 36 year fan (HBP)
    2 33 year fans (Reno & Bender)
    1 32 year fan (JohnnyW)
    2 31 year fans (BD10 and Barb)
    1 29 year fan (BDIT)
    2 27 year fans (Jonathan & evan)
    1 10 year fan (NBIT)

    Chime in folks. I promise, there’s an actual point to all of this, truly there is.

    How many years have you been a Bears fan?

    • GPLDAN

      I sure hope the point is more than Data makes a histogram for everyone.

      #anticlimax

      • Scott W.

        It is. I promise, it’s better than math.

        I’m just trying to get as many in as possible before the big “reveal”.

        God, when I put it like that….seriously, it is cool. I just want as many folks as possible in.

    • Well, like others, i have a hard time locating exactly when I “became” a fan. It’s like trying to remember the first time you recognized you can die.
      Also, I haven’t always been “die-hard” and I blame that on Jordan and the Bulls, so from about 88-2000, I was much more of a Bull’s fan, then the NBA just lost most of its appeal to me (not just cuz the Bulls began sucking), then I returned to da Bears.

      Hmmmm, so, I guess I’ll just split the difference.

      20 years

      • Scott W.

        Okay, gotta tell ya, that was the most illustrative example of time and aging related to being a Bears fan that I’ve ever seen.

    • T’Challa

      Mark me down for at least 46 years. It could be a little more. When did Sayers and Piccolo play in the backfield together?

      • Scott W.

        1968 a little, more in 69 as far as them being on the field at the same time.

        • T’Challa

          I thought so. I have been a fan since ’69.

          • Scott W.

            Got ya covered. Oh, and Hey, how ya doing?
            May have missed you if you’ve been around before, so welcome aboard.

          • T’Challa

            Thanks man. I pop in and out. I stay at a distance because i don’t want to get into heavy debates that lead into insults like PSD had become.

          • Scott W.

            I hear ya. It does get a little stupid around here, but that’s just like everywhere. Sooner or later, people calm down and move on to the topic at hand. Stick around, just don’t wade in when things get ugly. I’m guilty as anyone from time to time, but it’s stupid, I confess. We’re all just here to shoot the shit about the Bears, or off-season topics like the meaning of tulips in the socio-economic climate of ancient Rome.

          • T’Challa

            Hahahaha. Ok….. sounds like a plan.

    • Waffle

      Mike Brown and Urlacher brought me back after a multi year absence during college: 20yrs

      i also tried to model my life after Thomas Jones for a bit by making my arms huge but it didn’t work.

    • Predict Pic Six

      16 yr . Fan

  • GPLDAN

    Dent has the Bears record for sacks in 1 season at 18.5

    #2 is Doug Buffone with 17.5

    He still leads the league in interceptions by a linebacker. Last active player to have played for Halas.

    • Scott W.

      I only got to hear his show sporadically over the years.

      Is there an archive somewhere?

    • Trac

      “Last active player to have played for Halas.”

      I thought Buffone retired in 79. What am I missing?

      • BillW

        When he retired, he was the last player on a bears roster who had played for halas. That is in buffones last year active, he was the only player on the roster who had played for halas

        • Trac

          Gotcha.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Didn’t they only start recording them in ’81? He could have more. Like Hollywood Henderson actually has more sacks in a season than Strahan.

© Da' Bears Blog