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Where Should Bears Fans Focus During These Final Four Games?

| December 7th, 2015

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There are four games remaining. And while the playoff dreams have faded there is still plenty for Bears fans to watch over this final month of games.

Chase for .500

An argument could be made there’s no difference between finishing 6-10 or 8-8, if the result means missing out on the postseason. But that argument won’t be made here.

8-8 is something. It’s a valuable season. It’s a foundation on which to build a successful program. John Fox can walk into the offseason program and say, “We won eight last year. All we have to do is win two more and we are in the tournament.” And with their schedule including the NFC East and AFC South, two more wins can be expected.

Also, winning three more games than a year ago is substantial improvement (as if that weren’t evident already). Three games are nearly 19% of an NFL season. Fans should embrace The Quest For .500.

Solidifying the Offensive Line

Three of the final four games are outside in the cold. What does that mean? It’s time to find out if the Bears have the kind of offensive line that can boss an opponent in the run game. They showed signs of doing just that against San Francisco.

Four of the five linemen are projected starters in 2016. Only right guard, currently occupied by Patrick Omameh, is possibly up for grabs. Will be interesting to see how they develop as a group down the stretch.

The Young Defenders

Adrian Amos and Eddie Goldman will be starters for the 2016 Bears. But the performances of players like McClellin, Prosinski, Callahan, Unrein and Gaston will greatly influence the offseason agenda for Ryan Pace. Bears definitely need more defensive talent. The difficult part will be prioritizing that need.

Is Robbie Still Robbie?

Robbie Gould has started missing more game-winning kicks than he makes. And the San Francisco game featured the debut of his new maneuver familiar to all of us who enjoy the game of golf: the duck hook. When kickers lose it, they lose it quickly. It’s not a slow fade. Here’s hoping Robbie has not lost it but the Bears will be paying close attention over the next month.

Kevin White

Will White see the field this year? It sure sounds like the number one pick is desperate to get on the field and show Bears fans what they can expect from him in 2016 and beyond.

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  • Anonymous

    Our O-line is the best in the division so no worries there, though DET’s has made drastic improvement since the beginning of the year.

    Wouldn’t mind seeing Fales if we are officially eliminated from the post-season before the final game of the year. Would be nice to know if he is a capable back-up going forward.

    If White is healthy and there is no risk vs. bringing him back now vs. next year, then by all means let’s see him on the field. Could be beneficial for all involved.

  • The GP

    Will White see the field this year? It sure sounds like the number one pick is desperate to get on the field and show Bears fans what they can expect from him in 2016 and beyond.

    It does? Can anybody point me to a link where White gives anything beyond the pat answer his agent wrote for him?

    • CanadaBear

      He seemed pretty animated about getting into a game. Could be hooey. Pretty sure it would put his mind at ease if he could play some before next year. Who knows?

      • The GP

        link?

      • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

        if he got into a game at this point and got his shin blown apart city workers all over Chicago would have their own riots.

        • CanadaBear

          If the medical staff clears him and he’s ready to go … No guarantees in life (just insurance).

          • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

            I know but it’s not like he’s been football training. he’s been “rehabbing”. I want Kevin White out there as a redshirt freshman, fully rehabbed and in peak physical NFL football shape ready to go through the grind of being a #1A WR. That would be next season.

          • CanadaBear

            I trust the coaching staff to make the right decision. None of them are on the hot seat so they can be patient if White doesn’t look right to them in practice.

  • The GP
    • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

      haha, GP: The suit also asserted that Sarkisian has, at times, been “a person with a disability” because of his alcoholism, under federal law, and the stress of his job contributed to his alcohol dependency.
      I am going to use that one with my wife. “Babe, I know, and freely admit that I have, at time, been a person with a disability. My job of not working for millions of dollars per year yet still having the stress of providing for my family while performing at a high level and watching Gould miss game winning 36yarders has contributed to my Tradewind dependency”

      • The GP
      • MB30SD

        I believe that’s a fair assessment.

        • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

          dude, come to Chicago and we’ll get disabled on Martinis and Steaks at Ditkas.

          • Scharfinator

            lol Gonna have to use the “Let’s get disabled” line next time I want to convince my friends to grab some beers.

          • CanadaBear

            Liquor Lobotomy

          • Trac

            I think you understand my perspective on Docs situation canada. Thanks for that. I pretty much decided that in order to save my marriage thru the years, I had to be honest with all my mistakes in my marriage and focus on the wonderful traits my wife has instead of the hurtful things she used to say and do to me. A good marriage always has scars. One of the most gratifying things my wife said to me after we fixed our marriage was this. She said, “I always used to think you(me) were the weak one in our relationship, now I realize it was me(my wife) that was the weak one”.

            A man has to be the strong one emotionally. That’s just how it has to be.

          • CanadaBear

            For me every situation is completely different. You have to be honest with yourself and decide whether you can live with some transgression or not. I tried with my ex for about 5 years after I found out she was cheating. It wasn’t going all that well and then I met someone else and it was over. In retrospect i couldn’t get over the cheating part and was just marking time.

    • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

      http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/08/us/chicago-police-shooting-ronald-johnson.html?smid=fb-nytimes&smtyp=cur&_r=0
      I was wondering about this particular shooting. They would have had a hard time using the “turning his life around” angle on this one. I got the story at a xmas party this weekend. 2 of the guys in the car that they ran from have already had their cases adjudicated. Needless to say, they are killers.

    • SC Dave

      Vintage Left Coast. Here in the south, I imagine that fucker would get laughed out of court.

  • The GP
    • willbest

      And this is why I hate Seattle. They are popping off at the mouth and they haven’t earned it. 7 wins, 5 of them against sub .500 teams. 1 they should have lost but for Zebra (Detroit), 2 against backup QBs (Chicago & Dallas), and the other two against San Fran. The only 2 wins against quality opponents were the last 2 weeks, and one of those required a heroic performance by Wilson to offset the defense giving up the most passing yards in franchise history to the opposing QB.
      But sure savor your one quality win of the entire season Seattle D, you have to start somewhere.

  • The GP
    • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

      losing to me will be like losing to Tebow at Soldier Field to not make the playoffs.

      • The GP

        I think Trac is the guy for the Tebow analogy.

        • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

          I guess we could interchange any AFC South opponent from 2011.

          • TBC

            it was the AFC west actually. “Tyler Palko” and “Hail Mary” are the words you guys are looking for.

          • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

            yes, it was afc west.

  • MB30SD

    “The difficult part will be prioritizing that need.”

    Really? Pretty easy if you ask me maings.

    1. IMLB
    2. Safety
    3. DL

    • TBC

      You think they need more DL help than CB?

      • willbest

        I know you just like to troll rather than paying attention to the team, but we are solid against the pass and rancid against the run. Now you might argue that is because people run on us so they don’t need to pass. But then they don’t put up all that many points on our D

        • TBC

          Actually I’m just thinking about all of the “playmakers” on the Bears defense. They seem to be up front. McPhee, Houston, Goldman, Jenkins, Willie Young.

          Kyle Fuller is there best corner, no? Seems like that is a weaker position.

          Are you sure the run problems don’t have more to do with LB than DL? And are you sure that the success against the pass doesn’t have more to do with the pressure than the coverage (or at least that is to say that the DL pressure helps)?

          • MB30SD

            yes and maybe

          • TBC

            Who on the DL do you want to replace?

          • MB30SD

            add

          • willbest

            Well we already conceded ILB was more of an issue than DL so I don’t know why you are bringing that back up.
            And the Bears aren’t really about pressure up front. In fact, I would say the majority of their sacks are coverage sacks where the QB just couldn’t find the open guy, rather than the D-line getting there so quickly the QB had no chance.

      • MB30SD

        DL makes the CBs better. Yes, we always need more good secondary guys… erraone always does

    • DaBearsBlog

      See I think that’s very debatable. DL for me is far more a priority than S and pass rushers are my number one.

      • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

        pass rushers are definitely number one Jeff. Insane death dealing pass rushers, like salt and midgets, make everything better.

        • SC Dave

          Midgets? (perhaps I shouldn’t ask, but…)

      • MB30SD

        I get that, but we have a hunter hilly wannabe at IMLB. I can assure you that we get a wagner/moser/davis level guy there and some of our DL’s rushing and some of the DBs (short) passing issues go away.

        But yes, we always want more help on the dline… it’s all about priority, right?

  • FourFeathers

    Bears have lots of holes. I have full faith in Pace and Fox. So selfishly, I hope we lose the next 4 games to move up in the draft. There is no reward for finishing with a mediocre record.

    We have screaming need for a DE, ILB, Safety, OG, CB. Can’t have enough draft picks fast enough.

    • BillW

      Said before and will say again. The team value that comes from winning exceeds the relatively small difference in draft position.

      • willbest

        Well given the number of wins they have racked up at present, and the fact that the team should be returning half the D and most the offense.
        Last year however, losing for draft picks made sense because there weren’t going to be many players surviving.

      • Johnnywad

        Absolutely. That and the fact that the draft remains a giant crap shoot. Outside of a very small handful of snarling beasts that go in the first three picks, (unless they’re quarterbacks), the draft never plays out as anybody would expect. If each draft were somehow redone according to actual player performance, say five years into their careers it would look absolutely nothing like the draft that happened. There is no reason to assume sliding 10 spots in the draft is going to hurt you in any way. This is especially true when you fall out of the top few picks and even more so when you get past the early rounds.

        Win the games.

        • SC Dave

          ‘murica. Fuck yeah!

  • Doc Nitty

    You out there, Trac? Got a comment for you but want to make sure you read it. Benign, don’t worry.

    • Trac

      I’m here Doc. The asshole is puckered up, fire away.

      • Doc Nitty

        Take your time to reply if you need to.

        I must admit that your comment struck a chord with me. Both positive and negative.

        The Negative (this was my first reaction). You are using the bible to make your point about the infidelity thing. And that’s fine, that’s you’re guidebook, but you must remember, any argument based on the bible is usually lost on me instantly. I’m a logician, a mathematician, an agnostic, a philosopher. I don’t set my moral compass or any other kind based on scripture or any other book. It’s nothing more than food for thought to me. But that’s not the part that I want to focus on.

        You said, and I paraphrase, that masturbating to porn while married is on the level with adultery. I actually find this point very interesting and would love to debate it for hours, if I had hours, and if i had the mental wherewithal do so at the moment. But I won’t. For the record though, this is the part I was referring to when I said “agree to disagree”. Though I due agree that it’s not a healthy thing to be doing while married unless done with the wife on board. I admit that, like many married men I’m sure, I am guilty of such betrayal. (MB’s posts don’t help). Again though, I agree that it’s unhealthy, but I don’t agree that it’s even remotely on par with the actual act of adultery. We’re humans. We’re weak. We fantasize and sometimes the things we fantasize about aren’t all that altruistic. Just like I’ve fantasized about getting some strange (or murdering the dude that….nevermind). It seems to me that the true measure of a man (or woman) is whether they can control such impulses. Part of me sees porn as a way of not acting on such impulses, but I can safely say, even without porn, I would never cheat on someone I’ve committed to. Loyalty is the number one trait in a person in my book. That and trustworthiness, and this brings me to the positive.

        The positive. What you said about forgiveness really struck me. I thought long and hard about that comment and it definitely added to what was already a confusing week. After much deliberation, I believe I could ultimately forgive her for said offense. I’m not sure I could ever forget it though. In fact, I know I couldn’t. And I really don’t think I’ll ever be able to trust her again. She broke the sacred vow. She let another man do what she promised was only for me. And there are details I have left out that might make you understand why I feel this way, but I’ve already divulged more about my personal situation than I am comfortable with on this public forum. I don’t know where I’m going with this but to say that your comment did have the intended effect (I think). It made me think. So thanks for that. I just don’t know how a relationship could ever recover from this.

        violins playing softly in the background .

        Blog Poll: masturbating to porn while married = infidelity? Discuss?

        So….how bout them bears?

        • BillW

          My view on one thing (not the poll question)
          If you can’t forget then the marriage damage is irreparable. Other than if you are certain it’s best for the kids, then divorce is actually best.

          The problem is that one caveat is so very difficult to determine.

          When you can’t trust a person you will treat them that way. That person will eventually resent that which you simply can’t help. It can lead to fights about things that seem unrelated. But in reality it will all be related to that.

          The tough question is – is a damaged marriage better than living apart? Only you know that – but make no mistake, the damage is in fact permanent.

          I do want to add – since there may well be people reading who know who I am – I do NOT speak from personal experience. At least not infidelity. I’ve made a mistake in my marriage decades ago that only through counselling plus another 5 years after did it ever got completely resolved.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I don’t know how divorce is best for kids. It’s only parents that say that. I’m essentially estranged from the mother of my children, but we live together in the same house. We’ve agreed to put the children first, ahead of our own needs. We created those kids and that comes with a duty of care.

            Is that something you could do, Doc? Live together as a family, but separated?

            And yes, that does preclude you somewhat from having relationships.

          • Doc Nitty

            For the short term, it has to be that way. long term? I’m thinking same neighborhood would be ideal.

        • Trac

          doc I’m not going to get into a long dialogue on this topic but what I will do is put some of my comments in context and try to explain broadly what I meant and then you can do with it what you will so give me a little bit and I’ll put something together

        • Sactowns#1

          It sucks, but there is much more life ahead of you. Hold on to the good memories and wish her a fond farewell.

          • SC Dave

            While this is clearly easier said than done, Sac gives all of us something very important here. It’s true for all one’s relationships – friends, lovers, family, spouses – where the end did not come out as you had dreamed or dared to hope.

            In each of those relationships, there was something worthwhile, something beautiful. Carry as many of those with you as you can.

            Thanks much for the reminder, compadre.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Forgiveness is definitely a power – and it rids the heart of bitterness.

        • Trac

          My answer is simple Doc, are you more interested in expanding on your philosophy than saving your marriage? Only you know the answer to that. You reap what you sew in this world.

          The Philosopher Kings are all dead Doc and many of them changed their opinions on their death bed. My Philosopher King never changed his mind and he was crucified for it.

          Wish you the best.

          • Doc Nitty

            Expanding my philosophy? Smh.

          • Trac

            In other words doc, stop talking about it, fix it or move on. Infidelity is never right and it is well within your rights to move on and end the marriage but it’s never that simple.

          • Doc Nitty

            Okay but can I have a week at least? You know, to process shit?

          • Trac

            I’ve eaten shit for my kids doc. It was worth it. I know you are a kind loving man, you can add some grit to that. Women need to know there is a limit, try to find your swing my man.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Courts still side with the mother, I think.

          • Trac

            Yes, it’s hard but if the marriage has a shot, it will have to come first. For me it’s a massive deal breaker once the women files for divorce. If she does that, it’s war, game on.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I think he’s probably worried about his kids, Trac. Nothing scarier than that.

        • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

          Doc, I don’t want to intrude but I can’t stand by and watch someone throw down a “reap what you sow” line on you. That feels like a cop out. Nothing is as black and white as saying, if you treat someone well you’ll be treated well. In this case, your wife did something that could really harm the family. Did the kids slight her, drive her to this infidelity? They didn’t sow anything and they are going to reap a whole lot of consequences as a result regardless. She acted selfishly and only you and her know why she did it. A lot of people aren’t perfect but it doesn’t mean the other party needs to go to the nuclear bedroom option.
          I’m in the camp that infidelity doesn’t usually come out of nowhere but I know that if I ever got to the forgiveness part, I’d sure as hell never get to the forget part. That means that the betrayal would always be remembered. I could not be party to that unless i know I was ball deep into being a main reason why my spouse cheated.
          I don’t know 1 couple that went through infidelity and came out the other side for the long haul, for the better. Maybe that’s because there was never a time or place that the couple was meant to be together. No one will ever know.
          Think about why you fell in love in the first place. Discuss it, dive into it. It’s going to be incredibly painful but at least the effort would be there. Work hard to find out if you can ever get back there…or if you even want to be there. If you can’t, shield the kids, protect them and yourself, be fair during the process with the other person and end it.

          • Trac

            There’s not a word in my post intended to hurt of offend waffle. It’s just how I try to live my marriage out. If you or Doc doesn’t like the words I use then oh well. If you think I’m trying to be unkind, you have missed judged me.

          • Trac

            You are taking up an offense based on Docs comments. I’ve come to realize there are always 2 sides to a story. Life’s too short for bullshit Waffleman. I genuinely hope they can forgive one another and keep the family together and more importantly, learn to love one another.

          • SC Dave

            I’m not sure I read the offense, Trac. Johnny reveals how he believes he would react, and I have to say I would be hard-pressed to be much different. The forgiveness, yes. The forgetting, probably not.

            I suppose it depends on exactly to what “forgetting” refers. If it refers to not being consumed by the memory of something, okay. We HAVE to do that whether we forgive or not – lest we be destroyed by that past. But if it means reaching a state “as if it never occurred”, then like Johnny, I really doubt I could get there.

            Finally, we never know the limits of our strength until we are tested. My wife showed me that.

            So Doc, whatever you decide, I sincerely hope that it comes out well. For ALL of you.

          • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

            no offense taken man. Just felt that this situation required more than the cliff notes version of the reap and sow line. Life is definitely too short for bullshit. It’s also too short for square peg in round hole.

          • Doc Nitty

            It’s all good. Thanks though.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Wait, WTF?? What did I miss?

        • Sactowns#1
  • BillW

    Random thoughts:

    Last time SF won in Chicago in the regular season, Abe Gibron was he coach. (“Jeremiah was a bullfrog…”)

    When Forte scored and rocked the football, I thought he could get a flag for using the ball as a prop. What do you know – the random application of clear cut rules favored us. I guess the body slam no-call was the makeup.

    Yes – I certainly want 8 wins. I just don’t want the season to be considered disappointing if they don’t get them.

    Does Fox intentionally play for the game to be close right from the first quarter? It actually seemed that way.

    Kick coverage and return teams have quietly gotten decent to good.

    We have maybe one easy game left – Detroit. That qualifies as another trap game already.

    • TBC

      You would think that the Lions at home is a gimme for the Bears.

      Then again, the Bears have lost their last 5 games against Detroit, and Cutler is 3-12 in his last 15 home games.

      I’d still have the Bears favored to win that game but I don’t know if you can call it an easy game. Especially when you consider that almost every game the Bears play goes down to the wire.

      • WP34

        The Lions were a Gimmie for you guys this year.

        • TBC

          That’s even more to the point.

          Entering that game, the Packers had the history on their side and still lost. The Bears don’t have the history on their side, so I definitely wouldn’t write it down in ink.

          • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

            History means nothing. 3-12 in last 15 home starts means nothing due to your sample being fucking Trestman/Emery. Lions team compared to 13/14 completely different. Stats in this case mean nothing..

          • TBC

            Cutler is 1-5 at home this year. Emery/Trestman contributions are only helping that percentage.

          • Cutty of Olivet Nazarene

            The Bears are 1-5 at home this year goddamnit. The Bears. The games at home this year have nothing to do with anything in the previous years because we have a different team as do the opponents. You sound like you should be writing content for Terry Bradshaw and Jimmy Johnson. Enough with the narratives based on useless stats. They are insane.

          • TBC

            Down goes another straw man!!!

            I just said Cutler because the 3-12 record I referenced earlier is just for Cutler.

            I find it odd that you would take exception to that considering Jeff splits EVERYTHING into “James Clausen” quarters versus Jay Cutler quarters.

            Yes, the Bears are 1-5 at home this year. How is that a useless statistic when considering the odds of them winning an upcoming home game?

            Maybe because 6 games is too small of a sample size? That’s why I reached back even further to 2013. The Bears don’t win very many games at soldier field.

          • Scharfinator

            This is why I love hate cheesy. He’s a troll, but he’s also pretty smart.

            FUUUUUCK

          • SC Dave

            I have found that for the most part, the people that argue with him lose. Mostly because they get angry and stop thinking.

            And, of course, Cheesy has a great time doing it here. I mean, wouldn’t you on a Packers blog? Oh wait… that would be too much like shooting fish in a barrel.

            https://search.yahoo.com/yhs/search?p=fishing+in++a+barrel&ei=UTF-8&hspart=mozilla&hsimp=yhs-002

            (Wish I was worth a shit at photoshop so I could put a cheeshead on that thing)

          • Johnnywad

            They don’t have the internet in Wisconsin so it’s really not something we can sort out.

          • SC Dave

            s’posin’ you must be right.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I agree with Cheesy on the stats thing. Sometimes I’m trawling throught stats of matchups and I think “Well that hardly matters now” e.g. Brady was 2-5 at Denver going into their last game together. relevant? Maybe it doesn’t seem so, but the Broncos won again.

            Home-advantage does not appear to matter to the Bears. Is that because of the kind of fans in the stand? Does Soldier Field get behind its team?

          • Doc Nitty

            The time I was there, the sky was falling by halftime. Bunch of chicken littles all to willing to cash in their chips.

          • Irish Sweetness

            1-5? Jeez. The redskins will roll over us too?

      • Irish Sweetness

        If we can’t beat the Niners then we can’t beat the Lions. But we can beat the Niners … aw shit.

    • willbest

      That being said, the hardest game on the Bear’s schedule right now is @TB, so its not like we have any elite teams to lay either.

    • SC Dave

      Fuck. Three Dog Night… holy shit that’s a long time.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Buck Rogers favorite band!

      • BillW

        Classic football follies shows Gibson on the sidelines during warmups. That song is playing on the stadium sound system and Abe is singing along

        Same video has Montage of coaches barking instructions during the game. Abe yells Watch the run! . Then other coaches yelling stuff. Then Abe again yelling Watch the pass! . Then others then finally Abe yelling Watch everything!

        My absolute favorite bad Bears coach

  • The GP

    Although police are still investigating, they’ve already deemed Michael Cavallari’s disappearance suspicious, simply because “there’s nothing to indicate anything one way or another,” according to the Grand County Sheriff.

    However, the circumstances around the abandoned vehicle certainly seem mysterious. The car appeared to have hit a big rock on the side of the road, which caused the airbags to deploy, but the engine was still running. And while Cavallari was nowhere to be found when police showed up at the scene, his cell phone and laptop were reportedly still in the car.

    Car running, wheel and rim fucked to hell from hitting a rock – cell phone and laptop still in car. Desolate area. Weird.

    • Doc Nitty

      Two words (Irish): Alien Abduction.

      • The GP

        • Irish Sweetness

          The scientist in that movie is based on Jacques Vallee, a wealthy UFO-phenomenon researcher. He went to Russia to visit with my friend Yuri, whose team was investigating CE3s for the KGB. They compared notes on landing gear dimensions and weights, and found matches. He’s tied into French intelligence somehow, and he said that “UFO”s had been recorded in France a couple of hundred years ago – they would appear as balloons on their visitations – but the French have been documenting everything for a LONG time.

          Vallee probably has collected more information on the subject than anyone who is not a country.

    • BillW

      That must be causing stress to Kristin and threfore to Jay.

      And I still haven’t heard what his mystery illness was that caused him to miss needed time with Bellamy and Meredith with Wilson unable to go. Will he have it again this week?

      • Sactowns#1

        I would imagine having a family member go missing would be a fairly stressful ordeal.

        • BillW

          That’s why Jay’s answer seemed strange yesterday. He was ready for the question, but I have to wonder if the press was essentially asked not to even bring it up.

    • willbest

      I said it before, but I will say it again. My instincts missed an animal hit a rock, concussion, wandered off. My second guess would be somebody made him drive to his own death and drove off in a second car. Also receiving votes, Muslims, communists, and hipsters.

      • Irish Sweetness

        But not hippies. Hippies are cool.

    • BearDown100393

      DB Sweeney knows where he is.

    • Irish Sweetness

      I’m thinking kidnapping. Cutty is worth a lot of money. Lots of stupid people out there. Maybe the brother’s in on it.

      • Doc Nitty

        Now we’re onto something.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Always underestimate people.

          • Doc Nitty

            He kidnapped himself, Dude.

          • Cormonster

            You want a toe? I can get you a toe. There are ways, Dude.

          • Doc Nitty

            Cor! You’re out of your element Cor!

          • Doc Nitty

            Not that I think of you as Donnie or anything. Just love that movie.

          • Cormonster

            That’s a top 3 all time favorite for me. I was jonesing for it so bad a few years ago, I went to every video store and chain in town looking for it. When noone had it, I ordered Netflix that night just so I could watch it. I also bought the DVD the same night online so I always have it available.

  • Jack Lacan

    Women – you can’t live with them and you can’t live with them…
    Remember what Nelson Algren wrote —
    “Never play cards with a man called Doc”
    “Never eat at a place called Mom’s”
    “Never ever sleep with anyone who’s problems are worse than your own.”

    • BearDown100393

      Pass the beer nuts. – Norm Peterson

      • Doc Nitty

        That’s my personal fave.

        • BearDown100393

          George Wendt owned the best lines.

          • Doc Nitty

            So many good ones.

            Whatcha up to Norm?
            My ideal weight if I was ten feet tall.

            How’s a beer deal right about now, Norm?
            Pretty scared if I was in the room.

            What’s goin on Norm?
            Let’s talk about what’s goin IN Norm.

            So many.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Can we have the theme from Cheers as an autoplay when we come to the blog?

          • BearDown100393

            It is a dog eat dog world and I’m wearing milk bone underwear.

  • Doc Nitty

    I just saw Jordan’s statue on the tube and thought, how insanely cool would it be to be so good at something that they build a 20 ft tall statue of you after you retired? Not when you die, when you just decide to stop going to work anymore. Not a cake. An effing statue! What an ego trip that would be.

    • SC Dave

      Hubris is a turribul thing.

    • Johnnywad

      10 scoring titles, including 87-88 when he was also Defensive POY. 5 time league MVP. 6 rings and a 6 time NBA Finals MVP. I watched all of it and still can’t believe a single player was that dominant for that long.

      • Doc Nitty

        Oh I know! I’m not a bulls fan but you couldn’t help but watch every second of it. Shooting free throws in an actual game with your eyes closed? Talk about Hubris. He was my generations version of Babe Ruth calling his shot, or Ali backing up his brashness with style, “prison ain’t no thang…,, I’ll just get out and get it all back…”

        Dude was money. Lebron nothin’.

        • Irish Sweetness

          How you doin’ Doc? I know you are in the relationship never-never land but I can’t remember which thread, and I never got back to your response.

          • Doc Nitty

            There once was a blogger named doc
            Whose boat crashed into a rock
            While patching the hole
            His wife took a stroll
            And a ride on another mans jock.

            Something to that effect

          • beninnorcal

            Sorry, Doc, no good.

          • Doc Nitty

            I didn’t like that boat anyway.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Ah Jeez, Doc. Sorry to hear that, man.

          • Doc Nitty
          • Irish Sweetness

            That’s how it feels, right?

            I hope that no matter what happens, you get your say in the kids’ lives. She’s the one that breached the contract. You shouldn’t get punished.

          • Cormonster

            Sorry to hear about that Doc. Cheaters suck. Best wishes going forward.

          • Doc Nitty

            Thx man. Chess soon?

          • Cormonster

            Yeah, probably starting next week. Been really busy lately, and really tired most nights. Been doing a lot of tree work and other really physical jobs lately. My body is feeling it. Heading to the Carolina’s Wednesday to go to the Warren Haynes Christmas Jam on Saturday. Totally pumped.

          • Doc Nitty

            Cool. My brothers flying me to Kentucky next week. I’d like to check some live local shit out while I’m there. I’ll be one hour from Nasville. Trouble is, he’s not a music lover like We are.

          • Cormonster

            Totally tubular! Have a good time. Hope you find some good local talent.

          • Doc Nitty

            I used to do arborist work btw. It is definitely brutal work. I got into such good shape doing that shit and didn’t even realize it. Took my shirt off one day and noticed I was yoked. Then I let it all fall to shit to get my brain yoked.

          • Cormonster

            I did it full time for a couple years too and got totally ripped. I love doing it, but I could never do it full time long term. All my friends who do have broken down bodies by their early 50’s.

          • Doc Nitty

            Buff but broken. Exactly. I thought I would do it as a hobby but if you don’t do it everyday it gets hard really fast.

          • Cormonster

            I mainly do it now off and on from late fall to early spring, and once in a while during the summer. Something to keep me busy and make some extra cash during the off season. We are having great working weather this winter. We haven’t had more than a couple dustings so far. Gonna be around 50 tomorrow. I even had a crew do a few leaf cleanups and a mowing today because a property was still growing. I love it.

        • The GP

          I used to work on the west side and would often go down to the Chicago Stadium and pick up tickets from scalpers about 5 minutes after tip off when they were really ready to deal.

          Saw many a game of the Jordan era. The guy was a god amongst mortal men. Like Leonidas from 300 or something. Strolling down Madison back then had its share of adventure

      • SC Dave
    • BillW

      Not only that but then he came out ofv”retirement” to get 3 more rings with the statue already there.

      In the championship video the season he came back Steve Kerr recalls a conversation he had with a teammate when Jordan came back. One of them wondered if Jackson would start him or bring him off the bench

      The other said “I think the rule is if you have a statue in front of the building, you automatically start.”

      • BillW

        Retirement in quotes since the rumor was it was a suspension for gambling that the league allowed to be hid as a retirement given his status

      • Doc Nitty

        I forgot about that. How crazy is that? And you want to talk about pressure? You can’t just be aiight if you’re playing in front of your own statue.

    • willbest

      Meh… they used to give out statutes like candy. Ancestor of mine has one, and he didn’t do anything anybody here would have ever heard of.

      Now… have them cut your face into the side of a mountain…

  • Irish Sweetness

    First, on this idea that a team simply must achieve its highest possible finish, is just a fallacy.

    Preface: Nobody is saying tank.

    If you have not made the playoffs, then it is clearly better to finish 6-10 than 8-8. No possible sensible argument can be made otherwise. None. Saying that it doesn’t matter where you pick in the draft is silly. Albeit it didn’t matter where Angelo or Emery picked. There is that. But I like the way POX draft, and I want to see them get the best shot at it.

    Omameh is not a rookie and he’s hurting us. Be gone.

    Robbie Gould lost us the game on Sunday. Now that I have separated him from killing playoff hopes, not to mention my christmas four-timer bumper payout (which would have gone on to Conor McGregor Dec 12th for an even bigger bumper payout) … I can reflect in the calm light of day.

    Fire him the fuck out of Chicago. He’s cost us two games already.

    • That Guy

      I hear this argument. I’m a draft nut myself, so I get it.

      But I keep coming back to two central points.

      (1) In April, you always think drafting 5 spots higher will make a huge difference, but there really isn’t a huge statistical difference between drafting anywhere in the first 2-13 spots.

      (2) If I sit down with my kids to watch a game (and they’re all under 10), they have no idea what you’re talking about when you say “this loss is good because we can draft better in April and that might help up in 2-3 years with a playoff run.” My kids want to see their dad’s team win today. And I want to see my team win today. If the Bears can do that six times a season, great. If they can do it eight times? Better. If they can do it ten? Even better. I enjoy every game for what it is while I’m watching. The playoff chatter is for the other six days of the week.

      • Irish Sweetness

        ” but there really isn’t a huge statistical difference between drafting anywhere in the first 2-13 spots.”

        What does that mean … ‘statistical difference’.

        You are picking 1-7. The player you got this year is considerably different to the player you got drafting 14-21. I don’t think this can be argued.

        • That Guy

          Don’t assume that about White. I hope he’s a stud, but he hasn’t taken the field yet.

          Kyle Long is the best pick we’ve made since Brian Urlacher in 2000. Long was at #20. We’ve picked as high at #4 (Cedrick Benson) and higher has not meant better. Granted, the GM picking should make some difference, but it is not the case that the same GM tends to do better when picking a few spots higher. It is also not the case that higher picks tend to do better than lower picks.

          Put another way, people think we do a better job players than we really do. If you look at the past 25 years, players picked at #13 do about as well as players picked at #2.

          • Irish Sweetness

            But who was picking Benson? That’s my point. If the guy picking is a good picker, then it can only be good to have him picking higher.

            The overwhelming majority of PBers are first rounders, but I guess those that make it are not numerically in order, no. That makes me feel better. I don’t really like our DC/OC, but I’m on board with the guys picking our players.

    • Johnnywad

      Let’s look at just this year’s draft Irish. If you’re looking at productivity 12 games in, which isn’t much but is all we have, its completely upside down. One could argue that Langford will ultimately have a bigger impact than Amos. But Amos is a starter and has been. IMO you’d rank their productivity…….
      1.) Amos
      2.) Langford
      3.) Grasu
      4.) Goldman

      The rest, including White, the seventh overall pick, haven’t done anything. White may end up being great, but when Pace can run a draft like that, and start 3rd and 5th rounders, I just don’t care whether they draft first or last.

      • Irish Sweetness

        White was talked about in the same breath as Amari Cooper. So he’s got to be the real deal, but you’re getting a wider variety the higher your pick. If your GM is good, it matters where you pick, I think.

        • Doc Nitty

          So was Greg Oden with Kevin Durant.

        • TBC

          Ryan Leaf and Peyton Manning…

    • BillW

      So what value do you put on the team having a sense of success going into the next year?

      Not to put words in your mouth but I think you mean from a fans point of view losing more is better but only if the losses happened to happen. Not on purpose. Not by the coaches intentionally doing stuff like kicking on 2nd

      Just from serious effort that fell short

      I agree in the sense that in a non competitive season I don’t mind the loss for the reason you state

      But I don’t want it

      Last year I found myself prior to games wanting things to be so embarrassing they’d be forced to do something drastic (for them)

      But during the game it was GoBears!

      • Irish Sweetness

        I’m actually coming around on that. If POX can pick well, then you’re right – doesn’t really matter where you pick, you’ll get a good player. That’s all that counts.

        We did a good thing by beating the Packers, but seemed to have shot ourselves in the foot now.

  • BillW

    Trib reporting Kristins brother was arrested days before he disappeared. Skimmed quickly but apparently from a disturbance with someone. He had alcohol on his breath and had a loaded shotgun in his car when arrested. Was out on bail

    • willbest

      Alright… Her brother and this other person are both real men, and honor dictated a duel to the death. He lost.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog
    This might be the worst game ever played.”

    Oh , Blogfather, you display your comparative ignorance of youth with a statement like that.

    Not. Even. Close.

    Even if you just talk about games involving The Beloved.

    • DaBearsBlog

      It’s called a joke. Are you this joyless in actual existence?

      • Trac

        Spalding! You’ll have nothing and like it.

      • BillW

        I love irony!

        Al was certainly joking too

        Or are YOU the joyless one?

        (wait. Maybe your response was a joke? I’m so confused)

        • AlbertInTucson

          Meh, not really.

      • AlbertInTucson

        I apologize for for my shortcomings which, apparently include, joylessness, the lack of a sense of humor, and having witnessed NFL football games (both Bear games and MNF games) that I thought were worse than what occurred last evening.

        Mea Culpa. Mea maxima Culpa.

        And just so there’s no mis-understanding,

        NOW, I’M joking!

  • willbest

    Wow… My Bears 8-8 path to the playoffs didn’t count on Dallas beating anybody.

    • Johnnywad

      What’s the new path?

      • willbest

        Same as before.
        MN loses out. Bears win @MN, @TB, DET. Panthers win out. And hope no more than 1 team in the NFCE gets to 8-8. But if you can count on dallas to knock of a division opponent it makes the last sentence even more likely.

  • T’Challa

    As most of you know, drafting is getting the best prospect. A lot of failed draft picks came down to the lack of coaching to develop the talent they have. This coaching staff have shown the ability to develop talent. The previous regime hurt player development in many cases.

    That being said, I would love if the Bears drafted the #4 rated player over the #12 rated player. However rooting for the Bears to lose while watching them play is impossible for me to do. Every game I watch, I believe in the beginning, we can win and I am hoping that we do as I cheer and yell. Never am I sitting there saying, I hope we fumble or throw an interception so we can lose and get a higher Draft choice.

    After two years of horrible leadership, I am confident in this organization to draft, sign, and develop the right players. My hope is that with players like Bushrod, Young, Sutton, and maybe Bennett the Bears are able to acquire more draft picks that they can mold into positive contributing players on a Superbowl contender.

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