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Across The Middle — Week 10

| November 9th, 2016

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The hole is too deep for the Bears to win the NFC North this year, but they just might have the best team in the division.

The Bears are like the 2015 Detroit Lions in that the Lions were probably the best team in the division in the second half of last year, but their 1-7 start prevented them from making any moves. The sky was falling until they finished 6-2 to save coach Jim Caldwell — and possibly quarterback Matthew Stafford’s — job. The Bears are in the same situation with their team, their coach and their quarterback.

Like last year, there is no dominant team in the NFC North. I’m not even sure there is a good team. They’re all hovering around .500, which is likely where the Bears would be if Jay Cutler hadn’t missed most of the season. They almost certainly won’t be able to get back in the playoff hunt, but the Bears just might be able to have a significant impact on who gets in.

If they can, even the most pessimistic Bears fan will have to feel good about the direction of the franchise. If they can’t, we’ll be looking at major changes once again with Cutler certainly being sent packing and Fox possibly joining him too.

The coach and the quarterback are two of the three most significant positions in a franchise. These final eight games offer Fox and Cutler a chance to prove to Pace that they are answers, not questions.

The Writing On The Wall

It sure seems like Ryan Pace wants “his” quarterback sooner rather than later.

Pace was seen at the Miami game, almost certainly getting an in-person look at Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya for the second straight week. A week earlier he saw Kaaya and Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer and took a look at Clemson’s Deshaun Watson earlier this season. He’ll surely see North Carolina’s Mitch Trubisky at some point and surely has a full scouting report already done on Jimmy Garoppolo.

But this isn’t new. Pace wanted to make a move for Marcus Mariota two years ago and did his homework on Carson Wentz last year. But he never could make a move.

Depending on who declares for the draft and if the Patriots make Garoppolo available, there could be more fish in the pond this year. If Pace rates any of these players as franchise quarterbacks, he should absolutely make a move for them. Cutler is 34 and gets injured every other year. You grab the next guy when you can  because you never know when you’ll need him. Even if that means spending a first round pick on a player because developmental quarterbacks are more of a myth than reality.

But Pace has shown he’s willing to go forward with Cutler and he won’t mortgage the future to replace him. And, even if he drafts a quarterback in the first round, there’s no real reason to move on from Cutler and throw that quarterback to the wolves right away.

Pace is doing his homework, as he should. Just because he’s scouting, it doesn’t mean he’s liking what he sees. Ultimately, his legacy — like most GMs — is going to be defined by what he does at the quarterback position.

The Return of Big Eddie

The Bears defense could get a big boost this week when defensive tackle Eddie Goldman returns from an injured ankle suffered late in the debacle against Philadelphia.

As good as Akiem Hicks has been this season, he isn’t even the team’s best defensive lineman. That’s Goldman, who gives the Bears two mammoth freak athletes who can do just about everything they’re asked to do.

With Goldman taking all of Will Sutton’s and most of Mitch Unrein’s snaps, the Bears should be able to play two down defensive linemen almost every down. With those two controlling the middle of the line and the trio of Willie Young, Lenny Floyd and Pernell McPhee outside, this front seven could be special.

Charting the Bears (Season Totals)

• It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that Willie Young leads the Bears, according to my chart, with 25.5 quarterback disruptions. He, of course, leads the team with six sacks to go with 16.5 hurries and two hits. The surprising part is the guys who are in second place as both My Boy Corny Washington and Hicks are tied for second with 14. We didn’t even know if Washington would make the team, but he’s proven to be an effective pass-rusher. Hicks was billed as a run-clogger, who didn’t provide any rush, but has proven that to be flat out wrong with four sacks already this season. Floyd is third not he team with 10.5 disruptions.

• It also shouldn’t be a surprise that Bobby Massie has given up the most pressures amongst the team’s offensive linemen with 20. That total is just one more than Charles Leno, although Leno has faced better pass rushers. The interior of the offensive line has been solid as Josh Sitton, Cody Whitehair and Kyle Long have given up a combined 12 disruptions. Whitehair leads the team with 12.5 bad runs, however, 4.5 more than Long, who is in second place.

• The quarterback’s accuracy has actually been pretty close. Brian Hoyer has been inaccurate on 29 percent of his passing attempts, while Cutler sits at 25.9 percent. The majority of Cutler’s came while he was being pressured or hit, however. Matt Barkley leads the team as he was inaccurate on 46.6 percent of his attempts.

Bring On The Bucs

As good as it feels to be a Bears fan right now, it could all waste away if they don’t beat Tampa Bay this week.

The Buccaneers are scary. The Bears’ defense forces quarterbacks to be disciplined, but Jameis Winston is the kind of guy who likes to push the envelope. Doing so with Mike Evans against any of Chicago’s defensive backs could be bad bad news.

The good news for the Bears is that the Bucs can’t stop anybody. They’re 29th in scoring defense, 28th in yardage — ranking 25th against the run and 29th against the pass. They’ve given up 30 or more points in half of their games — including two 40 burgers — and the only teams they really slowed down were Carolina with Derek Anderson and San Francisco.

We’ve been waiting for a game in which Cutler explodes statistically and this really should be it. The rest of the offense is relatively healthy and the Bears are coming off of a bye week.

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  • Cormonster

    The Bears need an owner like Trump. He would make the Bears great again. Trump’s a winner, and winners win. Crooked HIllary, she’s a loser.

    • F–K Weed Superman (GP)

      When’s the last time you wanted to fuck the first lady? Laura Bush? Please.

      Gotta go back to Jackie.

      • Huge Bears Penis

        I always had a thing for Nancy Reagan.

        • 505Bears

          Hubba hubba.

        • CanadaBear

          The rumor was she gave the best head in hollywood back in the day.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Was it the cobwebs on the old vadge?

      • AlbertInTucson

        Never saw the attraction, there.

        She looked like Jack never fed her.

      • Cormonster

        Melania wearing a naughty Mrs. Claus lingerie costume in the Oval Office would make for a nice Xmas card.

    • AlbertInTucson

      NFL owners will never let him into their club.

      He’d have a better chance trying to become President.

    • BearDown100393

      The draft is rigged.

    • BearDown100393

      The Bears are already great.
      10-6

  • AlbertInTucson

    I bet the THE VIEW will be HILARIOUS today.

    • SC Dave

      Almost makes me want to buy a TV. All the quivering lips as news anchors across the Totalitarian Left controlled media try not to cry would be the most rewarding viewing in a loooong time.

      • willbest

        I was actually impressed with how much Shep Smith and Fox didn’t want Trump to win. I thought they would at least be indifferent, but they were as butt hurt as all the other networks.

      • If media was such a controlling agent, then how did it fail?

        I never get that.

        I think conspiracy theorists credit the media too much, esp in an age when millions get their info from laptops and not tvs.

        • willbest

          If you repeat something often enough it becomes reality. For example, people are concerned for their LGBT friends today. Da Fuck? Trump is to the left of Obama when Obama took office 8 years ago. He legitimately got the GOP convention to applaud in support of LGBT. Whats he going to do turn the clock back to 2015… come on.

          He is a racist, yet got a larger share of the minority vote than Romeny. Black men voted for him upwards of 20%.

          Misogynist. His campaign manager, the one that brought him the general election W was Kellyanne Conway, the first female with such a job to win.

          And he isn’t against LEGAL immigration. The only group that has a legitimate beef against him are the Muslims and he walked back the most offensive thing he blurted out immediately and landed on “extreme vetting”

          Sure he is crude, but the people that are terrified of him today are that way because they have been told he was Hitler for the last 18 months.

          • Ppl are terrified of Trump because of WHAT HE SAID.

            Ppl weren’t terrified of Romney, or even GW, or any republican nominee I can think of in my lifetime.

            And like 67% of those polled admitted that Trump didn’t have the temperament to become president, so this “terrified” angle is not just a leftist conspiracy.

            Lots of republicans were also terrified at the prospect of Trump becoming president, including the Bushs

    • SC Dave

      Let them watch this…

      http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/giggling-nigel-farage-gloats-over-9224681

      Of course, the idiotic commentary by The Mirror in the article itself can be safely ignored.

    • willbest

      It didn’t disappoint, I turned it on for a little bit. They were ranting about whitelash, and DJ Tanner from full house (the token conservative) interjected he got more black and Hispanic support than Romney and they said “really?” and then went back to talking about whitelash.

      • AlbertInTucson

        ‘Whitelash”

        SMH.

        • Really it should be “uneducated male whitelash” cuz stats show they came out in record numbers overwhelmingly for Trump.

          Educated whites favored Hill, or more specifically, hated Trump.

          • willbest

            He won white women w/o college degrees by nearly 30 points so you can go ahead and remove “man” from that.

          • Yes, but the HUGE disparity was with the males.

            Biggest gap ever, I believe, even more than Reagan.

            Though we can just say “uneducated whitebacklash” to keep it broader.

          • willbest

            But as you pointed out it was rural vs. urban. I think it was somebody on NBC last night that said the PPP in rural communities was down 20% from 2008. You don’t have to hate minorities to vote for Trump when Hillary is promising to continue Obama’s legacy.

          • Yes, but who lives in rural america?

            Uneducated whites.

            Lots of overlap there, as the numbers bore out that a Hill took the Af-am and Latino votes by a good margin

            (though Trump did get more latinos than Romney).

            It makes sense. Uneducated whites in rural america probably don’t have the economic opportunities that educated whites in cities have.

            They rely on factory jobs which have been shipped out, and they blame the Clintons for that.

            Though if you look at Trump’s merchandise…

            http://a.abcnews.com/images/Business/abc_donald_trump_made_in_china_products_dm_110428_wmain_4x3_608.jpg

          • SC Dave

            Butch, are you auditioning for CNN? Your condescension would be a perfect fit.

  • SC Dave

    While the hole is *really deep*, it is possible to climb out. But the Bears cannot lose more than one more game this season to have a real chance. Winning out would very likely result in the NFC North title, but that is a massive dose of Kool-Aid away from where I’m sitting right now.

    But one never knows. The defense gets better every game, and could by season’s end be on par with the better half of the Lovie Smith teams. And yes, I’m serious about that much.

    • Huge Bears Penis

      I got plenty of Kool-Aid made up, and I will share. 10-6 NFCN Champs.

      • SC Dave

        Bottoms up, compadre!

        I mean hell, if the Cubs and Trump can both win the big prize, why not The Beloved?

    • AlbertInTucson

      Just beat Tampa, please.

      Make us want to really look forward to the following week.

      • SC Dave

        Fair enough!

    • willbest

      8-8 with a 5-1 division record might do it this year. Minny doesn’t look like they are better than a .500 team, Detroit is hot and cold, and the Packers are wounded. In fact, I think 9-7 with a 5-1 division record would clinch the division

  • 505Bears

    1 game at a time. I kind of think this team has an attitude to them after beating the Queens and going into the bye week. Guys are getting healthy and the Bears can actually throw it down the field. Once again, turnovers are the big question. Should be about 50 points in this game, so D needs to have some crucial stops late, more than likely. Should be a ton of Bears fans at the game though, so that’s always good.

  • AlbertInTucson

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog
    “Quality of play” is wrong way to discuss it. The games are bad because of various factors: officiating, injuries, lack of quality QBs…etc

    How do you get to Carnegie Hall?

    Practice, Practice. Practice.

    How do you degrade the quality of play in the NFL?

    Less Practice.Less Practice.Less Practice.

  • willbest

    I don’t know if you are lurking @mikebrownhadaposse , but this is the avatar we agree on.

    https://tse1.mm.bing.net/th?id=OIP.M2ef38e32dd051822aa3cd7e41a502c66H0&w=115&h=105&c=8&rs=1&qlt=90&pid=3.1&rm=2

    I know we agreed that it be the avatar until Labor Day 2017, but I release you from the bet. Live bigly my friend.

  • SC Dave
    • willbest

      I always felt women needed some training wheels while they learned to keep their teeth out of the way.

      • MB30SD

        I know you’re giddy, but yikes dude

        • willbest

          I didn’t feel that was related politically. I just had a woman hurt me down there in my youth

          • F–K Weed Superman (GP)

            Was it Hillary?

  • F–K Weed Superman (GP)

    Buh-bye. So long. Cya! I seriously cannot wait for Dunham to never show her face on tv again.

    Actors

    Bryan Cranston said he hopes he doesn’t have to pack his bags, but would “definitely move” if Trump won. “Absolutely, I would definitely move,” the “Breaking Bad” star said on “The Bestseller Experiment” podcast. “It’s not real to me that that would happen. I hope to God it won’t.”

    Samuel L. Jackson slammed Trump for running a “hate”-filled campaign and said he would move to South Africa if he wins. “If that motherf—er becomes president, I’m moving my black ass to South Africa,” the movie star quipped to Jimmy Kimmel.

    Lena Dunham told Andy Cohen at the Matrix Awards that “I know a lot of people have been threatening to do this, but I really will. I know a lovely place in Vancouver.” The star and creator of HBO’s “Girls” has been a vocal advocate for Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee.

    Comedians

    Comedian Amy Schumer said in September that Spain would be her destination of choice.

    “My act will change because I will need to learn to speak Spanish,” Schumer said in an appearance on the BBC’s “Newsnight.” “Because I will move to Spain or somewhere. It’s beyond my comprehension if Trump won. It’s just too crazy.”

    Chelsea Handler said she already made contingency plans months ago.

    “I did buy a house in another country just in case,” the comedian and talk show host said during an appearance on “Live with Kelly and Michael” in May. “So all these people that threaten to leave the country and then don’t — I actually will leave that country.”

    Former “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart said he would consider “getting in a rocket and going to another planet, because clearly this planet’s gone bonkers” if the real estate mogul wins.

    Whoopi Goldberg, co-host of the “The View”, said on an episode of the talk show earlier this year that if the country elects Trump, “maybe it’s time for me to move, you know. I can afford to go.”

    Keegan-Michael Key said he would flee north to Canada. “It’s like, 10 minutes from Detroit,” the comedian told TMZ in January. “That’s where I’m from; my mom lives there. It’d make her happy too.”

    Hispanic comedian George Lopez said Trump “won’t have to worry about immigration” if he takes the White House because “we’ll all go back.”

    • AlbertInTucson

      We all know, NOBODY is leaving.

    • Scharfinator

      These people are fucked on this issue either way.

      1) You make good on your promise and flee like a coward, rather than trying to fix what you think is a problem.
      2) You break your word and stay.

      • AlbertInTucson

        “You make good on your promise and flee like a coward, rather than trying to fix what you think is.”

        That’s is an argument against immigration I recently watched.

        It was the guy with the gumballs illustrating that, the US taking in a million legal immigrants annually is a drop in the bucket.

        His point was, even if they doubled that, isn’t going to fix anything elsewhere.

        The people with the smarts/wherewithall to come here need to stay where they are and address problems there.

        It’s a brain drain.

    • willbest

      How come all the people pretending to flee the country are trying to leave it for whiter countries?

    • SC Dave

      None of those assholes are moving.

  • AlbertInTucson

    The staff awaiting Hillary’s concession speech looks like they are at her wake.

    • willbest

      Is she about to give one?

    • F–K Weed Superman (GP)

      Why are they all wearing purple? What is the meaning of that?

      • willbest

        Wounded warrior?

      • Irish Sweetness

        It’s a Prince thing … her ringtone is Darling Nikki ….

    • willbest

      solid. Not bad on 6 hours work, since I presume the reason it didn’t come last night was cause nobody bothered to write one

    • SC Dave

      Delicious.

  • Irish Sweetness

    We’ll smash the Bucs.

    And good luck Mr. Trump!

    • willbest

      I know you got a chubby when you saw him attack the Fed in his closing ad, but you know he won’t do anything

      • AlbertInTucson

        You can thank Woodrow Wilson for The Fed..

        • Which he later admitted was the biggest mistake of his life.

          • willbest

            Small comfort to those of us living with it now.

          • AlbertInTucson

            His nickname, which he liked, was “Dictator, Wilson.”

        • AlbertInTucson

          Also the income tax.

          • Sauron’s right eyeball

            And Birth Certificates and death certificates. Prior to 1922, they didn’t exist. We are now merely stock traded on the bond markets. Hence the term, “bond servant”.

          • AlbertInTucson

            I’m reading NINE PRESIDENTS WHO SCREWED UP AMERICA AND FOUR WHO TRIED TO SAVE HER by Brion McClanahan.

            It outlines the (wholly unconstitutional) expansion of the power of the presidency beyond the scope of and into what the founding fathers most feared.

            The book basically excoriates Wilson.

            I’m up to FDR.

          • SC Dave

            Sounds interesting. I take it Lincoln and FDR are both among the nine.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Yes.

            Lincoln basically trashed the Constitution to save the Union.

            The first MAJOR offender is “Old Hickory”, Andrew Jackson but the author also does find fault with Washington and Jefferson, of all people, laying some of the groundwork in their 2nd terms.

          • The thing with presidents, both Dems and Rep, is that they each give themselves a little more power, which the next builds on.

            I have yet to hear a president say, “yeah, presidents need less power”

            You would figure a republican president who prefers less government would do it, but nah. They’re all part of the good ole boys club.

            Maybe Trump does it – after 8 years – as a big F U to the rep and dems.

            Doubt it tho.

          • AlbertInTucson

            That’s the basic premise. He blames the Congresses for either assisting or just sitting by and watching/ letting it happen.

          • Sauron’s right eyeball

            Yeah man. When you’re finished, read the act of 1881. The “United States of America” changed to the “United States”, a federal Corporation.

        • Sauron’s right eyeball

          Prescott Bush came a calling. Wilson was nothing more than a deer caught in the headlights and he was snookered.

  • F–K Weed Superman (GP)

    What’s the over/under for Weiner being found face down in a ditch?

    • Scharfinator

      Uh….7? How do you do an over under on a yes or no? .5? 1 being yes?

      • F–K Weed Superman (GP)

        it’s not “if”. It’s “when”. The only issue is the number of months.

        The bullet will be in the back of his head, but it will be ruled a suicide.

        • Scharfinator

          AHHHHHHHH

        • SC Dave

          Isn’t it nice to know that, in these uncertain times, some things will remain familiar?

    • willbest

      Usually after the damage is done they leave you alone, unless there really is something to hide and they are afraid he is going to testify. Has huma divorced him, she can bar him from testifying against her while you are married

  • willbest

    Obama seems harder hit than hillary

    • Sactowns#1

      The only silver lining, he now has nothing to lose. I hope he pardons every victim of the war on drugs, legalizes weed and cuts all funding to private prisons before he leaves office.

      • willbest

        Its my understanding Obama has actually been pretty harsh on Pot. Though with it now legal to some 30% of the country, that in and of itself should force some action. Either bringing the boot down on the states or declassifying it.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Trump has vowed to take his legacy, Obamacare, apart.

      Not to mention revoke all kinds of executive orders.

      • willbest

        He also vowed to replace Obamacare with some other form of universal coverage, so I don’t exactly know why any Dem should be all that upset over it. Unless you believe, like I do, that Obamacare was designed to fail in order to usher in single payer.

        • It was supposed to be single payer, but the Rep weren’t having none of it, so we get this watered down version which nobody really wanted, right or left.

          It’s like drinking watered down Glenlivet.

          • willbest

            Revisionist bullshit. They didn’t need the GOP. They didn’t even ask the GOP for input. Not even the Maine gals or McCain who love sticking it to the right in the name of bipartisanship. They didn’t get single payer because they couldn’t get enough democrats to vote for it.

          • That is true too cuz some Dems are more centrist.

            That is why I’m not a dem.

          • willbest

            But you can do universal coverage without single payer. The problem is for whatever asinine reason they decided to create 51 insurance markets rather than 1. Now I would argue they can’t because 10th Amendment, but Congress has never let that amendment get in their way and historically the court has agreed that the 10th amendment is largely meaningless.

          • Sauron’s right eyeball

            If it’s watered down, can it still be called Glenlivet?

        • AlbertInTucson

          Considering that it’s collapsing under its own weight as we speak.

  • Andy, how did Kush and Larsen do vs Vikes?

    Curious if they performed at Sitton/Long level.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Seeing as Howard put up record rookie numbers on the third best rush defense in the league, they had to have done pretty well … and Cutty had a pocket to step up into. They did their jobs well.

  • Well, I say the same thing to Dems as I said in 2000.

    Should’ve chosen a better candidate.

    They assumed the rust belt would hold while totally ignoring the fact that Bernie Sanders beat her there.

    Sander’s economic msg resonated with those uneducated whites. That should’ve been a sign for her, but she was too busy trying to win Florida and shouting she wasn’t a crook.

    C’est la vie.

    It’ll be interesting that that Rep now should be able to implement policy. Unlike with Obama, they have the House and Senate.

    Will the Dems pay the Rep back by doing what they did under Obama and cockblocking whatever they try to push?

    Would seem like sweet revenge, but we all know what happens with eye-for-an-eye.

    Funny part was that one of the first things Trump mentioned in his victory speech was building infrastructure, ya know, essentially a socialist agenda.

    Some Rep might not be into that, though they might have to bite the pillow the first year.

    • willbest

      Obama had the House and Senate for the first 2 years with greater buffer and for a short spell he even had a filibuster proof majority in the Senate.

      And of course the Dems will pay them back. Because the GOP was paying the Dems back. Dysfunction has been the rule for over a decade. Now Trump might break the rule somehow, but I wouldn’t hold my breath on it.

      The question is if the GOP grows a pair and finishes dismantling the Filibuster that has been going on. At which point, I fail to even see the point of having 2 chambers of congress.

    • SC Dave

      Trump was talking about infrastructure months ago.

      • willbest

        Lets hope he means actual infrastructure. Obama’s Job’s bill mostly went as a stop gap to cover state education shortfalls. Then again, actual infrastructure might involve too many jobs for uneducated males. Those are Trump supporters now, Democrats might not be inclined to approve that kind of funding.

        • Yeah, cuz Dems want to keep down uneducated white workers.

          Who do you think make Unions up?

          Berkley grads?

          • willbest

            Not all unions are equal in the new democrat world order.

  • Irish Sweetness

    I hope Fangio spies Floyd on Winston all game. If he does that we might just kick the shit out of them.

  • DaMurph

    Ill be at the game, they havent lost an away game ive been at in 6 years. keepin that streak goin!

    • Sactowns#1

      Go Murph, Go! Don’t forget to stop by bevmo and pick yourself up a plastic flask on the way.

    • Sauron’s right eyeball

      It’s all you Murph. Go boi!

    • SC Dave

      Make it so, bro!

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  • F–K Weed Superman (GP)
    • Yuge.

    • willbest

      There is a working theory that the people of The Onion have discovered the way to view the future and they have decided to relay that information to the rest of us view a satirical newspaper.

    • F–K Weed Superman (GP)

      Per horseback, I like this one:

      http://tinyurl.com/o2j7nhv

      Weiner’s Horse Therapy.

      • “Disgraced Wiener” – sounds like one of those German porn vids where a huge Polish bitch smashes a small german wiener with stelletos while he shouts “Es tut mir Leid!”

  • on a football and political note, 10 teams now playing in weed states.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2016/11/09/five-more-nfl-teams-will-be-playing-in-weed-legal-states/

    I bet the NFL has huge investments in Pharma going back to buying all kinds of pain-killers and shoving it down their player’s throat, which would explain their weed ban.

    $

  • Just watches Star Trek Beyond

    Spoiler alert.

    It sucked big klingon sweaty balls.

    • Sactowns#1

      I liked it. It was fun escapism that was big on visual effect but very very thin on story. A) Where did this guy get his army from B) Why/how did he turn into lizard man?

      • willbest

        Don’t forget FM radio saving the day.

        • Exactly!

          Any way to sneak in the Beastie Boys.

          I knew those aliens were mutated humans from that ship the second they started uh speaking English!

          I love Trek.
          That move sucked more than Enterprise.

          • willbest

            4th season of Enterprise outside the first and last episode was rock solid.

          • F–K Weed Superman (GP)

            It had a cool space station.

            If I was the CGI guy, I would have snuck Soldier Field into the starbase.

          • If it had Soldlier field, the turf and rebars would’ve taken out the aliens without radio.

          • F–K Weed Superman (GP)

            I would have throughly enjoyed a scene where the Lizard men all go down with ACL injuries.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Roddenberrry dies, they make Enterprise. Figures.

        • Sactowns#1

          Yeah… (spoiler alert) these tiny ships were ramming right through ships, they had super strong armor because they were designed for mining, yet if they barely bump into each other they suddenly become a 1974 Pinto?

    • Sauron’s right eyeball

      Really, that’s where the elites offer full disclosure of their web. Trek is an ancient Egyptian word.

      #inquiringminds

    • Irish Sweetness

      JJ Abrams sucks big sweaty balls. I’m dying to see how he fucks up West World …

  • willbest

    Looks like we are on track to have Goldman back and McPhee should be 1 week stronger. I expect good things from our D. On the other side of the ball are starting guards look to be headed back to the field too. Should see a good game on both sides of the football from our bears. ST still sucks.

    • We’re perhaps the healthiest we’ve been since forever, including last season.

      Our run D vs their 3rd-4rth string HB is like Vikes all over again, and Evans may not suit up.

      As long as we get the run game rolling again, this should be a victory.

      The diff on D is McPhee and a hot Floyd.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Some will also welcome back their de facto GOAT – Marquess Wilson.

  • SC Dave
  • SC Dave
    • willbest

      Honestly, I don’t care about the celebrities. I was promised 33% resignations among federal employees. Come on people, where are the two week notices!

  • F–K Weed Superman (GP)
    • willbest

      I love that the internet is forever.

      • Cormonster

        Back in the olden days when the gnomes ran the blog, there was no editing or deleting of posts. Once you hit send, there was no taking it back. I regretted more than a few posts back then when drunken blogging.

    • Sauron’s right eyeball

      It’s true. A democracy by definiton is crudely best described as mob rule, so electoral colleges actually hinder a true democracy. Our government however is supposed to be a Republic which does require electoral college. It’s mixing apples and oranges. We have a democratic society, that’s an entirely different animal.

      • Irish Sweetness

        When you get served up a choice of either Hillary or Donald …. democracy has died.

        • Sauron’s right eyeball

          Fascism vs. eavy handed Scialism? Yes, something has died, that’s for sure.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Anyone who did not want Hillary in the White House should send a “Thank you” to Julian Assange.

    • And Putin.

      • willbest

        No evidence of it.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Nwo there’s a meme circulating that has him saying several years ago that

          “If I ran, I’d run as a republican. Their voters will believe anything you tell them.”

          Whoops. He never said it.

          But it makes a great meme for dumbfounded Hillary backers.

      • Irish Sweetness

        I was watching Putin on Aljazeera. He is keen to work with Trump but admitted that relations are currently fucked. Their parliament was cheering Trump’s election though.

        The Scottish newsreader, female, said that “Trump also had both houses of congress behind him…”
        SMH.

    • willbest

      Perhaps. Trump looks like he is going to get less votes than Romney. Although they are different voters than he got. What really happened is Hillary got 5.5 million less votes than Obama in 2012. Its possible that wikileaks/FBI stuff dramatically suppressed her reliable vote.

      • AlbertInTucson

        The “Deplorables” comment did not help her, either.

        She is not a great campaigner.

        She’s not a great anything, really.

        People were voting AGAINST her, not FOR Trump.

        Bottom line: Clintons, be gone. Both of you. You’ve stolen enough.

        I’m just relieved SHE won’t be selling any Supreme Court nominations to the likes of Loretta Lynch.

        • Sactowns#1

          The problem is, now someone else will just sell them. It’s been politics as usual for a long time. Look at how many former politicians are now multi millionaires, on both sides of the isle.

        • Johnnywad

          Nobody should be celebrating today. This election was embarrassing. And you’re absolutely right, Trump won on the “anybody but Hillary vote”. It seems to me, either party would have won in a runaway had they nominated ANYBODY else. Hell, Trump’s own party didn’t even want him.

          • Huge Bears Penis

            I beg to differ on the ‘Nobody should be celebrating today.’ statement. The people in California, Nevada, and Massachusetts can now celebrate by firing up the celebratory joints.

          • Johnnywad

            I won’t be the one to take that from them. So long as it isn’t a “Trump Won” burn. Cuz fuck them both.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Arizona said “No”.

            We already have medical marijuana.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Mad Mac rockin’ that ….

          • Huge Bears Penis

            sorry to hear that Al. BTW how is your glaucoma doing? *wink*wink.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Like I said. Arizona HAS medical marijuana and has had for a couple of years now.

            They just said” no” to legalizing recreational MJ.

          • SC Dave

            EVERYONE IN AMERICA should be celebrating that the most ludicrously one-sided attempt by the mass media in American History, despite 18 months of concerted effort to smear one candidate to the benefit of the other, failed to cow the populace into putting a felon into the White House.

            The most encouraging political event of my lifetime. And right on the heels of #2 (brexit).

            Throw off the yoke of slavery!!

          • AlbertInTucson

            The Democrats put the fix in for their nominee.

            The Republicans couldn’t get out of each other’s way.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Two terrible candidates, Johnny. It was lose-lose.

        • Irish Sweetness

          She’s a career liar corrupt to the core and was generally so disliked that she couldn’t beat Donald Trump.

  • Huge Bears Penis

    Congrats to San Diego for voting down stadium funding.

    • willbest

      Las Vegas Chargers and the Las Vegas Raiders! oh wait they have rules on that.

      • Chargers might end up in L.A. too.

        They have a pretty big fan base here, mainly, anti-Raider fans.

        • willbest

          My understanding with the Chargers’ owners didn’t want to play second fiddle in a stadium, they wanted their own or equal partnership and the Waltons were having none of that. From the NFL standpoint it would be just about swapping the Rams and the Chargers conferences, though that might meet a lot more resistance as it destroys rivalries.

          • I kinda get the rivalaries, but honestly, that division doesn’t really hate the chargers.

            My step dad is a broncos fan, and he doesn’t really hate the chargers or even the chiefs (his best bud likes the chiefs).

            the 3 teams who kinda hate each other are the Raiders-Broncos-Chiefs.

            Some rivalry between the Raiders/Chargers but that was more when the Raiders were in L.A. and it was an L.A./SD thing.

            I don’t think Oakland begrudges SD as much.

            If they move to L.A., specifically the OC (who can afford it), they’d have a built-in fan base with a huge market (OC is not just rich, but expansive).

            It would be totally different than the Rams.

            Ppl could fly in, maybe stay in Newport, Manhattan Beach, go to a chargers game, then hit Disneyland or whatever while here.

            Would be win/win IMO.

            But yeah, a lil of that rivalry would prolly be gone, but Rams/Chargers might become a new one.

            edit. the bucs were in the NFC central at one point. Kinda funny.

    • MB30SD

      Was neeeeever gonna happen makings. Neeeeever ever.

      They didn’t vote it in for the padres right after they were in the world series.

  • Sactowns#1

    Speaking of rivalries, is this Bus game a rivalry? Can someone dig up some stats from when they were in the division?

    • haha, I was just thinking about them being in the NFC central.

    • willbest

      The Bears have played the Bucs 56 times. They lead the series 38-18. Their division record against the Bucs is 31-16. So no, not much of a rivalry.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Tampa was awful for a long time but they gave the ’85s a good scare in the opener.

        • Yes, I think I read that they started off 0-26. Yikes.
          The other expansion team that entered that same year in 76 was none other than the Seahawks.

          • AlbertInTucson

            That was a game where the offense saved that defenses bacon.

            Steve Young was Tampa’s QB back then.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Vinny Testeverde wasn’t very good. Steve De Berg. God, they were terrible. Two games you marked up as wins every season.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Every one of those QBs had some measure of success once they escaped Tampa.

      • SC Dave

        Yeah, kinda like Clemson-USC (the REAL USC, btw)

        Just a long-term beat down

    • Irish Sweetness

      That’s my memory from the first days of my foray into football – how bad the Buccaneers were … and wondering why they were in the NFC Central.

  • willbest

    Well Jeff, we will see how much shit the NFL is full of this weekend. No more distractions from the election. Should see yuuge ratings.

  • wow. Just checked some of the props for CA.

    Very surprised CA didn’t repeal death penalty.

    Considering it costs more to kill a person, and the slight chance that a wrongly convicted person can be executed, thought it would get repealed.

    On the bright side, weed and bareback porn for MB!

    • willbest

      Sometimes, people need killing.

      • I would think life without parole in ass-ramming prison would be worse.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ah7mS9H_TOM

        • willbest

          I always thought Escape from New York had some merits myself.

          • MB30SD

            Running man

          • AlbertInTucson

            Ernest Borgnine as the Taxi Driver.

        • Huge Bears Penis

          Prisons in US are not hard enough. We have allowed the privatization of prisons, why not globalization of prisons? There have been TV shows and documentaries showing how bad prisons are throughout the world, lets look toward some those countries and contract out the handling of our violent prisoners. It would be cheaper too.

          • willbest

            I have always favored that idea.

          • If we’re gonna keep the death penalty, should do it like China.

            Line him up like a week after, shoot him, and send the bullet with the bill to the family.

            None of this 18years of appeals on the taxpayer dime.

          • MB30SD

            All in

          • Irish Sweetness

            If I found out I was going to prison in Russia, I’d kill myself. Commit

            sex offences in America and you go to a hotel free of charge.

        • AlbertInTucson

          But then they trot out monsters like Charlie Manson to do interviews and bask in their infamy every few years with the likes of Barbara Walters.

          Of course, Manson is so far gone now that can’t do that.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Pelican Bay.

      • Irish Sweetness

        With plastic bags …..

    • MB30SD

      Whoo hoo!!

    • Cormonster

      I heard there was an amendment that passed to ban plastic bags. That’s some really important shit right there.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Back home they charge the shit out of people for plastic bags, so people bring their own bags. Thailand is covered in plastic. Littered. Everywhere. But that shit is money back home.

        • Cormonster

          I like them because they are handy to use as garbage bags at work. Always picking up trash on job sites, and for personal trash while out working in a truck all day.

          Got a big show coming up on Saturday night. Going to see Tedeschi Trucks in MIlwaukee. They always put on a fantastic show. Eargasms all night.

  • Huge Bears Penis

    looks like Trump is already bringing a lot of different groups of Americans together. I flipped CNN on and they are covering protests and I saw signs for BLM, LGBT, PLO, PSL, various latin american country flags, socialist flags of some sort. Granted they are protesting Trump, but it is a very diverse group joined together.

    • willbest

      Don’t all those groups protest together already?

      I don’t understand the LGBT thing. Trump is to the left of where Obama was in 2008. He is the most pro-LGBT the GOP has ever nominated, and in fact the most pro-LGBT they have ever had the option of considering. What the fuck is he going to do? turn the clock back to 2015? Plus he is for extreme vetting of Muslims. Are they somehow objecting to making sure the people that come in aren’t going to kill 50 homosexuals in a nightclub?

      Anyway, I suppose its good they get it out of their system now while its Obama’s problem. Thanks Obama!

    • Irish Sweetness

      Russian relations improved on day one. That’s progress already.

      I’m skeptical about the President’s office changing anything as long as the Federal Reserve scam continues … but I’m looking forward to see something change for Americans – even if it’s just Obamacare – it won’t be boring.

  • Hey, MB you check out the Rodney Harrison NFL life ?

    Dude was a baller. I think you would love that one.

    I like what Seau said to him.

    “I get paid to practice. The games I play for free”

    Both were studs. Man, would love a warrior like that leading our D.

    Hopefully McPhee and Amos can be like that.

    • MB30SD

      Yeah, was always a fan. My bro played against seau in HS, I watched that game… He was a man among boys.

      Yeeeaaaahhhh, massage McPherson, but usually you can tell right away about guys of that caliber.guys like kluekly (sp?) Or a Willis.

  • SC Dave
    • SC Dave

      Let me emphasize a sentence, just for you…

      “Oh, the irony of observers denouncing Middle America as a seething
      hotbed of hatred even as they hatefully libel it a dumb and ugly mob.”

      Perfect.

  • Huge Bears Penis

    can someone explain to me how blocking a major highway in LA a peaceful protest? I will give them blocking streets in downtown’s of cities people can bypass that. But how can police not arrest people for causing this type of disruption, and the there is the safety concerns of blocking a major highway.

    • AlbertInTucson

      “Because my rights are righter than yours!”

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