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Five Things I Wish the 2016 Bears Had (#4)

| August 30th, 2016

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#4 – A Young, Interesting Backup Quarterback

Based on history there is a strong probability Jay Cutler will miss a game or two this season. And when he does, Brian Hoyer will step into the starting role and lose. Just like Clausen and Hanie and Quinn before him. Losing with the backup quarterback in today’s NFL is nothing to be overly upset about. There are very few teams, if any, that can survive losing their top talent at the most important position in professional sport. But the disappointing and disheartening part of losing with a Hoyer or Clausen is there’s nothing to be gained from the experience. It’s empty calories.

Losing with a young quarterback, a quarterback with the potential to start in the future, a quarterback who brings some excitement to the field, can actually be fun. The Dallas Cowboys didn’t want to play a single offensive snap without Tony Romo under center this season. But now playing those snaps with Dak Prescott will at least give Cowboys fans an opportunity to glimpse their possible future. (Dak’s preseason has been ridiculously over-celebrated but at least that celebration gives fans hope.) If Dallas had to go through the next two months watching Luke McCown throw footballs to the other team, they’d be checked out of the campaign by the first of October.

The Bears may have had that opportunity with Connor Shaw.

But they no longer do. If David Fales had an opportunity to be an NFL starter, we’d know by now.

No, if Jay Cutler gets hurt the Bears will just lose in a boring, predictable fashion. With no offense. And no chance.

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  • Big Mike

    First. Only five?

  • SC Dave

    It was a damn shame that Connor’s leg broke off. You always wonder what that does to a QB.

    I know I’ll catch shit for this, but I have wondered how much different a QB Rexy would have been had he not started his career with consecutive season-ending injuries before those years really started.

    • PaceBot 2000

      that’s an interesting point. Rex had talent, the city sucked all of the confidence out of him. Long time fans and all.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Rex had talent? At what … dancing? Did you get a sarcasm chip installed?

    • MB30SD

      Small hands, smelled like cabbage

    • CanadaBear

      He never scrambled the same after the first season ender.

      • SC Dave

        That’s my recollection. Not sure how much mobility was a factor in his success at Florida though.

        • CanadaBear

          No idea about college career. I just remember it was either the last or penultimate game of the season and he never seemed to run with the same abandon and confidence after that injury.

          • SC Dave

            Absolutely. Did the same thing going to Tomczak while worshipping Ditka. Meatheads defined.

  • PaceBot 2000

    When you see pro athletes do stuff like Kap has just done in 2016 (not 1952) it makes you realize that he’s just a millennial who doesn’t know anything about what the symbol he wears even means.
    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000691874/article/colin-kaepernick-ill-continue-to-sit-during-national-anthem

    It’s embarrassing that Kap comes from a failed mixed race relationship with no dad around (surprise), was adopted by a white family, raised with love, worked his ass off to become a 4.0 student and 2 sport star athlete, didn’t get in trouble, wasn’t a thug ass piece of shit, made something of his life and NOW defends the honor of fucking felons, pieces of shit, losers of society, the same broken family system that almost fucked his own life, the lack of accountability in the black community, etc. Acting like it’s 1952 fucking Mississippi and wearing the symbol of a racist piece of shit militant muslim. Fuck you Kap you fucking millennial piece of shit. You’re a fucking disgrace to all of the people that did fight the good fight during REAL times of oppression.

    • GP portrayed by Eric Roberts

      I would seriously like the Guardian to stop comparing Kap to Ali. It makes me want to catch a redeye to London to slap the shit out of those birkenstock wearing mouth breathing fucks. I got enough of the patchouli smelling hippies in Ann Arbor in the 80s, the ones who didn’t think their policies through for shit.

      The Feds found the Ferguson cops were systemically racist. Ok. They dealt with black neighborhoods with a bigger boot than white neighborhoods. That does not address the fact that if they pulled the thin blue line out of those places altogether, the people there would TEAR THEMSELVES APART.

      • willbest

        Black neighborhoods get the boot because blacks commit violent crime at twice the rate of non-blacks (and something like 10 times the rate of asians). The hows and whys that happens are not the function of the police. They are not equipped to address that issue even if they wanted to. They deal with maintaining order by removing criminality.

        And at the same time as you have BLM protesting police misconduct, you have black single mothers begging police to make their neighborhood safe. Those mom meetings aren’t as sexy a news coverage though because they don’t fit the narrative.

        • Sactowns#1

          Replace “blacks” with “poors” and you would be correct.

    • Scharfinator

      What I don’t understand is why people are so willing to vilify him. You can disagree with him. I do myself.

      However, for people to denigrate and slander him for what he has done is ridiculous. People say that he disgraces all those who fought and died for his rights and what the flag represents. These soldiers, freedom fighters, etc. fought for his right to make that choice. Yet by criticizing him and attempting to silence him, these same people demean and besmirch the very sacrifice they ‘support’.

      If people sacrificed their lives so Kap (or whoever) could freely choose to do something and you attack them for it, it means that you don’t give a shit about those sacrifices unless they coincide and support your own beliefs. That’s un-American as shit and I’m sick of all these internet warriors.

      PB, this isn’t directed specifically at you, more that I saw this thread was here and I needed to blow off my steam about it somehow.

      • willbest

        Because he speaks as a spoiled ungrateful child that shit all over the culture that saved him after his father abandoned him. He is a hypocrite that isn’t living his struggle. ago.

        No real conviction, snot nosed millennial status signalling, didn’t care about it before his pussy told him to. Oh and something I can’t stand out of the under 35 crowd is a complete and total in ability to grasp history.

        For Millennials, as near as I can tell, man evolved from the apes somewhere around 1995 and therefore the entire 500+ years of western civilization occur last year, and it is thus acceptable to judge the morals and customs of 1850’s America by 2015 standards.

        Of course turnabout is fair play. Should the US still exist in 2100 we will be considered immoral craven beasts for murdering babies. But then they will have foolproof contraception, and the ability to screen and correct genetic defects in utero.

        • Scharfinator

          He probably doesn’t get it. But if you believe he needs to keep his opinion to himself to the point that you will vilify him, do *you* get it? Do you truly believe in the right to free speech if you would resort to ad hominem attacks? If you use the argument, “It’s my freedom of speech too!” then pot meet kettle.

          I disagree with him myself, but to blow him up like this is such a mockery of what our freedom of speech is about. Besides, if he’s truly a spoiled and ungrateful child, I don’t think the way to get him to understand is by lambasting him. You don’t change hearts and minds with yelling.

          Also, for fuck’s sake, Discus suggests I change hominem to Eminem. What the fuck.

          • Bears-4-Ever

            I can understand both points here. Kap has the right to do what he’s doing because he has the freedom to do it in the United States…that right to do things like that was paid for in blood. So you may not agree with his point, I certainly do not for the reasons already given by many, BUT I’ll stand up for his right to do it. That’s what America is supposed to be about. If he truely hates America he can leave, but let’s face it, America is what allowed him to get where he is in the first place, So to me this is just something to get attention. So sure, it does seem hypocritical. BUT he still can do what he wants, some say it’s stupid and others brave, so be it.

            “I wholly disapprove of what you say—and will defend to the death your right to say it.” -Voltaire

          • MB30SD

            I just think the guy’s a tool. period.

          • CanadaBear

            Gotta agree. Although by far the easiest thing to do is go along with everyone else and say nothing. He had to know this would end up being a big deal. Considering his tenuous hold on his job and future jobs, that takes some guts. Still think he’s a total douchebag.

          • CanadaBear

            My dad used that quote all the time.

          • willbest

            The left is found of the expression “Freedom of speech does not mean freedom from the consequences of that speech”. The GOVERNMENT can’t do anything to you for what you say (unless you are making political speech then the government can regulate you, I love that irony).

            You can change minds by yelling and behind disrespectful. In fact, history shows that it usually works better to do that than to respectfully disagree. And that makes sense because in any negotiation the most stubborn party almost always wins.

            And you need to get comfortable with mean. Because that is the way the game has been played for a good decade now. Brandon Eich was kicked out of his job as the CEO of Mozilla because he gave $1000 to support a cause and took the same position that Obama took that year and which is still supported by over half the country. You might loath that this is the way the country works now, but that is the way it does.

            If 50% of the country are “I stand with Kaep” and the other 50% are “I respectfully disagree” he is going to go on being the same ignorant shit stain. But if 50% of the country is “I stand with Kaep” and the other 50% are “FUCK KAEP”. The NFL will direct him to be cut from the 53, the 9ers will get their shadowy comp pick for it, and he will serve a de facto suspesion as no other team will want to bring in fanbase cancer.

          • Sactowns#1

            The funniest thing to me is that the people we say “political correctness is ruining this country” are the exact same people crying about Kap not doing the politically correct thing. it’s hilarious!

          • willbest

            How do you figure? Attacking this country for its racists, homophobic, sexists, bigoted, past is the politically correct thing to do.

          • Johnnywad

            First sentence says it all. You get to say what you want without fear of persecution.

            If you openly show yourself to be an asshole, you should really expect to hear about it.

          • Scharfinator

            Persecution or prosecution? He seems pretty persecuted to me.

          • Johnnywad

            Prosecution. My mistake.

          • PaceBot 2000

            Persecuted would be like….an actual backlash and not just twitter. Like, if his house got burnt down or he was not allowed to bathe himself with the other players after games or if he earned less than other average quarterbacks because of his beliefs and not his average pocket passing.

        • Huge Bear’s Penis

          how is he spoiled and ungrateful? There is obviously a contingent of the population that do feel that they are oppressed and their voices aren’t heard. So what is wrong with someone taking the opportunity based on their status to bring some attention to the group. There have been people throughout history that have taken up causes that don’t directly effect them and they are not living through, because they thought it was the right thing to do. Kap feels that this is a just and valid cause. Who are you to argue that he is only doing this because his girlfriend brought it to his attention? Even if it is the case, what does it matter? Does it somehow undermine the cause he is speaking about?

          Also what is with the stereotypical hatred towards millennials? This is not the first time you have knocked the entire generation. Each generation seems to have a knock against the generation that follows them, because they don’t have the same values, morals, work ethic, etc. FYI it wasn’t the millennials fault that the economy went to shit the last decade, it wasn’t the millennials that have caused global warming, or created the environment that leads to people feeling oppressed, or are causing the terrorist actions across the world. They are the ones that have to live with it. But you seem to be okay with just disregarding an entire generation, because you don’t understand them.

          I don’t totally agree with Kaps arguments, but he makes some valid points. Good for him for standing up and not backing down for what he believes in.

          • PaceBot 2000

            Huge Penis, a lot of the millennial stuff is tongue in cheek.

          • SC Dave

            The Kids Are All Right

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            I get that, but when people start using it as a basis or support of an argument it is no longer tongue in cheek.

          • PaceBot 2000

            it’s still funny though.

          • PaceBot 2000
          • Can’t believe someone with the handle “Huge Bear’s Penis” makes the most cogent explanation.

            Welcome to the interwebs!

          • willbest

            I am having a difficult time responding to this because it literally asks questions that were answered in the post it is in reply to. So I don’t know if you were just triggered and didn’t read the comment fully or you reject them as answers for unspecified reason.

            And if you have a problem with the way I lay into millennial you should see what happens when somebody embodies the worst of the boomer or greatest generation. Not that Gen X is any better, but I suffer from many of my generations sins so I don’t do a lot of calling out on us.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            From what I read, you were marginalizing Kap because, paraphrasing your words, he is a pussy-whipped millennial with no convictions and no grasp of history.

            I did not expect answers to the questions, they were rhetorical, used to show how silly your arguments are.

          • willbest

            So you didn’t read the part where the system he so criticizes saved him and gave him every opportunity to succeed for which he took full advantage of after his father abandoned him. This is where he is ungrateful. To the point where his birth mom called him out on that.

            Not a big don’t bite the hand that feeds you kind of guy are you.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            no i read that part too. And it is irrelevant, like I said many people throughout history bring attention to issues that don’t directly effect them or that they lived through. It is ridiculous to think that because someone that was adopted into a white family and given all the opportunities he has been given should feel grateful in some way.

            The problem I have is that people are trying diminish the statement that Kap is trying to make because of his background. Questioning his motivation, and trying to denigrate him because he didn’t “live the life”. So they argue, look at the mixed race kid who got adopted into a white middle class family he should be embracing the “white” privilege that was afforded him. How dare he turn against that! That is some fucked up elitist douchebag bullshit. Instead people should be looking at what the kid said and seeing what can be done to resolve the issue at hand. But people don’t want to do that because they might get scared of what they find.

          • willbest

            So what you are saying is progressives should listen and respect a silver spooned, coastal elite billionaire who has identified legitimate grievances of working class whites in America’s heartland?

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            I am saying that I don’t care who brings up the legitimate grievances. The grievance should not be denigrated or ignored because of the race/religion/social status/economic status of the person talking about it.

      • PaceBot 2000

        I don’t want guys like Kap silenced. I want them to embrace the entirety of the situation. I want him to recognize and acknowledge what is really going on and see the RIVER of blood in the street caused by the black community itself.
        No one is condoning the history of our country but only the truly blind or idiotic or self serving will sit there and demonize “the system” or “the police” while remaining silent as black men SLAUGHTER their own community and perpetuate the same crazy socially decaying cycles over and over. It’s fucking laughable.
        So let him sit and let him give his idiotic fucking reasoning behind it…all the while unknowingly representing as a mixed race kid originally from a fucking broken home exactly what happens when there is community and responsibility and personal accountability and achievement.

        • I don’t think they’re mutually exclusive. You can be Pro “black lives matter” AND pro “help communities”. Many NFL players really do help their communities, like Peanut.

          But I understand the frustration cuz the former gets the headlines. That’s cuz FOX news isn’t going to head down to the local YMCA off Crenshaw and interview ppl volunteering.

          That’s just not sexy. That doesn’t get clicks.

          But I actually agree with you that the af am community is fragmented, that the family unit is often broken, and therefore it leads to higher crime rates and a cycle of poverty and drug abuse. I also agree that perhaps more higher profile af am need to make this their cause (didn’t Bill Cosby say as much? Oh, whatever happened to him?) but I still don’t think that somehow should debunk the black lives matter movement.

          It’s not as if Af Am should get shot in the face for seemingly no apparent reason, and that police militarization in general is not a problem.

          Not mutually exclusive. Maybe after af americans stop getting beat and blasted, maybe they’ll begin focusing on the other issues in their community. Maybe.

          But my theory is that the family unit in af american communities isn’t as strong cuz of the legacy of slavery when many families were broken up so it kinda became the norm.

          I don’t think I’m the only one, and some may snark, “that was a long ass time ago” but cultures are sloooooow to change.

          Shoot, redknecks still swig moonshine!

          • PaceBot 2000

            Man, I fucked that bitch silly. She took it all and she pregnant.
            Dawg, why didn’t you wear a condom, they are 50 cents.
            Slavery man…..Slavery.

          • The legacy of slavery, yes, when the owners used to mate the two strongest slaves impersonally, or just stud their top dude out.

            I’d be happy to hear your theory, but I don’t think you’ll type out here.

          • PaceBot 2000

            lol, oh hell naw. You are using the legacy of slavery argument to rationalize the urban culture of today and how it relates to the family? A culture that celebrates mixing Bacardi with fucking Cristal??? Oh. Hell. No.

          • Values get handed down, don’t you agree? Usually from dad to son, I think would be your premise

            The owners weren’t raising father of the year slaves. They studded them out to different women. If they found out some slaves were secretly married, they might sell them to different owners and split the family unit at whim.

            So what happened when the slaves were freed? What kinda values do you think got handed down?

            Then it just becomes cyclical. But by then the culture is established.

            Now, I’m not gonna sit here and say this is always the case, because others (usu in my experience, religious) did adopt different values. But the legacy of slavery was imprinted nonetheless.

            Jim Crow laws, segregation, institutionalized racism, causal racism etc didn’t help.

            And maybe you’re just focusing on the negative culture. Every culture has their low-lives.

            https://media.giphy.com/media/12UlYm21Tl1aKc/giphy.gif

          • PaceBot 2000

            Butch, I think you should just put this on a yellow monopoly card and blacks can just carry it around because this is the new “get out of jail free” card. A compelling argument for wholesale slaughter, absentee fathers, continuous cyclical welfare and carefree, no condom needed sex romps…all to a tight R Kelly track.

          • I said that’s the likely cause, not that I condone it.

            It’s logic.

            It’s like saying The Ice Man’s Polish dad used to beat the shit out of him and his brother, and that might have had a little do do with both of them becoming murderers.

            Causation is not an excuse. It’s exactly that, causation.

            But if you want to go around the hood handing out jimmys and telling them to stop abandoning their children, go for it!

            Just lemme know ahead of time so I can get a replacement team for the pacebots2000

          • PaceBot 2000

            fuck that, you’re coming with me so you can assure them that we all know that they need them because of slavery they just can’t stop nutting in bitches.

          • AlbertInTucson

            “Every Culture…”

            Once upon a time…

            Whites enslaved other whites.

            Blacks enslaved other blacks in Africa and also helped Westerners enslave other blacks.

            The guy who led the Amistad uprising went on to become a slaver.

            Native Americans enslaved other Native Americans.

            The Brits abolished slavery in 1836 BUT were MORE than happy to recognize The Confederacy and it’s institutional slavery in order to keep textiles flowing into their mills.

          • AlbertInTucson

            That statement is exactly what got a sloshed, Jimmy “The Greek” Snyder fired from THE NFL TODAY years ago.

          • SC Dave

            I contend that the legacy of The Great Society was greater cause of the current state of the black community than the legacy of slavery.

        • SC Dave

          That second paragraph says all I would on the whole matter, Excellent.

    • Keep refraining, A LOT of af americans, mixed, rich, poor, albino, millennials, old, douchbags, non-douchbags…FEEL under attack, or oppressed or at the very least harassed.

      Some like Will seem to make the argument, “Well, they should be. They commit more crimes!” but that doesn’t really solve anything.

      I don’t get the backlash at him. The soldiers themselves seem “meh” about it. That dude Vellanueva who attended West Point became a ranger and served some tours in Afhg(?) didn’t seem all that pissed about it. Just said that Kaps probably going about it wrong while acknowledging Kap’s argument.

      And Kap himself clarified it wasn’t about the soldiers but about the cops.

      He seemed to want to get ppl talking about it, and here we are, so I guess Kap is a mastermind, a douchy one, but one nonetheless.

      On the flip side, Kap does seem ungrateful, but just because he’s rich now doesn’t mean he was always rich, or that he can’t empathize with the poor or af americans.

      Bernie Sanders after all was from the upper class, and FDR was pretty much an aristocrat, and list goes on and on.

      You seem to be arguing that Kap or other af americans aren’t “really” oppressed cuz they’re no longer picking cotton in southern heat, or swinging from trees, or being hosed by police, but obviously they seemed PISSED about something and until that problem is somehow rectified, we’ll prolly see these types of acts of defiance continue.

      I mean, he’s not the first. How many rich white hippies went around burning flags in the 60s?

      Maybe the ole timers can give us that answer.

  • GP portrayed by Eric Roberts

    I spent some time (dating is too string a word) with a young woman who looked like ScarJo when I was in my 20s and delivering booze to bars in Bucktown. Maybe a month the whole thing went on.

    Not the fuck dream ScarJo you guys know, the one who looks like this:
    http://media.melty.es/article-1060017-ajust_930/scarlett-johansson.jpg

    But the plain jane ScarJo, who looks like this:
    http://www.cpyu.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/scarlett-johansson-without-827×1024.jpg

    And that is what I see there. Every time I see her, I don’t see this:
    http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa234/alexthegreatwrestler/Scarlett-Johansson-Sexy-Hot-Scre-1.jpg

    I see this:
    http://2.media.collegehumor.cvcdn.com/97/70/188c8f6f222827e6485908fbcf0ee40c.jpg

    Chick had hang-ups and was all about the ennui. She was cool, but not that cool that you wanted to keep hanging out. I guess the same goes for Jessica Simpson though:
    http://cdn.stylefrizz.com/img/jessica-simpson-without-makeup.jpg

    • MB30SD

      Yep. Makeup is false advertising personified. That and every pic every chick has ever posted on her dating profile, and heels, and hair extensions, and and and…. sigh.

      • Sactowns#1

        WellI think you’ve seen my style MB. I go for smart chicks who don’t wear a lot of makeup. My ex didn’t wear any and my current will maybe wear eye liner and mascara.
        One of my ex’s, a Lao girl born here in the states, had a cute face and BANGIN body but I swear it would be 1.5-2 hours before we could leave the house for ANY REASON. Want to go to the grocery store, sure just give me 2 hours to airbrush on my makeup. Someone’s dying at the hospital, ok I’ll cut it down to an hour fifteen. So annoying I started looking for the exact opposite.

        • CanadaBear

          My first wife took so long I bought a used pinball machine to kill time while I was waiting. Never cared after that! In her defense, she was rarely late, it just took her forever to get ready.

    • willbest

      Being an entire production for an actress isn’t all that unusual. The sub 24 year olds can get away with it sometimes, but they all end up with a team eventually. Some conversions are more impressive than others. Mila Kunis is another one. Quite frankly she has to feel like she is acting 20 hours a day.

      The “trick” for beauty is to have the things you can’t readily fake. Which is a properly proportioned face. The hair and make up people can take you up to 9 territory. Of course, the photoshop guy can get you to 10

      • MB30SD

        ridiculous.

        …oh, and I’ll take the after. hee hee

    • Irish Sweetness

      Have you guys sen ‘under the skin’? She looks like a fullback in that.

    • CanadaBear

      It’s those bedroom eyes. Even with no makeup, long night, etc., if she gives you that look it’s boners from Biloxi! Not to mention the killer bod.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Shaw was basically the only reason to watch last Saturday.

    What happened to him WAS an absolute shame.

    He only was in because Hoyer got shaken up.

    Think the Bears had plans to put him in eventually?

    • Irish Sweetness

      I would hope he would have been #2 after that game, Al.

      • willbest

        The NFL doesn’t work like that. They want their backup that has NFL game day experience even if he is 2-10 or whatever Clausen was.

  • BearDown100393

    Dak Prescott’s preseason is completely meaningless, right?

    • willbest

      I have come to the conclusion that the “preseason is meaningless” is like “I stand with Kaep”. Its one of those things you have to say so everybody knows you are morally superior to those that don’t say it. After which you can go about analyzing the preseason or calling Kaep a tool.

      • BearDown100393

        I’ll never understand how a resource such as preseason play that actually heavily weighs toward building a regular season roster is meaningless. But what to I know.

      • MB30SD

        kapernick is indeed a fucking tool.

  • Irish Sweetness

    David Fales is young and interesting, no? Hoyer is old and uninteresting.

    • Scharfinator

      He’s at least unknown in his lack of skill. We know how bad Hoyer is.

    • BearDown100393

      Another impending 4th preseason game to cement his legacy and Fales will go down as the king of exhibitions.

      • MB30SD

        Practice Squad… HEEEEROOOOOOOOSSSSS!!!

        • BearDown100393

          …… for just one day

          • MB30SD

            4 days

  • Bears-4-Ever

    Interesting article on Pace, but leaves more questions than answers. Still a good read.

    http://www.windycitygridiron.com/2016/8/29/12687112/grading-ryan-pace-NFL-preseason-chicago-bears

    • BearDown100393

      “Dropping to 0-3 in the preseason is not much cause for concern, on its own.” {0-3 is inconsequential. The preseason is meaningless.} The problem is that Bears fans do not have a lot reason to think that this team is going to
      magically become something more once the games start to count. {The elite few are confident in their declarative cry that preseason is meaningless.} These losses have been more than disheartening. {Preseason losses are meaningless. Let the mantra sink in slowly. M-e-a-n-i-n-g-l-e-s-s} They’ve continued a trend. {There is no trend. There is no statistical significance. Preseason is meaningless.}

      • MB30SD

        I agree with your points on the whole maings, but jesus, can we pahleeease stop with the cries of death until they actually do count for fuck sake?! Until then it’s just whining for whine’s sake.

        I tries to puts myself in the shoes of the starting and maybe even 2nd string players last night and I thought, if I was a young multi-millionaire with the opty to be a still young multi MULTI-millionaire and retire by age 30ish… would I really be putting much effort/risk/heart into game that don’t count, but that could rob me of my entire career and livelihood in one fucking 5 second play? Would I really be giving it my all?

        Come on maings. Let’s wait till the end of the first quarter till we piss moan and bleat our eyes out.

        …cause it gets just as old as saying the PS is meaningless.

        • BearDown100393

          16-0. We’re running the table.

          • MB30SD

            there ya go tiger. that’s the spirit.

            How about we shoot for 8-8 this year, and who knows, maybe they’ll shock us and pull out 9-7 or shit, maybe a miracle will happen and we go 10-6 and get the opty to get our asses handed to us in the first playoff game??!!?!

          • BearDown100393

            Jay’s sick of the rap. He’s strapping this team on his shoulders and going over the trench wall with bayonet pointed forward.

          • MB30SD

            let’s dooooooo thiiiiiiiiiiis!

          • MB30SD

            Btw, not sure you remember, but I made a bet with my BFF (hee hee) who’s a charger’s fan, and if they have a better record than we do at the end of the year, I have to wear a chargers dress to a popular san diego bar during a playoff weekend.

            I’m thinking this cute little number: https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/2c/1b/34/2c1b348ddf8df357a867e1dd6ba406d2.jpg

            I’ve already picked out this one for him (he won’t look NEARLY as good as me in it): http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages%2f_1717000%2fff_1717259_xl.jpg&w=400

          • BearDown100393

            San Diego won’t even have a team…..

          • CanadaBear

            Just make sure both dresses show lots of skin. You can never go wrong with too much skin showing!

          • Irish Sweetness

            Seeing as this next draft is crucial, I’d like to be up around the same draft position where we were this year, and grab some tackles.

            (ducks)

        • willbest

          I am even willing to spot them the Houston game because road games against non-conference playoff caliber opponents are almost always a loss, and they haven’t had Miller/Royal all preseason, the starting center has only been there 3 weeks, and Long won’t play. But a Romoless boys and the hot mess that is Philly and Detroit… They are going to have to show me something there.

          • MB30SD

            oh look at you… feeling so generous today counselor!

          • BearDown100393

            The Bears will crap out Houston like extra spiced burritos.

          • Irish Sweetness

            We’ll beat them at 7/4. Week two through sixteen? No idea. But we’re winning in week one.

          • BearDown100393

            We’re running the table.

  • Sactowns#1

    Well he’s better than Steney Hoyer, so he’s got that going for him.

  • willbest
    • MB30SD

      hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

      Kickin’ my ass, do you miiiiind??!!

    • BearDown100393

      Fight Club

    • SC Dave

      Shades of Dirty Harry and Scorpio…

  • BerwynBomber

    A young back-up QB? Please. We haven’t drafted a QB in the top three rounds in thirteen years. The last being Rex. Even teams with HoF QBs (NE, GB, NO) haven’t waited that long.

    In term of the shitty pre-season, not overly concerned … yet.

    • willbest

      In the last 13 years I don’t think we have ever had less than 10 troubled spots on our roster.

      • BerwynBomber

        Every team has troubled spots on their roster over that timeframe. And NO position is more important than QB.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Surprise! Bosa took the money!

    Next order of business: Over / under before he pulls a hammy or a groin. Week? 2 weeks?

    • MB30SD

      I’ll give him the benny of the doubt and say high ankle sprain within 3 weeks

      • AlbertInTucson

        Does he play a down before he comes up lame?

        • MB30SD

          yes, I give him till the 2nd quarter

  • CanadaBear

    Hey MB, did you see our favorite writer got canned? Don Banks got the keys to the street from SI.

    • GP portrayed by Eric Roberts

      YES!

      Can somebody get Bernie Lincicome to walk out onto a frozen lake that is rapidly thawing?

      because that would be good.

    • MB30SD

      Hahahahahaha!

      Hack!

  • GP portrayed by Eric Roberts

    Video of the Day

  • GP portrayed by Eric Roberts

    And this, right here, is the reason the RWD 964 was a car for people with brass ones.

    Yep, that’s the end swapping I know. They’ve engineered it out of the new cars, which is a shame, because it put hair on your chest.

  • FF friendly reminder

    There are two slots left, so if u want in, lemme know b4 fri. I’m gonna wait till I have the last two, cuz if it’s only one, can’t really have an 11 team league.

    If 2 more players don’t join by Fri, we’ll roll with 10 team, which should still be good, and maybe even has its own perks in a 2QB league.

    But trying to get as many who want in. So, tick tock.

    That is all.

    – The Commish

    • GP portrayed by Eric Roberts

      Uppercase is for winners.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Is that the draft that’s on Monday night?

      • No I moved it to this fri 10PM eastern.

        Need 2 more players for 12 team.

        If u want I can send u an invite, but I’m gonna need 1 more to even it out.

        MBHP is supposed to join too.

        So it would be the regs, waffle, shady, gp, moi, artoo, ender, sac, trac, 505 etc

  • PaceBot 2000

    Bears putting Roy Robertson Harris OLB/DE out of UTEP on the reserved/injured list….because he’s…uh, “injured?”
    #redshirt

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      i heard he had a nasty hangnail.

  • BerwynBomber
    • http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2016/08/30/vikings-stop-practice-after-bridgewater-goes-down-clutches-at-left-knee/

      They were praying. You know it’s bad when they pray.

      Kap to the Vikes! (I think Sanchize just got a boner too)

      • BerwynBomber

        I wonder if teams would shy away from Kap due to the anthem protest/potential PR headache. Especially the Vikes who just went thru all the AP stuff a couple of years ago.

        • PaceBot 2000

          AP whipped his 4yr old’s testicles. All Kap did was be a millennial with no sense of context.

          • BerwynBomber

            Not comparing the two in terms of level of transgression. Only pointing out the pause Kap might give a prospective team PR wise.

          • PaceBot 2000

            I just wanted to rip on AP a bit, agreed that they will be discussing just that.

          • CanadaBear

            If another team thought he had the goods, they would pick him up and deal with the fallout. I don’t think there are many teams out there that feel that way about him.

          • willbest

            The Norse love them a good project case, that is why the brought all the Somalis to live in the frozen tundra.

        • I think Sanchize would be the “safer” bet.

          Fuck, maybe we could send them Hoyer! Two for one. Bridgewater goes down and we get rid of Hoyer.

          Just glad the Jets signed Fitzy.

  • PaceBot 2000

    Let me be the first to say, too bad so sad, about Bridgewater. No one gave a fuck when we lost all of our WR’s in one game in 2014 or all of them last year….or when Cutty went down. Writers went out of their way to say he broke his thumb trying to make a tackle after an INT.
    That’s the way it goes. Vikes will be basement dwellers, sucks but themz da breaks.

  • BearDown100393

    Everyone around the NFL took a knee for Teddy. Except Kaep.

  • BearDown100393

    No remorse for the purple. None. Nada. Zilch. http://beargoggleson.com/files/2009/11/viking-fan-kids.jpg

  • AlbertInTucson

    “Non-contact injury.”

    THAT is NEVER followed by good news.

    • BearDown100393

      Define good

      • MB30SD

        indeed… it’s 100% great for us.

        Oh, and FUUUUCK rodgers and the packers

  • AlbertInTucson

    Vikings HAVE released C Sullivan….

    • CanadaBear

      I know Sullivan has a BA and plays dirty. If he has anything left, hell yeah!

      • AlbertInTucson

        I consider that a solid endorsement.

    • BearDown100393

      Minnesota logic: Well we don’t have a starting QB so what’s the point keeping a center?

    • That’s a guy I had on the radar, but I have no clue if he’s still any good.

  • TBC

    Bridgewater….

    • BearDown100393
      • MB30SD

        FUN FACT: The steam in that photo is coming from a fresh ham that Mike McCarthy tucked into his jacket.

        • BearDown100393

          And what causes the steam from the back of his track pants?

          • MB30SD

            also ham?

        • TBC

          Ummm you should read the things that website writes about “Da Coach”.

          Great ham joke though

          • MB30SD

            I did. every team get’s roasted yo

  • CanadaBear

    Feel bad for Bridgewater (whatever the injury was. They said he was immediately put in an aircast on the field before the hauled him off which is almost always a bad sign). Never wish injury on the other guy unless the other guy was a dirty POS. Have no sympathy for the BiQueen fans. One of these years AP will become mortal.

    • MB30SD

      compound fracture is my guess.

    • Sactowns#1

      I think the scarier part for them is they called an ambulance in, which would suggest nerve or artery damage.

      • BearDown100393

        Minnesota most likely has no staff with knowledge of the hospital’s location. Hence the 911 call.

        • willbest

          I don’t get this joke. They would have a sports medicine doctor present at every practice and I would presume each team owns its own ambulance and paramedics staff.

  • Huge Bear’s Penis

    I wonder which QB the Vikings are going to hauling off the scrap heap.

    Possible QBs to be cut or traded for.
    1. Sanchez
    2. Kaepernick
    3. Geno Smith
    4. Josh McCown

    Do they still have Farve’s number?

    • BearDown100393

      Favre’s cellphone was confiscated. Back to rotary for him.

    • GP portrayed by Eric Roberts

      Browns tendered a sheet for McCown. No way are they banking RG3, Josh is staying in Cleveland.

      • willbest

        I wouldn’t trust RG3 to make it through the season.

        • MB30SD

          I wouldn’t trust that guy to shut the door behind me.

          • willbest

            I know, AC is expense, right?

          • MB30SD

            very

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        Cleveland has been trading away everyone. Josh is not guaranteed to stay.

  • Captain Obvious

    So, gents. I’m back. Packed up the family in a rented RV and did 8,000,000 miles of driving this summer. What did I miss?

    Colin Kaepernick is protesting by sitting during the national anthem? Let’s ask a veteran of multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan (me) what he (er, I) thinks.

    Whoop-dee-fucking do. He has the right to do/say whatever he pleases. I put on my kit and got shot at in two different countries to defend that right.

    And that national anthem he’s sitting through? Verse 3 advocates the killing of slaves who enlisted with the British, and the whole thing is set to an English drinking song. I’d prefer “America the Beautiful” for a national anthem.

    Kaepernick has a right to be upset, and he can protest as he likes. I’d say that he could and should pick a more productive way to lodge his upset with the current status of how people of color are treated by police, but then again, what he has done has focused a lot of media attention on it, so maybe he’s done something worthwhile.

    Lots more things to get your undies in a bunch about, that’s for sure.

    Oh, and look! Teddy Bridgewater went down with a non-contact injury to his LEFT knee when dropping back to pass. That’s not good. Dislocated kneecap? Now, why couldn’t that have been Rodgers?

    • Sactowns#1

      I always wanted This Land is Your Land as the 7th inning stretch song.

      • Captain Obvious

        But… but… but… that’s a COMMUNIST song!

    • MB30SD

      welcome back Capt’n

      It could be, still a lot of football to be played. Giving it his 150%, not quitting on the field, rubbing some grass on it, so on and so forth

    • GP portrayed by Eric Roberts

      Did you actually get shot at?

      • Sactowns#1

        Does it matter?

      • willbest

        I don’t doubt he was shot at. But Veterans are hardly one mind about Kaep. My stepfather who has a reconstructed knee coutesy of his 2 years of service in Vietnam thinks Kaep is a disgusting piece of shit. Then again he came back stateside in a medical transport to screams of murderer and people throwing beer bottles at him as the paramedics were loading him into the ambulance so he has a rather dim view of anybody disrespecting the the country to make a point.

      • Captain Obvious

        Man, my unit got shot at and blown up on Route Irish. Multiple times. My unit had more Purple Hearts than real hearts.

    • Irish Sweetness

      How is blowing up Iraq defending freedom of speech in America?

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        pump the fucking brakes there Irish.

  • BearDown100393

    I can think of no more perfect scenario than Colin Kaepernick as the new starting quarterback of the Minnesota Vikings opening the season in Tennessee on of all days 9/11 followed by Week#2s home debut in the new stadium fixed with all the over the top military tributes and trimmings.

  • willbest

    Vikings first 4 games are pretty rough. @TEN, GB, @CAR, NYG. You think if they limp out of that 2-2 and Jimmy G shows the goods in NE, that Billcheat will fleece them for a first and a second for the lad?

    • Sactowns#1

      Hell, I would give them a 1st and 3rd for Jimmy G if he goes 4-0. The Bears need to start planning for the future at QB.

      • ShawShank Redemption!

      • willbest

        Man… Cutler is so cheap the next 3 years. And you aren’t giving that up unless Jimmy is your QB next year, because he is going to be off his rookie deal soon enough. Then again Cutler’s deal being what it is means there will be plenty of takers. Probably even get your first rounder back for him.

      • AlbertInTucson

        If JG goes 4-0, why would NE want to trade him? Brady just turned 39.

    • MB30SD

      they are proper fucked man. They just went from contender to oh fuck in 3 seconds.

      http://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/nfl/vikings-qb-bridgewater-has-significant-knee-injury/ar-AAigxj0?li=BBnb7Kz

      That does NOT sound good.

      • GP portrayed by Eric Roberts
      • Irish Sweetness

        (scratches Minny off the towel of terror)

        Sounds pretty good to me Brah.

        • MB30SD

          Exactly. Fuck the vikings

    • Nah, no way. They see Bridgewater as their future.

      Unless his knee fell of. It’s not as if he is a running QB.

      If AP didn’t lash his kids balls, I’d feel kinda bad for him cuz another year of wear and tear for nothing.

  • willbest

    The 5 moves the Bears made to get to 75

    Grasu and Shaw to IR
    waived LB Jarrett Grace
    waived injured LB Lamin Barrow
    placed LB Roy Robertson-Harris on non-football injury reserve.

    We also claimed CB K’Wuan Williams off waivers from Browns so somebody is going to need to go.

  • Shady

    El Oh El?

    http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2016/08/30/bruce-arians-took-a-verbal-jab-at-bears-offensive-line-if-you-believe-in-the-transitive-property/

    “Indirectly, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians took a verbal jab at the Bears’ offensive line Tuesday.

    Speaking to reporters in Arizona, Arians explained why his team’s rushing attack is better.

    “We really upgraded our running game because of the right side,” Arians said, according azcentral.com.

    The right side of the Cardinals’ line last season? That would be current Bears right tackle Bobby Massie and right guard/center Ted Larsen.”

    • MB30SD

      sigh

    • BearDown100393

      And lost to Texas

      • AlbertInTucson

        The argument could be made that Cardinal 1s haven’t looked any better than the Bear 1s in PS.

        • BearDown100393

          It could

    • Could’ve fooled me.

      Old man CJ1K and David Johnson were shredding defenses behind that “subpar” oline.

    • Irish Sweetness

      But it’s true. They weren’t good enough to keep around in Arizona, so they should logically be the RHS of our line. Does anyone know a site that gives you the numbers for rushing left, center and right.

  • Shady

    Eff Eff Es.

    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/bears-reportedly-might-be-without-their-best-defender-for-first-six-games/

    “Just like last year, the Bears might be forced to keep a key player on the physically unable to perform list when the season starts. Last year, it was rookie Kevin White, who ended up missing the entire season due to a shin injury. This year, it might be their best defensive player.

    According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, outside linebacker Pernell McPhee could miss the first six games of the season as he works his way back from offseason knee surgery.”

    • willbest

      Yeah, I saw that, they have until Saturday to make that decision when the final 53 is due.

    • MB30SD

      sigh

    • Fuck. But why even put him on that? if he can return say game 4, screw it. He might be worth that roster spot for 2-3 games.

      • willbest

        Depends on what their plans are for other players.

      • PaceBot 2000

        Kruger time.

  • willbest

    John Kass has an interesting article contrasting now to the early 90’s.

    “Every cop saw that video,” O’Connor said. “One big difference is that now, on the street, there is no fear. Even in the ’90s, with all the killing, the gangs feared the police. When we’d show up, they’d run. But now? Now they don’t run. Now, there is no fear.”

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/kass/ct-chicago-violence-kass-0831-20160830-column.html

    Which sort of goes against the narrative of the police running around all 007. Another interesting tidbit from the column

    “A common theme recently is that people in the most violent neighborhoods don’t cooperate with police, but the fact is they won’t talk to cops they don’t know. And they won’t talk with others listening.

    The gang members, and their families, knew officers in the old gang crimes units.

    “They’d catch a two-time loser with a gun, put the cuffs on, and he’d know what to do,” said Bob Angone, who spent 30 years as a street cop, as a tactical lieutenant and commander of the hostage barricade team.

    “That loser will say, I know who shot victim so-and-so. They’ll give you information, but they’ll only tell the police they trust, the specialists, because they know they’ll get their break in court, that the specialists would keep your word. That’s how it’s done. And the city lost a lot when we lost the gang crimes units.”

    • Irish Sweetness

      Watching Jack Reacher again the other day. Reacher/Cruise steps out of a moving car whilst being pursued by scores of police cars. He casually mingles with a bunch of people queuing for a bus. The cops force the car to stop and surround it.Helicopters, massive police presence. This man is clearly wanted. The crowd just close in around him protecting him from the police.
      Next shot is Cruise sitting on the bus giving back a black man his cap and the man smiling widely.
      That message is pretty common in movies. Don’t help the police.

      • PaceBot 2000

        …or Always help the Crusier.

  • AlbertInTucson

    So, Kaepernick does a presser wearing a Fidel Castro T.

    Like Castro’s someone to be admired?

    Has he not noticed why it’s been perpetually 1958 in Cuba for the last 48 years?

    What’s wrong, Kaep? Were they out of Hitler and Stalin T-shirts?

    • BearDown100393

      None available in a small

    • BerwynBomber

      His protest of the anthem is, IMV, defensible even if one disagrees with his reason. But he is clearly a moron.

    • Scharfinator

      FFS, it’s like those twats who wear Mao and Che shirts.

    • SC Dave

      What a fucking tool. Although Che has got to be the worst of the T-shirt heroes.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Guevara is SUCH a HOF POS. Even Fidel tired of him.

        • SC Dave

          At least it ended appropriately for that fuck.

          • AlbertInTucson

            For sure, but Fidel has lived to a very ripe old age.

  • BerwynBomber

    Bridgewater: dislocated knee and complete tear of his ACL.

    • BearDown100393

      That was fast to release

      • willbest

        VEGAS! DRAFTKINGS!

        • willbest

          On that note I should have run to my bookie when Irish listed the Titans as cross conference home dogs.

    • MB30SD

      ouch

    • on a non-contact drill?

      So odd. Must’ve really planted wrong or something

      • willbest

        He was celebrating a completed pass that went further than 15 yards

        • Scharfinator

          lol burn

          • MB30SD

            too soon

    • AlbertInTucson

      Was that at a practice facility or their brand, spanking new, home stadium with possibly crappy turf…???

    • SC Dave

      Wow… sucks for Teddy.

  • BuddhaJoe

    Fuck me, you worried about Gould and a backup QB? How about the O-line, or CB, or safety, or D-line depth, or even a punter?

    • willbest

      He still has 3 more concerns

      • BuddhaJoe

        True, but he’s gonna have to pack a lot into those three to make sense. Gould had one bad year and if Cutty goes down it’s over anyway, so those seem like pretty minor concerns.

        • MB30SD

          might as well pack it in right now guys. fuck. season over.

          Man, too bad we’re not the vikings.

          • BuddhaJoe

            Actually I’m more optimistic than most and guessing 9-7 at least, but too many holes to be top contenders. We were a couple of uncharacteristic Robbie shanks from 8-8 last year and that was a shitshow so things should be better.

          • I was more optimistic until I saw the PS.

            The disturbing trend of starting off like zombies continued.

            And my #1 (Chaz Lane calling Pop Warner offense) and #2 fear (Oline) seemed to materialize b4 my eyes.

            Yeah, it was PS, but we stunk it up something awful.

          • BuddhaJoe

            Maybe it’s because I’m a Michigander who’s surrounded by Lions fans but I’m numb to the preseason record; still remember the “Preseason champs” who posted the worst record in NFL history.

            Even my Lions fan friends were rooting for 0-16 at the end of that year, b/c why the fuck not. At least they had a sense of humor.

          • MB30SD

            Stop jinxing us asshole

          • MB30SD

            Good man

  • Bender McLugh

    K’Waun Williams, future starting CB

    Report: Bears claim K’Waun Williams off waivers pending physical
    http://www.thescore.com/news/1089554

    Attitude problems cause he was on the Browns, 2014 all rookie team. What’s not to like?

    • Shady

      He’s our best corner.

      • MB30SD

        shhhhhh

      • Bender McLugh

        le sad

      • K’WonTime

        #FFname

        Is that pronounced like this?

        • MB30SD

          Romo’s comeBACK?

          bridgeovertroubledwaters?

          Shawshinredemption

        • Cormonster

          Your a science geek. How about the Kaepernickan Revolution?

    • PaceBot 2000

      Injured ankle, surgery recommended.

      • Bender McLugh

        confirmed?

        • PaceBot 2000

          that’s why the Browns cut him. The doc wanted surgery and he wanted a shot to play through it….but didn’t want to play weeks before that. Maybe he was just forcing his way out of the factory.

          • Bender McLugh

            damn…yeah hopefully. at least him signing is contingent on a physical.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Now on TCM: SPARTACUS.

    Still the best sword and sandal epic, ever.

    Yes, better than GLADIATOR.

    • MB30SD

      I’m dubious of this claim

      • AlbertInTucson

        I am dubious of this response.

        • MB30SD

          Hahaha…

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  • SC Dave

    The death throes of the EU have begun with the shake-down of Apple for $19B. Apple sucks, but that is really stupid of the EU.

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