• Blur of Ions

    I have to think that playoffs are finally a reasonable expectation. I love the moves that have been made, especially rewarding players like Miller, Unrein, Porter, Bellamy, etc. The locker room is going to be willing to follow this staff into hell and back.

  • chitownproud85

    Leaning toward the possibility of a wildcard. I was hopeful for 8-8 when the season ended, and I feel like the moves have at least guaranteed(to the extent that they can, of course) a few win improvement. 9 wins? Ehhhhhhh yeah. A slight correction in the “home” record should get us there. 10 wins? Lets not get greedy. While the moves on defense have been upgrades, its not because we went out and got perennial pro bowlers. Its because the positions were previously held by a life draining vortex of hell and death.I believe we now have a team that can play .500 football(and the people said amen). Anything more than that will simply be viewed as a bonus and cause me to moonwalk to work every day. I intend to moonwalk this year, Bears. MAKE. IT. HAPPEN. PS – I also have to SEE, with my own eyes, this team stay healthy. I honestly fear I’ll end up with “soft tissue” injuries just being a fan.

    • Trac

      I’ve been a lover of the Bears for almost 40 years. This coaching staff has changed the culture in Chicago in amazing fashion. They’re going to go from scrappers last year to maulers this year and you can take that to the bank.

      • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

        The end of the Angelo era and the Emery/Trestman debacle was so damaging but look how fast the organization has rebounded with a high amount of energy. Pace/Fox have created a winning culture or at the very least a culture with the expectation of winning. I thoroughly enjoyed last season even when they were losing close games because they went out there and competed on the same level. At a certain point you simply need more talent. The Bears have started to address this void of talent quickly, intelligently and aggressively.

        2 sought after, starting ILB’s just in FA??? Crazy.
        A top DL target in Hicks. Done.
        A solid RT that allows us to put an All Pro back at RG.
        A potential playmaker TE in Miller. Done.
        The best blocking fullback i’ve seen in years. Done….and he just happens to be a DT.
        A healthy #7 WR selection in K.White.
        Locking up Alshon.

        They only missed on Gresham and CJ Anderson who chose familiarity over a little bit more money. This is exciting man.

        • Sactowns#1

          Now if we have a solid draft, meaning drafting at least 2 linemen, preferably 3, then I will be seriously excited for the upcoming season.

          • chitownproud85

            Looking best available altogether or specifically getting linemen, regardless of their “consensus” position on draft boards? Always battle with that every year – draft to fill those needs or just literally grab anyone that has a WHIFF of blue chip about them, in order to have a team with a higher overall talent pool, even if it does become a little lopsided.

          • Sactowns#1

            I say stick with the game plan and draft for need. The draft has a lot of quality D linemen so grab a couple in the first 3 rounds. Pick up an O lineman around the 4th round for development and depth.

          • MB30SD

            We need a good young back up ilb in the top 3 rounds somehwere, or a magic pick in the 5th a la kam chancellor

          • Sactowns#1

            Yeah I wouldn’t be mad at a DB or ILB in the 2nd or 3rd round.

        • chitownproud85

          Honestly, while I was excited by the people, it was the deals that really have me smiling. How Pace managed to get the quality starters he did at that kind of money is mind boggling. FA is all about overspending to bring it band-aids, but we brought in young(26ish) players that are theoretically about to or are entering their prime, at deals that were only 2/3s the cost I would have expected. THATS the real win. Decent players without mortgaging ANY part of the franchises future.

          • Sactowns#1

            I’m sure there was some sort of “Get us a win in the playoffs and you’ll be well rewarded in a new contract”

          • MB30SD

            My thoughts ed zachary

    • Irish Sweetness

      We have NINE picks in the draft … free agency isn’t over … we already have a top defense in hand and that’s going to get better. KW and AJ … Long back at RG, Massie in at RT, Slauson’s back ….. and we have a team that can play.500 football ??

      If we had a lot of injuries I’d expect .500 football.

      • chitownproud85

        2013: 8-8, 2014: 5-11, 2015: 6-10. Yes, I see our improved team as a .500 club. There is always hope at this time of year, and I’m definitely feeling it, too. The poll is how we feel about the team after the changes that have actually happened so far – and I’m inclined to feel its a .500 team with a 9-7/10-6 upside(I still think 10-6 is a reach, but with good health and the fact that WE WILL NOT LOSE TO THE FUCKING LIONS THIS YEAR we can get there). What do you see their record as this year? You didnt share.

  • Trac

    Jess!

  • Trac

    I was among the minority prior to FA. My hopes have gone from tepid wild card endorsement to enthusiastic Division Weiner. Da Bears!

  • Irish Sweetness

    Shame on you wild-carders!! A big furry raspberry in your general direction!
    POX will hit this draft out of the park ….. again ….. and who will stand agaisnt us in the NFCN? Not the Packers. Nay. Not the BiQueens, nay. And what are the kitties going to do next season? Shrivel up and die lie slugs in a barrel of salt.

    The Monsters are back.

    • Trac

      Given Fangio ‘ s track record, how can the Bears D not set the tempo if these new players perform to their ability. It’s game on my Irish friend.

      • Irish Sweetness

        And I’m not even expecting anything from Ferguson or Sutton, so if we get any production whatsoever out of them .. and from our as-yet-to-be-Bears …watch out.

    • SC Dave

      NFC championship loss to parallel 1984

  • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

    11-5 and playoffs. From there…..anyone’s guess.

    • Sactowns#1

      Agreed. GB has lost some good players and I highly doubt Peppers and that aging line perform near the level they did last year.

      • CanadaBear

        Gotta remember the Queens signed Boone at Guard. He’s legit.

        • Sactowns#1

          True. I say the Queens have stayed about even. Kitties took a step back when they lost one of the most dominant players in NFL history.

          • CanadaBear

            I’m really hoping Stafford gets even more exposed without one of the best WR’s in the league on his team. The old security blanket will be pretty threadbare this year for the Fat Lezbo.

  • AlbertInTucson

    My expectations? “Raised.”

  • BillW

    Certainly they could surprise and contend for the division, I like the methodical steady approach pace has taken. That may translate to the field as well. It might take a few games for everyone to get comfortable with each other. Plus I suspect the opening day lineup will be a template and not the final product

    I expect the second half of the season to be 6 wins without even seeing the schedule. I’d not be surprised or disappointed if the first half was only 3 wins given all the new pieces to be fit together

    So 9 and wc contention is spectacular progress wss. Sb contention in 2017 a near certainty

  • CanadaBear

    I’m usually conservative and almost voted for 8-8 but moved up to 9-10 wins when I thought about CD no longer being a Bear. Just replacing him has to be worth a win or two on its own. I’m still concerned about a few positions.

    Speaking of CD, I always thought the coaches were just being professional whenever they complimented him. I just couldn’t believe they couldn’t see what everyone else could. After a few days of FA it’s obvious they had the same opinion.

    • willbest

      I wouldn’t be surprised to find him back in Chicago on a vet min deal. As I said he has naked Gina pictures, so they are hoping somebody employs him so they don’t have to.

      • CanadaBear

        Vet min benchwarmer I can live with. I still don’t see him coming back but never say never.

  • DaCoaches Mustache

    The only potential roadblock to playoff glory I can see is the offensive play calling. It is a complete unknown. I know nothing about our new o coordinator except that he called plays for 1 year in Tennessee. His QB’s were Ryan Fitzpatrick and Jake Locker, and that team sucked moose dicks. Everyone says he’s going to run Gases system and it’s not a big change, but I ask what is Gases system? I thought our offense was boring and predictable last year. By the end of the season it seemed as though defenses knew exactly what we were doing. Our best plays were when Cutler improvised and chucked it downfield. I know a lot of that was dictated by injuries, but what is this offense supposed to look like?

    • Irish Sweetness

      All I know about Loggains is that he’s the guy that Manziel texted during the draft to ‘come get him’.

    • Sactowns#1

      Agree. Here’s Gases offense, run on the first two downs, pass short slants on 3rd down. The end

      • willbest

        Don’t forget the WR screens.

        • Sactowns#1

          Ah yes, how could I forget that awesome strategy of throwing it 5 yards behind the line and then relying on a 170lb WR to hold a block for 10 seconds.

          • Doc Nitty

            There are few things I hate more in life than the wide receiver screen.

  • Sactowns#1

    Every single year I bet the Bears to win the Super Bowl. Crazy thing is, this year they are getting longer odds than last year, even with all of our improvements and the decline of two of our division rivals. But I will still put $100 at 40/1 (last year I got them at 31/1) and hope to win some motorcycle money.

    • TBC

      $100 x 30 years = $3,000.

      Looks like you’ve got some catching up to do before you put it towards a bike.

      • Sactowns#1

        Well I wasn’t laying bets when I was 4 so I don’t have that much to make up. I do other bets like the o/u on wins etc. So I win some as well.

    • Trac

      I’m sure Yonny has some penny stocks he can sell ya Sac. But, this year could bring a payday couldn’t it?

  • Huge Bear’s Penis

    19-0 bitches

  • Sactowns#1

    Long is still available. He’s made 3 visits now and hasn’t signed a deal. What do you guys think the issue is? And why hasn’t he come to Chicago for a sit down?

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      He stated in an interview “I am a 4-3 end” pretty sure he meant it, and is looking for a team running the 4-3.

      • AlbertInTucson

        And his last 2 seasons have been forgettable despite Aaron Donald’s presence on the inside.

      • Sactowns#1

        Oh well. He’s an aggressive player with a nasty streak. I would love to see that on the Bears.

    • http://www.dabearsbeat.com/ Johnathan Wood

      because he said he’s doing all his visits then making a choice.

    • willbest

      1) He isn’t good
      2) He has been hurt
      3) He doesn’t fit the scheme.

      • AlbertInTucson

        But, other than THAT, he’s PERFECT for the Bears! (He said, sacastically).

    • Irish Sweetness

      Chris? He’s a Patriot .. in the NFL sense.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “Ceasar, beware the Ides of March.” – Unnamed soothsayer in Julius Caesar.

  • http://www.dabearsbeat.com/ Johnathan Wood

    I think wild card contender is a fair expectation. That means they are somewhere in the 8-11 win range, depending on luck (both injuries and win % in close games).

    They are definitely improved, but still lack the top-shelf talent that marks a true contender. Have to get those guys in the draft.

    • chitownproud85

      Yeap.

    • http://www.dabearsbeat.com/ Johnathan Wood

      I should also say it’s still a bit early for this. Bears still have about $10M to work with (leaving $10M for rookies + wiggle room) and the draft.

      But upgrades to front 7 in FA so far are worth at least 1-2 wins, IMO. ILB went from worst in NFL to one of the best, that’s huge.

      • Sactowns#1

        Bears have more like $18mil to spend. You only need about $2mil for the draft.

        • willbest

          $6-7 million is what they will make. However to the extent they are on the 53-man they will most likely be replacing vet min players at $525k cap. So 1st through 4th round will increase the cost, 5th thru 7th will be a wash.

          You will need an additional $3 million to sign those 1st four draft picks over your current roster allocations. Unless we chose to let somebody like Rolle go instead of somebody like Harold JQ

        • http://www.dabearsbeat.com/ Johnathan Wood

          draft should cost them about $3-4M in cap. But you need wiggle room of at least $5M going into camp as well, for in-season moves and such.

          So I gave a conservative estimate of ~$10M.

          • Sactowns#1

            Lets get aggressive and sign Nelson and Fairly! 2 years each, backloaded and with signing bonuses should cost us less than $10mil this year.

          • http://www.dabearsbeat.com/ Johnathan Wood

            Somebody (correctly) pointed out to me on Twitter that the eventual cut/trade of Martellus Bennett clears an additional $5M in cap room. So they have about $15M to play with, assuming Bennett is off the roster by training camp (I’m assuming he’s gone by the draft).

          • Sactowns#1

            Idk, it sounds more and more like the market just isn’t there. I think we may be stuck in a loveless marriage but even when the flame has died you can still make a baby.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Can’t we just, y’know, throw that baby in a dumpster ….?

          • http://www.dabearsbeat.com/ Johnathan Wood

            by the time it gets leaked that he’s being actively shopped, that usually means he’s gone.

            IMO he’ll be cut or traded by around draft time. Pace can wait until the draft hoping somebody is willing to give up a late pick.

        • Irish Sweetness

          I don’t understand that. I was looking at Gurley’s contract to see what we might pay Ezekiel Elliott. It was like 3.5M for a year, and that’s just one player.

  • willbest

    I said meaningful game in week 16-17 in Jan. I stand by that. Pace has had a competent pre-season as far as I can tell. Won’t really know for sure until mid Sept.

  • Sactowns#1

    Two free agents of interest-
    S Reggie Nelson: An underrated safety for some years now, Nelson finally made his first career Pro Bowl this past season. He should have been in the conversation for Defensive Player of the Year given his high level of play, and he led the NFL in interceptions. But in addition to being a ball hawk, he’s also a hard-hitter who doesn’t shy away from contact and is always around the point of attack. He’s a versatile, improving weapon and whatever team lands him will be lucky.

    DT Nick Fairley: An under-performer with the Detroit Lions, Fairley signed a prove-it deal with the Rams and completely failed to do so. Of course, he was playing on one of the most stacked defensive lines in the league and the fact that he couldn’t get consistent playing time among that group wasn’t shocking. But Fairley isn’t far removed from being considered a potential top-five pick and he has all the physical tools to be a dominant defensive tackle in the NFL.

    • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd Abbacadabra!(ButchDeadLift)

      Reggie Nelson is still an FA? That surprises me. How old is he?
      That seems to be a big parameter with POX (which I agree on cuz he knows the window is not even open yet).

      I’m not sure if Fairley is a 3-4 DE, and that’s what we need. Depends on the price, of course, but I don’t think Fairley would be able to get any pressure at DE, and we need to take chances on dudes who can.

    • Irish Sweetness

      I’ve got two safeties we should look at.

      Adrian Amos and Harold Double-barrelled-slave-name-Jones. Sitting pretty behind the kind of pass rush we haven’t seen in thirty years.

      BOOM!

  • willbest

    Sac, I gave your guy Bernie the nod today. I been hearing anti-Bernie ads on the radio so I figure he probably has a shot in IL.

    • Sactowns#1

      That’s awesome Will. I’m really hoping he can pull it off and give us something completely different than what we’ve become accustomed to.

      • willbest

        I won’t vote for him in the General. But Hillary can’t be allowed anywhere near the white house. Plus, you need to pull the dem ballot if you want to pretend to make a difference in cook county.

        • Sactowns#1

          Well I would say hold off on making any decisions until you see what your options are. I think if you give Bernie a look you’ll like a lot of what he has to say.

          • willbest

            Socialism is fundamentally incompatible with open borders. So unless Bernie talks about building a wall and ending birth right citizenship and deporting illegals, He won’t pass the coherency test necessary to get my vote.

          • Sactowns#1

            Take a look at the difference between economic socialism and democratic socialism. Bernie isn’t interested in taking the means of production and giving them and the profits they reap to the people. He is interested in taking democracy back for the people and giving each person an equal share of our democratic process, not just the ultra rich.

          • willbest

            Then why is he talking about free stuff for 20-somethings

          • Sactowns#1

            Nothing in life is free, take the Iraq war for example. It’s about reallocating our resources in a way that benefits society as a whole, not just the corporate interests. He’s talking about a massive investment in our infrastructure as well as our youth.

          • willbest

            Obama talked about massive infrastructure too.

          • Sactowns#1

            Then he became President Wall Street.

          • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd Abbacadabra!(ButchDeadLift)

            We all know Obama and Hillary (and most mainstream Dems) are Wall St puppets.
            On that, most sensible ppl agree.

            Bernie is not that. He’s really a Democratic Socialist, but he can’t run on that because most Americans hear “socialist” and images of goosestepping flash across their misinformed brain, as if FDR, the most beloved and longest tenured president wasn’t a socialist (social security? Helllooo).

            It’s kinda like Libertarians having to run as Republicans to not scare the avg voter.

            They shouldn’t have to, but there it is.

            So, IMO, it’s mistaken to clump Sanders in with Hillary or other Dems, just as it would be mistaken to clump Ron Paul with mainstream Rep.

            As for Bernie not having a job or anything, how long has he had a job for now in public office?

            Roseau didn’t start writing till he was 40, nothing wrong with that.

            And most politicians have a “red flag”, it’s just a matter of TRUSTING the candidate to get over it (just like a draftee in the combine).

            Lincoln never had any military training, and his opponents pointed that we can’t elect someone without any military experience to be commander and chief, but he seemed to get over that ok.

          • willbest

            I haven’t trusted any of these candidates since Bush 2000. I chalk that up to foolish youth. I hope you don’t either. That is why Federalism is such an amazing idea. The people you trust the least, have the least amount of authority over you. Its a shame we didn’t keep it.

            As for Obama, were you calling him a Wall Street whore back in 2008? The evidence was there for anybody that wanted to see it.

            FDR is about as beloved on the right as Reagan is on the left. And he was so beloved that we passed a law to prevent anybody else serving more than 8 years.

          • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd Abbacadabra!(ButchDeadLift)

            I knew what we were getting into with Obama even back in 2008. And the first thing he did was baill out the banks, but it was either that, or Mad Max becomes non-fiction. But that’s for another debate.

            I would argue FDR was more beloved by ALL americans. If he didn’t die, he probably would’ve got elected again. The term limits didn’t have to do with him. It was just a good safegaurd which I more or less agree with.

            But maybe we should do it like Mexico. one 6 year term limit so that they don’t have to start becoming campaign whores 2 years into their term.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Like KRS-ONE said, Black America was on the point of revolution with Bush’s America. Then The Man threw up a milk-coffee guy nobody had ever heard of, and they all sat back down.

            JFK was the last chance saloon. He introduced those silver dollars, just like Lincoln’s greenbacks, and they shot him in the fucking head. And his little brother too, just in case he got any ideas. Turn those flags upside down.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I’d love to see Sanders get in, but the unfortunate thing is, if he did, and actually tried to take on the Fed, he’d be assassinated.

          • Bender McLugh

            NEWSLETTER! I’d like to subscribe please.

          • SC Dave

            Gary Kasparov wrote a great article in response to Bernie. Should be recommended reading. On my phone so not looking good for link, but it should be easy to find.

          • Irish Sweetness

            As far as I can see, the only person in any of this election mess who never had to go out and get a job is Donald Trump. He had his whole life handed to him on a plate and literally has no idea what it is to be needy. He’s the perfect guy to have in charge if you are a corporation, because that’s all he understands.

            Ending birth right citizenship? I’ve never even heard of that. You’re born in a country, but you have no right to be a citizen of that country? Why? Because your people aren’t from there? In that case there’s about 300 million people in America that need to go back to Europe.

            How far back do you go deporting illegals? The British? The Scandanavians? The Spanish? The Portugese?

            Europeans went to America on their ships, and butchered everybody. A few years later … when people who live on the same landmass decide to inch up a few degrees latitude … they can’t come in, they’re no good? Mexicans are way more American than the European genocidal maniacs who took it over.

            Not even North or South Korea built a wall. When you build a wall you’re essentially fucked in the head as a nation. You want to fix America? Stop private banks from renting it back to you.

          • willbest

            I think there is a oddity in US law that you aren’t familiar with because it is very rare in western civilization to see it. In fact, only 30 countries of 190+ do this, and most of them are not places people go to. No country in Europe does this.

            In the United States here is what happens if you are born and your parents are not on a diplomatic visa:
            1) You are a citizen.

            Neither of your parents needs to be US citizen, your parents didn’t need to enter legally, they can be there on a temporary visa, they don’t have to express any desire to become residences or citizens of the US. If you are born in the US, you are a citizen.

            So when people in the US say end birth right citizenship they mean join the rest of the civilized world and require one of your parents to be an American or for you to be a resident alien (ie. not on a tourist visa).

            As for the rest of your rant:

            1) The British colonized. They did not immigrate. The history of the world is a bunch of people moving in and taking areas from others. Go peddle your guilt someplace else. I know enough about history to know nobody has clean hands, except maybe various jungle tribes that we keep on wildlife preserves and treat like animals for some reason. But since they don’t have a written history I can’t be sure they didn’t kill a bunch of other jungle people to get the land they currently have.

            2) I hope you realize that Mexico, and most of South America is ruled by a bunch of Spaniards and Portuguese. With the major difference being the British brought their wives. The Spanish armies just sort of made do with the local population. So I am not entirely sure where the moral justification for letting them move a few degrees north comes from. Is England supposed to do that back in Europe too? To be sure there are Ameri-indians in Mexico, but those aren’t the ones moving north by the tens of millions.

            3) The vast majority of the Indians died to European diseases, not to people with guns.

          • willbest

            North and South Korea has a mine field, turrets guns, a few fences barbed wire.

            And I can’t remember the last president that knew what poor was like. Also, I don’t mind failure, but a couple decade of incompetence before you become a full time public leech, you think he is going to stand up to the bankers…

          • Sactowns#1

            So you want to be more like North Korea? Got it.

          • willbest

            No, I will be fine with Mexcio’s southern border and immigration policy.

      • Trac

        Wow, does he inherit “Obama Money” if he gets elected? Gotta give this sister props for her take on Romney though, she’s dead on. Hahaha

        https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=tpAOwJvTOio

        • Sactowns#1

          So now we’re making fun of poor people for getting assistance. I would like to meet the guy that filmed this so I could punch him in his smug face.
          And can the idiots please start calling them by their real name, Regan phones? Sorry that technology actually advances. smh

          Since 1985, the Lifeline program has provided a discount on phone service for qualifying low-income consumers to ensure that all Americans have the opportunities and security that phone service brings.

          The Lifeline discount on monthly telephone service is currently $9.25 per month for eligible low-income subscribers. Subscribers may receive a Lifeline discount on either a wireline or a wireless service, but may not receive a discount on both services at the same time. Federal rules prohibit more than one Lifeline service per household.

          • Trac

            Honestly Sac? I actually loved her Romney comment. Really.

          • Sactowns#1

            I never derive much entertainment from making fun of the less fortunate, even if they happen to say something funny. Side note, I was in HS when “Bum Fights” became a thing. It made me sick. Franciscan Catholic upbringing I guess.

          • willbest

            Well less fortunate minorities. All those redneck Trump supporters that say stupid things they are fair game right?

          • Sactowns#1

            Nah. Making fun of someone’s ignorance doesn’t enlighten anyone and just reveals the jokester to be mean spirited. Like they say in stand up, punch up, not down.

          • willbest

            Is that why stand up has been so boring with Obama in office?

            ba dum tss

          • Trac

            Common sense is not a gift. Because it’s met with punishment to those that have it.

          • The GP Experiment

            Raptor’d!!!

          • Trac

            What can I say? I’m an equal opportunity offender.

          • The GP Experiment
          • Big Mike

            Sac, I’m with you. I’m a bit of a bleeding heart, second chance sort of guy. Grew up in the blue collar/gang banging area in Chicago. Saw the difference that the smallest break in life, could alter the course of an entire family. Car breaks down, lose job, start drinking, steal something go to jail. Car keeps working, don’t lose job, no time for drinking get promotion, manage the factory, join union 20 years later kids are in college. Guy whose car broke is still fucked. Or kid is a good athlete, gets financial assistance to go to a Catholic HS, does well, goes to College, gets MBA starts businesses etc.

          • Irish Sweetness

            A society should be judged on how it treats the weak, the young, the old, and the generally fucked. ‘Survival of the fittest’ is for the jungle we supposedly crawled out of.

            Watching Al Jazeera, you don’t get some botoxed bouffant bitch sitting behind a desk reeling off numbers on Syria, before moving on to the cute clip of a cat that got stuck in a drain but was rescued by a team of gay firefighters.

            They go to these camps and stick a microphone in somebody’s face and ask them ‘what’s your story?’. So this guy that looks like he’s in his thirties is gesturing to the camp surrounding him. Tents as far as the eye can see. Thousands of people camped at the Greek border, they can’t get in without ‘the proper documentation’ … because their proper documentation is underneath the rubble of their homes back in Syria. He was begging the viewers, anybody, to send milk, nappies/pampers, and shoes for the babies. There’s nothing there, they have nothing. They’re just stuck there with nothing. The reporter asks him: ‘where is your family?’. His 5 year old daughter and his wife were killed in Syria. He just ran away with everybody else, and now he’s there, in no-man’s land, with nothing. There but for the grace of God go I. I cried for him, quickly wiping away the tears so my 5 year old kids wouldn’t see.

            When we see people one at a time – instead of all being lumped together as ‘refugees’, it’s a lot more personal.

            Treat your brother as you yourself would be treated. Don’t need to be religious to live like that.

        • willbest

          There are worst things than Sanders. GOP can’t lose the house before 2022, and so his entire domestic agenda will be DOA, and he won’t get us into WW3. It would be like treading water for 4 years.

          • Big Mike

            The house of representatives is the biggest cluster fuck in the free world.

          • burntorangenavyblue

            Yep…people who are living forever and making legislation a career, and what do you know? NOTHING GETS DONE! I get the “tyranny” is bad idea about one person having too much poer, but people need to wake up about the “mob mentality” that the two parties are constantly embodying….that’s the real issue

          • Big Mike

            Only in the last 8 years has reject everything been the dominant strategy of congress. House leaders on record saying they would not support ANYTHING the administration proposed. Gridlock as a strategy is an abomination of the democratic principles of our country. We spent the last 8 years, outpacing the rest of the world in our recovery from the financial crisis of 2007-2009. But we squandered every chance we had to make progress on key issues like income inequality, rebuilding our infrastructure and so on. Nation building, like building an NFL team requires an assessment of strengths and weaknesses, strategically selecting what gets fixed and how much, and executing a plan. The nimrods in congress simply shot down everything. I’m not saying the administrations objectives were the perfect strategies, but the art of compromise and debate used to improve upon the other sides proposal. Now its just a bunch of whiny ass idiots trying to appeal to the bottom third of the US gene pool.

          • burntorangenavyblue

            +1 for using NFL analogy into how this nation needs to get their shit together

          • Big Mike

            You saw how I did that :). Politicians and the people they represent get so locked up, insanely angry about and attached to there ideas they lose the big picture.

            It’s like 2 guys arguing about who to draft so intensely it degrades into name calling and personal attacks. Everyone then forgetss that it’s about the Bears.

          • Irish Sweetness

            The Detroit Lions are #2. Again.

          • Big Mike

            Hah.. might be the 49ers. Who went from perennial contenders to a joke as fast as you can say ego maniac owner.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Anyone who wants to take the banks on is a real mensch.

  • The GP Experiment

    Scientologists put an e-meter over Shashi Brown.

    http://i40.tinypic.com/2ykz1vd.jpg

  • Huge Bear’s Penis

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! they used bolster and Webb in the same sentence.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2016/03/15/seahawks-bring-jmarcus-webb-in-to-bolster-offensive-line/

    • willbest

      Apparently he is halfway competent at right guard. Wonder why we didn’t bring him in for some healthy competition for… nope couldn’t finish that thought.

      • http://www.dabearsbeat.com/ Johnathan Wood

        Jarvis Jenkins had 2 good games last year.

        1 was against Seattle, who was starting a backup RG for a bad OL.

        The other was against Oakland, who had Webb at RG.

        Maybe he just had a bad game, but I’m going with Webb is bad whether he’s at RG or OT.

        • Huge Bear’s Penis

          i am pretty sure he could get a false start penalty if he was sitting on the bench.

  • willbest

    Irish, I got something for you. So we were talking about why the FBI is giving Apple the full court press a while back. Obama spilled the beans at SXSW. Its not about terror its about revenue

    “What mechanisms do we have available to even do simple things like tax enforcement because if in fact you can’t crack that at all, government can’t get in, then everybody is walking around with a Swiss bank account in their pocket.”

    https://ca.news.yahoo.com/obama-says-cannot-legal-case-apple-inc-223034884–finance.html

    Damn technology being able to bring 0.1% tax evasion to the masses!!!

    • The GP Experiment

      damn privacy! allowing people to do unsavory things. Government needs to regulate that shit.

      People should live in glass houses and constantly post their lives to Facebook. That way the government knows they can be trusted. Plus hot chicks in glass houses is just a kick ass idea.

      • Sactowns#1

        There has been more than once that I’ve thought about posting something to Facebook but haven’t because of fear of govt watchdogs. What a sad statement.

        • The GP Experiment

          Why risk a visit from Central Services?

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0B61_5sRoBI

        • Irish Sweetness

          I use FB to log into things when somebody is wrong on the internet :o)
          I also use it to monitor teacher groups in Thailand, which frequently have things on there about Educational policy, but I’ll never mention anything about our glorious rulers. It’s a curious thing – you can say what you like on the internet, as long as it’s not on FB or Twatter.

      • willbest

        Between the obese, the old, the young, and the jail bait… there aren’t enough hot women for me to support your platform.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Which is why they want a “Cashless Society”.

      • willbest

        Yeah well my bitcoins behind AES-256 will be none of their business.

    • Irish Sweetness

      The whole Apple thing is a swizz. If one believes that info on an Apple phone cannot be accessed by a nation that put men on the moon 46 years ago and who keep all the new encryption stuff under wraps, again, I have a line of chocolate teapots ready to offload.

      But here’s the thing with all that Cloud stuff – they can intercept that information if it’s flying through the air between a cloud server and a user’s phone anyway.

      The NSA will always be one or two steps ahead of Joe Public in the cryptography department. it’s the only game in town.

  • The GP Experiment

    Marissa Meyer is shuttering Yahoo.

    Hurry up and get your Yahoo Horoscope. It will be gone next week.

    https://in.lifestyle.yahoo.com/astrology/

    • willbest

      I didn’t think she was the right person for the job. That being said, I don’t think anybody was going to save them.

      • MB30SD

        You mean you didn’t think she was the right MAN for the job. Hahahaha

        I agree though, she’s dogshit. What a horrible choice

        • willbest

          She is obviously a smart. I just don’t know how you go out and grab somebody that has never flown solo to turn around a company that was on life support.

          I would have more faith in Meyer right now if twitter hired her, because at least she has crashed and burned and has gained some insight into what doesn’t work.

  • Bender McLugh

    Chandler Jones to Arizona, for Cooper & a 2nd. crazy. Pats will still be good on defense though, the bastards.

    • MB30SD

      Wow

    • willbest

      So we took Massie, and the Pats took the guard. Cards must be lining up to draft offensive linemen for their top 3 picks.

      • Big Mike

        Cooper lost his starting job in AZ. Don’t know where Massie fit in

    • willbest

      Pats must not want to pay Jones. Must be more to the weed story than is known.

    • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd Abbacadabra!(ButchDeadLift)

      Say, what?
      Cooper thus far has been a bust, which is surprising cuz I thought he was gonna be good.

      Bill maybe sees something in him no one else does.

      • SC Dave

        Yeah… he sees Brady

    • Big Mike

      I stole this from Sport Mockery twitter “Chandler Jones nets a starting guard and a pick, Shea McClellin gets cut. Jones drafted after McClellin, unreal. Thanks Emery.”

      • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd Abbacadabra!(ButchDeadLift)

        I would LOVE to hear Emery’s thoughts on this today. Someone with connections (Jeff, Jahns), plzzz make this happen.

      • TomC

        Nitpick, but as pointed out above, CD wasn’t cut, he’s just a UFA that hasn’t been resigned yet. Very likely he’ll be back as a backup.

        But yeah, I’d “mildly” prefer C. Jones, synthetic weed freakout and all.

        • Big Mike

          same idea. Not extending a first round picks rookie deal is as close to cut as you can get

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            i thought CD had an option for a fifth year which wasn’t picked up so thats basically cutting him.

          • Big Mike

            He did have a 5th year option, but the Bears chose not to exercise that option during the off-season last year.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Don’t they get a second round pick for Jones?

    • AlbertInTucson

      Patriots were approaching a “Who do we re-sign?” log jam and Jones was one of logs. After that bizarre synthetic weed incident, they just decided to move him.

  • willbest
    • SC Dave

      And they call that a ‘scourge’!?

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      why just funeral strippers? that only benefits the people mourning. We should have strippers for all occasions… birth of a kid = STRIPPERS, Baptisms = STRIPPERS, 1st birthday=STRIPPERS 1st day of school =STRIPPERS, graduations= STRIPPERS, wedding= STRIPPERS, bad day at work = STRIPPERS, lose virginity = STRIPPERS.

      • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd Abbacadabra!(ButchDeadLift)

        HBP for Prez

        • Huge Bear’s Penis

          hell yeah!!! elected Prez = STRIPPERS, I would even get a stripper as VP. I would stock my Cabinet with STRIPPERS, nominate STRIPPERS for Supreme Court Justices. I would like to introduce the new Director of the CIA, Candi.

          • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd Abbacadabra!(ButchDeadLift)

            Candi, with an “i” and a heart over the i.

      • Sactowns#1

        I would certainly go to a lot more of my friends kids events if this were the case.

  • willbest

    JPP: “My hand is perfectly fine”

    Who doubted he could regrow it? I certainly didn’t.

    • BillW

      I think he said “my hand won’t be an issue”. I thought “how could it be? It’s not there anymore.”

    • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd Abbacadabra!(ButchDeadLift)

      Apparently, he’s really Deadpool.

    • Sactowns#1

      I think his plan is to just gross everyone the fck out with that massively disfigured paw of his. Start putting it in peoples faces and telling them about how the open wound wept for a month.

      • SC Dave

        Or better, “wept for a month, and seems to randomly do it again for a few minutes – especially when my heart rate gets up there.”

      • burntorangenavyblue

        I would carry a lil weenie sausage to pretend that it is the blown up finger and eat it right before the snap.

  • willbest

    Weddle to the Ravens… 26 mil 4-year, 13 guaranteed. I wouldn’t have minded paying that.

    • Sactowns#1

      That would eat a good chunk of our available money, like all of it. Not saying I wouldn’t like a quality DB but on the flip side the guy was injured and would take all our spare cash.

  • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd Abbacadabra!(ButchDeadLift)

    4.43% riding the TradeWinds…

  • BillW

    Vikings new stadium is located on Chicago Avenue in Minny. They are petition their city council to change the name to Vikings Way around the stadium.

    Of course you still have to go through Chicago to get there.

    • burntorangenavyblue

      Priorities, right?

  • chitownproud85

    …and because I havent mentioned it in any prior post…Cheers to having Zach return. Very cool.

    • Scharfinator

      No kidding, I hadn’t heard! Awesome.

      It gives us a lot more leeway with Bennett as well. Did we cut Lee yet?

  • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd Abbacadabra!(ButchDeadLift)

    Mike Wallace (no relation to william wallace) goes to Ravens.

    So now Vikes really only have 1 WR whom they waste anyway.

    • CanadaBear

      Wallace was quoted as saying it will be nice to play for a QB that can sling it. I think Teddy might have a couple of free throws coming after that personal foul. Although I totally understand what Wallace is getting at.

      • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd Abbacadabra!(ButchDeadLift)

        In some ways, I feel bad for Wallace. He played with Tannenhill who can’t hit the deep ball. Then Teddy, same shit.

        However, all this happened cuz he was greedy and wanted mucho $ and left Rothlisburg.

        Now, he no longer has that elite speed he used to.

        A lesson there somewhere.

        • willbest

          Steelers aren’t missing him though.

          • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd Abbacadabra!(ButchDeadLift)

            That’s for sure. Antonio Brown is not bad, but I wonder how much of that is Roth.

            I mean, when Roth went down, Brown was avg. He had like a crazy consecutive streak of like 5 catcches or 100 yds or something like that. Roth goes down, he gets like 50yd per game.

            You an literally tell when Roth was out in FF just by looking at the stats.

            Maybe Irish’s mancrush on Roth is justified.

          • Irish Sweetness

            The man is money.
            Passing for 12 TDs in two consecutive games is the equivalent of dropping the mic in football.

        • The GP Experiment

          he no longer has that elite speed he used to.

          I think this is known as the “Berrian Window”. The small part of a season or a season and a half when a guy has deep speed.

    • AlbertInTucson

      The Viking have a history of signing free agent receivers who fail to live up to expectations.

  • CanadaBear

    For you car nuts, here are Jerry Seinfeld’s Porches and VW’s that just sold at auction for a little over $22 mil.

    http://www.caranddriver.com/photo-gallery/theyre-real-and-theyre-spectacular-all-18-seinfeld-porsches-vws-heading-to-auction#18

    • The GP Experiment

      I’m a Porsche-o-phile.

      I’d bid on that 964 Turbo S Flachbau
      The IROC RSR is gorgeous. Not streetable tho

      Jerry loved him some 356s, but to me it’s meh.
      the 718 MSK is probably $4m by itself.

      Here’s a lovely Flachbau in black. I love this car. It’s all about what you grew up with I guess. Trump probably got a BJ from Marla Maples in that car.

      I had a relative with a 914. The 914 was fun, but the 911 was the thing to own.

      http://sloancars.com/5278/1994-964-3-6-turbo-s-flachbau-blackblack/

      • CanadaBear

        I was a little surprised by the VW’s and the race cars. I’m with ya on the 356’s, although, I’m sure they would be fun to drive.

        That black Flachbau in the link is gorgeous.

    • MB30SD

      car nuts… how deliciously apropos canada

  • Huge Bear’s Penis

    http://deadspin.com/rugby-guy-almost-gets-his-dick-ripped-off-1765017156

    crazy he finished the half before going to the hospital.

    • AlbertInTucson

      “Just a flesh wound” – The Black Knight.

    • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd Abbacadabra!(ButchDeadLift)

      If that Romanian wife tried to yank his nuts off her fingers would give before his ballsack

  • AlbertInTucson
    • willbest

      He did look a lot better with Oz back there. If the Broncos snag Kap I think AJ Anderson will be a beast next year.

  • burntorangenavyblue

    In response to Jeff’s poll comment:

    You bumped up two units’ grade from an F to an A. You stated that Pace and the Bears had the best week of free agency in the NFL…I sure damn hope so that it instills confidence back to the fans. However I am remaining cautious because we know how often veterans mail it in when they sign after FA.

    I will know more about the direction of this team based upon the draft results and also THE FIRST GAME. I don’t know if I can handle any more hype drumming than I experienced last camp to come crashing down after White got hurt….*shudders*

  • burntorangenavyblue

    Knockout punches coming in Florida.

    Proof of the satircal nature of our society, nation and news media: Candidates have planned press conferences even before poll numbers get tallied up. People are eating this stuff up and the candidates and the news knows this regardless of possible outcome.

    • willbest

      Well they will typically have 2 speeches drafted up. They also have their internal poll numbers, and when it becomes apparent they go with what they have.

  • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd Abbacadabra!(ButchDeadLift)

    Ted Cruz gave a really good loser speech (insert irony).

    How republicans can choose Trumpf over him, boggles my mind.

    Cruz didn’t go out without taking swings at Trumpf though.

    To paraphrase, ‘This country needs a conservative movement that does not only appeal to fear and frustration…that stands on principle’

    I think he and I agree on how Trumpf operates.

    Cruz seemed very presidential in that speech.

    I think a lot of his backers are going to either abstain or maybe even stray towards Hillary.

    On the flip side, no one realistically expected Bernie to win any southern state (FL is basically southern). Bill is just to powerful there, and many have nostalgic feelings still. Add in the female and af am vote, and a Jewish socialist stood lil chance in the bible belt.

    • willbest

      You are smoking something hard if you think anybody that supports Cruz will pull for Hillary. Cruz supporters just won’t show up. Kasichs voters.. they might pull for Hillary.

      • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd Abbacadabra!(ButchDeadLift)

        Depends on which Cruz supports. The ones who don’t like Trumpfs border policies (a lot. He was the son of immigrants, after all). The evangelicals, no way. But will the evangelicals vote for Trumpf? . They’re supposed to want a “moral” president I would imagine.

        That’s why Cruz harped on “principle” in that speech time and time again. It was an obvious swing at how Trump seems to change positions at whim.

        But either way, if they stay home, that’s not good for the republicans.

        I’ve said from the very first debate that Kasich seemed the most “presidential”, but his ties to wall st and the establishment in a post wall st meltdown might be too much to overcome.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Step away from the voting booths. The candidates all suck Satan’s cock. Each and every one. Don’t encourage them.

          • Scharfinator

            “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”

            Granted, maybe some would argue we do more than just vote and hope for the best…

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      really never thought i would say this but is it possible to get GWB for another term.

      • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd Abbacadabra!(ButchDeadLift)

        Your stripper amendment has a better chance of becoming a reality.

        • MB30SD

          and thank baby jesus for that!

    • willbest

      Alright I will explain Trump’s support

      Rust belt working class voters that are generally social moderates (Fair trade)

      Southern whites who have been anti-immigrant for 100 years or so (build the wall) who were freed from having to vote for the “morals” candidate when Kennedy bitchslaped them.

      East coast republicans that like New Yorkers (important for primary irrelevant for general)

      This is why Donald gets his butt handed to him west of the Mississippi which is libertarian country. Nevada (and probably Arizona and New Mexico) are probably voting border.

      Cruz is a free trader, small government, and didn’t care about immigration until he was made to care by Donald. And it doesn’t help he has no charisma.

      • Cormonster

        I think this is one of the best articles I’ve read on Trump supporters and a little about some of the others. Basically it states Trump supporters are more populist and Cruz supporters more authoritarian. Worth a read.

        https://reason.com/blog/2016/03/14/donald-trump-supporters-are-less-authori

      • The GP Experiment

        Cruz is the least likable guy to run for president since Nixon.

        • Irish Sweetness

          George W ?

          • The GP Experiment

            GW was sold as the guy you wanted to have a beer with. A party dude.

            People knew GW was dumb as shit, but he was a hoot. Nixon was a surly unlikable prick to the core.

  • Huge Bear’s Penis

    Denver steps up and matches Dolphins offer for CJ Anderson

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2016/03/15/c-j-anderson-stays-in-denver/

    • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd Abbacadabra!(ButchDeadLift)

      I’m not sure why teams (including us) coveted him so much.

      He looked like he was running in mud last season. Some say he was hurt early on, but he definitely didn’t look like anything special (and I thought he might be #ffWOES)

      • willbest

        Their O-line was crap, and Peyton couldn’t move. Once Oz got in there and they could run out of the I he looked pretty solid. It was all that pistol/gun stuff that killed his mojo

      • Irish Sweetness

        Tod Gurley got 13.8M last year, for four years, he was drafted 10th. So if we had signed CJ, we were probably getting a good deal at 18M.

        We can get a better deal by trading down and getting Henry.

        Ragland worked out privately with the Bears on Friday. Here come Da Trade!

        • http://www.dabearsbeat.com/ Johnathan Wood

          Ragland worked out privately for the Bears before they signed Freeman.

          They might still draft an ILB, but I’d be pretty shocked if it’s in the first 2 rounds now that both their starting ILB are quality players who are locked up for the next 2 years.

  • The GP Experiment

    Jones: Good, not great. Wanted to get paid.

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000644691/article/why-did-the-patriots-trade-chandler-jones-to-cardinals

    Cooper has been a giant bust for a 10th pick overall, a guard nonetheless that was supposed to re-invent the guard position. Nothing but injuries and underperformance have marred Cooper – maybe the Pats make something of him.

    • Irish Sweetness

      After smoking ‘synthetic marijuana’ ….Jones turned up shirtless at a Police station. That’s two kinds of dumb.

      • willbest

        Apparently they didn’t arrest him for anything saying he didn’t break any laws. So Kraft must takes care of the boys in blue.

        • AlbertInTucson

          But Kraft dumped Jones at the first opportunity.

          • Irish Sweetness

            For a second round pick?

      • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd Abbacadabra!(ButchDeadLift)

        That story was odd, even for the drug genre.
        Didn’t he show up to the police station and ask for help?

        Surreal.

  • http://t.co/MsJnMxjrmd Abbacadabra!(ButchDeadLift)

    Winning! Basically we went from no Briggs or Lach to McPhee, Trevathan, Freeman, and Houston.

    MMMbbbears

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000644275/article/raiders-top-list-of-five-franchises-on-the-rise?campaign=fb-nf-sf22559048-sf22559048

  • AlbertInTucson

    Who did better in FA than the Bears?. Oakland did well I’d say. J’Ville. The Giants stocked up but seemingly backed up the money truck to do so.

    • Irish Sweetness

      JAX and the NYG spent 142 million dollars and 200 million. So they SPENT a lot. We’ll see who did best come the playoffs. I’d say it was us.

    • Big Mike

      Have to take into account how much bread was spent, don’t you? If you don’t spend it all can you carry some of it forward to the next season? Also. we’ve seen what having in – season cap room flexibility can do. Could be saving some for long term AJ deal.

  • Huge Bear’s Penis
  • The GP Experiment

    What’s startling about Collins’ alleged “hacks” is how little technical ability he needed to get access to those celebrity accounts. Court documents showed he required no hacking skills at all, creating fake email addresses – e-mail.protection318@icloud.com and noreply_helpdesk0118@outlook.com – that appeared to come from official Apple and Google sources. He simply emailed the celebrities and asked them for their login information, which, it seems, they duly gave away.

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/thomasbrewster/2016/03/16/icloud-hacking-jennifer-lawrence-fappening-apple-nude-photo-leaks/#19dc20897b88

    I guess this constitutes “hacking” these days.

  • The GP Experiment

    The only way to stockpile playmakers is to consistently take the best player available, and the only way to win a Super Bowl is to stockpile your roster with playmakers.

    Amazing insight from the Hubster, whose writing is degrading into nonsense.

    http://www.nwitimes.com/sports/football/professional/bears/hub-arkush-bears-pace-appears-to-have-a-plan/article_9844376a-4b9f-5376-8638-1d03858430d0.html

  • bearfacts

    I hate predictions so I won’t make one but I’d say the players, the fans, and the coaching staff will all be disappointed if we don’t make the playoffs. Once you’re in anything can happen especially if they peak later in the year. Winning the NFCN isn’t totally out of the question either if they stay extra healthy and don’t lose key players to injury. The balance of power is shifting back in their direction.

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