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Postseason Positional Analysis Part IV: Tight Ends

| January 13th, 2016

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Right now the Bears have three tight ends on the roster worth discussing. Without further adieu, the least exciting of our postseason positional analysis columns.

KHARI LEE

The strangest move of the Ryan Pace era was dealing a sixth-round pick to the Texans for Lee, a tight end who is an exclusive blocker. (His attempts to catch Cutler passes have been comical.) If you’re looking for cutting edge analysis of Lee’s work as an additional member of the offensive line, you might want to look elsewhere. In the meantime, let’s assume Lee will be back in 2016 to validate surrendering the draft pick for the acquisition.

ZACH MILLER

34 catches, 439 yards and 5 touchdowns.

Miller has been one of the best stories of the season and from the way both he and the Bears have spoken it would be a surprise to not see him back in 2016. The only question now is how the Bears create a fair contract to compensate Miller for his production while considering his injury history. 2 years, $6-8M.

MARTELLUS BENNETT

53 catches, 439 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Everyone has heard the talk and Ryan Pace’s silence all-but cemented the fact that Bennett has worn out his welcome in the Bears locker room. Pace and Fox are trying to establish a culture and Bennett clearly does not fit within that culture.

You know what? I don’t care.

Sometimes, no ALL times, winning in the NFL requires having a few pieces of shit in your locker room. And Bennett, as far as NFL pieces of shit go, is quite tame. He doesn’t beat women. He doesn’t drive drunk. He wants more money and makes dumb animations he thinks are profound. Sit him down. Talk to him. Make him feel good. Throw him a few extra dollars if that’s what he needs to give 100% every Sunday.

But do not ignore the fact that Bennett is capable of being one of the league’s preeminent tight ends – as both a pass catcher and blocker. And the emergence of Miller means the Bears could enter 2016 with one of the league’s best and most productive tight end pairings.

If Bennett does not return, tight end moves into the conversation for major positions of need this spring.

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  • chitownproud85

    now that my emotional overreactions from the season have passed and i’m of clear head and conscience, i agree about Uni too. Bring him back if you can. While the culture change has to happen, talent wins out in the NFL and I dont want to be a voice for letting it walk. If he goes, I sure as hell understand it – but I’m not FOR it anymore. Bring him back, bring THE ORIGINAL Matty ice back, and lets fix some holes on this team instead of creating new ones.

    • BearDown100393

      Speaking (writing) for myself, pretty comfortable under the assumption that Pace and Fox know what is best to improve the roster.

  • The GP

    Bennett is a malcontent. He hates being in Chicago, just like he hated being in New York.

    Once a player has shown the willingness to check out on a team, to not play hard or to not play at all when it was possible to do both – when his performances are as flat as Jennifer Aniston’s tits – then it’s time to move on.

    It’s called Hesteritis. It’s fatal. No Bear has ever recovered from it. Ever.

    • DaBearsBlog

      His brother says and does the same shit in Seattle. But they paid him.

      • willbest

        What an odd thing to say considering Michael gets paid less (7.1 mil DE) in relative value than Marty (5.1 mil TE) and they laughed at him the way they did Kam and told him to stick to the deal he signed.

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      not sure comparing performances to Aniston’s tits is the best analogy. While it clear she does not have the biggest rack, I would not call them “flat”.

      • MB30SD

        Would have to agree, they looked fabulous in horrible bosses, but bras can lie

      • willbest

        Aniston is a B cup.

      • BearDown100393

        Bigger now than Angelina Jolie.

    • MB30SD

      Sooooo much theeeeez

    • CanadaBear

      I saw a clip of her dress falling off her shoulder and exposing one boob. Looked pretty good to me.

      • MB30SD

        you know better than this canada. I expect more from you sir.

        LINK!!!

        • CanadaBear

          I saw that at least 10 years ago. If I can find it I will.

          • MB30SD

            Use the forceinnerrnessesses

          • CanadaBear

            I looked for about 10 minutes. That was all the patience I had. Oh well.

          • MB30SD

            sigh

          • 10 mins of looking at Jen boobs. C’mon, Canada, you’re not that old. You can go for longer! Think about the children, or MB!

    • Doc Nitty

      I’ve always been a big fan of her tits.

    • Cormonster

      Throwing money at a guy like Bennett never works out. It will appease him for a couple months, then he’ll find a new reason to check out.

    • Bender McLugh

      mmmm…Jennnifer………

  • The Yes Guy

    Yes

  • Captain Obvious

    Blogfather twitted:

    “What the hell is Ben Roethlisberger made from? Torn ligaments in his shoulder and there’s a chance he’ll play football this weekend?”

    He’s made of Toradol and Percocet, that’s what he’s made of.

    Plus, he’s brain-damaged from that motorcycle accident and a half-dozen concussions.

    • DaBearsBlog

      Those are pain killers. I still don’t understand how his shoulder works correctly with multiple torn ligaments.

      • MB30SD

        he’s like a big rapey robot.

      • BerwynBomber

        Kid Griese – back in his DEN/pre-Bears days — played with a torn shoulder labrum (before having surgery in the off-season).

        Drew Brees — just this year — played the last three games of the season with a torn plantar fascia. (If you have ever had plantar facsciitis you can imagine the pain.)

        Hell, just a year or two ago, Romo was playing with broken ribs and a punctured lung.

        And R-berger has a history of playing thru shit.

        • MB30SD

          I tore my shoulder labrum. hurt like a motherfucker. In HS I could fucking throw a football 60+ yards, after the tear, 40ish and it feels like I pull something every time I throw hard. Sucks.

          • CanadaBear

            I’m sure with age it will get better. Or not. I have to play soft toss for at least 10 minutes before I can throw a baseball or football with anything on it. Even then it’s pretty wimpy. Gotta love getting old.

          • MB30SD

            Sucks

          • The GP

            Tossing midgets has drawbacks, my maing

          • MB30SD

            True story

            Spend the 60. Upgrade pleez

          • Doc Nitty

            Me too. Minus the sweet TD throw.

  • willbest

    When Bennett is happy and feeling good he is a top 5 talent at the position. That isn’t the easiest thing to achieve though. He is relatively mild outside the locker room but unlike Marshall or Forte, you see his unhappiness affect his game day, and you probably really see it in practice.

  • willbest

    Antonio Cromartie is expecting twins (child #11 and 12) with his wife (after he had a vasectomy). I guess he should probably have them tested to be sure. But also I read he has 8 other kids with 7 different women. That would be 1 way to piss away your entire NFL salary.

    • MB30SD

      brutal. Stupid is as stupid does. smh.

      • Johnnywad

        He could field one whole side of the ball. Bunch a Cromarties ballin out.

        • MB30SD

          I like that, although you’d probably have a bunch of corner-sized dlinemen and linebackers… but they’d be fast as all gitup

        • Doc Nitty

          And in 50 years when each of them has procreated at the rate of their father, it will be the NCL. National Cromartie league.

          • MB30SD

            HAHAHAHAHAHA

    • The Ghost of Super Bowl XX

      I’d aks him if he can sponsor mine…XD

    • That Guy

      Cromartie is actually one of the best redemption stories in football. Read about him a few years ago.

      He wasted away his entire rookie contract on $10K weekends and junk. Then he had a bunch of kids with a bunch of women and got child support after him in several states. Then, somewhere along the way, he woke up. He started being smart with his money. He paid off all the back child support, he stopped wasting money on frivolous stuff, he started driving a Prius and bragging about the gas mileage. According to the financial planner they interviewed (I think it was nationalfootballpost.com) he had savings in place for all of his kids to be provided for for the next 100 years if it came to that.

      He’s actually a really good dude now, and I could see him having success as a financial planner for players once he retires.

      • MB30SD

        that’s great! If only he had gotten a MUCH better urologist by the sound of it. Yeesh!

        • CanadaBear

          I worked with a guy that had 2 vasectomies and was still a fertile Myrtle. The swimmers were strong with this one.

          • MB30SD

            jesus

        • Doc Nitty

          Or his wife stepped out. Oh wait…that never happens.

          • MB30SD

            well if she did, and he found out, and then told her to fuck off… he would end up 1000% better off once the dust settled, his children would be 1000% better off… and in the end he will be a happy, content guy with his life back and totally open greenfield in front of him, instead of being tied down to a lazy, worthless, terrible mom of a cunt who didn’t know what she had when she had it.

          • CanadaBear

            HMMMMMMM

          • Doc Nitty

            You. Complete. Me.

          • MB30SD

            I love you…. MAAAAANNNN!

          • Doc Nitty

            To reiterate. You are my own personal Stewart Smalley. I will probably reread this post 1000 times before the day is over.

  • Bears-4-Ever

    Great article on how St. Louis feels about the Rams and the Reality of NFL business.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/news/rip–st–louis-rams–a-tough-lesson-in-the-business-of-pro-sports-044723251.html

    I will say, since I’ve been living in St. Louis since 1994, it’s a rather sad day for the city and the fan base here. I can say this with truth that this is a great sports town. You have the Cards or course but the Blues fans are just as loyal and St. Louis really embraced the Rams when they came to town.

    This is the 3rd time St. Louis has lost an NFL team. First you had the Cardinals move to Phoenix, then the NFL squashed Walter Payton’s attempt to create a new St. Louis team, and now the Rams are allowed to go back to LA. I’m 48 and I doubt I will ever see another NFL team here in St. Louis in my life time.

    Business is business, the Rams started in LA so that makes sense, and the new stadium complex in Englewood will be “Campus NFL”. Everybody wins, except the St. Louis.

    • Cormonster

      Not many people know this, but the Rams started as the Cleveland Rams in the 30’s and moved to LA sometime in the late 40’s.

      • Johnnywad

        Can’t blame em for wanting out of Cleveland.

        • AlbertInTucson

          The Cleveland Rams won the NFL title in 1945 then moved to LA at the insistence of then owner, Dan Reeves. The NFL had no franchises West of Chicago at that time.

          When the All -America football Conference was absorbed into the NFL, the Rams merged with the AAC’s LA Dons who also played in the Coliseum.

          The Browns, Colts and 49ers all became members of the NFL.

          Part of the deal with the LA Coliseum was that the Rams had to INTEGRATE to play there. The Rams signed Kenny Washington and Woody Strode out of UCLA. Strode later gained greater fame as an actor, probably best known as Draba, the Gladiator who spares Spartacus (Kirk Douglas). He’s also the title character in the John Ford Cavalry Western, SGT RUTLEDGE.

          • Johnnywad

            Your memory……

          • AlbertInTucson

            Some I DO know from memory , but I also have to do some googling to fill in and confirm what I recall.

            I did NOT know about the Integration clause until I was confirming the Rams move from Cleveland.

            Woody Strode is also the Duke’s hired hand, “Pompey”, in LIBERTY VALENCE,
            the bow & arrow expert in THE PROFESSIONALS and has TWO roles in THE TEN COMMANDMENTS. King of Ethiopia at the beginning and one of Bithia’s servants in the Passover scene. He is excellent as accused rapist/killer, Sgt. Rutledge.

          • Johnnywad

            I’m 42 and have to write the calendar date over my Omeprazole tablets on the packaging when I open the box. That’s just so I can verify whether I took one THAT VERY DAY or not.

            Hopefully Big Pharm is sorting out this Old Timer’s disease sooner rather than later.

          • willbest

            Big Pharma doesn’t like cures. No money in one time solutions.

          • Johnnywad

            I’ll settle for slowed progression then

          • SC Dave

            This. They hate those almost as much as herbal or dietary remedies.

          • MB30SD

            Lougle

      • Bears-4-Ever

        “I did not know that”. -Johnny Carson

    • Sactowns#1

      And people of LA certainly lose. The current sports owners are like reverse Robin Hoods, taking from the poor to give to the rich.

      • MB30SD

        welcome to the capitalist world my maings. the fact that the bushes/chaneyes of the world aren’t in prison for what they did tells you a lot (and/or most politicians, they just stand out as the best at fucking over/getting people killed for monaaaay)

        • SC Dave

          The *crony* capitalist world, you mean. As with anything, involve governments and it becomes bad.

          • No political system is “pure”. That’s a myth like “pure” blood.
            Communism technically never existed either since it requires global dominance for it to actually work.

            Marx predicted that advanced countries would become communist first, then others would fall into the line.

            The exact opposite happened, in which technically backward countries like Russia, China, Cuba became communist (with naturally disastrous consequences), while the more “advanced” nations merely integrated some of the communist programs like welfare, social security, national health care, forced desegregation and equality, public education, etc (or as communist would insist, the ruling class throwing scraps to the rabble to prevent revolution).

            Really what humans have to figure out is which system, when inevitably corrupted by men, will hurt the individual and civilization the least.

            The rest is just propaganda or misguided idealism.

          • MB30SD

            100%

      • Cormonster

        Robin Hood stole from the oppressive government (the King and Sheriff) to give to the poor.

    • AlbertInTucson

      I can’t count the Payton attempt. You can’t lose what you never had.

      • BillW

        And Al goes from writing Burma Shave to country tunes.

        • AlbertInTucson

          “Twang!”

  • wreckinball

    I was at a Raiders Steelers game in the LA coliseum 21 years ago
    Half empty and everyone there was a Steelers fan
    LA doesn’t care about football

    • BerwynBomber

      They will get behind the Rams, but they will be like STL fans: once things go south, their attendance will begin to tank.

    • The GP

      Kroenke don’t give a fuck.

      His stadium proposal will upstage Jerry Jones as the premiere stadium in the U.S. It will host Olympics, World Cups, Super Bowls, all kinds of things. It will be an immensely profitable bit of land.

      Don’t forget, in this deal he acquired 300 acres of land, and plans a retail AND a housing development to go with it.Stadium has a glass roof, so a Final Four could be done here.

      Stanley Hair Club for Men left St. Louis $200M deal on the table and took a $3B deal instead.

      That’s business in America. The fans are sheeple, they will flock to the Rams, and then leave the Rams if they suck – but bitch don’t care.

      • CanadaBear

        I’m just glad that I’ve never been a fan of a team that relocated. Not sure how I would react.

        • MB30SD

          All my chargers buddies are all broken up and confused. Poor babies. :_ (

          • CanadaBear

            it would be a pisser for sure. I’m guessing I’d still root for the relocated team but I’m pretty sure the enthusiasm would be long gone.

          • Sactowns#1

            The worse part is SD and LA are natural rivals. It’s like the A’s or Warriors moving to SF. Oakland fans would lose their sht.

          • Doc Nitty

            It would be worse if SD and Oakland had moved to a common arena, like was proposed earlier.

          • willbest

            Apparently NFL Rules state that two teams cannot be in the same media market in the same conference. So if SD and OAK moved to LA one of them would have had to move to the NFCW.

          • Doc Nitty

            “I did not know that”. -Dana Carvey (Doing Johnny Carson)

          • Yup. The Chiefs actually filed a protest cuz it would effectively give both teams extra “home” games.

          • MB30SD

            funny thing is neither fan base gives a rat’s ass about their teams so who cares… it’s all about the almighty dollah bills anyway

          • MB30SD

            I loves me some roberto esponja!

        • willbest

          If the Bears move further than 30-35 minutes outside the city limits of Chicago, I will disown them.

          Anybody that was a Rams back in the 90s that picks that back up (or never quit) is suffering from battered wife syndrome. Why would you want to be with somebody that goes and whores around before coming back to and say “I was thinking of you the whole time”

          • MB30SD

            ohhhh, I sense past trauma.

          • Doc Nitty

            From personal experience, the answer is a resounding NO.

          • CanadaBear

            My problem is I like the players/coaches and couldn’t care less about the owners. Since I never directly spend any money on the Bears I’m guessing I’d stay with them til the end. Of course, I’ve been a fan for over 50 years.

      • AlbertInTucson

        In fact, Jones led the faction that PUSHED for the Kroenke/Inglewood stadium deal.
        The relocation committee recommended raiders/Chargers to Carson.

        • The GP

          Keep your friends close, your enemies closer.

          Jones is smart. He looks like False Face from the 67 Batman series, but he’s smart.

          • MB30SD

            you don’t become a billionaire by being a dumbass… although I plan to change that tonight at 7 when I win.

            Don’t worry, I’ll throw y’alls a forest gump-themed blog party when I do.

  • Doc Nitty

    What’s the best way to get your team to leave your city?

    Hire Jeff Fischer as head coach.

  • CanadaBear

    Does anyone else besides me think it’s funny that Y’all Qaeda keeps getting bags of dicks sent to them? For some reason it kills me.

  • The GP

    Arkansas Hair Waffle sounds like something Da Coach’s Mustache would pay for on a Vegas bender.

    http://www.seattlepi.com/news/us/article/Waffle-House-fires-2-workers-for-styling-hair-in-6755710.php

    • CanadaBear

      I’m thinking her hair might be the best thing on the menu at the Waffle House.

      • The GP

        Not the “Trucker’s Meatballs”?

  • BearDown100393

    Outdoor funeral service. Almost rather be watching the Browns. Bear down.

  • BillW

    Weird that nearly 10 percent of the teams in the league want out of the cities they have been in for at least 20 years.

    Weirder that they all moved before (Rams twice as Al pointed out, and Raiders to/from LA; and SD played their first season in LA).

    So all three teams have an LA connection. All three decided it was better to be somewhere else, and now they all want to go back.

    The league has discussed concerns about getting fans to come to games rather than watch on TV. Fantasy football has created a sub-genre of fans that have no rooting interest in any team but still watch and care about football. Will franchise free agency ever become a thing? San Antonio wants a team and may now land the Raiders. Or maybe the Chargers? Or some other team?

    I wonder what will happen in 20-30 years with the Bears. By then they will “require” a new stadium; maybe the team no longer has a Halas/McCaskey connection. Will there be a half dozen cities where teams rotate in and out every few years?

    • Cubsnlinux

      What if in 20-30 years there is no NFL? Or what if Pro Football is not played by humans anymore?

      • The GP

        A raspberry Pi, a micro-Linux kernel, some hydraulics and we got a Hugh Jackman film.

        • BillW

          Funny you say Raspberry Pi. I’m buying one soon to take the place of my media server. It will be a project from what I read.

          • The GP
          • MB30SD

            Hahahahaha… I knew the pic before I opened it.

          • BillW

            You started it with the raspberry pi reference. I was impressed you knew what that was!

          • The GP

            us neaderthals sometimes know stuff and stuff

            btw, I think it’s also slang in the gay community. NTTAWWT

          • Cubsnlinux

            Did you look at Intel’s new compute stick versions introduced at CES this year? That will make an awesome media server. If you want your server to do any transcoding then it and Raspberry Pi are NO good though. For example you can’t expect to say run Plex effectively on these tiny monsters.

          • The GP

          • MB30SD

            you are fucking killing me today! haha

          • BillW

            I run plex without transcoding now; a lot easier that way;I make sure the container is something Plex (on my Roku) can handle without it.) So the Pi will work. But now you got me thinking about the Intel stick, which I heard of but did not look into.
            My reason for using the tiny monster as you call it is power consumption. I don’t want to have the server on 24/7 as is; I can wake it remotely but that’s a bit clunky. Thanks for the Intel suggestion.

            (Sorry for the geek hijack; not nearly as interesting as politics (or boobs).

          • BillW

            While everyone is debating climate change I thought I’d slip another geek reply. Gizmodo gave the Intel stick a bad review. Actually sounds like a great idea and maybe the next version will work better. But it’s a computer on a flash drive plugged into an HDMI port. With an SD slot and full USB slot. They said it freezes up a lot, and is more work to set up than expected.

            Like the Pi, the true cost is much more since you need peripherals to run it. But the base cost is 150 (115 on Amazon) compared to 35 for the Pi. Even though there is more setup than expected, it would be nothing like the Pi would be and it runs a scaled down version of Windows (which the Pi should be able to run too.)

            HP and Dell both have small form factor computers for around 150 that run the full version of Windows. That was going to be my fallback in replacing my dying old eMachine that I use now for a media server is I can’t get the Pi to run.

            OK – back to discussing cataclysmic events.

      • BillW

        I probably won’t be around to see it. Or if I am, I’ll be too old to care.

      • Trac

        According to this global warming priest, it might just be played under water due to our gills and webbed feet? Concussion issue solved. Hahaha

        http://www.climatedepot.com/2016/01/13/claim-global-warming-could-cause-humans-to-develop-webbed-feet-cats-eyes-and-gills/

        Swimming backs will replace running backs and qb’s I’m guessing.

        • Doc Nitty

          You’re one of those global warning deniers, I assume.

          • willbest

            Who isn’t?

          • Doc Nitty

            Intelligent scientific minded people.

          • The GP
          • Trac

            Typical academia response. I’ve got news for you Doc, the Bible said the earth was going to burn up over 2000 years ago. It’s going to happen and there aren’t enough carbon credits to stop it from happening when it eventually does happen.

          • Doc Nitty

            Oh the bible said. Well, nuff said I guess. Touche.

          • Trac

            That’s right, it was written before the first scientist graduated stonehenge.

          • Doc Nitty

            It’s because of the bible that we had to wait til the 1600’s to actually start, you know, doing science.

          • Trac

            Pure revisionist history. What about the millions and ahem..millions of years before the bible? Hmm…hmm?

            Truth and science are not always the same thing. By the way, have you noticed how your posts on this issue always accelerate to an insult? Its dissapointing and it doesn’t facilitate good science.

          • Doc Nitty

            Yeah. You bible thumpers have never slung insults, have you Trac. Especially not you. Oh wait, didn’t you call me a pox on civilization once? Oh yes.

            But I do not mean to insult. I’ve grown weary debating this subject over the years. I should have just stayed out of it. This is why i don’t talk politics very often. I tend to get heated. Rightfully or wrongfully. I admit this flaw in my character. Which is why I love math. Zero emotion. Zero debate.

          • Trac

            Since “we’re” being honest lets take it to the next level.

            Global warming and macro evolution as its taught in academia requires much more faith than most religions.

            No transitional species has ever been found or observed yet according to your scientists, it’s a fact.

            Global warming models cannot accurately predict the warming and cooling trends on our planet, but your scientists claim it’s a fact.

            Dares a whole lotta religion going on dare.

          • Doc Nitty

            I would disagree.I would argue most scientist would stop short of calling most things a fact. It is in fact, the leading theory. A scientist cannot claim any theory is even a leading theory until it is testable or verifiable by evidence. In fact, it is the scientists job to try prove their own theory wrong. If it cannot be proven wrong, it is a leading theory until a better one comes along, as has happened many times throughout history. The very fact that a scientist must try to prove his own theory wrong shows that it is not in fact faith. I’d love to see a bunch of Christians trying to prove their beliefs wrong. That is blasphemous and would never happen.

            So yeah, I disagree.

          • Trac

            There’s a bait and switch that takes place Doc. Question their theories and the name calling begins. In principle you’re right but the theory of evolution and Global warming alarmists is taught as if they’re the gospel. The first words out of theirs mouths usually begin with….well, all intelligent people know …

            Ahem..which is basically what you did.

          • Doc Nitty

            On that we can agree. Scientists are nothing if not an arrogant bunch (myself included). So let me amend my stance. A vast majority of scientists agree that Global warming exists, is human caused, and will get worse. The inexactness of the models notwithstanding, evidence points overwhelmingly to irreversible human caused global warming.

            I won’t touch evolution.

          • Trac

            The point is that there’s nothing new under the sun. By the way, did you know that it’s getting hotter on Mars as well? What kind of Suv’s are them Martians driving? Hee hee.

          • the Catholic Bible, no doubt, canonical (which originated from measuring rod/straight/standard) since everyone since Peter knows that’s the only true gospel, and the rest of the sects are expansion teams like the Jags or Titans, and playing from shoddy playbooks.

            Right, Trac?!

            Can I get an Amen!

          • Trac

            Ah, the traditions of men religion where a buck pardons ones behavior and actions. I don’t subscribe to any pyramid scheme.

          • The GP

            It’s going to happen and there aren’t enough carbon credits to stop it from happening when it eventually does happen.

            It would be awesome if you drove that Ford Raptor into a tree.

          • Trac

            Wow!!! It’s the high priest! Hee hee.

          • Trac

            It depends on whether or not my actions will cause solar flares or not GP. I’m all for being a good steward of my actions when it comes to being a conservationist, different category. Sun spots and solar storms are the main determining factor of the planets temp.

          • Sactowns#1

            Just because you think something is inevitable doesn’t mean you should do nothing to try and slow or prevent it from happening.
            We’re all going to die, yet you still take medication and exercise in order to prevent it from happening sooner.

          • Trac

            I never said anything to disagree with that though process sac.

          • Sactowns#1

            Good. Then let us act on climate change now. We are all in agreement.

          • Sactowns#1

            Anyone who believes in science and the practitioners thereof, called scientists.

          • willbest

            Then why are all their models wrong?

          • Doc Nitty

            Hey Willbest. Did you know that the earth is round. Well, slightly ellipsoid-ish, but not flat. Crazy huh?

          • willbest

            You straw-manning bro

          • Doc Nitty

            I’m not sure I’m currently on the list, but if so, you could you kindly remove me from the list of subscribers to your newsletter. Thank you.

          • The GP
          • Sactowns#1
          • willbest

            The new study in fact created a new model that now better fits modified observed data. It is not verification of a previous hypothesis, it is a brand new one. How accurate it is over the next decade remains to be seen.

            I am glad to see they are finally starting to admit the prevalence of variables affecting climate that they don’t know how to model. Probably due to the embarrassment of getting the last 15 years wrong.

          • Trac

            We’re being shunned wil. Shhh.

          • willbest

            Its okay, I been around here long enough to know that they are Bears fans first. It will pass.

          • Trac

            It’s not my religion no. Climate change, suns spots yes.

          • willbest

            They don’t like it when you call it that. Their sacred texts aren’t old enough yet to be unverifiable.

          • SC Dave

            It doesn’t matter. They already deny proof that their models are wrong.

            The amusing part is they called the unannointed “deniers” . Once they start labelling dissenting thought, you know the argument has insufficient metrit to stand on its own.

        • Sactowns#1

          I get all my news from places with the depot suffix. Sportsdepot.com Weatherdepot.net Investmentdepot.ie

  • willbest

    Getting past your 1 in 300 million shot at winning tonight. Assuming 500 or so million tickets were sold (440 million were sold for Saturday’s drawing) the odds that

    Nobody wins – 18%
    1 ticket wins – 31%
    2 tickets win – 26%
    3 tickets win – 15%
    4 or more tickets – 10%

    • The GP

      Powerball is a hoax. They collect the money but there are no winners.

      • willbest

        Spoken like a true Illinoisan. Have they started paying winners yet?

        • The GP

          “Powerball is a hoax” is the hit single from the band Irish and I started, called Zionist Conspirator

          • Doc Nitty

            You need a bass player?

          • BillW

            Hey – that’s MY instrument!

          • Doc Nitty

          • BillW

            True fact that I just made up –
            They generate the winning numbers using a Raspberry Pi.

          • The GP

            Also true: somebody put a MIDI sequencer on a Pi

          • BillW

            That’s probably pretty easy to do. But you need a lot more power for multi-track recording and mixing.

          • SC Dave

            I’m learning djembe, if that helps.

          • Sactowns#1

            I will play the space drum.

        • burntorangenavyblue

          Yes they have but they are repaying winners with interest if they were owed anything. Buy money that probably came from feeding children or something like that

    • BillW

      I don’t even know where the Powerball proceeds go. I think it’s sad that so much money gets generated so easily like this. Maybe it’ used productively but with politics involved I doubt it. Just like the Illinois Lottery money was to go solely for education.

      Full disclosure – I bought tickets this round and the last two simply because the wife insisted. She’s a dreamer; I’m a realist.

      • willbest

        If I recall correctly, roughly 45% went to prize money. Another 15-20% to overhead and costs, and the rest goes to each state how they decree with most states choosing to use it to supplement their education funds. Now of course money in fungible so every $1 the lottery provides into education is one less dollar they don’t need to allocate out of general tax revenue, so its kind of silly to say it gets spent wisely when it allows the states to spend other money stupidly.

        • BillW

          Wow – 20% of 1.5 billion is a LOT of overhead! For just a couple of weeks worth of drawings.

          • willbest

            That isn’t how it works. You spent $2 on a ticket
            ~50 cents goes to the jackpot
            ~45 cents goes to the lesser prizes
            ~30-40 cents goes to paying for and maintaining the system that is in place in pretty much every gas station in the country, insuring the integrity of the game, accounting, auditing, etc.
            ~65-75 cents goes to the various states (based on point of sale I believe)
            And then of course the winners will get taxed by the states again based on residency AND point of purchase.

    • Sactowns#1

      The prevalence of Powerball is so sad because it just demonstrates to me that for the majority of Americans, the American dream is dead. Now the only way to finally get out from under that crushing debt and crappy life is to be the ONE lucky individual with a winning ticket. So sad.

      • BillW

        So true. And on the next level, you have people spending money they shouldn’t which only makes the situation worse.

        I enjoyed casinos at Vegas and on the cruise we went on several years ago. A lot of carefree people having a good time.

        At Ho Chunk or Rivers, very different. Sad actually. Rivers is a bit better but you can still tell there are too many people actually relying on winning. And the government encourages it.

        I never went to a riverboat in Illinois, I heard there are people at the slots with rosaries and religious statues in front of them as they play.

        • DaMurph

          Biggest casino days by me are when “the checks” come out.

          • Sactowns#1

            Yeah it’s kinda sad to see all the old timers in Reno just hitting it hard that first week of the month.

  • MB30SD
    • Bender McLugh

      “deforms like a car bumper” will be like the NFL’s version of the Buckeye sticker

      • Scharfinator

        How are they going to fix it? Do they mean it will bounce back post impact?

    • willbest

      Like I said the other day with the physics. They are trying to increase the amount of time it takes to move the head from moving quickly to not at all.

  • MB30SD
    • willbest

      I had read that the threat of moving to LA was used in every new stadium deal for the last 20 years. So I guess the owners are content enough with new stadiums that they no longer feel a need to leave the market vacant.

  • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

    If I win Powerball tonight i’ll buy all you guys season tickets. Our seats will be padded and heated and each seat will have it’s own waitress whose seats will be situated right behind yours. Each waitress will be the perfect complement to your unique predilections.
    GP, your waitress will be the winner of the Loop Rock Girl contest FROM ANY YEAR YOU CHOOSE!
    MB, your waitress will be commitment-phobic only interested in surfing, will be multi-ethnic with fake bombs. You will think she’s only an 8 when the rest of the world views her as a 10.
    Murph, yours will be Puerto Rican but she’ll be contractually obligated never to disagree with you
    Doc, yours will be a hot emo chick who paid for school by modeling for a nude bike calendar
    SC Dave , yours will be a true nature lover who loves to hike….naked….. and who good naturedly laughs off your rants about Shea and Conte by cooing…”oh, SC Dave…”
    Rabbit’s will be his current wife and only when she allows him to go.
    Irish, yours will be a Nubian queen, that was raised in Galway, is suspicious of bankers and can speak a little Thai.
    Mine will be the 18yr old heir to the Tradewinds fortune.

    • The GP
      • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

        the huge back tattoo of devils wings was tastefully photo shopped out.

      • chitownproud85

        The shot of her in the “Ride the Lightning” tee – great googly moogly. Take. My. Money.

    • Sactowns#1

      May I request a blasian beauty from the bay area who enjoys classic country music and the great outdoors?

      • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

        done

    • DaMurph

      YESSSSSSSSSSSSS!! Good luck finding a Puerto Rican princess to agree to those terms! Ha!

      • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

        I would hire a search firm, not the one that got Angelo.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Hmm. Could you pay off my car, instead?

      • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

        yes, that can be arranged. I’ll have it paid off, crushed for scrap and a new Burnt Orange Ferrari with Navy Blue interior delivered. It would be orange because you’d catch hell for it.

    • SC Dave

      Sweet!!

  • BerwynBomber

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog “Fact I’m guessing is true. AFC North becomes first division in NFL history with three African American head coaches. @MikeSilver”

    Jackson seems like a good HC candidate, but since it is the Clowns, expect a couple of 4-12 seasons, another swing-and-miss first round selection of a QB, and Jackson to be on the OC market after the 2017 season.

    • DaMurph

      I dont understand why the heck that is news. Who cares the color or nationality of the coach…..just win baby! First division with three coaches with mustaches, three irish coaches, damn who finds it necessary to keep pointing this shit out?

      • BillW

        Here’s a curiosity – Has there ever been a division that employed 3 coaches who had won a Super Bowl with that team? Maybe NFC East? I don’t know.

        • DaMurph

          That would be interesting and football related!

          • BillW

            Yes – NFC East on a technicality
            Landry was still coach of the Cowboys when Gibbs and Parcells were coaching and winning SBs.

            However, they were not coaches at the time Landry won his last SB.

            So there has never been three coaches in the same division that have won SBs for their teams at a time when all three were coaching.

          • That Guy

            Dang, that’s a competitive division.

            Forget head coaches, what is the shortest span of time that three teams in the same division have won a Superbowl?

          • BillW

            91-93 (SB 25-27)
            Giants – Skins – ‘Boys

          • SC Dave

            Cant do it faster than that

      • That Guy

        I personally don’t care. I didn’t grow up in a place where racism was much of a thing, and Jews have traditionally not been as fixated on integration per se as other minorities.

        But black athletes and coaches breaking into pro sports has been news in the country for decades. Jackie Robinson, the Roonie rule, the list goes on.

        One thing that surprised me… I googled “first black nfl coach.” Fritz Pollard, first black player in 1920 and first black coach in 1921. The NFL didn’t wait long.

    • That Guy

      Who knows? He was great as a coordinator. As head coach in KC (Emery’s old administration), he created a totally dysfunctional environment. Then again, he wouldn’t be the first guy to fail as HC, get another shot a few years later and then succeed. Pete Caroll is the most recent example of that.

      • DaMurph

        He was the Raiders coach, not KC

        • That Guy

          You are right. I was think of Tod Haley (which sounds nothing like Hue Jackson). Jackson was fired by Reggie McKenzie because he wanted to “bring in his own guy.” Jackson had actually gotten halfway decent play from a terrible roster before he was canned.

          Jackson is decent. Its not clear whether he’s like Rex Ryan (gets good play from weak rosters but can’t put together a powerhouse) or whether he has more potential. But either way, the Browns would take respectability over what they’ve had.

          • BillW

            From what little I know of him it seems the Browns have a solid guy that as you say brings some respectability and credibility back. I also read he stipulated “no Johnny Football” so with the number 2 pick it’s likely a QB.

    • AlbertInTucson

      I give them points for for hiring a guy who knows the division.

  • AlbertInTucson

    White Sox reducing Hawk Harrelson’s work load.

    • BillW

      Read an article about this. didn’t know Hawk lived and commuted from South Bend every day (home games). So it’s the home games he’s giving up but will do all road games.

      The guy doing the home games (don’t recall his name) is a life long Sox fan. Recommended by Len Kasper (Cubs broadcaster) who in the Trib article was very strong in his praise for him.

      • AlbertInTucson

        New guy is from Homewood. Went to Homewood/Flossmore.

        Local boy makes good.

        And I don’t even think his daddy was a long time network announcer so, good on him.

  • The GP
    • BillW

      Maybe you posted this before me. Since your links are often pictures of me shouting something (and they are blocked at work) I often don’t click. Didn’t mean to double post what you already mentioned.

      • The GP

        I don’t think the imgflip pictures are you specifcally Bill.

  • BillW

    Lawrence Phillips found dead in his cell per PFT

    • AlbertInTucson

      “Of all the words of tongue or pen,
      the saddest are these…’It might have been’.”

  • AlbertInTucson

    “DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog
    Divide between college and pro football getting wider and wider. Three of most dominant modern college figures? Tebow, Griffin III, Manziel.”

    Hot shot college QBs who could not make the transition to the NFL is a pretty poor barometer for that argument.

    They’ve been around for decades and decades.

    JaMarcus Russell, Andre Ware, David Klingler, Gino Torretta, Joey Harrington, Akili Smith, John Huarte, Terry Hanratty, Rick Mirer, Heath Shuler, etc. etc., and those are just off the top of my aging head.

    I think the better example of said “divide” is how much harder it seems to be to find OTs ready to step in at the next level.

    • BillW

      Gary Beban (UCLA)
      I out “old guy” you today!

      • AlbertInTucson

        That’s a good one. I remember watching Beban play for UCLA. I think the “Skins drafted him. Eventually tried to make him a running back…?

        • DaMurph

          Rams drafted him. traded him to the skins……

      • AlbertInTucson

        Auburn QB who won a Heisman and flopped in the NFL…?

        • BillW

          Didn’t know you were so competitive. I won’t cheat and look it up. Don’t know – you win.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Just fortifying my argument that the Blogfather’s premise. is seriously flawed

        • AlbertInTucson

          Pat Sullivan (Had to look it up which led me to more…)

          Steve Spurrier

          Danny Weurffel

          Matt Leinert

          Chris Weinke

          • BerwynBomber

            Troy Smith
            Eric Crouch
            Charlie Ward

            Though I can’t remember if Ward won the Heisman, and Crouch was immediately switched to S in the pros, a position to which he failed to make the transition.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Correct on Crouch.

            Richie Petitbon was actually a QB at Tulane before becoming a Bear Safety.

            I believe Oklahoma QB Jack Mildren and Ohio State’s Rex Kern had middling NFL careers as safeties.

            I bet there’s a flock of older, black college QBs that got turned into DBs before the NFL got color blind at the QB position.

          • The GP

            Wasn’t Spurrier a Gator?

          • AlbertInTucson

            Yep. Weurffel, too.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Flutie?

          • AlbertInTucson

            I think everybody knew Flutie would be iffy at under 6 feet. He had more success than most of those other guys, for sure.

    • AlbertInTucson

      And let’s not forget the immortal, Tim Couch.

    • AlbertInTucson

      And on the other hand, you have Newton, Winston and Mariotta, pretty much contemporaries of the 3 you mention.

    • That Guy

      Here is a list of college awards, many of which are position specific. I’d be curious to see if there is a trend at certain other positions in the past say 30 years transitioning to the NFL.

  • wreckinball

    Is $100k for a PSL accurate?
    If yes WTF!

  • AlbertInTucson

    Awwww….

    “Al Jazeera America: Cable News Network Says It Will Shut Down Operations on April 30

    ‘Our business model is simply not sustainable,’

    Al Jazeera America’s CEO Al Anstey said about the decision on Wednesday. Al Jazeera America went on the air in August 2013.”

    Buh-bye!

    • The GP

      a 24/7 propaganda channel is expensive when nobody buys ads.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Especially when you poop yourself with a made up story about HGH abuse.

    • BearDown100393

      May 1 – Cable News Network all about Peyton Manning and his wholesomeness to be aired in its place.

  • The GP

    Ricketts and Krohnke probably get on calls and discuss ways to fuck people over.

    http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20160113/BLOGS04/160119941/rickettses-buy-three-more-wrigley-rooftops-unveil-new-ticket-site#utm_medium=email&utm_source=ccb-dailyalert&utm_campaign=ccb-dailyalert-20160113

    Here’s a HBS Study in how to do it:

    Build billboards to block view into your stadium

    Business model for adjacent buildings crumbles
    buy buildings at pennies on the dollar of former worth
    demolish or alter buildings to be extension of empire
    PROFIT!!

    • willbest

      I didn’t follow that whole thing, but I thought the deal was something like the rooftop owners had to pay 17% gross through 2025 or some such, and in return Rickets promised not to F them over. So as long as he paid them their expected profits from 2015 through 2025 they don’t have a lot to complain about.

  • The GP
    • BearDown100393

      Just send him back to Haiti.

    • willbest

      It won’t come to anything sadly.

    • The agencies are probably feigning charges against Penn so that he won’t get kidnapped, burnt in a drum barrel w tires around his body, then beheaded w a note stabbed into his smoldering skull

      • BearDown100393

        I have no problem with those possibilities.

      • The GP

        What is that called? A Tijuana BBQ or something?

      • DaMurph

        We can only hope

  • Fuck Bennett in his wordhole. He’s a chump and shouldn’t have the privilege of wearing a C on his helmet. Trade him to Cleveland for a 6TH and call it a day.
    Can anyone trust him on gameday? Guy drops more balls than a Thai hooker, when he actually even bothers to lace up. Cutlers Ints are down partially cuz they benched Bennett (and Cutler stopped throwing his way).
    TEs are supposed to be security blankets. Bennett’s the opposite. An anxiety pillow
    Get a durable reliable vet plus an athletic raw TE prospect that’s 6’6 and can 360 dunk and ride w that

    • BearDown100393

      He’s not horrible. But he is pretty weird.

      • Riggins was weird. Clinton Portis was weird. Bennett is just a giant douche, him and his bro.
        I don’t want boy scouts, but one can be a character while still balling.
        Sometimes i wish we had Olin back, let’s see if he would’ve tried to body slam Olin like he did Fuller his rook yr

        • BearDown100393

          Martellus doesn’t live up to his self-deluded imaginary press clippings. He simply isn’t as great as he believes himself to be. Throw in the eccentricity variable and he simply isn’t worth keeping around. The Bears can do better for a replacement under Pace/Fox.

          • To me, the eccentric part doesn’t even matter. I don’t follow him or any other bear on Twitter. I think i only listened to two interviews of him when he first joined, and that was more than enough for me.

            The bigger concern is his knack for checking out of games. Cutty knew he had to get him involved early, or Bennett might just zombie thru the game. This imo made cutty force some passes to him that tended to get INTed.

            Can’t ride w a player like that. As Samurai said, can’t do it.

            Look at Miller. Doesn’t get shit all day but still can be counted on to make the game winning Td in the 4Rth. That’s the way it should be

    • Irish Sweetness

      Based on salary alone he needs to go. 6.3M and they weren’t even starting him?

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      raw TE prospect thats 6’6 and can 360 dunk…. Fendi Onobun??? how did that work out?

      • MB30SD

        it helps, at the TE position… in the NFL, if you can, you know… catch a football.

  • BearDown100393

    Fast forward to Virginia’s passing (because I just dealt with all that crap today and it completely sucked and drained the life out of me). At some point sooner rather than later, Soldier Field is going to be an issue (outdated, too small, not a retractable roof, etc etc etc). St. Louis, San Diego and soon to be Oakland were all held hostage to finance new buildings or face a relocate. I call that extortion. Goodell has betrayed those markets. I don’t believe Chicago is immune to such a fate. Something will give. The city is broke. The state is broke. And this will rear its ugly head at some point.

    • The NFL will never allow the bears to relocate. They’re THE team, us GB, GMEN, Cowboys, Steelers will not relocate barring some crazy circumstances like a an Al Davis owner or post apocalyptic zombie revolution

      • BearDown100393

        I used to believe the same opinion. I no longer do. If some frigging soccer multi billionaire wanted to dump the team in London England to fulfill the European manifest dynasty coveted by Goodell with a promise to build a floating retractable dome that could be launched into space, we’d be sold out in a heart beat.

        • Maybe, but how the Browns slinked away left a bad taste in the nfl and i think they realized they want to try to avoid that fiasco again, esp w a team like the Bears.
          If anything, Chicago will keep the name and history ala Cleveland

          • BearDown100393

            IMHO the shock of relocating franchises has worn off over the decades. The trust held between fans and owners is nowhere near as strong. Situations like Baltimore to Indy also have betrayed the local fan base. Oakland and St. Louis will lose their teams a second time. That is ridiculous. Those are viable sustaining fan bases. There was a time when NFL owners and the commissioner’s office were dedicated toward building the sport in a more trusting responsible manner. That has been forever broken.

          • The rams and chargers in la make sense to me , in a weird way.
            1. The chargers have had a fanbase in la, esp in the OC for decades. Mainly, these are white flat brimmed hat wearing fans who HATE the ‘thug’ Raiders as much as any SD fan.
            2. The Rams are essentially an la team. Been in la longer than the Lakers i think. I know a lot of die hard Rams fans that were heartbroken when they moved.
            Again , these fans are a lot like the charger fans, mainly anti raider OC dudes. Many in fact began rooting for the chargers once the rams left.

            Raiders are the raiders, and really, i don’t know if OAK or LA raider fans care much where they’re located as long as it’s in one of the two cities. Maybe some gangsters/bikers who can’t go north or vice versa for territorial reasons, but either way both cities will remain die hard fans , and al Davis to his credit knew all this .

    • willbest

      There have been proposals for Arlington Heights (short walk from the Metra), Hoffman Estates (doesn’t really have public transit).

      Others think it will be in Indiana right by Chicago for tax reasons. That I can see because IL is bankrupt and having a 2 billion dollar asset immovable asset in it, is a bad idea.

      The other issue to consider is the McCaskey’s are cash poor. What I mean is when they finish with their inheritance taxes they won’t have the money for a new stadium public money or no. That could force them into a new Soldier Field lease.

      Last thing to consider though is that ownership of the Bears when Gina dies gets fractured something like 18 ways and the biggest stakeholder I believe will then be the former CEO of Aon with a 15% share. Several of the owners might try and force the sale, at which point all bets are off.

      • BearDown100393

        It makes far more sense for the McCaskeys to sell their majority shares before she passes. Harsh reality for sure but control of the franchise is already on life support and borrowed time.

        • willbest

          Triggering a taxable event is usually worse than not doing so in these situation. Keep in mind that the Estate Planners have been working their magic for decades. So while Gina may control 70% of the Bears, she probably owns less than 20% (now that the NFL has moved to a 10/30 rule for owning teams).

          • That Guy

            I’m sure there is a very complicated plan in place to deal with the McCasky’s inheriting the team without getting hamstrung by taxes. A stadium, interestingly enough, would have been a nice thing to inherit because of the way the IRS steps us the tax basis of real estate upon inheritance. But I am sure there are very smart people working on the issue.

            With all of that said, there are a lot of wealthy people that want to own NFL teams. As much as I like the tradition of the Bears being owned by Halas’s descendents, I’d rather have a strong leader. For all the crap the city of St. Louis is dealing with, the Rams’ plan for LA is very impressive sounding. That’s because there is one man, who is a real estate genius, helming the project.

          • The GP

            I’m sure there is a very complicated plan in place to deal with the McCasky’s inheriting the team without getting hamstrung by taxes.

            Not the issue. The issue is all the grandchildren want to take take take. So they all got some of the team. And 18 or 19 families are not going to agree or easily form voting blocks. They will individually sell their shares and cash out. Because that whole family lineage don’t give two shits about football. Besides the NFL itself is tick tock.

            So Patrick Ryan will snap up those shares and attempt a takeover.

          • willbest

            It doesn’t take a lot of genius to ask your wife’s dad where he plans to build his next WalMart and then buy and develop the property before word gets out.

      • DaMurph

        Indiana offered free land and huge tax breaks.

    • BerwynBomber

      Nah, for all its problems Chicago is still a world-class city. If anything, Goddell would like to move a second franchise here.

      • DaMurph

        The Chicago Chargers?

        • Move back the cards and u guys can catch me on Da Cards blog!

          • DaMurph

            Man they were fun to watch when they were in St. Louis. Good teams with some great players and some real characters.

          • BerwynBomber

            The Chicago Butchers?

      • willbest

        Moving an AFC to Chicago makes sense because you can 2 for 1 on a new stadium.

    • wreckinball

      I think we’re immune
      Same with Packers Cowboys Giants Redskins Eagles Seahawks Niners Eagles Lions Vikings
      That’s the NFC
      There’s a whole bunch in the AFC too

  • While on TEs, they seem to have a high bust rate or take like 3 yrs to actually contribute.
    Has there been a TE to reach 1, 000 yds before their 3rd year?
    That’s not even considering how they can’t block anymore

    • The GP
    • DaMurph

      Gronk, 1327 second year

      • And all it took was a HOFer QB , hc and best TE since DITKA!

        I thought maybe Gonzales got close but even so, that was long ago.

        Eifert is a late bloomer, maybe even Barnidge , Fleener and Ebron, but it takes a few seasons more thsn other positions it seems

        • DaMurph

          Eifert lost his second year to injury, he may have got there this year but injuries got him again.

          • Yeah, it’s a rough position. Gotta learn both blocking and receiving. They say the TE, C and QB must inhale the whole playbook.

            Still, you’d think with how lethal Gronk, Gates, Gonzalez have been in this pass happy era, that more TE studs would come out of college and perform right away like WRs, but it’s just not the case.

        • BerwynBomber

          Witten was very close his second year: 980 yds.

          • Yeah, then the next two years he got 750 yds.
            Wasn’t till his 7th/8th year he posted back to back 1,000 yd seasons.

            maybe I’m using the wrong criteria to judge TEs.

            Maybe a better criteria for TEs would be 1st downs and TDs + 800 yds passing?

            (and again, how to even mix in blocking with that?)

        • Wow. Gonzalez didn’t reach a 1,000 till his 4rth year.

          Antonio Gates, Ironically, came off the assembly line close to ready made.
          1st year, 389 yds
          2nd, 964
          3rd 1,109

          I say ironic cuz he was a converted Bball player like Gonzo.

          Jimmy Graham too, going for 1,300 yds in his 2nd yer after only 356yds his rookie campaign.

    • DaMurph

      Hernandez 910 second year, close…..no cigar

    • DaMurph

      2011 Pats Gronk 1327 Henandez 910 WTF thats unreal!!!

  • BerwynBomber

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog “For sched geeks, only chance Bears have to play in ’16 opener would be Packers winning Super Bowl. Bears don’t face other 7 teams next year.”

    The only game and week one can safely predict for 2016 is the Cheese in W17 at Lambeau. We have been finishing with a division foe for some years now and we are due the Cheese (given it was DET in 2015, and MINN 2014). Moreover, it would presumably be held at Lambeau given that our infamous 2013 season finale with the Cheese was held at Soldier.

    • Week 17 is always divisional foes. NFL-wide rule. So they have maximum chance of excitement in week 17.

      They often try to do expected top 2 teams in the division against each other, so it might be GB/MIN. Though they just did that this year.

      • BerwynBomber

        Didn’t know about the league-wide rule but makes sense.

        In terms of the option, we seem to be on a GB/MIN/DET rotation. If I am not mistaken the 2010 finale was Lambeau (which would make sense given 2013 @Soldier and presumptively 2016 back at GB). 2010 was the finale where we could have eliminated them but didn’t and we know what happened from there.

      • Yup. I like the new format. For once, NFL got something right.

        Nothing like sticking it to a division rival when you got nothing to play for.

        How sweet did the Bills feel eliminating the J-E-T-S from the playoffs!?

        Oh, that must’ve felt gooood.

      • MB30SD

        how’s the new gig data?

  • wreckinball

    Just talked to a charger fan
    There is no CA fan base for some reason
    It’s not like Bears Steelers Giants Packers heck even Eagles fans
    Those teams will never move
    But a lot of the rest of the league is open season on moves

    • willbest

      Because it is transient and there are other things to do

      • wreckinball

        The Baseball following seems stronger

      • Yup. A person can spend his life in L.A. and not hit every club, restaurant, beach, trail, etc

        Also, everything is so spread out.

        Lakers, Dodgers take most LA fans.

        But as the Kings have shown, if a team begins winning, L.A. will embrace it.

        L.A. likes winners, which is why many didn’t cry when the Rams left.

        • The GP

          Warren Beatty was the Rams QB back then.

          • MB30SD

            +234 blog points for the Heaven Can Wait reference.

  • Irish Sweetness

    “Throw him a few extra dollars if that’s what he needs to give 100% every Sunday.”

    Lordy! The bum is into us for 6.3 million this season. MORE!?

    • MB30SD

      exactly. throw his ass out. fuck that noise. no quitters on this team please

  • AlbertInTucson

    Damn! Only missed the power ball thy 5 different numbers!

    • willbest

      I turned my $2 ticket into $4. But I have played the last 3 drawings, so I am down $2 during this round of $500+ million jackpot.

  • MB30SD

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