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Postseason Positional Analysis Part IX: Special Teams

| January 21st, 2016

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I liked the progression of Pat O’Donnell as the season moved along and Deonte Thompson provided a much-needed spark in the return game in December. POD will return. Thompson should.

Rick Gosselin’s overall special teams rankings have Bears 12th in the league.

Which brings us to Robbie Gould.

Element One of the Gould Dilemma: The “Shot” Factor

No, I don’t think Robbie Gould is shot.

After his back-to-back nightmare efforts against San Francisco and Washington, Gould finished the season 5-for-5 on field goals, including a few kicks of 50+. Gould was not missing kicks physically (if that makes any sense). Gould was shanking balls ten yards left of the upright. He had what golfers refer to as “the yips”. As quickly as an athlete encounters this disease is as quickly as he can become disease free.

Element Two of the Gould Dilemma: The Kickoff Factor

Robbie and the Bears have been among the league’s worst touchback units for years. They ranked 27th in 2015. All four of the teams remaining in the postseason are ranked in the top ten. Why is the stat important? Because it’s HARD to consistently drive 80 yards for touchdowns! And that’s exactly what the good teams make opponents do.

And next season the Bears offense should be expected – if only based on health – to improve dramatically. You know what that means? Many, many more kickoffs. They can’t continue settling for those kickoffs landing at the five.

Element Three of the Gould Dilemma: Time for Competition

It is time for the Bears to open a serious competition for the starting kicker gig. Robbie will more than likely win it (and fans should root for that outcome) but he must be tested this summer.

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  • Huge Bear’s Penis

    My issue with Gould is not missing 50+ yarders all kickers can miss those, most of his misses are in the 30-50 yard range. The more troubling of these misses are the ones between 30-40 yard range which now includes Extra Points. Kickoffs are a whole different story he just sucks on those

  • Have O’Donnell do kickoffs. I’ve been campaigning for that since the day he was drafted. Let him use that huge leg for something.

    • DaBearsBlog

      There has to be a reason it’s not happening.

      • MB30SD

        they’re afraid to upset robbie?

        Who cares if that’s the case, the dude is turrible at kickoffs, and it was the main reason I was calling for his head, not the case of the skivvies he had.

        • DaBearsBlog

          You think Robbie has pride in kick offs? Why? He’s also miserable at onside kicks. Can’t imagine why Robbie would care.

          • CanadaBear

            Ego.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Have to believe if O’Donnell could consistently boom kick-offs deep, we’d have seen him doing it by now.

          • That Guy

            There is a slim chance that the organization doesn’t want to vary from the standard that the field goal guy does the kickoffs and the punter is the holder. That would be unfortunate and not what I would expect from Fox.

            More likely I imagine O’Donnell can’t make the long kicks either. At least not consistently enough to supplant Gould.

          • burntorangenavyblue

            I’d say he’s one of the most humble athlete in the sport. His career has been extremely consistent to the point that this year is a fluke. However in the moment of the games, you’d still go with Gould regardless of how he played the week before.

          • CanadaBear

            I only posted to point out why Robbie might care. I’m one of Robbie’s biggest supporters on the blog. Once you get a decent kicker hang onto them until they are no longer effective. Robbie’s kickoffs and OSK are his biggest liabilities. He missed some kicks that cost us games this year but overall he was still around 85% on his FG’s.

          • Bender McLugh

            I thought he was better the last two season’s with onside kicks…..might be my gold colored glasses tho

          • CanadaBear

            According to the stats he’s only had one successful one (this year) in 18 tries.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Ferguson can kick-off?

            (JUST kiddin’)

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            I bet TERRY FUCKING WILLIAMS!!!!! can kick the crap out of the ball.

          • Bender McLugh

            Put Unrein in there to kick it

          • Irish Sweetness

            Y’all goin’ be eatin’ humble pie next year …..

          • MB30SD

            he’s miserable at pretty much errathing these days my maings. HeDone!

      • The one thing I can think is they’re trying to improve O’Donnell’s punting finesse, and think having him boot it as hard as he can that often probably won’t help with that.

    • Never got that either. O’Donnel Auto Parts cannot finesse it like Podlesh, but he’s supposed to have a boot, but two different regimes have essentially preferred Gould on KOs for some mysterious reason.

  • BearDown100393

    Both kickers are disposable if need be. And Gould should not be a lock for a roster spot next season.

  • The GP

    liked the progression of Pat O’Donnell as the season moved along

    https://imgflip.com/i/xqhe0

    • Sactowns#1

      Seriously, if you’re going to waste a draft pick on a punter at least make sure he’s good.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Tress Way pretty much out-performed him in that camp but Way was a FA and POD was draft pick, so…

    • MB30SD

      hahahaha

  • CanadaBear

    Couldn’t care less about POD. Punters like him are not hard to find. I’m all for competition at both positions. Robbie had a touchback percentage of 47% this year. I have no idea what is league avg.

  • The GP
    • MB30SD

      Eeeeeew!

      I never got the bucake shots, disgusting. Why in thee fuck do I want to see another dude’s baby batter running down a chicks face/vag/ass/tits?!??!? Instant softie.

  • burntorangenavyblue

    I’m sorry if I can’t understand the wording today, brain is fried…

    So what Jeff is saying that it is bad to have kickoffs land on the 5 yard line? The best special teams have MORE or LESS touchbacks?

    • Scharfinator

      Forcing the other team to touchback is better. Usually if they receive the kick on the 5, they return it further than the 20.

      • SC Dave

        But also provide the opportunity for a turnover, albeit not a large one.

        • MB30SD

          sigh

        • Scharfinator

          Sure, and those numbers might even pay off, but it bucks conventional NFL wisdom.

          I wonder if kicking the kickoffs really high you so you could crush a returner on the catch would be worth the potential field position.

          • SC Dave

            Unlike a punt, they cant just let it go, so who knows? Control would obviously be an issue.

            Maybe Messi could do it.

    • SC Dave
      • Sactowns#1

        Very interesting. NFL is probably the worst at using advanced analytics though. If they did they would never punt. It will probably be a glacial pace but someday in the future teams will stop punting all together.

        • willbest

          Well you probably want to punt at 4th and 10 behind your own 40.

          • Sactowns#1

            No, no you don’t. The simplified version is if you punt from the 5 the other team will still have a 77% chance of scoring vs you having a zero % chance (maybe 2-3% if you include D TD’s) One day it will come, and it will be great!

          • I think Bill and a few other stats guys touched on advanced analytics, something about not putting situations into context enough. Dunno.

            Cuz advanced analytics does advocate going for it on every 4rth, and two-point conversion…the Steelers are kinda doing the latter now, so maybe it’ll happen, but it’ll take a maverick owner/coach. Like Al Davis-Chip Kelly combo.

  • AlbertInTucson

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog
    Eddie Royal fits the Bears offense perfectly when he and other receivers are healthy. Give Royal a pass for 2015. https://twitter.com/k0z9/status/690201515445850113

    Same could be said for Alshon Jeffrey, no?

    • burntorangenavyblue

      How about giving Gould a pass too because this year seems to be a fluke compared to his entire career of being always “Gold”

      • MB30SD

        He wasn’t injured dude, he just sucked for about 4 critical, game losing weeks.

        You’re comparing apples to poop. The guy can’t even kick it into the fucking endzone. We need to get him a fucking stunt double for kick offs. Get a guy who looks exactly like him, but can actually kick it more than fucking 35 yards in the air. smmfh

        more like fucking pyrite bitches

        • MB30SD

          BTW, I’m not angry at you, just pissed the guy can’t reach the fucking endzone. smh

          • burntorangenavyblue

            Haha I know man. It’s all good

        • burntorangenavyblue

          I agree we need to put some competition in camp for kickers and there should be no excuse for his critical moments of when he missed but 2015 is seriously an odd year out for someone like Gould. I’d still like to take my chances on him than anyone else in the league going into next year. This is not a glaring issue next season really.

      • willbest

        Kickers have a lot of life, but maybe he has lost it. Bring in some competition for sure. You have nothing to lose by doing that much. Maybe he rebound. Crosby had an off year. But he has missed critical kicks before, back in 2013. And he was injured for 5 or so games and put on IR in 2014.

        • SC Dave

          This. Emotional reactions to past events that cannot be changed are not compatible with proper decision making.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Confucious or The Dali Lama?

          • Cormonster

            Sun Tzu.

        • I wouldn’t want Crosby either.

      • Gould never kicked it out of the back of the endzone. He missed a few clutch kicks in 2014 too (vs Vikes from memory).

        Fact of the matter is, I no longer TRUST him to make a clutch kick, and given that he can’t kick it out of the back of the endzone is is expensive…time to move on.

  • burntorangenavyblue

    Ugh, this whole race thing is annoying. The industry of movies is predominately white. Now whether there’s an underlying reason for that, who knows? But bottom line is that you cannot complain about it and just be PASSIVE and then people bow down to the whining. Actually get more involved to educate and bring in younger generations on board with the industry. Be involved with the decision-making process of the industry’s awards and recognition bodies. Things like that. I know that I am making it sound simple, but I swear people’s idiotic behaviors would rather make the issues way too complicated.

    Calling the Oscars racist would be akin to calling Russia a racist country because it’s mostly white. It’s an asinine statement. Do something about it. Move there. Act better. Get involved. Try to know thy neighbor rather than assume your neighbor. Make more movies worthy of recognition instead of pandering to the common denominator of issues that is rehashed over and over and over.

    Rant over.

    • Sactowns#1

      If you don’t think Hollywood is racist just look at Ryan Reynolds, Bradley Cooper and Chris Evans. It’s like they all came out of the same Hollywood test tube and they just keep refining the recipe until they get to “Arian”

      • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

        to be fair, Ryan Reynolds has been killing it since he was a young comedic actor on TV in the 90’s. He did take some money roles to be sure but you can’t blame a guy for chasing the money once in a while.

        Cooper in Silver LInings Playbook and A Place Beyond the Pines was pretty damn good.

        • cooper took it in the poop in wet hot american summer. so there’s that.

          • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

            that movie was bizarre but I loved it. Those comedians just sat around writing it and went off the deep end.

          • willbest

            Word is a lot of actors and actresses have to do that to get started.

          • but how many get to take it from michael ian black?

        • MB30SD

          Enough said: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8dmSsObmkM

          And he’s Indian!!!

          One of my favorite scenes… EVAH!

      • burntorangenavyblue

        I could say the same thing for Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, Tyler Perry, and some other one of the same friends that show up in every other of their movies. Like Sandler’s gang

        • Sactowns#1

          Uh….. what?

      • Irish Sweetness

        They’re all Irish Catholics. You think Hollywood is Irish, Sac? Someone explain to me how Molly Ringwald. Matthew Broderick, and Shia LeBoeuf happened.

    • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

      Agreed that it’s tired.
      it’s about financing and performance. Saying there aren’t enough movies with black actors being nominated is like saying there aren’t enough movies with Jason Biggs or Jason London anymore that get noticed. Well, to be honest there aren’t enough movies that make it to the big screen with black actors. There are also too many movies that make it to the big screen with THE SAME white actors. They are hot or the director/producer is hot and the bankability and likelihood of profitability is high.
      When a movie is presented for financing to various investors they look for star power, tax incentives based on shooting location,product placement dollars, domestic and foreign pre-sales, track record of bankability, connections with the theatres, target audience,etc.
      I watched a ton of movies this year and the only actor worthy of even a possible nod was Idris Elba for Beasts of No Nation. Even that movie was limited release, indie driven and hardcore material.
      There were no 12 years A Slave type performances and even David Oyelowo’s performance as Dr. King was not Oscar worthy. This just wasn’t a good year for black performers to be nominated.
      Now, why more minorities aren’t in prime time movies is a completely different story. That’s about getting financing.

    • BearDown100393

      Any artist overly concerned about the subjective opinions of a faceless institution catering to an evening of pure unadulterated self-congratulatory narcissism has long forgotten what really mattered anyway.

      • SC Dave

        Primo!!! Couldn’t possibly put it better.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Actors are a VERY insecure bunch.

        Basically, ALL of them think their most recent role was their LAST and they’ll never work as an actor again.

        • BearDown100393

          Carrot Top!

    • willbest

      Hollywood blacks need to realize that consumers matter. And while politically blacks in the US have a lot of power they are a very small piece of Hollywood

      Hollywood sells about 36.5 BILLION worth of theater tickets worldwide. Here is the breakdown by race/ethnicity
      Blacks – $2 billion (more than half in the US)
      Whites – $15 billion (about 1/3rd in the US)
      Hispanic – $6 billion (about 40% in the US)
      East Asia – $10 billion (about 10% in the US)
      Indian subcontinent – $2 billion
      Rest of Asia/middle east – $1.5 billion

      If anybody should be screaming bloody murder it should be the Chinese/Japanese/Koreans who make up over 25% of Hollywood gross box office but aren’t even represented at the level blacks are.

      As for the specific issue, all these well to do black actors complaining can go F themselves. Putting aside the argument that their performances didn’t merit it. Lets talk about opportunity. Tyler Perry built his empire up from nothing. If they believe in themselves that much, they can do it do, and they have the resources. And if they did, there would most certainly be opportunities for struggling black actors/writers/behind the scenes guys.

      • Sactowns#1

        “Hollywood Blacks” Well… I guess we know where you fit in the political spectrum. Has your “Make America Great Again” hat come in the mail yet?

        • willbest

          Your snark has made me see the light. We should all care that a bunch of multimillionaire blacks aren’t getting a gold plated ken doll because bunch multimillionaire whites don’t feel a need to implement a quota system.

    • Irish Sweetness

      There was what – ten noms for best actor/actress? Didn’t Lupia win an Oscar just a while back? She was pretty black. I’ve seen pretty much most of the movies that would be worthy of consideration this year , and there just was’t whole lot of black actors worthy of a nom this year. Will Smith was okay, but not stellar. He’s not stellar. Spike Lee is never worthy of a nom. Can’t think of a black actress in a movie this year, it was just one of those years. So are they supposed to nominate one per category as a token? That’s 20% given up to unfair ‘positive discrimination’, which is a negative thing.

      And Chris Rock is hosting, the most prominent face of the Oscars, will be black .. .and he will be making whitey jokes, that if a white man made about blacks, they would be called a racist.

  • Bender McLugh

    For those ‘Hawks fans on here, shaping up to be a great game tonight — Blackhawks @ Lightning.

    Kane leads the league in Points, Goals & Assists and Panarin leads all rookies in scoring. Love this team!

    • AlbertInTucson

      12 straight is pretty insane.

      They got out-shot, out-hit and lost the face-offs battle in Nashville Tuesday and still won going away.

  • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

    https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20160121/portage-park/car-registered-lance-briggs-crashed-into-bartending-school-manager
    Oh Briggsy, “I ubered home”
    Yeah, you either Ubered after or you Ubered home then you drove to get T Bell all fucked up and crashed the Porsche.
    Love it.

    • burntorangenavyblue

      Haha I cracked up watching the news story yesterday. Isn’t anything affiliated with Uber like a bad thing nowadays it seems?

    • willbest

      I didn’t realize Briggs was still hanging around Chicago.

      • burntorangenavyblue

        Chicago is his cruel mistress that he cannot be without. And ribs

      • BearDown100393

        Misses the Edens.

    • burntorangenavyblue

      First a Lamborghini, now a Porsche. Any bets or a pool on the next sports car he’s going to wreck in the future?

      • willbest

        Mustang if he is smart and trying to conserve his money.

        • MB30SD

          the new Z1’s are pretty cheap as far as supercars go… and for him it’s pocket change, with enough of the requisite muscle to have a nice messy crash.

          • willbest

            How much do you think he saved from his playing days? He never seemed adverse to selling it. And if he is investing in restaurants that isn’t exactly smart money.

          • MB30SD

            Enough, he had what, 3 very loooocrative deals? He’s set maings. I bet he couldn’t piss it all away if he tried. At the very least I have to imagine he put a % of it away and it’s clocking the 3-5%. Enough to live comfortably on if his fucks the pooch on all his other dumbass investments.

          • SC Dave

            Sure he could.

        • BearDown100393

          Uber.

    • beninnorcal

      Again?!

    • Irish Sweetness

      WTF? Is he a full-on Alco? Two write-offs is no co-inky-dink.

  • MB30SD

    Hey GP, yonny… here you go maings: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdfeXqHFmPI

    There it is. plain and simple. I’m looking for between 5 and 10, but that’s just me.

    • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

      I was explaining that scene to my wife. She listens to my plea of how to get out of the rat race and says simply……”so what you’re saying is that we aren’t getting a new kitchen”.
      I acknowledge that she has opened her word hole and calmly walk over to the cabinet. I pour myself a generous portion of Blanton’s Single Barrell Bourbon……drill it like I’m going in front of a firing squad and tell her that the kitchen can wait until we can tell the mortgage company to sit on a butternut squash.

      • MB30SD

        hahahahahahahahaha…

      • willbest

        Is your mortgage company male or female?

        • BearDown100393

          Transgender. Like Erin.

      • AlbertInTucson

        So, YOU didn’t hit that Powerball jackpot last week…?

        • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

          unbelievably I did not. I’ve been moping around the mortgaged house ever since.

          • MB30SD

            reality bites. fucking marketing.

          • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

            I rage paid the rest of my car the other day before my wife could spend it on something dumb.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Like a new pair of Gucci’s and Coach handbag?

    • That Guy

      They need to show this to every high school senior in America. Like every morning for a year.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Great scene, brutal film. Wahlberg’s character wants shooting in this movie.

  • willbest

    Bills hire first full time female coach. ST quality control
    I bet she has really nice feet.

  • Trac

    So I’m with my daughter at a bank while she’s opening a new account and out walk a rather attractive lady my age. She greets us and walk us to her office and I notice her chair has a packers Logo on it. The first thing I say to her is, “is Vadgers still crying and moaning about the coin flip?”. Hahaha. Let me tell you, all of cheese land is still besides themselves over the coin flip. It’s rather pathetic.

    • Doc Nitty

      Did you actually refer to him as Vadgers?

      • Trac

        Yup and she didn’t bat an eye. Hahaha

        She prolly thought I was paying him a compliment. He he.

    • burntorangenavyblue

      The bigger question is this: Did you remain with that bank?

  • The Yips, aye?
    Well, Gould can Yippity his ass out of here.

    Here’s the thing about the yips. It can’t be evaluated in “competition” in practice or ps.

    I just watched some golf movie with Shia LeDouche, and one of the masters said something along the lines of there’s only two types of golfers – those who can perform under pressure, and those who can’t.

    And pressure can’t be recreated in practice.

    So, bring in another guy. Didn’t the Steelers just sign a guy off the street, and he ended up having a better year than Gould?

    Like I said before. Use one of our 6ths to get the best mule from college and call it a day. Use that Gould $ on something else.

    • Shady

      So let me see… You want to cut Gould, a guy who admittedly had a rough year but has been money clutch purse in the past, and then waste a DRAFT PICK on another kicker? No. Bring in competition if you want. Fine. But let’s not waste another precious draft pick on another kicker.

      • I’m pretty sure we have two 6th rounders. Use the latter one to get the #1K from college (it actually might not even be high enough).

        I’d rather go that route than gamble on UFDAs or retread kickers who are free for a reason.

        But, that’s just me. 6th rounders usually are fodder (didn’t we just trade a 6th for some TE from houston that didn’t play a down?)

        • Shady

          Tell that to Tom Brady.

          (such a d-bag respronse)

          • We’re NOT finding Tom Brady in the 6th.
            There’s a higher probability of Waffle using all his TradeWind $ to buy and win the powerball.

        • That Guy

          We have three 6th rounders.

      • MB30SD

        agree.

        That and no matter what, get someone to do fucking kickoffs and onsides for the fucking guy. He is so turrible at both and should never do another of either for the rest of his short career. mmmmmmkay?

        • Shady

          I have a feeling the league will take away kickoffs altogether.

          • MB30SD

            what in thee fuck have you been smoking today… oh, never mind. I just read your handle.

  • Sactowns#1

    Alright, lets talk cars real quick. If you had to pick one project to restore would it be
    1957 Chevy Truck
    1970 Plymouth Duster
    1978 Trans AM (remember Cali requires smog after 75)

    • 57 Truck. My friend had one of them. Cleans up nice.

      • Sactowns#1

        I used to have one too. I miss it! The duster was just a really good deal and the Trans Am is just really hot right now.

        • Yeah, the 57 chevy truck is nice. Plus, 57 chevy anything never really devalues.
          My friend wanted to sell his other cars, and everyone who came over was throwing $ at that truck, which was not even for sale.

          • MB30SD

            such a hipster.

            I can see you getting out of a teal one with your little beard and black thick-rimmed glasses and strategically placed tats. So LA!

          • Don’t forget the flannels!
            As opposed to your sandal-wearing, tanned, shorts on beach taco tues date SD self!

          • MB30SD

            Hahahahahahahahahaha…

            oh yes, the glorious flannels!

            You should come down to check it out one tuesday. good hunting down here.

          • The GP

            Every day is taco day for MB

    • Doc Nitty

      My dads first truck was a 57 Chevy. He kept it mint. Then when my brother, who was the first born, turned 18, my dad gave it to him. It hurt a little but I understood. Fast forward five years and my brother sold it. Fuck I was pissed.

      • Sactowns#1

        When my Dad was getting sick he sold his 65 Mustang to my uncle. (He passed within the year) After that my uncle rebuilt the engine, new upholstery etc. But kicker is he then gave it the crappiest, cheapest paint job. It runs and sounds great while looking like crap.

    • AlbertInTucson

      My Dad helped my late older brother buy and restore a ’29 Model -A Hardtop Coupe (trunk, no rumble).

      When it first sat in the garage, my younger brother and I used to play “Eliot Ness & The Untouchables” in it.

  • Oh, TE Dwane Allen is gonna be an FA next season? Me likerey.

    Him and Fleener were drafted back-to-back, and I think I liked Allen about as much.

    He’s a much better blocker, and a big red zone target. He’s only 26 too, so he’d be a PERFECT fit for us since he can act more of a blocker while Miller is the receiver, but Allen also can catch. Besides, good insurance policy for Miller.

    Allen should be relatively cheap too.

    Ladarius Green could be an option too, but he’d be way more expensive, and I doubt the Chargers let him walk.

    • That Guy

      I love Allen. Has some injury concerns, but those are mitigated by the fact that he’d be part of a three man group. Biggest question will be the cost. Not so much whether he’s worth the contract as whether we can justify another big contract (together with Bennett) if they’re going to split reps.

      • I don’t think Allen will get much in the open market. In some ways, he has the upside of Bennett but without the drama.
        Like you said, some injuries, plus him splitting reps with Fleener, might drive down his market, but with us, he’d be 1B to Miller’s 1A, insuring each other – but he’d def get his TDs.

        He’s a very good prospect, perhaps better than the top TEs in this draft.

        I can’t believe the Colts would let him go, but they’re not a very good organization these days.

  • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

    http://www.cheatsheet.com/author/jimmie-kaylor/
    Why do I do this to myself? I knew what I was going to get when I clicked on it. I just didn’t think it was going to be so wrong. You have to read this. Please god let me find a way to track down this guy on twitter.

  • Shady

    The Chiefs should fire Andy Reid and promote Dave Toub.

    • MB30SD

      stop that

      • Shady

        It’s true. I read it on the internet.

        • MB30SD

          well then it MUST be the troofs!

        • MB30SD

          little shoot shoot, bang bang tonight? (not the good kinds)

          • Shady

            bang bang!

          • MB30SD

            aww, I’ll start that diet up next week, though.

            Yeeeeahhhh, buuuuuudiieeeeee!

        • Viva has a sport’s column now?

          • MB30SD

            hahahahaha. I loves me some Viva!

            Ooooh Rah!

  • MB30SD

    I had an Erin Vadgers story told to be by a guy I know, who’s childhood friends with erin himself. it’s a good one. want to hear it?

    • Cubsnlinux

      Yes

    • Doc Nitty

      Yes please.

    • burntorangenavyblue

      Ok, so it’s been over 6 hours….either you’re trolling us or……………………………………………..hopefully you’re okay?

  • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

    Here is the article. I can’t let it go. Why does this fucking guy get to breathe air?
    The Bears have a tough decision to make on the future of their current quarterback, Jay Cutler.
    Response – uh, no they fucking don’t. Cutler had one of his best years as a bear with decimated WR corp.
    If they are able to acquire Kaepernick, the decision will be easy.
    Response – uh , no it fucking wouldn’t be. Getting rid of a guy who was the MVP of the team is fucking idiotic especially for what they are paying him and his skill set.
    There is a new coaching regime in Chicago, one that is clearly unsure about Cutler going forward.
    Response – uh, not fucking true. Fox and Gase were impressed with Cutlers performance under difficult circumstances and feel very comfortable with what Cutler did.
    Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase nearly took the 49ers head coaching job earlier this offseason, and is said to be a fan of Kaepernick’s.
    Response – Gase is the coach of the motherfucking Dolphins you fucking twit.
    While there may not be much of an upgrade in terms of overall performance, swapping Kaepernick for Cutler would help the new Bears staff rebuild their toxic locker room environment.
    Response – what in the fuck are you talking about? Am i missing something? Is it still November of 2014?????
    I want this fucking guy to die of untreated Syphilis

    • MB30SD

      I think you should write to him and suggest that before he write an article about the bears, that he at the very least watch at minimum, one game. just one.

      He very obviously got tasked with writing about a team he didn’t spend 10 seconds following. ridiculous.

      • Cutty of Mt. Olivet Nazarene

        but I want to actually hurt him…not badly but I want to make him feel pain. Someone needs to fucking shame this tool.

        Why am I so mad that this guy gets to write fucking articles about football??

        • MB30SD

          and I know just the man to do it.

          on second thought, he’s not worth it. ; )

    • Doc Nitty

      Holy shit. I’m glad I stopped by tonight. I’ve already laughed twice.

    • Cubsnlinux

      Holy shit. Is that Mike Wilbon? For some unknown reason Wilbon hates Cutler.

      • Wilbon is from chicago, of course he hates Cutler!

        • MB30SD

          fat cunt

          • AlbertInTucson

            If that is Wilbon, I am extremely disappointed.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Just … wow. Did an alien write that?

  • willbest

    Jay Cutler’s wife was apparently was in a car accident and has been taken to the hospital. She is doing well and is expected to be discharged before too long. Whereabouts Lance Briggs are unknown.

    • Doc Nitty

      Hahahaha

      • MB30SD

        doood. did you get your papers or what… your jetpack license that is?

        • Doc Nitty

          Well you see it’s like this. My four year old seems to have lost the remote. He said, in tears, “I just wanted to put it somewhere safe dad”

          “OK but where?” I reply. Patiently.

          “I just wanted to put it it somewhere safe because it’s special.”, he expounds.

          It goes on like this and on like this.

          “Did you accidentally break it and you’re afraid to tell daddy?” I plead.

          It gets nowhere. He either can’t remember or he put in the wood stove. We’ve looked for days. So no. No jet pack license yet.

          • MB30SD

            ; (

          • Irish Sweetness

            Just like that quarter ounce of Lebanese gold seal I once purchased. Rolled one joint off that sucker and then couldn’t find it. Maybe the finest smoke I ever had. Tore the room apart looking for it. I think it went in the fire. SMH.

            Quit ciggies and weed last month. The ATM machine must live for as long as he can.

    • burntorangenavyblue

      Is she gonna get a tetanus…..oh wait, never mind, wah wah

  • MB30SD

    need some help tonight.

    Straight outta Compton (bitches) or Black Mass?

    • Straight Outta Yo Black Mass

      • MB30SD

        that’s not at all helpful ginter (that’s a hipster name right?)

    • Cormonster

      Thanks for the Sicario recommendation. Very good movie. I hadn’t even heard about it until you mentioned it and Trac said he liked it.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Black Mass was okay – Depp’s contact lenses distracted me though – kinda creepy. Haven’t seen the other one. The Big Short is unmissable, make sure you see that. The Revenant, too. As an entrepreneur you might like ‘Joy’.

      • MB30SD

        Thanks maing. Picked SOC, was a bit long and slow, but brought back a Lotta high school memories.

        Ice cubes son is really good and looks exactly fucking like him

  • Trac
  • The GP

    Hey Butch –

    You mentioned that you thought ‘The Wall’ was somewhat a reaction to England’s own Nazi-aligned tendencies. I just read something in a book called Rebel Rock: The Politics of Pop Music

    http://www.amazon.com/Rebel-Rock-Politics-Popular-Music/dp/0631143459

    Get this. In ’68, no less than Eric Clapton goes on this coke inspired rant. See if you recognize the lyrics to “In The Flesh” here in Clapton’s rant:

    Do we have any foreigners in the audience tonight? If so, please put up your hands. Wogs I mean, I’m looking at you. Where are you? I’m sorry but some fucking wog…Arab grabbed my wife’s bum, you know? Surely got to be said, yeah this is what all the fucking foreigners and wogs over here are like, just disgusting, that’s just the truth, yeah. So where are you? Well wherever you all are, I think you should all just leave. Not just leave the hall, leave our country. You fucking (indecipherable). I don’t want you here, in the room or in my country. Listen to me, man! I think we should vote for Enoch Powell. Enoch’s our man. I think Enoch’s right, I think we should send them all back. Stop Britain from becoming a black colony. Get the foreigners out. Get the wogs out. Get the coons out. Keep Britain white. I used to be into dope, now I’m into racism. It’s much heavier, man. Fucking wogs, man. Fucking Saudis taking over London. Bastard wogs. Britain is becoming overcrowded and Enoch will stop it and send them all back. The black wogs and coons and Arabs and fucking Jamaicans and fucking (indecipherable) don’t belong here, we don’t want them here. This is England, this is a white country, we don’t want any black wogs and coons living here. We need to make clear to them they are not welcome. England is for white people, man. We are a white country. I don’t want fucking wogs living next to me with their standards. This is Great Britain, a white country, what is happening to us, for fuck’s sake? We need to vote for Enoch Powell, he’s a great man, speaking truth. Vote for Enoch, he’s our man, he’s on our side, he’ll look after us. I want all of you here to vote for Enoch, support him, he’s on our side. Enoch for Prime Minister! Throw the wogs out! Keep Britain white!

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/7351610.stm

    • Doc Nitty

      Very interesting. I love that you love Floyd the way I do. I seem to never meet fellow floydheads.

      • The GP

        I always get choked up watching Gilmour play Remember a Day in memorial of Rick Wright – and what a good song it was

        • The GP


          Remember a day before today
          A day when you were young.
          Free to play alone with time
          Evening never came.
          Sing a song that can’t be sung
          Without the morning’s kiss
          Queen – you shall be it if you wish
          Look for your king
          Why can’t we play today
          Why can’t we stay that way
          Climb your favorite apple tree
          Try to catch the sun
          Hide from your little brother’s gun
          Dream yourself away
          Why can’t we reach the sun
          Why can’t we blow the years away
          Blow away
          Blow away
          Remember
          Remember

          • Irish Sweetness

            Ooooh, echoes of ‘Time’ :

            Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day
            Fritter and waste the hours in an offhand way.
            Kicking around on a piece of ground in your home town
            Waiting for someone or something to show you the way.

            Tired of lying in the sunshine staying home to watch the rain.
            You are young and life is long and there is time to kill today.
            And then one day you find ten years have got behind you.
            No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun.

            So you run and you run to catch up with the sun but it’s sinking
            Racing around to come up behind you again.
            The sun is the same in a relative way but you’re older,
            Shorter of breath and one day closer to death.

            Every year is getting shorter; never seem to find the time.
            Plans that either come to naught or half a page of scribbled lines
            Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way
            The time is gone, the song is over,
            Thought I’d something more to say.

            Home
            Home again
            I like to be here
            When I can

            When I come home
            Cold and tired
            It’s good to warm my bones
            Beside the fire

            Far away
            Across the field
            The tolling of the iron bell
            Calls the faithful to their knees
            To hear the softly spoken magic spell

          • Doc Nitty

            I had to do a writing assignment my freshman year of college where we had to analyze song lyrics pertaining to life. That was the song I used. So perfect. I was so proud of that essay and just like my remote control and your joint, it was never to be seen again. I was pissed when the bitch gave me an A -. The Nerve!

        • Cormonster

          Saucerful of Secrets, Obscured by Clouds, Meddle, and The Final Cut are all great Floyd albums that seem to get overlooked by some fans.

          Are you going to any of the David Gilmour shows in Chicago? The one at Auditorium Theater seems to be the one I would shoot for if I could go.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I love the way that there are Floyd albums for different periods of your life.

          • Doc Nitty

            Disagree on the Final Cut. But yeah. How about the rare old movie soundtracks they did? Obscured by Clouds is one. There’s also More and Zabriskie Point. All low budget sci-fi or hippy films.

      • I love the Floyds too!
        Weren’t we gonna start up a Floyd cover band that plays corporate gigs?

        GP had a bunch of cool names for the band lol

      • Cormonster

        One of my favorite regional bands has done a couple Animals tribute shows. Check out this version of your favorite Floyd song. I think you’ll dig it. Spot on.

        • Doc Nitty

          Good memory, my friend. I’ll listen to that today. How you doing, mate?

    • Holy shit. All Clapton needed was the shaved eyebrows!

      Damn. Can I listen to a Clapton song ever again without remembering that rant?
      Answer, no.

      I also learned a new word “wog”. Irish, care to enlighten us?

      Is it like “groovy” – an old term that is no longer in use (unless you’re an English Nazi grandpa)?

      • MB30SD

        Means non-white folk. Also used in the colonies. Not a nice term (and your new nickname)

    • BillW

      Wow! Not very groovy.

    • Irish Sweetness

      1. If it’s true that he said that – and I highly doubt that it is – it was 1976 according to the BBC article.
      2. I hear the same rhetoric about Muslims on Fox news today (minus the profanity). WE know what Judge Jeanie is really getting at.

      • Cormonster

        Turn that shit off Irish! Cable news shows are toxic to the brain and are known to lower one’s IQ.

        • Irish Sweetness

          I’ve got that or Al Jazeera. BBC World is an hour of programming repeated 24 times.

          • Cormonster

            Well, I guess they really aren’t much worse than the mainstream news channels. Those are filled with lies and distortions on a daily basis too. I’ve been called many times by local news outlets for interviews and I always refuse. Most TV journalists have zero ethics.

  • That Guy

    So I’m curious from the blog folk. We all seem pretty disciplined in our lotto fantasies – pay off a house, invest in the market, blah blah blah.

    There was a fun film called Brester’s Millions, where the premise was “spend $30M in 30 days.” There were some caveats about charitable donations, intentionally destroying assets, etc. but the idea was, you start with $30M and you have to be dead broke within 30 days. I figure that’s probably $300M in today’s money.

    So I lay the challenge out for the blog. Using the rules from the film itself, how would you spend $300M if it had be to all gone within 30 days. No assets remaining, no intentional destruction, no big charitable contributions. Prize goes to the one with the funnest plan (so no “I’d buy all the milk and bread I could find and let it go bad in the fridge”).

    • willbest

      EPIC PRIVATE PARTY
      $2-3 million on the most expensive booze ever. I am talking $80,000 bottles of scotch, $100,000 bottles of wine, etc.
      $1 million on 4-5 Instagram hookers ….err… models
      $295 million to get us into space and rent the International Space Station for some zero G boffings.
      Oh and probably going to want to bring along some pharmacological help because time would be limited.

      • That Guy

        I was unimpressed till I saw the trip to space. Well played.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Fly all of the top scientists on the planet to one city, Have brainstorming think-tanks on each of their disciplines and see how many problems or ideas can be solved or brought to fruition in that time with all the cash inside a month.

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