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With Free Agency Only Ten Days Away…

| February 29th, 2016

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Here are five thoughts on the Bears possible approach.

(1) Go get Eric Weddle. Why?

  • Antrel Rolle is shot and has been for some time. (Even when he wasn’t shot, he couldn’t cover anybody.)
  • Weddle may come with a significant yearly price tag but at thirty-one years old the length of the contract will most likely be tolerable.
  • Weddle can bring toughness, versatility and leadership to a secondary desperate for all three.
  • Adrian Amos already has the best secondary coach in the NFL. Line up Weddle beside him and you’ll see his development expedited.

(2) The Bears targeted Pernell McPhee quickly a year ago and landed their man. Would they do so again? Yes. Because adding Malik Jackson to their defensive line will turn around their poor rush defense almost immediately. There’s concern, of course, because paying defensive linemen has bitten several clubs in the ass. But you have to spend all that cap space somewhere, don’t you?

(3) The Bears should go into 2016 with Charles Leno and Kyle Long as their starting tackles. Both showed enough a year ago to warrant another season at those positions. But don’t be surprised if they look to free agency for a tough presence in the middle of the line. Is Alex Boone a great guard? No. But he’s got some badass in him. And he shouldn’t be too expensive.

(4) Nobody scares me more than Bruce Irvin and any team paying him like a premier pass rusher is missing one thing: he’s not a premier pass rushers. With the talent assembled all across the Seahawks defense, how does Irvin defend having only 22 sacks in four years?

(5) No player is a better buy low commodity right now than Bills’ linebacker Nigel Bradham. Bradham was one of the most underrated players in the NFL in 2014 under defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz but seemed to be a non-fit for Rex Ryan in 2015. From the Buffalo News:

The analytics website Pro Football Focus ranked Bradham 79th out of 94 qualified linebackers in 2015, with an overall grade of minus -15.9, down from a grade of 3.6 in 2014. Bradham had five games with a grade of minus -2.3 or worse and just two at 1.0 or better. He registered just nine total pressures on 87 pass-rush attempts, according to PFF, just five of which came after Week One.

He was also second on the team with nine missed tackles and ranked 25th out of 33 qualified outside linebackers in a 4-3 scheme with a 5.9 run-stop percentage. Bradham had 14 “stops” – which are defined as preventing a successful offensive play, depending on down and the distance needed for a first down – in 237 snaps. Last year, he had 27 such stops in 326 snaps.

Bradham is going be a value for someone in 2016.

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  • Irish Sweetness

    Foist.

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      interesting that American culture/pastimes/entertainment is what you think of why the US is great. I guess I never really asked someone that wasn’t an immigrant what they thought of the US.

      • MikeBrownhadaPosse

        It kind of makes me sad.

        • MB30SD

          In reality… we’ve lost it.

          • Trac

            Slaves….evra one of us.

            #zietgiest

          • Doc Nitty

            I don’t know if you’re being ironic or not. But if not, Trac my man, we are slowly starting to speak the same language.

          • Trac

            It’s a sham doc. I’m particularly referring to a dishonest banking/one world government that’s causing evra man woman and child to be born into slavery/debt.

          • That Guy

            I think the American focus on consumerism and credit is a problem. I don’t think the cultural references Irish made have to be wrapped up in those things.

            I haven’t taken my kids to a Bears game because I don’t have an interest in spending $1000 for one afternoon. Maybe when I can spend that without feeling it, but not right now. I watch the games on the television. I don’t have a closet full of Bears gear, but I have a couple of items.

            I can enjoy American culture without breaking the bank to do it.

          • Trac

            The thing that’s great about America is that it’s the best country in the world to be a slave in. We know how to party. Woo hoo. 😉

          • BillW

            Not to mention the occasional Boobie Friday. (Not that I partake, but I do celebrate the freedom of others to do so.)

          • Trac

            Jess, the spirit of Balaam lives on in America.

          • I’m the same. I’ll let others buy spinners and bling and brand new cars that depreciate right when it’s driven off the floor.

            I’ll stick to my pabst and PS3…

          • SC Dave

            This!

          • Most agree on the problem.

            Just don’t ask Trac what his solution is (rhymes with Rump).

      • Irish Sweetness

        I had to be honest and respectful. Things like politics, foreign policy, all-you-can-at-buffets … would elicit a different response. I forgot literature actually, that’s a big one.
        From Dr. Seuss, to Stephen king, to John Irving to the most talented – Henry Miller. Blake, Hawthorne, Thoreau, Whitman, Twain. America has the best writers. That was a terrible omission now that I think of it. I should correct that.

    • Trac

      Irish, I was really hoping to find at least one reference to Roswell, NM. Very disappointed. 🙁

      • Huge Bear’s Penis

        at the very least, since he was going all cultural, a reference to shows like ‘X Files’ or ‘Unsolved Mysteries’

        • Sactowns#1

          I think “In Search of” with Leonard Nimoy would be more fitting.

    • MB30SD

      Well written. Good read lad!

    • BillW

      Loved reading this. Yes – all cultural references. And I think that captures the spirit of America. Let me explain why.

      The greatest part of America in my mind is the promise that everyone can simply relax and enjoy life. That to me sums up the terror of 9/11. It looked like in one day it was all going to be taken away.

      One thing I read when trying to find out the “why” behind it was that the extremists hated America for the symbols of excess. One example, besides the twin towers, was Disney World. I love Disney World. I love the idea that (though you pay plenty) you can have a safe and enjoyable family vacation. What’s so wrong with that?

      Well, the terrorists, as I read, felt we’re not living as we should. We should be serving mankind in honor of God/Allah.

      Irish highlights what I concluded after a lot of thought after 9/11. Building a society where everyday life was for living in fact IS honoring God. Life is precious – maybe even unique to this planet. Not enjoying this gift would be incredibly disrespectful to the Giver – like being given an expensive car and keeping it in the garage.

      The fact that a man born in Ireland could see that simply shows the power of America.

      God Bless America indeed!

      • Trac

        Did you lose a bet as well? Just sayin…

        • BillW

          It touched me.

      • Irish Sweetness

        I’d like to thank New Bear/That Guy for the opportunity. When my only intersection with a place is its system of politics/money foreign policy, it can seem as if I don’t like the place or people, and I do. Accentuate the positives. Look at things thru the eyes of love … or fear, as Bill Hicks used to say.

        • Sactowns#1

          All is yellow to the jaundiced eye.

    • Doc Nitty

      Fuckin A, Irish. Well done, mang.

    • Doc Nitty

      Did Thin Lizzy not speak to you, Irish?

      • CanadaBear

        Rory Gallagher! Old School. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33Jaodra7AY

        • SC Dave

          One of my favs back in high school.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Absolutely, and the guitarist was American! Just trying to downplay Irish bands :o) Phil is the real rock legend in Ireland, not Bono. I visited his grave and met his mother – she visits it every day. He’s buried just down from my grandparents, in a graveyard where no grave is allowed to have anything above ground – except his, which is a shrine. Respect.

    • CanadaBear

      I almost gave ya a snappy salute! You’re a good sport Irish! This needs a soundtrack with Brendan Gleeson reading it. Possibly running this in the background. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56SAxtf-RTg

    • Sactowns#1

      Very well done sir. Slainte!

    • That Guy

      Well done sir! Pleasure doing business with you.

      • Trac

        Jess, and let me use this bully pulpit to remind evra fantasy football participant on da blog to continue to black ball your trade offers. Hee hee.

      • DaMurph

        Did he really author that piece? Ha!

      • Irish Sweetness

        Like said above, thanks for the chance. It was needed, I think.

        Althogh yiz are all fuckin’ Irish anyway!

    • Ososfan

      Irish for President! You Da man!

  • The GP, Chairman of the Bored

    MB –

    They are bringing back the 911R. The flat-6 4.0 with a stick.

    http://www.motorauthority.com/news/1029090_2017-porsche-911-r-leaked-a-gt3-rs-sans-the-slushbox-wing

    IMHO, a much better car than the GT3RS which is a track car. This car is streetable.

    The ’67 911R is in my Top 10 wishlist.

    https://digitaldtour.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/dsc_0285-version-2.jpg

  • MB30SD

    ***GASP!!!***

    He… drank…. Alcohol!!!! At a…. NIGHTCLUB!!!!!

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2620520-video-emerges-of-johnny-manziel-allegedly-drinking-alcohol-at-miami-nightclub?utm_source=cnn.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=editorial

    Isn’t that what you do at a nightclub? And btw, why is erraone so shocked this dumpsterfire is still an addict?!? Can he be gone from the NFL already please. Tired of it all.

    • Scharfinator

      But you get to be MORE offended if its on video!!!

      • MB30SD

        Bonus!

        Not at all offended. There’s already plenty of evidence the kid’s a massive asshole.

    • Trac

      Don’t you have to be drinking to be able to listen to that crappy music? Just sayin.

      • Doc Nitty

        Now you know why alcoholism is rampant.

      • CanadaBear

        I didn’t even watch the clip and up voted that Trac.

        • Trac

          Hahaha. Yeah man, it was brutal. Lol

        • SC Dave

          Ditto, Canada. Ditto.

      • MB30SD

        Yes

  • BillW

    And by the way, Alshon still hasn’t been tagged. (Not that he won’t be, but he hasn’t been and certainly wasn’t on Friday. Really, I expected better from Jeff. At least admit you were premature in making that proclamation.

    Tom Skilling predicts snow tonight and tomorrow. I believe he is right. That doesn’t mean it’s snowing now.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Blogfather was just relaying what what Adam “I’m being sued because my journalistic eithics are questionable” Schefter “reported” but the Skilling analogy is no less valid.

      • Big Mike
        • BillW

          “The Chicago Bears applied their franchise tag to wide receiver Alshon Jeffery on Monday.”

          Monday, not last Friday.

          • Big Mike

            Adam Scheffler had an inside source and reported it on ESPN. He’s pretty reliable.

          • BillW

            Yes – and in fact Scheffler said they WILL apply the tag, not that they did. But it’s pretty clear that distinction is meaningless to a large portion of people these days.

          • BillW

            Last post on the subject – I swear. Literally no one understood my simple point – Jeff’s headline said he was tagged when he wasn’t.

          • CanadaBear

            Everyone understands your point Bill! It’s not that deep.

          • Irish Sweetness

            It should have had a question mark at the end of it, Bill, yes. I agree.

          • Big Mike

            Semantics Bill. It’s like you’re looking for argument. The point I took from it was that the Bears would have Alshon next year. A big piece of the puzzle and some insight into our GM.

      • BillW

        I think it’s a bit more that relaying Schefter. His Friday piece was titled “Tagged”. Not “Tagged(?)”. Not “All But Tagged”. Or even “Tagged (reportedly)”.

        I think Jeff considers himself part of the new media. I also think he objects when the old media criticizes the new for being reckless. (Esp since the old media is very reckless at times.)

        Saying something has has happened just because you expect it to happen is not a good writing – old or new media style. Not even acknowledging the point is worse.

        Tomorrow, (or later today) assuming Jeffrey is tagged, I sure hope Jeff doesn’t come on and say “See – I was right!”.

        He wasn’t tagged Friday. It’s just that simple.

        • Huge Bear’s Penis

          wow! what is this like the 12th or 13th post in the past several days, where you are pointing this out? signs point to someone starting to border on apocalyptic douchebaggery. Jesus FUCKING Christ! it’s a franchise tag not big news, we all expected it to happen.

    • Big Mike
      • BillW

        Not at all unexpected. My point was clear – he wasn’t tagged when Jeff said he was.

        • BillW

          That report came out after my post of 4 hours ago.

          I guess in today’s world, if you think something is going to happen, it’s OK to say it already did because after it eventually it will have already happened.

          After all, what IS time?

          • SC Dave

            For that matter what is “is”? Clinton brought us an enigmatic definition of that as I recall.

  • Sactowns#1
    • BillW

      Tell me about it. And yet the Republicans seem to be doing all they can to make sure it happens.

      I can’t imagine America electing a man who won’t repudiate support from the KKK. If he wins the nomination, Hillary will be our next president

      • Sactowns#1

        Lets just all hope Bernie Sanders gets the nomination and we don’t have to see either of those terrible options in the White House.

        • Johnnywad

          Bernie? You must not be paying attention Sac. That race is already over.

          • The machine already nominated Hillary since Mr. Clinton won the whitehouse.

            I’m sure they’re all smoking cigars at the annual ‘rulers of the world’ party.

            Still gotta hold out hope.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            hmmm, cigars and Clinton in the same post… i hope they are just smoking them as you say.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I always wondered why she stuck by her man. Now we know. A seat at the table.

          • Sactowns#1

            The reports of Bernie’s demise have been greatly exaggerated.

          • willbest

            He lost by 50 points in South Carolina. Hillary is going to mop the floor with him on Super Tuesday. And then its off to another set of states that have large minority populations.

        • willbest

          No thanks. I have had enough unaccomplished activists turn Senator to last a life time. Besides Bernie is an utter pussy. He was powerless to stop some BLM parasites from taking over his rally (twice now actually). If he can’t command a room, sure as hell can’t command an army.

          • Sactowns#1

            I thought he did the right thing in that case. In fact I would love if our foreign policy was “war only as a last resort”

          • willbest

            If you don’t project strength you invite war. He surrendered his position to them. He legitimized a bully that usurped a platform he built for their own.

          • Irish Sweetness

            No money for the smoking men in that scenario.

          • The GP, Chairman of the Bored

            Speaking of losing control – here’ s a fun fact:

            See these bad boys?

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/9K32_Strela-2

            Qaddafi, who feared a coup so much he didn’t really have a formal army, he just had his personal police force – he stockpiled a warehouse in the desert with 20,000 of those.

            Twenty THOUSAND.

            And when it all fell apart, the warehouse was looted and they all vanished.

            And – the truly mad part – nobody is really 100% certain who did it or where they are all at.

          • willbest

            Yeah… the more I read about the middle east the more I am appalled at the decisions. We should have walled the damn thing off after the fall of the Ottoman Empire and waited for them to sort it out on their own.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            But there are no do-overs.
            So what now?

          • willbest

            I don’t know… But the first rule of holes seems apt to me.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            OK – so in practical terms, vis a vis the Middle East, what does that mean?

          • SC Dave

            My vote would be to stay the hell out, and make sure the Israelis have plenty of ammunition.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            That would certainly accelerate things.

          • I would like that too, but can you stomach Iran with nuclear weapons?
            Then Israel would have to go in, and we all know what happens next.

          • Irish Sweetness

            (looks both ways)

            He gave a bunch of those to the IRA in the Eighties. They bought a bunch of M50 Barrat rifles in Texas and had them posted to Ireland in parts. The result was that Crossmaglen and Cullyhanna (two small villages in South Armagh on the border) jumped to the top of the SAS no-fly zone, Beirut was second. The British army wouldn’t even drive on the roads, so it was the only area in Northern Ireland that had zero military presence. No helicopter. No soldiers. Nothing. I remember driving up to Cullyhanna as a teenager for a funeral and there wasn’t a soldier to be seen. You’d think you were in the south.

      • willbest

        What would sufficient repudiation look like? I mean what could Trump say where the media would go “yeah, he is no racist, just an asshole”.

        I mean he called for the deportation of 11 million Hispanics. So he is now and forever after a racist. So what difference, at this point, does it make?

        Bear in mind I am not, as of yet, supporting the guy. I will see if Rubio/Cruz gets eliminated tomorrow before I make my final decision. But I am very much a political pragmatist and if Repudiating or Apologizing is a neutral or a negative in the vote getting department I have to question the sanity behind it even if there is a moral justification for it.

        • MikeBrownhadaPosse

          Anything more than “I don’t know who the guy is” would be a start.

          • BillW

            Especially when there is ample evidence of him knowing who the guy is.

            There is a theory (that has no real basis IMO) that Trump wants to run for President but doesn’t actually want to BE President.

          • willbest

            What if you don’t though. And yes I know Trump called him a racist bigot back in 2000, but hell I don’t even remember who I insulted 16 years ago and I do it far less often than Trump does. And people can in theory change. At least that is what we are told of former clansman Robert Byrd.

            Don’t take my world for it. Here are Hillary’s

            “Senator Byrd was a man of surpassing eloquence and nobility…… It is almost impossible to imagine the United States Senate without Robert Byrd. He was not just its longest serving member, he was its hear, its soul, and its historian. From my first day in the Senate, I sought out his guidance, and he was always generous with his time and
            his wisdom. I admired his tireless advocacy for his West Virginia constituents, his fierce defense of the Constitution and the traditions of the Senate, and his passion for a government that improves the lives of the people it serves.”

            I suppose there is always the pope dodge. When he was asked about Trump he replied something along the lines of “If it is as you say, then such a man is not Christian. But I do not know if it is as you say”.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            Byrd was a member in the mid-1940’s in West Virginia and apologized for his membership over a nearly 60 year span afterwards.
            Duke is…well, it’s pretty obvious who he is and what he believes now. In 2016.
            Not the best argument you can propose.
            Why are you defending him on this? I don’t get it.

          • willbest

            Because nobody makes the dems disavow their racists. And I dislike unlevel playing fields.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            Really? Byrd’s been dead for how long? And you don’t think he took heat over the years for his old Southern racist crap?
            At best that’s a false equivalency, and still doesn’t explain why you would defend Trump now. It’s not like Hillary is getting his endorsement from beyond the grave.

          • willbest

            You mean like how she is actively courting Al Sharpton’s endorsement? Or how she has George Takei’s endorsement. But no wait, Takei is sorry he called Thomas a clown in blackface all of 6 months ago so I guess he isn’t a racist anymore. But then a couple one off public racist remarks doesn’t make you a racist judging by the Reid, Biden, and Clinton (both of them) standards. Well Reid and Biden have a few each so you get more than one.

          • It’s different getting votes from some folks who happen to make racist remarks or are maybe perceived as borderline racists, than to court votes from the KKK.

            I mean, Kramer made some pretty stupid remarks once upon a time, but that doesn’t mean he’s burning crosses or screaming white power.

          • willbest

            court votes? When did not disavowing something become the same as showing up at clan rallies together?

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            OK, I’ve read that three times. Can you restate the point?

          • willbest

            I listed 5 racists including her husband. None of them have been repudiated by Hillary. And in fact 2 weeks ago she met with confirmed anti-Semite Al Sharpton to get his endorsement.

            Chris Rock just said 2 days ago that Hollywood is full of racists. So when Hillary swings through tinsel town to pick up another $10 million in donations she is going to be actively courting racists.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            You’re comparing George Takei’s dumb remark with an avowed white supremacist and his organizatoin?
            C’mon.

          • willbest

            Thank you. I just wanted to see you defend racism. that is all I needed to know.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            not sure he was defending racism as much as he was calling out your stupid logic.

          • willbest

            Takei has a larger following than David Duke. But beyond that he skipped over Al Sharpton. I guess it makes people uncomfortable having to discuss a man whose racism cost innocent people their lives.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            You threw all the names out there. I’m not defending Sharpton, can’t stand him…but again, comparing him with David Duke? Really?

          • willbest

            I don’t know. Does David Duke have Al Sharpton’s body count?

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            First, I assume you’re talking about the Crown Heights riots?

          • willbest

            odd you have to ask. But I suppose there are a bunch to choose from. The arson that killed seven although that happened enough time after he was race agitating in the area. And then while not murder he destroyed the life of a guy with the whole Brawley thing. That the guy got money for suing him (most no doubt had to go to the lawyer) is of small comfort when it cost him years of mental anguish and I think a marriage.

            I don’t know why you won’t admit Sharpton is a racist, because he clearly is. And he clearly has zero issue with violence as a response to perceived injustice whether real or not. I don’t think he has ever come to the defense of whites, Jews, Mexicans, and he is often very very wrong in his support of African American causes. Even if you say well he is just a parasite that appears racist, he isn’t actually a racist, does it really make a difference? Hasn’t he caused far and away more harm to society than David Duke? So why shouldn’t good people demand he be disvowed with every bit as much vigor?

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            Really?

          • Irish Sweetness

            Ah, Peaches ….

        • Irish Sweetness

          And he gets a bigger Hispanic vote than Rubio and Cruz! That’s classic.

          • willbest

            Mexicans don’t like Cubans. Plus the Mexicans that are here a significant minority of them, don’t want competition any more than the rest of us.

    • The GP, Chairman of the Bored

      I figured when the rebels pulled Qaddafi out of a sewer drain, already bruised and shaken from the fact his 75 vehicle convoy was decimated by Predator hellfires and a strafing run from a French Rafale’, that the shit was going to come down hard.

      Once the video surfaced of rebels dragging Qaddafi in shock off the back of a pickup and then somebody puts the butt of his gun to his head, and there he is in the video blood toiling down the side of his head – he’s already got the 1000 yard stare of a man who knows he is taking his last breaths on the planet, and then the western press refused to show the video from there (I think they just threw him on the ground and beat him to death) – then it was pretty obvious that Libya was a full on shit storm.

      Benghazi happened and when Hetherington (Director of Restrepo) caught a RPG in Misrata – you knew the nation was in chaos. Hetherington did 4 tours of Taliban country in Afghanistan and yet was caught out in Libya by a rebel attack. Nobody knew who was on what side there, and the place went to hell, and Clinton washed her hands of it – Obama made her step down as SoS – and then Obama was not about to put boots down there as well – so it just fell into chaos and the terror organizations set up shop.

      Whole thing was massively massively fucked over. Qaddafi turned over the Pan Am terrorists, he was doing deals with the CIA for years preceding, and they fucking took him down once he couldn’t keep his grip.

      On the heels of having a giant show trial for Saddam where they sentence him by giving him over to Sunnis and letting him swing from a rope at Camp Justice (US Mil Base), and that cell phone footage of him swinging leaked – after all that noise – to show them pulling Qaddafi out of a sewer and kicking him to death – it really felt like nobody was home on US Foreign Policy.

      • Trac

        You would be a great author. Very talented writer.

        • Irish Sweetness

          I think he looks like Phillip Seymour Hoffman in Charlie Wilson’s War. Smoking too much, and swallowing quaaludes in whiskey.

      • Don’t forget that they sodomized Qaddafi with a bayonet.

        Don’t remember seeing that drill in Full Metal Jacket.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Although I can imagine R Lee Ermey doing the bayoneting.

      • Irish Sweetness

        I felt sorry for Ghaddafi and Sadaam in their final moments. I don’t feel justified by an eye for an eye. I’m with Jesus on that one. I was holed up in a hotel room, and was sickened to watch Sadaam drop live on TV. Kids could have been watching that. It was disgusting.

        And all their deaths produced was an unstable region and two ruined nations.

        • MikeBrownhadaPosse

          Him being executed after an actual trial was possibly the only thing we got right.
          It was, if you omit the whole invasion from the list, the disbanding of the Iraqi army and the completely understaffed civil service mission that created what we have now.
          A failed state.

          • Irish Sweetness

            But on TV, at lunch time, where kids can see it?

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            You know how time zones work, right?

    • Trac

      That’s the blueprint right there.
      1. Fund a rebellion if said dictator doesn’t play ball.
      2. Try to make the countries population fight each other to cause as much infrastructure damage as possible.
      3. Fund and plug in the most useful puppet dictator.
      4. Lend truckloads of money to finance foreign companies to rebuild the infrastructure.
      5. Plunder the natural resources at basement bargain prices.
      6. Repeat steps 1-5 after the puppet dictator wise up.

    • “One grateful student pointed out the gallows where anti-Qaddafi protesters had been hanged, while others wondered what the United States might do to help win the peace.

      “We know what the U.S. can do with bombs,” one student told Mr. Koh. “What else can you do?”

      ——–

      Yes, that is THE question, isn’t it?

      What else can the US do in this century besides bomb and destabilize regions while possibly creating more potent threats.

      • Sactowns#1

        Bingo. Unfortunately helping the citizens doesn’t line the pockets of your political benefactors as quickly.

        • willbest

          It also doesn’t work in that region because if you help the Montagues you have pissed off the Capulets

          • Irish Sweetness

            How many football blog comment sections drop Shakespearean references that everyone reading the section will get, and think nothing of, in between bang-on Middle-East analysis and thoughts on the space-time continuum and the latest advances in Quantum Mechanics ?

    • Big Mike

      You could say the same about Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan. We blew shit up and left a mess.

      • Sactowns#1

        And guess who was there to vote for invasion? Hillary never saw a war she didn’t like. Gotta pay back those millions somehow right?

        • Big Mike

          I don’t believe she was. During her entire tenure at state, the US was trying to extricate itself from the wars started by Bush/Cheney. Pushed through Congress based on what? A blatant lie about WMDs? But yeah, let’s worry about some emails.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Probably just because that’s what the Republican administrations were doing. Had they being trying to get out, the Democrats would be shouting ‘lock n load!’.

          • Big Mike

            I had a big long response typed out. I deleted it. Politics doesn’t belong here. Be well Irish.

          • Irish Sweetness

            But from the outside it just looks like two guys fighting, and nothing gets done. Nothing.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Imagine all the promises she’s made since hubby was in the White House.

      • I think the US is still stuck in some Marshall plan utopia.

        Oh, look at Germany and Japan after they were defeated…well, that was 60 years ago, and neither Germany nor Japan had ancient competing tribal factions that would destroy whatever democratic vision any leader would harbor.

        The way I see it, the Middle East is essentially Mad Max.

        Good luck trying to impose western civilization institutions and values to that landscape.

        And as in Mad Max, usually only cruel dictators can keep a semblance of order through utter oppression and fear, kinda like Tina Turner in thunderdome

        • Big Mike

          Amen brother. They are living in the dark ages. Literally. Their traditions, values, good lord. Who cares, Sunni, Shia, or whatever the fuck.

          • Yeah, it would be like trying to bring the Marshall plan to Japan…in 1600s when they were very divided, or Germany pre-rome…not gonna happen.

        • The GP, Chairman of the Bored

          Don’t we make a pair, raggedy man.

          • haha, in the middle of that article where they were talking about Qatar funding one tribe, and the United Arabs funding another, and rogue factions like ISIS, and just other random tribes who just are like middle eastern versions of McCoys-Hatfilelds, while some poor american educated leader is trying to create some peace and order, it just dawned on me like an epiphany…Mad Max.

            And perhaps the Mad Max is a metaphor for the US in that region.

        • SC Dave

          In other words, Germany and Japan were not Muslim.

          • It’s not just that. It’s more cuz countries like Iraq are factionalized and have been factionalized for centuries, usually sunni-vs-shite, but a lot of other lil ones (like Kurds) along ethnic, racial and even political lines (ISIS) that will not just disappear when the dictator falls.

            I made the comparison to ancient feudal Japan. If Japan still had shogun era division during WW2,

            https://historyofjapan.files.wordpress.com/2015/06/shugo.gif

            the Marshall plan wouldn’t have worked there either cuz they would be too busy carrying over tribal vendettas to care about lil things like democracy.

            A lot of muslim countries are just too divided, and the ones that aren’t we basically leave alone to practice their theocracy, like Saudi Arabia.

            So, in some ways, yes, it’s because they are muslim, but more specifically, it’s because there’s competing clans.

            It’s like saying that Japan circa 1300s can never evolve cuz they’re shinto.

            Shintoism was never really the issue, rather tribal mentality.

            Countries have to outgrow that stage themselves.

            The only other option which has worked historically is total annihilation and occupation a la Rome and Alexander the Great, but the west has essentially taken that option off the table deeming it too immoral (not to mention, costly).

          • willbest

            They have to stop inbreeding first. Half of all marriages in the region are to 1st and 2nd cousin. It massively increases the tribal instincts when that happens.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I agree. The reason that a certain country has never really developed, beginning with ‘T’ and ending in ‘land’ has nothing to do with them being Buddhist … but everything to do with their … um … mentality.

            Similarly, the crusades, and the troubles in Nothern Ireland … nothing to with religion, just an excuse for people to hate. Such is the paradox of man – a capacity for love … and for extreme violence.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Oh Thunderthighs …..squeeze me. Sweet heaven.

      • Trac

        I wonder who lent them the money to rebuild their govts.? Al Malaki gave them and the US the finger and gee all of a sudden, the mongols invaded. It’s by design imo.

        • Big Mike

          Do the Bears Trade Up or down in this draft? That’s much more important to me.

          • Trac

            Jess. I don’t see where any team above them would trade back without gouging us and I hate to draft down when we need at least 3 studs from this draft.

          • Big Mike

            So now we are back on topic 🙂 Moving in to the top 5 seems unlikely. Moving up to 6-10 makes no sense. Bears could find themselves with room to drop back 3-5 spots and still get one of their most coveted picks. What we will be hoping for is a run on offensive players. I’d love the Ohio State kid. Forget his name. Watched tape of him. #97. What do I know. If someone offered us their #1 and it was in the top 15 and a #2 pick to move up a few spots, that would be sweet.

          • Johnnywad

            Bears have 9 picks in this draft. They certainly have the capital to move up if they want to, but I don’t see it happening. They can likely pick a BPA that also fits a true need in each round due to a deficiency of talent in a number of spots.

          • MB30SD

            If anything, I badly want to see Pace making really smart moves and accumulating more picks along the way… not giving them up.

            Having a super strong FA will give us a bit more flexibility. I’m all about getting some playable year 1 guys AND coming out of this draft with a few extras for next year. Then just keep rolling that model.

          • I’m really encouraged with POXs first draft.
            I mean, FINALLY drafting a S that doesn’t suck? He deserves a gold medal for that alone. Then also netting Goldman and Langford, A grade right there.

            Those are 3 starters going forward.

            (I’m not too thrilled about Grassu, but even he has some potential)

            Also, Fangio and gang have a solid record of drafting good ILBs and safeties, and CBs (all of which we need) outside the 1st, so I’m super pumped about man Xmas as yonny calls it.

          • MB30SD

            Agree. I really like what I see so far… very hopeful for april.

            If he gets us 2 or 3 more starters, the verdict will be settled

          • Irish Sweetness

            Love to see us package the lower picks for a pick higher, but if we could trade down from 11 that’s good too. Maybe you still run into Ragland at 17, then you have an extra second and we still draft Henry. It’s exciting.

          • Trac

            I doubt that’s how things would pan out. The most likely scenario with a trade down offer would prolly come from a team below the 20 spot.

          • Big Mike

            So do I, but we can dream right?

        • Irish Sweetness

          I’ll spot you the R – O – T – H … but then you’re on your own!

      • I know some marines who were LIVID when Al Queda and other factions took back the cities they fought for. Imagine watching that on tv.

        There’s were your buddy lost his torso, and these guys just stroll right back waving their flag, and it’s the same shitstorm it was before or after. Some of them I think even tried to get privately funded to go back. I’m guessing so it didn’t all feel in vein.

        • Big Mike

          Sounds a bit like Vietnam. See a pattern. Wars in the interest of democracy. Who wins? Those countries are no better off, possibly worse off. Is the world safer? Is America more broadly recognized as a world leader? No, but there is shit ton of money being made. You can argue that money is making jobs in the US etc. But it sickens me.

          • SC Dave

            I have voted for Ron Paul five or six elections. He still seems the only one that gets it.

          • That Guy

            His son is a far cry from a chip off the old block.

          • That’s the one thing that really appeals to me about Ron. I feel like he’ll actually stay out of policing the world too, and it’s not just lip service.

            His views on the reserve also intrigue me, but when he begins to talk about privatizing almost everything, that’s where he loses me.

            But I do believe he has a sharp mind, and stands on principles, which is more than I can say for Trump and the other nominees.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            It’s that many of his principles are just plain bananas that is the problem.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I don’t like politicians per se, but Ron Paul is the ONLY one of them I’ve seen ‘take on’ the Fed .. and by take on, I mean asking Bernanke some prickly questions.
            He knew he couldn’t pull back the curtain to reveal that the Great Oz was just a little old banker – because you get shot in the head in public for that – but he asked ‘Hey! What’s behind the curtain? Can you see the curtain? What’s that moving in there? What’s going on?’

            Kudos for that. Kudos for trying. It was sad to see him and Buzz Aldrin fall prey to Ali G.

      • SC Dave
    • SC Dave

      I told you guys five years ago that Hillary was the next Pres after Obummer.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Logical. Bush Jnr happened. Now let’s placate the sheep with a half-black guy, then a vagina … so what’s next after they do whatever crazy shit they’re going to do over the next four years? A lesbian, black as the ace of spades. Possibly deaf.
        Or Ellen DeGenerate.

  • I’ve been all for Malilk and Trevathan from the start, but what I dreaded to happen, happened. They won the SB and now their prices are through the roof.

    Malik esp. I’ve heard he’s wanting $15m a year and turning down $12M from the Broncos.

    I like him, but that’s what you give a premier pass rusher. Is he that? That seems a bit much.

    $12M I can understand, but $15M +? that sounds a bit overboard.

    I like Weddle, but for the right price. I’m always leery of throwing $ at safeties in FA esp when the pass rush needs to be fixed.

    Boone I would love. Brought him up before. Should be relatively cheap, and like you mentioned, tough.

    Yup, pass on Irvin. He’s what Shea should’ve been if he were black (racist?), which is to say, a pass rush specialist who gets runover in the rungame. No thanks.

    Must admit, haven’t seen much of Nigel. But he must be good with a name like Nigel playing LB. I mean, Nigel? Didn’t know ppl still named their kids that.

    • SC Dave

      No pass rush means safeties don’t much matter.

      • MikeBrownhadaPosse

        You don’t notice them until you’re losing a divisional title because of them.
        (Waves at Chris Conte, then slowly flips him the bird).

    • Irish Sweetness

      Weddle is old, no? Can’t see why we do that.

      Pulling the trigger on Danny and Malik makes sense. The money is there – if they only splash on two guys, so be it. We could have those two and still make smaller under-the-radar signings.

      Mario Williams is two seasons removed from 14.5 sacks on the top pass rush unit in football. Something happened under a new coach, they underperform, Mario has his leash pulled. He’ll get cut. I like him more than Irvin. No idea what he wants though.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Not that I thought he was on the Bear’s radar but the Jets have tagged Wilkerson.

    • willbest

      Did they come to terms with the other one? What’s his name…

      • Irish Sweetness

        Problem Child. Sheldon.

        http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/jets/post/_/id/57390/time-for-jets-to-blow-up-talented-and-expensive-defensive-line

        Interesting. We could sign Damon Harrison at NT for 5M.

        Sheldon will miss the first 6 games because of suspension? Maybe you get a 1st round pick player for a 4th or 5th like Santonio ?

        Either way, something has to give in Denver and New jersey .. and we have the cash to throw our hat in the ring. Let’s draft the shit we need on offense, RB (Henry only), tackle, guard, TE, and buy the defense (after drafting a stud in round 1).

        Fix that front 7 and our safeties are fine. Low priority.

  • MB30SD

    Big +1 on weddle

    • Big Mike

      Weddle is one way to go. Any single FA or Draft Choice really doesn’t mean much without the context of what else are the Bears doing.

    • DaMurph

      Hes white, you hate white safeties! (racist!)

      • MB30SD

        He’s a total badass… seen enough games to know. Dude is a org leader, has massive heart, hits like a train, and covers as well as any safety out there. Him and amos would be 100% better than what we had last year.

        Of course he’s 33 and coming off multiple injuries, so the price would have to be right.

        • Bender McLugh

          Well fucking said. Is it racist to say he reminds of a white Mike Brown? Yes. Yes it is.

  • willbest

    So Jeffery will get 14.6 million this year unless he signs a long term deal.

    • Big Mike

      very likely it lowers his cap hit this year. The Patriots had something like 15 million or less available.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Correct, according to what I heard. Brady’s hit this season would have been @15M and the extension will lower that.

  • The GP, Chairman of the Bored

    Aaron was at the Oscars last night. Olivia showed how far her mouth opens.

    http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2016/02/29/06/31ADD38C00000578-3468833-image-a-1_1456727791176.jpg

    • MB30SD

      Only a small portion of it necessary I’d imagine

      • Scharfinator

        She was advertising to males of the species, since her girlfriend was too busy coveting cookies.

        • MB30SD

          This

      • CanadaBear

        I think it’s for female fun parts only.

        • MB30SD

          Oh well herrrroooooo!

          Can I watch?

      • The GP, Chairman of the Bored

        The fact that this song, the worst Bond theme in a generation, actually won the Oscar for best song is proof how fucked up and useless the Oscars are. And why I didn’t watch and will never watch again.

        • Doc Nitty

          All award shows are now dead to me after Tony Dungy got elected to the hall.

          • BillW

            Didn’t see the show but read Chris Rock’s opening. Very funny I thought. Hit both sides of the so called OscarsSoWhite issue with biting humor.

          • Well, look on the bright side. At least Dungy can now be included in Black History Month, instead of Lovie.

            Imagine that, Lovie first af am HC to win SB.

            I wonder if Lovie looks at Dungy and sees what his life might have been if he weren’t a bozo.

          • MB30SD

            do you know you’re a bozo if you are a bozo?

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            Nope, can’t see your own nose, even if it’s big and red.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Does a bad machine know it’s a bad machine?
            (name the movie)

            Also … when you look around the room and can’t see a wanker ….

          • MB30SD

            blade runner

            …without googling it.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Nope, Midnight Express.

          • MB30SD

            Damn

        • MB30SD

          Ok, so since I bought Spectre (wasn’t rentable at that point), I’ve watched it a few times now.

          And while I stand by my original review, it definitely has grown on me. I’m super happy craig is moving on since he’s starting to look to old anyway.

          And…. I uhhh… Kinda… like the song.

          • The GP, Chairman of the Bored

            And…. I uhhh… Kinda… like the song.

            You need a Shirley Bassey intervention. Put this in your phone, listen to it every day for a week

          • MB30SD

            turrible.

            No THIS is the shizz: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wy-c8aAntWA

            Trivia… this was the song I picked out for my dance with my ex at our wedding. Worked out well. hahahaha

          • Irish Sweetness

            Fkn love that one too. Very sexy opening. Radio head covered that.

            Aside: Richard Kiel died recently, he signed a Spy Who Loved Me movie poster for me. Not that I know where it is.

          • MB30SD

            Boom!

            Sexy as fuck

          • DaMurph

            Even when Connory was getting old he was still THE man!

          • Irish Sweetness

            Did you know – or care – that he is the Stormtrooper that Rey plays her Jedi mind trick on where she escapes?

            If you didn’t know it before, you’ll recognize his voice again, and his gait as he walks nonchalantly out the door and drops his blaster.

          • MB30SD

            Interesting. He’s starting to lose his chin and his ears are getting huge… getting old sucks.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            I cared, Irish…I cared.

        • willbest

          Chris Rock got good reviews on his monologue so I fired it up earlier today. I thought it was solid work. Some people are pissed off about some Asian kids being used as Foxxcom slave labors or PWC accountants.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Fucking love that song. Classic Bond, mate. Love it.

    • EnderWiggin

      Notice they are sportin’ Bear colors?

      • BillW

        We posted at the same time. Noticed it right away. Coincidence? It’s not like a blue tux is common, and an orange dress certainly isn’t.

        Now if we see Jay and Kristen in green and yellow…

    • BillW

      Gotta love the colors!

    • Irish Sweetness

      Mad Max got like 5 oscars? SMH.

      Nice to see Leo get one finally. He’s been practicing that speech for 20 years.

      Thought it was embarrassing that Rock did a ten minute monologue on racism, yet both he and Hart are there in their tuxedoes chowing down on the canapes with Whitey.

      If you want to get nominated, do good work.

      Playing the race card gets my goat. it’s weakness, and plays the guilt trip on an ever-so guilty Victorian WASP culture. But as a Paddy, I see right through it because we carry the biggest card and never play it.

      Blacks were only enslaved for 400 years, and they were protected as assets, at that. The Irish were enslaved and murdered en masse, for 800 years. Their food was sent to Britain, babies were piked onto their mother’s chests, and their men sent abroad on slave ships to the colonies, but Hollywood doesn’t make movies about us so it didn’t happen. And still, you don’t see Neeson and Gleason boycott the Oscars because the Green noms are down.

      If you want to get nominated, do good work.

      (salutes to Conor mcGregor, points finger forcefully at Floyd Mayweather ….drops mic)

      • MikeBrownhadaPosse

        Two wrongs, Irish…
        If you want to be pissed off at the Brits for their colonial history, be my guest. It’s not like the Irish have an exclusive (or even the worst) gripe, but yes, it has been bad.
        But you are conflating two scenarios that have radically different levels of relevance to modern American politics, values, and experiences.
        You’re smarter than that (when you’re not talking nonsense about Area 51 or the gold standard).

        • willbest

          Who has a worse gripe than the Irish over the English?

          And Hollywood is a worldwide organization even if it has an American founding. Incidentally, blacks make up less than 5% of their gross revenue. Asians over 25%. Hispanics over 15%, by who consumes their product, blacks should be 3rd on the priority list in terms of addressing grievances.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            Fair enough, the Indian subcontinent suffered famines under British rule that dwarf the Irish potato famines.
            China was politically and economically neutered by the British over the opium trade. There’s a direct line between that and the rise of the Japanese Empire in Korea and mainland China. Run the numbers on that one.
            And then there’s the whole issue of the slave-trade in Africa or the mess they left behind in their colonies post-WWII (case in point, the entire Middle East).
            The Empire just generally wasn’t full of sunshine and roses unless you were British or one of the co-opted political classes.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            And honestly, it’s beside the point. What the hell relevance does the Irish Potato famine have to do with American racism in the 21st Century?

          • Irish Sweetness

            Who argued that it did? Not me. I just don’t think the black community can keep playing the race card when they don’t get what they want.

          • willbest

            India… that is the place where they used to burn the wife alive on the husbands funeral pyre? Rough one trying to stomp out that particular custom. Though we introduced them to abortion. Obviously, there were pluses and minuses to colonialism. We only get 1 shot at history so you never know what happens in the alternate.

            And yeah its not easy when an Empire falls as the UK did. It won’t be fun when the US Empire falls as it is doing now. Russia is reasserting itself in Eastern Europe and middle east. China is colonizing Africa and trying to start something in the South China sea… going to get worse before it gets better.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            Life has often been brutal, nasty and short for large numbers of people on this planet. I’m not ever ungrateful about where and when I was born.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Proportionally? There used to be eight million people in Ireland, now there’s half that. Black slaves weren’t killed left, right and center, they were ‘working stock’ and protected as such. 400 years against 800 years. just’ sayin’. None of us are moaning ‘Where’s our noms’? It’s ridiculous.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            It’s in Hollywood, CA, not Bangladesh. The actors, producers, directors, writers, etc, are overwhelming American. They are the ones that can win awards – which is the point.

          • willbest

            UK, Australia, Canada, Israel, and South Africa are all pretty well represented in Hollywood. My point is that if you get 10 billion a year from China, Japan, Korea, India, SE Asia, you are going to take their wishes into account. What do you think those might be? Do you think they are concerned with seeing more black men? You think the $10 billion from the Europeans have that concern? FFS the Europeans will throw bananas at black footbol players.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            They’re (audiences) not the ones voting for (or being by and large nominated for) the Oscars, is my point. It’s predominately an institution of American talents, so you have to look at it in that context. It’s about the membership of the Academy and what they think is relevant.
            I honestly think the whole thing was a tempest in a teapot, but Irish’s whole “we had it way shittier so who are they to complain” rant is just intellectually dishonest.

          • willbest

            Right but if you aren’t going to make movies with blacks or hispanics or pygmies in them, you can’t nominate those movies. And the reason those movies don’t get made past the annual slavery movie, or whatever is because the movies need to be as generic as possible anymore.

            Meanwhile Tyler Perry is earning a solid living making movies by and fore black people. But then he makes no money outside the US. I don’t watch his films but is there really say no best supporting actor nominee in one? But then Oscar winners are as much about a marketing campaign as it is quality.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            Don’t disagree at all

          • Cormonster

            Did you know one of the top Bollywood actresses is a former American porn star named Sunny Leone? I thought it was crazy when I read that somewhere.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            That might be this years best trivia fact on DBB.

        • Irish Sweetness

          I don’t see it. The Black community is up in arms because it hasn’t done well at Oscar time? I just don’t get it. Don’t play the race card. I don’t imagine the Academy is racist .. maybe I’m wrong.

      • willbest

        It would be classic hollywood if oscarsowhite was staged. It didn’t help their ratings it seems. And I felt Chris Rock had a the right balance in his monologue (I caught that online). He called out both sides and did it with humor.

        Obviously there is a lot more wrong with Hollywood than just casting decisions as they relate to 1 race. For example, their movies are so bland because it has to play from Bejing to Rio to Chicago to Cairo to Paris. And when they aren’t doing that they they are producing propaganda films rather than exploring the human condition. But hey whatever brings in the billions while making them feel like they make a difference.

  • The GP, Chairman of the Bored

    Irish –

    Need your help with this.

    the Federal Reserve of Boston printed a coloring book for children. No, I am not trolling you.

    http://www.scribd.com/doc/301199347/Boston-Fed-Wishes-and-Rainbows

    It’s called “Wishes and Rainbows”. I read it, and I am still not quite sure how it relates to fiat currency. I’m think PERHAPS the tulips somehow represent fractional reserve, or float. But it’s tenuous at best.

    Strangely, it would seem the subtextual message is that we return to the gold standard. I can’t decide if this is creepy, subversive, barinwashing or all of the above at once. It defies description.

    Can you help?

    • SC Dave

      That looks too disturbing to read. Not sure I can.

    • MB30SD

      I only got to page 7, but by far the most disturbing thing was the terrible drarwrings.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Oh, it’s the logo at the end, that’s all there is to it.

        The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston are a nice, happy, colorful thing. They’re a good thing. When the reality couldn’t be more insidious.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Oh. My. God.
      Yeah, I read it.

      And the irony is that The Wizard of Oz was about turning to the Silver Standard (ref. The Secret of Oz – Bill Still). But just as what Baum was most interested in and most wanted to alert Americans to, it was just lost on readers. Then when the movie came out, they changed the color of Dorothy’s slippers from Silver to Ruby, thus ensuring the point was lost forever, but more likely due to the brand new advent of Technicolor.

      This looks like a simple pavlovian dog trick. Getting kids used to a nice colorful story and linking it with a Federal Reserve logo. Kids grows up and thinks fondly “Oh, I remember them!”

      Good find. Wow.

  • willbest

    Solid take down of Trump by John Oliver

    • BillW

      I will say this – the Republican convention will be fascinating – even if Trump gets the needed number before it.

      I would guess that many Republicans will refuse to work with him – local elections are too important to be identified as supporting someone like him.

      One day the Republicans will wake up and say “what the hell were we thinking? Sarah Palin?? Donald Trump?!?!?”

      The party of Reagan is unrecognizable at the top these days. But it will be back, hopefully in my lifetime.

      In the meantime, congratulations Madam President! (Hey, if Jeff can say “Tagged” on Friday…”

    • Californians already experienced the Trump phenomenon.

      Schwarzenegger

      I think the sequel will end equally as disastrous.

      • willbest

        Not Reagan or is he not in the same star level as Trump and Arnold? His movies were before my time.

        CA looks like it has Trump and Cruz running neck and neck. But the poll is so old, and CA is so late in the cycle as to probably be irrelevant.

        Minnesotans were saying the same thing about Jesse Ventura (amusingly Trump is also a WWE alum).

        • MB30SD

          I’d vote for him

        • I honestly believe a lot of californians voted for Arnie cuz they said, “Fuck it. Stick it to the system!”

          That’s Trump’s platform.

          Caveat Emptor

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            Also, and this is not irrelevant, the statutes for getting on the ballot in California ensured that there were 135 candidates for Governor in that recall election.
            It only took 65 signatures and $3.5k to get on the ballot.
            It was one of the crazier statewide races there’s ever been.

        • Irish Sweetness

          They needed a clueless nice old actor like Reagan to pass off de-regulation.

          For me the best part of his presidency was when he had Spielberg at the White House to show E.T. After the movie ended, he stood up, deadpan, and said to the assembled guests, which included Joint Chiefs, “to think that there are people in this room who know it’s all true!”

          In Spielberg’s own words:

        • MikeBrownhadaPosse

          Skip to the 22 second mark – it’s awesome.

          • CanadaBear

            Rasslin’!! Pretty sure Vince could handle Drumpf. Esp since Vince was a steroid freak back in the day.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            Agreed. Vince is a mega-juicehead.

    • SC Dave

      “…, or the NFL…”

      • willbest

        There are a lot good one-off lines in all of his things.

        • His World Cup one is how I’m starting to feel about the NFL

          • willbest

            fucking hell.. when your rainy day fund is so large you have to check it for swimming cartoon ducks… he needs a warning that you can’t be drinking anything when you watch.

  • EnderWiggin

    OK. Someone explain the non-exec tag we placed on Jeffery. Please.
    Not why he was tagged, I get that. What exactly does non-exec entail?

    • BillW

      I think it means he can entertain offers – if he accepts any the Bears can match and if they don’t the Bears get 2 first rounders.

      • EnderWiggin

        As much as I like Jeffery, let us hope someone picks him up…

        • MikeBrownhadaPosse

          I’d take that deal, but I cannot think of any team out there, even the most dumpster-fire-ish front offices that you can think of, that would.

          • BillW

            Thus the wisdom of it. Jeffrey will get zero interest and the Bears can hammer out a deal. With Jeffrey’s injury issues last year, he’d be a fool to take a one year gamble that he stays healthy.

          • MB30SD

            would you take a lower first (12-20) and a higher second (around 10/11ish)?

            I would in a heartbeat.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            As Pace? Hell yes. I’m saying I don’t know what front office would actually offer that up in exchange for Jeffery.

          • MB30SD

            I know what you were saying… I was just day dreaming a bit. Have you hit up BB yet?

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            Nooooooos. Have not… Need to!

        • Trac

          Maybe Jeffery ‘ s agent requested the Bears do that in order to hammer out a long term deal?

        • AlbertInTucson

          Someone else is going to sign him for two first rounders?

          Not bloody likely, mate.

          • Bender McLugh

            Your lack of faith in the Cleveland Browns organization is….. disturbing

  • DaMurph

    Need a guard. sign Richie Incognito. Only 32, been a model citizen, was one of the highest rated guards in the league last year, is one bad ass mother fucker! Maybe some of that nasty will rub off on Grasu.

    • MB30SD

      agree

      • DaMurph

        Someone should hire us as a GM team!

        • MB30SD

          Agree

        • Trac

          Don’t know about that. I think the crypt keeper was making decisions based off irish’s posts all it got him canned. Hee hee.

    • Incognito would be more likely to give Grassu an atomic widgey.

      • DaMurph

        He needs that once in a while! Ha!

      • MB30SD

        Perfect.

  • MB30SD

    GP, maybe it’s the german thing, but I’m not really a porsche guy. Probably because I’ve never driven one, although I did love my dad’s original M3.

    Das Bavarians do know how to build… everything.

    • The GP, Chairman of the Bored

      it’s a thing, like spinners.

  • MB30SD

    Didn’t one of you JUST say you sat across from him yesterday?! Jesus, talk about the kiss of death!

    RIP Captn Hocken: http://www.cnn.com/2016/02/29/entertainment/george-kennedy-obit-feat/index.html

    • Trac

      Ahem….jess

      • MB30SD

        he’s in a better place now right… RIGHT?!?!?!?!?

        …is he? Is he really though.

        • Trac

          Not if you talk to Richard Dawkins.

          • MB30SD

            or any scientist worth his salt.

            hee hee

          • Trac

            Jess, salt does come to mind. Lots of salt…

            Hee hee

          • MB30SD

            pilars? Why does that happen again? If you look into Medusa’s eyes right?

            http://www.wearysloth.com/Gallery/ActorsM/65064-3513.gif

          • DaMurph

            Ya turn to stone looking at Medusa!

          • MB30SD

            I know. I was mussin with trac about the bible story. Which one I have no clue, but I vaguely remember something about salt pillars.

          • DaMurph

            Lot’s wife. When they left Sodom and Gomorrah

          • MB30SD

            right, that’s what I was thinking. : /

            What did she do to have it happen… look at medusa?

          • DaMurph

            Told her “dont look back” typical woman….had to fucking look!

          • The GP, Chairman of the Bored

            then she died from being sprayed in gold paint.

          • DaMurph

            Ha, something like that!

          • MB30SD

            Happened to my last girlfriend.

            GOLDFINGER!!!!!

          • willbest

            You laugh but it is serious business.

            https://linkbeef.com/l-a-gang-member-gold-plates-own-genitals-to-death/

            My favorite line incidentally is the doctor

            ““This is the third case this year, but we have had many occurrences in hospitals in the region these past years. It seems to be a growing trend within the gang member community””

          • MB30SD

            Gold platting one’s own genitals is “a medical impossibility” and should not be attempted, warns Dr Ian Joseffson

            Hahahaha…

            It’s what we call, the Darwin Award finals will. I hope all these fucks try it. Human garbage.

          • Trac

            Tears have salt in them, yes? Hahaha

  • Who has two thumbs and said Forte shouldn’t get more than $3M per year? This guy.
    Apparently, the market agrees.

    One source at the Combine predicted free agent Matt Fortewill be “hard pressed” to command more than $3 million annually on the open market.

    Earlier this month, ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler predicted Forte would be “lucky” to command $4 million annually after speaking to “a fewNFL folks.” Forte turns 31 toward the end of the 2016 season, and
    aging running backs rarely hit it big in free agency. On the other hand, Forte has been publicly open about his desire to play for a contending team and is willing to sacrifice money. – Roto

    • Bender McLugh

      No, those aging-yet-studly elder statesmen RBs just wait for a call from Robert Kraft to come play for a SB for a bit less, say a 2.5mil /1-year fuck yes contract. Either way he win

      • I also think what happens is that a David Johnson always pops up every year.
        So every GM naturally believes he can find the next one in the mid rounds, for better or worse.

    • Frank Gore got 2 years, $8M last year (real deal, fluff said 3/$12).

      I still say that’s the most likely comp. for Forte’s deal in FA.

      Many deals will be bigger than people think because so many teams have a lot of $$ to spend.

  • MB30SD

    http://www.mandatory.com/2016/02/29/the-24-most-regrettable-political-tattoos/

    There are some there for erraone.

    …Trac, yours is 10 down.

    • Trac

      Not into tats. Made it 4 years in the Marines with getting one, no tankie.

      • MB30SD

        I didn’t mean to get one!

        • Trac

          I prefer art over cartoons.

          • DaMurph

            Youre tryin your best to get on my good side lately! haha!

          • Trac

            Hahaha

      • No semper fi?

        I thought you were contractually obligated to get one of those.

  • Johnnywad

    I would have loved to see Phil Emery’s face when he read the news that Pace used the non-exclusive on Alshon. “He used the non-what now?”. “You can DO THAT????!!!!!”

    Checkers

    • Big Mike

      I hate that guy.

  • DaMurph

    I know its early, but anyone planning on doing an away game this coming season? MB? Brownie? Johnny? Doc? Sac? I’m looking at Dallas, Houston, Tampa….one of those three depending on time of year and other factors. Talk amongst yerselves!

    • Trac

      It’s gotta be Dallas Murph.

      • DaMurph

        You just wanna jump in on the cheap, ya live right there! Hahaha!

        • Trac

          Yeah…just like San Diego(ahem…like your girlfriend MB?). Did you even go to Sea World? Smh

          • DaMurph

            There goes that jealousy rearing its ugly head! He likes my tattoos! Ha!

          • Trac

            Hahaha. Did you show him ALL of them? Lol

          • MB30SD

            Of course. His tramp tamp of da coach is to die for

          • DaMurph

            That one you have of Mike Brown aint bad either!

          • DaMurph

            The last time I was in Dallas i was threatened with arrest for…………..are ya ready?………………….J fucking walking!!

          • Trac

            Lmao. Was it the high heels? Hahaha

          • DaMurph

            Bastard!!

          • Trac

            It’s true, I never met my donor.

          • CanadaBear

            If they let it go Murph it will lead to anarchy!

          • MB30SD

            We held hands the whole time, and we went to Shae world instead.

            They have a ride where you sit on a boat shaped like his vagina.

          • DaMurph

            Oh man that was a great ride!!!

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            thats one of those rides that runs in circles isn’t it

          • MB30SD

            it looks like this: https://vine.co/v/eUWEHZELLJv

        • Trac

          Actually it’s the time away that kills my chances. I’ve got about 5 years left on my 10 year plan to hire my replacement.

          • DaMurph

            Just like when you came to Chicago for that trade show, you can get away for a weekend. Houston would be spittin distance

          • Trac

            Really not a fan of Houston. I’d much rather watch the game behind a column in Dallas.

          • DaMurph

            JJ Watt, hes a show himself!

          • Trac

            Manziel baby!!! He should be starting for Dallas by the time the Bears play em. Hahaha.

          • DaMurph

            Jerra Jones really going to go from Greg Hardy to Johnny Manziel? If Johnny gets indicted for domestic abuse, his playing days are DONE!!

          • DaMurph

            Besides youre going to see the Bears, with Da Boys! Not supposed to be a fan of the opposition

    • MikeBrownhadaPosse

      MB and I were just talking about this the other day… I definitely want to, comes down to the details. Schedule comes out mid-April, right?

      • DaMurph

        Yeah I think so. Once we see the dates we can go from there. Try to make something that works for everyone that wants to go.

      • Big Mike

        Not sure if I want to go slumming with this crew 🙂 Or if I could keep up. But I usually do 1 road game a year. I skipped year 2 of Trestman because.. Trestman. Last year went to Tampa. Great Stadium experience.

        • SC Dave

          With you on the keeping up, but without trying, how would we know?

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            That’s the spirit!

          • Big Mike

            🙂 Have to give it an effort.

        • DaMurph

          There comes a time when you have to cut loose from the group. We can run with the pack for a while, but when the big dogs turn it up a notch ya gotta pull back. When Waffle starts talking car surfing and MB and Brownie highly encourage that activity, It may be time to back off.

          • Big Mike

            My instincts are saying let’s do this!!!! My brain is saying whoa big fellow

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            Before you go out for a night on the town with these guys, it’s best to separate the lobes of your brain. Minimizes the damage.

        • MikeBrownhadaPosse

          I can guarantee one thing. It would be memorable.

          • DaMurph

            Ill second that guarantee!

          • Big Mike

            I can imagine…

    • willbest

      I always think I might go to the Detroit game, but then its Detroit. Although, I hear the ruins of Detroit tours are kind of interesting. But then I don’t really want to get a sense of what Chicago will look like in 30-40 years.

      • Cormonster

        Chicago had an anniversary of sorts yesterday. One year ago was the last time Chicago had a day where no one was shot or a homicide committed.

        • Trac

          That we know of.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “Happy Trails” to George “Dragline” Kennedy who passed away today a 91.

    • The GP, Chairman of the Bored

      Cool Hand Luke. Airport movies

      • BillW

        Still love Cool Hand Luke. Also was in The Dirty Dozen – which essentially made Jim Brown decide to give up football for acting.

  • Anyone see Ragland in the combine?

    One word came to mind. ROBOCOP.

    Dude is NOT a 3 down back. I heard some scout comp him with Takeo Spikes. That is all fine and dandy, if you played in the 90s or something.

    It’s a passing league where nickle plays 70% of the time. Vadgers, and even Bridgwater and fat Lesbo would pick him apart.

    No thanks.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Interesting. But don’t all teams have a run-look? What’s Trevathan like in space?

    • DaMurph

      Im not drafting him for coverage. Hes exceptional against the run and can pressure the QB. What he lacks in some areas they say he makes up with great instincts. Im putting trust in Pace to pull the trigger on the right personnel, but I wouldnt shy away from Ragland.

      • CanadaBear

        If he brings the lumber and has great instincts, he would be great at ILB calling the signals. Although it’s tough to take a 2 down defender at #11.

        • DaMurph

          I think he can play 3 downs, old #50 managed to perfect it with less than perfect skills coming out of college. Its got a lot to do with smarts and heart. How bad ya want it?

          • But that was in the 80s, Murph!
            The days of run, run run are over.
            Some are comparing him to Curtis Lofton or Spikes, that’s not exactly a gamechanger on D.
            I like his character, but reality is, it’s a passing league (esp in our division).

            Like Canada said, it would be tough to take a 2 down back at #11. I’d rather take the top S instead, or even an undersized guy who can cover and move around like Myles Jack.

            I think Ragland’s gonna fall.

          • DaMurph

            Sometimes you grab a player. Like I said I have faith in Pace and his plan. Runners are making a bit of a comeback, we need someone to stop the Eddie Lacys Todd Gurleys and upcoming Ezekial Elliots of the league. Linemen will toss Jack around like a rag doll.

          • CanadaBear

            If all you want is a guy to play downhill the Bears have him on the roster (Timu). I’m not sure he can cover anybody but I liked the cut of his gib at the end of the season. After watching CD avoid taking anyone head on it was refreshing to see Timu. CD was always coming from the side and getting trucked a few more yds or pile jumping hoping to get credit for a tackle.

          • DaMurph

            I think hes going top 20

  • willbest

    Non-exclusive tag doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me. I can’t think of anybody that would want to sign him to $14+ million per year plus give up two 1st rounders. So I am thinking some sort of good will gesture by Pace.

    Obviously, the team most likely to do it would be a playoff team, because their first round pick is pretty low this year and is unlikely to be top 10 next year. Of the playoff teams Panthers might be the best choice. They are picking 31 and even when they get their star WR back he is the only thing they got. Wilson started slow but seemed to get things going with his core by the end. Cards if they decided to move on from Fitz, but they have some young talent as well. Redskins maybe but at 21 that is starting to look like a real 1st round pick, and while they should be solid next year and the Eagles are a mess. Romo will be back, and the Giants have plenty of money to throw at problems.

    • I’m not sure any team would give two first rounders for ANY WR.

      Only position which might be worth it is QB, and maybe pass rusher, a dude like Von Miller, or a premier LT, and even then, I doubt it.

      Panthers are for sure gonna get Oline, so no way they’re giving up anything.

      Newton can go “superman” vs inferior teams, but as the SB showed, he’s more like Lois Lane when he goes up against physical defenses. They’ll likely ride with the same WRs and fix oline

      • Irish Sweetness

        Yeah, I don’t know that you give it up for a Von Miller, if your other dudes in that front 7 seven aren’t toeing the line. We gave that up for Cutler, and it only really started paying off this year.

        • MikeBrownhadaPosse

          Agreed. QB is the one position that you can’t scheme around.
          You can generate a pass rush without a stud D-lineman, you can scheme a decent running game with a mediocre RB, decent wide receivers are a dime a dozen, but you cannot scheme around the lack of a QB who can run an offense.
          I would never give up two first rounders for anything other than a franchise QB.

          • DaMurph

            I might, depending on the situation and the player. Id do it for JJ Watt….Think hard about Vonn Miller. But I would have to be convinced thats what I need to put me over the top.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            I guess, if you were -thatclose- to a Super Bowl, I could see it. I wouldn’t do it, but I could see it. But I feel like those are positions you can address in the normal course of the first round and know pretty much what you’re getting.
            YMMV, nobody has trusted me to run their franchise yet and the evidence from my fantasy football days is not good.

      • MB30SD

        Hee hee.. Lois lane

    • Johnnywad

      Makes all the sense in the world to me. They run no risk of losing him and while still having enough exposure to the market to show Alshon he’s not worth Dez money. I believe it’s more a tool of negotiation Pace is using to drive down the cost of a long term deal.

      And on the off chance some team backs up the money truck, the Bears get two first rounders. I don’t care where they fall in the first round, no GM would pass on two first rounders for Alshon.

      Seems like the best move available short of a reasonably priced long term deal.

      • Big Mike

        I’d like to see a reasonably priced long term deal, if we get to be picky. 2 first rounders would be impossible to pass up though.

  • Ososfan

    I think Pace will go for spreading the cap around and getting some solid talent to the roster. It’s still too early and we have way too may holes in Pace’s second year to make big spaleshes and spending all the cap on just 2-3 players…..

  • Ososfan

    On another note: just had surgery and the nurses post-op told me I was rambling on about quantum physics, A Tribe Called Quest and conspiracy theories, I remember none of this, but I think I would have made NBIT, IRISH and prob the Blogfather proud. Hehe

    • Irish Sweetness

      Sweet. You were riding the train of truth my friend, straight to DMT central.

      • Bender McLugh

        DMT – it’s a MEGATONNAGE

    • CanadaBear

      My best friend and I went to pick up a friend that had all his wisdom teeth pulled. The nurse came out and said we had to wait awhile because he was still groggy and babbling. My buddy offered the nurse $20 if we could go back and make fun of him. She laughed like crazy but wouldn’t let us go in back.

  • Irish Sweetness

    So, AJ is a Bear this season. Good.

    I hope they leave it at that for the moment, there doesn’t have to be a rush on any big contract does there?

    Can we see how the season plays out and then make him an offer? He may blow his shoulder, hammy, elbow and knee. Again. Let’s see how he pans out.

    • Big Mike

      Ah.. but a good season from Alshon is what we want. He does that he costs a lot more at the end of a year. That’s the trade-off.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Can’t we tag him again? We’ll have had his best years then, and we can let him walk.

        • Big Mike

          There are competing sides to this. No player has ever been tagged 3 times. Here’s why. YR 1 the player receives the average of the % of cap for the top 5 highest players at his position. It is widely believed that it’s the average salary of top 5. But the actual language makes it so if the cap goes up, the franchise tag amount goes up with it.

          In year 2, it’s likely the player is simply given a 20% raise unless there was a huge increase in the top 5 and the cap went up dramatically.

          Year 3 no matter what position they play, the formula stays the same, except their peer group becomes QB. So they are paid based on the top 5 QB salaries in the league. OR a 44% increase

          Year 4 – 44% increase

    • AlbertInTucson

      They have until July 15 to work out a long term deal in lieu of the 1 year tag.

  • MB30SD

    How?

    • CanadaBear

      I grew up with 3 older sisters. Oh Yeah! My favorite sister would belch or fart real loud and blame it on me. My dad fell for it every time. It would have been a lot funnier if I wasn’t the fall guy. Gotta love family!

    • Trac

      One time this girl I was dating let one rip as she got on her tippy toes reaching for something on the top shelf in her closet. It was a costly mistake.

      Girls just aren’t allowed to fart are they? It’s very disturbing when this happens.

  • Sactowns#1

    Well Von Miller just got tagged, so that means the Broncos are going to have to shed some salary

    • willbest

      Peyton we hardly knew you.

      • The GP, Chairman of the Bored

        Manning already announced he will announce his retirement

        • willbest

          My mind did that record player skip reading that statement.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            Next headline on DBB – “Peyton retires”.
            Without a question mark, just to piss off BillW.

          • Sactowns#1

            lol

          • BillW

            Good one

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            You’re a good sport, dude!

  • DaMurph

    They are mocking Daron Lee from Ohio State to us now.

    • MikeBrownhadaPosse
      • DaMurph

        Yeah he does, but these undersized linebackers scare me. Can he play safety? Hes fast enough! Ive seen enough of Shea to know this shit usually doesnt work out how we think it will. They shoot up in the combine and then shit the bed in the NFL

        • MikeBrownhadaPosse

          He’s bigger than Singletary was – speed kills!

          • DaMurph

            They say hes 6’1 224 but thats a “puffed up” weight. Singletary was 230’s same height or 6’0 even. In a league where the players were much smaller. Linemen weighed 50 pounds less in the 80s Fridge was huge at 320, now 300-320 is the norm.

        • MikeBrownhadaPosse

          He played safety the first two games of his career at OSU, and in high school, I believe.
          6’1″, 231 lb strong safety with that speed? I would definitely be OK with that!

          • DaMurph

            Me too, and being his weight is probably realistically in the 215-220 range. I would definitely be ok with that

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            He said he plays at 235…now, Earl Thomas hits hard, but Lee weighs another 35 lbs and even better straight line speed. I don’t care if we took him at Safety or MLB, I wouldn’t complain about this pick!

    • Sactowns#1

      No! I want linemen! Big, angry, mean linemen!

      • DaMurph

        Big fucking men! Big linebackers! Big fast smart!

  • CanadaBear

    Here’s a little Bears talk from JW’s old crew. Most of the series lists FA’s with connections to the coachng staff or FO. http://www.nfcnorthbarroom.com/bears-free-agency-preview-dl/

  • Sactowns#1

    It’s starting to get interesting. Quite a few guys have already been jettisoned in an effort to free up cap space prior to free agency opening. Nate Allen, Mario Williams, Cromartie etc. Should be quite a few projects out there if we’re willing to tackle one.

    • willbest

      10 more days. Damn the NFL and their slow burn schedule.

    • Bender McLugh

      Mario Williams would be excellent………right?

      • CanadaBear

        He quit on Rex. That’s pretty troubling.

        • Bender McLugh

          Better steak houses in Chicago. Mario seems like a Rosebud’s/Morton’s type of guy. Or perchance Signature Room. Dudes will play for a damn good steak.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            Mario Williams in Chicago is just Mario Williams with the meat shits.

          • CanadaBear

            If I was Mario Williams I’d go to Dallas to see if Old Sauce could re-light the fuse and play in a 4-3.

  • willbest

    So I relented to watching this Fuller House thing with my wife because of nostalgia or something. I got about 10 minutes into the pilot before I pulled the plug on that. At least I think it was 10 minutes. It felt like 15 hours. What fangirl (and it had to be a girl regardless of what the driver’s license says) read that script and said “Lets make that pilot” and then upon seeing the pilot said “Hells yeah, whole season”.

    • Scharfinator

      The preview on netflix was enough to send me running.

  • Sactowns#1

    Kirk Cousins? Who the hell franchise tags Kirk freaking Cousins?!?!

    • Bender McLugh

      Redskins most wanted?

    • willbest

      Anybody feel bad about paying Cutler 21.5 million now?

      • I think most of us knew Cutty’s contract was team friendly after the first year.

        It’s just that one year when he was getting paid more than Brady, Rodgers…just felt very wrong, like Cousins now getting more than real QBs.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Do not the Redksins, like the Bears, have until July 15 to work out a long term deal?

      • willbest

        Yes they do, but the QB tag is like 19.5 million. You are basically admitted he is worth more than 16 million a year.

        • Sactowns#1

          That’s just insane. There’s no way cousins should be making more than Brady.

          • willbest

            Brady shouldn’t really be held out as the example though. His wife has made like a half billion dollars and he would rather win championships than get paid market value.

          • SC Dave

            This

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            probably one of the few NFL players that if they got divorced he would get paid alimony.

          • AlbertInTucson

            The Patriots just keep kicking the Brady money can down the road.

          • willbest

            Pats only ever pay him 14-16 million a year when he could easily make 21 million. So they aren’t going to eat a Peppers sized cap hit on him ever.

        • Huge Bear’s Penis

          how is that admitting he is worth more than 16 mill a year?

          • willbest

            Because there are 3 types of QB contracts out there right now
            1) Rookie contracts
            2) Value contracts like Fitz, McCown, Hoyer making in the $3-6 million range
            3) Everybody else who are pulling $16+ million a year.

            Obviously if Cousins is a value guy you aren’t going to be willing to pay him $19.5 million for a single year. So that places him in category 3. And to drive that point home, the only person out in no-mans (6-16 million) not on a rookie contract is Nick Foles who signed a 2-year $24 million extension for 12 million guaranteed. And Cousins is clearly better than him.

            Now look at the situation.

            The question is will the Skins come to terms with Cousins before the draft, or will they be forced to draft a QB in the first 2 rounds in order to apply pressure or move on from him next year.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            You are technically right if you are looking at average salary per year based on the the overall value of the contracts. But a lot of contracts are backloaded and have easy outs or easy reasons to have the contracts renegotiated by the time they hit the large amounts IE Flacco. This fact therefore gives the misconception that the QB is making a larger average per year salary.

            Brady, Bradford, Dalton, Kap, Tannehill, are in your 6-16 mill no-mans range for 2016(those are the only ones i looked at so there could be more). Also you can look at someone like Palmer who only made around 8 mill last year, it not until the 2016 season that he gets over the 16 million mark.

            So my guess is that the Skins will give him a backloaded contract that could have an average salary per year above 16 mill, but in reality give them 3-4 years at a relatively cheap rate, somewhere within your no-mans land, my guess is somewhere around 13 mill a year.

            ESPN and all the other news outlets will report that he will get 17-20 million per year on average, while in actuality he won’t be making it. Why do they report it this way? Because most of the general public doesn’t understand the structures of the contracts and will only pay attention to the easy math that is average salary per year.

          • willbest

            Palmer signed a 3-year 49.5 million deal. Its cap hit is backloaded, but that is due to the signing bonus and conversion of 2015 salary to bonus to make cap room. Which in facts makes it more secure that Palmer will get that money, not less. In the 3rd year of that deal (2017) there is $9 million of dead money now.

            And the other thing to keep in mind is that the salary cap keeps going up so your floor is always going to be the contract the last guy like you negotiated.

            Also of note though is what the franchise tag means. It means $19.9 million guaranteed. That is now cash in Cousins bank. You aren’t going to entice him off that position with $24 million guaranteed. Even if he has a craptastic year, some team is going to offer him a 2-year $10 million deal next year. So the skins are now looking at $30 million in guarantees for the guy to get him to sign a deal.

          • Huge Bear’s Penis

            you still haven’t really made your initial point that Cousins is going to be worth over 16 million a year. Cousins has started 25 games with a 11-14 record, so which QB is he comparable to that sets the “floor” for negotiations?

          • willbest

            I think Cousin can make the case that he deserves Stafford type money (3 year – 53 million with 33 million guaranteed). And that extension was inked back in 2013. Caps even better now. I don’t like Tannehill or Dalton because neither one of those backloaded deals were negotiated from a position where either of them had a 1y $19.9 million fully guaranteed contract in their hand.

            He is obviously not Palmer, but then Palmer showed why he isn’t a 20mil QB by getting injured in back to back years. Cousins is young and healthy, and making good strides. An Alex Smith 4-yr $68 mil $40 mil guaranteed seems way too generation at this stage but I think Cousins has more upside.

    • Trac

      He’s better than anyone else available. What choice did they have if they’re just trying to but another year?

  • BillW

    Rudy Bukich dead at 85.

    The first Bears QB controversy I recall was between him and Bill Wade. My Dad and Uncle were in the Bukich camp. (Neither one was really anything to get excited about from what little I recall.)

    • AlbertInTucson

      20 TD passes in 1965 (14 game season) for a 9-5 Bears team.

      Led the league that season with the lowest INT pct at 2.9 and averaged 8.5 yards per attempt and 15 yards per completion.

      • SC Dave

        1964 looks pretty solid too.

      • AlbertInTucson

        1965 was a very frustrating season.

        The Bears lost 3 straight to start the season. All on the road including blowing a 28-9 4th quarter lead to a Ram team that would finish 4-10.

        That Bear team crushed the eventual champion Packers at Wrigley that year, 31-10.

        They blew a 14-3 4th quarter lead AT HOME to the Vikings in the season finale.

        A win that day would have made them 10-4. But the Colts had already finished 10-3-1 the night before, sealing the Bears’ fate.

        The Packers were 10-3 going into their Sunday game at SF, a game which they tied, forcing the infamous playoff game with the Colts that GB sent into O.T. on a missed Don Chandler FG that was called “Good”.

        Packers won in O.T. and then Crushed Cleveland to start their run of 3 straight titles.

        • BillW

          It was probably the 1965 season for which I recall my Dad complaining about the Bears sharing Wrigley with the Cubs, forcing them into more early road games. With a 14 (and earlier, 12) game season, he’d say the Bears were effectively climbing uphill before they even played one home game.

          • AlbertInTucson

            The Bears often opened with 3 on the road before moving to Soldier Field.

    • Lemme google that.

      B. U. K…

  • The GP, Chairman of the Bored

    Bills tag Cordy Glenn

  • Bender McLugh

    I forget if I’ve mentioned the new show exclusive to Hulu starring James Franco called 11.23.63. Written by Stephen King with JJ Abrams involved too. It’s really good so far, exceeded my expectations for King’s writing ability that has been lack-luster the last several years. Really cool premise and the acting is very good.

    • The GP, Chairman of the Bored

      At the end of last season of Doctor Who, they kill (and then un-kill) Clara Oswold.

      At the end of her show run, she gets her own tardis. It’s shaped like an Aluminum Diner from the 1950s.

      That’s either a direct reference or a direct rip-off from King’s 11/23/63 book, in which the time machine is that exact diner.

      • Bender McLugh

        “homage” perhaps

      • Irish Sweetness

        We all think that Diners look like this. And that you have Diners.

    • Sactowns#1

      I thought Dr. Sleep was pretty good. The denouement stalled a bit but other than that it was solid.

      • Bender McLugh

        hadn’t read that one, I’ll have to check it out. When King is on he’s still damn good.

        • Sactowns#1

          It was a cool concept. Danny from The Shining all grown up.

          • BillW

            I have it but haven’t read it yet. I did read the Shining long after the movie came out. I liked both but they were quite different.

            “It” was by far the best novel I ever read (until…) and I still admire the slow moving yet gripping way he wove the two time periods together.

            Yet the scene in the sewer ruined it forever for me. I understood it, I do think it was written well, but the concept was repulsive enough to tear me out of the book and wonder how old King was at the time.

            The fact he had a daughter the same age as the girl who “took care of” all the boys in the sewer (I think she was 11) made it worse.

            I have 11.23.63 and intended to read it next. I doubt there are any sewer scenes in it so I suspect I will get over my King-phobia and give it a try – and then Dr,. Sleep.

          • Sactowns#1

            Da Bears Book Club- Coming spring of 2016

          • Irish Sweetness

            ‘It’ was awesome. It’s funny, his best books don’t do so well when filmed. ‘Cujo’ was a great read, a book he was so drunk he didn’t remember writing. Similarly Tommyknockers, when he was on coke, and he’d have toilet roll stuffed up his nostrils to stem the bleeding.

          • CanadaBear

            Cocaine’s a helluva drug! Glad it didn’t do much for me. As Robin Williams used to say, “It eats the membranes in your wallet”.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Which book did he have a girl called ‘7 up’ in it?

          • Bender McLugh

            Holy shit snacks that sounds awesome.

            Some people, we’ll, some people they SHIIINE

    • Irish Sweetness

      I’m loving it so far. You almost can’t lose with time travel.

  • AlbertInTucson

    “Bears would be happiest team in sports history of someone grabbed Jeffery. Pace wants two first round picks far more than he wants Jeffery.”

    For sure.

    • haha, in other news, I would be happiest man on earth if two lingerie models wanted to do me at the same time…

      • MB30SD

        I’m sorry you covet my life. I still love you

        • If the price for ur awesome life is hair, I’ll take hair.

          • MB30SD

            liar!

          • John Malkevich, Aggasi, Larry David, LL Cool J, Vin Diesel…oh yes, sign me up for that!

            And notice they all did everything in their power to hide their domes, from wigs, to stupid caps to combovers.

            I dedicate this song to you, cueball! (NTTAWWT)

          • MB30SD

            Meh, hair is overrated.

            Yul Brenner for christ’s sake. Besides… solar panels for the sex machine baby!

          • Cormonster

            Does the carpet match the drapes?

          • MB30SD

            Of course!

  • Sactowns#1

    Is it just me or does it seem like WAY more teams are franchising people this year?

    • Huge Bear’s Penis

      i was thinking the same thing. I think it has to do with the larger increases in the cap the last couple years, more players trying to get a larger part of the pie therefore forcing the tags.

    • willbest

      So far this year 8

      2015- 6
      2014 – 6
      2013 – 8
      2012 – 19
      2011 – 13
      2010 – 6
      2009 – 15
      2008 – 12
      2007 – 7

      • Sactowns#1

        Thanks for doing the heavy lifting on this one.

  • Sactowns#1

    Now THIS looks awesome. I have no idea how it would be less than 15 hours long but I love both these actors. http://io9.gizmodo.com/matthew-mcconaughey-and-idris-elba-are-nemeses-in-dark-1762134256

    • Bender McLugh

      Yes and yes

      • The GP, Chairman of the Bored

        What is Dark Tower? Besides Lovie’s name for his cock.

        • Bender McLugh

          HAHAHA that would be the Frowning Dark Tower.

          http://www.amazon.com/Dark-Tower-Boxed-Set-Books/dp/0451211243/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1456918666&sr=8-1&keywords=the+dark+tower

          Some consider this King’s best work. From the link:
          Set in a world of ominous landscape and macabre menace, The Dark Tower
          features one of Stephen King’s most powerful creations—The Gunslinger, a
          haunting figure who embodies the qualities of the lone hero through the
          ages, from ancient myth to frontier Western legend. As Roland crosses a
          desert of damnation in a macabre world that is a twisted image of our
          own, he moves ever closer to the Dark Tower of his dreams—and
          nightmares.

  • The GP, Chairman of the Bored

    https://uproxx.files.wordpress.com/2016/01/wonder-woman-kick-01d.gif?w=650

    I’m just watching that all day instead ESPN’s Tag Clock.

  • The GP, Chairman of the Bored

    Once we get Robot Football, we will get Robot dog fighting.

    It will be a TV Show hosted by Ron Mexico. Bank it.

    • MikeBrownhadaPosse

      That is creepy as hell.

    • MB30SD

      that barking dog made a really cool video unbearable to watch

      Can we have Michael Vick host… and then the robot dogs can attack him

  • MikeBrownhadaPosse

    Schefter says Manning wants to keep playing.
    In other news, Brock Osweiler has hired a private security firm to check his brake lines every morning and refuses to eat anything that isn’t hermetically sealed until the end of April.

    • willbest

      Broncos tagged Von Miller, they can’t afford to pay Manning next year. It also means Oz is going to hit the open market the same time Manning does.

      • MikeBrownhadaPosse

        Broncos might need Miller to step under center by the time it’s all said and done.

        • DaMurph

          I think horse face is thinking he can make a comeback.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            The line of suitors is going to be real, real short. He’s got nothing left, physically.

          • CanadaBear

            Manning doesn’t strike me as the mentoring type.

          • DaMurph

            I meant Elway! Hahaha! He is vain enough to think with that defense he can do it!

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            Haha – shit, I’m guessing Elway has more zip in his arm at this point!

  • The GP, Chairman of the Bored

    Mario Williams: Bust

    • Johnnywad

      Yep. First overall pick.

      Look at this hot mess.

      https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/2006_NFL_draft

      That, ladies and gentlemen, is why you don’t tank to move up in the draft. I’m not certain the Bears don’t currently employ the best first round selection from that draft. He’s certainly more valuable than any player taken before him.

      • Trac

        The last 10 years has been very sketchy. About every 2.5 picks, the bustometer seems to go off the charts.

      • I was shocked when Williams went before Bush.

        Bush looked like the 2nd coming of Sayers, but injuries derailed his explosiveness. So I guess in some ways, he was.

        Vernon Davis is really an enigma. Talk about combine monster. He’s still the standard for TEs, but apparently his heart just wasn’t into it.

        That’s the fault of the interviewers.

        Alot of thos other picks were serviceable, but teams don’t draft top 10 to be JAGs

        • Johnnywad

          Guess it could have been worse. Wasn’t it the following year that Russell was drafted first over all? Talk about a bust.

          • Russell allegedly chucked it 60 yards from his knees.
            That’s right up there with jumping out of a pool.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            Purple drank… It’s a helluva drug.

  • MikeBrownhadaPosse

    willbest, you’ll appreciate this – Louie Farrakhan just endorsed the Drumpf.
    House of Cards? Meh, tame by comparison.

    • willbest

      Did he really? I know he went off on Hillary the other day. Is he aware that Trump’s daughter is married to a Jew, and that you don’t develop real estate in NYC without those connections?

      Dogs and Cats living together. Can Trump give the “Just because he supports me, doesn’t mean I support him” line that Obama used?

      • MikeBrownhadaPosse

        I’m sure he’s saving that for the general campaign. I have a feeling primary season will be effectively over in about 5 hours.

        • Cormonster

          I am enjoying the hell out of Trump’s run for President. I don’t even care about his political beliefs. I just love the way he tears into the lying, inbred Washington Press Corp and the entire establishment. I fucking despise all of them. I’d love to see Washington get shaken to its foundation. Nothing but a bunch of crooks running a rigged game. I love it how Trump doesn’t play by their rules and watching them squirm and go batshit crazy over his polling numbers.

          • Johnnywad

            Same here Cor. Provided he doesn’t nuke an ally or some other crazy shit.

            I don’t even give a shit about his politics. I just like that he doesn’t suffer fools. He’ll tell the media to suck it.

          • willbest

            I think Trump is the least likely President to get us into WW3. Lord knows what else he will actually do though.

          • BillW

            Frankly I doubt he will accomplish much of anything of substance.

          • willbest

            I find that a refreshing change of pace from the last 2 Presidents.

          • MB30SD

            Ha!

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            I admit, that was funny

          • So was Carter.

          • Trac

            Carter was the kiss of death to every decent 3rd world leader that trusted him. As soon as Jimmy lost his re-election bid, in went the jackals.

          • Cormonster

            I think Trump is the only person who actually might have the balls to tackle the elephant in the room: Entitlement reform.

          • Trac

            We don’t have enough National Guardsmen to pull that off.

          • MikeBrownhadaPosse

            I think you’re wildly wrong about that

          • That’s the same reason Arnie got elected in Cali.

            Trust me, it didn’t end well.

          • willbest

            In fairness, CA was never going to end well. Neither is Illinois.

          • Cormonster

            California is run by the Teachers Union. I don’t know how any Republican Governor has a chance in hell to get anything done there.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I think I read that that they spend about 15 times as much on every prisoner as they do students in California – although i think that was under Arnie.

          • Trac

            I just realized that I enjoy commenting on everything other than Bears news. Smh.

          • Trac

            Pssst…it doesn’t matter who goes to Washington, they’re all bag men for the uluminati. He he.

          • willbest

            uluminati … is that an umbrella organization for Illuminati?

          • Trac

            Hahaha

    • willbest

      How about this response “White Supremacist love me! Black Supremacists love me! Of course they do! I am good for all races!”

  • The GP, Chairman of the Bored

    “The funny thing to me is, I was a two-star recruit coming out of high school going into college. Now I have three Defensive Player of the Year trophies. So…. screw all of you guys who doubted me.” -JJ Watt

  • CanadaBear

    Nice thing to contemplate, this isn’t the Bears. St. Louis/L.A. is nuts if they re-sign him.

    http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/14872177/los-angeles-rams-jeff-fisher-discussing-extension

  • The GP, Chairman of the Bored

    Rams tag Trumaine Johnson

    • MB30SD
      • The GP, Chairman of the Bored

        I feel about Lambos the way you feel about Porsche.

        • MB30SD

          I agree… the thing is just raw and viscous and beastly, but they are cars for arab teens using daddy’s oil money.

          They’re the car equivalent of Drakar Noir. Gross.

  • MB30SD
    • Ososfan

      Can’t do much about that. The FA QB crop is ridiculously bad so, they have to over-pay for his mediocre production. Who knows he might be decent this year…

    • willbest

      I was discussing with HBP down thread about that Cousins could expect a min. of 16 million a year. Bradford getting a 2-year 18 mil with 22 mil in guarantees demonstrates I lowballed it.

      I also suspect that will push the floor on the “value” QBs Fitz/Oz on up to the 10-12 mil range.

      • Fitz is looking at that same type of deal. Arguably a better QB than Bradford, albeit older.

  • any takers?

    The Newark Star-Ledger’s Jordan Raanan believes the
    Giants’ first call in free agency will go to transition player RE
    Olivier Vernon.

    Vernon’s phone will be blowing up come March 7 when teams are allowed to “legally” begin contacting free agents. Players are allowed to officially sign contracts starting the afternoon of March 9. Vernon is arguably the top player available after he was slapped with merely the transition tag by the Dolphins on Tuesday. He’s allowed to negotiate with all 31 other teams, and the Dolphins get nothing but the right to match any offer. The Giants are in desperate need of pass rushers, as are a number of other clubs. The Jaguars should also be in the mix. roto

    • Ososfan

      He should be in the mix.

      • Here’s a mid range option which intrigues me.

        The Newark Star-Ledger’s Jordan Raanan “heard” free agent FS Tashaun Gipson “would welcome the idea” of playing for the Giants.

        No team may be more desperate for a deep, centerfield-type safety than the Giants. Expect them to exhaust all avenues to find a free safety after failing to replace Antrel Rolle last offseason and cycling through a host of warm bodies at the position. Gipson shouldn’tcommand a ton following a down year.

        • Another midtier option I’m not all familiar with. Anyone see this guy?

          The Detroit Free Press reports free agent S Rodney McLeod will be “in demand.”

          Per reporter Dave Birkett, “NFL people like him.” McLeod’s agent is clearly making the rounds, but the fifth-year UDFA is indeed coming off a strong year at the back end of the Rams’ defense. McLeod played 1,180 snaps, grading out as Pro Football Focus’ No. 10 overall safety. McLeod turns 26 in June. – Roto

  • Anyone see Bosa at the combine?

    Guy has the temperament of that guy in college who always couched surfed for way too long.

    No thanks.

    Next!

    • CanadaBear

      Didn’t see it but this made me laugh. Not a college guy but used to live with up to 6 other people for a couple of years. It was never the roommates that were the problem, it was their friends. They were all living at home and hung out at our place night and day. Happy to share anything you have.

  • willbest

    Bernie gets spanked in Texas but crushes it in Oklahoma? How is that even possible. Oklahoma is like Texas, but conservative. I love the delegate allotment counts though. Bernie by 20% in Colorado, both get 33 delegates. Clinton by 3% in MA she wins 61-42. Democracy!

    • Trac

      Nay kima’sa’be, OK is nothing like Texas.

  • lol rep strategist already talking about state by state cock blocking Trumpf

    • Trac

      The dems are horrified at the prospect of the Donald in the slave masters quarters as well. He’s an equal opportunity offender.

      #twilightzone

      • The GP, Chairman of the Bored

        There’s a fairly straightforward attack to levy against Trump – I would think they would try it:

        Pass an amendment to the Constitution that states that any candidate running for POTUS must divulge all tax returns going back 20 years or as long as they have run any corporations or businesses. They can repeal it after the election, but give it force of law now and quickly.

        Disqualify Trump unless all his returns are turned over. There’s enough in there to bury him 5 times over: cronyism, shell companies offshore, slush funds and bribe accounts, ties to contractors with organized crime – heck there may be enough in there for the FBI to indict him.

        • Trac

          Yeah man, I think his minipulation of U.S. Bankruptcy laws is shameful. People allow themselves to be blinded though.

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