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Announcing Charity Book Drive in Conjunction with Commissioner Bridget Gainer & Art of Men

| February 9th, 2017

In April, DaBearsBlog is joining our principal sponsor Art of Men (ArtofMen.org) and Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer for a city-wide book drive across Chicago to benefit the young men and women at the county’s Juvenile Temporary Detention Center (JTDC). These kids have not all been convicted of crimes. Many come from terrible home environments and are trapped in the system. They feel forgotten. But we don’t forget them. It is impossible to quantify the impact the act of handing one of these kids a book can have.

Donation boxes will be available at more than 100 bars and restaurants, with hundreds of AoM members providing thousands of books.

(I will also be setting up shop at a bar in Chicago for the duration of the NFL Draft this season and would love for many of you to come and say hello. More on that in the coming weeks.)

IF YOU ARE CLOSE WITH A BAR OWNER WHO’D LIKE TO PARTICIPATE OR WOULD LIKE TO HELP RECRUIT BARS (FOR DECENT MONEY), EMAIL ME: JEFF@DABEARSBLOG.COM


Biographies

Art of Men is a member-based organization reaching men of every demographic in all fifty states. It’s outreach, initiatives and project database (artofmen.org/projects) enable men to utilize their wisdom, skills and experience to make the lives of those in their community better. “Together we make an impact. Together we leave an enduring legacy.”

Commissioner Bridget Gainer was Noted by MSNBC’s Chuck Todd as a rising star in Illinois politics, Commissioner Gainer was elected to the Cook County Board in 2010. With an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago and a strong background in finance, Commissioner Gainer’s first act as a County Commissioner was to create Cook County’s first Pension Committee.

Commissioner Gainer has devoted special interest to the women and children in the County’s criminal justice system. She eliminated the practice of separating new mothers awaiting trial from their newborns, led the fight to ban shackling pregnant detainees during delivery, created the first citizen advisory Board for the Juvenile Detention Center and continues to lead the fight to reduce the number of non-violent offenders in County Jail.

The Juvenile Temporary Detention Center provides temporary secure housing for youth from the age of 10 through 16 years, who are awaiting adjudication of their cases by the Juvenile Division of the Cook County Courts. The Center also provides care for youth who have been transferred from Juvenile Court jurisdiction to Criminal Court. These youth would otherwise be incarcerated in the county jail.

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  • Orcs for Sauron 2016 PAC

    First to say the Orcs for Sauron 2016 PAC fully support charity for nonviolent Orc offenders (which, unfortunately, is a very small number of Orcs).

  • Bender McLugh

    speaking of Chicago-based books, my college buddy published this last year, haven’t read it yet but it’s getting good reviews (amazon.com link)

    Like a Dog: A Memoir

    by Vincent Francone

    http://a.co/cPEScYV

    • One Dump from Retirement (GP)

      I bought a copy.Looks like a good book.

  • This is awesome Jeff!

  • Artoo

    How do you write stuff this early? Good stuff.

    • Jeff’s sober now, so he wakes up early again

      • Huge Bears Penis

        you guys do know that he can write these articles in advanced and the have them autopost as specific times, right?

        • Don’t know. I’m drunk.

          • Huge Bears Penis

            damn I am jealous. I am at work so can’t drink. Wait I work from home so I can drink. WOOHOO! Time to sail away with the Captain!

        • Artoo

          True but he churns them out a lot.

          • Huge Bears Penis

            maybe he outsources them to India?

  • Huge Bears Penis

    kind of slow this morning. I find it curious that when Jeff writes one of these serious posts, that the blog usually starts out slow. Is it out of respect? Are people contemplating the content? Or is it just a slow news day?

    • BearDown100393

      Other than sincere kudos what else to write?

      • Huge Bears Penis

        That is true

  • Huge Bears Penis

    I thought it silly when I heard the rumor that the Jets were interested in Cutler, but here is the Jets saying they are not.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2017/02/09/report-jets-wont-be-suitors-for-jay-cutler/

    • BerwynBomber

      Wonder if BMarsh unintentionally poisoned the NYJ well for Cutty.

      • Huge Bears Penis

        pretty sure the just realized that signing old ex Bears does not help them win.

  • willbest

    Do women realize that this is how you create serial killers?

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C4JpQS7WcAAePEE.jpg:large

    • haha. dude’s trying so hard to bust out of the friend zone. it’s not working.

      • One Dump from Retirement (GP)

        and he never will

      • Huge Bears Penis

        time to send a dick pic.

        • willbest

        • MB30SD

          works eeeeerrra time!

          Actually, I’ve never been there.

          • I have yet to do that.
            CRRRUUUDDEEE.

            I try to send them like bulge pics, get their imaginations going.

            But women are fucking sly.

            I told this one chick who hadn’t met me I was 5’6, just to see what she would say.

            I think her exact text (after a significant pause) was “oh, that’s fine, ur still taller than me” (that’s how I knew she liked me).

            Then I texted back, “Just fucking. I’m like 5’10” and she replied, “Phew. But I knew. Ur bulge was too big for u to b short”

            I was thinking, jesus christ, women are fucking Machiavellian masterminds….

      • BerwynBomber

        Yup. From the pic he appears out of his league. I had a couple friends who often went the friend zone route — most of it resulting in wasted time and stupid resentment.

        • out of his league. What gave it away, his pants rolled into his white socks?

    • Wow, that looks almost exactly like a girl I used to date.

      • Huge Bears Penis

        do you find yourself with the urge to piss on her?

        • I am like the lord, ask, and you shall receive, so only to those who ask.

          Or is that devil who only enters when invited?

          Or Allah who takes 2 steps toward you if you take one to him?

          Either way, lots of pissing…

          • One Dump from Retirement (GP)

            I think that’s the weeping angels from Doctor Who.

  • One Dump from Retirement (GP)
    • BerwynBomber

      Interesting that they cite (and indicative of lazy research/assessment) 2014 as a banner year for Jay because of the 28 TDs as that was also the year that, IIRC, he led the league in TOs. The 2015 Gase year was a much better Jay.

      Btw, wonder if a team like the Rams would at all be interested in Cutty. Back up Goff and maybe start if Goff turns into a bust, which would not surprise me.

    • Andy loves extrapolating.

      So let’s see, Cutler had 4 TDs, 5INts, 5Fumbles and 17 sacks in 5 games

      Projects to a whopping 12TDs to go along with roughly 32 TOs, and 55+ sacks.

      For every 1 TD, He gets 2 TOs and 3.4 Sacks.

      #Reverse-revisionistFacts

      • BerwynBomber

        Now, now … no need to beat on him now. His CHI career looks about over.

        But yes, keep up the Condor until it’s official.

        • But there are STILL “fans” claiming he would be our best option!

          12TDs, 32TOs, 55+sacks (if he actually survives a whole season)!

          Yeah, give me some of that smh

          • Huge Bears Penis

            if the only other option is Hoyer then yes give me Cutty.

          • BerwynBomber

            Theoretically, the ONLY way I can see them keeping Cutty is if they are drafting a kid in the first two rounds. Pace has to, even if only for appearances, address the QB position this offseason.

            Whereas if Cutty is gone we can, of course, also pursue the FA/trade/bridge/JimmyG route. Drafting would still be an option there too (except with a JimmyG trade), but drafting is probably the only option if Cutty is kept.

  • One Dump from Retirement (GP)

    OK – EVERYBODY OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    OUT NOW – We are SHUTTING DOWN THIS BLOG by EXECUTIVE ORDER!!!! Jeff is now SILENCED!!!!!!!!!

    https://storage.googleapis.com/is-now-illegal.appspot.com/gifs/DA%20BLOG.gif

    • willbest

      Trump had nothing to do with shutting down Fauxcahontas. That was a Senate Rule, which was put in place in the early 20th century to prevent fisticuffs on the Senate floor. Apparently, there were some issues with that back then.

      • One Dump from Retirement (GP)

        Valenti wrote a lefty panty bunch article called “Warren will not be silenced”

        https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/feb/08/elizabeth-warren-silenced-women-mitch-mcconnell

        So I sent her an email reminding her that, in fact, Warren WAS silenced and you can posture and preen all you want with liberal outrage, but it don’t change the fact she was shut the fuck up.

        • yes and no. silenced on the floor, but then livestreamed herself reading the note and went on a twitter rant that would’ve made donald proud, minus the fact that she ignored sentence fragments and spoke coherently.

          also, after she was silenced, merkley and bernie read the letter she was prohibited from reading. so it’s like she was talking via proxy.

          and, of course, the fact that there’s all the press around this and what she was trying to say, so her message got out there loud and clear. even if she wasn’t the one delivering it.

          mike tice sucks.

          • It’s like commanding a crowd, “Ok, everyone look anywhere but HERE.”

            Of course, where does everyone look!

          • everywhere but there?

      • AlbertInTucson

        Her state went overwhelmingly for Trump.

        • SC Dave

          And, like a particularly acute hemorrhoid, the butthurt oozes out. Yet differently, where we have to see.

    • willbest
      • One Dump from Retirement (GP)

        I’d make it the fucking hood ornament on my VW Van.

      • SC Dave

        I think the misspelled “businesses” when they meant ” minds”

    • Huge Bears Penis

      dammit, I just hired some guys to come in and fix up this dump.

    • SC Dave

      Give it up, chump.
      *Your* President *is* Trump.

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  • BerwynBomber

    The 34 players who never missed a snap in the 2016 season. 4 QBs, 4 D players, and 26 Olinemen (Leno among them).

    http://www.espn.com/blog/nflnation/post/_/id/230850/these-nfl-players-never-missed-a-snap-in-2016

    • 34 players who withstood 16 weekly car crashes.

      Rough.

      Say what you will about Favre, but man, his streak is impressive even if pilled-fueled.

      Unlike Peyton or even Brady, he took a lot of big hits.

      • Huge Bears Penis
        • haha epic.
          Should make a Fathead out of that!

          That one and when Briggs made Megatron retire.

          • Huge Bears Penis

            I don’t remember the Briggs/Megatron one.

          • EnderWiggin

          • Huge Bears Penis

            THANK YOU!

          • SC Dave

            Yet you’ll note that Calvin got right back up.

          • CanadaBear

            He disappeared for the rest of the game. That was one of the best Bears hits in recent memory. I loved how jacked up Spice Adams was!

          • Yes he did, Canada!
            And naturally, Briggs was fucking flagged. SMH…

          • yeah, but when Mega retired, he cited how the big hits he took made him decide he didn’t want to be an 80yr old man trapped in a 40yr old body.

            Pretty sure that Briggs hit was one of them.

            (He also said he played with a lot more concussions then he let on, which is kinda scary)

      • BerwynBomber

        Agreed. It is still the most impressive record Favre owns. Eli is within spitting distance of it, though, right?

        • Yeah, but I don’t think I’ll be as impressed if he does break Favre’s record since a lot of it came when players could no longer touch the QB.

          Favre played in an era where players could still go helmet to helmet, helmet to knee, or worse, had bounties on QBs

          Add that with Favre’s gunslinging playing style (not this 3 yd slant shit), while playing in conditions, and it’s just more impressive to me.

          • BerwynBomber

            Totally with you there. Dude played with a broken thumb on his throwing hand and a high ankle sprain, among other things, while keeping that streak alive. He was one tough hillbilly.

          • Huge Bears Penis

            And he did that on a cocktail of vicodin, whisky, and horse tranquilizers. it was impressive.

  • One Dump from Retirement (GP)
    • BerwynBomber

      SMH. That ball should have been picked. Golden GOAT boy threw that thing into triple coverage.

      • One Dump from Retirement (GP)

        And Brady had already been pick6’d by that throw.

        He just has no flinch or quit in him. He’s just gonna keep comin at you, making the gutty throw that most QBs would have been scared off from by that point.

        • BerwynBomber

          Oddly enough, a guy like Eli is wired that way too. He’s just not as smart nor as talented. And, of course, as is the case when comparing anyone to Brady, he doesn’t play for as good as an organization or HC (and coaching staff).

          • Is it that Eli isn’t as smart as Brady, or is it that his OCs are nowhere near Billicheat’s acumen?

          • Huge Bears Penis

            hmmm…….. Are we are talking about the same Eli and OCs that beat Brady and Belichick 2x in the SB?

          • Yes but that was Coughlin and whatever OC who beat Bill.

            Besides, year in year out, Bill has proven he’s the best HC

            There are rumblings that the Gmen are gonna draft a QB in the 1st this yr though. MacAdoo and his pedo stache are getting tired of Eli’s TOs.

  • Huge Bears Penis

    So evidently kids got stupider during the Obama Administration. I am guessing that is not going to change under Trumps.

    http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/02/09/americas-kids-got-more-stupid-in-reading-math-and-science-while-team-obama-was-in-charge.html

    • willbest

      Given what I have seen of my kids math homework that is unsurprising. They seem to go out of their way to make math harder than it should be.

      But this OCED thing comes up every couple years and is quite frankly overblown. Except to point out that a racial disparity exists in the US. Most countries are quite homogenous, and have nowhere near the diversity as the US. And this is particularly true of the iGeneration which is only something like 55% white. Compare the top 10 in Science

      Singapore: 556
      Japan: 538
      Estonia: 534
      Taipei: 532
      Finland: 531
      Macau: 529
      Canada: 528
      Vietnam: 525
      Hong Kong: 523
      BSJG (China): 523

      Not exactly the who’s who of multicultural societies is it?

      Now break the US down by race: Science –
      USA – Whites: 531
      USA – Blacks: 433
      USA – Hispanics: 470
      USA – Asians: 525
      USA – Multiracial: 503
      USA – Average: 496

      https://nces.ed.gov/surveys/pisa/pisa2015/pisa2015highlights_3f.asp

      So the racial haves (whites and asians) compare with the best of the world.

      Looks bad for American have nots. But there is some good news. Where are Latin America territories?

      Buenos Aires 475
      Chile: 447
      Mexico: 416

    • AlbertInTucson

      I know “Educators” are all bent out of shape over the new Sec. Education but, let’s face it, the “Status Quo” has not improved the outlook since, well, since there’s it has BEEN a cabinet department.

      • willbest

        Congress should do away with the Dept of Ed, and just roll up all that money into block grants to the states based on student population.

        Quite frankly, I don’t know why anybody in California gives a flop if people in Alabama want to teach their kids creationism vs. evolution. Its relevant to roughly 0.1% of the jobs out there. And to the extent that it disadvantages an Alabaman its to a Californians gain.

        Reading, Writing, Math, Civics, Logic. How to avoid becoming a debt serf. Lop 2 years off high school, and set up a path education systems after that.

        Then again, one of the ways we seem to be keeping unemployment down is to stash young adults in diploma mills.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Another good way of “keeping unemployment down” is to change the formula by which it is calculated.

          • SC Dave

            They have been doing that since Reagan left office, and perhaps before.

      • SC Dave

        Yes. Abolish the Department of Education in its entirety. It has been a worse failure than even Energy. The abolition of those two, and more importantly still, Homeland Security, would be a great start on moving back towards a free America.

        Not that Energy restricts and ruins freedom like the other two, but it is just such a colossal waste of money.

  • Solomon Thomas moved up to 8th overall. Watch him. He’s going higher than that. – Jeff

    I see a lot mocks slotting him to us at #3 already .

    Only thing is, he’s more a 3-4OLB a la McPhee, and DE is a bigger need, but I agree with Jeff that Thomas just looks like a gamer.

    Thomas and Floyd going forward would be epic.

    Teams really wouldn’t know what to do. They are both diverse.

    Fangio can put Thomas at DE like he does from time to time with McPhee.

    He can blitz Floyd, or drop him into coverage.

    Can line up both Floyd and Thomas in a 4-3 “nascar” package.

    So much win with both on the field.

    Considering McPhee’s inj history and age, wouldn’t mind Thomas at all.

    We can scoop up a DE/NT later in the draft, even top of 2nd.

    • willbest

      McPhee might never be healthy. You need a rotation there anyway. And Young/McPhee are gone in 2 seasons either way.

      • Yeah, we need so much, it’s nearly hard to go wrong at #3

        Even ILB (though not at #3) where we thought we were strong suddenly looks shallow with the Trevathan inj.

        Hicks has been a homerun in my book. If we can find another Hicks in FA to complement Hicks and insure Bullard, then Allen at #3 isn’t as enticing.

        We also need another NT, but those can usu be found for relatively cheap or later in drafts.

        I don’t even know who’s behind Goldman as of now.

        Here’s a throwback Thursday draft edition

        http://www.chicagobears.com/news/article-1/Bears-draft-ranked-second-best-in-NFL/a17eb82f-f283-47e5-9237-f55541ab3398

        • AlbertInTucson

          “…it’s nearly hard to go wrong at #3.”

          And yet, the Bears HAVE manged to.

          • AlbertInTucson

            And they are not alone in that.

          • SC Dave

            I was going to write that. I bet every single team has.

        • SC Dave

          Hicks was an EXCEPTIONAL FA pick-up. Agreed all the way.

          He’s the best guy on the D, except maybe Freeman.

    • AlbertInTucson

      It WOULD be nice to scoop up a DENT (See what i did there?) later in the draft.

      Like they did a long time ago in a galaxy far, far, away.

      • SC Dave

        Well, an HoF DE, in the top 10 sacks in history, in the 8th round would be really hard to replicate.

        Especially since there aren’t 8 rounds now 🙂

    • SC Dave

      Thomas is still my pick. Ever since Irish posted that video 5 or 6 weeks ago. Of course I could be wrong, but I’m all in on that guy. Over anyone else proposed, including (sorry MB) Hooker.

      • Hooker’s one yr and injuries sorta give me pause (and his thin frame).

        But he just looks soooo badass out there.

        Thomas may be safer in that respect.

  • Artoo

    Cutler isn’t a suitor for the 49ers (shocking because Shanahan’s Dad drafted him), Jets(Marshall), and now the Cardinals. Hello, Miami?

    • BerwynBomber

      Keep in mind, though, that it is probably in these teams’ best interests not to publicly express interest in Cutler. For a variety of reason but none bigger than they will not have to give the Bears anything if he’s released.

      • Artoo

        That’s possible but I think teams are just avoiding a player that is nearing the end of his career.

    • Ryan Tannehill was good in MIA last year. They won a bunch of games with him until he got hurt.

      He’s 5 years younger than Cutler.

      Not gonna happen.

      • Artoo

        2,995 yards
        19 touchdowns
        12 interceptions

        That’s good? I feel like they might be looking elsewhere. Just my .02

        • willbest

          That is easy to say but would you rather have Tannehill, Cutler, Romo, Kizer or Mahomes?

          • Artoo

            Romo. He’s very injury prone but he’s been a good quarterback for Dallas.

            Pretty sure his first four years of stats look similar to Favre.

            Tannehill and Cutler have showed me enough that I know they can’t take that next step. No matter how perfect the team is.

          • willbest

            Sorry, I was unspecific. For 1 year sure. But Romo will be 37 next month, and has a history of serious injury. So he isn’t your QB for the next 3 years.

          • Artoo

            I don’t see Tannehill as a three year starter as well.

            Guess we will see!

    • SC Dave

      Cutler’s best bet is Chicago. But I don’t want him.

  • Gill Brandt on the Jimmy G to Bears bandwagon.

    It’s interesting that in spite of having to resort to our 4rth QB, SCRUB WRs, and a healthy of dose of Howard, the Bears’ pass-o still ranked 14rth (and unlike other suckass teams, we were in many games till the end).

    By comparison, 9ers were dead last, Browns 28th, Jets 27th, Jags 20th

    4) Chicago Bears

    2016 starters: Matt Barkley (6 games), Jay Cutler (5), Brian Hoyer (5).

    Passing offense ranked: 14th.

    Though they’ve suffered from lackluster quarterback play, the Bears are better than people think. There’s a reason they’re fourth in my “worst to first” rankings for the 2017 season. Chicago already has a defense that ranked 15th overall, plus a strong running game led by rookie back Jordan Howard. Barkley and Hoyer will be free agents and Cutler is a likely — though not definite — goner. If the Bears landed a legitimately good signal-caller, it could make a huge difference. I’d use the third overall pick to bolster the roster elsewhere and seek a more mature quarterback outside of the draft. Romo might be available, but if I were in their shoes, I’d try to trade for Garoppolo, a Chicago-area native who played for general manager Ryan Pace’s alma mater, Eastern Illinois.

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000776013/article/ideas-for-the-qbneedy-trubisky-to-browns-romo-to-texans

    • 14th in passing yards, which is a volume stat.

      11th in yards per attempt, pretty good.

      19th in completion percentage, T-24th in TD, T-28th in INT.

      25th in passer rating.

      Overall that’s a bottom-tier passing offense. Middle of the pack in efficiency based on completing passes and getting yards, but awful in getting TD and throwing INT.

      • DaBearsBlog

        Disagree. Overall those are bottom-tier QBs.

        • Yeah, bad QBs led to a bad passing offense. We’re in agreement there.

          My argument is with the statement that the Bears’ passing offense wasn’t horrible last year because they ranked 14th in passing yards.

    • SC Dave

      Gil must be a Patsies fan.

      NO FUCKING TRADE FOR GARAPPOLO

      • Huge Bears Penis

        TRADE FOR GARAPPOLO

  • willbest

    And this is why we had to muzzle Warren.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/09/brawls-break-out-in-south-african-parliament-after-denunciation-of-zuma

    Wait a second… isn’t MB in South Africa? MB… what did you do? WHAT DID YOU DO?

    • yeah, cuz we’re south african!

      Even the brits are cheekier than us.

    • Cormonster

      This is what a senate fight would look like. Most are over 60 and 1/4 are at least 70.

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