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DaBearsPod Week 6: Adam Jahns of Sun-Times & Tom Petty! [AUDIO]

| October 13th, 2017

On this week’s pod:

  • Jeff launches a profanity-laced tirade on the United States men’s national soccer disgrace. They are not a team. They are a disgrace.
  • Adam Jahns of Chicago Sun-Times discusses changes in the locker with Trubisky under center, John Fox’s buffoonery, Tanner Gentry’s real debut this coming Sunday, Cody Whitehair’s snap struggles, Adam Shaheen’s whereabouts, Nick Kwiatkoski’s health…and more!
  • Reverend Dave attempts to watch Monday Night Football in East Africa…
  • Once more unto the Tom Petty breach with You Got Lucky (possibly my favorite Petty song).

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  • Cooper

    I would totally DVR “AJ After Dark”

  • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

    go to 4:50 mark to avoid soccer rant, although the rant is a little amusing.

    • Bear Instincts

      Not enough money is being put into American soccer at the lower levels which is where you start to groom and scout players of the future.

      • Irish Sweetness

        But if they can make more money in the …eh …. respected leagues … what keeps them Stateside once they’re trained up? Do Brazil, Chile, Argentina or Mexico spend a fortune on sports?

        International football is a fickle game. Ireland just booted Wales out of the WC qualifying because Wales didn’t have Gareth Bale for the game. They nearly won the European championships. It’s often only one player than lifts a team from parity to greatness.

        You need a Pele. A Zidane. A Roy Keane. Somebody who makes a difference. Not money.

        • Bear Instincts

          The money is spent on grooming young players and bringing them into the country from a young age. Most US kids dont play soccer and dont see the money in it. In most other countries kids are play soccer from the day thy pop out the womb.
          http://www.businessinsider.com/how-much-neymar-salary-transfer-fee-psg-2017-8
          Once completed, the move will become the most expensive in soccer history, and will eventually cost PSG $528 million.

          PSG is expected to pay Neymar’s transfer fee of $263 million (€222 million) “in full,” according to the BBC.
          On top of that, Neymar will receive a five-year contract and will be
          paid an annual salary of $53 million (€45 million), making him the
          highest-paid footballer in the world.

          Neymar would surpass Carlos Tevez as the highest-paid
          footballer. Tevez is reportedly making $42 million per year for the
          Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua.

          https://www.forbes.com/sites/christinasettimi/2017/08/03/neymar-set-to-eclipse-messi-and-ronaldo-and-become-the-worlds-highest-paid-soccer-player/#191a1ca19127

        • Cuck Cooper

          Actually in Central & South America, soccer kids 6 and up that display athletic gifting are sold by thier families to teams and they become part of a teams farm league until they crap out or go pro. It’s a year round deal.

          Of course they do attend schooling provided by the soccer club that owns them, so it’s perfectly legit….wink…wink…

          • SC Dave

            I recall reading about something similar in Europe – Netherlands maybe?.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            the same thing kind of plays out in eastern Europe. I had a coworker from Serbia. When the war broke out there, it was his soccer club/school that helped protect him and his family. The soccer club initially got him and his family moved to Northern Italy to avoid the war. His soccer club eventually got him to the US for College and he stayed. He did not like talking about it much, but if I got him drunk enough he would tell some crazy stories. Too bad I was usually drunk so I don’t remember much of the stories, but I did have a new respect for him.

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        How much money needs to be spent? it’s a pretty cheap sport, a ball cost like $10, and that is basically all you need.

        • Bear Instincts

          Check my comment below to see how much Neymar makes

      • SC Dave

        Check out the Changing The Game Project.

    • CanadaBear

      TY.

  • SC Dave

    WIth you on USMNT, Jeff. Arena gone.

    What a pathetic showing. And yes, disgrace is a good word for it.

  • SC Dave

    I wish the talking heads would stop the crap about the Pittsburgh win not being a “good win”. ALL wins are good wins unless the wrong people get injured. That did not happen.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Why was Princess Leia never happy?

    Because she was looking for love in Alderaan places!

    Thank you Deep Space 69.

    • Cooper

      Consider the life Han Solo gets if he doesn’t fall for Leia.

      Rich from the rescue, without the galaxy’s most dysfunctional bloodline. Hyperspace to New Vegas and livin it up.

      What a sap.

      • Irish Sweetness

        It’s the old “Why do NFL QBs get married ASAP?” …. every one of these dicks can’t wait to give some girl the big ticket.

        • willbest

          Well like with Kris Bryant I assume its because she had been with him since high school before he could bang any woman on the planet and he has some belief that he could trust her.

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        From what I saw in the original movies there is only like 3 women in the whole universe. If Han wanted to get laid he better hop on when he had a chance.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Only 3 women … but a whole loada space pussy! Those green chicks with the long ears? Chicks with six tits …. boldly going ….

        • willbest

          It was a war movie. And they were written at a time when women serving on the front lines was preposterous.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            it was a long time ago in a galaxy far far away….

  • Big Mike

    Can we take a moment and appreciate the Cubs taking the focus off of the Bears. Damn that was an exhausting baseball game.

    • Bender McLugh

      seriously great game, but the exhaustion for me is this morning. How am I awake again?

      • Big Mike

        And the prize is west coast games and probably an ulcer..

        • CanadaBear

          West coast games are great (when you live on the West coast!).

  • Marc Trestman

    I am really tired you guys and Jeff being so negative about the time I spent as the Head Coach of the Bears. We had some really good times and plenty of success. You should have seen our practices, they were really great. Besides I had a better record than your current dumb ass coach, so I could not have been as bad as you guys say.

    • Cooper

      Marc –

      I often do not throw away my plastic utensils properly and leave trash on my desk.

      • Marc Trestman

        WTH, do you realize the damage an improperly disposed plastic fork can do to someone? I once, I mean a friend of mine once sat down on a table that had an old fork. It punctured his scrotum and became infested. The doctors had to remove both testicles. Also did you know trash left out attracts rodents and ants? It is very unhealthy.

        • Cooper

          I can see why you are a leader of men. Truly, you know how to “build the man”.

          • Marc Trestman

            I am all about safety. Also remember cleanliness is next to godliness. There is a direct correlation between being tidy in all aspects of your life and having success on the football field. The Bears failed those years because they did not buy into it.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Gordo? GPL …. McConaughey??

    • evantonio

      You got Josh McCown paid. Hats off to you, good sir.

      • BerwynBomber

        Weirdly enough, McCown’s kinda having a “bounce back” season with the NYJ up to this point. Bounce back to what you ask? Good question. A few games here and there with the Browns? Half of a season with the Bears (’13)?

        But of the ex-Bears QBs starting this year, he is definitely playing the best of the three.

        • willbest

          2013 was almost as good to him as it was to Cutler. Its made him something like 30 million dollars.

          • BerwynBomber

            Yeah, both of those were bad contracts.

    • Big Mike

      fuck you

    • BearDown100393

      You made Jay cry.

    • Nancy Glennon

      Oh my, what brings you here, cutie? I did not know you used to be the HC of the Bears, how could they let someone as sexy as you slip away?

      • Marc Trestman

        Well aren’t you the sweetest thing south of the border. I am sorry to hear how the Bears have treated your son, he deserves better. Bears fans in Chicago are usually busy with 2 things,
        1. Bitching about QB and Coaching
        2. Shooting people.

        They are pretty good at both. Let Mike know that if he is needing work next year to give me a call, things are so much nicer here in Toronto.

        • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

          Shooting people???

          • Marc Trestman

            So far this year there have been 19 murders in Toronto. That is a slow Friday night in Chicago. Therefore people in Chicago must be busy shooting people.

  • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

    I hope Trubs shows some improvement by throwing for at least 150 yards this weekend.

    • Bear Instincts

      From everything we have read and heard since camp to now the kids is like a sponge. He absorbs and gets better and better. My only disappointment is that the WR group is so trash. I hope Pace will show the top WR’s the money this off season: https://boards.atlantafalcons.com/topic/4053531-best-potential-2018-nfl-free-agents-by-position-strong-qb-wr-classes/

      • Irish Sweetness

        Cam would make any and every roster in the NFL. Kendall is useful. So is Deonte. The 6’5 piece is missing, and they are rare. $$$

        • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

          didn’t they release Deonte

          • Irish Sweetness

            Shit, yeah ….

            And we can’t really draft receivers ….. shit.

            Running it is!

          • willbest

            There was a good joke a couple days ago when the news broke about Irish acquiring a fake passport and two pistols.

        • Bear Instincts

          Cam, McBride & Gentry are the only ones I would keep. We need to raise the bar. Other teams should be looking at our #3 as a potential #1. Pace needs to spend the money so MT10 can look good.

          Strip the Cheese of Devanted.

          Bring back Alshon.
          Allen Robinson or Jarvis Landry

          Gamble on Odell if the price is right

          • Irish Sweetness

            I think Philly would accept a trade for Alshon.

            And how about Devante …Parker …instead? 6’3 too.

            Odell seems to be … a loon. I’d rather steal a guy like Shephard from the Giants. But if we can lighten the Packers load any …. would they let that happen?

          • Bear Instincts

            First move is to weaken the Packers. Get Alshon back and target a big name play that will command a double team all the time.

            Our WR room should be:Cam, McBride, Gentry, Alshon, Adams & Parker.

            MT10 would be throwing bombs all day long.

          • It’s all part of the plan

            Parker is not impressive.

          • BerwynBomber

            My guess is the Cheese will re-sign Adams.

            I think Philly would be willing to deal Alshon too. (I would.) But what the asking price would be who knows?

        • Cams knee may never be the same. Think they said he had nerve damage

          • BerwynBomber

            Yeah, that looked hideous on TV. Feel bad for the kid. Probably worked his ass off to climb up the way he did. An eventual huge pay day on the horizon. And gone in a meaningless play in a pre-season game.

            Brutal sport.

          • Bear Instincts

            He got Foxed

      • SC Dave

        Philly is 5-1, and Carson Wentz is a good QB that will very possibly have a better career than MT.

        So Alshon comes back why, exactly?

        • BearDown100393

          I asked the same a few days ago.

          • SC Dave

            So I saved you the trouble of repeating yourself then!

          • AlbertInTucson

            Well, Wentz WAS only 4-1 then.

      • BerwynBomber

        Small nit but Watkins is with the LAR now.

        I’d be leery of a guy like Adams. Mind, I think he is good, just as I think Nelson and Cobb are good. But having Rodgers as their QB inflates their value.

        In fact, it is probably smart for any team to avoid overpaying for receivers who had the luxury of playing with Rodgers or Brees. History says they won’t be nearly as good. Jennings, Jones, Graham, Cook, … etc.

        • willbest

          Watkins is on a 1 year deal. He is sniffing long term money after a disappointing rookie contract.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            he isn’t looking the best on that one year deal either

  • Big Mike

    Arena steps down from USMNT.

    • BearDown100393

      M’kay.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Wasn’t he already a “Step down”/

      • SC Dave

        *zing*

        Indeed.

    • Dis Guy Trublinsky

      Took me a long time to figure out what USMNT was back when Jeff started posting about soccer. I can’t believe people still have patience enough to watch soccer on TV. 2-0 is a blowout, an insurmountable lead. Take away the offsides rules and let’s score some goals. Then I’m in.

      • AlbertInTucson

        At LEAST paint an offside line on the field.

      • Big Mike

        I get interested once every 4 years.

        Get Outlook for iOS

      • Scharfinator

        3-0 is what you mean, but it is certainly different from US sports.

  • Jokey

    That was a nice talk w/Jahns, thanks Jeff!

  • It’s all part of the plan

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog
    The amount of booze people consume at sporting events is grotesque.
    WafflesBlog@Wafflesblog
    What kind of fucking nerd gets falldown drunk on $10 beer?

    • willbest

      Nobody. You get drunk tailgating beforehand. Then $20 of beer will maintain it.

      • It’s all part of the plan

        how is that grotesque, that’s just sound money management. That’s why god created flasks.

        • Bar in the car

        • Dis Guy Trublinsky

          I took a family of four to a Bears/Lions tilt several years ago. I drank a shit ton of shitty beer and paid handsomely for it. The added cost to drink at a game is negligible given the overall expense, and I’ll be damned if I’m watching it dry. That said, I also don’t drink to stupid levels in front of my kids. That kind of caps the expense.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Then go home, or someone else’s home, and keep maintaining it … and then don’t even bother leaving your bed to take a whiz. Fuck it.

    • SC Dave

      To some people, an extra $40 spent on beer (say you’d spend $5 on the beer normally, so 8x$5 = $40) doesn’t mean anything.

      • willbest

        I wouldn’t miss $40 if it disappeared out of my pocket. I am still not paying $10 for 20 ounces of Miller Lite, when I can get 24 12oz bottles from Costco for $15

        • SC Dave

          I wouldn’t drink Miller Lite were it free.

          Amd the football at Costco is just TV

          • leftcoastdave

            Lite beer is an oxymoron.

    • Bender McLugh

      too much booze can lead to sucker punches between fans of the same team too

      https://deadspin.com/panthers-fan-sucker-punches-old-man-1819436354

    • Irish Sweetness

      Whenever I watch a football game I’m always amazed to see that guy return to his seat holding two beers that must have taken 20 minutes out of the game at a crucial point.

      And then I remember drinking.

  • Bear Instincts
  • BerwynBomber

    So Jeff’s never been hammered at a Bears game? Color me surprised.

    • CanadaBear

      Color me dubious!

  • Cooper

    Haha, DC fan hell

    https://www.sbnation.com/mlb/2017/10/13/16468286/cubs-nationals-game-5-final-score-results-fan-reaction

    I guess we kinda laugh. Being a Bears fan is effectively the same boat.

    • willbest

      The refusal to call them the Redskins made me smile

  • Cooper

    Man that Wheaton guy worked out great, huh?

  • Bender McLugh
    • Cooper

      The devil is in the details. Marketing speak is killer.

      “having access to it immediately” can simply mean they hold the wallet and let you manipulate it right away via the web or have the API hooks to e-commerce for you, so you place your wallet id into play.

      But they hold it.

      Want to know something even more whack? BCH vs. BTC.

      An abstraction, called “bitcoin cash”. What is bitcoin cash? Think of it like a currency loan against your actual coins.

      https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/beginners-guide-claiming-your-bitcoin-cash-and-selling-it/

      And while these two pasty bastards look like they report straight to Putin himself, the Trezor does work and is a good idea. Plus it’s cool because it’s named after Trent Reznor.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xObssnQwVgg

      Lastly, don’t buy BTC right now. The market is in correction. Wait.

      • Cooper

        P.S.S.

        Irish – what is this really all about?

        https://www.cnbc.com/2017/08/02/cboe-bitcoin-futures-winklevoss-brothers-digital-currency-exchange.html

        Hint: How do you manipulate a commodity market like gold or silver?

        That’s right kids, you create a futures market against it.

        Do you think the Winklevoss boys represent the people who want BTC to succeed or BTC to fail?

        Hint: Look at what the dad does for a living.

        • Irish Sweetness

          If they can’t control Bitcoin, they can just create derivatives against it/for it based on what variables they could change or have information about.

          It’s easy for the Rothschilds and everyone who sucks at their teat to manipulate the commodities market, because for example in Gold, they own most of it anyway.

          Just waiting for that BR2 EMP …..

  • willbest
    • AlbertInTucson

      It’s called “Marketing”.

    • evantonio

      What AiT said. Different messages for different audiences.

      • willbest

        I know why they did it. But they dissected the market by race. Which is to say felt that was the optimum way to divide the US consumer base to maximize their economic opportunity.

        • evantonio

          How would you have done it? It’s like when Tom Burrell introduced a black Marlboro man because that audience didn’t care about a mustached cowboy on the plains.

        • SC Dave

          Race, or culture? Not always a clear distinction.

  • Sactowns#1

    Ok- Where my Whiskey enthusiasts? I have a real conundrum.

    • CanadaBear

      Apparently all the whiskey drinkers are on a break. The bastards!

      • Sactowns#1

        Seriously! Haha

        • AlbertInTucson

          A couple of years ago, I had a shot of Jameson’s at a funeral.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Pretty sure it wasn’t that $500 per stuff.

    • leftcoastdave

      Teeling!!!

      Jameson Cask (Stout Edition)

      • Sactowns#1

        Their single malt 24 year is $500. I may like whiskey but I don’t like it that much.

        • leftcoastdave

          Teeling is killer sipping whiskey neat.

          The Jameson Cask I like over one cube.

          Each around $30 and worth every penny.

          And of course, they are Irish and very clean.

    • willbest

      aberlour 16

    • EnderWiggin

      I look for two things. Age and single malt. (and nothing too smokey)

    • Scharfinator

      Rye is my fav

      Bulleit usually.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Not my area of expertise.

    • Sactowns#1

      ok, so here’s my conundrum. Fall is release season for whiskeys. If I were back in California I would be roaming from store to store and buying whatever they happened to have. but in Oregon the stores are state run so you can go on a website and search for whatever you want and it will tell you which stores have it, the price and how many they have. So now I’m not beholden to chance and can search out either A) A rare KY rye that’s $120 a bottle or B) get 2-3 bottles of less rare stuff for the same price.

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        I am not a huge Whiskey guy and I tend to lean towards the the Canadian whiskeys. Local whiskey to the Portland area (I think it is made in Hood River) is Pendleton, its more of a Canadian whiskey so I liked it.

        http://pendletonwhisky.com/products/

        • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

          BTW, how you liking Portland?

          • Sactowns#1

            I’m digging it. I love the new job and the variety of roles in this organization.
            Portland is definitely less diverse, in just about every way. Seems everyone is between 25-45 years old, white and making an upper middle class wage.
            Food and beer scene is amazing though. The few people of color who are here are definitely moving the food scene forward. You can get a really good meal for under $20 and world class beers for $5 a pint. (Suck it NYC!)
            Oh and I made one whole friend so far. Haha

          • CanadaBear

            It’s a bitch making friends in a new area unless you’re married with a couple of kids. They make friends unloading the furniture. Glad you’re loving life.

          • Sactowns#1

            Thanks. I figure I’ll play some softball, golf on the weekends etc. Figure I gotta at least find an activity buddy.
            Or some of you jerks could come visit sometime.

          • CanadaBear

            For me the connection was always sports, music and cycling. When I was single there were other motivating factors!

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            My brother lives out there – he just got married so I don’t think he goes out as much and he is 45. Not sure where you live in Portland so might be a little far for you, but every time I am out in Portland, we usually end up at either Gladstones Pub or the Side Street Tavern. Those places are pretty low key neighborhood bar type places with good people. Gladstones has a pizza joint pretty close by that aint bad.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            The food truck scene used to be amazing in Portland. Unfortunately it has gone downhill the last couple years. There are a lot of pretty good microbrews, unfortunately I can’t remember the names of them right now.

        • DaMurph

          I was in Portland renting and riding the first week in August, the big friggin heat wave!

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            I was there for my brothers wedding at the same time. 107 degrees the first day I got there. Luckily it cooled down to 99 on the day of the wedding.

          • DaMurph

            I was sitting on that bike it was registering 113! Brutal!

      • CRAZYBEARNORTH48

        Crown royal northern rye ..wiser,s 18…..are nice whiskey, dalmore…Oban….balvenie….highland park …nice scotch

        • leftcoastdave

          Back in the day we had a few bottles of Wisers Oldest.

          I don’t like Canadian, (too light) but that was great whiskey.

        • Sactowns#1

          Hmm… I haven’t tried Wisers but it looks intriguing. Thanks for the recommendation.

      • DaMurph

        Angels Envy bourbon! Smoothest stuff ever crossed my lips. About $50 a bottle. They make a single barrel for $299 i believe.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Here you go Sac.

        Drink the stuff made by the people who invented it.

        https://www.thewhiskyexchange.com/c/320/single-malt-irish-whiskey

      • SC Dave

        I’m definitely not a connoisseur (shit, I spelled that right – lucky bastard), but I’e done well by single malt Scotches from The Balvenie.

        For whatever that’s worth to ya, Sac. Hope you end up with something awesome; I’ll be looking for a report.

  • Bear Instincts
    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      bad injury history, and lost a step because of it. However we are desperate for ILB. If he comes fairly cheap or has easy outs in his contract, he seems like a Pace type signing.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Doesn’t he HAVE to be better, even on one leg, then the Bears 6th or 7th ILB option…?

        • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

          I would assume so, but is sounds like Kwiatkoski is close to coming back, and they seem to like him. Tre is back this week, Kwiat will be back next week or so. But we need depth right now.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Is Nick coming back a good thing?

          • CanadaBear

            To me he looked a lot better this year. The coaching staff really like him.

  • leftcoastdave

    Hillary was asked if the Weinstein matter resembled that of her husband.

    She said, “close, but no cigar.”

    • Irish Sweetness

      Touche!

      Just like your Presidential campaign Hilary ….

    • Ha!

    • SC Dave

      ha ha… good one.

  • AlbertInTucson

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog
    “Dowell Loggains has to rewrite the playbook again with Wheaton injured.”

    How much rewriting is required for a guy who had exactly 1 reception?

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      and he was never open because of his awful route running. However if has been hampered/hiding this injury, it would explain why he was making such poor cuts.

      • SC Dave

        While a single letter correction might look like a nit, I’d say “could”, not “would”.

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    • Scharfinator

      Do we have less than 5 WR’s out now?

      • Irish Sweetness

        Yup: Bellamy, Wright, Gentry, McBride.

        Darreus Rogers and Mario Alford on the PS.

        Hopefully Deonte comes back.

    • Wheaton theoretically stretched the field.

      But if no one throws them deep to him, so much for that.

  • evantonio

    Bowman has been outright released. Wonder if Jeff still thinks we shouldn’t go anywhere near him.

    I think we should. What have we got to lose?

    • EnderWiggin

      Heck yeah, now that we won’t have to give up a pick. Fangio + $ = Us?

    • Sactowns#1

      Sign that man now!!!

    • Irish Sweetness

      Absolutely nothing.

      Call up the rapists, wife-batterers, murderers, hit-men and general scumbags.

      This season is on.

    • Wow. Why is he released? the knee thing?

      That dude is better than half our team with one knee.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Last night in their big 5th inning, the Cubs had 4 batters reach in 4 different ways WITHOUT benefit of hitting the baseball.

    A strikeout/passed ball, a hit by pitch, a cather’s Interference and an Intentional walk.

    Baseball Reference reports that in 2.7 MILLION half innings of data, that 4-way combo had occurred exactly, NEVER!

    Stat Of The Day!

    Courtesy- The Steve Czaban Show, ESPN 980, Washington, D.C.

    • CanadaBear

      It was awesome! Being a lifelong Cubs fan I never thought I’d see the breaks go their way like that. Better to be lucky than good. Wild series. If the Cubs have enough gas in the tank (the pitchers), the next series will be interesting.

      • leftcoastdave

        Agree, but think the Dodgers get them this year. Hope not.

        Remember back when the Dodgers were playing the Cards for the championship and Tommy Lasorda was the manager? They had a two run lead with Cards on second and third with two out and Jack Clark coming to the plate. That was one of those years when Jack Clark was the only hitter on the team.

        That was also the year when it was revealed that Tommy Lasorda is dumber than your average dog, because even your average dog knows when it is time for a walk.

        Yep, he pitched to him and lost on a three run homer. I saw it from the track at Santa Anita.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Lasorda let Tom Niedenfeuer ptich to Jack Clark even though he had Fernando Valenzuela, who was “lights out” at the time, ready in the bullpen.

          Yes, Fernando was a lefty but his out pitch was an unhittable screwball.

        • AlbertInTucson

          Dodgers lost to the cards another time on a HR by, of all people, Ozzie Smith.

      • AlbertInTucson

        I’d have to say “Advantage, Dodgers” but, the D backs did hit 4 dingers off of Kershaw.

        • CanadaBear

          No doubt they have the advantage the first two games. Love this time of year!

  • AlbertInTucson

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog
    “I have no problem with sporting events selling booze and people drinking. But I would love to see stadiums keeps drunk people from entering.”

    Or demanding that they exit when they get loaded at the stadium.

    • Irish Sweetness

      It’s a bit silly to fill people up with alcohol, and then throw them out when they have become legally drunk. One cannot drink responsibly, by nature and design. Alcohol removes you from the world of good judgement. Ergo, do not sell alcohol at places where children are, is a safe measure for a society to take if they value their children or the kind of place they want to live in.

      (dismounts horse of great vertical displacement with aid of step-ladder)

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        not everyone can’t handle their alcohol.

        • 20 yr olds taking shotguns and tequila shots at 7am watching a violent game typically does not result in “civilized” behavior.

          Football games are dyionisoan to a certain extent. They’re the american version of GK theatre or Roman coliseum.

          A refuge from law, work HR, PC behavior…

          The thing is, some ppl take their fams without knowing this.

      • I always felt there should be an “adult” half of the stadium, and a “family section” to the stadium

        Seems like a pragmatic idea long over due.

        If I had a family, I wouldn’t take them to a dive bar.

      • CanadaBear

        The vast majority of people can drink responsibly.

        • Dunno know about the ones who drink in public though.

          Just last week, I was talking to a chick, and this other chick, out of nowhere, just spilled a drink all over her head from behind.

          I had to carry that girl out before she killed her…

          Da Blog, after dark…

          • CanadaBear

            I’m guessing there was some history there! No doubt young people drinking in public is likely to have some drunks going nuts but most of the people are OK. Once you get to about 40 most of the drunks are even OK (as long as they don’t drive).

          • I really believe it’s “event” specific.

            Like my friend went to an Oz fest with Ramstein, etc

            Needless to say, there was nearly a riot.

            I went to a rap concert in Rosarito once, and they had BUSES waiting to take away knuckleheads.

            Meanwhile, I’ve gone to some artsy stuff where ppl get plastered as well, but those tend to be less violent (not always though! Including yours truly fighting an artist over a disagreement over Nietzsche. I decided to give him an example of his philo lol)

            Football games are weird cuz you get a mixture of drunk alpha males who are naturally drawn to violence…and dads just bringing their fam to games like it’s disneyland.

            They really should be segregated.

          • CanadaBear

            I went to a game in Calgary and right after halftime I went to get a soda for me and a beer for my buddy. There were two extremely drunk girls in their 20’s shouting obscenities at a few guys that were harassing them at the concession stand/walkways. The one gal was so drunk she kept yelling at the guys to eat her pussy. I saw her up close. Uh, thanks but no thanks!

      • It’s all part of the plan

        Irish, don’t you smoke weed?

  • Cooper

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BaLQ36zhws7/

    Man seated is 62 years old.
    Man punching is 26.
    Man punching is Kyle Adam Maraghy.
    Kyle did not like being asked to sit down again and again.

    Kyle is now under arrest for felony assault.
    Kyle is almost certain to be convicted.
    Kyle is now a felon for the rest of his life.

    This is Kyle’s arm: https://heavyeditorial.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/untitled25.jpg?quality=65&strip=all&strip=all

    Kyle will need that tat in Federal pound-you-in-the-ass prison.

    This is Kyle seated:
    https://heavyeditorial.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/02.jpg?quality=65&strip=all&strip=all

    Kyle is a soft body, as Sgt Hartmann would say.

    Kyle: Fuck you.

    • CanadaBear

      I’m kinda surprised he didn’t get his ass handed to him right there. It’s not like he’s the incredible bulk or some such thing. Of course, in the US he might be carrying.

      • Cooper

        This is Kyle boating, sporting his Beastie Boy look:
        https://heavyeditorial.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/03.jpg?quality=65&strip=all&strip=all

        This is Kyle hitting up some broad, probably didn’t score with her with that shit face of his:
        https://heavyeditorial.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/0.jpg?quality=65&strip=all&strip=all

        And yes, the crowd needed to beat Kyle’s ass into a pulp. In Chicago stands his ass would die.

        • CanadaBear

          That’s what I remember from going to games back in late 70’s-early 80’s. There was always some drunken foolishness going on halfway close to wherever I was sitting (always shitty seats). Usually good-natured and pretty fun/funny. But every now and then … I was never that close to a fight but I saw a few within about 50 feet.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            I have only been to about a dozen games over the years, and never seen any fights around me in the stands. However, back in 1998(whatever year the home run race between Sosa and Mcgwire) I went to St Louis for a game, and after the game I witness a fight break out and one guy ended up throwing another guy in front of a car in the street got hit going 10-15 mph. about 20 people jumped on the guy that threw the guy to hold him till the police showed up. It happened so quickly. The guy that got hit by the car seemed to be okay, but was taken to the hospital.

          • CanadaBear

            People are nuts. Back in the day you had to sneak your alcohol in and as you can imagine most of it was the loud mouth stuff (hard liquor).

          • Sounds like fun!

          • CanadaBear

            The only real issue was if you sneaked in a bottle of hard stuff it was going to be empty by the end of the game. Way too much for one person unless they are professional drinkers. I sneaked in beer because my tolerance for booze was so low. Once everyone got to their seats it was amazing to look around and see how many people were drinking. Again, I was in the shitty seats where you purchased them by the game so there weren’t any season ticket holders around us.

          • haha, sometimes old timers tell me these stories, and I long for them (without the bellbottoms).

            It’s hard to do shit like that anymore. Everything is so corporate.

            Godman pretzles cost more than 9er tickets a few weeks back. Jesus.

            I used to tell chick to sneak flasks in their boobs since no bouncer feels up boobs.

            Then I would just order a coke. Boom.

            Yet another reason to date a girl with big boob, boys.

          • CanadaBear

            Guys used to put balloons full of rum in 2-liter bottles and then once they got to their seats would pull out the knitting needles and poke open the balloon. At Wrigley it was $1.50 for a bleacher seat and $1 for a 20 oz draft of Old Stool. You could take the “L” both ways, see a game and get hammered for under $20.

            My biggest pet peeve about corporate takeovers is in the music biz. It used to be if you got there early you were going to be down front. Now the only way to be up close at a big show is either pay a fortune or know someone.

          • BerwynBomber

            You mean open seating? In regard to large concerts that idea forever died after the infamous trampling tragedy at the Who concert in Cincy, right?

            What gets me about concerts are the price of tickets. Inflation has been astronomical in that field.

          • willbest

            It isn’t the $80 ticket that is obscene, its the $12 per ticket that ticketmaster charges. For things that won’t sell out, I always make my way to the box office to save myself $25-60

          • CanadaBear

            Gotta agree about the Who concert putting an end to open seating. But even after that you could still get decent tix standing in line at Box office. As far as prices, I always blame the astronomical cost on The Eagles. Fuckers!

          • willbest

            Win a radio contest.

          • Cooper

            I missed that Bender hit this post first.

          • Bender McLugh

            BaconReader

          • Irish Sweetness

            And a girl is behind about 90% of all of that bullshit, am I right? A girl, too much alcohol, and time. That’s all it takes for things to go tits up.

          • CanadaBear

            At least at the games it was just drunks and testosterone. Not so much over women. Although most of the fights in bars were over women. Glad I managed to avoid most of those.

      • DaMurph

        He ain’t carrying in an NFL stadium!

        • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

          why not? the last time I went to a game the security was not that tight.

        • CanadaBear

          Murph I haven’t been in an NFL stadium in decades. Unless they make you go through metal detectors, I’m guessing lots of people are packing.

          • DaMurph

            Man they search you like a criminal, metal detectors wands etc

      • EnderWiggin

        I couldn’t have stood there and watched. I guarantee you, that dude would have kicked my ass(unless I got help).

      • Scharfinator

        Nah, shoulda been stopped. You can’t tolerate that shit.

        America is *supposed* to be about looking out for your neighbor on your own accord. Not sure how true that is now though…

        • I think the world is so crazy, that it gives ppl pause now.

          For all you know, the guy getting beat up took the first swing, or used a weapon, or maybe he has a gun or something.

          Never know these days.

          And no one wants to get sued.

          • Scharfinator

            I imagine you never really knew – but yes, the litigiousness of this society is absurd.

          • Like when Freeman gave that dude the Heimlich.

            I wonder if he could’ve got sued if he broke the guys ribs or if that guy died.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Just watched American Made. Tom Cruise running drugs for Escobar and guns for the CIA. 80s Contras. Worth seeing.

  • willbest

    Student Athlete.

    http://www.slate.com/blogs/moneybox/2014/03/27/the_unc_fake_class_scandal_athlete_got_an_a_for_a_one_paragraph_paper.html

    Just for kicks I asked my 9 year old to tell me who Rosa Parks was and he rattled off a more thorough answer. So I presume he is ready for college.

    • BerwynBomber

      St. Roy and UNC skate.

      The best solution would be to eliminate all athletic scholarships. Turn all college athletics short of the huge money-makers (basically football and basketball) into club sports.

      In regard to basketball and football, institute a hard cap across the board both individually and collectively. And then offer the athletes four year contracts. Treat them as staff employees of the universities for the length of those contracts.

      Will never happen of course. Too much greed, hypocrisy, self-delusion, resentment and fantasy is at stake. But it would be the most honest way to handle a good many of the problems. And make it much more transparent as well as mitigate the exploitation argument.

      • willbest

        I saw a comment the about the NCAA that pretty much sums everything up in 140 characters

        “The NCAA is basically the enforcement unit of a cartel agreement among universities to not pay employees”

        https://twitter.com/iowahawkblog/status/918879109710618624

      • Dis Guy Trublinsky

        I’ve been got an entirely different outlook. My daughter is getting lots of attention from coaches on the lacrosse field. She’ll likely get a pretty tidy sum to play in college when it’s all said and done.

        The problem isn’t NCAA scholarships for student athletes. It’s really pretty much just the revenue generating sports skewing everything. There are far more athletes participating than just the big three sports “employ”.

        I’d be pretty pissed at this point if all athletes outside of the big two sports get fucked out of scholarship money. There are lots of kids still working their asses off for the true student athlete experience.

        • BerwynBomber

          There are a lot more kids — like probably a hundred-fold — who work their ass off with no scholarship. They work their ass off and pay off student loans for however long.

          And those big sports basically pay for the scholarships for women’s lacrosse.

          • Dis Guy Trublinsky

            Well it all worked just fine before there was crazy money and big TV deals in place.

            Not sure what you mean regarding student loans. Schools want student athletes. Always have. So do employers. Showing NCAA athletics participation on your resume is a pretty good bump.

          • BerwynBomber

            Schools want student-athletes because of football and basketball — if you’re talking scholarships. Why? Because those make money and provide “prestige”.

            Schools could still brag about student-athletes w/out athletic scholarships. I’m sure Ivy League schools and small private colleges do all the time.

            And a kid going to a school and playing lacrosse on the side could still look good in a resume pool. She just wouldn’t be getting a free ride due to lacrosse. Hence, why I said make it like a club sport.

          • Dis Guy Trublinsky

            All fair points. But how do you separate the talent in this scenario?

            It’s a very competitive situation for both the athletes and the kids. Both the schools and the kids want this marriage to exist.

            And not to split hairs here, but there is almost no such thing as a full ride. A full functioning D1 team has something like 13 total scholarships to divide amongst a roster of 30 +- kids. The best kids get about 50% tuition. Many get around 25%. And some play without any scholarship money at all.

          • BerwynBomber

            Fair points as well. Anyway, wasn’t attempting to make it personal about you or your daughter. Hell, I’d have the same mindset as you were I in your shoes.

            I just think the whole “student-athlete” sham as it pertains to big-time athletics is an enormous part of the problem behind stories like UNC.

          • Dis Guy Trublinsky

            Completely agree. But know that there are far more kids out there that are killing themselves for that chance to play for a U of M or the like.

        • willbest

          Schools would jettison women’s lacrosse and the like if Title IX didn’t require them to issues the same number of scholarships to men and women.

          • Dis Guy Trublinsky

            LOL. You think womens collegiate Lacrosse showed up post Title IX?

          • willbest

            I think the scholarship money for women’s lacrosse players did.

          • BerwynBomber

            I would be surprised if that wasn’t the case.

          • Dis Guy Trublinsky

            It isn’t. They’ve been getting money far longer than that. One of my daughter’s coaches played on scholarship in the 70’s and her mother had done the same.

            It’s far more popular on the East Coast and has real history.

            I’m trying to see your point. And I understand the football and basketball scenes have bastardized the ideal. But I’m no sure how dissolving the scholarship programs for everybody else solves that.

            What’s wrong with the schools trying to bring in strong, dedicated, hard working student athletes? They give money to kids for all kinds of reasons. Many of these kids are good for the schools.

      • That Guy

        Studies show that even for the top-tier schools, football and basketball programs lose money. That is, the money they generate doesn’t quite make up for money invested/diverted to them by their universities.

        http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Myth-College-Sports-Are-a-Cash-Cow2.aspx

        http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/college/ct-college-football-is-forever-20170106-story.html

        https://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-greenwald/college-football-is-steal_b_8282690.html

        The best solution would be to get rid of any and all revenue agreements and drastically cut spending on sports programs. Given that most schools football and men’s basketball programs see the vast majority of their budgets come from university revenues from student fees, you’d have a net reduction in student tuition, and you’d dry up the swamp of corruption because the money involved would go away.

        Won’t happen, because too many rich and powerful people are making too much money off the backs of students and all the deluded people paying high ticket prices and royalties from their branded-logo merchandise.

  • madscout12

    Two really good videos here:
    How the Packers get away with Holding
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKzcfrriEME

    Money Mitch Film Breakdown: Voch Lombardi
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s76fzk_5iak&t=426s

    • BerwynBomber

      Every team in the league gets away with holding. And Rodgers has been sacked more than any other QB in the league.

      Their Oline has been a mess thus far.

      • willbest

        They really need to fix the definition of holding and the definition of a catch.

        • madscout12

          100% Jags, Bears, Browns, or most of the rest of the NFL does this and it is a flag every time. But if it is GB? Outside technique.

      • madscout12

        He should. They’ve not had a healthy OLine and played guys off the street against us. If you watched the video, you can see how that matters, as the poster juxtaposes Bulaga’s technique (holding) with a non-starter’s (not holding). Guess which one gives up a sack?

  • Bender McLugh

    I agree Jeff, Wenger would be great.

  • Here ya go waffle, your fav millineals the deathknell for lottery tickets!

    https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/a3kaza/are-millennials-killing-the-lottery-industry?utm_source=vicefbus

    • Scharfinator

      Millenials are awesome. They’re apparently killing EVERYTHING wasteful… napkins, lotteries, colleges.

    • madscout12

      Just means, that unlike their Baby Boomer or GenXer counterparts, millennials have a basic understanding of probability theory.

      • They’re too busy chasing pokemon on fwys.

        I bet if they combined the Lottery with pokemon, it would break records.

        How motivating would that be?

        Fine Millionaro, the rarest of Pokes.

  • Fangio a JAG? Sharpen the knives, Irish..

    “Fangio has been a defensive coordinator at the NFL level now for 18 years. Ten times, the team finished 24th or lower in turnovers forced. His teams only finished in the top ten six times and finished in the top five only four. In 18 years as a defensive “guru,” his defense led the league in turnovers forced once.

    The numbers certainly don’t support Fangio as a defensive guru. The numbers show Fangio did a tremendous job (working under a fantastic coach in Harbaugh) when he had a loaded roster. When his rosters aren’t historically great, his defenses are pedestrian.”

    https://beargoggleson.com/2017/10/13/vic-fangio/

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      “When his rosters aren’t historically great, his defenses are pedestrian.”
      Doesn’t that really apply to all defenses and all defensive “gurus”? All defenses are going to look pedestrian unless they have great players. Even one player can change entire defense. As Bears fans we should be well aware of this. When Urlacher was injured our defenses lost a lot and were pretty pedestrian. Same goes with defenses all around. Ray Lewis out – Ravens D was beatable. Even in today’s football, Kuechly out with the Panthers their defensive effectiveness is dramatically reduced. Same with Watt in Houston.

      This is in no way a defense for Fangio and the lack of turnovers, we are a pretty good defense but we are missing some pieces.

      • Yeah, but 18 seasons is rather convincing. A great DC (like Wade Phillips) improves players.

        This is the chicken-egg debate. Are his players JAG because they’re JAGs, or is Fangio turning them into JAGs?

        Considering the consistent lack of TOs, seems like the latter (with the brief interlude of the 9ers, and they drafted well, and who knows how much Harbs helped him)

        I said this before the season, that It might be Fangio’s system which leads to so few TOs.

        Interestingly enough Cam Worrell echoed the same concerns about his system the very next week on Jeff’s podcast.

        Namely, that Lovie’s Cover 2 had all eyes on the QB, while Fangio’s relied on trail tech (kinda hard to jump routes with your back to the QB) etc

        I think Fangio is abv-avg.

        Like a B-.

        He’s not Tucker horrendous, but he’s no Buddy either.

        • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

          totally agree with the lack of TOs being more of a systemic issue rather than lack of great players. Just like great players making defensive schemes great. Great players can overcome the issues within systems. I also agree with Irish to an extent that this defense needs a greater pass rush, whether that is with blitzes or just better players on the line is debatable. Pass rush will always eventually lead to TOs.

          • BerwynBomber

            But didn’t those 49ers teams get a lot of sacks? Aldon Smith, Justin Smith, Ray McDonald, Bowman, Willis, Ahmad Brooks, etc?

            Fuck, those teams had nasty front sevens.

            I’ll never forget that SF/SEA NFCC game where Bowman ruined his knee. One of the hardest hitting games ever. Though some of those PIT/BAL games around that time were vicious affairs as well.

          • What I noticed in those 9er teams is that they really had sledge hammers at S and solid tackling CBs. Some of those turnover came not necessarily from INTs but from fumblings after being lit up, or receivers maybe not running the most enthusiastic of routes across the middle with Bowman and Willis.

            But the new rules about “targeting” may have handicapped Fangio’s system.

            A D can’t keep bending without INTs or big hits to force fumbles.

          • BerwynBomber

            Good point. Witner I think was their SS. He could really bring the wood.

            Culliver I recall was a good cover guy but don’t know if he ever had many INTs. Wondered what happened to him. He was pretty young back then. And also a complete hothead.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            He played a couple more years in Cleveland, and then retired after 10-11 years playing.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            Yep, and they were ranked in the top 10 in Takeaways/Giveaways those years.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Clearly they were the Niners strength – the players, not the phony in charge of them.

          • Irish Sweetness

            How does one create more turnovers/takeaways if one does not cause more mayhem?

        • Irish Sweetness

          Is this really a conversation. He’s a cunt. He’s done jack-shit at this club except cut our balls off and make this legendary franchise defense a laughing stock.
          That’s not okay.

      • Irish Sweetness

        He actually makes us worse IMO. You turn Floyd and CJ loose, you will create problems. I was glad to see in Madden’s AFL, a clip where he was telling a LB “y’know, sometimes on first down, call the red dog or the mad dog…”

        FOOTBALL! Create a wall at the LOS whether it’s a run or a pass. SOMETIMES.

        Shiny hairless ball-sack doesn’t get that. God I hate pussy defense.

    • BerwynBomber

      I like Fangio. I think he is, at worst, a top half of the league DC. But the TO thing is a bit concerning.

      My only consistent criticism of Fangio was the whole Rodgers Stopper nonsense. I remember arguing that point back in the day with Barb. Even though those SF D’s were completely badass, Rodgers played reasonably well against them, especially given the context of their meetings.

      Fangio was a Rodgers Stopper largely (and arguably if only) because the Cheese D would turn Kaeperinck into Jim Thorpe.

      Anyway, that stuff isn’t really a criticism of Fangio, just some of the projections of Bears fans.

      • Irish Sweetness

        When did Fangio ever match wits with Vadgers? He doesn’t have any ‘wits’ He’s a fucking embarrassment to the Chicago Bears franchise and needs to be gone.

    • Irish Sweetness

      What’s to see? Never bought the hype. Ball-less, soul-less defense. Anti-football.

      I just watched John Madden”s A Football Life. What was most strange was that it was season 7 Episode 3 before Madden appears. Notably Papa Bear hasn’t had one, while Lombardi got a two-parter (as did, amazingly, Broadway Joe). Bill Bellifat gets a two-parter to start the show, and all he did was coach.

      What jumped out was John’s love for the game, and his honesty. I don’t know who Vic Fangio is, because as John would say, Vic Fangio’s a phony.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Belated HBD, Jerry Rice.

    I was just watching a vid of his 50+ yard catches. What becomes very obvious is that on every single one of them he was the recipient of the most pinpoint-perfect pass, dropped right into his lap, never having to break stride or adjust. I can’t have all the Brady/Rodgers talk. Most fans now weren’t around for his stint, he just gets forgotten. Joe Cool for me. Exhibit A.

    https://twitter.com/NFL/status/918888727576903680?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nfl.com%2Fnews%2Fstory%2F0ap3000000860774%2Farticle%2Fthere-will-never-be-another-jerry-rice

    • CanadaBear

      What about the GOAT Jimmy Mac?

  • Irish Sweetness

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000860799/article/niners-release-veteran-linebacker-navorro-bowman

    Wait, so why aren’t we staging a SWAT team assault style siege for Bowman again?
    29 years old. Niners rolling a lot with younger players and he has his problems off the field. He asks for a trade .. .and gets cut.

    Hello Chicago. What do we have to lose?

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  • SC Dave

    Waiting for Howard to bust the big one.

  • SC Dave

    Jones… nice

  • SC Dave

    MB…. come back!!!

  • SC Dave

    I will repeat… Fuller playing like a 1st Team All Pro

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