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Week 12: Bears at Eagles Game Preview

| November 22nd, 2017

Why Do I Like the Chicago Bears This Week?

I always like the Chicago Bears. Even when they have almost no chance of winning.


Updating Trubisky’s Development

Mitch Trubisky’s performance Sunday was a solid one, especially the final drive of the game. But just as he addressed (a) throws across his body while on the move and (b) taking too many sacks, now he must address an issue that popped up against the Lions. That’s not trusting his pocket.

In fairness, I get it. Trubisky has been harassed in that pocket for a month. Every time he drops back he’s expecting defenders, quickly. Sunday he didn’t get them. But his footwork and mechanics did not reflect that. On throws where he had plenty of time to set his feet and deliver the football, Trubisky rushed his process and delivered an errant toss.

Sunday against the Eagles might not be the day to expect a comfortable pocket. But this is an issue to watch down the stretch.


Song of the Week


Thanksgiving Food Rankings

#3. Pumpkin Pie. You give me warm pumpkin pie with cold vanilla ice cream and you might as well undo my belt for me.

#2. Turkey Gravy. I’m not sure I like turkey. I mean, it’s fine, but if I liked it so much I would probably eat it on one of the other 364 days, right? I don’t even consider turkey on those days. But turkey gravy? I’d inject it right into my veins in a Baltimore vacant if I could. Why can’t turkey gravy be the cure for skunk spraying instead of tomato juice?

#1. Stuffing. One of the most bizarre things about eating is that stuffing isn’t served more often. How often is stuffing on the menu at a restaurant? How often is it with the specials on a pub board? Why isn’t stuffing served always? If I showed up for Thanksgiving dinner and there was only a large bowl of stuffing, turkey gravy and warm bread I would be endlessly pleased.


Three Reasons The Bears Win

  • Trap Game? Philly had a rivalry game in primetime against the Cowboys last week and face the Seahawks on the road next week. Is it possible they’ll overlook the three-win opponent in-between? And yes, this is an absurd reach but there’s not many other ways to fill this particular space this week.
  • Loggains & Trubisky. The play-calling finally fit the quarterback against the Lions and one has to believe that will continue moving forward. The Bears might not be able to keep pace with the Eagles but they should be able to move the ball and score in the 20s.
  • If you have any suggestions for a third reason the 3-7 Bears will beat the 9-1 Eagles on the road, email jeff@dabearsblog.com. 

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Three Reasons They Don’t

  • Philly has the league’s best run defense. Now here’s the catch for the Eagles. Yes, they only allow 71 yards a game on the ground. But they also have faced the fewest number of carries as a result of having the league’s best point differential at +132. Johnny Fox is going to run it. And a deficit won’t stop him.
  • Carson Wentz. The Philly quarterback is sporting a 103.4 passer rating and the Bears are just making it way too easy on opposing quarterbacks. Take Leonard Floyd out the mix and it’ll be surprising if Wentz doesn’t complete 70% of his passes Sunday and spread the love to one of the more diverse collections of offensive talent in the league.
  • The Eagles Are Really Good. The Bears are not.

My Favorite Thing About Philly…

…was my cousin’s restaurant, Bridget Foy’s, on South Street. Sadly the restaurant was ravaged by a devastating fire last month. But the community has rallied around its displaced employees and Foy’s will return soon enough, even stronger.


Tweet of the Week

Why the Bears wouldn’t have Cohen on the field AT ALL TIMES is beyond me. They have a player on their roster that opposing defensive coordinators are spending all week preparing for and they grant that coach leniency by parking him on the bench. Through ten games Cohen has been on the field for barely more than a 1/3 of the Bears offensive snaps. Think about how happy that makes a Teryl Austin or Dom Capers.


Don’t Be Surprised If…

…this is the week the Bears defense full-on implodes. They’ve been mediocre at best without Danny Trevathan to this point. But where is the pass rush coming from without Floyd on the field? What is the secondary going to look like if Fuller can’t go and Cooper is covering Alshon Jeffery? At some point Akiem Hicks is not going to finish a game. (He was on fumes in the fourth quarter Sunday.) The two big Bears losses came because of Mike Glennon’s nonsense. This one might come at the hands of the opponent.


Game Prediction

It’ll take roughly three hours.

Chicago Bears – Points

Philadelphia Eagles – More Points

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  • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

    Trap game… the only way Philly should even be worried about this game is if Fox accidentally gets trapped in the locker room for the entire game and does not make it onto the field.

    • willbest

      I don’t know, its possible that the law of averages kicks in and the DBs stop dropping every pick that they get two hands on.

      • Bear Instincts

        Hopefully the law of averages also apply to the injury bug. Win or lose I just want us to leave the game without any injuries

      • SC Dave

        That would be a nice change.

    • I think Doug Pederson can suit up 22 phillie phanatics and still beat Fox.

  • Bear Instincts

    Chuck this up as a loss and enjoy the maturation of MT10 as the season progresses.

    More important than the loss is our offensive identity going forward. This subject is most appropriate since we are playing a team with an offensive identity that might fit us once we improve the WR position. The Eagles seem to run a West coast offense with college options that allow for quick reads and completions. Heck the Rams run a similar offense. Regardless of who the HC is in 2018 is this a viable offensive strategy?

  • Bobby Douglass

    Just don’t get hurt Mitch.

  • Viva

    Dave Toub for HC.

    • evantonio

      I second the motion.

    • beninnorcal

      I really hope he gets consideration from us but I think he’ll have other suitors at some point. Hopefully his previous success in Chicago as well as his connections give us a leg up on the other teams.

      • CanadaBear

        I wonder if he is in the same boat as Fangio. Those guys never seem to get over the hump for a HC job. I’ve always speculated they are both a little rough around the edges and the owners aren’t comfortable with them being the face of the franchise. Not sure what else Toub has left to prove as a ST’s coach.

      • Viva

        I hope you’re right!

    • It’ll never happen, Viva.

      They didn’t even give him a courtesy reach around when interviewing HCs last rd.

      To hire him now would mean that the McCaskeys would have to admit they were wrong and that the answer was in-house all along, but they were too stupid to realize it.

      That’ll happen.

      • Viva

        People grow…

  • AlbertInTucson

    Odds of an Alshon Jeffrey TD Sunday.

    Better than even money.

    • CanadaBear

      He’s scored 4 in the last 3 games. Heating up at just the right time to put it on the Beloved.

      • Dis Guy Trublinsky

        Man will that be a fun topic on the board.

        • CanadaBear

          I really liked Alshon and wished he was willing to sign a reasonable deal with the Beloved. He wanted out and got his wish. Can’t say that I blame him for wanting out.

          • SC Dave

            I never really understood those that heaped shit on Alshon.

            People talk about the churn at OC and it’s effect on QBs. It was a career-long excuse for Cutler. But it affects *everyone* on offense, not just the QB.

          • CanadaBear

            Yeah the PED suspension was really bad. He had a lot of soft tissue injuries that kept him out of games or made him a decoy. Most of the guys on here focused on that. I was disappointed he wanted out but that’s life.

          • beninnorcal

            I would take him back in a heartbeat.

          • SC Dave

            So would I

          • Pace agreed.

            That’s why he tagged him.

            Then offered him the biggest mulit-yr deal of any NFL team.

            Alshon still bolted.

          • The Alshon hate was never about his production.

            It was about

            1. INJ prone
            2. Perceived laziness and effort
            3. He wanted out, so why like him?

            The entire NF agreed. The Eagle’s obviously weren’t sold on him either, and that’s why he’s playing on a 1y prove it deal.

            Now he’s on benefiting from a high-flying O, but how will he play once he gets paid on a crappola team?

          • A7Xthebest

            Odd that Cutler doesn’t get the same courtesy from yourself.

          • SC Dave

            I did, for years. Then I got tired of it.

      • SC Dave

        His catch ratio is rather low, however. Lower than it ever was as a Bear. Perhaps he and Wentz needed time to figure each other out.

        • CanadaBear

          That’s what I thought too.

          • SC Dave

            Plus Alshon had to learn a new playbook, terminology, etc.

          • CanadaBear

            Jay never had an issue throwing a jump ball to a WR he trusted. Probably took a little while for Wentz to realize how well Alshon high points a ball and how often he comes down with the jump balls.

          • BerwynBomber

            But outside of corner EZ fades, which resulted in 1-on-1 coverage, a lot of those jump balls to AJ and BM were risky plays. There were numerous times Jay tossed those balls into double coverage. Granted, there was a decent chance AJ or BM would come down with them but there was a Hail Mary aspect to those plays.

            Beyond AJ’s unfamiliarity w/ PHI”s system, it could be that Pederson/Wentz don’t favor that deep route jump ball. Might view it as too risky when their O is pretty prolific on its own.

          • CanadaBear

            Totally agree but AJ and BMarsh came down with most of them. NTM that was the entire passing game!

          • BerwynBomber

            That and dump offs to Forte.

        • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

          AJ is kind of a lazy route runner. I am guessing that had something to do with it.

    • He said his SB prediction carried over from the Chicago to Philly.

      • SC Dave

        Haha… Maybe he’s right this time.

  • CanadaBear

    I would like to have Jeff over for Thanksgiving. He can have all the soggy bread crumbs, onions and celery he wants and I’ll eat the turkey. I cook one on the Weber charcoal grill about every other month. Love it! BTW, we celebrate both Canadian and American Thanksgivings and my wife’s a killer cook, so we’ll leave the light on for ya! And her stuffing is awesome because it has hot sausage in it. Cranberries baked with Port wine and brown sugar is also a fave! Getting hungry about 36 hours too soon!!!!

    • willbest

      My turkey is smoked with cherry or apple wood. Its been dry brined for about 30 hours, and I use a saltless variation of the Simon and Garfunkel rub and put it under the skin.

      • CanadaBear

        That’s a lot of work! I just heat up the grill with the indirect cooking method and have at it. I rub the bird down with peanut oil and spice it up. I’m guessing your bird is dynamite!

        • beninnorcal

          The brining process adds a lot of flavor.

          • CanadaBear

            Oh yeah! My Beloved Bride is a salt nazi so I’m probably not gonna go there.

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    • beninnorcal

      I live in an apt so I only have the smallest of weber grills, aka the smokey joe. I love that thing anyway. I love searing steaks on it and cooking chicken. Can’t do much with a turkey on it’s 14 in grilling surface though. Maybe two legs would fit, lol

      • CanadaBear

        I used to cook a Turkey breast on one. Those suckers are great!

      • willbest

        I was surprised at how functional that thing was when I was relegated to it when we were displaced during a remodel. I figured it would only be good for burgers and dogs, but I was doing 1.25″ steaks and chicken breasts in it just fine.

  • Fisherman695

    Open line Bears are getting 13.5 and over/under is 44. Unless Bears get hot this will happen in 3 Qtr., hope its a better game, we will see.

    • CanadaBear

      Wow. That’s a lot of points. Still wouldn’t take it.

      • willbest

        If Danny is playing, I would take that.

        • CanadaBear

          I haven’t heard anything about DT this week. Should be an injury report today.

    • SC Dave

      Meaning that when the Bears get hot, we’ll have 44+ by halftime?

  • Bailey Shaffer

    The Bears should dial up some trick plays like the touchdown pass Cohen threw! I mean what the hell, they are not going to the playoffs or conference finals.

  • beninnorcal

    The amount of key injuries this team has seen these last 3 years has to be some kimd of a shitty record.

    • BerwynBomber

      It is an NFL-wide thing.

      • beninnorcal

        Maybe this year it is but what team has had the same shitty luck for the last 3 years?

        • BerwynBomber

          Can’t go back three years but last year the entire the NFCN was a MASH unit. Not saying we didn’t have the most, but MIN, DET and the Cheese all lost a fair amount of starters and back-ups.

          And the Cheese lost Rodgers this year, which probably amounts to about a half-dozen starters.

          Injuries suck for all teams but I don’t know how the NFL will ever avoid them. Brutal sport.

  • BerwynBomber

    Turkey is overrated. Not nearly as tasty as chicken. But it is a tradition and the bird and the sides make for quick, easy meals once they’re leftovers.

    • CanadaBear

      Turkey sandwiches are heaven on earth for me.

      • SC Dave

        Turkey dark meat tastes better to me.

        • CanadaBear

          I like both. I prefer the white meat but the dark meat is just fine. I usually have a bunch of white meat for sandwiches and my Sweet Baby makes soup with the rest of the turkey leftovers.

        • AlbertInTucson

          My Mom’s preference, as well.

      • Turkey just needs a juicy side to complement it.

        Like gravy, or for left over sandwiches, I like eggs overasy with it for breakfast

    • SC Dave

      To say nothing of the giant pot of stock you can get from a turkey carcass

  • SC Dave

    Reason #3 the Bears can win:

    3) They can run on the Eagles. Dallas had considerable success with Alfred Morris. Yes, Dallas has a good line. So do we. And we have Jordan Howard.

    • CanadaBear

      I’m guessing they have 8 in the box most of the night unless MT can throw them out of it.

    • willbest

      They intercepted Dak 3 or 4 times and caused him to fumble once. It was plain to see who they were targeting. Who do you think they will target when they play us?

      • SC Dave

        If they target Howard, then Mitch will have his chance and will need to fucking seize it.

  • Big Mike

    My man Cody back in form
    https://imgur.com/a/ywWhV

    • willbest

      almost makes you think he has been injured.

      • Big Mike

        Playing out of position, playing with backups to the left and right, cadence issues with Trubisky etc.

    • CanadaBear

      Don’t let Irish see that. I’m sure there were at least 400 RB’s Pace could have taken that were better choices than Cody.

      • Big Mike

        Irish has a way of seeing things. I enjoy when we get into a back and forth.
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        • CanadaBear

          I’ve always considered him a friend. Probably why I give him so much grief.

        • SC Dave

          He does have his own view.

          But we love him for it.

          • Big Mike

            This is nice to hear.

          • SC Dave

            We all know he is all in as a Bears fan, and that’s good enough for the Old Guard around here.

          • Big Mike

            Challenging times as a fan to say the least. A funny note. When the Bears got in field goal range at the end of the game, I started picking up my area. My brother did the same. We knew he’d miss. We talked later, he said “I’ve never been more certain of anything in my life, than Connor Barf was going to miss”. I felt the same. Wasn’t even aggravated. Just knew it was going to happen.

            We both commented that one bit of good news is that our games are all Sunday early games. Where we can rebuild quietly and sit with our losing record outside of the national spotlight. Nothing worse than getting beat up in prime time. I don’t know if it was last year or the year before, but for a shitty team we maxed out the number of prime-time games something like 5 and 2 late games.

          • SC Dave

            Pathetically, I felt the same

            Did the collective bad energy of Bears fandom cause it?

          • Getting Jungian there Dave.

          • CanadaBear

            It was Nessman’s last year. I actually paid for the Sunday ticket, they were on about 10 free games and were hideous. I took that as a sign and haven’t had the Sunday ticket since. Nothing like trying to justify being a cheap ass.

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        unless there was a way we could have drafted McMahon again, then he would have wanted that.

    • Is he back at C full-time?

      Don’t see errant snaps.

      I still would seriously debate putting Sitton at C.

      You want your C to be a solid vet, and that’s what Sitton provides.

      You also want your OGs to be athletic, and I’m assuming Cody is more athletic than Sitton at this stage.

      Makes sense to me.

      Sitton anchors the middle.

      Let Cody pull and roadgrade at OG.

      Just a thought.

      • Big Mike

        He was full time Center against the Lions. Highest rated center in the league last week. Wouldn’t move him.

  • Cubsnlinux

    Any chance the beloved pick any of the QBs this offseason or is it pretty much MT or bust? Lot of options coming up..Brees, Alex Smith..etc. etc

    • BerwynBomber

      MT or bust, though they may bring in a different back-up.

      I think Sanchize would be fine for that role but apparently the coaching staff thinks otherwise.

      Glennon is archives. I would hope. He really has no place on a roster in the NFL.

      • I suppose I’d be OK with Sanchize if he really is helping Trub as a role model and in the film room.

        I would still like a speculative 4rth-5th rd QB to develop.

    • willbest

      Brees is going to retire a Saint most likely, and if he isn’t he would go to the Jets or someplace with a monster defense to win a second one (assuming he doesn’t get it this year).

      KC isn’t going to move on from Alex Smith unless they are sure about Mahomes.

      • BerwynBomber

        I don’t see the Saints winning it this year — btw, they lost their starting DE to an Achilles rupture against WAS. But they will be good enough to keep Brees and Payton from bailing, and I suspect Brees will give them something of a hometown discount this time around.

        Mostly agree about Smith, but that team seems to be fading quickly. If LAC hadn’t stumbled out of the gates so badly, and it was a normal year in the AFC, I don’t think KC would make the post-season, at which point parting ways with Smith would definitely be in the cards.

      • I think it’s about how well Smith does rest of season and playoffs.

        They just lost to the hapless Gmen.

        And if Smith reverts to cuck-ball, I think he’ll get the Jake Plummer treatment next yr.

        That being said, their D is struggling.

  • BerwynBomber

    “DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog One day they’ll make a 30 for 30 on the last two weeks of Buffalo Bills football.”

    The McDermott/Beane regime may give Trestman/Emery a run for its money.

    And McDermott is STILL hedging his bets about Taylor. That is insane. Why wouldn’t he just say, “Short of injury or post-season elimination, Tyrod Taylor is our starting QB for the remainder of the year”?

    Why the F would any decent HC want another look at Nathan Peterman during meaningful games?

    • willbest

      The entirety of the Bills-Tyrod relationship is an enigma to me.

      • BerwynBomber

        I get the lack of contractual commitment to a point. Everyone wants a Brady/Brees/Rodgers (or a Wilson/Wentz), but sometimes you just have to be content/happy with a Taylor or Cousins.

        But I don’t get dicking around with Peterman while you’re still in WC contention. Hell, Peterman might not even be in the league in a few years.

      • A7Xthebest

        There’s apparently frustration about Taylor’s willingness to run the offense as the coordinator desires.

  • CanadaBear

    Today’s injury report.

    Chicago Bears Wednesday injury report: DNP — WR Josh Bellamy
    (concussion), DL Akiem Hicks (knee), DE Roy Robertson-Harris
    (hamstring), OLB Leonard Floyd (knee), ILB Danny Trevathan (calf) and S
    DeAndre Houston-Carson (ankle). LIMITED — TE Dion Sims (illness), WR
    Dontrelle Inman (groin), CB Bryce Callhan (knee), DL Mitch Unrein (knee)
    and OL Tom Compton (ankle).

    • BerwynBomber

      So what specifically does DannyT have? A calf muscle tear?

      • CanadaBear

        All I’ve ever read was a strain but it must be a helluva strain. With Foxy it could be almost anything.

      • amputated ankle, but he’s still Questionable according to Fox.

    • Sactowns#1

      Can we just cut Sims already?

  • “Trubisky rushed his process and delivered an errant toss.”

    In other words, “happy feet”

    Trub’s gotta keep his poise, look down the field, point with his feet, and sling.

    He does this at times. It’s painfully obvious when he doesn’t.

    For all those “Play the Kid” from day #1 crowd, imagine if he had played opening day…

    [Trub worked tirelessly on footwork in PS…maybe those extra weeks helped, but not there yet]

    Fav pie

    Homemade Pecan Pie

    (ice cream or whip cream optional] It’s gotta be homemade though, otherwise it’s no better than any other.

    Fav side

    Gravy.

    Pour it on anything, it’ll be better. Ham, pees, turkey, taters…

    ——

    Reason the Bears win?

    Cuz we only beat SB contenders:

    Panthers, Steelers, Ravens (almost Saints and Falcons)

    ——-

    Fav thing about Philly

    ——–

    Prediction.

    Pain.

    • SC Dave

      Pain for the Iggles… I mean shit, why not?

      Shaheen, 9 catches, 147 yrs, 3 TD.

  • On an FF note…UGH

    3 losses in a row!

    The byes killed me, then Willie came in and scored 184!

    Artoo and me duking out this week for #1 since we’re both 8-3

    I literally have 6 undroppable players and they’re all under-performing.

    (Looking at you Hunt and Julio)

    Wish I could drop them to send the rest of my team a message!

    Ok, venting, off.

    • beninnorcal

      Does Artoo ever comment on dablog anymore and if so, what’s his handle these days?

      • He doesn’t pop in as much. I usu contact him through his Twitter (which I’m rarely on)

        He travels a lot for his job, I think, so pretty busy these days.

        There’s a few refuge regs in our league, like Artoo, Shady, Willie and Fres…

        Bastards are pretty good too.

    • Sactowns#1

      I KILLED Fres last weekend. My team is so stacked it looks like it should be the blond in an 80’s buddy show. See you suckers in the playoffs.

      • Shady is nipping at your ankles though.
        And Willie too

        Fuck, if I lose to Artoo, even I have a chance to be out. Fuck. That would SUCK.

        I hate Turkey Day games too when it comes to FF. Those games never go like they should!

        Gonna need some box-o-wine for manana.

  • Dis Guy Trublinsky

    Any of you guys bourbon drinkers? Looking for a high quality Bourbon to give as a gift. I’ve tried a few, but don’t drink it enough to know what’s up.

    • WP4Life

      Redbreast is favorite around here. I don’t drink much bourbon (scotch) but I like this one.

      • WP4Life

        Shit. I think this is Irish whisky not bourbon. my bad. I got it as a gift and thought it was good relative to my standard pour.

        • Dis Guy Trublinsky

          Thought that counts WP. Appreciate the feedback.

    • Sactowns#1

      What’s your price range? Do you know what bourbon that person regularly drinks (the cheap stuff)?

      • Dis Guy Trublinsky

        I don’t mind spending on it. I drink Glenmorangie 12 scotch which runs about $65 a bottle in my area.

        I don’t know what brand he drinks so just looking to buy a quality bottle.

        • Sactowns#1

          Ok. I responded above. If you can fin Elijah Craig 18 year, Whistle Pig or Michters toasted barrel and don’t mind going around the $100 range then those are sure to impress.

          • Dis Guy Trublinsky

            Thanks Sac. It’s for a potential big fish client. $100 is fine in this scenario.

          • Sactowns#1

            Yamazaki has been hitting the shelves recently. That’s more of an Irish style whiskey but its rare and expensive. I would go for rare if it’s for a big client. Price isn’t as important as rarity. You can ask any knowledgeable liquor merchant for what they have from the “antique collection”. Thats code for rare and hard to find. Some examples
            Michters toasted barrel
            Pappy Van Winkle
            Midwinter nights dram
            Weller 12 year
            Old Forester Birthday bourbon
            Yamazaki
            Non antique but still hard to find
            john J bowman
            Wathers barrel Proof Elijah Craig 18
            Bond and Lillard

          • Sactowns#1

            Oh and Kentucky Owl was distributed outside of Kentucky for the first time this year so people were raving about it.

          • Dis Guy Trublinsky

            Holy smokes. You know your product.

            This blog has it all.

            Thank you for the info. I know just the shop to look for some of this stuff.

          • Sactowns#1

            Please report back on what you found. I love whiskey hunting and would love to hear what you settled on.

          • Dis Guy Trublinsky

            You bet.

    • willbest

      I am not a bourbon drinker. I like F.E.W. Bourbon. Probably because it doesn’t taste too much like corn.

      • Sactowns#1

        And because it’s from Illinois.

        • willbest

          Proximity = opportunity, I suppose. Somebody handed it to me at a gathering 6-7 years ago.

          Like Two Brothers Beer. I happened to meet the brothers manning a booth at some festival some 15 odd years back.

          • Sactowns#1

            I really like their rye. Very solid stuff.

      • Dis Guy Trublinsky

        Is that considered good stuff? I believe you and I drink the same Scotch. Which is good stuff.

        • willbest

          I don’t know if its good by bourbon standards. Its $45-50/bottle which certainly isn’t the cheap stuff as far as bourbon is concerned

          • Sactowns#1

            It’s middle of the road. $60-$120 is the higher end stuff. Wild Turkey has the Masters Keep series which I hear is phenomenal for around $120.

        • WP4Life

          I’v only had the Glenmorangie 10. I have a hard time going away from Macallen 12.

          Is the 12 Glen that much better than the 10?

          • Dis Guy Trublinsky

            I don’t think I’ve ever had the 10. I got the 12 for Christmas once and just stuck with it. Nothing says “yay baby Jesus” like good booze.

          • SC Dave

            I like Balvenie. But I’m miles from being a connoisseur.

          • It’s all part of the plan

            Grants?

          • willbest

            Grants is made by taking the waste water from every distillery and mixing it together.

    • BerwynBomber

      LCD often shared thoughts on whatever whisky he was sipping — can’t remember if they were Irish, Scotch, Bourbon or Canadian — but he might a DBB expert.

      I used to frequently shoot Beam in my younger years but Beam is to high-end whiskey as PBR is to beer.

      • Sactowns#1

        Well if youre not going to play along then I will just give you a few suggetsions.
        Weller 107 or 12 year (Around $30) This is a wheated bourbon so its smooth drinking and tasty. It’s most like Buffalo Trace
        Four Roses single barrel (around $40) Solid, smooth and a staple. You could get him this each year and then he could sample the differences in the batches. This is most like Beam
        Basil Hayden Rye (around $50) This is a new offering and very popular right now. They add a bit of port to give it some sweetness.
        1776 rye in sherry cask (around $65) one of the best new whiskeys I’ve tried this year. unlike anything else.
        Blantons (around $60) one of my all time favorites. not too rare or new but it’s super tatsy!
        Kentucky Owl – rare and expensive ($120) but sure to impress.

        • BerwynBomber

          Sounds like the list Wad was looking for …

      • Dis Guy Trublinsky

        You are not alone with the Beam.

      • KentuckyBearsFan

        Jim Beam to me is the worst tasting whiskey I have ever had. I’d rather have a well whiskey.

        PBR is okay because it tastes like water. (I’ve had worst tasting water.)

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      My brother got me a bourbon Advent Calendar last year, basically 24 shots of different bourbons. They were mostly midrange bourbons, one or 2 high range. It was an interesting to say the least. I am not a big bourbon guy so

    • SC Dave

      My oldest drinking buddy would recommend Maker’s Mark. But I aint seen him in a loooooong time

      • Dis Guy Trublinsky

        I have had Maker’s Mark a couple of times. Had it at Keeneland in fact while watching the Maker’s Mark Mile in person. Seemed like the right thing to do. They’ve since changed the name of the horse race to the Makers 46 Mile.
        I think they may have changed the name of the bourbon as well.

        It seemed fine at the time. Just don’t drink it enough to know what the hell im talking about.

        Thanks for the info

    • It’s all part of the plan

      BLANTONS

      • Dis Guy Trublinsky

        Just looked it up.

        “Appearance: In the glass, Blanton’s appears amber-brown with moderate legs. While not normally something worth discussing in-depth, Blanton’s packaging is the exception. The shape of the bottle resembles a rhombicuboctahedron, or, if you prefer, a hand-grenade.”

        Hahaha. A hand grenade. Ain’t that the truth.

    • KentuckyBearsFan

      Used to love Maker’s Mark but then after a few years started noticing an aftertaste.

      I don’t really know bourbon….whiskey/whisky yes. Bourbon no.

      The smoothest whiskey to my taste is Bushmills.
      The cheapest I can tolerate is Evan Williams.
      Laphroaig Scotch Whisky has this particular peat-moss type of acquired taste.
      Glenlivet Scotch Whisky is good with texture but a clean enough taste.

      Mostly was drinking beer the last few months but am taking a break from drinking for a week or 10.

      • Dis Guy Trublinsky

        Don’t take a break. You’ll lose your touch.

        • KentuckyBearsFan

          I like to alternate long periods of inebriation (when not having to be responsible for much) with long periods of sobriety (when I do have to be responsible) when I can’t risk the hangover.

          But quitting? Hell no. Any idea how many hangovers are required to understand E.E. Cummings? I don’t know, but it’s at least in the hundreds. I’m just hoping it’s short of a thousand.

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        quitter.

        • Dis Guy Trublinsky

          LMAO!!! That’s my Father In Law’s line.

          His other one is “If it wasn’t for this smoker’s cough, I wouldn’t get any exercise at all.”

          He’s 71, 100 pounds over weight, diabetic, drinks like a fish, and has a pack and a half a day habit. I feel like he beat the system by making 71.

          • CanadaBear

            He’s definitely on borrowed time. Hope he keeps beating the odds.

          • KentuckyBearsFan

            We’re all on borrowed time.

          • CanadaBear

            True dat! But I think his time might be a little more borrowed than most. That describes my dad and he checked out at 70.

          • KentuckyBearsFan

            My dad’s dad (who I never met) went in this mid 50s. He was not overweight, but I’ve been told he liked to roll his own cigarettes and he liked whiskey but I don’t think to excess. I think he had 6 kids.

          • KentuckyBearsFan

            And my dad’s mom did not drink or smoke but she WAS overweight and ate a lot of fried foods. She lived to be 80. I did meet her a number of times.

  • Sactowns#1

    This is a really tough one for me. I guess if I had to make a pick though it would be Italian beef. I love me a Philly cheese and Pat’s is great (Gino’s is garbage fyi). But the one detractor is a luke warm philly starts to solidify. That and the lack of juice or sauce makes me give the nod to Italian Beef. I like mine sauced but not dunked.

    • Big Al Bag Daddy

      Mmm…. I approve of this message!

    • SC Dave

      Italian Beef >>> Philly cheese shit

  • BerwynBomber
    • willbest

      This seems like desperation.

  • It’s all part of the plan

    If I had to choose two sandwiches to exist on for the remainder of my life it would be between a Wiz Wit from Pat’s an Italian beef with extra hot peppers from Al’s and an Italian sub from Bari with everything on it (lettuce, tomato, oil/seasoning, red onion)plus artichokes and basil

    • SC Dave

      I think I’d go for one choice:
      creamy, but firm. thighs with nicely trimmed muff.

    • Irish Sweetness

      I am currently living on wholewheat bread sandwiches lathered in pate with cooked ham.

      Those philly cheese steaks look like eviscerated roadkill.

    • BerwynBomber

      Like artichoke on salads but does not sound appetizing on a sandwich.

  • SC Dave

    From Da Blog:
    —-

    Loggains enjoys working with Trubisky because the young quarterback is driven to succeed and is his own worst critic.

    “It’s
    weird as a coach because I want to come crashing on him on some of
    those plays, when certain things come up, but you can’t because he’s so
    hard on himself,” Loggains said.

    “It’s a nice problem to have as a
    coach because we know how hard he is on himself, so we can say, ‘Hey,
    this is what we need to focus on, this is where you need to get better,
    you need to make improve [sic] on,’ but also remind him how much growth he is
    making. And he won’t talk this way, but he knows that he’s gotten better
    every week
    .

    “He shouldn’t give himself a pass. He should hold
    himself to a very high standard because we do. But we all know the
    reality of the situation. He has played 18 games since high school.
    Every day to this point that he’s taken the field, he’s played better.
    That’s what we keep telling him: ‘Keep stacking good games. We’re going
    to keep playing better around you. We’ll keep putting you in good
    situations, and the wins are going to come.”

    Emphasis mine… but I’m not too worried about developing Trubisky so far.

    Stack ’em up, Mitchell. One at a time.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Happy Turkey Day everyone!

    Split those suckers in two. String around the ankle, suspend in boiling oil for 15 minutes. Do the other half. 30 minutes, one turkey. Seals the juiciness in. That’s all I got.

    • What are you, some sort of warlock?

      • Irish Sweetness

        I swear that was the best turkey I ever had. Juicy as @#$%!

  • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

    Offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains said Adam Shaheen won’t lose any playing time because of Sims’ return.
    “We do not want to slow down Adam’s progress that way,” Loggains said. “And he’s earned the play time the last two weeks.”

    Good to hear!

    • Dis Guy Trublinsky

      Or is this one of their super sneaky, deceptions that Fox likes to throw out there? He’s super sly you know. Now the Eagles have to prepare for both Sims AND Shaheen.

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        damn you! now I am thinking they are going to roll back their offense to run run pass. you know no one would expect that.

        • Dis Guy Trublinsky

          Crazy like a Fox…….

    • Fox later followed up, “Uh, you know Loggains, Shaheen is a rookie, and I have craps older than him, so no, he’s going back to uhm, special teams and delivering gatorade to drunk fans in the stands.”

  • Irish Sweetness

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    What do I want more than anything for DBB? A female blogger. If you’re interested email me. Jeff@dabearsblog.com

    Readin’ my brain like David Blaine!

    DBB is an equal opportunities employer that holds a special place in its heart for Nubian Qu- …… African-American ladies 25-35 years old. Preference will be given to dancers and gymnasts.

    • willbest

      If Jeff had to choose between a female blogger and the type of insight that could be gleaned from locker room access and sitting next to Pace/McCaskey for the games an entire season, he would choose the later.

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        I am guessing if really given the choice, he would take a couple advertisers that double his income.

    • This would be a BAD idea, Jeff.

      (see, Irish)

      The VERY few female commenters that have popped up on ur blog through the years were electronically groped in about 5 mins.

      Unless she’s thick skinned, grew up around 10 brothers, and won’t mind getting called names (like males) while simultaneous being hit on by drunk bear fans, then, by all means…

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  • SC Dave

    Vikings got a couple big first downs there…

    But better put up at least 3.

    Stafford and 4th quarter = BAMF

  • SC Dave

    With Rodgers out, its looking pretty unlikely that the Vikings will choke their way out of winning the division.

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