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Ranking The Entire Bears Roster: The Long and Longish Shots (60-90)

| July 18th, 2018

The Bears report to training camp this week with a large number of guys you probably don’t need to know.

This is my third year ranking the entire roster and the bottom of the roster is as much of a guess as it’s ever been. There are very few known names, as the team brings in a great many high-upside UDFAs to replace roster spots formerly used for vets like Rueben Randle and Taylor Boggs. What that tells me is that the Bears are more confident in who their final 53 is going to be so they’re more willing to take risks.

It’s entirely possible that one of the guys listed below becomes a player at some point, even if it isn’t this year. It’s also possible — and far more likely — they’ll be out of the league by this time next year.

Because I know you don’t want to research every player, I went ahead and did it for you. You’re welcome.

90. Colin Thompson, TE

Second-year player from Temple couldn’t break five seconds in the 40 coming out. How many tight ends who are that slow succeed?

89. Josh Woods, LB

Listed as a linebacker, Woods weighed just 211 pounds at his Maryland Pro Day and ran the 40 in 4.66. He earned a trip to camp after trying out after the draft, but this is likely as far as he’ll get.

88. Jeremi Hall, OG

Kind of an interesting signing for an offensive line that values athleticism. The Bears list Hall at 340 pounds, but he weighed in at 307 in March and really isn’t a good athlete.

87. Brandon Greene, OG

Second-year player from Alabama. Lengthy (6’5″, 295 pounds) and not very athletic. How’s that for a breakdown?

86. Rashaad Coward, OL

Was a defensive lineman and now he’s an offensive lineman. That should tell you what you need to know.

85. Elijah Norris, Edge

Transferred to Shepherd after two seasons as a ghost for UConn. Was OK at Shepherd with 11 TFLs and 6.5 sacks, but certainly not as dominant as you’d expect. Had an okay 40 time (4.69), but wasn’t great in jumps at his pro day workout.

84. Will Pericak, OG

One of the defensive linemen the Seahawks tried to convert into an offensive lineman. Seattle was already his fifth team. Bears are his seventh.

83. Cavon Walker, DL

A second UDFA from Maryland in camp. Walker has decent size (6’2″, 284), ran a sub five-second 40-yard dash and is a decent athlete overall. The kind of player who is certainly worth a look.

82. John Franklin, DB

Listed as a DB, but played all over — including quarterback —  in college. Good athlete, but these guys generally don’t turn out to be much.

81. Andrew Trumbetti, LB

Decent physical skills, but Trumbetti never produced at Notre Dame. Finished his career with 2.5 sacks and 12.5 tackles for loss, despite playing in at least ten games all four years.

80. Matt Fleming, WR

Stood out in rookie camp, which provided him this opportunity. Small and not athletic, so it’s unlikely to turn out to be much. Good story, though.

79. Jonathon Mincy, DB

Signed with the Bears from the CFL, where he went post-Auburn. Kind of small, an adequate athlete, but only two interceptions in college. Seemed to be a solid tackler, finishing with 69 stops in 2014. Possible special teams player?

78. DeMarcus Ayers, WR

He’s 5’9″ and runs a 4.7-40, but managed to get on the field a few times for Pittsburgh two years ago, catching six passes, one for a touchdown.

77. Abdullah Anderson, DL

UDFA from Bucknell, Anderson was the Defensive Player of the Year in the Patriot League. That’s nice, but he’ll have his work cut out for him if he’s going to make the Bears. The 6’3″, 303-pounder had 2.5 sacks last year, 15.5 in his career. Batted 14 passes and blocked four kicks.

76. Bunmi Rotimi, DL

Not very big (6’3″, 273) or a great athlete for his size, but Rotimi had a solid career at Old Dominion. A four-year player who totaled 25 tackles for loss and 19 sacks. Probably on the outside looking in, but he could be a solid bet for the practice squad.

75. Doran Grant, DB

Journeyman who played at Ohio St. Was a fourth-round pick by Pittsburgh in 2015, but here he is. Teams generally don’t give up on fourth rounders unless, well, you know…

74. Nick Orr, CB

A three-year starter at safety for TCU but the Bears could use him at slot corner. At 5’11”, 173 pounds he might be too light to play as a rookie, but intercepted seven passes his last two years as a Horned Frog, had 86 tackles in 2016. Certainly an interesting player.

73. Ryan Winslow, P

Maybe he’s just a camp leg. Maybe he’ll compete with Pat O’Donnell. I have no idea. He did throw a touchdown pass for Pitt last year, though.

72. Garrett Johnson, WR

Short (5’10”) but really quick and explosive. Figure he’ll get a look returning kicks in camp and could fit in the Zebra role for the third-stringers in preseason. But a long shot to make the roster.

71. Rashard Fant, DB

UDFA from Indiana is a bit small (5’9″) but is a decent athlete and had some production at Indiana. Broke up 22 passes as a sophomore, 17 more as a junior and intercepted five passes in his career.

70. Dejon Allen, OG

Maybe a bit small, but Allen is a good athlete who has a chance to stick. He’ll need to get stronger, but he really fits what the Bears are looking for. A good project for Harry Hiestand.

69. Michael Joseph, CB

Gifted athlete from a small school. Probably going to red shirt as a rookie, but certainly has interesting long-term potential.

68. Taquan Mizzell, RB

General thought is that Mizzell is the replacement should anything happen to Cohen. Had a decent career at Virginia, but didn’t make the Ravens out of camp last year and barely saw the field for the Bears.

67. Kevin Toliver II, CB

Should’ve been better at LSU. Has all the physical skills to be a good NFL player. Didn’t run before the draft, but looked to be plenty fast enough in college. As the size (6’2″) the Bears like in there outside corners.

66. Ryan Nall, RB

Big back at 6’2″, 232 pounds who topped 2,000 yards from scrimmage and totaled 25 touchdowns his last two seasons at Oregon State. Should compete with Benny Cunningham for a roster spot.

65. Nick Williams, DT

A big, athletic body who has been able to grab a handful of snaps since entering the league in 2013. Played in 10 games last year with the Chiefs and the Dolphins. (And yes, I had to Google that.)

64. Matt McCants, OT

Big guy (6’5”, 309) who hasn’t stuck despite being in the league for five years. He appeared in 13 games for the Raiders in 2013 and two games for the Bears in 2016. Probably won’t make the team.

63. Ben Braunecker, TE

He looked like Gronk at Harvard, but the third-year tight end hasn’t been able to find the field much in his NFL career.

62. Deiondré Hall, CB

After moving him to safety last year, the Bears appear to have moved Hall back to corner. Maybe he can break through in his third year, but he’s struggled to keep his hands off of receivers and when he can’t touch them, he hasn’t been able to keep up with them.

61. Tanner Gentry, WR

Last year’s camp star probably won’t make the roster — doesn’t this happen every year? He’ll be interesting to watch, but when he got on the field last year he very clearly wasn’t ready.

60. Tyler Bray, QB

What do you do with a 26-year-old QB who has one career attempt? He surely knows the offense, so there’s value in that. He wouldn’t be here if Matt Nagy didn’t like him.

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  • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

    SMH! Ryan Nall should not be on this list, definitely making the team

    • BenderMcLugh

      heh I know you joke about Nall but I really like his skill set. He looks so sloooow, and yet still gets yardage and seems to have good hands. That’ll be a nice battle in camp

  • Sactowns#1

    Really hoping Hall can show us something this year. A 4th round pick should be able to stay on the team longer than 1-2 years.

    • CanadaBear

      I can’t remember him making a play, ever.

    • leftcoastdave

      Disappointing, to be sure. A half-step slow tweener.

    • Another bust

      • John F

        How dare you!!!

        Ryan Pace is a personnel genius who has single handedly turned the Bears into a Superbowl contender ………..

        Well, that’s what I read around here anyways ……….

        • Yeah, trust me, they’re beginning to call me mr doom n gloom cuz the pace bears have like 10 wins in 4 seasons or something

          • John F

            Well it’s a little unfair if you are going to measure how successful a GM and/or an NFL team is by looking at wins and losses ……

          • Johnnywad

            It is if you refuse to take into account what he started with.

            Honeymoon’s over at this point. They should win this year. It would have been impossible for any GM to put together winning seasons in year one or two. I could see an argument for last year. None for this year however.

          • John F

            I honestly feel bad for the fans that expect even a .500 team this year, and in some cases have drank way too much Kool-Aid.

            When they face plant again, it is gonna get ugly ……..

          • This is why I was hoping the Bears would dump Pace and hire Dave Gettleman, but the Gmen jumped on Gettleman quick.

            I see Pace as a “bridge” GM.

            Just look at his drafts and FAs (not to mention keeping Fox a yr too long).

            But as Ted Thompson has proven, if the QB-HC combo is good, it can make up for a lot of fuck ups, so…yay…

      • CanadaBear

        Now 4th rounders are busts?

        • willbest

          Did he do six consecutive years all pro before his rookie season? Bust

        • Johnnywad

          There’s very little middle ground here.

          • CanadaBear

            Apparently.

          • Hall hasn’t even been Kwiat level. Kwiat is a borderline starter/back-up.
            I don’t really consider him a bust, but how many games has Hall played decently in?

            Doubt he’ll even make the roster.

            Can’t make roster as 4rth rder, even on specials = bust

          • Johnnywad

            Then a “bust” is about the average outcome to be expected from a fourth rounder.

        • 4rth rounders can be busts in my book.

          After that, I admit, it’s a crap shoot.

          • CanadaBear

            More 4th rounders don’t pan out than do.

  • willbest

    Isn’t Zack Miller on this list? I thought we offered him a deal so we could put him on IR. I also though that consumed one of the 90 roster spots

    • CanadaBear

      Once they go on IR you can fill that spot.

  • Russian Hacked Pacebot 2.0

    My gut is telling me that Kevin Toliver is making the team. Corner is an issue and our corner depth has been yucky. Let’s give a new kid a shot, the other ones were average.

    • leftcoastdave

      Yup. HoJo on RPO with Mitchel reading the hot route to freeze the LB or DB out of the box. Hit the hot receiver early and often to open that box and then let HoJo pound for 7 plus yards per carry. Burton in motion to get the D read. Both fake and real jet sweeps. Plenty of dangerous options in the short game and then BANG, any one of a number of deep targets to hit.

      Also agree whole heartedly on Toliver. The kid needed (s?) a big ‘tude change which I believe he is getting with Vic. He could be a real gamer with his size. Also “injury” red shirt Joseph who needs to build up for the next level.

      Bring it!

      • John F

        This assumes that Trubisky magically becomes much more accurate than he showed last year ….. a big assumption …….

        • BenderMcLugh

          wtf are you smokin JF

          • John F

            Under 60% completion rate, throwing with his feet parallel to the line of scrimmage, throwing off his back foot, passes sailing on him ….

            I watched last year, he had slightly above average games and was pretty poor in others – no consistency. I have said this a million times, players don’t all of a sudden get good. There is no magic “jump” they make in year two, or three, or four. Good players are good from the start.

            A good example would be Long – good from the start. Floyd is another – still waiting for him to make the magic “jump” (I’ll tell you a secret, he ain’t gonna make the jump).

          • leftcoastdave

            That includes more than a few dropped passes, a less than stellar receiving corp (to be kind), a beat up line and a stone age play book. Now he has a coach who was a QB with two experienced backup QBs learning him up on a new playbook guaranteed to provide many, many more good options.

            Get ready to be pleasantly surprised.

          • Agree. If Trub doesn’t hit 62% in a WCO-RPO designed for easy short passes, time to worry (Cutty avg like 63% and that was in spite of shit Oline, no receivers, and a stone age OC in Martz).

            Though I do disagree on players being good right away or not, esp I at QB. Plenty of examples of terrible rook campaigns that won SBs (Favre and Eli come to mind)

            Floyd won’t reach that Von Miller level. He’s more Vic Beasley or Bruce Irvin. (The latter I wanted Pace to sign in FA but of course he didn’t)

          • John F

            If Floyd can become a John Roper it will be progress ………

          • John F

            In Favre’s essentially rookie year (he never played in ATL) he was 8-5 in his 13 games started, was 302 of 471 (64.1%), threw for 3,227 yards, and had 18 TD’s and 13 INT’s – now THAT is somebody who was good from the start.

          • Yeah, but I’m counting ATL. How bad does someone have to look to not even be given the chance? And this was his limited ATL experience

            “Favre’s first pass in an NFL regular season game resulted in an interception returned for a touchdown in a game against the Washington Redskins.[19]
            He only attempted four passes in his career at Atlanta, was intercepted
            twice, and completed none of them. Favre took one other snap, which
            resulted in a sack for an eleven-yard loss”

            That’s rather disastrous by any measure, and was enough to be traded (Favre also showed up to more than one practice hungover).

            Needless to say, he turned it around under a diff OC.

            Alex Smith, considered a bust by many once upon a time, became good.
            Gannon, etc…

            Heck, even recently, Goff looked like a COMPLETE bust under Fisher. His stats were terrible, and he looked worse than his stats.

            Seems to be on his way now in a modern O.

          • Johnnywad

            “Good players are good from the start.” That might be the least intelligent thing you’ve said here.

            All one needs to do is look at the late rounders and UDFAs that go on to have good professional careers. If they were “good from the start” they’d be early round selections. Additionally, look at all the first rounders that completely bust out, despite already being amongst the best 21 year old football players on the planet.

            Players absolutely do have breakout years and make Sophomore season jumps. Quarterbacks in particular do it.

          • John F

            Does that analysis ever apply to any Bears players, I mean except for the ones who “bust out”?

          • Johnnywad

            Sure. What do you call what Kyle Fuller did last year?

          • John F

            What do you call what Kyle Fuller did last year?

            A guy playing for a contract, you see that all the time. Then they regress to what they were.

            Fuller was good his rookie year, got nicked, didn’t care for a while, then applied himself in year four and did what I saw in year one.

          • Johnnywad

            You saw him play like one of the best five or six corners in the league his rookie year? Because I didn’t. That’s very unlike you.

          • John F

            I thought he was very good his rookie year. We’ll probably never really know if there were other things other than getting injured that affected his play after that.

            I suppose playing in a Mel Tucker conceived defense could make you borderline suicidal ……

          • BenderMcLugh

            welp JF, I completely disagree that there is no “jump” from players and that they are only “good from the start”. Trubisky’s accuracy has never been in question, but his foot work has.

            Anyways, just pass whatever it is you’re smokin, it’s gotta be good stuff

  • BerwynBomber

    So Revis Island is permanently closed. Arguably the best pure cover corner since Neon Deion. But weirdly I don’t know if he gets in the HoF.

    • willbest

      Because he was a merc?

      • AlbertInTucson

        And Dion WASN’T a “merc”?

        • willbest

          Sure, but did Deion provide a template for other NFL players to follow that would be detrimental to the NFL owners?

          • AlbertInTucson

            Also you said, initially, was “Because he was a “merc”?

          • willbest

            Right, but isn’t what Revis did at a different level of “ruthless” businessman practices? I didn’t really follow the business side of football back in the 90s.

          • AlbertInTucson

            It still takes a willing owner or GM to give that contract.

            Who was Revis’ agent? Gotta figure Darrelle didn’t come up with that concept.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Neil Schwartz and Jonathan Feinsod were Revis’ agents.

            He fired them in 2016 and then sued them.

            http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/jets/jets-cb-darrelle-revis-suing-agents-article-1.2882682

          • It’s was actually a genius biz model.

            CBs, esp shut down, don’t have the wear-tear on them like other positions, so the chances of INJs are rather smaller.

            As such, as long as you remain elite, you can make bank.

            This is like the reverse of buying a brand new car. Instead of signing a long contract and the car depreciating right after you drive off the lot, Revis switched the model in which HE became the car salesmen, and he made owner pay him every other year for the new Revis model, at a higher rate.

            He got his $, he got his ring.

            And he still has some legacy with the Jets.

            If he would’ve stuck with the Jets forever, he’d have become another Joe Thomas.

        • In some ways he was, but I think he’s perhaps one of the most misunderstood players mostly due to the image he created.

          Notice that he only signed with SB contenders (Niners/Cowboys)

          So it wasn’t just about the bling for him.

          He really wanted to win (and why not get paid along the way?)

          And even though he was extremely athletic, he studied his ass off.

          I remember one story he told in which he knew when a certain WR would be getting the ball thrown to him. The WR apparently would always adjust his gloves when the play was drawn for him. Dion picked up on the tell.

          He also broke down the QBs, throwing motions, ticks, tendencies, etc

          So on top of him being one of the fastest most athletic players I’ve ever seen (supposedly ran a 4.3 barefooted without warming up or training 3 yrs for it), he was actually really dedicated and studious.

          • willbest

            Revis is reported to spend a good chunk of his off-season in the film room as well.

        • BerwynBomber

          Yeah, Deion made “business decisions” on the field like no player before or since.

      • BerwynBomber

        His stats are semi-paltry, he had seemingly no middle ground to his career (he seemed either great or average/below average), and because of that lack of middle ground he seemed highly relevant for only five or six years.

        Mind, I’m working from my own memory and personal impressions, but there they are.

        I also think football analytics are advancing, but right now, they might not be there yet to make up for his “old-fashioned” stats.

        Then again, wouldn’t surprise me if he got in either. But a strange case for a guy who was that good once upon a time.

        • willbest

          As Butch pointed out, the better you are as a CB, the worse your stat line looks. I think with Revis they are going to need to redefine the stat. The year he picked up the name Revis Island it was like Colston 2 for 25, Andre Johnson 3 for 18, etc.

          If you were playing FF you benched your stud WR against him, it was nuts.

          You are right that he was only transcendent for ~5 years, but even that is impressive when you consider how difficult QB era rules make it for CBs.

          • BerwynBomber

            Not necessarily regarding his low INT totals. There are plenty of top CBs who end up with high INT totals. In fact, HoF-wise (and even in the current NFL), it is more often the case than not.

            But yes, I would never argue his shutdown capabilities in his prime. He was truly special in coverage.

        • SC Dave

          Deion is a silly comparison for Revis, since it took a certain freak in Chicago to break his return TD record.

          • Deion is in his own category.

            Teams would not only not throw to him, they would not throw to his half of the field.

            It was unbelievable. He’s not generational, but once in a lifetime.

            He would rope-a-dope QBs just for some action. Pretend like a WR got separation, then once the ball was in the air, boom. Closed in, INTed, and typically ran it back.

            Uncanny. Dude had better hand than a lot of WRs.

          • BerwynBomber

            I was NOT comparing the two as all-around players. Merely as pure cover corners.

          • Corners are a bit hard to judge.
            If Sherman were to retire today, would he make the HOF?

            Might be close.

            I know I’m biased, but Peanut IMO is close to being a HOF. I think he’s close to tops in causing TOs for a corner. Just happened to be at fumbles, but hey, they count.

            And he would frequently match up against the best WRs and hold his own (Megatron exhibit A).

            Peanut just didn’t do it right away like some other CBs. If he had, maybe he’d be on the ballot.

            Still wouldn’t make it, but at least some consideration

          • BerwynBomber

            Mostly agree about Peanut. He was very, very good, and a TO machine. He was also a dynamite tackler as a CB.

            Problem is, he didn’t get much recognition during his day (one PB, one AP year), and his career was a bit meh early and late. Plus, his longevity, though good, was not special. (The latter is true of Revis too.) I would also argue that Peanut could be had by smaller, quicker receivers.

            I think both Briggs and Peanut deserve votes, but after Lach, I only see Hester and Peppers getting in.

    • He’ll get in , but shut down CBs are odd to judge mostly because if they’re great, teams stay away from them, so the stats are sorta skewed.

      But he’ll make it.

      Perhaps the last true shut down CB.

      others like Peterson and that SEA dude are a notch below

      • BerwynBomber

        Peters and Talib are the closest in the game, IMO, right now. And yes Sherman was the closest thing for a good while.

        Peterson is like a poor man’s Chaz Woodson. A tremendous all-around football player who happens to play CB. He’s not on Woodson’s level (and probably never will be), but he’s a helluva baller all the same.

  • leftcoastdave
    • lol Welcome to Chicago!

      “The locals didn’t exactly present their new neighbor a warm apple pie upon arrival.

      Hours after Trubisky was drafted, he attended a Bulls game, the announcer called out his name and the fans booed. And booed. Told that a photo of Roger Goodell on the videoboard likely lathered up those fans—given a chance to cut those locals a break—Trubisky shakes his head. Nah. He knows he was a source of their vitriol that night.

      “They were booing me too,” he says. “That’s something I’ll never forget…

      • John F

        The booing was mainly because Pace got fleeced by the Niners, Trubisky got the blame though ……..

    • Russian Hacked Pacebot 2.0

      fucking joke to put Cutler next to Glennon in a sentence and then insinuate he cussed out and screamed at teammates for 8yrs. Fuck that fucking pussy writer. probably a millennial.

  • AlbertInTucson

    DaBearsBlog
    @dabearsblog
    The older I get and the more versions I hear, the more convinced I am Leonard Cohen wrote the greatest song of all-time when he wrote “Hallelujah”.

    You like it. That’s fine.

    YOUR favorite song of all time?

    That’s fine, too.

    “The Greatest song of all time?”

    There is no such thing.

    • willbest

      GOAT – “Happy Birthday”

      • AlbertInTucson

        Not “100 Bottles of Beer on the Wall”?

        • willbest

          I was just going with the one that gets sung by the largest number of people on the planet.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Do you think they sing that in China?

          • willbest

            Google says there is a version of it in Chinese. Plus, I know its been translated into a number of languages. I don’t know how often its sung over there. But 1 in 7 people on this planet also speak English, and Guinness book of world records says its the most recognized English song.

          • AlbertInTucson

            If Guinness says it, it must be so.

          • Johnnywad

            Doesn’t mean it’s good. A shit ton of people eat Ramen Noodles. It isn’t because they’re good. Or great for that matter.

          • Johnnywad

            Precisely. God damn you Butch. Now I’m going to lay awake tonight trying to get that song out of my head. That and “Mambo #5”.

          • That’s like the first song I thought of, then I couldn’t get the song, or the lame ass video, out of my head.

            Misery loves company!

          • willbest

            nonsense.

            Greatest Value Of All Time: Ramen Noodles.

            See, great.

          • Johnnywad

            Point taken

          • Johnnywad

            My daughter just made some tonight

          • willbest

            Plus you know…. this is iconic.

          • Bennihanna sings it in Japanese!

        • SC Dave

          I’m So Ronery beats that shit

    • Cormonster

      It’s a great song, but not even my favorite by Cohen. That would be Bird on a Wire.

      Everyone knows the Swedes wrote the perfect song with Dancing Queen.

      • Picking a fav Cohen song is tough for me.

        Love “Famous Blue Raincoat” , First we Take Manhatten, A thousand Kisses Deep, and naturally, Dance Me to the End of Love.

        • CanadaBear

          I like this one. A slightly darker bent.

          • Cormonster

            Are you coming this way this summer? Or is that next summer?

          • CanadaBear

            Probably next summer. Of course, I say that every summer! Hopefully things will settle down by then. I’ve got a a big, expensive project on the horizon. Ugh.

        • Cormonster

          Bird on the Wire is my favorite for one reason – Susan Tedeschi singing it. Hearing her sing it live is one of my greatest live music experiences. Had chills on my entire body.

          ***Goes back to making plans for upcoming Tedeschi Trucks Band shows and trying to decide whether to hit 2 or all 3 shows that will be within a couple hundred miles from me.

  • willbest

    “If the Bears owned that building….holy hell.” – Jeff

    I expect that sometime around 2026 the Bears will start pitching new stadium designs, and probably end up out in Arlington Heights or West Hoffman Estates come 2034 when the lease expires. I suspect the only reason they haven’t attempted to break the current lease is because Gina is still alive.

  • SC Dave
    • willbest

      But just think of the last 3 years. White has played what 5 of 48? Floyd I think is 30 of 32. And Trubisky is 12 of 16

      • SC Dave

        Exactly the point.

        • Regression to the mean. That only means that White will never miss a game eva again!

          That’s how stats work, right?

      • ButtonShoes

        Floyd = 22 of 32. So, worse than you thought.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Didn’t see, because I have never watched the ESPYS, but I guess Danica’s monologue wasn’t very well-received.

    https://apnews.com/56670c12357f46c1a30280012f8b9cbe

    • ButtonShoes

      Good. Fuck turncoat fans like her.

    • CanadaBear

      I would have been shocked if you did watch it.

  • Allan Birmantas

    I don’t care what anyone says. I still like Gentry. As far him not being ready? He did drop one pass. Big effing deal.

  • AlbertInTucson
  • AlbertInTucson

    @dabearsblog
    Hey @GolfChannel – who the fuck do you think is watching golf right now?

    Another one of those “Good sentences”.

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