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Adewale Ogunleye

I play defensive end for the Chicago Bears.

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Now, that's more like it! Our first win of the year against the defending Super Bowl champs.

As a fan, that game had to be great to watch. It had an old school feel to it. The game was high intensity and very physical. The key to that game was not giving up and believing in each other.

Creating two turnovers and the fact that the offense never gave the ball away helped tremendously. That was a complete reversal of the Green Bay game. The team that wins the turnover battle has a better chance of winning the game.

On defense, it was weird not having No. 54 out there with us. My hat goes off to everyone on defense. We all picked up the slack.

But Hunter gets a bigger pat on the back for doing a tremendous job. It's not easy stepping in for a a player like Brian but he did and things went well.

Offense looked good. The Steelers defense threw everything they had at them. Jay Cutler and the rest of the boys never blinked. They just kept grinding and it paid off. I am happy for the team and for the city. We should never lose at home.  

Speaking of home, I can't believe the fans that booed us. I know I am talking to a select few but please tell those fans to stay home. How can we have home field advantage if the other team feels the disbelief from the crowd. Teams sense that and feed off it.

Please don't ever give up. Always keep the faith. This is your team and your city.

Next up: Seattle Seahawks. They are an NFC team and a very good team at that. This will be another great test for us. Great teams have to travel and play well on the road.  Going 2-1 overall and 1-1 in the conference is our only option. We need our best week of practice yet.

Till next time, BEAR DOWN!!!

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Boo Bird said:

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Boo Bird to Adewale Ogunleye; shut up.

Chicagofanforever said:

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I beginning to wonder if my city is filled with idiots. What do you get out of sitting in the stands, booing a player? The whining of fans in this city needs to stop. Ever have a bad day? I'm sure there's no one here who wants someone to come to their job and boo them. Grow up! Do you really think Jay Cutler tried to throw four interceptions? Relax and try to enjoy whatever game is going on. Did any fan's life get better because of the '85 Bears or six Bull Championships. No. So to all of these diehard fans that put down their hard-earned money to watch this overpaid players underachieve, go home and whine in the comfort of your own home, losers.

chisoxmike said:

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Chicagofanforever, you don't have a boss? A superior or client doesn't say anything when you screw up? Or constantly do something wrong (ala Lovie and timeouts/challenges or Ron Turner and his terrible playcalling)...

go bears! said:

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Go bears to boo bird|: fuck you!

Sprkle315 said:

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I could not hear any boos from the TV but I agree Wale, some of those so-called fans are embarrassing and should stay home

celtickev1 said:

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Hey Wale...as a lifelong fan, I could not agree more. Keep up the good work on defense.

Mick Swasko said:

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I absolutely agree . . . mostly. Milton Bradley comes to mind as an example of someone I would excuse fans for booing outright.

But booing for no good reason, without letting the team prove themselves, just isn't right.

Pat Kay said:

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This game was far to close for the element of moronic Bears fans to be booing. There are too many clueless people at these games. Wale is correct. Support your team or stay home. Great game. Great effort. Go get em' in Seattle this Sunday Wale.

MarkPloch said:

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Why Boo?
You just spent a small fortune for your tickets.
On the whole, the Bears played great.
The defense squashed THE SUPER BOWL CHAMPS without #54.
The Bears won.
The Bears were never out of this game.
You didn't freeze your kielbasas off.

Cheer and cheer loud.

Blkknight12 said:

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Yo Wale, What happened buddy? No sacks. I thought you were starting a streak with the Packers. Anyways, you're dead on about the boo birds. Misery loves company so they should stay home with like-minded people. I still think that had a lot to do with Grossman's demise. People never let up and now they've started with Jay after one game. Unbelievable! Hey people this is the Windy City, let the boos blow ya where the good lord split ya! BEARDOWN!

staff1981 said:

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Well said Wale, and yes, Sunday's game was a lot of fun to watch. As far as booing goes, I am annoyed when people like Soriano and Bradley complain about booing. Soriano is paid $136MM and tickets are not cheap...big contracts come with greater expectations and it annoys me when these guys are too sensitive to handle that. However, football is different, and it's a good reminder that the crowd can really make a difference in the outcome of the game. I didn't hear the boos on TV but am disappointed to hear that. It was a close game and to ask the crowd to give it their all 8+ times/year shouldn't be too difficult. Good luck in Seattle! (and go Hoosiers)

Christopherchitown said:

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Wale, I was the game and am a season ticket holder. You are right on about the boo birds, But you guys played a great game, keep up the good work. GOOD LUCK TO YOU MAN.

cjc said:

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Season ticket holder here- you are absolutely correct... good luck next week!

ValpoD said:

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Nothing I hate worse that our fans booing. That's our team. Some of the greatest games played start out bad, that's how you have great comebacks.

SpawnOfDitka said:

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There is absolutely no reason to boo a team that is trying to win. Some fans are just idiots. There were also a lot (too many!!!) of Steelers' fans at the game which may have contributed to it. You guys played great, good luck in Seattle.

sjvl said:

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You're right, Wale, fans shouldn't ever boo. If they don't like something they see, they should just shut up and wait for the next play. I also thought (from TV) they looked pretty flat - they should have/could have been much louder when the Steelers had the ball. I believe the people who booed are not real fans, just those with the bucks to pay for a big game.

Send me a couple tickets and you'll see what a real fan sounds like. :) My neighborhood (in PA) knew exactly who I was rooting for.

jimmyb said:

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You werent there so how can you comment on what it sounded like. Try buying a ticket next time.

jimmyb said:

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Like spawn said there were too many steeler fans there, we need more real fans to show up and less of the boo birds. And wale.. how about a kind word for the fans like me who lost their voice cheering for the Bears the entire game.

sjvl said:

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Hey, sure, Jimmy, I'll buy a ticket. You drive the 10+ hours to come and pick me up, ok?

ddub said:

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hey, fans booing is ok. Sadly, this is the only way the fans can, if at all, hold players and sometimes, the coaches decisions accountable. For years, Bears fans have had to put up with losing seasons and no super bowl (victory). The players should remember that, of all the pro sports teams in this town, the bears are the most revered, most talked about, and most loved of all the teams. If we ever do win the super bowl the players associated with that will be remembered for years to come so a little booing now and then rather than wearing the rose colored glasses all the time, should be ok. Don't like it - go play for a town that is 'really' critical of its players (and there are several of mention)

chisoxmike said:

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The Bears want to have it both ways, they want all the press and attention, which they have (and which is based on something that happened over 20 years ago and has nothing to do with the current regime), but get pissy if you ever question anything they do or say. Just ask any Chicago media members who've had to deal with Lovie Smith

tom said:

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Fans can boo alright and it shows how ignorant they are when they boo.These same fans then cheer like crazy when the player they just booed does something good.I would like to see a player that gets booed and then cheered give the finger to those fans in response to the cheers.These fans are nothing but phonies

floydmu said:

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Oh Wale don't you get it? Staying home is when they have lost the faith. Booing isn't a sign of that. It's real simple. Play well, fans cheer. play poorly, they boo.

IrishSweetness said:

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Didn't notice any booing. Can't have been Bears fans booing, what would they boo for ? Maybe the first series with Fat Ben Worthlessberger marching down the field unchallenged. Sometimes .... booing is acceptable. It's the only way fans have for letting management know how they feel. For example, Rex Grossman. He sucked, he was killing our team, and he had to go. But booing because of a bad defensive series ? No. Wait til your team is 0-8 because of bad defense and maybe let management know then how you feel. Love the way the defense is playing Wale, wish Brian was there to intensify the hurt though ... Bear Down !

Redleg said:

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I drove from NY to watch this game and was one of the fans booing. And after reading Wale's words and reflecting a bit...it was the wrong thing to do.

The play in question had Jay Cutler and crew at about their own 20. They had tried two straight pass plays, gained nothing, and decided to run the ball on 3rd and long. Maynard came out the next play. I think the fans' initial reaction was we "gave up." In hindsight, I think it was right to play the field position game instead of risk giving Ben the ball by turnover.

But we in Chicago have an ability to be overly critical. I remember being at the Lions game last year when Orton was hurt and fans started booing Grossman almost immediately - try and support the backup who is trying to lead the team in a tough situation! Wale's right...we need a 12th player that supports the team.

greenbaysucks said:

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As much as I love the franchise, it is complete nonsense to tell me I can't boo at a football game. Someone above questioned why people would pay for a ticket, then be negative; the point is that if I buy a ticket, I have THE RIGHT to boo. I'm a paying customer. The fans keep the organization in line, it's a system of checks-and-balances. ddub and floydmu have it right.

I didn't go to the game on Sunday, but if a team (or, in this past Sunday's case, an offensive coordinator's play calling) isn't to my liking, I certainly am allowed to voice that. And on the next play, if we gain 25 yards and a first down, I'll cheer for that. And when it's third-and-one, I'll cheer on the defense; and if you/they give up a 15 yard rush, I can scream and holler 'till the cows come home. I've grown up doing it. I watched John Shoop call consecutive wideout screens when people in my row can spot it coming when they break the huddle. I'm allowed the choice.

People who cheer unquestionably, continually buy $300 tickets in losing seasons, and can't recognize bad play are what we call "homers," and they're bad for sports. The smart fans are the realist fans. Give me something to cheer for, and I'll go ahead, because I recognize that it has a bearing on the outcome of the game. But NEVER tell me that I should keep it up if the production isn't there.

folky15 said:

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Well said! I was at the game on Sunday, and don't remember hearing Bears fans booing. There were quite a few Steelers fans there with their obnoxious towels. Might've been them doing the booing.

tom said:

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Stay ham and Look in the mirror and Boo all you want

Timboconqueso said:

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I heard some booing on TV. I don't give a crap what you think you are entitled to as a fan. Voice your concerns via letter. Or stage a demonstration outside the facility.

When the Bears are on the field - Wale is exactly right - booing them just motivates the other team. Why would you want to give the visiting team the advantage?

It's laughable that some of you are getting all high and mighty... "I paid $xxx for these tickets, and I've been a fan for xxx years through xxx losing seasons so... i can jump up in my seat and crap in the stands if I want to". What a joke. Be a fan of the Bears or be a fan of the Steelers... you can't have it both ways. And as long as your a fan of the Bears, you're job is to cheer the team, make noise and wreak as much havoc as humanly possible on visiting teams. Period.

sjvl said:

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Second that.

sjvl said:

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Second that.

chisoxmike said:

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What are you talking about? Booing doesn't make you a fan of the other team. It's not a pep rally. Fan shouldn't equal 'mindless idiot'. How about you get off your high horse and stop telling people how to think and act

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Apex said:

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I haven't boo'd the Bears for a long time. But Waleye, if you were around here during the Wannstedt years, you'd have been booing from the bench while some no-talent hack played in your place.

Go BEARS!!111!!!one!!11

Baxman said:

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Hey Wale -- I think you played one of the BEST games you have played as a Bear to open the season at GB! Way to go... I am a fan from you time in Miami. I must say though I am bit tired of hearing players whine about boos. Perform and you don't get booed. Just like on our jobs everyday, if we don;t perform we are critiqued. I hope you and your fellow players who indeed are supported by those of us who attend the $100 per seat games and pay the $100 parking, understand. I was at Sunday's game and can't recall a boo. Anyway, great start to the season. We'll be there to give props when due and boo when you and the others lay an egg. We are and will remain true fans that expect no more out of you then we expect out of ourselves....

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Case said:

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I pay good money and will boo whenever the hell I want. If Turner calls a run up the gut on 3 and 5 I will boo, I a receiver runs a 5 yard route on 3 and 7 I will boo, if our middle linebacker gets juked by a slow quaterback I will boo, you are a multi-millionaire due to people buying tickets and Bears products. Quite whinning.

tom said:

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I never heard of anyone paying bad money for anything.Must be in the Boos

Dan said:

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The boo-bids are cretins and mostly can't read, so the appeal is useless...

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MDitka said:

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This is not 5th grade soccer where mom and dad cheer for Johnnie no matter what happens in the game, this is the NFL. If Ogunleye does not like the booing he should move his big azz a little faster and not give the fans anything to boo about. His millions in pay should be enough to motivate him.

Cutler2Olsen said:

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Wale let's see some sacks this weekend. I live in WA and will be at the goal line in my Forte jersey and can't wait to see him bust out and see the defense crush the Squaks. Looking forward to a win this time over here. BEAR DOWN!!

shawndgoldman said:

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Wale, I'll be at the game on Sunday and I definitely won't be booing.

chisoxmike said:

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Lay off the fans, I've never even been to a Bears game because of the pricing. Parking alone is more than most people pay for 1 ticket at other sporting events. I think they're entitled after the Bears and NFL gauge their eyes (or wallets) out

And honestly, the coaching staff continues to make dumb mistakes every week, and I think they should hear it if deserved. Mismanaging the clock/wasting timeouts regularly or calling a play designed for 4-5 yards when it's 3rd and 11 is crap.

Seriously though, do NFL players really need more motivation? Home field advantage is really only for when fans are loud enough for the opposing offense to not be able to hear, otherwise, I would think all that is overrated and pro athletes should be tuning all that out.

I love ya as a player but I'm calling you out for even considering playing to that 'vibe'

tom said:

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The price of groceries is outrageous .Maybe I should go to Jewels and start booing

Timboconqueso said:

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Wow. I'm surprised how many assholes/idiots are out there in this fanbase.

Someone said "booing the team doesn't make me a steelers fan". WTF are you talking about? Nobody said it makes you a Steelers fan. I said you are taking away the homefield advantage from YOUR TEAM. So you paid good money for the tickets. Big deal. If I pay a rediculous amount of money for tickets to take my wife to the ballet, it doesn't mean I can rip my shirt off and swing around on the balcony like a monkey. There is a certain etiquette to attending a home game. And homefield advantage is huge. If you don't know that, and can't act accordingly, why don't you go become a fan of tennis or badminton or something.

sjvl said:

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Best comment on the subject. Bravo. And have fun at the ballet!!

geo said:

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Dear Wale: While I might agree with your sentiment i sincerely recommend that you "don't go there." Admonishing fans in a no-no. You as a pro-player like me a car salesman have a distinction in our business where as the customer(fan)is technically our boss. I can't use the "stay home" attitude on customers I don't agree with lest eventually I have an empty show-room. many times I've bitten my lip to earn a commission and I recommend the same for you. Chicago has been home to some of the greatest pro players of their day and anyone playing today would/should be honored to be named in the same sentence as for example: Payton, Dawson,Banks, Williams. I'll guarantee you that they heard boos as well and never whispered or whined about them. Opening up this can of worms can only get worse ie. the fans will yell you to shreds should you miss a tackle or cause a flag. Now think of this on a practical matter. Everyone has their list of what they would or wouldn't do for a million dollars. Where would listning to boo's be on either list and what do you earn a year?

Timboconqueso said:

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1. It's a game. I can't believe you just put it in the same sentence as selling cars.
2. "Don't go there". What's next, three snaps in Z formation? LOL.

FiveOutsToGo said:

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Its pretty simple:

1. Far too many fans are mouthbreathing morons.
2. Those fans feel like booing proves something, although it does not.
3. The players get paid whether people boo or not, and the amount they get paid has nothing to do with the level to which they put forth effort.
4. Booing does absolutely nothing to actually assist the team to produce well, which should be the goal of every fan.
5. Those who boo, especially those who boo BEFORE a team even has a chance to perform, probably have such little power in their own lives that they believe that this is some sort of act of autonomy. It is not.

The meatballs who boo at Bears' games aren't going to understand any of these points, so the whole conversation is probably pointless. Oh well.

the dude said:

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The people who were booing is a petty issue. I can see if we were losing to the Lions, but it is pointless to even point them out after a game like we had against Pittsburgh. Why they were booing is not even worth talking about because they will never be satisfied with anything the Bears do. In case they forgot we just beat the defending Super Bowl champs! Wale, keep up the good work and try not to bother with those lame fans who boo when we are in a close game with the steelers.

the dude said:

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The people who were booing is a petty issue. I can see if we were losing to the Lions, but it is pointless to even point them out after a game like we had against Pittsburgh. Why they were booing is not even worth talking about because they will never be satisfied with anything the Bears do. In case they forgot we just beat the defending Super Bowl champs! Wale, keep up the good work and try not to bother with those lame fans who boo when we are in a close game with the steelers.

Chadman said:

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Hey Wale....Booing is part of the game and fans have a right to voice their displeasure when things don't go as planned. As long as it is kept in a positive and perspective way, you the player should think to yourself "Hey...my boss (the fans who pay these outrageous prices) are not happy with our performance. We need to step it up and correct the problem." We the fans, just like my boss at work, EXPECT NOTHING BUT RESULTS.

King James 23 said:

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When I was a young buck, and use to watch the WWF, when a suerstar was losing the crowd cheered him back into the match and he always came back and won. Ok the WWF was fake, and the NFL is like a 22 car pile up, but maybe the fans should take that route. Cheer these guys back into the game, quit the boo sh!t. What these guys put on the line to entertain the fans, they don't deserve the boos. I know the next comment i get is how much they get paid, and how much they pay for the tickets.People pay money to watch all types of events, but if you are not pleased with the show does not mean they are not giving all they got to entertain or win. Boos can turn home field into a road game.

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