Bears Game Day

What if they never made it in the NFL? Possible careers for some Bears

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Mike Burzawa

Die hard Bears fan and lead blogger at Bear Goggles On

It's been a while since I've posted.  This offseason really has me down.  From the lack of a regime change to the lack of top draft picks, it's hard to get excited about the Bears' chances for next season. 

But never fear, Bears fans, I've got a little pick-me-up for ya.  I came across this picture of Devin Hester in full fire fighter gear while he was at the Florida State Fire College while his brother took the fire fighters test (he passed). 

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I could see Devin Hester as a firefighter. He could dodge all of the flames and be out of a burning building without a scratch.


Seeing that, it got me to thinking (and scary things happen when that happens): what if some of our favorite Chicago Bears never made it to the NFL.  What kinds of jobs or careers would they have? 


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Setting up a Super Bowl Office Pool

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Mike Burzawa

Die hard Bears fan and lead blogger at Bear Goggles On

It's been forever and a day since I posted anything on Game Day but since the Super Bowl matchup is set, there's no better time to set up the traditional Super Bowl Squares office pool.

You've probably noticed Crazy Betting Guy wandering around your office with a grid of squares in one hand and a envelope of cash in the other and thought to yourself, "what the heck is that guy doing?"  Well, let me be of some assistance.  Here's how to set up your very own Super Bowl Squares Office Pool via this handy little slide show.

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Bears 2009 Season Finale: Bears vs. Lions Live Game Thread

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Mike Burzawa

Die hard Bears fan and lead blogger at Bear Goggles On

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The Lions haven't been 0-16 bad this season, but at 2-13, they're still pretty bad.

FINAL SCORE: Bears 37, Lions 23

Welcome to the Bears Game Day Season Finale.  Like any season finale, I expect there to be plenty of drama, wrapping up a few story lines and a clifhanger or two to hook you in for next season.. 

Sadly, a lot of what's going on in the Bears' universe has more to do with what's going on off the field with respect to the head coach and front office than what is going on between the white lines, but we all still tune in to see what happens between the white lines.

I've heard a growing trend that Lovie Smith saved his job with the effort the team put forth against the Vikings on Monday night.  I completely disagree.  Despite the entertaining game, did anyone notice that the Bears allowed 30 second half points?  Did anyone ask where this effort has been all season?

In case you're new to the party, I guess my fist question is, where the heck have you been all season?   We've been doing this for 15 games already!!!  Here's how Bears Game Day works.  I'll be providing a running commentary/game coverage as the action unfolds live in the Comments section below.    After the jump, I'll be providing a Scoring Summary to help you catch up if you're jumping in late. 

What makes this the most fun is for you to sign up and join the discussion.  As there are breaks in the action, I'll try to respond to comments and questions and pull in info from Twitter or other sources around the interwebs. 

Join me back before kickoff for game day inactives, injury updates and any breaking news. 
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Bears vs Vikings Live Game Blog: Monday Night Football Edition

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Mike Burzawa

Die hard Bears fan and lead blogger at Bear Goggles On

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FINAL SCORE: Bears 36, Vikings 30

The Bears get to strut their stuff on national television for their second and final tilt with the Vikings on ESPN's Monday Night Football.   Will this be Brett Favre's last trip to Soldier Field?  Here's to hoping.

If you haven't watched any Monday Night Football this season, the hyperbole will be in full force.  "Brett Favre is the greatest this, Adrian Peterson is the most amazing that..."  You'll get the picture after listening for about 30 seconds.

I have to admit, the bigger Bears story has become what goes on off the field than what happens between the white lines.  I'll be keeping on eye on Lovie Smith and see how he carries himself under the heightened scrutiny.  The Marconi Giardiniera Hot Seat is on fire right now as he and Jerry Angelo scramble to try to save their skins. 

To make matters worse for the Bears, the Vikes come in very motivated.  The surprising Saints' loss to the woeful Bucs opens the door for Minnesota to get a shot at the #1 seed in the NFC.  The Vikings would need to win out and have the Saints drop their third straight to clinch home field advantage, but with the possibility out there, you the Vikings will come out firing.

In case you're new to Bears Game Day, here's how this works.  I will be providing a running commentary as the action unfolds in the Comments section and be providing a Scoring Summary after the jump.  Feel free to join the discussion by signing up here.  

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Last Minute Chicago Bears Gifts

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Mike Burzawa

Die hard Bears fan and lead blogger at Bear Goggles On

Christmas is right around the corner and you're not done shopping yet.  I know, join the club. Here are some last minute gift ideas for the Bears fan in your life who has everything.

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Bears Ravens Live Game Thread

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Mike Burzawa

Die hard Bears fan and lead blogger at Bear Goggles On

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View of M&T Bank Stadium on Saturday afternoon

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Nice job clearing the snow. Looks like a beautiful day for football.


FINAL SCORE: Bears 7 Ravens 31

Welcome to Bears Game Day.  If you're checking in at 12 Noon expecting kickoff, you've missed the news - kickoff has been pushed back to 3:15 Central.  (At least that's the latest info I have as of the writing of this intro.  There is a possibility of pushing back to Monday night, but no confirmation of that and frankly, we don't need another national TV embarrassment).

In typical Bears fashion (at least this season), the Bears' flight on Friday night did not get out of O'Hare and they missed their window to fly to Baltimore before the storm hit, so they aren't expected to arrive there until very late on Saturday night/Sunday morning.  I guess they've already got their excuse for getting blown out already set up nicely.

In case you missed it, I put together my Bears All-Decade Team earlier this week.  It was nice to take a little stroll down memory lane and remember some of the great Bears players this past decade.  I'll say this - it's WAY better than what they had going in the 90's, which I consider the Dark Ages of Football here in Chicago.  But I digress.

So Bears - Ravens, huh?  I'm not all that excited either, but these are still our Bears and no matter what, I'm faithful until the bitter end. 

The Bears are left trying to scramble to save some jobs and try to make themselves look respectable while the Ravens are in control of their own playoff destiny.  That coupled with the Bears travels woes and an unmotivated and demoralized team could make for an ugly game. 

That's OK - more fun for us.  Snide comments work much better when they're not playing well.  Plus, it gives me more fodder for my new blog here on ChicagoNow - FIRE LOVIE SMITH

If any updates pop up before kickoff, I'll post an update, otherwise I'll see you back around 3 PM Central with pre-game updates, injury news and plenty of weather updates.   

I'll be posting a scoring summary after the jump and plenty of comments as the action unfolds in the Comments section.  Sign up to join in the fun. 


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Bear Weather Pushes Kickoff of Bears-Raven Back

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Mike Burzawa

Die hard Bears fan and lead blogger at Bear Goggles On

In case you had plans for late Sunday afternoon, you may want to make other arrangements if you plan to watch the Bears-Ravens game.  Kickoff has been pushed back from 12 Noon to 3:15 Central due to a snow storm that is set to hit Baltimore.


Bear weather hitting Baltimore?  Could it mean a win for our Bears?  Probably not.  Ray Lewis and the Ravens have a lot to play for.  The Jaguars' loss to Indy on Thursday night gave the Ravens control of their own playoff destiny, so they'll be charged up and ready to go. 

By the way, a friend recently turned me on to this site which shows the TV coverage map for all the games on Sunday.  Pretty cool.

Tune back in Sunday for our live Game Day Blog where the commentary has been lively.


BEAR DOWN!!!

All-Decade Team: The Best of the Bears of the 2000's

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Mike Burzawa

Die hard Bears fan and lead blogger at Bear Goggles On

It's that time of year.  In fact, it's that time of the decade; time to recap the "Best Of's" for the 2000's.  I have been busy lately compiling a list of the all-decade team for our Chicago Bears.  Sure there are a couple of gimme's on the list, but it's harder than you think. 

Check out my All-2000's Chicago Bears.  I included starters and some alternates.  If you disagree with my picks, feel free to bring it in the Comments, but you'd better have someone else in mind.  Don't just say, "this guy doesn't belong" or "that guy sucks." Back up your opinion with a better choice.  It's not as easy as you think...

Related: Visit my new blog "Fire Lovie Smith." You'll never guess what it's about.

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Lovie Smith is not a Legitimate Coach

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Mike Burzawa

Die hard Bears fan and lead blogger at Bear Goggles On

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Either Lovie Smith is galactically stupid or believes that we are.   Check out this quote from today's presser (via Moon Mullin's piece on CSN Chicago):

"I think you have to look at what's happened this year," Smith insisted. "As I look at our losses, three of them were legitimate losses. The other five, we were right in there, had opportunities.

"So to say that we're that far away, I wouldn't necessarily say that. I think this is a good core we have in place right now but nothing ever stays the same. There's no reason why we can't [reach the 2010 playoffs]."

OK Lovie, I'll take the bait.  Let's go through the schedule and see if we can figure out the three "legitimate" losses:

Week 1 @ Green Bay: Bears 15, Packers 21 L

Week 2 Pittsburgh: Bears 17, Steelers 14 W

Week 3 @ Seattle: Bears 25, Seahawks 19 W

Week 4 Detroit: Bears 48, Lions 24 W

Week 6 @Atlanta: Bears 14, Falcons 21 L

Week 7 @Cincinnati: Bears 10, Bengals 45 L

Week 8 Cleveland: Bears 30, Browns 6 L

Week 9 Arizona: Bears 21, Cardinals 41 L

Week 10 @ San Fran: Bears 6, 49ers 10 L

Week 11 Philadelphia: Bears 20, Eagles 24 L

Week 12 @Minnesota: Bears 10, Vikings 36 L

Week 13 St. Louis: Bears 17, Rams 9 W

Week 14 Green Bay: Bears 14, Packers 21 L

In case you haven't noticed, I've taken the liberty of highlighting what I believe Lovie is considering the Bears' "legitimate" losses. 

So what exactly qualifies as a legitimate loss?  Is the the opponent scoring at least 36 points?  How about a margin of defeat of 20 points?

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Rivalry Renewed: Bears vs Packers Live Game Thread

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Mike Burzawa

Die hard Bears fan and lead blogger at Bear Goggles On

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Papa Bear Halas and Vince Lombardi

FINAL SCORE: Bears 14 Packers 21

Welcome to the Bears vs Packers: The Drinking Game, er, Bears Game Day.  My name is Mike Burzawa and I'll be pouring today, I mean, I'll be your tour guide for this (in my best John Facenda voice), the 179th meeting between the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears.  For those of you keeping score at home, the Bears lead the all-time series 91-81-6, so we've got that going for us. 

When they last met during Week 1, there were such high hopes for the Bears.  They were unveiling their new toy in Jay Cutler and the playoffs were the goal. 

A funny thing happened on the way to the playoffs.  The once-vaunted Bears defense was exposed as having more holes than a slice of Lorraine Swiss and Jay Cutler and the offense figured out that what they do best is throw interceptions.  

All that's left to play for in Chicago is pride and trying to save a few jobs.  (Actually, it might be too late for that, but that's another story). 

As much as things have changed for the Bears, they've also changed here at Game Day.  No, I haven't thrown 20 interceptions, but I've witnessed them all.  When we first started this little project, we had a guest blogger representing the opponent's point of view. 

We quickly realized that we don't care about when the opponents have to say and they weren't bringing much to the party.  This is about the Bears and our reactions, so we cut that out and moved from a true play-by-play in the body of the post to a discussion and running commentary in the Comments sections.

That's where you can jump in and make this more fun.  Sign up and throw your $0.02 in as the action unfolds.  Don't leave it bottled up - get it out of your system ASAP. 

I'll see you back before kickoff with updates, inactives and any final thoughts.  I'll post a Scoring Summary after the jump to help you catch up.

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Bears - Packers Drinking Game

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Mike Burzawa

Die hard Bears fan and lead blogger at Bear Goggles On

No doubt that it's been a rough season for the Bears.  I was trying to convince my readers at Bear Goggles On (and myself, frankly) that there are still reasons to watch the remaining games this season.  In the process, I realized that there's probably only one way to stomach the rest of these games: It's time to start drinking!!! 

Check out the gallery for my ideas for the Bears vs Packers Drinking Game.  Post your ideas in the comments section and grab a few beers and a bottle of your favorite sippin' whiskey as you join me for a Bears Game Day Bears vs Packers Live Blog Drinking Game on Sunday.

Follow me on Twitter and keep up with all your Bears updates at Bear Goggles On

BOTTOMS UP AND BEAR DOWN!!!


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Bears vs Rams - Live Game Thread

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Mike Burzawa

Die hard Bears fan and lead blogger at Bear Goggles On

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Bears and Rams in happier times

CURRENT SCORE: Bears 17 Rams 9

Welcome to Misery Loves Company, formerly known as Bears Game Day.  It's a place for Bears fans to vent frustration and tear into the Bears as they bumble their way to another underwhelming season.  It's like AA only with less steps and more drinking.

My name is Mike Burzawa and I'm a Bears-aholic.  Sorry, but my Bears Kool Aide ran out and all I've got left is the hard stuff. 

I feel like I keep repeating myself every week, but I hope that maybe we pick up a few new readers or a few of the previous visitors have learned to read.  Fine, shoot me - I'm a little bitter.  OK, a lot bitter.

The way this works is that I'll be providing live play by play with a running commentary on the action as it unfolds in the Comments section.  The current score will be up there and I'll be posting a scoring summary below so you can catch up if you're a late-comer.  If you want to join the discussion, sign up and chime in.

The 1-10 Rams head to Soldier Field for a matchup with our disappointing 4-7 Bears.  If the Bears manage to lose and they should just carpet bomb Soldier Field and call the 50+ thousand spectators martyrs to the cause of re-building this once-proud franchise. 

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Lovie Smith is no Gladiator

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Mike Burzawa

Die hard Bears fan and lead blogger at Bear Goggles On

Two teams suffered disappointing losses to division rivals on Sunday.  The Bears got their butts whipped at the hands of Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings while the Sunday night game had the Pittsburgh Steelers fall to the Baltimore Ravens in overtime. 

I watched the post-game press conferences for both teams and it immediately hit me - Lovie Smith is better suited for musicals, while Steelers' coach Mike Tomlin is a Gladiator. 

To help connect the dots, check out this little video clip I put together.  The press conference video clips are courtesy of NFL.com:



So who would you rather have coaching your football team - Little Orphan Annie or a Gladiator?

FIRE LOVIE!!!

Lovie Smith and Jay Cutler talk about missed opportunities (Video)

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Mike Burzawa

Die hard Bears fan and lead blogger at Bear Goggles On

Lovie Smith and Jay Cutler talk about missed opportunities in the Bears humiliating 36-10 loss to the Vikings on Sunday.  Check out their comments in this video clip:

You talk about missed opportunities when you lose by a field goal or, I don't know, actually had a chance in hell to win the game.  When you get beaten so soundly, don't talk to me about missed opportunities.

Lovie says that the sun will come up tomorrow.  For the sake of the Bears and what fans remain, I hope Lovie takes up a career as a meteorologist and hangs up his coaching whistle.  Either that or maybe he can audition for Annie.  Don't they sing about "the sun'll come up, tomorrow." 

On the other hand, Jay looks so defeated.  I wrote earlier this season that I thought he would be suffering from battered woman syndrome from all of the beatings he was taking.  Well, I think that has set in. 

With 5 games left on the schedule, Cutler is just 22 interceptions off the single season record set by George Blanda.  It's a lofty goal, but Cutler is a competitor and I'm sure if he and Ron Turner put their heads together, they can find a a way to get it done.       

Purple Reign: Vikings Run it Up on Hopeless Bears

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Mike Burzawa

Die hard Bears fan and lead blogger at Bear Goggles On


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Doesn't Prince look excited?


Dearly Beloved... We are gathered here today to get this thing called life. Let's go crazy!
 
The Bears rolled over and played dead for the Vikings like good little boys on Sunday as we all expected.  The game was not nearly as close as the 36-10 score would indicate.  The Vikings thoroughly beat the Bears in just about all facets of the game.  Let's review the lowlights:

  • Jay Cutler added to his league-leading interception total with two more picks.  He now has 20.  During the game, one of my guys texted me asking what the single season interception record is. In case you're wondering, George Blanda tossed 42 picks.  There are only 5 games left, so it will be tough, but I think Cutler can do it. 
  • The Bears made it through the entire game without a rushing first down.  It was the first time they accomplished this in franchise history.  Franchise history.  Since 1920. 
  • The Bears allowed 537 yards of total offense to the Vikings.  That's the worst defensive performance since 1982.  That covers the Ditka, Wannstedt. Jauron and Love Smith eras. 
  • The Bears gained 2 yards in the second half.  Two.  Yards.  In the whole half.  Rock meet bottom.
  • The Vikings converted 12/18 third downs.  That's 67% for those who don't do math. Good defenses let up a percentage somewhere in the 30% range.  The Bears, though, are not a good defense.  Any questions?
  • With the Bears down 24-7, Johnny Knox returns the opening 2nd half kickoff down to the 8 yard line.  The Bears proceed to drive negative 12 yards to set up a Robbie Gould field goal.  Ladies and gentlemen, your 2009 Chicago Bears. 
  • Johnny Knox fumbled a kick return midway through the 2nd quarter while the Vikings were on their 24 point 2nd quarter scoring run.  Lovie Smith challenged the play when it was PLAIN AS DAY that Knox was not down when he coughed the ball up.  It was so clear, Aikman and Buck were laughing at Lovie in the booth.  Whoever makes that call needs to be fired today.  Don't even let him get on the team charter back to Chicago.  What is the Bears record on challenges this season? 

Bears vs Vikings - Live Game Thread

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Mike Burzawa

Die hard Bears fan and lead blogger at Bear Goggles On

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FINAL SCORE: Bears 10 Vikings 36

Welcome to Misery Loves Company Bears Game Day.  If you're new to the site, my name is Mike Burzawa and I'm the lead blogger at Bear Goggles On and I'll be your host for the Bears vs Vikings.

The way this works is that I'll be providing live play by play with a running commentary on the action as it unfolds in the Comments section.  The current score will be up there and I'll be posting a scoring summary below so you can catch up if you're a late-comer.  If you want to join the discussion, sign up and chime in. 3 out of 4 dentists recommend it.  

If you thought the season hadn't gone the way you'd hoped so far, fasten your sea because I expect it to be a bumpy ride against the Vikes.  

The Vikings boast a 9-1 record and are the class of the NFC North.  The Bears' old nemesis Brett Favre has returned to the division and elevated the Vikings to elite status.  On the other side of the ball, Jared Allen has been a one-man rodeo, leading the NFC with 10.5 sacks. 

If there is any good news heading into this game, it's that Purple Jesus Adrian Peterson is questionable with an ankle and an illness.  The Bears (and yours truly) think he'll play, but if he doesn't it could spare the Bears the embarrassment of ending up on another AP highlight reel.

The Beloved enter the game as 10.5 point underdogs and I've decided to embrace the idea that they're going to get smoked.  In the Gallery below, I've included some of my own propositional wagers to reflect that.  What do you think?  Hit the comments with your predictions, projections or other prop bets for the game.

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Bears vs Eagles - Live Game Thread

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Mike Burzawa

Die hard Bears fan and lead blogger at Bear Goggles On

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FINAL SCORE: Bears 20 Eagles 24

Welcome to Bears Game Day, or as we may start calling it, Misery Loves Company.  My name is Mike Burzawa and I'm the lead blogger at Bear Goggles On and I'll be your master of ceremonies for the Bears vs Eagles prime time affair at Soldier Field. 

It seems like forever since the Bears suited up against the 49ers.  Thank goodness - I think we all needed the break, especially Jay Cutler after his 5 picks that propelled the San Fran to a 10-6 win.

It looks grim for the Bears to make the playoffs this season, but they're still considered "in the hunt" in the Wild Card picture.  A loss Sunday to the Wild Card contending Eagles would effectively kill their chances, so there's no need remind anyone in Chicago's locker room about the importance of this game.

There is a bit of good news - the Eagles are 0-7 on NBC's Sunday Night Football and they've struggled in their own right this season.  Chicago's own Donovan McNabb comes back home for his 7th matchup against the Bears, posting a 4-2 so far.  Last season, the Bears stifled the Eagles 24-20.

The Bears have struggled in night games this season, especially Jay Cutler.  I've got a few ideas to help JC with his struggles in night games in the following gallery.

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LeBron to Browns? How about these Chicago stars to the Bears?

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Mike Burzawa

Die hard Bears fan and lead blogger at Bear Goggles On

LeBron James is going to the Cleveland Browns?  Well, not really, but Browns fans can dream, can't they?  Check out this State Farm commercial:




We all know that the Browns need all the help they can get.  I mean the Bears beat them. 

The Bears could use some help of their own and there is no shortage of quality athletes to help the Beloved right here in our own back yard. 

Check out my suggestions and add your own in the Comments.

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Westbrook just the latest break for Bears

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Mike Burzawa

Die hard Bears fan and lead blogger at Bear Goggles On

The Bears have been a major disappointment this season, but it's especially frustrating with the number of breaks that this team has been able to catch en route to their 4-5 record. 

If you look at their four wins, two have come against god-awful teams while their two "quality" wins have come when the other teams have gift wrapped the wins.  Check it out.

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Cutler leads 49ers to victory with 5 INT's

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Mike Burzawa

Die hard Bears fan and lead blogger at Bear Goggles On

Jay Cutler led the San Francisco 49ers to victory on Thursday night.  No, there were no strange trades made today, Cutler is still a member of the Bears (unfortunately), but you sure couldn't tell that by the number of balls he threw to the 49ers. 

Jay Cutler threw FIVE interceptions on Thursday night as the Bears fell to the 49ers 10-6.  It was a pitiful offensive performance for a quarterback who still managed to throw for over 300 yards, but his night will be CLEARLY judged by the picks.  I posted links to all of 5 of them here.  Yes, all 5. 

People can make excuses for Cutler about receivers falling down, bad snaps, lack of protection, etc. but this inexcusable.  I won't repeat myself; I already bitched enough about Cutler on Bear Goggles On enoggh for one night.

As I said after last week's loss to Arizona, pull the sheet over the 2009 season.  Tonight, Samurai Mike and the Niners tied the toe tag on the Bears.

Check out some images from the game in the slideshow below and some other notes after the jump. 


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Bears vs Niners - Live Game Thread

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Mike Burzawa

Die hard Bears fan and lead blogger at Bear Goggles On

FINAL SCORE: Bears 6 Niners 10

Welcome to Bears Game Day! (I throw in the exclamation point because I'm trying to express excitement, which isn't easy these days).  My name is Mike Burzawa and I'm the lead blogger at Bear Goggles On, the Chicago Bears blog on the Fansided Sports Network.

My thanks to Julie from A League of Her Own for filling in for me last week.  Unless you've been living under a rock, you know what happened last week against the Cardinals.  It was worse than the score indicated. 

The Bears are our in San Francisco to take on Mike Singletary's 49ers to open the NFL Network's Thursday Night Football 2009 schedule.  What that means is that unless you live in Chicago or San Francisco or you have the NFL Network, you will be spared from watching this game.

That's right, NFL rules require that unless you live in Jacksonville or Detroit (and can't sell out you the games), they must be offered on local TV.  Here in Chicago, the game will be on WPWR Channel 50.  On my Comcast cable, that's channel 184 for the Hi Def feed, because there's no other way to watch the Bears get humiliated than in 1080p.  Check your local listings.

If you're not in a local market, don't have the NFL Network or can't get out to a bar, maybe you're stuck with me.  I'll be providing live updates and commentary throughout the game.

I am not a trained shrink (nor do I play one on TV), but I've been taking a correspondence course on the web to help with Crisis Management, which has come in handy a few times this season.  Lots of folks have joining the discussion just to vent during these last few losses.  It helps. 

Despite the miserable performance last week, I actually think the Bears can win tonight.  Check out my Keys to the Game to see how they can pull off the W.

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Bears - 49ers Keys to the Game (Slideshow)

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Mike Burzawa

Die hard Bears fan and lead blogger at Bear Goggles On

The Bears look to salvage a shred of dignity as they head to San Francisco to face Mike Singletary's 49ers on Thursday night. 

After last week's embarrassment against the Cardinals, there's nowhere to go but up, right?  Believe it or not, I think the Bears can actually win this game.  Think I'm kidding?  Check out the slideshow for my Keys to the Game.

Be sure to join me back here for our Live Game Day Blog.  I'll be giving updates and running commentary throughout the game.   Misery loves company, so join the discussion.  You'll feel better; I promise!

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Cardinals' Wisenhunt Channels Dennis Green, Twists Knife on Bears

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Mike Burzawa

Die hard Bears fan and lead blogger at Bear Goggles On

Cardinals head coach Ken Wisenhunt twisted the knife in his post game press conference following the Cardinals 41-21 drubbing of the Bears on Sunday.  This clip from Comcast Sports Net Chicago:




It could just be me, but it sure seemed like he went out of his way to compliment the Bears failed and feeble comeback bid just to work in his shot.   He puts the ass in classy.   

The Bears ARE who we thought they were - Not a playoff team

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Mike Burzawa

Die hard Bears fan and lead blogger at Bear Goggles On

We came into this week's game mocking Dennis Green and his "The Bears are who we thought they were!" tirade



and leave today imitating this famous rant:



The Bears are who we thought they were - a bad team.  It's the team we were afraid they were when they got bombed by the Bengals a couple of weeks ago.  It's the team we were concerned about when they "won ugly" against the Browns last week.

Lovie Smith told us that a win is a win and a loss only counts as one loss.  That Lovie is good at math.  Too bad he's not as good at coaching.  

It's pretty safe to pull a sheet over the 2009 season and fit the Bears with a toe tag.  At this point, the deficiencies are just too many to overcome. 

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Remember When? Bears vs Cardinals Classic Comeback

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Mike Burzawa

Die hard Bears fan and lead blogger at Bear Goggles On

I couldn't think of a better way to turn the page from an ugly win against the Browns and start preparing for the defending NFC Champs coming to town than to hop into the wayback machine and think back to the last meeting between the Bears and the Cardinals back in the Super Bowl season of 2006.

The stage was set for the Bears.  They had gotten off to a strong 5-0 start and headed to Arizona for the national unveiling of their new stadium for a Monday Night Football matchup.  Here's what happened next in one of the most improbably comebacks in NFL history:




The comeback was great, but Denny Green's postgame meltdown made it a classic.
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Jay Cutler and Rob Ryan Talking Trash (Video)

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Mike Burzawa

Die hard Bears fan and lead blogger at Bear Goggles On

Jay Cutler and Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator Rob Ryan exchanged pleasantries with about 5 minutes left in the 4th quarter of the Bears 30-6 win over the Browns on Sunday.

The Bears failed to cash in on another red zone opportunity and turned it over on downs to the Browns.  Cutler and Ryan had the following exchange, courtesy of the NFL (all rights reserved).  (H/T to my guy Shea at Blog Down Chicago Bears for the video clip).




The quality of the video is not great, so for those who have trouble reading lips, Ryan gives Jay the old "F*CK YOU!" at about the 10 second mark of the video.  Tell us how you really feel Rob. Don't hold back.
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Bears Beat up on Browns

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Mike Burzawa

Die hard Bears fan and lead blogger at Bear Goggles On

The Bears did what everyone expected them to do, they beat up on the hapless Cleveland Browns, 30-6.  The defense looked like the Bears defense of old, but it's hard to judge where they stand after beating up on such an overmatched opponent.   Check out this highlight package:



The Browns offense set football back a few decades with such a pitiful performance.  The defense should be ashamed to even have let the Browns score.  The defense had 5 takeaways, including an interception returned for a touchdown by Charles Tillman.  That'll help that poor turnover margin they had coming into the game.

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Bears vs Browns - Live Game Blog

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Mike Burzawa

Die hard Bears fan and lead blogger at Bear Goggles On

FINAL SCORE: Bears 30 Browns 6

Welcome to Bears Game Day.  My name is Mike Burzawa and I'm the lead blogger at Bear Goggles On, the Chicago Bears blog on the Fansided Sports Network.

Last week's game against the Bengals was pretty much a train wreck, but at least you had the option to turn it off.  I had to follow it 'til the bitter end.  The ChicagoNow bosses don't unchain me until after the game, so I was pretty much stuck.  If nothing else, I think I found a new method of torture for Jack Bauer when 24 starts back up next season. 

But last week is over and it's time to turn the page.  The Bears are back home to face the pitiful Cleveland Browns.  If this pathetic Cleveland offense scores 45 on the Bears, I'll re-program my cell phone ring tone to "Cleveland Rocks" and go to work dressed up as Drew Carey all next week. Or better yet, I'll go as Mimi!  Now that's scary!    

Today marks the 10th anniversary of the passing of Chicago Bears legend Walter Payton.  The Bears will honor Walter and host the Payton family at Soldier Field.  It's a nice gesture, but seriously, it's time to put up that statue

I remember the first game after Sweetness passed away in '99 when Bryan Robinson blocked the Packers' game winning field goal attempt from 28 yards out to preserve a Bears victory over the hated rivals from north of the Cheddar Curtain.  If this Bears team doesn't come out and play inspired football, they should just fire everyone. 

If you're new to Bears Game Day, let me give you the rundown.  Check back in before kickoff to get the latest on game day inactives, injuries, etc.  I'll be providing a running commentary and play by play as the game unfolds in the comments section. 

You can join in the discussion by signing up here.  Last week, a lot of people found it very therapeutic to vent as the Cincinnati Bensons steamrolled the Bears.  Don't keep it bottled up inside.  You'll feel better to let it out.  And as the Bears are rolling over the Browns, feel free to give the Bears a shout out.  I know they all read the live blog after every game.  Ya right!  

See you back by kickoff.  I'll post a Scoring Summary after the jump to help you catch up if you forgot to set your clocks back or you're a little slow getting up after a few too many Halloween treats.  
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Expect a Sweet(ness) Day at Soldier Field

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Mike Burzawa

Die hard Bears fan and lead blogger at Bear Goggles On

The Cleveland Browns are next on the docket for the Bears.  Besides sporting their "Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown" orange jerseys on Sunday, they'll be honoring one of the true greats in NFL history en route to a bounce back beatdown of the hapless Cleveland Browns.

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Walter's signature TD dive over the pile

The Bears are preparing a tribute to Sweetness on Sunday to commemorate the 10 year anniversary of Walter Payton's passing.  The Tribune's Fred Mitchell shares this in his article:

Meanwhile, the family is urging fans to "wear their No. 34 Walter Payton Bears jerseys, headbands or whatever" to Sunday's game. Walter's mother, Alyne, will make the trip from Mississippi to take part in the halftime tribute arranged by the Bears organization. Former Payton teammates Matt Suhey and Dennis Gentry will escort the family onto the field.

More information about related events, as well as the annual toy drive on Nov. 8, is available at payton34.com.
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Jay Cutler and Lovie Smith Address the Media after Bengal Beatdown

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Mike Burzawa

Die hard Bears fan and lead blogger at Bear Goggles On

In case you are still interested in following the Bears, here's a brief video clip of Jay Cutler and Lovie Smith addressing the media immediately after the 45-10 beatdown they took from the Cincinnati Bengals




I guess there's not too much to say when you get completely owned. Cutler actually responded better than I expected. Maybe he's already accepted his fate for this season - to be running for his life.

People talked about his lousy record in Denver for a team that had no running game and no defense. I'm just saying.

Lovie saying it was a tough day at the office has to be the understatement of the year. If he's not officially on the hot seat already, it's got to be getting awfully warm.

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