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First person who catches all four references gets a bonus point from me.

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  • Breakfast Club
    West Side Story?
    don't know the cigar dude
    and is that Dan Rooney w/ the deer? doubt it tho.

    smh....rusty on white popular culture lol

  • Let's see, we have the cast of SAINT Elmo's Fire, THE JETS gang from West Side Story, Fall Guy COLT SEAVERS (Lee Majors) and OFF-DAH, 4-Time NFC Champion VIKINGS' head Coach, Bud Grant!

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    lol screw you all

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    i meant al*

    uhhh can chicagonow get an editing function? Jesus....

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    FQ,

    "rusty on white popular culture"

    THAT shit was funny.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    FQ, I never would have gotten it in a million years either.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Jets 27, Colts 0.
    Saints 30, Queens 10.
    There's only been 2 close playoff games this year and I don't see that changing this week.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Jets 27 Colts 0 BWHAHAHAHAHHAHHHHAHHHAHAHHAHAHHHAHAAHHAHHAHAHAH.

  • In reply to Hoosierdaddy:

    Hoosier, I did that just for you. I thought you would like that.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Colts 30 Jets 12

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Vikings 38 Saints 24

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    Tractor, Viva... what's wrong with you two this morning?

    Common boys!

    Colts 28 Jets 10

    Saints 89 Vikings 21

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB, I like it.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I love it. Its great to sign on to Da Blog and see the page come alive. Oohrah!!!!!!!!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I was kinda close on the first game. Let's see how close we can get on the second.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Props out to Jeff and Hoosier. You were right, I was wrong.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    My man Tractor what happened,your big green machine just went down in flames.Manning looked GRRRRRRREAT.

    Talking smack at 2:15 of a 2:00 start is never a good thing.Oh by the way......BWWWWWWWWHAHAHAHHAHAHHAHHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHHHAHAHHHAHAHHHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHHAHHAHAHHAHAHH! Man that felt GRRRRRRRReat.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    that sucked

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    narcissus may have to be carried out on a stretcher

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    the NFC championship game is exactly why football is the greatest sport on earth...

    i don't care if AP fumbles. i fucking love his heart man. he runs every play like its the last time he will ever be allowed to walk as a free man.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Read in the Trib this morning that Chud will be staying in San Diego. I think that Lovie will regret the day he fired Turner (and they both should be without a job). If he knew this was a make or break year for him, why in the hell would he not want to bring back the guy whose system is known (continuity is undervalued asset). Any OC we end up with is going to have a learning curve - which may ultimately be an excuse for Lovie to retain his job next year. What a farce.

    Fire Lovie today, Jerry. It's not too late.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Albert, the Colt Seavers is the hard one and I'm impressed. I literally couldn't pass up the Bud Grant with deer picture, feeling a soft spot for a damn good and underrated coach.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Albert's new name: The Professor.

    I volunteer to be the skipper, and we can have Bears Chick come back and be Ginger.

    Rock Mamola can be Gilligan.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I don't have any money and my wife is much younger than me but could I be Thurston?

    Go Bears!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    LOVED the fall guy! Very nice intro indeed, powder blue is good.

    Also loved the million dollar man... at first I thought that was the reference to Farvererer and HIS vikings. Hope those clowns lose a bad one.

    Al, any time you can fit in a Ernest Borgnine reference, you are doing well. Nice find Jeff, brings back memories.

    Shady, you alive man? You make it back or do you need viva and a recon team to come get you out? Go Saints (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRlbmV39Zhw)!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Everything hurts.

    I might have turned 25, but I drank like I turned 21 all over again. Hooray for lower car insurance!

  • In reply to Shady:

    Well done lad.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    know what i love a/b this team? statements like this:

    "Hampton just said he'd LOVE to see Favre win today so that Green Bay fans have to watch him in Minnesota purple in the Super Bowl." -Zach Zaidman

    shit like this makes my heart smile :-)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Six million dollar man, MB ....Six .... he wasn't no cheap ass Airfix kit, he was the real deal my friend ....

  • In reply to gpldan:

    One American mystery which will never be unlocked by an outsider, or even remotely understood .... is Gilligan's fucking Island ....

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    name the movie ......

    "eh-ehhhhh ! The S.S. Minnow ... it was the S.S. Minnow ..."

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Thank you, Blogfather.

    I found it a worthy challenge and another situation where being OLDER pays off!

    I meant no dosrespect to a fine coach,Bud Grant who is certainly deserving of a some notice. I just couldn't resist dredging up THE VIKINGS movie reference. Ragnar's death scene is a personal favorite.

    I'm sure what made things tough is the fact that THE FALL GUY has been off the air for 23 years. I only watched occassionally but female co-stars Melody Thomas and Markie Post both appeared in bikinis during the show's run occassionally bikini-worthy viewing!

    Trivia: the show's catchy theme song, THE UNKNOWN STUNTMAN, was sung by series' star, Lee Majors who, I believe, had by then been divorced from the late Farrah Fawcett.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Can you verify that it's not the Sharks, Al ? Can we spot-a-spic ?

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4LX8PPMuOY

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Jeff, thanks for the clip. I never in my life watched an episode of the Fall Guy. Had I known about the girls in bikinis, I'm pretty sure I would have made time for it! Thanks for the quiz and the blog. Lot's O' Fun!

    Go Bears!

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Canada, you never watched The Fall Guy? Where are you from... canada.

    Ok, ok... not funny. Sorry, couldn't resist though.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Total side note... Rex's worst loss (ouch): http://www.suntimes.com/business/2004781,rex-grossman-condo-trump-012110.article

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Damn Boys!!!.. I had totally forgotten about "Tha Fall Guy" you realize that dates us in a heart beat..

    Nice touch on all Blogfather...
    Kudos to you Al!!

    Go Saints!!!! even though Bears are not in it, I will always root for NFC forever!

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    If the BiQueens, Cowgals or Forty-Whiners are in the SB, I pull for the AFC, otherwise, totally agree!

    Go Bears!

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    What's the frakkin' deal with the Fall Guy ? Are you all on Oestrogen pills these days? Rooting for the Bears to lose ... wanking off Turtlehead Manning .... Stoppit !! Respect the Colonel !!

    "Steve Austin ....astronaut .... a man barely alive ..."
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HofoK_QQxGc

    ...and completely unrelated, just to put you in a good mood ... the theme from Hawaii-50 ...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AepyGm9Me6w&feature=fvw

    den de deh deh deh dehhhhh dehhh de deh deh deh dehhhhhh

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    OK, under the assumption that the Bears are really (wink, wink) waiting on one of the assistants from the Four divisional champs to become available, who are YOUR candidates? I assume it's not one of the coordinators, because who the hell would willingly make that jump?
    What position coach stands out to you?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Colts WRs coach Christensen. Sign him!

    Although, now that CHUD is out of the running, I should probably change my avatar.

    Speaking of Avatar, have you guys seen the movie yet? I'm curious to know what some of the military guys think.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Shady, a good friend of mine is a Marine and he loved the movie. He said that Jake Sully (the ex-Marine hero) epitomized what a Marine is and what a Marine would do in that situation.

    I just saw the movie again yesterday because the first time I saw it was not in 3D. Everyone said I should see it in 3D and they were right. If you can, see it in 3D. It's pretty incredible.

  • In reply to Shady:

    We went to it last night. My wife is active duty and she was pretty p-d off at the portrayal of the marines as "baby-killers". It was pretty, especially in IMAX 3D, but the story line was exactly the "Dances with Smurfs"-punchline that I was told it was going to be.
    Still, you have to see it on the big screen and definitely in 3d.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Yeah, Gone With the Wind it was not. But a great flic nonetheless. The way my ex-Marine buddy (and I) saw it was the battle of the "mercinaries" who fought and killed for money, versus the ex-Marine who fought for a people trying to defend their homeland. That was certainly how the movie intended to portray it. *Not* that Marines are "baby-killers".

    We're way off topic here, so back to football.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    The way I hear it, Papa Bear changed the name from the Decatur Staley's (Staley's syrup of Decatur was Halas'original backer)after he moved the team to Chicago and P. K. Wrigley allowed them to play in Wrigley field, thus the Cubs/Bears association.

    I believe Doc has the Ravens' E.A. Poe reference correct.

    Not sure why the Jets were changed from the Titans other than as a franchise, they aboslutely SUCKED as the Titans and I think new ownership (Sonny Werblin?) wanted a sweeping new image.

    The Chiefs started life as the Dallas Texans.

    Chargers began as the Los Angeles Chargers and I BELIVE they were originally referencing chargers as in horses.

    The Colts were always the Colts, dating back to the late 40s and the All-America Football Conference which also spawned the Browns and 49ers. Isn't the PREAKNESS held in Baltimore? That would possibly be the COLTS inspiration.

    Yeah, I believe the Raiders is inspired by The Bay Area's "Barbery Coast" history.

    Let's not forget the current Titans were once the Houston Oilers where the reference was obvious.

    More FALL GUY. A stunning bikini shot of Heather Thomas always made the opening credits worth watching.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Will TJ bust out over 100yds today? How many touchdowns?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    The Jets changed MAY have been sparked by their move from the Polo Grounds to the METS new home at the time, Shea Stadium, thus a METS/JETS association. That was also about the time they signed Joe Namath as well.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    If I were a Viking fan, my biggest concerns would be

    A) AP's proclivity for coughing up the ball

    and

    B) Reggie Bush vs Viking coverage units.

    I expect Kluwe will be ordered to punt out of bounds.
    Of course, that's thing about having a great punt returner, before you can use him, you DO have to make the other guys PUNT!.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    or C) ... Where do we find a quarterback next year that doesn't qualify for a free buss pass ... HOO-RAHHHH !!

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Speaking of PUNT!

    GAME ON, Sports Fans!

    Hope we get a couple of good ones.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Yo, Hoosier, its not looking good.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Don't get cute Jets.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    The Jets are going to win this game.They seem more prepared than the lethargic Colts.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Its time for a healthy dose of TJ.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Lol at the guy choosing his beer over his girlfriend!

    The dudes at Miller Light should know that only AL BUNDY can do that.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Colts denied a TD again.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Its pretty impressive when you realize the Jets D was on the field for a long time because of the quick TD.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Our D showed their panties all year long and gave it up.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Touchdown Jets.... 14-6.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    That was nasty.Totally nasty!

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Da Jets 17, Colts 6.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    My bad, I meant The Jets, please forgive me.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Uh, weren't they all marines ? They were definitely killing babies. Just like in real life, napalm doesn't ask questions or ask to see I.D.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Does anybody have the same feeling i do that this game just really sucked. The officals had way to much to do with the outcome than they should have. Incredibly sloppy play from both teams. The Saints dont have one guy on their defense that knows how to recover a fumble,what happened to just flopping on top of the ball?

    I just have the feeling after thinking about it that neither team played at the championship level.Lots of drama not much substance.

    Fumbles,picks,and penalties.The stupid penalties by the Saints,what did they have 3 personal fouls? I wanted the Saints to win the game,i just did'nt care for the way they won.

  • In reply to Hoosierdaddy:

    Aren't you the Colts fan?

    Of course you would say that.

    Don't get schwetty balls over it, the Colts will stomp yet Peyton must beat his father's team to do it. Ah, the Shakespeare!

  • In reply to Hoosierdaddy:

    That was a great, great choke by the queens. They couldn't have failed more as a team. I don't think Allen got a sack, AP layed it down as usual, Harvin layed it down, Berrian layed it down, and Favre threw the game away instead of giving his kicker a chance to win it. What a perfect purple ending for them. Thank God, I absolutely would have hated to hear the Superbowl turned into the Brett Bowl, now maybe they can just talk about how the better team will win the superbowl as opposed to showing Favre with tears in his eyes every damn commercial break. Go Aints get your first win in your first Superbowl!

  • In reply to Hoosierdaddy:

    I am a BEARS fan. Unfortunatley the Bears aint playing anymore.Not everybody that lives in Indiana is a Colts fan.

  • In reply to Hoosierdaddy:

    Nope, there was no "Rodeo Ropin' " by White Trash Allen last night.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    But Porter did a nice impersonation after the final INT ....

  • In reply to Hoosierdaddy:

    You are dead-on about "Brett Bowl", Urlacher.
    It would have been absolute hell.

    According to THE DAN PATRICK SHOW, the Narcissus butt-kissers on Fox yesterday (Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver, Chris Myers) invoked his name 134 times last night.

    Not counting commercials, that was approximately FORTY times an hour.

    Once every MINUTE AND A HALF for crissake!

    Man, Narcissus' ass must be totally CHAPPED after all THAT kissing.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Another total football non-sequitor.

    Saw District 9 last night. Pretty interesting concept. If you're not from SA you won't find many parts as funny, bust still a pretty interesting flick.

    Shady's new CHUD icon sparked the connection if you must know.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    sorry, non sequitur

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I loved District 9.
    My favorite sci-fi movie in a long time.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    It's actually a funny movie in a lot of ways if you're South African. A lot of 'inside' jokes. I thought it was cheesy for the first few minutes but then we got into it, and the fact that it was in SA made it better (for me).

    Think they left things a liiiitle open for a sequel in 3 years MBP?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Absolutely. I can't wait.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Oh, that was really, really fun to watch.
    Happy for the Saints fans, but even had they lost...
    Watching Favre get bounced off the turf like he was in a pachinko machine was just wholesome American entertainment.
    And Tracy Porter doing the hillbilly sack dance after picking Narcissus off? Priceless.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I felt after the Colts easily handled the physical play of the Ravens by simply using misdirection, the Colts would have no problem with another physical team on their home turf.

    I forgot how good the Jets corners are. And their blitz gets to Manning faster than the Ravens blitz did.

    The Colts are reeling right now. They need to go into the locker room and regroup.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Peytons ticked off. Jets are frustrating him.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    jets better hope they have a bunch more trick plays and broken coverages in their bag otherwise payton is going to eat em up in the second half.

    ... I will say that the Colts are looking like our Bears in the red zone today. Well, maybe not THAT bad.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    oh, and that lame QB sneak on 3rd and 2 was so lame. You're freaking payton manning for christo sake!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    He was playing for greatness. lol, Sorry Jeff, couldnt help myself.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Don't know anything about him.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    I only know that in the last decade he's led the NFL in tackles (sum total)... and he does a bunch of charity work with needy kids.

    Of the three dudes they named that are up for it, he's the only one I recognized.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Had like 140 tackles this year and didn't make the pro bowl. Patrick Willis had like two million tackles ....

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    "Oh when the Saaaaints,
    go marching in..."

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    don't know if they can Trac. All I saw work for them in the 1st half was trick plays and broken coverages.

    Their getting killed on the run.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Payton and the colts are about to bust out gents. Here we go.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    hahahahahaha... are you guys seeing Ryan lose his shit on the sideline? Funny.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    it's all over guys. Begining of the end right there. Jet's aren't scoring again and the colts have at least one more score in em. Sorry Max.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Btw, just so you guys don

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    A drop of Prussic acid in the beer MB. Untraceable in an autopsy, symptoms are a heart attack. No biggie ....

    Hey, to the person who brings Ginnie her hot chocolate at night ...

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Jets had better start grinding it out on the ground.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    London Fletcher gets my vote for Walter Man of the year award.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I was watching The Book Of Eli ... and it comes to the end ... and I'm thinking ...My God - this is the best ending of a movie since Usual Suspects/Planet of the Apes (original) ... and then it keeps going for about another 2 or 3 minutes past where it should have stopped and I'm thinking "Man, that could've been an all-time great ending ...and they kept going for another 2 or 3 minutes for nothing and no reason " What a gyp ! Still a good ending, but you'll know what I mean when you see it.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Best movie ending:

    SEVEN (Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    DAMMIT!!!!!!!! the broncos are probably going to pick up Dez Bryant w/ our pick from last year. holy fuck.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    But they're still stuck with Orton throwing it to him and McDaniels pissing off everyone in town.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Ha ! There you have it Mike ..

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Ah Championship Sunday. It brings back such great memories of 2006 where the Bears defeated Drew Brees and the Saints to hoist the NFC Championship trophy on a snowy Sunday afternoon.

    It's a shame how it seems so long ago... But great memories nontheless.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Nicely done Al.

    Go Bears!

  • Nice touch, Blogfather. You COULD have gone with Roger Moore or George Sanders as THE SAINT but either those references would likely have been too vague for most of the bloggers. As the first three were "entertainment" pics, I would have gone with a shot of Kirk Douglas and Tony Curtis squaring off over Janet Leigh in THE VIKINGS in stead of Bud.! Either that or Ernest Borgnine as Ragnar, laughing and screaming "ODIN!" as he leaps to his death in Ayella's wolf pit in the same film.!

    Oh, and that should be OOF-dah, not OFF-dah, eh, hosers?

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Loved Roger M. in the original Saint. Good sheite.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I'm pretty sure these references are too vague for most of us! Although I would have gotten the Roger Moore one.

    Go Bears!

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Val Kilmer played the Saint too !

  • flying lawnmower?

  • George Richards bought the Portsmith Spartans and moved them to Detroit in 1934. He named them the Lions as a crosstown reference to the Detroit Tigers.

  • Also, Art Modell named the team the Ravens after the long struggle about the Browns name. The Ravens, known for a being bird signifying death, signified the death of the Browns.

    Modell then went on to rip off the Raven logo from a fan.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Oh and LA Rams were originally the Cleveland Rams. The Ram comes from the original owner's college mascot.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Because Detroit smells like Tiger's piss.

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    Easy, Viva. That's my hometown. It has nothing to do with Horn-Dog Woods and his habits.

  • According to Wikipedia, it's a reference to "he Detroit Light Guard military unit, who were known as "The Tigers"...famed for participation in the Spanish-American and US Civil wars.

  • Man, I think Leon Washington is really good too. They have got maybe the best group in the NFL right there. CJ has a third stringer behind him that's pretty good, can't remember his name ...

  • Farvefest 2010 finally is over. That guy is one tough hillbilly,took an ass kicking tonite and kept coming out for more.

    Adios,Brett Farve.

  • Whatever happened to Lee Majors ?

  • Haha, the queens fans won't be able to sleep tonight. I love it, what a bunch of clowns.

  • Pot pies for dinner: $3.94 (They were On Sale!)

    Veggie tray for munching during the game: $12.99

    Watching Narcissus get abused like a tackling dummy
    AND throw another, abso-freaking-lutely KILLER playoff interception: PRICELESS!

  • I couldn't have written a better script. Oohrah.

  • THAT was awesome. Adios Farve, please never come back again you douche.

    Gotta agree with Hoosier, he is a tough old man, but his time has come... and gone. Buh bye hillbilly!

  • Early life bummer for the "Six Million Dollar Man :

    Majors was born on April 23, 1939, as Harvey Lee Yeary in the Detroit suburb of Wyandotte, Michigan. He was the only child of Carl Yeary, who was killed in a work-related accident before Harvey was born, and Alice Yeary, who was killed in a car accident when he was a year old. In 1941, when Yeary was two, he was adopted by an uncle and aunt, Harvey & Mildred Yeary, and moved with them to Middlesboro, Kentucky, where they already had another son, Bill.

    Since his adoptive older brother had been a football star in school, Yeary tirelessly committed himself to the sport. While a student at Middlesboro High School, he participated in sports, from track to football. He graduated in 1957, and earned a scholarship to Indiana University, where he competed in more sports. Yeary left IU in 1959 and transferred to Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky, after he got into a fight at a fraternity house. He played in his first game the following year, but suffered a severe back injury which left him paralyzed for two weeks, and ended his college football career.

  • Early life bummer for the "Six Million Dollar Man :

    Majors was born on April 23, 1939, as Harvey Lee Yeary in the Detroit suburb of Wyandotte, Michigan. He was the only child of Carl Yeary, who was killed in a work-related accident before Harvey was born, and Alice Yeary, who was killed in a car accident when he was a year old. In 1941, when Yeary was two, he was adopted by an uncle and aunt, Harvey & Mildred Yeary, and moved with them to Middlesboro, Kentucky, where they already had another son, Bill.

    Since his adoptive older brother had been a football star in school, Yeary tirelessly committed himself to the sport. While a student at Middlesboro High School, he participated in sports, from track to football. He graduated in 1957, and earned a scholarship to Indiana University, where he competed in more sports. Yeary left IU in 1959 and transferred to Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky, after he got into a fight at a fraternity house. He played in his first game the following year, but suffered a severe back injury which left him paralyzed for two weeks, and ended his college football career.

  • those oversized 'over-the-pads' t-shirts look so rediculous. those things are freaking hilarious.

  • Today was a great day to have:

    The Colts @ - 7.5 and the Vikings + 3.5!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! $$$$$$$$$$

  • Well the Vikes did everything they could to give it to the Saints, and they finally took them up on it. Would love to seen Farve go out on top. Put your money on the Colts, ain't no way are the Saints going to beat them.

  • In reply to RogerMinton:

    he did go out on top... on top of a stretcher.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Ha!

  • In reply to RogerMinton:

    Wait a minute...I think the Queens just turned it over, again!

    LOL

  • In reply to RogerMinton:

    Thank God the Favrenator doesn't get another 'bowl. Go Drew !! Who Dat in Dem Bowl ?

    Sorry for the double-post of below, but it's good news in a way ...

    Yep, it seems we're a carefully placed chicken bone away from the Bears being sold. Once her highness becomes an ex-parrot pining for the fjiords, inheritance tax would force a sale of the Chicago Bears ...

    From a coach Zamboni post on CB.COM :

    No. Virginia doesn't own ANY shares. 20% of the shares are owned by two silent partners you never hear about, Patrick Ryan and Andrew McKenna. The remaining 80% the Chicago Bears shares are held in a Trust, the percentages are divided between the Halas heirs, which currently allows them to receive salaries, dividends, etc. from the yearly profits of the Bears. She only has voting rights to all those shares as executor of the Trust, which gives her majority control of the board and thus the team. When she dies, the Trust ends, and those shares will be disbursed equally to the Halas grandkids (13 ways I believe, giving each grandchild 6.15% ownership in the Chicago Bears), BUT they will have to pay a 50% inheritance tax on the value of those shares, which may force the McCaskey kids to sell their shares since the tax bill will be around $400 MILLION dollars.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    First post for me, great blog Jeff.

    I am confused by this description of the "Halas Trust." Assuming that this is set up as I think it is, which is as a living trust, then there would be no estate tax. When the grandkids take their shares, they will have to claim them as regular income (just like they do their salaries). This would still be in the high 30s for income taxes, but would not be subject to an estate tax. That's the whole reason you set up a living trust in the first place.

    If I am getting this totally wrong and Virginia has nothing to do with the trust other than being the executor and the shares were actually passed as an inheritance, then I am confused (a) why taxes are only due when Virginia dies; and (b) why the trust would be affected by her death other than requiring a new executor to be appointed. Anyone have a link to the article mentioned above?

  • In reply to mottystone:

    Go up to the BEars official site and search for Coach Z amongst the posters. Always has something interesting to say and knows a lot about the ownership thing ... basically, if she throws a 7 the Bears get sold off.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Have to wonder... with two of the best offensive teams in an overtime situation with so much on the line, why do we put games into a pure sudden death. They should make a rule that if one team scores on the opening drive, the other team gets one drive to match or beat the score. Let both teams put their offenses on the field; see if Brett can redeem himself after the 4th quarter screw up. I'm betting if the Vikes had won the toss, they could have picked up the field goal just as well as the Saints did.

    The other advantage to doing it this way... encourages teams to play for touchdowns rather than just getting close and kicking. And it might also encourage some hot offenses to go for two rather than letting the other team back on the field to score again.

  • In reply to mottystone:

    I don't watch college football, but doesn't something like that happen in the college game ? Why not the NFL ?

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I don't watch football on Saturdays, so I'm going based on rules more than experience. College football has a really complicated rules system that basically gives each team one chance to score per period before they reset the ball at the 25 yard line (no kick-offs). Beginning in the third OT, teams have to go for two point conversions every time. Theoretically, a game could go on forever since there are no ties.

    I wouldn't want so much detail to be added to the NFL, I just think the rules should allow both offenses at least one opportunity on the field. Fine, if we see three touchdowns in a row I can keep complaining, but then you have to remember that the second team could go for 2 and had two chances to get a defensive stop.

    Brett's a prima dona, but the man can play football; it seems a bit of an empty victory to see the Saints win in OT without Brett taking a snap. I would have said the same about Drew Brees.

  • In reply to RogerMinton:

    Gotta love Brett Favres consistency. Screwing up championship games that is.

  • In reply to RogerMinton:

    Haha. Well said, Al. I commented to my wife about the shit officiating job they did.

    Good game. Glad Narcissus is done and I don't have to see that damn purple uniform again until September.

    Will Narcissus retire, again?

    Will Narcissus come back again? The Cleveland Browns are looking.

    What do you think will happen first, Brett Favre retire again or the Bears sign a coordinator?

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    It's the Brett Warner watch for another year ... ugh.

  • In reply to RogerMinton:

    Oops! AP just layed it down, again!

  • In reply to RogerMinton:

    And we'd like to take a moment to thank ex-Bear, Bernard Buryhim, for his key redzone contribution this eveing...

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    He showed off his gater-hands all night long.
    What a puss.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    gater-arms...bed time for bonzo!

  • The Saints played well today and I congratulate them on their win but my support for them ends here and now. I like the Colts 2 weeks from tonight.

  • Oh, and congratulations to the Zebras for another aboslutely PISS-POOR job of officiating.

    With apologies to Elizabeth barrett Browning's HOW DO I LOVE THEE

    I give you

    HOW CAN YOU STINK SO, LET ME COUNT THE WAYS...

    Whoops, Pierre Thoms was down at the one..

    Oops, Reggis Bush WAS in the endzone...

    Um...You shouldn't have called Roughing the passer on Narcissus when you did. Even the ex-QB, Aikman thought it was bogus,

    however..

    You SHOULD have called it when he got high-lowed because the low man dove at his knees, which was a supposed to be a POINT OF EMPHASIS this year, you dolts. Of course, if you hadn't called the first one, then second one would not have come up.

    Pretty rank P.I. call on Leiber in O.T. That ball might have been catchable if the receiver was 7 feet 2 inches tall.

    And, once again, there's the ref, Pete Morelli, fixing Narcissus'
    shoulder pads a la Tony Carrente.

  • I could never get into that show. Was it for girls, like the A-team? I couldn't accept Colonel Steve Austin in some girl's show. The Colonel rocked.

  • The Redskins is quite a contentious one for me, and for outsiders looking in. Five hundred nations get ...well ... systematically murdered in one of the largest genocides in the history of our planet ... and then a football team gets named for a derogatory term for a Native American.

  • I did not know that.

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