That's Why He's Brett Favre

There were fifteen yards there for the taking.  An easy run for the aging quarterback.  A sure thing field goal from a sure thing kicker and another trip to the biggest game in all of sports.  Could he move his "limping" body down the field and seal the dream matchup for for hordes of obnoxious, sycophantic sports writers?

He throws across his body.  Mindless.  Interception.  
We wrote here ad nauseam that Brett Favre would throw away the season for the Minnesota Vikings.  Week after week, touchdown after touchdown, we never wavered from that assertion.  Brett Favre would throw away the season for the Minnesota Vikings.  He had help, don't get me wrong.  The Vikings could not hold onto the ball all game, especially the Human Fumble Machine wearing #28.  But when the game was on the line, there for the taking, ready to be seized, Brett Favre threw away the season for the Minnesota Vikings.
Now we'll all do the Favre dance we've done for three years.  The will he or won't he.  The press conferences and rough footage of him tossing it around on a high school field in Mississippi.  Minnesota would have to accept him back off his brilliant 2009 regular season but they'd be wiser to make the difficult decision the Packers rightfully made two years ago.
That's for another day.  Tomorrow.  Yesterday Favre proved why he's the most predictable athlete in sports.  And the Minnesota Vikings are home today because of it. 

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  • 1st!! Ha!

  • Have to say, watching that pick felt really damn good.

  • GB ESPN is gloating all over the place.

    For once, we agree.

  • So sweet. I have so many Wisconsin friends giving Minnesota friends shit. And I would give them shit in return since they worshiped this guy forever if my team didn't suck so bad right now. No one will even come coach for my team. Any chance we will actually hire some coordinators? You know, just for the hell of it?

  • Looking at the play again, I don't think he would have been able to scramble for more than five yards. If that. Had he ran for 5 yards or even thrown it away...they would have had an opportunity for a very long field goal. Regardless, the pick was terrible. Maybe all the abuse he took all game gave him the yips, making him force the throw instead of charging ahead with the scramble. Who knows.

    I thought the 12 men in the huddle penalty was the true killer in my opinion. With 3rd and ten from the 33, they could have just ran it toward the middle of the field to set up the field goal.

    In other news, good god Peyton Manning is good. He made the Jets D look silly for most of that game. Those young receivers look very, very good. And mind you, they haven't had Gonzalez for most of the season either.

  • I'm sorry, but that interception doesn't make you right about Favre, Jeff, The Vikings still made the right move to sign the guy this past offseason, waffling or not. While that pick was an absolutely mind-numbingly awful decision, Brett Favre is not the biggest reason the Vikings lost that Championship game. I

  • In reply to Shady:

    Wrong Shady, although he had success throughout the regular season, he did exactly what we were all anticipating/predicting... He threw the ball away and ended the season for his team. If it wasn't that particular play, it was going to be an INT on another one. No one is saying that AP and BB's fumbles didn't have anything to do with it. We just KNEW that AP would fumble...at least once. Just like we KNEW Favre would throw a HUGE INT. You were right, I was right, Fudgepacker fans were right and so was Jeff. Fuck Brett Favre. End of story. Bears For Life.

  • In reply to MatthewIsMyForte:

    I completely disagree, Shady. Favre is a good Quarterback...legendary Quarterback. He holds nearly every passing record. But one thing Brett Favre has done for years and years and years is make bone-headed plays which cost his team the season.

    Jeff is damn right. This was going to happen eventually. In the last three seasons Favre has destroyed his team's chance at the Lombardi Trophy by throwing game-ending picks in two NFC Championships and playing despite having an injured arm and literally throwing the Jets' season away.

    I said it a year ago, I say it again: Brett Favre is a franchise wrecking ball. He leaves nothing in his wake but the bleeding and fractured bits of what used to be good teams. I lauded the Vikings signing Favre in August because by putting their eggs in Favre's basket they become good over the short term but what do they do when Favre is gone??? Go back to Tavaris Jackson? Or to Sage 'Clutch defeat from the jaws of victory' Rosenfels? No.

    Signing Favre effectively put the Vikings in the rear of the NFC North Quarterback contest. Cutler, Rodgers, and possibly one day Stafford are excellent Pro Bowl quality QBs and the Vikings have nothing.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    McNabb might enjoy donning the purple and gold, if the Cards don't scoop him up 1st.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    How is Favre a franchise wrecking ball? Last time I checked the Packers and Jets both made the playoffs this year.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Aside from the play of their Quarterback, the Packers were abysmal in 2008. And both teams only succeeded with reworked defensive systems. Brett Favre cost The Great Mangini and several other coaching staffers their jobs and turned the franchise upside down. The Jets only succeeded after being completely reworked into one of the most dominant defenses I remember in the last decade. That's how he is a wrecking ball...leaving nothing but a path of destruction in his selfish narcissistic wake.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    The play of their quarterback AND their #1 defense ....

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    2008 Packers, Irish. Not 2009. The 2008 Packers defense was ranked #20 in total defense, one slot ahead of the #21 ranked Bears.

  • In reply to Shady:

    so favre is starting the carousel, saying it's "highly unlikely" he'll return. if that's true, Minnesota is going to need a QB (and Tavaris Jackson? yea....doubt it)

  • In reply to Shady:

    What was even more confusing to me, was how Brad Childress got a contract extension this year. Am I the only one who remembers his ass was firmly on the hot seat last year? Then, he woo's Brett to come back and suddenly he's a better coach? As far as Im concerned, he did NOTHING to improve the team. I did not understand why they re-signed him at all. Now, they are back to square one without a QB...I love it...they couldnt even rent a Superbowl Appearance. Stupid Vikings...I hope they realize they just wasted a year of possibly developing a future franchise QB

  • In reply to Dmband:

    Not too surprising Dmband. Once you realise the NFL is a vacuum for the intellectual it all makes sense.

    Minnesota bad. Childress get Favre. Minnestota good. Childress good.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    Exactly Ghost. From SI (the links will get stripped out, so visit the link below for the full thing)...

  • In reply to MatthewIsMyForte:

    Nice to see you Matty.

    Here's one for you: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=250569545283&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT

    BWWWWWWWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHAHAHAHAHAHAHhahahahahahaha... oh shit that makes my sides hurt.

  • In reply to Shady:

    The Farve hate i can understand,that guy caused us Bear fans lots of grief over the years,with that said i wonder how many of us punching the keyboard on Mondays could have taken the ass-whoop that got laid on that guy at age 40. One tough bastard i dont care what anybody says.

  • In reply to Hoosierdaddy:

    I don't think anyone has ever questioned Favre's toughness.

  • In reply to Hoosierdaddy:

    I'd take it for 10 million ....

  • In reply to Hoosierdaddy:

    Hue F'ing Jackson? What the hell? Here we go again. Another fricking no name bum that Lovie requested(it's in his contract, hire/fire approval on asst coaches)Who's letting this sorry situation play out like this? JA wake up. Direction of this team is going from bad to worse. Hey Hughie, get on the next plane outta town man before it's too late. Lovie's deadmeat. Coaching any position with Bears right now is a career KILLER! Tice? What a Joke. As former NY Knick guard Micheal Ray Richardson said back in the hazy coke day's of the 80's "The Ship Be Sinkin". Right to the bottom of Lake Michigan.

  • In reply to tkfay:

    Jersey, he doesn't sound too bad man: http://sports.espn.go.com/chicago/nfl/news/story?id=4857788

  • In reply to tkfay:

    too late. he's going to the raiders.

  • In reply to tkfay:

    I am tired of hearing about the overtime rules in the NFL. The FACT is that the Vikings had EVERY opportunity to win the game before the fourth quarter ending. I don't want to watch fourty minuites of overtime where half the starters are so worn out they can barely play.

    Both the Saints and Vikings were playing to see fail harder. The coinflip in overtime was the perfect ending to a game like that. Because that was about the only way you were going to determine who was better.

  • In reply to tkfay:

    RT @Adam_Schefter: Just wondering: Have more people backed out of the Pro Bowl or the Bears offensive coordinator search?

    ouch.

  • In reply to tkfay:

    Hue Jackson decided to take the Raiders OC position w/o even interviewing with da Bears.
    Chicago on Lovie's 1 year contract is where coaches go to die.
    It's sad when coaches would rather deal with soggy pants Davis and take on Russell as a project, than work w/ the Bears brass and Cutler.
    If the Bears brass care about winning at all, they would rethink keeping Lovie and his 1 year and go out and get another head coach now. This debacle is hard to watch. Every day the Chicago Bears org looks worse and more desperate. If this keeps up, expect to see Tice become the OC and Babich back at DC. I'm not trusting you now Jerry. You're wrong, no one wants to put their coaching balls on the line to come to Chi for 1 year.

  • In reply to crowntheirass:

    From the folks who brought you, "Trust us."

    Comes...

    "Don't worry, coaches will want to come here."

    This offseason just gets worse and worse doesn't it? I think you're right, this mess is going to end with a 5 minute Jerry Angelo press conference at 8pm on a Friday announcing Tice as OC and Marinelli or Babich as DC.

    So much for, "At least we're not the Raiders."

  • In reply to crowntheirass:

    I'm disappointed the media is not running a chart or something detailing all the OC and DC candidates that the Bears were interested but said "no thanks" without an offer and in many cases without an interview.

    Why has no one cornered one of the Three Stooges and FRIED them on their arrogant statement abotu how they will have no trouble filling the positions?

    How are the Bears going to spin their way out of this? Hope to hire some low level assistant from the Saints or Colts and claim that's who they wanted all along?

    Hire Martz and claim that's who they wanted all along and they were just doing their due diligence? When EVERYONE will know it was their last resort. If they wanted Martz all along, why don't they hire him?

    I suspect the Ghostly Trio is holed up in Halas Hall really sweating about this.

    Remember - Lovie was VERY smart in hiring assistants first. They can't fire Lovie now becuase they woudl also have to fire the assistants he hired and pay their contracts too.

    It's so insane the press ought to be going crazy - and yet there is almost nothing.

    I mean a guy turned us down for the RAIDERS fro God's sake without even talking to us. OBVIOUSLY no one wants this because of lame duck Lovie.

  • In reply to crowntheirass:

    When we can't get TE coaches and QB coaches to even interview for our OC job, we are truly fucked. Christenson or bust? Plank for the DB's for sure. Choosing Oakland over Da Bears. That hurts.

  • In reply to tkfay:

    I think it is pretty surprising that the Jets let Doug Plank go http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=4857580

  • In reply to Shady:

    I loved the ending. I don't care how many fumbles they had - the fact is Brett put himself on the line by coming back not just to play but to get another crack at the SB.

    And the fact is, the game was in his hands - exactly where I assume he'd want it. And he threw it away making a really bad play.

    Had Cutler done that; had Orton done that; had Grossman done that - they would have been taken to task - as Aikman did to Favre.

    There were a lot of reasons they lost - but Favre had the opportunity he wanted and HE WAS NOT UP TO THE TASK. PERIOD.

    I love it.

  • In reply to BillW:

    Thank God - I thought you were going to call Favre the second greatest football player of all time, Jeff. Precisely, Bill. I've watched Favre, Brees, Manning, Brady all year. I've seent them make the same damn mistakes Cutler made and nobody rips on them. Albeit, with not so many interceptions yadda yadda,but there's a ton of reasons for every situation. Peyton Manning even gets to chew people out after he's thrown a horrible pick.

    But Brett Favre invalidated his entire season and that of the Minnesota Vikings, because of what they call a basic rookie mistake, the throw you can't throw. Not only do you not throw it, you especially don't throw it in the NFC DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS with seconds left, needing a field goal, and if you tuck it and run you might pick up five more yards. The guy they bring in to get them to the playoffs screws the pooch. Beautiful. Go Saints.

  • In reply to Shady:

    The Vikings didn't sign Favre to win a playoff game. They signed Favre to get to and win a Super Bowl. And that will be a failure.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Crown, I disagree with Dandy Dan Pompei. Albert is quite correct, sudden death overtime is the right thing to do in the NFL. It's more than a coin toss. To paraphrase from Brad Childress (I promise that I will never quote Childress again) 'it's the job of the defense to keep us from scoring.'

    Plain and simple. If the Vikings don't give up a few plays on defense on that overtime drive, then the Saints punt and Favre gets one more shot to put the final polishing touches on his Hall of Fame bust and take Minnesota to the Super Bowl.

    Of course the Vikings defense did not step up against a anticlimactic Saints offensive attack last night. Saints drove within field goal range and now they're playing football in February and the Vikings get to sit at home and watch.

    I'm with Al, leave overtime the way it is.

  • Pompei has an article about how the NFL should change their overtime system. I totally agree. Such important games should not come down to winning a coin toss and kicking a field goal. Too much luck is involved. Either give both teams a possession, or make it first TD to win. Although, I'm really happy for New Orleans and the Saints, I was thinking this when watching OT. Thoughts?

  • In reply to crowntheirass:

    First to score 6 pts in OT wins.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Interesting

  • In reply to Shady:

    NFL overtime is fine just the way it is, thank you.. This isn't baseball. You can SCORE when you are on defense.

    The teams that won the O.T. coin toss were a mere 7-6 this year. That's hardly the huge advantage the sudden death nay-sayers claim sudden death provides.

    If you want to fix overtime, do something about that abomnation of a system they use in college. What a travesty.

    While I'm at it, I think the NHL should shitcan shootouts.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I'm for changing it not so much because of an 'unfair advantage'...as you mention, the stats are somewhat muffled and don't really back up the claim strongly enough. For me, I just think it would make overtime more fun and it seems logical that both teams should get at least one crack at playing offense.

    Regardless, I doubt the NFL will ever change the overtime anyways...it's certainly not some huge travesty in the eyes of too many.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Matt Forte has the potential to be better than Adrian Peterson. let the debate begin.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    FQ, how do you feel about shipping some of what you just smoked down to me? REALLY looks like good sheite.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    ok...obviously you misread what i said. POTENTIAL, meaning if given the opportunity, could excel past AP. and here's why:

    1) on a bum knee, Forte ran for almost the millennium mark (played like a champ w/ no excuses)
    2) in his ROOKIE SEASON, accounted for 38% of the offense and still ran for 1,700+ yds. from scrimmage (name another back that could do that w/ our shitty offensive line). o and he was the chief reason why we almost made it to the playoffs in '08, b/c it damn sure wasn't KO
    3) in that 38% offensive load season, he fumbled ONCE!!!! ONCE!!!! albeit he fumbled 6 times, hell it's hard to keep the ball in your hands if the d-line is in the backfield when you get the ball.

    also, i don't think y'all realize how much pressure Chester Taylor takes off of AP. sure it's easy to be the best when you have a player in the backfield as dynamic as he is (he can run in between the tackles, catch the ball anywhere on the field, and is excellent on screens). call me crazy, but what if he had a CONSISTENT 2-head backfield? could you not say that Forte's numbers would shoot up?

    and you CANNOT CONVINCE ME THAT CEDRIC BENSON IS BETTER THAN FORTE!!!! that's what an excellent offensive line coupled w/ conditioning does (b/c in Chicago that dude sucked. period). so let's do the math: strong offensive line + good conditioning * great offensive calling = RB juggernaut (if he has the skillset).

    and as for what i have just smoked? haven't in 3 months, but i'm very partial to "Purp."

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Benson is a reason I'll have a hard time ever forgiving Smith. I drank the kool-aid from the hack writers when all Benson needed was a kick in the ass and then a helping hand. That should have been Lovie's job, but once again, Benson wasn't part of the BFF Club, so out he went.
    Jones I can forgive, barely anybody thought he'd have gas left in the tank at this point. But wasting a pick on Benson and then canning the guy only to have him give 110% for the fucking Bungles is unforgivable.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    3 months is way too long FQ. You'll find yourself watching Conan, and thinking Ellen DeGeneres is funny. You'll start to wonder why you never got into Seinfeld and ask somebody for their box set. Instead, get yourself some chronic, realise that you were wrong and that the experiment didn't work. Get the Beatles Stereo remasters in, and write that novel ..... Go Bears !

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Ok, all jokes aside.

    I think to make a comparison you need to take Matty's first year not this one, although that's not totally fair... but for the sake of this argument I'll do that since MF was injured all year

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    i'd still pick Matt b/c he knows how to run w/ the ball. punishing runners don't last long in this league and are always managing to get hurt. is AP a better raw runner than Matty? of course...no doubt. BUT, is Matty a SMARTER runner and player than AP? at this juncture I'd say yes. and the thing a/b AP is this: we've seen the best AP can do (b/c you can't teach catching....just can't do it; you either have it or you don't). we haven't even BEGUN to scratch Matty's potential.

    also another point i forgot to mention: Ced Benson was up for MVP of the year before he got hurt. Matty is better than Benson. what does that tell you?

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Smarter runner? Are you watching the same 2 players? Forte consistently runs into his own blockers and kind find the wholes. AP not only find the wholes, but he can create them himself. We saw one rookie year from Forte, and he wasnt even THAT good. He fits this offense though now that we have Cutler. Forte is a good pass catcher and a serviceable back.

  • In reply to zmac:

    Come on man, he wasn't that good his rookie year ? Name me a few rookies that have had better years .... I think he had a better year than Walter !

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Steve Slaton had a better year and he was a rookie. So did Jonathan Stewart. So did AP. Thats just recent rookies.

    Forte didnt have a great YPC average, he was overworked and thats how he got his yardage. With Orton as the QB and Turner as OC, it was a given that he would catch a lot of passes. I like Forte, but I need to see a lot more from him before I can say he even has the potential to be great.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    MikeBrownhadAPosse,the eBay ad is a HOOT!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    No shock here, but 'Cancer' Edwards says "I was open all day long."

    http://content.usatoday.com/communities/thehuddle/post/2010/01/jets-braylon-edwards-unhappy-with-how-he-was-used-in-loss-to-colts/1

  • In reply to gpldan:

    open? yes

    hands open when the ball hit his hands? yes

    SN: i wonder if we could pull T.O. here.....hell might as well go balls out for LDL's last year lol

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I saw Matt juking pretty well last year. I'd rather a guy who will just get better than a guy you have to 'fix'. And when somebody is a natural born fumbler, that shit is hard to fix. I mean 'Fix' ? How long has the guy been playing football ? I lose the plot every time I hear about player that 'needs to work on his fundamentals' ... these guys haven't been doing anything else since they were six years old ! How hard can it be !? I'm tired of seeing receivers drop catches because they weren't looking the pass in. What else have you got to do ? What is your purpose in this life !? Catch the fucking ball. Period.

    Oh, and today I'd pick AP if it was just the two of them - but I'd be making eyes at CJ over in the corner.....

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Fair enough Irish.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    I think Forte could be better than Adrian Peterson. He's not the physical specimen that AP is, but he's got talent and he holds onto the ball. I expect Forte to have a great 2010 season.

    Adrian Peterson is just like Favre; he can be brilliant, but he can't help but make the same mistake over and over and over again. That's why I hate it when people refer to the him as the best RB in the league. You can't put the ball on the ground that many times and be considered a great player. A great talent, maybe, but not a great player.

    Chris Johnson is the best RB in the league. There's no one, in my mind, that can touch him.

  • In reply to WeShallReturn:

    THANK YOU!!!! to exclaim that point again, "YOU CANNOT BE THE BEST AND FUMBLE THE BALL!!!" and another thing: AP can't catch worth a damn. if he could, why is Chester Taylor always out there on 3rd and passing yd. downs? Matt's skillset is insane, but Chris Johnson is the best. period. now if HE keeps on, he might be in the convo as the best ever, not AP.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Good points gents. I admit that I didn't know about AP's inability to catch the ball. I still think he's super young and will get better holding onto the ball, so that might not be such a big point in the future - yeah, I know... he could also be the second coming of Salam, but my bet is he will get intense coaching on this in the off season.

    Anyway, while you guys make great points, I think Matty has a lot to prove to us next year. Ask me again after 2010 FQ and be able to speak to it more intelligently.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    like i said...it's all potential. yes he has A LOT to prove, but i'm saying it's there. if we could get a decent RB coach (b/c ours right now? ehhhh...not sold) or a new strength/conditioning guy, he will be the shit. and that mike tice hire? that was a clutch move; it will pay dividends this season.

    whoever takes over after next year (hopefully either Cowher or Chucky), they will keep Tice and (maybe) Marinelli; can't argue w/ 10 pro-bowl appearances by linemen in his Minnesota tenure)

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    I think Peterson is one of the best RUSHERS I have ever seen. Carrying the ball, he is right up there with Payton and Sayers. BUT, you are exactly correct, he cannot measure up to those guys if he keeps laying it on the ground.

    If he could catch the ball consistantly and didn't fumble consistantly, I think he might be one of the top ten backs of all time.

    ...but he doesn't so he's not.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    The only thing idiotic about the overtime is the coin toss and the kickoff. OT should start right where the ball is in play,and who ever is in possession. The only thing is maybe change ends like during quarter ends, and whoever scores first wins. Course this will never happen either 'cause the Networks wouldn't be able to get in as many commercials.

  • In reply to RogerMinton:

    I don't like this idea at all. I would prefer they elminate overtime during the regular season.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Different topic. I don't want a Brett Favre type QB when it comes Cutler. It seems that is exactly what we may have. Can he be a quarterback that grows ice in his veins and plays smart when it counts? Everything I saw last year tells me that he has a pretty good dose of Favre in him.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Its exactly what we have. Cutler is Favre. He was that way in Denver as well

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    from Zach Zaidman:

    "Johnny Knox replaces injured Percy Harvin on NFC Pro Bowl squad"

    well...at least now i have a reason to watch the damn Pro Bowl...smh

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Good for Johnny Knox! He could be something special if the Bears coaching staff doesn't get their hands on him.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    I'd take Favre into battle with me.

    He is the reason the Viks made the playoffs, and if he retires, will be the reason why we make the playoffs next year.

    Green Bay will take the division next year, and are built to be formidable over the next 3 - 5 years. The success of the Viks rests in Favre's hands. If he retires, we have a shot of "making the tournament," if not, we are on the outside looking in, again.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    I'll take a Favre-like Cutler if we get a Lombardi out of it ...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Agreed 100%

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

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  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Wow, let's get plank in to help with our DBs. Right now.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

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  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Check this out: http://www.fannation.com/truth_and_rumors/view/149650-cutler-turning-off-bears-oc-candidates?eref=fromSI

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  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Check this out: http://www.fannation.com/truth_and_rumors/view/149650-cutler-turning-off-bears-oc-candidates?eref=fromSI

    And look at SI's NFL homepage splash (Born not to run... HA ha!): http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/nfl/super-bowl/?eref=sinav

    Potentially good news for us (any everyone else) in 2010: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/football/nfl/01/25/williams.ap/index.html

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Check this out: http://www.fannation.com/truth_and_rumors/view/149650-cutler-turning-off-bears-oc-candidates?eref=fromSI

    And look at SI's NFL homepage splash (Born not to run... HA ha!): http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/nfl/super-bowl/?eref=sinav

    Potentially good news for us (any everyone else) in 2010: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/football/nfl/01/25/williams.ap/index.html

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Check this out: http://www.fannation.com/truth_and_rumors/view/149650-cutler-turning-off-bears-oc-candidates?eref=fromSI

    And look at SI's NFL homepage splash (Born not to run... HA ha!): http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/nfl/super-bowl/?eref=sinav

    Potentially good news for us (any everyone else) in 2010: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/football/nfl/01/25/williams.ap/index.html

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Check this out: http://www.fannation.com/truth_and_rumors/view/149650-cutler-turning-off-bears-oc-candidates?eref=fromSI

    And look at SI's NFL homepage splash (Born not to run... HA ha!): http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/nfl/super-bowl/?eref=sinav

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    And let's not forget the Bears' role in sending Minny packing. If they have the #1 seed, they're in Minny and the noise is on the Saints. Da Bears.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Vikes are better with Favre. If he retires then one of the Williams retires and the division is for the taking. Favre is the toughest player I have ever watched play football but he did make a bad play obviously. No way he runs for 15 yards as banged up as he was though. He will go down as a the greatest entertainer in our lifetime though, check out the ratings for last nights game, the packers monday night game and the dallas game. Game will be boring with out him, he was a worthy adversary. The Ultimate Warrior as Ray Lewis calls him.

  • In reply to robclements36:

    Are you being facetious?

    The actual Ultimate Warrior (i.e, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffXJodvm66E) was more entertaining than Le Douche himself.
    Greg Williams drank his f-cking milkshake last night and then beat him with a bowling pin for good measure.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    My new favorite HC in the league is Rex Ryan. He drew up a fine game plan to stick it to the "Greatest Team On Paper For The Past Decade" Chargers and then dialed up another one in defeat to the Colts.

    Great Motivator. Great Game Tactician. Wish he were a Bear.

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    he used to be a bear Viva. Running (panting) his fat little ass up and down the Bears sidelines as a ball boy for his daddy.

    He's good. Little too much of a shit talker which gets old fast, but he's a good coach.

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    viva, which one of those bad asses in your avatar are you?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    is you.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=250569545283&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT

    THIS is what I remember from my years in Minneapolis.
    LOL.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Top right corner. All you can see is my ear. Picture was too big I guess.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Well this comical off season continues of asst coach hires.
    I mean how many ex Rams coaching friends can Lovie call,that keep turning him down?
    Much respect though I never seen a man steal 4.5 million in plain sight before.

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    I would settle for his scarier brother...and by settle, I mean I'd hire his brother as Head Coach. We have talent, but no will on the defensive side of the ball.

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    Cutler on South Park. Sadly prophetic ?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3kHiMg2TvM&feature=related

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    "Favre on the ground, Favre on the ground, looking like a victory with Favre on the ground... Helmet turned sideways, turf in his mouth, looking like a victory with Favre on the ground!!!" (in Facebook)
    AH AH AH!! :))))

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Gotta agree the the Queens are pretty stupid,then i look at the clusterfuck going on at Halas Hall and i wonder where that leaves us on the I.Q. chart.

  • In reply to Hoosierdaddy:

    Scary..really...really SCARY!!!!

  • In reply to WeShallReturn:

    Word. Full stop. Period. Set the type. Print and press. Next !

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    I'm not going to laugh at that FQ - let's give the man three/four years of development and see what he can do. I'm tired of all the 'Greatness' talk about AP. The man is a fumbling fool. I know Walter put the ball on the ground a lot, but nobody remembers him for that. What do you think about when you think of AP ? Thgey'll have to change his name to "Peterson - AND IT'S LOOSE !"

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Not to be a bastard or a sadist, but I'd love to see Mr. Farve 'walking' around today. Think he's on an ibuprofen/cortisone drip? Maybe we should pitch in for a walker and send with our regards?

    I was thinking last night, do you think he was really hurt or just playing hurt to stoke the drama and

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Maybe you need to save pennies for a high-def TV. Because Farve got pummeled and those hits were hard. I don't think his limping was theater. I thought his leg might have broken on that one hit.

    Kudos to Greg Williams and his "fuck the penalties, brutalize the guy" strategy. They got inside Farve's head. His decision to throw across his body was 100% a result of not wanting to take the crack that running for yardage would have caused. They were inside his head. AP and BB had alligator arms.

    I'm just wondering now if Williams and the Saints D can intimidate Manning like that. I really doubt it, Manning is too good. The Super Bowl refs will lay wave after wave of yellow flags on the Saints D if they try that late hit stuff on Manning.

    Williams strategy will be to turn the Super Bowl into a street fight. The Saints knack for takeaways and big plays could rattle the Colts if they grab 14 early. Otherwise they have no chance. Manning will chew them and spew them.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    GP, I gots the HD... and I know what a nice hard hit on a QB is, I just thought he might have played it up. You can't tell me he's not into the theater of it all.

    Sheite, he might even give Jeff a run for his money up on the stage (I really did like his Sears TV commercials) - sorry jeff.

    Canada, someone should have raised his arm when he was lying on the mat after that one hit. First time it falls limply to the ground. Second time... the same. Third time the teammate drops the lifted arm and it shocks stiff before hitting the ground. Then, slowly, shaking at first he lifts his arma nd hand displaying the #1 sign until it's high in the air and he's screaming revenge.

    Sorry, watched too much Jimmy Superfly Snooka and Jim hacksaw duggan when I was a youth. Funny visual though.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    LMAO that was funny MB30D. They were still doing that stupid shit a couple of years ago in the WWE.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Hate to admit it but I watched wrestling waaaay too much as a kid. Loved the interviews. Very funny. Once all the guys got so sterioded up, they just screamed and yelled and weren't funny anymore. Oh well.

    Go Bears!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Manning is a pussy. He's the least sacked QB in the league for a reason. He's not one of those guys like Brady, Cutler or Rothlisberger who'll stand in there to the bitter end knowing they'll take a hit as they release. It'll be two step drops, twist, fire. If they can knock Manning around though, the biggest choker in playoff history will choke like AP fumbles. It's what they do ...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    And before anyone says he's passed for two million yards and 4000 touchdowns and you can't call a guy like that a pussy, I just did. You can't touch the quarterback anymore, and it will get to the point one day where even Greg Olsen could play the position. (Sorry, I had to ....)

    Ho can people root for the guy who releases it quicker than anyone in the NFL ? How can we not root for the guy who SEES the hit coming, and doesn't just feel it. He KNOWS the pain is coming but still stands in there and begins the mechanics of the throw. That's a QB for me. Not some Ducheyne who's been protected like Princess Leia all his life and has the same OC for 12 years and receivers designed by God. Here's to the Kenny Stablers and Joe Cools and Jim McMahons ...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Is he supposed to stand back there and get sacked so people don't think he's a wimp? That's laughable.

    Peyton Manning is hands down the best QB I have seen since I started watching football in 1965. In fact, if I could take any one player to start a franchise, it would be a tough choice between Peyton Manning and Dick Butkus.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I thought that douchebag Joe Buck said it all witout realizing it. "He has amazing recuperative powers."

    He said that after Favre got high/lowed and threw the pick. That's the same shit wrestling announcers say after the hero gets beat for 5 minutes and then goes on his rampage. Thought it was very fitting.

    Go Bears!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    OT debate - if it doesn't matter then why in the history of OT (sicne the 70s) has there only been 7 times the team winning the flip went on defense (I know the Bears did that at least once I remember on a very windy day - and it worked). Never been done in the playoffs. Obviously the teams believe there is an advantage in having the ball first.

    And sicne it's a coin flip that determines that advantage, it's unfair. It would make more sense to give it to the home team - especially in the playoffs - as one more home field advantage factor.

    In the playoffs, I like the concept of a 10 minute quarter played to its end - then sudden death from that point on in case of a tie.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    When I saw him 'limp' back onto the field, there wasn't an ounce of pain on his face. He loves that shit. There was a lot of getting bumped and falling over going 'oof!' but it wasn't like he was getting Tony Eason beaten up. If he was he couldn't have fininshed the game ...

  • In reply to Shady:

    From our "We told you so" department.

    Da Bears Blog 11/29/09:

    "Viking fans...while you're enjoying this victory (over the Bears at Minn) you better start thinking about how Mr. Peterson's willingness to lay the ball down...will serve you come playoff time against big-boy football teams."

  • In reply to Shady:

    That is the best idea I've ever heard for OT. 6 points. A TD wins it but it would take 2 field goals so if you take 3 you have to have confidence you can keep them out of the end zone and drive back down for another. Brilliant.

  • In reply to Shady:

    I like that. Perfect amount of points.

  • In reply to Shady:

    You want to hear FUNNY?

    Just listened to Vikings' Radio's play by play call of Narcissus' 2nd INT.

    Talk about PRICELESS!

    Viking play-by-play man, Paul Allen, is at first STUNNED into a numbed, depressed monontone as he calls the pick. He then goes absolutely apoplectic while recapping the play screaming "Why are you even THINKING of throwing the ball! This isn't DETROIT! It's the SUPER BOWL!!!"

    The guys in the booth were SURE the Vikes had a great chance to win it with Longwell getting a shot at anything from 55 yards or closer so the pick was like a kick to the groin for them.

    LMAO!

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I heard that clip this morning on the way to work, pretty funny stuff.

    Here you go folks, have at it:

    http://www.sbnation.com/2010/1/25/1269636/brett-favre-interception-radio-nfc-championship-2010

  • In reply to Shady:

    Oh, that is a thing of beauty...I love it.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Sweet!

  • In reply to crowntheirass:

    Giving both teams at least one possession in overtime not only seems very logical...but a lot more fun! I think it's a no brainer.

  • In reply to crowntheirass:

    I think that no matter what rule they put in place, both offenses need to see the field at least one time (barring a fumble on a kickoff return). The Saints and Vikes are offensive teams; they both have QBs that carry their teams through OT situations.

    I say they do the following:

    1) First team gets the ball on kickoff and does whatever.
    2) No matter what, the second team gets the ball and can either score more points than the first team to win, score fewer points than the first team to lose, or score the same number of points.
    3) If the teams are tied after one series, you require both teams to go for the two point conversion (increasing the liklihood of a failed drive) after a TD and repeat steps 1 and 2 again.

  • different team.
    same ol' Brett Favre.

    enough said.

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