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Hey folks.  Trying to weigh in on issues when they're of interest but May and June are essentially the only down months of the NFL season.  

Mike Tice Likes J'Marcus Webb
While it's unlikely Webb will make much of an impact in 2010, Tice seems to believe Webb has a future as a starting left guard in this league for years to come.  The battle at left guard and safety opposite Chris Harris are the only "real" camp battles this summer in Bourbonnais and it'd be exciting to see a seventh-round rookie throw himself into the mix.
Mike Martz Likes Veteran Quarterbacks
I have repeatedly stated how afraid I am of being one bad turn of the ankle away from Caleb Hanie as starting quarterback of the Chicago Bears and apparently Mike Martz agrees.  Aside from the moronic beliefs of Mike Florio, signing Marc Bulger provides the Bears a backup with an absurdly-developed knowledge of their offensive system.  Continue developing Hanie, of course, but think of what it could mean to have Bulger in 2010.
My Thoughts on the Bears Receivers 
Mike Martz says he loves them.  Peter King says he doesn't.  The truth?  Somewhere in between.  The Bears have quality players at the position with a wide range of skills.  Devin Aromashodu can be a viable number one guy but needs to showcase that talent over the duration of a sixteen-game season.  Devin Hester's speed is one of the team's greatest assets.  Earl Bennett has shown, over time, an ability to make the big catch over the middle.  You also can't discuss the Bears receivers without discussing the potential for 150 catches from the tight end position.  The Bears don't possess that elite talent - Marshall, Moss, Steve Smith - that causes opposing defensive coordinators to alter their game plans.  Is it cause for concern?  Possibly.  Should it worry the Chicago Bears?  Not until they get themselves another safety.

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  • Is it time to go after T.O.? Has this guy learned to just do his job and settle in as a team player? Does he still have another dimension as a WR that few possess?

    I remember when Dennis Rodman was despised by most Chicago Bulls fans because of his antics with Detroit and I for one grudgingly warmed to him when the Bulls signed him only after it became obvious by his play on the court that he was a what the Bulls needed at power forward. Looking back at that decision I am reminded how important he was to the Jordan era dynasty and maybe it's time to give T.O. some serious consideration. Could bringing on T.O. turn out to be as astute of a move that Rodman was to the Bulls?

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Mike Martz Likes Veteran Quarterbacks
    =====================================
    God forbid - I'm not even going to write it down. Put it this way, if we're up 40 points against GB and it's only half time, then we need the second string in there mopping up for us and handing it off. Bulger is a vet, not a very good one, but he's a vet and he knows the offense.He's a known quantity, hanie and Bassanez are not and better the devil you know. I just think the Pepe Le Peu signing was a total brain-freeze by Angelo. The guy is on mind-altering drugs, seriously. As soon as Kreutz goes down (if he ever gets back) we are going to regret not drafting Eric Olsen, mark my words. The best that can be said for signing the skunk is that he was a reach.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Mike Tice Likes J'Marcus Webb
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    Like Doc said ... I'm gonna let the 'we need a LG thing go'. If Mike Tice 'hopes' that a tall tackle can get down low, then the jury is watching Mike Tice.

    My Thoughts on the Bears Receivers
    ==================================

    You hit the nail on the head there, Jefe - we don't possess a receiver that cause DCs to game-plan for them. I see speed, no brains, poor route-running and vertically-challenged dudes. None of that necessarily applies to Shabba, he's a baller - no questions about that dude. But for the three decent off-season acquisitions we made, it's the one we didn't make that will define this team. Who will we draft next year with our first pick? Will they be the best in the NFL - or close to- at their position. Doubt it. But that's what it would have cost us to reunite Cutty with The Beast. Maybe Angelo would have gone for it had he been allowed to. They let Angelo's leash out a bit more this year, but he was still on a leash. It was a monumental fuck-up no matter what way you dice it. It was no-brainer just like the Cutler signing, but guess what ...

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Trac doesn't care he's first, he just rolls with it like it ain't no thang ...

  • Atogwe??? The guy just seems like a perfect fit. Haven't heard anything about him in awhile has any body else?? And I know Da Bears have definitely opened the wallet this off season, more than ever, and time and time again everyone is saying we have all ready spent too much money. But two things...1.)It's not my money! Spend awayyyy! and 2.) What are the Bears going to do with the 10 Mil they freed up by letting go Alex Brown?

  • In reply to Dustflo:

    June 1st Atogwe becomes a UFA, that's why there's no news 'Flo ...

  • I'll bite Trac. Nice analogy, but the Worm was always a team player, even when he was on the bad boys. He knew his role, he shut his mouth, and he always just wanted to win first. Other teams hated him, but I never heard one of his teammates bad mouth him (unlike Owens). TO has been a selfish stats before wins diva his whole career. Last year, he quited down a little bit because he skills declined and he was on a bad team. I would rather have no TO than a waning skilled/reserved/team-type TO, which I'm not sure is possible.

  • In reply to Crown:

    I'll buy your argument Crown as it was hard for me to even consider such a move by the Bears. The premise of my post does pose the question of the year though. Do the Bears have the balls to make a move on a dynamic WR that may not be the greatest PR move but may actually end up giving this team the edge that puts us over the top?

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Nope.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Sometimes Irish, you're a bit wordy for me.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Ayuh.

  • In reply to Crown:

    I believe Mr. Cutler has already made his (negative0 feelings known about the possibility of adding T.O. personally, I'd prefer to see that money spent on a guard or Atogwe.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    'Threw him under a bus' is the parlance I believe.

  • In reply to Crown:

    I am not so sure how well a 6'8" Guard is gonna work, and they picked up a 6'6" Center WTF Cutler at 6'3" is going to start feeling like Flutie back there if they keep that up.

    I think they should sign Bulger today, and Otogwe, kind of ironic that the 2 players on the Rams that fit the Bears needs best over the past 3 seasons and with the most talent are the 2 without contract offers. I would let Hanie and Basanez walk, keep TheFever for development and Bulger for insurance/mentor. Hanie and Basanez will be learning a brand new offense so they are essentially back at step 1 so I see no point in holding on tightly to either of them.

    As far as receivers, well it is going to unfortunately take an injury to Hester and whomever fills that void during that time to perform well for this team to find it's no.1. It is what it took to find a starting LT even though it was apparent from week 3 on that Orlando needed to be put down, Lovie refused until it was far too late. This will be no different. And if they insist on keeping midgets like Wolfe and Davis on as backups because they can tackle, and keeping 4 TEs and 4 QBs and 10 DTs, they simply can't afford that 4th WR who has size for goalline packages and the like.

  • In reply to Crown:

    With Martz as OC I don't think we need to worry about players who aren't performing staying on the field. I'm not sure that Pace would have started game one last year if Martz had been here then. God knows Wolfe would NEVER been sent in to run between the tackles.

  • In reply to jdawg:

    I have to disagree jdawg.

    Please see '06 '07 Detroilet Lions.

  • In reply to MatthewIsMyForte:

    Please see offensive stats and who he had to work with.

  • In reply to jdawg:

    Please see: How to take a joke.

  • In reply to MatthewIsMyForte:

    witty banter gents

  • In reply to jdawg:

    Hmm, Peter King and Mike Florio. Two "INSIDERS" I have little and NO respect for.

  • In reply to jdawg:

    What frustrates me is that Shabba made some awesome catches in pre-season last year, but Lovie was too stubborn to admit failure on the Hester experiment. As a result, Shabba didn't break out until the wheels had come off the bus during the last few games of the season.

    I am hoping Martz has been told the O is "his" and he will be quick on the adjustment. Nobody probably remembers this, but during the 2008 season, Brandon Lloyd had some killer games teamed up with Orton. Reason? Nobody had scouted it. Lloyd somehow got ahold of Cris Carter Viking videos and learned how to be an endzone weapon in the back corners. By week 3-4 of this, teams had adjusted and shut Lloyd down.

    Why do I bring this up? We have no great stars, but we can play match-up fuck-up with any team in the NFL. Olsen in the slot, Shabba and Bennet out there. Next play: Hester at 1 (don't kid yourself into thinking his agent will allow him anyplace else), knox at 2, Bennett or one of the new guys in the slot. Or Hester/Knox with double TEs, plus Chester Taylor is probably the best pass catching back in the NFC north, expect a LOT of screen plays for Forte and Taylor.

    Shabba, knox and Hester all have deep ball speed. Hester has shown he will get over the top on opposing Ds.

    It's all on the G-C-G combo. Last year the up the middle blitz shitcanned everything about Cutler, yet he still made some amazing back foot throws. Give him time to recover his mechanics and I think we can hurt some teams and score some points.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I'm not making excuses, but he was banged up right before the first game and couldn't practice for a while. Then Knox comes in and takes everybody by surprise.

    Aroma should have gotten playing time much sooner than the end of the season, but I don't blame the coaching staff for not putting him in there during the first part of the season.

  • In reply to jdawg:

    I blame Lovie - it's his job to pick the team. Why were Hester and Knox on the field at the same time? Shabba's a lot taller than the smurfettes and after we canned Brandon Rideau for whatever fucked up reason he was canned for, he was our tallest guy. Stretches the field/jump balls, it's not rocket science.

    Who are the best receivers in the NFL? Why?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    What frustrates me more is that Rideau caught everything we ever threw at him. Did he diddle Lovie's wife? I'm assuming Angelo hasn't got one ...

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Regarding the "Hester experiment", while 57 catches for 757 yards is not "elite" I would be very hesitant to call it "failure".

    What I don't like about Hester is that he takes plays off, especially when he should be blocking someone. But he is not the only one on this team that does not play like Butkus or Payton.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Read it and weep gents. Long winded article without saying a whole bunch we don't already know.

    http://www.windycitygridiron.com/2010/5/4/1458288/which-side-of-the-chicago-bears

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Good one. BTW, did you see that THEIR blog has a fucking poll Trac? Bastards.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    So check this out (not that it means jack crocker sheite): http://espn.go.com/nfl/powerrankings?year=2010&week=0

    7-9 again... which I don't think is an outlandish prognostication before we actually see what all these new pieces parts do for us.

    Interesting. We're 21st behind Denver!?!?! Texans? Panthers!?!? SF?

    Also, the poor rams and lions are still last and 2nd to last. I think the lions will be much better than a 2 win team this year... not saying 7-9 game level, but better than 2.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Jeffri Chadia always has been and always will be full of shit. i HATE to see dude guest host on JRIB (Rome is Burning) b/c (seriously) dude can't half-read a teleprompter to save his life. and he ALWAYS hates on the Bears like he's getting paid to do it. fuck him....i know FOR A FACT we're better than the damn Chargers, Cards, Panthers, 9ers, AND Broncos. smfh.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    I'm down with everything but the Chargers FQ. Really? It's not because I live here, I just think they still have a pretty damn stacked team and a decent shot at the show this year... especially with that pathetically easy schedule.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    just like they do every year. and what happens? they get put out in the divisional round to some scrubs. until they show that they can first GET to the show (let alone win it), they're at the bottom of the top 15th in the league.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Totally agree, but until we even get out of the regular season once in 3 years...

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    What a sad ranking as far as Lovie is concerned. My Ranking would put us between 3 and 8 at the start of the season. By the end of the season we will be 1st, 2nd or 3rd.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Can't wait to see the looks on the Peckers and Queens fan's faces when they have to bow to the Bears this year.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    At this point its all just wind. The Bears are better off "under the radar".

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    agreed after much thinking

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    +1 Al.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    The guy doesn't even mention Manumaleuna among the tight ends?

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Illegal Procedure flag on the author of that piece who, apparently, did less research for his article that most of this site's bloggers do for their posts.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I resemble that remark.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Hey Canada,

    Here you go... here's the mystery we

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    You could be right about the "Twinkie" thing MB...I was hooked on those damn things forever and did all kinds a stupid shit..you know..found a good woman..good job..got responsible..started saving money ..raised three kids that are smart, responsible..hard working...sure glad I got cured when I got off them and went back to doin' drugs and drinking beer (lowering the blood pressure..bloodthinners..chloresteral lowering...WTF) GIMMIE BACK THE TWINKIES!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Response:
    Wow, this is a pretty loaded question and I would have to say I think you are putting a little too much into this interaction. First, you should never assume who a man is to anyone - it may not be her ex. Second, men generally worry more about size too much; trust me it's not the key element. Third, why does it even need to be weird? If you are turned off and don't want to sleep with her then don't. Nothing says that has to happen just because you helped her out.

    Follow-up:
    Thanks for your advice. It's hard not to assume she didn't have a sexual relationship with him since she had a naked picture of him on her screen saver in what was a girl's dorm room. It just shocked me after seeing pics of her skiing with her family, running a marathon, being with friend, etc., and then bam. It certainly wasn't her doctor or psychologist. Why else would she have that sort of pic?

    Trust me, I'm happy with what I have and my abilities; my second cousin was the star actor in Deep Throat. But, this guy was knee level and had girth for days.

    It's weird because we were clicking so well and sparks were flying, and then I suddenly took off.

    I've seen her several times and she looked offended and weirded out. Maybe she's realized what I had seen. I guess you're right, nothing needs to be weird since I am no longer interested.

    I know she didn't owe me anything for helping her, but things were headed in that direction before I saw the screen saver.

  • In reply to Crown:

    I'm tellin' ya crown, keep it to Asian chicks, smaller pockets, that's why they don't dig black guys. Unless they're into pain I guess ...

    Go Bears !!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    What the fuck are you talking about Crown and where is your picture. I take off to the Dells for a 4 day bachelor party and come back to a pictureless crown talking about "Girth for days" What in the hell? and I'm calling bullshit on your second cousin staring in deep throat...

    Regarding the post...

    1 i hope we have some hidden gems on our o-line. A shit ton, 2nd cousin of the shit load, of great o-lineman have come from the later rounds in the draft. Hopefully we found ourselves one with this big sonovabich.
    2 we absolutely need a veteran backup qb. Cutler gets a case of the japanese biting crabs and we are the detroit lions.
    3 our receivers will be ok, nothing spectacular, but servicable and even pretty damn good when all is said and done.

    side note - Jeff, we are not getting another safety. Give it up man. We are looking at Harris Strong and Major Shit stuffer at free.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    You guys happy with throwing a rookie in at Free? Then again, could it get any worse?

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    every NFL player has been a rookie before. some rookies excel....can you at least wait until he puts on pads to say he should/shouldn't be there? also, if he does well, you gonna be on his jock? or gonna be like "well he could get hurt....then he won't be on the field and we'll suck yet again?" c'mon irish...

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Like I said, could it get any worse? He's been talked up a lot certainly. I'd just love to see us get Atogwe and train up MW rather than throw him in at the deep end and cost us a game or two. Atogwe is NFL ready - MW is not and I don't want a project at free safety if at all possible. You don't let medical students lead on a heart surgery team. Our division is tighter this year than maybe it ever was - Detroit could be a spanner in the works this season. Mr.Suh is in Motor City. They've been spending all those high draft picks for the last three thousand millenia.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I was banned from ChicagoNow Coach. I'm back and will work on the picture. Got into a sticky situation helping a girl in my building move. Thought I was gonna get some from her, then saw a screen saver pic on her lap top of a naked dude in a dorm room. I'm pretty sure it was Major Wright.

    Harry Reems is my father's first cousin. I don't know how I can prove that, but I'll work on it.

  • In reply to Crown:

    You're not really doing it right until you get banned from somewhere Crown. I'm ditto at WCG. The guy that wears the SS boots over there is a big Greg Olsen fan and he didn't appreciate my first question for Kevin Payne's blog either...

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Well if thats true than you are porno royalty!

    Long live the crown!
    How the hell did you get booted before yours truly? Did you say something more offensive than the roman war helmet?
    http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Roman+War+Helmet

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Coach you gotta go back and read Crown's first post from last string. It's worth the searching.

    How was the B-party? Any gruesome details that you'd care to share here? Twitter pics?

    Shit, might as well join crown in pseudo exile and go out with a bang.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    The weekend was full of debauchery including a fine young lady nicknamed Leaky Linda that we hired....she golden showered the groom...more disgusting than cool.

    Last couple days we spent golfing, shot the best round of my life, a one over 73. Wisconsin dells has some of the best golf courses in the midwest, as well as cheese eating whores that will piss all over your buddy for a mere extra $50....

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Holy shit, I almost just spit water out all over my laptop.

    I could do one of those lame, hackneyed Mastercharge priceless parodies, but I'll just stick with...

    Brilliant.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Leaky Linds. Hahahhahahahahahahhahahaha

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    I feel like a song. Whatta say? Something to reflect the mood around here...

    I can see him throwin' back in the hometeam dress
    Watchin BigBen use his lawyer and refuse to confess
    Bear down, you better take care
    If I find a fat cheesehead 'round my back stairs
    Bear down, you better take care
    If I find a fat cheesehead 'round my back stairs

    Tice's bin lookin' for his left guard dream
    And he don't always say what he really means
    Sometimes I think it's a shame
    When I get feelin' better when I'm feelin' no pain
    Sometimes I think it's a shame
    When I get feelin' better when I'm feelin' no pain

    I can picture ev'ry move that Hester could make
    Buyin' his first juke is your first mistake
    Bear down, you better take care
    If I find a fat cheesehead 'round my back stairs
    Sometimes I think it's a sin
    When I feel like I'm winnin' Lovie's got me losin' again

    I can see them lookin' fast but it don't mean beans
    Jerry's a dumb ass leader, got me feelin' mean
    Sometimes I think it's a shame
    When I get feelin' better when I'm feelin' no pain
    Bear down, you better take care
    If I find a fat cheesehead 'round my back stairs

    Bear down you better take care
    If I find a fat cheesehead 'round my back stairs
    Sometimes I think it's a sin
    When I feel like I'm winnin' Lovie's got me losin' again

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Albert is prohibited from clicking the link.
    Everybody else, and all those under 30 - go ahead, you won't get it.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOOs-MqDOI0

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I feel kinda sorry for those people that write 'Gordon Lightfoot is my cousin' ... change the name for whatever clip it is. Even got two thumbs up. Jebus.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    What's with the Gordon lightfoot reference (remember I have NOT seen that link).

    I saw him in concert here in Tucson many moons ago and yes, his Greatest Hits CD is in my music library.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Prohibited? PROHIBITED!?

    OK. If you say so.

    Believe it or not, I am NOT going to go there.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Oh come on, it was a show of respect.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Who's our fb?

    Over under 10 Jalepeno sacks?

    FUCK VANCOUVER IN THE ASS

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Are you Gordon Lightfoot?

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    My real name is Stanley Proudfoot. I'm Suh's cousin.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    http://img.moronail.net/img/3/3/4433.jpg

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    RWH - A personal favorite coach, thanks again ...

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I hate to say this but there might be something to it. I've known two people who have been head injured and they were both loud, inappropriate and crude. Crazy. One minute they seem normal, if not a little odd, and then WTF? Of course, neither one of them were multi-millionaire, SB winning QB's.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Ha! Nice MBF.

    Oh and Canada... like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdikPGx_zeU

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Good One! One of my best friends stammers. When he gets really stuck, somewhere in mid stammer I'll gently punch him in the arm and smile. He almost always says fuck really loud and then he's OK. He's had it since he was a kid and I never tease him about it. It's just a speech impediment.

    The two head injured guys were not friends. One was a brother of a tattoo artist who has done a bunch of work on me. I was playing pool with him and beating him like a drum. At some point he started yelling at me and grabbed the cue like a baseball bat. He was seriously pissed. I never played pool with him after that. The tattoo artist told me later his brother had been head injured in a motorcycle crash and has been a nut job ever since.

    The other guy was on an organized bicycle ride and just loud and odd. At a stop for snacks there were about 25 bicyclist standing around munching and chatting. He reaches into the back of a hatchback to get some snacks and hit his head on the hatch. He started screaming swear words for about 15-30 seconds. Everyone looked around at each other and the less kind in the group (that would be me) started laughing hysterically. Pretty soon everyone was. Really bizarre.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Looks like Lawrence Taylor can't keep it chained up either.

    http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2010/05/06/nfl-great-lawrence-taylor-arrested-rape-charges/

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Never really an LT guy. Watched those Giant teams, think Dent was better.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    LT is a complete travesty but he was one of the best ever to play the game and he revolutionized the position. Dent not even close.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Different positions. Dent was a true end and a big dude, LT was just fast.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    [His attorney, Arthur Aidala, said Taylor is a "loving family man" who did not have sex with the teenager.]

    I guess that could be true. But probably not, and if not, shouldn't Aidala go to jail for perjury, or can you only commit perjury when on the stand?

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    In keeping with the proud history of this organization's quarterbacks, together with the need for a veteran back-up b/c we sure don't want Hanie to ever actually take a snap, the sudden love of opening the purse strings in this uncapped insanity, and of course Mike Martz's ability to make anyone sound good (and walk on water doing it)...

    I propose we pick up JaMarcus Russell. If things go well, he'll never see the field and Cutler will make the pro-bowl. If things go badly... he'll grow back to 300 pounds and Lovie will try him at Left Guard.

  • In reply to mottystone:

    Pompei's latest 'article' (I won't post the link, why bother) is entitled "Veteran backup quarterbacks aren't what they seem". I kid you not, he thinks they're over-rated. Jebus.

    Other random bollocks from the mouth of Daryl Drake :

    [On Shabba:]
    "I don't know if he has a ceiling," Drake said. "He's got an awful lot of ability and he and I have talked about it. What he's got to do is be consistent.

    ??? So a season of 300+ catches and 4,000 yards receiving is attainable then. Sweet. And he has so much ability that the best place for him last season was on the bench? I guess he was consistent on the bench at least.

    "It's up to D.A. It's not up to anyone else," Drake said.

    ??? Cool. So he can select himself to play. Excellent.

  • In reply to mottystone:

    A certain website that refers to a certain city close to our hearts that deals with a certain football team has Bill Swerski's SuperFans doing the 2010 season preview. A little taster from the first half of the season :

    Bill - Seattle Seahawks up next and what the hell is a sea hawk?
    Pat - The Osprey or Pandion Haliaetus, is sometimes referred to as the sea hawk or even a fish eagle, it is a diurnal, fish-eating bird of prey.
    Carl - What the hell is diurnal?
    Todd - It hunts in the day time.
    Bill - ... Of course. And so do the Bears. Bears win.

    All - Da Bears!

    And another taster from the second half of Da Season ...

    Pat - Had the NFL had a bye week in 1985, I think Mike Ditka would have used that time to go to Green Bay and visit the office of then Packer head coach Forrest Gregg and kick him square in the family jewels. Why? Why not.
    Carl - I like it. That would make a heck of a reality TV show. Ditka traveling around the world kicking Packers or ex-Packers in the sack.
    Pat - Or maybe go all Paul Blart on them, and squirt some of Ditka's legendary hot sauce in their unsuspecting Packer eyes.
    Carl - I would love to see some hot sauce shot into the eye of former Green Bay thug, Charles Martin.
    Todd - I unequivocally hate that man. I'd pony up $39.95 on pay per view for a show like that.
    Bob - As much as I like the pitches fellas, we need to move this little shindig along. In the 9th week Da Bears will travel to Toronto to play the Buffalo Bills, and with the extra long Canadian field Jay Cutler will shatter all single game passing records. I see at least 800 yards through the air and minimum of 10 touchdown passes. Book it.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I briefly read that and I cracked up when they talked about the number of the beast belonging to number 51 Butkus who is retired. That was good lol

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    "My" fucking All blacks Irish? MY FUCKING All Blacks?? Are you shitting me man? Michael Collins (and a bunch of other famous Irish dudes) are all turning over in their graves right now. Ho-ly-sheite muslim!!!

    What in thee fuck are you talking about?!?!?! You're an Irishman and 'your team' is from fucking New Zealand???? Besides, pulling for the ABs is akin to liking the fucking Yankees or the Cowboys. Jebus Irish, I thought more of you lad. Shame.

    As for Invictus

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Nah, respect for the Kiwis. We had such a shit Rugby team for so long we had to support another team just to know what winning felt like. Obviously they're #2 on my list now.

    Man-crying - Ha! :o)

    Who how and the what-now ? You're an Afrikaaner ? You're pregnant? Congrats on the small person MB! Ja boot! Ja boot !

    So are you a focking prawn, MB?

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Very boring day at work...

    Attempting to decipher the (likely) 53-man roster.

    Where do we put all these space-wasters? We have more crap CB's than I can shake a stick at... And the OL, oy. Worthless.

    What about the wasted draft picks of the last 2 years? Iglesias? Pool boy? Do they really stay on the squad?

    This is tougher than I imagined.

  • In reply to JohnGalt:

    we don't know Iglesias is a wasted pick. our coaches kept a 6'2 receiver that was fast and could go over the middle or deep on the sidelines most of the year.

  • In reply to JohnGalt:

    Yup, maybe if we melted down all of our DBs we could make four slightly above average ones. I really want to see more from the pool guy. I was impressed.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    RASHIED Davis from the Bears, just can't catch a break:

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-20004422-504083.html

  • In reply to gpldan:

    He can't catch an out route either, but that's a different problem...

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Ouch.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Oh MAN! What a REVOLTIN' coincidence THAT is!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    thats not our Rashied Davis. Its some random guy named Rasheed Davis look at the mug shot its a different guy.

  • In reply to luftwaffle:

    c'mon Nagurski

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    :o)

  • In reply to luftwaffle:

    Happy Mothers Day!

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    New Bear fans

    http://img.moronail.net/img/3/2/4632.jpg

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Very disturbing GP.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    All the Bears need now is a spark. A spark that ignites the ample pile of talent that we already have on our roster into a roaring success. Sure it would be great to have road grading LG, a top flight FS, and a big fast WR. They would make the spark more likely to happen. But there are players on the team now that could provide the spark, all we need to do is play solid, mistake free football long enough to let the spark happen. This means TH can't take practices/plays/games off. This means JC has to eliminate the red zone picks. This means Olin K. does not get pushed back routinely by the opposing tackle. No turnstile impressions by the RT, who ever that ends up being. No stupid play calling, penalties, challenges or lack of half-time adjustments. Just play smart, play confident, play passionate and wait. Wait for the players we already have to make plays. Wait for Peppers, Urlacher, Peanut, Briggs. Wait for Cutler, Forte, Taylor, Aroma, Hester and Knox. They will make plays. And as long as the stupid mistakes are kept to a minimum, eventually one of those plays will be the spark. And this team will catch fire and roar deep into the playoffs, and dare I say it... uh, Damn! I need some more Kool-aid! Bear Down!!

  • In reply to Oaktown34:

    The Jets made it one game short of the big dance with a weak secondary, a weak QB and no big reciever. What they did have was a bruising defense with major pressure on the pass rush and a relentless offense headed by two top-level running backs.

    We have the QB on offense to give us a much more dangerous passing game, and our recievers certainly have the speed and depth to stretch out the D all game long. If we can match the Jet's performance on D and see our RBs do what the Jets did, I think we've got what it takes.

    The Jets had Rex Ryan calling blitzes like a maniac, fine. If we can get half that creative, we have the talent on the line (in the whole front 7 really) to do what we've gotta do. Bear down!

  • In reply to mottystone:

    ...just another New Bear in Town...ohhhh ohhhh, ohhh ohhh...just another New Bear in Town...

  • In reply to mottystone:

    Wasn't Lovie blitzing like a maniac last year? If only I could open a new tab and search for the info ... so ...close ...if only I could ... just ...reach ...

  • In reply to mottystone:

    Weak secondary?.......HMMMMMM, apparently you missed Darrelle Revis and company play.

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    +1 Murph

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Where did you get this GP? I was only two ....

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Look who just hit the big time........again.

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/nfl/teams/chicago-bears/

    Our infamous blog is listed on the right column under the Bears News heading. Oooooooohraaaaaaaaaaah.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    MB that was little bit of an overreaction but I see what you mean. If you can't take the pain then get off the field. I just like how it will help people who are recovering hopefully recover quickly.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    "Sorry, couldn't resist."

    Wasn't an overreaction 85, was me making fun of ourselves. Moon treadmill. That's rich.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB.. you rant so much on here, I sometimes can't tell when you are being serious lol sometimes I just think you are going to have an heart attack one day.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Doc used to think the same thing. It's all for show and fun 85. It's all part of the persona isn't it? Just doing my best to make this an entertaining place to come for all the lads.

  • In reply to mottystone:

    And thanks to a certain Lester Pingpong for reminding me that Charles Martin is dead. Rest in Pain.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Btw, did I ever mention that this blog

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    They stole my cock, MB. Fkn unicorns! They made me lick the magic lollipop and then it all went tits up .... sleepy ...so sleepy ...woke up the next day and there's just a band aid on my snatch.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Excellent Irish. Small pockets lad... small pockets.

    Btw, did you see my Springboks trounce the fucking allblacks today? Fucking Aussies and Pommies next!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Are the tests on? I'll have to check that out ...

    *My* All-Blacks are the Mike Jordans and Walter Paytons of the game MB. They were playing in SA I take it? By the way, check out Invictus - good movie about their World Cup victory when no one gave them a chance of stopping the All-Blacks after they'd won one of their previous games 143-0. Good line from the movie, Mandela is informed of this score and he says "In one game?"

    Naturally, I hope Ireland kills them all come the world cup. We've been hammering England for years but you have to watch them in the Worlds. The Aussies are always tough.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Gene "Oil of Olay" Chamberlain takes Sayers to the woodshed.

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/388605-former-bears-great-sayers-an-expert-at-sounding-foolish

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I thought the article was a bunch of crap. Reading the comments, the author said he was a better running back than Emmitt Smith. Really?

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Any love for Smith on here? Straight lines and a great O-line. Emmit doesn't do shit behind the lines Walter had, don't know what Gale's were like ...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I wouldn't argue about Walter being better than Emmitt. We all would agree about that but Smith deserves some credit. Playing the second half of a playoff game with a totally fucked shoulder earns some recognition.

    I can promise you Gale's OL was way worse than Walter's. The best OL was George Seals and he easily cost Gale 200-300 yds/year on dumbass holding calls. I'm telling ya, if you would have watched all the Bears games when Gale was playing, you'd be one of his biggest fans. WOW!

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Fair enough.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    6 prostitutes a day, a house full of blow and a butane torch. LT knew how to get down.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-20004365-504083.html?tag=contentMain;contentBody

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    And playin' MLB ... Livin' the dream ...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Awesome: http://www.chicagobears.com/news/NewsStory.asp?story_id=6757

    Leave it to the bears to do everything they can to help players not have to endure the rigors of horrible, destructive things like:
    * Running at normal gravity
    * Lifting heavy weights
    * Catching those heavy, fast moving footballs
    * Hitting each other

    ...maybe Lovie and his trainers can work a deal with the NFL to play all of our games as touch football... in one of those huge air filled jumpers.

    Sorry, couldn't resist.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    http://img.moronail.net/img/5/2/4652.jpg

  • In reply to gpldan:

    yow. nice one GP.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I would def watch soccer more.. Promise.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Kidding me. They couldn't do that in a swimming pool?

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Damn Irish.. That is a good point.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I say give them some sweetness training video's and take them to Mt. Everest.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    K.O. deserves better.

    http://www.chicagobreakingsports.com/2010/05/orton-looks-like-the-odd-man-out-in-denver.html

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I sure hope he's right..

    http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/Will-these-rookie-free-agents-make-your-team.html

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'm done

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    http://img.moronail.net/img/8/2/4682.jpg

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    It was already one in the morning; the rain pattered dismally against the panes, and my candle was nearly burnt out, when, by the glimmer of the half-extinguished light, I saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open... I had done it, created in not only my mind's eye but human flesh the perfection I so painfully sought...

    http://i838.photobucket.com/albums/zz306/MikeD-2010/jeff-george-jpg--jaycutler-jpg.jpg

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Cutler gets called the 'next Jeff George' a lot. It's not like JG was Ryan Leaf or Mirer .... some of George's numbers would be welcome in Chicago -

    Raiders: 1997: 29 touchdown passes, compared to only 9 interceptions, plus a lofty 91.2 passer rating.

    Philly : 1999: Cunningham gets benched. Enter Jeff George, who in 10 games as a starter went 8-2 (23 touchdowns, 8.6 yards per attempt, a 94.2 rating) in leading Minnesota to the playoffs. George won his first career playoff game, throwing three touchdown passes to lead the Vikings over the Dallas Cowboys 27-10. The Vikings lost the next week to the eventual Super Bowl Champion Rams 49-37.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    2008 quote from Jeff George :

    "I know it

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Lets just hope Cutlers play this year eliminates any and all comparisons to Jeff George.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    puppet sauce...

  • In reply to gpldan:

    PK calls LT the MT of the NFL

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/peter_king/05/06/lawrence-taylor/

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Per FoxSports Radio...

    L.T's wife is standing by him because he was framed.

    I think she even said it with straight face.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    He could have been framed. The girl could have invisible powers, slipped into his room, robbed three hundred dollars from him and then rode him like a bronco. Poor bastard thought it was a wet dream. Those super-power-having-chicks ...tchoh.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Fat Boy Skim gets Al's boot in his 300lb rear end, heads to Vegas to do a pile of coke and hookers:

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/peter_king/05/06/raiders-russell/

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Don't forget the cheeseburgers.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    "Russell has no one to blame but himself for this embarrassing three-year reign of error"

    - Reign of error. I like it.

    - Davis paid him about $5.5 Million per win. I like it more.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    After studying, Chem, Digital logic, and Pre-Cal, I enjoy reading Irish, MB, Trac, Gp, and Crown post.. just to funny to be real.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Holy Sweet Jebus Christo '85.

    I was told there'd be no math involved. What in thee hell are you doing boy? Dissertation on the evolution of the stack AND string theories all at once

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'm an Civil Engineer. I'm no Stephen Hawking's relative but I do like math. I hate chem. Why do you think I love this site? No numbers.. except when I want to put some stats on here that Irish bust my ass about lol besides that I think I have spilled my fruity pebbles four or five times every morning listen to you all.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Wow, I don't know what any of that means, Artoo. I did a diploma in Computer Science, and they said if I wanted to jump into the degree course I'd have to pass the final year of a math's degree. They made us sit Statistics, Classical mechanics and discrete mathematics (the kind you do when nobody's looking hwoh hwoh!). Statistics is a piece of piss, but Classical Mechanics and Discrete maths ? I couldn't understand the fucking questions never mind write down the answers. Probably should have tried going into the lectures now and then ...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I took a computer science class. It was ok but I didn't like it that much. They made us make a webpage and I made it nothing but Chicago Bear's. Math can be ok.. you just have to have the patience to study it. Btw Irish, I worked at a coal plant as an intern.. half the stuff I do in college, I won't use on the job. The only sad part about that job was once again.. the only Chicago Bear's fan and the rest were Steeler fans.. assholes.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Even FoxSports Radio host, and Raider sycophant/apologist, J.T. "The Brick" can't explain away this latest Al Davis blunderfest.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    from chicagobears.com, JA talking about all the undrafted free agents the Bears signed...

    "We really put more emphasis on their athletic traits than we did anything else this year. Some years we

  • In reply to Dustflo:

    "knowing that they

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    The Queens/Williams girls lost their court cases but are appealing. Would love to see them sit out 4 games this year.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    They lost? When? Where?

    Do you have a link for us, Trac?

    Did they finally have to plead their case before somebody besides afriendly, neighborhood Viking Judge?

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    http://www.chicagobears.com/news/NewsStory.asp?story_id=6750

    Sweet Baby Jebus. I'm just going post and go back to work shaking my head man.

    Trac, try adding a positive spin please, I need something after reading that... thing.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Already made a post about this...thing.

  • In reply to Dustflo:

    did you link?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    quoted, no link.
    p.s. wanna fight? with our fists?

  • In reply to Dustflo:

    Uhhhhhh... Sure. Comeondown!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Just remember this is a Bears website article so Jerry will flap his gum's just to make himself feel smart. I have let him and Lovie distract me from the players and the game in the past way too much, and I have purged their self serving comments and actions from my thought process. It's gonna be all on the players this year in spite of our fearless leaders.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Agreed.

    Just painful to listen to the guy because when he talks it's obvious that he is totally and completely clueless. I mean, I have to admit that although I smack him down regularly here, in the back of my mind there's a little voice that says, "common dude, he can't be THAT fucking bad can he? The guy who runs your favorite team in the whole wide world can

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I've been banging my head agsinst the wall for years over this guy, MB. I've got almost no problem with Lovie in comparison. Angelo is a professional bullshitter. They're not hard to spot - they fool most people into thinking that they know what they're talking about when in actual fact it's the exact opposite. They are word magicians and all invariably have one thing in common. They're as stupid as fuck.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    +1

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    From that douche Don Banks (who lives in freakin' Minny-soda btw):

    2. Chicago
    REASON TO WORRY: Honest question: When's the last time a true make-or-break year went the right way for a team? I suppose you could say Dallas and Wade Phillips fit the bill last season, although almost every year feels like it's Super Bowl-or-bust for the Cowboys. But that's what embattled head coach Lovie Smith, general manager Jerry Angelo and the Bears are up against in 2010: Win enough to shoo the wolves away from their doors, or close out their Windy City tenures with a fourth consecutive non-playoff season. Working under that kind of pressure rarely brings the best out of anyone, or results in smiles and backslaps all around.

    As if that's not enough of an omen, the Bears went out and dominated early in free agency this year, signing the likes of Julius Peppers and Chester Taylor. There's not really a long track record of pace-setting free-agent success leading to on-field success in the same year -- a lesson teams like Washington, Oakland and Denver have learned the hard way.

    REASON NOT TO PANIC: The Bears (7-9) weren't bad from start to finish last season. They started 3-1, and finished 3-2. It was that 1-6 stretch in the middle that killed Smith's team. On paper, Peppers, Taylor and offensive coordinator Mike Martz are all upgrades at their positions. And Year 2 of the Jay Cutler era can't possibly be as much of a rollercoaster ride.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Agree that the next time Banks says anything good about the Bears will be the first. He used to live in the land of 10,000 morons. He now lives in Madison, WI. Insert your own joke here.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    YEE-HAW!

    And it was MINNESOTA Judge who ruled against them!

    FINALLY!

    Have seat you fat slobs!

    http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/36988522/ns/sports-player_news/

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Justice is a mango with a marshmallow center...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    What games would they miss - first four ? Wouldn't affect us anyway. I want to beat them with their best team anyway, no fkn excuses. Your best players, our best players. Smackdown.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Mr. Lightfoot....did you really say that you thought Dent was better than LT? You are clearly blinded by bear fur... LT is the best defensive player ever. He could do anything on the field. People say he was one dimensional, not the case. He could cover, stop the run, obviously sack the qb, and apparently rape 15 year olds...What a fucking douchebag. Dent was and is the better man, but LT was far above him on the field of play. Have a good day Gordo!

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    How do you compare an end and a LB though?

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    By height...

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Nice.

    How do you measure yourself with other gooolfers?

  • In reply to mikebdot:

    Exactly Mike... Ed Zachary.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Mr. Lightfoot....did you really say that you thought Dent was better than LT? You are clearly blinded by bear fur... LT is the best defensive player ever. He could do anything on the field. People say he was one dimensional, not the case. He could cover, stop the run, obviously sack the qb, and apparently rape 15 year olds...What a fucking douchebag. Dent was and is the better man, but LT was far above him on the field of play. Have a good day Gordo!

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    as bear fans we reserve the right to blindly assert that our players are the all time greats at everything. best linebacker Butkus, QB Luckman, RB is shared between Sweetness and Sayers and the greatest player of all time ever at any position is Bronko Nagurski. in my little world LT, Joe Montana, and Jim Brown are the next best.

  • In reply to luftwaffle:

    I'll go with Joe Montana at QB (Jimmy Mac as his backup - hey, it's my team) Butkus as MLB, LT as OLB, Walter as RB and stick JB in as FB with Bo Jackson on the bench. Fuck Emmit Smith. We could probably beat most teams with just those guys. Never saw Nagurski or Luckman. I don't trust those oldtime QBs and think they'd get pissed on by Bernie Kosar.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    They should double the punishment for dragging it out.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    How can you argue with Gayle Sayers?? This is a must read.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5grNQgNihbsohEI5sTrBGJ5tnImGAD9FG9GC80

  • In reply to RealityCheck:

    Reality,

    Like OMG dude, like, that was soooo, like 11:22 this morning.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Poor Ginny, with this nice weather she got some sun and then you know....

    http://img.moronail.net/img/2/4/4524.jpg

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Oh yeah, it's always fucking Christmas at the McCaskey household.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    September 10th?

  • In reply to RealityCheck:

    Oh, and Jahari is off the market (WAAAAAY to rich for our blood): http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/football/nfl/05/05/saints.evans.ap/index.html?eref=sihp

    I'm a fucking news machine today.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Faneca was too rich for us at $2.5 Mill.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Damage to the frontal lobe has been linked to psycopathy. They don't find much electrical activity in the frontal lobes of serial killers for example. What a great excuse - "I banged my head!"

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I can't believe that anyone could associate frontal lobe damage with being sacked.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    http://www.chicagobears.com/news/NewsStory.asp?story_id=6746

    Martz is high on Hanie :

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    I wish I could have replied to that post and given it the usual "Do you watch football?" ..."Aw, that's sweet - your mommy and daddy let you use the internet!"

  • In reply to jdawg:

    I don't know Jdawg, Lovie picks the team and he's reeeaal slow at changing things when they aren't working out regarding his roster selections. Being stubborn isn't a bad thing when your decisions are usually sound - but his aren't. Are there *any* advantages to having small receivers? They break quicker? Easily counteracted by a smaller DB ...

  • In reply to Crown:

    If the Tice loves Webb as much as everyone seems to think then I wouldn't be surprised if we see him in the lineup this year. The guy obviously has the strength and he started as a true freshman at the University of Texas. If this kid can contribute this year and make a difference, "that would be something".

  • ehh?

  • Listen I liked the Worm. So much so that I still own the #91 black bulls jersey...

    HOWEVER, two things. Crown you mentioned Rodman has always been a good teammate, however you are forgetting about his stint in San Antonio. Players and coaches despised him there, it wasnt until the Zen master and MJ got a hold of him that he really turned it around, post his successful run with the bad boys.

    Secondly, the major problem with this analogy is that Dennis could not only still play, he could still play at his highest level. TO cannot. He's just simply not that great anymore. Also, he drops far too many balls for my liking, factor in the really tough playing conditions here (as well as buffalo) and TO is going to be a liability or non factor similar to his time in Buffalo.

    No thanks is my long winded answer to the TO discussion.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    The T.O. question
    ==================
    Height? He would be our tallest receiver and would stretch the field, use his big body to shield receptions and keep defenders off him.

    Route running - T.O.'s better than Rashied Davis, Juaquin Iglesias, Earl Bennett, Devin Hester, name-a-receiver-not-named-Shabba ...

    Blocking? Please. I mean Johnny Knox has balls 'n all but ... T.O. is 6' fkn 4 ...

    Speed? We have Knox and Hester if speed is an issue on a certain play. See Tom Waddle and then make a case for speed.

    Hands? Dropped passes leaders 2008 :

    1t Dallas Clark Ind 12
    1t Braylon Edwards Cle 12
    3t Reggie Bush NO 10
    3t Devery Henderson NO 10
    3t Santana Moss Was 10
    3t Terrell Owens Dal 10
    6 Randy Moss NE 9

    Dropped passes leaders 2009
    1t Dwayne Bowe KC 11
    1t Vernon Davis SF 11
    3 Santonio Holmes Pit 10
    4t Mark Bradley KC 9
    4t Brent Celek Phi 9
    4t Dallas Clark Ind 9
    4t Ted Ginn Jr. Mia 9
    4t Randy McMichael StL 9
    4t Louis Murphy Oak 9
    4t Terrell Owens Buf 9
    4t Bobby Wade KC 9
    12t Marques Colston NO 8
    12t Tim Hightower Ari 8
    12t Calvin Johnson Det 8
    12t Roy Williams Dal 8

    Does Juaquin Iglesias deserve a place on our roster? And what are the advantages of small receivers again?

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Great analysis Irish. And I think T.O had a sick yard per catch average. The guys is hard to take down. Unlike Olsen, Hester, Knox..I could go on and on.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    Takedown-ability, forgot that one Joseph, yup, he'd beat the smurfs AND Olsen on that score ...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Did anyone read about what Gale Sayers said about the Bear's? I mean, it's mostly the truth but I guess that I am hurt by it. I want to believe my team is better but I guess he just hit me with some cold water.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    http://sports.espn.go.com/chicago/nfl/news/story?id=5163088

    Sad really B85... sad statements (at the end) for a very proud man only thinking about the money. I think he's pretty right about the rest, but we'll have to wait and see about that.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    He's right about everything, but a bit premature on Cutler. It is sad to hear a guy 40 years on still saying "I had some moves.."

    He's been saying that for 40 years. Get over it.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I'm a man! I'm 40!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Maybe we already have a left guard ....

    From the trib : http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/ct-spt-0502-bits-bears-chicago--20100501,0,6023332.story

    [Depth charge: Veteran Kevin Shaffer is working with the first team at left guard but line coach Mike Tice said Lance Louis, a seventh-round pick last year, and Johan Asiata, an undrafted player from a year ago, have "stepped it up over the last week or two."

    Tice also mentioned James Marten as a possibility inside. Marten has been viewed as a reserve tackle but he started two years at left guard for Boston College.]

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    In other news, Tice found a bouncer at a strip club in Joliet last night he thinks "just might have the right stuff".

    This is getting ridiculous.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Hahahahahaa... priceless GP. Priceless.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    +1

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Good news from Hoke?

    [On Wright: "You see his range. That will show up on tape. He definitely understands football. He's an excellent communicator. He obviously likes to talk, but he's always talking in a positive way.

    "When he's on the field, he's calling out the calls, doing a good job of communicating with his teammates. He's got tremendous range in the middle of the field. Hopefully, things will get better. A part of his game is being physical, but you don't get to see that part here now. Athletically, we're very pleased with where he's at."

    On Moore: "He has a real good feel in man coverage. He has route sense. He understands concepts. He had very good hips and feet. He's got a ways to go, technique-wise, but that's true with Josh and Major. But you like his athletic ability from the corner position. He can turn his hips. He's got quick feet. He can transition."]

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Let me do my best GP impression...

    In other news, Hoke also confirmed that he was very impressed with Wright's girth AND length, saying " we now have some serious punishing size in our quiver. I think he's going to really tear things up this year."

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    "Look for me on a screen saver near you."

  • In reply to Crown:

    ed zachary Crown. Dude, next time you see that chick, just bring it up.

    "Hey, last time I was over I couldn't help but notice the immense penis on that dude on your screensaver. What gives?"

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Do you guys remember this kid CB Woodney Turenne tear it up last year during pres-season? He was in on every tackle and play. He's back at camp. I've found my under-dog to root for making the roster.

  • In reply to Crown:

    If he's got talent Crown, then no doubt we'll see him when there is absolutely no other option available and the receivers have twice refused to play corner.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    LInebackers miked up, starting with Butkus :

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLxBpNbik64&playnext_from=TL&videos=o-97hR9R0o8&feature=rec-LGOUT-real_rn-2r-1-HM

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Actually had some comments and footage on Butkus that I hadn't seen before Irish, thanks. In the modern era where its all about the money and not the pain, I don't think we will ever see another like him.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Thanks for posting that Irish. I've seen all the Butkus stuff about a million times but I'd watch it again in a heartbeat. My all-time Fave!

    Don't be disrespecting Sayers. He was the greatest RB ever before he got hurt. He's never been shy about his talent. No false modesty. It wasn't all about the money with him but you can't blame him for being pissed about missing out on the big money. I once heard him talking about a CB in the last few years that was crying about only getting a few million. He said the guy would be lucky to make $40k/year without football and the notoriety. He's says what's on his mind and not the company line. I might not like what he says sometimes but I truly respect him.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Just a bit sad for me to hear a truly giant hero be so... human. So mortal.

    That's all.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Very true. Read some of the comments on the linked article. Either they are about 14 years old (probably) or never saw him on TV or live at Soldier Field (almost definitely). Just stupid.

    http://www.chicagobreakingsports.com/2010/05/pompei-bears-should-embrace-former-greats.html

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    to add to this, if you think older players are craying about "money issues," check out one "outside the lines" report where NFL alums were getting literally PENNIES from the NFLPA during Gene Upshaw's reign. Former players w/ debilitating injuries (such as needing kidney transplants, severe back injuries, etc) would have no insurance to treat these conditions. also, there are a few former players that are HOMELESS (yes....literally living on the streets); Butkus & Dikta raised a big stinker about this in the piece too.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    I was homeless FQ. Sad to see when it comes to that but in my case I had to make a choice to work 2 fulltime jobs, stop spending my money on booze and partying and change my lifestyle. Was the best life lesson I ever experienced. A free apartment wouldn't have changed a thing.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    damn sorry to hear that fam. glad to see you got out from that situation

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    +1

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    That was just the beginning of my journey FQ. I now own 3 business's and my wife will be able to retire in exactly 2 years. Didn't take one dime from Uncle Sam and but for my Faith in God, I would never have made it to where I am today.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    yea i feel you on this Trac. God has opened many doors during these past few months (been a hard year so far), so i completely understand about having faith in the Guy Upstairs. that's good stuff man...glad to see you're humble through it all also.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Climb that hill bro, climb that hill.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Look it at this way, if we made it to the SuperBowl with Rex...........

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    That was the problem Trac, we made it to the Super Bowl with Rex ....

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    I've found that faith in myself saw me through, I'm real.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Yep we're in the "damn it's boring" time of the year. Thank god some of you guys come up with some crazy shit to keep us entertained. I am also taking the wait and see attitude, no predictions, and no second guessing till the season is underway.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Aaaaaand this: http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/bears/post/_/id/4664813/ranking-the-roster-1-65

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    yea Eric & Mike screwed the pooch on this one (Mike gets a pass b/c he just started in April....Jeff though? very very sad that he put this out b/c he usually does good work).

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    IMO, an off-season "space-filler" article and a waste of zero's and ones.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    The article was written just to stir up comment and debate.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Our #1 receiver gets ranked 21st?
    Probably one of our two best blockers, Manu, gets 28th?
    Our left DE, and my favorite lineman when TH is out to lunch, Izzy is 29th? Get Bent ESPN.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Sorry (or glad?) to hear that Trac. Were you actually sleeping rough on the streets or do you mean you were in your sister's spare room/garage?

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Are you kidding Irish? Parks and shelters. Faith in yourself will fail a man eventually. It has been harder running businesses, raising a family and staying married to the same women for 16 years than it was being homeless.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Good for you, man. Good for you.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    (a brief aside from our beolved Bears)

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1169185/1/index.htm

    an excellent piece written on Big Ben's "transgressions" (more like royal fuck-ups). lost a bunch of respect for him during the whole GA process, but the way he treats ppl? inexcusable. long, but well worth the read.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    That's another reason why Payton and some of my other hero's were so special FQ. I loved Jordon but no way I would ever put him in Sweetness's category. Heart, all heart, not like these other bums.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    exactly. and when you look at it, very rarely do you see any high-profile Bears that have character issues (which is why I'm so proud to be a fan of the franchise). it's not all a/b the accolades, honors, & HOF busts, but about what they ALL did when nobody was watching. Payton with his "Never Die Easy" attitude, Piccolo & Sayers' friendship, and countless other stories. THAT'S the reason why i'm proud to wear the GSH patch on my jersey; b/c this franchise serves as a constant reminder of how to act in life: classy, but w/ ferocity.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Really a sad story. The first woman I wouldn't believe. I worked in casinos for a few years and one word I would never associate with my female co-workers is naive. That's the card she's playing and it doesn't ring true. The second woman was an extremely drunk college girl in over her head. He didn't get charged but really some bad behavior. All the other stuff says a ton about his character and none of it is good. Just a drunken, boorish lout with an off the chart sense of entitlement. If he doesn't change his behavior he will end up an ex-Steeler and possibly much worse.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    That's it FQ. That's the shit I'm talkin' about right there.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    And I don't recall Walter ever talking up his career or how great he was or putting down guys like Reggie Bush for no good reason. He's a Heisman winner and does everything he's asked to do - he's not the OC ...

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    I would also like to make a bet. I bet either Lance Louis or Johan Asiata starts this year at a G position and we all go, Dang...how come this guy never got anytime last year?!? Could be wrong but I'm willing to make that bet.

  • In reply to Dustflo:

    +1

    Our LG is in all probability on the roster. I'd love to see this James AMrten kid get a good run in pre-season, Asiata and Louis too - give 'em a game each?

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Looks like he went on and made the big money anyway. But I like my legends to have class ... so it's George Foreman and Walter for me over Muhammad Ali and Gale Sayers.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    The word on the street is Turenne shows allot of promise Crown. Wouldn't that be something if our fearless leaders are actually able to groom our talented young players into NFL starters?

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Sure Trac, and the pink and blue unicorn pair is coming to my place of work as we speak to take me to candy mountain.

    Some players will just rise above gents, unfortunately they might not ever see the light of Soldier Field regardless of whether they most certainly deserve to (see: Devin Aromashadu). Lovie is a complete fucktard and can't judge talent to save his jumbotron.

    Hopefully we get a house cleaning next year no matter what our record and some of these promising young seeds can finally get the sunlight they so desperately need to sprout. Hey lovie, here

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    +100!

    LDL has ALWAYS played the big contract players. He's got to be over this, "but I'll look/feel stupid if I play my backup bench warmers, who can play better than my multi-millionare favorites." Trust us LDL, us fans are not worried about you looking stupid anymore, that ship sailed the day we saw your stupid non expressional, I never have a clue face. And yes I think I just made up the word expressional. We just want DA Bears to WIN! No matter your contract, the best player should be on the field. But during LDL's reign that just hasn't been the case.

  • In reply to Dustflo:

    +1

    And kudos on the new word.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Notice the '+1' as in 'I'm adding my voice of approval in a singular fashion, one man one vote style'. I guess a pregnant woman would be entitled to '+2' ... just sayin'.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Agree with ya except I think you blame some of the personnel decisions on Lovie. I think JA deserves a lot of the blame for that. Between the two of them and some lousy coaches that got launched in the offseason, there's plenty of blame to go around. Not to mention some players that don't seem to be too highly motivated. Oh well. I think EVERYONE, JA, Lovie, the rest of the coaches and the big money players all know it's time to fish or cut bait. One more lousy season and it's house cleaning time. The only thing that might save their jobs is the lockout. I could see Bears mgmt keeping Lovie and JA if there is no season. Phillips is there for life after the sweetheart stadium deal.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Phillips is the uber-douche who oversaw this mess and should end up like that dude at the end of 'Man on fire' ....

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Don't go to Candy mountain, MB. Fk it, I'm off to watch that again! Charlieeeeeeee!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Brandon Minor might challenge K. Bell for that last RB spot. Minor has more speed than Bell.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    You sure GPL? Minor is bigger than Bell and from what I've seen they have the same 40 numbers. Competition is never a bad thing.

  • In reply to Crown:

    86 the midget and keep 'em both.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    No love for the Wolfe.

  • I don't get it.

  • Something you want to tell us about?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    HAHA! Oh i get it. Dang screen savers...

  • In reply to Dustflo:

    True story Gents. When I was in the Corp., we had a guy named Fitz that was in our platoon. Every year we would have an Inspector General come to our barracks and grade our living quarters and uniforms. One time while having his locker inspected the General turned to Fitz and said, "don't you know this is an official inspection and regulations state nothing should be in your pockets"? To which Fitz answered, Yes Sir. Then the General said, "Marine, then whats in your trouser pocket"? To which Fitz said, "my dick sir".

    The General laughed his ass all the way to the next barracks.

    Fitz was so abnormally gifted that when we went to the Philippines he would get thrown out of the cat houses because his manhood was too big. I wasn't surprised to learn a year after Fitz got out of the Marines that he had decided to go into the entertainment business when my buddy showed me a picture of Fitz on the front page of some gaudy porn magazine surrounded by 4 or 5 smiling ho's. The dude was a freak of nature.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    See guys? I wasn't joshing. Asian women have small pockets. And it is *not* cool when you're told your cock is too big. I swear.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Go Bears !!

  • +1
    He didn't open his mouth in Buffalo. And when 'reporters' baited him he called them on it. That's not a locker room cancer. Give a dog a bad name ...

  • T.V.? Yeah, I gotta T.V. Rabbit ears, so I don't have to pay ... yeah we're set at receiver ...

  • +1
    He could have been representing this blog. All that was missing was an Olsen shot.

  • I like it. I guess we could make Al the commissioner of umpires, so yeah. Some really random stuff comes out of WCG. Some very good, some very bad.

  • Waiting for the next rape before they trade him I guess, I guess. But if he's suspended for 8 games what's the point in keeping him?

  • don't sell yourself short doc, you're a tremendous slouch.

    Movie (I know, too easy)?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Got me MB.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    It's THE american classic Irish: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLPxbfIK7AM

    start at 1:50, but you should really watch the entire movie ASAP.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Man, that's a while ago. What the hell ever happened to Chevy Chase?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Your uncle molests collies.

  • In reply to mikebdot:

    Incidentally, I heard on the bill press show that chevy chase was at the white house correspondance dinner and decided it would be a good idea to go up an shake hands with President Obama. As he walked up there, Bill Press warned him that it probably wasn't the best idea "they're not gonna let you get up there" and Chevy responded "wanna bet". There's some pics here:

    http://www.billpressshow.com/2010/05/03/white-house-correspondents-dinner-bills-photos/

    Crazy sumbitch.

  • Ouch. Low blow.

    Al? Flag on Mr. Nitty?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB I think that may be acceptable contact within five yards of the line of scrimmage. That was a chuck form Lester the Molester.

  • what the fuck does 'really unusual skills' mean? He can jerk off with his weak arm and his hand turned all the way backwards? What the fuck does that mean? Seriously, I'm curious.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    :o) +1

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    http://www.nfl.com/fantasy/story?id=09000d5d817aa809&template=without-video-with-comments&confirm=true

    Another 'read it and weep' - is there anyone more clueless than Michael Fabiano? Do his bosses not read his stuff and go 'WTF?'

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    There were some other big time head scratchers on there too but........ Santonio Holmes is your favorite pick at WR...... really? So, he is suspended for 4 games plus the bye, that's 5 games you are guaranteed to not have a starter out of him and he got traded to a run and play good defense team, with a 2nd year QB who is essentially a Mexican Orton, and they have Braylon Edwards. Are you f'ing serious.

  • In reply to dutsami:

    Love your description of Sanchez.

  • Yeah, playing on crack doesn't really foster any respect. It's cheating.

  • I walked into that one. I did. But then again I'm black, 6'4 and answer to the name 'Wesley Pipes'. Natch.

  • Doc, you cracked me up man. Yes, I knew he meant as a fb player.

    I was making a joke quoting from Caddyshack. See my link above.

  • Totally. I'm with you doc. Bastard.

  • Ali was a douchebag. An uncontrollable ego and hypocrite. The way he held up his religion and then had kids all over the place. I still find the things he said about Frazier disgusting. Frazier had children and he said those things about him on TV? A classless man. Everybody feels sorry for him now because of the Parkinsons -but I'm sorry, you don't get a pass an being a shitty human being just because you get Parkinsons. He was an asshole. George is class.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I agree 3000% Irish.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Most people are more likely to talk back to you through a text than through a phone. I wish Warner would come to Chicago for awhile over the summer. I mean, Warner can't be doing anything that demanding that he can't take a little trip to the windy city.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Getcha. Cutler rings Warner and Warner's like "Naw, not Cutler again ... get a life kid." and doesn't pick up, looks over at his 40 year old wife and thinks 'Man I was an NFL QB and a studly lookin guy - why the hell did I get married? I coulda been Wilt Chamberlain...', and then he picks up -'Hey jay buddy how's it hangin'? Wanna get a beer? Huh? Does Olsen *have* to come?'

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    BAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    Does Olsen HAVE to come.... that's rich. Good one Irish.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Mike Tice likes J'Marcus Webb

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I'm taking a shit

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Mustache...flush or damn't light a match..PLEASE!!!!!!

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    This guy has more money than everyone on this blog combined will probably earn in a lifetime. He sure doesn't look happy to me.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1275641/Police-Taser-drunk-Tiger-Woods-fan-Players-Championship.html

    If I was a drinking man I would buy the dude that got tasered a year's supply of his favorite brew. It's hero's like him that make proud to be an American.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Hahahahahah... Irish, not an Afrikaner or a Prawn (brilliant!), but definitely don't root for the fecking all blacks... wankers. Understood about having a bad team, shit, we couldn't even compete internationally for most of my childhood. It

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Afrikaaner MB. SpringBoks won the tri-nations last year. The Rugby SuperBowl.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    I know Trac.

    Look at you. last time I was back in Cape Town I got to see the Western Province (WP) play the lions (joburg) at Newlands. Good times. Here

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I was born in S.A. MB. Rugby was my first sport. Australian rules mate. Never ever played without seeing stars at some point in the game. NFL studs would get wore out playing rugby.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Wow Trac, coinkidink huh?

    Where were you born?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    A little town called klerspdorp.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    My Dad was an Australian Mech. Engineer and was transferred to South Africa.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Klerksdorp.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    I know it Trac... well, know of it.

    I as born in good old JoBurg, but my folks and most of my family live in Cape Town. Lucky bastards.

    I just have to convince my wife to retire there with me. Ha!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Cool. My Mom went back for the last time when my Grandmother dies 4 years ago. She said it was definitely the last time.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Wow. Check this out...

    Is that Lovie going up for the rebound: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/multimedia/photo_gallery/1005/leading.off.0510/content.5.html

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Nah cant be MB, that guy is actually showing some emotion, and hes not staring at the scoreboard.

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    Very true Murph, very true.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I must be missing something MB. Did your wife just have another baby? Couldn't see where you posted it. If so, congrats.

  • I'm going to the fridge to see if there's any milk left. I might tweet later on that I'm taking a shit. If I feel like taking a shit.

  • WTF? Cutler is 'texting' Warner? What is it with these players? Are phone calls that expensive in the States?

  • Very dissapointed Doc. At least that would be something.

  • that would be the ultimate weiner slap across the face. Asking Orton to come back to Chicago to be a backup QB...
    I'll take Kyle at Qb over Tebow any day of the week. Tebow was an incredible college football player. So was Andre Ware. Success in college doesn't guarantee success in the NFL. You never know...

  • Hell yes! I'd take him back (as a back up) in a second.

    McCracksmokin' is batshit man... what a complete moron. Good luck with Brady Quinn and fucking Tim Tebow as your franchise QBs. Jebus, that guy is a sack of dicks.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Which, of course, BEGS the question:

    Josh McDaniels or Lovie Smith?

    As always, DEATH is not an option.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    At least McDaniels isn't a comatose vagina Al.

    Huh, that

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Lovie all day long - he didn't run two franchise players out the door int he space of a year.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Always said I'd love to have Kyle back as a Bear - always figured he would be a solid backup for us. New offense now, but still. Couple of teams out there might want him though ...

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    i've seen that line so many days in a row that the printed phase was in a dream i had. Bears, i order you to trade, buy, sell, kill or play someone.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    I'm slightly hungry, although I may defer eating until later on. I'm undecided.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Off-season Top Tips from Irish :

    Save money on your electricity bills by cutting the wire to your front doorbell. Just go to the front door every minute to see if there's anybody there.

    Go Bears !!!

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Off-season Top Tip #2

    Proper tire inflation will eliminate the need to drill for more oil causing every tree to live twice as long and keep the coin operated air machine vendors in business which will thus jump starting our economy and will eventually lead to the end of all unemployment as we know it.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Genius.

    Senator, I would like to amend the bill to include mandating that all truck owners put their bed gates down (even though I saw a Mythbusters that says it doesn't work)?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB I thought I heard the Mythbusters were in big oils pocket...so their conclusion is a conspiracy to get pickup owners to burn more gas. Dastardly Bastards.

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    Another great office softball team name murph. The Dastardly Bastards

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Yeah it is, isnt it? There was a bowling team in a league I was secretary of. It was a new team with no sponsor. One guys last name was McGuffy, another guys first name was Leon. I gave their team the name "Leon McGuffys" Every body in that league and people coming in off the street wanted to know where it was. If I ever open a bar, you know what I'll call it.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    The Magnificent Bastards?

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    Imagine all the energy and resources that would be saved if Mythbusters didn't make any television programs.

    By the bye, has anyone seen those BS programs the 'technology of Star Wars on Discovery or whatever ?

    To see all of these Oswald M. Poindexters keep straight faces try to debunk the possibility of lightsabers etc., Jebus effing Freist. It's a movie. Let it go. It's just a movie ... it wasn't a damn thesis. Interact with other human beings for Christ's sake. Have sex with someone. Step away from the mainframe. Those people are Millhouse when he grows up.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Go Bears!!

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    hee hee

    (how's that Jonhhy?)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Since the 2007 season the Bears are 15-9 at home as opposed to 8-17 on the road. Looks like we have the advantage just the way it is.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Sorry, 8-16 on the road.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Somebody go ask Dan Hampton about the old turf at Soldier Field. I've heard him go off on it before, I heard Sweetness himself refer to it as "velcro pasted on top of cement".

    The old turf was insanity. It doesn't have to be swampland, like it is now, but that is because they fucked up the drainage system.

    To give you an idea of how complex this system is, see:
    http://www.chiefengineer.org/content/content_display.cfm/seqnumber_content/1748.htm

    They ain't chucking that drainage system. And it's probably not the problem, the problem is that they didn't get all Pittsburg hair club for men and do the synthetic weave, it's just straight sod.

    Here you have Dez Clark talking about the weave:
    http://blogs.suntimes.com/bears/2009/09/soldier_field_playing_surface.html

    So, you know, protest you want the weave - and not just in Hester's hair, but the GRASS weave.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    The world renowned BOSSARD family of groundskeeper is already in Chicago over at the cell, BUT NOOOOO, the Bears, in a further display of their infinite "wisdom", entrust THEIR field maintenance and ergo, the health of their multi-million dollar investments to...(Drum roll, please)...
    The Chicago Park District!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Kind of amazing how Wally lasted so long on that shit.

    With all the hair that likely fell out of Bono's head that night I'd say there's a good weave in it now. 50 year old bastard. Ouch.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    The new stuff isnt the astro turf that Hampton and Payton played on, a carpet on concrete. I'm not sure how much better field turf is than Astro Turf. Every week depending on the weather, I can change my mind on this one, still cant make up my mind on which way to lean, field turf? or grass? Maybe 50 yards of each? play half of game on each...coin toss and weatherman working together, just think of it.

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    They use it in Croke park, Ireland, and it's sweet. If people are complaining about *that* they'll never be happy. Do we really need NASA to come up with a fkn pitch to play on? Remember being a kid? We played on the road, girls! Mark it out, play football on it. Cry at home.

    But 50 yards of each, I like that. And substitutes have to fight each other in MMA to determine who takes the field. And Peyton Manning gets kicked square in the nuts by Ray Guy before each series to even things out. Scrap everything else, just the last one. Asshole.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I'm tellin you we are on to something here, Ray Guy back, Manning holding his nuts,Romanowski spitting in players faces. Sunday takes on a whole new meaning.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Nah, let's just invent a machine that can burn oil faster, pretend that it's inexhaustible and do absolutely nothing about the environment because we'll all be dead by then anyway. Also, let's load 'carbon tax' onto people before they realised that they're just being hit with another completely useless tax which has no benefits in reality. Also let's continue to allow the Federal Reserve, which is 8 private banks and neither Federal nor a Reserve, continue to supply us with our own money at *interest* as they enslave us in a cycle of debt we can't escape from for no good reason whatsoever.

    Oh wait ...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    You are one of the few people that actually know the Fed is a bunch of private hilde's. My banker didn't even know that until I told her.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    That is messed up.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Trac for congress!!! You have my vote, a true visionary!

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Poll: Who wants a synthetic turf instead of a grass field this year?

    I've always liked my football played on the natural tundra. But, Hayes had a good article today regarding the advantages of an artificial field with the Martz offense, the speed we have at WR, and the athletic-speed type guys Lovie plugs in at D.

    The sod had been mismanaged almost as much as the actual Bears team in the last several. Similarly, no one wants to take accountability for it either. The Park District says its the Bear's job, the Bears say the Park District and City are in charge of the field and vice versa.

    All I know is that field has been piss poor and not NFRL ready for a while now. Shit, they let U2 play there the night before the Steelers game last year.

    It's just not right when high school teams like Mount Carmel and Wheaton Warrenville South have better fields than the professional squad.

    Even though I've been pro-grass, I think the Bears would be stupid not to change to a synthetic field with the strengths they have. Imagine how much more dangerous Skunk and Knox would be in the open field. I know it can lead to some more injuries, but I think a new turf gives the Bears a major home field advantage.

  • In reply to Crown:

    Totally get where you're coming from Crown. Good topic.

    I have a couple thoughts:

    * Turf is harder, faster, & much less forgiving = many more injuries, and we know how this team does with injuries

    * History - would be pretty sad to go to turf, although you make great points to the contrary

    * If no one wants to maintain the sod, why's that going to change with turf?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    The stuff is alot harder MB. I've played flag the last couple years on the shredded tire artificial turf. Banged and swelled my knees quite a bit. But, there is no doubt it is much faster, easier to cut and dig in, change directions on routes, etc.

    The turf is way easier to maintain than sod.

    If I was Lovie and had this team with my balls on the line, I would have been on the field yesterday laying this shit down myself if I had to.

  • In reply to Crown:

    Crown, I don't even know when it's you posting. Where's Dennis the sexual assaulter? I miss that fat, angry rapist.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Danielle's agent is posturing for him to be the backup SS behind Harris, instead of the nickel back.

    http://www.chicagobreakingsports.com/2010/05/mannings-agent-danieal-wants-to-be-in-chicago.html

    I say, fine with me. Less PT and less money for Manning. he can still return kickoffs, he's good at that. I'm sure we can develop a nickel back from the class we have coming in.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    What a wuss.

    First it's "Start me. Pay me the big bucks. I am money."

    Then it's "Please don't let me go. Pleeease, no, I want to stay here. PLease, I've got kids, no, can I stay, huh?"

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Three prominent undrafted free agents that became prominent Bears players. It's a shame that fans for a team such as the Bears are left to star gaze hoping see a glimpse of light from beyond the milky way.

    http://www.chicagobears.com/news/ChalkTalkStory.asp?story_id=6762

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    No offense to Jay Hilgenberg or Tom Waddle, but MY pick of the top undrafteds, hands down, would be Rosey Taylor. I saw him play and, despite being on the smallish side, he was a DEALDY tackler with a nose for the football.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Off topic, but...

    Go Blackhawks! Put this series to bed, already!

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Yeah... and congrats to Vishy Anand for retaining his world championship in a nailbiting game 12.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Boom... just... boom.

    http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/1d15sB/sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/images/05/04/mcmahon-hef.jpg

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Oh MAN! THOSE were the days! I bet 5 minutes after that picture was snapped the 2 of them were doing playmates in tandem in the grotto. Splish-Splash!

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    100& Al, 100%.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Mac with a can of beer in one hand.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Does anyone have a better life than Hugh Hefner? The only way it could be better is if he owned the Bears.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Yes, I do.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Depends on your POV I guess.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Exactly, MB.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    How much of a tool is Chad Johnson? Yeah, that's your name, fool. And how desperate are the Bungles?

    http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/37090450/ns/sports-player_news/

    [Chad Ochocinco has dropped several hints via his Twitter account that Russell would sign with the Bengals. Tweeted Ocho: "Jamarcus Russell, you on twitter, if not its cool I'll see you in minicamp, ooops, did I just leak that info?" ESPN's Adam Schefter responded by saying the Bengals aren't the only team to have contacted Russell, and there are no plans for the quarterback to join any team's minicamp right now]

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Jebus, why in theee fuck would anyone want that fat, lazy, piece of shit on your team? I don't care if you want to try him at fucking nosetackle.

    Man people are dumb. Oh, sorry... as a Bears fan I guess I don't really have any right to call any other team's management dumb. That would be somewhat, if not completely, hypocritical.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    They want to win at all cost's MB. That's how it works when a team/coaching staff is desperate and lacking wisdom. At least we went the other way with our signing's which means there may be a shadow of wisdom still left in Halas Hall.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I'm so tired about talking about the left guard position. If they wanted to fix that they would have. I wonder if Manning asking Chicago to not get rid of him means someone else is coming in? Idk.. Atwoge? I know I know, I'm shooting for the stars..but Irish.. like Trac said.. Can they play? We have no clue.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Johnson is a product of his own press clippings.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Jeff, my questions to you (which maybe you can address in your next thread),(responses from the guys on this would be welcome too).

    How would you utilize the Forte / Taylor tandum? Who would you put in on 3rd and short situations at RB? Do you think Taylor will see more playing time that Forte? I would also like to get your take on how Martz will utilize our TE's.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Third and short - neither. I've been moaning about that for a while. Garret Wolfe is a waste of space on the roster. WE have two guys in Forte/Taylor who can take swings out of the backfield, nab screens etc. What does Wolfe give us? Jack shit. We need a freight train a la Michael Bush. Either that or we get Tofu involved more and use our full backs. Or make Henry Melton earn his pay and do the Fridge. There really is no arguing with momentum, especially if you bring on Manu and Lance Louis as your double-TE set.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    That's what I'm talking about. Our number 1 WR campaign has been launched, just hope the dude can walk the walk over the course of the upcoming season.

    http://www.chicagobreakingsports.com/2010/05/bears-eager-to-explore-aromashodus-ceiling.html

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Here is a good question. Where do we know for sure that we will be great at. We have question at the o-line, we have questions all over the defenseive side. Idk... the past few days I am begining to wonder if I am making myself believe that we are good or that we are actually that good.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I want to be the team that everyone is scared of again. We all look at our schedules and we pick our wins that we legitly know we can win. I want my team to be the team everyone is thinking"..hmm I don't know if we can beat the bears.. they cutler, forte, taylor, urlacher, harris, peppers, tillman, and that Knox and Aroumashado looked really good last year. That is going to be a tough team." DO you really think we are that type of team yet? I want to say yes, you have to be scared because our defense is the hammer and your team is the nail, My team's offense is so good that they make up Chuck Norris Statements about him being scared of Cutler's arm and our running back tandem. I guess, I need to drink so koolaid. Can we be the team that puts fear into others?

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    If we emptied out our pockets would we have enough to hire Mike Brown?

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Gentlemen, good news (I think)! From what I've been reading over on a certain blog about a certain city with high velocity airflow (based on CBSSports and UNLV websites) the left guard position could be solid. Definitely worth a read. Rearrange the letters GCW. In short :

    Josh Beekman:

    Prototypical center. Explosive. Excellent technique in small spaces. Smart, good at breaking down film. Keen vision. High motor, plays with heart on sleeve. Extremely physical. Good initial explosion. Good hands, exceptional hand punch. A mauler. Has never allowed a sack in three years. Shorter than ideal. Doesn't have the speed to pull wide well and make blocks downfield. Doesn't work too well in space.
    Ideal pass pro LG.

    Unlike ...

    Lance Louis :

    Athletic and fast. Good lateral movement, pulls wide well and excellent downfield blocker, regularly makes multiple blocks 30-40 yards downfield and more often than not puts people on the ground. Mean streak. Solid pass protector with good punch. Under-rated upper body strength. Negatives are inexperience and over-extends/reaches, ending up on the ground sometimes. Ideal run-blocker.

    John Asiata:

    He's huge. Very raw. Has only played American Football for 5 years (he's a Kiwi). In 2008 started 12 games (1 at RT the rest at LG). Did not allow a sack, racked up 34 knockdowns. Honours student. Quick learner

    Kevin Shaeffer:

    Dominant LT, played at nearly all-pro level for Falcons, released because of cap. Tall for a guard - 6'5 - no experience at left guard. Doesn't bend well. Technique only passable. Not fast. Above average size and physicality. Good run blocker/mauler.

    J'Marcus Webb:

    Hmm. Questionable intelligence and dubious work ethic. A 6'8 guard? Eh ... chipped Mike Tice's tooth.

    Based on all of that, perhaps we should have Beekman at center, Louis at LG, with Asiata backing up Louis and Kreutz backing up Beekman. I can't believe Frank Omelette can suddenly be a great RT after being a revolving doors at LG last year. Shaeffer's built like a tackle, maybe Asiata ciould back him up there too. How long will Lovie persist with Kreutz? Probably too long knowing Lovie. If we focus on Atogwe, then maybe playoff talk is justified. Don't forget Manu. God, if Tice coaches these boys up we may actually have a line if we 86 Kreutz and Omelette. What do you guys think? We still need a guard?

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    But can they play Irish, can they play?

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    They've already proved they can play. Let's find out if they can play NFL level! I get a good feeling about Louis and Asiata. And Louis has some receiving ability (although he'd only be eligible to do so on flea-flickers if he was a guard. Asiata at LG, Beekman at center and Louis at tackle? That way Louis could be tackle eligible and be very effective for us on traps. Shaeffer doesn't do either of those too well I would imagine. Or what about Asiata and Louis as the two guards, Beekman at Center, with Kreutz/ Garza as our dependable veteran backups? The real question is can Kreutz play? Garza? Omiyale? Do we continue to play old guys on the line until they literally fall apart? At what point does slowing up get you put on the bench?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Interesting (super excited to be on... the Rams?!?!? Really?!?!): http://www.turfshowtimes.com/2010/5/11/1467585/how-it-went-down-my-trade-to-the

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    sounds like some money talk. hell what are they going to spend it on? not all on sam bradford lol

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'm okay with injuries. That way we get to the really talented players on the roster. Ouch.

  • In reply to Crown:

    Will it create more jobs Crown?

  • In reply to Crown:

    http://www.fannation.com/truth_and_rumors/view/185151-time-for-turf-in-chicago?eref=sihp

  • In reply to Crown:

    Grass in Chicago doesn't make sense. Neither does Martz' offense in a bog. Synth-turf please.

  • here you go Trac: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/sports/100505/world-cup-sex-workers?page=0,0

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    So, could one say that this article is proof-positive that soccer truly is F**KED ?

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Ha! Well done Al.

    I would say at least a decent percentage of them will be.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Way to screw up the punchline... Them = fans

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    None moreso than the Irish team who won't be there because Thierry Henry cheated us out of a place in the finals. Le bastard. I'll only mention that a few more times.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    The hand of Gaul. THAT was an atrocity man. Total bullshit.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Yeah, everyone has aids in South Africa. Horrible epidemic and allot of people will come back from the world cup with more than they bargained for. Wouldn't go back there if you bought the ticket.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    What I meant was everyone in that profession.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    I waited to see what you actually meant... or to see if you were making fun of the press.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    :o)

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Let's examine the Cutler trade:

    We got Cutler, who I am not ready to call Jeff George II yet.

    Johnny Knox, a burner with sheer desire to be an impact player in the NFL, the will but perhaps not the size. Lots of speed.

    They got:

    Starting quarterback Kyle Orton, whose dog shit work ethic and complete lack of locker room presence is getting him rode out of Denver.

    Starting outside linebacker Robert Ayers, who looks to be a solid NFL LB.

    First-round receiver Demaryius Thomas, who is shaping up to be a starter.

    Third-round receiver Eric Decker, not seeming to amount to much, certainly not Knox.

    one-half of tight end Richard Quinn (Bears' draft pick plus one more to get him)

    and one-third of quarterback Tim Tebow (draft pick plus two more).

    Ayers played pretty well last year in a limited role as he learned a new system.

    Quinn is still with the team and is a blocking TE.

    The rookies have a chance to develop into solid NFL players.

    So after looking at the Broncos haul, it's possible that this trade could go down as Jerry's swan song unless Cutler gets some blocking and starts producing. It's why we will never see Marc Bulger in a Bears uniform. No matter how well he knows the Martz playbook. Because the moment he went in the game, even if it was for a Cutler injury, and looked decent out there - Jerry is a goner. And Jerry knows this, so he's gonna say Caleb Hanie is fine.

    Same reason Orton will never come back, Jerry would look a fool if he beat out Cutler or even just out-performed him.

    Jimmy Mac was right, this team is run by idiots, and until the mcCaskey family gets rid of the Bears, it's tough. I want to buy in, but none of this works for me on paper. The lack of inside guard acquisition is the work of morons.

    Oh, and look for Alex Brown to go to the Pro Bowl on the Saints this year.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Right there with you GP.

    I've said all along, the players may rise above this year and win despite our moronic leadership, but that still leaves us with moronic leadership. And I don't know about you guys, but one lucky ass season is not what I'm looking for from this franchise... it's been 25 fucking years since we're had a team that people have truly feared. I want a damn 5-10 year dynasty. It's our time, all of Chicago and all Bears fans around the world deserve it.

    Get rid of these idiots who know how to poorly spend shitloads of money, and clean house for William. We do that and we have a shot at a helluva lot more than luck.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Hmmm....

    NFL Network's Steve Wyche reports that restricted free agent FS O.J. Atogwe will not sign his tender with the Rams, meaning he'll become an unrestricted free agent on June 1.
    The Rams still hold exclusive negotiating rights with Atogwe until that point, but it appears he won't budge and is poised to leave St. Louis. Though Atogwe is coming off reconstructive shoulder surgery and a reported sports hernia, he will have plenty of suitors on the open market. The Rams do intend to meet with Atogwe later this month, perhaps to make him a long-term offer.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    And the Chicago Bears/Jerry angelo hasn't got a pot to piss in. The smart move, the winning move is to sign an NFL FS like Atogwe, not risk it that a rookie will jump in and suddenly know how to be a safety in the NFL and will be solid from game one. Just can't see that happening. If MW is that good then why did 74 picks go by before he was chosen?

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    +1

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Thought some of you guys would find this interesting. This is the actual draft board for the Cowboys this year. It is interesting that they had Major Wright slated to be the 14 pick of the 4th round.

    Most of their players were slotted real close to where they went.

    Hmmmmmmmm..........

    http://miamiherald.typepad.com/dolphins_in_depth/2010/05/round-11-sam-bradford2-gerald-mccoy3-ndamakong-suh4-russell-okung5-trent-williams6-eric-berry7-rolando-mcclain8-joe-h.html

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    According to that board, if we had reversed the Wright-Wooten picks, then we would have gotten it right.

    There is a lot of talk about Wooten being an impact RE. If so, he may well beat out Izzy over there and Izzy, who pretty much can rush from anywhere, should back Peppers up at LE.

    I hope to see Puppet Sauce (my new name for Marinara) use Peppers like Carolina did, you don't know if he's lining up at LE or RE. Wooten also can switch rush. So can Anderson. That can cause problems. Expect to see the stunt be a big part of what Puppet Sauce has cooked up.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I'm going to say Decker and DT will be studs, I was hoping we'd draft Decker ...

    Martz thinks Hanie is good. If we signed Bulger then we'd have to 86 both Bassanez and Hanie, assuming they're not going to cut the flower they just drafted. I wouldn't pull the trigger on Hanie or that was just a huge waste of time, if not money.

  • I don't know about theis Barnes kid, he reminds me of a slower version of Knox.

  • In reply to RogerMinton:

    He was a finalist For Biletnikoff Award...steal of the undrafted??

    http://www.bgsufalcons.com/news/2009/11/23/FB_1123094442.aspx

  • In reply to RogerMinton:

    +1

    But then again, if we read Tom Waddle's scouting report would we have given him a spot on the team.

  • Dude! You're a maths lecturer?! Aw man! That must suck! Only one kid in the class cares what you're doing. I taught English for four years, I feel you, I feel you.

  • Thanks Trac and Doc. Appreciate it gents.

    We have a 14 month old princess and we're just over 3 months along with our new one. Hoping for a boy this time... well, healthy first, then boy. If not, oh well... I'll just have to buy another big ass shotgun.

    NOT looking forward to the teen years when I have to deal with that shit. I was 15 once and I am terrified of what I already know. I think we

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