In Defense of Brian Urlacher

First, somehow I knew Brian Urlacher's criticism of Gale Sayers' comments would have legs and the national attention being paid is proof of just that.  Second, I am the last person on earth most expect to come to the defense of Urlacher - a player who has worn out his welcome with me since the Super Bowl campaign of 2006.  But, you know, I'm doing just that.

The Bears of yesteryear need to shut their mouths.  Ditka.  Butkus.  Sayers.  Hampton.  All of them.  Collectively they need to find something better to do with their time.  I understand the rationale, believe me.  Mike Ditka is nobody when detached from his success with the Bears.  Sayers and Butkus know that if people aren't asking them about what's happening on Lake Shore Drive then people aren't asking them anything at all.  These are men whose identities are undeniably attached to the Chicago Bears organization.  It's not the notion of them commenting that bothers me.   It's how they comment.
Look at this dose of idiocy from Hampton:

"Ultimately, [the Bears] haven't been successful in three years. However you want to cut it, those are the facts. Gale Sayers just had the audacity to point it out."

The audacity to point out the team hasn't made the playoffs in three years?  Who hasn't pointed that out?  It doesn't take audacity to state facts, does it?  Are we going to applaud men for stating what any child could read off the Bears Wikipedia page?
What pissed Urlacher off?  It's simple.  A man who had ZERO team success in his albeit short playing career (ironically cut off by injury) wondering publicly if 54 was too old to rebound from injury.  Urlacher broke his wrist.  He didn't tear up his knee or struggle to get out of bed one morning.  Why shouldn't he go to bat for himself and the organization?  Why shouldn't he make it clear that just because you played well in a Bears uniform once doesn't give you the ever-ending critical pulpit?  Nobody is happy with how the last three years have progressed for the Chicago Bears but that shouldn't mean the Bears of yesteryear have an open-ended ticket to bash the only reason anybody knows their names.
And let me add this.  Where the hell was Sayers in 2006?  Butkus?  I don't remember turning on the television in the two weeks leading up to the Super Bowl and seeing these guys praising the club for their wonderful run to a title game, do you?  You don't.  You know why?  Because that's not how these guys work.  And I'm glad someone finally had the nerve to call them out on it.  If you're looking for real audacity, Brian Urlacher showed that.  And he may have won me back as a fan. 

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  • winning cures all ills. Not much winning goin' on.

  • In reply to LALaw:

    Bingo!

  • In reply to LALaw:

    The only way CS (that's for you GP) is winning me back as a fan peoples

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Btw, I forgot to mention that women claiming to be fans for the bulleted reasons I

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB, how do you really feel? I'm so old almost nothing phases me anymore. I don't care if women like to hang with guys watching football. I love looking at them unless they're beasts. I don't mind stupid questions or any of that shit. I hate it when they act like know-it-all's and aren't.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Those were pretty much my exact points Canada (except the dumb questions WHILE a play is going down).

    ...I just tried to give you guys a bit to laugh at while giving them.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Thanks for the call out. I don't think CS has the staying power of Butter. I am banking on Puppet Sauce though, as that is inspired if i do say so myself. No off switch on genius, don't ya know.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    I get what you are saying about the last part of your comment. I hate watching girls talk about football. They don't what the hell they are talking about half the time.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Martz gives some excellent head to Jaybaby in that article but I am still very concerned about our O-Line, pretty concerned about our secondary and kinda concerned about our WR's.

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    Martz giving Jay Cutler head? Oh Jebus.

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    Lovie Dovie on the Defense in camp:
    ===================================

    "I'm excited,'' Smith said. "There's nothing to not like about what we did. Getting Brian (Urlacher) back at his position and seeing Brian and Lance (Briggs) back together, and Pisa Tinoisamoa also coming back. Then seeing Chris Harris back on the field and hearing his voice, along with seeing Julius Peppers. I see Tommie Harris in the best health he's been in. Mark Anderson ... seeing Zack Bowman continuing to make progress ... it kind of goes on and on. We like what we saw out there.''

    But watch out dopey receivers ....

    Dez Clark said : [Clark has had to learn six offenses in his dozen years in the league and he said this one, without a doubt, is the most challenging.]

    Calaeb Hanie said: [Backup quarterback Caleb Hanie estimates there are more than 1,000 plays in the playbook]

    Not good news when your receivers couldn't get clued in to Wrong Turner's 'playbook'.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Oh and if you think it sucks when you slip up at work, try being this guy. Scroll down and watch it actually happen.

    http://www.totalprosports.com/2010/05/21/you-will-never-see-a-more-disgusting-goring-than-this/

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Ditka is right on. Urlacher is way out of line here and Gayle Sayers was of the greatest football players of all time (until his knee was destroyed during a play 5 years in).

    It takes a team to win championships and unfortunately Sayers was on the bears when they were flat out terrible. He was so entertaining and so great that every single person in that era despite him being on terrible teams remembers him. His effort was unmatched against all odds. Urlacher is a disgrace in what he said about Sayers. Urlacher prove it on the field. I think Urlacher knows if Lovie gets fired and they dont make the playoffs the new coach will come in and ask why are we paying Urlacher all this money, adios)

    I have lost a ton of respect for Urlacher ( i removed his shady personal life from this for now)

  • In reply to robclements36:

    Sayers put down the team and we are ok with it. Urlacher did it and he is a horrible person for it?

  • In reply to robclements36:

    Hi Rob. Yeah, I guess it's pretty dumb to blame a running back for a team's lack of success when defense wins championships. Wally couldn't do it all by himself either (although he probably could have if you let him play free safety as well).

    Brian just isn't the sharpest knife in the drawer. Ask him what he thinks about something and he'll tell you exactly how he feels. No filters. No savvy. No ten second pause, no ability to say "No comment". But that's Brian, take a pop at him, he'll take a pop at you.

    I think (health permitting) he'll have a standout year and put the nightmare of Hillenmeyer in the Mike to rest. The line will stand out, how can it not? Izzy, Harrison, Adams, Harris and one Mr. Julius Peppers. A linebacking crew that would have been undisputed number one in the NFL had Jamar been kept and HH booted instead. With a front seven like we do, the hole at free safety won't be as glaring (but an un-touted rookie in the spot is slightly worrying). I say we'll all be lumping praise on a certain Mr. Urlacher this year, his yeatr of rest should have healed his body up nicely and there can be no excuses now. The window of opportunity is closing for this defense.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Well, there goes all my recruitment efforts to get the DBB female population up to 1. But the zero percentage of ladies on the board probably proves your point MB, something I've long suspected. They're Bears fans because their boyfriends/brothers/fathers are. Safety in numbers. I'll bet my organs :

    1. There are more people in the Hunter Hillenmeyer fan club than you'd think.

    2. There are ZERO straight men in that club.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Jeff while I see what you are saying, I am not in the camp. I think they need to all shut up to include BU, he needs to show it, the last time he was in the news was for his bullshit yahoo interviews and prior to that it was because of his holding out for more money for "outplaying" his contract, well now, whether it is injury induced or not he has underplayed his contract and the shutting up would be better until he starts being a force again.

    I am sure those other three were interviewd prior to our last playoff and SB run and had positive things to say, but what media source wants to make those interviews "have legs".

    The positive spin to me is that this off season controversy that is being blown out of porportion because there is virtually no other NFL news right now, is that it is good for our owners and JA to hear the discontent from the Bears alumni HOF's because maybe it will add some weight to them making better decisions towards making this team better. So far the HOF's didnt say anything we hadnt said on the blog, but us as fans havent gotten too far with our cries to the powers that be, maybe there comments will incur some action.

    Don't interpret this as me not being happy about some of the things that the Bears have done with getting Cutler, Peppers, Harris and some others, but there are other things I am not that happy with. Needing an actual D coordinator rather than Marinelli, needing depth at OL, potentially needing a #1 WR or safety, I don't know what is most important, Im not an expert, but my thoughts are kind of random.

    It's the wait and see approach.

    They all need to shut up, it's the off season, havent they learned anything about this kind of stuff.

    Go Bears!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Im with Hamp: "You can't have thin skin if you can't win. That's just the way it is. Buddy Ryan used to say 'We're not in the business of playing football, we're in the business of winning games." Stop getting into soap opera melodramas with geriatric Bears. All you should be worried about is playing in 16+ games.

    Completely agree with you MB. Don't like to talk much during games, especially to women who don't understand the game. Got in trouble during a Pats/Giants Superbowl party a couple years ago when I told the female hostess to make sure the crock pot was still warm when she asked why the ref through the yellow hanky.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    I usually do that blank stare thing Crowned, that way I can't really get in trouble for actively being a total dick... when it's pretty obvious that I am anyway.

    I mean, I don't go near my wife when she's watching desperate housewives or whatever other drivel (to me) she loves to ask a bunch of questions about it. Not only is it not cool, but I couldn't give a smaller fuck if I was a midget.

    Ps. This isn

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    she loves, (COMMA) to ask...

    Sorry, grammar-fart.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    The angry blank stare definitely works too. Or you could watch some dumb ass sex and the city or true blood and ask the name of every character. It's me dog. Got booted again for suggesting not to give women too many compliments. Check the end of last thread. Not about to get into an internet war with Chicagonow, but I feel like I'm being big brothered and I don't get it. The angry blank stare definitely works too.

    "I couldn't give a smaller fuck if I was a midget."
    Thank you sir, I can go on with my day now.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    CROOOOWN! This amounts to little more than a public witch hunt. Bastards. Their site sucks ass so they're cursed anyway.

    Stay strong and keep coming back my man.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    One more thing.. You put someone down long enough, they will come back at you with such a vengence and determination that you can't stop them. Urlacher should turn the other cheek but you know what, fuck that. It's been three long years of nothing but shit talking the bears.. nothing but shit. I am tired of it. I am glad, no fucking happy, that someone on the team currently, backed us up. MB you might kill me, Trac may shoot me, and Irish might disown me but I am happy to see someone on this team pissed off.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Only three years Artoo ...? Since that butt munch Charles Martin dumped Jimmy Mac to the ground it's been one big pile of poo! Thing is, we can't dump on Sayers when he pretty much reflected everything said on this board - although no-one really had a go at baby Jay. And no-one could blame Lac for biting back after being called out. I'd rather see the coach get pissed off. Mad Mac was a gunslinger too, but it was his fear of Ditka grabbing his facemask and getting an earful that kept him from losing it altogether. There just didn't seem to be anyone who tried to help Jay last year - it looked like he was all on his own. I wish we'd held onto Griese - he was an under-rated bigtime loss to this team.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I don't remeber reading about Martz being nice to his quarterbacks. If I rememeber correctly, they say he is just as stubborn as Jay Cutler. I'm pretty sure you will get your wish because I have a feeling Jay won't be able to talk his way out that. I understand Sayers was just answering some questions but damn.. Like I said.. you piss someone off long enough.. they will come back to kick your ass. I hope Sayers says something about Lovie.. hopefully we will see some emotion which is why I'm so glad Urlacher got mad in the first place..about time someone got pissed off.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    I agree Sayers and the others aren't doing much good by badmouthing the Bears, but I also think maybe it will carry more weight with the top brass. My problem with Urlacher is that the guy who seems to now be "defending" his team was himself bitching about them FROM A PARTY last year instead of from the SIDELINE, grabbing facemasks and slapping asses. Either stand with the team and fight alongside them, injured or not, or shut up! You can't have it both ways. I think he knows neither he nor the defense has done anything lately, and maybe the truth hurts. The best way to respond is to take it out on opponents with pads, not guys who are on social security.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    If you want to get technical, because Sayers and Butkus and Hampton and Ditka are part of the Bears fraternity they should have made their comments in house after this squabble between Butkus and Sayers erupted. Even Urlacher should have called up Sayers and addressed the comments. All of this bloviating is a direct result of no one being big enough to pick up the phone.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    this. this. more of this. although i see both positions, this should've been handled in-house. Gale, Dan, Dick, Mike, and the team should've got together at HH, hashed all this shit out behind closed doors, and let the shit ride on out. period.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    So I guess in Urlacher termonolgy, Dan Marino blows since he never won a championship and could NEVER say anything bad about the Dolphins.

  • In reply to RealityCheck:

    Its not really even about that Reality. Urlacher feels betrayed by players that know the game who he feels are piling on. If you can't trust family, who can you trust?

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    +1

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Do you think the Dolphins love Marino for putting up numbers? I bet if you ask any of those fans.. they wish they had a superbowl ring.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Just in case you forgot how loyal Urlacher is to his team and how he stands by their side no matter if they win or lose. Great team player.

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/302894-brian-urlacher-is-a-douche-bag

  • In reply to RealityCheck:

    +100

    Bottom line is Sayers comments required no rebuttle. Mike Brown would have said, we are not good right now and until we prove it on the field Sayers is right.

    That is leadership Brian. Take notes.

  • In reply to RealityCheck:

    Nice one shon.

    Irish, this one's for you... and the rest of ireland: http://www.irishcentral.com/sport/Pizza-Hut-offers-Irish-free-pizza-for-every-goal-scored-against-France-in-2010-World-Cup-94098069.html

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Wow, nice campaign. I hope it's a repeat of 2002 when they didn't score a goal after winning it all in the previous WC. Then again, part of me wants them to win so we can say "We were better than them!" It's sickening to go unbeaten in the qualifiers and still stay at home. C'est la vie!

  • In reply to RealityCheck:

    We always say things wrong when we are mad.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Sweet suit '85... that what you wear to work?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    You know it.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Ha! Nice.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    I was looking at some pics on Chicagobears.com, and I saw a pic.. that actually scared me. Just keep going till you get to Israel Idonije. One word, Beast.

    http://www.chicagobears.com/photos/index.asp?SECTION_ID=351

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    love the pics mang. I love this shit and i can't wait for the season. I'm telling you that the Defense is going to surprise some people with Peppers, Lach, Pisa and C.Harris back. Marcus Harrison with more time to stay in shape, Anthony Adams, Super Idonije, Briggsy, etc. I'm giddy just thinking about one of those guys fucking up Rodgers, Favre and Stafford. Bear down right fucking now. 2010 has just been put on notice and has been given a steak dinner by the Bears, now it's time for 2010 to get on its knees and sock it.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Nice to see Pisa out there, wonder how that knee feels.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Wow, check out the beer gut and jowls on Cutty. I guess that's allowed. Mac was the same.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Good post SD.

    This worries me:

    "Martz said he

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Thought the same thing MB. What really worried me was when Jay said this about our recievers " There the same guys, a little older, a little wiser, still a good group." That doesn't cut it for me.. that is a qb saying I still don't have anyone I can trust!!

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    ed zachary '85

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Jay is cool with a timing offense, but that still leaves our receivers. For a bunch o dudes who couldn't run basic routes after spending the majority of their life playing this game - that's got to be a major worry. For the love of the 8lb baby Jebus give T.O. a damn contract, it's not like the dude's legs fell off.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Was reading down the Bears ESPN Blog SD posted. Couple items that sound interesting/exciting

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    And Mannanauala is having surgery. They say all it is, is just the doctors cleaning out some stuff.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Not worried about Manu, guys a fucking earthmover and won't be doing corner routes into the endzone much... or needing to do precise timing routes for that matter.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Manu - that was the other dude. I don't like the way they say 'just cleaning up some stuff' like it ain't no thang. That's stuff that came off/from somewhere else.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'll take that and give you change for a dime dude.

    * If Tommie says he's better then I believe him (there's a whole commandment against lying). TH & Chili ? This line is a potential Tsunami, not quite '85 style, but a bunch of pussies are going to get seriously wet on gameday. Y'know, on the field that is .. in opposition uniforms.

    * Bennett AND somebody else had 'a little knee-cleaning' - who was the other be-atch? I found his route-running last year slightly offensive too, MB, glad we're on the same page. Natch.

    * Ditto on Roach. We 86'd Williams for NO good reason.

    Elsewhere on that ESPN page was Tice wagging about the line :

    http://sports.espn.go.com/chicago/nfl/news/story?id=5213341

    Now what's going on here : Kreutz either had an operation on his tendon, or he had a bone spur removed from his ankle, or both. Which is it? Either way, I'm glad to see Beekman getting the snaps at center and the noises about Louis at guard.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Moving Chris Harris to FS is typical Bears idiot coaching. Here's a guy who the Bears jacked around, mis-coached - then trade to Carolina - where he finds his spot in the NFL as a STRONG SAFETY, a position his agent makes a point of calling out when he comes back to Chicago. So what does Puppet Sauce do? What any 0-16 head coach would do, I guess: move him to free safety.

    It should be Harris at SS, Major Pain at FS. Let's see what the rook's got before we start conceding shit to Manning. Manning can back up Harris at SS. And Alfalfa or somebody can play behind Major Pain. If Pain turns out to have a dipshit IQ, and Urban Meyer put one over on Jerry Angelo, I want to see Brad Biggs or somebody go nuts in the papers right from the get go. Pain better be a starter.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Let Manning play nickleback. Period.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I totally understand your pov GP... my issue is that we still don't have a competent, proven FS back there at the most important spot in the d backfield. Harris is a vet, he can run and hits like a truck. He's a proven entity. You really think any of our other SS's would be better (like last year). And Major might be a bad ass back there, but we don't know yet. That's my thought.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    In fairness, there isn't really a distinction between the strong/free safety if they're playing cover two. People get hung up on FS/SS thing. Both safeties have their particular zone to cover. If the TE goes towards the 'free safety' then it's the 'FS''s job to cover him.

    And I don't see how the 7th rated safety in the draft can be pegged as a starter in a complex position for a rookie. I guarantee we redraft that position next year. And I guarantee we pick another doofus in the third/fourth round when we should have shored it up with a vet safety who's got a year left in him (Brown/Sharper), before using our first rounder on a stud we've got no question marks over. But what do I know, Jerry Angelo is the GM.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Has anyone seen Peanut at camp? Does anyone know if he can still sprint out, and how he looks? A collapsed lung is some hardcore shit to come back from.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Steltz really fucked up on that one. thanks Craig! Maybe this can be the hit that ultimately ends Peanuts career as a productive player. that would be special. steltz and payne. WHAT THEEEE FUCK.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Regarding his attempted assassination of Peanut - Steltz may actually have had a negative contribution for the Bears when his tenure as a Bear eventually ends. Which I hope is next week.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I read somewhere he is 100% now. I guess they had him lined up as the Weak side CB and moved Bowman to the Strong side temporarily.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    Btw.. Bowman didn't dissapoint either. He did good on that side.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    Something else I read a bout that was pretty funny.. Darryl Drake.. our reciever coach, said something particular funny.. He was telling his recievers that if they drift out their routes they are gonna get knocked out by their opponent.. and if they do it again.. he is gonna knock them out.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    How many time did Cutler set his feet, bring the ball up, then obviously check down or take the sack because his man wasn't there.

    More than anything, we need a tone at camp of receiver discipline. That playbook and the break audibles better be your life's blood. Hester and Knox better mutter in theor sleep when they check into the out or go route, when the safety leaves his zone before the snap. Cutler needs total confidence that his wideouts are making the snap corrections, he's a guy who is gonna wear it on his sleeve and I expect him to grab some jerseys and scream a few times up at 2 a days. As well he should, he's got 0 room for error when we are looking at fat tackles nobody wants to play guard and Kreutz leg muscles are sewn together with gramma's yarn for extra strength.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I don't think Kreutz deserves to retire gracefully, if he can't cut in game one, then bench his ass and hand over the keys to Beekman because this Limo's got Lombardi on the GPS. No free passes.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    We shoulda knocked out Daryl Drake along with Harry Hymen and Wrong Turner. Put 'em in the same Airlock.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Let's be real here... Urlacher is kind of a tool. But Sayers is a bitter guy who never has anything good to say. He wants to be treated like part of the Bears Family without acting like a part of the family. Can't have your cake and eat it too. Also, he has never had anything good to say about sweetness and that isn't right.

    Chicago Bears Hat Talk

  • In reply to emaugust:

    One year Gale Sayers said the bears were going to go like 2-14 one year and we went 12-4. Let's hope that everything he said this year happens in the opposite direction this time again.

  • In reply to emaugust:

    I hate reading about the bears on the nfl.com. Matt Forte should not be considered a fantasy pick or Greg Olsen. I think that they are totally wrong. I know everyone will be like they were right about Olsen but the first practice, they threw 50 percent of the passes to the tight ends. Olsen and Dez. Now come on, if that isn't a hint that Martz has some ideas.. Matt and Taylor will domintant. That is all I have to say about that.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Man did I get stung on Olsen last year. Breakout my ass. That's how I figured out his BS - I had him on about 8 teams and was watching his every fart. Apart from his TDs - absolutely ineffective. In fact, so were his TDs. But we're letting that boat float right ? Deep breaths.

    Ommmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I did to. I also got destoryed because guess who my starting qb was..Cutler. So, I'm more upset that they think Forte won't come back.. when in all honesty these two running backs are going to dominant.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Sticking to the no FB commentary line

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    TO spotted with Jay and Olsen Saturday night at Underground nightclub downtown..............He said he was here for other business.........I don't care, he's done.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    TO would be Rodman Pt. II. I think it might work out, actually. I would love to see his physical presence on the line at the No.1 instead of Hester, and Shabba can go to 2 and Knox in the slot. Rotate Hester in against that, and you've got something there.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    TO gotten for cheap may be an interesting concept. no one has really shown any interest in him and he doesn't want to retire so....
    maybe? possibly? Is he worth throwing a million at for this season? will he want to learn the playbook? thoughts to ponder as i try to avoid doing any actual real work today.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    I understand Irish' comment that - at the end of the day - Major Pain is still a 3rd rounder and we'll probably draft another safety next year. But if it's gonna be Manning and Harris back there, then Pain should be able to relegate Anti-Plank Weapon to special teams and pair up with Bullocks.

    And if Bullocks/Anti-Plank is the projected 2nd string, does that mean Alfalfa is officially a bust-out in the Kay-Payne mold?

  • In reply to Crowned:

    I'm just pretty confident in Jay's rifle and that he can throw it to a spot. My concern is if he can do it while running from a jail break of angry Defensive guys trying to decapitate him and if anyone wearing our jerseys will be in said spot when the ball arrives. And Dez being confused made me shudder. How are the other guys doing in picking up the 1000 plays and variations of them? My kinda concerned for WR's just went to pretty concerned. Martz will have us launching that ball all around the field. Hopefully we'll be the ones catching it. Too late for a vet WR? Anyone? You know, just in case.

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    I have no worries about Jay hitting the spot, but major worries about no Bear receiver being there when it arrives. T.O. doesn't need to be Usain Bolt to help us in a major way. His sheer size and experience gives us new dimensions at WR. Do it. What can we lose? Rashied Davis? Lazyarse?

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Another "tempest in a teapot" as far as I am concerned.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    For real? Sweet. Who's the better blocker on running downs? Any one of our smurfs, or T.O.? Notice how I didn't even bother putting Olsen in there ...

  • In reply to emaugust:

    Welcome August, liking all the new posters on here, it was all getting a bit inbred on here ...

    Look at Sayers - man ain't gettin no trim, looks like he's on a day pass from the terminal ward. Is he too proud to go with a ho? Throw the man a bone.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I could have sworn reading that he already striped the ball at practice.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Yep. Peanut already stripped a ball at practice. He is good to go.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    They've been looking pretty hard for a corner. Might have been an idea to fucking draft one that's taller than the average receiver's kneecap. Again, what do I know. Jerry's the MAN!

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    +1. Moore looks fucking tiny. He's done on jump balls.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Don't forget baby Jay with his laser beams to Shabba. Chester the Bear in behind Manu. Peanut strippity strip. Lac-itty Lac whackitty whack! Kellen D. Izzard the Wizard. Sporte Forte & Solid Gould. Bring it on already!

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Izzy be da man!

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    He looked pretty damn intimidating.. that is for sure.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Blackhawks!!

  • In reply to Joseph:

    Speaking of the Blackhawks, gotta love those Jersey's. One of my favorites in all of sports.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    Kinda surprising this comment by Sharper isn't coming from a Packer or Bear player. Man I miss the good ole days.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2010/05/22/darren-sharper-on-brett-favre-surgery-x-marks-the-spot/

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Couple Sat morning thoughts for you gents:

    * Mike Florio is such a douchebag, it hurts me to even read his tripe

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    +1. Agree about Florio. It's not even journalism.

    One year I pitched for a slow-pitch softball team that was made up of all rugby players from a local team. They needed a pitcher and I knew about 4-5 guys from before. I never had so much fun playing softball in my life (played for about 15 years). We were sponsored by a local tavern. You can guess the rest. Too much fun (if that's possible).

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Heres the problem with Urlachers argument. It's one thing to critisize Sayers for bashing the Bears publically given the fact that he is part of the fraternity and Brian felt sucker punched in a way but it was a bad move on Urlachers part to respond by calling into question Sayers play because the Bears never made the playoffs while Sayers was a Bear. Urlacher will never win that argument period and I'm sure he never thought for a moment that Butkus and Ditka would enter the fray. Hopefully this may be just one more reason for our Defense to suck it up and kick some GB and MN ass come fall.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I totally agree with the last part. I have been trying to watch Basketball and baseball.. itsn't working. IF we have a lockout next year.. I don't konw if I can handle it Mb.. I don't know..

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    The movie The Replacements was on last night with fucking Neo the douche.

    I think if it happens and there's nothing we can do... I think it would be kinda entertaining to see scrubs play. A waste of a year, yes... but if there's nothing we can do.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    We might actually make the playoffs with scrubs ...

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Ah yes, took your inspiration and watched Invictus again, MB. If only we could get Mandela to coach the Bears. That's really where Lovie fails - he may be a nice guy an' all, but he can't make players achieve more than they think they can. He didn't walk in like Ditka on day one and say "If you walk with me, we're going to the superbowl, not everyone here will be going though ..." - Lovie walked in and said "My priority is to beat Green Bay." Doh! Your knee's the limit, eh?

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    why give them bulletin material when it's not needed. now when the season starts....different story.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    I just hope this puts a bug in Urlacher's, and all of the players ass and they play inspired football like we know they can. show those old farts what they are made of!!! Lets give some constructive criticism, quit kicking them while they are down.
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!! GO BEARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Hey Jeff you see this Kevin Seifert quote today in reference to teh Sayers vs Urlacher thing:

    "It's one thing for a group of fans or some two-bit blogger to analyze the team."

    Two-bit blogger? Is this a shot across the bow or what?

    Fuck Your Minnesota team KS and your Williams sisters, how much tax payers money is being wasted on that case that is going to take how many more years to just make a fucking decision on it and move on. What a load of bullshit.

    Woosaa

  • In reply to shonbear:

    +1. Not sure about the 2-bit blogger insult. KS is definitely a homer for the BiQueens. You know the Williams Sisters will milk this until they both are retired. Tubby (Pat) is 37. Not sure about the other sister but she's definitely in the early to mid-30's.

    I hate the Queens and their fans way more than any other franchise. Their fans are a bunch of boasting, arrogant, morons that turn into whiny girls when everything doesn't go 100% their way. I respect most Packer fans and feel sorry for Lions fans.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    +1
    At least the Packers have won stuff! Lots of stuff. Respecting them is a bridge too far though. I respect Detroit's fans for going through life silently, taking it on the chin, up the ass, any way they can. For a long time. Just like the Raiders (but at least they have glory days to look back on - hey wait, are we becoming the Raiders?)

  • In reply to shonbear:

    I notice that too. .I think he is sucking Vickings dick.. seriously .. he always.. always puts down the bears. He never can say anything postive.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Same with Don Banks. Both those fucking guys live in minny. How the hell can you report objectively when you're obviously a fan of one team. Those two can chupa mi verga. Assholes.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    "X marks the spot". I like it.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    BTW....What's understood, ain't got to be said.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    BOYS!!!!! How are ya? as my previous post..."Are we there yet"? wake me up!!!!

    .....and as for all this shit about who said what and she slapped my ass...PLEASE!!!
    All I know is if this pisses off BU and the rest of the team..I LOVE IT!!!!

    IT IS TIME TO PLAY ANGRY AND BACK TO SMASHMOUTH FOOTBALL!!! WB anyone?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGPYYnA6UD8

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Lobo. How was candy mountain lad?

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    LOBO !!

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    there's a reason why i bought Matty's jersey first:

    http://blogs.suntimes.com/bears/2010/05/forte_driven_to_get_back_on_to.html

    Bears running back Matt Forte feels great, and he isn't bothered by the addition of veteran Chester Taylor.

    "He's an easy guy to get along with," Forte said of Taylor, formerly of the Minnesota Vikings. "He's real cool. We're here to help each other out. This is a team. We both play for the Bears.

    "It's not me versus the Chester."

    Forte, though, is just optimistic because he feels healthy after persevering through all 16 games in 2009, despite hamstring and knee injuries.

    "I feel a lot better," said Forte, who took the early snaps with the first-stringers. "I did some speed training, to get my burst back."

    Forte admitted it "was tough" to hear all the criticism last season, when his numbers dipped from a very good rookie campaign.

    "But you let it go in one ear and out the other," he said. "I got to go out there and work to try and get back on top."

    he just shuts his mouth, takes the licks, and uses it as motivation. he's quickly becoming my fav. NFL player.

  • In reply to RealityCheck:

    Sayers isn't making a living off the Bears. He's an intelligent man who's made his way quite nicely in this world. He didn't call up some media foof and spout off. Somebody at a banquet asked him about the team. He did what he always does, gave his honest opinion. The media got a hold of it and it was on.

    #54 is a talented dumbass with a shitty personality. He feels threatened by not being the BMOC and can't take ANY criticism. Let's be honest here. Can any of you picture Gale giving a bimbo a piggy back ride in a Las Vegas casino and then have her sitting in the VIP section at the next game wearing his jersey? I knew when #54 did that with Paris Hilton he was not the sharpest knife in the drawer. Then he tried to become the father of our country knocking up gold diggers. DUH!

    I really don't care about any of this crap. I just want the players to leave it all on the field and win.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    AMEN Canada

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Urlacher ... with Paris Hilton ? Please tell me that's a joke.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    You know what Jeff, I was just about to get on here and say the same damn thing. I was sitting here thinking..wtf and I got on to leave a comment and you write a blog about it. Bravo.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    The rest of us covered it on the last thread ! We're ahead of our own blog ...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Damn.. I guess MB is right when he blames the technology on this website. lol

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I guess I'm lucky I get to watch football on my own. Especially for Bear games. No interruptions. Doesn't stop me shouting at the TV though. Last season's chief BP raisers were : 1. Omelette 2. I've no Pace 3. Girl Olsen. 4. Hattie Hillenmeyer.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'm not a Sayers fan, don't care for the man. He gets paid to comment. Hampton gets paid for his opinion, Butkus mostly stays away from the game. Jeff, apparently you don't know much about Chicago or those guys. They are successful without the Bears, granted they owe most of their success to the team but aren't dependent on it. I take the most offense to you calling out Hampton. Urlacher can't carry his jock! Here's a guy who has knee surgery on Monday and plays Sunday. He never took a play off(pay attention Tommie) The guy is a winner in every sense of the word. If he smells shit I'm fine with him telling me he smells it. Last, I dont know how Urlacher can win you back as a fan by having a pissing match with Sayers. URLACHER JUST PLAY AND PLAY WELL! That's how he will win his fan base back. Shut up and play, and when you make the Hall of Fame and develop a personality and dont come off as an asshole who can't keep his dick in his pants, Then YOU can comment on the state of the team.

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    preach it Murph (and chico) preach it baby!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Thats it I'm done now, preachin to the choir. I can't wait for camp and the pre season. We can then see who the play makers are, and who the pretenders are.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Longtime lurker here and I'm late coming to this post. Full disclosure: I'm a girl -- a.k.a. "fake football fan." Sorry to disrupt the alphamaleness, but Jeff's a good writer and I usually need a break from the Suntimes and Trib folks.

    Regarding your list of stereotypes:

    "It

  • I think you are 110% right, Jeff. Where were those men during the NFC Championship run? No. Where.

    I'm behind Urlacher on this one. Gale, Mike, Dan, and Dick; shut the hell up unless you have something constructive to add. Urlacher is 32 and coming off injury...oh really? I hadn't realized that. Thank you Mr. Sayers for brining that to the attention of Da Bears Blog and its readers.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    Where they should be Ghost. In the background not stealing the teams thunder.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    Ghost!!! How did you fend off the vicious late night assault at your front door that #16 planned for you? I know he had duck tape, twine, wine coolers and old issues of Pro Football Weekly on tape...you know, the ones where Arkush looks like a pedophile. I thought you were toast.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Thanks Johnny. There just wasn't much for me to comment on since the Julius Peppers/Chet Taylor signings. Also, you hear old folks talk about how once they retired they were busier than when they worked. I didn't believe it until I retired. Damn.

    Better than being dead!

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    How about it Ghost. I tell people I don't know where I found time TO work.

  • Good point about Walter! Share your passion about football. Hope the entire he said, she said routine is finished.

  • Payton played in an era when the love of the game came first. I seem to remember him talking about never quiting and doing his talking on the field with his pads and helmet on. Urlacher should do the same.

  • good stuff Sd.

  • "Asked what fans can expect of Chicago's offense in 2010, Martz explained that spectators should arrive early, because any play could go for a touchdown."

    Fuck you for wasting our time Ron.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Ron Turner. What a gimp. I automatically feel better about the upcoming season whenever I remember that shazbat used to call our offense. Jebus, Mary & Joseph.

  • I know doc, I was being a bit pedantic. I just hate women (or men for that matter), who feel they need to act like they know FB when they just like the 'scene'. Which again, is totally cool, just stop trying so hard.

    And Doc, you so nailed it man. This is what it's all about:

    "Two a days, the smell of the grass in your nose. The smell and taste of sweat and pain. Pure exhaustion while some dick head yells in your ear. Up-downs, 240's, bear crawls. The taste of victory and the agonizing pain of defeat. I still FEEL it when I smell freshly cut grass. The feeling in the air during a brisk day in the fall."

    I swear, I still get butterflies in my stomach when I smell freshly cut grass in the early morning. 'I love the smell of football in the morning'. And you just summed up the feeling of FB... it doesn't matter what level you've played at... just that you've played.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    You remember when you were fucking hot as hell as you took off your helmet and when you got a chance for water.. you didn't just drink it.. you put all over yourself like you were in a pool.. just to cool off. And then when you knocked the shit out of someone the sound of everyone and I mean everyone going.. whoo ohhh .. I am about ten seconds from trying out for my college football team.. Think the bears need a tight end? lol

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    My first year at college it was 102 degrees the first day of pads at camp (of course it was overcast and 75 the whole week before). We were doing stretches stomach down, and the grass was literally breathing hot air into your face, so much so that my eyes started to water. Man, that was a fucking wake up call. Playing ball in San Diego, at costal schools didn't prepare me much. Remember just wanting to gulp down as much Gatorade as you could as fast as you could... but you knew you couldn't or you'd puke on the next play, or next 110 or up-down? And even though you knew it would give you terrible cottonmouth, you couldn't resist it's sweet, refreshing siren song?

    And the last day of summer for you and your boys was a moth before anyone else? Man, thems were the days.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Fuck yeah on the gatorade.. give fucking water because I could only drink gatorade after games lol

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Trust me Artoo, you'll be glad you tried out twenty years from now, this is no rehearsal. Don't be one of those old dudes that get caught sayin' "If only I'd ..."

    Remember Walter's message about Winners. Winning doesn't matter, just as long as you tried your best and you couldn't give any more. That's a winner. Do it. Go for it. And never die easy.

  • THat means he would have been blowing past Chris Williams. Let's hope Williams stayed away from the krispy kremes in the offseason.

  • I know this is a shocker coming from me cause I usually don't give a shit, but way to go Hawks! Looks like they're going to win it man... is that a sign that it's Chi-town's year (yeah, I know, but the cubbies don't count)?

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/hockey/nhl/gameflash/2010/05/23/26698_recap.html?eref=sihp

  • Freshly cut grass. My favourite smell in the whole world. The smell of youth. Bringin' tears to my beady little eyes Doc. Not about havin' babies. Frag that. Football. Playing football. Nobody was cutting our grass mind you. The weather sucked 90% of the time. Exercising til you puked. Numb fingers. Sprained fingers. Having to tackle the Jonah Lomu on your team. I'd like to say feeling the team spirit, but there wasn't one really - it was defense-spirit, and frag the offense. Win with your brothers, lose with your brothers, all personal differences irrelevant. Sharing the joy and the pain as one. Imagine not having felt that in your life, no matter what the level.

  • Walter wouldn't have had a go at anyone like Sayers did - he wouldn't have made it personal. But then Walter was pure class. Last season wasn't Cutler's fault, or Forte's fault, or Urlacher's fault. Sayers didn't even have the balls to lay it where it belonged. Shit drips downwards. Wally would just have said something positive to help the current team and left it at that without pointing fingers.

  • In fairness to Williams, he shut down the Minnesota Cracker. If he had a little trouble in practice with the best end in football, then that's cool, he won't be meeting him in the NFL. Whoo-hooh!

  • Don't watch college ball. But from what I've seen of NFL ball Doc, a lot of those guys don't understand their own level either. Glad to hear that Martz hasn't met a guy as intelligent as Cutler -which is why I can't help wondering what the fuck the purpose of Shane Day is.

  • Nice to see the guy we passed Eric Olsen over for is setting camp alight ...

    Martz on Pepe :

  • Did you cry at the end like I did Irish? hahahahaha.

    Exactly. That's my new thing, either another coach like Mike who screams and spits and fucking grabs and shakes facemasks... or Nelson Fucking Mandela himself. No one else will do for this team.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Tears were shed, MB. I'm not saying where, mostly because I can't remember. Aging is such sweet sorrow ...

  • I wonder if these guys know anyone in the middle east. Hmmmm.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2010/05/24/three-men-arrested-trying-to-break-into-heinz-field/

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Don't think so Trac, their names sound irish to me.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Oh and Irish, the huge Samoan was fucking 6'4' 275... and could run. Springboks fucked him up though. Amantla!

    Trac, now, I'm not racist, but Jebus Christo... I am ALLLLLL for shaking down any middle eastern fellows that are doing ANYTHING suspicious these days. If they are acting the funky chicken and they have a unibrow... check zier papers! I mean, it

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Unfortunately the media and the Prez himself have done such a good job browbeating rational thinking Americans that we all seem to want to stress we aren't racist when using our common frikkin sense.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    it's not THIS prez, it's the American psyche in general trac. It's been getting stronger and stronger every year for a long time.

    It's to the point that people like Jesse fucking james feel the need to go on nat tv and apologize for shagging some tattooed freakshow... and go to sex rehab. It's just getting fucking ridiculous. Europe does it the right way. As an example

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    True, all of modern day presidents have kissed middle east tyrant's rear ends at one point in time in order to insure the flow of black gold. What a novel concept is would be to drill for our own.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Back to football, I think it's about time we implemented an offense that forces our players to study and improve. If they aren't smart enough to run a timing route and don't want to do the homework then get rid of the bums.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    +1

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Ok, so I'm not done yet...

    It

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I feel better now as well MB, thanks.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Glad I could help Trac.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    lol

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    It's a matter of perspective gentlemen. 190 countries in the world and 130 of them have U.S. military bases. One man, the president decides whether or not his country goes to war, or whether they use atomic weapons. They invade unilaterally and do not listen to the U.N. I have to tell you that it's not Arabs/Muslims who scare the shit out of me ... and I pretty much speak for the rest of the planet on that one. George W. Bush "You're either with us or you're against us."

    How do you think that sounds to the rest of the world when they hear that? We heard that seventy years ago ...

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I know some people will get mad with this statement but here goes.
    Muslims either have a full understanding of the Koran and the clear and specific teachings of murder, world domination and deception which is justified in the koran in order to move towards their goal of worldwide implementation of sharia law or they are willfully ignorant of islam's decree's and whether they know it or not, their money funds terrorism directly, so in my opinion they are also culpable. I say to the king of saudi arabia, "kiss my Jesus loving ass".

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Ironic that it was the Bushes who were kissing King of Saudi Arabia's ass until 9/11. Wasn't the crown Prince drinking tea with George W on 9/12 before boarding the only flight allowed in U.S. airspace that day?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I always thought the NFL frakked up in not recruiting Lomu. Remember it was an amateur sport back then. Although he could have played league if it was money he was after - perhaps he didn't want to be seen changing codes. I think he could have been Jim Brown plus. How do you tackle a 275lb RB who's running at speed and has moves?

    Re terrorists - where is the line drawn? The invasion of Iraq was by the miltiary's own definition a terrorist act. The unlawful use of violence for political gain, religious or other wise. The U.N. didn't sanction any action. Just sayin' ...

  • If these ragheads were targeting an NFL stadium do you think it would be racial profiling to ask them for their papers?

  • +1. I think our starting corners are one of the Bears strongest units. They need to find a little depth there if either of those guys gets hurt. The rook Moore looks so small he could play in pee-wee. If we get a solid pass rush, they will both look awesome.

  • Heard on the radio the first safety unit is Harris and Manning and 2nd unit is Bullocks and Steltz. I hope this changes by the time the season comes. I'm really done with the Daniella experiment on D. Give him a small role, but save him for returns. Great athlete but looks lost in coverage. Steltz was an absolutely great college player. Unfortunately, I don't think he's fast enough for the NFL. Bullocks is bulloks. I don't know how Volcano-lava got bumped down so far after playing solid as a starter the whole year. This is how Bears management and coaches screw players up. He wasn't unbelievable. He had lapses in coverage, but he is a good hitter and tackler, strong in the box against the run, and pretty good in coverage. So, Lovie starts the rook the whole season; he learns, grows, and is solid. And then puts him behind several back-ups that got little time on D last year. Way to wipe that positive experience and playing time away Lovie. I'd rather have Payne and lava than Steltz and Bullocks. Hope lava has a good camp and can move up.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    +1. Well said crown.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Peter King's whole thing on Martz: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/peter_king/05/23/mmqb/index.html?eref=sihp

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Whoa nelly, gotta get my waders on, the bullshit is risin' fast in the Windy city. "Cutler has no flaws."

    Long whistle. That's a doozy.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    His farts are perfume, he craps toothpaste, and it's no coincidence that his initials are JC. Just sayin ...

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