Three Must Happens in 2010

I was asked in a bar the other night what I believed the Bears needed to do to make the postseason.  I quickly rambled off a list of eight or nine things and spent the following morning attempting to put that drunken incoherence into a tangible column for you, my blog buddies. 

First, there is one rule.  Everything on the list needs to be a plausible improvement over something done last year.  (Arguing that Tommie Harris needs 12 sacks or Jay Cutler needs to go sixteen interception-less weeks are simply not going to get it done.)  That being said, here's my three.  Add yours below...

#1 Jay Cutler needs to reduce his interceptions by half.  What would you think of Cutler's 2009 season if it read 60.5%, 3,666 yards, 27-13 (as opposed to 27-26).  You know what you'd think?  It's the greatest single season performance at the position in the history of the organization.  Cutler needs to take his shots down the field but he simply needs to be more willing to toss the ball to the sideline when the offensive line forces him into uncomfortable situations.  Robbie Gould three-pointers have been sustaining the club for years.  They'll continue to do so.

#2 Reduce Opposing Rushing Percentage.  I was actually surprised when studying the Bears' defensive stats of a year ago.  They're bad but the league actually had much worse.  However, the Bears were tenth worst against the run and thirteenth worst against the pass.  You can do one of them poorly but if you do both poorly, you're just poor.  The Bears have been a successful defensive unit when they force opponents to be one-dimensional and the healthy trio of Urlacher, Briggs and Tinoisamoa must be charged with forcing opponents to throw, throw, throw.  What's this mean?  Take the 126.4 yards per game down to 106.4.

#3 Bears Must Develop a Deep Threat.  With the speed of Hester and Knox at wide receiver, the mismatches created with Olsen and the arm strength of Cutler, the Bears had no reason to be tied with five teams for 20th in passing plays over 40 yards.  (Seriously?  San Francisco beat us in long passing plays?)  If the Bears can make teams respect their ability to go deep down the field, the offense might finally be able to reach its potential.  This is why Mike Martz was hired.  6 passing plays of 40+ needs to hit double-digits.  

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  • First and still hungover.

  • 1. A healthy Forte with a dose of Chester Cheeto.

    2. Ballhawking play from the safety position.

    3. Giving Cutler time in the pocket to unleash the cannon.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    Jo, a healthy dose of CT and MF won't mean much if our oline doesn't improve.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Lets hope Manumallauna(sp) can help the ground game. He's been springing blocks for Tomlinson for the better part of his career.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    a

  • In reply to bman2382:

    Brilliant post!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Ha

  • In reply to Joseph:

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/ct-spt-0613-bears-matt-forte-pompei-c20100612,0,3930696.column

    "The new run-blocking scheme offensive line coach Mike Tice had implemented also should help Forte. Instead of having blockers step sideways first as they were instructed in the past, Tice has them driving forward off the ball, charging aggressively at the snap. "

    This year we'll be exploding forwards at the snap in an aggressive ...uh ... blocking fashion? Revolutionary stuff. What the hell was Harry Hymen getting them to move sideways for? Catch people off guard? Sweet baby Jane no wonder we couldn't run the ball last year.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    What were they doing at the end of the season Irish? Put the right players on the line and they won't have to do the Texas 2 step.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Here's a list of Bears players that made the Fantasy Football top 200 list. Surprisingly the best kick returner in the NFL did not make the list.

    Read it and weep gents:
    Matt Forte #25 RB
    Chester Taylor #36 RB
    Devin Aromashadu #34 WR
    Johnny Know #44 WR
    Jay Cutler #13 QB
    Greg Olsen #15 TE
    Robbie Gould #10 K

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    You missed one. With all of our upgrades and blockbuster free agent moves, the defense managed to squeeze in at #193 (ranked 10th in the league). We've gotta get the D back.

  • In reply to mottystone:

    We shall see Bear. Evidently nobody told the fella's at FF that Martz is our OC. Hmmmmm.

  • 1) If we don't greatly improve on defensive 3rd downs I will be very surprised. This to me will set the pace for both sides of the ball this year and it will be critical to our season if our defense stops bending over on 3rd downs.

    2) A healthy defense keeps the doctor away. No way our defense stinks it up like last year with a healthy squad.

    3) Solid play from our mystery O-line will set the pace for our offense. Even if we fail in this department and our defense remains healthy and improves on third down conversions we will be fine.

  • So what this all boils down to gents, if I may condense my top three to two or three words each, is similar to what trac just laid down:

    1. Solid O-line Play
    2. Stay Healthy
    3. Over Productive DBs

    ...in that order. And while I

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Yes to 1 & 2, AMEN to 3.

  • Oh, and here's our good friend Larry M. expounding on his favorites in mini camp... Irish, are you at all surprised that Rashid Davis is on his list?

    "I

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    "He reminds me a little of a young Muhsin Muhammad". Jebus. Talk about low expectations. And Iglesias might be big compared to you Larry, but he's still on Gargamel's hit list.

  • Sorry for SPAM cannoning you guys, but check this:

    "Police cleared all the players except the one accused. They said the cleared players are backup quarterback Matt Flynn, safety Khalil Jones, guard Josh Sitton, fullback Korey Hall, and linebackers Brad Jones and Clay Matthews."

    Damn, I listed two of the 6. No way the rapist is a starter... can't be. A back up DT is my call.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    It's the CB Underwood that is the perv in question MB.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    Yeah Joe. Meh... who cares. Would have been interesting if it was woodson or sitton or mathews.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    1st, wyche is a tool. 2nd, I think 27th is a bit much '85... since last year we were middle 'o the pack, and it's almost impossible for us to be worse than last year.

    But I don't think we'll be middle o the pack this year, we'll either explode... or implode.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    So.. either awesome or really bad? like 27th? lol

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    These guys aren't fans like we are and they can only envision this season based on last years performance. If I was a writer I wouldn't stick my neck out for the Bears either. Unless I was Jeff of course.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Hockey is to me as football is to chicks. I do like their Blackhawks jersey's though.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    +1

    I went to a fight once and a hockey game broke out.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Hockey gave us Slapshot and a fun Electronic Arts console game. I always got the impression once they took all those pads off they all look like Milhouse.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    How many of these 10 recommended items do you have?

    http://chicago.about.com/od/shoppingandbusiness/tp/ChicagoBearsFansGifts.htm

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    I'm not a materialistic man Trac. I have 2 boards, 2 bikes, some worn out cloths, a house and a car to my name... everything Bears I have, my wife bought me (birthday or holiday), so they aren't exactly what I would have purchased. I have:

    * A pair of Bears 'practice' sweats
    * A plain blue sideline cap with just the "C"

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Congrats on the baby boy news!

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    Thanks much Murph.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I have an Urlacher jersey, 3 Bears baseball caps and a Bears painter hat(flat top) from 1985 with the stitching starting to come apart. I wear it for playoff games and even though it hasn't seen a whole lotta use since the early 90's it won't last much longer.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Say what? Another rabid Bear Fan on the way ?

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Yeah man, remember... we're about 3 weeks apart... although unfortunately, your entry into the world of fatherhood will be much more traumatic. It should be fun though. Sleep now.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Congrats man!

    I'm told she's going to sleep downstairs to let me get some sleep, but that feels like cheating somehow? Is that like a trick offer and you're supposed to go 'thanks, but no thanks'? I'll be up in the small hours on game nights for sure.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    that was my number as well. 6'0 205lb free safety that loved playing like Chuck Cecil...until I broke my neck spearing a fullback in the chest.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Holy-sheite-muslim. Bad roll of the dice Johnny. Hope it doesn

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    no, i'm good, actually played a bit in college after that but after some serious mushroom induced introspection i figured i cheated a wheelchair once and shouldn't do it again. I think the kid that i hit actually died that night in a car accident so i actually came out on top. that is fucked up.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Wow.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Three must haves for 2010:

    1. Blogfather gets his own radio show on 670.
    2. Tice's coaching makes all the OLine shave heads, called the "Miracle on Lice" - 3 of them make Pro Bowl
    3. Ditka takes a big crap on Lovie in public.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    report violation.........with the exception of your first point, 2 and 3 are not plausible.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Hahahahaha... excellent. Especially #3.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Congrats MB!

    Laughed very hard about the jersey (no LOL's for me). I've got a stocking cap, a really crappy knockoff sweatshirt and a free ballcap that's way too tight. The stocking cap is from the '70's and the sweatshirt from the '80's.

    My nephew had my favorite article. A #51 heavyweight jersey with 3/4 sleeves. No name on the back (you don't need one with that number). Butkus was always my fave.

    I've toyed with the idea of buying a Cutler jersey but I can't seem to pull the trigger.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Jeff, even our fearless leader acknowledges that Cutler will throw allot of picks this year. It could be a rehash of last year, lets not forget that Cutler is having to learn a 3rd offense in as many years. I think it would be better to say that we hope our defense is twice as better because Cutler will not cut down on int's.

    Bears coach Lovie Smith on complementing with a Mike Martz offense: "We know offensively we may have a few turnovers. It's the defense's job to get it back."

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Doesn't seem like Martz is doing anything to cut down the INTs from his many comments. His quarterbacks tend to get killed too. Bringing us nicely onto the number one thing we need to improve on from last year, as Trac pointed out here - the offensive line. Last year was pa-thet-ique. Couldn't run it. Couldn't pass it. If we can keep Kreutz and Omelette away from the field we might be pleasantly surprised after 5 or 6 games. And dare I say it, Garza? Did I say that out loud? Louis, Beekman, Asiata as our middle three with Manu clearing twelve million dollar sized holes for Taylor, Forte and Bell. I'm pumped. I'd have a Sears tower sized hard-on if we had T.O. in the mix. Not to be. Jerry Angelo has decided tall, beastly receivers aren't really what football's about because he knows better.

    D-line is fixed. Better be for the 91 million dollars one part of it cost. The reason Brandon Marshall isn't a Bear. Ditto Atogwe. Justin Smiley. Alex Brown. Wale. Pick a dude, any dude. So if Tommie is fixed (why was he limited in camp?) we have absolutely nothing to worry about on the D-line, right? Which means our secondary has less to worry about, right?

    I think the lines will be better this year ... but tell me how a bunch of average smurf receivers helps us with timing patterns and stretching the field. No front office prozac is getting popped into my kool aid there boys.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Just #1. All I need, baby. And what's with sizes in America? Ordered an 'L' replica throwback, I get 'Really fkn huge' jersey. Ordered an 'M', got a 'Gigantic' jersey. For something I could actually wear I'd need to order 'newborn' I guess ...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    We have weight issues here Irish. Everything, including a lot of people, is/are supersized.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Way too many people are overweight to be sure. As if anyone cares, I am not one of them.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    I'll get em framed. They'll be the only decorations in the house. Two Walter Payton jerseys. When someone goes "you like Hockey?" ... there'll be a light slap to their head ... the DVD will go in ... here beginneth the lesson ... "His name was Walter..."

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    1 game away baby! GO HAWKS!!

  • In reply to Joseph:

    that game was ridiculous. If they played half that well the last two games, they would already have the cup.

  • In reply to luftwaffle:

    Great game! Total beat down. Too bad they won't be winning the cup in front of the home crowd but oh well, that cup will finally be our since 1961.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    AND thay made a complete monkey out of that low-class doofus, Chris Pronger, who was on the ice for 5 goals against and in the 'sin bin' for a 6th! HA, HA, HAH!

    Still, I worry. So far the pattern is the same as it was vs. Montreal in '71.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    3 Must Happens...

    1. Less Cutler Int's
    2. Better 3rd and Long action for the D
    3. More frequent and better quality BJ's for DaCoach

    Bears85, couple questions...

    Are you having a seizure in your pic?
    Can I hire you and your superman costume for parties?

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Coach, I have to admit that I would be terrified to be the

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Fucking classic! That's why I read the blog and especially the comments. No offense, Jeff.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    lol... good shit

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    3 Things:

    1. D-line. My favorite dvr game from '09 was vs queens in the cold(obvious reasons). One thing that stands out to me in that game was Tommie blowing up their interior line, he, not Peppers is the X-factor of the '10 Bear defense. I've got a sneaking suspicion he does well(koolaid), but we've been burned emotionally and financially for 3 straight years by him(skepticism).

    2. I like the idea of Beekman sarting the season at center, hope he does and stays there. We could be fucked on the O-line but I'll sip a bit more and hope I'm surprised. Not sure how great Tice will be(coaching) but he certainly can be no worse at evaluating talent than Turner. Which I hope translates no Omelette at guard.

    3. Easy to say the obvious about Cutler's turnovers, but I think that may rely heavily on #2, which is not good. So I guess I'm going to go that route too. He coulda had 20 int's last year if the 6 you took away were ones he threw in the red zone or end zone, I'd be fine with that, playoffs...

    brrrsss

  • In reply to bnjrmyn:

    Hey Ben, welcome. Where is norcal?

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Thanx Trac, I'm in Oakland. Don't always post but read this site and you all's comments every day. Been doin so since '06 when I moved up here from AZ.
    Love me some brrsss football...

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Trac, regaurding your list of nono's.

    Agreed on all, especially #2, can't wait to see Aroma in the first game pick up where he left off last year.

    As for #3, this would only be okay if Peppers was suspended for having done both and it was all he did for the season, and it if it were the first time against each team.

    Also it would be nice for A-rod if some doctors could re-attach his head... would be good for us if it was to the body of a baboon or something.

    brrsss

  • In reply to bnjrmyn:

    Ben, crazy as this might seem, Shabba mightn't even be starting come week one. It was plain as day by the end of last season he was our #1 receiver - I have no questions about that guy, something I can't say about any of our other receivers. Lovie's weak point is team selection. Hester is the money man therefore he gets first spot. Knox is Angelo's
    golden boy and his perceived place amongst Bear receivers seems to be somewhat over-inflated. He's a second-year receiver who has some upside - fast, attempts blocks - but he was lost in space last year regarding his routes. That won't get any easier with up to a 1000 plays as opposed to last year's 500. Add to that the fact that it's a timing offense and the onus is on receivers to be smart and in the right place at the right time, and Shabba by all rights should have the first spot, or certainly the second. Hopefully when he does better in camp than the others there will be no question he gets more looks than Knox come the regular season. Here's hoping anyway. And I wonder even if we lost a receiver or two owuld Angelo have the balls to go after T.O.?

  • In reply to bnjrmyn:

    Came across this read MB, thought you might want to glance at it if you haven't already.

    http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/niners/notes.htm

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Great find, thanks for posting it Trac.

    I have to shamefully admit that I feel a lot like a jealous boyfriend watching his smoking hot ex in a skimpy getup hanging all over a group of cheesy douchebags at a club just a couple weeks after the break up.

    Sad for us, excited for Samurai and Mays. I really wish him the best in the NFL... I think he can revolutionize the SS position. Let's see if he can pull it off... just really wish it was for us.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    She sounds like a slut, MB. New pussy rules. Correct your flow of chi : Deep breaths, close one nostril, breathe in for 5, hold for 5, exhale for 5 ... and focus.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Any final thoughts on who BF#16 was ?

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Who cares, as long as that fucking trainwreck stays gone. Almost had to scratch my eyes out at the end there. Jebus Christo.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Oh shit, was that out loud?

    Whoops. Sorry...

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Because #16 would want it this way...

    LOL LOL LOL LOL

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Fucken Irish... it was you wasn't it. Damn it. Got me man.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    #16 had a personality that nobody could just fabricate. He was pretty consistent in his rants. Never really got on the guys case because if I recall, his profile said he's from Elgin, IL...well guess what, he and I live in the same town. I don't wanna wake up like Charlie the unicorn with my kidneys missing. There are some pretty fucked up people in this world. Last thing I want is to come up missing because I disagreed with some freak on a blog over who are #3 Tight End should be.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    Reading between the lines and crossing Elgin, Illinois off my bucket list Joseph. And yes, it would be disappointing if the last words you ever heard as you felt something cold go into your spine were "OLSEN was the KEY you ASSHOLE!"

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    you forgot the LOL LOL LOL

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I was gonna say it MB.. I seriously think someone pretended to be him. I also think he is still here only as a new name.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    85, Every once in a while I think a new name might be him. His writing style was "unique" and I don't know if it could have been made up, or hidden by using another name. If one of the regular guys was him, major props to that guy! Now we have to wait and see if Irish has conjured him up by invoking his name. "LOL"

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    Ha! You guys keep referring to what he did as 'writing' and 'style'...

    Ernesto Hemingway, Blake, Billy S, Hunter S, and many other writers are spinning in their graves as we speak.

    Ok, last time I even mention that dude again.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    BET

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    +1!
    If he was real, then he was real 'touched' or very heavily medicated ...

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    I think it was Noah, the other 'half' of DBB.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Get bent. It would have been smart having a go at myself though, and I'm not that smart.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    1. Everyone stays healthy and we do good.

    2. The o-line has to be better in everything. Run and Pass. We have the playmakers on offense we just need the oline to be dominate.

    3. Secodary finally plays better.

    We do all three. We win my friends..we win.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    I'll take baby steps with this team. Just as long as A_Rod and Favre get man-raped and carried off the field covered in bloody snot bubbles, it was a good season. And as long as Baby Jay continues his ascension to heaven, naturally.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Maybe he could lose some of that cherubic baby fat, look a little more Jim Harbaugh and a little less Jeff George.

    No bagels for Cutty!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Cherubic... Excellent.

    I was thinking he was starting to look a little like jim... belushi: http://gossip.whyfame.com/files/2010/03/jim_belushi.jpg

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Yeah, you see Cutler and Urlacher on the front page of the trib? Those boys look like they just got in from a three-day bender!

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    The only thing Jay needs is a coaching staff that understands the importance of an O-line and a high percentage passing game backed up by a strong running game. Sound familiar?

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Oh well huh trac? Maybe after this year.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I have got to get this off my chest. As much as I want our team to succeed this year, I can't stomach the Philosophy that this bunch of coaches are embracing. If they think we can win by shooting it out with Favre and Rogers by trying to score more points than the other guy it's gonna be a long season again. I really wish 2011 was here already because that's ultimately what we may be playing for.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    As Doc says.... Ed Zachary. +1

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    UFC 115 coming up this weekend for those of you who care. Here's Josh Gross's (another fucking John Clayton) rambling podcast of bullshit if you care to listen (skip the first 5-8 minutes and get to the liddel interview: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/podcasts/josh_gross/listenlive.player.html?file=http://ht.cdn.turner.com/si/joshgross/audio/2010/06/08/gpb-ep51-060810.mp3

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    John Clayton! DON'T get me started, MB!

    King of pseudo-"insiders".

    If you have to HIDE your ponytail when you're on the air John, maybe you shouldn't have one you ignorant little weasel.

    Go Blackhawks!

    We do NOT want to see a game 7!

    And keep laying the wood to the butt-wipe, Chris Pronger!

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    If the Blackhawks win, I'm going to flip a car over. There's a chance Brett Favre may be inside.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    Hahahahaha...

    +100. Brilliant Joe.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    Man, it's been a long time since I flipped a car over. Or moved a parked vehicle on a narrow road so that it's sideways blocking the road and they can't reverse out of it. Alcohol should be banned.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Actually, Al... I'd love to hear a JC rant from you. Have at it.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Nice little nugget on Martz:

    http://blogs.rotoworld.com/Fantasy_Football/2010/06/martz_math.php

  • In reply to Joseph:

    Very strong argument for Martz Joseph. I am encouraged.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    They should have given a projection for the Bears on that. According to the data they gave (and my tenuous grasp of arithmetic) I predict Cutler will make 578 attempts for 4573 yards and 41 touchdowns. Which would be pretty good I guess.

  • In reply to luftwaffle:

    I'm going to go with a more SuperFans assessment, Nag. Cutler will be the first QB from a certain city to break the 700 att /6000 yard passing barrier for a season, with all 60 TDs converted by 2 point passes to a somersaulting Kellen Davis in the corner of the endzone. NFL rules will be changed to allow Cutler to throw the ball to the oppositon instead of standard kickoffs. Not one of his 'throw-offs' will ever be returned as he launches every ball out of the stadium. Millions of dollars will raised for Diabetes research as the legendary balls are all auctioned off on Ebay to rich pornstars who want to be Jay.

    The Bears win the superbowl as the first superbowl to ever be forfeited due to the Miami Dolphins pulling a no-show. The Bears undefeated season and technical superbowl victory ensure their legend as the greatest team in sports history, and the game of American Football is retired as everyone agrees you can't beat perfection.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    sounds great, but I would be heartbroken if the Bears brought about the end of football.

  • In reply to luftwaffle:

    oh... I almost forgot. you didn't mention the 23 probowlers on the team or the fact that Tim Shaw would be league MVP because of his 958 special teams tackles.

  • In reply to luftwaffle:

    Hardly worth mentioning Nag, the NFL only allows a maximum of 23 pro bowlers per team in any given year. McMahon rests all the starters for the season by week 10 when voting stops by default. McMahon takes over at QB for the remainder of the season playing both ways. His 40 TDs and 39 interceptions is overshadowed when he body slams Aaron Rodgers after a play was ruled dead ending his career. Rodgers outs himself after the game. Tim Shaw beats Cutler out for ST MVP by just two assists ...

  • In reply to luftwaffle:

    Oh there'll be like a league where you can still watch football, but professional football as we know it will have peaked at an unsurpassable level and there will be a national acceptance that there's just no point in trying to emulate the 2010 Chicago Bears.

    The WHO and United Nations will jointly declare that the Bears are too dangerous to play against and pose a severe risk to the lives of their opponents. And Jay Cutler throws the ball too hard, placing the lives of his own receivers at risk. He is listed by Interpol as being a human firearm after Rashied Davis is found dead at the back of the endzone with a football-sized bullet hole in his chest after a 1st and goal playaction pass goes horribly wrong. Video replay shows that the cameras failed to capture the pass such was the velocity it was thrown at. Scientists speculate that Cutler's pass attempt broke the light barrier and actually went back in time where Walter Payton catches it in a 41-0 rout of the 49ers in the '84 playoffs. The NFL is finally disbanded when there is international uproar claiming that the Chicago Bears represent a flagrant disregard for the Nuclear Arms treaty.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/comment/12/2010/06/152d0e54eeb74bf19b4e93cda41b0dde/340x.jpg

  • In reply to gpldan:

    :o)

    Reminds, I have to see 'Next Friday' - never saw that ....

  • In reply to Joseph:

    I'll add my 3 cents:

    1. The defensive line - J. Peppers and Tommie are obvious choices but what about guys like Mark Anderson? Marcus Harrison? Izzy Idonije? Jarron Gilbert? How will these guys hold up on critical 3rd downs? Yeah I know, the Chicago secondary is the glaring weakness of the defense. The group doesn't exactly have depth in the talent department, so the quickest and most effective way to help out the secondary would seem to get after the QB and force a mistake. A turnover. The NFL has been able to manipulate the game in favor of offense because, well, fans love the deep ball. Which leads me to #2 (Could be #1) the pride of Santa Claus, IN.

    2. Jay Cutler - And Johnny Knox. And Earl Bennett. And Devin Hester.

    Jay Cutler has the tools to execute any play in the book. Which is good. Because Mike Martz has just about every play he's ever came up with at any point in his lifetime, even plays he has scribbled down in dark scorners of his "war room" after finishing off a bottle of cheap Chardonnay at 3:45am. Well...This can't be worse than Ron Turner or any other shitty unproven coordinator the Bears have previously hired. Which brings me to magic number #3 three (or should I should say 4?)

    3. The coaching staff (the good 'ol boys) - Lovie, Marinelli, Martz and Tice. Fuck. All four of these guys have been head coaches, but the guy with the most potential might actually just be special teams coordinator Dave Toub. The Bears are selling us these guys will actually turn this ship in the proper direction and get us to a playoff run. The problem is that Lovie has been veering off course. If he can relax his ego a bit and listen to some advice, change things up a bit and get creative, perhaps the good 'ol boys can get these guys in positions to make plays to win ballgames.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    C'mon nag. This is Da Bears Blog.

    80 TD's
    150 INT's
    8500 YD's
    700 Attemps

    The interceptions won't really hurt us because our D will have at least 300 take away's.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    I've got opposing offenses just punting the ball on first downs Trac, so as not to waste opportunities for their defense to do something and also avoiding risk of injury or death to any members of their offense. Devin Hester will set an NFL record by returning every KO/Punt for a TD whilst being the only member of special teams on the field. Special Teams are effectively retired by the Bears as not being necessary anymore. Cutler will take over punting and kickoff duties because he's that good and can tackle anybody. Hester occasionally comes on and helps out on coverage to stop him from getting lonely.

    By this stage, Jim McMahon is the President, GM and HC of the organization who agrees to the role after a mysterious Irish global lotto winner buys the Bears and builds a par 3 on either sideline and allows him to play barefoot. Bill Murray is made honorary part-owner and sideline cheerleader.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Too bad Jimmy Mac isn't the kinda guy to get into coaching. Would love to see him with a coaching gig. Plenty smart and would definitely be able to handle the problem child players.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    +1

    It would cut into his golf too much.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    My numbers were based on the improvements in passing offense to the rams, lions and 49's in Martz's first years as coordinator. On average the teams improved by an average of 1099 yards and 14 touchdowns.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=386631

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Gotta love Chicago fans. Ooooohraaaah.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    We pretty much ass raped the Carolina Panther Defense by signing their #1 sack leader in Peppers and their #1 turnover guy in Harris. These additions matched with Chester Cheeto, Manu, Martz, 2nd year Wr experience, Lovie not calling defensive plays, lower pressure on Cutler, Urlacher and Pisa healthy etc...

    All of these have to amount to a 3 game improvement right? Right?

  • In reply to Joseph:

    LMAOROTF.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqzQxMtmjn8

    Lets just hope we were doing the kissing Joseph and not the other way around.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    Blackhawks won the Cup. Good for them. Lets just hope we don't have to wait for the Cubs to win a trophy before the Bears do.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Way to go, BLACKHAWKS!

    Ahhh! Somewhere, the 'Hawks voice of my youth, Lloyd Pettit, is smiling!

    And yes, I WAS listening the night they won they LAST Stanley cup.

    Yo, Chris Pronger! You can HAVE the puck! Chicago has the Cup! Have nice summer, butt-wipe!

    For you non-hockey fans, the 'Hawks HAD the young talent but didn't gel until last season when they replaced a franchise legend, Denis Savard, with a BETTER COACH, Joel Quenville.

    Ergo...

    Attention BEARS' management:

    SEE the Blackhawks.

    STUDY the Blackhawks.

    IMITATE the Blackhawks and GET A BETTER COACH you hosers!

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    The Lord Stanley Cup finally comes home boys!!

    Albert, that must of been an amazing experience brother. The Cup is truly the hardest championship to win in all of sports.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sB-csuX0GBk

  • In reply to Joseph:

    Just for you Al..

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pe7wVr-eSg0

  • In reply to Joseph:

    LOL. Thanks, Joseph. I especially enjoy the shot where he has to rearrange his headgear.

    DING!

    I didn't realize how special '61 was. I was only about 8, and just figuring out hockey. Dad hadn't even taken us to our first live game yet. Besides, there were only SIX teams back then. Who'd of thunk it would take FORTY-NINE years to bring the cup back to Chicago?!
    Should have known. After all, THAT one was their first in TWENTY-THREE years! Of course, Montreal were the "Yankees of Hockey" back then and hogged up title after title

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    "Cup is the name, men. STANLEY Cup."

  • In reply to Joseph:

    ok (so that MB will finally be appeased), here's my 3:

    1) Offensive Line must be better than '09

    we all know that Jay Cutler has the arm & skillset to be a future MVP of this league. but half of those interceptions were because the offensive line was HORRID (let's face facts: Orlando Pace had to be the worst off-season acquisition i've seen the Bears make in a LONG time). in order for Cutty to do his thing, he's going to need time (especially in a timing offense). this is also key for the run game (the only RB i've ever seen that didn't need an O-Line was Barry Sanders and they STILL went 2-146 in his whole career. win in the trenches; win football games.

    2) The defense MUST get turnovers in BUNCHES

    I give this D a pass b/c it didn't have BU (say what you want, but he's the commander of that D). and mind you, in 08, we did go 9-7, 2nd in the division, and JUST missed out on the playoffs w/ him in there. With Julius Peppers in the mix, I expect the QB to catch hell (even if Tommie played like he did last season, the QB is going down....remember: he was being double-teamed the whole year). ppl think the D will be a problem, but i seriously think that Major Wright will beat out Manning for the FS spot, Chris Harris will go to SS, and all will be right with the world. (or maybe i just dreamt that and Lovie will screw it up)

    3) Coaching & Injuries CAN NOT FUCK WITH THIS TEAM!!!!

    I'm not so worried a/b Martz (or even Marinelli), but am REALLY worried a/b Lovie still making idiotic calls. don't get me wrong, i think Lovie is a decent coach, but he can be routinely out-coached in games (by my count, we lost 6 games by single digits....that there is coaching imo). the players can have the greatest offseason known to football, but if the coach doesn't put the right plays in to make them successful, it all will go to shit. hopefully, Lovie will just be a Head Coach and be more worried a/b getting the players ready for Sunday (and let the coordinators do their jobs). As for injuries, they single-handedly killed the Bears season last year (and we STILL went 7-9). idk gents, but that's promising to look forward to. now that Cutty & the receivers have had 1 full year to become acclimated w/ each other, Forte now has CT to spell some carries, Tice is now the OL coach, and other factors leading up to more experience w/ this group, i'm expecting big things.

    still thinking 10-6 (but could go as high as 12-4)

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    1) I seem to remember a certain running back from a certain windy city for whom an offensive line was an optional extra ...

    2) they can't double team Tommie AND Julius, and if they do, Izzy/Marcus ... your tables are ready.

    3) I'm still not gone on these receivers. And this is a timing offense. It could look like blazing saddles out there this year in that muck. If we can just find someone else to take care of clock management and red flag challenges then we could plant Lovie in the ground up to his neck and stick an apple in his mouth. He'd be there more as a mascot.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    lol cut me some slack....i was born in '86 and didn't really get to see WP, but from the film, dude didn't need shit but the ball. here's to you Mr. Payton

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    http://www.chicagobreakingsports.com/2010/06/bears-peppers-already-learning-from-marinelli.html

    Praise from the best - we have yet to show the rest of the NFL the fruits of the Rod Marinelli tree.

    And the Shaeffer experiment at RG is finally over. Why it began is anyone's guess.

    http://www.chicagobreakingsports.com/2010/06/shaffer-out-of-bears-guard-mix.html

    When do we get the articles for 'Lovie admits Webb is a bum' and 'Angelo admits he was on drugs when he signed Lefevour...'

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Irish is jacking Puppet Sauce? My eyes deceive...

    The Juice will acquit! Himself! At camp, that is...

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Nah brah, straight up. Peppers fan. Marinelli fan. And TH will be back. That D-line will be a shining light this year.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Priceless. Scroll down for the Tommie Harris sauce picture.

    http://www.windycitygridiron.com/2010/6/9/1505143/chicago-bears-pass-rush-how-does#storyjump

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Getting back to the blog. Jeff - you were asked what what the Bears needed to do to make the post-season ? Didn't the offensive line and porous secondary pop into your head at any stage? One and two on the list my man. Deep threats we already have in abundance.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Thank you FQ. You may return to your seat now.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    It will be interesting to see whether it is Chester spelling Matt or the other way around. CT is a damn good football player and I would not be surprised to see him starting this year.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    from what they are saying, it's like they have 2 starters, but i can't seriously see this team going to CT as a starter unless Matt has a SERIOUSLY bad year (remember, he was a 1st rd. draft pick). what i see this move as is not only adding versatility to the run game, but prolonging Matt's career (he doesn't have to do that absurd 38% of the offense shit anymore)

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    report violation, Forte was a 2nd round pick.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    seriously? well damn my bad....thought he was a first. o well...yea he plays like a 1st rounder tho

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Oh, and Shakira was on BBC tv and said the following at 1:26 ....

    "At least, in my country, we don't play soccer, we don't play soccer, I don't know, maybe it's like a 'new' thing now"

    Shakira is Colombian.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/africa/10280839.stm

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    She said that in Columbia women don't play soccer. The "we" she is referring to are women. Her brothers, she said, were glued to the TV.

    And no, I don't think she has any business being the face of the World Cup.

  • In reply to mottystone:

    "Just another New Bear in Town...whoa oh, whoa oh, whoa oh, just another New Bear in Town...."

  • In reply to mottystone:

    I fell asleep during the Aussie game MB. Very dissapointed.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Yeah Trac, Ze germans were their typical mechanical, systematic selves. Can't tell yet if they're that good, or if the aussies are just that bad.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    The Germans have the best record of any nation at the world cup - I think they've only missed the Semi-finals twice. The fielded what many regarded as their worst squad ever in 2006. They finished third.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Yeah, I know Irish. It's just really tough to pull for the germans man.

    I'm for SA first (home nation, big chance, Cinderella story, etc...), USA second, and my fav pick, Espana.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    From FIFA.com profile of German team:

    '"Meticulous and painstaking hard work is the only way to succeed," he [coach Joachim Low] has said, true to his reputation as a skilled tactician and all-round sage of the game, and neatly summing up the soul of German football into the bargain.'

    Looks about right. The Germans are disciplined, organized, and skilled. And they work hard on the field. You may not like them, but you have to respect their game.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Hey, the movie "Victory" that I mentioned is on right now on Vs.

    Check it out. Good stuff.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    What in thee hell is Vince young doing in a strip club. What a tool.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Hopefully not working Kerry Collins to "make it rain".

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    He played with Pac man, he just got his starting job back. Man he is one stupid MF. How many games is he going to be suspended? The Titans going to send him packing like Pac Man? I just can't believe how stupid these guys are.

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    Go figure huh.

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    Great read on Pele. Over a span of 22 years playing in the Pro's he was one of only 2 players to score in 4 World Cup Tournaments. The guy had it all and was humble through it all.

    http://www.fifa.com/classicfootball/players/player=63869/bio.html

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    Murph, you're shocked VYoung is a moron, really?

    Most of these guys never set foot inside a classroom. Coddled from the time they realize (or their parents/coach) realize they could play big-time ball. Young, no classes, no responsibility, no accountability... then throw in millions of dollars and star-worship everywhere they go and bingo... you get Ben Worthlessburger, Vyoung, LT, that packer, etc... etc...

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Hey MB, I'm not at all shocked he is a moron and I totally agree with your assessment of the players.Ive been saying the exact same thing for so many years I can't remember. I'm just shocked at the STUPIDITY. This morning I read it all started because someone flashed the "hook em horns" upside down. The Titans should cut him loose because he just proved he is way to dumb to be able to run an NFL offense and make the "right decisions".

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    Yeah, I'm not shocked at anything these guys pull anymore Murph. It's the same thing as guys like Tom Cruise (and mel gibson). Guy's a fucking lunatic because since he was a teenager everyone around him's been telling him how handsome and brilliant and special he is. Guys lives in a fantasy world... when in actuality, he's just a loony-toon with shitloads of money and zero real-life education.

    Oh, well... that's our society for you. Pay these morons millions to entertain us while paying our children

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    You mean you're not into the church of scientology, MB? But the guy who gave us 'Battlefield Earth' gave us that! And that was a QUALITY movie bro. Travolta's decision to go with that accent is Brando-esque. Dianetics - get with it man. I mean, how can both Tom Cruise AND John Travolta be wrong?! They're bona fide Hollywood actors dude! It's not like they're narcissist dumb fucks ....

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Very true irish... i'm going to find my local brainwashing center today!

    Hail morldorlof!

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    Hey Jeff, I think it's time to go to the pub again for a new topic.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Yeah, like 'the three really important things that need to happen this year that I left out the first time ...'

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    Hey check out this shirt I found....how fucking random is this?

    http://www.palmercash.com/p-3476-mens-george-best-soccer-t-shirt.aspx

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    hope they do so we can sign him as a backup. and yes i'm dead serious.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Who's we FQ? Are you part owner in some semi-pro team or something?

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    That was pretty funny Trac.

    And I'm totally with you FQ. I'd take him as our backup too, bit no way in hell he would agree to be a back up.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Maybe the commish will make him an offer he can't refuse.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    http://twoeightnine.spreadshirt.com/1950-I10539143

    original 1950's USA vs. England soccer shirt for you Joe.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Very nice MB! I still have my USA jersey from 2002.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Can believe it took fucking Italia to the 65th minute to score on parag. Damn.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    They played like complete shit. They better wake up

  • In reply to Joseph:

    +1.

    Yep, that certainly wasn't the Italia we're all used to seeing.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    Same every world cup. Like England, they can't get it together as a team.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Well yeah, except for the four that they've one. But of all teams that are good, to me the Italians are the least rewarding to watch. To much diving and rolling around in the grass for me.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'd like to take just a momement to address the issue of Soccer.....

    Final score: _____ 1 and _____ 1.

    Fill in the blanks, you already have a HOST of choices.

    End of "Soccer moment".

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    hahahahah... I totally get it Al. It's a pretty damn hard game to watch if you didn't grow up with it. I played a lot as a kid up until I was old enough to start crushing people on the fb field, and realized that was a whole lot more fun and interesting.

    I

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I love watching the passing and strategy just as much as I do when someone shoots on goal. The skill of these guys in the world cup is amazing.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    If we want to get into silly sports from other people's perspective then American football takes the biscuit, I'm sorry. The pads don't help either. Makes you look like girls who can't take a hit. See Rugby for perspective.

    American Football
    ------------------
    The offense sits around talking about what they're going to do when they actually start playing. Then they walk to the line of scrimmage and the QB talks some more shit, sometimes way too much. See Peyton manning. Then they play football for three seconds and have a break. Everybody stands around and has another chat about what they're going to do next. The QB isn't to sure what to do so he calls a time-out and runs over to the sideline and stands around talking with the coach about what they're going to do next. The Coach isn't sure either so he talks with another coach up in a booth about what they might do next. Then the QB runs back into the huddle and tells everyone what to do next. Then they all line up and he tells them again. If it's Peyton Manning, he changes his mind about what everyone told him to do next, and starts telling everyone else that he's changed his mind. He takes so fucking long that even the officials say that's too long and they throw another flag which means everyone gets another break to talk about what they're going to do next. After Peyton Manning is definitely sure about what they're going to do next, they all line up again and he reminds everybody about what they're doing next. manning waits as long as he can for the 45 second clock to run down. When it's at 0:02 somebody jumps off-side. Now everyone gets another break while the zebras stand around and discuss what they're going to do next. They're not sure who it was that jumped first so they talk to guys up in the booth about who moved first. Those guys say "Hang on, give us a couple of minutes to run back the tape here." A few minutes later, they call the guys down on the pitch and say "number 72 defense". Then everybody on offense walks downfield and they play the down over again. Peyton lets the clock run down again and just before it's snapped, the Left Guard moves and there'slots of people jumping at each other. Now there's a fight. The zebras talk to each other about what just happened but they're not sure. So they talk to the guys upstairs and the whole charade continues again. Eventually they nominate the Guard, False Start, and the offense has to walk back to where they were in the first place and start over. Now peyton doesn't like the call he got and runs over to the sideline and talks with his coach again. He runs back into the huddle and explains what they're going to do, they walk up to the LOS and he tells them again, but he sees a guy who wasn't there before creeping up to the LOS and he changes his mind about what they're going to do next. Now his guys are confused. The ball is finally snapped and the Colts are going to pass! manning throws it complete to Reggie Wayne and everyone starts to walk up to the new line of scrimmage after they've talked about what they're going to do next. While Manning is reminding everyone at the LOS about what he's just told them, Lovie Smith on the other team takes a red flag out of his pocket and throws it onto the field. He doesn't like what just happened and said it wasn't fair, there wasn't 7 people on the LOS he's sure of it. The zebras get together and talk about what just happened and they're not sure so they talk to the guys back up in the booth and they say ' Hold on, we'll have a look...' Eventually the guys in the booth say that there was only six guys on the line of scrimmage and everyone has to move back again and start over. It's getting dark now and the Colts have to punt. Phweeeep! No we're going to have another now break cos that's the two-minute warning .... cut to commercial.

    [rest of the world]
    Give. Me. A. Fucking. Break.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    lol. Perfect.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Priceless

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I can understand people thinking it's dumb to take three hours to play a game that lasts sixty minutes. But fucking cricket? Any game that takes three fucking DAYS to beat another country, sorry, get bent.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    My dad and uncle love cricket. I watch a bit when I go back to SA. I have to be honest that the game is pretty damn boring... it's like a mixture between baseball and fucking 6 old French dudes on a Sunday afternoon playing Boules in the park.

    There was this one game though... it was the Aussies vs. India or Pakistan. The Aussie's star was getting ready to bat and someone in the stands threw a full can of VB at him, which glanced off the side of his head (skewing his lovely cricket hat)... in classic Aussie fashion, as his head gushed a bit of blood, he reaches down, picks up the can, and drinks the rest of the VB left in the ruptured can and thanks whomever threw it with a wave.

    I have to say I was impressed.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Can you imagine 12 NFL games a week ending with a score of 7 to 7?

    My high school had a soccer team. I have close friends who played on it. I even went to DeKalb in Dekalb to see My UIC team play a "match at Northern Illinois! (UIC 1 - NIU - Nil) I remember Major League Soccer in the 60s and TRIED to watch.

    The game needs to EVOLVE. Any major rule changes in "futbol" in recent memory?

    I think one of the most ridiculous rules in all of sport is the soccer offside. I would dump that little archaeological artifact in a heartbeat and you'd have a much better game.

    Oh, that, and eject all "floppers". That stuff is sooo pathetic.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Definitely agree on the flopper thing. It might be better, however, to just eject the player for flopping by not make the team play a man down. That would make the refs FAR more likely to make the call.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    by = but

    Doh!

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    That I fucked up by typing 'by' rather than 'but'.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    You mean this ?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXVhv94piYM&feature=related

    Diving. Invented in Italy in 1948.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    http://sports.espn.go.com/chicago/nfl/news/story?id=5288842

    interesting take by "Moose" Muhammad. can't say i disagree w/ anything on there....

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Vince Young: Ben Roethlisberger's new best friend.

    Big Ben, btw, the current target of the current TANK McNAMARA thread
    under the pseudonym, "Tall Tom".

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    If you understand gambling that's an excellent and desirable result netting you between 5/2 and 9/2. Doubling up on draws gets you around 12/1 for your dollar. Not bad for watching two games.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    http://sports.espn.go.com/boston/nfl/news/story?id=5285949

    idk what it would take to get him here, but fuck it....make it HAPPEN!!!! Pats are old & need pieces while we seriously solidify the O-Line (would be willing to let go of a 2nd & 4th for him).

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    We couldn't afford Jessica Simpson if she was a two dollar hooker right now.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Oh I think I'd find a way!

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    +10000

    Dibs on first pass.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I was wondering when when someone would mention the USA beating England. They haven't beaten us in like 25+ years so I don't bother ragging on them.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    "US"? US?????

    An Irishman calling jolly old England, "us"?

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    working on a deal to buy the team from the McCheapsky's with only a Reese's peanut butter cup. what's it to ya?

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Just punchy FQ. We have pepe le pew anyhows and holes all over the place. It would never ever ever happen. I give the big bang theory more of a chance than the Bears signing him.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    The big bang theory is bullshit all right. I'm totally with the Nation of Islam here. White people were created in a laboratory by a black scientist called Yakub ... no wait, I'm with the Mormons .... Joseph Smith had all this shit worked out man, seriously. God told him how it all panned out, for real. It's all written down on golden tablets but he couldn't show the rest of of us cos uh.... or ... uh ... he ate golden tablets and had a vision ...and eh ... nah, I forget. No right, wait ... there's this guy Jesus okay ... and there's chocolate easter eggs and he was born under a christmas tree .... no wait, damn .... okay there was nothing ... and then I guess there was a big explosion ... and then there was everything .. yada yada yada ... and American Football happened. And that's the story of Jesus. Or Charlton Heston or something ... is Glee on yet ?

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    In the beginning Irish, in the beginning.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Hahahahahaha... I liked this much more than your American football vs the rest of the world rant.

    Very funny and 100% true. The commercialization and commoditization of religion, isn

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Gentlemen. Just booked my Dallas flight. Tips on hotels?

  • In reply to BTiff:

    do you know when those tickets go on sale?

  • In reply to BTiff:

    ouch...Mankins passed up on $7 mil a year in long-term deal. must've been something w/ guaranteed money.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Seems to me like Billecheat is loosing his grip a bit. Evans got a ~$56M dollar long term deal. I think that's what he was looking for FQ. Sounds like he's had it with that org regardless.

    Way too rich for our blood... unfortunately. I'd rather have him than Manu - not that there was a possibility for that.

  • In reply to BTiff:

    If you're looking for a $35 a night dive, check out the Shamrock Inn. No ashtrays needed, just put your cigs out in the floor cracks.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Or on the crack whore's wig. Ow.

  • In reply to BTiff:

    No hotel tip BT, but watch the J-walking, I was detained in downtown Dallas for the crime of J-walking. As I was being interrogated by the officer I had a hard time picking up on his thick Texas accent. He asked if I understood English, I answered I did if someone was speaking english. Finally after his interrogation and his best shot of trying to publicly ridicule me, I was released to return to my life of crime and cross the street with the "don't walk" sign flashing. Enjoy your stay BTiff

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    Ha, funny story. I pictured the scense near the end of meet the parents.

    Everything's bigger in Texas Murph... even the assholes. Hmmmm.... actually... especially the assholes.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    You guys see Ze Jeher-mans dismantle Australia? Brutal. Hope we can pull some of that shit next year.

    Hey Irish, I actually thought the Aussies did pretty well... considering it looks like they brought their fucking Cricket side to the Cup. Baaahaahahahahah!

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    I loved when she was avocating against the Arizona immigration law, whining about how all the women (illegals) will be afraid to call the police for help when their husbands beat them and that they have to produce and ID (which they don't have cause they're not here legally) and how terrible it would be. Then the interviewer asked if she was from the USA and If she had her driver's license or some ID with her and she said she didn't..guess what bitch.,.you going to Mexico on a one way ride...Can't prove who you are..your outa here!!! Laughed my ass off.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Doc, I saw how you did that. Very well played indeed.

    Irish, I actually, literally LOLed with that last line Irish and I usually don

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    wow, Nigerians just had a brilliant cross... missed the opty, but nice play. Might be a decent game after all. Good sheite!

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Read it and weep gents. I will bet good money that before the Season is over Jamar Williams will be making headlines as a Panther. Just hope Harris pans out.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2010/06/10/panthers-reshuffle-linebacker-corps/

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    fucking brilliant. we couldnt have waited another week or two for harris to be released and pick him up for free... or at worst, give them roach instead. like irish and i have been saying all along, jamar's going to be a fucking pro bowler some day.

    well done as usual jerry you fucktard.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I have one better for you MB. Just imagine how much Williams would have been worth to Carolina if he was still on our roster. You gotta know when to hold em in this league fella's and JA blinked way too early because guess what, him and Lovie have their heads up their rear ends.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I don't think the bears would have been able to get him since he probally would have got more from another team. At least when we traded for him we knew the price and could afford it. Trac I thought the same thing and I hope he does do good.. and if Harris doesn't.. damn Jerry..just Damn him.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:
  • In reply to MB30SD:

    +1 my friend
    He doesn't get ANY kudos for Cutler either. That was a no-brainer. Not getting him anyone to throw to or block for him was classic Angelo.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    It was a bad trade? We really don't know that yet. I do know that Harris was a turnover machine in Carolina. 3 int and 2 ff last year in only 13 games, he would have went somewhere for more. Jamar was good but we don't know if he would have been great.

    If you were the Panthers.. what would you get the Bears to give up for your saftey? Now, I am not one to say JA deserves a break..but I will say this, he isn't a Al Davis. We wouldn't be able to even stand JA if he was, and I mean we would have someone in Chicago kill him.. if JA was a Al Davis.

    Time will have to play this one out MB because you know that we don't know if anyone would have picked him up for more but you tell me, if Chris Harris was that bad that Carolina was just going to let him go, why would anyone get rid of a good player, whose numbers are good.

    Now if Chris Harris sucks it up and doesn't perform well at all and Jamar is a beast.. It will go down as a bad trade. It can't be a bad trade regardless if Jamar never becomes good or bad.

    You have evidence that Jamar will be good. I have evidence that Harris will be good. My evidence makes my player have more upside than yours. One more question MB, if Chris Harris has 10 int and 4 ff, and Jamar has only 30 tackles, 1 ff, and two sacks. Who would you rather have back? Oh.. and if you don't do the trade you don't have CH.

    Time will tell but other people would have got CH for more.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    I was seriously checking out the Panthers blogs at that time Artoo. They've got a couple of guys they're happy with with at safety, CH was surplus to requirements, they didn't think he sucked. But there wasn't too much interest in him and he was apparently a couple of days away from being cut. Harris is 29, not a pro bowl player, Jamar is young and showed brilliance in his only start with 18 tackles. Point is Carolina would have taken a *lot* less for Harris - we didn't need to give them Jamar. Roach/Hillenmeyer for example. We just didn't want to pony up cash for what Williams is worth. Hillenmeyer sucks and they would have bitten our hands off for him. Hell, we could have offered them Olsen and maybe got another player/pick off them. The key point is that we gave up a quality, young linebacker (when we could have off-loaded someone who wasn't as good) to get an older player who was a Bear already. Question : why the hell would we keep Hunter Hillenmeyer and toss Jamar? To back up Brian Urlacher? He can't do the job as he demonstrated in 95% of his games last year. Angelo screwed the pooch here. AGAIN.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Also, Panther fans were bemused at the Panthers trading Harris for a linebacker. They really like the linebackers they already have and would have considered other positions before linebacker.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Ok. Do you really think they didn't try to get rid of the other players before realizing that Jamar was the only good backup we had? No one is going to just take Olsen and give you a pick. He isn't that good and he isn't worth anything but a low pick. Atwoge isn't a probowl player but you want him Irish?

    Sure, I would have been ok with getting rid of Hunter, Roach, or something lower but you know you what? How happy were you when Hunter came up with the ff on Peterson? Sure, he should have done that all year but he is a backup not a starter. Backup's are not suppose play 16 games. That is what your starters are for.

    Jamar had 18 tackles against the Rams. That was the only positive thing he had going for him. Look at Kolb. He had great games against who? Lower teams. Thus, no one is really sure if he is ready because no one has got in his face. The same is with Jamar. A lot of upside but who really knows?

    If Jerry could have handled it different then I think it would have went down like that but we needed a safety and they knew they couldn't get Atogwe and why get in a money battle when you have no money?

    Angelo screwed the pooch by spending too much to quick. He still needed a safety, reciever, o-line, and he blew 90 million in one day? If we didn't get Chester or Manana would we have had enough to get Atowge, who hasn't been to the probowl? See how I did that? That is where I think Angelo screwed up.

    My whole point is.. if Williams doesn't become something then we didn't waste anything. When Williams becomes a probowl player for years to come..then and once again we got it up the ass and thanks Jerry. Till then.. I am happy we have someone dependable if not a future probowler at saftey than Manning and Wright or some other lame combo.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Hey Kiffin... welcome to SC. Yes, it's called "Karma" bitch.

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/football/ncaa/06/10/usc-sanctions.ap/index.html?eref=sihp

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    And this: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/football/nfl/06/10/muhammed.ap/index.html

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Hey, we're all set... according to Larry:

    "I know the Bears have improved their secondary by drafting Major Wright and trading for Chris Harris. But why not go after free agent safety O.J. Atogwe?

    Dan S.
    Robinson, Illinois

    The Bears already addressed the safety position with the players you mentioned and therefore won

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Ho wmany of our squad has made the pro bowl larry? But Major Wright who's just barely out of short pants is a surefire NFL lock at free safety? Get bent Mayer !

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Irish.. Go take Larry's job.. that is such a great fucking point.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    You'd have to come out with the same crap he does, man. Sitting there writing letters to yourself, sitting in Angelo's office trying to take him seriously and stifle your laughs at this gay answers. Having said that it's still a cool job if you love the cock.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    It wouldn't surprise me to find out that the only way JA knows how to evaluate talent was to check the pro bowl roster. Ha Ha. What a tool.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    No doubt in my mind that guy is a pro bowler some day. I'll cry a crooked tear into my lucky charms.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    aaaahhhh... me lucky charms.

    Classic.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    In the spirit of the great world cup competition about to kick off I thought I would treat some of you young bucks to the greatest footballer to ever put on a pair of cleats. This guy was Walter Payton, Jim Brown, Michael Jordan, Barry Simms all wrapped up in one. When I was a small lad growing up in SA and Australia every man women and child knew his name. It was Pele, Pele the great.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nmy8BtADvU8&feature=related

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    #10 was, and is the man. If you guys haven't ever seen the movie "Victory" with Sly and Pele... you should.

    Go SA!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'm totally stoked for the World Cup. I was actually born in Italy so I guess you can say it's in my blood. I was in Italy in 2002 when Italy lost to Brazil. It was freaking insane!! It was like Mardi Gras after every win. Complete chaos.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    Ah Joe. This for you. Ireland beat Italy in New York World Cup '94. Revenge for Italia '90 when you stopped us getting to the semis. Sweet.

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

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Soccer, now yer talkin' lad. My territory. Let me tell you about the three best players I ever saw.

    Pele was a master of the long range shot no doubt, and he always said himself the greatest player he ever saw was Northern Ireland's George Best. Legendary drinker, womaniser and probably the greatest footballing genius of all time. His runs were masterful, cheeky, arrogant, never repeated since. He stood alone. Rest in peace Georgie, you're sorely missed in a world that thinks a one-footed, free-kick taker like David Beckham is a footballer :

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=duQLG461o44&feature=related

    and a goal from his time in San Jose when drink had gotten the better of him and he 'retired' to playing in the U.S. :

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2HWUbFGHMU

    Georgie was a bit before my time and playing in the USA when I was a nipper, so my fondest memories are of Scotland's Kenny Dalglish and the brilliant Brazilian, Zico. King Kenny was the first player who mesmerized me as a kid, soccer was my absolute religion. I'm a Leeds fan but Liverpool under Kenny Dalglish were astounding. 6 league titles and an amazing 3 European cups. Winning the European cup is like having 32 superbowl winners together and having a two-leg knockout competition that takes months. You are the Champion of Champions. Kenny won it three times. Left foot, right foot, all the same to him. All hail King Kenny.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dxw_XTnZ1RY&feature=related

    And the Brazilian maestro, Zico. Every kid growing up chooses a player that they pretend to be in the park. Zico was mine. I can't name a better player. He could do it all. Genius.

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

    The hero of this year's world cup though will undoubtedly be Argentina's Lionel Messi :

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZnUr8lcqjo

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Soccer, now yer talkin' lad. My territory. Let me tell you about the three best players I ever saw.

    Pele was a master of the long range shot no doubt, and he always said himself the greatest player he ever saw was Northern Ireland's George Best. Legendary drinker, womaniser and probably the greatest footballing genius of all time. His runs were masterful, cheeky, arrogant, never repeated since. He stood alone. Rest in peace Georgie, you're sorely missed in a world that thinks a one-footed, free-kick taker like David Beckham is a footballer :

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=duQLG461o44&feature=related

    and a goal from his time in San Jose when drink had gotten the better of him and he 'retired' to playing in the U.S. :

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2HWUbFGHMU

    Georgie was a bit before my time and playing in the USA when I was a nipper, so my fondest memories are of Scotland's Kenny Dalglish and the brilliant Brazilian, Zico. King Kenny was the first player who mesmerized me as a kid, soccer was my absolute religion. I'm a Leeds fan but Liverpool under Kenny Dalglish were astounding. 6 league titles and an amazing 3 European cups. Winning the European cup is like having 32 superbowl winners together and having a two-leg knockout competition that takes months. You are the Champion of Champions. Kenny won it three times. Left foot, right foot, all the same to him. All hail King Kenny.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dxw_XTnZ1RY&feature=related

    And the Brazilian maestro, Zico. Every kid growing up chooses a player that they pretend to be in the park. Zico was mine. I can't name a better player. He could do it all. Genius.

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

    The hero of this year's world cup though will undoubtedly be Argentina's Lionel Messi - the Walter Payton of modern football:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZnUr8lcqjo

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Soccer, now yer talkin' lad. My territory. Let me tell you about the three best players I ever saw.

    Pele was a master of the long range shot no doubt, but he always said himself the greatest player he ever saw was Northern Ireland's George Best. Legendary drinker, womaniser and probably the greatest footballing genius of all time. His runs were sublime, masterful, cheeky, arrogant, never repeated since. He stood alone. Rest in peace Georgie, you're sorely missed in a world that thinks a one-footed, free-kick taker like David Beckham is a footballer :

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=duQLG461o44&feature=related

    and a goal from his time in San Jose when drink had gotten the better of him and he 'retired' to playing in the U.S. :

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2HWUbFGHMU

    Georgie was a bit before my time and playing in the USA when I was a nipper, so my fondest memories are of Scotland's Kenny Dalglish and the brilliant Brazilian, Zico.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    King Kenny was the first player who mesmerized me as a kid, soccer was my absolute religion. I'm a Leeds fan but Liverpool under Kenny Dalglish were astounding. 6 league titles and an amazing 3 European cups. Winning the European cup is like having 32 superbowl winners together and having a two-leg knockout competition that takes months. You are the Champion of Champions. Kenny won it three times. Left foot, right foot, all the same to him. Unbelievable.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dxw_XTnZ1RY&feature=related

    And the Brazilian maestro, Zico. Every kid growing up chooses a player that they pretend to be in the park. Zico was mine. I can't name a better player. He could do it all. Genius.

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

    The hero of this year's world cup though will undoubtedly be Argentina's Lionel Messi - the Walter Payton of modern football :

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZnUr8lcqjo

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    King Kenny was the first player who mesmerized me as a kid, soccer was my absolute religion. I'm a Leeds fan but Liverpool under Kenny Dalglish were astounding. 6 league titles and an amazing 3 European cups. Winning the European cup is like having 32 superbowl winners together and having a two-leg knockout competition that takes months. You are the Champion of Champions. Kenny won it three times. Left foot, right foot, all the same to him. Unbelievable.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dxw_XTnZ1RY&feature=related

    And the Brazilian maestro, Zico. Every kid growing up chooses a player that they pretend to be in the park. Zico was mine. I can't name a better player. He could do it all. Genius.

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

    The hero of this year's world cup though will undoubtedly be Argentina's Lionel Messi - the Walter Payton of modern football :

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZnUr8lcqjo

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Your national loyalty has clouded your vision Irish. Best was good but Pele was better.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Best played for Northern Ireland, he was a British player, not Irish.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Best had great dribbling skills Irish but that goal came against the lowly American players and washed up world players. Pele was like a finely tuned Ferrari and he made the worlds best look like Ford Pinto's in comparison. Both great in their own right but in my opinion the comparison would be akin to Payton(Pele) vs Dickerson(Best) and you know who I think wins that match-up.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Best played against the best in Europe Trac, and scored many a goal against better opposition. Pele wasn't even the best Brazilian though - Zico could dribble better, score with bicycle kicks, drag it close-in, headers, free kicks, long range thumps, he could it all. Football moved on from Pele/Best, players got more athletic, Pele was class though, no doubt.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I was talking about the clip you posted re: amazing footwork and goal. Pele played past the age of 60, amazing athlete.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    England 2-0 USA. America has no business being in the World Cup.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    England has too many weapons.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    That was fast

  • In reply to Joseph:

    Did you see that Goal England just gave away? That goalie must be taking a dive. What a joke.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Priceless. What a plonker. The USA could nick this!

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    He's lucky he doesn't play for a South American team, they would kill him for that.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    McDaniels is such a tool. I like Tim Tebow but why in the world would you trade up for him in the first round when any sane thinking football fan knows there is no way in hell he will beat out Kyle Orton this year. With all the draft picks he got from us he could have traded his picks for a first rounder next year and used them on Ryan Mallet or one of the other very good quarterbacks entering the draft next year.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2010/06/12/josh-mcdaniels-no-doubt-orton-is-the-starter/

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Technically England did score both goals.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Technically, the game was a draw. So much for the superiority of the vaunted English squad vs. the Americans.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Just arguing semantics Irish but saying Best was the greatest player Pele ever saw is not the same as saying Best was better than me.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    According to this article (http://www.fifa.com/worldfootball/news/newsid=1102922.html), Pele said:

    "People talk about the best being Pele or Diego Maradona, but for me the best player ever was Alfredo Di Stefano."

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    King Kenny was the first player who mesmerized me as a kid, soccer was my absolute religion. I'm a Leeds fan but Liverpool under Kenny Dalglish were astounding. 6 league titles and an amazing 3 European cups. Winning the European cup is like having 32 superbowl winners together and having a two-leg knockout competition that takes months. You are the Champion of Champions. Kenny won it three times. Left foot, right foot, all the same to him. Unbelievable.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dxw_XTnZ1RY&feature=related

    And the Brazilian maestro, Zico. Every kid growing up chooses a player that they pretend to be in the park. Zico was mine. I can't name a better player. He could do it all. Genius.

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

    The hero of this year's world cup though will undoubtedly be Argentina's Lionel Messi - the Walter Payton of modern football :

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZnUr8lcqjo

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    King Kenny was the first player who mesmerized me as a kid, soccer was my absolute religion. I'm a Leeds fan but Liverpool under Kenny Dalglish were astounding. 6 league titles and an amazing 3 European cups. Winning the European cup is like having 32 superbowl winners together and having a two-leg knockout competition that takes months. You are the Champion of Champions. Kenny won it three times. Left foot, right foot, all the same to him. Unbelievable.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dxw_XTnZ1RY&feature=related

    And the Brazilian maestro, Zico. Every kid growing up chooses a player that they pretend to be in the park. Zico was mine. I can't name a better player. He could do it all. Genius.

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

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    To get this conversation on a tack likely to appeal even to fans of American football, I offer the following. Suggestions to you married men and fathers, be careful who's looking over your shoulder for this one...

    http://brosome.com/world-cup-girls-in-bodypaint-will-make-you-drool/?utm_source=Triggermail&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=TTP+|+Nations+Gear+Up+for+Ball+Kicking+Contest+(World+Cup+2010)

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Just watched my home nation take it to Mexico. That Mexican goal was brutal just out of position.

    Also, just watched a listless France get frustrated by Uruguay, nil-nil. Fucking French. Uninspired fucking futbol for a squad with some of the English League's best. Even though they

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'd love to be at home betting on this MB. The WC is great for draws. And France are great for nil-alls.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Half of me wants France to win the whole thing so we can say "We're better than them."

    So I've got the full satellite package, all the bells and whistles, slightly illegal, nevermind. 120 + channels or whatever, and do you think I could see France v Uruguay? There was German league football repeats, a Brazil v Tanzania friendly (repeat), English football repeats, lots of channels with three Thai guys looking very serious discussing football (on Thai TV you have to have three guys sitting behind a desk looking very serious in order to discuss soccer. Not so American football, where you have two guys sitting on directors chairs taking the piss, with a mini-skirted bimbo in between them spreading her legs to the camera). So I'm flicking around thinking 'you're fucking kidding me. World cup. Twelve million channels. No bloody France/Uruguay.

    There was one Thai channel that showed the following. Half the screen showed the backsides of three Thai guys commentating on the match, with a tv screen visible in the distance over their shoulder. Other half of the screen is a camera trained on a bunch of Thais looking up at the football on a big screen - except you the viewer can't see the fkn screen. You can see people commentating on the game, you can see people watching the game .... can you see where this is going?

    A producer was in charge of that show. I can see his thought processes in action. "Right, this is the world cup, better not fuck this up, okay, I need to do something different here ... most stations will just show the match and put the score up in the corner of the screen. Boring. No, I want to take the world cup from a slightly different perspective. Something that hasn't been done before. Think. Think ... I KNOW ! I'll split the screen and show how the commentators and fans react to the game AS THEY'RE WATCHING ! No one's done that before - I'M A GENIUS !!"

    Yeah, I mean who needs to see the actual fucking game. Football is so over-rated.

    Moral of the story : If you want to invade and take over Thailand, I suggest bringing a packed lunch (food's crap) and at least two mates.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    With opposing QB's running away from Peppers this year, I like the speed of Mark Anderson chasing them down like wounded gazelle. I hope to expect a big year from these two.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Good stuff FQ. If everything goes our way from just an injury perspective(no major injuries), I think 12-4 is very realistic. But........ if our D is nuked like it was last year it will be a very long season with this schedule.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    With no serious injuries, dead on.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    you're into MMA? Shogun's my guy man (and not a fair-weather fan....been supporting him since the Forrest Griffin fight). i like Chuck, but Ace is no joke bro

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Minny's D ain't all that. Their run game sucks, and just got worse(welcome to Chicago Chester). Old man Favre is going to have his bell rung a lot in the division. If he lasts until the playoffs they should just induct him there and then. We've got answers for GB. We kicked the crap out of Aaron Rodgers in game one last year, he didn't know whether to piss or shit or know what time of day it was. Didn't have a defense the second time time around. Detroit might be the key to the division this year. As long as we sweep everyone or at least go 5-1 inside the division, we'll make the playoffs. Everything else is gravy.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I agree about how MN D is starting to get old or isn't really all that. WE should have beat green bay both times. I was pissed we lost. Detroit scares me, they key people in key places. I hope I am wrong and my bears have been drinking "Michael's Secret Stuff" from space jam. We can beat everyone's defense in our divison. Our D.. I have lost hope in but I hope I am wrong.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    #16 was cool with me Irish. Just felt bad for the guy.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    You'd have to feel bad for someone that insecure, Trac.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Don't feel bad about the NFL power ranking's fella's. Pitts, Mia, Den, Giants are right there with us.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Miami will tear it up this year. Ricky Williams is only getting better the older he gets, I love that guy. Henne to Marshall. The wildcat. If their D is on song, watch out.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    That guy was not a "fake" for here. A couple years back I remember #1BearsFan posting on blogs at the Tribune and the Sporting News. Places I used to visit before this blog made them unnecessary.

  • In reply to bnjrmyn:

    Major Wright can start if he does this in a Bears uniform.

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

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Wouldn't that be a 15 yard penalty in the NFL?

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    It would. Helmet to helmet contact, he dropped his head.

  • In reply to bnjrmyn:

    I can handle 1 or 2 picks a game, but 5? Cutty can't have any more of these. I can listen to Joniak all day long.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=deDtwnb_OQ0&feature=related

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    I was at this game sitting with my girlfriend in the left corner of the endzone where he therw the last one, that was for the game.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Man, watching that shit pisses me the fuck off. God damn it (sorry trac), fucking cutler had NO damn business throwing 3 of those damn INTs man. Common. Damn it man, he can't do that shit next year... he does that off the back foot, flipping it out there and hoping for the best shit just doesn't work in the damn NFL, even against the damn 9ners.

    ...tell you what though gents, can't damn wait for the season to start. Shit got me fired up! Whooo Hoooo. Can't damn wait.

    Btw, wish that one of the networks did a whole game like that. So much more fun and exciting. Good post Trac.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    If he hits one of our guys on he last play he's MVP of that game.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    new pic

  • In reply to bnjrmyn:

    Nice pic norcal!

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Good night from the west coast all.

    "In your prayers remember da bearss"

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Here's my list of 3 things that CAN'T happen for the Bears to win.

    1) Cutler can't miss 1 game. (Unless we clinch the div in Nov.)
    2) DA can't sit on the bench while the Hester experiment continues.
    3) Pepper's can't get suspended for decapitating Rogers and throwing the Brett girl into lake Michigan.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    At the risk of beating this to death, I'd be jazzed to see Hester going back to what he does best and put his name in the record books in ways that would be really hard to erase. Give him something he'd have confidence in doing rather than just knowing that he's not the man at receiver and trying to be something he's not. Then we could just have true receivers competing for spots.

    You could still bring him on a few plays a game and just sling it long route one. It sure would be nice to have a guy at ONE position that the whole league fears. Remember the Denver game when the commentator goes "I can't believe they kicked it to Hester ... has no one learned." Has anyone heard that from a commentator before in relation to a return man?

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    You could take Freddie Mercury's parties to the next level Coach. He used to hire midgets to walk around his parties with bowls of cocaine strapped to their heads for the guests to partake of. Now if they were wearing superman outfits ....

  • In reply to Joseph:

    My .02 cents. OL has to be at least avg run blocking and good at pass blocking or we're fucked on O. We've got enough skill players with talent, they just need the OL to perform. Cutler has to cut down on INT's, esp. the red-zone variety. Also, I was really disappointed we didn't hook up on many long bombs last year. Besides the INT's, that was the biggest negative surprise. Not trying to rag on Cutler because or entire O was out of sync last year. It was guaranteed to fail. Poor planning, poor coaching, poor play calling, poor use of personnel, poor adjustments and poor execution. Other than that, I thought it was great.

    We have a chance to be a very good O, at worst, I think it will be around 20th in the league. We HAVE to be better on O. No more Ron Turner, Pep Hamilton and Harry Houdini.

    On D, Tommie has to be a consistent 85-90% of his old self (the good part, not the headcase part). Peppers has to be as good as advertised (I have no doubt about this). Somebody has to step up at NT. Same with DE opposite of Peppers. Healthy LB's and CB's and improved S play, both strong and free. We HAVE to get off the field on 3rd and longs. They just fucking killed us last year.

    No worries about ST's.

    We have a chance to be 10-6 or slightly better or 6-10 or slightly worse. I'm excited.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Good point on the bombs, Canada. It was as if Turner just wasn't dialling them up. Fast receivers, cannon-armed gunslinger .... and it's a power dive by Garret Wolfe into an O-line that's already imploding or a bubble-screen to Hester. Thank God Turner is gone. The fact that he's the WR coach for the Colts makes me think they're automatically doomed this year ... that and my general irrational hatred of Peyton Manning and his turtle-shaped head.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    1 Urlacher needs to stay healthy
    2 Butter Harris needs to play like its 2006
    3 Marinelli has to be half as good as Ron Rivera was

    if those three things happen we will have a top 5 defense and the offense will sort itself out

  • In reply to luftwaffle:

    #1, Urlacher needs to do more than stay healthy nag. If he doesn't do a better job tackling and stuffing his gaps we are in trouble. I started to see players running through him in '08. Right with you on #2, and on #3 Lovies calling the shots, don't kid yourself.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    When you have no oline how can you throw deep? psh.. Cutler had to get rid of the ball really quick. When everyone figured out that Forte couldn't run like he use to they just waited for Cutler to do what he does best.. push it to the limit. He made some passes and some .. well we know how that went. If Cutler just doesn't throw pick's in the endzone.. Top 5 Offense. Promise.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Sorry 85, you didn't follow proper protocol so I can't comment on your musts.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Mr. Steve Wyche, ranked the bears at 27 out of 32 teams. Tell me, please someone give me some kool laid and say it ain't so.. We are not that bad are we? I mean, I love my team.. but ranked that low? Really?

  • Sounds a heck of a lot better than, "they're shitty right off the bat".

    I don't think it's about focus or dicipline... it's about staying healthy. If everyone on D stays healthy we should be much, much, much better than last year.

  • Easy. 'McMahon!' by McMahon and Bob Verdi. Or my Bears v Steelers ticket stub from when they played in Dublin. Yes, the Bears played the Steelers in Dublin.

  • Mmmm. Chicago. Hockey. Doing well. Hmmm..... Da Bears!

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    The White Sox won the series back in... well... um... let's see... Da Bears!

  • For those that havent read this ridiculous report, Fox sports has the bears 4-12, the lions 5-11. Funny how before the 2009 season writers had the bears winning the nfc and a year later after improving, they are 4-12.

  • In reply to RealityCheck:

    Anything on any Fox show is a fucking mockery and an insult to America

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    room-tem IQs... sorry

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Their NFL pregame show is a joke. I am actually embarrassed for them when they try to walk through assignments on that stupid mini field they use.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I don't give a shit what anyone ranks us. I remeber before the 08 season started the Bears were ranked last in the nfc.. they actually thought Detroit was going to beat us. Well, that year turned out to be 9-7 and we were second in our divison and what happned to those Lions.. This seriously all bullshit that people are talking about because..what else is there to talk about.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    The number of INT'S is less important than the timing of those INT's. For example, in 2006 Grossman had 23 TD's & 20 INT's (this is the exact same numbers Eli Manning had in 2007, when NY won the SB).

    After the first 5 games (right before the Arizona Meltdown), Rex had 10 TD's to 3 INT''s on the way to his being named NFC Offensive Player of the Month for September (and on their way to a 7-0 start).

    Half of Grossman's 10 INT's came in three games (AZ., N.E., and Minn.)

    If Cutler can help get the Bears off to a 5-0 (or 7-0 start) and can throw half his total INT'S in a handful of games . . . I'll take it.

  • In reply to GeoMak:

    It was a blip in Cutler's career. Favre was what, 29 and 29 in his year at NY? He was 33 and 7 last year. Hopefully we get that running game going and we're not so one dimensional this year.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Irish, thought you'd enjoy this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Zd_khk6zXo&feature=player_embedded

    You're into SW if I remember correctly (you too doc), and you're irish... so it's pretty funny.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Snoop just get the coolest spots. But what the hell is that on Beckham's face?

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I was going to make a very crude Nasty Spice (or whateverthefuck spice she was) comment, but I'll just keep moving Irish. Nothing to see here...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    He was Huggie Bear in the S&H remake... 'nough said.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    1.) Staying healthy at the key spots.
    We saw last season that we lack a serviceable backup at MLB and we simply can't play our defense without a stopgap there. Peppers must stay healthy as well and I am quite certain the Martz thing comes unraveled without Cutler.

    2.) Motivation.
    Another pretty obvious trend for the past 2 seasons has been the Bear's uncanny ability to play well against teams they shouldn't beat and play awful against average or bad teams. Or to come back after a demoralizing loss to stomp on a good team. They need to get their collective shit together and learn how to be up for each and every game and always play their best.

    3.) Confidence in each other.
    To paraphrase: what makes a muskrat guard his musk? Confidence. Martz's offense and Lovie's defense both rely on each player doing their own assignment and being where they need to be and it all comes apart without trust among your teammates and confidence in themselves.

  • In reply to dutsami:

    #3 sounds alarmingly like a self-help book.

    "Lovie teaches Self Love: a Memoir"

    Believe in me, like I believe in youuuuuuuuu ooooooh

  • In reply to dutsami:

    Its preseason pick time gents.

    I'm going to save my division winner and wild card predictions to see how I fared.

    NFC
    North-Da Bears(my nose tells me this could be the year)
    South-Da Saints(can't disrespect the champs)
    East-Dallas(I hate it but oh well)
    West-Niners(gotta love what Iron Mike's doing in San Fran)-go Mays.
    Wild Card-Giants(can they return to form?), Queens(sorry can't come close to picking GB)

    AFC
    North-Baltimore(stock is rising)
    South-Houston(my upset special)
    East-Miami(something's in the air in Miami)
    West-San Diego(would love to see them air it out against Da Bears in SB)
    Wild Card-Jets(looking good), Indy(Superbowl hangover?)

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    I'll go with all of those Trac. Samurai is a bit Lovie-esque in his game management though.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    He's a brand new HC Irish, what's Lovie's excuse?

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Buddy's nickname for Singeltary was 'stupid' remember. At least he can motivate, which Lovie can't seem to do. Singletary's game management is equally stupid though (e.g. last year's Vikes game)

  • In reply to dutsami:

    I just hope we get past week one without the roster tsunami we had last year.

    Still need a strong WR on that roster.

    Still need a MLB.

    Still need another CB.

    Still need a starting FS.

    Still need a Mark Bulger type backup.

    Still need a GM.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Then and only then can we talk about playoffs ...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Please don't forget an HC too Irish.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Lovie's not calling the O. Not calling the D per se. As long as he :

    1. Starts Shabba.
    2. Starts Asiata/Lance Louis as guards.
    3. Starts Beekman at Center.
    4. Keeps Omelette the fuck away from the O-line.
    5. Wins some games.

    ... then he can stay MB. His car will be safe to operate. I'm afraid the Fatwa on Angelo is for life however. Crimes against the Bears. There's no way back for that cock juggler.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    cock juggler. hehe.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Irish, read your list for lovie above and ask yourself this question... is any of that even remotely realistic? This is lovie 'jumbotron lobotomy' smith we're talking about man.

    1. Maybe
    2. Doubt it
    3. No way... unless Olin is donw and out
    4. Probably not
    5. If some means more than 3 and less than 9, it's entirely possible.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    We need a Chicago Bears hard nosed coach Irish. Until then you might as well put an infinity symbol below your comments.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Then we'll have plenty to bitch about once they start messing this shit up. We can't really lose either way. It's playoffs or bye bye boys.

  • In reply to dutsami:

    Confidence comes with winning, period. Go back and look at the San Fran Cutler video I posted earlier. Kruetz and Cutty couldn't even win the coin toss all year and you could tell it bothered them. Confident teams don't give a rip whether they receive or kick off. What makes you think this group can be confident unless they start 5-1 or 4-2. Just sayin.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Interesting slant FT.

    hey, Willie... here you go: http://www.consumeraffairs.com/cable_tv/directv_bill.html

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    #2: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/multimedia/photo_gallery/1006/greatest.moments.chicago.history/content.1.html

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    That was on my bday. March 12

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Aaron Rodgers mouths off about Tony "Somebody's accountant" Kornholed.

    http://content.usatoday.com/communities/gameon/post/2010/06/aaron-rodgers-probably-doesnt-watch-pardon-the-interruption/1

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    do we have to have three "must happens" for just the bears?
    in not, how about
    1 Brett Favre retires(hes already done it twice)
    2 Aaron Rodgers gets injured
    3 Adrian Peterson gets injured

    we could then walk into the postseason with 8 or more wins

  • In reply to luftwaffle:

    As long as ...

    1. Peppers is responsible for permanently retiring the drama queen.
    2. Tommie gets to retire A-Rod.
    3. Lac gets to be the one that supplies AP with his early shower.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Jay better make sure he doesn't throw as much interceptions because I don't think the town of Chicago will love him after this season. We destroyed Grossman. Not saying he didn't suck already but we ruined that poor fool's hope and playing ability. Jay is tough.. I just hope he can handle it when it comes down that his team dissapears. If Kurt Warner.. a no one, can make Martz system work then Jay should have no problem.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Grossout and Cutler, night and day. I'll put those snap fumbles on Kreutz though.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    I kind of felt that way about Mike Tomczak too. Like Grossman, a guy that *might* have been somebody in different circumstances.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Late night huh Ben.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=5263198

    I know we probably can't get either of them, but pretty interesting nonetheless. Fucking AJ Smith. Asshole (just in general, not cause of this).

    Also, moment of silence for Gains Adams on his birthday today. RIP.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    ...and from Seifert's blog:

    The Chicago Bears announced their entire schedule Monday. You can see the daily practice times on their website, but here is the pertinent information of their stay at Olivet Nazarene University:

    First practice: Saturday, July 31 (7 p.m.)
    Soldier Field: Friday, Aug. 6 (7 p.m.)
    Off days: Saturday, Aug. 7 and Sunday, Aug. 15
    Final open practice: Thursday, Aug. 19

    Boo Yah!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Man I hate Farve.

    http://www.fannation.com/truth_and_rumors/view/193950-favre-pal-not-surprised-if-he-retires

    What total and utter bullshit. Fucking egomaniacal douchbag just looooves to see his name in the news. Asshole.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    And... damn: http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2010/jun/07/chargers-malcom-floyd-rejoins-2010/

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    We need TO! TO! TO!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Good points, Blogfather, but my list stops right where MD started.
    If the offensive line is not MARKEDLY better than they were for most of last season, all other points are moot.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    That's "MB", of corse.

  • In reply to RealityCheck:

    4-12 is a sick joke. I can't imagine any scenario that ends up with us losing 12 games. I wish someone would put together a retrospective list of all these 'expert predictions'.

  • Reality check gents. In a way I hate to give up the old formula of run, run, pass. Could be worse than last year under Martz's system. I hate giving away the rock under ANY circumstances.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/ct-spt-0607-bears-pompei-chicago--20100606,0,3650235.column

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Its because Martz doesnt give a shit about defense. All he wants to do is outrun the other team in points and if the defense could hold their own, then great. If they lose its the defenses' fault they lost. Also helped having Holt, Bruce, Faulk, and Warner..to put up massive points.

  • Hawks are back up there with the Bulls now that Rocky Wirtz is in charge. They are a storied franchise that needed a jumpstart...which they received. Bulls during the Jordan era were bigger than the Bears because the Bears and old Bulls fans are one in the same. Bears were so so in the 90's and the Bulls were unstoppable. Sox Fans are die hard and with a world series ring they will always be close to the heart of all south siders. The cubs have a nice following but way too many of the people that go to the games are transplants from other cities like Cleveland. The Bears currently reign supreme but when other teams step up they also receive love.

  • Should we be pleased the Bears' O is giving up the ball all the time?

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Precisely, it translates into the receivers being lost at sea again.

  • When I played Pop Warner ball in the early 1970s, Brian Piccolo was the speaker at our awards banquet. Had his autograph on a napkin. Wish I still did...

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    THAT is cool SC. (well, not that you lost it, but...)

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Gary Fencik came to our monthly HS QB club meetings. Little did I know that he would be a member of the greatest defense to ever play the game 3 years later.

  • Being there brought back the memory of being nine and watching that fucking '88 nfc championship game, tough pill to swallow. I hate those niners too, work in Frisco and am constantly surrounded by niner fans. fuck.

  • In reply to bnjrmyn:

    That was the most shameful walk I've taken, as the ball was picked in the endzone I was already outta my seat on my feet, me and the lady turned and walked past rows(had good seats up front) of heckling prix, fuck the noners.

    5 picks and we still shoulda won there, heart-breaker indeed.

  • In reply to bnjrmyn:

    anybody know when individual game tickets go on sale in the NFL?

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    FQ, where you been man? Waiting out the drought huh?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    And nice to have you back in the mix Ben.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Thanx, mb. I was here all along but silent, good reading tho.

    And I totally agree with you on being amped for the season to start. I keep a few games on the dvr just for this drought we're in.

  • In reply to bnjrmyn:

    Minny highlights from last year do it for me. A glimpse of the future, when we're kicking the crap out of the BiQueens and the Packers on a regular basis, 80s style. Amrking off those 6 divisional wins at the start of the year. Oh yeah.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    lol been around man. trying to set up a few games that i'm gonna attend

    so far it looks like Bears vs. Cowboys and Cincy vs. Atlanta (got a chick that wants to go to the game and will let me stay for the wkend....good times sir).

    my take on "3 things" upcoming tomorrow

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Niiiiiice. Well done.

  • yeah...that sucked.

  • Anybody have an opinion on DirecTV? I moved out to Omaha last year, and used the folks' SuperFan package to stream games on the PC. Not messing with that nonsense again.

    Sadly, though Omaha is closer to Chicago than Denver - this town is a damn donkey market.

    So it's time to buckle down and blow $300 plus on a dish. My only concern is, if it's anything like it was in Tucson - a small cumulus cloud blacks out the screen for 20 minutes.

    I'm willing to donate to the NFL billionaires if I can be assured an uniinterrupted reception (which, sadly, SuperFan streaming actually brought... Ignoring the lag and "was that a run play?" type moments).

    Should I do it, or blow my $300 at the bar (Where cheeseheads/queens and I may come to fisticuffs).

  • In reply to JohnGalt:

    You strike me (see how I did that Willie?) as a fisticuffs type.

    I actually have the same dilemma, as Time Warner Cable can't reach a fucking deal with the NFL for a premium package

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Totally agree. Time Warner, Comcast and the NFL are all greedy pricks. The NFL has been so popular they basically have run roughshod over almost anything in their way. The cable companies are just as big and just as greedy. Wish they would figure it out.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Just in case anyone needed another reason to hate Don Banks on SI's site. In his latest column he states one of the great things about the LA Rams is they gave the NFL George Allen. You'd think that tool would have a clue how he got to LA. He tried to leave the Bears (he was the DC), Halas sued him, won in court and then let him leave. I really dislike Banks. He used to be the beat guy for the Queens and now lives in Madison, WI. He worships at the altar of Favre, is always slobbering over the Queens and the Fudgies, always has a pity party for the Lions (I have no problem with that. Their fans are the real deal) and ALWAYS rips on the Beloved. Fuck him!

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    I've said the exact thing many times on this here blog Canada.

    What in thee fuck is it with all the NFC north media idiots being from fucking Mini-soda, and swallowing the penis of Faarve and raadgers? Him and sea-fert

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Seifert's not as bad as Banks but he's in the ballpark. Seifert's blog is 70% Queen's fans, 20% Fudgie fans, 8% Bears' fans and 2% Lions' fans. Those Queens fans are an obnoxious bunch.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    it's the little things that make me laugh the hardest. like when someone takes the time and effort to put the trademark symbol next to the Snuggie product descriptor. classic.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB, you are on a f-cking roll lately!
    I basically have conceded that I will go watch someone else's Dish or try and catch streaming video on the off chance that I am sequestered in the house due to parental obligations (she's too little).

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    FQ, you're late with your homework. Front of the class please son.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    lmfao. alright alright....i'll do it in Game 6

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    during* Game 6

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I saw how you did that.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Prosthetic vaginas or Bears on the TV. I don't know MB. I think I'll go with the Vagina and live streaming ...

  • In reply to JohnGalt:

    I lived in Sioux City for a few years in the late '90's. I had Direct TV. I used to lose the signal about once or twice a year but they were major storms. Maybe in Tucson the dish wasn't pointed properly and the signal wasn't as strong as it could have been. Anyway, I was very happy with it. I didn't have the NFL pkg but still managed to see 8-10 games/year.

  • In reply to JohnGalt:

    Willie, I'm a Bears fan stuck in Omaha too.
    I'll tell you what, let me know what end of town you're on, and I'll let you know the best bar for watching the team.
    Basically, any game that isn't televised on cable here, I'm at the bar.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    96th and Pacific... Near Regency and such. Thank God for the Chicago Dawg House and Pudgy's. I figured being closer to Chicago, Omaha would have more options for Italian Beef/Vienna Dogs than Tucson. Nope. Took me 6 months to even find Pudgy's. Fareway had Gino's East Frozen Pizzas for about a week until I emptied the stash and they took it off the shelf.

    Damn you Nebraska! (You too, Husker fans - Yeah, I said it.)

    You get any Nighthawks tickets? I'm definitely going to go watch Culpepper get creamed.

  • In reply to JohnGalt:

    LOL - you live 6 blocks from me.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    And yeah, I know the owner of Chicago Dawg House; we used to work together in corporate life before he moved on to a much better existence.
    I picked up a season ticket in the Zombie Zone (section 31, row 2) in the west End Zone, but have friends scattered all over the stadium...wife hates football (boo, hiss), and the baby is too little to sit through a game.

  • In reply to JohnGalt:

    Please no mentioning of Italian beef/vienna dogs or any real-world food items on here. Have a heart.

  • In reply to JohnGalt:

    If your connection isn't prehistoric, streaming is better than nothing and no need to mix your air with Fudgepackers or Queens in person.

    http://myp2p.eu/

    Download sopcast/TvAnts etc. and your football is free my friend.

  • She'll be a Bears fan - my favorite picture of her is from when she is 6 months old sleeping on ol' Pop while we doze through a Broncos/somebody preseason game.
    Unfortunately, her attention span is at the "ooooh, leaf! Hey, a stick!" level yet... but it'll get there. If only Buzz Lightyear played MLB, she'd already be hooked.
    And WIWG, my number one bar for football Sundays is Brewski's outside of Ralston (84th and Qish). The key is to get there in time for the early game because the place, while enormous, gets packed in a hurry. I've been tempted to swing by the VIP on 90th, but it's only got a couple of tvs and I'm doubtful they have the NFL package.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Be sure to enjoy conversations with your daughter right now. It gets a lot more complicated later.

  • I'm just the man behind the man, behind the man.

    Or...

    I'm a dude, playing a dude

  • I'm lucky Doc, Asians don't expect their men to be 'new' men. Help out with the bairns and you're probably gay. Changing the odd nappy would be enough to get me some brownie points. Like you say, two at once though ... jebus, I hope my Bears keep a smile on my face ...

  • Yeah, at least they'll 'get' football.
    "Wow, Dad, I think he killed that guy, he's not moving ..."
    "That's how you tackle someone son. That's football."

  • And Peyton Manning somehow getting a fucking MVP award to boot. Explain that to me like I'm a three year old.

  • Can't see you lasting another 3 fucking months without air Doc.

    Pat Williams of the Queens may have some interesting insight on the Favre question and the destiny of the NFC North this year.

    "I just know if he's going to come back, he's going to come back."

    I never thought of it like that. It's always good to have a pro's perspective on these things. I get it now.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Can you see it yet? Can you see where he's coming from?

    If Favre's going to play again ... then he'll play again. See that? See what Williams did there ?

    In other words, if Favre comes back ... then he's back ! That means he could come back - if you read between the lines. See what I mean ?

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    So Favre could be coming back! But wait ... no, damn .. maybe he won't. That Pat Williams guy could be one of those deep philosophizer/philosophology guys like Rick Bobby. He's just playin' with us man. Words are his plaything.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    What do they put in the water up in MN, paint chips?

  • In reply to Joseph:

    Bear droppings Joseph, BIG ONES.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    This is ripe. Our arguably best wide receiver on the team is fighting for a starting position at WR. Somethings wrong here gents, please help me out while I pull out my gorgeous brown locks and poke out my eyes with a vuvuzela.

    http://www.chicagobears.com/news/ChalkTalkStory.asp?story_id=6829

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Fkn vuvuzelas man. They make you want to poke your own eyes out.

  • exactly. Huh?

  • And straight from the "How big of a hack is Larry Mayer" file comes this nugget:

    How did the Bears do in the season after the Blackhawks last won the Stanley Cup in 1961?

    Larry will gladly answer this shit ball of a question but when asked about the Bears ignoring the OL and FS position for the last couple of years, the endless string of bad coaching decisions, the fact that Soldiers field has the worst turf in the league and worse than most high school programs...nothing. Really Larry? Nothing? You are so gay. Not in the homosexual way, in the "you truly suck at being a Bears fan given that you have the opportunity to get the tough questions answered that we all want to know about" way.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    I saw that Johnny... I was like, 'Yay!!! This must mean that we're going to go 13-0 this season! Yaaaaaaay.... thaaaanks Laaaaaarry!!!!"

    Useless fuck.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    I was reading about how QB in Martz offense rely on the slot reciever a lot. So... I am ok with Aromuasaduou being the slot if that means he will get the ball more.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    From Seifert: "The Bears have an opening at left guard after moving Frank Omiyale to right tackle, but Mankins seems unlikely to land in Chicago. Among the reasons:

    The Patriots don't have much incentive to trade him. If he doesn't eventually accept their offer, for one year or multiple years, his only option at this point is to sit out the season. With a work stoppage looming next year, that might not be an advisable approach.
    I get the sense the Bears aren't looking to ship out more draft choices after trades gutted their 2008 and 2009 drafts.
    It wouldn't make sense to give up a draft pick for a guard who is one year away from unrestricted free agency unless you sign him to a market-level extension. But after a March spending spree highlighted by the arrival of defensive end Julius Peppers, Bears general manager Jerry Angelo has indicated he's tapped his cash budget for this year."

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Yup. He put all his eggs in one thirty year old basket.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    V-Jack be lookin' fo' a new daddy, but da Bears be Po'.

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story?id=09000d5d818abaea&template=with-video-with-comments&confirm=true

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Anybody out there that has Bears related passwords beware. My 15 yr old daughter hacked into my laptop in 2 minutes.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Eh .... how did you know my password was Bears-related Trac ... I mean it's not ... that would be silly. Ahem.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Well, DUH, Mr. Seifert. The Bears had an opening at right guard even when Omiyale was still the right guard!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Team USA just got hosed by the Umpire. Looks like England and Slovenia will me moving on.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Wow, England just laid another egg. If USA wins they advance to the knockout stag. If England can beat Slovenia they advance as well.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    +1

    :o)

  • He probably meant "complicated" more in the sense of "incomprehensible" than "complex".

  • I don't think DA should be taking Knox's job..he should be taking Hester's job, Hester should do just returns and occasional WR.

  • In reply to RogerMinton:

    +1!

  • Um, Here is a video of the 30yr Basket that we just put our eggs into...that is one scary motherfucking basket.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuYTduJza1c

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Definitely looking forward to seeing him in the navy blue and burnt orange, but he has to produce more than the Brandon Marshall/name your guard/O.J Atogwe and whoever else he cost us ...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Marshall was never going to be a Bear. McDaniels would have been fired immediately if the Bears ended up with the Broncos franchise QB and #1 Receiver. I agree about Atogwe and some decent Guard though. I think bringing pressure and attitude back to the defense in the form of Peppers was just what we needed with the LB corps we have. We need to bring some heat and crack some skulls and Peppers was the piece of the puzzle that made the most sense. Major Wright can bring heat on and off the field apprarently according to Crown and Chris Harris and Tillman cause turnovers when there is pressure upfront. I'm excited. Season start now damnit.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Lobo doesn't have laptop privilege's in the Big House MB. I wonder how many years terroristic threats on a football organization brings these days?

  • Pass Blocking Rankings.

    Olin Kreutz- 5th ranked Overall (out of 200 ranked linemen), 3rd among Centers. Pretty damn good. I do not know why anyone on here wants him gone.

    Roberto Garza- 42nd Overall, 15th among all Guards, 9th ranked Right Guard. Another Good rating.. Now lets look at the other ones.

    Josh Beekman- 126th Overall, 70th among Guards, 30th ranked Left Guard. Not good.. and Omelt didn't do much better

    Frank Omiyale- 100th Overall, 54th among Guards, 23rd ranked Left Guard. Sheesh!

    Kevin Shaffer- 124th Overall, 21st among Tackles, 12th ranked Right Tackle. Not bad.. Ok.. still better than William's at Right Tackle though.

    Chris Willams- 183rd Overall, 63rd among Tackles, 33rd ranked Right Tackle.

    Orlando Pace- 192nd Overall out of 200, 71st among Tackles, 33rd ranked Left Tackle. Damn!

    So, I wouldn't hate on Kreutz anymore considering he does his job, Just like Garza. Good news is Shaffter is a good backup at the right tackle and left guard should not be Beekman's position. He sucks at left guard and so did Omlet. Thus, give me Asita or Louis is good enough for me.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Where did you glean this information? There are a lot of Kruetz haters on here, so where this information came from would be important to defend his play.

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    Kreutz was playing on a piece of string as an achillies tendon. he got it fixed. he will have a much better year now that he is healthier. Like Ochocinco said:
    Depend on me like birth control.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    ProFootballFocus, Murph. Johnny, I still can't believe Ocho said that.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    I don't hate on Kreutz, I just think we need to recognize he's not a spring chicken. The best move we could have made this year and probably will need to make within the first 75 or so draft spots is to pick up a talented guard/center. That will give us someone to backup the line who we can groom to replace Olin when the time comes.

  • In reply to mottystone:

    Eric Olsen was there in the draft but we desperately needed to draft Pepe le Peu because .....uh ... Angelo's a dick.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Not too smart, but I'd still take him for 1 season @ $1M: http://www.tmz.com/videos?autoplay=true&mediaKey=7b941b64-15f1-4564-8c85-9de2c0535e2d

    Anyone else?

    Btw, Lobo... where the hell are you man?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    We're set MB. I'm ready to roll the dice with the group we have. Lets just hope the Bears make all of the Sunday Ticket purchasers glad they decided to go "all in". Hmmmm, where have I heard that before?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Loboooooooooooo ! Come to Candy Mountain Lobo!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Wow, T.O. man, that could have gone another way and definitely, pos-i-tive-ly ended his career. And man, I want me one of those stouffer italian meatball subs. God Damn.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Irish...we might have another Aromashodu... Antonio Robinson. 6'3 195.. Run's a 4.4 forty. Fast for a big guy.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    '85, I personally wouldn't call 6'3" 195 big... I'd call him tall, and most certainly fast. These programs tack on at least an inch and 5 lbs.

    If dude can put on 10-15 LBs of muscle and maintain that speed we might have a beast in the making... oh yeah, can he catch... or run route? Who is he?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    +1

    Pump him full of steroids and lock him in a gym.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    He is literally no one..but beat the shit out of Graham in practice today. Oh.. well... MB.. I thought you didn't like the smurfs? lol

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    No, it was a good find '85. Well done.

    Anything's better than the smurf brigade, but if we're going to be talking beast #1 Wrs my mind immediately jumps to THE beast, and then Boldin, then Floyd... anything else just won't do.

    Should be interesting to see if this kid and iglesitas and the other newbies see any time... or even the final roster.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    I've got just one word for you all...

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    VUVUZELA!!!!

    Go France! (never thought I'd say that)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Don't sweat it MB. SA still has their Heart and Brain Surgeons.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Hey gents, here's a pretty ballsy comment from Suh but considering who he want's to sack, I like it.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2010/06/17/suh-looks-forward-to-sacking-favre/

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I enjoyed this read gents and it seems we may actually run the ball more than last year and maybe even run it well with Manu and Chester on the roster. I wonder if Martz is going to rope a dope the competition this year instead of come out throwing like he has in the past? Specially since our wide receivers aren't the sharpest tools in the shed.

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/don_banks/06/17/bears/index.html

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Irish. Love the Vuvuzela man.

    It

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Paris is fucking awesome. Paris rules. That's how cities should be done. Damn, I'd love to do Paris with some real money. The culture, the architecture, the museums, the food, just the whole place ... everything! C'est formidable!

    Nah, missed the match. Hit the hay. Watched my beloved Argies though. Root for them in every world cup. Hard to believe Maradona can leave four world class players off the squad and still do that. I've got my Maradona beard going in support of Argentina. I'm just waiting for the ball to come in his direction and he takes it down, runs onto the pitch, dribbles it past everyone and rolls it into the back of the net ...
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zg3uS4ZBHtM&feature=related

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Hahahaha....

    Nice. The wife's family is from Argentina so they are also a fav. Just bought a SA t-shirt, an Argie jersey, and a c

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Go USA !! Amazing comeback. Et allez les Algeriens!! Love seeing the Ivory Coast too, nice to see an Irish flag in the tournament!

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I for one would love to see the NFL go to an 18 game season.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=5299518

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Yep, I'm all over this. Play two less pre-season games, why not ? I think the players get just over a thousand dollars per pre-season game which is insane. We'd need a GM that could build a quality roster though. The cruel thing about playing well this season - if we do - is that Angelo will somehow get the credit and our BP gets raised a few points.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    What is the record for comments on a post? We have 479 on a subject almost 2 weeks old. Thats with nary a word from Albert. If this lasts much longer I may start watching soccer, nah probably not.

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    Hey,hey, HEY, Murph, I've checked in a few times, but it IS the "football doldrums".

    Had to soak up some of that Stanley Cup Sunshine.

    More good news: The NFL owners seem determined to provoke a work stoppage in 2011. Latest free agent offers are mosty "Take it or leave it!".

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Not according to Jerry Angelo Al. Apparently we "overpaid" for our free agent. I say bullshit. It shows we ARE committed to win and we take care of our own. This tactic can backfire tho..see Vasher and Tommie Harris.

    Question...out of the 4 free agents we picked up this year so far...which one will have the Least impact? I say Chester Cheeto.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    No way bro. Our best value signing mehtinks. 12.5 mill for a blocking TE? 91 Mill for a rusher that doesn't juice anymore? Now we have TWO number one RBs. Plus Khalil Bell. I'm stoked. Run it, take the pressure off Cutler, and then go downtown.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I was a little drunk when I typed that, I rescind my comment. Chester Taylor..I owe you an apology buddy.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Who needs blocking sleds when you can do this drill:

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2010/06/19/mike-singletary-we-are-going-to-do-the-nutcracker/

  • In reply to Joseph:

    Samurai Mike hired Gus Ferrote as his nutcracker consultant.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdWK-aam0Jo&feature=related

  • In reply to Joseph:

    Best fucking drill in football. Did it every day in practice in HS, and at least once a week in college. It IS football for defensive players.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    BTW, I have a predication... vuvuzelas will be huge this year during football games. watch.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB, they better ban those fucking things. that would ruin football. teams need to communicate, fans have the right to cheer their ass off as home to make it tough to focus and communicate. the vuvuzelas has nothing to do with American football culture and has no place anywhere outside of Africa. Those things are brutal.

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    700+ Murph. And the Enterprise ... she cannae take much more o' this Cap'n, she'll come apart at the seams I'm tellin' ye ...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Bottom line Murph, we can't fast forward to the reg. season. It's all regurgitated meaningless chatter until then.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Preaching to the choir, Reverend Trac.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Hahaha... was a brilliant match this morning. You guys should at least give the USA games a try.

    Trac, how terrible was that call. daylight robbery. pathetic at this level, and with that much at stake.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    There's that damn silly rule I previously condemned on this thread! USA Attacker called "offside" while being BEAR-HUGGED by a Slovenian defender. Yeah THAT makes sense.
    Another checkmark in the "pathetic" column for "Futbol".

    Can't feel too sorry for team USA, falling behind 2-0 almost before the seats were warm is pretty pathetic, too.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Slovenia. Population two million. Can they do it against England?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Well, because Algeria helped us with a tie vs. England, it is a simple matter. USA beats Algeria and we advance. No excuses from here - if we cannot win, we do not deserve to move on. Assuming the refs don't take our win away *again*, that is.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Im headed to that show tomorrow night, Da Bears, Da Movie Dat wasnt.

    Apparently, DA Coach is going to be there now as well, doing a Q&A...

    Its gonna be hilarious.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Chicago is how cities should be done. Paris is a bunch of intersecting circular roads, it's a fucking mess. And the women don't shave.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Luckily I was only 15 when I was there and didn't have to drive. Underarm hair on the ladies, also very prevalent in Germany, try not to think about it. Yeesh.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    You guys have to watch this video. It's hilarious. Two English Soccer announcers calling a game together and they are both rooting for opposite teams. Watch their facial expressions when their team gives up a goal and their glee when their team scores.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ib06W_tWkLA&feature=related

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    ANOTHER black mark against "Futbol" when the most interesting clips are that pair of announcers or the annoying, self-aggrandizing one who screams "GOALLLLLLLLLL" for 2 or 3 minutes.

    Screw those goofy Vuvu-whatever horns too. Feel free not to make me deaf while spraying your bodily fluids all over at the same time you ignorant sluts.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Damn Al. Did soccer kill your puppy when you were a boy? No love at all.

    And love the vuvuzela man, love the vuvuzela!

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Go re-read Irish's post on American football (which has so little to do with the feet)...

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Ah ... Phil Thommo. Brilliant. Played on the best Liverpool team (best team?) of all time. Nice to see some passion rather than watch unbiased suited robots talking guff ...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I feel the same way Irish. I for one would love to see TV play by play announcers in the NFL that actually are fans of the team they are covering. That would be awesome. Would love to see a guy like Mongo calling a game for the Bears and pile driving the other announcer for talking smack.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Would you walk out on your life for this woman ?

    http://www.independent.ie/entertainment/film-cinema/freida-pinto-for-rise-of-the-apes-2226324.html

    Go Bears.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Getting back to the Vuvuzelas - would they be allowed in the NFL? Could you imagine when our defense is on Soldier Field and Bear fans go crazy on the horns? How cool would that be? The offense's eyes would be bleeding from the noise never mind trying to get a play communicated ...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Irish, if I get to a Bears game this year, I am MOST CERTAINLY bringing my South African Flag painted Vuvuzela. 100%. No, 1000%.

    You guys will be able to see me because I'll be the only asshole in the entire building blowing it like a fucking maniac

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    "What are you staring at Gump! Win the fargin game already!"

    They should hand those things out free at the home games. That would be awesome.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Jebus. We spent $140 million on three guys aged 30, 30 and 31. Is there something wrong with this picture ?

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Irish, love your posts but i think you have bi-polar bear disorder. One post you are anguishing over the state of the Bears, the next post is full of hope and promise, the next one is calling into question our 140 million picture that has been painted. I'm going to give your mind some Prozac, Xanax or just some straight fucking Midleton whiskey right now...

    Peppers will either:

    A. Dominate and produce at least 10 sacks this year

    B. Cause sucha a disturbance that Anderson has 10 sacks this year

    C. Require doubleteams and chip blocks on every play which will open up linebacker blitzes (no RB to stay and block)

    D. Require doubleteams and chip blocks on every play which will create one on one opportunities for Harrison, Adams, Izzy, Butter or Mark Anderson

    Bringing in Manu-e-manu, the tightend version of Lorenzo fucking Neal, will be a huge addition to our run game and pass protection game. My Bears boner is growing.

    Cheeto and Forte now produces one of the leagues best running back tandem. No more complaining about Wolfe or AP or Benson or longing for TJ. We will simply have one of the best running back tandems in pro football.

    The addition of Chris Harris, an energetic playmaker, to a defense creating intense upfront pressure equals highlight reel hits, picks, pass breakups and dropped passes. (see 2005)

    A Healthy Urlacher, Pisa, Briggs gives us one of the top 10 LB corps in the league.

    Major Harris has a huge wang according to Crown.

    Our Offensive Coordinator is such a fucking lunatic that you will see plays from the Bears this year that will make you giggle. Knox actually going deep? Hester not catching multiple 1 yard bubble screens? DA actually on the field for the whole year? All things that you will see now that we have a true offensive coach.

    Jay Cutler rolling out and using his mobility to create mismatches and opportunities(see every Bronco Youtube video)

    Now step back off the ledge, take a sip of this cool, refreshing Bears grape drank that i just made for you and get ready for the Bears to do what every sports writer said they were going to do last year.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Well done Johnny... only one thing. Please do not EVER mention the name Lorenz.... I can't even say it.

    Fucking bastard ended MB's season with a worthless horse-collar. Cheating bastard. No love for that fat jerk.

    The rest was sweet, sweet coolaid...So there.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Burp! Back on the kool-aid! 25 years waiting for another superbowl will make anyone a Bi-polar Bear! The only problems I see for us is that fat old playbook plus our receivers ... and of course the boys in the clown car who are calling the shots. If Shabba makes starter we have a shot from the get-go. But with Lovie Gump, who knows ...

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Our boy roy is back ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZfGpR4Ul4Sg&playnext_from=TL&videos=3qOV5eEtKPQ&feature=sub

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I agree with Roy. We should of never gotten rid of Payne and should of launched D. Manning 2 years ago. I was screaming this when the trade was anounced. You can't go to war with guys like Manning. He's a liability

  • In reply to Joseph:

    ... and looks to be starting at SS!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'm absolutely giddy...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wik1Qi4btdg&feature=related

    If you are not excited you are just a plain whiny beeyatch.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Peppers is gonna destroy this division!

    need..Bear..football..NOW!!!

  • In reply to Joseph:

    Also, we are going to have 2 of the greatest field goal blockers in the league on the same line. The other teams will have to know where Pepp and Izzy are at all times.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    anymore talk a/b this Toronto game? if you're trying to do a group rate (whoever came up w/ the idea), count me in (could possibly be in upstate NY and would love to catch that game).

  • In reply to Joseph:

    He'd better dude - apparently he doesn't juice anymore ....

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I've just had an epiphany. This is the year that the Bears turn it around. Running the ball. Bear football. Smash-mouth defense and ball control. Just like the Eighties.

    Offensive lines are meant to block, and ours will block, they'll clear the way with holes that broken wheelchairs could get through.

    Forte/Taylor/Bell will run at will, becoming ground-based long bombs.

    We won't be relying solely on Cutler this year, he'll just be the conductor leading the offensive orchestra.

    All of this expectation that Martz will be unleashing Air Coryell is media bullshit methinks. We spent 12.5 million greenbacks on Manu for a reason. We got Chester for a reason. We didn't bother getting a decent receiver for a reason.

    They're going to take the pressure off sweet baby Jay. We'll be getting off the bus running, but this time we'll get past the fucking line of scrimmage no doubt. And then we'll kill them with the play-action roll-outs. Yes we will.

    Defensive lines are meant to cause mayhem and control the point of attack. There's maybe two offensive lines in the NFL capable of playing against our new front seven. But the other 29 teams are fucked.

    And who'll be driving the train ? The forty million dollar born again ? Nope. Our legendary lineman, the Red Hot Chili Pepper ? Nope. Our talismanic, cocky gunslinger QB ? Nope.

    The Hong Kong Phooey of football ? Could be.

    Ladies and gentlemen of the Bear Nation - we have rebuilt him, we have the technology, we have the capability to make the world's first Bionic linebacker ... Brian Urlacher will be that man ... better than he was before ... better ... stronger .... faster ...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZFdUkyh-rk&feature=related

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Might want to hit the mute button at 0:30 though ...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    You could be on to something there Irish. I hope.. Urlacher is back. I really do.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I'm right with you Irish. I happen to think our run game will set up the pass and not the other way around. Super Bowl or bust.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    I just read that Cutler threw the ball 555 times last year. Bear record. I think Wrong Turner and Harry Hymen's exits make us 3+ games to the good automatically. Fingers crossed the injury Gods give the GSH boys a break this year.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Who hey and the what now ?

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    If that's true about Kreutz Waffle, then why the hell were we playing him? Lovie again. He should have had Beekman in playing center and started Asiata/Louis. It's fucking Lovie and his team selection again.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I thought Beekman was going to be the starter this past season at Guard. If Kreutz was hurt then Beekman should have been Center. I want Lance Louis to develop now. Cross yo fingaz.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Beekman's a center that was playing out of position at guard.

    Chris Williams is a fucking stud at LT I don't care what anyone ranks him. He was also totally out of position for 13 or so games.

    Garza's solid but father time is marching on, ditto Kreutz, plus Kreutz is coming off that Achilles thing, you know, that thing that bears all of your weight and you push off on. You have to expect both guys to have diminished abilities this year. How long do we wait before we cut the cord. They last longer as backups anyway.

    Shaeffer is a dependable backup - that's the best thing that can be said about him, he's not quick.

    Frank Omiyale can just fuck right off.

    Like to see BOTH Louis and Asiata starting from game one to give them time to fit in. Louis downfield blocking is his specialty apaprently and Asiata is big, smart beast. We would run amok with those guys if we had the balls to bench the older, banged up guys. What have we got to lose? Our stellar running game? Our legendary pass blocking? If they don't work out, fine, bench them. I'd just rather have Kreutz and Garza as backups ready to help us out rather than let our running game suffer because we're being loyal to veterans. Fuck that. We don't owe Kreutz playing time. Our line sucked last year and he's in the middle of it. We need a big strong young line to deal with Ndomukong Suh twice a year for starters.

    Play with this :

    LT Chris Williams
    LG Lance Louis
    C Beekman
    RG Asiata
    RT Shaeffer/Omelette
    TE Manu

    That's a big, animal line with lots of upside as the year progresses. Imagine a healthy Forte and Chester Taylor doing the business behind that line. I'm psyched. Kreutz/Garza now become liabilities with their accumulated mileage and injuries. No way they've got the fire and speed in their bellies of hungry young beasts champing at the bit for their shot at NFL glory.

    Bear down my young Bears!

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Matt Forte was hurt.. we kept playing him. I think you will see Irish or I will about Kreutz.. I think he has more in the tank than you think but we will see.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    And your crazy.. if you think a rookie will be able to handle Suh better than Kreutz.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    But I do love what you said about Omlet.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Sorry Beekman isn't a rookie but I still don't like him as a center till he gets better.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    >.... boy will that come back and bite him on the ass as it gets booted out of Halas hall. Cock.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    LM: There have been a lot of interceptions in OTA practices. Are you concerned that the offense is struggling to learn Mike Martz

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Irish, if you ever leave this blog.. I think we all will lol damn that was hilliarious..I laughed so hard that I woke up my gf and got laid

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    I'm guessing that entitles me to pictures of your gf Artoo ? My sex life is over ... help a brother out here.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I remeber Jerry saying something along the lines of this last year " With the group we have right now.. I am confident in them. I believe we have everyone we need in the right position." Little did he know..little did he know

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Let's trade Harrison and Adams for Haynesworth. Haynes can play his beloved 4-3 all day long here.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    We would have to give Harris and Briggs to get him. Or another first rounder.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Vince Young with some shovin and frontin'

    http://www.dallasnews.com/video/dallasnews/hp/index.html?nvid=414497&stry

    Ready to lay down the whoop-ass. I like how a stripper comes in to break it up.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Haynesworth got his big payday and then, as they say in the military,
    went ROAD: Retired On Active Duty.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Is it just me or does everyone else come away from these video's feeling like they just got stupider. Why waste blog space on a clip like this?

    http://www.chicagobears.com/multimedia/multimediapopup.asp?mm_file_id=1891&play_clip=Y&rn=1

  • In reply to gpldan:

    You mean to tell me this O-line hasn't had blocking sleds for the last 5 years? You've got to be kidding me!!

    From the Chicago Tribune....

    Tice has brought back blocking sleds to practice, something the offensive linemen haven't seen - or at least used - in a long time at Halas Hall. They weren't part of the coaching technique used by Harry Hiestand, who coached the line for the past five seasons under former coordinator Ron Turner. A lot of NFL players will roll their eyes at discussions about blocking sleds. But Tice stood on a five-man sled barking out instructions to the players on Wednesday, and Garza seemed to welcome the change.

    "For old-time's sake, it's good," he said. "It's part of football. We've all been doing this. It's good. Anytime you get a chance to hit something and move it and get in the right position with leverage, it's good. It's heavy as hell so it's fun. I can't complain."

  • In reply to Joseph:

    Three more words for you guys:

    Football. Fucking. Fundamentals.

    Jebus Christo Hiestand, what the fuck were you doing you out there you turd?!?! My dog, what were they doing... they don't hit, the don't use sleds, I'm amazed our oline knew how to block at all last year. Did they have a fucking tea party every day in practice?

  • In reply to Joseph:

    Oh Jebus H. Christ. That's unbelievable. And he had them moving sideways when the ball was snapped? I'm sorry, but anyone on this board would have made a better line coach than that prick. Absolutely insane. No sleds and not exploding forward on the snap. It's like the opposite of football. Jebus. I feel like if we got a big receiver we could win the superbowl. Marshall and Atogwe would have guaranteed it almost. In an uncapped year why would you stop short of that if you're a billion dollar organisation talking about winning?

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    It's like Tice re-introduced fire to these goons or something. WTF

  • In reply to Joseph:

    There is no level of incompetence of the Ron Turdner regime that surprises me. I cannot possibly explain how happy having that asshole *finally* gone makes me.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Ugh, Haynesworth is a piece of garbage. Can't believe he took the guaranteed money and then decides he is just not going to play. Typical primadonna behavior.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Whoa, man. Let's give Tommie the Detroit game at least. If he's back like he says he is, we've got maybe the best line in football and are going to man-sex the NFC North. The non-consensual kind. Up the botty.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I agree completely. Kreutz is the most overrated offensive lineman (so far as player ability is concerned) that I have seen on the Bears since I started watching in 1965. It *seems* however, that his leadership counts for more than his playing, and maybe there is something to be said for that.

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