There's One Born Every Minute

An email from loyal reader Phillip Lamb is following, with a photograph.  Sometimes this site makes me almost too damn happy for words.

Hi Jeff,

I've been following your blog since '06 and always
enjoy your posts. When you had those shirts printed up I had to order
one, of course. Since then, my wife got pregnant. Take a look at the
photo below - the t-shirts work GREAT as maternity wear, assuming one's
wife is OK with the progeny being labeled as a Bears fan before they're
even born. Ours was born yesterday - Corbinien. St. Corbinien was the
saint who, after having his mule eaten by a bear, tamed the bear . So,
the t-shirt works on multiple levels, which I like :-)

Cheers,
-pl

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  • that's why i love this site and love Bears fans. BEAR DOWN!!!!

    PS: could some1 provide me w/ Jeff's e-mail? if i go to any games, going to send him so pics (and i have this bet w/ this one Dallas fan....i'll give y'all the details on it later)

  • "Excuse me ma'am, but are you going to give berth to a grizzly bear?"

    "No, I'm just a Chicago Bears fan"

  • jeff@dabearsblog.com

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    preciate that

  • FYI, he was 7 pounds 2 ounces and 20 inches long, and will be entering training camp next year to hopeful oust Caleb Hanie. If any of you happens to have any spare bears baby clothes, feel free to send them to:

    Phil Lamb
    43 rue du CDT Maurice ARNOUX
    Chamarande, France 91730

    I think this just about made my day. Thanks for sharing Jeff!

  • In reply to PhilinNYC:

    Congratulations!!!
    He already has a height advantage on Caleb.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Did it again.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    My Grandpa and I were watching the Bears in XX superbowl run. This was one of the nfl little series. Anyways, It only had Jim, Mike , and Dikta. Where the hell was everbody when they did this ? All they could get out of that wonderful cast of superbowl winners to tell their story..was just three guys?

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Oh, and they talked very little about Walter Payton. Who besides Walter, has passed away? I know the fridge was still alive. There should have been the whole cast there.

    One solid note about Dikta, He said there was one thing he regreted about the superbowl. He didn't let the man who got them there score one touchdown.

  • In reply to PhilinNYC:

    Reminds me of the Josh Moore story of him writing about being drafted by the Bears when he was in elementary school.

    I can see it now: How long have you been a Bears fan?

  • In reply to PhilinNYC:

    Congrats Phil. Just don't let him tame our Bears!

  • In reply to PhilinNYC:

    Congats Phil...We trust everyone is doing good. I just gained a grandson 3 weeks ago that will be raised in the Bear's Family. He have plenty of influence from his Father..,Grandfather...and 2 Uncles that are diehard Bears fans. Bear Down!

  • In reply to RogerMinton:

    Hey, congrats!

  • In reply to RogerMinton:

    Some more Bears news backing up what we on this blog have known for a while. It's about time our organization readily admits we have had issues when it comes to player personnel which is how is read it.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2010/07/11/ruskell-making-imprint-on-bears-front-office/

  • In reply to PhilinNYC:

    I was siting her thinking..about our team and what not.. then I started thinking about other teams. I wonder if other teams fear us, if they think we are just ok, or if they can just beat us. What I am saying is do we strike fear into other teams.. I don't know if we do but I do know that know one knows how well we will play but they can't just think we are pushovers.. We are better than the Ram's , Lion's, Buc's,. So what type of team are we?

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Jerry Angelo's ... and ain't that a bitch.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    And Bear babies - welcome to Bear Nation ... we'll try and show you what a Super Bowl win looks like before you get to college and forget all about football for four years.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I took it as a good sign today that my daughter stopped to watch the replay of SB XXX until even I got too bored w O'donnell throwing picks. Even "A Bugs Life" doesn't hold sway over her like NFL games do, and she's only 18 months.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Granted, any Richard Scarry book or collection of lightning bugs wins out, but still, it's a start.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Finally! something to comment about.... BEAR DOWN!!!! and Are we there yet? Cristo!@#!@$@!$#$@ this off season seems long! I'm going back to hibernate!

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Loboooooooooo !!

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I'm still here..just been crazy this summer!!! as the blogfather said in an earlier post..life gets in the way...wish training camp was TODAY!!!!

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Jebus lobo, wtf have you been? FYI, this isn't just an 'in-season' blog if you want to call yourself a reg. Just kidding, nice to see you back man.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    am I in-season or out-season...I feel like the Bears have been for the last four years OUT-SEASON...I hope we get our heads out of our arse's and BEARD DOWN!!!

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Haven't been around much this off-season...but can't wait for training camp and more daily visits to my favorite Bears blog.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    No one fears us right now '85. Based on last year we're one of the 'yeah, but I guess anything can happen on any given sunday' teams....

    Meaning, 'they suck, but I guess anyone can win on any day in the NFL.' I think right now teams are thinking they're glad to have us on their schedule. Let's hope that sentiment will change quickly and drastically once the season gets underway.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    It's ok to lull your apponent into a false sense of security as long as you have a lil sumpin sumpin waiting for em. DA,DH,JK, JP, CT, MF, JC, Manu, TH, BU, LB.......etc, etc, etc.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I don't but could you give me a brief low down on the piece FQ?

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    it's talking about how good Knox adn Hester will be in the Martz offense.. Not Aromashodu.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    I've heard that reported before several times for free. Go figure.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Maybe that is why we were going to trade him?

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    If we trade Shabba, I'm done. Audi. I might come back when we get a GM with a clue. Jerry Angelo's head is so far up his ass he needs a glass stomach to see where he's going.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/chi-bears-defense-0712,0,2175557.story

    So we're paying Peppers $20 million in 2010 ?

    Question :

    Just curious ...

    Would you want Peppers ...

    Or ..

    Alex Brown / Brandon Marshall / Darren Sharper or Atogwe ?

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I want the 17 1/2 sack Peppers. I definitely don't want Baby T.O. until he grows up but I will take Alex Brown Back. Sharper, Nah, and Atogwe really was never a viable pickup.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    http://www.chicagobreakingsports.com/2010/07/bears-eye-byus-unga-but-backfield-looks-full.html

    Unga Bunga ! Are you kidding me ? 6'1, 244lbs ? We need mini-me Garret Wolfe why exactly ? To catch the ball out of the backfield ? Why do we need a guy who weighs 60lbs less than Unga to do that ? Something wrong with Forte/Taylor's hands ? Do it.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Special Teams.... He was a bad little broham on ST last year. I'd rather have UNGA but I think little Garrett could actually thrive in this offense. I have a hunch.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Still think we need a bruising running back, though Will Ta'ufo'ou (forever more known as Tofu cos that shit ain't getting typed too often) is 5'11 and 247 and catch a ball or too. I hope he stays. I just don't see what Garret Wolfe gives us offensively that Forte/Taylor can't. Plus, they've got men's bodies.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    To all of you Bears faithful that think Shabba will sit the bench or get canned because of Lovie or JA you obviously don't understand who Mike Martz is. He has free reign over who play, who doesn't and why. If Shabba doesn't play then there will be a reason. He will play though or if he doesn't it will be because we brought in someone better. But that won't happen either because they will be so far behind in the playbook that they wouldn't do shit anyways. Shabba stays, Knox and Hester are the main targets and Bennett is our Ricky Proehl.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    I don't like Knox and Hester as the two starters. They're the same player. We need a jumper on the field, so Shabba should be starting, regardless - he's just our best receiver, and doesn't fanny about on his routes. He's a baller. Hester is lazy on run plays and not much use anyway as he's so small. At least Knox makes an effort.

    I'd go Shabba/Knox with Hester in the slot if we're using three. I'd even have Olsen as the #4 TE so we can get Dez and Mr. 6'7 on there, along with the twelve million dollar man. I think that means we should have traded him when your first round pick is your fourth round choice at TE. Dez is a better all-round guy. Davis can block and is always open at 6'7. Manu is the road-blocker. Where the hell does pony boy fit in ? Apparently Cutler was honing in on Olsen again in mini-camp ....

    Scratch that, just put Hester back what he was doing on ST, returning ALL the kicks/punts, getting us good field position whether they kicked to him or not. If they want him to justify his 7m - send him long four times a game and don't overthrow him.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    How would this have been for a wet dream on the same field?

    HB Forte or Taylor or Tofu
    QB God
    WR Shabba
    WR Brandon Marshall
    TE Manu
    TE Kellen "I'm 6'7" Davis
    LT CW
    LG Asiata/Louis
    C Kreutz/Beekman
    RG Asiata/Louis
    RT Shaeffer

    Swapping Davis out for Knox or Hester.

    Big line. Big receivers. Big TEs. Big scrambling QB.

    Green Bay - swept. Rodgers KIA.
    Mineesota - swept. Favre KIA.

    But nope, we couldn't give up that first/second round pick that Angelo is normally so lethal with ....

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    and the running backs are going to catch a shit ton of passes this year so watch Forte and Cheeto hit the ground runnin'. The pass routes are meant to clear out the underneath areas that span the width of the field which results in outlet passes to the running back who has to usually beat only one linebacker to break large gains. That is why Marshall faulk was the fucking king of 15 - 25 yard pass receptions.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    A cowboy named Bud was overseeing his herd in a remote mountainous pasture in Wyoming when suddenly a brand-new BMW advanced toward him out of a cloud of dust..

    The driver, a young man in a Brioni suit, Gucci shoes, RayBan sunglasses and YSL tie, leaned out the window and asked the cowboy, "If I tell you exactly how many cows and calves you have in your herd, will you give me a calf?"

    Bud looks at the man, obviously a yuppie, then looks at his peacefully grazing herd and calmly answers, "Sure, Why not?"

    The yuppie parks his car, whips out his Dell notebook computer, connects it to his Cingular RAZR V3 cell phone, and surfs to a NASA page on the Internet, where he calls up a GPS satellite to get an exact fix on his location which he then feeds to another NASA satellite that scans the area in an ultra-high-resolution photo.
    The young man then opens the digital photo in Adobe Photoshop and exports it to an image processing facility in Hamburg , Germany ..

    Within seconds, he receives an email on his Palm Pilot that the image has been processed and the data stored. He then accesses an MS-SQL database through an ODBC connected Excel spreadsheet with email on his Blackberry and, after a few minutes, receives a response.

    Finally, he prints out a full-color, 150-page report on his hi-tech, miniaturized HP LaserJet printer, turns to the cowboy and says, "You have exactly 1,586 cows and calves."

    "That's right. Well, I guess you can take one of my calves," says Bud.

    He watches the young man select one of the animals and looks on with amusement as the young man stuffs it into the trunk of his car.

    Then Bud says to the young man, "Hey, if I can tell you exactly what your business is, will you give me back my calf?"

    The young man thinks about it for a second and then says, "Okay, why not?"

    "You're a Congressman for the U.S. Government", says Bud.

    "Wow! That's correct," says the yuppie, "but how did you guess that?"

    "No guessing required." answered the cowboy. "You showed up here even though nobody called you; you want to get paid for an answer I already knew, to a question I never asked. You used millions of dollars worth of equipment trying to show me how much smarter than me you are; and you don't know a thing about how working people make a living - or about cows, for that matter. This is a herd of sheep....
    Now give me back my dog.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Uhhhhh... I don't get it Irish... so was the guy in the car Lovie Smith or Jerry Angelo?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Ted Philips. Even though it sounded like Jerry Banjo.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Sounds like someone else we know Irish.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Imagine paying to hear that our best receiver won't be our best receiver. Seriously, I'd ask for my money back.

  • In reply to PhilinNYC:

    Congrat phile! (see how I put the e on there because you're in france)

    What are you doing in Frace btw.... just curious.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    My wife is French, we met in NYC. We moved to France when we found out that 1. we were having a baby and 2. it cost around $20,000 to have a baby in the US. In France, anything related to maternity is basically free. Also, there's all of the family on her side here, so we get free babysitting any time we want! The only real problem is that I gotta find a place to watch the games, or stream them/capture them somehow. MLB has a great service for like $5 per month that lets you watch any game of the season on-demand. I wish the NFL would get their heads out of their asses and provide something like that.

  • In reply to PhilinNYC:

    If you look hard enough you can find the games streaming online illegally. That's how I watch the preseason games down here in Tampa every year. Just keep an eye out on the official Bears forums, people will advertise the sites sometimes. Congrats on the new addition, it's a wild ride!

  • In reply to PhilinNYC:

    So your wife "bore you a Bear"?

    C'est Magnific' !

    Vive les Bears!

  • In reply to PhilinNYC:

    Training camp?

    Are we there yet?

    Are we there yet?

    Are we there yet?

    Off topic: Duane Wade, you don't think much of yourself, do you?
    For you to say that yourself, Lebron and CHRIS BOSH are the best 3 players EVER on one team is absolutely, positively, do doubt about it it, dumb as a rock, IGNORANT? Ever hear of Jerry West (The LOGO), Elgin baylor and Wilt Chamberlain?
    Bob Cousy, John Havlicek, and Bill Russell (Who happens to HAVE all the championships Lebron can yet only DREAM about!)

    You probably think it smells like roses when you break wind.

    Moron.

    I now offically root against the Miami Heat. Not for signing Lebron, but for celebrating as if the next 10 NBA titles were already in South Beach.

    Ludicrous assumption.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    AL...lol!

  • In reply to PhilinNYC:

    Congratulations daddy-o! Bear Down Corbinien!

    Is there anything going on in the sports world other than Lebron and Fifa?

    FYI: NFL Network is replaying the Minnesota @ Chicago Monday Night game at 4.30 (central).

  • In reply to PhilinNYC:

    What's with all the yellow cards? Neverlands don't look like they came to score. Spain's game to lose if they don't get off the schtick.

  • In reply to PhilinNYC:

    According to Jim Miller on Sirius, the Bears were 5 plays away for 12-4 last year. Gotta love Millsy. Hey Jimmy, can I have some of that Koolaid?

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    It's probably a valid rationalization but when you think about it, you could say the same thing about about a bunch of teams every season.

    Time to dredge up a famous quote on the subject;

    "For all sad words of tongue and pen, the saddest are these, 'It might have been'." - John Greenleaf Whittier

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Don't get me wrong, I love Miller and I agree with almost everything he says.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Bears general manager Jerry Angelo and director of player personnel Tim Ruskell spent time in Chicago meeting with Unga recently and appear very interested in drafting the running back.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    $#!@$#!@%$!@#%$!@%$....WERE ARE MY GUARDS!!!!!! oh yeah I am still on this soap box until the knock my AS$#!@$ OFF!

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Lobo, your two guards may have been with us all the time ... Johan Asiata and Lance Louis would appear to be the real deal, but we won't know for sure until they're out there in the battle field. Fingers crossed.

    Well done to Spain winning it all in their first world cup final.

    Enhorabuena a mis hermanos Espa

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Leave a comment...

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Why in the hell are we looking at another running back.. Forte, Taylor, Bell, and Wolfe. Now we want another fucking running back.. Unless this guy is the next Walter Payton in disguise.. why should we take him?

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    So we can cut Chester next year and avoid paying him his salary.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    I could see that happening

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    did we win the super bowl yet?

    Where am I? Is this I hate Lebronanaymous?

    I must have gotten off on the wrong floor again...dammit.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    Ha! Look at you DM.

    Welcome back. Shoes, drawers, and lan-gerie are one floor up.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    Trac - I'm a Bears fan who:

    * Is always hopeful that we'll make a run for the title

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I want an undefeated season. I want a dynasty.. I want people to not want to play us every year because they know it's a L in their schedule.

    I am hopeful but not blind.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    For that 85 we will need to draft a sleeper Van Horne right tackle type in the 3rd round, a John Asamoah/Jahri Evans type guard in the 2nd round and a Dick Butkus/Jack Lambert type LB in the 1st round. Keep in mind we will have the 32nd overall pick if we win the SB this year so unless a whole lotta money is passed under the table, it may be a while. Unless of course you subscribe into throwing in the towel this season and we pick 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in the next draft.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    I'm all for drafting Mark Herzlich in the first round next year and put him as understudy to Lac.

    If we're playing Chris Harris at FS then there's less of a need to go FS in the first round.

    Draft an O-lineman in the second and third rounds, or a big, powerful receiver if one is available that doesn't smoke crack or have a tendency to rape women in toilets.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    1. Hate to say it and the guy is a fucking god for coming back, but cancer is an insidious beast man. Never know when it's going to come back. But best of luck to him for a long, healthy life.

    2. The chris Harris experiment has yet to play out lad, let's not bet the farm just yet.

    3. Oline, oline, oline. We need to draft guards in the 1st round. Period.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Trac, only thing is, Van Horne was no sleeper. he was drafted in the first round, the 11th pick. If you can get your first rounders to play 13 years like Van Horne youll be in great shape.

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    Yeah I know Murph. That was kinda my point. Dynasties take three years to build if done right. This crew hasn't come close and its gonna take some new blood in the front office before we can even begin to think dynasty.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Sounds about right: http://www.fannation.com/truth_and_rumors/view/204670-best-lb-corps-in-the-nfl

    Based on this assessment, IF (and that's a big if) we can stay healthy all year, we're at best #3 in the NFL.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Woodley could be on the move. If the BEars don't try and get a replacement for Urlacher next year, there's a nice-looking crop of DBs on the way :

    If Asiata/Louis work out fine, then we could take a safety & a corner in the first two rounds ?

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d81917b29/article/defensive-backs-continue-to-rise-in-prominence-draft-stature

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    does any1 have an ESPN Insiders acct? if you do, could you copy & paste this here:

    http://insider.espn.go.com/nfl/insider/news/story?id=5373485&action=login&appRedirect=http%3a%2f%2finsider.espn.go.com%2fnfl%2finsider%2fnews%2fstory%3fid%3d5373485

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    So we can laugh our asses off that someone pays for that shit ....

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    With you Artoo. I'm still pissed off we lost to Miami in '85.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Exactly MB. Not trying to limit you to my definitions however I would say you pretty much fit into category #2. We may all differ with our evaluations but we do take it to the next level and actually evaluate all of the above. It's up to the coaching staff to make the right personnel decisions this year and with the additions of 3 former head coaches as co-ordinators/position coaches we may actually just do that. Yes, Tice, Martz and Mari got canned as HC's but all of them are outstanding coaches and bring a heck alot of successful coaching experience to the table. Tice may prove the be the best pickup when it's all said and done. I just hope he doesn't do such a good job that he replaces Lovie as HC next year. I still have my mind set on the Chin if your prognosis pans out and the Bears go coach shopping again.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    By the way, Bear the blank down was not tilted to your comments. I only wish to express some Bears piss n vinegar.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Got it trac... yeah, again... we heard the same bullshit around Marinara last year. Until I see it I ain't buying any of the bullshit Lovie and JA are selling.

    These new guys could turn out to be the best thing since sliced bread for us, but until I actually see it, all I can do is go off what LS/JA have been doing for the last 3 years... which is the opposite of what we all want to see happen.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    half our starting lineup was injured. c'mon now.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Both valid points. Which one will play out? I guess we won't know till some time December.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Which can and does tend to happen a whole lot to us... why's this year any different? I'll be happy if Pisa makes it three fucking games trac. And who's next? If Williams goes down how screwed are we? How bout the unthinkable... what if Jay goes down?

    I know... I'm being such a pessimist, but damn if we haven't seen it year after year. No depth = a whole lot or worry and not a lot of trust. I damn well hope we pull it out man. We

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    IF just these two players go down.. we will be in depression mode. Juluis Peppers or Jay Cutler, go out and don't come back for the season, well.. We will be getting a new HC..I promise.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Man, that's the two Js mentioned in terms of the I word. Double bad JuJu. A decade of the Rosary and ten Hail Marys ...

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Wow. Somebody mentioned the J in terms of the I word. That's off reservation, man. That's bad JuJu.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    GM is a bigger deal than the coach. The coach can only be as good as his players. We got to the the big one with Lovie, let's not forget that. Thing is, when we got there, no roster. There was a couple of key injuries to Mike Brown and Tommie Harris, and no QB. Peyton Manning sucked and Wrong Turner decided to stop running the ball. How much of that is Lovie's fault?

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    He's a terrible in-game coach, who doesn't prepare his players for 16+ games.

    A lot his fault. Dude is HC, he could have kept TJ in there and kept running. At that point in the season, that loss is all on lovie. Great, no... even good HCs rise above in those games, not fold like a towel. Sorry, no clemency for Lovie. Guy's a tuuuuuuuurd.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I think that's a reasonable assessment Irish. Here are my adds at each spot

    O-line : I think we might be better without any injuries just based on coaching and moves that worked much better at the end of the season. I know you

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    not worried a/b Pep...more worried a/b Tommie

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Word is though is that Manning is our SS! Harris seems to be penciled in at free. I'm actually okay with that because if Harris played SS, then we'd have an untried rookie and 20 SSs trying out for the FS spot.

    Our starting CBs are pretty good, but the munchkin nation behind them on the depth chart is just an unbelievable oversight. Have you seen the masai warriors we're facing this year ? It seems like we've got all the biggest WRs in the league playing the Bears this year.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    http://www.profootballweekly.com/2010/07/11/unheralded-turenne-could-be-bears-third-cb

    The feeling among many hangers-on at Halas Hall is that CB Woodny Turenne, who spent most of last season on the practice squad, warrants consideration for the No. 3 CB job. Said one team insider: "He's got really good size (6-0, 184) and is faster than people thought he would be. I think he's a better prospect than (2009 fourth-round pick) D.J. Moore."

    forgot who on here was high on Woody, but going to start looking at film on him to see what's up

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    At my age, a "Woody" always sounds like a good idea!

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    The original fucking LeBron: http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=ap-vikings-favre

    I'm actually glad he's showing signs of some speed... I'd hate us all to have his death at the hands of Peppers on our collective conscience. At least now he might have a chance for just a non-fatal maiming.

    Hey Brett: http://beargoggleson.com/files/2009/11/ditka-flipping-bird-236x300.jpg

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    I was, I was!!!

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Problems: O-line, Secondary, Defensive tackle, Defensive end, and Safety. Oh, Unproven Receivers.

    Not Problems: Jay Cutler, Julius Peppers,Tightends, Linebackers, Chester and Forte. That is about the positive thing we got going.

    Our hopes lie in: The other Defensive end generating pressure, Tommie Harris coming back to his true form, our safties playing like..safeties, the secondary not getting burned, the recievers not looking lost or giving up on routes, and our O-line protecting Jay and opening lanes for Taylor or Forte.

    MB said something that really struck a cord. We thought that Marinelli would improve the pass rush with just the same guys we had last year. All we got was a mediorce pass rush.

    Now we expect Mike Martz and Mike Tice to work wonders with the same players we had last year? We did look better with Williams at Left Tackle.. but idk. The buzz is starting to go away and the sober side of this offseason isn't very promising.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    In defence of Marinelli - and I think people are pretty hard on him given he only had one season with a mediocre line - you can't polish a turd.

    Marinelli can't improve the pass rush, only players can do that. He can teach them why they're doing what they're doing, but he can't get down in a three point stance and play all four positions on game day.

    The difference with Martz is the playbook and the absence of Wrong Turner. The difference with Tice is he'll have a new-look line, they'll have been practicing with blocking sleds ... and will be exploding forwards instead of Harry Hymen's insane 'move sideways' technique.

    Tommie and Pep will vindicate Marinelli, even though it won't be a true indication of how much the linemen have learned under his tutelage.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I, sort of understand your position Irish... like I understand you hope that two totally unprovens are going to miraculously form a great oline... but, for me, the proof's in the puddin' lad. So in the end, you

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    The way I look at it MB, there are only two schools of thought from a Bears fan perspective.

    1. You're a Bears fan who backs your team with the same outlook year in, year out. Basically you love the Bears and hope/believe they will do well with little else to go on but a misguided love for your team.

    or

    2. You're a Bears fan who backs your team with a reasonable expectation every year based on the coaching staff and the players on the team with a somewhat grounded perspective based on last years performances and off season moves.

    What makes this year different than most is the fact that some very good players were brought in via free agency and we looked somewhat better towards the end of the season last year. To the astute fan, it is reasonable to have higher expectations that our team will be better. Also, the fact we got a whole lot healthier and Cutler will not be in a transitional year is a huge plus. For the first time in three years, this team actually has the possibility of a great season without requiring a mammoth sized Jim Jones shot of Koolaid.

    Bear the %#@$ Down.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Definition of astute: Having or showing shrewdness and discernment, especially with respect to one's own concerns.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Technically, Cutler will still be in a transitional year - what with the new offense to be mastered, and a complicated one at that. I don't have many worries about Cutler, he's smarter than your average Bear - but his receivers aren't. We'll definitely be better than last year - that's not too hard to achieve, in fact on coaching alone we would get better. No Turner/Hiestand. Better already. Question is - how much better ?

    O-line will be better - no question - it's a different line, coached positively, with younger, bigger, faster men in the wings.

    D-Line will be better - no question - Pep, Harris, Harrison, Izzy, Anderson. No worries.

    Linebackers: Sweet.

    Running backs. Sweet.

    Cornerbacks: Pretty good. Graham, Turenne in the wings. Rumours of Graham being at Nickel this year.

    Safeties: Meh. Chris Harris at FS, Danieal Manning appears to be atop the SS depth chart right now. Major Wright probably won't see the field this year unless there's an injury.

    QB : He'll dazzle or shit the bed, or both. In Jay we trust. Whatever. Franchise.

    WRs : Shabba and some other dudes. We should have 4 towering beasts and two fast small guys. Period. Not five Ewoks and Shabba. We should also have BRandon marshall, no questions. What kind of legend will we draft in the second round next year. They need to be better than the NFL's best receiver to justify ignoring that guy. "You said you'd drop it, Irish!" I lied.

    ST: Pretty good. Apparently all because of Rashied Davis, who must be the God of special Teams because we can't manage to fire the little guy off the roster like we should.

    Depth : None.

    Management : Sucks balls.

    How far does a team like that go ?

    Not too far in reality.

    For Larry Mayer, a long way with ifs and buts.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    TEs : Forgot our boys. Is there a better crew in the NFL I wonder? At least we could claim some depth at that position. Martz will probably surprise people and use double TE sets ... he'll use what he has.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    From one Phil to another... Congratulations! That is just too good! I think I need to know a little more about that saint story - surely one can't be canonized for merely taming a bear, right? Now having a bear taming all the rest of God's creatures - i.e. SuperBowl XX - THAT would be worthy of canonization - Saint Ditka where are you? I guess he has to die first before we can nominate him.

    Congrats again to you and your wife and Corbinien!

    Bear down!
    (small story on the t shirt - I always get puzzled looks when I where it as I initially feared - except when I was recently with my family in Chicago - then they were like, "Niiiiice..." with approving and even envious nods... Takes Bear fans to get it. But as a maternity shirt, it's a no brainer!)

  • In reply to PhilfromSATX:

    Hey there Other Phil, thanks! Here's the Wikipedia entry for him: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corbinian

    I tried to convince my wife to give him a middle name of Ditka, but it didn't get out of committee.

  • In reply to PhilinNYC:

    Nice Phil!

    I didn't even try Butkus... seriously... I threw it out as a joke and immediately got the death stare so I just went, "ha ha heh heh... heh

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Wow - "where" it? Guess I haven't been posting in awhile, my typing skills have deteriorated. I know you know I meant "wear" it. Embarrassed.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Congratulations!
    Nice story about baby's name. Love it!

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Congratulations Phil!

    Did you know that every time a Bears Fan is born an angel gets his wings?

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Keep it coming Lobo, this blog is better for it.

  • In reply to PhilinNYC:

    Robben came oh so close twice. Will it go to penalty kicks at the end of extra time?

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