Picking the Postseason

The twelve teams that will make a run into the postseason in 2010 are:


NFC
#1 Seed - New Orleans Saints.  A rare Super Bowl champion that has improved their roster in the offseason and seems motivated to repeat.  Plus, they've got four wins penciled in against Carolina and Tampa.
#2 Seed - Green Bay Packers.  The Packers open the season with a banged up secondary and we'll know how well that unit can hold up against the Eagles on opening day.  They are going to score a load of points.  
#3 Seed - Dallas Cowboys.  Fewer question marks than the remainder of the division, though I think they have a glaring one at left tackle.
#4 Seed - San Francisco 49ers. The best defense and running game in the division, coupled with the absence of Kurt Warner and Anquan Boldin made this a sort of no-brainer.  I think they may win the West at 8-8.
#5 Seed - Atlanta Falcons.  I think Matt Ryan is a hell of a quarterback and I think Carolina and Tampa are two of the worst four teams in the league. 
#6 Seed - Chicago Bears.  The Bears end the season with the Pats, at Vikings, Jets, at Packers and I think this final gauntlet will be what keeps them from winning the NFC North.  (Although nothing would be more exciting than Bears v. Packers on the final week to decide the division.)
The Surprise: Minnesota Vikings finish 8-8.  When Favre starts to pile up the excuses in the preseason, you know things are headed downhill.  I think they are going to get blitzed Thursday night and struggle to recapture the 2009 magic all year.
Wildcard Round: Bears over Cowboys, Falcons over 49ers
Division Round: Saints over Bears, Packers over Falcons
Championship Game: Saints over Packers

AFC

#1 Seed - Indianapolis Colts.  You tell me why I should stop picking them.
#2 Seed - Cincinnati Bengals.  People forget that Antwan Odom was the best defensive player in the sport before succumbing to a season-ending injury.  I love their defense and defensive coaching. I think their entire season will come down to the two matchups with the Ravens.
#3 Seed - San Diego Chargers.  I like the Raiders to be improved but the Chargers are still the class of the division and could probably stumble to double-digit wins.
#4 Seed - Miami Dolphins.  Year three of a Parcells era.  Playoffs.
#5 Seed - Baltimore Ravens.  I think the Ravens would win the East or the West.  
#6 Seed - New York Jets.  I describe the Jets as a baseball team with great frontline starting pitching but very little depth to the lineup.  If they can pile up enough wins, they'll be hell in a five game series.  I think they probably get to 10 and that gets them in.
The Surprise: Oakland Raiders finish 8-8.  I think not having JaMarcus Russell at quarterback should mean 3-5 more wins for the silver and black.
Wildcard Round: Jets over Chargers, Ravens over Dolphins
Division Round: Colts over Jets, Ravens over Bengals
Championship Game: Ravens over Colts
Super Bowl Champion: Baltimore Ravens

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  • FIRST! o its been so long!

  • well here is Don Banks perdictions of the NFC NORTH. Bears Last with a 5-11 record.
    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/don_banks/09/07/predictions/1.html

    Peter King also says it will be open season on Cutler cause the bears oline is awful.
    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/video/nfl/2010/09/01/090210.king_bears.SportsIllustrated/index.html

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    I really dont know what to expect this year. One game at a time. I would love for the final game against the packers to decide the NFC North. But in all honesty i dont know what to expect this year.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    that's my sentiment. 1 game at a time....

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Gay Pornstar "Aaron Rodgers Rock & Roll"

    http://deadspin.com/5631813/aaron-rodgers-rock--roll-encapsulates-everything-about-packer-fans-in-one-sad-little-song

  • In reply to Joseph:

    Time to make the donuts

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwfrBbNo5Jg

  • In reply to Joseph:

    Questions left unanswered by a woeful PS:

    - Martz loves the look of Girly Thor. Maybe in the shower. But, honestly, is this guy going to really help us score? Just in the short yardage / redzone package? What IS this guy's role?

    - The weather is cooling off, will this make the butter less soft? yes he's practiced all PS. yes, he's lifted mongo weights. But he still looks soft out there. Will he stuff the run this year?

    - Anderson or Izzy. I say Izzy. Anderson is a disaster out there. I saw Izzy collapse a pocket or two this summer.

    - Is that backside trap used to spring Forte for the long run a sign of the secret tricks Tice has cooked up, or was that just a one off? Can we run block anybody?

    - Johnny Knox. Speed burner yes, #1 WR no. Are we really going to move the chains with him and Hester out there?

    Either the Bears are the biggest missed bus of 2010 or Peter King is right. I have no idea which is true, but I suspect that this may be a 4-12 team.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    What I keep missing is when the Bears got worse this offseason.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Ok, ok... we've gone around and around on this one Jeff... and trust me, I really do appreciate your optimism so let me try another tact to address your question. I

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    OK Eeyore -- way to harsh my mellow

  • In reply to jdawg:

    I know JD. Wish I didn't have the material to throw out there. I wish we were all feeling like Fucking Max and the cheesies going into game 1.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Kreutz in his prime was considered possibly the strongest center in the NFL. I think he could bench 500 lbs several times.

    He probably still has very strong upper body strength. But once the achilles has been severed and sewn back, it is just never the same. First off, tearing your achilles is unbelievably painful. Hateful pain. Torture pain. It hurt less to roll my ankle and break the bones in it during a motorcycle accident than to tear my achilles.

    I'm sure his doctors used 100lb fishing thread or whatever, but the problem is even after it heals, it doesn't fire off / contract correctly. And that is unfixable. Your balance is never the same.

    You can see this in Kreutz. He gets under people and then, he favors one leg and uses his significant arm strength to push them upright.

    It's not as bad as Hampton in his final days, when he went to a four point stance and basically fell forward into guards because his knees were metal grinding on metal. Not that bad. But it dominates your thoughts when you need it, and he needs it every play.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I didn't know he actually severed his tendon.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Stick a fork in Kreutz and Garza, sorry. That's why I find it amazing we 86'd our two backup centers and expect two has-beens to pull wide and block downfield for us. Not going to happen. Forte and Taylor will have to break a lot of tackles this year or get what they can behind Manu/Asiata/Williams/Louis. Cutler is screwed and will be rolling out on every play.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Not gonna lie but Olin looked really good in preseason to me. Opening up holes, pass blocking, and he only had one really bad play that I saw but then someone said Forte could have set it up better. Everything else, right on.

    Jeff, be honest about this please, Do you really think that we can hold off any of the recievers we play this year?

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Wait til Ndamukong Suh lines up over Kreutz man, it won't be pretty.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    That's my point. We did not improve as much as we'd like but I think we did improve our team. I can't see us falling to 4 wins.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    I don't like to picture it, but anything can happen in the NFL Jeff.

    I don't think it will be 4, but anything above 8 is probably going to be due to luck and good circumstance... niether of which has come our way in a long time.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    By the way, Bill Parcells will be looking for a new home next year. And we might have one for him.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Wait, what?

    Wayne Huizenga sold the team to Stephen Ross and jumped out before he knew a democratic president would slam shut all his IRS loopholes.

    I guess the Tuna and Ross don't see things the same way.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    question is: why the hell did he leave in the first place?

    and Parcells? as GM? here? shiiiiiiittttt....the ONLY person i'd rather see than Tuna is Floyd Reese.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    I think Parcells would welcome the idea of building the Bears.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    I'm sorry, but at this stage of his life, I just CAN NOT see "The Tuna' going to go to work for an organ-i-zation (THERE'S a misnomer for you!) that is known as one of THE absolute worst! Not only in the NFL, but professional sports in general.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Jeff, do you really think the McCheapsky's would pay the cost to bring in the tubby Tuna?

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    George might tempt someone, but Michael McCaskey may be the biggest wanker that ever lived and the most singular reason for the Bears' failures since 1985. I'm just re-reading McMahon's autobiography now, and those players couldn't wait to get away from him

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    And if Tuna could bring Marshall with him ... superbowl baby. Lombardi time. Once we eject the old-timers from the O-line, there will be blocking.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    If you truly believe THAT could EVER happen, you really have me worried, Blogfather.The odds would be better for Cowher and you know my position on the bears ever hiring HIM.

    As I recall, Lake Michigan has plenty of Alewives but no Tuna.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Michael is out of the deal after this season. I don't think Cowher is going to happen. I think he's going to Carolina.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I strongly caution against looking beyond anything farther off than this Sunday.

    Does anyone here seriously think that if the Bears fall on their face against Detroit they are then going recover IN Dallas?

    If I was a weatherman, my forecast would be something along the lines of..

    "Mostly cloudy, with a chance of widely scattered CRAP!

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    The release of Alex Brown.

    Only time will tell if 'co-starters' Izzy and Anderson (sounds like a detective tv show) are able to replace what the man from Florida gave to that defense.

    Personally, I think the Peppers, Harris, Adams, Brown line would have been the strongest pass-rush since 1988...but what do I know?

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    Especially since one of those two HAS NO BUSINESS STARTING!

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    As for the offense getting worse, with all the shuffling I don't think the offensive line looks as good as it did at the end of last season.

    For sure, since management and many resident bloggers are content to write off the pre-season as of little or no consequence, I would certainly hold any predictions until we see what shows up against Detroit this week.

    Jeff I hope you're call is right but, honestly, I just don't think it is.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    That was painful.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    The first 3 games will tell us a lot of what to expect this season. I'm disappointed the Coaches are so intent to keep the old talent that got us nowhere instead of giving the young blood an opportunity. Keeping Rashied and Wolfe makes absolutely no sense. When has either one of them contributed to a win? Really made a difference? I want to see if players like Gilbert, and Lefevour can be coached up to contribute to their teams. Will Alex Brown be a force and we are stuck with Anderson? At least Jamar couldn't crack the starting line up in Carolina and Chris Harris will at least start for us. Irish, you must be very disappointed Jamar's march toward the Hall of Fame has been put on hold. I have been a Bear fan for over 40yrs, and I can't remember a team with so many unanswered questions.

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    Memory fades, but in general I'm with you Murph. Hopefully most of the answers will please us.

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    Rashied gave us the lead against the Falcons in 08. Wolfe, well he just has been there.

    But overall, great points

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    NFC North - Da Bears 15-1. Manu goes down with a season ending injury during a 49-0 devastating loss to Detroit and Lovie resigns for the good of the team. Legendary coach, Mike Ditka comes out of retirement to fill the vacant HC position as fans storm his restaurant demanding he be given the job back. Ditka accepts and becomes the first player/head coach to put on a Bear uniform since the late great George Halas decades earlier and goes on to lead the NFL in total yards, yards after the catch and TD's.

    Conference Championship game. Da Bears 24, 49er's 0.

    After going into halftime losing to the Bears 24-0, Mike Singletary goes ballistic in the locker room and decapitates the entire team, thus forfeiting the game. Bears advance to the Super Bowl to play the Jets.

    Super Bowl - Bears 140, Jets 2. After Ditka returns the opening kick off to the Jets 10 yd line, his back goes out when Greg Olsen chop blocks him from behind by mistake. Ditka Fumbles the ball and Olsen picks the ball up and runs the wrong way resulting in the Jets only points of the game. Ditka is not seriously hurt and returns to the field scoring 10 TD's shattering all NFL records.

    Da Bears.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Hee hee

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    I'll start to get excited after the 9th win with 2 to 4 games left to play. In the meantime any win will be a plesant surpize. And I hope there will be many!

  • In reply to RogerMinton:

    I'll be excited if the games still matter by early November.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    I hear you, SC.

  • In reply to RogerMinton:

    I think the Bears lack of success this year is not so much a testament to how much "worse" we got than last year, that does not take into account that other teams got better.

    Also, our scheudle this year is significantly harder, and Detroit is no longer 2 easy w's...

    That being said, I hope Im wrong and we play well.

    Im just concerned that Cutlers going to be murdered, thats all.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    DM, come back man.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    well done doc.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    Well done Doc. I loved reading that article. Glad you took the initiative to reach out to him.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    Doc may reel in #16 cousin. Be careful what you wish for, Baaahaaa

  • In reply to Dmband:

    I sure hope the Bears put it together this year, but not too confident since January when they kept Lovie. Hopefully all the musical chairs pay off, but it reminds me too much of the Wanee years. Not to defend Wanee or Lovie, but maybe there is all the movement because there is no talent at some positions. Chris Harris at FS? At least Dez is the "fullback" this year, he's a much better blocker.
    I think the season rests on whether Cutler wins or loses games this year. Bears may have made the playoffs last year if Cutler didn't turn it over so often. He needs to be a much smarter QB this year.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Yes he does, but he isn't alone.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    Hey Max! Put your lipstick and best dress on, your husband is gonna take you to New York...... CI-TY!

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

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Isn't that Fred Savage's dad?

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    3-15, Ditka goes 3-0, but trades the entire team to Miami for Ricky Williams to try again. Results are predictable.

  • In reply to number1ninja:

    You know what I meant, 13.

  • In reply to number1ninja:

    Ricky Williams is finally good though!

  • In reply to number1ninja:

    OK -- anyone know of a bar in Brooklyn to watch the game Sunday?

  • In reply to number1ninja:

    All of them will have it now. I recommend getting on the R train to 8th Street and come to Josie Woods.

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    They've got some good backers at Carolina, Mongo. Tough to break in to that lineup. Love to see us grow some balls and trade back for him ... as if ...

    Predicting the fortunes of the various teams and likely playoff scenarios is like predicting the lottery, but Atlanta won't be in the playoffs. I dare say Ney York will do well to book their place ahead of New England. If Hard Knocks showed us anything, it's that those boys don't have any depth and that their QB is a tool. There are no juggernauts in the NFL. There are no '85 Bears. Those days are gone, and when the 18 game schedule arrives people will look back on those days in awe.

    Detroit. That's all there is baby. Detroit. Week one. One day at a time sweet Jesus. We'll take it from there.

    Go Bears.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Indeed Fresno and FQ< one game at a time. I just hope that the games still matter by THanksgiving.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Preaching to the choir, reverend. Amen.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    History Lesson:

    2006 - we were picked by many to finish last in our division. Result: Won the NFC.

    2007 - we were picked to be a favorite in the NFC. Result: 9-7 season.

    2008 - we looked terrible in the offseason. The O-line was terrible. We were a mystery. Then we opened against Indy with the MUG defense. Favored to be a playoff team again. Result: 7-9 season with bullshit give away games.

    2009 - Picked up Jay cultler. Assumed playoff team. Then opened in the worst possible way against GB (heart breaking loss, Urlacher out for the season...ugh mad just thinking about it). Back to 7-9.

    The point is... no one can really say what's going to happen with this team. In the NFC there are always trendy picks (Saints, Cowboys, Packers...) but the truth is, outside of MAYBE the Saints, the NFC has no shoe in dominant teams.

    With our schedule we could easily win 12 games or lose 12. It just depends on injuries and how fast this team comes together under Martz and on D. The talent is there to make a run at the NFC. You can find HUGE weaknesses on Green Bay (O-line, Defense Depth), Dallas (no Left Tackle, weak running game, Tono Romo sucks (its true!)), etc.

    The MOST IMPORTANT thing for this season is to open up at Solider Field with a convincing win over Detroit. We need to be traveling to Dallas week 2 with confidence. If we win in Dallas... and take a Home game against the Pack, all the talk of NFC contender will come back. Its the nature of the media.

    And I'm with Jeff. Minny is primed for a big time fall off. Brett Farve had the best season of his career last year. What's more likely: 1) He has another record breaking season at age 41 OR 2) he regresses toward is career averages for the last 3-5 years (think Farve with the Jets). I'd put money on case #2.

    The front 7 are still solid in Minny, so they can hang in games... but they needed some heroics last year to finish so well (example Week 3 vs San Fran when Farve pulled a game winner out of his ass). Those plays won't be there this year. I say they finish 7-9. I also say we take 2 games from them.

    With a few lucky bounces and the injury bug staying away from our secondary/o-line/star players... we can be solid this year. I'm cautiously optimistic.

  • In reply to JimmyNewport:

    I didn't know that the cowboys couldn't run. They seemed like to me they could. Brett would have took the Jet's to the playoffs, he was injured and kept playing.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    ...And by continuing to play hurt, to preserve his precious streak, Narcisius played the Jets right OUT of a playoff spot.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Listen, I think we all know what a loss at home to Detroit would do.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSz5-fhZznQ&feature=related

  • In reply to Joseph:

    You won't catch *me* doing *that*

  • In reply to Joseph:

    Go figure - I am going to be in Manhattan three days earlier than i thought. Any change of a DBB meetup at Josie's for Saints-Vikings?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I will be the guy wearing the Omiyale jersey.

    Just kidding. Sort of. I'm not the president of his fan club, but if he had one...I'd probably be in the running by default.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    1 man fan club?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Exactly.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    That's one more club member than the Garrett Wolfe fan club has.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I doubt that

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    i will be in St. Paul MN for the Thursday night game between Minny and NO. i will do some recon for the blog and will report back on Monday. By recon i mean get drunk at a bar and talk shit about Favre being a douche bag, AP fumbling alot and Minnesota in general having hot blonde chicks that sound dumb.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    "sound"?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Zing!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    For Wisconsin, substitute "dumpy" and "like they lost a fight with MD 20-20".

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    "hot"?

    http://coachferguson.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/08/fatgirl_fatfriday_swimsuit_10nov06.jpg

  • In reply to gpldan:

    JEBUS, GPL...warn a brother.
    I went to school up there and that was NOT what the dorms looked like.
    But they are not bright.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Why..did I click on this and not read the link? Wrong lol

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    I digress, but damn you know... Ben Hollis is so freakin cool. Who else would tell you the Canfield's chemist was a WW2 Chem warfare tech?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4CcYY6cPe54&feature=related

    Sorry - not Bears related but Wild Chicago ruled.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    The Chicks from 'Fargo' ...?

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Unfortunately Ted, your comments are a couple of years overdue.

    http://espn.go.com/blog/nfcnorth/post/_/id/15905/podcast-bears-president-ted-phillips

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Good job Doc. If he has the internet I'm sure he will at least be curious and peruse a few posts.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Losing the opener to Detroit, home.
    Also known as "Greasing the skids".

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Soooo, is it time for old "lawyer jokes"? Let's start the ball rolling...

    What do you call 1000 lawyers in a steel box at the bottom of the sea? - A good start. (Rimshot!)

    You find yourself in a elevator with Osama Bin Laden, Adolph Hitler and an attorney. You have a pistol but only 2 bullets.
    Who do you shoot? - You shoot the attorney twice, to make sure. (Cymbal Crash!).

    "Thank you, thank you very much. You're a terrific crowd.
    We'll be here all week. Don't forget to tip your server!"

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I have a sister and brother-in-law that are lawyers and have the utmost respect for both of them. However, you can't beat a good one-liner. It was so cold up here in Canada I saw a lawyer with his hands in his own pockets. Boo-Yay!

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Jeff, please...

    #1 Seed = Bears (finishing the season 15, 0 and 1, with the lone tie coming when they let the former honey bears play the first half against the Vikings and the game had to be called when Brett Favre suffered a heart attack after being tackled by two cheerleaders at once).

    Playoffs: Bears sweep both games in the spirit of a certain team from a certain city in a certain year which taught the world the world the value of the Ditka mustache.

    Superbowl: Bears 227 Colts 3 (3 points awarded to the Colts when Peppers actually punts Peyton Manning through the uprights to celebrate his 12th sack of the night).

    The surpise: Lovie Smith, having been fired at halftime during the first week, hitches a ride to the unemployment office with Bill Belichek before accepting an offer from the Detroit Lions to be the new football czar.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    More no love for our beloved Bears. Schefter, Golic, Schlereth and Hoge are are rolling with the Lions this weekend. I know they're all ESPN bozo's but last year they were more often right than wrong when it came to the Bears. I'm not worried though, cause Hester said our "O" is ready to roll.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    They had one of the most ineffective offenses in the NFL this pre-season - I was surprised too, they seem to be a popular pick in the NFC as well.

  • In reply to JimmyNewport:

    I'll settle for (hope for?)a win against Detroit. I think "a convincing win" is asking a lot right out of the box.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    well, HE should know. I looked up AWFUL in the dictionary and Peter King's picture was there.

  • good points murph.

  • Nope Doc, that's '85 (artoo). I'm a software guy.

  • I know, I was making fun of '85 at... or rather with... your expense.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Bastards and MB, you have a good memory. I didn't think anyone would remember my major.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Something not football related but could be. If we have free tv channels, why not give everyone free internet? Just sayin.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    you're probably still to young to realize it, but there's no such thing as a free lunch '85.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Of course MB, it would have to come out of our taxes but everyone with high speed internet and the ability to communicate would be great. Correct me if I am wrong but I think over in England they have free internet because they just tax everyone.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    The also don't belive in going to the dentist '85.

    Savages. (see how I did that?)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Yeah, I saw that lol

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Espn hates us fuck them,all I know is whoever in there right mind gives the lions hope fuck you 2,
    BEAR DOWN PEOPLE ITS FOOTBALL SEASON!!!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Huh. Fucking Hoge.

    http://espn.go.com/nfl/picks

    Hey Hoge, that thing on your head looks like you cut the ass hair off an Afghan Hound and pasted it together using Elmer's glue.

    Fucktard.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    The usual fucking suspects:
    * Golic
    * Hodge
    * Sphincter
    * Schlereth

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Geology?

    (get it? For the Kryptonite? Ah,never mind)

  • That's what it looks like to me, Doc.

  • Sweet Doc. Sweet.

  • That's fucking totally absurd.

    What the fuck is wrong with people!?!? Jebus H Christopher... man there are a lot of people who's mommy's didn't breast feed them out there. This is the tech version of, "don't you run on my grass you little whippersnappers!"

    Again, what in thee fuck is wrong with people? Bunch a' litigious morons.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Trial Lawyer's guys. Once again, you can thank "ALL" of our politicians since a lot of them are part of or are willing participants in the matter.

  • "...lonely being a Bears' fan in Alaska" ?!?!

    Hell, I bet it's lonely being ANYTHING in Alaska ,unless you're a Moose or a Grizzly!

    I would last in Alaska, ohhh, I don't know for sure, but I DO know you could measure it in HOURS as opposed to days or weeks.

    I was born in Chicago. I thought winter THERE was for penguins and polar bears. It sure felt like it standing on the Halsted-Morgan-Peoria CTA platform in Jaunary, waiting for the "A" train west to come up out of the subway portal at the UIC stop.

    I have a strict rule about places where you have to plug your car in to keep it from freezing solid during large portions of the year. Places where you swat extra-large, economy size, mosquitoes that just LAUGH at you when you do and just keep sucking your blood. Places where the local cop arrives on a dog sled led by "Yukon King" and is named Sgt. Preston.

    My rule? Don't go there. Ever. I mean NEVER.

    When it's 100+ for 2 months straight out here in the desert you never hear me complaining about it. MY idea of "roughing it"? Black & White TV.

    Glad to know somebody DOES have the stones to represent Chicago Beardom in the shadow of Denali.

    That reminds of the PSALM OF THE INUIT:
    "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of Denali, I will fear no evil, for I be frozen stiff, anyway."

  • I know a poor sap who married a divorce lawyer. She raked him over 8 ways from Saturday. On her side, it was all pro bono.

  • You guys seriously need to stop reading ESPN for a few days. Nothing good can come from it. These guys literally don't know anything more about teams than you do.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    I would argue they know less. They get caught up in making tv appearances and being famous, and we read the blogs and the team websites and watch the waiver wire and replay video.

    They rely on interns for all that.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    I resemble that remark. Nyuk, Nyuk, Nyuk.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Breakin the law... breakin the law...

    "* In the months before Bears running back Walter Payton died of a rare liver disease in 1999, he asked friend and ex-teammate Matt Suhey to purchase a Zagat

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    btw, sorry to follow up something that brought a fucking tear to my eye

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Oh and btw, I just added an item to my bucket list... eat at the top 10 zagat rated resaurants in Chicago. Call it the Payton breakaway.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    That was awesome. Right in the kisser. Bet her husband was laughing his ass off when he saw that.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    I need to find out where Warner likes to eat dinner.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    I don't always follow the Vegas line, but when I do, it's with the Chicago Bears. I pick them to give us an interesting game and be interesting all the way to victory.

    Stay thirsty my friends.

    http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/comment/12/2010/09/9e6bf01ad6e8626af0a10ab5bb884f6a/340x.jpg

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Here's my resolution to future conduct on this blog. If the Bears go undefeated I will never criticize the Bears again as long as I live. If they go 0-16 I will never ever compliment them on anything again. You have my word gents.

    A mans word is his bond.

    Go Bears.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    So what you saying is...

    2nd place against the Lions does not get you this:

    http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/comment/12/2010/09/e797784aab2a8eca0da0b4f3fc6aa925/340x.jpg

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Hahaha

  • In reply to gpldan:

    No, it get's you this...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9bV_v9b8go&NR=1

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    exactly

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Did I read correctly that the team drafted only one lineman in the first five rounds between 2003-07. IMO this is the 2nd most important position group after the QB position that it is pretty universally acknowledged is best to build through the draft. Lovie may be playing checkers but I can't even think of an appropriate comparison to what JA is doing. But he would fit in great here.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRBkgshj8Cw&p=FDADD852049C8903&playnext=1&index=31

    This represents how JA drafts and often trades for us. The one on the right would be the Patriots or Steelers or another non-idiot GM.

    http://lh3.ggpht.com/_XoSZgECZC_k/THyXMifMFpI/AAAAAAAAH58/SXdLk-EE7tk/s1600-h/Picture1024.jpg

    5-11, 11-5, I truly have no idea what to expect out of this team. Yes we improved in some individual areas. Will it result in an improved record? If the O-line can't get it done and the D can't get off the field on 3rd downs, I don't see how our record improves. Ok no more whining for me. I'll let the results of the real games shape my opinion from here on out. Come on Bears. Crush the Lions.

    Bear Down!!!

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Bears first game checklist:

    Significantly high offseason optimism shattered by dismal pre-season performances? Check

    Lovey still looking/acting/talking as if he were clueless? Check

    JA still proving he can't draft worth beans? Check

    D still getting gashed on 3rd and long? Check

    Cutler still scaring the hell out of me with regard to INT's? Check!

    Still liking the trade for JC? Check.

    Still liking the Peppers acquisition? Double Check! (this guy is a game changer for real!)

    Detroit game still looking like a win? Check. (they got a real weak secondary and we got Cutler/Martz)

    Barring key injuries, can we make the playoffs? Check. (we have the talent, we just need time to 'jel' on O)

    Do we have enough play makers on D ? Check. (JP, Butter, Lach, Briggs, Pisa, Peanut and Bowman stay healthy we will see lots of plays made)

    Do we have enough play makers on O? Check. (JC, Forte, Taylor, Devin A, with possible TE, Knox and Hester breakouts equal points)

    Upgrade from Bud-Light to Heineken for season opening victory still a go? Check! (was there ever a doubt?)

    Dialing down on the stickey to prevent onset of extreme paranoia? Check! (that preseason was brutal!)

    Bear Down!

  • Jumbled thoughts doc. No relation whatsoever... I actually found it first and was going to make a Jerry draft analogy... then found the Walter quote and everything went to shit?! Waddaya gonna do?

  • The talking heads get all caught up on being edgy and controversial. They're happy to slobber all over Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, etc. They love to pile on when someone goes off the rails (Rex comes to mind). They are hoping Cutler falls into that category and are lining up to kick him when he's down. Hopefully Cutler has a great year and all those douchebags end up eating a pile of shit. Of course, they won't do it on air. They will just stop being assholes and then the following year tell everyone how they knew he was great as far back as H.S. Other than that, I have a really high opinion of them.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    That is so on-the-money, Canada. The perfect prescription to be an ESPN football writer.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    I have only one prediction for this season...

    Lovie will loose his cool at some point. I don't know if it will be on the sideline, or in a press conference, but at some point he's going to keep it real. He's already getting testy in the interview room. Once a few things don't go our way watch out. Wu Tang

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Random roster notes :

    * Center and Right Guard have no official backups

    * Kevin Shaffer is the backup LT but the third string backup RT

    * Chris Harris is still listed as starting FS

    * Major Wright is the third string FS

    * It looks really weird not having a full-back on the roster. Has that Chris Pressley guy got a job since being cut by the Bengals? Doesn't seem to have a team - he looked like a baller ...

  • I'm on your side, I have loved the bears all my life. I don't like our oline and i think the secondary is suspect. We'll have to stay healthy and gel as a team. IMO jerry angelo and lovie smith are the two worst talent evaluators in football. As for detroit fuck em! Take em out to the woodshed!!!

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