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Bears Will Play Vikings at University of Minnesota

The Metrodome will not be repaired by Monday's night ballgame and the Vikings/NFL announced late yesterday that the game will be moved outdoors to TCF Bank Stadium.  I can't imagine a Vikings team with nothing to play for getting fired up for the projected 0 degree weather, wind chill of -18 and 21 MPH winds.
Who is Quarterbacking the Vikings?
According to Adam Schefter's appearance on ESPN, the team has no idea.  Brett Favre's hand is purple and he can't feel his fingers.  Tarvaris Jackson came up 296 games short of Favre's streak by suffering a turf toe against the Giants.  Joe Webb has a hamstring injury.  According to Judd Zulgad at the Star Tribune:
Frazier said the Vikings are considering a list of eight different free-agent quarterbacks whom they would consider signing this week and that there is a possibility one of those players could start.
Whatever you want to say about this Monday night game, one thing is clear: the Vikings are a disaster and the Bears need the game.
You Think the Chicago Media Can Be Harsh?
This is from Pete Dougherty's column in today's Green Bay Press Gazette - in the aftermath of their possibly season-ending defeat at the hands of the vaunted Lions:
Put another way, if Rodgers were the Lions' quarterback, and Drew Stanton or even Shaun Hill was the Packers' this season, the teams' records would be about reversed. That's with their rosters as currently configured, and I'm not sure things change that much even if the Packers were at full health. With Jermichael Finley and Ryan Grant playing, plus Hill at quarterback, maybe the Packers are .500. Maybe. 
Most reports from in and around Green Bay have Aaron Rodgers not playing Sunday night though I can't believe Mike McCarthy - no matter how conscientious he's trying to be - will depend on Matt Flynn to save his season on the road against the best team in football.
Picks Contest Standings
I'll have updated Picks Contest standings on the Saturday Show this week.  Fresno had the only perfect weekend.

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  • There is absolutely NO reason we shouldn't trounce these clowns, and get our FIRST playoff birth in 3 years.

  • We spread Bears love across the nation
    No, Izzy Idonije is not Haitian
    Fear boners number 90 creates
    Joe Webb, no dome, checkmate

    GP bringing oompa loompa rhymes
    That mothafucka can spit on a dime
    Wag Poon, Pringles and blasphemy
    Wholly shit, Doc's mom just fed ex'd a QP

    Night hikes on shrooms w/ strangers aint smart
    That's enough to make me shart

    MB doesn't like too much junk in the trunk
    The fact Dez hasn't suited up all year is bunk

    The Coach taught us all about dook lasagna
    Maybe he can teach the fat guy to block-he's called ManofMoolah

    MBP teaching clinics on fundamentals of the o-line
    Not reading his X and O posts is a crime I must opine

    Halftime BJs, car BJs, whatever
    She sucked so hard it feels I might sever

    Love to hit a show with Canada and Corm
    By the end of the night we'd end up in a girls dorm,
    and by the next day one of us will have created a newborn

    I thank Al for keeping me even keel
    The guy has way more knowledge than Dan McNiel
    And I wouldn't be suprised if he schlupmed Ally McBeal

    Irish, our boy, thinking Bears 24/7 in Thailand
    Based on his Burmese baby sitta, the mothafucka has a strong ass pimp hand.

    1 game tourny, here we come
    The NFC is a bunch of bums
    We got a realistic chance to get to the dance
    Everyone throw on your zuhba pants
    It's time to party, time to have fun
    That's all you can do in this world of one and done.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    + 1 Million and change
    Crown's rhymes bring the strange
    Queens fan is totally deranged
    Narcissus is defamed

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I was #16 LOL at the Al + Ally line.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    We really need Atlanta to drop the next three but thats not likely looking at their schedule. But if there's one thing this NFL season has taught us it's that anything can happen.

  • In reply to Jlehr:

    I still think Atlanta is very beatable although I do agree they need to be away as they are tough when playing at home. The teams that would scare me in the playoffs are the Saints and the Eagles or Giants. I'd really hate to play the Eagles again especially in Philadelphia where even Bears fans might not travel due to fear of death.

  • In reply to jbenton:

    On the other hand, some of the DBB gang have suggested that the Bears are a team better suited to a dome than bad turf. So our odds in Georgia are perhaps better than many teams that try to win there.

    And last time we played them there, we coulda won.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    shoulda dave, shoulda

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    And the time before that...

  • In reply to jbenton:

    The Eagles in Philly and the Giants anywhere scare me. Not Eli 'American Pie' Manning - he doesn't scare anybody, but the rest of that team is scary. And if domes suit us, then the Georgia dome certainly seems to suit the Falcons a whole lot better.Interesting point. Do we even want a home game in the playoffs with the way we play on the surface?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I won my first picks this weekend! I dont give a fuck who is playing QB we should absolutely pound these guys. What thing I want from this game is our Offense to toughen out a bit in cold weather.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    It's your second, Fres. Week 8 was your first.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    wtf really. shit man you gotta keep me posted cause I forget who I even pick. Dam and I stopped playing for a couple of weeks cause I thought I had no chance. SHit!

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Here is what I've come to know and understand looking very closely at the last two years gents...

    The difference between winning and losing in the NFL comes down to one thing (once you have all the basics in place of course):

    Injures.

    That

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    done = don't

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Yep. Yeppity-yep. We've been blessed with virtually no serious injuries this year - actually, no wait, losing Unga and Tofu man before we even started cost us in the running game - but overall, Angelo has dodged the bullet all year given our paper-thin roster. Somehow we're pushing for a playoff spot and possible divisional crown with one of the worst offensive lines in football and no fullbacks. And he's here for three more years?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'm still not sold on the greatness the media projects on Aaron Rodgers. To me he's another Philip Rivers, definitely has talent but has not to date won a damn thing.

    On a side note I have a funny story about how jacked up Packer fans are. While at a wedding this weekend I was talking to some of my buddies who happen to be Packer fans. They were talking about how great Aaron Rodgers is and how he is the best QB in the league and maybe the best to ever play for the Packers. I quickly mentioned Favre(I hate the guy but he killed us for so many years and did do some great things on the field) and was lambasted for even mentioning such blasphemy. They quickly pointed out to me that Favre was overrated and had so much talent around him that made him great. I laughed and said if I would have said that a few years ago I would have been found dead somewhere. Oh how things have changed for the Pack. I do not think Rodgers will ever do to us what Favre did for such a long period because as much as it pains me to say Favre was a superb quarterback. I also had to tell them to lay off the hooch as it was clouding their vision.

  • In reply to jbenton:

    Rodgers gets one, MAYBE two more bad concussions and his career will be in question. Don't know, but all the focus on concussions and what they do to you later in life...

    Once you become prone, you're pretty much screwed. They'll keep happening. But as Westbrook proved, the money and fame may cloud better judgement.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Yeah, with all the research and guys like Aikman and Hodge having the problems they did, it's going to be very different in the future when it comes to concussions. Hopefully Cutler can stay upright in the future and not have to worry about them either.

  • In reply to jbenton:

    indeed JAB

  • In reply to jbenton:

    Speaking of our good friend Don Banks SD... just when we thought one of these guys couldn't get more apeshit with their ridiculous rankings, here comes Mr. Ridiculous himself (ranking the eagles, the packers, and get this... Jacksonville ahead of us): http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/don_banks/12/15/nfl-power-rankings-week-15/index.html?xid=cnnbin&hpt=Sbin

    "The Bears did just run into the New England buzzsaw at the worse possible time, but you can't say Chicago hasn't lived a charmed existence this season. The Bears are getting the Vikings outdoors and maybe Favre-less this Monday night in Minnesota. And that's after the Week 1 Calvin Johnson non-catch call, facing Carolina the week Chicago was without Jay Cutler, drawing the winless Bills on a neutral field in Toronto, and lucking into Tyler Thigpen's start at quarterback in Miami. If Chicago earns the NFC's No. 2 seed and a bye in the first round of the playoffs, Lovie Smith should take his entire team to Vegas for the break."

    Love you Don, can't wait for you to eat a dick AND some crow.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    You posted it here to piss me off, didn't you.

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    yes.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB, odds are Don swallowed that DICK whole a long time ago, but I'm sure he's got some room for the crow.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Has he checked favre record vs. the Bears since Lovie took over? Whio want them "Favre-less"?

  • In reply to jbenton:

    Rogers is not as good as Fav-Re, but he is very good. Good enough to cause us many, many headaches.

    My fingers are acrossed for his shortened longevity. No chance they will get a third QB in a row with an arm like they are used to.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    I hear a lot of mixed reactions from Packers fans. Some still don't like Rodgers because he is not Farve. Farve was better most of his career. He carried that team many years. Rodgers doesn't know how to finish.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Right now, Rodgers is definitely better than Favre. Stick a fork in the old cock.

  • In reply to jbenton:

    In fairness, Rodgers is a damn good QB, and not many win too much in their first two years. he'll do his damage on us in the years to come, no doubt. He's suffering from a bad O-line just like Cutler. He's smarter than Favre for one. I would never have picked Favre on an all-anything team - he disappears in the company of the Joe Montanas and Otto Grahams.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Yes, but you did lose your first round game in DBB playoffs.

    But congrats on the picks!

    (I'm an a-hole!)

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    (makes L sign with hand, places up to forehead)

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Tee-hee!

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    MBHP vs. FQD for the Big Win.

    Place your bets.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    MBHP - a team of destiny.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    "I would love to get another dog in the future. I think it would be a big step for me in the rehabilitation process. I think just to have a pet in my household and to show people that I genuinely care, and my love, and my passion for animals."

    Michael Vick you must be insane.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    Dog bites man.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I certainly hope so. Rottie style.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    Sweet 8lb baby Jesus... please let un play indoors in Indy, in a real stadium, with thawed turf, running water, and enough capacity to hold all the ticket-holders. Amen.

  • In reply to dutsami:

    Except I will be driving from Nebraska and that adds, oh, roughly four hours to my trip each way...ugh.
    I'm screwed either way. I suppose they will give the original ticket holders preferential treatment if we have to haul ass all the way to Indy like they did with the Ford Field game.
    My brothers will be happy though. It would shave five and a half hours off of their trip each way.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    Yes, he is.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    "I would love a dog to beat the shit out of, drag with my car, electrocute, and ultimately kill" Mike Vicks inner dialogue

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Brilliant. +1,000

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Amazing how excited this coming weekend turned out to be - especially after the trouncing we took. It's almost as though we won.

    I expected the Bears to finish 8-8 at best, likely saving Lovie's job anyway but with nothign really to look forward to. Now they are clearly a team on the rise and seem focused on identifying what needs to be done next year to keep improving (OL, Safety).

    I truly think winning the North is an accomplishment that the entire organization can take credit for. Instead of falling apart after bad losses to Seattle and Washington, they turned it all around and played great.

    I look for them to win out now and finish 12-4. And still get no respect.

  • In reply to BillW:

    Love the positivity Bill, but still trying to figure this line out:

    "...and seem focused on identifying what needs to be done next year to keep improving (OL, Safety)."

    Do tell? What have you heard/seen that I have not sir?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    As with so many other things, you almost have to read the tea leaves. did Lovie ever come out and say they had to run more? Not to the public. Is he saying they need OL help - no but I am beginning to realize he sees what we see and reacts to it - just not publicly.

  • In reply to BillW:

    Oh, and Merry Christmakahkwanzakahfestivus: http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/.element/img/4.0/global/swapper/201012/101215.02.jpg

    ...and: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAzW4GN6VCA

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Where did I put that Candy Cane kleenex?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    exactly

  • In reply to BillW:

    Today's ad in Minneapolis Star-Tribune:

    WANTED, man to play Quarterback in an advanced, some might say professional, football league. Experience with frigid conditions and adversity a must. Must have own insurance carrier. Must have strong vocal chords, quick feet and an ability to hand the ball off to an elite running back. Exceptional candidates can throw the ball greater than 30 yards in high winds. Accuracy a plus but not required. One game contract, good pay when compared to whatever candidate is doing now unless candidate is currently trading derivatives for Goldman Sachs.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Culpepper will be there for the "50 Greatest Vike-turds" celebration. And it sounds like HE is the one saying no to suiting up for them...
    Hooo-boy.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    If only they had Sage 'Rosencopter' Rosenfels...

  • In reply to pongjinn:

    If only WE had Sage Rosenfels! Some teams get better when their first string goes down ... we just pull the pin and swallow the grenade.

  • In reply to BillW:

    Rule Number One In Life:

    1. Act like you own the place.

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    Rule # 2, Deny everything.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Rule # 3 Don't get caught

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    1st RULE: You do not talk about FIGHT CLUB.
    2nd RULE: You DO NOT talk about FIGHT CLUB.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Addendum to rule #2, Deny. Deny. Deny.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    1. Admit nothing.
    2. Deny everything.
    3. Demand proof.
    4. Make counter-allegations
    5. Accuse someone else.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    And btw that packer shill is a tool. Is he serious? Wow, not only brutal, but silly.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Lol'd at the whole second stanza

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Can't beat that first line!

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Well, I'm not in it.. so I think it sucks!

    nah... great poem but you should write them more as limericks :)

  • In reply to Crowned:

    What the hell?
    No love for sjvl?

    That's alright, I'll keep blogging away,
    And stay a Bears fan til my dying day.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    lol.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    LOL. Thank you ,Crown.

    Actually, I was never a McBeal watcher but it made the phrase work so, what the hell!

  • This is the SECOND game in a row that the Bears will play with negative wind chill. I'm sure Johnny Knox is stoked about that.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    That's the THIRD time I've fucked that up...

  • Bi-Polar Bears. I like it SD. Not a lot, but I like it.

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