Bears at Packers Preview & Picks Contest

On the final day of the regular season, the Bears have wrapped up a first round bye.  It feels very, very nice but......

I simply can't see the Chicago Bears beating the Green Bay Packers this weekend.  Here's why:

  • Urgency.  I don't think the Bears will have any and I think the Packers will be an overflowing teapot of it.  It didn't take long for reports to circulate about the Bears ramping up reps for the second-teamers, including Kalil Bell and Kellen Davis.  
  • The Bears have been slow starters on both sides of the ball lately.  Think about what might have happened last weekend if the starters weren't given the third quarter to excel.  The Bears might have lost by four touchdowns.
  • The Packers are good.  They would be favored against our starters. 
  • I do expect big efforts from the back of our bench.  I'll be watching Caleb Hanie and the second tier of linebackers (Roach, Iwuh...etc.) closely. 
  • But I'll give you my dream scenario.  Our starters come out of the game at halftime and we still knock out the Green Bay Packers.  That would be injury and overwhelming insult.  As a matter of fact, I like it.  I like it a lot.

Chicago Bears Backups 30, Green Bay Packers Starters 29

On to the picks contest...

Congrats to Viva on a season's victory.  Send me an email (jeff@dabearsblog.com) and I'll let you know how to claim your prize of a $100 gift card from Fanshop.ChicagoShopping.com.  After last week's perfect records from jokey, tobijohn, enderwiggin and Ben in Norcal - many folks are still alive for the Fantasy Playoffs.  I'll be deciding who makes it on Monday.

Chris' Picks (29-17-2): Chargers, Giants, Rams
Jon's Picks (27-19-2): Chargers, Giants, Bucs
The Only Picks That Matter (29-18-1): Redskins, Panthers, Steelers

                                                The official spreads for the DaBlog Picks Contest.  
                                                                    Home team in CAPS.  
                  Remember, you can not use the combinations used by either of my brothers or myself.

San Diego 3.5  DENVER
NY Giants 3.5 WASHINGTON 
Jacksonville 2.5 HOUSTON
NEW ENGLAND 3.5 Miami
GREEN BAY 10 Chicago
KC 4 Oakland
PHILADELPHIA 5 Dallas
NY JETS 1 Buffalo
Pittsburgh 6 CLEVELAND
ATLANTA 14.5 Carolina
NEW ORLEANS 8 Tampa Bay
BALTIMORE 9.5 Cincinnati
St. Louis 2.5 SEATTLE
SAN FRAN 6 Arizona
DETROIT 3 Minnesota
INDIANAPOLIS 10 Tennessee

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  • NEW ENGLAND -3.5
    Pittsburgh -6
    St. Louis -2.5

  • Can Caleb Hanie even play if he's the emergency QB (which he's been for the last few months)? I thought the two guys in front of him had to be out before he could come in. Assuming Collins is still the #2 guy, I don't think he can play unless Collins gets hurt....

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Nope, I'm wrong about that:

    "NFL'S "third-quarterback" rule -- sometimes misunderstood:

    Seventeen years ago (1991) the third-quarterback rule was instituted to enable teams to have an emergency quarterback available who was not on the 45-man game-day active roster, since many teams, for strategic purposes, only carried two quarterbacks on their game-day roster.

    Everybody thinks they understand the NFL's "third-quarterback" rule. But do they?

    The rule states that if a third quarterback is inserted before the fourth quarter, a team's first two quarterbacks cannot be used in the game at any position.

    Another aspect of the rule is sometimes misunderstood. It is a coach's decision as to whether a third quarterback will be used.

    The active quarterbacks do not have to be injured for a team to use its third quarterback.

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Thank you for that valuable lesson, Professor T.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    As mysterious as the #3 QB rule was, someone has to explain to me why is Todd Collins has STILL been our #2 after what transpired in Carolina?

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    W-ashington
    I-ndianapolis
    N-ew Orleans

    Win I say, win.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Come to think of it, what in tarnation are people talking about htis game like it's not important for. First seed is pretty important. Knocking out our mortal enemies - arguably the best team left in the NFC - is pretty important.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    And Congrats Viva !

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Thanks, Irish.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I live and die with the Bears. Sunday will be no exception. I find it tough to believe Lovie won't play this game to win it, and if our team can't muster enough mojo to play the Peckers hard, I will be seriously disappointed. And worried about the playoffs.

    NFC North Sweep, Baby!!! Happy New Year, my Bears fan friends.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    ....and I know you saw how I did that.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    On your game sjvl! Impressive to be so sharp late at night, on New Years Eve yet.

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    Saving myself for Sunday. Probably won't be able to type...

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Week 17 "Kiss of Death" picks (because I don't want ANY of the teams I pick to actually win)

    Raiders +4 vs. Chiefs
    Because the Raiders always look better to me with a losing record.

    Seahawks +2.5 vs. Rams
    No 7-9 playoff teams, please. Plus, SCREW Pete Carroll. He takes a dump in L.A. with the Reggie Bush fiasco, blows town like a thief in the night when the crap is about to hit the fan and then moves right into the NFL playoffs? THAT's no justice. 6-10 and a playoff spectator, THAT would be justice.

    Packers -10 vs. Bears:
    Your "Dream Scenario" is SUBLIME, Blogfather. Not bloody likely, but sublime nonetheless.

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    New England
    Jets
    Rams

    Brutal picks this week.

    Brutal commentary this week also. I changed my mind ten times on ten different subjects this week. Thanks.

  • In reply to Church:

    Just read Ender's Game again. I love that book.

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    Sci-fi fan, Viva?

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow are great, but Card has this issue with all of his series that the first book moves really well and has lots of interesting plot development, and the subsequent books get dryer and dryer with more and more exposition and less actual plot. Nonetheless, I enjoyed the entire Ender series and really hope if they ever make a movie that they do a decent job.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Not really, Al. They made us read it at Infantry Officer Course. I loved it then, and I loved it again this weekend.

    Pretty remarkable story that delves into leadership issues with a sci-fi theme.

    I have not, yet, read the follow up Ender's Shadow.

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Bit of a misnomer to say you always like the Bears and then pick the Pack in the biggest game of the regular season, Jeff. And then predicting we'll treat it like a pre-season game?

    Who mentioned backups? Lovie's treating this as a normal game - which it is. Kicking the Fudgers - darling pick of the NFC - out of the playoffs means no backups. Our backup TEs are better anyway, and there's nothing wrong with Kahlil bell. We've got well rounded pro receivers sitting on the bench, and a couple of o-linemen who are better than the crap that's starting for us. We don't want a dangerous team like that in the playoffs, and eliminating them is how we show everybody who the real daddy is in the NFC.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    irish +1 on the blogfader's misnomer..

    "I always like the Bears" ?????????????

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Hey DBBer's how about we start a great resolution for the New Year.

    A "WIN" on the first weekend of the New Year against are Arch Rival...Fudgefuckers...and then a win every weekend after that until the ProBowl!

    The Lobo Clan wishes
    Happy New Year
    to the DBB's and their families

    Blessings to all of you in the New Year!!!!

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Lobo, let's win the week after the Pro Bowl. They play that worthless game between the Conference Championships and the Super Bowl. They changed it last year.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    aw shit I forgot....damn it I hate that schedule!

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Surely I'm out of da picks contest, but I'll give it a go one more time just to climb that two perfect weeks mountain. I'll go with my heart on this one...

    Da Team
    Tampa Bay
    Carolina

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Finding the team least likely to cover is the best way to find the team most likely, if you know what I mean.

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    tampa bay
    carolina
    detroit

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    To all the creative DBBers... my brother and I want to make a sign for the game... any suggestions???

  • In reply to bearsinwi:

    How 'bout; Fuck all you cheese-headed, Fudge Packing, cow raping, douchebags. Too over the top? Oops.

    Bring back Lindy Infante

    I'm glad Charles Martin is dead

    Better ask someone else. Although the Lindy Infante one would probably get some laughs and not get you beat up.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    I'll definitely back the Charles Martin T-shirt. It's a winner for me.

  • In reply to bearsinwi:

    The 2010 Superbowl Shuffle

    We're the Bears Shufflin' Crew.
    Shufflin' on down, doin' it for you.
    We're so bad we know we're good.
    Blowin' your mind like we knew we would.
    You know we're just struttin' for fun
    Struttin' our stuff for everyone.
    We're not here to start no trouble.
    We're just here to do the Super Bowl Shuffle.

    My Name is Mattie and runnin

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Nice job, Doc. The Olin verse was my fave.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Love it. Peanut fear boners. YEAH!!!

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Doc...

    Soon to be a classic after we win it ALL!!!!!!!

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Nice Doc, solid effort! I like.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Cutty, the emu qb... Brilliant doc. You just cured my hangover.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Agreed! Best thing I've read on the 'net this year.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Doc,

    You are the greatest.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Happy New Year - All

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    Happy New Year, viva!!

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Giants -3.5
    Jets -1
    Steelers -6

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    yes

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Get that on you tube with your boys! I can see it now. Bears go all the way. The video get more than a million hits. We all see Doc and his boys do it on? SNL? Conan? Letterman? Every freaking show!

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Doc - you deserve some free tickets for that.
    Faaaaaantastic.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Thanks everybody. You're way, Way, Way, WAY too kind!

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Loved the Steltz-ribs reference.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Any BIG TEN fans out there?

    They got their collective heads handed to them today.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Sad, sad, sad. At least MY alma mater won (UIUC)

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    As a fan of the PAC 10 in the bowl in which they should be represented, I had to pull for the non-Big 10 team, as is my usual way.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Ugggh

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Chargers
    Colts
    Saints

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Texans, Lions, Cardinals

  • In reply to bearsinwi:

    Hey Cheese Dicks The Bears
    Swept The NFC North!!!!

    Take bandages...

  • In reply to bearsinwi:

    How about "Merry Christmas, here's your wild card." Or better yet, "Thank you Packers for the week off"

  • In reply to mottystone:

    I like it!!! My brother found a picture of Rodgers where he is sniffing that smelling salt on the sidelines, and he wants to put the picture with "would you like some PEPPERS with that salt?" Kinda corny, but we'll see!!

  • In reply to bearsinwi:

    They won't get it. :)

  • In reply to bearsinwi:

    I like the Giants, Carolina, and St. Louis - That'll give me a reason to watch the late game.

    Congrats to VIva. Buy me a new hat!

  • In reply to jmcyclone:

    Thanks, JM. See you in the playoffs. I have to visit the website to see what I can get.

  • In reply to bearsinwi:

    The Bears have the edge in this longstanding matchup.

    I just read that the first ejection for fighting occurred in the Chicago/Cheese game in 1924.

    Today, the Bears should party like it's 1941.

  • In reply to bearsinwi:

    Just to kill some time until the official game thread starts - from Dan Pompei in the National Football Post:

    "Numbers Games: Play It Again (Or Not)

    If you are a fan of the Bears, you should be rooting for Lovie Smith to keep his red handkerchief in his pocket, unless his nose needs blowing. Smith

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    I cringe every time I see Lovie go for that flag.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    At least a blown challenge is basically the equivalent of a time out, Which Lovie, Martz, and Cutty usually waste anyway.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    The Brett Girl is inactive today! That means The Chicago Bears ended his career! Yes!!!!

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Corey Woo-Woo-Wooten should get a trophy or something.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    The perpetual Lawrence Taylor trophy for the best annual career-ending tackle. Not exclusively awarded to people for ending the career of douche-bags. But it helps. Peyton Manning someone, please. Tommie? Redemption awaits.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    To the team we shall call

    "THE 2010 CROWN THERE ASS CHAMPIONS"

    FUCK ME...all I have seen this morning on the three & Four Letter Network.. How the fucking inbred's in Fudgefucker's deserve to be the NFC North Champions, playing championship football and last but not least Hoe Fuckdodgers was snubbed for the Pro-bowl.

    My Fres RANT
    FU FAT ASS BOOMER
    FU DA COACH
    FU CHRIS CARTER
    FU KEYSHA
    FU TOMMY
    FU RICH ESIEN BITCH
    FU MARSHALL
    FU MUCH BITCH YOU COULDN"T COACH YOUR ASS OUT OF "A F"ING PAPER BAG
    FU SAPP FU FAT ASS
    AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST
    FU MIKE I GO DO SOME DEALING ASS-CLOWN

    and all the Fucks on FOX and CBS FU TOO!!!!

    so tired of:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAN9ORwsiVA

    FU YOU ALL IN INBRED LAND- WISCONSIN!

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    For those of you that want to see True Grit...here's the link. Once it plays, hit pause and let it load for a while, it takes forever to load on my computer.

    http://www.novamov.com/video/x06tfw48gdyop

  • In reply to Joseph:

    Class. Hope Bridges and that girl get oscars. Great stuff. Bridges best performance ever?

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    A link for The Fighter

    http://www.novamov.com/video/wjb5ofsz1l9ea

  • In reply to Joseph:

    Christian Bale stole that movie for me. Great performance. Marky Mark and the funky bunch just kind coasts through the movie. Loved the sisters. Well skanky.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    See the Drew Brees ad up above? Fantapper? Man, they shoulda got Brett or Big Ben to do that one. Tee hee!

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Not so fast Doc. He just announced his retirement, which means ... the bench in Cleveland next year ....

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    FRESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS. wake up, wake up Fres, come on wake up. WAKE THE FUCK UP FRES!

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Holy Shit Fresno. That was awesomely bad.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Hope he didn't spew all over that new Payton jersey....

  • In reply to sjvl:

    Good one! If he did, there could be a run to the dry cleaners in his future. Not to mention about a dozen aspirins copious amounts of fluids, a pile of greasy food and good times on the couch all day.

    I really miss drinking!!?

  • In reply to sjvl:

    Ah, the good old days - I remember knowing I wouldn't make it to the bathroom so out the bedroom window it went. Cuervo Gold if I remember correctly. Then a few hours later, the roommate started blasting Burnt Weenie Sandwich by Frank Zappa. You couldn't pick a worse album to play while nursing a Tequila hangover. Someday I'll tell you all about locking myself out of my apartment naked (Newberry Plaza if you're familiar with the Gold Coast) after a night of Remy Martin...

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Classic! You're right about Zappa and hangovers. Brutal.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Unless it's Uncle Remus on repeat. That's my theme tune.

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Wow. Burnt Weenie Sandwich!

    I've see a lot on this blog, but a reference like this just makes me get all misty-eyed.

    All I need now is Paranoid blasting on an 8-track player while badly shooting a basketball in the driveway...

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Congrats Viva, with a name like that we should have known this was coming.

    Fres for the record, although Jeff may have contradicted himself a bit, didn't the blog-father eventually pick the Bears to win?

  • In reply to Shady:

    Thanks, Al and Shady.

    You are too kind.

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    I THOUGHT about saying

    VIVA, "VIVA" !

    But, that's too easy.

  • In reply to Shady:

    I will be absolutely riveted to the early games since I'm carrying Cutler, Forte, and Knox on my DBB soon-to-be champs roster.
    And if either team loses, their value goes in the toilet.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Repeating myself: Isn't it Sunday yet?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Viva La Rose Bowl!

    Sadly, I miss Keith Jackson. Muskberger blows.

    Woah Nelly....

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    I disliked Muffberger when he was a snotty little punk at WBBM, and he has not exactly aged well.

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    1st Tequilla Drinking Experience:

    Went to El Jardin's on Halsted (I think), had more than my fill of shots, went back to a friend of a friends house and passed out on his "brand new" couch. Woke up in a small pool of piss, flipped the cushions, and B-lined back to my apartment.

    A month later my buddy calls me up laughing his ass off. I ask him what he was laughing at, and he said that Jeff (the guy whose couch I had pissed on) had family over and they tried to use the sofa-bed, but the springs were rusted and the mattress was urine stained. They knew it was me, because no one had ever slept on the couch before. Didn't get invited to that wedding.

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    Ah, the old 'pissing on couches' stories. My specialty was removing the cushions first, then give the underlying couch a decent soaking, and then replacing the cushions, for some reason best left to the unconscious mind.

    Go Bears!

  • In reply to sjvl:

    Hey Fres, don't take all this the wrong way. Yeah, we're all laughing about your meltdown but not in a bad way. We've all burned down the barn and had a crazy moment. It brings back good/bad memories for all of us. Good because we're all glad it wasn't us and bad because we can remember when it was us.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    It actually was me not too terribly long ago. Late lunch, no dinner, lots o' tasty cold ones..... ugh.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    That was pretty much the scenario of my last night of drinking. Except I ended up in jail and video court in the AM.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    honestly jeff. YOU fucked up your whole Bears pick and breakdown, by this thread and I have to say FUCK YOU!!!!!!!!!...."I DONT THINK THE BEAR WILL WIN? what the fuck... what fan are you? oh yea the fan who leaves at halftime when their team is beating.. ...... and and fuck all of you... im out. Im done with this blog... Wont being seeing me no more...

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    How many Fresno? Take 4 aspirin in the morning pal. Don't let a football difference of opinion ruin your day. Rub some dirt on it.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Fres will wake up in about 4 hours, look at the blog and say "what the fuck " I know every night out with Fres must be a memorable experience!

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Arizona
    Carolina
    Tampa

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Tell us how you really feel, Fres!!! Can't say I entirely disagree, but fuck you too!!! Happy Fuckin' New Year!!

  • In reply to sjvl:

    Yup. Happy fuckin new year everybody :o)

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    God I love this blog! You just crack me Up!

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    It's hard to tell what's gonna happen Sunday, I mean we kinda owe the Vikings are real long deep wet kiss for taking out the Eagles..right? So maybe the Bears lay low and play the 2nd string guys and give a fellow NFC North team a shot at the playoffs to keep one of the Fucking NorEaster teams out. I think that's how it will work anyway. Someone correct me if I'm wrong, please. So what the hell why not. I'd rather pound the Pack into the ground myself, but that's just me.

  • In reply to RogerMinton:

    I actually wish the Queens wouldn't have beaten the Eagles then the Bears would have been forced to play lights out against the Cheese. Maybe some of you guys think the cheese are better than the Bears but I don't.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Me NEITHER.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    "Never look a gift-horse in the mouth".

    I say "Thank you, Queens."

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Oldest rivalry in professional football.

    Win it for Papa Bear! Win it for Walter. Win it for Butkus. Win it for Sayers, Sack Man, Red Grange and Ditka.

    I want the sweep. That's my definite pick.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    Win it for me, Bobby Douglas! Oh, and Bronko, too.

  • In reply to BobbyDouglass:

    Bobby spelled it with a double-S.

    NFL Network had him as one of the NFL's top Ten Left-handed quarterbacks.

    I list him as the #1 best ever "Shoulda-been-a-linebacker-but-played-QB" of all time!

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I was listening to WGN radio with Jack Brickhouse and Irv Kupcinet the day he tossed FOUR TD passes against the Bills. THREE of them after he broke his wrist. Actually I think he threw FIVE that day but one of them was a "pick-six" to Buffalo's Butch Bryd.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Old school. That was before my time. I can harken back to the Avellini days.

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    Bob Avellini. The POSTER CHILD for mediocre Chicago QBs. And he had the job for YEARS!

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I once had the highlights of that game on reel-to-reel along with more Bears stuff then and a bunch of Lloyd Pettit Blackhawk calls but lost the tape before I could convert it to a more modern format. Sigh.

    Bobby Douglass was 32 yards shy of 1,000 one year back in the 14 game sschedule days.

    He averaged less than 5 yards per pass that season and just under SEVEN yards per carry!

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Happy New Year!

    All hail, Viva!

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Giants, Steelers, Chiefs

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    Oh yeah, happy new year, and BEAR THE FUCK DOWN.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    Raiders, Cowgirls, Rams

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Fresno, don't start off the new year surly. C'mon mang. He gave you free tickets to a bears game that YOU declined. Surely this blatant transgression against you by da blogfather can be forgiven.

    Oh. And sorry for calling you Shirley.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Fres, the dreaded 4:30 AM post. I'm sure it seemed like it at the time but not a good idea. Welcome back my friend. I'm sure you'll feel like shit from too much partying but suck it up and post your picks. We've all been there at one time or another. Happy Fucking New Year!!!!!!!!

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    One last little tidbit. This was Fres' post at 1:30 PM yesterday; "HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!!! DRINK IT UP"

    Someone's got some esplaining to do!

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Anyone laying odds?

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Fres, dude! Wait til we cream the Packers and just rub it in!

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Chicago +10
    Carolina +14.5
    Tennessee +10

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    I believe the #3 QB can play in the 4th quarter OR sooner if #1 & #2 go down.

    Is this not the PERFECT opportunity to play "Green Acres"?

  • God Bless You.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    each and every one!

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    According to the "Experts Picks" on the network not to be named, there are 9 teams that have been unanimously picked to lose this weekend. That's right, the Bears are one of those teams. The 9 teams not receiving a single vote to win this weekend are the following:
    Bears, Panthers, Browns, Bengals, Titans, Cowboys, Cardinals, Redskins, Seahawks. If I were a betting man, I would be willing to place a little wager that more than half of their unanimous selections for "Loser" of the week turn out to be wrong.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Our Bears are often unanimously picked to lose - and then those talking heads/penises/assholes (I think I covered all of them) are proven wrong.

    LET'S GO BEARS!!!!!

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    The network that shall not be named unanimously picked against us? insert symphony acoustics HALLELUJAH! That must mean that even if we start our practice squad, we're gonna beat the Pack!

    Sidenote: any one hung over today?

    Hangover cure I usually use: Top Ramon soup, with tapatio in it, and Vitamin Water (the purple one). Don't know why it works, but it just does. If you can get menudo (the soup, not the band) that also works too, depending on the level of hang-over.

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    Leave a comment...

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    I did.

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    He was talking to Tobi.

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    Wow Fres still sleeping? God I remember one outing, went to bed and woke up late for the 3-11 shift. Man that was bad calling up to say I'm gonna be late because I overslept. It's 12:45 on the west coast, we might not see Fres for another 3 hours. I am so glad those days are over. I was never real good at it.

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    Kids are why I gave it up. Kids don't let you sleep it off. You stay out til 4, or even 2, get home go bed (which is never easy to do if I'm drunk, unless I'm pass out drunk of course), the kids don't care. They're up by 6 or 7 regardless. In my grill all day. No thanks. Hangovers and kids don't mix.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    i'm finding that out right now Doc and have been since 6:48am. It didn't help that i went to bed at 5.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Haven't been hungover since my bachelor party and I don't EVER want to feel THAT BAD again.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    I still have my fun. I have just come to recognize that with kids, you have to pay to play. Go in knowing it and you can survive....

  • In reply to sjvl:

    The Marine Corps was brutal when it came to hangovers. I can remember hitting the rack half an hour before PT and then having to run 3 miles at oh six hundred. Haven't touched a drop in over 15 years. Don't miss it one bit and I love the mornings now. Oooohrah.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    I ran the Marine Corps Marathon in DC with a hangover. Tossed cookies at about mile 4.

    Semper Fi

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    Not a Marine, myself. Alcohol or not, I like my sleep. Nine hours makes me happy. Any less, and just look out.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Gawd, are these Bowl games ever going to end?

    I
    need
    Sunday.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    That's why I don't have kids, gets in the way of my 6pack. Also why I don't have a wife. Well, that and I like my freedom lol

    I didn't drink at all last night, even though I planned to. I visited BevMo and got some good dark ale, and tequila, and even some champagne for midnight, but ended up just hanging with a chick drinking lemonade. Wasn't in the mood to really party.

    Fres, we've all drunk blogged/texted. No biggie. I would avoid the computer like the plague for a week or so. Come back, man - if not for Jeff, than to hang with the rest of the boys.

    On a sidenote, remember the good ole days, when we drunk dialed? Man, those were annoying to get at 2am...I never drunk paged though lol

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    speaking of hangovers. mine hasn't gone away yet.

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    giants dallas chargers

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    Drink-emailing. Never good.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Interesting article by Dan Pompei in the Trib:

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/ct-spt-0102-bears-pompei-essentials-c20110101,0,7311005.column

    This excerpt from it caught me by surprise:

    "In Smith's seven years with the Bears, he has won 63 regular-season games. Only seven clubs have won more over that period of time, and only two NFC teams. All but three have done it with more than one coach. The only coaches who have won more than Smith since 2004 are the Patriots' Bill Belichick (86), the Eagles' Andy Reid (67) and the Giants' Tom Coughlin (64).

    Smith's winning percentage of .568 ranks 10th among NFL coaches with their current teams (excluding coaches who have yet to complete two full seasons).

    How have the Bears fared in the NFC North under Smith? They have a 26-15 record. Since 2004 they have won the division more than any other team

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    That's good stuff Tobi. I've been hard on SDL (he's benen upgraded to Semi Dick Lovie) and I believe for good reason. I'd say sometimes a coach has used up all his magic and the ship just needs a new captain. I'm not saying that's the case here, but I did fear it was. Mostly because of the seeming fall of the cover 2. Now we all know it really does need a genuine pass rush to be successful. He's made some very questionable calls, both on the field of play and in the offseason. But there's no arguing the fact that the guy has brought more success to this team than any of us had grown used to. And the sad fact is, there's no guarantee that a coaching change would bring about a better coach. That's what people thought when Ditka got canned. "Well maybe his time is just up. We need a fresh start." And who did we get? We got Wanny. Wanny for crying out loud. Followed by Dick Jauron and his sidekick John Shoop. Point is, this captain still has some sailing to do. I say give him the playoffs and maybe into next year. I'm rambling at this point but basically, I agree with what I think is your implication.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    If I knew the John Shoop reference was coming I would not have eaten dinner earlier.

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    Hey, I'll have you know that Shoop's North Carolina Tar Heels (he's the OC) beat the Tennessee Volunteers 30-27 in double overtime in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl a couple days back. So take that....

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Ya, I read that article too...shocking to think about. I think his stoic demeanor rubs a lot of bears fans the wrong way, along with more than questionable coaching decision (can anyone say, Hester?). But Belichick isn't winning any popularity contests, and he too makes questionable decisions (remember going for it on fourth against the Colts?), albeit less frequently.

    This article makes one pause, but if he didn't make the playoffs this season, I don't think anything less than a new BETTER coach would have assuaged my frustration. Luckily, I don't have to worry about that this off-season.

    Good job this year Lovie, even if it meant swallowing your pride and allowing Martz and Marinelli more control. It takes a big man to give up power for the greater good.

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    The Coordinators are the difference makers this year, and you're right, Lovie does earn some pride swallowing kudos.

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    Do you know how rare it is for a team with two new coordinators to make the playoffs? (One in-system guy (Marinelli), and one new system guy (Martz).

    I don't have the answer, but it is pretty intriguing when you consider these athletes play and coach at the highest level.

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    Do you know how rare it is for a team to replace an OC and DC in the same year without firing the Head Coach? Lovie was given a gift this year and he knows it. Glad to see him finally coach with a pulse.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    This kind of immediate success with two new coordinators IS rare.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Has there EVER been a team with four guys that have been head coaches?

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Yeah, 2010 Chicago Bears.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    I meant before now...

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Wait, I think you have the JAC @ HOU line wrong... Houston should be the favorite, no?

    Tennessee +10
    Houston +2.5 [Heck, I'd probably take Houston at -2.5 even]
    Tampa Bay +8

    Tough week for picks with all the new QBs and resting starters, but Panthers, Patriots, and maybe Seahawks, Vikings, and Chiefs also look good. I'm not touching the Chargers or Jets with a 10 foot pole...

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Fres, we miss you already man. Please come back. Don't let one screwed up, contradictory post by the blogfadder drive you away. He was probably drunk (or somethin) when he posted it.

  • In reply to mikev:

    don't coddle him.

  • In reply to mikev:

    Cincinnati
    Dallas
    Tennesee

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Jamie Dukes, of all people, was sticking up for Jay Cutler ina Cutler-Rodgers debate with Tom Waddle.

    Waddle, while not bashing Cutler, took Rodgers saying he has to carry the load because the packer running game became so pedestrian
    after Ryan Grant went down.

    Dukes position was basically "Sure, but look at who Rodgers has to throw to" and stated there isn't a more anonymous group of receivers in the NFC this side of The Rams or Seahawks.

    You didn't win me over, Jamie, I think you're selling the Bear receivers short.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    With success comes notoriety, and the Bears receivers are about to become really notorious.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Dukes had it out with Woodson too, saying we'd already beaten the packers and we're division champs who've won two more games.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Selling the Bears receivers short. Haha, Al is a subtle one.

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    Hear, hear! I like Lovie, always have. Much to your chagrin.

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    Stoli with a little ice before I even brushed my teeth always took care of a hangover. Of course, that cure opened up another can of worms altogether...

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    I don't think rinsing your teeth with stoli is advisable lol My step-brother was like that. He would just wake up, and drink bloody mary's. I would do that too sometimes, but I knew I was just prolonging the inevitable lol

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    NFL Net's Sterling Sharpe picked the Bears, but he admitted he did it because every time he picked against his Packers this season they WON! Guess I'm not the ONLY one who uses the "Kiss of Death Pick"!

  • I rent an apt in a city of a 1 million but I own a home in the mountains of SE British Columbia. I get a lot of time off due to long shifts at work so my beloved bride and I go to BC every chance we get. Love the peace and quiet.

    Good for you on the sobriety. There's nothing wrong with drinking if you can handle it. I couldn't.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    I only miss the women with no names and conversations with random strangers.

  • Very nice SD... I love hearing how opps react to Hester. Now there's undeniable fear boners!

  • Rams
    Steelers
    Giants

  • Anyone else heading to the game today???? What cold? BEAR DOWN!!!!

  • In reply to bearsinwi:

    sorry bearcat, i'll be hanging in the mancave today. pizza, wings and cold beer.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Would really like to be, but my day will be like johnny's - except in the womancave, er, living room.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Do you get freedom from the kids in said man cave? Man, that would be sweet.

  • In reply to bearsinwi:

    Poll Question:

    Did anyone party harder than Fresno on New Years Eve?

    You know you tied on a strong one when you come home from partying your ass off and verbally abuse a blog moderator and guys that post on a website for the Bears who actually agree with your opinions. classic.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    I think Fres takes the award, hands down! The best part about it were all the other posts and drinking stories. Hopefully Fres gets back on here and sees that absolutely none of us give a rats ass that he went nuts. That's the best part about a family. They always forgive and then needle you relentlessly for the rest of your life.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    So I'm in Chicago this weekend and the plan is pizza for lunch. I know this has been a blog topic before, but where should we go. The consensus sO far is Giordanos, but I've been there and done that. Any DBB suggestions?

  • In reply to buckbear:

    Pizzaria Uno, if you're downtown.

  • In reply to buckbear:

    Lou Malnattis. Either thin crust or deep dish. Trust me you can't go wrong.

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    Lou Malnatti made his fortune by creating Uno's. He made it THE pizza place in the 1970s before selling it to a national restaurant chain in the 1980s.

    He then turned around and competed right back against it.

    Malnatti's is the best pizza in Chicago, made by a Chicagoan who cares about Chicago. Everything else is a national chain, even Gino's. Malnatti's is the best.

  • In reply to buckbear:

    Lou Malnatii's is the best. Bar none.

  • In reply to buckbear:

    new thread

  • In reply to bearsinwi:

    Just watched True Grit, let's hope our boys show some today and end all debate. Truly was a fine movie and then some. Now I do declare I'll get some shut-eye before sun-up, I'm fixin' to watch me some Bears go-a-packer-huntin'. Bear down compadres ...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Agreed Irish. I watched it on NYE. Great Movie. Jeff Bridges is probably my favorite current actor. I liked Matt Damon's character too. McBeef was it? And the girl's character was great. Coen Brothers Rock.

    Next on the list: Tron 2.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Wifey has already agreed to go see Tron 2, but I'm working on True Grit. Everyone I know has given it great reviews. And if you're all wrong, f- it.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Coen Brothers, Jeff Bridges, classic Western....what could go wrong?

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Great link to how good a script it was:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/02/movies/awardsseason/02grit.html

  • In reply to gpldan:

    The writing and dialog was awesome. The young girls's lines were Wildean.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    They should have cut away from the girl bargaining with that guy about the ponies and then cut back to a shot of him demented and giving in to her. Great character.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Chargers Giants Vikings

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Bridges must be the best actor to never have one an oscar - or do I do him the dis-service of overlooking one. They gave it to Wayne for his True Grit, and he doesn't even act. Would that be the first time the same part has won two different actors the Oscar?

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Just checked out Hailee Steinfeld's wiki page, man, she has won a lot of awards and been nominated a lot for a kid born in 1996. She was only twelve when they filmed it and deserves a Oscar for that alone. The new Natalie Portman.

  • Sunday is finally here.

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