Outcoached, Outmanned, Outclassed

I left.

I don't apologize for it either.  Lovie Smith spends a lot of time discussing the fourth phase of the Chicago Bears.  The fans.  The city of Chicago and those of us that love this organization around the country.  The fourth phase was brilliant from the start of this embarrassing Bears performance.  They seemed to relish the conditions.  They stood and cheered on third downs, attempting to rattle Tom Brady.  Unfortunately for Lovie Smith, the fourth phase was the only phase that attended today's football game.
So after the half, I left.  Not because my body was cold.  Not because I had somewhere else to be.  Not because I had work the next morning.  I left - along with most of the rest of the stadium - as an act of defiance.  If fans who do nothing but love a team can brave the elements for the shear joy of cheering, the team could at least throw them the bone of playing hard.  Of showing up.  Of making all four quarters meaningful.  Some people stay for every minute no matter what.  I don't.  I need effort to applaud.  
They did not provide that.  I don't know why.  There were thrills and cheers around Soldier Field around 3:00 CST.  People were celebrating.  It had nothing to do with the Bears.  It was the end of the Lions v. Packers game - an outcome that means the Bears can almost clinch a playoff berth with a win in Minnesota next week.  The Patriots routed the Bears today and clinched theirs.  The Patriots had the better coaches.  The Patriots had the better players.  The Bill Belichick Patriots were the Bill Belichick Patriots.  The Lovie Smith Bears were the Dave Wannstedt Bears.
So I left after the ugly, worthless first drive of the second half for the Bears.  This Bears team is going to end up in the postseason.  The postseason where the spotlight is always bright.  I hope they learn to handle those moments better.  They have a month.

Comments

Leave a comment
  • Season starts next Sunday. First things first - they better show up next week and take care of business.

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    Season's over man. No point in going to the show if you're only going to screw the pooch, and I don't want to lose to the Patriots in Dallas.

    We're a second tier team, if that. We have a healthy roster and that was the best we can come up with? We've been blessed with almost no injuries and that roster is just not good enough. Put the clowns back in their car, point it out of Chicago,douse it with petrol, put a brick on the gas pedal, throw in the zippo.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    You don't REALLY feel like that do you?

    DO YOU?

  • In reply to Shady:

    Anyone think we could beat the Pats once if we played them a hundred times? Jeff was spot on. Out-coached, out-manned, out-classed. Who wants to face the Pats in a super bowl and give them a revenge for XX ? Like Ricky Bobby said, "If you ain't first ..."

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Damn, Irish. I'm not with you on this one. One awful game does not a bad team make.

  • Did Shady pay his dues?

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    He had to make snow angels that looked like fear boners.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    haha

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    All that being said, it makes next monday night's game even more critical to our playoff hopes and dreams. I plan on being at a sports bar in the Twin Cities watching GB get their asses handed to them while drinking irish whiskies with my little brothers, plotting our chants to piss off the Metrodome crowd (god bless the workers who have to shovel the roof off).

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Gawd I hope the Packers kick the fucking shit out of the Patriots... and especially Brady.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Why SC? if they Lose and we Win. We clinch the Division.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    We looked bad today, But its one game. We still control our destiny. DONT PANIC NOW PEEPS. BEARDOWN!

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Can't agree with you on this one, but I can wrap my head around this:

    Brady starts, then gets terribly injured. Backup QB steps up and pummels the cheese big time.

    It's a win-win, SC!

  • Like I said, this is the one game we could afford to lose. Especially after GB's loss today. I'm thankful it wasn't against the queens or the pack. They are a damn damn good team, and we will see them in a dome in Feb... without the snow.

    No excuses though, we got our asses whooped today.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I sure as hell hope we don't see them in February. It will be 47-10 Patriots just to one-up us for 1985. The 2010 Bears have no business on the same football field and the 2010 Patriots. If today does not make that obvious, I don't know what will.

    This team is five offensive lineman and a general manager able to pick them from being competitive.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    While I agree dave (especailly about the GM part) who got us, or left us (more appripriately), with this excuse for an oline.

    At least we'd get to the show in that scenario. Those guys keep playing like that and no one's going to beat them... I can't think of anyone even close right now.

    Bottom line, I think that we win at least 2 of the next 3. No way minny beats us and I think the pack has been smacked down and we win that one too. Throw in the Jets for good measure.

    When it all ends, we've done MILES better than I ever thought we would this year, so I am happy and greatful... and looking for at LEAST a 2 deep playoff run. Let's pull it out boys.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Okay, I'm in MB. Hell, I've been silly enough to be a fan of this team since 1965. You'd think disappointment would be easy by now.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I wouldn't overlook the Queens. They have a ton of talent, and now that they've gotten rid of their retarded coach they look pretty dangerous to me.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I stayed. Was it worth it? Probably not, but you only get to experience Soldier Field so many times in a lifetime. Awesome weather. The fans showed, but the Bears players and coaches clearly did not.

    All I can say is thank God the Pack lost to the Lions hahaha.

  • In reply to Shady:

    I bet the Lions final score got the loudest cheer of the day.

  • In reply to mikev:

    Like Jeff said we were cheering the pack loss before the game. We were ready for some football.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Fuck I played the wrong players in my fantasy League. Looks like ur gonna win MBHP.

  • In reply to Shady:

    fear not, and let your heart not be heavy, for I bring glad tidings. The beloved will be wroth to let the fruit of their loins despoil the very eyes of their faithful for yet a second stance. They will be hardy, and swarthy, and look upon their foes with fell intent, and shall chase the women and children before their devices, and seize upon their mantel that which is rightfully theirs.

  • In reply to jdawg:

    Nice, very nice.

  • In reply to jdawg:

    Just an observation, but Larry Fitzgeral is targeted 133 times this year and ONLY has 789 yards receiving? That is amazin'.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    You know he is a free agent next year... just sayin.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    He would have to be batshit to resign with Arizona. I'm not sure there is a worse QB situation in the league right now...and I'm including the Vikings in that.

    Who knows. If we get a sniff in the playoffs this year, maybe the BT will go all-in again. Letting JA use picks hasn't panned out but our FA pickups have been pretty damn good...even Manu is starting to show flashes (he destroyed a guy on the Taylor TD).

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Cardinals were in all red uniforms today..

    There QB was named, Skelton.

    Ergo, "Red" Skelton?

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I see how you did that...

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    1. fuck you for leaving. bitch.
    b. I disagree on lack of effort. The D at least played hard and just got outclassed.
    3. we lost in terrible weather to the best team in the NFL. Shit happens. Win 2 or the last 3 and we are in and a high seed.

    This blog use to disgust me and it does again now. The horrendous negativity and bashing when the team does not play well is just sick. Go fuck yourself Jeff, Im going to watch the Bears go to the playoffs and hope for a rematch with the Pats in the big game.

  • In reply to animal:

    Bitter about the Stubhub ticket? Don't hold back; let it all out.
    Now breathe.

  • In reply to animal:

    Ironic that Denver's disintegration this year has led them to the doorstep of employing the one coach we coveted above all others...Bill Cowher. In the meantime, we're in sole possession of first place and could clinch the division on MNF next week.
    Love this game.

  • In reply to animal:

    Ass hat.

  • In reply to animal:

    Wow, anyone see the assistance coach from the Jets trip a player from the Dolphins?
    http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/blog/shutdown_corner/post/Video-Jets-employee-trips-Dolphins-player-durin?urn=nfl-294916

  • In reply to brandonpurcell:

    That fool should be fined a *lot* of money. Idiot. Ican't wait to pound on those fools. Sanchize is no Brady.

  • In reply to animal:

    Flag on the play, un-sportsmanline conduct, roughing the blogfather. Fifteen yards, loss of down and the player is ejected.

    Send him a Jerry Angelo T-shirt, get 'We accept mediocrity' printed on the back.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    And I'm pretty sure we were also plaing in 'Bear weather' ...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    And enough about the Greg Olsen ("pass-catching" TE) resurgence. In 8 games he's had 3 receptions or less. 5 of those games have been either one or zero catch games. Some production for a first round pick. But that's because he's the most covered receiver in football right? Bye bye Angelo.

  • In reply to animal:

    somebody didn't have their coffee, huh?

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    With regard to the touchdown at the end of the half it sounds like the coaches didn't call it. They were calling for a knee: http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/recap?gameId=301212003

    The half ended with the sideline calling for a knee and Brady ignoring the order before hitting Branch with that 59-yarder as time expired.

    "There was a lot of yelling and screaming," Branch said. "I do know that I heard one of the coaches saying they wanted to take a knee, but I think Tom's eyes got a little big. He looked over at me like, 'No, take this shot.'"

    Although it wouldn't surprise me if that was planned to just screw with the Bears. Peanut sure bought the fact that they were taking a knee and the half was over.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    quick thoughts:

    1. Devin Hester is ridiculous
    2. Turnovers killed us and missed opportunities on takeaways resulted in at least 14 points.
    3. Knox is a pussy but even the Patriots fans behind me acknowleged that he did not fumble.
    4. Our punt coverage killed us once again.
    5. Why didn't we run short passes consistently like we had for 5 weeks straight. it certainly worked for the Pats.
    6. Olsen and Bennett ignored in the quick passing game.
    7. i can't think anymore, i'm putting this shit game behind me. let's win this division next week.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Patriots look good. Heck, they look great. But remember, even THEY got worked over a few weeks ago and by the mighty BROWNS no less.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    At least we don;t have this shit ever go on with us: http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/blog/shutdown_corner/post/Video-Jets-employee-trips-Dolphins-player-durin?urn=nfl-294916

    Jesus, nice culture you're cultivating over there Rex.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Word is leaking that Narcissus says he doubts he can play tomorrow.

    Even money HE leaked them so he can look heroic when he DOES play.

    Damn. I have Vick but my opponent has that physically gifted, mental midget, DeSean Jackson. That 91 yarder gave him the lead. I need a TD from Andre Johnson or Brandon Jacobs tomorrow night so I can cut his lead over us for first place to a half game.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out, AK.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Bill Belichick's team could not wait to attack.

    Lovie's team could not wait to get off the field.

    We are better than this.

    I thought it was funny that as soon as they showed the difference between the Brady game ball and the Cutler game ball Johnny Knox fumbled. The announcers said that Cutler could basically care less about roughing up a ball in those elements. Note to self, Jay, you may want to rethink that if your receivers hands are not the size of your own...

    Our D was shredded yesterday. Nothing pains me more than to say that. They could not get off the damn field. (Side note, offenses always have the advantage. They know the snap count, they know where the ball is going, etc. The field made that worse. We have a speed defense that was butchered by a spread/speed offense. When New Orleans (week 2 of the playoffs) comes to town look for more of the same. Time to adjust your tactics, Rod.

    I know we can route the Vikings. With or without, Favre. I prefer he play.

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    Me too, Viva. I want our D to have one more shot at him.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Maybe I missed something. Does it not mean anything that our guys showed up and competed in the 2nd half when Rex's disfunctionals (nice dropped TD today by Santonio Holmes, BTW) clearly did not?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Hopefully we can put this past us but ass kickings stick with you longer.. I hope we play pissed off from now on.

    That game doesn't mean we don't win the SuperBowl or get to it..but it's hard to talk about it after that.

    The Arizona Cardinal's did it.. why can't we?

    Our last few games we should win. This team will win it's division but we need upgrades after this season. We need new tackles, guards,centers, and the anyone who blocks. This unit is not getting it down.

    I look toward the future because I can't look at the past anymore.

  • In reply to jdawg:

    Well, as long as they're swarthy...

    (that's what she said)

  • In reply to Shady:

    Shady, I would have stayed too.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    It's only one game and it's one we all knew was going to be a tough win. There is no hotter team in the NFL right now than the Pats.

    It's only the way we lost that bothers me. It really did look like they weren't trying real hard out there today. After the first 2 TDs it looked like everyone just gave up, offense and defense. I know it's hard to get motivated when you are getting your ass kicked, but that is exactly what winning teams do. They keep fighting and never, ever stop. That did not happen today.

    Or maybe it did and I missed it. I too had CBS yank the coverage in the 3rd quarter, so I went over to the DirecTV channel, but that was blacked out because CBS was showing the game in my area. Fuck! (Doc, I'm not sure how you got the game and I didn't. I thought we were in the same area)

    But anyway. It is only one game. We are still in control of our own destiny and can get ourselves into the playoffs. We could see these guys again if we play well enough. Can we play well enough to beat them? I dunno, but I'm sure gonna tune in to find out.

    It warms my heart that our good buddies the Packers play this team next week and probably without Rogers. Oh darn.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Affirmative.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    No pass rush on an icy field, we all missed that one ...

  • The offense phoned it in all game. The defense only really had one terrible quarter, but they weren't a Super Bowl vehicle at any point. Special teams... I got nothing.

    But there are two lights at the end of the tunnel. They beat the Lions last week... teams on winning streaks that manage to win games don't usually get woken up by a bad half. They get woken up by a loss. This loss should wake up the Bears if we want to do anything in January. That's the first light.

    Second is, the Pack lost and guess where Green Bay is flying next week. I predict Brady has grilled cheese for lunch.

    This team has had some low points this year (Carolina, Washington...) We can add this loss to the list and still win a Superbowl. Its that kind of year in the NFL.

  • In reply to mottystone:

    Actually, I hope the Packers kick their ass and injury Brady for the season.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Fuck that? Say what????

    Rodgers is out anyway. Fuck that douche.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Tonight give thanks for indoor plumbing.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    What if Chris Harris had held onto the deflected ball that Urlacher put up on the Pats first drive? Would that have mattered?

    I don't think so.

    The Bears were badly outcoached. It's unfortunate, because Lovie and Jerry will spin this as a game that got out of control and blame it on the field. But that wasn't it.

    If we had super Global warming Day, and it was 60 degrees and clear with no wind, the result would have been the same.

    The Bears knew that Brady could sit behind that line all day and pick the C-2 zone apart. And that's exactly what he did. We didn't blitz, we seem incapable of masking coverages or rotating, and Brady looked like an adult asked to take a 5th grade math test. He was marking off the correct answer and looked bored most of the time doing so, save for the few times we hit him in the 2nd half (I wandered away from the tv in the 2nd half).

    It was very very bad.

    I know what Bears Chick and NY Bears fan say, just write it off. Teams get waxed in week 13 and make big time playoff runs all the time. Cards did it with Kurt Warner. It may actually BENEFIT the Bears if they get in and people say they shouldn't be there.

    I dunno. We won't wildcard, I'm pretty sure of that, so if we want it we're gonna have to go take it from the Vikes and the Pack. Goodell got that right, it's how it should be.

    And if we get in... and face the Saints in NO early... or the Falcons. Can we win?

    I don't think so. I think this a one and done team.

    In fact, I'm sure of it.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    No optimism?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Of COURSE it would have mattered. It would have been 29-7.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Always were going to be one and done with that OL, and level of coaching. We been 'writing it off' for 25 years'. I'm sick of it. How in the name of all that is good can it be that hard to find a good judge of talent to hire. Apparently very, very.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    The name of today's game was unrealized opportunities.
    The D had three legitimate shots at generating meaningful turnovers and promptly blew them. Each one led to NE points on the board in the same set of downs.
    Two tipped passes that the safety couldn't come up with and a dropped pick by Urlacher would have made a tremendous amount of difference.
    I can't blame the crowd for leaving though. That game was over by the beginning moments of the third quarter.
    Our O cannot hold up to a D-line that can just tee off on them all day long, and you can't run the ball with any commitment when you're down 21 that quickly.
    That said, the ruling on the field and later confirmation of the fumble by Knox was absolute bullshit, bullshit, and utter bullshit. His ass and his hand were down. That's good enough for an inbound catch, it's good enough for down by contact.
    And either our D-line really blows or the officiating crew decided that holding penalties don't happen when you've got Brady under center.
    And I know our D-line doesn't blow.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    +1 I also felt the Officials were somewhat Biased? I dont know though. You get that when u play Brady or Manning.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    I blame you for not benching Brady; you brought bad ju-ju on us.

    Tomorrow night should be a battle for the ages - Foster versus Rice...and Kevin Boss and the Giants D.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I played the wrong WRs. SHIT. I changed Deion Branch right before the game to. Big mistake. and Choice aint doing shit right now. My bench scored almost as much as my starters did.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    I benched Cutler and Knox (which I haven't done in forever) due to the weather; maybe I was the one that brought dishonor on the family....

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Thats why I benched Branch, but nooo he scored 21 points. SHIT!

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Benched Malcom Floyd and Pierre Garcon all over the shop. I'm afraid to look.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Desean Jackson you are explosive but you are also the biggest pussy in the game. I cant stand that guy.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    I hadn't got the heart to start Branch against the Bears.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    BTW I was just kidding but forgot that ChicagoNow comment code hates the use of brackets.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    dont worry man.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    NFL network says the league MVP award is Tom Brady's to lose. I have to agree after this game. My only complaint is that they talked about nothing but quarterbacks - Vick, Matt Ryan, Brady, Peyton Manning and Phillip Rivers. I think Brady wrapped up the MVP for a different reason.

    In my mind, the best non-QB candidate for MVP is Urlacher. The guy racks up a ton of tackles every game, and is the key piece to our Tampa-2 defense. But more importantly, Lach is the leader of this defense - he makes them play and makes them win (compare this year to last year). Peppers, Briggs and some others are obviously huge pieces, but that's why Lach can qualify as MVP. His leadership allows him to take credit for our defense's performance as a team.

    What Brady did today was take out his MVP competition. He punched Urlacher in the mouth and dismantled the entire defense. Brady didn't win by himself, and Lach didn't lose by himself. But the game might as well have been between those two. That's why Brady gets an MVP in my book. And that's why I'm looking to Urlacher to turn this team around.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I also assume that was blown coverage by our dear Pringles on the clincher at the end of the first half?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    THAT, was truly horrific.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Not gonna lie, I had a ton of fun up until the Pats opened up a 33 pt lead.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Jeff got up and left you or what?

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Yeah they left in the 3rd. It was out of hand.

  • In reply to Shady:

    I assume your bar tab ended up being a little lighter than anticipated?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    The beers aren't cheap.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    All in all it was a great day.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Win or lose, Shady. Can't beat a game at Soldier Field. Still have all your fingers and toes?

  • In reply to Shady:

    Ok, I'm going to be big here and admit we got our asses handed to us yesterday - as much as I hate to admit that.

    Go Giants!! Thank you Lions!!! LEARN BEARS AND MOVE ON!!!!!

  • In reply to Shady:

    typical Bears fan overreaction. Picked apart by one of the best QBs ever. Has nothing to do with Lovie being Wanny-like.

  • In reply to MattLoCascio:

    'Typical overreaction'? Really? An at-home ass whipping is nothing to celebrate, Matt.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    i'm not celebrating. I'm also not jumping off a ledge and

  • In reply to MattLoCascio:

    Being picked apart by one of the best QBs ever does not mean that Lovie is *not* Wanny-like ...

  • In reply to Shady:

    so i had a dream that Brady ripped our defense & our O couldn't do shit. we got our asses beat at home (couldn't remember the score)

    *turns on sportscenter*

    wait...that shit happened? o...i'm going to need a stiff drink...

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Hey, yeah! It wasn't all bad then.

  • In reply to Shady:

    what pisses me off more..is that Terrific Tom was so perfect this game.. he messed up and just got lucky that no one on our team could intercept a ball to save their life.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    ....got more tips than a Rabbi, but no interceptions.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Some positives? Any positives? I think there are some. I'm gonna dig deep.

    The first, the obvious one? Packers get beat, by the LIONS. We're still in first place after that ass-whooping.

    Second, we beat them in the second half. (I know that's weak) but the point is they scored only 3 points. And do you think that was their intention? For any other team we could face, the answer would be yes, the win was already salted away. For the All Mighty All Powerful All Arrogant Patriots, the answer is a resounding no.

    3) No one got hurt on the Bears. That's big.

    4) Thank you Bill C for giving me a glimmer of hope, when I heard that I clutched at it like a man holding on to a shred of seatbelt while hanging outside the aircraft. Aside from turnovers, poor field conditions seems to favor the offense, reducing the rush that is critical in our defense. Let's face it, they are a team more able to take advantage of that fact than us. Am I saying we would have beat them if it had been different weather conditions? Yes, maybe I am. Let's remember those tipped balls too - in better conditions (like a dome in February), we are making a few of those turnovers. And maybe that changes the game.

    What else? A humiliating buttkicking probably helps us more at this point in the season, sparking anger and eliminating any possibility of believing the hype (although this entire year, the hype has only been within the Bears team and fandom since the rest of the league has not believed the entire way), and maybe most importantly, WANTING TO SEEK REVENGE. Because this year, a chance at revenge is VERY possible.

    I didn't think it was a terribly coached game - not at all like the games we lost during our losing streak. I thought there were a few key errors - the early 3rd and 1 call with Forte running it into the line, that was pretty big. Then the failure to understand they needed to go all out against Brady on the 3rd and longs. Give that man time and any NFL franchise is toast. Not being ready for the last play of the half - I doubt they make that mistake again. But since they were already down 27-0, I can kind of forgive them for not having 100% of their wits about them.

    I had one moment of fun and laughter during that game (actually several early before it became clear what kind of day it was to be) - I was so incensed about the Johnny Knox call I sat on my son's foot to prove that it was well nigh impossible for one foot stuck under a butt cheek to stop any other part of a man's butt and leg to touch the ground - and it IS impossible - there's no way some part of his body which constitutes down in the rule book was not down before that ball came out. And while doing that little pantomime we started laughing pretty hard. One bright spot anyway. Another occurred for my Boston buddy who called during halftime, he opened with a scream "your team SUCKS" - and I hung up instantaneously. When he called back a minute later he was laughing, asked me if I'd hung up on him, I said yes, he said that was the first time in his life a man had ever hung up on him, women did it all the time, but that was a first. Listen, I was prepared to acknowledge that his team was superior but not to sit there with a great friend (or anyone for that matter) screaming in my ear. But he enjoyed that.

    Jeff, ah, I'm a little surprised. Gotta say that. I would have greatly enjoyed reading how you stayed there til the bitter end, maybe using the time to gather your thoughts on the loss, soaking in the bitter and cold and everything despite the pain. Of course, AK goes way too far, no need for that reaction, but I'm still surprised. Shady, good on you for staying, I'm sure there was pain involved (especially when I saw the beer guy with the "1 Beer Limit" on his box).

    I'm ready to keep rooting for a division title, and then a couple of playoff wins, and then... Dallas. For a chance at REVENGE.

    Bear down.

  • In reply to PhilfromSATX:

    Thank you, Phil. Hopefully you talked some folks back in off of the ledge.

    Wow. I thought I was THE avowed PESSIMIST here but after reading some of the posts, I feel like a cock-eyed optimist!

    Just sayin', but I'm not whacking anybody for bailing early
    with the score what it was and the weather conditions as they were. I stayed 'til the Pats were kneeling but I was also in a bar in 79 degree Tucson, Arizona.

    If you were AT the game and stayed, well, kudos to you and if you want to be critcal of anyone who left, you've earned the right.

    If you WEREN'T there, shaddap about leaving.

  • In reply to PhilfromSATX:

    Simple Phrase...."Bear Football"

    A Question I asked for in the Preseason and Draft.."Where are my to Guards? and last but not least ...we need a FB....

    all things that could of been hammered out in September/August

    This was Ike and Tina have an afternoon together....
    "Hit me with another Ike"

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Lobos guards. My beastly WR. When oh when? At least we get Tofu back next year, and the other guy I've completely forgotten, oh yeah, Ungabunga. it would also appear we also need two tackles. Wait, Kreutz is done, we need an entirely new fucking line! Angelo = FAIL!

  • In reply to PhilfromSATX:

    Not that it mattered in the long run, but Gronkowski, a rookie, got away with BLATANT offensive interference against Brian Urlacher on his TD.

    The holding call on Manu was a joke.

    Once again, OUR receivers are seemingly unworthy of P.I. calls.

  • In reply to PhilfromSATX:

    meant two not to...sheite!

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    I, for one, do not consider to/two, there/their, etc. flaggable offenses, lobo.

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Show of hands.

    At the start of the season, after watching THAT pre-season, OR even after that Giants game, if some had said to you "I'll give you 9-4 going into week 15.", most of us would have said, "Sold!".

    I know I definitely would have.

    Or, would you rather be Queens fans, EXPECTING to be 9-4 or BETTER and instead being IRRELEVANT before December?

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Schadenfreude is a bitch, but oh so enjoyable.

  • In reply to PhilfromSATX:

    And +1 for the hangup.

  • In reply to PhilfromSATX:

    Haha 1 beer limit was definitely NOT cool....That's why I brought the flask of sour mash and drank the entire thing in the 4th quarter. That's why my 1st post today is around 1p and seeing words clearly is suddenly quite difficult.

    The part about sitting on your son's foot to prove a point is hilarious. Good stuff Phil.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Doc - you ran into the D-mac buzz-saw. I think you're screwed.

  • I stayed at the bar until kneel down time. It was a spanking to be sure, but at least the Bears kept playing, only gave up 3 more in the 2nd half didn't just lie down like and quit the Jets did.

    At halftime, Cowher said the weather conditions worked against the Bears because they prevented the Bears from bringing pressure with their front 4. Well, the Pats didn't seemed too bothered by the conditions, Bill. Bears better figure "the conditions" out because I don't think they'll be much better the rest of this season.

    Best thing? I didn't notice any major injuries today.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Bottom line is the Patriots' offensive line is at least three times as good as the Bears'. And Bears management is clueless about how to make it different.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Although amen on the injury thing.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    I cannot at all blame you, Jeff.

    I don't think the playoffs are guaranteed. This team has to get their collective shits together over the next three games, fellas. They've played 3 of the last 4 halves of football like they were entitled. Like they didn't NEED to play their hearts out.

    How 'bout this one: "The Chicago Bears player of the game: The Detroit Lions."

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    And those might have been the Abe Gibron Bears we saw today.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    Yeah, Bear Down, it's bargain time, at your (whoever the fuck that auto dealer was) red tag clearance sale!

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    I'm not going to point any fingers at Jeff for breaking the Mike Brown rule, as I turned it off at halftime. WTF was up with that defensive call on the last play of halftime? There's only time for one play, just keep them out of the endzone and all costs. As in, line up five guys across the goal line like teams do on the last play of the game when they're up a touchdown. That was retarded.

    And how about punting on 4th and 1 from midfield on the first drive of the third quarter, DOWN 33 FUCKING POINTS. What kind of pussy punts on 4th and short down 5 scores? Unconscionable.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    That *was* a rhetorical question?

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    In 2008 the Arizona Cardinals played the New England Patriots on week 16 and on a cold snowy day they lost 47-7 and looked like the worst team in the NFL. Then they got hot and went on a run in the playoffs and were one interception away from winning the Super Bowl.This is not a great Bears team but all is not lost either. I don't feel that awful after this loss. If they get spanked against the Vikings next week I will feel a lot different.

  • In reply to brandonpurcell:

    +1

  • In reply to brandonpurcell:

    CBS also switched the game on me!!! Freaking showed the Miami/jets game in the middle of 3rd quarter. Punks. But yeah I was dissappointed in how the bears came out looking unprepared as the patriots looked good in te conditions.

  • In reply to Bounce:

    The same happened to me. I got up to grab a drink and came back to Jets/Dolphins. The feeling I came away with from what I saw was just how much Cutler has carried the team this year. He wasn't able to dash away for his life as effectively yesterday because of the conditions. That's not an excuse though. The conditions only amplified the difference between a real NFL O-line and the makeshift Polly Pocket one the Bears have.

  • In reply to Bounce:

    Gotta get this off my chest....

    Was that a horrible home loss yesterday? Obviously.
    Did my favorite Bears underachieve? Oh my yes, and it was painful.

    I've been a Bears fan longer than many of you have been alive (I am a woman, not a 'chick'). I don't do fantasy football. Hell, this is my only non-political blog participation. I live and die with the Bears, week in, week out.

    Yeah, we got pounded by an amazing QB yesterday (gag), but I am happy it was an AFC team, not NFC. The Cheese lost. Minny will lose tonight. Every day is a day, and you can't tell me the Pats are unbeatable - what will you say if they lose in the playoffs?

    I refuse to look further ahead than the next game. Longstanding Bears fans have learned this as a survival mechanism. I think this loss will wake them up and they will learn, regroup and improve. Save the Angelo tirades for the offseason - we all know nothing is going to change during the season. Deal.

    Win or lose, I remain a Bears fan. Am I naieve? Maybe. Don't care. I can't pick apart every down like many of you do - don't care to. Every game they win makes me happy. What else could you want?

    Rant done. Thanks.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    "What else could you want?"

    > Lombardis. One more even. Pittsburgh have six. Pittsburgh.

  • In reply to brandonpurcell:

    Its being said that If we win Next week and the Packers lose, We can clinch the Division.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    True.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Huge game next week.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Division? LOMBARDIS !!!! Who remembers or keeps score of divisional crowns?! People remember superbowl winners. That's the only thing that counts. The NFC Championship in 2006 doesn't mean shit to me. It was a brutal loss to the Colts, that's all.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    A divisional crown only keeps Smith and Angelo and that peehole Phillips in Chicago. Get them out.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I believe the emphasis in Fres' comment was a pathway to the playoffs (not on winning the NFC N crown)... Hard to disagree that the NFC N crown is not the ultimate objective.

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    Lombardis. All that counts. Couldn't care less about division crowns, no one counts them. No one remembers divisional crowns, do they?

  • In reply to brandonpurcell:

    exactly

  • In reply to brandonpurcell:

    Spot on

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    I am trying to figure out how you saw the first drive of the third quarter after turning it off at halftime.

  • In reply to brandonpurcell:

    Didn't. Glanced over the gametracker afterwords. Because, you know, I need to find something else to bitch about.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    There were no end of items in this game to bitch about....Painful

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    well... what to make of this? My haiku machine is empty.

    Maybe 54 saying the Bear are the better team pissed off the Pats, but it really looked like only one team knew how to play, or wanted to play, in that weather. Team speed doesn't mean shit on that field. We would have down better if we had put the Blackhawks out there.

  • In reply to brandonpurcell:

    I'm just plain bummed. Period. But I'll be back for more next week.

    Go Dallas (never Philly).

  • In reply to brandonpurcell:

    No, I did not. But my comment remains the same. Only an imbecile would not go for it on 4th down in that situation.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    I wanted to turn off at halftime. Had a shower, came back and laid on the bed half-sleeping, not watching it, could take about five minutes of the commentary and finally pulled the plug. At least it was less painful than the Giants game, it wasn't drawn out because it was over in minutes.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    ghost where u been? u had some of us worried.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    Glad you're back - wish it were under better circumstances.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Offense stabbed us in the back on this one, and the defense lack on 3rd down!

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Agreed.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    No injuries, Albert. That is a good thing, indeed.

  • Yep, we got humbled today..bigtime...ok regroup and prepare for the next game..where are we playing btw?

  • In reply to RogerMinton:

    What I heard (WGN-TV) is that the NFL will decide by midweek whether the Humpdome will be habitable for next Monday. The alternate sites being considered are St. Louis and Indianapolis.

  • Max is back.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Max had my vote for the ticket if he wanted it. He's serious legacy and his avatar is epic.

Leave a comment