Cutler and Rodgers are the Sunday Story

The labels that will be applied to the NFC Championship Game between the Bears and Packers at Soldier Field will be plentiful.  Epic.  Legendary.  Historic.  Colossal.  Prodigious.  Herculean. People, including me, will also pile out the match-ups that will determine the outcome.  Can the Bears block Clay Matthews and Charles Woodson on designed blitzes?  Can the Bears establish the run with Matt Forte on the outside?  How will the speed receivers of the Packers handle the turf?  Will Mike McCarthy punt to Devin Hester?  Was James Starks merely a flash in the pan against the Eagles' mediocre run defense?

All of it, and I really mean all of it, is secondary.  It is backstory.  This past weekend, in Chicago and Atlanta, Jay Cutler and Aaron Rodgers wrote the preamble for this coming Sunday's NFC Declaration of War.  Cutler's four touchdowns, two while doing his best Steve Young impression and taking bit hits on designed runs in the red zone, was the finest postseason performance ever by a Bears quarterback.  Mr. Rodgers was Mr. Perfect, completing 86% of his passes, and shredding the Falcons defense like they were fielding The Red Rooster and Tito Santana at corner.
They are the story, Cutler and Rodgers.  The story this weekend.  And the story on Sundays in the NFC North division for the next decade.  Yes, Cutler and Rodgers have squared off four times in their now native uniforms but they've yet to square off when both teams, both men, both quarterbacks had real stake in the contest.  Rodgers opened his career against the Bears with a victorious 37-3 mauling but his prolific offenses have never scored more than twenty-one points against Lovie's defenses since.  Cutler is only 1-3 against Green Bay, winning only on September 27th, and struggling with a TD-INT ratio of 4-9.  But Sunday at Soldier Field he'll be able to erase the entirety of his regular season resume, just as the New York Jets erased the humiliation of their Monday night 45-3 loss to Big Billy Bells and the Patriots. 
The Bears and the Packers are the two best defenses in the conference, with the Packers maybe slightly ahead due to the brilliant play of their corners - Woodson and Tramon Williams.  The early weather prediction has the temperature topping out around 20 degrees with 10 MPH winds streaming off the lake.  (It should be noted that the weather report last Monday mentioned no possibility of snow for the Seahawks game.)  Couple that with the fact that all four of the meetings between Rodgers' Packers and Cutler's Bears have been decided by seven points or less and it's not far-fetched to imagine it might only take one play, one big throw in the conditions, to book a ticket to Dallas and Super Bowl XLV.  (Side note: If it were not for the Super Bowl, would anyone use Roman numerals for anything ever?)
They are the story, Cutler and Rodgers.  The way quarterbacks always seem to be the story when the games leave the lounge and step onto the stage of the main room.  One of these quarterbacks will hold the trophy named for Pope Chicago Bear I, George S. Halas, and find himself sixty minutes from holding the trophy named for King Packer, Vince Lombardi.  These franchises are the novels of the National Football League.  These quarterbacks are the current chapters.  One, Rodgers, seems right out of Steinbeck - humble and heroic, having emerged triumphant from the shadow of the country's most famous jeans salesman/penis photographer.  The other, Cutler, seems almost out of a Tarantino picture - the prickly anti-hero with an assassin's spirit and a vocalized disregard for authority.  
One of their careers elevates to the next step at the final whistle around 5:00 PM CST.  But only one.  I know quarterbacks can't win football games alone and I'm not arguing either of these men will.  Not with these defenses.  Not in these conditions.  But it has been seventy years since these storied franchises have played a game with this type of heroic potential.  And one of these men will be labeled a hero at Soldier Field.   

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  • Bearsssss...hope our guys is the one.

  • In reply to derekd:

    Nice jump, Bo.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Sammy Davis Jr. version ?

  • In reply to derekd:

    Years later, Terrell Davis can still score hot 24 yr. old ass in the Mile High city (I saw him at the Pepsi center not too long ago with his arm candy) - people still laud him and wear jerseys of guys like Ed McCaffery around there. Yeah, that's right, Ed McCaffery. Like Jordy Nelson only taller and slower.

    This is a game that Johnny Knox could make himself a legend. Earl Bennett could get remembered for 30 years. Cutler could come into the ring with Douglas and McMahon.

    It's going to be an epic game, one for the ages....

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Great Point! If/when we win the game, the guy or unit with the biggest performance will go down in history. This is your chance Jay. You beat the Packers in the NFC championship game and no matter what happens after that, you're a fan legend.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    He'll also have the most sought-after unit in the NFL ... bye Kristin, it's not you it's me ...

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    We are going to beat the Packers this week.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    We all can, bro, cash money. It's all about the Benjamins. Men go with the looks, women go with the books. Copyright. And so it goes ...

  • In reply to derekd:

    Jeff, I mostly agree with you except for one caveat. The Bears can win if Cutler has an off day but the run game, ST's and D play well. The Fudgies can't win if Rodgers has an off day. I don't think it's likely Rodgers will have an off day but if he does, we win.

    We need some misdirection plays to take advantage of Mathews aggressiveness. He always plays on the edge of control. If we dupe him occasionally, it could pay big dividends.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    depends what you mean by off day. he can't have turnovers and still expect to win. Jay just doesn't lose when his passer rating is above 100. A passer rating of 100.00 means you didn't throw picks, just touchdowns.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Thanks to FQD for posting that raffle info.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    An off-day for cutler is like 4-5 interceptions, no way we can win after one of his snickers-shit-the-bed days. He shines or we get pantsed at home. People need to stop thinking we have a running game, we don't. We have moderate success to the outside, but nothing up the middle.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Yards to the outside don't count?

    If we don't have a running game, how did Fort

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    I'm saying it's half a running game. Teams know you can't pound it up the middle. And sometimes you need to pound it up the middle, and we just can't. Herman Johnson impersonating the Fridge is what I'd like to see.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Come to think of it, I will readily admit that Sanchez has got nothing on Cutler. He couldn't hit the broadside of a barn five out of ten times if he was touching it. Ok, go NFC North! There, I said it.

  • In reply to RodgerRodger:

    Nah, I'll take the Toilet Rapist winning them a 7th SB over a Fudgepacker victory any old day of the week. Seeing a used toilet-paper parade going through Wisconsin would be funny though.

  • Inspired, Blogfather. Well done.

  • I haven't been posting here that long, but geez people really are coming out of the woodwork since the game ended Sunday.

  • Well done, Jeff.

  • I just realized something... if the Packers win, they will get the hats and tshirts, the trophys, and etc etc, all at our place and all on tv. I don't know if I can handle that. Let's go Chicago, you have done amazing with the world against you and it will be this Sunday.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    No. I won't even entertain that scenario. I'd rather eat glass.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    It's really losing to the Packers in a championship game that would slurp donkey balls. I wouldn't feel any better about it if their celebration party were in Lamebeau.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    I think Cutler will play well, but he's got to stay sharp. That near-pick in the endzone against the Seahawks is the kind of pass that could kill the Bears on Sunday. It's also the kind of pass that still puzzles me about Cutler and/or this offense. Flat out boneheaded. Rogers doesn't make those mistakes.

    All that being said, I think Cutty's hot and I think he likes the big game pressure. I don't know why I'm feeling this, but something tells me Devin Hester's gonna have a big game receiving on Sunday. Olson got some licks against the 'hawks after a relatively quiet year and I think DH is going to be the surprise on Sunday.

    Bear Down!! I can't wait!!.

  • In reply to WeShallReturn:

    Cutler should have thrown that ball away but Knox's job is not to let the defender in front of him.

  • In reply to WeShallReturn:

    It's all about Cutler for me.

    Rodgers will be great regardless. But this is the game that sets the tone for Cutler's career for me, this is where we see how the story will be written. We put up with all those face-palm moments when he killed games in a second of madness, when every dog in the street would have just taken the sack or thrown it away.

    This is Green Bay for the Superbowl.

    This is what it's all about and what we've waited twenty five years for. That's like a third of a lifetime. A third. Waiting for this. Time to stand up and be counted, Jay. Time to show us which Jay is the real Jay - are you a winner or a loser? Are you worth Orton, two firsts and a third round pick? Show us the answer for once and for all - repay our faith in you and silence the critics forever. You've shown us both sides man, but this is the shit that counts. Put the Packers to the sword and shut the media up and make us a dynasty. You can get to equal Peyton Manning's list of superbowl wins if you just put the Pack to sleep on Sunday. We can beat the Steelers, we can beat the Jets. Just do us this one thing in the name of baby Jebus (Lobo's favorite of all the Jebuses) and deliver us from the wastelands. It's the silver anniversary of SB XX, but be golden my son, be golden ...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Ho-Lee shit! You need to give the pregame pep talk.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    Yeah No shit!

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Amen brotha. Preach it.

  • In reply to WeShallReturn:

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/playoffs/2010/columns/story?columnist=chadiha_jeffri&id=6028096

    The last statement is inane... little fan fair... dude, you've got the wrong team in mind. This silly continuous packer media blowjob is not helping them.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    "But each of the past five years the NFL postseason has given us one surprise team that has roared through the playoffs with little initial fanfare. Right now the Packers look very much like that team."

    Its true, I didn't even know the Packers were fielding a team this year until the Atlanta game. Funny how it sneaks up on you.

  • In reply to mottystone:

    hee hee

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Little. Initial. Fanfare. Jebus H.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Did this tool even watch the BEars this year?Does he know Jay scored 4 TDs agaisnt the Seahawks, he doesn't even mention that he rushed for two! The GB defense contained Vick? Didn't we do the same thing? No mention of that. I had to stop reading.

    Write for ESPN - no previous knowledge required. No interest in football needed.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I dunno Irish.

    Perhaps I should learn from these guys. It is clear that they are approaching enlightenment - for their writing shows a remarkable ability to turn off thought. No memory of what has gone before, no analysis of possible future paths. Truly living in the moment - feeling the touch of the keyboard, hearing the clicking of the mouse, watching those weird little black squiggly things appearing on their screens.

    Blissful, no?

  • In reply to WeShallReturn:

    Replay of first Bears Green Bay beatdown on NFL Network right now!

  • In reply to WeShallReturn:

    You know, if I can muster my willpower this week, I am going on a media blackout.

    They're already making our game yesterday seem like it was just ok, but you know, we really didn't do anything. OH, but AARON RODGERS is so fabulous, he did so well, bla, bla, bla. I guess we have our new Tom Terrific, since the real one really blew it yesterday.

    I would really like to see someone put together a highlight reel of Bears/GB highlights, great plays from over the years, etc., but as far as daily hype media, I think I'm going to have to pass.

  • In reply to WeShallReturn:

    As I was watching the game on Sunday, I couldn't help but think that the Babineaux drop of that int at the goal line as well as the TD to Davis late would have been picked by the Pack. I think Cutler is confident, and that makes him a real threat for an epic performance this coming Sunday. That, or he'll throw 3 to the Pack and doom us. I'm really pulling for a no excuses game, win or lose. 60 minutes of real honest-to-god quality football.

    Also, is there any chance we could wear our 40's throwbacks? Would the league sanction that, could we get a write-in campaign going? Those uni's are badass, and Hester looks faster in them then our regular uni's. Just sayin.

  • In reply to MattySouthside:

    Their throwbacks vs our throwbacks. I second the motion.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    With butcher's aprons for the blood, and there will be blood. I want Cutler's straw in Rodger's milkshake all day long.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Bleck, Irish. Thanks for that visual. lol.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Pre-guaranteed Artoo, relax bro. Guaranteed Irish Cheese Melt. They'll run out of stretchers by halftime and Rodgers will have to be carried off on a bed of turf. Book it.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Boo Yah Irish.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Needed to know that guys.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    btw, I know someone touched on this a couple threads ago, but i don't think it was focused on enough.

    How many fucking times did you see someone go i to sack rodgers for a BIG loss and just whiff. I think I saw 5. We don't miss, not 5 times... not twice.

    The whole game I was wondering, what is Atlanta's D ranked, cause they looked terrible. We don

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    dead

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    FUCKING DEAD!!!!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Dead and Stinking.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    Stinking like limburger cheese hidden under a car seat on a hot summer day.

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    In a pool of days-old rotten meat juices...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    days-old rotten bratwurst juices.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20458136,00.html?hpt=T2

    Oh, and she better NOT fucking show up to the game this SUNDAY. STAY AWAY!!!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'm in love. Now she says it. Don't do it Jay, you do not buy a book when you can join a library and get them all for free. Spread your oats son. Spread 'em far and wide ...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Anyone see that katy perry photo? The no-makeup one? I'm guessing Cavallari is the same. False representation of merchandise caused by oodles of slap. Don't do it Jay. Goddamit I wouldn't even do it and I'm 38 and bug-eyed. Cease and desist Cutler! Move away from the blonde and reload your weapon soldier! This is not the droid you're looking for!

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    irish..wtf?..is Cutty
    Johhny Appleseed...hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    new thread

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Mr. Abraham was 2.5 sacks off the leader DeMarcus Ware. I'm praying the Sideline Yoda has kept a few blitzes under wraps for Rodgers.

  • great primer. that shit has me pumped....

  • if you have 10 extra bones, you might want to do this:

    http://www.celebritiesforcharity.org/raffle/jay-cutlers-nfc-championship-raffle/

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Just bought me some raffle tickets! BONERTIME!

  • Small correction: We beat the Packers in regulation, not in overtime, on Sept. 27.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    I was just editing as you typed that. It's fixed.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    Well said Jeff. I'm so pumped for this game. Historic is the way I will see this event. That's exactly why I had to get tickets. It's very possibly a once in a life time game for Bears fans everywhere.

    Time to BEAR DOWN and show the world that no one comes into our house to take Papa's namesake away..especially the Packers. I'm not really sure what a "packer" is supposed to be...but I know what a "Bear" is. They have huge claws and big ass fangs and a bad temper if you piss them off. Let the spirit of the Bears, past and present, be on that field Sunday. Let them bless that sacred ground with sweat, blood and spit. And let them make us....victorious. Amen.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    Cutty + Mistake free NFC Championship = One trip to the "BIG DANCE"

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    That's about the size of it right there Lobo.

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    This Packer nonsense is killing me.

    I got Pecker fans at work, my (seriously being reconsidered) best friend is a Cheesehead, the media is a bunch of smegma lickers, every blog I go to has ignorant Green Bay fans spewing garbage left and right (and always with zero intelligence).

    I really can't take it anymore. The hatred runs so deep. It's scaring my girlfriend.

    We need to kill these faggots (no offense to the gays... I mean faggot like Louis CK means it) dead. Kill them until they die. I don't care if we don't win the Super Bowl, I don't care if the whole team dies in a plane crash on the way to Dallas, so long as we knock these assholes in the teeth with a humongous W.

    I understand Packer fans with Wisconsin roots. They have nothing else. However, when they spew propaganda and watch 3 games a season, to come out of the wood work now and sound off at the mouth... I get angry. Very angry. FU. MING. AN. GER.

    It reminds me much of these damn Husker fans who wear red because they were born with it on, and don't pay attention to a single game throughout the year, with little to no knowledge.

    For those folks, like my buddy at work and best friend in Tucson, who have ZERO allegiance to Wisconsin... never stepping foot there. Or in my buddy's case - claims "I liked Sterling Sharpe" - It REALLY pisses me off. He's been to Soldier Field. TRADE UP KID. I have seriously considered never speaking to him again., and I vow, if we win, to not shove it in his face.

    But if we lose, and I have to watch their faggoty (see: Louis CK reference above) smirks and shit talking, I'm going to snap... and if I have a decent chance of getting a pro-Bears jury - I may make gravy out of their brains.

    I haven't posted much this year, because it takes a LOT to get my juices angered enough... but I had to type this shit out.

    I am not going to be in a good mood until we make mince meat of these fucking jerks.

    And fuck you Aaron Rodgers. Fuck your hand jive. Fuck your unibrow. DIE.

    PACKERS. DEAD.

    Dear God,

    I promise to be humble if you let us win, but if you let us lose... these bodies are on you.

    Love,

    Willie

    Phew. I still don't feel better. Sorry you guys had to see this.

    Packers, suck my balls and choke.

  • In reply to JohnGalt:

    eloquent in it's focus. Come back to us Willie

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I apologize.

    In my great amounts of anger and passion, I have lost any and all signs of wit, cleverness, and creativity.

    The above reads less like a manifesto, and more like the incoherent babblings of someone suffering from that -ism that causes "word salad"... Aphasia?

    I've been here the whole time, but you guys sum up any and everything I could say with the quickness. My brief forays into rantsville are not pleasurable.

    I've been a bit more irritable since I moved to the lowest dose of nicotine patch, and this shit ain't good for my health.

    Packers. Dead. Please. I beg of you.

  • In reply to JohnGalt:

    The smegma reference was some A-1 shit! That was like kicking em in the nuts first thing.

  • In reply to JohnGalt:

    I know sometimes this blog looks like a Writers Anonymous meeting Willie, but really it's just a place for getting all the bile out. Better out than in.

  • In reply to JohnGalt:

    We will hoist that George Halas trophy at the sodier field 50 yrd line just for u. GO PACK!!!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    This is the way it must be. It won't be any easier for the winner here on out. Might as well cut our teeth on the 2nd most important game of the season. I really don't like the idea of either the loudmouth Jets or the we've-got-six-rings-Pittsburgh winning. And it is a three way tie for the possibility of listening to a Bears fan. Well, actually, no. I REALLY don't want Pittsburgh to win.

  • In reply to RodgerRodger:

    All three possible scenarios other than the Bears winning a Lombardi are puke-inducing. Fatboy Slim and the New Jersey Yets winning ....not good. A rapist-led Pittsburgh winning their gazillionth Lombardi ... not good. I can't even write the other one down.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    its... fucking contractions.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Way to self-correct MB.

  • In reply to JohnGalt:

    Feel the same way, Willie. Well, for the most part. Ok, well, about half. Like the sentiment....

  • In reply to JohnGalt:

    Don't apologize Willie.

    I say more posts like this.

    Hate rules the week.

    The bears will rule the weak.

  • In reply to JohnGalt:

    I'm going to dedicate my victory rant to you next monday morning.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    Victory... as in you woke up with dry sheets?

    Don't wait until Monday - baby steps. Celebrate life's little successes daily. I'm here for you.

    So if you manage to not have brown stains in your undies after PE class tomorrow... COme on by and brag it up. We here at DBB will be so happy for you.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    What do you guys think about the heavy chance of past glory raining down on the Soldier Field sidelines next Sunday and how that might effect the team. Guys like Sayers and Butkus are bound to show up. I kind of want them to stay away from this one actually. This is our time. As much as I would think I would normally want them involved, for some reason, I don't. It's almost like Urlacher and some of the others have more of an adversarial relationship with those guys...

    Walter and Papa Bear will be there, and that will be enough.

    Jebus H Cripes this is going to be epic.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    I agree. They didn't believe in us.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Especially Sayers. He should stay the fuck home.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    exactly

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Q: How do I know Cheesy is a dick?
    A: Brett Farve texted me his picture.

    Oh look, Packers fans, Brett sends you flowers. Can you ever forgive him?

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/01/18/favre-launches-his-green-bay-image-rehab-effort/

  • In reply to gpldan:

    As long as he's not wearing purple we forgive him, after all he did put a "Green and Gold" foot up a bears ass a bunch of times...he can't be all bad.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    If they are there to build them up I have no problem. If they are there to tear them down - they can piss off.

    Sayers and Butkus are not glory hounds. They have given much to this franchise. Their presence on the sidelines would probably do more to inspire our guys than anything else.

    I wouldn't mind seeing Mike Brown and Richard Dent either. They know who's team this is.

    Have fun at the game, Doc.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Doc, are you going to the game?

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Not that I'm aware of.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    If they win on Sunday then they'd do something Butkus or Sayers could never do, and that's win something.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    Hey guys they are giving away free tickets again. You all should try.

    http://apps.facebook.com/fourthphasepc/contests/89900?ogn=facebook&order=recency&view_entries=1

    Not hard to enter.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    Hey Cheesy, do you know why MB corrected himself?

  • In reply to JohnGalt:

    AFTER FURTHER REVIEW......

    THE BEARS STILL SUCK

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    Keep it coming.. All year you have been riding our asses and saying we suck.

    Funny how you have been wrong all year.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    Snoooooooooooooore. So lame dude.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    Let's see, NFC Championship in Soldier Field. Oh, we're hosting it? Excellent! We're in the NFC championship with practically a full roster? Oh sweet. That's good isn't it? Who do we get to kill ... ?

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    Damn, meant to post this yesterday. The fiftieth anniversary of a very important message delivered to Americans by exiting president Ike Eisenhower. Full text and audio. It seems nobody listened the first time around. But he tried.

    http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/dwightdeisenhowerfarewell.html

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    as a history major and lover of cultures and global events i can say that Ike's speech has some great points and also alot of great theoretical ideas as well. The time in which the speech was given was a much different climate both geopolitically as well as macro-economically. We can go into this more in the off season. it would take me 3 days to type out my thoughts.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Last night I realized that of all the adjectives Jeff listed for this game, the one I want most is not listed.

    Monstrous.

    If there was ever a time to resurrect the Monsters of the Midway, it is this Sunday. Chicago Bears, bear down!

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I listened the first time around. Big history buff myself. Military overreach is a very big problem today. More on this later like johnny said.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I can't wait to see Aaron Rodgers Raise that George Halas Trophy at the Soldier Field 50 yard line...GO PACK!!!

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    jesus christ you are a fucking homo cheesy

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    Wow, Cheesy, you were able to paste together seven words in an almost-sentence!! Your mommy must be proud.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    Confession time:

    As an Italian woman with strong opinions and a fiery temper, it took years of practice to learn to supress my natural instincts and learn to operate in a polite society, as a mom, a director, a board member, etc.

    I am putting all that aside this week.

    My dad, the only person I know who was around to watch that game in 1941 (let alone witness the birth of the Bears - he's in his mid 90s) has his birthday Sunday. Win it for MARIO!!!

    I think this game is more important than any Super Bowl.

    Can you imagine how life will be if the Bears do not win Sunday? I cannot.

    BEAR THE FUCK DOWN MY BELOVED BEARS!!! Lovie, do what you came here to do - BEAT GREEN BAY!!!! Nothing else matters, it all leads to this. Forget '85, forget fucking '06.

    I need this win like I need air, dammit.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    love the fire! This is going to be an epic streetfight but the Bears will prevail. Cutler will hit the hot reads and we will run the ball down their throats which will open up the playaction or the screen. It's going to be fun. Is it sunday yet?

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Oh shit no johnny, it's only TUUUUUUESDAY!!!!!

    I'm a thief and I know it: Rodgers.....DEAD.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    Do the Mario!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

  • In reply to gpldan:

    GP, where do you come up with this stuff? Hilarious.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    I hear that!

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    First bit of bulletin board material for the Bears:

    http://sports.espn.go.com/chicago/nfl/news/story?id=6030476

    I hope the Bears beat the Pack going away. I wonder how the active players on Green Bay's roster feel about Grant talking noise?

  • In reply to buckbear:

    Love it when non-players guarantee victory.

    Jennings already making excuses:

    http://www.chicagobreakingsports.com/2011/01/jennings-soldier-field-probably-nfls-worst.html#comments

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    Cutler has more at stake. Media hates him for not starring in a reality tv show. Every conversation about Cutler by hall of famers always always includes the coordinating conjunction "but..." - many fans perceive him as either stupid (counting how many times he utters "uhh" and "ya know"), cocky (have you heard? Culter has no QB posters hanging at Santa Claus, IN), whiny (body language) and a bad team mate (he sulks by himself on the sidelines), or all of the above.

    Meanwhile, Rodgers gets praised for, well, just about everything. As a matter of fact, I can't think of one knock on him from the media or the like, besides that he must learn how to slide, but even that is a backhanded compliment that he's too tough and competitive for his own good.

    So ya, anti-hero, hero labels fit here. Batman v Superman - Batman will win, disappear from the lights, and recede back to his cave to continue what he does best: TRIUMPH.

    Superman will go back to Smallville and hand out girlscouts cookies.

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    Hey now, Superman likes the Bears and would never hinder them lol

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    present company excluded lol

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    Jeff I couldn't disagree more. The Packers rely on Rodgers, but the Bears do not rely on Cutler, or any QB for that matter, to win. Cutler's success is dependent on O-line play, the running game and Wide Receivers playing well. Rodgers is really all the Packers have on O. Driver - old (crusty old), Jennings - dropsies, Starks - child please, anyone else anyone? Their D is stout and Capers (mmm salty) has them coached up, but they are not unbeatable. I believe one of the reasons the Bears garner such little respect is that they are a true team. Nobody ever really stands alone. They stand together! Special teams coverage - Packers eliminate Graham (doubtful) look out for Wolfe, Davis and Roach. Offense - Packers neutralize Forte? You better do something about Hester, Davis, Olsen, Aroma etc. Defense - Cheeseheads double Peppers what about the resurgent Tommie, Wooton, Israel, Lach, Briggs and Peanut.
    The din is so overwhelming, the Bears say
    "Fear us, we are Legion!"

  • In reply to buckbear:

    You mean we could be a winning team with Caleb Hanie or Todd Collins? No way. We rely 100% on Jay Cutler.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Hell yeah we rely on the guy. But we rely on him the way the Jets rely on Sanchez or the Steelers rely on Ben. We need a solid QB performance, the Packers need a hero.

    Every winner needs a hero, but ours does not have to be Jay every time.

  • In reply to mottystone:

    The Packers could win with their second or third string QBs, they have a seriously good roster. I hate to say it, but they do. Cutler goes down and we're in a world of pain. We need to remedy that this off-season and go and snag Orton somehow, drag him back here kicking and screaming.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I don't mean they could win this Sunday with a backup, but generally, against lesser teams.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I'm always nervous about the Bears (and this week especially) but the one thing I'm hanging on to is that the Packers, fighting for their playoff lives, could only muster ten points against a defense that had absolutely nothing to play for other than pride...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    This team isn't too far removed from the 2006 squad. Would you say that they needed Rex? Yes, but was he the sole cause of their success? No. Same way this time. Jay is pretty darn good (top 10 QB in the league even) but if we had a decent backup we could still perform.

  • In reply to buckbear:

    He wasn't any cause of their success, he was a frakkin liability!

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Look at the passing numbers in 2006 they were better than this year. That doesn't mean Rex is better it just means he was competent.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Only sometimes. Rex had some damn good games that year - games the Bears would not have won but for those performances.

    The haters never could see the reality of Rex Grossman - a true Jeckyll and Hyde QB if there ever was one.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Arizona baby. Arizona.

  • In reply to buckbear:

    I have to agree. Our offense is a heck of a lot more balanced than Green Bay's, even if they probably will get the better QB performance. You can't take away the fact that Rodgers is turning into one of the best playoff QBs in a generation, but we haven't built our offense on having superman play QB (sorry 85).

    The Defenses are a solid matchup, and I can't wait to watch the game for that reason alone, but Rodgers can be neutralized with out cover-2 and pass rush. He'll get his licks in, but we're not allowing 40+ points on Sunday like Atlanta did.

    I want Cutler, Hester, Forte and the rest to all contribute. If Cutler wants to rush for 2 and throw for 2, I won't complain. But I also won't complain with a 200 yards, 2 tds and no take-away performance that compliments two more tds from Forte and a stingy defense. Cutler has the tools to run away with this one, but in our game plan, he doesn't have to.

    (Now somebody remind Martz about all of this).

  • In reply to mottystone:

    I haven't seen our pass rush in a long time. And Rodgers can carve up the Cover 2 better than any QB in the league. He's been watching this defense for years. Who makes the fewest mistakes, who's more disciplined, that's all there is to it. If we can get a few breaks and get ahead early it's not necessarily in the bag. The Seahawks scored pretty easily on us after they got it figured out and the pass rush got tired.

  • In reply to buckbear:

    Thanks for playing RR. Don't read this next part... you won't get it.

    Today

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    As one named after the Beatles, as much as I enjoy their music, I have a Packer-type hatred for the Stones.

    But if you like the (for lack of a better term, and willingness to overuse a "made me throw up in my mouth" verbiage) progressive stylings of Queen... I emplore you to take a look into the following:

    1. Start out with Jethro Tull - Thick As a Brick (45 minutes of pure, uncut, unadulterated brilliance)
    2. After a week of digestion (and lyrical analysis if you so prefer), take a trip down to Kush Kingdom, or any of your thousand dispensaries, send the wife and kids out of town, and have an old fashioned Yes-fest... The Yes Album, Fragile, and Close to the Edge.
    3. If you like what you hear, and yearn for more - try any of the first 4-6 Genesis albums (when Phil Collins shut his bitch ass mouth and played the drums ONLY). Spend extra time with Lamb Lies Down on Broadway. Go back to the dispensary of choice, and then play Foxtrot twice in a row.
    4. Drink a fifth of Jim Beam, and speed things up with some Frank Zappa. Apostrophe and Overnight Sensation will provide rich musical stylings to accompany the delicious belligerency of a Yimmy Yim fifth.
    5. Last, but CERTAINLY not least... If you have made it thus far.. You might as well bite the big one:

    GENTLE (motherfucking) GIANT -
    a. In a Glass House - By far the most easily palatable of the three suggestions.
    b. The Power and the Glory - Something to scare your friends with, not emo-scare, but "what the FUCK is this shit" scare.
    c. Free Hand - It's like finishing off a steak dinner with a Musical Smoothee.

    Music has always been my life, and if I can offer up some delicious vinyl for anyone here to try, I will. MB, if you ain't down, you ain't down... No biggie... But, friends, roman, countrymen, if any of you like the ol' "prog rock" (barf... I hate that phrase).. Do yourself a favor and hit up some Gentle Giant.

    Cheers.

  • In reply to JohnGalt:

    I grew up playing pretty much everything Zep ever wrote in my garage band. Zep, Cream and the Beatles, that was prolly the top 3.

    But these days I have to express my thorough admiration for Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Earth Wind and Fire and Sir Elton John. None of them are true "rock" picks, and Elton is a strange man, but its impossible to deny how many great songs each of them have written.

    Then of course, you have to give props to Miles Davis. You want to experience music, listen to Bitch's Brew straight through.

  • In reply to mottystone:

    I wasn't even getting into Jazz NB. Don't get me started, Monk, parker, mingus, coltrane to name a few of my favs. All amazing shit.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    The thing with Miles is... you walk into a music store and look at wanted ads trying to get musicians for a rock band. You see the typical "Tool, Metallica, Led Zep," but it amazes me how much you see Miles Davis. I can't say that about anyone else in jazz, past or present.

  • In reply to mottystone:

    Bitch's Brew and Kind of Blue are awesome albums.

  • In reply to mottystone:

    White Room, always blew my mind, that track. Much love for the Doors too, especially American Prayer, Jim's mad poetry set to their music. Elton's music stopped being relevant in the early to mid eighties and can't be separated from Bernie Taupin who wrote all the lyrics. Billy Joel's the man. Mike Oldfield was a right head too. I hate the Coldplay generation. It's all sanitized shite. Radiohead had their moments though : No Surprises, Creep.

  • In reply to JohnGalt:

    Intertesting... thanks Willie, I

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I can see the difference. MB is a meat and potatos rock guy. Willie strikes me as more in the "prog" "psychadelic" camp. I heard Dave Grohl compare himself to Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters drummer) in the same light.

    But yeah, hate is a strong word for the Stones or the Beatles.

  • In reply to mottystone:

    Love Grohl, love the Foo NB.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Yeah, see... if it came out post-Talking Heads (and wasn't underground hip hop a la Sage Francis, Aesop Rock, Aceyalone).. I probably wasn't down.

    In 5th grade I had a decision to make, and that decision was Snoop Dogg or Green Day - and Snoop just seemed more likely to pick up the bitches.

  • In reply to JohnGalt:

    RunDMC back in the day ... and Timbaland used to be a poet ...

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I appreciate the Stones. Regretfully love many of the songs, but I can't describe it anyway but with a Packer-type rivalry.

    Pops has always been into the progressive rock scene, but is a huge Beatles guy. Huge enough to (admittedly) name me after them (John Paul, and not in the Pope fashion). I hated all of their music growing up. Hated the Beatles, Zep, Floyd, Cream, Genesis, Yes, etc.. Though Thick as a Brick is the one jam I've loved since infancy.

    As I grew more mature in my musical ways... I got into everything I could find, but Stones took a LONG time. Neither parents were ever big fans, so they say, but somehow I acquired every single record they made (many doubles and triples). I finally got into them, but it's still with distaste.

    Yeah, it doesn't make sense to hate one because you like the other, but choosing sides for no apparent reason is what life is all about.

    Give the Giant a shot... I am always blown away by intricacy, and they take the cake.

    But, beyond all...

    PACKERS DEAD.

  • In reply to JohnGalt:

    There's good music everywhere. Nat King Cole rocks. Sweetest voice ever. I can appreciate Sinatra, Johnny Mathis, Tony Bennett, Matt Monro, Deano Martino, Andy Williams, Bobby Darrin, all those boys ... and for female voices everyone loves to mention Ella or Nina, but Minnie Ripperton was awesome ... and in Opera, check out Sumi Jo - the Korean Coloratura Soprano. Absolutely flawless. Whenever you hear somebody argue the merits of some pop artist singer point them towards Sumi Jo. Even if you're not into opera, I defy you not to fall in love with this woman.

    Sumi Jo singing Caccini's Ave Maria:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIeCthPXJiw

    Sumi Jo singing Schubert's Ave Maria :
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bq-0d9JdEH4

    This was just after her father had passed away and she dedicated its performance to him.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Damn, Satchmo, Louis man, how could I not mention you ... sorry Bro.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Nat Cole is one of my favorites too.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Maybe my post worked... if not -

    In summary:

    It's a rivalry. It doesn't make sense for anything else but blindly picking sides and fighting until the bitter end... Denying all respect, admiration, or agreement one may have with their opponent.

    It;s the American way.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Smoking music is a whole new world. Frank Zappa - Uncle Remus is just one of the best songs ever - Crosby, Stills and Nash. Mike Oldfield. Gong. Joni Mitchell/Carole King. Floyd obviously. The Beatles. Captain Beefheart & his magic band. Simon and Garfunkel. Chet Baker. And you have to be stoned listening to Kind of Blue or Bitch's Brew. God, you could talk for hours about smoking music.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    And LSD/Ecstasy tunes - whole other world again : Leftfield, The Orb, don't get me started ...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    For those of you that still partake, I recommend that you get influenced and have a listen to Chanticleer's Lamentations and Praise (a CD full of Tavener composed stuff).

  • In reply to JohnGalt:

    Wow, have to check some of that out, don't think I've ever heard Gentle Giant.

  • In reply to JohnGalt:

    I have to put in a plug for the Carl Maria Guilini recording of Le Nozze di Figaro.

    And Ivan Moravec's recordings of the Chopin nocturnes.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Bring it on!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    So glad you appreciate the true masters. Amen MB, Amen

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    thanks Murph.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Wow Rodger, mighty sporting of you. But Rodgers must still die sunday. It's time to pay the Packers back for Charles Martin. The Matthews facemasks on Cutler haven't been unnoticed either, except by the refs.

  • In reply to Jokey:

    Okay it's Packer week. NFC Champs game. Time to stir the blood. This will make you angry and viewer discretion is advised. The virtual ending of Jim McMahon's career as a premier QB at the hands of Charles Martin - who I'm glad to report died horribly aged 45. Martin was suspended for two games for this attack (or half the NFL rape sentence). This will have you feeling as your grandparents did when the French and the Germans had finished bombing Pearl Harbour.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MroG2oxyiyU

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/01/17/source-union-files-collusion-case/

    This makes me think of another interesting angle to the labor dispute. If the government wants to be pro-owners, it can block the lockout or force the union to decertify (not being a labor lawyer, that is about as specific as I can get).

    If the government wants to be pro-players... the fed can actually file an anti-trust suit by itself (you don't have to have a plaintiff). In that case, they can pretty much force the league into some concessions to avoid a really nasty protracted lawsuit. Granted, a federal judge can temper that threat, but the judge in this case is apparently pro-players.

    Imagine if the feds get involved in this one. That would be the ultimate in bad press. Unless of course, the press already villifies the owners for declaring a lockout.

    I really hope they get their act together.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Not trying to overdue it but even my love of talking about, listening to, or playing music seems like an unwanted distraction this week. I want all bears all the time this week.

    "What? Kids got a head wound? Don't use the green bandaids!"

    "The house is on fire? Well, do you think the neighbors will let us watch the game on Sunday? Can I smoke weed there?"

    "Your pregnant? .....

    (gunshot sounds)

    (crickets)

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Agreed 100%, but my ticker needs a fucking break..

    And for that, Derrick Rose, I thank you.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    I hear you Doc. It's going to be hard to concentrate on work this week. After the game last night, I fell asleep with one thought in my head... Da Bearssss...Da Bearssss. I woke up often during the night and the same thing was going through my mind.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d81dc1540/article/bears-te-davis-predicts-victory-over-packers-super-bowl-trek?module=HP_headlines

    Smack?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Queen were awesome. Farrokh Bulsara was most definitely the man when it came to frontmen. I was in college the day he died and it was Queen songs all day long on the Jukebox. Some tool kept putting on Bryan Adams 'Everything I do I do it for you' 14 times in a row as they had been doing since its release. We never did find the chick responsible.

    The Stones? I'll give them Gimme Shelter, Paint it Black and Sympathy for the Devil, You can't always get what you want, and maybe even stretch as far as Angie. Kudos to Keith Richards though for being the poster boy for drugs and alcohol abuse though. You can tell your kids that both are bad for you, and they just have to point at Keith Richards to blow your argument clean out of the water.

    Always partial to the one-of-a-kind Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and his various incarnations, most notably Cream ... and from my own land I'll have Thin Lizzy over U2 every time. Visited Phil Lynott's grave when I was last back home and it's the only grave in the graveyard, which is completely flat - that's allowed to have anything left on it above ground. Respect.

    Songwriters? Stevie Wonder 71-80. Paul McCartney could write down a phone number and it would be awesome. There's the Beatles, and then there was everybody else.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    If there's a finer rock'n'roll moment than AC/DC's 'Whole Lotta Rosie', I've yet to hear it ... a finer rock'n'roll movie than 'Woodstock' I've yet to see it. Ten Years After with Alvin Lee, Janis, Jimi, Joe Cocker, Canned Heat & the amazing performance of 'motherless child' from Richie Havens ... it was all pure gold. Everything went to shit after 1969.

    Dream Band?

    Keith Moon on drums obviously. Jimi & Eric doing their thing on gee-tar. Philo would have to be on bass for vocals, looks and being able to keep up with the partying. Joe Cocker and Janice Joplin on vocals. Stevie Wonder on keyboards and everything else. Paul McCartney on the Hofner. Joni Mitchell hanging around for lyrics and just keeping everyone decent. Alvin Lee on guitar for when Jimi passes out. Bonzo on backup drums for when Keith Moon goes down, Mitch Mitchell and Ginger Baker for when the acid kicks in. Paul's in there for Philo when he bottoms out. Jimmy Page standing in for Clapton when he bottoms out or has to shoot up. Minnie Ripperton and Carole king get their spots. James Brown comes on for the dancing, and y'know, his connections. George Foreman and Joe Frazier are the heavies. I'm the roadie and MC who gets to warn everyone about the abd acid " ...and it's all just really fucking beautiful man ...y'know ... love one another ... it's all connected man ... it's all good ... hey Keith! ... put her down man ... that's not cool ..."

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Oh, and when everyone is laid out, passed out, comatosed, intoxicated or arrested, Keith Jarrett comes on and does improv piano until somebody wakes up.

  • In reply to buckbear:

    You write off the packers receiving core as a bunch of nobodies, and then you proceed to warn of the threat of rasheed davis and devin aromashadu?

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    You miss my point. I'll give you Jennings or Driver over any one of our receivers individually. Admittedly the Bears are not as talented at receiver than the Patriots (yes I mean the Pats not the Pack), but a very similar situation. You must pick your poison. However, if the Bears can limit Driver or Jennings (not necessarily both) they will be in trouble. The Pack don't have a running game of note. Although the new guy (Starks is it?) had a few nice looks lately they would be lying if they said they were comfortable falling back on their running game if necessary.
    Same with the D. Clay Matthews is realy nice, but take care of him and maybe Raji and what are they going to do. You can't blitz Woodson forever; the Bears would just end up running all over them. What will you do (and many have done this) handle Peppers all day. You've got Israel, Harris, Uralcher, Briggs and Tillman to deal with.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    I am not wishing a serious head injury on Rodgers. but it would be nice to see the D line test the effectiveness of his new anti-concussion helmet. It looks like he has Dr. Scholl's inserts in there.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    Hub Arkish, the de facto Bears historian in the media, calls this game the "Biggest Game in Chicago History".

    http://beaconnews.suntimes.com/sports/3363099-419/game-bears-packers-championship-bigger.html

    I agree with him. This is bigger than Bears-Giants for the Super Bowl in Chicago, because we knew in 1985 how much better the Bears were.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Great article - I agree too. He says it's almost too much. I hope we all survive this tremendously long week.

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    I've seen more poser... I mean people wearing bears gear in the last week here in san diego than I have in the last 3 years combined. I just laughed.

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    Oh yeah, and the packers are fucking DEAD!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    PACKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DEAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Wait until you see the fucking punishment that we dish out on Sunday.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Exactly Johnny. +fucking1 my man.

    How you feeling man... what do you have?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    holy shit MB, i haven't been this sick in years. i think i have ebola. Missing work today allowed me to watch 6 hours of NFL network, ESPN, and local bears coverage. It's fun to see everyone on the jock.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    even Rosenbloom couldn't help but stroke it a bit

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Nice, there's some bennefit to pulling a ferris bueller... but really being sick... uhhhh... maybe that's not a ferris.

    Anyway, ebola's nasty stuff... maybe it's Hunta virus? Look it up.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    love me some Hunta

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    damn mice. they found that shit in the canyon where I MTB. Kinda gnarley.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Watch out for face-AIDS.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Lupus?

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

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    It's never Lupus.

  • The D.

    Definitely the D.

    Though, I kind of hope it's the O.

  • He has heard of Mike Martz before, right?

    I like the sentiment.

  • D. As always. They to show up.

  • NO flat income tax. Consumption taxes only.

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