DaBearsBlog Saturday Show & Fantasy Playoffs

Saturday Show features two new songs, the debut of Viva's picks (and 2 year-old daughter), commentary on Sunday's Packers game, Lovie's future and the the new overtime rules and - of course - the Reverend's Rant.

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You have until kickoff tomorrow of the 3:30 PM CST game between the New Orleans Saints and the Seattle Seahawks to submit your selections for round one of the Fantasy Playoffs.  To read the rules, regulations and scoring summary, click here.  YOU MUST SUBMIT PICKS THIS WEEK TO BE ELIGIBLE TO WIN THE MONTHLY OFF-SEASON COLUMN.
Submit your choices in the comments in the following format:
QB Drew Brees
RB Ray Rice
WR/TE Santonio Holmes
(Remember if you select Brees, Rice and Holmes - they each become ineligible to you for the remainder of the postseason.)

Editor's Note: I have to keep track of a lot of information to administrate this contest, so please don't bury your picks inside some other conversation.  I will post the standings, including a list of those who has been eliminated (which will depend on total entries), Monday.
 

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  • As to the previous debate of Andrew Luck. The kid is only a sophomore. That being said, there has to be a lot a variables that come to play. Young kid who probably doesn't want to rush into things so fast.

  • In reply to Cutler2010:

    Luck isn't a sophomore in terms of schooling as I think he red-shirted his freshman year. Which means he does have two years of eligibility left but will graduate after this year. I also think this years draft is going to be covered under the new CBA so Luck won't be getting the big signing bonus that everyone is thinking he will. If that's the case can you blame him for not wanting to play in Carolina? That teams going to suck for some time.

  • In reply to jbenton:

    I mean after next school year.

  • In reply to jbenton:

    True, JAB, he did "redshirt".

  • In reply to jbenton:

    QB Aaron Rogers
    RB Ray Rice
    WR/TE Mike Williams

  • QB Michael Vick
    RB Jamaal Charles
    and third
    WR Greg Jennings

  • I need to read the rules again. Dammit.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    That's "man" talk, sj.

    "When all else fails, read the instructions."

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Always do, Al! Sometimes you have to do it twice...

  • Gotta love the Peter King song!

  • Jeff, do you think the Bears really could get Martz and Marinelli to re-up for four more years?

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Marinelli yes
    Martz - depends on how well we do in the playoffs. I could see him signing a 2 year deal but not 4. I think he wants to be a HC again even though he is much better suited to OC.

    I would love to have Martz and Tice back to continue to work the offense. I think it would be an even more effective attack next year.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Martz really hasn't accomplished much as an OC this year. I don't see too many teams willing to hire him as a HC with his current production. If he can get the O to start posting top 10 numbers then he will generate interest, but until then, forget about it.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Trac - with this o-line he has helped put us in the playoffs with a first round bye. Imagine what he could do with another year and 2 more lineman with Forte and Cutty. I want this guy to stay and develop a hybrid of his old offense with short passes, runs, screens and structured rollouts and bootlegs/playactions. Another OC would be a disaster for the development of the Bears offense.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    despite his faults

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    I think Tice deserves credit for that.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    I think the defense deserves the credit for the fact that we're in the playoffs. We're there in spite of the offense.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    QB - Michael Vick
    RB - Ray Rice
    WR - Dwayne Bowe

  • In reply to BigT:

    Your kind of a big deal

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    When will this guy realize that he is Mr. Irrelevant? Enough of Dungy already.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/01/07/tony-dungy-done-coaching-glad-michigan-didnt-call/

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    I'm no Dungy fan but if he is going to coach, he would be a very good college coach.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    It's just the fact that he seems to always interject himself into matters as if to say, hey, I'm still here.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    His son committed suicide while he was Colts coach. I think that really hurt, esp. the attacks on the interweb that he was too busy for his kid.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I was a big part of those attacks.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Not sure what brand of Christianity he practices. Heck I'm a Christian but there is something about him that creeps me out. I have no idea what went on with his Son as far as the ongoing details leading up to his suicide but there is absolutely no way I would have continued coaching in the manner he did. Something definitely not right with the dude.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Denial, Trac. Keep himself busy and he doesn't have to think about it 24/7. Denial nonetheless.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    I find it very hard to criticize people for things I have not been through.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    here here. Just thinking out loud I guess.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    +1

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Not a dungy fan. I'm sure he's a good man, but as a tv personality he's fucking horrible.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Ain't none of us good MB, nope, not one.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    You're a tv personality Trac?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Turns out Trac is Montel Williams.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Bummer... dude is in constant pain supposedly

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    really? i didn't know that

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Yeah, he has MS I believe

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Ya, and because of his constant pain, he is an unlikely HUGE advocate of legalizing marijuana. Keep in mind, he was a military dude and fitness freak before.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Well, he's GIVING constant pain too, shilling for some loan outfit on the tube.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    what are you saying Al?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'm sayin' that is QUITE a point spread, for a team on the road who's running game is mostly on IR and who's QB has been channeling "Bad Narcissus" lately.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    agreed AL. Tough stadium, travelling, no run game. The Saints will have to play a great game.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Tsk, Tsk. Packer fans will NOT be amused in the streets after hearing Colin Cowherd make his case AGAINST Aaron Rodgers at the end of "The Herd" today.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Colin Cowturd is the worst person on the radio since Rush Limbaugh. His opinions are crap, his analysis stinks, and he is so AFC East and doesn't even try to hide it for the sake of a nationwide audience.

    Al, please. Don't quote him. You're hurting me now.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    Sorry, sj. I don't usually tune in to his show. I was a little early for Scott Van Pelt but caught the end of Cowherd and, believe it or not, he made a very compelling argument downgrading Rodgers.

    I think the guy has some smarts, butwhat bugs me about him is how quickly he went from "grateful to have a network radio show" and treating callers with some respect to "arrogant S.O.B who always thinks he's the smartest man in the room" and treating the callr like his inferiors.

    And then he would make withthe "Uncle Colin" relationship advice. Oh boy. Advice From a guy who conceived a 2nd child in a marriage that was already on the rocks.

    Yeah, THAT'S intelligent. If you're white trash. that is.

    He was ALWAYS yakking about his hot wife who worked out and stayed in shape. Whaddya bet the marriage crashed because he couldn't stay out of strip joints when he was on the road?

    Cowturd?

    Really?

    +1, definitely!

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    He just goes on and on and is SUCH a blatant Patriots fan (is he really, or just a bandwagon jumper?), barely discussing any other teams. He loves Peter King. He irks me tremendously.

    Not to take away from your comment Al. lol.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    Actually, there is no one worse than Al Franken.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Might I submit Sarah Palin.

    At least Al Franken can read (I think)

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    THIRTY SIX ENTRIES SO FAR FOR THE FANTASY PLAYOFFS. FINAL SUBMISSION TIME IS 3:00 CST, 4:00 EST - WHICH IS WHEN THE WILD CARD GAME THREAD WILL POST. WITH THIS NUMBER, WE'LL BE ELIMINATING HALF THE ENTRIES THIS WEEKEND.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    GPLDAN asked "What does MBHP win for winning the DBB1 FF league?"

    Answer: just my pride, , just my pride.

    I should get props for starting three Bears all year AND winning the league (except for the Tebow thing in the championship round which shall go unmentioned). That's gotta be a first.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    No shit, man. That Tebow thing was like inviting the Rabbi over from next door to hand out the sacrament.

    JK.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Do you want to know something that you will never hear on a Packers blog? Ever?

    A recommendation for the Fourth Turning or a discussion of Robert Pirsig.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    You DO get updates on milking salves and ways to use corncobs.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Congrats on that win! I did win the DBB 2 league. I managed to outscore you on the Championship round. Does that mean I am the winner of the DBB Super Bowl? HUH? HUH? and a hearty number 16...LOL

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    I plan on taking this FF playoff thing too.

    OK, not really, but if I do, I just want a t-shirt; someone more proficient with their prose can do the column.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    And nice work in the other league; both of them were extremely competitive in the regular season. Lots of .500 teams throughout.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    I love Math, Pink Floyd, Fashion, Football and Chicago.

    Just trying to keep up - short version. lol.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    Rough keepin up with this group sj.

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    Nah. Just SO MANY comments on this thread.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    ....but the Stones are better.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    Can't listen to the stones on Psilocybin !

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Why not? Enhanced dancing opportunity....

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Maybe yes, maybe no:

    From "Their Satanic Majesties Request"

    http://vodpod.com/watch/3759408-the-rolling-stones-2000-light-years-from-home

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    And it begins..

    The proverbial fudgepeckers and the talking heads sucking down hard ...on why the injury riddled peckers may lose....OMG... I am so sick of hearing how the NFC North Division was taken away from the Fudgepeckers by Bad News Bears..How GB will take the SB..ooppss unless the injuries are to much for them to go all the way, AND THEN EVERY EXCUSE IN THE WORLD FOR THEM!!! When we were riddled with injuries last year, did we have any excuses..no we got whopped and the talking heads jumped on the band wagon... Well guess what..Welcome to the NFL crybabies...

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d81d86338/article/packers-jenkins-questionable-vs-eagles-zombo-bigby-out?module=HP_headlines

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    ughhh, fuckin cant stand hearing that shit.

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    It appears to me that the Eagles can make the same case.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Al..+1

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I'm having shirts made boys. I can't tell you what they will say but every man and even some truly awesome chicks will want one. I'm meeting with my buddy this weekend. You've all inspired me. You are my muse(s). Musei? Muce? what's the fucking plural?

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    muses

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Bitches?

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    QB - Drew Brees
    RB - Lesean McCoy
    WR - Donald Driver

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    ESPN Radio is reporting Hardballs has agreed to coach the 49er. 5 year 25 mil. Hope he can do better than #50

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    That team has some building to do. I doubt he'll be able to turn it around in a short time. We'll see.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    coach..yep...

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d81d86d1f/article/niners-have-their-man-hiring-harbaugh-away-from-stanford?module=HP_headlines

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    I thought I read somewhere the Vikes were going to pick up Singletary as the LB coach? Anyone see an article or blurb about this?

  • In reply to Reichwolff:

    B4E:

    http://content.usatoday.com/communities/thehuddle/post/2011/01/josh-mcdaniels-mike-singletary-ticketed-for-minnesota-vikings/1

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    I wouldnt be surprised if Singletary ended up knocking Mcdaniels out. Just saying.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    A Ryan-Ditka Match revisited years later? half time the two are kicking the shit out of each other? hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    My Pics. Thanks for organizing Jeff:

    QB = Drew Brees
    RB = LeSean McCoy
    WR = Greg Jennings

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Ok, so I thought I'd share this with you all.

    I just got the talk. The, "babe, we need to talk" talk.

    My wife turns to me in the car and says, "It's time babe. I have help my tongue for many many years. The superman shirt over the long sleeve bears shirt with camo cargos and flip flops are just sick and wrong. You just turned 38, it's time. It's time to start dressing like a grown up now. I know you still act 25, but you can't dress like it any more.... yes, even on the weekends. I'm taking you to Banana Republic this weekend."

    Damn it man. But I work virtually most the time! I wear jeans, a button-down, and a jacket when I have in-person meetings! I dress up when we go out for dinner! But... but.... but....

    Shiiit.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB...hhhhhhhhhhhhhheeeeeeeeeeeeeeehhhhhhhhhhhhhheeeeeeeeeeeehhhhhhhhheeeeeeee...welcome to growing up brother...

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    here you go MB..he never wanted to grow up:

    http://austinthea.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/peter-pan.jpg

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    or this:

    http://talkthirtytome.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/garth-and-wayne-skipping-wayne-27s-world-85283_342_425.jpg

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Good God. I *was* Wayne and Garth ... just without the car and the liquorice dispenser. That soundtrack rocked.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I actually understand where she's coming from, based on the description of your outfit....

    So, as a wife of many years, I say: COMPROMISE. Lose Superman and the cammo, keep the flip-flops and Bears shirt.

    I would let you pass with that - IF you pick out a few good things at the Republic and wear them after the season ends.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    to dress like this:

    http://www.thfire.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/tom-brady.jpg

    or this:

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_zGTe5MsCVYc/TLNWaljoDCI/AAAAAAAABPA/3pB9YZTcOtQ/s1600/Brett+Favre+Wrangler+Dog.jpg

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    as long as you don't wear this:

    http://ny-image2.etsy.com/il_fullxfull.178703970.jpg

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    THAT is sweet lobo. Where can I get one to go with my banana condoms?

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Eeeeewwww... on both... for different reasons.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    Yeah, thanks for the support SJ.

    No, in reality I have to admit that I've been too busy and focused over the last 3 years to focus on myself - well, the clothing dept. I do take care of the old cuerpo pretty well.

    Alas (see how I did that), she's right. I need to suck it up and make the investment.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    That would be alass, of course. But I did see it.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    sheesh. English teacher?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    My girlfriend has to tell me every morning before I leave the house that my fly is undone, or that my shirt isn't buttoned correctly, or it's inside out, or I've missed a huge patch of hair on my head where I was trimming. Mostly my fly being undone. I am a goober. I have become my father. At least it makes her laugh.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    The most interesting man in the world replies...

    My mom has a tatoo that reads "son"

    And if I were married, I would dress my wife.

    Stay Thirsty, my friends.

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    LOL. The "Son tatoo" is my favorite gag from that series.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Whatever side of the track he's currently on is the right side.

    He once had an awkward moment, just to see how it felt

    Those are classic ones too. I was actually gonna be him for Halloween, and strictly stick to Dos Equis (hey, I'm method), but wasn't sure if anyone would know I was wearing a costume...

  • In reply to sjvl:

    Here's a compromise: if you get rid of your threads, she must wear lingerie every night.

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    I like it B4!

    Unfortunately, she's pretty much right. I've been woefully undisciplined and I need to tighten up the cut of my jib. But I

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Time heals all wounds, MB.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    ...and time wounds all heels.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    So true Al, particularly the ones on expensive shoes......

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    QB Hasselbeck
    RB Lynch
    WR/TE Driver

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    85b4e +10000000000000000000!! I may have to use that on my wife!!!

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    disclaimer:85bearz4ever is not married, and cannot be held responsible for any possible marital problems or divorces directly resulting from said advice. Also, he strongly recommends that only very crafty old husbands attempt aforementioned maneuvers...;)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Rough.

    But you could totally score some capitulation in the copulation department as payment...

  • In reply to mikebdot:

    Capitulation copulation... I like it mike.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Kind puts a whole new wrinkle on the "sweetly surrender" thing, eh?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    "Hey, grow up!"
    said this 50-something who still hasn't put his trains around the Christmas tree back into the closet that also stores a bunch of his favorite, childhood board games, including, APBA Baseball, Strat-O-Matic Baseball and football, DOGFIGHT, BROADSIDE and host of others and still plays in a slow pitch softball league.

    There's a sign you can buy at most toy train shows that goes something like...

    "My wife told me either MY TRAINS go or SHE goes.
    I'm sure gonna miss her."

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Banana Republic? Haven't been there since they dumped the "Jungle" motif.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I actually love their slim fit dress shirts with French cuffs (the only cuff to wear).

    Check em out Al: http://bananarepublic.gap.com/browse/category.do?cid=44866

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    LOL. My "slim fit' days are long gone and hard to find, MB!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Just tell her that Brett Favre's wife starting dressing him about 4 years ago, that ought to alter her plans lol

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    +1

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    The original Banana Republic in Woodfield had a wrecked jungle jeep in front of it.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    that is cool

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Then they went all G.Q.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    QB Vick
    WR Bowe
    RB Charles

  • In reply to soupbowlorbust:

    Isn't Bowe out ?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHAAAAA!!! Time to get The Dude's/Starsky's big old cardigan and accept the passage of time man. Believe it or not, trainers have to go pretty soon too, only for certain occasions a training shoe is, young padawan. Camos are forever though. That's a man thing.

    Also ... flip it around her MB. She's in that comfortable zone now, you've got kids etc.., she'll unleash years of repressing things she wanted to change about you, because no woman can just 'let you be'. No. They always want to change their men. so flip it on her. Say "Baby, we need to talk too ..." and then throw out some stuff you'd like to see her wear/do/perform sexually ... show her that it isn't all one way, there's give and take. You're not the tea boy in the relationship. Tom Cruise/Magnolia/Respect the cock. Nuff said.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Oh shit!

    Hey A.Luck... Quick... eject, eject, eject!

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Hmmm. They just keep hiring Bears. LOVE IT!!

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    OK Why not...

    QB = Drew Brees
    RB = Jamaal Charles
    WR = Greg Jennings

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    So far in the fantasy playoffs:

    nagurski
    SC Dave
    sjvl
    ChiTownHustler
    DaCoach's Mustache
    Murph
    JAB
    GPLDAN
    Doshi
    Perno
    Albert in Tuscon
    Viva
    WrigleyFM
    WarriorWaddle
    Ufficio
    New Bear in Town
    BigT
    Fresno

    The rest of you have until kickoff of the first game tomorrow.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Thanks for keeping track of all this madness, Jeff.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Fisher staying with the Titans.

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    Yup. And in 16 seasons there he's been over .500 5 times.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Your shorting him 1 Albert. He has 6 seasons over.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Sorry to make you write all that AL, I was actually just kidding.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    And you know how I HATE to write.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Besides, I got to slam Narcissus again.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Happy to help sir

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    You know, I just had a random Bears thought...Peppers has been somewhat quite the last 2-3 games, but he plays close to 95% of the snaps and he gets double-teamed all season long. That must wear on a guy, no matter how athletic he is, going up against a 320 pound tackle, usually the strongest/fastest olinemen, and a 240 pound tight end nearly every snap all season long. That's 550 pound wall, that's like going against a Silver Back Gorilla.

    The bye should GREATLY benefit Pep. Maybe he'll regain the Pep in his Step, and terrorize like at the start of the season, when he was fresh.

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    +1

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    Meanwhile, in an ultimate universe, Bears' fans are groaning...

    "The fact that the 10-6 Giants and the 10-6 Buccaneers missed the playoffs while the 11-5 Bears have a first-round bye got me thinking. If Calvin Johnson's catch in Week 1 against the Lions had counted for a touchdown, would the Bears be in the playoffs (assuming all game results afterward would have remained the same)? A loss to the Lions in Week 1 would put the Bears at 10-6, losing a conference record tie-breaker with the Packers, and out of the playoffs (since they also lost to the Giants) instead of having the No. 2 seed. Am I correct? If so, what a difference that call made! Shane Heilman, Tea, S.D.

    You are correct. If the Calvin Johnson call went the other way and the Bears lost that game to the Lions in the season opener and finished 10-6, they would have been out of the playoffs. The Packers would have won the NFC North, and the Giants would have replaced the Packers as the last wildcard team."

    From Pompei's Mailbag, Chicago Tribune

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    in an alternate universe, I typed "alternate."

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    In an ULTIMATE Universe, the Bears are on a quest for their 15th Super Bowl Victory.

    Well, in MY ultimate universe.

    Oh, and I'm married to Chreyl Ladd there.

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    Woulda, shoulda, coulda. The MANTRA of losers.
    How's this in rebuttal:If the Bears had actually NEEDED that game Sunday they'd have won it and the Packers would be on the golf course.

    Or

    "If wishes and butts were candy and nuts what a wonderful christmas we'd have".

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Oh, that is from "Albert's Mailbag, Bears Blog".

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    agreed. the Pack also benefited from that rule too, or maybe Lovie would've challenged that missed Cutler td vs Skins, or not called a time out against packer on 3 and 15.

    Just proves how small a margin separates play-off teams from watching at home...

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    Razor thin and changes weekly.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    EXACTLY what I was going to say Al. If we actually needed that game last sunday we would have wiped the field with Rodgers and co.

    What a joke. If the cowboys would have lived up to the preseason hype, they would be going to the SB. Silly.

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    Biff? Back to the future?

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Hopefully, to 1985.

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    "I hate manure."

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Luck is ugly as fuck. Luck sure didn't hit him in the gene pool area....

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Can we not talk about fashion on da blog please? Seriously. Banana Republic? Ish.

    When I think of Harbaugh, I always go back to a game I remember somewhere around 1990-91. We were playing the raiders I believe, and with time running out, us trailing and driving, da coach motioned for Harbaugh to spike it to kill the clock. We were insided their 10 I believe. What did Harbaugh do? He backed up and kneeled it. I was about 15 or so and I sat their in utter disbelief. I can't remember what happenend next. Did we lose? Did we win? I must have blacked out in disbelief. But I did always like the guy.

    My dream playoff scenario is one based in revenge.

    Seattle beats the Saints, GB beats Phili.
    Chicago beats Seattle, GB beats ATL
    Chicago beats GB
    Chicago beats the Colts (Patriots are fine too) for the trophy erroneously named Lombardi.

    Where the fuck is Crown?

    Goddamn I been busy lately. How do you guys manage to post so damn much. The wife and I took turns with a most painful long lasting flu. Severe sore throat leading to a severe earache. It's been two and half weeks since it took hold of me, and I still have semi plugged ears.

    I like Math. I really really like Math. I really really hate how everybody rags on it. Such a beautiful amazing human creation. So elegant and powerful. Why has it become cool to say things like, "I suck at math". I yearn for the days of Ancient Greece when people were so enamored with their quest for knowledge and understanding that they scribbled crude but beautiful proofs in the sand. When people thought it was cool to be smart. To be educated. When money wasn't everything. This is directed at no one on this blog, or anyone in particular, just getting some things off my chest.

    I wish my dog didn't howl everytime one of us tries to play the harmonica.

    I wish I still had time in my life for video games.

    I wish Walter were still alive.

    I wish I could've seen a Floyd Show. How was that Roger Waters show (was that you Corn?)?

    I love the NFL and wish Roger Goodell would stop trying to screw it up.

    I hate that the fucking 49ers hired another bear.

    I'm glad that Harbaugh is out of the Pac 10.

    I love this site.

    Bear Down.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Harbaugh was gutty but could hardly be described as "...an excellent NFL QB" save for that 1 shining 1995 season with the Colts.

    I realize he stands high among the ranks of Chicago Bear QBs, but, considering pre-Kramer/Cutler standards, that's akin to holding a lot of Jamaican figure skating records.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    C'mon Doc. It's the playoff BYE week. Our little minds are going to wander.

    Oh, and "You STARTED it, MB!"

    Hope the ears clear. That particular form of the "creeping crud" really sucks.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Jamaican figure skating team? Good one, Al.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Oh, thonk you, Mon!

    How about a RED STRIPE?

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    "Says the ugly man!"

    Brilliant.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Drew Brees
    Shonne Greene
    Dwayne Bowe

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Al, your like the Mike Royko, Studs Terkel, Slats Grobnik of Da Bears Blog. I love your insight.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    High praise, indeed, Cor. Thank you.
    I am not worthy.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I actually played 16" softball against Royko right before i blew town. I had a friend who worked for Chicago Today (the former chicago American) and he got me on their team. Play games on Sundays at Lincoln Park. Bill Jauss pitched for TODAY and royko pitched for the Trib. I once lined a 2-out rbi single right past his ear.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    That sounds like a story right out of Royko's mouth...err ear.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Drew Brees
    LeSean McCoy
    Greg Jennings

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    "Fade to Black" Smoked Baltic Porter by Left Hand Brewing Company.

    Pretty close to perfection for under two bucks a bottle.
    And I must be sleep deprived from my business trip...Donald Driver? What the fuck was I thinking?

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    QB Manning
    RB J. Charles
    WR D. Bowe

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Floyd shows. Simply the best band to see live ever. One good thing about being old, Really old (MB just thinks he's old cuz you guys convinced him) is that I was alive and well in the 60s.

    I actually got to see Pink Floyd before they made it big at the Aragon Ballroom. It was probably 1969-1970. Their current album was Ummagumma. The Ballroom floor was still open with no seats at that time, and the stage was 2 feet high. They had the place setup with surround sound and took everyone there to a different dimension. I think the ticket was 5 bucks.

    Saw them 5 years later doing both Dark Side Of The Moon and wish You Were Here albums in their entirety. My girl (wife now) and I did enough shrooms for 15 people. We had a very high time.

    The last Floyd show was the Animals Tour at beautiful Soldiers Field. Giant flying pig and all. It got too big and too crazy after that. It was too crazy at that concert. Someone counterfeited thousands of tickets so every square inch of Soldiers Field had someone standing in it. Just crazy.

    How old am I? First concert was The Beatles at Comiskey Park. Summer of '65.

    So MB, you ain't old yet. Take it from an expert.

  • In reply to mikev:

    Ahh, 1965. I was still in Chi-town, but not at that concert.

    My Speech my 7th grad English class was titled
    "Why the White Sox will win the 1965 American League Pennant." Hmm. I only missed by forty years!

    The Bears had just had the best first round draft ever!

    Sayers and Butkus.

    Hall of Fame / Pioneer Middle Linebacker, (Retired Jersey #61) Bill George: "The first time I saw him play, I knew MY career was OVER."

    The Bears had THREE of the first 6 (3,4 &5) picks that year!

    Buktkus & Sayers went 3-4. Who was the 3rd Bear #1?

    BTW, Tucker Fredrickson (Giants) and Ken Willard (49ers) went 1-2.

    Willard had a nice career with the 49ers. Fredrickson wasn't bad but blew out his knee early on and was never what the Giants drafted after that.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Imagine, Butkus and Sayers in the same draft. Angelo would picked a lineman with a bad back and a running back with a bum knee.

  • In reply to mikev:

    No Mike... he would have picked 2 DEs.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    cant wait to start the playoffs tomorrow. Its gonna be interesting, since our club is in the dance.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    I just hope we're not dressed like Antonio Fargas in "I'm gonna git you Sucka!" ...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Is that the dude that OG'd?

  • In reply to Church:

    Junebug!

  • In reply to Church:

    QB - Manning-IND
    RB - Charles - KC
    WR - D. Jackson -PHI

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Artoo - there's a lot of photos up there on that facebook page dude. How do we find yours? Do we just click the thumbs up - is that how we vote?

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Yep

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Rodgers

    Charles

    Reggie Wayne

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Antonio fargas... the one and only Huggie Bear!

    http://mealyamazon.com/images/sucka_back_2.jpg

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    How's this for not reading any rules, not being interested in playing, and not giving a shit...

    My picks for the playoffs:

    QB - Jay fucking Cutler
    WR - Earl fucking Bennett
    RB - Matt fucking Forte
    ILB - Brian fucking Urlacher
    DE - Julius fucking Peppers
    CB - Charles "Peanut" fucking Tillman
    OLB - Lance fucking Briggs
    FS

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Where the hell is Devin fucking Hester?

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    Shit, 100% Uffi... my bad, I knew I was forgetting someone.

    KR/PR - DEVIN fucking best ever in the history of the sport HESTER

    Thanks Uffi.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Did you let Johnny Waffle pick your team?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    ha!

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    It's not squirrel beer but I have a bottle of this waiting for the first Bears playoff game this year.
    http://odellbrewing.com/beers/mountain-standard-reserve
    After that, it's on to the really expensive stuff. Unfortunately, the local Beer Fest isn't until Feb. 12th.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    love those local fests. I tried to order Tactical Nuclear Penguin from brewdog.com but my card won't go through, need to talk to customer service in the UK. it's 40 euros just to ship it here but it's going to be an epic game so it calls for epic bad behavior.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    http://www.spirit76wines.com/r/products/brewdog-tactical-nuclear-penguin?utm_source=Google&utm_medium=Feed

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Posse you fucking bastard. now i HAVE to get it...and for cheaper. you are the man. i am buying it right now. mortgage? what mortgage?

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    You only live once, waffle.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    In Seattle, size does not matter:
    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/football/nfl/01/08/seahawks.beer.sizes.ap/index.html

    Nice work by the industrious fans that figured this out.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Yes.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Corn, I'll get back to you on the Mule thing. I have heard some before, but it's been a long while.

    Irish, Perhaps it's time I read Lila again.

    Others, thanks for the other reads. Should I ever find time for personal reading again (maybe after football season), I shall add your selections to my list.

    Artoo, My wife has facebook, so I'll have her do the honors. I can't remember what you said you'd win, but with this blog behind you, how can you not?

    Playoffs Baby.

    Playoffs.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    I win playoff tickets to the game. So far I just have to beat the slutty girls lol

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Hahahahahah... yeah, good luck with that '85.

    This is going to be a painful lesson in 'sex sells 101'.

    Better luck next time lad.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    TEN MINUTES UNTIL THE FANTASY PLAYOFFS ARE CLOSED. TEN MINUTES.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    The bears 3rd #1 in '65 was a defensive end from Tennessee named Steve DeLong but he signed with the Chargers of the AFL ('65 was the last draft before the merger) and spent most of his very solid career there before finishing with the Bears.

  • In reply to mikev:

    OH WOW Mike! I listened to Ummagumma whilst I fell asleep every night for like 15 years straight. I love Old Floyd and am so jealous I wasn't around to see all that. Animals is quite simply my favorite road-trip-night-driving-whilst-stoned album of all time. Such an underrated masterpiece. But pre dark side Floyd is where it's at. No question about it. Don't get me wrong, Dark Side took album making to a whole new level and was a revolutionary album. But true Floyd happened on the steps of Pompei. True Floyd is seeing Syd Barret melt on stage, all the while plucking that one string. Definitely my favorite band of all time. I'm ranting now, but hearing you talk about those venues and seeing them at that time has given me a raging Floyd Boner.

    I don't know if there are any deadheads in the crowd but my wife bought me a sweatshirt that was sold at a Dead show in Soldier field in the eighties. She got it on ebay and it was still mint (laughing whilst typing that). It's in the bears colors and the deady bear is made to look like the Chicago Bears bear. It's a hot-ticket item if I do say so myself.

    RIP Jerry Garcia, Syd Barret, Rick Wright...

    Yeah, I'm about 2/7 hippy, what of it?

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Deadhead? Hippie? Guilty as charged. Saw lots of Dead shows back in the Chicago days. Best was at McGaw Hall on the Northwestern campus. A tiny little, maybe 500 seat theater. They had just played at the basketball stadium there the night before. My one time backstage. They didn't publicize the McGaw show, just word of mouth thru the Deadheads. They listed themselves as the Gerry Garcia Band, but everyone was there.

    http://www.archive.org/details/gd1973-11-01.sbd.set2.goodbear.80714.flac16

    Moved to the Bay Area in '84. Lots of Dead shows there including the 20th anniversary show at the Greek Theater in Berkeley. Lot's of New Years shows.

    Gerry's passing was a death in the family.

  • In reply to mikev:

    That should be Jerry...

  • In reply to mikev:

    Try reading the blog from the bottom to the top. I find it brings a whole new levle to this blog, sure you cant do it now? Try it sometime.

  • In reply to GetsomeBears:

    Maybe after I eat some Pink Floyd shrooms lol

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    All right. For MB, stop gettin on to everyone! We all don't have the gadet that's glued to your side and can check everything every 5 mins. Hey Doc' I like math. I really do, I just never had calculus before and I needed, I guess you could say a hands on experience. I just love how math stays the same and has a pattern to it. Eventually I figured cal out. It was just too late by then. Mb I'm just messing with you. If any of us have a reason to not be here its you. I hope your kid is doibg good.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Jeff should come up with a dabearsblog app. I would buy it for the iphone

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    thanks '85... you still have to do the things that keep you sane... or you won't be.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Dark Side was the evolutionary pinnacle of Floyd for me. It's a long way from Interstellar Overdrive to the sonic perfection of Us and Them, but both have their relevance to the different phases of your life. Only ever made it to 4/5 hippy though - had to keep some part of me square for things like employment.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Doc,
    I'm drunk and stoned reading this and I'm with you on so many fronts. Me, my brother, and sister used to study to Pink Floyd albums, especially Animals, Obscured by Clouds, Meddle, and Wish You Were Here. We all have every Floyd album, and we all like mathematics. My little sister tested out of Calculus 2 before starting college, and after graduation of Med school, she was immediately offered a teaching position at the Medical college of Wisconsin, besides helping out veterans. She is a huge Bears fan. We were all proficient at math and use it like a language when communicating about our BS degrees. I'm also a Deadhead who has seen many band formations since Jerry died, most recently Furthur. I never seen the Floyd together, but seen Floyd in 1994 at Camp Randall and Roger Waters do Dark Side and the Wall straight through live. It was pretty awesome. When I seen Phil and Friends or the Other Ones, I bought two Dead shirts that have the Bears Logo where the skull should be. I've been offered a lot of money for those shirts. I need to send you some Gov't Mule Doc. I have over 100 hours of live music. Email me at landscapeguy2003@yahoo.com Anyone else who wants me to send them some music send me an email. I will oblige. Here's some Mule floyd Doc. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qHQA82sK6I
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnLs7tpsnw0
    Govt Mule is the best band out their right now. I wouldn't spent 2.5G to see them on the beach for five nights in Jamaica if they were not that good.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Doc,
    Tip of the iceberg. Send me an email, and I will mail you some shit. I got well over 100 hours of their music, including over 200 cover songs.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Here's my newsletter.
    Mule on the beach in Jamaica with 340 people doing what people do in Jamaica listening to this kind of music.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGsWmd0IxWc

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Liking the Mule! Harkening back to Woodstock.
    Has that Canned Heat vibe. Ish.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4g-RexNu0o&feature=related

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    They are old school Irish. I like me some Canned Heat also. Their album with John Lee Hooker is one of my all time favorites.

  • In reply to mikev:

    Holy shit Mike!

    I keeed I keeeed. Sounds like you've had some amazing experiences though... and THAT is what really counts in this life.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Easy, MB. He's old, he's not dying.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    That's right Doc. I check every morning and I ain't dead yet.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    QB- Aaron Rodgers
    RB- Ray Rice
    WR/TE- Jacob Tamme-- baller

  • In reply to jimmychange:

    Scratch above if possible. I didn't read the rules correctly the first time around.

    QB- Aaron Rodgers
    RB- Reggie Bush
    WR- Dwayne Bowe

  • In reply to mikev:

    Nah, you're old MB ...the 100 yr old guy will always think the 70 yr old is just a kid.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Doc, please.

    Very nice Doc.

    btw, I've seen you in a video, you shouldn't Ish at fashion so readily... I bet your wife would like to talk to my wife, and not about boobies and babies.

    Ha! Sorry, couldn't resist.

    It's not that I hate it, it's that I'm terrible at it. I think that you're either a left or a right brained person... it's genetic and you have no choice. That's my hypothesis anyway.

    The net is, that I don't hate math... math hates me.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Did somebody say boobies?

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    It's no coincidence that dumb is the new smart, Doc. Consumers - for that's all we are - are programmed to be stupid and ignorant, so that we don't realise how we're being screwed every day of our lives as the NWO is being built around us. You'd enjoy Pirsig if you haven't read him already - he has interesting theories on the friction between the Biological/Intellectual/Social strata of society.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    A long time ago, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance changed my life. The sequel, not so much. Others you recommend?

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    You didn't like Lila ? I thought it was pretty cool the way he meets Robert Redford in the hotel room and isn't the slightest bit impressed. Unlike Desmond Morris in The Naked Ape, when Marlon Brando rings him up and wants to meet to discuss anthropology. One of a kind was Marlon. Pirsig never finished his third book based on Native Americans, sadly. If you're into science, The Dancing Wu Li masters by Gary Zukav is pretty amazing.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Great Brando interview on the Dick Cavett show.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_nXWeMFEt4

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Check out Tom Robbins if you haven't already. Quite funny and prone to philosphical/political ramblings. My favorite, Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    I haven't read him, I'll check him out, thanks.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I recommend:

    Mobs, Messiahs, and Markets (Bonner, Rajiva)

    A rollicking read about how groups of people, especially when led by the right demogogues, can behave in ways that none of us would ever consider as individuals. [I particularly loved the chapter on Che and Mao].
    http://www.amazon.com/Mobs-Messiahs-Markets-Surviving-Spectacle/dp/0470112328

    The Fourth Turning (Strauss and Howe)

    A fascinating read on cycles societies and cultures go through; a four stage pattern that repeats roughly every human lifespan (85 years).

    http://www.amazon.com/Fourth-Turning-William-Strauss/dp/0767900464/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1292343976&sr=1-1

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Sorry to hear about the bout with the flu, Doc...
    Couldn't agree with you more, except that I'm god awful at math. I am fantastic at calculated guesses - horrid at disciplined math like calc.
    In regards to Crown, he may just be in Nebraska.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    My playas for the playoffs:

    Vick
    Reggie Bush
    Reggie Wayne

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    And by that I mean,

    QB Vick
    RB Reggie Bush
    WR Reggie Wayne.

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    If my Aunty had balls she'd be my uncle.

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    "quiet" - geez...

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    I meant "quiet" referring to my typo, not your +1 Albert lol

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    LOL. 85, if I had a dollar for every typo I've posted here I wouldn't still be driving a 1996 automobile.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I'd AT LEAST be driving a '98.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    '96 is more vintage anyways lol

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Too funny!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1YJc-0t526Q

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    Colts down a starting lineback and a cornerback Sunday.

    Jets' "Revis Island" is stll bothered by that bad hammy.

    Saints down a starting corner, Malcom Jenkins, and their hit rookie tight End, Jimmy Graham.

    So, Packer fans, you can stop singing

    "Nobody knows, de trouble I seen"

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I'm starting to regret my Packers pick. I think we all might be sleeping on the Eagles.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    And the Packers might soon be "sleeping with the fishes", Blogfather?

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    The Packers will win that game.

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    I think the eagles win it Viva. Just a gut feeling.

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    Agreed. With a fourth quarter 3rd season ending concussion for Mr. Rodgers....

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    I think the Cheese have been given waaaay too much credit. Heck, they only beat the Bears by a touchdown and their playoff lives were on the line. But for a couple of bad calls and non calls by the refs, a stupid timeout called by lovie and a pick thrown by Cutty in the final seconds, the Bears could have sent them packing. Seriously, I actually will be surprised if they win in Philly.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    No freaking way.

    NOOOOOOOOOO!!!

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Packers D will win it for em.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I agree with your tak eon this Irish. Packers defense is good.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    nobody knows de sorrow...

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    Now, just the Packer trolls...!"

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Please!

    4-Letter showing 49ers presser to introduce harbaugh and as he's introduced by the GM, they play music in the background like it was the Oscars!

    What next? A prayer for the blessing of the late Bill Walsh?

    "Oh, most holy and almighty 49er football genius, we humbly beseech thee to consecrete this hiring, that we may stop being an NFL laughingstock in thine eyes, even tho' part of our greatness was created by circumventing the salary cap. In this we pray, in the name of the Montana, the Young and the Holy Walsh, Amen."

    I imagine it recited by Michael Palin as Brother Maynard from "Monty Python and The Holy Grail"

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    So it's official, Harbaugh to 9ers? Fucken great...I'm turning off my cell now so I don't get the "We're now going to the SB and recreating the 90s!" text from my friend, the 9er fan...

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    haha. I feel ya bro. I live in somewhat niner country, and I deal with the same shit. One of my good friend is probaly the most ignorant fan u would ever meet.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Harbaugh may very well end up as an OC somewhere when it's all said and done. I certainly will be interesting to see how things unfold next year.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    he was my 1st pick for OC, or even HC, when we were talking about burning everything down and starting from scratch in the preseason.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Harbaugh was a gamer when he played for the Bears.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    "Gamer". Yes, trac.

    "EXCELLENT NFL QB". I don't THINK so, Joe Schad.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Yup, me to MB. Old Chin, or Harbaugh or Fisher if he was let go.

    But something in me somehow felt that we would maintain the same gang - I still suspect the McCaskey's of being cheap, and the looming labor dispute was all the pretext they needed. And a winning season now all but guarantees it.

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    FIVE winning seasons out of 16 for Fisher with ONE Super Bowl appearance.

    That sounds a LOT closer to Lovie Smith than Vince Lombardi, folks.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    QB Aaron Rodgers
    RB LeSean McCoy
    WR Dwayne Bowe

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    More Harbaugh Presser griping...

    Can we please DISPENSE with the reporters identifying themselves before they ask a question?

    "Cyndy Goodbody, with 2 Ys, from Kissing Suzy Kolder dot com. Jim, are you really, really really, sad to be leaving Stanford for 5 million a year?"

    Nobody CARES who YOU are folks. It's a press confrence, not a piano recital. Ask your insipid question and move along.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Followup qustion from Cyndy:

    "Coach, what is your favorite color?"

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    She watched too many old movies from back when being a journalist meant something. That's funny, mentioning your blog address like you were working for the Washington Post.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    While I made up "Ms. Goodbody", some gal DID give ESPN dot com a plug. The guys were just as bad, BTW.

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    Yup. We spent $91 M on a guy at the end of his career and Angelo nailed his lot to that ship. He's no doubt carrying some niggling thing, this being the NFL. I don't see how he gets fresher after playing sixteen games, let's hope a more suitable surface helps him out - but if we progress, that doesn't happen until Atlanta, or Dallas.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I don't really find any correlations between suicide and bad parenting, to be honest. Sure, if you're dad is beating you up, or your mother turning tricks in the next room, I can see then the impact, but most suicides don't work like that.

    I read an interesting article not too long ago about Sylvia Plath's son committing suicide. A nice quite guy in the scientific community, far from the brooding poet that was her mother. One can never know about these things.

    "Richard Cory"

    WHENEVER Richard Cory went down town,
    We people on the pavement looked at him:
    He was a gentleman from sole to crown,
    Clean favored, and imperially slim.

    And he was always quietly arrayed, 5
    And he was always human when he talked;
    But still he fluttered pulses when he said,
    "Good-morning," and he glittered when he walked.

    And he was rich

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    Damn, sorry about the typos and the stupid numbers that appear next to the poem. Ignore them. My computer must be acting up or something today.

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    stanzas?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    sometimes numbers appear at the right of the lines to indicate what line it is, but they didn't appear when I pasted it originally, and then somehow reappeared when it actually posted. Weird.

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    85Bearz,
    I agree about the blame game. It's not the parents fault on most occasions. One of my best friends growing up committed suicide. He had some demons that he refused to talk about, no matter how hard we tried to get him to talk about his problems. It still bothers all of his friends and family today. When he committed suicide, I was shocked to the core, but not surprised. He was a bit of an odd character, but a great person. That was 26 years ago, and I still can't figure out why he did it. Worst funeral I've ever attended. His parents, especially his Mom, have never recovered. They were very good, caring parents.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Some neighborhood idiots tried to blame his friends and girlfriend for his act. HE pulled the trigger. I'm still pissed off at him.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    QB Michael Vick
    RB Jamaal Charles (6.5 yard avg this year - respect)
    WR Jeremy Maclin

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    Suicide is a personal thing. Feeling suicidal is your soul being in distress, and having great parents doesn't help you any, because you're all alone inside your head and you don't talk about it to anyone. Parents should never blame themselves when their kids commit suicide, although that's a lot easier said than done.
    And guns are not cool. If I had access to a gun when I was younger I would have left a big mess for my parents to clean up. Time and love.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    I wanna get my Luck take in, not to beat this down but it's important.

    Unless Luck, who is from a privileged family and may have more inside knowledge about the lock-out than we do, is crazy - he's walking into a $20M payday. As MBHP said, that's money on the barrel head. As in, you go deposit that money today, son and here's your W2 cause Uncle Sam wants half.

    $10M in your savings account buys a whole lotta secondary education. Even if you have a rich family. Even if getting a fucking Ph.D. is all you ever think about, and not the NFL lifestyle because you're gonna marry your high school sweetheart with her 32-28-35 figure instead of the 40-20s you'll meet at NFL mixers. Even IF.

    If you want, you can go Ryan Leaf nutters, that's your money to keep.
    If he wins the now discredited Heismann (how bad do you think Reggie Bush wants to fuck Pete Carroll over this weekend?) and takes Standford to the BCS Bowl and makes them #1, and Stanford builds him a great big statue and lets him eat in the cafeteria free for life, he's still out $10M NET. N-E-T.

    Yes, he may get it the following year. Maybe more. Maybe $15 net. But he could also get hurt, or have a bad year, and lose it all.

    Maybe if he was a Mormon, I would get it. They believe in things like God sending them post-it notes with little life lessons on it and shit - but this kid comes from a rational family.

    I do not get it.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Thank you GP. Always the man of reason.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Not everyone has the same priorities in life.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    Then get F out of big-time football.

    Jesus... I think we've beat this thing to death already.

    Time to move on.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Or make decisions vis-a-vis your big-time football career that are in line with your own priorities.

    I don't get the indignation. Yes, the arguments that he may be passing up a big payday are correct. But his critics don't seem to fathom that it's just possible that he understands the risks, but has very different priorities than themselves.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    I totally get the other side of the argument Offi, I really do

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    belief

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I am entering on the chicagobears.com website my pic from the the eagles game I went to for a chance to go to a playoff game. If any off you have a facebook, just look up 4th Phase Playoff Contest and vote for my pic or put your own and let me know your name and I will vote for you too.

    You all know my name by now.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    No way... not until you start coming back more often. See... get a little famous and forgot the people who helped get you there.

    Don't forget the little people '85.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I lost my scholarship by .08 points.

    I have a 2.92 and you need to keep a 3.0

    So I have been busy trying to get that all straighted out and that's no excuse from not getting on here but my education has to come first.

    I am sorry that I haven't been on here as much as I usually am. Blame Doc.Haha Jk.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Did you get a D in female anatomy? I thought Bears Chick was gonna help you out with that.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Lol no sadly Calculus just kicked my ass but I am ready for it now. I am so pissed that they took it away because of .08 points that I am just going to get all A's now.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Good life lesson in getting jobbed on a technicality.

    It's just like getting life insurance.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/columns/story?columnist=schefter_adam&page=10spot/10wildcard

    Somewhere..deep down inside of me knows that they can't just let the NFL end. The other side of me knows when you see smoke, there is always fire.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    I believe they will get it done. They have to, They just have to. Everyone wants to get paid.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    The owners want to bust the union.

    Talk about 2 ends of the Spectrum.

    No NFL? Disastrous.

    No NBA? They'll be out TWO years because it'll TAKE A YEAR for anyone to notice.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d81d822a9/article/just-shut-it-ryans-bold-words-put-jets-in-position-to-fail?module=HP_cp2

    Buddy's boy is so much fun. From stealing the beer in Hamp's trunk to taking a verbal swipe at Brady after Brady cleaned his clock - he's like Boss Hogg amped on Red Bull and cocaine.

    Should make for a fun, fun game.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    I like Seahawks chances against the Aints. The Aints will have no run game, and will be a one sided offense. I think if the Seahawks control the game by running, they can surely beat those guys.

    QB Aaron Rodgers
    RB Lesean McCoy
    WR Santonio Holmes

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Seahawks.....Seahawks.......Did you say Seahawks?

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Fres, didn't you read the rules? Don't put your picks in the middle of a post. Post it separately. I'm calling a personal foul, 15 yard penalty.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Reggie Bush looked extremely mobile against the Buccaneers. No problem with his cuts and jinks ...

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Calculus!?

    Hah!I ACED calculus!

    Oh course I aced it by NOT GOING ANYWHERE NEAR IT!

    Sailed thru Trig that way too!

    Higher math defeated me after Advanced Algebra. Enjoyed basic Geometry tho' I haven't had to prove that any triangles were congruent lately and I don't know WHERE my note pad with all those scribbled theorems and corallaries is now.

    When my daughter got to Trig in 7th or 8th grade I patted her on the shoulder and told her, "Honey, your on your own with that".

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    + like, a whole lot al.

    I HAD to take ONE math class to get a degree in college and I scraped by with a C I think. I can't even remember what species of math it was.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    btw.....fudgfuckers barely won when they played us...The pundits make it sound as though it was.....wait for it....and "EPIC" win..wtf?

    A ONE TOUCHDOWN WIN IS EPIC?????

    unibrow...fuckdodgers rather than run it, thew it from what? the one yard line...oh shit what a fantastic QB he is...I hope the boy gets a "Theisy" I coined this! at this weekends game. hhhheeeeehhhhheeeeee

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9l6bxIXGXA&feature=related

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Do you boys understand that with a fully healthy squad going into next weekends game we are going to rock whoever they put in front of us. I'm giddy just thinking about a healthy Bennett catching 8 for 75 and 6 first downs, a healthy Pisa blowing shit up on running plays and screens to his side, a healthy Lach patrolling the middle of the field and going sideline to sideline, a healthy Briggsy knifing through double teams to stop the run, tackle for loss and put pressure on the qb, a healthy Pep making a resurgence after 2 normal games, a healthy Forte running hard and catching EVERYTHING you throw at him (MARTZ, he literally catches everything so fucking throw it to him 10 times next game), a healthy Cutty in his first playoff appearance. HESTER giving out kick return fear boners like a free clinic does banana flavored condoms, a rested Tillman, Jennings, Harris and Manning, holy shit we are going to take this to the house this year just as i predicted in my kool aid induced haze this past off season. I love being a homer and right at the same time. Mwahahahahahahaha!

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    johnny said "FEAR BONER":

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

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    hester is so dangerous that special teams coaches wake up with "morning fear boners". Hester invades their sleep patterns and makes them rock hard with fear.
    Peppers give you the "fear of the unknown boner", is he going to give your franchise QB a Theisy? Is Wooten going to throw your running backs head off the ground? Is Big Toe going to throw your qb down like the Undertaker? You don't fucking know and that is why you are erect...

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Big Toe suplexed Vick like 1980's WWF on sunday mornings when the Ultimate Warrior would face off against randoms guys named Jim Plerff or some shit. he gone!

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    BBBBBBBBBBBBBBWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Damn. Constant fear boners. The Bears rock, I guess.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Since no D.C. or Marvel Superheros are eligible and on inactive reserve -

    QB- Joe Flacco - Ravens

    RB- LeSean McCoy - Eagles

    WR- Greg Jennings - Green Bay

  • In reply to kenbill:

    Hey Jack, are you more of a D.C. or Marvel guy?
    Comic, or Graphic Novel connoisseur?

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    FLASHBACK!

    I used to subscribe to various DC comics.

    10 issues a year for a buck. You save 2 cents an issue off the newsstand price.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Flashfoward!

    Most Graphic novels are at least $20! I would have had to sell a lot of lemons to raise that mula as a kid (ya, I sold lemons door to door as a kid lol)

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    Tip - Torrents. Apparently, I've heard that if you download & install 'Vuze' software (formerly Azureus), and then say went to torrentz.com - all your graphic novels/comics/movies/albums would be free. In America you're liable for prosecution (if you've ever dissed The Man they could list you)so use The Onion Router Network to remain invisible. So I've heard. Neither I, nor Chicago Now would ever recommend you do that because it's illegal and wrong and evil. You need another piece of software to hide your entry into and exit from the network but I can't remember what that is. Ultrasurf?

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    Wow. Regular comic were 12 cents at the newsstands. "Annuals" were a quarter.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Banana flavored condoms? Where can I get me some of those... even better, do they have chocolate flavor? Maybe I have a shot at some s-e-x in 2011!

    I know... so damn sad.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    No, your sex life is over too MB.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Johnny, you are the homer coolaid drinker of the year. I thought about giving you props on the past few threads, but never caught up to you in time. You were the ONLY person I remember saying the Beara were going to do anything this year before September. I'm an optimist, but I thought wild card at best. Your the number 1 cheerleader this year on the blog.
    I nominate Johnny "Waffle" as blogger of the year.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Lombardis.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Goddamn Calculus! I hate that guy!

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Don't feel too badly, one 85 says to another. I FAILED every math course in college, and had to take each level like 3 times, and I was nowhere close to Calculus. YUP, it took me a long time to get my REQS out of the way, but my failures only taught me to be that much more determined, which is what ur doing now, so kudos there.

    Once I no longer had to take math, my GPA went from academic probation 1.2 to Dean's List 3.5 - (it would've been 4.0, but I was blazing thru 16units a quarter while working and seeing like 3 women) - fucken math.

    BTW, aside from percentages for money, or geometry/conversion rates for working around the house, everyday joes don't need much of it, unless you feel compelled to work out that side of the brain.

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    I can't help myself, I have to brag about my little sister. She tested out of Calculus 2 before starting college, and she started teaching at Medical College of Wisconsin upon graduation. And she's a huge Bears fan. She goes to more games than I do.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Peyton Manning
    Jamaal Charles
    DeSean Jackson

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Week 11: Saints beat Seahawks 34-19 IN New Orleans.

    The Saints neither sacked nor intercepted Hasselbeck who was 32 of 44 for 366.

    Seahawks DID cough up 2 fumbles but they also picked Drew Brees twice.

    Just sayin'.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    If the effing Seahawks win, then it is rigged.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Been there, done that...don't let it f-ck up the rest of your collegiate career. And it IS a career until you graduate.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Intresting article about Play-off QBs. I was somewhat surprised to find Jay in the middle coming from Yahoo Sports BUT here it is.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=jc-playoffqbratings010411

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Help! I will vote for you, but which one are you? I bet you're the Ditka Sausage guy, aren't you?

    Hee Hee Hee.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Will do Artoo.

    Threepio out.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    +1
    It's not like the guy doesn't understand what being #1 overall means. By the way, if you look at the #1 overall picks that were QBs it's the kiss of death.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    THANK
    YOU
    MB.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    uhhh... sure SJ. My pleasure?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    My comment posted a bit later than I expected....I was commenting on your dead horse/time to move on comment....

    But then you beat that poor horse some more....

    lol.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    Ahhhh... yes.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    I now see the masterplan unfolding before my eyes, and it is Ozymandias' brilliant (like how I threw that in Jack?)

    Luck stays another year, Harbaugh accepts the 9ers, he cleans house, they win like 2 games, and draft Luck the next year. Genius. Pure. Genius.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    everyone has put their 2cents in on this topic, and I just kinda laid back, but here's mine.

    College is a UNIQUE experience, esp when one attends a prestigious or party university, esp when a student doesn't have a stick up his/her ass, and ESP if a man is a football god like Luck is. Even losers get laid in college, so that's how fun it is. Whether you're an "animal house" or "revenge of the nerds" or "social networking" or "insert college football movie here" guy, college is a near Utopian mix of youth, energy, optimism, enthusiasm, learning, minimal responsibility, and hot hot banging chicks. Why would anyone, esp a walking Campus God, Luck, give that up prematurely? For money that will be there later? Ya, Luck could get injured or play poorly, or there may be a rookie salary cap, but that's a lot of IFs - Luck is the consensus number one pick, this year, or next - period.

    Going back to college when you're older is not the same. Mostly, you feel like an outsider. Money maybe important, but money can't buy back Youth or recreate its shangra-la...The fact that Luck understands this only makes his stock go up even more in my book.

    Well, there it is. Ad Nauseaum.

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    Yep. As Homer Simpson said .. "Son, there's a time and a place for everything ... and it's called college ..."

  • In reply to gpldan:

    His dad's an A.D. Mom's an attorney. Not poor, but I wouldn't say 'priveledged.'

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Are you saying that you don't believe that God wrote lots of important stuff on gold tablets but only intended Joseph Smith to see them GP? Shame on you.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    I don't know why any team would want a head coach straight from college. Nick Saban? Spurrier? Makes no sense. I would hire them for asst positions and let them get acclimated to the NFL and then when they earn it, promote them. The fact that Harbaugh was even considered for an NFL position made me laugh. Good old number 4.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Since I am the same age as Harbaugh, and dated a girl in South Quad and met him many times before he was famous, or even the UM starter, I may be biased... but

    Jim Harbaugh has a brother who is very successful with the Ravens. The SI article on the two of them showed how much they study and how much they know about both the college and pro games. Alot. I think he will do just fine in the NFL.

    But - his particular forte is reaching kids. He's more Bo Schembechler than Bill Walsh.

    The Niners want to spin the Walsh story because they both came from Stanford, but in reality that's about as far removed as it could be.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    interesting GP. I've always liked him and think he'll make a damn good NFL coach too. Just a gut feeling.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    the Harbaugh family is a strong football family and their dad is a total badass. I just don't see the need to promote these guys to the bigs and pay them sick coin when guys like Frazier are getting their reps in, biding their time, earning their stripes and then getting their shots.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    who many cliche phrases can i use in one sentence?

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    only time will tell lol

  • In reply to gpldan:

    If John Wooden would've been "promoted" to the NBA, he probably doesn't earn the greatest coach of all time title.

    Certain coaches are just better in college than in the pros, and vice versa. Harbaugh would be a good HC in the pros, but possibly legendary in college.

    To be honest, if I were getting paid the same, I'm not sure I would want to coach a bunch of millionaire primadonas as opposed to starving students...

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    I wonder if Mike Montgomery is listening?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Careful, GP, if you blaspheme St. William, the Genius, Niner fans will try to slap you to death.

  • I stink at these things, but I'll play just so the rest of the gang can know they did not finish last.

    QB Drew Brees
    RB Leshawn McCoy
    WR Dwayne Bowe

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    I don't think you suck, SC. Those would have been my three.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    QB-Rodgers
    RB-McCoy
    WR-Santonio Holmes

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    QB Peyton Manning
    RB Ray Rice
    WR Reggie Wayne

  • I don't do Fantasy Football, so my picks are 80% gut, 20% research:

    QB: Michael Vick aka The Dog Killer

    RB: Marshawn Lynch

    WR: Braylon Edwards

  • I'll go with my 1,024 Madden 11 simulations and say -
    QB Michael Vick
    RB Ray Rice
    WR Greg Jennings

  • In reply to willrice51:

    Tip - It doesn't make any sense to pick players on opposing teams. You need to be picking players on what you think will be losing teams because you can't pick 'em again ...

  • Viva, that is HILARIOUS. And good.

    Wish it were a video....

    Good job!

  • In reply to sjvl:

    Thank you. Just imagine a cute little girl with a pink Forte jersey flexing like the Hulk saying Bear Down!! It will never get old.

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    Oh!! Little girl Bears fans are the CUTEST!!!!

    (I'm a mom, not a weirdo)

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    Nice. You and I have daughters around the same age Viva. Awesome ain't it?

    I never listen to the sat show (I know I know, just don't have the time or patience)... but I'd like to hear your piece. What time should I forward to sir?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Cliff's Notes version. Roger that. Hit the 11 minute mark.

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    Let's see if anything's actually done about it: http://nfl.fanhouse.com/2011/01/06/nfl-will-consider-changing-playoff-seeding-rules-in-offseason/?ncid=txtlnkusspor00000002

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Kind of missing the forest for the trees, if you ask me. The real problem is a 7-9 team even being in the playoffs.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Fish and Broncos have cooled on Harbaugh, or he on them. Michigan has said he's not coming there.

    That leaves the Niners - or - in what would be the strangest FU to the NFL in many years, he and Luck BOTH stay at Stanford.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    The NFL made this fucking bed, now lay in it. 4 divisions per conference is retarded, there should have stayed three.

    They will probably say that conference winner automatically gets into the playoffs, but best record hosts once there.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Also, my guess is that Goodell has put the fix in with the refs. The Seahawks are going to get every single holding and illegal motion call possible, while the Saints will get none. Goodell wants this problem to go away, and it will get MUCH worse if the Seahawks win and the Saints cry that they had to fly out there, etc etc.

    Goodell isn't going to let that happen. Give the points on this one.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I like it that each division winner gets in regardless of record. Keeps it interesting, even if the 7-9 team does get blown out. A loser is in the playoffs . . . that's kind of awesome. I just wish it wasn't the stupid Seahawks.

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    QB Peyton Manning
    RB Jamaal Charles
    WR Jeremy Maclin

  • In reply to sjvl:

    What does MBHP win for winning the DBB1 FF league?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Coke and a smile. Nice job MBP! Enjoy that coke lad.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Bragging rights.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    QB Rodgers
    RB Lynch
    WR/TE Bowe

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    where you been fq?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    w/o laptop for 2 weeks....lost the DBB Bowl b/c of it too. gettin' it tonight and y'all won't get rid of me then...

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    nice

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    85 -
    D.C. for art (although Geoff Johns is brilliant Michigan State story teller)- Marvel for stories -

    Gene Ha lives in Berwyn. Must collect more of his covers.
    Hope he is at C2E2 this March.

    How can Jeff keep track of all the points? Is there some kind of Post-Season Playoff Player software?

  • In reply to kenbill:

    Truly, hardcore. But only if you own the hardcover special edition of "The Watchmen" lol

    have you red "Red Sun" or the "Killing Joke" or even the Alan Moore's "SwampThing"? If yes, we can discuss!

    I'm pretty sure you're into critical theory too - so feel free to throw that out there too. I have an English degree, and would like to put it to use, if nothing else, by talking comics on a football website lol

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    Was always a Marvel kid myself but I read the Killing Joke and liked it.

  • In reply to Reverenddave:

    I like both, actually. I read a lot of X-men, and Wolverine comics, and they really got me into reading AND drawing. I used to make-up my own superheros, but man, it's hard to come up with something original. I was having writers AND drawers block at 12 lol

    Killing Joke is one of my fav. Everyone always asks the author, "what happens at the end?!"

    If you liked that one, Superman "Red Son" is prob right up ur alley. I never really like Superman - too much of a boyscout, but that one has an alternate reality in which Superbaby (baby jebus' cousin) crashes not in Smallville, but in a farm in the U.S.S.R. and becomes a Communist Symbol, while Lex becomes President of the U.S. and you guessed it, tries to eliminate the "Commy threat". One of the best lines in that graphic novel.

    Lex, 'If only the Kryptonian would have landed in the U.S... we would have been best friends.'

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    Spidey, Hulk, Iron Man, Eagle, 2000 a.d., Tiger, The Victor, The Hotspur. Ah, comics ...a kid's best friend. Kid, mind you ...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Very true, comics were/are awesome. But you'd be surprised at how great graphic novels can be. "The Watchmen" was voted one of the top 100 literary masterpieces of this past century. Mind you, not just comics, and after reading it, at first skeptically, I agree.

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    Loved Watchmen - movie was a great homage but watching a nuclear blue dong on IMAX was a little much.

    The Dark Knight Returns was a classic in my family for myself, my younger brother, my youngest brother, my cousins, and then my nephew.
    And then you have all the offbeat stuff from the 70's, etc.
    My fav X-men stuff was from ish 180 - 220, circa post Mutant Massacre.

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    After getting home at 2 am and catching up on last 48 hours, I have to say...the denizens of DBB have got to be the most eclectic and erudite football fans on the internets. Even those snarky assholes on DeadSpin don't have our intellectual firepower.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Can't sleep?

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Business trip started at 4 am, got back home at 2 am...and then couldn't sleep.
    Love it.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Bring ALL our boys home now.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/01/07/father-fallen-soldier-says-white-house-turned-request-obama-phone/

    Sorry, I just hate to see another American die in Vain.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Amen, Trac.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    They've just built nine permanent bases in Iraq, Trac. They were sent there to secure the oil and protect it. They're never coming home. Standing armies.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Watch 'Why we fight' or 'No end in sight' ... high ranking military types admitting that there was never any exit strategy because they were never coming home.

    Coincidentally, next week is the fiftieth anniversary of Ike Eisenhower's farewell speech, where he warned of the unauthorised use of power by the military industrial complex. I hope they'll be playing this to the kids. Full text and audio:

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

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Irish, your love of American govt and conspiracy theories is great. Very amusing.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Irish hits on the Ike speech and then whiffs on the econ stuff.
    Win some, lose some. I still love 'im.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I just love that a fucking expat irishman in thailand is so interested in our mess... and is so passionate about it.

    Pretty hilarious actually.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    And a bunch of scattered American football fans have daily conversations with him about it. The world got very small very quickly.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I have that speech prepared for my son when he's old enough to ask me "what happened?"

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    http://apps.facebook.com/fourthphasepc/contests/83032/voteable_entries/13973814?ogn=facebook

    Here is the link Irish or anyone who has a facebook and wants to help me out. If you have one just do the same and I will like yours too.

    So far it says to just like it and add a comment. They pick the finalst so I am betting they are looking for one that is real good or with the most comments. Thanks again.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    I voted for you 85, but you have a lot of competition. Good luck.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    First time poster, long time reader!

    Here are my fantasy picks:

    QB: Michael Vick
    RB: Jamal Charles
    WR: Santonio Holmes

  • In reply to SidLuckman42:

    Welcome to the best blog on the Intersweb Sid.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Fun with maps:

    Take a look at the proposed route for the Trans-Afghan pipeline, deal signed in 2002 but held up by regional instability:
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/2608713.stm

    Now overlay US deployment bases in Afghanistan.

    BTW, Turkmenistan is sitting on about 235 trillion cubic feet of natural gas and between 60-200 billion gallons of oil.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I'm probably in the minority but when the Iraq war started and everyone was saying it was about oil and not WMD, I thought to myself "it better be about the oil". What do people think keeps the this house of cards up, anyway? Until technology can efficiently catch the wind, SOMEONE better make sure everybody's short term energy needs are secure...

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Strange how those of us who footed the bill haven't reaped any of the benefits.
    You'd think....nah.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    We have Iraq back to the Iraqis and their government gave the western oil contracts to the French.

    I say we keep hanging Iraqi presidents until we get a good one.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    That works for me. However, IMHO it's their neighbor directly to the east that we have to keep our powder dry for...

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Our ill-advised war in Iraq eliminated the best check on the Iranians - Saddam Hussein.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    exactly Dave. Idiotic.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    I thought the same. Saddam was an uber-thug, no doubt about it. But he also was a pragmatist who I think you could probably cut a deal with. And in time, he would have faded away.

    The Iranians theocratic rulers are the scary ones and I oughta know. Although my mother was Iranian (father of mostly Irish descent with some Dutch and German), all my relatives on that side of the family are secular and pro-Western (quite a few were muckety-mucks during and prior to the Shah's regime). All were sent to Europe, the UK or the USA for their education and that included the girls as well. As a side note, they have no problem with pork and could drink most of us under the table.

    I might be as crazy as those mullahs but I think they're dreaming of some sort of new Islamist Persian empire. Cyrus,Darius and Xerxes they ain't. And as for the old time Persian rulers, they were known for there tolerance of the customs of the areas that they ruled, all they wanted was their tax cut ("show me the money, Jerry"). Not so, these new asshats calling for the elimination of Israel.

    I'm pretty sure the mullahs aren't going to back down and the next Republican administration is going to have to go in there and do the necessary dirty work...

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    I wasn't going to enter this but I figure if I'm going to do all this fucking accounting, I might as well make it interesting.

    QB - Manning
    RB - Rice
    WR/TE - Celek

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Of course lol Why wouldn't you enter?

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    You opened a can of worms, or Pandora's box, or some other cliche Jeff.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    +1

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Who's the NFL coach of the year? I think it should be Raheem Morris(?) of the Bucs. Almost made the playoffs and started 10! rookies this year. That is very impressive.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    I hate to say it, but considering were they are with all the injuries they had, I'm thinking Mike McCarthy should at least get a tip of the hat....

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Michael Vick
    LaDanian Tomlinson
    Dwayne bowe

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    For the old school Floyd and dog lovers out there.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQVwW6hjLo8

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    We probably won't be seeing the 1st playoff game at 2;30 here.

    Some wacko just made a "political statement" about 10 minutes from my home at 10am, local.

    He walked up and shot a dozen people at a "Congress on the Corner" meeting at a shopping center. Among them, my congressional representative, Gabrielle Giffords.

    Unofficial reports say 6 dead. Conflicting reports that the Congresswoman is either dead or in surgery from a gunshot wound to the head.

    The shooter is in custody but, of course, uninjured.

    FUCK that!

    This isn't Bolivia or Columbia, damn it.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Holy Goddamn Al!

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    85-
    Excellent Ozymandias reference - (note GP tossed out the R. Pirsig reference and should receive +25). Years ago taught Comics course in Am.Studies Dept. DePaul - Great fun.

    GP - Check out The Book of Dead Philosophers - Simon Critchley -this text will keep your winter mind more than amused.

    85 -Take a look / read at the following if you have not done so:

    http://www.english.ufl.edu/imagetext/

    Probably should wait until post-season for discussion of Roland Barthes -Slavoj Zizek - and Harold Bloom.

    Irish must know that comic books are not just for kids any more than Lucky Charms.

    Joe Flacco was recently eliminated from the Fantastic Four.

  • In reply to kenbill:

    I have taken classes with both Zizek and Bloom. I don't think I could tell you which is crazier.

  • In reply to kenbill:

    Read Bloom, Anxiety of Influence, and such. Luckily, Cutler doesn't have to worry about that lest one consider Sid Luckman the Homer of Bears qb...

    Read Barthes...not Zizek though. I'll have to check him out.

    And I'll take a gander at the link, in between games lol I'll also check out The Book of Dead Philosophers when I put down some of the books I'm reading.

  • In reply to kenbill:

    FANTASY PLAYOFFS CLOSED. GREAT ENTRY FIELD. HALF OF US WILL BE ELIMINATED BY TOMORROW NIGHT.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Congresswoman Gifford is supposed to pull through. This country is going to hell quickly.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Yes. The surgeon said he is as optimistic as he can be for her recovery, despite the fact that she was shot THRU the head. "Thru and thru" is how he phrased it.

    This 22 year old monster is an Equal Opportunity killer. Confirmed dead include the Chief Federal Judge for Arizona, a George Bush, Sr. appointee.

    Also a 9 year old girl.

    May the shooter burn in hell.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Unbelievable. Maybe it's time for people to turn off the talking heads.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Is the shooter in custody?

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    I NEVER play fantasy football cuz I like rooting for the underdogs. BUT, I'll make an exception for DBB - so here we go, I'm breaking my fantasy cherry:

    QB: Aaron Rodgers Rodger, and hopefully out
    WR: Colston, may he play like a Marque baller
    RB: Jaamal Charles in charge of the Ravens D, dark horse.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    This isn't really fantasy because it's strategy. Playing underdogs, picking players on losing sides, actually works to your advantage. The goal is to pick productive players that get eliminated.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    A novel variation on the fantasy football theme, Blogfather.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Ya I saw that Jeff. That's the aspect which made me throw my hat in. That's the only reason I picked Rodgers and Charles lol Very creative.

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    I'd like to play a variation of traditional FF where only points by players on winning teams score points for that week.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    That's what I've been trying to tell everyone. Build you a bunker in the back yard, it's gonna get very bad I think. I wouldn't be surprised if Marshall law is implemented in my lifetime.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I know all the arguments, my old man is a lifetime member of the NRA, I spent plenty of time as a kid at target ranges and reloading ammo but it's just too easy for loners and crackpots to get a gun. I have no idea what the solution is other than to load up the national water supply with Xanax and/or Prozac...

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Iraqi oil production is still lower than it was before Saddam's invasion of Kuwait.

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Here are my picks for the weekend.

    Pheagles over Cheese-Don't like either team but Philly will edge the Cheese

    Sssaint's over Skwawks-Saints just too talented to lose to these chumps

    Egghead over Fat boy-They couldn't stop Cutty, nor will the stop the head

    KC Masterpiece over Crows-Running game will win it for KC. Bye Bye Birdie.
    Arrowhead will be rockin. I wish we had a home crowd like the Chiefs.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Agree with everything but Balt will win.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    KILL THE ILLUMINATI!

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I hope the Seahawks pull a major upset off.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    I do and I don't.

    A team with that much momentum will think they can beat anyone.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    who would u rather play? saints or seahawks?

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Honest to god the Saints. I think we have their number.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    The Saints passing game scares me, simply cause of our Cover 2.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    We beat them before and we will beat them again. I seriously think the Saints is overrated!

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    sorry. Are overrated.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    true. I think the seahawks win today. I just got that feeling

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Nice find Irish. I've slowly come to the same conclusion about Iraq.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    It's better for our military to be over there than the terrorist flying airplanes into soldier field on football sunday. All the soldiers knew exactly what their signature meant when they put it on paper, nobody threatned them. You do your job and pay taxes and let them do something besides sittin around in the u.s. workin on military vehicles and going out and starting shit at the club then drinkin and driving. I live 2 miles from Ft. hood and believe me when I say some of these guys are real assholes.

  • In reply to GetsomeBears:

    wow... why don't you take your argument to its logical conclusion?

  • In reply to GetsomeBears:

    Go fuck yourself. Or find a team that has linemen of your persuasion.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Finally Trac. We agree on something political. Cheers Mate.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    QB Drew Brees

    RB Ray Rice

    WR Greg Jennings

    If by some miracle I happen to win this contest I'm giving the column to GPLDAN.

    By the way another great Saturday show guys, well done.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    QB Michael Vick
    RB LeSean McCoy
    WR/TE Mike Williams

    Also, these are my game picks in order of confidence:
    Seattle +10.5
    Green Bay +2.5
    Kansas City +3
    Indianapolis -2.5 (this one's a toss-up, but I'll go with IND)

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    An excellent characterization of this community. This gang never ceases to surprise me. We are perhaps a bit more ribald than required, but this *is* a football blog after all!

    It would be better still were we to be graced with more females of the caliber of those already contributing.

  • In reply to kenbill:

    Don't worry. I got it covered.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Said I to my bookie...

  • In reply to kenbill:

    I'm a gadget whore, so I thought I'd throw this out for the #16's out there: http://phones.verizonwireless.com/xoom/

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    QB Drew Breese
    RB Marshawn Lynch
    WR Dwayne Bowe

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Aaron Rogers
    Reggie Wayne
    Reggie Bush

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    QB-Aaron Rogers
    RB-Reggie Bush
    WR-Reggie Wayne

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Oh brother. Get your hip boots on, boys & girls.

    THIS from the 4-Letter's Joe Schad:

    "He (Harbaugh) was an EXCELLENT NFL quarterback."

    Really, Joe?

    "Excellent" ?

    In 14 seasons he threw as many as 15 TD passes TWICE, with a high of 17.

    He had ONE "excellent" season, in 1995.

    Can you say, "Journeyman" ?

    Facts you'd know if you'd bothered to do any homework.
    I know it's time consuming. it took me almost 30 SECONDS to find his stats.

    Moron.

    http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/H/HarbJi00.htm

  • In reply to sjvl:

    QB- P.Manning
    RB- R.Rice
    WR/TE - J.Tamme

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I call a flag on this play. Blogfather said WR. Not TE. WR.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Ref picks up the flag. No foul on the play, although his initial description said WR.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    GP, you'll be hearing from my crack attorney, my cousin, Vinnie.

    "Did you say, 'UTES' ?"

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    He has such a nice suit.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Either one, GPL.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    QB - Mike Vick
    WR - Santonio Holmes
    RB - LT

  • Peyton Manning
    Shady McCoy
    Deshaun Jackson

    Championship!

  • More kudos for Urlacher. It's sure good to have him back.

    http://www.chicagobears.com/news/NewsStory.asp?story_id=7466

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    SC...and yet many say he's overrated...ass-clowns.... Kudos!!!!!!!BU

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    QB Michael Vick Eagles
    RB Jamaal Charles Chiefs
    WR Jeremy Maclin Eagles

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Samuri talking to the queens about LB Coach..and possible Mc Dipshit...for O-Cord...

    me thinks that Fraz...is going to play hard ball in the NFC North

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    I'm glad Frazier is going to be head coach now. I think he was a pretty good d-coordinator and head coaching usually means you have to give up the reigns to the coordinating or risk becoming ineffective at one or the other or both as Lovie demonstrated last year. This means he'll have to bring someone else in to d-coordinate which makes me happy.

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Matt Hasselback
    Lesean McCoy
    Pierre Garcon

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    QB: Aaron Rodgers
    RB: Ray Rice
    WR: Dwayne Bowe

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    QB Aaron Rodgers
    RB LeSean McCoy
    WR Greg Jennings

  • QB Peyton Manning

    RB Ray Rice

    WR Desean Jackson

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