Even More Audibles From the Long Snapper

I guess it's that kind of week.  That kind of game.  For the first time since it's initial debut, here comes the third Audibles in a single week.

Chris Harris/Major Wright - Bears Weakness to Watch
The Bears have put no starters on IR this season and are heading into the NFC Championship Game with only one player listed on the injury report: Chris Harris.  Harris, who Peter King named to his All-Pro team, said to reporters this week that it would take "a miraculous act of God" to keep him from suiting up.  If he struggles to stay on the field, the Bears will be relying on the oft-lost in coverage (but solid on contact) Major Wright to control one of the best passing games in the sport.  This puts an even greater emphasis on the pass rush and Orange Julius.  The more time Rodgers has to throw, the easier time he'll have confusing and ultimately beating Wright.
The Tommie Harris Factor
If last week's Divisional Round game were played in Week 12 or 13, I would have devoted an entire column to Tommie Harris' performance - the way Dan Pompei eloquently did in the Tribune.  (Pompei is a good football writer and deserves credit for it.)  But I'll say this about Harris: don't tease us.  Don't show up against the inferior opponent (Seattle), delivering a throwback-to-2005 performance and disappear against arguably the best team remaining in the tournament.  Harris has an opportunity Sunday to put away the last few years - slugging Deuce Lutui early in an important Cardinals game, countless benchings, mouthing off to press - and cement his legacy with the Chicago Bears and their fans.
Plays I Would Not Call Sunday
  • The quick slant route to the outside receiver - especially if that receiver is Knox or Hester.  It hasn't worked all year and these corners will take it back for six.
  • The deep out (cover-2 splitter) where Cutler attempts to fit the ball above the corner and underneath the safety.  Don't allow these corners the opportunity to win battles in space.
  • Anything that involves someone not called Jay Cutler throwing a pass.

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  • I agree on that deep out

  • Hahahah I forgot about that haymaker against the birds. I thought that was tank johnson. That shit was sooo money.

  • I was thinking this last night as I watched them break down the game on the NFL network. Tommie Harris is going to have a LEGENDARY game. 3 sacks, 1 forced fumble and 3 TFL. He will lead us to the Super Bowl.

  • In reply to MattySouthside:

    Tommy Harris in the same sentence as legendary, that's gotta' be a first. Unless you are referring to his legendary gut, or legendary lazy work ethic.
    Maybe he'll throw a punch and get tossed within the first minute of the game....

  • In reply to greenbayman:

    Like a dirty FudgePacker?

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Irish, channel your inner SC Dave

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    [deep breath]
    Ommmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm ......

  • http://sports.espn.go.com/chicago/nfl/columns/story?columnist=jackson_scoop&id=6042534&dddddd

    great article from Scoop Jackson about the Bears (he was a former editor of "Slam" magazine & die-hard Bulls fan). he didn't believe in the Bears early in the season, tried to get on the bandwagon now, and fans told him (nicely) to go fuck himself. priceless read fellas (and ladies).

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Ha! I sent that link to a couple 'bandwagon jumpers' I know. He wants on - they're pushing him off. Love it.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Everyone on this blog except for Johnny waffle chicago was calling for management's head during the bye week. No one thought this team was worth a damn. People got pissed off at me for saying we were in a good position at the time, and a better position than what everyone expected us to be in. No one believed.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    bullshit. i wasn't on that tip...said just give them time to gain chemistry.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    After back to back losses to the Skins and Seahawks at home, I lost it.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    So did Gale Sayers

  • In reply to Joseph:

    The devastation the Giants front four - FOUR - wreaked on our line was astounding. Our amazing defesne kept us in that game regardless. But the 3rd down conversions early in the season ... no, it wasn't looking good.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    Me neither, FQD.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    Bit premature to be saying "I told you so" Wrig. May I suggest that we haven't won anything yet. And if the Packers beat us in our own house, take the Halas trophy and trot off into the sunset, then I'd rather we'd not made the playoffs and gotten the higher picks - cos then it was all for naught and just extended Angelo's stay with us for one. Lombardis or bust. It was only kool-aiders or the blind that saw us competing for the Halas based on early season form. Receivers running into each other and the worst line in the league by some margin. Cutler is one tough dude to endure what he has.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    Bull-fucking-shit.
    I was calling 11-5 in preseason. Where the fuck were you?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    same. AND also said w/ 1 playoff win. Bears have fulfilled my prediction...now time to go over and beyond.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    I had them at 10-6 even though they totally shit the bed those two games. I even bet a co-worker the would go 10-6 and won 10 lunches at work.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    I think I went as low as 5-11 when we looked like we couldn't get anyone to coach under Lovie. Then we got Peppers and the rest of our free agent crop, and we started to look interesting again.

    At the start of the season, I was expecting another mediocre effort right around 8-8.

    The Bears have absolutely captured my imagination this year, and I am thoroughly enjoying being wrong.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    U werent exactly saying all that, dont lie now. I remember after one game we won, you were downtalking the team. Saying that we are still a bad team no matter what, and that a win shouldnt change that. I heard you also say a couple of times that "The Packers are the better team"..............mmmmmmmmmmmm

  • I feel the last thread got way out of control, myself included, and I am sad to see that some people who have something positive to contribute will be sitting out the rest of this amazing football week. I hope they will reconsider.

    I will not be driven from this blog by a bunch of thugs. I have worked to establish myself in this group, which hasn't been easy, and I have no desire to be quiet now.

    One last time: fuck you Cheeseheads. I have no doubt the Bears will win Sunday. You may comment on my posts, but I will not respond to any of your drivel. You bore me.

    Rant over. Now on to some football....

  • In reply to sjvl:

    No Bears fans should go anywhere. Shit's just starting to get good.

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    I agree, you can't have a Packers-Bears without the Bears; there wouldn't be a loser!

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    If no Bears are present to kick around, what's the fun?

  • In reply to greenbayman:

    You're ugly too.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    You're ugly.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    I love it when you curse Sarah Jane Victoria Lynn ...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Woman, Irish, woman.

    And I was fucking pissed yesterday. :)

  • Thank you very much.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    SJ, you're always welcome here.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    awww, that's sweet.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    keep the tears to a minimum, huggy huggy, kissy kissy.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    One thing I think should cause concern among Bears fans. Matt Forte has become a trendy pick for a breakout game. I would agree; I have been worried about him this week. However, with the masterful job that Green Bay did against LeSean McCoy (who is the same type of shifty runner as Forte, only better), outdoors, on a faster surface, why are Bears fans so confident Forte will have a big game?

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    False hopes come to mind.......

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    Forte is not a lock for a big game. Neither team has a history of great offensive performances when they play each other. The difference is that the Packers are a heck of a lot more invested in Aaron Rodgers putting up big numbers than the Bears are in any one player.

    What should concern the Packers is containing the combination of Forte and Olsen; that's going to put a lot of pressure on the linebackers. Linebackers in coverage is not Green Bay's strong suit (although Clay Matthews is still a freaking beast). Plus, if the Packers over-commit to the blitz, relying too much on Week 17's game plan, I think you'll see a lot of hot routes that weren't there last time protecting against Woodson and Co. selling out.

    What concerns me is how great the Packers looked when they started playing conservatively against the Falcons in the second quarter. They slowed the game down, and all of sudden they were unstoppable. That short game is lethal against the cover-2.

  • In reply to mottystone:

    Everyone says that the packers are more invested in Aaron Rodgers than the bears are Jay Cutler, and they need him to play a big game....but at the same time, I keep hearing that the Bears live and die by Jay Cutler.

    So I started thinking about it...

    I have watched the packers operate quite well when Rodgers or the entire offense isn't playing well. They went on the road and beat the Jets when Rodgers couldn't get anything going. They went to New England with their back up QB and almost beat the best team in the league. He only had 180 yards against philly in the wildcard round. He had the best game of the first half of the season (not statistically, however) against the Bears in week 3 and the packers still lost. He was an animal that game. The offense struggled in week 17 but still won the game.

    Conversely, Jay Cutler bailed out the Defense against the jets, threw away the game against the skins, and the defense couldn't hang on in New york when Cutler got pummeled and couldn't get anything going. I know he was awful against miami and they still won, and he was pretty bad against the pack in week 3 and still won, and I'm sure there are some other examples, but i just don't know if you can make the statement that the Packers need Aaron Rodgers to play well as much as the Bears need Cutler to do so.

  • In reply to mottystone:

    Dave - you are a true visionary.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    You just can't help yourself, can you?

  • In reply to mottystone:

    The Packers are invested in winning. If that means Rodgers passes for 150 yards, so be it. Olsen is a problem for the linebackers, may have to float a safety on him. The Bear wideouts should be shutdown with single coverage. Forte as a receiver out of the backfield could pose a problem, outside backers need to be quick to cover the flats, middle backers better keep an eye on him sneaking out of the backfield and into the middle. We'll find out early if Cutler is prepared for the multiple fronts he will face. Packer fans hope that Capers will keep Cutler confused. Martz v Capers, should be interesting.

  • In reply to greenbayman:

    The Bears recievers were supposed to be shut down with single coverage against the Jets. Its not going to be that easy for Green Bay. You guys have a decent secondary, but the Jets have the best corners playing right now. Especially if Woodson is coming on the blitz, I think the Bears will find some success playing pure man coverage.

    And I'm not worried about Cutler against odd fronts and man coverage as I am the offensive line. Its Tice vs. Capers that worries me. What worries me with Cutler is the coverage blitzes that he tries to force throws against.

  • In reply to mottystone:

    Cutler reminds me of a certain #4, they both like to throw picks off their back foot. Get some heat on Cutler and he'll incinerate. Those linemen are going to see some Caper wrinkles, I like the delayed crossing blitzes. Woodson coming from the slot has uncany timing. Matthews is flat out relentless, he'll be moving around all day. The Packers have shown corner blitzes, the safety blitz has been underutilized. I don't know if Cutler is capable of proper pre-snap read, same for the o-line. So many options for Capers, it should be a great game.

  • In reply to greenbayman:

    Rodgers and Matthews are queer just like you two. The only reason he gets to the quarterback is because he's anxious to try to stick his finger in their asses. Rodgers is a uni-browed dicklicker who was probably breastfed until he was a teen.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    My 2 cents. I didn't get to the end of the comments on the last thread. Actually haven't gotten to the end on many threads this week. Usually stopped reading out of boredom. I really don't care about posters from other teams coming on here. It would be nice to debate the pros and cons of the game but that is almost never the case. It's almost always Bear suck, you suck and we're the best. YAWN. Then the regulars get all midevil on their ass and away it goes spinning out of control. It's good for Jeff because it generates a lot of hits. Good for Jeff, he desrves the recognition. Why the posters respond to the trash talk is beyond me. However, different strokes and all that.

    SJ, I don't think you have anything to prove to the regulars. I know it was a little rough at first but it's pretty obvious to me that you're one of the gang now. Keep on keeping on.

    To all the posters that are responding to the trolls, I don't mean to offend you and I'm not judging you. I just choose to ignore them.

    Let's smoke those Bastards on Sunday!

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    CanadaBear, did you mean smoke those bratwurst on Sunday?

  • In reply to greenbayman:

    heyyyooo

  • In reply to sjvl:

    Have to huddle around our Bear chicks!

  • I just want to apologize to SC Dave about Trolls. I should have listened to you brother. Anyways, this day can't come soon enough. This is the day of reckoning. I fully expect a victory and the reasons why it will happen are pretty obvious to me. The team has been so entertaining to watch this year and i've been to 3 games in a season for the first time in my life. I watched my guy, Jay Cutler, adjust to a brand new offense with brand new lineman and structure and still get us to the NFC Championship game. I've watched the Defense play strong and aggressive throughout the year even during losses and i've watched Hester come back into the mix. I have no doubt that this is our year. Then next year will be our year too with some off line drafting and FA pickups. Shit is looking up boys and girls. First order of business is to silence the noise with a victory. 1 point or 10 points it doesn't matter to me. No excuses and no regrets. The Bears will leave it on the field and i hope the fans leave it in the stadium because it doesn't get any better or bigger than this.

    Bear Down!

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    The Bear fans will be leaving the stadium in the third quarter while showering the hometown team with boos, good riddance, leave the stadium to the Packer fans. Bears should be down by 28 points at that time.

  • In reply to greenbayman:

    Slap yourself

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Initially I didn't mind BigCheesy, who seemed the exception to the rule that he actually posted somewhat coherently. A little back and forth about the game is great, and I would hope a Packers fan knows more about his team than I do. But I have to agree that this is getting stupid. There's too much Packer noise, and it stops being an interesting conversation and turns into middle school cafeteria.

    I'd ask Jeff to either step in and do something about the trolling, or else I'm going to log off as well until after the game. I don't post as much as some of the regulars, but this kind of stuff makes me lose interest. And I would suggest that Jeff put up a new thread (Audibles #4?) where he specifically says something, otherwise some of us won't notice.

    Jeff - your posts have been great and I hope to keep checking out the analysis.

  • In reply to mottystone:

    We should discuss the current post first. Some good information here. I particularly like the opening paragraph on "Bear Weaknesses To Watch". Personally, I think Jeff could have expanded it to a full page.

  • In reply to mottystone:

    "just another New Bear in town, ohh oh, ohh oh, just another new bear in town"

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    They called it paradise, I don't know wwhhhyyyyyyyyyy; Call some place paradise, kiss it goodbyyyyyyyyyyeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Serious question.....Do you like that song? Personally, I hate it. I think it really fucks up the album. And it was supposedly a pretty popular track, ya? Shame.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    May I enter a request? Paper Lace-"The Night Chicago Died".

  • In reply to greenbayman:

    Serious question...are you two ass hats conjoined twins?

  • In reply to Joseph:

    serious answer....yes

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    Explains alot

  • In reply to Joseph:

    A good article about the defense - and it's different. Anthony Adams and Izzy are featured for a change.

    http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700102488/Defense-still-delivering-for-Bears.html?pg=1

    I'm looking for a big game from both of them Sunday.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    sjvl...AA & Butter are going to have to bring their "A" Game Sunday, as for Izzy he is just becoming a "SOLID BEAST" for our D.

    Is it true that Izzy's & Pepe are equal in the Sack Total's?

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    That is what I heard earlier, lobo. And don't forget his vertical leap.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    wow........gone for a couple of post and all hell breaks lose with ugly little leprechaun trolls come in..hhhhhhhaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaahhhaaa..
    not sure which one of the Fudgepecker trolls this is:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVfxrSGfXN0&feature=related

    I love it........ I know MB will be pissed at me because I can't stop feeding the trolls...but I like feeding the trolls!

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Some of us have talked about Izzy's beastiness for some time. You want to talk about X-factors? He's the man.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    We have lots of X-Men. Tommie. Shabba. Izzy. 8-ball. Kellen. Woot!Woot!

  • In reply to sjvl:

    Rodgers gets 8-balled!

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    I'm pretty sure either Ta'ou'fou or Unga would have started so we weren't entirely devoid of starters on IR. Love to have one of those boys out there on Sunday.

    And "oft-lost in coverage (but solid on contact)" sounds more like a description of Chris Harris than Pringles ....

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Kinda sounds like both doesn't it Irish. We still lack that ballhawk at FS

  • In reply to Joseph:

    ah, he's a rook guys give him a while to get acclimated.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    True that Waffle, I wonder how that Morgan Burnett pick is working out for the Pack? Low blow?

  • In reply to Joseph:

    no, he's going to be good. Who are you picking from the AFC to go to the dance?

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    I know just bustin balls. I think Pittsburgh is going to win that game. Bears vs Pitt in Dallas. Peppers should have a field day against Pitts depleted O-line. And ditto for James Harrison. Yikes

  • In reply to Joseph:

    Harrison is a bad ass broham.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    I'd be worrying about Matthews, if I were you....

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Lobo, what up mang? Gotta give the troll self-control to Dave bud. But I'm bored and very done with it... sunday is coming one way or another, so it'll take care of itself.

    Hey Doc, if you have an extra $G kickin' around, this thing looks kinda cool (maybe?): http://www.uncrate.com/men/style/bags/whipping-post-guitar-bags/

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    The comments aren't fun to read anymore. The Great Packer Intrusion of 2010-2011 has pushed me to just reading the Blogfather's post.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    Agree Ghost. Brutal.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    Personally, I much prefer Oog.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    Tommie Harris is playing for the future of his career. I just wish that some of the multi-millionaires wouldn't be so predictable in their contract season performances. As long as you don't play for the Pats you will be rewarded for playing well every season and not just the one before your contract expires (or you're in danger of being cut). Injury issues definitely hampered Tommie for all of 2007 since he went out so late in the year in 2006. I doubt that the same excuse is legit for 2008 and 2009 though. 2010 on the other hand saw Tommie get reduced playing time for 5/8ths of the season at least. Is he just now getting his sea legs and finding his old rhythm? Because he didn't just lose his speed after 2006. He lost his sense of the snap count as well. His anticipation and instincts pre-snap were unearthly his first two and a half seasons. It was not unusual to see him in the backfield on a running play before the hand-off in those days. But reminiscence will get him nowhere in the offseason.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    This site is turning into scout.com. It's childish and boring, with all the smack talk, from both Bears and Packer fans. I'm disgusted by many of the posts.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Cor, just keep doing your part to keep the content of this blog at the level that has made so many of us devotees.

    Oh, and Bear Down!

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    MB - i gotta admit, I bit on the trolls in the last piece but look at the Psycology experiment that is this thread. As the trolls were ignored for the majority of the thread you could see the 2 trolls throwing out little fishing lures to try to get people to bite. If no one did they would try to feed off each other with weird complimentary posts and affirmations. Only when fuel was introduced to the environment did the troll flourish, fed by negative energy or literally any interaction what so ever. I would check in from time to time to see them desperately try to get someone to pay attention to them unsuccessfully. To really get the true entertainment value look at that time stamps as they will occasionally go to fairly old posts and just throw out an inflammatory comment or musing. The best is when no one would answer at all. Just seeing the thread sitting there with a brutal comment as the caboose is priceless. A couple of times Joseph was lured in and it kind of ruined the comedy of it for me but these 2 guys didn't let me down. As these faggots sat here and tried to get people to fight with them for almost 4 hours I accomplished the following:
    1. made 4,800
    2. watched an episode of Law and Order
    3. made Lasagna for the family for this weekend
    4. successfully negotiated 200.00 off airline tickets for a vacation.
    5. phone chat with mom

    I'm a disciple of SC Dave now. This little experiment was truly satisfying to behold.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    I bit in the last two threads as well trying to engage in reasonable banter. I learned my lesson too. It doesn't take any effort to skim past their comments and catch the real bloggers here. I rarely post or read the site on weekends though, so I'm signing off until Monday in a bit.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    And if William Wallace were here he would consume the trolls with fireballs from his eyes and bolts of lightning from his arse.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLrrBs8JBQo

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Excellent Johnny.

    The $200 off on the vaca is nice too. Going anywhere exotic?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    just visiting family. hard to go exotic with a tiny baby. I think my days of cruising around the caribbean are over.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Just for a while, johnny.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Overall, compadres, pretty admirable restraint. There are a few still dispensing morsels here and there, but I trust you will come around.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Dave, you are like yoda. Like the Freud of Troll.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    There is feed, or not feed. There is no try.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Let them eat nothing.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    I can't wait until we ceremoniously dump these troglodyte trolls on Sunday and don't have to wade through the BS on here. Last thread was a joke.

    The boys on No Huddle discussing GB/CHI.

    http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-total-access/09000d5d81dd10ae/No-Huddle-Packers-vs-Bears

    Sean Jensen on the personality of the Bears :

    http://www.nfl.com/videos/green-bay-packers/09000d5d81dcf59f/Personality-of-the-Bears

    have to agree on the prospect of Maranelli having a blitz or two not yet shown the light of day, but call it the Tampa 2 one more time Seanie ...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Interesting call by Jensen on Webb's importance to this game. The big rook needs a solid performance.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    he's gotta hold off Matthews. Someone just has to remind him. If you come out of your stance and don't immediately see someone coming please don't double team Garza's guy to the inside, he doesn't need your help, someone will be coming off the edge shortly. Don't fucking miss him.

    Speaking of rushing, did you guys see Peppers stop fucking around with the speed rush last week against Okung? He just started bull rushing him right into Hasselbeck collapsing the pocket right into our interior lineman. me like. do it again to whatever hillbilly is lined up against you.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Peppers needs to have the game if his career.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Webb hold off Matthews ? Hmmmm.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Delayed blitz, fools the Bears line every time!

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    I'm out too until Monday. Jeff - great job with your posts. I agree we will be hurting if Chris Harris is not near 100%. PFW show had Hub questioning why the Bears weren't favored at home. And then he picked the Packers to win?!?! Reminded me of why I used to hate him as an announcer. Contradicts himself in practically the same sentence.

    Last thought - being a fan is weird. Caring so much about something that is really unimportant. That we have no real influence in the outcome. None of us will make any plays, or miss any plays; none of us will call a play; none of us chose any of these players. We have NOTHING directly to do with the outcome and yet we will be more than disappointed in a Bears loss and more than excited about a Bears win.

    It's fun though. And a great diversion from the stress of life. At least that's how I look at it. Win or lose I'll be bonding with my younger son at Soldier Field - as I did with my older son in 2006 and they will someday with their kids.

    And like the trolls will someday with their kids.

    Enjoy the game everyone. BEAR DOWN!!!!

  • In reply to BillW:

    It is fun, isn't it? Much better than thinking about the real stuff of life.

    Have a GREAT TIME at the game!

  • In reply to BillW:

    Bill, that's why we are fans. It's a part of life not the only thing. Hanging with your son at a memorable game is what it's all about. Bear Down and get loud at that game!

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    That's the thing with the Cutler article. Cutler isn't as popular as someone like, say, Chad Ochocinco, because he doesn't interact as much with the fans. Even though Cutler is a good team-mate and doesn't make trouble in the press (like 85) he doesn't get the fans excited very often either. We as fans want to feel like we have a personal connection with the players.

    But I think that our affection does make a difference. Our cheers and dedication is what makes these guys sacrifice their bodies for 60 minutes of playing time every week. And its what makes them hit the weights, the tape and the practice drills for those long hours all week and all summer.

    I agree, its just a game. And I try to shy away from some of the more dramatic comments on here because there are just more important things in life. I've missed more than one Bears game to spend time with my wife and kids, or to keep Shabbos, or to do other important stuff.

    But my family knows, I love this game. And there are very few things that can take away the stresses of the world for me as much as a Bears game. Which is why we watch, and pay as much money as we do. And it is why they play as well.

  • In reply to BillW:

    So we didnt have the baby yet.

    I did however go to the ER in the middle of the game last week. I was freaking out after that long Olsen bomb, and the following two picture are links to the mayhem.

    Needless to say, im gunna be just as crazy for this sundays game.

    BEAR DOWN!!!!!!

    http://m.flickr.com/#/photos/58610902@N06/5375088903/

    http://m.flickr.com/#/photos/58610902@N06/5375088173/

  • In reply to pizzatime7:

    haha

  • In reply to pizzatime7:

    OMG, poor Mrs. Pizza.

  • In reply to BillW:

    Have fun at the game Bill. I love your little family tradition that started 25 years ago. I hope you witness a similar outcome.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    I wish we could edit posts. I obviously meant the trolls will bond with their kids over the Packers someday. And the gereatest rivalry in sports will continue fro at least another 100 years.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    And now your moment of Zen:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGdnuZ5UNUY&feature=related

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    I admit to being tricked by the trolls. I thought a little friendly rivalry based mature banter is exactly what this huge game calls for. But when they latch onto every single friggin post with childish little one liner burn attempts, it reeks of junior high cafeteria shit (as somebody else said). So I'm done. I tried, but I'm done. I will not, however, leave this blog because some Packer fucks chased me away. Fuck that. This is our house. I just won't acknowledge them. I'm reminded of a funny prank one of my old buddies used to do just to make me laugh. He'd pretend I wasn't in the room. He'd just talk to whoever else and when his head turned my way he'd lift his gaze over the top of my head and back down again when he got past me. Used to crack me up. Anyhow, we should just do that. Don't even read those fuckers. Pretend like they're not there. Look right over their cheese heads.

    The Tommy Harris article posted above got me fired up. If He has regained his step and he does revert to '05/'06 form, the Lombardi is ours. God I hope so. Tommy! Do it Tommy! You ARE the man. Believe it. Play Angry! Kick some ass! You have the chance to play in and win the very game you missed in '06. REDEMPTION TIME TOMMY!!! PLAY VERY VERY ANGRY (no punches please)!!!

    As for the who was on the bandwagon and at what time, who gives a fuck. Aside from the unabashed homer optimist Johnny Waffle, we've all doubted, dissed, ridiculed, questioned, and sometimes hated at some time during the season, preseason, training camp, and offseason. We've all been burned so many times. How could we not? We had a shitty offensive line, average wide recievers. We lauged and laughed when Martzy got all grandiose about our recieving group during the preseason. Whatever. The season went on and we started gradually catching up with Waffle. I became a believer during the Phili game. Sure, we won by five, but we dominated until the prevent reared its ugly head. Not a believer that we WOULD or SHOULD win, but that we could win. We've always had a punchers chance. With Urlacher, Briggs, Peppers, Cutler, and Hester, we've always got a punchers chance. But now with Forte peaking at the right time, the offensive scheme becoming more familiar to the players, the emergence of Bennett (who I love), and strong strong play by Peanut all season, a stronger safety crew with Harris and Manning playing solid all season, a resurgent Tommy maybe, good coaching by Marinelli and Tice, I gradually realized that we've got more than a punchers chance. That does not make me or anybody else a bandwagon jumper. A bandwagon jumper is what I was when I joined bear nation in 1985, but I was ten, and I never jumped off, so it's okay. It's okay to be realistic about our team and still want them to win. I'll never get a guy like Irish who would rather suck royally for the sake of draft picks if they can't win it all. That shits bullshit right there.

    I think Sarah Jane Victoria Lynn knows she's one of us. I recall very little real hazing when she joined. Irish nearly jumped over the international date line he was so happy a woman was on board. It's a nice perspective. And now there are a few females on here from time to time. The blog community is getting bigger and bigger. I love it. More of you readers should jump on board. Just don't go all #16 on us. lololol. Seriously, come back 16!

    Finally, I'm going to repost this, because this is one bad ass article about the D and Peppers, http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700102488/Defense-still-delivering-for-Bears.html?pg=1

    Bear the fuck Down.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    agreed and well spoken Doc. But what the fuck is #16? Im fucking clueless to when u guys say that shit.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    He's an old poster. #16 bear fan in the world, so the legend goes. You go #16 on us sometimes, Fres, when you type in all caps. lolol. By the way, I wanted to give you a shout out. I've taken to shouting "Superman that hoe!" every time Hester is back to return a punt. That was you who was saying that, right?

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Fres, #16 was a poster who referred to himself as #1 bears fan(someone on here tagged him the #16 bears fan), he spoke(rambled) about the need for two olineman and a safety in the draft all the time as well as mixing beer and vicodin(once). When he was called out on the boozin and druggin he got all psycho on everyone because he said he lived with chronic pain, and how dare anyone question such actions. After some more calls via this blog to Jerry for 2 more olineman and a safety, he simply vanished. Theres your DBB history lesson for the night, my friend.

  • In reply to bnjrmyn:

    I think it was Irish who dubbed him #16, much like he calls 85 artoo. No offense, artoo.

  • In reply to bnjrmyn:

    It was Coach actually.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    None taken. I like my nickname. I was the one who noticed he would get on older threads and repost.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Did you win tickets or what Artoo? Like to know who beat you if you didn't win ...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    What do you think beat him Irish? The same thing that eventually beats every good man... tits

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Lmao yeah that and those family pictures. I think it was because the poster only says Urlacher. So..

  • In reply to bnjrmyn:

    Sophia (sjvl),

    Since your Italian, you should appreciate this. I was put in charge of tailgating food for this week's game. I live in La Crosse, WI, about 280 miles from Soldier Field, but the owner is a huge Bears fan from Chicago. The whole restaurant is a shrine to the Bears and Chicago sports. I'll be bringing 3 pounds of Italian Beef and gardinara, with various cheeses, to the game for the main course. If we have time, gonna bring some muffa-lottas for after the game. I grew up in an Italian neighborhood, and love the food. I think this act will get the Bears to the Super Bowl.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    My real dad lives in Winona, Mn. We go there for thanksgiving and xmas. He is a viking fan but doesn't support them

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    That's right by me. None of the Viking fans really support their team. They are all fair-weather fans.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Yeah, that's why I said that. Winona is a small town. We always went to la crosse to shop and eat. Have you ever climbed that rock ? I did last summer. Its a great view. And I have never seen a river frozen the way it was when were there for xmas

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Bear Down

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=297HNFjNiTA

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    I thought he lived on the planet Krypton

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Hey Cormonster, I saw where a whole bunch of your buddies in NY got taken down town for questioning yesterday.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Sounds good to me!! Just be sure you have some killer bread to go with that Italian beef. Great food choices, Cor! Plenty of garlic to fight the cold weather.

    I had so hoped to win Cutler's tickets, but alas, they went to a woman in Tennessee. Have a GREAT time at the game!!

  • In reply to sjvl:

    sj, i didn't even see your post before i responded about the bread. great minds think alike. i'm irish and i still knew about the bread. that is the benefit of being northside/southside irish in Chicago. it's kind of like being italian except more Guinness. same amount of church though.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Look out johnny: I'm half and half...Irish and Italian. Ha! Same amounts of liquor AND church. Luckily, I gave one up. lol.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    Fuck Unibrow Rodgers!! We're gonna take his belt Ultimate Warrior style! All i dreamt about last night was DJ Moore pick 6's all over the place. Pringles is going to have to put his barrel on the table. If I have to sit next to a hefty curly haired Wisconsin middle aged women with a perm, I'm gonna punch her right in the face, close-fisted. I'm having irregular heartbeats and it's only Friday! Bear down!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • In reply to Crowned:

    "I'm having irregular heartbeats and it's only Friday!"

    Fucking hilarious.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    I had a dream, That we got a fumble safety on the pack.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    That would give me a wet dream.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    I had a dream too, but it involved midgets, strippers and a 9 iron.....

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    What about the vat of lube?

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    This is brilliant:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHq47Sr9wGc

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    lol

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Tell us the story about your golf trip and the golden shower again cooooooach. Pleeeease.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    DaCoach--now it all makes sense: your obsession with sex and strippers, your cynicism toward marriage, etc.: You're Tiger Fucking Woods, aren't you?

  • In reply to jj320:

    Hahahahaha. Nice JJ.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Has more potential to occur than a fumble safety....

  • In reply to Crowned:

    I'm with you Crown. I'm purposely going to watch the game at a bar just so when the Bears win I can celebrate. And as a backup plan if they happen to lose I can punch a Packer fan right in the throat. Sick of these trach talking hillbilly bitches. Luckily I live in northern Illinois here where there's misplaced Packer fans all over so I won't run out of people to slug.

  • In reply to jbenton:

    what part?

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    McHenry

  • In reply to jbenton:

    oh yea thats right, I remember. I grew up in Round Lake, when it wasnt the shit hole it is now.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Nice, you ever miss Illinois? There's still nice parts of Round Lake it's just more and more are becoming slummy. The schools were also taken over by the state(at least I know the High School was). I wish the government here would change though. It's so corrupt here thanks to all the Unions and Cook County.

  • In reply to jbenton:

    You should start searching for potential targets, cuz the Bears are going down........

  • In reply to greenbayman:

    Just like your mom on my nuts.

  • In reply to jbenton:

    I'm saying she's a whore just in case you needed clarification.

  • In reply to jbenton:

    Does this make you a motherfucker?

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Rarely do fantasy dreams become reality, you will be sadly disappointed on Sunday. The Packers will not turn the ball over, you better pray the Bears don't either....

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Excellent link Coach. We're going to win this game gents, it's fucking destiny. We simply have to.

    I would pay a lot of money to be in that lockerroon before the game. I can't even fathom the atmosphere... probably on both sides.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'll try to express the setting in the Bears locker room after the game......flying chairs, tears, screaming and finger-pointing, excuses, fisticuffs, anal sex under showerheads........

  • In reply to greenbayman:

    I think the anal sex will be on the field as Rodgers is getting raped by Peppers and Harris.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Ditka has come back into the fold:

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/ct-spt-0121-pompei-mike-ditka-bears-c20110120,0,5718526.column

    I love him, but his picking the Packers all year has been pretty irksome to me.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    Ditka, schmitka. The guy should have had a dynasty with that roster. Doug Flutie - are you kidding me?!

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Yeah, well, shoulda. But no Dave, not Ditka Schmitka.

    Hand selected as a coach by the Papa himself;
    First tight end in the HOF;
    Super Bowl winning coach;
    The man for whom my son is middle-named.....

    And Doug Flutie...he was such a cutie.

    I am happy to have him back.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    http://www.chicagobears.com/multimedia/MultimediaPopup.asp?mm_file_id=2286&play_clip=Y&rn=14

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIt73rt3v6g

  • In reply to luftwaffle:

    that was fucking sick!

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Cor, if you are bringing olive salad for the Muffs i'll love ya forever. I think you have the right idea about the food for the gate. Just get the best Italian bread possible for the sammies. you just inspired me to step up my own party.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Listening to Colin Cowterd this morning as directed by my spiritual director for penance for my sins, and heard these gems:

    (1) "If Chicago beats Green Bay, they will be the WORST TEAM EVER TO MAKE IT TO THE SUPER BOWL."

    (2) "They'll only win if their awful field breaks the legs of Driver and Jennings, and they'll eek out a 10-9 game."

    (3) The fact that the Bears MIGHT make the Superbowl casts the playoff structure of the NFL in doubt, as there should be no way such an inferior team COULD make the playoffs. [ed. I wonder if Colin is arguing for a BCS system in the NFL, where ESPN gets to pick the Patriots, Saints, Packers, and Cowboys every year...]

  • In reply to jj320:

    He went 0-4 on his playoff picks last week.

    This is just "It can't be HIM. ItMUST be the NFL structure."

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Plus, the guy knows how to "make the needle move".

  • In reply to jj320:

    Worst team ever in a super bowl? Kerry Collins' New York Football Giants. Second worst team ever in a super bowl? Trent Dilfer's Baltimore Ravens.

    Yes, their defense was awesome, but that offense was atrocious. Two of the biggest pieces of crap QBs of all time who had no business making it to a super bowl. Making it ok to keep Kyle Orton on the roster.

    Game manager my butthole. QBs are there to win the game when the defense can't. You PLAY to WIN the GAME.

  • In reply to mikebdot:

    I might include the Falcons circa 2000.

  • In reply to mikebdot:

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/playoffs/2010/news/story?id=6038843

    good read.

  • In reply to jj320:

    o.k...o.k... I promise not to engage in the trolling...boy sometimes being a sophomoric freak is fun...hhhhheeeeehhhheeeehhhhheeee...

    I'm OUT! maybe be back sometime next week...maybe

  • In reply to jj320:

    it makes me laugh when people talk about teams that are "supposed" to make the super bowl. why play the season then? why have playoffs? brutal Colin. brutal.

  • In reply to bnjrmyn:

    Good ol' Sayers, http://sports.espn.go.com/chicago/nfl/news/story?id=6042045&campaign=rss&source=NFLHeadlines

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Agreed on both counts. I say next thread we don't even mention not mentioning the (if you get my drift). Maybe a code word to fight the good fight. Maybe just SCDave, since he has been steadfast, should get a nod.

  • In reply to buckbear:

    Ahahahaha you dipshits just spent 20 minutes talking about us after we went to sleep

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Higher draft picks and no playoffs - with the chance of Angelo getting executed - or get trounced by Green Bay for the Halas? Gimme the picks any day of the week.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I understand a Packer Fan showing up once in awhile to give some good sport talk or debate. As for these two guys, it is really annoying and childish. These guys have literally sat on the blog for the past three days commenting on everyone's post. Very Pathetic, but hey thats a cheese head for you.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    While I agree with the settlement, Fres, even this post of yours may give them affirmation of some kind. But I suppose I'm not really helping the matter by commenting on your post. :-)

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    I know, but I had to throw in one last little shot.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Welcome, grasshopper...

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    made $4800? I'm gonna need some details on that

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    I have seen forums (not necessarily blogs) that allow you to "screen" individual posters. So for example, Ghost, had you tired of my drivel, you would be able to specify that posts by "SC Dave" not appear in your view of the blog.

    Such a feature would be very handy on DBB to be sure.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Although the deletion of SC posts may be beneficial to all, you rummies would choose to delete every alternative viewpoint, leaving yourselves mired in ignorance. What's interesting about reading the same boring "Go Bears" propaganda? How do you respond with original thought to the same old posts, repeated over and over again? Cheesy does you a favor, allows you to see the game from a different (and proper) perspective. He enlightens the discussion. All of you should bend your knees and thank him!

  • In reply to greenbayman:

    "alternative viewpoint". I prefer to not have to shove my head up my butt. Even handedness to all points of view is the cancer of our current media. To have the option to remove points of view which are neither points nor views would be sublime.

    In fact, it's pretty much why team blogs exist. So, once again, get the fuck away from our water cooler you swine.

  • In reply to greenbayman:

    Your alternate viewpoints aren't intelligent though. It's just baiting looking for trouble. Seriously if I had any way of finding out who you were I'd beat your ass fuckhead.

  • In reply to jbenton:

    I would fucking choke him.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    That's why I have trouble blogging sometimes. It's real easy to talk trash behind a computer. I'd like to think that no one from this blog goes baiting on Packer sites(maybe I'm wrong) but I do not and have no need to. I'd rather discuss my team with fellow fans of my team. I haven't been this mad in a long time and I know people say to ignore it but that's not my thing, I'd rather handle it with physical violence.

  • In reply to greenbayman:

    For what they're worth, predictions heard within the last 14 hours.
    Some just picked a winner, some with the spread and couple
    predicted scores:

    Rodney Harrison: Packers.

    Freddie Coleman: Bears, 28-17.

    Mike Greenberg: Bears +3.5

    Mike Golic: Packers -3.5

    Ron Jaworski: Bears

    Peter King; Packers 17-16

    Of course prdictions aren't worth the price of a cup of coffee at Starbucks but the outcry of "NOBODY'S picking the Bears!" is, obviously, not true.

    "Jaws' surprised me but Greenberg is known for being the "Kiss of Death".

    The weather report I just saw was the same for BOTH sites:
    Low 20s with a chance of snow.

    No "antiseptic" football THIS week, fans.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I think Jaworski is pretty solid on his picks, He actually watches game film and studies teams, unlike other asshole who just see highlights.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I'm hoping Greenberg's due for being right for once. He picked the 49ers to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl.

  • In reply to jbenton:

    ww www w ww w www w WHATTTTTTTTTTT!

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Although in fairness that was the trendy pick in the pre-season and I know he wasn't the only one picking the 9ers to do well.

  • In reply to jbenton:

    Trendy for the NFC West, perhaps, but The Super Bowl? That had to be drug-induced.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    "The Bears beat the Packers 33-14 that day and the following week beat New York 37-9 for their second straight NFL championship."

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Are you aware that the Green Bay Packers are the only team to have one three consecutive NFL titles, and they accomplished this feat on two seperate occasions.......

  • In reply to greenbayman:

    How about won.

  • In reply to jbenton:

    Thanks, appreciate it. How about win, like the Pack will do on Sunday...

  • In reply to greenbayman:

    No, I think I'll stick with won. As in your mother won a trip to the hospital after she got beaten by her pimp. Yes, I'm saying again that your mother is a whore.

  • In reply to jbenton:

    Now, Now. That's not nice. That's a personal attack, fershame, fershame. Would never expect that from a Chicago fan....

  • In reply to greenbayman:

    No, I attacked your whore of a mother. Big difference if you're telling the truth.

  • In reply to jbenton:

    Lord knows my team is beyond attack. As the Bears will find out on Sunday.

  • In reply to greenbayman:

    But your mothers vagina is not as many a men could tell you. Again, she's a whore.

  • In reply to jbenton:

    Rude.

  • In reply to jbenton:

    How about correct punctuation; is, not. Also, poor sentence structure on your part. Actually, ignorant on all fronts...

  • In reply to greenbayman:

    or as, not.

  • In reply to greenbayman:

    or not, as.

  • In reply to greenbayman:

    Hitting a little to close to home for you? All of your mothers boyfriends coming and going really messed you up didn't it?

  • In reply to jbenton:

    That one actually brought a Rodgers-like smirk to my face. Your knowledge of the comings and goings surrounding prostitute activities is extensive. How many are in line ahead of you?

  • In reply to greenbayman:

    Your dad says hi.

  • In reply to greenbayman:

    your dad says hi.

  • In reply to greenbayman:

    Check out my avatar for the weekend....

    Looks like there is at least one smart Cheesehead up der.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    Does it have a matched pair? The other should say "stlsuk".

  • In reply to greenbayman:

    We can get one for your mother that says SLUT. She's a whore.

  • In reply to jbenton:

    If I were in your shoes, I would refrain from debating the merits of the Bears, also. There is no debate, the Bears have no qualities of value worth discussing.

  • In reply to greenbayman:

    I just know people want the facts. This just in: your mothers a whore. Also, the Bears will win due to their home field advantage,running game,special teams and improved o-line play. not to mention that Martz used the same game plan in week 17 as they did in week 3 just so they wouldn't show anything. The Bears beat the packers in week 3 when the Packers were at full health and the Bears hadn't figures out they needed to run more, and barely lost in week 17 showing nothing. I don't usually attack anyone but your a moron and haven't made a valid point on here yet. I should just ignore you like everyone else but then I couldn't inform everyone that your mothers a whore.

  • In reply to jbenton:

    The home field advantage, I believe the Bears are 5-3 at home, including consecutive loses to the Redskins and Seahawks; not overly impressive credentials. If you believe the Bears were playing opossum in week 17, you are only fooling yourself. Lovie wanted that game, bad, just like every Bear player and fan did. As far as your attacks, it adds to the intellectual integrity of this blog......

  • In reply to greenbayman:

    Coming from a guy whose argument and attacks on earlier postings were "the Bears Suck". Listen, I don't have a problem with Packer fans being on here and like I said, I don't usually get baited but your a dick. You want to have an intelligent conversation regarding the game lets do it, but you've never once shown you can accomplish that. So until you do: your moms a whore, your dad never loved you and that's why he left.

  • In reply to jbenton:

    Well, facts are facts, "The Bears Still Suck". I understand that the truth hurts, but it's time to face the truth. Sunday will reaffirm...

  • In reply to greenbayman:

    So you never answered above. You and Nitzche made Packer love didn't you/

  • In reply to jbenton:

    Yeah, he was my daddy, he never loved me, that's why he left.

  • In reply to greenbayman:

    I knew it. At least you guys connected later.

  • In reply to greenbayman:

    Look at the facts. the Bears improved significantly after the bye week. Two of those losses were before the Bears sat down Martz and made him run the ball. the new England game I have to give you, that was a pathetic performance but that does happen even to good teams. This season has been a great success no matter what for me. I didn't think the bears would improve as much as they did. That being said I think the Bears have the coaching edge as well. Mccarthy has never shown he can coach in a close game and I think this one will be close.

  • In reply to jbenton:

    I do declare, this current squad looks better than Chicago's last superbowl team. I felt that team had lucky bounce after lucky bounce. Mike Brown would be out of position and the ball would wind up in his hands and then he'd walk into the endzone. That said, I think McCarthy is on a roll, as is the entire offense. The Caper defense is unpredictable, and shows up every week. The Bears defense is tough, they tend to hold the Packers down. I believe the Packers have the potential to break that trend on Sunday. The deep middle should be exploited, and Starks has something to prove to Chicago, I can only hope he gets it done. The play-action could be devestating. The Packers, with this defense, are never out of the game. I am obviously biased, but I believe the Packers offense contains more weapons than Chicago's. I believe Rodgers is a significant advantage for the Packers, a definite upgrade compared to Cutler. Ball protection could decide the outcome, and Cutler has a tendency to turn the ball over. It should be a good game, if the Packers offense is able to click early, it could be a long day for Bear fans.

  • In reply to greenbayman:

    Finally, you're making points instead of taunting. I agree, if the Packers offense clicks it's going to be a long day as a Bears fan. However, if they don't and the bears run the ball as I think they can, it's going to be a tough game for the Packers to win. they stopped the Eagles/Falcons run game because both teams stopped running the ball since their defenses were so porous and the offenses had to play catch up. The Bears will have the same problem if they don't stop them on offense.

  • In reply to jbenton:

    The Eagle game never got out of hand, the Packers just flat-out harnassed McCoy. Those defenses, although not as good as the Bears, were no pushovers. The Packers offense had a little bit to do with their showings. If the Bears D-line and screaming fans can cause multiple pre-snap penalties on the Packers offensive line, drives will stall. I can't see the Packers failing there, the Georgia Dome was loud early on, the Packers were never phased. I hope Rodgers leads a last minute, game winning drive, it would shut up many doubters. I understand that would be your worst nightmare. Anyway, should be a great game. I only wish it was on the Hallowed Turf of Lambeau Field...

  • In reply to greenbayman:

    Eagles linebacking corp was devastated with injuries and underperformed thus leading to the dismissal of their d-coordinator. Falcons got outclassed by a faster team with optimum playing conditions. This week will not be beneficial to the Packers receivers.

  • In reply to jbenton:

    It's not just the quality of the receivers, it's the quantity. They will expose the Bears lack of quality depth at db.

  • In reply to greenbayman:

    You're thinking of the '01 season in which i would agree that team over achieved. Mike Brown went out in week 6 of the '06 season and the defense was stout.

  • In reply to jbenton:

    I stand corrected. But, nonetheless, I think this current squad is stronger than that superbowl team. I don't claim to be an expert on Bears history, therefore, I defer to your knowledge.

  • In reply to jbenton:

    It's true, close games were a problem this year, and oh my god were they a problem in 2008. But week 17 was a close game....and who got outcoached? Can I get a timeout on 3rd and 15?

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    Concerning week 17, didn't Cutler throw a pick to Collins in the waning moments? If memory serves me, I think that was the case.....

  • In reply to greenbayman:

    Also, every Green Bay fan wants to compare Cutler to Rodgers. Well I'll be the first to say you can't at this point. Rodgers has been in the same system his entire career while Cutler has had 3 coordinators in the past 3 years. He showed marked improvement this year and I think you guys talk trash because you're secretly scared of what he's going to do to you guys once he is settled and they bring in some more lineman to block and another receiver next year.

  • In reply to jbenton:

    Doesn't scare me at all. I've seen his type before. He's careless with the football, his natural arm strength may prove to be a detriment instead of a blessing. If he shows some intellectual development in his defense recognition and quits throwing off his back foot when pressured, he will be formidable. I watched Favre make these mistakes for years. I think it would be great if Cutler V Rodgers NFC championship games happened every year, except at Lambeau instead of Soldier Field.

  • In reply to greenbayman:

    Correct me if I'm wrong but wasn't Favre considered a god in Green Bay until his departure and didn't he win a title for them? That being said, I do think this is the best thing to happen to pro-football in quite some time. Two marquis franchises going head to head. Doesn't get much better. Excpept the celebration when the Bears win.

  • In reply to jbenton:

    Favre a god? NO. One exciting to watch, gunslinging SOB? YES...

  • In reply to greenbayman:

    False, I travel up to Green Bay frequently to fish and when I would go up there I would get into huge arguments with people with me saying the same things you're saying about Cutler. that he make too many mistakes and he's careless at times but Favre ended up being your teams savior and I think Cutler has a very bright future here.

  • In reply to jbenton:

    Ron Wolf was the savior. Brought in Holmgren and stole Favre from the Falcons. Shrewd man, too bad Chicago can't find a quality GM. Although the Cutler deal was highway robbery, didn't look so hat at first, though.

  • In reply to jbenton:

    Favre used to get cheered for throwing the ball out of bounds...

  • In reply to greenbayman:

    Favre is still my god

  • In reply to greenbayman:

    ESPN SportNation poll: Do you have faith in Jay Cutler? 57% say NO.

  • In reply to greenbayman:

    How many of those are Packer fans answering? I don't trust anything ESPN puts out there. They are an east coast biased team with little knowledge about anything relevant to sports in this area.

  • In reply to jbenton:

    I wonder what the results would have been 8 weeks ago..

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    You want to keep bringing up week 17 don't you? What team would the Bears rather face, a Giants team that beat you soundly or a Packer team that you have a chance to scout and already know quite a bit about. The Bears were in a win/win situation in week 17. Win and Packers are out and lose and make them show you everything they have. it should be a good game.

  • In reply to greenbayman:

    Look at you showing off your fancy UW-Milwaukee education. Very impressive sir.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Nope, Harvard of the Midwest, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

  • In reply to greenbayman:

    Ditka puts it the best: the past is for cowards and losers and you sir are both.

  • In reply to jbenton:

    Men with no heritage would make that statement.

  • In reply to greenbayman:

    Not quite true, and in any event a poor riposte to Bears' fandom, if appropriate for the Titans or Texans, etc.--teams with no history.

    Nieztsche's On the Use and Disadvantage of History for Life distinguishes between three approaches to history, and their benefits and limitations. Among these is "monumental" history--the need to constantly appeal to an ancient past of achievement in order to create meaning for the present. Such an approach to history is useful, in that it connects the living to a past which still exerts a powerful and validating influence, but it can be harmful when it is taken as a substitute for actual achievement in the present. When it functions thus, it is instead, in the words of Ditka, "for cowards and losers."

    Interestingly, cows play a large role in the beginning of Nietzsche's essay, suggesting that Nietzsche had anticipated not only modernity's slow decline into nihilism (witnessed, most recently, by the merger of Comcast and NBC), but the tendency of Packers fans to approximate the bovine animal that most defines their state--in terms of weight, flatulence, and intellect.

    All this to say that JAB's comment must be taken in the larger philosophical context in which it was intended.

  • In reply to jj320:

    You grant too much leeway to JAB. There appears to be no semblance of "philosophical context" in any utterances from JAB.....
    By the way, I knew Ray Nitzche; what's more, he knew me.

  • In reply to greenbayman:

    Biblically?

  • In reply to jj320:

    Nope, not in a biblical sense. Just personal acquaintances. Kindest man you'd ever want to meet. Exact opposite of his gridiron demeanor.

  • In reply to greenbayman:

    sexually?

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Greenburg forgot that the 49'ers coach had Bear ties..

  • In reply to greenbayman:

    Vince Lombardi died of AIDS. Probably from your mother.

  • In reply to jbenton:

    T minus 50:25.......

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Greeny picked us last week too.

  • In reply to greenbayman:

    Seriously, I live in McHenry or I'll travel to you to kick your ass. Lets do this thing.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    agreed Ghost.

  • In reply to Joseph:

    No Huddle to Dallas on three letter..Marshall Faulk is giving Major love to Cutty..BIG TIME....out of all the four QB's in the Championships

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Faulk also picked DJ Moore as an x-factor. Hmmm what's going on? Ohhh yeah MIKE MARTZ was faulk's coach. In other shocking news, President Obama picked the bears as well.

    The sun also rises.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    Hey Fat Ass Frumunder.... opinions are like assholes..everyone has one...oh shit look in the mirror and you will see one.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    Hey Fat Ass Frumunder and Gaybaywuss...I didn't know you two were movie Stars:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvmBtRz429A&feature=related

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    They'll even let trolls in the White House:

    http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&id=7910035

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Thanks Sdwat - i also love that Bennett is back for this game. He really turned into a nice little possession receiver over the last 2 years with bigger play ability hidden in there somewhere. It's going to be fun. Here's to Jay hitting him on the hot read to negate the rush.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    That read like a eulogy, which makes sense, the bear season comes to an end on Sunday.

  • DBB MVP

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    Oog, they are not speaking English...actually, they are from before your time

    http://redwing.hutman.net/~mreed/warriorshtm/troglodyte.htm

  • for a booty call?

  • Sd - the ankle is healthy and he knows how to get open. It will be big to have him back catching first down balls.

  • Shabba ! Bring out the gimp!

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