Five Potentially Game-Changing Seahawks

Sunday's game against the Seahawks is not a gimme, despite what Steve Rosenbloom ignorantly blogs on the Tribune's site.  There are no gimmes in the NFL playoffs.  Yes the Bears are ten-point favorites at home in the Divisional Round but they were nine-point favorites at home to same team in the 2006 postseason - a game that ended with a Robbie Gould field goal in overtime.  That 2006 'Hawks club does not resemble this group, with one exception: Matthew Hasselbeck.  We all know the threat Ma Hass poses and has posed for years to the Chicago Bears defense, specifically since the installation of the Lovie Deuce.  But there are five other players the Bears should spend this week concerning themselves with.

Leon Washington

Sean Payton feared Leon Washington and was willing to give the Seahawks field position throughout the early parts of Saturday's game to avoid kicking off to one of the better return men in the sport.  He backtracked on the philosophy as the Saints lost grip on the game and Washington's damage was minimal.  The Bears are the best field position in the sport (as returners) but they have struggled terribly covering kicks.  I don't think they can all-out avoid LW but they sure can try.
Mike Williams
Quick: Name the best performance by a wide receiver against the Bears all season.  Answer: Mike Williams' 10-for-123 was an unstoppable force at Soldier Field, catching every ball within his grasp and settling perfectly into the space underneath the safeties.  Don't expect the LoveRod to upset the apple-cart and deviate from the basics of the system.  The onus on killing the rhythm between Matthew and Mike will be on the front four, who must get pressure and must make Hass pay for every completion.


John Carlson

The biggest difference between the Ravens and the Chiefs, and subsequently the Packers and the Eagles, was the ability to convert on big third downs.  The tight end was a huge option for both those teams.  Carlson was relatively invisible during the first meeting of these clubs but he is a big target that excels at exploiting the middle of the field - an area where the Bears defense has been perpetually susceptible to conceding big gains.  Look for #54 to knock down a pass in a big spot.
Lawyer Milloy
I know Curry and Babineaux were the major pass-rushing threats for the 'Hawks during the first meeting but I think you'll see teams start to adopt what the Packers did Week 17, bringing defensive backs off the edge to confuse our over-matched tackles and disrupt Cutler's timing.  The Bears will need to shift into their hot route, quick releases to move the chains and keep defensive coordinator Casey Bradley from forcing Caleb Hanie to warm-up at halftime.
Marshawn Lynch
Lynch is one of my favorite tailbacks in the game and I wrote, when these two teams squared off a dozen weeks ago, he is also one of the most difficult backs to take down in the game.  (The Saints learned that lesson the heard way.)  Lynch isn't like Adrian Peterson or Jamaal Charles or Chris Johnson.  He isn't going to bounce a nothing play outside and out-run your second and third levels.  He's going to bounce a nothing play outside, wait for your tacklers to approach him, and throw them to the ground.  The back he resembles is the Jets Shonn Greene, who gained 70 yards on 12 carries only three weeks ago.  The Bears need to gang tackle while keeping contain on the outside.  Not the easiest thing to do.  

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  • FIRST to say CHICKENS DIE SUNDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    i like the bears

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Washington...DEAD!
    WILLIAMS...DEAD!
    CARLSON...DEAD!
    MILLOY...DEAD!
    LYNCH...DEAD!
    The HASSELBECK that doesn't bang Elizabeth Hasselbeck...DEAD!!

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Well posted Jeff. I have to compliment the number of angles you've taken in the playoffs so far and how much more interesting it is to read the posts and comments here than on any of the major sports websites.

    All the talking heads are going to be focussed on Lynch and Hasselback. We might hear a soundbite about one or two more players, but everyone is going to say the same thing: "If Marshan Lynch pulls off another run like that, watch out Bears." "Matt Hasselback is one of the most under-rated QBs in the league. Forget the 7-9 record, this guy is dangerous." Glad I can come hear to look at the other 20+ guys on the field.

  • In reply to mottystone:

    Carlson will have a "big day" but I expect it to mean nothing in the grand scheme of things.
    Jeff is righter than he is wronger most days - that and the regulars are why this blog is my internets home.

  • In reply to mottystone:

    No Hasselbeck? He's definitely a game-changer. Ditto Earl Thomas at safety, and Brock at DE. We're lucky that the Hawks have 15 players on IR (I'm just glad Siavii their DT is gone) - and this as always, bring us back to Angelo. Green Bay, the Pats, the Hawks, all have numerous injuries on their rosters - yet here they are in the playoffs fighting the good fight. Now take 15 players off our roster and we're making the top pick in the draft this year. People point to Peppers and Cutler and say "Kudos, Jerry!"

    I look at the roster and say off with his head.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    nice view..

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    * The Bears have signed wide receiver Onrea Jones (6'0) and defensive tackle Tank Tyler to reserve/future contracts.

    * This will be Hasselbeck's 11th playoff start, Cutler's first.

    * Let's hope Briggsy makes the difference. He was missing when we played them last and missed most of the Skins game. Hawks should be missing a concussed Tatupu at LB.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Unless Briggs is going to take snaps at RB I don't think he can be the difference, allowing 23 points wasn't what lost that game... running like 12 times total and Matty having 11 rush yds was.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I don't know that you could say that Williams had the best day receiving against us all season of all WRs. Austin hung 142 on us, Johnson 145, and Branch 151 and a TD. All better than Williams. And there are maybe a few that have TDs against us with less yardage and since this aint Fantasy Football they can have all the yardage they want if we keep them all out of the end zone Ill be happy.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Miles Austin caught 10 for 142...no TDs though...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Got my picks ready for Round 2!!

    Time to show Hasselback it is indeed time to retire (a la Fav-re).

    Hoping someone from the Falcons dishes up that third head bop for Mr. Rodgers sometime in the 4th quarter, but the Cheese still win. Not that I am rooting for them - I am rooting for the best NFC Championship game in my lifetime.

    Damn, it's a long time til Sunday....

  • In reply to sjvl:

    rodgers inactive would ruin the lore of that potential matchup

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    Yeah, if we play the Packers I want their best squad available.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    I understand, but you know, any advantage is fine with me. They are still the Packers after all.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    I nominate the 1967 Oldsmobile Toronado Barris 70-X as official Da Bears Blog Mobile.

    I'm fairly certain this car has everything needed to qualify. Please note the "Crown" headboard like wood paneling in the rear seat for fast tailgate action and a trunk large enough to accommodate whatever beverages are needed.

    http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/comment/12/2011/01/da5edbdb20d5e2d25513c86afec3a2cc/340x.jpeg

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  • In reply to gpldan:

    That's cool, but this one matches my avatar:

    http://blogs.cars.com/photos/uncategorized/mxtbears.jpg

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Blogfader..I second GP's motion...

    All those in favor say aye.

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    What about your clown car Lobo ?

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Chicago is a 10pt favorite, Atlanta -2. Write it in stone boys, the Pack are coming to town. I don't always like looking ahead like this but I would love to see it come down to the Cheese vs. Bears. I believe Lovie & Co. will be well prepared for this game and I will be shocked if the Bears don't make easy work of the Seahawks. Atlanta on the other hand will have all they can handle when the play the Cheese.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    I'd love to play the cheese again at Soldier Field as opposed to going to visit the dirty birds but I don't think that will happen. As good as the slackers are vs the pass is almost as bad as they are vs the run. Micheal Turner is probably going to have a really good day as the Pack won't be able to play around with Woodson as much as they like in order to contain White. If Atl doesn't let that 41 rookie kid go over 100 rushing they should win.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Why are flags so much fewer in the playoffs? During the Jets-Colts game the Jets tackles were holding really blatantly like 7 times and didn't get flagged, during the Pack Eagles game Clifton was overmatched most of the game and at least 3 times had his guy by the neck after he went past him and only got nailed maybe once. Holding was called during the season on like every other series but now everyone has suddenly decided to look the other way most of the time? I don't get why penalties should be called looser when the teams should be better at the game... kind of reverse logic to me.

  • In reply to dutsami:

    I think the level of smack being run out of the Jets camp is ridiculous. For a team that got their asses run in Foxboro just a few weeks ago, the Jets Ryan seems to talk big.

    For this reason, I think that game more than any this weekend could devolve and the refs would have to keep it in hand. I look for a lot of yellow to be visible in New England this weekend and enough after the whistle pushing and hands to the face that you may think you are watching one of those outdoor hockey games that have become so popular.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Fatboy is justing tilting at the pot.

  • In reply to dutsami:

    These are SUPPOSED to be "All -Star" Zebra crews, based on their grades during the season.

    That Walt Coleman crew was clueless.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    I don't want to anticipate that game until it actually comes to pass. First things first, let's not look ahead.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Ditto.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Yessir. People have no basis for writing off the Seahawks given what they've already done to us and our offense has huge holes in it. Poor o-line. Poor receivers. Poor interior rushing/no grinders. Cocksure gunslinger at QB who cares little for ball protection. Add in a defense that is vulnerable to big WRs and has apparently lost its pass rush (certainly on frozen ground) and we should not be favored ten points ...

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    As my picks are absolute poison and I am out of the contest, here is who I would have picked - so that you don't if you're still in this contest...

    QB A Rodgers
    RB M Lynch
    WR G Jennings

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I'm with you on one - maybe there is still hope for me....

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I reckon ATL takes Jennings out of the game, as most teams do, and our run defense should be pretty stout with the three amigos working at full strength, no?

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    The Saints were 10 point favorites weren't they?

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Every team needs a DT named Tank.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    agreed.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Onrea has a first name that just begs for a nickname. I'll give you two guesses.

    Let's see - a defensive tackle named Tank. If he gets busted for illegal firearms, I quit.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    How about we let him crack the game day roster and contribute before we baptize him.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I expect that to be the first and last news story ever written about those two guys.
    I do like the prospect of "Gone" Onrea Jones on the roster.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    The Venereal Disease

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Bingo.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    "why did i bang that sligthly overweight drunk girl that hit on me like i was Brad Pitt, now it hurts when i pee" Onrea.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    No Tatupu?

    That seems VERY big to me.

    He was making plays everytime I looked up Saturday.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Is he officially out?

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Orion Chickenhawk humour:

    http://www.onionsportsnetwork.com/articles/seattle-coach-pete-carroll-seahawks-only-need-3-lo,18750/

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Yes Offi, it's HUGE... he IS their D playmaker and general.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Found a couple of typo's Jeff. You'll have to do better than that to get on ESPN's staff. Tighten it up bro. On a more serious note, THE BEARS WILL WIN, no worries mate.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    I'll accept cogent commentary with a couple of typos over the blatant ignorance (4-Letter's Joe Schad saying Jim Harbaugh was an "excellent" NFL QB)that ESPN turns out on an all too regular basis.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    and they have young fluffers to clean up their pieces.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    "Excellent" isn't the word I'd use. Though he was certainly better than Henry Burris.

    Every time I see/hear Harbaugh, I think of the audible he made in the MNF game against the Vikes in 92:

    Bears up 20-0, driving to score again. Harbaugh gets to the line, doesn't like what he sees, and audibles into a quick pass to the WR on the edge. Cornerback reads the play, steps in front of the pass and takes it to the house.

    Ditka absolutely explodes on Harbaugh when he gets to the sideline. Spit flying, mustache firing, the works.

    Bears go on to lose 21-20.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    1. I don't want anywhere near ESPN's staff. 2. This is a one-man show here, brotha. Typos are gonna slip through.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Feeble attempt at humor pal. Currently on the anti-cold meds. Brain is not working at optimal performance. Glad to see you still have a pulse. Just checking.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    The Hawks are going to feast on hibernating Bears?????!!!!!!

    http://blog.seattlepi.com/marinersfanblog/archives/235204.asp

    That is quite a bold statement from a team with a losing record.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    sjvl.. remember the only tremors that will be felt on Sunday in Soldier Field will be the SeaChickens "SHITTING" their pants..it will be fine because their pants are a shit green color anyway.

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Thanks, lobo. eeeeeewwwwwww. lol.

    They stink too, so no one will notice.

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Jay Cutler is not afraid, and neither am I.

    Anybody have a good sauce recipe for Sea Chicken?

  • In reply to sjvl:

    Plenty of Peppers and a can of Pringles crushed as a coating for the chicken.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    and Idonijeaise - it's a mixture of a huge Nigerian man and mayonaise. Tough to find unless you live by an African specialty store.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Can i just say that i am on a fucking roll today? i'm very pleased with the depth and wit of my posts. I should be working right now but am taking a 2hr lunch to just blog and peruse the internet. Ask me anything, ask me for life advice today. I will show you solutions that you never thought possible. I am really on fire. That's what happens when you eat skinless chicken and steamed vegetables with your protein shakes motherfuckers!

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Johhny..what are this weeks numbers for the Mega Million Lottery????

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    oh..btw..I will send you a two of skinless chicken and a can of veggie's if I win.

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    look your local convenience store owner in the eyes, don't say a word and then in a firm and imploring voice instruct him to give you a random quick pick ticket so you don't know the numbers. Promise to take him on a cruise with you if you win.

    Sadly, you will not win if either of the following are true:

    1. you graduated highschool with a higher than 2.0 GPA
    2. you are gainfully employed
    3. you understand what estate taxes are
    4. you understand why compounding interest is
    5. you have all of your teeth
    6. you live in a major metropolitan area
    7. you don't plan on "fixing up your truck" with the winnings.
    8. you don't have family members addicted to Meth that would kill you after you've won like a fucking Dateline episode.
    9. you are young, healthy, have at least 25 years to live and could do something really productive with the money while enjoying it yourself.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

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

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    new thread

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Al..was it you asked about Tutu?

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/01/11/tatupu-obamanu-should-practice-this-week-for-seahawks/

  • In reply to sjvl:

    Monsignor Waffle has confirmed his Man love of all things Mathews. This is one of my favorite posts ever. From the last thread.

    "just confirmed that Matthews did not take roids. my connect knows all of the usc dudes. Matthews was a gym rat and only ate skinless chicken breasts and vegetables with his protein shakes for nearly every meal."

    ahh, skinless chicken breasts, that explains it!

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    what me on steroids coach nnnnnnnnnnaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh...
    It's the Chicken:

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_opRvHNgXP6c/SMX6uqkarpI/AAAAAAAAAOg/GSMY5fqNNyM/s400/steroids.bmp

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Damn you coach. I was just typing out my ball-busting response to that post, you beat me to it.

    Johnny, you crack me up man. I get the respect for them, I really do. I was actually just pulling your leg, I have no clue if they have or haven't. I will say that I wouldn't be the least bit surpised if they did, but you never know. They do all seem to be genetic FB freaks.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    i can't stop laughing at my post now that i read it this morning. I could have explained myself better. I'm going to start using that excuse for literally everything that i am accused of doing by my wife.

    wife: why don't you just take out the garbage when i ask, why do you have to be on that stupid blog everytime you get home from work? i'd like you to help more around the house.

    me: babe, take it easy, i've been eating nothing but skinless chicken breasts and steamed vegetables with my protein shakes.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Quality retort. It would at least stun her into silence.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    As long as we don't do this..this Sunday:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WaASyRFXTj4&feature=related

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    POINT - COUNTERPOINT..

    Blogfader:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k80nW6AOhTs

    Leon Washington- Dave Toub..HESTER...

    Toub knows that we will be tested with Washington..he will have our boys ready...Mr.RECORD holder the "Windy City Flyer" is our counter-punch to Washington...The SeaChickens will sheite! their feathers when Hester takes it to the house..once on KR and once on PR...tha's right I predict that Hester will score 14 points on his own!

    Mike Williams- Blogfader..what do you call him...uuummm..oh yeah Orange Julius....That's all you have to say!

    John Carlson-Cutty..

    OUR FRANCHISE QB..First time in the playoffs in NAVY BLUE AND BURNT ORANGE!!!!! The colors he grew up in as a boy...his TRUE COLORS! The third down conversions will be our strong point..Cutty will make us proud this Sunday..oh and btw...he will cash his check in and dividends will be given to the fans with a big win!

    Marshawn Lynch- Pepe/Brigsy...

    Pepe is in the playoffs for the first time in Navy Blue and Burnt Orange...and he's about to show us why he is cashing those big checks and the fans are about to receive the dividends..

    Brigsy..What more can you say..we missed him that day against the Seachickens...We have one of the BEST Line-backing Corp in the league..this Sunday they will prove it

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Cutty's first time in the playoffs period. Not the time to shit the bed Jay Christopher. This is where we begin to find out if he was worth the shekels.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Hmm... Rosenbloom ignorant? Imagine that!

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Yeah, that is a shocker. He's such a loser.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    There are days when he has to IMPROVE, just to qualify as "ignorant".

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    What bothers me about Bloom is he's a good writer. He can be acerbic and funny and his poker book is actually quite good (my brother has it on his toilet). I just don't get his constantly negative approach.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    it's easier to be negative and then illustrate and justify why you are right by rationalizing how other teams have given you the game time and time again than. It's classic Rosie.
    Dan Bernstein on the score said it best when he quoted Dick Jauron (i know). Dick said after a loss that what happened was exactly what was supposed to happen given the actions of the players on the field during the game.

    We can cite stats and past performances all we want but that is just conjecture and opinion and in no way shape or form ensures with any measure of certainty that the outcome will be the same again.

    Every sports writer that picked us to do well last year is the the same sports reporter that continually finds reasons and excuses as to why the Bears are doing well this year after having predicted that they would shit the bed. Pundits WRONG 2 years in a row. That is why the Bears get no love. The Bears make the "experts" look like amateurs by proving them wrong at every turn.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    i think i just blacked out

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    So, Marshawn Lynch's 'miraculous' TD registered as an earthquake:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/10/marshawn-lynch-touchdown-seahawks-earthquake_n_806940.html

    Hope Anthony Adams registers another this weekend...

  • In reply to sjvl:

    That was Alex Brown (96) whiffing on one of those tackles.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Very possible, Albert.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    sure was..lol

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Brown really loafed on that play. You can see him standing around hoping his teammates make the play, and taking off only after Lynch breaks a couple of tackles. If he had played all the way through, he might have caught him.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    to be fair, he DID chase him all the way down the field. Marinelli wouldn't have given him a "LOAF" on the play.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Been a bit down on our boys lately Irish... I'd hate to see an irish fear boner.

    I do agree with your assessment of Angelo though and think you're pretty much spot on about our depth and who's getting it (or not getting it in our case)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    IRISH FEAR BONER (N) - a short, pink, stubborn erection full of piss, vinegar and anger. Irish fear boners are extremely opinionated and can sometimes be viewed as pessimistic even in the throws of an 11-5 season with 1st round playoff bye. Short, smug, seemingly retarded Italian GM's are often the target of the Irish Fear Boner.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Fucking hilarious! It would be a different blog without Irish.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Al will remember this one:

    You know who else was considered the worst team ever in the playoffs when the playoffs started? The 1985 New England Pats.

    Back then, you could be 11-5 and a wildcard team, and this Ray Berry team led by Grogan and Eason was looked down upon. Nobody thought they would beat the Raiders - and they did - and then went to Miami and knocked off the Marino Dolphins.

    I just remember how everybody assumed the Super Bowl was going to be a Chicago-Miami rematch - and how good would that have been? - but those dogshit Pats (back then they sucked all the time, at a kind of AFC version of the Bucs level of shit) spoiled the rematch.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Yeah, they were bridesmaids for a couple seasons before that including, as I recall, a playoff game where a BLATANT, unflagged, cheap shot that knocked Pats pro bowl tight end, Russ Francis, out of the game followed by an absolutely weak roughing-the-passer on the Pats to keep a key Raider scoring drive alive late in the game.

  • In reply to mottystone:

    Nice break down. , jefe. speechless.

  • In reply to mottystone:

    Our boy Chico Rivera, is about to be names HC of the Panthers. I wish he was our HC. or Our DC still.

  • In reply to mottystone:

    God, Rosendoom's article is a joke. Worst playoff team ever? He should stick to baseball.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    He should be a movie critic and leave sports entirely.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/01/03/the-2010-seattle-seahawks-worst-playoff-team-ever/

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Debunking the Super Bowl as Bread and Circuses:

    Rome had its first gladiatorial combats in 310 BC, and often accompanied to distributing food to the poor. (United Way anyone?)

    Not only was it not the beginning of the end for the Roman empire, but it was followed by its most rapid expansion centuries. In the couple of centuries after those, Rome went from being a debatable leader of of city states spanning barely half of Italy to an empire sprawled all around the Mediterranean, not to mention most of modern France and half of Britain.

    If anything, historians from the era tend to agree that sponsoring lavish shows to boost morale actually served well to do just that, and helped Rome rebound after such massive defeats as Canae and emerge more powerful than ever before.

    It would be more than 500 years after that, or still almost three centuries even after the peak of the popularity of gladiatorial combats in the 1st century BC, that Rome even started to decline. And almost 800 years after that, in 476 AD that the Western Empire fell.

    Lesson: Don't be worried about the Super Bowl distracting us from the vagaries of reality. Be worried when the Super Bowl STOPS getting played.

    Do not listen to those who decry football as the sign of a decaying civilization. Throw history in their face and watch as they scurry like cockroaches!

    Please turn in your term papers by Friday. Thank you and have a good day...

  • In reply to gpldan:

    thus endeth the lesson. preach that knowledge GP. As a history major i just geeked out a little reading this post.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I recently sat beside a Dutch guy on a 4 hour bus journey and it turned out his PHD was on the Roman Empire. It was interesting to find out that the Empire actually went through regular phases of expansion/contraction. The Empire's stretch would reach so far that the wages that had to be paid for the increased soldiers required to sustain the greater area would actually cause the Empire to contract after a while when the supposed profit/taxes didn't appear.

    And of course, it was ultimately standing armies that rang their death knell -as George Washington specifically warned against in his exit speech. America will also see a decline in its standard of living as the number of military bases increases from the 130 out of 190 countries currently occupied. The power brokers are treating it like a game of Risk, which it isn't. In the board game, you're guaranteed large returns as a result of your large areas controlled, in real-life it's just the opposite.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    that would be one hell of a thread. with so many countries having the ability to extend their influence throughout the world through military and political means the Risk analogy gets a little tougher to take at face value. Sometimes not having a presence is more dangerous than extending too far. Fighting multiple wars at once is a completely different story. Travel and technology have changed all of the rules of expansion and contraction. Trade is completely different as well which is also affected by expansion/contraction and military/political reach. I personally think America's greatest days are ahead of her. As we wind down these wars, focus on some home issues, work at renewable energy and improve our relationships with our old allies you will see the old American resilience. With alot of people getting burned by the excess of the 1995-2007 time period a return to traditional family fiscal values will result in less commercial consumption and more debt reduction. Now the real question is how to fix the entitlement and health care industry issues. That will be the quest of the next generation. i'll be in st. thomas by then with my robot hooker girlfriend.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    The upset Team of the Wildcard weekend........

    Time to finish them!!!!!!!!!!

  • "The Germans?"

    "He's on a roll."

  • Max!

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