In Response to Rick Reilly

Rick Reilly is the Dave Barry of sportswriting and Dave Barry is to comedy what Antonio Cromartie is to not fathering nine children with eight different women.  In Reilly's anti-Cutler column currently running on the ESPN home page, he levels charges against Cutler as severe as texting while ignoring John Lynch, watching TV while ignoring John Elway and not wanting to answer the questions of reporters at a press conference.  I say we string him up!

Here is Reilly's final condemnation:

Reporter: When you were a kid, which quarterback did you look up to?

Cutler: Nobody.

Reporter: Nobody? You didn't look up to anybody?

Cutler: No.

If he's lying, it makes him a miscreant. If he's telling the truth, it makes him a miscreant.

"Deep, deep down, I think he's a really good guy," Waddle says.

Maybe. But why do we have to look that deep?

Reilly's hypothesis, of course, ignores the other obvious conclusion to be drawn from Cutler's answer: he doesn't like reporters.  You know reporters, right?  The ones who vilified him publicly and canonized Josh McDaniels in the aftermath of the Denver scandal?  (How'd that work out for Denver?)  The ones who have been quick to criticize every interception he's thrown while ignoring his franchise record-setting productivity?  The ones who have written every week that Denver actually won the trade with the Bears by acquiring Kyle Orton, a player that has been benched for a quarterback who doesn't possess the ability to throw the football accurately?

Rick Reilly has made his career writing about crippled ex-cops stealing home in the Bayonne Tavern Softball Tournament and blind guys winning gold medals at Binghamton Discus Championships.  He wants his athletes to be lovable because he, like a lot of sports journalists, crave a relationship with the athlete.  If they don't let him in, don't have a beer with him on the weekend, don't talk about their personal lives, then he's just a journalist.  A reporter covering others.  And if he wanted to remain a journalist, he would never have signed with ESPN.
Jay Cutler plays football Sunday.  And if he wins Sunday, he'll be sixty minutes from the Super Bowl.  And being that I've never learned anything from a player interview and never cared about a player's personal life, Mr. Cutler can stand in front of the microphone and flip the bird at the press for all I care.  I wanna buy a shitload of World Champion merchandise.  If he helps with that, I'm good.

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  • Who gives a shit about rick riley. The first and only thing this team and this quarterback need to do is win the superbowl, then all these morons can pontificate all over their crow.

  • Spot on, Jeff.

  • "I wanna buy a shitload of World Champion merchandise. If he helps with that, I'm good."

    Yeah, I'll be saying this for a long time.

  • You guys see this shit: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/football/nfl/01/13/john-fox-broncos.ap/index.html?eref=sihp

    Man the 9ners love mediocrity. Poor fuckers.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Sorry, mean the broncos.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Why do you guys even read that crap?

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    for fuuuuun

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Do you also wear stretchy pants in your room for fun?

  • In reply to buckbear:

    A truly great point, buck.

  • In reply to buckbear:

    Maybe... but, I'm a married man Buck. sorry.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I knew some people would get it and some people wouldn't...so here ya go:

    http://www.myspace.com/video/vid/1782267

  • In reply to buckbear:

    One of my favorite movies Buck. Was just being a smartass

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I have a new respect for you MB. You're good people.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Hey Albert, hope all that craziness in Tucson didn't hit home too much. Hope you and your fam are doin' alright.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/ct-spt-0114-bears-offense-comparison-20110113,0,4432021.story

    I have one question about the last stat given in this article. The 2006 Bears were 2nd in the league in scoring compared to the 21st this year. But how many of those points were Hester and the D? The Bears scored an hellacious amount of points on special teams and D in 2006. Anybody got any ideas or stats?

  • In reply to buckbear:

    2006
    32 field goals
    24 passing TDs
    14 rushing
    6 return
    3 defensive
    1 safety

    2010
    25 field goals
    23 receiving TDs
    10 rushing
    3 return
    1 defensive

  • In reply to luftwaffle:

    Tanks. So 87 fewer points total by my, admittedly shaky, calculations (I didn't include PATs because I wasn't sure about misses, blocks or 2 pointers). 26 of which were D or special teams. So 61 fewer point on O divided by 16 is 3.8125 points per game better. Significant no doubt if you take away 4 points from every game this season we end up either 10-6 or 9-5-2 if you keep the ties intact.

  • In reply to luftwaffle:

    So I guess Rexy wasn't so bad after all, now was he?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I agree that today's sports writers for the most part could work for any scandal mag/site. I understand the lack of respect Cutler gives them. However, what's the point? To say Fuck You to those bozos? What good does that do? Probably makes him feel better but it just keeps the cycle going. Same with Cutler screaming at the refs. Yeah they missed a call and that's why he's screaming at them. So what? It's going to hurt him in the long run.

    When I was young I was an anti-establishment hippie. It was fun to thumb your nose at all the rednecks and uptight assholes. Working shit jobs because nobody would hire a long-haired hippie sucked ass. I'm not saying you have to be an ass kisser but it makes life much easier if you make an effort to get along with people.

    A lot of the posters here seem to worship Jimmy Mac. I loved the fact that he won games and didn't take any shit from anybody. I hated the fact that the refs and league bigwigs hated him so much they let opposing players beat on him relentlessly and constantly put him out of games .

    Cutler doesn't need to be Mr Entertainment to the media or the refs but a little respect and little bit of schmoozing would go a long way. It would get the media off his ass (eventually) and it would help him get more calls on the field.

    Why make life harder than it needs to be?

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    +1

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    I just read the autobiography of "Papa Bear" Halas the last two days. I can't believe I never read it before. It was a fascinating read and he was a great man. Then I read up on the blog the last three days, and I must say overall it was quite a downer. Aside from some of the beat reporters and a few radio guys, I can't stand most of the "pundits". They are talking more about themselves than they are sports. It's like watching a political speech or debate and listening to the talking heads tell you what you just heard. They are almost all idiots and self interested. Just tired of all the negative shit. Go Bears.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    +1

    Great way to prepare for the game, Cor.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    I was at the game when Dexter Manley slammed McMahon to the ground. I agree that he was hated and the refs looked the other way, so a lot of calls didn't happen.

    I do not think Cutler is even close to being in that hated category. He has had a couple of fits on the field, but aside from that, his only issue is the press.

    As someone who has always marched to her own beat, I say GO JAY. He wasn't hired to be Mr. Personality, he was hired to be the QB. Eveything you say can and will be used against you, right? The less you say, the less ammo they have. I think it's smart.

    Go BEARS!!!!!

  • In reply to sjvl:

    Dexter Manley, the loudmouth who somehow made it through High School and at least part of college at Oklahoma St. and couldn't read.

    On a different note, it's amazing that up to 70% of these pro players are broke not long after retirement. Too much money at too young an age. They forget 50% is going for taxes, then they spend more of their money on liabilities (houses, cars, clothes, jewelry) instead of income generating assets (stocks, rental properties, etc.) These guys need much better representation.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    I write for SB Nation Chicago, and this theme is one I find myself returning to constantly. I wrote this piece yesterday in response to Haugh and Morrisey's columns trashing Cutler for his 'personality'.

    I wouldn't normally pimp my blog on someone else's site, but this is becoming a real perception problem. These guys DO create public opinion, and they're hell-bent on destroying Cutler.

    http://chicago.sbnation.com/chicago-bears/2011/1/13/1932624/2011-nfl-divisional-playoffs-jay-cutler-hes-just-not-that-into-you

  • In reply to BearDon:

    Nice. I think you nailed it.

  • In reply to BearDon:

    "If he's telling the truth, it makes him a miscreant."

    - Rick Reily

    miscreant
    1. a wrongdoer or villain
    2. archaic, an unbeliever or heretic

    There's your real story. If Cutler didn't look up to anyone, he's a miscreant.

    Bottom line: You shall worship the idols of your profession, those that came before you and we wrote gloriously about so as to inspire you. Or you shall be deemed a miscreant.

    Wow!

    The media really thinks highly of all that IT values and upon which it places importance.

    Add to this the flack that Lovie Smith gets for not giving suitable answers and not rallying the fans and you get a society that places more value on antics than on substance and performance.

    Thus, Charles Barkley, he of the ZERO NBA crowns - that are generally bestowed by the league on anyone who serves long enough - is often quoted years AFTER he stopped doing what he does best: dunk a basketball through a hoop.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    It was hard work being a long-haired hippy.

    * For some reason everybody's first impression of you is that you're stupid.
    * People also assume that you'll have grass on you - which in fairness was true.
    * Combined with a beard it's also not conducive to you being a chick magnet.
    * You don't even get *called* to the interview.
    * Bouncers let you in everywhere because they know there's no way that *you* would start a fight.
    * Headbanging for hours/years, and combining that with alcohol and drugs is not good for your memory or cognitive abilities later in life.

    I hear you on the shit jobs. I'll take the Pepsi challenge with anyone on here regarding shit-jobs. I never figured out if it was character-building or soul-destroying, or both.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Both.

    I don't regret those years at all but I have no desire to re-live them. It was crazy fun to live in a house with 6 other guys but the lack of privacy and the same mooching, hangers-on 24-7 got really old.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    largely, a big part of "you do what you gotta do."

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    spot on jeff

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Little advice on the hippie thing - get a fucking haircut

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Wonder why many fans don't recognize the same garbage going on with Lovie Smith? If we can agree that Lovie Smith and Rex Ryan are on opposite ends of the media relations spectrum I'd like to make an impassioned plea on Lovie's behalf. Lovie is not stupid or reticent even. He is doing his due dilligence. Reveal nothing, sell out no one, let no headlines be made except by the reporters themselves. The comment on the demeanor of a player or coach by the media is the quickest, easiest and dirtiest cover up by a "reporter" who has no story. I favor Lovie's approach to Rex Ryan's because while the media will laugh it up with you in the press room if you talk a lot or crack wise, they will also hang you with your own words. And when crunch time comes for their deadlines they will twist the mouthy coaches words against them. In the approach of silence all they can do is criticize your demeanor or character which I can guarantee no journalist can identify. No journalist has character or integrity and therefore they cannot recognize or laud it in anyone else.

  • In reply to buckbear:

    Wow. Good stuff.

  • In reply to buckbear:

    I feel like we can all agree on something........no one should care how douchey your QB looks or acts, or how insufferable his stupid face looks. But we can also agree, that Jay Cutler is a mighty douche, in every context of the word.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    I will punch you

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJF-GJrFBEQ

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    SC where are you? Trolls are being fed!

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    While Jay may suffer slightly from "punch me face", a douche he is not. Not that I have to justify our QB to a giant piece of dog shit such as yourself.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    Yeah...not like that model of a man Favre. Dont be scared cheese boy...your day is coming.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    A mighty douche?
    Here's a mighty douche:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESYkXammpZ8

  • In reply to buckbear:

    well put

  • In reply to buckbear:

    Anyones of yous who talk bad about Jay Cutler........ I Kill Ya....

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    We all pull for him man. Just don't want to be face-palming myself at two o'clock on Monday morning when he tries to skewer three DBs with one of his lasers.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    And somebody tell me Earl Bennett is okay and good to go.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Earl Bennett is okay and good to go.

  • In reply to buckbear:

    ankle heavily taped but okay and good to go

  • In reply to buckbear:

    Pleeeeeeze no stretchy pants!!

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Perfect: http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=6017674

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Good question Dave. I think most of us are hoping that one day something positive will be said about the Bears and their players. It says right in Riley's article about how Cutler gave gifts to an entire childrens ward and doesn't want people to know about it. That seems like a decent thing to do to me. Most of these douches that do these things always have the cameras ready when they're doing it. Good point by Jeff about Cutler not wanting to talk to a bunch of hack writers who are always quick to put him down.

  • In reply to jbenton:

    What's that old expression, something like "character is what you do when you think no one is watching"?

    We know about Jay, and that matters more than what those um, people, say. Right?

  • In reply to jbenton:

    Dave I read it because I love sports journalism and occasionally I take this site's space to lash out at what I think is poor sports journalism.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    I think he was talking about my Peter King post Jeff.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    And I heartily agree with Dave. If King bothers everyone so much then there's an obvious way around that. Plus, talking about him so much makes his bosses happy - he's a shock jock that lives off people hating him.

    The article on Cutler had a few things in it ...

    Greg Olsen apparently believes you have to meet someone in order to form an opinion of them.

    Cutler's in the running for the most hated man in football? Has he killed another human being because he was drunk? Raped a girl in a toilet while his security stood guard outside? Ran a dog death camp ? Wrapped a phone cord around his wife's neck? He's a spoilt brat, so what? So are most football players who have lived in a bubble their whole lives.

    I can understand him not looking up to anyone when he was growing up, who was there? Brett Favre? He was too young for the golden age of QBs. he was a Bears fan and we haven't had an iconic QB since Mac. No way he's going to say Peyton Manning. I use to look up to QBs who won stuff.

    I can dig him not having any respect for reporters, respect is earned. But Lynch and Elway deserve respect, and if those two stories are true then shame on Jay Cutler. If you're acting like you're too big for your boots, the normal procedure is to have done something to earn the swagger. Stick a Lombardi in the trophy case and we'll overlook the spoilt kid routine ... fail to do that in the two years we have left with this team and give us back Orton and those draft picks please.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I wouldn't want Orton and those two picks back for anything. Orton was way more frustrating to watch than Cutler or even Rexy. No upside at all in my opinion. Kinda sorta accurate, an ok game manager, got lucky on a few deep balls here and there, but nothing more and no inkling of any more to come.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Lawrence Taylor pleading guilty to those sex charges. 6 months probation and sex offender status. Guess he won't be giving any talks at the local grammar school.

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    He's a poser Murph. I have absolutely no tolerance for deceiver's.

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    That's so nasty. Uck.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    "Poor Sports journalism"?

    That piece of Rick Reilly drivel would have to improve drastically just to qualify as "Poor".

  • In reply to jbenton:

    Blogfader.bbbbbwwwwwwwwwwaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaa....I dont think he needs to give them the bird..after the win walk up to the mic...

    say.."front" turn around say "back"
    then slowly drop trow..
    show those two white hamsteaks and say
    "KISS MY WHITE HARRY ASS"

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    now that would be great film clip for the 2010 World Championship Bears...it would be right next to the punky QB's antics

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    McMahon was another one who didn't kiss ass (and unlike Jay, was admired for it).

    As for his personal side, one of my sisters who used to run into him at parent/teacher nights in Northbrook (daughters were friends at the time and went to the same school) thought he was an arrogant ass. One of my brothers who worked at a service station in Northbrook back in the glory days asked him for an autograph when he pulled in for gas one day and was told quite bluntly to take a hike.

    On the other hand, my wife who worked at the Ultimate Sports Bar back in 85 when a ton of Bears used to hang out there said he (and Walter Payton) was an absolute gentleman, super nice guy and a great tipper (unlike a lot of the other Bears).

    So there ya go, two degrees of seperation between me and the Punky QB...

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    I wrote him a fan letter when I was 13 and sent it to Halas Hall. I wonder how much international fan mail he got. I'd like to say I got a nice reply back, but I didn't. Wrote to the wrong guy.

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Oh, please no. we can do better than that.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    sjvl..butt why? did you see how I did that?

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Assawit, lobo. :)

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Wow how low can the Bills go...youch..

    http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/Bills-meet-with-Dave-Wannstedt.html

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    i guess they havent learned their lesson after Dick Jauron

  • In reply to luftwaffle:

    nagurski...ain't that the truth.

  • In reply to luftwaffle:

    I CANNOT STAND THIS REILLY ass...HE OF EVERYTHING MR. HUGHES SAYS HE IS. espn the magazine is a dispicable piece of nothing of any substance BUT AD's , AD'S and more AD's . Gave me a subscription for $4.95 ( apparently can't sell it )...after 4 issues I told them to quit whasting paper on this RAG. and cancel me.

  • In reply to donwsox:

    Dead on. I was excited the first time I got the magazine, until I read it and realized it's worse than SI. After a few reads, I used it for cleaning fish and starting fires, or just throwing it in the trash the day I got it.

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    I love Cutler's aloof style and sleepy looking eyes. I am no longer reading any columns but this blog and the Trib. Who needs more aggrivation? Not me.

    I'm going to quit reading and start drinking.....

    Isn't it Sunday yet?

  • In reply to sjvl:

    I actually like that Jay is a reluctant star and not an arrogant douche like most pro athletes. I like that he doesn't throw out a bunch of hype and bullshit ... if Chi town writers like that shit they should move to New Jersey and cover the Jets.

  • In reply to Jlehr:

    So with you there, sacramento.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    Drinking is definitely preferrable to reading those tripe-meisters!

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Punch to be served at the press conference to all the talking heads and pundits after we win it all in dallas:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMiPjnNF7Dc

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    btw...hot of the press..."The Who cancelled" Halftime has been changed to this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tD1Cl1L8WFQ

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Enquiring minds want to know: Who IS Harry Ass?

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    who is Hairy ass

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vzo4Dsuc3Ww

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    LOL, that is too funny...

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    When I see how Cutler does the press, I see less Barry Bonds and more Jimmy Mac.

    Bonds was paranoid (for good reason) and is just one of those guys with wacked ego and priorities who feels that history will always fuck him over, so fuck them first. I know guys like that.

    Jimmy Mac is the kind of guy who knows real people from snakes and sharks. And I sense Cutler is that guy. Cutler retires and goes and lives quietly somewhere, he's not looking to kiss ass to get a booth job or front office somewhere. He could probably care less. He cares about his team and winning. He cares about being good at the game. He knows life is short, and he has talent so just play the fucking game and let others do the talking. I get that.

    Know what's funny? Brady is pretty much the same way. He doesn't treat the press that well. But because he's a winner and bangin the cream of Victoria's Secret's crop and looks like he does, he gets a total pass. Cutler has a double chin and like Hannibal Lecter says, you can see the poor white trash in him. And I think that makes him say fuck it.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    GP...+100 brother agree w/Jmmy Mac... I think you would also say that about this gut too with the media:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kl02KRURttg

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    or maybe this GP:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkJ0dRxCX60&feature=related

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Classic stuff. He was the Anti-Lovie. Legendary football player. Smart. Full of charisma, motivation, life. He was an ECG off the charts, Lovie is a flatline.

    5:15 "We stinked."

    :o)

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Came across this Ditka presser after a Falcons loss. An honest, humbler Ditka. This is what I want to hear Lovie say if the offense doesn't take care of business on Sunday.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yivCgxE31gY&feature=related

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Stop it Irish. We won't need this.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    I hope not. Maybe after Green Bay or the Pats. I don't know which would be a worse loss - letting the Fudgers into the SB or giving the Pats revenge for the hammering in XX.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Irish, you're being a Debbie Downer. We play the Sea Chickens this week - YAY, Go BEARS!!! Next week? Worry about that next week.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Like my hat? The wife and I made it for the bears game at Qwest last year. You'll notice the feathers in the mouth, blood stains on the teeth, bears cap on the crown. (where the fuck is Crown?). Think I'll wear it to school tomorrow.

    Yup.

    Think I will indeed.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    DBB Rule #3: No pictures of yourself for your avatar (no matter how fabulous your new hat).

    Rule #63: Play like a champion today.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    My Motto: I'm a rocker, I don't care for rules. -Homer J.

    Besides, who said that was me?

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Like my hat? The wife and I made it for the bears game at Qwest last year. You'll notice the feathers in the mouth, blood stains on the teeth, bears cap on the crown. (where the fuck is Crown?). Think I'll wear it to school tomorrow.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Well, it is my hat, but how do you know I didn't just have some handsome guy model it for the photo? That guy does seem unusually handsome.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    I loved you in the Hangover, man. That Tyson scene? Priceless.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Thanks. Yeah, that was definitely my breakthrough role.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    zach galifianakis much?

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    If Cutler wants to shake the Jeff George label, he can start with the Seahawks and not making stupid throws or holding onto the ball too long. I don't want to see Snickers Cutler, and hopefully since this is a early game - we won't.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    "Rick Reilly is the Dave Barry of sportswriting and Dave Barry is to comedy what Antonio Cromartie is to not fathering nine children with eight different women."

    - Jeff Hughes

    What? Is this on the ACT or SAT? Are we supposed to determine whether this is an analogy or a metaphor or a soliloquy?

    Just give it to us straight, Hughes. And who the heck is Antonio Cromartie?

    Ja-jar-binks! Me no get.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Is rule #1 No Poofters?

  • In reply to buckbear:

    Rule number 1 is don't get caught

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_f_p0CgPeyA

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I have to cut him some slack on that MB, thats one bad ass hat. I'm not so sure that's Doc, he's right it is a much better pic than say, the band videos. If it is you Doc, I think you may have photo shopped yourself. LOL

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Well said...Jay hates reporters and so do I, they are all worthless trying to get famous off other people work.

    Jay is good by me

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    http://sports.espn.go.com/chicago/nfl/columns/story?columnist=isaacson_melissa&id=6016378

    To extend Olsen or not to extend ? 41 catches for 400 some yards. He already asked to be traded pre-season ... did his value go down or up this year? I'd take a third rounder for him in a flash.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Any number on missed blocks available?

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Olsen has key blocks on many of Forte's big runs. He needs to see the ball more.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I don't suppose that would have anything to do with what defenses are scheming for.
    No.
    That couldn't be it.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Alright, I need some help. Someone please talk me down from the ledge. I am having palpitations over this game. A day or two ago I was so confident that this game was already in the bag. But like most things in life I have discovered that looking too long at something only makes you confused and cross eyed. Matt Hasselbeck is mainly what's bothering me. The Seahawks were 2-3 in his absence this season. That means they were a slightly below average 5-6 with him including one W against Da Bears on the road. I need a good verbal coaching up...Fres, Stache, GPL, somebody, anybody (except some cheesehead) give me a smack to the face or sing me a dirge while I stuff chicken and tomatoes in my face:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-Cyqd4KmeY

  • In reply to buckbear:

    One word: Peppers

    Once he gets the leverage on Okung, and can turn the corner ONCE and blindside Hasselhoff, he will rattle his confidence.

    Alex Brown and the Saints could not do this. We will.

  • In reply to buckbear:

    Buck - step off the ledge and fucking KNOW this. The Bears are completely healthy. Martz knows if he fucks up the balanced plan he will never coach again. Peppers is going to kill Hasselbeck, Briggs is going to play this game, Hester has never been this confident since 2006. Forte is running the ball and catching passes like he stole some of Pat Williams steroids. Cutler is a fucking badass and Olsen is due for a big game. This is our season of destiny. I never bet and i've put 250.00 on this game because we are going to absolutely destroy them. Takeaways, Robbie Gould, the crowd and the fact that the boys are playing for Lovie's job. SEAHAWKS DEAD!.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    and Tatupu still unable to practice and the game is in 48 hrs away. if he plays he will become a vegetable on the field after a big hit.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Rick Reilly: Not worth the megabits already expended on the topic.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    The vast majority of Reporters: Lord help you if you don't say what I want / expect to hear.

  • In reply to buckbear:

    Thanks GPL and waffle. I needed rational and emotional support and you both delivered.
    Waffle putting money where your mouth is also helps. I don't know about you, but $250 ain't no chump change in this economy. Only 1 (me) in our household has a full time job right now, so disposable income is a luxury. We're not hurting, but purse strings are tight. With all that said a loss this weekend would be devastsating and not because of what Reilly or other media might say just because I love my Bears (since 1984).

  • In reply to buckbear:

    I never bet because it's a waste of good money. However, since it is a scientific fact that we are going to destroy the Chickens I felt that now was the right time. The stock market is a crapshoot so you might as well bet on a sure thing...which the Bears are. SEAHAWKS DEAD!

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    "scientific fact" I like that. +1

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Great footage and analysis at the snap on Lynch's 67 yd td run.

    http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-films-anatomy-of-a-play/09000d5d81da2200/Wildcard-Anatomy-Lynch-TD-Run

    No way that Lach, Briggs or Harris gets dumped at the line of scrimmage like #58 on the Saints did.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Im gonna buying a Cutler Jersey. I think the way to tell a real fan from a Poser who is bandwagoning. Is if he is wearing Jay Cutler Jersey.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    I think the best way to tell if the fan is not bandwagoning is if they are wearing a Chris Williams or J'Marcus Webb jersey.

  • In reply to buckbear:

    If you're wearing a C-dub jersey...man, you have issues.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Webb, I could see that.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I'm not saying I would I would just say that you are dedicated beyond being rational if you had either one of those. If you are dedicated enough to drop coin on a young or terrible o-lineman you are not a bandwagoner.

  • In reply to buckbear:

    I agree wholeheartedly...:)

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Anyone recall this guy?
    http://cgi.ebay.com/Chicago-Bears-Devin-Aromashodu-Vintage-T-Shirt-/120642630852?pt=US_Football_Fan_Shop&hash=item1c16dc74c4#ht_834wt_1006

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    What is the deal with him not being active? I would love it if we had some 5 receiver sets with Hester, Knox, Bennett, Aroma, and Davis. That would be hard for a defense to cover. Only problem is Cutler would be dead with the 5 man line protecting him.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I like Cutler's personality in front of reporters. Urlacher's personality is similar in press conferences as well. These guys have heard enough from journalists and I don't blame Urlacher and Cutler for not throwing them a bone. The faces of some franchises are really good in front of the mics and throw out soundbytes. The faces of our franchise would rather throw punches in the press room and that's cool with me.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Okay, this has gone on long enough!

    Time for a new definition. I hereby declare that King, Banks, and all the other douches are nothing more than trolls.

    And if you guys know anything about me, you know how I HATE it when trolls get fed.

    It may prove wise to desist lest you acquire too high many roentgens as my meltdown occurs!

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Are you the Blue Hulk?

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    I second that coach. Fuck the seahawks.

    And I don't even know you anymore dbb... I do find it interesting what brings out all the new one-time posters.

    Bye, my buddy the seahawks fan just sent me this gee text: "C" and then" Hold"

    Sweet.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Hold = "hoks"

  • In reply to buckbear:

    PANIC ATTACK!!!!!!!!!! Take 1 xanax, drink a beer, and smile.........

    WE WILL WIN! enough said!

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Thanks Fres. Although I don't have any Xanax I will Mos Def be following point 2 of your regimen...all 3 day weekend long. God bless you Martin Luther King Jr.!

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Yet another Chicago fanboy and sportswriter-wannabe writing a knee-jerk, defensive response to what was actually a pretty balanced column about a pretty unlikable guy.

    You wouldn't be jealous of Reilly's success, given that you write for some obscure website now, would you?

  • In reply to bigyaz:

    I would try to argue a point about Reilly with you as to whether or not his column was balanced or not, but I learned something a long long time ago.

    Never try to reason a man out of a position he didn't reason himself into.

  • In reply to buckbear:

    I'd be happy to replay if I could make any sense out of your last line. Have a nice day.

  • In reply to bigyaz:

    You see bigyaz, reason is a faculty only genuinely possessed and utilized by those with an intellect. When you reason toward a position either by observation and deductive or inductive logic you should then be able to eloquently elucidate a position and then respond with counter points to contrary positions. It is highly apparent you didn't do that, so there isn't a rational response that could possibly sway you. Yours is an existence that is all froth and no substance. Goodbye.

  • In reply to buckbear:

    Uh, you misused "elucidate." Better get a new thesaurus.

  • In reply to bigyaz:

    Oh, go fuck off down the road, troll.

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    for your avatar GP:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4roUyMn4_U

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    great video.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    That's what Cutty needs! "Mike sent in a draw play .. and seeing as our draw plays hadn't been too effective up to that point I changed the play ..."

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Thank you.

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Fuck Matt Hasslebeck

  • In reply to gpldan:

    +1

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I agree about Cutler and Jimmy Mac being similar in a lot of ways with the press. I do disagree with the observation Jimmy Mac knows real people from sharks. Jimmy Mac is just a DICK. I loved him as a player, loved him as the guy who helped us to a super bowl. I did encounter him in person at O'hare and he is a dick! He treated everyone that dared to enter his "personal space" as a piece of shit. People approached him as he waited for a McDonalds burger and fries and he treated every one of them like shit. I waited until he walked away and went and sat by some gates at the end of the concourse to eat his burger. I walked down there to say a few words to him. He was more cordial to me than everyone else I had seen him encounter. I don't think he knows or appreciates real people, it seems it's all about J Mac and nothing else. That being said, I don't care what kind of dicks they are as long as they win games and don't make little kids cry.

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    Nice Murph, gotta watch out for the Kids..

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    See my post above...

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    You know though, I'm not judging here. I'm sure sometimes it must feel to these guys like someone is always wanting something from them and even in a quiet moment, someone is there to disturb it...

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    That's it. He's a guy that wants to be left alone and isn't really the attention-loving type. He probably gets approached every time he's out in Public and that can get on your tits unless you're Terrell Owens.

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Hissy fits. That's what they are throwing right now. Hissy fits.

    Are opinion journalists even entitled to receive media credentials? I would rather read a fucking horoscope than Rich Reilly. No. I'd rather read a Peter King latte critique before reading Riel, and that is saying something, because I would rather piss a razor blade than read that power ranker.

    To summarize - don't let these assholes in your head.

    I'm going out of town again -

    BEAR DOWN.

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    piss a razor blade......OUCH! just thinking of it brings a tear to my eye.......

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    Where you going Viva? Hopefully not Afganistan my man.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Just watched Restrepo - thanks to whoever mentioned that on here, I would have missed it otherwise.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I did. That was the only film to take you there I've ever seen.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Eagles fan at work today: Yeah, did you see that Rick Reilly piece?
    Other non-NFL fans: Oh yeah, he's such a douche.
    Me: ?!?!? You know one of you roots for Vick, right?
    Other non-NFL fans: yeah, but Cutler is such a douche.
    Me: ?!?!?

    Jay is our QB and if he took a shit in Rick Reilly's sandwich, took his soda and backwashed in it, and then mushroom stamped Mr. Reilly's Star Crunch, it would make me think nothing less of the guy.
    Jay gets paid to win football games for us, not to kiss a reporters ass.
    And frankly, these are the same assholes writing laudatory press over a guy like Vick.
    F-ck them.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Yeah, kinda makes you wonder about priorities.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Yep, and I think Vick is due for a major dropoff next year. Teams figured him and the Eagles offense out by the second half of the season. If not for the meltdown by the Gints, they wouldn't have even had the opportunity to choke in the playoffs.
    And Jay will be marching into Lincoln Financial Field with the rest of the defending Lombardi trophy winners next year while the Iggles whine about "woulda, shoulda, coulda" for yet another season.

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    A Jimmy Mac Big Mac story, sweet.

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    I read "McMahon" when it was first published and got the distinct impression that he often WAS a 'dick'.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Wee put.

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    or, well put.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I was just thinking about the similarity with Jimmy too GP. Didn't give a rat's ass for the press but still did stuff for the kids, was loved by almost all of his team-mates bar Hampton, and left it all on the field, real men don't slide ... all that stuff. I wish he audibled like Jimmy though. When Martz was calling 4:1 passes, Mac would have been in there saying 'fuck that, we'll go with this instead...'

    What was more impressive about Mac's audibles was that it was Iron Mike waiting for him back on the sidelines, not Sleepy Smith.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    GP, when I win the picks contest, I will let you be my guest writer. I think you nailed my man Jay in those last two sentences.

    Excellent. +100

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Must again repeat myself, due to its relevance:

    Jay Cutler is not afraid. Nor am I.

    BEAR THE FUCK DOWN.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    And Barry Bonds was well-known to be regarded as a prick by his peers.

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Why should u be friendly with reporters? these are the guys who turn around and fuck him over, when ever he throws and intercepting or not wins a game. He is the Media Enemy #1 in the NFL. You got guys who rape, kill dogs, and Cheat, But yet they get applauded every sunday. I mean what the FUCK! Get off my QBs SACK! I like that Jay has a FUCK THE WORLD attitude. Its goes good with this team and me as a Fan. Im tired of everyone talking and giving shit on Jay Cutler where Im at the point where I might fucking punch the next guy who says some lil bullshit remark about him. All my friends, all the media, and the ppl who are not Bear fans have some negative and derogatory to say. FUCK IT! Im gonna buy a CUTLER JERSEY AND WEAR THAT SHIT WITH PRIDE MY FELLOWS!!!!!!

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    +1

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Sop it!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    rock star.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Color me envy? What's eatin you Jeff? These guys just want to be read and relevant. I seem to remember a certain Blog writer say something about an old journalist trick. Ring any bells Jeff? I gotta say I'm surprised that you would dedicate a blog to this twit. Shake it off big fella. Rub some dirt on it.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Sorry about your Ducks, Doc. Your loss at the collegiate level will be short lived. The Bears will be playing GB in a week +.

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    I'm not a fan per say. I actually went to Oregon State for a quarter. But I'm not rabid enough to hate on Oregon. So I root for any Oregon team to win. AS unbridled love and passion is to the NFL then passing disinterest is to the NCAA.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Francis?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrllCZw8jiM

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    "I'll kill yah"......
    CLASSIC!!!... Trac....CLASSIC!!!!!

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    funny Trac..

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Also reminiscent of North Dallas Forty:

    Joe Bob: "JOE BOB'S FINE FOODS"

    Phil Elliot: "Eat here, or I"LL KILL YA"!

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Blogfather nailed it when he called Reilley the Dave Barry of sports journalism. His guest spots on Rome show were unlistenable, and I agree with Blogfather's characterization of sports writers in general.

    Reilly also almost got people killed at the running of the Bulls, what a jackass.

    Charles Barkley can't stand him, however that is less of an indictment and more of an upside because if you can get Barkley to hate you, you might be alright.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/07/26/charles-robinson-rick-rei_n_659086.html

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Participating in the "Running of the Bulls" in Pamplona.

    If THAT does say "Mentally Retarded", NOTHING does.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Honestly dave, it's just more info to talk about. It doesn't bug me any more. Fodder for discussion is all.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Does this mean we no longer have to hear posters pine for John Fox as our head coach?

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Please jebus

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    OH GAWD NO.

  • The Peter King Blow Job Colum: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/peter_king/01/13/nfl-divisional-playoff-picks/index.html

    Peter, if I got every packer 1st stringer to come by your pad, how many blow jobs would you hand out? My guess... 22 (plus specials)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    btw, I think the only games he picked right were us and the patsies (easy).

    I think the other two go the opposite direction. And our game's going to be a blowout genius.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    good one... I think he would blow the whole 54 man roster. Plus the practice squad, if hes in the right mood..

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Reilly is clearly full of shit, but I'm perhaps even more disappointed in a local radio guy (and one of the "good ol' Bears", but now a freshly-minted ESPN drone), Tom Waddle, joining Ranting Rick in his little tirade with this gem (from the same article):

    "In New York, they want to poke you in the eye," says former Bear and sports radio host Tom Waddle. "In L.A., they don't care about you. But in Chicago, they want to love you. They want to make a connection with you. Any kind of connection. But Jay doesn't really care."

    Maybe as a member of the media, his perspective isn't the same as ours. He knows the snarling, uncouth Jay who doesn't like the press. Personally, I wouldn't have it any other way. Jay won me (and, I'm sure, most of the city) over with his grit, his rocket launcher of a right arm, and his swagger. We made the 'connection' with Jay (that Waddle speaks of) every time #6 picks himself up off the turf after being mulched by a 300-lb cruise missile, every time he shrugs off the cold, the wind, and the drops and comes out swinging, and every time he pulls of a classic "only-Jay-Cutler-coulda-made-that-throw" play.

    Screw the media. Chicago doesn't get much love from the 4-letter network, and we don't want it or need it.

  • In reply to CSauce:

    +1

  • In reply to CSauce:

    fresh meat!

  • In reply to CSauce:

    +2

  • In reply to CSauce:

    In the media "they" means "us, the media", not "they, the people". If you learn to translate it is easy to read through the deliberate obfuscation.

  • In reply to CSauce:

    I agree wholeheartedly. I like Jay, pretty much like everything about him except when he throws INTs. My son and I have adopted Jay's signature two arm hitch thing he does after a play (to reset his shoulder pads) - I know others in pads do this but there's something cool and distinctive about the way Jay does it and he does it every time. I know it's goofy but we're pretty insane, intense AND goofy when we watch our beloved team. We love doing the Cutler Hitch.

  • In reply to CSauce:

    Bottom line, we will know if the Cheese stinks by Saturday night. I for one, hope that the Falcons hand them a victory on a silver platter so they can come back to Chi-Town for the beat down they deserve. This Seahawk game is the first step in achieving what the Bears have been playing for all year. I cannot picture them losing this game. The Skank Hawks on the other hand thought they would be playing for a high draft pick at the start of the Season. They will go back to Seattle like the chumps that they are. Peppers, Briggsy, Urlacher & Co. will be playing for football Glory and a rag tag band of Seahawks will not stand in their way.

    Bear Down.

  • Obviously one of those highly educated Bears fans...

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