Some Ramblings & Five Packers To Watch

  • Editor's Note: I'm still waiting on Fantasy Playoffs selections from ChiTownHustler, BigT, Sdwat52, Shady, Cormonster, MikeBrownhadaPosse, IrishSweetness and enderwiggin. (Email to jeff@dabearsblog.com)
  • Editor's Note 2: I'll be re-joining my friend Trent Condon on ESPN Des Moines at 4:15 CST.  
The media's attention this week, in-and-around Chicago, has been bizarre when it comes to this week's showdown between the Bears and the Packers.  Mike & Mike on ESPN Radio spent most of their interview with Brian Urlacher discussing new media golden boy Aaron Rodgers, quickly becoming the heir apparent to Brett Favre in more ways than filling his vacated position.  Steve Rosenbloom is becoming obsessed with fan behavior at Soldier Field.  David Haugh is writing about the Packers franchise-saving efforts. (How dare he??  If he didn't save them, we wouldn't have to face them now!!!)  The Sun-Times, in a desperate effort to top Brett Favre's meaningless weekend prognostication, printed 200 year-old Buddy Ryan's - not surprisingly the Bears and the Jets.
The directive is clear: write about the Bears and the Packers.  Write anything about the Bears and Packers.  But not one moment of that Mike & Mike interview and not one word of the articles by Rosenbloom, Haugh and some guy called Jim Litke mentioned what's important about Sunday's colossal ballgame: football plays.  Remember those?  The passes and runs and punts and tackles and bullrushes and double moves and strip sacks that actually will determine which team ends up in Dallas in two weeks, playing for the Super Bowl?
So let's get to football and the five Packers that frighten me heading into Sunday...


Andrew Quarless

I start with the tight end for almost every opponent and last week Jeremy Bates and the Seahawks were clearly going to use John Carlson as the principle weapon in their attack.  After his injury and a big drop over the middle by Cameron Morrah, they seemed to abandon that game plan for the most part.  Quarless is nowhere near the player Finley was but I wouldn't be surprised to see him utilized early in the game, exploiting the gap in the deep center of the defense.  If the Packers establish a run game, it'll force our linebacker up and Quarless could become lethal.

Tramon Williams
Jay Cutler has found a bit of luck with corners dropping surefire interceptions that could have altered the flow of the game.  Williams has been the best defensive player in the postseason thus far (3 picks, 2 games) and if Cutler puts the ball near his hands he can expect six points going in the other direction.
Clay Matthews/Charles Woodson
Simply put: they are the blitz.  The Bears offensive line/running backs must pick up their locations on the perimeter and Cutler must know to go hot when the rushers find their lanes undefended.
Aaron Rodgers
We all know how good a thrower of the football Rodgers is but the Bears know what they're getting from him in that department.  When the Bears get shots on Rodgers, which they will, they must get him to the ground and not enable him to either (1) find open receivers downfield or (2) scramble for yardage/points.  This element, the inability to get Rodgers to the ground, was the definitive factors in the Packers win Saturday night.

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  • I' be the first to see Rogers bounce his head on the turf.

  • Maybe he would get a second concuss!?

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    No lobo, that would be his third, and hopefully final concuss of the year.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    Classy thread.....Go Pack!

  • You know I'm fond of you Jeff but though I may see the players you mention above, I will not be watching them.

  • btw...the last third of the field will be Cutty's and they will be plentiful.

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    ?

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    trac..the last third of the field is red zone and the end zone and Cutty will be scoring plentiful.

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Cutler to Tramon Williams.......ANOTHER PACKER PICK SIX! Go Pack!

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Jeff, you've been covering the Bears for years. You saw them go to Super Bowl XLI with Rex Grossman as their quarterback. You've lived through Kordell Stewart, Craig Krenzel, Chad Hutchinson, Brian Griese and Kyle Orton. You've seen a team win in spite of its quarterback, and you've seen quarterbacks single-handedly lose games. Let's start it off this way: How much credit do you think Cutler should get for the Bears sitting one step from the Super Bowl?

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    I know you asked this of Jeff, but I go back to Jack Concannon and Bobby Douglas and Larry Rakestraw.

    No player shoudl get all the credit, but Cutler is clearly the best Bears QB I have ever seen. We win games BECAUSE of him. Like the Seattle game. And if we win Sunday, it will be because of him. He can do it. And this is where his "I don't give a crap what the media thinks of me" attitude is a HUGE asset.

  • In reply to BillW:

    A remarkable amount. It's very hard to quantify. But there's no way the Bears would have survived the first quarter of their schedule, the way they played on the offensive line, with any quarterback they've had since I've been alive.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    +1, Blogfather.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    In reaction to Haugh's article, I feel it is important to acknowledge the significance of Halas' lobbying; not so much it's influence in preserving the rivalry, but more importantly, it's role in Sunday's game. It seems evident to me that Halas understood that the Packers were, and will always be, the greatest franchise in the NFL. Accordingly, his wishes were for the franchise to remain in Titletown and reign supreme o'er the rest of the league, and most notably over their jealous, inferior step-sister to the south. It is this paramount factor, among others (i.e. laughable overwhelming talent gap), that will drive the Green Bay Packers to victory. The Packers are bringing the Halas trophy back to its rightful resting place. Green Bay is winning this one for Halas.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    Considering that it was George Halas that got Lombardi his job, giving his recommendation to Dominic Olejniczak that he hire Lombardi, I feel that it makes MORE sense that the Bears win the Lombardi - or as we call it - that guy we got a job for - trophy

  • In reply to gpldan:

    The Bears were supposed to win that one against the Colts, but then Rex Grossman happened. Lombardi will never forgive da bears.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    But if you compare the GQ quotient of Bart Starr to Rex Grossman, I think you will agree - Rex is a handsome man.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    This argumentis invalid because you cannot compare such a volatile attribute across generations. Especially when the former spends his personal life helping troubled youths, while the other spends his time sucking helium from balloons at Whip It parties.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    Raquel Welch > Eva Longoria

    See?

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    Jeff- Can you post the link for the live feed of your radio appearance?

    Thanks.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    Not according to the 12 pt Vegas point spread

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    They were? Give me the address of the Wisconsin casino you got that line from so I can drive up and make some bets. The Colts were favored from the start of the line. Fudge fans are so knowledgeable.

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    Are we speaking from a rational, research-oriented perspective such as handicapping? I mean, of course I wish we were...If so then clearly the Bears should lose this game, and most certainly the Superbowl; THEY SUCK......I was speaking, in-jest, in response the GLPANDGLAN who make the clever retort that the Bears should win the Lombardi trophy (because Halas helped get him the job in the first place), which was in same vein of my suggestion that the Packers will with the NFC title for Halas.

    "fudge fans are so knowledgeable." Obviously I was aware of the opening line. The Bears were weak, but they are even worse this year. I would call the 2006 team a really great team with a glaring weakness. This team just sucks.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    And if we win? Then what?

    And tell me honestly who you though would have won the game in week 16 if it was for the last wildcard spot? Just curious... please only give me your honest answer.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Week 16 was for that last wildcard spot, and we punished the Giants... ohh, you mean, week 17? The Packers.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    Do me a favor nut cheese, come here on Monday after we destroy your team, and talk shit then. And in the mean time, please kindly go fuck yourself.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    I don't mind you Cheezy - every hero, even anti-heroes need a nemesis.

    roh roh...

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago Bears safety Chris Harris sat out Wednesday's practice with a hip pointer, but the veteran insists he will play Sunday against the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game.

    roh, roh 2.0

    ESPN NFL Draft expert Mel Kiper released his Mock Draft 1.0 on Wednesday, and he's predicting the Bears go for defense with their first first-round pick since 2008.

    Aaron Williams, CB, Texas
    Chicago needs help at corner and Williams is a safe pick. A solid character guy with exceptional ball skills, he has good speed, awareness and above-average size for the position, at a hair under 6-1 and 192 pounds. A guy who excels at the takeaway, he'll be able to deliver INTs for a coach who craves turnovers. He is also a very good special teams player.

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    "exceptional ball skills"

    Honestly, should that really factor into his draft value?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Kiper's taking into account what Lovie likes, turnovers, special teams, hybrid type (hence, ball skills, like Hester).

    Also trends, as in Bears almost always draft defense first, in spite of logic

    and future FAs, depth, aging veterans, IE Peanut...

    Seems ludicrous that the Bears would draft a cb in the FIRST round, which is precisely why it scares me cuz that's exactly what Angelo might do.

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    Nice. Way to piss all over my thinly veiled and completely lame joke B4. So thanks for that.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Captain Humourless replies, "No problemo!" lol And Yes, Captian Humourless spells humour with a "U" because he is pretentious...

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    :o)

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    When does Kreutz' replacement get drafted though? Urlacher's? Both need to be first round picks. Pro-bowlers are virtually all first rounders. And the urgency is at O-line already ...

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    Mock Draft? Mel Kiper? Really?
    Hmm. I'm kind of surprised that Mel has regained conscienceness in time to publish that after what happened to his beloved Ravens in the 2nd half against the Steelers last Saturday.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Kinda got lost in the shuffle, but nice work on the Xtranormal vid GP. Good shit mang.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Thanks man.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Having Cutler say "y'know" 57 times might have been really annoying, so kudos for not having that in.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    He still looks like a lego figure to me, must be the hair...

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Does anyone else around here listen to Boers & Bernstein on the Score?

    Am I the only one that can't handle this duo? I don't know what it is, but they rub me the wrong way. Maybe it's the shitty treatment of their callers, or maybe it's their inability to admit when they may be wrong/jerks/contradictory...

    If anyone can suggest a different Chicago Sports Talk radio I can listen to in the afternoons, I would GREATLY appreciate it. These fucks are annoying me, and as I unfortunately work in a cube, I can't call and make my case.

  • In reply to JohnGalt:

    B&B treat callers really badly, I noticed that too.

    I would NOT the call the show (or even listen to it) for that reason, but to each his own.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Hosts who use the callers as punching bags are both lame and lazy. It's an easy way to fill time that requires ZERO preparation. It's gutless, too. The hosts hang up and then rebutt, uncontested.

    Absolutely no reason to, either. The call screeners can weed out the wack-os in favor of sentient beings.

    That's what I always liked about guys like Steve Czaban and Bob Kemp. They treated the callers with respect as long as they presented their position with some facts to support it. They both also, obviously, do a LOT of preparation for their show.

    I'm not too keen on Rome, but I respect that he comes prepared although the snippet I caught today when I turned the radio back on after Dan Patrick was of him saying "What have the Bears done in the last month?" Well, they beat the Jets, Jim.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    And yes, that caller absue makes any radio show unlistenable.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    and FuckDogers will see a lot of this:

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/media/photo/2010-09/56398130.jpg

  • In reply to JohnGalt:

    Dude ! I was just listening to them on iTunes and switched off after ten minutes. It's just guys shouting over each other. Yeah, who else is good? Not very regular, but Roy's podcasts with some dude aren't bad - I like his voice - http://www.sportsfansnetwork.org/podcasts/chicagofootballtalk

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Hey Cheesy... did I remember the Santa Cruz part correctly? That was you right?

    You surf at all?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Snurfing > surfing

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    (no, I haven't surfed in like 6 years).

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    Sad, you're pretty much lost to me now. I thought there was hope. wtf do you do in SC then? Common man.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Troll.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    Riiight.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Willie-

    I actually do listen to B&B and you're right, however in thier defense, MOST of the calls they take are just terrible sports fans. Truthfully, its kind of thier "thing". The bigger the moron, the more likely they will get on the air.

    THAT being said, its one of the few places where you get mostly objective analysis of chicago sports. The four letter station is FAR to diluted, usually just reiterating the corporate talking points.

    Just my opinion.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    That's no accident, DM. That's how they screen the calls. they're "fishing" for the morons.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Turn it back on them. ring up and say something dumb and packer-ish to the screener, then get on and make some insightful comments that haven't been trawled from the web whilst slipping in the fact that they're just rude and annoying. Then hang up on them.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Smoke weed. That is the only thing to do in SC.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    new thread

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    Oh Cheesy, we're bored of you now. Go away.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    No. but ok.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    Come on - you can do better. You sound like my brother in law.

    If this team "just sucked" they would have a losing record. I have never in my nearly 50 years of closely following football seen a tema that "just sucks" in any type of championship game.

    I agree that if we had Cutler on the '06 team we would have won that game. And was overall better thna this team.

    I would not say the '10 team "sucks" though. And sayign ruins your credibility.

  • In reply to BillW:

    Why can't a team that "just sucks" make the championship team when a team that "just sucks" made the divisional round (seahawks). That's how you made the championship game. The Seattle Seahawks. "just sucks" is relative and in the eye of the beholder. If you want me to try and be objective about it, I would say that the Bears are probably the 12-14th best team in the NFL currently. And in my opinion, that qualifies as suckage.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    12th-14th best? You lost me on that one. Have a nice day.

  • In reply to BillW:

    Not in any order: Patriots, Steelers, Colts, Ravens, Jets, Chargers, Eagles, Falcons, Packers, Saints, Giants.........(Maybe Bucs or Chiefs?)

    12th-14th.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    Enjoy the game Sunday.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    Andrew Quarless fucking sucks. If you want the ball back, you'll let him catch it. I agree with your concern because the Bears are vulnerable against TE's, but any success Quarless will have is a testament to Chicago's weakness, not to the threat of AQ.

    Accordingly, the first bullet point should read: "Any tall, thick, kind-of-fast person that lines up as TE.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    Any truth to the rumor that Donald Driver started AIDS?

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    This is racist, and distasteful coming so soon after the Reverend's holiday.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    he also accused Matthews of starting the epidemic cheeseball. I personally think it was Curly Lambeau

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    I was being sarcastic.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    so was I cheese. anyway, i had to ask and don't be offended because i'm actually being serious. If you live in California why are you so hard up for the Packers and against the bears? do you go on Detroit blogs and interact or Tampa Bay blogs or is it just the Bears blog? If i lived in Cali i would be surfing and trying to bang aging hollywood starlets like Heather Graham who is still kind of hot.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    I used to hate the bucs. Not quite old enough to hate the Lions. HATE the Niners. The Vikings make me fucking sick but the Bears....I hate the bears.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    now i know you are just throwing the hate bomb around. no one hates the Bucs. Unless the Bucs murdered your family no one cares about them enough to "hate" them.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Warren Sapp

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Ah, the Bucs. Cheesy probably hates the Bucs because they actually used to lose to that trash back int he NFC Central. Vinny Testaverde cut his teeth getting his 2 wins a year off the Fudgers.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    As for the 5 things...

    No Quarrels with Quarless...I actually wouldn't mind him catching the ball, as opposed bigger playmakers like Jennings, Driver, and even Jones (who I think is on a mission to erase that TD drop). I actually agree with BigCheezy here, Quarless is not that good - or experienced (how many playoffs has he appeared in?) or explosive. PLUS, all the other WR know that once they catch the ball, to wrap it up with all limbs cuz Peanut and Co are going for that ball, does Quarless?

    Tramon Williams + Gunslinger = Danger. Williams reminds me of a young Asante Samuel, not necessarily shut down, but very opportunistic, and seemingly makes big plays when most needed. But like Samuel, his aggressiveness can be used against him. If I were Martz, I would use a lot of hook routes, then when I see Tramon Williams start jumping them, us a hook-and-go and hit Knox 50 yards down field. Even if the attempt fails, that should give him pause for the rest of the game. Another note on this, Cutler will need to continue being accurate, esp since he's probably going to a lot of hot routes/slants, and if he misplaces one...

    Woodson/Matthews - we've done a MUCH better job at both recognizing and containing the blitz. It was obvious that the Seachickens were trying to surprise the Bears by NOT blitzing (like in the first meeting) to make Jay make good reads and throws to beat them, and he did. However, Jay did make some bonehead plays, and the Seachickens dropped 2 easy ints. Will that game-plan be too tempting to pass for GB? IF so, I really don't expect much blitzing from Woodson, who will prob roam the zone and try for an int, not sack. Matthews is Matthews, but he's HORRIBLE in coverage, which makes him somewhat predictable. He's a DE on his feet, and I know Tice will have his men prepared to know where he's at at all times, but Matthews will still get a sack or two. We just must minimize him, and make sure Jay doens't get stripped sacked.

    Aarron Rodgers...there's really no defense for the perfect pass - even if Hasselbeck is the passer (first game against NO), and Rodgers does add the running threat. However, he's no Vick (who we dominate) - our system is built to defend these type of qbs - everyone is looking a the qb, and as soon as he starts running, our speed will get to him, and our strength will get him down (unlike those other chump Defenses Atl and Phi). Does anyone see Rodgers juking, out-running, or breaking a tackle of Urlacher, Briggs, Pepp, Izzy, Harris, Pisa...? If Rodgers run, he better slide, QUICKLY, cuz our D is going to see him like Brett Favre sees two masseuses.

    Rodger's accuracy and poise will determine Gbs offensive success. Accuracy because against the cover 2 one must hit certain spots, which we all know, and poise, cuz, well, as "invincible" as Blow-Job Aikman and gang make out Rodgers to be, this is still his first NFC Championship game (like Cutler's), but unlike Cutler he will have the rabid fans, rival fans, and a very experienced, athletic and inspired defense to contend with.

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    In case some of you Bears and Pack fans were wondering how a masseuse looks through Favre's eyes, click here, funny shit...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhBjvQ4Z6jw

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Cheesy said:

    "If the Bears lose this game, it's going to be years before they can exact any semblance of revenge. The Bears won't have this opportunity again for at least the next 4 years. They've done well to capitalize on all their breaks, but they are gonna need more if they plan on advancing. And I'd like to see your "so what" face while you watch the packers do the Superbowl Shuffle on your sorry excuse for a field."

    The field is that way deliberately.

    I will not make excuses for the rest, though.

    This IS the biggest game in 25 years for the Chicago Bears. They are all in, all the chips go on the table. If we can't beat the Packers on our home field, we won't be able to live this down for a long, long, long time.

    I wouldn't even try and say "so what"? I would be pissed for a very very long time.

    No, Cheesy - this is for all the marbles. If anything, you'll be the excuse maker when you lose. Or you'll vanish.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Win, Lose, or Draw, you can expect a nice, fat BEARS STILL SUCK next week from me. Put it on the board.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    And that, in a nutshell, is why you are a fucktard.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    You know all about sucking, it is obvious.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    God, this chick won't shut up.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    She's Italian. You know how it goes.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    You're supposed to be on my side.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Here's my one BIG 6th point that I would add to Jeff's other 5:

    DROPPED PASSES. All the teams who are watching from home have dropped passes at critical moments of the game. The SeaChickens were droppping passes all day against us, Crumpler dropped a sure fire TD in the Pats game, T.J WhosUrMama dropped a certain first down that would have kept the Ravens drive/season alive, while on the flip side, Santonio Holmes & Tomlinson gnabbed clutch TDs, as did Olsen and the entire GB team seemingly.

    Mark my words - this and turnovers will decide the outcome.

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    GB has dropped passes all year....and in the playoffs (see James Jones).

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    IF that Atlanta game was close, that may have cost GB, u can't deny that. This game WILL be close, either way. Those other games in which the Pats, Ravens, and Seahawks lost were much closer (although the Seahawks game wasn't all that close, mainly due to early dropped passes which were perfectly placed).

    You'll see Sunday.

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    He dropped it in the Philly game, which turned out to be close (largely because of his drop). I'm not disputing your assumption that drops have/and will continute to have a large influence....I was just pointing it out.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    Knox and Olsen both hear the pitter patter of footsteps, that's what worries me.

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    One play, I think. Who would bet their nads on this game? Spread or no spread. It'll be a roller-coaster for sure. Who has the ball last wins kinda thing.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Chicago Heights?

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    Like you would know.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    My italian family is from Chicago Heights. BOOM truth bomb.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    Shame they didn't dump you in the Calumet, Stacy Peterson style...

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    Boom. Must be Sicilian.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Need to add dropped interceptions also. If we get our hands on one, we better hold one. No doubt the Packers will not waste the change for a pick like Seattle did.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I am pissing my pants at that possibility Cheesy. Honestly, not to give you the pleasure, but it's literally one of the most horrible 'non real-life / catastrophic' things that could happen to me. It would suck beyond recognition. Although to tell you the truth, you guys were everyone

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    gut

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Albert - yes I'm in my late 50s. I keep forgetting these fan sites are more for the younger generation. I can't get into this "you're team sucks, my team is great" and "if you're posting here then you have no life" disrespect crap.

  • In reply to BillW:

    The "Alfred in Tucson" gave him away, Bill.
    That's what you get from an 11 or 12 year old.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Alfredo*

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    Make that a 10 year old, bill.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    "Ohh you wound me"

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    What's next, genius?

    "I know you are but what am I?"

  • In reply to BillW:

    I really think it has to do with frustration at being unable to achieve success in other areas of life, so their anger and frustration is vented on others. The real key to handling trolls is to not feed them.

    Unlike most occasions this season and seasons past, I have participated this week, tossing morsels to a particular troll. My intent is to desist at this point.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    There is a good that comes from feeding them just enough to see their true color. Then, yes, it's time to put it away...

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Dave, you are disciplined like a monk. I try to heed your advice but I can't stand seeing the lack of accountability on all types of posting boards. I guess that is why i get so pissed at the critics and sports journalists/tv analysts. They are consistently wrong and continue to get paid to just spout off with no repercussions.
    I will now attempt to never respond to another troll comment ever again. An honest statement or question? yes. Trolling? No.

    Teach me Dave.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    For example Willie-

    The Big Cheesy sat on hold for 1 hour yesterday just to yell Bears Suck on the radio. In some respects, you cant help but feel bad. However, I guess if you are a fan of Green Bay, this is pretty much all you have in life. Then again you can always wait until baseball season...no wait, hockey...no wait, basketball, no wait, soccer, no wait...

    Jesus. They really dont have anything else...(single tear).

  • In reply to Dmband:

    Fortunately, we all have Dave Matthews Band at our disposal.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Peckers will see this on KR's and PR's...I see Hester scoring on both:

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/media/photo/2010-09/56399469.jpg

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Can we all take a pause in Packer week and marvel: http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=ap-raiders-davis

    Ho.Ly.Sheite muslim... did you see that picture. Jesus H. Christopher.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    He's lookin rough MB

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    Murph... "Rough" is a shockingly generous euphemism for that man.

    Just

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    +1.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    In all fairness, he was an extra for Walking Dead - Oakland edition - that day.

    Sheesh.

    http://www.jlcauvin.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/crypt.jpg

  • In reply to gpldan:

    exactly GP.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    LOL. +1, GP.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    bbbbbbbbbbwwwwwwwwwwwwaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaa

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Whoa Nelly!

    Apologies to the great, Keith Jackson, but it was either that or a profanity.

    Seriously, MB, you should have posted that with a HAZARDOUS WASTE warning sign.

    How old IS that guy?

    He couldn't win a beauty contest with Nosferatu.

    That's not even UGLY.
    He'd have to improve SIGNIFICANTLY to qualify for ugly.

    That's HIDEOUS!

    Don't say I didn't warn you, folks.

    What IS it with Darth Raider now?
    He owes money to what? 4 or 5 coaches going back all the way back to Shanahan?

    That picture comes under the heading "Don't feel bad about your team, you COULD be a Raider fan."

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    exactly Al. Yeesh.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Al Davis looks like that dude from Hannibal, u know, the one who sliced off his own face and fed it to a dog...

    Man, the more disturbing thought is that there's probably someone still laying his ass...

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    Money talks. Hef's doin' a new 24 year old.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Hef has viagra and doesn't look like a zombie though lol

    I think Al Davis should just strap himself into a Vader outfit and get it over with.

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    He does have an Emperor vibe going.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    The Darth Vader Helmet would DEFINITELY be an improvement.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Al, the first thing I thought when I saw that photo was ... somebody's doin' him. You know *somebody* is.

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    Oh god, yes. Mason Verger, also a horribly disfigured pedophile.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Al Davis or Katy Perry first thing in the morning ?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Come on now... Sheed is scrappy.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    He is and I love his scrappiness... but our #1 weapon? No. We gave that game our half.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'd start scrappy before Knox or Hester. He's not as fast, but where is speed getting the other two? Shabba, scrappy, Bennett with a smidgeon of Hester/Knox down the sidelines. Jump balls to KD/Olsen. Forte. Forte. Forte. Smackmouth D. Game over.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    Well, at least you are correct about something.

    God won't help you either.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    And that is why I'm not responding to you anymore . Thought you were an intelligent football fan who cheered for the Packers. But you showed you're just a typical Packer fan who has nothing of value to say. (I understand that "Bears still suck" is considered something of value to say to Packer fans, but you know what. It isn't very intelligent nor is it even close to what anyone woudl call football insight. It's blind homerism.

  • In reply to BillW:

    Ohhh, the irony of your opening sentence.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    It's a game. Not life or death.

  • In reply to BillW:

    Pretty sure if you are willing to spend your time commenting on a Chicago Bears blog, it is your life.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    Work a full time job; have three grown children; teach a Stat class in a major Chicago university part time. LOVED football since I was a kid. Enjoy intelligent discourse and as many people here will attest, I only occasionally get on this site. I'm very pumped fro this game and the blog is therapy in between my work in the investment department of a large Chicago corporation.

    Respect is not a weakness, Cheesy. Maybe you'll learn that someday. Enjoy the game - if the Bears lose I will be sure to congratulate the Packers to you without excuse.

  • In reply to BillW:

    That wasn't a personally accusation, it was an observation that you expressed that sentiment on a fan website.....where only people who have a lot of emotional investment in the Bears would congregate..

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    And if you spend your life trolling a Chicago Bears board, then what?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I am not exempt from that statement. The "you" was of the royal kind.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    So I'm still trying to figure out what that makes it for you...

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    My frequent typing mistakes show I bang these responses out in a hurry.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Cheesy-

    If the Bears win you have to send us your entire collection of jean shorts. All 235 pairs.

    Thanks.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    Not. From. Wisconsin.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    That just makes it worse.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Hard to ascertain Coach, although he does fuck monkeys obviously.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    Still trying to figure out why you come here?

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Still trying to figure out why in God's name you would claim Fresno in your handle.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    Not as bad as a name Like Big Cheesy. Fresno is a far better city than anyone in Wisonsin.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    If you like chlamydia

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    "Coward" isn't enough on your resume', Cheesy?

    You felt the need to add "Liar" too?.

    Pay attention:

    All time series record: Bears W-92, L-83, T-6.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    Before the AFl-NFL merger, in all truth nobody gave a rat's ass about the NFL. In order to keep both franchises alive at all, a rivalry was needed. One between cities close enough together that fans of both teams could readily attend.

    Halas and Lambeau knew this. That's why they made sure the symbiosis lasted. In truth, the Bears would be less without the Packers. Just as the Packers would be less without the Bears. And THAT is what makes this game so damn cool to me.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    The cardinals and Steelers actually temporarily MERGED to survive some WWII years.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Quoting from my favorite book, "the First 50 Years, The Story of The National Football League" (which by the way has a Bears/Cheese photo on the cover)....

    Page 53: You never ask the price of victory. The heart has no truck with cost. There is only one absolute - - a total commitment. And when it is made, and the victory you aimed for is achieved, there is a reaffirmation of old values, and sweet serenity.

    Sweet serenity, boys. More to follow.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    I kill ya

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    "overwhelming talent gap"... so I assume we won't hear any injury excuses if the Packers lose.

    I believe the Packers have more talent also. That's why ivictory will be so sweet. If we lose to the better team - so what. If we BEAT the better team...

  • In reply to BillW:

    If the Bears lose this game, it's going to be years before they can exact any semblance of revenge. The Bears won't have this opportunity again for at least the next 4 years. They've done well to capitalize on all their breaks, but they are gonna need more if they plan on advancing. And I'd like to see your "so what" face while you watch the packers do the Superbowl Shuffle on your sorry excuse for a field.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    I'll take a picture of my "so what face" IF the Packers actually do the Super Bowl Shuffle. All verses. Who gets to play the part of the Fridge?

    One of the nice things about getting older and losing my youthful ignorance is that I realize it's a game. Important in a real way and very satisfying if my team wins. But it's not life. Don't worry Cheesy - you'll get there someday. Unless you live near GB - then you probably won't. The Packers are GB has.

    Yes - our field sucks. and it's great to see the Packers preoccupied with it.

  • In reply to BillW:

    The packers are ALL GB has - I meant to type.

  • In reply to BillW:

    The Freezer (Raji) will obviously play that part.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    Don't you mean Fatass (Raji). I can't believe they can fit a helmet over those chubby cheeks.

  • In reply to Vicp71:

    A chubby-faced nose tackle?!?! Oh, the humanity!

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    You meant that fat bastard who was kept well inside his box in week 17 ? If he tried to kiss Jolly on the lips their faces would be like 17 feet apart.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    No one excuses the field except Packers. How sad is that? Complaining about something before a game like that .. .we're both playing on the same field I think - but you're going to need something to blame when we dump you out.

    1. Injuries.
    2. The field conditions
    3. Obama pushing the country deeper into debt by borrowing money to 'stimulate' the economy.

    I'm guessing we'll be hearing two of those offered up after we prune your tree.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    Hey FatAss Gouda,

    Why do you come on this blog?

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    IT'S PACKER WEEK

    NFC CHAMPIONSHIP EDITION

    DO YOU NEED MORE REASONS?

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    If you're a Packer fan, shouldn't you be calling this BEAR week?

  • In reply to BillW:

    I'm on a Bears blog...so everyweek is Bear week. When in Rome.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    straight from your response.."I'M ON BEAR BLOG"... Why? maybe your a closet fan looking or an outlet..

    I will be more than glad to help you..

    GET OFF YOU JACKWAGON!!!

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    I did not use ALL CAPS, nor did I use a singular adjective; I used a plural posessive noun and left out the apostrophe. Therefore, that was not "straight from [my] response."

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    Meh. You can't even spell 'possessive pronoun' nor use them correctly as pointed out above.

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Ok, well - my Rick Reilly video didn't go over as well as I had hoped, despite my mad pimping of DBB.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbzjmlCMvD0

    I am working on another one, though. I don't think Blogfather will give me the time of day or that ChicagoNow could even embed Youtube into the blog entries, not that he would.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I kinda liked it. Was going to link to it Friday.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Oh ok, well it didn't seem to play well in Peoria, but then again I'm no playwright.

    I do have all the little lego people packs, though, so I can do most anything.

    Can ChicagoNow embed YouTube in main posts?

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    yeah I do.

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Okay, fine. If someone doesn't beat the naive delusions from your brains before kickoff, you're all going to be in a long of pain by sunday night.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    it's = contraction for 'it is'
    its = possessive pronoun

    We understand it's difficult to find hedge schools in The Land That Time Forgot but we do like to uphold the arcane rules of basic grammar here. We also understand that grammar in Wisconsin is married to grampa so I am in fact referring to the basic elements and structure of the English language, and not the hairy-chinned old witch that slips you the tongue when you kiss her good night.

  • In reply to BillW:

    +1 BillW. Don't forget Vigil Carter and Kent Nix of that era. I go back to Billy Wade (who ALSO rushed for 2 TDs in a post season game) and Rudy Bukich (who led the league in passing in 1965), myself.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I can't believe we have a quarterback that has started this many games over a 2 seasons. I'd rate him the best the Bears have had since I have been a fan. Just stay healthy Jay, and we can have a great run with him. I look forward to the next 10 years of great Bear football.

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    Cutler = 3'rd string in Green Bay! A benchwarming sliverpicker! Practice squad material! GO PACK!

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Yeah - I remember Wade and Bukich also. The first Bear QB controversy (out of dozens) in my memory bank.

    I liked Virgil "chicken bleep" Carter. I have a paper he wrote on the effect of field position while he was getting a Master's degree at NU.

    Kent Nix I had forgotten.

    At least one of Wade's TDs was set up by an interception by O'B of a screen pass. I think he may have done that twice in that game.

  • In reply to BillW:

    Oh, you too aren't yet "over the hill, but I CAN see the top from here." eh, Bill?

    Linebacker, Larry Morris, had 2 picks that day. The Bears totaled 5 INTs off Hall-Of-Famer, Y.A. Tittle including Richie Petitbone's clincher in the endzone.

    Wade's other TD was set up by a pass to Ditka that replay today may have ruled a TD.

    Roger LeClerc kept things close by missing 2
    medium length field goal attempts.

    There's a great DVD of '63 season highlights (including Ditka's incredible catch & run vs. The Steelers on the Sunday after JFK was assassinated) and COLOR highlights of the championship game. I picked it up on Ebay a couple years ago.

  • In reply to BillW:

    A veritable litany of the pathetic members of a Boar Hall of Fame! Useless losers! GO PACK!

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    5 real concerns, to be sure, Blogfather.
    The Packers NEVER seem to have a problem coming up with threats at tight end going all the way back to Marv Flemmig!
    Tight End, Donald Lee, had the TD catch in the December game.

    Of note, Aaron Rodgers last 5 games vs. the Bears:

    19-28 229yds 1 TD 1 INT
    34-45 316yds 1 TD 1 INT
    16-24 180yds
    17-28 184yds 1TD

    Not exactly the stuff legends are made of.

    Conversely, Jay Cutler hasn't been anything to write home about in those same 4 games.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Er, last FOUR games.

    So much for improving my proofreading

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I figured the fifth game was your projection of those stats to Sunday.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    5'th game, January 23, 2011. Aaron Rodgers stats: 32-34, 422 yards, 5 TD, 0 INT. GO PACK!

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    that INT in the 316 yard performance was a hail mary that your cowardly linebacker picked off...and he also had at least one TD called back for holding. And he rushed for a TD.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    But yeah he hasn't brought the house down.....although Cutler's stats have been puke worthy.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    Dunno why you would call Briggs cowardly but yes it was an Urlacher knock down, Briggs pcik at the end of the first half.

  • In reply to dutsami:

    I called him a coward because Alfredo in Tuscon loves to throw that word around.

    It was pretty bitchmade to pick that thing off just to pad the stats, and to add fuel to blowhards who like to use said statistics to make insinuations.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    When your Packers lose and you DISAPPEAR like a thief in the night, like all you Packer Trolls do, how else do you expect to be perceived?

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Geoff disabled my account before the game started....And I've been here for all 3 Packer weeks this year.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    So those losses to The Lions, Dolphins, etc. don't count? OK.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    No, they don't. "Packer Week = PACKERS-BEARS. I didn't come on when the Giants beat the shit out of the Bears....only pack-bears.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    da' boars robbed the Lions. Now the Packers are going to steal the Halas Trophy, right out from under your noses at Soldier Cowpasture. GO PACK!

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    Cheesy

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    He put together some full sentences this time too. Must have moved up to third grade and a real pencil, not the big green crayon anymore.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB - head up to the Packer Forum

    http://www.packerforum.com/

    I'm up there, not trolling - because, frankly, it isn't worth it. It's like putting a Bob Newhardt comedy album on for a bunch of 4th graders - they don't get it.

    Reading the Packer forum is actually kinda boring beacuse there is no Blogfather equivalent, it's a boring forum full of homers who just chant "Bears suck" and really have nothing even remotely intelligent to say....

  • In reply to gpldan:

    GP, I have to tell you that I'm shocked to hear that. I would have thought the main topic of dissection, besides football of course, would be quantum physics.

    Thanks for doing the unenviable research leg work for us. To be honest, I can

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Hey, sweet soapbox you got there....Do you take it off any sweet jumps?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    i know, he made some headway and then he dribbles a little in his pants and ruins it. He's improving but still needs work. We'll have him potty trained someday.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    If anyone on this blog put reason or objective foresight ahead of homer pride (which i'm not advocating that they do), you would all be pissing your pants at the likely prospect of the Packers celebrating the NFC championship at soldier field. Clearly this is not a place for "insight"; it's a place for sensationalism.....which is fine by me.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    We're potty trained. Sorry your mommy didn't teach you that insight.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    Objectively,
    - we've heard it all year long
    - we are 1 to 1 this year, both winning at home
    - the NFC Championship is in Chicago
    - supposing the Bears might win is logical

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    Not going to happen. Weren't you around? It's pre-guaranteed. In all parallel universes the outcome will be Bears wins without exception. It's done. You're not getting the Halas in SF. No fucking way. It's against the laws of physics or something.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    "Alfredo in Tucson"

    Ohhh. You wound me.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I think the Packers have a lot more to worry about with our TE than we do with theirs.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Pay attention:

    All time series record SINCE THE HALAS PROMOTION: Packers 59-49.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    We'll spot you the Forrest Gregg era if you let us drop the Jack Pardee and Wannsdedt eras.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    Rosenbloom is kind of a fucktard, isn't he?

    At Mile High, the signs routinely came on and said "SHHHHHHH" when the Broncos had the ball. What is the problem with doing that here?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    'kind of a fucktard'?

    You going soft on us, GP?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    For the slower fans I'd suggest the QB putting his index finger up to his lips in a 'shushing' manner, whilst flashing 'SHUT THE FUCK UP - WE ARE IN POSSESSION AND THE OFFENSIVE LINE CANNOT HEAR THE CALLS. THAT'S NOT GOOD FOR US.' on the Falcotron. The Falcon fans probably thought the players were just impersonating their favorite bird of prey or advertising the multi-purpose cooking sauce 'Chicken Tonite'.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    Any truth to the rumor that Lombardi was a closet homosexual?

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Everyone is a closet homo; If Rock Hudson was gay, we're all gay.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    An admission at last, that's something. First step taken. Let that shit out ... it's not your fault Cheesy, it's not your fault ... you love the cock ... it's not wrong ... just let it out Cheesy ...

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Take that stupid pork pie hat off and it's a mug shot for a serial killer/child molester for me Coach.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    I hope there was a purpose to this other than to totally undermine your own conjecture from that previous post about Halas' intent.

    Subtracting those numbers from the overall, that would leave the Bears up 43-24-6 versus the Packers BEFORE the Halas promotion. So rather than an acknowledgement to a better franchise, it is far more believeable that his motivation was to give a helping hand to a cripple.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    I was speaking to Halas' tremendous foresight and influence in the Packers "reigning supreme" over the Bears beyond 1956, which is what I believe Alfredo was challenging.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    To qoute your post "It seems evident to me that Halas understood that the Packers were, and will always be, the greatest franchise in the NFL."

    Your use of the past tense, i.e. "were" belies the rebuttal. Nice try, but just gracefully lose this one, eh?

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    No, no. ALL-time. Yes, see? Some way behind and one moreso this fucking Sunday.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Yeah.. it seems like the fans are either comatose or drunkenly screaming at random intervals. Please Bears fans...make life a living hell for Green Bay but dont make it hard on the home team.

    No back to that deli tray.... I need to freeze frame the video and see how it was constructed. I must have that deli tray I say!!

  • In reply to Jlehr:

    That's a lotta meat. You might wanna build it to half scale...unless you're having a family reunion on game day. It looks like the columns are celery stalks and the west side of the stadium is dagwood style sandwiches. The east side is some sort of trays with pretzels fritos and ham and cheese cubes inside. The turf is definitely a sheet pan with guacamole in it - for accuracy you might want to use chocolate pudding instead this weekend.

  • In reply to buckbear:

    Actually, THAt combination my be better than what's at Soldier Field passing for turf these days.

  • In reply to Jlehr:

    IM FUCKIN HYPED!

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    zOMG!

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Rosenbloom's article was eye-opening to me. I haven't been to a game this year since the first GB game (which they won, and I'm going again; not superstitious but hey...)

    Anyway, I never noticed on TV that the crowd noise was a factor on offense.

    But the Bears practiced with piped in noise for a home game? No they didn't. They practiced indoors with piped in noise IN CASE THEY PLAYED ATLANTA!!! That practice was LAST WEEK. Their first practice is today.

    Rosenbloom also said a while ago that Soldier Field didnt' have heating coils. He was dead wrong - and obviously never bothered to check.

    Anyway - I do hope the crowd is smart enough to keep quiet when we're on offense.

  • In reply to BillW:

    Bill..it's Rosenbloom's he's backassword's what did you expect.

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Actually, I might me wron.. wr.. wro.. not accurate. The practice indoors was in fact for the Seatlle game, not during the bye week. I read it too fast. And therefore it IS an issue. I recall now seeing a play in the Seattle game with Bear offensive players asking for quiet and really not getting it.

    My solution - enlist Butkus and Ditka to record a message for the Jumbotron telling the fans if they are not quiet when the Bears are on offense, they will have to deal with them.

  • In reply to BillW:

    The crowd was noisy on a few offensive plays last week. I didn't get it. Too many corporate non-fans or stupid drunks not understanding the game.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    It was insane. But the prices they charge for tickets it's mostly the prawn sandwich brigade anyway, not the blue-collar Grabowskis. They talk up the rabid Bears fans, but as soon as we're behind a score or two, it seems to get awfully quiet ...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    The stadium will be void of boar fans by halftime, should totally alleviate this problem! GO PACK!

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Just typical boar fan ignorance! GO PACK!

  • In reply to BillW:

    I see one problem with this strategy, da' boar fans are illiterate! GO PACK!

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Jef, I was hoping someone might bring up the crowd noise issue. I was so embarrassed last weekend. Some family friends had us over to watch the Packer's game and I said "You can tell Atlanta isn't a true football city because they aren't quiet when their offense has the ball." The next day those same people looked at me sideways when the Soldier Field faithful couldn't get out of the offense's way. How many times did you see Offensive players trying to hush the crowd by flapping their arms up and down. Don't fans get what they're doing? They're telling you to shut your piehole!

  • In reply to buckbear:

    Well said. I was thinking of Atlanta when Cor mentioned crowd noise. I can't remember seeing that before, an offense telling their own fans to STF up when they have the ball.

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Sacramento!
    I posted the link to that commercial you mentioned toward the end of last thread, so I'm reposting it near the top of this one.

    http://jasonotc.com/2011/01/09/honda-commercial-features-snack-tray-replica-of-soldier-field/

  • In reply to buckbear:

    Ha.

  • In reply to buckbear:

    Obviously we know who Honda is rooting for..Are they a sponsor?...........if not McCheapskys will be call them up asking if they want a corporate booth...hahahahahahahahahahahaha

  • In reply to BillW:

    Too many Screaming Packer Fans drowning out the Bears Offense! Soldier Field (or as I prefer to call it, Overgrazed Cow Pasture) becomes Lambeau South! Go Pack!

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