The Sackman Cometh: Julius Peppers

Julius Peppers signed a six-year $91.5 million contract with the Bears in the spring - $42 million of that deal guaranteed.  Peppers signing in Chicago marked the arrival of the first certifiable sack man since perhaps Richard Dent to Lake Shore Drive and his presence improved the entirety of the defensive line, especially Israel Idonije on the other side.  I think it can be said, without argument, that Julius Peppers earned the $13 million plus he'll receive for his performance over these first seventeen games of the 2010 campaign.

But this is game eighteen.  This is the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game at Soldier Field.  Some of the Chicago radio hosts, one with the last name Waddle, are looking to nickname this football game but that's not how football games work.  Most classic football games are nicknamed by the conditions (see: Ice/Fog Bowls) or defined by plays within that game (see: Music City Miracle, The Catch). The action dictates the nickname.  Barring the miraculous within the game, the stage is set beforehand.  And this stage is set.  So forget about Peppers' eight sacks, his nine passes defended, his two interceptions and his fifty-four tackles from the defensive end position.  Those statistics are the gaudy power numbers of a mid-lineup power hitter.  This is the postseason now and this is when stars must carry the day.
What I do want from Peppers Sunday?  A big hit.  The kind of big hit that alters the course of a football game by altering the mental state of the opposing quarterback.  Aaron Rodgers is playing the position better than any other man in the sport but all that can change with one hard journey to the finest turf in all the land (which is apparently worrying some folks who work in Wisconsin).  He wouldn't be the only young, terrific quarterback of the NFC North who has seen his season come to an end at the hands of Orange Julius. 
Sunday is when fans are allowed to expect great things from their great players making great amounts of money.  Money that came from the fan's wallet for the $9 MGD at the ballpark, the $24.95 ball cap at Sports Authority and the $80 Peppers throwback I see in front of me at Josie Wood's on Sundays on the back of my buddy Hull.  Sunday is when great players make great plays.  Idonije, Toeaina, Harris, Melton, Wootton and Adams are good players.  Not great.  Peppers is.  And I expect him to play like it Sunday.  

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  • How about a devastating hit on the Packers' FIRST offensive play of the game!?

  • My second favorite play of the year ~ The Stafford hit

  • Aaron Rodgers once killed a homeless man

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Midway would be happy...

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    This is the HIT we NEED on Rodgers.

    May GOD BLESS Wilber Marshall!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4VHtSavhvz8

  • In reply to Reichwolff:

    Pure beauty man... brings a tear.

  • In reply to Reichwolff:

    B4E..that hit was so hard Ferguson's ancestors still fell it..

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    He got hit so hard that his name was Turd Ferguson when he got up.

  • In reply to buckbear:

    I'd settle for round two of this hit...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YYy8O7lBK8

    Inbounds though. Maybe.

  • In reply to Dustflo:

    Careful what you wish for.

    WE a QB too, you know. Clay Matthews and Charles Woodson aren't going to try and give him a hug and a kiss.

    Rodgers goes dow and the packer's offense remains viable with Flynn.

    Cutty goes down and...oohhh, the devisation.

    I think the bears have been extremely lucky it only happened in the giants' game.

    I've never been a "let's knock their best guy out" proponent. That cuts both ways. Why not take the 15 yards and turn Hester's light's out the first time he signals "fair catch"?

    No, I'd much rather beat'em with Rodgers upright.

    Can you IMAGINE the whining if The Packers lost because Rodgers got knocked out?

    If we have to knock out their QB to win the game then we don't belong here.

    Oh, BTW, I think the Steelers are as dirty a collection of football players as I've seen in quite a while led by cheap-shot headhunters Harrison and Clark.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Man, I don't know. I KNOW we're going to win this game, but could there be a GB/ATL effect awaiting us? All the road games for them plus the huge game last week in the dome... I just have a feeling that there's a possibility for a fucking blowout, IF some big things go our way... yes, I want rodgers out ASAP, but I don't think it would take that. A couple quick TDs from Cutty and team, all 3rd and outs from the D (think game 16), a return from 23, maybe a pick-6 from #30 or #26 to start the ball rolling... and then boom... the score looks like the GB/ATL game going into the 4th.

    Fucken a, can you imagine anything more delicious? I cannot.

    Oh please baby Jebus... pleeeeeeease make it so.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'm thinking this...take the Packer's score from week 17 and add our score from both of our previous outings and the result?

    Bears 23 - Pack 10. Add another touchdown if Hester gets a shot at a return.

    Best case scenario 30 - 10 Bears. I feel it pretty strongly. If the O Line can just hold it together and account for Woodson they'll be just fine be just fine.

  • In reply to buckbear:

    Can we get Kellen Davis to knee Woodson in the head? Or get the Bears best ventriloquist to say "Ouch! I'm concussed!" when Woodson is on the ground ?

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    King picks the Packers to win the SB. The only thing is he is wrong more often than right in big games.

    I was shocked to see him pick Peppers as defensive player of the year. Not because Peppers doesn't deserve it (he certainly does) but to appreciate Peppers you have to, you know, actually watch and understand the game. He doesn't have gaudy sack numbers - all he does is go full speed every play. And disrupt most of them.

    AND he picked Chris Harris over one of the Packers. Wow.

    My brother in law - a Packer fan - thinks Dent should be int he HOF and not Hampton. He thinks Peppers was a waste of money for the Bears. That's exactly what I mean about people going strictly by numbers.

  • In reply to BillW:

    He based the Peppers pick based on two or three games that he actually watched.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    I love IZZY, but does anybody think that the mere presence of Mr. Peppers hasn't elevated the entire D-Line? I mean, even Tommie Harris is acting like he has some skills again!

  • In reply to BillW:

    Anyone manage to get tickets today? I must have called 80 times before getting through to a recording telling fans the game is SOLD OUT!

  • In reply to Shady:

    Tried online. Could not make it happen. Its gonna be a heck of a party on the north-side.

  • In reply to mottystone:

    Tried on line too. Had several windows open, the secret word things you have to type in to process the request were crazy long and awful hard to read. You need some great timing to get tix to a very limited game like this. To keep the tix away from all the scalpers and resellers teams should only do the type of ticket that requires your credit card to be swiped at the gate.

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    I hate that you don't exist on this planet if you don't have a credit card. I'm telling you, we'll all be chipped soon, and I'm no bible basher, but it says in Revelation that no man will be able to buy or sell without the number of the beast - and that will be a chip in your thumb. Speak out against The Man, and they switch it off. You're off the grid baby, you don't exist anymore.

    Eh, Go Bears!

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Yeah, well, the bible also said Noah lived 600 years or so and Methusalah was even older so let's not go there.

  • In reply to BillW:

    Peter King doesn't even know how to count. You can't pick 12 guys for the Defense, you have to decide if you are picking 4 LB or 4 DL not 4 of each you nimrod. That all pro offense doesn't have much of a chance 11 v 12. Well maybe that offense would... Brady to Johnson, jeebus that is nasty.

  • In reply to BillW:

    I want to see Peppers carrying a certain Rod Marinelli off the field on Sunday after the game. I want to see Peppers standing next to Urlacher as he hoists the Halas Trophy. I want to see Peppers waiving frantically for the medical staff as he stands over #12 with the look of absolute horror on his face.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    trac...you mean Pepe giving fuckdodgers a "Theisy"?

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    the good old Theisy. that would be an epic exclamation point on the season.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    In years to come when they talk about this day, some old-timer will be telling his grandson "Yep, I heard Rodgers Fibia crack from the bleachers..."

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    You are talking about the extraordinarily unnatural leg bend?

  • In reply to BillW:

    Bill, my uncle and cousin took me and my brother to the Seahawks game at the last minute. Then they graciously offered me and my brother the extra two tickets for the Championship game. I was stunned. I know they could make A LOT of money towards next season's tickets. We asked if they were sure about that, knowing all the money they could make. They said this is why you get the season tickets, and they don't want no fucking Packer fan douches buying the tickets and sitting by them. I am totally pumped up again. Never expected it, was kind of blind-sided by the offer. Biggest game of my life. Most of my family members and friends are Packers fans, growing up in WI. No way the Bears can lose this game. I'm pretty sure I won't be able to talk Monday morning. BEAR THE FUCK DOWN!

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Going with my younger son (in his mid 20s). Went with my older son in 2006. My daughter is next.

    My younger son said he's been waiting his whole life for this. I think he means it. He was only a few months old at SBXX. I think he may subconsciously remember our SB party.

    Cormonster - this will be a game for the AGES. If it comes out as we all hope, I will be on a cloud for weeks. Have a great time!

  • In reply to BillW:

    Thanks Bill, I will be in a euphoric state for weeks if they win. I made a pact with a Packer friend 20 years ago that if this ever happened, we would both go to the game. We both respect the history and rivalry and don't rub it in when our team wins. He now lives around San Fran but he's trying to work it out within reason.

  • In reply to BillW:

    Listening to Sports talk radio has been a real exercise in self control today. These wisconsin douche bags are just cracking themselves up by calling Chicago stations and talking crap.

    Good lord. I have half a mind to drive up there and bang all their wives. As a matter of fact..someone get my coat....

  • In reply to Dmband:

    Bring smelling salts with you...

  • In reply to gpldan:

    and vagisal.

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    hey..I just realized that their "Fish boils" in we-scone-son are just them boiling their scent out of their manhole-covers...so they can recycle them.

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqFf-0eROUA

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O94AI0ekSko&NR=1&feature=fvwp

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    try this:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kE51QDQ6AHE

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Awesome video lobo. Thanks for the link.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    YEEaaaaahh Booooooyyyyy! That was a great video. I will watch that one again before Sunday (at least once). Just watching that video shows how much Cutler, Forte and Olsen have meant on O. Peppers, Chris Harris, Briggs and Lach have meant on D. And Devin just about everywhere in between.

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    That was great. Perfect song choices too. Starting with Rage...

    You Can't Stop Us Now!
    You Can't Stop Us Now!
    You Can't Stop Us Now!

    ad infinitum

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    This is what Pepe will do but in Navy Blue and Burnt Orange this Sunday:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wik1Qi4btdg

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    don't forget the condoms, Lysol, and a clothes pin for your nose.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    lobo-

    You're right, its just annoying to hear a grown man wait 45 minutes on hold to scream Bears Suck!

  • In reply to Dmband:

    Agreed.

    I was listening to the Score non-stop throughout the work day, and to hear these dumbass kids spout off makes we want to poison their water supply.

    Let it be known, that if somebody does poison their water supply, the plaintiff was winking at the time he typed it.

    "Did you guys see the three bold words on NFL.com?"
    "What words?"
    "BEARS STILL SUCK!"

    I have to admit, he had me fooled for a second.

    The anger is strong in this one.

    Oh yeah, before I forget - Fuck you Erin.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    Dmband.. sorry bro, but it's early in the week..these pundits are going to dial it up louder and louder everyday till the sheite their pants when Pepe and Lach are hoisting the Halas Trophy on Sunday.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    Be civil, DM. I don't think they've discovered radio in Wisconsin, yet.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    BTW, it's OFFICIAL name is "The Wisconsin Soviet Socialist Republic".

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    I forgot that the trophy presentation will be on the field no matter who wins. I could handle a loss - it's only a game. (Well, a little MORE than a game). But knowing the Packers will be getting the HALAS trophy on our field? THAT will be motivation for next year for sure.

    I'm not counting them out - I'm jsut saying a couple months ago we figured Lovie and Jerry were gone. I never thought we'd be playing at home for the SB.

    I can't beleive Lovie planned it this way, but if the Packers were out and the Falcons beat say the Giants last week and we were playing in Atlanta for the SB, I think there would be a possibility of feeling "happy to get this far".

    But as it lines up, there is no way the Bears get complacent.

    Just another in a long line of things that worked out as best they could.

  • In reply to BillW:

    The very idea of the 2010 Halas Trophy being presented to the Green Bay Packers ON Soldier Field is an abject nightmare to horrid to contemplate.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3aLLP9YpApc

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I will be turning the TV off and not watching any more football this year if the Bears aren't in it at the end. I can watch the Super Bowl when the Bears are knocked out early, but the title game is too close to Super Bowl week for me to recover. You guys are bummin me out. Time to watch that national anthem again.

    http://www.chicagobreakingsports.com/2011/01/singer-cornelison-blown-away-by-fan-support.html

  • In reply to buckbear:

    Gives me chills. Amazing.

    Buck, keep posting this til Sunday. I think I need it.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    +1 What sjvl said.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    I'm not posting this for the same hackneyed "I want to suck off Aaron Rodgers" media bullshit, thrown out there by a guy who never played a fucking down of football except in his 9th grade sciencefaire 'real-life fantasy football diorama by Andrew Perloff

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB..he has UNIBROW envy

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    or is one of the guys from "Queer Eye For the Straight Guy"?

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Nice Lobo. Good one.

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Hey all is it possible to wear the throwbacks this Sunday?
    Seeing that the last time these two meet in the NFC Championship was 1941... throwback are from the 40's right? and btw we beat the fudgepeckers wearing the throwbacks? anyone?

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Yes. And the Fudgers wear theirs too.

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    You are all having the same horrible dream I am having.

    The Packers cannot win on our home turf. It will break my heart watching them have a field day after the game on our home ground. So, please, Chicago step up and take care of business.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Not
    Me
    Baby.

    Just stop it 85.

    We are going to be delirious Sunday evening. No doubts allowed.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    I like delirious, so I'll take a double!

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    We one up 'em. We'll bring Georgie Home and go steal the Vince Lombardi after that. Peter King will have to rank us as high as 2 at that point, right?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Shit it ain't so bad..We could have this dipshit as our owner:

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/01/18/al-davis-takes-aim-at-tom-cable/

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Funny shit. The hat was hideous but she looked like the daughter of Mister Ed so it seemed bring the whole thing together. The other guy is a total d-bag.

    Love your description of him. Spot on.

    +100 on the Rodney shout out.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    tomorrow's wednesday...

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    ....but it's still not Sunday, johnny. Dammit.

  • In reply to buckbear:

    Again, BEST ANTHEM EVER!! At first my jaw dropped and was in aw of how everyone was going crazy for this guy. Then next thing I know, I was standing-on-top-of-the-couch..screaming and shouting and singing as if I was right there with everyone else at Soldier. This anthem got me so friggin hyped before that game! As it did for the Bears as well (TD on the third play??, Peppers looking around at the crowd smiling the whole time, almost in shock. It set the tone for a true Chicago playoff atmosphere and made me want to suit up. And truthfully, it gave me a woodski.

  • In reply to Dustflo:

    He's doing the National Anthem for the Packer game.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Don't you mean the Bears game?

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    So they changed? Someone posted in a previous thread that it wasn't Cornelsion this week....?

    His rendition last week gave me chills.

    Even better than Whitney Houston at the '91 Superbowl.

    Her's WAS stirring, especially with Desert Storm going, but it was also largely pre-produced.

    His was LIVE!

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Read it this morning, Al. He's a lock.

  • In reply to Dustflo:

    GP brings the satire...

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

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Nobody liked my video?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    No.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    No.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    Yikes, you are a tough ol' broad.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    See what I did there?

    Damn, GP, I am not even slightly broad.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    More tackling Fuel for our team:

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/577182-jay-cutler-vince-young-and-the-douchiest-quarterbacks-in-the-nfl/page/6

  • In reply to gpldan:

    My short attention span kicked in after 3 minutes. I love those pre made animated videos, but after awhile...like I said my short attention span.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    new thread

  • In reply to Dustflo:

    Has anyone else noticed the demeanor of the Bears this year? When they win, there is no celebrating. When they score a touchdown, there is not much celebrating. This team is focused on winning the Super Bowl. They have a single-minded goal. It starts at the top, with Lovie Smith. The Packers have more talent on offense and defense, but the Bears have the will to win. That's our edge. Lovie is a better leader than McCarthy. Urlacher, our field general, will have the game of his lifetime. The Bears will win on heart and desire.

  • In reply to buckbear:

    Peter King = Power Ranker

    To get into the Power Ranker Academy one need but a pulse.

  • In reply to buckbear:

    I haven't slept well in two days. Butterflies. Tomorrow the Bears will practice and the game plan will be installed. I trust Martz and would go to battle with Marinelli. What more could we want from the two guys who have as much to do with the success of this team as anyone?

    ATTACK. ATTACK. ATTACK. TEMPO. TEMPO. TEMPO. They are beatable.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    It's okay GP. Pre-guaranteed. Just like the Jets game, won't happen. Relax. Enjoy the game. It'll be ups and downs, Cutty will have us face-palming some, but it'll work out in the end on one play that turns it. Tommie forces a fumble, Gould boots it from 52 yards out. Some shit like that. Don't sweat it. Not going to happen.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    This is kinda light-hearted, I esp like the comparison of Bill Billichick to Emperor Palpatine...

    http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-playoffs/09000d5d81dc630c/Divisional-Shame-Report

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    That and the part about watching those old title games on tape and how he likes watch video.

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    Why are you not on the team again Irish?

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    It's my knees, Artoo.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Blogfather - totally agree that Julius needs to wake up for Sunday and get back with the program .. no more of this "Oh, it's the intangibles!" ... intangibles don't knock people on their asses or bounce their bonces off the ice-pack. Big strong manly men do. I want two sacks, a forced fumble, a tipped pass and/or a jarring concussion for my forty million guaranteed please.

    He's not the only one that needs to show up though.

    Jay Christopher

    This is it man. Showtime. If they all drop back, tuck it and run. If they blitz, throw it away or throw it to Forte. We don't need six points off every play - chill pill with the arm skill. See this thing through, do not shit the bed, and when you win on Sunday, tell Cavalleri you're not ready for marriage when she asks you, cos she will. Be the guy we want you to be. This is where you write your story down.

    Enter the Shabba

    What happened bro ? They have sent you into the wilderness and back from there you must come my son. You looked like December's NFC's offensive player of the month last year. We need that lithe frame streaking across the middle of the field slicing those Fudgers open. Slit their bellies and let us drink from their eviscerated guts. Fly, dance and jump for thy keeper. Return prodigal son, take thy rightful place out wide at Cutler's side.

    Begone Knox, you little fox, arise when we ask.
    Shabba be the man we call for the task.

    Tommie Harris

    Be great for a day. The three-tackle technique, freeing up that outside rusher, the man called Peppers. Just be great for a day. Don

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    awesome

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I was going to say something, but have nothing after that, Irish.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Amen.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Peanut says:

    "You know what man it is what it is. I think we've been underdogs all year. If you were to take a poll at the beginning of the season or a survey and said "How many people are going to make the NFC Championship and it would be the Chicago Bears hosting at Soldier Field?" I think it would be like 50-to-1 odds of us doing that, so I'll take us every day."

    I'll take you too, Peanut! Damn I love this man.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    +1

  • In reply to sjvl:

    Don't need any tackling fuel for this week..it's FudgePecker Week:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSulFZ7XJ1U

  • In reply to sjvl:

    about two min..in is what Fuckdodgers is going to say to our Gladiators.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I post
    in rhyme,
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    relaxed
    and calm,
    .
    .
    .
    but I
    can't top
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    Irish's
    Psalm.
    .
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    Burma-Shave.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I remember all the happiness on Da blog when Wooten ended the illustrious career of Favre. I just remembered one game I was at in the 70's when we ended another famous QB's career. Joe Willie himself. His last pass he ever threw was intercepted by Gary Fencik. It was one of the few games Wally Chambers played in that year , but he planted Namath so hard into the Soldier Field turf I thought Broadway Joe would never get up. I kinda wonder what Mister Rogers is in for. The Bears seem to leave some big paw prints on some big time QB's

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    I like this.

    A lot.

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    I feel the Karma...I cannot explain it. But I feel a presence of confidence about this Sunday.

    Perhaps, indeed the great Bears of the past haunt the under halls of Soldiers Field. They silently stand next to us as we cheer in the frigid air, our breath but wisps rising to the sky as humble prayers.

    Sure, the stadium was remodeled but that old magic still radiates from those tall stone columns, as if standing guard as proud sentinels before a holy shrine. The name is "Soldiers" field after all. The very word defines the place, a place of pain, blood, sacrifice, courage, selflessness, a place of warriors. Many a warrior have defended this field. Many battles won and lost, but never beaten, never extinguished. No, this field, this sacred ground, will not vanish over time, it will not be forgotten in the scrolls of history. The great and pure souls who have fought upon her, will never die within our hearts.

    Therefore, in their names let us rise up and stand proud. As we hear our national anthem sung, let us once again raise our voices in a battle cry that will shake the bones of our enemy. Let them know, the battle is about to begin. Let them know that the spirits of Papa, Sweetness, Brian, Luckman, and all the rest are right there with us. A let them know, we are here to do only one thing

  • In reply to Reichwolff:

    B4E..thanks for that brother...DAMN IT IS IT SUNDAY YET!!!!!!!!!!!

    I WANT MY BEARS!!!!!!

  • In reply to Reichwolff:

    Beautiful.

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    You want "EPIC" you got "EPIC" Jim Cornelison will open the Battle Cry for our Gladiators once again:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgDyip44TZo

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Wow, truly magnificent. When I saw that Marine Corp. flag next to Old Glory, the hair stood up on my arms. Chicago better make sure he comes back to deliver an encore performance on Sunday. Oohrah.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    +1 Semper Fi!

  • In reply to Reichwolff:

    Semper Fi!

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    them no good asswipes. They hate the bears that much.
    everybody so high and mighty on that belt wearing asshole why didn't they put him on the cover.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    trac..he is and the Bears asked for him to comeback.

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    Cutty on the cover of S.I.?

    Damn, damn, damn, damn, DAMN!

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Clay Mathews created AIDS.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    This just in:

    Aaron Rodgers hates little children with Leukemia.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Was is Tuscon last weekend. Ran bye a cool Chicago Bar on Tangerine Ave. Love your city, Al.

  • In reply to PhantomOne:

    Thanks, Viva. You were probably, technically, in Oro Valley.

    Tucson's a million+ people but still basically a "small town". Can't beat the lack of winter and I never get tired of being nestled among several mountain ranges.

    You were not too far North of me there on Tangerine Road. A few more exits down I-10.

    You picked the right weekend. Week before was, of course, Looney Toons.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    The mainstream press is so desperate to kill the Bears, they are pulling out all the stops. Use the curse, Luke!

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Has anyone else seen that commercial where the folks bring out this giant platter covered in aluminum foil..then when they uncover it it's Soldier Field made out of lunch meat and cheeses. I HAVE TO HAVE THAT DELI TRAY! IF anyone has any suggestions on how I can make it let me know.

  • In reply to Jlehr:

    I hadn't seen or even heard of this until you mentioned and I had to find it...so here it is:

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

  • In reply to Jlehr:

    I had to find this when you mentioned it because I hadn't ever seen it...enjoy!

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

  • In reply to buckbear:

    Dude! I want that deli tray!! I wonder how long it would take to build.

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    Wally Chambers. Wow.

    Big #60.

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    From the article in SI:

    Hall of Fame running back Paul Hornung, the Packers' Golden Boy, recalls the competitive side of the relationship. 'This might have been in [Lombardi's] first year,' says Hornung. 'Before Coach gives his speech to the team, [equipment manager Gerald] 'Dad' Brashier comes in and says, 'Coach Halas is in the equipment room, and he wants to talk to you.' Lombardi went out, and Dad followed him, and Coach Halas said, 'Vince, I just want to tell you that you better have your team ready because we're going to kick your ass.' Vince was flabbergasted."

    p.s. Fudgepeckers please read..."We're going to kick your ass"

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    That story is recounted on the HISTORY OF THE CHICAGO BEARS DVD set.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I've heard Hornung tell that story a few times. I love it. When I told that to my Packer fan Brother in Law he said "that can't be true". But then I said "so you're calling the Packer Golden Boy a liar?" The dilemma made him speechless.

  • In reply to BillW:

    Yep, I believe the Golden Boy is the one telling the story on the DVD.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Gave me chills.

    http://www.suntimes.com/sports/3379478-419/bears-game-championship-field-rams.html

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Bears Nation is loud and in charge here in the Land of Entrapment, aka Albuquerque, NM....We will be lighting up Uptown Sports Bar on Sunday!!! But how is this for destiny...Just got to the library to do some research. A library I have not been in since I was a young buck, and sat in a random seat in the back among the stacks of books. I look up and all the books look the same with nothing differentiating one from another except a number...Number 54!! Far fetched, but pretty good omen considering 54 played here at UNM...BEAR DOWN!!

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Somewhat off topic -
    Are there any good unbiased national football sites to read? With writers who know what they are talking about and don't have agendas because some athlete wouldn't by buddy-buddy with them? I've given up on the Trib and Sun-Times; the only writer I liked (Bradd Biggs) seems to have been suspended or demoted.

    Maybe I'll try Pro-Football Weekly.

    I don't mind so many people picking the Packers as much as I mind the reasoning (or lack thereof). It seems they are favored because they beat Atlanta by so much and Rodgers will apprently never throw another inception in his life.

    We held them to 10 points in GB when their playoff life was on the line. What makes anyone think they are going to do much better than that in Chicago?

    We only scored 3 because Martz ran the exact same offense as the first meeting so we woudl give notinhg away. Why dont' any "experts" address that obvious point?

    Oh wait - because no one told them. Becuase jay won't be their buddy. Because they 'd have to actually understand the game.

    Is there any hope for objectivity out there somewhere?

  • In reply to BillW:

    No. Not when it comes to the Bears. No one likes the Bears. Until recently, Bears fans didn't like the Bears. The Packers will always be loved. Their players will always be worshiped.

    Our couch, and the faces of our franchise (Cutler and 'Lach), won't pander to the media. As a result, the media will piss on them every chance they get.

  • In reply to BillW:

    And because the players and coaches would never tell the media that they didn't game plan or whatever because then it sounds like an excuse as to why we lost. We're too classy for that.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    If there are any Bears fans in and around Sacramento you're all welcome to come by and watch the gamne at Bears HQ west.. just drive by Mckinley Park and look for the Bears flag outside. Bear down!!

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    sorry this was to be first:

    http://www.chicagobreakingsports.com/2011/01/jay-cutler-on-the-cover-of-sports-illustrated.html

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Jinx be damned. We will not entertain the notion. Jinxes are for people who believe in hype over muscle. For haters and doubters. We WILL win and that is the end of it.

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    Not sure if anyone pointed this out yet, but did you see they redesigned the Halas Trophy this year?

    http://www.fox11online.com/dpp/news/Newly-designe--Halas-Trophy-on-the-line

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    What an abomination.."THATS A PIECE OF SHIT" throw it back.

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    it's as bad as this piece of SHIT:

    http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/491621/7477530_36_2_medium.jpg

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Good God that is disgusting! Papa Bear is turning over in his grave.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    +1 Amen.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    In response to Irish's dream band post last night. It may have already happened: check out Duke Ellington's Money Jungle.
    Duke - Piano; Mingus - Bass; Max Roach - Drums. The line-up on Kind of Blue was pretty insane too.

    For a rock group... Steve Gadd on drums; Rodney Holmes on percussion, Jacco Pastoreus on bass; carlos santana on lead guitar; eric clapton on guitar and vocals; paul mccartney on piano and vocals; LeRoi Moore, Wayne Shorter and the Phoenix Horn's brass section for horns. Man, that leaves so many people out...

  • In reply to mottystone:

    Ya;ll may disagree, but I thought this article reasonably even-handed.

    http://www.sportingnews.com/nfl/feed/2011-01/championship-sunday/story/nfl-playoff-team-reports-conference-championships

  • In reply to mottystone:

    I didn't see Irish's post yesterday (got too far behind). All the musicians mentioned are great. No doubt about it.

    My dream band is Professor Longhair and whoever is backing him.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Turns out Goldman Sachs' computers got half of them:

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chibrknews-limited-bearspackers-tickets-o-01182011,0,7084535.story?track=rss

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    If you can talk, we lost. Yay, hoarseness!!

    HAVE A GREAT TIME!!!!!! Oh, I am so jealous!!!!!

  • In reply to sjvl:

    Thanks. I'm glad you started posting regularly, you bring a nice perspective. Good story about your Dad.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Thank you!

    Only if I live to be as old as my dad will I see another game like we will see Sunday.

    If you happen to spill a beer on a Pecker fan, I won't mind.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    So, so jealous. Enjoy mang.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    make me proud Cor

  • In reply to BillW:

    Reposting from last thread... and I emplore all of you to go to Amazon and pick this thing up. However, if things go as planned, you can just pick up this season's DVD collection.

    I couldn't sleep last night... So, I went to the shelf and picked the old '85 Bears DVD set up. Searched for the first game against Green Bay and popped it in.

    To my delight, the piece of shit QB for the Packers was #12.

    After the first mauling face smash by the D, I slept like a baby.

    And a special "Fuck you" to Erin.

  • In reply to JohnGalt:

    Already have and enjoy it. Do you notice all the hits on QBs they let go that would be flagged in a eartbeat these days? McMahon takes a beating, regularly, on those disks.

  • In reply to BillW:

    Ha ha. This guy was too good for the Bears when he turned down an interview with the Bears for the OC position last spring. Now he's looking for a new job after getting canned today.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/01/18/jeremy-bates-out-in-seattle/

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Actually, our fucking Defense is why he's gone. BEAR DOWN!

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Karma, mt firends. Do NOT mess with Karma.

  • In reply to BillW:

    Your poor brother in law. They both belong in the hall. If he doesn't think Hampton belongs, he didn't watch many Bear games, or has absolutely no understanding of the game. Which is it Bill? I'm guessing he thinks AJ Hawk is one of the premier linebackers in the league.

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    He probably visits Charles Martin's grave regularly to mourn.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    In fairness to my brother in law, he is very disappointed in AJ Hawk. I actually played him up before the draft based on his college career as a "Bear type" linebacker and he respected my opinion (he has no use for college sports.)

    He is embarrased (rightly so) of the Forrest Greg years - especially Charles Martin.

    But he is surprisingly ignorant of the Bear/Packer history. Doesn't know how Halas stepped in the save the Packers in the early days of the NFL. And he annoyingly never has anything good to say about any Bear player with one exception - Payton. So it's difficult to see how much of it is his reacting to being a Packer fan in Bear country and how much is simply ignorance of football. His Dent/Hampton comments make be feel he really doesn't understand the game that well.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    This was sent to me by a buddy:

    Official Bears Prayer,

    Our Papa Who art a Bear, Hallowed by thy fame, Thy championship come, Thy play be run,At home as it is away, Give us that day-our Sunday win, And forgive us our turnovers, Though we pounce on those who turn against us. Lead us not into fourth and long, But deliver us...from the land of the cheese. In the name of Ditka, Butkus, And the Holy Payton, As it was in 1985, So shall it be in 2011, Without end reign, BEAR DOWN!!

  • In reply to Joseph:

    Damn that's cool.

  • In reply to BillW:

    He earned his money this year no doubt, but the rest of the $40M guaranteed still has to be earned. That gets harder the older you get.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    I hear he bit a moose.

  • This is my favorite post of the season. I could not agree with you more.

  • I posted this on the last thread, not knowing we had a new one:

    While driving to pick up my son from school, Peter King was on Colin Cowturd's show giving big love to our beloved Bears. Particularly Julius Peppers. Old Colin couldn't wrap his brain around the Bears (duh). I know I was driving with my mouth hanging open...

    Oh shit.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    Oh, boy. Colin Cowturd. Two weeks ago Colin was talking about how, once the Patriots win the Super Bowl and Brady is awarded MVP, we then have to consider Brady the all-time best quarterback in the league, leaving Joe Montana in the dust....how's that working out today?

    Also, Colin voiced the opinion that the Bears aren't a good "tv" team, since they don't have any exciting playmakers...except, he forgot to mention, THE BEST FUCKING PUNT AND KICKOFF RETURNER EVER TO PLAY IN THE NFL!!!!

    But it's a mistake to respond to these people with facts. They are not interested in analysis based on facts; they're interested in making money, and that comes from selling story lines to big market (east and west coast) audiences and making the facts fit those storylines. He is one annoying prick, though.

  • In reply to jj320:

    By the way, I was thinking how utterly awesome it would be if Cutler continues to improve, wins big games, wins a superbowl, and stays a fucking asshole to the press types like Reilly. I'm coming around to enjoy the "I don't give a fuck about the whoreson media" Cutler, and I can see all of Chicago joining together in raising a middle finger to the "analysts" who don't like Cutler's attitude, question his skills, etc. Fuck all them. He's the fucking anti-hero (as somebody said on an earlier thread), this is the city of big shoulders (as Carl Sandburg wrote), and we're going to collectively demolish everybody's new favorite quarterback on Sunday. I can't wait to see the tears in Aikman's eyes!

  • In reply to jj320:

    oh the disrespect. Does anyone outside of chicago believe that the Bears can win this game? Doesn't seem like it.

    Are the Packers good? Yes. Are they a GREAT team? No. There is no great team in the 2010 NFL. The Pats looked like it for awhile, but they lost too.

    The fact remains that we have a great chance to win this game. The pack are due for a let down after last week's huge road game. Winning 3 on the road in today's NFL (much less against playoff caliber teams) is a tough task. I think the deck is stacked in the Bears favor.

    Bears 27 Pack 24.

  • In reply to jj320:

    Yeah, Hester returning the opening kickoff for six in the Super Bowl was so September 10th.

  • Who do the Broncos think they are? The Bengals?

    http://www.tmz.com/2011/01/18/laurence-maroney-nfl-denver-broncos-arrested-mugshot-weapon-st-louis-permit-jail/

  • In reply to gpldan:

    no
    They think they're the only team in the nfl.
    just watch denver news sometime, notice i said news and not sports.

  • In reply to DENVERBEAR:

    I just had a flashback to the Denver press back in week 6 of 2009..."They're gonna win it all!"...and then kabloooey.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Little Red Riding hood what big dreads you have !

  • My wish list for this Sunday:

    1. Our 40's throwbacks. I mentioned this last post, but can't shake the thought of seeing our guys in those badass uni's. It would be awesome.

    2. 0 Picks from Cutler. I don't care if he throws 1 TD or 4, or runs a few in. We win if he's accurate and doesn't throw the ball to the Pack.

    3. Hester back for every kick and punt. I'm not asking for a return to the house, just the presence of the Windy City Flyer to fuck up their thinking.

    4. A front 4 for the ages. Pepp, AA, Big Toe, Butters, Woot and the Patty Melt enveloping Mr. Rodgers all day long.

    5. A double-dose of the Double Deuce. Forte for a least 25 touches. Runs, screens, I don't care. Just put it in his hands.

    6. No drops. If you get your hands on it, catch it. Fundamental football will win this thing and give us a shot a the Super Bowl.

    Regardless what the talking heads say, the team that commits the least amount of mistakes will win this weekend. Oh, and I hope we wear at least 3/4 " spikes, because footing will be paramount. I know it's not flashy, but that will send us to the big one. YOU CAN PUT IT ON THE BOARD..........YEAH!!!

  • Fuck peter king.

    That fat dildo is just covering his ass because he knows we're going to fucking beat the pack. Let's remember that in his latest brilliant ranking he has us 6th or something, and the packers #1. It left me wondering how can we be ranked 6th if there are only 4 teams left playing... the guy obviously skipped math in school. Fucking tool.

    I can't wait to hear the implosion of all of these hacks collective credibility this weekend when we beat the packers.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    FUCK PETER KING INDEED, MB.

    We know who they are, and we will not forget their disrespect for our Bears. I think I'm going back to my earlier idea of a self-imposed media (not DBB) blackout. I'm just getting pissed for no reason.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB--don't you know the Pats and Ravens are still better than we are? Just because we happen to still be in the hunt doesn't change anything.

  • In reply to jj320:

    Ahhhhh... makes total sense to me jj. Total and utter sense.

  • In reply to jj320:

    I just visited nfl.com (damn, I have no self control), and guess what every freaking article was about? Tom Brady. Last time I looked, they suck.

  • In reply to jj320:

    My advice to my beloved Bears:

    Go for it all. Take the penalties, take the fines. Win.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Let's see Julius REALLY earn his money this week. This is where great players become legends. Reggie White made huge, crucial plays for the fudgers in big games to help them win the SB. I want this signing to pay the same dividends. Oh, and Peter King picked Peppers as Defensive Player of the year and Chris Harris as All Pro FS.
    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/peter_king/01/18/nfl-all-pro-team/index.html

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    I don't know what's more surprising. That somebody mentioned Chris Harris as all-pro FS or that that somebody was Peter King. Chris Harris has had a nice season for us though. He's really been a big improvement over last year.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    I'm glad Pringles is in there at FS to be honest. DB run-stoppers are not required on Sunday.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    FUCK Peter Brady! And King.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I mean, sure, fuck Peter King. But he DID name Peppers as his Defensive Player of the Year and, in what shocked my balls into finally dropping after 30 years, gave Chris Harris a nod as his All Pro free safety.

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/peter_king/01/18/nfl-all-pro-team/index.html?eref=sihp

    The Peppers thing I could've seen coming from him as he's gotten a couple of thumbs up from mister man. But Chris Harris? FUCK YEAH.

  • In reply to evantonio:

    Crap. Flag on the play. 5 yards for illegal touching. Sorry Cormonster.

  • In reply to evantonio:

    Didn't Tillman have a much better year than Harris. What's that about? Corey Graham not making the pro bowl is what mystifies me.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    They're not going to be laughing very hard when we beat them.

    FUCKING DEAD!!!!!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    EXACTLY

  • In reply to irootedforjayin09:

    It's all about the almost total meanglessness of "Pro Bowl" designations.

  • In reply to irootedforjayin09:

    Your boy Roy and a breakdown of the seachickens game. Only 10 minutes this time but I can watch that first pass to Thor over and over and never get tired of it.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59ydawgL0tw

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Do they still make Circus tents? Because that's what Petey will need to cover HIS butt.

  • I know. And then 3 hours of high, high drama, an evening of pure satisfaction and then two more weeks of wait. But that's nothing compared to the 25 years we've waited to feel like we will this off season. Glory Be.

    It seems every year, The NFL becomes that much better than every other sport (despite Roger Goodell).

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