The Three Potential Opponents: Volume Three

It is something of a dream scenario.  The Seahawks upset the Saints Saturday and the Packers take out the Eagles.  That would bring, to Soldier Field, on a crisp Sunday afternoon...

#4 Seed
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
Why?
  1. They stink.  Though not as much as it stinks to be Robert Steele, who lost his eye at a two year-old girl birthday's party in Huntley over a Sox/Cubs debate.  (Apparently a Cubs fan stomped him in the eye with a steel-toed boot after he used baseball facts to support his case.)  
  2. The Seahawks sport the 27th ranked pass defense and the 21st rush defense and the Bears have improved immensely at both since their first meeting in Week Six.  (Listen, they don't rank good at anything.  They finished 7-9.)  The Bears would control the line of scrimmage on offense and move the ball easily.
  3. Other than their horribly played and boring as a WNBA game victory over the Rams, the 'Hawks lost their three previous contests 41-20 (San Francisco), 34-18 (Atlanta, at home) and 38-15 (Tampa).  That's 113-53.  That's not good.
  4. The Seahawks only beat two teams on the road, the Arizona Cardinals and the Chicago Bears.  But their victory over the Bears was before the Bears had solved their basic protection issues, moved to the short passing game and developed a consistent run attack.  The Seahawks may use it as to booster confidence (along with their first-round victory over the Saints) but the Bears will use it as motivation.
  5. Matt Hasselbeck is not healthy and without a healthy Hasselbeck, the 'Hawks have no shot at Soldier Field.
Why Not?
  1. Matt Hasselbeck, when he is healthy, knows how to dissect this defense.  And it doesn't seem to matter who is playing wide receiver as he guided Mike Williams to a career performance in Week Six.
  2. Leon Washington is the second best kick returner in the sport and can blow games open.
  3. They will have shocked the sports world and beaten the champions the week previous.  They may start to believe in themselves as a team of destiny.
  4. I can't come up with a fourth thing.  To be honest, that third one is a bit of a reach.  If we play the Seahawks and lose, I quit.

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  • First?

  • In reply to mikebdot:

    what a waste of a first. you had a chance to say something clever and moving. instead, you meekly questioned your moment of triumph.

  • In reply to evantonio:

    Ha.

    Is this willie?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    i wish. think of the chicks i could get.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Willie, me? Or an implied Willie whose reference I do not understand?

    If the former, then no. If the latter.. please explain.

    For clarification purposes, if it IS this Willie... your days of chick getting are long gone. You are a one girl type-o-guy, Willie.. JUST ONE.

  • In reply to JohnGalt:

    Ahhhh... there you are Willie.

    I thought you were trying to pull a Johnny and swap out the user name. Hadn't heard from you in a while, so I thought I'd throw it out there.

    Nice to have you back sir.

  • In reply to JohnGalt:

    oh. well. am i at least happy with the one girl?

  • In reply to evantonio:

    Well, it goes to show you how surprised I was that there were no comments present. Especially since I have had very little time recently to stop by. On December 14th my wife delivered our first baby, so been kinda out of it lately. She was a month early, but it's been cool as hell. What a different way to live.

  • Never trust a Cubs fan, or a guy named Boguslaw Czapla.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Hey!

    or should I say HEY HEY!!!!!

  • And this scenario is about as likely as Brian Urlacher employing the pull out method of birth control...not very.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    You know what they call people that practice coitus interruptus as their method of BC, right? PARENTS! Pre-cum has little swimmers in it, too.

  • I have a Forte Erection...

    From Da Site

    Few NFL players are performing at a higher level entering the playoffs than Matt Forte. In his final six regular season games, the Bears running back rushed for 502 yards while averaging 5.8 yards per carry.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Maybe Angelo isn't completely inept at evaluating talent, after all.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    doubt it.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    "Even a blind squirrel..." etc., etc.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    I think Angelo has positional flaws but I don't think he's a bad talent evaluator on the whole.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    I agree. Angelo doesn't have a great record with first rouund talent, but he does have great evaluation skills in the mid and late rounds. He suffers from not being very good at draft strategy - trading up and down or picking which position to focus on. Great example - Dan LeFeavre. Worth a try at QB, but why spend one of only 5 picks?

  • In reply to mottystone:

    "Angelo doesn't have a great record with first rouund talent"

    That's putting it nicely. He doesn't even have an average record with 1st round talent: Columbo, Haynes, Grossman, Chris Williams.

    We could get into his 2nd and 3rd round misses, too, but I start to get sad when I hear named like Bradley, Okwo, Bazuin, and Wolfe.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    So I never got this question answered... without opening the can of JA's efficacy back up...

    Do you think his draft mantra of, "we will draft at the spot given to us, and we will take the best PLAYER at that spot, instead of trying to fill gaps we know we need to fill"

    I know it's not that cut and dry, but this is basically what he's said his trade strategy is publically... and most of his picks bares that out (see how I did that btw?)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Every GM says that. Just like every poker player refuses to define his own style of play.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Ok, that makes sense to me GP.

    So *show me* all of these brilliant... no, that

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Amazingly, I read an article that claimed that Bellichick and Angelo share draft tid-bits on certain prospects, and are good friends.

    My first thought after reading the article was "Bellichick must be sabatoging Angelo's picks, giving him misinformation or something!" The article claimed that they shared player insight since there was no competition for the same players because the Bears and Pats draft completely different player to fit their schemes.

    Anyhow, ya, everyone says "We draft the best player on the board" but I think that's only true to an extent. Everyone knew that Angelo would most definitely draft a safety in the 3rd round this past draft. Were there other prospects that slipped that may have been graded higher at a different position? Most likely. But Angelo drafted out of need there. However, Angelo reverted back to his "best player available mantra" with Wooten and LeFever, and the former has only a handful of plays, and the latter is a backup qb with the Bungles.

    Next draft, if a top 5 DT slips to 32, do you think Angelo will be able to resist?

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    "But about five weeks ago, something happened. Maybe it was six weeks ago. But he just all of a sudden took it over."

    Mike, let me help you with this deep, murky mystery you've found yourself working hard to try and figure out. I'm going to put on my best Sherlock Holmes hat here for you buddy. Ok, here it is... ready

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    +50

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I can't even wrap my brain around the Seahawks. I don't think we're going to need to mention them again after this weekend.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    Totally agree. If they beat Saints I'm pretty sure the league will need to do an investigation to see who was on the take.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    This would be a great scenario for us!!!!!! and as for they way our season has gone..this is possible!! I would love to screw over the Seachicken...would drive the talking head apeshit!!! they would probably shit their pants....

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    and being the whiny babies they are, this would be different from any other day because?......

  • In reply to sjvl:

    sjvl......just watching them piss all over themselves would be priceless..

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    particularly Dilbert - er - Dilfer.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    more like dildo.

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    The Packers have a theme song now. And it REALLY SUCKS:

    http://content.usatoday.com/communities/gameon/post/2011/01/packers-now-have-a-theme-song-if-they-win/1

    They should be embarrassed.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    WTF???? It should be this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tqxzWdKKu8

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Ha!!! Or this:

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

  • In reply to sjvl:

    I love that song...LOL!!!!

  • In reply to sjvl:

    Amusing article (at least to me) on NFL poser teams over at the Cold Hard Football Facts. Scroll down to their description of the Bears (the one on the Packers is pretty good too):

    http://coldhardfootballfacts.com/Articles/11_3591_Lacey_Underall_and_the_NFL%27s_2010_posers.html

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Actually, they're all pretty funny...

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    My favorite line:
    " In fact, he has all the street cred of an actuarial table."

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Is the Bears guy really sporting a rug?

  • In reply to sjvl:

    The loss to Seattle was, arguably, their worst of the season, no?
    At least The Giants, Pats, Packers and even the 'Skins had soome real talent available. And that 'Skins game was a clear case of mismanagement.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Al...It was LDL and his minions going out or a joy ride:

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

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    What I want to know, lobo, is that the BOB BELL version of Bozo?

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    not sure...but had the opportunity to see on WGN a special called (senior moment here)......Ray, Bozo and Garf...man did it bring great memories growing up in Chicago. Had Bob Bell and he was a riot, just him and Cookie just being themselves.

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    I remember watching Ray and the Flintstones before school every day as a little kid. I remember the Cubs/Sox baseball hat and the jar of jelly beans. I could never guess that right.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Don't forget

    THE
    GRAND
    PRIZE
    GAME!!!

    I loved that.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    "Whoops, it's on a mommy!"

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I know exactly what you're saying! Aah, kids just don't know what they're missing with hundreds of channels......

  • In reply to sjvl:

    Got a great attachment forwarded to me today. There is a website called, I believe despair.com. It has dozens of send-ups of those "inspirational" sayings with photographs. You can also go there and create your own. The one a fellow Bear fan sent me today is priceless.

    Beneath a large photo in large letters its says "RETIREMENT." Just below that in smaller print is "Sometimes you need others to show you the way". The picture, of course, is Narcissus, lying face down on the turf after the last play of his career with Brian Urlacher standing there looking down at him.

    Classic.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    What a GREAT site! Never heard of it before.

    "Don't Ever Change. I always want to be better than you".

    Love it.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I love that site. I still need to pick up one of the "your glass is officially half empty" coffee mugs.

    I've often thought of replacing the posters at work with some of those on April fools day.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Bye..Bye..Vince Young....I really thought it would be Fish going first.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    Lame. Gotta love the original... but its not a fight song in any sense of the word.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Playoffs tickets sold out in SIX minutes.

    Bears fans are the best.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    Well, the scalpers are the best. They got 'dem computer thangs.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    The interwebs. Spooky.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Forte is one more good season away from being the second best back in Bear history (though my Dad, rest his soul) would argue for Rick Casares).

    From the other thread - rooting for GB. Yes - I WANT a Bears/GB championship game this year. It's like the poster who said he lieks to go "all in" early. Bring it on! If they lose, then they lose. And I would never say anything other than "GB was the better team". Iwoudl not make excuses like I know Packer fans would if they lost.

    (One exception - if Peppers or anyone got another phantom roughness call, then I'd be convinced the NFL wanted the Pack in the SB to stick it to Favre. That thought crossed my mind last week.)

  • In reply to BillW:

    Goodell....... had a Fear Boner for Farve!

  • In reply to BillW:

    Good profile of Rick Casares on the HISTORY OF THE BEARS DVD.

  • In reply to BillW:

    I want a Bears-Packers Championship Game more than anything in sports. It would be one of the most coveted tickets in sports history. I've been waiting for that moment most of my life.

  • In reply to BillW:

    That was MB I think who said that. And I agree, let the Fudgers come down so Martz can call a real game and we'll play for real this time.

  • In reply to Jokey:

    Nope it was GP.

  • In reply to Jokey:

    Yep, GP.

  • In reply to Jokey:

    Part of the reason I keep coming back to this site and staying active is all the smart people who contribute about the
    Bears and every other aspect of life. If it was only football, I would probably stray away and stop by occasionally. The tax and government debate with Trac, Posse, GP, SC, Irish, etc. was great.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    agree corm

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    I as well agree too also

  • In reply to BillW:

    There are Gale Sayers and Neil Anderson to pass first. I like Forte a lot, but he has some more numbers to put up first...

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Agree... not even close.... yet at least.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Gale Sayers is always tricky since injuries cut his career so short. I think he's of all the HOFS, he has the least seasons accrued. Neil Anderson may be a better comparison. But man, can Forte run routes and catch. I mean, he makes better catches than our TEs/WRs...has anyone ever seen him drop a pass? I can't remember one...

  • In reply to BillW:

    For you who cannot understand how I will not root for Philly. I will not read this book - the article gave me a chill....

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=%2Fg%2Fa%2F2011%2F01%2F05%2Fpetscol010511.DTL

    Michael Vick deserves to lose, and lose, and lose more.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    Maybe a sign at the game:

    "Saw Vick limping: Let's euthanize him"

  • In reply to sjvl:

    Just brutal. Fucking animal.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Hmmm... no pun intended.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Speaking of which...

    http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2011/01/rep.html

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    +100

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Good one MB. Happy belated B-day. Hope you were spoiled or soiled.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Thanks Canada. I had neither. I won't even tell the sad story. Just a year older sir.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    that was your best post ever...lol

  • In reply to BEARSFAN78:

    Ouch Were you around for any of my actually well thought out posts like the Tropic Thunder comparison? The posts that aren't just mind-diarrhea because I've become to comfortable here... like taking a dump with the door open in front of your wife.

    Damn, I need to find more time to bring some heat, that

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Hint, MB: Close the door, please.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    I actually don't do that SJ... that's one thing I've never understood. I'm a very private pooper... that's me time.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    As it should be, MB.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I found that surprising as well, MB. There have been some gems.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    I'll take what I can get these days Doc.

    getting old sucks.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    We're not getting older, we're becoming classics.

  • In reply to BEARSFAN78:

    But that *was* really good, MB

  • In reply to BEARSFAN78:

    Funny...

    So I just received an email out of the blue from my buddy the seahawks fan. Here's the subject line verbatim:

    "What the f is this ridiculous bs - send them both an email... now!!!!!"

    The body held only two links.

    First - to Don Banks power rankings

    Second - a link to Peter King's power rankings

    ...and I promise there was no badgering or leading the witness.

    Ps. I

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    For some reason I picture Crown riding a lawn tractor into the courtroom. Nobody can hear the judge bang the gavel. The bailiff just stands, stunned.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Awesome.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Holy shitballs. Pierre Thomas on IR. Who would have thought Reggie Muff would be there last back standing?

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Mmmmm.... Kardashian muff....

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Funny for us divorced guys...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgyg8vEHraE&feature=player_embedded#!

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    The only question I have about this is...they waited until the post-season to implement this?
    WTF.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/ct-spt-0106-brite-bears-chicago--20110105,0,5175953.story

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Fucked up timing, but I like the rule...

    ...until we score a field goal after the opening kickoff of one of our playoff games.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Not sure I like it yet. Particularly since we go to Robbie so often....

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Elementry

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    On the who's the best all time franchise debate, GB or Chicago, I add the following....

    The Packers do own the most championships overall with 12.
    The Bears have 9.

    Hall of famers? The bears lead the way with 26. Green Bay comes next with 21.

    The bears hold the head to head against the Pack, as has already been mentioned. the bears have had two of the best teams in the history of the game. The 1963 and 1985 teams, with several honorable mentions. The Pack had the Lombardi era where they won 6 NFL championships.

    The bears have had some of the most colorful and most respected players in the game. The Packers have done pretty well here too, but nobody was better than Sayers and Butkus to name a few.

    The Bears had more to do with the NFL coming into existence and then later coming into the starlight than any other team.

    George Halas

    Walter Payton.

    End of argument.

    The Bears are the best.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    There would be no Packers if it wasn't for George Halas. I'm pretty sure he bailed out Curly Lambeau back in the early 50's, if my memory is correct. The Packers basically played in a big HS stadium until Lambeau field was built.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    So you're saying, the Packers are basically the Bears farm team....

    hmmm. You're theories are intriguing to me, I'd like to subscribe to your newsletter.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Doc,
    You seem to enjoy my insight into all things Bears and the world and stuff. Listen to this for an hour and tell me your not smarter.
    http://frenchfriedpotatersaregood.ytmnd.com/

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Link did not work for me and I gotta get to work. But if its really about french fries, I offer this healthier alternative:
    http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/flash/eggsong

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Curly Lambeau? What happened to Moe and Larry Lambeau? lol

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    You'll get no argument from me, Doc. It's in my blood.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Preaching to the converted, Doc!

    Butkus

    Ditka

    We also sport way cooler uniforms. The puke green and piss yellow gb uniforms have to be the ugliest out there.

    It still bugs me more than a little that the ultimate trophy is called the Lombardi.

    They are our rivals, and methinks, worthy rivals. I think I read somewhere that like the past 20 games or so have been decided by a score or less either way. It's like Vietnam Vets having a grudging respect for the VietCong...on the other hand, familiarity does indeed breed contempt.

    Da Bears...

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    nitchske, hornung, starr, Lambeau and Lombardi are every bit as mythical as Payton, Sayers, Butkus and Halas. And most colorful players? Say what you will about Favre, but he was larger than life as a packer.

    The 85 bears were obviously the best team to ever play the game, but the rankings i've seen have the '62 and '96 packers over the '63 bears.

    The Bears are older, have more hall of famers, have the head-to-head, and the most wins of any team in the league....... But the advantages stop there....Lambeau Field is more storied than Soldier. Lombardi is the biggest name in the history of football....and i'd even give the edge of "great all time players" to Green Bay with Favre taking them over the top. And then you have the championships. 12 > 9, and their 3 superbowls, including the very first super bowl.

    Everyone is chasing the packers, we're just the only ones in reach.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    That's not necessarily true MB. Five weeks ago exactly, I threw a quarter in a fountain and wished "May Forte find his groove again, so that Culter can survive the season" and what do you know? WHAMO. Forte found his inner Marcus Allen lol

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    "His average of 4.5 yards per attempt was the best by a Bears running back with at least 200 carries since Neal Anderson averaged 4.7 yards in 1989."

    Everyone says the Bears are a QB-starved organization, but it's not like we've really have much RB success the past decade or so: Enis, Salaam, Raymont Harris, A-Train, Benson.

    Can you imagine how nice our run game would be if we traded Benson instead of TJ and had the human bicep in our backfield with Forte? Ah, Jerry. You shnook...

  • In reply to evantonio:

    I didn't like trading TJ but they could not trade Benson. Cedric looked like a bona fide star the previous year and TJ forced Jerry's hand.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Benson looked like a competent NFL running back in '06, but a bona fide star is a overstate the case a bit. The real reason that Angelo couldn't trade him is that bailing on the 4th overall pick after two years would have been admitted a huge mistake.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    +1

  • In reply to gpldan:

    -30 on the grammar though. I've got to learn not to post while distracted, or at least proofread my posts. Ugh.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    TJ is a locker room cancer. I still say he was traded because he's a punk bitch. Our locker room is solid and that's the one thing I actually like about Angelo. If guys get stupid he gives them another chance and if they do stupid shit again, bye bye.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    agree with Ufficio. Chris Johnson looked like a bona fide star as a rookie. Benson looked like a bona fide "maybe I'll break 1 tackle on this run" kind of guy.

    and let's look at what we got for TJ - swapping spots in the 2nd round with the jets and moving up 26 spots in the process. then, instead of using that pick on an available player like Tony Ugoh, Sidney Rice, or Steve Smith NY, he swapped the pick with San Diego and dropped back down to the 62nd overall pick.

    So let's review. Bears in 2006 have Thomas Jones. After the season, JA trades away Jones and the 63rd pick for the 37th pick, then flips that pick to SD for the 62nd (Bazuin) and 93rd (Wolfe) pick.

    TJ for Bazuin and Wolfe. I don't care if TJ is forcing your hand. You've got to do better than that.

  • In reply to evantonio:

    I think the key # is 237 carries. That should leave him with plenty "in the tank" for post season. Running these guys 300+ carries a season is nuts.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I'm with you Al. He's got to be one the freshest feature backs in the league right now. He should get the rock at least 25 times a game in the playoffs.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Ya, like they ran Priest Holmes and Clinton Portis...man, they beat those backs like a rented mule.

    Forte should be fresh, esp since he never runs between the tackles, even when the play is designed to do so. And it's only his 3rd year, to boot.

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    Chester Taylor is a help in this regard.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Coach...can you imagine if we had a real O-line...Crickey!

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Forte was a second round pick. Larry has one job, Bears propaganda. He can't even get that correct. What a dud!

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Pretty sure Forte didn't have 1600 yards from scrimmage last year, either.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/F/FortMa00.htm

    He did his rookie year though.

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