Thoughts on Dave Duerson and more...

My entire experience with Dave Duerson is on DVD these days; a set of DVDs chronicling the 1985 Chicago Bears season the Reverend's parents had made.  I can only say that when hard times hit members of the '85 team, we all hurt a little deeper and the outpouring of emotion from his teammates is well documented in the Trib.  The 1985 Chicago Bears, for some, are the pinnacle of success for a proud franchise.  For others they are the beginning of a life-long commitment.  But for all of us, they are family.  And a family member has passed.  RIP Dave Duerson.  You'll be missed.

Please, Rosenbloom.  That's Enough.
I get Steve Rosenbloom's thing.  He's negative.  He's an asshole.  Writers have been making their living covering sports that way in Chicago for fifty years.  But for him to write a column arguing that the only coaches who deserve contract extensions are Super Bowl winners is enough to make your head spin.  If that were the case, there'd only be like 8 coaches in the whole league.  Does Lovie Smith deserve to be rewarded for this successful year?  Of course he does.  Does he deserve to be obscenely rewarded?  No.  And he won't be.  One thing is puzzling about Rosenbloom and the Chicago media: when did the argument switch from the Bears being stingy to the Bears being too loose with money?  These guys are never happy and they never will be.  They want a Super Bowl every year in a league that's sent 10 different NFC teams to 10 consecutive Super Bowls.  They're lost.  Plain and simple.  And Rosenbloom is more lost than most.
New Punter in Town?
Richmond McGee's two-year contract with the Bears should signal what most of us have believed down the stretch of the season: the Bears are looking to replace Brad Maynard.  Maynard was downright horrible for a lot of the 2010 season and if Jerry, Lovie and company decide it's time to move on, I'll support that decision whole heartedly.  Maynard's tenure with the Bears has been an undeniable success as he kept the club in games while they staged some horrid offenses.  But hopes that he'd be another Landeta or Feagles seem for naught.
Soldier Field to Stay Soldier Field
For those of us who love having a stadium free of corporate sponsorship, I am excited to see this piece by Sean Jensen in the Sun-Times

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  • Not the first to say that DD was one of the names from the 85 team that I revered most. Playing SS in college made me appreciate his skills even more. #22, Fencik, Plank, Lot, Mike Brown...

    It

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    yes, I threw lot in there because he's a bad ass and was one of the guys I watched all I could. He COULD have been a bear in my mind.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    lott?

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    You are correct sir. It was early. My bad.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    Bear down.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    Well DD shot himself. How sad for his family and friends.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    As a guy who's suffered 3 concussions in his life, I believe that it's those injuries, and more to the point the lack of understanding as to how to handle them and the increased damage done by playing too soon after suffering one that causes these guys later in life to lose it. Mike Webster of the Steelers never missed a game, won 4 rings, yet ended up homeless and borderline crazy before he died. He dealt with "chronic traumatic encephalopathy", which is essentially a deterioration of the brain due to trauma. I know, I know, it's a game and we love it and we want them to play it at 90 mph. Damn, though, these guys really are killing themselves for us, they just don't know it yet. Damn shame.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    Damn man. In the chest??? Just an all around bummer. Fuck.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/20/sports/football/20duerson.html

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    In his way, and I'm not excusing it one way or the other, I think he was trying to be as selfless as he could possibly be in the most ultimately selfish act. I really feel for his family. It has to be hard when all this stuff plays out in the public realm, whether you want it to or not, just because your family member played pro sports 20 years ago.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Ugh, MB. He planned it too. So sad.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    I know SJ, save the brain for research. Really sad. But shooting yourself in the chest must be scary as hell. Lot bigger margin of error that in the head. Sucks.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Not if you use a shotgun. I have no idea what he used (and really don't want to know) but a shotgun is about as deadly up close as anything you can use.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Not pretty, either way. He meant it.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    No doubt. Maybe donating his brain will help with studies about brain trauma.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Rams released Otagwe, any interest?

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    My guy says no

    Chicagonow.com/chiball

  • In reply to loxas2372:

    my hunch says they will look at OJ but not if it costs them big. didn't he get hurt at the end of last season? knee injury?

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    R.I.P.......DD hanging with WP these days...Blessings

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    with him Harris, Manning and Wright I'd say we would be stacked at safety

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Just when you thought it was safe to go back on Da Bears blog .... Attack of the Trac! Ugh!

  • In reply to Jlehr:

    Shhhhhhh, it's been relatively quiet.

  • In reply to Jlehr:

    I don't hold the naming of Soldier Field with as much reverence as you. The stadium itself has been so drastically changed over the years that changing it to Frito Lay's Soldier Field would make no difference to me. Take the money and run like the rest of the sports teams. Soldier field used to be this huge stately stadium that sat around 100k and had a race track around the field. I used to go and watch stock car racing there when I was a kid. Its probably less than half of the original stadium structure itself. Selling some amount of sponsorship as long as they keep Soldier Field in the name is fine by me.

  • In reply to Jlehr:

    The part of the story about the Cubs selling naming rights, it's called "Wrigley" Field, it's named after a chewing gum company dickhead. I'm sure they could get a yearly fee for keeping that name on the park.

  • In reply to Jlehr:

    Has anyone taken the tour at soldier field? I'm planning on going march 12th.

  • In reply to Jlehr:

    I have not. But I would like to hear all about it on March 13th...

  • In reply to Jlehr:

    IT was just as much attack ON Trac as it was attack BY Trac. Ironic how both sides get their knickers in a twist. I will say again what I've said before. The will to believe is never coerced. So attacking it one way or another (pro or con) is counter productive. I purposely stayed out of the conversation for that reason. There are forums for such things where a whole lot more reason or light could be shed on the subject. This blog ain't one of them.

  • In reply to Jlehr:

    Wow. R.I.P. Dave.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    where you been mang? New gig? More kids?

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I am really sad to read about DD today. I was hoping he did not feel the need to kill himself, but he obviously did. Very sad.

    I do not favor Frito Lay Soldier Field - just leave it alone. My grumpy two cents this morning.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    Lou Malnatis' Soldier Field?

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    US Army Soldier Field would be the only sponsor that would make sense.

  • In reply to buckbear:

    That would definitely work.

  • In reply to buckbear:

    Wisconsin and NFL owners - working to destroy collective bargaining for your misery.

    Jeff on correct on Rosenegative - we Chicago fans have been more than inundated throughout the years with a "second city" sports press.

  • In reply to buckbear:

    Hey Eggo brain - Those wealthy white morons want to destroy labor collective bargaining and so do the NFL owners. If there is no connection between football (NFL) why the monstrous American flags and The idiotic Tillman fiasco. Wake up. and if you're a Trac-ster just keep on cutting those taxes and wages until we can all go into corporate slavery whistling and happy.

  • In reply to buckbear:

    Bisquick Waffle brain - Your endless, meaningless, useless bullshit on the Bears is more like Bing, Yahoo, Twitter and Facebook detritus. Shut up about others comments that you dislike since you dislike anything and everything except yourself which is par for someone your age.

  • In reply to kenbill:

    Tough day, Jack?

  • In reply to kenbill:

    It makes me sad that this is the blog on a Sunday. We need football back... please guys let this mediation work.

  • In reply to mottystone:

    No news, Dave Duerson's death, and that last thread set the tone, I think.

  • In reply to kenbill:

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/02/20/angelo-fears-lockout-will-taint-game/

    I have to agree with PFT, this is a surprisingly stirring comment from Jerry Angelo. I think he has it exactly right. Football is ultimately just entertainment, but the game means a tremendous amount to its fans and provides a needed break from the stress of work.

    I agree that the worst possible outcome of all of this is if the new agreement (and there will be one eventually) taints the game. The league needs parity, and it needs to let the players play.

  • In reply to kenbill:

    Ok Jack - I talk about Salary Caps, Depth charts, player performance, free agency and post articles that pertain to the Bears in addition to shit that makes me laugh and that others will find amusing as well. I have wholeheartedly disagreed with 3 original posts in 2 fucking years and commented on them. you post shit about comic books, random musings, wordplay and only recently have you even mentioned the fucking team in your posts. You don't even know what the Waffle part of my name means because you have been here for a couple of months. The fact that i'm even responding to this post kind of makes me mad at myself. I find it amazing and a little sad that you were able to work in the death of Pat Tillman into your bizarre Tea Party NFL Owner conspiracy theory.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    god damn why did i even respond to this crazy ass post? SC Dave, i feel like i let you down and it's not even a Packer troll. Jack, post shit on the Bears from now on or at least make me laugh and amuse me. OR at the very least put some fucking effort into your arguments/statements like GP. I disagreed with some of the content but at least he backed his shit up with thought out ideas and not a fucking one sentence lazy ass post.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    No I didn't. (Did you see what I did there?)

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    RIP Duerson.

    I mentioned this in an earlier thread, but I applaud the NFL for finally investigating the long term trauma of concussions. The data (unfortunately, ex-NFL players who have committed suicide, homicide, or are dysfunctional in society) is undeniable. So when Jason Witten throws a temper tantrum on the sideline because the coaches don't let him back into a game after being concussed, he should get this article stapled to his head. All of us want to see the best players, esp QBs, "toughing it out", but we're not the one's paying the price.

    On an anecedotal level, I remember clearly when one of my teammates was concussed on a special team's play. He CRUSHED the Kick-returner, and everyone went "ooohhh". The guy sitting in the nosebleeds heard the "snap" of two helmets echoing. My teammate began running to the sideline, THEIR sidelines. We started calling him from across the field, and the other team were looking at him, pointing to our sidelines. When he got back, I remember our coaches doing the eye test, and asking him his name, where he's at, and he just had a dazed looked in his eyes - you could tell he was really trying to remember, but he just kept spitting out, "I don't know. I don't know - fuck! Fuck!" It was startling. I can't imagine how experiencing several concussions over a career (which usually starts in Pop-Warner) would effect a person long term.

    I've been in car accidents where my friends were knocked out, and they displayed the same traits. Makes you think...

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    Its not just the concussions, although they are certainly devistating. I remember someone telling me about the NFL hall of fame taking a group photo. They had risers set up so they could put players in rows and you could just see all the older guys staying away. Their knees were so messed up they couldn't do stairs.

    I definitely respect Favre and his ilk for playing no matter what... but I can't blame Jay for a second for coming out in that game. The guy's knee could have been ruined for life.

    That's one thought I've had about Cutler really. He obviously is dedicated to the team and improves from year to year, but you get the sense that he's got stuff going on other than football. I think that might be why he ignores the reporters a bit... he still wants to have a life outside of the game. While it makes fans upset to think that way sometimes, it definitely makes for better mental health when its time to hang up the cleets.

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    I know there is a good chance that some brain deterioration may be found in Duerson but part of me thinks about the other parts of his life and whether those failures POST footall career may have pushed him to the edge. Marriage failed, domestic battery, failed business? For a top tier athlete that has only known success when successes stop coming it may be tough to deal with. I guess we will find out in the coming months and year with Dave.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    More will come out later, I agree. His death was pretty dramatic, and is coming at a pivotal time in the NFL, so this story won't fade as quickly as some others have.

    Seems as though someone could have intervened. I read a report that said he made the request for his brain tissue to be analyzed - - - ding, ding, ding! That would have been a red flag for me...

  • In reply to sjvl:

    SJ, you're right about it being a red flag but that's in hindsight. I had a friend hang himself and had no idea he was so depressed. He was married with 2 young kids. Sitting around with some friends afterwards, it became apparent he was depressed but it never ocurred to me at the time. It's just so sad.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Oh, I know, Canada, and I am sorry to hear about your friend.

    I'm just saying that if he really was talking about having tests on his own brain tissue, I would have hoped someone's ears perked up when they heard it. Who knows though. We weren't there.

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    I thought the Fridge story was too depressing. This is ten times worse to me. So sad for his family and for all football fans and players. What is the limit to the level of risk they allow themselves to undergo to entertain us? And how fragile are we as human beings? It is truly scary to think of the real answer to either of those questions.

  • In reply to buckbear:

    ...as I refer back to an earlier thread and my post about questioning my continued support of this sport that I love so dearly, but didn't know all the damage done beginning in High School and just continuing onward. Wow, that's a horrible sentence, but you get my drift.

  • In reply to buckbear:

    I can't add anything about Duerson. The only way I can deal with suicide is to believe the person wasn't in their right mind when they did it. Truly a shame.

    As far as the stadium rights are concerned, if the McCaskey's would invest the money in the team, go corporate. If they are just going to stuff the dough in their pockets, uh no. Naming rights and tons of ads in stadiums don't bother me at all.

    Jeff, just give up reading Rosendouche. I did years ago and my IQ increased by about 10 points. Some media assholes make a good point every once in a while. Rosendouche isn't one of them.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    'Rosendouche', indeed. +50

  • In reply to sjvl:

    No, no, and no. Just Soldier Field will be fine. I am glad Chicago mayoral candidates understand the importance of this.

  • No shit, Sd.

  • I have been bitching about the stupidity of an 18 game season since the topic first came up. Glad to know that some others are on board with the notion.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    +1, SC.

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