I Used to Love the NFL in April

This was an actual dialogue between my brother Jon (a die-hard Jets fan) and myself (a Chicago Bears addict):

Jon: I haven't followed any of this labor stuff.
Me: I haven't either.
Jon: I just don't care.
Me: Just let me know when they play the games.
Jon: How was the US vs. Argentina game?
Me: Cold but amazing...
(The conversation then drifted off to soccer for thirty minutes.)

The NFL has a draft to hold in three weeks.  Three weeks.  And if they don't reach a labor agreement prior to that time, the draft will have none of the excitement or juice of years past.  Without the ability to trade players on draft day, without the build-up of free agency and roster turnover, the draft will simply be a television exercise.  And a television exercise wherein no amount of Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay bitch-fighting will be able to steer the conversation away from labor.  Away from the prospect of there not being OTAs and training camp.  Away from the prospect of there not being an actual football season.  And, really, who the hell wants to sit through that?
Listen, I'm not going to boycott the NFL.  I'm certainly not going to boycott the Chicago Bears.  Even if they returned to action on November 1st there is little chance I'd be able to stay away from the television set.  But normally, at this time of year, I am clamoring for the release of the NFL schedule.  In fact, last year I called the NFL offices several times.  Normally at this time of year I am reading every piece of information I can find about the first four rounds of prospects.  Normally at the time of year I am calculating my finances to see if its possible for me to spend a month of the summer in Bourbonnais.  This year I'm not because right now, I don't care.
And I am on the top of the NFL fan mountain - the passionate blogger who has cried at victory and broken up with women after defeat.  What is the middling fan going to do should this labor dispute be prolonged?  What is the family man with other things on his plate going to do come September without football?  What is the sports bar owner across the country going to do on Sunday afternoons when the leaves change?  There are so many questions.  I wonder if the NFL has any answers.
But only one question matters to me.  One single question.  Are they playing football?  Because until I know they are, I don't care about the rest of it.

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  • I couldn't agree more. I have no interest in hearing about the ongoing dispute. Who said what, who wants what, who tweeted this or that...just fix the damn thing. Thank god I have baseball to distract me for a while.

  • In reply to BigT:

    Your kind of a big deal

  • In reply to BigT:

    On a side note, Derrick Rose is a Jedi.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    2+

    Carry the whole team, he has.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Yoda??

    Do or do not... there is no try.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Trading down is kinda like having more lottery tickets to win the lottery, but it doesn't guarantee you will.

    If we do happen to trade down, I would be OK with it. How would you feel if we were able to get more guards/centers/tackles/ in the second and third round? Sounds more legit than taking a more expensive project at round 1. Your thoughts?

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    It's totally possible that we trade down for various reasons.
    1) Pouncey, Carimi, Solder, Liuget and a few others are gone by 29.

    2)Some qb starved team who passed on a qb with an early pick begins to get antsy and trades back into the late first round. This is almost becoming standard. Let's say the Cards who pick at 5 couldn't draft Gabbert or Newton, so they wait till the second round to get Locker, Mallet or Ponder, but don't want to risk the Bengals beating them to the punch, so they trade their second round pick and maybe a third to move up. I could easily envision that.

    It all depends on what players are still on the board. Would I take a trade like that scenario instead of just drafting Solder, Sherrod, or Watkins?...that's a tough call.

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    Do you really think Solder will be that good ? I want to avoid paying a first round pick all that money if we can get him in the second round or if we can get more people via free agency.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    I'm not sure how good Solder will be - I personally think he's gonna slide, but he's projected to be gone by 29. Solder reminds me of Butter - Athletic, Big Bodied, but questionable strength. By all accounts he is "tougher" though, which goes a long way for an Olineman in my books.

    I'm not sure we can gamble on "upside" again though...

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    even after years later he's still right on about Bears Management..thank you Jimmy Mac:

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/04/11/jim-mcmahon-on-cutler-lockout-brain-injuries-and-girls-at-byu/

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    I'm not sure if any of you remember me posting about this last year but, there is this little thing called The Bigger Dance http://thedance.seainternet.com/default.aspx . Instead of filling out a bracket for a basketball tournament, you fill out a bracket for what basically amounts to a hot-woman tournament. The winner gets tickets to any sporting event in the world or something like that. So I created a Da Bears Blog office pool. I though some of you all might like to join. Go to the site above, click on "join an office pool" which is under the "interact" drop down menu.

    The Pool Number is 1121

    The Password is Halas34.

    It's fun. We get to look at hot women and compete over who has the best eye for hot women. Whatever. Just join.

    ALL OF YOU. DO IT!

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Don't have to tell me twice

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Wow... My bracket is tough after the first round..sheesh.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    my final four is hurting. hard.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    How do we see what everyone else is choosing?

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Not sure. We may have to wait until the pics deadline for that. So far, only you, me and FQ have signed up.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    I guess Irish and MB are scared.. bawk bawk lol

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Exactly Erik.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Come on MB, it's fun and you can win a trip to somewhere. Why not?

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Fres.. you should do it too!!! I am going to peer pressure everyone! lol

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    http://www.chicagobears.com/news/NewsStory.asp?STORY_ID=7731

    I like this part: "...as the sides agreed on individual issues, she or the appointed mediator could move each one off the table, making for a more efficient process, without allowing one side or the other to go back on something that was already agreed upon"

    Seems like the obvious way to do things. But I'm fairly naive about such things, I will admit.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    To all my brothers and sisters on the blog. Here's a killer track by Jeff Beck and Imelda May. Hope you like it.

    http://s401.photobucket.com/albums/pp94/theaudiopervjr/?action=view¤t=imeldamayjeffbeckleno_Segment100-00-01-00-04-07.mp4

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    That was awesome Canada. Thank you.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    SSSSSSSSSSSSWWWWWWWWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEETTTTTTTTTTTT!!!!!

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    There's our Imelda. Nice catch.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    This might be one of the funniest things I've seen... all day: http://chickswithstevebuscemeyes.tumblr.com/

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I said Goddamn.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    that was chilling

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'm getting a little excited for the draft. Personally I hope the mediation gets ironed out before the draft so we see a shit load of last minute strateegery.

    I had a dream last night that i slept with Cindy Crawford...and that we drafted Phil Taylor. I woke up and just laughed. My wife looks over annoyed and i just tell her that i'm sick in the head.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    waffle....aren't we all as husbands sick in the head one way or another?

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Years ago I was just about to saddle up with Lynda Carter when I thought, "Holy Crap I'm married. I can't do this." and I woke up. Couldn't even get laid in a dream. My wife at the time thought it was really funny.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    wondah woooomaaaaan!

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Since at this time she's not your wife, are you sorry you didn't "tag" Wondah Woman"

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    Murph, I was pissed when I woke up. I'm not sure I'm over it now. We had just seen a movie where she was naked in a few scenes and apparently it was burned into my pornographic memory.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    What movie was it?

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    I had to google it. Bobbie Joe and the Outlaw. Needless to say the movie sucks moose wang but she looked great in it. After that movie she found god. Damn it to hell.

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    If Pouncey or Gabe does not fall to us or any other starting player, we will trade down. Jerry will be to scared to pick a project 1st rounder.

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    The Bears are scheduled to play the London game against Tampa this season?

    That's lovely.

    JUST lovely.

    All together now....

    GIMME AN "F", GIMME A "U"....

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    "Wud yuh loik some crumpits with ya warm beer durin' the gime, guvna?"

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Al....+1

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    I know what you mean Waffle. I've often wished my morals didn't enter into my dreams. I could live some other life in my dreams. I could be a gansta, I could be a baller, I could be Hugh Hefner. But sadly, it doesn't work that way. The worst for me was when I started dreaming about mathematics during grad school. That's when I stopped doing homework at night. Haven't done math at night since.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    hmmm...sleeping with Cindy just felt moral. Picking Phil Taylor instead of trading up for a plug and play O-lineman felt dirty.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    It would have been even weirder if when you woke up, your wife was in a Phil Taylor uniform and she had a Cindy Crawford mole.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    And that is exactly how Kate Middleton looks at 40. Chilling.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I don't get the whole obsession with that wedding... who fucking cares. We're such a garbage society. Frightening.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    All those people obsessed with that wedding say the same thing about us. Guys spending half their day talking about a sports team that may not even play next season. Obsessing about who their team may choose to play for them next season. Damn I love me some garbage society!

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    Hahahahaha... well, it's not really the same murph, but I get your point.

    Didn't know weddings were a spectator sport.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Apparently, you've never seen Wedding Crashers. The jerk off scene under the table had me laughing so damn hard, I couldn't stop. I would remember the scene a half hour later and just start busting up.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    A true classic!

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    I have... a movie about weddings is different than an actual wedding... the actual ones are not nearly as funny. trust me.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Boy don't I know that!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    My point is, to some people (like the dudes in Wedding Crashers), weddings are a spectator sport.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I believe it is if you are royalty in England.

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    alas, I am not Murph.

    Luck of the draw and all that.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    There's a new Champ: http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_upshot/20110412/od_yblog_upshot/new-chili-pepper-crowned-worlds-hottest

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB...being from the land of Hatch Chiles...It's not the going in you worry about..It's the exit...youch!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    That would send white hot flames out of my a-hole MB. Can't do the crazy spicy food anymore. Still like the taste of it but man, anything hotter than "hot" wings and my chili-spickit is in a heap of trouble. Directly correlated to turning 30 a few years ago...

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Weddings ARE spectator sports FOR CHICKS. I think they even have magazines and shit for that, like SportsIllustrated but for women.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Didn't I see them in ZOMBIELAND?

  • In reply to BigT:

    Brilliant, Waffle. I really want some linemen so Jay can stick it to the Pack and the rest of the league this year. If we could actually use the deep ball to Hester or Knox, this offense would become so much scarier for opponents. When DBs double up on the outside, Olsen/Bennett could kill defenses over the middle all day long. Cover the middle, and watch DBs trip over themselves chasing Knox/Hester like Peanut trying to cover Steve Mighty Mouse Smith in January 05. Oh, my bad, not a good memory. Now my head hurts.

  • In reply to bearsfanatic:

    linemen you shall have fanatic. I predict Cullen Jenkins in Free Agency, 2 O-linemen from the draft and a corner.

  • In reply to bearsfanatic:

    MB you sumbitch. it's 63 and sunny today in Chicago. Feels like 75. Margaritas are flowing and the neighbors are feisty. this could be a long night. now one up me and make me jealous you bastard.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    It only got to70 today lad .. but the Margies flow right from the faucets here... and we have trees that grow cooked fish tacos... when they say 'casual friday', the chicks show up to work in g-strings. Bbqs happen spontaneously, as do happy hours.

    ...it's OK.

    Glad to hear it my man, hope you had fun.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    sounds like the kind of paradise i would want if i went on jihad against packers fans.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    The resistence can't afford to lose you

  • In reply to BigT:

    Trail Blazers: #1

  • In reply to BigT:

    should we turn the music off since you're still talking?

  • We're on the exact same page Jeff. It's hard to imagine you can't split a $9.3 billion pie. The point 3 seems insignificant until you realize that's $300 million.

  • THIRD!!! Motherfuckers!!!

  • Know what, I'm just going to keep posting about stupid shit like bacon and Alec Baldwin until we have football again.

    Oh, what... alec Baldwin you ask?!?!? What the...

    Yeah,alec fucking Baldwin

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Oh yeah... and the Beastie Boys too: http://beastieboys.com/preorder/

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Holy crap, how much did that cost to make? Not to mention, what the fuck are Stanley Tucci and Susan Sarandon doing in a Beastie Boys promo. They're even older than me.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    That was way sweet.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    ... and will the chicken wing industry ever recover... so many questions about life Jeff... so, so many.

    Hey I have another one, What happened to our shirts?

    lastly, "and broken up with women after defeat". Glad we got that cleared up, I've always wondered... nothing personal, just the whole tights and drama thing.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Good One!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/multimedia/photo_gallery/1104/super.bowl.rings/content.20.html

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Agreed, except I still can't help reading about the Bears. Like how Cutler finally talked in an interview with the Sun-Times (predictable stuff) and the Fridge got his SB ring back thanks to a 10-year-old kid (how'd it end up for sale in NY???). Nice visual of the 85 ring btw, MB. Beautiful. I'm desperate at this point. I don't care much about baseball, college BB is over now after Butler forgot that you don't get points for hitting the rim, and I half-heartedly root for the Pacers (live in Indy area) who will get pummeled as the 8th seed in the East. I need the NFL to get it together and fast. Please.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Jeff, you seriously need to put the links back at the top of the page. You know, the ones that tell me there is a new thread while I flounder away alone on the last thread for hours. C'mon mang, you're killing me.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Here's what I do to alleviate the issue Doc... just 'favorites' the main page and go there everytime you hit the site, yeah you have to click the comments link every time, but it's better than talking to yourself in an empty room.

    Oh, and Jeff can't change it back, send a note to ChiNow.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Hey, let's not underestimate the value of talkin' to yourself in an empty room!

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Very true al.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    For the owners and players..... hit it!

    We've Got The Brand New Woo-Woo Guaranteed
    Like Yoo Hoo
    I'm On Like Waffle, Yea Mister Magoo
    I'm not A Newlywed, but A Divorcee
    And Everything I Do Is Funky Like Tony Dorsey
    Well, It's The Taking of Pelham, One, Two, Three
    If You Want A Doodoo Rhyme Then Come See Me
    I've Got The Savoir Faire With The Unique Rhyme
    And
    I Keep It On And On, It's Never Quitting Time And
    Strictly Hand Held Is The Style I Go
    Never Rock The Mic With The Bacon Hose
    I Strap On My Blog Goggles And I'm Ready To Go
    'Cause At The Boards Is The Man They Call The
    Mario
    Pull Up At The Function And You Know I Kojak
    To All The Party People That Are On My Bozak
    I've Got More Action Than My Man John Woo
    And I've Got Mad Hits Like I Was Rod Carew

  • In reply to gpldan:

    2 thoughts:

    1. this was a very witty Beastie Boys inspired rhyme
    2. a tiny part of my brain can't help but think i'm being compared to Mister Magoo. That may be a stretch and it may be giving GP a whole shit ton of credit but i do believe that was an ultra covert dig at yours truly.

    I could be totally wrong though....

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Dude, you were the only one that got a shootout... and I think it was just a rhyming thing.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Uhhh... I meant shoutout

  • In reply to gpldan:

    my sentiments exactly blog fader...Fuck you NFL or now!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Total Access on Cutler : http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-total-access/09000d5d81f29d8f/Can-Cutler-bounce-back?module=HP_cp2

    Sun-Times article : http://www.suntimes.com/sports/football/bears/4719731-419/sun-times-exclusive-bears-qb-jay-cutler-speaks-his-mind.html

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    the gunslinger is coming back this season. let's give him some weapons. let's get Forte the ball on the ground and in the air. let's move the fucking pocket.

    i'm ready for the draft and i'm ready for free agency. we just need the owners and players to stop fucking around and make a good deal for everyone. both sides are going to have to come to the middle ground. As we slide further into April i get more and more nervous.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    pimphat seeks attention
    owners take out tape measure
    cock length measured til June

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    COMEBACK!...when the fuck was he down and ever out? THe only way to shut these fuckers up:

    1 throw for over 4500 yards
    2. have a top five passer rating all year
    3. Win the Division and fuck the Peckers
    4. Win the Big Ring and tell them to kiss your hairy white ass while on the podium winning the MVP at the Superbowl.

    FUCK ME..I am so sick of this and the labor bullshit of the NFL boys and Girls..one reason I have not posted in a while..I'm tired of it. DAMN BEYOUCHES!

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    wow Loboto, with those kind of numbers you could alledgedly rape 2 girls, run an interstate dogfighting operation including the systematic killing of the dogs that lose, NOT spend time and resources raising money for underprivileged kids and those with diabetes and kill a father of 3 heading to his 3rd shift factory job while driving drunk as you head to a press conference sponsored by Rick Reilly and refuse to acknowledge inane bullshit reporter questions specifically designed to draw a negative reaction or crazy quote from you.

    Am I in the fucking twilight zone???

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Sounds like a normal friday night for congress.

    Sorry, couldn't resist... and I'm too lazy to go looking for great bacon or alec baldwin footage this morning.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    i don't know how alot of those dudes look at themselves in the morning and honestly think they do a good job. if you and i ran our business like they do we'd starve to death and in some cases we'd might be killed by certain clients for fucking up so bad.

    Just caught a couple episodes of 30 Rock. Baldwin makes me laugh out loud sometimes.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Agree on all items Johnny. Fucking pathetic.

    As for Baldwin, you can't beat this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-AXTx4PcKI&sns

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    the good part Lobo is that this may only last a month or so longer.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Until we draft a kicker that Angelo thinks was too good to pass over ...

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    he'd better not fuck up this draft

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Hope you're not holding your breath Johnny... you have a family now... don't do it!

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    I don't give a shit unless we actually miss games. The Bears will actually have an advantage over a lot of other teams if the lockout disrupts ota's and training camp. We have a veteran team with all of our main players coming back next year.

    Middling fans won't give a shit either, unless games are missed. That is the key, keep the season in tact and the league won't miss a beat. They do have some issues to clean up, and this labor thing will probably prove to be a good thing in the long run.

    Optimistic Stache signing off.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Yup, the more training camp missed the more of an advantage we have over 'new' teams. Sweet. Shame there aren't any in our division.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'll do it but, I'm not happy about it!

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Doc, I actually think it's a system wide thing. Let me look into it.

  • In reply to JeffHughes:

    Finally. That's all I ask. Thank you so much, sir.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Ask and you shall receive. I was starting to think the blogfather on the pixalated sky abandoned us.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    http://www.suntimes.com/sports/football/bears/4720524-419/trip-to-kenya-gives-jay-cutler-a-big-dose-of-perspective.html

    Cutty giving back. Love it.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Waffle love this point:

    Cutler is torn about his approach toward community relations. Fiercely private, he would prefer to donate his money and his time without fanfare or media coverage, as he did when he handed out Christmas gifts to patients at the University of Chicago Comer Children

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    I'm speachless: http://cosbysweaters.com/2011/04/10/tom-brady-is-human-shows-emotion/

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Right now I am living on Blackhawks and Bulls. My Cubbies are more disappointing than the NFL right now IMO.

    What the hell will I do here in Pennsylvania with no football all winter? Hmmmm????? It is not a pretty prospect.

    The kitchen renovations go on and on and on, somewhat like the ridiculous wrangling of the owners vs. players. Just wanted to check in and let you know I am still alive, still a Bears fan, for whatever it's worth these days. Boy that Cutler interview was weak. I am bummed.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    Hang in there. We did kitchen renos years ago and our kitchen was a disaster for 1.5 years (I work at a slow pace). Overall I thnk the Cubs will be OK. Not great but with a few breaks, who knows?

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    One and one half years Canada? I wouldn't survive it.

    I know the Cubs will be ok. They always are.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    It wasn't a well thought out plan. After a while I got used to the clutter. My ex was very patient.

  • In reply to sjvl:

    Sadly, this year''s 'Hawks are a mere shell of the squad that won the cup. "Steeger", Ladd, Big Buff, Madden, and others. An awful lot of depth zapped away by the cap. Vancouver is just itching to erase the memory of being sent to the golf course by the Blackhawks the last TWO seasons. Still, the season series was 2-2 and the 'Hawls outscored them, 12-8.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Who loves JA?

    GET HIM!!! http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    I think 85B4 already posted SJ... to that I say, fucken a man. Always the motherfucking bridesmaid...

    Why can't we have a GM worth a shit, once again Peter 'Fat Boy' King says the Pats will 'as usual' get a 1st rounder in 2012 because of brilliant deal making in the past and this year.

    Jesus fucking JA is the antithesis of Billecheat and Kraft. Fucking pathetic and blood pressure spiking. I am seriously disgusted with this shit.

    Viva, I

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Oh, you meant the article about McClain. Another 2nd round project from a small school.

    Sweet.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I used to love Da Bears Blog in April.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    Ghost!

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    I used to love Pastrami on rye with some Grey Poupon. Now, it's not good for the ticker. Sigh.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Just stick to bacon cheeseburgers with extra cheese and 3 strips of deep-fried bacon. Some extra mayo never hurts. Man those are good.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Hold the mayo and give me pickles, mustard, and ketchup.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Possible talking points:

    1. Is judge Nelson's ruling going to actually help speed up a resolution to this urination contest?

    2. Is Mel Kiper Jr pissed that Todd McShay is viewed as an equal when it comes to "THE DRAFT"?

    3. Has John Clayton ever put his penis in any living female person?

    4. Could Merril Hodge dress worse?

    5. For all of the bullshit, doesn't it feel good that whenever there is some draft show about which teams are in need of a QB that the Bears are not one of them?

    BEAR DOWN.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Wow.. the John Clayton question is a real question lol

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    The fact that that little weasel hides his Ponytail on the air speaks volumes.

    Not to mention that he even HAS a ponytail.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Love the questions. 2,3 and 4 made me laugh really hard. Are you hinting with #3 that Clayton might be into necrophilia?

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    http://images.cheezburger.com/completestore/2009/9/7/128968036222637924.jpg

    What you don't see on TV is that the dude has a fucking ponytail! Yes, seriously.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    A gay necrophiliac...not that there's anything wrong with that...

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    Just be glad Trac is gone.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Heard agreat line about Kiper and McShay and the draft on the Scott Van Pelt Show yesterday from, I believe, Ryen Rusillo:

    "Kiper and McShay have the same top 5.
    Why are we pauying BOTH of these guys?"

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    That's why I don't even listen to McShay. He pretty much agrees with LegoHead, and when he doesn't, I suspect it's because he's doing it for a paycheck and not from conviction.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Can I just say "F" me:

    http://www.chicagobears.com/news/NewsStory.asp?story_id=7730

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    "...if the Bears do their homework and are comfortable they have answered any character questions and can keep Austin focused, this could be an interesting surprise pick.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    OUCH!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    A "Doh" Moment:

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/04/11/vikings-dont-like-but-wont-fight-relocation-aspect-of-stadium-bill/

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Another "Doh" Moment:

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/04/11/martz-beating-the-bushes-for-quarterbacks/

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    I would like to congratulate Gil Brandt for making the dumbest comment of the offseason:

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    No disrespect intended because in his day, the former baby photographer turned Dallas Player Personnel director WAS one of the sharper tools in the shed, especially when it came to the draft.

    However, that reign ended more than TWENTY years ago and Gil Brandt just turned 78 in March.

    Happy Birthday, Gil. Now sit down and be quiet.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I do like listening to the guy - he has a photographic memory when it comes to the draft. Unfortunately, he is also 78.

    Kirwan is the best of the talent evaluators on Sirius at the moment. But he and Tim Ryan can get a little OTT with cozying up to players, future and current, on phone interviews.

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Trust me, nothing good can come from a recruiting trip to Moscow, Idaho. That's where I did my grad studies. The Vandals don't generally have good players, is as nice a way to put it as I can. Great place to raise a family, horrible place to raise a football player.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Gentlemen,

    How the hell goes it? I check in once in a while, and it looks like the traffic is dying along with my respect of the NFL.

    So, in a nutshell... If you hate basketball, but love Chicago - do yourself a favor and watch some Bulls playoff games. If it weren't for Derrick Rose, I may have swan dived (dove? swan dove? hmmm...) off a balcony by now.

    Where's a #16 when we need him? I guess it's his fault this off-season has been less interesting.

    Hip-hop heads - new Atmosphere LP seems nice... but don't go paying for it. Keep it on the DL.

    Did I mention Derrick Rose is the king of Chicago? Second only to Abe Froman.

    GIMME MY DAMN PEPPERS SHIRT ALREADY!

    Got engaged. You shall see either much more or much less anger out of old Willie.

    Trust me on the following - a good cure for NFL labor talks: Bulls playoff games and Jim Beam.

    Be good, fellow victims of labor disputes.

  • In reply to JohnGalt:

    congrats on the engagement mang!

  • In reply to JohnGalt:

    Congrats willie.

    Just remember, when you start having kids... never mind. Good luck brother. And speaking of Hip Hop, the beasties 'new' shit is coming out may 3rd.

  • In reply to JohnGalt:

    Congrats on the engagement. I expect much less anger, old Willie. You will be fine.

    Abe Froman. Good one.

  • In reply to JohnGalt:

    Congrats, Willie!

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    welcome back mbp

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'm a'lurking...very, very busy on the homestead for the next couple of months. Will fill you all in as soon as I can. Thankfully, there isn't a damn thing happening in the NFL right now to divide my attention.
    How's things?

  • In reply to JohnGalt:

    Congrats on the engagement, Willie. You'll like being married. I like it so much I've done it twice.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    I'm one up on ya Canada! Yeah it's great Willie!

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    Whoa, slow down Murph.

  • In reply to JohnGalt:

    Thanks everyone!

    I had to lock it down when 1) A buddy of mine told me I had "outkicked my coverage", 2) She willed the Bears into the playoffs, and 3) Had no complaining about sitting through 50+ Bulls games.

    For our (dating) anniversary, she requested a Sweetness jersey, and then asked for a D-Rose jersey for her birthday... She's either incredible or VERY sneaky.

    My only concern is how much babies will affect my ability to fly to Chi-town and catch an annual Bears game. Those things are EXPENSIVE (kids, not tickets... well.. both).

    Here's to a damn agreement and some interesting NFL offseason! Can we even trade up/down during a lockout?

    Doc, I hope it's Blazers/Bulls playoffs...

  • In reply to JohnGalt:

    We can trade in the draft, but only picks, not players.

    Bulls vs Blazers 2.0? I like it.

  • In reply to JohnGalt:

    LOL. Compared to a kid, Bear tickets are chump change.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I'm believe they're history now, but I used to LOVE the corned beef sandwiches at BRAVERMAN'S DELI at Chicago Avenue and Ashland.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'm still waiting on Viva's column too. I'll keep an open mind about the column but I'm more than a little interested how he can defend him.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    I think the only way you can is to say that there are other worse GMs out there... but that's not a defense in my mind.

    Maybe my expectations are just too high and I expect too much, but like I've said many times here... this is the Chicago Bears, a storied, historic franchise that basically started the NFL, AND serves one of the top 3 markets in the US... we DESERVE top tallent at every position on and off the field.

    If we only had owners who really gave a shit, a la the rooneys' or krafts' and a super aggressive and smart GM the HC... you know what... never mind. I'm just wasting my breath again. Damn it.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Angelo is in the top 50% of GM's in the NFC North. The Lions have never been to a SB, let alone an NFC Championship game that I recall. The Vikings haven't been to a SB since the 70's. No NFC team has been to the SB twice in the last 10 years. There's a lot of parity in the league.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    my point EXACTLYT Corm... as long as you're good with Lions comparisons... there you go.

    No thanks from me.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I don't like Angelo either, but he did get us two big impact players the last two years. I didn't like Lovie until this year when he started holding players accountable.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Gifts for the loved ones & maybe yourselves, ladies!

    http://www.footballfanatics.com/NFL_Green_Bay_Packers_Ladies/Green_Bay_Packers_Ladies_Ash_2010_NFC_Champions_Official_Locker_Room_Glory_Long_Sleeve_T-shirt

    http://www.footballfanatics.com/NFL_Green_Bay_Packers_Ladies/Green_Bay_Packers_Ladies_Green_2010_NFC_Champions_Conference_Push_T-shirt

    http://www.footballfanatics.com/NFL_Green_Bay_Packers_Ladies/Green_Bay_Packers_Ladies_Ash_2010_NFC_Champions_Official_Locker_Room_Glory_T-shirt

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Here a thought for a gift for you football crazed ladies!

    http://www.footballfanatics.com/NFL_Green_Bay_Packers_Ladies/Green_Bay_Packers_Ladies_Ash_2010_NFC_Champions_Official_Locker_Room_Glory_T-shirt

  • In reply to January23rd2011:

    Sorry, forgot this!

    Sincerely,

    January 23rd 2011

  • In reply to January23rd2011:

    i think it is false advertising to have Alyssa Milano modeling Green Bay "women's" t-shirts. No way that shirt flys on Wisconsin's thick ass Norwegian and Danish descendants.

    http://www.wdvx.com/library/Gina-and-Hillbilly-girl_444806469852.png

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Hey, Doc, just do what I do. Go through Bearsmix.com I strongly encourage everyone here to do that cuz it not only shows you updates (new blogs/forums) for this website, but other Bears related website like the Chic Tribune, Sun Times, Fox, Espn, Bears official website, WindyCity Grid Iron, Bears Beat Blog, Bears Goggle on the Blog and then some. It has direct links to all of those sites, which is really handy for us Bears fanatics. Just wish it had a direct link to ProFootball, then it'd be perfect.

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    Thanks man. That's a cool site. New to me. I have this lettle SI.com toolbar installed that does about the same thing for me. You can customize it to your fave teams in any sport. I've got the blazers, bears, and Oregon college teams on there. So I can get live scores and articles all the time. But it's nice to see other options.

    The thing about the blog links is, I like to keep this blog open whenever I'm online. Mostly for the fellowship with you guys than the just the bears news. So I hit refresh every so often to get the new posts. When I hit refresh, it used to go back to the top, where I would see a new link in the upper left hand corner in Jeff posted a new link. But I guess Chicago Now is oblivious to how handy those links were, as they took them down. You could navigate between threads really easy, without going back to the blog home page. Anyway, whatever. I've tried to alert Jeff about it, but it's clear he doesn't read our posts much these days. He's got other priorities, and rightfully so. It just seems like such a random downgrade. Why? WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYY??????????????

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    And speaking of the Trib, here's a nice little draft nugget from Pompei.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/ct-spt-0410-pompei-bears-chicago--20110409,0,6603950.column?track=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+chicagosports%2FBears+%28ChicagoSports.com+-+Chicago+Bears%29

    Long story short, almost everyone agrees that the top 5 Tackles will be gone by 29, Pouncey is the only true first round graded interior lineman, who will also be gone- the top 5 (safe) WRs and DTs/DEs will also most likely be long gone, which leaves us with, you guessed, filling another position with a better graded draftee, OR reaching for a player with questionable character, injury history, experience, age, size/speed...i.e. a project.

    It says the Bears might trade-up for those reasons, then turns right around and claims the opposite that they might trade down to acquire more picks since most of Angelo's picks are not on the team, making up for our missing first picks the last two years.

    Go figure. Bleh.

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    There will be good players at our draft spot. It's just a matter of drafting the right one. Kreutz and Briggs were both 3rd rounders. If these draft experts were so good, they would be right on more than 50% of their top picks. Fuck the projects, just draft someone who can play.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Correction, draft someone who can play in the first three rounds, Jerry.

    Sometimes they slip for a reason Cornmonster. Dez Bryant was all pissed off last year that he fell so far, then he had a good season, and everyone was like, "See, what do experts know!?"

    Now, I'm reading stuff like the Cowboys are worried about him and that even Irving is second guessing.

    But you're right, finding anyone who can play in the first round is a must, but I just don't trust JA. Hopefully, I'm wrong or that new voice + Marinelli can help.

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    He could trade down.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Jerry doesn't do 'moving up', but falling down he excels at. Classic. Scream-out needs on OL and DL and Angela will likely stick her head in the sand and ensure we don't get a top player. Draft Leshoure, at least get us a top RB, a MLB .... WR .... DO SOMETHING !

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    As for boycotting the Bears, Jeff, I'm with you. I think even if the season is delayed a week or two I might be ok with it (remember when seasons weren't 16 games or had wild card games? The world still turned...)

    When I boycotted Baseball (This year, I actually went to watch an opening series for the first time in years), I think I was bit more immature and just threw a tantrum - though I still stick with it, esp with this whole steroid era, but maybe I'll get back into one of these days.

    Anyhow, I think this football labor dispute differs vastly. This negotiations I think are sad, but necessary for the good of the game in the long run. (If you want to know, subscribe to my newsletter lol) It's like medicine.

    Besides, I choose to look at it a little differently, half-full. I've never been a part of a draft as a fan that had free agency after it, which is very intriguing because it totally changes strategy (I think 87 was the last time it had that format).

    Will teams risk trading future draft picks to move up? Will there be under the table "gentlemen" agreements between teams like, "OK, we can't deal you Carson Palmer officially, but he has agreed to go to your team, if you give give us a second rounder now, you'll get him when FA comes back on..."

    Kinda fun. Life's all about attitude, right?

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    I don't know how anyone boycotts their team. Not for a labor dispute. That's got nothing to do with the GSH on the jersey, the colors, the history ... yada yada.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    From Pompei's article : "Understand this about the Bears. As a result of trades and misses, they have one player on their roster from the first three rounds of the last two drafts

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Damn you for raping this team Jerry, thou art a bucket of drained lipo-suction fat going off in the sun and then left in a dark room marinading a dead rat and some fermented eggs.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    + like...a whole lot.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Yup, that's why Pompeii conjectures that Angelo might trade down - to make up for past incompetence...I'm not totally set against trading down IF we were re-building, but we're not.

    "Infusion of youth"? I would prefer "Two solid starters" - trading up - and in a few years, then we can worry about filling our roster with young inexperienced draftees.

    But what are we going to trade? future picks? We can't trade players. Maybe Angelo can give his old bud Bellichick a reach around to switch spots - gentlemanly agreement indeed...

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    This family man is going to only comment on his favorite Bears blog once every week or two.

  • In reply to mottystone:

    ....just another New Bear in Town, oh oh, oh oh, just another New Bear in Town....

  • In reply to mottystone:

    In other news, PhrozenTundra got busted:

    http://thechive.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/funny-mug-shots-22.jpg

  • In reply to mottystone:

    "Preachin' to the choir" here, Reverend Blogfather.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    There's three types of people in the world Chuck. What are you? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvMduWKHNpY

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    That was some fucked up shit right there.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Damnit Cor!! That scene always killed me and probably always will. So much for any semblance of sophistication ya'll might have attributed to me! And worse, you kinda upstaged me for the video I was going to post when I read MB's...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfOXhGbwdm0

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Very nice... both of you.

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