Why I Don't Like American Football in London (and Why I'm Going to Attend)

The NFL should not be playing football games in Europe.  It is a stupid, ridiculous idea predicated upon the misguided belief of Roger Goodell and several owners that American football can somehow usurp the real football played with feet in England, France, Germany and beyond.  As somehow who loves soccer as a sport perhaps more than American football, I could put that myth to bed in Goodell's mind if he'd just pick up the phone and call me.  But alas, he never does.  Oh Roger, why don't you call anymore?

Still they will play this game in London until it is unsuccessful and to this point it has been wildly successful.  Almost a half-million people applied for tickets in 2009 and the borefest of a ballgame between the Denver Broncos and San Francisco 49ers a year ago sold out in a matter of weeks.  So since they are going to play the game in London with or without my approval, I'm going to embrace the contest.
Here's what I like.  The game is usually played in the third or fourth week of October and is always followed by a bye week for both clubs.  This means the Bears will have the bye at the midway point of the season - perfect placement.  I would think this in a normal season but I think it could be especially important to have the bye week later in the year in 2011 if there is a minimal amount of camp or reduced preseason schedule.  
I also like that they're playing a Tampa Bay Bucs team that, while improving, is not going to win a championship in 2011.  You don't want to go to London and get blown out and the Bucs aren't blowing anybody out.  The fact that it will be a home game for the Bucs (the Bears would never agree to relinquish a single play at Soldier Field, never mind a game) means the only detriment to the Bears will be the few extra hours they have to spend in their lavish, NFL-franchise private jet. 
And I'm going.  For one, because I love London and will take the opportunity to catch a soccer match and few plays while there.  But also because it is about as unique an experience as I could imagine.  What will it be like to sit at Wembley, wearing my navy and orange, and cheering on the Bears?  Will there be Bucs fans there?  If not what will the make-up of the spectators be?  What will the game sound like?  I simply can't pass that opportunity up.

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  • first BITCHES!!

  • Blogfader..second....I likey your Strategery...

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

  • Blogfather,

    Could you pick us up some Kate Middleton swag?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Awesome idea GP.

    I've had my eye on that, "I want to have kate's baby" beenie for a month now.

    Oh, and how fuck up is this (as a follow up to Lobo's post on the last thread): http://larrybrownsports.com/football/giovanni-carmazzi-is-a-yoga-exercising-farmer-who-owns-five-goats/63179

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Leinart is a bigger Trojan bust than Julian Assange...

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d81f3b67f/article/no-quit-in-him-leinart-looking-for-starting-qb-opportunity

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Oh and Jeff, couple thoughts:

    1. It's all about the Benjamins... as is everything with the NFL.

    2. Love london, really? Paris hell yes, but london? Meh.

    3. One word for you.... Football. Hooligans.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Oh. My. God.

    http://uncrate.com/stuff/octane-120-beer-arcade-machine/

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    SOLD....(anyone have a spare $6k I can borrow?)

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    damn, I was going to ask you.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I would but it is otherwise occupied at the moment.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    The Bears should consider drafting Casey Matthews as Urlacher's future replacement in the 4th round. He's only 6'1 and 230 lbs and not too fast or strong,, but with a few off-seasons of steroid training with his brother he could turn into a dominant player.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    hee hee

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    damn Jeff....economy's tanking and you can afford a trip to London? (passport, tickets, hotel, and spending money). playwright business must be nice....have fun and take plenty of pics.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    With you're new gig FQ, you'd better be there next to Jefe with a damn chinchilla fedora on representing. Pay off that damn credit card debt and get the fuck across the pond!

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Oooohhhh.... chinchilla fedora.

    http://www.overstockfurs.com/images/pictures/radE830E.jpg

    (yes, that is actually a hat... made of chinchilla)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Ok, ok... here's one for you peta members out there: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3331/4609312177_6c23c3ec95.jpg

    (Awwwwwwww)

    ((isn't the interwebs amazing?))

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    problem is he shit in my hat!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Turd Alert:

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/police-blotter/

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Looked some of it over, and you have to cut Louis Murphy some slack. The whole story is he had an bottle of, ready? Viagra. He was arrested for having a medicine with no prescription. I could be arrested for that kind of shit all the time. I never carry my scripts in the bottle. They are always in an alternate container. so we have to read each story individually before actually including the player in Lobo's "TURD ALERT"

  • In reply to gpldan:

    "As somehow who loves soccer as a sport perhaps more than American football" - blogfadda

    Maybe it's because I never played it growing up, maybe it's because you can't use your hands, and I don't love the wang, but I just simply don't get soccer.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    I agree with this statement.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    The English Premier league runs from early August to late May.......that alone should be enough to peak your interest.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    pretty sure you fall into the wang loving category cheesedick.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    You know you're only offending homosexual people when you say that, right?

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    Blow yourself.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    thousands and thousands of balls that your teammates (practice) and opponents were trying to NOT LET YOU catch. I had hands that would shame many NFL receivers today. On the other hand, my 40 time was somewhere between 6 and 7 I imagine :-)

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Anyone thinking of making the trip?

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    I think the majority of us want to but between a place to stay, airplane tickets, and the ticket to the actual game, its looking pricey.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Round trip from Chicago around $930. Over $200 tax and fees. I imagine there will be a better price before then. Lodging isn't too bad. Don't know what the game ticket would cost. Would you wear the superman suit?

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    Don't forget to hit the Imperial War Museum Jeff. That's definitely on my bucket list.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    London has some of the most impressive and brilliant museums (standing and traveling), certainly book some time to

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    gap.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1P0yfq2wDvU

    Put the team on my back

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    B85S23..the only way that vid is any good...lach comes by and cold-cocks the SOB and breaks his other lag..now that would be awesome...

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    The dude commentary is hilarious, I thought. I mean, it's a game and he is pretending like it is real.

    And hell, it was on late night show and it has 4 millions views. Now either I am crazy or the whole world is for thinking it is funny.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Dude that guys' videos are unbelievable.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDd5DPAGoCk&feature=related

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    No shit. Don't care who you are, that there is funny!

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Thanks SC, I can't believe MB cannot see the hillarity, is it just because of Greg Jenning's?

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    it's not that it's funny, it's just sad.

    Sorry, but the dude is a fucking moron. I know I sound like an old guy with hangy balls, but I don't have a lot of patience for dumb fucking people any more. You'll get there.

    I don't know, maybe I'm just an asshole?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I get the no patience for dumb people. it could be both mb.. could be both

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Ha... Erik you little shit.... that was funny.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I find it funny and pathetic at the same time. See? There's always a middle ground.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    I agree Doc.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    but dumb people are funny - from afar.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Call yourself a curmudgeon, MB. Much more respectable than being an asshole.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Thanks dave. That is true

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    I know you guys were talking about Jackass 3 the other day and i decided to rent it last week. It was entertaining at parts but it lacked the total improvised insanity of the first installment.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0H7Eql4VDi4

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0GXdQdDLKM

    Hold my dick!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Jesus Erik... there has to be some tten idol or someothershit on tv right now instead right? Jesus.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I thought it was funny...

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Have you seen the one where he does the play-by-play commentary for the Highlights of the Eagles-Giants week 15 game? Holy shit dude it is awesome.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Jeff, which footy team(s) do you support? Please don't tell me you are Manc scum.....

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    Ok, that's it...

    You are officially an honorary Bears fan Cheese.

    Dude, you just like us and this blog way too much not to be, otherwise you wouldn't show up here, or you

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    true that!

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Fres sighting! Sup... dog?

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    true THIS

    ttp://www.gifsoup.com/view4/1800542/bj-raji-td-shake-o.gif

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    oh well you get the point

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    C+ for effort though. You've spent more time wanking to this blog than necessary to know you can't embed a gif.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    yeah... I was just trying to link it. Fortunately the URL was descriptive enough for your imagination.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    I couldn't agree more with the title of this post.

    I think bringing just 1 game a year to Europe (in fact, to London, which has a huge bunch of ex-pat and is the closest country regarding culture to the US) is just nonsense.

    If the NFL wants to develop the game overseas the first thing they have to do is to make sure football games can be viewed by a respectable audience. I mean, they should sell their TV Rights not to cable TV. I bet the audiencies would grow considerable if watching a fooball game was a plausible alternative. Here in Spain wrestling got ridiculous audiences in the past. I wonder what football could get!

    Anyway, I attended last year's game (rooting for Kyle Orton!) and I'm planning to attend this.

    The fans are incredible, you'll see jerseys of every NFL team, and, based on my experience last year, I'm forecasting more of a Bears home game ;)

    It would be great if we could have the opportunity to talk with other Bears fans around the world!!!

    Bear Down!

    PS: I don't write as often as in the past but I keep reading you guys!!!

  • In reply to SpanishBear:

    Man. Long time Spanish Bear. Glad to see you're still around.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Thanks!

    I'll try to write more often!

  • In reply to SpanishBear:

    HAhaha... be more consistent, catch more passes, keep improving and maybe someone will return your calls punk: http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/blog/shutdown_corner/post/-8216-Get-off-my-lawn-8217-Bears-TE-Greg-Ols?urn=nfl-wp967

    Oh, and do you know what Snoop Dogg uses to wash his cloths?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    the tears and secretions of young aspiring rap video vixens?

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Bleeeotch!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Very close though johnny

  • In reply to SpanishBear:

    American Football was more popular 20 years ago in Britain, and it was because teams went over and made the effort. Football had persolnalities like Walter Payton. Now it's just douchebags like Peyton Manning.

    Tom Brady. See that? His hours of hell imagining a life everybody else has to lead day in day out. My heart bleeds for you Tom, it must have been for you.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    so what's that, 9 arests in fucking 2-3 months!??

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/multimedia/photo_gallery/1104/nfl-players-arrested-lockout/content.1.html

    Jesus

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I predict at least 2 more arrests before teams report back to camp. Over Under?

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    I'll take the over on that one.

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    Yep, over.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    too much time, money, and no after-school programs are a killer.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Jamarcus arrested today on drug sting. He had...... wait for it......

    Gallons of drank.

    I know.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Does the Bobby Douglass Arrest count toward that total?

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    i'll give it a half point since he is retired. so technically only one more dude has to amaze us with stupidity. Jamarcus sucking at life so much that his life coach quit doesn't count but it probably made every dude with a 9 to 5 in this country see red. I know that most dudes would slack off a little with that kind of dough but Jamarcus took that shit to a whole new level of "bust". To go down as the biggest bust in the history of pro football is pretty impressive. This will surely be followed up by a drug arrest...most likely between the hours of midnight and 3...on his way from a club...where all he had to do was let someone else drive and he would have gotten away with it. Let's see, codeine laced tussin or booze and coke? I'm going for booze and coke because drank is so 2009.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Um.... I wasn't making a joke. He was really arrested yesterday for having gallons of codeine in his trunk.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    no way. bruckheimer couldn't write that script. I haven't seen anything on the web.

    By the way, Johnny Jolly was looking at 10 years for having 200g of Codeine. How much time do you think 600g gets you? I know he will never play football again and he has to get prison time. GP, if you had 600g of codeine in your car you would be getting raped in prison as you read this post.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Holy shit! No pilot's license required: http://www.flynano.com/

    MBP, you in man?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    That is a gorgeous machine, but I'm not sure I'm quite ready for that. It has a service ceiling of 4km and tops out over 140km? Yipes. It'd be a real bitch if you found yourself over dry land when the battery gave out.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Yeah, that was my first thought... that is a real fucking airplane, and you don't need a pilot's license!?!? That's a wrongful death (or at least false advertising) suit just waiting to happen.

    Can you imagine just messing around on a lake and having fun, then realizing oh shit, I'm almost 2 miles up and I have no clue where I am any more... Ruh Roh!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Those are risks I'm willing to take. I want one. I want one right fucking now.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    I will pay for the handheld solid-state drive camcorder...I'm sure duct-tape would hold it just fine. You're on your own on the $50k for the airplane itself.

    Any of you guys watch (or listen to) the Ricky Gervais show?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    No but he's one funny dude. I like the show about his friend traveling about. An Idiot Abroad or something like that. Funny funny redcoats.

    Fucking Redcoats.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Yeah, An Idiot Abroad is good stuff.

    Karl Pilkington is a Philosopher King.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Where do you guys get that? I want to see that show.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    An Idiot Abroad ended up on the Science Channel somehow. It has been picked up for a second season...I couldn't find any full episodes on line yet but I'll keep looking.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I found them

  • In reply to gpldan:

    http://www.pilkipedia.co.uk/wiki/index.php?title=Main_Page

    There is a wiki for literally everything.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    with all the crap that is going down the shoot with the Owners & Players..lets just see if we can really scrap the bottom of the loo..(did you see what I just did there?) getting ready for the UK:

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/04/16/greg-olsen-story-of-getting-booted-off-high-school-blown-out-of-proportion/

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Racism rears its ugly head once more. When will the white man walk free? People will remember those brave pioneers like Rosa Parkes and Greg Olsen.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Those damn Rothschilds.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Go vote now.

    http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/chicago-in-focus/2011/04/wlup-2011-loop-rock-girl-top-30-finalists.html

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    I wonder if he says "Can you feel me now?" when he pitches.

    http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/whats-a-boy-to-do/2011/04/the-verizon-wireless-guy-is-gay.html

    Cheesy, ask him out on a date and report back for us, okay?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    HA! He's a product of the last generations telephone ads. Reach out and touch someone. (Not that there's anything wrong with that).

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Peppers: can you feel me now?
    Stafford: this is gonna smart

    http://media.mlive.com/lions_impact/photo/matthew-stafford-detroit-lions-3f895b4330a5b238_large.jpg

  • In reply to gpldan:

    http://tv.yahoo.com/blog/verizon-phases-out-can-you-hear-me-now-guy--2754

    "Marcarelli, who is gay, also says that kids used to drive past his home in Guilford, Connecticut, at night, yelling, "Can you hear me now?" and spewing gay slurs."

    That's so fucked up. Kids are cruel.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    And stupid. Don't forget that part.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    that was assumed

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Hehe...I only have 11 more years before dealing with a teenage daughter. Yipes.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    jesus, don't remind me. You should see the attitude I get from my 2 yr old already. Man she's a whip. Not to brag but she knew about 200 words by 1.5... I was telling that to a mom with a 10-11 yr old at the doctor

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Yep, right there with you. I assume you guys started reading to her early and often?
    I sometimes think that made a big difference but then I realize how much her observation of older kids in preschool probably played a role. OTOH the other two year old at her daycare does not speak at all yet, so your guess is as good as mine. I have a feeling a MB offspring playdate would be pretty funny, but the commute would be a real PITA.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    The importance of schooling in children's development is wildly over-rated. Kids don't learn shit in school. They should call them re-education centres.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Hence the eloquence of Tarzan.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    your one-liners still kill me man.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Regarding this:
    http://www.flynano.com/

    Good.... lord. They should name it the Nano-Darwin. People are going to off themselves left and right with this. Drinking and lawndarting will enter the English lexicon.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    agree, but man that thing looks like a blast. If you ARE an experienced pilot, that would be a fun purchase.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    btw, have i mentioned that i love this blog.

    One word... smart. people.

    ...it's why Cheesy comes here instead of any packer blogs.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Re: Cheesy

    http://i875.photobucket.com/albums/ab312/grimmnoir/dd1enbjpg.gif

  • In reply to gpldan:

    hehehehehehehe...Indy is that you?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    That was rad.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Agreed. Smart people and witty people who don't get offended about every last thing (well, now that Trac's gone). And Crown's stories. And people with names like Da Coaches' Mustache...

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Where the hell is crown?!?!?!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Looking for Trac and #16.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I want the Red one... please!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    that propeller looks a little too close to that smiling face if you ask me.

    What I really would want is a hover-craft. Grew up on G.I. Joe, sorry.

    http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.hovercraft.com/content/images/turnkey/19xrw/19xrw01_800.jpg&imgrefurl=http://inventorspot.com/articles/plane_flies_inches_over_water_5661&usg=__Y_uE2D8JgkCxz4aKFILtgvPhaXc=&h=600&w=800&sz=468&hl=en&start=7&zoom=1&tbnid=p8nsBGmwjC-vUM:&tbnh=107&tbnw=143&ei=gPepTajLIqrOiALO872XDw&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dhovercraft%26hl%3Den%26rlz%3D1C1CHFX_enUS426US426%26biw%3D1024%26bih%3D653%26site%3Dsearch%26tbm%3Disch&itbs=1

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I tend to agree Irish, but I will include, 'the american public schooling system'.

    We fully intend to 'school' our children in other places around the world... early and often exposure to other cultures, foods, people and places are much more critical to a well-rounded individual than fucking social studies 101. I don't think it's about intelligence... it's about social IQ and the ability to see the world in a much broader sense that really gives you a leg up.

    Besides that, being taught about travel and adventure early on was the biggest gift my parents ever gave me, and it always made me feel special and set me apart from other kids who never saw the outside of san diego (or america). While my friend

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I would really love for my girl to spend a few years in Europe growing up.
    The social IQ statement is dead on.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Yeah mbp, basically since she could focus her eyes. We also 'qizzed' her every second we could from the time she stared forming words. And her favorite video was the little geniuses Abc's.... man i think ththat kid has watched it a million times.

    Here's a clue for your theory.... because my wife is stay at home and because we've basically been pregnant for 3 years straight,my daughter's had pretty limited interaction with other kids until about 3 months ago.

    It trips me out when we meet other kids who are like 2-2.5 and they'restill just making grunting noises and pointing while mine is asking for maguro sashimi andsaying Hol a Senor to the landscape guys in our complex. They say it all evens out at some point but I'm pretty fired up about her head start.

    Hopefully at some point all the regs will get to meet up... one huge bears onsies play date.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Speaking of sushi - http://www.amazon.com/Melissa-Doug-2608-Wooden-Sushi/dp/B000FQ9IG6

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    that is awesome. Thanks MBP.

    "Realistic slicing sounds" included!

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I want to get one of these:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLrOVEgxc9Q&feature=related
    (They seem like they are having alot of fun)

    Put it outside on my lawn. Put the national anthem on a boom box loud

    Then fly one of these right over the set at the end of the anthem:

    http://manofthehouse.com/gadgets/technology/5-radio-controlled-toys-for-men?page=4

  • In reply to gpldan:

    SWEET !

  • In reply to gpldan:

    that's pretty bad ass. Do they make F-22 raptors?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    When my oldest was less than two, he could name like 10 different kinds of whales and point them out. They get smart quick if you let them. Little sponges, they are.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    For good and ill, absolutely.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Let's hear it for chimps. Chimps have been known to learn 800 word vocabularies and demonstrate understanding of complex sentence structures using those words.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    And if they don't like you, they will rip your ears, nose, eyelids and genitals off.
    So....hooray!

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    THAT was fucking funny.

    You damn dirty ape!

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    don't forget throw poop at you.

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    That's just a ruse to get you to take your hands off your balls.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    excellent!

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Yep, chimps rock.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Here is a brief article on the linebacking position. I'm a little concerned that we may not be bringing Pisa back. He was a steal at 800k and was huge against the run. he would be cheap to get this year as well. Also, Matthews in the later rounds???

    http://www.profootballweekly.com/2011/04/16/bears-could-address-need-at-linebacker-in-middle-r

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    The Bears have XRays of Pisa's knees: we do not. It's clearly been a problem post injury.

    I'd love to see Lack coach up Matthews to replace him after 2011 season, that's not going to happen. Child Support is not that kind of guy.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    love Pisa but agree with you. Also, he mentioned something in an interview recently about "getting healthy". That is not good. I thought he would be healthy by now. Pisa may be gone. Matthews would be nice addition. Maybe they can haze him and chop off the hair.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    That needs to be a condition of his contract... this team can only handle one long-haired girly boy.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    MBPosse - i ran into this guy over the weekend that brews his own craft beers. He is giving me a 6 pack. It is a porter so i am excited to see what he can do. I'm getting more and more interested in getting a little operation going myself. Fortune favors the bold so maybe i will get him to take me under his wing and i can create the perfect Bears Brew. More flavorful but not too filling for hot summer nights watching pre-season games and still comforting enough for a mid december game with winds blowing off of the lake.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Johnny, Im sure mbp will think this is a blasphemous shortcut, but it also be an easier way to get into it without n

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    fucking marry me

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Get in line, Waffle!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I have nothing witty or funny to add so I will just say Soccer Sucks!! Any sport that 5 year old girls play and it still pretty much looks like the pros is nothing I'm into.

  • In reply to Jlehr:

    Let me know where these five year old chicks are doing their stuff Sac, I want to get that up on Youtube.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Agreed - that's not a Y league that I want any part of.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Go vote again.

    http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/candid-candace/2010/08/playboy-playmates-pinups-and-cybergirls-return-to-chicago-for-glamourcon-2010.html

    The woman in slide 3 could have kept the Titanic from sinking...

    WHOA!!!! Slide 23. More fun bags than an airport carousel.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    http://www.nfl.com/schedules/interactive#/team=CHI

  • In reply to Jlehr:

    pretty americentric view man. We're essentially the only country that doesn't play.

    Anyway, we've had this discussion ad nauseum before/during the cup. To each his own. I can't stand watching baseball or basketball, so...

  • In reply to Jlehr:

    "Bears sportswear was easily the featured clothing of the day along with the long-sleeve purple shirts that runners received for entering the race. Shahana Khan of Naperville and her son Riyaaz arrived about 7:15 a.m., and the young Cutler fan was dressed in Bears colors. Riyaaz was a little tongue tied about what he might say to the Bears quarterback if he could.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    I love craft beers...love them...but I am lack the patience to do it myself when there are so many suckers...uh, I mean devotees of the brewing arts to do it for me.
    I have done it a few times, and thank god for the hardcore guys that can keep up the hobby, but the internet and stores like Beertopia have made it too easy for a lazy bastard like me to get exotic beers.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    "am lack"...uh, yeah, evidently I do love the craft beers.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Anyone got the Vid of Cutler talkin about that champ game?

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    here is where Jerry gets ALL of his draft day plays... don fucking banks: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/don_banks/04/15/wes-welker-watch/index.html?xid=cnnbin&hpt=Sbin

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    hey johnny, I keep forgetting to ask.

    So... are you guys going to be man-on-man with little ones soon? You do know that 2 is twice as much as 1 right?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    That's a myth and you know it. It's exponential.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    true doc, it's more like 1 to 3.5 (feels like it anyway)... supposedly, the numbers come back down to even at 3+ pups, but there's no way in hell I'm going to test that theory

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    yes, our little "surprise" is about 1 month along. I thought you couldn't get pregnant if you did it standing up.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    You poor poor bastard. Congrats man!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Btw, ha!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    If the NFL is smart, (the players and the owners), they should wait until the President bails them out. 9 billion is chump change compared to a 1.7 trillion dollar deficit. It's the equivalent of $5 of every $1,000 spent. AIG, Goldman Sachs, Citibank, and Bank of America gave out bonuses way more than 9B after the taxpayers bailed them out. America's game deserves at least that much.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Except NFL owners don't run the world. All those banks are in some way shape or form owned by the Rothschilds.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    How do you figure?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    When you own half the money in the world because your ancestors cornered the big banking market three hundred years ago, it's not hard to add 2 and 2 and make 4. True power is being that big but the man in the street has no idea you exist.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    You should cite your sources.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Obviously your brain chip has failed. Expect a black van soon.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Congrats bro! err, I mean, I'm sorry. Oh wait, I mean Congrats bro!

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    i am scared and excited and nervous and full of happiness and dread all at the same time.
    There goes the dream of the 1967 porsche that my brother found in a junkyard in Wisconsin. I found a porsche mechanic that was willing to rebuild an engine and basically update the car for 4,000.
    The junkyard owner was going to give me the car for about 500.00.
    My wife said F that and mentioned minivan. I felt my testicles start to shrivel.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    the good news is that now i actually know how to swaddle a baby and some other tricks to the trade so the 20year old nurse won't have to teach me how to be a parent again!

    The baby will be born right around the time that we are entering into the last week of our triumphant 2011 campaign. I believe Pep will have about 10 sacks and 2 INT's by the time little Julius Jay Cutler Hester is brought into this world.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    I told my wife tonight that I couldn't let the hard-earned experience of the first one go to waste.
    WTF am I thinking?
    It may be my competitive streak coming to the fore because of you, MB30, and Nitty. I cannot be outbred.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    That's it. I'm going for three now.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Holy Shit!

    Derrick Rose, you are ridicules!

    "putting da team on his back!"

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    Thanks 85!!!!!!!

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    dude, that commentary was funny. I showed it to a gal-pal and she said, "If there was more broadcasters like that, and less pencil-dicks like that one guy (Collinsworth), I would be more into it." That youtube dude should have at least announced a game or two when the XFL was around.

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    This is passionate coaching, Ditka style.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ug5SPeVHE78

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    Bulls Deja-Vu - Can it be?

    Rose = Jordan
    Noah = Cartwright
    Boozer = Grant/Rodman
    Korver = Kerr/Paxon
    Deng = Kukoc/Poor man's Pippen

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    Boy, it makes Boozer look "meh" when you put him against Goggles and the Worm.
    I caught the 4th quarter and Noah, Deng, Rose - pretty damn good. I can't imagine Thibodeau won't have an answer for Granger next game.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    this is you in about 12 years waffle lol

    http://youtu.be/XTN7utu_JSI

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    so true mang, so true.

    Old Chevy was one of the true comic masters. His character is Caddy Shack is one of my top 10 favorites characters in comedy.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Sing along, Waffle....

    http://www.reverbnation.com/artist/song_details/4823144

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    gotta love the internet.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    You just need to trick it out with the 4k you saved on the Porsche. Turn it into a mancave on wheels.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    $31,000,000 guaranteed. Why play and ruin your body? You'd be an idiot to do that. Especially when you can ruin your body with drugs instead.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    You have a point there, SC.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Hand a dummy 30 million lids with no incentive to do shit and you get what you deserve.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    He is medically retarded, I believe.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    True, but, Johnny Jolley?

    Again?!

    Possession with intent to distribute?

    What a maroon.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I want Andy Fantuz to be our substantially slower version of Jordy Nelson this year.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    I want him to just be our number 1 since we are not drafting one

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    I want to SEE Andy Fantuz this year. No Juaquin Iglesias impersonations please.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I was still drunk when I read your comment Irish, I thought you said Enrique Iglesias and I didn't get the joke.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    World ends in 2012. Terrell Owens or Rashied Davis next season?

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Yep, we're all fucked. Might as well go out with a bang... TO.

    Man that was hard to type... I love me some scrapy doo.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    You know, have you notice that TO seems to still cause problems? I mean, why does Carson Palmer want to leave so bad( Yeah I know the bengals suck but still)? Why did Mcnabb still not want him on the redskins?

    And I like Thomas Jones, but as I read and ask other fans about him and why he keeps getting cut when he produces, they say he is just a jerk in the locker room and doesn't try to be teammates.

    I was once ok with TO but damn, if we can't handle an injury problem with Cutler, how are we going to handle TO?

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    context Erik... we all only have a year to live anyway.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I was just asking a bunch of questions. I have a even better solution to the world ending then..

    Trade all of our future 1st picks for every pick in the first round lol

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    I like it!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    see, that school thing is starting to pay off.

    You still with the same girl?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    yes sir!

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Well done lad

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    here you go doc: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1846013747/uncrate-20

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Can't get high on a book.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Au contraire! Philistine!

    Have you ever read Castaneda

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Yeah. I might be done with the weed. Kids are getting older and noticing more stuff. Like, "Dad, why did you put my brother in the back and the dog in the carseet?" Shit like that. But seriously, I can't afford it. Weed is worth more than gold by the oz. Crazy.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    you know it's a problem when you are eating all of the kid's Totino's pizza rolls as you watch Thundercats....at least that's when my buddy Mike stopped cold turkey.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    oooohhhh... Thundercats!

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Grow it.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    I would but, I'm too paranoid. It'll be legal soon. Should've been decades ago.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Sixty dollars here buys you a brick you could heat a family with.

    Today's intersting factoid on gold is that the Rothschilds own all of it. One family controls half of the wealth on the planet, isn't that something? Everybody talks about Bill Gates like he's the richest dude on the planet. He's worth billions. Sir Evelyn de Rothschild is worth trillions and he physically owns all of your birth certificates (via the Federal Reserve - he owns that)and trades them as derivatives in the lovely de-regulated banking abyss that was created under the Reagan administration.

    Just be greatful he didn't corner the weed market and stuck to cash.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    2012 Irish... it'll all be OK.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Irish, that's bonkers.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    need some evidence Irish. I'm not a conspiracy theorist, per se, but I wouldn't doubt such a scenario. When 1% of the population owns 90% of the assets in the U.S., it's not too much of a leap.

    Good thing the UFOs are coming back in 2012 lol

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Irish, Summers (Geithner was his minion) and Rubin, Greenspan and Levitt successfully stopped any attempts at common sense regulation of the OTC derivatives market during the Clinton years in the mid to late 90's and was one of the main causes of the global economic crisis. Dereguation of airlines, etc under Reagan is a completely different issue. Just sayin....

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    sorry, i meant Carter.

    Deregulation is not inherently bad either just like regulation or oversight is not necessarily a bad thing. It's when they are both taken to the extreme is when i have an issue with it.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Cutty supporting the kids yet again like he's done his whole career:

    http://www.suntimes.com/sports/football/bears/4883064-419/jay-cutler-runs-for-kids-in-naperville-benefit-race.html

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Did you catch the word of the day kiddies?

    The word of the day is..... "run"

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Well, we knew his cardio system was OK after last year. He was running the short shuttle every other snap.

    Can't wait to break out the #6 jersey again, but my small measure of protest is "not until the lockout is officially over".

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I think it was all the beverly hills shopping trips with his chick. Man I hate shopping. My wife has to drag me and I'm done after about 10 minutes... doing that shit fr days on end for hours at a time will work your endurance.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Exactly. No one can say the guy aint tough for having to endure that. I'd fake a knee injury just to get out of that. My wife learned that early on. Sure, I'll go, but I'll be an asshole the whole time.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    For you bball (and d rose) fans: http://cosbysweaters.com/2011/04/17/danny-granger-derrick-rose-is-like-a-crazy-stalker-ex-girlfriend/

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Thank the Football Gods we have great news for Thursday Night Football..and think of it as a "Theisy" for announcers:

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/04/18/theismann-confirms-he-wont-be-back-on-thursday-night-football/

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    New Thread.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    O.K. have the Colts drinking the Bears Old pissed out koolaid, first Fuck Tuner and now possibly Butter?:

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/04/14/rumor-floated-of-tommie-harris-to-the-colts/

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Watch butter light it up this year

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    If that happens.....that better not happen.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    It's almost guaranteed to happen if he goes.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I've read some Colt responses to the rumor, and some of them are salivating at the thought of lining up Freeney, Mathis and Harris together.

    The sober ones think he will only be a third down DT due to his injuries and effort.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    and http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/don_banks/04/13/2011-nfl-mock-draft/index.html?eref=sihp

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I found your rd 1 guy Jerry: http://ca.sports.yahoo.com/cfl/blog/cfl_experts/post/59-year-old-tries-out-for-CFL-team-in-t-shirt-an?urn=cfl-343169

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Genius. We go out and trade away the top three picks in three drafts after 2012. Build ourselves an oline, get some big receivers and vet safeties, win the superbowl. Everybody dies in 2012 and the drafts never happen. Sweet. Last ever super bowl champions - we'd hold the Lombardi for eternity.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Bingo irish

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    I like T.O. He seems cool. I'd take him as the go-up-and-get-it guy for a year. He'd be good for the run game too.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Yeah, he really put the icing on the cake for the Bengals last year (?!?).

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    I don't want to see Fanook at all, and I doubt I will. He ran like a 9 minute 40 yard dash, and he's a cracker.

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    +1

    Canadian football <<<<<<< NFL

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    damn htlm tags... was trying to do a 'CF is (much much much less than) the NFL' thing. stripped out all my 'less thans'.

    The days of Jerry Rice-like slowness is over. The DBs and even LBs are just too fast and ferocious for that shit now. I don't care how well you run your routes, at 4.7 and above you will just never be a good WR in the NFL any more. Simply too much athletic skill in the new NFL.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    The Science Museum is cool. Standing beside an Apollo capsule when you're a kid is awesome. The Chamber of horrors at Madame Tussaud's, the tower of London, Greenwich, it's got lots of great touristy stuff to see.

    It's good to get football out there in Europe - they're only aware of it when it's happening there. There should more games played in Europe, the more the better. When the Dolphins went over to London in the Eighties (might have been just their staff on a recce), they took time out to send coaches over to talk to a bunch of kids on a public field early on a horrible sunday morning. Stuff like that leaves a lasting impression on the young ones. Not just football-wise, but things like wondering if [b]all[/b] American men chewed tobacco. I discovered years later that it was quite rare to do so, but apparently mandatory if you're a Dolphins coach.

    Anyway, having been to about 4 or 5 college games and the Bears v Steelers in Dublin, I can tell you football is a different game viewed in relative silence ( Boston C. v Navy brought their own fans, that was loud). Reminded me of practice - no noise, no hoopla, no crowd, just football.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    There's a Mercury space capsule at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. It's very small. Those astronauts had some balls.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    small balls?

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    btw, GP.. when I said 'read up' I meant I commented more in a post above us, I wasn't trying to be a self richous ahole.

    Has been bugging me.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    self-righteous

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    You're as far from that as possible, man.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    My wife would dissagree with you GP, but thanks my man.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    The Russian capsules were even smaller and more basic. Diamond balls.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Particularly this guy:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vladimir_Mikhaylovich_Komarov

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    wow, elephant balls. I'm surprised he was able to leave orbit. I think this sums him up:

    "During the preparations for the spaceflight, both cosmonauts were working 12-to-14 hour days to prepare for it. One source reports that before boarding the spacecraft, Komarov feared for his life, but he flew anyway in order to spare Gagarin the same fate"

    We all know how that turned out. We had Space-monkeys, they had human Komarovs

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Forget soccer while in England, try catching a league Rugby match. I played college and club rugger over 10 yrs in the US, but the pro Rugby in Europe is friggin awesome.

  • In reply to GuinnessPlease:

    And Jeff, Soccer is corrupt as fuck. The NFL is an orphanage for terminally ill children compared to professional soccer. Whole countries get screwed over in the politics. No video replays, they can get away with murder. Literally. One Colombian player was shot for missing a penalty in the world cup.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Hmmm... me thinks the 'hand of gaul'

    ...still gauls.

    (HA! fucking get it?! gaul???)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I think you are speaking of Maradona's hand ball goal in the Cup final about 20 years ago. He used his fist to tip in the winner, and then was so fucking high on coke that he credited the "hand of God".

    Compared to this, TO using a sharpie is pee wee stuff.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Incorrect sir!

    I'm actually speaking of the dirty frenchman Theirry Henry fucking Ireland out of World Cup 2010 inclusion with this insane cheat: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hand_of_Gaul

    Hence it being funny/sad/painful for irish.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Actually that was the "Hand of Frog"

    (which was obviously not appropriate for official endorsement)

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    same thing

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    HOly shit they actually call it that on wikipedia?! I was just trying to make a racist joke.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    Ethnic joke, not racist joke.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I was going to say nationalist... but cheesy is being respectful (even after being attacked twice) so I left it.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Good call man. But the amount of corruption is unreal, be it at club level or international.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    between that, the academy award winning flops, and the ties, soccer (not "football") just doesn't appeal to me as much.

    However, I am drawn to the World Cup, and get very into it. But then again, I can say the same thing for gymnastics or track and the Olympics.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    It was the cup quarter-final against the UK and it was 25 years ago.

    What a bullshit goal.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DbbsytHDp2o

    If that doesn't put you off soccer, I don't know what will. That makes Charles White and his phantom touchdown look stupid by comparison.

    Btw, to further digress, Charles White lives on the street and hawked his Heisman for child support money years ago. Which makes Reggie Bush not the most pathetic Trojan Heisman winner, a very odd distinction.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Yeah, I knew what you were talking about GP. I've watched that clip many times... my wife's mom is from Argentina and I give her family shit about it. I'll get a high five from one of her cousins and say, "high five of god".

    I fancy myself a comic.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Nice.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Can somebody explain what I just saw. I don't seem to see what you're talking about. Color me an idiot but...

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I'll have to be Debbie and point out that the UK is not a country and does not play football.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Trivia time out:

    Difficulty rating: 2 out of 10

    Who is the only Heisman winner to be a primarily defensive player?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Charles Woodson.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    i loved Woodson in college and i love how that guy plays the game now, even if he is playing the game dressed in gay green and yellow.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    I got it wrong. I was going to say Alan Page, but I think he's the only defensive player to be named League MVP.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Ernie Davis and Charles Woodson

  • In reply to gpldan:

    lol... awesome GP. Wasn't it

    "From the hand of God to the head of Maradonna"?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    In the sage words of Rick Pimpin James

    "Cocaine's a hell of a drug"

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Damn Cor. Good call!

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Thanks man.

  • I second that emotion.

  • No more Rook holdouts allowed.

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d81f3b4fe/article/nfl-wants-to-divert-300-million-from-firstround-contracts?module=HP_headlines

  • so... tell me all about the wedding!!!

  • Fucking Red Coats.

  • does 'hospitality' include an invite to THE wedding NTM? If it does, I might go.

  • So... how about that Arthur remake with Russell Brand? Why did you send us that guy? We don't like him. He's like a potty mouthed Mr. Bean.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Rowain Attkinson was fucking BRILLIANT in the black adder. Insanely good.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    GP, read up: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hand_of_Gaul

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    tyvm

  • I suppose we should buy our GBP now, before the exchange rate gets even more embarrassing.

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