Audibles From the Long Snapper: Waiting...

This is the problem the NFL faced all along with this year's draft.  They were going to spend three days reminded fans across the country how much we love all the minutiae of the league and then leave us with a few months of conversations that begin with the phrase, "Hey, is there football yet?"  That's where we are now.  There are no trades.  There is no free agency.  And unless there is a miraculous reversal of tides, there won't be training camp in the middle of the summer. So in order to not be bored, we discuss silly things.  Like...

T-Shirts.
If you guys want to get yourself a 'Da Bear Jew' t-shirt promptly, place your orders by Tuesday May 10.  I've heard all the reasons why some of you can't purchase the shirt and it's not a worry but it is my duty to let you know how much buying one of these dopey things helps me continue producing the best possible site for you guys.

Conte Has Link to The Godfather
From Brad Biggs' illuminating piece on Beard third-round pick Chris Conte:

Conte comes from a family accustomed to playing roles. His
grandfather Richard Conte had a career spanning four decades in show
business. He starred in "Godfather" as Don Barzini after being
considered for the title role that went to Marlon Brando. He had a prominent role in "Call Northside 777," the 1948 film starring James Stewart
that was the first Hollywood picture shot on location in Chicago. He
was in the original "Ocean's Eleven" and was a close friend of Frank Sinatra.

"I
guess I'm not cute enough for the business," Conte joked. "It never
interested me. My dad (Mark) is a film editor and I'd go into his work
to see him in a dark room on the computer all day. I was like, 'Why
would you want to do this?' I want to be outside, being physical,
competing."

The rest of the article depicts a kid with a lot of confidence, believing he can come in immediately and compete for a starting position.  And being that he's probably the only true free safety on the roster (once he signs a contract), I wouldn't be surprised to see him make an impact on the field this season.

Perhaps Duerson Will Make Impact, Perhaps Note
Researchers at Boston University have made it clear that analyzing brains like Dave Duerson's - brains that have clearly suffered significant damage - is actually producing very little information when it comes to analyzing the impact for NFL players.  The problem doctors are facings is they've only been given the opportunity to analyze brains suspected of suffering from CTE and until they analyze brains considered "healthy" they will not be able to address the illness as an NFL epidemic.

This is a complicated issue, sure, but an issue the league must commit every available resource to.  If they don't, they'll doom these terrific athletes to lives of misery.

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  • Aren't we pretty much "S.O.L." for football until the June hearing?

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    i think so Al. It's very frustrating to watch unfold.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    What's with August 1st, I thought that was the big deadline ?

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I told you why I can't by a shirt (yet), but one possible reason you may be seeing lower sales is because, in the offseason there's what, maybe 10- 20 of us max who still frequent the site. That's not very many t-shirts. Wait for the season and you'll probably see more. Plus, not being jewish and all, I wonder if the shirt would offend people who are. I know, there's nothing offensive about it, but I've been surprised before.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Don't even try wearing that shirt Doc, NB will kick your ass... Damn Goyim!

    Jeff, last two times I've recommended printing a site-chosen design instead. Just a thought, that if we the peoples choose it, we the peoples will buy it.

    That said, I will most likely buy one to support this wonderful place... and for you to renew your spell-checker software license (which has obviously expired).

    (I know, I'm such a dick, but I couldn't resist the chuckle)

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    In regards to the BU study, I hate to say it, but Peter King of all people made an impassioned plea for players to commit now to donating their brains to the study, regardless of how they end up on the autopsy table. Good for him - it's the last thing he'll write that I agree with this year, I'm sure.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Yeah Doc, I'm also concerned about how Bear Jew would be taken by some, and would not wear the shirt because of that.

    I did some checking and found that "Jew" is not necessarily a pejorative. As a noun it is not, as an adjective/verb it is. Except, it is to some extent still in the eye/ear of the beholder to infer intent. If they take it as a slur, it is. If they don't, it isn't. The only way to be sure no one is offended is to not wear it.

  • In reply to mikev:

    Like everything else, I guess. If it might offend someone, just shut up. Freedom of (non)speech.

  • In reply to mikev:

    Since I have nothing more to add about the current Bears that hasn't already been said, I'll throw out some nostalgic stories from my youth to add to the conversation.
    Walter Payton: He was my first sports hero. The first time I got his autograph at a Gurnee, IL mall, there is an iconic photo of me and my brother. We waited well over an hour in line. The picture is of me getting his autograph in a state of awe and my brother walking away hugging his autograph with his eyes closed. The other moment I'll always remember is waiting for Walter's autograph after practice in Lake Forest. I was in great position after practice to get his autograph, but I was undersized. When Walter came out after practice, I ran up there right away but was pushed aside by all the bigger kids. He seen this, and when he started giving out autographs, he picked me out of the crowd and signed mine second, telling me "you look like a good kid". It made my day. Walter looked unnatural in clothes. His thighs and biceps were way out of proportion compared to the rest of his body. I could go on and on about Walter. There will never be a football player as great as him in my mind.
    Mike Ditka: I'll always remember the day he was hired as HC of the Bears. My Dad came home from driving his semi all day, and he was PUMPED UP! He sat me and my brother down and told us what a great player he was and how he was taking the Bears to the Super Bowl. We went to training camp every year after that until they moved to Platteville.
    Mike Singletary: When we went to training camp the year he was drafted in the 2nd round, my Dad kept saying watch Mike Singletary, he's going to be an All-Pro. When I asked him for his autograph, I asked him if he was going to be All-Pro. He said, I'm just trying to make the team son.
    My old man used to have me focus on other players at training camp growing up as well, but I'm not gonna write a novel. He knew his shit at that time.
    One of my favorite Bears games of all time was beating the Redskins in the playoffs in 1984. That was the turning point.
    It's too bad Michael McCaskey took over the team. We had to deal with close to 15 years in the wilderness. One positive is he's gone, and his brother is taking over the team.
    My Grandma is a die-hard Bears fan since the 40's. I love visiting her, since I always come home with some memorabilia. The only napkins in her house are BEars napkins.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Wow, wish I had a Walter story. I wrote to Jim McMahon when I was 13. He didn't write back.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Bill Hicks' mother wrote me back a lovely handwritten letter. She was sweet.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Doesn't surprise me Irish

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    That is awesome: "The only napkins in her house are BEars napkins"

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    My Dad was flying back from San Francisco on the same commercial flight as the Bears in 1966. He sat next to Mr. Butkus.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Never had any "Up close and personal" Bear encounters. Met Ray Nitschke out here in Tucson. Class act all the way.

    Saw 3 regular season games at Wrigley. 2 in '67 (Losses to the Colts and Rams) and the infamous ONE from 1-13 in 1969.

    We had box seats on the third base line. Gayle Sayers gained 100 yards, Brian Piccolo scored his last TD on a pass from Bobby Douglass and Butkus, Buffone, Obradovich and friends pounded the Steelers, led by Terry Hanratty and Dick Shiner, for a PAIR of safties.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Awesome stuff Cor. I agree completely about Walter. There will never be another.

    Where have you gone, Walter Payton oh, Bears nation breathes a lonely sigh for you, ooh ooh ooh.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    BAAAAHAHAHAHA: http://www.tomscott.com/osama/#NuiynIn-g9s

    SD! What's up my man?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Tee hee: http://chzdailywhat.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/eca72b65-dba7-4a0f-8771-1c974e697e5a.jpg

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Here's the full deal: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/galleries/osama_bin_ladens_death_sparks_internet_frenzy/osama_bin_ladens_death_sparks_internet_frenzy.html

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    That's cool. When I left, he was watching one of our ROCK videos. http://www.tomscott.com/osama/#V-tFpmnbkuA

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    I can do better than that. That was weak. I get it, he's in hell...

    http://www.tomscott.com/osama/#MtsMXrAhtro

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Not to overdo it, but stories like these, Cor, are one of the main reasons I love this blog. Being a west-coaster, I have no experiences like these. But I have this blog to live vicariously through. To you Chicagoans, you have no idea how cool it is to be able to talk bears with fellow fans, pretty much any time. I didn't have that until this blog. Dog garn it...sniff...I love you guys.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Same here.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    {group bear hug}

  • In reply to mikev:

    Maybe Al or Ghost can explain, but when Mugsy Halas died, I heard that George Halas did not want Michael McCaskey, his grandson, to run the team. I have to give Mike McCaskey credit, he's up there with the biggest duchbag owners in the NFL, and that takes a lot of hard work, unless your so good at being a douche that it just comes naturally. That is one hell of a skill.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    That was that story going around, but I'm not sure how much truth there was to that. I can only say that when your own Mother fires you, that kinda says it all.

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    :o)

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    If we can all see Mike's a c**t, Papa Bear Halas sure did.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    It was my understanding growing up that, yes, Papa Bear was no fan of Mikey and it was no accident that Michale held no power while the Old Man was alive.

    Alas, the other general perception was that "Mugs" (Who was only 54 when he died) was no brain surgeon.

  • In reply to mikev:

    1. I was a bit surprised myself - singling a player out because of religion? And if the wearer isn't Jewish it could present an interesting situation or two.

    2. Jew Bear sounds better anyway.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Hey Jeff, it seems like I'm not the only one who either does not like the new shirt, or is unwilling to wear it because some folks may find it offensive.

    I recall one regular asking recently if he could order a shirt, just not have it made or delivered, as a way to support Da' Site. I'd be willing to do the same, but had a thought. How about sending a PayPal donation to jeff@dabearsblog.com instead of ordering a No Shirt" shirt? Can you take payments/donations that way?

  • In reply to mikev:

    Are they all printed up already? Jeff, Dude, market research man.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Yeah, I won't wear the shirt either, but I'll kick $20 your way if it will help. The whole "Bear Jew" thing just sort of sounds bizarre.

    I'll just put my 2 cents in where they aren't asked for on the t-shirt stuff while I'm here trying to open my old locker...

    I'm probably one of those one would call a budding old codger, but I think the t-shirt designs and quips try too hard to be Manhattan Clever. Speaking strictly for myself (and the random voices in my head I STILL can't identify), I'm not really into the artsy approach to fan proclamation wear.

    Give MB's recommendation some thought, Jeff. I think you'd sell more if they were reader-designed or at least voted on.

    But I love the place, so let me know where to kick the $20. Happy to do it.

  • In reply to Sdwat52:

    Manhattan Clever may be exactly right. Maybe in New York the "Bear Jew" shirt will fly. In most of the places I've lived, especially Chicago, it will get your ass kicked.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Doc, I check in at least once a day, but am so depressed about the lack of any real football substance that constitutes news that I don't have the energy to comment. Secondly, my Jewish friend told me he'd crucify me if I wore that shirt in his presence........see what I did there?

  • In reply to MattySouthside:

    I did!!!

  • In reply to MattySouthside:

    Has anyone heard the rumor of who the Lion's are going after in FA?

    Asomugha

    Scary team, very scary team.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    They didn't address their key needs in the draft, CB & LB - were they after Asomugha from day one?

    Pay. Randy. Moss.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    ab.solute.ly.not

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Well, that makes sense, considering they were willing to give up an arm, a leg and a testicle to Arizona to draft Patrick Peterson. Still, the list of teams that are NOT interested in Asomugha is probably shorter that the list of teams that are.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Perhaps theyre relying on that monster D line of theirs to just stuff every run and sac the QB every time he drops back. Against our O line and 10 step drops they might be right.

  • In reply to Jlehr:

    Still, I think there is a FAIRLY good chance that Nick Fairley (See how I did that?) slipped that low in the first round because his is, in fact, an absolute knucklehead and could wind up as "Albert Haynesworth, Part Deaux".

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Exactly Al. Said it from day one, that kid is a Butter Harris II if I've ever seen one... problem is Tommie's first 2-3 years. Doh!

    If you can, go online and look up his interview with chucky. I'd be shocked if that kid knew how to string together a sentence with more that 5 words.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyZ4hQd2xFE

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Part 2:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-rhgwuIkEY&feature=related

    Gotta disagree. He could get cocky or lazy after a 2-3 successful years, but he gives some nice answers. Most notable in my minds... the key to beating the spread offense? "Conditioning" This is a guy who loves football, loves his coaches, spends time preparing for games, and has the tools to win. DT's are quarterbacks, they don't have to be eloquent, they just have to be football smart. This guy is dangerous.

  • In reply to mottystone:

    Also have to say... Gruden is annoying when he tries to joke around, but I liked the style of interview once they started watching tape. Gruden picked some successful plays and basically asked "what happened here" and let the player tell the story. Most interviews I see are basically about the generic "what the secret to beating this team" (Response: "just work hard and stick to our game plan") or politics and tabloid stuff "what do you think of Tony Romo playing golf?" (Response: "We all have to do our best and stick to our game plan.")

  • In reply to mottystone:

    fair enough NB. We'll see once he has the cash in hand... and weed, the party life and playstation becons.

    Don't want to be negative, but I just see a lot of Jamarcus... hopefully I'm wrong (not for us...)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I hope he does wreck ... and brings Suh with him. Man,if they did get Asomugha ... fk my life. NFCN is a dogfight next year. Everybody chalks two up against Minny and then the gloves come off.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Minny looks terrible right now except for their excellent running back. Does that sound like another NFC North team that went through a horrible decade?

    If the Bears keep the momentum going on a high risk offense and bruising D. If Green Bay's young team keeps up their level of quality and manages to keep the roster together. If Detroit continues to build the monster that its building. Wow... that is a scary division to play in. Would not want the head coaching job for the Vikes right now.

  • In reply to mottystone:

    Minny more than looks terrible - they are terrible. Their defense is about to collapse under age and free agency, and the offense is pathetic. AP is going to want to get out of there while he can still salvage a ring somewhere.

  • In reply to mottystone:

    Pretty interesting/sad read: http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/eticket/story?page=110510/Rio

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    wow.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    City of God captures it well. That article led me onto the founding of all things Madden.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/eticket/story?page=100805/madden

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Yes! That movie was very scary/frightening.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Jesus, meant... scary/fascinating. Brainfart.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Man if just more people were able to carry guns in those slums I bet the murder rate would go down. Or some right wing BS like that.

  • In reply to Jlehr:

    Come on now Sac, don't know if there are stats to back it up but lot of people around here carry, me included. People don't do a lot of stupid shit cause they just don't know. I'm glad it works well for all you crazy left wingers out west. LMAO

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    Murph, I've hunted and fished my entire life. I started hunting when I was around 12. My dad had a half dozen handguns that were passed down to me. When I moved to Canada I sold the handguns. I didn't want to give Canada Immigration any reason to keep me out. Stable people like yourself have no issues carrying and I respect that. However, young people, unstable people, etc. shouldn't be carrying. Not sure what the answers are but a lot fewer handguns, no assault rifles, no automatic weapons and no purchasing of weapons at gun shows should be a starting point. It's just way too easy to get guns in the US. Just my 2 cents.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    My feelings exactly (surprise). I think that a compromise that allows more local discretion on the level of gun control should be the answer. Voters who live in Montana know what works for them; why not let voters in DC implement policy that works for them?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    +1 Canada. Proper regulation of the alleged regulators/retailers would be a start. Too many "cash and carry" sellers out there who could care less about background checks.

    http://youtu.be/YQEDvqmAfqg

  • In reply to Crowned:

    I don't understand those who rail against local gun restrictions when they adamantly support local jurisdiction over privacy laws (as in abortion) and health care. Aren't the states supposed to be "laboratories" for good public policy? I keep hearing that somewhere.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Are we there yet?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Just a few more shots fired over each others bows, at least one more judicial ruling and lots more fan discontent. Then we'll be there!

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Shouldn't be easy Canada, unstable individuals should not get permitted. We have background checks and fingerprinting etc. Seems like so many laws are obeyed by only the good people. Chicago had a hand gun ban, but the bad guys were always armed to the teeth and the good citizens followed the law. Seems like the bad guys will always get the tools to commit their crimes with, no matter how many laws are passed.

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    Wherever there is a demand, the supply will find a way.

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    I haven't posted much, but love following along the banter you guys have! This board is about as knowedgeable and entertaining as it gets! My dad has a Butkus story that he'll never forget from back in his Illini days. My family is of Lithuanian heritage (if you couldn't tell by my username...), and Butkus is Lithuanian as well. So in college, my dad used to hang out with a small Lithuanian group of guys, and one night Butkus and a couple other ball players thought mututal freinds went out with them for drinks. Walking along, Butkus decided to tackle a parking meter. He proceeded to dislodge it from the croncrete. My dad can't recall if it was already a bit busted up...but said it was the most amazing thing to see. He was glad to be a fly on that particular wall that night... Personally, I've only met Keith Van Horne and Doug Buffone. Both, we're exceptionally cool.

  • In reply to MadLithuanian:

    You've never wripped parking meters out of concrete before? I thought that's what everyone did on a Saturday night...

  • In reply to mottystone:

    Only on Sundays...

  • In reply to MadLithuanian:

    My favorite Butkus story was from an article about him. After a practice a kid around 10 was hitting him up for an autograph. Butkus was in character and just kind of growled at the kid. The kid didn't back off and asked again. Butkus glared at him and acted like he didn't know what the kid wanted. The kid said "Would you sign this. You know, with your name." Butkus cracked up signed whatever it was and then was stuck signing for a while.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Very cool!

  • In reply to MadLithuanian:

    Always good to see a Butkus icon on the board, man.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Hopefully, I can add something to the great banter you guys already have! Cheers!

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I never saw Berman's rant before. It's here.

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/441816-jay-mariotti-and-the-worst-sportscaster-behavior-ever/page/8

  • In reply to gpldan:

    That is great stuff.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Marino's was on the side.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qa9LNPwZIGA&feature=related

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    No doubt, Murph. I mentioned something about gun shows because I used to go to them and it was ridiculously easy to buy a gun that day. No checks, no waiting period, nothing. No automatic weapons and assault rifles should be a no brainer. There is no sporting purpose for either one. Handguns are a tricky matter but it should be a pain in the ass to buy them. I'm afraid it's too late to ever get a handle on all the guns in the US. Just way too many of them to track them down. Scary stuff.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    At first, my disdain for violence does make me want to abolish all guns except for hunting. But when I think about it, it's really just the irresponsible people, careless people, and criminals that make it a problem. So then I think, being a dog lover that I am, should certain counties outlaw pitbulls because of pit bulls who have mauled kids or whatever? I've always said no to that. Pit bulls are good sweet dogs if they're not raised by a-holes, or irresponsible careless people who don't have their dog under control. So, I guess the parallel with guns would imply I think they should be legal. It's a tough issue.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    this is a novel, insightful analogy

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    Doc is a rather insightful guy. Some times he has me shakin my head but he is always entertaining!

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    I shake my head on a regular basis around here. But I do appreciate the differing perspectives on things.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Totally agree Doc. I've been around numerous pit bulls, Rottys, Dobermans and Sheppards that were great dogs. I've always said, you have to be smarter than the dog to train it.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Just read the article about Mariotti. Apparently his personality in print and TV is not an act. The best comment I've read said he's going to star in Around the Horn in prison.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Whoa, what-now, holier-than-thou Mariotti's a wife-beater?? I hope his cell mate is a Michael Clarke Duncan lookalike and calls him 'Penny'.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I love it : [USA Today]

    "Sports By Brooks has done the research and chronicled the many times Mariotti has ripped into athletes accused of assaulting wives or girlfriends. He has had harsh words for Albert Belle, Lawrence Phillips, Wilfredo Cordero, Randy Moss, Milton Bradley, Corey Dillon and Scottie Pippen. And after Jason Kidd faced a domestic violence accusation in 2002 Mariotti wrote:

    A domestic abuser is not a hero in any arena. When a group of crude, drunken fans in Boston taunted him with chants of "Wife Beater! Wife Beater!" last week, I felt bad that Kidd's wife, Joumana, and the couple's 3-year-old son, T.J., had to endure such courtside harassment. Victims of violence shouldn't be subjected to cruel reminders.

    That said, did I feel bad for Kidd?

    Not really."

    Ducheyne.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    That's my issue with holier than thou people. Many times they are doing exactly what they are railing against. Or worse.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    According to Ozzie Guillen, Marriotti would like that arrangement.

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    Good one, Murph. I thought Ozzie could have come up with something better but I totally understood his contempt for Mariotti. Any reporter that takes pot shots at everyone without facing the music is a coward in my book.

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    Not sure where to leave this breaking news story on Chicagonow, but figured the DBB is as good a place as any:

    http://www.foxnews.com/world/2011/05/13/extensive-porn-stash-reportedly-bin-laden-compound/

    "Extensive" porn found in bin Laden's room. Are we realy all that different...

  • In reply to gwill:

    I wonder why he was so deep in to BBW stuff?

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Get it? BBW? Deep?

    Bwahahahaha!

  • In reply to gwill:

    Ok, new theory...

    Johnny IS bin laden. And his wife didn't find the stash in an almost car accident, navy seal team 6 did!

    How's THAT for breaking news will?!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    That works actually. So which DBB poster do you think will file the first FOIA request to see bin Laden's porn stash titles?

  • In reply to gwill:

    Waffle.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    what if the Seals bust in and Bin Laden is masturbating furiously to some 80's porn film. He's quickly acts like he was reading a book but it's upside down and it is quite obvious that he was violating himself. Bin Laden tries to change the subject by calling the seal an infidel but it's hard to take him seriously with the video still playing in the background. John Holmes as a naive pool boy learning the sexual ropes as taught by the sexy older woman of the house.

  • In reply to gwill:

    What was he into?

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Capital punishment, guns and abortion, tricky all right. On the one hand you look at countries where guns are just a no-no, and surprise surprise they don't have any gun deaths to speak of, or very little. The police in Ireland don't even carry guns. Then on the other hand, some people don't like the idea of only the police and the military having guns when the shit hits the fan. Plus, in America, the NRA have the constitution on their side, and therein lies the problem - archaic documents that don't get amended to reflect the changed reality of the times.

    The more guns there are the more people will get shot, but that's where the plot thickens. Was it Bowling For Columbine where Moore pointed out there were even more guns in Canada, but people don't go around blowing each other away?

    Like Chris Rock said, gun control is a thorny issue in the states, but make every bullet cost five thousand dollars and the problem's gone. The corollary of that is kids from the Hamptons doing drive-bys ...

    Throws up an interesting question - do unstable/mentally ill people have a right to defend themselves?

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Not if they cannot rationally identify what a threat to their person is. "Unstable" not being a medical term, I'd say probably not.
    I love that Chris Rock solution.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    1. Vince Young is working out with AP? Vinny to Minny?

    2. Orton the Viking for a second rounder? How about them apples?

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I actually got into an argument over Orton.

    I know Orton will be a great QB one day. The fact that they want to trade him away, so Tewbow can start is stupid.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    Getting him back for a second rounder would be sweet, not that he'd come. That would be the QB roster of a SB champion. Less whatshisname, of course.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    TDS 20

    INT 9

    YDS 3,653

    RTG 87.5

    Anyone have any idea who this guy is?

    TDS 23

    INT 16

    YDS 3,274

    RTG 86.3

    And this guy?

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    TDS 28

    INT 11

    YDS 3922

    RTG 101.2

    what about this guy?

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    Joe M.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Me likey:

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/697804-2011-nfl-free-agent-rumors-odds-for-where-the-top-x-free-agents-land/page/6

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/breaking/cbsports-freeagency-frenzy-awaits-bears-20110509,0,6256861.story

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    So, who would pay to watch the Bears offense and defense scrimmage at a college field? I might get in on something like that and it would be a way for players to raise some cash and stay in shape.

  • In reply to mottystone:

    I'm not in the area, but if I were, yes I would one or twice. At least until regular season time gets here. If there is no real NFL football being played by then anything related to football is likely to make my head explode in anger and frustration. Just the idea of no football is raising my BP dangerously high.

  • In reply to mottystone:

    If the players were available either before or after the scrimmage to schmooze and sign autographs, I think it would be wildly popular.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    I think a morning practice (possibly closed), followed by an afternoon scrimmage and then autograph signing session would be great. Plus, the ticket sales could cover the cost of training staff or facilities so the players aren't laying stuff out of pocket.

    It would also be a ridiculously shrewd way to garner positive public opinion.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Sooooo....Alan Faneca retired.
    And Bernard Hopkins still hates Donovan McNabb.

    Big news day.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Robert "Tractor" Traylor died.

  • In reply to gwill:

    The guy just was not healthy enough to be playing basketball. That's a shame.

  • In reply to gwill:

    Damn. That sucks.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Coach the kids up too!

  • In reply to Jlehr:

    How many murders were committed last year by people with concealed or open carry permits in the US? What is the percentage of those people who committed that crime?

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    The number is way north of zero - I would SWAG it as roughly 50-60 homicides. Is that too many or too few?
    Here's my point; if a city decides it wants to introduce tighter gun control restrictions (say, banning hand-guns and/or rifles above a .22) and a farming community wants to have looser gun restrictions within their jurisdiction, why can't they co-exist?
    Is there any room for peaceful coexistence on social issues anymore?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    It's not even murders - guns are a very dangerous thing to have in the house, and not just because of kids. Folks with depression, or folks with some heavy issues can decide after a drink or ten that shooting themselves in the head would be better. I know I'd be long dead if I'd been able to access a gun during the dark times. I knew a kid that blew his brains out with his father's shotgun when he was twelve, and it wasn't an accident. He was an only child and a sweet, intelligent, sensitive kid, rest his soul. I guess if you're twelve and you really want to die, then it's just made a whole lot easier if there's a gun in the house.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    If they don't have the gun, they will O.D. or jump off a building. Go stand in front of a train. When some one wants to check out, they will find the means to do it.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Without checking 1 is Orton, 2 is Cutler.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Superman to the Bulls ?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7k1b8s1VfMQ

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Dude... I heard the Lakers will get him.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Headed to Wasco Ca to take care of some family business... Look it up on google earth if you want to see the little Mexico of CA.

  • In reply to Jlehr:

    Lol that place is nothin. Only thing they got is that prison. Have fun bruhh

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Well luckily I'm not visiting the prison. My dad was raised here so I'm visiting family. Hope you can make it up for the Bears v Raiders game in Nov.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I like that down below ... "Strip club retires Rodman's number."

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    The motherfucker dropped 60k to score a blumpkin in the champaign (boom boom) room. He deserves the award.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Is that true?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    You read it on the interwebs didn't you gp?!

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    guess we should ban rope and aspirin and bridges too....

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I gotta pass on Bear Jew too. DBB came up with the name, but we all know Inglorious Bastards and get the joke. In public, it would draw ire. Unless the t-shirt wearer looked Jewish. And I do not.

    The word "Jew" is too loaded, not quite like the n-word, but close.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Yea, but it's a solidarity thing when we call each other the J word. It helps us unite.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I'm pretty much the same as you guys, I wouldn't wear the T-shirt but I'd kick in some dough to keep the site going. I hated the other one too. It reminded me of those T-shirts that said I'm with stupid and had an arrow. Not trying to be a dick.

    The only Bear I've ever met was Jim Hester (a TE from the '70's). My ex brother-in-law's dad had a corner store and he sold it to the Hester family. Jim was a big man and very nice. His younger brother Willie was a fabulous B-baller in HS but his knees were like a bag of doorknobs.

    My first Bear's hero is still my fave, Mr. Butkus. Walter and Gale are #2 and #2a. I know a lot of younger fans have a huge problem with Gale but I don't. I've always felt he was just being honest. Maybe not correct, but honest. If the younger fans ever saw Gale before the injuries, they would cut him some slack.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    It is still Dick Butkus for me too, Canada. And given just how incredible* Walter Payton was, that saws a hell of a lot for the big guy in the middle.

    Speaking of incredible*, Dick Butkus won Defensive Player of the Year for a team that finished 1-13.

    * I mean that literally, ala definition 1 here: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/incredible

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Exactly. I watched every game to the bitter end. I'm more into defense than offense so Dick was my guy. Although Gale got me screaming a lot (in a good way).

    I was in my early teens when they drafted Dick and Gale and football meant everything to me. I was in my 20's when they drafted Walter and I still loved football but I also loved alcohol, girls, partying, substances, etc.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    One of the worst Bears experiences in my life was the Monday Night Game when the Bears retired the numbers of Dick Butkus and Gayle Sayers on Halloween 1994 against the Packers. The Bears got blown out in a major rain storm. During the half-time ceremony, most of the fans in their seats were Packer fans. It was a humiliating moment as a Bears fan.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    I wish I had no memory of that night. Awful!

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Yup, I don't remember nineties Bears.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I'm glad Austin didn't fall to us.

  • In reply to Jlehr:

    Detroit's only weakness (if they sign Asomugha or Cromartie) is their linebackers, isolate them and we've got a chance, but I don't see how our OL controls the LOS against those boys. I see Kreutz getting owned from day one by Raji and the Motor City Line. Busted draws, traps, counters, sweeps, lead dives. Busted Cutler. Keeping Kreutz in the center position for another year could be disastrous in such a tight division. Do we just ride his ass into the ground until he literally seizes up? Or sign him for a year as a backup, start Edwin and see what happens ... or even better, see what's available in FA.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    That's why I'm against moving the Bear Jew to RT. The kids got the archetype body, mentality, and skill set to be a G. Plus with the Pac and Lions DT the Bears need interior line more than anything on offense.

  • In reply to BodaciousBF:

    I like the idea of starting Carimi at G from the get-go...and rotating him outside after a year working with Tice.
    We have an immediate need for him so that Cookie doesn't play LG again.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I'm really curious to see how Wisconsin players Carimi, Moffitt, and Lance Kendricks do as pros. All three were excellent blockers, and Kendricks can be a playmaker at TE. I'm a little nervous about Carimi moving to guard, because he started 4 years at tackle. He can pull well, so he could be a dominant guard. At left tackle, he dominated two first round DE last year, so I say try him there first, especially with Forte's outside running ability.
    One career I'm going to watch is Moffitt. I want to see if my instincts are correct and he's going to be a dominant guard. He was everything you want in a guard last year. I can't wait to see how that transitions to the pros.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    This one's for you, MB.

    http://www.december212012.com/articles/news/Magnetic_polar_shifts_causing_massive_global_superstorms.htm

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Thanks doc.... we're all fucked.

    Didn't you love the celebrity believers section and the doomsday 2012 shirt. Might as well get a shirt made up that says, 'Hi, I'm batshit!'

    Good stuff.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    With the understanding that prognosticators are about as accurate as horoscopes, and acknowledgins that many here aren't big Collinsworth fans, (God, the disclaimers we have to list just to make a point..), he's got a piece on his site that makes a serious run at predicting the 2011 season via the labor dispute.

    Here: http://footballpros.com/content.php/938-Bold-Prediction-Time-When-Will-First-NFL-Game-Be-Played-This-Year

    A point made by Dave Lapham (also a contributor there) is also well-made: That this is both Goodell's and Smith's first real mountain to summit (damn, I'm clever), and therefore, neither is going to want to appear weak. That comment is near the bottom of the piece, just FYI.

    Anyway, not a bad argument by Collinsworth I don't believe, and if he's not dead-on, he may be very close.

    Which would suck.

  • In reply to Sdwat52:

    I think there would be a little more Collinsworth love on here if more guys saw him play. The age of many guys on here means most guys never saw him play. He was a receiver in the Tom Waddle sense. Made tough catches, sure handed, great heart. All that being said, I sure hope he is wrong!

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    +1 Murph - he was a great receiver, and he wasn't afraid to mix it up when it was called for. He had laundry basket hands.

  • In reply to Sdwat52:

    I'd say great is a little strong.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    I remember the ice bowl and Bengals QB Ken Anderson. I remember Collinsworth just fine, playing against the niners in the SB.

    If he was great, then Ed McCaffery belongs in the HoF. Let's not get carried away.

  • In reply to Sdwat52:

    Random thought. Does there happen to be any kind of a, say, Mike Ditka day? Or Sweetness day? Halas? Is there anything like that in the Chi?

    There should be.

    And while Halas, Sweetness, and Butkus, MIGHT have more reason to be celebrated, it just seems that a Mike Ditka day would be more fun. Everybody sports their pornstache, lots of drinking, cussing, and hissy-fits. And everybody sports a gold SB champion ring. And wears sweaters.

    If there's not a Mike Ditka day, there should be.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    +1

    He was the face of that team.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    No Mike Ditka day in Chicago. Designated drivers would be mandatory! His son just got arrested for another DUI. Doc, I dont think you can use the term "hissy-fit" when talking about Da Coach. Seeing that the term refers to women, Da Coach may want to kick you ass for inferring he has them. LOL

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    What would be the male-equivalent then, Murph?

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    "freak out" "go off" "go psycho" "flip out" almost anything except hissy- fit. That sounds so gay!

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    Fair enough. How bout tirade?

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    If you had the opportunity to buy a ticket to a Bears Super Bowl, whats the max you would pay?

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    My left nut. Hell, I've had all the kids I'm having, I'd give em both.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Aaaawesoooome: http://www.pendleton-usa.com/catalog/search.cmd?form_state=searchForm&keyword=dude&keyword_entry=dude&x=0&y=0#tabs

    A lot Murph, a lot. And the price depends on who we were playing.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'm guessing you think that's awesome because it's like the one The Dude wore?

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    I did ask my wife if we could name our next son (if it is a boy) Dude. She cried foul.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    ed zachary Doc.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I don't think she'd go for that name. Ed Zachary why? I don't know.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    been into the word play a lot lately huh... can we play maths games next?

    ...you start.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Okay, how's this. It's called Einsteins riddle. More of a logic puzzle than math but, it's also more fun. He said that 98% of the population would not be able solve it. I'm in the 2%, though I think he overestimated the difficulty. Who can do it? NO fair looking online for the answers.

    1. In a street there are five houses, painted five different colours.
    2. In each house lives a person of different nationality
    3. These five homeowners each drink a different kind of beverage, smoke different brand of cigar and keep a different pet.

    1. The Brit lives in a red house.
    2. The Swede keeps dogs as pets.
    3. The Dane drinks tea.
    4. The Green house is next to, and on the left of the White house.
    5. The owner of the Green house drinks coffee.
    6. The person who smokes Pall Mall rears birds.
    7. The owner of the Yellow house smokes Dunhill.
    8. The man living in the centre house drinks milk.
    9. The Norwegian lives in the first house.
    10. The man who smokes Blends lives next to the one who keeps cats.
    11. The man who keeps horses lives next to the man who smokes Dunhill.
    12. The man who smokes Blue Master drinks beer.
    13. The German smokes Prince.
    14. The Norwegian lives next to the blue house.
    15. The man who smokes Blends has a neighbour who drinks water.

    Who owns the fish?

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    I just assumed the fifth house was full of chimps.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Got it.....

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Question.

    If my wife and I have another boy, and we name him Halas, would that kind of name get him beat up on the playground? I have no reason to think it would, but appreciate your opinions.

    Any other good baby name suggestions would be welcome as well.

    FYI: I've already lobbied hard for Walter for the first two and she wouldn't do it.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Your wife rejected Walter and you think she'll take Halas? What's wrong with George (other than everyone will think you're a Bush guy)? Or, for that matter, Mike?

  • In reply to mottystone:

    My second son has the mexican equivalent of George for a middle name already, Jorge. He was born on Cinco De Mayo.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    should have used Don Julio (as in: http://www.tequila.net/tequila-reviews/anejos/don-julio-1942-tequila-anejo.html)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    How about Leonhard after my favorite mathematician?

    Or "Lach" That's a cool name, and only a real Bears fan would appreciate it.

    My neighbor's daughter is named Payton... so you have that option as well for a boy or girl.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    I don't think so. The names parents are giving their kids would have all of them getting ass kicking back in the day. Now a days like the honey badger no one gives a shit! I would name him George Stanley or Richard Butkus, and if he is a tough husky lil guy you can just start calling him Butkus!

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    MB, your dream matchup. The Bears and who? How much you spit for that ticket?

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    Hmmmm... good one murph.

    My dream matchup is impossible... Bears v Packers, and we fucking dismantle them (like we could/should have every time last year).

    I think a Bears v. Ravens SB would be a damn good game. Talk about black and blue, huh? How much

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'd probably go 3K for Bears Super Bowl, 2 to 2500 for another team I liked. I'd still pay 1500 for two teams I didn't like i.e. Seahawks vs. Buffalo Bills. On second thought I'd probably pass on that game.

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    wow... serious.

    Just not that into live events I guess.

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    Show of hands: who ditched their PS3?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    tossed MW2 in the trash 2 months ago and haven't played the PS3 in months. changing all of my bank account and credit card numbers just in case.

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    Jenny Jones wants some Moogha and Jenkins in Dallas:

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d81fc8005/article/asomugha-jenkins-would-give-cowboys-pressure-players

    I think we need us some Jenkins. If he wants to steal the Lions prize away, go ahead.

    Jenny's face looks like it was carved out of a bar of soap.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    We should be in both races. It's all-in again this year.

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    Here's more football Murph: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/peter_king/05/15/mmqb/index.html

    If you can stomach the source, or the content.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    This was emailed to me as Gabe Carimi's "first Chicago appearance," which makes no sense to me. Probably this is his first Jewish event appearance in Chicago.

    http://www.jewishfamilyfest.com/

    I don't have anything to do with bringing Gabe in, but I am involved in the event. If you check out the video at about 0:26, you will see the middle school marching band (well... drum corpse anyway) that played last year. I and another guy coached up the kids to play, and they did an amazing job considering they had exactly one week to learn everything and most of them had never played a drum before. We have a new group this year and they will be marching once again.

    Anyone Jewish on the blog with kids will enjoy this event. There are kid's rides, music, a parade, and a bonfire toward the evening. Plus, Gabe Carimi will be leading the parade, how awesome is that?

    Also, last year we had the Chicago Bulls drum line (very good group) who also played a really impressive show, so Bulls fans will appreciate coming as well I'm sure.

  • In reply to mottystone:

    So new Bear, when you say "anyone jewish on this blog" is that like code for the rest of us to stay away? Or would us non jewish bloggers with kids enjoy it too? just wonderin...lol

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    I thought that exact thing Murph... and I have permission to go.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I imagine non-Jews would enjoy the fair as well, but its not exactly targeted at you so you might get a bit bored during the "We have to have Jewish pride" speeches.

    Nobody would get turned away though... and everyone loves a fair.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    In the Too True To Be Blue scattergory:

    The Disney Corporation (yes, that one) filed trademark on the term "Seal Team 6" and plans to produce Bin Laden assassination Christmas ornaments. And no, I am not making this up.

    I want a snow globe one that when you shake it, his brains float around in the globe. And maybe some shiny tiny 5.56mm casings to add the gold glitter to the tree with 5/1/2011 imprinted on them.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    "Seal Team 6" will not survive a trademark fight, although if they try for christmas ornaments as the associated good, I could see the application getting past the examining attorney.

  • In reply to mottystone:

    It's already been trademarked a couple of times.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/steve-dale-pet-world/2011/05/where-do-you-live-it.html

    I vote we invade this one because the guys talks about super important pet related issues.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Doc, just a suggestion but go with whatever name your wife likes that you can live with. Then call him Dude or Duder. You know that nickname would stick.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Worked with a guy we call "The Dude". Good nicknames stick with people. Just about every guy I worked with was never called by his real name.

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    Exactly! One of the guys at work calls me Candy Ass because I don't ride my bike to work everyday of the year. Only about 90% of the time.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    So guys, what ya like on your hot dog? (gawd we need some football)

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    Your momma!

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Halatosis was the first thing that came to mind... putting myself in a 5th grader's head (which isn't hard)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    but i like the idea... and with that name he'll be an ass-kicker.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    If a fifth grader new that word, I'd be worried. Your post reminds me of my last dog who we put down about a year and a half ago. He was a little fat stinky dog with helacious breath and even worse farts. We called him superfatwithflatulenceandextrahalitosis.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Aaaawwwwwwww.....

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Bronko is a pretty sweet name

  • In reply to luftwaffle:

    Hmmm.

    You're theories are intriguing to me. I'd like to subscribe to your news letter.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Oh my fucking god start the fucking season

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    The silver lining is that when they finally get this started, free agency is going to be absolutely bonkers.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Anybody here ever been to Nova Scotia?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    No but, I have driven a Nova. Just a scosh though.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    MBP, I've never been but my best friend's wife is from there. Halifax is supposed to be awesome. Cape Breton, the island NW of Halifax is supposed to be beautiful in the summer. The Cabot Trail (Hwy loop around the the north part of the island) is famous for its beauty. My buddy's wife says the best time to go is July/August. June can be rainy. Everything I've read is positive. Lots of Scottish and Irish descendants. Lots of music and arts.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Awesome - I have a business trip there the beginning of June; my first time to anywhere beyond Niagara Falls north of the border. Does your friend's wife have any restaurant recommendations?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Are you going to Halifax? Cape Breton? Let me know and I'll ask her. She's a good cook, loves music and isn't opposed to knocking back a few. She should be good for a lot of recommendations.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Halifax

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    The Mike Ditka show every week during the season was awesome. It was always entertaining. I watched a few Wanny shows, and have never watched it since.

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    Mike Ditka drunk while being interviewed by Johnny Morris after a game. It wasn't the only time. I seen Ditka feeling good in the La Crosse bars a few times when he was coaching the Saints and they had training camp here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEYUFJcbmeI

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    This is pretty funny. Ditka giving an interview in his underwear. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TW5va8T5qCw&feature=related

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    I saw him play and yes, he was a good player. It's his commentating that makes him an ass-hat.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Agree with ya Doc. C.C. was a solid WR but he will be remembered more for his broadcasting. Sometimes I think he makes some good points and sometimes I think he falls in love with his voice. There are a bunch of announcers that I dislike more than him. How's that for a ringing endorsement?

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    the dude might have been a pretty good wite WR, but he's a fucking dbag on screen. Painful to watch... not as bad as fucking theisman, but pretty damn painful. Douche.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    not to pile on, but the hebrew hammer would have been better than the Bear Jew, and the Bear Down shirt resembled those shirts with the fire extinguisher with the arrow pointing towards the crotch.

    Jeff -- I'm a graphic designer (I know, I know) so if you want some help on the next design let me know. I'll do it gratis.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    UGH!#@!@$%^!#$%^!@$%^#$%^#

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    THIS COMMENT IS FOR THE "NO F-ING LEAGUE"

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    F-ING amen Lobo. F-ING amen.

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    fuck my life if there is no football. SMH. Side question: what are these JEW tshirts suppose to be about? can we get a Ditka Free Mustache Ride Tshirt?

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Fresno, you don't know how much entertainment I got from your post. I added my own made up voice to get the full feel.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    haha

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Hey Fres man, everything go okay with that, eh, 'official appearance'...?

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Huh?

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Biggest bust?

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d81fbf802/article/bust-factor-who-will-be-biggest-disappointment-from-11-draft?campaign=Ext_Email_NL0512

    I hope Fairly becomes the cancer I think he can be.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I've got Marvin Austin in jail before Halloween ... or on Halloween.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    No position can really get the media attention as a bust that a QB can. Maybe RB, but no backs were taken high enough in the draft. I predict 2/4 of the top 4 QBs will be billed as busts even though it'll be the team's fault in at least one case.

    Outside of QB, I expect some of the O-line picks to be dissapointing. There was not a lot of top flight talent at tackle this year, and I expect teams that reached for an anchor at LT will be dissapointed. The Bears are not on that this... we also picked a bit too low for Carimi to be a "bust" even if he ends up being more of a RT or G type player.

  • In reply to mottystone:

    I agree. QB is the most heavily scrutinized. Nobody wants the next Alex Smith.

    Every writer in that article picks one of the 1st round QBs to bust. Nobody is skipped. Ponder and Newton will get the most attention.

    If I ran a NFL team, I don't know that I would ever 1st round a QB. I don't think I would try and build like that. I would take the Chiefs strategy of always buying vs. building.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    If you consider it to be the most important position on the roster, then drafting a QB in the first or second round every two years until you find your guy is reasonable. You'd get a good roster of QBs anyway ... as long as your GM isn't Jerry Asshat.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Crazy Germans. They went with the Federation's Special Forces logo.

    http://news.cnet.com/8301-17852_3-20061024-71.html

    The Eagle holding a phaser probably should have given it away. Oh Germany, will you ever learn? Google image is not always your friend.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    priceless. the eagle is holding a laser gun. our seals are fucking bad ass.

    GP - please make an official Seal emblem out of this and we'll submit it for approval with the DOD.

    http://wallpaperblack.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/Skull.jpg

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    or better yet. try to put a camo uniform on this Anakin and we'll send it to a german tv station.

    http://tarpon.tamug.edu/~rwt6754/074.jpg

    It turns out that the commando that killed Bin Laden didn't shoot him in the head, he killed him with his lightsaber.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I smell dbb t-shirt desiiiiign. (You know, one that sells)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Btw, the first sentence should be read outloudin a ted gunn voice (the gay dude... not that there's ....)

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Prn_WVYC7vs&oref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fresults%3Fsearch_query%3Dunforgivable%26aq%3Df&has_verified=1

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    super funny video if yall are into that kind of comedy. check it out! post above this.

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    fres.......that boy needs some anger management classes...hehehehehehehe

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    When you thought it could not get worse....some teams are asking their fans to pay up for their season tickets..WTF! even though there are no games to see.

    Welcome to Corporatism America!

  • Richard Conte was an EXCELLENT actor. In addition to the films the Blogfather cites I recommend HOUSE OF STRANGERS with Edward G. Robinson (Later remade as the Spencer Trancer western, "Broken Lance")
    13 RUE MADELEINE, with Jimmy Cagney and GUADALCANAL DIARY.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Er, that's Spencer TRACY, of course.

    Proofread, boy, proofread.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Trying to remember who came to Michael with the Barzini meeting ....

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    That would be Tessio (Abe Vigoda).

    Don Vito Corleone: "Remember. Whoever comes to you with this meeting, he's the traitor."

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Handy having pops around to save your ass.

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