Now To Free Agency We Go...

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Free agency will come upon the NFL and the Chicago Bears at some point (we think) and at that point the Bears will need to address not only the expired contracts on their current roster but also their pressing positional needs.  The offseason of 2009 brought us the franchise quarterback.  The offseason of 2010 brought us one of the most dynamic defensive players in the sport.  What will the offseason of 2011 bring?

On the flipside we'll take a look

at three positions of possible target.

WIDE RECEIVER

I started my obsessions with Sidney Rice when he was playing for Steve Spurrier at South Carolina and sat in awe of him as he made Brett Favre look young again in Minnesota.  His ability to navigate through traffic and get up in the air for a jump ball is a perfect compliment for Cutler's style and it wouldn't surprise me if they became the most production quarterback-receiver combination in the league.  Other options of interest: San Diego's Malcolm Floyd has the size, Terrell Owens has at least one year left in the tank and the Jets will not be able to keep both Santonio and Braylon.  I still wonder if a low-level draft pick could reuinte Brandon Marshall with Cutler or coax AJ Smith to finally let Vincent Jackson leave town.

GUARD

The drafting of Gabe Carimi seems to mean the Bears have settled their starting tackles, with J'Marcus Webb slotting over on the left side.  (They are not going to find a good left tackle on the market if that's not the case.)  The decision the Bears have to make is on Chris Williams.  Will the former first-round selection start at left guard or will he be dropped from the starting 11 and become the first tackle off the bench?  If the latter's the case, the Bears may be looking to add a Ruben Brown-style presence to the middle of the offensive line.  (Would a player like Matt Light oblige a move inside?)

DEFENSIVE BACK

I found it interesting that the Bears only selected one DB, a safety, in April's draft.  It would lead me to believe the team is comfortable with corner position heading into the 2011 season.  I wonder if the selection of Chris Conte in the third round makes them feel comfortable at the saftey position as well.  When free agency opens, a dozen teams will be clamoring for Namdi Asomugha and the Bears will not be one of them.  But will they be intrigued by the addition of a player like Antonio Cromartie if the price is right?

Questions for the fans: What will the Bears target in free agency?  What should the Bears target in free agency?

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  • Cromartie? Please no.

    It's been Jerry's MO to wait late and pick up DBs off the wire. It would be very un-Bears like to chase a corner down.

    I'd like to see Rice or Jones, I think Edwards is too cancerous and not a special wideout, and of course Marshall: Cutler to Cutlery. Ha! Killer joke there.

    Now, enjoy some Bruce Lee as Kato. Saw Green Hornet last night, wanted to see a clip of the original in action, with a little Harry Mudd bringing up the rear.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OI5ZIZhuqSc&feature=related

  • In reply to gpldan:

    And this followed it...
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8p0g80fUf4Y&NR=1

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Cromartie was a shutdown corner in his own right last season - when I saw the breakdown of passes thrown at him versus Revis, there wasn't much difference, I was surprised, certainly better than anything we've got.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    CLASSIC!

  • How about a little Bruce Lee teaching Kareem about the real skyhook:

    http://youtu.be/LsSoX6qB9N0

    Can't wait for your Pepp Experiment shirt to come to fruition GP.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Somebody ought to teach DJ Moore that nut squeeze move at 2:20.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Fencik's husband trademarked the move.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    +1

  • In reply to Crowned:

    I guess the Lions *really* wanted a shutdown corner.

    Offering 1,2 and 4 for the Cards 1st, and the Cards passed.

    http://www.freep.com/article/20110504/SPORTS01/105040434/1049/rss14

  • In reply to gpldan:

    That's 'cause Peterson is a new Woodson - The Steelers or the Pack version, pick one.

    Still, that's a pretty high price.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    They didn't address any needs in the draft but got some nice players.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Dude! WFT guys?!?!

    Fencik plays for the other team? Fors reals?

    (not that there's anything wrong with that... except when it's fucking gary fencik!!!)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Yes, for real.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Wikipedia says he has two kids... yes I know... it's the interwebs

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'd like to thank GPL for adding "Google: Gary Fencik is gay?" to my browsing history.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    wouldn't it be funny if your wife begins typing: Ga...and the auto script completes it "...ry Fencik is gay" and some crazy pics of him in pads and nothing else pop up? You'd have some 'splaining to do.

    Damn you, google!

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I read somewhere that Carimi is better at run blocking than he is in pass protection.....is that true, and if so, isn't that sort of disconcerting considering he's the only OL they picked up?

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    Almost every olineman is better at run or pass. For example, Sherrod, whom the Pack picked, is supposed to be soft, thus a better pass protector than run blocker. Jonathan Ogdens and Orlando Paces are very rare.

    But if you have read all our previous posts, you'll recognize that none of us are happy about only drafting ONE offensive big man. But if I had to choose, I'd take a tough mauler or a soft teddy bear any day of the week. That would only mean we might run it more, which means less sacks/ints/injuries for Cutler.

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    over a soft teddy bear...

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    http://www.profootballweekly.com/prospects/player/derek-sherrod-79/

    Sherrod:

    "Negatives: Lacks functional lower-body strength. Does not roll off the ball flat-backed with power or generate movement in the run game. Not strong or powerful at the point of attack and relies on finesse. Lacks confidence and plays too soft-tempered with little emotion on the field. Almost plays too nice and does not seek to finish. Passive playing temperament turned off evaluators at the Senior Bowl."

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    I'm not questioning Carimi as a player, I'm just questioning his fit for the Bears, considering pass protection was their overwhelming need/weakness. After reading that he was better in run blocking, I feel that the Bears didn't address pass protection as much as they probably should have.....

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    Your point is valid, but the counter to that is, there's nothing better for a passing game than a good run game, which we also lack.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    Wisconsin was a running team, so he ran blocked more than he pass protected, cheese dick.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    I think the point is that there were maybe 3 first round Oline candidates left by pick 29 (and that's generous). Carimi was the best of the bunch, even if he isn't a pass protection specialist.

    Then again, you could argue that we needed better blocking as well since Forte and Taylor were getting beat up trying to run the ball up the middle. Since Forte is our feature back and he tends to play best when he runs off tackle, Carimi could be a solid fit.

    Also, the toughest guys in the division at the line (Suh and Raji) are coming up the middle. Matthews is certainly a threat, but he attacks from all over the field so who knows who'll have to block him.

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    They've got to be thinking free agency on OL. That can't be it. CB and WR almost certainly get signed somehow somewhere, but a veteran shy of 30 is a must.

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    +1

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    Williams was supposed to be better at pass protection, and he sucks balls at both thus far.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    NO WAY

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Come to think of it, the hair I always found strange. Dude, you're a Bear, what's with the Vidal Sassoon thing going on there?

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Little song I wrote this morning that seems to make all my troubles go away.

    Fuck Me

    Fuck Me
    I

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    The lyrics remind me of Body Count or Suicidal Tendencies Doc.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkItUoMbxE0

  • In reply to gpldan:

    They parodied a parody song? Every single one of those parody movies sucked. Literally every comedy released now sucks. The peons that are writing movies for the studios should be hunted down and shot.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Irish, the Hangover was seriously funny.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Seconded

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    So moved.

    As are many others. Anything by Judd Apatow is usually funny. Coen Brothers..

    I'm a big fan of anything with Will Farrell, Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd, most Steve Carrell movies, most Owen Wilson movies, all Vince Vaughn movies and many more. I think the last decade has had a resurgence in good comedy flicks.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Oh and how can I forget Adam Sandler. Always funny.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Thanks, Suicidal is one of my all time faves. I actually got to crowd surf at one of their shows in the early 90's. I was right up front, being passed along like a doobie, with the spotlight on me and Mike Muir. It was awesome. Megadeth headlined. Who I also love.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Institutionalized Mang. Every teenager on the planet.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LoF_a0-7xVQ

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Which reminds me I have to download ST's Discography..... Thanks Crown.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    you know what they say Doc. When life gives you lemons feel better knowing that Seal Team 6, the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, who don't exist, didn't kick in your door and allegedly kill your 21 bodyguards in less than 10 minutes and perform a double tap entry on your chest and head making you such a disgusting heap of shit that the photo of you can't even be released....and also to make lemonade.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    oh, and sign Sidney Rice, Mike Sims Walker (MSW2) or James Jones and also re-sign Pisa and Roach.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Message to other would-be terrorists materminds:

    If we found Osama, we can find ANYBODY.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Like it or not, with no photos, nothing, you know what the score is in relation to UBL and the human psyche. When the guy nobody trusts, says 'trust me' ... there will always be those who'll say 'bullshit'.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Al Qaeda confirms that his sorry ass is history.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/06/osama-bin-laden-dead-al-qaeda_n_858440.html?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl1%7Csec1_lnk2%7C60916

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    this quote is funny,

    "After the martyrdom of Osama, billions, trillions of Osamas will be born."

    Trillions? Wow! That's the whole world at almost a hundred times over. I'd say that confirms their tenuous grasp on reality.

    So maybe they're prone to exaggeration. Maybe when they say 72 virgins, they really mean, maybe one chick whose only been laid 60 or 70 times. Or possibly a dude. Hard to say. I know this, with this obvious display of disdain for fact-checking, I'll not be subscribing to their newsletter anytime soon.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Hah!

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    no Doc...72 pissed of Virginian's..

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    The Bears will target an overrated WR who's fleeting Hank Baskett-eque infamy is borne from trending mid-season fantasy football waiver-wire pick-ups (Mike Sims-Walker/Sidney Rice).

    The Bears should target a pair of testicles for their Quarterback.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    If the Falcons hadn't traded up for Julio Jones, they wanted the Bear Jew:

    http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/jay-glazer-nfl-draft-recap-analysis-ryan-mallett-charlie-sheen-050211

    I like how he takes a broad swipe at Jerry at the end. Jerry is getting all kinds of bad press for being a draft day douchebag (A 3d)

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Isn't this the perfect pretense to dump Angelo and anyone in management associated with him?

    McCheapsters, "Sorry Jerry, we could put up with your questionable and at best mediocre eye for talent, but we can't abide with you embarrassing our prestigious organization by managerial incompetence and overall douch-bagery. Here's your severance package, don't let the door hit your ass on the way out."

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    oh please 8lb baby jebus, oh please 8lb baby jebus, oh please 8lb baby jebus, oh please 8lb baby jebus!

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    Could someone explain (or point to a good explanation) of the different requirements for offensive guards vs. tackles? Is it just a more (physically and mentally) demanding position, or are there specific strengths that are needed there?

  • In reply to nnnnnnnn:

    Among other things, Tackles need to be better athletes, while guards tend to be strong mauler types.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    On the other hand, guards need to pull, so I may be wrong.

  • In reply to nnnnnnnn:

    As I understand it, the guards tend to be bigger because they're protecting from penetration in the middle or punching holes in the middle. This skill is more focused on pure strength as you push forward.

    Tackles have to move a lot more as they defend the QB. You frequently see a tackle make a 180 degree revolution to behind the quarterback in protecting against an edge rusher. So you can sacrifice strength in favor of footwork.

    Obviously, there are defensive schemes that require guards to move and tackles to have pure muscle, but those are called special schemes specifically because they are taking players out of their natural element.

    I think tackles also are more valued because they have more responsibility to pick up blitzes from a variety of positions whereas as a guard is usually blocking somebody on the D-line. But against the 3-4, where the Center is taking on the nose tackle, it seems the guards have a lot of pressure from inside linebacker blitzes.

  • In reply to mottystone:

    But if you're J'Marcus Webb you just load up on burgers, turn up, get your paycheck ....

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    uhhhh, you meant Cookie Williams... right?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Tackles work in space and Guards fight in a phone booth.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I don't understand all the hoopla and jingoism over killing Bin Laden. It's a Pyrrhic victory. They accomplished their goal of striking fear and reducing our personal liberties. We've let the 19 box-cutter wielding terrorists win. The Patriot Act, which was passed within days of the attack, was a long running wish list that police powers in this country were craving for. Last year there were over 50,000 SWAT raids on homes. Instead of presenting a search warrant, the police break down doors with guns at the ready, often with flash-bang grenades. This includes the petty drug dealer and the guy having an illegal poker game. This country has militarized our police force, and made it us against them. Have you noticed how they changed from peace officers to law enforcement? Since 9/11, we have lost massive amounts of freedom. The military budget increased from 333 billion in 2001 to over 787 billion today. That doesn't include the massive future costs of taking care of the wounded. Who's really winning this war? When you take into account all the personal freedoms lost, I would say we are losing.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Cor - the hoopla is that we now have multiple agencies working together to bring down the figurehead of one of the boldest and most stubborn terrorist organizations ever. red tape or fear didn't stop us from doing it this time and it won't stop us in the future. Pakistan told us never to do it again and our liason shrugged his shoulders because he knows we'll do the same thing if we find out Zawahiri is there too. That is what our spies were talking to their spies about yesterday. We back down publicly and they back down privately and it's business as fucking usual.

    We didn't let 19 boxcutters win at all. what? now we actually have to use common sense at the airports and people are checked??? Other countries have dudes with machine guns and we have faggot TSA agents.

    We honestly haven't lost any rights at all. If you are suspected of money laundering for terror organizations, corresponding with terrorists, fraud, etc then the authorities have a better chance of catching you. The military budget increased as well but what is wrong with that??? We're not building more nukes or mass producing tanks mang, we're developing the best intel and equipment known to man that will reduce the casualty count for us in the future and maximize it for our enemies. Walk softly but carry a stick that can find you in the middle of pakistan and then use that stick to sneak into a sovereign country with a stealth helicopter to kill an elusive terrorist. nothing wrong with that.

    The cost of the wars has nothing to do with the Patriot Act. You are correct though that the overall costs of this 10yr campaign will be trillions.

    We haven't lost any personal freedoms at all Cor, nothing. You can do everything in 2011 that you could do in 2000 except that now, if it's illegal and could possibly harm america, you have a better chance of getting caught. a slightly better chance.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Common sense?!? Common sense means that you profile likely suspects and check them, not line up people where a suicide bomber could trivially take out hundreds packed like sardines as they wait to get to the scanners.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    yes, meaning people are actually checked, ID's are necessary, there are flight lists scrubbed against databases, etc. It's not perfect but we just started doing this shit. You know that we can't be completely honest in this country about that kindof profiling. In a perfect world you and i both know what would be needed for us to be truly effective. Now that would be taking away liberties Dave. The key is to find ways to get around that so it doesn't have to come to internment camps and ridiculous profiling.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    It, to a greater or lesser degree, already did come to that. And because of fear-mongering, we still have one - it's called Gitmo.
    Most of this stuff is security theater - $3 trillion that only tangentially affected catching and killing Bin Laden. It didn't take two wars and massive spending on TSA/HLS to do it. It took a smart CIA operation, the NSA, and some bad, bad dudes in helicopters.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary security, deserve neither and lose both.
    ~Benjamin Franklin

  • In reply to Church:

    good thing we didn't give up any essential liberties then mang.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    If the president can tap a phone or request a raid on a residence without a warrant the we have lost liberty at the sake of security. I just don't understand the homeland stuff. Seriously, you would think the pres could ask any judge in the country for a warrant and get it. But somehow we just give him the OK. That is scary to me~

  • In reply to Church:

    c'mon mang, if your house gets raided or your bank accounts frozen you are up to something. we're talking serious shit here.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Jeff, i was a big fan of your audio interviews that you posted on the site. is there any way you can get any bears players or maybe Hub Arkush to interview for some extra insights as to what is going on?

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Do you actually *believe* that, Waffle?

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    i know my life hasn't changed one bit since 2001 in terms of personal freedoms. I know that we have been able to make headway against these motherfuckers because we can freeze assets easier, track correspondence better, etc.
    I just don't see the problem with it. If you aren't involved in shady fucking activity regarding domestic or international terrorism you are almost guaranteed to be unaffected. Now, if i was engaged in that shit i would be fucking livid because it would make my job harder.
    It's not perfect but by no means does it affect people like opponents of the Act screamed...and then they kept it in place when they had the opportunity to kill it and no one said shit. It's just not that big of a deal to me.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    I agree with you, SC. The civil liberties we've given up freely scare me way more than any amount of debt we've incurred. You can grow your way out of debt. You cannot grow back your constitution.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    but what have you given up? what civil liberties are gone? I'm not a proponent of it, I'm just not seeing the negative impacts that were predicted.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    I'm going to sound like an NRA nut now, but you aren't going to really understand their loss until someone with bad intentions holds the wheel. Can I be more vague? Probably not.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    That's just not true. If your house gets raided or your bank accounts frozen, then the government suspects you're up to something. But the reality is, a lot of time, you're not.

    The Federal courts have a very high conviction rate in criminal matters, but they also prosecute a relatively small number of cases because they know they have a tough judiciary. If the FBI, the District Attorney's Office, or any other federal agency loses those standards (and they are slipping) then we have lost a lot of rights.

  • In reply to mottystone:

    I'm not a lawyer New Bear. From what I've read there are many more federal crimes today and most people plead, because all of their resources are frozen and they have no shot in the courts, guilty or innocent.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Absolutely right on, Cor! Iraq will end in defeat, because once again the imbecilic hubris of an imperialist empire has ensnared it in a war for which its leaders cannot define victory.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    mostly agreed, not defeat but not victory because of your exact point. the guys we are fighting in Iraq aren't even from Iraq anymore. It's like an away game for foreign muslim fighters. Afghanistan was the war from the beginning and should have been the focus i think.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    I come down somewhere in the middle of all this. I do think it is important to have a strong military. But to be used only for defense. Not for waging endless wars under false premises. Not for having military bases all over the world. I'm glad we killed Osama, and I'm glad we did it without bombing the shit out of the place. But I'm not sure how much we gained from it, other than a little satisfaction. Maybe we did gain, or maybe things will be worse now, I'm not sure. But the inner child in me who remembers 9/11 so well, is glad that fucker is gone. The major problem with spending so much money on the military and the wars, is that leaves less money for things that I think are infinitely more important. Social programs and education. The education system in this country is going down the tubes. We pay our educators nickels and expect to our students to do better. I chose teaching because I love learning. So I love helping others learn as well. But many others who are more motivated by money (not that there's anything wrong that) aren't drawn to education because their expertise can bring them far more money making weapons, working wall street, or any number of more prosperous things. Quite simply, we can't expect to get our brightest minds to teach when by and large, they'll make a small fraction of what they'd make elsewhere. Basically, I think our priorities, as a people, are ass backwards. But I admit, I was happy to see that fucker get wasted and I DO think we need a strong military. Just not at the expense of everything else.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    agreed Doc. Until we rid ourselves of our dependence on foreign oil we will have to deal with these fucking scumbags. There are enemies of this country that don't give a shit if our 4th graders are behind on their reading or if there are computers in every class but i can guarantee you that some 9th grader is being taught right now in the middle east that the best and greatest he can achieve in life is to honor Allah, and that the best way to do that is to die as a martyr fighting the infidel and killing the infidel. Doc, you're the infidel whether you like it or not.

    The sooner we get the fuck out of that region in general the better. By then we will be worrying about OIL and WATER. The water fights should be fun.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    hey NB, you're a tribe member... what do you think of the shirt design? Just curious...

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I wrote a response to this, but it looks like it didn't get posted. I had included a couple of Hebrew letters, so maybe that's why.

    The shirts fine. I would have preferred something other than a gold necklace with a star of david. Maybe hebrew letters would have been better. I'm not a huge fan of the hairy jewish guy with a fat gold chain stereotype. But I might be tempted to get a t-shirt. Problem is I never wear t-shirts... more of a collars guy myself. It'd be nice to support Jeff though.

  • In reply to mottystone:

    I understand that sentiment.

    I think my mom would be shocked if she saw me wearing the shirt... for once in my life, I'd be sporting a star of david. She'd be so proud. Ha!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    See the interesting thing about it is that the Star of David is not an especially old Jewish symbol. The Menorah is really more rooted in 1000+ year old history, the star of david has come to the forefront in the last couple of hundred years. Obviously these days it is associated with the modern state of Israel.

    The stuff about the star in the DaVinci Code, by the way, is both false and patently ridiculous. Anyone who takes any of that garbage seriously needs to stay away from any job that requires operation of heavy machinery.

  • In reply to mottystone:

    New Bear,
    I strongly urge you to listen to this program. It is incredibly moving. I listened to it while working one day and the stories are imprinted in my mind. http://www.wpr.org/webcasting/audioarchives_display.cfm?Code=bme&StartRow=319&Repeats=yes
    Go to the 8/26/10 5pm program. It's got some amazing stories that I think you might relate to.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    The holocaust stories are nice, and I've heard tons of them. The rabbi... a lot better than some of the reform rabbi's I've heard. Thanks for the link.

    The end of life stories, meh, don't really do much for me. There's an expression used to describe Baal Shem Tov stories (google it if you want). "If you think they're all true, you're a fool. If you think that none of them are true, you're a heretic."

  • In reply to mottystone:

    Last story by the way was very much embellished and probably not true. I've heard it told about the wall before with all sorts of details as to why the family split apart.

    The reason I say it was likely not true is because the wall is regularly cleaned out of all the notes. The notes are treated respectfully, but its just not possible to leave them there forever because the wall tends to fill up fast. Unless all of the events of the story happened within the space of a month... its difficult to believe that the note stuck around.

    Perhaps I'll be accused of not having enough faith... I can live with that. It would be nice if the Rabbi had given some sort of evidence to support any of his stories to shut folks like me up.

  • In reply to mottystone:

    The first two stories are the ones that really struck me, and the Menorah story is the one that made me think of posting this to you. I also had a hard time with the last story. It sounds like folklore. I think the Rabbi wrote a book about these stories, so maybe there is more information in the book.

  • In reply to mottystone:

    Dan Brown should stay away from the English Language, period. Fifty million people buy a book in which the 'author' can't string two sentences together in an attractive fashion. It's a sick joke.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Other than the Bears, I couldn't agree with you more.
    Utter dreck.

  • In reply to mottystone:

    I actually thought more than once to post "can I pay for a shirt, but not have one made and not take delivery?"

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Yes you can Dave.

    {I'll post you my address Jeff ;o) }

  • In reply to mottystone:

    Shit, those earlier posts on ST music got me diggin in the basement for old tunes and I found the Repo Man soundtrack album...crazy stuff Insitutionalized "just one Pepsi"... aaahhhhh life back in the day

  • In reply to GuinnessPlease:

    The old classic Repo Man? Estevez? There was a movie recently called Repo Man about dudes that go around repossessing people's artificial organs when they don't make their payments. They bust into your house and operate right there. Jude Law and Forrest Whitaker. Very good movie.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Did they do it like Live Organ Transplant sequence in Meaning of Life?

  • In reply to GuinnessPlease:

    All I wanted was a Pepsi. Just one Pepsi. But you wouldn't give it to me....

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    One thing we might gain is a little perspective. An article I just saw on Yahoo estimates bin Laden cost us $3 trillion over 15 years. If anything, I would call that low.

    While some of that is no doubt actual economic damage, the majority is the result of a testosterone fueled desire to show our "big stick" to everyone*. My opinion remains that we overreacted to the situation - especially with the creation a now-permanent bureaucracy whose direct mission is to restrict our freedoms in the name of "security".

    Our security would be far better served in the ways you both propose - educate ourselves and nurture the innovative minds that *used to* make American know-how second to none. Inspire those minds to invent ways to eliminate the external dependencies that lead to vulnerabilities.

    What the country seems to need right now is the *will* to be great again. And I guess I disagree somewhat with Doc in that I think our social programs have created pervasive entitlement culture that saps that will.

    So rather than social programs that are immense enablers of the wrong behaviors, I'd rather see money spent on something constructive - ideally something at the same time inspirational.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    i agree with both of you guys and find myself in the middle again. I know that we have paid a steep economic price because the responses to these threats were imperfect and costly, inefficient responses. What also made this incredibly expensive was the fact that we were cutting taxes while trying to fight these wars which is impossible. Our humanity, I believe, got in the way the most. If we conducted our operations with the surgical coldness required we would have spent 1/3 the amount with disgustingly devastating results and higher civilian casualties. We would lose our humanity if we killed that indiscriminantly though so we are screwed either way. When Bin Laden knew he couldn't win militarily against us he decided that it was going to be about economics. We helped him out by sucking at using rational thought when developing any sort of governmental programs whether they be military or civilian. We kill Bin Laden and now it being spun as a great day for Islam since he was able to be martyred. On the other hand if we just let it go and let the Middle East fall into muslim extremist hands and soon that shit is running the region we are all fucked because as of right now, Coca Cola doesn't run the worlds machines, OIL does. Until we rectify that and make it obsolete we have to be involved. Energy Independence is key because i would love to wake up in a world where we don't have to read one article about war. Let the whole fucking region rot for all i care so we can focus on making America the best it can be. We can't do that though if we keep battling for resources that originate in that shit hole.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Amen! Alternative fuel is the key to both peace and our environment. That requires to smart people being paid well for that exact purpose. Which to me requires a refocusing of our priorities and more money into education.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    So long as you're not talking about corn based ethanol. An energy net loss, the entire fiasco is yet another government intervention in the market (which nearly categorically end badly).

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    I'm definitely not.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Dave worships the free market. Obviously it can do no wrong.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    There are no free markets anymore. The closest thing was Hong Kong before 2000.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    There hasn't been a free market in anything other than a text book in the history of mankind. They all provide that participants act under a set of constraints or else they wouldn't be a market.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Seriously, if any of you used to like the NBA and have stopped watching it for whatever reason, give the Bulls a try. They are an unselfish team that actually plays like a real team. And D. Rose is unbelievaBULL. He really is freaking awesome.

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    Well they usually at least play like a team on Defense.

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    Have to say, Rose has got me at least interested in basketball again. I'm still really just a one sport guy, but I'm paying attention to the playoffs because the Bulls are worth rooting for.

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    Except for Boozer who rolls out the red carpet to the bucket for the guy he's "guarding."

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    By social programs I don't mean unlimited money to the people who don't try. I mean a helping hand for a short while with programs designed to help people get back on their feet. Free education for one. Free medical help for two.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Sad thing, Doc, is that we have those programs - Medicare and free public education, and some folks just seem to think that's too much. At the same time, we hand out corporate tax incentives and have a lower capital gains rate than income tax rate.
    And explaining regressive/progressive tax structures, economic multipliers, and monetary flow is usually a waste of breath.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    College should be, but is not free. One has to literally mortgage their future to get truly educated. And high school, while free, is not truly educating anybody. It's a bunch of force fed rhetoric that is designed to turn is all into good little non-questioning law abiding citizens. If it was truly educating, every child would be forced to take a philosophy and logic class. Much more important than mathematics in my opinion. We'd teach them the real histories, not the shit they feed them now. We'd have no religion in schools, but a good healthy ethics class. Gym would be mandatory so people wouldn't become fat slobs. We'd learn how to cook good healthy food, not sloppy joes. There are schools that teach that shit. Their called private schools and they are most definitely not free. My kids will go to public school but only because it's all I can afford. I'll hold myself responsible for teaching them how to think and to teach them the shit they really know, like both sided of every story. Take nothing for granted. Always question and always think. Lead, don't follow. Have discipline in your life. Find what you want to do, set a plan in place, and follow through. Shit like that. Blah blah blah.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    I agree with you - my point was that even the rudimentary public education available is being whittled away at from every conceivable direction. I attended every variation of school due to moving in my formative years and the best one was also the most expensive one.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    tanstaafl - There ain't no such thing as a free lunch. Someone always must pay. And those with a vested interest in *being paid* will always promote their cause, be it arts, engineering, education, politics, etc. The fundamental problem with coercive wealth redistribution is that it is more about *who* is getting paid than *why*

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Go read at Fairtax.org, Posse. Basing taxes on income, rather than consumption, is fundamentally flawed. Corporations should have no tax whatsoever - perhaps you have been confused by the lies that would tell you that corporations pay the tax to begin with. They merely collect it, and in the process support yet another bureaucracy - there is no other benefit.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Then corporations should not be allowed to finance campaigns or any of the myriad other benefits they currently receive by their treatment as a "person" under common US law.
    Or do you disagree with that?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I completely agree with you on this. 1 citizen, 1 vote, 1 campaign contribution to a candidate. Maybe then some candidates outside of the 2 parties could gain some traction. Maybe even have a shot at winning someday so we can have representatives beholden to their constituents more so than their party leadership and corporations.

    Having a form of governemnt where the winners 99%+ of the time come from one of two choices, that are essentially the same entity, that just splits people up on opposite sides of social issues and spends billions focusing voters on that while taking turns flushing our money and whittling away at our rights is certainly a form of government that can be improved upon. Best country in history. System just needs to be tweaked a little.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Bad Omen? I got your bad fucking omen right here:

    http://www.hulu.com/watch/237681/movie-trailers-transformers-dark-of-the-moon---trailer-3

    Bin Laden is killed and 2 minutes into this fucking trailer, some Decepticon snake thing cuts MY building in half, BELOW the floor I work on.

    If I saw LaBuff in my building, I would immediately punch him in the face.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Cool looking trailer, like Skyline with cash.

    Episode of Livewire with Cutler for the Broncs, and Forte.
    http://www.hulu.com/watch/124014/live-wire-week-10

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Irish..so that's what our Franchise QB looks like when he's allowed to stand up and the the "F"ing ball..

    "Glitchy".... GET ME ANOTHER INSIDE O-LINEMEN!!!!

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    Oh for a stud. Even a Moose ...

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    I could have sworn we have girls on this blog, anyways, Happy late mothers day, I figured all you assholes would have pissed harder and said it by now.

    What is more depressing, Fighting over who gets more of 9 BILLION DOLLARS or our Economy's deficit?

    For some reason, deep down, I find the 9 BILLION not only more depressing, just plain sickening.

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/teams/chi/gallery/im:urn:newsml:sports.yahoo,ap:20050301:nfl,photo,ap-57546d0d04d94963b09bd67cedd751a8:1#photoViewer=urn%3Anewsml%3Asports.yahoo%2Cgetty%3A20050301%3Anfl%2Cphoto%2Cb9b27121b477b66fdf526911494898c8-getty-113167762jd008_players_repo%3A1

    This picture does AA justice.

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    DBB Caption Contest:

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/teams/chi/gallery/im:urn:newsml:sports.yahoo,getty:20050301:nfl,photo,b9b27121b477b66fdf526911494898c8-getty-113167762jd008_players_repo:1#photoViewer=urn%3Anewsml%3Asports.yahoo%2Cgetty%3A20050301%3Anfl%2Cphoto%2Cb27cb2dc5afaac8dc1aeee06a2f9f419-getty-110173192sg006_nfl_holds_an%3A1

    "Hmmmmmm.... I wonder what... "opperations" means?"

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    wait....there's not going to be a test on anything right? no one said anything about a test.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    "Man this concussions thing is sad... but its really great that they set up these walk-in brain surgery clinics?"

  • In reply to mottystone:

    "Why do first down marker guys always give me a boner? Time for the waistband flip up. I hope Jerry isn't fixated on another unathletic white safety."

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Hee hee

  • In reply to gpldan:

    F*ck my Android POS, as I somehow swyped away my last post (not sure,2x F*ck). Kobe and Zen Ben Wal Balls Jackson Lakers are putrid. I don't get to see Rose play much since I live on the E coast, but looks like he is willing and able of carrying the team. Go Bulls! Oh, and Kobe is a p.o.s. punk.

  • In reply to GuinnessPlease:

    Gui.P..you're just figuring that out about KOBE.?

    From day one he's had the attitude that MJ was passing the torch down to him...NOT!.....to this day not one street bitch..which is now the whole NBA, has picked up the torch.

  • In reply to nicholsra:

    This. Lots of this. Although Mr. Rose is showing early signs.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Kick his ass seabass!

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Coach, these are for you: http://uncrate.com/stuff/mustache-cufflinks/

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    exactly, help for the helpless, not the clueless.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Even the clueless shouldn't starve to death. Although, given how heavy Gingrich has gotten, it would take awhile.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    BA!

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Let the clueless starve just long enough to *find a fucking clue* then!

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Yep that's right - people on food stamps just aren't trying hard enough. Starving them out should really accelerate their learning curve - or their desperation.

    Karma would dictate that you lose a leg in a car accident, can't pay your health insurance anymore once your voucher can't keep pace with inflation, and you end up cashing in aluminum cans on the side of the road to pay for your cat food dinner.
    I learned that success in this world involves my talent and hard work but also some dumb luck, and for that I should act with some grace towards the less fortunate.
    You evidently think that if you're a winner, it's because of your own innate worthiness. God loves you, hates the poor.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I agree with you Posse, but I don't think those are the people Dave is talking about here. He's talking about lazy people who don't try, use their "disability" as an excuse to not do something with their life. At least I think he is.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Like trading their food stamps for cash at half value to buy licquor and smokes?

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    Or buying yourself a yacht in a tax-haven instead of "reinvesting" your capital gains into American jobs, amiright?

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    What's the difference?
    I'm blessed enough that I just don't fucking worry about it - I'm not starving and I drive two nice cars. Why would I give a shit if someone with a missing leg isn't acting with maximum efficiency? You can't argue with Ayn Randians though - they take an amoral concept and assign it the highest moral value. It's really, really bizarre.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    The best thing we can do as a country to deal with the middle east is create sports cars and SUVs that get 100+ miles per gallon. The economy cars will get 300+ mpg. Close the pocket book and the terrorists have a lot less influence.

    The best thing we can do to reduce crime and the need for drug enforcement is to educate our children. I'm not talking about casual potheads, I'm talking about drug dealers destroying the lives of countless inner city youths with gang wars and meth junkies. If we give our children the tools to succeed and motivate them to want to make great lives and do great things, the drug problems will be reduced to a fraction of what they are now.

    And if we create a smart country that supplies the world with things like abundant energy, clean water and affordable medicine, they will leave us alone. Not because they want freebies, but because they want to do business with us. That, by the way, is what a lot of Americans are trying to do now. You don't think all the rebels in Egypt and Yemen know where Facebook and Twitter come from?

    We will always need a military for defense. We will always need bases around the world for mobility and intelligence. But our government wastes a lot of money dealing with the middle east today that would be better used elsewhere.

    I'm glad Osama is dead... but was it worth a trillion dollars to get him?

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Man, how in thee hell did we get here from fabulous boobies so fast?

    It got heavy in here REAL fast. Can we go back to boobies?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    no one is really fighting here. i think we can all agree that we need to be out of iraq and afghanistan asap but continue to work on ways to protect America from it's very real enemies and to use our resources to build our own country up instead of worrying about being the world police all of the time.

    Doc makes a sad but true point about our schools and our kids and our priorities.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    plus, you can only talk about bear Jew, Paella and Steltz part deux so much. Hub Arkush ripping the shit out of Goodell and the owners tonight on the Score was entertaining.

    MB, i gave a hell of a sales pitch to my wife's uncle (only 5 years older than me so more like a buddy)about splitting the cost of that stainless steel home brew system.

    At a family party my uncle tried to tell me that brewing Bud Light is harder than a craft beer like IPA. I laughed and pounded said IPA as i cursed Bud Light to the gods.

    If i'm gonna drink Bud Light i might as well eat Lunchables instead of smoking a brisket for 9 hrs.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    ok, to lighten the mood i have to tell you guys about a potentially catastrophic event that happened recently that would have put me in the dog house into perpetuity.

    I'm cleaning out my storage locker from some shit from years ago and i come across my old porn dvd collection. There are probably about 8 dvd's of some crazy shit. I didn't want to toss it right away so i took the discs out of the packages and put them in my center console in the car. There were too many and i couldn't close the console.
    I completely forget about it and the next day my wife asks me to drive her to work at the last minute. I get cut off on the expressway and slam on my brakes to avoid certain death.
    The dvd's fly out of the console and ricochet off the dashboard with such force that a couple bounce right back into her lap. As she is staring down into gangbang auditions 7 or some shit she also looks down and the cases which were under the seat slid out during the car manuever and hit her in the ankles. she looks down and is now staring at the pictures on the dvd boxes. I spit the iced coffee out of my nose and mouth and start laughing nervously as i proceed to pull of the greatest lie of ALL TIME.

    I blame it on one of my employees and tell her he has a porn addiction and that i found it at the office at his desk. I tell her they are seeing a counselor for the addiction. We then proceed to see them at a fucking dinner party a couple of days later and the look on my wife's face is fucking priceless as he extends his hand to shake hers. Her face looks like he still have the proof all over his hands except he is completely innocent. Fucking priceless.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    It's 2:00 am.

    I'm home.

    I'm inebriated.

    From Cinco de Mayo.

    Denied a female that was a 6.

    Have to work in 4 hours.

    Read this post and cracked the fuck up.

    Bravo good sir, Mr. Waffle 2.0., Bravo.

  • In reply to gwill:

    So drunk just found out I got home an hour earlier, it's actually only 1:00 am bitches, got an extra hours!! Gonna text that 6.

  • In reply to gwill:

    Just texted the 6. She's coming over. The ho thinks we're going to be playing Jenga.

  • In reply to gwill:

    Dude, one wrong move and the whole pile collapses!

  • In reply to Church:

    Stories like these make me believe I will get a C in calculus!

  • In reply to Bears85Sweetness23:

    gangbang auditions 7 is an excellent example of first class pornography lex steele is quite a man

  • In reply to JelfHughes:

    You frighten me more than just a little bit Mr. Moose.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB, so true. I used to know the porn guys in the '70's. Wouldn't have a clue now. After most of the porn stars had fake everything, I lost interest. That and I became an old bastard.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Hahahah.... not into seeing dudes packages Canada, never have been.

    Much rather watch Upton walk the runway. Yow!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    ha! i think i may have shared a bit too much on that last post. Talking about Islam makes my head hurt. i told myself i wouldn't talk world events anymore but Bin Laden and dudes like him really bring it out of me. I'd rather spend the money on parks so kids can play baseball and shit. I threw out a name of a movie i saw once and Moose jumped on it and took it to a whole new level. that was creepy and funny.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    great posts on the Bin Laden/defense issues. You guys have some great thoughts and ideas and they actually mirror alot of my own beliefs as well.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Yowza, we may need to have ST6 drop in on Moose Wayne Gacy's house.

    Meanwhile, in Bears world, rook minicamp for this weekend is cancelled:

    http://www.chicagobreakingsports.com/sports/cbsports-bears-rookie-minicamp-falls-victim-to-lockout-20110506,0,2599064.story

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Paea told Moon Mullin that he wants to play a power DT role like John Randle.

    http://www.csnchicago.com/05/01/11/Mullin-Dont-close-the-door-on-anything-/landing_moon_v3.html?blockID=514675&feedID=669

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Melton is up to 290lbs??? If he can keep his explosiveness and quickness he will have a solid year rushing the qb. I have high hopes that Paea's knee is healed. We need him to rip it up in there.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I was talking about the girls being modified. Although I saw John Holmes fully erect once and I'm pretty sure I was scarred for life.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    they aren't made like that chick Canada.

    Huge naturals with that tight and skinny a butt/legs... she's a genetic freak.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    No doubt, MB. That's why I can appreciate someone like that but realistically one in million look like that.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    http://www.beastieboys.com/

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    And if I had to wager the firearm that killed OBL, I would guess this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_gV_x82LSw&feature=related

    Unsilenced. In that compound, the halls are narrow and the firefight is up close, you want what amounts to a stock-stiffened pistol that can defeat a kevlar vest up close.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    My guess GP: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M4_carbine

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    SOPMOD action.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Kind of a bad weekend to fly there. RT from Chicago on AA is $661. Thanksgiving fares. Little more reasonable on United to San Francisco $410. Any good hotels near the Coliseum?

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    In Oakland.. hell no! haha Stay in Sf and just take BART to the coliseum.

  • In reply to Jlehr:

    I knew that one Sac. I flew into Oakland once and took a shuttle to San Francisco. Rode past the Coliseum and know there is nowhere around there.

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    How much are you willing to spend on riot gear murph? Don't forget to reload your life insurance.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Hell MB, I'm on the short list so no reloading that life insurance. Every once in a while I give them hope when they try to sell me, its usually entertaining. So do you think Da Bears fans can go there and watch a game without ending up like that poor guy in LA at the Dodgers game?

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    They're a bunch of ducking thugs murph. They come down here every year and crime instantlyngoes up.... but that's from la.

    As long as you can be a pacifist you'll be fine.

  • In reply to iamndmurff:

    Im trying to catch that Oakland game also murph, but I dont wanna end up goin to jail for kickin someones ass. Ya know

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Oh settle down there ladies. I go to a Niners game or two every year and trust me those games are much worse. Tickets are actually cheaper for the Niners so more dirtbags go there .. almost got in it a couple times at the Bears v Niners game two years ago but cooler heads prevailed. Just let the drunken fools words roll off your back and youre fine.. thats what i see most the fights over. besides .. we should have a good sized group together.

    And Fres.. even Oakland Coliseum during a Raider game is safer than Fresno

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'll go with one of their grand-daddy's Colt Pythons.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Rachael is a very dirty girl.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    FYI- I got a call from the Raiders group ticket sales office yesterday. How many people on here are planning on going?

  • In reply to Jlehr:

    If there's football... I'll be there.

  • In reply to bnjrmyn:

    I'll be there in Spirit as always. I'm going to try and make the game in London if I can wangle a trip home.

  • In reply to Jlehr:

    Im down!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Aren't we located close to a school zone?

    Yikes.

  • In reply to JelfHughes:

    Can't tell from the picture, but I bet you have 1 gigantic forearm!

  • In reply to MASOCHR:

    Classic, Coach. Classic.

  • In reply to gwill:

    nice will... adding value. Glad we kept you from the raid.

    So, do you like football/The Bears?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Huge football fan. Here's the potential problem I have though, which probabaly isn't a problem at all...

    So while I live in Chicago now, I grew up in Cleveland (seriously), and I'm a HUGE Browns fan (again, seriously). I root for the Bears to win. But the pull for the Browns runs deeper of course.

    I like what the Bears did in the draft, especially with Carimi. When the Browns traded down with Atlanta, I actually wanted Carimi, so he can bookend with Joe Thomas on our line. It would be a Wisconsin freak-fest. When Joe Thomas left for the NFL, Carimi immediatley took over the left tackle spot as a red shirt frosh, so that tells you something about the kid's confidence, moxy, & talent. Huge pick. Not sure he's as athletic as Thomas or has as quick feet right now, but the kid should start.

    I thought the Bears would also draft a second OL again in the second round, but got Paea. I like him, but that knee injury in the senior bowl is a little worrisome for a 2nd round pick. He's strong as an ox though. 49 reps at 225, Fu*k.

    As for the Browns, we got a whole mess to deal with. New coaches (Pat Shurmer from the Rams?!, & Dick Jauron is our new D Coor), new West Coast system, new starting QB. Colt McCoy ended up playing a bunch of games as a rookie after Delhomme stunk the place up. Cleveland actually likes Colt A LOT and I was impressed with him. With Colt starting, the Browns beat the Saints in New Orleans, the Patriots, and had a good game against the Steelers in Pittsburgh. We also have Payton "White Thunder" Hillis, the new cover boy for Madden NFL 12. I'll be ecstatic if we finish .500.....

  • In reply to gwill:

    Browns and Bears fans are kindred souls.

  • In reply to gwill:

    Hmmmmm... ok, well. Welcome anyway.

    As long as you pull for the Bears and aren't a cunt of a troll, you're welcome in my book.

    And hey, I have to feel sorry for you for the whole "dicky J" thing... good luck with that btw.

  • In reply to gwill:

    I actually thought the Vikings should have taken Colt McCoy in the top of the second round last year. Definitely would have been a better move than what the pulled this time around. They got a cornerback... a lot of good that did them when the offense fell apart. Colt was a good fit to learn from Favre and would have had a year to develop before becoming the starter.

    Payton Hillis is a beast... I hope he keeps his head in the game though. Looked a bit vane at the draft.

  • In reply to gwill:

    It's hard not to like the Browns.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Things that rock about the Browns. A very dubious name. Otto Graham. Kosar's Browns. Jim Brown. Their colors. Ozzie Newsome. The Dawg pound. Peyton Hillis.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Whoa, Dick Jauron? Is that a joke?

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Best sub-thread of the year!

    I love this blog.

    Where else can talk sports, politics, and porn all that same time without somebody freaking out. (now that Trac's mostly gone).

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Blaaaaaaaaaaaahhaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    hehehehehehehe

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    lol!!!

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Tee hee!

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Doh!

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    When I was a kid, schools were run locally. The local PTA had power. The Principal was like a CEO. He or she hired and fired all the teachers, the custodial staff, and office personnel, and ran the school like a business. Today, the entire education system is bastardized. Schools today are run at the state and federal level. Your kid's education depends entirely on where you live, unless you can afford private education or "charter" schools. You can feed, clothe, and give shelter to your child, but you have no choice on their education based on where you live.
    It's time to abolish government run education, because it's an obvious failure. Just give every parent a set amount of money, and let them choose what is best for their kids. Open it up to competition. Get the state and federal governments out of the equation. It's ridiculous how obvious the solution is. I might be wrong: maybe some administrators at the state and federal level know what's best for kids, not parents.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    They haven't got the money to be much better though, do they? About a trillion dollars a year on the military etc. and only 45 billion for education. Surely there's room for some redirection of funds there. Doubling the education spending would not prompt an invasion by North Korea.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    But that's the kind of real democracy you don't see anywhere - the people deciding how much they want spent on what. Only the military would want the military budget that high. A right thinking nation would have their congressmen repeal the Federal reserve Act and Americans wouldn't be charged up the kazoo to use their own money. Those trillion dollar interest repayments to the gangsters in the various banks of the Fed just stop. Think what you could do with that kind of money. Of course the MIC would figure a way out of getting their hands on it ... after the Rothschilds got their cut.

    Damn. Season started yet?

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    The Federal Reserve is by far the greatest scam in the history of the world. Nothing remotely compares.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    You got that right. They have always owned the white house though, that part ain't no joke.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    This scenario very well may come to pass. If the owners lose their appeal I wouldn't be surprised to see them to raise the stakes.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/05/08/rumors-fly-of-a-complete-nfl-shutdown/

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Both sides are, in pursuit of their own immediate self-interest, going to kill this golden goose. The players as a collective bargaining unit need to understand that an arrangement that benefits the top 10% would have devastating consequences for the remainder. And the owners need to understand that unlike MLB, there are very strong competitors in play for long-term mind- and market-share if the season is interrupted. MLB took it in the nuts for years after the labor impasse - imagine if college baseball had held even a fraction of the viewer-ship that college football now has when MLB took their long walk off a short pier.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Seve Ballesteros R.I.P.

    You were a legend while you were still doing it Seve.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    He had something sorely lacking in sports today. Charisma. That and a never play it safe attitude. Gotta love that!

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I want sidney rice yo foreal! that dude would be a great addition to the squad. I can see it now. how bout them bulls baby!

  • In reply to Grizzly559:

    Go Bulls! But how bout them Lakers?!? Yuck

  • In reply to Joseph:

    Yeah! Fuck the Lakers! I hope they get swept...from the planet.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Swept they are. 122-86, a massive blowout. Although I don't give a hoot about the NBA, this sweep does make me smile.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Cor, if you get the chance watch the documentary "Waiting for Superman". It's about the US education system. I don't agree with all of it but they make a pretty compelling case about longer school hours and holding the teachers and students more accountable. I'm not anti-union at all but a system where teachers have jobs for life if they can get tenure after 2 years is nuts.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    I haven't seen the documentary yet, but I've seen an hour long interview with the producer and read shitloads about the current education environment. We need a radical overhaul of public education. I hire younger people, and it's TOTALLY pathetic how many young people can't even fill out a job application. 2/3 of the applications go right into the garbage when they leave. If your references are your Dad or your friends/neighbors, you got no shot. Your an idiot.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Congrats to you Bulls fans on the Derrick Rose MVP (I just realized this).

    And congrats to us all that the Lakers were swept. Hells yes!

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Cor ... you're forgetting that an inordinately large percentage of the american population are fucking ignorant morons who can't even figureout that the Micky D's they're buying for their familydinner every night is making thief kids fat and lazy.

    But I digress... its a great concept. I'm all for less government ... everything.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB, gotta agree. In the movie I was pitching to Cor, they did a survey of 20 some countries. The US came in last in math. The survey asked people how they thought they did. The US people thought they came in first. DOH!

    The media really feeds a lot of this crap. The night Bin Laden met his maker, the crowds kept chanting U-S-A and singing NA-NA-NA-NA-HEY-HEY-GOODBYE. The press kept reporting they were singing the Star Spangled Banner.

    Being a dual citizen I see both sides of the issue. A lot of people from the States think they are the best and are quick to tell you that. A lot of Canadians laugh about it and think people from the US are a bunch of overbearing blowhards. The truth is somewhere in between.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Amen on that last sentence Cor. But isn't it *always* that way?

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    This guy is definitely on to something....

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chibrknews-cops-man-had-alligator-because-chicks-dig-it-20110506,0,2205321.story

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    2009 expenditure. Funny how they never include the estimated trillion dollars paid to the Fed every year for interest repayments on the loan.

    $515.4 billion - United States Department of Defense
    $145.2 billion(2008*) - Global War on Terror
    $70.4 billion - United States Department of Health and Human Services
    $68.2 billion - United States Department of Transportation
    $45.4 billion - United States Department of Education
    $44.8 billion - United States Department of Veterans Affairs
    $38.5 billion - United States Department of Housing and Urban Development
    $38.3 billion - State and Other International Programs
    $37.6 billion - United States Department of Homeland Security
    $25.0 billion - United States Department of Energy
    $20.8 billion - United States Department of Agriculture
    $20.3 billion - United States Department of Justice
    $17.6 billion - National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    $12.5 billion - United States Department of the Treasury
    $10.6 billion - United States Department of the Interior
    $10.5 billion - United States Department of Labor
    $8.4 billion - Social Security Administration
    $7.1 billion - United States Environmental Protection Agency
    $6.9 billion - National Science Foundation

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Really interesting to see where stuff falls in the list. NASA gets 2.5 times as much as the National Science Foundation? Does NASA deal with anything that isn't in space?

    Homeland Security gets almost twice as much as the DOJ? Does that include the FBI or just border patrol and passport admin?

    I'm assuming Health and Human Services includes medicare/medicaid, but I don't think that's correct. I believe those expenditures rival what we spend on the military. But interesting that Veteran's Affairs alone costs almost $45 billion.

  • In reply to mottystone:

    Yes, Medicare and Social Security are separate and eclipse HHS - they are on a par with DOD expenditures. How you view that pretty much determines which end of the political spectrum you are on.

  • In reply to mottystone:

    The VA is another form of welfare. No doubt there are many with legitimate needs. But I would bet there are many more playing the system.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    What cracks me up is you using "welfare" as a pejorative about medical benefits programs for veterans.
    Go buy a fucking island, dude. And have fun guarding it.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Those young men and women that are fortunate enough to make it home should be much better taken care of then they are in general.

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    Exactly Z

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    In defense of Dave, there are many people who play the VA for all they can. Here's a few examples that make me sick.
    I have an uncle who has been "retired" since he was about 32 after a heart surgery. He gets SS and VA benefits because he had a heart attack. He claims it's from the stress of his two years of logistics service in the states during the Vietnam War.
    I have another uncle who gets almost $400 a month for hearing loss, even though he served in Germany during Vietnam as a secretary for a commanding officer. Both cases are total bullshit, but they were persistent enough to eventually get those benefits.
    My sister is a psychiatrist for the VA in Milwaukee, and most of her patients served during no wars. They are mostly drug addicts and alcoholics who get benefits for life because they happened to enlist in the military for a few years.
    Like I posted a few threads back, these stories make my stomach turn.
    MBP, I grew up in a very poor neighborhood with lots of people on welfare. By the time we moved out, my parents wanted nothing to do with almost ALL the people in the neighborhood, because they had NO character. They all scammed the system.
    There is a lot more VA "welfare" than you can imagine.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    What are you proposing?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB, I'm with ya all the way.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    You know what they say, bad press is better than no press.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    I think those were Bin Laden's last words.

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    know the last think that went through his mind...

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    5.56mm

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    hang in there doc, everything will be fine.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    'preciate it.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Need to keep:

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    -Adams is almost a lock from what I read.
    -Roach I think will have to get some verbal "you're starting" which would mean Pisa may be expendable.
    -If we don't sign Graham, we're going to be very thin at cb.
    - Manning. Agree. If the price is very right. We're gonna need that money to lure in a big time WR or a few olinemen.

    A lot of teams (unlike us) filled their oline needs, Pats, Colts, Raiders, Pack, Chiefs...so that could mean less of a bidding war for Olinemen.

    Still, Franklin or Moffit would have been nice. I'm just wondering if Tice is overly confident in his ability (ahem, ala Martz), and is singing the same song as last preseason 'I feel good about our current players' which lead us to NO FA big men signings.

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    85... we don't pick up 2 SOOOOOLID guards or a g and a c, we (and cutty) are F-U-C-K-E-D... again. Hope you're wrong.

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    How much is Manning getting paid?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Things are always better with a B.J.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    true story

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    If someone can organize a BILLBOARD collection fund I would throw in some dinero to have that S Rice picture plastered on billboards near Halas Hall, JAs house and caption "got receivers?" No way anyone on our roster of WRs makes that catch. Bet J Peppers could, hey maybe we ask Pep to play WR in the red zone? ....not. What sucks is that we don't have a WR that would start or even get much playing time on any NFCN team.

  • In reply to GuinnessPlease:

    Actually, that Peppers idea ain't bad

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    I would love to see him line up at TE at the goal line sometime.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    Kellen Davis is 6'7 and he can actually catch passes. Of course we'll cut him too.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Yeah, da Bears *could* try throwing him the ball a little more.

  • In reply to GuinnessPlease:

    alast the billboard fund, calling card of meathead fans around the country...

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Rice = hip hoojah.
    Holmes = Cheech & Chong suspensions in his future.
    Any large black man, 6'4+, 200lbs+ and catches bricks.

    If the restricted agent things is stretched to 6 years then we get to keep Graham and Manning. I don't see how we can afford to let either guy go anyway.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/football/nfl/05/04/steelers.mendenhall.clarification.ap/index.html?sct=hp_t2_a6&eref=sihp

    don't you love PR departments? Fucking joke. I wonder if they even ever sent the text they were going to publish to him to let him check it out... doubt it. Asssshooooole!

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    First, we must re-sign our own!

    (Sorry, GP, but you dropped the ball on the first and like the Chiefs, I'm all over it!)

    We resign Long-tooth Kreutz (durable, knowledgeable, tough SOB who can mentor)
    We resign Anthony Adams (sneaking suspicion he has a lot to do with our great run-d)
    If possible, Manning (Finally we settle him into one position and feel reasonably comfortable at safety, only to lose him?)
    IF possible Aromashadu - (IF we're truly content with our WRs, which would reveal a colossal failure of judgment, ala Collins, Rex, Benson...)
    Rashied Davis?

    UFAs I would like on our teams (RFAs like Rice, Vincent, etc would cost future draft picks. We're still getting old, last time I checked)

    Robert Gallery (g). Former number one pick - like our Williams, burnt out at Tackle. Unlike Williams, he's a tough mauling guard. Tough is our new mantra, and I think he would fit nicely. The Raiders signed a few Olineman, all but guaranteeing Gallery's departure, and hopeful arrival to Chi town.

    Matt Light (T). The Pats, like the Raiders, collected Olineman this draft, perhaps a preemptive maneuver for Light's eventual exit. Light's more of a pure LT, and he's a little older, but Brady's jersey has been kept pretty clean under his watch, and he's a statue. This may bring bad flashbacks of the Pace experiment, but Light is not nearly as broken down as Pace was. Light-Gallery-Kruetz-Williams-BearJew line-up. Yes, Please.

    S.Rice (WR). He's had only ONE 1,000 yard season in 4yrs and is coming off a serious injury. However, what choice do we have? We may have to gamble cause the window's closing. Almost every other receiver is either too old, small, or a character risk.

    If we miss out on the Rice-bowl, then Steve Smith (the one from Carolina), Braylon Edwards, Mike-Sims Walker, and on the cheap, Plaxico Burress must be in consideration.

    Wild cards, Vincent Jackson and Shawshank Brandon Marshall (as well as whatever Diva WR wants to bolt from his current team, which happens every year).

    Cornerback, other than Cromartie, there's no young UFA corner that is considerably better than who we currently have. I say we scour the undrafted FAs to get some depth here. Besides, even though Conte is white, he ran a relatively fast 40 (4.59)- (CB Prince Akamura ran a 4.44) - Conte also played CB for like 3 years, and at 6'2 200, I don't count him entirely out of the mix for a cover-2 corner. On second thought, that might be crazy.

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    Cookie williams is a certified B-U-S-T 85. Write that one down.

    Like the gallery pick, nicely researched. I don't think NE will get rid of light, and isn't he like 46? You've forgotten my boy Malcom? Much heigher value, lower risk pick than VJail.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Agreed...I like him better than Vince at this point. I think there is way more upside.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    See that. Smart people.

    Btw, MBP... got my daughter that wooden sushi set and she LOVES it. Thanks for the recco my man (that was you right?)!

    Oh, and total non-sequitor, but I loves me some urkel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJUq8QoiJ60

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    check Erik making an appearance at the 2:47 mark

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Same company makes a shish-ka-bab/grill set, a birthday cake set, cookie set...etc, etc, etc.
    They are addictive.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I like Floyd too, but he's an RFA last time I checked, and the Chargers would get a 1st and 3rd round draft pick as compensation, me thinks.

    I like him, but not Falcons like him.

    Ha, and I've been calling Cookie Williams Butter William cuz ppl slip through him like a hot knife through soft butter. I agree. I think he gets one more shot at LT/RT at the beginning of this season, then it's bust-ville. Hope we're wrong.

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    not according to walterfootball: http://www.walterfootball.com/freeagents2011WR.php

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    hmmm...seems like we got somewhat diff sources

    http://www.kffl.com/static/nfl/features/freeagents/fa.php?option=WR&y=2011

    Maybe I'll hop on the NFL or Proweekly site to confirm.

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    Floyd mysteriously missing from NFL.com

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d81fa9321/article/unofficial-list-of-potential-2011-free-agents

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    "Everything starts with the offensive line. Everything."
    - Mike Martz, 2010.

    I heartily endorse the Sydney Rice concept but it's a moot point if Cutler's getting sacked 40 or 50 times again. Plud the offense has struggled in short yardage situations because they can't get any push up the middle. Caremi's a good start but that O-line needs more new blood.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Another no confidence vote against Cookie.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Your translation is accurate, GP.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I concur, sir. No push for short yardage + no HB banger type = unnecessary punts or Cutler having to squeeze it into coverage.

    Taylor, in spite of his horrendous avg yds/carry actually did ok in short yardage and goal line later in the season - but he relied more on his veteran shiftiness, and I'd rather rely on us SMASHING the other team in the mouth and stepping over their pancaked jerseys.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I wonder if the Vikes will waive Berrian this year. That would be a hoot.

    Oh, and we're waiving Shabba, even if we don't sign a FA. Bank on that. Martz would call the car wash and ask for Iglasias before Shabba comes back. Shabba blew his career here in Chicago with how he handled himself last year. By being a pussy, then a whiny pussy, then a stupid pussy, then a butterfingered pussy.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    This CBA shit needs to get figured out so I know who's an RFA, etc.
    I thought Shabba was an UFA under 2010 rules.
    Either way, I agree - he will not be on the roster next year unless something really weird happens "accidentally" to the rest of the WRs on our roster.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    As I posted several threads ago - the lockout has interesting side effects. Teams can essentially ignore RFA rules with no remedy available under law.

    They won't - because there is more owner collusion going on than the row of whorehouses outside Vegas - but speaking of getting screwed - they could sign a RFA now and give no compensation to the originating team - and the court would say bupkus.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Sounds perfect for jerry... he can just feign stupidity.... again... and e eryone would belove it.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Fucking phone

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Honestly though, do you guys really want Sidney Rice? How much would you pay him?

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    I think he could be worth between $6-8 million a year depending on how a lot of other things shake out. Maybe $6 million a year base for four years with a $3 million signing bonus and $500K raise a year. Not sure what the league numbers look like for recievers (or what our cap looks like), but that seems like a start.

  • In reply to mottystone:

    don't feed the troll NB, it always leads to a mass devo

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    My first Larry Mayer question that didn't involve me berating him for answering softball questions and he acutally answered it:

    Are Bears players planning to get together as a team to work out? I saw that Drew Brees organized some workouts for the Saints. I hope that Jay Cutler does the same thing very soon.

    John W.
    Chicago

    Several weeks ago Rashied Davis said that he was thinking about trying to get Bears quarterbacks and receivers together, but I

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    did he answer the second part9s) of that question inquiring about what he uses to clean the stink out of his vagina? Or how he gets the taste of Jerry

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    much like long term cigarette smoking i would imagine it is tough for Larry to get the taste of Jerry's greasy italian penis out of his mouth since it has lived in there peeing, ejaculating and in general just being old, gray and shriveled for years.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    eeeewwwwwww....

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Waffle John went all in on the disgusto, and frankly I don't think we have enough chips to raise him.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Bravo Johnny.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    One parting thought from me tonight:
    I am really over the ironic beard, particularly with NBA players. It was one thing for Baron Davis to draw attention from his freakishly large teeth with his doofy looking beard, but it's gotten out of hand.
    Stop it before it infects the youth at the Y or at the corner park.
    Just.
    Stop it.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I still remember that Rickey Williams interview where the entire time he's responding he's got food or something in his beard.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    "Besides that, second-team quarterback Todd Collins' stretch of ineffectiveness in the NFC title game made it clear that Hanie may deserve a legitimate shot for the primary backup job to Jay Cutler."

    Ugh... thanks captain obvious. "May"?? "May"???? Are you freakin serious? Collins should be run out of the NFL on a rail!!

    http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/bears/post/_/id/4669700/how-much-rebuilding-will-bears-do

  • In reply to Jlehr:

    I don't know. Collins has been pushing serious tin and has really bulked up during the off-season. He looks ready for one more:

    http://www.shsd.k12.pa.us/583040124135716/lib/583040124135716/maronic.jpg

  • In reply to Crowned:

    CROWN!

    Nice, jumping jacks, medicine balls, and indian ned's magic elixir do amazing things for a man.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Bwahahaha! MB!! He's turned into a muscle Jew. Calisthenics are making a big comeback.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    dude, did you ever see the post about me meeting your namesake in a sushi joint in SD?

  • In reply to Crowned:

    Ok, when he said Sizzlers I LMAO

    http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/pop-buzz/2011/05/will-ferrell-spoofs-bush-reaction-to-osama-bin-ladens-death-announcement.html

  • In reply to gpldan:

    One of my favorite vids of all time: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkqrI3IibYI

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Leeeeeader!

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/blog/shutdown_corner/post/Brees-is-paying-for-Saints-players-to-have-offse?urn=nfl-wp1862

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Would Hill be an upgrade to Chris Harris?

    http://www.profootballweekly.com/2011/05/05/future-of-broncos-s-hill-could-be-in-question

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Yes.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Enderle's grade sheet looks... not good. No mobility? Seriously? Great.

    http://www.profootballweekly.com/2011/04/30/bears-fifth-round-pick-scouting-report-qb-nathan-e

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Sounds like Kurt Warner coming out of college. Maybe the glass is half full. Keep the faith GP

  • In reply to gpldan:

    and he only completed (avg) around 50% of passes... and to doc's point, show me another pro bowler out of Idaho football. Uhhhhhh........

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Awesome. Sheer hilarity.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Oh man if you havent seen his HBO special as George Bush you have to check it out!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNdG6rws5vc&feature=related

  • In reply to gpldan:

    wrong link?

    Also, did you guys see that "workaholics" show commercial where they use "fear-rection"?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    It was supposed to be the Red Dead youtube with the snake oil salesman. Darn.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    ahhhh... still waiting to get my man-cave set up to get RDR. Can't wait.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I missed the post MB. Hook me up.

  • In reply to Crowned:

    SPEEEEAKING OF SIGHTINGS....

    Ok, ok

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    that was the original post

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    But doesn't it just feel good to know that Bin Laden took one to the chest, just so he knows it's over and then one to the fucking dome right in front of his wives. It's hard to be a terrorist mastermind and financier when your fucking brain falls out of the hole in your skull.

    The second part that makes me happy is that there are teams out there right now that are scrambling and patching up their QB position but we are sitting pretty with a couple other teams with a franchise caliber guy. Let's get some fucking FA help and have Williams step the fuck up and press play. BEAR DOWN RIGHT FUCKING NOW.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Why does everybody hate beards so much? We're men. We grow hair on our face. I sport mine with pride.

    That being said, and I'm sure Viva will chime in here, women grow hair on their legs and pits. Clearly this is different. Double standard be damned.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    plus, you can stash your weed in it!

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Beards are cool; it's the ones that hipsters or athletes grow to be hip that bother me.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I sure don't.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I should hope the Bears don't touch Terrell Owens, that's not their style and I can't believe you would even bring that up. I can see the Bears targeting a receiver that hasn't quite lived up to expectations yet that is a big target. Kind of like Brandon Lloyd before he broke out. Brandon Marshall would be great but again I don't think the Bears will entertain him because of his character unless Cutler really vouches to keep him in line, which he won't, because he's too busy with his fiance. I don't blame him.

  • In reply to Perno:

    were you auditioning for a Cap't morgan commercial Perno? And for some reason your handle makes you sound/seem really old... maybe it's the perno/paterno (joe) thing.

    ...and oh, yeah, stop feeding the little troll. You too 85.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I have no problems with them as long as they aren't acting like immature little fuckwads. I'll have a good football discussion with anybody who's willing to do so respectfully.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    never ends up that way unfortunately. I've thought the same thing many times doc, but it always devolves into some gay, "bears suck, go pack" line. So over it. Just not ever going to respond anymore. not worth it.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    I was bored since you jerks werent saying anything funny today and tripped on over to this guys site. It's a bit dull but I'm sure we could liven it up.

    http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/lists-that-actually-matter/

  • In reply to Jlehr:

    WHAT!?!? Did you see the video I posted above? For christ's sake Sac!

  • In reply to Perno:

    Are you kidding me? Didn't the guy get 72 catches and like 10 TDs with Carlton Loser throwing him the ball and Ocho tweeting Palmer on every pass? T.O. puts it out there, run blocks, goes across the middle, and is not 4'7. Hall of famer please.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Irish, i know you must be in a room with a guy who has a gun to your head for mentioning Owens as a FA option. If you are in danger please use the "safe" word we discussed and we'll send help immediately. It won't be Seal Team 6 though because they are busy being blown and being fed grapes and shots of patron by the 72 virgins that Bin Laden was expecting to greet him in paradise. Sorry mang, those virgins are double booked. You can have them after our boys are done with them. Sloppy fucking seconds Osama.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    72, eh? Where's my Koran ...

  • In reply to Perno:

    He is too busy with Kristin? I don't think so. He gave her the ring she wanted, she should lay off him for awhile let him work.

  • In reply to Perno:

    Wow, uhhhh... those guys didn't come out of that whole thing too well did they: http://www.reuters.com/subjects/bin-laden-compound

  • In reply to Perno:

    and here's a pretty detailed account: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/05/inside-bin-ladens-lair-seal-team_n_857914.html?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl1%7Csec1_lnk1%7C60618

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Dear General Ashfuck, or whatever your name is:

    Understand one thing, you pricks were harboring bin Laden and we know it. You know that we know it, and we know that you know that we know.

    So here's how it's gonna be from now on: We don't pay you, we don't listen to you, and we are going to flood your country with our spies. If you try and use the military to stop our spies, we will put hits on you. From now on, we treat Pakistan just like we treat Afghanistan, which is to say we go where we like, we kill who we want to, and we do it as often as we feel like.

    You start any Anti-American backlash or try and get in bed with the Chinese, we already know Khan gave the bomb to the North Koreans, everybody knows he did. We think Pakis are the snakes of the planet, double dealing snakes. So now, your country is our turf.

    And if you so much as blink wrong, here's what we are going to do. We are going to run a false flag operation on your soil. That's right. We are going to obtain a soviet-era multiple warhead nuke, fly it into Islamabad on a C130, load it in a trunk, rent a warehouse, put it there, and wire it to a cellphone. And not tell anybody we did it.

    Then, we will flatten Islamabad and make it look like you did it to yourselves. And we will use that pretext to hit all the military bases where you are keeping your nukes, and confiscate them since your government is destroyed.

    We're tired of you, Pakistan. You destabilize the planet and then you talk shit. It's like a nation of people from Santa Cruz.

    So, get used to this new world order, and be grateful we let you live.

    Signed,
    The US

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/06/world/asia/06react.html

  • In reply to gpldan:

    unfortunate, but probably the way it should be... at least some of it.

    ...and, I saw how you did that.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    P.S., The U.N. bingo tournament this weekend has been moved to Room 3B. You Pakis better not pussy out of it like last month.....bitches.

  • In reply to gwill:

    indeed will

  • In reply to gwill:

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/05/05/973322/-Bush-refuses-to-go-to-Ground-Zero-because-Obama-hurt-his-feelings

    *sniff*

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Ah classic republican cry-babies.

  • In reply to Jlehr:

    very Yahoo Message Board of you Sac

  • In reply to gwill:

    Ayman-al Zawahiri - you're next player. Pick up the phone anytime in the next fucking 10 years and your brains will be emptied on the floor. Better hope your couriers don't fuck up. Pakistan can't hide you motherfuckers anymore.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Bingo!

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    And can I just say, Oh My Goodness: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U62stubaal4

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    she seems smart

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    yeah, and that... smart, what's smart? I can't remember my name after watching that Johnny. JesusH.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    that was probably not something i should be watching at work but i couldn't look away.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    yeah man, just wow.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Skinny white girls arent my style. haha Nah I have people coming in and out of my office all day.. I dont want to stand up and have an Anchorman moment. "It's the pleats in these pants"

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Damn. Just damn.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB, nice jiggle factor. I saw her in SI's swimsuit issue. She was a lingerie model before this. Oh my.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    best walking form ever.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Oh, and this is for you bball fools: http://www.midwestsportsfans.com/2011/05/rose-before-hoes-t-shirt-sums-up-chicagos-love-for-derrick-rose/

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Pakistan is a little different animal that Afganistan or Iraq. They are the 6th most populated country with around 170 milllion, and they have Nukes. I think we should just get the fuck out of there and let them destroy themeselves.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    you should've put THAT in the form of a question.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    They should quote you on boxes of Chantix.

    Jeeeeesus H. Waffle House.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    How can we expect to win shit with that kind of 'Team' mentality?

    Did you get any of Larry's dried skids on your fizzog there Waffle?

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    i was hoping he had some inside info about Cutler calling around and organizing shit. Then i realized that not many teams will do that because if you happen to get hurt doing it you are FUCKED. I still hope they can get together soon to get familiar with concepts again.

  • In reply to hollywood1:

    Concepts such as Gucci vs. Versace?
    Inboard vs. outboard Mercury motors?

    May as well, as it appears there will be no pre-season.

  • In reply to brocklanders:

    He's worth sweet Fanny Adams if his hip isn't kosher. Why waste a red cent on a question mark?

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    don't feed the troll Irish, it always leads to a mass devo.

    ...and pretty much everyone but 100-ish guys are question marks every year in the NF of L if you think about it.

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    I would be especially concerned about how he handled it last year, most importantly, WTF was that anyways?? He had an opportunity to get the surgery in January but he waited until late August to have, leaving him out until week 10 and effectively throwing an entire season in the trashh. Pretty inexplicable.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Little GP fact checking: Iglesias is still poised to come back to Vikes camp and try and prove himself a spot, when the Vikes nabbed him from our practice squad in week 17.

    I guess it would be more humorous if Juaquin displaced Bernard.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    The complete collapse of Aromashadu's fortunes as a Bear, after the way he finished '09, has to be one of the bigger disappointments of 2010.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    While I agree, Al, I never understood the infatuation with Aroma and have consistently said so since 2009. A good game or two does not a stud receiver make.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    It all started inconspicuously with a few dropped passes and half-ass run blocks. Bennett emerged as a chain mover, and Aroma, who many fantasy leagues had as a sleeper in 2010 is now gonna be a FA. That's how fickle football can be.

  • In reply to Mastodon:

    It was four games, outstanding games, at the end of a season. He pisses all over Hester and Knox as a receiver, and somehow people think we don't need this on our roster. Incredible. We'll keep a bunch of bums on the roster but let this guy walk? I despair.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XW_QD3i5iik

  • In reply to IrishBearsFan:

    Aromashodu has failed to stick on the Dolphins, Colts, Texans, Redskins, and Bears.

    It seems I am not alone in being unimpressed.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Yep, thought we had our #1 if they didn't go shopping. Martz comes out with his, "he doesn't know the slot" line and we're nodding along, thinking "Mmmm, so play him outside Mike. WTF?" We're hurting Johnny's feelings if we ask him to sit down some?

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    Yeah, we all hope that's wrong...

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    oops, and I listed Rice as an RFA (restricted) but he's actually an UFA (unrestricted).

  • In reply to KissMyButkus:

    OK, I must clarify my correction lol

    IF the CBA returns to the previous free agent rules, THEN anyone who has 6 acrued seasons would be a UFA, and everyone else, like Rice, Floyd would be restricted (meaning in order to get them, we would have to give up future draft picks).

    K. A little confusing, but the NFL.com link lists sure fire UFAs, which excludes many.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Doc - I fucking love it.
    Nice. When you guys record it, let us know.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    'preciate it.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    Problem is, the leader of the band doesn't love it so much. It might be stuck in the vault. I'm hoping he'll come around.

  • In reply to DocNitty34:

    i smell a solo record in the future

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