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TURF WOE

I usually don't like Steve Rosenbloom's useless negativity blog but today he's nailed the Park District for their failure water the field:

Hey, people, go easy on the Chicago Park District. It's not easy to grow decent grass in the middle of a Chicago wint… oh, wait.  I believe this is the earliest point in a football season that the Park District has ever embarrassed itself.

So they really just didn't water the grass?  Is it possible the Park District is that incompetent?

 KNOX ON KICKOFFS?

It looks like I'll have my opportunities to complain once again as Johnny Knox is being targeted as a return man on kickoffs.  I maintain that anytime a Bear not named Devin Hester touches the football on a return it is a gross error in the coaching department.  Hester is the greatest return man in the history of the sport and the most exciting player currently in the game.  Let him return the damn ball.

NFL TO TEST FOR HGH...

...and Congress love it!  You know what?  I don't.  I don't bemoan anything football players put into their bodies to survive the grueling physical toll of an NFL season.  If they have to bite the heads off live seals in order to keep their spinal cords from shattering the year after they retire so be it.

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  • In a town where the First Family of groundskeeping, The Bossards, made their name, Soldier field his looked after by Civil Servants. Mind-numbing stupidity.

    Knox is OK on Kick-off returns. If you're some OTHER team than the Bears. But, to quote Paul Newman when asked if he ever strayed on Mrs. Newman (Joanne Woodward): "Why go out for hamburger when I have steak at home?"

    It would be nice to see fewer injuries due to the lack of OTAs this off season but I fear a BUMPER CROP of pulled hammies and groins league-wide.

  • Second bitches!!!

    I have posted/ranted in the past that the mere thought of putting anyone except HESTER, the greatest return man of all time, on all types of returns is lunacy. He led the league in kickoffs and punts last year. He just wasn't deemed to have enough returns to be included in the 2010 records.
    Fucking idiot coaches and administration of the team. UNFUCKINGBELIEVABLE.

  • And another thing about the Federal Reserve ....

    Mwah! Hey Al, notice Paul didn't actual deny he strayed on the missus. I like that.

    I voted on some poll that asked who was to blame for the state of the field. Amazingly, somehow, the Bears were included in the poll for some reason. As much as I hate the McCaskeys and Ted Phillips and Angela, someone else's pitch is not their bag. Weird thing was though, the Chicago Park District.led the poll ! Not the people whose job it is to actually tend to the surface - the people whose sole responsibility it is in life to have that thing pristine, the frickin ground staff!

    I get the Hester thing, I do. When you've got lemons you make lemonade. It's a business first and foremost, and the dude is getting paid receiver wages, so that's that. Anything that gets Johnny Knox away from receiving is a good thing when you have RW and Sam Hurd in the wings. Earl the Pearl in the slot, Hester being spelled to keep the legs magic ; it's all good ; keepin' the semi-colon alive my brothers.

    HGH - level the playing field. Let everybody take it. Flood the olympics with drugs too. People should not know the names Marion Jones or Ben Johnson. I stopped watching athletics years ago, it's a farce.

    "Then why do you watch footb...."
    STFU!
    {sound of head thumping into sand}

  • from last thread... two words for thre bearjew...

    Move. Your. Feet. Dude.

  • oh and if Rep. Waxman isn't the embodiment of 'weasel politician' I don't know what is. Man that dude looks like a fucking rodent.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Fantastic observation MB. He definitely has a touch of mole DNA, a dash of mouse and a large portion of rat!

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    Mole indeed murph

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    +100, MB.

    By the way, I believe his official title, like WAY too many members of Congress is is "Congressman for Life" Henry Waxman.

    And you can BET that fellow weasel, Charles Rangel, will NOT get what's coming to him either. For the House to find HIM guilty of ethics violations means that he had been doing things that would have sent you or I to prison for decades!

    Oh, and I'm SURE the founding fathers intended for Senate seats to be held by one man for 50+ years.

    The people supposed to be SOLVING the problems ARE the problem.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    That's the problem - Al, everyone hates everyone else's congressmen.

    And then they vote for the guy up the street that got their community a contract to build widgets for a $30 billion weapon systems. No one every really believes that it's their guy that is the problem.

    I believe in a significantly larger body of Congress, with commensurately lower pay and smaller constituencies, to shrink the power curve and increase (not arbitrarily mandate) the amount of turnover in House seats. And it matches the Constitutional intent for the lower house of Congress.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Affirmative. They're all in it together on the gravy train and not one of them will mention repealing a certain act from 1913 because they'd see their money disappear. It doesn't matter who you vote for the scum always get in. Anybody who wants power should be automatically be disqualified form getting it. trump is the next toerag who 's making the noise I hate most. "I don't want to be President, but I will run if have to .." Get bent you narcissist - anyone with a back-front comb-vover like that should not be let anywhere near the steering wheel of a country. And did I hear Roseanne Barr has put her hat in the ring? She made a fair point though ... if Sarah Palin can run ....

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Seriously man... he looks and is a weasel.

    Really almost all of them are, but some just ooze it more than others. Politicians fucking suck... Career politicians are a special brand of zero-integrity, liars-in-denial, self-enriching scum's excretion. They don't even rise to the level of scum -- they're what scum shit out. Can you tell I'm a cynical man? =)

  • In reply to Michael L:

    indeed.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    And you know what, Obama is no different. It's like my man KRS-one said (an intelligent dude, not like that muppet Jay-z) - Black America was at the point of revolution under Gerorge Bush ... then they threw up a 'black' man in the form of an unknown Obama, and they folded their arms and sat back down again. He says he's Irish, Jewish, Muslim, black, white, he's all things to all men. But he's just a Wall street shill like the rest of 'em. The first things he did in office :

    1) 'Asked' the Fed to print 800 billion dollars out of thin air 'to stimulate the economy' - money which went straight back into the Fed's coffers as interest repayments on a 75 year old loan (at the timer).

    2) Promised to have all troops out of Iraq within 18 months. Three years later and work has been completed on 7 permanent military bases in Iraq. The 135th country in which American bases are installed, and I'll bet they don't come cheap once Halliburton and the Cheneys and the Rumsfelds have their invoices in.

    Politicians. Statesmen. Mamajamma's each and every one.

    JFK was the last one who stood up to the Fed and said 'No more'. His little brother felt the same way.

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    Word man, word to that.

    Honestly I had no delusions of what was coming -- once Obama was backed by the mainstream powers (early in the primary cycle) I was 99% sure he was basically their man. I held out that 1% hope that maybe he was shrewd and played their game getting to office, but might turn on his masters after taking it... but I knew it was very unlikely. No one rises in politics as fast as he does without (typically) compromising his morals.

    Still despite my skepticism I decided to wait 15 months before judging -- but on 3 specific criteria: troops out of Iraq, closing Guantanemo, scaling back Patriot Act and presidential powers. Unfortunately as expected then and still now, nothing material has changed on those fronts compared with Bush. Only the rhetoric, and how it is marketed, but not any substantial change in policy.

    In the meantime, like Bush, Obama has kowtowed to the bankers at nearly every opportunity, and has shown no sign of trying to stand up to them. So sure, (as always) on some issues the current President has appeased (and ignited) some people, but on the ones that truly matter (i.e. the ones that fuck over the whole of America to benefit a few in the wealthy power elite, and saddle future generations with burdens they likely will never overcome) we get more of the same. *sigh* I wish I could view things more optimistically... Anyway sorry for the political digression.

  • 1. Turf Toe.....Park District could't find water...answer look east you fuck it's large and blue called Lake Michigan..dipshit's

    2. KR........What more can be said.... Bears Management are as competent as the fucking Park District. both are DIPSTICK'S! and couldn't find their arses if their hands were glued to it! a fucking match mad in "Little Nicky's World"

    3. +1 Blogfader!

  • who was there last night...?
    I was. it was a fucking disaster....
    I'm suprised ppl didn't riot....
    I dont understand why this fucking organization wants to keep this fucking fairground run down ass field....
    the park district said they would go turf in a heartbeat but the organization wants to keep that fucking joke of a "sea of Kentucky blue grass"
    I spent 2 fuckn hours in Lollapalooza/Fam Fest traffic jus to get there.....I was PISSED.
    I played catch with my nephew outside the stadium for alil bit to get the stiffness out from being in the car....
    atleast theyre gna refund everybody's money, and they refunded everyone's $16 parking and let everyone in the stadium and get free food (which was a whole 'nother fiasco in itself, you know how ignorant ppl get when they hear "free")
    the fireworks were ok....
    the players coulda stayed for alil bit and signed autographs but oh well....

  • In reply to SoILBearsFan:

    Yeah, a big autograph meet-and-greet was the least those guys could have done. Put in exactly the same hours they would have done had it gone ahead.

  • The field condition issue, as we know, is nothing new. Much like other glaring issues on the Bears JA has simply ignored, the problem which used to be a local is now a national embarrassment- another distraction the Bears don't need.

    Watching a member of the McCaskeys negotiate with city officials is almost as bad watching our bipartisan leaders in Washington try to solve problems.

    Ugh.

  • You know, if there is one coach on this team I trust above all others, it's Dave Toub... If he thinks he can do more damage with Knox as the primary returner, then I think he's earned the latitude to make that choice. Heck, for all we know this is all misdirection for the other teams... or maybe the plan is to field both Knox and Hester. Who knows, but Toub has proven he can get the job done and find creative ways to counter what teams do to try and neutralize the Bears return game.

    That said, I love Hester on returns -- punt or KO. I don't think he gets enough credit for his KO returns, even when he dances. But that said, I don't think it's a bad idea to ease him into KOR the way they did his rookie year and the way they did last year. Let him establish his mojo, gain the confidence in his blockers and himself, then when everything is humming let him completely loose. Especially this year with yet again new changes to the KO return rules (kickoff from the 35), which will change the dynamics of how the KOR develops -- meaning the whole unit will be going through an adjustment period for at least a few games.

    Really there are much more worthy things to bitch about than this, at least in my book... don't you think?

  • In reply to Michael L:

    A mature and thoughtful post on this matter. Thank you.

  • In reply to Michael L:

    Precisely. Hester would be wasted on KOs with the new ruling. Knox has already gone to the pro bowl as a KO returner. Who is more dangerous as a receiver, Knox or Hester. Trick question. Hester is more dangerous to the defense as a receiver, Knox is more dangerous to our offense as a receiver. The story of our season happened when I saw Knox run into Hester on a crossing pattern and - I'm guessing here - but Knox looked like he was running Hester's route. The play can't have been designed for both outside receivers to run to the exact same point in the middle of the field. Having Knox get less receiving time means my man Sam Hurd can get out there and show people he's more than a gunner on ST, he's a legitimate threat to defenses.

    I'm so stoked about our passing game this year. And the running game? Please. We've got two 6'7 TEs and Marion Barber and Chester Taylor behind Forte .... AND Tofu and Ungabaunga AND big-ass Eddie Williams. Can we keep them all if we lose Kahlil? I don't want to lose Kahlil, but we have an embarrassment of riches in the backfield, and somebody will pick up a great back off waivers.

    I hope Garza or Edwin works out at Center though.

  • We shall see about Hester Jeff. I'll buy into Knox being our return guy only if Hester can score 8 or more TD's as a receiver and our offense finally does what it was supposed to when we traded for Cutler. Something tells me he will be a lot more effective on offense with some real wide receivers on the field at the same time as him in Martz's offense. Of course if this strategy fails again, I'll be at the front of the line bitching.

  • Funny, but this just came up in Mayer's (yeah, I know, shill... I agree) column, which is germane to this subject. Asked about who has stood out this camp he mentioned Hester first:

    -----
    He’s caught virtually every pass thrown in his direction and even a few that weren’t. Here’s what Jay Cutler said about Hester recently: “Devin Hester is having an unbelievable camp. He’s so much more comfortable in the system. He’s not thinking and in this system if you think you’re not going to be very effective. He’s just out there reacting and he’s running super fast like he always does.”
    -----

    I know many of you consider Hester a failed WR, but to me I see the talent there... I'm not talking about his running in space, I mean his ball-handling and controlling his body on catches. He didn't have the full repertoire of a top receiver last year -- most notably physical manipulation of defenders in sync or over position -- but I challenge anyone to watch every catch he's made the past 2 years and say that that doesn't look like a WR making them. Seriously, take a critical look and I think you'll have to agree.

    Now he may not get as many opportunities/snaps this year (and that's probably good), but I really think he'll be better this year than ever -- possibly not as many catches or yards, but more valuable ones and most likely a better YPC. Anyway, that's my take...

  • In reply to Michael L:

    Mike - what's up you smart bastard!!!!!!! I had you as my MVB last year. You brought some serious insight and analysis while MB and I just kept calling people pussies and yelling that Stafford and Rodgers were dead!.
    I'm looking forward to your thoughts on everything from the competition at X between Williams and Knox, Martz's performance in a contract year and also whether Stafford and Rodgers are pussies and will be, consequently, killed by Peppers.

  • In reply to Waffle 2.0:

    Hey my man, thanks... I'll offer up what I can when I have an opinion, but I make no promises about how smart it will be =).

    And hey we play both kinds here, Country AND Western... er, I mean analysis is good but so is enthusiasm, haha. After all, sometimes jingoism is exactly what we need as Bears fans... Haha.

  • In reply to Michael L:

    I remember reading somewhere that they plan on getting Hester and Knox both back on kick returns on a pretty regular basis. That's a frightening thought, especially if Knox has bulked up enough to be an effective blocker (a la Bennett or Corey Graham).

  • In reply to Michael L:

    Hester definitely has more upside than Knox, which is why I hope Knox disappears from the offense to let the real receivers do their thing. You want speed, we have Hester. You want solid slot we got Earl. You want size and field-stretching we got the Cowgirls and the Too-Tall Jones Brothers. You don't get to do what Hester has done unless you rock in the open field.

    We could tear this league apart if we just get that damn wall up in front of Cutler. Cutler with time and targets. It wouldn't even be fair.

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    Knox may be similar to Hester in size and speed, but Knox actually plays the same position as Roy Williams not Hester. So unless they have him take on a new position or change things up in another way, Knox would be splitting time with RW not Hester.

  • Nice to have your critical football eye back Michael.

    Couple thoughts for you all:

    • Al, it's frightening. not to go all Irish on you, but we're all fucked. I've come to realize that one way or another, we're fucked. Start stocking up on your apocalypse zombie killing equipment.

    • Toub better do an amazing job this year, otherwise that nagging feeling in the back of my mind that, ‘we’ve been giving him too much credit based on glory-days-history’ after seeing our specials not lose the last two GB games for us, but certainly not help might have to see the light of day. I’m giving him this year to get back to form, he’s been declining.

    Yeah, I know I love him too… but saying he’s our best coach by far ain’t saying much. And this is the NFL, what have you done for me lately?

    • I get the angst about hester not doing every single return, but I also get wanting to give knox a shot. Dude can throw it down on KO and I think he’ll be good. I just hope that extra 10 Lbs he put on helps him no get cracked in half on the second return

    • Hester – I’ve always thought he’s made some insane, acrobatic catches in must-have plays. I’ve always been impressed with how far he’s come from being a DB. Like you said, with some ‘real’ WR presence on the field, I think he’ll be freed up to do some really interesting things WHEN NEEDED

    • Something else to bitch about… hmmmmm… leeeeet me seeeeee… oline?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB, thanks for the welcome, it's good to be back, and good to see all the familiar faces too (although some of the name changes are throwing me off). None of the fire has been subdued I'm glad to see! It's crazy, I'm halfway around the world now, but (now that there's an NFL season again) I'll still be following my Bears hardcore.

    I think maybe you're holding Toub to too high a standard. With STs you always get a mixed bag game-to-game. There are just too few plays in a single game, and there is just so much randomness and variability that it's a mistake to judge based on 1 or 2 games -- even if they're championship ones. It's like even if you had the weighted die ever, you still couldn't be sure you'd win on any given roll, or even 5 rolls. But you should still treasure that die because it's a moneymaker...

    You have to keep the big picture in mind when evaluating STs and here Toub's record is nothing short of brilliant. It's not just a case of him having Hester either -- 1) he had great seasons before 2006, and 2) STs is much more than just returns. He's sent FOUR different players to the Pro Bowl, and really D.Manning deserved to go as well.

    Whenever you start finding it difficult to appreciate Toub, just read his bio page on cb.com:

    http://www.chicagobears.com/team/coach.asp?coach_id=4

    Look, there will always be ST failures on plays or even games -- for every team. Not every coach finds a way to extract the best performance year-after-year from tacklers (CG, AP, Shaw, Ayanbadejo have ALL led the league), returners (Hester, Knox, Manning, Bennett, Berrian, Azumah, R.W. all had big returns), kickers (rookie Gould, journeyman Maynard), punt/FG/XP blockers, gunners, etc... and even fewer can extract huge individual performances at the same time as coordinating extraordinary team performances too. Watch an "NFL Playbook" breakdown of any Hester return (e.g. his double burn of Sauerbrun in Denver) and you will see some AWESOME coordinated team performance. To boot, he does this moving parts nearly every year.

    Granted eventually all coaches do decline, so it's fair to judge trends over the years. But I think if you take in the wider picture, you might change your mind on whether Toub is really on the decline.

  • http://espn.go.com/chicago/nfl/story/_/id/6840026/chicago-bears-johnny-knox-missed-second-straight-practice

    Knox: when can i get back out there coach?
    Drake: sshhh, hold on kid, Williams just got a deep corner route over 2 DB's.
    Knox: fuck

  • In reply to Waffle 2.0:

    Tee Hee!

  • http://espn.go.com/chicago/nfl/story/_/id/6840026/rodgers-dead

    oh yeah.

  • In reply to Waffle 2.0:

    {Chicago Bears wide receiver Johnny Knox sat out his second consecutive practice on Saturday with a lower back injury.

    "It's nothing major," Knox said.}

    Spinal mis-alignment is nothing major Johnny ? Good luck with that.

    This is actually a good thing for the new receivers.

    See the new 'Total QB rating' on ESPN?

    Cutler didn't make the top ten, but Eli Turtlehead made #6 after leading the league in interceptions. Right.

    http://espn.go.com/nfl/conversations/_/id/6833215/explaining-statistics-total-quarterback-rating

  • Just curious, does anyone know what's actually involved in replacing natural grass with Field Turf? Is is something that could be done in, say, a week or two (like over the course of two away games or taking advantage of the bye week) or would it require extensive preparation (like between seasons)? TIA...

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Yeah, it takes a whole lotta green. Yuk yuk.

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    Hi Trac

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    hee hee

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Ain't you the bright one.

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    Took me a while trac

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I knew you'd be the one. Really.

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    "borderline sucky" should have given it away.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Our secondary didn't scare anyone last year. C'mon man, I was talking about our secondary, not our D as a whole.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Oh cool - I get no reply button to the reply to my post? WTF is wrong with this comment code? Does anything on it work correctly? Who QA'd this POS?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Tee Hee!
    MB the profiler!

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    it can be done in a little over a week.

  • http://games.espn.go.com/ffl/leaguesetup/st/ownerinfo?leagueId=306180
    password - unlocked

    Five teams in, five teams still to be filled. If we don't have it filled by tomorrow morning, I'll go ahead and cancel it.

    Several of us said it last year about Fieldturf - this team is built for it, and the gap between that reality and the mud-puddle that is Soldier Field is really wide. Makes you wonder who has the turf contracts for the Park District? Somebody makes big coin every year resodding the damn thing week after week.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    bingo!

  • Was watching some local news and they were showing the Chargers family day scrimmage... you know, they must have done a good job watering the field down here, so they actually had theirs.

    Anyway, M.Floyd is a charger again. Didn't hear the details, but they got a deal done. Fucken a.

    He's a goofy dude man (literally... he looks like goofy). You would never know he's an NFL receiver. Funny.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    anyone in particular have ufc feed? i mean, not that you'd use it because that would be wrong anonymous internet visitor.

  • In reply to Waffle 2.0:

    Sorry mangs... missed it myself tonight. But my buddy said Tito got his sorry ass beat by rashad. Knee to the soloplexus

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    ahh, the old knee to the plexus. that'll do it every time

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    zing! good one MB, heh.

    the whole situation with the family night cancelation is just terrible. even if they didn't give it enough water over several days... what, no one thought to check the field conditions the day before? just inexcusable

  • In other news, the Bears coaching staff is taking a serious look at Todd Collins to handle punt returns. Smith was quoted saying "when I saw the way Collins avoided tackles in the parking lot after that NFC Championship game, I knew we had something special we needed to try out."

    I think Knox is probably our best #2 returner, and its important to give him some touches so he isn't completely green if Hester gets injured. But I agree, Hester needs to be doing the return work in all phases: kickoffs, punts, even missed field goals.

    I don't know much about astro-turf. I believe it is possible to have well kept grass in Chicago. If I am wrong, or if we cannot accomplish that goal, then we need to get something down right away. How long would it take to lay down turf anyway? Is it something that could be done mid-season?

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    My bad, thanks for the answer above Waffle.

    Seems to me we have two weeks of preseason away games after Sunday. They could get the field playable for this Sunday, then start work first thing Monday morning and have almost three weeks to be finished. If it can truly be done in a week or so, that will give the Bears the time they need to practice and play a preseason game there before having to do anything in the regular season on unfamiliar surface.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    that would make too much sense. Someone's (Daley's) brother who owns a landscaping company would be pissed.

  • In reply to Waffle 2.0:

    Daley's not the mayor anymore. Emanuel is supposed to be a big patron of the arts... the question is whether football will fall under "the arts" radar.

  • So bigdaddy is trac? No wonder I was getting annoyed with his posts. At least he's not pushing his religion down our throat. Trac, put a wrapper around yo emotions and come out already.

  • In reply to Crown:

    No but you seem "Hell" bent on pushing yours. Booyah.

  • Trac, you're always welcome man... just be cool and everyone will be fine.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'm cool. Big Daddy's in the house MB. Just checking out what Bear Bloggers have to say about my Bears. I mean, that's allowed I hope. I ain't no push over and sometimes like to give as good as I get. Just think of me as salt in a wound when I speak my mind like everyone else seems free too. Read up my posts boyo, I;ve played fair. No worries here.

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    Yup, can't say I noticed it was you Trac, not that it matters, it's all good. Names are just labels and totally unimportant as far as I can see.... we're all Bear brethren just chewing the cud ... and Sarah Jane Victoria Lynn ... and where's Bear Chick ?

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    Thanks Irish. I try to avoid the landmines.

  • Mark my words:

    Johnny Knox is not going to be running back kick-offs for the Chicago Bears this regular season. He will in the preseason, as the BT will be hoping his special teams prowess can increase his value in the trade market...

    I don't see him making the cut, but I do see him fetching a 4th round pick.

  • In reply to Viva:

    I don't know if the front office can think that far ahead Viva.

  • In reply to Viva:

    Oooh, Viva. I like it. Trade the Knoxville. I'd rather stack our backfield, yeah. Eddie Williams will get cut. And like NewBear said, Todd Collins is the new guy ... tee hee.

  • An Arrogant Bastard Ale, cigar, quiet night in the new abode, and some 85 Bears DVDs...ah.

    Kick some ass, boys, kick some ass.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Yeah, that's one outta Stone to get you ready for some football!

  • Adrian Wilson of the Cards ripped his bicep and Amakamura from the giants broke his foot. Two huge injuries to NFC opponents.

  • In reply to Waffle 2.0:

    Now we just need Rogers to fall the stairs.

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    after Rajii and Jenkins or Pickett sandwiched Cutty and fucked his knee I can't have Rodgers going down with some accident unless Peppers accidentally kills him. That would be ok.

  • In reply to Waffle 2.0:

    Yeah, you're right.

  • In reply to Waffle 2.0:

    I had a vision of something woeful happening to Rodgers pre-season or in game one. I wasn't fully asleep so I can't say that I dreamed it ....it was just a semi wet-dream.

  • In reply to Waffle 2.0:

    The curse of Nebraska secondary players strikes again...and again...and again.
    Somewhere in Lincoln, back in the '30's, some cornerback pissed on an ancient indian burial ground after a frat shindig. And it is still paying dividends.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    god damn Mike Brown was awesome. Bowman!!!! Step up!!

  • Congrats to #95!

  • In reply to Viva:

    yup, it took waaay to long.

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    Too long too long, you're where you belong Richard. Let's get Mongo in there now ....

  • Anybody else concerned that Angela has listened to Martz this off=season and tailored it to his system so he can go "all-in"? I mean martz contract is up after this year, and I think it is highly dobtful he'll be back regardless of how the offense fares...I still think his ego is too big, He'll jump at the first head coaching gig he gets...And the Beloved will be stuck with a martz tailored roster and having to learn a new offense next year! All these jack-asses who go on aqnd on about maning, brady and even dildo rodgers have to realize how long they've been in the same offensive system!!! 10+ yrs for manning, fuckstick belt-bitch rodgers learned for 3 YEARS on the bench then everyone is amazed when he plays well?!? C'mon....Imagine what Cutty could do with 5+ yrs in the same system...it would be ridiculous..

  • In reply to tedtaxon:

    Martz has no respect with ownership as a head coach after his stint with the Lions. He may get a gig somewhere else as an OC but unless the Bears light up the scoreboard this year I don't see that happening.

  • In reply to tedtaxon:

    Preach it Ted! I mean Reno ... just click on your name (scroll up - top left) and change your name in there ...

  • what the hell...my screen name used to be renobear...wtf

  • In reply to tedtaxon:

    Go kick a gnome. It may not fix the website, but it'll make us all feel better.

  • I hear ya there...I'm not a huge martz fan, but we will see how big of a step the offense takes this year, I am still stoked. I just want some continuity on offense, even at the expense of martzy's super ego...

  • on my way to go kick a gnome now mbp

  • In reply to tedtaxon:

    Reno, don't believe the hype. The roster is not tailored to Martz. That is the media rehashing what everyone else says. Spaeth is a traditional tightend. He blocks well and can catch the ball as well.

    The whole Antonio Gates TE/WR hybrid is a rare concept in the league. Olsen was talented but inconsistent and we won't miss him as long as we utilize Forte running and catching from day one.

    Williams and Hurd are 6'3 220 and would fit on any roster. Bennett is a prototype possession receiver and Knox and Hester are speed guys. That has nothing to do with Martz.

  • In reply to Waffle 2.0:

    almost forgot:

    rodgers dead

  • In reply to Waffle 2.0:

    +1...voice of reason bro...been out of the loop, chasing around my 17 month old future bears linebacker, moving into the new house,and finding out we're filling up one of the extra bedrooms with bundle of awesomeness #2!

  • In reply to RenoBear:

    congrats man! i'm in the same boat. my girl is 15 months and we're expecting again as well. i thought you couldn't get pregnant if you were drunk and did it standing up.

  • In reply to RenoBear:

    My kids are growing too fast. Before you know it you'll be sending them off to college.

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    i hear ya mang. the last year and a half went by in 5 months it seemed.

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    That's the way it goes, gang. And after all those years blitz by, you're left wondering what happened to all the time.

  • In reply to tedtaxon:

    i do agree that Cutty needs continuity. I hope Martz calls a creative but balanced game plan this year and then gets extended. Continuity is key or cutler will never progress to the next level.

  • In reply to Waffle 2.0:

    I am hoping for the same man...I could've sworn they extended him at end of last year, guess i was thinking of Tice. They were in talks with Martz, but they broke down...really makes me a little nervous looking at Angela's not-so- stellar track record! I'm out..G'night all Thanks for the congrats man..and damn you are right about it going too fast!! Having children sure does put things in perspective though huh? By far the best thing that's ever happened to me!

  • Kicked that gnome's ass..ahhh better now...back to the original handle

  • Kicked that gnome's ass...ahh back to the original screen name..I gotta represent Reno!

  • i think the "most interesting man in the world" from Dos Equis is the general from DieHard 2 : Die Harder

    I think i need to go to bed. sleep tight, bear down, rodgers dead.

  • In reply to Waffle 2.0:

    Correct on Rodgers dead. Not so close on Dos Equis' man.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    yeah, those are two totally different dudes. Waffle, put the Old Rasputin down and step away form the computer....

  • One last thought - better a Martz-tailored roster than a Turner-tailored roster.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    +100 man...+100

  • The thing with Hester at KR is not so much what he can do on the field, but what he can do to the psychology of our team. HESTER GIVES THE BEARS AN INSTANT MORALE BOOST.

    There is a kick-off at the beginning of the game, and what better way to start off a game than sitting there giddy, watching Hester clap his hands and do his solider dance, getting the crowd amped up (or making the opposing fans and team very nervous)?

    He's one of those players where everyone on the sidelines stops to watch what he'll do, and you can feel it. He's seriously the most electric football player (perhaps next to Vick) that I've seen in my life time. I get excited every time he touches the ball, and I can't say that about many athletes. The only other athlete who made me feel the same is Jordan and Tyson (I know, there's always Ali or Sayers, but that's another generation).

    The Bears and Toub realize what an emotional impact he makes on the team, and that is why when the chips are really down, they put him back there selectively. Hester is especially handy when the opposing team just scored, and adds instant hope to the Bears, and fear to other teams. When Hester was at his best, I remember I almost wanted them to score just so I can see Hester return. It was like, "Yeah, we scored, but now we gotta kick it to Hester" - who else can turn scoring almost into a bad thing? It's like reaching a climax only to discover right after that the condom broke! Hester, the one guy where kicking it off out of bounds was actually a valid option. That's fucking ridicules!

    But now the rules have changed, so it's one thing to dance around on the 15, quite another to do that on the 5 (like he sometimes does with punts). That is why I think the Bears want a more "north and south" KR like Manning or Knox, but of course, as a fan, I want Hester!

  • Ali? I think Dent mentioned Ali in his sppech too. I never got the love. Braggart. Smokin Joe stood toe to toe with the Louisville Lip three times and Ali never put him down. Frazier got robbed more than once. And then Big George put Joe down six times before he knocked him out in two rounds. Then he lost to Ali and walked away in his prime ... sad.

    I can't stand Braggarts. Just watched Deion pretend to cry - after saying he was ashamed of his mother for working as a janitor! What a drama queen, pretending to cry to milk the audience ...but there wasn't a single tear in sight. Show-pony.

    And another thing .....

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    I didn't see it Irish. I never liked Sanders when he played. I must say that I have warmed to him lately. Sometimes people pose to survive and make it in this world.

  • It was a pretty good speech in fairness, haven't seen Dent's yet. Go up to NFL.COM and look for the Hall of Fame links.

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    Okay then ....

    Mr. Dent's speech (full):
    http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-hall-of-fame/09000d5d82148d11/2011-HOF-Richard-Dent

    Neon's speech (full)::
    http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-hall-of-fame/09000d5d82149a53/2011-HOF-Deion-Sanders

    Best of Shannon Sharpe's sppech:

    http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-hall-of-fame/09000d5d821491d2/Best-of-Shannon-Sharpe-HOF-speech?module=HP11_cp

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    As the bears get ready for the season, they took some time to chat with Chalk Them Up about the upcoming season! Be sure to check it out here: http://youtu.be/HhKZK8Cs4KY

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