Are These Your Chicago Bears, Lovie? Prove It.

Are These Your Chicago Bears, Lovie?  Prove It.

Full disclosure: I am not a Lovie Smith fan.  I have stated many times I believe he disguises an unearned, stubborn arrogance with a premeditated, fraudulent "aw shucks" presentation to the media and fans.  I think his defensive strategies lack aggression, lack excitement and will always lose out to the elite quarterback in the big spot.  I think his offensive strategy amounts to allowing Jerry Angelo to pick the players as he subsequently complains when the coordinator he hires (Shea/Turner/Martz)  refuses to call enough runs to meet his liking.  He has won games, I know, but I will continue to argue that there are many coaches around this country who could have won more with this talent he's possessed during his tenure.

But Lovie Smith is the head coach of the Chicago Bears and every Sunday I root for him to become the greatest coach this organization has seen since Halas.  Every Sunday I hope Smith will suddenly out-scheme the guy wearing the headset on the other sideline.  Every Sunday I pray the Bears will come out of the halftime locker room a better team than went into the halftime locker room.  Then a game like Sunday happens.

Don't blame Mike Martz for calling too many pass plays.  That is the equivalent of blaming a raging drunk for pounding too many shots of Bushmills on a Thursday afternoon.  Someone has to pour those shots.  Someone has to take his money and say, "Go right ahead, Pal.  Keep drinking."  Lovie is wearing a headset and hears the words leaving the mouth of Martz as they enter the ears of Jay Cutler.  Martz wants the whiskey.  He orders the whiskey.  But Lovie doesn't bother pouring the booze out.  He just hands him the bottle.  And then in the postgame presser (once the drunk has pissed on the floor) and to the Bears media the following day (after he has woken up in the local drunk tank), Lovie complains Martz didn't mix in enough water to keep hydrated.

Bill Belichick is the league's best coach and arguably the greatest to ever coach the sport and one thing is clear with Belichich: every detail of the New England Patriots bears his stamp. (That's why most people can't even name his coordinators.)  The head coach is an NFL team is unlike the head coach in any other sport.  He is the identity of the team on game day.  If these are truly Lovie Smith's Chicago Bears, events like Sunday can no longer take place.  He must be fully responsible, fully in control.  He must be ready to turn Martz off and take over the playcalling duties himself.  If that's not his thing, he must have someone on that sideline ready to relay what he wants to the quarterback.

Lovie's not going to get the opportunity to hire another coordinator on either side of the ball unless he wins big.  He's not going to get the opportunity to coach the next generation of Chicago Bears defenders unless he wins big.  And right now we're reading an awful lot about Rod Marinelli's impact on Henry Melton, Mike Tice's grooming of a young offensive and Mike Martz creating offensive approaches on the fly.  But what the hell are we hearing about the man in charge?  Nothing.  Where does he fit into all of this?  Nowhere, apparently.  He's barely even allowed to toss the red hanky any longer when he inaccurately reacts to a referee's call.

But make no mistake about it.  This is Lovie Smith's career on the line.  His legacy.  One would think he'd like some say on the matter.  I know I would.

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  • nice jeff.

    i gotta believe that it can't be that hard to have some balance. it is simple logic. It seems too simple actually. That is why it is so infuriating to watch a game like Sunday. We can beat teams like the Saints but not when we consistently put ourselves behind the 8ball by not being balanced. i thought we learned this shit last year.

    Martz's last stand.

  • When you don't run the ball at all, doesn't that take away the "play-action pass"? The play-action is a great way to burn a safety on the deep ball. If you don't run at all, you can't do play action. It's a very simple concept.
    I read an article or heard some radio reporters talk about how the Bears O-line looked beat up, bruised, and exhausted after the game and the Saints D-line and blitzers looked fresh. That's because our O-line was backpedaling the whole game and they were coming after us. We never took it to them with the run game. Our O-line was never the aggressors. The Falcons did the same thing last week, with similar results. Luckily it's only week two and we can fix this problem.
    I don't care about losing to the Saints. It's Packer week at home. Just find a way to win.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Play-action pass. Agreement. Should be the basis of almost every non-obvious passing situation, and obviously after the run has been established. 52 passes and 11 or was it 12 runs? Where have we seen that before? Oh yeah, the game Cutler tried to walk back to the wrong sideline ....

    Speaking of Marinelli, where the hell was the D-line on Sunday? Is the Saints line that good? We did see some pressure applied when Moore etc was blitzing ... all a little too late after we let Drew establish his comfort zone. Agree totally with Jeff on Lovie's bland defensive schemes. overall it's a good idea. Bend don't break - although boy did Devery Henderson break us Mr. Pringles, did he ever - but there has to be some occasional improv for the elite boys hasn't there?

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    And some of those playaction passes sghould be on designed bootlegs and roll-outs, where Cutty is statistically higher rated. The man is harder, nay impossible to sack when he's on the run. He's faster than the guys who initially get that pressure on him. Use that advantage. Extend the play, let people get free downfield. The defense wasn't that bad on Sunday, they were just tired.

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    Play-action is pretty fucking pointless if you haven't run the ball and/or you're down by 3 scores. So, let's focus on the fact that we didn't run the ball before worrying about roll-outs, play-action, bootlegs...They're not going to change anything unless Martz starts getting Matty more than 20 (20!!!!) touches a game.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    That's the point , Mike, that's why we needed to run it, even when we were behind. We weren't down by three scores the whole game we were in that game for at least a half, just like the Giants game last year, a very winnable game if we'd tried running it, if we'd even looked like the next play could be a run

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    I thought we were terrible and about to go 1-15.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    ok, ok... ease up MBP. the man had lost money and his babies aren't going to be getting shoes for the next week.

  • I have been thinking long and hard
    easy boys; this is not what u think

    If it were possible I would like to be able to look back through cultler's carreer and establish whether he actually is any good at calling his own shots when given an opportunity

    is there enough film of him somewhere to see what happens when and if; he does actually call different plays at the line based on what he see's?

    maybe he needs to have a bit more say so in play selection
    we may be hampering someone who has the ability to play intuitively; in this system it seem's like that option does not exist for him

    but, in sports , when your getting your ears boxed in,
    maybe nobody knows better how to stop the other guy from ringing your bell
    than the one trying to figure out which one of the 24 recievers wearing orange and blue he should throw to.

    that's my theory on why cutler sometimes throws it to a strange spot late in the game
    after taking a foot to the throat, and a multiple sledge hammers on the coconut....every reciever morphs into multiple bodies; how could he know which one is real

    I believe he knows better than his coaches how to get this done for us...give him more responsibility
    nobody knows better about the situation than the body going through that reality......he may be a rarer talent than we know
    but, he was raised with manners; so he puts up with this shit

    and we may never know

  • In reply to huntinbare:

    [Let me preface this by saying we had a pretty bad line before the injuries, but Sunday was not largely attributable to #6.]

    Apart from his wayward accuracy/lack of touch, that's always been something I couldn't figure 'bare. It's fairly obvious when a QB is making an audible, it's there in the body language and the actions. I don't think Ditka ever said to McMahon, "Do it your way, kid!". He fumed and blew a gasket. He'd say "Why did you throw it to Willie? I called a fkn draw!" Jim would just shrug and say "Willie was open. We scored a touchdown, what's the fkn problem?"

    And that was that.

    Ditka couldn't do anything he admitted later, because Jim was usually right. He was in the heat of the action and was the smartest player Ditka ever coached. Ditka's words. I just don't see that with Cutty. It's not a strength in his game. Play after play when things are going bad, he'll stride up to the line and commit hari kari. He'll 'take one for the team' in South Park parlance.There are things to do when it's a pass-rush onslaught - football isn't rocket science. Either that, or he just hasn't got McMahon's balls to stand up to the coaches and change plays. He appears to quite good, but not great. I love the guy, he's my guy - I categorically love Jay Christopher Cutler of Santa Claus, Indiana, quarterback for the Chicago Bears - but having the balls to do what you think is the right thing to do sets QBs apart. Who was the OC for the 85 Bears? I mean the actual OC? Ditka? Someone else? Who cares? It was Jimmy Mac in reality. And guys like Mac don't come around too often, that's just life. Wally was a one-off. Mac was a one-off.



    Oh, and rather than bore everyone on here about Angelo again, those of us that have something to get off our chest re the aforementioned jizz-guzzler, might want to do it on this convenient thread here and give everyone else a break ... clear the air and re-set before the Packers if you will.

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    that good; I was just wondering; what if he woulda just said
    f this sh-t i'm handing this off
    and rebelled like mac
    who may just have been in one too many collisions himself

    I think he believes more in forte than martz does
    it seems martz gets in a rut and we need some one in this organization on game day; in the middle of a game; and just challenge him a little.

    martz's sh-t may not really get good until a line has been together for maybe 40 games...who could really know
    but with the size and speed of these athletes on d
    it is gonna take a long time before we can walk up to the line with a swagger to throw; whenever we want, and make them feel they won't evenget a sniff of cutler.

    here is something that martz failed to take advantage of this year
    the bear jew came out of wisc. with great run blocking credentials
    of course i did not see any of our play yet
    but I believe we did not try to mine any of this talent
    of course that won't be happening now will it Dbl.M.

    I feel like I should send the kid a Bear Jew shirt and a get well card.......think he'd like tha,t I do ; but sometimes I am no too good a judge....tell me what you think if you read this
    i work with one of his teammates, and good friends dad at work....I give him updates


  • In reply to gpldan:

    From the Trib:

    Lovie: We had a discussion yes, Mike and I we talked.
    Reporter: Did you talk about running the ball more?
    Lovie: We had a talk, we talked about things. That is my answer.

    Oh Lovie, such a way with the press you have.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Personally I like the way Lovie deals with the Chicago media. What would Belechik say, anything more than Lovie did?

  • In reply to Bender McLugh:

    no, but he'd sound like a quiet genius saying it, not forest fucking gump

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Hah nice one

  • In reply to gpldan:

    was that some kind of reference with the globe showing africa
    when he opened his eyes I thought of singletary

    thanks for the good vibration
    his voice can shake a man to his core

    by the way ...nice fill by the band at the end...tasty

  • 1,000,001:

    There are no audibles in the Martz offense..

  • In reply to Gucci Mang:

    Gucci. Is there anything and I mean AnYtHiNg a QB with a struggling o-line can do once in the huddle with the Personnel on field in Martz's offense? Call a run or play action pass instead a of a pass play with a 7 step drop and Martz's patented inagaddadavida length receiver routes. It seems almost unbelievable and unconscionable for there to exist such a beast as an offense with 0 capacity for it's QB to Play CYA and take charge of his teams destiny. Do I assume correctly that there is also little to no hurry up offense in Martz bag of cheap tricks?

  • In reply to Gucci Mang:

    That is some arrogant sh-t right there

  • Amen. Jeff I cannot agree more about Lovie. That being said I do not nor will not expect any kind of change in Lovie. He is what he is and has always been, a mediocre football coach. Is Rex just getting lucky in Washington? OR does he have BETTER coaches this time around. Think about it.


  • In reply to Bears-4-Ever:

    Actually, Rex looks the same as he did when he was a Bear. Same good arm with bad moments that will eventually lead to losing games.

  • In reply to Bender McLugh:

    That remains to be seen. People are capable of learning things.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Should be interesting dave... while I agree with that overall statement, I don't think what happens to bad rex is learned... it's a fight or flight instinct that you either have the DNA to control and harness... or you panic and end up doing this:

    …over and over again. We'll see how he ends up this year. He looks ok so far.

  • I wouldn't go to crazy about what Rex is doing in Washington. He was just as crappy Sunday as he was good and he'll struggle mightily against better defenses. Lovie can't be blamed for not giving Rex enough opportunities. Rex blew them.

    But I agree with Lovie on the whole. Quite mediocre. Still gone to a Super Bowl and NFC Championship Game. Just hasn't won the big one.

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    Better than Ditka?

    I know Ditka had issues, and much of his winning can be attributed to Buddy (and Walter)... but I feel like he was much more an effective leader than Mr. Smith.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    To me, Ditka is an enigma. Certainly he brought a fire and a fear to the team that made them better. Guys that weren't willing to lay it on the line were discarded.

    Not sure how many of the draft Ditka was actually responsible for, but he clearly understood that the thing to do was draft guys to open space for Walter, and he got some good ones.

    But tactically, I was never impressed. His main techinque was to harangue a player mercilessly in the hope that fear would make him play better. Or so it appeared anyway.

    And I still agree big time with Dent, that Ditka is the reason they did not win three.

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    I believe that rex was the start of a national psyche; that gives the bears the label that we are more lucky than good

    being away from the city, every game that whole season was picked apart like a thanksgiving turkey by fans from around the league in our office.

    sometimes i wondered if we even had 5 legitimate wins
    by the tone
    they use the same vocabulary for every Q.B. since
    they laugh at my bears

  • Whiskey water (aka Ricky Watters). The drink of champions.

    Intoxicates and rehydrates.

  • It does bear mentioning that our runs on first down were nearly all for negative yardage. Obviously we would like more runs, but we just couldn't run it. I don't think Lance gets enough love on here. Garza gets a free pass it seems, when he has been called out for whiffing a lot on run plays.

    Plus, and this won't be popular - any receivers not named Roy Williams and Earl Bennett on our roster suck. 17% 3rd down conversions? Sorry, but once Earl had left the building you have got to point the finger at Hester and Knox and hold them responsible. Hester is great when he accidentally runs into the path of a pass, no one can deny the man's skill with a ball in his hand, but he is worse than useless before that point, ditto Knox. I know Jay knows where they're supposed to be ... but they don't. Sanzy is a rookie. They're not.

    I know the season isn't over and when we get the pieces of the line back in place things will be different ... I know that. But the o-line was not Cutty's sole problem on Sunday. It was the crap he had to work with downfield. Guys who are fast but don't know how to separate the way good receivers do. A healthy Steve Smith is putting up video game numbers again in Carolina and he's a smurf. Hester and Knox were manhandled by a secondary that A-Rodge and his WRs dissected.

    Good news. One day Barber, RW, Earl, Carimi and Louis will be back.
    I just hope Jay is still playing football when they are. But Hester and Knox aren't cutting it as NFL receivers. I'll get reamed for this like I did Olsen, but it's the truth. They suck. There.

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    And please don't quote their stats. Don't do that. Believe your eyes.


  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    Hester was terrible, but you just plain hate Knox.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Hester's route on the endzone fade pass was awful - he cut to the sideline instead of the back pylon where JC threw the ball and every other QB would have expected him to run - as were most of his routes the entire day. Thing is, it seems Hester gets more open when he's playing on grass. It's as if playing on turf has the opposite effect on his speed. You'd think it would make him that much faster and more elusive but the defensive guys seem to be able to adjust to him quicker.

    Am I off-base on this?

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    Irish, you could be right. There is no doubt that the Bears still have issha's. Give it a week. I'm going to reserve judgement until the Packers win in a blowout or we look hopelessly lost this weekend. I happen to think our game plan cost as the Saints game more than anything.

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    It probably isn't fair to evaluate where we are until all the pieces are back. Barber, Earl, Roy, and the O-line. When they're good to go we'll see what's up.

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    Was it just me or did it seem almost all the run plays called were extremely similar? Not sure why Martz does that from time to time - sticks to the same play that fails, possibly in an attempt to catch 'em off guard?


  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    Running on first down is a bad play, I argue that all the time. Especially the way we run it - which seems like Martz trying to prove we can't run it.

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    maybe calling running plays isn't Dbl.M's strong suit; he doesn't seem to enjoy beating teams that way

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    Agreed, because they know you're running it on first down. When's the last time anyone saw a trap or a counter from us? Granted, that wouldn't be Garza's strong suit, neither is calling out assignments apparently.

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    funny thing about people who judge talent
    the boys on the saints radio broadcast were saying that hester was the only real reciever jay had to work with...they raved a bit
    i was scratchin my head, but there the XXXXXperts
    time for the stooges

  • One thing Lovie has done is beat the Packers, albeit not so much last year. I for one am hoping the O-Line is patched enough to keep Cutler off his back and the D gets back to nasty this week.

  • In reply to Bender McLugh:

    He's almost down to .500 lifetime against the pack. And he's 1-4 in the past two years, including perhaps the biggest rivalry game in NFL history. Aside from 2007, I think when he beat the packers, it had more to do with the fact that the bears were much better in 2005-2006

  • Just saying "when they don't run 20+ times they lose", is kind of a stupid chicken or egg type of argument. If they are behind by 3 posessions going into the 4th quarter, that kind of takes the run out of the game for that quarter. If they are ahead by 17 in the 4th, they would have run it probably 10 times in the 4th giving them 21 runs... game situation dictates play calling.

    My biggest gripes with Martz schemes/offense are the inflexibility, (not having any QB ability to audible) and the weird ass blocking assignments. Davis as the TE against a big DE 1 on 1 or expecting Williams to get out and block the outside linebacker on a blitz pickup from LG when he couldnt do it from LT... come on man... Block who is in front of you, communicate, chip and use the TEs and RB to pickup blitzers. Stop trying to get on TV for some amazing Oline shift, stick to designing complicated routes for the wideouts.

    And yes, barring injury, RW and Bennent should be on the field every down.

  • In reply to Urlacher FTW:

    I am with you there ftw... one man enter one man leave. Count how many fucking guys are there, then each one take a man... and never NEVER leave cutty back there alone with this line. We always need to have a RB back there to help... although, our RBs suck at picking up blocks, but you at least have to try.

    There is ZERO excuse for letting a blocker blaze in untouched more than once a game/season. Once you've seen that trick, don't you think it's smart to block it once they line up in the exact same formation, just on the other side?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    it is an embarassment that we are still talking about this
    how many years after we got cutler

    something does not add upp here

  • Heeeeeey doooooooccccc....

    Not to ruin your party, but guess who came to town this morning? Yes, that's right... our wonderful to see Auntie Flow. And she brought presents of sanity, calm, and status quo.

    ...and although I want to take this further, I have learned my lesson with the gods of Karma. I wish you all the best of luck with your third little blessing… now that you are outnumbered and vulnerable.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    damn, Damn, DAMN! I mean congrats. Why couldn't Auntie Flow wait two or three days longer? That bitch!

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:

    HA! I mean… thanks.

    …watch out though, you're tempting the same gods I did.

    ...can you get pregnant again while you're already pregnant? Isn't that how twins are made?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    That's funny. When desiring coitus, I ask my wife if we can go make twins now.

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:

    excellent. I'll consider it my penance... you're welcome.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Okay, I'm lost who's making babies ...?

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:

    No. I'm saying I already do that.

    No Penance Soup For You!

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:

    well played doctor.

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:

    are there future additions to bear nation coming through both yours and mb's seed?

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:


  • The 2 seasons after our SuperBowl loss really burned me on the Love Hammer. There are no escuses for what he did to the team after that year. He got a giant head after the sb season. He told the fans to trust him, then promptly fired a good D coordinator and hired his retarded friend Bob to run the defense. Next he got rid of his most productive offensive player (Thomas Jones). Then he insisted on trotting out Grossman after he clearly lost his confidence. Surprise, surprise, we sucked for the next two years. That was bullshit, and that was all on Love Hammer.

    However, in this coaches mind he has redeemed himself since. I give him just as much credit for getting J-Cut and Peppers as I do to Angelo, probably more Lovie now that I think about it. He put his post SB ego aside and hired some experienced coordinators and he really started to hold players accountable last year. The players all fucking love the guy, every one of them. Have you ever heard 1 player complain about Lovie at all? I haven't. He must buy them pork chops and whores and courvoisier on victory Monday's or something. Either way, he gets the best out of his players. I do agree that he is a little too standoffish when it comes to the offense. He hired the smartest offensive guy he knew in Martz and handed him the reigns. I bet he reels madman Martz in and we see a significant change as early as this weeks Packer game.

  • I hope you're right, Coach. It needs to happen soon, not once we get to the bye week. Cutler will have taken too much abuse.

    Speaking of abuse, that guy IS going to get fined for spearing Earl that way, ain't he?

  • Hey Jeff, shouldn't this thread be written in week 15 or 16? Leadership takes many forms and one of the worst forms consists of rubbernecking your subordinates. Lovie addressed the bad play calling after the game and I guarantee he will be addressing it through out the rest of the season. Your barfly scenerio is a very shaky one and best and doesn't hold any "water". Have you forgotten the Bears were coming off a 30-12 victory over the Falcons. What had Lovie seen in week one to foresee this outcome? Plus Urlacher's Mom just died which was a huge distraction for the whole team. C'mon pal, stop being so melodramatic., it was one game. Save the Cat O nine tails for the week the Bears are eliminated from the playoffs. Have you ever managed people in a job enviroment? If you took this approach I doubt it would be very effective. The Bears players respect Lovie and Nelli and play their hearts out for them. Heck, Lovie and Nelli got us Peppers. Camp on that for a while.

    Bear down Jeff.

  • If we lose to the Packers, Chicago will check out on this team.

    I ride Metra every damn day, twice a day - I am in the best position to gauge the mood of this damn city as many of you don't even live in it.

    The fans want a win on Sunday. If they stink it up at Soldier Field, if they cannot issue any payback for getting run in the final game that could have kept the Cheese out of the playoffs, and then AGAIN in the now Greek tragedy Championship - then this city will check out

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I hear what you're saying GP, i agree only if the Packers route the Bears and Cutler goes down with injury. If Cutler is ok and we get killed by the Packand even then there is still a huge chance that everyone will calm down if we end up at 2-2. It's a long season and as long as we move to balance mode we will be fine.

    I have full confidence that a balanced offense will result in 11-5. Martz should never coach again in this league if he can't just run a fucking goddamn balanced attack.

  • I just came out of my depression enduced coma.. what can Captain Obvious say? We needed to run the ball. The oline stunk. The front 4 didnt get pressure. Blah blah blah. It was a sucky Sunday so lets hope this Sunday makes up for it. Beating the fudge always makes me feel better!

  • I think that's most fan bases GP. More fickle than us diehards. I don't know, I think if we do lose this weekend they probably will bail, but they'll be just as quick to come back when we start winning again.

    The blatant truth is that we, by FAR, have the most difficult 3 game opening stretch of any team in the NFL... for a couple years now. It's actually silly.

    personally, I think we will win this weekend (it is Lovies rallying call after all), and if we don't... I'm willing to wait till the results of Q2 are in the books before I make a final call on this squad.

    I know, I know... I've decided to be more balanced this year. Crazy huh?

    Also. how fucking funny is this (not that they did it, but the way they did it):

  • we should use double tight end formation entire game until Hair Matthews pulls a hammy or trips over his girly locks (if he/she still has them). If FOX keeps showing close ups of him doing the pre-game wet hair flip I will vomit my Guinness. Even my wife says he is gay looking doing that. I know for sure I will have FOX volume off and play radio coverage via streaming my computer, can not stand Ache-for-Man and Joe Buck-tooth-jackass.
    Packers week.... let's roll....

  • In reply to GuinnessPlease:

    I have no words for Joe Buck.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Joe 90? Thunderbirds are go?

  • In reply to GuinnessPlease:

    Yessir. Double TE sets, with Clutts in there and Barber behind him. Pound it, then pound it again. Then introduce large doses of double deuce to the action. If you can't make play-action, rollouts work after that then give it up.

  • gp, if they do it just proves again how shoddy they are as fans. they have carolina the following week.

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    Jeff -

    If, as Irish says, the Pack kill us - forget Cutler injury - let's assume he lives through Sunday to fight on - but if the Packers kill us - the fans will throw in the towel on the season, until - as you say - we put together a mid or late-season 3-4 win streak.

    It's not just the press that acts this way. I overhear Bear fans discussing Trib and Sun-Times articles every damn day. There is a real agitation towards this team in this town. This isn't like the Cubs, where losing is just a big joke and we all go anyway to check out the hotties and have a brew - no - that is not Bears fandom in the city of Chicago. The Grabowskis are restless in this town, and Lovie Smith is not well liked.

    Now, I could put together a littel sociological spin on this, and really piss SC Dave off, about how Metra riders vote GOP and are sick of both Lovie and Obama - but I don't think there is a color issue here - I really don't. I think people just hate the way Lovie does everything, if anything - Lovie is the whitest guy in Chicago sports - he talks and acts like a McCaskey - always in spin mode, never get flustered or upset or show emotion - always say things are fine - always cater to the players and win their love - this is the new NFL survival technique.

    Tom Coughlin is a giant fucking asshole, and as a result, if his teams don't win - his team will turn on him in a heartbeat and throw his ass so far under the bus it will amaze. Even Ditka had that happen to him once he ran Buddy outta town. Lovie - no worries mang - his players will NEVER turn on him. Cause to him, it's all good.

    It's worse than being the whitest most corporate coach in football. Lovie is the penultimate middle manager. He's like the stoner than runs the local Jewel as the night manager. It's all cool, all the time.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Unfortunately, Halas Hall is not a Jewel, and Lovie is usually on the day shift.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    was he on the clock sunday afternoon couldn't tell
    maybe some hand jestures toward Dbl M's box woulda caught the announcers attention; and given him a call

  • In reply to gpldan:

    100% on lovie... and never mind the fact that the dude is totally and utterly mediocre and whitebread (no pun) at everything... for me it just plainly and simply comes down to the fact that i don't want my football coach to act like the high school woman's badminton coach who doesn't really care win/lose... as long as everyone gets to play and have fun.

    I will take a Cowher any day of the week. Now, the players love lovie and this is great... WHEN you have a GM who's a stud and brings in players that can transcend a coach who can't outcoach anyone better than a .500 club. Then the players and their talent level can rise above a lot of the time.

    When you pair a mediocre coach with a piss poor GM, and an ownership that's in it only to scrape our profit instead of reinvest and blow it out and be successful on every level.... well, you get the chicago bears. A playoff visit every 3-5 and a SB visit every quarter decade.

    Don't know about you guys, but that's not enough for me. Like I always say… we’re not the fucking cleavland browns for christ sake…. We’re one of the oldest, most storied franchises in the sport, and we deserve better. Period.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Beautifully stated, MB. + a whole shitload.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Gp, I agree there are a lot of fickle fans in Chicago. I don't live there, but have a lot of friends in the area. I think a lot of that goes back to the McCheapskies as owners. People seem to genuinely dislike them, and that's an understatement.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Thanks 5th. I agree.

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    Carolina is looking a hell of a lot more dangerous than anybody thought they would.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Yeah, hats off to Cam Newton. Over 800 yards of offense in your first two games against NFL defenses is extraordinary. They look to be a lock to beat the Jags, right? By the bye, Michael silver over on Yahoo has gone 28-4 on his picks in the first two weeks. Hats off also.

  • Johnny Knox is a tiny, 5th round, one-trick pony from a division II school. Devin Hester is a return specialist/utility freak. You can't blame them for sucking in a complicated offense. That's obviously on the management who thought they could get away with headlining a receiving corps with a cheap role player and a return man who they are already paying large money to in order to retain the best special teams player in the league.

  • In reply to thebigcheese:

    Have to disagree on Knox. I still believe he can be a solid #2. If we had (just the first name to come to mind) Calvin Johnson as our #1, Knox at #2 and Bennett at #3, nobody would complaint about our WR lineup.

  • In reply to thebigcheese:

    what if he was on the packsters
    what would you do with him

  • As a very black white man I take exception to your characterization. But I will say the "too cool for school" demeanor that Lovie continues to exude is rather irritating. But I'm guessing as his ass gets closer to the flame he'll show a little more backbone.
    Here's to beating the fudge!

  • THAT was funny.

    btw, DBB pop quiz for the day:

    Who was the blackest white man (with the most soul) in history? Anyone?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Umm.. Jesus? Hung out with a prostitute or two, a crew of homies and was wrongly convicted.

  • I would laugh my ass off at that, but it's racist.

    I was thinking John Fogerty actually:

  • didn't he also sing in a choir?

    forgive me lord
    i don't care who you are
    that was funny

  • My man Jesus was black.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Harry Connick Jr???
    Frank Black???
    Bing Crosby???
    Mason Crosby???

    Who?? Fucking Who???????

  • In reply to Gucci Mang:

    seriously Johnny? Really, who?

    Dude.... duuuuuuude.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    doc, back me up here maing

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'd go Joe Cocker before I went Fogerty.

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:

    I just don't like Cocker's music... and he has a really funny name.

    ...Thanks for the back up by the way. Hey, maybe you'll have twins... you never know.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I will find you and drop one of them off at your doorstep.

    Gettin' snipped now?

  • In reply to MB30SD:


  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Elvis? Elvis???

    Man, I was looking for that clip from Do the Right Thing, but I couldn't find it. Damn it.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Rick Astley?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    he's my #2 (literally)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Tom Waits if we're going music. By far!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    1. Babe Ruth
    2. Bill Clinton
    3. The Jewish guy who played for The Funk Brothers (the team responsible for all the Motown hits).
    4. Michael Jackson
    5. Jason Kidd

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    Lol on #4!!!

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    I was gonna say Michael Jackson, but this is literally the blackest white man, Mr. White.

    I love the James Brown skit also.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    No Obama? He's a Muslim Jewish Irishman too ...

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    paul butterfield?

  • Strictly for conversational purposes gents so don't take this as being a Lions lover. I am a very big fan of Shwartz in Detroit. He's the kinda coach I would love to see back in Chicago someday. To be truthful, I have never really like Lovies results since he's been in Chicago. I like him personally and will always wish him the best outside of football but he just doesn't have the moxie that I like to see NFL coach's have. I would trade Lovie, Hester and Knox for him in a heartbeat.

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    wow, didn't take you for a filthy lion lubber trac. Tisk...

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    Lion blower!!!

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    Quick, somebody hacked Trac's account!!! Get Jimmy and his Gnome horde to do nothing at all about it and break the webpage!

    Uh, seriously, you would even conceive of trading the GOAT KR/PR for a coach? A coach who hasn't done anything of consequence other than being there when his GM drafted Suh and Stafforded and inherited Megatron?
    I think he has potential but that team hasn't done -anything-.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Hester is a crutch. This team should put more stock in stability on both sides of the ball than on it's KR game. The kicking game should be gravy, not the main course. That's all. With Hester and Knox gone, at least the front office will be forced to deal with our Secondary, LB's, O-line and D-line.

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    Oops I'm sorry, I left out WR's too.

  • you mean fox FABRICATES STORIES!?!?!?!

    MY world just came crashing down around me:

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Only in this country does it take a fabricated FOOTBALL story to get actual journalists to dig up the lies Fox propagates. If only reporters did that for the actual NEWS fabrications that Fox and others run. If only...

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:

    (GAAAAASP!!!!!) Fox fabricates NEEEEWS stories?!?!?!?!?!

    Ooohhhh, I feel the va-pahs!

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:

    People are so funny about Fox. Remember Dan Rather?

    I guess spending their entire life in the incredibly left-slanted world of CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, MSNBC, NY Times, LA Times (etc. etc. ad nauseum) makes people go almost literally insane that an organization actually exists that is slanted (albeit to a considerably lesser extent) in the other direction.


  • In reply to SC Dave:

    ask the owner he'll tell you what to say

    if rupert got into football what team would he try to buy?

  • In reply to huntinbare:

    That's easy. The Redskins.

    Last racist name left...

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Dammit GP, I just wrote a long political diatribe about news organizations, but erased it because it will get in the way of football talk. I'll TRY to save it for the off-season, after we win the Super Bowl.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Nah, bring it on Fifth, you can't hold your breath for another 25 years .... likewise, it's been a while since my last rant on the Federal Reserve - a cartel of private banks that unconstitutionally controls the supply of curr .... - IRISH! NO!

    Off-season, right, sorry.

    So Jerry Angelo, a Packer fan and a gay leper walk into a bar ....

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    ok! here is my rage against the machine
    today I get to fill out my yearly report to the authorities
    three years ago my son shiloh turned 22
    the lawyers and judges felt it there responsibility
    to lure me into another phony scheme and play takeaway
    in this putrid wasteland of a state i had to hire a lawyer and buy back the rights to my child
    but I got an offial title for my donation
    call Mr. Legal Guardian

    shiloh lives in a body with rubenstein-tabi syndrome
    he has an I.Q. number only a bear fan could love 51
    he lives in an animated cartoon existence....his heroes come in crayola him spiderman is real.....
    but, he is considered a citizen with private rights that have to be purchased back by the parents so we can continue to make life's difficult decisions for them
    it's all came about because settling peoples estates in fla. were getting ugly when the relatives came to pick the estate carcasses clean.....I was the legal i i was.
    so we got caght up in the rules of legal guardianship

    what kind of fresh hell is this...every year you get reminded that in this great society of enlightened leaders nothing is sacred.....

    I was just getting over the basterdization on the bayou
    i still can't wrap my mind around the loss of another livable wage job being torn apart by some phony accounting
    and now today's task of explaining what the f-ck we do, when we do it, why we do it....
    what were gonna do ....
    every year you are reminded that your creation isn't quite what it oughta's different....we told you so when we gave your son a disease with a real name...
    but guess what ...there is no structure in this city for this population to engage each other on a daily basis... zip ...
    they live lonely existences in broken frames tucked away in rooms for no one to see...
    all they want to do is have some fun and love you back
    last week I decided to uncouiple from this f-d up place; i am heading to the outskirts of this heartless capitalistic endeavor as best as I can

    i am strange
    because i have come to the conclusion that my guru reached
    this life in this body is nothing more than a fever on the self
    after many years i finally see his wisdom

    in closing i yeild to the beetle george
    isn't it a pity
    isn't it a shame
    when not too many people can see we are all the same

    gotta go the court documents are calling

    then it's lion king 3d at high noon

  • In reply to gpldan:

    GP, you don't find the term Viking racist? It portrays Scandinavian peoples as rapers and pillagers, when throughout most of history they were peaceful, loving farmers and explorers. Sure they raped, pillaged, and caused general havoc across most of Europe for a few hundred year, but for most of history they were pretty cool. Hell, they even created the Nobel Peace Prize with great winners such as :
    Yasser Arafat - A great terrorist world leader. At least Clinton snubbed him and kept him waiting while Monica was slobbing his knob, and maybe moistening his cigar in her humidor ( a container specially fitted to keep cigars or other items of tobacco suitably moist).

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Cleveland Browns? Tee-hee!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    well it wouldn't be the bears
    he hates those references in the market

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    I don't know about the other guys, but I'm just messing with you Dave.

    It's all about the ratings... it's all propaganda.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    left and right is what this dense realm is all about
    we got caught up in this material world
    ahhhhhhh! life in the land of dualistic nature

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    They all fabricate stories, MB.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    All the major news organizations fabricate stories on a daily basis. Some of the worst are local newspapers and local TV news shows. The "storyline" comes first, then the production "to fit the story".

  • I am absolutely giddy for this Sunday. Martz gets a tongue lashing? A balanced attack is all but certain? RW and Barber back in the lineup? Cutler did not die last sunday?
    Collins out of GB's lineup? it's fucking on.

    Fizzuck all the pussy ass fans. This is a huge game. A win or close loss heading into Carolina equals 2-2 or 3-1. That is not bad for a sick opening stretch. Martz you cocksucker don't fuck this up.

    Peppers and the D line need to step up and pressure Rodgers.

  • In reply to Gucci Mang:

    and lach needs to come back to us (I know it’s super rough and he deserves all the time this process takes, but we need him to win)... when's the last time he had 2 fucking tackles in a game. FUCKING TWO!?!?!?!

    Oh, yeah, and briggs... life's not all about the benjies and lambos you fuck. You haven't done a single god damn critical thing in two entire games - tackles, yeah, great, big fucking deal... so did 10 other Johnny "third year in the league" Meatheads on some team last week. That is NOT a 6X pro bowl selection’s play.

    So pull your head out of your fucking bank account and get to work, because it's packer week you spoiled whiny asshole.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Expect a Pisa sighting in about 2 weeks. I have a feeling. Pisa, Briggs and Urlacher back together again putting the hurt on other teams running games.

    Roach is smart and serviceable but is not the aggressive, angry playmaker that we need. It's time to get nasty. Meriweather, Pep, Melton, Hitman, Lach, etc it's time to get tough and get this W on sunday. Cutty needs to be strong and not toss picks and with a balanced attack we take this one by 7 or 3. Up 10 with 4 minutes to play and Rodgers drives for one of two scores needed.

  • In reply to Gucci Mang:

    Yeah, I haven't heard too many people mentioning the fact that he has thrown one pick in spite of getting beat to within an inch of his life in the last two games.
    And the one pick he did throw was because the pocket got blown up and he had a guy in his facemask.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Briggs is too busy defending himself on Twitter over the blown coverage on the wide-open stating "Cover Two" over and over. Cover Two doesn't mean you can't improvise if you left a guy uncovered on the goal line, you fucktwit!

  • In reply to Gucci Mang:

    this should be fucking insane too Johnny:

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    oh we gots to watch that

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    do i even have to mention who this could possibly be?

    So angry, so aggressive, so very dangerous!!

  • In reply to Gucci Mang:


    totally johnny. Either that or a 15 year old skinny little nerd. You never know.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    oh well, the sun will rise tomorrow regardless.

  • In reply to Gucci Mang:

    not if it's december 2012.

  • In reply to Gucci Mang:

    Yeah, like they needed to step up and pressure Brees. At least the Fudgies don't have Kreutz to tell them how to stop our line.


    I politely called this months ago on a Packers blog and was cursed the fuck out by "the most knowledgable fans in sports" (read: fucking gayest)

    Yeah, you're right Packers fucks, I was so incredibly wrong. It only took 1.5 weeks of the season for Starks to jump ahead of Ryan Grant.

  • In reply to Gucci Mang:

    Yep, he was obviously the more explosive runner for them.

  • In reply to Gucci Mang:

    Who did Angelo draft instead of Starks again - he was actually on the call list. Was it Enderle?

  • I look at it this way. The Bears have the second best winning percentage in the NFC since 2005 (G-men are first by virtue of one more win). JA's track record in the draft is beyond horrible. Lovie is a mediocre game day coach but he has managed to win the second most games in that time span. I say he's better than most on here give him credit. Could you imagine Wanny or Jauron matched up with JA for all these years? Fuck Me!

  • From the highlights that I've seen and comments I've read from NO players, our OL wasn't great but Martz refused to make any concessions to all the blitzing. Empty backfield, TE's blocking DE's etc. You can't blame the OL if the coach keeps putting them in a postion to fail. Fucking Martz.

    Dave, I haven't read anything about a fine for the guy that speared Earl. I'm guessing if we haven't heard by now (they announced the fine on Robinson ATL yesterday), there won't be one.

  • Didn't watch the game Sunday. Took my kids to a rained out indoor picnic instead - would have been a lot better dry, but I'd make the same call any day.

    Low point for me is watching our safeties fall over each other getting outrun on the first Saints TD.

    Last Sunday sounds like last year's Giants game. Everyone freaked out, Cutler had one foot in the morgue, and the blame lay squarely on the shoulders of Mike Martz not understanding the weakness of our O-line.

    On the one hand I am totally dissapointed in Martz and Lovie. Neither of them should have allowed that game plan onto the field against the Saints. Especially when we saw how well last week's balanced attack and points-after-catch production worked for us. And remember, our own team's defense is designed to tempt teams to make the bad decisions we made. Lovie and Rod do this to 8-12 teams a year; why can't they see when it happens to us?

    And the O-line, now even more banged up, is a mess. I hope those guys get a lot of developing done this year because at this rate we are spending ANOTHER first rounder on the O-line in 2012, and our defense really needs some top tier rookies.

    But... look at what happened to the Bears after that Giants game. They adjusted, the O-line became manageable, and we made it to the NFC championship. The first week we made a good team look terrible. The second week, another good team made us look terrible. Any given Sunday this team can look like Superbowl champs or look like they'd lose in the Big 12 conference.

    Its Packer week. We've taken our licks. We're coming home to play a team that we have consistently shown the ability to game plan against. Let's learn our lesson and come out strong.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    The Giants game is exactly what it was, NBIT. No doubt Jerry drafts some musclebound Youtube sensation who can back-somersault out of his first floor college dorm without touching the window frame.

  • 51 pass plays saints blitzed on 34 of those plays. not a single Offsides penalty against the Saints. Has anyone else heard of a HARD count? Blitz happy team + a good hard count should equal a couple offsides.

  • In reply to bearfantillend:

    Some guy on the Score spoke on that Monday morning.

    Basically, we're snapping the ball with one second on the clock every time... Not fooling anyone who can see a play clock. Maybe if we could get out shit together quicker, we'd be better off...

    No more "Blue 32 Red sky at morning, sailor take warning. Evil Dead 2. Onomatopoeia. Drag route 16, Y flexerall, Thighmaster hook on 3" Muck Fartz calls in the huddle.

    Talk about the best way to jump the snap count.

  • In reply to bearfantillend:

    poor cutty couldn't even be heard in the huddle
    we are lucky it was a throat and not a leg

  • In reply to bearfantillend:

    34 blitzes? Good jiminy. Maybe that was Wally signalling us to throw a quick slant.

  • This loss, as with any loss, makes one reflect.

    And the more I reflect on the Bears under the Lovie era (yes, these years will forever be remembered as such), the more I come to believe that all our agony and ecstasy originate in this:

    The Bears players are overachievers

    In spite of horrible drafting, in spite of questionable play calling, in spite of horrible OCs, DCs, schemes, offensive ineptitude, field conditions...The PLAYERS (mainly the defense and sp teams, the Commish just nullified our SP teams), still somehow found a way to win.

    This is why year after year, the Bears are given no respect. Every year "experts" gloss over the roster, observe the coaching, analyze the scheme, evaluate the GM, and collectively conclude, "Eh." or "Nah." This is why many casual fans deem us "lucky". And nearly every year, we overachieve, which is why every year we as Bears fans love our TEAM (not GM, Coach, Owners) so much, while also remaining nervously optimistic, because in our deepest of hearts the unspoken, sometimes unconscious, question hovers.

    "Can our guys overachieve enough this one year to win a SB?"

    Can Rocky really beat Apollo Creed in a rematch, or was that first fight just an aberration? But in our ROCKY II version, Rocky never gets that chance, and is still waiting in the mean streets of South Side for his chance.

    Ironically, their overachieving only enables (and I do mean that in the addiction context) the GM to keep his job and keep drafting duds from the mid/lower round; it only enables Lovie to whistle "Lo que sera, sera" It only enables the McCheapster to grumble, "We don't need to spend big bucks, look how close we were."

    The following years new draft busts replace old ones . In F.A. we'll take left overs (unless Lovie's or Jerry's job is on the line). Maybe a new mediocre O.C or D.C, who no one else wants but has some Kevin Bacon connection to Lovie, will be brought on board. 9-7..7/9...9/7... Rinse and repeat.

    This is your Lovie-Angelo Chicago Bears. Get used to it.

  • Oops, sorry, didn't mean to bold that whole second part, I guess I neglected to close off the html.

    Anyhow, I think Urlacher is the emblem of our team: a white safety from a small New Mexico school converted into a middle linebacker that is Hall of Fame bound.

    It is no coincidence that we lose when he's not in there.

  • dang, that came out bold too. Let's see if this works.

  • Well said, 85.

  • Bingo! 100000% 85. Nail on the head. I am sad now.


    Hey gnomes... you might want to fix your POS website... where an unclosed bold tag in a post completely clusterfucks the entire site.

    Simply brilliant.

  • Holy Shit, 85 broke the blog!

  • Hahahaha... I just posted a close tag and fixed the black hole. (you're welcome doc)

    This is awesome... Now I know what I want to do over at milktit... oh, I mean... uhhh... I am going to report this bug to CN right now.

  • 4ever85 - I know this isn't what you want to hear, but Lovie is the reason our players "overachieve." He has brought some good things to this team... such as:

    1) Our guys are professional; minimal showboating, minimal locker room politics; and they are always looking to improve.
    2) Our D gets turnovers - week 1 on the interception returned for a TD, Bennett tried to strip the ball but didn't get there in time. Even the offense is has been taught to go for turnovers.
    3) Our team outplays the individual talent on the roster. Best example of that I can see is the DBs last year. I'm hoping they can do the same this year, and I'm hoping our O-line learns to follow suit.
    4) The players genuinely believe in him and want to succeed for him. That's priceless. You can't win without that.

  • Asshole.

  • First off NBIT:
    I agree with your assessment of the image that Lovie projects and how that translates to player behavior and performance.
    Secondly 85:
    You hit the nail on the head as well. With one exception. I think we are largely considered lucky because of our special teams performance. There has never been a team like the Bears in the Lovie/Toub era who consistently perform at a high level. I know you mentioned special teams and defense in your post, but Lovie and Toub deserve all the credit for how consistent and even keel the D and special teams are. People just hate how bland and boring he is with his demeanor and mannerisms but you can't argue the facts that his personality is all over the attitude and performance of 2 phases of the game. Personally I think the guy knows jack about offense and therefore the team suffers.
    I'm going to the game on Sunday!!!!!!!!!
    My wife generously contributed some money she made on a side photography gig and we got ticket in section 208 United Club on the 40 yard line!!!!!
    My nads are so pumped right now that I may need to down anti inflammatories from now til gameday.
    Jeff, would you mind if I repose the blog with the pope logo on a sign. My wife's graphic designer and may be able to whip up a right proper one with your blessing.
    BEAR DOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    (In my best former DNC chairman voice)

  • repped not reposed
    Damn you autocomplete.

  • Gnome code. It's like Facebook code, in the way a steaming turd is like a pot of gold.


  • fb_avatar

    Look at this

    this kills me about the lack of development from the Bears picks.

    Anderson in a rush to leave his mark

  • I agree with parts of 4/85's post, most of NBIT's and Buck's posts. Nice score on the tix buck!

    MB, glad Aunt Flow stopped by. Whew! The back and forth between you and Doc made me laugh like hell.

    MB, that's a trick question. Are we talking singers only?

  • It's early Kevin. Wait until he gets suckered in on misdirection for about the 3rd time. Bellicheat will have a litter of kittens and it will be business as usual for Anderson.

  • Canada, do you have a favorite singer of all time? Or is that too hard a question?

  • Reply is now broken, in every browser. Way to go Gnomes.

    Good find Kevin. If Anderson continues to make progress, it's not a good sign for Old Sauce.

  • actually, Doc broke it GP.

  • Canada... whatever you like my man... throw it all out there.

  • Doc is a bastige. What tag did he use?

  • 85 actually forgot to close his bold tag, then I closed it, then doc... being the bastage you called him... tried to get all funny (you know, like a clown) and dropped an open italics tag... i closed it again....

    ...which obviously finally tore the space time continuum... and here we are. Thanks a lot Doc!

  • Source code shows he just used the italics code and didn't close it...


  • Nope.


  • Hey, sorry for breaking the blog! lol

    I actually DID close off the bold HTML code - twice. But thanks for the back up MB30!

  • Checking checking one two...

    Seems like everything is back to normal like when Spoc no longer sported a goatee.

  • Wow... I've been pasting long ass URLs for so long...

    The above link is to a Hasselback as Bears starter PFT article... Not that good, just wanted to test the code.

  • holy shite Willie, links do work! Did you manually have to insert the HTML code for the link? It would be a little pain in the rear...

    I thought links were disable in this new format. I guess not.

    BTW, talk about close call, beating Shady by 1 point in FF, ouch. Kudos.

  • well done willie. Now please set target to blank or new

  • Manually insert the code (replace left/right brackets with "")

    [a href="URL"]link text[/a]

    [a href=""]click this[/a]

  • Did Irish hack into the blog and is trying to change it back?

    Wow.. This might seem kinda wrong and a little out of place.. but I hate the orange jerseys and I do not want them to wear them against the packers.

    Why did we lose against the Saints? Tice and Martz need to start putting people in the game who can block before we lose our Qb for the season.

  • ""

  • And that was with two goose eggs and Jamaal fucking Chaarles. Why didn't I start Blount? Damn it!

  • Ha... with "less than" and "more than" signs**

    AKA: shift+, and shift+.


  • Damn it.. I tried but I still don't get it. Teach the padawan please.

  • huh, targets don't work in this code... shocking.

  • Erik's link: Erik's link

  • wow, do you see the above? Uhhhhh... that was just straight link code... no clue. I give up.

  • (a href="" target="_blank")Visit W3Schools!(/a)

    Just replace any "(" or ")" with the corresponding less than/greater than sign Erik.

    But the site is now broken.

  • loved (a href="")this play(/a) ... oh, and larry is such a clown.

  • Whoops, forgot to replace the parenthesis...

    loved this play ... oh, and larry is such a clown.

  • I'm having trouble replying to posts! Ha ha, All this html encoding is breaking the site! maybe if we break it enough, the Gnome will be forced to make improvements!

  • hey buckbear that woman is a saint
    congratulations are in order
    head on down to Ray Zalinski's
    get yourself a bottle of bubbly with a bucket of ice
    celebrate your good fortune:::::::) get drunk
    and use the bucket to ice down your marbles

  • it's got to be that voo-doo woman marroo
    there was a significantly stronger voodoo curse
    layed on us in the big easy than originally thought
    now the sight is infected

  • what the fuck did you computer nerds do to the site? can you use Max's checking account to pay off my car and buy me several asian massages?

  • Fuuuuuuuuccckkkk....I HATE the orange jerseys......Have we ever even won a freakin game wearing those god-forsaken things? And we will wear them at home against the Lions too???? C'mon man...can't they just burn those damn things already?

  • The boys broke the blog !! I love it !! Awesome !! Replying to comments is fkd on here :o)

    You beautiful nerds actually broke the blog. Ripped the joint UP. Turned over the tables and chairs and peed in the corner. Excellent ! You magnificent chaotic bastards ...

    "I was on a blog today and they just tore it up."
    "What happened?"
    "They wrecked the joint."
    "They wrecked the joint. Physically wrecked the joint."
    "I don't get it, what? They were using crazy language or what?"
    "No, just basic HTML ....."


  • Remember this day .... for it is a day which will live in infamy ..... a day when an ordinary thread on an extraordinary blog ....would have its HTML source code senselessy and violently attacked .... by nerds. Tens of replies needlessly blocked. Non sequiturs that had awoken that morning as merely extraneous thoughts or opinions better left unsaid, but that wanted to be so much more. Comments that would never be posted .....a day that would forever more be known as .....

    ...... 9/21.

  • This is too hilarious for words.
    I was watching the chaos unfold last night...didn't really expect the site to be up this morning.
    Jimmy, Jimmy, Jimmy...what hath thou gnomes wrought?

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  • The site is:
    really broken

  • Nice! We have strikethrough!

  • In other news, Jeff George wants to come back to play for the Colts. So, they have Kerry Collins, want Favre, and are fending off the advances of Jeff George. It's kind of like the Colts are an old lady at a bingo parlor.

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