Audibles From the Long Snapper

Audibles From the Long Snapper

POMPEI NAILS THE DEFENSE'S SIGNATURE FLAW

In his weekly Tribune film study column, Dan Pompei does not an excellent job with the defense as he points out some deficiencies fans are willing to ignore (specifically at linebacker).  His note on the safeties is most worth reading:

Brandon Meriweather's big hits are starting to make receivers look twice when they come over the middle, but unless he starts wrapping up, he is going to give up a lot of unnecessary yards.

On DeAngelo Williams' 26-yard first-quarter run, Major Wright could have had him after 3 yards and Meriweather could have had him after 12. Both missed. Wright also took a bad angle on Steve Smith after a catch, giving up 9 extra yards.

With the linebackers struggling to stay in their gaps the safeties are under pressure to make tackles.  They are not getting the job done.  Chris Harris' return can not come soon enough.

PISA TINOISAMOA WORKING OUT FOR BEARS WEDNESDAY

All of the newspapers are linking to the story but the first place I saw it?  Where else but the Twitter feed of Chris Harris:

@pisatinoisamoa@spiceadams Pisa Delivery...

The Bears do not have a viable fourth linebacker on the roster currently and I would think the coaching staff is disappointed with the efforts of their second and third linebackers as well.  If the Bears don't stop the run week-in-and-week-out, with their soft zone secondary, they'll never hold opponents to less than 450 yards.

 THE DEVIN HESTER HALL OF FAME DEBATE IS NO DEBATE

Is Devin Hester a Hall of Famer?  This seemed to be a debate throughout the sports media universe in the aftermath of Hester's record-breaking return touchdown against the Panthers.  Troy Aikman, a great player and shit analyst, weighed in:

"I think special teams is every bit as important as the other facets of the game," Aikman told "The Mully and Hanley Show" on WSCR-AM 670. "This guy has been a dominant player in that regard. He’s been the best there has ever been with the return game. And so I would say yes, he absolutely deserves consideration.”

The Hall of Fame, for any sport, is meant to be a collection of the greatest players.  Not the great players.  The greatest players.  And nobody in the history of professional football has ever returned kicks/punts better than Devin Hester.  Think about how many players can make that claim, that no one ever performed their athletic task as well as them.  In the NFL currently, only four individuals can work their way into the debate: Ray Lewis, Tony Gonzalez, Ed Reed, Hester.  (Brady and Manning have more complicated arguments.)

If Hester retired tomorrow morning (and God willing he will not) he would be inducted into the HOF class five years from now when he became eligible.

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  • First to hope Pisa can play better than Roach.

  • In reply to Artoo:

    I believe that's a given, IF he's healthy but he's been the Mike Brown / ChrisChandler of linebackers for most of the last 2 years.

  • I noticed the same thing from Merriweather, no wrapping. Head down and looking for that big stick but not bringing a guy down.

    Tim Jennings needs to run a weekly clinic on how to bring a guy down, he seems to be successful most of the time, and the guy is only slightly bigger than a smurf.

    Major Wright is not impressing me at all, either.

  • In reply to Perno:

    Fair, at this point, to call him "Major Disappointment" ?

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    wait, are you telling me that a safety drafted by angelo is panning out to be a bust?

    say it ain't so al.

  • - Agree that we need a healthy pisa back in there… he’s a difference maker
    - Can we have Manning back? I bet the texans would give him to us at this point
    - obviously on hester
    - Also obviously that ache-for-man is a fucking enormous tool

    Finally, it would be nice if this had the same national psychological effect as the 'revolutions' have in the middle east: http://www.cnn.com/2011/10/05/politics/occupy-wall-street/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

    (without the power vacuum and all the terrorist of course. what do you think Irish? Time for a toppling of the machine?)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ecFBcpY9NHI

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    "...and fat bloated merchant bankers"

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Unequivocally, YES, MB.

    Oh, and I know you know about Stone Brewery. That's why I prefaced my statement with, "I know you know their Motto, but for those who don't....

    An even more arrogant GOOD DAY TO YOU, Sir.

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:

    I see... i seeeeee...

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:

    I love that beer. My buddy works for their warehouse out in esco. Good stuff. "Your not worthy"

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:

    hey Doc,
    has the birthday boy broken any family hierlooms while practicing his casting in the house?
    i got two weeks in the penalty box when my brother kicked a ball at me in the living room; and my hands failed me. It sailed through the fingers and broke the antique lamp on the piano.
    naturally, my brother got off scott free
    he played the" i am the firstborn" card
    I called him, "mom's favorite" after that, with plenty of sarcasm

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Be careful what you ask for.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    on the banking system or angelo dave?

    I'd say a shot at hope is better than what's there in both cases.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Get back to me when the disaffected start burning down their own neighborhoods, and I'll ask if you still feel the same.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Reason #1 that the promise of economic mobility must be more than just a lottery ticket.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Do you mean to imply that economic immobility is an excure for violent self-destruction?

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Grr.. excuse

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Excuse isn't the term I would use; maybe trigger is more appropriate.
    The closest analogy I can think of would be domestic violence. You don't see too many a-holes beating up other men's wives. They are pissed off and direct it at something close and vulnerable that triggers some feeling of inadequacy about their own powerlessness.
    So, no, I don't think it's an excuse, but it's sort of predictable.
    Then of course you have the large percentage of any rioters that are opportunists in any environment of lawlessness.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Politically speaking, the funny thing is, I argue for a sane banking environment versus dismantling the economic system of the last fifty years and I'm considered the socialist in the room.
    How the f-ck does that happen?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I talked to an old banker on my route last year, from ohio
    he said that when he was the head of his bank; they lent money to build the community
    and he accumulated his wealth over the lenght of his carreer
    today, sadly he said banks are more interested in investment; than community building
    and they want it all now
    rebuild the firewall
    clinton's biggest mistake, letting the sunset in on glass/ stiegal

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    one of my fellow carriers who is a libertarian to some degree came up to me today and asked me if I was happy about the 99%rs
    Why? i asked
    he reminded me that I have been calling for this since i read michael lewis's articles on the crash
    several years ago
    "h-ll no, I cried! I wanted to be retired by now, so I could go up and lend a hand. It looks like a hoot; and fall is a wonderfull time for camping. Plus I could take in a Ramble session at Levon Helm's barn while in the state."
    that's a dream that remains unfullfilled

    oh by the way ....there's a lotta longhairs in that 99%; it would make me feel like I was finally at home
    looks like gill scott will be wrong on this one; the revolution may just get televised

  • In reply to huntinbare:

    Damn huntin, I was just talking to a guy Saturday night about Levon Helm's jam sessions. Never been to one, but he's been to quite a few.

  • On the last thread discussion of management and which teams are in which group:

    Look, I understand we won't be happy until we win the big one. BUT SINCE 2005, WE HAVE THE SECOND BEST RECORD OF ANY TEAM IN THE NFC. JUST ONE OR TWO WINS WORSE THAN THE GIANTS!. We made the playoffs in 05, 06, and 11. We made the Superbowl one of those years and we very well might have won if not for the injured Mike Brown and Tommie Harris. We made the NFC championship game last year. We've had a top five defense multiple years. I can't remember which year, but I think it was 08 where we missed the playoffs by one game. You'll recall losing a game to Carolina that year that we would have won if not for two late Olsen fumbles. We lost a TB game because of a stupid Charles Tillman penalty. I swear there was one more game like that. Those are not on management. We lost Urlacher in 09. Take Ray Lewis out of Baltimore and they struggle too. The point is, in the NFL, the line between winning and losing is paper thin. We've won a lot under Angelo and Smith and we've been denied because of injuries and stupid player mistakes in at least two other years.

    Clearly the management, and Lovie to a lesser degree, pisses me off. But to talk about this franchise in even the bottom 2/3 of the league over this timespan is misguided and entirely based on emotion.

    In short, C'MON MANG'S!

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:

    Good points all. And I agree with them, especially the essential any given sunday, any given year sentiment.

    But the bottom line remains that coffee doc. Coffee... is for closers Doc. And jerry... put that coffee down! Coffee is for closers only Jerry. You think I'm fucking with you?

    and how's out future looking?

    I am not at all arguing that we could be good this year and turn it around, just saying we need better management to be who we should be.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    jerry needs 3rd prize.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Love that speech.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Great movie. David Mamet really has a way with words.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Dr. Oz was in that movie?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I hate to say this but I have no idea who Dr. Oz is.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    your wife obviously doesn't/didn't watch the oprah show canada.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Oh, that guy. You're right, she doesn't watch Oprah. What's that guy have to do with David Mamet? I'm really slow today.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    It was a dumb pun canada... I think his name is mamet oz.

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:

    And a quick glance around the league (Colts, Cards, Steelers, Eagles, Cowboys, et. al.) shows just how DIFFICULT it is to put together a quality offensive line.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Or how quickly a season can unravel for a uber-talented roster.
    Every team you listed has been considered a perennial contender, with the exception of the Cards, and they were one toe-tap away from winning the Super Bowl a couple of years ago - or so my Madden 10 cover indicates.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    again, speaking to the critical importance of health in season-to-season NFL success.

    Pretty amazing when you consider it... taking out the teams like NE of course, where every position is usually at least 2 starter-quality deep.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Agreed - when you have a team that could lose Tom Brady first quarter of the first game of the season and they still managed to go 11-5 in the AFC East?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Well, it is a weak division, most times.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Relative to the rest of the league - but they are really good at kicking the snot out of each other.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Point taken

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:

    Only one thing worth winning, Doc. And we don't have any of them under the current management. I'd rather be the like the 49ers, Cowboys or Steelers and have a bunch of Lombardis in the trophy case than be the Indianapolis Colts.

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:

    BTW, killer rant Doc...

    Actually (and this perhaps speaks more to the parity of the NFC during these years) the Bears missed the playoffs by not a lot in any of those 3 seasons:

    In 2007 when everyone had already written the team off at 5-7, they actually were virtually guaranteed a playoff spot if they won out -- which they almost did (except for that depressing Thu night WAS game, and if they'd held onto a 4th quarter lead at MIN).

    In 2008 obviously if they won at HOU in the last game of the season they go 10-6 for a wild card. Or they could have beaten MIN their 2nd meeting for the sweep and the division title... i.e. the game that got broken open by the 99 yard Berrian catch where Peanut slipped.

    In 2009 the NFC was much better, as it would have taken a reverse sweep of the Fudge (Vasher not falling down in the first game, plus holding onto a 4th quarter lead in the second game), as well as beating ATL or ATL losing another game.

    Not that any of that matters to your point. Missing the playoffs is still missing the playoffs. But other than maybe 2004, the Bears have always been competitive under Smith, even in their down years.

  • Considering our roster, I'm OK with Lovie. We could do better, we could do much worse. Pus nuts is an entirely different story. He has to be in the bottom 3rd of GM's in the league. Our draft picks overall during his reign are beyond horrible. That's job 1 for any GM.

  • Honestly I believe that until the McCaskeys are no longer in charge of the Bears there won't be any major changes in the front office unless the villagers are outside Halas Hall with pitchforks and torches. I think most can agree that a new GM might do wonders even with the current coaching staff in place.

    Doc, I hear ya. The Bears are NOT a "bad" team and always seem to rise to the occasion, I was at that Tampa game BTW and yeah Peanut screwed us on that penalty. Mistakes will kill any team on the field, that's football. BUT...the Major Problem the Bears have is the front office.

  • Irish, how in thee world did we tie. I thought you were going to blow me out of the water.

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    they call it 'gambling' for a reason Trac...

    btw, isn't that a sin?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Baby Jeebus has the over on the Lions.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    hee hee

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Hows that MB?

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    ??? Did you have anybody in the Monday night game? How does anybody tie in FF ....

  • If Skunk deserves to be in the HoF because he is the greatest to have ever played the position, by definition, the guy he is greater than should already be in the HoF. Eric Metcalf is not.

    This is a snowball waiting to be rolled down the hill. As Metcalf assumed the mantle from someone, who assumed the mantle for someone else. You get the point. Some amends to be made when Hester is selected...which I am in favor of, bye the way.

  • Out of all players or units on Da Bears. Who needs to step up most? Who needs to wake the Fuck up?

  • Can we please stop mentioning NE for comparing management. There's only one or two other teams in recent history that has had their kind of success managerially. The 80's-90's 49ers and recent Steeler teams. Two of those teams had the two (in my opinion) best QB's of all time. Stellar QB play tends to veil other areas of weekness. Part of the reason Bellichick can do so much trading and moving and still succeed is because no matter who they bring in, Brady will take them to at least 9 or 10 wins just because he's Brady. If not for the Bledsoe injury, the guy might never have seen the field. It's not like they're Nostradomus. The other similarity is both Walsh and Belichick controlled the draft and the team. It's rare to find those types of people. Bill Parcells and Jimmy Johnson also comes to mind. And Jimmy J wouldn't have had half his success if not for the idiotic Viking management who took Hershell of their hands. My point is, you can't measure against anomolies. I see Walsh and Belichik as anomolies.

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:

    This is true. When Bledsoe went down, there was alot of "ohez noez" in Chowda-town, I don't think they understood what they had in Brady.

    It would be like if Enderle came in, and then ran a 8-game winning streak in which he played brilliantly. We'd be floored. The Pats were shocked, no matter what they say now.

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:

    I think it is a valiant goal to have that kind of front office.
    That being said, I don't take issue with the fact that expecting to find that once-in-a-generation GM is not very realistic.

    The 49ers are probably even less valid to expect out of any modern front office because they were dirty as hell in regards to salary cap manipulation - remember Carmen Policy?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Valiant goal? Yes. Valid yardstick. No.

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:

    Hey Doc just to follow up, Cycle Oregon was great. I've never seen such a high percentage of women on a bike ride. It must have been close to 50% ladies. Of course, a bunch of them were playing for the other team. Food wasn't as good as the last time but the route was great and the bands/beer tent every night was fun.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Good to hear, man.

    Gotta love dikes on bikes.

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:

    oh wait...was that out loud?

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:

    yes, you did.

    Bros before hos?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    As NotJayCutler says frequently on Twitter, it's #Throwsbeforehoes...

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:

    Whatever you do, don't look at them on the internet! BTW, if you were looking at the fix recently you wouldn't have gotten into so much trouble. No skin whatsoever. NADA! Oh well.

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:

    Hey Doc, I found a category that we're better than the Patriots in. NE has the 32nd ranked Defense, the Bears are 31st.

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:

    why not want and expect the best for this franchise doc?

    But, I would be ok with a Gene Upshaw or Kevin Colbert type to replace dumber.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Nobody is hearing me here. We can want and expect all we want. But it's not an indictment of this management team that we're not the patriots. It's a testament to theirs.

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:

    agree, but it IS a measuring stick my man.

    Without a doubt it is. It's the mark that EVERY HC and GM should strive to achieve.

    True we may never have it, but why in god's name not call for it?

    And our current management needs nothing outside their own piss-poor talent acquisition track record to indict themselves.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I think Doc's point is simply if you can everyone that doesn't measure up against a stick like that, your football team is going to suck big donkey balls and your fan base is going to be sorely disappointed.

  • In reply to Michael L:

    Thank you. Yes.

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:

    noooo... I just want a better GM.

    How's that for 'in a nutshell'?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I don't think the four of us, at least, are disagreeing in any material way.
    You want to have a great front office; however, it's unfair to can someone for not being Belichick.
    It IS fair to can someone for not solving some of the persistent personnel issues that have been building with this team.
    The proof will be in the pudding: it is up to the guys on the roster now to put up or shut up for the next 13+ weeks.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I do too. Just not worth Patriot comparison.

    Please, 6lb 12oz Baby Jebus, Lobo's favorite of the Jebi, NOT RUSKELL!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    indeed

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:

    I know you don't mean Terry Bradshaw.

  • This is a very silly picture

    http://www.chicagonow.com/bear-fan-talk-forum/files/2011/09/dumbanddumber-LOVIE-JERRY.jpg

  • In reply to gpldan:

    nice NERPLE!

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    lobo!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    That's just not fair and not right GP.

    ...Angelo is VERY obviously dumber.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    +1

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    +100

  • TEAM OFFENSE TEAM DEFENSE
    BEARS 26th 31st
    LIONS 11th 11th
    PACKERS 5th 28th
    VIKES 23rd 19th

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    wow... that sucks

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    And the Vikes are going Ponder to fix their side.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    yeah, good luck with that.

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    alot of our deficiencies have been against superior teams
    should we factor in team talent when figuring these rankings somehow?
    i still do not believe we are that bad in both categories and will be suprised if we are not somewhere in the middle in 3 weeks

  • vxmcclure23 about 2 hours ago
    Bears' decision on Pisa Tinoisamoa not expected to be made until Thursday at the earliest, according to league source. Stay tuned.

  • Here you go doc... I finally figured out what you should do with all those kids: http://www.revolvermag.com/news/viral-video-of-the-day-metallica-as-played-by-kids-aged-8-and-10.html >

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    As soon as I get back home to a computer that has more than 256MB and that Flash can be installed on it, I'll watch and enjoy this MB ....

    All hail Metallica.

  • Really hope Pisa still has it and we sign him. Roach has been pretty invisible. So has Briggs and #54.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    You are wrong.

    Comment farther down and I will prove it.

  • In reply to Artoo:

    I looked farther down and didn't see anything. I'm not saying Briggs and #54 haven't made some plays, obviously they have. However, we're getting gashed constantly in the running game. Some of that has to fall on those 2 guys. They're making tackles but it's 10 yds past the line of scrimmage. Not good.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    I get what your saying but you originally stated that they were invisible and I am telling you they are not.

    A lot of plays and games going our way is because of them.

  • In reply to Artoo:

    Briggs has not been up to snuff this hear IMO, Artoo. But he has set a high bar for himself.

    Urlacher is playing well this year. He may end up being like Ray Lewis in terms of playing a long time and remaining one of the very best in the league. To paraphrase 'Lach, experience makes up for declining physical skills.

    There will come a point when the physical decline is to much to overcome, but he is definitely NOT there yet.

  • well Pat Kerwin, of nfl.com
    on his weekly visit to the local espn radio station in swfla
    pretty much trashed our chances this weekend
    he said the only aspect of our game that is better than Det. is forte
    the linbackers got a push
    he expects us to get clubbed

    i suppose now i shouldn't bother tuning in to my first bear visual of the season... HAH
    I believe the lions will get an opportunity to taste their first defeat on monday if:
    we run outside and make the D- line chase us instead of cutler
    we use a short passing game- no 7 step drops
    we move the pocket and make them run after cutler, instead of into
    his pocket
    we put our best corner on tron; no matter where he lines up
    we hit tron so hard early that he thinks about pain when catching the ball against us in the future
    if there are three guys on him in the end zone...one drop of and wait for the ball to touch his hands and unload on the mother of all hits
    we hit stafford hard early so he feels pain for the rest of the game

    the lions have had way too much energy in the second half... we need to exhaust them early; take the sting out of them
    let them know that they will have to improve if they are going to get over on us when we meet again
    we have not rolled a good game yet this year; and the time is now, to shed this crappy national image we have created for ourselves

  • later boy's tonight is the night I spend time with my musical guru;
    the beatle george
    he had it all in this phsical dimension
    I love the judgement he layed down on today's society

    "Sometimes I feel like I'm actually on the wrong planet," said Harrison.
    "It's great when I'm in my garden, but the minute I go out the gate I think, 'what the hell am I doing here?"

  • In reply to huntinbare:

    What's the show called HB?

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    miller and moulton in the afternoon
    both men are as big as linemen
    they know football well
    spend alot of time doing live remotes; like in kim beaucampers ? the dx-dolphins taveronie
    the gryehound track etc.
    heavy on the gambling

  • Remember the song "Taxman"
    well the boys in California at the largest medical mary-jane clinic in the bay area are being railroaded by the feds under some phony draconian tax laws; to the tune of $2.4 million.
    TAXMAN bah hum bugger

  • In reply to huntinbare:

    Here's some irony on the mary jane front. Obama said he was going to ease the Fed's crackdown on medical pot, but the DEA under his leadership has been more aggressive than Bush.
    In the Supreme Court case Gonzalez vs. Raich, all the left-wing justices invoked the Commerce Clause to convict a person who grew a few pot plants, with concurrence from Scalia. They claimed it was interstate commerce to grow a few ;plants. Justice Thomas had a great dissent. Here's some excerpts:

    Respondent's local cultivation and consumption of marijuana is not "Commerce ... among the several States."

    Certainly no evidence from the founding suggests that "commerce" included the mere possession of a good or some personal activity that did not involve trade or exchange for value. In the early days of the Republic, it would have been unthinkable that Congress could prohibit the local cultivation, possession, and consumption of marijuana.

    If the Federal Government can regulate growing a half-dozen cannabis plants for personal consumption (not because it is interstate commerce, but because it is inextricably bound up with interstate commerce), then Congress' Article I powers -- as expanded by the Necessary and Proper Clause -- have no meaningful limits. Whether Congress aims at the possession of drugs, guns, or any number of other items, it may continue to "appropria[te] state police powers under the guise of regulating commerce."

    If the majority is to be taken seriously, the Federal Government may now regulate quilting bees, clothes drives, and potluck suppers throughout the 50 States. This makes a mockery of Madison's assurance to the people of New York that the "powers delegated" to the Federal Government are "few and defined", while those of the States are "numerous and indefinite."

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Such bullshit. But the Wall Street crooks get bailouts.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Wait? You mean Obama lied? Say it ain't so!!

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    my freind bubba told me i shoulda watched ken burns "prohibition"
    the eric holder system of attacking this seems mean spirited and calculating
    also "reaching for straws"

  • by the way gents, right now I'm enjoying a Chimay, peres trappistes Ale... Premiere (no less).

    Listening to Symphony #35 in D minor, with a nice fire burning (it's cold and rainy down here right now).

    I like fall.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    At my home office (not my office in my home), enjoying a Rogue Juniper Pale Ale, in a Best Western watching "Inside the NFL" on the hotel tv.
    Win some, lose some.

    Although, you live in SD...what the heck qualifies as fall weather there?

  • sorry, D major.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    In my house, there has been an expression for a long time, and it goes
    "Everything goes better with Mozart"

    The Haffner, a warm fire, and Chimay. Living large dude. Sweet.

  • Bears win Sunday as long as we have some secondary that have more than a forty inch vertical leap.

    MB30SD - Symphony #35 in D major by whom? Mozart, Bruckner, Mahler, Haydn???

    Where are you when it's Indian Summer in Chicago? We're scrambling to find our shorts here.

    Did I actually read a David Mamet reference here?

    It's a slippery slope to Edward Albee, James Lantz, Adam Rapp, Terrance Rattigan, Ethan Coen, Bertolt Brecht, ( note that is not the shampoo) Thomas McGuane, and Stephen Sondheim, et.al..

    D.C. The New 52 get them they're really good reading.

  • Wow. I'm the opposite of an apple fanboy. I've never owned anything apple but a Mac CII in the 80's and a workout ipod, but what an immeasurable impact Jobs had on ALL technology and specifically all software. Moment of silence.

    RIP Steve, you were one amazing dude: http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/steve-jobs-apple-ceo-dies/story?id=14383813

  • the original master Jack.

  • Steve Jobs - Requisat in Pace. Tech. Money - nothing stops the Reaper.

    He was a very young man to go so soon. Maybe they needed some tech in the clouds.

    Jack

  • As the man says on New York Yankees baseball -

    Sarah Palin - SEE YA!

  • I know the Patriots have been great the last ten years, but I'm tired of hearing about it. They've had a winning record each of the last ten years, and made the playoffs eight times.
    The NFL has a lot of parity. They won 3 Super Bowls by a total of 9 points! Hell, they wouldn't have made it past round 1 for their first SB without the "tuck" rule. They lost another SB by 3 points after going 18-0.
    That's a great record, but they aren't Artoo. They haven't won the SB in six years, and haven't won a playoff game in 3 years. Just sayin'.

  • P.S. -
    No team goes undefeated - Bears defeat Lions ok?

    Bye-Bye
    "Imported from Detroit"

    Let the Red Wings and Blackhawks fight it out.

    Maybe someone will throw some Lake Michigan salmon on the United Center Ice.

  • http://www.cnn.com/2011/10/05/politics/palin-presidency/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

    yes Jack, no one wants to get humiliated infront of the entire world twice in a lifetime... besides, she's made enough millions... while I slog every day to make a decent living.

    What is this world coming?

  • The following I think really says all that needs saying:

    Hester joins Jerry Rice (13), Barry Sanders (11), Emmitt Smith (10), LaDainian Tomlinson (11), John Carney (13), Jason Hanson (11) and Adam Vinatieri (13) as the only non-QBs to win 10 Player of the Week Awards.

    Now, you can argue that none of those kickers belong in the HoF so maybe ST PoWs don't mean much. But I'd retort that 1) you don't game plan kickers, and 2) those kickers got kudos for doing their job under pressure and not for performing exceptional feats beyond basic expectation. Hester's repeated recognition however comes from exactly performing exceptional feats AND in spite of being game-planned against.

  • Tyler Clutts is straight ballin:

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/ct-spt-1006-bears-chicago--20111006,0,3034013.story

    See what happens when a 6'2 255 badass is fucking up linebackers and corners?

  • In reply to Gucci Mang:

    He's starting to turn into one of my favorite players this year. The guy is all effort, all the time.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    It is hard not to like the guy.

  • MBP, this POS blog won't let me reply. so: http://www.weather.com/weather/today/San+Diego+CA+92121

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'm back in Nebraska this week, so I can't complain - been in the low 80's during the day. I prefer that low 60's mild weather though. I think I'm going to take the family for a drive back in towards the Shenandoah valley this weekend. That is some pretty country.

    And what THE f-ck is wrong with the reply function in this code? It works every other time I log in. How hard it is to have a usable comment feature in a primarily blog website?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    What browser? Gnomes hate safari.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Chrome - Firefox is a resource pig.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    resource pig?

    Elaborate please.

  • In reply to 4ever85:

    Takes up too much memory and processor power. On my system it also takes longer to start up.

  • tee hee... hee

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/10/05/rodney-harrison-calls-brett-favre-classless-and-immature/

  • holy shit... yes please!!!

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/10/05/sage-rosenfels-is-looking-for-work/

  • I don't think the bears are going to pick up Pisa this year. You'd think they'd sign him after his workout today. It may not be a good sign that they have to think about it.

    Roach, stop being so soft spoken and non existent. 9th on the team in tackles and you're a linebacker? c'mon mang.

  • Is it monday night yet, by the way?

  • Just had to put this out there in the spirit of Bears brotherhood.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oT79Be2KzEs

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Awesome vid... thanks MBP

  • 2 more days of hard work and then a nice weekend of beautiful weather, fine Belgian Ale (sorry Doc) and China breaking on the floor...i mean turf.

  • Ok, had to share this... I don't normally follow the site, but someone linked another article and I saw this.

    I was actually surprised by some of the choices, but looking objectively at the numbers you can't help but be impressed a bit. I wonder if many of us are being too hard on 3 of these players:

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/878186-chicago-bears-mvp-watch-top-4-players-on-the-team

    Canada and SCDave, the above link may be of particular interest to you...

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