Ode to 'The Nut'

Ode to 'The Nut'

He’s never gotten enough credit.

When folks write the history of the Lovie Smith era in Chicago, specifically on defense, the text will inevitably start with the men in the middle: Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs.  They are the perennial All-Pros, the jersey sellers, the stars.  We’ll then slide perhaps to the high-price free agent acquisition Julius Peppers – a man who happens to be worth even more than the extravagant amount the Bears paid for him.  Then what?  A few dominant years from Tommie Harris in the middle, a revolving door at the safety position, big third down tackles by Alex Brown…etc.?

Yesterday, at Soldier Field, we saw the corner back performance of this /bears era era by the quintessential Lovie Smith defender.  Charles “Peanut” Tillman spent the majority of the afternoon locked up with the most impressive receiver in the sport, the man they call Megatron, and dominated him.  He did so not only within the structure of the traditional Lovie Deuce but also in one-on-one scenarios, spawned from the Lions going to three and four-wide sets.

Think about the role of the corner in this defense.  Usually in soft coverage, the corner must be able to make tackles and prevent the four-yard slant from becoming the twenty-yard backbreaker.  We know Lovie preaches turnovers thus the corner must know how to dislodge the football.  I would argue Peanut is among the finest tackling corners in the game and nobody, I mean nobody, is better at punching the ball out than Peanut.

Today I choose not to evaluate the ins and outs of the Bears victory over the Detroit Lions.  Today I choose to celebrate the man who has never received enough celebration.  Peanut, a corner nowhere near the top of any analyst’s list, beat the best in the business.  He stopped a man considered unstoppable.  For at least the next six days we are going to celebrate the time Charles Tillman has given to the organization we all love so dearly and celebrate the performance he delivered yesterday against Calvin Johnson.

Today is about Charles “Peanut” Tillman.  The Nut. The man who once ripped a game-winning TD pass from the hands of Randy Moss.  Today is about #33.  Outside of a fella named Revis in New Jersey, I don’t think there’s a corner I’d rather having wearing the navy and orange.

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  • first. and this post is awesome.

  • Da Nut!

  • 100% Jeff.

    Good call and good post.

    To the nut. My favorite nut.

  • http://espn.go.com/chicago/nfl/story/_/id/7232125/chicago-bears-winning-games-defense-special-teams

    Someone find that damn video of Briggs destroying Johnson.. I cannot find it.

  • In reply to Artoo:

    R2, that was a great article by the normally marginal Wilbon... Had to laugh at this:

    And Lovie actually took the ambitious Lions down a peg when he said of beating them, "You can only have one true rival," meaning Green Bay. Ouch.

    There's other good tidbits in there too...

  • In reply to Michael L:

    I like the "We're climbing the charts right now" quote from Lovie.

  • In reply to Artoo:

    http://outsidetheboxscore.blogspot.com/2011/11/lance-briggs-lays-vicious-hit-on.html

  • Great post Jeff!

    Of all the idiotic (and just plain wrong) things Brennaman and Billick said during this game, there was one thing they absolutely got right: Tillman deserves to have gone to a Pro Bowl already. The man just produces... year in and year out, and he does it no matter how injured he gets. Kudos and thanks for all the great plays in the past and hopefully (many) more to come in the future, Peanut!

  • In reply to Michael L:

    Thinking about it more, I think Peanut is a perfect example of why the Bears could use a Ring of Honor. He's a guy that will probably never make the HoF, but yet there's no question he deserves to at least be considered for inclusion amongst the all-time Bear greats.

    Even going by conventional metrics, Peanut is now tied for most pick 6s in franchise history, and 4th in picks. Add in his stripping propensity, his tackling ability, and how much he has meant to the Bear defenses of this era... and he has to be in the conversation. If not now, then certainly after a couple more years of similar production.

    suntimes.com/.../charles-tillman-makes-sure-calvin-johnson-fails-his-physical-exam.html

  • In reply to Michael L:

    ML...+1

  • Nice post, all hail Peanut. My favourite Bear after Lac. I knew he'd shut down CJ, he invariably does and he is without question the best-least-talked-about corner in the NFL.

  • Sorry to go OT, but Jesus the Schwartz/Stafford post-game is unbelievable. They both seriously are blaming the fucking wind. And right after Schwartz spends a full minute on that excuse he says "there's no excuses." That is some quality leadership right there.

    Then Stafford has the gall to say he "was just trying to get him off me the best I knew how." WTF. Zero remorse. Yeah flipping someone over by the helmet is totally the best way to disengage a block, and not at all dangerous or illegal! Fuck this piece of shit. You have to see it to believe this smug asshole pass-the-buck whiner:

    http://www.nfl.com/videos/detroit-lions/09000d5d82416f12/Lions-postgame-press-conference

  • In reply to Michael L:

    If teams adopt their coach's personality then Schwarz stinks. That many roughing the passer calls means there was certainly a target on Cutler's head, they were told to take him out no matter what, and Lovie left Cutler in there way too long.

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    They can't hang with the big dawgs Irish. The decay in Detroit has begun.

  • In reply to Michael L:

    Best part is hearing all the press laugh at him when they asked if he thought it was a clean play on his part and he says "yup."

  • Damn it we all love us some Tillman! Dude was ringside, had like 4 hours sleep and came out like a fckn boss! Mega-tuan got owned and the lions are who we thought they were.

  • Great game, eh guys? Fuckin' A.

  • Spaceballs is the new Forest Gregg

  • In reply to jdawg:

    Dangit, I said this same thing on another board.

    Great minds think alike.

    But yeah, definitely an example of a team taking cues from its coach, and playing dirty/bad.

  • "We played the way we wanted to play," Brian Urlacher said. "They were in our way today."

    I likery.

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    Abso-fucking-lutely.

    Swagger. #54 has it (and justifiably so).

  • Let me break down Swartz's and Staffords post game press conference.

    The bad bad wind was very naughty. The wind was very very bad today.

    My advice for Swartzy and China doll: Don't piss in the wind.

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    Staffords a little bitch. In fact most of the Lions players are. All those low blocks late in the game. Those were not performed to help with blocking, those were done to try to intentionally hurt Bears players. Watch the way they throw themselves into the knee of oncoming Bears defenders. Dirty pool.

  • In reply to JAB1:

    Most definitely. Whining and playing dirty when the game was still winnable.
    Stafford playing like crap, then being a POC and pulling DJ down by his helmet, and then ducking away from the scrum when it started getting ugly.

    But the capper was how the Lions' O-line started trying to injure Bears' D-lineman late. What's even worse? They were doing it against 2nd-teamers. It's cheap and dirty trying to knock a guy out who's got millions in guaranteed money; it's downright worm-belly low doing it against a guy whose roster spot is shaky. Had that illegal chop blown Addison's knee, maybe his pro career is over. All because Detroit thinks that "being bad" means "trying to hurt your opponent in the final minutes of a blowout."

    Eat a bag of dicks, Detroit.

  • Said it before the season, Detroit is Detroit.
    Discipline, discipline, discipline.
    And now we have a much easier road to the wildcard than they do. I'm not going to get crazy and talk about winning the North unless GB actually loses a game. Once they do, and they will, I'll go down that road.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Worth mentioning... if the Lions and Packers were to each lose before they play, then we should be rooting for the Lions to help us challenge for the division.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Definitely want one team to sweep the other. No splitting. Lions sweep Packers, and the division is in reach. Packers sweep the Lions, and the Bears are a lock for the wildcard.

  • Love the Natalie Dee peanut picture

  • In reply to Bender McLugh:

    Here's another, kinda poetic:

    http://www.nataliedee.com/013009/nutsucker.jpg

  • In reply to Bender McLugh:

    looks like something my daughter did... ahhhh, 'art'

  • I'm ready to see Suh get cut block and have his knee blown out. Not only the helmet ripping play but if you watch him he's always looking for the cheap shot. He also had another one that should have been called. Jay let go of the ball and a couple seconds afterwards he gives him a shove to the turf. He's purposely trying to hurt people. I have no problem with that as long as it's within the scope of the game but he tries doing things after the ball is away and that is bush league, dirty crap.

  • In reply to JAB1:

    I've watched him on this for a while now. I think Suh has two problems that combine for all the "dirty hit" calls. (1) Suh is very very big, so he's often taller than the guys he tackles. (2) Suh has bad technique when he's moving... he does not get low to tackle and instead relies on his strength to finish the tackle.

    Combine these two things and you a lot of plays (like the chop on Cutler a while back and the neck tackle this game) where his arms are basically pulling down a player by his head. Suh will tell you he's just a big strong guy, and he's right, his size is what puts his arms so high and his strength allows him to bring guys down despite being in bad position. But that's not the story, Suh has to learn to bring his arms down, especially once he's got contact.

    If you look at the Peppers strip, it looks like the same thing. Tall guy, comes in high, and his arms are level with CJ's head. But if you look closely at the replay you see how a veteran has learned to deal with it. Peppers pulled almost straight down, so his big hands and forearms were pulling Johnson's chest rather than his head. If Suh learns to do that, he can have a dominant career without all the backlash.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Great 'technical' analysis nb.... here, let me summarize in layman's terms....

    "He's a fucking asshole."

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    New Bear - i have to completely disagree with you. I have it on TiVo. It couldn't be more obvious what he was trying to do. My buddy is from Flint MI and has the another Suh hit on tape where he rips off and twists another guys head and was fined big for it.

    Watch the tapes again to see how he winds up and then chops and then rips and pulls. no other excuses for it.

  • I was absolutely disgusted with the refing last night johnny. not because it was bad and biased against the bears (which it often seems to be…. Why the fuck is that btw, it’s almost every game), but because they allowed the lions players to put our players health and careers in jeopardy time and time again.

    It sent the very wrong message to the lions and the league that playing like that will be allowed. Besides that, it’s just terrible refing plain and simple. You’re really going to let that shit go down unimpeded when it’s obvious it’s a team effort? Fucking bullshit. I think goodell should fine the refs for not calling some of those VERY dangerous calls.

    I’m not just being a whiny pussy… by now you guys know I love old skool football where the QB and WRs should not be as protected by the refs as they are. As an example, some of the fine given to Harrison last year were total bullshit… it’s called football and these rules are running our game. Look at the sid luckman vid I posted above… THAT is real football. But when you purposefully go out trying to end someone’s livelihood… that NEEDS to be stopped and taken care of ASAP. It’s not sportsmanship… it’s not football. Period.

  • In reply to JAB1:

    I've said it before; I'll say it again. I don't think Suh plays (purposefully) dirty.

    He plays out of control. Which leads to a lot of over-the-line plays. But I don't think he purposefully tries to hurt people--unlike Vanden Bosch, Fairley, Avril, or the Detroit O-Line.

    Suh went out of his way to meet with Goodell--I don't think a dirty player does that. I think a guy who honestly thinks that he's playing with a high motor (and is being unfairly targeted by refs/NFL) does that. And I'll bet dollars to donuts that's what Goodell told Suh--that he has to be more aware of how he's playing, and keep in control.

    I don't wish injury upon any... well, MOST players. And definitely not on Suh. But others on the Lions--especially the O-linemen who were trying to hurt guys--sure, maybe a blown knee would bring them back to earth.

  • Great 'technical' analysis bleed.... here, let me summarize in layman's terms....

    "He's a fucking asshole."

  • Check out Lach in the locker room interview on chicagobears.com Asked about Peanut, he basically laughed and said "he's a good corner." It wasn't about zone versus man, it wasn't about good gameplanning... although all of that helped. Peanut just played a great game at corner because he's a good corner. Well said Lach.

  • Lions fan on PFT:

    "If the Lions are going down, it’s going to be in a street fight and I like that.

    This is called pride and playing with a chip on your shoulder."

    Jeff's guest said it on the podcast... Detroit doesn't mind a dirty team. Their mascot is eminem after all...

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    hahahahha... that wasn't a street fight. That was a fucking beatdown. A smackdown of epic proportions.

    It was Max against a dirty 5th grader (probably his preferred matchup).

    Where are all the packer trolls btw. I haven't seen any of them in about what... 4 weeks? Cheesy doesn't count cause he's here really a bears fan. Strange how the others only show up when we're losing. Stay classy greenbay.

  • My opinion on the Stafford incident...

    Fine Stafford $25K for clearly going after DJ's neck.

    Fine DJ $25K... you can't attack a player once the play finishes. He wasn't throwing punches, but he was going in full contact.

    If DJ was holding Stafford (which some have said) or if he wasn't (which others have said), its not an excuse for either player.

    As much as the Bears D love fines, I think they'd agree with those assessments.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Fine Stafford, yes. Fine him because he did something illegal and dangerous.

    Find DJ--but less than Stafford--for unnecessary roughness. DJ's block happened before the whistle, and was retaliation for a blatantly illegal facemask/helmet opening personal foul (not to mention holding). That's not to excuse the retaliation, but without Stafford's instigation, the rest never happens. And you can definitely not treat the Moore/Stafford incident any different because Stafford is a QB (which is why I call BS on Calvin Johnson saying that if you go after their QB, they'll respond. Stafford was not a QB at that point--he was a defender trying to tackle a returner. The skirt MUST come off a QB during that sort of play, otherwise QBs will end up hurting other players).

    Regardless of whether or not Moore was holding Stafford (I didn't see any hold), Stafford instigated the fight with his illegal action (which prompted me to say GODDAMMIT REF, THROW THE FLAG ON STAFFORD!!!).

    tl;dr summary:
    Fine Stafford $25K
    Fine DJ $10K
    NFL clarifies that DJ shouldn't have been ejected because 1) He didn't throw a punch; 2) the play was still live; 3) Stafford instigated the incident.

  • Agreed

    ...and mandate that Stafford wash out his dirty vagina. Fucking pussy.

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    Also, d) Give D.J. a medal, and tell him next time, use a knuckleduster.

  • In reply to Dáithí Ó Mórdha:

    gerat descriptive language; once again
    I am gettin' an education on language
    knuckleduster had me spittin' wine all over the screen
    now i gotta do some housecleaning ; but thanks for the belly laugh

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    I disagree that both "should" be fined. No fine for DJ considering the assholery of chinca douche. But of course that won't happen in the current NFL climate of protecting qb's, and DJ will most likely receive the heftier fine.

  • In reply to Bender McLugh:

    No, I think DJ deserves a sanction (dunno if getting ejected carries any mandatory fine--it might) because he went after Stafford and plowed him under while Stafford was on his knees. That shouldn't be condoned or encouraged (by letting him off without a fine).

    Here's what I try to do whenever I see my team involved in a situation like this: pretend it was Cutler instead of Stafford. I think I'd see Cutler as being in the wrong, but I know I'd want the Lion to be sanctioned. Maybe ejection and a 15-yard penalty would be enough. But in the end, DJ deserved a flag and/or fine. Given that it blew up into a brawl, you've got to do something to discourage it from happening again. Fine Moore. Fine Stafford more. Fine the asshole who hit Jennings late and didn't draw a flag refs BLEW that call. Fine everyone who came off the bench (that includes Peppers, who went so far as to put his helmet on and go out into the brawl on his gimpy knee). Fine the Detroit coach for not getting his team on his sideline and out of the scrum, rather than letting his sideline make the brawl worse.

    Hell, let's have some real accountability by the coaches. Fine all the individual players involved however much, and then fine each coach an amount equal to however much the players (the ones who got involved after the play) got fined. That would inspire that Detroit dipshit to enforce some discipline.

    Ultimately, I'd like to see the NFL do something like this with EVERY fine. Player goes helmet-to-helmet on the opposing QB and racks up a $25K fine? Fine the coach $25K, too. Maybe then the coaches will start teaching/enforcing proper technique and behavior.

    I know anytime I or a teammate got hit with a stupid penalty, my coaches took it as a personal insult--a sign that they let a guy play without discipline. Not only did that make us better as a team, but when the other team started playing without discipline, we knocked the crap out of 'em.

    (and on the note of recognizing my awesome coaches, three cheers for Ron Muhitch and the WWSHS Tigers! Perfect model for the way the Bears' season has gone.)

  • "plowed him under while Stafford was on his knees"

    Mathew Stafford's prefered experience. Very well put bleed.

  • Impressive things:

    Peppers lining up on passing downs as DT on the same side as Izzy, sometimes with the stunt - sometimes he bull rushed. On a bad knee. The way he chased out Stafford several times. I've never seen a guy line up at RE, stunt inside, cut to his LEFT and cut the corner off for a qb running left. Maybe a pure lightweight rusher like Mark Anderson could do it, he had a lot of speed.

    I think Pep wins a 100 yard dash against Nick Reed by several lengths. That's pretty damn fast.

    Edwin pick up for Chris Williams.

    Bennett ballin'

    --

    Bad things:

    Cookie crumbling. What happened?

    The flag on Briggs blowing up Megatron. What a fucking "we're in control" call by the refs. I watched this slo-mo several times. Briggs helmet never gets near megatron's chin or helmet. He just decked him, and in ANY other situation, that is not a flag.

    Schwartz overall pussy ass weakness afterward. On Fairley spiking Cutler into the ground, "it was a clean hit. Any other questions?"

    I have one. Did you get raped by Jerry Sandusky as a kid? is that why you are such an angry asshole who is coaching a dirty team? You asswipe.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    that was a
    count them 3 step drop tackle
    after the ball was way out
    now that better be a costly hit

  • Yesterday the Bears played truly the way Bears football is meant to be played. It was awesome to see the swag of this team truly come out. Im loving it.

    Watch for the Vikings tonight. I honestly think they have the
    recipe for an upset tonight.

    Someone get that video of briggs makin megatwot his bitch! Bear Down

  • Fres-nooooooooooo

  • Yeah, the one thing I kept thinking after the game yesterday was: "that was Bear football." Tough. Controlling the opponent. Seizing opportunities and putting their cleats on the opponents' necks.

    At many points, the game yesterday felt like the Saints game before the '07 Superbowl, or even the Rams game before the '86 Superbowl. It was the Bears dominating an opponent--making it appear that the opponent was poor, but in reality, it was the Bears just being that good.

  • Bravo, blogfather.

    I've noted Peanut's stellar play several times this season. Early in the game yesterday, I found myself commenting on Peanut having not just a "solid" game, but a "brilliant" one.

    Peanut is one of my favorite post-Ditka Bears. A Chicago kid comes home, sets a good example, does what is asked of him, makes Moss look foolish, plays the opposing team's best WR and 98% wins the matchup. And I feel for him with his daughter's transplant, and think he's done a great thing for the community in embracing the cause.

    Definitely needs to be a "ring of honor" type of guy, and needs a trip to Hawaii. And although I like him as a CB, if moving him to FS would extend his career, I'd say if the Conte experiment doesn't work out--or if Conte needs more time to season--draft/sign a good young corner and move Peanut in the offseason.

    But I digress. I can't name just one MVB for the game yesterday, but if I had multiple votes, Peanut would get the majority. Especially once the Bears opened up a lead, CJ was the guy who could get the Lions back in the game, and Peanut stopped that cold.

    AND he took on 4 Lions by himself, right on their sideline, when that scrum started. Look at the injuries Peanut has dealt with, and all the surgeries he's had, and he still is an elite NFL CB. The guy is tough. Ditka tough.

    Oh, fuck it. My man-crush cannot be contained: Peanut for MVB this week!

  • he also has the best hair on the yeam

  • In reply to huntinbare:

    team or defense or squad

  • Fuck that sucks that cookie crumbled. Same injury as Lack.

    http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-11-13/sports/ct-spt-1114-bears-bits--20111114_1_wrist-bears-williams-kahlil-bell

  • In reply to gpldan:

    When I saw in Lovie's post-game press conference that he said Williams already had surgery, I knew it was bad--you don't have surgery before the game is over unless it's very serious. So many risk factors with emergency surgery; the blood flow and/or nerve must've been compromised.

    Get well soon, Williams. Rest that wrist and we'll see you next year.

    In the mean time, consider being receptive to the front office if/when contract talks come up. You're an NFL OG now making OT money, and you've spent a lot of time on IR and the bench--and a lot of that time due to damage/injury suffered prior to signing with the Bears. Be realistic with your career & contract, and you can be a long-term fixture at OG, and the Bears can build around that.

    Williams has really opened up the running game, being fast & powerful, especially when pulling. I hope his loss doesn't hurt too much; once Carimi gets back, Louis moves back inside, and is athletic enough... but it'll be a few more weeks before the Bear Jew is at full speed.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    i had that injury. The surgeon said it is one of the hardest bones in the body to break. The pins go in at the wrist perpendicular to the direction of the fingers and there is literally no way that you can play with the injury because they need to keep the pins uncovered so they cut a hole in the cast. If the pins move you are fucked.
    Don't listen to any meatball fans that ask why he can't play with a club. We are talking about a brutal injury with nerve damage implications.
    The cast usually coes above the elbow as well so playing is impossible. he gone.

  • this is the same injury Lach had in '09 (or was it '08) yes?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    whoops, sorry GP. just read up.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    he worked his ass off this summer and his play has shown what hard work produces
    I wish him a full recovery and
    may you come back in the same fashion as the great 54
    you have earned my respect and it is sad for me that one of my pre-season warriors has been sidelined
    the man has heart and I can't wait for his most excellent return

  • My favorite post game quote;

    Lance Briggs was called for unnecessary roughness with a big hit on Calvin Johnson early in the fourth quarter. What did he do wrong?

    ‘‘He knocked the [stuffing] out of him, that’s what happened,’’ Urlacher said. ‘‘I don’t know why it was a penalty.’’

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    That Briggs smack (looked legal to ME , btw) was also a meesage to the Twin Goons, Suh and Fairley:

    "What goes around comes around, morons. Go ask Megatron if he likes picking up the tab for your cheap shots."

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    No doubt Al. Shoulder to shoulder.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I need a gif of that hit.
    It was enough to smack the beer out of my hand all the way in Virginny.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    way to many BS calls last night..please FUKDELL get your head out of your arse with these bullshit rules and calls.

  • When you are going after my livelihood, my neck, and you're trying to hurt me, I just can't let that go.

    - D.J. Moore, explaining his reaction to Matthew Stafford pulling him to the ground by his facemask.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    yep...agree 100%

    this wash pro "SMASHMOUTH FOOTBALL" bottom line the detriot pussy's couldn't take it..and went home with the tails between their legs crying all the way home.

  • was looking for some good highlight vids for you guys and found this: http://www.nfl.com/videos/chicago-bears/09000d5d8241bdc2/This-Day-in-Football-Luckman-throws-7-TD-passes

  • Oh Lions troll.... Come out and playyyyy.

  • Clank clank clank clank

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDH9Jq5AWkQ

  • schwartz is busy lickin' his wounds and tryin' to come up with a new angle on how to address the board

  • simple put;

    "DA NUT"

  • couldn’t fine briggsy's hit, but came across this entertaining vid where he's prominently featured a couple times: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLvVCZl5M_g

  • absolutely fucking disgusting... disgusting. Goodell needs to have a talk with that asshole. What a fucking coward. I wish Jimmy H had kicked his fucking ass. Promoted organizational dirtiness.

    from siefart (who comes off as a lions apologist):

    "3. I was standing about 2 feet from Schwartz when he was asked if it was time to revisit discipline on his team after a game that included three personal foul calls, a couple of other highly aggressive plays and a brawl that Stafford instigated. (Bears cornerback D.J. Moore was ejected after the fight.) Schwartz's face literally turned red and his voice rose. "Revisit discipline for what?" he said. "For their guy getting kicked out of the game? For their guy getting kicked out of the game? Did Matt get penalized? No, Matt did not get penalized." Stafford easily could have been penalized, but everyone's entitled to an opinion. So we'll just say this: There have been some games this season when the Lions' passion and aggression has helped spur a victory. There have been others when they lost control and it's impacted the game. Sunday was closer to the latter."

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    they have phone links in those replay booth/ tents
    and the voice from on high specifically said
    "no foul on the league franchise pretty boy"
    and the ref said, 'Yes sir"

  • I have so much I could say but I have to force myself to short comments because I’m writing this from work.

    1.) Awesome thread Jeff. Tillman has been playing from the shadows for years without as much as a nod from the sports press. He’s one of my favorite Bears and the guy has HEART as well as great football knowledge and talent. SALUTE to a great player and a true Warrior.
    2.) That was great Bears Football. I am so over joyed that Schwartz lost what a shitty asshole. I am rather surprised at Stafford…but sometimes it takes a bad game to show a players true colors…WOW he is a Pussy and a Liar.
    3.) No doubt Detroit was playing dirty and trying to hurt people. What really gets me in the gut is how the Bears reacted to this blatant bad playing by the Lions. They beat the crap out of them and kept it under control. Outstanding play by the Bears. Bilek can suck my fat dick…the asshole even said that Detroit was just having “bad luck” not once did he compliment how the Bears were playing. Yeah Bilek your right they did have bad luck…their schedule had them playing the Bears yesterday. Suck this Bilek you fuck!
    4.) Lastly…DEVIN “YOU ARE RIDICULOUS” HESTER. #12 BABY and climbing!!!

    BEAR DOWN…AND LETS GET THAT WILD CARD!!!!

  • Peanut is amazing. I'm also going to say there was a "divine wind" that stopped the passing game from going correctly. Maybe if Detroit stopped playing like a bunch of nancies having a hissy all the time they'd get better karma.

  • http://espn.go.com/blog/nfcnorth

    David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune: "In a matchup with playoff implications, the team trying desperately to project a bad-boy image was just plain bad, while the real postseason contender stood up. The Lions came hoping to intimidate, but instead everybody left raving about the Bears' intimidating defense that created six turnovers. The Lions picked the fight. The Bears finished it."

    and

    "Michael Rosenberg of the Detroit Free Press on Stafford's game: "The Lions can say it was the wind. They can believe it. But as a fan, you have to hope they are lying. Stafford needs to play well even when it is windy. After all, the Lions finish the season in Green Bay, and if they make the playoffs, they might have to play in Green Bay, Chicago or San Francisco, three of the windiest locales in the NFL. Finger injuries go away. In the NFC North, the wind will be around for a while."

  • Great game, eh guys? Fuckin a.

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:

    deep doc... deeeeep.

  • From Haugh's article: "Teams typically reflect their coach. Consider Smith's safe response when I asked him if Suh crossed a line in tearing off Cutler's helmet.

    "Cross the line?'' Lovie asked. "I guess it's safe to say you shouldn't do that. I'll leave it at that.''

    You know what... for once lovie, defend your fucking guys like a fucking man. Jesus you're a puss. THAT is the shit I hate about lovie. Gad durn emotionless robot.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    In Lovie's defense, I thought he made some pretty choice, thinly-leaved comments about Detroit and how badly Chicago whipped their ass this Sunday.
    When you beat a team that badly, in all phases of the game, you can sit back and smirk.
    And Schwartz is going to get punched before the year is over, either by an opposing coach or one of his own players.
    Stafford looked like half the QB that Jay is.

    I would like credit for guaranteeing a Hester punt return TD yesterday after he nearly broke the first one, but he's the GOAT - it wasn't really going out on a limb.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    "Stafford looked like half the QB that Jay is"

    Stafford IS half the QB Jay is.

  • I'd make a peanut shape crispie.

  • From our beloved bandwagon driver peter king:

    "You don't want to play the Bears right now
    The defensive front is voracious, and even though they gained only 216 yards, the Bears scored in typical Bear fashion: three field goals, a Devin Hester punt return, two interception returns (by Charles Tillman and Major Wright), one Matt Forte run. The offensive line got hit again Sunday with the loss of left guard Chris Williams, but you just figure they'll plug-and-play Lance Louis there when Gabe Carimi comes back from his knee injury in a couple of weeks, and they'll muddle through.

    "The way we're playing now is what we're capable of,'' Brian Urlacher told me last night. "We're playing fast, the way our defense needs to play. One of the reasons we've turned it around is our coaches wouldn't put up with mistakes; they held us accountable and we cleaned them up.'' Chicago, 6-3, is tied for second with Detroit now, 2.5 games behind Green Bay. I asked Urlacher if the Packers could be caught. "I don't see anyone beating them twice,'' he said, meaning he didn't see them losing two games. "It looks like a fight for the Wild Card for us, but that's fine. We just want to get in.''

    Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/peter_king/11/14/Week10/index.html#ixzz1dhW7NxN0

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    really, texas at THREE!?!?!? and the giants at 7?? Are these two teams for reals? I think we beat both of them.

    Jeff, you're in NY... are the giants real?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Eli manning is, and shall remain, a tool. I find his advert for Citizen watches to be hilarious. His skinny little arms and his turtle head are supposed to make me want to buy a Citizen watch? I will purposely never ever buy Citizen just because they hired that tool to be the face of their business. Stick that up your keester, advertising execs.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Second truly positive thing he's written since the beginning of the season which is pretty lax for a bi-weekly article writer covering multiple teams, in my view, but I'll take it. Still miss Don Yaeger and Si's old guard.

  • That team is a bunch of dirty motherfuckers. Fairley tried to end Cutler's year or career. I believe that illegal shit is coached up and instilled by Shwartz's. That guy is definitely a severe hot head.

    Peanut's play yesterday still gives me chills. CANNOT believe he hasn't made a pro-bowl. Makes me sick.

    I love that Edwin Williams was the first in that scrum yesterday. With creampuff out, he needs to bring that fire to the starting line. Good to see.

    Earl the fucking Pearl!!

  • Tweet of the Week I
    "Team coverage of Eagles' collapse on local NBC affiliate is hilarious ... News reporters at different locations, covering it like a murder.''

    -- @AlbertBreer, the NFL Network reporter, apparently in his hotel room in Philly this morning.

    That was pretty funny.

  • Where the hell is the video of Briggs lighting up Johnson!!!!!!!!!!

    I mean, how is that not a highlight to the game?

  • In reply to Artoo:

    I looked Erik... not up anywhere mang.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Same here MB. Did that hit define a game or what?

    Peppers started and Briggs ended it.

    By the way, what is your real name?

  • In reply to Artoo:

    Hahahahahaha... no real names Erik. (see how I did that?)

    You can call me Savage if you'd like though. Kind of has a nice ring to it don't you think?

    Would you rather I call you Artoo?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Nah, I kind of like how you only call me by my real name but I was going to return the favor and call you by your name.

    Savage? You are a cocky motherfucker.. how about DJ? lol

  • In reply to Artoo:

    I like savage.

    in college we had a guy on the team names savage (seriously) and he and a couple other players used to put masks on and streak down the stairs naked in the biggest lecture halls on campus. Funny guy.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB, I was driving home at bar time (dumb, back in college) in a total blizzard, with about 10 inches of snow on the ground already, and when I got by Camp Randall Stadium, I see three dudes streaking with nothing on but winter caps. When they see me coming by, they start jumping up and down and waving. It was a funny, surreal moment.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    awesome.

    In high school I was driving home from my girlfriend's house one night and on the way home on this long, dark stretch of road with an ice plant hill on one side, this group of 3 dudes jumped out from the hill and streaked across the street waving huge dildos in the air. As I was passing cracking up I slowed down and screamed out the window.

    “That was funny... but I’m sorry for your tiny penis trevor!”

    Turns out it was a group of my buddies and he didn't recognize my dad's car that I'd borrowed that night. Fucking hilarious.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    His real name is Artoo. Period.

  • I really hope the NFL, when going through all this damn video footage of all the cheap shit that went down in this game, takes note of noted douche cameltoe Dominic Raiola.

    He got one 15 yard flag for shooting a guy's knees. Watch that penalty if you have the game on Tivo - it's disgusting. Talk about North Dallas FOrty style. He then - and this is after the first flag - he DOES IT AGAIN. He BLATANTLY shoots for Melton's knee, straight out of the MOTHERFUCKING CONRAD DOBLER playbook. Christ I nearly had an brain hemmorrage watching that.

    This is a guy who flips off his OWN fans
    http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3755278

    Kreutz, at his junkyard doggiest, was never openly shooting guys knees and acting like this punk.

  • btw, did you guys hear the the judge who gave sundusky the no payable bail judgement and let him walk was a fucking volunteer for that sham of a charity of Sandusky's?!?!

    How can that fucking happen... HOW?!?!? And if he's not somehow punished (the judge) then there is no justice. Jesus.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'd like to see the bar sanction that prick for not recusing himself, when he clearly had a conflict of interest.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    gp, isn't it a female judge?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Yeah, twitter gets this stuff out way before the MSM does...the corruption in PA on this is just through the roof. Think about how many rich PSU donors/boosters have ties to that charity?
    It is a Gordian knot.
    There's an awful lot of wealthy, politically connected people who are going to get embarrassed by this before it is all said and done.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    a Gordian brown balloon knot?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    that was very coach of me.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Like a poo log that gets wrapped around itself?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Exactly!

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    He said "poo log". tee hee.

  • Did you guys hear that Hester left the game early to go get a IV?

    Hester you are ridiculous.

  • Did you guys see this yesterday: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=1w8M3lzsW9g

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Yes and Ray did not get up for at least 8 seconds. I seriously think he thought about retiring after that.

  • In reply to Artoo:

    Ok. Somone had to have recorded this game. Someone get your crappy cell phone record it and put it on Youtube. That was a effing hit and I can't relive it because it is no where to be found!!!!

  • Hey Waffle, I will give you 20 bucks... no lie, if you find out MB's name when he has to take your bet up. lol

  • In reply to Artoo:

    Double it Artoo, then cut it in half and I'll tell you MB's name.

    Fine, it's Miles Standish.

  • In reply to Crown:

    Lmao

  • In reply to Crown:

    Johnny... $20 buys you a box of the best jimmy hats maing.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Haven't stretched latex since I was 14. Raw dog is the way I'll always live.

  • In reply to Crown:

    condoms are for quitters

  • Diseases are for losers

  • In reply to Artoo:

    losers never get a chance to go raw. winners get down with chicks that are clean.

  • STDs don't happen to good people who practice natural sex period.

  • I was expecting... Your not trying if you haven't caught anything

  • Dude, you guys are cracking me the fuck up... that back and forth was brilliant.... just brilliant... I'm still laughing.

  • there was a lot of knowledge tossed around on this sub-thread. I hope everyone takes note.

  • See that HPV virus? You can develop cancer from it and it's transmissable by ... wait for it ... oral sex. Mang. Even oral sex is a no-no now. What's left? Lick the bowl and you get cancer. Jeez.

  • don't worry about that irish, I surf and there are sharks everywhere.

    Eat that nana maing.

  • In reply to Artoo:

    His name is Francois Botha (Afrikaner surname), he actually goes by Frankie, he played his college ball at Cal St something or other and he likes to play video games whilst dipping his toes in a catchbasin of gold coins that he has accumulated from his start up internet porn business.

  • SO that is how he knows how big Major's penis is!!

  • In reply to Artoo:

    and because he blew him while on spring break in 2009 down in South Padre. He calls it "the dark years".

  • Dark Years? lmao

  • In reply to Artoo:

    that was only once, everyone experiments in college... right?

  • hey hey heeeeeey....

  • kruger rands actually Johnny.

    and cal state? A state school (well, my school was a state school, but a UC school, not a state school)? Puh-lease. I was/am a Cal Aggie if that helps Erik.

    So I've been thinking about this for a while. We need to do a big blog meet up... when two of our regs aren't having babies. Then we need to all show up and not intro ourselves to anyone. We need to take turns pining the username to the person. I have a picture of each of you in my head that is probably TOTALLY wrong (it would be a blast taking turns guessing who’s who and I don’t care if that sounds gay).... except you Erik, I know exactly what you look like (and where you live).

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    We do and it needs to be game or a bar that we can find. BTW, when is Jeff having his bar meeting for the blog.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    cal state - chico?

  • UCDavis maing. A real school.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    fish tacos, fresh guac and chicks in sundresses engaging in flirty banter in the outdoor student center?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Is Davis the big AG school in the state?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'm batman.

  • BAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHahahahahaha: http://www.the700level.com/11/14/11/Video-This-Eagles-Fan-is-Indeed-Angry/landing_eagles.html?blockID=593656&feedID=8510

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    fucking hilarious. Simply fucking hilarious. I can’t tell if the guy was drunk or just an immense nerd (or both).

    The report is hot too... and did you see what (real) team was playing on the middle screen? Boo Yah.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    fucking classic- typical fan that would pull a calf muscle if he had to run 10 yards yet can critcize with the best of them.

    I hope some woman out there does not let that nerd stick his penis anywhere on her body. no woman can be that desperate for affection. he just doesn't deserve it. what a pussy.

  • Ah HA!!!

    And where (or by whom), praytell, did he get said broken ribs might I ask?

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/football/nfl/11/14/michael.vick.ap/index.html?sct=hp_t2_a3&eref=sihp

  • Can we call Peppers Prime now?

  • In reply to Artoo:

    who's the "we" that hasn't been up to this point? Peppers a stud, plain and simple

  • I don't think this one has been posted yet...

    http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/bears/post/_/id/4673471/five-things-we-learned-bears-lions-3

  • How do you make a Lion cry? Put some Pepper(s) on it!!

    Saw that on facebook. Ha!

  • In reply to Artoo:

    And if you really want to seem them sob..put Moore Peppers on them.

    Too much?

  • In reply to Artoo:

    You are a real cutler up!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    telling jokes must be his.... forte.

    (too easy?)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Wright you are!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    ZING!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    let's do some moore

  • http://www.pbcgov.com/erm/lakes/estuarine/peanut/_images/peanut-island-now.jpg

    Peanut Island hoes!!!

  • In reply to Crown:

    Niiice!

  • Bring three for the Tillman
    Break for the run
    Wine for the women who made the game come
    Seahawks sing your hearts away
    'Cause while the Staffords pass, the defense will play

    Oh Lord how they play and play
    For that happy day, for that happy day!

  • Here's the Briggs hit:

    http://outsidetheboxscore.blogspot.com/2011/11/lance-briggs-lays-vicious-hit-on.html

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