Revisiting My Preseason Prognostications

Revisiting My Preseason Prognostications

We are all about accountability here at DaBearsBlog and I thought this would be a fun time to see how my preseason predictions are turning out. I shot for 50% and I hit that on the nose.  I've wrapped a shitload of thoughts about the Bears and the whole of the NFL into the column.

  1. Let's start at home.  The Bears will go 10-6 or better.  They'll make the postseason and win (at least) one playoff game. Looking pretty good here, boys.
  2. Lance Briggs will play for them all year. Knock on wood.  2-0. By the way, remember when Lance Briggs’ contract was a big story in Chicago? I don’t think it’s been mentioned once anywhere since the season started.
  3. Jay Cutler will be mentioned in the MVP race come November. I got this one wrong.  It’s Matt Forte who is in the thick of the MVP race should Aaron Rodgers get hurt.  2-1.
  4. Rod Marinelli and Lovie Smith will realize they're starting two strong safeties in Week 2 when Drew Brees beats them deep a few times.  They'll rectify the situation in short order.  I am currently taking a bow.  This prediction is downright terrific.  Brees did beat them deep but it took Chris Harris’ expert performance in the Detroit game to make significant changes.  Conte and Wright have allowed only one passing TD when playing together.  I take it.  3-1.
  5. The Miami Dolphins have a coach the owner doesn't want and a QB the coach doesn't want.  They'll finish 4-12.  4-1, baby! Those people who thought Miami was going 0-16 simply weren’t watching their first 7 games of the year. Miami could easily be a four or five win team at this point but they’ve been awful at the end of games.
  6. The Bears will injure Matthew Stafford's shoulder.  (You can't even get odds on this in Vegas, it's such a no brainer.)  4-2. Though I like that I predicted this. The Bears defensive performance against Stafford and the Lions offense Sunday was a thing of beauty.  They made a formal decision that not a single yard could be gained without inflicting punishment on the man gaining that yard.  When they play that way, they can beat every single team in football.
  7. When Jim Harbaugh is losing a lot of games with the Niners around mid-season, the discussion will be whether he's tanking 2011 intentionally to bring Andrew Luck there in 2012.  4-3. If you knew the 49ers were going to be a good team, you knew the following: (1) Mike Singletary was the most inept head coach in the history of the sport. (2) Jim Harbaugh could instill his own toughness even with a shortened offseason. (3) Alex Smith’s career could be salvaged by good coaching. (4) This was one of the best collection of defensive players around.
  8. This will be the year the Colts miss the playoffs.  (Special advance prediction: they make the playoffs as the #2 seed in 2012.)  Bing, bang, boing.  5-3. I believe I made this prediction before I knew the severity of Peyton Manning’s neck injury. If I were the Colts, and I in fact not the Colts, I would draft Andrew Luck and see what I can get on the trade market for Manning. Wouldn’t a franchise that thinks they’re a QB away (Redskins, Niners, maybe even the Jets) give up a king’s ransom for the greatest regular season QB of all-time? Imagine if the Colts could go into 2012 with Andrew Luck and the tenth or twelfth pick as well.
  9. The Jets will lose opening night to the Cowboys, causing both camps to overreact to the result. 5-4 but I should have won this one. Why in God’s name was I so interested in the Jets v. Cowboys opening Sunday nighter? This was an interesting night that actually spoke to both of the seasons these two teams would have. The Jets were dominated by the Cowboys – signaling defensive flaws they’ve yet to rectify – but Tony Romo decided to Romo the game away.
  10. The Jets will realize the New Meadowlands sucks as they lose prior to reaching the AFC Championship Game.  The Jets won’t be getting a playoff game in the New Meadowlands.  I’m 5-5. Here’s my problem with coaches who say too much.  After a while, it just becomes noise. Rex Ryan spent the summer imploring other coaches to beat the Patriots for him and then allowed the Patriots to steamroll his club twice this season. The Jets coach spends far too much time telling us how good his team is and far too little time coaching his team.
  11. The Giants won't be able to blame the stadium for finishing 7-9 or worse.  They can blame failing to re-sign the security outlets for a shaky, turnover-prone QB.  I really see this team and making the largest plummet in the league.  5-6. I am wrong here though I think the Giants are going to struggle with the remainder of their schedule. If they don’t beat the Eagles Sunday night, I can see them coming into a Week 17 date with the Cowboys that may decide the division/playoff destinies of both teams.
  12. Six playoff teams in NFC: Eagles, Saints, Bears, Falcons, Cardinals, Packers. (4 out of 6 look good) I have to admit I’m surprised the Eagles are not the best team in the NFC East. Whatever has gone wrong with that team is just not a matter of X’s and O’s. Losing to John Skelton and Arizona at home? How is that even possible for a team with this much talent?
  13. Six playoff teams in AFC: Jets, Pats, Chargers, Steelers, Ravens, Titans. (4 out of 6 look good) The Texans are in the pole position down South but the Titans are still in it and now have the better quarterback. The last three Chargers loss, one more unexplainable than the next, will slide the Raiders into the postseason.
  14. My darkhorses.  NFC: Redskins.  AFC: Bills. You know, this looked pretty good after the fourth week of the season. I know the bulk of the NFL is writing the Buffalo Bills off but guess what? I’m not. Yet. If the Bills can win down in Miami, they’ll set up a game with the Jets at the Meadowlands that could decide the playoff fates of both. I watched every snap of their first game and I think Chan Gailey cost his team the game. Chan does this weird thing where he has Ryan Fitzpatrick throw bombs down the sideline on third-and-shorts instead of doing what the offense does best and attack underneath. He took the blame the first time. He’ll do better the second time.
  15. No, I didn't pick the Texans.  Because adding Wade Phillips to your staff, signing Danieal Manning and changing the position of your best defensive player don't add up to division titles in my book.  5-7. Like I said before, the entrance of Matt Leinart into the race gives Tennessee a real chance. Leinart, however, is being given a true chance to revitalize his career. If he can win games down the stretch and play well doing it, Leinart might find himself competing for a starting job in someone’s camp next summer.
  16. MVP: Phil Rivers.  5-8. Should I take two losses for this one? I don’t like the omen of insulting Phil Rivers the week he’s coming to Chicago but I can’t figure his season at all. The fumbled snap against Kansas City, the horrible pick sixes against Green Bay, the dead second half against the Jets…etc. He is either injured or he’s lost all control of Norv’s offense.
  17. Tarvaris Jackson will not make it through half the season as the starting QB in Seattle. 6-8. I still can’t conceive of a single reason Pete Carroll chose to let Matt Hasselbeck leave town. For Tarvaris and Whitehurst? Does he really believe either of those guys are the answer at the most important position in all of sports?
  18. Same for Donovan McNabb in Minnesota. 7-8. This was easy. Donovan McNabb has been done for 3-5 years, depending on who you ask. But having watched Les Frazier coach a few games this year, I don’t think he’s long for the job either. Frazier seems lost most times and his blatant refusal to make Adrian Peterson the centerpiece of his offense is mind blowing.
  19. Same for John Beck.  Sexy.  Rexy. 8-8. What I didn’t predict here was that Rex would be the initial starter, Beck would replace HIM and then Beck would get benched for Rex. If I had predicted that, I’d be far happier with myself.
  20. After winning their division narrowly, the Texans will be embarrassed by the Pats in the first round of the playoffs (at home) and Gary Kubiak will find himself unemployed with 24 hours.  Good writing here, huh?  I don’t pick the Texans to make the playoffs above but then I put them in the playoffs here.  Call it a push. Because even if Leinart keeps the Texans afloat and puts them in the playoffs, I can’t imagine a scenario where he beats the Ravens, Steelers, Jets or Bengals defense on wildcard weekend.
  21. Devin Hester will lead the league in kickoffs returned from inside the end zone.  And it won't be close. Someone should be in charge of keeping this statistic. I think the most overrated storyline heading into this season was the moving of the ball on kickoffs. Sure it has resulted in more touchbacks but it hasn’t affected my enjoyment of the games. I would also love to know if injuries on returns are down. (Wasn’t that the point of moving the kicks to begin with?)
  22. Kyle Orton will have a productive half-year at QB and still get benched.  (Another bet Vegas won't even take.)  9-8. When you have Tebus of Nazareth, there is nothing you can do. Kyle Orton’s career is rather fascinating, isn’t it? Drafted by the Bears, finds himself the starter in 2005. Wins a bunch of games and is replaced, at halftime, of a game he is winning, by Rex Grossman. Dealt to Denver. Has sensational year with Josh McDaniels. Enters 2011 as the starter as is replaced by Tim Tebow, whom John Fox decides it would be better if he doesn’t throw the football. 
  23. The Buffalo Bills will allow more sacks than any team in football but also be fun as hell to watch.  I am not taking a loss on this yet.  The Bills offensive line has been in free fall as they’ve sent three or four starters to IR.  The end of this season could get ugly for Ryan Fitzpatrick.  I do wonder if the Buffalo Bills could have paid Fitz half that sixty million dollar contract if they were negotiating now.
  24. Three surprising teams from 2010 will take a step back: Tampa, St. Louis, Kansas City.  All because of slightly regressing QB play.  10-8. I nailed all three of these. Josh Freeman has been absolutely awful for the Bucs, essentially throwing three picks a week. Sam Bradford has battled health issues but he’s also struggling with the downfield throws the Rams avoided like gingivitis last season. Matt Cassell is not good. He was not good in New England. He is not good now.
  25. Steve Smith will realize Cam Newton is not capable of being an NFL starter yet and try to get out of Carolina before the trade deadline.  10-9. Just dead wrong, although much of the Cam Newton hoopla has receded in recent weeks. Cam is a touch pass away from being an elite NFL thrower and Steve Smith has to be considered alongside Calvin Johnson and Wes Welker for the All-Pro team.
  26. The Browns will move from 5-11 to 8-8 and become the trendy pick in 2012. 10-10. I can’t remember what I liked about the Browns a few months ago but I was wrong. What amazes me about the Browns is just how little talent they have on the roster. How long does Mike Holmgren have to keep this GM charade going before he just walks down to the sideline and starts calling plays?
  27. The Raiders will move from 8-8 to 5-11 and no one will be surprised.  And I drop below .500 to 10-11.  I like the Raiders. They are tough up front on defense and when Darren McFadden is healthy they can be one of the most physically dominating rush offenses in the game. If Carson Palmer turns out to be a viable starter again, I have to assume he was tanking seasons with the Bengals because he looked capable of throwing triple-digit interceptions last season.
  28. More Bears stuff!  The Bears will have a top 6 defense in both yards and points allowed.  10-12.
  29. Jay Cutler's season numbers: 61%, 3,485 yards, 29 TD, 11 INT.  I am going to give myself a win here because this is basically what he’s projecting to.  11-12. I am still routinely amazed by Cutler’s arm strength.  I can’t imagine there’s another quarterback in the league with his kind of fastball.
  30. Matt Forte will lead the Bears in reception yards.  12-12. It sure seems clear that Earl Bennett could have recorded one of those 100 catch seasons we’ve been dreaming about around here if he had stayed healthy throughout the first two months.
  31. I will spend most of the season trying to come up with a good Rookie of the Year joke for Dane Sanzenbacher.  (Rosinbagger!)  13-12. That was a softball, I know, but I’m slumping. I have a feeling Great Dane’s role is going to be reduced more and more each week until we find him on the inactive list. It’s just a feeling.
  32. The Bears will use three plays to cover early offensive line deficiencies: the quick toss, the screen and the draw.  They'll be effective.  Let’s call this one a push. They’ve done some of these things, sure, but the truth is the Bears are thriving offensively based on their run game.
  33. Julio Jones will have been worth it for the Atlanta Falcons.  He's the year's top rookie.  I’m not taking the loss here yet. Jones is finally coming on for the Falcons and they’ve got a pretty easy schedule down the stretch. Right now here are my rankings for Rookie of the Year: DeMarco Murray, Cam Newton, Andy Dalton, Jones, AJ Green.
  34. Offensive Player of the Year: Chris Johnson.  Get off my knob.  Did you see this coming with Johnson?  13-13. Johnson is not only wasting the Titans money but he’s statistically one of the worst starting tailbacks in the league. He is also having the kind of year that must drive Matt Forte and Ray Rice absolutely insane. The last thing these guys want is their respective GM’s saying, “Look what that guy did when we paid him.” I think both Forte and Rice are destined for the franchise tag.
  35. Defensive Player of the Year: Julius Peppers. Peppers is having an amazing year but I think he’ll unfortunately be judged almost exclusively by his sack totals. I think Pep belongs in an exclusive category with Revis and Ware.  His valuable is almost incalculable.
  36. The teams I'll be rooting against hardest: (1) Packers (2) Eagles (3) Jets. Well the Lions have quickly risen to #2 on this list. I am still impressed by how much I dislike the Detroit Lions. I wrote last year (I think) that the Vikings had replaced the Packers as the team I despised the most in the NFL. I still value the Bears v. Packers rivalry but I held genuine hatred for the Vikes. When Favre left town and the Vikes started stinking again, there was a hatred void in my soul. And wouldn’t you know it? The Lions and their cheap shot bullshit and annoying coach filled it with ease.
  37. The teams I'll be rooting for outside Chicago: none. I’ll be rooting for the Bills to get back into the playoff race. I’d really love for them to beat the Jets in two weeks.
  38. I'm already regretting not picking the Colts to make the playoffs. I stayed strong.
  39. 38 is enough.  Isn't it?
  40. Oh yeah!  Super Bowl prediction: Chicago Bears 31, New England Patriots 30. I don’t mind this prediction, even with the Packers runaway success. I like this Patriots team as they’re currently constituted. They remind me of those makeshift defenses Bill used to win with right down to using the wide receiver in the secondary. As for the Bears, the road to the Super Bowl (should they make the postseason) will be difficult without the games at home. But I don’t think they’d be a substantial underdog at New Orleans, New Jersey, Dallas, San Francisco…etc. Beating the Packers at Lambeau will be the name of the game. 

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  • First to say your last comment was the best one: Beating the Pack at Lambeau is the key to everything: the post season and everything we do in that post season changes if we win that game.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I forgot to say thank you, Oh great Carnac!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Oh, and I found a dorky Bears fan blog called "Start Kyle Orton".

    I would take him back as 2nd string over Mister Hanie, personally, if the Broncos are just going to release him.

    The Broncos are going to go Rocky 2 on the season. Come out righty, then switch to southpaw in the 15th round. They will make a wildcard, then pull Tebus for Brady Quinn, nobody will have schemed the return to the Pro offense, and they will run the table! Ha!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Picking up Orton would be sweet, even if we could somehow wangle a trade. To go all-in on your starting QB is not good business, injuries happen. Drop Enderle and you've got the best QB roster in football. Of course Kyle will be courted by a number of teams ....

    And it was good to have an Angelo thread. You stood up all alone there and stated his case, Viva. Respect. Brings me back to the day when I first ripped into Olsen, standing in an empty field, pissing into the wind with my bags around my ankles.

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    I'm not sure you could call Orton and Cutler the best QB roster in football...

  • I am also impressed by how much I dislike the Lions. Even though they're a division rival, I've spent years quietly rooting for them to succeed against other teams. Not anymore. I hope they lose the rest of their games (even though a small part of me wants to see three NFC North teams in the playoffs).

    I also had the Bears going 10-6. Depending on how things go against the AFC West this next month, that prediction could look conservative. 11-5? 12-4?

    I had the Raiders winning the AFC West and that looks good. I also had the Cheese dominating. Outside of those two solid, if not risky, predictions, I've missed the mark on several teams/divisions/players. It's been a hell of a fun season.

  • In reply to WeShallReturn:

    Actually I'd rather we not play the Lions again. When we get up 30-0, the cheap shots will start and we dont need that in the playoffs

  • Self bloviating is very dangerous Jeff. Before you know it, you'll be talking in your sleep. Very dangerous indeed.

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    Good way to get a spinal injury.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    As Bill Hicks used to say "It's that one vertebra ...."

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    Bill Hicks..

  • The Article:

    My response to said article:

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Where's Arlan Sphincter when you need him?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Fucking South Africans.

  • If the fudge lose to Tampa, Detroit once, the Bears and the Giants, the Bears would win a tiebreaker if we don't lose another game except for 1 non conference game. It could happen.

  • In reply to BigDaddy:

    Don't hold your breath

  • For the record, I called #7.

    Hey Viva... you are fucking killing me maing. When we finally meet I won't know whether to hug you or try to hurt you.

    Viva said 1 hour, 3 minutes ago

    JA is a great GM, who turned da club around – ridiculous statement. Sorry. Average I can allow… great?!?!?!?! Viva viva viva.

    The playoff run we had in 05 and 06 was the result of Jerry building a team using all 3 methods – Yes, his fingerprints were on that team, but the seeds of the harvest were sewn long before him.

    Cliff Stein is the best contract guy in the business - and the salary cap has been very well managed for us. – Agreed

    JA understands the value of the QB position and got us a QB – That’s just silly. My 2 ½ year old daughter understands the fucking importance of a QB. This was a no-brainer for a club in our situation with our money. An 'auto-pilot pick up'. Zero strateegery, zero shrewdness to make this happen.

    JA understands the value of position coaches, and he got us top 5 o-line and d-line coaches – These are the only people who would take the fucking job!!! How quickly you forget. They are all former abject failures at a higher level who were just looking for any semblance of a second chance to get back into the game at any level in any org. Besides our below average position coaches are more lovie's fault anyway

    The perfect decision maker does not exist – true statement

    Their is not a man alive who can detrmine what will happen to a 22 year old after you give him 15 million reasons to flake out – Another true statement, but there are many who are much better at it than Jerry fucking angelo.

    Jerry Angelo is a top 5 GM in this league – Get thee to a shrink poste haste!!! You sir, are obviously a bit crazy (but I still love you maing).

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    He is better than you think, MB. How many more playoff appearances do we need to make before you are off his ass? Sooner or later you are going to need to answer that for yourself? Its a healthy question to ask. Is it one, two, never...? What if this club rolls into Lambeau in late January and crushes the Pack (which we CAN do)? Will he get a pass? I hope so, because that is where this season will be defined for me.

    Food for thought: since 2001, the Ravens have made the playoffs 6 times, and we have made it 4 times. I'd say JA is holding his own using the playoff appearances as the standard, but I would still like to see more, but more does not seem to happen without P. Manning or T. Brady.

  • In reply to Viva:

    I understand why you want to use that metric, but that's not it for me.

    I want to know where we'll be when our stars... most of which on D are getting old... start disappearing. Who do we have loaded into the chamber to take their places? I think we most certainly can go to, and win, the show this year... as much as anyone.

    But, my focus is our 'window' that everyone talks about. It's closing and last year and this year might be our last shot with all of our stars... I want to know what Jerry is doing to make sure we reload and that the window doesn't close when lach or birggsy or peanut or pep go. I don't see any of it at all.

    We lose one guy on the line and our YPR go down over a yard... yeah, maybe that was one game against a nasty oline... I hope it was. I just want depth and a GM who fixes gaping holes when he sees them... not one that doesn't do anything and gets lucky that a former terrible head coach was willing to come back to the nfl as an oline coach to get a bunch of ragtags to play well.

    Basically, it's a lost cause for me. I've seen enough of angelo to be able to unequivocally say I am much more keen on taking a chance on a new unknown entity than continue to let jerry destroy this team from the inside out.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Who brought those stars in?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    The last sentence is the crux of the matter for me. And no, not even winning the superbowl gets Angelo off the hook for being a cancer for so long. A franchise like Chicago should have a lot more silverware than places like Pittsburgh or San Francisco.

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    Again, I think that is a mischaracterization of his tenure. There are several things working right now that are dismissed as random acts of luck (?) that in fact more define his tenure than anything else.

    Here are the things that has made our team competitive over the past ten years:

    1. Stellar special teams. Jerry brought us Robbie Gould (on the cusp of being the most accurate kicker in the games history), Devin Hester (the best there has ever been at his position), Brendan Ayenbadejo (Pro Bowler while with the team), Tim Shaw, Corey Graham, and Dave Toub. The significance in all of this is that we are a run first team, and a team that is defined by our defense. The majority of our resources are spent on the defensive side of the ball. We are a time of possession/field position team. With that said, the focus on special teams is directly related to the brand of football we play. This is a brilliant strategy that has paid off big time, and is not an accident. You want to win the field position battle - play great special teams....this is a winning strategy, right?

    2. We get off the bus running the football. The first o-line Jerry built through free agency with the exception of Olin. John Tait, Rueben Brown, Fred Miller (version 1.0), and Roberto Garza are all guys JA brought into the fold. To complement same, he brought in Thomas Jones and Cedric the dipshit. You can't argue these guys were not successful. Today we have an o-line that is in its infancy, and the arrow is pointing up, and Matt Forte is the anti-dipshit. Thank you, Mike Tice.

    3. Our D speaks for itself. Dollars are spent to create takeaways. When did we start using that term? They (Lovie and Jerry) brought that philosophy from Tampa and applied the same principles here. They value guys who create takeaways, and spend dough on them. Peanut, Briggs, Urlacher, Peppers have all been rewarded with fat contracts because they play to take the fucking ball out of the hands of their opponents. This is not an accident.

    The bottom line is that we have a coherent strategy to win football games and our roster supports the strategy. We are not a wishy-washy team, as a matter of fact, when we stray from our strategy we loose.

    I've said this before, but this offseason is a perfect example. In 2010 our offense could not convert on 3rd and short/This past offseason was the offseason that addressed our shitty 3rd/4th and short. While everyone in the world was calling for a #1 receiver and some o-lineman, JA went out and got us Matt Spaeth, Tyler Clutts, and Marion Barber. Those 3 guys will do more to increase our time of possession, field possession, and turn field goals into touchdowns than any # 1wide receiver ever could. It is not an accident it is a strategy.



  • In reply to Artoo:

    yeah, but then again I think I heard Mooch on NFL network retort, "Well duh, of course Tebow would be screwed in a normal system, but if you put Tom Brady in an option offense, he'd be screwed".

    I would pay good money to see Brady running an option O.

  • In reply to 4ever85:

    Hey, he deked Lach out of his shoes a couple of years ago.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Granted, it was the slowest deke I've ever seen in my life. But it had to be mentioned.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I remember that. I thought it was in Matrix slow-mo, but it was just a white-on-white crime.

    The whole D would probably get ejected for daring to tackle Golden Brady as if he were a real football player.

  • My God Don, why don't you just come out and say that you're a rodgers lover and a bears hater. You sir, are brutal.

    Chicago Bears (6-3)
    I don't know if it's because of the Bears-obsessed media market they play in, or their penchant for inconsistent play, but the Bears seem to inspire wild mood swings in terms of public opinion. We either underestimate Chicago, tending to bury its chances prematurely, or we go overboard on the Bears, seeing potential greatness when they get it going with their blend of rock-solid defense, special teams impact, and ball-control offense. At the moment, Chicago looks formidable, with a four-game winning streak and a formula that looks playoff-worthy. But I bet there's another twist or two still to come this season.

    Read more:

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    and I guarantee he chocked and gagged the whole time putting the Bears so high..."f"er....

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    Notice that he only put the Bears one rank over the Lions.
    It was the bare minimum he could do to acknowledge the win.
    No, not a win, the absolute ass-kicking that got meted out on Sunday to the Lions. And yet they only dropped three spots.
    OK, Don.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    that guy has zero credibility. he's a fucking hack. Just terrible.

    He obviously didn't take logic in school (see how I did that doc?)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I did and I appreciate it.

    I can say, despite my mathematical love affair, that rather than making students take math in college, they would be better served taking a logic class. Most valuable class in all of academia.

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:


    (see how I did THAT! tee hee)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    where the fuck did my "as" go!!!

    Damn it that ruined the whole joke. Should have been...

    "as IFF"

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:

    I have a degree in Philosophy, Doc, and the logic courses I took, made everything else trivial.

  • In reply to Viva:

    I could probably use a refresher... took one of those around 1977 or so...

  • In reply to Viva:

    A philosopher in the Core? I never thought it could happen. Were you a Jarhead before you were a philosopher or after? Before makes sense, after would leave me befuddled.

    Logic is a beautiful thing, is it not? I once cited Modus Ponens during an argument with my wife. I was trying to show how illogical she was being. It didn't work at all. No, it definitely made things MUCH worse. Don't ever do that.

    Who's you're favorite philosopher, Viva? I'm a fan of DesCartes myself. I would have majored in Philosophy over math if I thought I had half a chance at a job.

    Math = High Job security. Philosopher = None.

    It's a shame too because I don't think there is a more applicable subject in the whole world.

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:

    I'm a big fan of Ayn Rand's political phisosophies. Doc, you might actually agree with the last few minutes of this interview.

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:

    Dammit, I forgot how to use IE. You tube Ayn Rand Phil Donahue part 5 of 5, the last few minutes.

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:

    I went into the Marines after I graduated college in '93.

    Political: John Locke, Ayn Rand
    Metaphysics: Aristotle, St. Aquinas
    Ethics: Rand
    Aesthetics: Plotinus
    Epistimology: Aristotle, Rand

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Michael Fabiano thinks Cutler would be a good pick-up in fantasy football. You reckon, Mike? I guess he's still available in some two-team league somewhere. How many ways is that little blob an idiot ....

  • Christmakahkawanzafestivus is coming guys. Treat your wifes to a present that will keep on giving

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    where can I get one..LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB.........would that be the gift that keeps on giving?

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    I imagine our wives would give us both a resounding... YES!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Very romantic MB, very romantic...

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Didn't Lucious Fox invent that in the Dark Knight?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    tee hee hee

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    it should come in a set.

    Flatulence blanket
    Small Fan

  • In reply to 4ever85:

    awesome idea

  • In reply to 4ever85:

    The matches are a bad idea. Whilst watching 'Contagion' in bed with the missus last night, any ignition of matches would no doubt have caused a serious explosion killing the little one at the end of our bed and causing serious injury to the other one outside. I got some serious looks that said "I don't love you right now. The contagion that's just come out of your arse, I do not love you right now."

    Good movie though.

  • Kudos on the self-reflection, Blogfather.

    Would love to see it, but I find 29TD passes for Jay a bit of a reach at this point.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    You're probably right. He's at 11 now. But I do think he's due for one of those 4 TD afternoons.

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    Throw to Earl and it'll happen

  • Ok no lie- we were watching the game last Sunday (I had about 12 people over, only 3 of which are Bears fans) and I said "I want to see 5 turnovers today". Everyone laughed... but who's laughing now ladies!!??
    Looks like it will be cold and cloudy this Sunday. Lets see how many turnovers the Bears can force. I'm going with 4

  • Nostra...really?

  • It's just good business:

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    very fair assesment.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    the pisser is that I think double deuce does need some love

  • Just a gut feeling.. Jay is gonna play lights out because he hates Phillip so much.

  • In reply to Artoo:

    Yes he does Artoo.

    Cutler must be tired of everyone giving Rivers a hand-job while simultaneously twittering that Cutler's a quitter.

    Cutler's gonna want to show him up. Bronco-Charger's hatred dies hard.

  • The Pay-Forte camp must remember that a lot of good players this year are on dirt cheap contracts for the Bears.

    Roy Williams 1yr-$240,000

    Amobe Okoye 1yr-1mil

    Hanie 1yr-1mil.

    Ed Williams 1yr-400,000

    Marion the Barbarian. 2yrs-5mil

    Also, we're gonna have to re-sign

    Earl the Pearl

    Izzy (Unless ur that high on Wooten)

    Tim Jennings


    Bowman (?)

    Kellen Davis (?)

    Last but not least, there's gonna be some good FAs

    WR Colston
    WR Bowe
    WR DeSean Jackson

    G Carl Nicks

    LB Curtis Lofton

    RE Mario Williams****** (a younger Peppers)

    CB Cortland Finnegan (shutting down #1 wrs)
    CB Carlos Rodgers (reason SF D is that good)
    CB Brent Grimes (Not bad, ATL 4-3)

    S Laron Landry (a little like Mike Brown, but healthy)
    S Michael Griffen (eh - made a pro-bowl)

    To name but a few...
    SO.....b4 anyone says "Pay-Forte"... keep the future in mind.

  • In reply to 4ever85:


    Pay Forte.

  • In reply to Bender McLugh:

    Agree. Just not CJ or even Williams mula lol

    If I have to franchise Forte in order to get a guy like Mario Williams, Carl Nicks, Coslton or Landry, sorry Forte.

    15mil guaranteed isn't chump change.

  • In reply to Bender McLugh:

    Bender McLugh drinks Irn Bru ... made from girders.

  • In reply to 4ever85:

    * Fuck desean... his own coach benched him for being a drippy vagina

    * Did someone say Carl Nicks?

    * Finnegan is a loudmouth asshole... but a pretty good corner

    * Would LOVE to get landry... that dude is a stud.

    That all said... pay Forte only what you've offered him, or come up with another way to skin the cat. If that fails, $16M guaranteed for 2 years ain't fucking chicken feed maings.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Yep, Landry and Nicks - YES please.

    Everyone else. Meh.

  • In reply to MB30SD:


    The Texans switched him to a LB, in that short span, he had 5 sacks and like 2 FFs before he went on IR.

    I seriously believe Williams rethinks switching back to a 4-3 end, and what better 4-3 team to play for than ours, opposite Man-Beast Peppers.

    If we get Williams next year, that Dline will be BETTER than the '85 line. No joke.

  • In reply to 4ever85:


    Landry is a stud. He's everything Taylor Mays was supposed to be. Speaking of which, what happened to that dude? He leaves SF and suddenly they're top3 D...coincidence?

  • In reply to 4ever85:

    Mays is playing SS for the Bungles, who have - perhaps - the best secondary in football. Leon Hall is a stud.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    3... tackles.... all... year.

    Jesus, how could I be so wrong about this kid? I watched him play at least 3 full games when at SC, and he looked like a man amoungst boys. Guess the skillset really is that different. Sheesh.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Because you were seduced by the big hit. I said it then, and I'll say it again, and I'll say it always, give me someone that can fucking TACKLE.

    Why the fuck do you guys think Fencik was so good? And Plank (the "46" notwithstanding) so average?

  • In reply to 4ever85:

    good call on williams 4... he tore a pec right?

    Fuck that is brutal. I saw one of our dlinemen do the same thing in college... while benching... his pec rolled up into the corner of his chest like a snail. And he almost dropped 315 on his face. It was nasty.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Glad I did not see that... yuck

  • In reply to 4ever85:

    It would be insane to get Williams

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Yeah, no to Finnegan based on the hair alone, DSJ can take a hike too. No time for guys who walk around looking at themselves in the mirror and acting like they're HOFers when they've been in the league 5 minutes.

    Again, for Angelo fans, had we signed Leshoure instead of muscles, we are in a much stronger position no matter what Forte decides to do. All bases covered. we needed another DT like a hole in the head.

  • god damned hippies!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'm going to take "mentally ill" for $400, Alex.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Always double down MBP:

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    watch it
    i will watch this later but don't generalize or I will have to spill some " hot wax " on you
    I have never met a hippie that owns a gun
    hippie wanna B's maybe

  • In reply to huntinbare:

    There is next to nothing admirable about hippies. And I say that as a borderline case.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    There is nothing admirable about people who judge an entire group of people based on some clique-ish understanding of their lifestyle.

    My definition of hippy: Somebody who values the natural ways of life. Somebody who values peace at almost any cost. Somebody who thinks life is for living and loving and not working and warring. Somebody who questions authority and the established norms. Hippies are the anti-sheep and therefore, in my opinion, are possibly the MOST admirable people. Close-minded assholes? Not so much.

    Do many hippies appear lazy, smell weird, and overdue it on many of those traits? Absolutely. And they give hippies a bad name. But in any "scene" you will find people who are doing it just for the "scene". That should not disqualify the earnest among us.

    In short, since I see your comment as a not-so-subtle insult to Huntin' and myself (possibly) and close with a resounding FUCK YOU DAVE!

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:

    FWIW, Dave, I think Jesus freaks smell bad.

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:

    Anti-sheep. Exactly. There's nothing more beautiful than wanting a nice world to live in. Hippies made all the best music. Hippies designed and invented the computer age. Hippies don't build weapons or champion their use. Hippies see through the lenses of love and betterment, not subjugation and enslavement. Hippies are the first to see through The Man and the mind-control indoctrination that the sheep buy into, the same indoctrination and mind-control that conditions them to hate hippies. Hippies gravitate to the substances that open your mind, the sheep gravitate to those that close it.

    The Beatles and The Doors? Or Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift? Gandhi or Limbaugh? You decide.

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    you have opened my mind up to a whole new computing experience
    I want to bow at your feet
    but I am not sure what time of day it is where you are at
    maybe it is evening and your feet have been in the sweaty sock for a 12 hour shift
    so I just say thanks for your support

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    I had failed to realize hippies had a monopoly on all the good things in the world.

    Thanks for this history lesson.

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:

    thank you
    good doctor and kind sir
    but some things I express will rankle others
    I learned a long time ago that if a body is right of center
    they want to spit in my face
    so this body stands and take the shots
    wishing no ill to those who fire them

    language does not hurt
    it is an experience of the mind for me
    and I am a territory man
    fuck man's maps
    there have been cartographers since the tower of babel
    they are here for our entertainment only

    your kind heart and soul are good enough for me

  • In reply to huntinbare:

    Your theories intruige me and I'd like to subscribe to your newsletter.

    I need to heed your words. Sometimes I let my hot head get the best of me. Sticks and stones and all that.

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:

    Whatever, Doc. While I have been incautious of late with posts, I'm not one to take myself so seriously.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    I do get tired of the hippy bashing. I understand it was mostly tongue in cheek, but behind every joke usually sits at least some element of genuineness . I just want it stated that there is a difference between a hippy and grungy bum, as they are so often confused.

    I don't even really consider myself a hippy. I just don't like closed minds.

    I used to think all rednecks were (insert slanderous comment here). As I've gotten older, I've worked and associated with countless "types" and realize that for every dickwad in some clique, there are many good earnest people. So now, I don't give a shit if you're a redneck, hippy, jock, whatever. You get my point.

    If I took you too seriously, I apologize. Seemed like you were bashing on Huntin'. We "hippies" have to stick together. Cor, you feel me, mang.

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:

    I had thought that the part about being "a borderline case" myself would have nipped all that in the bud, but clearly I was wrong.

    Perhaps I am insensitive to a number of things since self-identification as part of a particular group or subculture has lifelong been anathema to me.

    I'm very sincere about that - only the fuckers at Soldier Field have screwed me up enough to get me in a group. So Bear the fuck Down already.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Ohhhhhh! So you mean that you yourself are a borderline hippy? I see now.

    I completely misunderstood that.

    I vehemently apologize.

    Hippy on.

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:

    Oh shit... oooops.

    I was, uhhhh... just kidding with the hippie thing. I was just doing the cartman schtick man. I swear! I SWEEEAR!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    and I started all this... damn.

    Sorry guys. I was just kidding... except that the dude in the pic was an ahole.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I guess when you do it, for some reason, it's easier to tell you're just kidding. I honestly didn't know Dave was kidding, or I wouldn't have cared. I guess I shouldn't care either way.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    From hence forth I am now known as

  • In reply to huntinbare:

    Exactly. He's a long-hair. Long-hair does not equal Hippy. That's where the expression long-haired hippy comes from. If they were the same, it would be redundant.

    Hippie's rule (But like Irish said, not literally of course).

  • In reply to huntinbare:

    oh and by the way
    thanks for puttin' me in the line of fire
    Hee Hee

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Hey MB
    as previously stated i know nothing about computing
    so to look this up
    i write it down on a piece of paper and then copy it in the bar at the top of this page
    cause every time I start to write it in the box the bears blog page disappears pretty quickly as the computer brain starts to find what I type

    there has got to be a better way
    is there?
    I feel like ben franklin wriring some of these long addresses out

  • In reply to huntinbare:

    Dude, you're typing in the address links into the browser window? How painful is that? Do I have that right? Left click and hold down the mouse button, dragging it across the link until it's highlighted ... right click on the link and choose Copy, clcik inside the browser window and right clicka and choose Paste. Hit return. May your God go with you.

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    thank you
    as I said before
    i am an idiot
    i will ben franklin these fine instructions and hopefully get an A in your computing 101
    class for the unenlightened

  • In reply to huntinbare:

    the painfull part wasn't typing it
    it was payin' for all that paper to follow all these things you have been asking me to look at

    i will now be able to afford the expensive wine again
    that boones farm was killin my liver

  • In reply to huntinbare:


  • In reply to huntinbare:

    Huntin', you crack me up sometimes. Your an interesting person that I'd love to meet some day. I'll look more into Neem oil, but I didn't like some of the side effects I read on Web MD. I'll look more into it for next year.
    What is a hippie? I have no idea. There is one constant of a hippie, and that is they are against war unless it's a last resort...the War on Drugs...the War on Terror...or other wars that only affect our "National Interest" and not our personal safety. Other than that, I see no commonality.
    I personally relate most to the Dead Heads of the 60's to the 80's, who wanted the Federal Government off their backs, to be left alone. Libertarians for the most part. I love the hippie entrepreneurs like Irish mentioned.
    The Federal Government got way too involved in peoples lives, and they will bring us all down. The corruption is massive on all sides. The war of the future is between the individual and the state, just as it has always been. Call it feudalism, monarchies, slavery, socialism, communism, naziism, the welfare state, whatever. It's all the same with the same end result. The individual is not as important as the "state", his life means nothing. There are no real individual rights in today's society.

  • In reply to huntinbare:

    Or do the highlighting as suggested, then type Cntl-C (i.e. hold Cntl key and type C to Copy), Cntl-T (for new browser Tab), and Cntl-V (for paste*) and find yourself in a new browser tab reading the article.

    * paste = V? Leave it to we IT folks to come up with that shit.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    cntrl p must be for print, right? I'm guessing v for visible? Hmmm.


  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:

    Here’s your cheatsheet y’all:

    CTRL+A= Select all
    CTRL+C= Copy
    CTRL+V= Paste
    CTRL+Z= Undo (i.e., undo the last ONE thing you just did)
    CTRL+S= Save (but this doesn’t work for web stuff, it’s more for things like MSFT Word)
    Here’s your cheatsheet y’all:

    CTRL+A= Select all
    CTRL+C= Copy
    CTRL+V= Paste
    CTRL+Z= Undo (i.e., undo the last ONE thing you just did)
    CTRL+S= Save (but this doesn’t work for web stuff, it’s more for things like MSFT Word)

    There's more, but it won't work on the interwebs

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Yes, but, Why v for print, MB? Why v?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Shit. I meant, why v for paste? Fuck.

  • It will probably be Peterson, but Kerrigan reminds me of Teddy B.

  • McQuery is a dirt bag.

    Even if he spoke to Penn State cops, and they decided to cover up starting there, he had a moral responsibility to make sure real cops knew this was going down.

    He's in a tough spot, as his own father may have been the one to tell him to shut his pie hole, but if that was the case, he should have gotten the fuck out of Penn State. Instead, he allows himself to be promoted twice, showing he is a loyal soldier to the Omerta.

    Fuck him. Fuck him in his face.,0,1654572.story

    Fuck the Penn State Omerta, fuck EVER giving JoePa a penny of his $500k a year pension (yeah, that's right, gag the fuck on that - $500k a year until he croaks)

    What a shit hole the valley is.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Hey Joe, where you goin' with that dollar in your hand
    Hey Joe, I said where you goin' with that dollar in your hand

    I'm going down to sell my old lady
    You know, I've caught Jerry messin' around with another man
    I'm going down to sell my old lady
    You know, I've caught Jerry messin' around with another man
    And that ain't too cool

    Hey Joe, I've heard you sold your home down,
    sold her down, now
    I said I've heard you sold to your old lady now,
    You brought the price down to the ground

    Yes I did, I sold her
    You know, I caught Jerry messin' round, messin' round town
    Yes I did, I sold her
    You know, I caught Jerry messin' around town
    And I gave him the cover up

  • In reply to gpldan:

    sirpico went to the heads of the force and got no help
    mcquery should have watched that movie and known that schultz was not the man to address this problem

    I just watched chris matthews talking to some espn legal beagle and he feared that mcquery's e-mail;s are contradictory to his grand jury testimony
    making him a less than credible witness for the prosecution in the 2002 case

  • I'm late to the party on JA but here's my .02. If you give Lovie credit for being a good coach and getting more out of his players than most coaches (I'm voting yes and yes), that downgrades JA even more. Lovie started out with horrible coaches because Numb Nuts took so long to hire him and Lovie took what he could get. Shea was an epic fail (I hate the use of epic but it fits here). Turner was an improvement but it would be almost impossible not to be. Lovie fucked up when he shit canned Rivera but people forget that Rivera was as much to blame for that SB loss as Rex or Turner. Babich sucked horribly as DC and Lovie had too much on his plate to be the DC. Since then Marinelli and Tice have been great hires and Martz is a improvement over Turner. Toub has been a fatastic hire and I hope we can keep him around. These hires are Lovie's not JA's.

    I know a lot of you consider Lovie is a crappy HC or just plain slow. Lovie sucks at challenges and time outs. However, I don't think that has cost us even one game. I would be willing to bet if almost any other HC took our roster they would do worse.

    I give JA credit for valuing ST's and D. He has spent most of the roster money on those 2 phases. He also does a good job at with signings and salcap. Granted most of that falls to Stein but he works for JA.

    I think JA is avg at best and most of the credit for success should go to Lovie.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Damnit, Canada... how are you sooo right?

    " but people forget that Rivera was as much to blame for that SB loss as Rex or Turner"

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    You and I might be a gang of two Dave. I really get tired of people blaming the SB loss all on Rex. No doubt he sucked moose wang but so did Turner and Rivera. Turner for going away from the run and having Rex throw downfield in a monsoon. Rivera for his continued insistence #54 cover the deep middle while Indy ran delays and middle screens for the entire game. After Manning had that brain freeze that allowed the long bomb, Rivera went into a prevent D the rest of the game. It prevented a victory for sure. In that monsoon the only long passes that were going to be completed were total defensive breakdowns. We had one and Rivera coached scared the rest of the game. Oh, and Rex sucked.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    I did a little business with Chico back in 2007 2008 and asked him what happened to the pressure D in the superbowl. He laughed and said ask Lovie.

  • And vaunted Chico has done exactly what since he left the Bears?

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    and what exactly does that have to do with the 2006 superbowl and the pressure applied by the Bears D?

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    I never got the love for Rivera either. Maranelli, Tice and Toub are the only coaches I've liked ... out of how many hires ? Martz failed to adapt for two years - but can call good plays when he sets his mind to the task no doubt. But overall, drafting, hires - sorry Jerry - Fail. Complete fail.

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    Rivera had good players, like Buddy Ryan. Ryan cost us our perfect season due to bald-faced stubborn-ness. If he was such a genius where's his legacy? How could you go wrong with that squad? Seriously?

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    “Ditka was the reason we won a Super Bowl, and the reason we didn’t win three.”
    - Richard Dent

  • I'm a little on the fence regarding Angelo. I tend to lean more towards Jeff and Viva. The Bears have won three of the last six division titles, and the NFC has been the epitome of parity, with a different team making the Super Bowl in each of the last 10 years.
    The Bears had some bad luck at the end of 2006, with Tommie and Mike Brown, two of our 3 best defenders, getting hurt at the end of the year. It also didn't help playing the SB in the rain. Sexy Rexy's tiny hands couldn't hold on to the ball and he sucked in bad weather games. Last year, we hit a hot Packers team in the playoffs and Cutler went down.
    I live in Packer country, and everyone here was calling for Ted Thompson's head last year midway through the season, even some very knowledgable friends of mine.
    The Patriots have been the class of the league the last 10 years, but they haven't won a SB in 6-7 years. To show how close this league is, they won 3 SB by 3 points each, and lost one by 3 points against a hot Giants Wild Card team that went 10-6 in the regular season.

  • A non-football note. Yesterday and today I could not log in or post on the DBB site using Firefox. I could log in and post on other ChicagoNow sites, but not this one. Right now I'm using Explorer to post, which I haven't used in years. The last few weeks, when the threads get long, posts are over-lapped and the whole site looks really screwed up. I'm kind of pissed about this situation. Any suggestions for me would be greatly appreciated. Firefox is so much more user-friendly for me.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Cor, I'm using Firefox right now. This morning I could read only.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    I use Chrome almost exclusively; I have intermittent issues with the site as well but I think it's a much faster browser.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I use Chrome too... it really does seem faster than the others.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Firefox has more bells and whistles but Chrome is much more elegant.
    And as someone in my industry is apt to say, I do like elegant.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Chrome. I seem to never have problems.

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:

    Do you ever have the problem with Chrome to where it will remember you are signed in but after while you have to sign out and in?

  • In reply to Artoo:

    No. But then my computer is not a complete idiot, either. (Kidding, of course).

  • In reply to Artoo:

    Only on this site.
    So, I'm not convinced it has anything to do with Chrome - just this shit-heap blog software.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    It's just bullshit software, Cor, and nobody at CN is doing the first thing to resolve the problem, and they won't do, I imagine.

  • just finished the JA thread; and I would say that I am all in for docnitty
    being a debate referee
    on the dais would be the Legendary DBB poster Irish
    and his opponent would be JA
    I would buy a ticket for that entertainment
    i wonder what the pre debate odds would be?

    I would say that yesterday was not a very good day for JA
    and I will never stand up for him in Irish's presence
    unless I was stoned drunk
    you wouldn't hit a drunken fool would ya irish?

    I thought there was some great detail of the drafts though
    so for me it was an education

    I got this from an article I read last night
    at the end of 2009 JA decided to re-evaluate the front office
    Not long after he fired Bobby DePaul
    In april 2010 JA did not renew the contract of director of college scouting Greg Gabriel
    (this is where Ruskell enters)

    Gabriel was set to enter his 9th season
    before us he was 16 seasons with NY Giants scouting dept.
    Gabriel hits:
    Lance Briggs
    Tommie Harris
    Devon Hester
    Johnny Knox
    Nathan Vasher
    In Gabriel's first 7 drafts the bears selected 16 players who started 1 game for the bears in 2008

    He missed on these "high" draft picks
    Cedric Benson rb 1st round 2005
    Mark Bradley rec. 2nd round 2005
    Dusty Dvoracek dt 3rd round 2006
    Dan Bauzin de 2nd round 2007
    Michael Okwo lb 3rd round 2007

    since this is going to fall on Ruskell shoulders; maybe a look at his past success or failure in drafting will give us some clues as to our future.

    I do believe that drafting"the bear jew" was all on tice's word
    as he was pesonally scouted by tice who attended wisc. games; because his son plays there
    and I am sure he was disappointed to learn that the center for wisc. peter konz......
    who was highly rated, went down last week with an injury

  • In reply to huntinbare:

    hb, i think Dusty was not a bad pick. When he was not hurt, he was strong.

    The rest of those are an indictment to be sure. Esp. Bauzin and Okwo. Although in the latter case, people have bitched on this blog for years about not looking for those to follow Lach/Briggs, and Okwo was an attempt to find one lower in the draft I think.

    On the Wisc. thing, I imagine you're right. Although seeing the Badgers get derailed hurts me not one bit.

  • In reply to huntinbare:

    I wouldn't hit anybody HB, especially not a hippy. I'm a lover not a fighter - just not in a Michael Jackson way. Now put me in a room with JA and say, George W Bush .... tell us that one person gets to walk out alive, and let's just say I could live with that.

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    after reading your summary of JA's history
    i think you could man up to his reasoning and talk circles around his ideas for his choices

    I love watching minds battle

  • In reply to IrishSweetness:

    "Make love, not war", eh Irish?

  • I just head Tim Jennings on NFL Network's mic'd up and all I can say is that is one tough dude. Who knew these corners could manhandle WRs? And DJ Moore, the smallest player not he Bears, going after China in front of the entire Lions sideline? hahaha that was great.

  • In reply to Shady:

    *on the

    jebus i'm turning into MB

  • In reply to Shady:

    that hurt, I have feelings too you know.

  • In reply to Shady:

    *heard *Sound FX

  • Damn nome code.

  • In reply to Shady:

    It even stole the 'g'!!!! :-)

  • today was a good day on the route:

    I get to one of my condos and the manager meets me at the mailboxes
    He is from chicago and is living his dream on the beach
    we talk bears and blackhawks when we see each other

    I open the boxes and start to bust his chops about one of his residents who's box is so full of mail I have to fold it to get it in

    "Hey, where did he he fly his plane to this time?" I asked
    as I dragged out a week and a half worth mail out of the box; and wrap it up for the mgr. to take up to his unit.

    " There was a guy who pulled this trip on me last week, in a condo down the street." I said "I gave him some jungle training. I wrote him a note that said; your mail is on hold at the P.O."
    That customer ripped me a new asshole when he got back and his mail wasn't there. He had to drive his Bentley down to the P.O. to pick it up; cause he couldn't wait till the next day for me to bring it out.

    So I am telling my mgr. buddy about how I was treated like a slave by this million $ baby; and how much I hated the experience;
    and this resident who was standing next to the boxes starts to agree with me.
    I then say, "I have every right to return his mail to sender after it sits in the box 10 days"
    She says, " I am glad I talked to our Mgr. and made arrangements
    so you wouldn't do that to me."
    I asked who she was and she tells me her name
    She has been getting tons of mail for the 6 years I have been on this route; but she is busy away from town 98% of the time;
    and every week I pull her mail out of the box and bundle it up; and it is a bunch...and give it to the Mgr. she has degree in medecine and law

    "I will be here now more often though, I just got a new job." she said. " I am going to work for the NFL."
    I asked her what team she rooted for, and she said no one in particular
    It turns out she will be working with the NFL and players Assoc. to help the players with the issues surrounding traumatic injuries

    i brought up dave duerson
    and right away she responded about his suicide
    I shared a bit about life expectancies of players
    she talked a bit about the sensors in helmets

    then I layed this on her
    "If you ever meet Jerry Angelo in the near future;
    tell him to pay Matt Forte"
    I said," Jerry is using him up and he is sacrificing himself for the team. The man needs to be paid."

    she laughed as I handed her her mail.

    it is good to know that the NFL is doing the right thing and getting serious about improving the retired players quality of life .

  • In reply to huntinbare:

    Where you at, huntin? Naples, Bonita Bay?

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    the beautifull town of
    Golden Gate
    that is the armpit on the outskirts of Naples
    you are always welcome in my modest cave
    that has punched a hole into this weird dimension

    the kids are gone
    so there is a clean spare room anytime

  • Even with the defensive disasters early in the season, plus garbage scores in (off the top of my head) the CAR, MIN, TB, PHI, and (2nd) DET games... the defense still manages to rank 6th in the league in net points:

    This is good stuff gentlemen.

  • In reply to Michael L:

    agreed Michael.

    rivers dead

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