DaBearsBlog Picks Contest & Saturday Games Thread

DaBearsBlog Picks Contest & Saturday Games Thread

Side note I: Remember how well those Texans were dealing with losing their quarterback?

Side note II: I will be away from my minute-to-minute duties for most of this holiday weekend. Happy everything to all who've made this site their home. We're braving a shit month but we shall rally and rebound. (And the Weekend Show will continue throughout the offseason.)

Da Picks Contest - Semifinals 

We're down to the final four. This week's rules are altered slightly.

  • Each of the contestants must select three games on Saturday.
  • You also must pick the Bears v. Packers Sunday night game.
  • The tiebreaker: Josh McCown's passer rating.

The Lines

CHIEFS -2 Raiders / Broncos -3 BILLS / TITANS -7 Jags / BENGALS -4 Cardinals / PATRIOTS -9.5 Dolphins / RAVENS -12.5 Browns / JETS -3 Giants / REDSKINS -6.5 Vikings / PANTHERS -7.5 Bucs / LIONS -2.5 Chargers / 49ers -2.5 SEAHAWKS / COWBOYS -1.5 Eagles / PACKERS -13 Bears / SAINTS -6.5 Falcons

My Five Favorite Christmas Films of All-Time

#5. Emmet Otter's Jugband Christmas. The 1977 Jim Henson-produced TV special is one of the more endearingly simple holiday films you'll ever see. It also has a few classic Paul Williams tracks. For a great clip, click here.

#4. The Nightmare Before Christmas. Give me this modern masterpiece over that weird, stop-motion Rudolph film where he goes to an island of "misfit" toys and there's the gay kid in the box. Sure I like hearing Burl Ives sing Silver & Gold but I'd take just about anything by Danny Elfman has ever made over it.

#3. A Christmas Story. I blame the TNT network for this film's fall on my list to the third position. I just can't handle the round-the-clock airings that seem to start sometime in late September. Still, think of the iconic imagery from this movie: tongue on the frozen post, stocking lamp, "you'll shoot your eye out", the bunny costume...etc. A classic film for any season.

#2. Scrooged. George C. Scott was a great Scrooge. So was Michael Caine in The Muppet Christmas Carol. But Bill Murray begins developing the hard-edged character with a hole to fill that he perfected in Groundhog Day here. His Scrooge is a bastard and comes to learn the meaning of love and Christmas by getting the shit kicked out of him. Ain't that the way it should be?

#1. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. And it ain't even close.

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  • 1. It's a wonderful life
    2. White Christmas
    3. Rudolph/Frosty the Snowman
    4. Christmas Story
    5. National Lampoons Christmas Vacation

    If it's not on your list you tried to hard to make your list cool.

  • In reply to Waffle 2.0:

    Respect your list but I legitimately despise Rudolph/Frosty and Wonderful Life. I strongly considered White Christmas. It's probably my #7

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    1. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
    I STILL think Edmund Gwenn is the
    REAL Santa Claus.

    2. A CHRISTMAS STORY.
    I HAD a Red Ryder BB gun! Didn't
    have the compass in the stock but while I never shot MY eye out I did almost get my younger brother's.

    And, c'mon, Blogfather, if you don't like the marathon then DON'T WATCH IT! What al LAME excuse for lowering it on your list. I recommend the DVD which has excellent extras.

    3. A CHRISTMAS CAROL
    Take your pick. I lLIKE the George C. Scott version, I REALLY LIKE the Alistair Sim (1950) version and I LOVE the 1938 version with Reginald Owen as Scrooge and Gene Lockhart (The reluctant presiding judge in Miracle on 34th Street) as Bob Crachit with his real-life wife as Mrs Crachit and 2 of his daughters (including June Lockhart of LASSIE and LOST IN SPACE fame)playing a couple of the Crachit kids.

    4. IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE
    It's a wonderful movie. Talk about unrepentant evil, Mr. Potter KEEPS the 8 grand that Uncle Billy absent mindedly left in his office to start the climactic crisis). Lastly, two words: Donna Reed. No WAY she winds up an old maid if George had never been born. A HOOKER, maybe, (see FROM HERE TO ETERNITY) but never an old maid!

    5. Take your pick: CHRISTMAS VACATION, ELF, SCROOGED.

    ELF stunned me because I am NOT a big Will Ferrall fan (a little Will goes a long way for me) but Buddy "What's your favorite color?" is such a sweet character he won me over.

    I didn't list GRINCH or CHARLIE BROWN or RUDOLPH or FROSTY. I consider those TV special, a different category not to be compared with theatrical releases. For TV specials, I go with GRINCH at #1 for Boris karloff's incomparable turn as narrator/grinch and Thurl Ravenscroft's iconic singing "...STINK! STANK! STUNK!" Ravenscroft, BTW, has been the voice of what was voted the most Iconic Ad figure of all time; Tony The Tiger!

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    "Shitter's full!" For my money, best line in a Christmas movie ever. Stay classy.

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    Jeff, ahhhhhh! How can you despise It's A Wonderful Life? It is the age old struggle of the common man, the clash between his hopes and dreams, ambitions and the realities of life....

    I tear up a bit every single time I watch it

  • In reply to Waffle 2.0:

    It's a matter of taste, Waffle. Your top three would be at the bottom of my list, just above Santa Conquers the Martians. Actually I'd rather watch that than a Bing Crosby musical.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    how about Die Hard? can we consider that a Christmas movie?

  • In reply to evantonio:

    Ha! I actually did. But I decided that Christmas movie but not only be set at Christmas but have a Christmas theme.

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    christmas wasn't the main theme, but it certainly was the driving force behind the movie. after all - if not for christmas jon mclean wouldn't have come out to the coast to get together and have a few laughs.

    and santa was there! http://bit.ly/w1rPmf

    but i can appreciate the view that "A Christmas Story" is more christmas-themed than die hard.

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    What about something like "The Passion" or "Jesus of Nazareth?" Because if those qualify, then "Life of Brian" is my new #1.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    I knew there was a reason I liked you buttsteak

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    It's the name. Kinda like, Incontinentia Buttocks.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    i guess you're right. Someone's got to buy Nickelback albums i guess....

  • In reply to Waffle 2.0:

    that came out wrong, i would never accuse you of buying a nickelback album. you know what i mean.

  • In reply to Waffle 2.0:

    Not a big Nickelback fan, though I do like "How you Remind Me" and "Photographs." Hate Jimmy Stewart. Especially after I read his poetry...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdq5a1KzsJ0

  • then the 10 thousand adaptations:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_A_Christmas_Carol_adaptations

  • In reply to Waffle 2.0:

    Johnny, when your kids get a little older, you should come to La Crosse for the big ice fishing tournament in early February on Lake Onalaska. If the temperature is above 15 and the wind isn't too brisk, there can be 5-10 thousand people partying on the lake and fishing. The fishing prizes aren't too big (most of the money goes to conservation), but it's a great time. They also raffle off fishing supplies and guns at the beer tent.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    can you fish for me while i supervise and i will just eat the fried result, drink the beer out of my newly won shotgun and entertain the shit out of your family?

  • My top five:
    1) A Christmas Story
    2) It's a Wonderful Life
    3) Miracle on 34th St.
    4) Bad Santa
    5) The first Mr Hankey South Park episode, and all the rest to finish off the top ten.

    On a lighter note, I went out for dinner with about 10 good friends tonight at Buzzard Billy's Flying Carp Cafe. Excellent food. Seafood Gumbo, Jambalaya, Blackened Catfish, Buzzard Eggs, hush puppies, and seafood eggplant something something. Then after dinner drinks overlooking the mighty Mississippi with xmas lights shining everywhere in every tree along the river.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    I'm going with Bad Santa and that's the end of my list. I truly dislike X-mas. No need to elaborate. It's all the same gripes all the grinches have.

    I've always loved to go to Lacrosse. Fresh Old Style on tap is pretty hard to beat. I used to go to Sparta (about 1/2 hour East of Lacrosse) to ride the Elroy-Sparta trail. It's a rails-to trails with 3 tunnels on it. Very cool. Slightly uphill to Elroy but the trip back to Sparta was sweet. There used to be a cheese factory in a small town on the trail.

    http://www.elroy-sparta-trail.com/

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    I was born and raised on the Mississippi River. When I was in my 40's I was transferred to a town on the Missouri River. To this day I love being on or around rivers.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    If you ever come back to La Crosse, you better let me know mother fucker. We'll go out and check out some of the great local music around here. Hell, if I have enough advance notice, I might even be able to set up a kick ass show.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    The La Crosse music scene is kicking ass right now. People drive 3 hours from Milwaukee or 3 hours from Iowa City to check out some of the bands right now.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    I used to go to Iowa City all the time for shows. A good friend owned Gabes Oasis. Lots of good times there. Whenever I was in Lacrosse it was always bicycle related. Also, Old Style related after we got off the bikes. Do they still have the giant 6-pack?

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    The giant 6-pack is still there, but they don't make Old Style in La Crosse anymore. It's more like a contract brewery now. You can't even find Old Style in stores or bars anymore.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    I thought I read that somewhere. I knew at one time Heilmann was buying up the really small breweries in Wisconsin and then one of the giants bought them. I drank Old Stool light for years. I haven't had a drink in 17+ years so I'm sure that didn't help their cause. If there's any chance I'm going to be in the Lacrosse area, I definitely would let you know in advance. Same goes for you. If you ever want to see the Canadian Rockies I make an excellent tour guide. I was a guide on bike tours one summer so I'm kind of a professional (kinda, sorta).

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Bad Santa was my forgotten film. It is clearly one of the greats.

  • Jeff, is the Bears game a tie breaker as well? Not quite sure how this works with 4 games?

  • It's not a tiebreaker. You're picking four games. If you're tied after the 4 games, we go to the breaker.

  • I know Better Off Dead isn't Christmas movie, but it has my favorite Christmas scene. Do they have Christmas in France?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTZoJvl2GBs&feature=related

    Chrrrissstmaasss...Have a merry one!

  • I don't think I've seen any really great Hannukah films. I think Bill Murray's Scrooged is probably my favorite holiday film. Its worth mentioning that Die Hard is also an Xmas film for those who don't like sap (I actually do enjoy some sap when the acting and story are well done).

    I've always thought the Channukah story would make a great swords and sandals epic, and there's actually an interesting debate about religious extremism vs. assimilation to go with the holiday as well.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    haha. i asked about Die Hard a little further up in the comments. certainly a better christmas movie than most of the junk out there.

    as far as hanuka goes, we can never forget "a rugrats chanukah"

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    I always kinda fancied Inglorious Basterds as a Hanukah movie NB, but I know you don't like violence.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eG4pI5ek4Q8

    (extra points for the BearJew)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Who says I don't like violence? I love a good action film, but I also enjoy well acted drama, even if its a bit sappy. One of my favorite films is Big Fish (another Burton/Elfman work), which is extremely sappy at the end, but what a great ride.

    I don't understand how IB is a Hanukah film besides it being about Jews killing Nazis.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    That was pretty much it nb.

  • Love Actually is my favorite Christmas movie.

  • In reply to Viva:

    I should have laid out my rules, Viva. I have a ten year rule before any movie is my top anything. Elf and Love Actually are legitimate candidates to break through once they're eligible.

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    was just about to lay that down: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1Xh35MymZo

    (did you give it extra points because he wears tights?)

    Whaaaat... just asking!

  • In reply to Viva:

    damn viva... you're a sensative man.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Love and family make life worth living, and a genuine desire to see Da Bears win.

    Merry Christmas everyone!

  • In reply to Viva:

    viva , your wife hacked your chicago now account again.

  • Oh, and seven words for you guys...

    Planes, Trains, and Auto mo biles.

    ...thooooose aren't piiiiilllooooowwwsss!!!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    au to

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCqcMOB6STc

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Great film. John Candy, trying to get back to Chicago, for uh... Thanksgiving, wasn't it?

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    indeed.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I thought it was a Christmas movie too. Wikipedia set me straight. I think I confused it with "Home Alone," where John Candy plays a similar role.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    funny you say that steak... the wife rented P,T,&A the other night and I kept waiting for the polka band track scene.... I only relaized it was in HA when the wife rented THAT the following night. Love john candy... sad loss.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I have a rule in my family: if you want me and my ilk to come over for Thanksgiving we must watch Planes Trains and Automobiles. I have since bought about about 10 VHS, DVD, and Blue Ray version of that film.

  • I also thought polar express was well done.

  • The clip from Emmet Otter's Jugband Christmas was awesome. "Look at the birds, up in the tree".

  • Well not that it matters: Barber out for Sunday, calf injury... Bell is the Man..all that's left.

  • Great call on Scrooged. Love that movie

  • merry xmas all you heathens: http://www.redeyechicago.com/sports/redeye-hot-cheerleaders-in-santa-costumes-20111220,0,1191195.photogallery

  • Hmm. Can't get a good feel for the games this weekend. I'm wavering on picking all the games that will eliminate or keep the Bears in the running this weekend. Decisions, decisions.

  • Silent Partner has Christopher Plummer trying to rob a bank in a Santa suit. Really a good movie. Elliot Gould and Susannah York (naked!) also star in it. John Candy is in it briefly.

  • C'mon guys!

    "Gremlins"!

    Good pick on x-mas flicks. My first choice was actually "Die Hard". Yippi Ki Yah Motherf##kers!

    Also, if you're into indie flicks and stuff, this video rental store in L.A. is probably the best. Videotheque. You can always browse through the site just to see what's up.

    http://www.vidtheque.com/Search.aspx?tt=christmas

    And thinking ahead, a great New Year's movie is "Four Rooms" by Tarentino and gang.

  • PATRIOTS -9.5
    49ers -2.5
    CHIEFS -2

    My head says GB-13, my heart says Bears+13. I'm an analytical guy but I'm going with my heart on this one.

    Josh's Passer Rating: 70.5

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Patriots
    Seattle
    Chiefs
    Bears

    JM's Passer Rating 70.6

    I'm glad you picked the Bears Tobi, I just can't stomach picking the Cheese in this one either.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Well, the fear of getting booted off of here if I picked Green Bay was a factor as well. Truth is, i never really had a problem with GB. It was the Vikings I couldn't stand but it looks like it's going to be the Lions now for sometime to come. Interesting picks, you and I. We're going to live or die on that one game and JM's over/under passer rating....

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    I couldn't help but roll with Seattle at home and the points. I figure if they could beat the Saints in the playoffs last year they are good for a must win game at home on Sunday. That was the only chink I could see in your picks.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    I my minds eye, I see the Lions and Falcons losing.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    dont love the approach of picking against the opponent but i'll deal with it

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    Patience is a virtue. I just play with the cards I'm dealt. I think Sung Su said that.

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    It's all semantics Jeff. That strategy could have just as easily backfired on me. BossBear did it to me in the first round and he lost on his Ravens pick. I actually would have done better if I went with the teams I wanted to but chose the strategery route instead.

    I "was" going to take the Seahawks, Panthers, Saints and Bears. Either way I would have won.

  • http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d82554f53/article/chicagos-carimi-aka-bear-jew-feasts-on-hanukkah-latkes?module=HP11_content_stream

    A tad smidgie 'o fluff anyone?

  • Walking into Costco today to pick up food for Christmas dinner, I spy a Packer fan walking towards us on the sidewalk.
    Just as we get a couple of feet from the cheesehead, my daughter (prompted) starts belting out "Bear Down, Chicago Bears" at top volume...
    I love having a little Bears fan around.

    Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah everybody !

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Haha that's awesome.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    boo yah.

    Nice work dad.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    They can't really say anything, because are you going to tell off a dimple-faced blond 2-year old?
    It's great.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    And it's the best ring-tone I've ever had.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Same to you MB. Earlier in the thread the converstion turned to Hanukkah movies. I couldn't think of a movie but one of my favorites was the SNL skit "How Hanukkah Harry saves Christmas. I couldn't find the whole bit but here's a link to an excerpt:

    http://www.jinsider.com/videos/vid/269-hanukkah/6041-hanukkah-harry-saves-christmas.html

    And looking for that, I came across Glengarry Glen Christmas:

    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x7mrym_saturday-night-live-glengarry-glen_fun

    Funny stuff....

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    LMFAO - I love the Glengarry Glen Christmas sketch...classic.

    Alec Baldwin may be a dick to airline stewards but he's a great guest host - and that's what counts, kids.
    A - Always
    B - Be
    C - Cobbling

    Always be cobbling.

  • Hey Jeff, is the Rams v Steelers game off the board or something?

  • In reply to Shady:

    I think so Shady.

  • From the latest Brad Biggs piece at the Trib:

    "… In the holiday spirit, Cutler presented his offensive linemen with watches. Caleb Hanie bought them high-end luggage."

    Not to be cruel but I hope Caleb bought himself a set as he's probably going to need it after the last game of the season....

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Also from the same article: GB is averaging over 40pts a game at home....

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Their OL is on life support, though. That is the one thing that gives me hope.

  • I watched scrooged again, Meh. It kinda sucked and wasn't near as good as I remembered it.

  • A great Christmas film nobody has mentioned, and sure to make your list in 2015:

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0424205/

  • That looks good. Most Christmas dramas aren't, imo.

    The only one I like is "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" (1945). It's not intended as a Christmas movie, but its main scenes are set in the Christmas season, and its themes are darkly Christmas-y. At least one scene is as classic as anything from "A Christmas Story."

    It's a good movie if you can get past the acting, which is great when it counts but generally suffers from the style of the times.

    Here is James Dunn's character singing Annie Laurie, after his wife moves the family to the cheapest apartment in the tenement:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pv_NIIrXlak

    This clip summarizes the film. Don't be fooled by the first 1:30; Dunn is supposed to be like that and his wife calls him out on it at about 1:40.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Ix3zZGC2jE

    Merry Christmas, people, even you packer pickers, may your hopes be crushed with Rodgers.

    Ugh, still got some shopping to do.

  • Ravens
    Panthers
    Titans
    Bears (as always)
    Passer rating: 69

  • I hadn't seen National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation until last year.
    Sad, I know.

    As a 36-yr old, I place it way at the top of the list...no one other Christmas move quite captures mid-life holidays like that one.

  • I see you got your wish, Blogfather, with Barber now OUT of the green Bay game.
    No Briggs won't help, either.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    it was over before it was over al. sad to say.

  • Itty Bitty Nitty Gritty part Thriggity is finally here!

    9 lbs 4 oz. 21 inches long. (The baby's pretty long too! ha ha)

    Momma's fine and Daddy's happy.

    And sorry MB, there was only one of them (Thank Trac's God).

    Hell Motherfuckin' Yeah!

  • Congratulations Doc! That's awesome!

    May you and your newly expanded family have a wonderful Christmas.

  • Congrats Doc: Glad everyone is healthy! Now the fun really begins!

  • Congratulations! And an EXTRA happy holiday to you, Nitty. Thats a big healthy kid!

  • Congrats, Doc and glad to hear all is well with everyone. So close together, his birthday and Xmas gifts get combined. You'll save money but the kid got the shaft on that deal...

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    hahahahah

  • Congrats Doc! I Pray the Lord will Bless you and your family and keep them out of harms way. I also pray you will embrace the Lords loving and kind ways. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Thanks, Trac. I really do appreciate that.

  • YEAH BUDDY!!!

    Seriously congrats to the entire nitty clan maings. That's a big fucking kid!

    You thinkin lineman... or scientist/math genius?

    Also gotta give a shout out (not sure what’s up with the shout outs lately) to mommy… nice work Mrs. nitty! Talk about a great christ-mast present! Woo hoo!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Is it too much to ask for both?

  • holy shit doc, 9'4? i thought you were a math professor not kris fucking jenkins

  • Blessings to you and your honey.... Doc....nothing but great wishes...

  • I wasn't going to do it, but Congratulations, stranger.

    It just feels awkward, responding to FistCrunch as Crunch Butt.

  • Congrats Doc. As Paul Erdos would say, its nice to have another epsilon in the world :)

  • Thanks Guys!

    Life is good. Really, really good.

  • Congratulations, Doc!!!

  • Congratulations, Doc!

    And, JUST in time to be a 2011 tax deduction!

    What a smart kid!

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Exactly what I was thinking, Al.

  • Congrats Doc!!!!! Glad to hear everyone is doing fine. Mom must be sore as hell. What a load! Couldn't be happier for you. Best of the holiday season to the Nitty clan.

  • Yeah, congrats Doc!

    Slate Fistcrunch JR.

    Has a ring to it...

  • welcome to xmas in san diego guys. Johnny, you still out there?

    http://www.surfline.com/surf-report/swamis-southern-california-hdcam_4789/

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    i'm alive! fucking exhausted and working like a jamaican but alive and kicking

  • Broncos, 49ers, Bengals, Packers

    68.9

  • Congrats Doc!!!

  • Ha, a note from the grinch.

    http://www.waff.com/story/16383548/shoppers-throw-punches-while-waiting-for-sale-of-popular-tennis-shoe

  • I've drawn the short straw and will have to work on Christmas, so I wanted to say something just to say it, as it were.

    To everyone on the blog, I want to wish a joyous Christmas for you and your loved ones. So blogfather, regulars, irregulars, lurkers, and yes even you trolls out there. Merry Christmas and God bless us every one.

  • In reply to MikeV in OR:

    I second that emotion. On the topic of trolls, a number of Packer ones, a few from Detroit (notoriously poor spellers) but don't recall ever seeing a Viking knob. Maybe I haven't been around here long enough...

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    They were here two years ago, during the Favre run. Dipshits, every one.

  • In reply to MikeV in OR:

    Merry XMAS...MVO

  • I'm a total Grinch but Happy Holidays to everyone. Hope you all get what you want and need this season. I've got my Beloved Bride and that makes me a happy little Canadian (with US roots).

    I'm not as nice as Mike. The Trolls can go pound sand.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Canada...did you ask baby jebus for the trolls to go pound sand?...lol

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    That wasn't my intent but I'm OK with that. As you can probably guess, I'm not the most religious guy on the blog.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    I'm with you Canada..total Grinch except for the little kids. But always wish the best for everyone..INCLUDING the trolls. Just because THEY choose to root for the wrong team and after all, they can't help the way they are...right?

  • In reply to MaddBearfan:

    That's right - they're just the way God made them...

  • In reply to MaddBearfan:

    They can help it. I wouldn't be a troll because I've got a life. If my team won the SB last year and is 13-1 this year, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't feel the need to rub it in.

    Totally with ya on the kids. Once the kids stop believing in Santa it's not as much fun.

    True story. I'm the youngest of 6. Santa used to come down the steps from upstairs and do the ho-ho-ho and pass out presents. There was 7 years difference between my older brother and me. When I was five my brother told me it was the old man dressed up. I didn't believe him until I got up close, got a good look at him and could smell the gin. Gotta love older brothers!

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Here's another true story. Bet you didn't know Santa was a Scotch drinker. When I was about six, I was leaving out a glass of hot chocolate and some cookies for Santa when my father said to me "Johnny, the cookies and cocoa are nice but what Santa would really like is a Scotch and soda. Here, let me show you how to make one." Sure enough, the next morning the cookies and hot chocolate were still there but the scotch and soda glass was empty....

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Hilarious! Everyone is so PC now that story would horrify lots of people. My favorite times with my dad were going to the bar and having everyone buy me pop, chips, nuts, money for the pinball machine. Man that was great! I'm sure my alcoholism later in life was just a coincidence. Or not.

  • Well tobi, it's gonna be interesting. I either picked the wrong team in our matchup or it didn't matter. Either way, one of us will be backing into the finals.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Well, with 2.5pts, we can't tie so unless SF wins by a field goal, you're moving on and the tie-breakers won't matter....

  • Looks like we wont' be worrying about Adrian Peterson in two weeks.

    That nasty knee injury is probably an ACL tear, according to the knob with the ponytail.

    Can't wait for tomorrow night, whether we win or not...it's going to be a long offseason without da Bears so might as well find something to enjoy about the game and dig in.

  • I can't help it - stories like this get me all misty and they always will.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/ct-spt-1225-bears-chicago--20111225,0,932266.story

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Nice story Brownie. Bell seems like a good guy. I like what I've seen from him on the field too.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Pretty much feel the same. Thanks for the post.

  • Looks like you're in Trac. I must have lost my momentum with that first round bye. Congrats....

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Ha, what a knuckle biter. I have no idea how I made it this far. Strategery I guess.

  • Woo hoo. I'm in the finals. Bring on the crispy creations.

  • Merry Christmas you filthy animals.

  • In reply to Artoo:

    Back at ya, Man of Steel.

  • Merry Christmas to all of you guys, and a hearty congratulations to Doc on his new wee one!!

  • In reply to DYLbear23:

    *and gals!!!

  • In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with Him.

    Merry Christmas my brothers and sister, and God Bless you.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family my brother.
    God's blessings to you!

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