DaBlog Picks Contest Finale and an Explanation of the "Fantasy" Playoffs

DaBlog Picks Contest Finale and an Explanation of the "Fantasy" Playoffs

This week is the final battle in Da Bears Blog's picks contest as Ufficio will try to hold off the surging TracDaddy. What's at stake? A birdhouse. A photograph. A pile of Rice Crispie treats. Who will win? Who knows...

The Rules for the Finale:

  • Both Ufficio and TracDaddy must select THREE (3) DAY games against the spread.
  • Tiebreaker #1: Tony Romo's QB rating against the Giants Sunday night.
  • Tiebreaker #2: Total yards receiving for Giants WR Victor Cruz Sunday night.
  • Closest wins. We are not playing Price is Right rules.

Lines this week: 

FALCONS -11 Bucs / 49ers -10.5 RAMS / VIKINGS -1 Bears / Lions -3.5 PACKERS / GIANTS -3 Cowboys / SAINTS -8.5 Panthers / Titans -3 TEXANS / Ravens -2.5 BENGALS / JAGUARS -3.5 Colts / DOLPHINS -2.5 Jets / PATRIOTS -11 Bills / RAIDERS -3 Chargers / BRONCOS -3.5 Chiefs / CARDINALS -3 Seahawks

Next Week is the Fantasy Playoffs...

...and after some prodding it seems we have significant interest in participating. The prize, once again, is delivery of six frozen Lou Malnati's pizzas to your house or the location of your choosing courtesy of DaBearsBlog. It is my way of thanking you for a great season here on the site.

The rules are simple. Round one will be open to all who wish to participate. You select an offense, defense and special teams unit participating in the wild card round. For every point your offense and special teams score, you get a point. For every point your defense and special teams allow, you lose a point. It is a fantasy league that rewards your knowledge of the game - not the luck of a particular player running in a one-yard touchdown.

Once a unit is used, it is no longer available to you for the remainder of the postseason. Picks will be registered in the comments section of the Weekend Show's return - next Friday.

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  • First, without wonderful sponsors, none of this would be possible.

  • Haven't posted all season but read every post and comment. Since the offseason has pretty much officially started I'll ask; if Burfict is available do you guys think we should draft him in the 1st? Just curious what your guys opinions are for the draft/offseason. I know its early but I have to start thinking about next season because 7-3 to 8-8 kills me.

  • In reply to do53:

    I would rather take a shot on the honey badger than burfict (even though he's my man) in early rd1. Just a little scared of burfict's attitude. And I'm not totally convinced he's lach's replacement.

    I would rather take another olinemen. If that's not available, maybe a DB (mathiue), then burfict.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I won't even pretend I know what a honey badger is. Mr. Buttfuck for me please - get him into the gym ASAP. I like his Butkus-like attitude. It's got to be a Lac replacement or an Olin replacement.

  • This should help clarify things for you:

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=4r7wHMg5Yjg

    You're welcome.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Day-um. Badger don't give a shit. He fuck yo ass up.

    Give you a bad trip, too:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIyixC9NsLI

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    He's getting stung a million times! Oh, he's eating larvae, he don't give a shit!

  • In reply to Shady:

    Ha. Honey Badgers don't give a shit.

  • He's badass.

  • In reply to do53:

    With respect to the draft, it is too early to predict what will happen in the draft. Once the first phase of free agency shapes up, than the draft process will ensue.

    With that said, here is a rather allarming tale of Mr. Burfict:

    http://espn.go.com/blog/ncfnation/post/_/id/55576/burfict-tumbling-on-nfl-draft-boards

    Short answer to your question is no, not in the first round. A = A. If it acts like a cancer, and talks like a cancer, it is a cancer.

  • In reply to Viva:

    IN that case, he'll end up a Cowboy.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Lions.... perfect

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    LOL, that was my immediate thought...

  • In reply to Viva:

    Sounds pretty positive to me : "Questions about Burfict's on-field maturity and mental makeup have hurt his stock, but he's a physically gifted player with the tools of a top-10 prospect. He has the power to deliver heavy blows and solid range and awareness in underneath coverage."

    Says to me he just needs some Lovie love and the rest will take care of itself. Did Butkus have on-field maturity? Was his mental makeup all that stable? He'sa young impetuous man, certainly, but this is the NFL and I don't watnt to see another Hillenmeyer in the Mike. I want a pissed-off bulldog who isn't going to be anyone's poodle. I'd take him in a second.

  • Jeff - do you want our picks emailed to you or posted?

  • The one thing we should all be rooting for this weekend is a Carolina loss. That will make the 3rd round pick we got in the Olsen trade more valuable....

  • In reply to Viva:

    Not sure what the tiebreaker is for draft position if the same record?
    If they lose, we have to root for Miami and Washington to win, and somehow win out on the tiebreakers...google-time!
    I was going to root for the Skins anyway, to keep the NFC East road game in Philly versus Dallas next year.
    Jets should lose at Miami.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Guess I left out Buffalo too...we want them to win because they are relatively close in SOS rating to Carolina.

  • This is a fun letter to read. Hurd is a prick (and a cancer from what I gather at Oracle), and his actions are total sleaze. But Allred is such a gold digger's wet dream of an attorney, her prose is so mock insulted, it's a hoot.

    Who is that sleaze attorney on Chicago Now? Corri whatsherface. The over the hill playboy lawyer mosquito. She can only wish she was as good as Allred in getting these floozies. Good times.

    http://www.docstoc.com/docs/109853223/Allred-Letter-Redacted

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Allred is a pro, that's for sure. I have no idea what Ms. Fischer looks like but I'm guessing she's very hot. How persistent is that Hurd? What a tool. The woman was making $5K/event. Not great money. If she was that insulted she could have walked away from it. Strange indeed. Hurd will wish he had paid her off quietly. By the time Allred and Hurd's wife get done with him, his net worth will be way less than half of what it is presently. No doubt Ms Fischer was working it but after 2-3 events you would have thought Hurd would have figured it out. Fischer must have been stringing him along big time. Fun stuff!

  • I'd like to see the Bears trade down with the Patriots in the first round, since the Pats have the pick ammo to do it...picking up their 51st pick and moving us down to 30th.
    Draft Mercilus in the first round at 30.
    Then go with best CB and LB available in the second.
    Draft Wilson out of Wisconsin in the third as developmental QB and then pick up another O-lineman with our second third rounder.

    Next stop, Super Bowl 47 in New Orleans.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I'd address WR in free agency and look for a veteran SS to back up Wright as well.

    LaRon Landry
    Tyvon Branch

    Take your pick - we can afford either one. I'd much rather have Branch, since Landry is coming off Achilles problems (ouch), and Landry is a couple of years younger.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I should rephrase that - if we sign Branch, he'll start over Wright.

    If we sign Landry, he'd be a backup SS. I don't love that idea b/c both guys are injury prone, but Landry has talent out the ass.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Doh, meant Tyvon is younger.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    we don't need more missle SSs MBP, we need a lefit FS for years to come. SSs are a dime a dozen. Don't we have like 5 on our roster already?

    Landry was AMAZING in the two games I watched. didn't know he got injured. I'd love to get him if he's 100%

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Conte is our starting FS next year. Bank it.

    SS is what has me worried. And we've seen what happens with Major Wright in coverage, even when he IS healthy...so give me a stud SS that can cover and play in the box.

    Landry is a stud but he has terrible Achilles problems. He's the new Mike Brown if Mike Brown had played on the Skins.

    That being said, Wright needs a quality backup or someone to push him for the starting job again next year. He's been iffy in coverage and injury prone.

    Hence, gimme Tyvon. He's only 25, coming into his prime, and Hue Jackson LOVES him.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    i don't get the conte thing. i think he can evolve into a decent back up, but the kid basically was told to line up 30 yards off the ball and never let anyone behind him. He's an ok tackler, but I would much rather pick up a known stud FS and give him a shot a la morgan or the other guy from tenessee last year.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    The thing is, Conte actually DID what they asked him to do in deep safety coverages and didn't appear to fuck it up. That's what we need at FS and where we've been -sorely- lacking for years.
    It's when our SS is back in cover-2 that we've had breakdowns because Wright either fucks it up or (because Pringles is hurt) someone else is back there fucking it up.

    I like your idea about plugging in Graham at one of the two spots and seeing if he can do it. Either that or move Peanut inside and put Graham out at CB. We'll probably see how that shakes out in camp if Corey gets resigned this year.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I think we need to go DB (preferably FS) in rd1, a LB or olinemen in rd two, in rd 3 we have 2 picks (baring a trade down, please no... jerry won't get the value... he'll give up one of our thirds to move down 3 spots) we should go LB/oline and DB again (corner this time), rd 4-7.... whatever (that one was for viva).

    In FA we need:
    • Mario Williams
    • Big-Assed proven #1 WR

    My $.02

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    One way or another, we'll have to address DE...Peppers only has so much time left and while I think Izzy has been unfairly maligned this year, I don't think he's the answer.

    Mercilus is the guy, although we may not even be able to trade down and still get him.
    I'm not enthralled with spending huge FA money on Williams. I frankly think he's going to be a bust next year.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I have no problem drafting a player at any defensive position if that player will start next year and stay long term. DT, DE, CB, all of those position are in need of an upgrade. But as I posted a few threads ago, giving a wishlist with positions only is not meaningful, you have to see who's available and draft for quality.

    Drafting for specific needs is how you get a thin roster. That is our biggest problem right now.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    I don't disagree - I was basing my wishlist off of mock draft projections and position rankings.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    After Angela's repeated dog-pooching-drafts, ahem, I'd be okay if they went offense-heavy in the draft and just went at it New England/Green Bay style ... our defenses might suck but we're going to outscore you either way.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    My God, do I want Mario Williams. And we have the cap space to make the deal.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Agree with the FA poitns there, but drafting a DB that high?
    What about Center? Mike? When do we get our replacements/backups for the O and D captains? I think we're good at FS, enough to tide us over anyway. Conte looks promising, Steltz has come on .... but if Lac goes down we're screwed, and he's slowing down anyway. We need a center bigtime, and when your backup center is playing RG then you've got serious problems. Plug the main needs first. My $.02

  • we're not good at FS my man, but I get your basic drift. Most of what you said makes sense though.

  • Our O-Line is actually looking pretty good next year and going forward. In the next 2-3 years we have probably one of if not the best offensive lines in the league. Webb and Carimi are your tackles, at this point I have to think Carimi is the better LT of the two. Williams was playing out of his mind before the injury and Louis, while playing out of position had a fair year playing tackle. Those 2 are your guards. Spencer may have been our best offensive lineman and he plays center. I don't know that we need to draft a lineman in round 1 as Louis probably wont be starting next year and can play both guard or tackle and Spencer can slide to center with an injury.

    Also, I think that Mathieu is a Sophmore and will not be eligible to be drafted this year. Did not look it up so I might be mistaken.

  • In reply to do53:

    Garza has gotten no respect this year at Center. He has been a fantastic improvement to our power run game over Kreutz.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Oh I absolutely agree. He starts until he decides he is finished. At 32 Im not sure how much longer he plays.

  • In reply to do53:

    Webb sucks - he's not a starting lineman in the NFL. If we draft nobody else at tackle then it's got to be Carimi and Louis as our tackles.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Picking up our second Lombardi in New Orleans would indeed be sweet. Over the Pats would be sweeter still.

  • Jeff - Can you be more specific on what constitutes a special teams point scored or allowed?

    - Do field goals count both ways for ST? What about extra points?
    - Do pick 6s and safeties count for defensive scoring and offensive "allowing?"
    - Is an offensive TD worth 6 then? What about 2 point conversions.

    Just trying to cut some arguments off at the pass.

  • ALL RULES WILL BE POSTED FOR FANTASY PLAYOFFS NEXT WEEK. YOU'LL POST YOUR SELECTIONS IN THE COMMENTS SECTION ON NEXT FRIDAY'S POST. (EVERYTHING WILL BE CLEAR.)

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    Can you pick the same team for O and D and ST?

    Like, could I just hang it all on the Saints, and say Saints O, Saints D and Saints ST?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I don't see why not. But if NO gets to the SB, you're stuck with the opposition's O, D, & ST. Right? What if you get in that situation and you've already used the opposition's offense, say? I guess you have to pray for some amazing special teams play. Or don't pick probable SB teams until the SB.

  • how fucking dumb are these guys? Seriously, how many athletes are going to lose millions of dollars in "investments".

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-former-bear-orton-sues-law-firm-over-investments-20111229,0,3115127.story

  • In reply to Waffle 2.0:

    johnny, just got the new 70" set up... you're going down amigo.

    You too shady.

    UFC 141 tonight.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    No different than the banks and wall street pushing these bad loans that they knew were going to default and selling the off as high level guaranteed, instead of junk bonds that they were. Investment firms do only one thing, take your money and fill your ass full of fairy tales.

  • In reply to MaddBearfan:

    You got that right, Madd. They ran a multi-trillion dollar scam on the entire planet, and not a single one is behind bars. How stupid are WE?

  • Happy New Years fellas. Have a good one!

  • A little needed perspective on the Packers 2010 injuries and the Bears 2011 injuries. The next time you you hear from one of them about how they had a ton of injuries and still won the Suberbowl, trot this article out:

    http://www.csnchicago.com/blog/bears-talk/post/The-Big-Lie-Green-Bay-2010?blockID=621960&feedID=10330

  • MB I think Conte has a chance to be a good FS. I'm not saying he is or will be just that he has a chance. Wright is like D. Manning with less speed and more fragile. No thanks. Steltz is an OK backup SS. Meriweather is gone. I'd love to get a stud FS and match him with Conte.

    I'd be thrilled if JA drafted starters in the first three rounds (that would be 4 starters) and the rest of the picks made the roster. That's unreasonable even for a good GM but that's my dream. I'd be happy if he got 3 starters and didn't fuck things up. I'm pretty sure that won't happen either. Oh well.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    I just hope it's not the usual garbage canada. Moving up for paea... really jerry. Damn. Just good solid picks in each round please jerry. It can't be hard when you know every single damn thing on each prospect. I mean common, just watch the tape, do all your homework, then ask tice, mari, or... call bellicheat.

  • Here goes Jeffy,

    VIKINGS
    COLTS
    CARDINALS

    ROMO 67.7 QBR
    CRUZ 75 YDS RECEIVING

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Blasphemy Trac! I will surely be rooting against you, and don't call me Shirley.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    I'm throwing in the towel, look at my picks. I'm going to test a theory I have. I can't lose even if I try.

  • pretty amazing card on tonight gents. Get some.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MW3 is sitting in Maryland about 3 hours away - sonofabitch.
    I'm betting it doesn't show up until next tuesday.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    brutal. you guys are dead... d.e.a.d.

    Fraging all of you at once.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I might just redbox it until it gets here to tide me over.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    dooooo eeeetttt!

  • Hey, watching a marathon of "The League" since it's on Netflix now, and got me wondering who's in the Shiva-Bowl for Da Bears Blog I?

    Trac is on a roll. He's playing against yours truly for the Title in the Da Bears Blog II AND going for the prizes on Da Blog.

    Although, I'm up by 50 and it doesn't look too good for him.

    If I don't get a chance to get back on the Blog b4 New Years, Happy New Year fuckers.

    http://youtu.be/Rieq_TR7cV0

  • Yeah 4ever. All my ponies stalled.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Yeah, it was pretty bad.

    My bench outscored your starting lineup by 38 points lol

    I guess we learned two things this year.

    Never hook up with a Thai hooker.

    Never trust anything remotely related to the Cowgirls.

  • That should be ...

    Never hook up with a Cowgirl ....

    and ...

    Never trust a Thai hooker.

  • I'm getting my ass kicked thoroughly by Murph right now, but thanks for asking!

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    The good thing is that Trac says we should figure out the all-DBB championship by adding up both leagues championship round totals and taking the highest scorer as Blog Champ.

    I'm feeling a little better about that.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    We actually have 3 leagues and not everyone is in all three.....we have DBB1, DBB2, DBB auction league. You and I have had a good last couple years in the DBB leagues.

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    Yeah, I know - I prefer not to think about the auction league with the terrible record I ended up with.
    Good luck this weekend - you're not going to need it with that 40 point lead.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I still can't get over how well Murph is doing in the other league.

    In Da Blog II, he's down to starting Dalton over Rivers!

    Ouch.

  • Hey 4 ev........I'm 8-5 in the other league too. Missed the championship playoffs by the tie breaker. I'm starting Dalton because Bengals need a win for the playoffs, Chargers are out, Ravens in.....Big Red has played great all year. Lot of teams sorry they left him on the board. Last year I won my league and scored more points in my championship than Brownie did in his.......so don't be so surprised, what you really shouldn't be able to believe is why I did poorly in the 2 league........hehehe

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    I get the strategy Murph, and it's sound and ballsy (starting a rook QB against an angry Raven's D - my D - hehe).

    Then again, I've been riding with Tebus for about half the year (I can't even look at his points till the 4rth quarter).

    It's just been a rough year for Rivers. Everyone's talking shit about Sanchez "regressing" yet Rivers gets a pass. You know if Cutler threw that many ints, Old Penis Trent and the gang of haters would crawl out of their crab infested pube bushes.

  • Dirty sanchez gets a pass... he's boning the hotest chick on the planet.

  • I wish Canada, Doc., GP, and Huntin' could have been at the bar I was at tonight. 5 bucks for 3 plus hours of incredible music. Lot's of guest musicians for my buddy's birthday party. The finale' was Statesboro Blues and The Shape I'm in. The sound was incredible.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    My buddy was playing lead guitar. Their version of Southbound was off the hook.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Great stuff! Wish I was there. I have a few friends that are professional musicians and it's always fun to see them perform.

    BTW, do Joe and Vicki Price play in town? They are a really talented couple out of Lansing, IA. I'm sure Joe has calmed down some but he used to be a wild one. I haven't seen them in years but they were always fun to see. Once in a while Joe's son Kenny would play drums with them. Not exactly hard rocking but always fun.

    Another one is Patrick Hazell from Washington, IA. He's a one-man band that's crazy talented. Plays keyboards, harmonica. bass drum and tambourine (around his ankle). Really good singer and puts out an amazing amount of music for one person. Patrick and Joe used to play together in a band called Mother Blues back in the '70's. I think you would like both acts.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    I've seen Joe Price many times, especially in the 90's. He's not around as often anymore. Not familiar with Patrick Hazell. Ever heard of Jukebox Eddie? I think he's originally from Iowa and around your age. He was rockin it on my buddy's Hammond B3 a few months ago.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Not familiar with J.E. Love hearing a B-3 with a Leslie. In the right hands it can bore a hole in your soul.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Speaking of B-3s through a Leslie:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fymw5ie9Zd4

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Wish I was there too, Cor.

  • Nick fucking roach????? Are they serious.... oh christ.

  • Hey Doc, thanks for linking the articles but the Enderle link is to the previous story. Hope things are going well for the family. Also hope you're getting some sleep.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    My Bad

    Thanks. Yes, I'm getting some sleep

  • I am starting to understand the hate for the new site. Can't I be emailed when someone replies?

  • In reply to BobbyDouglass:

    A Commodore 64 would be cutting edge for this site.

  • In reply to BobbyDouglass:

    Blog administrators at ChicagoNow can screen comments easily enough. Last night I tried to respond to a post by "Windy City Young Republican of Belmont Terrace," and the comment never appeared. Attempts to re-post triggered a WordPress message that read,"You already said that."

  • Bleacher Report "7 possible draftees" for Bears.

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1003242-7-nfl-draft-candidates-the-chicago-bears-should-be-looking-at-for-2012

    No mention of Burfict...hmmm...

    Read the comments too.

  • I always get wary when I see the prognosticators label a guy as, "NFL ready".

  • Regarding tomorrow's game...

    As Lee "I said the 'F-Word' live on Gameday" Corso would say: "Not so fast, my friend".

    Item 1:
    I wouldn't be so quick to dismiss Ponder, Webb or Gerhart. Both QBs acquitted themslves fairly well when they faced the Bears and Gerhart hasn't been excactly chopped liver of late. Plus, is Lach gonna go?

    Item 2:
    As you alluded to in the previous thread, Blogfather, the game's still a sellout. What else is there to do in Minneapolis in January until the lakes freeze over? A lot Minnesotans DO realize that Ice Fishing is extremely difficult without the ice.

    Item 3:
    "Will there be any emotion..."
    Huh? Wha? Emotion?! "C'MON, man!".
    It's THE CHICAGO BEARS! The "We-hate your-guts, division rival, despise-you-more-than-anything-except-the-Green-Bay-Packers" CHICAGO BEARS. On the heels of an absolutely CRAPPY Vikings' campaign, what better way to go into the off-season with a smile and a warm, fuzzy feeling than to send the Chi-Town boys back to Halas Hall sporting a 7-9 record?

    Hate IS a motivator;

    Lt. Col. Tanner (Powers Boothe) : "All that hate's gonna burn you up, kid."

    Robert (C.Thomas Howell): "It keeps me warm."

    -RED DAWN (1984)

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Gotta agree Al. This won't be a cakewalk. The D was awful last week and who knows if they show up this week.

  • Fuck this shit. Who are we? nobodys thats who the fuck we are. Without Jay we are miserable, horrible, and delusional. What happen to our Defense? Who is Urlacher? ProBowl? Seattle did what to us? What the fuck? Fresno is Back? shit man. This Season was absolute pathetic. We had the NFC by the balls sack. We fucked up.

    #Rant Came Late but FUCK IT!

  • Happy and safe new year you bunch of filthy apes. Thanks for helping keep me sane.

    Wish you all the best of everything in 2012. Including a new GM. Booyah!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB30 (AKA JA's #1 Super-Fan!)

    Happy new year MB. I think we're all masochists for continuing to be Bears fans...

  • Happy New Year, fellow sufferers of the chronic, virtually incurable disease that is "Bears Fan Syndrome".

    As is our usual new Year's Eve custom, went to an early dinner out with the wife and we're safely ensconced back in the homestead as of 7:15MST.

    In the immortal words of Hill Street Station's desk Sergeant, Philip Freemason Esterhaus (as portrayed by the late Michael Conrad): "Let's be careful out there."

  • Giants, Chieves, Panthers

    Romo: 67.8
    Cruz: 74

    Happy new year! Let 2012 bring glory back to the Bears.

  • Lots of goodies from this Pompei article. On these points at least I agree with him: Bell sounds like a keeper, Hester deserves more recognition (as hard as that phrase is to fathom) -- he truly is the Barry Bonds of returning kicks, and we have to be realistic what we expect out of backup QBs. Even beyond what Pompei says every backup QB is essentially a roll of the dice -- sometimes it works out spectacularly well, but no GM really knows for sure how any of them will perform if called upon.

    ----- On Bell -----
    After Bell became a Bear, he took note of the training habits of another Bear, the late Walter Payton.

    "The man whose name is on this building inspired me to do certain things in the offseason," Bell said at the Walter Payton Center.

    On his drive home on Interstate 94 one day, he noticed a big hill with a park bench at the top near Buckley Road. He decided to try running it, Payton style.

    ----- On Hester -----
    But the numbers make a compelling case that Devin Hester — not Peterson — should be representing the NFC.

    Peterson has had a significant advantage over Hester in that opponents have punted to him more. He has 40 returns compared with 26 for Hester.

    Give Hester 14 more returns, and there is more than a fair chance he would have scored another touchdown considering he has scored one for every 13 punt returns.

    Hester has scored two punt return touchdowns and one kickoff return touchdown.

    Hester has a better punt return average than Peterson (17.3 to 15.9). He has more punt returns of 20 yards or more (nine to seven). He has more punt return broken tackles (five to three, according to STATS), and a greater percentage of returns with a broken tackle (15.4 percent to 7.5 percent).

    Hester also has value as a kick returner, which Peterson does not. Hester has averaged 22.6 yards per kickoff return.

    ----- On backup QBs -----
    Caleb Hanie and Josh McCown are among 23 backup quarterbacks who ended up starting games. Their combined winning percentage is .306.

    Eleven of those players have failed to win a start and only three of the 23 have a winning record. The three are the Broncos' Tim Tebow (7-3), the Cardinals' John Skelton (4-2) and the Steelers' Charlie Batch (1-0).

  • Well gents, it's a new year, I hope you're happy.

  • Happy new year Bear Nation !

  • Happy New Year boys!

  • happy Next Year
    fellow addicts
    of the orange and blue

    gotta start the 2012 campaign
    on a ositive note
    so I am gonna close down my assignments
    one more time for ya
    give you a present
    for loyalty in the face
    of painfull odds
    just the way a pro bowl corner should

    i want to thank you all
    fer suportin' me
    without your educated commentary
    the story woulda' died
    without your verbal onslaught
    into the ether-net
    even you chumps that
    "Bailed" after a sloppy week
    you know what they say
    about bad press

    but i am in the room now
    rubbin' elbows with the
    NFL " Hoi-Polloi!"

    keep yer chins up
    this season was cryptic
    from the moment our favorite fan fell
    the vultures and crows have been
    circling our world of misfortune
    The loss of LaVoida was the begining
    of our year of horror and sorrow
    the rest was painfully detailed
    before our weary eyes
    different winds are blowin
    in 012
    paybacks comin around

    hey doc
    hunti says your whole tribe
    with the mother and child experience
    at the time when saviors come
    it makes his heart sore
    and he see's this as a good
    good good good good sign
    bear down

  • In reply to The Void:

    hunit says this is for the newborn doc
    break him in right
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYlPegSwIsc

  • In reply to The Void:

    to the rest of this glorious
    mess
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4lEF0xHLxo

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