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Rosenbloom Sucks: Leaving All the Chicago Sports Columnists Behind in 2012

Rosenbloom Sucks: Leaving All the Chicago Sports Columnists Behind in 2012

I was sitting on a bench in front of a coffee shop in the beautiful beach town of Spring Lake, New Jersey, waiting for the NJ Transit Coast Line train back to Manhattan last summer. A slick-haired douche pulled up in some way-too-big car and, after getting his coffee inside, started chatting me up as if my wearing jeans in the summertime was a means to conceal a .45 in the waistband. He asked where I was from and I answered politely, "Kearny."

He seemed impressed. "Tough town," he responded. That sort of sums up where I come from. A tough town sorta halfway between Newark and Jersey City. That is where I became a Bears fan between the ages of 3 and 4. In the shadow of New York City, and with the Meadowlands visible out my bedroom window, I chose the Chicago Bears because they made a music video. A video I make my friends watch every Super Bowl Sunday for a song whose record I have framed on my bookshelf. If I hadn't made that choice I would currently be celebrating the fourth Super Bowl title of my lifetime with the New York Giants. But I made that choice and have not regretted for one minute since. It has not only given me my purest sports passion but it has also given me my second geographical home: the great city of Chicago.

Following the Bears in New Jersey in the pre-internet, pre-Sunday Ticket era was an occupation. The Jersey Sports Cafe in Rutherford had a few of those big satellites on the roof and they had a small contingent of Bears fans there each Sunday (including a buddy's Dad) but convincing my own father to take his eight year-old son to a bar on Sunday proved futile week-in and week-out.

I followed the Bears in three ways when they were not on national television. (1) Since my family had Jets season tickets, I would often attend the games in my Jim McMahon or Tom Waddle jersey and watch the Bears scores update on the big board. Other folks in Section 324 enjoyed it so much it became the Soldier Field Annex. (2) I would be in the living room while my Dad watched the Giants or my brother watched the Jets and once I heard the little jingle that announced scores would scroll at the bottom of the screen I would jump to my feet. Bears 14, Niner 10. Yes! (3) I would sit eagerly in anticipation of ESPN's Primetime, the greatest show ever produced by the four letters.

I knew nothing of Chicago's media. Knew nothing of their newspapermen or radio hosts. Knew nothing of the approach those fellas took to the team I loved. I knew only the approach the local media took to the Giants and Jets. My formative sport fan years were spent in the company of the nation's best sportswriting/broadcasting talents.

Mike & the Mad Dog, WFAN's industry-changing pair, became part of our lives. When you played Wiffle ball in the driveway or street football there was a always a radio nearby playing Francesa and Russo. Opinions were shaped by Mike and Dog. Debates were formed and furthered by them too. You didn't have to agree with their often insane opinions to understand they had shaped the language you used to discuss sports. The Newark Star-Ledger had Jerry Izenberg - one of the greatest sportswriters who ever lived. Izenberg could make a failed Vince Coleman bunt attempt read with the power of a Shakespearean tragedy. Dave Anderson in the New York Times was, like Izenberg, one of those sportswriters who seemed to come from a different time. Every one of his columns was delivered with a literary gravitas but one always got the sense he wished he were ringside at the Garden in 1962. The Daily News' Mike Lupica could see beyond the game. The player's face as he stood beside his locker. The Yankee Stadium janitor hiding tears underneath his worn ball cap. These guys were and are the best in the world. And they were all available for a less than a buck up at the corner deli.

Then DirecTV and the Sunday Ticket emerged in the mid-90s and were a sure thing in taverns everywhere by 2000. The internet came too and came hard, making available the full content of the Tribune and Sun-Times. It did not take long for me to realize the men writing columns for those newspapers were not watching the same games I was watching. It did not take long for me to realize there was a pervading sense of negativity in the newspaper each day. Every move was wrong, even when it worked. Every loss was symptomatic of organizational disarray and had nothing to do with missed field goals or dropped touchdown passes. Every win was lucky. Bill Gleason was being replaced on the importance scale by the likes of Jay Mariotti and Rick Telander. These were not men concerned with capturing a sporting event from a unique perspective or with any semblance of passion. These were men concerned with instigating a disappointed populous by praying upon a seemingly inborn negativity.

There are still bad columnists working in Chicago, of course. David Haugh's opinions are as bland and lifeless as his prose. Rick Morrissey actually graces the pages of the Sun-Times with these kinds of sentences (about Phil Emery), "If somebody had asked him about the life of a hermit, he would have said it takes a village to raise a recluse." Deadspin went out of their way to attack Telander's work of Herculean inanityon Cutler's non-winning sensibility with the brilliant headline, "Jay Cutler Is Not a Winner Because He Doesn't Smile at Bears Employees, Writes Crazy Person."

Steve Rosenbloom is the worst. In my two decades of reading sports writers from around the country I have never encountered a man quite like him. His writing is atrocious; a mixture of failed humor attempts and sarcastic jabs at the local teams. His opinions are pointless and predictable. His moment-to-moment reactions to Bears games on his blog actually reveal how little he understands the game he's covering. Rosenbloom is not competing with the best sports columnists in the country. Rosenbloom is competing with the drunkest guy at the end of the bar and the loudest teenage brat on Twitter.

Today is the first day of the 2012 NFL season. And DaBearsBlog will no longer validate the existence of these men on its pages. Brad Biggs, Sean Jensen and the boys over at ESPN Chicago are the real deal. We'll celebrate their work and rely on their information. But no longer will I be using the columnists as a springboard for my columns. No longer will links to Rosenbloom or Haugh or Telander appear here. The Chicago Bears are one of the greatest franchises in the history of sports and the Chicago Bears fan deserves better.

Can I be the one to provide it? I hope, from an opinion perspective, I am part of a solution . I know, from an editorial perspective, ignoring the current crop of columnists is a definitive step in the right direction for the emotional and intellectual sanity of us all.

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  • "Rosenbloom Sucks..." - Not exactly BREAKING news, is it?

    I think he "Jumped the Shark" when he went to the Rosenblog format.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Somebody had to take over the Debbie Downer role from Lincicome. That was Mariotti. Mariotti once followed up the 3rd Bulls title the day after with an article on why Scottie Pippen was still the worst Bull in history.

    Rosendoom is the king of Debbie Downers.

    Telander was, for many years, a SI guy. Morissey and Haugh and to a lesser extent, Isaccson, they don't like Halas Hall. Nobody in the Chicago media likes Halas Hall. BigBird is just a fact gatherer, he offers no insight, so what's to hate? Biggs is often critical of Halas Hall on Chicago sports radio, less so in print.

    This animosity has been going on since Ditka left town with his kiss-ass relationship to Johnny Morris.

    Even Waddle is frozen out. The only guy who may not be frozen out at Halas is Thayer, and he's pretty careful in what he says these days to the point of being a bore.

    Basically, covering the Bears sucks. Halas Hall doesn't like Chicago media the inverse is true. So you get coverage like this. Boers & Bernstein are on the hater wagon, too.

    I'd say the biggest difference between most Bears fans here in Chicago, including myself, and a jocker like Blogfather, is we are way further over on agreeing with the reporters than Jeff is. Jeff is a fan, I get that. But sometimes the blinders go on pretty hard around here.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Lincicome & Marriotti. I miss'em both...like I'd miss a BOIL on my neck.

  • meh, who cares.

    Offseason here we come! how many days till the draft and FA again?

  • http://www.eplett-associates.co.uk/EAL/Social_media_explained_files/Social%20media%20explained.jpg

    hee hee... hee hee.

    that last one made me giggle.

  • insult to injury: http://www.sportspickle.com/pictures/gallery/6489/the-15-most-embarrassing-tom-brady-photos#6483

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    The water slide pic is a classic

  • Only marginally football related,
    http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2011/12/08/will-ferrell-ads-for-old-milwaukee-beer-labor-love-marketing-genius-or-both/

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    seen that.... or course, "free of charge" actually means that one of those immense 18-wheeler, side slide up refrigerated compartment rigs shows up at his house every week and unloads 10 cases... for the rest of his life.

    …I'm thinking of doing the same for victoria secret.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    So long as you do it for the "art".

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    is that a euphemism for 'penis'?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    That would be "The Art", because I think naming it "Art"...almost becomes a dig at Garfunkel and what did that poor guy ever do to get compared to a penis?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Well, other than his acting career - that certainly deserves a comparison to a penis.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I'm pretty sure that was Art in the halftime show:

    http://i.imgur.com/syzU0.png

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Hah!

  • Speaking of the last thread, where the 12-man penalty that ran 9 seconds off the clock was discussed...unsurprisingly Buddy Ryan was there first - years ago.

    http://deadspin.com/5851460/buddy-ryans-polish-goal-line-defense-was-against-the-rules-and-that-was-the-point

  • So you're sitting outside a Starbucks and some "slick-haired douche" in a big car starts "chatting you up" as if... you've got a gun in your jeans? Why do you figure he thought you had a gun? Was he staring at your jeans?

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    There are elements of the story that have a "Al Pacino in Cruising" vibe about it...

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Leather jeans in the summertime. Maybe that's it.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    I wonder if the slick haired guy looked like this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wk9hPubD1Q&feature=related

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I don't care how gay freddie was... the dude was a fucking rock star in the purest/highest order. Guy was an icon.

  • Good decision, Blogfather. I'm pretty sure the papers only employ negative losers like Rosendouch because people are haters and like to read other haters. Haters sell. So not posting links to their writings can only help to invalidate their existence.

    Well the Giants won the Superbowl. The 9-7, sixth seeded Giants. That means since the 2005 season, 4 six seeds have won the SB. The Steelers in 05-06, the Giants in 07-08, the Suck last year, and the G-men again this year.

    So lets not hear shit like this anymore, " We should just lose the rest of our games for a better chance at a high draft pick, it's not like a six seed is going to make any noise anyway...blah, blah blah."

    The only thing that matters is making the tournament. After that, it's anybody's trophy.

  • Absolutely.

  • Aren't they the first 9-7 team to win it?

  • Nixon seems to have lost some respect on the decision to allow Bradshaw to score, which seemingly confused Bradshaw.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/07/sports/football/super-bowl-46-after-giants-surreal-touchdown-debates-on-the-strategy.html

    It almost worked. Had Gronko caught that Hail Mary, these decisions would be getting a very hard look, alot of scrutiny. As it stands, it's all swept under the carpet, but there was some weirdness to this game.

    The Pats D really let that team down with the inability to stop the run. The Giants controlled things with the ability to send #44 and #27 up the gut for 5 and 7 yard runs, seemingly at will. The end was just Nixon pulling the rug out from his D, he had lost all confidence in them at that point.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    all that said Brandon Spikes is a stud.

    Damn that family has good linebackers.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    GPL you're missing the idea. It was a 2 point game. Even if the Pats D got the stop, they're not going to block what is essentially a PAT field goal. That means if they can't stop the clock, the Giants win by 1 game over. The best offense in the world isn't going to come up with a field goal in 0 seconds.

    Bellichek's strategy was to take his chances scoring a TD rather than have no chance to drive for a FG. It didn't work because Brady only scores on maybe 25-50% of his two minute drives. But 25-50% is better than 0%.

  • Those writers affect on people is obvious. My grandfather has always been negative about the Bears.

    No Qb is or was good enough for the Bears. Every play was lucky and if the Bears messed up a play, it was other teams do that same play and win with it.

    This man would scream and holler at every game. The Bears could never do anything right. I'm serious. When we had Grossman is when I couldn't watch games with him. He would make you think that Grossman was going to throw a pick on every throw.

    There were only two things he complimented and gave credit to the Bears. We have great defenses and running backs. Never have we had a qb or wr. Never.

    He hasn't changed since. Still negative and still wanting another Superbowl before he leaves the Earth.

  • Irish is your grandfather?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Tee-hee!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Look at his last name! Jeez .....

  • hahahahaha

  • I have a hard time watching games with my Dad and brother due to their constant negativity. They don't yell though.

  • Since I live far, far from both family and friends now, I'm the most negative Bears fan in the sports bar mostly because I am the ONLY Bears fan in the sports bar more often than not. Even Slomaha (thanks WG!) had its share of Chicago fans in most sports; out here is a fucking wasteland of Skins and Eagles (because Vick is a local legend) d-bags.

    Let me tell you, I'd rather put up with a negative fellow fan than no fellow fans at all.

  • Sigh...http://www.uclick.com/client/spi/nq/2012/02/04/index.html

  • https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=361072330571729&set=a.209558859056411.58865.204108946268069&type=1&theater

    This guy went to my college.. Want me to pull some strings and see if he wants to work for the Bears?

    Jk jk..

  • One thing I bet most didn't care or notice but the Clint Eastwood commercial gave me goosebumps.

    It made me feel proud to be an American when right now that isn't what most of us feel. The way Clint described America is the one I want and miss..

  • Here it is

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFAiqxm1FDA

  • In reply to gpldan:

    And this is funny:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FaC3HaBPzsA&feature=related

  • In reply to gpldan:

    celluloid gold maing

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

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    That is one of my top ten favorite movies.

  • +1

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    problem is some are already saying it's a pro Obama message...really WTF!? ass-goblin's

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    Your Boy Roy @yourboyroy
    @ErikGrogan I just finished watching it before I got your link. Very, very good. Luv me some dirty harry. "It's halftime America"

  • This country can’t be knocked out with one punch. We get right back up again and when we do the world is going to hear the roar of our engines. Yeah, it’s halftime America. And, our second half is about to begin.

    I am beginning to wonder if that America ever existed.

  • It did. It went to the moon.

    The downfall was beget by the most narcissistic generation in history, the boomers.

    My Gen, Gen X, did exactly the wrong thing in "slacking", but it produced Google and - arguably - Apple and Microsoft. But it failed as a culture.

    Gen Y is hopeless, entitled and lazy.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    That sums it up in a nutshell.

  • Now there's a guy who if he ran for President would have zero competition. Who do you run against Clint Eastwood?

  • At 81, he's running against the clock. Time is tough on presidents in office. I'd rather see him make another Unforgiven.

  • Didn't see any of the commercials. CTV paid for the rights to show the SB in Canada and they show their own commercials (and endless promos for their shitty shows).

    I did see Madonna do the last half of her show. YAWN! From what I saw she was lip synching the entire time and didn't do any dancing. Wow. No wonder people thought she nailed it. WTF?

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    She nailed the lip syncing, which is no small feat. I thought the air guitar solo was outstanding as well.

  • doc, for shame…. Madona… you?!

    I did think this was interesting/disgusting/strange (didn't actually watch the halftime show), but he should get that thing looked at by a medical professional: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=3aC0l-imOOM

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB...@ 53....she is still a milf...I know you 20 somethings are still tight skinned hotties...................but us half century guys look at Madonna as still having it....

    also of topic of MILF'S what do you think of this in FA:

    http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/bears

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    the caption says it all lobo: "Mario Manningham may not answer all of the Bears' questions, but he'd be an upgrade"

    My right nut is an upgrade to everyone but the pearl. I'd love to have him but he's under 6'2". If we're going big finally, we should really go big. Calvin Johnson (i looked it up last night) is fucking 6'5" 235 and runs a 4.35, and has a 43" vert. THAT is the kind of size we need maing. Fucken A, i was kinda shocked when I read that, I didn't know he was THAT much of a beast.

    We need a 6'5" 230 guys lobo. That's my take.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    agree MB...I just don't want to go to the draft for a unproven WR #1...WE NEED TO GO FA SIMPLE........

    VJAK
    MARSHALL

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    or BOWE

  • I don't know what's wrong with the Taiwanese, but they make some fucked up (but funny) vids: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wrt1LuXxjTE&feature=youtu.be

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    fuck that sheite MB...The Taiwanese will always remind me o this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zW3cudDZ4n0

    LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ouch: http://www.sportspickle.com/opinion/9869/what-gisele-whispered-to-tom-brady-after-super-bowl-xlvi

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    #3 is my favorite...........hahahahahahahahahahahaha

  • Jeff-

    Really solid post. Nice work. Well written also. I stopped reading Haugh, Morrisey and Telander years ago. Rosenbloom is only good in small doses and provides no actual analysis. The TRIB has given a ton of pages to Matt Bowen, who provides some unmatched X's and O's analysis, but can incorporate a bit too much jargon, even for an avid fan. None the less, I appreciate Rosenbloom only for his wise cracks, and only when we share the same sentiment regarding a shared target. I'll present this as an example: (the line about Booz defense is classic referring to the Jordan statue)

    "Boozer had been playing so well of late. He had been posting up as much as taking the jump shot. He had been rebounding. Heck, he had even shown some defensive smarts. He still can’t or won’t guard anybody, but he was faking it better. Then came Wednesday, and there went Boozer, back to looking like he couldn’t hold the Jordan statue under 20 points. With Gibson hurt and the Pacers focusing on their bigs, the Bulls needed Boozer to produce at both ends.
    But no. Boozer missed 9 of 14 shots and not only made David West look clutch, but also reminded that he’s the only guy against whom Tyler Hansbrough doesn’t look like an overrated goof."

    "

  • this sounds like a job for GP. I didn't have the heart, I just didn't man: http://www.chicagonow.com/running-with-a-book-cart

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    my suggestion get a vibrator and she have all the muscle's working out in the marathon......WTF!!!!??????

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I read some more of her posts - the woman has a lot of issues with peeing and pooping her pants for someone that wants to tackle the Chicago Marathon.
    It may be a little ambitious if you can't hold it for 4-5 hours, lady.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    She's too far gone to mock.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    yeah, I had to stop at the picture with the cat. jesus, I was relieved (for humanity) to find that she actually has a husband... or are they making real dolls in male form now?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Runners diarrhea isn't uncommon, even for elite runners like Paula Radcliffe, who holds several world records, including best time in the Chicago Marathon. Here she is dispensing soft-serve on the streets of London, 2005 (video title is incorrect):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6I2-YP42rs

    PS: Watch this female weightlifter heave 400 lbs.

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

  • yeah I'm sick...but I thought this may have been the best commercial the whole SB night.........

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Ty_LosBf0k

  • Pretty ballsy of the blogfader to rip the columnists of the newspaper that owns ChicagoNow, but I like the fact he has the autonomy to do it if need be.

    That being said, I'd agree with gpldan in saying that the Bears have made their own bed with the way the local media covers the team. If you treat the fans and media like clueless assholes, you're going to get clueless assholes saying whatever they want. It's nothing new at Halas Hall, it's business as ususal. The Bears' PR department has had a number of blunders over the years and the way the local, and to some degree the national, media covers the team is a product of their mismanagement. That being said, you can be a glass half full or a glass half empty kind of fan, and a lot of the times the glass half empty view has been much closer to the truth (see Jerry Angelo). All I ask for as a fan are the facts and the truth, something I usually get from WSCR 670.

    I know you (jeff) listened for about an hour to the emery press conference and made a decision never to listen again, but the way you described your apprciation for personalities on WFAN is similar to the way I view personalities on WSCR. If I were to listen to WFAN for an hour I probably wouldn't like it compared to what I hear on the score. Maybe you don't like the humor aspect of WSCR, but a lot of times it helps when having to deal with new out of Halas Hall.

    Most fans in Chicago don't need cloumnist like Rosenbloom and Telander to form an educated opinion, and we understand what they're trying to do. We don't take them serisouly, most of them are jokes to us anyway. Most fans I know want the facts so we can form opinions ourselves. I don't know exactly where I'm going with all of this, or how to explain it really but it's probably not that big of a fucking deal.

  • In reply to Shady:

    http://www.chicagonow.com/da-bears-blog/2011/01/coaching-continuity-a-must-this-offseason/

    Jeff's piece from a year ago. I love you Jefe, but Rosenbloom was much closer to reality than you were on this one.

  • In reply to Shady:

    How was Rosenbloom right? The Bears were 7-3 and scoring thirty a week and they lost their starting quarterback. Coaching continuity is exactly why the Bears were able to rebound from their early woes.

    I don't blame Mike Martz for anything that went wrong in 2011. As a matter of fact he is the only one in the organization that went on record believing Caleb Hanie could not play the position.

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    And we all thought he was nuts...

    Maybe that fucker really was a genius after all.

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    Listen, I really don't want to defend this schmuck much longer or harsh your Bears mellow, but I'll give rosey credit for spelling out how a stubborn Martz gameplan and an offense lacking depth and talent would be a lethal combination.

  • In reply to Shady:

    There's only really one guy that's an actual 'writer' anyway as far as I can see and that's Gregg Easterbrook on Page 2 commentary ESPN. In fairness to Rosendoom, most of what he says is perfectly true. People want to hate the guy, fine, but he speaks the truth more often than not. He was perfectly correct in assaulting Martz/Angelo and outlined precisely many of our own feelings here on the blog ... if that's being 'negative' then so be it ... but who the hell wants to read a rah-rah guy screaming "the sky is always blue!". I seem to have gotten the negative label around here, but I was right - our roster was bullshit. Constructive criticism backed up with alternative suggestions or directions is not negative, it only becomes that when the criticism is just that, criticism with no solutions offered.

    We're headed in the right direction now ... as long as Emery doesn't screw the pooch in the draft and go WR in the first round. If we have a backup center and Mike going into next year we can go all the way. Neither the Pats, Giants or Fudgers are all that. The Pats and GB had the two worst defenses this year, and the Giants had one of the worst running games in the NFL. We'll have a top offense, top defense and decent special teams.

    We need be afraid of nobody next year.

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    And lethal not in a good way but more like a concussed way. You never really gave your Martz evaluation post when there was a "difference in philosophy" and he went his own way. So much for those college football rumors. Like I said before Emery got here, Martz has forgotten more about offense than anyone at Halas Hall knows now, but his limitations were more than obvious. In fact I can't believe you think Martz had no part in what went wrong in 2011. Sure the Bears were 7-3 last year (not when the article was written by the way) but if Martz hadn't been such a stubborn sonofabitch they easily could have been 9-1.

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    Nice article, Jefe, but I nearly sprayed my coffee on the Martz comment.

    * A persistent disregard of reality and boneheaded refusal to adjust the plays to his actual roster.

    * Seven step drops without the necessary protection in place.

    * No audibles! NO AUDIBLES!??

    Cutler and Forte kept Martz' train on the tracks this year, not the other way around. There's a reason the Bears went around the houses before they talked to Martz a couple of years ago. Now we know why.

    The Bears have endured in spite of the tragedy that was Angelo and Martz.

  • In reply to Shady:

    I would bet you that "most" fans to you and I is not "most fans". I would bet an overwhelming majority of Bears fans are very heavily swayed by what they read in the dailies and hear on the radio.

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    I didn't say fans wern't influenced by what they read and hear from the media, of couse we are. But they do understand who they're hearing it from and the bias or angle involved. Maybe I'm giving the fan base too much credit, but that's part of why we make your blog our home for everything Bears. And lately everything else.

  • oopppssss..what were you thinking of:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=1KuRDzQ-ufY

  • now blogfader ........to bad rosenfuck couldn't do this kind of reporting live rather than the sheite he produces for the paper.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=oO9Y790H3pA

  • Gotta agree with Jeff on the few Chicago columnists worth following. May I humbly add another to the list - John "Moon" Mullin at Comcast Sportnet (http://www.csnchicago.com/pages/bears)....

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Dan Pompei isn't bad either....

  • Thought this was an interesting story...note, Virginia no longer has parole. You get the sentence, you serve it - this guy was lucky they still had it when he was convicted.
    http://hamptonroads.com/2012/02/dna-tests-rule-out-virginia-man-convicted-1978-rape

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I've been reading Radley Balko's investigative pieces about this guy from Mississippi for years. It is quite extrordinary what an influence this one "medical examiner" has had on the criminal justice system.
    http://reason.com/archives/2010/03/29/progress-and-challenges-in-mis
    Wisconsin's criminal justice system has been a joke since Tommy Thompson's State of the State adress in 1996 or 1998. One of the most appalling speeches I ever heard.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Yikes.

  • Lets face it Jeff, the Bears really only leave room for intuition because they are so damn inconsistent. Some of these writers do really fall off the deep end from time to time but can you really blame them?

  • Matt Forte @MattForte22
    just recruited @BMarshall19 and Reggie Wayne...ur welcome guys l

  • Is he willing to discount a new deal so the Bears could afford to bring em in? Probabaly not.

  • In reply to Shady:

    exactly.

  • In reply to Shady:

    We can afford to get both of those guys and pay him.

    I am telling you its the Briggs contract that will eff us up.

  • I was watching one of those 'searching for sasquatch' shows (I know, but it was like a wreck on the side of the freeway) and it was pretty funny.

    they were actually in the fucking boonies in Wisconsin, in the middle of nowhere, yelling sasquatch sounds at each other from half a mile away in the pitch black with these ridiculous camera halo rigs on.

    They are doing this and I am laughing, until....they get a response! It's this squeal/screech/yell! No shit, this fucking noise that sounded like hogzilla was being disemboweled with a rubber butter knife.

    So they’re all running towards one another screaming and hollering in guttural whoops and howls. Falling and running through the underbrush, breaking trees and bushes and running into one another. Until they all converge, in a breathless, huffy, excited mass on… on… on…. Two really fat ugly packer fan chicks crying about aaaaaron raaaaadgers.

    ………..sorry, couldn’t resist. But I swear that’s pretty much the way that show went. That show’s silly.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    hahaha

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Had me going. Laughed out loud, and I'm sick as a dog tonight, so I had to choke back puke.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Sorry buttsteak, that doesnt sound like fun. Gotta becareful of those rocky mtn oysters maings.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I think it was acute aspirin poisoning. Beware of Bayer Quick Release Crystals. Bayer pulled the product off the market a year ago. Since it wasn't recalled, it's still being sold, past the expiration date. I guess there's no law against it. I'd eat Brokeback Mtn. Oysters if it cured migraines, but never again will I buy a Bayer anything.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    wow, that's kinda scary. hope you feel better maings.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    The dizziness is almost gone. Yesterday I couldn't turn my head without nausea.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    yikes

  • http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nfl-shutdown-corner/only-dance-heal-wounded-souls-matt-light-rob-212551396.html

    LMAO...SHAME

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    Case in point, Today he writes an article that starts by skewing the news simply by using two words that are neither accurate, or necessary in front of Phil Emery's title. He starts by saying "The Bears new so called, General Manager". How is Phil Emery, the "so called" General Manager? He is in fact the General Manager. The article could have been written to say the Giants offer a blue print to the Bears for so many reasons, without the negativity.

    Rosenbloom is a turd.

  • In reply to Big Mike:

    Yeah except he's right again. Teddy Phillips' responsibilities would garner him the title of GM in any other organization while Emery's responsibilites would garner him the title of director of college scouting and pro personnel. What GM has a guy like Phillips breathing down his neck? What GM can't hire their own head coach? Again, the Bears do this to themselves everytime.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Yeeeep.... And to trac below.

    Self-inflicted most of the time.

  • In reply to Shady:

    +1 on self-inflicted wound.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Shady, this is the kind of shit that drives me crazy. Almost every team in football has someone in Ted Phillips role. Ted Phillips has never made a football decision, outside the hiring of a GM who is then given full control of football operations.

    Folks around Chi hate the McCaskey family but they are about as well respected as any ownership group in the league.

    And this GM can hire his own coach, of course. But not in his first year. And that was THE RIGHT move. Lovie did not deserve to get fired. I'm not going to bust the organization's balls for not wanting to scrap the entire coaching structure that had this club 7-3 and looking like one of the best teams in football before losing their starting QB

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    Every organization in the NFL has an accountant, a bean counter. But the only bean counter making football decisions is Ted Phillips for the Chicago Bears. And yes, of course hiring Jerry Angelo and Phil Emery as GM are football decisions. They're probably the first and most important football decision an owner would make.

    And I know keeping Lovie might seem like the right move, but announcing he would return as head coach regardless of who was hired put needless limits on the qualified guys who are actually willing to accept the position. Why do it? If you trust the GM you hire is the right man for the job, even if he decides to axe Lovie in his 1st year, why wouldn't you at least let HIM make that decision? It just doesn't make sense.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Maybe it's not Phillips who mandated that Lovie remain as head coach, maybe it was George, or maybe it was Ginny. Even though it might have been the wise decision financially, it was the wrong decision strategically.

  • In reply to Big Mike:

    Hi Mike.

  • We did have an opportunity to hire a guy from the front office from the Super Bowl winning Giants but the Bears went all dust bowl on us with their KC hire. Maybe that's what he meant.

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    I enjoyed reading the article. It is absolutely true how most of the Chicago sports writers want to paint someone in the Bears organization in a bad light from Virginia all the way down to the dude who did not pick up the dropped nacho's....

  • In reply to John Petrocci:

    Is the a euphemism for penis?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    John Willie Thompson Petrocci?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    hahahahaha...

    I was thinking 'dropped nacho's', but yours was better.

  • Local Chicago Press hates Bears: check
    National Press hates Bears: check
    Many so-called fans negative on Bears: check
    Pro Football Weekly calls Bears most mismanaged org: check
    Forbes calls Bears most mismanaged NFL team: check

    Jeff jocks Bears and refuses to be negative: check

    Ok. All is good with the world then.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    The notion that I am not negative is untrue. I am balanced. Unfortunately I don't see football decisions as good/bad and that's that. I had no problem with the Angelo firing but I think the blanket painting of his regime as a disaster is ludicrously unfair.

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    maybe it's because we expect rings/lombardis and making the playoffs once in 3 years doesn't count as a 'good season' for most bears fans. Browns fans, yes... us, no.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Come on MB, that's not reasonable. Teams only have a 3% probability of winning the Super Bowl and a 6 % probability of going to the Superbowl. The Bears have been there twice already and won 1 out of 46 so if you do the math, they've exceeded mathematical probability, hence, the gold standard label Jerra Jones gave them a couple of years ago. When was the last time the Browns made it to the Super Bowl, huh?

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    never

  • Except as a euphemism e.g. Zombieland:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7BdXZPcE3eA

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    I understand Trac but some of us have a higher standard for out team.

    We can be realist but we all know that it is not Rocket Science.

  • Artoo......shhhhhhhhh......Don't scare the big fish away.....

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Ok, tongue in cheeck aside.... exactly, if you're happy being the brown trac, then by all means...

    I see pitt and the pats, and the giants bucking stats and I want THAT. we all want that.

    Why not the bears?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Fans seem to not understand the difference between winning the Super Bowl and not winning it has become inches. It's not the 80s or 90s anymore. You can't build a dominant roster and beat down your opponents. The Giants won one more regular season game than the Bears this year. Think about that.

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    You also posted during the pre-season game between the Giants and Bears that the loss of their starting SS would be a big blow to the Giants, but they recovered and still played great D. With a MLB they picked up from teaching a 2nd grade classroom.

    Great teams have that depth and make those pickups.

    Meanwhile, we've had about 20 big ol' White boys taken in the middle rounds at MLB, and none of them have panned out.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    and don't even get me started on safeties

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB, you do realize that our safeties (especially Conte and Wright) graded out quite well this year?

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    yeah, great. I watched him play, and he was fine jeff. fine = meh.

    He was told to stand 30 yards off the ball and not let shit get behind him. He was a nice surprise at FS this year in a pinch, but he should not be our starter. He was nowhere near a playmaker.

    If there are a couple positions on D where you need big-time playmakers it's FS, DE, MLB. We need a Mike Brown back there.... without the injuries.

    There's a reason we've had literally 100 safety combos back there in 5 years. We haven't found the answer. I am simply advocating that we get our franchise FS... chris conte is not that player.

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    Wright? Idk about that

  • In reply to gpldan:

    The Giants secondary was a disaster for the entire season, gpl. The team won 9 games. 9.

    Five weeks ago, you were all on here saying the Bears had a long way to go to catch the Packers and make up the talent gap. The Packers lost one game and suddenly its now the Giants we're chasing. The Giants have the best collection of pass rushers in the sport and that's why they are able to hide deficiencies on their defense.

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    I think Perry Fewell might beg to disagree, and that great secondary coaching also played a part.

    Brady had all day in the Super Bowl behind his great line, and he couldn't pick them apart.

    Hey, did ya hear? Daniael Manning played Pro Bowl caliber ball for the Texans this year.

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    Giants secondary was bad. Worse than ours.

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    but that doesn't matter Jeff. You can come up with all the excuses, explanations, and justifications all you want.

    The ONLY thing that counts (and should count for ownership too) is how many lombardis we have in the case at Halas. You heard Trac say that our case looks like old mother hubbads cupboards with our lone shiny in there.

    We're (technically) the oldest franchise in the NFL and one of the most storied, but we have ONE fucking trophy?!?!? How is that ok with anyone at any level associated with the chicago bears?

    Again, my whole argument hinges on the fact that we SHOULD be one of the NFLs most respected orgs given our history and place in history, but we have one big win, one!?!?!? We need ginny to go and for the rest of the family to sell to someone who gives a shit about the bears, about making us who we always should have been.

    We're like that genius prodigy with a 160 IQ who ends up being a burned out stoner because his parents didn't raise him properly. The saddest part isn’t that he’s a looser who didn’t amount to anything, the saddest part is what he could have been. We’re that stoner jeff.

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    And, in your opinion, it's the negative nancy boyz like the Doomer that drive the fans to respond to polls like this:

    http://www.windycitygridiron.com/2011/12/22/2655248/chicago-bears-ownership-approval-rating

    in the way that they do, which is to say, they ream the McCaskeys. Or post LULZ inducing tirades like this one:

    http://www.theheckler.com/2012/01/03/bears-replace-angelo-with-13-year-old-jimmy-mccaskey/

    Or hate filled venom like this:

    http://www.highmotorguy.com/2011/11/02/unfortunately-for-the-bears-ownership-matters/

    You think if the press just bought into what the McCaskeys were about a little more, then the fans would follow along? This being despite Lovie putting the stone in stonewall and them throwing us Larry the Tool as the guy with "inside info".

    I don't buy it. If Jerry Jones says Ginny is a great, classy owner, it means we're doing something wrong. It means we're not kicking Cowboy ass and he isn't worried about the Bears becoming America's team.

    Eventually, Ginny will pass on to that great skybox in the heavens, and there will be a lot of respectful prose written. But in the end, this is a family that rewarded Ted with undue powers because he rose the valuation of the Bears from 18th to 8th overall. The team has picked up retreads, and held them too long, i.e. Angelo, and they haven't put together a motley band of pirates in a long while. I give them respect for getting to the Super Bowl with Grossman, and the D overall in the 2000s, but we need to step it up. Our draft record sucks, and Shady is right: our GM is really a director of player personnel with a fancier office, nothing more. Lovie better get his messiah hat on, because I think we have every right to expect a playoff winner this year, and it starts with making some big moves this offseason.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    They also went to the NFC title game last year and were 7-3 before losing their starting QB this year. I choose not to forget those things.

    And as for Ted Phillips, show me evidence. Show me one person's comment that Ted has any influence on football operations outside the hiring of the GM.

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    I don't think Ted is making calls on anything outside of how close to the cap they are allowed to come.

    The irony is, I think *Lovie* is given the GM power. He'll be making calls not just on draft day, but who we will target in FA and may even be working with Stein on issues, while Emery will be relegated to re-tooling the scouts.

    As evidence, I point to the fact that Emery ducked the question about if he would be given power to release Lovie better than George Bush ducked that show thrown at him.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    bingo!

    "It means we're not kicking Cowboy ass and he isn't worried about the Bears becoming America's team."

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Did I miss the Bears being awful on defense this year? When did that happen, exactly?

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    I don't think either of us said that.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    no, I didn't. I was speaking about in general... the bears don't scare anyone. We're up and down, lots of bad luck/bad coaching/bad outcomes/no rings.

    I believe GP meant that we haven't been challenging the pats, cowboys, giants, gb, etc... for rings in the last 25+ years.

    Again, my basic assertion is that for THIS ORG, one ring and one loosing trip in 26 years ain't nearly enough. I'm sure the browns would be happy with it though.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    We also are in the Top 3 as far as cost to experience. Parking, concessions I give a pass to, mainly because the city has to make up on the shit ass deal that Daley stuck us with because he was afraid of Phillips in an election year.

    But season tickets are also some of the highest. Skyboxes are in the top 5, although I will need to dig for that data.

    So, we have a franchise that costs top dollar to go see play live. The radio is filled with grabowskis who complain they can't afford to go anymore. And so, I should think for that kind of coin, we had some hope of playoff games this year. We were on track until the train derailed.

    I hope it's this year, for Cutty's sake. Because he's a hell of a QB. Best "go fuck yourself" attitude since Jimmy Mac - a guy who seriously doesn't give a fuck what the press thinks, or cares about endorsements or anything except his play on the field.

    I hope, for his sake and ours, we can put a team worthy of the guy on the field this year.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    The Browns aren't actually some also-ran franchise that they're often made out to be. They've struggled recently for sure, but they are still right behind Chicago with 8 championships. They're also 9th all-time in winning percentage. Throw in legends Jim Brown and Otto Graham and you've got yourself some history. They're much closer to the Chicago Bears than they are to the Cincinnati Bengals, when you consider the entirety of their existence

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    they are simply a proxy. You can use whichever team you want in their place. The bungle work fine too.

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    Ludicrously unfair? How many superbowls did the biggest unshared market in the NFL win during his tenure? There are a host of teams with Lombardis and we aren't one of them. Angelo's regime was an unmitigated disaster. It's not even debatable. I could give a flying fig about divisional championships, Lombardis are what count.

  • http://news.yahoo.com/clint-eastwood-speaks-super-bowl-ad-025134634.html

    For you lobo

  • R2..that's what I am saying...both CEO of Chrysler and Clint are Republicans...and both said it was not politically driven....The Emperor (Rove) and Faux News says it was....potato..potaaaaato...tomato...tomaaaaaato....whatever.

  • Who won the pizza's!!!!!!!!!????????

  • #Bears hire Jeremy Bates as QB coach team announces

  • wow. didn't think that would happen. First good move of emory era?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2009/12/07/jeremy-bates-could-be-reuniting-with-jay-cutler/

    Excellent move.

    Now, we just need Marshall. Might be tough.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    GET MARSHALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    yeah, I would shit myself if we actually pulled that off. Or anquan.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    oooohhhhhh....and toss in VJAK!!!!!!!!!!! for shits and giggle's

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    +1...this maybe a great off-season!!!!!!!!!

  • Hey Jeff... here you go. It was a $1k bet, and not sure this guy could have quit work though (unless he lived in barundi): http://www.tmz.com/2012/02/06/giants-jona-rechnitz-donating-winnings-charity/#.TzE734Hh-Sp

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Who was that rapper that said he wanted 5 million dollars on the Pats to win the SB? Has Don Vito called him up yet?

  • Hmmmmm... that ankle looks ok to me.

    http://thebiglead.com/index.php/2012/02/07/rob-gronkowski-dancing-wildly-at-a-super-bowl-party-after-the-patriots-lost-to-the-giants-video/

    Buttsteak, your professional, medical assessment please.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    got shoot after the game....God Bless Torodal!!!!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Apparently nothing that a good spanking couldn't cure.

    Also, he's a dead man. Next non-gay patriot bar, he's dead.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    I was waiting for him to do the White Man's overbite dance...LOL!!!!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tl2PhVhIvQc

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    ha

  • O.M.G, like this would soooo have resulted in mass murder in wiscaaansin if the packers were in t.... wait, packers in the SB... BAAAHAHAHAH... never mind.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMmqqKV49cg

    (but honestly, that is so fucked up)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    WTF!!!!! why is it almost every woman seems to be smiling or laughing ...and btw...FUCK JIMMY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love that line.

  • New Thread.

  • Jeff does make a good point. I live in MD and have been reading the Washington Post for a looong time. Redskins fans are very supportive still, even though they have sucked donkey dicks since Danny boy (aka little Napoleon) bought team. BUT, even though they suck arse and have the worst Owner in the league (yes -- way worse than Bears...believe me), the Washington Post and local radio do not blast their team anywhere near as bad as Rodendoom and the other wankers that Jeff called out. I do read the Trib & Sun Times every single day year round online just hoping for some good Bears news and to keep up with the Bulls/'Hawks/Cubs. Just trying to give some outside perspective here from a former Waukegan boy now living in Redskins/Ravens country.

  • In reply to GuinnessPlease:

    Didn't they beat the Super bowl champs twice this year?

  • Amen to all that Jeff said.

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