Seven Super Bowl Questions: Volume Two

Seven Super Bowl Questions: Volume Two

We continue with my top four questions heading into Super Bowl Sunday.

#4 What will Tom Brady's approach to the Giant d-line be?

In 2007 and earlier this year Tom Brady was under duress from the fearsome Giants pass rush and one of the most prolific passing attacks in the game was relegated to the land of the ordinary. But this passing attack is a bit different for Brady. He relies on timing routes to his tight ends and slot man Wes Welker. I can't imagine the Pats will pull a Mike Martz and drop Brady deep in the pocket repeatedly, subjecting him to the likes of Pierre-Paul, Tuck and Osi. Brady will have to hit the quick stuff outside and over the middle. He'll have to go to the run from shotgun to keep the edge rushers honest. It is the only way he'll be successful.

#3 Is Gronk healthy and can the Pats survive without his at %100?

If Rob Gronkowski can't play Sunday I see no way for the Patriots to win this game. Aaron Hernandez is good but he's far more wide receiver than tight end. Gronk positions himself at the end of the line, delivers punishment to rushers and then revolutionizes the tight end position by catching every ball thrown his way, being borderline impossible to tackle and scoring touchdowns at a clip we've never seen in the NFL previously. He is THE mismatch. Not only against the Giants but against the entire league. Without him the Pats will not be able to play the game that ushered them to a 13-3 year and may be looking at long evening in Indianapolis.

#2 How in God's name can the Pats cover the Giants wide receivers?

They can't. For two reasons: (1) the Giants wide receivers are as good as there are in football and (2) the Pats secondary is crappy. I talked yesterday about the Pats living in the "big nickel" look, attempting to use quantity to compensate for their lacking in quality. But the truth is they'll be forced to engage in a shootout unless Vince Wilfork and the great Mark Anderson can harass Eli Manning the way the brilliant Niners front seven did a few back in San Francisco. Without that pressure it could be a field day for Nicks, Cruz and Manningham. (Side note: I do wonder if Shaun Ellis will have something for this game.)

#1 What does this game REALLY mean to Belichick and Brady?

I usually don't get concerned with intangibles when it comes to the Super Bowl because rarely do they have any influence on the outcome of the contest. But Bill Belichick is one of the greatest football coaches that has ever lived. Tom Brady is one of the greatest quarterbacks that has ever lived. And four years ago they were on the precipice of a perfect season. If they beat the Giants that night in Arizona, they'd each have that elusive fourth Super Bowl and solid arguments could be made that each belong historically at the very top their craft. They did not win that game. And earlier this season they lost to Coughlin and Eli once again.

This game has to mean more to them than any other they've played together. It has to. If they win they'll have their redemption, four years later, with an inferior roster. If they win it they'll each have that fourth Super Bowl and their immortality. If they lose their legacy will be marred by their inability to beat Coughlin and Eli. Their brilliant run together over this past decade will be marked with an impressive (but not legendary) 3-2 record in the biggest game of all. For mortals that record would be more than sufficient. For Belichick and Brady it can't be.


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  • first to say i really hope mark anderson shatters eli's anus on the first snap of the game.

  • i think it all comes down to the pats finding a way to neutralize the giants' pass rush. as it was with their run in 07, the d-line is carrying this team. yes, nicks and cruz have been unbelievable (fuck eli. seriously. he's not the one breaking tackles and turning 8 yard passes into 99 yard scores, even though his stats reflect that bigger number) but it's the d-line that has really been carrying the day. they get the kind of pressure we wish we could get. the kind that makes rolle look like he's a good cornerback and makes chase blackburn look like he could hang with league's better linebackers. it's also the kind of pressure that could've made the merriweather signing a good one.

    eh. i've no one to root for, so i can can only root against the giants so my friends will be as miserable as i've been since the end of the san diego game.

  • In reply to evantonio:

    I agree on Eli - his receivers break more tackles than any other group I've seen.

  • third to say about this game:

  • If the last four Patriots Super Bowls are any indication, it should be a good, close game.
    2001 - Patriots 20, Rams 17 (the greatest show on turf)
    2004 - Patriots 32, Panthers 29
    2005 - Patriots 24, Eagles 21
    2009 - Patriots 14. Giants 17
    All four games decided by 3 points. A play here or there and Brady is another Jim Kelly, not Tom Terrific. Crazy how the NFL works.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Really surprising to see that coming from a team that's known for absolutely blowing inferior competition out of the water multiple games every season. They even did it to Denver in the playoffs this year.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    I'll get stick for this, but I think Jim Kelly is maybe the most under-rated QB of all time and one of the truly greats. 4 AFC champs in a row? It's not like he was surrounded by oodles of talent and he was just living off them .... dare I say it ... like an Eli Manning.

    Master of the no-huddle. Smart as fuck. Ruled the USFL, ruled the NFL. Awesome general. Fk Eli Manning - he's not worthy of holding Jim Kelly's jock strap, really he's not.

  • No one ever includes him with the greats. You know and I know why, he never won the big one. I agree with what you said but when people talk about Montana and whoever is second in your opinion , they will always exclude two qbs. Marino and Kelly. It's no secret why.

  • i am no fan of
    whoever wins
    the hoopla game most
    has got to be
    the best

  • Thurman Thomas, Andre Reed, James Lofton, Don Beebe...that's oodles of talent.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Scott Norwood. Talented. Or.... not.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    It was a 47-yarder on grass outdoors in a humid climate. I think people remember it as a gimme when it certainly was not.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    ahhhh, the voice of reason... and a quiet, knife in the back... or an unexpected claymore while stalking around an otherwise innocuous corner.


  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Shady is the knife in the dark.

    I do enjoy setting you guys up with claymores or bouncing betties possibly more than anything else about MW3.

    Catching an RPG from you to the face, on the other hand...

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Fair point. That should be 'not surrounded by marquee names' and not a lack of talent, they were a solid team.

  • That team was unbeatable on the Sega Genesis version of Tecmo Super Bowl.

    Cornelius Bennet for the sack every other play.

    Thurman for 40 yards... Bomb it to Reed or Beebe.

    Down. Set. Hut hut hut hut hut hut hut hut hut hut hut hut.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    ahhhhh bebe, the original wess welker:


  • In reply to MB30SD:

    The original Wes Welker was Steve Largent.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    The original Steve Largent was Fred Bilitnikoff

    The original Blitinikoff was Johnny Morris

    and on it goes in the wiry small white guy litany, not excluding Waddle who got his ESPN gig on the strength of his toughness.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Let's not forget arguably the most dominant receiver ever, Don Hutson.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Don Maynard ?

  • No, Don Hutson, that's the guy I was thinking of. Class.

  • Anyone recall the SNL skit where Rob Schneider's character has an orgasm anytime someone brings up Jim Kelly's no huddle offense?

    I think of it anytime I hear Jim Kelly's name... I tried to youtube it to no avail.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    I'd love to see that if anyone can find it.

  • I'd say since Kelly was a first ballot hall of famer, most people agree that he was a great quarterback.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Whatchu talkin bout. Kelly was awesome. I think I'd take him over Brady. Kelly didn't have Bellacheat, he had Marv Levy. Bellacheat is the main reason the Pats keep winning, not Brady. Kelly was the reason the Bills went to 4 straight SB's, not because of Levy. Kelly called all the offensive plays and though he wore the dubious crown of 4 time loser, he was a better qb in my opinion.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Belichick was also a key component in the Giants beating the Bills in the Super Bowl - so much so that his defensive game plan for that game is now in the Hall of Fame; it's funny that you brought him up.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Bellicheat's system allows Brady to excell. Sure Brady is an elite QB, I wasn't saying otherwise, just that I think Kelly was better.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    I wasn't really arguing the point about the QBs...I just think it's interesting that Belichick was the DC for the Giants team that essentially shut down the Bills offense in their first Super Bowl.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    he played a zone
    effectively taking away
    the passing strenght
    of the bills
    and dared them
    to beat his D with
    there is speculation that
    he may re-visit
    said strategy this sunday

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    4 time AFC champs winner would be fairer I think. He didn't play defense and ST.

  • For those who keep saying we should address left tackle in FA this year. I want to enlighten you to what's available.

    Demetrius Bell is Buffallo's LT; he's a great run blocker and solid pass protector, but he has knee and shoulder issues. He'll be entering his 5th year (27 years old) in 2012. He is probably the only LT worth looking at.

    In the draft, you move past the top 2-3 tackles, and we probably won't be addressing the blind side. Anybody honestly expect one of the top 3 tackles to be available at #18?

    So we let Emery's scouts work with our fancy new OC to pick another player to develop and a maybe grab a vet like Levi Brown to be a backup (like Omiyale). Brown's not going to beat Carimi or Webb for the starting spot, but we do need some depth, and he's pretty young - if you don't like him pick one of the 10-15 other backups that nobody will like.

    There are some really nice prospects at G and C, both in the draft and in FA. C Williams is solid, Spencer is solid, Garza is solid, Lance Louis is solid, but none of them is a pro-bowler. We could definitely get better in the middle of line this year, and I think we will see some moves in that area.

    But with that said, please stop with the 1 - OL draft demands. The players aren't there, don't waste the pick.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:


  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    might as well have just used my handle NB, no need to be coy… I mean you are an esq. for christ’s sake

    Here's my deal smarty pants:

    1. If you're comfortable with Webb as our blide-side guy, then that makes one of us. Not upgrading there is just plain stupid... jerry angelo stupid. I don't give a fuck where we get one from, we just need one.

    2. I posted this a few threads ago: I'll take any of those over webb. ANY OF THEM.

    3. So, no, I won't stop my demands to continue to strengthen our still middle of the pack line because smart orgs simply find way to get the shit they need done. I have to imagine we can too now.

    4. So what do you suggest we take in the 1st and 2nd again? If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem NB.

    Ps. MBP, I'll have your ditto for you later sir.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Whether you like it or not, Tice is okay with Webb.

    Unless something amazing falls to us or a starting Left tackle wants to play for the Bears really really cheap, do not expect Webb to be gone.

    Trust me, he has this year and I am sure they will give up on him after that. Try not to blow up.

  • I was just being a smart ass back to NB Erik, just ribbing a bit.

    My overarching stance is that everything needs to start with the oline for us. If we don't get that as solid as possible WITH some depth at each position, it only takes one or two injuries to go from the squad we saw in our 5-game run to the squad we saw the year before. We need a couple more STARTERS on the oline ASAP to get us there.

    As NB said, there is litterally not one pro-bowler on our oline. That worries me. We need at least one or two to have cutty hit his full potential. (I'm not worried about getting a couple WRs in this mutha this year, that IS going to happen)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB - I didn't call out your handle because I don't think you're the only guy on here who still thinks we're going to find a rockstar left tackle this year.

    The link you posted is basically for two decent FAs that have serious injury concerns - although I admit I did not mention Gaither above and he deserves a mention. The fact is, Webb isn't that bad, and we have a lot of other needs that would be much better value in the first round.

    Also, keep in mind, Carimi is probably better than anyone we'll see by our turn in the first round this year, and he got beat out by Webb. This summer in training camp with both healthy, who knows?

    Just sticking with O-line guys and keeping in mind its still early, I would like our team to take a serious look at David DeCastro (G, Stanford), Peter Konz (C, Wisconsin) in the first round and Kelechi Osemele (OT/G Iowa State) in the second. There are several other good guard prospects (Cordy Glenn, Barrett Jones, Kevin Zeitler) that made my top 40 a few weeks back, and probably a couple more that would make a top 64.

    I also like us drafting a standout D-line guy like Whitney Mercilus, a linebacker like Zack Brown, or even a truly great corner like Dre Kirkpatrick. I have reservations about drafting a WR this year only because the free agent pool is so strong, but I would not complain about Alshon Jeffery or Michael Floyd based on what I see now. And I could even deal with a shocker value pick like Trent Richardson (RB) if he was still available - with all the TE frenzy right now, a team that spends on a true RB duo or trio would get a lot more value for similar types of mismatches in the passing game.

    The top three tackles right now are Matt Kalil, Riley Reiff, and Jonathan Martin. Whichever of the 3 is a true rookie starting left tackle will be gone long before #18. The leftovers, including some lower profile guys like the G/T combos I mentioned above will compete for the right side, but essentially leave us where we are now in terms of overall talent. Not exactly a great assessment for a #1 pick.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    I knew you'd see past my childish attempt at humor and come back with a solid analysis-filled response.

    I would be happy with any oline pick up in the first NB. I guess I'd be ok with a steal-deal at LB or DB too, but those are traditionally much more risky picks in late rd one. I guess the Dline pick is less risky, but if we're honest about it, it's also the least of our dire needs, AND it can be addressed in FA this year with a couple of very known entities (even though it will cost us). I just don't want to see us picking up another adams or paea, who could bear fruit long-term, but not give us the immediate booked to pep we're really looking for this coming season.

    As far as carimi is concerned, I think there's a reason he ‘miraculously fell to us’ last year... mainly because everyone else saw his knee issue for what it is, and what was proven last year.... everyone but jerry and his gang of buffoons of course. One more hit to that knee and I think the BJ will be out of pro FB forever. Just my gut. I mean the dude played 2 games last year.

    net net, I think we can address pretty much all of our dire needs this offseason if emory turns out to be as good a talent evaluator as everyone thinks. I really don’t care which pool they come from, as long as he addresses them. It’s really simple right? oline depth, a #1 and maybe #2 WR, a real life franchise safety and/or corner, and on the second tier of importance…. A bookend for pep and some depth at LB. We have lots of cap money, and 5 picks in the first 4 rounds of the draft. Plenty of opty to finally fill in all the gaps left by angelo and field a whole product that challenges for the sb.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    oh, and no matter how you slice it, webb is NOT good.

    I couldn't find any published individual oline player stats, but I did find this:

    Maybe you can find some?

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Ironically, if we had lost to Minny in the last game, Reiff or Martin would have been real possibilities.

    However, you did leave out a very good prospect in Mike Adams. He's moving up a lot of boards, and some "insiders" even think he's the second best LT long term.

    I paid particularly close attention on him at the Senior Bowl, and even though they placed him at RT, he passed the eyeball test. Dude is HUGE with light feet. I'm sure others saw what I saw, but hopefully not.

    He's a very real possibility for us at 19.

    I'm not sure if Adams would fit the definition of "Stud" in Tice's eyes, but he def looks like a Tice Olinemen.

  • You might be right 4ever85, but what I posted above is that the top 3 LTs will be off the board. Right now they look like Kalil, Reiff and Martin, but any of those three guys could be overrated right now. Like I said above, its still early.

    Historically, the true starting left tackle prospects get picked up in the top 10 or 15 spots. There are plenty of lower round picks playing LT in the NFL, but they were either gambles or projects when they were drafted - I don't want my first rounder to go to anything but a sure day 1 starter.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Webb sucks, I don't know what Tice sees in him - maybe he's just playing the politics/diplomacy game - but EVERYONE has potential. I'm not buying it.

    Surely CW or Lance are without question better players than Webb ?

    CW used to handle Jared Allen 1-1. Lance is coming along nicely.

    How about CW-LL-Garza-CS-GC ?

    Or LL-CW-Garza-CS-GC ? With EW as backup guard and JW as backup tackle.

    Yes, Webb can run-block, no, he's not very good at pass-blocking ... and that's where QBs get murdered. You have a top QB, you'd better give him the best protection available, and not "Well we'll get the poor LT some help there ..."

    Thing is, Tice will probably just leave Webb in there and give him more help as he has alluded to in his interviews post-promotion.

  • I doubt CW gets another chance at LT.

    Tice said he was better at runblocking than pass blocking...Thus, we do not need him protecting Jay

  • In reply to MB30SD:


  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Special vid for you bulls fans in there.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Konz sould go in the first, and we do need a center - Garza's an aging guard who has played one season as a center. If we don't get either Konz or Burfict then I want whoever Maranelli thinks is the best end.

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  • In reply to TheFifth:

    this just in
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    by our
    roving reporter
    bob dylan
    reporting on
    woodie guthrie
    fair and balanced
    for sure
    btw thanks for the
    tea ceremony show

  • In reply to The Void:

    Hunti, that's how they made it in The Gambia when my friend was there in the Peace Corps.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    the tea i brew
    sits for bout 14 days
    as the mother mushroom
    produces a baby on top
    then the fermentation process
    has reached it's peak
    then i vita-mix some triple berry
    with ginger root
    and a bit of volcanic lemon
    no musicians serenade me
    during the process though
    you may hear some jimmy reed
    floating on the breeze

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    I am dumber for having read that.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    It's the reading that does it. Check out this piece from the BBC. British cutie Thandie Newton reads Sara Palin's part, so all you have to do is watch:

  • In reply to TheFifth:


  • same old shit MB
    different day
    it's not easy livin'
    in the shadows
    of ancient growth
    so much consternation
    about the bard
    MB this flicks for you
    'cause you inspire
    the troops toward
    violence and destruction
    phantasize with me a bit
    in this clip
    the guy is the packer nation
    and all that goes with it
    the babe of course is all bares
    chicago to the nnnnnnnth
    in the end
    we cannot exist without each other
    the song and seasoned vocals
    all DYLAN

  • In reply to The Void:

    I get it hunti.... it's just fun and games to zone out and relax. Viva, MBP's wife, Nag, and all the other actual soldiers out deserve praise, love and support.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    f the violence
    that was
    window dressing
    it was more about
    bob's music-voice
    and language
    and our
    love-hate relationship
    wit the packers
    we need those muthas'
    or it wouldn't be as fun

  • Vegas is taking the Pats and giving a round 3. Not 2.5, 3.

    Vegas has been right in the last 19 of 21, so I'm apt to think one has to rationally say that Bill Nixon and Brady have the edge.

    Amani 'It's not a' Toomer said that if the Giants win, then all of the other Patties Nixon Bowls should get the asterisk, and if they lose, I think there will be even louder calls to re-evaluate the Pats success against Martz and the Rams, then later the Panthers. Bill will never crack, he's as hard as the peanuts in John Wayne's shit, but there is tremendous pressure on him to win. And Brady too. Vegas is only stacking the pressure.

    The Giants have no pressure. Coughlin isn't having a pad practice this week. Everything is loose. Lots of jokes. They hold the big M card, and everybody knows it. But you can drop the M card on the floor in the first 5 minutes if they punch you in the mouth and you drop it, so I think whomever is winning by the end of 1st Q is going to win the game.

    I agree that Nicks and Cruz and Manningham are probably the most talented trio seen in recent Super Bowl memory. Pats have Welker and Branch and Gronk is hurt but will play.

    It has the makings of a tight, smashmouth game that gets very very chippy, it should be good. I'm hoping it will be good.

  • In reply to gpldan:

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Was one of those 2 of 21 the last time these teams met? I would think so.

  • Blogfadder sayz:

    If they lose their legacy will be marred by their inability to beat Coughlin and Eli. Their brilliant run together over this past decade will be marked with an impressive (but not legendary) 3-2 record in the biggest game of all. For mortals that record would be more than sufficient. For Belichick and Brady it can't be.

    Right on. Tricky Billy is playing it loose this week, actually smiling and talking to reporters. That, more than anything, says he's now really working to hide the fact this game is seriously under his skin.

    Kind of like when Mama Kardashian tried to laugh it off when we all discovered what we already knew: the tall white-ish one has a different daddy than the dead OJ lawyer.

  • GP - I know you enjoyed some Serengeti "Dennehy"... I just got the whole album, also named "Dennehy".

    The entire thing is one big Chicago ode. Sports and city references all over. It's quite entertaining.

    You might be able to find a link on this site... but I wouldn't know, as I don't download music.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    Excellent, thanks.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    For those that haven't seen THE definitive South Side Sports tribute vid:

  • Any of you guys having a SB party?

    Whipping some of this out would go over preeeeetty well with your buds, me thinks:

  • In reply to MB30SD:

  • I am very tempted to get a PS3 to just kick your asses in MW3.

    The only problem is I do not use a mike because I do not want to hear any 12 year old bragging about tea bagging my dead body.

    Do you guys use mikes and do you play madden 12?

  • I got the Sony PS3 headphones. They charge using the same adapter than charges the controllers, but they have a special bluetooth chipset that requires you use a USB dongle in the PS3 with them.

    They are made by Sony for the PS3, and they have a nice retractable mike and are very comfortable and easy to turn on and off.

    Also, Sony published the drivers for the headset on their website for Win7, so if you want to pair them on your PC, you can.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Auto correct , I hate you.

    GP, you play MW3 too?

  • No.

    I have a no FPS rule with my son.

    I don't know what to make of hard research like this:

    but I figure it can't help. My son has a mild form of Asperger's Syndrome. Many of the symptoms he doesn't have, he's very social and other aspects are normal, but many are classic: hand flapping at excitement, nervous tics like clucking the tounge and a difficulty in handling extreme forms of stimulation like really exciting movies on the big screen (he will jump up and down at home, but he only fidgets in the theater.)

    I remind him that Bill Gates has Aspergers. My son's IQ is ridiculous, he's 9 and reads high school books, finished Lord of the Rings and cognatively processes subtle cause and effect relationships way beyond his years - but I believe that the FPS experience is harmful in the long term.

    I have Asperger's too, I think, although I came from an era when it wasn't diagnosed. Again, I think I have a mild form. But when I played hardcore America's Army FPS in the 1990s, I developed headaches and had some difficulty with aggression. I snapped much more easily at the people I had working for me, and found it easy to get confrontational with business partners in meetings. I stopped playing and felt alot better.

    To each his own, but I have a no FPS rule in my house, with the exception of Skyrim, but he's not allowed to play that. He really wants to play Uncharted 3, and I'm on the fence about that yet. But BF3 and Mw3 are right out.

    Such is parenting.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Interesting. Do you home school him or is going to a public or private school?

  • The reason I ask that question is because I know what it is like to be made fun of and I would hate to see anyone's Child go through what I went through.

    Thus, I would home school him or send him to a private school. Kids today and even the ones I grew up with have not changed. If anything, they are worse.

  • He goes to a private school that is very supportive of him. I agree that kids get the shit beat out of them. I grew up on the south side of Chicago in one of the Irish enclaves.

    I remember having to wait for my dad to come get me because the neighborhood bully threw me in a home foundation and I couldn't get out. I got suspended from school for breaking a kids nose, shattering his septum.

    I wouldn't wish my neighborhood on any kid.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Great job Gp, great job.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Got it about MW3 GP. Totally understand and support that stance 100% (for what it's worth coming from a guy you kinda know on the interwebs). Good for you... your son sounds like a good kid. Smart kids 99.9% win out over the jocks in life anyway, like you said, just ask guys like jobs and gates.

    Funny you say that, I sometimes wonder if I have a very mild case myself... but maybe it's just that I really don't like people in general. Anyway, won't bug you on the MW3 thing anymore and thanks for sharing, I know that can he hard.

    Oh, and while I kinda like Uncharted, there is shooting/killing that is 3rd person, but still shooting and killing. I bet he'd love the puzzles though. All in all I would advise no for the violence.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Asbergers has gotten to be a rather large umbrella for any child with unusual social skills. My saying it wasn't asbergers doesn't necesarily mean you didn't/don't have bona fide developmental differences.

    I have a child with some challenges, not asbergers per se. We send to private school, we keep a very close eye for bullying, we get lots of OT and SLP help and we have a very calm home. Its challenging, no two ways about it.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I hate this website. Why can't it handle a longer thread tree? Plenty of room on the right side...

  • Oh, and what happened to you?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I am deaf in my left ear and hear only 80 percent out of my right. Kids would taunt me by saying my name and look away. I could never tell who said my name till I got an advanced hearing aid from TN, and that was my senior year of high school.

    Its one the main reason I played football. I could hit or kick the shit out of all the guys who made funny of me face to face on the field. You can't fight anyone sneaking up behind you with a hearing loss.

    If any of you know, having a hearing loss means your ability to speak clearly is hampered because you can't hear yourself. I have a little bit of a lisp. I am working on getting rid of it but half the time, I can't tell I talk like that. Not a sob story though, I am doing great now and I kept my nose in the books and college is paid for. I just wish my life on no kid.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    That's fucked up man. Kids can be cruel.

    Good for you for working through it constructively Erik. Kudos maing.

    btw, if I ever find out my kids bully, they will be the full on smackdown. Bullying if for the weak.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    i have spent most of my adult life meditating...
    one of my favorite teachers went through traditional
    formal training in india until he perfected the technique...
    he was into technology and upon his return to the states
    he started to map the brain wave patterns of monks
    who had entered the deep states during practice....
    he experimented with sound and found that notes produce
    particular brainwave patterns....
    he then created sound tapes that put the brain into
    the patterns displayed by the monks as they entered these transcendental states.....
    this type of sound patterning "meditates " the body
    i spent about 10 years with this ...
    doctors have caught on and have created their own cd's
    it changes the the human system markedly when used

    another very effective path i would suggest
    is learning to breath coherently
    Dr. Stephen Elliott has done extensive research on this
    it is stunning the effect proper breathing has on your system
    links below to his stuff
    if you want some info on the sound technology let me know and i will give you a link where the cd's exist
    your son will benefit greatly and feel the results phsically
    when the breathing techniques are applied

  • In reply to The Void:

    here is some language on Dr. Elliots technique

  • In reply to The Void:

    i used the two bells recording
    and clock and bell
    to teach myself this breathing technique
    while delivering mail

  • In reply to The Void:

    forgot to say
    after reading about the way
    he wants the body to breath
    click on either #8 or #9
    on the playlist
    and let the breathing rip
    may good fortune be your son's and your
    constant companion

  • In reply to The Void:

    Cheers HB!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Nice share GP.

    Strangely, I always felt such games were a stress release, not a promoter.

    As someone who has spent more time than they should blowing things up and cleaving people's heads off in a digital sense I have to say that personally, gaming has not made me aggressive - and I was never the Mario-gamer type. I was there at the start of gaming and I'm still there 30 years on. I'm not an aggressive person, I'm not reactive. I've seen the worst that video nasties have to offer from an early age, up to the more recent 'Serbian movie' (which just disgusted me), and my violent urges extend to only ants and mosquitoes, never people.

    If a kid watches a video or a plays a game and then feels compelled to go out and enact that in real life, it's because they're a fucked up individual and they're hard-wired to do so. To blame one's actions on some third-party has never carried water with me. One cannot blame drugs, alcohol, video games or movies for one's actions - I was drunk a million times and never hurt/killed anybody.

    Now if a person has a more 'serious' condition, or something like Aspergers (and good luck with that by the way) .. then I'm not qualified to comment, and it's probably safer to let them enjoy platform games or whatever, certainly. Good luck to you both.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I want those for my birthday but I think my wife bought something else.

    She did however buy my a nice Chicago Bears bucket of Garrett's popcorn ("spicy") to try and destroy my diet.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    did you say diet? Aw man, you get an extra predator for that.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Yeah, I know, I know. If I just go back to my old routine without losing another 10 lbs first, I'm going to turn my knees into jelly so it's a necessary evil.

  • Mic all the way baby. You can very easily mute whomever you want in any game Erik.

    Get some!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    You know what.. I will let you know as soon as possible.

    I might just be silent but deadly.. you never know.

  • I never turn on my mic when I'm playing with the gen pub. those 13 year old kids are the most annoying fucking thing I've ever heard maing. A lot of the time they'll blast kate fucking perry or some other gay shit through their mic, drives me crazy.... kinda like shady playing thayer videos or the score in the background. But that's a distraction tactic. Bastard.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    btw, I'm the same handle on PS as here. Shady is ShadyNuggets (something something something) and MBP is DeadRabbit(something something something).

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Maybe if he didn't, you wouldn't walk into so many claymores.

    I hate the blasting music thing; I used to hate it when I played CS and now the little bastards do it on MW3. It's possibly the most annoying thing about FPS.
    The worst is if they wait to do it until the load screen starts, so you can't mute them for about 30 seconds.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:


  • It smells like boogers outside.

    And inside.


  • Does Williams stand to be second only to Jones?

    “I said that and I see you got your [tape recorder] out,” he said. “Well I am the best, there ain’t no damn question about that. I don’t know who No. 2 is. I’ll say he is potentially. He potentially can be the best in his era. He has the ability, he has the size, and all he needs is to get his head straight and make that commitment.

    “They’d be stupid to let him go. He’s the No. 1 pick. Sure he’s had some injures. Everybody gets injuries. You can’t let a guy like that go. He’s a hell of a football player. If they do let him go, come to the Rams. Tell him don’t do nothing until he comes to the Rams.”

    Come to Chicago.. Mario, you will rack up and beat the sack record. They cannot block you and Peppers.. use your head.

  • With the injury to starting linebacker Brian Urlacher in the Week 17 game against the Minnesota Vikings, it should make the Bears realize that Urlacher will not be able to play forever. For many seasons, we the fans have had the comfort of seeing No. 54 in the middle of the Bears defense, and it is about time the organization brings in someone to groom as his potential successor.

    Enter Audi Cole.

    Instinctive. Aggressive. Smart. Experienced. These are all great adjectives to describe North Carolina State middle linebacker Audi Cole. Cole was undoubtedly the leader of the NC State Wolfpack defense and led by example on the field, amassing over 100 tackles and two sacks this past season.

    Cole is known to have good instincts and has the ability to shed blockers to get to the ball carrier. Having prior experience as a strongside linebacker in previous seasons has improved Cole's pass-defending game. Where Cole is known to struggle is in pass-rushing, but given the Bears' defense at this point, the middle linebacker position does not blitz that often.

    Cole may be the highest drafted player on this list, more than likely expected to go somewhere in the third or fourth round, but if the Bears get the chance to take him, he will have the ability in a few seasons to take over Urlacher's reign at the middle linebacker position.

    Burifict and him would be a nice option to replenish a depleted lb core.

  • That's the shit I'm talking about Artoo, it's abotu time we got the Monsters back.

  • I got Johnny Knox to tweet back to me. Pretty cool. He was showing his brace for his back.

    Thus, I asked him, "Honest question. Please answer. Why do you want to keep playing?That injury alone is dangerous let alone playing after you rehab it"

    He said back to me "That's a good question!"

  • Artoo, if you talk our speed guy into retiring, I'm going to send you nastygrams on Twitter for a long time.

    Irish would probably buy you a pizza.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Irish would fly over here, give me his new baby sitter, and leave.

    I am not talking him into retiring but I wouldn't play again after his injury.

    That injury is too dangerous.

  • Let's not get crazy; a good babysitter is harder to find than a 4.3 wide receiver.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    And by good, we mean goooooooooooooood

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:


    I've always thought the 4.3 is no good if you're running in the wrong direction and wondering what's for dinner ...

  • I also agree that Knox should hang it up.

  • yeah, take your time Johnny ....

  • Matt Forte said he would be fine with the Chicago Bears using the franchise tag on him as long as it leads to a long-term deal and is not simply a tactic to keep him off the free agent market for another season

  • Blogfather needs to find a way to cash in on this. If the reason we are stuck on Gnome Code is the Benjamins, then let's get some damn money.

    How about: The Super Bowl CN DBB thread, sponsored by Coke?

    The money, it seems, is there.....

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Would it be illegal for us to have a contest with whoever gets the majority of the draft right?

    Everyone chips in ten dollars or something. Is that illeagal on chicagonow?

    Someone sponsors it is cool too.

  • in the first round in the draft

  • Gnome Cop comes to your house to arrest you for illegal bookie action. But then he can't get the cuffs on you because he can't reach.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Can't break any rules anymore..smh

  • Just read your post on the hearing loss. Great job the way you handled yourself. My son is 100% deaf in his right ear, but can hear well with his left. He did acquire the slight lisp too. Just bein nosy, but any reason for the hearing loss? My kid lost his due to meningitis when he was 2 months old. (they think)

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    The "they think" part is exactly what I was told also. I either had a high fever in my mom's stomach and eventually it burst.

    Or I all the earaches at the age 1-3 finally made one burst.

    They don't know which but "they think" it was one of those two.

  • Yeah, cool share Artoo. It's about what's in your heart man, that's all. It's like Stevie Wonder's mom told him, "Love somebody with all your heart, and if your heart is big enough .. .love everybody".

  • ESPN Radio had an email from a Vegas pro guy who is holding a 10k card on the Giants he picked up in week 6 at 85-1.

    850k payouts are sweet.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    When you bet 10k on anything, you are walkin with some big stones. Unless he's so flush that he's like us bettin $10.

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    Interesting read on that:

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    Who knew Romney had a side job in Sin City?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    He'll be holding that same card in two weeks as well. Bada-bing!

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