The Sanzenbacher Conundrum

The Sanzenbacher Conundrum

Special thanks to the Reverend and my buddy Brian. Both our Bears-based conversations this weekend led to me writing this column.

The Bears will enter into the 2012 season with that which they have never possesed. They will take the field on opening day with depth at the wide receiver position. Depth. At wide receiver. Who woulda thunk it?

Brandon Marshall is the stud, number one-type we've all clamored for since Dave Wannstedt prematurely ended the tenures of Curtis Conway and Jeff Graham in Chicago. Alshon Jeffery has the size and hands to be a perfect complement to Marshall and a serious threat in the red zone. The Bears will line up two dynamic weapons in the slot: Earl Bennett as a third-down, possession man and Devin Hester as a deep speed threat. Four men. Four unique sets of skills. All good.

Phil Emery did not stop there. Eric Weems and Devin Thomas have also been paid some money to wear navy blue and orange and both are significant special teams additions. Will they have an impact in the passing game? For the most part that is doubtful but their roster places are almost assured by their ability to impact the third phase, cherished by an organization that pays their special teams coordinator appropriately as one of the best in the game. (Dave Toub will be a head coach in the NFL inside of five years.)

Where does that leave Dane Sanzenbacher?

The Great Dane from the Ohio State University showed a propensity to get open down around the goal line and seemed to earn the respect of Cutty as the season progressed. He also struggled mightily to get separation on third downs and dropped far too many passes while standing alone near the sideline. (In fairness I only remember one of these but everything negative about 2011 seems heightened in my mind. Remember all that Sam Hurd stuff? Did that really happen?) Dane's contributions on specials? I can't remember one.

But there is no doubting his raw ability and one wonders if Sanzenbacher could develop into the next Ricky Proehl if given the appropriate time and the correct system. (Yes, by the way, I'm making that comparison based purely on race. Sue me.) But more to the point I don't believe the Bears should be in the business of casting "projects" like Dane to the slag heap. His 27 catches, 276 yards and 3 touchdowns as a rookie pale in comparison to Proehl's rookie stats but were impressive for an undrafted free agent rarely serving as more than the third option. (A look at Dane's game-by-game stats for 2011 show consistency, if a lack for the spectacular, when healthy.)

There are not many question marks when it comes to the Bears roster for 2012. Most of the final slate is pretty well set while starting gigs are up for the taking. Sanzenbacher, a fan favorite, is a true question mark. Can the Bears afford to keep him on the roster without receiving significant contributions from him on specials? Can Sanzenbacher display the physicality and toughness required to be a specials standout? Or might Dane display the type of improvement in the passing game come Bourbonnais that makes him impossible to cut?

I certainly hope so. For me the potential future of of Dane Sanzenbacher is far more promising than the present of Devin Thomas.

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  • First to ask if we are really going to talk about Sazenburger?

  • second to wonder if jeff is really that hard up for material.

    what's next? a discussion on whether robbie gould should have to pay to bring his own personal calf masseuse to away games?

  • In reply to evantonio:

    But there is no doubting his raw ability and one wonders if Sanzenbacher could develop into the next Ricky Proehl if given the appropriate time and the correct system

    Oh... oh... see now, I was enjoying a nice lunch break reading the blog and then I see this.

    Why stop there? Could he be, perhaps with a little bit of coaching and the bionic surgery of Steve Austin - maybe he could be the next Steve Largent? The next Belitnikoff perhaps? Golden Richards? Let's just go for it, and say he could be the next Tom Waddle, if he'd only just be bigger and tougher and have way better hands. How about Phil Elliot?

  • In reply to evantonio:

    A fan favorite? Really Blogfather?

    If the only thing you've got going for you is your hands, and you drop sure passes, you're time is up. Plus, have we learned nothing from the near de-back-itation of Knox. He's small, slow and south of sure-handed.

    He's cut. And I don't mean chiseled.

  • So, I'm gathering from the last thread that MBP, MB, myself, and MBP's two brothers are going to the game? Waffle sounds like a sure thing as well.

    MB, if you buy the tickets on stubhub for 6 seats together, I'll pay you my share in one week. That's a promise.

    I guess anyone else who wants to go will have to fend for themselves as buying more than 5 or 6 together may be problematic.

  • doc, don't worry about me covering your ticket for a while. I just want to make sure we get a block of enough seats that we know we WILL fill with guys, sitting apart at the game would be lame.

  • I was just typing a response in the last thread. I'm down with a tailgate/saturday night gathering but I don't know if I can drop a big coin on a ticket, although I'd love to get that bad taste out of my mouth from the 300+ I dropped on the NFCCG.

  • As for Sanz, my wife from Columbus is a huge fan, and I had to tell her, "Being small, slow, and stone-handed is not a good combo for a WR. Maybe 2 out of 3 of those you can work with, but not 3 for 3."

  • "For me the potential future of of Dane Sanzenbacher is far more promising than the present of Devin Thomas."

    JEFFFFFFFF!!!!!!!! what in theeeee fuck are you saying?

    Devin Thomas is a fucking ST monster. Is a built like a monster and has shown the ability to play WR well....albeit in college. However, DA came on for the Bears and this guy is like DA, bigger body, easy to see on the field, fast and could be the perfect ST'er, 5th WR.

    I rather take a chance on a guy like that than Dane. There is a huge chance that with Jeffery, Marshall, Bennett, Hester, Davis, Forte, Bush, etc that the 5th and 6th WR will rarely see the field anyway. I'd rather have that guy be a guy that could fuck someone up if he had to.

    Dane saw the field last year because the alternatives were poor. He is not a player the Bears need right now.

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    I've done December games and it's a toss up. One year it was -5 with the wind chill (Beat the Vikings, but Tommie Harris wrecked his knee) Last year was worse. (I had to witness Caleb Hanie's ineptitude).

    Off topic, but does Caleb Hanie have a nick name on the board. Like Glitchy and some of the other castoffs that we are glad to be rid of?

  • In reply to Big Mike:

    Who the F*** is Calib Hanie?

  • In reply to EnderWiggin:

    BAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAH! Perfect!

    That was brilliant end.

  • In reply to Big Mike:

    Caleb's nickname is turdsickle.

  • I think to End's point... he's such a turnsickle (and he's fucking gone thank Trac's god) that he doesn't get remembered... never mind a fucking nickname.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    btw, are you coming to the game on the 16th coach (and all the festivities surrounding it)?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I would put it down as a strong possibility. I haven't been to a game in 2 years, and that game could be huge. I have a few buddies with season tickets, and sweet tailgate setups. I'll start working on greasing them up now.

  • beautiful

  • Jeff, you should have posted a piece about the newly available "All 22 Coach's Cam" and how it'll impact the game, fans and journalists.

    For instance, I would like to know if you're going to purchase it? I imagine YourBoyRoy is going to be all over it like white on rice.

    I wonder how many of us on here are going to purchase it, esp those who break down the film, or are coaches themselves (or maybe just madden fanatics lol)

    I still would want every player mic'd up, and for there to be "rated R" version for watching tv (I would LOVE to hear all the trash talking going on, or the audibling, adjustments, or just general venting, celebrating, emotions on the game), but this is a start. I guess I'll just have to settle for the PG version from NFL Films in the mean while.

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    I'm all over the ALL22 cam. WOW!!!

    Between that and Direct TV Sunday Ticket, awesome.

    Remembering the days of 1 maybe 2 games on Sunday and the Monday Night game, makes being able to watch the Bears and then have the choice of any game, or the redzone and now the All 22 simply amazing.

  • In reply to Big Mike:

    Yeah, I'm excited about it too, and am already diligently searching for a way to pirate it lol

    I find it funny that some NFL people (like Casserly) were against it because he feared the "m/asses" would conclude wrongly from the film.

    But that's kind of paternalistic attitude.

    Freedom, baby, freedom!

  • I am going to spend alot of time on that 22 feed...

  • Jesus... fine, I'll be that guy again.

    FUCK dane sandbanger. There I said what all of you are really thinking. Ne'er shall his name be uttered here again.... NEXT!

    Thanks for the thoughts last thread Johnny. I’m really looking forward to meeting all you crazy fuckers in person.

    Doc... (and others), what's the best way to do the multi-seat purchase thing? I would be ok putting down the cash for some seats if it's in the $500-$600 range, and we can work out a way to get me paid.

    I just want to make sure that if we do this we all sit together... it's kinda pointless to go through all the trouble and then not. Suggestions?

    Jeff? You ever read us anymore… thoughts on a DBB meet up and set of game seats for the Pack game in Dec?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Maybe Here?

    Don't really know man. $500-$600 may only getcha 3 seats at these rates. And these are the 'cheap seats'. Unless one of you locals knows somebody who knows somebody, I know of no other ways.

    Jefe, care to lend a hand?

  • I would suggest that if one of you has a paypall acount you can easily collect the cash that way. Or just do it the old fashioned way and have everyone send you a check and a SASE, you buy tickets and mail them off.
    I might try and make it out there for the 16th but I'll just be pregaming it with ya.

    Now is ANYONE thinking of going to the MNF game against the whiners?

  • I'm seriously debating going to that game in SF Sac.

    My pal just recently moved to SF, and my step-dad works up there too digging that big tunnel underwater, so it might be a good trip for me to make from L.A.

    But I would love to hang with the rest of the maniacs around Xmas too. Orange eggnog pre-game tailgating...

  • Cool cool. Well I'll be tailgating with a group of about 5-8 Bears fans so hit me up if you'de like to join up in order to form a more powerful tailgate contingent.. ya know.. like Voltron.

  • i'm on waiting list for season tickets. every year before the season starts, they give us on the list a chance to pre-order tickets before they go on sale to the general public. i'd be happy to donate my pre-order code to the cause.

    there are, however, a couple of catches.

    you can only get 4 tickets to a game. AND, now here's the real kick-to-the-balls from our friends in the NFL, you have to buy tickets to a pre-season game as well.

    that's right! you want 4 tickets to bears/pack in december? fine. you also have to buy 4 full price tickets to jerkoffs/jackoffs in august.

  • Blogfather, I backed you up on the whole GReg love back in the day. Not jumping on the Sanzenwhatever bus. Is it just me or did he progressively get worse as the season went on last year? I didn't look at the consistency stats for Dane, but I do remember the blog liking his potential early last year. As the year progressed though, we all lost intrest.
    If I remember correctly.

  • In reply to EnderWiggin:

    That's the way I remember it too. He made some nice grabs early on, then in one game, can't recall which one exactly, he had like two important drops, then exhibited brick hands ever since. Don't know if Sazen lost his mojo or what, but as someone else has acutely pointed.

    You can't be slow, small AND drop catches.

    It would be something of a small miracle if he made it unto the roster.

  • SanzenSchlonger doesn't have a chance. I bet we could put him on the practice squad if we wanted. Maybe the shittier teams would take him off waivers. He'd look about right in a Viking's Uni

  • HA!

    I'd like to trade him straight up to get Devin Aromashadu back (wasn't he like, their leading receiver last year)?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Sanzen bacher = caucaision Bobby Wade

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'd take Sanzer over Aroma 10 times out of 10. After all, Dane has yet to be cut the first time. DA has been cut by four or five teams.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Dave... there will be many cuts in Dane's future. He just hasn't had time to rack 'em up.

  • This is... epic (the ranchero about cali in the background just took it up a notch).

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=hOxG1c_ub9s#!

  • Doc, its like 93 here, humid and windy as fuck. I'd take some nice Seattle summer instead of this shit!

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    It was 105 here this Saturday... with wind. wtf? It just sucked the moisture right out of your body. But one nice thing is when it gets hot (like in the 90's...not the face melting heat we had last weekend) those California girls love to walk around in next to nothing... God bless em!

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    'Preciate the perspective, guys. I'll stop bitching.

  • i would go to the game
    but, I have never
    even after 26 years
    been able to secure vacation time
    during december
    Christmas season sucks
    for the few.... the proud.... the men in the blue monkey suit
    next year go in jan.
    and I will B there

    a word for eric
    as I see it
    you are writing
    because it is in your seed
    your experiences writing
    cannot be programmed
    by your "cunning" mind
    free wheel intuitively
    F the reasons for writing
    that shit is all in your concepts aboput writing and writers
    if you use your mind to plot the course
    everything gets stagnant
    pour out your hearfelt truth passionately
    and never be deterred
    some of your stuff will surely be ridiculed
    some will be praised
    in the end
    the only thing that will seem real
    is that little passionate spark
    that set you on this course
    that spark is your power
    and it never gets worn down
    it stays as young and vibrant
    as the day you first recognized it's powerful force
    your mind will always F with you
    but the Spark never fails to remain true to your adventure
    I believe it will be fun watching you soar

    P.S.
    don't look down
    if you wanna keep flying

    MB
    I am lighting insence for you for a while
    I will never forget your welcoming me
    you were one of the originals
    who helped me feel accepted
    it is my hope that through all the storms
    life blows upon your household
    you and your loved one's remain
    safe and protected
    Love and Gratitude for you brother

  • In reply to huntinbare:

    Thanks Hunti appreciate it very much my man. Hope Shilo is doing well.

  • In reply to huntinbare:

    Thanks Hunti.

  • Oh, and Artoo, I'll be emailing you shortly. You do have erectile dysfunction, right? or want weight loss supplements, no? lol

    When are you scheduled to submit your first piece?

  • Actually tonight lol But I will see if that changes or not.

  • email sent.

    let me know if you didn't receive it.

    Tonight might be a short deadline lol, but we'll work something out.

  • exactly

    dabearsblog So the government spends money, lots, putting baseball players on trial for lying while courthouses around USA are shuttered for lack of $?

    This fucking ridiculous bullshit has angered me for years. How fucking inane is it.... government... who gives a flying fuck!?!?!?!?!?!?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Amen.

  • this is for sac: http://www.yardbarker.com/nfl/articles/msn/tom_brady_sings_carly_rae_jepsens_call_me_maybe_in_internet_spoof_video/11036258

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Mr. MB, what you've just sent is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in that rambling, incoherent song were they even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone on this blog is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

  • you're welcome sac

  • While Dane not making the team would not surprise me, perhaps we should just wait and see first.

    Reminds me of when Tiger Woods was flying high and everyone was talking about how he'd pass Nicklaus for sure in wins of majors. Jack got pissed one time and said something like "don't all of you think you should wait until he *does* it first?" I loved it.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    c'mon Dave, we need playmakers on the team not guys that are feel good stories because they can beat the odds. Well, he beat the odds....and then became a non factor and (insert random 6'2 215lb beast WR when compared to Sanzenbacher) sat in a gym and watched little Dane fucking waste a spot on the squad.. Let's put huge able bodied men out there that give us the best chance to win.

  • TIger was on the sickest pace ever by the way and both of those golfers will go down as two of the best EVER to play the game.

    Dane Sanzenbacher is NOT a professional football player that should make this squad with the other talent at that camp. The only thing Dane and Tiger have in common is that they have both accepted blow jobs from 2 coedson a random weeknight when they were going to be content with playing some video games and getting some pizza delivered.

  • Personally, I believe that the Bears' staff is better at judging who should and should not be on a professional football team than you are. And even if you disagree, THEY will make the choice, not you.

    And so my statement stands as I wrote it. At some point during camp, most of us believe Dane will become an ex-Bear. But we really don't know, so maybe we should just let it happen first.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Erroneous!!!! The Bears will in fact not make the final choice. I have already called Dane's agent, Timmy Sanzenbacher, and informed him that Dane will no longer be needed at practice. The Chicago Rush will let him try out but they need their WR's to play WR and DB so it looks like he is fucked again.

  • hee hee

  • You guys should check out YourBoyRoy's podcast tonight. He actually does them live and let's the fans interact. Pretty cool.

    http://www.chicagofootballtalk.com/

  • I noticed I didn't post a time. He has one starting tonight at 7:45 pm

  • Hey Boys. If ya'll agree on meet up Ill be there without a doubt.

    My plan is to be in Chicago for a week in October but can alter.

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    Jeff, at least 6-7 of us are 100% confirmed for the Packers game on the 16th. we are hoping it's:

    1) For the NFCN title
    2) For tA playoff berth
    3) Snowing like hell

    What can we do about a block of seats... any suggestions? Also, what's your email again please? thank you.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Your best chance of getting a block of tickets are going through stub hub or another scalper, and even that does not guarentee you a block of 6-7. I've noticed usually the most they have together is 3-4. I can't remember when tickets go on sale but your best bet to get decent prices is getting online right when they go on sale. Through a vendor you are looking at $200-$300 per ticket for Bears/Packers most likely and that isn't even good seats. Another option is Craigslist, once in awhile you find people that are justlooking to re-coop their costs but you have to act fast on those as they get sucked up very quickly.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    by dec. 16th the only team "trying to capture'"
    a playoff birth will be the packsters
    we will have clinched the division by then
    so sit back and make some snowballs
    and bounce one off rogers
    as he sulks toward the locker room
    having dropped another game to
    DA BEARS

  • On the subject of the Packers game. I would love to go to that game and will see about convincing my partner (Packers fan) to come too so we can chalk it up as a business expense. You guys are all interested in hiring lawyers right?

    If that doesn't pan out, I will consider reaching into the personal funds, but the likelihood would shrink a fair bit. That day is the last day of Channukah (8th night is the 15th); I'm not sure if that will impact scheduling at all. Otherwise, timing could be tricky, but I'd like to see it happen. If I can't make the game, I would totally still be interested in getting together with everyone.

    The best way to do it would be to pick a number of seats to get together (let's say 12). Then give blogmembers first dibs. It will probably be pretty easy, given a few weeks lead time, to sell the extras. We just need someone with enough cash to lay out for the unclaimed seats (with the corresponding possible profit from selling extras).

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    You're a lawyer? You do know how to lay out an argument. The bullet point style works. Can I sue my neighbor for having barking yip-yip dogs?

  • In reply to Jokey:

    Jokey - If you live in a big city, call your local city counselman (alderman in Chicago). If you live in a suburb, just call city hall. Best bet is to look into some kind of pet or noise ordinance violation.

    But we can discuss this and other exciting topics at the "business meeting" in December.

  • In reply to Jokey:

    Are you and Shady neighbors?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Ha!

  • On the subject of Dane Sanzenbacher.

    I think he's got a lot of heart. And last year he was a good roster choice. But this year, its a crowded roster, he doesn't play special teams, and I think we don't have a spot for him. I also don't think we have a practice squad spot to offer him because, frankly, he's not going to replace Earl Bennett or Devin Hester as the slot guy. And again, both of those guys play special teams (really really well).

    If we have an extra WR slot, its going to Johnny Knox so he can try to heal up and come back. Knox is better than Sanzy, and even he would have fight for a spot if he was healthy.

    I see Dane going to Jacksonville, NYJ, maybe Denver. All teams that could use some high character guys to fill up a thin WR group. If Sanzy made it to Denver, he'd get a lot better catching balls from one of the greats.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Knox will not be able to come back that quickly... He shouldn't imho.

  • On the subject of MB. A few words of unsolicited advice.

    1) Don't blog about the divorce.

    2) Stay away from any lawyer that won't give a free consultation, asks for more than $5000 down (unless you're wealthier than we think you are), or does infomercials. There are exceptions to every rule, but the wrong lawyer will kill you worse than your wife.

    3) Don't blog about the divorce.

    4) If you are serious about being amicable. Keep your eyes out for a legitimate "collaborative divorce" program. They aren't as cheap as a quick settlement with two friendly lawyers, but they are a lot cheaper than a big ugly mess.

    5) Don't blog about the divorce.

    If you want to talk off the grid, just for some friendly advice, Jeff has my email address.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    New B, apparently I've missed a few things going on here. My wife been sick and in the hospital, I spent a little hospital time myself and another one coming up and apparently I missed the part about MB having some trying times. Sorry to hear MB, if this is going on it aint no fun. I did it twice and I'll spare you the details. Good luck my brotha!

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    thanks Murph.

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    I second Murph's support. Never went through a divorce myself but it seems like one of those things that 5 years down the road you'll look back on as a net positive. Emotionally, at least.

  • In reply to Jokey:

    exactly jokey.

    You and biggsy are doing ok though right?

    (sorry maings, couldn't resist)

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    Best wishes to you and the missus, Murph - looking forward to being in the Chi again and catching up this winter.

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    Hope you and Mrs. Murph are recovering nicely. Good luck on the next procedure. Best Wishes and good health Murph!

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    Best wishes on your family's health Murph.
    Best wishes to MB and maybe MBP if they are going through the big D.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    thanks Corm

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    I really appreciate it NB, thank you.

    I think I pretty much hit all your points luckily. I was consciously keeping away from any and all details here and anywhere else in writing. My brother was an esq., so I have a little experience with the basics... that and with my companies dealings.

    I might take you up on your very gracious offer (can't hurt to have a second opinion) thank you again.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Jeff has my email, too. Or I'll catch you on the battlefield (someday). I had to teach a motherfucking MBA course in finance (long ass story), but I finished grading all the papers and submitting grades and I am NOT doing that shit again - so I've not been PS3-side in awhile.

    Good luck. I wish I could give you good news about your state, but California is a bitch.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    thanks gp. Yeah, I know. I sent you an invite when I saw you online last night. Get back on it.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    My only advise is to locate random snatch, and fuck it!

  • Good call, Coach!

  • Fucking well said!

  • Either Jeff's memory is failing him or he missed a few games. I remember Cutler glaring at DS at least 3 or 4 times due to dropped passes. Pretty sure he dropped at least 6 passes last year. He was an undrafted free agent so it's not like we're out a whole lot if he gets cut. I've got nothing against him but can't imagine him surviving the roster cuts. Most people pull for the underdog and I'm no exception. If he makes the roster, good for him. If not, oh well.

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    You cut him... there's no way around it.

    I understand that being a scrappy, Big Ten alum with a funny name does earn you something with the fans around here, but when you're the 8th best wide receiver on the roster you're not making the 55 man.

  • The Bears can't afford to wait around for Sanzenbacher to be good, I give him a 20% chance of making the team unless he has some special relationship with Emery.

  • Great job on the article Erik!

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    Link?

  • First off, guys, you probably won't be able to get Packers tickets through the team sales because they "usually" make you buy another ticket as well to get the Packers game. (You can always get them on the secondary market and usually you'll have a better selection of seats.)

    My email address is jeff@dabearsblog.com. Then I'll just respond from my personal email. Whomever needs to contact me just go ahead and I can help coordinate.

    As for Sanzenbacher, I don't think it's as easy cutting him. Maybe it is but I think the Bears are going to give him a real shot to make this team.

    On the All-22 film, I don't really know how I feel about that either. I think it's actually a little frightening to have every fan thinking they're a competent evaluator of talent because they paid $70. Needless to say I'm going to pay the damn money and watch the hell out of it and should be able to produce what I've always wanted to produce: quality grades of offensive linemen.

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    But the NFL will still Cease and Desist the hell out of Our Boy Roy for using All-22 in his videos. Which sucks. I'd watch 100 videos of Roy's takes between his pints of microbrew before I'd watch 1 hour of Troy fucking Aikman.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    + a shit ton.

  • No fucking joke. YBR's breakdowns brought me back into the fold of superfandom, after a long dark period of pretending not to care (aka Rex Grossman tore my heart out and pooped on it).

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Roy's videos were priceless. I watched most of those games and some of the shots and camera angles Roy showed were not in the broadcast. Most were, but not all. Anyone notice that?

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    On Sanzen...

    If we hadn't signed Thomas or Weems, Sanzen would have a shot. But...

    Marshall, Alshon, Hester, Bennet (set in stone)

    Weems, Thomas (Sp Studs FAs)

    Knox (wild card)

    Chris Summers (6'5 220 rook turning heads in camp)

    Dane...practice squad.

  • Just so it's clear, let's make MB the lead on the ticket thing. He can correspond directly with the blogfather. Whoever wants to go should let MB know. Don't mean to volunteer you, MB, but you seem the natural choice for some reason. Maybe because of your blogging frequency. You know I'm down to help in any way I can. I've already put my kidney on the market so I'm 100% in.

    Murph, my brother, sorry to hear about the health problems. Hope everything is okay, mang.

  • Well wishes to Murph and wife.

  • Holy shit... sorry murph, I typed it out and it never made it into my post. Bet wishes for you and the missus murph. our thoughts are with you guys,

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Second that here. Best wishes to Murph and wife for complete and speedy recoveries.

  • #2 and #6… uhhhhh, wow.

    http://www.gq.com/women/photos/201207/kate-upton-gq-photos-july-2012#slide=1

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    oh yeah, and #'s 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, & 9.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    The things I would do to her....

  • you have no idea

  • I pooted before I reached #8.

    Dane would be a nice piece this year if we didn't have a championship quality roster.

    Our roster has been basically set since day 1. 3 spots to cut; that is all. I feel a lot more comfortable that we're not discussing 12 no-name free-agent signings fighting for spots.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Oh my!

  • Oh and this is for you MB

    http://www.google.com/imgres?q=freedom+braveheart&um=1&hl=en&rls=com.microsoft:en-us:IE-SearchBox&biw=1354&bih=597&tbm=isch&tbnid=w5GVvW6NJ6AeAM:&imgrefurl=http://www.quickmeme.com/meme/3647qa/&docid=xO1AODTqSrr7hM&imgurl=http://i.qkme.me/3647qa.jpg&w=330&h=410&ei=QazgT6DvLYi08AGkrsnvCA&zoom=1

  • Hahahahaha.... 100% Sac.

    You too rabbit.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Hahaha

  • Not that into toilet humor, but this is kinda funny: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=57IoQcuKPxc

  • I remember him as the "Not-So-Great Dane. I seem to recall as many, or more, key drops than key catches. NOT a good ratio.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Initailly I had high hopes for him, but I eventually came to regard him with DisDANE.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    unfortunately for him, he's just too DANEty to play real football Al.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    He was prematurely or-DANEd a Wes Welker clone.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    true... and now he's in DANEger of becoming enDANEgered.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Well done. All of you.

  • Breaking down Matt Forte's options to rejoin the Chicago Bears

    http://www.chicagofootballtalk.com/blog/matt-fortes-choices

  • Erik:

    There is a way to make an .mp3/sound play automatically when you load a web page.

    You need to have your blog automatically play this when you load the page:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9vrfEoc8_g&feature=related

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Before I clicked on it I knew what it was going to be! Thanks, you know what, I can ask YourBoyRoy about that lol.

    I knew he was tech savy but I'll admit, he has me beat when it comes to computers.

  • Well done, Artoo.

  • Thanks Doc.

  • Watched that video again. How people can think that Michael Bush is not a *huge* drop-off from Matt Forte is beyond me.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    There will be a drop off but right now, Bush has the upper hand on Forte because Forte has not been to any of the installments of the new offense.

    That being said, Bush made the new offense sound pretty simple and player friendly. Thus, it shouldn't take Forte that long to learn the playbook. As long as Forte is not asking to be the highest paid running back then I am cool with keeping him long term.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    With ya, Dave.

  • I like it. This is a solid article. You've got plenty of work to do on your style to let the ideas flow better and avoid mechanical phrases like "but if scenario 2 happens after Sunday, it will be Scenario 1 with a Scenario 3 sweetener." But the key thing I felt you needed to focus on was getting a truly complete idea onto the page. This article does a really nice job with that, and I liked your post July 16 analysis a lot - it really added to my understanding of how this thing will play out.

    One substantive comment. I think its really important to stress in an article about the Forte situation that the Forte offer and Bears offer are both secrets right now. Forte could be at 7 years $70 million right now; the Bears could be at 3 years $20 million. We just don't know. And until we see the final numbers (and even then probably not) we may never truly know which side is being unreasonable.

  • Seneca Wallace anybody?

    http://tracking.si.com/2012/06/12/browns-seneca-wallace-roster-third-qb/?sct=obnetwork

  • In reply to gpldan:

    ...Do we not have 2 capable backups? A rookie that impressed a lot of people? No Hanie or Martz?

    Wallace has always made me wonder how he managed to start in this league. He really wasn't that good but Holgrem liked him.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Mike Holmgren is making a fine mess of things in Cleveland.

    If I was Holmgren, I would have looked at Josh McCown or Kyle Orton (honestly, even Josh McCown) this off-season to come in and compete with Colt McCoy. The Browns would have had a veteran to come in and push McCoy. And if McCoy didn't produce, they would have someone who could start 8 games and not embarrass himself.

    Colt McCoy isn't that bad of a QB, especially given the recievers he plays with. The Browns are just bringing in Weeden to have the same troubles without actually addressing the real issue. Someone has to be there at the other end of the pass to catch the ball.

    A lot of good recievers still on the board when the Browns picked at 22 and 37. Alshon Jeffery comes to mind.

    I liked the Browns last year. What a waste.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Especially since their defense was solid last year.

  • BradBiggs1 day ago Deadline for #Bears to reach multi-year deal with Pro Bowl RB Matt Forte is 4 weeks from today -- July 16 at 3 p.m.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Yep.

  • MB, I don't have any legal advice when it comes to divorces but I do have experiences from being a child of two divorces.

    The only thing I would suggest you do is to let you kids know that it was no way shape or form their fault because they will put the blame on themselves. They will think any argument they had with the mom or dad was their fault or initiated the divorce.

    I can remember when I was 5 and I still didn't understand why my mom and dad lived in different states. I thought my dad was cheating on my mom when they had been divorced for 4 years. Thus, children can't really comprehend it and usually think it's their fault.

    Thus, whatever happens make sure your kids know that they didn't cause the divorce. I think you will be fine and will move on like everything does in life.

  • Thanks Erik.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    or this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSxoU1Fq74A

  • Raiders expressing some interest in free-agent RB Cedric Benson.

  • His insatiable appetite for the Ganj will be fine there.

  • MB and Murph, sorry to hear about the rough times. The both of ya's are good dookies. It sucks to hear tribulations bestowed upon the DBB brethren.

    Artoo, congrats on making the big time. I knew you could do better than bleacher report!

    To the rest of you stunods, uh... Bears, Hawks, Sox, Bulls.

    Ham Salami Bacon,
    Wilfred

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    Thanks.

    Hang in there Murph.

  • European football note (Yes, I call it that world, how u like them apples?)

    Ukraine v England

    Goal-line technology. Why, why doesn't soccer implement goal-line tech? "traditionalist" this is verbatum "life is unfair just like football" by Lexi or that other dufus. What kind of dumb ass logic is this? Hey, maybe we shouldn't use DNA evidence - life is unfair, so our justice system should be unfair too! "Takes away from the human element" - you mean, mistakes? Yeah, that's the point. "Takes away from the purity" - when did soccer become metaphysical?

    How hard is it to install some sort of laser tracking system? If we can hit a fly from space, I'm sure soccer can figure out a way to rig the ball with some sort of tracking system that immediately lights up once it completely crosses the goal-line. Kinda like B-ball when the shot-clock runs out.

    Don't even need replay. The goal post lights up, GOAL. If not, play on. Soccer's reluctance to embrace change is exactly why the U.S. is the only super power left in the world: pragmatism.

  • It's ironic that it happened to England given that they themselves were wronged by it back at the 2010 World cup.

    Football is the most corrupt sport in the world and it starts at the top. FIFA and all the subsidiaries (UEFA/CONCAF etc) milk millions out of the sport, abuse the poor, belittle attempst to remove racism from the game and have no intention of changing their ways as the money will come in regardless.

    It's actually one of the reasons that I got into the NFL in the first place.

  • Guys, thanks for all the well wishes, they are much appreciated. Wife has an appt. at University of Chicago end of July, she is having an issue with her liver. Ill be having another procedure to address a heart rhythm problem I have been having for years. Kinda funny how you converse with a bunch of people on a blog, and even though you have not met most of them, you develop this caring relationship with each other. Meeting the guys that made it to the draft party was very cool, putting a face with names is pretty good. I'll be meeting more of you in Dec. I'm sure. I probably will pass on the game, the only reason being that I cant breathe in the cold, and with my luck if I spend 3 or 4 hundred, ya know it will be like 10 degrees that day. Once again thanks for the well wishes and the prayers from my spiritual blog brothers. I will keep you all appraised of the goings on.

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    yeah, a big "get well card" from the blog to you and your wife signed by Da Blog.

    Don't the Bears play in Arizona this year? That might be a little better on your breathing, and prob cheaper.

  • Grabbing the Jacksonville game in Oct. Got my air and hotel, should be an easy ticket, they never sell out.

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    Kick ass, Murph. Your contemporaries here (i.e. the other older guys) understand that this getting old stuff ain't for sissies.

    Be strong, and remember we're pulling for you, compadre.

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    Murph, liver and heart problems? You and the wife better lay off the beer and polish sausage this season...

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    New B, got me laughin on that one first thing this morning. I'd rather die a few years early then give up da polish saaasidge.

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    i am lightin' insence for you and your beautiful bride
    eat healthy stuff
    and remember to get in some good healthy laughter
    several times a day
    i recommend stand up or the 3 stooges
    Godspeed going forward
    we need you both fully recovered by training camp

  • In reply to huntinbare:

    murph this is in my top 10
    hey curly shave some ice
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UVGFfm4o50

  • Good luck to doc and both of his nuts tomorrow!!!

    Go get 'em doc... or, uhhh... I mean... hang in... wait... I mean uhhhh... break a... shit. just good luck baby.

  • Dane Sanzenbacher? What? Really? Nah. We've got manly receivers now, so long and thanks for the fish. He's lucky he got to see the field in the NFL. Cherish the memories you had Dane, cos I don't have any of you that are good.

    Beast. Bennett. Hester. Thomas. Weems. Davis. Forte. Bush

    Cutty / Campbell.

    These things are good

    ... and hang in there Murph. Sending positive vibes from SE Asia.

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