50 Predictions for the 2012 NFL Season (19 Bears Specific!)

50 Predictions for the 2012 NFL Season (19 Bears Specific!)

I'm taking the holiday weekend off to recharge my batteries for the big, big, big season to come. This post should keep y'all busy til Tuesday.

Each year I like to make a boat load of NFL predictions for the season to come and then evaluate them at year's end. I figure this: if I make fifty predictions and twenty-five receive a + (as opposed to a - ) when evaluated, I'm doing fine. I think I've averaged about 55 - 60% accuracy over the last three years.

There will be 19 Bears-related predictions & one prediction for each of the other 31 teams.

  1. I will undoubtedly write a column pushing Brandon Marshall as MVP by November. The rest of the NFL will be realizing Jay Cutler is good (we realized last year) but it will be Marshall responsible for the Bears receiving corps being the most improved single unit in the sport.
  2. Jay Cutler will eclipse Erik Kramer's single-season yardage mark of 3,838.
  3. The Bears signature flaw of the 2012 season will not be their offensive line. It will be their defensive line's inability to generate consistent pressure with the front four.
  4. Justin Blackmon will look like a man among boys for the Jacksonville Jaguars and beat both Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin (does everyone have to call him RGIII?) for rookie of the year.
  5. Pittsburgh Steelers have a down year and go 8-8. (Their quarterback? Still a rapist.)
  6. In a conference with Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, Joe Flacco will start the Pro Bowl for the AFC. (Are they playing that again this year?) Flacco will still whine about how he's treated by the fierce Baltimore media. (Do they still have a newspaper?)
  7. Eagles, everybody's preseason darling, fail to make the postseason. Someone explain to me how a columnist can write pick the Eagles with the "if Vick stays healthy" caveat. Has he ever stayed healthy? No.
  8. Giants, everybody's forgotten world champion, win the NFC East. They have a motivated, contract-year Osi Umenyiora. Look for a dozen sacks.
  9. The Vikings will open 1-0 and win 2 more games the rest of the season, securing them the first overall pick in the draft and USC quarterback Matt Barkley.
  10. J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS will not be as bad on offense as they were in preseason. Not great, by any means, but they'll win games and be battling for the postseason in December.
  11. Mark Anderson will have a productive season in Buffalo opposite Mario Williams. I think the Buffalo defensive line will keep them in games all season.
  12. Luke Keuchly won't have big statistics but the Panthers linebacker will be the defensive rookie of the year. I loved two players in this draft. Keuchly and Blackmon.
  13. Tim Jennings will have four interceptions.
  14. Brian Urlacher will miss four games this season but none in January and February.
  15. I'm going to refer to Robbie Gould as Bob Gould this year.
  16. Andy Dalton will come back to the earth for the Cincinnati Bengals but they have a wonderful coaching staff and will make the postseason.
  17. For some reason I absolutely love the Kansas City Chiefs to beat out the Denver Broncos for the AFC West title. Nobody really talks about how much talent the Chiefs lost to IR in the first five weeks of the 2011 season. They will be back and motivated. Chiefs!
  18. Antonio Gates will challenge Gronk as the best statistical tight end in the AFC. I think he's been struggling with his health for three years and finally has his body in the correct shape.
  19. Tom Brady's protection issues will be a major reason the Patriots are playing on the first weekend of the playoffs and opposed to their patented bye week.
  20. The Houston Texans will win the AFC South between Halloween and Thanksgiving.
  21. "Say something about the Miami Dolphins, Jeff". Okay. Done.
  22. The Bears will win 11-12 games.
  23. Brandon Weeden is going to look like a very silly draft pick to the Cleveland Browns by mid-season when they turn back to Colt McCoy. Or Seneca Wallace. Or Bernie Kosar. Or whoever.
  24. How many NFL coaches are (1) in their second year with a team (2) have a track record of failing as a head coach (3) left a major college with a puddle of corruption/sanctions and (4) just turned to a fourth-round rookie as his starting QB? Matt Flynn will see the field this year.
  25. The Bears will win the NFC North.
  26. San Francisco will wait til Houston wins the AFC South and win the NFC West the following week.
  27. I wish I could tell you something interesting about the St. Louis Rams. But all I have to say is I think Sam Bradford is going to have a HUGE comeback season.
  28. The Bears will win my heart.
  29. Andrew Luck will have a better year than Robert Griffin, Jake Locker and Ryan Timothy Tannehill combined. (Side note, re: Hard Knocks: People should stop telling me how attractive Tannehill's wife is. Looks like a bird. That southern debutante thing don't float my boat.)
  30. Mike Zimmer's work with the Bengals defense this year will earn him a head coaching job in 2013.
  31. Pierre Garcon will be injured seriously this year. Two reasons I think this: Griffin will leave him hanging over the middle often and he'll take some big hits on predictable bubble screens.
  32. I'd take the over on Devin Hester returning 2.5 kicks for touchdowns this year if Vegas has set that line.
  33. Kendall Wright will be Jake Locker's most reliable target. Not Kenny Britt.
  34. I take the under on Dez Bryant breaking 1.5 of his Cowboys-initiated Dez Bryant Rules. (I think he will go to a strip club at some point. It seems these fellas can't stay away.)
  35. Packers will be really good. Fuck em.
  36. Lions will not. Yeehaw. And the best thing about the Lions defense? They'll talk and act very, very tough while stopping no one from moving the ball and scoring.
  37. I'll say one additional thing about each of those teams: I don't think either will win a Super Bowl without finding a run game to complement the big-strike passing. And I don't see either finding that on their current roster.
  38. I buy the hype: Eric Decker is going to have a monster year catching Peyton Manning passes.
  39. I heard Matthew Berry waxing poetic about Carson Palmer the other day on ESPN. And while I couldn't hear everything he said because I was dry heaving due to the sound of his voice, I know he's high on Palmer. If Palmer has a great year I will take a -2. He's been shot for years.
  40. I wasn't going to write anything about the Cardinals and see who noticed. But I'll write something about the Cardinals. They are going to be a miserable, miserable team and the Vikings' true competitor for Matt Barkley. (Side note: Has anyone come up with a Suck for Luck thing for Barkley yet? How about Blow for the Tro? Can we make Blow for the Tro happen? Get it done, kids!)
  41. Falcons good. Uninspiring, tedious but good.
  42. Saints better. Even without half their coaching staff and a few post-prime defenders I just don't see how the Saints offense misses a beat because Sean Payton is not there. That system is in good hands with Drew Brees.
  43. Greg Schiano will feel right at home in Tampa. The former Rutgers head coach knows what its like to not have a very good quarterback. (Side note: Hey Greg! Mike Teel! He's out there! I just Googled Teel and he's the quarterbacks coach at Wagner College. He can't be happy there.) One of my only hopes for the 2012 NFL season is that Schiano brings the ridiculous "choppin wood" sentiment to the pros.
  44. Bears will score 27.6 points per game.
  45. Bears will allow 16.2 points per game.
  46. Brandon Marshall will have 12 touchdown catches.
  47. J'Marcus Webb will not be benched at left tackle this season. Take that!
  48. AFC Playoff Six: Texans, Ravens, Patriots, Chiefs, Broncos, Bengals
  49. NFC Playoff Six: Bears, Niners, Giants, Saints, Packers, Falcons
  50. I think the Bears will play in the last NFL game of the season.

Make five preseason predictions of your own below. I'll put the ones I like the best in a column and post it on Tuesday.

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  • First to say it took you till #25 to say 25."The Bears will win the NFC North. " What's up with that? Should be #2 right behind the Bears will win the Super Bowl.

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    Are you kidding me that you don't have the Steelers in the playoffs? Let's be realistic! I know you are a Bears fan, but c'mon! Same old song and dance! Cutler gets hurt, no offense, no preseason!

  • In reply to Steve Allen:

    "Cutler gets hurt, no offense, no preseason!".
    That's good because we need him for the postseason more than the preseason.

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    In reply to JAB1:

    Bears have a backup QB this year, and besides that Martz the Moron ia no more, that was one of the best additions by subtractions that Iv'e seen in a while. Besides that, the Steeler won't be in the postseason because Big Ben will be playing hurt and they have a new Offensive coordintor. Add that to the fact that Wallace will take 6 weeks to learn th

  • In reply to Steve Allen:

    Campbell (and McCown) both would have gotten us to the playoffs last year. If this season sees Forte and Cutler go down when we're 7-3, we still get the 10 wins we need to make the playoffs.

  • In reply to Steve Allen:

    Why is a fucking steelers fan on a bears blog again? Steve?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    He got lost on the turnpike.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Because if Rapelisburger isn't on the hunt for youngins, there is no news in bandwagon Steeler country. I'm glad, though, that Steeler fool is following a real team now!! Bear Down!!

  • In reply to Steve Allen:

    You look like Sandusky's son. This isn't a playhouse. Get out of here.

  • My own take on #27 - I think Bradford misses at least 6 games this year. His O-line still sucks, his receivers still suck, and he looks to me like David Carr redux.
    Talent but beaten to a pulp early in his career.

  • Great moments in history: August 30, 2012.

    The hashtag #eastwooding is created, meaning to scold an empty chair. A flood of Youtube parodies ensue.

    Jeff, can you #eastwood Lovie if we open the season 3-3?

  • Lame - Clutts is going to be waived today.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    We knew it was coming when he played the whole game yesterday.

    Watch the Lions pick him up now, and bash us with him.


  • In reply to gpldan:

    agree GP....our best blocking back..Tice has more faith in our TE's than I do...I hope he's right.

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    In reply to lobotobear:

    Kellen Davis has looked like slop. He's supposed to be the #1 or receiving TE. Does anyone recall him doing anything during the pre-season? Other than collect praise from the coaching staff?

    Cutting Clutts could bite us.

  • In reply to Big Mike:


  • bbbwwwwaaahhhhaaaaa........

    #15...reminds me of the scene in BB's...Belushi to Akryod..."I'm going to go talk to Bob"

  • damn..."Clutts" gone...ugh

  • In reply to lobotobear:


  • In reply to lobotobear:

    I hope we weren't actually thinking of running between the tackles.

    Kyle Adams is now our best lead blocker.


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    In reply to gpldan:

    Kyle Adams has really stood out. Curious to keep him and not Clutts.

  • nice job Biggs:


  • In reply to lobotobear:


    That article is paywalled.

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    In reply to gpldan:

    I think you just have to register. No pay.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    GP..I know..I know...

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    GP..... just need to register that's all ..it's free.

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    from the article..
    10 c. Why will the NFL not do away with four preseason games? This game represented 10 percent of the revenue the Browns will get for home games. Who in their right mind believes NFL owners are going to give away that kind of money?

    and tells me this is "Fuckdel'-the Commish's"...turns this into one of the 18 regular games.

  • Time for Forte to prove he can earn that contract with no Clutts tearing gaps open for him. I hope he gets picked up and ends up outside the NFCN.

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    In reply to DYLbear23:

    Big fear. Clutts/Bensen lead revival of GB Running Attack. GAAAAAA

  • In reply to Big Mike:

    Big Mike....Don't go there!!!!

    I more worried about Clutts going to the Lions like GP suggested.

  • In reply to Big Mike:

    Gah! And he knows the offense! And he was backup to Mannelly ....

  • In reply to DYLbear23:

    DYL...agree...outside the NFCN please!!!!

  • anyone see this?;


  • In reply to lobotobear:

    but didn't he just have knee issues? I think I remember someone putting that up on one of the threads.

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    Yeah, according to the article he hasn't played in a preseason game yet this year?

  • Chris Johnson will be the league-leading rusher again this year. Perfect bounce-back candidate, has Jake Locker to take the pressure off w/ his legs, & CJ2K now has had a full offseason to not only think about how last season was, but to get into shape & fully learn the playbook. big year for him.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    FQD1911....CJ by his stunt..

    FUCKED ALL RB's for the future......

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    That's what you're hoping based on your drafting him for your $ league.

    Personally, I think he's going to be average at best.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    not really a hope, just been watching football long enough to know the trends. last year was a tricky year...you think he forgot how to run the football? dude had a shit year by his standards and ran for 1,047 yds. that's with being out of shape, not fully knowing the playbook, and not playing a down of preseason football. just wait...

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    I'm saying that I don't see the trend line reversing with him. He had a great year, cashed in, and now he's content.
    "Content" doesn't make a great running back. And I don't see Jake Locker being able to free him up with Matt Hasselbeck couldn't.
    More power to ya if I'm wrong, you're going to walk away with that league.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    There's evidence either way. Emmitt Smith went through the same with a hold out and had a sub-par season that year.

    Then the next year, he went crazy.

    But that's a Hof'er. We'll see if CJ is made of the same sand.

    I got him in the auction league, but I made sure to also buy two other top 12 HBs, just in case. At worst he'll be a dominate flex.

  • i also have Arian Foster, David Wilson, Mendenhall, & Sproles for the other RBs, so I'm good. yes, the other peons i'm playing against are stupid (Roy Helu came off in the 4th round).

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    $250 winner-take-all, 10-team, snake draft. had the 3rd pick.

  • In reply to FQD1911:

    I think Wilson is going to be a terror for the Giants and with Bradshaw's injury history, he'll get lots of carries this year.

    Helu in the 4th? You have friends in the DC area, I'm guessing?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    nope...this guy is a Packers fan and passed up on Ced Benson at the same position after I mentioned he played for the Packers. reasoning: "too inconsistent." it's a sin to let a dumb person keep their money...

  • 1. Oh Henry will be a pro bowler.
    2. Romney by 6.
    3. Bears will beat anybody but the Pats in the SB. (Belichick owns Lovie).
    4. Shanahan will blow up on RG III and lose his job.
    5. Brett Favre's wife will file for divorce.

  • Long live guys like Tyler Clutts.

  • Did you guys hear we signed Amboi back?

  • Yep - now, about his knee....

  • I'd rather have Clutts

  • I feel like they just let him go because they didn't want to give him 1Mil.

    Obviously, they were OK with his knee since they're taking him back, so I guess the Bears were just being cheap.

    Amobi was effective as a 3-tech, but Collins has been disruptive, as well as Price (at nose guard no less).

  • what the fuck is going on!?!?!

    Why in the fuck did we cut clutts, why? Kyle fucking adams? Spaeth?!? Dude, I am really starting to hope we don't look back on this season as a WTF season that could have been due to fucking moronic management decisions.

    Did you see Clutts kicking ass last night? Jesus man. You don't cut solid, simply good football players. you just don't.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Keeping Spaeth over Clutts boggles my mind, both from a salary cap standpoint and roster needs.

    Oh well, we're still gonna roll some bitches this season.

    Bang Bang!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Dat Tyler Clutts is a winner, Ditka, Bears, Polish Sassage, Tom Waddle...

    The absense of an undrafted free agent fullback is not going to have an impact on our season. We are going to fist fuck the entire nfl, with our penises.

  • I like the sound of that.... I think.

  • Your pee-pee has a hand?

    Good for you, Coach!

  • My prediction? Pain!

  • agree on tannihills wife. meh.

    I have one prediction. we're going to miss tyler clutts and not miss spaeth, adams, and maybe not even davis. Brutal.

  • I'm reposting this as a public announcement for Da Blog

    Sunday Ticket for PS3

    Begins Sept 4. Includes Red Zone. $300.


    So, I was trolling through the IGN forums (link above) and came across this little nugget. I wonder if it's true? And if so, how downgraded is the quality?

    "PS3 streaming is not Hi Def it is Hi Def quality. I have MLB TV on PS3 and a solid internet connection the games picture quality is not even comparable to watching it on your TV through your cable/satelite company. Video streaming is not 1080i not even close. So if you think the picture quality of Sunday ticket on PS3 is as good if you had it through Direct TV you are an idiot."

  • Our own MB30s review who had this last year: "agree... and don't give a fuck.

    $300 and no fucking satellite bolted to the outside of my roof to watch every single bears games (except the TWO I'll be at in person this year for the first time ever... hee hee... heeee heeeee) is WELL worth it."

  • besides the opening weekend debacle - which I heard also happened the year before, so I don't have high hopes again this year - the service was WELL worth it, and the clarity just fine.

    they also charge you by quarter, at least they did last year, so if you don't like it after one or two quarters of the season (of god forbid cutler, campbell, forte, and bush all go down) you simply don't buy the next quarter of service. I'll do the quick maths for you... it's $75/quarter.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'm still trying to figure out which way to go.
    I need to get cable for the new place, so I might go with Direct TV in spite of the massive fuckup last year.
    Or, since I'm going to be working out of town the first week anyway and won't be in the new house until mid-October, I might go with the nfl.com replay package and THEN go with Direct TV once I move in.
    Or I go with the PS3 streaming and get cable from Cox when I move.
    Dilemmas, dilemmas.

  • Problem with Clutts is lack of position in Tice system. No role for a true fullback. And the Bears love Evan Rodriguez' explosiveness.

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    Bears are like any other team. They're not getting rid of any 1st year draft pick that's not a late rounder, no matter what BS Emery spiels about 'gettting the best guys on the field regardless'.

    They should have just put Kyle Adams on the waiver...but we'll see. When it's 3rd and 2, and we need a 1st down to run out the clock and keep the ball away from Rogers with 3 mins on the clock - we'll see what all these hybrid TEs are made of.

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    I get that. but the man was a beast on specials, could longsnap, and was an all around FB. We really have no clue how ER will turn out... we KNOW what clutts is (was) and could bank on him. I think it's a bad decision that we'll regret.

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    Clutts could block. E Rod not so much. Bears have plenty of explosive receivers, but blocking remains the biggest issue for the offense.

  • In reply to Shady:

    thank you voice of reason. It was hard to be rational through all the tears.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    No, I agree with you guys. We should have left Kyle Adams go. Clutts was made for those 3rd and 2s...sigh.

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    Jjust a minor point and I meant to mention this when this first came out. But in #24, that coach you are referring to is in his third year this year.

  • No more Clutts! NOOOOOOO!!! I shall avenge you in FF...

    So, not only does Emery draft like Jerry, but apparently Tice is just as inflexible schematically as Martz.

    More things change...

  • I am with you on this $. I'm starting to get a bit worried.Some of this is starting to feel all too familiar.

  • But I liked Clutts. I like a pure fullback. I'll forget about him in five second though if Evan Rodriguez is good.

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    that's my issue... ER is a gamble (and for that matter Tice's new offense at this point), clutts most certainly wasn't.

  • McClown gone

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  • In reply to BAM46Blitz:

    I thought he did a nice job last night. But this makes more sense than... never mind. I won't cry over spilled milk.

  • OK, I'll "bite"..

    Cards / Vikes:

    "We're goin' to the DOGS for BARKley!"...?

    "Our BITE is worse than our BARKley!"...?

    Best I could do on short notice.

  • I like where your head is at Albert. Bite for Bark is kinda catchy.

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    I take that as high praise, considering the source

    Thank you, Blogfather.

  • And yes to the Steelers fan. I don't have them in the playoffs. I think they've got speed receivers and a line that can't block for them - due to injury to Decastro and reaching on Mike Adams. And they've got the most potentially volatile coach/quarterback relationship in the sport now with Ben and Todd Haley as OC.

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    "...they've got the most potentially volatile coach/quarterback relationship in the sport now with Ben and Todd Haley as OC."

    Drew Magary-Deadspin / Why Your Team Sucks: Steelers -

    1. He's Todd Haley and you're not. I can't think of a better 1-2 asshole punch than Todd Haley working with Ben Roethlisberger. CBS should have an iso camera trained on Haley at all times that streams online, just so I can watch him mouth out curse words at my leisure. I can already see the sideline conversation between these two after every series:

    HALEY: You see this? (twirls ball on index finger) This is a ball and I'm so fucking badass I can spin it on my finger for five seconds plus. YOUR ONE JOB IS TO GET RID OF THE FUCKING THING.



    I want these two to get into a sideline brawl so badly, I can taste it. Despite wisely spending a couple of draft choices on offensive linemen, this team still blows at pass protection. And so it'll be neat to watch Haley call for seven-step drops 40 times a game specifically because he thinks it could help toughen up his QB. I'm also excited for Haley to bench Mike Wallace after he ends his holdout. NO GLORY BOYS ON HIS OFFENSE.

  • http://guycodeblog.mtv.com/2012/08/28/best-fantasy-football-names/

    Best one, "Can't Keep a Blackmon Down"

  • Nice: http://kegsneggsblog.com/2012/08/30/video-umass-interception-provides-early-fireworks/

  • Madden 13 CPU simulation comes out with Bears v Pats in the Super Bowl.

    How ironic is that?

    Pats win, though.

  • Bears practice squad is going to be interesting.

  • And now for something completely different. Some funnies on a day that is sad (good by my sweet clutts)


    Made from beer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=_GbHpqfv9is

  • In reply to MB30SD:


  • OK, here's my "I hope I'm wrong" pessimistic predictions:

    1)Sigh. I don't expect 54 to be much of a factor, if any, this season.
    I think that knee is shot. Pep's foot issue concerns me as well.

    2) Andrew Luck will shine in his NFL debut.
    The Bears just have always had a KNACK for that sort of thing.

    3) The Packers will score on their opening drive on 9/13.
    The Bears have a knack for THAT lately, too.

    4) Lovie Smith will average better than 1 wasted time out per game.
    Talk about having a KNACK for something.

    5) NFL Predictions are like the 3 dollar bill: Not worth the paper they're printed on. You can't even predict game 2 until you see how healthy they came out of game 1.

    Not exactly a "Ray of Sunshine", I know, but hey, I expect the White Sox to be swept in Detroit, again. this weekend, too.

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    In reply to Albertintucson:

    Must suck to be such a pessimist. Now is the time for optimism.

  • In reply to Big Mike:


  • In reply to Big Mike:

    More pragmatic than pessimistic, I believe.
    Rather be pleasantly surprised than bitterly disappointed.

  • In reply to Big Mike:

    +1 Mike. This is the year.

  • predictions for this season:
    1) Marshall leads ALL WR's in yards(1600) and TD's (15)
    2) Michael Bush scores 12 TD's to Forte's 5 and we consider trading Forte.
    3) Kellen Davis scores 8 TD's and has a Pro Bowl season despite not being able to block.
    4) After intense pressure from McClellin and Okoye, Aaron Rodger's breaks his throwing hand after he is crushed by Peppers. Rodger's season is over in week 2.
    5) Bears win SB easily against anyone.
    5a) Earl Bennet makes the Pro Bowl as alternate. He has ZERO Drops all season.

  • Only 2 QB's? That sounds like an invitation to disaster.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    But if we got down to our 3rd QB...wouldn't the season already be a disaster?

  • In reply to BAM46Blitz:


  • In reply to BAM46Blitz:

    No doubt, but I don't like to tempt fate.

  • From jeff's twitter feed: "Texans traded cb sherrick mcmanis to bears for fb Tyler Clutts."

    At least we got something for him... is sherrick any good?

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    In reply to MB30SD:

    Almost doesn't matter. Being sure that Clutts is not in GB or Detroit is better than any CB somebody would trade at this late date.

    This move also provides assurance (as if there was a need) that this is not the same old regime.

    Bears showcase Clutts and McCown. -- Class act. Surprised they didn't hang on to McCown and get something for him. He's a solid #2.

  • We traded Clutts for a corner in TX

  • Bang! Bang!

  • We traded for Sherrick Mcmanis


  • dabearsblog Very interesting that Bears are waiving Armando Allen.

    I agree with this... I just hope booker's concussion is a one-off. But he's def the better back in my mind. We don't need another G.Wolfe... we already know how that experiment went.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    How do you equate Allen with Garret Wolfe and not Booker? There is a 2 pound diff. And 2 inch height. Allen showed some great hands in that game last night. Bad move in my book MB.

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    I watched both Murph. I jst think booker LOOKED bigger and ran bigger... plus, did you see allen get caught from behind like he was fucking standing still on that run?

    Booker looked a lot faster to me... although not as quick.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Running game = Booker. Passing game = Allen. Bush/Forte can both do both. We look good.

  • Cutler stares down his receivers. Brandon Marshall looked great in the pre-season but will be hung out by the stare downs.

  • In reply to GoSox:

    really? common dude. really?

  • In reply to GoSox:

    As I recall, Cutty looked off the safety and gave a shoulder fake down the middle before he turned hit Marshall with that 40 yarder against the 'Skins.

  • In reply to GoSox:

    Cutler only stares down the receiver AFTER they drop the ball.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Oh, and the Sox are going to get swept this Tigers series and lose the division lead.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Come on GP, dont slam my White Sox just because the GoSox said some dumb shit. He's probably from Bahhhston and is a Red Sox man.

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    Which is it Soxboy? Beantown or Chicago?

  • In reply to gpldan:


  • In reply to GoSox:


  • from the trib:

    It will be interesting to see how the interior of the defense shakes out. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers parted ways with tackle Amobi Okoye and he is traveling to Chicago to take a physical on Saturday. If he passes, Okoye will sign a one-year contract to re-join the team he played for last season. Okoye made 27 tackles and had four sacks playing in a rotation in 2011 before joining the Bucs. But he needed arthroscopic knee surgery in June and struggled to get back on the field. The good news is his knees were not issues with the Bears. But the club needs to check him out. What his arrival could mean for Nate Collins or Brian Price is not yet known.

    Cornerback Greg McCoy, a seventh-round draft pick from TCU, will be waived. Also on the way out, according to various sources, are wide receiver Brittan Golden, safety Mark LeGree, cornerback Cornelius Brown and linebacker Xavier Adibi. Sources indicate linebacker Jabara Williams and wide receiver Joe Anderson will be placed on waivers with a good chance they will be re-signed to the practice squad. Guard Ricky Henry will be waived and league sources believe there is a good chance he will be claimed.

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    The Bucs have high standards for knee issues, although in fairness to them - Brian Price came off the field last night and did not look very good.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    head injury

  • In reply to gpldan:

    that's what I was concerned about Price too.

    GP..know anything about Sherrick Mcmanis? or he a after thought.

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    I know nothing of him.

    We should have asked the Texans for Danielle back.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    that would have been BRILLIANT!

    No fucking way they help us unfuck ourselves with that one though. They’re laughing all the way to the playoffs with that addition.

  • The Texans must have been fucking giddy when we decided to get rid of a true football player like Clutts. This fucking guy could have played DE better than half the fucking clowns we trotted out there this preseason.
    He long snaps, blows up LB's, catches out of the backfield, plays on every special teams squad and blocks 40yds down the field.

    Ironic that he now goes to a team that will have him lead blocking for Arian Foster. What. The. Fuck.

    Don't tell me they like a guy like Kyle Adams over Clutts. Adams is a poor man's Evan Rodriguez who is a poorer mans A. Hernandez.

    I'll take Dezzy over this random average sized tweener who wouldn't find a place on anyone else's roster. fuck.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Seems pretty unanimous that the blog hates losing Clutts. We can only hope the org knows what it's doing, but like MB wrote in response to 4ever, some of this is starting to look disturbingly familiar.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Thought they'd have rung Dezzie by now .... at least give Chris Cooley a bell.

  • http://blog.chron.com/ultimatetexans/2012/08/texans-trade-sherrick-mcmanis-to-tyler-bears-for-fb-clutts/

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    from the same blog a response from MW on Twitter:
    mwright7135 1:00 PM on August 31, 2012
    ESPNChiBears Jeff Dickerson
    "Glad to see Tyler Clutts end up in Houston. Like we said before, he's a good player. Just needed the right system. #Bears.
    37 minutes ago". Also, Bears fans are saying Clutts is "a beast" & "a blocking machine". Sounds like Foster will love this guy.

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    the last sentence hurts the MOST!!!! he Double Deuce going to be missing Cuatro-Cuatro...fuck me Ticey!!!!!

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    the reason why Robert Smith ran for 1,000 yds is because of Mike Tice. i bet they're going to put the pro diet plan on E. Rodriguez and get his weight up so he can block. dude has speed and can provide a different dimension for the Bears offense. give it time bro.

  • was he worth it:


  • In reply to lobotobear:

    Wanna bet Lovie tries to make him a safety?

  • Prediction:

    Cheta Ozugwu makes this team. Ironically he is a better pass rusher than Shea McClellin.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    that's not irony... that's fucking anger-inducing.

    I hope to god that Emery = Angelo

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    You meant != I trust?

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    yes Dave, "does NOT"... the little slash-equal sign didn't make it through the gnome code. Shocking I know.

  • Before I came to DBB, I didn't play FF. FF was stupid.

    Well, after 3 years, I still think FF is stupid, but it is fun. Sort of.

    And, after you play FF for awhile, and some guy comes through for you, and then he gets cut, it makes you care in a way you didn't when you didn't play the silly game. It's a side effect of having to know nearly every player in the league.

    So, when the Skins cut Timmy Hightower, I felt really bad. Dude won me a couple of bye weeks over the years. Last year, you hated having Roy Helu because of the guy. Now his career is done.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I felt the same way for Ryan Torain.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Helu is another guy who could go off. I have 28 teams this year, it's ridiculous.

  • HS Football is fucked. The NFL's own study in 2009 that showed that players who played had 19x the national average rate for dementia, alzheimers and depression has now translated into real, financial action.

    If we were waiting for parents to rise up and protect their kids, we were going to be waiting a long time. Instead, the choke out is going to come from insurance companies. I just saw a memo that showed that major insurers are not going to pay out on football related medical claims starting soon. That means, if you work, and you cover your kids, and your kid breaks his leg playing football, the medical bill is yours to pay. They are just putting in the systems with doctors and hospitals on documenting root cause. And you can fucking forget coverage for alzheimer's if the insurer finds you were on the roster. And how are they going to do that? I've seen some rumblings that high school sports rosters in public schools are going into a national database. Once that story leaks, it will be over.

  • Gotta agree with Jeff about no position for Clutts. Still doesn't make it right. Even if this works out for the best, in short yardage, must-have situations, we're going to miss him. Good Luck to Tyler. At least he's traded out of the conference.

    If Okoye is healthy I'm happy to see him back. Not sure what they do with Price. IR with a chance to come back this year? Collins is making this team.

    Hate the McCown cut but I understand it. Hope it doesn't bite us in the ass.

  • Remember when Safety O.J. Atogwe was a hot free agent?

    The Eagles have set him free.

    Hmm..wonder if there's a team is looking for help at the safety position?

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    yes please Al!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Caveat Emptor: I believe the last safety we took off the Redskins hands was the immortal, Adam Archuletta.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    yeah, he was a winner.

    Worth a shot al. can't be worse than Brandon Hardin who's on IR for the foreseeable future.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Nice legal term usage Al. Used that one in response to a summary judgment motion recently.

  • In reply to Crown:

    Thanks, Crown.
    That, "Veni, Vidi, Vici", "Quid Pro Quo" and "E Pluribus Unum" is about the extent of my Latin.

    Suma Cum Laude, I was NOT. (Whoops! Whaddaya know? Snuck in another one!)

    The, of course, there's always...
    "Klaatu, Barrada, Nickto",
    Oh wait, that's not LATIN...

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Beautiful Army of Darkness reference.

    Can the official point divier please provide this gentlemen an exhaustive amount of blog points?


  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:


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  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Actually is was "Gort. Merenga" at the end of the film which translated to "OK. Let's blow this Pop Stand, Gort."And a longer phase early in the film after Klaatu is wounded that translates into "You can stop vaporizing the tanks, artillery and small arms, Gort. I will recover."

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    Young Money Willionairre

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    "Army of Darkness"? Not at MY age, Wille. That is a reference to what is STILL one of the best sci-fi films ever, THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL, whichunfortunate spawned an GAWD-AWFUL, "lets-change-the-story", Keanu Reeves remake.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Indeed. As with Merriweather (2-time PBer), why are they cutting him? They are pretty well loaded with talent though.

  • Preseason predictions....

    1. Michael Bush will have more total touchdowns than Matt Forte.

    2. The 49ers will not win their division.

    3. The Ravens will not have a top ten defense that will help hide how ordinary Flacco is.

    4. Urlacher returns in week two and not week one of the regular season.

    5. Jerry Jones fires Jason Garrett during the second half of the season.

  • Loved your #3. I've never understood all the love for Flacco by the media. Yeah he throws some pretty passes but his play doesn't take them to another level. With that D and Ray Rice most avg QB's could have the Ravens in the same place.

  • Tits for the weekend


  • In reply to gpldan:

    sam and mila... yummy

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    So, one of the tits is a dude?

  • Crazy amounts of Clutts love....I think like 3 teams in the league still use an actual fullback. We have progressed.

    I predict no one will remember Tyler "lunchpail" Clutts by week 3 of the season.

  • DaCoach....we will if the TE's keep releasing the edges like they do...

    Blindside loss edges = Cutty on a gurney
    Good blocking Back = Cutty to Beast = Probowl

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    Wel said Lobo. I trust E-rod to bock, and Spaeth to a certain extent, but no so much #1. Alshon and Brandon will help set the edges though.

  • ESPN refused to let me have my fantasy team name in Irish's public league: White Cassel

    Said it was offensive.

  • In reply to gpldan:


  • In reply to gpldan:

    Ah yes, the THOUGHT POLICE pounced on you.

    My fantasy team is THE WHITE ELEPHANTS. They would probabably veto THAT, too.

  • 1. I predict that the BEARS will STILL SUCK.

  • In reply to thebigcheese:

    I predict I am feeding the troll, and I also predict thebigcheese is a 40-year old virgin whose nickname was the big cheese in high school because he pounded a block of swiss behind the gym on autumn afternoon, and currently, still thinks his nickname is cool.

  • I predict *someone* will feed that damn thing.

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    The biggest additons the Bears got this year was the subtraction of Martz and their GM, I did however like the addition of Brandon Marshall,

  • In reply to Byron Mullins:

    It may, in the long run, turn out that Alshon Jeffery is the best thing that happened this year.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    +1. Agree SC

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    I'm thinking you may be right.

  • 1) Tyler Clutts will do even more for the Texans than he would have done for the Bears... and Cutler breaking the club record for passing yards will make us not care.
    2) Brian Urlacher will return, get hurt again, and ultimately be around for the playoffs... where the commentators will constantly talk about how he's lost a step but he's still a legend. Basically Lach will be this year's Ed Reed.
    3) The Broncos defense will get them back to the playoffs, not Peyton Manning... but they will not make the Superbowl and Peyton Manning will get 100% of the blame.
    4) Worst to First team this year will be Buffalo; Kansas City will threaten but lose to Denver. Neither team will win a playoff game.
    5) Biggest step back this year will be Oakland, but nobody will realize that thats because they got rid of the coach who knew what he was doing.

    Superbowl: Bears 30 Texans 24

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    ...which will be dubbed the Clutts Bowl!

    (or by it's lesser known name the Clutts-McManis Bowl...)

  • Drafting in my 8 team, very basic, TD league tomorrow morning.

    TEAM QBs and Kickers in this league due to very limited roster movement.

    Figuring rounds 1 & 2 go something like this:

    Green Bay QB
    New Orleans QB
    Carolina QB
    New England QB

    Detroit QB
    Chris Johnson

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I'd snatch a McFadden prior to Mathews, Cj1.2k, or MJD.

    But that's just me...

    Also, Graham has a better year than Gronk.

    After typing this, I see you have a TD only league - not sure what that does to DMc's value, but it makes Cam Newton and Mjchael Bush switch draft spots....

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    8 team league? With only 8 teams, just auto draft...everyone will have a good team since with only 8 teams, there will be no need to dive into the "sleeper" pool.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Actual 1st round went as follows:

    Green Bay QB
    New Orleans QB
    New England QB

    I picked 8th.

    Followed up Megatron with Gronkowski.
    Gronk gets the nod over Graham from me, WIWG, because Brees has better other options with Colston, Moore and Sproles. Plus I landed Welker in Round 4.

    Robbie is one of my kickers and Michael Bush is one of my backs (A round 9 steal I'm hopin').

    FYI: Marshall was the 17th pick, Forte the 19th and Cutty was 62nd (8th round), the 9th QB picked.

    No way I take MJD with that 4th pick, especially with McCoy still on the board.

    Hitched my QB wagon to a comeback from Peyton.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    With your luck, I was hoping you would stay away from Bears players and load up on Packers.

    So, you were saying... where DID Hochuli live as an adolescent?

  • In reply to Shady:

    Born in Milwaukee. Moved to TUCSON at age 8. Lived in the county in what became Oro Valley in 1974.

  • In reply to Shady:

    I had GREEN BAY QB the last 3 seasons. Considered Benson as my optional (last) player but he went several picks before I had to decide that.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    In a bit of drafting IRONY, our back-up QB is...Andrew Luck.

  • Predictions:

    1) Forte and Marshall will be over 1/2 the Bears offense. Combined, they will total over 3,500 yards. Forte will have at least 2,000 all-purpose yards, and Marshall will have at least 100 catches for over 1,500 yards.

    2) Henry Melton will remind people of John Randle this year and make the pro bowl (like Viva said).

    3) Cutler will throw for at least 4,300 yards and make the Pro Bowl along with Forte and Marshall.

    4) The Bears will go 12-4, win the division, and beat GB three times this year on the way to the Super Bowl.

    5) The Bears D will be in the top 5 in fewest points allowed, but middle of the pack in total yards allowed.

    Side note: This will be the year that Doug Buffone or Ed O'Bradovich finally has a heart attack or stroke on the post game show after a Bears loss or a sloppy victory.


  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Damn, Corm - I like the way you think!

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Now THAT'S what I'm talkin' about!!!!!!!!!! Love the optimism Cor. The side note made me laugh a lot.

  • My Predictions
    1. Alshon Jeffery will have a better season then Justin Blackmon.
    2. Aaron Rogers will suffer an injury and will be sidelined most of the season,and the packers will miss the play offs.
    Speaking of injuries
    3. Peyton Manning will get injured again and crap will hit the fan!
    4. Jamaal Charles will lead the league in rushing.
    5. Randy Moss and Alex Smith will get into shoving match sometime this season and ESPN will show it more times then they need to.
    6. Packers suck!
    7. Lions suck!
    8. Vikings suck!
    9. The Jets will switch starting QB's 3 times this season.
    10. Andrew Luck will get sacked 3 times and intercepted once in the 1st game of the season.

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    Prediction #1: The Bears will win 17 out of 16 games.
    Prediction #2: The Bears will win the Superbowl, World Series, and the Stanly Cup if Urlacher is healthy. If he is not healthy only the Superbowl and World Series.

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    In reply to Joe Jones:

    Stanley Cup

  • I gotta say this. The most important things in our lives are irrational and primal. Our wives, children, passion.

    We shouldn't legislate the human condition out of humans.


    85 Clobbering Clutts.

  • 1. The Bears go to the Superbowl if Urlacher stays healthy.
    2. Bush out performs Forte fantasy-wise.
    3. Cutty does a hell of a lot of rolling out to the right this year.
    4. Justin Blackmon becomes studly.
    5. Ramses Barden becomes studly.
    6. Russell Wilson becomes studly.
    7. Torrey Smith becomes studly.
    8. David Wilson becomes studly.
    9. Trent Richardson tries to become studly but his own line tackle him.
    10. Dan Prater lands a ball successfully on the moon. Eric Weems returns it for six (in the superbowl smart-arse).
    11. Antonio Brown outperforms Mike Wallace.
    12. Antonio Gates is the leading TE.
    13. Julio Jones is the leading WR.
    14. BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Marshawn Lynch fight it out for the RB title.
    15. Jay Cutler breaks the Bears and his own personal records.
    16. We eventualy pay bigtime for ignoring the T and MLB spots.
    17. Garza gives up the ghost, Lance becomes our best lineman.
    18. Devin has a solid if unspectacular ife in the slot between Brandon and Alshon.
    19. Lovie makes some incredible chaqlenges and refuses to chalenge some incredible calls.
    20. We lose two games because of strategical fuckups.
    21. LaGarrett Blount outperforms Doug Martin.
    22. Peyton Manning looks very ordinary and releases the ball before the two second mark on every passing play of the season. Stuns the NFL by having 'BITCH' tattooed on his enormous turtle-like forehead, and having "I AM" and "A PUSSY" tattooed on his knuckles. His wife files for divorce citing his gayness. Tebow and Manning become the first openly gay couple in the NFL. Not that there's anything wrong with that. That'd be just super.

  • 1. Forte proves to be the better RB than Bush regardless of FF.
    2. Bears fans make Tice the second favorite Bears coach in modern history.
    3. There will be a ton of bandwagon fans appearing on the blog that will be an embarrassment to all the regulars.
    4. The Fudgie trolls will be here all year.
    5. The Kitties trolls will disappear along with their playoff chances when their team implodes.

  • Surprised by both of the drafted CB's getting cut. Not sure if it's an indictment of Emery or just a refreshing change. I'm guessing at least one of them ends up on the practice squad. Also, James Brown and Matt Blanchard.

    If Numb Nuts was still around you know those picks would have survived the cuts.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Blanshard just signed to Bears PS.

  • 1. Fans will overreact to an ugly loss, calling for the head of the HC and GM on a billboard.
    2. Fans will overreact to a brilliant win, guaranteeing a Super Bowl victory.
    3. Jay Cutler will flip out on a referee for missing a roughing the passer call.
    4. Jay Cutler will flip out on a receiver for running the wrong route.
    5. When winter rolls around, Lovie will try to convince us it's Bear weather even though none of his players actually enjoy playing football in below freezing temperatures.

    These aren't 5 Bears predictions, these are 5 Bears universal truths.

  • In reply to Shady:

    I'm not sure #1 is a universal truth (referring to the billboard), all the rest, oh yeah!

  • Fun column... my predictions for 2012:
    1. Roberto Garza plays in Pro Bowl
    2. Cowboys, not Giants, in playoffs.
    3. Bears win a playoff game at home, but lose on road.
    4. Tampa Bay in hunt for Barkley pick.
    5. Chargers finally fire Norv Turner.

  • In reply to horseman4:

    The Special Olympics Pro Bowl maybe. Garza has cheese for knees. Our boy Edwin deserves a shot at center, he's not crippled. What's the use in having a center that can't pull?

    #3 will happen if Brian's out.

  • My predictions for 2012:

    1. The Lach will dodge a Maury Povich, the baby aint mine bullet
    2. Bears will kick ass
    3. I'll be drunk most of the season
    4. I'll be in/around the stadium for the Rams destruction
    5. I will dominate all 3 of my fantasy leagues, including the Bears
    Blog one (yes, I'm a fantasy nerd)
    6. Shea, Big Country (or whatever nickname we are going with)
    McClellin will get a 15 yard penalty for dropping pretty boy
    fuckstick Rodgers....and we will all applaud it
    7. Da Bears will kick ass!!!!

  • 1) We will have two players with 6+ interceptions each.

    2) The Texans will have the best season record.

    3) Luke Keuchly will make us wish that we had lost to the Vikes so we could have 54s heir.

    4) The bears will be 5-0 heading into their bye.

    5) The Saints will not make the playoffs.


  • In reply to DYLbear23:

    I agree on Keuchly....kid is already looking like a certain #54 when he was in his prime.

  • In reply to DYLbear23:

    Yeah, I was big on him around draft time. Oh well... maybe McClellin can play LB?

  • ugh, using ChicagoNow on a phone is a recipe for disaster.

  • MB....HIT ME UP....are you going to get tickets for the Rams game or what's up? I'll be there for the game too, but don't have ticks yet. Let me know

  • In reply to 505 Bears!!:

    until you get a mic, I can’t even look at you… Just kidding maings.

    Would love to hook it up. Only thing I might have to manage is that the guy I'm going with is the big-wig at our big partner and he is the one getting the tickets through various and sundry back-channel avenues. I guess he and his family are huge, long-time bears fans and they have a number of friends and family inside the org.

    Unfortunately, I can't ask for another freebie from him as I take it he's pulling some strings to get us tickets already. I'll be there for at least 2 nights, itf not 3, so I'll def. keep you and the locals posted on itinerary though.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    No worries....I may just watch the game at a bar if I can't score some cheap ticks...Let me know if you want to meet up for the night games or another night...Plus, I tried my bootleg bluetoof mic, did not work. I may invest in one, but may try out the Madden when I get back into NM.

  • Finally got my T-shirts!!! They look great! If any of you guys missed the deadline and will order for October, I advise you order a your size instead of a size up cus the XL's I got are huge. Lol Thanks again though, Blogfather.
    Prediction wise, I see Alshon Jeffery as being Rookie of The Year instead of Blackmon.....

  • In reply to OsosFan:

    disregard on the XL comment, they fit well enough....

  • In reply to OsosFan:

    Hefty, hefty cinch sack. I stay in on a saturday night and you fuckers are all gaming?

  • I predict Harvey Unga will NOT make the move from the practice squad to the 53 man roster anytime this season (and just when you thought you'd seen the last of him). I'm working on my other four predictions:


  • In reply to tobijohn:

    I saw that! That guy will be with the Bears for 10 years and never played in a real game.

  • http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/chi-chicago-bears-sign-qb-blanchard-to-practice-squad-20120901,0,6792860.story

    Saturday and in two hours the Bears announced they had filled their squad with familiar faces.
    Running backs Armando Allen and Harvey Unga, offensive tackles Cory Brandon and James Brown, wide receiver Joe Anderson, defensive end Aston Whiteside and cornerback Isaiah Frey were signed.

    The Bears could have other roster moves throughout the day with defensive tackle Amobi Okoye scheduled to have a physical before he is offered a contract.

  • http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/chi-lastditch-talks-break-down-between-nfl-officials-20120901,0,4669336.story

    well just fook mi:

    This time, those officials stood on the sideline for this labor fight, and the league has built its crews with a significant number of high school and small college officials.

  • has everyone seen this image of the boyzzzzz when you open the DaSite...damn are they thinking this as a poster? If so...GET SOME!!!

  • I traded Starhawk for Madden13. The full game runs quite a bit better than the demo.

    Add friend gpldan on PSN if you want to play.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    bought it earlier today and tried to download GP. my system didn't have enough room, even after deleting a bunch of stuff. I'll try again tomorrow.

  • Winslow was released: http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/seattle-seahawks-release-tight-end-kellen-winslow-090112

    Lets switch Kellens

  • In reply to Crown:

    That was the SEAHAWKS who cut him Crown, not the Patriots. It wasn't like he had to beat out Rob Gronkowski or Aaron Hernandez.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    The move was made not based on talent, but a regime change under Schiano that is based on being more run-oriented and needing blocking TEs. If the Bears were serious about winning now, they would take a shot at Winslow.

  • In reply to Crown:


  • In reply to BlitzKrieg:

    Tuck your taint and run Trac, tuck and run.

  • In reply to Crown:

    I don't see where KW, Jr. has EVER been worthy of putting up with the baggage he always seems to insist on hauling with him.

  • The NFL had a nasty lockout fight with the players last year. They're setting themselves up for another fight sooner rather than later thanks to Goodell serving as his own appeals board. This year they're in a nasty fight with the refs and as a result are looking at actual regular season games being officiated by guys who normally couldn't get work at D-1 college games. And now I'm reading that the NFL is having a hard time negotiating a deal with Sky Sports in Britain to show games there - while at the same time touting the London trip as part of a grand expansion plan.

    Meanwhile there are several teams that can't sell enough tickets to fill their stadiums. There is a lot of debt, mainly to finance those oversized stadiums. And there is no team in the second largest entertainment market in the country.

    What all this adds up to is a growing impression that the league is putting money ahead of the integrity of the game. People are more and more concerned that the money interests are intruding on the product they love. We keep watching because we love actual football, but we're less and less loyal because we don't feel the league is going to give us actual football.

    I don't think football will implode by itself. But I do think that it is walking a thin line. Basketball and baseball are the old standbys that have been losing market share to football for 20 years, but either of those leagues could start to battle back if fans feel like they will get a better product (both leagues have a pair of teams in LA). Meanwhile, soccer (popular with LA's huge hispanic community) and lacrosse are both gaining popularity as second tier sports - neither of those will be filling NFL stadiums before 2030, but they both have the potential to steal market share, maybe as much as 10% each. And I haven't even mentioned hockey, Nascar, or individual sports like UFC, tennis and golf.

    And the most immediate threat, in my mind, is that the networks will have a serious complaint against the NFL. The replacement refs slow down the game... a lot. If the games can't fit in a 3 hour window in regulation time, the networks can't schedule their shows. If the networks can't schedule properly they lose money. Now the NFL is in danger of seeing a downswing in its biggest single source of revenue.

    But here's the thing, the NFL can lose 20% of its revenue and still be the biggest sport in the country. If the combination of MLB and NBA, plus MLS and Lacrosse (MLL?), plus reduced stadium and tv revenue margins equals a 20% pay cut... bad things will start to happen. The stadiums will start to look like bad investments, which means all that debt will be hard to refinance when it comes due, which means loss of even more revenue to nasty interest rates and an uphill battle getting public funds for future construction. The players will absolutely revolt if the salary cap numbers start to decrease. And ultimately the downward swing will kill the powerful negotiating position the NFL enjoys right now when talking to its distributors.

    Goodell can't let the NFL get pushed around, but he has to start closing deals faster. There is no reason that anything concerning the officials should get this much press. There is no reason that British fans (which aren't the US market, but still pay a lot of money) shouldn't know what games will be available next weekend. There is no reason that the Saints paying money to intentionally injure opposing players should be so successful at playing the victim due to Goodell's one man kangaroo court.

    He needs to fix this, or he'll be the guy that everyone blames for the end of the golden age of football.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    You're assuming that he is capable, NewBear. I'm skeptical of that.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    All that means is that the title of "guy who killed the golden goose" will be well deserved.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    You might be right about lacrosse in 30 years. I have a pool service and repair business in South Florida. Out driving around most of the day, I almost never see any kids tossing footballs around. What I do see is most of them (both boys and girls) with lacrosse sticks and nets set up in the yards. And couple of my customers' kids are also at college on lacrosse scholarships. I don't know if this is a local phenomena or interest in lacrosse is really building on a national level. Back in high school we'd play it in phys ed for a quarter and it was just an excuse to whack each other in the shins but these kids down here reall take it seriously. BTW, did you know that the when in college, the legendary Jim Brown was rated one of the best lacrosse players in the country?

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    I think LaCrosse has a lot of appeal as the next "tough guy" sport. Its probably more like soccer, basketball or hockey in terms of the pacing, but it has a really physical edge that I think would appeal to a football audience.

    And its a really trendy sport in movies, in the news, in new NCAA programs. There has been a professional league for about 10 years now. The former Chicago team apparently moved to Rochester and is now in Ohio. It hasn't caught traction, but it hasn't folded either. I could see it catching on with a couple of well known players.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:


  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    "OLD STYLE BEER. G.Heileman Brewing company, LaCrosse Wisconsin" is about the ONLY LaCrosse west of the Alleganies.
    And I wonder if they even brew OLD STYLE there anymore?

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    As a resident of the fine city you mentioned Al, Old Style is not brewed there any more. They must have ran out of "pure artesian spring water".

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Not enough hours in the day to have it fully krausened.

  • Ain't no party like a spinach party: http://www.mandatory.com/2012/08/28/the-greatest-photos-you-will-see-today-8-28-12/#photo=13

    (not sure why this cracked me the fuck up, but it did)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Oh my god I am dying: http://www.mandatory.com/2012/08/24/the-greatest-photos-you-will-see-today-8-24-12/#photo=8

    Holy shit I can't stop laughing

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    dude: http://www.mandatory.com/2012/08/23/the-greatest-photos-youll-see-today-8-23-12/#photo=15

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I just chuckled on the Bird one. Different taste in humor, I see.

  • how about this one then Erik: http://www.mandatory.com/2012/08/08/funny-crazy-internet-photos-vol-5/#photo=40

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    HA! Are you that bored out in CA?

  • just that hung over

  • In reply to MB30SD:


  • Bobby Carpenter is unemployed. He had a good camp apparently ... are JT Thomas, Costanzo or Roach better than him? I think he plays ST too.

    Steve Slaton is unemployed. Is Lorenzo Booker better than him?

    Cooley, Winslow .... are we that in love with Kellen?

  • Slaton has underachieved and fumbled his way onto the scrap heap and Winslow has a knack for making himself unpopular whever he goes.

    Carpenter? Can't say.

  • Damn.

    The White Sox are WELLl on their way to fulfilling the multiple predictions on this blog, including my own, of being swept this weekend. What's worse, Detroit is making it look EASY.

    Well, they only have to beat Verlander tonight to save face.He's only coming off one of his worst outings in YEARS so he probably won't be TOO amped up.

    I think the youngsters on the Sox ' staff, are comig face to face with teh concept of "Hitting The Wall".

  • Dragons and Gems

  • In reply to BlitzKrieg:

    You working hard and playing hard at the four seasons trac?

  • Bears are at -9.5. Didn't that line start at
    -13 or so?

  • So you guys think we have it bad on the OL? Want to excoriate Emery/Angelo for the state of the OL, and extol Thompson up north for masterfully handling their roster and draft development pipeline?


    "Ted Thompson is gambling that for now he can go with just seven offensive linemen. Thompson did not put in a single claim for any of the players who were available through waivers after the cuts teams made Friday night to get to the 53-man roster limit.
    "Normally, the Packers keep a minimum of eight offensive linemen and they have kept as many as 10 in some years. Going with seven - including undrafted rookie Don Barclay - could be a death sentence given injury considerations.
    "Of those cuts, the only player the Packers brought back to the practice squad was Van Roten. That's a pretty strong statement about their failure this year in drafting and scouting offensive linemen."

    The talent is so good up there, they kept not 10, not 9, not even 8... but 7 O linemen on their 53. That despite a starting 5 consisting of:
    - a 5th-round 3rd year LT that has struggled to learn the position, been tried out at both RT and LT, was bad last year, and looked downright terrible in the preseason;
    - a failed RT turned LG entering his 2nd year at the position, rated by PFF in the bottom half of the league;
    - a geriatric FA center in his 1st year in GB;
    - a good, strong RG, but coming off a knee injury;
    - a young RT, maybe their best lineman, also coming off a knee injury last year.

    Sound like any team we know? And here are the two (three if you count PUP) backups:

    - an undrafted rookie tackle;
    - a guard picked off Seattle's mid-season scrap heap in 2010, who was picked off of GB's scrap heap after their 2010 final cuts;
    - (on PUP) last year's first-round tackle, who flunked the LG job in camp (getting beaten out by the failed RT), got pressed into duty mid-season at LT due to injuries, didn't do particularly well, then broke his tib-fib and may lose all of 2012 as well...

    So... how many of you would prefer to have GB's OL situation now? And how do you guys feel about the Bears' OL situation now in comparison?

  • In reply to Michael L:

    I think what I've been thinking for a while. The O-line will be mediocre to good. That said, it will look much improved just because of who Cutty's throwing the ball to. He will finally be able to throw the ball to the outside even when the receivers are covered. That will be a huge difference maker in sacks allowed this year

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    In reply to Michael L:

    I almost feel like it doesn't matter because I know Aaron Rodgers is just going to make them look great come regular season.

    As much as I hate the Pack, you gotta admit Rodgers is a baller.

  • In reply to Michael L:

    If you read the fan comments on Deadspin's entertaining WHY YOUR TEAM SUCKS feature, you will see DOZENS of complaints, for many different teams, that basically say the same thing: "Our offensive line sucks."

    As many times as vcutty's been sacked the last 3 season, Rodgers has been sacked even MORE.

    Roethlisberger takes an absolute BEATING for the Steelers, though some of THAT is on HIM.

    Tony Romo took a beating last season in Big D.

    The Cardinals couldn't decide on a Starting QB in pre-season game play.
    Why? Because every other dropback looked like a JAILBREAK for the defense.

    Even the Pats held Brady out much of pre-season because of O-line concerns.

    For every team with a strong O-line you can names a half-dozen with issues.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I've heard that about the Pats line, ultimately it will be about who gels best and scheming. My cash is still on Tice. He's too much of a pro not to make a big difference. We'll be okay. Our defense will get a lot more rest this year - it's good, it's all good. It's our Super Bowl year, and it's New Orleans again. This is pre-ordained. This is it.

    First up, Andrew Luck gets a rude introduction to the NFL.
    Colts. Hammered.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Yep, that was part of the point. It's one I know you bring up a lot Al, and for good reason too... because it's true. There are very few actual good OLs in the league today. It's difficult and rare for any team, even ones with great GMs, to be able to field a solid, let alone a spectacular, offensive line. It's fine as fans to hope for one, but not really realistic to expect a great line.

    IIRC, Rodgers was sacked at a rate of 2.3/game and Cutler at a slightly lower rate of 2.1/game. The point being that offenses can thrive even without completely solid lines.

    If anything, GB's OL may even have taken a step backwards this year. Meanwhile, the Bears OL shows promising signs. Cutler didn't get sacked once in 34 dropbacks this preseason. Does it mean anything? No, not yet. Will Cutler make them serviceable? If last season is any judge though, most probably yes.

    Bear down brothers...

  • In reply to Michael L:

    And the Bears are looking ex-Steeler OT, Jonathan Scott, I believe...?

  • Surprised that James Brown (ON THE GOODFOOT!) got bumped down.

    The Pack had a stinky O-line last year and went 15-1. I'll sure take our defense over theirs though.

  • Per that picture, Mr. Blackmon went UNdrafted in our 8-team league.

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    1) Randy Moss will be cut by the 49ers first bye week for his lack of production due to Alex Smith incompetence and him mentioning it only once to the media who will overblow it. Harbaugh will then turn to either TO or Chad. Sad situation either way.

    2) Because of the Bills defense you mentioned above, the Bills will win a few close games (a couple in the last drive) during the first half of the season. Everyone will foolishly fall in love with Ryan Fitzpatrick...again. The Bills will of course falter down the stretch but this time it will be his last run as the Bills starting QB.

    3) Not really a prediction but something always seems to be the case (almost like the last one...lol): Chargers will start slow and finish strong...the Cowboys will do the opposite.

    4) Alshon Jeffrey will have as many TD catches as Brandon Marshall...maybe even more.

    5) The Giants will miss the playoffs. They barely got in the playoffs during both championship runs and didn't do much during the in between seasons. They have the opposite effect of hat usually happens to Super Bowl losers. Everyone will call for Coughlin's firing once again. Such a vicious cycle.

    That's five: one bonus....MVP Jay Cutler followed closely by Cam Newton.

  • In reply to Kenny Dangerous:

    Surely the Bills kick the crap out of the Jets week one at an attractive price? Show of hands?

  • In reply to Kenny Dangerous:

    I like that name Kenny. My MC name is Matt Cash.

  • My five predictions:
    1) Now that it appears he will play on bad knees, teams more than ever will run right at Bears MLB Urlacher.
    2) Although Justin Blackmon may be a better receiver, Alshon Jeffery has a better QB throwing to him, therefore Alshon Jeffery will be in the hunt for rookie of the year, along with Russell Wilson.
    3) Johnny Knox will be on PUP all season.
    4) The Dallas Cowboys will self-destruct and be fortunate to be 7-9.
    5) San Diego will win the AFC West and Carolina will be in the hunt for a playoff spot until the last week in the season.

  • Why are the Packers uniform colors referred to as "Green and Gold"? They have no gold in their uniforms. The colors look more like "Mustard and Relish" to me.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    My favorite on a Vienna Red hot...hold the katsup please..

  • In reply to MaddBearfan:

    Like a true Chicagoan. Have you guys seen the Conan bit at the Weiner Circle? Its hilarious: http://youtu.be/33zPlnhymCU

    When you get in town, go here and ask for a chocolate shake.

  • In reply to Crown:

    Oh my god I'm crying

  • http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/09/03/brian-urlacher-my-knee-will-never-be-the-same-but-im-still-playing/....here we go.

  • They pull out the same article every year. I guarantee a gameball for Lac against Luck. I'll bet he has close to a career day, he'll do his talking on the field by being all over young master Luck. A shutout is not out of the question here. If they can't get anything going on offense and they can't stop our offense things will get ugly quickly.

  • I love this attitude.. Thumbs high Harry!!

  • want to know the best thing that's going to come out of the Dolphins this year?

    Here it is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIfbghHdG1s&noredirect=1

  • I have my Fantasy Draft yesterday and I took Aaron Rodgers with pick #1 and Brandon Marshall at pick number 3.

    I'm sorry Jay...hahaha

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    In reply to BlitzKrieg:

    More proof that Fantasy Football is ridiculous.

  • Five predictions:
    1. The Packers decision to roll with Graham Harrell will come back to haunt them. Either in a off the bench roll or a key start, look for Caleb Hannie part II.
    2. Gabe Carimi will start all 16 games, and establish himself as the best lineman on the Bears roster.
    3. Rex Grossman will start at least 4 games for Washington this year.
    4. Jay Cutler will start all 16 games in 2012. Whenever the Bears have a strong backup, they don't need him.
    5.The Dallas Cowboys will win a playoff game.

  • Happy To-Be-Not-Laboring Day, Everybody.

    Enjoy the next week, gentlemen. A season long onslaught of emotional turbulence induced heart palpitations begins in 6 short days. Breathe easy while you can.

  • Anybody see this?

    The NFL Management Council and NFL Players Association on Thursday agreed to adopt bylaw proposals impacting injured reserve rules and the trading deadline.

    This season NFL teams will now be permitted to re-activate one player from injured reserve. Since the rule is being adopted after the cut down to 75 players, clubs will be allowed to return one player who has already been placed on IR to their active roster. But they must select that player no later than 8 p.m. (CT) Friday, which is the league deadline to reduce rosters to 53.

    Following the cut down to 53, only players with a "major injury" who are placed on IR after 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 4 will be eligible to be reactivated at a later time. A major injury is defined as an injury that renders the player unable to practice or play for at least six weeks.

    Each team may re-activate only one player placed on IR after 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 4. That player must be "designated for return" at the time he's placed on IR. He will be eligible to return to practice after six weeks on IR and may return to the active roster following eight weeks on IR.

    The second bylaw that was adopted moves the trading deadline back two weeks from Tuesday, Oct. 16 to Tuesday, Oct. 30, the Tuesday after Week 8." -Courtesy of his douchiness, Larry Mayer.


  • Quote from D.J. Moore on Brian Urlacher's return to practice (In a John Mullin article over at Comcast):

    “But to have [Urlacher] out there – 6-4, ‘White Chocolate’ – it’s exciting to have him out there.”

    Never heard that before...

  • The calm before the storm. Let the season begin!

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    I have the bears as my lock for week one if you are doing a survivor pool! come check it out and enjoy! http://halftimechat.com/the-survivor-pick-of-the-week/

  • In reply to Don Cutter:

    Come on now, Fart Cutter. Your first post here and you hawk your survivor pool? Not cool.

  • Hey Shady... yo clan sucks!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Your inaugural Madden beat down begins tomorrow 8p central, 6p pacific. Get some.

  • In reply to Shady:

    bring it biotch....

    Haaaaay.... diosmiiiiiiiio!

  • The dragon.con convention in here is killing me. I'm out until the season starts.

  • During the season, lets keep our eyes on this: http://www.flickr.com/photos/89307140@N00/359409381/

    Not this: http://geekout.blogs.cnn.com/2012/09/01/the-2012-dragoncon-parade/?hpt=hp_c2

  • In reply to Crown:

    I traded my 13th level wand of boobie boosting and put away the lusty wenches of the renaissance faire, who are really just one rung up on the evolutionary ladder from carny chicks (Huzzah!), cashed in all my gems and gold and bought Madden 13, so it can be all football, all the time.

    I'm fairly certain that Renaissance Faires exist for the sole purpose of allowing fat chicks to wear push up bras.

  • Favorite FF team name this weekend:

    Randy Travis LaBoy

  • 25. The Bears will win the NFC North.
    35. Packers will be really good. Fuck em.

    How do you reconcile the above two statements? Sounds like a typically overoptimistic Bears fan. Good luck.

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