A Bunch of Random Thoughts on Meaningless Game #1

A Bunch of Random Thoughts on Meaningless Game #1

No Cutler. No Forte. Brandon Marshall for twenty seconds. Peppers on the bench. Urlacher at whatever Lou Malnati's location he's been spending his nights. There was never going to be anything to learn from last night's preseason opener. But I'll take a few moments this morning and reflect.

  • First the bad; Major Wright's hamstring. Once against Major came up with a terrific interception around the goal line but shortly thereafter found himself nursing a tight hamstring on the bench. Before we start sounding the "Major can't stay healthy" alarm we should note both Major and Lovie Smith referring to the injury as a "tweak" and saying Wright will not miss any practice time.
  • When you watch these games you look for players on the second and third units who seem better than their opposition. Shea McClellin and Alshon Jeffery are clearly first-string talents and they showed it last night. McClellin's speed is going to give slower tackles in the league fits and Jeffery's route running was damn impressive for seeing his first professional action. I won't be surprised if both are starting against the Colts in a month.
  • The other name I'd add to that group is linebacker J.T. Thomas. Big #97 was all over the field last night - collapsing the run from the outside and batting down passes ten yards off the line of scrimmage. J.T. is an interesting guy. Jemele Hill at ESPN profiled him favorably in February and that profile ran a week prior to his being arrested for having a bit of the Mary Jane on his person. But he may be the next solid player to graduate from the Lovie Redshirt to the defensive rotation.
  • The NFL needs to reconsider their policy of allowing organizations to charge full price for these games. Last night, across the league, stadiums were empty for almost the entirety of second halves. To make fans pay major league prices for minor league football seems criminal.
  • J'Marcus Webb did not play awful but he played sloppy, including a false start Mike Tice said would not be tolerated. Webb was left in the ball game well beyond the rest of the starters and I wonder if Chris Williams won't be given an opportunity to win the left tackle spot in the lead-up to next weekend's game with the Redskins. My guess? No. I think Tice believes in Webb and last night was tough love.
  • I don't think Armando Allen is going to surpass Kahlil Bell anytime soon.
  • Same for Kelvin Hayden and Tim Jennings.
  • Don't take anything the starting defense did seriously. This group notoriously performs terribly in the summer and turn it on once they start keeping score for real. We know exactly what they're going to be in the regular season - positives and negatives.

Final note: Health is all that matters and last night, barring a change in course on Major Wright, the Bears came out healthy. That. Is. All. That. Matters. This is going to be a very good football team this year but only if their very good players are on the field.

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  • #1. Really?

  • In reply to JAB1:

    It's hard to judge anything last night, but did anyone else notice not one push up the middle? Where was Melton and Paea? I know they were in a short time but something would have been nice. Cambell looked a little lost too, wish I had the nfl camera view to see if it was the lack of receiver seperation or Cambell not being able to pull the trigger. Pass protection was not terrible, not great but not terrible either.

  • It was the lack of a game plan. He just went out there to hand the ball off and throw short. These guys are supposed to be lost. They've been practicing a week.

    As for push up the middle. It'll come once Peppers is back on the outside and these guys are motivated to play. Go back and watch this defense in preseasons past. They're always bad even when they're all out there.

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    Whoa, a comment from Jeffe. I know it's vanilla and it's supposed to be, I guess I was hoping for more. Guys like Paea have something to prove or at least should. The best way for this defense to be successful this year is for the front four to create pressure without a blitz. If that is accomplished this team will be super scary.

    So who's all going to the Bear/ Packer game in December? I had to disappear for awhile and missed the conversation. Work and youth football are my life now.

  • In reply to JAB1:

    Of the regulars, myself, MB30, and Doc are committed.
    My younger brothers will also be there.
    I think there are a few others considering it...

    I thought Shea's run-down of Hanie 11 yards behind the line of scrimmage was the play of the night. As I think Shady pointed out, he was stunting inside, got caught up in the middle and still had the speed to run back to the outside and get to Hanie. He's not going to be an every down pass rusher but he will be a weapon this year.
    And I did think Gino Hayes and Woot-Woot played pretty solidly in their playing time. Hayes was all over the place and Woot-woot got some pressure on Manning against Ryan Clady.

    Major Wright needs to start taking vitamins or something.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I'm looking at tickets, my debate is whether or not bring my soon to be ten year old. He's been to a couple games but never a Bears/Packers game. I have been to a bunch and know how unruly it can get. Do I bring him with and risk him being around the fighting/language or do I leave him home and have him so mad at me he doesn't talk to me for awhile? The kid lives and breathes Bears football and would be devastated by me not taking him. Maybe I'll get tickets to a couple games and take him to that one while I meet up with you guys for Bears/Packers.

  • In reply to JAB1:

    i would not bring the young one mang. shit gone git realz.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    +100.

    Sorry JAB, I totally get your sitch, and would feel equally torn (like an old sweater), but I don't think this is the venue for the lad.

    Although hopefuly there won't be any fighting... just a lot of drinking and swearing. But yeah, maybe tell him this is a bigboy game. Next time. Just my $.02

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    The language I will be using during the game is probably not fit for little ears.
    Lord knows I can't stop dropping f-bombs while I playing MW3, and when I -really- get pissed, it's just a continuous string.

  • In reply to JAB1:

    The hostile environment might stick in his mind more than the packers-bears thing which is more in his daddy's head at this point. Take him to a home game where we kick the shit out of somebody - it'll be a nicer memory for him. Like the Lions game, or the BiQueens. Let him see Adrian Peterson get 50 yards and a recovered fumble.

  • In reply to JAB1:

    Tell the little snot bubbler that we had one extra ticket. We're going to try and all sit together.

    It's time for the grownups to play.

  • ...says the man with ornamental nutz.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    It's funny cause it's true Doc.

    A vasectomy means never having to say you're sorry.

    What do a Christmas tree and a man who's had a vasectomy have in common?
    They both have ornamental balls.

    Hear about the guy that had his vasectomy done at Sears?
    Whenever he gets a hard-on, his garage door opens.

    What's the difference between the epididymis and the urethra?
    I don't remember all the details but there's definitely a
    vas defrens between them.

    I can understand why men don't like vasectomies. My uncle
    got a vasectomy, and paid for it with Mastercard. He forgot
    to pay the bill, and the finance company came over to his
    house and knocked up my aunt.

  • In reply to JAB1:

    That last one was hilarious.

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    Lovie Smith disdains the preseason, almost more than he gets annoyed with repetitive questions from the Chicago media.

    I thought Melton and Paea had a couple of impressive run stops. I did see penetration in the 2nd and 3rd series.

  • In reply to Big Mike:

    I know he does Mike, and trust me I don't put stock into pre-season wins and losses but I do put stock into effort from guys trying to earn starting spots. I liked a bunch of things I saw yesterday, including Alshon, Mcclellin and D.J. Moore again made a play. I was not impressed with Chris Spencer at all, he got blown off the ball multiple times and could be the weaker link than Webb. It's early I know, but I want to see more from the roster than we saw last night.

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    In reply to JAB1:

    Agreed Jab1. I'm out of market. Bought the NFL preseason package for $20. I saw more good than bad from the players I was watching. Webb being the exception. Big fella laid an egg. I'm going to watch it again, paying attention to Spencer, Paea and Melton. I thought the DTs played well. Others have said the stunk it up.

  • In reply to Big Mike:

    Mike, glad you only payed $20 for it. Can you imagine those people that paid $76 or more to watch that game at Soldier Field. Man, I have only been to one pre-season game and I promised myself unless I got the tickets for free I would never go again. I don't even know if I'd go if I got them for free unless it was with a bunch of buddies and we were partying after.

    I paid special attention to oline and d line. It was nothing special, but it is early. Very discouraging watching the o-line run block though. I wonder if Tice would consider putting Williams back at LG, I thought he was good there last year before he got hurt.

  • Yes! Showing love for JT Thomas, I hope he stays healthy and keeps producing.

  • I will agree with Jeff that J.T. Thomas looked solid last night. Guy ran the field very quickly. Looks really fast, even on Soldier Field grass.

  • Btw do you guys agree that deccico looked crazy slow?

  • In reply to OsosFan:

    slow, bad technique, bad instincts, ineffective....very Dicicco-esque.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    dichico... the name is diiiiiichico.

    He's a smaller, slower, worser HH (who I liked btw).

  • I agree with Jeff on the Alshon point. That kid kept his feet on shitty solider field "turf". He ran decent routes and caught the damn ball. I am very excited to see Cutler zipping passes to him. Jeffery and Bennett have hands all day and as someone else noted that will be huge on 2nd and long and 3rd downs. Move the chains boys!

    I was happy that Shea came out and made some plays that, and don't shoot me for saying it, reminded me of Urlacher over a decade ago as a rookie. The kid has closing speed and will make an excellent 3rd down pass rusher while we continue to bulk him up or will also be a capable Urlacher replacement in 2 years with about 10 lbs and some aggression infusion therapy. In the meantime it will be fun so see him calf rope qbs and running backs this season.

    Melton and Paea got their pussies kicked in and I won't make excuses for it as others do. They were less than ineffective and got manhandled even in one on one situations.

    Nate Collins is one step closer to making this team and Bryan Price is one step closer to the door. Price had a first quick move and looked like AA but was quickly swallowed up and pushed back.

    Hardin showed very little instinct at safety because he is not a safety. The Bears don't help him by lining him 20 yards off the ball.

    Steltz looked aggressive on the run and played alot faster since he knows the system much better. fucking steltzy.

    Geno Hayes performed well as I knew he would and will be a nice starting strongside linebacker. he also blitzed nicely from the middle spot on a goal line stuff and had a nice pass break up that almost resulted in a Nate Collins INT.

    The run blocking was non existent as our boys were pushed back at all positions all night. Preseason or not, if you lose straight up run blocking battles from the first snap and gain 1.3 yards a carry that is not good, even for gradeschool football.

    Frey looked lost on defense but we'll see how it pans out.

    DJ displayed ball skills again that has us all shaking our heads that a 5'9 160lb DB can make it in this league. Nice job by DJ.

    I can see why Cutty likes Dane and I can also see why we all don't like Dane. he displayed tight route running and hands at points and also the ability to get his small ass handed to him by corners at other times resulting in coverage sacks.

    Clutts may be out the door as I don't see the bears running that fullback package too often and he is less of a threat at H back to go on a pass pattern than Rodriguez or even Kyle Adams. I'd still like to see the Bears give him some chances to catch the ball because the kid was a bad ass option qb in highschool, a DE in college that had plenty of sacks and now can literally do everything asked of him in the pros. give him a shot over a one trick pony.

    Unga must have really fucked up if Armando Allen and kahlil bell are getting reps over him. He gone.

    Chauncey Davis had some solid plays at DE but too many where he was standing just outside the pile. Shea, on the otherhand, was in those piles, and i fucking liked seeing it.

    Wootton looked like he was quick and fast....and then never got to the QB.

    Gould is a fucking idiot for his Penn State views but he is the best kicker in the history of the Bears franchise and he is going to do well again this year.

    We already miss CG on specials.

    Who else got a boner when Summers went up high and got that ball from Blanchard. That was fucking beautiful. More summers next game please. I would rather test that kid out hard than see Golden in there. Joe Anderson also played hard at WR and made some good catches in traffic. Who the fuck is Joe Anderson? Please transplant his balls and quickness into Summers 6'5 frame.

    Pass blocking wasn't half bad but too many coverage sacks. When the Bears starting throwing the rock in the second half with McCown it was nice to see decent protection.

    Spencer got blownz up. Louis got blownz up. Carimi looked decent and i hope the knee holds up.

    It was nice to see shotgun on 3rd and long instead of no back sets with 7 step drops and gut wrenching shots on our qb's.

    Score was brutal but at most points in the latter 3rd and 4th quarters the Defense was literally everyone that won't be on the team in a couple of weeks. Not worried about that.

    Really worried about Urlacher making through this season at more than 75%.

    Bears.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Johnny and I were seeing a lot of the same things last night, so in liu of repeating, I'll just re-cap my real time posts last night whilst watching the game:

    - Woot Woot only guy (on first team) getting pressure.(Then again, he always performs well in the preseason until he gets inj)

    - DJ "Johnny on the spot" MOORE! Love that little dude!

    - Geno Hayes is impressing me.

    - Wright teases, then gets hurt.
    Webb with another offsides
    No pass rush
    Death and Taxes

    Nice to know some things never change.

    - I can tell you this much - Hardin is in there to HURT people.

    Brandon the Hurtlocker Hardin...

    - Shea is showing speed, motor and a spin move, but he needs to disengage better.

    - What horrible play-calling. I know you don't show your good stuff in preseason, but don't make everything predictable. It's leading to 3rd and longs - and coverage sacks.

    three 3andOuts is unacceptable.

    - Cheta Cheese Ozougwu looking good (and as Waffle pointed out, Collins too).

    -

    Two scouting truths about Alshon.

    1) He catches EVERYTHING

    2) He can't get separation.

    Until he catches some deep balls, all the CBs are gonna be jumping that hook, comeback and slant route by Alshon.

    But for now, I'll just sit back and enjoy the show.

    -

    McCown did NOT impress me.
    Bell did NOT impress me.

    Blanchard and Armando Allen can make a move. And is Unga ever gonna get on the field?

    Brittan Golden looks like the pepper to Sanzen's salt.

    - Marinelli must be seething. D getting outpowered, out-gapped, out hustled.

    - Good thing I didn't take shots for every 3andOut, or I'd be ass drunk right now.

    - My boys, Chris Summers and Blanchard!

    That takes some serious balls to chuck it up like that on 4rth and short, which is exactly what I heard about Blanchard, that he doesn't just game manage but takes his shot.

    - The stats are gonna show a lot of sacks, but many of them were coverage sacks where the Qb just held the ball for too long.

    I also think that Tice is purposefully ignoring the screen pass because he wants to see how the Oline holds up with a full out pass rush.

    - Now you guys know why I wanted Steltz to start the season, but then I remembered that Major also got hurt on special, so never mind.

    I just hope when we add a veteran SS during the season, that's it's not another Swole.

    - JT Thomas looks like the real deal. Dom does NOT.

    - Now we know why we got Rashied back to be a gunner.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    With you on the Summers grab. Don't see what Golden added at all - looked scared on punt returns, to boot.

  • Quote of the night(year?)- Brandon Marshall when asked during the halftime interview special with Marshall n Cutler...Reporter-"Are the Bears SuperBowl contenders now that you are here?"
    Marshall-"The Bears were SuperBowl contenders BEFORE I got here."

    Thats the attitude this team needs.

  • In reply to BAM46Blitz:

    I'm finding it very hard not to like him a lot as a person. Seems risky given his reputation, but then again that reputation all comes from bullshit ESPN commenters, so maybe that's actually a good thing.

  • In reply to BAM46Blitz:

    +many

    Way to be, Brandon.

  • Since everything has been already been covered I'll just keep it brief: Shea looked fast and hungry. JT Thomas looked good all over the place, even in coverage. Hardin will be starting at some point. Major Wright didn't hurt Urlacher, just himself. I'd have DJ Moore's baby. Craig Steltz is still white. And I wish Capri Suns were bigger. I'm not fucking 6 years old anymore.

  • In reply to Grizz33:

    It was Conte that hurt Urlacher but you've redeemed yourself with "And I wish Capri Suns were bigger. I'm not fucking 6 years old anymore". Funny stuff. So true. Maybe make the pouches easier to pierce too. I hate when i break my damn straw when i'm opening them. All I get is air and barely any juice, really pisses me off.

  • In reply to JAB1:

    From ESPN: Urlacher sprained the medial collateral and posterior cruciate ligaments in his left knee during a collision with safety Major Wright in the 2011 season finale at Minnesota. Urlacher's injury didn't require surgery, only rest.

    I want the pouches so big that I could use a McDonald's straw to stab into it. Something that takes 22 seconds to drink shouldn't be legal.

  • In reply to Grizz33:

    nice follow on performance grizz, you may stay.

    btw, JAB, the Mylar 'will still be here in 3023’ pouches are most easily pierced through their weak little bottoms.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Thanks, MB. I am graced to be in all ya'll presence. Or some shit like that.

    Capri Sun pouches are made out of Mylar? I thought they were made out of an unknown titanium alloy developed by cockroaches to help protect their families during the nuclear fallout. Fucking pouches...

  • Did anyone get it recorded and re-watched?

    How did CW, Garza and Lance look? Did James Brown get a go?

  • Yes.

    NO one on the o-line looked good. Garza was okay and Brown was decent for a rookie but borderline bad.

  • Oh and who's the dude on the D line with the lion king name?

  • Is dudes name Panchetta? I mean it's a mighty tasty cured meat but I'm not about to name my kid bacon or capicola.

  • Anyone else see Sanzenbacher get manhandled at the line of scrimmage? The DB pushed him back almost 2 yards before he could get his feet back under him.

  • In reply to Vicp71:

    Yep but either the next drive or next play he got wide open for a first down on a slant.

  • That's too inconsistent though. Sanzen needs to rely on timing, and if Cutler throws it to a spot and he's jammed behind the line, that's a pick 6.

  • this is not Martz's offense though, if anyone gets owned on the line of scrimmage Jay just moves through his progressions.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    not that i want that tiny white motherfucker on the team. give me Summers any day of the week. At least it gives us something different.

    We already have 2 possession receivers that can both take it to the house in Bennett and Jeffery. We don't also need a smaller, weaker, slower possession receiver.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Good point. The Blanchard/Summers pass was the highlight of the night for me. That and Winner, Winner chasing down Hanie.

  • Fuck that - if Cutler's that stupid we need a new QB

  • Didn't see the game, which was probably a good thing.

    Glad to hear Shea was making plays; several people on the blog were displeased with the draft choice but it seems as a group we've come around to the notion of giving the kid a chance. Shea as future Mike? An interesting prospect mentioned by someone (Irish?) back on draft day. I guess time will tell.

    I gotta pull for Clutts (that block where he destroyed that DB 30+ yards down field on that Forte run still makes me smile). As Johnny implied, his versatility seems to make him more valuable than a "one-trick pony" - I'd prefer to see him over any other 4th running back on the roster.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    After last night, we might NEED a FB to run the damn ball. It's no coincendence that with Martz in 2010 - No FB, ok run game. 2011 FB 2,000 yards rushing.

    Yeah, I know, Forte wasn't in, yada yada...but our Oline got NO push, so just let Clutts plow the way and have Forte and Bush follow.

  • Everyone needs to watch the first drive again.

    Yes it doesn't matter but it didn't look good.

    We almost lost Charles Tillman last night due to Nick Roach destroying him. Melton got beat up and then knocked on his ass by a running back. Paea didn't handle double teams all that well and was beaten a lot.

    The one player that was the most disappointing to me was Chris Spencer. That dude looked amazing in training camp and looked so horrible in preseason. I mean, down right sloppy, pushed back, and made a little girl on every play.

  • My only observations were that Dane couldn't break the tackle of an anorexic 12 year old girl and that Chargers fans are mighty annoying, but still not as annoying as Raider ex cons or Niners nortenos.

  • Classic. Sam Bradford being interviewed about what it's like to play for Jeff Fisher. It's on NFL.COM there, worth a look.

    "He just makes you want to play hard for the gay .... eh.... (looks embarassed) ... I can't hear with this thing ....."

    Speaking of tools, Rodgers sucked eggs didn't he?

  • Speaking of random thoughts, I just saw an article about "healthiest places" (usual Yahoo drivel in the title) and they listed Iceland as having extremely low depression rates due to high concentrations of omega-3 fatty acids in their diet.

    In the event you want to cheer yourself up, you may wish to partake in some of these Icelandic delights (quoting here w/o permission):

    Harkl - putrified shark that is buried for months before being served
    Sklyr - a fermented form of yogurt
    Svio - halved singed sheep’s head
    Hrutspungar - pressed and pickled lamb testicles
    Lamb ofel - a mix of internal organs including liver, kidney, brains and intestines

    Pass me them Hrutspundar, would ya?

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    I have to admit that I'm an offal/cartilage guy... I eat the little knuckles off both ends of chicken legs as an example. Delicious and nutritious… and crunchy.

    Know what else Iceland is known for Dave?

    • Partying in ice hotels (yes, entire hotels made of just ice) like it’s 1999

    • Insanely hot Scandinavian chicks

    It’s on my bucket list: http://www.drunknothings.com/2010/11/its-dark-its-cold-no-wonder-we-party-so.html

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Be careful, mang. My dog told me those things tend to splinter in your throat.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Well shit MB, we've had our dis/agreements. Hot Scandinavian chicks would doubtlessly be a way to forget all that and live the moment together, eh?

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Dave... I'm in!

  • http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/chi-biggs-10-thoughts-on-bears-preseason-opener-20120810,0,484537.story?page=1&track=rss

    v good.

    "10 a. For all the rain that came down before the start of the game, the Soldier Field surface held up pretty well. Here’s wondering if that could possibly be a sign of things to come.

    10 b. Not much push up the middle from defensive tackles Henry Melton and Stephen Paea.

    10 c. Defensive tackle Brian Price showed up in the running game on a couple plays. That is a good sign.

    10 d. Long snapper Pat Mannelly was credited with an assisted tackle on special teams. The reconstructed knee must be feeling pretty good.

    10 e. It’s a shame Mike Tice isn’t available to media until Monday. Guessing he’ll design a challenging week for the linemen and offense as a whole."

  • he's a big risk taker, but I like pete carrol

    http://larrybrownsports.com/football/pete-carroll-terrell-owens-punk-seahawks/149895

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I think he sucks donkey balls. When his team is winning he jumps around like a Junior high cheerleader. When they're getting their asses handed to them, he looks all confused and concerned. I'll take the Lovie zombie look over that.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Agreed.

  • With this whole "preseason doesn't matter" BS, I beg to differ.

    The WIN/LOSS doesn't matter, but the INDIVIDUAL performances do.

    We found out a lot last night, contrary to the whole "preseason doesn't matter" notion.

    1) Shea is a gamer, but can get over powered. Hence, he might be nothing more than a 3rd down specialist unless moved.

    1b) Alshon catches EVERYTHING but will need to separate eventually to keep CBs honest.

    2) Blanchard should be our 3rd QB.

    3) Chris Summers should be our 5th-6th WR.

    4) Both of our lines got manhandled and need to improve.

    5) JT and Hayes looked good. Dom did not.

    6) A bevvy of fringe Dlinemen were making plays individually. Collins, Cheta, Woot should be the front runners thus far.

    It's only one game, I know. But if the trends continue, tape don't lie, and we should be able to field a BETTER team because of the preseason evaluation.

    Will there be camp busts? Naturally. Happens every year across the NFL, but these pre-season games DO matter in filtering out a lot of the lint.

  • my fucking god man.

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/football/ncaa/08/10/lsu-tyrann-mathieu.ap/index.html?eref=sihp&sct=hp_t11_a0

    Why do these kids do it... with fame, pussy, and millions galore on the line for a job most of us would litterally kill for. Damn... makes me sad and sick at the same time. Kid is such a stud.

    Pull it together child!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    There is an old expression I'll use here that will doubtlessly piss some people off, but it's generally true. "You can take a kid out of the ghetto, but you can't take the ghetto out of a kid".

    It applies to all of us, in one way or another. We are products of our upbringing.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Yep, I didn't want to use it, but I thought it... didn't want to sound racist.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    I gotta disagree. The way people from any place carry themselves is contingent on the beliefs that they themselves choose to follow and/or express. I was raised in the "ghetto" but I refrained from having that "ghetto" mentality. It just depends on how people act bottom line. There are some who are brainwashed into that mentality who never seem to understand that there is more to life than being a dumbass criminal wannabe and those that go against the norm.......

  • In reply to OsosFan:

    You're right of course. "Rules of thumb" such as that I quoted are, in the end, enablers of bad behaviors in our culture.

    Thanks for the reminder. Sincerely.

  • Hee hee

    http://sports.gunaxin.com/replacement-nfl-official-quite-confused-microphone/126731

  • Damn.

    Adam Schefter‏@AdamSchefter

    Despite daily contact, JAGS and MJD have not made progress and the holdout is expected to last until end of month and could linger into Sept.

    That dude is a fucking clown. (and his agent too)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Especially since he's my DBB FF 1st round pick.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    ouch

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Pretty sure he is (every year) his OWN first round draft pick in FF.
    He can still kiss my ass over the NFC championship comments from a year and a half ago.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Ditto.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Add me to that list. Fuck that little cocksucker.

  • Random thoughts around the league (the NFL actually timed the "first team" snaps pretty well, so that every 15 min, I went from game to game to catch the first teamers. Luckily, the Bears game was last).

    Skins-Bills...It seemed like the Skins were trying to establish the run more than make RGIII a super-star. They're also not letting him run around yet. Bills just seemed SLOPPY. Outside of Johnson, who are they throwing it to?

    Falcons-Rav...Now THAT was an ass whooping by the 1st team. Julio Jones teabagged them. White looked solid, and Turner ran just enough to keep them honest. It was obvious the Falcons wanted to be more up tempo ala Manning Colts. That Ravens D without Suggs might falter.

    Pats-Aints...Chandler Jones looked really good. I'm just glad the Pats got him and not the Pack. Other than that, we all know what to expect from these teams.

    Pack-Chargers...Rodgers looked GOD awful. They still are dreadful at running. Their D was like last year, giving up major yds but opportunistic. Rivers looks like he's still getting used to his new receivers. Matthews get hurt on his very first run fueling conspiracy theories that he actually broke his clavicle in the car accident and just roughed it to the first pre-season game to get free medical. No, seriously, that's what some fans were blogging...

    Steelers-Eagles...I didn't get a chance to watch this, but from what I've read, it's only a matter of time b4 Vick gets inj for reals. However, their backup is inspiring some optimism. LT Mike Adams looked horrible, then got inj. Not good for an oft inj Roethlisburger.

  • Fuck all those teams.

    Bears Super Bowl baby!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Know Thy Enemy, MB-San...

    I especially kept a close eye on that Pack game. Lots of Pack fans are shitting bricks, not because their offense was putrid (even though it was), but because Desmond Bishop went down.

    According to their own fans, that was the only guy who actually stopped the run. That should get Forte and Gang salivating...

  • I'm down $... I was going to finish with 'good report', but I left it for the bravado impact.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Haha...

    Here's a TGIF for all you hard working jibrones...you're welcome.

    http://thechive.com/2012/08/07/girls-in-yoga-pants-cut-right-to-the-primal-core-of-men-45-photos/

  • My hard work involves teaching young hotties in said pants. They make my job very hard indeed. And I don't mean difficult.

  • For those of you who don't know, the young I refer to here are college aged. Thought that deserved clarification.

  • Pig

  • ...says the pot to the kettle

  • I knew what you meant Doc but I'm still glad you cleared that up!

  • Not yet... but soon.

  • You bastard.

  • My wife doesn't exactly have to drag me with her when she goes to the Lululemon store.

  • Bishop couldn't put any pressure on the leg and got carted to the locker room. It didn't look good the way he got buckled under, and he is their best tackler. He might be out for the year.
    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/eye-on-football/19770256/report-packers-lb-desmond-bishop-could-miss-2012-season-with-hamstring-injury

  • We went from having a gaggle of fuckin Smurfs to Chris Summers, Alton Jefferies and Marshall.

    That's like the year the Fab 5 all committed to play hoops at Michigan.

  • I'm just gonna echo 4ever then...

    Shae is a whitebread Lamar Woodley. He should wear 56 not 99. And he belongs in the Steelers system not the Bears.

    Having said that, the opposing 260 lb. LE in a 4-3 set, Elvis Doomer-a-ville really didn't do much either. Alot of what these speed guys bring to the table require stunts and blitz looks that we just aren't going to see early on. I like his ability to make the RT have to move his feet ALOT. Chicken Dinner will punch the tackle and release, and he's so laterally quick that unless the QB is exactly where the RT THINKS he is - Dinner is just going to run past the tackle and get in on the play.

    I don't want to talk about Spencer and Chico Rahal being the depth chart at LG because it depresses me.

    Kudos to Edwin Williams for learning to play center. That's the hardest job on the line and he looked up to it.

    I thought I was going to see something from E-Rod, I'm not sure we have that whole tweener end thing worked out and Kyle Adams is fucking Purdue stud and does everything pretty well and if anybody is going to show CLutts the door, it's Adams....

  • This is an awesome pic: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/multimedia/photo_gallery/1208/new.york.jets.classic.photos/content.8.html

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Those were the days, my friend.
    We thought they'd never end.

  • Hey Roger,

    WTFG charging full price for pre-season tickets man. Here in the Windy City, where grift is king, we still filled the place up. But in smaller venues, many of the stadiums were TOTALLY empty for the 2nd half.

    That's looks bloody brilliant on the telly, btw. Great overseas ambassador for the game, empty stadiums.

    You fucking dickwad. We're in a depression, and the guy is fucking going full price on the first pre-season game. Fuck you.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    He's also going George Costanza on penny pinching the refs.

    Did anyone catch that "Arizona is not charged with a timeout"...which is remarkable considering Arizona wasn't playing...

  • http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/08/10/replacement-ref-craig-ochoa-takes-heat-for-botched-announcement/

  • here's video evidence of how former Lingerie League Refs are...(BTW, why would anyone LEAVE the Lingerie League?). Even old Billichick is sticking the middle finger to Goodell and siding with the regular refs.

    http://deadspin.com/5933558/how-bad-were-replacement-refs-last-night-lets-examine-the-video-evidence?utm_source=Deadspin+Newsletter&utm_campaign=3bf19f3fa1-UA-142218-13&utm_medium=email

  • In reply to gpldan:

    The problem? As long as there are people who will pay these prices it will continue forever. Even a half full stadium with people paying regular season prices is all the NFL cares about. It's pretty sad that I have to fall into a pair of season tickets that my friends cant use to TRY to attend one game a year. Having to decide if I bring my wife....or my son....or my daughter. And I'm STILL paying out the ass when I get to the stadium. I know this is a dead horse, but it still needs it's fucking ass kicked once in a while.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I'm sure the NFL uses calculus to determine the price of ticket that would ensure the largest profit. Such is the nature of capitalism. As long as the sheep keep buying, the wolf will always sell.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    The NFL has been doing this forever. Not sure it's all Roger's fault. I keep reading that many franchises are no longer selling out the regular games. Other than the extortion of being forced to buy 2 fake game tix as part of the season ticket pkg, why would anyone pay to see one of these games?

    I've told the story about getting a refund from a strike canceled game too often but it says volumes about how the NFL operates.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    You're right, this isn't a Goodell issue. The OWNERS have accountants apply a formula that figures out how much they can charge and maximize profits, regardless of attendance. That's why "Luxury Boxes" are so popular in new stadiums.

    I'll give an extreme hypothetical. Let's say Bill Gates goes crazy and decides that he wants to watch a football game by himself. He buys up ALL the tickets for one game, then donates a few more million to assuage the parking, food, souvenir, etc revenue.

    The NFL wouldn't give a shit as long as they get paid. They would probably just computer generate a crowd when showing it on TV or something.

  • We can use the analogy of the Banks/Fed and the President.

    The Owners just choose a "Commish" who will pretty much deflect and absorb all the criticism, while the owners subtlety squeeze as much profit from the fans as possible.

    That's why I have NO issue watching pirate links. You want me to pay for "official" games, apps, etc

    LOWER THE GOD DAMN PRICES you greedy bastards. NO ONE can validly justify charging full price to watch organized scrimmages.

  • Oh Sammy Boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling...

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/chi-exbears-wr-hurd-arrested-in-texas-20120809,0,557387.story

  • This is DEFINITELY for Sac: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=YCiY1y3uJ3o

  • I'll be watching the Skins game on replay. Next Saturday I will be in the Motor City in the Woodward Dream Cruise with a car.

    I entered Autoweek's White Whale contest, I win a annual subscription if I snag a pic of any of these cars this year:

    -- from autoweek --

    A K-car with a floor-shifted manual transmission: I drove an early-1980s vintage four-on-the-floor Aries through a used-car auction once when I was a teenager working at a car dealership. I haven't seen another one since.

    1970 Plymouth Sport Fury GT: My favorite part of the “Plymouth Rapid Transit System,” fewer than 800 Sport Fury GTs were built in 1970, and they're some of the meanest-looking full-size muscle cars to come out of Detroit. There was also a 1971 model, but the grille didn't look as cool.

    1973 Mustang Mach I in 4B Bright Green-Gold Metallic: I owned one in this relatively rare color, but it had been resprayed black by a previous owner. I've seen color chips and photographs, but never an actual Mach I in this fantastically '70s color.

    Chevrolet Celebrity Eurosport: What are the chances that one of these dogs is still running around?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    My dad, in his infinite wisdom, passed down his first vehicle to my brother, his eldest son. It was a 1957 Chevy pickup. Loved that thing and was so bitter when he gave it to my bro. My bro then got it all pimped out, put in some bad-ass engine and entered it in drag races. Then, he sold the fucking thing.

    Since then, my brother has had five divorces and is currently engaged again. He's cheated on every one. He's a con artist posing as a born again Christian. But he looks down at me because I smoke the reefer.

    Wrong son, Dad. Wrong son.

  • I know a DESPICABLE ex customer who plays the Christian "game". He makes sure his girlfriends are in different cities, and meets them through prayer groups. People like him ruin the reputation of good Christians who provide a lot of social good.

  • So again... explain to me the wisdom of putting your hand/arm in an alligator’s mouth?

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/extramustard/hotclicks/08/10/vanderbilt-coach-james-franklin-surprises-walk-on-marc-panu-chanel-spencer/index.html#ooid=Y3eXBsNTpQQIf314dwVLuWkqGjzUtb3e

    Someone? Anyone?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    To impress women of course. Guys have been doing stupid shit like this for centuries in the pursuit of strange.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Ain't that the fuckin' truth

  • In reply to Shady:

    Well said, my friend. The awesome power of strange. My jack-ass brother can't resist it. (him again?)

  • Benson to play for the Packers.

  • Awwww sheeeet

  • As if we needed another reason to hate Cedrunk.

  • Fuck, that bitch will probably get 250 yds vs us.

    Maybe Dinner will kill him for us; he doesn't know about that shit.

  • I'm actually glad. His performance against us with Cinci was largely due to OUR team at the time. Seeing him twice a year? We'll kill that motherfucker.

  • FUCK Benson. I too am glad to see him on GB. The douche circle is now complete.

    That dude prob cost us a SB. He's really wore down last year, and is good for 50-60 yds as a starter. Splitting time with Starks will cut down on that.

    Someone needs to just obliterate that ass. Pepp, Briggs, do your thang.

  • A pair of 7-6 games yesterday and THIS piece of crap for the Chi-town home folks?

    Attention NFL Owners: If you are going to STEAL fans' money like this, at least have the courtesy to wear a mask and show a weapon so it's obvious.

    Which brings me to ANOTHER issue...

    The Cleveland Browns just sold for over 1 Billion Dollars.

    The CLEVELAND BROWNS?!

    A BILLION !?!?

    The next NFL franchise that comes sniffing around for public money to build a stadium can go SCREW ITSELF!

    If you bunch of fat cats can find a BILLION for a lame franchise like The Browns, then you sure as hell can finance your own damn stadiums. Keep your greedy paws off the tax money!

    And you if can get a Billion for the Browns then you can WELL afford to settle the nonsense with the Zebras. Probably out of the Petty Cash Drawer.

    EXCEPT for Ed Hochuli. Tell him not to come back.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    And yes, thhis is a COMPLETE 180 in my stance on the Officials.
    But a Billion for Brownie's is just too much to swallow.

    PAY THE ZEBRAS!

    Except you-know-who.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    But Al, if the taxpayers don't fund the stadiums, all the sports owners would have to come up with new business plans. They would have less funds to pay all these tremendous athletes. How are all these poor athletes going to get paid "fair market value" if every taxpayer in the area doesn't "pitch in" a few hundred dollars every year? And the poor owners might actually lose money if they don't provide a good product. Real capitalism can be cruel.
    On a side note, Chicago is lucky Obama's appeal to get the summer Olympics failed. It would have bankrupted Chicago. The Beijing Olympics displaced over one million people from their homes. The hidden costs of having Olympic games are devastating.
    A history note: the "carrying of the Olympic torch" from Greece to the next Olympic site was started in 1936 by the Nazis as a propaganda tool. The opening and closing ceremonies are still a propaganda tool used by host countries and the UN to promote an agenda.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Denver turned down the Winter Games back in what, 1976?

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Fine, I'll bite.
    "What's the agenda?"
    Good catch on the torch. That was Hitler's attempt to draw some dumbass connection between Rome and the Reich. Sociopaths are unsubtle.

    Are you coming down for the game, Corm? I know I've asked before, but between you and Dave, I would have alot of beers to buy and I want to plan ahead.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Brownie, the odds are slim that I'll make the game. It would probably be a last minute decision. I might go to the first one on Thursday night if I can get tickets for close to face value. My brother lives about 45 minutes from Lambeau, can turn it into a golf weekend afterwards.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Burma shave.

  • In reply to Shady:

    I demand my Chicken Dinner Preseason Burma Shave posts by Al or I'm gonna pull a Huntin.

    Speaking of whom, Huntin, if you're out there, there are open FF spots. Join one! I don't know what the hell happened but I can assure you that no one was being prickish. Your presence has always been welcome as far as I can tell.

  • If any late night viewers want to hear some kick ass live streaming music, go to this site.
    http://www.moogis.com/moogislive/#

    Trigger Hippy is kicking ass right now, and the Allman Brothers will be jamming live in about 1.5 hours. Some interviews between acts.

  • After a lengthy rewatch tonight of the first half tonight (fuck it, I'm almost single - I do what I want)...a couple of observations:
    1) Alshon Jeffrey is who we thought Roy Williams was going to be...minus the drops and the douchy 1st down celebration. The combination of him, Marshall, Hester and Bennett. Wow.
    2) Webb got a bad rap on here last night. If anything, he outplayed Clady in their respective matchups. The false start penalty, albeit on my tiny 42" HD review (three times), was questionable. To my eye, Dumervil jumped and Webb reacted while he was over the line. Other than that, I didn't exactly see the bulk of the pressure on Campbell coming from the left side.
    3) I was not impressed at all with our run blocking, and particularly by Carimi and Louis. They looked like they were on their heels most of the 1st quarter.
    4) Woot-Woot, JT Thomas, and Hayes - they're keepers. JT looks way bigger than he's listed. Hayes was in on everything. And Woot-Woot was eating Clady's lunch in the 1st quarter. He had several QB pressures...and on that pick by Moore, guess who was in Turtle Heads midsection, forcing a throw that Manning doesn't appear to have the arm strength for any more.
    5) Broncos are going to be lulled into a false sense of security by Hanie's performance, just like we were.
    6) Manning had very little zip on the ball.
    7) Yes, Jim Miller needs to get out of the booth and start taking the stairs. I knew his shoulders were shot - I did not know he had some kind of glandular problem.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I've got it on the PVR but can't bring myself to watch it again. Gotta agree with all of your post. When everyone was blowing Manning the other night I thought the same thing, no zip at all.

    If Cutler would have had the same outing it would have been more like this from the media. "He's lucky the LB didn't pick that first pass. The sideline pass was because he had all day. No zip just dink and dunk against a bad team. That INT was horrible. He was lucky the guy didn't take it to the house. Now let's get back to giving Manning his 15th hummer of the night."

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    If you do re-watch it... Look at Spencer.

    MBHP -And yes Webb did jump but how the ref's caught it is amazing because you can barely tell.

  • Chad Johnson headbutted his wife? Seriously?

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