DaBearsBlog's Revised Picks Contest (With Great Prizes)

DaBearsBlog's Revised Picks Contest (With Great Prizes)

I've never liked the picks contest on the site. It's always been far too much work for me and the prize was never worth the effort. Then I gave away a pair of lower tier tickets at this year's Draft Party in Chicago and saw far more fun can be had the better the prize is. And now Ms. Ronetta Smith is going from Cortland's Garage in Bucktown to Soldier Field on October 28th and sitting downstairs with the fancy lads.

So this year I've concocted a new contest and a new prize. A prize I think is fun and will make the contest worth watching/following. First the rules...

PICKS CONTEST RULES

  • I will post the point spreads for the Sunday games each Saturday morning. The contest will not involve the Thursday night or Monday night contests. Only the Sunday games. You must have your pick on the site by kickoff of the early games Sunday.
  • You pick one game each week against the spread. One game only.
  • You can only select a team once. Once you pick a team they are unavailable to you for the remainder of the season. (Survivor pool rules.)
  • I know lives get busy and sometimes folks miss posts. But you must make 10 selections over the course of the season to be eligible for the prize. If you do not make ten picks, you're out. No exceptions.
  • The regular season for the contest will end after Week 15 - Sunday, December 16th. If we have a single winner, they will be awarded the prize. If we have multiple individuals tied at the top, we will decide the winner over the final two weeks by increasing the number of selections made.

CONTEST PRIZE

You'll be invited as special guest of DaBearsBlog to this year's Round One Draft Party on Thursday night, April 25th at Cortland's Garage in Bucktown. The prize includes:

  • Accommodation for draft night at The Willows Hotel, Lakeview. To see the hotel, CLICK HERE. I'll also be in the hotel and will gladly take you for a drink at the local spot Monsignor Murphy's if you so choose.
  • DaBearsBlog will cover the open bar for you and a +1 at the event.
  • $50 gift certificate for you/wife/husband/family to any of the Lou Malnati's locations across the Chicagoland area.
  • Two automatic entries into the ticket contest giveaway that evening. (We'll announce the particular game and details once the schedule is released next spring.)
  • A pair of 2012 DaBearsBlog tee-shirts.

This is my way of thanking those of you who've made this site your home over these years and to show I'm constantly looking for new ways to improve the experience around here. The first spreads will be available here on Saturday.

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  • First to say I know that Hotel!

    I hate the picks contest. Everyone should go to the Dabearsblog draft party. It was pretty exciting. Especially when arguing over a wheaties box and how rigged the contest is lol

    Remember Jeff, we are all related.

  • I've never done a pick contest, should be fun. The prizes are awesome.

  • And that is exactly why this blog is the best in town. Booya blogfadder!

  • In reply to Shady:

    Herschel Berkowitz was the Son of Sam serial killer.

    Just saying...

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Deeeeeuuuuuum!!!!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Ohhh yeaaaaahhhh... Silver Ghost Rolls Royce top of the line!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6buWXCpQasI

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Champaign… doesn’t maaaatter what kind.

    OHHHHH YEEEAHHHH!!!

  • well First time blogger , I ve been reading your blog's for the past year , you guys bring football to a whole new level.....needless to say by monday morning the Chicago paper should read

    Better LUCK NEXT TIME BITCHES....

    GO BEARS

  • In reply to CRAZZYBEAR:

    Do we pronounce your name Cra-ZZ-ee Bear or Cr-AY-ZEE Bear?

    Welcome to DBB. We have Pabst and Schlitz on tap, and bottles of 312 in the fridge imported from New York City.

  • In reply to CRAZZYBEAR:

    that's crazzy

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIfbghHdG1s

  • In reply to CRAZZYBEAR:

    welcome CRAZZY!!!!!!

  • In reply to CRAZZYBEAR:

    Welcome CB. Like the headline!!!!!!!

  • In reply to CRAZZYBEAR:

    Welcome, From one of the Old Gray Bears!

    Couldn't help noticing that you didn't specify "HIGH" or "LOW" when mention that "New" level we bring football to..

    Probably very prudent on your part.

  • Nice Jefe! Muy bien!

    I have a feeling, at some point, all the teams I have left to pick will be on bye-week or Thurs/Mon games...

    I think we'll see quite a few never-before-seen handles come out of the woodwork. Maybe even Ghost will come back from the dead for this puppy.

    Get ready for a few of these:

    "Long time reader, first time poster. Here is my pick for the week."

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    Whoa... in my typing of that statement, we had our first one!

    Welcome, sir. If you win, I'm coming to the party to kick your shins..

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    Woo Hoo, I'll be one of'em. Just wanted to sign in to support Jeff. Did my first posts last night, something about my fantasy team. Sorry Shady, I know, I'll try to do better. Probably wont post much. Cant compete with you guys. You are all too funny, in a nonclown sort of way. Anyways, proud to be a Bears fan from up north in enemy territory. Here's to a great season that sees us eating our fair share of victory cake.

  • In reply to JoJo Gabosh:

    No worries maing.

  • By the way, in that goofy commercial, does Clay Matthews say "I'll beat you" or "I'll eat you" ??

    Either way - creepy. Dude looks like a half brother to the main character from the Cher version of Mask.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    It's "I'll eat you"...explains his luxurious locks.

    Hurd isn't in federal pen holding, he's in a freezer in Steltz' basement.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    god that guy is a fucking HGH Neanderthal freakshow.

    Oh, and a total meathead douche.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Careful or his Cro-Magnon brow will climb down off his head, grab his nose to use as a club, and attempt to bludgeon you into submission.

    Kind of reminds me of Blake Griffin.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    who's the dumbest,

    Cro-Magnon, Griffin, or Lochte?

    I've seen Lochte interviewed a bunch and that dud is literally dumb as a bag of really dumb hammers. Holy shit.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Griffin is by far the funniest of the three.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCu8uNSfQUk&feature=related
    I gotta go with Lochte as the dumbest.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    This is a good one with Blake... I hate him as a bball player, but seems like a funny guy.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8_OjY4SKXE

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    The response at 2:44...dude's funny.

  • Jeff - Any chance you can get those spreads up a bid earlier (like Friday morning)? I usually make my picks on Friday as Saturday nights are pretty hectic.

  • Trac -

    You gonna participate in picks as you, or as that sock puppet you tote around with the funny voice?

  • Sounds fun and a great prize!

    I'm in.

    P.S. from last thread: I still like 312 beer, wheat beer is my fav and I had it in the fridge. I didn't know it was brewed in NY but screw it...it's good.

    Bear down!

  • In reply to Bears-4-Ever:

    Boulevard Wheat is better.

  • RIP Art Modell: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/football/nfl/09/06/art-modell-dies.ap/index.html?sct=hp_t2_a2&eref=sihp

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I understand they will hold a PARADE in Cleveland.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    They still make those?

  • Thanks for doing the contest Jeff, I know it's a pain in the patootie. Even more so with the survivor twist. One of these years I'll get down there. Since my favorite sister lives about 5 blocks from Grant Park, it's not exactly difficult to find a room.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    canada, how about the weekend of Dec 16th??? Would love to meet you and talk some bike shop witchu

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Wish I could. It's partly a money thing and mostly a scheduling thing. I work a 24/7 job in a control room. Our vacation is put in place late in the previous year to make sure there is coverage. It's a great job but the downside is shift work (6-6:30 nights, days, weekends, holidays, etc) and scheduling vacation.

    I'd love to meet you too. I know we'd have a million laughs. Speaking of bikes, how 'bout Alberto? The Vuelta has been the best Grand Tour this year.

    I'm probably going to read Tyler Hamilton's tell all book about doping in cycling. He used to write for the Velo News once in a while years ago. Seemed like a good guy that got caught up in something way bigger than himself.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    what do you do Canada if you don't mind me asking (feel free to say no thanks)... you're either an ER doctor or a plumber.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Work in Gas Control (I know, I know) for a natural gas pipeline. It's kind of like Homer Simpson but not as funny. Much closer to a plumber without all the annoying sewer pickles.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    "Sewer pickle" - please let that not be a technical term.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Very non-technical. One of my friends is a plumber. He's always talking about sewer pickles.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    ETA until my daughter is telling other preschoolers what sewer pickles are...18 hours and counting.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I always heard about "sewer mice" plugging up the tanks... AKA the tampon.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    That made me laugh out loud MBP. Non-technical Sewer pickles. My mind is racing.

  • Hahahahahaha...

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/05/ann-coulter-sandra-fluke-democratic-national-convention_n_1859677.html

    I think Ann Coulter and my STBX share half a heart.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Half a heart is all Coulter can fit inside that cadaver she calls a torso.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Does it count as a heart if it's not pumping blood?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    she's a vile human being inside and out... but a good marketeer.

    Hey GP, who'd you rather nail if you had to pick one.. coulter or palin? The catch is that you'd have to spend the entire week listening to them after you threw down.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I would pound my pud for the rest of my life before I'd fuck either one of them.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    I litterally can't listen to Palin talk. She's like a mixture of absurd stupidity and painful dangerous wrapped into one extremely annoying package.

    If I HAD to... I'd fuck palin on looks (and big ols titties) and hang with coulter because at least she'd be interesting to listen to (kind of like hearing a train crash)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Palin is starting to seriously sag out, father time really has her by the hair, but when she was first picked in '08, she was seriously hot. She was the definition of MILF.

    Like MB said, when she started talking, I would just bury my head in those titties.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I would hate fuck the shit out Palin. I'd lift that suit coat up from behind, make her keep her glasses on and wouldn't let up until she either said she can see Russia from her back porch or that we must remain with our North Korean allies.

  • In reply to Crown:

    hahahahha....

    (gems & dragons)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Palin is a dope that happened to be in the right place at the right time. She foolishly thinks she deserves all the fame and fortune. Coulter is smart but full of poison. Guess I'm gonna have to side with Crown if I had to choose. Coulter could be around for a long time because she's smart. The clock is really ticking on Palin's 15 minutes.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB...I would ask for this first :
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6zGEBhJMHA

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I just looked up "vile" in the dictionary.

    There was a picture of Nancy Pelosi.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I can agree 1000% with you on that one... except wouldn't it be a pic of her in the middle with that gutless douch reid on one side and the clown frank on the other...

    Those three disgust me to no end. Talk about the epitome of spineless, worthless, flaccid, useless public servants. Disgusting.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB, what does that say about the other charlatans in the House and Senate who voted them to their leadership? Same goes for Boehner in the House now.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    they're all a bunch of fucking crooks Corm. ALL of them. They're only out for the power and money that a position gets them.. period.

    We the people my ass.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Palin, no question.

    Palin's laughable, Coulter would just piss me off.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    You'd be hard pressed to find a person with less heart. It's all about being famous and making money. One of these days she's going to pop off about someone who isn't afraid to go to jail. She won't be so smarmy and full of herself after that.

  • This is like that Sandler movie 50 First Dates. It's sad, it's fucking ridiculous and it makes me mad, all at once.

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/cover/featured/11834/index.htm?xid=sivcoverhome&eref=sisf

  • In reply to gpldan:

    No kidding. The guy played the game with no regard for his health. Pissed off the refs to the point where they would let opponents pummel him on every play. Pissed off the Commish to the point of it being ridiculous. I'd have a lot more sympathy for him if he wasn't an alcoholic and he played the game with a little more caution. Loved to watch him play and who doesn't like a guy that will tweak the establishment on occasion? However, his past (and present) doesn't exactly make me sympathetic.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    By buddy used to be a sports reporter for Capital Times in Madison. He approached McMahon at a dinner function when he played for the Packers to ask for an interview. McMahon was sitting by himself. He said he stared at him for the longest time, then said something like "Get the fuck out of my face and don't ever talk to me again." Then he smiled, and turned away. I wasn't surprised when he told me the story.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Doesn't really surprise me. I don't wish anything bad on him but he's just not a likable guy.

  • I take back my predictions about David Wilson.

    Dude was crying after his fumble last night.

    You can't do that on the season opener in prime time, man.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    and there's no crying in football Rabbit.

    Where you been maings? And did you twit jeff about a tix buying time?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Is Saturday OK with you?
    I was on a couple of nights ago - last night I was watching the game and Clinton's speech once I get the runt to bed and finished work.
    I'll be around tonight.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    yeah, saturDAY should be fine. Cool, we can solidify online tonight.

    Doc will you join us?

    btw, check this out.... what in thee fuck!?!?! This is some serious Jason Bourne shit: http://www.cnn.com/2012/09/06/world/europe/france-shooting/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Agreed - crazy. Could be a spree killer, but what a strange crime scene.
    And those poor kids. A 4 yr old stuck in the car for more than 8 hours with dead family members? Unbelievable.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Give me a ballpark time and I'll try and join for at least a few minutes.

    As for Saturday, I'm planning on a going on a mountain bike ride at some point. Time frame?

  • How is 5pm PST? Or do you guys need to do it earlier?
    If you're on tonight, we can sort it out then.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    5PM PST sounds perfect for me. I'll be on tonight for said discussion.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    fucking crying. I thought my HD screen was screwed up and then my wife walks in and laughs..."is he crying?" (incredulous tone)

    You fucking pussy. I like guys that get back up and say fuck it, let's go again. Wilson is a pussy. Throw him in the tub JPP.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Speaking of which, that 48 yarder by Murray was an instant classic.

    Knocked Kiwanuka on his ASS.

  • speaking of movies, I watched Horrible bosses again last night. Really funny movie. Starting to really like Jason Bateman.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnzIA-yu268

    "My boss, who we're planning to kill, is dying in front of you... and you save his life?"

    ...."well that sounds bad when you say it like that"

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    oh and jen A is so fucking hot for a 40 yr old. yow!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    You watch "Arrested Development"?
    And yes, Jen A in Horrible Bosses...holy. shit.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    yeah, I wished for a boss like that when I was younger.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    As if any straight guy would complain about being sexually harassed by her? Liked the flick.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    I'd consider it harassment if she didn't come on to me.

  • cum on you?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Precisely

  • Oh my!

  • The only broad I can think of that rocked that hard at 40 was Raquel Welch.

  • Peter King.... 23...... 22.... Really dude? Really?

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/writers/peter_king/09/06/week-1/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I actually like PK but don't put any stock in his picks. He seems like a genuinely nice guy. He's pretty typical of the East Coast media. Once you get West of Ohio nothing really matters (except for Fudgie Love).

  • Who won the blog contest for the Ditka shaved pubes in the bell jar?

    Got my shirt yesterday. Brilliant, Jeff. Happy to support.

    Now, just waiting on this and Ill be all ready for sunday: http://thepigskindoctors.com/2010/11/da-bears-buy-your-own-mike-ditka-sweater-vest/

  • In reply to Crown:

    Got one a few years back...

    https://twitter.com/ptrill/status/243790624019607552/photo/1/large

    Yeah, so now you jerks know that I am not actually Willie Gault..

    Sigh.

  • So yesterday we were making fun of the NFL for having Maria Carey do the pregame show.

    This, however, is more like it:

    http://www.silverandblackpride.com/2012/9/6/3297920/ice-cube-gene-simmons-to-perform-oakland-raiders-pregame-monday-night-opener

  • Football is back!

    I am very excited for the big game Sunday! G-D has a plan for the Bears this season! Haha!

    My prediction is for an 12 - 4 season and a Superbowl championship title!

    I am still concerned about the offensive line and the health of the mighty Brian Urlacher. These have been the themes of many posts I have contributed to our blog this pre-season, and they continue to develop in ways I do not likely approve of. But if anyone can solve the riddle, it is the steady coach Lovie and his trustee assistants Michael Tice and Rod Marinelli. These 3 men hold the key and we can only pray they have G-D on their side!

    One thing that is certain, Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall will shine once again!

    Let's play some football!!!! Yee-Haw!

  • In reply to BlitzKrieg:

    Take that Nazi cock out of your ass next time you post. It's really inappropriate.

  • Fucking sock puppet.

    Trac - you are like Gibson in the Beaver, man. It's sad and weird and scary.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    "Michael" Tice... How cleverly un-clever.

    Why not just boost up your character's idiosyncrasies and start calling him "Jayson Cutler"?

    Lovesworth P. Smith?

  • In reply to BlitzKrieg:

    Bang bang Trac!

  • Hey Canada,

    Check out this mountain bike part they just built about 5 miles from my house.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSj2KeA_up0&feature=related

    Going on Saturday.

  • wow, that looks FUN!

    If you ride it like that I want GoPro footage pls.

    Ok RB?

    (Fucker)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    touche

  • Sweet!!!!!! Be careful on the jumps. Bad, bad things can happen when those go wrong. Let me know how the ride went. I'm awful off road. Every time I'd go I'd come back in a world of hurt. Finally broke some ribs and gave it up. I like cross country but downhill with a bunch of jumps is definitely my kryptonite. Oh well.

  • I have been reading this blog for over a year now, but never created an account or commented on anything. This picks contest, however, I must say, is AWESOME! Jeff - I think you have a great thing going here and I respect your opinion as one the best (if not the best) in Chicago Bears reporting. I have even quit reading the stupid articles by the stupid Chicago Trib reporters (aside from David Haugh and Matt Bowen). Thanks for what you do here! Bear Down!

  • In reply to BearDown85:

    Might want to consider reading Brad Biggs instead of Haugh.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Thats what I meant....no idea why I said David Haugh...

  • In reply to BearDown85:

    your opinion as one the best (if not the best) in Chicago Bears reporting.

    Jesus, tone it down. Jeff's ego will grow out of control...

  • In reply to gpldan:

    That would require Jeff actually reading the posts.

  • True.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I bet you Jeff reads most, put keeps some distance for the sake of maintaining a professional journalistic approach. I hope the guy gets recognized because he's a better Bears writer than many paid ones.

  • In reply to Crown:

    oh he gets paid.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    How? Anyone can start a blog on Chicagonow. And, I'm pretty sure they don't pay. I doubt Jeff is stacking any paper through koozie and t-shirt sales. Maybe a bit through independent advertising, but maybe not. But, I hope Jeff gets some monetary reward for doing this.

  • Anybody else getting the vibe that Lach retires if they win the Super Bowl this year? That dude seems strangely comfortable with the knee situation. Saying it will never be the same, etc. I always thought they would have to kick him out. Not so sure anymore.

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    He said something else... saying he thought he had 3 more years but now he has no idea...

    I think he wants to win it this year, and either way it's his last...

  • dabearsblog The news Sportscenter commercial featuring @ClaytonESPN is a work of utter genius. youtube.com/watch?v=USHZZ5…

    That CAN'T be his real hair can it??!?!?!

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

    Yeaaaaah. Not funny.... and a confirmed dbag.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Definitely fucking far from funny. I hate his face.

    Speaking of which, one of the funniest comments on the twitter yesterday -

    "I like Eli Manning as the Giants quarterback, but I love him as Walt's son in Breaking Bad"

    If you haven't seen Breaking Bad, think Jimmy from South Park.

    If you haven't seen South Park, we're through.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    Hahahahaha... uuuuhhhh, yes. seens both (especially SP... like most of them)

    yes, stafford is so terrible. Idiot.

    What's going on nerds: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZEbAQClWV1Y

  • The most entertaining thing about DBB over the last few years, to me at least, has been the MSM's obvious disdain for it.

    Example:

    Sometimes, on Fox, they cut to Waddle to get his take on some Bears move or whatever. He's so sarcastic, yet he brings up the blogosphere all the time, so you know it bugs him. He says stuff like "well, I'm sure all the tweets and blogs will say this, but I say that."

    There's this near hateful spite from guys like Waddle and Jiggetts and Arkush and other, long time "insiders" about the interwebz that I find amusing. It's so obvious those guys hate us, think we are all stupid, that they can't resist taking the cheap shot.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Yes but, this blog seems to be the exception rather than the rule. Most blogs are full of idiots. We run our idiots off with a written flogging.

    NewJersey Racist: He gone.

    #16: He gone.

    Trac: Currently working under an alias that actually makes him look stupid rather than just opinionated. It's a work in progress.

  • http://youtu.be/KJNCSuL-lEM

    He gone Doc.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Before the internet, my main source of Bears news in the hinterland was reading the paper edition of the Bear Report every week (when Doug Buffone was editor) and the Sunday and Monday editions of the Chicago Tribune. So when I started blogging, the first year was mainly the Scout site, or NFL Football Front Page. I didn't like it much, then I found this site. Never looked back. Now I rarely read any mainstream articles. I took some of the razzing I got from early posts a little personal. The guy who pissed me off the most one night was none other than Doc. In hindsight, it was really stupid. Doc used the "I'd like to subscribe to your newsletter" line after a long, thoughtful post about a game, and it pissed me off to no end. Joke was on me.
    Arkush can be insightful, but he gets under my skin like Robert Reich when he talks as if his opinions can't be refuted because he knows everything.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    I only say that as a compliment, Cor. I'm sure you realize this by now.

  • Yeah, that's what makes it doubly stupid on my part in hindsight. I laugh about it now. Do you still have time to play your bass, or does the young family take up too much of your time? I haven't heard you mention it in a long time.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Kinda been on a hiatus. My buddy's head was getting too big for me and the fun was dissipating.

    It's funny because he's got obvious talent and dedication. It was clear he was getting better and better. So you could see why his confidence was increasing. But we had still yet to play a real gig. Both of our drummers live in different states. And we just weren't going to make it big anytime soon. Yet the looks he gave me when he knew I hadn't been putting the time in he had could kill. He works three days a week for 6 hours a day, has no family nor responsibilies of any other kind.... I have three kids, a career, and damn near zero free time. So basically, he took a good thing, which was just some buds having a rocking good time once or twice a week, and turned it into an ego trip. Pretty frustrating. We haven't jammed since December.

  • That's too bad. I've always hung around with a lot of musicians, and seen similar things happen.

  • So I figured I'd share this:

    I went out on Saturday to purchase the 1 Ps3 game I buy a year. Madden. I was all excited becuase I've heard great things, and Ive owned every edition of madden since 1995 for sega genesis (i also had the short lived Sega CD which is another story for another day).

    So I get home and unwrap the package with a Rambo knife because they wrap that shit in the strongest plastic ever. I put the game in the system, and for those who know PS3, you can never just put in a game and play, there is always like 45 minutes of downloads for some reason, which is fine. Whatever.

    Finally, I get to the home screen and press Play Now (bears v. packers). Literally, after I press start, my PS3 goes black. The power is out and will not power back up. I unplug it, plug it back in to reboot. Nothing. I shake it and attempt to blow in the slot ala Nintendo. No luck. So, not only am I out the game, Im out a Ps3 that was only 3 years old and Im sure I paid $499 for when it came out. Best buy can do nothing, same with GameStop.

    I ended up attempting to disassemble my Ps3 but apparently the 5 year olds who put these things together a much smarter than I. I resorted to breaking it open to extract the game I paid for but yet have not been able to play and ended up scratching the shit out of the disc. I have no idea if that works or not,but i have to purchase a new ps3 for $220 roughly.

    Damn you technology. Damn you to hell.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    that sucks DM.

    gemsanddragons!!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Ill probably end up getting the new Call of Duty that comes out in November along with everyone else in the world.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    M.....W......3.

    gemsanddragons!

  • In reply to Dmband:

    DM-DAMN!!!!!! !@!#@$$%@#@$@#$%#!@#@!#!#!#!#@$%#$%#$#@#!#@!#!#@$%#%^$$!!!!!!

  • In reply to Dmband:

    Man, that fucking sucks.

    I had a Ps3 give up the ghost, the fat 1st gen ones. Pissed me off to no end.

    I still tell the guy at Best Buy to fuck off when he hits me up for the warranty though.

  • In reply to Dmband:

    Damn, man - sends chills down my spine.
    Don't let my PS3 suffer the same fate.
    Please.

  • hmmmmm, potentially interesting.

    http://www.chicagonow.com/male-perspective/2012/08/girlfriend-fail-7-things-women-have-gotten-so-wrong/

    I reserve the right to subscribe to your newsletter after further evalution.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    i.e., "There’s nothing worse then offering a shot of Red Stag to a girl and she snubs you with this nasty grin like someone just offered to punch her in the vagina."

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Force it down her throat MB, then falcon punch her. Medicine dosage reversed.

  • I'm sorry, but I don't buy the "he was a nobody" thing:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/9527148/France-shooting-There-was-noise-I-was-scared-said-girl-who-hid-from-killers.html

    He was Iraqi. The killers used fully automatic weapons. They took a biker out who showed up at the wrong place at the wrong time out with a shot to the skull. They had two cars.

    I hope they catch them, but this isn't a job for the local French detective.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    100% GP. I posted this same article above and commented that it was some Jason Bourne shit.

    No way this isn't some int'l spy/drug/government/top secret/Interpol shit maings.

    Fucking gnarly and scary that some of the shit we see in that genre of movie is probably pretty real out there. I have to confess that ever time I'm in Europe, I'm always extra observant of people and situations. I always used to chalk it up to too much watching of my favorite movie genre and an overactive imagination, but then you see stuff like this and go, hmmmmmm....

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    oh, and I'm no conspiracy theorist, but does this make sense to you:

    “He’s not Mr Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy,” said one close friend yesterday.”

    and then....

    "...his work as a freelance engineer, designing aircraft interiors and satellite components."

    Dude. Really? That does't add up? This is NOT wrong place wrong time.

    Can you say iranian nuclear or missle engineer hit by... I'll leave that part up to you.

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