'Twas the Night Before the 2012 Season

It is tradition around here.

Bear down.


Remember you can still make an entry into the the picks contest but that selection must be made on THE INITIAL POST. No picks made on this post or tomorrow's game thread will be accepted.

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  • first?

  • OK, you've got to be fucking kidding me.

    Anyway, I got nothing

  • http://www.ebay.com/itm/1-5-TIX-12-16-Chicago-Bears-v-GB-Packers-349-Soldier-Field/350558449669?pt=US_Tickets_all_in_one&hash=item519ee97005

    For MB30 and DocNitty34

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    OK, mine are purchased. Done and done.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:


    Now I have a plane tix, a game tix... all I need is a hotel and for some of you fools to show us around your wonderful city.

    Some of you other guys should get in on this, it's only $230. GP? Johnny? Murph? Who else is in?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'll hang some with you guys, but I hate to buy the ticket because I cant do the cold and with my luck it will be. Love to show you some of the city MB but we aint doin fish fuckin tacos! This is Chicago where grease rules!! LMAO

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    good one murph

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    Hilarious Murph! I actually like fish tacos but can totally relate.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Uh...the link says tix no longer available.

  • Shit, shit, shit...MB30 didn't buy yours for you, did he?
    I'm looking for seats in that vicinity.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Doc - urgent, there is ONE ticket in same section, same row (349, row 7) on Stubhub right now - and btw, it's $50 cheaper than the ones we got (probably because it's a single)...go forth young man, and good luck. If you have a second tonight, message me or post and let me know you picked it up.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I see it but it says the tix won't arrive at my house until Thursday the 13th, the day our flight leaves from SD.

    Any suggestions?

  • buy it - talk to the seller to speed up shipping, if you can...there's got to be a way to expedite. I'll look.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    They're shipping 2-day so I don't see how in the hell the tickets are getting there on Dec. 13th.
    What you may want to do is have them shipped ahead to MB's place or I can give you a shipping address in IL where my brothers can bring it with...they won't be coming up to the Chi until the morning of the 16th.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Presumably because the person doesn't even have them to send off until the week of the game.

    Plus, maybe MB DID buy both of them. I can't get a hold of him. I may have to ride this out until I hear back from him.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I'll hop on PS3 too.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    stubhub is a pain in the ass.

  • this is almost... forcing me... to, ghhhhhhh, cheer for a....hack, cough ....Viking:

  • In reply to jdawg:

    Just cheer for him as an American citizen whose not worried about the backlash he will probably receive for standing up for what he believes. That was an awesome letter. lol

  • In reply to OsosFan:


    "rights like Social Security benefits, child care tax credits, Family and Medical Leave to take care of loved ones, and COBRA healthcare for spouses and children."

    Rights!? Perhaps one of you scholars could show me where these are in the Constitution? "Mind-boggingly stupid" indeed.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    "Mind-bogglingly stupid" = thinking that your rights are limited to those specifically enumerated in the Constitution.

    Meaning you have no right to privacy, no right to work in a union shop without being forced to join the union, no right to vote, etc.

  • Right to privacy? What do you think this means? Is it not entirely reasonable (in the spirit of Crown's statement) that "papers, and effects" would preclude government snooping into your email or other private dealings? Or monitoring your bank accounts? Not that your government cares.

    "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated" (4th amendment)

    How about this? Sort of looks like a right to vote to me

    "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.
    Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation." (19th amendment)

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    We've evolved a little bit in the last 225 years Dave.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Rights like the right to equal protection under the law afforded by the 14th amendment. No, there's not a right to SS benefits or family/medical leave, but if the government is going to offer it to some of its citizens, it can't pick and choose - it must be provided to all.

  • Do you favor programs for minority and women owned businesses?

    How about government housing programs?

    Food stamps?

    The ludicrously unequal application of the federal tax burden?

    None of these would pass any *honest* assessment as equal application of the law.

  • In reply to jdawg:


    That was awesome.

  • Hey Doc, great ride report. Hope you're OK. That sounds about like my experiences except I'm old and break bones. Takes forever to recover. Not to mention I'm an old Candy Ass. I think you and me are the only ones riding KC tomorrow. Cheers!

  • Yes indeed. Feels like the night before Xmas. Colts will be shit out of Luck after Pep rips his head off. Would be sweet to see a 50 yd bomb to BM on first play. Been trying to keep an even keel, but after hearing Lance Briggs fuck it. Been a fan since 80's, this year we are looking as ever. Luck = DEAD

  • Doc - make sure you see my post above - there is a ticket waiting on that link. If someone else buys it, I'm going to kick them in the dick.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Grab that ticket MBP, if Doc doesnt take it you will be able to sell it and possibly make a profit!

  • Only about 905 minutes to go!

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    855 minutes now Dave, but who's counting? 675 minutes until the first Bloody Mary with a beer chaser for breakfast. 810 minutes or so until I start walking to the bar with a drink in my hand, cops be damned. Ran into an old friend from the Humboldt Park area at the grocery store a little while ago, doing what I was doing: Stocking up on "football supplies". He's in charge of the chili tomorrow for the football party he's going to. He's a huge Bears fan too. Great minds think alike.

  • Posted again because it took me so damn long to write the thing.

    Duthie Hill Mountain Bike Park was a success! A very painful success.

    The Park

    My neighbor Sean and I get there, ride a couple easy single-track with the sweetest sideburms for amazing flow. Hit a couple of a baby freeride jumps with transitions that would make a cat purr. A sweet, blissful, beautiful ride where the laws of physics are your guiding force when embraced on faith and your worst enemy when your fail to properly adjust for them. These were seriously some of the most well-groomed technical mountain bike trails I've ever ridden. High side burms made from the loving hands of skilled experienced pro riders. Perfect jumps and table tops with transitions that make landings feel like your still in the air.

    This park has a central area from which offshoots a number of loops and free ride trails of varying difficulty. All starting and ending back at the central clearing. My $1500 Jamis Dakar Comp Mountain bike, which is now about 10 years old, looked like it had training wheels next to the multiple multi-thousand dollar bikes that were literally everywhere.

    We do two nice easy level and more difficult level trails, respectively and were feeling utterly high on life. Just stoked to be under the canopy in this wonderous playground for men. Giddy with the treat we had discovered. One more ride, we agreed, and then we would depart for the day. I had been slowly gaining confidence and regaining a feel for my bike for this third loop with a more difficult rating. It wasn't all that hard just a bit more technical with tighter turns and more ruts and roots in the trail. Any big jumps could be ridden around if the balls weren't fully ready to embrace the physics that says, "Going faster means actually making the transitions and not piling on the front of a table top". But as I said, I was beginning to feel more confident.

    So all day long I'm noticing the professional care with which every transition has been crafted. This knowledge further encouraging my bravado. I knew that on the other side of the next jump would surely await a transition of butter and silk. So we're racing along, riding the side-burms, trusting the physics, testing our balls. I see a smallish log jump which could easily be ridden around but figure, there's sure to be a nice transition awaiting me, as I've seen all day long. I hit it, my buddy about 15 feet at my 6. I don't load the shocks properly and my front wheel doesn't get high enough to land properly. Worse still, there happens to be about a 4 inch diameter root right across the landing. So much for smooth transitions.


    Nitty's down!

    Wind knocked out. Head feeling concussed. Giant welted bruise forming on left shin. Scrapes and dirt all up and down my right arm and shoulder. Shoulder feeling mightily tore up on the inside. Not broken but somethings not right in there anymore.

    I recover enough to ride on but not before I see a guy pile it on the very same jump, for the very same reason. His girlfriend was watching him and it was clear that he had more skill than me. He didn't get hurt so he went and did it again, faster, determined to not let the trail get the best of him. This time, he piles it harder. Same jump. Same root-culprit. His bike flies in the air in a ripping twisting sommersalt. It's coming right at the already aching Nitty, who's watching from the side, recovering. I stick my hands up and happen to catch the bike in mid air, inches from my face. The more skilled rider learns his lesson and takes off down the trail. I finish my recovery and my buddy and me ride out the trail and head home.

    I sit here now, icing said wounds, reflecting on the day.

    I can't wait to go again.

    A Sample (not me)

  • I'm trying to curb my enthusiasm for the potential this season offers as to avoid the usual disappointment but it's proving to be very difficult.

    David Haugh is all giggly over this years O and even that asshat Steve Rosenbloom is predicting a 55-3 Bears victory tomorrow (unless he's being his usual sarcastic asshat self)....

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Sorry tobij, but I cannot see Rosenbloom ever being anything other than an asshat.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Haven't read him in years. Total waste of time. Haugh is Jeckell and Hyde. Sometimes he seems pretty good and then he'll turn around and be a massive douche.

  • It's getting to be quite difficult to not look right past the Colts. (I know, I know) Bring on the Cheese already. This game has a decidedly preseason feel to it, but its the kind of game Lovie doesn't pull starters out of when he should. I'm gonna be pissed if we roll into the Thursday nighter missing somebody important because of some homespun, boy scout shit about playing to win every game. If we have a comfortable lead in the third (say 17 points) I would love to see some key guys starting to show up on camera with baseball hats on and a towel around their neck.

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    I don't think we should even start/play Conte. Steltz will be more than serviceable, esp if Lach is in the middle and the Colt's double TE sets.

    Once a shoulder pops out, it's easy for it to keep dislocating (see Lethal Weapon). We're gonna need Conte more for the Packer and their 4 WR sets.

    I hope Lovie is reading this...

  • Agreed. And how about plenty of Jason Campbell in the 4th? Love to see Cutty, Beast, and Double Deuce watching the 4th quarter.

  • With the harness he'll be wearing, it'll be extremely difficult for the shoulder to pop out. Yes, one dislocation makes it a lot easier to dislocate it again, but that harness isn't going to let him get his arm above his head--and that's what you need to dislocate.

    Lethal Weapon was a movie, and let's not take out anatomy lessons from it. I dislocated my left shoulder several times, and it got to the point where I could sublex it partially out of the joint, but never the way Mel Gibson's character could.

    In any case, if Conte's had good rehab and he's done any contact in practice, he'll know if it's gonna be a risk to dislocate again.

    Given that Indy's offense is probably gonna be a lot of dink & dunk and working the seams, Conte probably won't be tested too hard today. Thursday is when he'll need to be 100%.

  • Steltz and Conte should be our starters, they're the two best safeties.

    Starsky & Hutch ... without the slightly gay frisson.

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    I think the Bears should worry about winning today first. Every game counts in the standings and the Bears cannot afford to throw any of them away.

    Too much confidence on the blog I think.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Couldn't agree more Dave. The Colts sucked wang last year because they had Curtis Painter behind center. He was their version of Hanie. No doubt Luck is an upgrade. Brown is a decent RB and Reggie Wayne is still a good WR. Their secondary is probably better than ours and Freeney/Mathis are very good. I still think we win going away but it's not going to be a walkover. I think our ST's will be a huge plus for us.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Nah, we'll hammer them. Luck is a rookie on the worst team in the NFL last year. He might have looked good in PS, but this is for real. Luck, Tannehill, Weeden and RGIII all get their asses handed to them in a cocked hat today. Combined, the odds wouldn't hit even money.

  • Precisely.

    I don't know about anatomy lessons but a harness that keeps my safety from lifting his arm above his head in a game sucks. I like it when my safeties can lift their arms

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    Lifting arms over shoulder kind of a big thing for safeties, I'd guess.

    If I were Luck, and I knew that info, I'd just chuck up jump balls right at Conte.

    And I like Steltz, so it's not hubris. I'm pretty high on him since he finished strong last season. As long as he hits them and not us, it's all good.

  • need a Bears win like you wouldn't believe. Hogs really fucked up tonight w/ that ULM loss & Tyler Wilson's out 4-8 weeks because the OL apparently took lessons from the 2011 Chicago Bears on how to block. so pissed right now....

    Bear Down.

  • Just gotta say BEARDOWN!

    Nice to see the regs still hangng around. Another year to go. SUPERBOWL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HERE WE COME!!!!!!!!!

  • So fucking excited.

    No way to sleep.

    12 hours.

    Fuck. Yes.

    Luck fucking dead.

    Beast boner engorged.

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  • What will be yalls gametime beer?

    For me personally I'm going with MODELO ESPECIAL(Mexican Beer)

  • Rolling Rock

  • Probably New Belgium Ranger IPA - maybe Terrapin Hopsecutioner, Were I at home for the game, I'd be drinking Bell's Two-Hearted Ale, but I don't have a TV and I'd rather be off with a gang of people wearing jerseys and shouting at the TV anyway.

    Less than 250 minutes til game time, but who's counting?

  • Copious amounts of coffee with Cannabis Indica for me Fres. 4 years sober this week, but if I was stil a drinking man it wouod have to be Palm beer, brewed by Belgian monks. Nectar.

    Go Bears.

    (...and for betting purposes .... Go Eagles)

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    Exact same for me.

  • With ya, Irish. I still drink occassionally, but I prefer a chronic high than an alcohol buzz.

  • Chimay then switching to Rum and Coke. Not spiced rum since that is for girls getting molested in college by Rothlesberger.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Hehe...I normally drink a good porter or stout, something along the lines of Young's Double Chocolate Stout, but today, I'm with Waffle - rum and coke, arrghh

  • Coors Lights draught off the taps at Josie Woods. Unless I decide to switch off to the 16 oz cans of Labatts.

  • Sam Adams Dopplebock. One per half, while watching on the bigscreen with my 2 1/2 year-old daughter who is already a raving Bears maniac. She even knows the dance Michael Jordan did in a grass skirt with the Superfans on SNL (daaaaaaaaaaaaaa Bears da Bears da Bears da Bears da Bearssssss!!!)

  • My handle says it all. Mothers milk = Guinness.
    230 minutes to go..
    Bear Down

  • Been humming Bears fight song all morning... Fuckin great song.

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