Reverend's Rant & Blog Picks Contest

Reverend's Rant & Blog Picks Contest

Apologies to the Reverend's logo, not pictured. Today's photo is our draft party ticket winner in the brilliant seats provided her by DaBearsBlog. We're glad she had a great time. Who will be joining us free of charge for our draft party in 2013? It could be you!

Picks Contest:

Crown has shown weakness. Who will attack? (I will do updated standings of ONLY THOSE WITH WINNING RECORDS next week.)

Home teams in CAPS

WASHINGTON -3.5 Philadelphia

ATLANTA -9 Arizona

Tampa Bay -1.5 CAROLINA

Green Bay -3.5 DETROIT

DALLAS -8 Cleveland

ST. LOUIS -3.5 New York Jets

NEW ENGLAND -9 Indianapolis

HOUSTON -14.5 Jacksonville

Cincinnati -3 KANSAS CITY

New Orleans -4.5 OAKLAND

DENVER -7.5 San Diego

Baltimore -3.5 PITTSBURGH

Side note: You are not out of this yet. There will be three, three, THREE picks contest bonus opportunities on Thanksgiving Day.

Sélection du blogpère: I'll be rooting hard for Detroit so I'm picking Green Bay, laying three and a half, to keep myself from having a dud of a Sunday. I hope the Packers lose by 60.


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  • First? I was pondering our QB situation whilst watching FX the other day, and the answer was right before me.

    "Lethal Weapon" was on, and right when Riggs was about to do some crazy stunt and Murtaugh whispering under his breath, "I'm getting too old for this shit" I had an epiphany...this is Cutler and Campbell.

    A free wheeling oft injured shooter - and an overly cautious captain checkdown vet.

    Now, if they were a cop duo the radical character differences could play off each and cause some major damage. Unfortunately, this isn't a cop drama.

  • Baltimore -3.5

  • ST. LOUIS -3.5

  • Cincy -3

  • For my own personal reference

    Den, TB, Tenn, Oak, Wash, Chi, Ariz, Indy, Det.

  • Det

  • GO PACK!

  • In reply to thebigcheese:


  • So, I was watching "rivalry saturday" today...seeing if there's a TE or unheralded LT out there for the beloved, and two disturbing sights.

    One, everytime there's now a FG or extra point, I gotta see an "All State" banner behind the uprights. WTF! This is becoming like soccer or nascar.

    Two, even more disturbing, there's a Shawn Hochuli in Division I. Did a little google search, and sure enough, good ole Ed Hochuli is dad. NFL nepotism will all but insure JR will get promoted, so if you thought your Sundays would be free of Hochuli one day, think again.

  • Whatever you do, don't tell Al.

  • what position does he play $, assholeback?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    haha...what else, he REFS!

    Yeah, maybe Al should skip that bit of info. However, the son's guns aren't as big.

  • Washington -3.5

  • Hey locals.

    What in the fuck should I bring to wear?!?! I have literally zero clue. It's going to be colder than anything I've ever experienced before in my coddled littler 72 degree all year san diego life, right?

    No seriously, can you give me a list of shit I should buy (I have the mustachioed flask covered already. In fact, here it is:

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    The wind can be a cold bitch coming off of the lake (especially in the nosebleeds) so wearing ski goggles would be a good idea (see below). The worst part will probably be when your feet turn into ice blocks by the end of the game. Bring your boots, wool socks, hat, gloves, scarf, winter coat and layer up.

    Blizzard game vs. NE:

  • In reply to Shady:

    Shady, he's from San Diego, he needs all that if it's 45 at game time!

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    so true murph. I am SUCH a pussy with the cold... I HATE it.

    I will need a whole-body fucking dry suit.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Gloves won't cut it if it's really cold. Wear mittens, or glove/mittens.

    Try not to tense-up when the cold wind invades you. That'll only make it worse. Just relax and pretend you like it.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    That was supposed to be a reply to MB.

    A good general rule of theumb is, the dumber you look in a given article of clothing, the warmer it wil be.

  • In reply to Shady:

    fucking ski goggles!!!!!!!!


  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Check the weather a couple days before you leave. It is Chicago and anything can happen. You being used to the 72 thing year round, I'd imagine your teeth will be chattering at 40 degrees. Pick up some long underwear. gloves, warm hat, you will survive in average winter temps here. If we would happen to get into record setting cold, record for Dec.16 is 12 below zero. If we are in that territory, being from San Diego, sell your ticket and stay in your room! hehehehe

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    No shit Murph. No shit.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    BAHAHAHAHA! Candy Ass! Get a really good set of long underwear and some wool socks. Good pair of gloves and a hat that actually keeps your head warm. If it were me, I'd carry a medium to heavy weight balaclava in one of my coat pockets. If you don't need it, great, it only weighs about an once. If you do need it, you're the smart one. They look ridiculous but they will keep you warm.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    One word MB.


  • MB doesn't think Seinfeld is funny. I know. I couldn't believe it either.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Seinfeld sucks.

    I didn't say it wasn't funny... I said it sucks.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    O no you di'int.

  • In reply to MB30SD:


  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Depending on how cold it actually is, you might want to consider a snowmobile outfit,. boots and gloves included. That should do the trick. Ten Heublein premixed Bocce Balls will work as well but you'll probably wake up two days later with the mother of all hangovers and not remember anything about the game. At least that was my experience....

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    I used to use peppermint schnapps or blackberry brandy. Keeps you warm until you're totally out to lunch.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Everyone calls blackberry brandy "Polish" around here.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Ah, two of my old staples as well. I seem to recall a summer from my youth living a goodly portion of it on Mickey's Malt, peppermint schnapps and cottage chees...

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Used to drink the Mickey's big mouth or Private Stock all the time. Some friend's actually did a case race one Saturday in college. I declined. Things got out of control.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Good Pac boots rated for at least 20 below. Good ski gloves. If it's really cold I'll bring two pairs and stuff one pair in my sleeves so I always have a warm pair. Once your feet get cold your fucked. Not sure what kind of stuff you can find in SD. It might be better to wait until you get here and go buy what you need, or see what the forecast is before you leave and get updated suggestions. Just bring an extra bag with to haul all the shit home. Remember, even if it's 40 degrees, your gonna be outside for 8-10 hours largely inactive, so you need to dress warmer than the temps.

  • Are the Bears fighting for Cutler? Wade Phillips is fighting for Dobbin's. This is from the first of two recent Houston Chronicle Online articles (Wade calls Cutler "the guy"):

    "I know Dobbins hit the guy,” Phillips said. “I understand that. It’s his first offense. Schaub got hit way worse than that in the ballgame."

    “And, the guy made an 11-yard run the next play and tried to run over our defensive back and then he played the next series and had a 19-yard run in that series. When did he get a concussion? You can’t say he got it then for sure.”

    "Because it’s on national TV and the Chicago quarterback got a concussion, now it’s a big fine. “

    Most of the above appears again in a more recent article, which also contains some sympathetic quotes from Brian Urlacher:

    Cutler’s teammate, linebacker Brian Urlacher, sounded sympathetic to Phillips’ lament. Urlacher suggested career-impairing cut blocks are at least as bad as, if not worse than, concussions.

    “(They’re) huge, because a knee injury can put you out for a season,” Urlacher said. “(With) a concussion, you may miss a game or two. Huge difference. I think they shouldn’t allow cut blocks, because our knees are important to us, too. I know concussions are a big deal, but I think cut blocks … seem to be OK with the NFL So they’re not too concerned about safety.”

    “(The league is) concerned about long-term concussions,” Urlacher said, “but they’re not concerned about your knees or your ankles or anything like that. I think that should be an issue, too.”

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    oh, yeah... and Fuuuuuuuck wade phillips. Fuck him in his bog pan-sized male orangutan-like face.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Wade got one thing right - after the game he tweeted:
    It was Bear-ly legal what the #BullsonParade did tonight.

    Btw, I registered with the Chronicle and commented on both the above articles. Both comments were deleted by staff. There was no inappropriate language in either comment. Chickenshits just don't want to face the truth about their glorious victory that night.

    JJ Watt tweeted later in the week, "If you want to double-team me, that's perfectly fine. You're going to have to deal w/ 10 other guys who are great playmakers."

    LOL. From Pro Football Focus (thanks for tweeting the link, Jeff):
    "...the reason the Bears’ offensive linemen were so frequently able to peel back to help on blocks of Watt was simply because the rest of the Houston pass rush wasn’t getting home... In spite of a near season-low of three pressures, Watt still accounted for 30% of the Texans’ pass rushing output in this game. The likes of Brooks Reed and Connor Barwin simply couldn’t win matchups in favorable situations against linemen who have proven themselves to be consistently sub-standard pass protectors this season."

    "...what the Bears’ tactic of leaving a guy free to peel onto Watt highlighted is the weakness of the rest of the Houston pass rush...

    " would be no surprise at all to see teams start to zero in on Watt with similar tactics to the Bears. [ellipses mine]"

    JJ Watt will have to watch Charles Tillman receive all his defensive player of the year awards.

  • Podlesh, Podlesh, Podlesh, Podlesh...

  • Something has been bothering me the last few days. Cameron Worrell said something like "You try to literally take him out of the game so you have a better chance to win. That is their mentality out there, every play."
    Rogers also said something along these lines while looking like a pompous asshole on 60 minutes.
    So, my question. Is there anything wrong with a bounty program? I mean, why not let a defensive coach or even a running back coach reward their players for landing a legal vicious hit that takes an opponent out for a series or game?
    I asked my father what he thought. He just looked at me and said "Buddy Ryan did it".

  • In reply to EnderWiggin:

    we did it in high school, but we got crunch bars not G notes.

    Man those 200 crunch bars were delish!

  • Davis Davis Davis...

    I'm done with him. The trade deadline next to be moved back a little more, like to this week or next, when heads really start to roll.

    How nice would it be to get a solid TE from a loser team right about now?

    The Chiefs have that Moeaki kid. The Titans have Cook. Brent Celek, Dustin Keller. Heck, Jerry likes wheeling and dealing, Witten would've been nice.

    Serenity now...Serenity now...

  • That Moeaki kid needs to come home to Chicago (he's a WWSHS alumn).

  • Dude,


    Fuck yes! Damn, it's only been like 20 years! Go Bruins!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    you're a UCLA fan, or just pulling for the underdog?

    The funny part is USC was ranked #1 in the pre-season. Now they'd be lucky to get into the Toilet Bowl.

    I'm just happy an SEC team can be out of the big game this year. Tired of hearing "SEC greatest conference" crap.

    This USC-UCLA game looks like it's gonna be a classic.

  • My big bro went to UCLA undergrad and I used to visit him a lot to rock it out with the college kids (I was still in high school) so I have a special place in my heart for UCLA... even though I couldn't get in myself with my 3.5, 5 AP classes, and 1200 SAT score. *SNIFF*

    Funny thing is he went to SC law so he's a conflicted person. Ha!

    No, we're pretty much 10% a UCLA family (SC sucks!). It's been a brutal, what, 20 years?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    uhhhh, that's 100%

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    U-C-L-A!!!!! Boom!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Congrats to UCLA. I went to the Wisconsin - UCLA Rose Bowl in 94 right after graduation. Great game, for me. The 99 Rose Bowl against UCLA was another great game, with the Great Dane running all over their ass.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Cade McNown choked that 99 Rose Bowl game with a pick 6. We know how he did with the Bears. My Badgers are choking this year. Lost 4 games by a total of 16 points, 2 losses in OT.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    How long ago were you trying to get into UCLA? Because standards have skyrocketed since I was there--not that they were low before, but when I was there it was possible for an out-of-state transfer to get in. Now, apparently, forget it.

    Love every minute I spent in Westwood, even during the riots. Only wish I had been there for more than a year. Of course, getting rolled under the net put an end to my intercollegiate volleyball career. That, and I wasn't anywhere tall enough (or good enough) to get on the court for long.

    I don't root consistently for many college football teams other than UCLA--especially when they play U$C.

  • Green Bay -3.5

    God damn it.

  • joey harrington... are you serious? You're fucking turrible.

  • here's another one for Shady... Erin Andrews not only sucks as a commentator, but she's just not all that hot.

    She's not ugly by any stretch, but way too hyped. She’s kinda manly.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I don't respond to trolls.

  • In reply to Shady:

    yes, you d000. Get on and let me kick your ass in the gultch biatch!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Soon enough. Soon enough.

    podlesh, podlesh, podlesh, podlesh...

  • In reply to Shady:

    dooooooooooooooooo eeeeeeeeeeettttttttttttt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • I'm gonna wait to make my pick until Crown makes his, then pick against him.

    I smell his weakness...

    Whoops. That was just me. My wife is working on her copycat recipe for Portillo's Italian Beef.

  • Get out to the corner North Ave and Oak Park Ave for a Michael's Italian beef Get it slightly dipped with both sweet and giardiniere peppers. The fries are damn good too....

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Yeah, the reason my wife is working on the copycat recipe is that we're 400 miles away from the corner of North & Oak Park.

    If I speed, it takes me a little over 5 hours to get to the Portillo's in Schererville (or whatever that town south of Merriville is called).

    And to other displaced Chicagoans, the Portillo's by mail is excellent, though very pricey.

  • If you figure it out, do share!

    They just stopped selling frozen Vienna Beef Italian beef here, so I'm fucked.

  • Saints -4.5

  • Cincinnati

  • Detroit +3.5

  • Saints

  • Saints


  • Ravens

  • saints


  • I lived in Detroit for five years while going to college. I grew to hate everything about the place with Lions fans being at the very top of the list. That said, nothing would make me happier today than to see the Lions beat the Fudge. Please, please, please Lesbian Matt don't break your vagina this game. Instead, please throw 9 touchdowns to Calvin Johnson. And while I'm asking. . . Mr. Donkey Schlong could you please do that flying suplex thing to that fucking whiner Rodgers? Bet he doesn't get up.

  • C'mon, Crown.... make your pick so I can take the other team.

  • Detroit +3.5

  • DET +3.5

  • Carolina

  • Hope I didn't pick them. On out of town and away from my pick list. Don't mess with my mojo Dong

  • Green Bay - 3.5

  • Da Raidas +4.5

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    Green Bay - 3.5

  • Washington -3.5


    Spent too much time at the zoo, didn't get home in time to make picks on early games. And I don't like the looks of the late games.

  • New Orleans

  • Denver

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