Bears at Lions Game Preview: Sunday All About Heart

Bears at Lions Game Preview: Sunday All About Heart

It is sometimes challenging to write the second game preview for divisional contests. I mean, what else is there to say? Do you guys need me to tell you the Bears need to shut down Calvin Johnson or at least limit his productivity? Do you need me to tell you the Bears offensive line needs to control the powerful Lions front four or risk having their game wrecked and their quarterback sent back to concussion land? Do you need me to tell you the Bears should be able to exploit some of the worst coverage units in the league? The answer is simple: no.

Sunday is all about heart. It is about guts. It is about the Chicago Bears - the superior team - recognizing the moment before them and thrashing an opponent. The Bears have been a chatty bunch this week, calling the Lions dirty and Matthew Stafford less than sturdy under pressure. It means nothing. Sunday means everything. It most likely means the postseason. It can mean salvaging what was veering dangerously close to disaster.

If the Bears lose Sunday in Detroit it will finally be the moment to question the coach's ability to inspire his team. It will finally be the moment to question the brainpower of the offensive coordinator. It will finally be the moment to wonder whether the quarterback can lead this franchise to the promised land. Sunday is that important.

And it will not be decided by tactics or talent. The Bears are simply better. It will be decided by heart. And guts. We'll know how much of both the Bears have before the weekend is out.

So why do I like the Chicago Bears this week?

I always like the Chicago Bears.

Bears 28, Lions 10


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  • first to wonder what a Green Bay / Minnesota game preview would look like. cause let's be honest, the Bears are gonna shit down the Lions' ears. but what's gonna happen in the later game?

  • In reply to evantonio:

    I have to doubt that it will be THAT easy for the Bears. There's no way of gauging what kind of Lions team will show up.

    Face it. Cutler's been in kind of a funk lately. Last week's start for him was horrendous. 1 for foe what? 10 or 11? It's lucky the Cardinals offense is so pitiful and incapable of taking advantage. Remember, Arizona forced 6 turnovers IN Atlanta and STILL lost.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I don't think it will be easy but the only way we lose is if we shit the bed on turnovers. The Beloved truly dislike the kitties and rise to the occasion.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    My fear EXACTLY with Bell and Allen carrying the load.

  • So Forte and Bush are out(or will play and be useless)?

    Plan Z? E-rod blocking for Harvey Unga with lots of pro-set/off-set strateegery with little traps and trays,A-draws and sexy play-action off all that? As if. Armando up the middle. Sounds like a French comedy of manners. Jesus.

    Never mind. relax. A lovely 22 minute NFL films production of the '90 season. Safeties and offensive lines. A power back brute called Brad. Robocop Thornton. Cap Boso. Ahhhh ......

  • And then randomly .. .this is what Buck Rogers and Wilma look like now. Ironically, Gil Gerard now has the tits. Actually no, I think his tits were always bigger than hers.

    What a camel-toe Buck ! Bidi-bidi-bidi!

  • Erin Gray was definitely A+ in those jumpsuits back then.

  • i was pissed when they traded muster for ironhead. dude did loofa commercials.

  • Heart's performance of Stairway to Heaven at the Kennedy Center Honors last night was amazing.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Yeah they did way better than I thought they would. Even Plant got teary eyed there a bit.

    As Jack Black stated during the ceremony...

  • In reply to Bears-4-Ever:

    Best band ever is the Beatles :-)

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Hard to argue with the hit machine that was the Beattles.

    But best band ever not named the beattles. That would be a little band called Pink Floyd.

  • Van Fucking Halen

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Not sure there will ever be a consensus on best band ever. Don't know who I would vote for but it wouldn't be the Beatles.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Don't be wishy-washy, old man. Pick one.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    My all-time favorite artist is Prof. Longhair. I'm guessing if you polled the Western world he wouldn't finish #1.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Now you're just being evasive.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Canada has professed many times on this here blog that Mr. Longhair is his favorite artist.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:


    Professor Longhair is not a band, therefore, he cannot be the best band ever.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Crunch, point taken.

    The "best" band ever according to me based on studio albums is Pink Floyd. The best live performance I've ever seen is Allman Brothers at Alpine Valley in 1990. #2 is Gov't Mule at Pantages in Minneapolis @ 2008, followed by many other Mule shows, Jane's Addiction on 1st Lallapalooza, early Smashing Pumpkins shows at the Cavern in Milwaukee and a bar in Madison, and Roger Waters show a few years ago doing Dark Side of the Moon. No particular order after the first two. I'm basing this on concerts I've seen after 1986.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Not really. He always played in a band. It was named after him. There are tons of bands like that. I'm also a big fan of Richard Thompson, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, etc. Everyone of them was in a band. They were all songwriters and band leaders. Not sure I get your distinction.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Not so fast, Canada.

    You admitted that Professor Longhair is not a band when you wrote:

    "My all-time favorite artist is Prof. Longhair. I'm guessing if you polled the Western world he wouldn't finish #1."

    A band is never referred to as an "artist" or "he."

    Individual artists often have bands, but they are not known as members of a band. Dylan is not a member of band, for example, despite the fact that he works with a supporting cast of musicians and backup vocalists. When Dylan was in The Band, then he was a member of a band.

    You must name a band, Canada. There is no escape.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    There already is a consensus best band ever.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    I don't even think it's debatable. You start writing down all the great songs, and then write any other band's 'great' songs down and nobody comes close. John, Paul, George, Ringo. Next.

  • It's always debateable. If you are basing it on sales that's a pretty slippery slope. Anything that is subjective is automatically debateable. I'm not a huge Beatles fan. Don't hate 'em, just heard enough of them to last a lifetime. The choices are endless. It's whatever trips your trigger.

  • In reply to Bears-4-Ever:

    I always preferred the Little Roger and the Goosebumps "Stairway to Gilligan's Island" version:

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    I like it. Here's the Doors' version :-)

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    THAT was awesome. Thanks Buttsteak!

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Loved Heart. Still have Dog & Butterfly on vinyl somewhere.

  • Wow. I just watched that. Ann Wilson still rocks. That was awesome.

  • Ann and Nancy go into the RnR HOF in April. After that performance nobody could be in any confusion as to why. There isn't a female on this planet that can sing rock n roll like that. She got older and she got better - Janis Joplin dropped the ball, Ann picked it up.

  • Lovie is likely here to stay. I heard that from a freind who works with a McCaskey relative that Virginia does not want him fired. Sun-Times essentially said she will need a real convincing reason before she is OK with it. Say what you want about her - it is HER team and she very much treatd it as such. The whole attitude of "I don't care what the fans think" starts at the top.

    Not "I don't care about the fans". Just "I don't care what they THINK".

    I think the Bears are talking way too much this week. Well, just Melton and Wright but that's a lot for them.

    I wish I could trust Cutler to play up to his talent in this game. He simply has to accept that Marshall will be blanketed and he HAS to get everyone else (even the TE!) involved. Can't afford another 1-11 start; Detroit has the ability to sore on offense.

    Interesting that Cutler seems to want Tice back. Maybe discussed on the prior thread - so apologies. But I wonder what that is all about? Now I'm back to wondering if the bad O is due to his poor audible and/or freelancing decisions. I certainly felt he threw deep way too often last game. If Tice isn't the problem in Cutler's mind, I wonder what is? TE and OL only?

    So in my mind the best thing that can happen - since Lovie probably already saved his job - is to get in the playoffs. I'd rather their last game be a playoff loss than a win against the Lions (with a GB loss). That way they have a more realistic measure of how far away they are.

    Of course if they get in the playoffs and the last game is NOT a loss, that's even better.

    But finishing the season beating two of the worst teams in the league will give them reason to be unjustifiably arrogant again.

  • In reply to BillW:

    Not sure about Cutler/Tice. Part of it is learning a new offense will set up back again. Part of me wonders is it because Tice lets Cutler do whatever he wants? They got rid of Martz for Cutler. They hired Tice and Bates for Cutler. The offense totally stinks and Cutler doesn't want to change coaches. Interesting.

  • In reply to BillW:

    There will probably be a sacrificial position coach but yeah, I'm beginning to think both Lovie and Tice will be back. Cutler doesn't want a new OC and so I think that seals it. Plus the outcry in the press for a new HC has started to wane as well. As for Cutler's responsibility for some of the offensive woes, maybe both Bill and CB are right about him having/taking to much liberty with the game plan. Someone posted a few threads back a video of Cutler miked. There was a funny exchange where Cutler, Marshall and Tice are sitting on the bench. Tice says something to Marshall who turns to Cutler and says "You should listen to this guy, he has some good ideas" with Cutler at the far end of the bench and never taking his eyes off the field replying "I'm sure he does." Of course, I thought Cutler was just being a cut-up but who knows, maybe that kind of says it all...

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Cutler actually says to Marshall, "I don't listen to him" referring to Tice (what I was referring is about 3:15 into the video):

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Disturbing; coupled with him wanting to keep Tice the guy he doesn't listen to. Maybe it was just banter among three guys who talk that way to each other and take no offense. (Like Cutler calling Marshall "disgusting" when he brought up his stats. Clearly banter, not insulting.

    So if Lovie and the Coordinators (clearly NOT the best band ever) all stay, then hopefully Drake will be gone at least and someone with real coaching skills can take over that position and help Jeffrey.

    Hester is a lost cause and I hope some team gives us a pick for him next year. Weems can do the returns - sad, but all he has to do is fair catch and he's better than Hester most of the time. Oh - and scream out if he's letting the ball bounce. Don't know what the code word is, but I recall several times in the 80s hearing McKinnon yell 'POISON!" when he let a ball bounce.

  • In reply to BillW:

    lighten up francis

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Agreed, except re: Drake. That guy has never developed anyone since he's been with the Bears.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    He's the guy I've wanted fired the longest.

  • In reply to BillW:

    I think they were just kidding around but sometimes you can say things with humor that you couldn't straight up...

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Would Montana have listened to Tice? Walsh was a genius, maybe the best there ever was, so Joe listened. Cutty's a so-so QB and Tice is a so-so professional, so we're getting a so-so to terrible offense, with Beastmode being the the only diamond in a bucket full of turds.

  • In reply to BillW:

    Ending every second play, sacked, hurried or hit with a helmet in the snot will probably do it. People would never have heard of Troy Aikman without that line and the two HOFers in skills positions.


    I really hope Melton has a career day Sunday. I hope he sacks Stafford using Raiola as cannon fodder.

  • In reply to Johnnywad:


  • Hee hee, just talked to my guys in GB. The Pack is gunning for a victory and won't be sitting anyone. All we have to do is jam Alshon and Marshall down Detroit's throat and limit any big plays for Megatron and the game is ours.

    Playoffs?!?!? Ummm..fuck yes.

    Bear down bitches it's time to kill these pussies.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Would a late game Drunkin Hillbilly sack of Rodgers that separates his throwing shoulder be too much to ask?

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    not attal... in fact, it's most agreeable I'd say old man.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Sorry, guys, but if you wish that stuff on other QBs, then you have no standing to complain when Suh tries to break Cutty in half, just for the hell of it.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    What's the advantage of having standing?

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    I feel like I can complain as effectively with standing or without.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    AS without.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Yeah Al. Equitable fairness has no place in my fandom.

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    Who's side is he on?

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    He's with us Crunch. Undoubtedly. Probably just an older, wiser version. This won't post under yours so I'm placing it over.

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    Or not

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    You can't place one over on me son.

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    maybe just a solid case of whiplash so another team can have their qb play with a sprained neck.

    speaking of separated shoulders, Pep going to have a good game. he looked strong and quick last sunday. time to put stafford on the shelf until next year.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    He had two sacks against GB too.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    For the money he's being paid, he needs to be having a good game EVERY game. Ditto Mr. Forte. He wanted AP money? Got to play some football for that Matt.

  • Briggs didn't make the pro-bowl?

    I'm speechless.

    But way to go Peanut! Two years in a row for a guy who was long deserving of more recognition. Hellu-happy for the guy. Happy to see the others make it too, But no Briggsy? Seriously?

  • Look at the guys who made it. There is not one OLB that doesn't play in a 3-4. Briggs doesn't rush the passer enough to get good stats.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Incidentally, I think this is an argument in favor of the Bears sticking with the 4-3 defense.

    The hottest commodity right now in the draft picks and free agency are these OLB/DE guys that rush on 2 feet in a standard 3-4 allignment. The Bears don't want those guys. We want true OLBs like Briggs. Guys that can cover, guys that can set the edge and play the run. And guys like that are coming cheaper than ever.

    Likewise the pure DEs that play with their hand in the dirt. The Peppers and Mario Williams types. Those guys are expensive now, but every year or two there is a solid DE that gets cast off by a 3-4 team that couldn't convert him to OLB. Those are our opportunities. As far as I see it; we will get great value for our personnel as long as the league trend continues.

    With all of this said though... I still don't see the appeal of McLellin over some of the other guys that went after him. I hope I'm wrong, but that pick still baffles me.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    McClellin has a motor! You can't measure motor!

  • In reply to evantonio:

    He has football smarts!

  • I can't understand why you guys aren't more pumped for this game. It's a meaningful game in December followed by a game that decides if we go to the dance or not.

    That's the beauty of fucking football man. If you can't get pumped for this game you should really evaluate why you are a fan of the Bears and the game itself.

    We've got Melton coming back, Bennett back, Pep coming off a good game, Marshall ready to rock, Alshon getting in the mix, Jennings and Peanut ready to rock, etc.

    What if Unga fucking plays? What if Allen takes a screen to the fucking house? What if Pep has multiple sacks and pounds vag-head into dust? What if Cutty has 3 TD's and 300yds? What if Alshon goes up high in the red zone and scores? What if Marshall puts up another 160yd day and throws some dude through the ground en route to a TD?

    Aren't you guys pumped ?? Fucking Stafford Dead.

    I'm out until Sunday so fucking get your shit together and be a fan and get ready for a great day of football. The right decisions will be made for the team regardless. Angelo is gone, we're headed to the playoffs and anything can happen. stop being huge pussies and strap it on. okay, good talk.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    I just printed this. Getting a frame for it tomorrow. 20 years from now I plan to show it to my future grandkids and talk to them about what being a fan means.

    Can't wait for Sunday.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    it's funny cause now I can actually see you saying (screaming) this in my head.


  • In reply to MB30SD:

    ha, you caught me on a good weekend. keep that image in your head of me for anything I post. it will keep it all in perspective.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Am I pumped up?

    Does Howdy Dowdy have wooden nuts?
    Are the Kennedy's gun shy?
    Is a frog's ass water tight?

    Fucking Suh Dead.

  • In reply to Viva:

    How about 'is the Pope Catholic?'

  • Too many ups and downs this season to be real excited. Or maybe I've seen too many seasons like this one. I'd rather them win and make the playoffs and see what happens, but it's hard to get excited about beating a 4 win team the last game of the season.

    As Chris Farely once said - whoop-de-frickin'-doo!

  • Unfortunately, Fox has chosen the meaningless Giants/Eagles for their early game in South Florida with th Packer/Vikings being the late game. I guess they figure two NFCN games in a row is just too much....

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Get yourself DirecTV and the Sunday Ticket Tobi. That's what I ended up doing. It's actually cheaper than going to the bar if you live out of market like we do. Well worth the money.

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    MikeV told me you can get the Sunday Ticket on an Internet feed. That's what I'm doing next year....

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Nice. You'll love it if you've struggled to get games. It's
    to know all you have to do is turn it on Sunday and not have to wonder what out of market game will be carried.

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    I used to be able to buy the Bears games individually. That ended about 3 years ago. Fuckers! I work a few weekends and I'm out of town fairly often so buying the Sunday ticekt doesn't appeal to me. Up here you buy it through the local cable provider. Either I follow on the internet or go to the bar if the game isn't shown locally. Everyone else uses first row for their pirated internet feed but in Canada that site is all porno stuff. Uh, no thanks. Esp at work.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Yeah. Hard to buy any games with no job.
    I keep think the NFL/DirecTV will sell seasons by team someday. Many of my friends would buy in at a one team reduced rate. They've got it down to like $250 now which isn't great but it isn't obscene either. I used to go to the bar to watch games. But you buy a burger and a few beers and it adds up pretty fast. You also don't get the sound most of the time which sucks.

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    One nice thing about living where I do in WI is I can go to a cool Bears bar 5-6 times a year when not on TV and get $2 16 ounce beers and banter with Packer and Viking fans from the bar next door during half time while having a smoke or two outside. The bar is filled with Chicago transplants and it can get crazy. I'll be pimping my Da Bears Blog shirt this Sunday. The Bears comradery at the bar is awesome. It's many of the same people I've seen for Bears games going back to the dark years of Wannstedt.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    That sounds awesome. Nice mix this weekend in particular. Hopefully Everybody's talking trash at the Vikings fans Sunday.

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    you can get an SD feed of the bears game. just hop onto twitter around kickoff and do a search for "bears stream". you'll usually get 2-5 links to choose from. @greg_punzo is a good guy to follow for the feeds.

    don't have sunday ticket. live in nyc. between joining the boys at josie woods and inet streaming, i haven't missed a game in a few seasons.

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    LOTS of Ex- New Yorkers in South Florida. The midwesterners come out my way.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I'd say a good 2/3rds of the population down here originally are from the Philly-NY/NJ-Boston triangle so I really am not really surprised that the Giants-Eagles game is on. Most of the Midwesterners are on the west coast of the state. That being said, judging from bumper stickers and license plate frames, there are a disproportionate number of Packer fans in the area. Every once in a while I'll see someone other than me with a Bears emblem on their car. Saw a guy with an Urlacher jersey in Home Depot a couple of months ago. But that's about it....

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    That just can't be Tobi. Everybody knows Packer fans can't put together the gas money to drive to Florida let alone retire there.

  • Nothing better than spending a rainy day watching Rocky with my boys. Got the whole collection on Blue Ray for xmas to go along with my Rambo collection.

    Question of the day:

    Which series do you like better; Rambo or Rocky?


  • Rambo for me Doc. Love the Green Beret/Army Rangers/Navy Seal stuff. One guy versus an asshole Sheriff and his deputies turns into the National Guard. Awesome. Like Rocky too. Especially against the commies. Elite soldiering is more my taste though.

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    No Marines? WTF.

  • In reply to Viva:

    Love the Marines Viva. Egregious mistake on my part. Beg pardon.

  • Rocky 1 and 2 make me tear up a little every time. Truly great movies.

  • Rocky. Hands down. Pauly, Mickey, and Apollo Creed were all cast perfectly for that movie/series. I'm mean, Mickey was old school when new school was old school. Trackin?

  • LOVE it in FIRST BLOOD when Col. Trautman (Richard Crenna) shows up in the command tent to chat with Sherrif Teasle (Brian Dennehy) : "I don't think you understand. I didn't come to rescue Rambo from YOU. I came here to rescue you from HIM....I'm just amazed he allowed any of your posse to live. ...You're lucky to be breathing.

    "You don't seem to want to accept the fact you're dealing with an expert in guerrilla warfare, with a man who's the best, with guns, with knives, with his bare hands. A man who's been trained to ignore pain, ignore weather, to live off the land, to eat things that would make a billy goat PUKE."

    Rocky's fight scenes are just too over the top for me. Somebody would have gone done WAY before the 15th.

    Of course, RAMBO would probably have fractured most of his ribs and likely punctured a lung leaping into and falling thru that tree.

  • "Don't push it, or I'll give you a war you won't believe."

  • Rambo 1 is one of the best movies of all time. Rocky as a series is probably better for me, but I have a hard time voting against First Blood.

    Its actually on my list of books to read. I really want to see how that looked in the novel before the film was made. That scene at the end when he breaks down crying gets me every time.

  • Rambo ? Meh. Non-Americans always find propaganda movies like Rocky IV a bit suss . There is literally no difference between that and Riefenstahl's stuff, other than that hers was better. That kind of thing literally breeds hatred and divides people, also it makes soldiering look lot more righteous than it is. Hired murder in protection of oil and budget justifications is what's going on while Fox news invite us to celebrate our veterans - those brave people dropping off laser-guided bombs onto innocent people's homes .... kicking in doors because you've got a deck of playing cards with pictures of people on them. Seriously, Americans are better than Russians? When do we finally get to leave all this divisive bullshit behind? Can we keep the football?

    One world one people. RASTAFARI!

    ..... The idea of a caucasian dwarf fighting for the heavyweight championship of the world is funny no matter what.

  • Never liked either series. Not a big fan of Stallone. I hate to admit it but I don't watch many action flicks, superhero flicks, Kung Foolery, etc. Nothing against anyone that does. It just doesn't do it for me. Oh well.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    I've never gotten the appeal of KUNG FU or ZOMBIE movies. Sat thru ZOMBIELAND once. It was entertaining enough (Bill Murray's Cameo IS a hoot) but one viewing was plenty. I worked with a couple of 20-somethings who thought it was classic. Probably an age thing. On the other hand, if I'm channel surfing and THEY WERE EXPENDABLE or CASABLANCA pops up, surfing stops, immediately.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Casbalanca is the most concise, perfectly written script ever IMHO.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    "You shot Bill Fuckin Murray!"

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Well Canada, you could try this one:

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Thanks but no thanks!

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Anyone see The Man with the Golden Fists, Tarantino's new borrowing, I mean offereing?

  • offering even.

    Also, The Cloud Atlas. What was your take on that? Looked like the greatest trailer ever. Watched it. Hmmm.

    Downloading Lincoln now ....

  • Back on point...

    "If the Bears lose Sunday in Detroit it will finally be the moment to question the coach's ability to inspire his team. "

    Do you really think a team in the Bears' situation needs to be INSPIRED by it's coach?

    If they need inspiring Sunday, they're as good as done already.

  • I guess the coaches don't have much trust in JT Thomas or they would have used him already, right? One of you guys said he was prob the guy closest to replacing Lach. Also, why not pass it off to Evan Rod al little more, the side is a beast at blocking but he should be a solidgy to thtow to since the D prob won't pay much attention to him, Davis needs to get the Fuck outta here! And, yes, I still would like to see Joe Anderson get some touches toooooo!! Anywho, SPACE MOUNTAIN!!!

  • In reply to OsosFan:


  • In reply to OsosFan:

    Lovie works in mysterious ways... for instance, why was Bush activated on game day, then put on IR a few days later, even though he didn't play a snap? Only Lovie knows.

    JT Thomas looks like he could do some major damage, but perhaps he's dumb. The point it, I don't really trust Lovie's judgment, and guys who SHOULD get a shot, JT, Brown, Allen, Anderson, don't until it's too late, while the Davises and Hesters of the world keep sucking it up.

    Oh, and it's not that E-rod doesn't get plays - it's just that Cutty doesn't believe in dumping it off or throwing it away. He'll sit back there (or more accurately scramble) until either Marshall or Alshon get a smidgen free and chuck it.

    That's what leads to a lot of sacks, ints, PIs, and "Jesus Christ, what a throw!".

  • Its probably more to do with Roach's experience in this D and his ability to call things. JT doesn't have much in that department.

  • Bush wasn't activated, according to Biggs.

  • I'd love to be more excited about this game, but I don't suppose it will happen until I'm watching it Sunday.

    Especially since the victory will be pointless as the Fudge suck and will lose to the Queens.

  • ONE THE OTHER HAND, regarding Pro-Bowl selctions...

    One of the centers named for the NFC?

    Jeff Saturday, late of the Colts and now a Packer.

    The same Jeff Saturday who was playing at such a HIGH level that Mike McCarthy BENCHED HIM last Sunday!

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    and, laughably, 5 Kansas City Chiefs made the roster. Fair enough JC Superstar at RB but everyone else? This is why the public shouldn't be allowed a say.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Was thinking the same thing Al.

    Even the Packer players were like, "Wait, what? Saturday? JEFF, Saturday?"

    Briggs missing the PB is a goddamn crime. His stats and impact are as solid as it gets for a 4-3 LB.

    Certain positions just tend to get overlooked because of scheme. 4-3 LBs don't get as many sacks or big hits that make ESPN, so the casual fan doesn't get to appreciate how Briggs cuts downs angles, covers, or stays in position, and all the other stuff.

    Same with NTs in 3-4s.

    Oh well.

    RG3 made the PB.

    104 QB rating. 3,100 passing. 20 TDs. 5ints. 66.4 completion pct. 750 yds rushing.

    Jay Smoking Cutler

    80.2 QB rating. 2,776 passing. 18 TDs. 14ints. 58% completion pct.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    He can't be any worse than Garza. At least Jeff is an actual center.

  • "...all about heart."

  • Holy fucking Christ, I just spent all day feeling dumb trying to set up this new smart tv my mom got for Xmas.

    Anyone else on here got an LG smart TV with the google search engine built in already?

    I got it all set up, I've just been going crazy over trying to get the actual internet on it.

    It gets Youtube, Netflix, and those other built in apps OK, but sadly, that's about the limit of its video capacity.

    Can't go onto Firstrow through the smart tv, which sucks, but I figure my mom's not gonna miss that feature much. Haven't tried the Slingbox feature on it yet, but I'm gonna go apeshit if that doesn't connect.

    As of yet, can't even get it to connect wirelessly to a laptop (Widi), so I'm either very technically incompetent or the more "advanced" things get, the unsimpler they get, probably the latter.


    End of Rant.

  • does yer laptop have an hdmi port? if so, you can plug it directly into the TV. not as elegant as wireless, but it works. i've got an LG smart tv from a couple years back and it works flawlessly. gets firstrow up on the screen like a boss.

  • Have to disagree with Jeff on this one. Sunday is not all about heart. For the Lions this is all about hear. A team like the Lions needs to step up and play as a team. They need to put away all the silliness and focus on winning, on playing together, on realizing when you are standing at the 4 yard line and deciding whether to field a kick.

    For the Bears - the clearly superior Bears - this is about execution. The Bears need to play this like the Patriots play. All business. If everyone steps up and does his job, we win. No questions asked.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    The Bears problem has never been heart, imo. They're not the Lion, but the Scarecrow - no brains.

    And I'm not talking about the players, but the former GM and current HC.

    Well, maybe a few players (Cough Cough, Hester, Cough).

    And didn't Melton poke a stick at the zombie team that is the Lions? I mean, c'mon Melton. They're done, why give them extra motivation?

    I think this game is actually going to be a lot tougher than the "experts" presume.

    Some men have pride - and some of those men are even on the Lions...

  • It was the Tin Man who didn't have heart. The Lion lacked courage.


  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Heart, courage - one's a metaphor for the other.

    Haven't seen that flick in a while. That choice is interesting. I know originally it was based on politicians.hhhmmm

    Tin man was Sarah Palin dim though, no denying that.

  • Dude, really? The 85 team had heart, this roster doesn't. Hard to see amny guys playing with any. I've seen the team quit a few times this season. The 85 team were behind but never beaten (apart from the time they were ... y'know ... beaten.)

  • Palin reminds me more of Glinda.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    "Are you a good witch or bad witch?"

  • And NOW we're hearing (WGN tonight) there's still a CHANCE for Forte but no Armando Allen Sunday?

    Cutty's gonna have to heave 45 or 50 times and the stats on winning when you throw it 50+ times are NOT encouranging.

  • Ah yes, the NFL with another one of it's "Sorry our zebras SCREWED you over (tee hee)" letters.,0,3275414.column

    7. Count'em SEVEN blown calls that the league ADMITTED to.

    And that crew is still allowed to work?

    Oh, and mr. Haugh,, a couple bad calls in a game is no excuse for losing but it's an insult to one's intelligence well, maybe not YOUR intelligence) to say that 7 is not a factor.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Does the article (which I can't read) reference some real information on the NFL site or wherever that has the text of the letter?

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Delete the cookies in your browser every time you reach your five article limit. Then you'll be able to login again and read five more articles...

  • As I left my sister's house today to head home after the xmas holiday, I had to step over a rug that says "A House Divided". One side of the rug has a Bears emblem, and the other side a Packers emblem. That is the history of my family.

    Some day I'll have to tell the crazy history of how half my relatives became Bears fans and half Packers fans, with one Lion fan.

    My sister made an egregious mistake when she got married. She essentially made a pact with the devil. Even though she's a die-hard Bears fan, she made a deal with her husband before getting married to raise the kids as Packer fans as long as she could raise the kids as Lutheran (or non-Catholic) and have a Lutheran wedding. He gladly went along with the idea to his Mom's chagrin, but I think he got the better end of the deal. The one silver lining is that me, my brother, and Dad were not part of the deal. So there is still hope for my nephew and niece. They are both young, and there's plenty of time to change their allegiance.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    So, she wanted to raise the kids as Lutheran knowing full well thatPacker fans are HEATHENS and PAGANS?
    Talk about your MORTAL SINS !!!

  • Lomas Brown. HELL of a teammate.

    Yo, ESPN !

    This ignorant mope is STILL one of your analysts because...

    A) You think admitting to the blatantly cowardly act of INTENTIONALLY letting his QB, Scott Mitchell, get blasted by an opponent (whom HE was supposed to at least ATTEMPT to block) and be sidelined by a broken wrist somehow ENHANCES his credentials?

    B) You're just too cheap to pay off his contract and take him off the air for abject stupidity ?

  • My sister is repenting for her sins.

    Is the Haugh article, which I won't pay for, in regards to the Packer game? There were a ton of bad calls in that game.

    I used to pick up the Tribune in college every day, and the main reason was because of Mike Royko (first thing I read, then Calvin and Hobbes). I also liked their opinion page back in the early 90's. It was actually diverse opinions back then. I was too young to ever read the early Royko stuff from the Daily News, but I got two of his books, which are basically a compilation of his best essays. Just looked on my shelf. They are called "For the love of Mike" and "One More Time". They don't make newspaper men like him anymore.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    No, they sure don't.

  • In reply to TheFifth:

    Cartoons. Newspapers. I spent about 12 hours looking at Richard Feynman on youtube yesterday. I need to get a life.

  • Regarding Lomas Brown -
    This is what happens when there are so many media outlets fighting for ex players to be one of their "fresh voices".

    Bryan Cox once said "this game is NOT a gentlemen's game". I don't think there is a conscious intent to maim players, but there is CERTAINLY a surreal attitude that doesn't quite think of the opposing player as anything but an obstacle to be removed somehow. Which used to happen by players leveling "remember me" shots that in fact COULD maim a player.

    I understand that the league is trying to get away from that, but it's going to take a generation at least before it does.

    EVEN regarding one's own teammate. I remember reading the Bears were suspected of doing that against Cade in a game (SF?) where he came out utterly unprepared. Players who work hard resent others that don't. Not saying that was the case with Scott Mitchell - but maybe it was. I recall he came in as a golden boy just because he had a couple good games replacing Marino. Maybe he was full of himself like Cade was.

    Not condoning it - just not at all surprised. Probably goes on a lot but with so mnay big mouths on ESPN fighting for attention, we're starting to hear more about it.

  • In reply to BillW:

    Couldn't agree more Bill. When I heard about Lomas Brown I was pretty indignant. After bringing up the Cadester, I thought I'd make an exception for him. It all depends on how disgusted you are with another player.

  • Haugh's article is about the Seatlle game. He highlights two plays that each led to Seatlle TDs where Seattle should have been called for OPI. He doesn't say what the other 5 were.

    Also says the league confirmed all three OPIs against Jeffrey were correct.

    He also states there is no way to know how many bad calls over the year the Bears went the Bears' way. Nor does he say whether 7 is an abnormally high number or not. I wonder if that information is available.

    Sounds like a good reporter could have a real story here if they did some work. Let's say the leagure routinely admits to an average of 5 bad calls a game for each side. While one could say "hey, it all evens out", maybe they really don't. Depends on the situation. You can never say how the game might have changed based on say one more or one less FD in a particual situation, since field position is so critical

    Again, maybe this is an anomoly. But if not...

  • In reply to BillW:

    Yeah that old saying it all evens out is bullshit. It's true if you base it on info over the lifetime of the league. Any time it's based on a small sample size anything is possible.

  • Thayer got all impassioned again on the Score, saying we better beat the fucking Lions. That Schwartz is as bad as Forrest Gregg ever was, with his teams playing dirty because they can't compete and if you call yourself a Bear you fight to make the playoffs and so on...

    Asking Ditka about Gregg is a good way to risk him blowing another brain valve. He hated that guy.

    I hate Schwartz just that bad. A dirty shitbird of a coach who will go down in history as trying to fight Harbaugh. Fuck him and his baby blue team. God the Ford family is pathetic. From Millen as GM to Schwartz as coach. Ah well, at least Old Sauce force fed those old stoolheads an 0-16 season. Detroit sucks.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Totally agree. I only wish nobdy got between Harbaugh and Schwartz. It wouldn't have been a happy ending for Schwartz. The part I was most shocked by last year were the Lions fans. What a bunch of jackasses. I always felt bad for them because they were almost always worse than us. They have one 10-6 year and they all turned into the biggest bunch of loudmouth assholes on the planet. Didn't see that coming. I'm guessing more than a few of them have learned a valuable lesson about humility.

  • Ya know what just look at this past season. The bears have had a couple of big games already this Texans, Packers, 49ERS NFC Championship games 2 years ago at home. Those were Lovie Smiths big games to also were did we end up. Jeff this team has guts this team has talent this team is a winner they need to go out and just DO IT MAN , JUST DO IT

    Frank De leo
    Bronx NY

  • Well, it's kinda spotty, but the bits at 6:28 and 7:18 made me laugh a bit

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