It Comes Down To This: Bears & Packers Must Win

It Comes Down To This: Bears & Packers Must Win

We're not going to spend very much time analyzing the Bears victory over the Arizona Cardinals. The Bears should take nothing, zero, from beating a team that plays Ryan Lindley and Brian Hoyer at the quarterback position. Lindley is to the Cardinals what Henry Burris was to the Bears: rock bottom.   The Bears are now 9-6 and head to Detroit with a distinct opportunity to make the postseason.

Sunday is simple. The Bears must win in Detroit. Then the Packers must beat the Vikings. If that scenario occurs the Bears will be traveling to San Francisco (most likely) on wild card weekend. Is this Bears group a "playoff caliber team"? Who knows? But winning ten games in the modern NFL is nothing to sneeze at and making the tournament is still an important achievement for a coaching staff.

It will be one of the more important and nerve-wracking Sundays of the Lovie Smith era. Yes, expectations will be low for the Bears if they enter the postseason. They would be significant underdogs at San Francisco - perhaps more than a touchdown. But for Lovie Smith to lift this club out of a total collapse and into January will allow everyone around Halas Hall to take a positive look at a season that was trending negative. If the Bears were ever to win a playoff game the season would be elevated from disappointing to successful over the span of three hours.

I have said several times I believed the schedule would break for the Bears and they would lose in Detroit. I hope I'm wrong. Because if this coach and this quarterback can't beat the nothing-to-play-for Lions with their own season on the line one has to wonder if they are the right combination moving forward.

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  • if this coach and this quarterback can't beat the nothing-to-play-for Lions with their own season on the line one has to wonder if they are the right combination moving forward.

    Yeah... Jeff. You may have noticed over the last few weeks here on your blog, the group here has been doing some.... wondering. Lots and lots of... wondering.

    Have a Jolly Holly Christmas, blogfadder!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    And happy Hanukkah to Carmini at Right Tackle!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Everybody forgets the punter on Hanukkah.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    not just on hanukkah.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Ask Ray Guy about being forgotten.

  • Go Packers!

  • In reply to Viva:

    Harold and Kumar win the Super Bowl.

    Coming Soon.

  • Tebow pulls a Pippen, refuses to go in for Wildcat packages, since he was passed over for the start.

    Baby Jebus, when reached for comment, said "motherfucka gots to go messin' up my birthday? Fuck that gentile POS. Fuck him in the face."

  • In reply to gpldan:

    it's birFFday GP. Common man!

  • Tee hee:

    It's true, aren't the faithful here always clamoring for Taub to get a HC shot? Well, could somebody teach the Bears NOT TO GO NEAR THE FUCKING BALL if you have NO INTENTION OF FIELDING IT. Please.

    Also, Kellen Davis - fuck you 100x times. fuck fuck fuck fuck + 96 more - you. A 20 yard field goal, try and block somebody. Anybody. Just... you know... try. You are making miss Girly Thor bad. Like, really bad.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    In defense of Toub, every year SP teams turnovers. All his best guys go start on other teams, that's how good he is. Remember Corey "the heat seeking missle" Graham who pretty much arrived at the punt returner at the same time the punt did? Well, he's starting for the Ravens and forcing turnovers, like all ex-Bears.

    I think this year we're middle of the pack in SP teams, but how much of that has to do with Hester? It's hard to say. Some say it's the blocking, others Hester, some a little of both -

    I'm just glad all that SP teams crap happened yesterday against the lowly Cards for Toub to zero in on.

  • how much of it do you think is Toub being sick of Lovie's middle of the pack garbage.

    I've been thinking lately it's a lot of it. If he doesn't get a shot at the vacated HC job this year, I think...


  • Bears will take care of business in Detroit. In the other game, alas, the team that's playing for a playoff spot will be more motivated than the team that's merely playing for a bye. Bears go 10-6, but miss the playoffs. Hope I'm wrong, of course.

    Merry Christmas to all!

  • You are wrong. The Lions do have something to play for. By beating the Bears they feel that they can salvage a very bad season. They will play hard and the Bears are going to have to play hard to beat them. Suh will be trying to knock Cutler out of the game. If he was smart he would let him Play. LOL

  • I hope we do see the Niners in the first round. I want revenge, and it would prove me right to these winers fans I have to deal with out here. When they beat us, I just said "We'll see you in the playoffs" I hoping this comes true, cause I wanna fuck them up.

  • Gooooooooooooood morning PACKER FANS!

  • In reply to thebigcheese:

    OK, I've got to admit, that's kinda funny. The Packers losing next Sunday is not funny at all....

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    would a two-sided, full-team maiming count? Just asking.

  • In reply to thebigcheese:

    You're an errand boy, sent by Chicago fans, to collect a playoff spot.

  • Last time the Bears visited Motown, the Lions were on the rise and their crowd was charged up for thier biggest Prime Time appearance in YEARS, to the point that the crowd noise turned out to be the difference in a game that the Lions still could not salt away until very late.

    Think the Detroit fans are going to come out in droves and be a factor Sunday?

    For what?

    The last stop on the JIM SCHWARTZ FAREWELL TOUR?

    The man Lions fans refer to as "Gym Shorts"?

    The man who thinks discipline is dirty word?

    The man who has kick returners that take a knee at there own 5?

    Anybody who shows up for THAT will be rooting for the Bears to kick his sorry ass one more time to make SURE he's on the next bus OUT of the Motor City.

    Will they come out to see Megatron go for 2,000 yards?

    Meh. Those records are SOOOO hollow when they are BURIED in t 4-11 won-loss slate of a supposed playoff contender. Plus, Calvin racked up 225 yards, at home, against Atlanta Saturday and the Lions STILL lost by double-digits. Partly because, even after the record was broken, Matt Stafford tried to force one in to Johnson and got picked for his trouble.
    Feel FREE to force the ball in the direction of Charles Tillman, Matty.

    The Packers will DEFINITELY go all out for that bye.

    An extra week to heal THIER walking wounded.

    And extra game for their next opponent to
    get a little more banged up.

    But it WON'T be easy for the Cheesers

    1) It's true. The Vikings have MORE to play for. They faced the same set of incentives Sunday against Houston. How'd that work for you, Texans?

    2) AP on his home turf. And coming off a game in which he only gained 86 this week. That's like playing catch with a live grenade and he is certainly NOT phased by the Packer Defense after torching them for 200+ IN Green Bay.

    Viking defense is playing well. They played well enough to win in Green Bay had they not been betrayed by their own QB (who made yet ANOTHER idiotic throw Sunday in Houston that he was lucky didn't turn THAT game) and a coaching staff that apparently FORGOT that Adrian Peterson had averaged 10 yards a carry on 21 attempts thru 3 quarters and then FAILED to get him another touch in the entire 4th quarter of 1 possession ball game. Brilliant. They played well enough to beat Houston, on the ROAD, on a day when AP was held scoreless and UNDER 100 yards. They played well enough to make the Texans' vaunted offense look like, well, The Bears.

    If the game is close, it could come down to
    Mason "I have fullblown placekicker's disease" Crosby vs. Blair "I just set an NFL record for field goals of 50 or more yards." Walsh.

    Who do you like in THAT matchup?

    I can see a 10-6 record that misses the playoffs as an all too DISTINCT possibility.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Gym Shorts. Ha! Used to be the sports guy on Dahl.

  • If I'm correct the Packers are playing for the number 2 seed in the playoffs. The Vikes are playing for a spot in the playoffs. I can't see McCarthy tanking this game if that first round bye is on the line. If there is nothing on the line and I'm wrong then the Vikings win this game.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    I heard McCarthy last week proclaim pretty emphatically (as much as he can be) they will NOT rest players.

    I'm pretty sure that left a bad taste in his mouth last year. The Pack were OBVIOUSLY rusty in the playoffs.

    They looked like they were sleepwalking through the first half, and dropped more balls than Kim Kardashian at a rap star party.

  • dropped more balls than Kim Kardashian at a rap star party

    hee hee... heeee heeee

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Ok, Al confirmed it. Pack playing for a bye in the playoffs. That is a good thing.

    Forte's ankle is not going to be ok for this upcoming game so Alshon, Brandon and Earl better bring their A game. All I want for xmas is a Bears/Packers victory.

    I can cheer all I want for the Pack because half of my family is from Green Bay and Oshkosh.....the ugly, socially inept half.

  • In reply to Waffle:

  • In reply to Waffle:

    I've got a similar dirty family secret. One of my grandfathers was born and grew up in Wisconsin and was an unabashed Packer fan to his dying day. My other grandfather was from Iran and considering the current state of the Middle East, I'm not sure which of the two is the worst stigma. I'm leaning towards my Packer grandfather though...

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    What if you were a former Revolutionary Guard officer and a Packer fan? That would be a classic combo.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    There's got to be one out there somewhere. I wonder who Idi Amin and Pol Pot rooted for? Actually, during that Islamic Revolution, my mother's family was on the losing end, being pro Shah and pro Western. Just about all of them from the 1930s on (girls included) were educated in the US, UK or Europe. And most them never went back especially after the Revolution except to occasionally visit...

  • What happens if the Pack and Vikes tie, and we win?

    Do we still get in?

  • Then it comes down to what Santa says about Lovie, if he's a been good all year or not....

  • According to ESPN's NFL Playoff Machine, if GB & Vikes tie, and SF beats Arizona, SF gets the bye, and da Bears play the Pack in the wildcard round.

    That's great. now I can root for the Pack & Vikes to tie in an injury fest.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    I submit a tie is even MORE unlikely than usual with Mason "The Human Shank Machine" Crosby kicking for GB.

  • The Bears' tailspin began after they laid 50+ on inept Tennessee

    Yesterday: Packers 55 - Titans 7.

    Can you say "Bad Karma" boys & girls?

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I almost started Ryan Grant in FF. But then I thought, "naw, the Titans will show up for this game. They won't roll over."


  • In reply to gpldan:

    That's what I thought, and started CJ1k. Might cost me against NBIT who once again rides the Bears D to glory.

    At least the Bears D can win FF championships.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    It started after the cheap ass hillbilly lance louis decapitation. I blame Jared Allen for the skid...and inept-ish offense.

  • The bad part is, because they are playing The Bears, it is not longer a play for nothing game. Because its us and they can ruin our season it's a play for something big game. The two teams hate each other! It seems to have gotten to be rivalry that equals or surpasses the packers. It's a game that scares the shit out of me. If we should lose the only consolation will be the end of Lovie. The only damper on a win is knowing another season of Lovie. I think this is going to be a war! Tough game from start to finish. There will be inujries!

  • Seahags look good for the superbowl. We'll be playing ourselves out of a decent pick if we make it to the playoffs. We have no business in the playoffs without an offensive line.

    Armando Allen and Khalil Bell?

  • Armando Allen looked a lot more explosive than Forte or Bush did all year, even ran a cut back, which I swear was the first cut back by a Bears RB I've seen all year (McCoy gets about 3 a game).

    Bell also ran well last year, and should be fresh. He's basiclly Forte light, but unlike Forte, can get the short yardage.

    His big draw back is fumbilitis, but as long as he doesn't drop the rock, I'm fine with him for one game.

    Both should be fresh too.

    And this is to all those "Pay Forte" faction - THIS is why paying HBs not named Peterson is a risky proposition.

    This is like the third time Forte has been inj this season (one knee and two ankles if I remember correctly), and who knows how much those injuries have limited him in the time he was in.

  • Just watched "Ted" last night after that SNF massacre, and man that shit is FUNNY!

    Now, if you don't like "Family Guy" 80s over-saturated refrenced comedy, which is perhaps one level more "sophisticated" than a fart joke, then you probably won't like it, but I found it hilarious.

    Spoiler alert...

    Flash Gordon, yeah, that's right, FLASH FUCKING GORDON, takes shots, snorts coke, punches through a wall and fights "Ming"!

    In my best Queen voice, "Savior of the universe..."

  • Impossible for me to get jacked up for next week. While I will of course be rooting for a significant postseason game, this season has revealed the offensive futility of our team - unbelievable that with the major upgrade of Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall and Matt Forte that it's the same ole same ole. I blame coaching and our late not great GM 100% for this failure.

    MUST HAVE a new head coach and a new offensive coordinator next year. THAT'S AN ORDER VIRGINIA!!!!

  • All I know is that the defense played with swagger with the return of Jennings. A little momentum builder and Marshall got another in the endzone and was SMILING.and LAUGHING. That is a good fucking sign. Alshon got into the mix with some good plays and his play will only get better.

    I'm telling you that if we get to the playoffs we will get to the NFC Championship game at least. We don't have a consistent offense but with Marshall and Jeffrey we can get 40yards on any fucking play whether by Pass Interference or reception.

    All we need to do is get in and we'll do damage. Go Pack!!!!!!

  • In reply to Waffle:

    EVERY defense SWAGGERS against Arizona's offense.

  • Here is a little xmas tidbit I wanted to throw out there. If Forte can't go and Bell and Allen are the running backs does that mean Unga could be called up?
    Dane just got waived so they need to make a move with that roster spot.
    What if Unga came in and fucking killed it. They keep him around for a reason and he's a big dude that runs angry. look at his vids.

    Bring in the kid and let's see him on the goal line.

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    In reply to Waffle:

    Lovie and unorganized management is going to sign either a Safety or another RB according to Tribune

  • In reply to Waffle:

    stop it.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    haha, you stop it.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    I remember seeing Unga in a PS game. Seemed powerful but not very elusive.

  • this has gone under the radar... two guys who've really impressed me over the last two games:

    * Nick Roach
    * Ant'y Walters

    ...armando is a shifty little motherfucker. I like him.

  • He's actually fuuny:

    ...too bad he became such an cheapshot artist asshole this year.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Whaddya mean "this year?"

    He's AL:WAYS been an ass-hole.

    The "calf-ropin' " routine is crap.

    I wish the NFL would put a stop to all the self-aggrandizing, preening, sack dancing.

    It's TAUNTING. It's poor sportsmanship.

    Raise the bar.

  • oh yeah, merry xmas to all the blog gentiles:

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    oh, that wasn't enough you greedy bastards?

    Fine, here:

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Bless you my son. Can't go wrong with SI swimsuit models.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    5 hail marrys and 3 how's-yor-fathers

  • I think we beat the kitties. It's the only team on the schedule the Beloved actually hate. We play better when it's emotional. The fudgies should handle the biqueens. The biqueens shocked me last week against houston but I don't think they can beat the fudgies. The fudgies are healing up and hitting their stride. Only thing the queens have going for them is home field. We get into the dance and Lovie stays.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    There's also the little matter of their unstoppable RB against GB's porous run defense.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    That D got a lot better when the steroid sister returned. Their back end has played really well of late. If Woodson comes back they will take another step. That fucker is old and a loud mouth but he steps up in big games.

  • Bang! Bang!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Yeah, I saw that last night.

    Davis got more lit up than Chic and Chong in that van made of weed.

    I'm trying out my new material on you guys.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    That was a helluva shot. Reminds me of Briggsy on Megatron. Each time it was a legal hit.

  • December 20th 2013, Anchorman II

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    A LITTLE Will Ferrell goes a long way for me although I WAS surprised at how much I enjoyed ELF.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Taladega nights was actually brilliant, but that was mostly sascha barron cohen.

  • Two things I want to see vs. Detroit:

    1) Another 34 yard performance from Calvin Johnson (thanks to Nut).

    2) Urlacher playing safety for the injured Conte(Roach is kicking ass and in my opinion likely to be our MLB for the next few years).

  • In reply to EnderWiggin:

    #2 is very interesting. Would playing safety be any less stressful on his hamstring? And is there any precedent for that switch? I know he was a safety in college but has he played it since?

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    My thought process is even though he has had zero practice reps: He is plenty smart to know all of the positions. And safety would be more down hill while less sideline to sideline.
    Apparently the new guy did OK coming in after Conte got hurt. Although I have 0% trust in Walters not letting CJ and Pedigrew get behind him.

  • In reply to EnderWiggin:

    I like your reasoning but that would require the Bears to think outside the box and, well, you know....

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Never happen..

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    The Bears don't even realize there IS an "outside the box.'

  • Merry Christmas, Blogfather and Bear Blogmates.

    Any Chicagoans old enough to remember
    watching this...

  • That was a Christmas staple on Garfield Goose, wasn't it?

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    You go, Girl! Yes it was. They rotated it during the holidays with SUZY SNOWFLAKE and FROSTY THE SNOWMAN but THE THREE LITTLE DWARFS was, by far, the favorite!

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Couldn't wait to get home from school to watch the Stooges and then Ray Rayner in the Crime Stopper Cruiser. Garfield Goose was next. Scott McCloud, Space Angel!

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Oh yeah, and Clutch Cargo with Spinner and Paddlefoot...

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Don't forget "...JOURNEY TO THE BEGINNING OF TIME.."

    WGN used to have the old shows on videotape and then one day they DUMPED them to save money on the climate-controlled storage required to properly preserve videotape.


    NBC did the same thing to Johnny Carson's early TONIGHT SHOW broadcasts.

    The only existing GARFIELD GOOSE episodes are in the Museum Of Broadcasting in Chicago, which is also where the original Garfield Goose puppets now reside. Would love to see them made available on DVD as they have with all the Christmas shorts.

    Stooges Show was hosted by ANDY STARR from the "Old Odeon Theatre". Starr was portrayed by Bob Bell ,who was also Chicago's original Bozo the Clown.

    Andy also filled in for Frazier Thomas on GARFIELD GOOSE.

    Ray Rayner must have just LIVED at WGN. He did RAY RAYNER & FRIENDS at 6am in the mornings, was clown OLIVER O. OLIVER on BOZO at Noon and then hosted DICK TRACY in that Police Cruiser with his talking dog puppet sidekick, Tracer in the afternoon at 4:30.. Rayner also did local Dinner Theatre.

    Additionally, Ray was a prisoner of war in Germany during WWII and contributed to the script for the classic William Holden prison camp movie, STALAG 17.

    Other than that, Mr. Rayner's life was pretty boring.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Man, does that take me back. I forgot all about Journey to the Beginning of Time. I remember the episode when some dinosaur stepped on their little boat ("Fellas, come here!").

    Back in the late eighties I was visiting an old girlfriend who at the time was working as a news reporter at a local Albuquerque TV station. I was sitting at her desk when in walked Ray Rayner. I was like dumbfounded. He had retired down there, got bored and was doing the weather on the weekends. I had a friend who was pretty well placed in the music industry back then and so had met a number of pretty big acts. But I gotta tell you, getting Ray's autograph and my picture taken with him was a bigger rush for me than meeting any rock star. Awfully nice man...

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Found it! Here ya go, Albert:

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Absolutely OUTSTANDING!
    In my work I've met Michael Landon, Don Pardo and Lee marvin but, stupidly, never took pics or got autographs and I have a Liberty Valence lobby card!

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    In the book THE GOLDEN AGE OF CHICAGO CHILDREN'S TELEVISION, the section on Ray Rayner references his move to Albuquerque in early 1981 and that he ended up regretting the move:

    "I felt I couldn't stand another Chicgo winter. After I got here, I regretted leaving when i did. I should have stayed another 10 years. It was great job.'

    Sadly, RAY RAYNER & FRIENDS might have actually HAVE survived another 10 years as evidenced by the fact that BOZO'S CIRCUS lasted well into the 90s on WGN.

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    I have this book and was going to suggest you buy it for yourself for Xmas.I paid $17.95 a couple years ago but now...

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I had my credit card out and was all set to order it but the $900 price tag took the starch out of me...

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I am so glad I bought in 2009 at the amazon discounted price of 13.95.

    I couldn't even find a copy on Ebay.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I didn't know Andy Star was Bob Bell! Wasn't he always on the phone with someone named Mrs. McGillicutty?

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Yep. When he took off the Bozo gear he morphed into Andy Starr, custodian at the Old Odeon Theatre.
    Mrs.McGillicutty was an unseen, unheard character on Garfield Goose. She ran the "GOOSEBOYS ORPHANAGE" .
    Frazier would often hold "phone conversations" with her. Of course, the only one actually speaking on the show WAS Frazier Thomas or Bob Bell when he filled in.
    The geese puppets (Gar, Chris & Mama) all 'clacked' and had to be translated by Rhomberg Rabbit, "former magician's assistant and now a friend of the family". But Rhomberg, nor any of the other characters spoke loud enough to be heard and they "talked" into Frazier's ear and Frazier would then repeat aloud what he was being 'told'. The puppeteer was Roy Brown. Other characters included: Beauregard Burnside the 3rd, Garfields' Chief of the Secret Service. A bloodhound who constantly dozed off in the midst of conversations with Frazier only to claim he was just 'resting his eyes' after Frazier awakend him by yelling "Hotdogs, hamburgers, spaghetti & meatballs' into his ear. Macintosh Mouse lived under the potted palm in the throne room. Chris(tmas) Goose was Gar's nephew and Gar's mom would periodically drop in when migrating back and forth between Florida and Canada. Mama traveled with a pet snake whose appearance would cause Garfield to faint on sight.
    In addition to the puppets and cartoons, the show was brilliant "Theatre Of The Mind".

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Man, thanks for the memories!

  • And now a word from our sponsor...
    Beating the Cards was a must...
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    Now, it's "Beat Detroit or Bust"...
    Good night and have a Merry Christmas."
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    And so it goes. Brady berates his team, screams loud enough to be heard outside the locker room. Swears at his teammates. And the crux of the article? "It's tough for poor old Tom out there. He just really wants to win another Super Bowl and he doesn't like sloppy wins in December." If Cutler does the same thing he's a jerk. If he says nothing, then he's not a leader.

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    Don't forget last week when Brady went ballistic in front of God and everybody after Ed HOCHuli granted a late timeout and then let Brady get away with spiking the ball and throwing a tantrum.

    Cutler would have been, flagged, fined and flogged all week long by the pundit/ haters for being a punk.

  • To Jeff and all of my friends here, I wanted to take a minute and wish everyone a merry Christmas.

  • In reply to MikeV in OR:

    The same to you and yours Mike...

  • Merry Christmas to you two guys too!

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    Back at ya, Murph. Hope you're in good health for the holidays..

  • HO, HO, HO! Opened gifts already. AlbertInTucson scored a set of 4 Bears drinking glasses, a Bears beach towel and, much needed, 2 new pairs of Bears socks from the lovely Mrs. AlbertInTucson.
    I MUST have been a good boy this year!

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Come on, Albert. It's like 7 o'clock out there. You should at least wait until midnight before opening anything....

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Hey, I'M a Chistmas morning guy but if Momma says "Let's open gifts now" , we open gifts NOW.

    I generally live by this rule: "If Momma ain't happy, ain't NOBODY happy."

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Good Call Al!

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Well, thankfully, I don't have to worry about Momma anymore. Just the eight cats she left behind. We'll be having our traditional Chunk Light Christmas dinner in a bit...

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    In this this case "Momma" is the Missus tho' I am still fortunate that my Mom is still going strong at 88.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    That's what I thought you meant. Great to here your mom is still good. I was referring to my ex-wife...

  • Merry X-mas everyone. Hope it's a good one (and we all get our X-mas Goose)!!!

  • Merry Christmas one and all....hope everyone has a safe holiday...

  • merry xmas guys.

    Wishing all my boys on this here blog (and the semi-regs too) a great week and everything you want in 2013.

    Bang! Bang!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    nothing better than huge titties and a nice tune for xmas. You're welcome.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Merry Xmas to you as well sir!

  • In reply to ben in norcal:

    thanks Ben. Did you provide a field report for the game that I missed... or are you just being remiss (see how I did that?)


    Yes, lovie... based on your record over the last 3 years, you are indeed a fucking packers fan. douche.

  • Merry Xmas everyone!

  • In reply to ben in norcal:

    same to you.

  • Merry Xmas (for you 73%) , Happy Hannukka (for you Jewish Hammers), Happy Channukka (for you "cultural jews"), Happy Holidays (for you godless heathens), Happy Quanza (for my soul brothers), and just for MBP, happy Festivus!

  • Oh wait, it's MB30 who hates Seinfeld, so there you go. I think I'm gonna start calling you Gov' MB (I was gonna just nick name you "The body" as in "The body" Ventura, but that sounded a little gay, not that there's anything wrong with that...)

    Other fav Xmas clips while I sneak away from my non-internet fam.

  • "I wasn't talking to you...."


    Yes, seinfeld is a show about whiney little bitches. Not a fan.

    The Hebrew Hammer... awesome.

  • Happy Holidays to everyone in DBB land.
    You guys are the best and looking forward to another year of bullshitting with you.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I was just smelling... smiling... blousin... browsing.

  • Dane Sanzenbacher got a new team for Christmas - The Cincinnati Bengals. Claimed off waivers so he gets to go to the playoffs regardless....

  • In reply to tobijohn:


    ...fuck dane sanzenbacher.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Hey, where's your Christmas spirit? You owe him a Bengals dashboard bobble-head for his drive to Cinci...

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Eh, the guy has done nothing but work hard since he got here. Cutler had respect for him, we just didn't have room for him as a regular on offense. I hope Cincy can give him a chance at more playing time.

    I don't begrudge Sanzy any more than I begrudge Clutts. Although I do wish we wouldn't have made that trade.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    I didn't understand the Clutts trade either. IIRC, the Bears said they had no need for a FB and then they make Rodriguez one...

  • watching NFL science's top 10 plays of the year.

    Peanut's 4 donkeypunch strips in the tennesee game came in at #4. He got HUGE love.


  • In reply to MB30SD:

    The Cardinals voted Tillman & Jennings 1-2 as pro-bowl CBs. And while Arziozna's offense makes the Bears' look like a juggernaut, the "Big Red" CAN play defense out here in the desert so that shows a LOT of professional respect.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Excellent Al

  • As per Jeff's tweet, no new post until Thursday. Guess we'll have to continue to keep ourselves amused until then. Anyone know any card tricks?

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Remember "Marshall Brodien, Professional Magician" on WGN...?

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Perhaps vaguely. How about The Storyteller w/Frazier Thomas early Sunday evening? Every time I hear Greensleeves, I think of that show...

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Actually, I think Thomas came later. Initially, it was the little elven bookend that came to life....

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    No, I'm all messed up. Frazier Thomas was Family Classics. The Storyteller was a different show entirely...

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Good self-correction.

    Frazier Thomas started GARFIELD GOOSE in 1952 on WBBM, moved to WBKB (Now WLS) and back to WBBM before settling in at WGN in 1955.

    FAMILY CLASSICS was the brainchild of future ABC & NBC network President, Fred Silverman, in 1961.

    Frazier Thomas not only hosted FAMILY CLASSICS but he personally selected the films to be aired and supervised the editing of content that he deemed unsuitable for children.

    I always hated that he excised the "black arrow:" sequence from THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD where Robin dispatches several Norman nobles & knights in the act of oppressing the poor Saxons by shooting them with a black arrow.

    And what was the point? The violence? Robin dispatches several enemies with his bow when he escapes Nottingham Castle at the dinner for Prince John.

    The film also COULD have been cut to fit the 2 hour time slot.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Ah, you probably have a little Saxon in you. That's why your pissed about that...

  • 30-1 to win the NFC

    Start your 2013 right, convert 2k into 60k.

  • In reply to gpldan:


  • In reply to gpldan:

    Go big or go home.

  • In reply to Shady:

    I bet the Bears to win the Super Bowl two days after the Marshall trade. 15-1 at the time. Felt like the smartest kid in class after 8 games.

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    If you liked then at 15-1, you've got to absolutely love them at 60-1. Double-up my friend. In for the penny in for the pound..

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    There's some good clear thinking Tobi. I just don't have the stones. (Or the trip to Vegas planned)

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    That was also before Mike Tice showed us all the Monkey fucking the football maneuver.

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    I'd say MIke Tice owes you one....

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Honestly, if the Bears can dominate Detroit, we go into the west coast hot. A big win over San Fran or Seattle could start a run.

    Not saying I think the offense will start scoring a million points, but Cutler-Marshall-Forte could net us 14-21 per game and the D/ST could start scoring again.

    Who would we get... San Fran followed by GB? And then play the other west coast team in the NFC championship (no I don't think Atlanta beats Seattle or San Fran). Or would reseeding mean that we play Seattle and San Fran before Green Bay for the NFC championship?

    That's a brutal schedule, but 60-1 makes it a plausible bet.

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    I'll be in vegas for my 40th 3-6th. I could prob find da boookies for you.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Thanks MB. Have a blast. I'm content to roll with my current "investment". The thing that pisses me off is I was sure the offense would come up
    big with Marshall added to the mix. Stupid.

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    Marshall did... it's just tough without an NFL oline and a very well paid RB who can't stay on the field for more than 3-4 games (sorry dave)

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    Actually, any good stock or commodities trader will tell you never add to a loser...

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    ....unless the odds are 60-1 and you can survive the hit.

  • Not that it really matters except to, HOPEFULLY, draw out the suspense for Bear fans, but the NFL has, indeed, shifted the Packer-Viking tilt to a later mid-afternoon start time. No doubt to give FOX a suitable replacement for what FOX aggregiously and erroniously titles "AMERICA'S GAME OF THE WEEK" to replace the Cowboys-Redskins game which NBC was able to cherry-pick (much to FOX's chagrine, hee, hee, hee!) and flex into the Sunday Night Football slot. A slot which, BTW, actually IS "AMERICA'S GAME OF THE WEEK" .

    For FOX to bill any of THEIR games as a "...GAME OF THE WEEK" is absolutely ludicrous as that game is NEVER aired Nationally. By NFL rules, it cannot air in the home markets of any other NFC teams that are either playing on the road OR playing at home against another NFC team at the same time. It may go into MOST markets, but it is still a de facto regional game.

    I work in Television promotion. While we often stretch a point as far as we possibly can we DO try, at least in OUR shop, to avoid making claims that are BALD-FACED LIES.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    You're just mad because you don't have the contract to promote the NFL games ;)

  • MORE Chicago TV History /Trivia but this time it's at least Sports and Bears related:

    Prior to becoming host of THE NFL TODAY on CBS, Brent Musberger was first a sports columnist for THE CHICAGO DAILY NEWS (also the original paper of legendary Chicago columnist, Mike Royko) before moving to TV as WBBM's main Sports Anchor.

    Musberger was once interviewing Champion Pro Wrestler, Vern Gagne, who put his famed '"Sleeper Hold" (which Brent had once sort of ridiculed) on Musberger who promptly passed out.

    Also on WBBM was MY favorite Chicago Sportscaster, Bruce Roberts. Roberts did the Sunday Night sportscasts and, in the late 60s and early 70s was, more often than not, recapping Bears' losses. BAD losses. It was obvious to teenaged me that Roberts WAS a Bears fan but one night, after a particualy inept performance, the news anchor, Harry Porterfield, segued to sports by asking, "Well, Bruce, how did the Bears do today?" to which Roberts deadpanned reply was.."Harry, they stunk the joint out."

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Ha! His daughter Karen was a high school friend of mine (Glenbrook North in Northbrook). Their last name was actually Rogatz...

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    I had forgotten how untimely his death was:

  • Interesting trivia. Xmas day 1937 is the birthday of Bronko Nagurski, Jr. the son and namesake of the famous Bears fullback.

    Cam across this looking up Vern Gagne. Gagne was told by George Halas that he had to choose between wrestling and football (he chose wrestling, the better paying job) and it is suspected that Halas made that ultimatum due to difficulties with Bronko Nagurski doing both at once.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    I did NOT know that. Thank you.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I DID know that "BRONKO" is not a nickname.

  • One more thought before I close up shop for the night.

    Miami has two second round picks and two third round picks this year. What do people think about the Bears trading out of the first round into the second with Miami. In exchange, we get Jake Long (a low first for a high second and the exclusive rights to sign Mr. Long).

    I believe that Miami would have to franchise Long first, and then we would have to negotiate a deal with him before the trade could happen. But both of those issues are secondary, to my mind, if we could get a true starting LT. Long would probably be happy to get out of Miami after being franchised, and signing with a playoff ready team would be very enticing for him, so we would hopefully see a discount. Plus, a trade would keep Long off the open market, and that always keeps the price down a bit.

    With two second round picks we could still get a starting MLB and center. I'm thinking something like Kevin Minter (LSU linebacker) and Jonathan Cooper (North Carolina Center), although those two probably won't both stay around long enough.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    NB, which "playoff ready" team would that be?

    You mean ready to miss the playoffs after fucking imploding in the second half yet again?


    (but, yes please to your suggested deal)

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    This trade scenario would be nice. I've heard Long has been pretty beat up this year though. I hope Emery brings in two veteran starters and at least one of not two quality draft choices on the O line. And a MLB, oh and another D Tackle and a couple of Tight Ends, and a corner for Peanut to start grooming as his eventual replacement. Maybe a safety. Emery has his work cut out for him, but a healthy Jake Long would be a really nice start.

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    If Lovie is the head coach of the Bears next year, I expect that we will use one of our first three picks on a defensive lineman. And that would not be a bad decision - you can never have too many pass rushers in Lovie's scheme.

    If we bring in a new head coach who is offense minded, I could see us going OL, TE, OL with our top three picks. Personally, I think it would be a mistake to overcommit to one side of the ball like that, but it could happen.

    I do think you'll get your wish on all of those items. Just not all from the draft (where we only have 5 picks). I've said it before though - this year's draft is regarded as a weak class. I favor trading down without our first or second to get more bodies on the practice field. A lot of the top guys will be overdrafted due to the thin crowd.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    I'm curious as to what they're going to do about a backup QB. In retrospect, I don't see how McCown would have done any worse than Campbell and at a fraction of the cost. IF Lovie and his philosophy are around for 2013 and IF they can improve the O-line so whoever is back there has a little time, then they could get by without the best of the best second stringers...

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Capable backup NFL QBs are like Unicorns, VERY tough to find.

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Its not fair to judge Campbell based on that game. The whole team fell apart around that time - and he was getting killed by bad O-line play and dropped balls. Campbell is a very good backup QB. If he doesn't start somewhere next year I really hope we get him back.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:


  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    That would be GREAT for us, just not sure MIA OR Long would go for it.

    MIA by now must realize they got trade raped with the Marshal deal. Not sure if they'd be willing to look like fools again to the same team. Sometimes management makes decisions based on perception, not football (Tebow anyone?)

    Long will want to get paid as much as possible, and the best way for that to happen is to hit the open market and let teams bid for him. Now, it could be that Long wants to play for a "contender" more than wants to break the bank a la Mario Williams, but we just don't know...and it's important because if Long doesn't like being franchised, then traded to the Bears, he could always refuse to sign a long term contract, and we'd effectively lose a 1st for renting Long for one year.

    Nope, I think the most likely scenario for getting Long would be the traditional route of out bidding everyone else. This is what happens when teams (like the Bears) can't draft. They must overpay for FAs to fill the holes on the ship.

    Luckily for us, I think we're going to be in a good cap situation. Cutler already stated he'd take like a 10% hometown discount. Campbell's 3.5M will be off the books one way or another, and I imagine there'll be some more trimming of the fat (Davis, Hester, Lach, hell, maybe even Bush).

    Long is already on INJ reserved, so you know he's looking at these potential teams judging which seem like winners to him. Out of all the playoffs team, we unfortunately have the biggest hole at LT, so it would seem like a perfect match. We'll see.

    I can't remember such a deal ever being made too, but I could be wrong on that.

  • Hope you all had a great Christmas.

    MB, Bears got you a safety who neither white nor a midget. Signed Troy Nolan.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Bang! Bang!

    Wow, he looks like a real safety... and he even PLAYED FS in high school AND college!!! How about that!?!?!

    I as kinda hoping for #38 from the texans instead, but he'll do. Thanks for posting Buttsteak

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    btw, he is a little slow and weak: "At the 2009 NFL Scouting Combine, Nolan ran the 40-yard dash in 4.65 seconds. He had twelve reps in the bench press and had a 31.5-inch vertical leap. He had a broad jump distance of 117 inches, and ran the 3-cone drill in 7.07 seconds. He ran the 20-yard shuttle in 4.3 seconds."

    I had better numbers in college, but sadly I wasn't 6'2".

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Maybe he has "intangibles"? Ya know, kinda like me....

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    hahahahaha... I hope so tobi.

    From the scouting report the kid is a bigtime ballhawk.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'm 6'2". But I played in the marching band instead... then I went to a college with no marching band.

    But the good news is: no concussions :)

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    ha! I probably had more than a few unfortunately. Better enjoy life while I still know my own name NB.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    You serious about this MB? My 7th grade son plays. All the head trauma stuff has me on the edge of telling him no. I don't want to overreact and take away something he loves. I don't want him messed up later in life either. How many of your ex teammates are messed up? Tell me to fuck off if this is too personal. I get it.

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    I'm certainly no expert but I wonder how much of what leads to a concussion is two huge masses hitting each other with the velocity that they do. 100lb kids don't bring it like the pros...

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    True. But they turn into 200 lb kids pretty soon.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    According to Paul Kuharsky, Nolan was a surprise cut this year, and was "a pretty solid substitute" for the injured Daniel Manning last year.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:


  • Nothing much to say, so I'll just say..

    Go Bears, I still believe.

  • that's right Doc. I just had my buddy put down a vegas bet for me at almost 50-1 on the Bears winning the superbowl.

    Season of destiny.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    jesus maings.

    Here's the real question... how much?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    enough where it will do some serious damage if we win and no damage if we lose.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Now don't go spending it on more video games...

  • In reply to Waffle:

    yu craaaazy!

  • I'm still guessing playoffs and Lovie stays. We'll be fired up to beat the kitties. We should have beaten the BiQueens a few weeks ago. Nothing against the Queens but we gave away the game. The Fudgies always thump us. No reason to believe the Fudgies won't thump the Queens.

  • Hate to be the BEARer of bad news, but, they only beat Detroit 13-7 in Soldier Field earlier this year, despite Megatron's adverse reaction to his "Peanut Allergy".

    Maybe they rise up for their lame-duck coach who has continued to allow the "tools" on the roster play the kind stupid, undisciplined football that they so enjoy? THOSE guys will probably MISS him. Plus they can just relax play with the nothin'-to-lose-attitude of "If WE ain't goin' to the post season, neither are THEY!" An attitdue that gets VERY effective if the Bears get off to one of their all-too-often slow starts.

    I worry about Allen and or Bell laying it down in heavier work than they have been accustomed to.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I think Johnson could get to 2000 yards and still lose the game. If we play tough in the red zone, we'll be alright.

    Detroit's D is the kind of situation that our offense can finally take advantage of. They don't respond well to draw plays (Suh is way too committed to blitzing). They don't have a strong secondary - so we Marshall can attack hard. If Tice doesn't get too creative, we'll be good.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Exactly right. Johnson has been getting his all year and they still lose. How do you win four games with a 2000 yard receiver?

  • A loss to Chicago Sunday could give the Lions the #3 draft pick. Otherwise, they could drop to #9.

    If they had any sense, they'd roll over.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    I wonder if ownership/management ever has a conversation with the coaching staff where it's like "We're not telling you to not play hard but..."?

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Hey Schwartz, we want that 3rd pick. Get Johnson his 100, then call a stupid game and lose it. Think you can do that?

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    I don't think management needs to talk to him at all.

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    I'm wondering how many GMs have basically set the coach up to fail by scheduling things badly, bringing in bad players to fill in for injuries and generally doing everything they can to distract and annoy the head coach prior to a game like this.

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    I see that conversation as more along the lines of:

    "Win, lose or draw, the locksmith & security guys will be by first thing Monday morning to work on your office door so, make sure you're packed tonight !"

  • my bet is in, the pack is going to win to get the bye, the bears will beat the Lions and we will be heading into the post season.

    I don't have the energy to explain why we are going to win the superbowl but let's just say that I used a proprietary combination of science and faith with a touch of common sense and football instinct.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Doesn't you butt really hurt after pulling THAT out of it?


    Ten names mentioned in this article if you include two underclassmen. Te'o is the class of the group, but there is definitely some talent elsewhere.

    Incidentally, if we lose to Detroit and end up picking somewhere around 15th, I would not advocate moving up to get Te'o. He is the best MLB available, but he'd be too expensive. There are probably 3 first round quality middle linebackers in the draft this year; we already gave up our 3rd on Marshall; and we need to use at leat one of our top two picks on an offensive lineman.

    Those who suggest that we give up a 2014 pick, I remind you that we will probably need those picks for the O-line as well, if not for the defense.

  • Musberger was replaced at Channel 2 News by Johnny Morris, whose records have fallen to BMarsh.

    Johnny married this Donna Reed-esque blonde reporter, Jeannie. Johnny and Jeannie Morris ruled the Chicago social scene in the 1970s, less so in the 1980s. They tried to position Jeannie as a daytime talk star, but she fizzled. I believe her competition was a young black woman named Oprah Winfrey in the Chicago market.

    Jeannie wrote the 1971 biography of Brian Piccolo that was made into Brian's Song with Jimmy Caan as Piccolo. She did the sideline for the 75 Super Bowl.

    When Johnny and Jeannie did the Mike Ditka show from 82-85, they were already divorced but still kept up appearances.

  • Discovered by the Germans in 1904, they named it San Diego, which of course in German means a whale's vagina

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    George Halas invented Tic Tacs.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I thought it was mentos?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    The Indians invented root beer, at least according to Floyd Lawson, the barber on the Andy Griffith Show..

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Played by Howard McNear who got his start playing (a much darker) Doc Adams on the radio version of GUNSMOKE.

    During his 3rd season on THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW he stuffered severe stroke that greatly affected his left arm and his legs and thereafter, "Floyd" is always seen while seated and never uses his left hand or arm.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Al, were you still in Chicago when Chuck Schaden had his radio show "Those were the Days"? It was Saturday afternoons and he replayed all those old radio shows from the Thirties on. Obviously, all that stuff was well before my time but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I very vaguely remember my grandfather listening to The Shadow when I visited them....

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    I DO remember Chuck Schaden and THOSE WERE THE DAYS is just one of several incarnations of his old time radio shows. For all I know he may STILL have one on the air! I tuned in often!

    WLS-FM ran "THE SHADOW" in into the 60s and, as I recall , Schaden aired a daily or weekly "Old Time Radio" program on a small suburban station, WTAQ in LaGrange, that wound up carrying the White Sox games for a season when Harry Caray first came on board. None of the big stations wanted to pay for the rights to air the Sox games.

    Schaden was inducted to the RADIO HALL OF FAME in 1993.

    I still love old time radio, THE SHADOW being one of my favorites. "Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows, heh heh heh heh..."

    Many voiced THE SHADOW Including ORSON WELLES in the late 30s.

    I have several SHADOW compilations on cassette. Also enjoyed X MINUS 1 and it's predecessor DIMENSION X.
    SNL Announcer (and now Tucson resident, Don Pardo) can be heard as the announcer on some x MINUS ONE episodes.

    Here's another book revommendation for you;


    An informative and entertaining read about radio's Golden Age. And WELL under $900

    The weed of crime bears bitter fruit. Crime does not pay. The Shadow knows, heh heh heh heh..."

    The Shadow's (AKA Lamont Cranston, wealthy young man about town) gal pal, Margot Lane was played for quite a while by Agnes Moorehead, best known as Endora on BEWITCHED. Moorehead was part of Welles' MERCURY THEATRE group and she plays his mother in CITIZEN KANE.

    Those MERCURY folks were also responsible for the radio production of WAR OF THE WORLDS on Halloween Night in 1939 that caused panic in the Northeast when some listeners were convinced that a Martian invasion was, indeed, underway. The incident is cleverly referenced in Woody Allen's RADIO DAYS.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    here's a link for you, if you don't already have it:

  • I don't know why, but I find this chick SERIOUSLY attractive.

    There's nothing really special about her, she's just your standard hot Scandinavian looking model... but there's just something: Hunt Pictures&loc=3

    Canada? thoughts?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Wow MB I'm kinda shocked. She looks like she's running stock (as opposed to modified). Very attractive.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    yeah canada... I was shocked myself. Just something about her... incredibly sexy girl.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Maybe it's the "girl" part. She looks about 15.

  • In reply to SC Dave:


  • In reply to SC Dave:

    dude, seriously? Common Dave.

    not into girls... not any younger than 24 at least.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I definitely should *not* I have written it that way; my apologies MB.

    She just looks really young to me... too young, like a teenager. I mean, I don't need to go trough shit like the main character here:

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    No modifications required.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Indeed! I much prefer stock. Modified is OK as long as they don't go to freakish proportions.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Yes, this one you can bring home to meet the parents unlike that inked up, pink haired extra-terrestrial you posted a while back. Of course, I really have no right to criticize as I spent the most of my mid to late twenties chasing crazy outlandish chicks...

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Catch any?

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    A few, a few...

  • It can always be worse I guess... we only need #'s 2, 3, 6, & 8:

  • Enjoy:

  • watching nbcSn... florio thinks lovie is gone if we don't make the playoffs.

    I'm going to go opposite Johnny just to be the contrarian and say that I hope we kick the FUCK out of Detroit, but that the vikes kick the FUCK out of the packers and we get a new set of coaches.

    Best of all worlds? Who really think's we can make it past rd 1? rd 2?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    we lost to the Texans by a score. we lost to the pack by a score. we gave away the vikes and seahawks game. That's why I think that we have a shot. that is why we will win. for all the hand wringing over lovie we're still a team that can beat anyone.....or at least has a shot to be anyone.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    I think we 100% could have been Johnny... IFF Emerey finally would have addressed the oline this year, AND if we'd have had MUCH better injuty luck this year.

    As things stand... I don't have a lot of confidence in a lovie/hoke/babich/drake coached team with about 8 starters left. Brutal.

    I'll always keep hope alive baby.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    If we get a groove going against Detroit, I wouldn't say another loss to SF is a foregone conclusion. They're starting to meander a bit...

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    'Frisco lost Manningham for the season last week and Vernon Davis got his bell rung MIGHTILY. Also, in addition to having seen him up close and personal already, the the Bears now have PLENTY of film on Mr. Kaepernick to digest. A second meeting could at least be...interesting.

    I wouldn't mind seeing it happen.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I agree.

  • here is emperical proof that don banks is a fucking moron:

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Preaching to the choir, my friend. He truly does dislike the Beloved. Last week he went on a rant about #54. The media could live without him (#54) and some other lame ass, bitch stuff. Major douche.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Frankly, I don't have an issue with it. They've played like a middle of the pack team, or worse, since mid-season.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Reluctantly, I have to agree. At first I was a bit put off about the Vikings' rank but they've beat better teams than we have. Of course, they've also lost to worse teams too...

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I actually didn't have an issue with his bears call this week... it's the other teams. the guy's fucking crazy.

  • 5 Bears named to the Pro-Bowl

    Marshall, Melton, Peppers, Tillman & Jennings.

    Briggs' name is conspicuously absent !!!

  • In reply to Albertintucson:,0,1460651.photogallery

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Betcha Briggs has about 20 tackles Sunday.

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    And I'll bet even though it's in Detroit, he has them in front of predominantly hometown crowd. After the last decade in Detroit, there's probably about a hundred die hard fans left who are going to come out for the last game of a 4-11 team...

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    No J'marcus? What a travesty!

    Actually, that looks about right. Peppers perhaps was helped by reputation, although he has not sucked or anything.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    This might have been his best season ever. Wonder what happened? Too many 3-4 OLBs getting credit for all the sacks.


  • In reply to SC Dave:

    I think Tebow is crazy overrated, a wildcat QB and nothing more.

    But Hoge is a prick. That fucking weird tribble on his head, he looks like the 1970s Kung Fu grip GI Joe, the blond one.

    I hope he chokes.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I think we all sense that journalistic integrity went out the window a while back. Not much accountability anymore, seems it's all about sensationalism and controversy. The Tribune is really pushing Rosenbloom hard (whose pieces I refuse to read). I'm sure Biggsy sneers at him when they pass in the hall...

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I agree with both you and the author. Yeah, Tebow is not all that as a football player, but what crime is that?

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