Chicago Bears 2013 Regular Season Schedule

Chicago Bears 2013 Regular Season Schedule

Schedule release day!

Schedule release day!

Put the kids to bed early because the schedule hast been released! (I care about two significant elements of the schedule release: the national games and my fall bears-related travel schedule.)

WEEK ONE

Sunday, September 8th

Bears v. Bengals

NOTE: This is my favorite day of the year and I'm very happy the Bears are playing the early game. There is nothing worse than waking up at 5 AM from the excitement of a new season and having to wade through seven hours of other teams playing before the Bears kickoff.

WEEK TWO

Sunday, September 15th

Bears v. Vikings

NOTE: Two home games to start the season will be gold in Marc Trestman's eyes. All he has to worry about from mid-August to mid-September is winning football games.

WEEK THREE

Sunday, September 22nd (Primetime)

Bears at Steelers

NOTE: You knew this game was going to draw an NBC slot and it's wise of them to play this one early. Both these teams can just as easily win 7 games as win 11. Get them both in September when their seasons are in front of them.

WEEK FOUR

Sunday, September 29th

Bears at Lions

NOTE: Am I the only one who found this game more frightening before the Lions replaced Jason Hanson with David Akers? It is a Bears/Lions game. It'll be close.

WEEK FIVE

Sunday, October 6th

Bears v. Saints

NOTE: This begins the most difficult stretch of the Bears season. I am sure the Bears were hoping to see Sean Payton and the Saints on the schedule once the weather flipped to frigid in late December. A beautiful early-October day was not what they had in mind.

WEEK SIX

Thursday, October 10th (Primetime)

Bears v. Giants

NOTE: Mel Tucker has to prepare for one of the most dynamic offenses in the sport - the Saints - the previous Sunday. He then has three days to prepare for another of the most dynamic offenses in the sport. Bears should be happy to split these games.

WEEK SEVEN

Sunday, October 20th

Bears at Redskins

NOTE: Impossible to evaluate a Redskins game until we find out the status of Robert Griffin. I Tweeted the other day that I believe many of us will throw the remote control at the TV at least once this summer and scream, "Just tell us when he's ready to play football!" I think the entire league wanted to see the Redskins on their schedule inside the six-week PUP window.

WEEK EIGHT

Sunday, October 27th

Bye week.

WEEK NINE

Monday, November 4th (Primetime)

Bears at Packers

NOTE: Kudos to the NFL on seemingly altering their relationship with ESPN and Monday Night Football. ESPN has been sitting with some truly awful games the last few years and their slate in 2013 is solid. The Bears have two months to prepare for the Packers - essential for a new head coach.

WEEK TEN

Sunday, November 10th

Bears v. Lions

NOTE: Win.

WEEK ELEVEN

Sunday, November 17th

Bears v. Ravens

NOTE: I still think the NFL made an error not playing this game on the opening Thursday night but they also put the Raiders on the Thanksgiving slate so maybe I'm the crazy one. Sending the Ravens to Chicago would enable the league to send Peyton Manning back to Indianapolis on the opening Sunday night and create a really magical first weekend.

WEEK TWELVE

Sunday, November 24th

Bears at Rams

NOTE: I've never been to St. Louis...

WEEK THIRTEEN

Sunday, December 1st

Bears at Vikings

NOTE: I've never been to Minneapolis either but I'm sort of okay with that.

WEEK FOURTEEN

Monday, December 9th (Primetime)

Bears v. Cowboys

NOTE: One thing to watch here: the rating. If the Bears and Cowboys are both in fine form entering the game this will do the highest rating in the history of Monday Night Football on ESPN.

WEEK FIFTEEN

Sunday, December 15th

Bears at Browns

NOTE: If the Browns are struggling into December, expect this game to feel like a Bears home game. (It may not matter if the Browns are struggling or not.)

WEEK SIXTEEN

Sunday, December 22nd

Bears at Eagles

NOTE: Tough to win back-to-back road games in the NFL but if the Bears fancy themselves a playoff team in 2013 they are most likely going to need to win these two.

WEEK SEVENTEEN

Sunday, December 29th

Bears at Packers

NOTE: What else needs to be said?

OVERALL THOUGHT ON THE SCHEDULE

It's fine.

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  • NOTE: I've never been to Minneapolis either but I'm sort of okay with that.

    Let me be the first to say that you aren't missing much.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    That's harsh.
    Minneapolis ain't that bad. It actually has some interesting neighborhoods; just don't confuse it with the 1,000 suburb communities surrounding it.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKQGT8Qc8Wo

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Great movie - but that's like using "Doctor Detroit" as a character study of Chicagoans.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I'm good with that.

    Watch this James Brown drop at 2:19. Mercy me! Kanye go fuck himself, that's what a legend looks like!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4fj-1Y81vo

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Hahahaha - my dad took me to see that movie when I was 8.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Ha! I think I just got a new Halloween custume this year. Doctor Detroit!

    Even though Kanye is closer to my generation, it's obvious James Brown is far more talented. Iconic. I still love this scene since it's probably the first James Brown I ever heard.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzDDJm27vmc

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I'm never going to Fargo, I know that much.

    Not much to be said about a schedule. Fix the damn line and it's all candy.

    I don't know if I posted this before, but if anyone needs a motivational pickup then this is it. I'm not a fan of the person, but you could do worse than listen to this man for 12 minutes. Arnie on his year in the army. Quite inspiring, and no bullshit in sight.

    http://youtu.be/wJPRj19OU-w

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Minneapolis and St Paul have some awesome concert venues and good restaurants. Whenever I go up there and have a little extra time, I like to go drop about $150-200 at Cosetta's and stock up on Italian food. The people on average though are kind of lame.

  • In reply to The Fifth:

    Yes, they do. Lived in the Cities for awhile after college. Uptown was my neighborhood most of the time.
    Minnesotans are a different breed...hence the term, "Minnesota Nice".
    It all depends on the person though, as with all places.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Your right about the nice. I always prefer to see a show in the twin cities than Chicago or Milwaukee. The venues are almost always better and smaller and the crowds are much nicer. Two of my favorite venues anywhere are Pantages for an indoor show, and I love Weesner Amphitheater (at the MN Zoo) for an outdoor show. Weesner is probably the best venue I've ever been to, aside from Jamaica on the beach.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I think maybe Jeff wrote that since that game is in December? I'd rather visit Minneapolis when it's a bit more temperate.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Fuck that - the blizzard they got in December gave me the best seats I've ever had to a professional football game. And if you know the city, you don't need to go outside when you're downtown thanks to the walkway system. It's no Chicago, but it's much better than many.

    Thanks, Metrodome!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Half a foot of snow in mid April? Yeah, you can KEEP that.

  • If Shanny doesn't get them back to the playoffs, and the reason is that Kirk Cousins can't win games for them, then Colonel Redskin himself needs to get the Snyder boot up his ass.

    What Nepotism Mike did was the equivalent of wrecking a Ferrari after driving it home. What a stupid shortsighted move that was.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    But Killa Cam said that's how you be a man in the playoffs......by singlehandedly losing the game for your team.

  • First Beyouches.....!!!

    Ccaw..Ccaw!!!

    LET'S GET SOME!!!

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    SHEITE...!!! fucking gnomes!!!! !@##$@!#$@$$#!!#$@#$@#$!@!!

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    BAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    It wasn't like you missed it by fucking one Lobo... dude, that was bad.

    You get two consecutive false starts in a row for that one. Wow.

  • Wow...giving the Bears no love:

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/media/acrobat/2013-04/267182860-18200536.pdf

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    Yeah, Rosenbloom thinks he's funny.

    I tend to agree with Biggs, except I don't see the Bears dropping the Steelers and the Lions, only to win against NO and NY.

    Plus, the Ravens aren't that good.

    I think 10-6 is the over/under. Personally, I feel that if Emery shores up the O-line in the draft and Trestman is as good a fit with Cutler as we hope, 13-3 is within reach.

  • If we do the right things roster wise then 14-2 is doable.

  • That was baffling - 6 and 10?
    6 and f-ing 10???
    On what basis? Because we lost Lach?
    These guys all suck. Collectively.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Like anybody has a CLUE at this point in time? Pre-draft? Rosters still in flux? Get a life.

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    Wow indeed, Haugh is a tool as expected. 8-8? How do we get worse than 10-6? Almost everyone has us losing to the Steelers?

    I think Rosendoom will be closer than anyone at 16-0 although he's almost certainly taking the piss.

    IF we fix the you-know-what.

  • Nobody except the bullshit Doomer has us beating the Pack. Not even once.

    8-8 would be a pretty big disaster in my book. If Briggs is going to pout all season, trade him.

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    It's not love, it's the Peter King syndrom. No one wants to pick a good record and have it blow up in their face due to an injury or something like that.

    Peter King called Super Bowl when Cutler came to town but we lost Pisa and Lach in the same game and the defenses got gashed even in the games where the offense scored a bunch.

    Then the next year he called 8-8 or some shit and Cutler led the team to the NFC Championship game and made him look dumb again.

    Then in 2011 he played middle of the road but was blowing bear cock until Cutler got hurt so he protected his prediction image.

    These fucking guys know as much about football as you and I with maybe the exception of Matt Bowen. But then again, Matt's expertise is the technical aspect of the game and that he played it. If he was honest he'd take that last little leap and realize that we're not playing the Steelers of a couple years ago. We're playing the Steelers of now. That game is a win. Also, with our offense and defensive upgrades to say we'll lose at all to Minnesota is laughable. We may win that game by 21.

    I'm calling 11-5 or 12-4 on the conservative side. I truly feel that this team can beat the Saints, the Pack at least once, the Steelers and the "new" Ravens. I wouldn't be surprised if we went 13-3. Take that bitches.

  • I find it hilarious that the NFL is already assigning W-L before the damn draft! But, they gotta do something during the offseason.

    You know the irony? All those teams are the type of teams Lovie thrived on - teams with a bunch of question marks. Not one dominant team like the 9ers, Hawks, or even Falcons, Pats, Broncs.

    A bunch of wild-card teams, at best.

    On the flip side, maybe two really weak teams in the Browns and Eagles (depending on how Chip turns out).

    We'll get to 10 wins, or all bets are off next season, beginning with Briggs.

  • Has the light-bulb finally turned on for WebbNation?

    http://blogs.suntimes.com/bears/2013/04/brandon_marshall_impressed_wit.html

    I sure hope so. Then again, didn't Marshall also predict Hester would have a better year than him? Yeah, I'm not holding my breath.

  • I'm not sure we should rely on Ginsu Marshall as the best arbiter of inner character. While I applaud his great season and model citizen behavior last year, nobody worked harder than that guy - we all need to remain aware that he's still volatile and how he's going to behave if and when he isn't getting all the balls.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    he's just trying to continue to be the positive supportive force he was last year. He said the same thing about the dive bomber last year, and how that POS do?

    I loves me some marshall, but only when he's catching the ball... leave the company line towing to the pros my man.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Ed Zachary, MB. Ed Zachary. He talked the Devine Ms. Hester up last year like the bitch was Jerry Rice.

    Impressed with the Boston authorities BTW - job done. Interesting they didn't read that guy his Miranda though.

  • His older brother invoked his "... right to remain silent". Permantly.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Er, permanently. Still EARLY out here

  • Time to download a new shortcut schedule for my desktop!

    So far, this is the only I've found (with Cutler):

    http://a.espncdn.com/photo/2013/0418/chi_2013_bears_schedule_b1_576.jpg

    Anyone find any others? I might screw around and make my own with other players like Peanut, Pepp and DJ in his Robo-Cop Visor.

  • Windy City Gridiron did a nice one for the 2011 season, it would be nice if DBB had one like this:

    http://sportpeaks.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Bears-Julius-Peppers-wallpaper.jpg

  • In reply to gpldan:

    That dude's got his shit together... too bad his blog sucks.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    btw, you've got pep, cutty, and fucking hester on there!?!?!

    I get he was trying to do the 3 phases thing, but dude... common. Put fucking cory graham or good as gould on there instead.

    (yes, I know CG hasn't been on this team for a year... that's how bad hester was last year... on the field and with his attitude)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    He really has his act together. Great Wordpress site, way better commenting section, he even has integration with Tiqiq such that his bloggers can sell tix to just each other:

    http://www.tiqiq.com/nfl/chicago-bears-tickets/?brandid=sbnation_windycitygridiron

    That's some community branding going on over there.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    100% agree GP, his content and posters are just turrible.

    Jeff needs to pull his head out of his ass and bring the tech and management of this blog (context prizes, community building, offline meet ups, etc..) in-line with... well... with us. We're the best badass bunch of community posters anywhere. Oh yeah, and jeff's not bad either I guess.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Fuck yeah

  • In reply to gpldan:

    That link doesn't work for me, for whatever reason.

    I used this one last year.

    http://www.chicagonow.com/bearssth/files/2012/04/2012_SCHEDULEIMAGE_FULLLOWRES.jpg

    I might create my own Bear Schedule Wallpaper/Icon pretty soon. Already am researching some cool Bear pics to modify. I'll do a few versions if I have time and share it with you guys (I definitely want to do one with DJ and whomever we draft in the 1st, unless it's Te'o!)

    Here's a preliminary one of Peanut which I might work with.

    http://prod.static.bears.clubs.nfl.com/assets/images/fan-zone/wallpapers/2012-wallpaper/Tillman_1366x768.jpg

  • I like that Tillman one as a starting point.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Cool. I'll start with that one. I like the one of Peanut on Mega too, but that one would take more work.

    http://espn.go.com/photo/2012/1022/chi_a_ctillts_400.jpg

  • That picture just re-engaged my man-crush on Peanut.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Ah, I guess Da Site does read this blog after all. Here's their version (which is still a little lame).

    http://www.chicagobears.com/fan-zone/wallpapers/2013-wallpapers.html

  • I got sent a beauty from the Bears official site. Have a fish around the mother site.

  • http://prod.static.bears.clubs.nfl.com/assets/docs/2013_cb_schedule_cb_com.pdf

  • Willie, dude, you need to just chill the fuck out maings: http://www.rantsports.com/clubhouse/2013/04/19/man-files-lawsuit-against-chicago-bulls-guard-derrick-rose-for-missing-2012-13-season/

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Ha. He owes me.

  • A squad of (mostly) Irish cops want, of all things, food.

    BPD asks all businesses to shut down in Boston. Except...um...dunkin donuts. They ask them to stay open.

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/jessicamisener/dunkin-donuts-in-boston-are-still-open-during-lockdown

  • In reply to gpldan:

    That is actually unintentionally really funny.

    $, that peanut pic is sweet maings.

  • Lack to join Roachclip? Getting the band back together?

    http://www.sportsworldreport.com/articles/13149/20130408/oakland-raiders-free-agent-rumors-brian-urlacher-option-at-linebacker-after-rolando-mcclain-released-karlos-dansby-or-jarvis-jones-in-draft-targets.htm

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I actually would like Lach on the Raiders. I think they'd love him over there; God knows, they need his professionalism for the rebuild. Oddly enough, Lach in a Raider uni doesn't seem weird to me.

    Not as much as Lach in a Fin uniform, at least.

  • anyone in a fin uniform is weird to me... of their own volition at least.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Yeah, whatever does posses a man to willinging don teal and orange? Oh, yeah!

    http://a4.ec-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/111/23e671da550f42b881f498385414708a/l.jpg

    http://www.mysobe.com/miami-beach/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/girls-at-the-south-beach.jpg

    SDs weather might be nicer, but the South Beach girls are sluttier.

    Advantage, South Beach.

  • Oh.... MY!

    have to agree even though I've never been to south beach. I think I need to go soon... based on those pics alone.

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

    Bang! Bang!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    my favorite in that vid is at 20 seconds. Yummy maingses.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Woe is me, woe are the Chicago Bears. A (multi-billion dollar organization couldn't find 3 million dollars to give us an awesome LB corps with a draft to come. This will bite us on the ass come the first injury.

  • Excuse me but are you saying that Brian Urlacher at 35yrs old coming off knee, neck and hamstring injuries would give us an awesome LB corps? Are you fucking kidding me? Not one team in the league has offered him so much as league minimum.

    At this point in Brians career DJ Williams is an enormous upgrade. A fucking enormous elephant cock sized upgrade.

  • also, that multi billion dollar organzation has to abide by the NFL rules regarding the salary cap the last time I fucking checked.

  • We'll see how much an upgrade DJ is

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    that's absolutely correct Dave. We will indeed see. Another thing you'll see is Urlacher playing somewhere for fucking league minimum at best or with some escalator clause that he has no chance to reach and at the last minute because of his ludicrous valuation of his talent level after these injuries and his age.

    He was god awful last year. just awful.

  • +1. get real, Irish. Think KRUETZ.

  • btw, our december schedule stretch looks pretty brutal.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Ending with 3 on the road, including the finale at Lambau won't be a cake walk, but the Browns and Eagles are most likely not going to be in playoff contention, and are rebuilding.

    Those road games won't be as tough as, say, having to go to Seattle or Atlanta.

  • The final game against the Pack is at home.

    So, you know, now DBB has it's "Christmas-present-to-myself-bitch" gift: tickets to the game on the 29th in Chicago.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I'm in if I don't get my kids.

    And I might stay for NYE if you guys can get a bead on a killer party or something.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Oh yeah! Never mind.

    I now change my prediction from 15-1 to 16-0.

  • Alot of people are talking like Seattle is the next sliced bread. Dude, they went to the playoffs once and only got there because of the Hail Mary debacle and a fucking gift of 2 uncalled OPI's and a dropped game winning INT against the Bears and a 98 yard drive

    They will struggle to 9-7 at the most this year as Wilson finds out that 198yards a game and no 4 leaf clover up his ass doesn't a dynasty make.

  • Yes, but barring injuries, Seattle is going to be MUCH better this year (doesn't mean they'll have a better record though).

    Wilson is only going to get better, and that alone is scary. Add to that their newly acquired weapon in Harvin, a great Oline with Lynch, and their new FA toys on D like Avril and Winfield, and they're going to be very dangerous.

    It's kind of odd, but I think that the Bears unwittingly held the coming out party for both Wilson and Kaep.

  • Crazy ass defense though. They have some receivers now, Beastmode, crazy good QB (or will be). NFL powerhouse.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Looks like 5 wins to me MB. Ho ho ho!

  • fucking stop it and come back to reality

  • 5 wins out of the last 5 games mang ...

  • LOSERS!!!!

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/19/uncle-asks-bombing-suspec_n_3117072.html?1366392654

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Wow, that was fast. Then again, the Boston Marathon is run on a street with endless cameras, but still, it's pretty impressive that the FBI (or whomever) tracked down the bombers that fast.

    Chechnyan sympathizers? Shouldn't they be bombing Russia or something?

    It is sort of "domestic" still since one of them has grown up in the U.S. since he was little.

    I get the feeling that it was just two disgruntled fucks more than a political or religious statement, kind of like that one nut who went off in the movie theater because he wanted to be like The Joker.

  • I get the feeling that it was just two disgruntled fucks more than a political or religious statement

    Not sure about that.

    http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2013/04/boston-bombing-suspect-posted-video-al-qaeda-prophecy-youtube

    This seems fastball down the middle Islamic whacknut shit. They probably weren't profiled because of the Russian roots, but clearly the older brother was captured by Islamic whacknut philosophy.

    Usually you don't see an older brother fit the loner archetype but this one seems to.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Yes, that older brother's trip to Russia recently definitely raises suspicions that he was "radicalized" like the "shoe bomber."

    But what I mean is that being a "loser" (apparently, jobless, stay at home dad, shattered dreams of becoming a boxing pro, etc) perhaps lead him to this violent act more than the Jihad. But then again "radicals" prey on such individuals, and I definitely don't discount Jihadist philosophy influencing such an individual.

    But we must all remember that not all Muslims go around blowing shit up (I think their uncle's press interview probably spoke to the majority of how Muslims feel), just like not all Christians go around blowing up fed buildings or abortion clinics.

  • It's only the orthodox Sharia muslims that go in for the Jihad shit.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Odds are good it is a combination of the two. You don't end up being one of those guys without being a disgruntled, alienated shit. And I'm sure there will be books written about whatever relationship dynamic brought the little brother into it.

    Kudos to the FBI and Boston PD for the work they did on an extremely complex crime scene. I am hopeful they apprehend the younger brother so they get some additional information out of him on contacts, etc.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    +100 for FBI and Boston PD.

    Experts predicted that the suspects would be found pretty soon because of all the cameras, but damn.

    Also, I'm glad it got done efficiently so that this whole tragedy doesn't turn into some "Obama ineffective" issue.

    This is about justice, the victims, finding more splinter cells and those dirtbags being punished - period.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    The kid might be a Lee Boyd Malvo situation.

    A kid idolizes his big brother, esp. in a situation where the parents are back in Russia. He probably did it because his brother told him to. And once he was in, he was all the way in.

    We'll see if they take him alive. I'm not counting on the kid walking out with his hands up at this point. He's probably going to turn the gun on himself.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Me neither, especially if the reports about the older brother being rigged were accurate.
    But it would certainly:
    a) shut up the conspiracy whackos
    b) aid in criminal investigations that spin off from this one.
    c) help with psych profiles

    So, I'll hold out hope they apprehend him alive.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    If you want the "true" story, go look up Alex Jones and his sites infowars or prison planet.

    On a serious note, what is gonna happen if they don't catch that kid tonight? How long is Boston going to stay in total lock down? Is the city going to stay under martial law until they catch him?

  • In reply to The Fifth:

    Technically, they weren't under martial law - that's a whole different baliwick.
    Thankfully, we didn't have to find out.
    What a surreal week for Boston.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Oh joy. Another banner Day for Islam

  • Let's be honest. The Aurora shooter FAILED at the only thing in life he was semi good at. his grades fucking sucked and his teachers said he didn't have what it took to be in the neurosciences.

    He was a failure that couldn't find a job after college and when he "went back to school" after being unemployed he failed at it. Then he gave up entirely and started creating a new reality for himself so he wouldn't have to face the harsh truth that he wasn't as awesome as he thought he was. fucking pussy.

  • I think most "serial killers" tend to be college drop outs. MOST.

    That shoe bomber had a wife, kids, and a masters.

    The younger bro in the boston bombings seemed well adjusted, but perhaps he had "little bro" syndrome where he idolizes and follows big bro, no matter what (Kind of like in "American History X").

  • when they catch that little bitch they should curb his ass.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Ouch. I wasn't right after I saw that scene.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    American History X sort of curbing?

  • Fast. Absolutely. Almost brought a tear to an old fart's eye when I saw everyone chanting 'USA!' when they were driving him away. Job done. That's clever though, using Chechnyans. Fuck.

  • Here, to me, is the most compelling story of the Boston attack:

    See this guy in the hat?

    http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/02541/boston-Jeff-Bauman_2541048b.jpg

    His name is Carlos Arrendondo. He had two sons. The oldest went to Iraq and was killed. When Carlos got the news from the Army who came to the door, he tried to commit suicide on the spot. They stopped him.

    That's because his younger son had already committed suicide.

    Carlos lost his kids. But he was at the marathon to see a woman he was dating.

    The guy in the wheelchair with his legs blown off? His name is Jeff Bauman. Jeff identified the bombers. When they moved him from that wheelchair to the ambulance, he grabbed a paper bag and wrote "bag. saw the guys who did it. looked right at me." That was helpful to the FBI to know that two people were involved.

    Had Carlos not been there, nobody would have been there to apply a tourniquet and keep Jeff alive until help arrived. At it was, Jeff looks like a zombie in the picture, that's how much blood he lost. Carlos saved Jeff's life. But he nearly didn't, because he nearly wasn't.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Yeah, that picture is going to become iconic. He was literally using his own fingers as a tourniquet for that victim's artery. Did he have medical training or something? Amazing presence of mind.

    "When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping." To this day, especially in times of "disaster," I remember my mother's words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world."

    - Fred Rogers (aka, Mr. Rogers).

  • Yep, the good people outweigh the bad in this world. And I agree with gpl - that's an incredibly powerful story.

    I count all of you guys that I've met on here on the good side of the ledger.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Who knew the schedule-release thread would be the thread of love and the milk of human kindness..... group hug?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    You are way up on my list MBP!

  • Remember, firefighters are the ones who run in to burning buildings, to rescue the people who need to get out.

    As much as we valorize and idolize athletes, we don't need to look any further for true heroes than the local fire station.

  • What about those guys in Texas? A fertiliser factory is on fire? Might as well have been semtex or C4.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    +1

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Great story.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Wow. Good call man. Poor fucking Carlos.

  • Obviously Jeff got a raw deal too ... and that responder will have his comb-over broadcast to the world now.

  • speedy white receiver visits bears:

    http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/bears/post/_/id/4683249/source-wr-swope-visited-bears

    bears sign kicker signor to 3-year deal:

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/chi-chicago-bears-sign-kicker-20130419,0,3753916.story

  • In reply to Shady:

    Swope is someone I thought the Bears would keep on their radar in the later rounds (3rd-4rth).

    40 is 4.34

    Almost exclusively slot, but he is bigger than Tayvon (6'0 205). He might fall due to a "concussion history".

    "NFL Network's Mike Mayock revealed that Texas A&M WR Ryan Swope has a history of medical issues, specifically multiple concussions.
    Without the concussions, Mayock believes Swope is a second- or third-round prospect. He went on to add that Swope's straight-line speed was hidden due to Johnny Manziel's unorthodox style and that the Aggie receiver was used primarily in the slot. Finally, Mayock noted that if team's project Swope in that slot role, he is likely a third-round pick, but a team could take a chance on him in the second-round if they project him outside. "

    http://www.rotoworld.com/headlines/cfb/23783/mayock-swope-has-a-history-of-concussions

  • Of all the possible injury 'red flags' concussions are the biggest for me. You can play with an injured arm or leg, but you can't play with an injured brain. They just won't let you now a days, not with all the talk of CTE, independent doctors and lawsuits against the league. That one injury has changed the game forever.

  • In reply to Shady:

    I was actually about to write the exact same thing. Bones heal, tendons can be replaced/fixed, cuts stiched... brains don't get better with more hits, they get worse.

    Pass.

  • Can we even afford the spot at 4th to draft a receiver ? If Brian isn't going elsewhere - and that appears fairly certain now - then we NEED to draft LB, OLx2, DE/DT.

    Maybe Emery trades down so we can get a Warford/ Arthur Brown thing going, and get us an extra pick.

    History of concussions? No thanks.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Interesting that we signed a kicker (a) to a three year contract .. .considering (b) he missed a third of his kicks in 2009.

  • Irish, what?

  • 2nd suspect (the younger brother) caught alive, though wounded

    I'm glad it's alive. Need to find out if they were directed or not.

    Folks in Boston are applauding law enforcement. Surreal scene.

  • Wow. Holy shit guys. We get so wrapped up in our teams and get
    all jacked up about hating certain teams by association their cities, but I am very proud of the way our Bostonian brothers dealt with this tragedy. God Bless America. Yes I am fuckin sappy but I love this great country. Fuck these A holes that don't get it.

  • Wait. Hold up. Rewind. WTF?

    Why is Flacco the main photo Jefe? I get that Woot!Woot! will end his career this season ... but ... I believe there are still photos in existence of a certain team from a certain city by the lake holding up a Lombardi ?

  • Every time that I successfully get to logg in, I feel as ig I've won the lotto!!!!!! DBB gods have allowed me to log in for today...probably. It doesnt matter that I can't see a single comment because the way the site looks on my browser(which is making everything look cluttered and every comment overlapped on top of each other) but hey, I soo frickin glad! LET GO BEARS!!!!!

  • In reply to OsosFan:

    I hear rumor the blog may move out of here, but I'm beginning to think it's all just a rumor.

  • ANY predictions based on looking at the schedule aren't worth the KBs of drive space required.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    It's a generally favorable schedule but I agree with your earlier point - we haven't even had the frigging draft yet, the latter part of free agency, training camps, etc.
    It is amazing though, that out of 16 possible record outcomes for any given team, so few journalists are capable of picking the right one, much less the right one on a regular basis. Probabilities are that there's one guy in bumblefuck somewhere that just crushes it every year but his newspaper has no readers.

  • Not to be all negative but I'm not seeing us as world beaters this year. Pep, Peanut and Briggs are a year older, our OL issues aren't exactly solved, we have no real speed at WR, if M. Bennett doesn't pan out we have 0 at TE, we have 2 fragile safeties, first year coaches usually have losing records and we have no idea about any of the new coaches. We have no real depth so injuries will be a huge issue. Briggs seems to have his nose out of joint over the new staff. Hopefully that gets resolved. I'm hoping Johnny and Irish are correct but I'm just not feeling it.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    They'll be fine. Sure some of the vets on D are a year older, but the young guys are also a year older and should help pick up the slack. The old guys are older, but like Lach, they are prideful. Prideful enough not to completely fall apart. The key is going to be getting the offense to step up more than the defense steps back. The team still has plenty of opportunity to add depth in the draft and the rest of FA. Come on Canada, don't give us those labatte blues this early, you can't give up on the season until they're statistically out of it. For our sake, for your own sake, stay positive.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Oh, I'm not feeling optimistic C-bear ... not feeling anything until I see what kind of line they put out there. If Garza is our center going into the season it'll be the same as last year no matter how well the rest play. A rookie center would be equally worrying. If that part of things gets sorted out though .. .stand back and enjoy the show.

    Not really worried about speed at receiver, what did the Eagles do last year? Darrius Beyward-Hey? We just need Alshon to do his thing and Earl be the slot machine. Don't think Kromer sounds too worried about deep routes.

  • If you want SOME optimism, don't forget that history shows that new coaches often infuse energy into a team. Coughlin with the Giants, that was a very rocky road at first and he pulled that team together, Jim Harbaugh and John Harbaugh took teams with talent and moved them to a whole new level.

    Coaches with tenure, Marvin Lewis, Mike Tomlin and formerly Lovie Smith, formerly Norv Turner in SD - once a regime gets staid, it's dead.

    Matt Bowen has been as vocal about this as anyone WRT to the Bears. I called it Lovie's clubhouse with the gold plated toilets. The old guard there, really led by Lovie and Urlacher and Briggs, really felt like it was a great ride don't change anything.

    Even Wanny's first year saw a bump in performance, his ineptitude and shit coaching that ran the Bears, the Pitt Panthers and later the Bills into the ground didn't become apparent at first.

    So I am hoping to see ERod and Dinner take steps up, Tillman to have one more Pro Bowl year that puts him in talks for Canton (I think it would take 2 more), another solid year from Jennings and Briggs to get his head out of his ass. Also, let's see what Jeffery can do with an offseason training with Bmarsh. He should be stronger AND faster this year, he still could easily pinch an inch last year, this year he should show what the weight room has done.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Also, historically, when Chicago writers are way down on the Bears (nobody has them better than 10-6, and many have them at 8-8, except for the Doomer, who isn't a real journalist anyway, he's an ass clown in the Mariotti mold) then the Bears usually show up.

    It's when the writers start talking 12-4 and 13-3 that the Bears fall apart.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Don't forget Martellus Bennett. I haven't seen anything from E-Rod except a run-in with the police.

    All receptions and targets from 2012. This dude is good.

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

  • Look, he's WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY better than anything we have or have had... he just looked.....

    ...lazy, to me. Can't put my finger on it. Just kind of nonchalant and... lazy.

  • the slot machine... I like that.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    As stolen from the Welker piece on NFL.COM.

  • Ahhhh... and here I thought you were just brilliant.

    oh well, honesty is always the best policy I guess.

    How's things maings? Back home yet?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Nah, waiting on her visa ....

    I think I asked you something about your kiddies on the last thread but never got back to it. You get all the access you want or not?

  • I'm trying to think positive and hopefully PE hits the draft out of the park. I literally haven't seen a great offense by the Bears in forever. Good but not great. If Trestman fields a good O, we're going to be a force to be reckoned with. If not, sub-500.

  • Pros :

    Beast, Baby Beast, Martellus, Earl the Pearl, Forte/Bush and Jay Christopher Cutler. Slauson. 2xPro Bowl left tackle. No Devin Hester wasting space at receiver. OC/HC who want to get rid of the ball ASAP.

    Cons :

    Question mark on the Center who false starts when he's the mofo snapping the ball, gets no push off his double leg braces and is basically finished as an athlete.

    Who is Gabe Carimi?

    Lance Louis is gone

    With the draft to come, explosive offense is a possibility here.

  • Pompei just released his mock. Not a fan of his, he's sort of the personification of mediocrity, a guy better suited to a market like Kansas City than Chicago, where we like our journalists to not be vanilla, but he has taking Trufant at 20 and some other, unlikely, picks. It's as if he knows nobody is going to grade him on this, so he's just throwing in stupid stuff in the hopes he might guess correctly.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/ct-spt-0421-pompei-mock-nfl-draft-20130421,0,626401.story

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Everybody gets it wrong anyway as nobody factors in trades which always happens. Emery is likely wanting to get us an extra pick so he can rebuild the house Angelo blew up.

  • Angelo wasn't like a broken gas line that goes up in one big catastrophic event; he was a full-bore termite infestation that, over almost a decade, ate away at the very core and foundation of our house.

    Until one day you go to move a post or wall, and you go to knock it down and your hammer goes right through the paint layers like a candy shell into nothingness... and you realize that all of the wood that use to comprise your house has been eaten away and all that's left is the shell of layers of paint over which used to be your house.

    Yes, I’ve thought about the situation a couple times over the last decade.

    Sigh.

  • Boston bomber (older brother) Amazon wishlist

    This is not a joke

    http://goo.gl/dc2vP

  • In reply to gpldan:

    What it got him. Yes, it's him. No, you shouldn't probably follow this link. Just click the Tubez link, it's really about the same thing.

    po.st/2OHsSZ

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vafs4yFNtQ8

  • On the football front, TO wants to be a Bear now.

    So, you know, we got that going for us. I'm sure TO would make a nice cautionary tale for BMarsh.

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000162124/article/terrell-owens-would-welcome-move-to-chicago-bears

  • In reply to gpldan:

    No thanks.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Talk about denial. No football in two years. He's 39 ..... he must be really really bored.

  • Pulled hammy waiting to happen.

    See: Steve Nash 's playing time with the lakers this year.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Al, I go outside to check the weather and I pull a hammy.

    Getting old sucks.

  • Wow, GP...

    Yer on a run today. Good push on the optimism far above, nice tie-ins on the Boston Bomber - that was off the mainstream grid.

    TO? No. But give the guy his due - he really doesn't go quietly, does he?

  • Thanks.

    Ced Ben says, I'm like Nixon bitch! Rested and ready!

    https://utexas.box.com/s/njdommo9fssfvgnye750

    Somebody will take him.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Browns. Book it.

  • Revis to Bucs. Deal not totally done yet, so don't know what Dr. Scholl gets back on his team for the Island dweller.

  • SB Nation tries a mock that predicts the day-of trades

    http://www.sbnation.com/nfl-mock-draft/2013/4/15/4220870/2013-nfl-mock-draft-trades-lane-johnson-darrelle-revis?utm_source=sbnation&utm_medium=nextclicks&utm_campaign=articlebottom

    This has us taking Eifert.

  • Wow. They used to talk about the Fed on Fox? And this Glen Beck dude got fired for it? Quelle Surprise.

    Beck interviewing Edward Griffin.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vB5LK-jihgk

  • According to Glen Beck, he left Fox News because it was God's divine will, even though his show still had very good ratings. He had a few good shows, but mostly he was annoying. He was part political commentator and part televangelist. God was on the side of his views. He was a lightning rod with a hard core following of about 3 million, but 100's of advertisers wouldn't advertise during his show. I think his followers all migrated to his website and online show.

  • In reply to The Fifth:

    guy was a great actor/self-marketer and/or a total asshole.

    I leaning towards the latter.

  • In reply to The Fifth:

    That's the only time I have ever seen Glen Beck, but hats off for the effort on attempting to educate the viewers on a very very important issue. If there are any bigger, I don't know.

  • Beck is a fucking moron.

  • Oh Jesus. Every American taxpayer should be shown this. The Inspector General of The Fed evading the question "WHERE DID NINE TRILLION DOLLARS Go?" for at least five minutes.

    It's almost funny. But as you all know, it's not.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QK4bblyfsc

    We now return you to draft watch.

  • it's kind of a weird concept but when it comes down to it most of the crucial oversight and regulatory positions in government are not filled with the very best and brightest in our society. Imagine that the inspector general is not some brilliant career woman with incredible charisma and intellectual capacity...she's pretty much your aunt Susie who has been fired from two jobs for mediocrity and collects stamps because her marriage is a sham.

  • That's because the private sector offers waaaay more money than governmental jobs, and "duty" is usually not enough to make someone take thousands of dollars less.

    Those trying to get ahead/around of the regulations also have the advantage of surprise and being proactive, sorta like hackers who always seem a few steps ahead of security (and many of those secuirty protocals were former hackers themselves).

  • I'll bet her salary is astronomical - it would have to be to try and present that kind of shit to the world. Unbelievable.

  • Just brutal... me and a couple friends were talking about the HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS that just.... disappeared (just poof!) during the Iraqi and Afghanistan campaigns. All money to pay for info from locals and rebuild shit, just... gone without so much as a signature.

    How in THEE fuck does that happen... how is it allowed to happen without a word... but these motherfucking useless pieces of shit will haul fucking barry bonds and Floyd Landis in front of a month long fucking congressional inquest into shit they have zero fucking business even being remotely interested in. Make the fucking blood boil man. inane.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I blame Spike Jonze, Ice Cube, Marky Mark, and Clooney.

    Obviously.

  • Draft only 4 days away! Just to update who the Bears met. Prospects in bold are who I like and think the Bears are prioritizing. I also believe like last year that the Bears haven't interviewed their first round target.

    Robert Alford, DB, Southeast Louisiana (PRI)
    Kiko Alonso, LB, Oregon (PRI)
    Terron Armstead, OL, Arkansas-Pine Bluff (EW)
    Alan Baxter, DL, Northern Illinois (PRO)
    Jon Bostic, LB, Florida (PRI)
    Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State (PRI)
    Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford (VINT)
    Josh Evans, S, Florida (EW)
    Matt Evans, LB, New Hampshire (EW)
    Reid Fragel, OT, Ohio State (PRI)
    Johnathan Franklin, RB, UCLA (SR)
    Tyrone Goard, WR, Eastern Kentucky (EW)
    Zaviar Gooden, LB, Missouri (PRI)
    Khaseem Greene, LB, Rutgers (PRI)
    Jeremy Harris, DB, New Mexico (INT)
    Stefphon Jefferson, RB, Nevada (COM)
    Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma (COM) (INT)
    Nick Kasa, TE, Colorado (INT)
    Edmond Kugbila, OL, Valdosta State (PRI)
    Robert Lester, DB, Alabama (SR#)
    Zach Line, RB, SMU (EW)
    Bradley McDougald, S, Kansas (EW)
    Brandon McGee, DB, Miami (PRI)
    Rashaan Melvin, DB, Northern Illinois (PRO)
    Christine Michael, RB, Texas A&M (INT) (EW)
    Jordan Mills, OT, Louisiana Tech (COM)
    Keavon Milton, TE, Louisiana-Monroe (PRI)
    Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia (PRI)
    Sean Porter, OLB, Texas A&M (COM)
    Keith Pough, LB, Howard (INT)
    Sean Progar, DL, Northern Illinois (PRO)
    Justin Pugh, OL, Syracuse (COM)
    Kevin Reddick, LB, North Carolina (INT)
    Eric Rogers, WR, Cal Lutheran (PRO)
    Supo Sanni, DB, Illinois (PRO)
    Ryan Swope, WR, Texas A&M (PRI)
    Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame (PRI)
    Don Unamba, DB, Southern Arkansas (PRI)
    B.W. Webb, DB, William & Mary (PRI)
    Brandon Williams, DL, Missouri Southern (SR)

    http://walterfootball.com/draft2013meetingsteams.php

  • Travis Frederick, C/G is set to meet with Bears too.

    http://profootball.scout.com/a.z?s=127&p=9&c=2&cid=1284011&nid=6191439&fhn=1

    Supposedly, Kromer is installing a new zone-blocking scheme, which usually prefers smaller faster linemen, but as I stated before, Kromer has shown he likes drafting size, so not sure if that tips the Bears hand as to what type of Olinemen Emery is targeting.

  • Mike Glenon, QB (per La Canfora)

    http://www.windycitygridiron.com/2013/4/22/4255202/bears-to-work-out-qb-mike-glennon-tuesday

    Keegan Wetzle (a midshipmen like Emery). More than likely Emery just giving some props to Navy. 7th-UFA.

    http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/bears/post/_/id/4683260/source-bears-look-at-navy-olb-wetzel

    Melvin White-CB Lousiana-Lafayette (Haven't confirmed it yet, but saw it somewhere)

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    Gentleman, I'm feeling very 8-8 this year.

  • In reply to Big Mike:

    You've got plenty of company and most of them really know their stuff. However, for some strange reason, I'm feeling very 11-5 and at least one playoff round win this year. personnel-wise, the team is already better than it was last year, I don't see the defense slacking off much and the offense couldn't get any worse. Tucker is basically telling the D players that it's still their baby and Lovie will be sitting at home this year asking himself why nobody mentioned this Trestman fellow to him three years ago...

  • http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/21/us/al-michaels-arrest/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

    Whoops.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I remember the old days when celebrities and professional athletes always got a pass on this kind of stuff. Now it's exactly the opposite..

  • This kid's name is seventh woods (yes, you read that correctly). He's 14.

    You guys know I don't know much about, nor give a smaller fuck than a midget about, basketball. But I know fucking ridiculiiiiis when I sees it.

    ...and this shit is fucking ridicoolus: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=If7Hrcf04Dw

    Seriously, Cuban should just give him a $100M right now. Might as well.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Only if he stays five inches taller than everyone else. Hard to tell how much of that is just being 6'2" versus Jr. High players.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB, I know your not a golf fan, but what that Chinese kid Tianlang Guan did at the Masters is amazing. Not only was he the youngest qualifier ever, but he made the cut after the first two days. Against the best golfers of all ages around the world.

    At 14, that kid put up a score of 1 over par on the first day. That score is better than 90% of the professional golfers in the world could achieve.

    Golf is all about mind and body control. That's what makes Guan's score on the first day so impressive.

  • In reply to The Fifth:

    good sheite maings. Not that I'm not a fan, I just suck and it doesn't interest me personally. I 100% know that it takes major talent to play with any degree of skill corm.

  • In reply to The Fifth:

    There was a 14 year old in the Masters ... AND HE MADE THE CUT ??

    Imagine being one of the multi-millionaires that went home on friday to the wife.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpZRRaAbdzo

    When he pins the kids shot at 45 seconds...remember, this kid is 5'6"!

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    at 1:44... is that #30 charles tillman on the other team?

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