My Thoughts & Hopes for the 2013 NFL Schedule

My Thoughts & Hopes for the 2013 NFL Schedule

The league did not wait as long as many believed, announcing the 2013 schedule will be released Thursday evening at 8 PM in a live special on the NFL Network and on NFL.com. While this has been a difficult week to focus my mind on football (or sports in general) it will be a welcomed relief. Here are some of my thoughts and hopes for that schedule.

  • I hope the Ravens open in Chicago on Thursday night. The way I see it there are three options for the opener. (1) Ravens at Steelers. It may very well be the sport's best rivalry but a game of this level of importance shouldn't be played to open the year. (2) Ravens at Broncos. Peyton Manning is always an attractive star but this game doesn't need his star power. It is going to do the best rating of the fall anyway. (3) Ravens at Bears. Why would the league NOT want to open their season in America's greatest football city? I think the league will be crazy if they choose to play this game elsewhere.
  • I am always a believer that the NFL should schedule more inter-conference games early. They count but they are games teams feel slightly better about losing. How about this one for the first Sunday nighter: Broncos at Colts. Peyton returns to Indianapolis. What a perfect way to celebrate the end of the greatest day of the year.
  • Don't give us some shitty Raiders or Chargers game in the second Monday night slot on opening weekend. There are west coast teams people WANT to see in Seattle and San Francisco. So if you want to avoid a marquee game in this slot, how about Gus Bradley returns to coach against Pete Carroll. Jacksonville at Seattle.
  • Don't make the Bears play the Packers on Thursday night. And certainly not on the road. Those games are too damn important to have one team ill-prepared and chances are the ill-prepared squad might be the one with a rookie head coach.
  • THANKSGIVING on CBS. Baltimore at Detroit. Since we are forced to watch the Lions every year we might as well see them against the defending Super Bowl champions.
  • THANKSGIVING on FOX. Green Bay at Dallas. Will just blow the roof off the ratings.
  • THANKSGIVING on NBC. Denver at the Giants. This is the biggest no-brainer in the history of NFL scheduling. This is a family day and the Mannings are the first family of the NFL. If NBC were smart they'd have Archie either in the broadcast booth or sitting next to Dan Patrick at halftime.
  • Make Andy Reid against the Eagles a Monday Night Football game.
  • Keep the Jets as far from primetime as possible.

That's all for now. I'll post the schedule Thursday night once it is live.

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  • First Beyouches..................

    Ccaw..Ccaw!!!

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    Was that a Ravens call?

    GTFO!

    (JK)

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    Speaking of ccaw!

    http://theworstthingsforsale.com/

    A website that I highly enjoy on the daily. Today's incredibly awesome thing of the day is -

    FASHION WINGS!

    CCAW CCAW!

  • WTF???..

    Michael C. Wright
    Bears practiced today at fastest pace I've seen in three years covering them. In & out of huddle quickly/plays run quickly.

    as MB would type....BOOM!!!!!! fook u LDL

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    Bang! Bang! Lobo... Bang! Bang!

  • Michael C. Wright
    Can't get too far into details of Bears offense because big brother is watching. I'll just say the ball is out fast.

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    I'm guessing Trestman's mind works a little quicker than Tice's. If we get the plays in quickly and play an uptempo O, I'll be a happy camper.

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    did you see what he did there? Did you?

    He just said that the Bears O is now... "Balls Out"!

  • Michael C. Wright
    ...and as usual the D was ballin'. Stripped ball loose multiple times today at practice.

    CAN WE START THE SEASON........PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • FOOOOTBALLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!

    Baseball can pound sand. Draft coming up. Season right around the corner. Aggressive D, tons of tripods on offense, Delight Boners in my pants!!!

    Get that ball out quick. Right to BMarsh, Black Unicorn, Alshon, Pearl and Joe Anderson. Drop that sack total in fucking half and we win the superbowl.

  • Urlacher's agent rumored to have spoken to Ravens.

    Jeff says:

    I hope the Ravens open in Chicago on Thursday night.

    Would you still hope that if Lack lined up at MLB, taking Lewis' place?

    Don't get me wrong, I think this is so much horseshit, I honestly don't think Lack gets a sniff in this offseason and ends up hanging it up. But if he takes 600 Gs from the Ravens and plays for them and opens against Chicago - well, that would be fascinating to say the least.

    Source:

    http://fansided.com/2013/03/29/baltimore-ravens-are-vegas-favorites-to-sign-brian-urlacher/

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Announcer....."Cutty three step drop... slant pattern to "Black Unicorn" BLOWS PAST LACH ...still in his jockstrap and walker...

    btw TOUCH FUCKING DOWN CHI-TOWN

  • In reply to gpldan:

    No way Bri is finished. Somebody will give him some walking around money - I just hope they're not in our division because that would suck having to play against him. The Ravens could use him to coach up whoever it is they're grooming to replace Raymondo.

    Oblivion is a great flick by the way. Good script and it surprised me twice.

  • If we want an enforcer, James Harrison is still a free agent.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    he's going to cincy. perfect fit.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    LOVE J Harrison btw.

  • I'm all for the Bal/Bears opener. Gets our Thursday night game out of the way and doesn't really affect the normal routine for the players/coaches.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    +1.

  • Oh. My. God.

    I'm in love again. Love at #2. Wow

    http://www.wwtdd.com/enlargedimage/?back_to=/2013/03/ll-cool-j-claims-he-wont-make-a-chris-dorner-movie/ciara-price-1/&postid=1230942

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    How did I know she'd be blonde,

    How are you holding up there mang? Have you got joint custody or what?

  • Check out #3

    http://www.complex.com/sports/2013/04/the-25-dumbest-athlete-purchases-in-history/#./?&_suid=136614584755007745858126537097

    BAAAAHAHAHAHAH!

  • Hey Johnny, your mom finally sent me that video of you as a kid I've been asking her for: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kI_q_JFa9lY

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    that may be one of the greatest videos i've ever seen. The kid has the moves and knows the words so well that he makes them part of the routine. classic.

  • If the Bears are in talks with Izzy still it's pretty obvious that OL, TE, LB and CB are the focus of this draft.

    But.........If we go OL with round 1 and somehow Margus Hunt is available by the time we pick in round 2 we need to grab him.

    Talk about a 6'8 280lb dude that could easily put on 10 to 20 lbs of muscle and be an immoveable object at DE.

    I don't know why I want that dude on our team so badly. I know we need OL but I can't stop thinking about what an NFL strength trainer could do with a internationally successfull Track Athlete.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margus_Hunt

  • but then I ask myself why we need to get an untested rookie CB when there are so many 2-5 year vets on the street with NFL experience that are known commodities.

    Maybe we go WR instead of CB.

  • The reason for drafting a rookie is to get a long term, inexpensive option at CB. The market is flooded now, but that will go away in a couple of years... these things are always cyclical.

    Next year Peanut and Jennings will both be FAs. I'd love to sign both of them to extensions (including a "retire as a Bear" contract for Peanut), but that might not happen.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Yup, tie him down for 5 years and then let him walk as per, instead of overpaying for some guy that might be carrying some injury.

  • ... and we draft our center in what round? Guaranteed suckfest will ensue if we do not get a valid center in there that doesn't false start on his own snaps. Rusty Robocop has to go (or warm the bench for a real center).

  • Irish, the more I think about it, the more I agree with you on making center a high round priority.

    We have a vet at guard in Slauson. We have 2-3 guys already competing for the other spot. We can get another competitor in 4-6 for that spot. But center, we need a day 1 starter.

    The only way to do that, unless Trestman can fix Garza's jitters in an even more challenging offense, is to draft high.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    This Schwenke guy appears to be the one if we don't get Travis. Our own Mangold.

    http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/bears/post/_/id/4683134/bears-draft-preview-center

  • I bet Marc Trestman NEVER stares at the scoreboard.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    bbbbbbbbbbbbbbwwwwwwwwwwwwwwaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhha!!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    or himself at the jumbotron so he can figure out if he throws the challenge flag and then call a timeout????? if that's o.k....lol

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    I honestly can't tell you how much joy fills my heart when I re-realize that lovie smith isn't our head coach any more... and that JA isn't our GM.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    +2

  • R.I.P. ....Pat Summerall 82

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    +1. Class act.

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    Along with Jon Facenda and John Madden, he's one of the voices of the NFL.

    Heard an interesting thing on the 4 letter today. Apparently, Pat Summerall's actuall name is George. He used to kick P.A.T.'s so there was a label on the balls for kickers back in his day that read P.A.T. Summerall. Hence the nickname. I had not heard that before, but found it interesting.

  • Confirmed by wikepedia: George "Pat" Summerall was nicknamed “Pat” because as a kicker, the box score would read PAT Summerall - referring to Point After Touchdown.

  • Good infor, Doc. I did not know that. BTw, he was NOT a great kicker.

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    Fak. Really? Oldskool. R.I.P.

  • 21 seasons with Madden. 8 Super Bowl calls.

    I will always remember that as they got older and more economical with words, Summerall stopped doing anything on long runs other than call the numbers out.

    35...30...25...20...15... brought down at the 5 yard line

  • In reply to gpldan:

    good times...good times....when they left MNF....it went to SHEITE!!!! and still is!

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    Easy there, Lobo. Summerall never did MNF.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Al am I having old timers moment...Did he and Madden not work together? on Monday Night or did the do just Sunday games..damn now I'm not sure..going to wiki to find out...

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    Damn it was CBS and Fox...soory boyz...screwed the pooch their...wow...

    Al..the sheite's all starting to blend together...again if I didn't have my name on a post-it note on the mirror in the bathroom..I may not even remember who the hell I am......lol

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    Broadcasting career

    [edit]CBS Sports
    After retiring from football, Summerall was hired by CBS Sports in 1962 to work as a color commentator on the network's NFL coverage. CBS initially paired Summerall with Chris Schenkel on Giants games; three years later he shifted to working with Jim Gibbons on Washington Redskins games. In 1968, after CBS abandoned the practice of assigning dedicated announcing crews to particular NFL teams, Summerall ascended to the network's lead national crew, pairing with Jack Buck and then Ray Scott.
    Summerall also covered other events such as ABA basketball for CBS during this period, and through 1966 hosted a morning drive-time music/talk program for WCBS-AM radio in New York. In 1969, Summerall took part in NBC's coverage of Super Bowl III. He also co-hosted the syndicated NFL Films series This Week in Pro Football in the late 1960s and early '70s.
    Midway through the 1974 NFL season, CBS shifted Summerall from color to play-by-play. The network's #1 NFL crew now consisted of Summerall and analyst Tom Brookshier (with whom he had previously worked on This Week in Pro Football), and the colorful Summerall-Brookshier duo worked three Super Bowls (X, XII, and XIV) together. Summerall, Brookshier, NFL on CBS producer Bob Wussler, and Miami Dolphins owner Joe Robbie appeared as themselves during the 1977 film Black Sunday, which was filmed on location at the Orange Bowl in Miami during Super Bowl X.
    In 1981, Summerall was teamed with former Oakland Raiders coach John Madden, a pairing that would last for 22 seasons on two networks and become one of the most well-known partnerships in TV sportscasting history. Summerall and Madden were first teamed on a November 25, 1979 broadcast of a Minnesota Vikings–Tampa Bay Buccaneers game. While the two were paired on CBS, they called Super Bowls XVI, XVIII, XXI, XXIV, and XXVI together.
    It is often mistakenly assumed that Summerall and Madden handled the call on CBS-TV for the 1981 NFC Championship Game, when San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Dwight Clark made "The Catch" to lift the 49ers to a 28–27 victory over the Dallas Cowboys and a berth in Super Bowl XVI. Instead, CBS' #2 broadcast team of Vin Scully and Hank Stram handled the broadcast while Madden was given the weekend off to travel to Pontiac, Michigan for the game and to prepare for the broadcast. Since Stram was Jack Buck's color commentator on CBS Radio, Summerall substituted for Stram as Buck's partner; this was the first time Buck and Summerall had called a game together since 1974, when then-lead color commentator Summerall was moved off of Buck's team to become CBS television's lead play-by-play voice for the NFL.
    Summerall also broadcast PGA Tour matches on CBS, including The Masters Tournament[10], as well as the US Open of tennis, during his tenure at CBS, and he was the play-by-play announcer for the 1974 NBA Finals, CBS' first season broadcasting the NBA on CBS.
    Summerall's last on-air assignment for CBS Sports was the 1994 Masters Tournament. His last game alongside Madden for CBS was the 1993 NFC Championship Game (that saw the Dallas Cowboys defeat the San Francisco 49ers to go to Super Bowl XXVIII) in Irving, Texas.
    [edit]The NFL on Fox
    See also: NFL on Fox
    In 1994, the Fox network surprised NFL fans by outbidding CBS for the NFC broadcast package. One of the network's first moves was to hire Summerall and Madden as its lead announcing team. While at Fox the pair called Super Bowls XXXI, XXXIII, and XXXVI together. The long-time partnership ended after Super Bowl XXXVI in early 2002, as Summerall had announced he would be retiring from announcing and Madden's contract had expired.
    [edit]Post-Madden
    [edit]Fox Sports
    Summerall was lured out of retirement and re-signed with Fox for the 2002 season. However, since Madden had left to take over the color commentator position on Monday Night Football for ABC and Fox had promoted Joe Buck to be its number one football play-by-play voice, Summerall was paired with Brian Baldinger on regional telecasts. Most of the games Summerall covered featured the Dallas Cowboys, due in part to his residency in the city. One of the games Summerall called was the Cowboys' game against the Seattle Seahawks at Texas Stadium, in which Emmitt Smith broke Walter Payton's career rushing yardage record. Summerall and Baldinger were joined by Daryl Johnston, who at the time was working as Fox's #2 color man with Dick Stockton and who was a longtime teammate of Smith's with the Cowboys, for this game.
    Summerall retired again following the 2002 season but in 2006, he served as a substitute for Kenny Albert alongside Baldinger for the Week 8 (October 29) game between the eventual NFC champion Chicago Bears and the San Francisco 49ers. Summerall returned for one game the following year to take Stockton's place alongside Baldinger and provide the play-by-play for the December 9, 2007 game between the Cincinnati Bengals and St. Louis Rams in Cincinnati.

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    I've got mine stuck to my breast pocket upside down so that when I meet someone new, I can just glance down and introduce myself correctly...

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    hahahahahahahaha...I likey that one!!!!

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    Believe me, Lobo, I KNOW that "old Timers Song" you're singing. I have audio of the '63 Championship game (Ebay) and I BELIEVE Pat is doing the color for the radio

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    You might find stuff like that on Archive.org, Al.

  • Thanks for not recommending me to StuffForOldFogies.org, Irish.

  • Eben Britton...remember when we wanted the front office to draft this guy? Now he is in the mix...so does this mean we are going LB in the draft?

  • In reply to 505 Bears!!:

    Initially thought of as a potential first-rounder, Britton fell to the second round, where he was selected 39th overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Reportedly angry about not being drafted in the first round, Britton said: "I'm gonna work my ass off for the Jacksonville Jaguars and people are gonna regret it. I've got my own agenda, and that's first and foremost to take the Jacksonville Jaguars to the Super Bowl. Secondly, I'm gonna be the greatest offensive tackle to ever play this game."

    His father, the New York painter Jeff Britton, played college basketball at Jacksonville University. His grandmother is Estelle Parsons. who won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Bonnie and Clyde.

  • In reply to Shady:

    I stopped reading after the first paragraph, but you know, thanks for that.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Haha, tmi?

    I thought you'd like to know I came home from work today, turned on the TV and saw footage of your new Bears head coach running around with the team on the practice field... Look at the tape, you think Lovie would ever do something like that? Things they be a changing at Halas Hall.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Fucking Tripods.

  • In reply to Shady:

    fucking. awesome. dude.

    Seriously, we may end up sucking hardcore, emery may blow this fucking draft and we may lose every single fucking game... but right now.... right now it's fucking BOSS being a bears fan.

    Soak it up while you can boys.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    why would we suck? we were a dick hair from 11-5 if not 12-4 and improved dramatically at LT,LG,RG, TE,TE2,SLB,MLB and re-signed almost the entire batch of supporting dudes.

    Then we brought in a real playcaller and a OL Coach from the Saints. Now we're running a quick strike offense to cut down further on sacks and now we have the fucking draft!!!!

    It's going to be a badass season.

  • I said even if... not will.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    sounds like you're the one with the fear boner!

    This team is going to fucking roll. I have a feeling that people are going to be super pissed at Lovie after this season for really not doing a great job with the talent and opportunities available..

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    and Emery has thoroughly embarassed JA already.

  • The whole thing is for shit if the guy in the middle of the line can't snap, can't block and can't run. Can't win with 'em, can't play with 'em as Samurai would say.

    I really am surprised at the free pass Garza gets on this blog. A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.

  • I think Garza surrounded by more talent means that we can wait one more year to replace him. I agree that his time is coming to an end.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    hee hee

  • In reply to 505 Bears!!:

    He had a nice career out here as an Arizona Wildcat. Surprised he hasn't fared better in the NFL.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    He'll fit right in. He's had trouble staying healthy.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Holy crap! Every time I saw his name, I thought of this turd football player I knew at U of A - Brad Britton.

    He would start fights any time he could, and luckily we were cool... but once he got so drunk he forgot he knew me and tried to fight me at Dirtbags... It took 10 minutes of avoiding his wrath for him to remember we were 2nd degree friends.

    Wonder if they're related.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    Never mind... he was "Brad Brittain"

  • http://www.yardbarker.com/nfl/articles/report_jolly_ready_to_join_offseason_workouts/13413583

    If you and I were arrested 3 separate times and had enough Codeine to start a distribution network we'd get 6 years. Jolly got 6 months.

    Welcome back to the NFC North Johnny you fucking idiot!

  • However, he's on double secret probation!

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hostgKc7qV4

  • http://www.chicagobears.com/multimedia/photo-gallery/Veteran-Minicamp/ca3eb15d-54ce-4fa2-a93a-d5df5b9aedf8#cafb8bc1-84e5-4195-8046-c6a76b707725

    Cool pics from first practice:

    Cutty looking a little too lean. Maybe i'm just being a nervous nellie.

  • tapped into that on DaSite...love it..check out the vids too!!!

  • His wife has also just had a baby - so the sex is over and he's doing a lot of roadwork ... or a lot of stand-up shower wanks.

  • 1. Cutty looking a little TOO lean indeed. Jeez Louise. Don't tell me she's got him up doing night bottles.

    2. Sheamus, keep pushin'.

    3. Hester doing leg work sighting!

    4. Brandon's hair looks way cool. I love you Brandon.

    5. I heart Brandon Marshall.

  • I like the new look on Cutler. While it may help a little to be a little bulkier when DLs and LBs smash you, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and I'm hoping to see a more agile Jay out there.

  • I just want to say I loved this post, very funny and right on with every bullet.

  • http://www.chicagobears.com/news/article-1/Bears-open-minicamp-with-up-tempo-practice-/a10c98ae-be86-4e52-b0f8-5d4287edf841

    "On several plays during team drills, Trestman sprinted downfield just behind his players, shouting instructions. While some reporters were surprised to see the head coach sprinting so much during a practice, it apparently isn't anything out of the ordinary for Trestman."

    Would we of seen LDL do this...he would be to busy singing "Kumbaya" or looking up to see if the Jumbotron had a replay of the previous play

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    it was weird when Cutler said that "for the most part" the guys are buying into the new situation. Does this mean we have some vets being pissy?

  • my gut says..yeah...they love the layed back LDL loving..holding hands and singing "Kumbaya"....BOYZ..those days are gone!!!!

    When you see the HC running down the field with the team...NOBODY SLACKS OFF!!!

    again..I'm sure his first speech was this

    "I have good news and bad news for some of you" the bad news is "some of you won't be here." the good news is "some of you won't be here".

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    Wasn't Ditka's first speech along the lines of

    "The good news is, we're going to win the Super Bowl. The bad news is, a lot of you won't be her for that.."

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I'm pretty sure he also said that it would take two years or something along those lines.

  • http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/bears/post/_/id/4683183/bears-speed-it-up-on-day-1-under-trestman

  • E-Trains ..pragmatic thought process..."No stone unturned"

    http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/bears/post/_/id/4683188/bears-invite-five-players-to-minicamp

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    I like that kind of thinking. Eric Foster would be super cheap yet solid vet DL depth and ran the same 4-3 system in Indy.

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    Draft is deep on CBs and safeties. DL and OL are good. QBs and RBs are average, he said. Didn't say no to Brian coming back.

  • Johnny, you are right. Cutler looks really lean. Someone needs to make sure that Kristin is sharing the milk in that house.

  • is he too lean? i mean he looks 20lbs lighter than 2010.

  • It's up to what you want to believe... I doubt it will matter but I hope it's not an underlying issue.

  • The Diabeetus.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I hope not. Young diabetics need someone a tad fresher than Wilford Brimley to be their spokesman.

  • Boyz..from what I understand of the D...if he is leaner it's better for him he probably has a nutritionist about this. and as he matures I believe he has somewhat control over it:

    http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/recently-diagnosed/living-with-type-1-diabetes.html

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    I agree, now that you mention it I do remember him talking on Waddle and Silvy about his interest in Organic Food and the whole Organic Industry. I know he has a nutritionist so i'm not concerned now.

    His diet has a huge impact on his disease and now that he doesn't drink like a college student it is only natural for him to drop useless pounds. He was very agile last year and ran the ball great so what the fuck am I worried about?

    Also, anyone see DJ Williams with the visor on the helmet? Looks like fucking robocop. That guy is going to be well received in Chicago.

  • Or ED 209.
    "Give me the ball. You have ten seconds to comply."

  • I think it's hard to keep weight on with the old diabetes.

  • yep. Irish my Dad has it and he walks everyday and you know what..he's down to his College wait and he's in his mid 70's...looks great!!! and feels great.

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    I guess it makes him more mobile, but with a Flacco-like build. Wish he was built more along the lines of Big Ben though, he could take more punishment that way - and unless we draft a center then that's what he'll need. It's a new offense anyway, it's not like Garza has the advantage anywhere. Roberto can be a backup G/C and enjoy his last season on the sidelines, mentoring and suchlike. How many starting centers in the NFL are making 1.75 million this year?

  • sooo hot: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQfmpXsLV_4

  • Here is a first go at the wife and I making a gif for my site...

    http://beardownblog.net/2013/04/17/quick-questions-on-chicago-bears-first-practice/

    I hate posting my link on the Blogfather's site.. I just want ya'lls opinion..

  • Good stuff Ender! Likey.

    "Does Jay Cutler shave his bottom lip? Or does his beard grow naturally perfect?"

  • Thanks Irish!

  • In reply to EnderWiggin:

    Now lets get the DBB World of Tanks Clan going ! Monsters of the Midway.

  • http://www.csnchicago.com/blog/bears-talk/look-beyond-tempo-trestman-influence-running-deeper

    I don't want to get too excited--especially as tings look great whenever there's a coaching change. But, damn.

  • I can't wait until the season. This is agony. ARGGGHHHHH!!!!!!!!

  • Kiko Alonso

    http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/bears/post/_/id/4683190/source-bears-brought-in-alonso-for-visit

  • For you youngsters-

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/04/17/madden-recalls-summerall-as-a-card-carrying-good-guy/

  • Bears GM has no regrets over handling of Urlacher!

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/04/17/bears-gm-has-no-regrets-over-handling-of-urlacher/

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    and the best part boyz...are the comments down below...by regular joe's like you and I...especially the second post...right at LDL & Glitchy

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    He shouldn't have regrets. Bears come out of this smelling like a rose.

    Urlacher vastly overestimated the give-a-fuck quotient for his career in Chicago, or underestimated the level of damage his mouth caused in this city and the degree to which people decided he was a fucking child support lunkhead and stopped caring.

    Despite the rhetoric, he's not going to Canton. Sorry. Not without a ring he isn't. He may be the nexus of argument about shoulda woulda but he won't get a yellow coat.

    He's not going anywhere that pays him anything over $1M for one year, and I can't see who would do that. Maybe the Bungles since it appears they can't come to terms with Harrison.

    Emery offered him $2M for one year. Brian should have taken it. He'd have racked up double that in farewell endorsements. But he was a dumb ass and didn't realize his Lovie ship had left the dock. So, you know, fuck him. He leaves with bitterness and hurts nobody but himself, and Emery looks more than fair in retrospect.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    200%... and 50 blog points.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I often wonder if players realize the potential earnings they can bring in on endorsements by staying with a good story instead of switching cities.

    Lebron probably made more by going to Miami and winning.

    Manning probably made more by going to Denver and trading QB controversy with Andrew Luck for a quickly forgotten hard feelings about Tebow.

    Welker, it remains to be seen. I feel like he would have made more in endorsements in New England, but probably not millions more so the contract is better.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Sad for him if we win it this season though. DJ Williams walks straight into Emery's Lombardi squad. In fairness to Emery, he didn't close the door on a return, they obviously wanted him back if they offered him cash.

    If DJ goes down ... who goes in?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    +1 GP

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Not only was he a dumbshit for turning down the offer, he's doubly-fucked because if he doesn't play this year, his HOF eligibility will be the same year as Stabby Ray's. And Stabby is a lock to get in, while the HOF voters won't see Lack as worthy--particularly as they won't want 2 LBs to go in the same class.

    Should've swallowed his pride.

  • He should have, but he is still a HOF lock IMO. Voters shouldnt have a problem putting in 2 LBs in the Hall the same year.

  • Anybody watch the NFL Channel breakdown with Maranucci? Impact Players it was called.

    I have some new thoughts after watching some NFL channel.

    Chargers want Joeckel or Fisher. I really think they trade with the Chiefs to get one of them. Chargers have to move on this.

    I have a nightmare that the Lions pick Star Lotulaylay at 5 and pair him up with Suh to replace the loss of Fairley. Star and Suh would be formidable.

    If Cooper and Warmack come off the board ahead of us, and the Giants are trending to take OL, then I think Emery is going to shock us and pick Tyler Eifert. I am changing this from Ogletree, because I think a guy like Emery just can't get his head around picking somebody like Ogletree.

    If the Bills take Manuel at 8, we all must drink and yell PONDER at the top of our lungs.

    If Brown makes it us at 50, it's as good as done.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Chargers are going to hop the Cards, I think. Joeckle and Fisher will go top 5, but Lane Johnson won't. The Browns (at 6) don't need a franchise LT since they got the best one, so they'll be selling whoever's left Johnson, Joeckle or Fisher.

    It also fits the "template" of teams trading up about 6 spots. But more on that later.

  • So, as I tend towards non-football talk... and lately towards discussion of literature...

    Anyone here a Stephen King fan? I never read anything of his, but some buddies at work raved about the Dark Tower series so much, I dove in. Anyone made it through these?

    Halfway through the 2nd book and I love it - quite different.

    Had to move off the Ender's series before I ran out...

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    is that anything like the nancy drew series?

    LOOOOOOOVED IIIIIIT!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    "Hated it!"

    http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lla2x7pxk11qj3az2o1_400.jpg

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    I was a big SK fan growing up. Read Christine at 10 and I was hooked. He's a sweet guy. Ironically, after quitting drink and drugs, his books kind of .... sucked. He says he doesn't remember writing Cujo he was so drunk (great book, crappy movie). Ditto The Tommyknockers (cocaine). He was doing so much cocaine he'd be typing with cotton wool up his nostrils to stem the bleeding. I think a lot of his books were about alcohol, the jekyll and hyde thing.

    Never read The Dark Tower series- although heard good things about them. I don't really do novels anymore, just factual stuff.

    Best King books for me ... The Stand - absolutely Epic. Skeleton Crew (short stories, including Jerusalem's lot, which became Salems lot -might have been Night Shift though). Different Seasons is special, 4 novellas - including Apt pupil which made a good movie, Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank redemption (in the movie the poster isn't Racquel...nominated Best Picture), The Body - which was Stand By Me in the movies). Danse Macabre (non-fiction about horror). Night Shift (short stories). The Shining of course .. .I could go on ....

    I lent somebody The Bachman books which was a mistake. Out of print as a 4 parter now due to the story (there were 4) called Rage, which he asked to be withdrawn from print after the heath high school shooting. "Now out of print, and a good thing." he said later. Also in that book were The Long Walk - a brilliant concept about a 250 mile marathon where you get shot if you stop. It was the first novel he ever wrote (Carrie was published first but was the fourth novel he wrote). The Running Man (Schwarzenegger) which was a way better book than the movie by far, and different to the movie. Roadwork I don't really remember. He did a great book called 'On Writing' which is about you know what.

    Pet Semetary was a good book, movie sucked. The only really good movies made out of his stuff were Stand by me, Misery, The Green Mile and Shawshank. He appears in most of the movies as some weird character

    Nice story. Stephen was poor as fuck working two jobs to pay for his kids' medicine when they were living in a trailer. He'd write in the bath, and tip his cigarette ash into the toilet bowl right beside the tub. He finally got word that a publisher wanted Carrie, his fourth manuscript. He went out to buy his wife Tabitha (also a writer) the most expensive thing he could find, which was a fancy hairdryer. When she got home and saw the hairdryer she broke down in tears. She knew they were poor as fuck and there was no way they could afford such an item unless he'd been given a publishing deal.

    He still plays baseball with his local team, or did til recently - sadly, he's going blind with macular degeneration of the retina (or something). Like Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney, I will bawl my eyes out when that man passes.

  • BTW - He wrote seven? novels as Richard Bachman to see if people were buying his stuff because of his name or his talent (and because he wrote so many books). The photo on the book covers was the insurance agent of his literary agent. 'Thinner' his first book as Bachman, sold 28,000 copies. Then immediately sold ten times more when he was tumbled.

    He has trouble sitting down ever since he was run over in 1999, and so writing is difficult because of the pain. Bless you Stephen Edwin King.

  • How do you mention Bachman Books and not bring up the tiger in the bathroom stall?

  • In reply to EnderWiggin:

    You got me there Ender.

  • Yes, Irish. The Running Man book by Bachman was way different and at least 100 times cooler than the movie version. One of the best book endings of all time.

    Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank had a different ending that was cooler in a way too. The Green Mile was written as a series of cliff hangers, released weekly or monthly or some shit. Quite cool to read them that way.

    Stephen King is the Man.

  • Yeah, I almost started on the Stand... but it seemed like such a huge investment.

    Instead, oddly enough, I chose the 4k page series. But, once I start a book it's going to get finished regardless (except you Prayer for Owen Meany... sorry Irving, but I just couldn't do it).

    I figured I could break off the relationship after the first book if it sucked. It certainly wasn't great, but good enough to keep going.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    DUDE! Owen Meany? I fucking loved that book! Irving is probably my living favorite writer in terms of style. Wow. Henry Miller all time though. I'd cut my Johnson off to be able to write like that. Our Stephen is a wonderful storyteller, but I wouldn't hold him up as a shining example of a literary sculptor, just good enough.

    I read three pages of the Da Vinci code and had to put it down. A travesty of the English language. And it sold 50 million copies+. Dan Brown sucks donkey chode.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    Willie,

    I have read the entire dark tower series multiple times. Needless to say, I loved them. The great part about the series, is the books were written with many years in between them. The first one, when he was still a lit student. Many of his other books have little snippets of relation to the Dark Tower Series. Think of the Dark Tower Series as the main cog of a wheel and almost every other book as a spoke on the wheel. Ka is a wheel. So the series, in truth, is more like the entirety of his voluminous writing catalog. Epic, epic shit. Some books are very closely related, like The Stand, Hearts in Atlantis, Salems Lot... While others are only related by a single paragraph (can't think of any examples because it's been a long time since I've read them all).

    The Dark Tower Series was Epic before Epic became cliche. Have fun with those man. And maybe try to find a dark tower guide book, that will tell you in what order to read the related novels while your reading the series.

  • Wow. Didn't know that! I'll have to read them so, I thought it was like his other fantasy stuff. Thanks man.

  • Nice.. Good to know.

    I'm loving them right now.

    It will be interesting to check his other stuff after. These books are like nothing I've read before, as I tend to stay away anything with the "fantasy" title applied.

    Only "horror" I read was "John Dies at the End" which was way more comedy than horror. That was enjoyable.. Much more so than the recently released movie.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    They are fantastic, it's amazing that over such a long period of writing it still all links together. He did release book "4.5" last year called "Wind Through The Keyhole", but overall I wouldn't rate it as necessary for reading with the rest of the series.

    Still working my way through Cryptonomicon-my life's been a bit messy lately and it's tough to get time to read it but I've enjoyed the first couple of chapters so far.

  • Willie.

    a) I just favorited that site. So. Incredibly. Awesome.

    b) I fucking LOLed at the prostate simulator. I don't know about you, but my asshole ain't on my lower back.

    c) I am buying those wings and wearing them (along with heavy eyeliner) out one night this summer... just to see people's reaction. Priceless.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    dude.... DOOOOOOOOD!!!!

    http://theworstthingsforsale.com/2012/05/10/grosstown-yucklahoma/

    That is the most awesomest thing I've ever seen. What would you do if you got a chick back to your pad, take down her jeans and that's staring you in the face. Quick, what 10 thoughts just pulsed through your mind....

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Do they make "mouthizzles"?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    ok, last one... but this guy is hilarious:

    “Hold on,” I said, waving the rest of the group back. “I’m getting a reading on my $60 K-II EMF Reader For Ghost Hunting.” The lights on the plastic wand flickered red, yellow, and green. “Is there someone here who lost a relative… Their name starts with… S?”

    “ME!” cried an old lady. “My mother. Sally. It’s my mother, isn’t it?! Oh, please, say, it’s my mother!”

    I laughed. “Ghost hunting is fake, and when you die, you are gone forever,” I told her. “I owned you, you thought this thing was real, and you got owned.” As she sobbed quietly, I pointed to the others on the ghost hunting tour. “Owned,” I said to each one, as I pointed. “Owned, owned, owned.”

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I found that site through his daily web cartoon site -

    toothpastefordinner.com

    Some chuckles there.. certainly worth 10 seconds of your workday.

    I think I went though the archives and read them all. Guy is funny.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    http://www.amazon.com/Deglon-Meeting-Knife-Stainless-Knives/product-reviews/B002JTWRDS/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

    just read the reviews.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I know... that one was hilarious.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Knowing you MB, this one is probably old news. Lots of funny reviews.

    http://www.amazon.com/Hutzler-5717-571-Banana-Slicer/product-reviews/B0047E0EII

  • In reply to The Fifth:

    excellent Corm. Hadn't seen that one before.

    "No more throwing bananas at the ceiling fan for me! This product has saved me the work of peeling the banana slices off the wall after the fan slices them. Thanks, banana slicer!"

    I also liked the ninja story.

  • There is a problem with your Thanksgiving Day matchups:

    For at least the last 6 years, the Cowboys and Lions have switched-off hosting an AFC team. Last year the Lions hosted the AFC team, so this year, the Cowboys will host an AFC team and the Lions will host an NFC team.

    The Packers might still be playing though, as the Lions have hosted Green Bay for the last 3 consecutive years that they have hosted an NFC team (2007, 2009, 2011).

  • In reply to thebigcheese:

    I can confirm that this rotation has been going on since the days of the Houston Oilers. So you can bet your house that the Cowboys will host an AFC club this year while the Lions host an NFC team.

  • In reply to thebigcheese:

    You make a fair point cheese, but don't forget that the third game on Thanksgiving is a relatively new innovation. I read an article on the subject, I believe the goal is to have 1 all NFC game, 1 all AFC game and 1 interconference game. If that is the case, then Denver will play an AFC opponent and the trade off you described will happen. If there is some other rotation, then it screw up the previous arrangement.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    The point of the Cowboys/Lions rotation is so that Fox and CBS each have one game on Thanksgiving. Fox broadcasts all games in which the visiting team is from the NFC. CBS broadcasts all games in which the visiting team is from the AFC. Their might be some method to the scheduling of the 3rd night game, but it has nothing to do with the day game rotation that has been going on for 20+ years.

  • In reply to thebigcheese:

    groan

    common maings.

  • Obama and Carl Levin of Michigan just got Ricin letters. Combined with yesterday, this feels kind of tea bagger-ish.

    I have to fly in a few hours, this is going to suck. Not to mention Dallas had all its computers crash yesterday and cancelled 700 flights.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    good luck maings. be safe.

    And make sure to not only racially profile any arabs, but tackle them to the ground and then scream, "Got one!!!! I gots one of 'em motherfuckers!!"

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    smh

  • In reply to Shady:

    commmoooooon maings.

    I keeeeed I keeeeeeeeeeeed

  • In reply to gpldan:

    didn't a (R) Senator in Mississippi get one yesterday?

    c'mon dude.

  • yeah, no idea what the fuck is going on right now.

    Peoples is fucking craaaazie.

  • "Teabaggers" might be more pissed off at Republicans than Dems for "selling out."

    So I wouldn't totally discount that angle.

    Anytime on TV when they're saying "domestic", they're pretty much referring to that McVeigh faction where they believe government is essentially evil. McVeigh didn't give a shit who was in the building, dems, rep, women, children...

  • What if it's an anarchist? Are anarchists "left" or "right" leaning? Or are they just assigned a label based on what party is in power at the time of their terrorist attacks?

    Side note: It's amazing how heated and divisive politics has gotten over the years. A good example in WI was the Scott Walker recall election last year. Good friends and family members were at each others throats over their views on his reforms. If you ever listen to This American Life on public radio (in my opinion, the best show on radio), they did a good show on the divisiveness of politics just before the last election and how it affects personal relationships. It's show # 478 from the link. Funny how both sides like to refer to the other sides views as like Hitler.

    http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives#2012

  • In reply to The Fifth:

    I tend to look at politics a bit differently.

    This is my scale, and really, it's just a gradation of governmental control (or lack thereof).

    Communism - Socialism -( Democrat - Republican) - Libertarianism - Anarchy

    I know the perception is that Anarchy is a "leftist" ideology, but purely based on ideas, it merely takes Libertarinism to what they would say is its logical conclusion.

    HOWEVER, it should be added that among every ideology - factions arise, especially when it comes to violence.

    Communism in general was to be non-violent. Marx originally predicted that the Western world would just naturally move to Communism, much like it did from dark ages, to the industrial age, etc.

    Marxism, however, was a movement within the the Communist party which specifically advocated the VIOLENT overthrow of capitalism.

    Anarchists come in the same variety, some are ardent pacifists, while others believe violence is a valid means to an end.

    Many ppl forget that the Nazis hated Communism more than Capitalism.

    "Hawks" and "Doves" tend to split many ideologies, political, religious, whatever.

    Thomas Paine ranted against the Amish for not entering the revolutionary war!

  • I'm of the Libertarian bent since about '98. For example, from your post on the last thread, I'm for gay marriage, but also for strong gun rights (even though I've never owned a gun). I also abhorred speech codes when I went to college at UW-Madison, which was pushed by the socialists on campus (and Donna Shalala as school President).

    I'm more of a pacifist libertarian who doesn't like all our foreign entanglements. And I'm all for drug legalization or decriminalization, mainly because of the police state that it has created. I despise the federal government and how rigged the system has become. I would like to see much more local control where votes actually matter.

    But I'm at odds on many issues with other people who label themselves libertarian. In general, I agree with most of the ideas presented at Reason Magazine and the Cato Institute. But, according to much of the mainstream media, those organizations are considered part of the "far right" teabagger movement run by the Koch Brothers. It's really silly.

    It's nice to see more and more people identifying as libertarian, or classical liberal, in general. When I joined the WI Libertarian party in 98, very few people even knew what a libertarian was. I have since dropped out of the party, but I'm amazed how many more people identify with that label. Some polls have showed up to 20% of people now identify with the libertarian label. It's nice to see people drop out of the Dem and Rep parties.

  • In reply to The Fifth:

    It's my personal theory that geography influences political stances significantly.

    Like how can a person be an anarchist in N.Y.? I mean, really, it'd be nearly impossible. With so many in such a small area, rules need to be established and enforced, and often there needs to be a shit load more laws and naturally, agencies and institutions to establish and enforce them.

    This is why I think China is Communist - it's more pragmatic than philosophical. And that is why Anarchist tend to retreat to small communes.

    A person on a farm or commune might be able to get away with walking around with an ak-47, but a true anarchist (or hard core Libertarian) would then have to argue, on principle, that a New Yorker has the same right - to walk down Wall Street like Commando without "governmental" interference.

    This is why I contend there's so much misunderstanding on all sides. One political ideology might not work like a template, everywhere at all times. Humans, societies, cultures are nuisanced. Sometimes these "think tanks" forget that.

    Why did you leave the Libertarian party, if you don't mind me asking?

    That is why anarchist tend to live in communes.

  • I left the Libertarian Party because I'm an individualist, and I don't like joining any organizations. HA! Seriously, the main reason is because there are too many ideologues (why is this not spelled idealogues? another quirk of the English language). There is no pragmatism and too much dogmatism among the "true believers" who seem to dominate the party. The squeaky wheel shit. Kind of like the Dems and Pubs who put the "party platforms" together.

    I thought Gary Johnson, in the last Presidential election, was a very good candidate for the Libertarian Party. I've had a lot of respect for him since he was governor of NM. Even though he was on the ballot in at least 49 states, he was not allowed into the "debates" by the "independent election commission". Why was he not allowed in the debates? Because he would have talked about the cost of entitlements, gov't pensions, and foreign wars. People don't want to hear about that stuff, the cost, and if those future obligations are even possible.

    The dominoes have started. Cities and counties are starting to go broke, and it's the tip of the iceberg. Public pensions, way out of line with reality, are starting to become a problem for many gov't entities. Even states like Illinois are in no position to guarantee future pension obligations.

    All the extra money from SS is not in a "lock box". It has been spent. Same with Medi-care and Medi-caid. Demographics can be a bitch.

  • Have you ever read Reason Magazine, or any policy reports from the Cato Institute? The Cato Institute is very thorough in their reports.

    Like you said, different parts of the country have different cultures, etc. Why pass federal laws on these issues that affect everyone? Let individual states run the local governments. I guess I'm an anti-Federalist. I'm all for a little more autonomy at the local level.

  • In reply to The Fifth:

    Agreed on the Dem/Rep thing. The whole world is looking at that from the outsideand going WTF? I'm with Chris Rock on that gig. Once you've made up your mind about the issue BEFORE you've heard the issue .....

    I was watching Fox the other day (I have to) and some tool, a regular presenter, was on there asking why liberals lie so much ... "is it because conservatives are just nicer people?". The whole thing is ridiculous - like everything the Reps believe is bullshit if you're a Dem and vice versa. No compromise, no "well let's look at this with a fresh set of eyes ...", nothing.

  • In reply to The Fifth:

    Y'know, I don't think it would matter a damn who was in power as long as the government started printing their own money and told the Fed to fuck off and stop putting ex-presidents of the Fed in as Secretaries for the Treasury. No we don't owe you trillions of dollars anymore, you can give us back our Federal territories, parks, forests, and gold, and if you want to bitch about it we'll send Blackwater round to your houses.

  • I'd stick Corporatism in there. It's what happened to Capitalism.

  • Corporatism is a form of capitalism, much like Marxism is a form of Communism.

    For the sake of brevity, I just included the broader ideologies. Maybe if Jeff starts a philosophical blog, we could all sit around and smoke cigars while sipping brandy and discuss all these issues more in depth.

    As is, this thread is already getting hard to comment on (Chicago Now!)

    No, I haven't read reports from the Cato Institutes perhaps because I'm very distrustful of ALL "think tanks". "Lies, damn lies, and statistics!"

    I keep an open mind about data and research though. I allow them to change my beliefs as opposed to the other way around.

  • I thought only people in Wisconsin drink brandy. I hear you regarding this type of conversation on a blog. We could cover more ground in 30 minutes of conversation than writing long pieces all night.

  • 78.3% of all statistics are made up on the spot.

  • Trading up/down? Why Mock drafts without trades are a mockery.

    That is why I did my pre-draft Mock with at least 4 trades. Might be dead wrong, but not as wrong as Kiper or McShay without trades. (Actually, many of the teams I mocked going for certain positions actually did address them, but in FA).

    http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/Revisiting-the-2012-first-round-trades.html

    NFP has their own convoluted ways of placing value on slots, so they base their grades on that. In essence, they've found that the top 13 is one tier, and picks 14-32 are basically the same, historically.

    More relevant to us is that 9 trades unfolded last year in the first round alone.

    Even more relevant to us - the #21 pick got #27 and #93 (3rd round, approx 31st pick). 3 trades in the 20s teams moved up/down exactly 6 spots.

    So, given that data (and NFL loves precedents), who are the prime suspects for trading with the Bears?

    Green Bay! They sit at exactly #26. (J/K). Not bloody likely.

    But the teams right after them are likely trade partners.

    #27 Houston
    #28 Denver
    #29 NE

    All AFC teams. All have 3rd rounders to spare. All are rumored to trade up, especially for a CB/S, which is not exactly a Bear need.

    So my best guess is that someone like Trufant or Xavier Rhodes, maybe even Vacarro, falls to #20, and one of those teams makes Emery an offer he cannot refuse. It also helps that they'll probably trying to outbid each other, so maybe we can get a little more than a late 3rd.

  • I would like to take a franchise FS in the frist at 20 please alex.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    There maybe 3 players in this draft I wouldn't accept a trade down for and I'm not sure Vaccaro is one of them.

  • In reply to Shady:

    well don't leave us fucking guessing Nostradamus...

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    http://www.comedycentral.com/video-clips/szbbz4/chappelle-s-show-negrodamus---michael-jackson

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Jokey, Warmack, Fisher. Lane Johnson is a close 4th.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    That's actually what a lot of the guys on the draft sites argue about.

    Usually, when teams trade up, it's for "impact" players, and teams who trade down settle for "starters" and depth. It sort of depends on where a team is at. Obviously, teams like the Texans, Pats and Broncos feel they're only a few "impact" players away (The Falcons giving the house for Julio Jones is an example of this), while other teams like the Raiders are in a total rebuild.

    We're sort of in between, so I can see the Bears staying pat, or trading down.

    Besides, we already got a franchise FS. HARDIN!

    Bang bang!

  • don't push me you bastard.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    wow, that sounded a bit harsh.

    love you maings.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Nah, I know you're fucking around. I fuck around like that too, but always have to use god damn emoticons to let ppl know I'm kidding.

    Hey, did you see that hot russian "honeytrap" from that spy doc? Holy shit, I would "disinform" her all night.

    http://www.jeffclinard.com/wcj/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/101710-maxin-anna-chapman.jpg

    Bartender, another vodka!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Vaccaro is there when we pick MB, do you pull the trigger and then go Warford in the second? I honestly think Steltz gets to play this year, and Hardin could be anything. Emery did say there were plenty of good CBs and safeties available, so unless Vaccaro is a Mike Brown then we get OL in the first and take it from there ... to the second round where we draft a fucking Center. Okay Phil?

  • Just "SCORE"...mangina...just SCORE!!!

    http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/bears/post/_/id/4683198/hesters-special-teams-role-could-grow

  • Hey Chicken Dinner....GET SOME BEYOUCH!!!!

    http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/bears/post/_/id/4683201/mcclellin-hopes-to-take-big-step-in-year-2

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    " Chicago Bears defensive end Shea McClellin packed on five to seven pounds of muscle, and shed fat in the offseason, knowing that in "Year 2, I need to take a big step," he said. "

    So what, he's up to 250 now? bwhaaha.

    Shea does sound like he's training like Rocky in Russia though.

    ' "I knew I had to get bigger. That's what one of my goals was. I lost some fat too. That was my goal, to put on more mass and lose some percentage in fat," McClellin said. "That's what I did. I'm gonna continue to work on that this summer, too before training camp. I need to keep continuing to work on my pass rush and get better at that, (work at improving) at the point of attack, getting off (the line of scrimmage), just little things that I can get better at. I'm working my hands a lot more than I did last year." '

    I like that Shea's aware of what areas he needs to improve. He definitely needs to get more violent with his hands, and add more muscle to not get run over or play on skates.

    Maybe it'd be best if Pepp moved over to the LE, and Shea with his speed rush can blind side from the RE. RTs tend to be bigger, and Pepp might match up better against them at this point of his career.

    Not that it matters because Tucker will do what Marinelli did and move them all over, including standing Shea up.

  • Shea would have been better off roid training with Clay Matthews and learning how to violently use his hands. Matthews best skill is violently using his hands and not allowing OL to lock up on him.

  • In reply to The Fifth:

    Aikido-san that mofo.

  • In reply to The Fifth:

    12 million a year the hairball is getting ? Wow. Brian wasn't worth a quarter of that apparently. This is going to bite us in the ass if Williams wraps his Carrera around a pole or tears his achilles.

    And what's going on here? DBB makes #20 blog .... on Chicago Now!! 20th ?!!

    http://www.chicagonow.com/chicagonow-staff-blog/2013/03/top-25-most-viewed-postsblogs-on-chicagonow-march-18-24/

  • Man! Chicago Bears Huddle is #5 and you've got to use Facebook to post on it! That means people only post there because they want all their 'friends' to see what they're posting.

    And I'll bet you there's no discussions on quantum mechanics or tits.

  • mmmmmmmm... tiiiiiiiits.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    quantum titty mechanics : is a branch of physics which deals with the physical phenomena that is huge perfectly shaped titties at microscopic scales, where the action is on the order of the Plank constant, how much wood you get from staring at them, ....not to be confused with the Planck Constant.

  • Damn it. Wish I would have picked that as my major in college. If only I had known it was available.

  • Somebody needs to send a copy of Pumping Iron to Halas Hall. Shamus looked like he was getting tossed around last year if his spin move didn't come off.

    "Without the team asking, McClellin worked to add bulk and cut fat, a process he plans to continue throughout the summer before training camp. "

    And what's this? What if they wanted him to play OLB and he came in looking like Louie Ferrigno? I won't be surprised if we draft a DE though. Izzy and Pep are as old as fuck.

  • I get the feeling E-Train is the kind of Dad that doesn't yell our scream at you but all it takes is that look of disappointment...that right under the skin he'd slap the shiete out of you to set you straight!!!

    http://www.chicagobears.com/news/article-1/Emery-expects-McClellin-Jeffery-to-contribute-more/811243c6-1e87-4767-b2f3-1248af4292da

    "Certainly Evan knows that I was disappointed," Emery said. "He was re-educated on my expectation of a Chicago Bear on and off the field and I certainly expect good things from him.

    a sentence from the article...sorry Dad...:(

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    I personally would like to test what kind of fathering he has done... and the best way to do that lobo, is to test the metle of his offspring.

    I am willing to do that for the betterment of the Bears nation. Coach, feel free to forward me your daughter's email addresses and phone numbers so that I may begin my.... research.

  • I made it to Chicago. ORD looks like a giant episode of MASH. Cots everywhere, kids crying, about 1000 people sleeping overnight in terminals, a total cluster.

    I managed to finagle a transfer to a 757 that wasn't even on the board. That's right, kids, it was a flight that AA put people on that got jammed, and because I travel light and move fast, I got to the gate and got the last seat. The 757 has all that cool FLIR shit, so I knew it would shoot a gap in the storm, and it did. Holy shit.

    I only had to crosscheck one Saudi national to get it, so hey, all in all a win.

    BTW, the RIcin guy turned out to be an Elvis impersonator. So fuck it, from here on out, if anything goes down, I'm tackling any nearby Elvis impersonators. And no, not late model Urlacher style either. Going full Conte on them and leading with the helmet.

    http://www.everyjoe.com/2013/04/17/work/kevin-curtin-photos-sent-ricin-letters-to-obama/

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I thought you were going to say that you sat next to a fat guy with a mustache who takes off his stinky shoes and then you find yourself traveling with that wacky character cross country...

    Elvis impersonator, can't get more American than that!

    Jail House rock is going to be his life from now on, and he's going to find out that they don't sing and dance, and don't take too kindly to terrorist.

    Heart Break Hotel is in his future.

  • I see how you did all those... hee hee hee hee heeeeeeeeeee.

    (feverishly googling elvis song titles for follow up pun(s) )

  • In the world of monkey knife fighting, the monkey is only half the fight, the other half is all knife and I could have not asked for a better set to accomplish my goal of winning the WMKFC (or world monkey knife fighting championships).

  • In reply to gpldan:

    EXACTLY!

  • http://www.suntimes.com/sports/football/bears/19553759-606/new-coordinator-mel-tucker-keeping-bears-defense-in-a-similar-mode.html

  • hahahahahaha: http://www.dailydot.com/lol/google-street-view-handy-manchester/

  • Let's see how Lance Briggs takes to Tucker. That will be key.

  • Hey hey, now there's rolling blackouts throughout the burbs and a tornado watch! Riverside should now be called Riverbed and Melrose and Franklin Park look like scenes from On Golden Pond.

    Good times, good to be home!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    OK, well this is the only day I can ever recall that shut the Dan Ryan, Edens and Kennedy all at once.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Even the snowstorm couldn't manage that.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Sorry maings... this is for you and yonny:

    http://www.weather.com/weather/tenday/USCA0982

    Here's a live shot (about 5 blocks from my house): http://www.camzone.com/camzonedelmar

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    http://cdn4.nwgimg.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/kevin-hart-memes-02.jpg

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I thought the Dennis Rodman billboard did manage it one day.......

  • Am I wrong thinking Finley is misguided here? Nice gesture but WTF?
    http://www.nfl.com/news/around-the-league

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    Try this one

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000160986/article/jermichael-finley-to-donate-to-boston-bombing-relief

  • Kromer says Cutler is farther along than they thought.

    Briggs declined to talk to the media for the third straight day.

    Hester has seen the light.

    That's about it.

  • has he, has he really Erik? How do you know about hester?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    He's been telling everyone how he acted wrong when Lovie was fired and get this, he might have been mad that day and said some things he didn't really mean at the time.

    He hasn't been in the film room at WR, played one snap at WR, or is upset that he isn't playing WR.

  • +1 R2..I think also realized the sheite they got away with from LDL

    THAT FUCKING GRAVY TRAIN IS GONE!!!!!

    NOW GET TO WORK CLOWN!!!

  • don't mean shit to me maings... when I see him running his ass off and not diving for cover when a guy get's 15 yards from him, I'll believe it. He's already lost me and has to win me back. Ha!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    He might be one of our gunners on ST's.. He'll show you soon. I hope.

  • A gunner!??!

    BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    Here's a pic of him getting ready to 'gun': http://albertadiary.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/lion1.jpg

  • Gunner?!?

  • A pussy that's afraid to get hit? Erik, if I owned that team (let me dream like a girl can) his ass would have been thrown out the double doors of Halas hall when they were still locked. He's a waste of roster space IMHO. He's not even fast anymore, so why do we need him?

  • Oh, and the offensive line saw some of Tucker's blitz schemes and packages.

  • FROM THE NO SHEITE FILE:

    Jeff Dickerson
    Lovie Smith just said on ESPN SC that a team cannot win a Super Bowl without a great quarterback.

    then why LDL did you not protect him you FUCK!

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    That's not my question, my question is... why are they interviewing lovie smith about ANYTHING to do with fucking football.

    Dude's a cancer... a cancer called perpetual mediocrity.

  • FROM THE GET YOUR HEAD OUT OF YOUR ARSE FILE

    Jeff Dickerson
    #Bears LB Lance Briggs declined to talk for third straight day.

    Briggs straighten up or we will show your arse the door too like LACH you asshat

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    He must be biting his lip about Urlacher and I don't blame him. His bro is gone.

  • Jeff Dickerson
    #Bears head coach Marc Trestman said he's been in every pre-draft meeting with GM Phil Emery. Is heavily involved in process.

  • Boyz...I get the feeling like it's 83' again...clock cleaning and a new direction for our beloved Bears!!!!

    and for those not old enough...trust me...... it was a great but this time..I believe the time frame has been cut in half or less....

  • Oh yes.....

    http://www.bytesized.me/bespectacled-beauties/10/

    37(oh my)

    and plenty in-between.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    oh my indeed... I'll take 12, 13, 14 please... all at once please.

  • Just saw a preview of the schedule on the TV. The regular season finale is against the Pack at home late December. I'm pretty sure there was also a prime time game against Pittsburgh in September. We'll get the whole thing shortly...

  • In reply to Shady:

    I'm in... again.

    Maybe this time you won't be such a dooooojjjjjjjbag and you'll actually come to the game with us.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    We'll always have Portillos.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Double bird maings... double bird.

  • In reply to Shady:

    ...oh yeah, protillos... where you bought everyone but me a beer. Yeah, can't wait for more of that. Jackass.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Hahahaha

  • In reply to Shady:

    I don't know what he's talking about, Shady. I thought you were a great host.
    Except for the fat remark.
    Fuck that, you made up for it with the beer!

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Don't forget the scarf, I wasn't going to let you go to Soldier Field without some Bears swag.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Haha! Yes, the scarf of pestilence.
    I rocked that all winter. Not that winter is a real thing out here, but I did anyway.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbHMRpdk3_4

  • Soccer AND titties... WINNING!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bb_w1oNLtNs

  • Packer week is december 29. Oh, it's fucking on.
    And bears at redskins is october 20, so I know where i'll be that weekend. Any regs that want to meet up for the dc game, iet me know.

  • anyone know why Briggs is being such a penis?

  • I don't give a crap if Briggs talks to the media during minicamp.

    The guy was the best LB on the field in most--if not all--of the games the Bears played last year (and that includes the opposing team). He played lights-out.

    He has another year like 2012, I don't care if he says a single word to the media.

  • Hey, I have a live chat on my site at that moment. Come check it out for a quick second. No signing up or anything. Thanks!

  • Saudis... definitely Saudis... yeah... without a doubt they look exactly like Saudis.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/18/boston-marathon-bombing_n_3109768.html?1366321876&icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl1%7Csec1_lnk3%26pLid%3D300706

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I might draw the flag - but I would go for the camel collar tackle on that.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Speaking of the Middle Eat, I think it might be time to dust off the Code of Hammurabi. You know, an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, a leg for a leg...

    When it comes to evil in this world, never bet the under...

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    And if you run out of legs, start using arms...

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    So what's the deal with that family guy episode having bombs at the Boston marathon ... two weeks before it happened? I just heard that off a guy this morning, haven't checked it out yet.

  • Monday Night @ Pack after a bye... Perfect!

  • In reply to EnderWiggin:

    This is fairly favorable schedule, Trestman must be pleased.

  • In reply to EnderWiggin:

    I don't know, after going 7-0, the Bears by then might be a bit complacent....

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    +1

  • Schedule liink:

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/chi-2013-bears-schedule-htmlstory,0,7883178.htmlstory

  • Toughest stretch I see is MNF at Green Bay, followed by Detroit at home on a short week, followed by the Ravens at home followed by a road trip (to the Rams).

    And that isn't exactly a brutal guantlet. This is a very nice schedule.

    More thoughts once Jeff puts up a new thread.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    [Premise: Emery puts it through the uprights on draft day. We get a center in and the line performs significantly better than previous years, helped by the new offense - which Cutler has said is all about getting rid of the ball quicker.]

    Hard to evaluate any schedule given that new teams emerge as a different animal to their last season's play, but the Ravens/Packers look like the only really tough games. I'm still not on the Flacco bandwagon. Eagles and Packers could be a sticky ending (but we've heard all the Eagles bullshit before).

    Good to hear Tucker has decided not to fix what isn't broken - though it remains to be seen what happens without Child Support in there.

    It all comes down to what happens with that wall in front of Cutty, but bear in mind the Chiefs' revitalised line that year with nothing but scheme change. Some slight improvement from the boys combined with the ball coming out quicker (and hopefully a run game) ... and who knows?

  • The world is pretty messed up.

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