54, an Ode

54, an Ode

A southwest safety
With a strange German name
Arrived in Chicago
Without much acclaim
We'd heard all the stories
The speed was unique
But his game on the gridiron
Was far from its peak

Conversion came quickly
The middle he'd fill
The land of Dick Butkus
And George comma Bill
The pressure ascended
The coverage immense
Could a New Mexico native
Man the Midway defense?

We knew from the outset
The fella could play
With Traylor and Washington
Blocking the way
From sideline to sideline
He sprinted with grace
His number fifty-four
Now filling the place

Each year came with memories
With moments of gold
As our dear fifty-four
Went from rookie to old
It's hard to recap
All those moments right here
But since I've got time
What the hell, crack a beer

In 2001
The backer aimed to please
He took the ball from Alstott
Before Jauron took four knees
Later that year
In George W's town
A punter called Brad
Threw our boy a touchdown

In 2004
With Lovie in place
A Packer fan's cheese head
Melted onto his face
With Ahman Green looking
Like the NFL's best
Brian jarred the skin loose
Mike Brown did the rest

In 2006
In his greatest of games
He wrestled the ball
From the sad Edgerinn James
The Bears won that night
A miracle? Sure.
But we know they are
Who Denny thought they were

There were so many moments
The moments passed quick
For the fella who chased down
One, Michael Vick
The jerseys will always be
On Lake Shore Drive
As the Urlacher legend
Continues to thrive

If only a title
If only a ring
That much deserved honor
For a footballing king
We always will miss him
The smiles, the scours
For we who bore witness
The honor was ours

Thank you, Brian Urlacher


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  • super bears super bowl.

  • Fucking awesome.

  • The sad Haiku:

    Draw play. Third and six
    Screen pass, five yards after catch.
    Fifty-Four, no more.

    The happy limmerick:

    There once was man playing Mike
    Whom the Pack would grow soon to dislike
    From the pass blocking hands
    To the tough goal line stands
    He struck fear, now to Canton he'll hike.

    I'll let Al do the Burma Shave...

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    And now, a word from our sponsor...
    No more passes to pick or QBs to sack...
    Sadly, 'tis time for 54 to clean out his locker.
    After 13 seasons as a Bear on the attack,
    Thanks for the thrills, Mister Urlacher.

  • Fantabular!

  • Well done, Jeff.

  • hey bleed check the last thread maings

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    You check.

  • no YOU!

  • good poem jeff.

    the daft punk album dropped yesterday. It's sick.


  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Good to hear this one is good, the Tron soundtrack was trash.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I repeat -

    Are you sure you don't do drugs?

  • Very nice, blogfather.

  • Nice tribute!!!!!!!

  • Lac, just glad you didn't take the road of revenge.

    You were the fucking man.

    Five four over and out. Let's see what we have now .....

  • Lac on Eisen's podcast.

    Crabtree blew his achilles? Nice.

  • http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000205547/article/brian-urlacher-i-wasnt-the-same-player-i-used-to-be

  • Let's understand the totality of history.


    That was a sweet deal for Brian. That was his payday.

    I would argue that since that payday, his injuries to his wrist and then his knee, he didn't play up to that money. Since 2008, he earned roughly $43.5 MILLION dollars with $18 MILLION dollars in new money after that deal was done.

    You tell me - since 2008, did he earn it? Since 2008, was he an impact player that changes games? Or did he have some good plays on a good defense?

    So, seen through this prism, the $2M for one more year deal is ASTONISHINGLY GENEROUS, considering he was shot and didn't belong on the field anymore. All he had to do was take it, announce this was his last year, give up 3rd downs and get pulled in all nickel situations, and call it a career. He'd have gotten at least that salary in Xfinity endorsement money to keep running his commercial.

    Yet, he won't let it go. In the ESPN article, it says "Urlacher reiterated that he didn't like the way the Bears handled his final contract negotiations -- he said there never were sincere talks -- while insisting he doesn't carry a grudge into retirement."

    That's bullshit. Nobody else wanted him. Up until two weeks ago, he was using shit ass media outlets like Michael Sneed, who is an 80 year old female gossip columnist for the Trib who was probably too senile to know that Urlacher's agent was using her - to drop hints that the Vikes were about to sign him.

    You know what I think of that? I think that's shit.

    He wants to earn respect? He would say "I didn't have it anymore, and it retrospect, the BEARS OFFER WAS GENEROUS, and I hope the fans will accept that I always played my best for the team, blah blah blah." But he can't do it, can he? He can't step off his ego, for a moment. Just as Kreutz will never, ever, to his dying day, admit he fucked up his last year and ruined the way he went out.

    Not too many guys like Barry Sanders, who just push the money off the table and walk away without being broken down. I wish more of the Bears who carried this team through the 2000s would do so, but it doesn't appear in the cards. I'm still hoping Briggs goes out with class, but I'm not holding my breath.

  • In reply to gpldan:


    Though I think Briggs gets way more shit than he deserves. He said some stupid shit during a contentious period, but aside from that he's been absolute Pro-Bowl on the field and there's never been any question about how hard he works.

    Lack's example will be one that hits the team more than Kreutz's, and I think players will come to realize what a privilege it is to go out having worn only the navy & orange for your entire career.

    But maybe I don't think like a pro. But surely someone has to realize that making $2 million in Chicago, where your endorsements & family are all based, is better than making $3 million in Arizona, Minneapolis, etc. Seriously, I don't get why players don't give certain teams discounts. If the choice was playing for Jacksonville at $3 million and playing in New York for half that, I'd take New York. Well, maybe not half, but you get my point...

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I actually concur on the truth facts about Lach since '08. Still, he had value that is hard to put a $$$ amount on. Was he worth all the dough? Our D certainly was good enough to get us to the dance. Don't blame Lach, blame Angelee, Lovie, Martz and Tice.

  • In reply to gpldan:


    Nothing to argue with about that post... sorry.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Boy, what a crab. Let's see you get yourself beat to shit for a dozen seasons. Urlacher is class all the way, this from a guy who really doesn't give a fat rat's ass about ProFessionalFootball...but can spot a good guy when he sees one.

  • In reply to mikejaz2:


  • In reply to gpldan:

    Did he earn the money?

    Remember the year he didn't play?

    Remember Hunter Hillenmeyer?

    When Lac was on the field we were always in with a shout. When he wasn't, we lost. So yeah, he was worth the cash. Briggsy mightn't be the playcaller Lac was, and he won't be in the middle with the best view.

  • Hey GP from the other thread you mentioned the guys accent and it's fair to say that he immigrated here when he was younger.

    "According to the 2011 Census, 44.9% of London's residents are White British. London is the only place in the United Kingdom in which White Britons comprise less than half of the total population. 37% of the population were born outside the UK."

    That's from wikipedia. Consider also the area of the attack as well (Woolwich), which is very bad for gangs, crime etc etc and it is fair to say he could have become indoctrined on the internet.

    And you are right about Nigeria. I know a guy who worked on an oil rig over there and they constantly needed security and such to ensure they weren't kidnapped or worse. Now he has chosen to work in Iraq instead of Nigeria...kinda revealing, innit.

  • In reply to DYLbear23:

    I know a guy who worked in "Shell City" in Gbaran Nigeria. He said it's basically the fortress from Road Warrior only much bigger and more impressive. Those guys take MORTAR fire from roaming pickups and have guys with .50 cal Barretts in the corner towers.

    Shell spilled a lot of oil there, but the pipelines also get sabotaged.


    I listened to BBC London last night while I was working, late night call in show. Let's just say immigration is becoming a real problem over there for you guys. I feel for Britons.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    It's insane. It would take a lot of danger money for me to even consider going over there.

    Immigration is getting ridiculous over here. With the EU people can enter with little to no problems and that's just the legal cases. It's not so bad up here North of the Border imo, but in England it is starting to get crazy.

    Also regarding what you guys were discussing in the other thread over extremist Muslims and Christians, we have had cases over here when soldier parading upon returning from duty (alive or dead, sadly) are being protested against (not peacefully either).

    The one that really riles me is these groups also burn poppies and flags (not as big a deal over here as in the US but still offensive) on remembrance Sunday. Now THAT properly pisses me off. If you aren't happy with that then quite frankly you should get the fuck out of the country.

  • In reply to DYLbear23:

    The one that really riles me is these groups also burn poppies and flags (not as big a deal over here as in the US but still offensive) on remembrance Sunday. Now THAT properly pisses me off. If you aren't happy with that then quite frankly you should get the fuck out of the country.

    We have the Westmoro Baptist Church. They go to soldier funerals and tell the families that God wanted their kid dead. They set up a website that immediately got hacked that told people that Oklahoma deserved what it got. They are total radical loons.

    But yeah, flag burning in the streets in the U.S. will get your ass properly kicked over here. Or shot. And that's a good thing.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I can't believe I forgot about them. I would say the main difference is that these are American citizens. They haven't moved to America and started 'protesting', they are just insane tools that just won't go away.

    The only times I can think when flags/poppies are burned by full UK citizens are by idiots with any IRA agenda.

  • I enjoyed that Jeff, good stuff.

  • Nigeria is a nightmare for a lot of reasons. One of them is called "the mistake of 1914." Google it.

  • Uh-huh - the Brits should have left it a group of territories and let ethnic tensions boil over back in the early 20th century. Yeah. ok.

    Alot more is known about the attacks one day later:

    There's the poor kid hacked to death. Looks like he was a random target. And the guys who did it were ganja freaks radicalized on the internet who lived in squalor. They just got fed up one day and got themselves some cleavers and ran the kid over the street and then found out, it's not to easy to divorce the head from the torso. Lovely.

    And here's Julie to tell us that Islam is a religion of peace:


    Now, Julie isn't going to actually DO *anything* after this. Maybe, in private, she secretly thinks the Brits had it coming. Maybe she just wants to live in peace. Hard to say.

    But form a anti-Jihad group and march? Pass out pamphlets? Marginalize radical thought? Cast out members of her own circle who express hateful rhetoric? Form any sort of group which stands for being Britons first and Muslims second? No. That they won't do.

    Here's a truly douchey thought, IBNO:

    The melting pot experiment is failing. The boundaries of nationalism are crumbling in favor of corporate and banking states, and the lack of ethnic and religious identities worldwide is creating a system whereby extremism and violence are being accepted under the guise of a religious ideology for no other reason than it provides power and hegemony to disenfranchised groups that would otherwise have nothing.

    Or, as Hitch so succinctly summed it up: God is not great.

    Google that.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Fuck, I had a big long post and it got eaten by the Gnome.

    Move the fucking site, Jeff.

  • bleed, are you a muslim?

    (i keed maings, I keeeeeed)

  • In reply to gpldan:

    The man was a drummer in the army so I think he wasn't just attacked at random. Sources I have read claimed that the base at which he was staioned knew the identity of the 3 men before the attack.


    oh as an aside here's a post that I have copied from facebook from someone that I know:

    "2 eyes for an eye I say, line up the whole family's of the pair of them and behead them on live telly. Make an example of those stinking little bastards and everything they stand for"

    A lot of people have also been quick to get on their soapbox and use this as part of their argument. They didn't know at the time it wasn't true. Didn't bother reserching. Just immediately started spewing rascism. Needless to say I will be cutting a few ties with people over the next couple of days.


  • In reply to DYLbear23:

    In general, I am more and more becoming a proponent of almost immediate (or at least immediately after due process) capital punishment for proven (with undeniable evidence) terrorist attacks by extremists.

    Because here's the deal... you're never going to change them. You might as well not spend the millions jailing, feeding, etc... them and just kill them... they are called extremists for a reason. Anyone who would randomly kill a totally innocent civilian (never mind women and chilluns), ain't going to be rehabilitated.

    Their family's is a totally separate issue... unless they had direct involvement why in god's name would you want anything to do with them? Except maybe to tell them they probably should have done a better job raising their kid(s).

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I completely agree with you and I would be in favour of a death penalty for extreme instances like you said. Prison over here is an abomination. Prisoners get cushy cells, tvs, playstations and other luxuries that good honest people can't afford on the outside. It costs £40K per year per prisoner in the UK and that is outrageous. (source: http://www.fpe.org.uk/the-cost-of-prisons/)

    And the cherry on this pudding is the fact that the European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Britain should allow its prisoners the right to vote!

  • In reply to DYLbear23:

    ahhhhh forfuuucksaaake... there's no "u"!!!!!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'll play the role of the contrarian. Ghaddafi, or however you spell his name, was a dictator in Libya who was actually working with the US government in counter-terrorism efforts, at least according to Bush.

    When Libya started their War of Independence, otherwise known as the Arab Spring, the US military supported the opposition. We definitely gave them air support, and probably supplied them with weapons. We supported radical Islamists. Call them whatever you want, but we supported radical Islamists who may be tied to Al Quada.

    Mubarek in Egypt was a piece of shit dictator. The US government policy actively supported the radicals who overthrew the government: the Muslim Brotherhood, another radical organization probably linked to Al Quada, or whatever the new chic spelling is for that group. Since the Muslim Brotherhood took over, we have shipped them many top military planes. It makes no sense whatsoever. We still give Egypt over a billion dollars a year, and that's a conservative estimate.

    Syria has been run by a ruthless dictator, handed down from father to son, for many years. Now there is talk of supporting the radical factions trying to take over that country.

    In the US, the Pentagon and West Point academics have recently pointed out that the Posse Comitatus Act is essentially null and void. The "War on Terror" is all encompassing and it includes the United States. The US military can send troops anywhere at anytime within the US to "protect the government". Not the people, the government.

    The "War on Drugs", which started the militarization of the police force, is nothing compared to what's gonna happen with the never ending "War on Terror".

    The war against the American people has already started. If you don't think the "right" thoughts, you are a target of the government. The fucked up crazy dude in England is just a diversion.

    I'm of the opinion the 18-21 guys on planes with boxcutters won on 9/11. Not just the airport shit either. Just read through the Executive Orders of Bush and Obama and you will realize that most of our past freedoms in the Constitution are null and void. The Magna Carta no longer applies.

    It is all psyops now. Keep everyone in a state of fear by bombarding us with news stories from the media about the evils in the world.

    Orwell was a fucking genius when he talked about Newspeak. My first experience with this was when Congress passed the "Tax Simplification Act" back in the late 90's. It added like a thousand pages to the tax code.

    I'm rambling, but I should end with a conclusion. The "War on Terror" is a never ending war, because we don't have a definition for "terror". Is it Timothy McVeigh, or a crazy Muslim guy. Or an anarchist. The "War on Drugs" will never end either until drugs are legalized, because people will always do drugs. Prescription drugs are now abused more than legal drugs, at least as far as overdoses and deaths are concerned.

    This post is really not meant for MB, but just an opening salvo at how fucked up the federal government has become.

  • In reply to The Fifth:

    Any war on a noun is a never-ending war, be it Terror, Drugs, Hunger, Ignorance, or what have you.

    The reason these are never-ending is because it is not possible to define the victory conditions.

    I have been opposed to all US adventurism / interventions / invasions other than the first Gulf thing (Desert Shield, or whatever it was under Bush 1). The victory conditions there were clear, articulated, presented to the world, and more-or-less sanctioned by most of the world (abstentions came from the Russia and China iirc, which is a tacit "go for it").

    Essentially, kick Saddam's army out of Kuwait. We did that, spanked them a bit more so they would not come back right away, and left. Whether you agree that was sufficient is not my point - my point is that you knew that they were.

    This has not been true in many of these things. One could argue Panama and Grenada I suppose.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    I should add that I was referring to the post-WWII timeframe.

  • I think fans should be able to compartmentalize the athlete on Sundays and the person off the field. Urlacher for example was a fucking warrior in the field who should be a 1st ballot HOF IMHO. The off the field issues including the treatment of the media and fans should be judged separately with much less importance that what he accomplished on the field as a captain.

    While it upsets me both Lach and Olin were too prideful to take the offers on the table from the Bears, it makes sense considering who these guys were on the field. It's a flaw of many great athletes: the competitive spirit and ego that makes these players great on the field or court doesn't translate well to negotiations business or other ventures. If you guys have a chance, check out ESPN's 30-for-30 episode called Broke. There's a laundry list of athletes who've made mistakes in life and business because the personality traits that made them great in sports end up costing them in other avenues in life.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Sorry for the grammatical errors, tough to proof read on the cell.

  • In reply to Shady:

    One of the sportswriters on ESPN's piece on if Urlacher is Canton material (the consensus is yes, just not first ballot) stated something I thought was interesting:

    As players that impacted the game plan, you can't even compare Urlacher with Singletary, Lack was that much better.

    Singletary was on a D that basically, couldn't be planned for. To beat the 85 Bears you needed a passing game that only Miami possessed. Every other QB was consumed.

    Singletary didn't change the way you planned to attack the D. I don't know that you really game planned the 85 Bears. I think you just got out your rosary and prayed alot.

    But Lack altered the play calling. His ability to play deep was essentially unmatched. You could play Cover-2 and let your safeties cheat to the sidelines, because Lack could cover so much space in the deep middle zone. That, effectively, re-invented the position and what it could do.

    Even today when you take a flat out stud like Patrick Willis of the Niners - he's probably a better run block shedder than Lack ever was, but he can't do half the stuff Urlacher could do in his prime once he's 10 yards off the line. Navarro Bowman usually picks up the seam TE, Willis just isn't that good once he has to open his hips and turn.

    Pre-08, Lack could isolate up on the Finleys and be ok. When he went down in '09, that D fell apart with Roach clip in the middle, because Finley abused Roach like a street hooker. Roach had no business in the middle, he was a pure strong side guy.

    So I appreciate vintage Lack, esp. in that Cardinals game, that was an unbelievable game. I would rate him in his prime higher than Singletary in greatness as an athlete. Equal as a leader. He just didn't have his own version of Richard Dent until Peppers, and then it wasn't enough

  • In reply to gpldan:

    To say nothing of his own version of Hampton or McMichael.

    I have considered Singletary overrated since he was playing. It's like his eyes were more important than what he could do on the field.

    Not to say Mike was not good - he was very good. But without that cast around him I very much doubt he would have made 10 Pro Bowls, or be an 8(!) time All-Pro.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    ... or his own Mongo, Hampton, Fridge ...... imagine that D with lac in the middle. He was a freak. We'll be lucky to find another. Ever.

  • Anyone hear when Jeff is moving Da Blog off of this site?

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    hahahahaha... futile is the word that comes to mind murph.

    Although you're putting up a valiant effort sir.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    'Tis but a scratch.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    It's only a flesh wound.

  • So I said in the other day that the bigwigs in golf should crack fown on Garcia and they go and do this. SMH.


  • In reply to DYLbear23:

    This is why I was so bummed Cumberbitch played Khan.

    Khan was the perfect human, played by Montalban, a latino (with rich corinthian leather!) playing a Sikh Indian.

    Man, did JJ Abrams take a giant shit on Star Trek. Roddenberry would have been pissed at Into Darkness.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Don't rate JJ Abrams at all. He's murdering Star Trek and Star Wars (if Lucas hadn't already decided to dig it into a latrine with eps I, II and III) will soon follow.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Abrams Sucks.
    I watched an interview with him the other day. - HE'S NOT A STAR TREK FAN !!!

    The man actually said : "I never got Star Trek."

    He even has Spock kissing a girl in the movie. He's going to shit all over Star Wars too (facepalm).

  • In reply to DYLbear23:

    all that and he doesn't even know how to spell! BAAAAAHAHAHAHAHA!


    (yes, I know that's the queen's... it was a joke. Get it?)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I always get confused with whether or not I should be using a 'z' or an 's'. Just use our language the way we intended damn it!

  • Scours?

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Clearly he meant scowls. But thanks for pointing it out anyway, jerk.

  • Here's something we can all get behind:

    Aniston playing a stripper. Yes.....


  • In reply to gpldan:


    Ok, now I'll go check the link.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    dude, that actually looks kinda funny. (shocked face: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srw3RdiIlrQ)

    If that wasn't a body double, you HAVE to give it up to aniston. She still looks fucking amazing.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I’d watch it just for the movie.

  • mmmmmmmmmmm... bacon.... 24 karat gold baaaaaaaacoooon: http://uncrate.com/stuff/23k-gold-chocolate-bacon/

  • Irish -

    yes, Crabtree was finally beginning to emerge as a non-bust, and then his achilles snaps. Probably shot for the whole year.

    Niners will be odds-on to go back to the show from the NFC, but their year isn't starting off so good...

  • Nice tribute, Jefferson. When we movin on up - moooooovin on up - to the new site?

    # answermegodammit!!!

    Don’t make Onan have to tweet you. Just doing it pisses him off.

  • Better correct my misspelling before Aquinas Stickuphisass gets his panties in a knot.


  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    (two d’s in goddammit, according to dictionary.com)

    Thanks for commenting. Before your message appears, an administrator will have to approve it


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  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

  • FYI. If anyone on this blog says they will have me over for dinner, and say they will serve corned beef, I will consider it racist and insensitive and demand an apology! Except for gp, he can say it.

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    You sound like Olive Oyls Dad! From the Popeye movie with Robin Williams.

  • MB, have you heard anything about Da Blog abandoning this ship? I thought Jeff had mentioned that a few months ago.

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    I can neither confirm nor deny anything about the aforementioned insinuations Murph.

    (Plausible deniability is ALWAYS the best policy)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Sometimes deniable plausibility works just as well.

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    He definitely mentioned it. it was supposed to have been moved after the Super Bowl then he delayed it until after the draft. Many have posted regarding an update but none of those inquiries have been acknowledged, at least to the best of my knowledge. Maybe Onan SHOULD tweet Jeff...

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    It's like Purgatory. We don't get out until our sins are atoned.

    Maybe the Pope swap delayed things...

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I wonder if a Novena would get things moving...

  • In reply to gpldan:

    then we're fucked.

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    No Onan shouldn’t. Jeff should answer the question right here on his own blog.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Thanks for commenting. Before your message appears, an administrator will have to approve it

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    that shit is just a bot maings... no one actually approves anything.

    My hunch is that it's there to slow down posting. or that's just how this piece of shit works... you know, one or the other.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'm guessing it’s just another random bug. There’s no pattern to it that I can see.

  • Holy. Fucking. Shit.


  • This is AWESOME!


    Check out Jeter as Tensai (Fucking awesome dogs... Bang! Bang!)

    there's a couple in there for Rabbit.

  • http://www.gq.com/images/entertainment/2013/06/50-funniest-things-the-web-ever-did-part-1/get-your-war-on.jpg

  • http://www.collegehumor.com/video/1035519/cop-freaks-out?referer=http://www.gq.com/entertainment/humor/201306/100-funniest-things-on-the-internet-june-2013?currentPage=2

    Dude, listen to this cop call 911 because he ate too much weed. Talk about a great way to loose your job. Fucking hilarious.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I used to quote this guy all the time.

    "I think I'm dying. I think... I think.. I think I'm dead. Yes, I'm dead"

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    So. Awesome.

  • It would be so sweet if this blog moved to a site where people could actually have a conversation back and forth on the site without having to refresh constantly. A move to a new site needs to happen soon.

  • In reply to The Fifth:

    It better not be a facebook job.

  • No shit. I hate those things.

  • I've given up on the site moving. If it hasn't happened by now it ain't happening. Maybe if we all decided to switch to a different blog it might light a fire under Jeff. Nothing against Jeff but I come here for the laughs with you guys and the occasional Bears insight from Jeff. A mass exodus to a non-chicagonow site wouldn't hurt my feelings.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Blaspheme! Hehe jk

    Funny you uses the term Exodus because this situation reminds me of when Moses left to receive the commandments and his people built a golden calf while he was away. Yeah, good times. Have faith, Jeff will lead us out of this desert known as Chicago Now... It just may take another 40 years.

  • I'm working on a blog using greengeeks (http://www.greengeeks.com/) using Wordpress and Disqus.

    I'm just going to build it, I have a name and domain and everything picked out. But I don't want to blog. I was hoping if it was all built and move-in ready that Jeff and the Rev would consider using it because I don't really want to write.

    I'm also not thrilled with Disqus as a comment platform, but Vanilla is WAY too expensive to use and I think the Packers forum using phpBB sucks. I'm sorry but BBS style forums are just so 2004 and communities need to stay focused and on track. BBS forums go sideways. Blogs and indented discussions keep a community focused. Of course, the site could have both.

    Disqus allows embedded youtube links and Avatars through Gravatar or other places, and PMs as well.

    It will take me awhile to finish - maybe later in the summer -, and whether Jeff would come or not, I am going to build it. If he doesn't come, I would recruit other writers. I can't pay anybody, but I'm not looking to make any profits either and I'm happy to get a deal going for banner ads and give all the revenue via paypal to writers, but I need to see how to structure that. It would be pennies, though, maybe a $20-$40 month depending on how the traffic click-through deals were implemented.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I'm in...

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I like disqus actually.

    I'll write a bit for ya. Need to start flexing that very atrophied muscle again anyway.

    Doooo eeeeeetttt... caaaamaaaaaan, I'm heeeeaaahhhhh... doooooo eeeeet nooooow!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I hear guys your age take Viagra for that problem...

  • In reply to Shady:

    hell yes, if it's good for the NFL, it's good for me!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    So you're also taking shots of toradol and dousing yourself in deer antler spray? You ARE a sexual tyrannasaur. C'Caw!

  • In reply to MB30SD:


  • In reply to gpldan:

    Hey, GP, that actually sounds like a great site.

    IF you want a writer, I can write for the site.

    I can send you my manuscript Faster Than the Speed of Love to show you I'm a worthy writer!

    No, but seriously, I'd be down. I actually can write properly and persuasively, and even sometimes passionately when I put my mind to it.

    I would have some ideas too about the site (ideas which I suggested to Jeff, but CN perhaps is too limited.)

    Idea -

    Add a "BBQ, Beer and Music Lounge."

    This would be a side link which would list some of the bloggers recommendations for good food, beer and music.

    You guys always suggest good stuff, but unfortunately, it gets lost in the wash of threads, and sometimes I wish I could write it down.

    So why not have a side bar keeping track of those specific convos?

    Just an idea. If a person can embed in the new site, might be good especially for music-vids-footage etc.

    Maybe we can make another side-link for "Boobs Babble" just for MB, aka S-rex. bwhaha

  • This is a great idea and to expand on writers GP you could have a rotation out of the folks on here, that way no one person would be under pressure to deliver on a daily basis.

    Butch, I love your idea of a side bar of some sort. We could have fantasy football talk/organisation section, gaming section, a troll cage....love the possibilites.

  • In reply to DYLbear23:

    Yeah, that's what I was thinking too. Add like an FF section, Religion, Politics section (blogger beware), yes, a 'boobs' section with pics of hot gals of the month, etc

    Only fear is, once those side bars get made, they're will be like 5 comments on the actual Bear section, and about 300 comments everywhere else!

    So, maybe, just limited to BBQ, Beer and Tunes for now, as a sort of reference point (and FF when that gets kicked into gear).

  • And video games

  • Hey, send me your ideas and pieces you have at eringrog@utm.edu

    I've been trying to find another blogger that isn't a complete Chicago Meatball head..

  • I would need a bit of time to write something up as the football world is a bit dry at the moment. I'd certainly be interested and I'll contemplate throwing something together in the near future.

    I might expand on the analysis of our rivals actually.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Most forums suck because users are allowed to post threads like they’re going out of style, and the threads are just dump-listed by post-time without categorization. Some forums are run more like blogs - with daily top-listed main threads and categorized sections for specific topical threads. You often have to be registered and logged-in to truly appreciate the advantages a forum has over the typical blog.

    But the main advantage is, comments on forums are not fucking jammed into the central-third of the page with (often) tiny, unreadable fonts. I actually have excellent close vision, but I’m a migraine sufferer and if I have to get too close to the screen to read, I’m fucked.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Here’s a comment thread on a Drupal blog that is close to the size you normally see in a typical forum (except the comments are threaded, and this particular blog doesn’t allow avatars).


    I’m not saying you should use Drupal; I don’t know anything about it, except as a reader. And let’s face it, anything would be better than ChicagoNow. CN doesn't even have the most rudimentary of features. Its only saving grace is DBB.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    I like Wordpress best. I also have access to a WP dev.

    For commenting, which is really the part the users care about, there is 'Intense Debate', Disqus and a lesser known one called LyveFire.

    ID is nice because you can get an the underlying style sheet so the fucking format doesn't look shit.


  • In reply to gpldan:

    All I can say in reference to that link is, I wouldn’t take any tips from a blogger who’s comment section looks like this:


  • I also recommend t-shirts that will make you stand out and get your message across, from my good friend DoK.


  • Dirty tackle celebrations in LFL. Awesome. I mean ..... disgusting.


  • Just heard that Ditka's getting his jersey retired 47 years since he last played for the beloved.

    The Bears are now third in sports behind the Celtics, Yankees, and Canadiens with 14 jersey's retired.

    Happy Friday.

  • What are all the numbers?

    Ditka was number 89. Looks like Halas Hall wants to make nice wif Da Coach before he kicks his balls into that great goalpost in the sky.

    Oh, I found it on Bears site:
    3 Bronko Nagurski, RB-T (1930-37; 43)
    42 Sid Luckman, QB (1939-50)
    5 George McAfee, RB-DB (1940-41; 45-50)
    51 Dick Butkus, LB (1965-73)
    7 George Halas, E (1920-29)
    56 Bill Hewitt, E (1932-36)
    28 Willie Galimore, RB (1957-63)
    61 Bill George, LB (1952-65)
    34 Walter Payton, RB (1975-87)
    66 Clyde "Bulldog" Turner, C-LB (1940-52)
    40 Gale Sayers, RB (1965-71)
    77 Harold "Red" Grange, RB-DB (1925; 29-34)
    41 Brian Piccolo, RB (1966-69)

    And now Iron Mike with 89.

  • http://blogs.suntimes.com/bears/2013/05/on_the_record_nfl_on_brian_url.html
    Lots of cool comments from Bears guys and others from around the league about 54's retirement. What I took from it: The guy with the perfect Chicago linebacker name played for coaches named Speedy Faith, Rocky Long, and Lovie Smith. Classic.

  • http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000200131/article/ranking-the-nfl-quarterbacks

    Cutler is 16 .... .and Tony Romo is above him. Matt Ryan at 6, Eli at 7. I believe the phrase is ROTFLMAO.

  • That's a dumb article.

    Anyone who puts the collective "future" guys at 8-12 just to make for an easy dichotomy and eye-catching paragraph title is a fucking hack.

    Am I really to believe that it's coincidence that this occurred:

    8. Luck
    9. RG3
    10. Kaepernick
    11. Wilson
    12. Cam Newton

    "Why, that works out just whimsically! I can label my bullshit paragraphs 'The Future Pt 1' and 'The Future Pt. 2'!"

    I get creating tiers, but when your tier system lends itself more to bullshit attributes beyond skill set, you're full of it.

    "The good, the bad, the ugly" - good tier system.

    "Solid dudes"? - That's the best you could come up with?

    Fuck this writer. And fuck Joe Flacco. And Kaepernick, and Wilson, and Newton.

    JC to def.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    NFL.com has deteriorated tremendously since Kirwan et al jumped ship. These new guys try too hard to inject humo(u)r and write their articles in a 'bro-like' manner.

    Guess I'm a stickler for professionalism.

  • DYL -

    Here's who Brits have to blame:


    That group, specifically, has infiltrated Nigeria. It's a splinter of Al-Queda.

    The two Nigerian born Brits who went off the rails had visited Nigeria in the last few years, and now I think intelligence is trying to find out who they met with and what was discussed on that trip.

    So, while the internet kept them "pumped up", I think it's probably a key takeaway that these whack jobs usually have to go abroad to get the full dose of brainwashing. Tsanarev was the same way, he went to Chechnya prior to his backpack adventure.

    The internet is a lure for predators and crazies, but so far the consistent pattern here is that these guys need to go to camps to get the belief system worked up to act out.

    It kind of reminds me of Heath Ledger's Joker, or the Joker in general in the darker DC books. His henchmen were the criminally insane, the easily swayed and weak-minded. Once he got ahold of them, he had them. There is a show on TV now about Hannibal Lecter (it's awful) which postulates the same idea: strong intellects capturing weak intellects and subverting their characters into violent action. Lecter is sort of the Moriarty of Serial Killers, the consulting serial killer.

    Either way, I thought you might be interested. The Mainstream media will start this narrative next week, as more details emerge about how these two UK butchers actually met up overseas.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Same thing on a smaller scale with Charles Manson. If you've never read Helter Skelter, it's fascinating.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Hey, GP, I don't know if you read the book Clay Feet, but if you haven't, you should.

    It's by a Harvard psychologist who profiles "Gurus" - what sort of childhood they tend to have, pathologies, tendencies, etc...

    He pretty much devotes a chapter per "guru" and goes from obscure guys, to more renown ones like Jim Jones, Manson, Keresh, and even has some surprise nominations like Freud and Jung.

    It's a good read for anyone interested in the profile of gurus (as we can easily fit many of the fundamentalist leaders into that category).

  • what you think that I'm not smart enough for this reco? You think I'm all just about tits?

    fuck you man... fuck you!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Excuse, moi (sipping Cognac and polishing monocle).

    I picture you Lady's Man sophisticated.


  • In reply to gpldan:

    tip of the iceberg.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Thanks for that GP, it's a great observation. I'm curious as to how the media will play this out over here. The top things on the news is currently this video. The woman interviewing is very unprofessional but other than this and the victims family reacting it's went a bit quiet.


    What speaks volumes about viewers of the BBC news website is that this video is the 3rd most currently shared topic. Number 1 on the list is a calculator to work out your dogs age. Jeez.

  • In reply to DYLbear23:

    That guy is a real peach:

  • In reply to gpldan:

    "is one of those people who needs to be looked at seriously in terms of the legality of what he's saying because he strays, I think, extremely close to the line of encouraging hatred, extremism and violence."

    -British Prime Minister

    Good to see he's allowed on tv to encourage these things. Nice job BBC.

  • interesting: http://money.cnn.com/2013/05/24/pf/donations-charities/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

    and then there's this... can you just feel my blood boiling: http://blogs.suntimes.com/bears/2013/05/urlacher_says_he_would_still_p.html

  • mmmmmmm, did someone say boobies?


    You're all welcome mah bitches. Happy start to summer weekend!

    Whoo Fucking Hoo!!!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I got sunburn in 18 degree (C) weather on a cloudy day. Summer was not meant for me.

    Women don't look like that here either.

  • In reply to DYLbear23:

    Hahahaha... fucking pommy.

    (I know, it was meant as a stinking joke)

  • In reply to MB30SD:


  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Won't lie didn't know what a pommy was. Would have accepted Limey. Or any alcoholic-tartan wearing-miserly stereotype.

    och aye.

  • http://guyism.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/TIGERS-FANS-640x324.jpg

  • I tried posting this earlier but I think Chicago Now delaying a lot post. Anyways 4ever85 (AKA Butch Deadlift), send me some of your pieces on the Bears and thoughts to eringrog@utm.edu

    I'm looking for a sane Bears' Blogger and Chet recommended you.

  • I think I might be hurt.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Just go look at Kate Upton do here dance and you'll feel better. I promise.

  • always... I'm still hurt.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    You have my email. You all do.

  • Your email mayhaps be known to us all, but we have not your request.

    And that is what pains the MB so. For he has provided upon you lessons which, according to the great Snoop Lion, should not be told, but instead sold.

    And your repayment for the games with which have been bestowed, is to demand he look upon Maid Upton. This demand made not in the manner of a compatriot, but in jest - as a villain may.

    I weep at your insolence. You have forgotten the face of your Urlacher.

    (I am reading entirely too much Dark Tower today)

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    What book are you on? I've been re-reading the series myself and have reached book 5. Amazing stuff.

    As an aside, seeing as you mentioned the almight snoop doggy dogg...err...lion....he has a game coming out.


  • In reply to DYLbear23:

    Middle of book 4. I enjoy the whole series immensely.

    I spent all Friday reading it via PDF at my desk while the boss was on vacation.

    Made it real tough to write normal emails when the time arose.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    fucking awesome.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    I doubt anyone tops that comment. Well done Willie. Well done.

  • Chet, from Weird Science? Did I get drunk with him one night and not remember? Man, that night must have gone something like this.


    Sure, I'd be happy to contribute and thus put "free lance writer" on my resume. I've been meaning to visit your blog more Artoo, but sadly life gets in the way of the Bears at times.

    About how many words do you keep your articles limited to? Just to get an idea.

    It's a bit slow right now though, so it might be some tough slogging til about August.

  • Oh, this is a much better vid of the immortal Flash Gordon scene!


  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcUWG23hqvw

    time to pay the fiddler.

  • No limit. Email me my friend and we will talk about everything and get you set up.

  • I'm going to go ahead apologize for the double post.

  • And while you're at it why don't you go ahead and apologize to the rest of the class for calling us insane meatballs.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Yeah... we don't take kindly to your accurate portrayals.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    You thought the baby Jesus was a MONKEY?!!! a MONKEY?!!!!


  • In reply to gpldan:

    Larry david... wait isn't he a jew?

    Ooooohhhhh... thaaaat's why he thought Jesus was a monkey. I get it now.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Labe, son of Nat...but my friends call me Larry...


  • In reply to MB30SD:

    He thought Jesus was a cookie, which is understandable.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    he's not?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    He’s more of a matzo cracker, or like a flat dry dumpling.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    He was a god jewish boy.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    He was too nice for his own god.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    What's weird is I only asked 4ever85 because he just publicly announced he would like to write.

    I didn't know MB, Shady, or DYL wanted to write too.

    Plus, Chet and I had this discussion awhile back about you all. Trust me, we are figuring out ways to involve you all. Hell, we wish you would comment on our blogs. Hopefully, in time, you will.

  • you're a cute kid erik. don't do achangin ok?

  • I do read over your blogs but for some reason I'm turrible when it comes to the first hurdle. Heck, it took me a few years before I started hitting up this place. Don't worry about it man you guys will have the full endorsement of us guys on da blog. I'll get round to commenting soon.

  • In reply to DYLbear23:

    Thanks DYL. It means a lot!

  • This piece-of-shit. The city of Chicago should sue to stop it from defiling its name on the internet. Two out of three comments today got the “Thanks for commenting. Before your message appears, an administrator will have to approve it

    And Barnaby’s pizza tastes like kitty litter, Jimmy.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    On the other hand, ChicagoNow provides a free service, and the bloggers here are pretty good, actually. I never ate at Barnaby’s, I just wanted to disparage it.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    I'm not gonna lie I had Barnaby's for lunch today and it was fucking delicious as usual.

  • In reply to Shady:

    I have to travel 12 miles just for Papa John’s.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    That sucks, but at least you can get good innard pie in your area.

  • In reply to The Fifth:

    If the damn buzzards don’t beat you to it.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    That deserves a real LOL.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Well played, Crunch

  • So this happened a few hours ago.


  • In reply to DYLbear23:

    at least it wasn't scripted or practiced.

    Also, the son's voice is fucking grating... or is that just me?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    The whole kid is grating.

  • In reply to DYLbear23:

    that was pretty fucking epic though.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    BOOM: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jW3PFC86UNI

    I asked her for Adidas, and she bought me ZIPPS!!!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'd be having stern words afterwards to tell him to find his own schtick and to get out of daddy's territory.

  • In reply to DYLbear23:

    kinda in the worng place that reply but we are dealing with CN here so I guess I should be thankful it appeared at all.

    How old is WS in that video? He looks half the size he is now.

  • I see we are still here on CN? I like your blog idea gp, lot of guys would be up for that. Canada, like me,comes here for the banter with the regs, I'd like to see that made easier. Its freakin impossible to carry on a conversation on this POS!

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    Here's my deal with this Wordpress thing, though

    If Jeff won't come, I won't link it here.

    I'm not into poaching communities, that's bullshit and I won't do it.

    I hope the toolset and banner ad stuff can work out so he'll want to come, but I haven't spoken with him and there's no guarantees.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    the bottom line is that CN PAYS him to maintain the community here, and he ain't gonna move if he loses a bunch of cash.

    As you well know GP, $ speaks baby.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Well, hopefully you'd at least comply with our FOIA requests for the URL

  • I remember Emery talking about liking "big men"... perhaps he should have drafted this monster. Ai yi yi!

    Most guys this size have big guts that stick out a lot further than their chests. Not this one.


  • this is about to get ugly: http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/world/2013/05/25/vo-uk-newcastle-protests.cnn.html

    No muslims are going to be safein the UK if this continues.

    I really wish they'd all band together as a community and better police their own.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Islam promotes and sustains conflict against western civilization, Israel and Christianity. They are reaping what they sow.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    yep... have to say I ain't gonna be cryin any gator tears maings. Fucking police your own and this shit won't happen. Do something... anything.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    How do you "police your own"? Do you call the FBI or police every time someone makes a radical statement? If someone attends a radical church, mosque, or white supremacist meeting, it's likely going to be attended only by other radicals.

    I get your frustration and wanting to do something, but what should be done? Unless I'm missing some, the two terrorist attacks by Muslims on US soil both happened recently. One at Fort Hood, by an active duty military officer, although the DOD has labeled it as "workplace violence". The other incident in Boston just happened, and the FBI had intel on him already.

    Check out this story and tell me if it doesn't infuriate you. He's building up a pretty hefty defense fund on the taxpayer's dime.


  • In reply to The Fifth:

    Should read "two terrorist attacks since 9/11"

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I don’t want to get into this debate. I just want to say that I should police my own - my government, my military, my police, my fellow Americans - but all I ever do anymore is vote. Occasionally, I send a contribution or an angry letter. Tilting at windmills is for young people and dreamers, not the old and jaded. I only do it these days if it amuses me. That’s wrong and I know it but I’ve had enough.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    The true vote is with your feet, something more and more Americans with the means are doing. But our government, in it's endless quest to take money from those responsible enough to have saved some, has instituted the death tax against those considering expatriating.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    You vote for the Dems or Reps and it's the same old shitstorm with you know who calling the shots. Only the illusion of choice exists.

  • Bingo Irish, Bingo my man!

  • In reply to TracDaddy:


  • http://www.cnn.com/2013/05/25/world/europe/france-soldier-stabbing/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

    here we go...

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Yeah, now the wheels are going to start coming off in Europe. Next step: neighborhood rioting, arson, maybe a couple drive-by shootings.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Rioting is a popular sport over here: see London 2011, France 2005, and currently the latest nation to adopt this favo(u)rite past time is Sweden. Arson kinda goes hand-in-hand with this, just see the problems in Greece. Thankfully drive-by's are still too 'American' to be adopted over here...the baseball of anarchy if you will...but still, me no like.

  • In reply to DYLbear23:

    Its all in the Bible DYL.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Europe has been dying for a long time. Look at birth rates.

    As a friend of mine likes to say "the future belongs to those who show up".

  • WiWG:

    Yar, thankee-sai etc etc. I went through a period where I had to control saying yar to people when I agreed with them. Glad to see you are enjoying the books. I'd reckon the period you've just went through (some of 2 through to 4) is probably my favourite.

    There is a book 4.5 called 'Wind Through the Keyhole'. Overall it doesn't add much to the overall story arc - it is a story within a flashback - but just to take in more the world that King has spent so long weaving means you should maybe take a look. You can enjoy books 5/6/7 without it though.

  • In reply to DYLbear23:


  • iI thought the Tribs full page farewell was nicely done.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I thought Urlacher was flipping someone off at first.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    does anyone have a link to it? I've found it really hard to find online.

  • For MB:


  • In reply to Shady:


  • Just stumbled upon a DBB post from Feb. 2010. Back then, you guys had profile pages that archived all your posts? That’s a nice feature. Comments were permalinked and appropriately timestamped as well? Unbelievable.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    I remember that..

  • I found DBB in the summer or fall of 2011, iirc. It looked like it does now.

  • I call this "buyers remorse". Jerra Jones, you sir are a joke.


  • Hopefully Cutler's agent will be saying the same thing after he wins SB MVP this season.


    "Agent Joe Linta, however, told USA Today he has "no sympathy" for the Ravens, who could have signed his client to a much-more cap-friendly contract last year.

    He told the newspaper that the hangup in the talks was over "$1 million six years from now." Flacco ended up walking away from a reported five-year extension that would have averaged $16 million per season after the Ravens wouldn't budge.

    "I've never in my life seen a dumber move. I guess people can say, 'Well, Joe was dumb, too.' It could have been [dumb], God forbid, if he got hurt. But $1 million to [Ravens owner] Steve Bisciotti six years from now? That's like 100 bucks for you or me today," he told USA Today."

    Lets sign Cutty already. Just do it.

  • In reply to Shady:

    I think we need to wait. If Cutler gets KO'd a couple of times this year it could get dicey. If he doesn't perform well or has a major injury it could be a huge issue. Way too many variables to hand him the keys to Ft Knox. If we win the SB I have no problem seeing him get crazy money. It will suck for the salcap but I'd rather see that than pay him and find out he isn't Trestman's guy.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    I must concur with a Canadian.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Exactly Canada. Exactly. People are crazy to think paying Cutler now would be a great idea given his injury list and numbers.

  • Especially with Robocrap snapping him the ball and then 'protecting' him.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    yep, with you canada my man.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    This is Flacco's agent negotiating for his next client. Flacco took a huge gamble and, unlike probably the last five guys in his situation, his gamble paid off.

    Do you think guys like Michael Vick, Matt Flynn, Alex Smith, Mark Sanchez or Ryan Fitzpatrick should have waited before signing big money deals? They all took the money and got at least one year at a nice salary before they got marginalized real quick.

    Flacco's agent is hoping to get more Tony Romo deals - top level money for slightly above average quarterback play. Matt Ryan, Jay Cutler, Philip Rivers... they'll all have their agents pointing at Romo and at Flacco. This guy is just getting a head start.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    I don't think you're giving enough credence to the fact that it was an 'educated gamble' NB. His agent was smart enough to take into consideration the strength of the team, the competition, and their progression from last year.

    Comparing the 2012 ravens to the eagles, jets, or bills is a bit off-base... also, there was no one behind flacco that could have (or did) taken his spot.

    My point is, it's not like flacco's agent just rolled up to the Roulette table and dumped it all on black (ALWAYS bet on black)

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Is there someone else in mind? Someone who won't get KO'd? Someone who won't get injured? Who is that guy? I'm fine with drafting a QB but he better not be starting next year. I'm not ready to just toss aside a bonafide QB to play musical fucking chairs again. Does Curry have a lot to prove this year? Of course. Is he still the best QB we've had century? Absolutely.

    Odds are Cutler will be the best option going forward so why not make it happen now for less than for more after the season? If his agent is holding firm at some ridiculous number, than fine, let him play it out and see how it goes this year and come back to the table. If still no deal, sure you could franchise him but that ain't gonna be cheap. How long are you going to pay him top 5 just to wait for a better opportunity to get a deal done. If you want to dump Cutler call it rebuilding and start over people should say so. To me it's pretty clear, there's no real alternative, odds are the price ain't getting any cheaper to keep Jay in town, and I'm not ready to facking rebuild so try get a deal done ASAP.

  • In reply to Shady:

    I think that today's fans are more "cognoscente" of salary cap implications. A lot of Cowboy fans are not happy about the Romo signing. Look to the Bears drafting a QB in the top 3 rounds next year. Barring a SB victory, its gonna be really hard for Cutty to get the deal he wants this year.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    ok, i've had it.

    why the fuck would Cutler have to win the superbowl in order to get a fucking solid contract. did you fucking idiots not watch the last 4 years? did you not fucking watch?

    solid quarterback surrounded by ABSOLUTE MEDIOCRITY.

    Only one goddamn team wins the fucking superbowl per year and if a team doesn't win it you don't see crucial changes like qb just for the sake of fucking changes.

  • Let me clarify. It's gonna be really hard for Cutty to get crazy money. Remember, we're talking McCheapsters her. Family Trust? No way was I suggesting he can't get a strong contract. Just don't think it gonna be easy. That's all.

  • http://wildhunt.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/you-mad-bro-.jpg

    Sorry yonny, couldn't resist.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    ...oh, and stop avoiding my golden MP7 with extended mags and rapid fire of death!!!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    i'll be on later to keel you

  • sheesh: http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/05/26/18513859-6-dead-11-wounded-in-chicago-during-holiday-weekend?lite

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    "A cousin of the female victim, Andrew Holmes, said the pair was sideswiped while driving in Jones' 2007 Maserati and was shot while approaching the driver of the other vehicle."

    OK guys, it's time for Chicago tips from a Chicagoan.

    This happened at 1000 N Branch Street. Here's your crime scene, right here:


    Ok, if you are driving a Maserati or anything nice, and you get somebody along side you that jams you up and maybe hits you, at anytime but especially when it's 2am like in this case, you do not want to stop. That is not the time or place to swap insurance cards.

    You want to get the fuck out of there. Gun it. Consider any chase given as hostile, let lawyers sort it out later, but do not leave you vehicle for any reason and if the other driver wants to get alongside, you make him do it at an excess of 90mph.

    That concludes your Chicago driving tips for the evening.


  • In reply to gpldan:

    jesus... that place looks like it's right out of a fucking stevie Seagal movie... one of the good, early ones where he wasn't as big as a house.

    Jesus, what a fucking moron. Rich asshole probably got out in a huff all angry that some dude in a chrysler 300 with tinted windows and duceduces hit him. idiot.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I've gotten lost a few times late at night in Chicago (south and west sides), and I just don't stop for stoplights or stop signs. I'll slow down, make sure the coast is clear, and take off.

    MB, here's a spreadsheet of the 130 or so murder victims in Chicago this year. It is overwhelmingly black, followed by hispanics, and a few white people. Most of the victims are between about 15-30 years old.


  • In reply to The Fifth:

    yeah corm. what dumbass gets out of his $250K car to yell at a dude in a $20k POS in the middle of the fucking meatpacking district at 2A?!

    Someone up for a darwin award... that's who.

  • In reply to The Fifth:

    I got lost in Chicago after seeing Ten Years After in '71 at the old Syndrome. It was off of Martin Luther King Dr. The place was an old wooden structure and there were thousands of people in there. The cops wouldn't let us go down the road back to the Interstate. I stopped at a gas station for directions and the first thing the guy says is what are doing HERE! He was nice as hell and got me back on the expressway. I was never so glad to be out of there in my life. The show was awesome!

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    A good friend of mine's younger brother had a similar experience years ago. They got lost on the way to or from a concert at the old International Amphitheatre. Cops saw them, stopped them, totally ignored all the pot smoke, bongs and open liquor in the car and escorted them out of that neighborhood...

  • hilarious and scary at the same time: http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/bestoftv/2013/05/24/tsr-pkg-snow-star-trek-nuke-plant.cnn.html

  • Flame styling was a big hit and miss (Z4 was a hit, M6 miss, M3 is meh) but the Bimmer boys hit a homer here:


  • In reply to gpldan:

    love it

  • What do you boys think of this beauty?


  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    first... yahoo search?!?! Trac... common maingses. Yahoo search!?!??!

    Second... love that fucking thing. If i was into trucks that's what I'd get... of course it's like $50k isn't it? A truck for $50k!?!?

    ...and Yahoo search?!?!?!?!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    If a Masseratti and a pickup truck could have babies, that's what one would look like.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    meh, not a masseratti guy trac.

    If I had a sheite load of fuckyou money to piss away on a hotrod, it'd either be an old Jag (oh, wait)... or something from these boys (I've always had a crush on the F1): http://www.mclarenautomotive.com/uk/default.aspx

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    It's a bit old school and I've always been a Corvette guy but if I had a chance at one of these, I'd walk away from the Vette world and never look back:


  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Boy, that's a long url. Here's a shorter one:


  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Love that car. Saw one today in Del Mar.

    There used to be one in the 'complex' the ex lives in. Racing painted... baby blue with two orange racing stripes down the center. Amazing car. I've always wanted to drive one. My ex father in law's buddy had one, but he sold it before I could drive it (the dude loved me, not in that way).

    Lot of money for that car Tobi.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I know, I check out the prices occasionally. You can buy a "beater" for about $150K. I've got a customer who has a blue one with white racing stripes. His two brothers have them too - Red/white and white/black. It must suck to be them...

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Tobi, a good friend of mine is the best fiber glass guy in the area. When not doing boats, he refurbishes Vettes. He's a perfectionist who kindly fixes my work stuff at times. He did two Vettes for a guy from Texas about 8 years ago, and both placed top three in some shows they were in.

    He's completely redoing an old Vette Stingray from the 60's that used to race. The customer doesn't want the old factory wheel wells, or fenders, or whatever you call them put back on the car. This car is one of six that were raced back in the day with the factory "fenders". The guy just wants it for personal use. If you ever want an old Vette restored or know someone who does, let me know. Steve is really good at what he does.

    One of my bigger customers has a ton of cool cars. The 67 Shelby is very rare and worth a lot of money. I think most of his cars are worth a shitload. He has two garages loaded with mint cars, each one bigger than his small ranch style home. In care you never seen, here are some of his cars.


  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Where are you, Fifth? I seem to recall it was somewhere around Racine or Lacrosse. The guy must be good if someone's shipping cars to him from Texas. And that customer of his who isn't restoring that old Vette racer to factory specs is an idiot..

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Live in La Crosse, from Kenosha.

    I was up at Steve's last weekend having a few beers and repairing a spray pump. He's got tons of shit in his shop and out buildings that he wants to get rid of to free up space. A couple car guys came up and bought a bunch of stuff. I don't know shit about cars. But those pickers couldn't believe the Vette guy wasn't restoring the car to original when they seen the factory codes on the "fenders". The guy is having someone else slightly modify the chassis, drivetrain, and engine. Steve is just doing the body, interior, and maybe putting it all back together. Either way, the guy is gonna have a shit ton of money invested in the car.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Ha, we used to make beer runs from Northbrook up to Kenosha back when the drinking age in WI was eighteen. I kind of remember seeing Cheap Trick at the Brat Stop but the Mickey's Malt sort of made it a little fuzzy. My father retired to the summer place in Fontana a while back and I have a sister who's in real estate in the area as well. Spent all my summers from about the age of seven on up there. Back in the old days, Lake Geneva was pretty big fun......

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Please Child! Maserati M12


  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    yeah, for the money... meh.

    this is a car trac: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_hQ2y5GgLvNo/S_RP0QY4IGI/AAAAAAAAC34/sJd-nTDa33s/s1600/aston1.jpg

  • as much as I hate peter king....


  • In reply to MB30SD:

    you know what guys... I know I'm going to get hammered by some of you, but after listening to the interview on that page... and after hearing him talk about lovie the way he did.

    I am glad lach is fucking gone. take out the garbage along with lovie. Get rid of all of it and start over.

    The Trestman and Emery Bears may not even end up as good as Lovies team, true, but I am VERY happy he's fucking gone. Mediocre sheite. Good riddance botha youz. out with the old, in with the new. it's time.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Im wit ya brudda!

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    thank you my man.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    And I go without saying.

    WHat remains to be seen: Briggs play now that his clubhouse is upside down.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Dude has a weak mind off the field. I'm hoping for the best, but expecting the worst.

    Fucking lovie. What a milquetoast dbag. they all loved him cause he was such a softie

  • 11 in the city, realistically that will be 8 or 9. I guess if you spend 50K on a pickup you dont mind dropping a 100 a week in the gas tank.

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:


  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB !!!!!

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    I've never been in love with a vehicle before Murph but that Raptor is sweet.

  • My comments await administrative approval. SURE HOPE JEFF PLANS ON STAYING HERE!! At least I feel like I'm getting my monies worth out of my blood pressure meds.

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    Good one, Murph! I have to be honest. That msg doesn't bother me. It actually makes me laugh. That's usually my reaction to something that's totally fucked and I have no control over it. What a site?!

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Since work got rained out this morning and no other plans, it's Memorial Day Music Monday. What you think of this song? British blues/ rock chick.


  • In reply to The Fifth:

    Didn't really do it for me. That 3 minute intro killed me. Oh well. That was a beautiful guitar. Would be interesting to see her live.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    I saw this on Youtube the other day. It's old as hell but I love Ry Cooder's Tex-Mex stuff. The video and sound quality is great.


  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    One last one. Ry with a big band. Nice way to start the show!


  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    The first song reminded me of music my Grandma used to listen to when I was younger. It was good, but I thought the second song was better. First time I ever heard Ry Cooder was on NPR on the show On Point on a Friday night. Here's a song that's a little more kickin' that I've listened to a few times today.


  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    I'm pretty sure it was Ry Cooder doing the slide on the Stones' Memo From Turner:


  • http://www.cnn.com/2013/05/27/world/europe/uk-mosque-fire/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

    Better start doing something yourself boys.. or the thugs are going to do it for you.

    France will be interesting use-case. If I didn't love that place so much, I'd boycott that den of extremist muslim filth.

  • I do not mean to diminish the sacrifices of all the others who died in the line of duty. This is meant only as a reminder of what today is really about:


  • In reply to tobijohn:

    I just saw this today. I gotta give props to this kind-hearted lady. Forget the politics of the title.


  • In reply to The Fifth:

    Thanks for that. Nice piece...

  • I just watched a show chronicling 9 siblings fighting over Johnny Taylor's will. (Canada knows who he is). Anyhow, the attorney representing 3 adult children to prove paternity so they could receive a part of the inheritance was interviewed and he said he took the case because he believed them and that his heart went out to them. Lol.

    The 9 hiers eventually split the 700k equally and each ended up with 2k bucks after legal fees. Hmm.....

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Never saw him live but always liked his music. What a pity they couldn't have settled that amicably and actually walked away with some decent money. Since my late uncle, my brother-in-law and my favorite sister (lives and practices in Chicago) are all lawyers I probably won't go on a rant about attorneys.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Better hope your other sisters don't read this blog..

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    I hate stories like that and I've been involved in cases where I've watched it happen. Attorneys litigate like crazy to avoid a simple paternity test. Its not fair to blame anyone, but the parties, lawyers, judges and legislature all have a part in creating these "lawyers win" scenarios.

  • Lawyers / Agents.

    They don't see

    "54, an Ode"

    They see

    "54, an OWED."

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