Things Happened Around the NFL When I Was Gone

Things Happened Around the NFL When I Was Gone

Some things happened. Nothing earth shattering but events did take place. I'm massaging my way back into the flow of writing.

  1. Moving the NFL Draft to May will be a ratings success but it means another month of me completely ignoring mock drafts from around the country.
  2. Someone needs to write a major profile of Cliff Stein in one of the Chicago dailies. Stein, the Chicago Bears salary cap maven, has been the strength of the Bears front office for what feels like more than a decade. I don't agree with Hub Arkush on basically anything but I agree on this: Stein could be in line to succeed Ted Phillips.
  3. So is the entire Seattle Seahawks organization cramming for finals? Adderall? With that dreary, rainy shit weather in Seattle I would need Adderall just to get out of bed.
  4. So it turns out a number of Washington Redskins fans purchased Bob Griffin wedding gifts off his registry. Two things. (1) Millionaires shouldn't be allowed to HAVE registries. (2) I wish those fans had called me. I could have given them a list of very worthy charities.
  5. Nice job by new Jets GM John Idzik. He made two significant free agency signings. One retired. One is in jail. 2-for-2.
  6. Amazing how the Kyle Long pick perception has changed since the night of the draft. Gil Brandt reported three or four teams were targeting Long directly behind Chicago, including the Green Bay Packers.
  7. I think Dwight Freeney is going to disappear in San Diego. I just spent three days in San Diego and I don't know how an athlete can maintain a competitive edge when living in paradise. La Jolla, I miss you.
  8. I am sure Rob Gronkowski will play football again but I feel confident saying his body will never again sustain the impact of an NFL season successfully.
  9. Side note: I am all for Dan Snyder keeping the name Redskins. I think everyone, including Native Americans, need to lighten up.
  10. Nice seeing that Packers horse stink it up at the Preakness.
  11. Have you ever heard the type of nonsense you're hearing in Dallas regarding Tony Romo? The owner wants him around the building more? He has to limit his golf schedule? If these concerns are legitimate, why pay him all that money?
  12. Does Charles Woodson want to go back to Oakland? Does he really want to finish his career with a couple of five-win seasons?

More in a day or so...

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  • Welcome back Blog-father...sent you a Bears Story via e-mail before you left...check you spam just in case it's in there. If you didn't get one from me let me know and I'll re-send it.

  • Oh and one comment on your post. Though I do agree that we all need to lighten up a bit, "Redskins" could be construed as similar to "Blackskins" or "Yellowskins" etc. which could objectively be taken as racist. However, the true mascot of the Redskins is a Native American Warrior. So keep the logo, etc and change them to the Washington even sound good. You could even call them the "Washington Warpath" which fits perfectly with their fight song. I hesitate to call them Braves since I hate the Atlanta Braves...but that could work as well. I know this is beating a dead horse at this point but just wanted to show there is room to compromise.

  • In reply to Bears-4-Ever:

    Interesting notions. We'll see what happens, but once someone starts to bitch, Take Offense Nation* always seems to jump in.

    * Gee, should I copyright that?

  • In reply to Bears-4-Ever:

    Washington Americans ..... let them get their respect finally in full view of the planet.

  • sigh

  • In reply to Bears-4-Ever:

    I've heard a lot of similar suggestions, but the University of Illinois recently bowed to pressure to eliminate their mascot of 80 years, Cheif Illiniwek.

    My point is not to weigh in on the debate. My point is simply that changing the name from "Redskins" to "Braves" or "Warriors" or something along those lines won't stop the argument. If you're going to change the name, you basically have to start a brand new tradition, unrelated to the whole American Indian theme. You can keep the word "Red," but that's about it.

    I just don't see it happening. Most studies that I have seen show that the majority of Americans feel the whole thing is much ado about nothing. Whether or not the name is truly racist, I just don't see enough momentum to make a change.

    Now, if the Redskins were to move to Virginia, that could be another story. Then they could be the Graybacks. Change the colors to match the confederate flag. That'd go over much better :)

  • In reply to Bears-4-Ever:

    can't use Warriors. The Marquetter Warriors with a badass logo:;_ylt=Amm9Z5I0Dbc6.T7FDNQjBGWbvZx4?p=marquette+warriors+logo&toggle=1&cop=mss&ei=UTF-8&fr=yfp-t-900

    Apparently a warrior is racist so they changed to the Golden Eagles which is super gay.

  • Harpy Eagles on the other hand, would not be....those things are f-cking creepy.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    they are so not... they are insane.

    Saw a live one at the zoo a few weeks back. Amazing. They're HUGE.

  • What's even stupider is that Golden Eagles don't even live in the Midwest. They probably didn't use the name Bald Eagles because it may offend insecure males who lose their hair of no fault of their own.

  • What, no thoughts on Gabe Carimi?

    Couldn't let us overload the monkey and get to 1000 comments either, eh?

  • I finally put up a real post for the first time in months and Jefe comes along with a new thread. I'll be damned if I'm going out that way.


    Tobi mentioned changing tires in the snow earlier and we were talking about good honest people before that. Actually we were talking about untrustworthy dishonest people but I'm still reminded of a story about a good honest people and changing tires in the snow.

    Circa 2003, Christmas vacation, snowy Washington middle of nowhere highway. The weather was so bad. I recall seeing my first ever sign of freezing fog and at that point I'd traveled all over Alaska, Idaho, Colorado in the winters. Not to mention countless ski trips via horrible mountain roads. So I was a seasoned winter driver. But freezing fog was something I had not seen before. I recall being somewhat disappointed that it didn't end up being as ominous as it seemed. Bad winter weather is the point.

    I was driving back from Southern Oregon on my way to Idaho for grad school. I had just gotten a melanoma cut from my back. My stepmother happened to work for a dermatologist and insisted on giving me a once over. Melanoma was suspected and later confirmed by the actual dermatologist. Just a slightly discolored mole on my back. Never would have caught it if not for her. So they get me in right away, do the procedure for free and cut a pretty good sized chunk from the middle of my back. It was tested later and confirmed to be malignant, so I thank my lucky stars that she insisted on looking me over.

    So they cut the thing out of me, stitch me up nice and tight, and send me on my way back to Idaho. It would have been nice to spend a day recovering but I had to get back that night. So I make the 12 hour drive with my freshly mutilated back, get through the freezing fog along the Columbia river in Oregon, pass the border into WA and get a flat. Sonuva bitch. My back was so tight I knew I would bust a stitch. I go out into the snowstorm on this lesser traveled highway and start to change my flat. Motherfucker I was in pain. Out of nowhere, this random latino pulls over behind me, sees that I'm having a less than swell time, and insists on doing it for me.

    He changed my tire. In the dark. In a snowstorm. In the middle of nowhere, out of the middle of nowhere. Total stranger. Just random kindness bestowed on the Nitty. Unbelievable. He even asked if I needed a place to stay for the night. I'm amazed still when I think about it. And it wasn't just him; My stepmother for giving a shit and taking the time, the doctor for doing it for free on short notice since I happened to be down there for the break. All kinds of goodness bestowed on me that day. Good people still exist.

  • On the subject of that story and the RGIII wedding Jeff mentioned above.

    In every Jewish community there is a charity fund called "hachnosas kallah" which, loosely translated means: "Bridal Startup." Its a fund to help pay for wedding expenses. The term comes from the old days when the bride's family would pay for the wedding.

    It is not uncommon for wealthy people to make a very sizeable donation to hachnnosas kallah when making a nice wedding. It is also not unheard of for a wealthy bride and groom to donate a portion of their wedding money to the same organization.

    I can understand fans wanting to send Griffin a present. The classy thing to do is accept the gifts with a thank you card or a phone call. I think the other classy move on Griffin's part would be to make a donation to a local church to allow those less fortunate to have nice weddings. He's on the rookie wage scale, but he's still making seven figures. He could include that charity on the registry and problem solved.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    I don't think Subway, EA Sports, Castrol and Adidas have rookie wage scales. I think they pay you in platinum boullion.

  • it's all bitcoins these days maingses.

  • Great story Doc. I love stories like this that involve random acts of kindness. That prompted me to call one of my best friends and have him retell me a story from a long time ago.

  • Likewise. I dropped the suspended-constitution since 1971 clanger and then there was a new thread.

    Semi-interesting : the US flag in courtrooms is gold-trimmed. Why?

    From wiki:

    According to Troubled Times, as the declared National Emergency of March 9, 1933 amended the War Powers Act to include the American People as enemies. This allowed Maritime Law to come onto land."[11][12]

    The writer says to "Be careful of that pretty little flag with the gold trim that sits on a pedestal in your courtrooms. That is an Admiralty flag (an ensign, a military flag) flown on the open seas, not the American flag ... The US Constitution allowed for three types of laws, Common Law ('We the People'), Contract Law governing contracts and agreements, and Maritime Law that is to be used on the open seas to govern our Naval forces while out there since the ships are not on our land. Only in times of war can Maritime Law govern on land. This is proclaimed by the president. This flag changes your status from Sovereign (God's Law) to subject (the Kings Law)."[13]

    Can any one of our blog lawyers confirm or deny categorically that the U.S. constitution has been suspended since 1971, and that the country has been run under the Emergency War Powers act where you're all listed as enemies?

    This would explain why that Supreme Cort judge said "we don't have to show you any laws about where it says you have to pay income tax. We don't have to show you anything."

  • Good story. I think one trap people fall into, I do especially, is that thinking good people exist while not trying very hard to go out of my way and be one.


    I'm batman.

    Doc, I posted to your post.

  • "7. I think Dwight Freeney is going to disappear in San Diego. I just spent three days in San Diego and I don't know how an athlete can maintain a competitive edge when living in paradise. La Jolla, I miss you."

    Should have hit me up Jeff. I grew up in LJ... went to LJ High baby. At the very least I could have given you some good joints to visit/eat at.

    It is paradise maings. It truly is.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    i'm watching a bum get a blowjob in an alley right now.....Sweet Home Chicago.

  • Alley beejes in the morning, shoostings at night. Gotta love the city when the weather warms up.

  • In reply to Shady:

    the only word that comes to mind is "special"

  • It might not be a bum. It might just be some dude from the Northwest that doesn't realize he must wear a p-coat to be accepted into restaurants. I was amazed when I was there, being a flannel wearing, hiking boot donning Northwesterner, how badly I fit in.

  • shoes doc... shoes. not fucking lumberjack boots... shoes.

    It's a civilized place.

    Hey yonny... here's a couple pics of la jolla to kick your day off...

    Or just google image "La Jolla"

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    For those interested.... check this out....

    La jolla, ca:

    Seapoint Cape town:,_Cape_Town_South_Africa.jpg

  • lol, my pea coat was 60.00 (which I lost later that night) and the guy next to me had a 27,000 watch on. I don't think i was setting the style trend that night.

  • I loved the way you defended the honor of that pea coat! True Chicago!
    Did watching that blowjob make you hard? hahahaha

  • You would fit right in in 99% of the midwest, but not downtown Chi-town.

  • Yeah, top that MB!

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    What's an "alley" Murph?

  • Something has been bothering me lately and I figure I can mention it here to find out if I'm an asshole or if I have a point.

    It seems like after every disaster, natural or otherwise, the typical or rote response from people has been "sending thoughts and prayers". While this seemed nice to me at first, I thought about how I would feel as a victim hearing someone say that. Rather than sending T&P, why don't you send some money, food, clothing or other supplies. I feel like an asshole for thinking it, but honestly, save your thoughts and send some real help to the victims. It's almost like saying T&P relieves people of real moral obligation to actually DO SOMETHING to help.

    Maybe someone can post it, but George Carlin had a stand up bit about what family and friends say to the family of someone who just passed away, "If there's ANYTHING I can do just let me know." I think Carlin recommended people actually take folks up on the deal in some ridiculous way, but it's the same sort of maybe not insincere, but minimal thought/rote response to these situations that make me cynical.

    So maybe next time you see someone sending thoughts and prayers, you'll convince them to do something a bit more productive to help out.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Good post shady.

    "HOW TO HELP Those who would like to help people affected by disasters like tornadoes, floods and other crises can make a donation to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. People can donate by visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. These donations help provide food, shelter and emotional support to those affected by disasters."

    One question I have, and I mean absolutely zero disrespect with this... I honestly just am really wondering. If I lived in a tornado state I would have a shelter, a plan, and would make sure my kid's schools do too. WTF?!? Is OK not usually a tornado state? I thought it was? It just seems like tons of people and places were totally unprepared. Probably just my total ignorance of anyplace besides the west and east coasts.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    yes I donated. Anytime kids are in danger/hurt now that I have my own, I just can't not help. Those St. Jude commercials fucking kill me.

    (just knocked on wood that my kids never have to go through that horrific shit)

  • In reply to MB30SD:


  • In reply to Shady:

    Dan Bernstein on the Score 670 was talking about that yesterday. I then started thinking about it and got my company to match all donations by the employees to the Red Cross in Oklahoma.

    Thoughts and prayers don't do shit because it doesn't stop that shit from happening. These people need resources, money and blood donations.

  • Exactly. I'm not a fan of Bernstein but that's my point: do something constructive.

  • In reply to Shady:

    I can't stand how insular B&B is, as a show. Those guys just have been on the air too long. But that was a fair point they made: nobody wants a fucking hashtag on twitter. Send money.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    oh, i've sent them a couple hate texts in my day. Those guys are fucking idiots most of the time. I want to listen to sports talk but there is only 670 and 1000 to listen to and I don't want to hear about the Cubs and Sox.

  • and by 'in my day', you mean last week right?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    yes, approximately 6 days ago.

  • +1 on the company match.


    A related article and great read.

  • In reply to Scharfinator:

    Whoops, there's page 1 of the article.

  • In reply to Shady:

    +1 Shady. And how many of them actually pray? It's such an obvious cliche. I'm guessing 1 in 10 who say they send thoughts and prayers actually believe in God and fewer still take the time to pray for them.

  • Praying is simply appealing to God for His blessing and intervention. It can be done any time and any where.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    'some' people don't believe in, "God" trac.

  • In reply to Shady:

    It truly is the least they can do. It's all part of the FB age where everyone is friends with everyone else except for the most part they barely know each other. Not unlike this board.

  • "MattBowen41 #Bears LB Jon Bostic: Tested on the deep seam route in Cover 2 today. That wasn't an issue. Showed ability to open & run with speed."

    Bang! Bang!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Running with speed... I guess that's better than running without speed... But I suppose that would be more like galloping...

    Ahh, OTAs and mini camp, where legends are made and potential never realized.

  • In reply to Shady:

    I think Bostic is going to stick.

  • Course he is, if for no other reason than the fact he's a 2nd rounder. He'll be fine.

    It's just these months leading up to week 1, ugh, so much love for UDFAs, so much potential, blah blah blah then the real competition starts and the next thing you know these camp legends are out of the league. We need to create an annual award for these guys. How about the Marcus Monk award? Andy Fantuz? David Ball? Wasn't there a white receiver who would capture fans' admiration every offseason? What was his name?

  • In reply to Shady:

    no, no there wasn't.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Waddle was my favorite receiver before Beast.

  • I think Sanzenbacher and Hass were among the last few...

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Hass, Mike Hass, that's the guy. I think he spent 18 consecutive seasons on the practice squad before ending up in Seattle.

    The Mike Hass award.

  • I think he ended up with the Seahawks for a few hours but that was it...

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Speaking of the practice squad, what's going on with Harvey Unga?

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    harvey unaga is a pigment of your colorful imagination Tobi (see what I did there)

    btw, I want that coyote coat my maingses.

  • OK, I've about had it up to here with that damn "administrator will have to blah blah blah." Is the move off of CN a dead issue? I have this image of Jeff back peddling on this like just another of one of the white safeties everyone here loves to disparage....

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Guess we have our new DBB t-shirt caption.

    Seriously though, it's probably never gonna happen. We'll have gnome code for the rest of our lives.

  • "Redskins" is offensive, plain and simple. That in the 21st century we still have a pro team using a derogatory term for Native Americans is unbelievable.

    Yes, changing it to "Warriors" or "Braves" without changing the logo would still leave a lot of people peeved. But the point is, using any ethnic group as a mascot--particularly when that ethnic group is referred to by a derogatory term--is problematic, at best.

    Are people so invested in the name "Redskins" that they can't root for the team by any other name?

    Jerry Jones is a complete ass. I'm no Romo fan, but saying that he needs to spend more time around the facility? Sheesh.

    I'd go on about the NFC East, but what's the point? They all suck.

    If the Lions get their heads out of their asses, the NFC North will have 3 playoff teams this year. And Adrian Petersen will carry the Vikings to an 8-8 season on top of that.

  • bleed... the lions will not pull their heads out of their asses. I don't think that entire org (or the city for that matter) knows how.

    Marshall law maings.. marshall fucking law.


  • In reply to MB30SD:

    ..and yes... I know it's "Martial law" btw... but Mr. Marshall is going to POWN their asses TWICE next year!


  • Gotta agree 100% IBNO. I've been traumatized since I was a child by the use of the name Vikings. I'm a Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish American, so I'm mainly Scandinavian. So were the Vikings.

    The term Viking portrays Scandinavian people as a violent, warring people who raped and pillaged throughout Europe. That was about 1,000 years ago. Since then, we have been peaceful, farming people. The Norwegians even invented the Nobel Peace Prize.

    Now my race is being defamed by the despicable use of the term Viking. They should call teams by more appropriate names, like the Lakers, Wild, Twins, and Timberwolves.

    And why no outrage about the name Chiefs? They should call them the Kansas City Cattle, or something like that.

  • In reply to The Fifth:

    Did you see The Vikings drama series on History Channel? Worth a download, it was very good. Some historical inaccuracies regarding sacrifice, dress and the temple at Uppsala ... but great stuff to watch.

  • In reply to The Fifth:

    In their final cathartic throes as a violent people, those evil Norwegians produced Alfred Nobel who was the inventor of dynamite..

  • In reply to The Fifth:

    Maybe the KC Sheep?

  • Here's the George Carlin clip I was talking about:


    We have a power forward 6'6 265lb TE that runs a 4.45 , a 37.5 vertical and 11 foot broad jump named Fendi Onobun. Could be a straight up weapon.

    You never know. A girl can dream.

  • Jackmerious Tacktheratrix.

  • In reply to Shady:

    D'Jinkalage Margoone.

    University of southen fleerda.

  • So I was watching this vid below...

    try not to pay too much attention to the absolute fucking meathead narrating.

    but I got quite a nice little surprise a little ways in... and so will you:

  • On the Redskins name: By a huge margin, over 95% of native Americans and thier descendants have no problem with the name but the ACLU and aspiring civil trial attorneys love the perceived injustice associated with this issue for obvious reasons.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    I'm with your stats on this one... I think it's inane and way oversensitive... but I'd like to see a link to the source re: the #'s you just dropped.

    If that's true and 95% of NA have been asked and they said it's cool, then case closed and everyone should just stop being such huge vaginas about it.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Huge Vagina:

    Empty a Mickey's wide mouth bottle. Fill it with Bacardi 151 rum and Jolt cola.


  • In reply to gpldan:

    That's the "Dirty vagina"

    The Huge Vagina is the same, just add a jigger of grenadine and a splash of bitters.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    And for a non-alcoholic beverage ...?
    Pomegranate and mango juice with a covering of honey.

    The Mango Minge.

  • The Tropical Taco?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Sirius did a survey and referred to independent surveys as well. Most of the native Americans view the Redskins football name as a way for thier tradition and heritage to be remembered. Sirius had over 90 people call in who claimed to be Native American and only one person mildly objected.

  • you want real racism?

    How fucking dumb do you really have to be... seriously?! It's shocking how fucking ignorant and just plain ridiculous this guy is... he didn't think twice about saying something like this to the press. smh.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    He's spanish. Racism is widespread in Spain and Italy, and things only get worse the further East you go.

    I am not condoning it though. Garcia is a dumbass and should get smacked about accordingly by the powers that be in Golf. But will anything happen? hmm. That is the question.

  • Trib beat guy reports that Woot-Woot-Wooten has been asked to work out at defensive tackle this year.

    Good-bye Izzerz.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Whyyyyyyy, this guy was breaking out at DE now they want him inside? Permanently? That can't be right.

  • In reply to Shady:

    He was breaking out at DE last year, his power swim is excellent.

    Make Pep a freaking tackle.

  • Urlacher officially announces retirement... Shouldn't have let his pride get him.

  • In reply to Scharfinator:

    he's a fucking dumb meathead.

    Would have been $2M richer and his had his legend in tact... the ChiTown endorsements would have been worth MUCH more than the salary.

    His agent should be fucking taken out back and put down. Buffoon.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    And fuck you on the backpedal urlacher. You are a douchebag. What a sad end.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'm surprised at all the vitriol on these boards... I just laugh at him about it now. He's too dumb to get *that* mad at.

  • In reply to Scharfinator:

    not that fired up about it... I'm over it... was when he was playing dumb. whatever. next.

  • I'm hearing Urlacher just retired. We will now await his induction into the Hall of Fame.

    Prideful bastard, should have just taken the Bears' offer. Didn't he learn anything from the Kruetz situation?!? Smh

  • In reply to Shady:

    obviously not.

    sadly... once a meathead, always a meathead.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    "When considering this along with the fact I could retire after a 13-year career wearing only one jersey for such a storied franchise, my decision became pretty clear."

    Holy shit, I need bullshit waders to get through this.

    Translation: I would have *SO* put on the Vikes Purple and shoved it to the city of Chicago Brett Farve style, but they didn't want me, so now I'm gonna totally go with the Chicago angle so I don't fuck my endorsement legacy over completely."

  • In reply to gpldan:


  • What the fuck is with you guys? So #54 isn't the sharpest tool in the shed. So what? The guy played his heart out for the Beloved for 13 years. He has a chance to be a HOFer and was the captain of a very good to great D for most of his career. And you guys just keep grinding on him like he played for the Fudgies. Gotta say it disgusts me.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:


  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    He probably would have played for them if he was offered the cash.

  • In reply to DYLbear23:

    hahahahaha.... exactly.

  • Even though he/the franchise may not have handled the offseason the way both should have, I think it all worked out. It forced us to draft some guys and get some capable vets in the meantime. At the same, #54 is able to enjoy a retirement where he can still walk without being hopped up on pain meds.....I respect what he gave, and as a body of work, he kicked mucho ass!! Vaya con dios.....

  • This... is awesome:

    There has to be a spot for this guy on the bears staff... maybe head cheerleader?

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