As Injuries Mount Around NFL, Health Remains Camp Focus

As Injuries Mount Around NFL, Health Remains Camp Focus

Jeremy Maclin and Dan Koppen tore up their knees. Dennis Pitta, one of the best young tight ends in the league, is out for the 2013 campaign and possible beyond. Three NFL stars gone in just three days of NFL training camp.

The discussion has already begun in Bourbonnais. Kyle Long looks tough. J'Marcus Webb looks flat. Corey Wootton and Shea McClellin are ready to make the leap. Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery are diving for grabs up and down the sideline.

Blah.

Blah.

Blah.

Training camp is the low-hanging fruit for sports writers and bloggers. The football fan tries to go clean for the better part of six months and now is knocking on a Baltimore tenement door in hopes of scoring that much-needed fix. "You got the stuff I need, baby." The media accommodates, now with the technological absurdities that are Twitter camp play-by-plays.

None of it means anything. Nothing the Bears are showing the media and fans is real. What matters is not seeing the following words scrolled across the Twitter feed: carted off. Camp and the preseason is a survival game and the goal is to reach Soldier Field and the Cincinnati Bengals with the bulk of your roster intact.

So enjoy the thrilling Cutler completes pass to Jeffery down right sideline. Crowd cheers. Tweets. I will sit and wait for the most important Tweet of every session. Practice. Over.

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  • I almost went down Sunday to see the camp, but got sidetracked.

    I would be happy seeing just helmets, jerseys and shorts all through camp, as the lineman work on counts and noise drills and the wideouts and secondaries worked on coverages. Then, you might get pulled hammys or maybe - maybe - an ACL sprain but hey, those are the breaks. That's why you condition and at some point the coaches need to see who is ready to go, mental and physical.

    But the hitting with pads? Save it until late.

    The other reason I didn't go is that it's tough motivation to get up at 6am and shower on a Sunday when you've been really busy to catch a morning practice. But i agree with Trestman that getting rid of Lovie's morning and afternoon sessions in favor of just a morning session that conditions players to peak at noon - as it will be during the season - is the right way to do it. Trestman isn't too interested in making Bourbon-glaze a fan show - and that's fine. He has an NFL team to prepare and we can always just buy a pre-season game ticket - although the box office is down to 4% availability on the home games, so a lot of people want to get a look at this new, re-tolled team.

    Now - as reward for being first - here is a tribute to Ayrton Senna in lights.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oeO2q8FzcnM

  • In reply to gpldan:

    man, that was fucking awesome.

    Th Japanese are a trip. great idea, very very cool execution.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hb_d9JeafJM

    Senna - The right to win. Doco.

    Recommend Senna (2010) also.

    Back when racing was racing.

  • Ah, Senna (2010) is on YT.

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

  • For English subs - click cc, click translate captions, choose english etc.

  • On the cusp of FF, Tee hee:

    http://cdn.memegenerator.net/instances/400x/32318442.jpg

    Please wait until the 4th pre-season game to set up draft in a League. This year especially, there are going to be wild personnel swings. You'd be pissed if you had Maclin right now.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    http://shopshiva.com/site/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/shivaregular.jpg

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Anyone who didn't see GP's links tot he shiv photos, take a look at the end of the last thread. Mmmmmm.

  • see my second link below mate. universes apart. I think I've seen your chick 3 or 4 times a day every day here in san diego. meh.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Hotel room. MDMA pills. Shiva.

    Wear her like a horse's nosebag.

    That will be all.

  • hahahahaha... to each his own my man.

  • now that's how you do it.

    Instead of getting penalty for TD celebrations the NFL should move to award an extra free point if the celebration is good enough. Bang! Bang!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZQSdVgU9lE

    3rd one down's my favorite one: http://www.brobible.com/girls/article/kate-upton-modeling-bridal-bikinis (fat cow!)

    Lastly, I think shady's ex gf has finally had enough and killed him.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    jesus she is sexy

  • fat. cow.

    smmfhvvv

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    http://tinyurl.com/lgt4kew

  • In reply to gpldan:

    great bod, but there is something disconcertingly manly about her face.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    dude, you're being that guy on the internet calling Upton fat. K.Webb is fucking gorgeous. Beauty queen gorgeous. Southern Beauty queen gorgeous.

  • here's something for all the right-wingers on the site: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hU3CYs77Ku4

  • Okay. ESPN league created, snake draft

    Draft: Snake
    Date: Sat, Aug 3, 2013
    Time: 11:00 AM ET
    Link: http://games.espn.go.com/ffl/tools/join?leagueId=327218
    Password: blackunicorn

    Passing TDs are only 4 pts, so bear that in mind when you draft Brandon Weeden. All other TDs = 6 pts.

    Shi-vaaa shiva na-giii-laaa .....

  • haha...I'm in like Schwinn.

    Come on over clan. The water's nice.

    My FF name: Martysaurus Rexes

    (The other nickname the Black Uni calls himself).

    My auction league nickname will be a masterpiece, though I'll wait til NB get's that up, but it'll be awesome.

  • I'm in.

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    As if to prove the point.... Turk McBride out for year with ruptured achille. - Brad Biggs.

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    In reply to Big Mike:

    Jermon Bushrod has mild calf strain, Cheta Ozougwu has mild hamstring. Both day to day.

  • In reply to Big Mike:

    Calf strains scare me a bit. They never go away.

    Did we have Turk at DE or DT?

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    Had him listed at both according several sources, but he has been a DE.

  • In reply to Big Mike:

    So we now have Pep, Woot, Nick Reed 2, Black Nick Reed, Aston Whiteside and Jamall Anderson at DE.

    At DT we have Melton, Paea and a bunch of spectators that they pulled from the snow cone stand. Getting a little thin on the DT.

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    Who is Nick Reed 2 and Black Nick Reed. I can never keep up with all the nicknames you guys toss around...

    But yeah, DT, not deep.

  • In reply to Big Mike:

    Nick Reed 2 is Shea McClellin since he only has a spin move. Black Nick Reed is Cheta Ozugwu since he is the black version of Shea McClellin.

  • Say, WHAT?!

    Who came up with THAT crap?

    "Chicken Dinner" was bad enough.

    I submit the Nickname Situation is now officially out of control.

    If they need to be translated/decifered then they are not nicknames, they are CODES.

    "Nick Reed 2 is Shea McClellin since he only has a spin move. Black Nick Reed is Cheta Ozugwu since he is the black version of Shea McClellin".

    That is worthy of WWII's ENIGMA.

    Enough, already.

  • forgot we also have rookie Cornelius Washington at DE

  • We can always get Okoye from FA if it ever gets too thin at DT.

  • True that mang. Okoye has been in the league about 7 years and is 18 yrs old now.

  • In reply to Big Mike:

    I hope he turns out to be awesome. The Cheetah. The Nickname Defense.

  • In reply to Big Mike:

    if there was to be a sacrificial injury lamb, that dude is perfect (not to diminish it for him, that sucks and I wish him the best... but better him than BM)

    ...him or maybe hardin, since that's just a matter of time anyway.

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    In reply to MB30SD:

    McBride was as good a season ending injury as you could have. Great for him, he'll get a settlement, when he likely wouldn't have made the roster. Good for Bears, maybe he's the sacrifice to the training camp gods that will keep everyone else safe.

    I don't know why you hate on Hardin, I'd like to see what we have there. Unless we need to make another sacrifice to the aforementioned gods...

  • In reply to Big Mike:

    Don't hate him at all Mike. I actually think the guy looks like a badass athlete and a total stud.

    My problem is with the pick. The dude hadn't played a single down in almost two full seasons when we picked him. He had a proven track record of season-ending injury in HS and college. Oh, and he's never played a single game down of safety... in his entire football life?!?!

    How do you pick a guy like that with your 3rd? How?!?!?! It makes absolutely zero sense to me. none whatsoever. VERY scarily reminiscent of angelo's pool-boy pick. I think emery got enamored with the athlete and the possible potential, and didn't pay attention to the real and actual warning signs( and the complete lack of common sense) about the skill, durability, and almost entire football historic life learning/experience it takes to play a specific position in the NFL.

    He's a total red herring pick. Ridiculous and very reckless in my mind. I think that if the guy could get through an entire season just on specials without getting hurt it would be a monumental win for the pick. Anything above that will be a shock and surprise to me.

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    In reply to MB30SD:

    I hear you. Wasn't that 2 years ago? So this is year 3 for him. My thinking is we got him, we don't know what he can do. So there is only upside.

    Could be a sleeper. Training camp is the time to dream. Based on size/speed he should be a beast on special teams and provide nice depth in the secondary. Wasn't the book on him that he was a physical corner in college? Love that type of skills set in a safety/nickel.
    I'm pulling for him. Maybe he pulls a Wooton..

  • In reply to Big Mike:

    Major Wright was also injury prone, so maybe Hardin can mooch off of Wright's new health by osmosis or something.

  • Jeff -

    Practice makes perfect. I know you understand the value of rehearsals. That being said, I get the value of a healthy roster, but actors need to act, and football players need to play football.

  • In reply to Viva:

    Ooh-rah!

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    In reply to Viva:

    It's interesting, but the fear of injury in practice is prevalent at all levels of football..
    The pro's limit tackling and say, he wouldn't be here if he didn't know how to tackle..
    Colleges limit live tackling and say, he wouldn't be here if he didn't know how to tackle..
    High schools limit live tackling, as well. They don't say much about why.

    So tackling is really taught by those youth coaches, of which I am one...

  • In reply to Viva:

    Lovie's no-hitting policy didn't exactly stand to us. You practice like women and then you go out and play like women. You've been practicing at a different speed and then you have to go out and ratch it up a notch? Can't do it. Nobody's asking them to kill each other, but we have to be ready week one. We need to practice the violence we're going to unleash.

    All the cliches are true.

    Perfect practice makes perfect.
    Fail to prepare, prepare to fail.
    Practice like you play (Halas).
    Break Rodgers' pelvis and you win the game etc.

    As long as the team is healthy for the playoffs ... look at the Ravens last year, all beat up on defense, and then boom. Flacco becomes an 'elite' QB. Apparently.

  • Lovie didn't have a no-hitting policy. When I went down state last year, both times there was a lot of hitting. It was restricted to 2nd team on down, with bubble boys getting heavy rotation.

    Eventually Trestman will have hitting down state. Probably just before the first PS game. Eventually you have to get them physically ready for the combat.

  • bang! bang!

  • I might have a different philosophy then a lot of you guys (except GP).

    Lovie's Ds were always prepared, mostly healthy, and were all good tacklers.

    Look at Wright. That dude kept tackling with his head down like he was a bull trying to gore a matador, and it kept getting him injured (luckily nothing with the neck).

    Somewhere along the way, Lovie's regimen taught him how to tackle. Same with Melton who was a converted HB.

    It's not as if Peanut, Briggs, Pepp, etc are going to suddenly forget how to tackle, or that Beast is going to suddenly forget how to break tackles.

    They've been tackling for like 20 years now. They can probably wake up and tackle someone before they even yawn.

    I sorta like what Lovie did in letting the 2nd and 3rd teamers hit each other.

    I don't have a problem with that because there we're still finding out what's what. And the Oline and Dline can have at it too. But tackling? That can go wrong in so many ways. Bad angles, go to knees, torn ACL. Someone tackles you from behind, you land on the ankle of a blocking Bushrod in front of you, it breaks, no more LT. Bmarsh goes up, Wright becomes a missile, hits his ribs, two broken ribs, questionable til game 1. Etc etc.

    Maybe the 1st teamers can tackle like a week before the 1st pre-season game or something just to get their bodies acclimated again.

  • pussy

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    "BUSHROD OUT WITH BROKEN ANKLE. WEBB TO START AT LEFT TACKLE."

    Yeah, I'm a pussy. I'm scared to death of reading that headline on the Trib because of a single god-damn tackle by his OWN teammate. Do you forget we still have Steltz on the team, the #1 Bear Killer?

    The rooks and fringe players want to go for it, I'm down for that, but starters can rest their bodies til mid August or something.

  • Steltz is probably a better safety than Doug Plank was.

    The problem? It's now 2013.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    +1

  • I was keeeeding maings. Sheesh!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I know, maings.

    But Steltz will probably injure someone even without tackling. Reminds me of Clark from European Vacation.

    http://youtu.be/hsM0CwqGrBs

  • that's funny, this is the only thing I remember about xmas vacation: http://www.nudography.com/photos/appearances/claudia_neidig-European_Vacation-001.jpg

  • seem to remember tackling issues with Lovie's D - although that may have been early season stuff ... and a thin LB corps. When Lac was out it was hard to watch. The take-a-lead-and-sit-back-in-Cover2 style didn't work out so well when guys were fluffing tackles. We have solid LBs now, with backups to boot. Pumped about the D but it all comes down to how that front looks around Cutler. I expect they'll stutter at the start, but we need to be moving up and down the field ninja-style by week six. Build up momentum like they did in '85. Ugly wins as the units gel together on the field.

  • "Jay tries to go deep to Alshon on next 4th down play and misses. 4th and 6 and he went long"

    Biggys tweet

  • That's right Biggsy you fucking pussy, he went long because it's fucking practice and he's trying to turn Alshon into a badass confident WR. You do that by practicing routes you'll run in the games.

  • Right now, Black Unicorn is going

    "that's right motherfucker, you look me off. you look me off. We'll see where the god damn ball goes when the chains need to be moved. "

  • In reply to gpldan:

    and Jay is screaming at Alshon for breaking the route in the wrong spot. Probably.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    i heard that he also quit in the NFC Championship game.

  • http://tinyurl.com/keovh7n

  • In reply to gpldan:

    wow,that was fat jay.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    that is awesome. It's weird that he was playing at almost 240lb when he got here. He said he topped out at 248lbs "back when he was young and having a good time".

    That might explain some of the highs and lows we saw in 2009 and how his play got better and better each year.

    He is now 220lbs and has his shit together. Trestman comes in and brings a big boy O with him. Season of Destiny.

  • the diabeetus.

  • Wasn't last year the Season of Destiny too?

  • EVERY year is the season of destiny, SC.

    Unfortunately for the past 25 + years, it's been some other team's destiny.

  • unfortunately it was AP's season of destiny too.....and 3 dropped TD's and a dropped INT from 12-4.

    It will come together this year. Defense will be stifling.

  • fucking catch the ball when it hits you in the hands fucking major fucking wright.

    Damn the play still pisses me off.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Then Black Unicorn runs over to the sidelines and kisses his wife again.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    With Beast and Unicorn in the mix methinks the rest are going to go hungry. Can't double both of them, and there's dangerous talent elsewhere anyway. In Garza we trust. Backs, TE and WRs - is there any team more talented in those areas combined?

    The SB Winners just lost their TE. Hawks #1 WR may have serious problems. Have the Niners got better targets than us? Denver? Indy? The Packers? The Saints. Maybe I havemore faith in guys like Shabba and Tolliver than most, but whoever makes the roster I don't see any weaknesses in Cutty's targets.

    If we go OL top three next draft, we could be talking Monsters again.

  • Aren't they testing for HGH this year? Maybe a lot of players are off it now, their bodies are getting used to being un-doped, thus leading to an alarming rate of season ending injuries?

  • Interesting theory.

  • Nice cut Major!

    BAAAAAAAAAAAHAHHAHAHAHAHA!

    https://twitter.com/BradBiggs/status/361861273794793473/photo/1

  • Angry old fogy complaint re-post:

    I submit the Nickname Situation is now officially out of control.

    If they need to be translated/decifered then they are not nicknames, they are CODES.

    "Nick Reed 2 is Shea McClellin since he only has a spin move. Black Nick Reed is Cheta Ozugwu since he is the black version of Shea McClellin".

    That is worthy of WWII's ENIGMA.

    Enough, already.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    haha! You love it Al. It's not my fault that Ozugwu is the black McClellin. It's just science.

  • Sorry, I do not love it.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I thought they were pretty funny... even though I had no idea who they were until yonny broke out the key.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Funny? Hmmm. "Obtuse" DID come to mind.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Visions of Al, in the hot Arizona sun, turning the rotors to this:

    http://static.bbc.co.uk/history/img/ic/640/images/resources/topics/enigma.jpg

    U-N-I-C-O-R.... and so on...

  • In reply to gpldan:

    And I still have a ROYAL STANDARDmanual typewriter!

    History Channel ran an hour on the ENIGMA codes over the weekend.

    The permutations were, virtually, infinite. Millions upon millions.

    But, oops, the Brits capured one.

    Bye, Bye, U-Boats.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Now *that* is a computer for MEN. Not this pansy shit in your iPhone....

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Turing. My hero.
    The Poles captured an Enigma and were the first to decipher it. After the Germans made it more complex, Alan Turing invented the computer to break the new ciphers after applying a very clever way of reducing the combinations required. He basically invented computer science. Topped himself because the powers that be ordered him to be medically castrated for being gay. A nice thank you for winning WWII, eh? I think DiCaprio is about to play him in the movie.

    The Poles helped win the war by breaking Enigma first. The Brits inventing radar and breaking the more complex Enigma at Bletchley ... well ... it all helped.

    Bill Gates never invented anything, in fact he just stole. How many people know Alan Turing's name? Sad.

  • Read Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson... essentially about the whole Enigma cypher breaking blah blah blah.

  • here's bowden on the hitting topic: http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/columnists/ct-spt-0729-bears-bowen-20130729,0,5026729.column

    How apropos

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Bowden didn't say which approach was better though, but I'm guessing he's more of an "old schooler."

    "The contact? The hitting you would expect at an NFL camp? I thought it was scaled back under Trestman on Sunday. Linebackers and defensive backs were coached up to get into a tackling position (knees bent, square up the ballcarrier) and "tag off" at the second level or in the open field.

    That's much different than the live contact "Oklahoma" drill the Bengals run under Marvin Lewis in their camp or the old-school coaches that led with hitting and full-scale tackling during two-a-day practices.

    You had to buckle your chin strap tight in those practices and get ready to set your pads in any competitive situation. And the first thing you looked for after practice was the cold tub to recover for the afternoon session."

    Uh, we don't need fasciitis Pepp or Hip-ster Marsh or any other vet hitting the cold tub in JULY!

    Only bucket of ice our starters should enjoy in July is a nice bucket of ice with Coronas in them.

    Stay thirsty, my friends.

  • Apropos? You want apropos?

    http://thechive.com/2013/06/26/a-womans-abs-are-something-like-magic-46-photos/

    wait, apropos means boner inducing right?

  • It can yonny, it can.

    So 46 was my favorite. 39 might as well be a dude.

    My take on chick abs....

    Yuck. Not a fan. I love my women soft and womanly. On the right woman a little tummy can even be super sexy. I don't like man parts on women, but that' just me.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    sorry, meant 43

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    nothing hotter than female athlete. Not afraid to sweat a bit. Don't ever ask if they look fat in something. Fuck that.

  • there's a diff... you have to be a genetic and workout freak of nature to have real abs as a woman. It's genetically not programmed.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6BWZ8cVKLQ

    Get Jerry's belt! Get the belt! Get it!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    that chick is a crazy slute...and has great abs.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    lol, it's certainly not programmed into chicks that love to pound cheesefries. I dated a basketball player, a gymnast and another girl who was into kickboxing.

    no fat, no cellulite, no complaints, etc. These girls hustled and it made Waffle very, very happy.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Also, if a girl has a little belly she'll always be self-conscious, and as such, can be manipulated much more easily.

    It's illustrated here in the D.E.N.N.I.S. system

    http://youtu.be/QZuOKUrwoys

  • http://tinyurl.com/k4wb4gh

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Oh and btw... Kate perry is insanely hot... not matter what irish says: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Js4KTrLGIoA

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    #@$%&*#$@ !!

    This is Katy Perry as is. Remember.

    http://tinyurl.com/mzslajz

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    that's like every chick maings. every chick.

    So she's a 7 without makeup and when surprised in the middle of sleep.

    She's a 9 during the day. I'll take a 7/9 any day.

  • classic It's Always Sunny

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    A guy once said to me long ago that he likes to see women's muscles only when they are using them. About where I am.

    I briefly dated a gal that kept in shape doing yoga. She had just enough surface softness to not poke me with her bones, but I could easily feel the firmness underneath. Damn I found her, um... inducing as Johnny so aptly termed it.

  • here's something for you Al.

    You HAVE to love this: http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/showbiz/2013/05/29/fod-cooking-with-christopher-walken.funny-or-die.html

    Later... that same day..................... we arrived back at the house

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Walken's "assistants" must be the daughters from the gals of the "simply irresistible" video.

    God. and ppl wonder why men want to be rich and famous. If an oldie is rich and famous with a young gal, he's a gentlemen.

    IF he's old and broke, he's a dirty perv stalker.

  • http://gawker.com/5991974/old-folks-are-broke-as-hell

  • did you see that chick not have a fucking clue how to open a bottle of wine? Painful. Jesus people, learn life's basics will ya?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    (1st world problems)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    reminds me of when I went on a date.

    So, I take her to this British Pub. And I do mean, BRITISH. Dart boards. Beatles memorabilia. Pictures of the queen. God save the Queen logos. Soccer (sorry, Football) on teles. St George painting, etc. The owner, who I knew, was a chef for the Queen (yes, that Queen).

    So, I tell the girl. "Bangers and mash are good here. The Fish and Chips too, if you're in the mood."

    So she orders, and then the owner asks her, "What about to drink, dear?" And she without missing a beat responds, "Corona."

    The owner then turns and looks at me, and I imagine the expression on my face was the same one a father must have when he finds out his first born wants to become a mime.

    He then politely tells her, "We don't carry Coronas. We serve Amstel Light, which is like a Corona." By this time, I think she figured out her surroundings and meekly conceded, "Ok. I'll take that."

    Now, I have nothing against Coronas, but when in Rome...DON"T ORDER A CORONA!

  • http://tinyurl.com/n3wfc7c

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Brilliant. Apart from the spelling ...

  • Amstel Light? What kind of Brit pub is this?!?

  • In reply to DYLbear23:

    They have them just in case someone comes in and orders a Corona.

    I ordered a Young's Double Chocalate Stout, which they had on tap there. YUMMY.

    Also, the owner introduced me to a beer I never heard before. Meantime Beer.

    If you have a little extra mula, and can find it, I strongly recommend it.

    http://www.fermentnation.com/pics/meantime_london_porter_score.jpg

  • I've been meaning to buy some of their stuff for a while, but last time i looked the chocolate porter was sold out. I would recommend this:

    http://www.brewdog.com/product/cocoa-psycho

    I currently have a bottle of this in my fridge as well. Very interesting.

    http://www.brewdog.com/product/watt-dickie

  • In reply to DYLbear23:

    I don't really fancy pale ales, but that watt-dickie one intrigues me.

    The first one, cocoa-psycho, is right up my alley. Gonna have to see if they serve it anywhere around my area.

  • In reply to DYLbear23:

    Watt Dickie is more of a spirit to be honest. Like a whisky, but it goes down a lot smoother with a beer aftertaste.

    Good luck man, the Brewdog bar in edinburgh doesn't even do it. I found some in Amsterdam, but it was about 10 euros a bottle and I had already loaded up my suitcase with some La Trappe (highly recommended), Brouwerj T'IJ (amazing) and some De Prael (yet to try).

    Any idea how much it would cost to ship beer to the states? Is it even legal?

  • In reply to DYLbear23:

    I don't know DYL, but only one way to find out.

    Send me some of that good stuff! lol

  • My favorite blues bar used to have Smithwick's on tap. I could drink the shit out of that stuff. I got smashed many times on that, usually with 5-10 Jameson shots mixed in, and maybe a Polish or two.

  • In reply to Cormonster:

    Love Smithwicks on tap. It's a little stronger too, which is always good.

  • wait... isn't rome in Italy?

  • The only thing worse is when someone orders the bottle with the lemon stuck in the neck. Wastes of oxygen that they are.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Just a BITstrange...

  • Where is Peanut cam? When do we get Peanut cam?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NdDuzU3GjI#at=101

  • In reply to gpldan:

    And raise your hand if you noticed Smoking Joe Webb lining up at wideout...

  • If you were to create two fantasy leagues and you wanted to pick one winner, how would you do it?

    By points? Whoever wins the final round with the most points? Better record?

  • Points would be interesting and novel.

    Many a fantasy league's final Champ does not have the most points. I'd say the percentage may be under 50% - that the Champ has most points.

    By reverting to a point based system you would incent the players to never take a week off, to fight for every waiver. Some players will roll over on a week, knowing they can't win - and spend time orchestrating trades or something else that sets them up the following week.

    In a pure point total game where two leagues are combined, you would create a huge premium on the waiver wire.

    It would be more interesting in 8 or 10 team leagues where the wire itself is more interesting, than 12 or better leagues where the wire is pretty fucking sparse.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    That's the thing, I might have two leagues of 12 or 15 people.

    Plus, I thought of a fun way to involve some Packers fans to go against some Bears fans but I won't do that if have 30 Bears fans that want to play FF

  • And if I have two leagues filled with Bears fans, I want to give away a prize.

  • A novel approach would be to have, if you have 30 people, have 5 six team leagues. This makes the waiver wire very lucrative and bench squatting a big tactic.

    Then announce that the winner is the person with the highest point total in any of the 5 leagues. In ESPN, I think there may even be a way to rank inter-league point totals.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    You gotta balance teams, though. If you have 29 people and the last group is a 5 team league, they have a huge advantage, so it must be equal.

  • Are you running these leagues through ESPN, artoo?

    I remember last year you had like a 16 team league or something, and I think that's just nuts lol

    I think two 12 team leagues would be interesting. Even more so if you get 12 Bear, 12 Pack guys on board, or something close to it.

    Also, is it snake or auction? If you have two auction leagues that'd be tons of fun.

    If you start an auction 12 team league on ESPN based on points, I'll be down for that. I like to try something new every year (still haven't tried PPR, maybe try that too? It's up to you).

    But I think I can only do two FF leagues per year. After that, it becomes a job.

    I already joined Irish's snake. And NB was going to start an auction as soon as he figured out the password snafoo.

  • Points is fairer, but that's not how th NFL wortks is it?

    BTW - for those that haven't ever seen this. The Glasgow Edition of Microsoft Windows.

    http://www.clanvmk.com/clanvmk/forum/index.php?topic=2075.0

  • As someone living in Glasgow I wish they had released that

  • wow, fascinating

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/neil-harbisson/hearing-color-cyborg-tedtalk_b_3654445.html#icid=maing-grid77Cmain57Cdl307Csec1_lnk326pLid3D350705

  • Hey DYL I saw this flick Trainspotting over the weekend. I guess it came out in '96 so I'm not sure how I missed it, but anyway I'm sure you've seen it by now. Your thoughts on it's portrayal of the Edinburgh drug scene in the 90's? Has much changed? But more importantly, how fucking hot was Kelly Macdonald in that movie!?! 9.5 easy. Would've been a 10 but her bush was a bit out of control.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Seen it? I live it everyday! You enjoy the film?

    Seeing as I was 5 when it was released I can't really comment on the accuracy of the film, but in the current day I am very much aware of where to stay clear of in Edinburgh, and to a greater extent, Glasgow. Coincidentally, that's where most of the movie was filmed, the only bit in Edinburgh I know for sure is at the beginning when he's running down Princes St then he gets hit by the car. Not seen it in a while though.

    She's still only 37 and still looks pretty good. Although MB might knock her down a couple of notches due to his inflation charge.

  • In reply to DYLbear23:

    She was 20 at the time and looked damn good going full frontal.

    But don't listen to MB's ratings, his bum's oot the windae. He prolly thinks she's got a face like a smacked arse.

  • In reply to Shady:

    god, you are turrible at accents even in writing.

    And where the hell have you been, I've been worried sick.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Starting riots in surfertown USA.

  • In reply to Shady:

    you wish

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    oh and... 6.5.

    http://video-zvezd.ru/uploads/posts/2011-01/thumbs/1294186334_kelly_macdonald_trainspotting_6_.005.jpg

    Well, ok... maybe a 7.

    no more. I doubt I'd give her a second look if she was just a regular chick in a bar. That's just me tho.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    smh

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    MB, you like a pot belly on a girl?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfN2SpUqfPM

  • In reply to Cormonster:

    Exactly Corm (the old name is back!!)

    This is gross: http://dc371.4shared.com/img/2n-KYGdg/s7/12ca56330d0/Girls-with-flat-tummies-030.jpg

    Pure hot awesomeness: http://us.cdn283.fansshare.com/photos/jessicaalba/jessica-alba-wallpaper-wallpaper-1712487003.jpg

    Jessica alba is so fucking hot. SOOOO my type.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Jessica Alba is definitely one of the hottest hollywood stars.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Would Jessica Biel and/or Eva Longoria fall into the same category?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    http://www.memesay.com/m/MTI5NA==

  • In reply to Cormonster:

    Hahahahaha.. fucking shady.

    Yes Corm, so much yes.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Hey Shady....

    ...Did I dooooo thaaaaaaaat?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    She still looks fuckable in Boardwalk Empire!

  • In reply to Shady:

    Away 'n shite pal er ah'll poot the malchy on ye ... am away doon toon tae watch the fitbah. Radge.

  • jesus christ on a bike... that's be'ar mate

  • Gonnae no dae that or ahll huf tae fucking drap ye mate. Ma cousins mental ye ken, so stop yer patter afore ah gie him a text. Ya bloody walloper.

  • In reply to DYLbear23:

    I love this blog.

  • In reply to DYLbear23:

    See you? Yer deed pal. Oi Begbie, he just called ye a puff like.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Fucking brilliant. The book was actually written in Glaswegian dialect and would be unintelligible to most people. Spud's interview on speed was a classic. It was the movie of a generation - I think everyone in the movie became big - the tune Born Slippy was the song of my generation hands down.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6iKFn8dlxX8

  • http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/ct-spt-0730-bears-bits-20130730,0,4128722.story

    If you can't log in or can't open the link for some reason let me summarize:

    Joe Anderson is making the roster. Don't say I didn't make you know this mang.

  • And you know this, maing.

    http://s1136.photobucket.com/user/KimoC/media/Junk/SmokeyFridayandyouknowthisman.gif.html

  • Beast, baby Beast, Tolliver, Shabba, Earl, Joe. Please let us carry six. Please.

    Harvin has a torn labrum. We need the targets for Cutty. Throw in the Unicorn and Forte and this could get real. Damn.

  • I'm well aware of your fondness for Shabba but what has Tolliver done that has you so worked up over him?

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    This. 6'5 - he could be our Megatron.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXlf9HZ7Fno

  • Irish, we have our own Megatron. His name is Marshall and he had 6 more TD's than megatron last year.

    Tolliver is the second coming of Ramses Barden. Google it.

  • BAAAAAAAAA...

    BANG!BANG!MOTHERFUCKAHBANG!BANG!

  • Gp, I spent three hours at the phone store yesterday waiting, so I read the latest Economist magazine. Turns out the main topic of the week is the public sector pension crisis in the US that got us into a little quarrel on the blog the other day. Here's one of the main articles:

    http://www.economist.com/news/united-states/21582282-pensioners-are-pushing-many-cities-and-states-towards-financial-crisis-who-pays-bill

    I know the Economist is run by the glitterati (not the anonymous Latin American meat-packing variety, but the Financial Times and the Rothschilds of England), but the article makes sense to me.

  • In reply to Cormonster:

    love the economist. My favorite back page story.

    Canan Banana

    Former president of Zimbabwe under Mugabe. He died, but after his rule was accused of drugging and buggaring (look it up erik) some of his security detail

    Oh, those silly African leaders! Hee hee.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    sorry, here's the actual spelling... you know, lest I sully his good name.

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

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    It's a shame what happened to that country when Mugabe went batshit crazy. They went from one of the richest countries in Africa to a very poor country in a matter of 10-15 years. I hope that Morgan Svangiri or whatever his name is will be allowed to "win" this time, and he doesn't turn into a despotic dictator.

    The best part of the Economist is their Christmas and New Year's issue every year. It's filled with interesting, obscure stories on a wide range of topics. The rest of the year the best part is the back page story. Get to learn about so many different types of people.

  • In reply to Cormonster:

    Corm. Zimbabwe is a classic african paradox. Beautiful country, very warm and happy people (when they're not killing each other mercilessly), but whomever gets into power abuses it horribly. Classic poli sci principal (can't remember the official label now).

    Zim is fuuuuuucked up. I've been there 3 times. Twice in Vic Falls and once in the bush on safari. All between 2000 and now.

    I met some of the local guys who lived there (white guys), they took me out to dinner at a place called the Boma. They litterally took a BOX of cash because their currency was so devalued that dinner cost like $250M zim dollars.

    Africa is what it is and will always be my man. That said, everyone should go check it all out once.

    btw, botswana is my favorite non-South African african nation. Amazing.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Coming to a town near you!

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Box of cash? Pussies.

    In Weimer Germany, you needed a wheelbarrow.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    WeimAr. Duh. Sorry.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    that was back in 2000 GP.

    I think they just minted a $2B dollar bill. Seems the easier way to go than increasingly large machinery.

  • In reply to Cormonster:

    I'm glad you mentioned the Rothschilds because ....

    ...wait ... there's somebody at the door ....

  • And you thought the NSA stuff was all about counter-terro...

    ... wait... I hear a knock.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Pfft pfft ..... (thump).

  • 1:30 - 1:44

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ri_7c-ZAHbA

    Yow!

  • http://espn.go.com/nfl/trainingcamp13/story/_/id/9519827/vonta-leach-re-signs-baltimore-ravens

    where in the world is Carmen Tyler Clutts

  • Did somebody call their FF team "name removed by CN admin"?

    Five spots left.

    Link: http://games.espn.go.com/ffl/tools/join?leagueId=327218
    Password: blackunicorn

    Fiametta appears to be our only FB. I'd can him so we could carry six receivers. Bush can bang it in ... or just 'and it orf to our 'enry.

    Yay or nay? Why do we need Tony F.?

  • you called?

  • just watched "Warrior" again. That is a badass movie. Forgot how much I liked it.

  • If you like Hardy, he gave the performance of a lifetime in Bronson. Must-see flick. Quality.

  • didn't like the way Bronson was shot. Brilliant acting, brutal movie to actually sit through.

  • Wow. Loved it.

  • Tom Hardy has been carving out a nice little niche as a tough guy in films like Warrior and Bronson, but the actor was at first hesitant to reveal to his fans where Bane's voice is channeled from. "I didn't want my admirers to feel I was a girly-man, but the truth is I'm just doing an impersonation of Katharine Hepburn," the actor confesses. "I'd sit in my trailer between takes and just continually watch her films over and over to get it right. Christopher and I felt that Bane's voice needed to be tough, annoying, and always sound like he's about to choke on phlegm. But there had to be a touch of class mixed in with all those elements as well, and we felt impersonating Hepburn would bring all those things together wonderfully. Also, Bales Bat-voice always sounds like a guy who is speaking while continually having his ass wiped with sandpaper. We felt we needed to have Bane's vocalization be the ying to Batman's raspy yang."

  • In reply to gpldan:

    hahahahaha... classic.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    loved his character in Inception

  • In reply to gpldan:

    What the, Hardy was Bane? Bane was Hardy? Finley is Einhorn? I didn't think he was that jacked. Maybe it's something about short guys that allows them to bulk up quickly... Like this:

    http://www.bodybuildingblog.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/muscle-dog.jpg

  • In reply to Shady:

    is that maddy?!?!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Maddy, Addy, Finley, Finkle what the fuck ever.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    exactly.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Hardy claimed he put on about three stone of muscle in three months for Bronsonby fireman-lifting his trainer up and down the stairs at this house and 'pushing a lot of floor'. I seriously doubt that's possible, even with drugs. Arnold Scwharzenegger said he put on 25lbs of lean muscle in one year when he was in the Austrian Tank regiment - I believe that. Hardy is only 5'9 (same height as the real Michael Petersen/Bronson). There were a lot of low camera angles in Bronson.

  • 3 Stones = 42 Lbs

  • In reply to gpldan:

    The Bane voice thing was well weird. If I was Batman I'd be like "Exqueeze me? Bacon Powder?"

  • Me too.

  • Idea for tv show: Pension Wars

    The national average for pension funding is about 50%, with Illinois only funding about 8% of the liabilities.

    Solution: eliminate half the pensioners! And.... wait for it... make it a tv show!

    Many pensioners are police and firefighters, but also a heavy percentage of teachers. It will be like Kirk vs. The Gorn - brains vs. brawn. Chemistry teachers will be hugely valuable. They fight it out in the Alaska Wilderness, but here's the catch - there are supplies that can be combined to make gunpowder and assemble weapons.

    Sarah Palin hosts. If you win, you get to keep your pension. Unless you are too wounded from combat and your healthcare would cost too much, then the fans get decide if you live via text or toll-free call in, sort of like American Idol - we could call that part American False Idol.

    It would be like round 2 (or maybe 3) of Darwin's natural selection. It would bring down Medicare and Medicaid costs because the weak would get eliminated when their pensions came due - AND solve our fiscal crisis while simultaneously being great television!!!! Schwarzenegger doing color commentary, the new Cosell! "da middle school tee-cha is a girly man. Mercy? I'm afraid my condition has left me cold to your pleas of mercy."

    And - broadcast and streamed live - the $1.99 per episode goes partially to fund the Alaska pipeline and partially to pay for running the crematorium in Alaska.

    Problem solved! Better than football!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    The Pension/Retirement/Entitlement games?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I always liked Bill Hicks' idea for Gladiators. Arm the audience and give them license to kill. He also had the idea for "Let's hunt and kill Billy Ray Cyrus". Look what that would have saved us.

    Speaking of Darwinian shows, how about introducing death to Big Brother? It's the only thing that can save television.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Sorry GP, it's already been done: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ceegnWSENQ

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Ahh well. I guess we just have to line them and play Russian Roulette, then.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Doesn't Alaska already get enough govt funding? Considering they are insanely rich in resources they sure like to sponge off the Fed Govt.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Speaking of rich in resources, when did Canadians start looking like this?

    http://tinyurl.com/n2f6yz7

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Yow!

    "ooohhhhh caaaaaanadaaaaaa...."

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Oh my. You'd like the scenery up here on the patios during the summer. Other than Amsterdam, I've seen more beautiful women here (Calgary) than anywhere else. I'm sure SoCal has us beat by a mile but I've never spent much time there.

  • Larry the tool says Bostic looks good

    http://blog.chicagobears.com/2013/07/29/

  • In reply to gpldan:

    We told him, ‘compete to play, compete to stay, work to get better each and every day,’

    Cute side note: DC Mel Tucker is a poet in his spare time.

  • I am expecting a long article on special teams before the start of the season, Jeff, get cracking.

    New special teams coordinator Joe DiCamillis basically said every player's job is open for competition. Let the fun begin!

    Robbie Gould has been a reliable kicker in Chicago, but running his mouth about contract situations while making more than any kicker in the league is a sure fire way to have management review your usefulness to the team. Especially after a season where you injure yourself in pre-game warmups...

    Speaking of overpaid special teamers, Devin Hester has been kicked off the offense and has been practicing blocking kicks and tackling. Yes, Devin Hester is the GRMOAT, but he's on the back 9 of his career and will need to do a hell of a lot to justify how much he's making as a kick returner. I still think he makes the team, but I'm not sure he'll ever justify the contract Jerry Angelo gave him.

    Adam Podlesh is Jewish. Marc Trestman is Jewish. Gabe Carimi is Jewish. Gabe Carimi was terrible last year. Gabe Carimi is no longer a Chicago Bear. Adam Podlesh was terrible last year... You know where I'm going with this... OK neither do I, but Tress Way not only has a stronger leg than Podlesh but I'm sure he can be had for much less.

    Gould, Hester and Podlesh may all be Chicago Bears this season, or they may all be wearing different uniforms if Bears management doesn't feel as if they are worth what they're set to get paid. Should be interesting to see how this plays out.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Maybe Hester gets cut, can't see the other two. Podlesh kicked really well the last 2 months of the season. Robbie is the best kicker for the Bears in at least the last 50 years. He's making top money because he's one of the top kickers. He was bitching about all the expiring contracts as the union rep. That's kinda his job. The very next day he was back to smooching hiney. Remember the years between Butthead and Gould? Edinger had a few decent years but he couldn't get it to the end zone from the 40! Other than him, our kicking game sucked for years and cost us a ton of games.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Gould is the best kicker in Bears history....and he fucking knows it the little prick.

  • But I still wish he'd shut up, union rep of not. It's the only Bears jersey I've got.

  • Butthead just puked in his own mouth, somewhere in America.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    i know, but it's true.

    GOULD
    http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/G/gouldrob01.htm

    BUTLER
    http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/B/butlekev01.htm

    13/17 from 50+ - sick
    59/83 from 40-49 - 70+ percent from 40-49 yards???? jesus
    72/79 from 30-29 - sick
    64/64 from 20-29 - sick

    Dude is easily on pace to be the best.

  • There is a reason I said a few years back he is the best player on the Bears. That was before Peppers and Marshall, but even still, he is probably the best at his position of anyone on the team.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    I'm hoping Marshall again makes us shake our collective heads again saying ,"how does he do that?".

    It's weird to be watching the most dominant WR in the history of the Bears right on our TV's.

    Here's to a 100 catch year and Robbie hitting on all cylinders being automatic when we hit the 35yrd line. Also, hopefully Black Unicorn impacts immediately to keep those drives alive right outside the red zone. First game is in 10 days?

  • Hopefully, kicker becoems a redundant position for us. Gould and Hester aer already legendary at theri positions, but if you're bringing the cancer ... then get thee hence. I'd rather a guy that can boom a 65 yard FG than someone who's 95% going 40-50 yards (for example). If your offense is rolling then keep the kickers on the sideline.

  • Butthead was a Bear through and through. Gould is just a kicker who wears a Bears jersey. They all got screwed back in the eighties. Didn't Richard Dent make like 60 or 90K his SB year? But they knew the story and kept their mouths shout. Mostly.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    You're assessment overlooks Jeff Jaeger, Canada.

    After 8 years with the Raiders, Jaeger had 3 nice seasons with the Bears, kicking at a MORE than respectable, 80+% clip while knocking thru 61 3-pointers in those seasons.

    I believe "Father Time" caught up with him at the start of his 4th season in Chicago (only 2 of 8) which also may have been cut short by injury.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Robbie is 85.6% for his *career* Al. And has missed only one extra point in 279 tries. Every single season other than his rookie year has been better than the single best season of Jaeger, and all of Butler's seasons in Chicago other than his first.

    Gould is *so* much better than either of them.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Huh? What?

    Pay attention, SC. What part of Canada saying "Robbie is the best kicker for the Bears" did you miss?

    NO ONE was trying to argue that the Bears have ever had a better placekicker than Robbie Gould. Canada discussed those interim between Butthead and Gould and I merely mentioned leaving Jaeger out of the "Good" category was an oversight. Why you felt to post a lecture extoling Gould's virtues is a complete mystery. feel free not to revise my posts.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I forgot about him Al but really he was a pretty avg kicker. He averaged 20 FG's/yr in those 3 years and I don't remember him having any luck from long distance. Gould is lights out past 50 yds. I don't remember Jaeger getting much distance on his KO's.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    True, Canada, only 20 per year but an 80% clip is not bad. The # of attempts is slave to how good the offense is. He WAS, pretty much a 50-yards-and-in guy. He only hit 3 from beyond 50 with the Bears and THAT includes 1 of the FG he made in his abbreviated 4th season in Chicago.

    Of course, back then, kickers weren't hitting or even attempting them from beyond 50 like they do these days.

  • I know most you guys hate Facebook but this is hilarious. Esp for history buffs. If Facebook existed during WWII.

    http://damnxd.org/view.php?fid=1020

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    I don't "hate' it , Canada. I just don't live there.

    Now Twitter? THAT, I hate.

  • Re the Defense (Sun-Times) :

    [The transition appears to be toughest on Briggs, who has inherited play-calling duties from departed captain Brian Urlacher.

    ‘‘It’s different,’’ Briggs said. ‘‘You’ve been in a system for a long time. You’re now told to change and do things a different way. It just takes time.’’]

    Hmmm. The terminology is the same, swarm to the ball and strip it is still the philosophy ... I wonder what they're changing?

  • Basically he's taking over Urlacher's play calling and "making sure guys are lines up correctly" duties, which, he never had to worry about before. I wouldn't be surprised if his new responsibilities affect his own play and effectiveness. How much remains to be seen.

  • uuuhhhh ohhhhhh: https://twitter.com/DanTurczynski/status/361947323535851520/photo/1

    From jeff's twitter account.

    Also, speaking of fresh meat, I think my favorite rookie is Bostic (with zero knowledge of his play yet), favorite darkhorse... the monster washington.

  • In 127 career regular-season games (115 starts), DJ Williams totaled 886 tackles (673 solo), 20.5 sacks, two interceptions, 41 passes defended, 14 forced fumbles and seven fumble recoveries. To put his statistical contributions in perspective, Williams is one of just five NFL players during the last nine seasons to post at least 800 tackles and 20 sacks.

    Nine seasons under eight coordinators. In his first two or three seasons, he would have competed with Urlacher as the fastest linebacker in the game. Now, he has miles and dents on him - and with Briggs calling sets, we may see Bostic spell Williams at times.

  • Hahahahaha... Fox News crack reporting! Well done!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YY92TV4_Wc0

  • Bears wideouts that make cut

    BM
    Jefferies
    Our man Earl
    Weemzer
    Marquess Wilson
    Joe A

    Bubble guy that makes it from ST:
    Jerrell Jackson

    Guys that don't:

    Britton Golden, who seems like poor man's Weemzer
    Tolliver
    Shabba
    Rucker
    Lenz

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I think Weemzy gets the axe and Shabba makes it. Weems can be a gun on specials but so can Bowman, McMannis and other rookie cannon fodder.

    Weems was a little fucking wolverine so i hope he doesn't get cut but i want to see Wilson, Anderson and DA get reps.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Wilson will have to play specials if he's going to make the team. He's got height and speed, but our X and Y spots are already promised to Marshall and Jeffery. He needs to justify a depth spot with good specials play.

    Anyone heard anything about that?

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    i heard they love his skills but you are spot on about the special teams play. If he goes to the Practice Squad he will be picked up instantly. i can't see thta beanpole playing specials. Anderson on the other hand.......

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Surely at 6'5 Tolliver is the perfect guy to backup Alshon and Brandon? We stick a 6'3 rookie like Wilson in there and I don't feel so confident. He's a 2/3 year project, we need a guy that can go in week one ready to play. Anderson can backup Earl. Shabba can play anywhere.

    I don't think we should use our WR roster as a resource for ST.

    Brandon Earl Alshon
    Unicorn
    Tolliver JA DA

    Wilson to PS (where he's safe and learning). All of the backups can play now.

    Find your gunner somewhere else. Yay or nay? Dammit, start the season.

  • Irish, if we don't use WR as a resource for ST, where exactly do we get our special teams guys then? You need RB, WR, CB, Safety and LB to play specials. Think about this for a minute:

    46 players on the active gameday roster.
    3 QBs
    5 WRs
    3 RBs
    7 OL
    3 TEs
    3 DE
    3 DT
    5 LB
    4 CB
    3 Saf
    2 K
    1 LS
    That's 42 players. With the exception of the three specialists, all of them could be asked to play offense or defense. You've got 4 spots left for guys who you don't expect to play anything but special teams (Devin Hester).

    That means on kickoffs, when you have 10 gunners, you need to have 6 players from the regular offense and defense come in for special teams work. And really its more than that, because different players do different specials work (coverage/returning, FG, punts/kickoffs). There just aren't enough spots on the roster to say that your WR won't play specials.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Wilson over Tolliver? That gives us three small guys, three big guys. One too many small guys. If we lose Shabba/Tolliver the roster looks weak to me. ST shapes the roster unfortunately. Wilson won't be ready to go. Tolliver will. He's got that vital two inches on Wilson too. Thing is, they likely didn't draft him to cut him.

  • Khaseem Greene spells the end of JT Thomas.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Not this year... but I like the looks of Greene. I think he'll be good too.

    Here's his highlight tape: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhb83_ASFuk

    He's going to be god.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    This is why I'm I think Briggs might be gone next year with his contract.

    Greene looks good in all phases. Awareness, instincts, speed, power, a penchant for turnovers.

    It also doesn't hurt that he has experience vs the read-option.

    One year under Briggs, and I think he's good to go.

    However, Briggs did the smart move and "stepped up" to the leadership role so as to make himself less dispensable.

    But Emery didn't budge for Lach, so next year ought to be interesting.

    Briggs better make the PB or unofficially make it again like last year.

    The Greene-Machine is bearing down.

  • I love how after about a week of training camp we're anointing two rookies who haven't played a single down of NFL football as the replacements for Briggs and Urlacher. Let's wait and see how things play out, shall we? smh

  • In reply to Shady:

    Not the practices, the highlights.

    To me, Greene looks like a Brigg's clone.

    Almost identical. Same size. Penchant for turnovers. Late rounder.

    He won't replace Briggs this year, but next year I think he has a chance. Emery didn't draft him for nothing.

  • In reply to Shady:

    This. With you Shady.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    don't support his grumpiness Dave!

    he needs a cold drink and a bj.

    Hey Shady... lighten up Francis!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    How's Brandon Hardin looking out there... Francis?

  • In reply to Shady:

    countdown to injury time, in...

    3...........

    2..........

  • In reply to Shady:

    I'm going to go ahead and say it:

    Green will have a better career than Singletary OR LT, and be first ballot.

    Oh, and I got new glasses this week. The lenses have a kind of red tint to them.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Ah, training camp. Where all the vets look fresh and all the rooks are future HOFers. Anointing oil for everybody!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Apparently we were lucky he fell as far as he did. Bostic and Greene fresh on the bench. Wow.

  • Does this kid look legit to you?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5J_zC5ufmc

    Feisty rednecks are Emery's thang. But this kid gets stood up in the hole too much, and seems to break to the wrong side of his gap assignment, and seems easily handled by single linemen in a 2nd tier college division. I just don't see this kid making the cut despite the dearth at DT.

    But I hey, I called Paea flatbread when his knee was injured and he looked HORRIBLE.

  • I just don't get this shit maings.

    http://www.fannation.com/truth_and_rumors/view/396811-smiths-conditioning-is-embarrassing?eref=sihp

    I. Just. Don't. Get. It.

    You're given the chance of a lifetime that a TINY % of athletes get. The opty to be a fucking star, a household name, a multimillionaire with anything your heart's ever desired... and you come into camp fucking fat and out of shape?!?

    I would be working out so fucking hard getting ready to blow people away in camp and pre season.

    Someone help me out here please. This shit just don't compute.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Emily for the win, Alex.

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2013_swimsuit/models/emily-didonato/?eref=fannation

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Wow. Amazing eyes and lips.

    The body doesn't suck either.

    Oh and your mother's a whole trebek

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I'm still down with Nina Agdal but Emily D is outta site. Also, I posted the R rated version of the blurred lines video a couple of threads back, this young woman is amazing in it.

    http://swimdaily.si.com/2013/07/30/emily-ratajkowski-hot-clicks-podcast/?sct=hp_bf4_a4&eref=sihp

    She's topless during most of the video (her and 2 other women) but she is clearly the hottest of the 3. I was shocked when Cormonster was the only person to respond to the video.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Sorry canada, I think I might have stolen some of your thunder a few threads back.

    She's amazing. such a perfect body.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    No biggie but considering how incredibly hot she is plus she was running around in a thong for about 4 minutes. WOW!

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Hot chicks who can sing are incredibly sexy. I've probably posted this before.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8XkLrErSHw

  • In reply to Cormonster:

    I like Grace Potter but I can't go goat-roping music. I REALLY dislike country music. Lowest common denominator. Most goat-roping singers would sing about anything their study groups say will make them popular. That's why most of it is god, country, mom, apple pie bullshit. Sorry for the rant.

  • The idea of Graham Spanier being raped in prison is like, Christmas come early. Please oh please, Santa. It's all I want.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/07/30/us-usa-pennstate-sandusky-idUSBRE96T17220130730

  • In reply to gpldan:

    he deserves whatever he gets

  • In reply to gpldan:

    How to shame a coward? You're right. It is like Christmas come early thinking of ways to ruin him.

  • We used to have a gaggle of Honey Bears

    http://www.bearshistory.com/images/honeybears.jpg

    Teddy - we're not asking for that many. 6. All I'm asking for is six. What you pay them will be well worth it.

    Let's start with her and work from there:

    http://coedmagazine.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/hot-sexy-chicago-bears-fans-girls-16.jpg

  • In reply to gpldan:

    So, I never really understood the appeal of girls wearing jerseys. I mean, if the girl is hot, she's hot. Wearing a Brian Urlacher or Dick Butkus jersey doesn't really put me over the top. In fact, if I'm bang banging a chick and I feel like things are going to end earlier than we both want, I'll start thinking about random Chicago sports info like the Bears' 2006 draft picks, or the Blackhawks 2010 roster. Taking my mind from poonani to sports usually does the trick. For some reason the two subjects are on the other end of the spectrum for me, so chicks wearing another dude's jersey doesn't improve her appeal. But maybe that's just me.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Your thinking about dudes while banging a girl.. NTTAWWT.

    I always try to do multiples of some huge number... like 7.

  • In reply to Who is Willie Gault:

    Hahahahahaha....

    I think it's hot, but I'm a whore, so not sure I count.

  • You gotta be kidding me. Biggsy reports that Hardin has a fracture in his vertabrae after reporting pain in his neck.

    http://tinyurl.com/2g9mqh

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Hmmm.... Troll bait comment with a tiny url.... Let's see.... Yep. Saw that coming. (smh) Bored this morning, are we?

  • In reply to Shady:

    http://tinyurl.com/lfogond

  • In reply to gpldan:

    BAAAAHAHAHAHAHA!

  • In reply to Shady:

    I believe.... that bait was put out for... ahem.... me.

    So grumpy lately.... the ex break up with you again?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Oh, and even though that headline was made up by you, expect a similar one at some point. And yes, I'm not a big enough man not to come on here all giddy telling you all I told you so when it does happen.

    So there's that.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I am your dose of sobering reality during this time of unbridled hope and optimism.

  • In reply to Shady:

    fucking grinch

  • In reply to Shady:

    http://www.quickmeme.com/meme/3ppky6/

  • DJ Williams carted off the field...

  • In reply to Shady:

    oh for fuck sake.

  • This is for shady: http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/ct-spt-0731-bits-bears-chicago-20130731,0,7362860.story

  • Gooood Morning Bear Clan. I start you off with a tip-o-the-hat to Long.

    Camp delusion you say?

    "Long appears completely immersed in being a Bear.

    He was the last one off the field Monday. The last one signing autographs. The last one eating lunch. And the last one doing interviews.

    And he was bothered by none of it.

    "I'm playing a game that kids play for fun," he said. "We're blessed enough to be able to get paid. It feels great."

    The Bears are hoping Long's passion for the game, his competitive nature and his work ethic are contagious.

    It's difficult for a rookie to be a leader, but Long is a natural. He understands his place on the team. He shows respect to others. And the way he carries himself demands respect in return.

    The Bears have not chosen a player in the first round with Long's ability to immediately dominate a practice as well as a locker room since they selected safety Mark Carrier 23 years ago."

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/columnists/ct-spt-0730-pompei-bears-long-20130730,0,2292523.column

    Olin part deux? I hope so. And after reading that column I wouldn't be surprised if the Bears do plan on Long at LT down the line.

    If he pans out, then great for Emery. (However, Shea is still up for debate)

  • http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/bears/post/_/id/4684336/lb-williams-carted-off-practice-field

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    So just both tackles, a pro bowl corner and our shiny new line backer that's supposed to replace the face of the franchise? Christ on a bike.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Me at work today:

    http://www.memesay.com/m/MTI5OA==

  • In reply to Shady:

    this is me: http://www.memesay.com/m/MTI5OQ==

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    http://www.memesay.com/p/not-funny-Eddie-Murphy

  • ESPNChiBears Jeff Dickerson
    DJ Williams - calf injury, week to week.
    Tim Jennings- excused personal reasons.
    James Anderson - knee soreness

  • sorry, meant Jamaal Anderson

  • GP, we're going to need you to get on your knees are pray to Trac's God that Williams' injury isn't season ending.

  • In reply to Shady:

    you should read what people are saying on the net.

    "Losing Williams is no big deal, we have Bostic"

    Let me break down that gem:

    Losing the starting linebacker of the Bears who has kicked ass for pretty much 9 years is no big deal because we have an unproven rookie to take his spot.

  • The innerness is full of ignorant jotos, I just don't know why so many have to be Bears fans.

  • http://www.memesay.com/m/MTMwMA==

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    whoops... I meant: http://www.memesay.com/m/MTMwMQ==

  • In reply to Shady:

    Can I have my day back? I, like, totally took the day off and EVERYTHING

    http://img.gawkerassets.com/img/18k2j2whcxhnvjpg/ku-medium.jpg

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Haha yes, way to tie it all together. That Redskins fan used that stupid phrase several times in that recording. She also used the same wadded up piece of tissue to wipe her snot, saliva, tears and sweat and everyyythinggggg.

  • My boy Joe gittin all the press:

    http://www.csnchicago.com/bears-talk/anderson-has-championship-goals-bears

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