Audibles From the Long Snapper: House Cleaning, Kerry Rhodes, Coats

Audibles From the Long Snapper: House Cleaning, Kerry Rhodes, Coats

REMINDER! DABEARSBLOG IS MOVING! We are leaving ChicagoNow effective November 1st. We will be housed exclusively at from that date (and perhaps sooner) on. 


Three questions I'd love to have answered by readers as we begin our shift away from ChicagoNow.

  1. What is the least intrusive way to incorporate advertising into your experience? We have been contacted by several potential advertisers and I'm interested to know from you - those they are advertising to - what is your ideal experience?
  2. Do you consider it tacky for a website to solicit reader sponsorship? If DBB placed a PayPal button on the screen, would you pay $1, $5 or $10 for the content/experience provided here?
  3. What is an element you've always wanted from a sports blog but have not seen? Where have other sports blogs missed the boat when it comes to providing a unique experience?

As an overwhelming majority of you do not engage us in the comments section, please take a few moments to email and share your opinions. All opinions, not just those of the commenters, are needed.


Three Tweets from yours truly:

Bears fans face a conundrum Sunday but they shouldn't think twice about rooting for Packers beat Lions at home.

This is arguably the hardest game remaining on Lions schedule. Should they beat GB, Bears will have to dogfight them for division all year.

Understand historic nature of rivalry but GB win will still leave them behind Bears in standings. Bears have two shots to beat em down road.

Unfortunately the Lions v. Packers game is also in the early slate so Bears fans will have little opportunity to root at all.


From Da Site:

The Bears have once again teamed up with Jewel-Osco, The Salvation Army and Wm. Meyers Movers for the 25th Annual Chicago Bears/Jewel-Osco "Coat Drive." New and gently used coats can be donated at all Jewel-Osco locations throughout Chicagoland from October 1 through December 15. A store locator is available at Thousands of coats will be collected this year as part of the 25th Annual Chicago Bears/Jewel-Osco "Coat Drive" benefiting The Salvation Army and public schools in the Chicagoland area.

dbb nashville

So bring that Starter or Apex Bears jacket down to the grocery store and make somebody warm as the winter approaches.


As I watched Chris Conte and Major Wright struggle mightily Sunday and fielded emails about the Bears targeting a safety in next year's draft all I kept thinking was, "How does Kerry Rhodes STILL not have a job?" So what if he's gay? So what if the media will obsess over that for a week? Rhodes was one of the highest graded safeties in 2012 and he's still definitively a starter in the NFL.

If the Bears were willing to bring in ever available punter off the street for a tryout after a disgraceful Adam Podlesh performance, why not tryout Rhodes to send a message to the safeties that their positions are not secured? Can his contract demands really be that high?

To read Deadspin's piece on the Kerry Rhodes business, CLICK HERE.


  • You can bid to win Bears v. Giants tickets (and a host of other things) for a good cause by VISITING THIS SITE. It is a cheap bid price considering the prize.
  • Friend of DBB Dave Birkett's piece on Bill Ford referring to the Bears as "a bunch of thugs".
  • The Times-Picayune is a shell of what it used to be and here is what their game preview looks like. (Spoiler alert: it's poorly written.)
  • "In Malawi and all over Central Africa preparing and cooking of food are women’s responsibilities. They learn the art of cooking at very young ages by watching and helping their mothers. A good wife from Malawi should know how to cook delicious meals using whatever ingredients are at hand. Apart from Nshima, a woman has to know how to cook several types of Ndiwo. The common vegetables used as ingredients in relishes are: cassava leaves, sweet potato leaves, bean leaves, pumpkin leavescabbage, mustard leaves, rape leaves and kale leaves." That's right. Rape leaves.
  • Bears v. Saints is now being listed as a pick em and I fully expect the Saints to be favored by Sunday.
  • One of the big questions I was asked this offseason is whether the Bears could become a top fifteen offense in year one under Trestman. Through four weeks, they are 12th.

Enjoy Bills v. Browns tonight. Suddenly it's a game where the winner finds themselves in the thick of the playoff chase.


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  • One week from tonight we will be 5-1, and in FIRST place. BEAR DOWN!

  • i think it's been mentioned in the past, but it would be cool if we were able to have some input on the interviews you run. the interviews themselves are something other blogs aren't able to provide, and it would be that much more special if we were given a heads up a day or two in advance of whom you were speaking to and if we had any questions to ask.

    we could submit some, and you could pick one or two of your favorites. just think of how happy MB would be to hear you ask Conte what it feels like to have the skills of a white safety.

  • Q. What is the least intrusive way to incorporate advertising into your experience? We have been contacted by several potential advertisers and I'm interested to know from you - those they are advertising to - what is your ideal experience?

    A. No popups, no automatic audio's, but by all means, a few ads here and there where we have to actually click on something to activate a promo.

    Q. Do you consider it tacky for a website to solicit reader sponsorship? If DBB placed a PayPal button on the screen, would you pay $1, $5 or $10 for the content/experience provided here?

    A. As long as that doesn't mean this will lead to a pay per view blog. If some chump wants to throw a few bucks your way to wet your beak then so be it.

    Q. What is an element you've always wanted from a sports blog but have not seen? Where have other sports blogs missed the boat when it comes to providing a unique experience?

    A. Oh boy some of the guys are gonna have fun with this one. I propose a committee be formed to punitively rebuke you for referencing any New York or Jersey sports teams on Da Blog.

    That is all! He he!

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    The only question I have a response for is the second one.

    Pay for the content?

    I provide the content. What now? Do you pay me?

  • I think it's fair to say that most posters log on to see what the other posters are up to, and not necessarily what Jeff's piece is - no offense intended. Or am I wrong? Sometimes I don't even look at the piece, I'm just reading the comments section. I'm here for the comments section, no offense intended.

  • Casual readers who never post - which is most of the viewers - I don't know what they're here for, because I'm not one of them .... and obviously ... they won't say.

  • +this

  • In reply to MB30SD:


  • Rhodes was not outed for being gay. His price was too high for a new scheme that he would no longer fit it at the price he was asking. Other teams have different schemes and that is why he has had a hard time getting a job combined with the money he has been asking for at 31 or 32. Please, please, please don't play the gay card Jeff.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Your nuts if you think it's about price tag. He was the 12th best rated safety in the game last year and his agents have declared, repeatedly, he doesn't have high asking price.

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    The guy has adamantly denied he's gay. Whether he is or not, I could give a rip, that's his Schlick and is a sideshow others have injected themselves into. The guy would be playing for a team if he was younger and had more upside. That's the story, period.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    who cares. can he pick up the flanker going deep down the seam?

  • In reply to evantonio:

    I saw how you did that.

  • i originally had tight end in there. but then i thought tight end might be a little too overt.

  • In reply to evantonio:

    Oh, I couldn't give a smaller fuck about kerry's sexual or any other orientation if I was a midget ev.

    I want a real safety back there instead of chris fucking conte... I don't give a shit if the guy likes to fuck chickens and clay.

    (mathews that is)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    do you think that kerry rhodes fits that profile?

    of being a better safety. not a chicken fucker.

  • Q1. What is the least intrusive way to incorporate advertising into your experience? We have been contacted by several potential advertisers and I'm interested to know from you - those they are advertising to - what is your ideal experience?

    A1. A right hand navigation pane like the one here, although formatted in a sane way like most websites do, that have inset ads, inset video clips, and sliding promotional offers. Using google analytics to cross-tie our Google logins to produce targetted ads will also garner you higher reimbursement rates for drawing click-thrus.

    Q2. Do you consider it tacky for a website to solicit reader sponsorship? If DBB placed a PayPal button on the screen, would you pay $1, $5 or $10 for the content/experience provided here?

    A2. Bill and Rebecca Goldsmith have found a way to solicit donations to voluntarily, yet pull in enough to cover the radio station's expenses and pay themselves annually about $100k (for two people, this is hardly big money, but keeps them going in their house.) The voluntary donation model will work best, it will reward your content and allow repeat donations. I have never seen the mandatory model properly build the community model. Repeat: never.
    I watched many a community like (now totally dead) die immediately when switching to one, however.

    Q3. What is an element you've always wanted from a sports blog but have not seen? Where have other sports blogs missed the boat when it comes to providing a unique experience?

    A3. Sound effects. Allowing a toolbar like the one for the Rev. Rant to be embedded into responses in a forum. What is the hook on 80% of all sports radio talk shows? The crazy sound effects, the clips of Buffone going apeshit, the lead in and tail-out clips. A simple button to upload .wav files into responses and show a small play button if the reader wants to play them has been missing from sports blogs, it has yet to be invented yet is sitting there, plainly obvious, waiting for some entrepreneurial spirit to get it running into comments. My guess is Gawker websites like Jalopnik will be the first there, they allow embedded pictures of small sizes in responses, but the dual column response system is ugly.

    How I have longed to upload the lost in space theme as a response to Irish telling us UFOs saved Chernobyl. It would convert the blog into comedy central, and that's a good thing.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    mandatory donations? Good luck.

    I make just over a thousand dollars a month on which I try to raise two kids.

    And in case people missed it cos it was a late post - here's what GP is talking about from the last thread .. and no, I'm not joking. It's just what I was told.

    I said I wouldn't keep bringing up aliens etc. but I feel this is relevant, because it wasn't reported by the media, nor are such things ever reported by the media, unless it's to ridicule those who believe/know that we are not alone. My new found friend, Professor Yuri Lozotsev, told me that he was told by a trusted friend of his in the military, high ranking of course, that UFOs were hovering over Chernobyl that day. I believe the stuff that Yuri tells me because he doesn't tell me the stuff he doesn't believe. All good scientists are skeptics.

    They were not there to cause the meltdown, mind you, but they worked out that they were there to stop it from reaching critical mass and exploding.

    Aliens saved millions of human lives that day.

    You can believe that or just ignore it. Making jokes about it doesn't make it untrue. Choice is yours.

  • But it's fun to make jokes about it.

    Anyhow, if you read what I said - I said mandatory donations KILL sites, and that makes decent money with volunteer only model.

  • In reply to gpldan:


  • Sorry, I drew a conclusion there that is quite a jump. I said 'Aliens'. I should have said that "Whoever was inside the UFOs saved he reactor". I guess that could have been Americans - or whoever - inside some strange craft unknown to the general public.

  • It was Bill and Ted and George Carlin.

  • In reply to gpldan:


  • Here's the issue with uploading sounds, video, photos into a comments section: it will slow things down. We're building a site based on speed. We want everything moving fast. If we allow embedded "stuff" we won't know the impact til it starts happening.

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    Once the 'funny' animated gifs and memes and videos come on, then I for one will be gone in a flash - I spend waaaay too much time on here when I have better things to do.


    Once it becomes all-media friendly, then the experience has changed, some would say evolved with the times, but then it becomes something other than the fine comments section it was.

    They say if it ain't broke, don't fix it. We know what was broken about the blog, so fix that. Bu if it becomes a different experience ... then expect different customers. It's your blog. If you need to earn a living, then who the hell are we to tell you not to?

  • Anyway, if it's your own website/domain then you could have an upload/download section separate to the comments. You can do all kinds of stuff then. It becomes its own little universe then, and far more than a comments section. The end of an era and the beginning of a new one.

    The bug-ridden gnome-infested comments section of the CN threads had its own charm, but that will all be gone, and so too, probably, will the special stuff that happened on here. Are all those threads gone from the internet forever. Do they disappear? That was history .. as viewed through the eyes of a very special Bears community. Bear fans sharing their lives and thoughts on things no just football-related. And it'll all just get wiped?

  • That was history .. as viewed through the eyes of a very special Bears community. Bear fans sharing their lives and thoughts on things no just football-related. And it'll all just get wiped?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    can replicants cry?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    man Rutger Hauer was a creepy motherfucker.

    Nice spandex though... I bet that's what Canada looks like when he rides. Well done Canada.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    How did I get dragged into this?

  • Jeff go ahead and use ads but I'd say no automatic audio. Video is ok as long as it plays once then stops. Also, don't automatically reload the site, b/c the threads get long and reloading brings you back to the top (unless there's some way to fix this).

    I'd love to see more X's and O's but maybe that's just me. Maybe give YourBoyRoy a regular guest appearance?

    Maybe voting +1/-1 on each comment?

    Sometimes threading would be nice but I'm not sure if there are enough comments to fill the threads? It would save scroll-through time.

    How about Facebook-style meme pictures so we can see them without having to click away? Maybe a hover and popup?

    Some sort of nsfw alert or checkbox? Although there's not too much of that here.

    The ablity to click on someone and see their posts would be nice too.

  • In reply to Jokey:

    I'd love to see Roy involved as a guest, I don't think he has any time to do his Bears bit because of his new beer store.

    The ability to click on someone and see their posts would be nice too.


    Now be nice lads, I know what you're going to say ...

    (puts foil cap back on head)

  • And you could have a special uploads section where MB can stash all of the blonde-big-titted Barbies from now until judgement day.

    And I could have an ebony cheerleaders section. I'd only need like 2 kilobytes.

  • unrelated to this post, but related to bears:

    Lance Briggs is doing a random giveaway.

    related to this post and related to bear:
    your pick-em contest was awesome. so were your tshirts. and the "play that wasn't there" feature. they were things that were unique to this blog and helped build a stronger bridge between the readers and the site.

    something that could be cool:
    i know you're anti guest posts, but there are tons of people who are chomping at the bit to make a guest post. could be a nice way to keep things fresh in the off-season.

  • At least let us post active links so we don't have to copy/paste all the time. I'm as far from a techie as it gets so I don't have any real input. Charge for the site? C-Ya. Anyone that doesn't live in the US will find it more than cumbersome to pay you in US dollars. I'd buy a T-shirt if I liked the design (hated the Blues Bros and Jew Bear T's). Can you get a line on Bears related merch and mark it up a little? How 'bout a raffle for a Bears weekend pkg? 2 tix, a couple of nights in a nice hotel, etc. If you did a draft night party I'm pretty sure all the guys that showed up would be more than happy to kick a few dollars your way. I know all of this requires a lot of work and is a pain in the ass. That's life!

    I was chasing sponsorships for a start up Blues and Roots Fest years ago. It sucks but if you're passionate about the product and the sponsors (advertisers) see a benefit, they will come on board.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    can we not post active links?

    Click here for google.

  • In reply to evantonio:

    ok. we can. it's just not a simple click and go. have to actually put the tags into the post.

    that's annoying.

  • In reply to evantonio:

    Now C-Bear is wondering what the fuck you just did there and he feels bad.

  • haha. i thought about that after i did the test one with google. that's why the second one links out to a tutorial =]

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    "Can you get a line on Bears related merch and mark it up a little?"


    Shouldn't that be down? Why would we pay want to pay MORE ?

  • No I don't wonder or feel bad. Couldn't care less.

    Jeff is looking to make some money. Pretty sure selling discounted merch isn't going to get it done.

  • Q1: Less is more. As dan said, keep the ads unintrusive and up to the reader to engage. Sure, auto-run video, pop-ups, audio ads get more clicks/revenue, but they also drive readers away. Put the ads in a sidebar, make 'em as text-based as possible, and bow to Google to get customized ads to maximize clicks. Ad revenue will suck, but it won't grow unless people think they can visit a site without wrestling ads.

    Q2: sure, voluntary donations are fine. Just don't get too pushy with them, yet keep readers in the loop about the financial status of the enterprise. If ad revenue isn't cutting it (and readers know), then you're more likely to get donations. If ad revenue is OK, then readers can donate as an "attaboy, keep up the good work" gratuity. The bottom line is that however you solicit it (via ads, donations, subscriptions, etc.), the readers deserve to know how things are going and what their money is buying.

    Q3: I can only answer this by explaining why I come here. I like the thought and critique of traditional media takes that Jeff posts. I like the diversity and actual experience/expertise of the posters. I like the rapid and timely posts/replies. I like the passion everyone brings. How do you maximize that stuff? Better site, duh. But maybe invite posters to do short (short!) guest columns. Let people customize their site profiles (and please, none of that "sign in with Facebook/Google account crap)--maybe that's where users could upload sound clips, memes, etc. But the bottom line is that a lot of people come here for the content generated after the blogfather posts, and that's what you want to maximize.

  • Oh, by the way, kissingsuzykolber is a good example of another successful, outside-the-mainstream blog.

  • There's nothing wrong with signing in with FB or Google as long as dablog doesn't use that to post on your behalf or "like" crap or spam folks.

  • In reply to Jokey:

    There's PLENTY wrong with forcing you to sign in with FB. One, it forces you to add to their number which only encourages the big brother corporate bastards. One reason is enough.

  • I agree, forcing you to use FB is not cool, but as an option, it's one fewer password to remember. I wouldn't do it unless I trust the site though, b/c there's a lot of power you're giving when you connect with facebook.

  • I haven't posted in a good while because I couldn't stand the constant bugs and problems with doing so, which I am assuming a new site will fix.

    I'm going to part from the crowd here, and suggest that the paypal idea is a good one, and yeah, I'll donate. It does cost to keep things running, and though ad revenue will help, I doubt it will be the fix-all that most wish it would be. So yeah, I'll kick in if you put up a paypal option.

    I'm also going to jump the fence on the oft-proposed guest column. In my opinion, this already happens every single day here in the comments section, from one or several posters. I think such an option would be redundant for that reason. I also think Jeff's pieces (it is his site, and he's the one driving traffic, not the commenters like me and others) are unique and strong enough to keep the flag waving, so to speak.

    It's fine if some only come here to read the comments, but to suggest that's a majority or even a decently-sized minority is probably a little presumptuous.

    Ads....Yeah, but NO auto-load video OR audio, is my vote. I hate those damned things with a passion. And GP had it right; targeted ads based on Google accounts or others is the best of all possible worlds. I farm, I hunt, and I build things. I often click on ads that offer me something in those three and a few other areas.

    Hell, I even clicked on MB's Makita screw-gun ad from yesterday (you surprised the hell out of me with that one, MB - there wasn't a single breast to be found in the entire ad ! HA!)

    As for site features, it's been mentioned before, but an IM and/or chat feature for game-days would be really, really nice, but I know that devours bandwidth (or at least it used to). But live interaction would be great, and only ESPN offers it that I know of right now, though they may have killed it off when they went strictly Facebook.

    Also, personally, I would like to see a news ticker on the site, strictly feeding headlines inre the Bears and the NFC north overall, one that snatches links from LOTS of places, both common and uncommon, and would scroll across the top or bottom where we could one-stop-shop from here to read news, watch videos, etc. Add that, why would anyone ever go anywhere else? Ever?

    That pretty much concludes my guest column for today.

  • Oooh. Here's an idea. If you had a pay-pal-click thing where commenters got $0.01 for a thumbs-up kinda thing, then that really encourages posters and site-traffic. Offer an incentive for users/viewers, along with your voluntary donation for beer tokens. Or you could just advertise Roy's beer store and he'd send you six-packs.

    Huh? Huh?

  • Rhodes gave Ron Mexico the full Monty. Doesn't sound like a gay porno at all (NTT.AWWT)

    I wouldn't mind Rhodes on the team at all. He's probably have to play specials though, and we're pretty tight against the cap, so he'd have to sign for league minimum. Who would he replace anyways, Anthony Walters?

  • Jeff should email this guy, because clearly the answer is 'yes' and the question is where does it go from here?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    "I sports and will always be a fan. "

    Oh the irony.

  • Ohhhh, owwwww, that one hurt

  • In reply to gpldan:

    "Bears fans can remember 1985" also fits .. y'know ... if you confuse Parkinson's with Alzheimers.

    Where am I ?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    hahahaha, but true.

  • GP, just read your response to a question I posed on the last thread. You really are a jerk sometimes but I forgive you.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    You made an agreement long ago, although I'm sure you've forgotten it since then - to stick to Bears football and things related to the blog. Not troll Obamacare. Not to climate change deny. Foot and ball.

    So, to quote Buffalo Bill, you put the lotion on or you gets the hose again.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I also promised not to post any aliens shit .. but I had to post the Chernobyl thing becasue that to me is just huge. And I'm having my weekly drop-in chat with Prof Yuri tomorrow, so If I find out that Miley Cyrus is an alien lizard-cunt then I'll just have to login and say so, although I'm pretty sure she's neither an alien nor a lizard.

  • Sinead set Miley straight. Hopefully.

    Floyd's Have a Cigar was about serial exploiters in the music biz like Simon Cowell. Guys like him are the sludge of humanity's oil drum.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    That is awesome!

  • In reply to gpldan:


    She basically called her a straight up dumb ho.... put the lotion in the basket miley.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    That's a bunch of crap. I promised to play fair and stop with the name calling. I'm not threatened by you or your thoughts. Stop being such a little man. When I post or respond its done out of fun or to rib or to rebut. You sound like the Gestapo. Get a grp dude.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    And for the record, I have gone around the mountain to be cordial with you. I have been friendly and even taken care to not provoke you.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    well, by all means, don't hold back. you will find I am a big boy and can hold my own.

    Idea: let's put it to a blog vote, shall we?

    We can call it "who wants to hear Trac's cray cray on politics on the environment when the sports talk is not sufficiently entertaining?"

    Show of hands?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Stop being mean to each other. You are making the kids cry

    I want to hear both of you. (I luv you guyz)

    Now play nice.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Trac, you have to understand that your world view is INHERENTLY offensive to many no matter how cordial.

    Just like fundamental Islam is offensive to many, or Orthodox Judaism is offensive to many. One can be Mr. Rodgers, but the philosophy itself makes millions uneasy and angry. Just goes with the territory, my friend.

    Best to just let it slide, esp on a Bear Blog. Look how NB goes about it. He only brings it up when us heathens ask him something specifically, and his tone doesn't come off as holier than thou.

    Speaking of which, NB, where art thou? My victory over your QB-less team in FF is empty, like David slaying Goliath with a machine gun.

  • I get. Free for all for anyobody but Trac. You guys thinks its been hard for me to stir it up here with all the different subject matter? Yes it was at first, but over time I've actually come to enjoy all the different personalities in spite of our differences. I've actually come to like and appreciate you guys. Even you GP in spire of you snickery. Your football analysis is top notch and you are sharp as hell. Maybe I'm the only one that has benefitted from the sparring and kidding around.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Free for all for anyobody but Trac. You guys thinks its been hard for me to stir it up here with all the different subject matter? Yes it was at first...

    The persecution card?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    That's crap and you know it. You're such a lawyer. Nice try.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Trac, I feel that you and GP and others of course have been an asset to the blog over the past few months after a lot of the other shit died down. I am not against some healthy back and forth but it just usually goes way beyond that with people when it comes to religion and politics.

    I'd like to see everyone stay the course over the season of destiny so we can all share in Cutlers glorious fuck you to Rosenbloom and Hunter Hillenmeyer when it's all over.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    I agree. Get Doc to light up a peace pipe and GP can take the first puff.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    I just did the shrooms Irish sent me from the Cambodian jungle, so I'm in no shape for smoking right now.

    I do, however, see a UFO over the Willis Tower. I should go home.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Know how I know you're lying about the shrooms, GP?

    Because smoking only increases the shroom enjoyment. Smoke more mang!

    Sadly, I've been out of weed for over a month. I miss it, but HAVE been enjoying having dreams again at night. So there's that....

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    I'll put my hand up for Trac - if anybody goes off-topic here it's me. Light years off-topic (actually not light years at all because they're trans-dimensional beings sharing the same ... )

    {IRISH! NO!}


  • Aw come on, Butch. More like a trebuchet than a machine gun.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Peace Trac. Forgive him.

  • In reply to gpldan:



  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Boys boys boys. Everyone post anything they want. If you don't like it don't read it.

    On the other hand, if you post something that gets ridiculed, deal with it or don't post shit that is controversial.

    I love Irish's alien shite and I love the discussion that stems from all the political/religious posts. I just wish we could debate without hurling insults and stuff. You know, like grown ups.

    If you post a controversial opinion, don't get all ass-hurt when people disagree. Though, we should keep our disagreements civil.

    My two cents.

  • shut up you... you... jerk!

  • I forget use caution at times but I think that everyone here for the most uses restraint. Even GP. Lol. He must really have been squeezing his balls over some of the things I've said.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    We all have, Trac, we all have. But ya know, who doesn't benefit from the occasional ball-squeeze?

  • Every time you open your cock-holster love gunk spews out.

  • In reply to Viva:


  • In reply to Viva:

    I don't know what, but I think this is exactly what you look like viva

  • In reply to Viva:


  • In reply to Viva:


    I actually loled at that one.


    (and you'd laugh even more if you knew what doc looked like. If you didn't know him and you saw him walking towards you you'd turn and run the other way. He's a gentle big man)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    The only thing that dude and I have in common is our whiteness.

  • In reply to Viva:

    Really... what the fuck do you look like? This:

  • In reply to Viva:

    SMH. 6'1" 235 and can run for days. Just not as fast as I used too.

  • In reply to Viva:

    That's not true, Viva. We both love your mother!

  • I 100% agree. I've learned a lot on this site from the back and forth on everything from football to culture to politics to religion, etc.

  • 1) Sure, just don't make it intrusive.

    2) Yeah do it. Make sure it's donations and not membership is all. I know a few sites that ask for donations but don't require it.

    3) Maybe hosting a fantasy league or something for the regulars? Could be fun to have it Blog supported or what have you.

  • In reply to Scharfinator:

    I'd do a digital pick-em every week if it was click click click easy.

    Take that shady!

  • If Jeff is going the Wordpress route, then he should remember to allow the site to subscribe via RSS or EMail.

    He's losing followers by the very nature of having to come back here all the time to see if there is a new thread. RSS and Email would fix that, and HTML email means click through to the comment section.

  • I just pay a sixty year old hooker a dollar a year to sit in front of an old laptop running Windows 2000 to let me know when Jefe has a new thread up. The blog runs fine on that

    "Mitduh Eye-lit ! Mitduh Eye-lit"

    "Nice one Granny .. now toss my salad!"

    Donkey-punch the ho and paste in my crop circle shit cos that's how I roll.

    RSS indeed.

    Tank time. Later bitches.

  • A slave? Old skool. I like it!
    Now watch as I bring this full circle around with MB's video:

    Save the applause. DBB is like a Rush album, we always come back to where we started.

  • What is your WoT handle Irish?

  • In reply to EnderWiggin:

    I'm officially, globally recognized as bad before you check, Ender. I get 10-20 FPS - I'd kill for a good graphics card. Also I play on the SEA server - they don't care for plans or tactics, so I mostly end up doing the suicide runs. I play every day though, I love it.

    Call me ..... DogKnife,

  • Meta-Blog.

    Q1. What others have suggested. I think the consensus learned - NO AUTO-PLAY ads.

    Many are at work (ahem) or playing music or listening to the Score or whatever already, and the auto-play ads just fuck it up. When I'm sipping my Earl Gray whilst listening to Beethoven's 7th movement, I don't need "Buy shape-up shoes for only $20 now!" ruining my experience.

    Q2. No problem with voluntary contributions at all. Just put the hat somewhere it can be seen without feeling pushy. No one likes the church basket shoved onto his lap.

    Q3. Oh, so many I've suggested over the years, and now I can't remember. But here's a few.

    1. GAME DAY LIVE CHATS. Many of us have been moonlighting on Artoo's site for this and it is WAAYYY better. I would recommend only on game day though since I don't really like live chat otherwise since it encourages shorter 'tarded interaction.

    2. More multi-media football talk?

    Your Boy Roy type of analysis of Bears, maybe for that feature "The Play that Wasn't" or anything else X and Os related you want to talk about. If you don't want to "Vlog", then a few more Podcasts here and there? I for one get a kick hearing the Rev, so on that note, maybe a Jeff/Rev convo about the Bears feature (audio or video).

    Artoo and Ender actually do this, taking questions from twitter, etc, and I get a like listening to them mainly because they address many of the issues we here on the blog discuss (they also give away prizes each episode, hint hint).

    As a writer I understand the desire to keep things "old school" and print driven, but a foray or two into some multimedia endeavors would feel hip and modern.

    3. Format.

    Perhaps the biggest factor in determining how successful the blog experience (Function and format). It would be really nice to be able to easily access the archives of not just recent posts, but all posts. So that in 2020 when the tall white aliens rule over us, I would like to be able to search the 2013 archive and re-post Irish's warning to mankind.

    4. Guest writes.

    Yes, the lone man Hemingway-ish model is romantic, but the off-season is BRUTAL, and I'm sure you don't want to simply manufacture 'stories' for the sake of putting anything up. So, why not have GP or NB or Artoo, etc do a guest post in the off-season? As long as it's a reg and not some complete stranger off the street, I think this will work.

    5. BBQ, Beats and Beers section.

    Ah, now I remember. I don't know how many times someone on here has recommended a great recipe/restaurant, song/band or beer and it gets lost in the wash of blog oblivion. So why not have an extra little section reserved solely for this? It would be awesome to just be able to click on a BBQ, Beats and Beer section and just have all the bloggers recommendations in one place as opposed to hunting down which thread then reading through thousands of of comments to figure out 'what song was that?'

    6. Auto embed.

    If you don't want video, maybe just allow GIFs or still images? And if none of that, then at the very least make it so that links are hyper-linked automatically like Evan's up above. Being able to bold, italicize or even edit a post would be preferable too, but eh, you know all this.

    7. Keep the twitter feed. One gadget I really like here is your twitter feed, but I would like for it to incorporate some other football journalists too (like Shefter, Mortenson, or Beart Beaters like Biggsy, etc). I would say more like your 'home' twitter page, but I don't want to get updates about Tiger Woods or Manchester united lol

  • number 5 would be cool. Cool bbq recipes and places that kick assballs.

  • I think a Live Chat feed is a great idea for Gameday(Although I personally would never be on it)

    Jeff, you have never spent significant time in an NFL locker room.

    I have never spent time in an NFL locker room.

    No matter HOW you feel about gays it is undeniable that most level-thinking men DO NOT want to share naked-time with a gay man.

    I personally know/have known many gays but I don't want to be in the same locker-room as one of them. Similar to of course women not wanting a man in their locker room.

    Once again, I can't speak for NFL players but some of them say they don't have a problem with it and if one of them steps out of line and expresses a different idea BY GOD he is flamed/fined for even suggesting he might not welcome a gay man staring his schlong down in the bathroom.

  • In reply to A7Xthebest:

    Staring at schlongs? lol I'm not sure gays do that outside turkish bathhouses or beverly hills park rest rooms.

    I've been in plenty of locker rooms. Baseball, basketball, football, and the whole gay issue never came up. Maybe it was just assumed everyone was straight, but the locker room was not paranoid about a gay man infiltrating.

    Usually, the team wanted to get the hell out of locker rooms as quickly as possible. Everyone is tired, smelly and hungry, and in football, always nursing one injury or another.

    I personally didn't even shower in the locker room because I don't like being naked in front of men, period, but see, that's a choice.

    I think that by the time a player gets to the NFL he shouldn't get the luxury of homophobia. I mean, what would happen if a co-worker was gay and you told your boss, "either he goes or I go"? I know the NFL doesn't function like the rest of society, but being a professional should mean just that. And if someone really does feel uncomfortable, do like I did. Don't take a shower in the locker room. Simple as that.

    With the way our safeties have been playing, Rhodes could karoke "Rocket Man" on the main float of the San Fran gay pride parade, as long as helps us win a Lombardi, I could care less (and the players should give even a less of a shit).

  • your last paragraph + a lot.

    Oh, and do you drive a big jacked up truck?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    It's pink with rainbow "co-exist" stickers!

  • I ask because you didn't like to shower in the locker room. I was making a small penis/big truck joke.

    Personally I was one of the guys who never used a towel in the locker room... still don't. Did I mention I drive a smartcar electric?

    (Watts of fun... get it? get it?


  • In reply to MB30SD:

    haha...nah, my package is more than ample. I just didn't want to demoralize the team. BOOM.

    You know, sometimes I don't give a fuck if I'm naked around dudes (usually when I'm drunk), but it wasn't a self-conscious or 'fear of gay' issue. I just always found naked men objectionable, and I didn't like glimpsing at them, so why put someone else through the experience?

    Like Elaine on Seinfeld put it.

  • When are you drunk and naked around dudes? ffffaaaaag.....j/k

  • Back in my party days Coach!

    I can tell you specifically. When I was about 19ish, some of my friends moved out to Silver Lake (which is right outside Hollywood). Anyways, needless to say, we all partied like it was 1999 (because, I think it was), and I would consistently pork girls at their pad because porking girls in cars gets old quick. I would crash at their pads all the time, and frequently invited chicks over, which they never objected to. It was an unwritten exchange. I get chicks, you guys provide a place so I can bang em, and if you got game, you'd bang their friends.

    So, usually drunk and in the middle of the night, I would cross the hallways naked because I was just too damn sleepy/drunk to have to put on clothes. I did this a few times thinking my pals were asleep, but apparently, they weren't. They started calling me "Nature Boy." Eventually I moved out on my own, and now am only Nature Boy in the confines of my own jungle.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Agreed. Even if our whole defense looked like Freddie Mercury in biker gear down at the Blue Oyster - but brought the wood on game day (wait ....) ...oh I've just come over a little queer ... it's my hormones ... .but I just think those boys would look SUPER on game day, don't you think girls? Especially that Craig Steltz ... such a handsome young man .... he can throw my legs over his shoulders and wear me like a horse's nosebag. I miss that young Mr. Hillenmeyer and that lovely Greg Olsen ... he ... was ... GORGEOUS!!

  • is rocket man your absolute apex of homosexual music?

  • In reply to evantonio:

    It's either "Rocket Man" or "Relax"

    I'll let the Blog decide.

    Or anything by George Michaels in retrospect.

  • FGTH. Agreed. Also anything by Wham or Jimmy Somerville/Bronski Beat/ The Communards. When I was younger I used to love seeing all the homo-phobes/bigots hit the dance floor in their slip-ons and white socks whenever those tunes came on.

  • In reply to A7Xthebest:

    I've got gay friends and I couldn't care less if they saw me naked. They might look but they don't go around hitting on straight men. That's about as likely as all the fag hags that dream about their gay friends tossing them the root. Ain't gonna happen.

  • * Fix all the garbage shit that's broken here (obviously)

    * Ads are fine, just nothing on auto-play for christ's sake

    * Auto linked URLs when you paste them (if they auto open in another browser that's even better, yes, I'm that lazy that I don't want to also hold down the CTRL button while I click)

    * Real-Time chat for game threads

    * If you don't want to do embedable graphics& gifs that's fine, but it would be nice and you COULD impose an aggressive size limit

    * Use space much better, that way you can have avatars that people can see

    * I like it when you can see when someone comments... there's either a little pop up in the lower right-hand corner of the browser that you can click to see the new comment, or there's some type of alert

    * Continuing this whole, 'wow, this stuff just makes sense' thought pattern... like someone above already said... use some JS so that we don't have to reload the freaking page every single time you post or want to see something new. Diqcus does this pretty well.

    Check this:

    * Bottom line... just like everything in software, as long as you use industry standard features, you'll be fine.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    That's right, Jeff, avatars we don't need and electron microscope to see!

    Lazy? Here yeah go.

  • I would like Sniper Jesus as my avatar, please.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    be nice GP!!!

    Trac, it would be fucking hilarious if you used this one:

    I totally think you should. Fuck the haters (as they say)

  • In reply to gpldan:

    That's always how I imagine Jesus rolled. M-50 Barrat. Yeaaaaah.

    It's been 2000 years .... The Son of God is back .... and he's pissed off.

    Sniper Jesus.


    (Sneaks off to see if the user name is registered on WoT.)

  • Jeff -

    If you build it, we will come.


  • In reply to Viva:

    Yep. My suggestion, build it as best you can by the launch date, then keep improving it.

  • In reply to Viva:

    Kevin Costner's not allowed in though, Viva.

    I have a Kevin Costner-Amsterdam story that I cannot share with you ...
    ... because what happens in Amsterdam ...or on a stag-night anywhere .....

    ...oooh. and a Kevin Spacey story from the VIP section of the Kitchen Nightclub in Dublin ... because what happens in the VIP sections of nightclubs when ecstacy is involved ....

    Hey, wtf is it with Kevins ?

  • From BR:

    Some people are down on defensive end Shea McClellin, but the Chicago Bears are not wavering in their commitment to the 2012 first-round pick. McClellin hasn’t had much production in games, but he keeps doing things in practice that make the team believe the light will go on for him as a pass rusher at some point. The Bears just hope it goes on soon. On the plus side, McClellin has played the run fairly well.

    Down on him? I am not down on him. I am down on Avis acquiring Zipcar, as it's never made money and was a stupid move. Chicken Dinner I have given up on.

    Why, you ask, gentle reader?

    He's 6'2" and weighs 230 lbs. That's why. When you see him without pads, you think he's your server at Denny's. Alex Brown was considered an undersized end at 6'3 and 250. Alex Brown has 20 lbs of muscle and an inch of height on Shea.

    The light go on? Is it a strobe light? He might miss it.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I always hoped that the Jets would do a straight swap - McClellin for Coples.

    It never made sense that the Jets got Coples for a 3-4. He's built for a traditional 4-3, while Shea is built for a 3-4. I think both would do much more damage on their new teams.

    We can even throw in a conditional pick, if that's what it takes.

    Our only hope is that Collins balls, and that Washington, Wooten and Irvin step up their game. If not, we're fucked.

  • oh oh oh... is the conditional conte? Can we throw in conte.

    Dave will cry for days, but we can manage that as long as we get something that works somewhere out of it.

    (I keed dave, I keeeeed. I promise you'll love me in person)

  • In reply to gpldan:

    230 ???? Exqueeze me!!! Damn, let Khaseem Green put his hand down in the dirt. 230???

    You have a bunch of shares in AVIS Gp? Huh?

  • Suh calls Bostic dirty.

    "I wouldn't do it.", says Suh.

    Suh would strap a bomb to his grandmother's wheelchair so he could go Gus Fring on Jay Cutler, but he wouldn't hit the kicker. As if.

  • In reply to gpldan:


  • ok, I'm going to come out of the closet right now to you guys.

    I've been thinking about it a lot and I've decided that for everyone else like me, it's important that I set an example. So today my friends, some of whom I've met in person... I am coming out.... Today I declare that once and for all and without any reservations....

    I hate the lions and their entire way of existing much much more than the packers. The packers are douchebags, but they're good douchebags. The lions just suck enormous cock in all ways, shapes, and forms. Fuck all of them from that cunt ford to the fucking part-time trainers and janitors. Fuck them all... right in their dirty disgusting faces.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I will also come out of the closet and agree.

    I never really 'hated' the Packers, or not as much as the Lions.

    Perhaps it's just from experience. Hanging out at bars, I've come across Packer and Lion's fans, and the Packer fans I can talk to. The Lion's fans were just unbearable. What do you expect from a state that spawned this

  • Oh, I thought you were going to put up a picture of the Chrysler 300

  • In reply to MB30SD:


  • In reply to gpldan:

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    as long as we can agree that barry sanders doesn't count as a lion. yes, he played his entire career for the lions, but he chose to walk away instead of continuing to play for them. that, and he was exciting to watch. when reggie bush was making us miss, i got mad. when barry used to make us miss, i'd oo and ah at the tv.

  • In reply to evantonio:

    uh oh. i think i've borked the blog.

    can i fix it?

  • In reply to evantonio:


  • In reply to evantonio:

    Excellent. I miss the blog-breaking days. See? We won't be able to break the new website like we were using winnuke.exe on the shite that was Windows 95.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I'm pretty sure most of us feel the same way. We just didn't know it because Detroilet was so shitty they didn't register with us. After they went 10-6 a couple of years ago, every d-bag fan started strutting around like they won the SB for the 15th time in a row. I used to think the BiQueen fans were the worst. Not anymore. I hate the Fudgies because they are good. Other than that, most of the fans I've met were good guys. No comment about the Fudgie trolls that show up here.

  • you guys are going to be shocked:

    Banks picking against us!

  • Wow. Freeman released.

    I think the Bucs are on the hook for his 7M this year.

    Should Emery get him? It would be awesome to have him as a 2nd, I just don't want the shit-storm narrative of "Freeman to replace Cutler" that would surely follow.

  • Freeman calling a press conference in his garage killed any chance he had of being in the NFL.

  • Freeman?

    (steps back from the blog)


    is this racist? Doing a little soul searching.

  • Hey, you don't want health care? Better be careful, the Wolf will tear up your shit!

  • totally unrelated, but mesmerizing nonetheless

    Nice work Viva!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Damn. After watching that guy go to work, I no longer believe Aliens built the pyramids.

    It would take me like 3 years to build that lol

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I can't take credit for that. My talents lie elsewhere...

  • In reply to Viva:

    sending crazy motherfuckers to meet their 72 virgins?

    Oh Rah!

  • Looks like somebody has been reading Alex Haley with all the Malawi food references.

  • we only have to put up with borked threads for one more month.

    one month!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    i did this on purpose so everyone could get one final beautiful memory of the magic that is Chicago Now

  • In reply to evantonio:

    thank you

  • In reply to evantonio:

    Thanks, Evan. After a few more beers it will look fine anyway

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Aw shit, guess that worked.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    you did it!

    how'd you do it?

  • Answer to Question #1- I say you do like any MTV movie and just stick the promos in with the content. Ie "Man I love Peanut Tillman, but i love Blue Diamond Almonds even more. Theyre a nutritous snack on the go that always satisfies"

    Anwer to Question #2- Reader sponshorship is fine as long as you do it in NPR and give us something for it. Like maybe a t-shirt. (whatever happened to the Tshirt?)

    Answer to Question #3- I would like to see more historic items in the offseason. Maybe track down some former players and do some where are they now type thing with an interview. Maybe highlight some cool pieces of memorabilia etc.

  • OK, who's coming to Chicago in Dec.? We can get Trac and gp out to dinner with us to liven up the conversation. Then we can go back to MB's room and sit around naked and decide if 4-evers package is more than ample or not. Head back out to the city for Waffle to carry on where he left off last year. Any other suggestions to liven up the evening? Oh, maybe Shady can run Canada off the road. The DBB boys enjoying some us time. Who's in?

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    MB's got my info. He can call me and I'll try to stop by. I'm in Chicago, so I can try to make it work whenever.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    NB, you will 100% be included in anything... well, the clean stuff at least.

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    haha, Murph you know i'm in. Dirty Martinis and hamburgers that cost more than a gym membership. Gotta love Ditkas!

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Are you guy s trying to do the Queens game? I may be willing to leave the comfortable confines of Cali to come freeze mu tuckus off in Chi.

  • Packers. December. Epic.

  • Sac, a bunch of us are trying to meet up for the Dec packers game again.

    Rabbit is on ticket duty. Well.... (taps foot impatiently)

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    Murph that has my vote for post of the year. Made me laugh like hell. I'd love to go to a game with you guys but not in December. If I'm flying out of Canada, I'm not getting off the plane until we are someplace warm. Not to mention, my 3 sisters would insist on making it an X-mas thing. Ugh!

  • Guys, can't thank you enough for the comments and emails. Giving me a LOT to think about. We'll develop the new site together once it's launched by there is some clear things that need doing.

    IN NO WAY WOULD THERE EVER BE MANDATORY PAYING FOR ANYTHING. I'M NOT A JACKASS. I am referring to what would essentially be a PayPal button and you'd have the option of throwing a few bucks the blog's way if you thought it appropriate. Never would be pushy.

    In a lot of the emails people are asking for numbered comments. Is that a desire?

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    I could care less about numbered comments.

    I've noticed a lot of podcasts are setting themselves up as Amazon affilliates, among other sites, so that loyal followers who shop on Amazon anyway can click through from the website. The podcasters make a friendly request in the style of a commercial, but the concept is pretty straightforward.

    Have to wonder if there are similar deals with stubhub or other football related shopping sites.

  • Is the background black for anyone else this far down the page? [/i/]

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    This is an auto-login site. I was just asked to log in. I typed in my email and password and it came up "This is not the correct username for IrishBearsFan". I haven't used that name in three years.

    The blog is dying.. HAL is dying.

    "Jeff? ..... What are you doing Jeff ... I know a song .. .would you like me to sing it for you Jeff ? .... Daiiii-sy ....Daiiiii-sy ..."

  • Evan, can it really be so easy to bork the blog?

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    it was. and apparently it's just as easy to fix it. how'd you do it? is there a "non-italic" tag you used?

  • In reply to evantonio:

    just close the tag yo


    just replace the parenthesis with the sharp ones.

  • Jeff, I liked the old avatar system where posters could post a brief bio if they wanted. It helped to relate and converse with some of the posters when not familiar with the person. Things like "how did you become a Bears fan?".

  • In reply to Cormonster:

    tecmo bowl.

  • This is my ideal site because whenever I come here to visit I always get the new things from here.

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