The Piano of Turnovers: Bears Defense Takeaway or Bust

The Piano of Turnovers: Bears Defense Takeaway or Bust

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I used to have this recurring nightmare. I call it a nightmare but it was more a Dali-esque surrealist sleep fantasy. All the armies of all the world were chasing me. Firing guns. Smoke in the air. Screaming Vietnamese. Sirens. The works. And I was hiding underneath a black baby grand piano. There was a piano player too, usually playing something like Crocodile Rock. The armies couldn't find me. They'd run around the piano for hours and I just sat there safely. As years went on I'd become aware I was in the dream and I would KNOW there was no danger for me under the piano.

The Bears defense has been under the piano for a decade. The piano of turnovers. Turnovers covered up the unit's flaws throughout the Lovie Smith era. It became their identity - their entire identity. And it has not changed.

Think about it. What does this group do particularly well? They are decent at stopping the run but their gap discipline and tackling against Reggie Bush were so bad one wonders if this was the same unit that faced Adrian Peterson just a few weeks ago. They've struggled to match up with opposing number one wide receivers, too often willing to give the A.J. Greens of the world space off the line of scrimmage. They don't have a reputation for intense physicality or Ryan family blitz schemes. They don't get to the quarterback with their four men up front.

What they do well, better than any defense has ever done in the history of the sport, is take the football away. When they take it away they score at an alarming clip. They are ABOUT turnovers and that's not a bad thing. Folks like to write inanities like, "Turnovers are an unsustainable approach" but the Bears have been sustaining it since 2001. In a league where turnover differential is the greatest indicator of success, why would this ever be viewed as a negative?

Lovie Smith's defensive philosophy was simple. He wanted to make the opponent run ten and twelve play drives to score points because he believed his defense could force a mistake the more plays the offense ran. For the bulk of his tenure he was absolutely correct.

The Bears defense will continue to be about turnovers. When they fail to take the ball away it will be incumbent upon the offense and special teams to win the day. That was the story of Sunday's loss in Detroit. On a day when the defense had very few answers for the Lions - at least in the first half - the Bears allowed a long return, struggled to block on their own returns and most importantly gave the home team short fields with turnovers.

Sunday in Detroit should have been a shootout but unfortunately Jay Cutler didn't pull his gun until after he'd been shot several times in the chest. Or more fittingly he pulled his gun out and shot himself a few times before turning his attention to the opponent.

This Bears defense is not strong enough at defensive tackle to dominate the line of scrimmage. They are not versatile enough at defensive end to shut down an opposing passing game. What they are is crafty and capable of altering the momentum with one punch of the football. Thats who they are. The kings of the modern turnover.

To expect anything else would be foolish.

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  • Isn't that whole concept scary though? Three and out would seem like a much better approach than let them execute 12 - 13 plays perfectly in order to score.
    I seem to think the big problem in the run game was the lack of Williams with an extra dose of Frey.

  • Well, I guess everyone has a "happy place"...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9z5qpyxRR-A

  • In reply to Shady:

    Wow. Frances Bay is smokin' hot.

  • I guess A-Pod's been put on notice with the Bears working out punters including Hester's all-time favorite, Chris Kluwe.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    man. could you imagine how fun our locker room would be with kluwe and bennett giving post-game remarks?

  • I kept wondering where this horrible techno music was coming from. Turns out it's the autoplay video just above the comments section here. Thank GOD you're moving, Jeff. Can't wait.

  • The Piano that wasn't there?

  • I've been content with that identity, but it is far from comforting Dent, McMichael , Perry. Hampton is my reverie. Butkus is the best player I've seen. He was at CVS, Illinois and Halas U.

  • In reply to BLOOMIE1937:

    Butkus was amazing to be sure. Doubt we'll ever see another like him.

  • In reply to BLOOMIE1937:

    Better than Sweetness?

    Yo Jefe - any clues as to the format of the new site? Singel thread like this one, or what?

    Yo IBNO - can you exand on the Netanyahu story? You said F-you to his face?

  • oh, you're just frothing at the mouth for more anti... ok, ok... i'll stop. it's not even funny any more.

    Hey Irish... when are you chairing the next nazi parade in your home town?

    http://www.cnn.com/2011/09/28/world/asia/thailand-nazi-parade/index.html

    hee hee

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    smh at that whole thing. Not a nazi rally, just a really really ignorant bunch. And that's the teachers I'm talking about there, th kids are ignorant of anything outside of Thailand generally. They wouldn't even be aware that they were on the axis side during WWII - or that there even was a WWII. Absolutely clueless. You can't see it in the second picture, but she has a Hitler moustache drawn on.

    They should be made sit through videos of that stuff. Graphic stuff. I'll never forget my trip to Dachau. Changed me forever

  • I've never been, but I will soon. I'll be a mess.

    I've talked to pees who go and say there is a 100% tactile/visceral heaviness in the air when you go into the town. they felt like the birds stopped singing and that the atmosphere just bogs down.

    I'm going to be a mess.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Though not known for atrocities, the Chernobyl accident probably gave Pripyat that same kind of feel.

  • In reply to Scharfinator:

    Just play MW2 (I think it was)

  • In reply to Scharfinator:

    I said I wouldn't keep bringing up aliens etc. but I feel this is relevant, because it wasn't reported by the media. My new found friend, Professor Yuri, 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.

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

    Aliens saved millions of human lives that day.

    You can believe that or just ignore it. Choice is yours.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I went with a friend, and afterwards we went into Munich to get drunk. I was 20. Good Irish bar called Gunther Murphy's. Anyway, we got in there and other students took one look at us and the faces we had on, and they'd say "You out at Dachau today." And you'd nod, and they'd leave you alone. I got so drunk I woke up on a park bench the next morning, still with the equivalent of about about a thousand pounds in my pocket. It's hard to imagine people could do things like that to one another, in a very cold, calculated, meticulously recorded way.

    Dachau is a weird town. There are NO signposts, nor buses out to the place etc. It's like the place doesn't exist. It's their dirty secret because they never accepted what was going on behind those gates that say 'Arbeit macht frei', and in a sense, they still don't - so you have to get off the train and walk miles.

    You can see the place on Youtube, but yes, the 'visceral atmosphere' is a good way of putting it. Clearly a lot of Jews/victim's families walking around in tears. I thought I was just a tourist out 'sight-seeing', whereas thees people clearly knew somebody or were related. I got through the ovens fine enough (surprisingly small ovens until they show you the club they used - they'd put one person on the tray, still alive, break down their rib cage, and then stack another body on top, break their rib cage .. apparently you could get six people into one small oven on a single tray) ... I got through the showers okay - they just look like showers .... but the last thing you see is the hall of photographs. Pressure experiments and such like ... but there was one photograph that got me in the end, and I just broke down on the spot. I'm crying right now. It's of what looks like an aircraft hangar with the doors wide open. There isn't an inch of space inside the huge hangar, it's packed from roof to floor, back to front, with stuff. You look down at the title of the photo. 'The shoes of the murdered'. I defy anyone who's human not to break when they see that one. Skinheads, holocaust deniers, anyone.

    Before you exit the grounds, you pass by a big memorial rock that's set down in an incline as I recall - I took no pictures of the trip (all the huts have been burnt down too). It says 'Nie Wieder' and then the translation in a few languages.

    'Never Again'

  • singel? exand?

  • Some people you should just know about:

    http://badassoftheweek.com/index.cgi?id=30580827259

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    damn... maybe I'm related.

    I'm Jewish
    I'm of Hungarian decent
    I'm a fucking badass

    Damn dave. he was the fucking man. Cashing checks and breaking necks baby. That's just how we roll... huh bleed and irish?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    (insert really smart comeback using a cool meme gif thing)

    BOOM!

    See that shit? Huh?

    That's how I roll ... BITCH!

  • well done.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    I love this site when they do actual historical figures... when they stray into Chuck Norris is where I get upset.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    i'm curious how he single-handedly captured 100 enemy fighters.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    That is so badass, he should have a movie made about him.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Way Bad Ass.

  • We had way more 3 and outs under Lovie than we have had this year. Our defense can't get off the damn field. I'm starting to think Tucker's fuckin up.

  • my take is that you can't go fucking hybrid maings.

    Either stay with what was there even though it's not your own system and you're just babysitting it, or blow it up completely and do your own thing.

    Oh... and never ever hire ANYONE from the fucking Jacksonville Jaguars organization. EVER.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Oh, and don't draft 10 years worth of abjectly turrible safeties and backups, and rely on one amazing corner to cover for the middle of the road picks at the other 2 spots.

    Jesus, Emery still has a lot of work cleaning up the fucking mess angelo and lovie lets. The further out we get the more horrible they seemed to have been for our longterm viability. Now we have to totally overhaul the D next year. Jesus.

    Just feels like those two buffoons fielded squads with duct tape, chicken wire, and spit mcgyver-style. Absolutely zero forward-looking well thought through strateegery or foresight.

    SMFH.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    left

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    al afalava stunk. but his name was fun to say. that's got to be worth something, no?

  • In reply to evantonio:

    uuuummmm... no.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    DelRio seems to be doing just fine with the Broncos, minus Von Miiler, Champ Bailey and losing Dumerville.

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    muuuurph... I don't have a grasp of your point sir.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    You said dont hire anyone from the Jags organization. I was pointing out that DelRio came from there and is doing quite well minus some key players. Grasp that! BANG BANG! LMAO

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    Might be cuz Manning never leaves the field. Easy to play D when every possession the Broncos get is a Touchdown drive.

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    Ahhhhhhh... riiiiight.

    Thanks for laying it out for me, as you well know... I'm not all that bright.

  • Recurring dreams are interesting because, like you mentioned, you begin to become aware you're in a dream and look for different ways to solve problems.

    Instead of taking cover under Elton John's piano during a war, my recurring nightmare (the recurring dreams are usually nightmares, right?) involved escaping a murderous clown in my neighborhood. Cliche, I know. And not surprisingly they started after the first time I watched Stephen King's IT.

    Eventually I caught on to his usual tricks and hidey holes so I was well prepared for the madness. Needless to say I fucked his shit up last time we met although no inhalers or slingshots involved. Come to think of it I haven't had the dream since. Interesting.

    Forget hiding in your happy place, just confront the beast, defeat him and you won't have to worry about it in the future. Of course the key is recognizing the recurring dream while you're in it, and having the ability to control the outcome. For some reason, playing video games has seemed to help me control my dreams. Instead of just going along with the flow, I can take ownership of this alternate reality and make things more interesting and enjoyable.

    I'd love to study dreams, such a difficult field with limited research though.

  • In reply to Shady:

    5 orders of facebook please doooooood!

    Oh, and please save your murderous, homicidal, video game playing-induced killing spree of innocents till either before and/or after I make it out to chi in Dec.

    Thanks a lot mmmkay!

  • Shady I'm really disappointed. I would never guess you're one of those vigilante-wannabe drivers. I've been commuting to work for over 30 years. You know who are d-bags? The vigilante-wannabe drivers. I've been run off the road, been spit at, yelled at, buzzed within a few inches and even smacked on the ass. I've come face to face with these assholes numerous times and challenged them to rumble. You know how many times any of these cowardly assholes have ever rumbled with me? ZERO. I'm 5'2" and hardly intimidating.

    For every asshole bicyclist you see there are at least that many asshole drivers (I'm being very conservative). Did someone hold you up for 5-10 seconds? Poor you.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Wannabe drivers? Yes, when in my car I WANT TO BE DRIVING, not sitting behind some spandexed up Lance Armstrong wannabe waiting for an opportunity to steer into oncoming traffic just so I can avoid some self centered asshat in the middle of a lane, ESPECIALLY when there's a freaking bike path designated for you. Not sure how things work up in Canada, but busy streets are for DRIVING not CYCLING. When I ride my bike, I keep off of busy streets and on bike paths and nature trails. You want to ride a bike in traffic? Buy a damn motorcycle.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Apparently reading comprehension isn't your strong suit. There was a hyphen between vigilante and wannabe. That would indicate the wannabe was part of the vigilante and not drivers. Oh well. Tell me how many times do you see this guy riding parallel to a bike path? Sure we've all seen those douchebags that consider themselves too good for a bike path. So what? How many asshole drivers do you see do things ten times worse every day?

    News flash ace. Streets are for bicycles same as cars. Other than the street people, kids and some tree huggers, all the rest of the bicyclists have cars, pay taxes and are the same as everyone else except we like to ride bikes. I've had numerous motorcycles in my lifetime. It's just not the same.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Oh, Canada.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Good place to leave it.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    For-the-record I scored a 740 on the reading comprehension section of the SAT. Biatches.

  • In reply to Shady:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZVdR19E5mU

  • and before I go, RIP to the 600LB gorilla in my favorite genre

    http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/02/us/tom-clancy-obit/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

  • From Stats Inc

    "Since 2011, the Bears have scored 23 miscellaneous touchdowns, a category that includes all return and defensive scores; the next closest team has 14. And it clusters from there at 14, 14, 13 and 12 on down. That puts the Bears at over 4 standard deviations above the mean in scoring outside of offense. This statistic has no equivalent in NFL history; no team has figured out how to score as many different ways as the Bears have the last two years."

    Regression to the mean is unavoidable. You cannot base a team on bend-not-break and hope to win on anomaly.

    Nobody in the Big Easy press corps fears the Bears, because after that thrashing of Miami, everybody sees the team is truly 3-phase now. Bears MUST be 3-phase. To engineer a team to get takeaways is nice, and Tillman has changed the game for corner play (which is why he is HOF worthy, because he changed the way the position ought to be played) but other teams are catching up to the Bears and there is no way we can ride that statistical deviation much farther or come to rely on it.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Wow. If the New Orleans reporters don't fear the Bears they really are fucked.

  • In reply to Joist:

    They figure Pep can't catch them.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Statistics. 68% of teams who are .750 or better coming off a short week against a team with a worse record will win. That's a HUGE statistical deviation. One of the best defenses in the NFL plus Drew Brees plus Jimmy Graham? And we are favorites?

  • they saw how well we contained bush so they know that sproles won't be able to have a positive play all day.

  • In reply to evantonio:

    +1

  • In reply to evantonio:

    Contained Bush? He averaged 7.7 yards per carry.

  • How about, "to expect anything else would be to expect a good defense?"

  • Dam time has passed fast. I remember when we first moved to chicagonow. I may not post much anymore but I still drop in from time to time and read some of your guys crazy shit. Anyways, Im still riding high on the Bears and what happen sunday was to be expected.

  • In reply to Fresno,Ca Bear Fan:

    Yo Fres. How're things?

  • There's one major flaw with this approach: It doesn't work against good teams - more specifically, good QBs. The years that they have made the playoffs, the teams in their division have sputtered.

  • In reply to Joist:

    What constitutes a good team?

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    also can a quarterback technically be good on a bad team? If a tree falls in the woods.....

  • In reply to Waffle:

    careful with that question. the answer might mean bad things for mister cutler.

  • In reply to evantonio:

    Jay's already shown that he can keep an average team reasonably relevant. Now let's watch him take a talented roster with coherent scheme and playcalling to the playoffs and beyond.

    He'll do just fine this year.

  • How does Badass of the Week not have John Basilone?

    His entire squad of Marines is killed at Guadalcanal, he and one other guy grab a machine gun in the middle of the night surrounded by Japs and take a bunker at the top of a hill in the jungle. The Japs try and swarm him, he mows like - a hundred of them down - lives, his hand seared into hamburger by the MG - gets the Congressional Medal of Honor from the Pres - goes on a bond tour with hot Hollywood starlets that are blowing him nightly, he's flush with cash and new cars, and he leaves to... SIGN UP FOR ANOTHER TOUR! But before he goes he marries a another Marine, a young nurse.

    He then goes to Iwo Jima after being a drill sgt. and training many new Marines on the toughness of the enemy, and gets there, they are pinned down, and he charges two pillboxes, knocks out the Japs in the holes with grenades before a mortar round gets him.

    The President doesn't KNOW WHAT TO DO, he's already won the CMOH, so they give him the Navy Cross posthumously - which is impossible because Marines don't get the cross. But he did.

    I mean, I'm sorry - but he sort of sets the bar the website should start with.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Walter Payton and John Basilone are my heros. Semper Fi!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    The Finnish sniper from WWII is pretty ridiculous too if you ever see his bio... Likely over 500 kills, didn't use a scope because he knew it would give him away, etc.

  • In reply to Scharfinator:

    So, if HE lined you use you were..(wait for it)...

    FINNISHED !

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Er, if he Lines you up.you're FINNISHED.

    I typo-butchered that punch line like I was Jay Leno.

  • In reply to Scharfinator:

    http://listverse.com/2009/11/13/top-10-snipers-in-history/

    Lyudmila is my favorite. Top bird.

  • In reply to Scharfinator:

    Plus another 200 kills on the Suomi MG ...

  • In reply to gpldan:

    My Uncle (US General) told us all the Basilone stories. My uncle also acted like he was some bystander in the war until my dad told me what he actually did in Vietnam.

    I was shown a picture of him while the story was being told. He was 6'4 240 of all muscle in 1968.

    He was a high enough rank that he was prohibited from going into the field but that didn't stop him from taking a Huey with one other guy into a hot Landing Zone where his guys were pinned down.

    He made 3 30yard trips into the fight to carry guys back to the chopper and every time he went back in he was hit by grenade shrapnel and small arms fire. He was shot 4 times, hit by at least 2 grenades and carried 4 guys on 2 trips to the waiting chopper along with another guy providing cover fire. That means on one trip he had 2 fucking dudes on his shoulders while getting shot. He spent a year in a Tokyo hospital in a full body cast.

    You never would have known by talking to him. He was the most unassuming guy ever. RIP Uncle A.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    "3 trips" fucking iphone

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Great story about your uncle.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Basilone is one of the featured storylines in HBO's THE PACIFIC.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    That was probably the best story, apart from the psych camp. I thought that show paled into comparison to BOB though, every episode of which was good.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I feel less manly suddenly.

  • Holy shit, Jeff. You're really rooting for the Packers to beat the lions on Sunday?

  • In reply to thebigcheese:

    Where did you see THAT?

  • So Waffle, what do you think the Bears should pay Cutty? Give me a number, I'm curious.

    http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago-bears/post/_/id/4686645/whats-jay-cutler-worth

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    I'd say that it depends on his performance this year with Trestman. If he ends the year with 62-65% completion percentage and 2 to 1 TD to INT ratio or close to it and a nice showing for a first year offense he should get between 16.5 and 18.5 Mil.

    With those numbers the Bears should make the playoffs unless the D totally shits the bed.

    If we make a deep run he'll get paid regardless of what his numbers are because he will have been a driving factor of the success. If we win the superbowl he will be elected mayor and immediately be awarded 20+ Mil , a steakhouse, cigar line, his own diabetes drug, 72 virgins from Green Bay and the right of Prima Nocte with all newlywed women in the Chicagoland area.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    lol

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    I think Cutler's contract situation will be like Matt Forte's was. Cutler will hold out for the whole summer and everyone will be worried. People will come up with a general idea of the market value based on Cutler's stats that talking heads can go back and forth on with "pay the man" and "trade him for draft picks" being the most popular lines.

    The end result will be an underwhelming contract that is slightly below market, but still fair. Emery is a very smart man - he won't overpay.

    Cutler will realize this is his best shot for big money. If he gets overpaid somewhere else and has to run an offense with nobody around him, he'll get cut before he earns the richest years of the deal. Or worse, he'll get injured behind a raggedy O-line and retire early. Most importantly, he'll have lousy numbers, meaning he'll never get paid again.

    If he stays in Chicago with a reasonable contract, he gets a team with a TE, #1 WR, RB, and LT all in place. He gets a coach that is offense minded, and he gets a city that likes him even when his national reputation isn't stellar. If he holds out to get overpaid, some of those players will get cut, he'll be unpopular, and he might start playing musical chairs with coaches again.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    There you are NB. Stop neglecting your FF team, it needs your attention. You've got a big week going against the undefeated Gould Forte Ozs.

    Who is Gould Forte OZs by the way?

    Major Tom Zibikowski needs to get their shit together as well.

    Unacceptable gentleman!

  • In reply to Shady:

    My fantasy team is garbage. I got killed by autodraft and I just can't bring myself to care much about it.

    Plus its been Jewish holiday season and I've been AFK (remember that acronym) Thursday through Saturday the last few weeks. I'll take a peak this week if I get the interest.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    Jay already stated that we will not hold out nor will be Flacco the Bears. He stated specifically that he will offer a hometown discount and that he knows that if he is paid Flacco money the Bears have to cut corners in other crucial areas which will hurt the his and the teams chance of winning and he will just not be a part of that. It was nice to hear.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Unless you're his agent.

  • In reply to Shady:

    BOOM! Shady ... exactly. Cutty doesn't negotiate contracts.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Oh, I didn't hear that.

    I like this Ditka story about negotiating with Hals.

    "I made $18,000 my first year with salary and bonus.I went in for my second year contract and he wanted to pay me fourteen ..and I said that's a cut, coach .... he said no, that's a raise ....but coach I made 18 last year .. .he said no you made 12 .. .12 and 6 that's 18 ...."

    Ditka said he wouldn't play for less than 18 and Halas pulled out another contract he had with 18 on it.

  • In reply to NewBearInTown:

    We need to do either really well ... or tank. I don't want to finish 10-6 or 11-5 and have Cutty walk out of here for free. Then we face into the draft with shitty draft picks needing a starting NFL QB. I guess we could trade for a Fitzpatrick or an Orton, but are they the guys we want to be #1? No, but our draft pick could sit down and learn the game a bit before they take on the burden of starter.

    No way Cuuty's agaent goes with 16-18 million though. They'll look at tools like Flacco and want more. Agents are vampires that value their own end over what's good for their suckers/clients. Wait til you see the laughable figure Briggsy's agent will put in. Then we go - Khaseem, you're up. Bye Lance.

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    I'm in the "wait & see" camp. The TD/INT ratio took a beating Sunday

  • So when Rodger the Dodger sits with Charlie Rose or Steve Croft and says "well, the science is now just being understood, we have top scientists working on this...", I want you to think about the depth of the duplicity going on - the bald face lie that it is

    http://tinyurl.com/p8zn9t8

  • I would probably use this once a month, but I really want one. NOt for $420, but I want one.

    http://uncrate.com/stuff/makita-lxt-cordless-autofeed-screwdriver/

  • I can't tell you how fucking much I hate the lions

    http://www.foxsportsdetroit.com/fox-sports-networks/story/Lions-vice-chairman-has-choice-words-for?blockID=946583&feedID=3701

    I just can't even tell you.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    He's the grandson of Bill Clay Jr. who I am pretty sure old man Henry would have bitch slapped into a pulp had he seen how little Billy ran the team all those years, esp. as he devolved into brazen incompetence handing the reigns to Matt Millen all those years.

    Ford should get down and kiss Mulhally's ass for turning it around and not following GM into the dirt. Guy is a dick.

    As an aside, he moved out of the Grosse Pointe mansion and to Ann Arbor. Bill Ford Jr. did. He didn't like the declining fortunes and atmosphere of the area, so he went west and bought there. He hangs around with a ivory tower set now, guy was always a pries and never, ever, a car guy. Henry would kick him in the nuts.

  • Assuming Tom would agree to play Higgins (he'd be great doing it with just the right amount of smirk), and updating Magnum to be a vet from the Gulf, who gets to be Magnum?

    http://tinyurl.com/m7cjrkd

    I would go with Scott Eastwood

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Oh hells yes! I am so in.

    Noooooo, you can't have magnum do higgy baby. sacrilege maings.

    Here's my cast:

    Magnum - Clooney (can't believe I just suggested that, but I've come to like him and think he's not a total doucheny)... or maybe damon, but he don't really fit physically
    Higgins - CLEEEESE!!!!!!!
    TC - Will Smith
    Rick - Downey Jr.

    Bang! Fucking Bang!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    ohhhhh... maybe matt dillon as rick?!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Nice call with Eastwood.

    Who gets to be Rick? Scott Caan?

  • In reply to Waffle:

    ohhhh.. I like that one too.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    TC?

    Anthony Mackie?
    Anthony Anderson?

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Anthony Adams.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    haha, nice

  • In reply to gpldan:

    that would be epic.

    deal breaker issue... I don't think a helicopter could take off with him as the pilot.

  • http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/bears/post/_/id/4686649/jennings-bears-far-from-being-thugs

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I think a windy city beat down will be in effect on November the 10th.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rFpbTAP4vpU

    The Lions calling the Bears thugs is laughable.

  • Try and checkout A FOOTBALL LIFE: STEVE SABOL . Worthwhile viewing, for a change, on NFL Network.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    agreed, that well done.

  • Not that it means much, but I believe Drew Brees and Sean Peyton and both 0-2 in Soldier Field.

    Miami WAS holding their own in N'awlins until Tanneyhill got careless with teh football.

    That's they way it Geauxs down there.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Saints have a top defense now, different story. Unfortunately for us.

  • Irish, fuck the Saints. We got this.

  • Speaking of costly turnovers, WHAT was Matt Schaub thinking last Sunday?

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I heard some place in Houston just invented The Matt Schaub Burger: You get to pick six toppings and it's supposedly really expensive.

  • New South Park on Comedy Central in 15 minutes.

    "Informative Murder Porn" is the name of the episode MB, I shit you not.

  • In reply to Shady:

    they are so fucking awesome. Talk about having your finger on the pulse of popular society, and then shitting all over it that same week.

    this is still one of my all time fav scenes: http://www.videobash.com/video_show/eric-cartman-as-slave-owner-222509

    "my peaches... what a wonderful office you have yourself heah"

  • Check out the Ducks new training facility.

    http://www.stack.com/2013/08/02/university-of-oregon-football-facility/

  • http://www.memesay.com/m/MTQ2MA==

  • Thanks to "Mr. Blank Check for O.U.", Phil Knight.

  • http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/eye-on-football/23965070/houston-restaurant-offers-pick-six-matt-schaub-burger

  • http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/30/jon-stewart-on-govt-shutdown_n_4020581.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Why do you think most Doctor's in the health care profession are against this new law? Seriously, I'd like to get your opinion.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/02/doctors-obamacare-romney_n_1932743.html

  • In reply to TracDaddy:

    Because they are already over worked, and fear a rash of new patients.

    Now, let me ask you - is that a sound rational decision on which to make a decision?

    Take off your whack-nut reactionary anti-Pope hat for a second, and put on your econ hat: you shift the demand curve out for healthcare, what happens?

    Come on now, you are Johnny Free Market, yes? Incentives to shift the supply curve will rise. Higher reimbursements for Docs, more incentive to become a doctor, etc. Isn't that what this is all about, that the doctors are unhappy that their procedures are being capped by insurance companies, not being allowed to charge free market value for them?

    So who is to blame for that? Colluding private insurance companies that have created rate schedules, or Obamacare which creates a government insurance program likely to DESTABLIZE rate schedules since it won't be possible for the insurance companies to collude with them?

    Think it through, you have all day.

    You come on back here, now, after you done that and share your thoughts.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    The doctors up here cry about being overworked and underpaid all the time. I've yet to see any of them driving around in an old Taurus station wagon or living in the hood. I know some of them go south to work because it's all about the money for them. Of course, the AMA and pharmaceutical companies hate having anyone cap their income. It pisses them off they have bought off all the politicians and still are in the cross hairs. Boo-Hoo for those fuckers.

  • Wake up America!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R53W_3sAv8A

  • I laid down two pretty heavy responses to two comments above. I wasn't competing for WOW factor, it's just that both comments naturally led to those responses.

    One was quite graphic - about Dachau - which I regret writing part of now - but there you go. That's what happened.

    Another is about Chernobyl ... again, there you go. That's what happened.

  • I dig the idea that Martians hedge against Russian incompetence in nuclear physics. It could have been Doctor Who, though.

  • One week from tonight we will be 5-1. BEAR DOWN!

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