Sunday, December 30, 2007

Bears Beat Saints 33-25

Chicago Bears crush the New Orleans Saints 33-25
Season over, man. Whew.

Hester, Bears End Saints' Playoff Hopes

Washington Post
Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher, top, intercepts a pass from New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees as running back Pierre Thomas makes the tackle on Urlacher during the first quarter of their football game against the New Orleans Saints at ...

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Bears Against Saints 12-30-2007

Tomorrow, December 30,2007, the Chicago Bears play the New Orleans Saints at 12:00 p.m., Chicago time.

Watch on FOX, and listen on WBBM.

May they end with a win.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas Bears Fans

Just another day? No.

May your team win today! And, Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Chicago Bears Crush Green Bay Packers 35-7

While the Chicago Bears have had around the worst possible season a team could have after playing in the Super bowl (really, they did last year), they did one important thing:

The Chicago Bears beat the Green Bay Packers twice in one season.

To make matters more humiliating for the Packers, two of their three losses are to the Bears, a team which, to put it in bar vernacular (so the Packer fans can understand), sucks.

Remember when John Kerry told us how bad George Bush was, then Bush went on to get more votes than anyone ever in an American election? Same idea. 35-7. Not even close.

The Bears aren't in the post season. They shouldn't be. Not at what was 5-9. Now, 6-9, the reality is they are still bad. And the Packers were beat by this very bad team.

Brett Favre should be looking into his trailer home options in Florida and Arizona, being of that age. Lovie Smith? Still a bad coach, but today, he beat a 12-2 team.

Bears beat Packers 35-7
Chicago Sun-Times, United States
Brian Urlacher returned an interception for a touchdown for the first time in his career, Adrian Peterson ran for 102 yards, and the Chicago Bears beat the ...

Bears overwhelm Packers 35-7 on a blustery day at Soldier Field
PackersNews.com, WI
CHICAGO -- Seemingly better acclimated to strong winter winds in the Windy City, the Chicago Bears routed the Green Bay Packers 35-7 today at Soldier Field. ...

Monday, September 24, 2007

Chicago Bears Whupped By Dallas Cowboys 34-10

Lick your wounds, Chicago fans. 34-10, bigtime loss. While the Cubs are shining, the Bears are as playing as dull as a Barry Bond interview.

Even Canada is picking on this one:

Cowboys beat battered Bears
London Free Press, Canada
By AP CHICAGO -- Tony Romo looked desperate early on, doing all he could to avoid the Chicago Bears defence. The only thing he didn't do was go away. ...

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Bears Beat Chiefs Bigtime

Too early for the Superbowl Shuffle, but a nice game.

Chiefs fall to Bears 20-10
Kansas City Star - 3 hours ago
By JASON KING
CHICAGO The Kansas City Chiefs are 0-2 for the second straight season following a miserable offensive performance in Sunday’s 20-10 loss against Chicago at Soldier Field. The Bears opened the scoring early in the second quarter on Rex ...

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Chicago Bears 2007 Schedule

The Chicago Bears 2007 schedule.

Preseason
August
DAY — DATE — OPPONENT — TIME (CT) — RADIO — TV/RECAP
Sat. — 11-Aug — @ Texans — 7:00 PM — WBBM 780-AM — NBC 5
Mon. — 20-Aug — @ Colts — 7:00 PM — WBBM 780-AM — ESPN
Sat. — 25-Aug — 49ERS — 7:00 PM — WBBM 780-AM — NBC 5
Thu. — 30-Aug — BROWNS — 7:00 PM — WBBM 780-AM — NBC 5

Regular Season

September
DAY — DATE — OPPONENT — TIME (CT) — RADIO — TV/RECAP
Sun. — 9-Sep — @ Chargers — 3:15 PM — WBBM 780-AM — FOX
Sun. — 16-Sep — CHIEFS — 3:15 PM — WBBM 780-AM — CBS
Sun. — 23-Sep — COWBOYS — 7:15 PM — WBBM 780-AM — NBC
Sun. — 30-Sep — @ Lions — 12:00 PM — WBBM 780-AM — FOX

October
DAY — DATE — OPPONENT — TIME (CT) — RADIO — TV/RECAP
Sun. — 7-Oct — @ Packers — 7:15 PM — WBBM 780-AM — NBC
Sun. — 14-Oct — VIKINGS — 12:00 PM — WBBM 780-AM — FOX
Sun. — 21-Oct — @ Eagles — 3:15 PM — WBBM 780-AM — FOX
Sun. — 28-Oct — LIONS — 12:00 PM — WBBM 780-AM — FOX

November
DAY — DATE — OPPONENT — TIME (CT) — RADIO — TV/RECAP
Sun. — 11-Nov — @ Raiders — 3:15 PM — WBBM 780-AM — FOX
*Sun. — 18-Nov — @ Seahawks — 7:15 PM — WBBM 780-AM — NBC
*Sun. — 25-Nov — BRONCOS — 12:00 PM — WBBM 780-AM — CBS

December
DAY — DATE — OPPONENT — TIME (CT) — RADIO — TV/RECAP
*Sun. — 2-Dec — GIANTS — 3:15 PM — WBBM 780-AM — FOX
Thu. — 6-Dec — @ Redskins — 7:15 PM — WBBM 780-AM — NFLN
Mon. — 17-Dec — @ Vikings — 7:30 PM — WBBM 780-AM — ESPN
*Sun. — 23-Dec — PACKERS — 12:00 PM — WBBM 780-AM — FOX
*Sun. — 30-Dec — SAINTS — 12:00 PM — WBBM 780-AM — FOX

*Game times tentative and subject to flexible schedule


source: http://www.chicagobears.com/team/schedule.html

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Chargers Beat Bears 14-3

Bears got stomped on.


September 9, 2007
Costly mistakes sink Bears in season-opening loss
By Larry Mayer

SAN DIEGO – A superb performance by an inspired Bears defense against the NFL’s highest scoring team last season and its MVP running back went for naught Sunday in San Diego.

The Bears shut out the Chargers for nearly three quarters and held LaDainian Tomlinson to just 25 yards on 17 carries, his second-lowest output in 96 career games.

Rex Grossman unloads under pressure during Sunday's 14-3 loss to the San Diego Chargers.

But Chicago was unable to overcome four turnovers—three by a struggling offense that generated just 202 total yards and failed to get into the end zone—in a 14-3 season-opening loss to the Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium.

“We knew coming in we were playing a good football team,” said coach Lovie Smith. “Especially on the road you have to stay away from turnovers; you have to win the turnover ratio. We weren’t able to do that.

“I liked the way we played defense early. We played with energy. I liked the way we played the run the entire day, going against the MVP. But in the end they made more plays than we did.”

Both San Diego touchdowns were set up by Chicago fumbles.

The game’s pivotal play occurred late in the third quarter with the Bears leading 3-0. A short Chargers punt bounced once and then caromed off the shoulder of Brandon McGowan, who was blocking on the play, and San Diego recovered at the Chicago 29.

Punt returner Devin Hester was waving his arms frantically, trying to instruct teammates to get away from the ball. But McGowan never got the message.

“We have to get communication to him,” Smith said. “That was a big play at the time. There are a lot of things we did wrong. But you go back to that one statistic—turnover ratio. They won that, and at a critical time in the second half.”

San Diego converted the turnover as Tomlinson tossed a 17-yard TD pass to tight end Antonio Gates on a halfback option, giving the Chargers a 7-3 lead with :45 left in the third quarter. It was the seventh career scoring pass thrown by the All-Pro running back.

“You try to prepare for all passes,” Smith said. “Trick plays are part of it. We had a breakdown. We should have had a player back in that zone and we didn’t.”

Adrian Peterson’s 11-yard run on third-and-10 gave the Bears a first down at the Chicago 47. But two plays later linebacker Stephen Cooper stripped the backup running back and safety Clinton Hart recovered at the San Diego 44.

“The whole key to the game was not finishing drives,” said quarterback Rex Grossman, who completed 12 of 23 passes for 145 yards with 1 interception and a 53.7 passer rating.

“There was some mistake or something happened that kind of stalled the drive, and that just can’t happen. When we’re playing our best, those mistakes don’t happen and tonight was definitely not our night.”

Tomlinson’s 7-yard TD run then gave San Diego a 14-3 lead with 9:09 left in the fourth quarter.

One play before the touchdown, safety Mike Brown exited with a sprained knee, the same injury that knocked nose tackle Dusty Dvoracek out of the game on the subsequent kickoff return. Both players will be further evaluated Monday at Halas Hall.

Robbie Gould’s 27-yard field goal had given the Bears a 3-0 lead early in the second quarter. The kick was set up by Brown, who intercepted an overthrown Philip Rivers pass over the middle intended for Gates and returned it 27 yards to the San Diego 35.

The Bears didn’t cross the Chargers’ 35 again until late in the first half. But Grossman’s first-down pass from the 32 was intercepted by safety Marlon McCree at the 1 on an apparent mix-up between the quarterback and wide receiver Bernard Berrian.

“We kind of shot ourselves in the foot when we got a rhythm going,” Grossman said. “It wasn’t our day. We’ll learn from it, get better, and hopefully we’ll see them down the road.”

It appeared that the Bears would have a chance to add to their lead late in the first half when San Diego was forced to punt from its own 7 after Brown had turned a sure first down into an incomplete pass with a crushing hit on Gates at the 27.

But Grossman fumbled on the Bears’ subsequent play while scrambling to his left under heavy pressure from defensive end Jacques Cesaire. Peterson recovered the loose ball, but the Bears lost 12 yards on the play and were eventually forced to punt without picking up a first down.

The Chargers had reached the Bears’ 12 on their second possession of the game, but Alex Brown dropped Tomlinson for a 4-yard loss and later blocked Nate Kaeding’s 33-yard field goal attempt with 4:54 left in the first quarter.

The Bears held Tomlinson to just 2 yards on 10 carries before the All-Pro running back picked up 10 yards on the final play of the first half.

San Diego threatened to take the lead early in the third quarter, reaching the Chicago 1. But on second-and-goal, Tommie Harris timed the snap and burst across the line, causing a fumble that Mike Brown recovered at the 2. The Chargers argued that Harris was offside, but no flag was thrown. After a brief huddle, the officials awarded the ball to the Bears, inciting the crowd.

The controversial play came after Chargers Cooper forced and recovered a Cedric Benson fumble at the Chicago 41 on the opening possession of the third quarter.

The Bears offense struggled in the second half, failing to advance beyond the Chargers’ 35 and running just five plays in San Diego territory.

Trailing 14-3, Chicago turned the ball over on downs with 6:02 left in the game after Peterson was held to a 1-yard gain on third-and-two and Benson was dropped for no gain on fourth-and-one from the San Diego 35.

Benson was limited to 42 yards on 19 carries, while Peterson added 38 yards on seven attempts. But both running backs lost a key fumble in Sunday’s season-opening loss.

The Chargers burned the remaining six-plus minutes off the clock, churning out four first downs before Rivers took a knee to kill the clock after San Diego had reached the Chicago 8.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Walter Payton's Hill Is A Former Garbage Dump in Warreville, IL

It seems Walter Payton's famous impossible workout hill is actually a suburban landfill turned into a place of beauty.

Hard to imagine, but it is true. It is called (not sure why) Mt. Hoy, and is located in Warrenville, Ill.'s Blackwell Forest Preserve at Winfield and Butterfield. Warrenville is near Naperville and Wheaton, and is directly west of Chicago by around 35 miles.

Many older Bears' fans will recall stories about how Sweetness would run up this hill countless times during the years leading up to the SuperBowl Shuffle in 1985.

Chicago 20, Houston 19

In true Chicago tradition, the kicker saves the day.

NFL: Chicago 20, Houston 19
United Press International
12 (UPI) -- Robbie Gould kicked a 47-yard field goal with 36 seconds left to play Saturday night, as the Chicago Bears beat Houston, 20-19, in preseason action.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Get a Pop Culture T-Shirt or Mug

We love a good laugh, but so do the good and crazy people at CafePress. You can make just about any kind product to wear. Even dog clothing. Whatever your inclination, they got the T-shirt, hat or mug for you. Politics, hobbies, smarmy statements about life - all here. Even sports fans (this includes football fans).


Monday, June 25, 2007

Tank Gets Kicked Off the Chicago Bears (Was He Fired?)

Looks like the Bears' players will be watching movies in the off season instead of playing, thanks to the irresponsibility of booze hound Tank Johnson.

Bloomberg published, "The Chicago Bears waived Tank Johnson following the defensive tackle's arrest for impaired driving, a month after he was released from jail for violating probation on a weapons charge." (NFL's Bears Waive Tank Johnson After Latest Arrest (Update1))

Monday, June 11, 2007

Can Tank Johnson's Eight Game Rest Help the Bears?

While Tank Johnson sits out for eight games, do the Bears have a chance?

Maybe.

Consider that during the eight games period, Tank will not have one bruise or ache gained. Hopefully, he won't chow junk food like he did while incarcerated (including 162 beef sticks, 40 honey bun sweet rolls and 35 summer sausages). If he works out hard, knowing he does not need to focus on being rested for a Sunday game, he could actually come refreshed compared to the other guy. Defensive tackles take a brunt of hits, as many as they give.

Football's brutal and only the toughest get to play. Still, even football players are human. Playing fresh can help the Bears.

Also, if the Bears are winning without him, imagine their confidence with him?

If Tank's presence on the team is the difference between success and failure, the Bears never had a real shot this season. If they are in contention, though, Tank can take them there.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Tank Free from the Tank

Tank Johnson leaves jail. The world is the same then and now. Hopefully, though, Tank is making better decisions. Seems like a good man.

Tank Johnson released from jail Chicago Tribune

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Defensive Tackle Ian Scott Heads to the Philly Eagles

Today: Free agent defensive tackle Ian Scott signed a one-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles. Who? Same Ian Scott who started in the Super Bowl for the Chicago Bears.

Ian Scott signs with Philadelphia

Greg Olsen's Scummy Past

Greg Olsen apparently has had a major change of perspective. Back in college, he was a slimy lowlife, with a perspective that suggests the only woman he wants (or could get) is a whore. The words to his song support gang rape and other actions that demonstrate he, when he sang them, is a classless oaf.

And the Chicago Bears want this kind of guy on their team.

Why? See these lyrics.

Chicago Bears' top draft pick Greg Olsen meets the media.
Big Greg is in the house, and I’m fittin’ to make these hoes choke
On my b*lls, on my d*ck, then I bust a n*t, quick
On her face, on her chest, stick my d*ck between her breasts
Come on, fellas, let’s get weird, stick ya d*ck up in her ear
While I’m laughin’ at these guys, a second n*t all in her eyes.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Chicago Bears Results - 2007 NFL Draft

The draft is in. The Chicago Bears have snagged the following via the 2007 NFL Draft. No draft dodgers here.

Greg Olsen
ROUND 1
31st OVERALL
6' 6", 254
Miami
TE

Dan Bazuin
ROUND 2
62nd OVERALL
6' 3", 266
Central Michigan
DE

Garrett Wolfe
ROUND 3
93rd OVERALL
5' 7", 186
Northern Illinois
RB

Michael Okwo
ROUND 3
94th OVERALL
5' 11", 232
Stanford
LB

Josh Beekman
ROUND 4
130th OVERALL
6' 2", 313
Boston College
G/C

Kevin Payne
ROUND 5
167th OVERALL
6' 0", 220
Louisiana-Monroe
S

Corey Graham
ROUND 5
168th OVERALL
6' 0", 195
New Hampshire
CB

source: http://www.chicagobears.com

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Terry Tate to Play for the Chicago Bears

Terry Tate might not play for the Chicago Bears, but it is worth watching. Absolutely hilarious.

Colts, Bears preseason rematch set for Aug. 20

Colts, Bears preseason rematch set for Aug. 20

As preseason games go, expect this to be important. Nothing can be lost by Indy, since it is only a preseason match. The Bears, however, can regain some of the pride lost early this year.

Put another QB in, see if they win.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Will Tank Johnson be fat this season? Bears' Johnson sentenced to 120 days in jail

Bears' Johnson sentenced to 120 days in jail - ESPN

Old news, yep, but consequences are fresh. 120 days in jail brings us to mid-July. Will Terry "Tank" Johnson be fat?

Tank's a big man. As far as I know, he'll eat the same food and have the same access to work out areas.

How will he adjust? Depending on his workouts at dietary habits, the rest may do him good. Many athletes at the top level have never rested. No matter how young he is, the reality is the same. Bodies get tired.

My thought: If Tank can do easy aerobic work, just to keep the weight down, and moderate weight work, the rest will be a good thing. As far as his legal issues, I have no idea, but, from what I have read, as they say, if you do the crime, you do the time.

I like Tank, I wish him well, and hope he comes out a better man. All I have seen in recent interviews says to me he knows who is, who he wants to be, and what it will take to get there.

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Sunday, March 4, 2007

Chicago Bears Free Agents (UNRESTRICTED & RESTRICTED)

With the off season officially here, trades will start to get going. Injuries will be examined and established, careers will end, and others will get their due.

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS
  • G Ruben Brown
  • DTs Ian Scott and Alfonso Boone
  • Ss Todd Johnson and Cameron Worrell
  • WR Justin Gage

RESTRICTED FREE AGENT
  • TE Gabe Reid

Eat Hungarian food tonight. Find a Hungarian restaurant in Chicago (and elsewhere).

Ann Coulter? All Ann Coulter's books are here on Amazon.com.

The other Howard Stern?

Friday, March 2, 2007

Lovie Smith to Make $22 Million - details here

There you have it. Lovie stays on. New contract. Big bucks.

Contract keeps him through 2011, with $3.45 million this year (a raise from $1.45 million). $22 million over the next four years. Not a much maybe as a barely-graduated linebacker, but chump change it's not. Lovie's a good man, and I expect he'll be sharing more than a pittance for various charities and his church.

Some say, "It's about time." I say he earned it. Don't give a fellow more because the other guy more. What are those guys doing? Comparing size in the locker room? No way. Lovie took our boys to the Super Bowl. Didn't win, but, as Chicago sports go, making it to the party is a big deal, and a rare thing.

Good job Bears! Glad you don't do what the Cubs love to do, and instead, kept your best men.

Lovie Smith - Chicago Bears Head Coach - Signs Contract Extension
Associated Content - 14 hours ago
Lovie Smith, who last week called off talks between his agent and the Chicago Bears, who Smith has coached for the past three seasons, was finally rewarded for the job he has done coaching, as well as his patience throughout the negotiation process.

Lovie gets new deal from Chicago Coos Bay World
Bears coach Smith pleased to stay in Chicago NFL News
TransWorldNews (press release) - Fort Wayne Journal Gazette - News24

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Monday, February 26, 2007

Lovie Smith, Ron Rivera, Hardy Nickerson, Brick Haley

The latest Chicago Bears news
  • Lovie Smith is disappointed with current deal.
  • Ron Rivera is off to the San Diego Chargers
  • Hardy Nickerson is the new linebackers coach
  • Brick Haley is the new defensive line coach

Friday, February 9, 2007

Sunday, February 4, 2007

Congrats to the Bears for a Fine Season!

And, congratulations to Peyton Manning, Tony Dungy, and the rest of the Indianapolis Colts for a fantastic Super Bowl victory.

Saturday, February 3, 2007

Bears and Colts, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7)

The Bears are getting ready to take home Mr. Lombardi's trophy. The Colts need something to do. I recommend some reading material. How about Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7)?

Friday, February 2, 2007

Be afraid, Chicago, be very ... wait, you already are

Be afraid, Chicago, be very ... wait, you already are
CBS SportsLine.com - Jan 4, 2007
If you're Chicago or a Chicago fan, that's not comforting. Because the Bears need almost every variable to break the right way to keep this game close.

You can see where this is going. It is the Super Bowl, and no one, not Lovie Smith, not Brian Urlacher, not Mike Ditka, believe this is the 1985 Bears, or the 1972 Dolphins.

The Bears might win. They might lose. We'll see.

The game won't be a blowout. As of right now, I'm thinking 14-10. I am flip-flopping more than John Kerry in the 2004 Presidential Election. The Bears 14-10, The Colts 14-10? Who knows? I want the Bears to win, but I know doggone well the Colts earned the right to play in Miami.

You could take the article above, switch 'Bears' with 'Colts' and have about as much meaning. Has CBS seen the Bears' defense? If, say, the Bears hold the Colts down, our special teams will do them some serious damage. Robbie Gould? Sure. A win at 3-0 still means the Bears get to have a fancy-schmancy Vince Lombardi trophy, and the Colts get to lick their wounds.

The silliness of the Sportsline article isn't in the reality (I generally agree with it), but in the consideration of it as news. Here I am, an everyday Joe, blogging about it. I'm not CBS. I don't pretend to be CBS. On Sunday, I'll be watching CBS, but, for goodness sakes, I hope they have something a little more substantial than something I could have thought up myself.

How many more insignificant stories will hit the news before the game is over? I'm all for Super Bowl fever, enjoying the fun of something that will not result in war, disease or other calamities infecting the political arena. However, I'd like some real analysis put out by the company hosting the game on TV.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Indianapolis Colts Media Guide

Indianapolis Colts Media Guide
source: http://mirror.colts.com/sub.cfm?page=football_dynamic&id=143
  • SECTION ONE
    Season Schedule(1), Directory(2), Irsay Bio(4), Polian Bio(5), Front Office(6), Dungy Bio(8), Colts Coaching History(14), Assistant Coaches Bios(15), Football Operations Bios(30)
  • SECTION TWO
    Adminstration Bios(39), Colts Staff Headshots(41), Colts Community Relations(44)
  • SECTION THREE
    Players Bios: Andrus-Lilja(50)
  • SECTION FOUR
    Players Bios: Manning - Wilkins(91)
  • SECTION FIVE
    Draft Selections Bios(148), Alphabetical Roster(152), Numerical Roster(153), NFL PR Directors Phone List(154)
  • SECTION SIX
    Final 2005 Standings(155), 2005 Season Review(155), Game-by-Game Summary(156), 2005 Stats(173), 2005 Defensive Stats(174), 2005 Playoff Stats(175), Year-By-Year Offensive Ranking (176), Game-by-Game Offense/Defense(178), Individual Rushing-Passing-Receiving(179)
  • SECTION SEVEN
    History of the Colts(181), Colts in Overtime(193), Memoriam(194), Hall of Fame(195), All-Time Honors(197), Alumni(202), All-Time Jersey(208), Draft History(211), Trade History(218), Free Agency(222), Attendence(223), Records(225)
  • SECTION EIGHT
    Alltime-Stats(256), Championship Games(264), Playoff Summary(267), Playoff Records(283), Preseason Results (291), Yearly Stats(294), Series Records(351), Records in Stadiums(359), Preseason Schedule(360), NFL Schedule(361)

Manning Savors Shot at Super Bowl Title

Great mystery of mysteries solved. Did you wonder if Peyton Manning was disappointed he will be the Super Bowl? That is like a lottery winner being quoted, "You know, winning all this money now means I am rich."

News About the Superbowl

Is Grossman the worst QB ever? See what AOL says.

What does da Coach, Mike Ditka, think about da Bears? See his video.

Ditka calls NFL pension pay a disgrace

Y! Sports: Super Bowl XLI coverage (that's Yahoo's Superbowl area)

The Sun-Times has in today's edition a special section on the Bears.

Monday, January 29, 2007

On ESPN's "Ten reasons the Bears will win"

re: Ten reasons the Bears will win
ESPN - By Scoop Jackson

These aren't my thoughts, but for the ones with substance, I agree.

Included in Scoop Jackson thoughts are a lot of fluff about mascots and nicknames. Pshaw! However, he has the Bears' defense as his number 2 reason. The Bears' defense os legendary. It was in 1985 BC (Before Championship), and has remained so through 1985, and now in 2007, still ranks as the toughest. Even when the Bears' offense has choked on its own hydrogen, it was still hard to score againgst.

7. Lance Briggs vs. Dwight Freeney, and Adam Vinatieri vs. Robbie Gould
These two matchups look like intangibles, but they are as tangibles as can be. Gould has saved more than one Bears' game, and Briggs is an almost invisible hero, ass Urlacher gets the applause.

That's not saying the Bears' offense this year is impotent. It isn't. Pretending Rex Grossman is the QB Peyton Manning is would be wrong. This brings us to 9. "Rex Grossman is a leader, not a quarterback"

Grossman has the support of his teammates. Whether Chicago's couch coaches dig him is another story, but on the field, they don't matter. Only the players matter. Players win ballgames, and we couch coaches have zero influence.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Bears Arrive In Miami For Superbowl

Time to get a Miami tan. Chicago's constant winter overcast skies never offer.

Bears Arrive In Miami For Superbowl
Fox 28, IN - 1 hour ago.
The Super Bowl is just a week away and Sunday the Bears arrived in Miami. As the plane taxied up to the gate, the pilot opened up the cockpit window and ...
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Saturday, January 27, 2007

Peyton Manning: An Underachiever?

If Manning is an underachiever, what does this make Rex Grossman - an overachiever? An occasional achiever?

Peyton eyes place in history
BBC Sport, UK - 9 hours ago
He's the face of the NFL, an all-American sporting thoroughbred, but Peyton Manning is still viewed by many as an underachiever. Manning: An all-time NFL ...

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Indianapolis Colts Roster

No, Name, Pos, Height, Weight, Birthdate, Exp, College

29, Addai, Joseph, RB, 5'11", 214, 05/3/1983, 0, Louisiana State

19, Aromashodu, Devin, WR, 6'02", 202, 05/23/1984, 0, Auburn

41, Bethea, Antoine, SS, 5'11", 203, 07/27/1984, 0, Howard

9, Betts, Josh, QB, 6'02", 217, 08/25/1982, 0, Miami O.

?, Bimper, Albert, C, 6'00", 300, 07/26/1983, 0, Colorado State

50, Boiman, Rocky, OLB, 6'04'', 245, 01/24/1980, 5, Notre Dame

58, Brackett, Gary, MLB, 5'11'', 235, 05/23/1980, 4, Rutgers

79, Brock, Raheem, DT, 6'04'', 274, 06/10/1978, 5, Temple

31, Chapman, Kory, RB, 6'01", 202, 07/13/1980, 2, Jacksonville State

66, Charleston, Jeff, DE, 6'4", 260, 01/19/1983, 0, Idaho State

44, Clark, Dallas, TE, 6'03'', 252, 06/12/1979, 4, Iowa

47, Collins, Jerome, TE, 6'04", 270, 08/18/1982, 2, Notre Dame

42, David, Jason, CB, 5'08", 180, 06/12/1982, 3, Washington State

39, Davis, Tanard, DB, 5'09", 184, 01/27/1983, 0, Miami

71, Diem, Ryan, T, 6'06'', 320, 07/1/1979, 6, Northern Illinois

30, Dorsey, De De, RB, 5'11", 196, 08/1/1984, 0, Lindenwood

20, Doss, Mike, SS, 5'10'', 207, 03/24/1981, 4, Ohio State

76, Federkeil, Daniel, T, 6'06", 290, 11/9/1983, 0, Calgary, Can.

81, Fletcher, Bryan, FB, 6'05'', 230, 03/23/1979, 2, UCLA

93, Freeney, Dwight, DE, 6'01'', 268, 02/19/1980, 5, Syracuse

57, Gandy, Dylan, C, 6'03", 302, 03/8/1982, 2, Texas Tech

51, Gardner, Gilbert, OLB, 6'01", 228, 05/9/1982, 3, Purdue

43, Giordano, Matt, FS, 5'11", 192, 10/16/1982, 2, California

78, Glenn, Tarik, T, 6'05'', 332, 05/25/1976, 10, California

96, Goddard, Johnathan, LB, 6'00", 245, 05/11/1981, 1, Marshall

56, Hagler, Tyjuan, OLB, 6'00", 236, 12/3/1981, 1, Cincinnati

49, Halterman, Aaron, TE, 6'05", 256, 03/31/1982, 1, Indiana

5, Hare, Brian, WR, 6'1", 201, 08/18/1983, 0, Purdue

25, Harper, Nicholas, CB, 5'10'', 182, 09/10/1974, 6, Fort Valley State

88, Harrison, Marvin, WR, 6'00'', 185, 08/25/1972, 11, Syracuse

26, Hayden, Kelvin, CB, 6'00", 195, 07/23/1983, 2, Illinois

46, Hoyte, Brandon, LB, 5'11", 246, 09/26/1983, 0, Notre Dame

28, Jackson, Marlin, CB, 6'00", 196, 06/30/1983, 2, Michigan

27, Jennings, Tim, CB, 5'08", 185, 12/24/1983, 0, Georgia

74, Johnson, Charlie, T, 6'04", 305, 05/2/1984, 0, Oklahoma State

68, Johnson, Tom, DT, 6'02", 286, 08/30/1984, 0, Southern Mississippi

59, June, Cato, OLB, 6'00'', 227, 11/18/1979, 4, Michigan

54, Keiaho, Freddy, OLB, 5'11", 226, 12/18/1982, 0, San Diego State

61, Klecko, Dan, DT, 5'11'', 275, 01/12/1981, 4, Temple

99, LaCasse, Ryan, DE, 6'02", 257, 02/6/1983, 0, Syracuse

44, Lawton, Luke, RB, 6'0", 240, 08/26/1980, 2, McNeese State

65, Lilja, Ryan, G, 6'02", 290, 10/15/1981, 3, Kansas State

18, Manning, Peyton, QB, 6'05'', 230, 03/24/1976, 9, Tennessee

98, Mathis, Robert, DE, 6'02'', 245, 02/26/1981, 4, Alabama A&M

92, McFarland, Anthony, DT, 6'00'', 300, 12/18/1977, 8, Louisiana State

11, McGann, Mike, QB, 6'5", 225, 09/15/1982, 0, Temple

5, McMahan, Kevin, WR, 6'02", 200, 03/2/1983, 0, Maine

85, Moorehead, Aaron, WR, 6'03'', 200, 11/5/1980, 4, Illinois

94, Morris, Rob, MLB, 6'02'', 243, 01/18/1975, 7, Brigham Young

23, Mungro, James, FB, 5'09'', 214, 02/13/1978, 5, Syracuse

53, O'Neil, Keith, OLB, 6'00'', 240, 08/26/1980, 4, Northern Arizona

11, Proehl, Ricky, WR, 6'00'', 190, 03/7/1968, 17, Wake Forest

90, Reagor, Montae, DT, 6'03'', 285, 06/29/1977, 8, Texas Tech

95, Reid, Darrell, DT, 6'02", 288, 06/20/1982, 2, Minnesota

36, Reid, Dexter, SS, 5'11", 203, 03/18/1981, 3, North Carolina

33, Rhodes, Dominic, RB, 5'09'', 203, 01/17/1979, 5, Midwestern State, Tx.

34, Rushing, T.J., DB, 5'10", 185, 06/8/1983, 0, Stanford

21, Sanders, Bob, FS, 5'08", 206, 02/24/1981, 3, Iowa

63, Saturday, Jeff, C, 6'02'', 295, 06/8/1975, 8, North Carolina

64, Schobel, Bo, DE, 6'05", 264, 03/24/1981, 3, Texas Christian

73, Scott, Jake, G, 6'05", 295, 04/16/1981, 3, Idaho

97, Simon, Corey, DT, 6'02'', 300, 03/2/1977, 7, Florida State

17, Smith, Hunter, P, 6'02'', 209, 08/9/1977, 8, Notre Dame

48, Snow, Justin, LS, 6'03'', 240, 12/21/1976, 7, Baylor

12, Sorgi, Jim, QB, 6'05", 196, 12/3/1980, 3, Wisconsin

84, Standeford, John, WR, 6'03", 186, 04/15/1982, 1, Purdue

83, Stokley, Brandon, WR, 5'11'', 197, 06/23/1976, 8, Louisiana-Lafayette

91, Thomas, Josh, DE, 6'05", 271, 06/26/1981, 3, Syracuse

75, Toudouze, Michael, T, 6'06", 303, 04/27/1983, 0, Texas Christian

69, Ulrich, Matt, G, 6'02", 309, 12/30/1981, 2, Northwestern

86, Utecht, Ben, FB, 6'06", 251, 06/30/1981, 2, Minnesota

4, Vinatieri, Adam, K, 6'00'', 202, 12/28/1972, 11, South Dakota State

25, Ware, Scott, DB, 6'2", 220, //, 0, Southern California

87, Wayne, Reggie, WR, 6'00'', 198, 11/17/1978, 6, Miami

99, Welsh, Jonathan, DE, 6'04", 235, 06/9/1982, 2, Wisconsin

10, Wilkins, Terrence, WR, 5'10'', 180, 07/29/1975, 6, Virginia

source: nfl.com

Chicago Bears Roster

No, Name, Pos, Height, Weight, Birthdate, Exp, College

97, Anderson, Mark, DE, 6'04", 258, 5/26/1983, 0, Alabama

86, Angulo, Richard, TE, 6'08", 263, 8/13/1980, 2, Western New Mexico

94, Ayanbadejo, Brendon, OLB, 6'01'', 228, 9/6/1976, 4, UCLA

32, Benson, Cedric, RB, 5'11'', 220, 12/28/1982, 2, Texas

80, Berrian, Bernard, WR, 6'01", 180, 12/27/1980, 3, Fresno State

70, Boone, Alfonso, DT, 6'04'', 318, 1/11/1976, 6, Mt. San Antonio JC

16, Bradley, Mark, WR, 6'01", 200, 1/29/1982, 2, Oklahoma

55, Briggs, Lance, OLB, 6'01'', 240, 11/12/1980, 4, Arizona

96, Brown, Alex, DE, 6'03'', 260, 6/4/1979, 5, Florida

30, Brown, Mike, SS, 5'10'', 207, 2/13/1978, 6, Nebraska

74, Brown, Ruben, G, 6'03'', 300, 2/13/1972, 12, Pittsburgh

97, Bryan, Copeland, DE, 6'3", 255, 7/14/1983, 0, Arizona

88, Clark, Desmond, TE, 6'03'', 254, 4/20/1977, 8, Wake Forest

17, Currie, Airese, WR, 5'11'', 185, 11/16/1982, 1, Clemson

81, Davis, Rashied, WR, 5'09", 180, 7/24/1979, 2, San Jose State

98, Dvoracek, Dusty, DT, 6'03", 305, 3/3/1981, 0, Oklahoma

22, Everett, Tyler, S, 5'11", 202, 11/4/1983, 0, Ohio State

12, Gage, Justin, WR, 6'04'', 212, 1/24/1981, 4, Missouri

90, Garay, Antonio, DT, 6'04'', 310, 11/30/1979, 2, Boston College

63, Garza, Roberto, G, 6'02'', 300, 3/26/1979, 6, Texas A&M-Kingsville

85, Gilmore, John, TE, 6'05'', 260, 9/21/1979, 5, Penn State

9, Gould, Robbie, K, 6'01", 181, 12/6/1982, 2, Penn State

14, Griese, Brian, QB, 6'03'', 214, 3/18/1975, 8, Michigan

8, Grossman, Rex, QB, 6'01'', 217, 8/23/1980, 4, Florida

46, Harris, Chris, FS, 6'00", 205, 8/6/1982, 2, Louisiana-Monroe

91, Harris, Tommie, DT, 6'03", 300, 4/29/1983, 3, Oklahoma

18, Hass, Mike, WR, 6'01", 209, 1/2/1983, 0, Oregon State

23, Hester, Devin, CB, 5'11", 189, 11/4/1982, 0, Miami

92, Hillenmeyer, Hunter, OLB, 6'04'', 238, 10/28/1980, 4, Vanderbilt

71, Idonije, Israel, DE, 6'06'', 275, 11/17/1980, 3, Manitoba, Can.

53, Joe, Leon, OLB, 6'01'', 235, 10/26/1981, 3, Maryland

47, Johnson, Bryan, FB, 6'01'', 242, 1/18/1978, 6, Boise State

99, Johnson, Tank, DT, 6'03", 300, 12/7/1981, 3, Washington

35, Johnson, Todd, SS, 6'01'', 200, 12/18/1978, 3, Florida

20, Jones, Thomas, RB, 5'10'', 220, 8/19/1978, 7, Virginia

57, Kreutz, Olin, C, 6'02'', 292, 6/9/1977, 9, Washington

75, LeVoir, Mark, T, 6'07", 315, 7/29/1982, 0, Notre Dame

73, Long, Khari, DE, 6'03", 257, 5/23/1982, 1, Baylor

65, Mannelly, Patrick, LS, 6'05'', 265, 4/18/1975, 9, Duke

38, Manning, Danieal, FS, 5'11", 201, 8/9/1982, 0, Abilene Christian

24, Manning, Ricky, CB, 5'08'', 185, 11/18/1980, 4, UCLA

4, Maynard, Brad, P, 6'01'', 186, 2/9/1974, 10, Ball State

58, McClover, Darrell, OLB, 6'02", 226, 8/25/1981, 2, Miami

36, McGowan, Brandon, SS, 5'11", 200, 9/16/1983, 2, Maine

37, McKie, Jason, FB, 5'11'', 243, 5/22/1980, 4, Temple

60, Metcalf, Terrence, G, 6'03'', 318, 1/28/1978, 5, Mississippi

69, Miller, Fred, T, 6'07'', 320, 2/6/1973, 11, Baylor

87, Muhammad, Muhsin, WR, 6'02'', 215, 5/5/1973, 11, Michigan State

68, Oakley, Anthony, C, 6'04", 295, 8/16/1981, 1, Western Kentucky

93, Ogunleye, Adewale, DE, 6'04'', 260, 8/9/1977, 6, Indiana

18, Orton, Kyle, QB, 6'04", 223, 11/14/1982, 2, Purdue

29, Peterson, Adrian, RB, 5'10'', 210, 7/1/1979, 5, Georgia Southern

64, Reed, Tyler, G, 6'03", 307, 10/6/1982, 0, Penn State

82, Reid, Gabriel, TE, 6'03'', 253, 5/28/1977, 2, Brigham Young

11, Rideau, Brandon, WR, 6'03", 200, 10/18/1982, 1, Kansas

48, Runnels, J.D., FB, 5'11", 237, 6/19/1984, 0, Oklahoma

95, Scott, Ian, DT, 6'03'', 302, 11/8/1981, 4, Florida

45, Slay, Dwayne, DB, 6'03", 215, 6/21/1984, 0, Texas Tech

78, St. Clair, John, T, 6'06'', 318, 7/31/1978, 5, Virginia

76, Tait, John, , T, 6'06'', 315, 1/26/1975, 8, Brigham Young

33, Tillman, Charles, CB, 6'01'', 196, 2/23/1981, 4, Louisiana-Lafayette

27, Turnbull, Nick, DB, 6'02", 216, 7/28/1981, 0, Florida International

54, Urlacher, Brian, MLB, 6'04'', 258, 5/25/1978, 7, New Mexico

31, Vasher, Nathan, CB, 5'10", 180, 11/17/1981, 3, Texas

21, Wesley, Dante, CB, 6'00'', 211, 4/5/1979, 5, Arkansas-Pine Bluff

52, Williams, Jamar, MLB, 6'00", 250, 6/14/1984, 0, Arizona State

59, Wilson, Rod, LB, 6'02", 217, 11/12/1981, 1, South Carolina

44, Worrell, Cameron, SS, 5'11'', 194, 12/14/1979, 3, Fresno State

source: nfl.com

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Football Foods

We've covered chili.

Don't forget:

  • brats
  • cheeseburgers
  • cheap beer
  • hotdogs
  • mustard and ketchup
  • popcorn
  • chips
  • tamales
  • tacos
  • burritos
  • steak
  • chicken wings
  • chicken drumsticks
  • bread (white bread, naturally)
  • BBQ ribs
  • corn on the cob
  • Coke, root beer
  • not Pepsi
  • not quiche
  • not salad

Chili and Football

Football is traditionally a men's game. Add in all available stereotypes and you've got buxom women in beer commercials, technology ads, blood, dirt, and, what else? Chili.

Men also traditionally avoid cooking. Raw meat isn't healthy, mostly, so a little cooking is due. Chili is hard to grill, so other measures need to be taken. A crock pot is low maintenance, and perfect for Superbowl cooking.

Below is a recipe for Mom's Favorite Chili. Whose mom? I have no idea. However, the ingredients are few. What beer should we serve with chili?

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 lb. lean ground beef, browned, drained
  • 1 can pork & beans, about 16 ounces
  • 1 can chili beans
  • 1 regular can tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. red pepper
  • 1 tsp. salt

PREPARATION

  1. Mix everything in slow cooker
  2. Cover
  3. Cook on LOW for 3 to 4 hrs

source: adapted from about.com




Monday, January 22, 2007

Bear Down, Chicago Bears! lyrics

Whenever the Bears score in Soldier Field, you'll hear their mighty chant.

Bear down, Chicago Bears! Make every play clear the way to victory!
Bear down, Chicago Bears! Put up a fight with a might so fearlessly!
We'll never forget the way you thrilled the nation with your T formation.
Bear down, Chicago Bears, and let them know why you're wearing the crown
You're the pride and joy of Illinois. Chicago Bears, bear down!

source: Wikipedia.org

Expect a Brawl

Peyton Manning is older, but is as seasoned as could be. He needs the ring bad. Might be his last chance.

Rex Grossman is underrated and overrated at the same time.

Tommie Harris and others are out on the Bears side. With them, the Colts are dead in the water. Without them, the Colts are in a great position to win.

Both teams are hungry enough to play the game until the last second. The Colts needed every minute yesterday, but left the victor. The Bears, in turn, needed an overtime to beat the Seattle Seahawks, but Robbie Gould was on the money.

In 1985, when da Coach and the rest of da Bears hit the Superbowl, they were the victors before the kickoff. We loved it in Chicago, but it wasn't a brawl. This game, Bears and Colts, will be that brawl.

By the way, anyone see Rocky Balboa? I loved it. It lacked as the greatest movie ever, but, for what I hoped for from a Rocky flick, this had it all.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Superbowl Shuffle Lyrics and Video



Red Label Records, 1985
Music: B. Daniels, L. Barry
Lyrics: R. Meyer, M. Owens

Chorus
We are the Bears Shufflin' Crew
Shufflin' on down, doin' it for you.
We're so bad we know we're good.
Blowin' your mind like we knew we would.
You know we're just struttin' for fun
Struttin' our stuff for everyone.
We're not here to start not trouble.
We're just here to do the Super Bowl Shuffle.

Walter Payton
Well, they call me Sweetness,
And I like to dance.
Runnin' the ball is like makin' romance.
We've had the goal since training camp
To give Chicago a Super Bowl Champ.
And we're not doin' this
Because we're greedy.
The Bears are doin' it to feed the needy.
We didn't come here to look for trouble,
We just came here to do
The Super Bowl Shuffle.

Willie Gault
This is Speedy Willie, and I'm world class.
I like runnin' but i love to get the pass.
I practice all day and dance all night,
I got to get ready for the Sunday fight.
Now I'm as smooth as a chocolate swirl,
I dance a little funky, so watch me girl.
There's not one here that does it like me,
My Super Bowl Shuffle will set you free.

Mike Singletary
I'm Samurai Mike I stop'em cold.
Part of the defense, big and bold,
I've been jammin' for quite a while,
Doin' what's right and settin' the style,
Give me a chance, I'll rock you good,
Nobody messin' in my neighborhood.
I didn't come here lookin' for trouble,
I just came to do The Super Bowl Shuffle

(Repeat Chorus)

Jim McMahon
I'm the punky QB, known as McMahon.
When I hit the turf, I've got no plan.
I just throw my body all over the field.
I can't dance, but I can throw the pill.
I motivate the cats, I like to tease.
I play so cool, I aim to please.
That's why you all got here on the double
To catch me doin' the Super Bowl Shuffle.

Otis Wilson
I'm mama's boy Otis, one of a kind.
The ladies all love me
For my body and my mind.
I'm slick on the floor as I can be
But ain't no sucker gonna get past me.
Some guys are jealous
Of my style and class,
That's why some end up on their -,
I didn't come here lookin' for trouble,
I just get down to The Super Bowl Shuffle.

Steve Fuller
They say Jimbo is our man.
If Jimmy can't do it, I sure can.
This is Steve, and it's no wonder
I run like lightnin', pass like thunder.
So bring on Atlanta, bring on Dallas,
This is for Mike and Papa Bear Halas.
I'm not here to feather his ruffle,
I just came here to do
The Super Bowl Shuffle.

Mike Richardson
I'm L.A. Mike, and I play it cool.
They don't sneak by me 'cause I'm no fool.
I fly on the field and get on down.
Everybody knows I don't mess around.
I can break'em, shake'em,
Any time of day.
I like to steal it and make 'em pay,
So please don't cry to beat my hustle
'Cause I'm just here to do
The Super Bowl Shuffle.

(Repeat Chorus)

Richard Dent
The sackman's comin', I'm your man Dent.
if the quarterback's slow,
He's gonna get bent.
We stop the run, we stop the pass,
I like to dump guys on their -.
We love to play for the world's best fans,
You better start makin'
Your Super Bowl plans.
But don't get ready or go to any trouble
Unless you practice
The Super Bowl Shuffle.

Gary Fencik
It's Gary here, and I'm Mr.Clean.
They call me "hit man,"
Don't know what they mean.
They throw it long and watch me run,
I'm on my man, one-on-one.
Buddy's guys cover it down to the bone,
That's why they call us the 46 zone.
Come on everybody let's scream and yell,
We're goin' to do the Shuffle,
Then ring your bell.

William Perry
You're lookin' at the Fridge,
I'm the rookie.
I may be large, but I'm no dumb cookie.
You've seen me hit, you've seen me run,
When I kick and pass, we'll have more fun.
I can dance, you will see
The others, they all learn from me.
I don't come here lookin' for trouble,
I just came here to do
The Super Bowl Shuffle.

Blogging Superbowl

On Google's blog search tool:
Results 1-10 of about 134,870 for 'superbowl' (0.08 seconds)

I expect at this point, blogs to burst open with Superbowl chatter.

Googling Superbowl

And there you have it.

Results 1 - 10 of about 9,060,000 for superbowl. (0.05 seconds)

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Good Rex. Bad Rex. Super Rex!

We've seen Bad Rex. Oh my, have we seen him choke. Games that were the Bears' to lose were lost, or barely won by our superb defense.

We've seen Good Rex. He was the guy who showed up interception free this afternoon.

The Indianapolis Colts are no ordinary team. Peyton Manning is no ordinary QB.

It is time for SUPER REX to show up.

Indianapolis Beats New England: Colts' Comeback Crunches Patriots' Superbowl Hopes

Colts 38, Patriots 34

An amazing horserace broke out, and the statistically improbable Indianapolis Colts showed the New England Patriots what a win was all about.

It was a Patriots game. They owned it, but the Colts were undaunted by the score.

Now, the Superbowl show begins. Here, in Chicago, we're ready. My grocery store cashiers were all in Bears' gear. So is the weatherman on TV. Tomorrow, it will even be worse. I need a jersey myself.

The Colts are, at this moment, favored to win.

Marketing Football

It is already begun.

Need jerseys with the sweat still wet? I bet they have them.

NE snags another touchdown, and, presently, the lead

NE does not take the Indy response like ladies. Touchdown!

New England
27

Indianapolis
21

21-21 - Tie Game (NE v IN)

Amazing comeback.

I'll have what they're having.

What did the Indy coach say in the locker room?

The game is far from over. It looks like it just began.

NE v IN - Indy scores - Score = 21-13

Indy responds.

One touchdown gets them to 13.

They need at least two more scores to catch up.

Halftime NE v IN

How will Indy respond? They should be good enough to respond, but will they?

21-6 means a tough second half needs to be played by the Colts, but the Patriots will not come out weakly.

Score with 4 minutes left in first half

Things are not looking good for Indy.


New England
21

Indianapolis
3

Bears Win! But who will they play?

The Chicago Bears have taken down the New Orleans Saints. Now, it is just a matter of time before Indianapolis takes the Patriots.