Open Thread

January 7, 2017 by

The Bears have pissed me off so much with their insulting press conference on Wednesday, that I haven’t had much desire to write about it. Therefore, you guys give your thoughts on this. Oh, and George McCaskey still won’t fire the accountant, Ted Phillips after their worst season since the NFL went to a 16-game season in 1978.

Dick Stockton returns from dirt nap to piss me off the last two weeks in a row: Vikings 519 Bears 10

January 1, 2017 by

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Oh, Fox Sports. I fucking hate you all. I also hate NBC and Turner, but that’s already been discussed as well. I was going to write about this last week, but wanted to let it go. I want Dick Stockton to go away. I said many years ago that he was the original Kiss of Death to Chicago Sports. Kenny Albert gladly followed suit. Dick Stockton was the shithead I had to hear during every game of the Cubs’ 2007 and 2008 playoff runs. The results of all of those games? Losses. Hearing him made it even worse. Last week, I was shocked he was even calling the game. I expected the new Kiss of Death in Albert or even the amazing Thom Breneman (sarcasm).

But if the Bears were actually, I don’t know, a football team, maybe we would always have ones like Joe Buck or Kevin Burkhardt. I know, a lot of people hate Buck. But at least he isn’t Dick Stockton or Kenny Albert. Fuck those two.

Now, onto what I really wanted to talk about:

This week, I about had it. The Bears played even WORSE than they did last year. This was just fucking awful. Even Marc Trestman has had more wins than John Fox in the two years both have coached. What a shame.

The only good thing about this year was Jordan Howard. The Bears somehow, found someone that they could help build an offense around (need a quarterback too, obviously). He set the all-time rookie rushing record in franchise history. I know that doesn’t mean shit in the grand scheme of things, but it’s something that we could maybe look forward to next season. He is really good.

We will see what happens with Pace and Fox in the coming days. But, this whole thing just fucking smells. I know we said the same shit years ago with Angelo, Lovie, Emery and Trestman. But, damn. I don’t think shit is going to change unless the McCaskey’s sell this abysmal franchise. They need to sell it to someone who knows how to run a football team. What they are doing now isn’t working. I mean, Ted Phillips has been with the team for 30 fucking years and is a damn accountant. What he is doing as the president of a professional football team? Fuck this.

Since the McCaskey’s are never going to sell this team, no great general manager is just going to fall into their laps in anytime soon. This team is fucked for a very long time.

“Hello (old) friend.”

December 25, 2016 by

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These last couple months have been pretty busy for me. I’ve worked everyday for the last month and things have just been insane. Christmas Day was my first day off in over a month. I decided to go to a place that I haven’t been in a very long time: The World’s Largest Urinal™.

Okay, maybe I am still a bit bitter about the past. Wrigley was a place, for whatever reason, I loved going to for many years. Most of you already know that though.

This week, 670 The Score re-aired some of the memorable games this season. I listened to most of Game 6 late last night and today, while on the way to Wrigley, Game 7. It was nostalgic. Hearing Pat Hughes like I did 20 years ago made me feel like I hadn’t missed a beat. Comcast SportsNet is airing all of the playoff victories. The last two World Series games air Monday.

I listened to the first couple of innings at home while I was getting to ready to take 88 into the city. I listened to most of it in the car and arrived at Wrigley around the 8th. As I was walking around with one of my friends for about the next hour, the rest of the game was listened to on my phone with my ear buds in. It was a feel good moment for me.

It was weird seeing the place. I drove by it a few years back after dropping a friend off who lived just north of there. This past summer, I took the red line from another friend’s house as I went to The Taste of Chicago. But Christmas Day was the first time I walked around Wrigley since August or September 2008. And damn, does it look much different.

So many buildings are being built in places that use to be parking lots. I remember games sitting in the bleachers and after, I would cut through these parking and bike lots just to get onto the bus that would take me back to my car (that I parked near the Kennedy and Addison).

I am a creature of habit. I don’t enjoy when things change drastically around me. It’s complex to explain and so are the examples, but this is one of them. The McDonald’s that I use to eat at across the street was torn down. It looks like a hotel and other businesses are going to be built. It just doesn’t feel like the neighborhood anymore.

Then again, before all of this, the Cubs sucked and hadn’t won a World Series in a century. So I guess change is good in this aspect.

It was nice to get away on this day. I didn’t really want to sit around home and wait to watch the Bulls piss all over themselves (as they ended up doing anyway). It was my only day off in the last month and I wanted to make it worthwhile. I’ve watched the last inning of Game 7 about ten times already. It never gets old and it will never get old. I am so damn thankful the fucked up voices in my head told me to change the channel to Game 7 at the time I did.

An article that I laughed at

December 20, 2016 by

Genrebuster posted this in one of the threads and I had to re-post it:

http://www.foxsports.com/nfl/story/chicago-bears-despite-record-john-fox-should-not-be-fired-122016

My thoughts:

I don’t know who David Mamola is, but he must not know that Ted Phillips is the President of this franchise. That’s the same Ted Phillips who was an accountant for the team before being appointed President. Now, I am not a genius myself. But, I would think someone who had a career as an accountant should be not running a football team by hiring a general manager and scouts. I am just saying.

Your thoughts in the thread.

Bulls blow two 20+ point leads against ThomASS and lose.

December 13, 2016 by

What a bunch of assholes. Two different 20+ point leads in this game and the Bulls blow it to a team with single-digit wins on the season? This whole franchise needs an overhaul. The culture needs to change. For the last 12 years, the Bulls have been known to blow these leads and blow them consistently. It is truly unbelievable and PATHETIC how they can beat teams like the Cavaliers and Spurs. Yet, they get embarrassed by teams like the Mavericks and Timberwolves.

And by the way, ThomASS is still a shitty head coach. Call me a bitter asshole, but I hate this fucking team. This shit has gone on for too long and I am beyond annoyed. Chicago still has two teams that have no idea what the fuck they are doing and are both owned by idiots who refuse to make changes. Last I checked, that isn’t a formula of success.

What the Bears should do for the draft next year; Bill Polian available?: Lions 20 Bears 17

December 11, 2016 by

Poor Matt Barkley. This dude did everything he could to win the game today. Too bad this team has a shitty offensive line and wide receivers. Fuck those guys. Barkley deserved better. Three games in, he’s shown that he’s worthy of at least getting a shot at this team next year.

Two weeks ago against the Titans, it was the receivers dropping passes all game, including one that would have given them the lead in the final two minutes. Today, it was Barkley making big passes in the final two minutes with the Ted Larsen and Charles Leno pissing all over those ones with holding penalties. Fuck both of them.

I’ve suggested this before and I’ll say it again. Here is what the Bears need to for the next two drafts:

2017 Rounds 1-7: Offensive lineman/quarterback, offensive lineman, offensive lineman, wide receiver, offensive lineman, wide receiver, offensive lineman

2018 Rounds 1-7: Defensive lineman, cornerback, cornerback, safety, safety, defensive lineman, linebacker

Last thing, rumors are going around that Bill Polian wants to get back into football. I suggested his name about two years ago, but figured he was retired for good. If the Bears actually give a damn about their franchise, they will find a way to get Bill Polian in their office. Let him do whatever he wants and that includes firing Pace and Phillips. Fire those fucking guys now and make them aware that the door doesn’t hit them in the ass on the way out.

….a few of the Cubs moves, to date.

December 9, 2016 by

Wade Davis (closer) and Jon Jay  (cf) are in.

Jorge Soler and Dexter Fowler are out, as is Aroldis Chapman (no surprise there; he was a “rental” that paid off).

Jason Hammel’s option declined.

What do you think?

 

How is Tom Thibodeau doing in Minnesota?

December 8, 2016 by

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12th in the Western Conference

 

I wonder where all of those people who called us idiots are these days? You know, the ones who told us Tom Thibodeau was a great coach? With four great young players in Karl Anthony-Towns, Andrew Wiggins, Zach LaVine and Ricky Rubio, ThomASS is doing an amazing job. What a hack.

Your starting quarterback for the 2017-18 Bears is………MATT BARKLEY! – Bears 26 49ers 6

December 5, 2016 by

Matt Barkley

Okay, I am just kidding. I swear. But, it was good to see the guy do well. He’s worked his ass off for the last few years and is finally getting his chance.

Yes, the Bears fucked themselves out of drafting a couple of picks higher for this coming draft. But, I just can’t cheer for the Bears to lose as I’ve said many times. I wasn’t planning on doing a recap because a now 3-9 team isn’t one to be excited about. But here it is.

If it isn’t for his asshole teammates, Barkley wins the game last week. That just shows how awful this team is. A bunch of no-name guys are dropping passes, are unable to block on punts (fuck whoever that guy was) and others who just plain suck. For these last four games, the only three players that really matter are Matt Barkley, Jordan Howard and Leonard Floyd.

Jordan Howard once again, rushed for over 100 yards. If that guy can just learn to catch passes and not fumble the ball on the run (I know, that’s a lot), he can be a top ten running back in the league. He is so much fun to watch. The dude scored all three touchdowns for the Bears yesterday.

Next week, it’s the first place Lions. It would be really nice to beat these guys to sweep the season series.

Steve Rosenbloom has echoed what we’ve been thinking for a while now/other things

December 1, 2016 by

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/rosenblog/ct-bears-ryan-pace-rosenblog-spt-20161127-column.html

I was going to post this the other day, but completely forgot about it. The Bears have been in the shithole for years. Since Ryan Pace has been in town, he’s been difficult to find when the going gets tough. I am not a genius, but I don’t think that’s very good for this franchise.

I’ll let you all chime in with that.

Meanwhile, the Bulls still can’t play consistently good basketball by doing the same old shit: Turnovers, bad defense, missed free throws, etc. They are 10-7 and in 3rd place in the Eastern Conference.

Hey, the Blackhawks are doing their thing. They are in first place in the Western Conference and one point behind the Canadiens for the best record in the entire league.