Football season is here.

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And you know what that means for us Bears fans: Another year filled with a crappy offensive line, cornerbacks who can’t cover receivers and coaches who take their stupid pills. That being said, I am still ready because it is football although I am not that excited for the Bears in particular. I will be at the game Sunday along with the good guys from Fire Mike Martz. As I always recommend, check out their site. They go more in-depth about the Bears and they write better articles than I do.

My opinion on the Bears this year is about the same as last year. I admit I was wrong about the Bears’ record last year and so were many others. However, the results of how they played when it mattered the most was still spot on. They did sign saftey Brandon Merriweather earlier who use to play for the Patriots but who knows if he has anything left. I do think it’s an upgrade from second year player Major Wright Wrong who couldn’t cover or tackle anyone to save his life.

I will say that in the last few years, the Bears have proved that they are not cheap when it comes to paying players. They paid Julius Peppers quite a bit of cash but most of the other players they signed have shown that the money isn’t spent wisely. It’s frustrating. The man to blame in this is Jerry Angelo. He has screwed up draft pick after draft pick and he has made more bad decisions on free agent signings than good ones. As I said last year, I would be more than happy to eat all my words on the Bears’ management and coaches had they won the Super Bowl. They have had two legitimate chances to win the Super Bowl in the last five years and they failed both times.

In my opinion, time is ticking on this franchise if they want a chance to win soon. Briggs and Urlacher are on the wrong side of the 30 and I don’t know how much longer Cutler is even going to be playing because of all the times he is getting thrown into the ground. God forbid that one of these days, his career ends because the offensive line couldn’t protect him.

I’ll have a Bears recap sometime Sunday night or Monday. Have a good weekend everybody.

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30 Responses to “Football season is here.”

  1. chucky Says:

    Fro….You already know what I think will happen this year. We’ve talked about it enough times. The only good thing to come from this season will be the Suburban Tire Postgame show. Buffone may well blow an artery this year. But my prediction for the Bears this year is a record of 5-11, and Lovie overdosing on stupid pills. Maybe Martz too. He’ll blame their troubles on injuries and don’t be surprised if he throws a player or two under the bus to cover his own shortcomings. Cutler will be lucky to make it through the season not in a body bag. We’ve all seen it before. Remember this: Smith got his contract extended right after the NFC title game. Every fucking time he got an extention he put the whole system on cruise control and did absolutely nothing to coach this team. I don’t see this pattern changing. Of course I hope I’m wrong, but I wouldn’t bet on it. One more thing. I will not listen to the radio broadcast. Jeff Joniak goes through my head like a fucking spike. I’ll have the tv on mute, and listen to SportingNewsRadio on the computer and get updates on all the games. I’ll probably be playing video games all afternoon.

    If you can put the recap up after the game that be great. I’m going under the knife AGAIN on Monday morning, hopefully to get my right shoulder and bicep fixed right this time. It may be a long haul for me(I think this surgery will end up being a little rough), but I WILL be back to rant and scream and blast whoever I feel really deserves to bashed. Wish me luck. I will come back.

  2. Fro Dog Says:

    Chucky,

    I have to say that Joniak is a pain in the ass to listen to. He doesn’t really describe what’s going on. He’ll say something like the running back rushes up the middle but with no other details like most announcers would. Can you believe be has had this job the last ten years?

    I’ll try to get the recap up Sunday night. It depends on what time I get back home. And right shoulder and bicep surgery? Ouch. Get better soon and keep those rants up! We need you here.

  3. Yeti Says:

    Maybe you should listen to Joniak then.

    Fro, why did Tillman become (Worthless) instead of (Fuck You). That makes me sad, dear friend

  4. Fro Dog Says:

    I did it to make you sad, dear friend.

  5. chucky Says:

    No, I refuse. Joniak blows chunks.

  6. MadCityMac Says:

    Chucky, good luck on the procedure! We DO need your Cubs rants. I’ve cut back on my drinking (at least at home!) so my beer-fueled rants just haven’t been what I expect out of myself lately. You are an inspiration to us all!

  7. genrebuster Says:

    Yes, what Mac said. I hope the surgery goes well, Chucky. All the best with it.

    Perhaps the Ghost of Leo Durocher will make an appearance during your absence…regardless, you will be missed. Hurry back!

  8. chucky Says:

    Hey thanks Fro,Mac, and Genre. I do appreciate it. I will let you guys know how it went as soon as I can.

    Mac….would you believe that my rants are 100% alcohol free? I had to quit 20 years or so ago for “health reasons”. Actually, I was just tired of getting arrested. But no joke, I haven’t had one in a long time.

    Now I do enjoy my painkillers, especially with my arm and my knees in the shape they’re in!

  9. MadCityMac Says:

    Chucky, yes, I believe you about the booze-free rants! I just stick with beer, but with the alcohol content of some of these micro-brews in Wisconsin, it can mess ya up. Had quite a few watching the Packers last night with my girlfriend at the bar I worked at for 23 years. The doc had me on vicodin for my back a few years back and I have to admit, I like!

  10. Fro Dog Says:

    Chucky,

    Did you see the Saints/Packers game last night? We might as well just give the division to the Packers. Even when their defense isn’t great, their offense will win them a game. And for you Packer fans, you are all a bunch of lucky assholes to have a franchise that actually knows what they are doing. I use to hate the Packers when I was younger, but all of those players now, I can’t find a reason to hate any of them, especially Aaron Rodgers. I can’t help but have a man-crush for that guy.

  11. MadCityMac Says:

    Thanks Fro, I’ll take being a lucky asshole any day! Rodgers is the SHIT, no doubt, and that Randall Cobb is going to be something else. Jennings, Finley, etc. No offense to any of my Bear fan friends, but this is going to be a fun year.

  12. chucky Says:

    Fro….No, I missed it. I did catch the score though. Sounds like one hell of a shoot-out. Mac, you should enjoy this. Looks like you guys are in for one hell of a ride.

    We, on the other hand, have a shitload of potholes to get through. We will have a bumpy ride. Don’t surprised if Detroit finishes ahead of the Bears. I won’t be.

    Wish I had some of those Vics, Mac. I could use em. I’m starting to feel a little like Favre.

  13. genrebuster Says:

    ….I’m still trying to wrap my mind around a parent naming their son “Lovie”….real nice.

  14. MadCityMac Says:

    Fro, are you going to the NIU-Wisconsin game at Soldier Field next week?

  15. Fro Dog Says:

    Mike,

    I am actually not but a lot of my customers (mostly students) are going. I am not too much into NIU football (I am an Illini fan) but was wishing Wisconsin would come here to Dekalb to play this game. To be honest, NIU is going to get their asses kicked. Some of the fans here in town have actually been excited because they beat up Army.

    To get a bit off-topic, the Soldier Field grass has become an embarrassment on top of the shitty team that plays on that field ten games a year. Along with the Bears, they have high school football and soccer games. Then between those games, their maintenance on the grass horrible. You might have heard that the Bears canceled their Family Night practice at Soldier Field before the preseason because the grounds crew couldn’t get the field ready (They had two weeks to do so). I could be wrong but there will probably be a high school game the Friday night before NIU/Wisconsin with the Bears playing against the Packers the very next week. That field is going to be in horrible shape. Just pray no one gets seriously hurt.

  16. MadCityMac Says:

    Fro, yeah I did hear about the cancelling of Family Night- I was driving my daughter back to Bloomington Indiana (grad student in IU’s music dept.), and that had happened the night before. I listen to the Score everyday, and one of the great things about that is I can listen to them all the way from Madison to Bloomington. The Parks District is a joke. What is it, like 3 times a year they have to replace the turf? It was inferred by the Score that somebody in the Parks District has a family member in the sod business and that the family member is making a killing off the Parks District. Soldier Field is one place where they are in serious need of Field Turf. Lambeau has a hybrid of real grass with artificial fibers woven in and consistantly, Lambeau is at the top of best fields in the NFL. I don’t think that option would work at Soldier Field due to the incompetence of the P.D.; they’ll kill off any living grass! Field Turf is the way to go, that’s what we have in Camp Randall Stadium here in Madison.

    Yeah, I knew you were an Illini fan but figured living in Dekalb you might make the trip. I’m still thinking about it myself; if I could get Jayne and a couple friends to go and help with gas and stuff I think it would be fun. As much as the Badgers have played NIU over the years, I don’t think they’ve ever played in Dekalb. It’s one of those deals- and there was an article in yesterday’s paper about this- where the Badgers get a home game, and the Huskies get a big payday. Barry Alvarez even says “we need 7 home games for financial reasons”. That’s why we keep getting crappy non-conference games like South Dakota, Austin Peay last year, and, 2 years ago, Cal Poly.

    I think the Badgers play at Champaign-Urbana this year. One of my trips back from Bloomington, I pulled off I-74 and went into Urbana to check out Memorial Stadium. I’d love to see a game there- when you think about the history of that place, specifically the players who played at Illinois- Red Grange, Ray Nitschke, Dick Butkus- the place has history, and just looks so cool with all the old columns, kinda like Soldier Field before they turned it into a spaceship.

  17. genrebuster Says:

    Chucky. your comment “I’m starting to feel a little like Favre” concerns me.

    If you have a camera phone, please use with extreme caution.

  18. Fro Dog Says:

    Mike,

    Illinois’ history of football players is indeed great. It’s too bad they can’t have that tradition today. Ron Zook is a hell of a recruiter and you can see that by all the players that are going in the NFL but as a coach, he sucks. An old friend of mine made a joke a few years back on the idea of a dual recruit/coaching tandem with Ron Zook and Bruce Weber. Zook would do the recruiting for both football and basketball while Weber would coach. Not a bad plan? Weber is horrendous at recruiting but damn, he can sure coach somebody.

    You were talking about the field being torn up to shreds. I can remember being a kid during the Packers Super Bowl run in 1997 when they played the 49ers in the Divisional Game at Lambeau. It was the middle of January and I can remember it raining/snowing pretty bad up there. Lambeau was torn up and you couldn’t see any grass by halftime. Then before the NFC Title game against the Panthers, they put all new grass out there.

    You figure, doesn’t field turf cost less money to both put in and maintain?

  19. chucky Says:

    Genre….Don’t worry. I don’t have a camera phone, and even if I did, my unit is not getting photographed. Ever.

    Nobody wants to see it!

    I’m just hoping gets me to be pain free for a while. This shit is getting really old. Next week has me worried a little bit. You guys will hear from me as soon as I can get to a computer. I’ll be typing left handed, so be patient with me please.

  20. genrebuster Says:

    Chucky. In January I had major surgery on my left hand. Being a professional guitarist, I was extremely worried going in. I had been in constant pain for almost 20 years and it had gotten to the point where it was affecting even mundane tasks like driving, picking up a plate of food, reaching in my pocket…etc. One surgeon told me that I had arthritis and needed joint replacement surgery (!). That would have severely affected my career. Fortunately, I know a few people in the field…and was referred to another Dr.; he had a different opinion and suggested a less invasive procedure.

    Don’t want to get into details here…but the result was not what the surgeon (or I) expected; it was even better (no arthritis!). The 1st Dr. couldn’t have been more wrong (I guess that’s why they call it a “practice”). At least when I practice, nobody gets hurt….even if I screw up!

    I’m still healing from the surgery…but the difference is amazing. I am extremely grateful and wouldn’t have waited so long had I known this would be the outcome. Being in constant pain is very distracting…and very draining. Imagine…if you had even more energy to put into your rants…I would certainly enjoy that!

    We’ll be thinking about you….All the Best.

    p.s. FIRE CRANE KENNEY

  21. chucky Says:

    Thanks alot Scott. Really. I’m glad your surgery went well for you. I wasn’t as lucky. The deal with me was a partial biceps tear. The doc went in last December, cut it the rest of the way, then screwed it back into my shoulder Two months later it tore it completely off the screw. It’s hurt like hell ever since. So now hopefully this new guy I found can do it right. I hope so anyway.

  22. Robert Says:

    Chucky i wish u the best maybe crane kenny and tom ricketts will send you an autographed photo

  23. MadCityMac Says:

    I’ll say this- Bear fans/Blackhawk fans sure know how to celebrate the National Anthem!

  24. chucky Says:

    Thanks Robert!

    Think they know how to spell?

  25. Jimmy D. Says:

    Fro,

    That divisional game at Lambeau, against the 49ers, had terrible “turf” weather. I was at the game and the temperature was just above the freezing line, with tons of precipitation (we, the fans, all got soaked the entire time). The next week, it was fucking freezing cold (again, I was at the games), but we knocked out the Panthers and moved on to the Super Bowl.

    Jimmy D.

  26. SKO Says:

    I hope even you managed to enjoy that game without any handwringing, Fro. Bear down.

  27. Yeti Says:

    Charles Tillman is, indeed, (Worthless)

  28. Fro Dog Says:

    I gave props to Tillman (worthless) for his good game in the next post. It’s just one game though.

  29. genrebuster Says:

    What kind of parent names their son “Lovie”? The horror………

  30. Fro Dog Says:

    Scott,

    I wish I had the answer. It is haunting as you implied.

SHOW DA FIRE AND PASSION, MY FRENDT!

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