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Bears Post Mortum

Hey look!  I finally got a new computer so it no longer takes 45 minutes just to boot the damn thing up.  Yay me!

So the NFL regular season is in the books and I’d love to give you a complete and detailed break down of each team that’s in the playoffs, but I really can’t.  Truthfully it was a busy, busy last few months so I haven’t seen nearly as much football as I normally would have.  What I do know is this: Continue reading

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College Football officially makes me happy

Seriously.  I love it.  Here’s what we learned after Day 1:

Michigan…probably not going to be a good year for you.  New coach, new offense, no quarterback to speak of, defense looked so-so against Utah.  Not a good sign.

Ohio State…scary good.  They will be #1 at some point, although we’ll learn a lot about them when they play USC in 2 weeks.  Still though, great offense, great defense, but will still probably manage to choke in the BCS title game.  Sorry, it’s true.

USC…also scary good.  USC/OSU could be your national title game and it would be incredibly entertaining.  Either way, when they play in 2 weeks, it’s gonna be a great game to watch.

Georgia…will also be in the hunt, but something about them today didn’t look quite right to me.  Don’t know what it is, maybe they gave up too many points, I don’t know, but I don’t really see them holding on to the #1 spot for the whole season, and I’m not sure they make the title game.  Then again, stranger things…

People say the Big 10 is down, and during the Illinois-Missouri game they said “kind of a rough day for the Big 10.”  Yeah, about that…

Wisconsin 38, Akron 10

Penn St. 66, Coastal Carolina 10

Ohio St. 43, Youngstown St. 0

Northwestern 30, Syracuse 10

Indiana 31, Western Kentucky 13

Iowa 46, Maine 3

Michigan 23, Utah 25

Minnesota 31, Northern Illinois 27

Cal 38, Michigan St. 31

Missouri 52, Illinois 42

11 teams, 3 lost.  Yeah, definitely a bad day.  Morons

Of course I have to talk about my Illini.  The good news:

Juice Williams: 26-41, 458 yds 5 TD, 1 INT according to the Yahoo box score.  I think it’s actually 2 INT which is crap because the 2nd pick was in Dufrene’s hands and then Witherspoon, the Missouri linebacker just ripped it out of there so it should be a fumble.  I hate that about football.  In baseball they have errors so if a defender botches a ball and it leads to a run it doesn’t count against the pitcher’s ERA since it wasn’t his fault.  Same thing should apply if a quarterback hits his receiver in the hands, said receiver doesn’t catch the ball, and it’s picked off by a defender.  That really wasn’t the QB’s fault.  I digress…

The bad news:  the Illinois defense allowed 568 yards.  Look, I know Mizzou’s a great team.  I know they’re a great offense, but you give up that many yards, you won’t win.  Like at all.  They have to get better.  I saw a lot of sloppy tackling and that must change.

Overall though, I liked what I saw from Illinois on the offensive side of the ball, so that’s good.

And best of all, IT’S FOOTBALL SEASON!

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Oh Brett, Why Must You Tease Us So?

I’m a fan of Brett Favre.

There, I said it.  I’m a Bears fan and I like Brett Favre.  If he had played for any other team besides the Packers, I would argue until I’m blue in the face that the debate for greatest quarterback ever consists of Joe Montana, Johnny Unitas, and Brett Favre.  That’s it, that’s the list.  But he did play for the Packers and so I never allowed myself to root for him.  I respected him, but I always wanted him to fail in the end because he was a Packer and I hate the Packers.

Finally, he gave me my wish and retired.  I could finally allow myself to embrace my forbidden respect/love for Favre and move on with my life…or so I thought.

As you probably know, Brett now says he wants to play again.  Not terribly shocking.  Most athletes find it really difficult to let go that first year of retirement.  Their body gets amped up like it has done for the last however many years they played their sport and it’s really hard to turn it off.  But that’s not what’s going on here, at least not according to Brett.  Oh no, Brett has “the itch” again and he wants to play, but he doesn’t want to play for the Packers.  He says he doesn’t “feel welcome” so he asked for his release.  As Brett must surely know, it won’t happen.  The Packers cannot, I repeat CANNOT, release a Hall of Fame QB that was the face of their franchise for like 17 years or something.  It’s a horrible P.R. move for the team.  They can trade him, but that doesn’t look great either and they might not get back the value he’s worth.  So how do we find our way out of this?

Simple.  Brett stays retired.  The truth is, that’s what he should do anyways.  He walked away for a reason and whatever that reason was, I assume it’s still there.  If he retired because he “didn’t feel welcome” then he should have known that’s not a valid reason to retire.  Simply put, Brett is now only doing damage to his legacy.  People are damn tired of hearing about Brett and will he/won’t he play again and if he does end up getting his wish of either being traded or released, he’ll join the ranks of Joe Montana, Johnny Unitas, and Joe Namath who finished their careers with Kansas City, San Diego, and the L.A. Rams respectively (did you know that by the way?).  Do you really want to see Favre wearing a Tampa Bay jersey, or a Minnesota jersey, or a Baltimore jersey, or a Dolphins jersey?  Of course not.  The final image most of us have now of Michael Jordan is the shot he made to win the sixth and final championship for the Bulls.  We either block out or ignore the Washington days because it really didn’t do anything to enhance his legend and we don’t want to think about Jordan basically failing because Washington wasn’t exactly good while he played for them.  We do the same when we block out those other quarterbacks I listed and the jerseys they actually retired in.  The best thing for Favre is to just walk away.  Ride off in to the sunset as the old gunslinger who finally hung ’em up with his legend in tact.  He’s got his ring, he’s on the short list of best ever, and he holds almost every major record for a quarterback.  What’s left to prove?

Maybe that Brett’s truly as classy as we’ve been told and will do one last great thing for Green Bay.  Walk away with dignity.  Or is it too late for that now?

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Things and other such nonsense

So it’s been a few days since I’ve put anything up because this week’s been insane with work stuff.  Thus, I’m going to put a couple of things in to one post here.  Most of it’s sports related.  You’ve been warned.

NFL free agency began this week.  I heard an interesting argument on The Score out of Chicago that free agency is ruining the NFL and possibly sports in general.  It’s not a terrible argument, but the host was just slightly wrong.  Free agency has existed in some form since the inception of pro sports, we just didn’t call it that.  Don’t believe me?  Have you ever seen the pictures of Johnny Unitas in a Chargers jersey?  How about Joe Namath with the Rams?  Franco Harris with the Seahawks or O.J. Simpson (remember, before he started killing people he was a damn good football player) with the 49ers?  All those things happened.  Those players weren’t traded, what happened was their previous teams (in order: Colts, Jets, Steelers, and Bills) decided not to offer them new contracts.  However, the players and obviously other teams thought they could still play.  So those teams offered them contracts and the players signed.  How is that any different from free agency?  The way that free agency is ruining sports is that it creates ridiculous contracts.  For example, yesterday former Bears wide receiver Bernard Berrian signed a 6 year 42 million dollar contract with the Minnesota Vikings.  Don’t get me wrong, Berrian can play and we’ll certainly miss him in Chicago, but he ain’t worth 42 million.  That’s what free agency does.  It creates a market that’s vastly inflated which leads to increased ticket prices that keep real fans from being able to afford to go to games anymore.

Spring training started as well.  I like the Red Sox to repeat.  They didn’t do much in the off-season to get better, but they didn’t get worse, and when you’re already the best team in baseball, shouldn’t that be enough?  The Tigers are probably going to be the favorites this year because they pulled a Patriots and became a walking, talking fantasy team, but we saw how that worked out for the Pats.  I think the same thing happens to the Tigers.  Cub fans, stop talking.  You will not win the World Series this year.  Fukudome is not the combination of Ichiro and Hideki Matsui like Lou Pinella said.  If he was, don’t you think the Yankees and Red Sox would’ve been all over him?  Yet neither team offered him a contract.  That says a lot about him as a player.  I think he’ll be solid, but he’s not going to be enough to overcome the massive lack of pitching the Cubs have.  I expect my White Sox to finish third in the AL Central this year.  I don’t think they can overcome the Indians or Tigers unless both teams get decimated by injuries.  I do however think the Sox will play much better this year, but I’m convinced that the bullpen is still trying to kill me.

Finally, I want to make sure you’re aware of an absolute travesty that’s happening in Seattle.  The Seattle Supersonics have been the city’s NBA franchise for 41 years.  They brought home the only professional championship Seattle has ever won.  Seattle is a wonderful city with truly great fans and they’re being screwed in the worst way.  Clay Bennett, an Oklahoma oil man bought the Sonics and, despite lip service to the contrary, immediately began working on moving the team to Oklahoma City.  Don’t get me wrong, OKC deserves a team, they have great fans, but they don’t deserve the Sonics.  Seattle does and only Seattle.  Memphis, Atlanta, New Orleans, and Charlotte have all demonstrated they aren’t basketball towns.  Memphis in particular could move to OKC and frankly, no one would care.  Yet Mr. Bennett will move the Sonics to Oklahoma City and Seattle will find itself without NBA basketball for the first time in 41 years.  The NBA could stop this.  The league has that power, yet they refuse to do it.  Why?  NBA commissioner David Stern is good friends with Clay Bennett.  In fact, Stern inducted Bennett in to the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.  See?  Collusion doesn’t just happen in politics.  Why should you care?  Well, because first of all this is a crime and it’s truly heartbreaking.  Second, if it can happen to Seattle, it can happen to anyone.  Not that long ago, L.A. had two NFL franchises, now they have none.  Imagine a world where Chicago has only one baseball team, no NHL franchise, and the Bears play in Milwaukee.  How about the Yankees in New Jersey or the Packers in San Antonio?  Granted, those are extreme examples, but remember that prior to the city of Chicago authorizing the remodel of Soldier Field, the Bears were going to go play in Gary, Indiana.  So while the Packers are probably the only team in all of pro sports that are safe from relocation because they’re owned by the city of Green Bay, literally every other team is open to this.  Is there anything you can do to stop it?  Nope.  Congress spends far too much time pouring over pictures of Roger Clemens at a pool party at Jose Canseco’s house from 1998 like it’s the Zapruder film, yet they won’t step in to help out the city of Seattle.  You’ve gotta love those priorities.

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