1. Itís a battle of two supposed enemies at quarterback this weekend. While no one can exactly tell us the moment when Jay Cutler and Philip Rivers became enemies, itís been commonly reported that theyíre not on each otherís Christmas Card lists. Both guys are talented quarterbacks, and up to this season, Rivers was always considered the better of the two. However, the tide may have changed and Cutler may have the upper hand. Regardless of how these two feel about each other, their respective teams seem to be headed in totally opposite directions. Iíll be curious to see if they even shake hands on Sunday, but the much bigger story is the game. (It's old news and it happened 3 or 4 years ago when Cutler was in Denver and Rivers was an even bigger prick than he is today. The "fued" or whatever you want to label it died when Cutler was traded to the Bears. I don't doubt that if they were each playing one another twice a year there would be more bad blood. No matter what they say in the press thay don't really like one another much)
2. Speaking of Cutler, I love the guy. I am so glad heís the Chicago Bears quarterback. But this guy isnít very popular around the league. In the next four weeks, heíll be facing two teams in the Chargers and Broncos that hate the poor bastard. Iíll even suggest the Raiders fans will give him a hard time as well because, well, they hate everyone. (Can't wait to see the reception he gets in Denver. They're even madder that he's had success in Chicago. There are smarter fans who do understand what happened and lay the blame on McD where it should be but the majority still think he created the problem and that he's a prima donna. Elway only wishes he had that prima donna back right now. I'm trying to find tickets to the game but few want to part with the chance to boo Cutler even though the Broncos stand zero chance of winning)
3. Anthony Walters went onto injured reserve today. Welcome back to our old friend Winston Venable. Venable made headlines during the preseason for his brutal hit on then Cleveland Browns receiver Demetrius Williams resulting in a nice little fine. Many of us are trying to figure out what happened with Walters. The Chicago Bears safety dance continues. (???? What's to figure out. After we cut Harris we needed a real Saftey not a mini LB masquerading as one on ST's. Walters moves up and Venable moves down. Walters gets hurt so Venable rotates back up to the roster. No big deal because he's a better ST player and that's all either did. Do you actually follow what goes on with this team?)
4. I ran into an incognito Lance Briggs yesterday at a local restaurant. I asked him about his contract situation, and he said things will workout. Iíve found it a bit odd that Briggs has gone silent about his contract, so my guess is that something behind the scenes is getting finalized.(Don't bet on it. You're reading far to much into the words "work out". It may mean they've decided to let Rosenbloom market him for a trade after the season which would certainly explain the resurgence in Briggsy play)
5. Speaking of Briggs, many of us have complained about his hit on Calvin Johnson being a clean one. Turns out even Megatron agrees that there wasnít anything wrong with the hit. Thereís one thing to protect players, thereís another to penalize a guy for a good and clean hit. This was more a result of the refs losing control of the game and less about Briggsí hit. I have no problem with the officials protecting players, but I do have a problem when they flag guys because a hit appears dirty. (So do I but this is old news. Everyone could see the hit on Johnson was a clean hit. If the refs would have done more to police the real crap the Lions would have had over 100 yards in penalties. They didn't inimidate the Bears but Schwartz must intimidate refs)
6. The Chicago Bears are now members of the AFC West for the next month. I am still trying to wrap my head around the idea of them playing four games against an AFC division opponent. Minus the Raiders, the Bears may be catching this group at the right time. Even the Raiders have some issues. (Ain't it great. We get four straight against the weakest division in the NFL. They're this years version of last years NFC West. The winner may end up with a losing record. We just need to make sure we don't take it too lightly. On any given Sunday, blah, blah, blah)
7. I love the idea of the Packers talking about an undefeated season. Just keep the distractions coming to our neighbors to the north. (Either they do or they don't but whatever happens the Bears won't catch them anyway. Not from three games back the way they're playing)
8. The San Francisco 49ers are the most disrespected team in football. All these guys do is win, and yet, everyone wants to diminish their success. Screw that, as a Bears fan that fought with countless East Coast tools about the Bears being a very good football team last season, the 49ers are one too. Iím happy for Jim Harbaugh. Iíve always been a huge fan of his and hope he does well. The NFL needs new teams to be successful, so welcome back to the party San Fran! (You had me at "East Coast Tools". You're now my hero. I'm happy for Harbaugh and the Niner's as well and equally happy we don't play them this year.)
9. Does everyone reading this blog realize that the Detroit Lions are a second half team!!! (Yes, and they proved it on Sunday. Stafford was much better at getting the ball to our guys than Cutler. Jay didn't have even one completion to them in the second half and Stafford had three)
10. Devin Hester is the best at what he does of any player of all-time in NFL history. What do I mean by this? Thereís never been a player with one particular skill that comes even close to Hester. Thereís obviously been better players, but none are even close to possessing Hesterís ability to change a game with a punt return. Keep in mind that a few seasonsí earlier, many began to question Hesterís ability. Those questions have been answered. If this man has an inch, heís gone. Thereís no athlete Iíve seen since Michael Jordan that creates that type of excitement with a ball in his hands. Weíre so lucky to see this man play. Considering he was around 80% last Sunday, it speaks volumes to his work ethic. (I don't think you'd find any Bears fans who would disagree with you. Just go to Pete Prisco's Tweet about him not being HOF material if you have any doubt. Even at age 29 he's till ridiculous)
Draft a Jewish player and the Jewish sportswriters come out of the woodwork. Wonder if this guy is Rosenbloom's brother.
Nice piece but why all the confusion about a pair of 3rd string Safeties. Neither one got close to the field for anything but punt or kick coverage. The so called "Safety Dance" had to do with the starters and not the subs Mr. Jew. Meriweather and Steltz would have played before either of these two.
I'll also take issue with his thoughts about Briggs. Although he may be right and the Bears have indicated they'll reward him with a one year extension and a bonus they may also have told him they'd let him seek a trade after this season is over. If that's the case it would explain the reason his name is being called so much lately. Call it "window dressing" or arranging his flowers" or whatever but I think it's 50-50 either way as to whether Lance Briggs will be a Bear next season. So get ready folks. Just because he makes all-pro doesn't mean the Bears won't dump him after that stunt he pulled in September.
My number one random thought these days is how I'm gonna con someone out of 30 yard line seats for the Bear vs Bronco game without losing an arm and a leg in the process. I'm hoping tebow gets hurt tonight because if Orton or Quinn plays the Bear game that will chop attendance and there may be some tickets available.
I'm getting to that age where a lifetime warranty just doesn't mean as much to me anymore as an afternoon nap.
Honey Badger Don't Care. Honey Badger Don't Give a Shit.