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It's going to be a Very Good Day today.

I'm ashamed to be part of the MVN network after reading that piece, what a croc of shit.


Go Bears!!!

Defeat the Fetus Head and the Indy Mayflowers!!!

Hate to say it, Rob, but I totally agree with that article.

He has Dallas beating the Bears? If Dallas beat the Seahawks.

Wow . Why not make a case for the Cardinals to win it all with all the right breaks.

And he's a writer for the Rams, they still have kneck braces on from Devin Hester blowing by them.

Phil Rogers, the first step to recovery is to admit you have a problem.

" The Cubs should go to camp with at least 15 solid choices for the 12 jobs on the pitching staff. The doesn't count anyone from the group of prospects that includes Sean Gallagher, Carlos Marmol, Angel Guzman, Juan Mateo, Jae Kuk Ryu, Clay Rapada and Rocky Cherry. Ex-manager Dusty Baker never was blessed with this much depth."

I guess having a 300 game winner as your fifth starter in 2004 was not a blessing.

I love how the field became magically sloppy when the Saints had the ball, and solid for the Bears. They knew that they were coming to Chicago to play, and should've practiced accordingly.

The Bears took the ball from the Saints, and ran it down their throats. They deserved to win that game. Period.

Hate to say it, Rob, but I totally agree with that article.

What games have you been watching this year?

Jacos, I saw that line, and just blew a fuse. It's wrong in so many ways........

In 2003 and 2004, Cubs had outstanding talent and depth in their staff. And we won many games.

In 2005 and 2006, we didn't. And we lost many games.

But this whole "Dusty wasn't given the talent/money/players to win" myth needs to be killed before it starts.

This wait is fucking brutal....

Come on now guys, Dusty never had a second starter like Ted Lilly.

Whichever writer wrote that was correct though, I can't remember the Cubs having this many pitchers on the 40 man roster/

Major League pitchers, that should say.

What games have you been watching this year?

Every one. We've both seen good Rex and bad Rex. We've both seen good Bears' D and bad Bears' D.

so because the Bears didn't play a pefect game each and every week, they don't deserve to make the Super Bowl because the Saints had to play on bad field...gotcha.

well the reason the saints lost was totally dusty's fault...i dont know how anyone reasonable could say otherwise.

so because the Bears didn’t play a pefect game each and every week, they don’t deserve to make the Super Bowl because the Saints had to play on bad field…gotcha.

The gist of the article, as I read it, was that the Bears were damn lucky to get to the Super Bowl. I think that's fairly true, considering they squeaked by the Seahawks and beat up on a Saints' team that clearly wasn't prepared well for the terrain or the scale of the game.

That being said, the Bears are still there. One could make a similar argument that the Colts were damn lucky as well. I don't think either the Bears or the Colts were the best teams in their divisions (although picking a best team out of the NFC is sort of an oxymoron) but they're both there nonetheless. If the Bears beat the Colts, they'll have earned their spot. It doesn't matter whether a team "deserves" it or not.

if Dusty didn't let Rex throw those last 3 passes against the Packers in that first blowout, Rex would have had more in the tank for the games versus Arizona and New England...

Sorry, meant to say "conferences" instead of "divisions" above.

the RCRFRPATTELTTS index (Really Cool Rating For Ranking Passing Attempts That Treats Everyone Like They're The Same) points directly to dusty pushing grossman beyond the limits of humanity.

in back to back games he had him throw 5-10 more passes than any human is capable of therefore ruining his life and making him a cripple for life.

i mean, its plain as day that every human is just like every other human and a simple equation can manage a human independant of his actual talent. this is pretty simple stuff that lots of people who have seen more spreadsheets than actual baseball players can attest to.

what an idiot.

the gist of that article is that guy is a moron...

barring a horrible official's call or absolute bad luck play, every team that advances in the NFL playoffs deserves it, they played better than the other team that day.

And I love the "if Hassellback didn't fumble the snap", the Seahawks would have won. First, that's presuming Lance Briggs still wouldn't have made the play, which is a big enough assumption since he stuffed him for a substantial loss, second it assumes they would have gotten the necessary yardage after that play to set up what would have likely been a rather long field goal.

Second, this isn't the NCAA college tournament or the NCAA football, you play the season to get homefield advantage and the Bears deserved whatever breaks they got from the homefield by being the best team during the regular season (by a far and away margin).

Brees fumble had nothing to do with the weather, he just got nailed. Bush and Mcallister didn't run well because A) they didn't even try to run as a team and B) the Bears stuffed them when they did because the Bears have a great defense.

Meh, we're in and we deserved it because we're the best team in the NFC.

Really, the Bears were lucky to even make the playoffs. They should have been sending coaches to the Senior Bowl by now.

Sure, they were the NFL's best team until injuries to Brown and Harris, but they were really just lucky those two were able to play as many games as they did. Obviously, the Packers were the NFC's best team, just look at the way they dismantled the Bears in week 17.

Sure, they were the NFL’s best team until injuries to Brown and Harris

And until Rex Grossman devolved into a Pops Warner quarterback.

Okay, that's my last jab. I'm off to watch the game. Enjoy it all.

Paul Sullivan has the Cubs spring to-do list. Note the pretitle...SPRING TRAINING: 9 DAYS AWAY

(my favorite countdown)

Also tomorrow brings Baseball America's Cub top ten prospect list

it's the same as Baseball Prospectus with a few guys shuffled around, but the same 10.


Rex Grossman = the new Steve Bartman?

I need baseball fast. This day was too great of a disappointment.

BAh. So much for expecting Rex Grossman to hold the fort. I'm still undecided on whether he was shackled down too much early on and not allowed to make plays or he was just plain bad. I still blame the Bears loss on Dusty for overusing his SP's in '03. Maybe with Piniella this year, the Cubs will maximize their pitching staff and allow the Bears to win next year. Congrats anyway to the Colts for the win.

Speaking of holding down the fort, I just wanna say good job Rob G. for keeping TCR running. It must feel like a one-man show lately. If only A.Phil could put those really great comments into actual posts...

well thanks 10-man, I'll talk to AZ Phil about that. :)

There was a lot of blame to go around in that game beyond Rex, start with Chris Harris in the 1st quarter. He doesn't blow that coverage on a 3rd down and it's a whole different game in the 4th.

Benson and special teamer's fumble sure didn't help either. Ron Turner sucked too. Oh yeah and Grossman.

Honestly though, that Chris Harris boner was not only a huge momentum changer, but just take those 7 pts away and we're leading in the 4th quarter and Rex probably isn't throwing as much.

Meh, great season, tough ending, congrats Colts!!

Loses are much easier to take for me when I know the better team (at least for that day) won. Bears just got beat...on offense and defense. Indy had a great game plan to go for 5-10 yard plays versus big bombs...kept our defense on the field most of the game, and just wore the Bears down.

Yeah, I too can't figure out if Grossman was just shackled early, or if he wasn't confident to throw for more then two yards a shot.

Rex can't nail the big plays.

Grossman just played a terrible game -- it's that simple.

When he threw the ball over 10 yards, it was either a bad throw or it was going to a receiver who was blanketed by the Colts secondary. The deep ball to Berrian was horrendous -- he was covered, the ball was a floater, and Muhsin Muhammad was open on the near-side (TV angle) of the field. The pass that was intercepted by Hayden and returned for a TD shouldn't have been made, and should have resulted in Grossman being benched. Oh, and the horrible decisions to throw screen-passes to a surrounded Thomas Jones also didn't help.

Scarily enough, Grossman finished with a higher completion percentage than Manning. It all looked good until the 2nd half -- when great QBs shine and bad QBs whine.

One other thing: there's no way in hell Peyton Manning should have gotten the MVP. It belongs to Dominic Rhodes.

The defense is to blame for the loss. You cant give up 400 yards and expect to win. Grossman didnt play that bad and took what the Colts defense gave him. As for his picks on the first one Muhammed should have tackled Hayden and on the second one there down 12 and you need to make a play and he forced one in. Its obious they need a new offensive coaching staff to develop Grossman because that is not Turner's strongpoint (see his tenure in champaign). my choice for OC would be Chargers QB coach John Ramsdill who had the postion with the Rams devloping Trent Green, Kurt Warner, and Marc Bulger into solid NFL QB's and did as nice job with Rivers this season. As for QB coach I would go with Mark Whipple who held the job with PIT the last 3 season as did a good job with Roetslisberger.

I read somewhere and I agree. The Bears lost this game because they couldn't get any pressure on Manning. Grossman wasn't good but I've seen him play a whole lot worse so let's not hang this loss on them. Lovie will need to answer for the seeming letdown of a plan on defense.

Sure, they stayed on the field far, far too long but it wasn't until the game was pretty much decided that they came up with their first sack of Manning. That's unacceptable.

Anyway, great year. Hopefully we'll be back again soon and this time I hope we win.

The NFC is weak and the Bears are currently the best or near best of a weak bunch. That means they have a good shot at making it back. Let's look forward and not back!

After watching our front four get manhandled, for what like 42 minutes (?), it sure makes me wonder 'what if' we had our best defensive player on the field.

They should be back next year, and hopefully with a one year less stupider Rex.

Oh yeah, and I disagree on the MVP comment, it should have been one or all of the O-Line that got the award.

Almost every year our GM has signed a rehabbing pitcher from the scrap heap. Dempster, Williamson, Wade Miller (even Kerry Wood qualifies based on this years contract). Who will be Hendry's 2008 reclamation project? Food for thought:

from the boston

Matt Clement, who underwent surgery on his right shoulder on Sept. 26, is progressing well on his rehabilitation program, but the veteran pitcher still hasn’t begun a throwing program, Hoyer said.

Clement, who went a disappointing 5-5 with a 6.61 ERA in 12 starts before being lost to shoulder pain in mid-June, is expected to begin throwing sometime next month. The team is taking an extremely cautious approach with the 32-year-old and won’t project a timetable for his return to the mound or to game action. Clement is entering the final season of a three-year, $25.5 million contract.

Get Hester the damn ball!!!

The Bears have the most dynamic, feared player in the NFL, and they never use him on offense. A reverse, a screen pass -- anything that will get him the ball 3-4 times a game with a little room to run.

I would have loved to have seen Benson in there pounding away on a sloppy field in the 4th quarter with the Bears down only 22-17. To not have him was a real shame... but that's the NFL.

Very fun year -- but, in your heart of hearts, did you really think this was a Super Bowl winning team?

Next up -- we've got to get Ted Lilly a nickname.

Would we have done any worse in that game with Cade McNown as our quarterback? He was confident too--it just played as misplaced arrogance because he was too stupid to know his limitations (and to grasp the playbook, sure).

I've been somewhat of a Grossman defender this season--I felt like teams figured out how to pressure him and keep him off balance and that's why we saw his play change so dramatically. The great quarterbacks figure out how to adjust. How not to throw soft arcing deep passes in hopes that someone on his team will catch it in the superbowl. Rex has got to make a quantum leap in his ability to be comfortable when the pocket starts collapsing, how to scramble, and how to not just put the ball in the air because he made a decision before the lay started. He's also got to figure out how to hold onto snaps.

It's time to start considering that quite possibly Grossman will never get there.

And yes BillyBucks, this is a team I thought could win the superbowl--not once Mike Brown and Tommie Harris were injured, but before that I felt they could certainly get the job done. For the rest of the long season, I was surprised every time the Bears pulled one out. It didn't make it any more fun to watch the travesty of last night.

On to baseball.

Tough game. But Colts beat the Bears every which way except in special teams play.

Coaching- Hey look Desmond Clark.
Hey look no blitzing on Manning.

"It’s time to start considering that quite possibly Grossman will never get there."

Wow 26 pro starts and your done.

I want to thank the Bears to getting me to this point where pitchers and catchers report in two weeks.

With the plethora of pitching, that was never given to poor Dusty, LouPa should have this team quick out of the gate.

"Would we have done any worse in that game with Cade McNown as our quarterback? "


I saw Cade IN PERSON. Many times. He is one of the three WORST QB's I have ever seen in a Bears uniform. Rex has more potential than Cade ever dreamed about. It remains to be seen if it will ever be developed.

Rex sucked, I'll agree - but much blame to go around - including a poor game plan by the coaches.

Certainly, one can't expect a defense to play an entire half with their offense not having more than 10-12 plays.

McNown sucked but sadly, I have seen far more than two other Bear quarterbacks worse than him. Having crappy quarterbacks is a Bear tradition.

if they just let neifi play QB no one would be bitching...

Mr. Whipple --

Sorry -- I should have been more clear. Did anyone really expect the Bears team that headed into the playoffs (no Tommie H. nor Mike B., Rex in a downward spiral, no pass rush, etc.) to win the SB? Still, 2006 was an amazing ride -- I can't remember ever seeing a player like Hester. I had the good fortune to be at the Saints game -- that was a lifetime memory.

So, now, we say "thanks for a great season", hope the key players can stay healthy next year, and be thankful we have Hester and Urlacher to look forward to again.

Now -- on to Wood, Miller, Prior, CF, etc.......

>>The Joe — February 4, 2007 @ 10:08 pm
I need baseball fast. This day was too great of a disappointment.

Umm Joe, You realize this is a Cub-centric web site, right? DISAPPOINTMENT IS OUR MIDDLE NAME. I *laugh* at spirit-crushing sporting events.

Actually, I'm a little under the weather today, and told my co-workers that was either Da Beers or Da Bears.

It’s time to start considering that quite possibly Grossman will never get there.

I go back and forth on Rex, but he did more good than harm this year and helped lead us to a Super Bowl in what was essentially his first full season. He'll be back next year for certain and top of the depth chart. I think he has one more year on his deal.

And my bad earlier on the Chris Harris rip, it was Daniel Manning apparently.

go get Jeff Garcia - today.

Jayson Stark's article on Cubs offseason, with the very understated headline-

"Cubs open checkbook, raise expectations"

I love to know the NL exec who still thinks the Cubs' s chances still hinge on the healt of Wood and Prior.

go get Jeff Garcia - today

to do what, stock the Bears after-game parties with Playboy playmates? Don't be fooled by a few good games in a high powered offense, Garcia isn't that good. He stunk up the joint his last year in San Fran, along with Detroit and Cleveland and he'll stink up the joint for whatever team is fooled into signing him based off 5-6 games last year.

Rex is our QB for at least one more year, for better or worse.


Jeff Garcia competes and does not make mistakes. with our defense and running game, a good qb for the bears manages the game and should not make dumb mistakes.

granted he's not a qb who will win games for a bad team, but he will not loose games for a good team. garcia would be a nice complement for the next few years, and who knows, Rexy may learn a few years by sititng behind garcia.

from what i heard in the postgame show, rex was clueless that he had a bad game. ugh.

Let's talk in a year, Jeff Garcia will have a worse year than Rex Grossman and it won't be close.

i sure hope you are the meantime here is a good link -- pretty humerous.

on Garcia -

he is a system QB and the system is West Coast.
he does not fit with the Bears.

plus with all our expiring contracts (TJ, Briggs, etc) and Griese under for 4 more, there is no way they bring another QB in

cubfanbudman: great handle dude.

why we lost in my opinion after 2 viewings of the game:

1. grossman fumbling away the ball at the end of the half the 1st play after we took it away from them. though viniateri shanked the kick anyway, we could have at least given robbie a chance at 3 more or even better, which wouldve gone a long way toward alleviating the damage from the blown coverage TD that erased hesters return and kept momentum w/ us.

2. grossmans floater (returned for a TD) that should have been upfield leading moose, not a duck straight over his head. just a terrible throw off his back foot.

the argument against turner: though the pick for a TD was basically it for us, calling those hopeless screens on our last drive to stay in it, was plain moronic. the call on 4th down should have been made on 2nd down. you cant hate on turner for the call to go deep to berrian over the middle on the drive before that though cuz if not for spectacular coverage by the other safety berrian makes that catch by coming back to the ball the way he did and turner wouldve looked like a genius, but oh well.

though it really sucked to lose benson so early, basically rex's lost fumble from center and the duck over moose's head were the mistakes that let indy off the hook. we could have won that game. but, its over and done.

cubby, i agree with you 100%. i'm curious what the tribune has to say about this "gross" quarterback. i'm not sure he has the head needed to play the position.

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