October 09, 2006

The New Monsters Of The Midway: Even Da Fan is impressed. And, Revenge Is Sweet for some teams and their players. Also, some of this years rookies finally had breakout games. It's shaping up to be a great season, lets talk some football!

posted by mjkredliner to football at 10:48 AM - 29 comments

Rex Grossman? Are you kidding me? Personally, I was less surprised by Matt Leinart's performance yesterday, than by Grossman's to date. These Bears look as good as the '85 model to me.

posted by mjkredliner at 10:56 AM on October 09, 2006

We traded for half of the NFC North's starting quarterbacks this year and still managed to miss the good one. 1-4 and the season looking as good as done already. Yay.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 11:39 AM on October 09, 2006

Bush's run was great and validates most beliefs about his impending greatness but he cannot be forgiven for the number of commercials starring himself and that damn Diet Pepsi machine I must endure every Sunday.

posted by gradys_kitchen at 11:45 AM on October 09, 2006

Once San Diego made some adjustments to Pittsburgh's defense after that disastrous first quarter, I was rather impressed by Phillip Rivers. I mean, really. I know he was a stud at NC State (I watched just about all of his games here), but I didn't think he'd ever have a good day at the NFL level. But there it was, a good day for Phillip Rivers in the NFL. May he have many, many more. And may Daniel Evans follow his lead.

posted by NoMich at 02:24 PM on October 09, 2006

I guess maybe Schottenheimer knew what he was doing when they decided let Brees go, but I was skeptical of Rivers too, NoMich. Is Pittsburgh as bad as they appear?

posted by mjkredliner at 02:28 PM on October 09, 2006

The Bears seem to be for REAL this year. It seems like Chicago has had a little magic on their side in the sports dept. (sorry Cubs fans) Maybe the Bulls will be next???

posted by LA-4-Life at 02:45 PM on October 09, 2006

The Bears look great on Offense and on Defense. If they play like they did Sunday they will go places. They just can't be swallowed up with injuries.

posted by The Guy at 03:11 PM on October 09, 2006

Is Pittsburgh as bad as they appear? Ben Rothlesburger is the most over-rated QB in the league. He has had success in terms of W-L record, however he is not a great quarterback like Palmer or Brady. Now that they can't run the ball, he is in big trouble. Can the Raiders get any worse?

posted by LA-4-Life at 04:17 PM on October 09, 2006

Canton,Oh. May be the home of the NFL hall of fame. But the Capitol of the NFL is Chicago. GO BEARS!!!

posted by scotsman at 04:20 PM on October 09, 2006

But the Capitol of the NFL is Chicago. And this is based on winning 5 games and a single Super Bowl 20 years ago?

posted by Termite at 04:38 PM on October 09, 2006

As much as I hate Da Bears, I have to give them the credit that they deserve. Grossman has been lights out so far, and their defense is no joke.

posted by wingnut4life at 05:04 PM on October 09, 2006

I believe its based upon being the reason there is even football. Chicago, the only true football city.

posted by ryemonster at 05:36 PM on October 09, 2006

Its based on George Halas, bringing Red Grange to the Chicago Bears and creating the NFL. NUFF SAID!!

posted by scotsman at 06:08 PM on October 09, 2006

C'mon, Chicago being the only football city. What about Lombardi in Greenbay. the great teams in Pittsburgh in the 70s, the Cowboys in the 80s,the Purple People eaters in Minnesota, the 49ers in SanFran I could go on about this. Not that Chicago hasn't got alot of football history, but there are a lot of cities that have had great success in football. The 72 undefeated Dolphins...... oh yeah,I almost forgot....The New England Patriots,winners of 3 of the last 5 Superbowls. Do any of them ring a bell?

posted by Ghastly1 at 08:38 PM on October 09, 2006

Taos, New Mexico is the only true football capital of the universe. It's because of political correctness that this is never reported.

posted by NoMich at 09:49 PM on October 09, 2006

Its based on George Halas, bringing Red Grange to the Chicago Bears and creating the NFL. NUFF SAID!! You may want to check into that a little bit.

posted by jojomfd1 at 10:28 PM on October 09, 2006

You could say it is the original Football city because it was a charter member of the NFL. That makes sense to me.

posted by MGoWhere? at 12:36 AM on October 10, 2006

Or you could just take that homer shit somewhere it's appreciated, like a Yahoo! chatroom, and leave SportsFilter to people who actually like to talk sports, not pop in and drop a "We rock, you suck" bon mot.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 04:41 AM on October 10, 2006

Well, there is no denying Chicago is a great football town, hell, a great sports town period, and the Bears are certainly more pertinant historically than "winning 5 games and a single Super Bowl 20 years ago." The Bears depth is impressive to me, (Griese has always been underrated in my book), I think Lovie Smith has done a great job since becoming the head coach there, their team is playing well in all facets of the game, including special teams, and Grossman's rise has not been entirely unexpected, but is surprising. The next 3 weeks see them face the Cardinals, 49'ers, and Dolphins, and the last 3 weeks of the season they face the Bucs, Lions, and Packers, with Giants, Jets, Pats, Vikes, and Rams in between, so, their schedule is not all that tough. Although it is still very early in the season, if they stay healthy, I can easily see them posting 14 wins and gaining home field advantage for the NFC playoffs. And watch out, then!

posted by mjkredliner at 08:58 AM on October 10, 2006

Was anyone as impressed by the speed of the Broncos defense as I was last night? Their linebackers are everywhere, their safeties bring the wood, and the corners are very tough.

posted by mjkredliner at 09:12 AM on October 10, 2006

Alright, As much as it pains me to admit it (being a life-long Packer fan!), Da Bears are a damn fine football team! However, one must temper any excitement about the "Monsters of the Midway" with some reality: 1.) They ain't won nothin yet! 2.) 5-0...sure... however this has been accomplished against mostly the lower tier and bottom feeders (And yes that includes the Pack). While I have no doubt the Bears are headed for the playoffs, they may be another injury to Grossman away from being one and done. Personally, I think I'll wait until they've really accomplished something before proclaiming them as a "Great" team.

posted by R_A_Mason at 05:59 PM on October 10, 2006

Well said R A Mason- they have definetly played against the less talented teams in the league. Lets see when they play some of the better teams. That defense sure looks fierce. And Grossman and the offense are firing on all cylinders. But like R A said, they have been playing lower tier and bottom feeders. Any how they sure look good. Looking forward to when they play my Patriots.

posted by Ghastly1 at 07:10 PM on October 10, 2006

DA' BEARS rule!!! Like Iron Mike said there like the locus they come out every 20 years!!!!

posted by Doc at 09:55 PM on October 10, 2006

DA, BEARS rule Once again, your making a big deal out of a team thats only into a season that's 5 games old. I don't understand how any Chicago fan can say that they're team rules. Rules WHAT!!! Come next Feb,if they win the Super Bowl, then you can say that. Until then, the only thing they rule is their division......For now that is. Chicago may make the playoffs,but I don't think they'll win the big one in Miami this coming Feb 07.Hell, they may not make it to the NFC Championship game. The season is only 5 games old. Anything can happen. Don't get too excited,or the Bears may end up like a team that just got ousted from an American League Divisional series. And they were supposed to win it all.

posted by Ghastly1 at 10:51 PM on October 10, 2006

Yeah Ghastly1, them ol' Seahawks that Chicago tore up are a 2nd tier team, and everybody scores 40 on Buffalo, right? In other news, Harrington is getting the start for Miami this week. I say that he is not near as bad as he looked in Detroit. Bobby Layne would look crappy there these days.

posted by mjkredliner at 07:23 AM on October 11, 2006

My apologies mjk, other than the Seahawks. And if you read my article above the last one I wrote I said the Bears are firing on all cylinders on offense. we'll just have to see when next Feb comes.

posted by Ghastly1 at 08:35 AM on October 11, 2006

Yeah Ghastly1, them ol' Seahawks that Chicago tore up are a 2nd tier team I'll give you that the seahawks aren't a second tier team. However, when the Bears played them it was their first week without Alexander in the backfield also. So lets not pretend this was a huge test for the Bears.

posted by jojomfd1 at 12:45 PM on October 11, 2006

I'm pretty sure that Alexander's replacement wasn't the cause of the Bears hanging up 37 on Seattle either, jojomfd1, but you all are right, it is still early. Your Buckeyes are looking tough.

posted by mjkredliner at 04:55 PM on October 11, 2006

They aren't doing too bad. We'll see that last game of the year can be pretty tough. Thank god we got Tressel. MSU has stopped us a couple of times also when they should not have.

posted by jojomfd1 at 05:17 PM on October 11, 2006

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