Chicago Bears 2023-2024

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Bears were a bit above .500 from 65-68 before the bottom fell out with a 1-13 team in 69. By then, the knee injuries had affected both Sayers and Butkus. Sayers’ career was effectively over, while Butkus soldiered on on some bad teams until 1973.

Members of my family who watched the Bears in the 1940s talked about how great the Bears were back then.

And then when the ‘60s came around... they couldn’t believe it was the same franchise. Pride and Bears utter dominance had been replaced by mediocrity and thinking about past glory. And those fans from the ‘40s were NOT happy.

With the exciting brand of ball that was being played in the AFL in the Sixties... and new powers coming along in the NFL... the Bears got left behind. And they are still trying to catch up all these years later.

It became way more fun in Chicago to watch the Jets and the Chiefs and the Raiders in the ‘60s. Chicago used to get most Chiefs games... and the Chiefs were really good back then (they’re better today, but that’s a different era).
 
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Members of my family who watched the Bears in the 1940s talked about how great the Bears were back then.

And then when the ‘60s came around... they couldn’t believe it was the same franchise. Pride and Bears utter dominance had been replaced by mediocrity and thinking about past glory. And those fans from the ‘40s were NOT happy.

With the exciting brand of ball that was being played in the AFL in the Sixties... and new powers coming along in the NFL... the Bears got left behind. And they are still trying to catch up all these years later.

It became way more fun in Chicago to watch the Jets and the Chiefs and the Raiders in the ‘60s. Chicago used to get most Chiefs games... and the Chiefs were really good back then (they’re better today, but that’s a different era).
and i LOVED George Blanda! A great QB that the bears relegated to kicker who found his way to the AFL and had a lot of great games.

And of course BUTKUS, the greatest middle line backer of all time...totally intimidating running backs and offensive linemen, Number 51 who's career was also cut short by injuries. They had both the offensive and defensive rookies of the year in '65-'66. It was my first year at U of I and we got to watch every Bear game that year on TV-- which no one in Chicago could say!
 
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It was my first year at U of I and we got to watch every Bear game that year on TV-- which no one in Chicago could say!

Blanda and Sayers and Butkus... always worth watching.

Ah yes, the Dark Old Days when home games were blacked out in the home cities. Talk about barbaric!

Homeowners and bar owners trying to rig up antennas to pull in TV stations outside the designated blackout area. Mostly not successful. But trying was better than just giving up. Except for the unfortunate few that may have fallen off a roof or something.

And the Bears radio announcers were pretty awful. Way too much homer-ism and little of useful analysis as is common today. A mediocre football broadcast by (at best) mediocre announcers.

But in a way, maybe it was better that the Bears WERE blacked out in Chicago. Why aggravate so many people in having to watch so many disappointing football games!
 
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pruman91

Paducah, Ky
and i LOVED George Blanda! A great QB that the bears relegated to kicker who found his way to the AFL and had a lot of great games.

And of course BUTKUS, the greatest middle line backer of all time...totally intimidating running backs and offensive linemen, Number 51 who's career was also cut short by injuries. They had both the offensive and defensive rookies of the year in '65-'66. It was my first year at U of I and we got to watch every Bear game that year on TV-- which no one in Chicago could say!
George Blanda was one of my favorite players from the old AFL........I started crossing over from the old NFL 14-10 games to the
AFL 51-45 type games and the Houston Oilers with Blanda , Billy Cannon and Charlie Tolar was a must see TV game for me ....
The L.A. Chargers with Fred Biletnikoff and Lance Alworth were a close second .....Fun games to watch........
 
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pruman91

Paducah, Ky
George Blanda was one of my favorite players from the old AFL........I started crossing over from the old NFL 14-10 games to the
AFL 51-45 type games and the Houston Oilers with Blanda , Billy Cannon and Charlie Tolar was a must see TV game for me ....
The L.A. Chargers with Fred Biletnikoff and Lance Alworth were a close second .....Fun games to watch........
edit............Bilentikoff played for the Oakland Raiders
 
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And Bears remain on track to have first 2 picks in draft with Carolina joining the 0-2 club. Down to 9 winless teams with Bears heading to KC and Carolina to Seattle in week 3.
 
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And the Bears radio announcers were pretty awful. Way too much homer-ism and little of useful analysis as is common today. A mediocre football broadcast by (at best) mediocre announcers.
Oh God! Just the thought of Jack Brickhouse and Irv Kupcinet being our eyes and ears makes my skin crawl. We never had any idea what was going on.
 
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Oh God! Just the thought of Jack Brickhouse and Irv Kupcinet being our eyes and ears makes my skin crawl. We never had any idea what was going on.
I watched on TV, due to distance from Chicago. I never heard Brickhouse announce football.

As for QBs to draft, please don't take someone from a great team who only has competition once or twice a season. Draft someone who is good while scrambling for his life, and passes to receivers who aren't way better than the guys defending them. Standing in the pocket untouched before throwing to wide-open receivers proves nothing. Someone who is successful on a mediocre team is what works best IMHO.
 
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Oh God! Just the thought of Jack Brickhouse and Irv Kupcinet being our eyes and ears makes my skin crawl. We never had any idea what was going on.
Woof. Coming down hard on a couple of Chicago legends. I much preferred Jack, at least for the Cub games. Harry was fun but his drunken schtick got old after a while.
 
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Mr. Tibbs

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Woof. Coming down hard on a couple of Chicago legends. I much preferred Jack, at least for the Cub games. Harry was fun but his drunken schtick got old after a while.
Jack didn’t drink during games like Harry did . but the stories of an over served Jack stumbling around Rush St & Michigan ave are legendary

Both guys were great on the air and both are deservedly in the HOF
 
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Oh God! Just the thought of Jack Brickhouse and Irv Kupcinet being our eyes and ears makes my skin crawl. We never had any idea what was going on.

Neither did THEY.

Many Bears fans still hear the same thing over and over and over in their nightmares...

‘DATS RIGHT JACK!’

‘DATS RIGHT JACK!’

‘DATS RIGHT JACK!’
 
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This "Hall of Mediocrity" suggests that average tenure as a Bears quarterback is approximately 3 seasons

So one might reasonablt expect this to be Fields final season with the Bears.

The Bears have opened as 13-point road underdogs against the Chiefs.
Next up are the Broncos and Commanders who are both 2 and 0. and may be stronger teams than expected.
 
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Mr. Tibbs

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This "Hall of Mediocrity" suggests that average tenure as a Bears quarterback is approximately 3 seasons

So one might reasonablt expect this to be Fields final season with the Bears.

The Bears have opened as 13-point road underdogs against the Chiefs.
Next up are the Broncos and Commanders who are both 2 and 0. and may be stronger teams than expected.
there is a real valid possibility this Bears team is no better than 3-14 again
 
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I watched on TV, due to distance from Chicago. I never heard Brickhouse announce football.

As for QBs to draft, please don't take someone from a great team who only has competition once or twice a season. Draft someone who is good while scrambling for his life, and passes to receivers who aren't way better than the guys defending them. Standing in the pocket untouched before throwing to wide-open receivers proves nothing. Someone who is successful on a mediocre team is what works best IMHO.
I mean... Joe Burrow threw to Justin Jefferson and Jamar Chase at LSU...
 
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Mr. Tibbs

southeast DuPage
Prior to the season the over/under was 7.6 wins.
Under is looking like the better bet at this point.
I bet my barber $100 on that o/u of 7.5 & I took the under

he wants to bet me another 100 on 3.5 and wants the over

i’m not sure what to do right now
my first bet is golden
why mess that up ?
 
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I bet my barber $100 on that o/u of 7.5 & I took the under

he wants to bet me another 100 on 3.5 and wants the over

i’m not sure what to do right now
my first bet is golden
why mess that up ?

Take the "bank" and run.
"He who gambles and runs aways, lives to gamble another day." :)
 
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Jack didn’t drink during games like Harry did . but the stories of an over served Jack stumbling around Rush St & Michigan ave are legendary

Both guys were great on the air and both are deservedly in the HOF
I am not a White Sox fan. However, I listened and watched a number of White Sox games when Harry Cary and Jimmy Piersall were paired together. It was great theater and very entertaining.
 
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