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Monday, December 2, 2013

Chicago Bears: Week 13 recap


Congratulations Bears, you let a perfect opportunity of winning slip through your fingers. Now you've put yourselves in position no one wanted to see you in. It is imperative that you win every game (including the Packers week 17) for the remainder of the season to have ANY chance at making the playoffs. And even then; that may not be enough (the Bears finished 10-6 last season) The last 2 losses have been from below .500 teams (Rams: 4-6 & Vikings: 2-8-1). If you're gonna lose; can it AT LEAST be to teams with winning records?! When will the Bears stop being the team that "chokes" the second half of the season?!

For those of you who missed it, the Bears were up 20-10 in the fourth quarter. The offense played great. Josh McCown passed for over 300 yards for the second week in a row. Matt Forte had 23 carries for 120 yards (plus 2 catches for 31 yards). Alshon Jeffery had a franchise setting game (breaking HIS OWN record) with 12 catches for 249 yards and 2 touchdowns. But again, I find myself asking the same question for the second straight week. WHERE'S THE DEFENSE?!

Adrian Peterson had 35 carries for 211 yards (also surpassing 10,000 career rushing yards) for only the fifth time in his career. There were a few bright spots defensively; but not many. And ESPECIALLY not when it counted (i.e. 4th and 11 with less than 2 mins in the game). The Bears had the chance to win it in overtime. But Robbie Gould was unsuccessful on a 47 yard field goal. The Vikings subsequently marched down the field and kicked the game winning 35 yard field goal in the 23-20 overtime victory.

      

Friday, November 29, 2013

Evelyn Lozada Pregnant


So I was looking to see what's trending on Google when I came across the announcement (TMZ) that Basketball Wife star Evelyn Lozada is at least 6 months pregnant! WHAT! They're saying that she's excited to be a mom again. To each is his (or her) own I suppose. But personally, I find that hard to believe. Not that she's pregnant (I can see that! lol); but that she's happy about it. In previous posts (not sure which ones), I've expressed that I don't believe in people having children after 30. She's almost 40! (37) Not to mention that she has an adult child in college. If she wanted more kids so bad; why didn't she have them when her daughter was young? She just finished raising a child. Why would anyone want to start over? The only way I can see her happy about the situation is if she got knocked up by an athlete. At least somebody with A TON of money! Like Kanye said, "Now I ain't saying she a goldigger... But she ain't messing wit no broke...!" lol  She's not saying who the "baby daddy" is (what is she hiding?); but I bet money its Ocho (Chad Ochocinco). For those of you who don't keep up with the Basketball Wives show; she had mixed feelings about Chad after the whole "headbutting incident" went down. She still had strong feelings for him. But she was leery on giving him a second chance. She just doesn't want to portray that woman that returns to her abuser. She doesn't want people to think she looks stupid; I can understand that. But you love who you love. Love makes you stupid (or at least make less than smart choices/decisions). She's probably just keeping it "low key" throughout the remainder of the pregnancy (to postpone the ridicule). It'll come out that she's back with Chad after the birth of the baby.. WATCH! Even though Chad isn't currently playing, he's still in "football shape". Some team will probably pick him up next season. And even if he was to never play football again; the man has made MILLIONS throughout his career! He ain't broke in the SLIGHTEST! Congrats to Evelyn (and Chad! lol) on the new edition. Hopefully the baby will help you both develop into more mature adults. Just stay away from all the drama!

Thanksgiving


Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope that everyone enjoyed themselves. Mine was great. My wife practically made a feast! I spent the day eating and watching football. Later in the evening, I even participated in a little Black Friday shopping (well, my kids did. I was just the chauffeur). But Thanksgiving isn't just about the festivities. Its about being thankful for what you have. A few years ago, I used to get depressed about my finances (or lack there of). My mom has always been there to support me and help put things into perspective. She would tell me not to get too down upon myself because there are others that are less fortunate that wish they had what I have. I'm thankful for my life. Life isn't promised to anyone. I'm thankful that God allows me to wake up in the morning. I'm also thankful for my family. I'm thankful that I have people that love me. I'm thankful for my wife. Its not everyday that you find someone that will take the time to learn your likes and dislikes as well as fulfill your needs. I'm thankful for my children. Even though I often find myself complaining about them; I couldn't imagine my life without them here. They provide me with purpose. That's what Thanksgiving is all about. Being thankful for what you have and giving to those who are less fortunate. Its a celebration.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Shopping on Thanksgiving


The holiday season is almost here. With one less shopping week before Christmas; stores are going to be intense. There has always been a huge push for stores to begin with Black Friday sales. But this year, some stores are beginning even sooner (as soon as Thanksgiving night). Because of this, there is a bit of controversy about if retail stores should be open on Thanksgiving. Some people feel that stores shouldn't be open. They feel that Thanksgiving is a holiday that's meant for people to spend quality time with family. Personally, I don't see anything wrong with stores kicking off the season early. Everyone has a decision of whether or not to shop on Thanksgiving. If you don't agree with it; stay at home. Honestly, (to me) Thanksgiving is boring. I mean, you get to eat good. But for women who may not be football fans; shopping is a release for them to do something they enjoy. Especially if they just spent all day cooking in the kitchen. Secondly, retail isn't the only industry to work on holidays. When I was younger, I used to work in a hospital. There would be times (based on prior scheduling and seniority) where I'd have to work on holidays. I didn't mind at all. Especially since I was getting paid time and a half (money talks baby! lol). Then you have your emergency workers, mill workers, gas station attendants. I don't see the big deal. The jury is still out on if stores should begin their Black Friday sales on Thanksgiving night. Get used to it people. Because I think that the new trend is here to stay.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Chicago Bears: Week 12 recap

(above pic: brothers Chris [Rams] and Kyle [Bears] Long embrace each other after yesterday's game)

After the disappointing loss at the hands of the Rams yesterday; it leaves many fans wondering, "Where's the defense?!" The Bears are last in the league in stopping the run; allowing 258 rushing yards in yesterday's loss. Hats off to the Rams. They were the better team and honestly; the Bears didn't deserve to win with their overall lackluster performance. Josh McCown had a good game with over 300 passing yards. His mistakes didn't come till the end of the game. By that time, the Bears were already down by 2 touchdowns. The offense remained competitive. The coaching staff did an overall good job (with the exception of forgoing the field goal on 4th and goal in the 3rd quarter). This loss all comes down to the defense and 4 costly team mistakes (flags) at critical points in the game. Many fans wanted to blame the refs. But the refs were only doing their job. What happened to our defense?! It used to be elite! We have been plagued by injury. But I feel that we need to sign a few more veteran players to help mentor the young defenders on the field (they should've paid Urlacher his money!). They need something and they need to figure it out FAST! Our playoff hopes lie in the balance. The only good thing that happened for the Bears yesterday was the Lions also lost and the Packers and Vikings ended their game in a 26-26 tie. We're still tied for 1st place. But its imperative that we win the next 4 games if we stand any chance of making it to the playoffs. We DO NOT want to go into week 17 against Green Bay needing to win. Lets face it, the Packers are going to be looking for redemption. Don't depend on Aaron Rodgers to show the competition any mercy upon his return. If we don't win the next 4 games; our season may very well be lost. Speaking of Rodgers, I'd like to recant my previous request for him to return this Thur against the Lions. He should take more time for his collarbone to heal. And by more time, I mean NEXT SEASON! lol  Take all the time you need Aaron! Cuz the Packers aren't the same football team without you. Good luck to the Bears this week against the Vikings. Get it together Bears! Get it together.


Hunger Games: Catching Fire


I went with family to see the Hunger Games: Catching Fire last night. For fans of the movie, I'd have to say that it doesn't disappoint. Here's a bit of the story (without giving away too much). President Snow has it out for Catniss; and NOT in a good way! lol  He doesn't like the way that she won (or should I say.. survived) the last Hunger Games. Most importantly, he doesn't like that the country loves her so much. She provides the people with a feeling of hope; despite the president's agenda of nationwide oppression. So he gets together with the gaming coordinator and devises a plan to bring back previous victors to participate in the 75th Games (3rd Quarter Quell). The back story leading to the actual games (in my opinion) was kinda long and drawn out.[every movie needs the back story (I suppose) so everyone knows whats going on]. But once the actual games began; the action sequences are AMAZING! And if you think you know how the games will end; you're PROBABLY WRONG! But the only way to know what I'm talking about is go see the movie for yourself.  


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Bears vs. Lions: Battle For 1st Place



With only 6 weeks remaining, the Bears are still in the hunt to win first place in the NFC North. We control our own destiny. As long as we play our game; we will be crowned champions in our division. Both the Bears and Lions have a record of 6-4. The Lions beat us both games this year. We should have won the second game. Honestly, Jay (Cutler) shouldn't have played the second half. He's a great player when he's healthy. But he tried to play while hurt; ultimately causing more harm than good (although your toughness was admirable). But we can't change the past. Bottom line, we need to win more games than Detroit. Josh McCown has been playing really well. He reminds me of Kyle Orton in a sense that he's not trying to be spectacular or do too much. He's playing smart, controlling the game and not making any mistakes. Listed below is the remaining schedule for both teams.

Week                           Bears                                                      Lions
   12.                          @ Rams                                                    vs. Bucs
   13.                        @ Vikings                                                 vs. Packers
   14.                      @ Cowboys                                                 @ Eagles
   15.                        @ Browns                                                  vs Ravens
   16.                         @ Eagles                                                   vs. Giants
   17.                       @ Packers                                                  @ Vikings

The Bears have a tougher hill to climb considering they don't play at home for the rest of the season. The Lions play at home 4 out of the next 6 games. Neither team has an "easy schedule. Its going to be really close at the end of the season. It can go either team's way but I see MY Bears winning the division with a 1 game better record than Detroit. Now I know that some of you "cheeseheads" are saying, "What about the Packers?" To that I reply, "What ABOUT the Packers?!" lol  Seriously tho, I don't see Green Bay winning the division. They may get a wild card spot (at least play spoilers). It would be a different story if Rodgers didn't get hurt; but he did. The sooner he returns, the sooner Green Bay will get back to their winning ways. I hope he does us a favor and returns next Sunday. I predict that both the Packers and Bears win 4 out of the next 6 games. Despite the Lions home field advantage; I feel that someone will help us out and get the upset win. The Lions will only win 3 of the next 6 games; narrowly losing the division title to the Chicago Bears. Oh happy day!