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NFL pre-season leaves me cold

With the NFL season being so short in comparison to every other major sport, I always feel like I should pay more attention to the pre-season. It’s easier said than done though, as for the most part it’s pretty pointless.

At least from a fans point of view; these games are invaluable for coaches, GM’s and the players themselves of course. That doesn’t make them much fun to watch though.

Staying up for late night regular season games is not really difficult; I’m fortunate enough to work from home, so if necessary I can just go back to bed after doing the morning school run.

I haven’t missed a regular season game since I discovered the joys of internet streaming back in 2009, but the pre-season is a whole different ball game; it’s far more of a struggle. I am interested and I do make the effort to tune in, it’s just that they quickly descend into nothingness when you end up with players from both sides on the field who have no chance of making the final roster.

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In the Black Unicorn’s absence, Zach ensures it’s “Miller Time” in Chicago

It’s not been a good week for Bears tight end Martellus Bennett. The former Cowboys and Giants man, who refers to himself as ‘the Black Unicorn’, made national headlines on Monday when he completely over reacted to being knocked to the floor by rookie cornerback Kyle Fuller in practice.

Bennett lost it and slammed Fuller to the turf, a move that was frowned upon by team-mates, coaches and management alike, not least because Fuller is a 1st round pick expected to see a lot of playing time and also happens to be 70lbs lighter and 8 inches shorter than Bennett.

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Cutler tantrums are a symptom of Bears struggles, not the cause.

The Jay Cutler ‘leadership’ debate reared it’s ugly head again this week after the Bears QB didn’t exactly cover himself in glory – either with his play or his conduct – during a risible performance by the offence that negated some great stuff by the ‘D’ in a painful loss to the Packers.

‘Bad Jay’ showed up once again at Lambeau, throwing picks to the opposition, cursing out team-mates and generally just looking like he’d gotten out of the wrong side of the bed. We’ve seen this before, but not too much in the last couple of years. In fact, not since the NFC Championship game has Cutler been subjected to the level of scrutiny and criticism we’ve seen this week.

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How I became a Bear

Like most UK based ‘American Football’ fans of my generation, I’ve got Channel Four to thank for my love of the NFL. Prior to them bringing the Gridiron into living rooms across Great Britain, the average Brit knew absolutely nothing about the game. For a few years after I still didn’t know much about it, I just knew I liked it.

Channel Four had a hell of a lot to do with I ended up following ‘Da Bears’, as had they not shown Super Bowl XX then chances are I would have ended up supporting someone else, probably the Denver Broncos as I loved John Elway, but by the time Elway was losing Super Bowls on a seemingly yearly basis I was already hooked on the Bears.

 

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