1. Bears receiver Sam Hurd charged with allegedly running a large cocaine and marijuana distribution operation. Astonishing is all that can be said. While the rest of us scrape by every day, a man with a $4.5 million contract with over $2 million guaranteed has to run a large-scale drug operation. Sad.
2. Speaking of Hurd, this was basically the replacement for former receiver Rashied Davis, who was often the target of my ire for frequently dropping passes. After a season in which we’ve seen so, so many Roy Williams drops, I’ve been tempted to honestly say I’d rather see Davis back than Roy Williams continuing to drop catchable balls. Now with Hurd it’s quite clear the Bears’ plan to replace Davis was completely flawed.
3. Playing Seattle this week, the Bears are in win or die mode. If the Bears do beat the Seahawks, there is an absolutely remote possibility they could still clinch a wildcard with help if they lose at Green Bay (as is expected of course) and finish with a 9-7 record. Very remote in my opinion. But should they lose to Seattle, we’re looking at an 8-8 or 7-9 season.
4. Weather vane website Profootballtalk.com is unanimously picking Seattle, of course, and touted that the Seahawks will “surprise” the Bears. Since they think the Bears are so bad, why is this a “surprise?”
5. Jay Cutler spoke earlier this week about the “remote” possibility of returning to face the Packers on Christmas night. Jay Cutler: who you crappin’? Come on, risk his future to play in one game of a season that is most likely lost? I know the organization’s PR staff pushes the players and coaches to talk optimistically, keeping fans’ hopes and interest alive. But we do have common sense.
6. Rather sad this Sunday, the final home game of the 2011 season (despite the fact that the Bears took $10 from me I’ll never get back claiming they have to be prepared for a home playoff game that will never come). Anyone doing anything special to enjoy the final home game until next year, whether at home or at the stadium?