Andrew Luck’s Retirement Should Serve as a Warning for Mitch Trubisky

| August 25th, 2019

I did a mini pub crawl in my neighborhood of SunnyWood, Queens on Saturday. (SunnyWood is how I combine the neighborhoods of Sunnyside and Woodside.) It started at 2 PM and involved three blonde ladies, many Irish gents and a few too many Montauk Summer Ales. By 8 o’clock I was face down in a drool-soaked pillow, dreaming I was at a dinner party with the original Broadway cast of Jesus Christ Superstar.

I woke up hazily in the middle of the night to a phone with 13 texts. That’s too many. “Somebody died,” I thought. The texts read like an old school news wire.


Luck done.

Whoa!! On the bottom line. Luck is retiring!

(And so on.)

Nobody will ever confuse me with someone who loves the NFL Draft and all the bullshit that now accompanies it. Millions upon millions of dollars piled into a weekend of guessing. But Andrew Luck looked to me, coming out of Stanford, to be the surest thing in my lifetime. He was big. He was tough. He was smart. He had a brilliant arm. He came from a solid football lineage. There simply wasn’t a flaw in the game or character. When he ended up in Indianapolis, I penciled them into the postseason yearly for the next decade plus.

Then he started getting hit.

A lot.

From day one.

Luck was sacked 41 times in his rookie season behind a terrible offensive line that intellectually over-matched GM Ryan Grigson refused to fix. After that 41-sack campaign, the Colts went with a front five the following season as bad as any in the league. Why? Because they knew Luck would still get them to 10+ wins. And he did.

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DaBearsBlog Weekend Show – Week 5 [AUDIO]

| October 6th, 2016

On the Weekend Show:

  • Music from Robert Preston, Nina Simone and the Alan Gresik Orchestra (house favorites at The Green Mill)
  • Do the Bears actually have the possibility of a season? Jeff thinks so. And he can see it.
  • Reverend Dave is not wise when it comes to his own medical needs.
  • Our own Andrew Dannehy makes his Weekend Show debut, discussing Hoyer, Cutler and a surprising offensive player he thinks has been pretty good.
  • Bonus track. Don’t leave after the theme song.

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Across The Middle — Week Five

| October 5th, 2016


After parading my son around the house while playing “Bear Dowwwwwnnn Chicago Bears…” my wife gave me a puzzled look and said: “The Bears won?”

“Of course they did,” I replied.

To which she asked one question: “Jay Cutler is going to get fired, isn’t he?”

I had to think for a second, but I could only come to one answer: “Probably.”

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