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There’s Not Much Going On. It’s Fine (and Healthier) Not to Click.

| April 15th, 2022


For 18 of the 32 NFL teams, there are 348 days without football.

And that’s just too much time.

Too much time to gallantly scroll the witless wasteland of Twitter, engaging in unwinnable debates about whether a young player might be good in the future. Too much time antagonize other fan bases on Facebook or TikTok or Reddit or OnlyFans because, you know, their team stinks and your team doesn’t. Too much time to bemoan every free agent signing, no matter how little the investment, and study every draft “prospect”, even when 95% of those prospects have no chance of being a viable professional player.

It’s not the fault of the fans. Fans love football. But do they really love football that much more now than they did when the draft was held on weekend afternoons and when free agent signings were only known because you’d read about them in the paper a day or two after they happened? An overwhelming majority of NFL fans are not even on Twitter – a fact often forgotten by those of us who seem to spend our lives on the platform.

Truth is, there is now far too much media covering the sport (and sports generally) and that media is forced to operate on a 365-day calendar. There is no vacation from the clicks business. The newspapers need you to click and they’ve learned mock drafts are click gold. The Athletic needs new subscribers: that is their entire value proposition. CHGO needs to find their foothold in the marketplace. The only way to do these things is constant engagement. The only way to successfully engage is to launch “takes” into the sports atmosphere.

And my god, EVERYBODY HAS A PODCAST. LITERALLY, EVERYBODY. Well, there is one Bears-related entity that doesn’t have a podcast: me. “The Weekend Show” was fun to produce but it was always far more of an audio variety show than an actual Bears pod. (That sometimes sums up this entire enterprise.) I’ve been asked to do a podcast a hundred times. I’ve been asked why I don’t do a podcast two hundred. My answer is simple: I don’t have that much to say. And when I have something unique that requires my voice, I do one of those Twitter audio things and get it done in two minutes. Also, I’m not that interested in the stuff that doesn’t tangibly happen on the field.

You know, those other 348 days.

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Zimmerman Podcast: Draft Analyst E.J. Snyder [AUDIO]

| April 19th, 2019


Highlights:
  • The schedule is out. Bill and E.J. discuss key games, oddities about the schedule and the misnomer of having a hard schedule based on last year’s strength of schedule and how little that really means.
  • Snyder, draft analyst from Windy City Gridiron, breaks down the running back prospects in detail, plus some key prospects to look out for at safety, corner, edge and tight end.
  • Bill and E.J. breakdown draft strategy – should Ryan Pace look to trade up or trade down? Should he take a running back at 87 regardless?
  • A full discussion on how to approach the kicker position.

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Zimmerman’s Podcast Debut: The Great Jim Miller [AUDIO]

| March 8th, 2019

Bill speaks with Jim Miller on:

  • Mitch Trubisky’s development and what he should work on for next season.
  • Jordan Howard’s struggles and if he’ll be moved.
  • Review of the NFL Combine with some draft names to watch for the Bears at running back and in the secondary.
  • Preview of NFL free agency and what the Bears should do.  Kyler Murray vs Josh Rosen vs Dwayne Haskins…who would he take?
  • Plus, Bill’s thoughts on Amos, Callahan, the running game and all.

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Welcome to DBB, Bill Zimmerman!

| March 8th, 2019

Bill Zimmerman is going to be DBB’s podcast guy moving forward through 2019. I’ll still have the occasional conversation with Adam Jahns (and record them) and force Reverend Dave’s bullshit upon you. But ultimately, I’m going back to writing and editing and letting a broadcast professional handle the broadcasting.

Bill is the Executive Producer of Mad Dog Radio at SiriusXM. And he’s good at this. Here is his excellent work from Super Bowl week with Mitch Trubisky, Akiem Hicks, Allen Robinson and Trey Burton.

(And the logo on the podcast will be changing moving forward.)


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Conversation with Sun-Times Beat Adam Jahns [AUDIO]

| October 23rd, 2015

On this podcast, Sun-Times beat writer Adam Jahns discussed:

  • The early season excellence of Jay Cutler and Pernell McPhee.
  • What the hell is going on with Kyle Fuller and why he’d move Fuller into the slot (not to safety).
  • Whether he believes Matt Forte is in the Bears’ future plans and whether a trade is something they’d actually consider.
  • Why he believes Shea McClellin will be part of this defense in 2016.
  • The current mood inside the locker room & more!

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