The Lance Briggs situation

Briggs' Lamborghini in the shopBy now everyone who is in Chicago or is a football fan knows that Lance Briggs wrecked his $350,000 2007 Lamborghini Murcielago and abandoned it on the Edens Expressway around 3am Monday morning. He was nowhere around. He even called it in as stolen, but then, 15 minutes later called in and took responsbility for the accident. He panicked. Tell me you wouldn’t. He is a high-profile athlete in Chicago. He knew that everyone would know and he panicked. Human nature. I don’t know how I would have reacted, honestly. But thankfully he was not hurt, and by looking at the car, it is a surprise. So there is one good thing. That being said, however, Lance Briggs should have known better and should not have panicked. Being in the public eye, you have to live above the rest, knowing that everything you do is being watched. However, to be fair, he immediately took responsibility for what he did. He admitted to panicking and being (Oh no!) human! It appears that the charges are all misdeameanors, which is good for him. So this should blow over, except for maybe the bill to fix a $350,000 car! WOW!

Lance Briggs Official Page
Lance Briggs Charged In Lamborghini Crash
Briggs Says He Panicked, Reported Car Stolen
Lovie didn’t treat Briggs’ incident seriously enough
Clearly, Briggs not very clear
The $150,000 questions
Defensive driving: Briggs in crash
Spin (out of) control
Briggs’ offenses minor

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Preseason Football: Chicago Bears v. Cleveland Brown at Soldier Field

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HEAD TO HEAD COMPARISON

2006 Season

CHICAGO (NFL RANK) STATISTICS CLEVELAND (NFL RANK)

26.7 (T-2nd) Points Scored 14.9 (30th)
324.9 (15th) Total Offense 264.6 (31st)
119.9 (15th) Rush Offense 83.4 (31st)
205.1 (14th) Pass Offense 181.1 (23rd)
15.9 (3rd) Pts. Allowed 22.3 (22nd)
294.1 (5th) Total Defense 344.8 (27th)
99.4 (6th) Rush Defense 142.2 (29th)
194.8 (11th) Pass Defense 202.6 (15th)
+ 8 (T-4th) Turnover Ratio – 15 (31st

Game Day Gamecenter
GameCenter Chicago vs. Cleveland
Fox Sports: CLE v. CHI
Harris expected to make preseason debut in finale
NFL – Chicago Bears
Bears focus on defending NFC crown
Browns at Bears

Review: Bears v. 49’ers 31-28 (Bears win)

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Team Stat Comparison
              49’ers Bears
1st Downs 11 22
Total Yards 206 351
Passing 139 205
Rushing 67 146
Penalties 8-36 7-50
3rd Down Conversions 3-11 3-14
4th Down Conversions 0-0 2-2
Turnovers 2 2
Possession 23:58 36:02

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Vasher fumble return

Bears 31, 49ers 28
Bears defense rises to occasion in preseason win
Bears starters dominate 49ers in preseason victory
Rex Grossman sparkles and stumbles while leading Bears to 31-28 victory over 49ers
Rex good, Rex bad as Bears edge 49ers; Hester hurts shoulder

Preseason Football: Chicago Bears v. San Francisco 49’ers at Soldier Field

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HEAD TO HEAD COMPARISON

2006 Season

CHICAGO (NFL RANK) STATISTICS SAN FRANCISCO (NFL RANK)
26.7 (T-2nd) Points Scored 18.6 (24th)
324.9 (15th) Total Offense 303.8 (26th)
119.9 (15th) Rush Offense 135.8 (6th)
205.1 (14th) Pass Offense 168.0 (29th)
15.9 (3rd) Points Allowed 25.8 (32nd)
294.1 (5th) Total Defense 344.2 (26th)
99.4 (6th) Rush Defense 121.0 (19th)
194.8 (11th) Pass Defense 223.2 (26th)
+ 8 (T-4th) Turnover Ratio – 5 (T-23rd

Bears are well grounded
Grossman looks to rebound against 49ers
Bears see third preseason game as gauge
Harris’ availability Saturday a game-time decision

Review: Bears v. Colts 27 – 24 (Bear win)

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Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs 19 21
Total Yards 279 355
Passing 211 280
Rushing 68 75
Penalties 3-15 4-19
3rd Down Conversions 5-15 5-13
4th Down Conversions 0-0 1-2
Turnovers 2 4
Possession 32:22 27:38

Bears take control in 2nd half, overcome Grossman mistakes in win
Ogunleye leads strong effort by No. 1 defense
Quibbling over QB? That’s just plain silly
Colts fall to Bears in Super Bowl redux
Grossman struggles but Bears squeak out win in Super Bowl rematch

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Cedric Benson vs. the Colts

The Big NFL News of the Day: Michael Vick will plead guilty

vick.jpgThe announcement came today from Michael Vick’s attorney that he would take a plea bargain offered to him by Federal Prosecutors on the federal dogfighting charges. This is probably a good decision on his part, given the evidence that there appears to be and also knowing that more charges (including possible RICO charges) were forthcoming. He has fended that off now. He will be going to court next Monday to enter his new plea, however, I am not sure if he will be sentenced then or not. Apparently prison is part of the deal, as well it should be. I have heard differing opinions, ranging from 9-12 months to 18-36 months or more. Mind you, it is up to the Judge, not the Prosecutors as to how much time he will receive. Obviously he is hoping for the low end, but due to the circumstances, I would not count on it. I have read alot of articles and heard alot of reports on this. Most people are just disgusted by his actions. Many are calling for him to be banned from the NFL. Certainly he was no angel before this. There was the incident with the “obscene finger gesture” at a game and the water bottle incident are prime examples of the troubles he has been associated with. Obviously dogfighting is MUCH worse and to be honest, just plain revolting. Animal cruelty is just one of those things that completely changes the way people look at the perpetrator. And it is so sad, as Vick is a great quarterback, no question. Now, it is my belief that his career is ruined, and more than likely, over. I don’t see many teams wanting to associate themselves with him. However, he will be in prison for a bit (probably a couple of years). By the time he gets out, he will then have to serve a suspension (more than likely) that will be given to him by the NFL. That will probably be about a year, I think. The earliest I can see him coming back to play is 2009 (very unlikely in my opinion) or 2010. By then he will be in his 30’s and maybe not physically ready to play anymore. Maybe he can play in the Canadian League or Arena League. Not sure. I am one who believes in second chances, but will Michael Vick deserve one?

Statement from Michael Vick’s attorney
Vick to plead guilty to federal dogfighting conspiracy charge
Michael Vick timeline
Lawyer: Vick to plead guilty to dogfighting charges
Vick agrees to guilty plea deal, prison possible
Statement from the Atlanta Falcons Regarding Michael Vick’s Guilty Plea to Federal Dog Fighting Charges
Wikipedia: Michael Vick
Mike Vick Official Website
What’s next for Michael Vick after agreeing to plea?
Grrr! Michael Vick’s Bogus Plea

Preseason Football: Chicago Bears v. Indianapolis Colts at the RCA Dome

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HEAD TO HEAD COMPARISON

2006 Season

CHICAGO (NFL RANK) STATISTICS INDIANAPOLIS (NFL RANK)
26.7 (T-2nd) Points Scored 26.7 (T-2nd)
324.9 (15th) Total Offense 379.4 (3rd)
119.9 (15th) Rushing Offense 110.1 (18th)
205.1 (14th) Passing Offense 269.3 (2nd)
15.9 (3rd) Points Allowed 22.5 (23rd)
294.1 (5th) Total Defense 332.3 (21st)
99.4 (6th) Rushing Defense 173.0 (32nd)
194.8 (11th) Passing Defense 159.3 (2nd)
+ 8 (T-4th) Turnover Ratio + 7 (T-6th)

Game Day Gamecenter
Revenge not part of equation in Super Bowl rematch
NFL Gamecenter
Buzz is what was
Chicago Bears Top News
Bears at Colts: Revenge, sort of

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Cedric Benson and Rex Grossman at training camp