WBEZ | packers http://www.wbez.org/tags/packers Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Bears lose to Packers . . . again http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2012-12/bears-lose-packers-again-104409 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/rsz_bears_fans_feel_the_pain_of_another_loss.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Bears fans feel the pain of another season slipping away. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)" /></div><p>If you heard a big hissing sound from Soldier Field this weekend it was the air going out of the Bears playoff hopes. The 21-13 loss to Green Bay handed the Packers the NFC North division and dropped the Bears to 8-6, diminishing their chances to play in January. The Pack improved to 10-4 and felt good about hurting the Bears&#39; post-season opportunity.</p><p>Here&#39;s a recap of what went so wrong for Chicago.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Big time players stepped up during big time moments</strong></p><p>The tale of the tape of the opposing quarterbacks clearly goes to the Packers&#39; Aaron Rodgers, after a slow start with -3 passing yards in the first quarter. The Green Bay QB took advantage of Bears mistakes and connected with wide receiver James Jones three times.</p><p>Bears signal-caller Jay Cutler was able to get the Bears on the scoreboard first with a 15-yard pass reception to Brandon Marshall. The Bears had the ball late in the second quarter and the game was tied at 7. Jay Cutler and Devin Hester had a miscommunication and Green Bay&rsquo;s Casey Hayward grabbed the interception and Rodgers capitalized with touchdown drive in the final seconds of the half. It gave the Packers a 14-7 lead; you could feel the gloom in Soldier Field.</p><p>Green Bay opened the third quarter with the ball and with another touchdown drive, and the Bears were down 21-7. Jay Cutler and the offense were given opportunities to score and got into the red zone a couple of times, but walked away with field goals from recently signed kicker Olindo Mare. It is imperative that the Bears find a way to score on short yardage situations. &ldquo;That&rsquo;s all squarely on the offensive line. We have to get them moved and we have to get the ball in the endzone,&rdquo; said Bears veteran center Roberto Garza. &ldquo;There&rsquo;s no excuse for that.&rdquo;</p><p>Rodgers threw for nearly 300 yards and had the three touchdowns; Cutler threw for just 135 yards going 12 of 21, and had a touchdown and an interception.</p><p>Big time players&hellip;.</p><p><strong>Yellow is not Jeffery&#39;s favorite color</strong></p><p>If there is someone seeing yellow for a while, it would be rookie wide receiver Alshon Jeffery. He was hit with not one, not two, but<strong>&nbsp;</strong><em>three</em> offensive pass interference penalties. The young Bear said he has always liked to play physical, asking, &ldquo;That&rsquo;s the way the game is supposed to be played, right?&rdquo; Jeffery wants to look at the film to analyze what really happened on those costly penalties. Garza was clearly miffed and thought the calls should have gone both ways.</p><p><strong>3rd downs . . . and out</strong></p><p>The Bears were unable to complete a 3<sup>rd</sup> down play. Zero-nada-none. They finished 0 for 9 on the day. That is a haunting statistic that punctuates how futile this Bears offense is right now. All-Pro Running back Matt Forte was instrumental running in the first quarter but was then ineffective.</p><p>Conversely, the Packers converted on a number of 3<sup>rd</sup> down plays and both their 4<sup>th</sup> down plays. Rodgers feasted on the Bears&#39; defense when he needed a big play.</p><p><strong>Time is running out</strong></p><p>There are only two games left, on the road against teams with nothing to lose. Next Sunday the Bears travel to play a very bad Arizona Cardinals team. The season finale will be in Detroit; that will be the final determination of any Bears post-season opportunity. But Cutler and the rest of the team said they are not done. &ldquo;It isn&rsquo;t over yet, and it&rsquo;s never over until that last 16th game is over,&quot; he said. &quot;That&rsquo;s how this locker room feels.&rdquo;</p><p>Six weeks ago it seemed Lovie Smith was going to lead this team to playoffs and everything was going rather well (minus the offensive line issues). Now they have to wonder what hit them. They had a plethora of injuries, just like last season. The offense has struggled, just like last year. They now must win and hope other teams lose, just like a year ago. The problem is this season may mirror last season where is matters most: on the sidelines watching the playoffs instead of playing. Just like last year.</p><p><em>Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the position of Green Bay wide receiver James Jones.&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>Follow Cheryl on Twitter <a href="http://&lt;https://twitter.com/Crayestout&gt;">@CRayeStout</a>&nbsp;and Facebook <a href="http://&lt;http://www.facebook.com/CherylAtTheGame&gt;">Cheryl Raye-Stout #AtTheGame</a>.</em></p></p> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 06:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2012-12/bears-lose-packers-again-104409 Brandon Marshall puts some fire back in the Bears-Packers rivalry http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2012-12/brandon-marshall-puts-some-fire-back-bears-packers-rivalry-104357 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/rsz_brandon_marshall_-gb.jpg" style="width: 620px; height: 475px;" title="Brandon Marshall wants to beat Green Bay as much as Bear fans. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)" /></div><p>After a trade, a mini-camp, training camps and 13 games, the light bulb has finally turned on for me regarding Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall.</p><p>When Marshall became a Bear his resume made him interesting, although many were wary. But Bears media and fans have never seen a receiver do what Marshall has done on this team&rsquo;s football field. And&nbsp;now, as the season is winding down, Marshall is having a record-breaking season. He makes plays with two or three defenders on him. Now, Brandon and Jay <em>are&nbsp;</em>the Bears offense.</p><p>Then there&#39;s Brandon&#39;s dealings with the press. Week in and week out Brandon talks to the media after teammate Jay Cutler. Marshall is jovial and forthright in his comments &mdash; about everything and anything. At the beginning of his first press conference, he took out his phone, snapped the media&#39;s photo and tweeted it &mdash; clever and funny.&nbsp;</p><p>This week has been a difficult one for the Bears; the team has been spiraling downward after another loss and the gloom has been palpable. It&#39;s also Packers week. If the Bears can&#39;t beat the division leader on Sunday the possibility for a playoff berth gets fainter. To acknowledge this,&nbsp;Marshall entered into the media room Wednesday with a Charlie Brown&rsquo;s Christmas tree meant to symbolize the Bears&#39; situation. He knows things are bleak, but he wanted to show hope and lighten the moment.&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Brandon%20Marshall-tree.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 322px; float: right;" title="Brandon Marshall likens the Bears situation to a Charlie Brown Christmas tree. (Photo by Rafer Weigel)" />As the media session continued, Marshall showed something that is rarely heard or seen from this team: passion. That is not to say the rest of the team doesn&rsquo;t have it, but we don&rsquo;t get exposed to those emotions often. Think about it: Jay Cutler and Lovie Smith. . . passionate? We see toughness and grit with the Bears defenders, and players talk about not liking Green Bay. Marshall, however, was adamant about it. &ldquo;I don&rsquo;t like Green Bay,&rdquo; he said. &quot;We have to whatever we need to get a win.&quot;</p><p>&quot;This is the biggest game of my career,&quot; Marshall added. &quot;This is personal to me.&quot;&nbsp;The Bears receiver knows a win would help him get to the playoffs for the first time in his career. He also knows a loss will make the road more difficult.&nbsp;</p><p>Marshall did not like the comments Packers&#39; cornerback Charles Woodson made about Jay Cutler after the 23-10 loss in Green Bay the second game of the season. Woodson told ESPN, &ldquo;We understand that Jay is excited about his weapons, but it is the same-old Jay. We don&rsquo;t need luck: Jay will throw us the ball.&rdquo; Marshall not only challenged the Packers coaches and players to defend him with one-on-one coverage; throwing down the gauntlet, Brandon said, &ldquo;I want to impose my will.&rdquo;</p><p>If this doesn&rsquo;t endear him to the Bears faithful, what will? It may be fool&rsquo;s errand for Marshall to say what he did &mdash; you can bet that the Packers will have his comments on a bulletin board or retort with their comments. But who cares? He is showing fire for a team beaten and battered, and he needs to throw everything he&#39;s got at the team standing in the way of post-season play.</p><p>Bears head coach Lovie Smith listed three objectives when he took the job as the Bears head coach: Beat Green Bay, win the NFC North division and win the Super Bowl. Marshall is one of the first players to passionately addressed those desires: On the base of that press conference Christmas tree Marshall placed a small replica of the Super Bowl trophy.</p><p>Like that tree, the Bears&#39; chances of reaching the big game are slim. But you have to give Brandon Marshall credit. He believes in the Bears and can&rsquo;t stand the Packers. This kind of moxie not been seen at Halas Hall in years.</p><p>The true mettle of a player is revealed under adversity. In this case Brandon Marshall didn&rsquo;t duck and hide. He is front and center &mdash; you have to respect that.</p><p><em>Follow Cheryl on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/Crayestout">@CRayeStout</a>&nbsp;and Facebook <a href="http://www.facebook.com/CherylAtTheGame">Cheryl Raye-Stout #AtTheGame</a>.</em></p></p> Fri, 14 Dec 2012 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2012-12/brandon-marshall-puts-some-fire-back-bears-packers-rivalry-104357 Justin Kaufmann hates the Green Bay Packers – but doesn’t know why http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-23/justin-kaufmann-hates-green-bay-packers-%E2%80%93-doesn%E2%80%99t-know-why-92371 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-September/2011-09-23/RS2976_Packers vs Bears-lpr.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>The <a href="http://www.chicagobears.com/index.html" target="_blank">Chicago Bears</a> will face the <a href="http://www.packers.com/" target="_blank">Green Bay Packers</a> for the 183rd time. After last season’s heartbreaking loss to the Packers at the NFC Championship, the Bears were out for blood--and so were their fans. For many, Bears-Packers is not just a rivalry: It’s personal. Take WBEZ’s <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/justin-kaufmann" target="_blank">Justin Kaufmann</a>, who grew up near the Wisconsin border; he ccouldn't stand the Pack. He knew not to venture beyond the Cheddar Curtain but while getting revved up for Sunday’s game, he started to think about why he hates Green Bay so much. And he began to worry that maybe his fire had dwindled.</p><p>I hate the Green Bay Packers.</p><p>I am a die-hard Bears fan. I bleed blue and orange. I watch every game, every press conference, every post game show.</p><p>And when it is Packer week? All bets are off. I actually had a hard time sleeping before the NFC Championship game last season. I was so keyed up that actual tears were flowing.</p><p>And this week will be no different. Because I hate the Green Bay Packers. But I’m not sure why.</p><p>I get it. There is a historic rivalry that goes as far back as the NFL. I get it. Both of these teams are from the same division and there has been chippy play. I get it. Brett Favre and Refrigerator Perry. But as we get ready for the game on Sunday, I really don’t have hatred for this Packer team. Rodgers is good. Charles Woodson is great. Greg Jennings and Donald Driver are gamers. There’s no polarizing player that unites the opposition. So I have to lean back on the rivalry. So why do I hate the Packers?</p><p>I decided to reach out to Packer fans to try and help me soul search. What do they think of the rivalry? What fuels their hatred? And most importantly, what do they think of me – the Bears fan?&nbsp;</p><p>I turned to an old friend first. Tom Tueber was my first boss here at WBEZ. He was born in Chicago. His Dad has Bears season tickets. But he moved to Wisconsin when he was 8 and now owns part of the team.</p><p>“It is the oldest rivalry in the NFL. I respect that. It’s great. I think today is about geography. Wisconsin is in Chicago’s backyard.&nbsp; It’s also about small town/big city and that big city arrogance is part of what people resent,” Tueber said.</p><p>OK, I’ve heard that before. We’re arrogant big city folk. We use our size to will upon our opponents a competitive advantage. But another former colleague told me: It’s not as much arrogance but aggression that defines a Bear fan.</p><p>“My issue with Bears fans is they are too aggressive….” Ben Calhoun, currently a producer for <em>This American Life</em> in NYC started to tell me. He grew up in Milwaukee and was a political reporter at WBEZ for years.</p><p>“One of the things I love about Chicago is that it is tough; but not aggressive. But the Bears (especially Bears-Pack) bring out the aggression…” Calhoun said.</p><p>OK, so we are aggressive too.</p><p>Olivia Schriener was born in Green Bay and now lives in Chicago. So I asked her what pops into her head when she thinks of a Bears Fan.</p><p>“That SNL skit with the fat guys with heart attacks? That’s what I think about when I think about Bears fans. That’s what pops in my head,” Schriener said.</p><p>I was stunned so I asked her the same question about Packer fans.</p><p>“Same thing but not as loud,” she said.</p><p>“So Bears fans are louder?” I asked.</p><p>“Yeah, come to think of it, maybe. They are louder,” Schriener said.</p><p>OK – so we are loud, arrogant and aggressive. But that’s not all.</p><p>“You know how in relationships someone can love someone more than the other person? Maybe this is a hate you more. Since you seem to hate us more than we hate you?” Schriener asked.</p><p>And we hate too much. For the final say on Bears-Packers, I turned to public radio’s resident Green Bay Packer backer, Michael Feldman. Feldman hosts the live quiz show <em>Whadya Know</em> in Madison.</p><p>“I’m not sure how it all started…but if you get to the border towns around Kenosha and South Beloit, it divides families. There is a certain resentment towards Chicagoans in Wisconsin. Cabins, free roads, tollroads, and they shout, talking loud in restaurants, don’t want to be seated,” Feldman explained.</p><p>I was puzzled so I asked Feldman to elaborate.</p><p>“They don’t like to be seated. They are obnoxious and over the top, like they are still in Chicago,” Feldman clarified.&nbsp;</p><p>I was stunned by what these Packers fans thought of me: I’m aggressive, arrogant and too loud. Am I obnoxious? Yes. I’m so obnoxious I’m doing a whole essay about my obnoxiousness right now. Am I aggressive? Yes, I sought these Packer fans out. Am I loud? Hell yes; over-modulated, even. And am I arrogant? No. I’m just better than you.</p><p>But at the end of the day, I do have one thing going for me: I don’t live in Green Bay.</p><p>Bear down, Chicago.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Music Button: Depeche Mode, "Breathing In Fumes" from the album Stripped, (Reprise/Mute)</em></p></p> Fri, 23 Sep 2011 14:16:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-23/justin-kaufmann-hates-green-bay-packers-%E2%80%93-doesn%E2%80%99t-know-why-92371 NFC Championship preview: Bears-Packers showdown http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/nfc-championship-preview-bears-packers-showdown <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/rodgers cutler_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Bears fans, want the secret to winning Sunday&rsquo;s NFC Championship? &quot;It&rsquo;s really all about the fat guys. If you think about it, the first line of defense is usually fat guys, and the first line of offense is fat guys. You know, that&rsquo;s a bonus. You can move, and you got a big belly.&quot; That's according to Bears defensive tackle Anthony Adams--it's not about touchdowns or turnovers; it's about the fat guys.<br /><br />So here&rsquo;s to downing that deep dish fellas!<br /><br />But seriously, with all the anticipation surrounding Sunday&rsquo;s NFC Championship, this is a game with story lines on top of story lines. You&rsquo;ve got your players, the coaches, the turf itself &ndash; talk about a deep dish!<br /><br />To serve up a steaming hot slice, host Alison Cuddy spoke with &quot;Eight Forty-Eight's&quot; sports contributor&nbsp; Cheryl Raye-Stout. The NFC Championship game kicks off at 2:00 p.m. Sunday: Go Bears!</p><p><em>DJ&nbsp;AMPM Music button:<br />Jadakiss, &quot;We Gonna Make It&quot; (instrumental)<br />Luniz, &quot;I Got 5 On It&quot; (instrumental)<br /></em></p></p> Fri, 21 Jan 2011 14:47:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/nfc-championship-preview-bears-packers-showdown Illinois, Wisconsin governors bet on title game http://www.wbez.org/story/bears/illinois-wisconsin-governors-bet-title-game <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Packers vs Bears.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker says his NFC Championship Game bet with Illinois Governor Pat Quinn involves team colors and some volunteer time.</p><p>Walker says the losing governor of the bet on Sunday's Green Bay Packers-Chicago Bears game will volunteer in a food pantry in the winner's state wearing a shirt from the opposing team.</p><p>Also, Walker says the loser must fly the opposing team's flag in his governor's office a day before the Super Bowl.</p><p>The governor says he got a lot of great ideas for the bet on Twitter, including tweets offering Wisconsin cranberries, bratwurst and Door County cherries. Those items will be contributed to food pantries.<br /><br />&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 19 Jan 2011 19:02:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/bears/illinois-wisconsin-governors-bet-title-game Halas and Lombardi loom over Bears-Packers title game http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/halas-and-lombardi-loom-over-bears-packers-title-game <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/lombardi-halas1 getty.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Sunday the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers will meet to decide who will represent the NFC in the 2011 Super Bowl. But there&rsquo;s a whole lot more at stake in this game: The teams haven&rsquo;t met in the post-season since 1941. And hands down, football&rsquo;s greatest rivalry is between the Bears and the Pack.<br /><br />In part, that&rsquo;s because it goes way back, to the early days of the NFL. And it was cemented by two long-standing leaders of the Bears and the Packers - <a href="http://www.chicagobears.com/tradition/hof-halas.asp" target="_blank">George Halas</a> and <a href="http://www.vincelombardi.com/" target="_blank">Vince Lombardi</a>. They also helped define the NFL &ndash; the NFC trophy is named for Halas and the Super Bowl trophy is named for Lombardi.<br /><br />To find out more about this ancient bitter history &quot;Eight Forty-Eight&quot; turned to two experts. <a href="http://www.davidmaraniss.com/" target="_blank">David Maraniss</a> is a Pulizer-prize winning journalist, associate editor of the <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/" target="_blank">Washington Post</a> and author of the book, &quot;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/When-Pride-Still-Mattered-Lombardi/dp/0684870185" target="_blank">When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi</a>.&quot; <a href="http://www.lestermunson.com/" target="_blank">Lester Munson</a> is a writer and investigative reporter for <a href="http://espn.go.com/" target="_blank">ESPN</a>.</p><p><em>Music Button: Sam Spence, &quot;Industrial Giant&quot;, from the CD NFL Films Music Library Vol. 1, (NFL Films)</em></p></p> Wed, 19 Jan 2011 14:55:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/halas-and-lombardi-loom-over-bears-packers-title-game Bears stay positive after loss to Packers http://www.wbez.org/story/loss/bears-stay-positive-after-loss-packers <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/AP090913080504-urlacher Morry Gash.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Chicago Bears stayed healthy and regained their swagger on defense, too.&nbsp; So even though they went all in and lost 10-3 to Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, they could take some positives away from the regular-season finale.</p><p>The way coach Lovie Smith sees it, there was no better way to tune up for the playoffs than with a &quot;hard game like that&quot; at hostile Lambeau Field.</p><p>Chicago kept Rodgers in check after getting rolled over by Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in a 36-7 loss and struggling to stop the New York Jets in a 38-34 win in recent weeks. The offense, however, couldn't get going after helping the Bears score 78 points over the previous two games.<br /><br />&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 03 Jan 2011 21:31:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/loss/bears-stay-positive-after-loss-packers