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Urlacher rips Soldier Field turf, London game, Dhani Jones’ bow tie

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Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher had plenty to say in a radio interview Thursday morning, talking about the sorry state of the sod at Soldier Field, explaining why he doesn’t want to play in London this season and firing back at criticisms leveled by Dhani Jones.

Asked on ESPN 1000 in Chicago about Bears president Ted Phillips saying the grass at Soldier Field gives the Bears a home-field advantage, Urlacher said that’s not true, and in reality the grass at Soldier Field is “a disaster.”

“The weather I think is the biggest advantage we have against teams that don’t play in our weather,” Urlacher said, via Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com. “But we’re a fast defense. You put us on that FieldTurf eight home games a year? We’re going to be really fast. You put [Julius] Peppers on that turf? [Devin] Hester, with all those cuts on turf? [Johnny] Knox? All those guys. We’re going to be a little better, I think. Faster.”

The turf at Wembley Stadium in London likely won’t be in top condition for the October 23 Bears-Buccaneers game, but that’s not why Urlacher is unhappy about going there. Urlacher just seems to think it’s dumb for the NFL to play across the pond.

“No, I’m not excited to go to London,” Urlacher said. “I don’t understand why they do that. . . . I am not excited to go to London, I will say that.”

And as for the comments from Bengals linebacker Dhani Jones that Urlacher isn’t one of the 10 best linebackers in the NFL, Urlacher decided to rip Jones’ style of dress.

“I think we were drafted in the same class, right? Is he a 2000 guy? I haven’t heard anything about him since then,” Urlacher said. “I saw him on a TV show with a bow-tie on though. So I know him better for how the way he dresses than what he does on a football field. Guys are going to talk. I’ve definitely had a lot worse things said publicly from guys, so I can live with it.”

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  1. trbowman says: Jun 23, 2011 12:38 PM

    He’s right ripping Soldier field. Awful surface

    Yeah, the London game is dumb. I doubt players want to make the trip there. Besides, this is America’s game. Let’s keep it in America.

    Lay off the bow-tie, please.

  2. ebenezergrymm says: Jun 23, 2011 12:44 PM

    This is funny because the only time I hear about Urlacher is when he’s running his mouth to the media. He’s completely irrelevant on the football field.

  3. berniemadoffsides says: Jun 23, 2011 12:44 PM

    “I saw him on a TV show with a bow-tie on though.”

    lol…

  4. hobartbaker says: Jun 23, 2011 12:45 PM

    Jones hasn’t had a lot of success in the past ten years, but the punk rock band “Dhani Jones Bow Tie” is doing surprisingly well.

  5. mvp43 says: Jun 23, 2011 12:46 PM

    He’s right about that turf……..it does suck. No team has just plain grass any more. Even my local High School team has that blended field turf. Worst owners in football behind Ralph Wilson

  6. neemdaddy13 says: Jun 23, 2011 12:49 PM

    Urlacher = Overrated, that’s all folks

  7. twitter:Chapman_Jamie says: Jun 23, 2011 12:50 PM

    Brian you are slowly fading away into the history of this great game and I think you are starting to notice it. While you make excellent points about games being played in Europe, that is about where it ends. Just shut up for a while please.

  8. yzguy431 says: Jun 23, 2011 12:50 PM

    when is the last time urlacher got off a block?

  9. frostbelt says: Jun 23, 2011 12:52 PM

    Dhani Jones is an idiot

  10. hobartbaker says: Jun 23, 2011 12:52 PM

    Urlacher rips Soldier Field a new turfhole.

  11. atcojack says: Jun 23, 2011 12:55 PM

    Well, I’m from the UK and I’m a huge fan of the sport. I’ve played at a competitive level, alongside players who have played semi professionally in the European leagues.

    There are hundreds of thousands of NFL enthusiasts in the UK. Wembley Stadium is a sellout everytime (the lowest crowd for a regular season game was around 82,000). The atmosphere is always electric and most players really love the change of scenery, culture and excitement/hype surrounding the whole event.

    I know the first game was a bit of a shambles (poor organisation and very wet field, etc), but with each year, the game becomes a bit better organised. A lot of the players love coming here, don’t let the one or two that don’t (might I add, usually from the LOSING side) fool you.

    As far as the international series goes, I think the best situation for all would be a compromise to the 18 game schedule?

    17 game schedules…. 8 home, 8 away and 1 international game. That way, noone gives up a home game, and places like Mexico, Asia, Germany, Toronto and the UK can enjoy the sport too!

    Too much like common sense, huh?

  12. cshearing says: Jun 23, 2011 12:55 PM

    Ah, the old “never heard of that guy” routine. Common amongst those that cannot think of a witty remark. If he truly has not heard of Jones, he should be ashamed. I know him, and I am not a professional football player.

  13. philtration says: Jun 23, 2011 12:57 PM

    “I think we were drafted in the same class, right? Is he a 2000 guy? I haven’t heard anything about him since then,”

    True.
    If he did not wear some stupid bow tie and spell his name like he was a dyslexic little girl then no one would know who he is.

  14. scoops1 says: Jun 23, 2011 12:57 PM

    Hey Urlacher…Brandon Jackson called…He says if you want your jock strap back, you better go back to the Soldier Field and pick it up off the awful field surface. Its growing mold and and ruining the grass

  15. hobartbaker says: Jun 23, 2011 12:57 PM

    To jack themselves up for practice on a cold, rainy Chicago day, the Bear’s players shout “Turf’s Up!”.

  16. lbpackfan says: Jun 23, 2011 12:58 PM

    I hear Urlacher is opening up a new line of finger and toenail polish

  17. nflpasux says: Jun 23, 2011 1:00 PM

    Typical dumb jock.

    The NFL plays games in London, Toronto, Mexico City, and exhibitions elsewhere, as an investment for future growth of its television contracts. NFL projects doubling its revenue within five years — London is part of that equation.

  18. renaissanceman87 says: Jun 23, 2011 1:00 PM

    Dhani Jones, a guy who was drafted in the 6th round, has played in 10 NFL seasons, and started 115 games. I’m quite sure he’s happy with what he’s accomplished.

    Urlacher, just seems like the worst combination of thin skin and ego at this point in his career.

  19. ravensfan4life52 says: Jun 23, 2011 1:02 PM

    Urlacher is declining in talent, but I would take an 80 year old Urlacher before I would take a 25 year old Dhani. Dhani is a nobody linebacker who has never been that good. Oh he’s been the leading tackler for the Bengals the last however many seasons. that matters? who are the bengals? who dey? everybody in the nfl is dey apparently. play well on a team that’s relevant and on a decent defense and then i’ll bother watching for you on the field. until then shut up.

  20. carlsbadboltfan says: Jun 23, 2011 1:02 PM

    What has Dhani Jones ever done? Witty commercials perhaps?

  21. renaissanceman87 says: Jun 23, 2011 1:04 PM

    That surface (And Julius Peppers nearly breaking Aaron Rodgers skull) was the only thing keeping the Bears in the NFC Championship game.

    The Packers had the receivers, the team speed and the QB to crush the Bears 35-14 if they wanted in that game. NFC Championship was the only Packer playoff game where the passing attack wasn’t clicking as well as it could.

  22. redrew says: Jun 23, 2011 1:04 PM

    It is a union field….so of course it will be substandard…..hope and change, hope and change

  23. britishraven says: Jun 23, 2011 1:08 PM

    Even fewer people will want ‘Da Bears’ to win over here this year now. He’s an idiot

  24. swede700 says: Jun 23, 2011 1:08 PM

    The only way Urlacher makes the news is by opening his mouth. While he is one of the best linebackers in the last 15 years, unlike Ray Lewis, he hasn’t been able to maintain that status for the past few years. He’s a has-been.

    As far as playing in London, I have no problem with them playing in London. It’s about the sport. How about expanding your mind a bit, Urlacher? That New Mexico education must have taught you something about thinking “big picture”, didn’t it?

  25. rayjayjohnsonjr says: Jun 23, 2011 1:12 PM

    Get Off My Lawn, Urlacher!…and while your at it, try to find something positive to gain attention about.

  26. thoff1525 says: Jun 23, 2011 1:12 PM

    I have also HEARD that players are taxed based on the location of their game. For example, when Cleveland plays in Pittsburgh, the Browns players are taxed by the Commonwealth of Pennsyvlania instead of being taxed by Ohio. Taxes in London are much much MUCH higher than they are here in the States. Just another reason for the players to not play over there.

  27. paulseiferth says: Jun 23, 2011 1:12 PM

    Urlacher goes on the local radio every once in awhile because he is on the most popular athletes in Chicago. Why is it news every time he talks? This really isn’t a big deal folks.

    Oh, and he played exceptionally well last year guys. He can still play with the best of them. Try watching a few Bears game before you say he’s not good anymore.

  28. dirtyharry44 says: Jun 23, 2011 1:14 PM

    Classic case where a decent player has lost a couple steps and is at the end of his career. Start blaming others for your deficiencies instead of looking in the damn mirror. As mentioned before, we only hear about this guy when he’s blabbering to the press.

  29. bengalsown says: Jun 23, 2011 1:22 PM

    ravensfan4life52 says: Jun 23, 2011 1:02 PM

    Urlacher is declining in talent, but I would take an 80 year old Urlacher before I would take a 25 year old Dhani. Dhani is a nobody linebacker who has never been that good. Oh he’s been the leading tackler for the Bengals the last however many seasons. that matters? who are the bengals? who dey? everybody in the nfl is dey apparently. play well on a team that’s relevant and on a decent defense and then i’ll bother watching for you on the field. until then shut up.
    ——————–

    The Bengals are the team that your team has had trouble beating since 2003.

    What’s the record since Marvin Lewis became coach, 10-6?

  30. vikesfansteve says: Jun 23, 2011 1:22 PM

    The better question is who doesn’t Urlacher talk smack about?

    Go back to Entourage.

  31. hobartbaker says: Jun 23, 2011 1:22 PM

    Urlacher came across a bit grouchy. But, who knows, if he was asked about Mom, apple pie, or puppy dogs, he might have sounded more upbeat.

  32. ditkastache says: Jun 23, 2011 1:26 PM

    Urlacher played pretty frickin’ great last year. Anybody who watched the bears play would know that. Dhani Jones is a clown, and I don’t see what the big about any of Urlacher’s comments is.

  33. lrt79 says: Jun 23, 2011 1:27 PM

    Goodness, the ignorance (typical to the internet but most typical to comments regarding the Bears) is running rampant today.

    There will always be the haters who think Urlacher is overrated because they want to believe it or hear it in the media. Yes, he had a couple of off seasons because he was nursing injuries. He spent the 2009 season on IR and came back in 2010 looking like he did 5-9 years ago.

    That is fact, my friends. Like these:

    Last year he finished tied for 9th in the NFL in total tackles. Tied for 11th in Combined tackles. He was tied at 27th in sacks, tied for 11th in forced fumbles, tied for 1st in fumbles recovered, and 5th in passes deflected.

    He may be a loud-mouthed idiot at times, but the guy is one of the best defensive players of all time. You may not like it, but not liking it doesn’t change the fact.

  34. lrt79 says: Jun 23, 2011 1:31 PM

    A small amendment: sacks, FF, FR, and PD were out of all LBs in the league while the tackle stats were out of all NFL defensive players.

  35. shaggytoodle says: Jun 23, 2011 1:32 PM

    I don’t get why Urlacher has been so angry these last few weeks, talking about being better than the Packers and now ripping all sorts of things.

    Another thing if the turf is that bad to play on there are 31 other teams that he may prefer thier turf better.

  36. Kaz says: Jun 23, 2011 1:44 PM

    Dhani is probably basing his opinion on the Bears V Bengals game of 09. Ceds revenge. We all know how that worked out… If you don’t let’s just say the Bears D is still chasing Ced. Or should I say Urlacher is still trying to get off a block.

  37. ravensfan4life52 says: Jun 23, 2011 1:48 PM

    @bengalstown

    No. The team we’ve struggled beating has been the Steelers. The Bengals yeah you guys have beaten us a few times but still Dhani Jones is nobody, most of your front 7 are nobodies. Maualuga and Peko are somebodies, but everybody else? C’mon Son! You guys do have two good CB’s but they’re inconsistent. Now Flacco did have a bad game against you guys last year but even with throwing 4 picks you guys only won by 5 points. But no the Steelers are the teams we’ve struggled against. and who cares about since 2003? I care about since Flacco has been here. Since he’s been here we’re 3-3. After this year that record is gonna be 5-3 in favor of the Ravens. Wait to talk until your team has a remote chance of making the playoffs. Until then SHHHHHHHH!

  38. mvp43 says: Jun 23, 2011 1:51 PM

    Urlacher says what he thinks Bear fans want to hear…that simple. He will retire a Bear and will probably look for a radio job in Chicago after he’s done. He wants to be revered in Chicagoland like Butkus, Ditka, Hampton etc…………

  39. hobartbaker says: Jun 23, 2011 1:53 PM

    Players who sink quietly into the depths of NFL anonymity, with hardly a ripple, are now said to have gone to “Dhani Jones Locker”.

  40. skiddaw says: Jun 23, 2011 1:54 PM

    So if he dont want to play in London will he say to the owners “ok I dont want my share of the extra revenue these games generate. I dont want to experience playing an away game in a different country in front of 82,000 people in a world class stadium”
    P.S the turf at wembley is a lot better than soldier field

  41. snccoach says: Jun 23, 2011 1:56 PM

    Love it!

    Urlacher: 7x Pro Bowl selection, 4x All-Pro

    Jones: ZERO NFL accolades, sorry the 3x All-Big Ten selctions doesn’t count at the next level.

    Face Dhani, if it weren’t for your librarian nerd glasses and your hippie bow ties….you’re irrelevant.

  42. ottograham says: Jun 23, 2011 2:04 PM

    lol 2004 Bears V. Steelers at Pittsburgh…

    Urlacher meets Bettis and sums up his professional career as an athlete.

  43. schmitty2 says: Jun 23, 2011 2:05 PM

    “No, I’m not excited to go to London,” Urlacher said. “I don’t understand why they do that. . . . I am not excited to go to London, I will say that

    Hopefully Queen Elizabeth doesn’t catch wind of this. She will give him a Buckingham Palace beatdown

  44. yippityskippity69 says: Jun 23, 2011 2:08 PM

    As a die hard Bears fan who was crushed last year when the Pack beat us I have to agree that Urlacher is correct the sod at Soldier Field is a joke. Other teams know this and use it to their advantage when scheming defensive packeges against us. Having actually stepped on the field during a tour of Soldier Field I’ve seen better grass on high school fields with no budget! Urlacher has lost a step but is still a premier LB. Haters will make snide comments. Why are we playing games in London? as if this will actually turn them on to american football. ya right!

  45. maddog111 says: Jun 23, 2011 2:08 PM

    lrt79 says:
    Jun 23, 2011 1:31 PM
    A small amendment: sacks, FF, FR, and PD were out of all LBs in the league while the tackle stats were out of all NFL defensive players.
    ———————————————-
    Where did he rank among white linebackers?

  46. countyk66ers says: Jun 23, 2011 2:12 PM

    Which team loses a home game by playing in London?

    @atcojack
    17 game schedules…. 8 home, 8 away and 1 international game. That way, noone gives up a home game, and places like Mexico, Asia, Germany, Toronto and the UK can enjoy the sport too!

    That actually is a darn good idea!

  47. jutts says: Jun 23, 2011 2:13 PM

    Yea, I heard that about Urlacher toe and finger nail polish: So far, only Packer and Packer fans are buying though. AJ.. speaking of pickin up jock-straps….

  48. dgforreal says: Jun 23, 2011 2:14 PM

    Now that that’s out of the way, how’s about ripping through the O-line and making some plays big boy?

  49. metalhead65 says: Jun 23, 2011 2:17 PM

    hey I get it now.it is ok for anybody who does not like the bears and urlacher to say anything they want about him and the team but if they respond in any way they are thin skinned crybabies right?funny how most of the talk comes from guys on losing teams or loser fans of loser teams. they must be jealous of all the times the bears and Urlacher beat their sorry ass teams when healthy Urlacher and the bears record speaks for itself. last year was just a fluke right? look back before last season and see what the so called experts predicted for them including the know it all editor of this site. funny how they had 1 of toughest schedules before the season untill they started winning,then it was they played a weak one. not the bears fault the teams they beat were over rated or just sucked. 11-5 and division champs again with a healthy Urlacher. that says all you need to know about how over rated he is.jones and his stupid tie could not hold Brian’s jock. how many teams has he played for?how many winning teams has he played on?or try this how many teams won while he played for them? I am not sure since I do not follow losers but can’t imagine if he were as good as he thinks he is that teams would let him go. on the other hand if Urlacher is so over rated why is he still with the bears and a all pro? ok so they did not play in the super bowl but for an over rated guy playing on a team that “sucks” according you people playing in the nfc championship game is pretty impressive I think.

  50. Deb says: Jun 23, 2011 2:17 PM

    @atcojack …

    Well, how generous of you to decide that American professional football players should agree to extend their season by one game so all the teams can play one game in Europe to accommodate European fans. My, my … it is amazing that we Colonials can manage to tie our shoes without help from the “common sense” solutions provided by those from the Mother Country. :roll:

    Obviously a lot of UK fans are populating this thread because you’d never get that many thumbs up from the league’s core fans … the Americans that pay their bills.

    It’s lovely that you’ve adopted the sport. It’s unfortunate that affection didn’t spell survival for the World League of American Football, which was a financial disaster. If you choose to be fans of American football, you can watch it as you do now, on American telecasts.

    It is less feasible to expand the NFL into Europe and the UK than it was to set up a separate league there. Anytime our teams perform outside our stadiums, we lose home games. Anytime our players are forced to fly across the Atlantic to play, they risk injury and jeopardize their standings because of jet lag and inadequate prep time for that game or the following game.

    Apparently you have not been following the labor dispute because the players do not want to play an additional regular season game (which was not going to include additional regular-season pay) because of the additional wear and tear on their bodies. I doubt they’d want to play that game and tack on an international flight to go with it. Your “common sense” approach would do nothing but blow up our labor negotiations.

  51. lrt79 says: Jun 23, 2011 2:18 PM

    Here’s a list of just 10 of the hundreds of players with fewer tackles than Urlacher last season:

    Charles Woodson
    Lance Briggs
    James Farrior
    AJ Hawk
    Nick Collins
    Bart Scott
    DeMarcus Ware
    Clay Matthews
    Terrell Suggs
    Desmond Bishop

    I suppose this means that if Urlacher is overrated, all these guys must be HUGELY overrated.

  52. countyk66ers says: Jun 23, 2011 2:20 PM

    Hey the 2012 Olympics will held at Wembley. Its a brand new stadium built on the site of the old Wembley. He can tell his kids that he played there. What an honor.

  53. ICDogg says: Jun 23, 2011 2:29 PM

    I find it hard to believe that anyone would rate Dhani Jones as even being close to the level of player as Brian Urlacher. The idea is absurd.

  54. mvp43 says: Jun 23, 2011 2:38 PM

    lrt79 says:
    Jun 23, 2011 2:18 PM
    Here’s a list of just 10 of the hundreds of players with fewer tackles than Urlacher last season:

    Charles Woodson
    Lance Briggs
    James Farrior
    AJ Hawk
    Nick Collins
    Bart Scott
    DeMarcus Ware
    Clay Matthews
    Terrell Suggs
    Desmond Bishop

    I suppose this means that if Urlacher is overrated, all these guys must be HUGELY overrated.

    ————————————————

    To me it means that Urlacher is the only guy that can tackle on that team and his D Line sucks. Half the guys you mention play for the Packers… if you want to make a comparison, add up the total tackles of the Bears 5 players. My guess is that the Packers are more balanced.

    Well, considering that 5 of those players play for the same team tells me that

  55. fastrichie says: Jun 23, 2011 2:52 PM

    hobartbaker says:
    Jun 23, 2011 1:53 PM
    Players who sink quietly into the depths of NFL anonymity, with hardly a ripple, are now said to have gone to “Dhani Jones Locker”.

    HILARIOUS!!!

  56. 1buckeye76 says: Jun 23, 2011 2:59 PM

    snccoach says: Jun 23, 2011 1:56 PM

    Love it!

    Urlacher: 7x Pro Bowl selection, 4x All-Pro

    Jones: ZERO NFL accolades, sorry the 3x All-Big Ten selctions doesn’t count at the next level.

    Face Dhani, if it weren’t for your librarian nerd glasses and your hippie bow ties….you’re irrelevant.

    Hippies don’t wear bow ties… just sayin’

  57. Deb says: Jun 23, 2011 3:15 PM

    @lrt79 …

    Tackle stats don’t tell the whole story of a player. I haven’t disrespected Urlacher, but you can’t seriously claim he’s a better linebacker today than Clay Matthews. I thought Matthews should have been Super Bowl MVP–and that’s coming from a Steelers fan.

    As for our Farrior–he’s 36 and has played his whole career. Urlacher is 33 and has lost nearly two seasons to injury, so he has the body of a 31-year-old. How do you compare players with that kind of age disparity? Farrior is splitting tackles with, arguably, the best linebacking corps in football: James Harrison, LaMarr Woodley, and Lawrence Timmons. And if I’m not mistaken, the Bears run a 4/3. Your tackle numbers are meaningless in a discussion of Urlacher’s value.

  58. Kaz says: Jun 23, 2011 3:17 PM

    1buckeye76 says:
    Jun 23, 2011 2:59 PM
    snccoach says: Jun 23, 2011 1:56 PM

    Love it!

    Urlacher: 7x Pro Bowl selection, 4x All-Pro

    Jones: ZERO NFL accolades, sorry the 3x All-Big Ten selctions doesn’t count at the next level.

    Face Dhani, if it weren’t for your librarian nerd glasses and your hippie bow ties….you’re irrelevant.

    Hippies don’t wear bow ties… just sayin’

    _______
    Only thing that matters is a superbowl ring…

  59. minnesconsin says: Jun 23, 2011 3:23 PM

    lrt79 says:
    Jun 23, 2011 2:18 PM
    Here’s a list of just 10 of the hundreds of players with fewer tackles than Urlacher last season:

    Charles Woodson
    Lance Briggs
    James Farrior
    AJ Hawk
    Nick Collins
    Bart Scott
    DeMarcus Ware
    Clay Matthews
    Terrell Suggs
    Desmond Bishop

    I suppose this means that if Urlacher is overrated, all these guys must be HUGELY overrated.
    ————

    if DB’s and LB’s are statistically comparable, then my apple is so much better than your orange — and redder too. By choosing 2 of GB’s DB’s to throw into your list you reveal yourself as a biased Bears fan intent on ripping some Packers in the process of your lousy straw-man argument. It’s kind of cute, really.

    Urlacher’s 2010 line (via Pro-football-reference.com) includes 4 sacks, 1 pic, 1 FF, and 97 tackles. It’s a good season, very good considering it was a pretty major bounce-back from recent down years. But it’s NOT “premier.” It’s not “elite.”

    A good metric to use to keep things simple is the “AV” or “approximate value” metric, PFR’s conglomerate stat. Early in his career, Urlacher had a couple of monster years. He had AV’s of 21, 19, and 18 in 2001, 2005, and 2006, respectively. Those years he was an elite player in the NFL. In 2010, his AV was 15 — a great improvement over his previous two full seasons when he had an AV of 8 and 9, but still not “elite.” Urlacher’s best years are behind him, and he hasn’t been a premier defender since 2006, period.

    This year’s “elite” defenders in that 20-ish AV range include Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers, James Harrison, etc.

  60. gregjennings85 says: Jun 23, 2011 3:26 PM

    Nothing against B-Jax, but when Brandon Jackson breaks your ankles after catching a pass out of the backfield, it’s time to hang em up, pretty soon, BU.

  61. tjacks7 says: Jun 23, 2011 3:30 PM

    @lrt

    Really Charles Woodson, a cornerback, you expect him to have as many tackles as a middle linebacker? I noticed you didn’t have ANY middle linebackers in your list of players with fewer tackles, kinda odd since you know.. Your middle linebacker generally leads your team in tackles over the course of a season.

    PS. I noticed Urlacher didn’t catch any touchdowns last year. He must be overrated compared to: Greg Lewis, Jordy Nelson, Riley Cooper and Brandon Banks.

    Your logic = flawed.

  62. marcus158 says: Jun 23, 2011 3:34 PM

    As a UK NFL fan, I’d rather all games got played in the US.

    I was at the 49ers-Broncos game last year and the atmosphere was terrible. Like a graveyard. The only time people cheered was when a team scored, which was only 3 times before the 4th Qtr (2 FGs and a TD). You’d have thought that a big game like this where a team had given up a HOME GAME (49ers) that people would make an effort to appreciate what the team had done. It can’t have been easy for 49er season ticket holders to learn that their team was playing a home game 12,000 miles away.

    That and selfish bastards were constantly getting up to buy their overpriced beers and hotdogs. It was like a constant game of “stand up, sit down”.

    I don’t care if it was sold out 5 years running. I don’t want to see teams get put through that sh*tty atmosphere again or a serios fan like me having their concerntration being constantly broken by some casual fan in a Favre Jets jersey getting up every 5 minutes.

  63. upperdecker19 says: Jun 23, 2011 4:16 PM

    “I saw him on a TV show with a bow-tie on though.”

    He may be confused with Tucker Carlson or Orville Reddenbacher. Easy mistake.

  64. britishraven says: Jun 23, 2011 4:31 PM

    As a UK NFL fan, I’d rather all games got played in the US.

    I was at the 49ers-Broncos game last year and the atmosphere was terrible. Like a graveyard. The only time people cheered was when a team scored, which was only 3 times before the 4th Qtr (2 FGs and a TD). You’d have thought that a big game like this where a team had given up a HOME GAME (49ers) that people would make an effort to appreciate what the team had done. It can’t have been easy for 49er season ticket holders to learn that their team was playing a home game 12,000 miles away.

    That and selfish bastards were constantly getting up to buy their overpriced beers and hotdogs. It was like a constant game of “stand up, sit down”.

    I don’t care if it was sold out 5 years running. I don’t want to see teams get put through that sh*tty atmosphere again or a serios fan like me having their concerntration being constantly broken by some casual fan in a Favre Jets jersey getting up every 5 minutes.

    I’ve been to all the London games + 3 games in the US and surprise surprise people buy beers in both countries! I went to Tampa/Pittsburgh last season and that atmosphere was far far far worse than the London one, which I thought was quite good – one Tampa fan left with his family as some Steelers idiots were swearing and insulting just about everyone throughout the game. I was also at the Oakland/SD game the season before – stadium about 2/3 full if that, people smoking weed in the concourse, fights in the toilets – yeh, real great atmosphere there

    With regard to the tax ruling – I know for the Champions League final that an exemption was granted to allow the game to be played and I imagine the same exemption is granted for the NFL.

  65. sylar1888 says: Jun 23, 2011 4:32 PM

    Ok, let me make sure I have this right. Dhani Jones said he’s the 7th best LB and Brian Urlacher shouldn’t be top 10… Now both players have 12 years experience with Dhani Jones having 889 total tackles 628 solo 261 ast with 9.5 sacks and 6 ff. Brian Urlacher has 1183 total tackles 900 solo 283 ast with 41.5 sacks and 10 ff.. How in the world can Dhani Jones be a better LB with inferior stats that aren’t even close? Just shows you that these athletes today just don’t have a clue! I mean Brian Urlacher has more solo tackles than Dhani’s total tackles…

  66. packers291 says: Jun 23, 2011 4:46 PM

    It seems like Urlacher has been complaining quite a bit lately. I can’t remember the last time he has had any sort of positive message to convey to the public.

    Cheer up, man.

    Still a great linebacker though.

  67. Deb says: Jun 23, 2011 4:52 PM

    @marcus158 …

    Thank you for an unselfish perspective that demonstrates an actual appreciation for the game and the people who play it.

  68. londonbengal says: Jun 23, 2011 4:57 PM

    Here’s a slightly different viewpoint on the Urlacher/ London game thang.

    I’m a 30 year NFL fan and Englishman living in England, and we are completely dominated by American culture and products.

    You Americans want us to fly your airlines, buy your burgers, your laptops, your software etc, etc; but you don’t want us to watch your sports !!!!!

    Of course the NFL should be playing games in England/ Germany/ Japan; its a natural extension of America’s general wish to export things internationally.

    The reason the NFL wants to play games in London is because the thing sells out within hours; (unlike a number of current NFL teams), and there are more hardened NFL fans in the UK and Germany than there are in alot of US states.

    Get with the programme America. Try to look beyond your own post-boxes once in a while.

  69. gor76 says: Jun 23, 2011 5:13 PM

    @marcus158 …

    They sell hotdogs at Wembley?

  70. ravensfan4life52 says: Jun 23, 2011 5:21 PM

    I think it would be cool for the NFL to expand to London but at the same time I understand why players don’t like it.

  71. Michael says: Jun 23, 2011 5:23 PM

    Deb says:

    It’s lovely that you’ve adopted the sport. It’s unfortunate that affection didn’t spell survival for the World League of American Football, which was a financial disaster.

    —————————

    Although it was the six US franchises in the ten-team WLAF that were the problem and collapsed the league, not the three European ones.

    It was because of the affection over in Europe that they reformulated the league without Montreal and the US teams.

  72. paulseiferth says: Jun 23, 2011 5:52 PM

    For those of you bringing up B Jax juking Urlacher:

    He also made these two plays:
    On a key 3rd down, Urlacher sacks Rodgers to push the Packers out of field goal range and forced them to punt.

    Inside the 10 yard line, Urlacher picks off Rodgers and although he should of scored, he prevented the Packers from scoring.

    Keep bringing up B Jackson juking him if you want, but Urlacher was playing his butt off making plays to help keep points off the board and helping his team win.

  73. chuckyd317 says: Jun 23, 2011 6:58 PM

    Here’s a list of just 10 of the hundreds of players with fewer tackles than Urlacher last season:

    Charles Woodson
    Lance Briggs
    James Farrior
    AJ Hawk
    Nick Collins
    Bart Scott
    DeMarcus Ware
    Clay Matthews
    Terrell Suggs
    Desmond Bishop

    I suppose this means that if Urlacher is overrated, all these guys must be HUGELY overrated.
    ________________________________

    Here’s a list of players with more Super Bowl Rings than Urlacher….

    http://www.packers.com/team/players.html

  74. frankiefiveangels says: Jun 23, 2011 6:58 PM

    I’m no Chicago fan but Urlacher is clearly one of the better linebackers in the NFL. Dhani Jones is the current NFL version of Tiki Barber, he loves attention and will say anything to get fans to notice him. Like Barber, he is not nearly as funny or bright as he thinks he is. Jones is just in the audition phase of his future broadcasting career (he hopes) and will say anything for name recognition. He is a buffoon.

  75. Deb says: Jun 23, 2011 7:18 PM

    @londonbengal & Michael …

    Look, I don’t care whether the British buy American, and when I lived in the UK, I preferred pub grub and chippies to Burger King or McDonald’s. I don’t begrudge you being fans of American football–I’m a fan of several British television series. But expanding the U.S. league to Europe and the UK is not feasible.

    Let’s say we expanded to 40 teams and put one AFC and one NFC division of four teams each across the Atlantic. All teams, ours and yours, are going to face constant travel and jet-lag obstacles. Scheduling playoffs will be murder. You’ll have to import talent from the U.S. because you don’t have the pee-wee, junior high, high school, and NCAA farm system in place to provide pro-caliber players. And the wildly popular Sunday, Monday, and Thursday night games will be impossible. When those games are played in the U.S., it’s the wee hours of the morning overseas. You could watch them tape-delayed the following evening, but with the Internet, you’d already have access to the scores.

    It will not work.

    The smarter thing would be to have a league–like the WLAF–made up solely of teams playing that side of the Atlantic and leave the U.S. teams as they are. But I’ve read many UK fans who say they will not abandon the U.S. teams they’ve followed for many years.

    If I were a Man U fan, I wouldn’t expect them to pull up stakes and come play in my backyard just to suit me. I’d recognize they are a Manchester team, and if I wanted to see them in person, I’d go there.

  76. pudgalvin says: Jun 23, 2011 7:43 PM

    Man. Did you guys actually listen to any of the interview? It was all pretty light hearted stuff. Even what he said about Jones.

    He went on to explain that he just doesn’t like to have to travel to Europe in the middle of the season. That’s all. I generally think Urlacher’s a bit of a jerk, but it really seemed like just a casual conversation where he was answering honestly about the things he was asked about.

  77. CKL says: Jun 24, 2011 11:23 AM

    “The smarter thing would be to have a league–like the WLAF–made up solely of teams playing that side of the Atlantic and leave the U.S. teams as they are.”
    __________________________________
    I will never EVER stop being pissed that the owners canned NFLE. It was the perfect compromise. It allowed a developmental league for the NFL and it allowed the fans in other countries to see football live. Since the owners (via Goodell’s statement anyway) canned NFLE because it wasn’t profitable that suggests that there is NOT a suitable level of interest in NFL football to play games over there. AND it allowed fanatics like me to watch actual NFL rules games in the NFL offseason. It was fun trying to pick out who would make it in the NFL from there. I think Tony Brown was my biggest “hit” of a prediction.

    To the dude who mentions how quickly games sell out over there, I contend it’s the “rarity factor”more than anything else. One game selling out is nothing close to having a team based over there and trying to sell out all of them long term. I know of a British Pats fan on a message board who would likely go to that to see NFL football but he’s been a Pats fan so long that he would never actually be anything but a Pats fan.
    To the dude who said the atmosphere over there was bad because of the fans caring about eating and whining to other fans to sit down more than they cared about the game, unfortunately that’s a complaint a lot of us over here have as well since so many people at our games are corporate paid tickets or people who look at it as a “see and be seen” social event.

  78. londonbengal says: Jun 25, 2011 2:11 PM

    FAO ‘Deb’…..

    I think there would be alot of people in Detroit, Seattle and Atlanta who would care if Brits suddenly stopped buying American brands.

    I’m not arguing in favour of a London based franchise, because I personally don’t think that would work, but there is certainly scope IMO for an extra 17th NFL game to be played as a 16-game ‘international’ series in cities like Beijing, Berlin, Dusseldorf, Dublin, London, Mexico City, Montreal, Seoul, Tokyo, Toronto, Vancouver etc etc.

    If you American guys don’t want NFL games to be played around the world, then stop calling yourselves ‘world champions’.

    Any future NFL has to have an expansive international element to it, and I think a majority of NFL owners recognise this.

  79. mogogo1 says: Jun 27, 2011 6:16 PM

    @nflpasux
    “NFL projects doubling its revenue within five years — London is part of that equation.”

    You know you don’t have to drink all the Kool Aid the league puts out. Doubling revenue in a five year span for a business as established as the NFL already is? That’d be a pipe dream even without a lockout and worldwide economic recession.

    And while they can no doubt win some new fans in England, their efforts have been mixed and their strategy muddled since the beginning. Remember they had an American football team there full-time until they shut down the Monarchs. They also moved the league offices from London to Germany before shuttering all of NFL Europe. Now, England is huge to them again. Okay…

    Yes, I know they sell out Wembley, which is great. But the circus can sell out stadiums for one show a year, too. That doesn’t mean people are going to run home and subscribe to the Circus Channel on their TV.

  80. SmurfJuice says: Jun 29, 2011 2:02 AM

    chuckyd317 says: Jun 23, 2011 6:58 PM

    Here’s a list of players with more Super Bowl Rings than Urlacher….

    http://www.packers.com/team/players.html
    ************** Funniest post of the thread*********

    Anyways, the Urlacher and Dhani thing doesn’t interest me. Someone mentioned Tiki Barber in reference to Dhani Jones, and I cannot agree more.

    The London Experiment interests me. The 17th game being international is an interesting idea, however it is not feasible. Don’t want to travel during the season, won’t give up the “home opener buzz”, and won’t take the homefield advantage away late in playoff pushes.

    What about the 4th preseason game? They say the league wants to make these games more interesting, putting them internationally would accomplish that. Also, the teams would have a mini-vacation after their training camps and preseason, then have plenty of rest before the regular season starts (and stays) in America. A common complaint about preseason games is also the full-price ticket for a quarter-price game. International games would fix complaint as well.

    The NFL was foolish to cancel NFL Europe, if nothing else they should have waited a few years. Would it be possible to have a 16-team league internationally, with each team being a designated farm team for two NFL franchises? Or, are the 53rd men on NFL rosters just not enough “juice” to run a European franchise with?

    ****TL;DR?****

    Dhani Jones = Tiki Barber.
    No overseas regular season games.
    3rd or 4th preseason week all overseas.
    What’s the current viability of an NFL Europe?

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