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Staffs for Bears, Rams have growing doubts about Hall of Fame game

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While no decision has been made yet, it looks less likely by the day that the Hall of Fame Game between the Rams and Bears will be played on August 7.  Just ask the Bears and Rams.

“Realistically, it’s just not enough time to do everything for the first day of training camp the way we’re going,” an executive from one of the teams told Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports. “We’re going to do what we have to do and we all have to live by the same rules, but it’s not going to be easy.”

A coach from one of the teams echoed the sentiment.

“The decision is probably going to be made for us,” a coach said. “You get past a certain point and you can’t play that game . . . the way things are going right now, I don’t think we’re going to have the time to travel for an extra game, let alone all the other stuff you’re talking about.”

The “other stuff” includes everything associated with the start of the new league year.

There has been some speculation that the game could possibly be moved.  But the coach didn’t like the idea.  (Surprise.)

“That’s three days you lose and we’re going to be struggling to get everything done already,” the coach said.

We would expect both teams to complain a little publicly and a lot privately if they are forced to play the game after the start of camp is delayed.

But the coach had the right idea when he said the decision is going to be made for them, whether they like it or not.

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24 Responses to “Staffs for Bears, Rams have growing doubts about Hall of Fame game”
  1. skoobyfl says: Jul 12, 2011 3:18 PM

    We’re at the half of the hall of blame game right now, I’d wait for this embarrassment to end before talking about another game.

  2. rcunningham says: Jul 12, 2011 3:19 PM

    Meh, no one REALLY wants to see Caleb Hanie vs. AJ Feeley.

  3. trbowman says: Jul 12, 2011 3:24 PM

    This headline came a couple days earlier than I thought it would, but here it is.

    I have a feeling this labor deal will come at a time when nobody expects it.

  4. joesphkerr says: Jul 12, 2011 3:35 PM

    No game shows how both sides in this take care of former players. To get into any HOF is a special time for the inductee and in this case their fans. Nice to see both sides screwed it up for this years class as well as the fans who will make the trek to this years ceremonies.

  5. mathsimillion says: Jul 12, 2011 3:35 PM

    They should cancel the HOF game. They’ve made this bed and should be forced to lie in it. Make them lose out on the revenue that this game would cause.

    Too bad the coaches and GMs don’t have a say in this at all. There are going to be a lot of players hurt once the regular season starts…if one starts.

    If they don’t get a deal done by July 21st (as they are saying) then they need to cancel the 1st 2 preseason games and then cancel more the longer it goes.

    Wouldn’t it be crazy if those teams forfeited that game to make a statement? I know it would never happen but I think it would be hilarious.

  6. ampats says: Jul 12, 2011 3:40 PM

    Speculation that game can be moved?

    Why would the HOF game be played anywhere but Canton? If it’s not in Canton,then it is just another boring pre season game ( not that the games in Canton are’t boring)

  7. mvp43 says: Jul 12, 2011 3:41 PM

    How stupid can the League & the players Association be?

    If they’re going to end up losing millions of dollars on 1 game due to posturing and all that crap——-they deserve to lose the money.

    What’s a couple million among friends, right?

  8. eaglesfootballfan says: Jul 12, 2011 3:42 PM

    It’s not going to happen. First the deadline was July 15th and now it is July 21st.

  9. vbe2 says: Jul 12, 2011 4:04 PM

    If the game was scheduled and the teams told to play, could one team forfeit and not show up?

  10. trbowman says: Jul 12, 2011 4:05 PM

    “Meh, no one REALLY wants to see Caleb Hanie vs. AJ Feeley.”

    True. I want to see Nate Enderle and Thad Lewis.

  11. gregjennings85 says: Jul 12, 2011 4:05 PM

    Jay Cutler should have to play the whole game, if they do end up playing it.

  12. vtsquirm says: Jul 12, 2011 4:12 PM

    mathsimillion says:
    “They should cancel the HOF game. They’ve made this bed and should be forced to lie in it. Make them lose out on the revenue that this game would cause.”
    ________________________
    they will cancel this. They don’t have the time to squeeze this game in. but first they need to agree to terms on a CBA.

    “If they don’t get a deal done by July 21st (as they are saying) then they need to cancel the 1st 2 preseason games and then cancel more the longer it goes. ”
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    again, they’ll cancel if they have to. But why would they just throw money away by canceling games, assuming they get a deal done by the 21st?

  13. lovesportsandsurfing says: Jul 12, 2011 4:21 PM

    The players being inducted should boycott the whole HOF ceremony.

  14. lucky5934 says: Jul 12, 2011 4:54 PM

    That’s ok… fans doubt a Rams-Bears preseason game will be worth watching.

  15. ramofsteel says: Jul 12, 2011 5:13 PM

    Man that would suck for me if it was cancelled. Barely get to see the Rams on tv and cherish every time I get to. Meaningless game or not, I love seein my Rams play.

  16. laeaglefan says: Jul 12, 2011 5:13 PM

    They should make the retired players play the HOF game, if the retired players really want a bigger piece of the revenue. Let them work for it!

  17. gimmeabruschi says: Jul 12, 2011 6:06 PM

    Oh my goodness, please say it isn’t so! Please say the HOF game between the Rams and Bears will be played!

    Life as we know it will be destroyed if this does not happen!

  18. schmitty2 says: Jul 12, 2011 6:35 PM

    Darn. Was looking forward to seeing Chris Long bury the crap out of Cutler on the first play from scrimmage

  19. riders008 says: Jul 12, 2011 6:49 PM

    I live in Canton and to all of you who say cancel it and make the NFL lose money you are not thinking of everything……this game is huge for Cantons economy……from hotels being sold out ,to bars and restaurants being super busy for an entire week……….it is a big hit on Canton…….the nfl makes 9 billion a yr…….i am positive Canton is no where close to 1 percent of that…………so i guess canceling this game doesnt hurt the nfl……but does really hurt the city of Canton…….but why would the NFL care about that as long as they make there 9 BILLION dollars

  20. banditxx says: Jul 12, 2011 7:42 PM

    Cutler should not play this game so the lame Bears offensive line doesn’t get his knee broken again.

    A concept idiot Bears fans can’t understand that our oline sucks!

  21. semperfi24 says: Jul 12, 2011 8:01 PM

    lol, Gregg said “Staffs”…

    Sincerely,

    Beavis and Butthead

  22. Patriot42 says: Jul 12, 2011 9:30 PM

    After being a fan for ever I am starting to get a real attitude about these guys. I want them to suffer a little as the fans have had to endure a ticket increase every year and we are suppose to feel sorry for these guys.

  23. tommytd says: Jul 12, 2011 10:23 PM

    That’s OK…I’ve had growing doubts about the Bears for years! LOL

  24. Kaz says: Jul 12, 2011 11:02 PM

    That’s true riders… It would be unfortunate for Canton.

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