The Bargain Bin Bears

On March 8th, the Bears found themselves armed with $51 million in cap space, and with glaring weaknesses all across the roster, many fans were rubbing their hands in anticipation, waiting to read headline after headline of one big Bears acquisition after another.  Pace’s own words fueled the fire: “We’re going to be aggressive and…

Requiem For a Dream

I wish I had something new to tell you about Jay Cutler.  Something unique or insightful or moving that would make some remember him better or convince others that it wasn’t his fault that things failed here in Chicago.  But I don’t have those words, and I can’t honestly say Jay wasn’t partially to blame….

Mike Glennon: The definitive Bears Quarterback

Mike Glennon isn’t much to look at.  He’s got the vacant stare of a Best Buy employee and the anechoic, uninteresting voice typical of career athletes.  His sparse, balding pate would be more appropriate on a guy named “Ray” or “Bart,” just getting done with a roofing job and heading to the local watering hole. Glennon, only 27…

Sitting, Wishing, Waiting.

When Ryan Pace took power as General Manager of the Chicago Bears, one of his first actions was to unceremoniously dispatch Brandon Marshall to the New York Jets. Marshall by that point had become something of a franchise pariah, irritating anonymous teammates and making a spectacle of himself in the midst of a disappointing season. …

Of Diogenes & Mechanical Keyboards

  MX Reds:  Why, MX Black, do you reside amidst this squalor?  Your barrel reeks of your very waste, and yet you remain. MX Blacks:  Carry on, fool.  I have chosen to be as I am, and so I shall always remain! MX Reds:  Yet we are so similar.  We are inseparable, would you disagree?…

Illinois is okay, I guess.

I was born in Illinois. I’ve lived my entire life here. Chances are good I’ll end my days being an Illinois resident, barring some changes in the next 8-9 years. I don’t know how that makes me feel. At least not yet. When I was a kid, we had to do an exercise – draw…

Andy’s Top 30 Video Games: 5-1

First of all, thank you to any and every person who took the time to read through this list.  It’s been long-winded, way more than necessary, and really doesn’t matter to anyone but me, so I appreciate those who peruse my silly blog for any reason whatsoever.  Thank ya. As far as the list goes,…

Andy’s Top 30 Video Games: 10-6

Diablo III (2012, PC) – 48.9 Gameplay – 10 Streamlining the legacy that D2 left, D3 is buttery smooth to play.  Some will say “they made the game for casuals and noobs,” and to that I say, “Enjoy Path of Exile, asshole.”  D3 is recklessly fun to play, and while it does have flaws, Blizzard…

Andy’s Top 30 Video Games: 15-11

Hearthstone (2014, PC) – 46.3 Gameplay – 8.4 It’s extremely straightforward, but can be very satisfying.  It also requires a casual amount of attention, depending on the game.  Growing up enjoying Magic the Gathering kind of set the stage for me to dig a game like Hearthstone, and even though I have no idea who…

Andy’s Top 30 Video Games: 20-16

The Sims 3 (2009, PC) – 44.8/60 Gameplay 8.4 Building your world and telling your own story is something The Sims pioneered, capitalizing ultimately on Maxis’ original intentions when they created the Sim____ franchises in yesteryear.  I enjoyed this particular version of The Sims over previous editions because graphically it could finally offer a bit…

Andy’s Top 30 Video Games: 25-21

Age of Empires II (1999, PC) – 43.1/60 Gameplay – 8.5 Man, did I have a blast with Age of Empires II.  I can’t speak for the campaign/quests – I didn’t do too many of them, honestly.  I would constantly play skirmishes against the AI, trying out a variety of civilizations and their unique units,…

Andy’s Top 30 Video Games: 30-26

QUALIFICATIONS:  These are both console & computer titles.  Nostalgia does play a factor in these games, but I did my best not to let it influence my scoring too much.  The ranking of these is not at all influenced by other “Best Of” lists, and is ranked entirely by my affection for and experience playing…