Hello Bears Faithful!
This is my first write-up here at WCG. A bit of info about myself. My name is Joe Van Brocklin, and I was born and raised in the state of Illinois. I grew up in a small town called Orangeville that has a population of about 700 people. It is located in Stephenson County just a few miles from the IL/WI border, and houses a much higher percentage of Packer fans than Bear fans. I served in the Marine Corps and went to college at Illinois State University and studied History. Back in December I was working for Goodyear and got my arms crushed in a tire machine, needless to say I have made enough of a recovery to be able to type and do most things I could before. This was actually a blessing in disguise, because it allowed me to move to the great city of Chicago! First thing I noticed was the absence of Aaron Rodgers jerseys, hell, I havent seen one in months! It's good to be among fellow Bears fans ALL of the time.
That was the potatoes, now for the meat. Most of the time in the media you hear praise heaped upon players by their coaches during the offseason, OTA's and well into training camp. Some examples of this (what I like to refer to as) Puffery are things like: "He's had a great offseason, really put in the work" "He's working to get better everyday" "He's in the best shape of his life" "He's a good football player" and on and on and on, until you are swimming in a sea of non-information; or even worse, misinformation. (correct the grammar if you want, I dont mind some constructive criticism here and there, as your read above I was a History major not Journalism or English) With the recent comments Mike Tice has made about Black Widow (which is what I have named J'Marcus WEBB), it left me wondering, have we been a victim of Anti-Puffery? Alot of time coaches never want to tip their hand one way or the other so it's possible, and the Bears generally aren't an organization who says anything but glowing remarks to the media. What do you guys think? Questions? Comments? Frustrations? Hostilities?