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Andrew / September 15, 2006 12:49 AM

(Question suggested by Eamon.)

I haven't gone for awhile, but there's something fitting about watching a Bears game at a place called Grizzly 's Lodge. And they've got personal TVs for each booth!

Spook / September 15, 2006 1:20 AM

Andrew IS the evil Lord Kayne!
Don't fall for it, Blagg!!

Chi.myopenbar / September 15, 2006 2:02 AM

South Loop Club
Hang with the eclectic!

G. Halas / September 15, 2006 2:34 AM

Best place to watch a Bears?

December 29, 1963 - Wrigley Field,

Go Bears!

Ditka for Blagg!!

Is it just me?...or does Andrew sound like White Goodman from Dodgeball?

Andrew: So that's the deal. I give you $100,000 - you sign over the deed to your Blagg stories. End-o-story.

Blagg: You really think you can come in here and buy me out Andrew? You are a lot dumber than I thought.

Andrew: Oh I don't think that I'm a lot dumber than you thought that I think that I thought was me.

Allan / September 15, 2006 7:37 AM

I am sure some of you will think it out of character for me but I abhor football and since I hear the most about Bears I hate them the most. Our company Christmas party was once held at Grizzly's Lounge and I recall being disgusted by dusty stuffed animal carcasses hanging about will I gnawed my way through slice of Mountain Lion meatloaf.

J / September 15, 2006 8:42 AM

Well, on TV, I guess.

Lori / September 15, 2006 9:04 AM

I like to watch the bears play that game with the empty beer keg in the pool at Brookfield Zoo.

jen / September 15, 2006 9:25 AM

while we're talking about teams with issues - how about a good place to watch a browns game? ;)

no, really.

Peter / September 15, 2006 9:32 AM


You are looking for the Fieldhouse on Clark - the home away from home for Browns fans.

For the Bears, I prefer my couch or Side Street Saloon

Cinnamon / September 15, 2006 10:21 AM

My favorite way to keep tabs on the bears is while walking down the street when suddenly I see a bunch of people through a window jumping up and down and high-fiving each other.

Or while watching something else on TV and I hear my neighbors whoop and holler.

And Andrew is not the evil Lord Kayne. But I'm waiting for Blagg to put out a book.

Eamon / September 15, 2006 10:21 AM

I can tell you where not to watch the game: Champions in Rogers Park. I recognize that it was the preseason, but a band? Warming up during the game for a halftime performance? Oh hell no.

Spook / September 15, 2006 10:30 AM

I second Lori's modest proposal about the zoo, but with a full keg of Canadian
Grizzly lager

and it such is not suitable then what about Mozel?

Also that is not the way the Blagg/Andrew conversation would go! Are you kidding me G. Halals? What are you dead or something? The conversation would go like:
Andrew: So that's the deal buck-o. I give you $100,000 - you sign over the deed to your Blagg stories. End-o-story.

Blagg: The Axxman's eye glaze over as if remembering a distant call on rocky shores far far away

Andrew: Oh I don't think that I'm a lot dumber than you thought that I think that I thought was me.
Outside I have a legion of lawyers that will make small beer of you, so sign on the dotted line before I have second thoughts, my 1:00 olock is here and you need to be out the door.

Blagg: The Axxman's brow furrows and he unshiv is small ax
and lops of head of Andrew clean off.

Spook / September 15, 2006 10:32 AM

opps thats "lops the head of Andrew clean off"

Andrew / September 15, 2006 10:43 AM

Spook, WTF are you even talking about?

All I can say is that you'll want to check in on GB next Saturday.

Bill V / September 15, 2006 11:10 AM

The view if fantastic from the blimp! It's hard to see the scoreboard though.

paul / September 15, 2006 11:16 AM

While I personally love Grizzly's, it has a decidedly Wisconsin feel. Years ago I got the feeling that it was a Packers bar (it's evolved since then).

That said, Lambeau field was probably a fun (if dangerous) place to watch the game last week.

I perfer to watch the game on a 32" HD LCD at home. That way I can hear the announcers, pay less than 3 bucks a beer, without waiting for it, and turn to another game when they get their asses kicked when they play a real team (i.e. not the Packers or Lions)

That said, I hope someone here knows where those little corner bars are, with 5 or 6 old guys squinting at a fuzzy tube, grasping their Old Stlyes, espousing more football knowledge than tv announcers.

Blagg's axe, however sharp could never cut through Andrew's 'sideburns of iron'.

Scenester / September 15, 2006 11:42 AM

Hey guys! let's, like, make this our own personal chat room!! Like, I totally hate football but am compelled to open my mouth just the same. Super!!
Hey, who wants to meet later at (cool club you've never heard of) and talk about fixed gear bikes or vintage Members Only jackets?
Sports? thanks.

Allan / September 15, 2006 12:25 PM

I am with you guys on that one but lets keep the ball rolling as this has got to be the lamest Fuel topic in a while. I am heading over to the Chicagoist.

uraschaum / September 15, 2006 12:35 PM

Thank jah Allan is gone. Watching games is the only way to meet locals and get "the vibe" of a place. Go to the nearest bar that has an Old Style sign followed by cold beer underneath it. e.g. The Peek Inn

Spook / September 15, 2006 1:10 PM

Hey Scenester, speaking of bike gears, one of those rat bike freak actually gave me this device that allowed me to go into bars and turn off their TVs!. I got the biggest blast out of it, turning of sporting events at a two popular Logan Square bars( that should know better) and then acting equally outraged, until the battery died. And even more boss than members only jackets were Sergio Valente jackets

Spook / September 15, 2006 1:26 PM


And Cinnamon, I never said Andrew was the Evil Lord, just one of those Hollywood type trying to repackaged, flip and bounce Blagg The Axman into the ABC Sunday movie of the night, the next summer's blockbuster movie with six sequels, that
will spin off into all sorts of tacky merchandise including a 7-11 slurpy drink, plastic action figures giving away at Wack Arnolds Hamburger joints and a Blagg The Axman ride at Santa's Village. And its abundantly clear that you are part of this sinister capitalistic plan. This act of aggression will no stand, dude.

matty / September 15, 2006 1:26 PM

That's not cool, spook. I mean, it's pretty obnoxious.

Anyway, I love more than anything watching the games with a lox and onion bagel sandwich and a cup of coffee (bloody mary is even better!).


raise your hand / September 15, 2006 2:50 PM

Raise your hand if you think spook ruins everyone's fun. boo to you, spook.

Spook / September 15, 2006 2:56 PM


I respect you're comment, honestly I do.
But hopefully you might understand my sentiments- and it appears that I am not completely alone here- that this topic about watching the bears might weigh a little heavy on some of our conscience for numerous reasons.

For me personally it has to with this being one of the bloodiest weeks in Iraq, as well just passing the fifth year anniversary of 911, and a recent speech by our president where he proclaimed that finding Osama bin Laden is "no longer a priority", juxtapose this with our nation seeming to be more sports obsessed/addicted than ever instead of asking on a Socratic note or as Marvin Gay did by song "What's going on" It just seems so disrespectful, so smoke and mirrors, etc.

Now I am not trying to impede any ones fundamental Democratic right, to talk about da bears, da bulls, da dis, or da dat, but as with all topics on Gapers Block, does it due any harm for some to digress and see were the popular gaper current takes it? Isn't that how all threads come to an end when more and more people begin to digress onto other issues? Maybe this thread was just meant to be short and sweet? If not then my voice should have been drowned out by an onslaught of people talking about where they watch the bears, which is what I was honestly expecting and have to admit I'm comforted to see that perhaps others feel that some thing is wrong here as well

fluffy / September 15, 2006 3:37 PM

Gaper's Block:
What better name for a site that asks you to slow down and check out all the cool things in the city?

-There's a time and a place for everything. Know when and where, Spook.

Eamon / September 15, 2006 3:58 PM

I think Teddy Roosevelt said it best when he said: GYOB,FW.

fluffy / September 15, 2006 4:14 PM

GYOB, FW. what does that mean? Get Your Own Blog, Fuck Wad?

Emerson Dameron / September 15, 2006 4:22 PM

At the '07 Superbowl! All the way, baby! Who's coming?

Aw, forget it.

Eamon / September 15, 2006 4:29 PM

Cris Collinsworth picked us to go to the big game. First time I've ever agreed with the man.

And yes, fluffy, that's exactly right.

Spook / September 15, 2006 4:36 PM

Thanks Fluffy for that prophetic bit of insight!
And of course I remain charmed by your ability to generally say absolutely nothing so sweetly including gawd awful Clichés
Right back at cha Eamon,

"A typical vice of Americans is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues"
Teddy Roosevelt
Keep it coming, I go an half hour to kill!

fluffy / September 15, 2006 4:47 PM

This Teddy Roosevelt quote seems appropriate:

I think there is only one quality worse than hardness of heart and that is softness of head.

((Someone's got both!!))

Spook / September 15, 2006 5:04 PM

Fluffett are you most comfortable in big pink fluffy house shoes based on some cartoon character and still have you're collection of stuffed animals from days gone by? I don't know why I get that picture when ever you write.

mike / September 15, 2006 5:59 PM

Don't care where I am to watch it, I'd just like to see Spook out on the field with the linebackers. Any attention is good attention for the Spookster!

jonk / September 15, 2006 6:59 PM

i think spook makes some fine points.

Allan / September 15, 2006 8:23 PM

I am afraid of Spooks.

Carlotta / September 15, 2006 11:38 PM

jen -- try the Cubby Bear at the SW corner of Clark & Addison to watch Browns football games.

I was there January 2003 when a Browns-Steelers playoff game was in progress & your team was winning as I went upstairs for a political campaign kick-off party. Hordes of Browns fans were whooping it up. But Tommy Maddox engineered a comeback and YOUR TEAM LOST!!!!

YES, I AM A STEELERS FAN!!!! You can thank me for not recommending that you show up at Durkin's in your Browns gear. It would've been Night of the Living Dead, baby, as you'd be ripped from limb to limb and devoured!!!! :-)

Brandy / September 16, 2006 8:59 PM

Awesome, Lori! That'd be my answer too.

matty / September 17, 2006 1:07 PM

Football is purely American. What do you think every soldier in Iraq wants to be doing right now? Watching the game. So really, instead of hating on something the whole country loves, how about appreciating it!?

Bear down Bears!

(P.S 17-0 Bears right now. Grossman FTW).

madachode / September 17, 2006 6:04 PM

The Browns are dirty diapers found in a dumpster

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