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Chicago Bears wore wrong cleats: espnChicago
I was wondering how long this would take.
Surprised it didn't come up sooner.
The Bears lost because of shoe choice. Surely you guys could see they were wearing the wrong cleats on the weekend? It was evident from the very first 33 points the Pats put up.
I wonder what kind of cleats the Pats offense were wearing.
Thank God the Patriots chose the right shoes, or we'd be 10-3 right now!!
It was hard to tell in that blizzard, but I think our guys had these:
Power Boots enable a human to run at 22mph!
In the old days before fancy shoes came around soccer players playing on lousy surfaces would take out a few spikes and use longer spikes in the remaining 6. In bad weather longer and less spikes gives more traction as the space between the spikes is too large to accumulate chunks of turf in the boot.
To go forward sometimes the old and tested ways are the best. Molded cleats look nice and feel great but they are for ideal conditions only.
The Bears had no idea they were going to be playing outside in the snow. How could they possibly have known? But the Patriots seemed so unfazed by the snow, it was as if they had some kind of advance "weather report." They must have had cameras stealing the weather signals from the sky! They wore cheat cleats!
(Or maybe they wore bowling shoes, or tap shoes. The article doesn't bother to mention anything about the Patriots' shoes, just hoping that the reader will assume that footwear set the two teams apart. Nice try!)
I haven't clicked on the article yet, but since the game was in Chicago in the city and stadium the Bears play half their games on - and on a field the Pats have not played on in over a decade - shouldn't the Bears have had the advantage in determining which shoe to wear and what size cleat to use?
That's an easy one: yes!
To save you the click, there's nothing to the article. It just notes that a number of Bears players switched to longer cleats at halftime, which isn't terribly unusual as the field worsens in a storm.
What's amusing about this is that there was a pre-game story talking about the Bears having an advantage because they'd know what shoes to wear better than their opponents would.
It seemed like skis to me
exactly...I can't say I'm familiar with the Chicago area as far as relative intelligence with the rest of the country goes, but THAT is Indy level stupid
The Patriots had an unfair advantage...maybe even to the point of cheating by having an expert in men winter footwear as one of the team captains....Tom Brady, Ugg spokesman.
uh oh...word is that Patriots players were lining up right along the playing field and lifting their cleats,shaking their feet at the Bears sideline and shouting "morons!!!"...can CleatGate be far behind????
Dear God don't let ESPN read this post or the one under it. It will open up a whole new scandal.
The Bears need to worry less about the balls of their feet and more the other balls that their QB distributes so freely.
Too bad the Bears couldn't change their QB at halftime.
Of course, you really mean what kind of cheats the Bears defense was playing (against).
lol. Thats the first thing that came to mind when I saw the title of the thread............SHOE GATE
I was ready to post the same exact idea... IF so, not only are they a bunch of idiots they squarely deserve to lose.
And here I was thinking the Bears defense came out breathing fire and bringing the smackdown like this..
Bellichick needs to be investigated. I'm sure he played a jedi mind trick on the bears players and made them wear the wrong cleats.
Someone has to think of the children.
Mike Westhof said the Pats waited for the Bears to come out for the game, then tripped them all one by one and stole their cleats. Not the first time the Pats have done that, according to Westhof...and you know, I believe him for some reason because when he says he doesn't see something...well,Bunky, you can take it to the bank he didn't...yessiree
Could be wrong, but seem to remember the commentators discussing how the Bears changed their cleat during the first quarter.... changing cleats to meet the conditions by an opposing team on an unfamiliar surface is common, but for a home team to use this as an excuse is flat out stupid..
I think it should be on Lovie and Mad Mike Martz. I'm not saying the shoes are the reason they lost, but they should have been at least prepared to play on their own field. That's almost more embarrassing than losing 36-7.
I remember a similar footwear issue in last year's Super Bowl, and Payton obviously thought about the type of shoes players should wear. Why didn't the Chicago coaches?
New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton breaks down the second quarter of the Super Bowl | NOLA.com
The first play was a disaster. Goal-line tailback Mike Bell actually lost a half-yard when he started out with poor footwork and took a wide route around the corner. When he tried to cut sharply inside, he slipped.
Payton immediately blamed Bell's cleats at the time. Wearing a microphone for NFL Films, Payton was infamously captured asking his tailback what kind of shoes he was wearing, then chewing him out for wearing the wrong ones.
"Yeah, that (expletive) figures!" Payton yelled to Bell before complaining to the other coaches in his headset, "He needs to be in screw-ins. That's my fault."
He then chased down Bell one more time to yell, "You got the wrong shoe on!"
Indeed, Payton did repeatedly warn players before the game to wear the deeper screw-on cleats instead of the more shallow molded cleats they usually wear because of the softer grass in Miami's Sun Life Stadium, knowing that players prefer the more comfortable molded cleats.
Wrong cleats, huh? And all this time I thought their problem was they had the wrong QB!
I heard the Patriots were all wearing crocs and flip-flops.
Except Tom Brady.
(you guessed it)
Male Uggs! (Available now for $199.00 at your favorite retailer...)
The Bears did lose the infamous "Sneakers" game to the Giants.
The franchise does have a history wrong footwear.
Perhaps if the Bears were not so completely out coached they would have had the correct footwear to execute an effective gameplan.
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