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There are 21 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Oct 2, 2008, titled No knee-jerk reaction: Lovie Smith's hard line good for Bears i.... In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

At this stage of the NFL season the Bears no doubt need coach Lovie Smith with a strong backbone more than they need Tommie Harris with weak knees.

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Geee

AOL

#1 Oct 3, 2008
LOL
I'm glad that Tommie Harris has been exposed... I always said that his gosh-darn, aww-shucks meanderings was a bunch of hooey. Tommie Harris has played The Bear for a bunch of fools.
I've never seen a player have knee problems 365/- 24/7, and STILL get a huge contract.
I mean so what you fathered a kid, big deal, the team cut your buddy? Tough sheit.
The guy is a "Mental Midget". It's about time Lovie took 1-of his players to task. Lovie has stuck his neck-out for many of his players and they have kind of stuck it to him. Harris is the epitome of a player getting the big contract, and going into the tank. And this crap about his knee is "Dubious" as well.
Tommie Harris's reputation has taken a big hit, it serves him right.

Great Column Haugh.
Rocket Man

Liverpool, NY

#2 Oct 3, 2008
Glad Lovie got tough with one of his players. One of his players who thinks he is better than he play displays. One of his players who should be a leader but in essence is no different than any other complaining player who doesn't get his way or see eye-to-eye with his coach. Keep your personal feelings away from the playing field. Mark Bradley was a total waste of a roster spot and deserved to be cut.
BratsforBrains

Rochester, MN

#3 Oct 3, 2008
Tommie, ever heard of birth control?
This guy is going Benson on us. He'll be gone next year.
Rich W

Madison, WI

#4 Oct 3, 2008
I am thinking it is our GM that may have finaly gotten the message and is letting the coach, coach.

It is like the personal moves of the this past moves getting rid of the
GM's high draft choices and not tying the coach's hands with them.

Maybe and maybe I am just hoping that now we will see the coach Lovie can be.

Go BEARS, Beat the Lions and onward and upward to the division title and dare we hope the super bowl?

A word to Haugh, I also have changed my mind about you. I had thought you were just mouthing the company line but the last few weeks have been very informative and excellent. Like the Bears keep up the good work.
George

Carol Stream, IL

#5 Oct 3, 2008
Sometime players just need time off. Time off to rest that sore knee. Time off to get his mind right. I mean, his peers would not vote him to the pro bowl if the guy wasn't legit. Face it, he is a premier DT in this league when healthy and motivated. It is way too early to be thinking about getting rid of this guy now. Hopefully the time off will do him some good and he'll be ready to go against the Falcons.
Right now, his team mates need to rally around him to try and set him straight. Mistakes happen. But it's what you learn from them and how you get over them that matters.

GO BEARS!!!! 2008 NFC NORTH CHAMPIONS!!!
Stan

Washington, DC

#6 Oct 3, 2008
Hey guy you have a great job,hell we all have personal problem, that don't make you unique if I don't come to work and don't let my supervisor know about it. they may understand but they still will write my butt up, Grow Up I'm sure the NFL have an EAS program, utililze it.
Trier Alum 03

Chicago, IL

#7 Oct 3, 2008
Somebody pass tommybaby a box of tissues...He is making incredible amounts of cream and has been a NON-FACTOR. Who cares what he does in the community? Not me. Honestly, all I care about is what he does on Sunday.

Haugh, loved the "Tough Lovie"...

“Stimulate THIS!”

Since: Aug 08

West Frankfort, IL

#8 Oct 3, 2008
I don't believe it...is this the same Lovie "I want my players to be my friends" Smith that we have grown to dislike and make fun of as being a pansy? He actually grew some this year. Good for you Lovie. Like old man Halas has said, "You don't practice, you don't play". TH has become the Bill Walton of this team. Memo to GM's out there. If you draft guys with fragile psyche's, they will CRY on draft day, e.g. Cedric Benson & one Tommie Harris.

“Stimulate THIS!”

Since: Aug 08

West Frankfort, IL

#9 Oct 3, 2008
PS: Tommie can sit the rest of the year as far as I'm concerned. Dvorcek and Idonije and Harrison have filled in nicely, for a third of the price as this fragile man-child.
mike J

Villa Park, CA

#10 Oct 3, 2008
Tommy Harris is an excellent example of what an NFL player should represent. Due to his faith and strong character he will defiantly overcome this difficult time of his life.
nor cal bears fan

Newark, CA

#11 Oct 3, 2008
good for chicago, good for harris. i don't want to sound condesceding (though it probably is), but players need to learn about responsibility and how to act like an adult. i'm proud that the bears are my team and that they take the high road (at least in this instance) unlike teams such as the Bengals (benson/henry/entire roster), the Cowboys (pacman, er jones). it's not necessarily the punishment that will affect Harris' standing in the rest of the NFL, it's how he reacts to it and makes decisions based on this instance.
GO BEARS, BEAT THE LIONESSES!
1bearsfan

United States

#12 Oct 3, 2008
Nice job Lovie!! I would even sit Harris out the Atlanta game,so he can get his knee better! We can survive Detroit & Atlanta while he gets better.Harris be man & deal with your Responsibilities like the rest of us have to.We all have to work through adversity.I just hope he is being honest about his knee injury.Take Care Everyone. God Bless! BEAR DOWN!! GO BEARS!!
Irishb1030

AOL

#13 Oct 3, 2008
i think the whole thing stinks my self and has more to do withincentive clauses in his new contract.
Gimy

Indianapolis, IN

#14 Oct 3, 2008
ok he's getting suspended but, its against the lions. would he really have done it if it was against the pack? but it's deserved. my tv must have broke because i heard tommie say/joke he was definitely playing last sunday but...for some reason, i didn't see a #91 from da bears on my tv screen. again, maybe its broke. tommie doesn't seem like a bad guy, lovie is just hopefully giving him a money spanking and getting him to fall back in line. kinda like a father/son thing...

da bears better win this game. the lions suck, and forte should get the ball 25 times if only to get that ugly 3.8 average up. good god i saw that and had a benson flashback. i don't know though, something about this game just worries me...
RAO

Canton, IL

#15 Oct 3, 2008
Actually it wasn't really the gutsy move it's made out to be (nothing like Carolina suspending its best player for 2 games)...Harris probably wouldn't play anyway due to his knee, and they're better off with the other guys in there. Harris hasn't done anything in 1.5 years, why did they give him that big contract?? Oh, on a side note, I wonder if Delhomme will get mad if someone tackles him this week.

“Stimulate THIS!”

Since: Aug 08

West Frankfort, IL

#16 Oct 3, 2008
mike J wrote:
Tommy Harris is an excellent example of what an NFL player should represent. Due to his faith and strong character he will defiantly overcome this difficult time of his life.
If you mean impregnating woman without marriage, you are spot on! Can I get an Amen?
Dino

United States

#17 Oct 3, 2008
I'm sick of hearing about all these devout catholics in the NFL and the way they get down on one knee and pray at the end of games. C'mon nobody in their right mind is buying it!

As for Tommie Harris the Bears could suspend him for the rest of the year and I could care less. I'm sure nobody will miss his grand total of two tackles so far this year anyways.
Mgray

Boynton Beach, FL

#18 Oct 4, 2008
Lovie Smith is a clown. Perhaps he should send a message that he knows how 2 coach during the actual GAMES on Sundays. That might work even better than cutting good players in the off season and hiring his friends as coaches.
RAO

Peoria, IL

#19 Oct 4, 2008
Dino wrote:
I'm sick of hearing about all these devout catholics in the NFL and the way they get down on one knee and pray at the end of games. C'mon nobody in their right mind is buying it!
As for Tommie Harris the Bears could suspend him for the rest of the year and I could care less. I'm sure nobody will miss his grand total of two tackles so far this year anyways.
You mean COULDN"T care less??

“Stimulate THIS!”

Since: Aug 08

West Frankfort, IL

#20 Oct 4, 2008
Dino wrote:
I'm sick of hearing about all these devout catholics in the NFL and the way they get down on one knee and pray at the end of games. C'mon nobody in their right mind is buying it!
As for Tommie Harris the Bears could suspend him for the rest of the year and I could care less. I'm sure nobody will miss his grand total of two tackles so far this year anyways.
Check yourself dude, why bring the Catholic faith into this? Tommie Harris is NOT Catholic. Don't understand your incoherent thoughts!

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