Da Funny Man, Da Bears

Jeff Garlin on being a rabid Bears fan, whether we'll see more 'Curb Your Enthusiasm,' and his new show, 'The Goldbergs'

Jeff Garlin is one of the stars of 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' and the upcoming ABC sitcom 'The Goldbergs.'
Jeff Garlin is one of the stars of ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ and the upcoming ABC sitcom ‘The Goldbergs.’ (Danny Moloshok/Reuters)

1. I think if you’re not from Chicago—I am—you might not understand the Bears are more popular than the Bulls, Blackhawks, Sox and Cubs combined. It’s insane.

2. I think when you ask me my favorite Bears moment, it’s this: any time Walter Payton ran the ball. Oh my God, I saw him do all these different things—running to his right, changing, running to his left, then pounding the crap out of someone. The idea was, I’m gonna hurt you more than you hurt me. I met him once. I couldn’t believe I was in the same room as him. I said, ‘Hi! Nice to meet you.’ My voice went up. It cracked. He was retired. I was in awe.

3. I think one of my memories of the Super Bowl in ’85 was walking back to my apartment in Chicago after the game and just freezing. Freezing. And naked people running through the streets. More than one person. Zero degrees. Naked people!

4. I think the Bears were better the next year. But the team and Mike Ditka started to believe the hype. When that happens, the fall isn’t very far away.

5. I think the way I watch football now is the Bears game first, and then the Red Zone channel. I have to follow my fantasy team. I know more about offensive players and complete defenses than I ever knew, and I’m not sure that’s a good thing. It has kind of taken away the nuance of watching complete games.

6. I think there’s only one key to winning fantasy football or baseball for that matter: luck. Sorry if you thought I actually had a Why didn’t I think of that answer. But it is all luck.

7. I think—now that we’ve come to the time of the show where plugs are not just allowed but encouraged—please watch my new series on ABC this fall, The Goldbergs. It’s a really funny show that the entire family can watch. I don’t know how many of those exist. At least not funny ones. It’s funny. Trust me. The character I play reminds me of Ralph Kramden and Archie Bunker. Pretty extraordinary. Debuting Tuesday at 9 Eastern, by the way.

8. I think I don’t know if there will be another season of Curb Your Enthusiasm. Everybody asks. If Larry David decides to do another season, I’m in. But I won’t know until I get that phone call from him. I never ask.

9. I think, if you ask me my gut feeling, Larry will come to realize Curb is the most fun he and I will ever have working, and he’ll miss it so much he’ll have to do more.

10. a. I think there is so much noise on the internet that when I read Monday Morning Quarterback it feels like an oasis.

b. I think I try not to think. Just be.

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edwardlordga
edwardlordga

I am a Packers fan. I hate the Bears but i loved Curb and I love the Goldbergs. One of the only shows that my whole family can enjoy together!!! Great Show!!

StevedeKater
StevedeKater

I took his advice and watched The Goldbergs, based solely on his plug in this column.  Absolute garbage, and not the least bit funny!  I think they are trying for a Wonder Years for the '80's.  I remember watching the first episode of The Wonder Years; I thought I was watching home movies.  Although this was just one episode, I saw nothing to indicate that this show has any promise at all.

John4
John4

Has any franchise in any sport EVER gotten more mileage out of ONE season more than the Bears do about 1985?  No.  Most players currently on the Bears roster weren't even alive in 1985.  The fact is that the Bears are a career mediocre team who had their time and made the best of it.  Were the 1985 Bears among the top 10 teams EVER?  Yes.  How does EVERY other Bears team compare?  Not very well.  The NFL is a "what have you done for me lately" league.  What have the Bears done lately?  Very very little.  

FredFlintsone
FredFlintsone

Not for some very timely turnovers by their first 2 opponents  da bears could easily be 0 and 2 I think the Bears once dominant  D is a thing of the past so far this year. Teams are having no problem running or passing vs them.

TheFFInformer
TheFFInformer

Great Stuff Jeff! 

I was 12 years old when the BEARS won the SuperBowl and I was watching the game with my brothers and my dad in our home in Jefferson Park on the northwest side. My dad looked at me and said, "Son remember this because it will never see it happen again." Now my dad isn't a die hard Packers fan but a piece me wondered if his Cubs allegiance was some how becoming twisted into his love for the GHS BEARS. 

I mean what the hell he was talking about we just won Super Bowl! 

As a White Sox fan I never listened to the moans and groans old Cubs fans who spun that bad luck garbage (black cats, goats, and that poor Steve Bartman) and tainted our other Chicago teams with it. 

Then here comes the 90's and the era of MJ and the Bulls capture the NBA championship six times. In 05 my Chicago White Sox won the World Series and BlackHawks are on the verge of a possible dynasty. But the BEARS... 

My BEARS come within a knee injury of advancing to the Super Bowl, even though that GD Lovie Smith didn't knock the Green Bay Packers out of the playoffs in the last game of the regular season! Thank God Lovie is gone... Rex is our QB. Don't even get me started on that Super Bowl Game! 

The BEARS are now like the Cubs all the sudden in Chicago. They just can't win that one game. 

Sometimes I think my dad jinxed the BEARS. Now I sound like an old superstitious Cubs fan. 

Shane Mac
Shane Mac

A bra?  A bra?  I have a  bra-sniffing dog.  That f**kiing dog!!

mikevoice1
mikevoice1

Redskins, Redskins, Redskins, Redskins, Redskins, Redskins you PC Ahole!


ProfessorGriff
ProfessorGriff

Aug,


Are you paying attention to the part about winning a fantasy baseball league?  That's right - all LUCK, dude - especially in your case!

John4
John4

@mikevoice1Mike voice (of stupidity) at least your loser team might actually get a victory this weekend when they face the Lions.  Of course the Redskins defense is as weak as your commentary, so they could very well lose AGAIN.  Also, they have no first round pick in the next draft, so get used to your beloved Redskins continuing to suck.  (Kind of like you).  

John4
John4

@mikevoice1 Your completely irrelevant comment has nothing to do with the article, and makes you appear the fool.  Was that your intention?  Because if so, it worked.

Mike26
Mike26

5 year old troll. starting earlier and earlier nowadays.

mikevoice1
mikevoice1

@John4 @mikevoice1 

Only a fan of the Redskins based on who they play, in this case I do hope they win but most weeks I really careless. 

The Redskins D is weak but my commentary is not.. weak minds do have an issue understanding it though. 

John4, I do have to admit you have not completely gone PC and for this reason I'm proud of you. 

mikevoice1
mikevoice1

@John4 @mikevoice1 

The point is only the Sheeple are blind followers of liberal slobs, since I cannot be defined such a way it should be obvious I did not follow the content of the article. Only the liberal slob who wrote it. 

You do offer me entertainment though.. in your weak attempt to call a non fool a fool. All it does it make you more foolish.. typical of Sheep.

mikevoice1
mikevoice1

@Mike26 

It is not possible to troll with the truth but my statement was not entirely accurate. In this case I forgot to add he is a liberal slob. 

mikevoice1
mikevoice1

@shinri77 @mikevoice1 

The women of which you write of feel the exact opposite of what you suggest because they are frankly tired of weakness most men have been engineered into.

shinri77
shinri77

@mikevoice1    I really hope you are not over 21 years of age. I would feel bad for any woman that would have to deal with you.

carjax1202
carjax1202

@mikevoice1 @John4 Hey moron...only in today's age, a typical neocon would bring up politics on a sports forum...loser, get a life.

mikevoice1
mikevoice1

@John4 @mikevoice1 

Not concerned with any of that, only concerned with calling out pc liberal slobs that have done great harm to this once great country. Most sheep do not understand how destructive being PC is. 

John4
John4

@mikevoice1Mike - this article is from the perspective of how people from Chicago view their teams, especially the Bears.  Your comment, which is devoid of original thought, intelligence, value, relevance is essentially "Redskins" several times.  Do you really think you appear as anything other than foolish?  In the name of all that is good, how?  

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