Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Qualifying Thoughts re: the Chicago Bears

WARNING: this post is ONLY about football. If you don't like football or don't care, MOVE ON! I grew up a Bears fan. I cried on Monday, December 2, 1985 when the Bears lost to the Miami Dolphins, losing their perfect season. I knew every word to the Superbowl Shuffle. I could rattle off Walter Payton's season stats like I could rattle of my own phone number. I wanted to be Jim McMahon. But I went to college in Ohio, started losing interest, then moved to Denver, and assuming that I would never live in Illinois again, I gave up on my childhood team and converted. Now that I live in Illinois I face a dilemma. I'm still a Broncos fan -- the dilemma lies in how much I root for the Bears. Generally -- I like to see the Bears do well. Most of my fellow Cubs fans also root for the Bears, and we need some winning somewhere. However -- I work with people who are rather obnoxious about their teams. Some (at least one) is an obnoxious Packers fan (in his stories, the Packers never really lose -- there's always a reason they are still the better team) and in response several of the Bears fans that I work with are equally annoying. At 3-3 they were already comparing this team to the team of '85 and talking about the playoffs. On the other hand, I have friends like the guys in my small group, who are all Bears fans, but could actually talk realistically about football without talking crazy talk. So the bitterness I displayed in my post had mostly to do with the fact that I'm glad the Bears lost, so that the guys at work can start having rational talks about the NFL.

1 comment:

mitchell said...

I've been jammin' for quite a while,
Doin' what's right and settin' the style. Give me a chance , I'll rock you good, Nobody messin' in my neighborhood. I didn't come here lookin' for trouble, I just came to do the Superbowl Shuffle.