AM I THE ONLY ONE IN THE CHICAGO AREA WHO DID NOT DRINK THE CHICAGO BEARS KOOL-AID?!?
Now, I will openly admit I know jack shit about football (basketball was my game). I don't play Madden because I really don't give a shit about the minutia of the stats and that. However, plunk me down in front of a regular arcade-style football game (Tecmo Bowl, Ten Yard Fight, Super High Impact, and the early versions of Blitz) and I'm Hell on wheels. Which is what makes listening to my co-workers so mind-numbingly painful. How is it that a guy who doesn't even play backyard football sees things that these lifelong fans and students of the game don't?
The Bears are a bad team.
"Well, Peter," I hear some of you saying, "they won their division."
Yeah. They won in the WEAKEST DIVISION IN THE NFL.
The Bears have no real competitive fire. They barely beat the Lions in their first game of the season. Weeks later, Green Bay played Dallas and squashed them. THAT is how a good team handles a bad team, not winning by pure dumb luck. They simply figured New England would want to get back in the locker room before the half a few weeks ago, and saw another touchdown run just before the buzzer. Martz gives them their best chance to win when he calls running plays, and yet he keeps switching to passing for no good reason. New England prepared for their game against the Bears by practicing outside with footballs that had been kept in the freezer overnight. The Bears? Did you even see that game?
You want to know what this is? 'Cause I'm gonna tell you what this is -- this is 2001 all over again. The Bears had a dipstick coach named Dick Jauron who got lucky that season. Before that, everyone screamed about what a lousy coach he was. Then he did well enough, everyone absolved him and he got a contract extension. Extension in hand, the Bears resumed their meteoric slide through the standings the next year. Everyone is expecting a work stoppage, and Lovie Smith is doing well enough that the fans are absolving him when he could negotiate an extension on his contract. History repeats itself.
All these Bears fans, instead of keeping their eyes open, tell me "Better lucky than good" (yeah, that ALWAYS works) and "We'll take our wins any way we can get them." Which means, they don't care about anything other than posting wins. What's the point, then? It's like the Cubs. I was a Sox fan as a kid, and could never figure out how a team that couldn't seem to bother to win was so popular. "Oh, they're the Lovable Losers." I'll take the Winning Ugly season any day.
Side note: although, if the Eagles win this weekend, I will root for the Bears. May Ron Mexico burn in Hell.