Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall tries to recover his fumble in the… ((Chris Sweda/ Chicago Tribune) )
My heart hurts. The Bears hurt my heart.
Late Saturday, three friends, including G the Vikings Fan, cornered me at a party and asked how worried I was on a 1 to 10 scale about the Packers. I thought deeply and said, "About a six."
They were shocked, but I explained. "Consider me a firefighter charging into a burning house. Flames have been raging since long before I even arrived. The scene is bleak.
"But I'm a professional. I'm not going to storm a house while lamenting, 'Good god, I'm running into a death trap!' I'm going to assess the danger, plot my options, think positively and attack."
"And if Rodgers scores on the first drive?" G asked.
"Well, once you step into the house, you're in the house. If the roof collapses and the heat is building and there's an 80-year-old stranded in an upstairs bedroom and you're calling for backup and no one can hear you, yeah, a six becomes a nine pretty fast."
Still, early in the second quarter Sunday, the Bears led 7-0 and looked as if they would rescue the 80-year-old and contain the blaze.
But the structural damage was significant. Soon the Packers were in the end zone. Then a falling chandelier pins your partner's legs, Cutler throws a hideous interception with 90 seconds left in the half, and Green Bay scores again.
When you get to the door, the 80-year-old is unresponsive. You chop through the wood, and by the time you place your hands on the man, the Packers have scored again and you're trying to remember the last time the Bears erased a 14-point deficit against Green Bay.
The Bears score six more points, but there is never true hope. You drag the man out of the house and administer CPR. And though he is last seen coughing and groaning, the house has collapsed and the ambulance is late and you're just hoping the man can hang on.
Special contributor Jack M Silverstein covers the Bears for RedEye. Say hey @ReadJack.
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