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So much for fresh starts

  • Interim Northern Illinois football coach Rod Carey poses with Obie, the Orange Bowl mascot, as the team arrives in Miami on Dec. 26.
Interim Northern Illinois football coach Rod Carey poses with Obie, the… (Emily Michot/MCT/Miami…)
December 27, 2012|By Bag Boy | For RedEye

Closing out 2012, not in a strong way, and headed into 2013, not in a strong way.

We find ourselves rooting for Green Bay (is there a class I can take on how to do this?) so the Bears can make the playoffs. The Bears are playing Detroit; I imagine the Lions will just hand the Bears the game at some point.

And if all that goes according to plan, we earn the right to open the playoffs … at San Francisco. Probably.

I'm going to the medicine cabinet now.

Lovie Smith is going to survive this. I really should have known. And I also should have known: No offensive coach worth anything is going to ever come here and work for him, so forget about revamping the offense.

There goes my Christmas list. Sorry I asked.

In case you're wondering, you've got some other football on the docket for New Year's.

Your Northwestern Wildcats, who haven't won a bowl game since Truman was president, tee it up against Mississippi State. Gator Bowl! Jan. 1.

Yeah, I like that streak to continue for another administration or two. Sorry, but the Cats are playing AGAINST AN SEC TEAM. That's a loss, but enjoy lovely Jacksonville, Fla. I'm sure there's an Applebee's somewhere.

More Florida: Northern Illinois plays Florida State. Orange Bowl. Jan 1. Miami.

Um, Huskies fans, if you're headed to Miami, I strongly recommend you don't go to the game. See South Beach, hit the clubs, see Crockett and Tubbs, but please: Don't damage your psyche. It will be over by halftime.

I could say the same for Notre Dame fans, but I'll hold off for another week.

As bad as football is, enjoy it. Because after it's over, we're left to talk about the hideous state of the Bulls (oh, it's bad). Nice to see Omer Asik have that breakout season—after he leaves the Bulls. Should have seen it coming. And the nonexistent Blackhawks (could be worse).

So the song "Auld Lang Syne" asks rhetorically, is it right that old times be forgotten?

Based on the records of Chicago sports teams? Hell yes.

Bag Boy is a RedEye special contributor.

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