December 13, 2012 |
Frustrated gamblers and Midwest football enthusiasts! The Bears and the Packers square off at Soldier Field on Sunday, and per usual, there's a lot on the line. If Green Bay wins, the NFC North is theirs outright, while the Bears need this victory to have a shot at it. Let it be known that I'm FIRMLY Bearing Down. So on Sunday, I infiltrated Will's Northwoods Inn in Lakeview. Apparently, this is the main event for Packers fans in Chicago. The bar is famous for being a haven for Wisconsites, so much so that one of the bartenders commutes from Wisconsin to work Packers games.
November 6, 2011
Eight down, eight to go. Green Bay is halfway to going undefeated, and the way the Packers are playing, it'd be hard to bet against them. Thanks to their 45-38 win over San Diego on Sunday, the Packers have scored at least 24 points in eight straight games for the first time in franchise history. (Hear that, Brett Favre?) And this was a road game against a team with a potent offense. Though in the grand scheme of things, it might be better for the Bears if Green Bay goes undefeated - until their clash in Week 15, that is. If the...
September 10, 2012 |
It's Bears-Packers week, and it's not like we ever need extra motivation to talk smack to the Packer backers. In fact, I've already purchased four bricks of Jewel-brand cheddar cheese and blown them up with M-80s. (You may be more muted in expressing your distaste; it's cool.) If you ever wanted to pounce on your frenemies to the north, they may never be more nervous than they will be Thursday. Because they know that even though it's only Week 2, their green-and-gold postseason destiny will be on the line.
December 16, 2012 |
These aren't the Bears that fans grew to love - the ones who looked like Super Bowl contenders after starting the season 7-1. In a showdown with Green Bay on Sunday, somehow it didn't matter that the Packers' kicker missed two field goals. Or that they racked up 104 penalty yards. Or had a trick play go horribly wrong. Somehow the Bears still ended up losing 21-13 at Soldier Field. It's even more depressing to think that the Packers wrapped up the NFC North title with the win, and the Bears' playoff hopes are iffy at best.
November 17, 2011 |
It's a tough week to wear orange around here. First, to Champaign. Dear Mr. Zook, the party is over; it's time for you to move on. I realize not everyone can be a football factory like Penn State (ooh, bad example) or Ohio State (ooh, another bad example) or Michigan (a terrible example) but you have to beat all of these teams on their down years, which comes along once every 25 years or so. And you haven't. And you lost your mind at a news conference. Not a good sign.
September 16, 2012 |
Two days before the Bears pooped themselves on national TV, a reporter at Halas Hall told Jay Cutler that if he targeted Brandon Marshall as many times per game as he did in Week 1, he would throw to Marshall 240 times. Could he do such a thing? Cutler wasn't sure. But he knew he completed nine of those passes, and that seemed feasible. "What's 9 times 16?" Cutler asked the media. Silence. And more silence. Not one person could answer the question. I myself multiplied 16 by 10 in my head and then subtracted 9, and then I decided that was inaccurate and I had done...