Sports Chat: Da Biggest Game in Chicago
Oh, for the love of Moses. The whole ‘no one is going to stop the Patriots‘ thing? Yeah, forget that (awkward cough). Oops. So we’re left with the mouth running Jets, accused-rapist-lead Steelers, jerk-lead Bears and awful, awful Packers.
Oh, it’s going to be some kick-ass, smash mouth, rivalry-intense football, but picking the team that will capture national interest will be hard. The Bears are the fourth most popular United States sports franchises around, according to a Nielsen study results released in September. The Chicago Bears and any team from New York is going to have an audience. The Steelers are an historic franchise. And well the Packers suck, but that’s not important right now.
Any pretense of objectivity with this column went out the window on Sunday. I’m a Bears fan (Daaaa Bearsss!), the Packers are coming to Chicago and the NFC Championship is on the line. I’ve got my Ditka sweater, Italian beef and deep dish pizza lined up.
It is virtually impossible to encompass the energy in Chicago right now. It seems like the entire city supports the Bears. This is the third largest city in America, with nearly three million people, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2009 report. “Da Bears” have “da” potential to be really good this year. “Deir” biggest rival, “deir” historic rival is coming to Chicago or your living room television “dis” Sunday, 2 p.m. Central Standard Time- Okay, I promise I’m done with “da” SNL bit. A trip to the Super Bowl is on the line. This is the biggest sporting event Chicago has ever seen. Period.
Bigger than any Cubs/Sox game, bigger than the Bulls championships, bigger than the Stanely Cup, bigger than the 2005 World Series. This is the Bears and Packers.
The Packers were supposed to be here. Sports Illustrated predicted in September the team to make it to the Super Bowl. The Bears were not. Coming off a horrible 2009, this was a make-or-break year for Coach Lovie Smith and his staff. Well they certainly passed, thanks to defensive end Julius Peppers (that man is bad-ass), a healthy Brian Urlacher (also bad-ass) and a Jay Cutler who isn’t throwing as many touchdowns as interceptions.
Frankly the Packers are the better team. They as three point favorites makes perfect sense. But given the sheer dumb luck Da Bears have had this season (from the non-touchdown touchdown in Game 1, Cutler’s concussion only costing a game against the woebegone Panthers to an amazingly injury free roster) and the fact that Da Bears are talented (Peppers, Urlacher and Briggs are all Hall of Famers) means that, just possibly, the biggest sporting event ever in Chicago could just go the way of Chicago’s favorite team.
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