Other people might know this as Bears vs. Packers on Sunday Night Football.
Being a lifelong Cubs fan, it’s been a long…life. The rebuilding of recent years have made it even tougher, so you could understand my excitement when the NFL preseason started to roll around. With one of the most powerful arms in the game (Cutler) paired with some of the best hands/height to throw to (Marshall/Jeffery/Bennett) and backed up by a top 3 RB (Forte), how could you not be excited? Sure, our defense and special teams were nothing to write home about, but surely this offense could overcome that, right?
Well, the depressing sports culture in Chicago continued as not only has the offense failed to come close to meeting expectations, the defense and special teams somehow got worse than where we were last year. But we continue to watch, because that’s what fans do.
I got invited to go to the Bears/Packers game on Sunday Night Football, and thought it would be a great idea. Intra-division rivals, coming off bye weeks, in prime time.
The tailgating: awesome. Lambeau Field: impressive. The game: not so much.
I will say the Packers fans who were seated by us were very friendly. There was some good ol’ trash-talking early. Then some over-dramatic celebrations after the first two TDs. But then, they actually started to feel sorry for us. Sure, the Packers were laughing it up as Rodgers easily picked apart our porous defense, and their defense enjoyed running straight through Jordan Mills all game. But with how quickly the game turned, it was no longer fun to watch, and many people (including Packers fans) started leaving shortly after the half.
Even still, I stayed until the end…I’m not a quitter. Enjoy the highlights/lowlights.
I keep telling myself- “Everything is going to be OK.” You know why? Because the NBA season is underway, and the Bulls are actually living up to expectations (…except for DRose sitting every other game).