It’s been a while since I’ve penned a LOWER THE BOOM post and it’s long overdue. I’ve heard a lot of talk coming out of Halas Hall, through the media and over Twitter the last few days out of Chicago Bears players and it smacks of desperation and self-pity.
It started Sunday night with Brian Urlacher calling out the fans for booing the team. Next you see this from Bears safety Chris Conte on his Twitter feed:
We have two must win games left. We need all the support we can get. if u aren’t with us then you are against us. Real bear fans #beardown
— Chris Conte (@ChrisConte47) December 16, 2012
And this morning, you hear Lance Briggs crying about the Bears being the most booed home team in the league.
“I understand where he’s coming from,” Briggs told Comcast SportsNet Chicago. “I’ve been here a long time, too and I’ve (heard) a lot of boos. For a lot of the wrong reasons. Nobody, on any team I’ve seen, gets booed more at home than here in Chicago.
And of course Briggs has to trump that dumb comment with the requisite, “fans don’t know…” comment:
“That’s also a point to the passion of the Chicago fans. Everyone is passionate, but everyone in Chicago doesn’t know how to run a football team. Everyone doesn’t know how to play professional football. It’s our job to do that.”
First of all, Briggs clearly hasn’t spent a lot of time in Philadelphia or New York. What’s the common denominator? LOSING. I don’t need to be a gourmet chef to know what bad food tastes like.
Here’s my advice to Briggs and the rest of the Bears cry-babies:
IF YOU WANT US TO STOP BOOING, PLAY BETTER!!!!
These Bears remind me of Johnny Fontane in the original Godfather, crying to Don Corleone about not knowing what to do about not getting the lead role in a new movie. Here’s the Don’s advice:
Someone needs to slap some of these Bears around, figuratively and literally, and tell them to act like men. Stop worrying about the fans and the media and focus on the Arizona freaking Cardinals.
As fans, we can be resigned to the fate of another January on our couches watching other teams in the post-season, but the players should be acting differently. This The Bears can still make a run to save their season and their beloved players coach, but they’re not going to do it wasting time talking about the booing fans. I’d expect more from two of the Bears biggest leaders.