Thank God the Lions lost! Thank God the Packers, what? They tied? What does that do? Oh, you mean that last, rarely used column in the standings finally gets used? The one taking up valuable webpage real estate for no reason most of the time? Better for us as Bears fans than a win, but not as good for us as a loss. I still wanted to enjoy my Thanksgiving full on rooting for the Packers because they were 2 games behind and we needed them to knock the Lions out of first place and put us there. Now, if they do it, it puts us in a tie with them.
So I have to go to my original plan of just rooting for the stadium to come down. For anyone that might have been offended by that last comment because of the lives that would be lost if the stadium comes down, I would like you to slap your own face for being an idiot. Thank you. Anyways, I still might lean a little bit towards the Pack to win, they don’t have a tie breaker over us.
I really thought our defense was starting to come back, I guess I was wrong. Elvis has left the building and taken our defense with him. I read comment after comment last night about firing Mel Tucker. I’m sure he isn’t instructing our players to miss everything on the field like a teenager losing his virginity. I also know that he didn’t huff and puff and create English Channel sized gaps on the field for other teams to exploit. There is a drop in the quality of leadership that we have had for 13 years. When all these former Bears players showed up to practice last Friday, where was Brian Urlacher? Or was he not invited? It sucks saying you were wrong, I’ve done a lot of it lately.
I’ve heard you guys saying that he had lost a step and he was not the player he used to be and all that crap, I beg to differ. If he only came on the field with no gear and a bullhorn, and didn’t even come in contact with the other team, he would be effective. If you don’t get what I’m saying, think of it this way. Would you want to answer to him for missing your assignment, or making the same mistake multiple times? I wouldn’t. Our young guys need someone to nudge them towards success. It isn’t Lance Briggs, it isn’t Julius Peppers, and it most certainly isn’t Mel Tucker.
I know Urlacher’s gone and he’s not coming back. I get it. When you guys comment that he wasn’t good anymore, that’s the issue I have. There are all kinds of good, wouldn’t you agree? French fries are good, but so is a banana split. Different kinds of good. Brian was the kind of good that is rare. Him not being a Bear anymore is my #1 reason for the fall of our defense, and please allow me to go one step further and say that the possible replacement leaders didn’t like the way he was treated and it affected their ability to lead after he was gone.
While our defense didn’t, Josh McCown and the rest of our offense did do their part in this game. McCown is a breath of fresh air for our team. We are very lucky to have him. I am very conflicted about him and his eventual return to the bench. More will be revealed later, I guess.
I’m done with football writing for now. I’ll probably do a little Thanksgiving special on the Lions/Packers match up for you guys because you were kind enough to hear about what’s been going on at home with me. If it helped one guy to stop acting like a guy long enough to see the big picture for his family, then it was worth it. As Bears fans we have to stick together.
Every Bears fan I know has quite a personality. Believe it or not, one of my wive’s complaints was that I talk about the Bears too much. Blasphemy! She states that I don’t even have an off-season. First instinct, she doesn’t like our team. After I mentally regroup, I realize that I do talk about them an exorbitant amount, and that she may possibly want to talk about something other than the Bears once in awhile. Nothing to do with her “liking” them.
I turned 45 years old on Saturday and I spent it with my family, and it was great. It almost went another way.