Dec 8, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints fans cheer in the second half against the Carolina Panthers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. New Orleans defeated the Panthers 31-13. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports

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Welcome to Bear Goggles On, the Chicago Bears news and opinions site brought to you by the FanSided Network. Bear Goggles On is dedicated to providing top-notch Bears news, views and original content. This site also serves as a community for like-minded fans to come together to catch up on the latest news and to discuss their passion.

Editorial Staff

Mike "Boomer" Burzawa, editor

Hello fellow Bears fans!!! Let me take a moment to introduce myself. My name is Mike Burzawa, but those closest to me know me as Boomer. It’s a nickname that I’ve had for many, many years (long before I ever heard of that guy on ESPN) and I thought I’d post under that alias. I’m the new lead blogger for Bear Goggles On (I can’t take credit for the name), where I’ll be sharing my views and perspectives on the team we all love. I’m a lifelong Chicagoan and a die hard fan of Da Bears. I’ve been around for the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. I mean, what was your favorite moment of the Cade McNown era??? The end, if you ask me!!! I have been going on an annual trip to an away Bears game since 1996, so I’ve seen many different sports cities and I’m here to tell you that Chicago fans are second to none!!! As the greatest fans in the NFL, we deserve the greatest blog. I’ll do my best, but I’ll need your help. I plan to share my take on the team and give a true fan’s perspective. Every once in a while, I’ll put the “Bear” goggles on and sip the Orange and Blue Kool Aide, but I’ll also “Lower the Boom” when I think it’s called for. Most of all, I want to have some fun and the best way to do that is through your participation, so please feel free to comment, e-mail and share this site with other Bears fans.

Mike Flannery, editor

I cover the Bears, fantasy football and the NFL draft for BearGooglesOn. The first year I watched football was 1985 and I've been a die-hard Bears fan ever since. I have yet to see a more entertaining or dominant team. I still know every word to the Super Bowl shuffle and compare every Bears LT to Jimbo Covert (unfavorably). It’s been mostly downhill since that first glorious season, I still cringe when I see Dave Wannstedt's face, but I am optimistic about the Bears future. I have a soft spot for Bears rookies, I once said Cade McNown showed flashes of greatness, but for the most part I will be brutally honest about the Bears performance and the changes that need to be made.

Mike Praser, Staff Writer

Go Bears!

Michael Curcio, Bear Goggles On

Hello, Bear fans! My name is Michael Curcio and I live in the Chicago neighborhood of Bucktown with my beautiful fiancée. Although I have room to grow and improve, I bring writing and journalism experience. While in college, I wrote several articles for my college newspaper on various sports topics. I also wrote and broadcasted for my college radio station which gave me exposure to areas beyond writing. I always wanted to be Wayne Larrivee, even though he is now broadcasting for the dark side! To say that I am a passionate Bear fan is an understatement. Ever since I have learned how to walk, it was all about football season and the Chicago Bears. To be honest, there was really no choice I had – I was going to be a football fan and a Chicago Bear fan. My father made that very clear. I actually remember him telling my mom when she was pregnant with my sister to please not go into labor on a Sunday. When I think back at my life, I am able to remember when certain events happened by remembering what the Bears were doing at that time. For example: I remember dancing and singing to the Super Bowl Shuffle at 4 years old, yelling at Johnny Bailey muffing punts while celebrating my first communion, and moving with my family from Chicago to Arizona while watching Steve Walsh lead us to a playoff victory! While growing up, I started realizing that I loved the defensive side of the ball and was intrigued by the different ways to stop an opponent in football. This was mainly because I’m an intense person that lacks the grace needed for offense. I played corner and safety throughout my playing career, which unfortunately ended in high school. However, right away I became huge fans of guys like Donnell Woolford, Lemuel Stinson and Mark Carrier – until Carrier started playing soft after his rookie season. This became the perfect fit as the Bears were usually a defensive team – right up my alley. I have always had 2 rules when it comes to wearing a Bears jersey: they always have to be a defensive player and cannot be a current player. The only exceptions to these rules are Walter Payton, Charles Tillman and Lance Briggs. People describe me watching a Bear game as intense, vulgar, loud and passionate – especially if we are losing. I have a unique talent that I am very proud of as well. If you give me a week during the 1985 Bears schedule, I can tell you who they played, what the score was and who scored, on the spot. I hope you all enjoy my articles as much as I enjoy writing them. We may not always have the same viewpoints, so yours are always encouraged and welcomed. There’s nothing like some good Chicago Bear banter! However, I always promise to write with passion and be open to discussion. On a side note, I am dedicating every article written to my late father, who instilled my Bears passion in me. Thank you for this opportunity and Bear Down!!!!!!!!

Tooch, Staff Writer

Hi, I'm Matt Mattucci. You may remember me from such sports blogs as The Postmen and Storming the Floor or radio stations such as WGN in Chicago. But, most likely, you don't. Before then, I covered Indiana University football and basketball for four years as a student and was co-host of an award-winning sports talk radio show. One of the highlights of my career was interviewing Adewale Ogunleye and having him tell me that "Rex Grossman is one of the biggest tools that I know." I'm a die hard sports fan, but particularly die hard when it comes to Da Bears. One of my earliest sports memories involves my dad dressing me up from head to toe as the "Punky QB" Jim McMahon. After that, I was hooked. There wasn't a Sunday that went by that I wasn't glued to the TV watching the Bears. It's an honor to be a part of the staff of Bear Goggles On and share my passion for this team with all of you.

Robert Napier, Staff Writer

Hello Bears fans! Robert Napier here, a Chicagoan living in West Virginia. The photo you see here is from video footage that I sent in to NFL Network that was selected for their fan videos on Thursday Night Football. It was one of the coolest things to ever happen to me as a Bears fan, and a new parent. I wish I could tell you I'm a huge all-around Chicago sports fan, but I'm not. I only follow professional football. As much as I get into it, I don't think my wife could handle me acting like this all year long. I was 17 and living with my mother in Rogers Park on the North Side when our Beloved 1985 Bears won the Super Bowl. A month later, I went off to basic training in the U.S. Army. Any Chicagoan can tell you that the whole country loved those Bears, but they belonged to us. I used their victory in the Greatest Show on Earth to get me through some pretty tough times. I hope all of the readers that weren't born yet, or were too young to experience it, get your own Super Bowl Bear Stein to drink from whenever you need a little inspiration. Cheers!

John Vassar, Staff Writer

I've spent most of my life in the world of football. Being exposed to it by my father, as he was a college coach, played from the age of 10 in Pop Warner up through JUCO in California. There it was discovered that I crashed into my ceiling as a player. Afterwards, coached and scouted a various levels and finally just enjoying fantasy coaching and observing the Bears organization.

lije, Staff Writer

My name is Elijah Zelonky, aka EZ, Lije, Lijey, Eli, and occasionally 'Jah. I am 17 years old and I live in Southern California. I am undoubtably the biggest Bears fan in the region, and at least tied for the biggest fan in the world. In the past, I have worked as a sports reporter, editor, and writer for my school's TV station. I can safely say that the Chicago Bears are one of my main sources of happiness and depression. My obsession with the team is comfortably insane. I know all the history as if I was around since George Halas played. I can remember at least one fact from every Bears game I've ever witnessed live. After suffering through Super Bowl XLI and the 2010 NFC Championship game, I am finally ready for a modern Super Bowl Shuffle. I've been alive since '96, and I still consider myself a long suffering fan. Bear Down!!!

Cameron Curtis, Staff Writer

Brennan Lippman, Staff Writer

BEARS. Beets. Battlestar Galactica.

Keith Schultz, Staff Writer

Chicagoan living in the Smokies. Huge fan of all Chicago teams except the White Sox. Worked at Southwest Ice Arena in Crestwood throughout high school years. Wish old Chicago Stadium and Old Comiskey were still around, thankfully Soldier Field and Wrigley Field can still be enjoyed. You can follow me on Twitter @OakForest72. Your comments are always welcomed, and as always thanks for reading

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