Meet the Bear Goggles On team:
Boomer – Lead Writer, Site Manager, General Troublemaker
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 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 for the last 13 years, 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.
DeCon – Fantasy Football Savant, Contributor
I first want to extend my thanks to the FanSided Network and Boomer for allowing me to be a part of this great forum. I will, for blog purposes, be known as The DeCon to protect my day job. It is a nickname a few use for me and it helps with the theme of the blog.
Hopefully, I will provide some insight into the world of fantasy football and maybe even some laughs along the way. I have been playing fantasy football since the days when Sterling Sharpe was a Top 3 pick and I like to think I know a little about it.
Each week, at least until my third child is born, at which time I will likely need a week off; I will give you some fantasy nuggets to consider. I will pay special attention to our Beloved Bears as well as our NFC Division foes, but I will try to give you some other players to consider.
Bart – the handicapping expert
Everybody has a friend like my friend Bart. You know the one; the guy who will bet you on which bird will fly off the tree branch first. The guy that says, “let’s put a little something on this to make it interesting.” He gets in every confidence, survival and handicapping pool. He follows trends like “The Bears are 5-0 ATS (that’s Against the Spread to the non-degenerate gamblers) following a home loss to a below .500 AFC opponent.
So it was only fitting that when I wanted to add a handicapping segment to Bear Goggles On, I asked Bart. I asked him to send me his first submission last week, and when it didn’t show up in my Inbox, I figured he was off on another bender in Vegas. That was not the case. I’ll let him explain. In the meantime, I’ll post his latest picks until we get the proper security clearance to allow him to post on his own.
Gavin Tugana – Contributor
I figured before I start posting and causing you to wonder “Who’s this idiot?,” I should introduce myself.
For the past year and a half, I blogged for Windy City Gridiron. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience there, but I’m excited to start bringing my perspective to BGO. Follow me inside.
What can you expect from me? I’m not an X’s and O’s savant – I know enough to get by. I do follow college football pretty religiously, so I’ll be bringing you some draft pieces after the season. Why? So you’re all prepared and know the names of the third-round talents in 2010! Maybe instead of drafting someone who can jump out of pools, we can draft someone who can, you know, block. Or tackle. Or cover. Or adequately perform any basic football fundamental.
I’ll also be publishing a link dump called “Bear Dawn” every day at 5 AM; I’ll be bringing you all of the news and notes from around the Internet. I use mainstream media stories along with some stories from fellow Bears blogs to keep you informed and aware of how bad our 5-7 Chicago Bears are. Make sure to check BGO every morning as you’re sleepily stumbling through your morning at work or home for an all-encompassing view of the Bears.
I’m looking forward to talking with y’all in the future. Bear Down.
City – Contributor
“Bobby Douglass, Throw the DAMN Ball!”
This was my father, watching a small black and white TV, yelling and screaming at the top of his lungs. I was 7 or 8 years old, and you have to understand that my father NEVER yelled about anything. He was very consistent, very calm, and generally in complete control. To hear him losing his mind over something on the TV could only mean that whatever it was, it was important.
This was the beginning of my education about football. Love and hate mixed up into one emotion. I sat cross-legged on the floor, trying to figure out who was who, and slowly, over time, with him leaning down to explain a rule or a penalty, I began to understand the game.
I don’t think I’ll ever truly understand how he taught me to love a team he hated so much! LOL!
I am that crazy father now. I have 3 sons who sneak cautiously into the basement when the game is on, and cheer like crazy when they win, and growl at the tv (with their old man) when they screw up or lose.
I am not a sportscaster. I am not a professional blogger (are there professional bloggers?). I am probably not more knowledgeable on the Bears than any of you. But I am probably just as passionate, just as hopeful that this season (please let it be this season) is the one where they make the playoffs and maybe the Super Bowl. But, after decades of futility, don’t think for a second that I allow myself to be deceived into believing the hype or illusion of training camp.
The brain has a very thin gap between the section for love and the section for hate. Here’s hoping that my blog posts fit somewhere in between!
Deez – Contributor
Before I introduce myself, I have a confession to make. I’m addicted to that certain football team located on the north side of Chicago, and I have been ever since seeing Mark Carrier intercept 10 passes in his rookie season. I was eight years old and from that season on, I became obsessed with the Chicago Bears and their history of great defenses. Hi, my name is Dan Dziedzic, but my friends call me Deez.
I’ve lived my entire life in Chicago and absolutely love sports, especially football. I used to sit and watch Bears games with all my football cards strewn about in front of me. I would do this so I could look up the stats of different players when they made plays or were just mentioned by the broadcasters. Basically, the cards were my own little nfl.com, before I had the internet.
The more I watched the Bears, the more I became addicted. Yes, I was too young to remember the 1985 Bears and that magical season, but I have stood by the Bears for as long as I my memory will allow. It has become one addiction that I refuse to give up. Like a spurned soul mate, I continually come back because of moments like a Devin Hester kick return TD in the Super Bowl. Ridiculous.
So give me a Craig Krenzel and a Curtis Enis and I’ll still watch and cheer, Ditka forbid. But make no mistake, I’m a realist. Once the game is over, I’ll tell it how it is. You can count on me to give a game ball to the studs and to trash the duds (I’m looking at you Tommie Harris.) Through my posts, I look forward to sharing my addiction with you all and hope that we can ride it out together.