It’s not a dream. It happened.
It’s a Saturday morning. You have no kids. You have a lazy day planned. No work. No chores. You roll over and see the notification light blinking on your phone. You hit the home screen and your phone alert reads, “Chicago Bears agree to acquire Khalil Mack.”
You rub your eyes and stare at it again. It’s still there. You get out of bed and jump in the shower. You still don’t quite believe what you read. You flip on the TV and that’s all NFL Network and ESPN are talking about. The Oakland Raiders traded Khalil Mack to the Bears. The Chicago Bears. Your Chicago Bears.
A day goes by and you still can’t believe it. Perhaps this is just one of those dreams that seems so realistic that you actually are confused. This can’t be reality. The Chicago Bears haven’t been good in years. They haven’t made a move like that, in what seems like your entire lifetime. These type of moves don’t happen in the NFL and it happened with your team. It can’t be true.
You’ve cleared Labor Day. You’re back into the work week. You show up on Tuesday morning and the water cooler is buzzing with Mack talk. One colleague has already purchased his Mack jersey. Another one placed a bet on the Bears to win the division. Sure enough, that negative guy in the corner chips up about how he isn’t worth the money. Some other person chimes in that doesn’t follow the team and asks if anyone has watched “Very Cavallari.” You shake them off. Your Bears are the talk of the NFL.
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The buzz is palpable. You sit down at your desk to do work, but everything you see are more Mack articles. “How Vic Fangio will utilize Mack,” “How Mack improves every other defensive player,” “Mack puts all the pressure on Trubisky,” “Ryan Pace goes all in.”
You can’t stop reading, and you can’t stop not believing. It can’t be real. The Chicago Bears have made the biggest trade that the NFL has seen in years. Your football team is going all in to win. It’s a strange bizarre feeling.
You go to bed Tuesday night. This is going to be the night, right? This will be when the dream ends. You’ll wake up Wednesday morning and it’ll all be over. Mack is on the Raiders and Jon Gruden did the smart thing and welcomed him back and they are working towards a contract extension. The Bears still have a void opposite Leonard Floyd. This has to be when the dream ends. It can’t go on any longer.
You wake up Wednesday morning. You look at your twitter feed. The Chicago Bears’ official account has posted a new tweet, something to the effect of:
It’s real. Repeat, it’s real. Khalil Mack is a Bear. This is not a dream. This is the reality for your Chicago Bears and it doesn’t get any better than this.