Well, now that Cubs seem to be done pretending that they are in the Wild Card race, but with the offseason too far away to start speculating on free agents, the time has come for a little distraction from baseball. For me, that distraction came this weekend in the form of poorly played golf and the one team that bring Cubs fans and Sox fans together…the Chicago Bears. As you may recall, prior to the Bears opening game against Washington, I picked the Bears to beat the ‘Skins 17-6, thus proving that I missed my true calling as a TV weather forecaster. So I, like many Bears fans, came into this weekend’s game against Detroit with serious doubts. Detroit had easily beaten Green Bay, shutting down Bears nemesis’ Brett Favre and Ahman Green. They had what could be one of the best young offenses in the league, with first round picks Charles Rogers, Roy Williams, Kevin Jones, Joey Harrington and Mike Williams. Listening to sports talk radio didn’t do much for my attitude either: according to most callers, Lovie Smith needed to be fired, most of the players cut, and the stadium shoved into Lake Michigan. Sunday’s Chicago Tribune was worst of all. In the head to head matchups of QB, RB, WR, OL, DL, LB, DBs, special teams and coaching, the Bears were seen to have an edge only at the running back and special teams positions. I waited anxiously today for noon to come, knowing full well that at that time, the mighty Detroit Lions would emerge from the tunnel, the sky would darken, Lake Michigan would boil, the earth would open up and swallow the Bears, and Chicago would be annexed as the latest suburb of Detroit. Well, it turns out, the experts know about as much as I do. The Bears dominated the game, scoring on offense, defense and special teams, running the ball at will, and seemingly catching more of Joey Harrington’s passes than his receivers did (it appears that putting Mr. Harrington in charge of such a high powered offense was, as Dan Hampton would say, like letting a monkey drive a limousine).
And so, after a 38-6 butt kicking, all was right with the world. The Bears vaulted into first place of the NFC North, and both the Vikings and Green Bay lost badly, thus raising hopes that just maybe, this our year. But if it isn’t, at least I can savor this victory for another full week, before the Bears have to go out and do it again. It even makes up for the bad golf.