The 2010-11 Chicago Bears are hosting the NFC Championship game. Let that sink in. In the face of doubting fans and contrarian media, the Bears team quietly excelled to elite status, becoming one of the top four teams in football. And now they host a home game against (who else?) but the Green Bay Packers. The only thing that could top a Bears v. Packers championship game would be a Cubs v. Sox World Series. That's how big this is.
It couldn't have played out any better. For all the purists and supreme football analysts: Sit back, shut your mouth and be happy that the Bears let the Packers into the playoffs. If the Bears knocked the Packers out back in week 17, we would have never experienced the pure, unaldulterated joy that - win or lose - will be a Chicago memory forever. The familiarity, the tradition, the honor and respect. The civic pride, the memories, the rivalry. It really is the best of what sports has to offer. I feel proud to be a fan for this game.
Here are some random observations of that less important game yesterday (Bears v. Seahawks):
It is obvious that Jay doesn't like the media, and like a smelly kid scorned, the Chicago sports media gets back at his disdain by writing columns and stories about how bad of a person he is.