On behalf of Bears fans at Soldier Field, at restaurants, at parties or watching at home, I would just like to say:
We don't ask much of our squad. We love and support football in this town because organized sports have replaced community. We get together around the grid-iron, not around the pulpit. The team on the field represents us and the results on the field do wonders for our civic pride. We are a better community than Philadelphia. We are a better community than Detroit, Green Bay or California. But oh boy. We are not better than Boston. As a matter of fact, we might not even be in Boston's league. And if we are going to be literal, we aren't better than Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island or Vermont.
So if you ever wonder why we get so bent out of shape when a team loses, this is why. But we also understand the game - it's a game where the best teams lose five or six times a year. It's also a game that can see ugly performances. For instance, the St. Louis Rams & the Kansas City Chiefs both lost big yesterday to possible playoff rivals. But this goes back to civic pride - are we a fluke team that is just waiting to fall off like a St. Louis or Kansas City squad? No. We are the Chicago Bears.