- And then, it happened.
- The Bears silenced the nation with a 39-14 solid pounding of the New Orleans Saints to take the George Halas trophy and the NFC Championship.
- The team that NFL fans and sports writers alike unanimously chose to fall on Sunday didn't just win. They beat a very good New Orleans club. And they did it as a team.
- For an entire season no team has been so ragged as they endured criticism week to week, with parasitic writers leeching every weakness to pen out whatever story they can get.
- A top seeded Chicago team entering the divisonal game against the Seattle Seahawks was picked against and regarded heavily to falter, and did not.
- And still following the game, many pegged the team to perish in the wake of the Saints and the aura of their amazing season.
- And the Bears may have been some of the few who bought into themselves this game. A 39-14 conclusion echoes a sincere statement.
- That no matter how much you don't like them, no matter how much you will disrespect them (very classy, Reggie Bush), they came out against all odds on Sunday and crushed the Saints.
- Some will say the Saints were the best story of the year. But how about the team that no one wanted? To endure as the Chicago Bears have, to go through week after week as the nation questions your judgement, and win, speaks volumes.
- The Bears may never get the respect they feel they deserve. But today, they wake up NFC Champions. They clearly dominated the Saints and earned their place in the Super Bowl. Jay Mariotti of the Sun Times, Gene Wojciechowski of ESPN.com and 8 ESPN analysts who made the Friday headline "Sorry, Bears" by all taking the Saints to win can only shake their heads.
- But this is where the Bears have been all season, and exactly where they want to be now. Underdogs by a mile. The nation is already buying into Peyton fever.
- In two weeks, an angry Bears team will come out fighting. And whether or not the sporting world will ever stand by them, they have stood by each other this season. And that makes for a great story.
- Congratulations to the 2006-07 NFC Champions.
Lefty's Two Cents&trade
Ken Hawk couldn't have summed Chicago Bears' fans feelings any better! We have been the underdogs the whole season. We've been the team that's not good-enough to beat good teams. We've been the worst 13-3 team in history. We've been labeled guaranteed losers against this year's feel-good team. How did we respond? By consistently proving the so-called experts wrong! Da Bears are already 7 point underdogs against the Colts and their Peyton-frenzy. The Bears WILL show the world how foolish it is to write off a team based solely on a shaky quarterback (who has actually been rather impressive) and depleted defense (tell the Saints this). THIS is the team of destiny. THIS is truly the underdog story of the year. Disrespect has fueled the Bears all year long, and the sports pundits have despicably, to Bear's fans joy, disrespected and underestimated this team once again. I don't guarantee victory for the Bears on February 4th, but I do guarantee that they will play their asses off! Nevertheless, I have a good feeling!
In 2005, the Chicago White Sox weren't respected as much as the St. Louis Cardinals or the New York Yankees. They were the underdogs for most of the playoffs. Yet they were able to bring a World Series Championship home to Chicago! I have the same feeling for the Bears in Superbowl LXI. Like the Sox, the Bears started off HOT, cooled down considerably, and then kicked ass in the playoffs. Sox swept the Astros in the World Series in impressive fashion. I honestly feel the Bears will impressive on Superbowl Sunday. These parallels may not have the most logic. But in the world of sports, logic doesn't always reign. Mr. Manning, meet Mr. Urlacher! Give 'em hell LOVIE...GO BEARS!
BY THE WAY, DID ANYONE ELSE NOTICE HOW BRIAN URLACHER WAS CLOSING IN ON REGGIE BUSH FOR A FEW SECONDS? THIS DUDE IS FUCKING FAST! HE OUT-RAN THE SAFETIES AND WOULD'VE CAUGHT ANY OTHER RUNNING BACK. BUT REGGIE BUSH MADE A HORRIBLE MISTAKE BY TAUNTING #54, AND HIS TEAM PAID THE PRICE!