February 3, 2007

Da Game

The last time the Bears made the Super Bowl was Super Bowl XX after the 1985 season, a game as memorable for me for the princely sum I won on it as it was for the way the Bears brutalized and stomped the New England Patriots all over the Super Dome in New Orleans.

Having drawn 6 and 0 in the pool, I figured I'd lost any chance of winning when the Patriots recovered a fumble from Walter Payton on the second play of the game which resulted in a field goal only 1:19 into the game, the quickest score in Super Bowl history, Ah well.

So I enjoyed the party and the company and put away any chances of winning anything. At half time, I planned to leave the party where I was at and drive to a second party where most of the people in the pool were at, but got caught up with good-byes and attempts to convince me to stick around. By the time I reached the second party, the game was mid-way through the fourth quarter. I figured I'd get there in time to enjoy the victory celebration at least.

So imagine my surprise when I walked in and everyone roared and gave me congratulations and a bit of hell for being the current total game winner! Huh? But the Patriots had scored! How could that be?

Not being that sharp, I'd never imagined that the Patriots would score again and the seemingly endless string of scores by the Bears would total up to a final score of 46-10, providing a very handsome payoff for yours truly. Most of the other participants were rabid sports/football/Bears fans, a description I certainly didn't fit, so I got to enjoy a lot of jealous razzing, which the pile of cash made very easy to take. It was the first and only time I've ever participated in a pool, but it worked out well. Da Bears have been beary-beary good to me.

But enough about that. The Bears were 10 point favorites back then. They're not this year, with the Colts favored by 7.

Sooooooo.... who's your pick and by how much. (or what will the final score be, if you're feeling lucky.)

And after the game, this is the place to leave your thoughts on the game.

*Note* Apparently no one had any interest in this game before hand, (update... Blogger and Bear Fan Dave and others did offer an appropriately confident pre-game prediction. If it only had come true. But it was lost in the great comment caper. Sorry folks.) and after going through the agony of watching it, I don't want to talk about it either, other than to say that at certain points, I was almost convinced that the Bears quarterback Grossman had been bought off and was purposely throwing the game.

Where do you think the Bears went wrong?

10 Comments:

At 2/03/2007 3:54 PM, Blogger Dave said...

Da Bears win 28-24.
ha·rass (hə-rās', hār'əs)
To irritate or torment persistently.
To wear out; exhaust. To impede and exhaust (an enemy) by repeated attacks or raids.

The defense will score two touchdowns and harass Peyton Manning all day long. Rex Grossman will show up in his glory and throw for over 200 yards. Devin Hester will have over 150 return yards but not score a touchdown.

Additional prediction: Prince will NOT have a wardrobe malfunction but we'll have to wake up the crowd for the third quarter.

I'm trying to make up for all the 'experts' on every channel imaginable calling for a Colts trouncing of the Bears.

Go Bears!

 
At 2/04/2007 10:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

GO BEARS!

Im tired of all the pregame shows - the colts this, manning this. I am a huge bears fan, but a realist. before today - I wanted the bears to win, after all the pregame stuff - I hope the Bears KILL THEM!

 
At 2/05/2007 8:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The kickoff return was awesome, but unfortunately, that was the last awesome play for the Bears in the game. The Bears played a better team and the better team won. As for the commercials, the Snickers commercial still has me laughing!

 
At 2/05/2007 4:21 PM, Anonymous yinn said...

I agree--Grossman WAS that bad. But I've heard comments (I don't follow this stuff closely) that he's been inconsistent right along. Were fans surprised? I'd like to know.

 
At 2/05/2007 11:33 PM, Anonymous Jim McMahon said...

Grossman has been inconsistent all season... your observation is true. But wow!

When he fumbled the snap the play after a Bear fumble recovery, you could almost hear the souls of Bear fans, even casual ones, screaming in agony.

And then the two snap series where he handled the football like it was dunked in vaseline, frantically running towards the Colts goal line and trying to recover the ball....
Just too painful.

There there were the two (at least) passes where he just lofted it up there... big fat balloons floating in the rain... just begging to be picked off.

Argh.

 
At 2/05/2007 11:41 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Am I the only one who wonders why Grossman didn't RUN for the first down a few times? He had nothing but wide open green the size of a freeway, but instead scrambled around like a mouse on crack, threw it up and only narrowly avoided interceptions (sometimes).

It must his lack of seasoning on the field, as he sure had a better than average shot at making the first down himself on more than one occasion.

The guy took the Bears to the big game, and he should be given his due, and he certainly wasn't the only factor in the loss, but he sure the hell was a VERY BIG part of it.
All their other problems stem back to his inability to get it done, especially on third and short.

Oh... and Prince did put on a good show, though I marvelled at how they could trot out about a half million watts of electrical equipment in a pouring rain and not have anyone turn into a roman candle.

It sure beat the hell out of the Stone's dismal and disjointed show last year. (and I LOVED the marching band.... if only they would have shown them more on camera.)

Love him or hate him, Prince truly was an original and his work is destined to become classics and stand the test of time very well.

 
At 2/06/2007 9:28 AM, Anonymous yinn said...

Yes, yes, yes! He should have run! Why on earth would the guy try to throw like that in the RAIN?

Prince was great but the hair-flinging twins were distracting.

 
At 2/06/2007 11:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too bad Mike Jacobs wasn't playing on the Bears defensive line. They really could have used his size and strength.

 
At 2/06/2007 6:51 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Yinn... YES INDEED... I thought the same thing about those hair twins.

I was afraid it was going to be too "vegasy" and stagy like they usually do to wreck things... too much going on, as if they're just desperate to find crap to shove on stage.

Well, there was a lot going on... probably too much, but WHY those two gyrating women? It was truly like they felt that it just HAD to be more likea Vegas floor show, or that somehow Price alone just wasn't enough to watch, but it was distracting and stupid and they added virtually nothing to the act, the performance, or the show.

 
At 2/07/2007 9:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Grossman should be given his due like Kyle Orton was given his due for getting his team to the playoffs last year and then had to turn the thing over to Rex who played the same way last year. Kyle got a job as the third string QB. Maybe Rex will get the same.

We can only hope.

 

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