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Chicago Bears Have No Chance, So Say The Experts

Posted by sportsmaven on January 19, 2007

So the experts say that the Chicago Bears have little to no chance to beat the New Orleans Saints this Sunday in the NFC Championship Game.  I was watching Inside the NFL on HBO this evening and the panel was making their picks for the Bears/Saints game this Sunday.  Bob Costas was the only one to pick the Bears and he only picked them because he is 2 picks behind Cris Carter for the season and Carter chose the Saints.  Dan Marino chose the Saints. Cris Collinsworth chose the Saints.  Costas wanted the Saints but very reluctantly chose the Bears.

ESPN was worse…..every single analyst, with the exception of Merrill Hoge chose the Saints.  Hoge didn’t even make his picks.  Five of seven analysts at CNN-SI pick the Saints.  The list goes on.  You name it, they are picking the Saints.  This is why I like the Bears.  The Bears feel as though they have been disrespected this entire season.  From Roy Williams “guaranteed victory” prediction to Dennis Green’s “Crown their asses” speech, the disrespect has flowed freely and openly.  When they were the only undefeated team left in the NFL, there was still talk about the Bears still not being the #1 team ranked in the NFL.  All this perceived disrespect has done is grow a pretty wide mean streak in the players and bringing this team even closer together.  How does that translate for Sunday?

The Bears will show up mean.  The Bears will play angry and physical.  If you’ve watched any interviews this week with Bears players, especially Rex Grossman’s Comcast Sports Net interview, you will note a testy, irratible tone in their responses.  This is nothing but good for the Bears.  NFL playoff football is all about emotion.  Emotion is what allows teams to step up to that next level and emotion is what makes playoff football so tremendous.  Emotion and heart, as much as talent and skill is what drives teams to victory in the playoffs, just ask Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.

So keep picking the Saints, keep disrespecting the Bears, for the team which brings it on with the most emotion, heart, and passion will be holding the George Halas Trophy on Sunday evening.

2 Responses to “Chicago Bears Have No Chance, So Say The Experts”

  1. Very well said….I agree that the Saints maybe a product of the overhype machine of the NFL, especially in light of the fact that the NFL likes to keep all of it’s teams in strong financial and operational strength. There was an opportunity for the NFL to play the “stricken city” card to help build that franchise back to respectability. This is not to slight at all the performance of the players on the field this season. I think they have gone beyond all expectations and turned in a storybook season.

    I will be at the game tomorrow afternoon, as I was last season at the Divisional playoff game against the Carolina Panthers. I believe that the Bears took Carolina very lightly, as they beat them pretty good in the regular season. The Bears never matched Carolina’s intensity to begin the game and never got over the opening drive Steve Smith touchdown.

    I believe they have learned from that loss and combined with last week’s OT win against the Seahawks, fully understand that there is no margin for error in playoff games. But just in case, I will also be watching for those wink and nod calls from the refs.

  2. RMonihan said

    Me likey da Bears.

    As an Eagles fan, I think I’d like the Saints to “win it all” so I at least have the knowledge that they didn’t lose to a “bad” team. HOWEVER, I can’t STAND the fact that the NFL has placed such a spotlight on New Orleans. They are only 3 points better than my team (on 2 occasions, at home, mind you), which was a VERY GOOD team…but not a GREAT team.

    There were a number of great stories in the NFL this year, my own Eagles’ Garcia being one of them. But the New Orleans’ story isn’t about the team, it’s supposedly about how a stricken city is reviving on the back of its team.

    I don’t buy it, and I don’t like the sell. I like the Bears, I’ve always liked the Bears (who doesn’t, aside from Green Bay or Minnesota). I didn’t like losing the Fog Bowl, but if you gotta lose to a team in a game like that, it may as well be the Bears.

    So I think the Bears will win a close game. But don’t be surprised if they lose a close one. I don’t put the NFL above an old “wink and a nod” to the refs to extend the “Cinderella Story” of New Orleans.

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