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.