By Brad Spencer
This is what you're going to do: You're going to resume your spot on the couch, continue to don your guacamole-stained Bears shirt, and hang in there for two more regular season games. Shut up and quit your sniveling. There's no alternative. You're going to do it.
Yes, I realize it'll be rough on your molars, which were nearly ground down to dust after Sunday's poor performance against the Packers at home. And, yes, I realize you've wasted far too much time already this season, but it's imperative you see this thing through — otherwise all those Cubs seasons will have been for naught, too.
Your family will just have to deal with your unusual groans and wild gestures aimed at the television for a couple more weeks.
You're going to overlook Jay Cutler's brusque manners and flippant excuses. You're going to set aside Lovie Smith's excruciatingly painful complacency. You're going to get over the fact that Mike Tice has no business being an offensive coordinator.
Injuries played a big part in the Bears' downfall this season. You're going to accept that the offensive line is bruised and battered, which translated to Cutler being bruised and battered. Brian Urlacher, Tim Jennings, Earl Bennett, Henry Melton and Shea McClellan were all recently out of the lineup. Heck, even the indefatigable kicker Robbie Gould, who has saved you from a great many Fantasy football games, was struck with misfortune in the form of a strained calf muscle, suffered during warm-ups a few weeks ago.
You're going to dismiss the fact that Green Bay has had similar injuries suffered by key personnel only to win 12 games straight and the NFC North. The Packers were even without Charles Woodson and Jordy Nelson on Sunday. You're going shrug your shoulders at that.
You're going to ignore the fact that quarterbacks like Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady chase down their receivers after they throw a touchdown pass and congratulate them, while Cutler merely saunters to the sideline, sits down and waits to be showered with recognition. You're going to accept the fact that the Bears will never win a Super Bowl with Cutler as quarterback.
You're going to acknowledge that the Bears had the best defense in the first half of the season because they started out the season playing lackluster offenses.
You're going to sit there and pretend everything is fine and dandy.
Because throwing in the towel now means organizing the tool shop in the basement, or painting that wall the kids markered up, or, worse yet, exercising.
Yep, you're going stick it out a couple more weeks; that's what you're going to do.
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