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*Now* things get exciting….crap

I’m a Chicago Bulls fan.  Have been since the 7th grade; the Artis Gilmore days….I have never passed up an opportunity to watch them play–even in the lean years (like now).  All Chicago sports teams (except the Cubs) have my support.
Living in Phoenix for 10 years, I gained an appreciation for their teams (except the Cardinals who should never even exist).  I am a Diamondbacks fan since their inaugural season and root for them cuz they are National League and don’t play my beloved White Sox.  I’m ambivalent about the Coyotes, but watched them play when my buddy Rod Fournier would come to town when the RedWings came.  The Phoenix Suns were great to watch.  I like Nash, I like Stoudamire, I like the General Manager(hihi)…I rooted for them cuz it was the hometown team. 
I have now moved to Seattle.  I don’t like the Seahawks, nor the Sonics, nor the Mariners…and can’t believe a town only a few hours away from the Canadian border doesn’t have a hockey team.  Don’t get that at ALL.  And now that I’ve moved–the SuperBowl is played there.  Now that I’ve moved–SHAQ comes to town.  Things happen in threes…good grief…what’s next?

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And that is impressive because…….???

I see this headline on ESPN:

Giants’ staggering win over Patriots watched by record 97.5 million

NEW YORK — The 97.5 million viewers who saw the New York Giants’ last-minute win over the New England Patriots made it the most-watched Super Bowl ever and second biggest event in American television history.
Wow!  97.5 million!  *ALMOST* 10% of how many watched the World Cup!  Oh, and that thing about "second biggest event in American Television history"…UNIVISION is headquartered in Miami, FL, which makes it AMERICAN and broadcast the World Cup every day which had OVER 100 million watching  PER DAY. 
What they should have said was, "Watched by Americans".
Shame on you ESPN…you also post results of the WC and should know better.  tsk tsk.


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WRONG! Super Bowl sour grapes.

On speaking about the Super Bowl….
"Tonight doesn’t take away from anything we have done over the course of the season.  We had a great year. It’s just unfortunate that tonight turned out the way it did."
-New England quarterback Tom Brady
Sorry, Brady.  If the loss had been ANY TIME but *NOW*, your statement would be correct.  It was well documented that a perfect regular season means NOTHING if you were to lose the Super Bowl.  No asterisks by "Undefeated"…(If SI or ESPN does this….grrr) The "undefeated" season INCLUDES postseason.  The 1972 Dolphins were UNBLEMISHED.  UNTOUCHED. SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS.
You are effectively one step BELOW the Chicago Bears of 1986, who also had ONE loss but WON the Super Bowl (oh yeah spanking the Pats 42-10).
It’s all about the finish.  You have to get the ring to get respect.

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You don’t meet a legend every day…

As I get on the plane in Dallas heading back home to Seattle, I notice an older gentleman to my right sitting across the aisle from me.  He is wearing a black hat with a clover on it with the number 6 on it.  I start thinking to myself, "This guy looks like….."  I look down at his legs to see if I’m dreaming and sure enough this guy must be almost 7 feet tall.  I start freaking out because I’ve met several celebrities but no one as big as this (physically or historically).  I’m not kidding…this guy is probably one of the most prominent sports figures there is.  Just to give you an idea; he has more championship rings than ANY athlete.  Bar NONE. Wilt Chamberlain might have more points, but he only has 2 rings.  Bill has 11.  yeah, exactly; and in 13 seasons.

I ask him if I can get a picture of him after we land and he declines.  I apologize for bothering him and says, "It’s OK".  I immediately flash back to 2005 when I met on the pane a lesser player (Charles Barkley)who also declined.  These guys must SERIOUSLY be mugged for photos for them to be so adamant about not being photographed with an admirer.  It would seem, though, that Mr. Russell who has been out of circulation for years would be a little more accommodating. 

Part of me wanted to get my webcam out and just snap a pic and put it up here–but I want to be nice about it.  It’s not every day that you meet a legend.

I quickly discovered that I didn’t have to battle with my feelings.  The guy sitting in front of him sneaks a camera pic of him.  As we were getting off the plane, I give him my card with cell phone number and ask him to "share the wealth".  He winks at me and says, "No problem!"

imagejpeg_1 BRussell

It was funny watching the people come on to the plane.  I could immediately tell who was a sports fan:  the ones that stared at him.  To a couple of guys that stared and glanced over at me, I nodded and said "Yup."  They grinned and said "I thought so!"


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Well…at least we beat the Packers!

With a dismal record of 6-9, the Chicago Bears are mathematically eliminated from the playoffs.  Every win is for pride and every loss, well..means nothing.


The Bears mauled the Cheeseheads 35 – 7 yesterday at Soldier Field under conditions that we Chicagoans like to refer to as "Bear weather".  Thing is, it is usually an advantage over teams from the West Coast (like SanFran, or Los Angeles, or San Diego) and not so much against teams like Minnesota or Green Bay.  But, Brett Favre actually claimed it was the worst he had seen in 17 years!  Ok….

Looking at the stats…don’t make too much sense to me.


Team Stat Comparison


1st Downs
13                           14

Total Yards
          274                        240

          149                        101

         125                         139

        1-10                         6-30

3rd Down Conversions
       3-12                          6-15

4th Down Conversions
       1-3                            2-3

         2                              0

     26:27                        33:33


With the above stats, one would think that the score would be closer.  the only thing are the 2 turnovers by GB.  Both resulted in TDs.  The franchise player of the year Brian Urlacher even got his first TD on an interception, and rejoiced exceedingly in the end zone.  He’s having a GREAT CHRISTMAS!!

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Crying in my beer (Root)

I have determined that I would rather my team not go to the championship game and lose than not make the playoffs.  At least *then* I could say they SUCKED instead of conceding that they weren’t good enough to win it all.
There–I said it.  I wish they had picked up Brett Favre….then again, someone from Green Bay playing in Chicago….mmmmmmaybe not.
Give me ANYBODY!!!!!!!!  PLEEEEEEASE!!!!


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Curse of the Dolphins — Bears get SPANKED

OK, I love my Chicago Bears.  Even when they suck.  I stick my chest out when they win and rant, rave, cuss and froth at the mouth when they lose (or do I have that backwards?)
In 1985, en route to the Super Bowl championship, the stars were aligned for the Bears to be the first team since the 1972 Miami Dolphins to go undefeated.  There was one small problem — the quarterback.  Jim McMahon had been injured and the Defense took it upon themselves to will the team to win after win without him, except for the Miami game.
Fast forward to 2006, 21 years later.  The Bears have outscored their opponents at home by over 120 points in 7 games and the Defense is reigning supreme in the NFL.  Miami is a lowly 1-6 and they are coming to Soldier Field and were SUPPOSED to receive a boot to the head and have their collective hiney handed to them.  It was the other way around.  The only good thing about the game is that I wasnt there.  I am totally surprised that there weren’t riots in the streets.  Well…if the Bears don’t go on to win it all…I guess it doesn’t really matter.

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