...that begins with a "c" ends with an "o" and has "hicag" in the middle.
I expect that you figured I would only be silent about this for so long...consider the silence broken, my friend.
Oh, and by the way, go here for all you Superfans memories, my friend.
What to say about the Bears in a Super Bowl? Did I think it was possible at the beginning of the year? Sure, I always do (when you grow up a Chicago sports fan, hope always springs eternal). When did I think we were for real? Not sure, but Arizona on Monday night, and our performance therein, really showed me what we were made of. The rest of the season, well, apart from the little hiccups against New England and Green Bay (a fluke), could not have been better.
What will it take to win this game? I am no expert (nor am I completely without knowledge), so I will say that a combo of the running games of Thomas Jones and Cedric Benson with a solid Grossman performance and back-up from the D will serve us in good stead. People who are worried about Grossman should read here what Rick Telander had to say. Problems? While people say a lot of nice things about Peyton Manning, and some of them may be true, he will have to contend with some blistering resistance...and there is one more thing...
The Peyton Manning Playoff Choke Factor.
Aside from the main event, this naturally is the reward for years of loyal support on the part of Bears fans, myself included. To see your guys finally in the big show is nothing short of kickass. When I think back on the lean years (Ditka's final years, Dave Wannstead and the eerily emotionless Dick Jauron), all the embarassing seasons while another Midwestern football team seemed so dominant. All those Sundays wondering when the hurting would ever stop.
Well, the time is now.
Oh, and to all the people who doubted us and just hated us for who we are, well, where are your gods now?
As predictions go, and I always hate making these, even nuns say that we are going to win.
FINAL SCORE: CHICAGO 31, INDIANAPOLIS 24
Well, that's about all I have to say apart from...
BEAR DOWN CHICAGO BEARS!
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