As was reported earlier this week, the Chicago Bears will open the 2008 regular season in a new place-Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, the new venue of the Colts.
To say the new season will open with a tough challenge would be an understatement. One thing I find interesting: why do so many teams schedule the Bears to open their new stadiums? This is just off the top of my head, but the Bears were the first opponent of the following teams in new stadiums:
1996 Carolina (preseason)
1998 Baltimore (preseason)
1998 Tampa Bay (regular season)
2000 Cincinnati (preseason)
2008 Indianapolis (regular season)
Could be more. Interesting.
In today’s Chicago Sun-Times, Mike Mulligan writes about a recent conversation with Lovie Smith. “Our offensive core is still in place,” Smith says. Is that supposed to be reassuring? Sounds like a comment from a man with a guaranteed salary for the next 5 years. Wish I had that kind of job security.