Much, much closer than it should have been. Watched today’s game with my neighbor and good friend, a Tampa transplant and lifelong Bucs fan, this game we’ve been waiting for three years to watch together. After the Bears went up 21-5, I reminded him this was a Bears game and it wasn’t over. And of course Tampa went on a run and pulled to within three points. As Tampa got the ball with just under two minutes left needing a touchdown, I told him I knew Tampa would take it deep into Bears territory, which they did. Thank God D.J. Moore was there to seal the game with an interception.
So yes, JDM, through seven games the 2011 season is still lining up with my 1992 Chicago Bears comparisons. In both of these seasons we have an aging team, and there is both hope and despair, early season consternation but in both cases we’re 4-3 at this point. I just hope from here out the 2011 version doesn’t finish 1-8 as that team did.
More on other subjects in a moment.