I’m a big Chicago Bears fan, go figure. So big that in 1991 I deemed it necessary to seek out and become friends with a living, breathing, bonafide Grabowski. And I’ve been friends with this one ever since.
This Grabowski is passionate about his Chicago sports. With me, he’s even been written up in the USA Today. While I try to not let the frustrations of being a Chicago sports fan interfere with my day-to-day sanity, that can’t always be said for this one.
Why am I writing about this today? Several articles in this week’s Chicago Tribune have made me think of my passionate friend.
This friend of mine always gets indignant about the local paper writing glowing articles about rival teams. It used to be Don Pierson dripping loving accolades for Brett Favre on what seemed like a weekly basis. Then last year, it was baseball reporter Phil Rogers glowing about the Milwaukee Brewers, who failed to reach the 2007 playoffs.
Pierson retired in the last year following a distinguished career as a pro football writer. Seems though, to Grabowski’s chagrin, Pierson’s replacement Dan Pompei has stepped right into Pierson’s shoes in this respect. In one week, Pompei has gushed about how awesome Aaron Rodgers is (Brett who?), and now today about how much better off Bernard Berrian is with the world-beating Minnesota Vikings.
I’ll be checking later today to see how my friend Grabowski is doing with all this gushing rival talk.