Got home from the game tonight to see my 72 year old father, with whom I started going to Bears games in 1979 and celebrated a great 1985 championship, decked out in his Ditka sweater and Bears bucket hat just like back in the day. “Probably the last time you’ll ever see me wear this hat,” he said, kinda sadly. He flew off the Bears bandwagon for a lot of years after the Ditka firing, but this year he came back, for me, I know.
Would’ve been nice to celebrate one more championship with him. But this won’t take anything away from any blessings I have in my life, it was a football game. Would it have made me a little happier for a while had the Bears won the Super Bowl? Sure, and it would have been nice for my Dad and I (and the rest of us) to be able to enjoy that. But I’m thankful that I have the perspective that this is football, not my entire life.
I wish the best to all the good Packer fan friends I have, to enjoy the game. They earned their trip to the Super Bowl. I’ve ranted a bit this year about the media putting Green Bay in the Super Bowl two years running since August 2009. Enjoy the vindication. They made it happen and I won’t take anything away from that.
To all the great Bears fans that have stopped by here all year-I thank you and have enjoyed interacting with all of you. I’ll be back at some point.
I’m leaving the comments open for now. Any fans on either side that want to post any intelligent, insightful comments, please do. But I won’t leave any lowest-common-denominator insults from either side. I think I’ve been classy about all of this up to now and am asking for the same from the other side.
What a great rivalry and historic game. Unfortunately my team didn’t make it happen for me. But at some point the winter will give way to summer, and I’ll be sitting on my deck with a tiki drink enjoying my blessings. Same as I would have if the Bears were Super Bowl Champions.
So I’m OK with that.