Outhouse to the Penthouse-Jason Elam. Penthouse to the Outhouse-me. I still can’t freaking believe what I just witnessed.
I had a full two pages of notes written on today’s Bears-Falcons game, something I rarely have a chance to do when I’m at virtually every Bears game. But I’m not going to use most of them, because I’m always disgusted when the Bears blow a winnable game and I just can’t sit here and think about what just transpired. Much more disgusted when they lose a game against a better team for good reason.
I believe I wrote earlier in the week that these are the games I fear being a Bears fan. Everyone in the world thinks they should win, and will win, and the team seems to go to sleep. That’s what seems to have happened today. Good teams win the games they should win, and then some. This is a game the Bears should have won if they’re a good team. They didn’t. Look, I admit I caught the “Bears are for real, despite what the critics say” fever this week, because that’s the way I want it to be.
But there were reasons why I predicted a 7-9 finish, and some of them showed today. Division and conference-winning teams don’t let inferior clubs stick it up the giggy on them, and that’s what the Bears did today.
I’m still proud of what the Bears have done this season-I believe I thought they’d be 1-4 right now, they’re not, and I’m very glad that I was wrong about that. They’re better in so many areas than they could be right now, and due to that I’m very happy and satisfied. A lot of guys are outplaying what we have seen their skills to be to this point in their careers. But let’s not get carried away with the talk we heard earlier this week based on their first place standing, which may now be erased.
I’m so disgusted, as a matter of fact, I’m not even going to say anything about today’s appearance of Leon Lett in a #91 Chicago Bears jersey. I thought Leon had retired years ago. For our younger readers, you can read about some of the shockingly stupid mental lapses Leon Lett had here. Tommie Harris is human, like I am, and I’ve done a lot of stupid things in my life, but this was most definitely a stupid, stupid play from Tommie.
The Bears were beat today by a team that looked 10 times more prepared for the challenge than did the Bears. One of the notes I wrote down was “Lovie has a perpetual look of concern/confusion on his face”. Maybe he realized his opponents considered this a more important game to win than did his own team? Maybe next week he’ll spend more time on reminding his team that these are the games they have to win?
How must Kyle Orton feel right now? He did everything he could do to be a clutch quarterback and win this game. What looked to be the positive watershed moment for this Chicago Bears team now has turned into the kind of thing that turns the season south.
This is Monday’s post. On Monday, I’ll be busily back at work, yet still too stunned and disgusted to give any more thought to the Bears.
Remember 2001? We remember those fantastic, improbable finishes that ended in our favor, right? Payback and karma is indeed a bitch.