SEE WHAT HAPPENS?  (That’s a link to the work-safe version of a clip from my favorite movie.  It’s the sanitized, ridiculous, television version of the scene.)

After watching the Minnesota Vikings dismantle the Arizona Cardinals today, I’d like to stand over the 2008 Chicago Bears with a crowbar, yelling repeatedly “SEE WHAT HAPPENS?  SEE WHAT HAPPENS when you commit stupid penalties in a loss to the Buccaneers?

SEE WHAT HAPPENS?  See what happens when you squib kick and allow the Falcons to complete one pass and kick a field goal to beat you?

SEE WHAT HAS HAPPENED?  The Bears allowed the suddenly hot Vikings to control their destiny and the Bears playoff chances.  Now Minnesota needs to lose their last two games, and the Bears have to win both of theirs to make the playoffs.

Regardless of what happens, and I do not think the Bears now have a chance to get in, the Bears controlled their fate, blew it, and have no one to blame but themselves.

Did you see Larry smirking from the window in that clip?  That’s the Vikings.  I’m Jeff Lebowski, wondering how this all happened.  And I think the 2008 Bears are the 1973 Torino that eventually gets trashed.

6 Responses to “SEE WHAT HAPPENS LARRY?!”

  1. Dude.

    You’d think you were a Detroit Lions fan.

    Compared to 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2007, this team was exciting.

  2. Ouch-I’ve been called a lot of things but never a Lions fan! I realize I open myself up to getting ripped on by expressing my opinions here, that’s understood. Yes, the Bears have already done better than I predicted they would, and yes there have been some exciting moments. But I’m sorry, I can’t laud their 2008 season and say I’m satisfied with a 9-7 or 8-8 finish. I’m frustrated that the 3 boneheaded losses early in the year took them out of controlling their own destiny, and I’m not afraid to admit that.

  3. The Bears are 8-6 at the moment, but it’s not too far fetched to say that they should be 12-2. Think about. The only losses the Bears have as far as games they were never really in and got their asses kicked are the losses at Green Bay and Minnesota. The Bears were beating Carolina then blew it. The Bears were beating Tampa Bay then blew it. The Bears were beating Atlanta and they blew it. Hell, I’ll even throw in the loss to Tennessee, cause it’s a game the bears were in the whole time and had their opportunities to do something but Grossman couldn’t cut it. I’m not saying it would’ve been a sure victory with Orton but I think the chances would’ve been greater. With two games to go, we can only hope for the best.

  4. Rob,
    Mr. Taylor is far from a Lions fan. Detroit fans annually expect and receive weekly losses and an annual trip to the bottom of the NFC North standings due to a dysfunctional management/ownership team.

    Bears fans should not be satisfied with a 9-7 or 8-8 finish. Yes, winning out to finish 10-6 is still possible, and the playoffs are now a very, very long shot. Any one of the three losses to the NFC South teams are going to cost us the division, and each loss was inexcusable, the Atlanta loss even moreso.

    But what’s so “exciting” about this team? Comparing this season to the years you mention is a pointless exercise. The Bears, as well as all teams in the league, should aim to get to the playoffs and win the Super Bowl every year. Current teams like the Steelers, Patriots, Tampa, and in recent years Eagles, Seahawks, etc. have made multiple runs. The Bears in the years you mention were garbage due to myriad reasons – poor draft choices (Benson, Haynes, etc) , incompetent coaching/management staffs, and others.

    This team as constructed is Lovie and Angleo’s doing. I’m not going to sit here and praise Lovie for doing a “great” job by any means. The team had a (too) brief mini run in 2005-07. But other teams are able to rebuild quickly without having down years.

    There’s no excuse for the Bears to drop down after the brief run they had, but it will probably happen, due to the fact the Bears have a dysfunctional leadership team of their own in place, albeit not on the same level as the Lions. I’ve never bought into the way Lovie does things, and I don’t feel he and his staff really know what they’re doing.

  5. Evenutally, those three losses were going to bite them in the ass. Now, one of those losses was going to happen. You can look at every team in the NFL, and each one of them will lose at least one, if not two games like the Carolina and Tampa game. Comebacks happen often, and yes, even the best teams let one slip away. The Atlanta game, well, that’s a little extreme. That game is the one that is going to define the season. Eventhough the Bears had no business winning the game, 11 seconds will be remembered forever…

    And Teddy, while the rest of the teams mentioned were legit, Tampa is not. Since their 2002 Super Bowl, they have missed the playoffs in 2003, 2004, and 2006. They have also not won a playoff game since then. They won a weak division last year with a 9-7 record, and there is no guarentee they will make it this year. But, you made your point with the other teams.

  6. Nice big lewbowski analogy! not to mention that wasn’t larry’s vette-I’d like to think that it belonged to the packers, so just as they’re season was a total bust (and suppose to be a nice shinny vette)-our season turned out better than expected (being that our car was thought to be a total piece of shit)!

    Now, I just hope we get that enjoyment of jacking up the packers next week!

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