I fear I have no choice at this point. THE HELL WITH KATRINA. There, I said it, and you know what it feels GREAT. I have been kind of avoiding ESPN’s NFL coverage since last Sunday because I knew that the feel good story of the year would be permeating the airwaves. I really should have continued that policy, but for whatever reason I decided to check out the ESPN’s “expert” picks. You can take a look for yourself, but I’ll save you the trouble. NOT ONE OF THEM, NOT A SINGLE GOD DAMN ONE, THINK THE BEARS ARE GOING TO WIN THIS SUNDAY!!!!!!!!
Yes, the raggedy group consisted of mediocre ex professional football players and a couple of guys that obviously never played football have come to the consesus that the Saints will go marching into the Super Bowl. Now, let me start by saying that the Saints have a very good chance of strolling into Soldier Field and winning the game. But on the other hand, is it that unplausible that the Bears might win at home? Not one person thinks the Bears defensive speed is the type of thing that can equalize Sean Payton’s play calling? No one can foresee some combination of Thomas Jones and Cedric Benson running the ball down the Saints’ throat behind a pretty good offensive line?
That’s my real gripe, I suppose, that ESPN is sending the message that the Saints are so CLEARLY SUPERIOR that if they lose it would be a significant upset. I know this sounds like a Bears fan whinning, and that’s probably at least partially true. But if you grew up a Chicago sports fan, you would understand the consistent feeling that Chicago teams are an after thought on the national sports scene. It seems that I’m not the only one, however, that thinks the Bears have a good shot on Sunday. Last time I checked, the Vegas line was the Bears FAVORED by 2.5 points.
I realize that the Vegas line isn’t always the most accurate representation of how the game is going to come out, since it is designed to create betting. What I can say about the Vegas line is that I usually prefer it in situations like this. The Vegas oddsmakers do not care about the touchy feely warm feeling that is the New Orleans Saints. I can’t say that same thing about our ESPN “experts”. I don’t doubt that at least a couple of the “experts” thought the game might go either way, or even thought the Bears should be a slight favorite, but then thought to themselves “Screw it, that poor city just needs it more, and I want to look like I was supporting the feel good story.” I suppose they figure that either they’ll be right and can say all along how smart they were, or they can be wrong and fall back on the “How can you root against the Saints?”
That is what I want my “expert” perdiction to be based on, warm, squishy feelings. There is some sanity in the world however. The Junior Senator from Illinois has already exclaimed that the FAIRY TALE IS OVER when the Saints come into Soldier Field. I normally don’t agree with a lot of what Barrack Obama says, but on this we might as well be saying it with one voice. Barrack had to stifle his message a little since he has some kind of election in a couple years he’s looking at, so I’m going to let you know what he WOULD have said if he could have.
“The HELL with Katrina. All of Chicago felt for that city after the terrible events that took place, but that being said the Fairy Tale for New Orleans is OVER. First of all, how long has it been? OVER A YEAR??? The way they make it sound it just happened yesterday. And from what I hear things are still pretty bad down there, but hey at least they have football right. Maybe they should spend more time patching roofs and getting running water back rather than cheering for a football team that none of them gave a damn about prior to Katrina. Hell, all of Chicago burned down once, but you didn’t hear us whining that the federal government didn’t do enough or demanding some debit cards. Wasn’t it enough that the NFL pulled a David Stern to get Reggie Bush down there? Not that I would rather have him over Devin Hester anyway, but guess what, Patrick Ewing never won an NBA Title either. You should be thanking the Chicago Bears after they destroy the Saints on Sunday. Maybe once this nonesense is over you guys can focus on returning to civilization rather than latching on to your quite newfound love for the Aints.”
Or at least that is approximately what the Bears’ fan in Barrack would have liked to have said if he wasn’t a Democratic Presidential Candidate. I point out Democratic because a Republican candidate might as well go ahead and say what he wants about New Orleans because he would have as much chance at getting votes down there as a side of hashbrowns would. All I know is that however bad Katrina was for New Orleans, they should just be thankful that it didn’t come a little earlier in the hurricane season where it had the chance to be named HURRICANE DITKA. Here’s hoping that it snows something fierce in Chicago on Sunday so the Saints can have ANOTHER storm to blame their plight on. Prediction: Bears 24 Saints 17