Yes, I’m a Bears fan. Back in 1985 when they won the Superbowl, John H. Vohr elementary school in Gary, Indiana had a pep rally. (Gary is in the middle of the map baby so we affectionately call it The Region! Colts football was not even an option.) I came in an orange t-shirt with blue sweatpants, orange and blue hair ribbons and the number 34 painted on my cheek. My mom made us homemade pom-poms and I wore my Punky Brewster gym shoes (irregardless of how you say it…I’m from the G!). I was pumped. The afternoon was filled with speeches by our principal Mrs. White, our gym coach-Coach Wind, cheers by the cheerleaders and finally we watched The Superbowl Shuffle. It was a grand time! Teachers were slapping high-fives, students-friend and foes-were hugging and beaming! We were so elated.
I was tried and true! I knew the starting lineup. I loved “The Fridge” and hated arrogant Mike Singletary (at least that’s what my momma called him), I thought Willie Gault was fine and Walter Payton was all mine!
I think I liked it so much because it was something that I shared with my dad. Even when I’d ask a thousand questions he’d answer them or tell me to hush up when there was a play on the field. It was the closest I’d ever been to my dad. I love football for the strategy, organization, formations, plays, blitzes, energy, air defying leaps and bounds and of course Bears touchdowns! Time literally stands still in a football game. It’s amazing to see how the yards are gained or reduced depending on the play.
I watched the Bears vs. Cowboys on Sunday and thought to myself. Where did all of the fun go? It didn’t feel like ’85. People shoutin’ obscenities at the screen and kicking rocks and -ish like that! What happened to the love for the game? Could you imagine someone coming up to your job saying you suck week after week? These guys are human you know.
I just want football to go back to the glory days. Before the bazillion dollar contracts, players being indicted and tons of those damn commercials. When I had my daddy around to ask him questions.