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September 28, 2007

GO CUBS GO!!!

All I have to say tonight is this:

GO CUBS GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  NL Central CHAMPIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(and one teensy weensy side note...the last time they won this, a terrible personal tragedy was ensuing.  This time, it's another bad thing looming - not quite as horrible, but still not fun - so maybe we can change fate this go 'round?  Hmm?  Maybe??????)

In any case, thanks, Cubbies.  Let's go all the way.  This must be the year for all sorts of great new beginnings.

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March 31, 2007

Let the Games Begin!

Baseball season is upon us.  Tomorrow is the home opener for some fans in this house, and then the Cubs start their season on the road Monday.  Next Monday the 9th is the Cubs home opener.  Yours truly will be in attendance.  Yep, all decked out in my Cubs gear with a cerveza in my hand sitting next to my good friend Hillary, who was nice enough to give me this opportunity.  I am as excited as a kid before Christmas.  I am growing weary of all of the Cubs jokes.  I am growing weary of all the Cardinals fans in my life giving me grief over my loyalty.  I cannot and will not change, and I'll just hope that my beloved team will do something bigger this year.  My dear son Caden has decided to support his mommy and root for the Cubs too.  Come on guys...let's do something this year!

The kids also start their baseball season.  Holy cow this next level of regular tee ball is a heck of a lot more intense than last year's "L'il Tees."  They have practice three times a week, they have games all over the place (not a set day and time), they have to slide into the bases...boy, it's a big commitment.  With Aaron's traveling, it will sure make my time management all the more interesting too.  But I'm sure it will also be fun.  We just have to work on understanding the rules and not getting upset.  Life with 3 5 year olds.

Their team this year is The White Sox.  They are purple though, not white.  The White Sox?  Great.  next year it will be the Cardinals or something.  Oh well.  If you are not from Chicago, there is only one thing you need to know: yes, we have two baseball teams, but you are either a Cubs fan or a Sox fan.  You cannot be both.

Well, regardless, baseball season has arrived, and we're all excited in this house, whatever team we support.  Let the games begin!!!!!!  :-)

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March 19, 2007

Spring Fever

Spring fever is in full bloom in this household.  We're itching to be outside more, and getting ready for baseball to start.  In fact:

3 weeks from today, I'll be enjoying opening day in the friendly confines.

Yes, that's right.  My friend Hillary invited me to share in the joy that opening day at Wrigley Field bestows.  I am so excited.

The first day of spring is this week.  Spring is arriving!  Pretty soon, flowers will be blooming and the world will become green once again - a great improvement from the strange color and bareness of the world at the moment...and baseball, baseball, baseball!

Could this be *the* year Cubs fans have been anxiously awaiting for years?  I'll do my best to cheer them on their first day in our most beloved baseball stadium.

Go Cubs Go!

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February 02, 2007

Could I Talk About ANYTHING ELSE?

Um, no.  I can't, sorry.  Unless you want to see our weather forecast, because that's pretty funny.  Here it is:

Friday
Day: Mostly cloudy and frigid with flurries. Winds W to 16 mph. High: 14° Feels like: -7°
Night: Mostly cloudy, brisk and bitterly cold with a couple of flurries. Winds WSW to 15 mph. Low: 4° Feels like: -16°
Saturday
Day: Mostly cloudy, brisk and bitterly cold with a few flurries. Winds W to 20 mph. High: 10° Feels like: -17°
Night: Mostly cloudy and frigid. Winds W to 11 mph. Low: -4° Feels like: -18°
Sunday (um, yeah, SUPERBOWL SUNDAY) 
Day: Mostly cloudy and very cold. Winds WNW to 13 mph. High: 6° Feels like: -15°
Night: Partly cloudy and bitterly cold. Winds WNW to 14 mph. Low: -8° Feels like: -31°

Ok, that is enough of that fun, eh?  Just a little bit chilly here.

Here is some more Bears stuff for your enjoyment.  Thanks to all my friends for passing all the goodies along.

This one is my favorite.  Completely awesome picture of the skyline.

Bears Skyline 

A Preview of the Superbowl

Bears vs Colts 

 

Sacked! 

Support our Bears!

Bears Support

Here's a link to an interesting song (it will open in a new window). 

One final note: it is AMAZING how many places of business around here are modifying their hours for the game.  Sam's Club is opening early on game day.  So many other places (restaurants, stores, etc) are closing early so they can watch the game.  I think it's great.  After all, why on earth would you be doing something other than watching it???

Go Bears!

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January 31, 2007

A Bears Celebration

There is not much talk of much else other than the game on Sunday.  Bears fever is in full bloom and everyone is so excited at the chance for victory.  Of course, emails are going around reflecting this as well, and I thought I'd share some of them here.

As I've said, we're a Bears town up here, and this is proof.

A Bears Town 

Notice not only the two buildings that have the words, but also the building (the CNA building to be exact) that has the Bear head logo.  Very cool, eh?

There's another storm heading for Florida...

Florida Storm

...and it is called DA BEARS!

The simple, yet appropriate, meaning of COLTS:

C: Count
O: On
L:  Losing
T:  The
S:  Superbowl!

Now, for anyone fact-oriented, here are some interesting tidbits for you.

In honor of the Chicago Bears going to Super Bowl 41, here are 41 things that have changed from the last time the Chicago Bears played in the Super Bowl (which was Super Bowl 20 in 1986):

1.  Brian Urlacher was in 2nd grade. Rex Grossman was in kindergarten.
2.  Peyton Manning was 10 years old. Eli Manning was 5 years old. Their dad, Archie, had just retired from the NFL two years earlier.
3.  Lovie Smith was in his first college coaching job at University of Tulsa.
4.  Ronald Reagan was the President, and Harold Washington was the Mayor.   James R. Thompson was the Governor running for re-election and his office was in the new State of Illinois Center, which is now called the James R. Thompson Center.
5.  George W. Bush was 39 years old and still drinking. His father would run for President two years later.
6.  Rod Blagojevich was just out of law school and was a low-level prosecutor working for the Cook County State's Attorney, Richard M. Daley.
7.  Barack Obama had just moved to Illinois, and Osama bin Laden was fighting the Soviets in Afghanistan.
8.  Red Grange and Sid Luckman were still alive.
9. The Colts had just moved to Indianapolis from Baltimore and were the doormat of the AFC EAST. The Bears were the champions of the NFC CENTRAL.
10. Property in Wicker Park and Bucktown was cheap because they were really bad neighborhoods.
11. CD players, cellular phones and fax machines were expensive,cutting edge technology and only a few people used them.
12. "Surfing the net" meant a volleyball game at the beach, and virtually no one used the "@" key on their TYPEWRITER.
13. Sam Walton was still alive and was wealthier than Bill Gates. Windows were panes of glass...not a computer operating system that was a pain in something that rhymes with glass.
14. The Soviet Union was our main enemy, and Saddam Hussein was our ally.
15. There were no lights at Wrigley Field, and the oldest park in baseball belonged to the White Sox.
16. Michael Jordan and Ozzie Guillen had just finished their "Rookie of the Year" seasons. Jordan's coach was Stan Albeck and Guillen's manager was Tony LaRussa. (Three out of four of those guys are now wearing championship rings, but what ever happened to Stan Albeck???)
17. Soldier Field had AstroTurf. The Houston Oilers played in the AstroDome.
18. The Fox TV Network didn't exist, and ESPN had yet to air a single live pro football, baseball, or basketball game.
19. MTV played music and so did some AM radio stations.
20. Lindsay Lohan and Hilary Duff weren't born yet; Jackie Gleason and Richard Nixon were still alive.
21. Hillary Clinton had dark hair and was the First Lady......of Arkansas!
22. "The Love Boat" and "Diff'rent Strokes" were still on network TV every week.
23. Martin Luther King Day was about to be celebrated as a National Holiday for the first time. "9-11" was a phone number many cities were just adopting for emergency calls - not a date of terror.
24. I-88 was called "Illinois Rt. 5" and I-355 hadn't been built yet.
25. What the CTA now calls "The Blue Line" had just been extended to O'Hare, and the Orange Line to Midway hadn't been built yet.
26. Q101 played adult contemporary music and most teenagers listened to WLS. Music from the 70s and 80s wasn't "retro" yet.
27. Tiger Woods hadn't won an amateur golf tournament yet.
28. Most people knew Seattle just as a city in the Northwest U.S. - not the home of grunge or Starbucks.
29. Only Southerners went to NASCAR races and only Northerners went to NHL games.
30. The Chicago area had no Wal-Marts, Targets or Home Depots, and Walgreen's was only in the Midwest.
31. Depending on your bank, your ATM card was good at only "Cash Station" machines or only at "Money Network" machines, but there were no fees.
32. "The Phone Company" was Illinois Bell.
33. They still sold leaded gasoline and you couldn't pay for your gas at the pump.
34. Discover Card hadn't been discovered yet, and Miller Genuine Draft hadn't been brewed yet.
35. Stereo TVs were the rage that HDTVs are now. 8-track tapes were still being made.
36. All of the Blockbuster Video stores that are now closing hadn't opened yet. Betamax was still competing with VHS.
37. You paid cash for your groceries and fast food, and you used a travel agent to book airline flights.
38. Bowl games didn't have corporate sponsors, and if the #1 ranked team was in a conference that played in one bowl game and the #2 ranked team was in a conference that played in another bowl game, then so be it! They let the portswriters vote on the national champion. (and no college football games were played after New Year's Day)
39. The Baltimore Ravens were the Cleveland Browns. The Tennessee Titans were the Houston Oilers. The Oakland Raiders were the Los Angeles Raiders that had just left Oakland. The Arizona Cardinals (the former Phoenix Cardinals) were the St. Louis Cardinals, and the St. Louis Rams were the Los Angeles Rams. The Jacksonville Jaguars, Carolina Panthers, Houston Texans, and the Cleveland Browns (not to be confused with the Cleveland Browns that are now the Baltimore Ravens) didn't exist. The Seattle Seahawks (last year's NFC Champions) played in the AFC.
40. Number 9 on the Bears was their Punky QB...not their perky field goal kicker.
41. There were no iPods - just Sony Walkmen - so if you said something about a "shuffle" on your Walkman, they assumed you were listening to "The Super Bowl Shuffle."  

And finally (I hope this works), here is Elvis singing the Bears song.  This should open in a new window using whatever software you have to view videos.

I hope you have enjoyed this little celebration of our Chicago Bears!

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January 25, 2007

Superbowl countdown...

Yeah, here we go.  The countdown to the BIG GAME.  Bigger than many Superbowls of past for many of us, I might add.  Yes, we Chicago Bears' fans remember the last time we had this fun.  Oh, do we.  We made a huge song and dance about it, as well as many Taco Bell commercials (ugh).  If you want to see video, you'll have to go and look it up on You Tube or something yourselves, sorry.  If I had the time to do so, I could go back and scan in pictures of our many Superbowl gatherings over the years.  The main reason is because both Aaron and his dad's birthdays land right around the Superbowl.  And also, it's just fun to watch.  Even if they aren't teams I like, I'll always watch the Big Game.  I'll admit, I also enjoy most of the commercials.  They seemed to have peaked out in comedy (kinda like SNL)...but also like SNL (the Justin Timberlake episode was so funny, I can't bring myself to delete it from the DVR), they are hopefully making a tiny bit of a comeback.  Commercials funny or not, this year, I'm watching it for THE GAME!

I'm so glad so many left comments on the last post.  Quite a few funny comments, I might add.  Thanks guys, and please, keep 'em comin'.  I won't interject any political statements in this particular post, but I will down the road.  And yes, I do realize that all of us Cubs fans do suffer from something...however, I disagree that it's necessarily a bad thing.  How else can you learn such optimism, such preservence, such determination?  Don't mistake fan loyalty for being an idiot.  Some of us were born into it, and to change would just be so wrong.  Besides, things WILL be different this year, right?  ;-)

Ok, this is not a Cubs post, but a Bears post.  This is Bears time!  I have also always been a Bears fan, so there!  Now I can enjoy this and savor every last minute.  And then savor it some more when they are the Superbowl Champions once again!  The kids are enjoying it so much and it's just so much fun to have this time with them as well.

So to conclude, here is my final thought (tee hee):

Go Bears

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January 22, 2007

Da Bears!

Wow, the Bears are going to the Superbowl!!!!!!!!  This is huge, people!  The best part about it is that the whole family can celebrate together.  Aaron, being a St. Louis Cardinals fan and I being a die hard Cubs fan can never agree on baseball.  I was just slightly happy for him when the Cardinals won the World Series last year, but I could not get into it like he did of course.  The Bears, however, is a different story.  I remember so well watching the last time this happened, and it's so exciting to be doing it again!  Aaron has converted from being a Dallas Cowboys fan to being a Bears fan.  This is totally a Bears city up here.  It seems like EVERYONE is a Bears fan and gets so into it.  Not just when they win, either.  It's like a religion.

So we made it!  Bears vs Colts!  It's going to be fun.  We're having some friends over to enjoy the game and hopefully help to cheer the Bears to victory.  Go Bears!

In other news, everyone here has been struck with a nasty cold.  Poor Haley is taking it the hardest at the moment.  I spent my night with her last night as the poor thing tried to sleep.  She's pretty miserable.  At least she doesn't mind when I wipe her nose.

Ok, nothing more for today.  My brain is foggy from lack of sleep and the beginnings of a cold.  However, my spirits are still bright....GO BEARS!!!!  :-D

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