Sept. 21, 2015 – I’m seeing yellow

DSC02195Well, all the hope I gained from last Sunday disappeared in a matter of a split second and a pulled hamstring. The game yesterday was going ok. Not great as we allowed a kickoff returned for a 108 yard touchdown. Never a good way to start. We kept in the game. The lead kept changing. It was either team’s to win. Then, it happened. An interception, an attempted tackle, a hamstring injury, and the team fell apart. It was like someone just stuck a pin in their balloon, no not a pin, an ice pick cause the air left the field and the stadium very quickly. The fact that team set a record for penalty yards at home, 170, yes, 170 yards in penalties, didn’t help the cause either. How can you get 170 yards in penalties? I’ve been to games where we almost didn’t have that many yards in total offense. You can’t win a game with that many penalties for crying out loud. Now granted there were two pass interference calls, one questionable in my eyes, that were huge yardage. We went from almost beating the best team in the NFL to looking like we couldn’t beat the best high school team. It’s going to be a long season.

Sept. 15, 2015 – Can a loss be a win?

Is there ever a win in a loss? I’m not sure. On opening day, at home, we got beat by our biggest rival, our biggest nemesis for the past several decades. The Packers are thought to be one of the best teams this year in the NFL with allegedly the best player. We only lost by eight points. Most thought it would be much worse. My beloved Bears hung in there and if it weren’t for what many thought were four terrible play calls on the two yard line, all passes when our running game was going well, and then an interception, the game may have turned out differently. We were terrible last year, 5-11. It’s going take time to get the players we need. I know we need to be patient but then we’ve been patient for 30 years. The last and only time we won the Super Bowl. It did at least give me hope that perhaps we will be better than all thought and predicted. We shall see.

Sept. 13, 2015 – Is this heaven?

Book cover for BlogIs this heaven? No, it’s Soldier Field! Home of my beloved Bears! Finally! Football is here! I’m so excited the season is finally started. Today, 16 teams and millions of fans will still be living the dream of an undefeated season. Today, 16 teams and millions of fans will end the day with their dreams shattered. An opening day loss. It’s heartbreaking.

It’s a beautiful day with the sun out and a slight breeze. The walk to the stadium is invigorating. Arriving at the stadium 30 minutes before the gates open breathing in all the excitement. Anxiously awaiting the time when we can enter into our Sunday sanctuary for 8 of the next 17 weeks. What will the day bring?

Tune in for a recap of the day and whether I left still living the dream or in a shattered state.

Sept. 10, 2015 – Kick-off 2015

Finally the season is beginning. It’s the first game of the 2015 season. So excited for kick-off! I only wish I was at the game to watch my team start the new season. If this were the case that would mean we were Super Bowl Champions! Oh how I want to be the team to kick off the season at home! As of now, everyone is undefeated. As of now, visions of an undefeated season are dancing in our heads. As of now, everyone is dreaming it will be their team to be the first team to go undefeated, 16-0 and win the Super Bowl! The team to stop those 1972 Miami Dolphins from popping the cork each year. I am so pumped! I can’t wait for Sunday!

Sept. 4, 2015 – Where’s my Football?

Where’s my football? I’m going through withdrawal. After waiting six months finally pre-season football was back a month ago. For the last three weekends there’s been football Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and some Sundays and Monday. Football, football, football. Our football bank that was running in the red, overdrawn, was finally getting a deposit. It got us hungry for the season to begin. Then as quickly as we returned to our game day routine, it was gone. We each had our last pre-season game last night. All games were on Thursday. What? Why? Couldn’t there be one or two on Friday? I know, roster cuts have to be completed tomorrow. Well maybe push it back a day. Make it Sunday and give us some football Friday night. I’m sure I can’t be the only one out there that feels this way. I know it’s the last pre-season game and none of the starters are playing. I’ve had to endure some 4th games that were pretty painful to watch.  I know. BUT IT’S STILL FOOTBALL! I am so ready for the season to begin to get in my football routine. I am so ready for football!

Aug. 30, 2015 – Pre-season game 3 – Ugh!

The third game of the pre-season is supposed to take the temperature of the team and give an idea of how they will look during the regular season. The starters are expected to play into the 3rd quarter against the opponent’s starters. Like a real game. My beloved Bears had a horrible game. We had less than 200 yards in offense. We had several injuries when we’ve already had too many! Our starting wide receiver is 5th on the depth chart. Our starters have not scored a touchdown in the three pre-season games. What? I want to have hope for the season even if all the “experts” don’t give them any. Should I? What can I base it on? What stat can give me hope? Our QB hasn’t thrown an interception? Our field goal kicker is perfect? Is that enough?

Aug. 27, 2015 – No football?

I am so bummed. It’s Thursday. It’s pre-season. There’s supposed to be football tonight. Why is there no football? I don’t get it. I thought there was always football on Thursday during pre-season. I mean our two home pre-season games are both on Thursday night! I was all set to come home, do a few things, and watch football. I check the schedule when I get home to see who is playing and what? I can’t find one game. Not one game is on tonight. There should be football tonight to get everyone back in the habit of Thursday night football. I just don’t get it. Is it Friday yet?

Aug. 24, 2015 – We’re 2-0

DSC05339My team is 2-0. It’s pre-season. I have such mixed emotions. The starters looked better Saturday night in their second game. Concern is they have not scored a touchdown, only field goals. Does this mean I should take our field goal kicker on my fantasy team?

We can’t win on field goals. Our defense looks so much better than last year. Then again if they looked any worse I might have to take pepto-bismol before the games as I literally would be nauseous. They were horrible last year.

Our back-up quarterback hasn’t done too bad which I guess is reassuring? Game three is the one that matters. Well not in the standings or anything but it matters in that our starters will play their starters. Saturday night will give a better idea on where our team is in readiness for the season. I hope I only see our kicker for PAT’s.

Aug. 23, 2015 – Football, football, football

Book cover for BlogI’m so excited! What a great weekend! There was football Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and now today, Sunday! AND there will be football tomorrow night! It’s like I died and went to football heaven! I have to remind myself it’s pre-season. You’re not going to see many of the starters.

Why am I so excited? Is this normal? Do others get this excited about pre-season football games? Or is it just excited that there’s football? Is it because my football bank account is overdrawn, in the negative? There’s not been any deposits since February.

Watching and listening to the crowd I don’t think I’m the only one. The crowd is cheering like the game really means something. I guess if we admit it, in someways it just might.

Aug. 19, 2015 – Love my new Bears bling ring!

IMG_1933Love my new ring! I got it when I went to the Pro Football Ultimate Fan Association meeting in Canton, OH, the weekend of the Hall of Fame. More on that in another blog. One of the other fans was selling football rings in team colors. How cool is that! I mean there was no question I had to have it. It was calling out, no screaming out my name. I couldn’t resist and there was no way I was going to think about it and wait. She only had one and I couldn’t chance the other female fans in the group, who just happen to have the same team colors, not necessarily the same team, buy it. No that just couldn’t happen and if it had that would have ruined the weekend. In less than 20 seconds it was mine. Everyone knows a girl can never have too much bling! I love to be sporting my team colors and if it sparkles all the better. We all know it’s the accessories that make the outfit. Bling rings, bracelets, earrings, necklace, watch, maybe even a little sparkle on the shirt. Can’t wait to go to the next game to wear it again. Or until the weekend when it’s an away game and well, it will be an all blue and orange day.