July 25, 2016 -The Tail of Two Passions – Part One

As I mentioned in my previous blogs, I have two passions. Football and animals. I love both for similar yet different reasons. They each serve a different purpose, yet the same purpose. My love of football is for fun and entertainment. It fulfills my need for competition. My need to win. My need for victory. Sports can take me to the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. When my teams win, a part of me wins. When they lose, I lose. As a die hard fan, and I think I speak for many, I feel a part of the team. I often, when talking about the team, refer to them as “my” team and say “we.”  It’s like I had something to do with them winning. Well, I think I did. I mean all that cheering and yelling. I had to make a difference in the outcome right? I mean that’s why I go to the game. That’s why I watch it on TV. It matters. Right?

To be continued…..

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July 7, 2016 – Counting down – Three weeks to training camp

Will the start of training camp ever get here? Three weeks from today it opens finally! I’ve been going crazy waiting for football. Not being a huge baseball fan, I’m sports deprived. I’ve been going through major withdrawal. I pay attention to Chicago baseball, it’s just too slow for me to watch. Both teams started off with a bang, have had challenges, but leave the city with much hope. The Blackhawks the last few years have gotten me through with their winning the Stanley Cup last year and going to the Western Conference title the year before. Losing in round one was a killer for me!

I can’t wait to hear the sound of football and see the guys in blue and orange back on the field. What’s so great about this time of year is every fan of every team can have hope. Well almost, maybe not in Cleveland. Sorry. But you got the NBA title.

Here’s hoping to end the season in Houston, site of Super Bowl LI.

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.

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?