January 1, 2017 – Happy New Year!

A new year begins! So many hopes and dreams are being written, better known as New Year’s resolutions. What will you be targeting to accomplish in 2017? It’s also the final day of football season. Week 17, Game 16 for all 32 teams. For several teams today, it’s win and play another game, lose, and it’s over. For some, the season has been over for many weeks and they’re playing for their draft spot. For 12 teams the season will continue. They are going to the playoffs and visions of spending the first weekend of February is still a potential reality.

It’s been a long season for me, my Bears were out of playoff contention basically in September. Injuries aren’t to be used as an excuse but 19 on injured reserve didn’t make things easy. Though you always want to see your team win, we’ve been playing for our draft pick for weeks.

One more game. I can’t believe the season will be over. Today will be a day of mixed emotion, my heart wants them to win, my head knows a loss would be a better draft pick. Oh the challenges of being a sports fan.

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Sept. 24, 2016 – The Day Before Game Three

It’s the day before game three. How are you feeling about your season so far? I’m feeling pretty crappy and with very little hope. I try to stay positive, I mean we’ve only played two games. The problem is, we’ve looked really bad in more than half of each game. The bigger problem is we have more injured players than healthy. Ok so that’s not quite the case but it sure feels like it. Last Monday night it was one player after another. Why are so many players getting injured? Why? Why? Why? Is it due to the lack of true game like practice? But that’s another blog. Stay tuned.

If your team is 2-0 you so far are feeling pretty good. If you’re like me and your team is 0-2 you’re not too excited. Again, I try really hard to stay positive and if the games were close I’d be ok. Not so much. They looked terrible and now key players are out. I won’t give up yet but statistics for a team to go 0-3 and make the playoffs are like slim to none. I mean only five teams have made it since 1970 that have started 0-3. It’s tough to feel your season is over by week three. I know there are worse things in the world but when you wait six months and your hopes and dreams are dashed in three weeks it’s heartbreaking. Especially for the fans that spend their hard earned money going to games home and away. It’s a choice yes but it’s also a passion, it’s an escape. It’s football for crying out loud and some of us just love it. Is it too much to ask to just give us a little hope for a little more than three weeks?

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