Web Poll!! Which of these following events would signal the coming Apocalypse?
1.) The Chicago Blackhawks winning the Stanley Cup Championship.
2.) The Chicago Cubs winning the World Series.
3.) The Chicago White Sox becoming relevant other than on the South Side.
4.) The Chicago Bears actually spending money.
The first could actually happen this year. Numbers 2 and 3 will never happen ??? even after the end of the world. That leaves number 4.
The Apocalypse is here.
On the first day of NFL free agency heading into an un-capped year of player salaries, the Chicago PennyPinchers ???.uh, I mean, Bears???quickly and emphatically signed the top free agent defensive end and top free agent running back. On the same day. In the same year. Heck???in the same lifetime.
The signing of former Panther Julius Peppers and former Viking 1400-yard rusher Chester Taylor signifies just how desperate Jerry Angelo and Lovie Smith have become. After three straight non-playoff seasons that followed a trip to the Super Bowl, things were getting out of hand. After trading away first and second round draft choices in the upcoming draft ??? hence no chance at an immediate impact player ??? all that was left to the Bears braintrust (if they had a brain, that is) was to convince the notoriously frugal McCaskey family to pony up the dough.
Wonder of wonders, the purse strings loosened.
What this all means is the end of the world as we know it. To wit, the end of putting up with mediocrity from the top down in the once-proud franchise that is now the National Football Laughingstock.
If, after all the coaching changes and money spent on new personnel, this upcoming season ends like the last three???the only end will be the end of the Angelo/Smith Barnum and Bailey circus that has existed in Lake Forest for the last three seasons.
The only remaining question is this: Do Bears fans want the team to succeed this year with the new players? That would result in an ???I told you so??? by the current administration and the probable return of Angelo, Smith, et. al. If the team flops again this season after all of the machinations of the offseason, then it???s hit the road???.sayonara???don???t let it door hit your a??? on the way out for Angelo and Smith. Which way does the true Bear fan lean?