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Whereas the Dallas Cowboys are "America's Team," the Bears have quickly become the team that America loves to hate.  From ESPN to SI, CBS to FOX, there seems to be a national movement to snub the Bears and discredit all of their accomplishments of last year.  It's not just the "expert analysts" either:  any article written about the Bears seems to finish with comment boards displaying a fervent sampling of 1.) Cutler ragging, 2.) OL jokes, and/or 3.) the word "suck." Well, I hate to be the one to break it to ya, but teams that suck don't get within one drive of the Super Bowl against a team like the Packers with a second string quarterback.  However, as much as we Bears fans would love to believe this phenomenon has cheese behind it, Packers fans have less to with it than Bears fans themselves.  There, I said it.

We love a scapegoat in Chicago and judging from the comment boards, there's any number to choose from:  The McCaskey's, Lovie Smith, Jerry Angelo, Mike Martz, Urlacher, Cutler  - everyone in this city seems to hate something or someone involved with the Bears organization and we have no qualms about voicing our opinions.  This is a good, in a sense - the management should be held accountable.  However, when our disappointment with falling short of a Super Bowl resonates a national echo of our displeasure, we may be speaking up too much, too often.

This is not to let the "expert analysts" off the hook.  These so-called "professionals" can't seem to find anything other than the OL to talk about, each one rehashing the "insight" of the one before:  "I can't see this team having any success without addressing the concerns of this offensive line..."  News flash, genius:  the line will be better than last year, so what does mean, we're going to the dance?  If the line was as bad as you make it out to be and we went to the NFC Championship game, the Bears surely will be fine this year. 

When it comes down to it, the first three games of the season are either going to accentuate or mute this chorus of nay-sayers.   Sure, there's a possibility we may start the season 0-3, but I don't see that happening.  I'm not a paid "expert analyst," but everything I've seen and read on this team suggests the Bears are much, much better than the team that everyone -- including many of us -- think they are.




August 18, 2011  11:08 AM ET

Come'on you know the real ... "American's Team" ...

is North of Chicago .... The PACK ...

most Americans HATE .... Jerry Jones the Boys owner

August 18, 2011  03:41 PM ET

I've never heard a push to hate on the Bears. I think the Cowboys, Jets and anything with Favre is hated far more than the bears. Maybe even the Eagles because of Vick and the dodfighting thing (still).

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August 18, 2011  06:35 PM ET

Flambo Gus, you indeed seem to be able to put aside your bias, if not temporarily. I think the Bears losing Kreutz isn't a big of a deal as the media makes it out to be. The OL actually gained size and talent, but didn't land flashy marquee players so everyone just assumes they're gonna be as bad as last year once the season starts.

September 4, 2011  12:37 AM ET

All I know is the starting O-line didn't give up a single real sack against either the Giants (Tuck and Pierre-Paul on the edges) or the Titans. Not sure what happened in the last game but I know Garza sat out. Briggs's contract issues are not welcome, of course, but this team is a legitimate contender. In fact, they are the only team who seems to be able to put a lid on Rodgers. He got his head bashed in in the NFC Championship game. Expect more of the same this year. The Bears are legit, and it is only ridiculous emotional bias that has all the "experts" saying otherwise.

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