Well, as long as the Bears offense continues to score 4 or 5 touchdowns per game, and the opposing team gives the Bears 2 or 3 touchdowns per game, the Bears defense should be just fine.
Nathan Vasher and Charles Tillman and Daniel Manning are all injured.
Zack Bowman was making his NFL debut.
He scored a td by recovering a Viking punt screw-up, and he made the HUGE interception at the end that gave me my breath back.
Before that, you also saw him run to the sideline with his right arm dangling like a dead thing separate from his body.
But then other backup corner Corey Graham got a concussion, so Bowman talked the coaches into letting him come back out there with some kind of wrap that went from his wrist to up under his jersey.
Such is life for a kid from the practice squad who's suddenly the last cornerback on the team besides...I think they were talking about bringing in WR Rashied Davis.
Anyway, enough with the injuries already.
It's a bye week.
Heal, Bears, heal.
And, everybody shut up about former Packer Brett Favre calling up Packer opponents and revealing Packer secrets about the Packer offense until after the Packers plays the Bears and the Bears can learn Packer secrets from the former Packer too.
NOTE: After I posted this morning, I picked up the Sports and read that Bowman's going to have season-ending surgery for a biceps injury.
Couldn't tell if that was a smirk or a grimace on Josh Beckett's face.
Either way, that is one tough guy.
When I turned on the game, like you, I was watching a Steve Harvey show with apologies from Turner Broadcasting Company supered at the bottom.
Same thing with Beckett.
He's got something wrong with his "oblique", which is the muscle (or muscles) on your side, next to your stomach.
So he can't throw full velocity.
But we all remember the guy when he was on the Marlins in '03.
Like he was born for post-season play.
He gave up a couple homers, sat through a 15 minute umpire-injury delay, but mostly just won on breaking balls and guts.
Awesome game to watch.
When they showed the replay of Upton's homer (the one we missed while Steve Harvey was on), they had to use this magnifying glass effect to show us the ball mostly because the background is white, but also because it was so high and moving so fast.
He creamed that thing.
Youkilis jacked one.
And Boston's Captain, Jason Varitek, hit one out too.
I think he was oh for forever in 2008 playoffs, so a giant boost for the Red Sox.
But I was hoping for some real baseball, and they delivered.
And in a couple hours, it'll be the Bears vs. the Vikes and then tonight Boston/Tampa game 7.
Okay, this is a little on the soft side (I promise exploding brains soon), but I was struck yesterday by how many people I ran into who were in such a better mood all because the Red Sox had the Amazing Comeback in game 5.
There was baseball chatter in the hallway - it's a good sound.
It seemed like since the Cubs got the bum's rush, every playoff series was the same: one team completely dismantling the other.
And then the Boston Red Sox had this amazing comeback vs. the Rays.
All day yesterday, I was happier.
Which was odd, right?
I mean - good for the Sox but why suddenly so upbeat, I asked myself.
Turned out the answer came in the next logical-yet-angry question: "WHY CAN'T THE CUBS EVER DO THAT?"
And you know what that logical-yet-angry question is, don't you?
The seeds of hope.
Maybe I really am starting to finally get over the bad ending.
Ah, probably not.
Again, sorry about this illustration.
Looks like a bad get-well card.
But...nothing a little college football won't fix, right?
And tonight, I'll be pulling for some good baseball.
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