This was supposed to be a happy post about Patrick Kane and the Chicago Blackhawks getting the band back together with Kane and Marian Hossa all back from injury and vaguely healthy and continuing their 4-game winning streak in St. Louis.
Instead, I watch Jonathan Toews go twisting into the boards like the inside of a car wreck where nobody's wearing a seat belt and then he's barely able to get off the ice while I'm trying to swallow the bubbling hurl in the back of my throat.
The Hawks are the polar opposite of the Bears, who (knock on wood) have impossibly made it thru the whole season without any kind of long-term injury to the important parts - SUPER lucky because the Bears don't have replacements for those guys.
Especially at QB.
I spent last night switching between the Hawks' 1-3 loss to the Blues and the Minnesota Vikings' amazing 24-14 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. Some guy who was drafted as a receiver named Joe Webb kind of out-Vicked Michael Vick at QB while Brett Favre cheered from the sidelines.
Can't really tell if the Vikings' Eagle-stomp takes the luster off the Bears' Eagle-stomp because it looked like the Eagles didn't lose it - it looked like the Vikings won it.
And with that loss, the Bears get a playoff bye and the number 2 seed - WEIRD.
Plus, if they beat the Packers next week, the Packers go home for the winter - WEIRD.
PLUS, Urlacher, Briggs, Hester, and Peppers make the Pro Bowl while (in my opinion) the Bears' MVP would be Cutler - WEIRD.
It's just the weirdest football season.
Anyway, back to Toews.
I'm expecting the worst, but probably they'll just say the usual "upper body" thing and we'll never know how much is pulled and bent up there.
Hope he's okay.
Lastly - did you hear that thing about the Cubs?