Remember, it's Bear Down Week.
So the words "Bear Down" will fly out of my mouth periodically throughout whatever you read here for no logical reason other than... it's Bear Down Week.
From my office window, I can see that face-thingy sculpture that's been in Millennium Park since it got redone years ago in such a grand and fancy manner, Bear Down.
I've never known, Bear Down, what that thing is called, even though I learned that water shoots out the mouths of the faces projected on the screens when my kids ran around down there when it was new.
It's actually called the Crown Fountain, and it was designed by Spanish artist Juame Plensa, Bear Down.
Had I not gone to this Millennium site, however, I would never have known it was a "fountain" because mostly, Bear Down, it looks like a couple vertical TV screens that show faces that spit water once in awhile.
Wait a minute... did I just hear you say... he's so culturally illiterate?
Well Bear Down, that's absolutely true.
And rather than showing strangers spitting water, it seems to my culturally illiterate self that this fountain could be put to a much more culturally relevant use this week.
I'm sure they'll put those "helmets" on the lions in front of the Art Institute so, you know, people watching football in other parts of the country think Chicago isn't just some common Pittsburgh or Houston. We have museums and music and other kindsa culture besides just football, Bear Down.
But helmets on lions is not enough.
I'd like to see Papa Bear (Down) Halas and Red Grange, Dick Butkus and Walter Payton, Urlacher and Peppers and Cutler all menacing the downtown area on some giant screens.
There hasn't been and probably will never be a football game with as much history and rivalry and Stuff at Stake as this Green Bay Packer vs. Chicago Bears NFC Championship game.
So do something cool, City of Chicago. Or Park District. Or whoever runs that face-thingy.