Remember the awesome first three days of the Titanic's maiden voyage?
Poor Cody Parkey.
He's only gonna be remembered for one thing.
Even with the slow mo video evidence of the Eagles' Treyvon Hester tipping the kick with his hand, we'll all just remember the shock of the double klanger off Parkey's foot.
The agony of defeat.
Kick in the nads.
I was with my brother at Erc's tavern in Manhattan Beach, the place he watched the Cubs win game 7 (you might remember this painting from a picture someone took of him after Rajai Davis hit his homer off Chapman):
The place was packed and I only saw one table of Eagle fans.
"Confident" was the low end of how I felt.
You know what's weird about this season?
The mental turnaround that happened: I actually thought it impossible that the Bears could lose.
Not this game.
Not with this D and an Eagle's QB with sore ribs.
With the Bears up 6-3 at the half, my brother said the game would come down to Parkey.
But we'd just watched the weird fumble slash "incomplete" pass from Trubisky to Miller and even though every kid who ever played organized football can tell you that if the ball is on the ground you JUMP ON IT no matter if there's a whistle or an earthquake, I still felt like they were so close to getting in sync that the next half would belong to the Bears.
"Naaahh," I said.
Besides, Cohen hadn't done his Cohen thing yet, and no way the Eagles line could keep Foles from getting smacked around.
But that stuff didn't really happen.
We had to wait til the 4th for Trubisky to finally connect on a TD pass to Robinson.
And when they missed the 2-pointer pretty much everybody was thinking about Parkey.
Anyway, you know the end.
I'm sure everyone's on the Parkey warpath, and I don't see how he stays a Bear.
It's surely impossible, but can you imagine this same kind of thing happening again?
Ryan Pace can't.
I mean, even people who weren't really Bear fans around me brought up Robby Gould.
Why DID the Bears let that guy go?
Whatever, I hope Parkey doesn't get the Bartman treatment.
The ball was tipped and the Bears lost and that's the end of 2018/19.
Even though we all think the Bears could have gone further, this was a pretty special season.
We watched a young team learn to win.
The billion Bear holes have been nicely filled, and if they keep this talent (PLEASE STAY VIC FANGIO!) and have luck with injuries, they should be right back here next season.
I'm out in Los Angeles wearing my Bears hat.
You wanna give me a hard time, I'll smile and say, "You just wait."
Sorry I'm on production and no time for a painting.