It's been said that 'those who forget the past, are destined to repeat it'. But what about those who remember the past, just a little inaccurately? Bears and Seahawks fans both remember the Week Six game that the Seahawks won 23-20, but a look around various chat rooms and comments sections suggest that maybe some Seattle fans recall it a little differently, a little more magical than it actually was.
Like an old hippie, waxing nostlagic about Woodstock. Sure he got to see (Seattle native) Jimi Hendrix, but he forgets the part where he was covered in mud and Wavy Gravy had to 'talk him down'. I'm just saying that sometimes we recall the past as being a little better than it was.
I'm seeing phrases like "beat the Bears easily", and "The Bears are 10 point favorites? Shouldn't that be the other way around? Didn't we already beat them by that much?"
They're very excited that they advanced in the playoffs, and who can blame them? It's like a Cinderella story, if Cinderella was even uglier than her step-sisters, but still got a shot at the prince.
But you're not at the ball yet, Seattle.
Yes, the Seahawks beat the Bears earlier this year, and sure it could happen again. But It wasn't quite the glorious victory you seem to recall.
Overall the Bears performance was flat. In fact it was almost flat line. But they've managed to resuscitate the patient, and he's doing quite nicely.
You got to see Jay Cutler returning from a concussion suffered in a game against the New York Giants. You should of seen THAT game! That was a beating. So Jay was just coming back, and Mike Martz still hadn't discovered that you can run a football, as well as pass one.
So you broke through the offensive line and sacked Cutler six times. That was tough to watch, if you're a Bears fan I can tell you.
But see, we don't use that particular group these days. The guys we have now, while they're not getting invites to any Pro Bowls any time soon, they're doing a bit better in protection.
On defense, there's Lance Briggs. You haven't met him yet, but he gets invited to Pro Bowls all the time. He was out with an ankle injury, last we saw one another.
And do you remember the Danieal Manning 89 yard touchdown return, called back on an 'iffy' penalty? I know you remember Devin Hester's return, that one didn't get called back. The margin of victory for you guys was that really rare miss on a field goal attempt by Robbie Gould.
A lot of things went your way that day, for you to get that 'easy' three point win. I'm just saying.
But you know what? I like how enthusiastic you all are, even if if it's a little overstated. The Bears went 11-5 in the regular season, and there are plenty of Chicago 'fans' who behave like they went 5-11 instead. Some of it's just a Chicago thing, the Cubs alone have made bitter cynics of many of us. But the truth is, some of these guys? If they found the Hope Diamond in their Cracker-Jack box they'd complain because they didn't get enough peanuts.
So good for you, enjoy the ride. It's a lot of fun, isn't it?
But fair warning...It's almost midnight.