Bear Down

Chicago Bears

SAN DIEGO – SEPTEMBER 9: Linebacker Brian Urlacher #54 of the Chicago Bears and his teammates prepare to enter the game against San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium September 9, 2007 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

This has been brewing for a little while. It has nothing to do with the performance of the team or anything like that. It’s me. Honestly.

I want to take the moment to say that on this day I am officially handing my fan card back to the Chicago Bears.

It’s been a good 11 years. After the Raiders left Los Angeles and I moved back here after college, the Bears were the team that captured my fandom. There were several losing years, some awful offenses, but there was a Super Bowl. Granted it was a loss, but it was something. There was Sexy Rexy, good ole Neck Beard Kyle Orton, and that ever present defense.

But right now, as my fanaticism towards individual sports teams has died across the board, I’m finally relinquishing Da Bears. It seems appropriate that it comes on the day the team fires head coach Lovie Smith.

I just don’t see the point of having an irrational love towards a team, especially one that I adopted more recently than other teams I used to root for (i.e. the Dodgers). I’ve never seen them play live. I don’t have paraphernalia.

So that’s it. Good luck to the Bears in the future. I will continue to watch your exploits on Sundays on the Red Zone Channel. But I’m done.