Sports

RIP, legendary Bears defense

It's sad when it ends like this.

I am talking about the Bears season, but I'm also speaking of the great Bears defense.

So many years. So many wins. So many pick-sixes, forced fumbles, great players.

It had to end sometime and it has ended … now. Brian Urlacher gone. Lance Briggs out 4-6 weeks, nearing the end of the road. Charles Tillman getting beaten badly by … the Redskins. Julius Peppers with nothing on the board this season. It couldn't last forever, but I sure wanted it to.

Nope. Phil Emery has to really earn the money now. This year is shot. All he has to do this offseason is find a new defensive line. Hell, some more linebackers. Then, two more safeties and a cornerback or two.

That's it, really.

You're saying: Safeties? Again? I'm saying: I'm afraid so. Chris Conte and Major Wright are clueless. We'll try again!

That said, we have to try for something this season. Here goes my Hail Mary.

Dear Brian Urlacher:

I know I was hard on you when it ended. I'm sorry there was no market for your services then. Guess what? There is a market for your services now! Please come back! I think a 35-year-old who can't run would do just fine on this defense! You'd fit right in!

Please call me back! I love you! Please!

That sounded like a drunken ex's voice mail at 1 am. Strange. That's also what it felt like.

It also feels like the World Series is here. This is when Cub fans engage in birdwatching. In this case, the hated Cardinals.

Shhh, look! They were there just two years ago, and have since remade almost their entire roster! Now they're back. How do they do it? They scout, draft and develop their own supply of excellent baseball players. They rarely go for the big-time free agent. Unless it's the final piece. Interesting. See? Freaks of nature! And they're not from a big market!

To depress you more, a poll of NBA GMs says the Bulls will finish this season third behind Miami and Indiana.

Congratulations, GMs, you are correct.

Bag Boy is a RedEye special contributor.

Want more? Discuss this article and others on RedEye Sports' Facebook page

Copyright © 2015, RedEye
Related Content
  • A day with Jordan, Payton and Dawson

    A day with Jordan, Payton and Dawson

    Twenty-five years ago, the Chicago sports landscape was ruled by three men: Michael Jordan, Walter Payton and Andre Dawson. And in January 1988, the magazine Chicago Times pulled off a greater feat than having them all in the same city. They got them all in the same photo. It was such a big deal...

  • 'Great team effort' by joggers saves man in Lake Michigan

    'Great team effort' by joggers saves man in Lake Michigan

    During an early morning jog along Lake Michigan with his wife and children Tuesday, John Corba spotted a man struggling in the water nearly 30 yards from the shore.

  • Grateful Dead drummer dishes dirt, drug dependency in new book

    Grateful Dead drummer dishes dirt, drug dependency in new book

    As a founding member of the Grateful Dead, Bill Kreutzmann watched the world change from behind his drum kit, shoveling coal in the wildly tribal rhythm section as the Dead went from San Francisco underground curio to ground-breaking indie outfit, then progenitor of the improvisation-based rock...

  • Book comes out ahead of Grateful Dead farewell concerts in Chicago this weekend

    Book comes out ahead of Grateful Dead farewell concerts in Chicago this weekend

    The cliché that colors every good rock star story is “sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll." For the Grateful Dead, the trailblazing rock band known for its improvisational style, revelatory live shows and dedicated fanbase, there was that and so much more.

  • 10 best movies of 2015 so far

    10 best movies of 2015 so far

    The year’s half over! How did that happen? No idea. With six months of a good year of movies in the books, let’s see how the Top 10 list is looking, with a quote from each respective review. Note: There are a few I’ve seen that I really like that haven’t yet opened in Chicago, and those aren’t...

  • If you make less than $50,440, proposal could increase overtime pay

    If you make less than $50,440, proposal could increase overtime pay

    Nearly 5 million more Americans would qualify for overtime pay under new rules proposed Tuesday by the Obama administration, a long-anticipated move expected to affect a broad swath of salaried employees from store managers to social workers to restaurant shift supervisors.

  • Chicago's minimum wage increase attracting workers to city

    Chicago's minimum wage increase attracting workers to city

    Unlike previous summers, UniStaff is experiencing a spike in job applicants at its Little Village location, a trend the branch manager says is tied to the city's minimum wage increase to $10 per hour beginning Wednesday.

  • 'The Bachelorette' episode 7 recap: How many meltdowns can Shawn have in one week?

    'The Bachelorette' episode 7 recap: How many meltdowns can Shawn have in one week?

    Welcome to RedEye’s coverage of “The Bachelorette,” arguably the most misogynistic show on television! The format is pretty simple: Five women of RedEye each drafted five of the 25 competing men. Everyone gets one point for every man who gets through each week. If you ever want your daughter to...

Comments
Loading