Two of the biggest brands in the NFL will be teeing it up next Monday night.
The Monsters of the Midway, the Chicago Bears, against Jerry's kids and America's team, the Dallas Cowboys.
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The more I think about this matchup, the more I see how these two teams mirror each other.
First look at the coaches: Dallas with Jason Garrett, whom the jury is still out on, verses Lovie Smith. Lovie can coach, but if the Bears don't make the playoffs this year he might just have one foot out the door. Both have stoic personas. Garrett was an offensive coach, while Smith is known more for defense.
Then look at the quarterbacks: Jay Cutler and Tony Romo. If I had my choice, I'd rather have Romo, but wouldn't we really be getting the same type of QB we already have?
Romo is an over-hyped, underachieving, big-money player with maybe a better personality than Cutler, but at the end of the day not much when comes to postseason wins.
The Bears played a tired game against the St. Louis Rams and still won, while the Cowboys were lucky to beat Tampa Bay.
If you switched the uniforms and had Dallas in the Bears uniform, and the Bears in the Cowboys threads, you really wouldn't see much difference.
Yes the winner of this game will be 3-1 and the loser 2-2. No biggie. Dallas has the Giants in their division and the Bears have Green Bay.
I hope it's a good game, but at the end of the year which team will make the playoffs? Right now I'm leaning toward our Bears, but we will get a better gauge Monday night.
Hope I don't fall asleep.
Melky finally gets it right
Congratulations to Melky Cabrera for taking himself out of the National League batting race. He withdrew in light of his positive drug test results and saved the game of baseball from a black eye.
Bud Selig and MLB brass were going to let it happen, but Cabrera did the right thing. It's a great PR move, and it shows even though he tried to cheat during a contract year he is contrite. Maybe there was someone prodding him to drop out, but there is no evidence it came from the commissioner's office.
Look for baseball to put in a rule barring anyone from winning any honors if testing positive for banned substances.
More of same for 2013 Cubs
Theo Epstein said this past week to look next year for the same type of season the Cubs had this year. … Kerry Wood was honored for hmmm -- I guess being a good guy and winning 87 games. Now Wood wants to bring back Mark Grace, Ryne Sandberg and Sammy Sosa.
Maybe Kerry can get Sammy a gold-plated boombox. Maybe the '69 and 2003 Cubs can reunite to recite "Casey at the Bat".
The more you try to change the culture, Theo, the more difficult it will be.
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