My favorite pro football team is the Chicago Bears.
You ask how did this Southern Belle ended up being a Bears fan and not a Saints or Falcons. Or even the Cowboys like my father and uncle. Super Bowl Sunday was always a holiday in our house and you could stay up late to finish watching the game. In 1985 my father decided it was time that I was old enough to bet on the game. I was in the second grade and we bet my $5 report card money. And since it was my first bet he let me pick the team first.
I picked the Bears because I love teddy bears. My father still laughs about me picking a team because I like teddy bears and sticking with them after winning a $5 bet, which by the way it took almost 3 years to collect my winnings. And for that matter we only bet 3 or 4 times because I kept winning.
One day I am going to get the DVD of the 1985 team doing the Super Bowl shuffle.
Gotta love coach Mike Ditka for always telling it like he sees it. Wonder who pissed him off that day?
Some of my most beloved past and present players
William "The Fridge" Perry
And the most beloved of all Bears players
Walter "Sweetness" Perry
Living in Memphis it is a real treat to see the Bears play when it is not the Sunday or Monday night game.
I am glad I got to see the opening day game Sunday and their wonderful 9/11 tribute.