I guess I forgot the frustration and ups and downs that accompany rooting for a team.
For in less than a year, the Bears are already driving me crazy. Truth is, one reason I figured they were safe was because they were so terrible last year, I thought I could simply watch sympathetically as they got slaughtered week after week.
But shock of shocks, they won their first three games this year and played well beating a couple of good teams--the Cowboys and the Packers--so that despite the obvious difficulties the team has protecting their quarterback, well, the Bears could be pretty good.
Their division obviously struggling, and an ideally easier schedule. Plus, Jay Cutler, Matt Forte, Johnny Knox, and Devin Hester is a nice offensive quartet and the Bears defense has been strong the past few years despite the team's other difficulties.
So, the Bears beat the Packers, and then cannot beat the Seahawks? I mean really: that just doesn't make sense, but it happened.
But yesterday, when the Bears took on the Redskins at Soldier Field, I really learned once again why fans of a team often want to pull their hair out.
For in the fourth quarter, over five straight possessions, the Bears turned the ball over with two fumbles and three interceptions. Twice these turnovers occurred as the Bears were ready to score some points, as in Jay Cutler's fumble on the one-yard line trying to sneak the ball over the goal line for six.
I don't think I have ever seen anything quite like that, over five straight possessions?
What is sad is the Bears did lose, but just 17-14, and had they simply held on to the ball two of those five times it seems pretty clear they could have and would have scored.
But, while seeing highlights and updates from other games, it seems like a lot of turnovers and bad plays are being executed--although probably not in the way the play was designed--and it prompts that line in my head, "can anyone here play this game?"
Apparently not this week at Soldier Field.