Monday, January 22, 2007

Bear Down, Chicago Bears

The Chicago Bears are the NFC Champions!

You’ve doubtless heard this a thousand times already, but it bears (get it) repeating. This team is incredible.

I kept flipping back and forth during the first part of the game out of fear of watching a disaster in the making. By the end of the game, I was kicking myself for not entering a drawing for NFC Championship tickets. Like you, I cringed every time Grossman threw a pass. Like you, I breathed a sigh of relief every time a pass was caught. A total dominating effort by the Bears puts us in Miami for the Super Bowl.

Congrats to the AFC Champion Indianapolis Colts. I’m not a big AFC fan, but I rooted for the Colts. Peyton Manning is a phenomenal quarterback and a really nice guy. I met him several years ago via a friend of mine in Indy. He deserves this trip to the Super Bowl and our respect for making it. However, the Bears deserve our cheers on February 4th.

Congrats also go to Lovie Smith and Tony Dungy, the coaches of the two Miami-bound teams. I certainly didn’t know this going into the Bears game (I didn’t watch pre-game), but Lovie is the first African-American NFL coach to take his team to the Super Bowl. History repeated itself four hours later when the Colts won. A great day for America.

Friday, January 12, 2007

Happy 2007!

I know that it has been a while since I blogged, but it’s been a really busy time for me. Been traveling a bit (Chicago, St. Louis, Decatur) and have been under the weather as well. Hopefully I will blog more in 2007 than the meager 29 posts of 2006. Cross your fingers!

The weather is about to break bad on the greater Springfield metropolitan area (again). I’ve been enjoying the warm weather, but I am not enjoying these ice storms coming through here. I didn’t lose power the last time, so cross your finger that I don’t lose this storm. I’m going to head to the store to pick up some food and hunker down for the weekend. Thankfully, it’s a three-day weekend. This will keep everyone at home and give the city a chance to clean up.

If you are heading back to school this weekend, please drive carefully. The weather is supposed to be nasty all over Illinois and the Midwest. There’s no need to rush back to Macomb, Charleston or Champaign, it will be there waiting for you with open arms when you arrive.

Talk to you soon!!