Why Football Scares Me:
The President of China visited Chicago yesterday, but the really BIG news all week has been the Chicago Bears/Green Bay Packers game tomorrow (Sunday) at 2pm Chicago time. Since the two teams are in the same division, they will never meet in the Super Bowl; so this super-rival matchup is as close to a championship faceoff as they can possibly achieve.
Everyone seems to be in on the madness. A radio station in Green Bay has banned all music by the band Chicago. Mayor Daley and Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt have a wager: Daley's 15-pound corned beef on rye sandwich against Schmitt's bear steaks, chocolate football, and a pound of cheese for every point in the margin of victory.
Even Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki is putting up a basket of Wisconsin cheese against Chicago Cardinal Francis George's deep dish piza.
And then there are the fashion statements as seen above (with my sincere apologies.)
I wish Chinese President Hu Jintao had stayed in Chicago long enough to attend the game at Soldier Field. It would have been a public relations gesture on a global scale. Bundled up in the grandstands in 20-degree temperatures, eating a hot dog, wondering what exactly was going on....
Given the state of the world economy, perhaps before long the Chicago Bears mascot will look something like this.....