Someone asked me how my blog and newspaper column came to be titled "Bleachers Brew". It's like this, it's an amalgam of sorts of two things: The bleachers area in the stadium/arena where I used to sit when I would watch baseball, football, and basketball games and Miles Davis' great jazz album Bitches Brew. That's how it got culled together. I originally planned on calling it "The View from the Big Chair" that is a nod to Tears For Fear's second album, Songs from the Big Chair. So there.

Monday, December 24, 2007

The Long Hard Road (Or Another Case of Deja Vu All Over Again)

I watched the game with the same sickening feeling that twisted my stomach into knots during that Ateneo-NU second round game. That loss by the Blue Eagles had them going through an Indian Run through the Final Four where they were eventually knocked off by the DLSU Green Archers. Only this time it was an NFL game between the play-off bound Green Bay Packers and the Super Bowl XLI finalists Chicago Bears who have had a sucky and forgetable season at 6-10.

The game had some ill portent for the Packers. Snow and chilly conditions at Soldier Field? No problem for the Bears. Tough on their rivals.

The home team stayed frosty all game long and dealt Green Bay a humiliating and sobering 35-7 loss (the second time they beat the Packers this season).

Imagine the Bears scored 35 points and only one was a 3-yard TD pass from Kyle Orton to Desmond Clark. Kyle Orton! WTF is Kyle Orton? As good old JR Ross likes to say, "Damn it all to hell!"

The loss means that Green Bay will not have home field advantage throughout the play-offs and any planned roadtrip to the Super Bowl will have to go through the resurgent Dallas Cowboys.

"I've been playing 17 years, and that was the worst condition I've ever played in," Favre said. "Excuse? No excuse. It was, but they handled it better than we did. We have historically handled it well. It's kind of our ace in the hole, but today, obviously, it wasn't."

And -- knock on wood here -- let's hope that this season perhaps the last great ride of Favre's career isn't his last. And that the whole brilliant year didn't end in a snowy field in Chi-town the same way it did for the Ateneo Blue Eagles barely four months ago.

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