So, the Chicago Bears are on to Super Bowl XLI!
Hard to believe, but the last time the Bears played in the NFL Championship Game was 21 years ago following the 1985 season. Talk about time flying!
The last time the Bears made it to a Super Bowl Ronald Reagan was President.
Remember Buddy Ryan's amazing defense? Remember how William "Refrigerator" Perry was a household word? Or, how about the slashing tackling of Mike Singletary, the Bear originally from Baylor University? How about head coach Mike Ditka, the quintessential Bear up until then.
But the Bears of 2006 put it together in an equally impressive manner. They dominated the NFC with lesser known players. Notably, Lovie Smith will become the first African American head coach to lead a team to the Super Bowl. Smith kept his team together all season in spite of all the controversy and second guessing centered on Bear quarterback Rex Grossman.
Then, there are my beloved New Orleans Saints! Last year the team posted a 3-13 record. This year new head coach Sean Payton led the team to the NFC Championship Game and a 11-7 record. Reggie Bush, Duece McAllister and Drew Brees, along with the entire team represented their beloved and beleaguered city about as well as anyone could have imagined. One of the great things about the Saints is how involved they have been in the life of this still struggling city.
The game itself was a good one until the fourth quarter when the Bears, who never trailed, finalized their domination.
I know this game and this team meant a lot to both cities.
I am just happy the teams and the communities got to face each other.
I love this game!