For the next two weeks, we will be told repeatedly that the Bears don't have a snowball's chance in hell to win ANY playoff game. There's not a thing that will change that. The Bears will not be picked to win their first playoff game by any media ‘expert'. We will be written off for dead.
Brothers, don't fall into the ‘mob mentality' of sports radio, print press, or internet blog websites. All of them are going to crucify the Bears over the next two weeks. We will be told that Dallas, Seattle, or even the Giants have a tremendous chance to beat us at home. God forbid if the Darlings of the national media, the Eagles, come to town. Hell, we may be the first 13-3 playoff team with home-field advantage that is a home underdog in our first playoff game.
Each one of us has to ask ourselves just what do we really believe? What do we choose to hold onto? Do we buy into the crap storm that will inevitably rain down on us during the next two weeks, telling us that there is no hope, no chance? They will repeat ad nauseum: "one and done."
I say we need to dig in as Bears fans and hold onto what our hearts tell us. Nobody, and I mean nobody, presently believes that we can win the Super Bowl. Now is the time that we, as individual fans, have to exhibit faith in our team. Faith being a belief, a trust, a confidence NOT based on logic, reason, or empirical data, but based on a CHOICE associated with our relationship with this team.
I believe that when the time comes, the Bears will deliver. Some will accuse me of naiveté. Possibly. But I choose NOT to spend the next two weeks acting out the children's story of Chicken Little, decrying that "THE SKY IS FALLING!"
We need to let go of the Packers game. We need to let go of the negativity. I believe that the Bears will not be "one and done," mi amigos. When the curtain rises February 4th and the fireworks start and the Bears run out of that tunnel in Miami, you will smile and think a little thought to yourself: "I didn't give up."