Sorry New York. Sorry Boston. Baseball is no longer America's Pastime and you are not the greatest rivalry in sports. Football most satisfies sports fans cravings and the dynamic differences between the immense city of Chicago and the Dairyland metropolis of Green Bay elicits a unique competitive flavor.
The Green Bay Packers hosting the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field bringing closure to the opening Sunday of the NFL Season. Beyond epic. Hell, this is so good that even Roger Goodell will be in attendance.
The rivalry celebrates its 88th anniversary this year. The Bears lead the all-time series 91-80-6. Throughout the 88 years, the teams have combined for 21 NFL Championships and 48 Hall of Famers. 2009 offers an exceptional vibe as both teams are receiving national recognition as potential Super Bowl contenders. Additionally, both teams are well equipped with MVP caliber QB's. It's amazing to think that it culminates in Week 1. Yes, I'm slapping my head right now and * just looked at me like I'm crazy! I might be.
I imagine the FIB'ers will be making there way to Green Bay - Nate Brown included - and they'll have a presence among the G-Force faithful. However, in no way, will they interrupt the celebration that is set to launch this Sunday Night. The Lambeau Faithful has waited 20 months for this game. We've been waiting to feed our Packers jones. Our appetite for football is immense. Lambeau is ready to explode.
The Packers get the ball first and UNO-DOS! goes to work and attacks the defunct Bears secondary. Though it appears Charles Tillman will play after missing all of training camp, the Bears secondary is far the level it once played at. Nathan Vasher has been picked on since he got his contract. Trumaine McBride, a 5-9 7th round pick is expected to see significant playing time. While Kevin Payne and Daniel Manning have a knack for making the big play, they're also often found out of position. The Packers take advantage. It's Jennings - yellow wrist banded - for a 1st down. It's J-Mike introducing himself to the '09 season. We're into Bears territory.
Grant goes to work. The cut back. Tinoisamoa, Urlacher & Briggs are grabbing air. Grant is picking up 1st downs, falling forward, and the Packers are in FG range.
We aren't settling for 3. It's UNO-DOS! to Jennings on the skinny post for 6 and the Packers take a 7-0 lead.
The new look defense shows it's face. Playing in front of an elevated crowd. Off your ass. On your feet, Lambeau! In the early goings, we're prepared for Forte. Cutler shows nerves and misses Olsen. We're off the field!
UNO-DOS! is back. Gifted. Ready to embrace the spotlight. This is his team. This is his time to emphatically show the world that he's a colossal successor who is primed to keep the NFL's most storied franchise among the elite.
UNO-DOS! needles one to Double-D. He checks down to Lee. The Packers keep the Bears spread out with 4 & 5 receiver sets keeping the Bears out of their base 4-3 defense and limiting them to 2 LB's, which limits the Bears physical presence. The Packers take a two-score lead.
Unlike last year though, these Bears don't lay down and play dead. They'll have fight. They'll be opportunistic.
We've shown deficiencies, soft spots in our zone. Mainly over the middle of the field in front of the safeties and behind the LB's. Cutler causes problems rolling out of the pocket and finding his TE's, Olsen and Desmond Clark. He finds Earl Bennett for 10-12 yard gains. Forte punishes his way into the end zone. I wish Forte wasn't a Bear because I like his game a lot.
The 2nd and 3rd Quarters are a dog fight. A nail biter. And then the momentum swings in the Packers favor. CM3, who I've aptly named the "Cutler Killer" immediately after drafting him, bursts around Orlando Pace and gets to Cutler for his 1st sack. Mentally, Cutler is rattled. In 37 games, Cutler has thrown 37 interceptions. The numbers don't lie and Nintendo Nick steps in front of a pass to change the tide back towards the Packers.
UNO-DOS! connects with J-Mike for his 1st TD of the season and the Packers take a two-score lead.
The G-Force is felt. The national audience takes notice the Pack is Back and that we're a force to be reckoned with in 2009.
Green Bay 30. Chicago 23.
Represent, represent! It's UNO-DOS! over Cutler. The Packers are 1-0. The Bears, my least favorite team in all of sports, drop to 0-1.
The Bears still suck.