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Lit paper-Why I became a Bears fan

This is a lit paper I wrote in junior college about the Bears.



This was a lit paper I wrote in junior college.  We were asked to create a religion and come up with rules for that religion. 

The religion that I've created is called Bearamonium.  This refers to anything involved or having to do with the Chicago Bears.  The inspiration for this religion is that I have been and countinue to be a die-hard fan of the Bears, ever since I could watch football at age 4..  Therefore, I grew up watching the team that dominated the NFL in the mid to late 80's.  My personal heroes are anyone who played for the '85 Bears, especially Walter Payton & Jim McMahon.  I admired them not only for their skills on the football field, but their outrageous personalities as well.  Watching this team at ay young age is what really sparked my enthusiasm for this team and why I believe so strongly in the creation of this particular religion.  After my introduction here, I'll explain the rules of this religion now.

Rule #1:  The reading of any Bears books is an absolute must.  Required reading for this faith includes but is not limited to the autobiographies of such legendary men as Walter Payton, Mike Ditka, Gale Sayers, Mike Singletary, Dick Butkus, and Jim McMahon.  Understanding the history--all the legends in the past who have achieved greatness is the key to understanding the present day.  Other research materials you can read are The Bears: A 75-Year Celebration by Richard Whittingham and Bears media guides down through the years.  Memorizing these facts is a great way to impress your friends and other fans who test your knowledge.

Rule #2:  The watching of every Bears game is another task that must be accomplished if one truly wishes to understand this faith and achieve complete enlightenment.  This can be accomplished by starting with Game #1 of the exhibition season and continuing through the final game of the season (perhaps a Super Bowl victory???) You might say "Why watch the exhibition games?" They don't really count towards anything.  There are a couple of footnotes to this rule, however.   Step 1 is to print a team roster shortly before the team arrives for trianing camp in late July.  This will enable you to keep track of all the roster moves going on that summer.  This will also enrich your understanding of the decisions that a head coach & GM myst make in the building of a team. 

Rule #3:  When the game is over, read everything you can about the game from the night or day before.  There are excellent pro football writers in town here, like Brad Biggs, Dan Pompei, Sean Jensen, and John "Moon" Mullin. Reading their analysis and opinions is a major step towards understanding what just happened on the field.  It will teach you as a fan to look for other patterns or minutia that may happen during a game.

Rule #4:  Listening to the postgame show hosted by Doug Buffone and Ed O'Bradovich is another absolute must in order to succeed in this faith. This is the postgame show hosted by 2 legends of the gridiron.  They are passionate about the team and their attitiude about football is a throwback to the way the game was meant to be played.  Especially after a loss, they are the definition of appointment radio and not to be missed.  670 AM is where their show can be heard.

Rule #5:  The collecting of anything having to do with the Bears is necessary as well.  The bigger the collection will reveal how much of a fan that you truly are.  I've been collecting different things about the Bears my whole life, whether it's football cards, keychains, stickers, a Jim McMahon action figure, and more.  I also subscribe to Bear Report.  There is no other Chicago sports team that I folllow more closely, whether we're in first place or last.  The inspirations for the fan I've become start with my parents and uncle and I've since passed the connection on to my brother as well.

In conclusion, I have outlined the various reasons for why I am the die-hard fan of this team that I've become and hope to pass on my connection to the Bears to future generations as well.

<em>This FanPost was written by a Windy City Gridiron member, and does not necessarily reflect the ideas or opinions of its staff or community.</em>

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