We Bears fans know that the team has been underestimated all year long. The commentary on our team has run the gamut from derogatory to backhanded compliments.
"Gotten lucky time and time again. The refs made bad calls that worked to the Bears' benefit. They've played weak opponents (nevermind that we've beaten the Eagles, Jets and Packers during the season, but that's besides the point). Jay Cutler has a great arm but will never be a superior quarterback. DL is really good but aging. OL is spotty and inconsistent. Sub-par coaching."
Let's face it, we've heard it all, from just about every sports commentator. Some worse than others (*cough*Dilfer*cough*). Seemingly every minor "kudo" that a sports commentator issued the Bears was also followed up with a hefty "But" and a large helping of skepticism and/or disbelief.
But you know what - I say let them talk. Let them keep underestimating. At the start of the season, it was, "There's no way this team can have a winning record". Mid season it was, "There's no way this team will win their division", in the playoffs it was, "Seahawks have a good potential to upset Chicago". Now, it's just about unanimously, across the board, "Bears WILL lose to the Packers." No "maybes", no "ifs". We've even got people so confident that they "would bet $10,000" on the Packers hoisting the trophy. Vegas oddsmakers are frothing at the mouth hoping we lose.
I say, screw 'em all. Being labeled an underdog, in my humble opinion, has helped fuel us all season long. It drives a team to try that much harder to prove the label wrong, just as it motivated the Hawks to take out the Saints, and moved the Jets to spank the Pats - and I think that on Sunday, the Bears will be fired up more than ever. We're a solid team, and our sheer determination to break free of the "inferior team" label will drive us onward to victory.
Yet even if that scenario comes to pass, and we do win, I'm sure there will be some skeptics that will chalk the win up to sheer dumb luck. But at that point.... who cares, we got the trophy.