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Toughest Questions Ever: What Makes a Bears Fan a "True" Fan? What Makes You One?

How many Bears jerseys do you need to own? Which ones are mandatory? Do you need your own personal copy of Brian's Song? Must you cry when the Bears lose a heartbreaker? Have you ever? When? Is it really mandatory to hate the Packers to be a "true" Bears fan? How many games a year do you need to attend in person to qualify? How many December and January games, or is it okay to be a "fair-weather" fan--literally? Is attendance at meaningless exhibition games the true litmus test of a real Bears fan? Must you be a "homer" always drunk on the Kool Aid or do they also serve who "constructively"--or not-- critique management, players, the stadium and the playing field? How many years of long-suffering is necessary to mature into a "true" Bears fan? Or is it okay to be a Joan or Johnny come lately? Is it really necessary to have saved copies of every Bears game in the last ten years? Do you really have to grow a beard when the playoffs start until the Bears lose? How many hours, days, weeks of mock drafting before the draft is necessary to be a "true" Bears fan? Or is a "just trust Jerry" or "Phil" or "Mike McCaskey" approach all that is required? Must you convert your spouse into being a Bears fan or into tolerating your "fandom" antics in preparation for or during Bears games? What are they?

Here's my story and "proof" that I'm a true Bears fan.

I grew up in upstate NY and was a NY Giants fan as a boy in the day of Frank Gifford, Alex Webster, Conerly, Tittle Samnie Huff, Roosie Grier, Pat Summerall, etc. Yes, I'm dating myself. And I was NOT a happy camper when the Bears beat the Giants 14-10 in the 1963 Championship game.

Eventually, however, I migrated to Chicago in the fall of 1967 to attend Loyola, met and married a Southside Irish gal from Little Flower and was "persuaded" into becoming a Bears fan at risk of being beaten up by her four brothers.

So what makes me a TRUE Bears fan is that I have foresworn my early childhood allegiance to the Giants and CHOSEN to become a Bears fan rather than being "born" to the status; that I always make my wife leave church early on Sundays--which she hates-- to make sure I see the kickoff; that I wear a Bears tie to work whenever the Bears are in the playoffs and for however long they are still in it; that I spend ridiculous hours mock-draftng the Bears draft before it happens and cringe when they blow their picks; that I cry when I see Brian's Song; and that I care enough about being a Bears fan to offer a fanpost like this!

Your turn!

<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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