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Lovie getting a little vindication

From The Chicago Sun-Times:

Lovie Smith's sales pitch is going over a lot easier these days.

No longer does it sound as if he's offering swampland for sale, the impression some might have had during the summer when he insisted the Bears were going to be good.

He couldn't specify that his team would be 8-3 or in the hunt for home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. Not after a 5-11 record in his head-coaching debut that included six losses in the last seven games. But Smith liked what he saw and knew the foundation was in place.

He was right, and he doesn't need a "told you so'' to back it up with the Bears riding their first seven-game winning streak since 1986.