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This Week In Bears Bye Week History

Join us for a trip down memory lane as we harken back to a memorable Chicago Bears Bye Week.

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Currently our beloved Chicago Bears are sitting pretty on top of the NFC North with a 4-1 record. We don't even seem to mind that they are tied with the Viking either, because Green Bay is in 3rd and the Lion is bringing up the rear (snicker snicker). Unfortunately this weekend will see our Bears taking their mandated week off during the season, so we are left to meander around the house looking for something else to take up our time.

Chicago Bulls basketball is yet to open the regular season, and the Chicago Baseball teams are both sitting at home. What to do... What to do...

But back in 2005, during the Chicago Bears bye week which fell during week 4 of the NFL season, one of the Chi-Town baseball teams was finishing up their regular season. On Sunday, October 2nd, 2005, our favorite South Side ball club, the Chicago White Sox, was finishing up a sweep of the Cleveland Indians.

I remember it like it was yesterday. Not only because that was the season finale of what was to be the World Series Champion 2005 White Sox, but because that game also knocked the Indians out of the playoffs! Cleveland was a bit of a thorn in our side for a few years, and we never really got over the White Flag trade of 1997. But that year, 2005, it was our year.

We were actually happy that our Kyle Orton led 1-2 Chicago Bears were taking a break, because we felt they needed some time to reflect on the season to come. They reflected, won 10 of their final 12 games, and made the Playoffs with an 11-5 record.

But then for some unknown reason we benched the Great Captain Neckbeard, and named Rex Grossman as the playoff starter. Damn...

I think this weekend I'll have Todd, Pat, Carl, and Bob over for a reviewing of one of my favorite DVDs in my Pantheonesque Man Cave dedicated to Chicago Sports. I'll put a tasty beverage on tap, order some Connie's Pizza, and we'll sit back and relive Jermaine Dye, A.J. Pierzynski, Paul Konerko, Mark Buehrle, Bobby Jenks, and the rest of that glorious team's, magnificent run to the 4-0 sweep of the Astros.

Don't Stop Believing, my friends...

Don't stop believing...