Blog overlord Dane Noble stole both my thunder and one of my favorite memories a few days ago. So rather than rehash the glories of Dennis Green's postgame meltdown, I'll up the level of difficulty on today's question...
Day 2: What is your favorite Bears memory and your favorite "Bears weather" memory.
December 23rd, 2007 was a cold one in Chicago. I had been out the night prior with friends, two of whom had tickets to that day's game against the Green Bay Packers. While I didn't have a ticket myself, I've never been one to miss out on a good tailgate, and I happily piled into the back of the car at around 7am not realizing quite what the day's weather had in store.
When we arrived at the Adler Planetarium lot near Soldier Field, we rapidly set up the portable fireplace and got a bit of a blaze going, and not a moment too soon. After 20 minutes or so of setting up, our large box of previously hot coffee had quite literally frozen through, but the beer certainly was plenty cold. Despite the -30*F windchill, the lot was still as hopping as ever. We made a good many friends as people looked for an opportunity to borrow a bit of heat from our fireplace, and my friends and I got our big break with cable-TV fame as the crazy Bears fans in the background of The Weather Channel's breathless coverage of the extreme cold conditions in Chicago. Add in the mandatory parade of meats coming off of the grill, and it was about as much fun as you can have while suffering from mild hypothermia.
While I'm sure that I could have found someone to pay me to take their ticket given how bad the weather was, since I was out there with only my worn-out '85 Bears jacket and no long underwear, sanity finally took hold and I took off in time to make it back in front of a TV before kickoff. Brett Favre went out to have one of the worst games of his career against the Bears that day - he threw many touchdown passes to Brian Urlacher as he did his own team - and special-teams blocked two punts on the way to a 35-7 rout of the division-leading Packers.
Charles Tillman once mentioned in an interview with me that this 2007 game was the most miserable weather he ever had to play in, and having been out in that weather myself, I have to agree. Whether you've driven an hour through a blizzard to make it to the nearest place that will show a Bears game, ignored oncoming tornadoes to watch the second quarter, or simply just enjoyed "watching" the Fog Bowl from home, I'm sure everyone has a favorite "Bears weather" moment. Let us know in the comments, and we'll see you back tomorrow for Day 3 of the challenge.