Last Sunday was a dark day for fans of Chicago’s NFL team. People who ordinarily think realistic thoughts had allowed themselves to buy into the idea that this season’s Chicago Bears, who turned out to be much better than anyone expected, had a shot at the Super Bowl.
It was a pipe dream that ended in the final seconds of Sunday’s playoff game, when kicker Cody Parkey, already holder of a record for hitting the uprights four times in a previous game, hit the upright (and the crossbar) one last time for the Bears.
Though I’ve given up on football, I saw the last few minutes of Sunday’s game and must admit the “double-doink” even made me sad. Those suffering from Bears Blues, need to know video mood elevators are plentiful on YouTube. Here are a few favorites.
The Payton Game
Every Bears fan depressed about last Sunday’s game should see the last play of the first game the Bears played following the death of the legendary Walter Payton. The 1999 Bears team, which was not very good, managed to hold their own against the much better Packers, led by future Hall of Famer, Brett Farvre.
Like last Sunday’s game, it came down to the final seconds. All the Packers needed to do was kick an easy field goal to win. (click the “watch on YouTube” link)
Another clip that always cheers me up comes from last season’s Cubs, who were one strike away from a 3-0 loss to the Nationals when rookie David Bote lived the dream of anyone who ever fantasized about batting with two out in the bottom of the ninth with the bases loaded. Listen for the sound of the ball hitting the bat. Beautiful.
Speaking of fantasies, Accountant Scott Foster got to live the dream of every boy who ever thought about playing for the Blackhawks when his perfunctory role as “emergency goalie” was upgraded after two goalies were injured on the same day. The 36-year old Foster, who hadn’t played anything but “beer league” hockey since leaving college, was sent into an NHL game with 14 minutes left and the Blackhawks leading 4-2.
Sports fans can relive past glories on Youtube as we wait for the next season of promise.
Speaking of which, pitchers and catchers report in less than six weeks.
Do you have any sports videos that help you beat the blues?
What’s more fun than unexpected sports excellence?