To put things in perspective, Zach is an active Bears viewer. During games, he is generally pacing or perched on the edge of the couch in anticipation. He will make helpful suggestions to the coaches, players, and officials, and will occasionally need to raise his voice if they don't appear to be listening to him. When the Bears score, he jumps off the couch and spikes his soft Bear's football pillow in celebration. A few years ago, when the Bears lost the Super Bowl to the Colts, Zach sulked and barely said 'good-bye' to the guests that had come over to watch the game. He was devastated for several days.
Yesterday was probably one of the biggest games in team history. The Bears played their arch-rivals, the Green Bay Packers, in their first NFC championship match-up since the 1940's. The winner was going on to the Super Bowl. Zach watched the game, often holding Staley on his lap or letting her sleep on his chest. He did not pace or perch. When the Bears scored, he went to the other side of the room for a restrained football spike so as not to disturb his daughter. He got frustrated, but there was no yelling or over-whelming anxiety, even when the Bear's useless back-up quarterback came into the game, playing like the washed up 16 year veteran that he is. And, at the end of the game, Zach remained in a good mood, made positive comments about the team/season, and even had the strength to watch some post-game interviews. I guess the joy of his little girl can ease even the most painful of football heartaches. And, in two weeks, we'll be dressing Staley in yellow and black as we root on the Steelers in the Super Bowl. Just because we handled the loss doesn't mean we wouldn't love to see a Packer's Super Bowl humiliation!!
Ready to root on our team
Staley sending an early message to the Bear's offense...
"Not worth watching."
Zach smiling big...and this was taken AFTER the game