Almost time to ‘Bear down!’

Now that the Chicago Bears and the rest of the National Football League teams have reported for training camp, I start to get football fever. The Bears open their pre-season schedule on the road Saturday night, Aug. 11, against the Texans. Their second pre-season game will take them to Indianapolis to face the Colts, the team they lost to in last year’s Super Bowl. The Super Bowl re-match will be nationally televised on ESPN Monday night, Aug. 20.

The Bears will finish the pre-season with two home games. They take on the 49ers Saturday, Aug. 25, and wrap things up against the Browns Thursday night, Aug. 30. The Bears begin their regular season schedule Sunday, Sept. 9, in San Diego.

I’ve always considered myself a bit of a traditionalist when it comes to watching Bears games. Granted, I will watch them whenever they are on, but I prefer to watch them at noon on Sundays. I usually start watching some pre-game coverage around 10:30 to 11 a.m., and then kickoff at noon. In my opinion, that is the way it is supposed to be.

Much to my dismay, out of the 16 regular season games, the Bears only have six that begin at noon. The first one isn’t until week four against the Lions Sept. 30. They play five games that start at 3:15 p.m., including their opener against the Chargers and then the following week at home against the Chiefs. Their other late start games are against the Eagles Sunday, Oct. 21, the Raiders Sunday, Nov. 11, and the Giants Sunday, Dec. 2.

They have three Sunday night games on the schedule. The Cowboys will be in Soldier Field Sunday, Sept. 23, for a 7:15 p.m. start. They take on the Packers in Green Bay Sunday night, Oct. 7. They travel to Seattle for a game against the Seahawks Sunday night, Nov. 18.

The Bears have one Monday Night Football game on the schedule for 2007. They take on the Vikings in Minneapolis Dec. 17. They also have a Thursday night game against the Redskins Dec. 6. The game against the Redskins will only be shown on the NFL Network. Since I don’t have that in my cable package, I’ll be looking for an invitation from a fellow Bears fan to come over and watch the game with them. I’ll bring the snacks.

The final two games of the season are at home and are scheduled for noon kickoffs. They meet the Packers Dec. 23 and close the regular season against the Saints Dec. 30. Hopefully by then, we should be 16-0 and have a bye and secured homefield advantage throughout the playoffs. GO BEARS!

from the Aug 1-7, 2007, issue

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