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Rivalry Renewed: Bears vs Packers Live Game Thread

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Mike Burzawa

Die hard Bears fan and lead blogger at Bear Goggles On

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Papa Bear Halas and Vince Lombardi

FINAL SCORE: Bears 14 Packers 21

Welcome to the Bears vs Packers: The Drinking Game, er, Bears Game Day.  My name is Mike Burzawa and I'll be pouring today, I mean, I'll be your tour guide for this (in my best John Facenda voice), the 179th meeting between the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears.  For those of you keeping score at home, the Bears lead the all-time series 91-81-6, so we've got that going for us. 

When they last met during Week 1, there were such high hopes for the Bears.  They were unveiling their new toy in Jay Cutler and the playoffs were the goal. 

A funny thing happened on the way to the playoffs.  The once-vaunted Bears defense was exposed as having more holes than a slice of Lorraine Swiss and Jay Cutler and the offense figured out that what they do best is throw interceptions.  

All that's left to play for in Chicago is pride and trying to save a few jobs.  (Actually, it might be too late for that, but that's another story). 

As much as things have changed for the Bears, they've also changed here at Game Day.  No, I haven't thrown 20 interceptions, but I've witnessed them all.  When we first started this little project, we had a guest blogger representing the opponent's point of view. 

We quickly realized that we don't care about when the opponents have to say and they weren't bringing much to the party.  This is about the Bears and our reactions, so we cut that out and moved from a true play-by-play in the body of the post to a discussion and running commentary in the Comments sections.

That's where you can jump in and make this more fun.  Sign up and throw your $0.02 in as the action unfolds.  Don't leave it bottled up - get it out of your system ASAP. 

I'll see you back before kickoff with updates, inactives and any final thoughts.  I'll post a Scoring Summary after the jump to help you catch up.

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Bears vs Eagles - Live Game Thread

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Mike Burzawa

Die hard Bears fan and lead blogger at Bear Goggles On

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FINAL SCORE: Bears 20 Eagles 24

Welcome to Bears Game Day, or as we may start calling it, Misery Loves Company.  My name is Mike Burzawa and I'm the lead blogger at Bear Goggles On and I'll be your master of ceremonies for the Bears vs Eagles prime time affair at Soldier Field. 

It seems like forever since the Bears suited up against the 49ers.  Thank goodness - I think we all needed the break, especially Jay Cutler after his 5 picks that propelled the San Fran to a 10-6 win.

It looks grim for the Bears to make the playoffs this season, but they're still considered "in the hunt" in the Wild Card picture.  A loss Sunday to the Wild Card contending Eagles would effectively kill their chances, so there's no need remind anyone in Chicago's locker room about the importance of this game.

There is a bit of good news - the Eagles are 0-7 on NBC's Sunday Night Football and they've struggled in their own right this season.  Chicago's own Donovan McNabb comes back home for his 7th matchup against the Bears, posting a 4-2 so far.  Last season, the Bears stifled the Eagles 24-20.

The Bears have struggled in night games this season, especially Jay Cutler.  I've got a few ideas to help JC with his struggles in night games in the following gallery.

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Bears vs Niners - Live Game Thread

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Mike Burzawa

Die hard Bears fan and lead blogger at Bear Goggles On

FINAL SCORE: Bears 6 Niners 10

Welcome to Bears Game Day! (I throw in the exclamation point because I'm trying to express excitement, which isn't easy these days).  My name is Mike Burzawa and I'm the lead blogger at Bear Goggles On, the Chicago Bears blog on the Fansided Sports Network.

My thanks to Julie from A League of Her Own for filling in for me last week.  Unless you've been living under a rock, you know what happened last week against the Cardinals.  It was worse than the score indicated. 

The Bears are our in San Francisco to take on Mike Singletary's 49ers to open the NFL Network's Thursday Night Football 2009 schedule.  What that means is that unless you live in Chicago or San Francisco or you have the NFL Network, you will be spared from watching this game.

That's right, NFL rules require that unless you live in Jacksonville or Detroit (and can't sell out you the games), they must be offered on local TV.  Here in Chicago, the game will be on WPWR Channel 50.  On my Comcast cable, that's channel 184 for the Hi Def feed, because there's no other way to watch the Bears get humiliated than in 1080p.  Check your local listings.

If you're not in a local market, don't have the NFL Network or can't get out to a bar, maybe you're stuck with me.  I'll be providing live updates and commentary throughout the game.

I am not a trained shrink (nor do I play one on TV), but I've been taking a correspondence course on the web to help with Crisis Management, which has come in handy a few times this season.  Lots of folks have joining the discussion just to vent during these last few losses.  It helps. 

Despite the miserable performance last week, I actually think the Bears can win tonight.  Check out my Keys to the Game to see how they can pull off the W.

Check back here before kickoff for any pre-game news and notes.   I'll have a Scoring Summary rolling after the jump so you can catch up with the scoring and be proving the commentary and in-game updates in the Comments section.
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