1. Mr. NO Pickles reminds us that Chicago-area Republican Congressman Dennis Hastert wanted us blotted off the map, and said so when there were still bodies floating in our streets. Representing an area of our country that regularly is ravaged by tornadoes and literally lethal cold weather, Mister Hastert said that New Orleans should be plowed under. (And don't split hairs by saying that he just meant most of the city, not all of it. We're a family here; if you take on one of us, you take on all of us.) When I had lunch with a man in Chicago a few months ago, he suggested the same thing to me: plow most of New Orleans under. Do you see what bad leadership does? It metastasizes. (NOTE: When he said this, Mister Hastert was Speaker of the House and only a few heartbeats from the presidency.)
Let's all remember Mister Hastert on Sunday. If he's not in the stadium Sunday, Mister Hastert will probably be watching the game in a Ruth's Chris steakhouse and talking about how the Bears are moving forward.
UPDATE: (Thanks, Oystah) Not only do Chicagoans live in a land with lethal wind and cold; the heat kills people by the hundreds there as well.2. Chicago gave us the Mike Ditka era in New Orleans. Remember that. Need I say more?
3. The T-P reports that a big sign in the Bears' locker room reads "Play Angry." Ha. Ask Deuce about playing angry. Ask him as he runs over your face. Ask him as you're getting into the Bentley that has made your life so hard.
Know what helps one play angry? Watching a natural disaster get superseded by a manmade disaster in the city where you earn your living.
Deuce. Up. Side-yo-haid, I say Deuce-upside-yo haid.
Thus endeth the angry incoherence.