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Bears likely to start 2009 season away from Soldier Field

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Interesting tidbit this morning on profootballtalk.com.

The Bears will likely be opening the 2009 season on the road. At least according to an official U2 Web site they will be. The band has a list of dates and sites for its upcoming U2 360 Tour and the first North American date is Saturday, Sept. 12 at Soldier Field. That's one day before the first Sunday of the NFL season. Of course, the schedule will open on Thursday, Sept. 10, but the Bears are highly unlikely to be hosting a game that night. Typically, that date goes to the defending Super Bowl champion.

Unless the league wanted the Bears and Chicago Park District to turn around Soldier Field in 48 hours in time for a game on Monday, Sept. 14, they'll be starting away from home for the fifth straight year. Considering the turf issues the field endured at the end of last season, a little extra time to prepare for the regular season wouldn't be a bad thing.

The Bears played their first two games on the road last season--at Indianapolis and at Carolina. That marked the first time since 2000 they had done that and just the second time since 1969. The league usually releases the complete schedule in early April.

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Brad

I have seen you shoot down a lot of poster's ideas for off-season acquisitions, but aside from Torry Holt I haven't seen you suggest anyone you tihnk the Bears SHOULD add.

Do you have players you think would be good additions at some of the Bears more glaring holes, like RT, FS, WR etc? If not, does that mean you think the Bears are contenders as-is (plus whatever they can get through the draft)?

Do you think the Bears lack of significant additions despite glaring weaknesses is due to Angelo viewing the FA class as weak, or due to the Bears being unwilling to add payroll?

I don't personally understand why the Bears would be affected terribly by the economy. They will still sell out every seat to every game, people will still buy hot dogs and beer when they are there. There might be less merchandise sales, but isn't that revenue pooled anyhow? It seems the Bears should be less affected by the economy than most owners, since their income isn't tied to the markets the way many owner's fortunes are. I hope the McCaskeys aren't using the economy as an excuse to revert back to their thrift ways of old.

That's O.K. if they start on the road because they'll be sent home early anyways (NO playoffs!!) as long as Orton is starting QB!!..................ORTON $%@#$!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

No doubt U2 will open a second show for that Sunday if (and when) they sell out. Don't count on a season opener at home.

Well you can't blame this on the league.

SO WHAT? I'M TIRED OF THE BEARS FRONT OFFICE AND HIS STUPID HEAD COACH, THEY SHOULD PLAY ALL 16 GAMES AWAY OF THE FANS AND DON'T TAKE OUR MONEY AWAY! AND HOPEFULLY REGRETING ALL THEIR STUPID MOVES IN DRAFT AND FREE AGENCY, AND WACHING ORTON FLOP LIKE A LIL'FLOWER TO START LOOKING FOR SOMEBODY ELSE THAT CAN "PLAY QUARTERBACK"

BAD LUCK BEARS!, NO PLAYOFFS WITH LOVIE,ANGELO AND BABICH HERE.

MAY BEIN THE NEXT TEN YEARS

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