I can't remember the last time I've looked forward to a season opener.
Kick the ball off already. It's time for the grand unveiling.
It's time for the Bears to quit telling us how good they are and prove it.
It's a picture post-card type day on the Lake, by the way. Absolutely gorgeous. So nice even the field looks nice.
Mark Anderson will start at left end, although he and Israel Idonije will likely both play plenty.
Here are the inactives: Quarterback Caleb Hanie (shoulder), safety Craig Steltz, cornerback Josh Moore, running back Kahlil Bell, tackle J'Marcus Webb, receiver Earl Bennett, defensive end Corey Wootton and defensive tackle Marcus Harrison.
Harrison is the big surprise --- but then again not really. I actually wondered if the third-round pick from 2008 was in danger of being cut because Matt Toeaina has replaced him as the backup to Anthony Adams and Henry Melton is backing up Tommie Harris at the three-technique.