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The upside to the Bears' Family Fest fiasco

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About the best spin you can put on the Bears' Family Fest debacle Friday night at Soldier Field is that the Bears almost certainly had a much better practice in Bourbonnais than they would have had at Soldier Field.

Those "fan-appreciation" events are great for public relations and should definitely be held every year. But the downside is that the practice that usually goes along with those events usually isn't very good or substantive.

As it turned out the opposite likely was the case. The Bears practiced privately at Olivet Nazarene University -- no fans or media -- upon returning to Bourbonnais after the Bears Family Fest was cancelled because of the poor field conditions. It must have been heaven for Jay Cutler. If all NFL teams could practice privately all season and only engage the public on Sundays, the Bears would gain more than most.

That said, it would have been a nice touch if the Bears would have allowed Larry Mayer from the Bears' web site attend practice, talk to Lovie Smith and a player or two afterwards and file a pool report for the media. When 10,000 people go downtown on a Friday night during Lollapalooza and pay $8 to watch your team go through the motions at practice, there's obviously a lot of interest in your team. After Friday night's disaster, showing your fans you care that they care is just good business.

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Park district can't figure out how to water grass? Wow way to spend my tax dollars, god I hate Chicago sometimes.

Bears can't figure out how to check the field before the last minute. I swear to god the Turf at Soldier Field is like the Bears Billy Goat.

What type of idiots put down fresh sod and then don't water it? And how the heck do you have a job working for the park district. Water the damn grass.

In fact I am so sure that the Park district will not get change the field problems and if they do, I will be outside Soilder Field in a hot pink panties that say spank me, singing the Crackers Happy birthday to me while holding up a sign that reads Brando rules and I suck.

I was having a good sleep
in my car
In the, parking lot of the
Showboat Casino hotel

I say, "I remember you
you drive like a PTA mother"
You brought me draft beer
in a plastic cup

I'm feeling thankful
for the small things, today
I'm feeling thankful
for the small things, today

Happy, Happy Birthday to me
Happy Birthday to me
and to you

Happy, Happy Birthday to me
Happy Birthday to me
and to you-ah

Just a teaser.

As long as they're ready for Atlanta on September 11,I'm good,if they can't figure out the field problem soon though,maybe they should consider installing FieldTurf.I believe Urlacher and Gould at least,if not other Bears are in favor of that.GO BEARS!!!

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