Being a season holder for the Bears has very few perks, especially in the nose bleeds since I refuse to pay a PSL. Ever. One of the perks is the stream of correspondence I get from the team. After the season I got the usual “we love you” and “greatest fans ever” letters from the Bears brass. Oh hey, and I just got another letter from none other than “Smooth” Ted Phillips.
I will summarize the relevant parts.
Sorry we lost a bunch of games. We will get better with Pace and Fox. Passionate fans blah blah.
We waived the processing fee for your next invoice (this is good!).
Upgrades to your online experience (bfd).
No mention of the coming chaos with them ripping up the South Lot.
Here is the meat of the letter though.
One significant change for 2016 is we are introducing variable pricing to season tickets, and for the second straight year, we are not increasing your annual ticket cost. You will see a substantial pricing difference between preseason and regular season games. Preseason ticket prices will be reduced by 40% for all STHs. The ticket prices for our eight regular season home games will see an approximate 10% increase per game. However, the total 10 game ticket cost remains flat. We believe this two tier ricing approach better reflects the value for each game.
I have read this a hundred times and I still can’t believe that it is something they did.
NFL season ticket holders have been screaming for ages that they have to buy the pre season for ANY amount of money. So the Bears lowered the price of the pre season games (that I still have to buy) but hiked the price of the regular season games to make up for it. And I am still ON AVERAGE, paying the same amount for the pre season game as I did last year. Tanks Fer Nuttin’, Ted. Next time, just kick me in the balls instead of sending me a letter to explain how you are “de-valuing” the pre season games.
Dan and I and our friend Brian and some others are heading out to Reno for the Super Bowl. Reno? Why Reno? Easy. In Reno things are comped, and in Vegas we are nobody.
The highlight is betting on the Super Bowl. It is great to be in a big real sports book (sure it’s nothing compared to Vegas but it beats the local bookie) and to also be able to bet on the NCAA and NBA games the day before, too.
This year the betting will be easy. Manning, who beat the Bears in the 2007 Super Bowl after the 2006 season, is despised by our crew (even though hell it is Ron Turner and our idiotic coaching and strategy that really did us in, but that’s beside the point) and we will gladly bet against them and for Carolina.
The line started around 4.5 for Denver but seems to have gotten as low as 3 as Denver fans piled in. Keep it up, Denver fans! Bet everything you can put your hands on. Not that I am any sort of line guru but I figured the line would start at 4.5 and even move beyond 7 since Tom Brady, Gronk and a bunch of random guys off the street replacing injured stars took Denver within a 2 point conversion of OT. But the line is going the other way, and that’s awesome.
We want a repeat of the Broncos vs. Seattle from 2 years ago when they were crushed from the opening kickoff and Manning’s dinky little passes went nowhere while the opposing offense piled up more than enough points.
As Bear fans we can count on a few things 1) likely not making the playoffs any time soon 2) watching the much better and hated Slack get into the playoffs, then hopefully losing in a heartbreaking fashion 3) putting money on someone else to win the Super Bowl than our usual hated teams and opposing players.
Funny I didn’t see anyone demanding a drum line.
Our OC Gase has taken the head coaching job in Miami. Fox has already made it clear that our system won’t change dramatically so I would expect a promotion from within. This will be our 6th different OC in 8 years. The masthead will be updated as soon as we get a new guy in the posituon.
I’m behind the cheddar curtain and have local news on and saw this newscaster with her Packers hat. I’ve seen a million Packers fans over the years and this is not what they look like for certain. As Bears fans we are now down to rooting against the hated Slack as we miss the playoffs one more time.
The Bears stumbled their way to a 6-10 record this year and Halas Hall has all of the typical pressers lined up today. I have already received a “we love you” email to the season ticket holders from the office. I will be interested to hear what Pace has to say, and to see how George handles things as well. We never hear a lot from George (and never from ma) so I am always intrigued to try to read into his words, tones and inflections.
I honestly think that everyone will put on a happy face. Sure, we were 6-10 but the end of this season isn’t like last year where the wheels were completely off the cart. We were at least competitive in most games. I understand that this isn’t good enough and I am sure everyone at Halas Hall understands this as well.
The Bears new office staff and coaches have instilled a new attitude and I for one am happy about it. Where in the past idiots like Jay (I refuse to call him Jeremiah) Ratliff could go off on staff and get away with it, now if you try to pull that sh1t, you hit the bricks – nice and simple.
I also feel that we have some talent to work with. That, along with being in fine shape as regards the cap should lead to one or two splash signings in the off season. I really wanted Muhammad Wilkerson from the Jets for our 3-4, but he broke his leg yesterday.
I will on occasion be putting up updates when news comes out as to staff and/or personnel changes. I will likely consolidate the small news, and put up a separate post when something big comes out such as when Gase gets hired away.
One last piece of business – time to check our predictions for this year:
Dan from Madison 7-9
GFV – 8-8
Carl from Chicago – 6-10 (nice!)
Fro Dog – 6-10 (nice!)
Nesby – 11-5, wild card (lol)
We were all pretty close (besides drunken Nesby, of course) but I think that is the first time that anyone nailed the predictions on the head. Congrats to Carl and Fro.
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Well, the Bears finish off the season today at home against the Lions. Vegas says this one is a toss up.