Sunday, December 23, 2012

Bear Down Sunday #15 Bears vs. Cardinals

The Bears started 7-1.  Very few teams in the history of the NFL have started 7-1 and not made the playoffs.  The Bears are in danger of joining that elite group.  Today, they are facing the Arizona Cardinals, who at 5-9 have already been eliminated from the playoff hunt.
I am still a Jay Cutler fan.  The Bears finally got a star receiver for him.  Cutler and Brandon Marshall are the best Bears at their positions in my lifetime.  You might be able to make an argument that they are the best qb-wr duo in the history of the Bears.
When I was a kid, Harold Carmichael was one of the best receivers.  At 6'8" and 225 pounds, Carmichael was a great physical specimen.  He was a four time Pro Bowl player.  He always seemed to be making the big catch.
When I met him in Oaks (PA), he still looked like he could play the game.  Heck, with the receivers the Bears have had over the years, I am pretty sure Carmichael could crack the starting lineup most of the time even at his age.
Is the Cutler-Marshall connection enough to beat the Cardinals?  We will see today, but I would feel much better if a young Harold Carmichael (or even a middle-aged one) would also be on the field.
Harold Carmichael and me in Oaks, PA-October 2008.

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