The real professional sports seasons begin with the playoffs. Everything else is prelims, the undercard, the warm-up act. You miss the playoffs and it's pretty much a failed season, which brings us to the Chicago Bears who after starting 7-1 have lost five of six and no longer control their chances of reaching the postseason after losing for the sixth straight time to what used to be their rivals, the Green Bay Packers. When the Packers quarterback says in his postgame news conference, "Great things happen in Chicago," it means the Bears are in serious, serious trouble.
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