How Life Can Get in the Way of Football

Scott OttersenCorrespondent IOctober 14, 2009

CHICAGO - OCTOBER 04: Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears leaps over Julian Peterson #59 of the Detroit Lions to score a touchdown in the first quarter on October 4, 2009 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

First off, I want to apologize for not gracing you all with an article for the past few days.  I have been meaning to write up a quarterly report on where the Bears stand, but life has gotten in the way of that.

I won't bore you with the details of my personal life, but let's just say that enough happened where my mind was nowhere near the pleasures of football, or was my body anywhere near a computer long enough to write up any such report.

With everything that went on, my wife persuaded me to agree to missing out on watching the games (live) this past Sunday.  It is a Sunday ritual for me to lock myself away from everyone and just watch the football games by myself. 

This allows me to get as happy as I want, and as mad as I want at the games, rather than being around friends who want to watch this game instead of the other, and get upset with you when you rag on their teams and whatnot.  I have dealt with having to hold myself back, and it's just not as fun.

So, this Sunday I set off to NOT watch football (live).  Thanks to DVR, I did tape some of the games I wanted to see, and would stay up late to watch them that night, but in all honesty, my wife made me realize that there is more to life than locking myself away every Sunday to watch football.

Now, did she know that my favorite team (Da Bears) had a bye that week and weren't  But, chances are even if they had been, I wouldn't have been against missing the games (live).

Will I ever do it again? 

That is tough to say, but if the right proposal comes along, I might consider it. 

I keep telling my wife that I'm only out of commission for about 20 days a year (regular season Sunday's and playoff weekends), so it is not the end of the world.

Plus, I remind her that in January, we have a baby coming into the world who will, probably, prevent me from watching a lot of football that I want to watch in the future.  So, it is imperative that I get as much in now as possible.

With all that said, I will be back to my normal ways this coming Sunday, in front of a TV, watching the Bears take on the Falcons, in what should be a tightly matched game.

It's Jay Cutler vs. Matt Ryan.

Matt Forte vs. Michael Turner.

Roddy White vs. Well, we really don't have a stand out guy here.

Will the Bears' D be able to contain the passing attack that the Falcons unleashed last week against the 49ers?

Will the Bears offense take advantage of a Falcons D that allows a lot of yards, but contains the scoring aspect of the offenses they face?

All I know is that I will enjoy watching the game this Sunday, but will keep other aspects of life in mind, and try and remind myself that there is more to life than football.

But, right after that thought, I'm sure someone will make a big play and I'll be snapped back to reality!

Go Bears!