Chicago Bears: An Open Letter to the NFL Organization, Owners, Players and Fans

Jacqueline Moen-KadlecContributor IIISeptember 11, 2011

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 11:  A large American flag fills the playing field during the National Anthem and a moment of silence to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks prior to the game between the Chicago Bears and the Atlanta Falcons at Soldier Field on September 11, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
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I usually start off my articles with "Greetings from the Frozen Tundra" but somehow, as I am addressing the Chicago Bears, it seems a little off today.  Please allow me to just say, "Hey, it's one of your neighbors to da North.  You know the place, right?  Where you all go on vacation to get away from the hustle and bustle of Chicago?" 

Yes, I mean Wisconsin.

I have to apologize for dominating some of your space in advance but I just have to say one thing to the Chicago Bears organization, players and fans, in addition to the NFL.

Thank you.

I could say thank you for giving the Atlanta Falcons a good ol' fashioned Monsters-of-the-Midway shellacking, but my Green Bay Packers, of whom I am an avid fan, are playing your team on September 25.  I would obviously like to think that the Bears would not be quite as dominant as they were today.

Seriously, what I would like to thank you for is letting Jim Cornelison sing "The National Anthem" today.  On this National Day of Service and Rememberance, hearing this humble-looking man sing with all of his power and might, with so much emotion, made me grateful for the sacrifices that have been made by other humble and unknown men and women so that I can speak freely and say whatever comes into my mind.

Again, thank you.

As I watched Jim Cornelison sing "The National Anthem," it made me take note that the Chicago fans, while never a shy, delicate group to begin with, were voicing their pride during the duration of the song. 

And what they were saying, in general, was that even though the past 10 years have been tough, and our world has not and will never be the same since September 11, 2001, we have survived and endured.  And Mr. Cornelison's rendition today showed that we might be down, but we are still fighting on, and will continue to do so.

On the flip side, I also caught the start of the Minnesota Vikings-San Diego Chargers game.  What can I say?  The Packers are off today, and I must get my football fix.  What I saw astounded me.

Jim Cornelison's rendition of "The National Anthem" versus Colbie Caillet's.  Should I say anything more?

You have the Monster-of-the-Midway rendition versus the Hippie, Peace and Love rendition.  I say Jim Cornelison can take Ms. Caillet, any day.

A separate request to the NFL brass, if I may?  Please stop having washed-up pop singers singing "The National Anthem."  Do we all not remember Christina Aguilara at the Super Bowl?  She messed up the words and appeared to be half in the bag!  Have we learned nothing, having Colbie Caillet sing?  Jeez.

Do what the Chicago Bears did, and have someone who can sing the song the way it was meant to be sung: With pride.

In closing, I would also like to thank all the people who serve communities daily.  If you are a teacher who works a full day yet finds time to volunteer after work at a reading program, thank you.  If you are a firefighter or police officer, who both keep our communities safe, thank you.  If you are a social worker or a volunteer, thank you.  And if you are a member of the Armed Forces, your sacrifices should be remembered and appreciated every day.  Thank you.