And the Cycle Begins Again

And the Cycle Begins Again

How will people remember this year’s Super Bowl as time goes on?  It was a back and forth game, which kept us on the edge of our seats, even on the last play.  It was a game where we saw two quarterbacks who had previously won the game’s MVP Award starting against each other.  All in all, definitely one of the better games in the past couple decades, especially because the New York Giants triumphed over Tom Brady and the New England Patriots yet again.

Eli Manning hoists MVP trophy

Super Bowl XLVI MVP Eli Manning (Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE)

It was clear that Eli Manning wasn’t about to let Brady win in his brother Peyton’s house.  Speaking of which, just the fact that the Super Bowl was in Indianapolis was pretty awesome.  Having a cold weather Super Bowl is something that should be happening more often.  Maybe a Chicago Super Bowl somewhere in the future?  But in any case, the weather was about as perfect as you could have during February in Indiana.  And seeing the Giants topple the Patriots again was a perfect moment too.  As one who was never quite fond of the Patriots, I took a special joy in seeing Tom Brady fail once again at the hands of Eli Manning.  That is, the second time in five years.

Even when Brady threw up that last Hail Mary in the waning seconds of the game, in the back of my mind, I couldn’t help but think he just threw the game-winning pass.  For a split second, I thought I saw the ball caught in the end zone.  But then, my senses got the better of me, and I realized the Giants were triumphant.

Not that I was happy though… it was more like, “Hey, that’s cool.” I shrugged my shoulders and flipped the channel soon after.  The thing is, all throughout that game I was thinking about a million “what ifs” in regards to the Chicago Bears.  What would’ve happened if the momentum the team had during middle of the season had carried over into the playoffs?

And this line of thinking got me even more depressed.  With new general manager Phil Emery at the helm, one wonders how long it will take for all the heavy focus on “talent evaluation,” as Bears’ president Ted Phillips puts it, to bear fruit and produce contributing players on the field, instead of the busts like Cade McNown, Rex Grossman and countless others during Jerry Angelo’s tenure.

Despite the intensity of that Super Bowl, I could not get all these questions concerning the Bears off my mind.  I guarantee it was the same for many other Chicagoans.

So as I watched Manning smiling goofily as he was awarded his second Super Bowl MVP, I shook my head wondering when I’d get to see Jay Cutler up there for the same award.  Perhaps we won’t.

But now that the Super Bowl is done, it’s time to start talking about next year and if that scenario is a possibility.  And the cycle begins again.  So is the life of the Chicago football fan.

This is a guest post by Nick LaBanca from Midway Madness is a site dedicated to Chicago sports. It is written by Chicago sports fans, for Chicago sports fans. Nick LaBanca is a Columbia College graduate who grew up in Chicago and is an avid Chicago Bulls and White Sox fan. Wanna read more from Nick? Click here.


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