There were tornado warnings for Cook County, so the game between the Bears and Baltimore Ravens was delayed. During the delay, fans were ushered into the concourse and apparently began drinking up. Amy Jacobson of the Big John Howell and Amy Jacobson Morning Show on AM 560 WIND Chicago reported that concessions were closed because the fans were drinking too much beer:
Chicago Bears fans and Green Bay Packers fans generally don’t like one another. We’re guessing that isn’t the case with Packers fan John Grant and his wife, who happens to be a cheesehead. They just like to make friendly wagers that result in someone getting electrocuted.
According to The Daily Citizen, Grant was arrested early Tuesday morning after the Bears beat the Packers 27-20. His wife reportedly called police to report that Grant had used a stun gun on her three times. She showed the officers burn marks on her buttocks from where she had been shocked, which led to Grant’s arrest for the illegal use of an electric weapon.
Here’s the twisted part. Grant insisted he and his wife had made a wager on the game, and he Tasered her as a result of Chicago winning. After reviewing a series of text messages, police determined that Grant’s wife did indeed agree to the bet and consent to being Tasered if the Packers lost. She said, however, that she never expected him to actually do it.
Deadspin noted that Grant’s blood alcohol content was a whopping .137 while his wife’s was .155. It’s safe to say these NFL fans weren’t exactly thinking clearly. We’ve heard plenty of stories that involve people being Tasered, but this one is pretty shocking (see what I did there?). I don’t know what’s more baffling — that they agreed to the bet or that Grant actually followed through with it.
Chicago Bears fans may be fed up with their team, but it sounds like the feeling is mutual. The Bears have tumbled this season since they started out looking like one of the best teams in the NFC. While they could still sneak into the postseason with a wild card berth, it’s looking less likely by the week.
Earlier this week, Brian Urlacher ripped Chicago fans for booing the team during their loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. Fellow linebacker Lance Briggs said he understands the passion of Bears fans, but essentially agreed with what Urlacher had to say.
“I understand where he’s coming from,” Briggs said during his show on CSN Chicago. “I’ve been here a long time, too and I’ve (heard) a lot of boos. For a lot of the wrong reasons. Nobody, on any team I’ve seen, gets booed more at home than here in Chicago.
“That’s also a point to the passion of the Chicago fans. Everyone is passionate, but everyone in Chicago doesn’t know how to run a football team. Everyone doesn’t know how to play professional football. It’s our job to do that.”
While the Bears aren’t exactly the Jacksonville Jaguars, it has to be frustrating for fans to listen to their star players hype up games against division rivals only to fall flat on their faces. When you sign a contract to play in a place like Chicago, Boston or New York, you have to understand that the fans are going to love you when you’re winning and despise you when you’re losing. The fact that people like Urlacher and Briggs are acting surprised by that amid a stretch where they’ve lost five out of six games is getting pretty old.
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Chicago Bears fans were understandably frustrated after their team lost to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday for the second time this season. At the time being, the Bears are on the outside looking in at the NFC playoff picture. They got off to a 7-1 start this year before losing five out of their last six. During their loss to Green Bay, the boos began raining down at Soldier Field.
In addition, some critics are calling for head coach Lovie Smith to be replaced. Brian Urlacher finds this to be ridiculous.
“Our crowd was pretty good today for the most part,” Urlacher said Sunday during his weekly appearance on Fox Chicago. “They were loud for a minute there. The boos were really loud, which is always nice. The only team in our division to get booed at home is us. It’s unbelievable to me.
“It’s not going to change. If we talk about it, then the media says, ‘You’re blaming the fans for losing. You’re doing this. You’re blaming the refs for losing.’ We lost that football game. Every football game we play in, we lose, it’s nobody’s fault but ours, but we’re allowed to say what we want.”
Chicago Bears fans who made the trip to Nashville last Sunday to watch their team take on the Tennessee Titans were treated to quite the show. The Bears’ defense was dominant from the start and had the team out to a 28-2 lead after only one quarter. After the game, the fans headed out for some well-deserved celebration.
We have all heard the phrase “drink the town dry” before, but has it actually ever happened? According to NBC Chicago, Bears fans nearly turned the saying into a reality after Sunday’s game. Several Nashville establishments, including the Paradise Park Trailer Resort, reported that they ran out of beer extremely early. The Paradise Park Trailer Resort said it had no bottled beer left by dinner time.
NBC Chicago reported that estimations had the number of Bears fans in the stands at LP Field at more than 50% of the stadium’s capacity. Perhaps the Nashville bars are not used to patrons peppering them following Titans games, as many of them likely head home after watching their team lose yet again.
As a business owner you never want to run out of any service you provide, but I’m sure the Nashville bar and restaurant owners welcomed the fact that they were able to stuff their pockets courtesy of Bears nation. After all, it’s not like they were lighting jerseys on fire.
The Chicago Bears did not play particularly well against the Carolina Panthers until the fourth quarter on Sunday. A game that many expected to be a rout looked like a sure upset through the first three quarters. Chicago trailed 13-7 at halftime after playing particularly poorly on offense, and the fans let them hear it on their way into the locker room. This did not please Jay Cutler.
The consensus on Twitter was that Cutler looked up at the stands and said, “F***in fans, I swear to God.” The Bears were still in the game, but the fans were clearly frustrated after six first-half sacks, two fumbles and one interception. After the game, Cutler said he didn’t blame them.
“I’d boo us too, … It was a boo-worthy performance,” Cutler said according to the Chicago Tribune. “It was pathetic offensively what we put out there offensively. We’ve got to get better. We know that, our fans know that. Luckily enough, we got out of there with a win.”
The man in the animation above that The Big Lead shared with us doesn’t appear to be very understanding of the boos, but sometimes your perspective changes a little when you come away with a win. If fans burned my jersey in a bar and voted me one of the NFL’s least-liked players, I’d probably have a short fuse with them too.
The fact that Bears fans have gotten to the point where they are ready to start burning Jay Cutler’s jersey is not a surprise. Cutler was awful in an embarrassing loss to the Packers last week and played poorly again in Chicago’s win over the Rams on Sunday. What is somewhat surprising, however, is seeing a fellow Chicago sports legend partake in the festivities.
According to TMZ.com, the video you see above was taken inside Stanley’s Kitchen and Tap in Downtown Chicago. While it is nearly impossible to make out, the man holding the burning paper that is setting fire to Cutler’s jersey is supposedly former Chicago Blackhawk Chris Chelios. People in the bar are clearly chanting Chelios’ name, which makes it easier to believe.