CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago Bears fans were making a mad dash this week to cancel or change plans that originally were scheduled for the same time that the Bears host the rival Green Bay Packers for the NFC Championship Game.
As CBS 2’s Vince Gerasole reports, Bears fan Tito Gonzales was torn about his plans for Sunday.
“I love the Bears, they mean the world to me,” he said. “The guys laugh at me, the wife even, because I’m trying to call the play before it happens. Sometimes I’m right, sometimes I’m very wrong.”
But the security guard for CBS 2’s studios also has plans for a religious class just 30 minutes after the 2 p.m. kickoff.
“I have to be at church for a class,” he said, choosing church over the Bears.
“Some of us do have to go somewhere and pray that everything turns out OK for the Bears, so I’m thinking I’m really in the right place,” he said.
The game also was ripping apart Barry Metzger’s plans for Sunday. His youth baseball association in Deerfield had scheduled a father-son clinic for weeks before the Bears reached the NFC title game.
“It was a big emergency,” he said. “People were calling and saying ‘So, common sense is going to work out here, right?’ And the answer was yes.”
Instead of striking out with no shows, coaches decided to change the start time to a fan friendly morning call.
“It really took us only a minute to decide,” Metzger said.
Sister Jeanne Kenny was torn up for a different reason.
The world famous prognosticating nun from Elmwood Park, who has picked 18 of the past 25 Super Bowl winners, is going with the Packers.
“I just have to use my head on this one and I reluctantly am picking the Packers,” she said. “But I hope and pray I’m wrong. … It was gut-wrenching to tell the truth, because I want so much for the Bears to win.”
But when it comes to making time for the game, even on Sunday – which is a workday for a nun – Sister Jean wasn’t falling to pieces.
“I can go to late Mass on Saturday or early Sunday. I got choices,” she said. “I’m going to be focused all day long for the Bears.”
Sister Jean said she can go to Mass at either 5 p.m. on Saturday or 7:30 a.m. on Sunday and still watch the Bears.