CHICAGO (CBS) — Bears fans are waking up to a snowy and gloomy morning, the day after the team’s disappointing loss to the Green Bay Packers.
As CBS 2’s Susanna Song reports, a week ago at the Eggsperience Café, 35 W. Ontario St., fans were excited and enthusiastic about the Bears’ prospects. At Eggsperience Monday morning, fans were dejected.
Some fans said they were disappointed at the team’s poor performance, and the knee injury that sent quarterback Jay Cutler to the sidelines in the second half. But one fan was willing to cut Cutler some slack.
“I think his season was a positive season,” Cutler said. “The record shows for itself, and we made it pretty far.”
One diehard fan even said he was really happy for the Bears getting as far as they did.
But on Sunday evening, the mood was less philosophical.
“I’m going to be honest – it was very depressing. It was very sad,” a fan told CBS 2’s Vince Gerasole.
“It’s rough, man,” another man said. “I thought the Bears were going to take it.”
“I’m disappointed,” a woman said. “I think we should have played a lot better than this.”
Earlier in the afternoon, the beers had flowed freely at area taverns, and hopes were high. Hopes were turned upside down for halftime, when the score stood at 14-0.
Then came an incredible fourth quarter, as the Bears scored two touchdowns. But in the end, it wasn’t meant to be.
One fan is turning his attention to basketball.
“I’m a big Bulls fan, so I’ll get over it tomorrow,” he said.
Another man is living out the philosophy, “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.”
“I guess I’ve got to say, ‘Go Packers,’ as much as I hate to say it,” he said.
But some fans weren’t so charitable.
“Everyone’s going to cheer for the Packers to lose the Super Bowl, and the Packers will lose the Super Bowl. I guarantee it,” another fan said.
At Mike Ditka’s Restaurant, 100 E. Chestnut St., one man turned red in the face and dropped to his knees.
Another shouted out loud to staff, “Turn off the TV now! I don’t want to see Green Bay celebrate!”
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Those at Ditka’s who could still speak following the loss were criticizing Jay Cutler’s exit due to a knee injury, and praising fill-in quarterback Caleb Hanie’s attempt.
“He came in and played hard,” a fan said, “a couple errors, but…”
“He did a great job,” another fan said. “It’s high pressure, you know, I mean he comes in at the toughest part and he still did a good job. He did great.”
Bears fan Jen Holland says she has no hard feelings against the Packers.
“Don’t get me wrong – Aaron Rodgers, he deserves it,” Holland said. “It’s just disappointing that the Bears aren’t in it.”