Thursday, September 10, 2009

Are You Ready For Some Football?

If you hadn't noticed, the Chicago Bears start another season of football this Sunday. And, with the irrelevance of the Chicago baseball teams, this is not a moment too soon. Hence the return of Midway Chat.

If you haven't also noticed, a top flight quarterback has arrived to breathe life into an offense that has pretty much simply sucked since Jim McMahon's Charles Martin-caused shoulder damage. That great hope is on the shoulders of one Jay Cutler.

But 22 years ago, there were many who believed another top quarterback had arrived. His name was Jim Harbaugh.

Now, many of us never really believed in Jim Harbaugh-Franchise Quarterback, but he did have a few moments. The first of those moments came on September 23, 1991 (Tribune game recap here). The Bears came into the game with a 3-0 record, but had only won those games by a total of 8 points. The fans were more skeptical of that Bear team than Richard Dawkins at a Scientology lecture.

That night, the Bears hosted the Jets on a Monday night. The game was one of the most boring games in the history of Monday Night Football through the first 57 minutes. The Bears trailed by 7 and put together one final drive to tie. It ended inside the one yard line.

Then, all hell broke loose.

Presented here are the final 3 minutes of regulation. It's a rather long clip, but well worth the 20 minutes it takes to watch it.

Some of the more memorable moments:

- The Jets defensive coordinator getting all giddy -- bet that guy went nowhere
- Ron Cox getting really stupid with Trevor Matich
- Al Michael's foreshadowing that, "barring disaster" the Jets would have a nice flight home
- The complete resignation of the broadcast crew as they use the last two minutes of expected garbage time to acknowledge crew retirements (and get in some Mike Ditka love and a hope for his infirmity, one guesses)
- The look on the faces of the staff behind Jets Coach Bruce Coslet after Steve McMichael's "some guys go to the Pro Bowl" play
- Frank Gifford’s speculation on whose blood McMichael was carrying around (this broadcast was certainly Item #1 on the "It's Time to Send Giff Out To Pasture" memo)
- Some guy wearing #87 had his coming out party. Please alert WMVP's Tom Waddle that someone is using his name
- Dan Dierdorf's exuberant exclamation as time expired

If you think this was nuts, wait until you see the second half of the video. You can see that here tomorrow.

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