Don’t Boo Brian!
There should be a rule in the NFL that a player is not allowed to speak with the media after a game if he does not participate in the contest. If this rule was in place, then we would have all been spared from listening to Brian Urlacher’s bitching and moaning following yesterday’s 21-13 loss to the Green Bay Packers. If Brian Urlacher was complaining about his team’s play then that would be tolerated. Had play calling or a bad call by the referee been his focus, I guess I would accept his tirade. However, Urlacher’s target in his post game comments were the Chicago fans and media who cover his team.
Brian’s feelings were hurt yesterday at Soldier Field. According the Brian, the home fans “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.” He then went on to state “two of the people I don’t care about, fans or the media, they can say what they want to about our head coach, about our players. It does bother me because those people don’t know what they’re talking about, obviously.” Well Brian, the thing about is that when your team starts of 7-1 and now only sports an 8-6 record, your fans might begin to get a little frustrated.
Brian Urlacher has had a great career. He has left his mark on the game after countless pro-bowls and accolades. The Bears have had one of the best defenses in the NFL since Urlacher has been a pro, so I can’t knock his ability on the field. However, at this point in time, while he is hobbled with a bad hamstring and unable to help his team, he needs to keep his mouth shut and stop blaming the fans or media for his teams shortcomings. Lovie Smith, Jay Cutler and the rest of the Bears organization are toblame for their recent skid, not the paying fan or local beat reporter.
Brian Urlacher is making $5.6 million dollars this year. I’m not sure if he understands that a large chunk of his salary comes from the money the Chicago Bears generate through ticket sales, jersey sales and television rights, which are all possible because of the Chicago Bears fans’ interest in his team. I’ve been to a lot of Jets games in my life and I’ve paid a pretty penny to the team for the privilege of watching them suck. If my team sucks, I will let them know about it and the best way to do express disappointment is by booing.
Urlacher has been a fan favorite of the Chicago Bears and needs to understand that taking shots at the fans will only tarnish his image. Chicago fans, much like New York and Philadelphia fans are passionate and knowledgable. If he wants to go to a city that doesn’t care enough to boo a poor performance, then it’s time for him to go play for the Dolphins, Chargers or Jaguars.
It’s also ironic to me that Urlacher is attacking the media, though doing so by using an outlet of the media. Brian, the only reason people know who you are is because of the media. We get to watch you on television, listen to you on the radio and read about you on the internet and in newspapers. Without the media, you are not all that relative. You are definitely not nearly as wealthy either.
I have very little rooting interest in the NFC North, but now that Urlacher has proved to be such a douche bag, I am heavily rooting for the Chicago Bears to miss the playoffs. Like I said, he was a great player in his prime, though his best days are behind him. Chicago is about as supportive of a sports town as there is in America, as evidenced by the fact that people still go to Wrigley Field to root for the Cubbies. Urlacher is obviously frustrated but he really erred in his choice to lash out at his home crowd. It’s very obvious that although Brian’s skills have eroded over the past few years, his sensitivity is at an all-time high.