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Vince Vitrano: Not For Broadcast

I WAS MOSTLY RIGHT

...WELL... EXCEPT FOR THE PART ABOUT THE WINNING

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I'm not the kind of person who can't admit when he's wrong, but really, I was mostly right about my Packer game predictions against the Bears.

You'll recall in my previous entry, I didn't understand all the pro scouts and pundits who were telling me my 4-0 Packers needed to be scared of the 1-3 baby Bears at home. I said the Bears' defense wasn't all that... and it wasn't. It gave up 17 points in the first half.  I said Brian Griese wasn't all that, and he wasn't... though he didn't self destruct as I would have thought. I guess he is better than Rex.

I said the Packer defense was tough, and it was, with exception of the last series. I don't put a ton of blame on the boys for that one, since they'd been on the field for the entire half.

The Packers did virtually everything they needed to win, except win. They didn't take care of the football. They had too many penalties... and dumb ones. They lost too many guys to bumps, bruises, and the heat. They played too conservatively in the second half.

Don't tell me it was all about turn-overs either. Burlington's favorite son, Tony Romo, just threw 5 picks and had a fumble last night in a WIN over the Bills! A win! They found a way to win. Period.

Despite the fumbles by James Jones, we were still up at half, and even a mediocre performance by the offense would have sealed a win. Should have won. I should have been right.

I did have a football coach in high school, however, who so elegantly stated, "Woulda-Shoulda-Coulda never won no games for nobody."

Scoreboard. Packers lost. I was wrong.

Worse still, I take my 3 kids to the doctor for check-ups the other day, and our long time family friend and pediatrician comes in wearing a Bears tie.

VINCE: Whoa! What? Did you lose a bet?

DR. RICHER (an otherwise nice man): No. I won the bet.

VINCE: How's that?

DR. RICHER: I'm a Bears fan. My dad grew up in Chicago. It's like religion. You are what your parents are.

If you're looking for a good doc for the kids, folks, he's the best... but don't talk football with him. It hurts worse than a shot.

emails: vvitrano@todaystmj4.com

 

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