Optimism. It’s a lot like alcohol.
In moderation, and at the right time, it can take an experience from average to epic. Too much of it, and you become oblivious to the world. You might even wake up the next day feeling like someone pulled the rug right out from under your feet.
Heading into the second half of their conference season, Loyola Women’s Volleyball (7-11, 3-6 MVC, t-6th place) has given me a reason to knock back a shot of optimism.
Flash back to 1985. Wham! owned the airwaves, gas was $1.20 a gallon, and the Monsters of the Midway were roaring their way towards a Lombardi Trophy.
Flash forward to 2014 and those same Monsters are looking more like stuffed teddy bears. The team couldn’t have laid a bigger egg in their home opener, dropping an overtime heartbreaker to the lowly Buffalo Bills, 23-20.
Now, the Bears will hit the road to visit one of the NFC’s best, the San Francisco 49ers, to help them christen Levi’s Stadium.
Why did I mention 1985 to start this post? Well, like any other Bears team since, this team can learn quite a bit by studying the ’85 team. That was obviously the last time the Bears won the title.
But there was another significant thing they did nearly 30 years ago that hasn’t been repeated since. Therein lies the key to getting their season back on track in Week Two for the Bears.
The name's Joe. Some people call me JoeFlah. Die hard Chicago fan, sans the Sox, through and through. When I'm not injured, I like to lift iron repeatedly. I do way too much research on exercise and nutrition for my own good.