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r / January 23, 2011 10:01 PM

I find it's good to watch a familiar, engrossing movie (The Fugitive, anyone?) and take a walk to clear your head.

Baldeesh / January 23, 2011 10:24 PM


bob / January 24, 2011 8:59 AM

how about getting the 'f' over it by remembering that it's only a football game. and all the while people are dying, wars are being fought and while you cry in your overpriced beer, some people's only priority is figuring out where their next meal is coming from.

vise77 / January 24, 2011 9:40 AM

Bob: Ever consider that some people do, in fact, know that life sucks, and use sports as a diversion from dim reality, much like some people listen to music or see movies? I don't like the sports nuts, the types of people who might get into a fist fight over a game; but neither are the killjoys all that interesting, either--nor are they austute obsevers of human nature, which needs entertainment and diversion and even a sense of tribal loyalty from time to time.

Spook / January 24, 2011 10:44 AM

"which needs entertainment and diversion and even a sense of tribal loyalty from time to time"

From time to time?

Taaaaaa daaaaaa!

Rising in defense of the red, the white, the blue Americana Values, is good old Vise-the spirit of 76, basking in the warm cathode ray glow of the roaring and
crackling national American campfire that flickers McNuggets, Sony Nano phones, Monday Night Foot Ball, Hyundai, Jesus, Nike, the lottery, kaleidoscopic reality worlds, Oprah, American idols, etc, etc, etc,etc,...... that
comfortably numbs and transfixes the majority of Americans, while Rome.. burns.

Sit back down Vise 76, and strike up another
Marlboro light. It's time for another story

vise77 / January 24, 2011 11:06 AM

Spook: If I'm not with ya, I'm against ya.

On behalf of all of Chicago today, I thank you for sharing your briliance with us ignorant plebes once more. Perhaps, one day, we will be able to absorb the wisdom of your masterful teachings and see things exactly like you see them, which will make us supremely right. Someday, too, we can communicate in that wonderfully beat-eseque poetry you offer. Some say the spirit of the social poet is dead. I tell those people they've yet to meet Spook.

Nuke LaLoosh / January 24, 2011 11:45 AM

First, sleep.

Then, read something wonderful or watch something beautiful. It helps bring up the spirits and reconnects you with the larger world

Third, DON'T about it all the time with friends, teammates, or the media. You'll never get over it, or move ahead, or learn from it if you are constantly reliving it as if you are in the moment.

Fourth, watch the tape of the game from a comfortable seat with a warm cup of coffee. Talk to your teammates and coaches about the game -- not with the intention of reliving it, but with the intention of learning from it, to move forward.

Then spend some time with your family.

Finally, win the Superbowl next season.

RobJ / January 24, 2011 11:47 AM

The average salary in the NFL is $750k, so I don't think the Bears need our advice. They're probably all boarding flights to someplace warm and tropical to play really expensive golf. I'm not criticizing them-- just sayin', my advice to sit by the lake and stare down the cold abyss of life probably won't apply in this case.

Hey Spook: what's a Sony Nano and where can I buy one?

flange / January 24, 2011 1:04 PM

"even a foot fetish only gets you so far, i guess."

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