CHICAGO -- It's hard to be optimistic in this city, especially if you live here. Especially if you're a sports fan.
Sure, it's a great place to visit, because the Cubs play in Wrigley Field, the caramel popcorn is always warm, and the lake is always blue and inviting.
Don't get me wrong, I love Chicago, and I wouldn't leave it for all the Primanti's in Pittsburgh. But for those of us who deal with high taxes, pock-marked roads, government malfeasance and 102 years of infamy for that local baseball club, pessimism abounds. You take the good with the Cubs, and you deal with it.
That should be the motto for the Chicago Bears, the flagship franchise for a city that works and lives for the weekends: We're the Bears. Deal with it.