Ozzie on Bears: Win it for Lovie

January, 20, 2011
Padilla By Doug Padilla
Baseball wasn’t the only topic White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen was asked to comment on Thursday.

On the day before SoxFest begins and three days before the Bears take on the Packers for the right to play in the Super Bowl, Guillen was asked why he is predicting the Bears to win Sunday.

“I’m rooting for Lovie [Smith]; I don’t care about anybody else,” Guillen said about the Bears coach. “I don’t know anything about the NFL. I’m pulling for Lovie big time because I hope Lovie proves everybody in this town wrong. I shared those pants.”

Yes, hahahahaha. He obviously means he’s been in Smith’s shoes as a team decision maker that doesn’t get the benefit of the doubt.

But this seems like more than having an understanding of somebody in your same situation. Guillen seems passionate about the idea that Smith is able to reap the rewards for his efforts, the same as Guillen was able to do when the White Sox won the World Series in 2005.

“It’s not fair when you’re winning and winning and winning and people call you lucky,” Guillen said. “All the negative stuff, come on. Grow up. This guy continues to win games and a few people are still on his butt. ‘Oh, they win because he’s lucky.’ Well, he wins because he wins.”

And taking what appears to be a thinly veiled swipe at the Cubs, Guillen gives another reason he wants the Bears to not only win on Sunday but win the Super Bowl as well.

“I hope they win this thing because Chicago needs winners,” Guillen said. “We get used to having a lot of teams and we’re a bunch of losers. We need winners. I hope [the Bears] are in Dallas [for the Super Bowl] and I hope they win because we need that.

“And Lovie Smith, please win for him because he deserves that. A lot of people are on his butt and I hope they do it just for him.”

Doug Padilla

Chicago White Sox beat reporter
Doug joined ESPN Chicago in July 2010 and covers the Chicago White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.



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