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Brandon Marshall Searches for the Real Meaning of the Bears-Packers Game

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Wide receiver brings tree to media availability, compares it to Bears' season.

Packers game is near
Football fans will cheer
Fun for all that Bears fans call
Their favorite time of year

A forlorn looking Brandon Marshall follows his friend Jay Cutler on the way to Halas Hall.

"I think there's something wrong with me, Jay. The Packers game is almost here, and I'm not happy. I'm not feeling the way I'm supposed to feel. I just don't understand the Packers game, I guess. I like breaking records, and scoring touchdowns and all that, but I'm just not amped up."

"Brandon Marshall," Cutler says. "You're the only person I know who can take a wonderful time like the Packers game and turn it into a problem." 

"I don't like the Green Bay Packers. I'm not going to use the word 'hate,' but I really dislike the Packers and their players," Marshall said.

"I know nobody likes them. Why do we have to have a game to emphasize it?"

Marshall sees a sign offering motivational help for five cents. After throwing a nickel in the jar, a mustachioed man in a sweater appears.

"May I help you?" Coach Ditka asks.

"I'm in sad shape. My real trouble is Green Bay. I don't like the Packers, but I'm not sure what to do about it." 

"You need involvement," Ditka says. "You need to get involved in some exercises to remind you how fun it is to beat Green Bay, like the Bears have done 91 times in history." 

"But I don't know anything about beating the Packers," Marshall says. "I've only played them once as a Bear, and we lost."

"Don't worry. I'll be there to help you." 

Ditka and Marshall head to Soldier Field, where they are joined by Cutler, Lovie Smith, and the rest of the team. They walk through plays, talk about terrible people like Vince Lombardi, Brett Favre and Curly Lambeau. Still, Marshall isn't quite feeling it.

"Can't someone tell me what the Bears-Packers game is really about?"

Cutler walks to the middle of the field and proudly stands on the C. In a loud, clear voice, he belts out,

"Bear down, Chicago Bears, make every play clear the way to victory.
Bear down, Chicago Bears, put up a fight with a might so fearlessly.
We'll never forget the way you thrilled the nation with your T formation.
Bear down, Chicago Bears, and let them know why you're wearing the crown.
You're the pride and joy of Illinois, Chicago Bears, Bear down."

He jogs back to the sideline.

That's what the Bears-Packers game is really about, Brandon Marshall.

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