DALLAS, TX - FEBRUARY 04: Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award finalist Israel Idonije of the Chicago Bears speaks during a press conference at the Super Bowl XLV media center on February 4, 2011 in Dallas, Texas. The Green Bay Packers will play the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV on February 6, 2011 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Israel Idonije
Earlier Friday, we wrote about how despite the meetings and court appearances, the lockout is still going on, and it's not fun.
Instead of reporting on mini-camp, which would have started today, we're reporting on courtroom proceedings. It has to be done, but there is more fun out there for Bears fans.
Our Bears do have some happy, joyous things going on around them, so we have to share.
For example, there's this sweet ditty going around the Internet that's dedicated to offensive lineman Roberto Garza.
Spanish speakers have told us that the general idea behind this song is: Garza, your name will never go up in lights, but you put up such a good fight that we wrote this song.
Could there be a better sentiment than that for an offensive lineman? And if that doesn't make you forget about all of the labor troubles, what about the sight of Israel Idonije as the Grand Marshal at for Sunday's NASCAR race at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet? Because that's what the Bears sack-leader in 2010 gets to do.
"To say the coveted words, ‘Drivers, start your engines,’ is very exciting, and I’m looking forward to taking in all the racing action this Saturday,” Idonije said.
Hopefully, Izzy won't get confused about his job and tackle a race car, but if anyone can do it, Idonije can.
Finally, one last happy image from our Bears. Because of no mini-camp, running back Matt Forte can't make any catches in the field but that doesn't stop him from making a catch in the stream. Check out his spoils from a day of fishing.
Getting good stories from the Bears doesn't take the lockout or lack of a pre-season away, but hey. A collection of happiness is never a bad way to start a weekend.