Today, the Vikings' Tavaris Jackson missed practice. As you probably know, Jackson is the team's current starting quarterback, but he's no sure thing. The Vikings also brought in career also-ran Sage Rosenfels, whose career record as a starter could be called bad were it not basically non-existent.
But first, about Jackson: Basically, the Vikes QB sprained his knee, and will be out for at least a few days, according to reporter Kevin Seifert. Which means that even the Vikings' current first choice at quarterback, who is pretty bad at the position in his own right, is not available to play for the team yet. That pretty much leaves everything to Rosenfels. Which, if you're a Bears fan, we gotta say: this is sweet.
Are we bitter? Maybe a bit. When was the last time the Bears had a quarterback? Good luck answering that question. When was the last time the Vikings did? Why, just a few years ago, when Daunte Culpepper was tossing ICBMs through the air to uber-receiver Randy Moss. Right around then the Bears were trying to figure out how to win a playoff game with Jim Miller. Before then, it was Brad Johnson. Before then -- way before then -- it was Fran Tarkenton. When do the Bears get their Hall of Fame quarterback?
In the meantime, the Vikings have been fighting tooth and nail to sign perhaps the most annoying, most frustrating, most consistently unappealing quarterback in professional football, and we're not talking about Jeff George. Brett Favre is a pox on NFL offseason news; the Vikings have been facilitating him all offseason. They're desperate for him. And it drives us (and Packers fans; only Brett Favre and the Vikings could force Bears and Packers fans to agree about anything) insane.
So while we take no relish in Jackson's knee injury, and we hope a thorough and speedy recovery, you can see why this Vikings quarterback situation would make Bears fans smile from ear to ear. Finally, the Bears are the team with the good quarterback. This feels tremendous.
Now, if only Aaron Rodgers didn't look so competent. But we guess you can't win them all.
Eamonn Brennan is a Chicago-based writer, editor and blogger. You can also read him at Yahoo! Sports, Mouthpiece Sports Blog, and Inside The Hall, or at his personal site, eamonnbrennan.com. Follow him on Twitter.