Clearly, Chicago sports fans need a little help, and we're not afraid to ask the almighty. The Lord might be a little busy dealing with the fire at Holy Name Cathedral, but Arizona quarterback Kurt Warner will also be asking for help from above. He said he will pray for guidance on choosing between retirement and playing for the Cardinals next season, shutting down any chance that he will play for the Bears in the upcoming season. So, does that mean God hates the Bears, or is the biggest Bear fan on the planet?
Sure, Kurt Warner had a great season, leading the Cardinals to an unlikely appearance in the Super Bowl. Were it not for an amazing Santonio Holmes touchdown catch, he might be celebrating his second Super Bowl championship. His regular season play earned him a spot in the Pro Bowl, and he a reliable option for a Bears team that hasn't had a reliable quarterback since Sid Luckman. (Apologies to Jim McMahon, but reliability was hardly one of his strengths.) If Warner isn't in navy and orange this fall, that must mean that the Lord has forsaken our Monsters of the Midway, right?
Not so fast. Despite Warner's strong showing during the 2008 season, he will be 38 by the start of the 2009 season. Looking at his statistics, this season was an aberration, and it makes no sense to think that he would have another good season with the Bears. Warner works best in a system with strong wide receivers, and as we painfully watched during this past season, the Bears need some help with the receiving corps.
So rest assured, Bears fans. The Almighty is, as we always suspected, a huge Bears fan who belts out "Bear Down, Chicago Bears" as often as He can.