Not much stood on the side of the Chicago Bears this past Sunday — an unprecedented (at least for recent times) storm and rained down on their stadium and created a two-hour delay that stood to ruin any chance they had of winning a much needed game.
Of course, it was a much more desperate time for many, including the residents of Washington and Coal City, Ill. As it turns out their pain was being felt in the Bears locker room, by some more thoroughly than others.
But in the midst of their battle with Baltimore, which extended into the late afternoon due to the delay, there was plenty to worry about — a quick start for the road team, a standout performance from running back Ray Rice, his first this season. The injury-rattled Bears at times didn’t look like they had the horses to run on this day and their 13 penalties made it seem like they were just thrown off.
Still, the team pulled out a 23-20 overtime win over the Ravens, clinched by a boot from kicker Robbie Gould. Two days later, Gould truly pulled off the play of the week by helping lead a contingent of Bears to Coal City — one of the towns most ravaged by the series of tornadoes that bypassed the inner Chicago area and touched down in central and eastern Illinois — in order to pass out relief supplies and provide a pleasant surprise for a community that needed it.
“It’s pretty close to home,” Gould told ChicagoBears.com that day. “A lot of these people down here are Bears fans and we decided this would be an awesome way to spend our off day; go down and lift some spirits and help some people in the community.”
Adding to the positive off-field news was this week’s opponent, the St. Louis Rams, offering a luxury suite in their Edward Jones Dome that is to be auctioned off by the Bears, with the proceeds going to the American Red Cross in order to raise money for those that suffered losses in the storm.
If you want to participate in the special online auction that the Bears are putting on through its Bears Care organization or just make a cash donation, visit here. The auction ends at 11:59 p.m. this Sunday night.
Can’t we all just get a Long?
We’ll actually get all the Long we’ll need this Sunday with the match-up between brothers Kyle of the Bears and Chris of the Rams.
Nothing new to add to this storyline, it has been covered thoroughly, but beyond the fact that this pair of progeny has the most famous father of any NFL brother duo — an actual NFL legend himself — what makes this pairing interesting to me is the direct competition that the Long brothers positions will allow for on Sunday.
Most of the 362 documented sets of brothers who’ve played in the NFL (source: Pro Football Hall of Fame) either didn’t get the chance to play on another or if they did they likely played similar positions or positions that didn’t interact much with one another if they played on opposite sides of the ball.
In Long v. Long we’ll get repeated chances to see the right guard of the Bears clash head on (hopefully not too many times head on exactly, for Howie and Diane’s sake) with the defensive end for St. Louis. This being the first time they’ve ever competed with one another, they should learn quite a bit about each other. One thing is for sure — Howie knew how to breed ’em.
Askmen.com recently listed its top 10 NFL sibling combos with Eli and Peyton Manning on top (no surprise) and with Bill and Martin Gramatica rounding out the list. Chris already is an established all-pro and with the way that Kyle came on and easily established himself as a starting o-lineman I’m confident that the Longs will be a fixture on such lists in the future.
Top 10: NFL sibling combos (AskMen)
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