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Sunday, December 4th, 2016

VISIONS OF WANNY

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David Haugh is my favorite Chicago sports writer. He also gave me my morning chuckle with a Wanny-esque breakdown of how the Bears lost to 3 first round playoff teams.

Three plays.

When coach Lovie Smith says the Bears are close, this is what he means.

If any or all of those plays had gone differently for the Bears, they might still be playing football.

Bears fans used to laugh when former Bears coach Dave Wannstedt would stand at the podium for the postgame presser and describe how if certain plays went differently the Bears would have won. “There were 6 plays that if they would have went our way…” Ah, we can all laugh about it now. Wasn’t real funny at the time.

I’d be talking sports with people and tell them, “This year there were 138 plays that if they went our way, we’d be Super Bowl champs.” Drew big, big laughs. Except when I was on “Last Comic Standing”. They didn’t get it. I digress. But any Chicagoan would get it and then join in with some “Wannyisms”. Good times. We were always, always, just a few plays, a few bounces away from greatness.

Wanny hasn’t enjoyed much success at Pitt. He ended up 5-7 this season but did have what many termed the upset of the year in beating #2 West Virginia. He’s had some great recruiting classes but has yet to get the program to the level it was when he took over for Walt Harris.

But that’s fine. We all know what that means. He’s just a few plays away.

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