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"The best way to predict your future is to create it." Abraham Lincoln

Lincoln High School Statesman

"The best way to predict your future is to create it." Abraham Lincoln

Lincoln High School Statesman

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Being a Bears Fan

This is only some of the Chicago Bears merch I own.
Kei Vandenbos
This is only some of the Chicago Bears merch I own.

It’s rough being the supporter of a team that hasn’t made the playoffs since 2020. I always turn the game on to just watch the Bears get obliterated. I support them because of my dad, even though neither of us have lived or even been to Chicago. Although I live in a state with predominantly Vikings fans, the Bears will always be my favorite team.

Having numerous pieces of Bears merchandise like beanies, jerseys, flags, cups, shirts, crew necks and even a signed Mike Ditka jersey, makes it too hard to even switch to a different team (not that I ever would). The fact that I know of some bandwagons irritates me. I feel as if the only argument a bandwagon has is, “I like the player” which is no reason to switch a whole team. Sure I like players on different teams (Lamar Jackson) but I won’t start liking that team just because of a singular player.

It has always been sad when asked, “So, what’s your favorite team?”. I always respond with the same sigh, and respond with “the Bears,” in a negative tone. It’s hard trying to explain how good the Bears were in the past to someone who only cares about their last few seasons. I have said the statement, “It’s our year,” every season they have played, and yet I know, deep down, that the Bears will not win a Super Bowl anytime soon.

Recently, however, it seems as if the Bears are starting to have a more promising season. The Bears were on a high loss streak with their last win (during a season) being on Oct. 24, 2022, over the Patriots and the first win from then was on Oct. 5, 2023, over the Commanders. With that win, I had hope for this season however, I can’t have much hope as the Bears are still bottom of their division and under the Packers (which is extremely sad).

Although I know this season may not be “our season,” I truly believe that next season will be our season. If the Bears draft the right players, and get a new manager (put me in) then I believe that they will have a winning season.

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Kei Vandenbos
Kei Vandenbos, Staff Writer
Kei Vandenbos is a junior and first-year staff writer for the Statesman. Whenever Vandenbos is not thinking about a story to write, he is always trying to do something no matter what it is. Some of Vandenbos’ favorite hobbies include snowboarding, traveling, cooking and hanging out with friends. Vandenbos is Japanese and loves to travel to Japan every summer to see family and friends. Whenever Vandenbos gets to pick where he wants to eat at, he will always be at Culver's.
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