Years after he retired, Charles M. Schulz, the legendary “Peanuts” cartoonist, explained why he never let Charlie Brown kick the football Lucy held: “You can’t create humor out of happiness.”
Maybe that explains why the Bears’ quarterback predicament is the longest-running joke in professional football. It certainly explains why I see rookie Justin Fields as Chicago’s next punch line.
I’m not falling for the same old trick, the gimmick that leaves Chicago Bears fans – including me – in tears every fall.
To be a Bears fan is to promise yourself that you absolutely, positively will never be duped again by the hope of a new quarterback. And after that, it’s to immediately fall in love with Jay Cutler. Or Mitch Trubisky. Or Cade McNown. Or Rex Grossman.
Or Kordell Stewart. Erik Kramer. Mike Glennon.
I could go on. And on.