Sports fans are a fickle bunch. True fans almost live and die by how their team performs on game day. If that team is doing good, then be prepared to bask in the cheers. If the opposite is true, then be prepared to reap the consequences as cascade after cascade of boo's are reigned down upon the offending team.
Those boos often get under players skin faster than any performance enhancing injection. This weekend no fans' displeasure were heard more than the Chicago Bears as they once again lost the game and the division to rival, Green Bay.
The wave after wave of negativity was not lost on the Bears players and one of their own locker-room leaders decided to respond to them in a not so friendly manner after the loss.
"Our crowd was pretty good today for the most part," Bears defensive stud Brian Urlacher said Sunday during his weekly segment on Fox Chicago. "They were loud for a minute there. The boos were really loud, which is always nice. The only team in our division to get booed at home is us. It's unbelievable to me."
When asked whether the fans' negative outpouring will change, Urlacher was less than optimistic about the chances.
"It's not going to change," he said. "If we talk about it, then the media says, 'You're blaming the fans for losing. You're doing this. You're blaming the refs for losing.' We lost that football game. Every football game we play in, we lose, it's nobody's fault but ours, but we're allowed to say what we want."
Urlacher, who is nursing a hamstring injury and didn't play on Sunday as the Bears lost their fifth game in six weeks, went on to address the negative opinion from fans and media about head coach Lovie Smith.
"Two of the people I don't care about, fans or the media," Urlacher said. "They can say what they want to about our head coach, about our players. It does bother me because those people don't know what they're talking about, obviously.
"I know there are a bunch of experts in the media, and there are a bunch of smart guys out there who know exactly what they're talking about all the time. But they don't know what they're talking about."
"People don't see it," he said. "That's the way we like it as players. He's not going to call somebody out, a player out in front of the people. He'll do it privately, which is the way it should be handled. He's not one of those coaches who's going to go out and yell and scream at you. That's just not his style, and we appreciate that."
"We know when it's time to play. We just haven't played well. It's not his fault. He can't go out there and do it for us. We have to do it ourselves."
On Monday, Bears quarterback Jay Cutler took a more subtle approach when talking about the fans and the media. On his weekly show, 'The Jay Cutler Show' on ESPN 1000, Cutler adressed the often controvercial topic.
"I'm jaded by it," Cutler said. "I don't understand why we're going to get frustrated with it at this point."The fans, they have a reason to boo, we're not playing well. You can't blame them. The media, we're giving them a lot of ammo right now, guys are doing a lot of talking and we're not playing very well. At the end of the day, it falls back on us."
With two games left to play against the Arizona Cardinals and the Detroit Lions, the Bears are going to have to grow some thicker skin — and fast — if they expect to have any hope of advancing to the playoffs and avoid any more fan negativity.
James LeBeau is a sports contributor for CraveOnline Sports. You can follow him on Twitter @JleBeau76 or subscribe on Facebook.com/CraveOnlineSports.
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