I've had an inkling that Rex Grossman was being a tad paranoid about the way he's been treated in Chicago over the last year. You know, I thought that most of the negativity directed towards Grossman was coming from the national media and Bears-haters, and that most Bears fans were actually in his corner.
Turns out I was wrong. Everybody hates Rex Grossman. EVERYBODY.
Chicago native (and 76ers guard) Steven Hunter has no plans to break out his Rex Grossman jersey anytime soon.
"I'm not ever wearing that jersey," said Hunter prior to the 76ers game against the Nets last night.
The performance of Grossman in the Bears' 29-17 Super Bowl loss to the Colts bothered Hunter the most about Sunday's game.
"He could've proved a lot of people wrong," Hunter said. "I think we should've put (backup QB) Brian Griese in. We need to put him (Grossman) and Steve Bartman away."
Hunter then said that the Eagles should go after Jeff Garcia or Donovan McNabb to replace Grossman, or even Aaron Brooks. OK, I lied. NO ONE wants Aaron Brooks on their team.
Now I know Bartman is a touchy subject in Chicago, but he's no Grossman. Bartman was an overzealous fan who screwed up and has more than paid for his crime. Remember, the Cubs could have won that series post-Bartman. Grossman is directly responsible for the downfall of Bears and, worse, the changing of a Bears fan's name to Peyton Manning.
These are things that will be haunting you forever, Grossman. You can run from Chicago, but the the city's hatred of you will live eternally in your soul.
If you want to hear (read) the counterpoint to Grossman's suckiness, check this out at Sports On My Mind. It's a pretty coherent blog, which is typically an oxymoron (see: this site). But SOOM manages to be lengthy and detailed without boring.