Bill Swerski : Alright, we're talkin' here live from Ditka's in the heart of Chicago, Illinois, the city of the big shoulders and the home, of course, to a certain football team which has carved out a special place in the pantheon of professional football grace. Dat team which is known the world over as Da Bears.
All : Da-a-a... Bears!
Bill Swerski : Okay, by my watch, we're about tur-teen minutes from game time. As you're I'm sure aware Da Bears are getting ready for der big playoff against the New York Giants. Da Bears are seven point underdogs but don't count 'em out. Now let's go around the room for some predictions. Pat?
Pat Arnold : Tha Bears. Sixty-two ta tree.
Bill Swerski : Okay. Todd?
Todd O'Connor : Bears. 79, zip.
Bill Swerski : Oh really? You don't think that the Giants will score?
Todd O'Connor : No, I do not. Da Bears' defence is like a wall. You can't go troo 'em.
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