We should have been through this already. Unfortunately, guard Josh Sitton was injured and didn’t play when the Chicago Bears faced the Green Bay Packers the first time, this season.
So we didn’t get the “it’s just another game” refrain. We got it this time, though!
Sitton, who was cut by the Packers prior to the season for reasons unbeknownst to most, is healthy and will play when the Packers face the Bears on Sunday. Does Sitton want revenge or to prove something?
“It’s just another game,” Sitton said Thursday. “I don’t think too much about that. I’m not really that type of person in general. I don’t get too emotional or too high or low about anything. So it’s just the next game for us, a division opponent.”
Right. We don’t buy that.
In fact, we never buy it. Many individuals have been in this situation before — facing a former team that discarded them — and about 99.9 percent of those guys have spit out some variation of the “it’s just another game,” cliche.
And then you see them on the field and you know that it isn’t really just another game. That they want some payback.
Because anyone who has a shred of pride would.
Some guys try too hard, let the game get away from them and perform terribly. Those guys usually admit that, despite what I said earlier, it was really NOT just another game. Other guys dominate, show the old boys they still got it and then tell us after that it was indeed just another game with a smile on their face.
Unfortunately for Sitton, he’s a guard, so he’s unlikely to have a huge impact on the game one way or the other. What he would probably love is a Bears’ victory, which could ultimately kill the Packers’ playoff chances.
On Thursday, Josh Sitton was lying to himself. Not only is this not just another game for him, but he IS an emotional guy — one who gets fired up and who speaks his mind. All eyes will be waiting to see how that comes out on the field on Sunday.