The emphasis, in this case, rests heavily on the word “could.” The mere question of a bet between two folks at Sawicki Motors in Rochelle, Illinois ultimately resulted in the dealership’s general manager, Ron Matula, offering anyone a free car if the Chicago Bears can shut out the Green Bay Packers on Christmas Day. The tiny little hook: you’ve got to buy your Chevrolet, Cadillac or Buick before the game, and if Chicago manages to make such magic you will receive a full refund. But that’s nothing compared to the large hooks: da Bears are 13-point underdogs; they’ll be starting their third string quarterback, Josh McCown, who in nine years has been on seven NFL teams and one CFL team, with the stats to make it clear why; da Bears will be without playmakers Matt Forte, Marion Barber, Johnny Knox and probably Devin Hester; and that depleted lineup is playing the 14-1 Green Bay Packers.
History might be on the side of the Bears and Sawicki customers, though: according to ESPN Chicago, “The Packers are one of five teams in NFL history to open a season 13-0 and then lose in their 14th game. All four of the other teams lost their 15th game, too.” That’s still a long way from holding Green Bay scoreless, but in the words of Jim Carrey in Dumb & Dumber, we’re saying there’s a chance. So if you’ve been in the market for a model that Sawicki sells, no matter what happens with the Bears at least you can’t lose – as long as you buy today.
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