Don’t Let ‘Watered-Down’ Bears Camp Wash Out The Fans

Today’s column from CBS Chicago

(CBS) Down in Bourbonnais, Training Camp isn’t quite what it used to be.

But I’m still glad that the Chicago Bears are down there amongst their fans, rather than hidden away from the masses on their Halas Hall compound. And here’s to hoping that things stay that way for many summers to come.

On Thursday, the Bears strolled off the fields at Olivet Nazarene University after wrapping up their final public training camp practice of the year. In 2013, the team will be back in Bourbonnais, which also happens to be my hometown. According to reports, talks between the Bears and ONU are already underway to extend their camp contract to 2014 – and beyond.

“Hopefully that is the plan,” said Bears coach Lovie Smith, who called ONU “great hosts” and spilled so much praise about everything at camp being “good” and “excellent” you would have thought he was talking about Brian Urlacher’s knee recovery.

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