With the Chicago Cubs World Series hysteria finally dying down, many local sports fans are turning their attention to the Bears, who have quietly put together a first half that could score them a high draft pick next year.

“But not too high,” said GM Ryan Pace. “We were hoping to fly under the radar a bit and just kind of coast to 4 or 5 wins. Obviously if we got too high a pick, people might expect a lot more out of our choice. But if you settle in nicely between 7 and 10, you can skate by using our method of throwing darts at the wall.”

It’s a delicate dance, Pace claims.

“Are we tanking the season? Of course not. I mean that would almost make too much sense,” he said. “What we want to do is win a couple meaningless games here in the middle and end of the year. That way, we can have our choice of the 2nd or 3rd QB or RB…or a guard. Should I take a guard? I could and nobody would bat an eye!”

The Bears play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. They’re expected to make it a close affair — maybe even win. Head coach John Fox hasn’t decided yet.

“I don’t even know if I’ll be here next year,” he said. “Do I really want to give this team a possible top 5 draft pick? Nah. I don’t think so.”