Bears QB Jay Cutler was bruised and battered following Chicago's 24-13 loss at Detroit Monday night, but was given the game ball by coach Lovie Smith for not requiring a wheelchair to get back home.
Among those celebrating were wide receiver Brandon Middleton, quarterback John Kitna, and running back Rudi Johnson, all of whom claimed to look forward to the Colt 45 uncorking every year.
"It's embarrassing," said the officer. "All the guys keep making fun of me for being a cherry. Or they say I must be blind if I haven't spotted a drunk Lion on the road yet."
"It's kinda weird to think we haven't won at Lambeau in my lifetime," said Benson, who was born in 1991. "Then again, we're pretty terrible. Maybe by the time I retire they'll have broken the streak ... but I doubt it."
After five years as Detroit's head coach, Jim Schwartz is out of a job, fired for failing to make the playoffs this year despite a 6-2 start. Schwartz said he's staying in Detroit, where he's confident he'll find a new job in short order.
Disbelief is the word that can best describe what Matthew Stafford was feeling in the moments after his Lions blew a huge late lead to Mitch Trubisky and the Bears Sunday afternoon.