CHICAGO — It began as such a promising day.
The B-52's "Love Shack" was blaring through the Soldier Field parking lot.
Fans were toe-tapping to the music while firing up their grills and youngsters tossed around Nerf footballs on a balmy Sunday afternoon.
Everywhere you looked, they were playing bags and listening to pregame shows on their radios.
Never mind the 3-8 Bears were playing the 1-10 San Francisco 49ers. True fans are loyal through the worst times and there was reason for hope this day.
If it had snowed Sunday, the parking lot would still have been a beehive of activity.
Now, I'm not so sure anymore.
The Bears would go on to lose their fifth straight, 15-14, managing only 147 total yards and 36 offensive plays to the visitors' 73.
It's gotten to where you can't give away tickets.
In just the last three home games, there have been more than 25,000 no-shows. Yes, those tickets were already sold but the Soldier Field concessions have taken a dreadful hit.
This no longer is the ideal place to spend Sunday afternoons, socializing, treating your taste buds, cheering on your favorite team and renewing old friendships.
The inept Bears organization has seen to that.
They have a lame duck coach in John Fox, now 12-32, who's out of touch with today's game.
Six losses are by eight points or less, which doesn't say much about his ability to motivate.
They will miss the playoffs a seventh straight year.
They have no wide receivers, a patchwork offensive line, no pass rush and a rookie quarterback who is not allowed to throw deep or roll out and use his athleticism.
The Bears are averaging only 16.2 points per game with Mitch Trubisky, who is 2-6 as a starter.
Offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains sorely lacks imagination and daring.
They have a secondary that, for the most part, can't cover a bed with a blanket.
They don't have a proven kicker.
They haven't had a three-game win streak since the beginning of 2013.
It's the same story, same excuses, week after week.
Even true fans have grown tired of this dumpster fire and the stink will continue against the Bengals, Lions, Browns and Vikings.
You're looking at a 4-12 record, though I think winless Cleveland will beat the Bears unless its entire team is placed on injured reserve.
That "Love Shack" is quickly emptying out.