DOWNTOWN — When you think of the Chicago Bears, what phrases come to mind? "Da Bears"? "Bear down"?
What about "feed da Bears"? Not so much — maybe because no one has ever said that when rooting for the beloved Monsters of the Midway?
But Twitter and the NFL apparently didn't get that memo.
The pair on Wednesday released a list of special hashtags that represent all of the NFL teams and, when used, make a little logo of the team you're referencing appear. Some teams got cool hashtags like #Skol (the Vikings), #OnePride (the Lions) and #Patriots (... the Patriots).
And then the Bears got ... #FeedDaBears.
As if we weren't already sensitive about TV exec Dick Wolf calling us fat.
#FeedDaBears isn't exactly a popular catchphrase for the team — in fact, we found just one example of someone saying, "DON'T FEED DA BEARS" in a 2006 post to a forum.
So far, the only people who seem to be making the best out of #FeedDaBears are the Bears themselves. The team said they're "fans" of the hashtag on Twitter, but they also noted "messy legal stuff" led to the team not being able to use the hashtag #BearDown.
"Phooey," as the team put it on Twitter.
@DaniBrown_KDE Messy legal stuff. Phooey.— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) September 7, 2016
Got a better hashtag to represent the Bears? Vote or tell us in the comments.
What's the best hashtag for the Chicago Bears (...other than Twitter's #FeedDaBears)?— Kelly Bauer (@BauerJournalism) September 7, 2016
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