Bears' confidence is contagious

They're not guaranteeing wins, but they are raising the bar to Super heights

Updated: December 2, 2010, 9:54 PM ET
By Jon Greenberg | ESPNChicago.com

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The mood at Halas Hall has been upgraded from questionable to actively optimistic.

That's good. I'm tired of the negativity that surrounds this place, even if I'm responsible for slinging some of it.

I'm a generally optimistic guy, and I like the subtle shifting to a happy Halas Hall because the "us against the world" mentality fostered by Lovie Smith is so tired.

I'm glad we're past it for a week, at least.

In a wildly casual Thursday ...

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