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Ozzie to Lovie: I’m rooting for you

White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen (left) threw his support behind by Bears coach Lovie Smith Thursday.

White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen (left) threw his support behind by Bears coach Lovie Smith on Thursday.

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Updated: January 20, 2011 7:02PM

On the eve of SoxFest, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, who has had his share of hot-seat issues over the last year, weighed in today with his thoughts on the NFC Championship Game this weekend between the Green Bay Packers and Bears.

Not surprisingly, Guillen’s overriding interest centers on the job security of Bears coach Lovie Smith.

“I’m rooting for Lovie,” Guillen said. “I don’t care about anybody else. I don’t know anything about the NFL. I’m pulling for Lovie big-time because I hope Lovie proves everybody in this town wrong. I shared those pants. Because it’s not fair when you’re winning and winning and winning and people call you lucky. All the negative stuff, come on. Grow up. This guy continues to win games and a few people are still on his but.

“Oh, they win because he’s lucky.’ Well, he wins because he wins. And I hope they win this thing because Chicago needs winners. We get used to having a lot of teams and we’re a bunch of losers. We need winners. I hope they are in Dallas [for the Super Bowl] and I hope they win because we need that. And Lovie Smith, please win for him because he deserves that. A lot of people are on his butt and I hope they do it just for him.”

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