So they're listening to and watching the Chicago Bears' "Super Bowl Shuffle" from 1986 a couple of weekends ago, and the brothers Hickey of Missoula are arriving at the same conclusion:

That sucker lasts forever.

"It's a lot longer than you think," Colin Hickey said.

"It's, like, seven minutes long, and it's the worst rapping in history," agreed his older brother Bryan.

Bryan saved a vinyl record of the "Shuffle" after his Bears made their last march to the Super Bowl 21 years ago.

"You have guys that had never rapped a day in their life," he said. "It's hilarious."

Bryan, 30, plays bass guitar for three bands in Missoula, including Volumen, among Missoula's most recognized musical groups.

Colin, 28, is the flamboyant lead singer for the International Playboys, the winning band at the 2006 Montana PBR Band of the Year contest. He likes the Bears, but saves his rabidity for the Indianapolis Colts.

That makes Sunday's Super Bowl matchup real-life fantasy football for the Hickeys.

"This has been our dream as long as I can remember. Since elementary school, we talked about the Bears and Colts in the Super Bowl," Bryan said.

He trotted out the "Super Bowl Shuffle" in the interlude between the Bears' 39-14 thumping of New Orleans in the NFC title game and Colin's Colts' 38-34 win over New England for the AFC championship. The resident record player wouldn't work, so Bryan downloaded the video onto his iPod.

That was a long Sunday at the Hickey home.

Each Hickey rooted hard for his brother's team, and both shared the other's exhilaration in victory.

They embraced when the Colts hung on to win. Then Colin stepped back.

"The Bears don't have a chance against the Colts," he announced.

"Wait a minute. We were just hugging 30 seconds ago," Bryan said.

So it goes.

Music and football fandom are often mutually exclusive cultures, but not around these two. Older brother Shane also plays for the Volumen, but he's far less concerned about flying pigskins.

Following the lead of their father Mike and mother Melinda, Bryan and Colin have made the NFL a big part of their lives.

Most football Sundays find them at Red's Bar in downtown Missoula, where they can watch the Bears and Colts play at the same time on separate screens. They're usually joined by a large knot of Chicago fans and "maybe three or four" who come to watch the Colts, Colin said.

They come from an Air Force family and lived a lot of places growing up - Texas, Washington, D.C., Omaha, Cheyenne, and a couple of cities in California.

But never has Bryan been to Chicago. Colin said he's passed through Indianapolis, but he's never gone to a Colts game. That will soon change. Mike and Melinda live in Nashville, and an uncle has season tickets to Tennessee Titans games. Indianapolis comes to town next fall and the Hickey boys plan to be there.

"Thank God he's going to get us tickets, because when we win the Super Bowl that game's going to sell out," Colin said.

Bryan got to see the Bears play in Denver in 1990, when Mike Hickey drove the family down from Cheyenne. Kevin Butler, who played for the '86 Super Bowl champs, kicked a field goal in overtime to beat the Broncos 16-13.

"I had the whole family decked out in Bears gear," he said. "I had my (Walter) Payton shirt on, and I just remember sitting there in Mile High Stadium after an overtime game, kind of fearing for our lives a little bit. It was like, hey, let's get out of here."

Bryan fell hard for the Bears in 1985, when they capped their first Super Bowl run with a win over the Patriots. He was 8 years old.

True, he said, he latched onto Mike Ditka's team because they were winning. But more than that, there were all those larger-than-life characters.

"They had the ultra-cool quarterback in Jim McMahon, the greatest running back of all time in Walter Payton, and the most dominating defense in the history of the NFL," Bryan said. "Plus they had the Fridge. That guy was hilarious, man."

Colin jumped on the Colts' backs in fifth grade.

"I liked Eric Dickerson's goggles," he said. "You just pick a team and you stick with it, and then you just go through like 10 horrible years. Unfortunately, I didn't pick a team that was good at the time."

There was a time when Colin had an affinity for the Oakland Raiders, mostly because he was getting into rap music and "all the rappers wore Raiders' outfits," he said.

"I also wore MC Hammer pants, so I don't count those years," he added.

Then the family moved to California.

"My parents were scared that I would get shot if I had Raiders stuff on there," he said. "But I still hold a little love for the Raiders in my deep, black heart."

In high school and college, Bryan was forced to become a closet Bears man.

"I started getting into playing music and started getting into punk rock and rock 'n' roll," he said. "I didn't think it was cool to be a football fan any more because the people I was hanging out with, the skateboard kids, the punk rock kids, weren't into sports. They were totally anti-jock."

He moved to Missoula in 1998 and discovered that friends in one of the local bands, the Oblio Joes, were diehard football fans.

"And they're like total rock 'n' roll dudes," Bryan said. "Every Sunday they started to go to a bar and watch this game or that game, and then it started to come back. I started acquiring the (Bears) clothes again and started watching it religiously. So I was still able to be with my rock 'n' roll peers and enjoy both aspects of my life."

Colin said his bandmates in the International Playboys "care nothing about football, but they know it means a lot to me."

They called him to offer congratulations after the Colts won the conference championship.

"Some of them were saying, 'Oh, when the Super Bowl's over we can start practicing on Sundays again,' " he said with a chuckle.

As the Colts go, so goes Colin on stage.

"A couple of weeks ago, we played at the Loft. The Colts played earlier that day against the Ravens and we won," he said. "I was in a fantastic mood on stage, just having the best time of my life, a great show.

"If I would have lost, I would have been in a horrible mood, real grouchy."

Bryan said he'll put up with his brother's crankiness when the underdog Bears win Sunday.

"Colin talks about how the Colts make the playoffs every year, but experience hasn't helped them in past years," he said. "I think the Bears are destined to win. This is their year."

"A solid quarterback is the most important thing in the game," countered Colin. "The Bears have defense, they've got a good running game. But who's going to stop Peyton Manning?"

"The upside," said Bryan, "is no matter who wins, one of our teams wins. If the Colts lose, which they probably will, at least Colin can be excited the Bears are Super Bowl champs."

Colin doesn't buy that.

"This is for bragging rights for the rest of our lives, for ever and ever," he said. "When we're 80 years old, we'll be talking about who beats who on Sunday."

Reporter Kim Briggeman can be reached at 523-5266 or at kbriggeman@missoulian.com.

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