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Mike Ditka

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  • Pop legend of '85 Bears transcends football

    Pop legend of '85 Bears transcends football
    Mike Ditka wants me to get a flu shot. I learned this while sitting in traffic the other day. A CTA bus glided up alongside my car, its long banner billboard filling the passenger-side window. Its message: "Don't let the flu beat you. Get a flu shot."...
  • For Cam Cleeland, hazing incident altered his NFL career — and life

    For Cam Cleeland, hazing incident altered his NFL career — and life
    The last time Cam Cleeland had two good eyes, a pillowcase was being pulled over his head. It was 15 years ago in a University of Wisconsin La Crosse dormitory that housed New Orleans Saints players for training camp. Cleeland and his fellow rookies...
  • Who's picking the Ravens to beat the New York Jets?

    Who's picking the Ravens to beat the New York Jets?
    A roundup of NFL experts' picks for Sunday's game between the Ravens and New York Jets. * Vinnie Iyer of The Sporting News expects the Ravens to win in a blowout. The Jets on the road against a good, swarming defense? Both they and we learned the hard...
  • Herman Edwards is still a coach at heart and delivers poignant message at Thanksgiving eve banquet

    In introducing Herman Edwards to the crowd Wednesday afternoon at the 16th annual Lehigh Valley Chapter of Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants and LifePath Thanksgiving Benefit and Awards Luncheon, former Central Columbia High and...
  • No. 89 is No. 1 epitomizing Chicago and the Bears

    No. 89 is No. 1 epitomizing Chicago and the Bears
    For his first official picture in a Bears uniform in the spring of 1961, Mike Ditka eagerly showed up at Soldier Field ready to do exactly what he was told during the team's photo shoot. That included putting on whatever jersey the Bears issued their...
  • Ditka still commands national stage

    Ditka still commands national stage
    Mike Ditka never fell out of view. With the Bears retiring his No. 89 Monday night, it is worth noting that the totality of Ditka's football career also includes a remarkable run as a network analyst. When he signed on with NBC in 1993 after being fired...
  • High school coaches trying to clean up illegal hits to head

    High school coaches trying to clean up illegal hits to head
    Great concern abounds for the health and welfare of beloved NFL gladiators, whose quality of life may be compromised because of repeated concussions and other long-term injuries. But what about the masses of young amateur football players across the...
  • Review: 'Monsters' by Rich Cohen

    Review: 'Monsters' by Rich Cohen
    This is a football city, and that is because we (or most of us) still like to think we live in a rough-and-tumble town. The echo of Carl Sandburg remains strong. He called the city “alive and coarse and strong and cunning” and endowed it...
  • The Bears' not-quite-midseason awards go to …

    The Bears' not-quite-midseason awards go to …
    NFL midseason reports usually are written after eight games—ya know, at midseason. But with seven games in the books and injuries piling up, the 2013 Bears have reached a crossroads. No time like the present, then, to distribute awards and look at...
  • Nothing but R-E-S-P-E-C-T for D-R-O-S-E

    Nothing but R-E-S-P-E-C-T for D-R-O-S-E
    At long last, Derrick Rose is back. Not just playing preseason games, either. The Bulls' game Tuesday at Miami is the most anticipated Chicago season opener since, well, maybe ever. What did everyone miss most? You can start with this list. Andrew...
  • Brrrrr down! Bears back in first place

    Brrrrr down! Bears back in first place
    Daaaaaaaa hope. Among the fond memories Chicago has of Mike Ditka--the mustache, the screaming, the cigars--near the top of the list is that in most of the games he coached or played, the Bears found a way to win when he played on or coached the team....