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Mike Ditka

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  • Bears fan gives John Fox a Mike Ditka makeover

    Bears fan gives John Fox a Mike Ditka makeover
    It's an old trick but it works: Put a bushy mustache on anyone's face and they transform into Mike Ditka. OK, almost anyone. Some people need a pair of sunglasses and a throwback sweater to complete the look.  But Jamie Noah didn't need to add much...
  • On The Fly: It's Man-Child vs. Taskmaster

    On The Fly: It's Man-Child vs. Taskmaster
    So we have the Super Bowl battle of coaches: Pete Carroll vs. Bill Belichick. It's the carefree, goofy California man-child vs. the serious, ultra-competitive Machiavellian taskmaster. A study in contrasts? Maybe not. Former Patriots quarterback Drew...
  • Mike Ditka, 1985 Bears players detail team's excessive painkiller use

    Mike Ditka, 1985 Bears players detail team's excessive painkiller use
    There have been numerous stories about the 1985 Chicago Bears, but none quite like this. The upcoming edition of “Real Sports” (9 p.m. Tuesday, HBO) will feature a report by Bryant Gumbel that chronicles the players on that team using ...
  • Everything falls into place for Bears and new coach John Fox

    Everything falls into place for Bears and new coach John Fox
    John Fox hoisted the Lamar Hunt trophy over his head a year ago Sunday in Denver, as orange, blue and white confetti fluttered in the mile-high air. His team had just surged to an AFC championship and a Super Bowl berth. The crowd roared. Soldier...
  • Best Bears running backs: Payton, then the rest

    Best Bears running backs: Payton, then the rest
    There is no shortage of renowned running backs in Bears history, starting with Red Grange, who brought credibility to pro football with a 1925 national barnstorming tour. Grange's pro rushing career never matched his University of Illinois output...
  • Until a coach and quarterback align, little else matters

     Until a coach and quarterback align, little else matters
    Ernie Accorsi started as a sportswriter, which isn't the main reason he's the right consultant for the Bears. He began his NFL career in public relations for the Baltimore Colts, where Johnny Unitas was the quarterback. When he became general manager of...
  • Bears' Marc Trestman faces test of temperament

    Bears' Marc Trestman faces test of temperament
    Preparation and a forward-looking mindset is key to good leadership. Good leaders act with a plan and a purpose. Often that plan goes astray, and in those circumstances survival is determined by adaptability and the ability to stay calm and make...
  • Ditka? Halas? Trestman? Ranking 10 best Bears coaches

    Ditka? Halas? Trestman? Ranking 10 best Bears coaches
    Lance Briggs weighed in with his three all-time greatest Bears coaches this week when he ranked George Halas, Mike Ditka and Lovie Smith at the top. This reporter has been around here a little longer than Briggs. In fact, Halas once invited me to sit...
  • Bears defense stressed accountability in players-only meeting last week

    Bears defense stressed accountability in players-only meeting last week
    It wasn't really a mutiny of any kind. The suggestion, Jared Allen said, actually came from Bears defensive coordinator Mel Tucker himself. With the defense in need of resuscitation after humiliating losses to the Patriots and Packers, Bears defensive...
  • Toughen up kids: Cold is a lousy excuse to close schools

    Toughen up kids: Cold is a lousy excuse to close schools
    Really, with the roads clear, no new snow, minimal wind and even the sun shining brightly on a clear, crisp day, we close our schools in January because it is ... cold? Alleged global warming aside, we still live in Chicago, no? Consider this the...
  • Quickly, Jan. 2: 'Ditka got fired'

    You haven’t heard about all the golden retriever maulings? It’s because of their large frame and bad upbringing. Retort to the quip about Mike Ditka giving the Bears hell: Ditka got fired after going 5-11 in his last year. Let’s put...