| Oct 10, 2013
| 9:32 PM
blockquote> The "Weeks in Review" feature is an open thread in which commenters can talk about any current events or cultural phenomena that have caught their attention, including but not limited to the topics brought up in our traditional roundup......
| Oct 25, 2013
| 4:23 PM
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...
| Oct 27, 2013
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...
| Oct 27, 2013
| 12:16 PM
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...
| Aug 22, 2013
| 12:41 PM
We've come across a little used option this past week. We need to use it more.
J'Marcus Webb, having lost his starting right tackle job, has agreed to take a cut in pay.
Wow. I mean … wow. I didn't think that was possible in 2013. You know,...
| Aug 23, 2013
| 12:43 PM
A documentary about the topical issue of injuries to football players, "The United States of Football," hits cinemas nationwide Friday, thanks to an unusual partnership between a small theater chain and a film production-and-distribution company....
| Jul 29, 2013
| 11:42 AM
When the Bears retired Mike Ditka's old No. 89 in May, they announced that his would be the team's final retired number. And no wonder: their 14 retired numbers is the most in the NFL. Among the great players whose jerseys will not be removed from...
| Sep 1, 2013
| 5:33 PM
It bears repeating on the first Monday of September that one Friday night in August hardly suggests an NFL team will play on a super Sunday in February.
The Bears generally looked good in preseason, but not that good — and Mike Ditka can't stop by...
| Sep 1, 2013
One spring day in a much simpler time in Chicago, a photo appeared in the Cicero Life newspaper that helped create a picturesque childhood for Tony and Carl Ruzicka, twin ball boys for the 1963 NFL champion Bears.
It was a shot of good ol' No. 73,...
| Aug 31, 2013
| 4:31 PM
The story of the 1963 Bears, Chicago's overlooked champions, begins at the end of the 1962 season.
That year, the Bears won four of their last five games, including a 3-0 season finale against the Lions that many of the players recall as one of the...
| Jun 4, 2013
| 4:32 PM
Lombardi's Legacy on ESPN celebrates legendary NFL coach Vince Lombardi in a one-hour special hosted by Chris Berman on Thursday, June 6. Joining Berman in studio is Mike Ditka and former Green Bay Packer Jerry Kramer. Packers legend Bart Starr is also...