The Cubs haven't won a World Series since 1908 and, in that time, it's become a common exercise to inspect teams playing in the World Series for their relative ex-Cubness. As the theory goes, the more ex-Cubs, the worse a team's chance to win. Since the Bears haven't won a Super Bowl in almost 20 years, RedEye wondered: Over time, is there an ex-Bear factor since that last -- and lone --Chicago Super Bowl?
* -- indicates the player was on the roster but did not play. Source: Stats, Inc.
Super Bowl XXI
New York Giants 39 (Ex-Bears: None), Denver Broncos 20 (Ex-Bears: None). Ex-Bear factor: PUSH.
Super Bowl XXII
Washington Redskins 42 (None), Denver Broncos 10 (Stefan Humphries 1). Ex-Bear factor: -1.
Super Bowl XXIII
San Francisco 49ers 20 (None), Cincinnati Bengals 16 (None). Ex-Bear factor: -1.
Super Bowl XXIV
San Francisco 49ers 55 (None), Denver Broncos 10 (None). Ex-Bear factor: -1.
Super Bowl XXV
New York Giants 20 (Dave Duerson), Buffalo Bills 19 (None). Ex-Bear factor: PUSH.
Super Bowl XXVI
Washington Redskins 37 (Wilber Marshall), Buffalo Bills 24 (None). Ex-Bear factor: +1.
Super Bowl XXVII
Dallas Cowboys 52 (Mickey Pruitt), Buffalo Bills 17 (None). Ex-Bear factor: +2.
Super Bowl XXVIII
Dallas Cowboys 30 (None), Buffalo Bills 13 (None). Ex-Bear factor: +2.
Super Bowl XXIX
San Francisco 49ers 49 (Richard Dent*), San Diego Chargers 26 (Bryan Wagner). Ex-Bear factor: +2.
Super Bowl XXX
Dallas Cowboys 27 (Jim Schwantz), Pittsburgh Steelers 17 (Mike Tomczak*). Ex-Bear factor: +2.
Super Bowl XXXI
Green Bay Packers 35 (Ron Cox, Jim McMahon*), New England Patriots 21 (None). Ex-Bear factor: +3.
Super Bowl XXXII
Denver Broncos 31 (None), Green Bay Packers 24 (Rob Davis). Ex-Bear factor: +2.
Super Bowl XXXIII
Denver Broncos 34 (None), Atlanta Falcons 19 (None). Ex-Bear factor: +2.
Super Bowl XXXIV
St. Louis Rams 23 (Mike Horan, Ricky Proehl), Tennessee Titans 16 (None). Ex-Bear factor: +3.
Super Bowl XXXV
Baltimore Ravens 34 (None), New York Giants 7 (Jaret Holmes*). Ex-Bear factor: +2.
Super Bowl XXXVI
New England Patriots 20 (Bryan Cox), St. Louis Rams 17 (Ricky Proehl). Ex-Bear factor: +2.
Super Bowl XXXVII
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 48 (Ryan Benjamin), Oakland Raiders 21 (Rick Mirer*) Ex-Bear factor: +2.
Super Bowl XXXVIII
New England Patriots -- Fred Baxter, Rosevelt Colvin (injured), Ted Washington.
Carolina Panthers -- Shane Burton, Mike Caldwell (injured), Terry Cousin, Ricky Proehl, Todd Sauerbrun
Ex-Bear factor odds
Las Vegas books like the Pats by a touchdown, but the astute Bears observer wears Carolina blue here. Ex-Bears are +2 overall since Super Bowl XX, and Carolina has the edge in ex-Bears on its roster, 5-3.