| Nov 27, 2013
| 5:29 PM
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...
| 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,...
| Dec 8, 2013
| 8:30 PM
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...
| 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...
| Sep 13, 2013
Bitterness is as much a part of the Bears' storied tradition as the T-formation and a bone-crushing defense.
Pick an era and it's not hard to find former Bears who've enjoyed slinging mud at the organization with which they gained national fame. Brian...
| Dec 8, 2013
| 5:50 PM
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...
| 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...
| Oct 22, 2012
| 1:48 PM
Chicago has a TV choice to make tonight, between a presidential debate on foreign policy and that Bears-Lions game at Soldier Field on “Monday Night Football.”
And despite what you may have told yourself, the fact that you have a digital...
| Dec 31, 2012
| 6:33 PM
Getting rid of Lovie Smith does not make the Bears a better team.
Only replacing him with a better coach would.
Jon Gruden? Hearing he's not coming down from the press box.
Bill Cowher has gotten too comfortable wearing makeup.
Mike Holmgren? He...
| Nov 7, 2013
| 6:06 PM
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...
| Oct 25, 2013
| 9:12 AM
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."...