Why haven't the Chicago Bears retired #89 for Mike Ditka yet? Is it over grudges and hurt feelings because of things said after Ditka was fired as head coach of the Bears?
The Bears should let bygones be bygones and honor Mike Ditka by retiring the number he wore as a player: 89. Whether Bears management wants to admit it or not, "Da Coach" is as synonymous with the Bears as Walter Payton, Gale Sayers, Dick Butkus, Sid Luckman and "Papa Bear" George Halas.
Da' Coach is a 'true' Chicago sports icon, legendary Bears player and coach, and has long been associated with the Bears. I find it hard to understand why Da' Coach's # 89 hasn't been retired in the past and the only reason I can think of is petty arguments with the McCaskey Family, most notably Michael, which should been laid to rest years ago. And, the excuse of running out of numbers in the 80's for receivers is 'moot' because receivers are now allowed to wear numbers from 10 through 19 now.
And, It must be a 'real slap in the face' for Da' Coach to watch players with marginal or minimal talent (Terry Stoepel, Bob Wallace, Mel Tom, James Scott, Mitch Krenk, Keith Ortego, Will Johnson, James Coley, Ryan Wetnight, Kelly Blackwell, Dustin Lyman, Fontel Mines, Richard Angulo, and now Matt Spaeth) wear his # 89 number as it was for Billy Williams, Ron Santo, Pierre Pilote, Fergie Jenkins, Greg Maddux,and Dick Butkus before their numbers were finally retired and taken out of circulation by other Chicago teams.
C'mon Bears retire # 89 for Da' Coach and bring him back to the team where he belongs.
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