Archive for December 2013

My favorite Bears vs. Packers game

It was a meaningless game played on a very meaningful day. December 7th, 1980. Pearl Harbor Day. Both teams ended up the 1980 season with below .500 records. The injury plagued Packers finished at 5-10-1 while the Bears were 7-9 at the conclusion of their schedule. But this one game provided every Bears fan with a... Read more »

The Bears road to the playoffs circa 1979

We all know that the Bears and their biggest rivals, the Green Bay Packers, are set to square off tomorrow in a win or go home game that will send one team into the playoffs and one to the off season. It is basically the NFC North division championship. And that simple scenario has brought back memories for me... Read more »

The amazing life of the Bears' Willie Gault is diversification personified

Willie James Gault was born in Griffin, Georgia on September 5, 1960 to parents who were both textile mill workers. He lived a rather normal childhood and excelled at both track and football in high school. Even earning all-state honors for football in both his junior and senior seasons. After high school Willie entered college... Read more »

The Blackhawks' Tony Amonte was a long streak of lightning

Tony Amonte was born on August 2, 1970 in the small town of Hingham, Massachusetts about 15 miles south of Boston. Growing up Tony practically lived at the rink. When he wasn’t on skates he was playing street or driveway hockey. For high school Amonte’s parents sent him to locally renowned prep school, Thayer Academy in Braintree, Mass. It... Read more »

The injustice of Mike Ditka's number retirement ceremony on Monday Night Football

“Iron Mike” Ditka got his number retired on Monday Night Football with the Bears playing against Ditka’s “other” team, the Dallas Cowboys. The fact that this happened is not an injustice. Not at all. In fact, doing it at halftime of a nationally televised game; Against the team he ended his career with; And went on... Read more »

Paul Walker's death may show the world the true meaning of "other half"

I did not know Paul Walker. I, along with countless other movie goers, considered him a fine actor. And I do not know Vin Diesal. But ditto on his acting ability. I do not pretend to know the depth and breadth of the pain being felt by the passing of Mr. Walker. I do know... Read more »

December 2, 1985- Monday Night Football-"The Blemish"

It’s amazing how one Monday night football game against the Miami Dolphins has been replayed in the minds of Chicago Bears fans for nearly three decades now. And December 2nd has become an infamous date on the calendar. It was the night Dan Marino messed with perfection. Going into week #13 of the 1985 season everything was going the... Read more »