He does not seem made of flesh and blood. It is a summer day some years ago and I am looking at his head. Look…it is the color and shape of a gigantic tomato, the sort that wins prizes and "wows" at a county fair. Look at his hair: It is like one of those sleek bicycle helmets.
The Chicago Bears. That is supposed to mean something. But right now, I'm not sure it does.Instead, it shines brightly as a symbol of incompetency and joke football. Is it the heart? Is it the soul? The brains?
So the Bears are now 4-3. The rhetoric in the locker room yesterday was that this record is identical to last year's team - and look how that turned out. I hate to be the guy who says it, but wasn't the plan to be better than last year?
The 1985 Chicago Bears were on a roll. On October 13 they'd invaded San Francisco and returned home with a decisive victory over the 49ers. By beating the defending Super Bowl champs that Sunday afternoon, the Bears had run their record to 6-0.Now it was just past midnight, early Monday morning.
Ozzie Guillen is out as the manager of the Chicago White Sox. How do we feel, Chicago? Sure, he has underachieved since the World Series in '05, but there was a World Series in '05. Sure, he annoyed us with his 'woe is me' act, but his act was the best in baseball. Sure, he said too much.
When I was 11 years old, this was the Packers team I knew. They were terrible and couldn't play with the Chicago Bears. So what did they do? They took cheap shots all over the field, all the time. And they prided themselves on it.
The 1985 Bears hold a special place in the hearts of Chicago sports fans. On the field, they decimated opponents on their way to Super Bowl victory. And off the field, their personalities were as big, or bigger than, their athletic talents.