WBEZ | 1985 bears http://www.wbez.org/tags/1985-bears Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Da Coach is Busted http://www.wbez.org/blog/john-r-schmidt/2011-10-14/da-coach-busted-92142 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-October/2011-10-14/10-14--Ditka.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>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.</p><p>Now it was just past midnight, early Monday morning. On the Tri-State Tollway north of Touhy, a state trooper spotted a Mercedes speeding and weaving. He pulled the car over. Sitting behind the wheel of the Mercedes was Bears' head coach Mike Ditka.</p><p>Ditka was taken to a state police station. He was charged with speeding, improper lane usage, and driving under the influence of alcohol. He refused to take a Breathalyzer test, which meant a fourth citation. After surrendering his driver's license and posting $100 bond, "Da Coach" took a cab home.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" height="357" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-18/10-14--Ditka.jpg" title="" width="485"></p><p>The incident soon became public. Many fans were angry at the police for arresting Ditka. They clogged phone lines in protest. Secretary of State Jim Edgar finally had to issue a statement defending the cops. Edgar said the lesson to be learned was "no matter who you are, don't drink and drive."</p><p>A police spokesman said Ditka had been "very polite" while in custody. When questioned by reporters the next day, the coach said "I have no animosity toward anybody. I'm in complete agreement with our state police. I understand their job, and have great respect for them."</p><p>Meanwhile, the Bears announced beer sales would be halted at halftime during next Monday night's game. The 8 p.m. kickoff time was given as the reason--there had been ugly Monday night incidents in other cities, and many teams were trying to cut back alcohol consumption at their games. The Chicago beer ban had been discussed for weeks, and had nothing to do with the coach's troubles.</p><p>Ditka's case went to court four months later. He was fined $300 and had his driver's license suspended for six months. By that time the Bears had gone on to a 15-1 regular season, capped by a victory in the Super Bowl.</p><p>Mike Ditka remained the Bears' head coach through the end of the 1992 season. As of this writing, the team has not won another Super Bowl.</p></p> Fri, 14 Oct 2011 12:15:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/john-r-schmidt/2011-10-14/da-coach-busted-92142 Video: This is why Chicagoans in their 30s hate the Packers http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/video-why-chicagoans-their-30s-hate-packers <p><p style="text-align: center;"><object height="344" width="425"><param value="http://www.youtube.com/v/XwFk_TdRu_0?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" name="movie" /><param value="true" name="allowFullScreen" /><param value="always" name="allowscriptaccess" /><embed height="344" width="425" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/XwFk_TdRu_0?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US"></embed></object></p><p>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. Not winning or playing good football, just being thugs for thugs sake. <br /><br />As a veteran football fan, teams that are inadequate on the field and take out their frustrations through thuggery and cheap shots are not honorable or tough. They are just losers. So I think this is the source of my dislike of the Green Bay Packers. What yours?</p><p>Best part of this video:&nbsp;Johnny Morris doing color commentary. And Ditka in the trenchcoat (later in video).</p><p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 19 Jan 2011 16:08:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/video-why-chicagoans-their-30s-hate-packers The 1985 Bears: Celebrating 25 years http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/1985-bears-celebrating-25-years-0 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/85 bears.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>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. Since this is the 25th anniversary of that great team, &quot;Eight Forty-Eight&quot; thought it would be nice to get some memories from the players and from &quot;Da Coach,&quot; Mike Ditka. </p><p><br />They were a team unlike any other: The players were icons; the play--inspired. Twenty-five years later, their remarkable 1985 season lives on as the most celebrated in&nbsp;Chicago history. From the shuffle to the Super Bowl, &quot;Eight Forty-Eight&quot; looks back.</p><p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.bearshistory.com/seasons/1985chicagobears.aspx">The 1985 Chicago Bears</a> lost only one regular season game. And they capped it all off with a decisive win, not to mention their first Super Bowl.</p><p>More than a few diehard fans consider them the greatest NFL team of all time.</p><p>The players reunited in November at the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.ariecrown.com/">Allstate Glory Days Legends of the &rsquo;85 Bears Reunion at Chicago&rsquo;s Arie Crown Theater</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 21 Dec 2010 20:55:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/1985-bears-celebrating-25-years-0 The 1985 Bears: Celebrating 25 years http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/1985-bears-celebrating-25-years <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2010-November/2010-11-04/dabearsRESIZE.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>They were a team unlike any other. The players were icons. The play, inspired. 25 years later, their remarkable 1985 season lives on as the most celebrated in&nbsp;Chicago history. From the shuffle to the Super Bowl, we look back.</p><p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.bearshistory.com/seasons/1985chicagobears.aspx">The 1985 Chicago Bears</a> lost only one regular season game. And they capped it all off with a decisive win, not to mention their first Super Bowl.</p><p>More than a few diehard fans consider them the greatest NFL team of all time.</p><p>Friday, many of them will reunite for the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.ariecrown.com/">Allstate Glory Days Legends of the &rsquo;85 Bears Reunion at Chicago&rsquo;s Arie Crown Theater</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 04 Nov 2010 15:06:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/1985-bears-celebrating-25-years