WBEZ | Mike Ditka http://www.wbez.org/tags/mike-ditka Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Iron Mike http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-11/iron-mike-103943 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Ditka%20flickr%20Danielhedrick.jpg" style="float: left; width: 360px; height: 480px;" title="(Flickr/Daniel Hedrick)" /></div><p>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&hellip;it is the color and shape of a gigantic tomato, the sort that wins prizes and &quot;wows&quot; at a county fair. Look at his hair: It is like one of those sleek bicycle helmets. And look how he walks, with a limp so pronounced that it hurts to watch him, as if his legs were made of wood.</p><p>He is Mike Ditka and he stands for something. He&#39;s got character. He&#39;s an American. He&#39;s loyal. He&#39;s hard-working. He&#39;s paid his dues. And he&#39;s unafraid of being himself.</p><p>That&#39;s why everybody wants a piece of him, to be near him. It&#39;s enough for a lot of people just to be near a picture of Ditka. He is no longer a sports figure&mdash;he has become an American icon.&nbsp;<br />And a Chicago phenomenon.&nbsp;</p><p>It has been many, many years since he has held a steady job in Chicago. He&#39;s nearly three decades removed from coaching the Bears to a Super Bowl victory. It has been longer still since he last donned a helmet and shoulder pads.&nbsp;But Ditka&#39;s popularity in Chicago is extraordinary.</p><p>On any given night or during Sunday afternoons during the football season, the largest gathering of what might be called Ditkaholics can be found at Mike Ditka&#39;s Restaurant at 100 E. Chestnut St.&nbsp;There isn&#39;t a night there that you won&#39;t hear someone say, &ldquo;Hey, he&#39;s upstairs. Ditka&#39;s here.&rdquo; You know he is out of town but you go upstairs anyway and there&#39;s some guy who looks just like Mike---the hair, the mustache, the cigar. After a while you start to think half the guys in Chicago look like Mike.&nbsp;</p><p>The place is packed with Ditka look-alikes or wannabes, perusing a menu filled with such items as Da Pork Chop, Kick-Ass Paddle Steak, Training Table Pot Roast and Smashed Potatoes. The prices end in .20, .63 and .89, corresponding to, respectively, Super Bowl XX, the year Ditka joined the Bears and his jersey number.</p><p>Ditka&#39;s image is everywhere. The restaurant&#39;s walls are covered with photos of him, as well as other sports stars. There is his caricature on the beer taps and mugs; on cigar bands and matchbooks; on the shirts and hats sold at a gift counter; on the dinner plates and the backs of bar stools.&nbsp;</p><p>The face is even stamped into every pat of butter.</p><p>Ditka&#39;s hard-working, fun-loving and crazy. What&#39;s not to love? He&#39;s genuine. Nothing he does is an act. There is always a cauldron boiling under the surface and it often erupts. This is a man with no hidden agenda. The agenda&#39;s right up there in your face.&nbsp;</p><p>Ditka was carved from the foothills of western Pennsylvania in the rough mill town of Aliquippa, north of Pittsburgh, escaping the steelworker&#39;s life and traveling a road that took him to all-America honors at the University of Pittsburgh; a Hall of Fame career as a tight end for the Bears, the Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys; and a coaching job for eight years in Dallas.&nbsp;</p><p>In 1982 he wrote a letter to his former coach and the owner of the Bears:&nbsp;<br />&quot;Dear Mr. Halas:&nbsp;<br />I want to come back. I am a Bear.&quot;</p><p>And so he did. And so will he ever be.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F68068309&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p></p> Mon, 19 Nov 2012 15:06:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-11/iron-mike-103943 Do the Chicago Bears rival the Boston Red Sox for worst collapse of 2011? http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-12-19/do-chicago-bears-rival-boston-red-sox-worst-collapse-2011-95006 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2011-December/2011-12-19/AP111218041502.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Chicago Bears. That is supposed to mean something. But right now, I'm not sure it does.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-December/2011-12-19/AP111218041502.jpg" title="" width="512" height="341"></p><p>Instead, it shines brightly as a symbol of incompetency and joke football. Is it the heart? Is it the soul? The brains? But more times than not this season we have watched football on par with the Indianapolis Colts - even with Cutler and Forte healthy. And then there were flashes of brilliance, that same feeling you had when the Bears beat up the Seahawks last year in the playoffs. That is the Bears we signed up for. We signed up for a team that had swagger, that had talent, that had heart. We showed up for the Bears team that stuck it to Atlanta on opening day. And/or the Bears squad that pummeled Michael Vick and the Eagles. We showed up when it dismantled the Lions. We've showed up ever since. Too bad the team didn't.</p><p>It's the mark of a coach, too. Because I remember the coach of all coaches (Da Bears) getting handed crappy quarterback after crappy quarterback and still grinding out 10-0-type wins. Nope, not this squad. When the chips were down, this squad sputtered, flopped, choked and gave up. That's not a glowing endorsement of the head coach, whose job is to motivate players to play.</p><p>But guess what? The NFL has changed. There is no way that a mobile, active quarterback will make it 17 weeks. You have to have a capable second player. They learned that in running backs. They learned it even in wide receivers. But teams can't afford to pay back-ups (or choose not to) and take their chances and hope they don't get burned. I have to say, if Forte went down but we still had Cutler, we would be the No. 5 seed and very much in the playoff hunt. So I guess that's on the GM. As we've heard day after day after day for the last month, "We are happy with our quarterback situation."</p><p>It just seems to be that the Bears brass has led this team to a 50/50 split. And right now, we are seeing the other half.</p><p>So if the Bears go out and lose the next two games, will we be talking about the 2011 team as one of the biggest choke-artists in Bears history? Where do they stack up against other Chicago sports? Or in 2011? The Red Sox and the Braves faltered down the stretch in their race for the wild card. If the Bears go from 7-3 to 7-9, will it be Chicago legend?<br> <br> <strong>Here are some very quick, random observations from yesterday's game: </strong></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-December/2011-12-19/AP111218052798.jpg" style="width: 507px; height: 337px;" title="If losing didn't kill your morale, a good ole fashioned neck injury did (AP) "><br> &nbsp;</p><p>The Bears were sloppy at the top of this game. Penalties, turnovers, tense neck injuries. Whoah Johnny, that was quite a hit. I'm glad Knox is okay. The slow-motion replays on that play were gruesome. And Fox seemed to really enjoy showing it over and over. Knox did the thumbs up while being carted off, and Fox missed the thumb - it was obscured. That's a money shot right there. Gotta get it, guys. But Knox is okay. Probably out for the year, but not for life.</p><ul><li>With Knox out, we could see some other guys get a shot. What's that Hurd guy up to? (What, too soon?)</li><li>I hate the Seahawks. But as fans, we share each other's pain. The Seahawks are now coming on? What about earlier in the season, guys? If you didn't start so poorly, you'd be in the playoff race. Instead, you have teased a city. I guess it's better than winning early and blowing four straight to get bumped OUT of the playoff race.</li><li>Is it Nathan Enderle time? I don't want to watch Josh McCown. We got a glimpse of him wearing the benign #15 jersey. He looked sooo like a back-up quarterback. Give Enderle a shot. I would much rather watch a untested rookie outplay expectations than watch a crusty veteran underplay them.</li><li>Julius Peppers is a beast. Now he's forcing fumbles for TDs. This guy is sooo good. It's a pleasure to watch him play football every week. I hope he plays the rest of his football here in town.<i> <a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/">Paper Machete</a></i><a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/"> host Christopher Piatt</a> had a great joke last week: "I don't know football. I always thought Julius Peppers was a Lettuce Entertain You restaurant."</li><li>It's funny how we all now look at Cutler and say, "Yeah man, now we realize how great Jay Cutler is." What I liked about Good Jay Cutler (as opposed to Bad Jay) was the halftime adjustments. When Cutler and the Bears are on their game, they do a great job making adjustments. With Hanie, they regress. Same coaches, same plays - so it has to be the QB, right? Cause Hanie just looks awful after the half. In all four games, he has been awful. Last week in Denver was his best, but this one was definitely his worst. Also, I miss Cutler's look. Cutler looks sooo mad when they are losing. He even flashes the famed "I couldn't give a care" look. It's almost always when they are losing. But Hanie? His look is "Why did I throw that?!?" or "I'm so mad at myself!" or "Where am I?"</li><li>I've kind of got that Cutler look going on in this post. I couldn't give a care about the Bears anymore. C'mon guys, let's go hit Rush Street.&nbsp;</li></ul><p>Here are some pictures pulled off the AP wire:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-December/2011-12-19/AP111218030216.jpg" title="Chicago, welcome your new Cutler and Forte (AP)" width="399" height="512"></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-December/2011-12-19/AP111218039043.jpg" title="The warrior. Tavaris strikes fear. (AP) " width="367" height="512"><br> <br> <img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-December/2011-12-19/AP111218046006.jpg" title="Santa is a camera slut (AP) " width="512" height="361"></p><p style="text-align: center;"><br> <img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-December/2011-12-19/AP111218023633.jpg" title="Can someone tell Marshawn that they make smaller headphones? (AP) " width="357" height="512"></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-December/2011-12-19/AP111218033194.jpg" title="Is Peppers conducting an improv workshop? (AP) " width="512" height="341"></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-December/2011-12-19/AP111218042781.jpg" title="When did this guy score? Why don't we just let every Seahawk in the end zone? (AP) " width="512" height="333"></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-December/2011-12-19/AP111218034390.jpg" title="Oh, I guess we are letting everyone in (AP) " width="380" height="512"></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-December/2011-12-19/AP111218042971.jpg" title="Run! Run! Don't fall down! Okay, you know he fell down (AP) " width="512" height="321"></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-December/2011-12-19/AP111218040421.jpg" title="Even the Bears no-name players are scratching their heads (AP) " width="512" height="341"></p></p> Mon, 19 Dec 2011 13:44:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-12-19/do-chicago-bears-rival-boston-red-sox-worst-collapse-2011-95006 The Bears are 4-3. Which, according to the players and coaches, is exactly where they want to be? http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-10-24/bears-are-4-3-which-according-players-and-coaches-exactly-where-they <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2011-October/2011-10-24/AP111023095024.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" height="349" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-October/2011-10-24/AP111023095024.jpg" title="Look at those choppers! (AP/London)" width="512"></p><p>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? 4-3 is fine for an upstart, but for a team that has Super Bowl aspirations, 4-3 seems to be a bit of a letdown. Maybe they can run the table and end 13-3. Maybe lose a few and still make the playoffs. But make no mistake: this team has yet to impress us. The last two games have shown glimpses of what we expected this year, but the Jekyll and Hyde Bears still have work to do.</p><p>Chicago is not a 'slow-start' town. Fans respect when teams come out of the gates blazing. We jump on quick and ride the train. We don't have a lot of patience for a .500 performance at the break. We are spoiled.&nbsp; Blame it on Ditka and Jordan, I guess.</p><p><strong>Here are some other random observations from yesterday's game: </strong></p><p>I had a technical snafu yesterday. Set my DVR for the game and made sure to have the ole' extended play cover if the game went past it's alotted time on the Comcast grid. Well, the game did and the DVR didn't. So with about 5 min to play, the game ended for me. Luckily, I was able to catch highlights, but that was a very depressing moment. So I've asked my colleague Kate Dries to sum up the ending, since she watched the Bears for the first time this season (and quite possibly, in her life):</p><blockquote><p>"Um, they won and it was really close and everyone was upset because it wasn't by a lot. "</p></blockquote><p>Well said.</p><p>I watched most of the game in fast forward. Here's what it looked like:</p><p>Two national anthems, Jay Cutler found the British one amusing; <em>Tower Heist </em>is coming out; Ford Trucks; Fox robot was all over the place; game was played at night; Moose had a drab suit on; Siragusa put on a top hat; Mike Martz threw down his pencil; Tampa had, like, 30 injuries; Budweiser; Roger Goodell was in the booth; Bud Light; new TV shows; Briggs played cricket; and a knight dressed like a Raiders fan. Did I miss anything?</p><p>Oh, London! The game was played in London! I loved the Fox approach to show as many goofy, British fans as possible. The 'Ha! They wish they knew how to be fans of this sport' camera shots were funny initially, boring later, annoying at last. If they wanted to give us a good feel for a game in London, they should have played local British commercials. Or <em>Fawlty Towers</em> at halftime.&nbsp;</p><p>Is there an Occupy London? If I were Occupy London, I would have been all over this NFL game. Maybe they were and Fox just didn't show it. Personally, I was expecting much more hooliganism from the crowd. So imagine my surprise when I found this AP picture this morning.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" height="271" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-October/2011-10-24/AP111023048577.jpg" title="" width="512"></p><p>Fox just didn't show it. Run, dude run! Also, here's a picture of the pre-game festivities, featuring the great British band, the Goo-Goo Dolls.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" height="285" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-October/2011-10-24/AP111023043107.jpg" title="" width="512"></p><p>Seriously? The Verve wasn't available? What about Coldplay? We'd even take The Proclaimers over the Goo-Goo Dolls.</p><p>Did I hear Coach Lovie actually say "We're a good football team" in his post-game press conference? I wonder if he has any thought in his head when he says that. Does he think "Oh boy, I shouldn't say that again. I say that too much. Every year. Don't say 'Rex is our quarterback...don't say Rex is our quarterback..."</p><p>Wow, it's starting to be very apparent: If the Bears D-line plays well, the Bears win. Julius Peppers is a beast. Not a bad showing for the offensive line, either. They are run blockers.</p><p>Also, this would be a good week to pay Matt Forte. Here's my rationale:</p><p>If you pay him now, you will definitely have to pay top dollar. If he gets hurt in the next nine games, you will still have to pay him top dollar (unless it is career ending). One of the reasons for not paying him might be motivation. If he is seeking a contract, he will play better. But in this case, Forte might actually be seeking historic numbers. He's within reach of 2,000 yards. So money is less of a motivating factor. And frankly, the Bears organization is taking a black eye over this. Every week, it's a storyline. So for Angelo to continue to say "We don't want a contract distraction during the season" is kind of bogus.</p><p>Also, it's a bye week. You don't have to worry about distractions.</p><p>You know who I like? Chris Conte. Maybe it's the weird arm tattoo. But I like his style. He roughed up Kellen Winslow a bit after Winslow beat him for a touchdown. At first, it looked like Winslow was overreacting, but when you saw the replay, Conte just took a nice, petite cheap shot after the play was over. You like that in your safety.</p><p>Do you feel like Urlacher and Briggs are household characters? Fox seems to seek them out whenever they are together on the sideline or doing off-field antics. Are they the real face of the Chicago Bears? Whenever one of them makes a play, the other defenders go crazy congratulating them (especially Briggs after the interception). I ran into a NY Jets fan on Staten Island a few weeks back and he said to me, "Hey, Bears fan, eh? They are brutal. Love the defense though. Better pay Forte." So I guess that's sort of what this team is? Brutal, defensive and cheap?</p><p>So a week off. Then? Michael Vick and the Eagles. Yep, the playoff push begins. The Bears have the Eagles, Lions, Vikings, Packers, Seahawks and the AFC West left to play. Not bad.</p></p> Mon, 24 Oct 2011 13:55:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-10-24/bears-are-4-3-which-according-players-and-coaches-exactly-where-they 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 Videos: The greatest moments of Chicago's greatest baseball manager, Ozzie Guillen http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-09-27/videos-greatest-moments-chicagos-greatest-baseball-manager-ozzie-gui <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2011-September/2011-09-27/AP080805017706.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-27/AP080805017706.jpg" title="(AP)" width="383" height="512"></p><p>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. But hell, it was never too much.</p><p>Ozzie Guillen spent enough time in Chicago as a player, coach and local celebrity to be placed in a very elite class. Ditka, Royko, Oprah, Daley, Harold, Ernie, Rhino, Walter, Billy Corgan, Ozzie Guillen. Not to mention that we might be the most famous Latino in Chicago history.</p><p>But will he stay that way? Or will he move on and be a footnote in Chicago history? Something says Ozzie won't keep roots in the area. Something tells me he has been longing to go to Miami for years. But will Chicagoans remember him? Will we have Ozzie statues at the Cell and Ozzie honorary street signs?</p><p>Or will it take one Cubs World Series run for collective Chicago to forget him?</p><p>I really enjoyed Ozzie Guillen's time in Chicago. I have a soft spot for the manager with the big mouth. Why? It's because baseball can be a lot like politics. And nobody likes that. It seems like baseball and most professional sports go out of their way to limit information and spin everything to the media masses. It's not about who you are, but what you say and how you look. The media is not your friend. You play this game in spite of the media.</p><p>But then there's Ozzie. He seemed to embrace his role as the spokesperson and court jester of the South Side squad. He may or may not have liked the media, but he seemed to know that the media was the best way for him to continually entertain his team's fans. Whether it was a well-timed rant or a strange tirade, Ozzie made headlines like a baker makes bread. It was second nature.</p><p>During the waning days of old Comiskey, I went to a game and was fortunate to catch a foul ball. It was from the bat of Ozzie Guillen, who attempted a bunt and popped it up behind first base. It hit my friend's dad in the arm (because he had two beers in his hands) and ricocheted into my hands. I'm sure my friend's Dad was mad, but he couldn't take the ball from a 12 year old. So the only foul ball I ever caught was from Ozzie Guillen.</p><p>And don't forget Ozzie's penchant for local show biz. Ozzie's radio spots and famed Crosstown Classic Subway commercials were downright hilarious. They were hilarious because of his delivery, mostly. He was a classic showman who took acting seriously. In other words, he tried so hard:</p><p>Here are some other great moments in Ozzie Guillen history (from a simple search of YouTube):</p><p>Ozzie was a ham. He loved to be on camera or to be the center of attention. In this first famous clip, Ozzie plays a crucial role in coming to the aid of his catcher, AJ Pierzynski. AJ was doing wrestling in the offseason and then taped a quick bit at spring training with a wrestler/announcer. Yep, you guessed it: Ozzie actually hits someone with a chair.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/mj50-Iy2GCk" width="560" frameborder="0" height="410"></iframe></p><p>With Ozzie's departure, we lose a time honored tradition of having our coaches and local sports celebrities hawking cars. Lovie does it a bit, but for the most part you aren't seeing Tom Thibideaux or Mike Quade telling you about low APR financing. That's becoming a relic of local Chicago. But Ozzie had some of the best commercials in the history of local cars.&nbsp; I am looking for the Chevrolet radio spots, but this was might take the cake. It's an awesome "South Side/North Side" Dodge rap commercial. Could someone please write a sitcom for Pinella and Guillen?</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Bz0sSz-rfRw" width="560" frameborder="0" height="410"></iframe></p><p>And of course, here's one for Chevy:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/bA97yi6g8JA" width="560" frameborder="0" height="315"></iframe></p><p>And how bout a classic expletive-laden rant: This was expected from Ozzie about nine times a year. In this clip, he just doesn't seem to care that the cameras are rolling. Vintage Ozzie:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/X6Mho9Xm_R4" width="560" frameborder="0" height="315"></iframe></p><p>Ozzie had a great little act going with umpire Joe West. West didn't like Ozzie's antics and routinely threw him out of games. After one ejection, Ozzie goes off in the locker room and throws out the famous quote: 'Nobody comes to the park to watch Joe West umpire...'</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/e0NpByX9zJA" width="560" frameborder="0" height="410"></iframe></p><p>Ozzie never pulled punches when it came to commenting on news or celebrity. He seemed to thrive off giving his opinion, most notably about his home country of Venezuela. He made headlines by going after actor Sean Penn, who was on a pro-Venezuelan press blitz at the time. Ozzie took umbrage.&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/MQDePpREDDg" width="560" frameborder="0" height="315"></iframe></p><p>As I watched these clips, I realized just how important Ozzie Guillen has been to the White Sox and the city of Chicago. Not just as a manager, but a South Side super hero. It's a sad day in Chicago. But hopefully, he will chart a course that will keep him in Chicago's hearts forever.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/1Oa7ZyzS4VM" width="560" frameborder="0" height="410"></iframe></p></p> Tue, 27 Sep 2011 15:54:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-09-27/videos-greatest-moments-chicagos-greatest-baseball-manager-ozzie-gui 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 talk about today's hard hits http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/1985-bears-talk-about-todays-hard-hits <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2010-November/2010-11-04/cutler down resize.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>In October, National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell sent a <a href="http://www.sportsillustrated.com/2010/football/nfl/10/20/goodell.text.ap/index.html">memo</a> to all 32 teams teams with a message expressing the league's priority to protect its players. He warned players of potential suspensions and instructed officials to exercise their authority.<br /><br />Some think recent fines are excessive and ineffective. Others think enforcement will interfere with the game Americans love. So we asked Chicago's most beloved team. Former coach Mike Ditka and players from the Bears 1985 Super Bowl team talked about the recent uproar.</p></p> Thu, 04 Nov 2010 21:51:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/1985-bears-talk-about-todays-hard-hits