Mike Ditka Laments Ray Rice Suspension: "His Earning Power Is Destroyed"

Mike Ditka is a nasty, miserable, old man, who is paid by ESPN to talk about football in part because he is nasty and miserable and old. So there's really no surprise that when asked to weigh in on Ray Rice being released by the Baltimore Ravens four months after he knocked his then-fiancée unconscious on tape, Ditka… » 9/08/14 6:15pm 9/08/14 6:15pm

Angry Outtakes From Mike Ditka's 1993 SNL Appearance Are Glorious

The Chicago Bears fired legendary coach Mike Ditka on Jan. 5, 1993, Four days later, in Saturday Night Live's cold open, the recurring "Super Fans" characters, famous supporters of "Da Bears," wrote a protest letter to the team, with Ditka himself making a cameo at the end. We've come across footage of him taping that… » 6/18/14 1:35pm 6/18/14 1:35pm

Mike Ditka's "Biggest Mistake" Was Letting Obama Become President

In 2004, Mike Ditka mulled a run for Illinois's vacant senate seat. The prohibitive favorite was state senator Barack Obama, and the Republicans couldn't find someone to go against him. Committee chair George Allen, son of the hall of fame coach, met with Ditka (who described himself as "ultra-ultra-ultra conservative » 10/09/13 4:17pm 10/09/13 4:17pm

Here's Mike Ditka Calling Dan Orlovsky A Polack, Then Apologizing

Mike Ditka comes from a Ukrainian family and grew up amongst people of various Slavic extraction in western Pennsylvania. He inevitably had friends who were Slovakian, Serbian, Bulgarian, Slovenian, or Czech. He also probably knew some Polish people, whom he and everyone else he grew up around called "Polacks." I… » 1/03/12 9:46pm 1/03/12 9:46pm

25 Years And Four Presidents Later, The 1985 Bears Will Finally Visit…

The '85 Chicago Bears are one of the most iconic championship teams in NFL history. Payton. The Fridge. Ditka. McMahon. Buddy Ryan and his 46 defense. That rap song. A 15-1 record in a season that ended with playoff shutouts of the Giants and Rams followed by a 46-10 drubbing of the Patriots in Super Bowl XX. » 10/05/11 11:40am 10/05/11 11:40am

Mike Ditka Is Angry About The Walter Payton Book He Hasn't Read

I'd bet all the money in my pockets against all the money in yours that Mike Ditka hasn't read Jeff Pearlman's revelatory biography of Walter Payton, which was excerpted in this week's Sports Illustrated and which has the Chicago media scurrying to find any old Bear willing to glower at a book he hasn't read either.… » 9/30/11 12:04pm 9/30/11 12:04pm

Mike Ditka's Balance Is Not What It Used To Be

I've never been to a celebrity roast for anyone but I like to think this happens every time. Paul Hornung takes the stage and welcomes the roastee to the rostrum, roastee is wasted, knocks over his own table when standing, and then crumbles to the ground when shoved by Hornung. See Mr. Bear's finest moment after the… » 7/17/08 4:00pm 7/17/08 4:00pm

Your Arena Bowl Champions: The Chicago Rush (As If You Didn't Know)

Somewhere deep down, Mike Ditka has to be wondering about the irony of it all. In 20 short years he's gone from Baddest Coach on the Planet to someone who actually cares about the outcome of the Arena Bowl. Sad, really. It was in 1986, of course, when Ditka led the Bears to victory in Super Bowl XX, chewing furiously… » 6/12/06 12:00pm 6/12/06 12:00pm