"Iron Mike Coldly Leaves Jim Gray": Your Best Mike Ditka Stories

Last month we ran your best Mike Ditka stories, and at the same time solicited for more. Our readers came through, so here is the second volume of Mike Ditka stories. As always, if you have a story about Mike Ditka—or anybody else—that you think we'd find interesting, you can share it in the comments or send it on to » 12/02/14 12:07am 12/02/14 12:07am

"He Reeked Of Jim Beam And Slim Jims": Your Best Mike Ditka Stories

Yesterday we posted Andy Richter's telling of Mike Ditka doing "one of the most senselessly arrogant & aggressive things" he'd ever witnessed. It seems that nearly everybody that has ever stepped foot in Chicago has a Mike Ditka story, usually involving cigars, booze, or both. Below are some of our favorites that… » 11/06/14 4:36pm 11/06/14 4:36pm

Watch Action Bronson Have An Extremely Awkward Meal With Mike Ditka

Queens rapper Action Bronson is pretty great, in part because he once called himself "The Young Randy Velarde" on a track, and in part because he hosts a food show on the internet that is called Fuck, That's Delicious. The most recent episode of the show brought Bronson into contact with shitty old man Mike Ditka, and… » 11/04/14 11:16am 11/04/14 11:16am

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