"I Ain't No Damned Monkey On A String": The Sadness Of Sweetness After Super Bowl XX

Today the 1985 Chicago Bears were finally honored at the White House—25 years after their 46-10 romp over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XX. (The original trip was canceled because of the Challenger explosion.) That Super Bowl was memorable for many reasons—the headbands of Jim McMahon, the spectacle of… »10/07/11 2:50pm10/07/11 2:50pm


Just Read The Damn Book: Welcome To The Sweetness Bash

Between 2003 and 2009, I wrote four books. That means, on four different occasions, I've gone through the your-book-is-out-so-pimp-it-to-the-max drill of AM local news television interviews ("So Jim, why write a book about the '87 Mets?"); call-in sports talk radio shows ("You couldn't carry Lupica's jock, you ass… »10/06/11 3:45pm10/06/11 3:45pm

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

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 11:40am10/05/11 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 12:04pm9/30/11 12:04pm