In 1986, shortly before the Super Bowl champion Chicago Bears were prepared to make the annual champions' trip to the White House and meet President Ronald Reagan, the Challenger exploded. The Bears' White House visit was canceled and subsequently forgotten—until, that is October 2011, when rabid Bears fan Barack…
The Stacks' Alex Belth has a fun interview with Rich Cohen, author Monsters, the book about the '85 Bears that we excerpted yesterday. There's a lot of good stuff in there, but I'm particularly taken with the anecdote below, which isn't about the Bears at all.
Adapted from Monsters: The 1985 Chicago Bears and the Wild Heart of Football (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), available now.
Rich Cohen's new book Monsters: The 1985 Chicago Bears and the Wild Heart of Football drops next month and it's a ton of fun (more on Rich and the book in the weeks to come). Meanwhile, here's a story on Mike Ditka he wrote for the Atlantic a few years ago:
Today gives the start of the NFL season. What better place to start than Rich Cohen's excellent portrait of Ed and Steve Sabol? The league as we know it is hard to imagine without them. Published last October in the Atlantic, here's "They Taught America How to Watch Football":