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Charles Woodson joining ESPN's 'Sunday NFL Countdown' team

Charles Woodson is going from the gridiron to the daily grind. The nine-time Pro Bowl cornerback reportedly is joining ESPN’s “Sunday NFL Countdown” team following his retirement last month after 18 seasons in the NFL, according to The Big Lead’s Jason McIntyre. Woodson, who amassed 65 career interceptions, will replace former NFL wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson, who left...
Via NESN.com
1 hour ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Bears: Remember the champions

Tweet +1 Like Share Pin Reddit Last Thursday, ESPN premiered its latest entry into the 30 for 30 series, entitled...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Matt’s Movie Mondays “30 for 30: The ’85 Bears”

Tweet +1 Like Share Pin Reddit ESPN’s hit series “30 for 30,” features several short films that focus on...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

If Johnny Manziel wants help, NFL is ready to give it

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) If Johnny Manziel wants help, the NFL and its players are ready to step in. The troubled quarterback simply has to accept it. ''We wish to give Johnny as much support as he is willing to receive, we can't make anyone do anything,'' Troy Vincent, the NFL's executive vice president of football operations, said Saturday before the NFL Honors show. ''I've seen his...
Via AP on Fox
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Predicting five Super Bowl records that will fall on Sunday

The Super Bowl is a time for betting on ridiculous things. Whether it’s the coin toss, how many times the word “Tebow” is said on the broadcast, or what color Roger Goodell wears (hint: probably black, like his heart) you’ve got a real opportunity to make cash by wagering on things few have ever imagined possible. And while I may not be qualified to guess how many times Mike...
Via Bloguin Best
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Singletary actually does a halfway decent Ditka impression

Former Chicago Bears linebacker Mike Singletary and head coach Mike Ditka spent a lot of time around each other in the 1980s, when they were building one of the most dominant defenses in NFL history.As a result, Singletary can do a pretty good Ditka impression.Via ESPN Films 30 for 30 on Twitter:Singletary, Ditka and the rest of the 1985 Bears have been doing some reminiscing recently...
Via Fox Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Ron Rivera using Mike Ditka’s advice from time as Chicago Bear

Tweet +1 Like Share Pin Reddit As the Carolina Panthers prepare for Super Bowl 50, Head Coach Ron Rivera is sharing...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Ditka: NFL Scouting Combine is 'a ridiculous meat market'

Hall of Fame player and head coach Mike Ditka thinks scouting practices have gone a bit too far. While reminiscing about the 1985 Chicago Bears team in a joint piece with Rick Telander of the Chicago Sun-Times, he slammed all the tests and measurements that take place at the NFL Scouting Combine.Ditka pointed to two of the best defenders on the '85 Bears team -- linebacker Mike...
Via Fox Sports
15 days ago  |  Discuss

QUIZ: Name the players who wore the fourteen retired numbers of the Chicago Bears

Can you name the players who wore the fourteen retired numbers of the Chicago Bears? Clue: Years active
16 days ago  |  Discuss

30 years later, '85 Bears still remembered as one of NFL's best teams

Tuesday marked the 30th anniversary of the Chicago Bears' victory in Super Bowl XX. With that win, the 1985 Bears completed one of the most dominant seasons in NFL history.To this date, that Bears team is widely regarded as one of the best ever. In celebration of the city's most recent league championship, the Chicago Sun-Times printed a throwback front page featuring a photo of...
Via Fox Sports
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Ron Rivera remembers what Mike Ditka told '85 Bears before Super Bowl

Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera is headed to Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara, California, where his team will take on the Denver Broncos. This isn't his first trip to the big game, though; he was a member of the 1985 Chicago Bears team that won Super Bowl XX.Rivera still remembers a couple lessons Hall of Fame head coach Mike Ditka taught that Bears team in the days leading...
Via Fox Sports
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Ron Rivera passing along Mike Ditka’s advice to Panthers

Ron Rivera is on the brink of winning his first Super Bowl as an NFL head coach, but the former All-American linebacker has championship experience as a player. Not only that, but Rivera got to learn from one of the greatest coaches of all time when he played nine seasons under Mike Ditka with the Chicago Bears. And now, as he prepares his 17-1 team for its toughest test of the...
Via Larry Brown Sports
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Somehow Gary Kubiak is coaching Denver in Super Bowl

Watching the Denver Broncos close out the AFC Championship Game on Sunday, my thoughts turned to the Simpsons. (And no, not simply because Homer was once gifted ownership of the team by former boss Hank Scorpio. “It’s not the Dallas Cowboys, but it’s a start.” My how things have changed.) No, the moment that I couldn’t help but recall was from the show’s 4th season...
Via The Comeback
17 days ago  |  Discuss

ESPN 30/30 special on ’85 Chicago Bears this Thursday

Tweet +1 Like Share Pin Reddit It’s nearly been thirty years since the Chicago Bears haven’t hoisted the trophy...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Panthers practice in snow preparing for NFC Championship Game (photo)

Preparing for the cold conditions they’ll face in the NFC Championship Game against the Arizona Cardinals, the Carolina Panthers practiced on a snowy field Friday preparing for Sunday’s game. Warmups. ❄❄❄ pic.twitter.com/eQcJOChwBm — Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) January 22, 2016 Peeping that skyline in the distance, it sure looks like some nasty weather coming in...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Funny Friday: Chicago Bears Urlacher’s hair seeded by Ditka mustache clippings

Tweet +1 Like Share Pin Reddit (this piece is satirical in nature) By now who hasn’t seen Brian Urlacher with...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Ditka suggests encouraging children to play safer sports like golf, not football

The concerns over long-term health effects of playing football has been a hot button issue, to say the least. Dr. Bennet Omalu, the forensic scientist whose story is told in the film Concussion, suggested last month that children shouldn’t be playing high-impact sports until they’re 18. Former Chicago Bears head coach and current ESPN analyst Mike Ditka doesn’t take as drastic...
Via Awful Announcing
December 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Mike Ditka Suggests Young Kids Should Play Golf Instead Of Football

Mike Ditka is generally one of the more “old-fashioned” NFL pundits, but the former Chicago Bears coach is up to date on the latest concussion research. Ditka did an interview with the Chicago Tribune’s Jared S. Hopkins recently about the death of former Bears center Mike Pyle, who was posthumously diagnosed with CTE on Monday. Ditka talked about how facts like that affect...
Via NESN.com
December 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Mike Ditka: Kids should try golf instead of football

There have been plenty of current and former NFL players who stick to their old-school views when it comes to the relationship between brain disease and playing football, but legendary Bears coach Mike Ditka is not one of them. In a recent feature from Jared S. Hopkins of The Chicago Tribune, Ditka discusses the passing of Bears legend and friend Mike Pyle, who suffered from CTE...
Via Larry Brown Sports
December 23, 2015  |  Discuss

When undefeated seasons come skidding to a halt

The Carolina Panthers have reached territory a handful of other NFL teams have traversed. Like the Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos and New England Patriots, Ron Rivera's Panthers have a perfect record in December. On Sunday, Carolina risks its mark against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium.The Panthers, Bears and Patriots don't exactly fit together like puzzle pieces but there...
Via Fox Sports
December 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Made In Aliquippa: Watch The Documentary About The Town That Gave Us Mike Ditka And Darrelle Revis

“Founded by steel, formed by its people.” — The quote on the welcome sign when entering Aliquippa, PA I remember watching “Made In Aliquippa” at one of TSFJ’s Sports Fan Film Series events in collaboration with Grit Media last year. I’m a football fan, of course I’d heard of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania. Legends like Ty Law, Tony Dorsett, Mike Ditka and Darrelle Revis...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
December 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Three Things Chicago Bears Fans Are Thankful For

Welcome to Thanksgiving 2015, hopefully you’re spending today with the ones you love while stuffing your face with turkey and football. In this recent dismal spell the Chicago Bears have been under I find it easier to reflect on the better days, and those things I have been thankful to bear witness to. See, I’m not old enough to recall the 1985 Bears, so when those gathered...
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November 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Did Mike Ditka really fart on 'Monday Night Countdown' again?

Alright, Ditka. Enough is enough. NFL Hall of Famer Mike Ditka appeared on ESPN’s “Monday Night Countdown” this evening before ESPN’s broadcast of the New England Patriots-Buffalo Bills game. While host Chris Berman was speaking to analysts Keyshawn Johnson and Tom Jackson, a strange fart-like noise was heard in the background. Those who have kept up with FartGate know...
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November 23, 2015  |  Discuss

We need to talk about Cam's TD celebrations

When Cam slam dunked the ball over the goal line for the 6th time this season, Tennessee said [Hey future MVP] “We’re not going to allow you to do that.”  In Cam’s post game interview when explaining the scuffle, his answer was on point. “I’m a firm believer if you don’t like it, keep me out (of the end zone).” *Mic drop* *Exit stage left in size 15 oxfords with...
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November 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Mike Ditka Has His Own Curse … And The Green Bay Packers Are The Victims

There was a big controversy in the world of sports that I totally made up, as Jerry Rice donned a Cowboys jersey for a McDonald’s ad. It was an affront to every sense. Well as it turns out, I might have buried the lead. You see, the other iconic NFL figure in these Game Time Gold commercials is legendary Bears player and coach Mike Ditka. McDonald’s thought it would be hilarious...
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November 16, 2015  |  Discuss
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