John Mullin is a Chicago Tribune writer who has covered the Bears since the closing days of the 1985 era. He has won writing awards from the Pro Football Writers of America and Associated Press Sports Editors, in addition to an Emmy Award for his "Bears Insider" segment of the FOX-TV Bears pregame show. His writing has been nationally syndicated and he is the author of Tales from the Chicago Bears Sidelines. He lives in Deerfield, Illinois.
The Rise and Self-Destruction of the Greatest Football Team in History: The Chicago Bears and Super Bowl XXby John Mullin
This book is the story of one of the greatest football teams in the history of the NFL: the '85 Bears. They were, for a brief, magical moment, a band of eccentrics who went from nobodies to rock stars and cult figures—they took America on a wild ride in the middle of one of the wildest times in history. The Rise and Self-Destruction of the/i>… See more details below
This book is the story of one of the greatest football teams in the history of the NFL: the '85 Bears. They were, for a brief, magical moment, a band of eccentrics who went from nobodies to rock stars and cult figures—they took America on a wild ride in the middle of one of the wildest times in history. The Rise and Self-Destruction of the Greatest Football Team in History reveals all the stories from that year, like how Walter Payton ended up hiding in a storage closet and why the team collapsed under the weight of its own greatness.
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It is hard to believe that 20 years have passed since the Chicago Bears won the Super Bowl. I was too young to remember it happening. And I know the reason why they haven't been there since: Defensive cordnatior Buddy Ryan left after that season to become a head coach (he never won a playoff game another reason why he should of stayed in Chicago). I also believe that's the biggest mistake Michael McCaskey ever made in his years he inheirited the Bears from his famous grandfather (George Halas): Not re-signing Buddy Ryan. While my father has another theory: He blames it on 'Da Coach', Mike Ditka first fighting with Ryan then fighting with his quarterback Jim McMahon (after when Ryan left). When I read the author's introduction to this book the first thing that came to mind was the New York Mets the next year: (see 'The Bad Guys Won') Both teams were loaded with talent, the players became spoiled after winning a championship, and they both become symbols of the Greed-Is-Good, Reagan-era 80's. Case in point: Dwight Gooden got arrested again recently for driving drunk. Why? Because his body is still stuck in 1986! To close this up, I look back on the '85 Bears in anger like I do to the Bulls teams in the 90's because I say to myself, 'Damn, they should of won more championships.'