When the Chicago Bears announced earlier this year that Mike Ditka's number (#89) would be retired on December 9th at Soldier Field during halftime versus the Dallas Cowboys, there were plenty of folks whose first response was "It's about time.

Some of you are sick of Mike Ditka. You're tired of his "schtict" on ESPN, you're tired of his countless appearances on Chicago sports radio, you're tired of the portion of the Bears fanbase that seems to revel at his greatness, you're sick of his

CHICAGO — When Mike Ditka stands at midfield Monday night at Soldier Field for his jersey retirement ceremony, it is entirely appropriate and no coincidence that he will be flanked by two teams to whom he made substantial contributions. But it is even

Tonight the Chicago Bears will retire jersey number 89, and many of us Chicago fans will rejoice as the heavens open up while the Angels themselves sing Hallelujah followed by an encore of Super Bowl Shuffle. Da Coach's 

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