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February 6, 1991
The Cleveland Browns yesterday made Bill Belichick the National Football League's youngest coach, hiring the defensive coordinator of the Super Bowl-champion New York Giants.Belichick, 38, was given a five-year contract to replace Bud Carson, who was fired Nov. 5 after the Browns lost seven of their first nine games. Former offensive coordinator Jim Shofner finished the season as interim coach, but took his name out of the running.Cleveland's 3-13 mark was the worst in the franchise's 41-year NFL history, a big turnaround from five straight trips to the playoffs.
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By COMPILED FROM INTERVIEWS AND OTHER NEWSPAPERS' REPORTS | July 2, 2006
Former Oriole Rafael Palmeiro knows his name and his lofty statistics will always be held up to the jarring light of the steroid era - especially after testing positive for stanozolol last season. He also understands the numbers of his contemporaries will always be questioned because of when they played. But know this: Palmeiro believes this generation of ballplayers is the best the sport has ever known, steroid suspicions or not. "People can say whatever they want to say," Palmeiro said last week in an interview with The Sun. "They try to say this era was a tainted era. But so many great players played in the last 15 to 20 years.
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By Chicago Tribune | March 13, 1992
CHICAGO -- Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka underwent total replacement surgery on his left hip yesterday in Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke's Hospital eight years after undergoing a similar procedure for his right hip.Dr. Mitchell Sheinkop performed the hour-and-20-minute operation. Sheinkop performed the original operation on the Bears' coach in 1984."It went very nicely," Sheinkop said. "The surgery was uneventful and uncomplicated. He was speaking with his wife afterward and wide awake."The doctor said Ditka's condition was caused by arthritis not uncommon in football players.
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By Vito Stellino and Vito Stellino,SUN STAFF | December 20, 1999
The rage was gone from Iron Mike yesterday.After his New Orleans Saints were pounded by the Ravens, 31-8, to fall to 2-12, coach Mike Ditka seemed almost reflective and philosophical.Ditka, who broke his hand punching a Memorial Stadium locker after the Chicago Bears suffered an overtime loss to the Colts in 1983 in the last game he coached in Baltimore, sounded like a man who had run out of punches."Eight or 10 years ago when I was coaching [the Bears], it drove me nuts," Ditka said in his office after he had completed his post-game interview.
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By COMPILED FROM INTERVIEWS AND OTHER NEWSPAPERS' REPORTS | July 2, 2006
Former Oriole Rafael Palmeiro knows his name and his lofty statistics will always be held up to the jarring light of the steroid era - especially after testing positive for stanozolol last season. He also understands the numbers of his contemporaries will always be questioned because of when they played. But know this: Palmeiro believes this generation of ballplayers is the best the sport has ever known, steroid suspicions or not. "People can say whatever they want to say," Palmeiro said last week in an interview with The Sun. "They try to say this era was a tainted era. But so many great players played in the last 15 to 20 years.
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By Vito Stellino | September 15, 1991
How about a cure for cancer?Bills coach Marv Levy, trying to put all the praise for his team in perspective: "We haven't invented the Salk vaccine."What does he think about instant replay?Judge Clarence Thomas, revealing in his confirmation hearing that he roots for the Cowboys, said the officials are biased in the Cowboys-Redskins games: "I am totally convinced that every referee in those games is a Redskin fan, but none of them would admit.":. No word on the refs' views on natural law.Stuff you don't get in Liz Smith's columnThe word in Los Angeles is that Rams owner Georgia Frontiere is unhappy that coach John Robinson's second wife, Linda, is making the social whirl and taking the limelight away from Frontiere.
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By Vito Stellino | December 22, 1991
Keeping things simpleBears coach Mike Ditka won't know until the Lions play the Bills today whether his game Monday night against the 49ers tomorrow night will mean anything.But Ditka isn't getting caught up in the speculation about whether Buffalo will rest its starters against Detroit."I am immune to anything that is complicated. Not by intent, either. Just by the way I was designed. I work on very simple circuits," he said.Talking toughMark Clayton of the Dolphins on his team's battle for a playoff spot against the Jets today: "We're going to kick their butt, and when we do, we're going to get on a roll and get to the Super Bowl."
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By Vito Stellino | November 17, 1991
An equaal-opportunity huggerAfter the Patriots signed QB Hugh Millen as a Plan B player, his fiancee, Lisa Coles, was hired as the team's cheerleader coordinator. When the Patriots beat the Vikings in overtime last week, coach Dick MacPherson gave her a hug and explained last week: "You think I don't know how to win? I'll get a hug in with her any time I can. Oh, boy, isn't she something? We didn't know if we wanted [Millen] on Plan B, but when we saw her, we thought we'd bring him along, so she could come.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,Sun Staff Correspondent | December 10, 1990
WASHINGTON -- Chicago Bears place-kicker Kevin Butler missed a field-goal attempt. Running back Brad Muster fumbled away the ball that set up the game-winning field goal. Quarterback Jim Harbaugh was intercepted twice, including once late in the game that would have made any head coach cringe. Plus, after 175 yards total offense in the first half, the Bears had only 113 in the second.This was the kind of game that, in the past, might have upset Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka. Instead, Ditka walked into the locker room after the Bears (10-3)
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By Vito Stellino and Vito Stellino,Sun Staff Correspondent | December 7, 1990
HERNDON, Va. -- When Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka arrived at training camp in July with a mellow, laid-back attitude, reporters wondered how long he'd stay that way."We'll see what happens when we get in the third period in Washington and the score is tied," he said jokingly.Ditka and the Bears will be in Washington on Sunday, but he insists there will be no repeat of his explosion of a year ago, when after a 38-14 loss to the Redskins on Nov. 26, he threw a post-game temper tantrum, saying that the Bears wouldn't win another game (he was right)
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By Vito Stellino and Vito Stellino,SUNS STAFF | March 21, 1999
Ode to Billy Joe.That's the tune that New Orleans Saints coach Mike Ditka is singing these days.In an era when the quarterback shuffle is popular and teams are continually looking for new quarterbacks, Ditka is sticking with his two Billy Joes -- Hobert and Tolliver -- and Danny Wuerffel.Although all three appear to be journeymen, they're Ditka's guys and he's going with them."You have to start somewhere with people and I think they're good people," he said. "I think they've got a good knowledge of the game and I think they've got good arms.
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By Chicago Tribune | March 13, 1992
CHICAGO -- Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka underwent total replacement surgery on his left hip yesterday in Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke's Hospital eight years after undergoing a similar procedure for his right hip.Dr. Mitchell Sheinkop performed the hour-and-20-minute operation. Sheinkop performed the original operation on the Bears' coach in 1984."It went very nicely," Sheinkop said. "The surgery was uneventful and uncomplicated. He was speaking with his wife afterward and wide awake."The doctor said Ditka's condition was caused by arthritis not uncommon in football players.
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By Vito Stellino | December 22, 1991
Keeping things simpleBears coach Mike Ditka won't know until the Lions play the Bills today whether his game Monday night against the 49ers tomorrow night will mean anything.But Ditka isn't getting caught up in the speculation about whether Buffalo will rest its starters against Detroit."I am immune to anything that is complicated. Not by intent, either. Just by the way I was designed. I work on very simple circuits," he said.Talking toughMark Clayton of the Dolphins on his team's battle for a playoff spot against the Jets today: "We're going to kick their butt, and when we do, we're going to get on a roll and get to the Super Bowl."
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By VITO STELLINO | December 15, 1991
They won't miss himVikings coach Jerry Burns said his players didn't seem too concerned when he announced a week ago that he was stepping down at the end of the season."
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By Vito Stellino | November 17, 1991
An equaal-opportunity huggerAfter the Patriots signed QB Hugh Millen as a Plan B player, his fiancee, Lisa Coles, was hired as the team's cheerleader coordinator. When the Patriots beat the Vikings in overtime last week, coach Dick MacPherson gave her a hug and explained last week: "You think I don't know how to win? I'll get a hug in with her any time I can. Oh, boy, isn't she something? We didn't know if we wanted [Millen] on Plan B, but when we saw her, we thought we'd bring him along, so she could come.
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By Vito Stellino | September 15, 1991
How about a cure for cancer?Bills coach Marv Levy, trying to put all the praise for his team in perspective: "We haven't invented the Salk vaccine."What does he think about instant replay?Judge Clarence Thomas, revealing in his confirmation hearing that he roots for the Cowboys, said the officials are biased in the Cowboys-Redskins games: "I am totally convinced that every referee in those games is a Redskin fan, but none of them would admit.":. No word on the refs' views on natural law.Stuff you don't get in Liz Smith's columnThe word in Los Angeles is that Rams owner Georgia Frontiere is unhappy that coach John Robinson's second wife, Linda, is making the social whirl and taking the limelight away from Frontiere.
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By VITO STELLINO | December 15, 1991
They won't miss himVikings coach Jerry Burns said his players didn't seem too concerned when he announced a week ago that he was stepping down at the end of the season."
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September 11, 1990
Coach Mike Ditka apparently was so pleased with the play of the Chicago Bears in their 17-0 victory over the Seattle Seahawks that he refused yesterday to be drawn into any controversy involving former San Francisco 49ers coach Bill Walsh.Walsh, a color commentator for NBC Sports, said during Sunday's game that defensive tackle Dan Hampton, playing again after his 10th knee operation, should not be playing, declaring: "Every bit of cartilage is gone. He has arthritis. What will he be doing in 20 years?
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By Fred Mitchell and Fred Mitchell,Chicago Tribune | July 26, 1991
MIAMI -- Neither man coaches by the numbers.They are influenced by intuitive hunches and gut feelings and decades of living the game of football.Yet numbers define the most tangible accomplishments of Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula and Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka.They'll match skills in tonight's preseason opener at Joe Robbie Stadium in a prelude to the Nov.24 regular-season contest at Soldier Field.With 298 regular-season victories in 28 years of NFL coaching,Shula enters the season 27 victories shy of George Halas' all-time NFL record of 325.Shula, 61, is pro football's winningest active coach with a 298-137-6 overall mark (.683)
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February 6, 1991
The Cleveland Browns yesterday made Bill Belichick the National Football League's youngest coach, hiring the defensive coordinator of the Super Bowl-champion New York Giants.Belichick, 38, was given a five-year contract to replace Bud Carson, who was fired Nov. 5 after the Browns lost seven of their first nine games. Former offensive coordinator Jim Shofner finished the season as interim coach, but took his name out of the running.Cleveland's 3-13 mark was the worst in the franchise's 41-year NFL history, a big turnaround from five straight trips to the playoffs.
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