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By JOHN STEADMAN | May 24, 2000
Everything about George Halas, who as a founding father breathed life into the National Football League while seated on the running board in a Canton (Ohio) automobile showroom in 1920, was pointed toward preparation - of finding out all he could about a rival team, pending trades or, ultimately, even a future son-in-law. Halas, who won the second-highest number of games in NFL history, 324, with the Chicago Bears, is the only man who was his own team owner, general manager, coach, player, ticket-taker, publicity director and an early writer of a team song.
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By JOHN STEADMAN | May 24, 2000
Everything about George Halas, who as a founding father breathed life into the National Football League while seated on the running board in a Canton (Ohio) automobile showroom in 1920, was pointed toward preparation - of finding out all he could about a rival team, pending trades or, ultimately, even a future son-in-law. Halas, who won the second-highest number of games in NFL history, 324, with the Chicago Bears, is the only man who was his own team owner, general manager, coach, player, ticket-taker, publicity director and an early writer of a team song.
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By Don Pierson and Don Pierson,Chicago Tribune | January 5, 1993
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Mike Ditka's days as coach of the Chicago Bears continued to appear numbered yesterday when club president Michael McCaskey again stonewalled the issue.With media encircling Halas Hall in Lake Forest like vultures, Ditka and McCaskey arrived at their offices within a half-hour of each other, 7:25 a.m. and 7:55 a.m., and never spoke.McCaskey got a microphone stuck in his car door when he left at 1:30 p.m., but would offer no words to resolve a story that has taken on a life of its own."
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By MIKE ROYKO ..TC | August 21, 1995
There is a workable solution to the bitter dispute between Chicago Bears owner Michael McCaskey and Mayor Richard Daley over the issue of a new football stadium.It is a way for the Bears to remain in Chicago, where they belong, rather than moving to a suburb or another state, as McCaskey regularly threatens.And it would not require the taxpayers to be stuck with the cost of building a stadium, unless they want to, which is unlikely.My plan is simple. I will buy the Bears. And I'll close the deal right now or tomorrow or next week or whenever McCaskey wants to sit down and agree to a fair price.
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By Fred Mitchell and Fred Mitchell,Chicago Tribune | January 4, 1993
CHICAGO -- Today could be "D" day, as in Ditka day, for the celebrated Chicago Bears coach who's in limbo.Club president Michael McCaskey was expected to announce Ditka's fate today in Lake Forest.Ditka and the rest of his coaching staff are scheduled to meet to discuss player evaluations for the 1993 season. If Ditka and any of his staff are not asked back, such player evaluations would be insignificant.McCaskey took off on a one-week family vacation to Southern California immediately after the Bears (5-11)
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By Vito Stellino and Vito Stellino,Staff Writer | January 6, 1993
Mike McCaskey, the urbane, Ivy League-educated grandso of the legendary George Halas, fired his grandfather's last hand-picked coach, Iron Mike Ditka, yesterday in what amounted to a changing of the guard for the Chicago Bears."
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By Fred Mitchell and Fred Mitchell,Chicago Tribune | January 13, 1993
CHICAGO -- Chicago Bears president Michael McCaskey spoke with Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt by telephone yesterday about the Bears' head-coaching position.McCaskey first received permission to talk with Wannstedt from Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.Dallas travels to San Francisco for Sunday's National Football Conference Championship game.Washington Redskins assistant Petitbon said yesterday he was expecting a call from the Bears. McCaskey would neither confirm nor deny any contact with Petitbon last night.
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By Fred Mitchell and Fred Mitchell,Chicago Tribune | January 19, 1993
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bears have singled out Dalla Cowboys assistant head coach/defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt to become their next coach. An announcement of an agreement was imminent today.Wannstedt met with Bears president Michael McCaskey about the vacant position yesterday, and perhaps sealed the deal to succeed Mike Ditka."We wish him well," Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said on his radio show last night. "We know Dave Wannstedt will do very well as a head coach, and we expect that announcement at any time."
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February 8, 1991
FootballFormer Detroit Lions defensive lineman Reggie Rogers, a first-round draft choice in 1987, is free after serving a year in prison for the traffic deaths of three teen-agers in 1988. Rogers and his attorney said last week that the former defensive lineman would settle in Seattle and likely abandon his football career.* Edward McCaskey, chairman of the Chicago Bears, was in good condition at a hospital after undergoing tests for a heart condition. McCaskey, 71, became ill while in Hawaii for the Pro Bowl and returned Tuesday to be examined by his doctors in Chicago.
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By John Steadman | March 20, 1992
Meeting National Football League owners and general managers was a new experience for Tom Clancy, who, by way of an innovative introductory video and follow-up personal contacts, got to talk to some of the men he had only previously known on the basis of their sports page identities. It's enlightening to hear him describe it as time well-spent. Even enjoyable.So far he has paid close to $250,000 of his own money to demonstrate an interest in buying an expansion team for Baltimore. Having the opportunity to be in the company of the owners at the NFL convention in Phoenix was pleasing to Clancy.
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By Jon Morgan and Jon Morgan,Sun Staff Writer | November 3, 1994
ROSEMONT, Ill. -- One year after bypassing Baltimore for an expansion franchise, many NFL team owners seem unconvinced that the city should get one by relocation.Most of the owners and team officials interviewed over the course of their annual fall meetings this week declined to comment on the prospect of the Los Angeles Rams' moving.A few said privately that they were rooting for Baltimore over St. Louis in the competition for the Rams, a match race the team says should be decided by the end of the year.
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By Fred Mitchell and Fred Mitchell,Chicago Tribune | January 19, 1993
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bears have singled out Dalla Cowboys assistant head coach/defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt to become their next coach. An announcement of an agreement was imminent today.Wannstedt met with Bears president Michael McCaskey about the vacant position yesterday, and perhaps sealed the deal to succeed Mike Ditka."We wish him well," Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said on his radio show last night. "We know Dave Wannstedt will do very well as a head coach, and we expect that announcement at any time."
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By Gary Myers and Gary Myers,New York Daily News | January 19, 1993
George Young is having this little problem. He can't fin anyone to coach the New York Giants. How humiliating.He took a run at Tom Coughlin. Rejected. He took a run at Dave Wannstedt. Rejected. He took a big swing and missed on this last one, too, with the Bears expected to announce Wannstedt today to replace Mike Ditka.And with the odds better that Young will bring back Ray Handley before he would work again with Bill Parcells, you can say Young is in a bit of a bind right about now. He must start over.
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By Fred Mitchell and Fred Mitchell,Chicago Tribune | January 13, 1993
CHICAGO -- Chicago Bears president Michael McCaskey spoke with Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt by telephone yesterday about the Bears' head-coaching position.McCaskey first received permission to talk with Wannstedt from Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.Dallas travels to San Francisco for Sunday's National Football Conference Championship game.Washington Redskins assistant Petitbon said yesterday he was expecting a call from the Bears. McCaskey would neither confirm nor deny any contact with Petitbon last night.
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By Vito Stellino and Vito Stellino,Staff Writer | January 6, 1993
Mike McCaskey, the urbane, Ivy League-educated grandso of the legendary George Halas, fired his grandfather's last hand-picked coach, Iron Mike Ditka, yesterday in what amounted to a changing of the guard for the Chicago Bears."
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By Don Pierson and Don Pierson,Chicago Tribune | January 5, 1993
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Mike Ditka's days as coach of the Chicago Bears continued to appear numbered yesterday when club president Michael McCaskey again stonewalled the issue.With media encircling Halas Hall in Lake Forest like vultures, Ditka and McCaskey arrived at their offices within a half-hour of each other, 7:25 a.m. and 7:55 a.m., and never spoke.McCaskey got a microphone stuck in his car door when he left at 1:30 p.m., but would offer no words to resolve a story that has taken on a life of its own."
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By MIKE ROYKO ..TC | August 21, 1995
There is a workable solution to the bitter dispute between Chicago Bears owner Michael McCaskey and Mayor Richard Daley over the issue of a new football stadium.It is a way for the Bears to remain in Chicago, where they belong, rather than moving to a suburb or another state, as McCaskey regularly threatens.And it would not require the taxpayers to be stuck with the cost of building a stadium, unless they want to, which is unlikely.My plan is simple. I will buy the Bears. And I'll close the deal right now or tomorrow or next week or whenever McCaskey wants to sit down and agree to a fair price.
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By Bernie Lincicome and Bernie Lincicome,Chicago Tribune | December 29, 1992
IRVING, Texas -- Whatever happens, and it will, these Chicag Bears are table scraps."This may be a Kodak moment," said Shaun Gayle. "Take a picture of everybody standing around because this is the last chance you'll get to see them."Should we start with camera-ready Mike Ditka, still the coach of the Bears? If locker-room endorsements are any clue, Ditka's leadership is wanted by the players. Save maybe Neal Anderson, understandably unwarm, the Bears thought that more Ditka is a good idea.
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By Fred Mitchell and Fred Mitchell,Chicago Tribune | January 4, 1993
CHICAGO -- Today could be "D" day, as in Ditka day, for the celebrated Chicago Bears coach who's in limbo.Club president Michael McCaskey was expected to announce Ditka's fate today in Lake Forest.Ditka and the rest of his coaching staff are scheduled to meet to discuss player evaluations for the 1993 season. If Ditka and any of his staff are not asked back, such player evaluations would be insignificant.McCaskey took off on a one-week family vacation to Southern California immediately after the Bears (5-11)
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By Bernie Lincicome and Bernie Lincicome,Chicago Tribune | December 29, 1992
IRVING, Texas -- Whatever happens, and it will, these Chicag Bears are table scraps."This may be a Kodak moment," said Shaun Gayle. "Take a picture of everybody standing around because this is the last chance you'll get to see them."Should we start with camera-ready Mike Ditka, still the coach of the Bears? If locker-room endorsements are any clue, Ditka's leadership is wanted by the players. Save maybe Neal Anderson, understandably unwarm, the Bears thought that more Ditka is a good idea.
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