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My awkward photo with Mike Ditka

It’s a bye week for the Bears. And after losing 3 of their last 4 games, the boys in blue and orange could use some old-school, ’80s-like karma to kick ’em in the pants.

So to re-ignite the fire within Bear Nation, I decided to share my awkward photo with Mike Ditka.

FYI, I'm the geek on the left.

When a recent trip to the Windy City led to the once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunity with Da Coach, I took advantage of the moment…even if the legend wasn’t as enthused about the encounter as I was. 


  • My way ‘too-close-for-comfort’ lean into Ditka.
  • That ‘Da Coach’ appears to be growling something.
  • The strategically placed $20 bill in Ditka’s pocket…which believe it or not, was NOT a bribe on my part to get him to pose for the photo.

While we barely exchanged a word, the picture is a dream for a now grown-up kid who’s fanatically followed this man and his team for 25 years of his life. 

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  1. Russ Loede

    October 28, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    This is a picture of Champions!

    As bad as the Bears have been lately, they are STILL in 1st place!

    We just have to take care of business within the division and play better at home.

    This season has been both remarkable and bizarre.

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