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Tribune staff reporterForgive them for acting a little silly. For offering up metaphors for life. And crediting a change to green Gatorade from orange. For sprawling on the Soldier Field turf when the day was over and making grass angels until they didn't know whether to laugh...
Tribune staff reporterThey are going to be hard-pressed laying claim to that best-little-one-win-team-in-the-history-of-the-NFL title. After Sunday, any self-respect the Bears were starting to develop faded as cruelly as a desert mirage. This was the sort of day that's hard...
Tags: Glyn Milburn, Sports, Death, Chicago Bears, Bobby Engram
Tribune staff reporterTwo early possessions in the Bears' 19-14 exhibition loss Saturday night to the Baltimore Ravens provided an ominous look backward, to the kind of performances the Bears hoped they had left behind. The Bears were pushed around, couldn't push a very...
Tribune staff reporterJim Flanigan's jaw was clenched so tightly, his teeth threatened to shatter under the pressure, and you wonder how much a six-year Bears veteran can take. You wonder how many more of these any of them can absorb and dissect and move past when every week,...
Tags: Jeff George, Sports, Death, Terry Cousin, Gary Anderson
Tribune staff reporterYes, those were your Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on Sunday. Essentially the same guys in the same uniforms you saw taking a knee at the two-minute warnings and running their tailbacks off left guard on third-and-11. The same franchise that has drummed...
Tags: John Allred, Glyn Milburn, Sports, Donnie Edwards, Chicago Bears
Tribune staff reporterThey are the Charlie Browns of the National Football League. Each game the ball is jerked out from under them. Each week they come back for more. And every time the Bears depart politely into the night--the sooner to get beat up again. On this Sunday,...
Tags: Crimes, Glyn Milburn, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, John Thierry, Sports
Tribune staff reporterThere are all kinds of reasons for the Bears to have a Monday morning hangover. Solid, valid, quantifiable reasons that explain a 3-8 slide to close the season, a 6-10 record and by all rights should leave a team with a sour taste heading into a long off-...
Tribune staff reporterThe assumption is that something other than their own excellence was responsible for making the Philadelphia Eagles look like a playoff team Sunday. The question is, did Cade McNown's debut as starting quarterback slow up the Bears just enough to stumble...
Tribune staff reporterIf you're still watching, stop trying to figure them out. There is no statistical category for fairness, just as there is none for heartbreak. These Bears merely take each week as it comes and thank the football gods when they are allowed to survive....
Tribune staff reporterThey were not specifically trying to save their coach's job. Nor were they trying to prove anyone wrong, shut anyone up or lay anyone out. They were certainly not attempting to move down in the draft order, but they did not particularly care if they...
Tags: John Thierry, Sports, Terry Cousin, Ryan Leaf, Chicago Bears
Tribune staff reporterOn a bad day turned horribly worse, the Bears lost a football game, then were stunned by the news late Sunday that running back Curtis Enis is out for the season with a torn left anterior cruciate ligament. The news was particularly shocking because Enis...
Tribune staff reporterThe final scenes from "Titanic" come to mind. Frantic, desperate souls, knowing they are about to perish and yet still clinging to whatever they can find. A final prayer vigil. A sinking liner. Each other. These are the 3-8 Bears. And that was the...
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