My awkward photo with Iron Mike Ditka

I’ve been a Chicago Bears fan for 25 years. 

So when a recent trip to the Windy City led to the once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunity with the team’s most famous coach, I took advantage of the moment…even if the legend wasn’t as enthused about the encounter as I was. 

Here’s the awkward photo I have as evidence. 

FYI, I'm the geek on the left.



  • My way ‘too-close-for-comfort’ lean into the coach.
  • 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 the majority of his life. 

To see for yourself just how obsessed I am about the Bears, check out, where I served as editor until January ’11. 


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In 2009, I was fortunate enough to unite two of my true loves in life – writing and the Chicago Bears. As a columnist/editor at, a site dedicated to die-hard fans of the NFL’s founding franchise, I offer my (very biased) insight on the latest happenings with ‘Da Bears.’

Even if the subject matter doesn’t tickle your fancy, you may find humor (or horror) in my obsession with a sport where grown men tackle each other for a living.