| Aug 28, 2011
"This is an announcement of the most unusual football game ever scheduled."
So wrote Tribune sports editor Arch Ward on July 6, 1934, in boldly peddling to the world the College All-Star Game, which would "bring together the Chicago Bears, champions...
| Aug 28, 2011
Interesting tidbits mined from 43 years of Tribune coverage:
•A special lighting system was installed at Soldier Field to accommodate the first game in 1934.
•Noble Kizer, the college coach for the inaugural game, and Bears coach George...
| Dec 22, 2011
| 6:35 AM
I’ve been waiting for a “gotcha,’’ but I guess it’s true and official: Bears coach Lovie Smith named Josh McCown to lose to the Packers on Christmas night.
Smith admitted he hasn’t seen a lot from McCown, and what&...
| Jul 20, 2011
| 2:47 PM
If 20-year-old George Halas had arrived on time to a work outing in 1915, his Bears might never have been established. Halas and other Western Electric employees were invited to ride a steamship across Lake Michigan for a picnic. But Halas showed up late,...
| Feb 21, 2012
| 12:39 PM
On the eve of Wednesday's board vote on school closings and turnarounds, Chicago Public Schools has reached a deal with community leaders on the West Side to bring in a new neighborhood high school to replace Crane Tech, which is expected to begin a...
| Nov 8, 2008
Nice time for a drive, November. Welcome back the breezes and the sweatered weathercasters promising a slight chance of rain. Breathe deep the oak fire from up the block or the fine damp smells we haven't had in six or eight months. After six months of...
| Mar 6, 2009
George McAfee, who was an explosive threat playing both offense and defense for the Chicago Bears in the 1940s, died Wednesday in Durham, N.C. He was 90.
FOR THE RECORD:
George McAfee obituary: The obituary of Hall of Fame Chicago...
| Mar 2, 2008
The best owner in the history of professional sports is strolling through his sprawling hilltop home when he comes upon an ornate wooden door riddled with three gaping holes.
It is the door to his private elevator. It is also, perhaps, the portal to a...
| Dec 28, 2008
Jim Dooley, 77; succeeded George Halas as coach of the Chicago Bears (Jan. 8)
Christopher Bowman, 40; two-time U.S. figure skating champion (Jan. 10)
Johnny Podres, 75; left-hander pitched Dodgers to first World Series title in...
| Dec 19, 2007
| 7:49 AM
As the 1920 football season began, professional teams faced three pressing problems involving players: Salaries were rising quickly, players were jumping from one team to another and teams were using college players who had yet to graduate.
| Dec 19, 2007
| 11:56 AM
Grit, savvy and sheer brutality--those are classic Chicago traits, no matter the endeavor, and they brought the National Football League championship to Chicago on this date, when the Bears defeated the New York Giants 14-10. The Bears had not been a...
| Jan 3, 2008
| 10:11 AM
The Chicago Bears devastated the New England Patriots on this date in Super Bowl XX by an appropriate score, 46-10, stamping their ravaging "46" defense on National Football League history. The victory in New Orleans' Superdome, the first major...