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Da Bears!: How the 1985 Monsters of the Midway Became the Greatest Team in NFL History Hardcover – September 28, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Archetype (September 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307464679
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307464675
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #933,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Famous 46
The Famous 46 defense was innovative, deceptive, and, above all, aggressive. There was even talk that the defense put bounties on opposing quarterbacks.
Payton and McMahon
Early in the season, it was Payton, McMahon and the rest of the '85 offense that bailed out the team while the '85 defense was still finding its way.
Marshall and Singletary
Fast-rising Wilber Marshall (58) and already terrific Mike Singletary (50) gave the '85 Bears two of the hardest-hitting linebackers in the league.
Buddy Ryan
Cantankerous Buddy Ryan, architect of the Famous 46 defense, helped the Bears end their 22-year championship drought,and then left to coach the Eagles three days later.
Mike Ditka
With tightly wound Mike Ditka roaming Chicago's sideline, the mood could switch from calm to volatile in an instant.

From Publishers Weekly

Delsohn provides a fast, unfiltered history of the 1985 Super Bowl Champion Chicago Bears, "the most dominant team" that longtime NFL commentator John Madden claims to have ever seen. To mark that memorable 15-1 season's 25th anniversary, ESPN "Outside the Lines" reporter Delsohn (Talking Irish) tracked down several characters to speak candidly about a season rife with controversy and conflict. We learn that head coach Mike Ditka and defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan rarely spoke to (and often contradicted) each other, quarterback Jim McMahon routinely called audibles on and off the field, and several Bears recorded the seminal "Super Bowl Shuffle" before the playoffs even began. Delsohn grew up in the Windy City and is a Bears fan, but not a fan boy, and his assessment of the team seems fair. Most notably, he addresses the sheer brutality of the Bears' defense, led by middle linebacker Mike Singletary. Many of the Bears' tackles have since been outlawed by the NFL, including the crushing blow right linebacker Wilber Marshall delivered with his helmet to Detroit Lions quarterback Joe Ferguson, who was reportedly knocked unconscious before he hit the ground.
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This book provides an excellent story of that team.
Jaewoo Kim
In this book, Steve Delsohn, a current reporter for ESPN, describes the 1985 Chicago Bears football season.
Lucas
Excellent read for any Chicago Bears Fan, or any sports fan!
J. Hojnacki

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By David Yamada on October 2, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Like so many longtime fans of the Chicago Bears, I have something of an obsession with the 1985 team. Among the many remembrances of that season published over the years, this is the best of that entertaining lot, a colorful, no-holds-barred, insider's account that makes for addictive reading.

Steve Delsohn gained access to many players and coaches from the 1985 squad, and they shared their candid stories. It is difficult to say which ones are the most prominent, but the ongoing feud between Mike Ditka and Buddy Ryan, the remarkably steady achievements of Walter Payton, the phenomenon of Refrigerator Perry, and the nutty and clutch qualities of Jim McMahon stand out to me.

More importantly, the book captures the rock star quality of this team, replete with its swaggering confidence and its many outrageous, hilarious, and poignant moments.

For Bears and other football fans who may be feeling a sense of sad nostalgia about an era gone by, this book makes the 1985 season as fresh as if it was unfolding before us today. I bought it this afternoon -- started reading it right in the bookstore (feeling a bit foolish as I laughed out loud at some of the stories) -- and finished it tonight. What fun!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jim on August 5, 2012
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As a Bears fan who lived this wonderful year, I enjoyed this book immensely.

I had forgotten all of the crazy sub plots and that they all happened that year.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Hojnacki on June 27, 2013
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I was 6 years old when the Bears won the Superbowl. I remember my grandfather, uncles and Stepfather all rooting for the team and enjoying crazy Jim McMahon with his Sunglasses. I saw this book recently at the bookstore and grabbed it just for fun and memories and I was not disappointed! The book portrays a very lively, animated team, with larger than life characters; from the punky QB known as McMahon, to the Refridgerator, to Sweetness and of course to DA COACH! Excellent read for any Chicago Bears Fan, or any sports fan!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Krazy Karl on November 15, 2012
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Not a Bears fan, but love the Bears of the mid 80s. Great teams, should have won more titles...that is if not for a disfunctional team chemistry that killed all the hopes for championships, except for the 1985 team.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 18, 2012
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As a transplanted Bears fan, I well remember the '85 season and the Bear's triumphs. This was bought as a Christmas present for our 11 year old grandson who idolizes Walter Payton and plays football in a youth league. Steve Delsohn's book does ample justice to a great memory...Go Bears.
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By Anthony J.Pomonis on July 7, 2014
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Brought me back to that wonderous season.
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Da Bears is a short but enjoyable book for anyone who loved the 1985 Bears team. The author brings back that wonderful season through interviews with the coaches, players, and reporters of that year. Delsohn takes the reader all the way through the almost perfect season, from the opening day comeback against Tampa to the 46-10 wipeout of New England in the Super Bowl. Warning: The one blemish, the Miami game, is covered. It may be tough for some Bear fans to relive that memory. Great as it was, the season saw a lot of tension in the Bears locker room as massive egos collided all year, particularly the rivalry between Ryan and Ditka., and Ditka and McMahon and the offense v the defense, etc.

Even diehard 1985 Bear fans team may learn things they didn't know before. There was a big fight between Keith Van Horne, the OT, and Ditka that I had not heard about before. This succinct book is well worth reading and buying.
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By Jeff on June 15, 2014
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Great book because I am a Chicago Bear Fan. To me it is a factual story of the 1985 Bears, the best defensive team in NFL history! If you aren't a Bear fan you might consider it a fanciful story!
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