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. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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!
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!