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DaBearsBlog & Bears Legend Otis Wilson Team for Charitable Event: Sunday Night December 8th!

| October 24th, 2013

SAVE THE DATE!

DaBearsBlog will be co-hosting a charitable benefit in Chicago on Sunday night, December 8th with Bears legend Otis Wilson.

The event will be co-hosted by a new organization called Art of Men (pairing men with volunteer projects across the country) and raise money for the Otis Wilson Charitable Association. TICKETS WILL ONLY BE $20 and will include drink deals. All proceeds will go directly to the OWCA.

What.

To celebrate the following evening’s Mike Ditka number retirement ceremony, we’ll be hosting a:

Mike Ditka Look-a-Like/Impersonation Contest.

Come dressed in your best Mike Ditka costume and bring your best Grabowski-laced voice.

Celebrity judges will include Super Bowl Champion Otis Wilson and other members of the 1985 Chicago Bears. 

Contest winner will receive two tickets to the Monday night Bears game vs. the Dallas Cowboys, including the Ditka jersey number retirement ceremony at halftime.

There will also be a Christmas toy drive and various raffles for Bears-related memorabilia as well as large screens showing the Sunday night game featuring the Green Bay Packers and Atlanta Falcons.

When.

Sunday Night, December 8th

Doors Open at 7:00 pm.

Where.

Double Door

1572 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago

Wicker Park

To visit the venue’s website, click here.

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Tickets will be available for purchase in the next week or so through the Double Door’s website. I will update when that time comes. For any questions regarding the event, please email me: jeff@dabearsblog.

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  • CanadaBear

    Sounds like a good time. Wish I lived a little closer (give or take about 1800 miles).

    • johnnywad

      Ride your bike CBear. Make it a charity event to kick in at the event. You would have to be a total badass to ride a bike from your place to Chicago in November and December.

      • CanadaBear

        I ride to work most of the year. The coldest I’ve ever ridden is -15 F. It’s only a little over 3 miles one way. By the time I get home my feet are just starting to get cold. I’m pretty sure my candy ass would be frozen to the seat before I got out of Alberta!

        My buddy and I are planning a coast-to-coast trip in the summer of 2015. Hopefully we can pull it off.

        • johnnywad

          That’s pretty amazing man. Not sure I would able to drive luxury car coast to coast without giving up

          • CanadaBear

            Well, planning and doing are two different things. Hopefully we can pull it off. He’s retired and I will be next year. We’d average about 50 miles/day and it would take 2-3 months. We’ve been talking about it for years. We do a week-long ride in the mountains every year.

          • MB30SD

            awesome. bucket list item for sure. And will be remembered on your death bed.

            My buddies and I have been talking about doing a week long moab ride/camp for years. Going to do it at some point.

          • CanadaBear

            You guys should do a Moab trip. Crazy hot in the summer. I’ve been there twice on bike rides and it was 108 F the first time and 105 F the second time. There’s a tiny little town called Nucla, CO where we started and ended in Moab. There is a nice run through the mts and once you’re in Utah it was basically all downhill to Moab. From there we rode to Grand Jct, CO. If you guys were looking at road riding I’d consider a loop from Duango to Ouray to Telluride to Cortez to Durango. if you wanted to go longer, go from Telluride to Nucla to Moab to Grand Jct to Ouray to Durango. Rent a motor home once you get there and everybody takes turns driving. You’ll need support for food and water. Towns can be a long ways in between when you run out of water!

          • MB30SD

            yeah, it’s an item than needs planning and very nice wives/girlfriends I imagine.

            It will all be MTB and we’d pick a time in spring or fall when the weather is good. One of my very good friends lives in Telluride (actually she has a place there and in Monte Vista), so she’ll be involved somehow.

            Seems like an amazing trip. It will get done at some point. Thanks for the info sir.

          • CanadaBear

            Just so you know, Telluride is cold as hell every morning. Shit happens when you’re above 9000 ft. Beautiful setting, fucked up town. it used to be hippies and yuppies. Now it’s all rich people with no genuine vibe. All the service people and construction workers have to commute.

          • MB30SD

            I’ve been there a few times. Not my style… at all. Also the reason she lives in MV and not TR

        • MB30SD

          god, I am such a pussy… I hate riding in anything below 65F. Seriously. I hate putting on a fucking long sleeve and tights. My favorite is just riding in my tri suit, so easy so comfortable. You are the man canada.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Weather Wimp reporting for duty, sir.

            I hate doing ANYTHING in below 65. Hate January and February,even in July because we still get 32 and below here in the desert.

            110 in the Summer? Fine by me. At least I don’t need ETHER to get the car unlocked or started becaus it’s frozen like a popsicle.

          • MB30SD

            with you 100% Al. I do not love heat like that though… have to be able to go outside and have fun. Either extreme is depressing to me.

            Tis why I won’t ever move from SD. I will probably do the San Diego / Cape Town 6 months each a year endless summer once my kids go off to college.

          • AlbertInTucson

            I hear that. Everybody I talk to LOVES San Diego (I have a cousin there) except when they get their occassional heat wave and nobody has air conditioning!

            Haven’t been in there in a LONG time but the times we have been there it was great.

      • AlbertInTucson
        • CanadaBear

          I have a good friend that lives there. Been there a few times. Love the Botanical Garders (esp the butterfly exhibit) and the Sonora Desert Museum. Food is awesome and Boondocks is always fun.

          • AlbertInTucson

            You have friends?

            JUST kiddin’, Canada.

            Boondocks? Really. That’s where the (one and only) Football Fantasy League I participate in has held it’s draft for the last 3 years!

  • Sactowns#1

    Hey Jeff- can you let us know how those of us out of town can donate to the cause?

  • MB30SD

    nice jeff… too bad it’s not during the packers game week.

    Hey ev… is that you with the fabulous mustache in your avatar? If so, you are obviously quite the hipster.

  • MB30SD
    • Shady

      What a joke.

      • MB30SD
        • Trac

          I don’t see how that helmet will ever be effective MB. I doubt very seriously the coach is gonna check little Johnny’s helmet Data if he happens to be his star LB. Nice thought though.

          • MB30SD

            I knew there would be this reaction, but I don’t expect the silver bullet until the din gets louder and louder and a change is forced.

            it’s a start trac. it doesn’t seem to be a solution, but rather a step to detection. It’s better than nothing and hopefully it starts a revolution that saves the sport we all love.

          • gpldan

            The app has each kids name and his IQ. As the kid takes hits, you see the IQ slowly dip.

          • MB30SD

            that’s funny….but, not.

  • MB30SD

    this is what happens when you’re an idiot, and you conduct yourself in a manner unbecoming: http://tracking.si.com/2013/10/24/nfl-vince-young-still-without-a-job/?sct=hp_t2_a9&eref=sihp

    • Trac

      I’m not gonna tell Vince to get a new wife but maybe it’s time to find some new peers Vince. Stop hanging around yes men and give Waffle a call.

  • MB30SD

    Evan, nice writing maings. I’ll dig into more when I have time. Brilliant bowler hat btw. You sir, are a vicious hipster!

  • MB30SD
    • SC Dave

      A fine bit of sculpting, if you ask me.

      • MB30SD

        indeed

  • SC Dave

    Was looking at this page under the Returns section, and it’s really pretty sad how many kick returns the Bears have and how few punt returns.

    http://www.pro-football-reference.com/years/2013/

    Some of this is “the Hester Effect” I imagine (returning kicks from deep in the end zone more often) and punts kicked out of bounds, but mostly an indictment of the defense.

  • gpldan

    Did you guys see Jimmy Johnson get his panties wadded up on tv when the topic turned to Irsay’s crack at Polian and Manning (and Dungy, I guess).

    I’m supposedly the liberal around here, yet I defend totally Irsay’s side of things. He had a team built that should have taken 2-3 Super Bowls, and they got one. Sound familiar Chicago?

    And when Irsay dropped the Brady vs. Manning compro in there, oh boy did the NFL gatekeepers get their shit bent out.

    But, to me, I LIKE an owner who says “I hired a bunch of people to build a dynasty and we took hits to profitability against the cap, and I thought we way under-performed.”

    Heck, I would have supported Mike McCaskey saying that in 1988 or so when Ditka was leaving or on his way out. It’s the owner’s right to kick sand, but boy did you ever see the fraternity of coaches close ranks on that lickity quick.

    the more Jimmy’s face turned red yelling about Irsay, the louder I laughed. I was hoping he’d go full aneurysm.

    • CanadaBear

      Didn’t see Jimmy go apoplectic. DAMN! Irsay can say whatever he wants, it’s his team. It strikes me as a little ungrateful but he definitely has a point.

    • Shady

      You see Fran Tarkenton’s YouTube post regarding Irsay’s comments? Classic.

      • MB30SD

        link please… never mind. slacker… (SMH)

        • gpldan

          Holy shit is that amusing. He’s obviously green screened, I keep waiting for the background to change.

          Oh Oh Oh! He’s throwing Irsay’s FATHER under the bus about the night time escape from Baltimore.

          HAHAHAHA!

          Jesus, this is like something outta Game of Thrones.

          “Your father was a snake, you are a snake, and I shall avenge thee!”

          • MB30SD

            Niiiiiice GP! (hee hee)

    • MB30SD

      I’m way cool with the content. I just think he should have said it exactly like you did above. He sounded like a whiny little 14 yr old girl. Like he wants to be the m.cuban of football. uggghhhhhh

  • MB30SD
    • gpldan

      Now there’s somebody that Jeff should interview.

      • gpldan

        But that won’t stop me and it won’t stop anyone else who society deems fit to be vicarious vessels for manhood benedictions. Because it feels good to be a missile, even when it leads to my destruction. We all know how the big story ends. If I don’t die on the field, I promise you I’ll die off of it.

        Manhood benedictions. Nice.

        Jeff, call Nate Jackson.

        1. He’d do the interview, that I am pretty sure, he has a book to hawk.
        2. It would beat the hell out of interviewing Devin Hester, which – at least to me and I think a few others here – clouded your judgment on his intrinsic value to the Bears.

        • MB30SD

          and you needed a fucking translator to understand a single fucking word he said. smfh

        • Waffle

          That was like poetry. It was beautiful, spot on, real, sad and raw.

          His description of fandom was eerie. Masses of average men wishing desperately to share in the glory of being a warrior without the sacrifice or suffering.
          His insight into the mind of the discarded warrior was poignant.

    • MB30SD

      btw, he’s a very good writer, I was impressed. Hard to find good writers out there.

      “There was something else at work, something elemental. I learned to crave the test of manhood that waited for me between the lines. There was nowhere else I wanted to be, and nowhere else that was more terrifying. It seems to me now, as I sit back and watch the NFL, that this test of manhood is the thing. It’s the attractor. Fans are able to have a vicarious manhood experience by watching a football game. They are stirred by the animal spirit but content to simply observe its roar, to marvel at the power, to say Whoa, damn, and then go home. That is enough for most. But for some of us who were born with a disproportionately athletic body and an athletic mind, that’s not enough.”

      This passage sums it up very nicely for me. Wish my body had been more durable and I was 6’2″ and not 5’9″. Pretty damn sure I would have welcomed a pro experience with glee and joy if I had been capable of it… regardless of the risks. There is nothing quite like football played my maingses. Nothing. on. this. earth.

      Pretty sad my son might not play.

      • MB30SD

        a funny and so familiar excerpt from his book, “If someone walks through the locker room we make up a song about him. It’s meant to humiliate and cut deeply, in the hopes of unearthing a crippling insecurity. The more distraught our victim, the more aggressively we laugh at him. The longer he stays, the worse it gets, until he finally realizes he is dealing with madmen who have lost the ability to empathize, and he scurries off. I’m not concerned about another man’s feelings. I don’t even have time for my own. This follows me off the field and out into the world, where people’s concerns seem weak and pointless. Pain is a choice.”

        http://mmqb.si.com/2013/09/13/nate-jackson-slow-getting-up-book-excerpt/

        • MB30SD

          btw and fyi… this style of ingrained humor doesn’t help in a relationship with a woman who grew up with only sisters and cats. The moral of the story is… marry a girl who grew up with at least two older brothers and big dogs.

          That’s my PSA for the week.

      • DaMurph

        5’9″ ? Hmmmm, guess that puts me at 6″2″ and Rabbit at 6″3″ Hahahahaha!

        • MB30SD

          bastards

  • 505 Bears
    • Shady

      No.

      • MB30SD

        yeah, no way maings. Torn fucking groin!?! I can’t think of a worse injury to have (well, I can… but I mean if you’re going to tear a muscle, that’s one of the worst).

        It’s going to be at LEAST 4 weeks. Think about the moves a QB has to make. His main move is a cross step utilizing the groin muscles 100%

  • MB30SD
  • MB30SD
  • AlbertInTucson

    Bears worked out TE & former Cutler Bronco teammate, Tony Scheffler today. THAT makes me concerned that The Unicorn is hurting although they DID release Maneri last week.

    • Waffle

      I had high hopes for Maneri. He turned out to be a worse blocker than Spaeth and a worse receiver than Kyle Adams.
      Scheffler is coming off a concussion but the main reason he was let go was because of salary and the rookie they have stepping up.
      I’d love to have Scheffler if he’s healthy. He’s a threat in the seam and he’s not afraid to block.

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