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Chicago Bears Classic: RW, Kordell, Edinger Beat AFC Champion Raiders (2003)

| June 11th, 2021

2003 is one of those Bears seasons I barely remember. I watched every game at Josie Woods but most of them were through the haze of a hangover, with this being my first fall in NYC at 21 years old. The team wasn’t even particularly bad. They finished 7-9. But they just created very few memorable moments.

This game, with highlights provided by the great NFL Primetime, provides more of those fun elements that seemed to define the era.

  • Big plays from R.W. McQuarters! (A note on Twitter from Reverend Dave about this is what directed me to this game.)
  • Edinger making ANOTHER big kick.
  • Kordell Stewart showing just enough to make people think he could be the answer at quarterback.
  • Marty Booker. Oh, how I miss Marty Booker. (Booker’s game against the Bucs in 2001 is still the best game I’ve seen from a Bears wide receiver.)
  • Another Bear who had vacated my memory banks: Stanley Pritchett.

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Chicago Bears Classic: Edinger Knocks the Lions Out of the Playoffs (2000)

| June 9th, 2021

This has been a fun series of posts so they will continue. Again, the series will not include any games from good seasons. These are are classic games from otherwise forgettable campaigns. Watch the below highlights and marvel.

  • How good NFL Primetime was on ESPN with Berman and TJ? For an out of state Bears fan, this was the most important TV program of my youth, with the possible exception of ALF.
  • R.W. McQuarters made a lot of plays as a Bear. He’s becoming a running theme in these videos.
  • Stoney Case?
  • Baby Brian Urlacher?
  • I had completely forgotten that Marlon Barnes existed. And all I thought watching him run was, “Man, the NFL has gotten a lot faster.”
  • The Detroit News published a a terrific piece in 2019 titled, Paul Edinger’s Christmas Eve 2000 kick helped change course of Lions history. In it’s early paragraphs: “…it’s undeniable that Paul Edinger’s 54-yard boot to end the Detroit Lions season sent the franchise into a tailspin like no one could have imagined.”

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