CHICAGO — Angry viewers thought otherwise, but Chicago Bear Coach Mike Ditka says a network's decision to interrupt weekend NFL games with special reports from the Iceland summit was a question of priorities.
"If you get an arms-control thing set up," Ditka said, "I think that's a little more important than what we're doing with this stuffed up piece of pigskin. Our thing can't blow up; the other thing can blow up."
CBS interrupted the Bears-Houston Oilers game and seven other football games Sunday for the special news reports, prompting thousands of fans to call the network to protest.
"I'll tell you what," said Ditka, who wasn't pleased with the Bears' game despite a 20-7 victory over the Oilers, "I wouldn't have wanted to watch most of our game anyway."