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May 17, 2012 | By Brian Cronin
FOOTBALL URBAN LEGEND : Did a Gatorade shower lead to the death of a Hall of Fame football coach? After leading the New York Giants to a victory in Super Bowl XLVI earlier this year, head coach Tom Coughlin earned himself his second post-Super Bowl Gatorade shower (in the Giants' Super Bowl XLII victory, it appeared to be water/melted ice while this time around it was purple Gatorade). While the Gatorade shower is a notable tradition for coaches who just won the big game (a tradition popularized by the New York Giants during the 1980s, although not one invented by the Giants, as I established in a Football Urban Legends Revealed here )
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April 26, 2014 | By Matt Wilhalme
The last football game played in Candlestick Park will be a rematch of Super Bowl XIX. Sort of. Hall of Fame quarterbacks Joe Montana, 57, and Dan Marino, 52, are scheduled to take the field at the historic stadium for a flag football game , in which the San Francisco legend will lead a team of former 49ers against the Miami great and a team of All-Stars on July 12. The 49ers play their first exhibition game at their new home, Levi's...
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November 23, 1986 | RANDY MINKOFF, United Press International
Something about Chicago brings out the worst in our language. What else could explain the constant mispronunciations, misspellings and general abuse of the people, places and things associated with Chicago athletics? --Soldier Field. How many times have network commentators called it Soldiers Field? How many Chicagoans add the "s"? The plaque in front of the home of the Chicago Bears has no extra "s." --Ray Meyer. Again the "s" syndrome.
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March 6, 2014 | By Gary Klein
Former USC football stars Tony Boselli, Mark Carrier and Keyshawn Johnson are among players on the ballot for the College Football Hall of Fame, it was announced Thursday. The three are among 75 players and six coaches from major college programs on the ballot. The 2014 class will be announced in May. Boselli, an offensive tackle, won All-America recognition in 1992 and 1994. He was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars with the second pick in the 1995 NFL draft. Carrier also was a two-time All-American and won the Thorpe Award as college football's top defensive back in 1989.
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October 19, 2013 | By Matt Hamilton
An Illinois dad got the call on Thursday that no parent ever wants to receive. Brad Lewis' ex-wife was on the phone: Their 15-year-old son had shot himself in the chest. In the note Jordan Lewis left behind, he laid blame on bullying. Although stricken with grief, Lewis, 47, found resolve. He took to Facebook that night and posted a series of videos explaining his son's death and the events leading up to it: the alleged bullying, the concern of his son's best friend, the wellness visit by police the night before the suicide, and the 911 call his son made shortly before pulling the trigger.
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December 31, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
The Chicago Bears announced on Monday that they have fired Coach Lovie Smith. And the Buffalo Bills have fired Coach Chan Gailey. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Bears have sent out consent forms to teams requesting permission to interview head-coaching candidates. The Bears were eliminated from playoff contention Sunday when Minnesota beat Green Bay. The Bills beat the Jets in their finale, 28-9, but finished last in the AFC East at 6-10. Buffalo has yet to announce whether it plans to keep General Manager Buddy Nix, whose acquisition of several high-priced defensive players did not achieve the team's desired results.
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November 20, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
The newest Times NFL power rankings were released Tuesday, and while the top two teams remain the same, the former No. 3 team, the Chicago Bears, plummeted after they were routed by the San Francisco 49ers. The Bears tumbled all the way to ninth, the biggest fall of the week. Jason Campbell, the Bears backup quarterback who started in the place of Jay Cutler, threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Marshall in the third quarter but was sacked five times and threw two interceptions in his first start since October 2011 for Oakland.
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July 16, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
Matt Forte had a career year for the Chicago Bears last season, and he was rewarded for that effort Monday with a lucrative new contract. Forte and the Bears agreed to a four-year contract worth $32 million with more than $18 million guaranteed, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. The two sides had until Monday to reach a deal before Forte would have had to play next season for $7.74 million as the team's franchise player. Of course, he also could have held out, which is one of the reasons why the new contract is such a big deal.
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March 20, 2013 | By Matt Wilhalme
Brian Urlacher will not return to the Chicago Bears for the 2013 season, the team announced in a news release Wednesday. The eight-time Pro Bowl linebacker and the Bears had been in talks but they were unable to agree on a deal.  “Brian has been an elite player in our league for over a decade,” General Manager Phil Emery said, via NFL.com . “He showed great leadership and helped develop a winning culture over his time with the Bears. We appreciate all he has given our team, on and off the field.
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January 27, 1986 | SCOTT KRAFT and LARRY GREEN, Times Staff Writers
This city's long-suffering sports fans finally had a winner Sunday night, and they celebrated the Chicago Bears' Super Bowl victory as if it were New Year's Eve, the Fourth of July or maybe even the end of World War II. The Bears overwhelmed the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XX in New Orleans as they had dominated the National Football League this season, posting the highest score and the most lopsided victory in the history of the game, 46-10. (Details in Sports.
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January 30, 2014 | By Mike Boehm
If the Seattle Seahawks' ferocious defense isn't enough to make Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning sweat on Super Bowl Sunday, how about the prospect of allowing a city's museum-goers to get thrown for another loss? Besides the Vince Lombardi Trophy, a sterling silver football on a pedestal, and immeasurable bragging rights, the teams will be playing for the artistic gratification of their respective citizens, thanks to a bet between the directors of the Seattle Art Museum and Denver Art Museum.
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January 23, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day, This post has been updated. See note below for details.
Fox News anchor Bill O'Reilly has landed the annual Super Bowl-timed sit-down with President Obama in a live discussion that will air during the Fox network's pregame show on Feb. 2. The interview, expected to air at 1:30 p.m. PT, is the first of two parts. Following the live portion of the interview, a second discussion will be taped to play during "The O'Reilly Factor" on Feb. 3 on Fox News. This is O'Reilly's third interview with Obama. He also sat down with the president in 2011, the last time Fox aired the Super Bowl and during Obama's original campaign for president.
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January 11, 2014
San Francisco's Jim Harbaugh and Carolina's Ron Rivera, teammates with the Chicago Bears in the 1980s, square off with very similar teams. Both have stifling defenses, productive power running games, and mobile, dynamic quarterbacks who can pick up first downs with their feet. Whereas Colin Kaepernick helped bring the 49ers to the brink of a Lombardi Trophy last season, Cam Newton will make his first postseason appearance for the Panthers. Carolina stunned San Francisco in November with a 10-9 victory at Candlestick Park, but the 49ers were without Kaepernick's favorite target, receiver Michael Crabtree, who missed 11 games because of a torn Achilles' tendon.
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December 28, 2013 | Staff and wire reports
Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig was arrested on suspicion of reckless driving Saturday morning in Florida after his Mercedes-Benz was clocked traveling 110 mph in a 70-mph zone, police said. The arrest came less than two months after Puig had speeding-related charges dropped in Tennessee. Puig, who makes his off-season home in Miami, was driving westbound on Interstate 75 between Naples and Fort Lauderdale when he was pulled over, said Lt. Greg Bueno of the Florida Highway Patrol.
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December 26, 2013 | Wire Reports
Serena Williams nearly owned women's tennis in 2013, and the Associated Press took notice by selecting her the female athlete of the year. Williams has won the award three times, tying golfer Annika Sorenstam and tennis player Maureen Connolly. Only track and golf star Babe Didrikson (6) and tennis star Chris Evert (4) have more selections since the award was first given in 1931. Williams was a runaway winner in voting by the media, garnering 55 of 96 votes. Women's basketball player Brittney Griner was second with 14 votes.
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December 24, 2013 | By Times Staff Writers
The most valuable players obviously stand out each season, and so do the All-Stars and those with maximum contracts and seven-figure sneaker deals. While some of their teammates, those who never get off the bench, or play only on the third line or on return teams, or those who are the players-to-be-named later in deals, hardly matter. And, yes, there are the one-night "stars," who make the late-night video highlights, or whose brief exploits go viral on YouTube. But the real heavy lifting, game in and game out, in professional sports is done by the more unheralded athletes in the lineup almost every day. Those who help push the runs across, or make a key play that doesn't turn up on the stat sheets, help pick up the slack when a superstar is having an off night - they are the glue that helps hold teams together.
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October 9, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
N.Y. GIANTS (0-5) AT BEARS (3-2) TV: NFL Network, 5:15 PDT. Line: Bears by 8. Over/under: 47. Sam Farmer's pick: Whose defense do you trust? The Bears have had some breakdowns, but the Giants are a disaster, allowing a league-high 36.4 points per game. The Giants are on a collision course with 0-6. Bears 28, Giants 24
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June 6, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
The owners of the Chicago Bears will sell about 20% of the team to two Chicago businessmen but will not lose control of the club, its management announced today. No terms were disclosed for the sale, which must be approved by the National Football League. Andrew J. McKenna, president of Schwarz Paper Co. and a director of the Bears, and Patrick G. Ryan, president of Aon Corp., an insurance holding company, will acquire the stock. McKenna is also a director of Aon Corp.
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December 23, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo will miss the rest of the season due to a back injury, according to a report by ESPN that cites an unnamed league source. The news comes at the worst possible time for the Cowboys (8-7), who play the Philadelphia Eagles (9-6) on Sunday night for a regular-season finale that will determine which team wins the NFC East and which team is headed home for the winter. The Cowboys would win a tiebreaker between the two teams based on what would be a regular-season sweep of the Eagles.
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December 23, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
As a Philadelphia Eagles cheerleader from 2007 through 2010, Rachel Washburn spent a lot of time on the sidelines at Lincoln Financial Field during NFL games. On Sunday night, three years after leaving the squad to join the Army, 1st Lt. Washburn came full circle, returning to the field where she once led cheers to receive the team's Hometown Hero award during the Eagles' 54-11 victory over the Chicago Bears. “I'm incredibly excited and humbled by it,” Washburn said. “I always thought that was such a wonderful thing that the Eagles did -- that every game they chose somebody to showcase what they had done for every single person in that stadium.
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