Da Bears!: How the 1985 Monsters of the Midway Became the Greatest Team in NFL History
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Da Bears!: How the 1985 Monsters of the Midway Became the Greatest Team in NFL History

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An acclaimed sports journalist and native Chicagoan tackles what many call the greatest team in NFL history. Da Bears! tells the full story of the ’85 legends—with all the contro­versy and excitement—on the field and off.

It’s been 25 years since the Chicago Bears won Super Bowl XX with what Bill Parcells called “the best de­fensive team I’ve ever seen” and an offense surpr...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published September 28th 2010 by Crown Archetype (first published January 1st 2010)
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Aaron Webb
This had the potential to be a great book - A team that had its share of characters, however I felt the book didn't reach the expectations I had for it. Maybe in the hands of another author it would have been better, but quite often this book came across as something written by a first year journalism student in college.
Meg
If you were or are a Chicago Bears fan you will enjoy reading this book. I lived in the Chicago area in 1985 and followed the Bears closely, but was not aware of all that was going on between player, coaches and management. They were still a great group of guys that gave Chicago quite a ride.
Tom Gase
I've read a couple books by Steve Delsohn, who hails from Thousand Oaks, the town I grew up in, but this one is his best.

I was really caught up in this book even though I'm not a Chicago Bears fan. It really brought me back to being in second grade and playing two-touch football with my friend Matt in his backyard. I was always Marcus Allen and Howie Long while he was always Walter Payton, Jim McMahon or Gary Fencik. I got so caught up in this book that I put on some tunes from 85 like Husker Du...more
Tyler Ratliff
Delsohn's purpose in writing his book, Da Bears, is to inform the reader about the 25th anniversary of the 1985 Chicago Bears who were acclaimed to be the best team in NFL history. Da Bears provides in-depth account of events that happened during the Bears historical season. It shows how elements of comedy, seriousness, and preparation led the 1985 Bears to be one of the best teams in NFL history. Da Bears is truly a great book that teaches us to appreciate what we have achieved. Delsohn shows t...more
Jen
HILARIOUS! As a newly (within the last few years) converted Bears fan, I had a wonderful time learning about the golden 1985 season. This book is technical in providing season/player statistics. As a narrative, it introduces us to the 1985 players - how they were drafted, their personalities, and in some cases, what their futures after 1985 held. It is also narrative in describing dramas between players and coaches during the season. Head coach Mike Ditka and defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan hav...more
Brandon
Awesome book! Great read for any fan of the 1985 Chicago Bears, second only to _Never Die Easy_, Payton's autobiography written with Don Yaeger just before his death. It was so great to relive such a wild ride. The 1985 season comes to life through the words of Bears' greats such as coach Mike Ditka, Mike Singletary, Dan Hampton, Jim McMahon, Dave Duerson, and Kevin Butler, among others. Nothing is left out, from the legendary conflict between Buddy Ryan and Mike Ditka to the infamous Super Bowl...more
Scott
Nice trip down memory lane.
Dave Donahoe
I've read a lot of these books...and this one is like talking to a fellow fan. Some great new anecdotes and intereviews you have read before. It didn't bogged down in all the details of the season and concentrated more on the personality of the team. Don't let the, now silly, title throw you off, this is defintely a Chicago sports fan's book.
Keenan
This book is about the Bears road to Super Bowl 20. Having famous star like Walter Payton Jim McMahon and Mike Singletary. This book makes you feel like your actual there!! And always talks about there wonderful moments and the horrible moments. The get right back up and win the Super Bowl!!!!!
Trudy
As an avid (some might say rabid) Chicago Bears fan, I really enjoyed this trip down memory lane. The 1985 Bears were an experience!

Delsohn's book does get somewhat repetitive, and it isn't particularly well-written, but it will still delight any diehard Bears aficionado!
Stamps
An excellent book about the dysfunctional team that was the 1985 Bears. The relationship between Mike Ditka and Buddy Ryan is especially compelling. "Da Bears" takes you before, during and after every game of the '85 season. It's a stellar book for football fans.
Roy Kissel
Good to relive that great season. Most of the stories about the 1985 Bears are well known, but the book does offer a few juicy new (to me) nuggets.
Chowhound88 (a.k.a. Ralph)
I enjoyed reading it. Especially since I have been a Bear fan from the age of 6. I will add it one day to my home library.
James Halcomb


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