Chicago Bears: Jim McMahon

You know it’s ugly once billboards start to go up around town, and that’s exactly what’s happened in the wake of the Green Bay Packers destroying the Chicago Bears 55-14 on Sunday at Lambeau Field.

Command Transportation, a Skokie-based freight broker, used its videoboard to post a picture of former Bears quarterback Jim McMahon on a fictional iPhone that apparently belongs to coach Marc Trestman.

The caption on the videoboard reads: “Marc, answer the phone. Your new QB is calling.”

McMahon led the Bears to victory in Super Bowl XX, but he’s not pulling the club out of its current 3-6 predicament.

Jay Cutler certainly deserves his fair share of criticism coming off a game in which he threw two interceptions and fumbled on a strip sack by Julius Peppers. Cutler finished the game with a passer rating of 68.8, his worst of the season. He has now thrown 22 interceptions in 12 career games against the Packers and owns a record of 1-11 in games against Chicago’s NFC North rival.

Cutler has committed an NFL-high 15 turnovers in nine games, leading to a total of 65 points by opponents.

Ditka: Halas was greatest Bear of all time

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George HalasAP Photo/Dozier MobleyGeorge Halas not only was an NFL founder, but he drafted Mike Ditka and made him head coach.
Mike Ditka was humble Wednesday when told he was voted No. 3 on ESPNChicago.com's list of the "50 Greatest Bears" of all time, but he was more vocal about a few other players.

Ditka thought George "Papa Bear" Halas should have been No. 1 instead of No. 5. Walter Payton, Dick Butkus, Ditka, Gale Sayers and Halas are the top five.

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McMahon: I should have played baseball

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CHICAGO -- Former Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon, who is suffering from early-stage dementia, has told a Chicago television station that while he appreciates what football has done for him, if he could do it over, he would play baseball.

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Former Chicago Bears QB Jim McMahon says repeated blows to his head during his playing days are taking a toll on him today, which is why he is among the hundreds of former players suing the NFL.

1985 Chicago Bears still buzzworthy

October, 7, 2011
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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Twenty-five years later, there was no mistaking the sight of a 52-year-old Jim McMahon sitting behind the President of the United States on the South Lawn of the White House in a suit, tie, white headband and tennis shoes.

For all those pinheads who wish the 1985 Chicago Bears would go away already, there they were again Friday, honored for their contribution as Super Bowl champions; getting overdue attention from Washington for, the nerve of them, being one of the greatest teams in NFL history.

Also reminding us, and maybe still informing those too young or too thick to realize, just how big a part of popular culture they were and, as such, always will be.

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Jim McMahon injured in limo accident

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RENO, Nev. -- Former NFL quarterback Jim McMahon and two others were injured Monday when a limousine crashed through a fence south of Reno, the Nevada Highway Patrol said.

The Nevada Highway Patrol said the accident happened around 2 p.m. on U.S. 395.

The limo, owned by Bell Limousine of Reno, was heading north when it left the four-lane highway, crashed through a wire fence, over a culvert and into a pasture, trooper Mike Edgell said.

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McMahon: Bears mishandled Cutler news

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Former quarterback Jim McMahon said if the Chicago Bears had handled news of Jay Cutler's injured knee better the controversy and criticism that followed might have been avoided.

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Ex-Bear McMahon aids concussion project

February, 3, 2011
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DALLAS -- Jim McMahon recently ran into some ex-teammates from the 1986 Super Bowl champion Chicago Bears, and the conversation went something like this: "How are you feeling? Are you forgetting stuff like me?"

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Butler: Bears can't overshadow '85 team

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Jim McMahonJonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesJim McMahon and Mike Ditka were two of the personalities that made the '85 Bears memorable.
Former Chicago Bears kicker Kevin Butler said even if Jay Cutler’s crew wins the Super Bowl this year, it won’t capture the attention of Chicago the way the 1985 team did after winning Super Bowl XX.

“The characters on that team really brought many, many fans who weren’t football fans to become football fans back then,” Butler said Friday on “The Waddle & Silvy Show” on ESPN 1000. “That was something that was so good and unique to that team, and I don’t think it will be duplicated.

“So I think if think they win a championship, it will be very exciting, but I don’t see it taking over the characters of that football team.”

While fans of the current Bears know Cutler and Brian Urlacher and Devin Hester, Butler said there’s no comparison to the characters of the ’85 squad.

“That year was very special in so many different ways,” Butler said. “Not only winning the championship, but the way we won it, the dominance of the defense the characters of the team from Walter to Fridge to Coach Ditka to Hampton to McMahon, McMichael you can go down the list.

“And the best thing about that team is a lot of them are still in the community and giving back to the city. It’s a very unique situation, and I think the players are still giving back to the city that’s giving back to us after 25 years.”

Ex-Bear McMahon struggles with memory

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CHICAGO -- It was during Super Bowl Media Day in February when Jim McMahon was first approached and asked to get involved with the Sports Legacy Institute, which was formed three years ago to "solve the concussion crisis" in sports.

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