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Friday, June 10, 2011
BBAO: George McCaskey on the job

By Kevin Seifert

We're Black and Blue All Over:

Hello there. In a master stroke of scheduling, I wrapped up my time away Thursday and am popping back on the blog on Friday. It'll take me some time to catch up and find out what people are mad at me for -- apparently my ballot in's latest Power Rankings didn't go over well -- but let's start back into routine right away.

We'll start with a pair of stories on new Chicago Bears chairman George McCaskey, who has taken over the job from older brother Michael McCaskey. Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune chronicles McCaskey's hard-working personality and reverence for the Bears' past. Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times describes McCaskey's everyman attitude and notes he drives a Honda Accord.
McCaskey, via Biggs: "Life is different. The game is evolving. The business is evolving. You can't be tied in to that kind of analysis. But it can be helpful. One of the things we talk about ... 'What would Dad have done? What would Grandpa have done?' I think if you had the opportunity to ask them, (they would say), 'Do the right thing.' "

You might not be interested in the life history of the latest McCaskey to run the Bears, but you should. Over time, an NFL franchise takes on the personality and vision (or lack thereof) of its owner. Future front office and coaching hires, financial decisions and franchise philosophy all flow from the top.

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