Adam Czech is away in enemy territory this weekend (Chicago). Evidently, they don’t allow any Packers writing on Sundays in Chicago, so I’ll be filling in.
Before he left he mentioned he’d be going to Mike Ditka’s restaurant and not soon after, the news came across the wires that the Bears would be retiring Ditka’s #89. Cooincidence? Or is Czech a Bears double agent? An investigation shall commence.
In the meantime, when I heard the news about Ditka, my first reaction was, “what the heck took them so long?” Shouldn’t this have been done many years ago? He’s a Pro Football Hall of Famer and a Super Bowl Champion as both a player and a coach for the Bears. This should be a no-brainer, right?
Well, it seems that, unbeknownst to me, The Bears have a little problem when it comes to retiring numbers. Seems they have retired too many – more than any other team in the NFL!
Ditka’s No. 89 is the 14th jersey number to be retired by the bears, joining, No. 3 (Bronko Nagurski), 5 (George McAfee), 7 (George Halas), 28 (Willie Galimore), 34 (Walter Payton), 40 (Gale Sayers), 41 (Brian Piccolo), 42 (Sid Luckman), 51 (Dick Butkus), 56 (Bill Hewitt), 61 (Bill George), 66 (Clyde “Bulldog” Turner) and 77 (Harold “Red” Grange).
I can make a case for seven. Some of the others were chosen for sentimental reasons rather than talent. Some had the talent, but were not even with the Bears that long.
In any case, this presents a logistics problem for the Bears, and as such, they’ve announced that Ditka’s #89 is the LAST number they’ll be retiring.
Sorry Brian Urlacher…
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Packers News, Notes and Links
- Evan Western at Acme Packing Company tells us why he thinks B.J. Raji should only play nose tackle. I’ve written in the past that I think it’s his best position, but I don’t think he’s better than Ryan Pickett in that spot.
- Aaron Rodgers says Brian Urlacher was his favorite player to play against. Here Brad Biggs summarizes Rodgers’ comments on the Jim Rome radio Show.
- Pete Dougherty of PackersNews.com takes an in-depth look at Nick Perry and his suitability/preparation for the OLB role he will play with the Packers.
- Johnny Jolly completed his court-ordered drug treatment program and was commended by the same judge that sentenced him, as reported by Chris Roth of WBAY-TV.
- That prompted John Rehor over at PackersTalk.com to write about Jolly’s opportunity to fix his life and possibly play football again.
- Brian Carriveau has some fun over at CheeseheadTV.com with his “Far Too Early Packers Roster Predictions.“
- Playing off the recent news of a “Cheeseheads” reality show, the hilarious crew over at PackerRanter.com, come up with some other great ideas for wacky Packers reality shows.
Non-Packers Links and Other Nonsense
- NJ Shore towns racing to rebuild and be ready for summer visitors after the Hurricane Sandy destruction.
- 2013 is the 40th anniversary of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, which has sold over 50 million copies.
- One of the original Apple 1 computers was recently auctioned off for $668,000. Wish I were more of a pack rat…
Jersey Al Bracco is the founder and editor of AllGreenBayPackers.com, and the co-founder of Packers Talk Radio Network. He can be heard as one of the Co-Hosts on Cheesehead Radio and is the Green Bay Packers Draft Analyst for Drafttek.com.