Keeping score is where it's at, my friends. You have to score more points to win and as Mr. Lombardi so astutely observed, "Why would they keep score if winning wasn't the shiznit?" (I might be paraphrasing that quote just a bit.) Jump with me, and we'll see how this whole "Trivia" thing comes out.......
So we were talking about keeping score, right?
But the Bears have been known more for keeping other teams from scoring than for actually scoring themselves. Defense! That's what we do. There are generally two schools of thought on winning. "Score more points than the other team in order to win" vs. "If the other team can't score, you can't lose". And our Bears have generally followed rule #2. But the Bears have been known to put up some points. They still own the record for the most lopsided victory (in the 1940 championship game 73-0 over the Redskins). Maybe even more dear to my heart was the 61-7 win over the Packers in 1980. But, for the most part, the Bears have been more focused on stopping the other guy from scoring than on scoring themselves.
But, we've had some players who were pretty adept at making points with the rock. Walter Payton left the league after having scored the most rushing TDs ever and was second only to Jim Brown in Total TDs. George Blanda retired as the all-time scoring leader and would remain in that spot for almost 30 years. And he played quite a bit of his career here in the Midway. Kevin Butler lead the Bears for years as the top scorer. Devin Hester has made more points returning the ball than anyone else in history. And Gale Sayers holds the record for TDs in a game (tied with two others) at 6.
This brings us to our Tuesday Bears Trivia question:
Who was the first Bear to lead the league in scoring, how many points did he score and what year did he achieve the feat?