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WCG Book Club: In Life, First You Kick Ass

Coach-mike-ditka-shades_medium Many times here at ye olde Windy City Gridiron, we like to bring you up to date news, insight, and analysis into the Chicago Bears and the game of football, and use the best of technology to bring you that information. 

So today, I'm here to tell you about a book.

But not just any book, mind you. A book commanded by Da Coach. The Man, The Myth, The Legend. Mr. Mike Ditka.


This book was first published in 2005, and it features the recollections of a slightly removed Mike Ditka, looking back on the days of of the Super Bowl Champion Bears.

The first thing to keep in mind is that it is, often, slightly rosier than it would've been had it been written in 87, or even 95. The other is, it's somewhat one-sided.

But that's ok. The book definitely gives some great insights into the life and times of those Bears. One of my favorite things:

I remember I'd be in my office late at night, and I'd get these phone calls. There'd be this Latino woman on the other end, and she had a thick Mexican accent and a real high voice and she'd say, "Meester Deetka, I am Yolanda. I am very caliente and I want to meet you at the motel down the street. I'm waiting for you! Please come, Señor!

I got these calls all the time, and then about a month later I found out it was Walter. I saw him at practice and I said, "You little prick!" God, he thought it was funny.

It's not all just things like that, though.He talks about getting hired to coach, and he talks about Halas. He takes a quick walk-through that whole season, talks about what it was like to work with Ryan, to whip up on teams they way the y did, and talks about the players and personnel like they're family. 

It's a quick read, but a fun one. I'd give it 3 out of 5 stars, if I was any sort of critic.  You can probably find it at a library, or in a bookstore, or on Amazon, or ebay. Check it out. If you've read it, tell us what you think below.