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The Bears Den: May 30, 2013 - Offseason news and notes

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Why retire Mike Ditka's number now? - Patrick Rishe of wonders if the Bears' decision to retire Mike Ditka's No. 89 was based on public relations.

Steve Ronkowski: Bears History Book - Ditka, Da Player / Mdwymnstr: #89 should be the last number retired

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Dan Pompei's Bears mailbag - Readers' Q&A about DL depth, Shea McClellin, the dark horse to make the roster, and more.

ChatWrap - Kevin Seifert ruminates on the state of defensive lines in the NFC North.

2013 NFC season over/under win totals - Will Brinson assesses Vegas' over/under win totals.

Class of 2009 not living up to promise - John Clayton: Few players from the '09 draft have stayed put, and more are expected to move. Kevin Seifert: NFCN less disastrous than most.

Lester A. Wiltfong Jr.: Who do you nominate for a Bears "Mt. Lunchpail"

Bears doing good things - Larry Mayer: Charles Tillman will raise funds for his Cornerstone Foundation by hosting a bowling tournament in Rosemont. Probably won't be punching any balls. Probably.

President Obama receives Chicago Bears stuffed bear - Larry Mayer: During a visit to New Jersey's Point Pleasant boardwalk, avid Bears fan President Barack Obama was given a Chicago Bears stuffed bear by New Jersey's governor.

A call for NFL to draft Chicago as draft site - Phil Rosenthal: McCormick Place could provide alternative to New York's Radio City Music Hall.


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NFP Agent's Journal - Jack Bechta takes a look at emerging fitness, social and digital trends associated with NFL players and their teams.

Redskins not offensive to you? How about the Washington N-Words? - Mike Freeman hopes the latest outreach to the Redskins and the NFL from Members of Congress about Washington's team name gets the idea across about how derogatory this mascot really is.

Are the Falcons the team to beat in the NFC? - Jeff Fedotin: Bolstered by Osi Umenyiora and Steven Jackson, are the Falcons the team to beat in the NFC?

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Joe Fortenbaugh: The Vikings are one of four 10+ win teams who could be headed for a step in the wrong direction in 2013.

Know thy enemy: Packers - That gigantic helmet Green Bay Packers golf cart you've always wanted is available. You can pick it up off Craigslist for just $6900 if you act fast.

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