Monsters: The 1985 Chicago Bears and the Wild Heart of Football

Cohen, Rich

Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013
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The New York Times bestselling gripping account of a once-in-a-lifetime football team and their lone championship season

For Rich Cohen and millions of other fans, the 1985 Chicago Bears were more than a football team: they were the greatest football team ever--a gang of colorful nuts, dancing and pounding their way to victory. They won a Super Bowl and saved a city.

It was not just that the Monsters of the Midway won, but how they did it. On offense, there was high-stepping running back Walter Payton and Punky QB Jim McMahon, who had a knack for pissing off Coach Mike Ditka as he made his way to the end zone. On defense, there was the 46: a revolutionary, quarterback-concussing scheme cooked up by Buddy Ryan and ruthlessly implemented by Hall of Famers such as Dan "Danimal" Hampton and "Samurai" Mike Singletary. On the sidelines, in the locker rooms, and in bars, there was the never-ending soap opera: the coach and the quarterback bickering on TV, Ditka and Ryan nearly coming to blows in the Orange Bowl, the players recording the "Super Bowl Shuffle" video the morning after the season's only loss.

Cohen tracked down the coaches and players from this iconic team and asked them everything he has always wanted to know: What's it like to win? What's it like to lose? Do you really hate the guys on the other side? Were you ever scared? What do you think as you lie broken on the field? How do you go on after you have lived your dream but life has not ended?

The result is Monsters: The 1985 Chicago Bears and the Wild Heart of Football, a portrait not merely of a team but of a city and a game: its history, its future, its fallen men, its immortal heroes. But mostly it's about being a fan--about loving too much. This is a book about America at its most nonsensical, delirious, and joyful.

Product Description: The gripping account of a once-in-a-lifetime football team and their lone championship season Payton. Hampton. McMahon. Ditka. Even the casual football fan recognizes these names, the pillars of the 1985 Chicago Bears. Walter "Sweetness" Payton, the fleet-footed running back. Mike Singletary, the hard-charging middle linebacker. Jim McMahon, the punky quarterback, changing plays on the fly. And Mike Ditka, the hotheaded, mustachioed head coach. They were a scrappy team: they played rough; they had heart; they recorded "The Super Bowl Shuffle." In the winter of 1985, they were the team Chicago needed--a team to believe in and rally around: champions for a city all too accustomed to losing. Rich Cohen was seventeen years old when the Bears won their first and only Super Bowl; he was in the Super Dome when they defeated the New England Patriots 46-10. In "Monsters," he breathlessly recounts the thrilling narrative of their championship season. It's a story filled with outsized characters and unbelievable-but-true anecdotes gleaned from extensive interviews with the players themselves. It's a story about fathers and sons, love and loyalty, hope and redemption, pain and joy. It's a story about football, in all its beauty and all its brutality--the uniquely American sport. These are the 1985 Chicago Bears as only Rich Cohen could describe them. You'll never see the team, or the game, or your own childhood idols the same way ever again.

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