Members of ’85 Bears at Hoffman House Jan. 16

By Doug Halberstadt

Sports Columnist

Unlike this year’s Chicago Bears team, there once was a time when they were actually very good. That may be difficult for those of you younger than 30 years old to believe. It’s true, though. They won the Super Bowl in 1985.

Now, there is a chance for fans young and old to relive some of that Super Bowl glory. The Great Bears Blitz is coming to the Hoffman House Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010. The evening includes an opportunity to meet and greet and get autographs from several members of that championship team. Steve “Mongo” McMichael, Jimbo Covert, Dave “Double D” Duerson, Shaun Gayle, Keith Van Horne and William “The Refrigerator” Perry will be in attendance.

If you’re looking for that last-minute Christmas gift for the Bears fan on your list, tickets to the Bears Blitz are on sale at the Score Board inside the Holiday Inn at East State Street and Bell School Road in Rockford. They can also be charged by phone at 800-595-4849 or online at

The $85 ticket includes a prime rib sandwich buffet and one autograph from each player. In addition to the dinner and autographs, local sportscaster Scott Leber will be on hand for a question-and-answer session, and he’ll be showing some video highlights from that memorable season.

Since this year’s Bears team won’t be playing in any postseason games, I’d like to suggest they purchase a ticket to this event and come out and see what a real Chicago football team looks like. It might actually do them some good. By the way, that goes double for Lovie Smith and Ron Turner.

Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at

From the Dec. 23-29, 2009 issue

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