Below is a list of events that occurred during the Chicago Bears 1985 season.
Week of July 22Monday, Jul. 22
Training camp began in Platteville, Wis. Among the players who agreed to terms just in time to make the team bus was fourth-round pick kicker Kevin Butler. The only draft choice not present at the first team meal was first-round pick William Perry, who returned to his home in South Carolina as contract negotiations continued.
Tuesday, Jul. 23
The first practice for rookies took place. Several veteran players were also in attendance, including wide receiver Ken Margerum, who was wearing a knee brace after missing the entire 1984 season with a torn ACL.
Wednesday, Jul. 24
The receiver spots were thin on the second day of practice. Ken Margerum was dealing with a cramp in his right calf, third-round pick James Maness had a hamstring injury and Dennis McKinnon continued to sit while awaiting clearance from team doctors to return from his offseason knee surgery.
Thursday, Jul. 25
When quarterback Jim McMahon tried to just trim the sides of his hair to make his helmet more comfortable, he ended up giving himself a Mohawk. "I just kept trimming and trimming and it kept getting worse and worse," McMahon said. "I just said the heck with it."
Thursday, Jul. 25
Veteran wide receiver Brian Baschnagel injured his right knee, requiring arthroscopic surgery.
Friday, Jul. 26
The remaining veterans reported to camp, except for a few holdouts, most notably linebacker Mike Singletary and defensive end Richard Dent. William Perry continued his holdout. His agent Jim Steiner said negotiations "totally broke down," saying Bears general manager Jerry Vainisi told him, "Perry will never play for the Chicago Bears."
Saturday, Jul. 27
The team broke off talks with William Perry. General manager Jerry Vainisi said "we are through negotiating and will play without Mr. Perry."
Sunday, Jul. 28
Defensive lineman Tyrone Keys arrived at camp after missing one practice, bringing the number of players holding out down to seven. Team president Michael McCaskey reaffirmed the team's decision not to renegotiate linebacker Mike Singletary's contract.
Week of July 29Monday, Jul. 29
Third-string quarterback Rusty Lisch asked to be waived Monday night, and the Bears complied. General manager Jerry Vainisi has again expressed no desire to talk about No. 1 draft choice William Perry. "I'm not planning on William Perry playing with the Bears this year," Vainisi said Monday, still upset after thinking he had closed a deal Friday.
Tuesday, Jul. 30
WXRT-FM (93.1) said it will broadcast seven Cubs games that WGN Radio is unable to carry live over the next 10 weeks because of its commitment to the Bears.
Wednesday, Jul. 31
General manager Jerry Vainisi received a counteroffer from Howard Slusher, safety Todd Bell's agent, asking for $950,000 a year. That would make Bell by far the highest-paid player on the team and one of the highest-paid in the league, regardless of position. Bell played for $77,000 last season.
Thursday, Aug. 1
The quarterback who led the Bears to their first postseason victory in 21 years knows he might not take a snap in 1985. "The ideal situation for the Bears," Steve Fuller said, "would be for Jim McMahon to stay healthy, play great and lead us into the Super Bowl. If that happens, I probably won't play a down."
Friday, Aug. 2
All-Pro defensive end Richard Dent ended his holdout and reported to Bears' training camp Friday. The team and Dent's agent, Everett Glenn, have worked out an arrangement that will allow Dent to participate in drills while contract talks continue.
Saturday, Aug. 3
Quarterback Mike Tomczak impressed the Bears' coaching staff in Saturday's intrasquad game. He completed 10 of 15 passes for 134 yards, including one touchdown, to help lead the offense to a 44-34 victory over the defense. Tomczak needed a big day because he is battling former Illinois quarterback Ken Cruz for the No. 3 spot.
Week of August 5Monday, Aug. 5
William Perry ended his holdout and signed a four-year, $1.35 million contract. Defensive tackle Steve McMichael also ended his holdout and reported to the team on Monday.
Tuesday, Aug. 6
Cramps kept defensive tackle William Perry out of Tuesday afternoon's practice on only his second day in the Bears' training camp. Ditka called Perry out of shape. "That's what two weeks of messing around has done," Ditka said. He added that Perry lost 13 pounds during Tuesday morning's practice.
Wednesday, Aug. 7
"It's a wasted draft choice and a waste of money," defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan said of William Perry. "We should have given the money to Todd Bell (a veteran safety who is holding out) and the pros we know who can play&We should have forgotten about Perry."
Thursday, Aug. 8
Safety Dave Duerson said Thursday he can relate to defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan's opinion about No. 1 draft choice William Perry. When Duerson was drafted in 1983, Ryan decided almost immediately that he couldn't play cornerback. Now, Duerson is substituting for unsigned Todd Bell.
Friday, Aug. 9
The Cardinals beat the Bears 10-3 in St. Louis in the preseason opener for both teams.
Saturday, Aug. 10
Rookie placekicker Kevin Butler was sent to Lake Forest on Saturday to undergo tests for recurring headaches. Butler is expected to challenge Bob Thomas for the kicking job.
Saturday, Aug. 10
Defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan wants to dispel any reports he and coach Mike Ditka have a stormy relationship. "Ditka and I get along fine," Ryan said. "I always get tickled when I read Ditka and Ryan are fighting. I don't see it that way and neither does he. But I guess it sells a lot of papers."
Week of August 12Monday, Aug. 12
Wide receiver Dennis McKinnon returned to practice for the first time Monday afternoon since undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left knee July 5. "There is no pain on sharp cuts," McKinnon said. "That damage was repaired."
Wednesday, Aug. 14
Linebacker Mike Singletary, one of three remaining holdouts (along with Todd Bell and Al Harris), said he expects to be in uniform when the team opens its season Sept. 8.
Thursday, Aug. 15
Coach Mike Ditka said he wants quarterback Jim McMahon to play for a half against the Colts on Saturday night at Soldier Field. He wants Steve Fuller to play a quarter and rookies Mike Tomczak and Ken Cruz to share a quarter. Ditka wanted McMahon to play a half last week, but he ended up playing just eight plays.
Friday, Aug. 16
After 25 days at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, the Bears broke camp early Friday and headed back to their permanent facility in Lake Forest, Ill.
Saturday, Aug. 17
The Bears fell to 0-2 in the preseason, losing 24-13 to the Colts at Soldier Field. The Bears were without three holdouts -- middle linebacker Mike Singletary, outside linebacker Al Harris and strong safety Todd Bell -- and without rehabilitating defensive tackle Dan Hampton and free safety Gary Fencik.
Sunday, Aug. 18
"Dallas is going to play their veterans and they'll try to kick the hell out of us because we play them later in the season," coach Mike Ditka said about the Bears' third preseason game, Aug. 26 against the Cowboys. "If we're not smart enough to understand that, then we'll need a transfusion after the game. It's time for us to get going."
Week of August 19Monday, Aug. 19
Mike Tomczak won the No. 3 quarterback job as the team cut his primary competition, Ken Cruz. Veteran wide receiver Brian Baschnagel was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury.
Tuesday, Aug. 20
The Chargers traded punter Maury Buford to the Bears for a conditional draft choice. Buford was brought in to compete with Dave Finzer, who has been unimpressive thus far. Buford beat out Finzer for San Diego's punting job last year.
Wednesday, Aug. 21
Linebacker Mike Singletary ended his holdout. His reworked contract went from six to four years. Under the new agreement, Singletary will play for his scheduled base salaries of $200,000, $225,000 and $250,000 through 1987, some of it deferred, but he will be eligible to negotiate an extension after the 1986 season.
Thursday, Aug. 22
Linebacker Mike Singletary took part in his first drills following his holdout, which included extra wind sprints courtesy of defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan.
Friday, Aug. 23
Wide receiver Dennis McKinnon returned to practice Friday and free safety Gary Fencik missed practice. But McKinnon won't play and Fencik will on Monday night against the Cowboys. Fencik discovered fluid on his knee before Friday's practice, but said the knee felt good.
Saturday, Aug. 24
"The sense of urgency on this football team isn't where it needs to be right now," defensive lineman Dan Hampton said. "Management is taking a 'Let's wait and see what's going to happen,' attitude with the holdouts and the team is taking a 'Let's wait and see what's going to happen with our team,' attitude."
Saturday, Aug. 24
Coach Mike Ditka will play his regulars longer Monday than he will next week against the Bills in the final tune-up. "When you go into a game knowing you're only going to play a quarter or a half, you're not as much into it as if you know you were going to play the whole ballgame," McMahon said.
Week of August 26Monday, Aug. 26
The Bears' Monday night game against the Cowboys in Dallas was the sixth of eight preseason games to experiment with instant replay. Chicago lost the game 15-13. A 24-yard field goal by Rafael Septien with three seconds to play gave the Cowboys the win. Dallas is 3-0 in the preseason, while the Bears are 0-3.
Tuesday, Aug. 27
Maury Buford has become the Bears' fourth punter in Mike Ditka's four years as head coach. Punters Dave Finzer, Ray Stachowicz and Bob Parsons were three of the 10 players Ditka cut from his roster Tuesday. Kickers Bob Thomas and Kevin Butler survived the cut to 50.
Wednesday, Aug. 28
Chicago cut guard Rob Fada after he asked the Bears to determine his status. When the Bears told him that his chances of making the 45-man roster for Opening Day weren't good, he asked to be waived so he can try to hook up with another team.
Thursday, Aug. 29
Coach Mike Ditka feels much better about his wide receiver corps after watching Dennis McKinnon practice the last two days. The flanker hasn't played a game yet after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery in July.
Friday, Aug. 30
Kids showed up at the Bears' Lake Forest headquarters Friday with a sign that read, "Coach Ditka. Bring back Al Harris and Todd Bell." Both remain holdouts. Assistant equipment manager Gary Haeger confiscated the sign.
Saturday, Aug. 31
The Bears beat the Buffalo Bills 45-14 at Soldier in their final preseason game. Chicago finished the preseason 1-3.
Week of September 2Monday, Sep. 2
Kicker Bob Thomas was released after the team could not trade him, giving the job to rookie Kevin Butler.
Tuesday, Sep. 3
"We are not San Francisco, we are not San Diego. We are not Miami," coach Mike Ditka told a Gridiron Club lunch crowd. "We are the Bears. I like that. The Bears are not a throwing team. The Bears are not a finesse team. The Bears are not an exciting team, except to the extent that bone breaking can thrill."
Wednesday, Sep. 4
The Bears withdrew their final offers to holdouts Al Harris and Todd Bell. "They both rejected our final offers last week," general manager Jerry Vainisi said.
Thursday, Sep. 5
On Wednesday, more than 2,000 tickets were left for the Bears' regular-season opener against the Bucs on Sunday at Soldier Field. The game was sold out by Thursday afternoon after an anonymous buyer purchased the final 1,600 tickets, ensuring the game will not be blacked out.
Sunday, Sep. 8
The Bears beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 38-28 in the regular season opener. The artificial turf at Soldier Field registered as high as 133 degrees during the game.
Week of September 9Sunday, Sep. 15
The Bears beat the New England Patriots 20-7 at Soldier Field in Week 2. Linebacker Mike Singletary led Chicago's defensive efforts with three sacks.
Monday, Sep. 9
Coach Mike Ditka agreed with linebacker Mike Singletary's opinion that officials are watching the Bears more closely for personal fouls because of their reputation as hard hitters. "It bothers me," Ditka said. "Two calls were very questionable."
Week of September 16Friday, Sep. 20
Quarterback Jim McMahon checked back into Lake Forest Hospital for at least two nights of rest and observation for a leg infection.
Sunday, Sep. 22
Quarterback Jim McMahon left Lake Forest Hospital after receiving treatment for an infected hematoma bruise on his right leg. He said the infection and back spasms, which had hospitalized him earlier in the week, were much improved.
Monday, Sep. 16
After two nights of traction and tests, quarterback Jim McMahon was scheduled to leave the hospital Tuesday morning and practice that afternoon.
Wednesday, Sep. 18
Coach Mike Ditka announced that backup quarterback Steve Fuller will start Thursday against Minnesota in place of the injured Jim McMahon, who has a right shin contusion.
Thursday, Sep. 19
The Bears improved to 3-0 with a 33-24 win over the Vikings in Minnesota. Quarterback Jim McMahon, benched at the start for missing practice during the week with a sore neck, came off the bench to throw three touchdown passes in a span of seven minutes.
Week of September 23Monday, Sep. 23
Redskins defensive end Dexter Manley declared the Redskins need to knock Walter Payton and Jim McMahon out of their upcoming game against the Bears. "No matter what it takes, we've got to get Walter Payton out of the game&" Manley said. "If it takes getting McMahon out, we've got to get McMahon out."
Friday, Sep. 27
Offensive tackle Jim Covert was expected to be released from Lake Forest Hospital after spending two days in traction because of back spasms.
Sunday, Sep. 29
The Bears beat the Washington Redskins 45-10 at Soldier Field. The game featured a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Chicago's Willie Gault.
Week of September 30Monday, Sep. 30
Defensive end Richard Dent proved that happiness can't buy money. He suggested he will ask to be traded if his contract problem cannot be resolved quickly. Dent and his agent, Everett Glenn, were negotiating an extension to Dent's contract, which was set to end after he was paid $90,000 for the 1985 season.
Thursday, Oct. 3
Holdout Todd Bell said he wants the Bears to trade him. The Bears said no. Bell, a Pro Bowl safety, has no freedom to seek employment elsewhere, though he wants $150,000 more per year than the Bears are offering.
Sunday, Oct. 6
The Bears beat the Buccaneers 27-19 in Tampa Bay. Running back Walter Payton scored his 100th and 101st career touchdowns.
Week of October 7Monday, Oct. 7
Even though the Bears are 5-0 and the 49ers are 3-2, coach Mike Ditka still thinks Bill Walsh's squad has the best team in the NFL. "San Francisco is still the best team in football," Ditka said Monday.
Friday, Oct. 11
Injured defensive linemen Dan Hampton (ankle) and Richard Dent (hip), and tight end Emery Moorehead (knee) are listed as "probable" on the injury list. All of them practiced Friday.
Sunday, Oct. 13
The Bears beat the 49ers 26-10 in San Francisco. Defensive tackle William "Refrigerator" Perry made his debut at running back and, taking the last two carries of the game for the Bears.
Week of October 14Monday, Oct. 14
Coach Mike Ditka was arrested in the early morning and charged with drunken driving and other traffic violations. When he was stopped, Ditka refused to take a breathalyzer test. Ditka posted $100 bond and relinquished his driver's license before being released. He received a mandate to appear in the Schaumburg branch of Circuit Court on Nov. 8.
Tuesday, Oct. 15
Beer will not be sold after halftime of the Bears' Monday night home game against the Packers. The Chicago Park District, which runs Soldier Field, has approved the ban. The restrictions pre-date the Monday arrest of coach Mike Ditka on a charge of drunken driving. Ditka said Monday he was in "complete agreement" with the proposed ban.
Week of October 21Monday, Oct. 21
The Bears beat the Green Bay Packers 23-7 at Soldier Field. Running back Walter Payton ran for 112 yards and two touchdowns, while William "Refrigerator" Perry came in at running back again, this time scoring a touchdown.
Wednesday, Oct. 23
Receivers' coach Ted Plumb was forced to take a few snaps in drills Wednesday because injuries to quarterbacks Jim McMahon and Steve Fuller left Mike Tomczak as the only healthy quarterback.
Sunday, Oct. 27
The Bears beat the Minnesota Vikings 27-9 at Soldier Field. Chicago's defense recorded five interceptions.
Week of October 28Monday, Oct. 28
Kicker Kevin Butler's grandfather died two days before the Bears' 27-9 win against the Vikings at Soldier Field on Oct. 27, when Butler kicked field goals of 40 and 29 yards in the first half. Butler's mother requested the Bears withhold the news until after the game. When Butler received word, he boarded a 7 p.m. flight to Savannah, Ga.
Thursday, Oct. 31
Defensive tackle William "Refrigerator" Perry got some tips on TV etiquette before his appearance Wednesday on the "Today Show." Communispond trainer John Vautier met with Perry on Tuesday night to help prepare him for the nitty-gritty of TV: how to position himself in front of a camera and where to gaze when he talks.
Sunday, Nov. 3
The Bears beat the Green Bay Packers 16-10 at Lambeau Field to move to 9-0. William "Refrigerator" Perry had a four-yard touchdown catch in the game.
Week of November 4Friday, Nov. 8
Coach Mike Ditka said Steve Fuller will start at quarterback Sunday against Detroit because Jim McMahon's right shoulder was still bothering him Friday. McMahon left the Lake Forest practice site Friday without changing back into his street clothes and would shed no light on his condition.
Friday, Nov. 8
Coach Mike Ditka was fined $300 and placed on court supervision for 12 months after he was convicted of drunken driving by a judge Friday. Ditka was charged Oct. 14 with a DUI and other traffic offenses after being arrested by a state trooper about two miles north of O'Hare International Airport shortly after the Bears had returned from San Francisco.
Sunday, Nov. 10
The Bears beat the Detroit Lions 24-3 at Soldier Field. Running backs Walter Payton and Matt Suhey combined for 209 yards, with Payton rushing for 107 yards and Suhey rushing for 102 yards.
Week of November 11Monday, Nov. 11
Defensive tackle William "Refrigerator" Perry appeared as a guest on NBC's Late Night with David Letterman. Perry earned a $100 honorarium for guesting with Letterman in a jammed Studio 6A (capacity 110), then another $224 for a cameo shot in the Green Room.
Friday, Nov. 15
Quarterback Jim McMahon went on medication Friday for tendinitis in his right shoulder after X-rays and a second doctor's diagnosis. McMahon was advised to rest, and the Bears said his status "will be determined week to week, totally dependent on how he responds to the medication."
Sunday, Nov. 17
The Bears shut out the Cowboys 44-0 in Dallas. Chicago's defense not only held Dallas scoreless, it also put up some points as defensive end Richard Dent and defensive back Mike Richardson each ran back an interception for a touchdown.
Week of November 18Monday, Nov. 18
Before confirming last Friday that quarterback Jim McMahon was suffering from tendinitis in his right shoulder, the Bears had scheduled an appointment for arthroscopic surgery Monday. But when two doctors agreed the problem was tendinitis, McMahon was given a cortisone shot.
Saturday, Nov. 23
Instead of signing a piece of paper, safety Todd Bell and linebacker Al Harris etched their decision in stone Saturday. They will not play for the Bears this year. The two holdouts reached the point of no return Saturday at 4 p.m., 30 days before the end of the regular season.
Sunday, Nov. 24
The Bears improved to 12-0 with their second straight shutout, beating the Falcons 36-0 at Soldier Field. Chicago defensive lineman Henry Waechter had a big game, recording 2.5 sacks and recording a safety.
Week of November 25Monday, Nov. 25
Coach Mike Ditka said Monday the Bears resent some of the comments made during ABC telecasts this year. "Some of the things said in the past will have an effect on some of our players and coaches. Leave it at that," Ditka said. During one Bears' game, ABC commentator O.J. Simpson called Chicago's offense "unimaginative."
Wednesday, Nov. 27
ABC commentator O.J. Simpson said Wednesday he has nothing against the Bears. "In the booth, you have to call it as you see it," Simpson said. "I don't think we've been unjust to Chicago. I happen to be a fan of the way they play ball. He (Ditka) is a little out of line saying ABC has something against them."
Thursday, Nov. 28
Quarterback Jim McMahon practiced Thursday and will be available when the Bears meet the Dolphins on Monday night in Miami. Backup quarterback Steve Fuller is still expected to start. "Jim will be able to play if we need him," coach Mike Ditka said. McMahon has missed the last three games with tendinitis in his right shoulder.
Week of December 2Sunday, Dec. 8
One of the twin helmets designed by Art Institute sculptor Dan Galemb and placed on the heads of the institute's bronze lions to celebrate the Bears' winning season was stolen early Sunday, but recovered on Michigan Avenue.
Sunday, Dec. 8
The Bears bounced back from a short week and their first loss by getting a 17-10 home win over the Indianapolis Colts. The Chicago fans booed the Bears as they headed into the locker room tied at three at halftime. But Chicago did just enough in the second half to pull out a win and avoid losing back-to-back games.
Monday, Dec. 2
The Bears suffered their first loss of the season, as the Dolphins beat them 38-24 in Miami on Monday Night Football. Dolphins' quarterback Dan Marino threw three touchdown passes and Miami scored on each of its five first-half possessions to take a halftime lead that the Bears couldn't rally back from.
Tuesday, Dec. 3
Coach Mike Ditka said quarterback Jim McMahon will start against the Colts on Sunday instead of backup Steve Fuller, who suffered knee and ankle injuries against the Dolphins. McMahon missed three successive games because of tendinitis in his throwing shoulder, but entered Monday night's game in the fourth quarter after Fuller was injured.
Tuesday, Dec. 3
A day after suffering their first loss of the season, some of the Bears' players filmed the Super Bowl Shuffle, a rap music video, in Chicago.
Wednesday, Dec. 4
Running back Walter Payton was named NFL Player of the Month after rushing for 533 yards in four games. He's rushed for at least 100 yards in eight straight games, breaking an NFL record he previously shared with Eric Dickerson.
Thursday, Dec. 5
Running back Walter Payton felt good enough after a flu bout to lift weights and attend meetings. He did not practice, which is not unusual for a Thursday.
Week of December 9Monday, Dec. 9
The other helmet placed on the head of one of the Art Institute's bronze lions was taken by a man who later telephoned the Chicago Tribune to boast that he had given it to a friend in Forest Park.
Tuesday, Dec. 10
Police said an anonymous caller telephoned the Art Institute and offered to reveal the name of the thief who stole a helmet placed on the head of one of the institute's bronze lions for $250, but he never called back.
Wednesday, Dec. 11
After one of the helmets placed on the heads of the Art Institute's bronze lions was stolen three days ago, Forest Park police received an anonymous phone call telling them, "If you want to locate the football helmet, it is in the cemetery." Police checked the Schwarzbach Cemetery at 1400 S. Des Plaines Ave., and found the dented 50-pound helmet.
Saturday, Dec. 14
The Bears beat the Jets 19-6 in New York. Kicker Kevin Butler came up big, connecting on four field goals to account for 12 of the Bears' 19 points.
Sunday, Dec. 15
With the day off after a Saturday game, quarterback Jim McMahon worked as an analyst for CBS' NFL Today Show.
Week of December 16Wednesday, Dec. 18
Eight Bears were named to the Pro Bowl: running back Walter Payton, tackle Jim Covert, center Jay Hilgenberg, safety Dave Duerson, linebackers Mike Singletary and Otis Wilson, and defensive ends Richard Dent and Dan Hampton.
Thursday, Dec. 19
Ticket manager Gary Christensen still hears a ringing in his ears. Christensen said Thursday, "Since last Friday, this office has handled 2,200 phone calls [regarding playoff tickets]."
Sunday, Dec. 22
The Bears finished the regular season atop the league with a 15-1 record after beating the Lions 37-17 in Detroit. Dennis Gentry provided a highlight in the Bears' final regular season game, returning a kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown.
Week of December 23Monday, Dec. 23
Playoff tickets go on sale; 7,000 will be available. Ticket prices are $23, $20 and $15.
Friday, Dec. 27
Coach Mike Ditka was the runaway choice for the 1985 AP NFL Coach of the Year for leading the Bears to an NFL-best 15-1 record. Six Bears were named to the United Press International NFC All-Star team and five were named to the second team.
Sunday, Dec. 29
The Bears had a bye as wild card weekend marked the beginning of the playoffs. Next week, the Bears will play the New York Giants in the divisional round after the Giants beat the San Francisco 49ers 17-3.
Week of December 30Monday, Dec. 30
The Bears left for the Atlanta Falcons' training site in Suwanee, Ga., to practice for their Jan. 5 playoff game at Soldier Field. The Bears will return either Jan. 2 or 3, depending on the weather in Chicago.
Tuesday, Dec. 31
Linebacker Mike Singletary was named the NFL's defensive player of the year by The Associated Press. Singletary was selected over defensive end Howie Long of the Los Angeles Raiders and linebacker Andre Tippett of the New England Patriots.
Wednesday, Jan. 1
Coach Mike Ditka said Wednesday's sunny practice on the Atlanta Falcons' dry grass fields was the best the Bears have had since before the Dallas game Nov. 17. "Excellent tempo. Perfect workout. Especially great for the day after New Year's Eve," Ditka said.
Sunday, Jan. 5
The Bears began their postseason campaign with a convincing 21-0 win over the New York Giants. Chicago's defense recorded six sacks, with defensive end Richard Dent leading the campaign with 3.5 sacks.
Week of January 6Monday, Jan. 6
Tickets for the NFC championship game went on sale.
Thursday, Jan. 9
Chicago offered defensive end Richard Dent a new contract extension Thursday that should end his thoughts of boycotting the Super Bowl. Dent's agent said the Bears increased their offer for the first time in months. General manager Jerry Vainisi said he increased the total package and tied less of it to incentives.
Sunday, Jan. 12
Quarterback Jim McMahon printed "ROZELLE" on his headband and wore it during the Bears' 24-0 victory over the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC championship game Sunday. NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle had fined McMahon $5,000 for wearing an adidas headband on national TV during the Giants' game a week earlier.
Sunday, Jan. 12
The Bears will play in the Super Bowl after winning the NFC with an easy 24-0 victory over the Los Angeles Rams. The Bears have held opponents scoreless through both their playoffs games.
Week of January 13Monday, Jan. 13
Philadelphia Eagles' owner Norman Braman acknowledged Monday that Bears' defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan has become a candidate for the vacant head coaching job in Philadelphia.
Tuesday, Jan. 14
Quarterback Jim McMahon received a "Late Night" headband from NBC's David Letterman during his appearance on Letterman's show. Letterman told McMahon he should wear the headband during the Super Bowl.
Wednesday, Jan. 15
The Bears began the first of four days of practice inside the University of Illinois' new indoor practice facility in Champaign before they head to New Orleans for a week of practice outdoors leading up to Super Bowl XX.
Wednesday, Jan. 15
Defensive end Richard Dent said he has decided to play in Super Bowl XX in New Orleans against the New England Patriots rather than sit out because of a contract dispute. "You can't pass up an opportunity like this. It's a challenge (for) me to play in it," Dent said.
Thursday, Jan. 16
Quarterback Jim McMahon missed practice. Coach Mike Ditka said McMahon probably won't work out until the Bears reach New Orleans next week. McMahon suffered a bad bruise on his left hip when he was hit by Doug Reed during the Bears' 24-0 victory over the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.
Week of January 20Sunday, Jan. 26
The Bears won Super Bowl XX, beating the New England Patriots 46-10. After a near-perfect regular season, the Bears played flawlessly in the playoffs, allowing only 10 points combined in all three playoffs games, solidifying their place in NFL history as one of the most dominant teams ever.
Monday, Jan. 20
The Bears left for New Orleans without Hiroshi Shiraishi, who treated quarterback Jim McMahon's left buttock with acupuncture. Club spokesman Ken Valdiserri said the Bears wanted team trainer Fred Caito to treat McMahon. McMahon has a deep-seated bruise in his buttocks.
Wednesday, Jan. 22
Quarterback Jim McMahon mooned a helicopter that was passing over the team's practice site. After being treated yesterday by acupuncturist Hiroshi Shiraishi for a bruise in his left buttock, McMahon practiced and said "there's no way" he won't play Sunday in Super Bowl XX.
Wednesday, Jan. 22
Quarterback Jim McMahon reportedly received death threats after a New Orleans TV station reported he'd called New Orleans' women "sluts" and men "ignorant." McMahon was outraged and denied the statements. The station, WDSU, later retracted the story and suspended the sportscaster.
Friday, Jan. 24
Kicker Kevin Butler received shots for nausea and cramps at a hospital Friday after fighting the flu for two days. Receiver Dennis McKinnon missed his second day of practice Friday with a hip pointer. If he misses Saturday morning's workout, coach Mike Ditka said Ken Margerum will start in his place.