Monsters: the 1985 Chicago Bears and the wild heart of football /

"A riveting account of the 1985 Chicago Bears and the author's personal relationship with the football team"-- Provided by publisher.

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Main Author: Cohen, Rich.
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Language:English
Published:New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, [2013]
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Main Author:Cohen, Rich.
Summary:"A riveting account of the 1985 Chicago Bears and the author's personal relationship with the football team"-- Provided by publisher.
An account of the Chicago Bears 1985 championship season shares anecdotes about its extraordinary events while describing the contributions of such personalities as Walter "Sweetness" Payton, Dan "Danimal" Hampton, and coach Mike Ditka.

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

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Physical Description:1 online resource (338 pages)
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:0374708959 (electronic bk.)
9780374708955 (electronic bk.)
Author Notes:

Rich Cohen has written for The New Yorker and the New York Times Magazine, among many other publications. He is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone, and recently cowrote a filmscript. He lives in New York City.

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