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  • Dick Butkus (left) and Gale Sayers holds up their jerseys during a driving rainstorm on Oct. 31, 1994, when the Bears retired both Hall of Famers numbers.

      Dick Butkus (left) and Gale Sayers holds up their jerseys during a driving rainstorm on Oct. 31, 1994, when the Bears retired both Hall of Famers numbers.
    Associated Press photos

  • Gayle Sayers holds a jersey during halftime ceremoniese in the Bears' game with the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field in Chicago Oct. 31, 1994. The Bears retired the uniform numbers of Sayers and linebacker Dick Butkus.

      Gayle Sayers holds a jersey during halftime ceremoniese in the Bears' game with the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field in Chicago Oct. 31, 1994. The Bears retired the uniform numbers of Sayers and linebacker Dick Butkus.
    Associated Press

 
 

I realize it's probably a scheduling thing, but what in the world is wrong with the Bears holding a jersey retirement ceremony on a nice, warm September afternoon?

Bad memories:

Anyone who saw Gale Sayers and Dick Butkus fighting the elements when their numbers were retired in tandem on that Halloween night at old Soldier Field will never forget the scene.

Now we're headed for another weather debacle when Mike Ditka takes center stage as the Bears host Dallas on a Monday night where temps are forecast to be in the single digits.

Add in any kind of wind and, well ... enjoy!

And yeah:

I know the tough-guy aura surrounding Ditka and the fact he played and coached for both teams makes it a good fit, but seriously, if Howie Long can get a Sunday off to go see his boys play against one another, can't Ditka be afforded the same courtesy for ... a jersey retirement?

Over/under:

On Ditka's speech Monday night: 71 seconds.

BTW:

That Butkus-Sayers ceremony was nearly 20 years ago.

Twenty years?

Geesh.

Random thought:

I might be one of 17 people actually excited about the fact that Newsweek is returning in print form.

Rose on Rose:

After listening repeatedly to Derrick Rose's reply to Dave "The Governor" Kerner's question Thursday about whether he might return this season, I have no problem with his answer.

But honestly, right now anything Rose says is simply blah, blah, blah to me until he actually returns.

Bad timing:

DRose speaks, Paulie returns, Bulls-Heat, Hawks-Wild, Mike Magee named the MLS' MVP, Carrie Underwood stars in the Sound of Music (wait, what?) ... if you blinked Thursday you missed the Cubs introducing new manager Rick Renteria.

I admit it; I blinked.

Ron or Todd? Todd or Ron?

Not gonna be happy if the Cubs finally naming a radio analyst turns out to be the most exciting move they make the remainder of the off-season.

I know, I know:

Patience.

The big mo:

Barring a catastrophe, it sure looks like NIU's Jordan Lynch is a shoo-in to be invited to New York for the Heisman Trophy ceremony, doesn't it?

Question:

How cool is that?

Turkey Bowling:

On Thanksgiving morning, I drove by a local park and saw about a dozen 20-somethings playing a game of pickup football.

It was awesome to see the tradition continuing.

I rolled down my window and was about to honk and give a thumbs-up, but then my dork-o-meter kicked in, and I immediately rolled the window up and continued driving.

Thank God.

In search of:

The Blackhawks' two biggest question marks lately have been at backup goalie and finding a stud for the penalty kill.

Antti Raanta may be the answer to the former, while the answer to the latter is currently toiling in Winnipeg.

Get. Him. Back.

Way up Down Under:

I know most people aren't paying attention, but man is Adam Scott on fire.

Horse racing's loss:

First the local horse racing community loses all-time nice guy trainer Danny Miller, and now comes news that veteran trainer Harvey Vanier has passed away at age 89.

Both will be missed, but never forgotten.

mspellman@dailyherald.com

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