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Kaplan: 1985 Bears will finally visit White House

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Kaplan: 1985 Bears will finally visit White House

Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011
Posted: 5:18 p.m.

By David Kaplan
CSNChicago.com Insider Follow @TheKapman
NFL sources have confirmed to me today that the 1985 Chicago Bears have been offered the opportunity to be honored at the White House by President Barack Obama on Oct. 7 in a ceremony to honor the Super Bowl XX champions.

The team, which is considered by many to be the greatest team in NFL history, was never honored at the White House following their victory and the honor comes nearly 26 years after they completed a historic season by crushing the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl.

The Bears never visited the White House for the traditional celebration, as the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded two days after their Super Bowl triumph, killing its crew.

Bears quarterback Jim McMahon did visit the White House when he was a member of the Super Bowl winning 1996 Green Bay Packers and he wore his 1985 Bears No. 9 jersey on the visit.

Most of the members of the team and some members of the coaching staff and front office are expected to attend the ceremony but a final list of attendees has not yet been confirmed.

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Under Center Podcast: Ha Ha, Bears a great fit for Clinton-Dix

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Under Center Podcast: Ha Ha, Bears a great fit for Clinton-Dix

It's been a almost a week since the Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix signing and it's still looking like a total win for the Bears. JJ Stankevitz, Cam Ellis and Paul Aspan on why the Bears appear to have gotten a bargain (1:00) , how Dix could be the perfect fit for this defense at this time, and the chemistry he'll have with former 'Bama teammate Eddie Jackson. Plus probably too much punter talk after the Bears bring back Pat O'Donnell (9:30), and some more edge rusher possibilities in the next wave of free agency (14:00). And of course an update on the Chicago Football Madness as 7-seed Alex Brown makes a desperate attempt to launch a comeback and avoid an upset against 10-seed Robbie Gould (22:10)

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below:

NBC's Chris Simms has Bears as #1 seed in NFC bracket

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NBC's Chris Simms has Bears as #1 seed in NFC bracket

It's Bracket SZN. 

There are so many fun brackets to choose from right now. There's your standard NCAA bracket, our Chicago Football Madness bracket, and apparently NFC brackets? 

Chris Simms is doing them, at least, and the good news is that it's an excuse to write that someone thinks the Bears will be good! 

And just for good measure, here's Simms talking with Bears fan and fellow NBC analyst Roger Bennett: