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  • Mike Ditka to Colin Kaepernick: If you don’t like this country, get the hell out

    09/24/2016 1:44:17 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 42 replies
    Hot ^ | September 24, 2016 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    Alternate headline: “Ditka wraps up 2020 Republican nomination.” “I think it’s a problem,” Ditka said. “Anybody who disrespects this country and the flag. If they don’t like the country, they don’t like our flag, get the hell out.”…“I have no respect for Colin Kaepernick,” Ditka added. “He probably has no respect for me, that’s his choice. My choice is that I like this country, I respect our flag, and I don’t see all the atrocities going on in this country that people say are going on.” That’s as pure as nationalism gets. What does he think of Richard Sherman’s press...
  • Mike Ditka has 'no respect' for Kaepernick: 'Don't like our flag ... get the hell out'

    09/23/2016 12:30:46 PM PDT · by Kazan · 39 replies
    CBS Sportlsine ^ | 9/23.2016 | Will Brinson
    Former Bears coach Mike Ditka is a very conservative human being. There is no debating this. So it wouldn't be surprising to see him come down on the opposite side of Colin Kaepernick when it comes to the 49ers quarterback's protest against the national anthem and the American flag. But Ditka's got a pretty aggressive message for Kap, one he delivered while interviewing with CBS Sports Radio affiliate 105.3 The Fan in Dallas, saying he can "get the hell out" of America if he doesn't "like our flag." "I think it's a problem...anybody who disrespects this country and the flag,"...
  • Trump gets Mike Ditka, Mike Tyson to appear at GOP convention

    06/29/2016 4:49:06 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 77 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 6/28/2016 | Tina Sfondeles
    With many prominent Republicans ducking out of the GOP convention next month in Cleveland, presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump has lined up a slew of sports figures and musicians to appear, including former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka.Bloomberg on Tuesday reported that Trump campaign aides have lined up former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson, Ditka, former Indiana University basketball coach Bobby Knight and NASCAR chief Brian France.
  • ESPN Removes Mike Ditka From 'Sunday NFL Countdown' because he supports Trump

    03/09/2016 6:49:08 PM PST · by vekzen · 86 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 3/9/2016 | Cathy Burke
    Sports network ESPN is yanking NFL legend Mike Ditka from its marquee football show "Sunday NFL Countdown," giving him an "unspecified emeritus-type NFL role at the network," sports website The Big Lead reports. Matt Hasselbeck and Charles Woodson will take over for the exiting Ditka and former first overall pick Keyshawn Johnson. Ditka has given several interviews in support of Republican front-runner Donald Trump, the last one over the weekend, when he called President Barack Obama "the worst president we've ever had" — and said he'd vote for Trump.
  • ESPN Removes Mike Ditka From ‘Sunday NFL Countdown’ Days After Pro-Trump Interview

    03/09/2016 7:56:45 AM PST · by rktman · 53 replies ^ | 3/9/2016 | Christian Datoc
    In January, a Deadspin report uncovered a leaked ESPN memo, urging on-air talent to avoid making political statements. The memo — which ESPN claims was circulated in early January — requires employees to “refrain from political editorializing, personal attacks or ‘drive-by’ comments regarding the candidates and their campaigns (including but not limited to on platforms such as Twitter or other social media). (RELATED: ESPN Shuts Down Curt Schilling For Conservative Views)
  • Ditka: I'm Voting For Trump Because He's a Leader Like Reagan; Obama "Worst President Ever"

    03/07/2016 8:21:53 AM PST · by xzins · 223 replies
    RCP ^ | March 7, 2016 | Ian Schwartz
    Super Bowl winning NFL tight end and coach Mike Ditka reacted to Romney, establishment attack to take down Trump on WABC-AM's The Bernie and Sid Show at the end of the week. Ditka said the country needs someone like Donald Trump to follow Barack Obama and that is why he is voting for Donald Trump. "This country needs leadership," Ditka told hosts Sid Rosenberg and Bernard McGuirk. "It needs direction. It needs somebody that steps up front. We need somebody like Ronald Reagan." "If I were to vote tomorrow, I'd probably vote for Trump," Ditka said.
  • Mike Ditka can keep calling them ‘Redskins,’ but I won’t

    08/21/2014 10:19:01 AM PDT · by Chi-townChief · 104 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | August 21, 2014 10:50AM | RICK MORRISSEY
    If you saw a Native American walking across the street, would you yell out, “Hey, Redskin, you dropped your hat’’? I don’t believe you would, no matter how strongly you feel that the Washington Redskins should be able to keep their nickname. And I don’t believe Mike Ditka would, either, even though he has come out strongly on the side of intolerance, whether he realizes it or not. The say-anything coach went off on those of us who want to see the Redskins nickname go the way of medical bloodletting. In an interview with — you always save up...
  • Will ESPN Suspend Mike Ditka?

    08/21/2014 5:35:02 AM PDT · by LeoMcNeil · 21 replies
    ESPN has a nasty habit of suspending people who they hire to share opinions. Stephen A. Smith was recently suspended for daring to suggest a woman shouldn’t antagonize her violent husband. You would think this is common sense. If a woman knows her man is violent and knows what will trigger him, it’s probably not a good idea to antagonize him. That doesn’t let husband off the hook of course and Smith so much as said so. Max Kellerman admitted on the air he hit his girlfriend years ago (it was in context of the NFL’s Ray Rice suspension, which...
  • Mike Ditka, Former Chicago Bears Coach, Wishes He’d Run Against Obama

    10/13/2013 11:34:15 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 31 replies ^ | October 13, 2013 | Todd Cunningham
    He regrets not taking on the President in the 2004 for Illinois Senate seat: “He probably wouldn’t be in the White House” Gruff Mike Ditka, the former head coach of the National Football League’s Chicago Bears and a commentator for ESPN, wishes he had called one more running play. Specifically, he said this week that he regrets not running against President Obama in the 2004 Illinois Senate race and called it “the biggest mistake I’ve ever made.”
  • Mike Ditka has minor stroke

    11/17/2012 12:20:22 PM PST · by BlueStateRightist · 8 replies ^ | November 17, 2012 | news services
    ESPN NFL analyst Mike Ditka is in the hospital after suffering a minor stroke on Friday.
  • Mike Ditka Praises Palin (Again), But Lamestream Media Refuses to Report It (Again) Lou Holtz Too!

    08/11/2011 2:57:36 PM PDT · by curth · 9 replies
    A Time For Choosing ^ | 8/11/2011 | Gary Jackson
    I understand Sarah Palin spoke here last year. I admire her. She’s a great lady, mother and wife, and that’s more important than the [bull****] the media spreads about her. ~ Coach Mike Ditka By Gary P Jackson Legendary football coach Mike Ditka knows a winner when he sees one and in Sarah Palin, he sees a true winner. As AWR Hawkins over at Andrew Breitbart’s Big Journalism points out, if you rely on America’s corrupt, lamestream media, you’d never know this. Now why would the media want to suppress news of one of America’s most beloved sports figures praise...
  • Coach Ditka Praises Sarah Palin (Again), But Mainstream Media Refuses to Report It (Again)

    08/09/2011 11:52:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Big Journalism ^ | August 9, 2011 | AWR Hawkins
    While speaking at the Washington Area Community Center’s Lessons for Leaders (Washington, IL) on August 6, Coach Mike Ditka lambasted the mainstream media (MSM) and heaped praise on Gov. Sarah Palin. Said Ditka: “I understand Sarah Palin spoke here last year. I admire her. She’s a great lady, mother and wife, and that’s more important than the [bull****] the media spreads about her.” Ditka has offered up a strong defense of Palin before. For instance, in 2010, during an interview on Fox and Friends, he said “Sarah Palin is one of the greatest people I’ve ever met.” When he stumped...
  • Mike Ditka Praises Sarah Palin, Scolds Media

    08/08/2011 8:18:54 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 14 replies
    Californians4Palin ^ | August 7, 2011 | Joel Schwartz
    Mike Ditka went out of his way to praise Sarah Palin and scold the media yesterday during his Lessons from Leaders keynote address in Washington, IL...
  • Ditka praises Palin, talks football during Washington address

    08/07/2011 5:57:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Peoria Journal Star ^ | August 7, 2011 | Steve Stein
    WASHINGTON — Mike Ditka began his Lessons from Leaders keynote address Saturday night at Five Points Washington with an expletive-sprinkled remark about the first speaker in the series. "I understand Sarah Palin spoke here last year. I admire her," Ditka said. "She's a great lady, mother and wife, and that's more important than the bull**** the media spreads about her." Ditka softened the tone of his comments for the rest of his talk and a question-and-answer session, which lasted about an hour. The former Chicago Bears coach and player talked about football, politics, his admiration for Abraham Lincoln, and his...
  • Mike Ditka on a lockout: "I just can't believe anybody is that stupid"

    07/23/2010 9:50:06 PM PDT · by Libloather · 22 replies · 3+ views
    NBC Sports ^ | 7/23/10 | Michael David Smith
    Mike Ditka on a lockout: "I just can't believe anybody is that stupid"Posted by Michael David Smith July 23, 2010 9:33 AM ET Mike Ditka understands the labor side of things as a longtime NFL tight end, and he understands the management side of things as a former head coach. And he says he can't fathom how labor and management can't reach a deal to make sure there's football in 2011 and beyond. "I hear that [lockout] talk and I just can't believe anybody is that stupid," Ditka said Thursday on ESPN Radio in Chicago. "If the owners or the...
  • Support is growing for drafting Ditka to Senate

    01/08/2009 4:32:24 PM PST · by publius321 · 28 replies · 1,125+ views
    Too many in Congress and the Senate appear to be there for the wrong reasons. Some have made their fortunes and now want to be a part of the most exclusive club on Earth. Some go there to enrich themselves. Some are there because they want to some day be President We would be better served by representatives who are there AGAINST their will, who were badgered or even shamed into taking the job. In a way, I’m describing what happened to George Washington. He refused the overture toward making him a monarch and he did not want a second...
  • Campaign video (Mike Ditka for Senate - IL)

    01/07/2009 6:29:55 PM PST · by publius321 · 12 replies · 391+ views
    It's time for some "CHANGE" in how we nominate Republicans There's a great new video at the site (bottom of page). Please sign the petition linked at the bottom.
  • It's time for some "CHANGE" in how we nominate Republicans

    01/07/2009 6:15:47 AM PST · by publius321 · 22 replies · 917+ views
    Too many in Congress and the Senate appear to be there for the wrong reasons. Some have made their fortunes and now want to be a part of the most exclusive club on Earth. Some go there to enrich themselves. Some are there because they want to some day be President I'm tired of the old platitude "he went to Washington to change Washington - then Washington changed him!" That continues to happen because the people we send are often far from true patriots. Many are ambitious egotists who want to: a. be President some day b. be part of...
  • Mike Ditka for Senate, again

    01/06/2009 4:15:50 PM PST · by Salena Zito · 14 replies · 832+ views
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 44th Estate ^ | January 6, 2009 | salena zito
    Mike Ditka has been a lot of things in life, including that man that could have possibly beaten then Illinois state senator Barack Obama when he ran for U.S. Senate in 2004. Instead Ditka chose not to run because of business obligations, Alan Keyes did the honors and we all know how that turned out. The Pittsburgh native, Republican, and accomplished former NFL player, television commentator, and coach is now being ‘drafted’ once again to run to fill the seat vacated by Obama. A seat that remains open despite Gov. Blagojevich’s perfectly legal (yet tainted) appointment of former Illinois attorney...
  • Mike Ditka for Senate Petition

    01/06/2009 12:01:02 PM PST · by publius321 · 10 replies · 460+ views
    Too many in Congress and the Senate appear to be there for the wrong reasons. Some have made their fortunes and now want to be a part of the most exclusive club on Earth. Some go there to enrich themselves. Some are there because they want to some day be President I'm tired of the old platitude "he went to Washington to change Washington - then Washington changed him!" That continues to happen because the people we send are often far from true patriots. Many are ambitious egotists who want to: a. be President some day b. be part of...
  • Draft Coach Mike Ditka to The United States Senate

    01/05/2009 3:31:18 AM PST · by publius321 · 35 replies · 879+ views
    Here is an in depth piece and a petition at the bottom of the column. There may or may not be a special election for Obama's former seat but regardless, Ditka would be a great candidate when it comes back up for election by 2010. It's time to get started.
  • You Got To Protect Yourself (Mike Ditka Bonehead Alert)

    12/11/2008 6:16:54 AM PST · by Copernicus · 22 replies · 1,633+ views
    Cleveland Examiner ^ | 12/10/08 | David Codrea
    Enter Mike Ditka, showing more bone-in meat between his ears than that 30 oz. "Tomahawk" ribeye they serve at his namesake restaurant:I don't understand the league, why can anybody have a gun?
  • Mike Ditka, why didn't you do it?

    11/03/2008 12:25:24 PM PST · by prismsinc · 15 replies · 636+ views
    1/03/08 | prismsinc
    Mike, what happened? You pulled a "Walter Payton won't get the ball in the red zone during the Super Bowl" moment on us! My wife is an Illinois native. She made it clear to me that had he ran for Senate in 2002, Obama wouldn't be our problem today. Oh, the grief, Mike, the grief!
  • Mike Ditka introduces Gov. Sarah Palin at Rally

    10/31/2008 6:12:09 PM PDT · by AmericanMade1776 · 23 replies · 1,155+ views
    You Tube ^ | October 31,2008
    Coach Ditka introduced Sarah Palin today in Latrobe, PA
  • da Bearsss Ditka Introduces da 'Cuda in PA (video)

    10/31/2008 2:17:54 PM PDT · by llevrok · 24 replies · 1,236+ views ^ | 10/31/08
    Video at link.
  • Mike Ditka Hits the Campaign Trail With Palin

    10/31/2008 10:45:46 AM PDT · by AmericanMade1776 · 58 replies · 2,006+ views
    The Wall Sreet Journal ^ | October 31, 2008 | Elizabeth Holmes
    Sarah Palin embarked on a Pennsylvania bus tour Friday, kicking things off with a rally featuring Mike Ditka, a.k.a. da coach, pledging his support for da GOP ticket. The former Chicago Bears coach was born in Pennsylvania and gave the crowd of a few thousand a pep talk just four days before Election Day. “Thing I know about Pennsylvania, you’re great people, you’re hardworking people-no nonsense people, and that’s what this is all about,” Ditka said.
  • Could Mike Ditka have derailed Barack Obama's ascendancy?

    10/19/2008 2:27:12 PM PDT · by americanophile · 21 replies · 1,088+ views
    Yahoo! Sports ^ | October 19, 2008 | Chris Chase
    Barack Obama's easy win in the 2004 Illinois Senate race catapulted him to national fame and set him on his current path toward the White House. It was a convincing victory that is now but a footnote in the career of the Democratic presidential nominee. But that victory wasn't as assured as it appears in retrospect. For a few days in the summer of '04 there was the very real possibility that the Republican opponent in Obama's first major election battle race would be Chicago Bears coaching legend Mike Ditka.
  • In NFL, fault lies with its players

    07/02/2007 11:15:25 AM PDT · by JZelle · 56 replies · 1,807+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 7-2-04 | Tom Knott
    The NFL owes its old and broken-down players nothing. That is just the way it is in business. You negotiate your pension and medical benefits at the time of your employment. You do not settle into retirement years later and cry, "No fair." To be honest, you can cry all you like, but no one is apt to feel your pain. Mike Ditka felt compelled to cry on Capitol Hill last week, when he voiced frustration with the system before a House subcommittee. Give Ditka this. His motivations are altruistic. He is not concerned about his financial situation. He made...
  • Obama? Call Me When He Suits Up Against The Varsity!

    12/11/2006 5:11:07 PM PST · by .cnI redruM · 36 replies · 786+ views ^ | 11 Dec 06 | By .cnI redruM
    Perhaps it isn't fair to Barak Obama that the Illinois GOP declared 2004 as Their Nominate-A-Mongoloid Year when they contended against his rise to the US Senate. After all, Tim Johnson of South Dakota and Harry Reid of Nevada have both beaten back very serious opposition and proven they can beat a quality opponent in a tight Senatorial Election. Barak Obama? He spent 2004 as a grown man fighting out the T-Ball World Series. How bad were the GOP candidates he ran against? So bad that.... We'll start with Jack Ryan. If you were to type "Ryan, Illinois, sex-scandal" into...
  • Chicago Bears Favored for Third Road Game Win in a Row

    11/22/2006 11:22:14 AM PST · by kerrywearsbotox · 36 replies · 805+ views
    Online Casino Crawler ^ | November 22, 2006 | Online Casino Crawler
    The early Las Vegas consensus favors The Chicago Bears (9-1) in their match up against the New England Patriots (7-3) by 3 points -- a mere field goal. But I think the Nov. 26 game may be even closer than that. Last Sunday, the Bears demonstrated they are the premier team of the NFC with the 10-0 win at the Meadowlands, vs. the ridiculous New York Jets. Despite getting just 121 passing yards from Quarterback Rex Grossman, they prevailed. But they must play much better offensively this week in their third road game in a row. I don't know if...
  • Ditka tackles ban on smoking; Proposal's foes bring in Da Coach - Chicago, IL

    07/13/2005 6:08:21 PM PDT · by Garnet Dawn · 28 replies · 941+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | July 13, 2005 | Delroy Alexander
    Ditka tackles ban on smoking - Proposal's foes bring in Da CoachBy Delroy Alexander Tribune staff reporter Published July 13, 2005Former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka on Tuesday became the public face of the opposition to a sweeping new measure that would ban smoking inside almost all public places in Chicago, from bars and restaurants to train platforms....
  • Former Bears coach Mike Ditka robbed

    05/04/2005 1:53:38 PM PDT · by Land_of_Lincoln_John · 50 replies · 1,462+ views
    ABC 7 Chicago ^ | May 4, 2005 | ABC 7 Chicago
    Former Bears coach Mike Ditka robbed May 4, 2005 — Chicago police are looking for the person who stole a big chunk of money from former Bears coach Mike Ditka. Police say someone took $30,000 in cash from a black bag inside Ditka's condo in the city. He and his wife had been out of town since November. They returned home Monday to find that the money was gone.
  • Keyes on 'right side of the issues,' Ditka says

    08/26/2004 7:16:50 AM PDT · by outlawcam · 46 replies · 748+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | August 26, 2004 | Art Golab and Scott Fornek
    "Da Coach" met "Da Candidate" Wednesday night, and he treated Alan Keyes to a meal at his Gold Coast steakhouse while they talked about politics and their families. Former Bears coach Mike Ditka, who himself had turned down the chance to run for the U.S. Senate as a Republican, used the occasion to put his seal of approval on Keyes, who moved here from Maryland to take on Democrat Barack Obama after Jack Ryan dropped out of the race. "I support him because he's a conservative and on the right side of issues I already believe in," Ditka said of...
  • Illinois Republicans may deserve Spanky the Clown

    07/21/2004 4:57:40 PM PDT · by LandOfLincolnGOP · 307+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | July 21, 2004 | Carol Marin
    Illinois Republicans may deserve Spanky the Clown Carol Marin Published July 21, 2004 It's hard not to think of Spanky the Clown at a time like this. At 68, Ray "Spanky the Clown" Wardingley is a perennial Republican candidate who has worked as a stagehand, bit actor, taxi driver and some years ago as a clown. In 1995, to the shock and horror of the GOP, Wardingley actually won the Chicago Republican mayoral primary against four even more obscure candidates. With fewer than 9,000 ballots cast on the Republican side, Wardingley was the victor with 2,407 votes. His opponent, of...
  • Ditka: 'Second Thoughts Until The Day I Die'

    07/19/2004 2:47:27 PM PDT · by RockinRight · 4 replies · 512+ views ^ | 07/14/2004 | NBC5 Chicago
    Ditka Out; Nugent In? POSTED: 11:39 am CDT July 14, 2004 UPDATED: 10:33 am CDT July 15, 2004 CHICAGO -- Former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka will not run for the U.S. Senate, he announced at a news conference Wednesday evening in front of his restaurant. Also Read: July 14: Dems Tap Illinois Senate Candidate For Keynote Speaker "It's something that I can't do at this time, really," he said. "Five, six years ago, I would have ran with it. And I know this: I would make a good senator because I'd be for the people." In the end, Ditka...
  • SurveyUSA Illinois Poll: Obama 51%, Mike Ditka 44%

    07/16/2004 10:41:30 PM PDT · by ambrose · 34 replies · 1,080+ views
    SurveyUSA ^ | 7.16.04
    U.S. Senate, IL 7/14/2004 Obama (D) 51% Ditka (R) 44% Undecided 4% Data Collected 7/13/04 - 7/14/04 Geography State of Illinois Sample Population 763 Registered Voters Margin of Error 3.6% Client WBBM-TV Chicago KSDK-TV St. Louis
  • Illinois Republicans Searching For Viable Candidate

    07/16/2004 7:19:32 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 50 replies · 815+ views
    The Illinois Leader ^ | July 16, 2004
    Post Ditka, Back To Reality

    07/15/2004 9:51:19 AM PDT · by gopwinsin04 · 98 replies · 2,633+ views
    WKMG News Channel 6 ^ | 7/15/04 11:15AM
    Another name surfacing in the Illinois GOP Senate race is that of rocker, outspoken conservative and gun rights activist Ted Neugent.'He grew up in Arlington Heights. He went to Saint Viator High School,' said Cook County Republican Chairman Gary Skoien.'He has more connection to Illinois than Hillary Clinton has to New York, and he's been a very articulate spokesman on constitutional issues. He would be a very interesting candidate.'Nugent couldn't be reached for comment Wednesday night.Meanwhile democratic candidate Obama reportedly has $7 million in campaign funds, said he is keeping his focus on the issues, not his potential opponent.'It is...
  • DITKA SAYS NO! Ditka Says He Won't Run for U.S. Senate

    07/14/2004 6:55:51 PM PDT · by Amish · 80 replies · 3,308+ views
    AP ^ | 14 jul 2004 | MIKE ROBINSON
    Ditka Says He Won't Run for U.S. Senate 6 minutes ago By MIKE ROBINSON, Associated Press Writer CHICAGO - Former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka said Wednesday he would not run for the U.S. Senate, leaving Illinois Republicans still without a replacement candidate less than four months before the election. AP Photo Reuters Slideshow: Illinois Senate Race Former NFL Coach Considers Run for Senate (AP Video) Ditka, who first told Illinois Republican Party leaders of his decision, made his announcement outside his Chicago restaurant. "I don't know how I'd do on the Senate floor if I got in a confrontation...
  • Ditka vs. Obama poll to FReep

    07/14/2004 6:15:33 PM PDT · by Peelod · 6 replies · 407+ views Could Mike Ditka beat Barack Obama for the U.S. Senate seat? Yes 65% No 17%   Ditka, 4,779,358 votes; Obama, zero. Da Coach! 18%
  • IL GOP hopes for Ditka "comeback" fading fast (& Ryan has NOT filed papers to withdraw yet)

    07/14/2004 6:08:25 PM PDT · by GiveEmDubya · 25 replies · 750+ views
    The Illinois Leader ^ | July 14, 2004 | The Leader-Chicago Bureau
    CHICAGO -- Rumors continue to swirl concerning whether former Bears Coach Mike Ditka is serious about becoming the next Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, but hopes for "The Hammer" to come back may be quickly fading. Tonight, various news sources are reporting "Da Coach" is out. Bob Sirrott on WTTW's Channel 11's Chicago Tonight announced that Ditka is calling various news agencies throughout the state saying that he is not running, citing his wife's objections as the reason for not running.
  • Ditka Candidacy Could Be Close To Goal Line

    07/14/2004 5:21:08 PM PDT · by Paleo Conservative · 17 replies · 847+ views via News ^ | UPDATED: 6:48 PM CDT July 14, 2004 | Anita Padilla
    CHICAGO -- NBC5's Anita Padilla reported that fans of former Bears coach Mike Ditka are organizing a campaign fund-raiser scheduled for Thursday night, where they hope Ditka will make an announcement. Padilla reported that Ditka arrived at his restaurant, Iron Mike's Grille, Wednesday, but he did not reveal his plans. Tuesday night, he sat down with Illinois Republican Chairman Judy Baar Topinka and with Virginia Sen. George Allen, Jr., who is the head of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which is responsible for finding candidates. As of Wednesday morning, Ditka was still not saying whether or not he'll run, but...
  • Aide: Ditka may make decision by week's end

    07/14/2004 5:07:03 PM PDT · by Republican Red · 12 replies · 456+ views
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | July 14, 2004 | Mike Robinson
    A string of Republican leaders lined up behind Mike Ditka as their best chance to hold on to a U.S. Senate seat Wednesday, saying the Chicago Bears great's instant name recognition and blunt-spoken appeal would be guaranteed to generate campaign money and crossover votes from Reagan Democrats. "Would we be crazy not to run him? Maybe,'' state Republican co-Chairman Stephen P. McGlynn said. But Ditka was silent Wednesday on a possible candidacy. State GOP chairwoman Judy Baar Topinka said a meeting with Ditka Tuesday night "wasn't totally encouraging,'' and Ditka's wife has made it clear she isn't a fan of...
  • FLASH-WDWS Radio Reporting Mike Ditka Not Running for US Senate

    07/14/2004 3:26:45 PM PDT · by gopwinsin04 · 73 replies · 3,316+ views
    Drudge Report ^ | 7/14/04 | Matt Drudge
    In, Out, In, Out...DITKA IS OUT? Champaign radio station WDWS is reporting that Mike Ditka will not be running for the United States Senate.Station manager Stevie Jay spoke with Ditka in the last hour and Ditka told him that he had too many other commitments.Ditka is a regular guest on Mr. Jay's morning program during the football season.Developing..
  • Draft Mike Ditka for US Senate

    06/26/2004 6:55:42 PM PDT · by SpyderTim · 48 replies · 2,546+ views
    Join Cross ^ | June 26, 2004 | self
    Okay, there is a grassroots campaign to draft Mike Ditka to become State GOP Chairman. How about Ditka as a replacement for Jack Ryan on the ballot instead?
  • Ditka doesn't have makeup to be senator

    07/14/2004 12:40:23 PM PDT · by glorgau · 56 replies · 1,630+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | July 14, 2004 | John Kass
    Those panic-stricken Illinois Republican Party bosses are fascinated by Mike Ditka as a candidate for the U.S. Senate the way drowning men are fascinated by things that float. They know that the former Bears coach and current Levitra spokesman has great name recognition among voters. But they also know that he has a terrific temper, which is a liability. He's liable to spit and chew gum, then throw a sopping wad at some Democratic heckler. Ditka's appeal is that he's a straight-talking tough guy. So I called on an expert to tell me exactly how tough Ditka really is. She...
  • SNL Chicago 'Superfan' George Wendt Weighs In on IL Senate Race (Ditka 118.4%, Obama -4%)

    07/14/2004 10:17:32 AM PDT · by gopwinsin04 · 21 replies · 2,083+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 7/14/04 | Guerrero
    Now that Ditka is back, will the Super Fans return to Saturday Night Live?'Cheers' actor George Wendt said he called writer/creator Robert Smigel, 'He's dusting off the briefcases with the mustaches and Bears jerseys.' 'Superfan' Bob Swerski/Wendt: I have a prediction for the race--Ditka 118.4% of the vote, (factoring the dead voting in Chicago politcs) Obama -4%.''Not only do I think Obama should drop out, I think Senator Kerry and President Bush should step aside until this situation has been resolved.' My concern is that the Senate would restrict Ditka to one vote. He is such a massive man that...
  • Chicago Sun-Times: Savor Ditka's eloquence before he fades again

    07/14/2004 10:23:46 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 21 replies · 1,260+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | July 14, 2004 | MARK BROWN
    Long before he was being seriously considered as a possible candidate for the U.S. Senate, Mike Ditka was Chicago's philosopher-king. Holding forth for sports reporters whenever the opportunity presented itself, Ditka often veered from football into his views on life. His remarks were not necessarily illuminating as to what we could expect his positions to be on the major political issues of the day, but they certainly give us some insight into Ditka the candidate. Before the Ditka bubble bursts under the harsh light of reality, therefore, let's review some of Ditka's greatest rhetorical hits. In other words, I'm milking...
  • Speaker Hastert to Endorse Ditka at Navy Pier Tonight

    07/14/2004 8:47:46 AM PDT · by gopwinsin04 · 58 replies · 2,067+ views
    ABC News ^ | 7/13/04 | Marc Ambinder
    Mike Ditka had not made up his mind ,sources tell ABC News, on whether to run for US Senate in Illinois.Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Dennis Hastert and several top Republicans including state house GOP leader Tom Cross are expected to endorse the idea of a Ditka candidacy Wednesday night at Navy Pier.It is unknown whether Coach Ditka will attend.Ditka's would be opponent, Barack Obama will deliver the keynote address on Tuesday evening at the Democratic National Convention, Kerry-Edwards campaign announces.Obama's campaign nervous about Ditka, ABC News Marc Ambinder reports.
  • Ditka's senate decision could come today

    07/14/2004 7:45:12 AM PDT · by Valin · 11 replies · 377+ views
    WLS, ^ | 7/14/04 | Stacey Baca
    We may know by the end of today whether Iron Mike will be candidate Mike. Former Bears coach Mike Ditka is deciding whether to replace republican Jack Ryan in the race for U.S. Senate. Mike Ditka is in the midst of the decision making process. He has been meeting with family members and republican leaders. Tuesday night he met with Judy Baar Topinka, the G.O.P. Chairwoman for the state. And afterwards Ditka called it a great meeting. Still, though, he has not made a decision. But that could happen as early as today. "I think I rub a lot of...