As Bears fans, we love Da Coach and have proved it over the years, buying everything he’s pitched from his restaurant and cigars to wine and “sauza“, which someone by the way, needs to inform him is pronounced “salsa.” Pan the crowd at a Bears game circa 1986 and it wouldn’t be a stretch to see a DITKA FOR PRESIDENT sign out in the crowd. As Barrack Obama is inaugurated as this great nation’s 44th president, it’s important to know that it very easily could have been Ditka getting sworn in. “Are you crazy?” you might ask. Maybe. But this isn’t sooo far fetched.
Back in 2004, Ditka was urged to run for Illinois’ Senate seat against, you guessed it, Barack Obama. You might recall that Jack Ryan, who had won the Illinois Primary, had to withdraw from the election due to a sex scandal that alleged he forced ex-wife, actress Jeri Ryan into frequenting sex clubs with him. (I couldn’t possibly make this stuff up!) Alan Keyes was brought in when Da Coach rejected the Illinois GOP’s ovations to fill the vacant spot on the ticket. Obama cruised to victory and four short years later, the rest, as they say, is history. Check out the article here.
After I started writing this post, I dug up this footage on YouTube with ESPN’s take on it from election eve. If nothing else, it’s nice to see George Wendt still gets work. Is it me, or has he lost a step?
Can you imagine Da Coach as Da Pres?
“Gang, if God had wanted man to play soccer, he wouldn’t have given us arms.”
“See that, that’s your IQ, Bin Laden. Zero.”
“Those who live in the past are cowards and losers.”
Can you picture Iron Mike roller skating around the Oval office like he did when the Bears were preparing to head to the “Roller Dome” to play the Vikings?