Top Ten Chicago Bears Stories of 2013

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Aug 24, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Chicago Bears helmets during the second half against the New York Giants at Metlife Stadium. The Bears won the game 20-17 Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

2013 is coming to a close and it’s time to look back on the year that was.  It’s been a bitter ending after losing the last two weeks with a chance to win the division.  Instead, the Bears will be watching the playoffs from the comfort of their couches just like the rest of us.  But 2013 has been a very eventful year which ushered in some major changes and had a lot of major story lines that we’ve followed.  2012 ended with a bang, as Phil Emery and the Bears fired Lovie Smith on New Year’s Eve and set the Bears on a new course

Here are my Top 10 Chicago Bears stories on 2013:

10. Mike Ditka’s #89 retired

Dec 9, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears former player and coach Mike Ditka (left) is honored during halftime during an NFL game between the Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

The Bears finally honored former player and head coach Mike Ditka with a halftime ceremony on a frigid Monday night in a game against the Dallas Cowboys.  Of course, Ditka has won championships with both teams during his playing and coaching career, which is why the Cowboys game was chosen for the prime time festivities.  Next time, couldn’t they just schedule the game for September???