Bears: Joe “Champ” Tanksley Finds The Poetry In Mid-Season Mark

Our man Champ, co-founder of, is providing special Chicago Bears-related columns for the RedEye newspaper this season, appearing online every Thursday and in the print edition each Friday.

This week — Champ once again taps into his most creative reservoir to poetically capture the Monsters of the Midway in a moment in time. Previously it was right before the Bears took on the Raiders, at this time Champ reflects on the completed first half of the 2015 season by reflecting on the franchise’s legacy dating back to the unstoppable 1985 team:

Back in the days we used to cheer for Walter.

We thought Ditka was a savior

And he walked on water.


They danced in ’85,

Showboated and jived.

But they couldn’t keep Ryan,

And the dynasty died.

From there the poem, which you can read in full here, slogs through the epic travails the Bears have encountered in trying to get back to this level of play. More Homer (not that Homer) than Dr. Seuss, there’s nothing cute about Champ’s rhyme and it ends with a refrain we can all identify with: losing stinks.

To that end, the week so far has been good after Monday’s come-from-behind win at San Diego but with a tough St. Louis team waiting on a short week of rest this Sunday, there’s a chance this chapter of the Bears’ Odyssey could be just as odd as it could be epic. Either way, the more poetic of us football fans will find easy inspiration after another week-ending clash.

If you don’t know, Joe has experience playing the game both in the Chicago Catholic League (St. Rita) and in college (Butler). Keep following him here, on the RedEye and on Twitter for real, passionate and informative football talk and listen to him each Saturday live on Regal’s “The D & Davis Show” on

Also remember, you can also catch members of the We Are Regal Radio team in the RedEye’s 5 on 5 feature every Tuesday.

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