Top of the Morning, Jan. 27, 2014: From the archives

Top of the Morning, Jan. 27, 2014: From the archives

Super Bowl Sunday is coming soon!



Walter Payt — wait, Peyton Manning.

Le sigh.

Bears fans are looking at another year without a Super Bowl.

It's times like these that the past can provide some measure of comfort.

How many other college towns can say they've hosted the state's NFL team not once but twice? I'm not counting you as a college town, Bourbonnais.

If you were here in January 1986, you could not have escaped the fact that the punky QB, Sweetness and the Fridge brought the Super Bowl Shuffle to the Memorial Stadium bubble before heading on down to New Orleans.

I distinctly recall working late one evening in the old Urbana office of The News-Gazette and a radio reporter who had some of the same beats as I pounding on the door, trying to get me to go "b'ar hunting."

Alas, deadline loomed. I'm told the hunt was successful.

Some years later, it took the abomination that is the redesigned Soldier Field to send the Bears to Memorial Stadium again.

It wasn't anywhere near as pretty as the '85 Bears. Dick Jauron went 4-12 here.

But hey, that was Brian Urlacher on the sidelines. So that's something.

Today's "from the archives" takes a look at both the January '86 visit and the '02 season.

We're hurting for pictures of the world champion Chicago Bears when they were here just before annihilating Tony Eason, though, so if you have any from when they were in town, please feel free to drop them to

And if there's something you'd like to see from the archives, say so.

By the way, I'm always going to be mad about two things from the 1985 season. The first is the Dolphins. And in my world, the Fridge only scores a Super Bowl touchdown after Walter Payton has one.

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