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Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Da Senator?

Here's my indefensible argument of the day, prompted by this story that former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka is considering running for the U.S. Senate:

Mike Ditka is the most overrated coach in the history of football, possibly all of pro sports.

Despite being handed a team that included one of the NFL's greatest running backs (Walter Payton) and almost certainly the greatest defensive squad of the modern era (which combined to earn the '85 team second place on ESPN's list of the best sports teams of the last 25 years), Ditka won how many national titles?

One.

And won how many NFC conference titles?

One.

I realize that winning even one is quite an accomplishment, but with a talent pool that included Payton, Willie Gault, Richard Dent, Dan Hampton and Mike Singletary, there should have been at least a mini-dynasty going in Chicago.

So ignore his outbursts, his attitude and all of that... even on the dubious notion that it's become OK to vote for candidates based on their success in fields that have nothing to do with politics or government, voting for Ditka would still be a frightening prospect.

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