Review — Monsters: The 1985 Chicago Bears and the Wild Heart of Football
The book “Monsters: The 1985 Chicago Bears and the Wild Heart of Football” came out back in 2013 but I just came across it on my bookshelf. Probably one of this used book sale trips I take a few times a year. It’s done by Rich Cohen who is a born and bred Chicagoan. He was there at the 1985 Super Bowl where the Bears dominated the New England Patriots so this is a personal story to him and he makes that clear throughout the book. It’s good, nothing ground breaking but something to get you in the mood for football season.
Cohen talked to just about everyone for this book. The best part was not those interviews — well the one with Jim McMahon was fun. If you saw McMahon in his heyday you’d think that he was the epitome of the rock’n’roll quarterback and it’s good to know that he lived up to the hype. It’s even more refreshing to know that despite this physical ailments he suffers from now, he invested well and is able to live out his life anyway he wants. It’s a nice change of pace from the carnage that can come from retired pro football player stories.
The other best part for me was the history of the Chicago Bears and George Halas. I never get tired of this stuff. To see the NFL rise out of these midwestern factory towns and just be an absolute gladiator sport to become what it is today is impressive. So was Halas. An interesting man to say the least and one who rightfully enjoys a place in the pro football Hall of Fame.
‘Monsters’ is good. It’s not great but if you’re a Bears fan it’s a worthwhile read to get you ready for another season of Bears football.