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Postby Big Dog » Tue Jan 24, 2006 11:02 pm

Bears to party in C.P.

CROWN POINT | The Bears' season may be over, but the party is just about to start at a downtown bar hosting a 1985 team reunion Thursday.

The Registry, 15 N. Court St., is holding the event to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the day the team won the Super Bowl. Doors will open at 5 p.m.

Those scheduled to attend so far include Steve McMichael, Keith Van Horne, Otis Wilson, Dennis McKinnon, Shaun Gayle, Jim Covert, Emery Moorehead, Calvin Thomas, Reggie Phillips, Thomas Sanders, Jim Morrissey, Tim Wrightman, Andy Frederick, Ron Rivera and Dave Duerson.

ESPN Radio 1000 also is planning to broadcast live.

Bartender Dave Schutz, who spent the majority of Monday taking phone calls about the party, said organizers are still working on getting more players. Schutz said Rob Ulman, owner of The Registry, first came up with the idea and McMichael, a radio personality, spread the word.

Fans will get the chance to meet and talk to their favorite players. And the players?

"They will be there enjoying their victory," Schutz said.


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Tickets to The Registry's Chicago Bears 20th anniversary party go on sale at 11 a.m. today. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at the bar, 15 N. Court St., or by calling (219) 226-9730.
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Postby Big Dog » Fri Jan 27, 2006 1:16 am

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JON L. HENDRICKS | THE TIMES Otis Wilson, a linebacker on the Chicago Bears Super Bowl XX champions, is surrounded by fans seeking autographs Thursday at The Registry in Crown Point. Thursday marked the 20th anniversary of the Super Bowl win.

Shufflin' through Crown Point

CROWN POINT |We are the Bears Shufflin' Crew, shufflin' on down, doin' it for you. We're so bad we know we're good. Blowin' your mind like we knew we would.

As the procession of players from the 1986 Super Bowl champions slowly filed through the front door at The Registry Bar and Grill on Thursday night, fans were on them like The Fridge on a T-bone.

"I named my boy 'Kevin' after Kevin Butler," squealed Ann Grasha, of Hammond, shaking violently near the entrance and jumping up and down nonstop with her autograph book. "I love 'em all so bad."

Steve "Mongo" McMichael was the most popular of the dozen or so Bears who showed up at the popular hangout, which is narrow and extends back like a railroad boxcar. McMichael asked fans to be patient while he visited the men's room. But a frantic female fan rushed in and shut the door.

Right behind her was 6-foot-9, 270-pound security guard Dan Ahrenholz, who picked up her like a loaf of bread and deposited her outside the washroom.

"Keeping girls out of the bathroom has been the toughest thing," he said, smiling. "Crazy Bears fans. Just another night on the job. They're not violent. They're all here agreeing on one thing -- celebrating the Bears (Super Bowl XX) victory."

Registry owner Rob Ulman, a 1986 Valparaiso grad, said his sports bar sold 200 tickets at $50 each for the event. Capacity was 275 and the joint was full.

ESPN-1000 radio did a live remote from the site. NBC, Fox and Comcast all sent TV crews.

The party was held to celebrate the 20-year anniversary of the Bears 46-10 win over New England in Super Bowl XX on Jan. 26, 1986, at the Louisiana Superdome.

"I'm excited to be here. It's great they did it for Crown Point," said resident Nancy Buckley, standing over a bushel of Bears memorabilia at her feet, hoping to get it autographed. "To see these guys from 20 years ago tonight is an incredible thing."

Joining McMichael were former Bears Jim Morrissey, Calvin Thomas, Otis "Mama's Boy" Wilson, Ron Rivera, Andy Frederick, Thomas Sanders, Emery Moorehead, Dennis McKinnon and Jay Hilgenberg.

"These guys are still stars, 20 years later," Buckley said. "No matter what's happened over the years, if you're a Bears fan, you'll always be one."

Ulman worked through McMichael, who does a Bears' pre-game show on ESPN-1000, to sell the Crown Point gig and said many of the former players were more than happy to visit.

"By last Wednesday to last Friday, it went from four or five guys to about 20," Ulman said. "They all volunteered. They all wanted to come and have fun. "No one else is doing anything for them on the anniversary at all, so they jumped on board right away."

Otis Wilson had fans pawing him no matter where he went inside.

"I just want to touch his butt," one young female said.

"Man, this is crazy. Now I know how Mick (Jagger) feels," Wilson said.
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