Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Ditka in the News

Mike Ditka is in the news again.   He was the most popular American Football  Coach for the team Chicago Bears.

He said yesterday athletes who kneel during the national anthem to “get the hell out of this country”.  Quite a few athletes are planning to kneel during the playing of national anthem in support of Black Lives Matter.

“If you can’t respect our national anthem, get the hell out of the country. That’s the way I feel. Of course, I’m old-fashioned. So, I’m only going to say what I feel,” Ditka said.

He was also in the big news in 2004.

Barrack Obama, virtually unknown at that time, ran for the U.S. Senate. He had slim chance of winning.  His Republican challenger was leading.   A month before the election, he was caught  in some scandal.   So he had to withdraw.  The Republican Party  asked Mike Ditka to run against  Obama.  The party even begged him.

Ditka refused because he wanted to concentrate on Football. Ditka was more popular in Chicago and the State  of Illinois than Sachin Tendulkar in Mumbai and Maharashtra.  Had he  accepted to  run for the Senate, Obama would  have lost his deposit (to  use an Indian term).  And that would have been the  end of his political career.

See how fate plays in everyone’s life.

PS: Blogger.com has made some changes.  I don't even know how to create a new post. I had a post that was in draft stage and wrote on that.  May be I am not tech savvy.


  1. Yeah OK. Whatever! I don't know about all that.

    Colin Kaepernick

    1. Thanks for your comments Colin. I liked you very much when you played for my favorite team, San Francisco 49ers. Then, you had this strange idea of kneeling for National Anthem. Every team boycotted you. You are now unemployed. Happy?

  2. I might have differences with government policies and the way leaders govern us. I would protest. But not by disrespecting national symbols.

    Regarding Ditka not running against Obama, such things are what one calls 'quirks of fate'. Obama might have lost, but who knows, there would have been another chance later - by another quirk of fate - which might have put him on the road to White House. We only know the road we travelled, not the one that lies ahead.

    1. Thanks for your comments Pradeep. You are right. May be some quirk of fate Obama may have ended up in the White House. Just FYI. Ditka said in 2011 that his "temper" is not suitable for talking/discussing with other senators on issues.

  3. Wow for the first part....we talk about freedom of speech and still cannot do as per will....interesting..... and as for him not joining politics ... good for him.... he went with what he enjoyed and what he was good at.....kudos to him

    1. Thanks for your comments Dee. Freedom of speech does mean Freedom of consequences. If not then there is no freedom of speech. Colin was banned from Football because he did not think about consequences of his action.

      Also, freedom of speech does not give you the right to shout "fire" (falsely) in a crowded movie theater.

  4. 'Tact' is more important for a politician than talent, at least in democracies.

    Destination Infinity

    1. Thanks for your comments Rajesh. You are right.

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    1. Thanks for your comments Gowri. Yes, it is interesting.

  6. That is called destiny, it changes with every action.

    1. Thanks for your comments Renu. Very true.

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  8. Destiny had marked Obama's elevation to the premier seat, so, whatever others tried Obama won the race. What is in store for us will naturally come to us. Nice post.