If moving from Soldier Field to Arlington Heights will solve all the McCaskeys’ problems, fulfill all their dreams and bring them all the riches they’d ever want (until next time), they should go for it. But the team’s owners should remember that they’re the cause of many of those problems, that their only dream should be a Super Bowl and that they’re not lacking for money by anyone’s standards other than Jeff Bezos’.
There’s more than a little hypocrisy in the Bears’ bid to buy the Arlington International Racecourse property, an implied threat that their unhappiness with Soldier Field might lead to a relocation. How many times over the years have they told players that they don’t renegotiate contracts? Yet now they’re trying to get a better deal out of the City of Chicago, the stadium’s owner. If they don’t, they’re willing to break their lease, which runs through 2033, and move to the suburbs. Suddenly, it’s OK to play hardball.
And who negotiated that lease? That would be Bears president Ted Phillips, who now wants us to believe he can’t stop staring at a 326-acre tract that’s a world away from Chicago.
“It’s our obligation to explore every possible option to ensure we’re doing what’s best for our organization and its future,’’ Phillips said in a statement. “If selected, this step allows us to further evaluate the property and its potential.”
I don’t want…