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The "Monsters of the Midway" is most widely known as the nickname for the National Football League's Chicago Bears -- particularly the dominant teams of 1940 and 1941. The name underwent something of a revival when the 1985 edition of the Bears proved to be similarly dominant. A nickname is a short, clever, cute, derogatory, or otherwise substitute name for a person or things real name (for example, Tom is short for Thomas). ... The National Football League (NFL) is the largest professional American football league, consisting of thirty-two teams from American cities and regions. ... City Chicago, Illinois Other nicknames Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway Team colors Navy Blue, Orange and White Head Coach Lovie Smith Owner McCaskey Family General manager Jerry Angelo Fight song Bear Down, Chicago Bears Mascot Staley Da Bear Local radio Flagship stations: WBBM (780 AM) Announcers: Jeff Joniak... 1940 (MCMXL) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1940 calendar). ... For the movie, see 1941 (film) 1941 (MCMXLI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1941 calendar). ... This article is about the year. ...


The nickname Monsters of the Midway was originally applied to the University of Chicago "Maroons", a strong college football team under the leadership of Amos Alonzo Stagg. "Midway" is a reference to the Midway Plaisance, a long, green swath of boulevard space bordering the southern end of the campus between 59th and 60th streets and running from Jackson Park to Washington Park on Chicago's South Side. The U of C decided to drop its football program in 1939, about the time when the Bears became dominant in the NFL; the tag was appropriated by the Bears, even though their home turf was Wrigley Field on the North Side of the city (roughly 12 miles from the Midway). The moniker is also used by the university's Velo Club bicycle racing team, for their annual criterium, which takes place in May on the Midway. The University of Chicago is a private university located principally in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. ... Amos Alonzo Stagg (August 16, 1862 - March 17, 1965), was a renowned American collegiate coach in multiple sports, primarily football, and an overall athletic pioneer. ... Midway Plaisance is a linear park located near Lake Michigan in Chicago, Illinois approximately 5 miles from the downtown Loop area. ... The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ... Osaka Garden, with MSI in background Jackson Park is a 500 acre (2 km²) park on Chicagos South Side, bordering Lake Michigan and the neighborhoods of Hyde Park and Woodlawn. ... Washington Park was the name given to two different major league baseball parks in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, located at 3rd St. ... Chicago (officially named the City of Chicago) is the third largest city in the United States (after New York City and Los Angeles), with an official population of 2,896,016, as of the 2000 census. ... Wrigley Field is a sports stadium in Chicago, Illinois which was built in 1914 for the Chicago Federal League baseball team, the Chicago Whales, and which became the home of the Chicago Cubs in 1916. ... A criterium, or crit, is a type of bike race held on a short (usually less than 5 km), often four-cornered circuit. ...


The NFL's Arizona Cardinals, who were originally the Racine Normals (named for the street on the South Side of Chicago where they played; the team eventually became the Chicago Cardinals), received their first uniforms as hand-me-downs from the University of Chicago. The faded maroon was thought by the club's president to be a "cardinal" red color, so the team adopted "Cardinals" as its nickname. Through the years, the Cardinals were typically overshadowed by the Bears. Had the Chicago Cardinals enjoyed the success of their crosstown rivals, perhaps they would have inherited the nickname "Monsters" from the Maroons and not just their jerseys. City Glendale, Arizona Other nicknames The Cards Team colors Cardinal Red, Black, and White Head Coach Dennis Green Owner Bidwill Family General manager John Idzik Fight song None Mascot Big Red Local radio Flagship stations: KMVP (860 AM), KTAR (620 AM), and KMIA (710 AM)-Spanish Announcers: Kent Derdivanis and...


"Monsters of the Midway" is also used as a nickname for three of the greats who have played linebackers for the Bears: Brian Urlacher, Dick Butkus and Mike Singletary. A linebacker is a position in American and Canadian football. ... Brian Urlacher (born May 25, 1978 in Pasco, Washington) is a linebacker with the Chicago Bears of the National Football League. ... Richard Marvin Dick Butkus (born December 9, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois) is a former American football player and actor. ... Michael Singletary (born October 9, 1958 in Houston, Texas) is a former linebacker in American football who played his entire career for the Chicago Bears in the NFL, after starring in college at Baylor University. ...


TSR also published a game entitled "Monsters of the Midway" in a 1982 edition of their magazine The Dragon. It was a football simulation with various fantasy characters taking the place of football players. TSR, Inc. ...


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Monsters of the Midway - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (399 words)
The "Monsters of the Midway" is most widely known as the nickname for the National Football League's Chicago Bears -- particularly the dominant teams of 1940 and 1941.
The nickname Monsters of the Midway was originally applied to the University of Chicago "Maroons", a strong college football team under the leadership of Amos Alonzo Stagg.
"Midway" is a reference to the Midway Plaisance, a long, green swath of boulevard space bordering the southern end of the campus between 59th and 60th streets and running from Jackson Park to Washington Park on Chicago's South Side.
Midway Tour--Introduction (2357 words)
First off, he wanted a railroad to provide easy access to and from the city to the north so he bargained with the Illinois Central and Gulf Railroad--providing them with the land to lay their track into the city from the south in exchange for commuter rail stations for his yet to be built town.
Part of their plan was that the Midway would function as "a magnificent chain of lakes," allowing boaters to go from the ponds to be built in Washington Park to the lagoons to be developed in Jackson Park and through the lagoons to Lake Michigan.
The next great event for the Midway was the decision to locate the Columbian Exposition in the underdeveloped parts of the South Park--the worldwide celebration of Columbus's transfer of "the torch of civilization to the New World" in 1492.
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