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Bear Essentials


This story appears in the April 13, 2009 issue of Sports Illustrated

With his trade to the Bears, Jay Cutler joins a long line of quarterbacks who have tried -- most with a spectacular lack of success -- to conquer the Windy City. How well do you know Chicago's signal-callers?

1.Which Bears quarterback was once banned from the Playboy Mansion?

2.Who holds the Bears' single-season record for passing yards, with 3,838?

a. Sid Luckmanb. Jim McMahonc. Doug Flutied. Erik Kramer

3.Which future major league manager played quarterback for the Decatur Staleys, a forerunner of the Bears?

a. Casey Stengelb. Leo Durocherc. Chuck Dressend. Charlie Grimm

4.Name the three quarterbacks who appear in the Super Bowl Shuffle video.

5.On the now defunct website, how did Cade McNown's time with the Bears come to an end?

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a. Mauled by a lionb. Yanked away by a giant canec. Shot from a cannond. Kicked out of town by the ghost of George Halas

6.Steve Stenstrom had 1,182 more passing yards at Stanford than John Elway. How many more yards did Elway have than Stenstrom in the NFL?

a. 17,653b. 26,299c. 33,101d. 49,580

Match each number with the appropriate stat.

7. 7.308.24.759.57.1410.60.00

a. Completion percentage of Chad Hutchinson in his one season with the Bears (2004)b. Hutchinson's ERA in his one season with the St. Louis Cardinals (2001)c. Passing yards per game as a Bear for Rick Mirer, whom the team gave up a No. 1 pick to acquire in 1997d. Will Furrer's QB rating with the Bears

Match the quarterback with the ignominious act he committed.

11. Jim McMahon12. Cade McNown13. Jim Miller14.Kyle Orton

a. First NFL QB suspended( for taking performance-enhancing drugsb. Shown in widely distributed photos holding a half-empty bottle of Jack Daniels, with much of the whiskey apparently dribbled onto the front of his shirtc. Mooned a TV helicopterd. During rookie season, pleaded no contest to illegally possessing handicapped parking placards while in college

Answers: 1. Cade McNown, for taking one of Hugh Hefner's Playmates to Mexico; 2. d; 3. c; 4. Steve Fuller, Jim McMahon, Mike Tomczak; 5. b; 6. d; 7. d; 8. b; 9. a; 10. c; 11. c; 12. d; 13. a; 14. b