Tuesday, January 26, 2016

30 Years Ago Today...

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. 
You know we're just struttin' for fun 
Struttin' our stuff for everyone. 
We're not here to start no trouble. 
We're just here to do the Super Bowl Shuffle.

Walter Payton 

Well, they call me Sweetness, 
And I like to dance. 
Runnin' the ball is like makin' romance. 
We've had the goal since training camp 
To give Chicago a Super Bowl champ. 
And we're not doin' this 
Because we're greedy. 
The Bears are doin' it to feed the needy. 
We didn't come here to look for trouble, 
We just came here to do 
The Super Bowl Shuffle. 

Willie Gault

This is Speedy Willie, and I'm world class. 
I like runnin' but I love to get the pass. 
I practice all day and dance all night, 
I got to get ready for the Sunday fight. 
Now I'm as smooth as a chocolate swirl, 
I dance a little funky, so watch me girl. 
There's not one here that does it like me, 
My Super Bowl Shuffle will set you free. 

Mike Singletary 

I'm Samurai Mike I stop 'em cold. 
Part of the defense, big and bold, 
I've been jammin' for quite a while, 
Doin' what's right and settin' the style, 
Give me a chance, I'll rock you good, 
Nobody messin' in my neighborhood. 
I didn't come here lookin' for trouble, 
I just came to do The Super Bowl Shuffle 

(Repeat Chorus) 

Jim McMahon 

I'm the punky QB, known as McMahon. 
When I hit the turf, I've got no plan. 
I just throw my body all over the field. 
I can't dance, but I can throw the pill. 
I motivate the cats, I like to tease. 
I play so cool, I aim to please. 
That's why you all got here on the double 
To catch me doin' the Super Bowl Shuffle. 

Otis Wilson 

I'm mama's boy Otis, one of a kind. 
The ladies all love me 
For my body and my mind. 
I'm slick on the floor as I can be 
But ain't no sucker gonna get past me. 
Some guys are jealous 
Of my style and class, 
That's why some end up on their @$$
I didn't come here lookin' for trouble, 
I'm just gettin' down to The Super Bowl Shuffle. 

Steve Fuller 

They say Jimbo is our man. 
If Jimmy can't do it, I sure can. 
This is Steve, and it's no wonder 
I run like lightnin', pass like thunder. 
So bring on Atlanta, bring on Dallas, 
This is for Mike and Papa Bear Halas. 
I'm not here to feather his ruffle, 
I just came here to do 
The Super Bowl Shuffle.

 Mike Richardson 

I'm L.A. Mike, and I play it cool. 
They don't sneak by me 'cause I'm no fool. 
I fly on the field and get on down. 
Everybody knows I don't mess around. 
I can break 'em, shake 'em, 
Any time of day. 
I like to steal it and make 'em pay, 
So please don't cry to beat my hustle 
'Cause I'm just here to do 
The Super Bowl Shuffle. 

(Repeat Chorus) 

Richard Dent 

The sackman's comin', I'm your man Dent. 
If the quarterback's slow, 
He's gonna get bent. 
We stop the run, we stop the pass, 
I like to dump guys on their @$$. 
We love to play for the world's best fans, 
You better start makin' 
Your Super Bowl plans. 
But don't get ready or go to any trouble 
Unless you practice 
The Super Bowl Shuffle. 

Gary Fencik 

It's Gary here, and I'm Mr.Clean. 
They call me "hit man," 
Don't know what they mean. 
They throw it long and watch me run, 
I'm on my man, one-on-one. 
Buddy's guys cover it down to the bone, 
That's why they call us the 46 zone. 
Come on everybody let's scream and yell, 
We're goin' to do the Shuffle, 
Then ring your bell. 

William "Refrigerator" Perry 

You're lookin' at the Fridge, 
I'm the rookie. 
I may be large, but I'm no dumb cookie. 
You've seen me hit, you've seen me run, 
When I get the pass, we'll have more fun. 
I can dance, you will see 
The others, they all learn from me. 
I don't come here lookin' for trouble, 
I just came here to do 
The Super Bowl Shuffle. 

(Repeat Chorus)

If you're wondering why the hell I'm posting the lyrics to the Superbowl Shuffle, the greatest rap song of all-time (excluding the theme from the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air), it's because today is the 30th anniversary of the Monsters of the Midway's last Superbowl win.  The Mike Ditka-lead 1985 Bears were damn near unstoppable on the gridiron, going 15-1 on their way to blowing out the Patriots in Superbowl XX by a score of 46-10.

This group of Bears, though exceptionally talented, were never really able to put it all together again after that win and, as such, the '85 squad are damn near worshiped as gods.  The legend of Ditka (thank you SNL), the punky QB's antics, the Fridge's emergence on the scene, etc.  all combined to make this one-time winner rival Chicago style pizza in terms of popularity here in the Windy City.

After all, even though they won their Superbowl three years before I was even born, I probably know more names from the '85 roster off-hand than I do from the last three seasons combined, in no small part due to the numerous retrospectives and the seemingly infinite endorsements these guys continue to get 30 years down the road.

Here's hoping that GM Ryan Pace and his current Bears rebuild will lead to a new set of guys getting the hero-worship treatment in the near future.  In the meantime, we'll just have to continue making eating at Mongo McMichael's steakhouse, listening to Dan Hampton hawk Chevrolets and spinning this 45.

Happy 30th guys!


  1. I was in my twenties in 1985. It was an awesome year! The 44-0 annihilation of the Cowboys still stands out for me, maybe one of the most crushing performances of all-time.

  2. "Hold on, hold on, hold on! The name of the hurricane...is hurricane Ditka!"

  3. I had a HUGE poster of the team picture hanging on the wall next to my bed when I was in middle school. At night I wouldn't count sheep, I would name the entire roster until I fell asleep. Good times.

  4. I need to watch the Super Bowl Shuffle a few times today.