Well, this isn’t what I was expecting on a cold and cloudy Monday afternoon. Right before this, I changed the channel at work to Comcast SportsNet for the Bulls pregame stuff. Instead, I see the news of former Bear and Bears Post Game host on The Score, Doug Buffone, passing away. He was 70.
For years (I think the last ten), myself along with many others, have listened to him and Ed O’Bradovich after Bears’ games on The Score. As it went most of the time, Doug and O.B. were absolutely pissed. While entertaining at times, it was really them expressing themselves. That’s what I loved. Friday mornings during football season, Buffone would be on Mully and Hanley with his “Pick 5 with 55” segment that was very entertaining at times.
Doug Buffone was a Bears fan. Him and O’Bradovich wanting the Bears to win more than any of us. That’s what I loved about him. I’ve been fortunate enough to talk to him on The Score throughout the years. The last time I called was on Thanksgiving to vent my frustrations about the team after their less-than-stellar performance against the Lions. I am glad we always agreed on how awful things were. I will miss calling that show without him. I called his show, as well as the station so many times throughout the years, I felt like we were friends. In college, he had a show called “Chicago NFL Live” almost every weeknight and because I was always at the restaurant working nights, I listened to that show religiously.
This day feels just like the day we lost Ron Santo. Part of my childhood went away that day almost five years ago.
Today, I felt like part of my early adulthood left the world. This isn’t fun.