Doug Buffone was the man.

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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.

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4 Responses to “Doug Buffone was the man.”

  1. chucky Says:

    Oh man. What can I say that hasn’t already been said. I looked forward after each Bears game to the best postgame duo that I have ever heard. Especially when the Bears played like crap, which was often under Lovie Smith. Doug Buffone was more than just “Fire and Passion”. He lived, breathed, ate, and slept Bears football. It didn’t matter(to a certain extent) if they won or lost, to him, it was HOW WELL they played. When they looked totally lifeless out there, he let them know it. Under no uncertain terms, he flat ass let them know it. But on the other side, if they played well, he let them know that too. He was very fair. I remember one game, if memory serves, it was a 10-3 loss to Green Bay to finish the season, and he was giving praise to the defense for how hard they played. And he was absolutely correct.

    I will miss him so very much. Thank you Doug, for showing me the “fire and the passion”, and for letting me know that it was all right to get pissed off sometimes. Sundays will never be the same again.

  2. Pie in the Sky Says:

    Few observations about the Cubs after 2-3 weeks:

    A – This bullpen sucks (I know someone stated this a few days ago in another thread). Stop putting Schlitter out there.

    B – Love the resiliency from this offense. Young guys keep stepping up.

    C – Kris Bryant looking like the real deal. Soler, Rizzo, and Castro all hitting well to start the season.

  3. Cubs Bears Sox Suck Says:

    Rest in peace Big Doug. You will be missed.

    When in comes to the Cubs, I am still on the fence between Hhhmmm? and Baahhh!

    Feeling good about the Hawks, great game last night. Darling was awesome!

  4. Robert Says:

    Brian schlitter has to go

SHOW DA FIRE AND PASSION, MY FRENDT!

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