It’s been a decade since Mike Martz designed the championship offense in St. Louis Rams known as “The Greatest Show on Turf.” Now the Bears’ offensive coordinator, Martz has branded his current squad “The Greatest Show on Torn-Up Brown Sod” after Sunday’s convincing 31-26 home win over the Eagles.
“It’s a fitting title for this new-look Bears offense,” Martz said. “I challenge you to find a more entertaining group playing on a comparably dried-out surface. My guys are in a league of their own.”
While Johnny Knox and Matt Forte have never been confused with former Rams stars like Tory Holt and Marshall Faulk, Martz embraced the subtle reference by only differentiating the playing surface.
A Park District employee involved in maintaining the field was also happy to play along.
“This gray-haired guy with glasses slipped me $50 to keep the field looking brown,” said an anonymous Chicago Park District contractor. “But, the joke is on him. The Park District hasn’t budgeted for new sod in years.”
By Brian Berns