Phillips Power: Ted among Chicago’s Top 100

Phillips Power: Ted among Chicago’s Top 100
February 8, 2013, 6:15 pm
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 Chicago Magazine has come out with its second annual “The Power 100” and a Bear is on the list, and it’s not Julius Peppers.
Bears President and CEO Ted Phillips makes his appearance on the list (topped by Mayor Rahm Emanuel) at No. 75, although the publication’s reasoning raises a bit of an eyebrow:
“Phillips is entrusted to run the beloved football franchise, but does he wield the power to bring the Bears back from epic collapse? His New Year’s Eve ditching of coach Lovie Smith for polar opposite Marc Trestman is a promising start.”
Hiring Trestman as Smith’s replacement may indeed be a promising start, although labeling Trestman a “polar opposite” from Smith seems a bit of a reach, unless Trestman indeed likes knock-knock jokes and is a sideline cut-up.
But if Phillips did indeed ditch Smith, that’s a bit contrary to the conclusions of some and statements of Bears higher-ups that the decision in fact belonged to GM Phil Emery, not Phillps or Chairman George McCaskey. Indeed, the ranking is a trifle odd when a president is rated as more powerful than a chairman and member of the business’s owning/ruling famly.
Phillips ranks just below Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert and just above fellow Bears board member Andy McKenna.
Speaking of Peppers, no Chicago athlete ranks in the Top 100. Derrick Rose was at No. 7 last year but is off this time because of his knee injury. No Brian Urlacher, no Jay Cutler, no Bear. Guess if you don’t make the playoffs…