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David Haugh: Don't wait until Joe Maddon is gone from the Cubs to realize how great he has been

Chicago coaching legends usually miss out on the victory laps they deserve.

Their farewells tend to revolve around regret more than reflection - as was the case with Mike Ditka. Ditka's voice shook Jan. 4, 1993, as he thanked George Halas the day the Bears fired their only coach to win a Super Bowl.

"This too shall pass," Ditka proclaimed.

Phil Jackson practically rode his Harley into the sunset in June 1998 after leading the Bulls to their sixth NBA championship in eight seasons. The Zen Master's departure was

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