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‘Iron’ Mike Ditka back to enjoying his old habits, wife says

Kelsey Grammer

Kelsey Grammer

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Updated: December 22, 2012 6:35AM

He’s back to his old habits!

The indomitable Diana Ditka, wife of the ultimate Grabowski, tells Sneed her hubby is back up to his old tricks — but in a more relaxed fashion — since he suffered a minor stroke Friday playing cards with his buddies at Bob O’Link Golf Club in Highland Park.

Mike played cards with his buddies at home this weekend and watched football at home Sunday,” Diana told Sneed.

“It hasn’t really altered anything as far as Mike’s habits are concerned. Knowing Mike, he probably won’t change, but for once we’re being very relaxed.”

“The cause of the stroke wasn’t his heart,” she said. “His heart is OK. It’s just that Mike wasn’t taking his blood thinner anymore. His doctor wanted him to go on a lower dose ... and for some reason Mike went off them and the doctor said it was a small blood vessel in the back of his brain that caused the stroke ... a ‘T-stroke’ (TIA) I think it’s called.

“He’s back on the blood thinner now. We just have to wait and see if the medicine works,” Diana said. “He has an appointment with the doctor tomorrow to see if he’s clear to fly.”

Calls have been flooding in from well wishers, including former Mayor Rich Daley and comedian Tom Dreesen — as well as “My caddy, who had disappeared — and then suddenly called to wish Mike well,” she chuckled. “It’s been kind of overwhelming.”

So what did da Coach think when he watched the Bears go down Monday night to the San Francisco 49ers, whose coach is former Chicago Bears quarterback Jim Harbaugh — a Mike Ditka product.

“Mike was pretty relaxed, but thought the game was terrible ... horrible,” she said. “They know it. He thought it was going to be a low-scoring game, but they missed him (Jay Cutler) last night.”

What does Mike think of Harbaugh?

“He’s immensely proud of all our guys who are coaching now,” she said.

How tactful.

The Harbaugh File ...

A scoop from Sneed’s past: Jim Harbaugh, the San Francisco 49ers’ coach whose team manhandled and mauled coach Lovie Smith’s Chicago Bears last night in that 32-7 ‘thumping’, is the same Jim Harbaugh Sneed predicted in 1987 would be picked by the Bears as their quarterback.

It also garnered Sneed a big raspberry from sports reporter Chet Coppock, who snickered at the scoop and promised to push a peanut with his nose over the Wabash Street Bridge if it happened.

It did ... and good to his word, Coppock pushed the peanut with his proboscis over the bridge.

Bye, Bye Boss ...

Boo Hoo: The Chicago based TV show “Boss”, featuring the superb performance of Kelsey Grammer as Chicago Mayor Tom Kane, is over after two seasons — which means veteran actress Jane Fonda won’t be coming to town as often to see her son Troy Garity, who played the show’s newspaper editor.

Madge’s millions ...

So how goes the housing market? Let’s check in with Madonna, who is listing her upper East Side New York City home with a view of Central Park for $23.5 million. ◆The backshot: Madonna Miaaaa bought it for $32.5 million in 2009 — and spent millions more updating.


Wednesday’s birthdays: Goldie Hawn, 67; U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin, 68; and Giovanni Denigris, 60.

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