The Beachwood Radio Sports Show #388: More McCaskey Malpractice

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The World's Greatest College Football Report Pt. 5: Lunch Pails, Cheez-Its, Webfoots & Our New COVID Toteboard!

Calling on the snackmakers of America to unite.

Posted on Dec 29, 2021
Keywords: Bob Stoops, Dabo Swinney, Margaritas By The Yard, Yankee Stadium

The World's Greatest College Football Report Bowl Series 2021 Pt. 4: Hell's Half Acre

A den of "gunmen, highway robbers, card sharks, con men, and shady ladies."

Posted on Dec 22, 2021
Keywords: Army, Eli Drinkwitz, Missouri, TCU

The World's Greatest College Football Report Bowl Series 2021 Pt 3: Victory Fries & Mushy Bananas

Something about the swirl of stale sweat, spilled coffee and warming pretzels make for a mix that can't be described and must be experienced.

Posted on Dec 22, 2021
Keywords: Focus Brands, Potato Bowl, Sincere McCormick

The World's Greatest College Football Report, Bowl Series Pt. 2: Stomping James Carville

In the value pick of the day.

Posted on Dec 18, 2021
Keywords: Boca Raton Bowl, Brigham Young, Cheribundi, Independence Bowl, James Carville, Jimmy Kimmel, Liberty University, New Mexico Bowl, Tyler Allgeier

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #387: Bears A Variant Of Concern

Organization a highly transmissible laughingstock. Including: Think Of The Gambling Community; Breaking: Illinois Has A Bowl Team; Blackhawks & Beach; Bulls Back; Arismendy!; and State Of Basketball.

Posted on Dec 17, 2021
Keywords: Arismendy Alcantara, Bahamas Bowl, Coastal Carolina, Justin Fields, Kyle Beach, NIU, Omicron, Sam Mustipher, Tailgreeter Cure Bowl, Thomas Hammock

The World's Greatest College Football Report, Special Edition: Rockets & Roosters

While tailgating doesn't measure up to curing cancer, it is pretty awesome.

Posted on Dec 16, 2021
Keywords: Bahamas Bowl, Blake Catlett, Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Coastal Carolina, Dark 'n Stormy, Dequan Finn, Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders, NIU, Servpro, Tailgreeter, Toledo Rockets, University of Chicago, Vince Lombardi

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #386: Cheeseheads vs. Meatheads

Get on the right side of the rivalry. Plus: Around The NFL; COVIDY Bulls; Fleury Peury; Red Line Rivalry; Minnie Made It; Red Stars Reverse; and Go, Stro!

Posted on Dec 10, 2021
Keywords: Aaron Rodgers, Andy Dalton, Ayo Dosunmu, DePaul, Jakeem Grant, Justin Fields, Kofi Cockburn, Loyola, Marc-Andre Fleury, Marcus Stroman, Minnie Miñoso, Red Stars

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #385: Locked Out And Loaded

Owners tank offseason. Plus: The Stro Show And Mo; The Legend of Leury; Bears In For Beating/s; Bulls Balls; Blackhawks Flower; Red Stars Retool; and Fire Hire.

Posted on Dec 3, 2021
Keywords: Arturas Karnisovas, Carlos Correa, Derek King, Ezra Hendrickson, Hub Arkush, Javy Baez, Julie Ertz, Kyler Murray, LaVar Ball, Leury Garcia, Malcolm Subban, Marcus Stroman, Mark Konkol, Matt Nagy, Ryan Pace, The McCaskeys, Willson Contreras, Yan Gomes

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #384: Another McCaskey Mess

But is Ryan Pace pulling the strings behind the curtain? Plus: Red Stars Wreckage; Back-To-Back Bad Bulls; Blackhawks Post Up; White Sox Sign Former Cub; Miguel Amaya Goodbyea; Illinois Upside Down; Chicago's Big Ten Rivalry; and NU's New National Champ.

Posted on Nov 26, 2021
Keywords: Allen Robinson, George McCaskey, Kendall Graveman, Matt Nagy, Miguel Amaya, Ryan Pace, Trinity Rodman

World Cup Host Qatar Used Ex-CIA Officer To Spy On FIFA

"Part of a no-expense-spared effort to win and hold on to the most popular sports tournament."

Posted on Nov 24, 2021
Keywords: FIFA, Qatar, World Cup

The McEnroes In Antarctica

You can be totally serious.

Posted on Nov 20, 2021
Keywords: John McEnroe, Patrick McEnroe, The World Navigator

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #383: We Want A Parade

Red Stars Spirit. Plus: Hot Bulls Learn Lesson; Post-Colliton Blackhawks Rolling; Breaking! Porter Moser Left Loyola; Illini (Maybe) A Top Ten Team; Stove Stuff; and Bears Prepare To Spoil Nation's Thanksgiving.

Posted on Nov 19, 2021
Keywords: Billy Donovan, Derek King, Gabe Kapler, Kevin Cash, Matt Nagy, Mike Borzello, Mike Pettine, Porter Moser, Robbie Ray, Rory Dames

How Sports Can Fight Climate Change

Beneficial changes are relatively minor, but could have an outsized influence.

Posted on Nov 18, 2021
Keywords: Concordia University, International Civil Aviation Organization, Seth Wynes

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #382: Blackhawks Dig Disgustingly Deeper

It keeps getting worse. Plus: Captain COVID; Bulls Rush; Bye Bye Bears; Rodon Rides On; Semi Stars; Illini High; Hitsville, Loyola; and more!

Posted on Nov 12, 2021
Keywords: Brad Aldrich, Carlos Rodon, Cassius Marsh, Duncan Keith, John McDonough, Jonathan Toews, Kyle Beach, Loyola Ramblers, Marian Hossa, Nikola Vucevic, Red Stars, Stan Bowman, Tony Corrente, University of Illinois, Wade Miley

TrackNotes: Modern Games

The betting day Saturday was like taking a stupid amusement park ride.

Posted on Nov 7, 2021
Keywords: Bob Baffert, Breeders' Cup, Jimmy Durante, Modern Games, Wayne Catalano

TrackNotes: Perp Meets Surf

Bob Baffert's Breeders' Cup.

Posted on Nov 5, 2021
Keywords: Bob Baffert, Breeders' Cup, Chicago Sky, Chucky Chuckington, Del Mar, LG

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #381: Cleanse The Blackhawks

New name, new uniform, new players. Plus: A-Robbed; The Rodgers Rate; At Least The Bears Are Consistent; The Bulls Have The Floor; Congratulations, George Sun!; Pretty Soon We Won't Have Greg Brown To Kick Around Anymore; Kofi Cockburned; Rambler Women Make History; A Goth Ham; and Ryan Field Is Worse Than Ryan Braun.

Posted on Nov 5, 2021
Keywords: Aaron Rodgers, Allen Robinson, Brad Aldrich, Chris Tabor, Gary Bettman, Greg Brown, Jonathan Toews, Jorge Soler, Kofi Cockburn, Kyle Beach, Loyola Ramblers, Matt Nagy, NHL, NHLPA, Patrick Kane, Patrick Williams, Red Stars, Rocky Wirtz, Ryan Field, Stan Bowman, Team USA

Toews & Kane Must Go

They still don't get it.

Posted on Nov 3, 2021
Keywords: Brad Aldrich, Jonathan Toews, Kyle Beach, Patrick Kane

How Much Longer Will Major League Baseball Stay In The Closet?

Among the more than 20,000 men who have played major league baseball, not one has publicly come out of the closet while still in uniform.

Posted on Nov 1, 2021
Keywords: Billie Jean King, Billy Bean, Carl Nassib, Glenn Burke, Ken Griffey Jr., Luke Prokop, Mark Grace, Ozzie Guillen, Sean Doolittle

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #380: The Blackhawks Are A Criminal Organization

Management and almost certainly players conspired to cover up a crime. Plus: Mystery Matt; Illinois Did NOT Play 9 OTs; Noah's Arc; and more!

Posted on Oct 29, 2021
Keywords: Al MacIsaac, Brad Aldrich, Dan Bernstein, David Kaplan, Demar DeRozan, Illini, Joakim Noah, John McDonough, Jonathan Toews, Julie DiCaro, Katie Strang, Kevin Cheveldayoff, Kyle Beach, Matt Nagy, Michael Jordan, Ozzie Guillen, Patrick Kane, Paul Sullivan, Rick Westhead, Rocky Wirtz, Stan Bowman

More Saudi Sportswashing In Takeover Of Newcastle FC

Buying a Premier League club is perhaps Saudi leaders' most high-profile effort so far to launder their appalling human rights record.

Posted on Oct 28, 2021
Keywords: FIFA, Mohammed bin Salman, Newcastle, Saudi Arabia

Suspicious Betting Trends In Soccer

Friendly matches continue to pose significant issues for soccer authorities.

Posted on Oct 23, 2021
Keywords: Starlizard, Stats Perform

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #379: Sky High

Chicago's champions. Plus: Bears Money Is Stupid; The Cheaters vs. The Tomahawkers; Yasmanknee Grandal; Cubs Have It Their Way; Bielema Dilemma; Bulls Reportedly Trying To Be Suns; Bowman's Blackhawks Bombing; and Red Stars Reach For Sky.

Posted on Oct 22, 2021
Keywords: Aaron Rodgers, Akiem Hicks, Alex Cora, Allie Quigley, Arturas Karnisovas, Bret Bielema, Candace Parker, Carter Hawkins, Courtney Vandersloot, Jakeem Grant, James Wade, Kaleah Copper, Khalil Herbert, Stan Bowman, Tom Brady, Yasmani Grandal

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #378: Tonyball, Bears On The Run, Eyes On The Sky & More!

It's not that Tony La Rusta was outmanaged by Dusty Baker, it's that he outmanaged himself. Plus: Steve Stone's Suckage; Bears On The Run; Eyes On The Sky; Cubs Can Finally Afford A GM Again; Boo Blackhawks; Red Stars Rising and more!

Posted on Oct 15, 2021
Keywords: Bill Lazor, Carlos Rodón, Carter Hawkins, Craig Kimbrel, Damien Williams, Jason Benetti, Kaleah Copper, Lance Lynn, Seth Jones, Steve Stone, Tony La Russa
The White Sox Report

Sad Sacks

In just about all aspects during this series, the Sox were woefully inadequate.

Posted on Oct 13, 2021
Keywords: José Altuve, Ryan Tepera, Tony La Russa

'Just Let Me Play Sports'

Adelyn Vigil sometimes dreams of volleyball. Texas Republicans are standing in her way.

Posted on Oct 11, 2021
Keywords: Adelyn Vigil, Andraya Yearwood, Becky Pepper-Jackson, Laura Crossley, Terry Miller

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #377: A Match-Up Of Managerial Malpractice

Dusty and Tony meet again, and we can't stand either of 'em. Plus: Scrubbie Culture; Matt Nagy Is Now PC2; Sky Eclipses Sun; Preseasoning; and Red Stars React.

Posted on Oct 8, 2021
Keywords: Anthony Iapoce, Demar DeRozan, Dusty Baker, James Wade, Justin Fields, Kayla Sharples, Lance Lynn, Luis Robert, Marc-Andre Fleury, Matt Nagy, Mike Borzello, Ricardo Pepi, Tony La Russa

The Defiance Of Women's Soccer In Nigeria

The Falcons have long dominated soccer in Africa, winning 11 of 13 championships since 1991. Yet they are not treated as equal to the men's team that has performed much worse.

Posted on Oct 6, 2021
Keywords: Desire Oparanozie, Nigeria Super Falcons
The White Sox Report

Astros Opening

If the Sox are eliminated early next week, chances are a careless mistake will be the culprit.

Posted on Oct 5, 2021
Keywords: Carlos Rodón, Lance McCullers Jr., Lucas Giolito, Tony La Russa

To Boost Black Men In Medicine, Advocates Turn To Sports

Advocates of the athletics-to-medicine pipeline point out its practicality. Thousands of Black men are already in college, or headed there, on athletic scholarships. It would only take a small percentage of them choosing medical careers to boost the percentage of Black male doctors to better reflect the proportion of African-American men in the general population.

Posted on Oct 2, 2021
Keywords: Aaron Bolds, Association of American Medical Colleges, Brian Hainline, Darius Ervin, Donovan Roy, Hillary Knepper, Mark R. Brown, Myron Rolle, Nate Hughes, National Medical Association, Norma Poll-Hunter, Pace University, Reginald Miller, Sheron Mark, USC Race and Equity Center

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #376: Arlington Hell

Think it through, people. Plus: Sick & Sadistic; The Losing Streak Ahead; White Sox Wait (Almost) Over; Cubs Got Lucky This Year; Toewser; Flight Plan; NWSL's Weekend Cancelled; and Fired.

Posted on Oct 1, 2021
Keywords: Arlington Heights, Carlos Rodon, Churchil Downs Inc., Conor McGregor, Jonathan Toews, Jose Abreu, Matt Nagy, NWSL, Raphael Wicky, Soldier Field, WNBA

TrackNotes: Sick And Sadistic

CDI has been abusing and persecuting the fans at Arlington for 20 years. They couldn't, didn't, maintain the track and horses died, right in front of me.

Posted on Sep 30, 2021
Keywords: Arlington Racecourse, Churchill Downs, Dick Duchossois
The White Sox Report

How It Started

For aficionados of a ballclub that launches into a rebuild, the early years move at a snail's pace. Ninety-five losses four years ago followed by 100 and 89 the next two seasons before earning a wild card playoff berth a year ago.

Posted on Sep 27, 2021
Keywords: Carlos Rodón, Eloy Jiménez, Lucas Giolito, Luis Robert, Michael Kopech, Reynaldo Lopez, Rickey Renteria, Tim Anderson, Yoán Moncada

TrackNotes: Burning Down The House

The finest sporting venue of any kind in the world, wrecked by savage, amoral aficionados' greed and destruction.

Posted on Sep 25, 2021
Keywords: Arlington Park, Churchill Downs Inc., Richard Duchossois, Tony Petrillo, William Carstanjen

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #375: Overreaction Everyday

No longer just for Mondays. Including: Fields of Screams; Slouching Toward The Playoffs; The Right Side Of The Rivalry; Developing October; On Wisconsin; Vaxhawks; October Sky; Thorns On Fire; Hail Hawthorne; COVID Drives Online Betting; and Where The Robert Taylor Homes Once Stood: The Women's Chicago Fall Tennis Classic.

Posted on Sep 24, 2021
Keywords: Andy Dalton, Craig Kimbrel, Elon Musk, Grimes, Hawthorne Race Course, Jonathan Toews, Justin Fields, Kaleah Copper, Matt Nagy, Sean Desai, St. Louis Cardinals, Tim Anderson, Will's Northwoods Inn, Women's Chicago Fall Tennis Classic, Zooey Deschanel

Where The Robert Taylor Homes Once Stood: The Women's Chicago Fall Tennis Classic

One of the first Black-produced stops on the WTA tour, at one of the largest minority-owned tennis facilities in the country.

Posted on Sep 23, 2021
Keywords: Chicago Tennis Festival, Kamau Murray, XS Tennis Village

Online Gambling Market Study 2021-2026: Football Betting Holds Prominent Share, North America Remains Fastest Growing Region

The COVID-19 pandemic positively impacted the market, as consumers turned more toward the online platform to bridge their financial, social, and psychological crisis during lockdowns.

Posted on Sep 22, 2021
Keywords: Bwin, Playtech
The White Sox Report

Grateful Gambling

The surest bet is that in the next five years all the aspiring wiseguys will be able to wager at pari-mutuel windows in our city's major sports venues. Ironically, the one place where this has been true for almost 100 years, Arlington Park, will have been reduced to rubble.

Posted on Sep 20, 2021
Keywords: John R. Daley, Patrick Daley Thompson, Rickwood Field, Tony La Russa

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #374: Bears Blown Up, Sir

Bengals better, too. Including: Matt Renteria; Ex-Bear Factor; The Waiting Is The White Sox's Hardest Part; Cubs Coulda Been; Blackhawks Burying Bodies; College Football Wasteland; Sky Out Of The Mystic; Thorns In Red Stars' Pride; and We Didn't Start The Chicago Fire.

Posted on Sep 17, 2021
Keywords: Brad Aldrich, Jason Goff, Jed Hoyer, Kyle Fuller, Matt Nagy, Rickey Renteria, Sean Desai, Tony La Russa
The White Sox Report

In Park

Lot C and home field advantage.

Posted on Sep 13, 2021
Keywords: Leury Garcia, The Grate, Tony La Russa

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #373: Bears Bummer Begins

Let's face it, this team is going nowhere - and not even fast. Plus: Waiting On The White Sox; Fake Cubs; Lauri's Leap; Bielosa; Wading In; Red Stars Dashing; USMNT Qualifies; Fire Doesn't; Teenage Riot; and Ongoing Arlington Awfulness.

Posted on Sep 10, 2021
Keywords: Andy Dalton, Arlington Racecourse, Bret Bielema, Chris Sale, Conor Cook, Dak Prescott, Eddie Goldman, Eloy Jimenez, Frank Schwindel, Ian Happ, James Wade, Kris Bryant, Lauri Markannen, Leylah Fernandez, Matt Nagy, Ricardo Pepi, Ryan Pace, Sean Desai, Tim Anderson, Tom Brady, Tommy La Stella, Yasmani Grandal

Longhorns' "Eyes Of Texas" Now Subject Of Civil Rights Complaint

The complaint argues in part that the university's decision to create a separate marching band for students who do not want to play "The Eyes of Texas" violates equal protections afforded under the Fourteenth Amendment.

Posted on Sep 7, 2021
Keywords: Butler School of Music, Jay Hartzell, NAACP, Steve Sarkisian
The White Sox Report

Counting The Minutes

40,320 to be exact.

Posted on Sep 6, 2021
Keywords: Carlos Rodón, Lance Lynn, Lucas Giolito, Tony La Russa

Your COVID Game Plan: Are Stadiums Safe?

Not really.

Posted on Sep 5, 2021
Keywords: Dale Bratzler, Jason Salemi, Joseph Gastaldo, Nasia Safdar, Olveen Carrasquillo, Robert Siegel, William Schaffner

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #372: Lyin' Ryan Pace Pumped

It's neat! Plus: This Is The Way It Ends For The White Sox; Jedhunting; Illinois Husks Corn; Markannen Moved; Sky News; Red Stars At Night; and Fire Wire.

Posted on Sep 3, 2021
Keywords: Akiem Hicks, Alec Ogletree, Andy Dalton, Bret Bielema, Daniel Lacosse, Jason Peters, Jed Hoyer, Justin Fields, Kevin Goldstein, Lauri Markannen, Liam Hendricks, Matt Nagy, Ryan Pace, Tarik Cohen, Tony La Russa

Chicago's "BB Cues" Win Ladies 8-Ball Championship

The teammates are members of the local APA League in Chicago where they play pool regularly.

Posted on Sep 2, 2021
Keywords: Adina Fried, Alison Lewis, APA, BB Cues, Christine Degrange, Teresa Jimmerson, Yuvia Roman
The White Sox Report

Pitch Switch

Dallas Keuchel and Reynaldo Lopez going in oddly opposite directions.

Posted on Aug 30, 2021
Keywords: Alec Mills, Dallas Keuchel, Kyle Hendricks, Reynaldo Lopez

U.S. Open Begins Under Match-Fixing Shadow

The International Tennis Federation, the governing body of the sport, is under pressure to maintain the game's integrity following numerous cases of suspected or confirmed match-fixing going back years.

Posted on Aug 30, 2021
Keywords: International Tennis Federation, International Tennis Integrity Agency, Marco Trungelliti, Nikita Kryvonos, Stefano Berlincioni, U.S. Open, Yana Sizikova

TrackNotes: Bite A Nose

They call it savaging the other horse.

Posted on Aug 29, 2021
Keywords: Firenze Fire, Jackie's Warrior, Life Is Good, Travers Stakes, Whitmore, Yaupon

TrackNotes: Blue Skies, James Brown & Lucky Charms

It's as good a day of racing as America has, featuring "The Summer Derby." Rivaling the Breeders' Cup, a modest upgrade from Belmont Day and half a length past Derby Day.

Posted on Aug 28, 2021
Keywords: Bob Baffert, LG, Saratoga Springs, Travers Day

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #371: Baseball Is So Fun Right Now

Unless you're a Cubs fan. Including: Fields of Dreams; The Week In White Sox; Cubs Scrubs Flubs; Bears Bullshit; All In On New Mexico State; Bulls/Blackhawks; Dreams, Storms; Red Stars' Road; and Chicago Fire Pyre.

Posted on Aug 27, 2021
Keywords: Aaron Bummer, Adam Amin, Bret Bielema, Carlos Rodon, Chris Sale, Gordon Beckham, Ian Happ, Javy Baez, Jed Hoyer, Kris Bryant, Kyle Hendricks, Lauri Markkanen, Lovie Smith, Matt Nagy, New Mexico State, Tim Anderson, Tony La Russa, Willson Contreras

Dalton vs. Andy Dalton

One takes out the trash. The other is the trash.

Posted on Aug 23, 2021
Keywords: Andy Dalton, Dalton
The White Sox Report

A New Complaint

Is Yoan Moncada actually the team's best player?

Posted on Aug 23, 2021
Keywords: Dallas Keuchel, Yoan Moncada

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #370: Help Still Wanted

Frills, please. Plus: Whine Sox; Scrubs Sequel; LOL OL; Sky Hook; Red Whine; OK, Swiss; and more!

Posted on Aug 20, 2021
Keywords: Chris Bassitt, Ethan Katz, Jason Heyward, Jed Hoyer, Joe Mansueto, Justin Fields, Justin Yurchak, Kris Bryant, Lance Lynn, Liam Hendriks, Matt Nagy, Reynaldo Lopez, Ryan Pace, Steve Stone, Teven Jenkins, Tony La Russa
The White Sox Report

Baseball Fever

Catch it.

Posted on Aug 16, 2021
Keywords: Field of Dreams, Shoeless Joe, Tim Anderson

TrackNotes: No Thanks A Million

The Art of the Sellout.

Posted on Aug 14, 2021
Keywords: Arlington Million, Churchill Downs Inc., Domestic Spending, Frank Calabrese

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #369: MLB Has A Catch

D'yersville Mak'er. Plus: In The Sox's Sights; Cubs Cupboard Historically Bare; Fields Notes; Ball Game?; Tony O; The Altlympics; and Sky, Red Stars & Fire.

Posted on Aug 13, 2021
Keywords: Alyson Felix, Anthony Rizzo, Ashleigh Johnson, Athing Mu, Field of Dreams, Jake Arrieta, Jed Hoyer, Justin Fields, Kevin Costner, Lonzo Ball, Tim Anderson, Tony Esposito, Winter Olympics, Xander Schauffele

Hapless Hoyer

Too little, too late.

Posted on Aug 11, 2021
Keywords: Albert Almora, Anthony Rizzo, Ian Happ, Jed Hoyer, Kris Bryant, Kyle Schwarber, Rick Hahn, Theo Epstein, Tom Ricketts
The White Sox Report

The Pitching Plan

Starters, starters, starters,

Posted on Aug 9, 2021
Keywords: Dave Duncan, Ethan Katz, Tony La Russa

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #368: Ex-Cubs Fan Now Only Fan Of Ex-Cubs

The Crosstown Classic? Not in the mood. Plus: Craig Kimbrel Curiosity; Sox Scuffle; MAF A Go; Training Camp Treacle; Dreamish Teams; Red Stars Ready; Sky Soon; and Chicago Zeros.

Posted on Aug 6, 2021
Keywords: Craig Kimbrel, DeMar DeRozan, Eloy Jiménez, Jed Hoyer, Justin Fields, Marc-Andre Fleury, Nick Madrigal, Tokyo Olympics

The Triumph And Tragedy Of The Olympic Refugee Team

Unfortunately, the population represented by the team just keeps growing.

Posted on Aug 5, 2021
Keywords: Team Refugee, Tokyo Olympics, Yusra Mardini

Canadian Women Rule

Canadian women are owning the podium at the Tokyo Olympics. But why?

Posted on Aug 4, 2021
Keywords: Caileigh Filmer, Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard, Hillary Janssens, Jennifer Abel, Jessica Klimkait, Kylie Massie, Margaret Mac Neil, Maude Charron, Melissa Citrini-Beaulieu, Penny Oleksiak, Tokyo Olympics
The White Sox Report

And So It Goes

History repeats itself by crushing schoolchildren everywhere except New York and LA.

Posted on Aug 2, 2021
Keywords: Minnie Minoso, Nicky Madrigal

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #367: The Unlovable Losers

Theo era officially a failure. Plus: Ayo A Bull Now; Marc-Andre Mystery; Organizational Indictment; Andy Dalton Is Going Great!; World Learns About The Twisties; Red Star; and Fire Them.

Posted on Jul 30, 2021
Keywords: Alyssa Naehar, Andrew Chafin, Andy Dalton, Anthony Rizzo, Ayo Dosunmu, Codi Heuer, Craig Kimbrel, Javy Baez, Kris Bryant, Marc-Andre Fleury, Nick Boynton, Nick Madrigal, Ryan Tepera, Simone Biles, Stan Bowman, Stefanie Dolson, Theo Epstein, Tom Ricketts, Trevor Williams, Yu Darvish

Revealing The Long But Hidden History Of Queer Women In Sport

Along with evening curfews and "no dating" policies, the league's brass sought to reassure male spectators that white female players were, or appeared to be, heterosexually available - and thus worth watching.

Posted on Jul 27, 2021
Keywords: A Secret Love, Pat Henschel, Peoria Redwings, Terry Donahue
The White Sox Report

Gambling At The Grate

As PointsBet buries the message, call 1-800-GAMBLER if problems arise.

Posted on Jul 26, 2021
Keywords: BetRivers, DraftKings, FanDuel, Lance Lynn, PointsBet

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #366: P.S. The White Sox

Now that the Cubs are officially irrelevant . . . Plus: The Cleveland Traffic Cops; Deer District; Our Olympians; Vax Lax; Yermination; TLR LOL; Q Anon; Unfolding Ugliness; Kofi Stays; Sky Notes; Sunday, Sunday, Sunday; and Just When We Let The Fire Back Into Our Show . . .

Posted on Jul 23, 2021
Keywords: Curtis Sliwa, Dylan Cease, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Herb Kohl, John McDonough, John Quenneville, Kofi Cockburn, Leury Garcia, Robinson Chirinos, Stan Bowman, Stefanie Dolson, Tokyo Olympics, Tom Hanks, Tony La Russa, Yermin Mercedes

Big Leagues Balk At Endorsing Vaccination

Sports teams' lack of leadership on the issue is a crucial miss for those pushing for greater vaccination rates, and it may also depress the chances of success within their own locker rooms.

Posted on Jul 22, 2021
Keywords: Bill Russell, Cathy Engelbert, Cole Beasley, Gregg Popovich, Jerry Blevins, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kyle Shanahan, LeBron James, Miguel Cabrera, Sam Darnold, Shaq Barrett, Thom Mayer, Tony Clark, Zachary Binney

TrackNotes: The Baffert Stakes

Baffert is a serial cheat and oh, by the way, he also kills horses.

Posted on Jul 20, 2021
Keywords: Bob Baffert, Justify, Medina Spirit, Nautical Look, Saratoga, Seinfeld, Washington Post
The White Sox Report

That Was Fun - But Not Necessary

A must-win series? Hardly.

Posted on Jul 19, 2021
Keywords: A.J. Pierzynski, Houston Astros, Minnesota Twins, Tony La Russa

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #365: Wobbly Cubs Change Climate

Front-office fail. Plus: White Sox Begin Ceremonial Second Half; Party Time Italian-Style; Dunkin' Keith; Party Time Bobby Portis-Style; Scottie Gonna Pippen; Bears OLs Catch Up With Cutler; Candace's Cover; Red Stars Pwn Dash; On Wisconsin; and more!

Posted on Jul 16, 2021
Keywords: Barry Rozner, Bobby Portis, Bryce Ball, Candace Parker, Duncan Keith, Euro 2020, Jay Cutler, Joc Pederson, Kris Bryant, Kyle Schwarber, Scottie Pippen, Steve Stone, Theo Epstein, Tony La Russa, Willson Contreras, Wisconsin, Yoan Moncada

When You Win, You're English. When You Lose, You're Black.

"Their perceived Britishness is provisional, dependent upon their ability to kick a ball."

Posted on Jul 15, 2021
Keywords: Akse, Boris Johnson, Bukayo Saka, Euro 2020, Jadon Sancho, Kick It Out, Marcus Rashford, Natalie Elphicke, Priti Patel, Raheem Sterling

England's Management Lesson

Coaching as a team sport.

Posted on Jul 14, 2021
Keywords: David Beckham, Gareth Southgate

The Billionaire Playbook: How Sports Owners Use Their Teams To Avoid Millions In Taxes

Billionaire owners are consistently paying lower tax rates than their millionaire players - and often lower even than the rates paid by the workers who staff their stadiums. The massive reductions on personal tax bills that owners glean from their teams come on top of the much-criticized subsidies the teams get from local governments for new stadiums and further deplete federal coffers that fund everything from the military to medical research to food stamps and other safety net programs.

Posted on Jul 13, 2021
Keywords: Anthony Davis, Bill Veeck, Bob Piccinini, Dan Gilbert, David Tepper, Dominic Piccinini, Floyd Mayweather, Jerry Richardson, Justin Verlander, LeBron James, Leonard Wilf, Michael Jordan, Paul Beeston, Peter Sadowski, Shahid Khan, Steve Ballmer, Tiger Woods, William Foley
The White Sox Report

Here Comes October

Red flag: The Sox have pummeled teams with losing records this season to the tune of 38-11. They're 16-24 against the clubs with winning ledgers.

Posted on Jul 12, 2021
Keywords: Eloy Jiménez, Leury Garcia, Luis Robert, Michael Kopech

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #364: Christmas In July

Expecting a cardiac event this weekend. Plus: White Sox Have Won Their Division; Cubs Open To-Go Window; Unsteady Eddie; NBA Finals Features Dreary Interior Cities; The New Boston; Eurotrash; The COVID Olympics; Sky Lark; Red Stars Dine 'n' Dash; and Chicago Fire On Fire.

Posted on Jul 8, 2021
Keywords: Adam Eaton, Babe Ruth, Carlos Rodon, Chicago Red Stars, Chicago Sky, Chris Paul, Christmas Mountain Village, Craig Kimbrel, Eddie Goldman, Euro 2020, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jake Arrieta, Jose Abreu, Kris Bryant, Lance Lynn, Raphael Wicky, Shohei Ohtani, Tokyo Olympics, Ty Cobb, Wisconsin Dells, Yasmani Grandal
The White Sox Report


It was a joyous month, but chances are we'll never see Yermín Mercedes around these parts again.

Posted on Jul 5, 2021
Keywords: Frank Thomas, Harold Baines, Ron Blomberg, Yasmani Grandal, Yermín Mercedes, Zack Collins

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #363: June Swoons

Cubs suck, Sox survive. Including: Thermo-Bat!; The Captain's Mystery Illness; Who Knew What When?; Former Bulls On Parade; Illinois Exodus; NIL Mill; Wade Grade A; Red Stars Short A Star; Fire Doused; and The Euro.

Posted on Jul 2, 2021
Keywords: Brad Aldrich, D'Eriq King, Ernest Hemingway, Gavin Sheets, James Wade, Jonathan Toews, Josh Donaldson, Kofi Cockburn, Liam Hendriks, Lila Nanisetty, Taylor Gushue, Yasmani Grandal, Yoan Moncada

Arlington Heights 6th-Grader Invents Thermo-Bat!

"When playing baseball or softball, it is hard to improve your swing when you can't tell where on the bat you hit the ball," she says. "My invention changes color in the spot that you hit the ball."

Posted on Jul 1, 2021
Keywords: Invention Convention, Lila Nanisetty, Thermo-Bat

Dear Sportswriters: Ditch The Clown Questions

Ask about facts, not feelings.

Posted on Jun 30, 2021
Keywords: Allen Iverson, Bryce Harper, LeBron James, Naomi Osaka, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams, Taurean Prince
The White Sox Report

Santiago Sunday & The Sox

So between the Sox dinky attack, the Santiago affair, Abreu's injury, and Hendriks giving up the game-winner, we did something Sunday that we haven't done in years.

Posted on Jun 28, 2021
Keywords: Hector Santiago, Liam Hendriks, Modelo

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #362: Cubs Bull Pen

We are not amused. Plus: BenZo; The YerMIAnator; Whole Lotto Nothing; Coach [Hearts] NBA Playoffs; Les Inhabitants; and Sky, Red Stars & Fire.

Posted on Jun 25, 2021
Keywords: Andrew Chafin, Ben Zobrist, Ian Happ, Javy Baez, Kris Bryant, Trae Young, Yasmani Grandal, Yermin Mercedes

Why Carl Nassib Coming Out Is Such A Big Deal

Gay athletes have come out before, but this is a landmark moment.

Posted on Jun 24, 2021
Keywords: Billie Jean King, Carl Nassib, Dave Kopy, Michael Sam

Squirrel Strikes

Scores first Hell Tour win of 2021 at LaSalle.

Posted on Jun 24, 2021
Keywords: Billy Moyer Jr., Brian Shirley, DIRTcar Racing, Garrett Alberson, LaSalle Speedway, Nick Hoffman, Summit Modified Nationals

The DIRTcar Summer Nationals

Look out for the squirrel.

Posted on Jun 22, 2021
Keywords: Bobby Pierce, Brian Shirley, LaSalle Speedway, Mike Harrison, Nick Hoffman, Shannon Babb, Tanner English
The White Sox Report

Forget Houston

Tony's troops still holding it down.

Posted on Jun 21, 2021
Keywords: Adam Engel, Tony La Russa, Yermin Mercedes

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #361: Sticky Tactics

Gripping agents and griping fakers. Including: White Sox No Longer Best Team In MLB; Cubs Bull & Pen; Go, Bears, Go!; Sky Hot; Red Stars, Fire & USMNT; and more!

Posted on Jun 18, 2021
Keywords: Adam Eaton, Allie Quigley, Arlington Heights, Candace Parker, Delta Air Lines, Jason Heyward, Matt Nagy, Nick Castellanos, Nick Madrigal, Ron Coomer, Trevor Bauer, Tyler Glasnow, Victor Caratini

Kids Who Get Hit In The Head Playing Football Show Brain Changes

The research team gathered biomechanical data of linear and rotational head accelerations of head impacts from the football group during all practice and games via the Riddell Head Impact Telemetry System in the helmets. That information was transmitted in real time to a sideline data collection field unit for later analysis.

Posted on Jun 16, 2021
Keywords: concussions, MRIs, Riddell, Wake Forest
The White Sox Report

Next Team Up

The wins have piled up right along with the injuries.

Posted on Jun 14, 2021
Keywords: Brian Goodwin

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #360: Cubs Screwing Front Office - And Themselves

Anti-vax clubhouse eminently despicable. Including: Anthony Rizzo No Longer Likable; Where These Cubs Came From; Next Manager Up, Please; Thibs Tout; Coby White Has A Shoulder; Justin Trubisky; Sky Trade; and The World Of Soccer.

Posted on Jun 11, 2021
Keywords: Anthony Rizzo, Ariana Grande, Coby White, David Ross, Euro 2020, Jed Hoyer, Lance Lynn, Rick Morrissey, Shyla Neal, Tom Thibodeau, Tony La Russa, Trevor Bauer

'The Most Important League In The City'

"All children deserve to experience the most beautiful sport in the world, the only sport played on a diamond."

Posted on Jun 9, 2021
Keywords: Challenger League
The White Sox Report

Hero For A Day

Did anyone mention that La Russa's 2,388 losses also are second only to Mack's 3,948? That's what longevity can do.

Posted on Jun 7, 2021
Keywords: Cup Snakes, Tony La Russa

TrackNotes: Savor The Baffertless Belmont

Messing with the betting is the mortal sin in racing.

Posted on Jun 4, 2021
Keywords: Belmont Stakes, Bob Baffert

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #359: Measuring Stick Month

June will tell the tale. Including: Unlike Cheers, Not Everybody Knows These Cubs' Names; White Sox Still Overcoming Manager; They Call Him Mr. Thibs; Putin's Plan Is Working; Blackhawks Lose Lottery; Sky Nothing Without Parker; Red Stars, Fire Should Move; and Is David Montgomery Really Faster?

Posted on Jun 4, 2021
Keywords: Billy Hamilton, Candace Parker, David Montgomery, David Ross, James Wade, Kris Bryant, Lance Lynn, Patrick Wisdom, Rafael Ortega, Sergio Alcantara, Stan Bowman, Tim Anderson, Tom Brady, Tom Thibodeau, Tommy Nance, Tony La Russa, Vladimir Putin, Yermin Mercedes

Who (Literally) Are These Guys?

Cubs winning with players many of us have never heard of.

Posted on Jun 1, 2021
Keywords: Keegan Thompson, Kohl Stewart, Patrick Wisdom, Tommy Nance
The White Sox Report

Bunt Grunt

Trying to decipher Tony La Russa's much-reviled old-school tactic.

Posted on May 31, 2021
Keywords: Adam Engel, Billy Hamilton, FanGraphs, Tony La Russa

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #358: How Can The Cubs Not Re-Sign El Mago Now?

And Bryant and Rizzo. Advancing the narrative. Plus: Tony La Russa's Diversions; Bulls-Adjacent; Blackhawks-Adjacent; The Sky, An Alderman And A Law School; and The World Of Chicago Soccer.

Posted on May 28, 2021
Keywords: Ald. David Moore, Anthony Rizzo, Candace Parker, Chicago Fire, Chicago Red Stars, David Ross, Gary Bettman, James Wade, Javy Baez, John Marshall, Kris Bryant, Liam Hendriks, Lori Lightfoot, Tom Thibodeau, Toni Kukoc, Tony La Russa

No One Wants To Host The Olympics Anymore

No longer worth the trouble or, more importantly, the cost.

Posted on May 27, 2021
Keywords: IOC, Los Angeles, Milan, Olympics, Paris, Rio, Tokyo

How Is This Legal?

Bots, "speculative ticketing" and all manner of sheer greed have created an exclusive secondary market that all but shuts out the vast majority of fans.

Posted on May 25, 2021
Keywords: Brad Glasser, Brad Vaccaro, Federal Trade Commission, Michael O'Neil, Ryan Fitts, SeatGeek, StubHub, Ticketmaster, TicketNetwork, Ticketsmeters, Vivid Seats
The White Sox Report

The Stats Behind The Slump

Over a short span the club can get hot, but reality tends to prevail during a 162-game marathon.

Posted on May 24, 2021
Keywords: Andrew Vaughn, Tim Anderson, Yermin Mercedes, Yoán Moncada

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #357: Was Tony La Russa Right?

Sort of. But one thing is for sure: The media was wrong. Plus: Cubs Conspiracists; Sky Opens; Red Stars Thorned; Fire Woman; and a bunch of various tangents therein.

Posted on May 22, 2021
Keywords: Candace Parker, Carlos Rodon, Glassman Chrein, Jake Arrieta, Jed Hoyer, Julie Ertz, Kris Bryant, Tim Anderson, Tony La Russa, Yermin Mercedes
The White Sox Report

Tony La Russa's Inflection Point

This might sound panicky and an overreaction, but the events of the past two nights have made today's game pivotal to the this season's journey.

Posted on May 19, 2021
Keywords: Tim Anderson, Tony La Russa, Yermin Mercedes
The White Sox Report

The White Sox Report: Ticket Stubs, Vendors & Zip Ties

The new fan experience so far.

Posted on May 17, 2021
Keywords: Billy Pierce, Jose Abreu, The Grate

TrackNotes: Rombauer Does America A Favor

Not this year, Bob. Not this year.

Posted on May 16, 2021
Keywords: Bob Baffert, Medina Spirit, Preakness, Rombauer

TrackNotes: The Spirit Of The Preakness

Unfortunately, both of Bob Baffert's horses figure strongly in this one.

Posted on May 14, 2021
Keywords: Bob Baffert, Kenny Mayne, Medina Spirit, Preakness Stakes

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #356: White Sox Beating Their Manager

Tony La Russa remains the White Sox's biggest threat. Plus: Cubs Starters Are Perfect Subs; Weirdest Backup Catcher Trajectory Ever?; Bulls Pre-Post-Mortem; Blackhawks Post-Mortem; Sky Opening; Red Stars Opening; and Fire Continue To Be Terrible.

Posted on May 14, 2021
Keywords: Billy Donovan, Billy Hamilton, Billy Joel, David Ross, Gabby Williams, Patrick Kane, Stevie Nicks, Tony La Russa, Torrey DeVitto

TrackNotes: Bob Baffert's Boulders

The face of racing carries the sport on his despicable shoulders.

Posted on May 13, 2021
Keywords: Bob Baffert, Kentucky Derby, Medina Spirit
The White Sox Report

He Gets On Base

Yasmani Grandal's abysmal batting average is only part of the story.

Posted on May 10, 2021
Keywords: Tony La Russa, Yasmani Grandal

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #355: The La Russa Rules

Don't go near him! Plus: Cubs Might Be Forced To Keep Kris Bryant; The Rest Of The Bears Draft Not So Great; and more!

Posted on May 7, 2021
Keywords: Albert Pujols, Javy Baez, Jerry Reinsdorf, Johnny Larue, Kris Bryant, Luis Robert, Miguel Cairo, Pedro Strop, Rick Hahn, Teven Jenkins, Tony La Russa

Fantasy Sports Market To Pass $2 Billion In Revenue By 2026

"The thin line of difference between fantasy sports and betting is differentiated as a game of skill versus a game of chance; this topic is a highly debatable one."

Posted on May 6, 2021
Keywords: DraftKings, ESPN, FanDuel, Yahoo
The White Sox Report

Judging Tony

Let's just say that the criticism aimed at La Russa has been overly severe while few can argue that La Russa is the same manager he was at Oakland and St. Louis.

Posted on May 3, 2021
Keywords: Lucas Giolito, Michael Kopech, Tony La Russa

TrackNotes: Evil & Earworms

I was expecting NBC's coverage to be rote and lazy. It was, but it was also even worse.

Posted on May 2, 2021
Keywords: Bill Belichick, Bob Baffert, Kentucky Derby, Medina Spirit, Mike Tirico

TrackNotes: Punditry As A Handicapping Tool

Seriously, I was betting against the desk, at good prices.

Posted on Apr 30, 2021
Keywords: Bob Baffert, Kentucky Derby, Todd Pletcher

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #354: Bears Turn The Beat Around

After miracle move, Matt Nagy now on the clock. Plus: Tony La Russa's Apology Tour; Cubs' Giggly Garbage; Thank You, Andrew Shaw; Blackhawks, Bulls Going Out With Whimpers; Loyola's Leavers; Ramblers Women Score First Tourney Goal; Red Stars Lose Challenge; Fire May Or May Not Have Played Since Last Time We Talked; Broadcast Blues; and Aiding And Abetting.

Posted on Apr 30, 2021
Keywords: Abby Swanson, Andrew Shaw, Andy Dalton, Justin Fields, Matt Nagy, Nick Foles, Nico Hoerner, Ryan Pace, Tony La Russa

Why We Hated Ali - And Then Loved Him

It is an illusion that newspaper newsrooms in those days were bastions of free-thinking liberals. They weren't.

Posted on Apr 28, 2021
Keywords: Gorgeous George, Muhammad Ali, Richard Nixon, Vietnam

Superleague Failure Good For The Women's Game

Dodged a bullet.

Posted on Apr 27, 2021
Keywords: Birmingham City Women, Lyon, Superleague, Tottenham Women, Wolfsburg, Women's Super League
The White Sox Report

Catching Fire

Nicky Two Strikes, Yaz and the Yerminator.

Posted on Apr 26, 2021
Keywords: Liam Hendriks, Nick Madrigal, Tony La Russa, Yasmani Grandal

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #353: Cubs And Sox Are Different Kinds Of .500

Same record, different journeys. Plus: Zachless Bulls; Blackhawks' Splitting Headache; Cam Pro; Red Stars Finally Score A Goal; Superleague Relegated To Dustbin; Fire Season All Downhill From Here; and Draft Memo To Ryan Pace.

Posted on Apr 23, 2021
Keywords: Cameron Krutwig, Craig Kimbrel, Dane Dunning, James Corden, Javy Baez, Jonathan Toews, Katie Johnson, Lance Lynn, Ryan Pace, Zach LaVine

Where Quarterbacks Don't Die

Jim McMahon's graveyard is both literally and figuratively false.

Posted on Apr 20, 2021
Keywords: Jay Cutler, Jim McMahon, Jim Miller, Red Grange, Sid Luckman
The White Sox Report

A Box Of No-Hitters

Some are perfectos, and others are like Edwin Jackson's.

Posted on Apr 19, 2021
Keywords: Blue Moon Odom, Bobo Holloman, Carlos Rodon, Jimmy (Nixey) Callahan, Mark Buehrle, Philip Humber, Virgil (Fireball) Trucks

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #352: Chicago 0-5

Our teams suck. Including: Rodon vs. Godzilla; COVIDY Crappy Clueless Cubs: Bulls Shit; Blackhawks Shit; Sky's Blue Sky; Red Stars Stuck; Down Fire Up; CeeYa CeePee; Underwood's Portal; and Leaving Lovie.

Posted on Apr 16, 2021
Keywords: Brad Underwood, Carlos Rodon, Cordarrelle Patterson, David Ross, Georg Heitz, Henrik Borgstrom, Lovie Smith, Nick Williams, Rory Dames, Ryan Tepera, Shyla Neal, Tony La Russa, Zach LaVine
The White Sox Report

Not To Worry, White Sox Fans

This is not complicated.

Posted on Apr 12, 2021
Keywords: Aaron Bummer, Adam Eaton, Liam Hendricks, Luis Robert, Matt Foster, Michael Kopech, Tony La Russa, Yermin Mercedes, Yoan Moncada

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #351: Vaccine Villains

Jock idiocy in the city's locker rooms. Plus: SOS - Same Old Scrubs; Tony & Stoney; DePaul's Stumblefield; Bulls Rebound; Bowman's Borgstrom; McCaskey Mystery; Goofy Georgi; Red Stars Return, and more!

Posted on Apr 9, 2021
Keywords: Craig Kimbrel, David Ross, Drew Valentine, George McCaskey, Georgi Bezhanishvili, Henrik Borgstrom, Jed Hoyer, Mal Pugh, Nikola Vucevic, Porter Moser, Rick Hahn, Steve Stone, Tony La Russa, Tony Stubblefield, Yermin Mercedes

The NFL's COVID Warning For Baseball

The NFL's decision to allow fans at games enabled us to examine the potential influence that large sports events can have on local viral transmission. Although we could not definitively assess cause and effect, the results were striking.

Posted on Apr 7, 2021
Keywords: COVID-19, Tampa Bay, Texas Rangers
The White Sox Report

The Yerminator Has Landed

From the Pecos League to the record books.

Posted on Apr 5, 2021
Keywords: Andrew Vaughn, Yermin Mercedes

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #350: Opening Deja Vu

Meet the new Cubs, same as the old Cubs. Plus: White Sox Lose Less Than Cubs; Neo Theo; Boog & Beau; Loyola Will Always Have Illinois; Deja Vucevic; and Bloom Also Off Blackhawks.

Posted on Apr 2, 2021
Keywords: Andy Dalton, Beau Wrigley, Boog Sciambi, Dan Bernstein, David Ross, Jed Hoyer, Kenny Williams, Kris Bryant, Kyle Hendricks, Loyola Ramblers, Nikola Vucevic, Ron Coomer, Ryan Pace, Theo Epstein, Tom Ricketts
The White Sox Report

The Eloy Canal

Most of the talk revolves around tamping down his exuberance and who will replace him until fall. Both of those discussions are misplaced.

Posted on Mar 29, 2021
Keywords: Andrew Vaughn, Carlos Rodon, Eloy Jiménez, Leury Garcia, Manute Bol, Rick Hahn, Wintrust Scout Seats

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #349: New Bulls Regime Had Seen Enough

Didn't need a full season to evaluate the mess GarPax left behind. Plus: Cubs Trade Looking Slightly Better; Ramblin' Men; Wildcat Women; Blackhawks Back; Cubs Going Backwards; and Bears Sign Backups.

Posted on Mar 26, 2021
Keywords: Arturas Karnisovas, Eloy Jimenez, Jake Arrieta, Kevin Lankinen, Lindsey Pulliam, Marc Eversley, Nikola Vucevic, Porter Moser, Ryan Pace, Stanislav Ivanov

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #348: Pace De Resistance

If anyone thinks they know what the Bears are doing, can you share it with the rest of us? Plus: Illinois Madness; Leitao Out; Bulls' New Lineup; Bullish On Blackhawks; Catching The White Sox; and Crappy Cubs.

Posted on Mar 19, 2021
Keywords: Akiem Hicks, Andrew Vaughn, Andy Dalton, Craig Kimbrel, Dave Leitao, Illini, Jeremy Colliton, Kyle Fuller, Loyola Ramblers, March Madness, Ryan Pace, Thaddeus Young

Wilson Unveils New Official Game Ball Ahead Of WNBA's 25th Season

Made of 100% composite leather, the official WNBA game ball integrates Wilson's Evo NXT construction featuring an enhanced grip and a soft moisture-minimalizing feel.

Posted on Mar 16, 2021
Keywords: Cathy Engelbert, Liz Cambage, Wilson Sporting Goods, WNBA

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #347: Slow Jamming The Bears News

How their QB search is like a CNN breaking news event. Plus: Spring Training Fever; Colliton Can Coach; Billy's Bulls; and Whining Illini.

Posted on Mar 12, 2021
Keywords: Allen Robinson, Billy Donovan, Cairo Santos, Cam Newton, Dak Prescott, Jeremy Collition, Joc Pederson, Josh Whitman, Kyle Long, Malcolm Subban, Michael Kopech, Nico Hoerner, Russell Wilson

How Mark Giangreco Blew Himself Up

This is mostly a test reaffirming how much trouble telling the truth can cause for media chatterboxes with no sense or decorum.

Posted on Mar 5, 2021

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #346: Breaking Brent Seabrook

A fond farewell to one of the core four. Plus: Breaking Blackhawks; Bulls Losing More Professionally; Illini Still Fighting; Chicago Baseball Beer Pong; Kopech; Sogard, and more!

Posted on Mar 5, 2021
Keywords: Arturas Karnisovas, Ayo Dosunmu, Billy Donovan, Brad Underwood, Brent Seabrook, Eric Sogard, Michael Kopech, Patrick Williams
The White Sox Report

Worst White Sox Trade Ever?

Surely in the 120-year history of the South Side franchise no front office made such a grievous error. However, investigation and hindsight are required..

Posted on Mar 1, 2021
Keywords: Bill Veeck, Fernandon Tatis Jr., James Shields, Rick Hahn

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #345: Ryan Pace's Place At The Table

If you don't know who the sucker is . . . Plus: Cubs Continue To Go Back In Time; Worst White Sox Trade Ever?; Bulls And Blackhawks Have A Lot In Common; Arlington's Amber Alert; Red Stars Get The Gist; and The State Of Basketball.

Posted on Feb 26, 2021
Keywords: Arlington Racecourse, Fernando Tatis Jr., Jose Abreu, Julie Ertz, Malcolm Subban, Rounders, Russell Wilson, Ryan Nall, Ryan Pace, Victor Caratini, Zach LaVine

TrackNotes: Arlington's Amber Alert

The higher purpose: Cheap-shit condos and another Starbucks.

Posted on Feb 26, 2021
Keywords: Arlington Park, Churchill Downs, Inc., Richard L. Duchossois, William C. Carstanjen
The White Sox Report

MLB Cuts Out The Heart Of America

In an age where a small-market team like San Diego makes a splash with a $340 million deal for Fernando Tatis, Jr., the owners claim they simply can't continue to stock the rosters of 160 minor league teams, paying many players less than minimum wage.

Posted on Feb 22, 2021
Keywords: Bernie Sanders, Cedar Rapids Cardinals, Duluth Dukes, Eau Claire Braves, Fernando Tatis Jr., Gunsmoke, Leland Hotel, Mike Trout, Pacific Coast League, Rahm Emanuel, Rickwood Classic, Rob Manfred, St. Cloud Rox, Vermont Lake Monsters

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #344: QBnon

The biggest sports news in the city is the Bears not having a quarterback. When they get one, that will be the biggest news too. Plus: The White Sox Padres/Cubs/Cleveland Report; Too Soon, Cubs?; Banged-Up Bulls; Beautiful Blackhawks; and Basketball State.

Posted on Feb 19, 2021
Keywords: Carson Wentz, Chris Ballard, Fernando Tatis Jr., Frank Reich, Jake Arrieta, Ken Dryden, Lauri Markannen, Matt Nagy, Michael Kopech, Rick Hahn, Ryan Pace

Special Olympics Dragon Unveiled

Meet Zilant.

Posted on Feb 18, 2021
Keywords: Artemy Lebedev, Igor Krutoy, Kazan, Liza Novikova, Olga Slutsker, Special Olympics, Tatarstan, Vladimir Leonov, Zilant

For Bears QB Conundrum, A Magic Solution

How Ryan Pace can stumble into solving a problem of his own making.

Posted on Feb 17, 2021
Keywords: Carson Wentz, Dak Prescott, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ryan Pace, Trevor Lawrence

Valpo Picked Wrong Genocides To Honor

Doesn't VU have a history department?

Posted on Feb 16, 2021
Keywords: The Crusades, Valparaiso University

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #343: LIV-i-n

Super Bowl recap. Plus: Bears QB Epiphany; Bill Pecota's Predictions; Building Blackhawks Better; Zach's Lack; and State Of Basketball.

Posted on Feb 12, 2021
Keywords: Bill Pecota, Boog Sciambi, Carson Wentz, Jonathan Toews, Rob Gronkowski, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Zach LaVine

Karma Finally Bites Boston

Owners who refuse to sign their homegrown superstars should sell their teams, not their players.

Posted on Feb 8, 2021
Keywords: John Henry, Mookie Betts, Tom Brady

Super Bowl Halftime Show Prop Bet Post-Mortem

He also found some clever and entertaining ways to get around the fact that half the audience was made out of cardboard.

Posted on Feb 8, 2021
Keywords: Mr. The Weeknd, Super Bowl

The 13th Annual (More Or Less) Beachwood Super Bowl Halftime Show Prop Bet: Mr. Weeknd?

With all due respect to Mr. The Weeknd, this feels like the half-time show equivalent of sweatpants on a Zoom call.

Posted on Feb 5, 2021
Keywords: J-Lo, The Weeknd

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #342: Prop Drop

Malarkey, hooey, Barrington and Bowling Brook. Including: Propping Up The Super Bowl; Quarterback Carousel; The Right Side Of The Rivalry; White Sox-Adjacent Twins Have Nice Week; They Call Him Mr. Thibs; Blackhawks Almost On Fire; Roundball Roundup, and more!

Posted on Feb 5, 2021
Keywords: Alex Colomé, Bruce Arians, Derek Carr, Jeremy Colliton, Nolan Arenado, Ryan Pace, Super Bowl, Tom Brady, Tom Thibodeau

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #341: Deshaun Not Coming To Dinner

We'll be haunted by Ryan Pace's 2017 draft for the rest of our lives. Plus: Rueing Rodgers; Pat Fitzgerald Unavailable To Coach Bears Until 2031; Lovie Smith Parlays Embarrassing Illinois Failure Into NFL Job; So Cub Again; When Not Bad Is Good Enough You're The Blackhawks; No Bulls; Sky Jacked; Roundball Roundtable, and more!

Posted on Jan 29, 2021
Keywords: Aaron Rodgers, Cameron Krutwig, Candace Parker, Deshaun Watson, Hall of Fame, Joc Pederson, Lovie Smith, Matt LaFleur, Pat Fitzgerald, Ryan Pace, Tom Ricketts, Tommy La Stella

When Not Bad Is Good Enough

Sometimes excuses are valid.

Posted on Jan 27, 2021
Keywords: Adam Boqvist, Alex Debrincat, Dylan Strome, Jeremy Colliton, Kevin Lankinen, Malcolm Subban, Mattias Janmark

TrackNotes: The Phantom Zone

A diminished Pegasus opens the new horse racing season amidst a giant orange background.

Posted on Jan 22, 2021
Keywords: Goldikova, Pegasus World Cup

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #340: Bringing The Hammer Down

Attention, white people. Plus: Rags!; Comedy QBs; Kris Bryant Beefs; Does Zach LaVine Wear A Cape Or No?; Blackhawks Blackout; Evanston vs. Champaign, and more!

Posted on Jan 22, 2021
Keywords: Aaron Rodgers, Dave Ragone, Hank Aaron, Jay Rodgers, Kris Bryant, Mike Singletary, Zach LaVine

The $10 Million Wang

Theo protege's penis pride cost him dearly.

Posted on Jan 19, 2021
Keywords: Jared Porter, Steve Cohen, Theo Epstein

Post-Paxson, Post-Boylen, Pre-Winning

The Bulls aren't going to win the NBA title in the coming summer, but believe me when I tell you they are moving in the right direction just about as quickly as is humanly possible.

Posted on Jan 19, 2021
Keywords: Arturas Karnisovas, Billy Donovan, Jerry Reinsdorf, Jim Boylen, John Paxson, Michael Reinsdorf

It Takes A Volunteer Village To Be This Bad

In something of a unique ascendance of insipidity, Tennessee thus hired 10 men to coach its football team to total incompetence - and cheated to do it. The "team" that coached the team was even incompetent.

Posted on Jan 18, 2021
Keywords: Jeremy Pruitt, Phillip Fulmer

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #339: The Four Horsemen Of Halas Hall

Awesome culture not even able to pull off a press conference. Plus: Holy Shit, White Sox; The Bad, Bad, Bad Blackhawks; The Less Bad Bulls; Evanston vs. Champaign; and more!

Posted on Jan 15, 2021
Keywords: Allen Robinson, Drew Pearson, George McCaskey, Liam Hendricks, Matt Nagy, Ryan Pace, Ted Phillips
The White Sox Report

MLB's Sticky Situation

An amusing little scandal.

Posted on Jan 11, 2021
Keywords: Bubba Harkins, George Brett, Gerrit Cole

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #338: Halas Hell

No-man's land. Plus: Bye Bye Bam-Bam; As The Crow Retires; Zach LaVine Stuffs Stat Sheet; and Evanston vs. Champaign. Go Padres and Red Stars!

Posted on Jan 11, 2021
Keywords: Allen Robinson, Anthony Miller, Barry Rozner, Corey Crawford, Eddie Jackson, Javon Wims, Kyle Schwarber, Matt Nagy, Mitch Trubisky, Ryan Pace, Zach LaVine

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #337: Bears Back Into Nonsense

The prism of snagging a COVIDY playoff spot doesn't change the reality of the Bears' performance. Plus: Breaking Up With Jed Hoyer; Bulls No Longer Totally Sucking; Jonathan Toews' Mystery Illness; Evanston vs. Champaign; Citrus Pat; and Red Stars Blockbuster.

Posted on Jan 4, 2021
Keywords: Aaron Rodgers, Bill Madlock, George McCaskey, Jason Lieser, Jed Hoyer, Jonathan Toews, Mal Pugh, Matt Nagy, Mitch Trubisky, Pat Fitzgerald, Ryan Pace, Yu Darvish

Meet The First U.S. Collegiate Athlete To Capitalize On Name, Image And Likeness Rights

NAIA beats NCAA to the punch.

Posted on Dec 30, 2020
Keywords: Chloe Mitchell, Playbooked

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #336: All That's Left For The Bears Is The Rare Measuring Stick Lid-Closer

Only the Packers can tell us what's real now. Including: Is Matt Nagy All Growns Up?; Trubinsky; Jets Sweep. Plus: Bullskill, Blackhawks Camping, and Evanston vs. Champaign.

Posted on Dec 28, 2020
Keywords: Aaron Rodgers, Allen Robinson, Ayo Dosunmu, Cole Kmet, Darnell Mooney, James Robinson, Kirby Dach, Matt Nagy, Mike Glennon, Mitch Trubisky, Northwestern, Peyton Manning, Ryan Pace, Zach Lavine

China's Repression And The Winter Olympics

Human Rights Watch has extensively documented serious human rights abuses in China, and that the human rights environment has deteriorated significantly since the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

Posted on Dec 24, 2020
Keywords: Haze Fan, IOC, Ji Sizun, Jimmy Lai
The White Sox Report

Counting The Negro Leagues

Not as easy - or valiant - as you may think.

Posted on Dec 23, 2020
Keywords: Jackie Robinson, Josh Gibson, Minnie Minoso, Oscar Charleston, Satchel Paige

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #335: Bears Bumming Us Out

From winning ugly to winning wrong. Including: Lazor Tag; Jennings A Joke; Low Bar, Everybody Down; Miller Lite Matt and more! Plus: It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Fitzmas; Bulls Time; Zippy Cubs, and more!

Posted on Dec 21, 2020
Keywords: Adam Hoge, Alex Bars, Bret Bielema, George McCaskey, Greg Jennings, Hub Arkush, Lovie Smith, Matt Nagy, Mitch Trubisky, Pat Fitzgerald, Patrick Mannelly, Richie Hebner, Ryan Pace, Sam Mustipher

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #334: Bearnesia

Jesus Christ, people. The previous six-plus years still happened. Plus: Lovie Claus Fired; The White Sox Have Some Good News And Some Bad; Remembering Jimmy Collins; Go Spiders!; and Illini Men vs. DePaul Women.

Posted on Dec 14, 2020
Keywords: Adam Eaton, Cleveland Spiders, George McCaskey, Jimmy Collins, Lance Lynn, Lovie Smith, Matt Nagy, Mitch Trubisky, Ryan Pace
The White Sox Report

You Don't Have To Like Adam Eaton

If he comes anywhere close to the numbers he produced in his first stint on the South Side, the critics will have to direct their displeasure elsewhere.

Posted on Dec 14, 2020
Keywords: Adam Eaton, Kenny Williams, Ozzie Guillen, Todd Frazier

I Achieved My Wildest Dreams. Then Depression Hit.

I'd spent my life training for the Olympics, but I wasn't prepared for what came next.

Posted on Dec 12, 2020
Keywords: Alexi Pappas, Olympics

Breakdancing Just The Latest Wacky Olympic Sport

Cannon firing, fishing, pigeon racing, firefighting, hot air ballooning, kite flying, and five categories of art.

Posted on Dec 10, 2020
Keywords: Beijing, Brisbane, Los Angeles, Nagano, Paris, Sochi, Tokyo

No Fitzmas For Bears, Please

Mr. Smoke meet Mr. Mirrors.

Posted on Dec 8, 2020
Keywords: Matt Nagy, Pat Fitzgerald

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #333: Area Family Holding Football Team Hostage

It's Next McCaskey Up. Plus: No Joy In Cubrock.

Posted on Dec 7, 2020
Keywords: George McCaskey, Jed Hoyer, Kyle Schwarber, Matt Nagy, Ryan Pace, Ted Phillips, Theo Epstein, Virginia McCaskey

Exclusive! The Real Reasons Why Len Kasper Left The Cubs For The Sox

Could no longer resist the siren call of Guaranteed Rate Field.

Posted on Dec 4, 2020
Keywords: Crane Kenney, Dan Bernstein, Len Kasper, The Ricketts', Tony La Russa

Class, Race And Paying College Athletes

Will COVID be the tipping point?

Posted on Dec 2, 2020
Keywords: College Athletes Bill of Rights, NCAA

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #332: Losing Ugly

Outschemed, outsmarted, outeverythinged. Plus: Northwestern Also A Lie; The Fighting Five; The Honeymooners; and Bryant's Socks.

Posted on Nov 30, 2020
Keywords: Aaron Rodgers, Arturas Karnisovas, Chuck Pagano, DePaul, Illinois, Kris Bryantl, Matt Nagy, Mitch Trubisky, Northwestern, Ryan Pace

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #331: Northworstern Now Northbestern

Not your father's punch line. Plus: Artie's Bulls; Bears Backups; and Theo Not All That.

Posted on Nov 23, 2020
Keywords: Arturas Karnisovas, Devon Dotson, DJ LaMahieu, Doonesbury, Garrett Temple, Ian Stewart, Les Grobstein, Marko Simonovic, Mitch Trubisky, Nick Foles, Pat Fitzgerald, Patrick Williams, Peyton Ramsey, Rece Davis, Theo Epstein

Georgia Senator David Perdue Privately Pushed For A Tax Break For Rich Team Owners

If the regulation had been altered as Perdue wanted, it would have been a boon for some of his largest donors. Perdue has received hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from the owners of professional sports clubs, including now-fellow Georgia Sen. Kelly Loeffler, who co-owns Atlanta's WNBA team, the Dream.

Posted on Nov 22, 2020
Keywords: Atlanta Dream, David Perdue, Kelly Loeffler, Rob Manfred

New Mexico Basketball Teams Flee To Texas COVID Hotspots

Evading guidelines meant to save lives because for some reason the games must go on.

Posted on Nov 22, 2020
Keywords: Amarillo, Eddie Nuñez, Lubbock, University of New Mexico

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #330: Nick Folds

Bears buffoonery. Plus: Epstein Exits, Unsatisfyingly; Masters Class; Northwestern Football Is Good This Year; and Mo Better Bulls.

Posted on Nov 17, 2020
Keywords: Bill Lazor, Cordarelle Patterson, Dustin Johnson, Jim Harbaugh, Kris Dunn, Matt Nagy, Maurice Cheeks, Nick Foles, Pat Fitzgerald, Ryan Nall, Ryan Pace, Theo Epstein

Formula One's Dirty Saudi Deal

Country on a sportswashing spree.

Posted on Nov 10, 2020
Keywords: Chase Carey, Formula One, Grand Prix, Human Rights Watch, Jean Todt, Saudi Arabia

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #329: Halas Hall Total Landscaping

Bears fraud abetted by Matt's miserable math. Plus: Out Of Lovie; Bulls Ball Game; Blackhawks' New Enforcer; Chicago Fire Playoff Hopes Snuffed Out.

Posted on Nov 9, 2020
Keywords: Cordarelle Patterson, David Montgomery, Dick Stockton, Greg Jennings, LaMelo Ball, Lovie Smith, Matt Nagy, Mitch Trubisky, Nick Foles, Nikita Zadorov, Ryan Nall, Ryan Pace

SportsMonday: Concessions

Like Donald Trump, Matt Nagy should concede - the play-calling.

Posted on Nov 9, 2020
Keywords: David Montgomery, Donald Trump, Jimmy Graham, Matt Nagy

TrackNotes: Keeneland's Climax

Ladies, land and just a little journalism.

Posted on Nov 8, 2020
Keywords: Aidan O'Brien, Authentic, Bob Baffert, Breeders' Cup, Gamine, Keeneland, Monomy Girl, Out of Australia, Whitmore

TrackNotes: Environmental Contamination On Fantasy Island

Can Bob Baffert put another one over?

Posted on Nov 6, 2020
Keywords: Bob Baffert, Breeders' Cup, Gamine, Keeneland, Serengeti Express, Tiz the Law

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #328: Matt Ugly

In four weeks the Bears will be the worst 5-7 team in the league. Plus: Tony La Russia. And: The Red Stars vs. The Men In Red.

Posted on Nov 2, 2020
Keywords: Cairo Santos, Chicago Fire, Cordarelle Patterson, David Montgomery, George McCaskey, Harry Hiestand, Javon Wims, Jerry Reinsdorf, Jimmy Graham, Matt Nagy, Mitch Trubisky, Nick Foles, Red Stars, Ryan Pace, Tony La Russa, Virginia McCaskey

Jack Nicklaus, Jay Cutler, Tony La Russa And Bob Baffert Walk Into A Bar . . .

And they ruin it for everyone.

Posted on Oct 30, 2020
Keywords: Bob Baffert, Jack Nicklaus, Jay Cutler, Tony La Russa
The White Sox Report

South Side Sticks Faces In Pans Of Hot Oil

You'd have thought Blago had just announced he's running for governor again. Or maybe Paul Anka is getting a primetime special. The White Sox need a DH. Why not Harold Baines?

Posted on Oct 29, 2020
Keywords: Colin Kaepernick, Harold Baines, Jerry Reinsdorf, Paul Anka, Rick Hahn, Rod Blagojevich, Sandy Alomar Jr., Tony La Russa

Do Not Shorten, Abbreviate Or Otherwise Misuse The Name Of Rawlings' New Team Defense Award

Will honor the Best Defensive Team in both the American® and National® Leagues.

Posted on Oct 29, 2020
Keywords: The Rawlings Gold Glove Award®

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #327: Raise The Bears' Taxes

Someone told you so. Plus: Door Matt; Running By A Committee Of One; Meet Sam Mustipher!; Honey, They Shrunk Allen Robinson; Demetrius Harris vs. Kamala Harris; Ginn Din; Nick Foles Plays To The Level Of His Colleagues; DerpFENSE; The Notorious RRH; Biggs Time; and Run Less.

Posted on Oct 27, 2020
Keywords: Akiem Hicks, Allen Robinson, Chuck Pagano, Cordarelle Patterson, David Montgomery, Demetrius Harris, Jared Kushner, Khalil Mack, Matt Nagy, Mitch Trubisky, Nick Foles, Robert Quinn, Roy Robertson-Harris, Ryan Pace, Sam Mustipher, Ted Ginn Jr.
The White Sox Report

The Season In Verse | We Watched Them Rehearse

Ten games above .500, we'll take it, I suppose. But the first round of playoffs, was as far as it goes.

Posted on Oct 26, 2020
Keywords: Aaron Bummer, Alex Colomé, Codi Heuer, Dallas Keuchel, Dane Dunning, Dylan Cease, Edwin Encarnación, Eloy Jimenez, James McCann, José Abreu, Lucas Giolito, Luis Robert, Matt Foster, Michael Kopech, Modelo, Nick Madrigal, Nomar Mazara, Reynaldo Lopez, Rick Hahn, Rob Manfred, Tim Anderson, Yasmani Grandal, Yoán Moncada

Hulu To Sinclair: Drop Dead

Just the latest kick in the nuts for right-wing broadcast monsters.

Posted on Oct 23, 2020
Keywords: Barry Faber, Fox Sports, Hulu, Marquee

The 2000 Sydney Paralympics Changed The Games

The day pass, a national education program and sport-specific training.

Posted on Oct 22, 2020
Keywords: Australian Paralympic Committee, Chris Nunn, David Hall, Kurt Fearnley, Lois Appleby, SPOC

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #326: Fire Matt Nagy

If his title was offensive coordinator, that's exactly what everyone would be saying right now. Plus: Stop Lying, Rick Hahn; A Just World Series; Sick Saad World; and Chicago Fire Locking It Down!

Posted on Oct 19, 2020
Keywords: Brandon Saad, Corey Crawford, Matt Nagy, Nick Foles, Rick Hahn, Rickey Renteria
The White Sox Report

Neither La Russa Nor Hinch

There's someone else out there who Rick Hahn should hire as next White Sox manager.

Posted on Oct 19, 2020
Keywords: AJ Hinch, Rick Hahn, Sandy Alomar Jr., Tony La Russa

MLB's First Commissioner Was A Racist Enabled By White Sportswriters

Gentleman's agreement kept Blacks out.

Posted on Oct 16, 2020
Keywords: Kenesaw Mountain Landis, Sam Lacy

The Clever Reason He Wants Matt Nagy To Use The Hurry-Up Offense

Hint: To save us from all these damn commercials.

Posted on Oct 15, 2020
Keywords: Jason Belmont, Matt Nagy

100 People Who Would Be A Better Choice Than Tony La Russa To Manage The White Sox

Including the real Chairman of the Board; that dude and his dad; and that chick who was the Italian Sausage.

Posted on Oct 14, 2020
Keywords: Bob Nightengale, Jerry Reinsdorf, Tony La Russa

A To B To C With The Reinsdorfs

There's no guarantee.

Posted on Oct 14, 2020
Keywords: Jerry Reinsdorf, Jim Boylen, Michael Reinsdorf, Rickey Renteria
The White Sox Report

Rickey Rentamanager's Lease Not Renewed

Like his boys, Rickey Renteria does not quit. He was fired. By Rick Hahn. Don't let the screen door hit you in your analytics-adverse ass on the way out.

Posted on Oct 13, 2020
Keywords: A.J. Hinch, Alex Cora, Don Cooper, Jerry Reinsdorf, Lucas Giolito, Rick Hahn, Rickey Renteria

The St. Louis Flat-Earthers

It's Ronald McDonald With The Big Red Shoes meets Holocaust Denial.

Posted on Oct 12, 2020

Cinderella On Steroids

An unorthodox manager, little-known players, a small payroll, not a whole lot of home runs, and just three wins away from the World Series.

Posted on Oct 12, 2020
Keywords: Blake Snell, Brandon Lowe, Erik Neander, Ji-Man Choi, Kevin Cash, Kevin Kiermaier, Mike Brosseau, Mike Zunino, Randy Arozarena, Tyler Glasnow, Yandy Diaz

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #325: Bears In Never-Never Land

Enter Metallica. Plus: Crow. And: Go Blue!

Posted on Oct 9, 2020
Keywords: Corey Crawford, Khalil Mack, Kyle Fuller, Los Angeles Dodgers, Matt Nagy, Metallica, New England Patriots, Nick Foles, Ryan Pace, Stealers Wheel

Joliet's Route 66 Raceway Left Off NHRA's 2021 Drag Racing Schedule

NHRA's 70th anniversary year.

Posted on Oct 9, 2020
Keywords: Chicagoland Speedway, NHRA, Route 66 Raceway

Don't Blame Trubisky. Blame Bears' Schulz.

AKA, Virginia McCaskey, keeper of the genetic code.

Posted on Oct 8, 2020
Keywords: Charles Schulz, Mitch Trubisky, Nick Foles, Ryan Pace, Virginia McCaskey

Black Colleges Join eSports Bandwagon

Video games are lucrative - and not just for the players.

Posted on Oct 6, 2020
Keywords: Black Collegiate Gaming Association, Collegiate Star League, Florida Memorial University, Hampton University, Johnson C. Smith University, Kentucky State University, Keshia Walker, National Association of Collegiate Esports, Tennessee State University, Tespa, William Collis

Bears Bust

The offense sucks, for sure. The defense? Jury out.

Posted on Oct 6, 2020
Keywords: Chuck Pagano, Matt Nagy, Nick Foles, Roquan Smith

The End Of A Baseball Era That Passed Chicago By

Drive south of I-80's boundary to the other world, and test how many people worry about either team.

Posted on Oct 5, 2020
Keywords: Bob Gibson

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #324: The Core Is Rotten

Theo can build a team, but he can't really hold a team. Plus: Rickey Rentamanager's Lease Will Be Renewed; Central Sucking Time; Nick McCown; Red Stars & Fire.

Posted on Oct 3, 2020
Keywords: Anthony Rizzo, Bob Gibson, Cam Newton, Dylan Cease, Garrett Crochet, Javy Baez, Josh McCown, Kris Bryant, Kyle Fuller, Kyle Schwarber, Matt Nagy, Nick Foles, Rickey Renteria, Tarik Cohen, Theo Epstein
The White Sox Report

They Go, He Goes

The players make the manager.

Posted on Oct 2, 2020
Keywords: Casey Stengel, Doug Collins, Joe Torre, Rick Hahn, Rickey Renteria, Yasmani Grandal Nick Madrigal

Tweeting Foles

Geez, if the Bears had named Nick Foles the starter at the beginning of the season, they might be undefeated!

Posted on Sep 29, 2020
Keywords: Carson Wentz, Joe Biden, Michael McDonald, Mitch Trubisky, Nick Foles

Easton's Iconic Green Bat Is Back

A game-changer - again!

Posted on Sep 29, 2020
Keywords: Easton, John Elway
The White Sox Report

Playoff Panic

Obviously the White Sox need to turn the page. The last 10 games have been distressing.

Posted on Sep 28, 2020
Keywords: Luis Robert, Oakland A's, Rick Hahn, Rickey Renteria, Tim Anderson

The Dreadful Cowboy

This sonuvabitch, who is nothing but a grandstanding maniacal egotist and says he loves horses, absolutely cannot love horses, if he knows anything about horses.

Posted on Sep 25, 2020

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #323: Slumpsville

All our teams are winning and nobody's happy. Including: The Return Of Rickey Rentamanager; Same Old New Cubs; Gale's Song; Bears Extend Part-Time Player Instead Of All-Pro; Mitch Cutler & The Kings Of The Tomato Cans; The Bulls Are All Growns Up; Killer College Football; Red Stars Align; and The Dynamo Stinks.

Posted on Sep 25, 2020
Keywords: Anthony Rizzo, Billy Donovan, Dallas Keuchel, David Ross, Gale Sayers, Javy Baez, Jay Cutler, Jose Abreu, Julie Ertz, Kealia Watt, Kris Bryant, Kyle Schwarber, Mitch Trubisky, Notre Dame, Rickey Renteria, Steve Stone, Tarik Cohen, The Go-Gos, Yoan Moncada

The Big Ten's Blood Money

There is no appropriate compensation paid for the risks assumed by the student-athletes.

Posted on Sep 24, 2020
Keywords: Big Ten, Jim Harbaugh

Notre Dame's Deadly Game

All the decisions are designed to guarantee the games proceed and income accumulates, not that players are safe. Only one value at a time can be the top priority.

Posted on Sep 23, 2020
Keywords: Big 10, Brian Kelly, Notre Dame

Notre Dame's Deception

Shouldn't someone ask if lives are being placed jeopardy?

Posted on Sep 21, 2020
Keywords: Alexander Ehrensberger, Brian Kelly, Eric Hansen, Jack Lamb, Rock's House
The White Sox Report

Hail To The Placeholders

They set the table.

Posted on Sep 21, 2020
Keywords: Charlie Tilson, Daniel Palka, Matt Davidson, Nicky Delmonico, Nomar Mazara, Ryan Cordell, Trayce Thompson, Tyler Saladino

SportsMonday: A Message For Mopey Mitch

Enjoy the mediocre moment!

Posted on Sep 21, 2020
Keywords: Cam Newton, Mitch Trubisky, Nick Foles, Ryan Pace

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #322: The Bears' Bad Day

Karma chameleons. Plus: Colin Kaepernick Still Screwed; White Sox vs. Dodgers; Cubs Somehow Still In First Place; Assisting Courtney; Red Stars Return To The Geek; and Lionel Messi Not Signing With The Fire.

Posted on Sep 18, 2020
Keywords: Alec Mills, Allen Robinson, Colin Kaepernick, Courtney Vandersloot, Jake Arrieta, James McCann, José Abreu, Lionel Jefferson, Lionel Messi, Mitch Trubisky, Red Stars
The White Sox Report

Home Field Hankering

Surely the chance to witness a big league ballgame in person doesn't even make the Top 100 of issues that need solving. But that's just it. What we have always taken for granted has been robbed from us.

Posted on Sep 14, 2020
Keywords: Bill Veeck, Duke Ellington, José Abreu

SportsMonday: Bears Outluck Lions

Karma chameleons.

Posted on Sep 14, 2020
Keywords: Danny Trevathan, Jimmy Graham, Matt Nagy, Mitch Trubisky, Ryan Pace

Dak Prescott Is The Hero Skip Bayless Will Never Be

John Edward "Skip" Bayless II owns decades of insufferable arrogance as a sports opinionator; seldom has he seemed so clearly trapped in the wrong century.

Posted on Sep 11, 2020
Keywords: Dak Prescott, Skip Bayless, Troy Aikman

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #321: The Bears Will Not Win 8½ Games This Year

Beachwood taking the under. Plus: NFL Lifts Lid With Mitch Bowl; George And Virginia Really On It This Year; The White Sox' Superlicious Schedule; Cubs Cling To Lead Over COVIDY Cards; Sky Falling, Crying; Fire Down Below; Red Stars Restart; Breaking Baffert, and more!

Posted on Sep 11, 2020
Keywords: Allen Robinson, Chicago Fire, Chicago Red Stars, Chicago Sky, Danny Parkins, David Montgomery, David Ross, Eddie Goldman, George McCaskey, Javy Baez, Jose Abreu, Leonard Floyd, Mitch Trubisky, Robert Quinn, The Geek, Virginia McCaskey, Will Venable

The Robust Undercurrent Of The Sports Flooring Market

Rising investments in athletic and fitness facilities.

Posted on Sep 9, 2020
Keywords: Artificial Turf, Polypropylene, Polyurethane, PVC, Rubber, Wood, Zumba

Bears Lose QB Competition

Nick Foles must have really sucked.

Posted on Sep 8, 2020
Keywords: Mitch Trubisky, Nick Foles, Ryan Pace
The White Sox Report

From One Craftsman To Another: A Tom Seaver Remembrance

The Tom Seaver folks in the Napa Valley knew switched from striking out big league hitters to growing cabernet grapes on 3½ acres of Diamond Mountain outside of Calistoga, with an equal amount of passion.

Posted on Sep 7, 2020
Keywords: Alaska Goldpanners, Joe Wingorade, Tom Seaver

TrackNotes: Authentically Depraved

Aided and abetted by NBC Sports, Churchill Downs shape-shifted its 146th Kentucky Derby in the service of turning its back on the modern world.

Posted on Sep 6, 2020
Keywords: Authentic, Barclay Tagg, Bob Baffert, John Velazquez, Kentucky Derby, Mike Tirico, Ray Daniels, Rutledge Wood, Tiz the Law

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #320: Premature Exuberation

There will almost certainly not be a Red Line World Series. Plus: Bears Lose QB Competition; Kiss The Sky; Soccer Wubble; Mubble; and Their Old Kentucky Home.

Posted on Sep 4, 2020
Keywords: Albert Almora Jr., Cameron Maybin, Cordarelle Patterson, Daniel Vogelbach, Jarrod Dyson, José Martínez, Kentucky Derby, Mitch Trubisky, Nick Foles, Schaumburg, Yoán Moncada

TrackNotes: Their Old Kentucky Home

The Derby is a palpable vestige of post-war antebellum yearnings, a gripping continuum defiantly nurtured and fiercely defended.

Posted on Sep 4, 2020
Keywords: Breonna Taylor, Churchill Downs Inc., Greg Harbut, Kentucky Derby, Louisville, Necker Island, William Carstenjens

NBA Players Secure Use Of Stadiums For Polling Stations

"NBA players are doing more to make voting accessible than our own government."

Posted on Sep 1, 2020
Keywords: Adam Silver, Chris Paul, Doc Rivers, Michele Roberts

SportsMonday: Treading Water

Breaking even on the road the rest of the way probably puts them in position to hang on to the top spot in the Central.

Posted on Aug 31, 2020
Keywords: David Ross, Ian Happ, Jason Heyward, Javy Baez, Jose Quintana, Tyler Chatwood
The White Sox Report

Running Bases

With a team that's posted 11 wins in its last 13 games and finds itself tied for first place with Cleveland, why focus on the one play that made them look downright silly on Friday night?

Posted on Aug 31, 2020
Keywords: Danny Mendick, Gordon Beckham, Jason Benetti, José Abreu, Luis Robert, Yasmani Grandal

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #319: Business As Usual Is Canceled

Made us look. Plus: The Giolito Shuffle; Cubs Hit Rough Patch - Except Financially; Bears' Broken Backfield; Crow Dough; Chicago Skyward; Fire Torch Orange & Blue; Gold Stars For Red Stars; and The NU/ND Report.

Posted on Aug 28, 2020
Keywords: Anthony Rizzo, Baltimore Ravens, Corey Crawford, Danny Parkins, David Montgomery, David Ross, James Wade, Jason Goff, Jason Heyward, Joe Walsh, Laurence Holmes, LeBron James, Lucas Giolito, Michael Wilbon, Mitch Trubisky, Nick Foles, Sebastian Cheeks, Theo Epstein, Tom Ricketts

Harlem Globetrotters Release New Mobile Game

Includes cameo appearances of the Washington Generals.

Posted on Aug 27, 2020
Keywords: Harlem Globetrotters, Washington Generals

Evanston's Golden Child

You can already peer over the hill and see that titanic neighborhood struggle. If Notre Dame or hometown Northwestern beats out the other for him, the loser will be depressed. The only way it would worse for the Irish is if long-hated Michigan wins the battle.

Posted on Aug 25, 2020
Keywords: Mike Burzuwa, Sebastian Cheeks

SportsMonday: Maybe The Cubs Should "Panic"

The White Sox hit so many balls into the stands over the weekend a bleacher fan could have torn his rotator cuff throwing them all back.

Posted on Aug 24, 2020
Keywords: David Ross, Ian Happ, Javy Baez, Jon Lester
The White Sox Report

Crosstown Classic's Cupboard Bare

I kept wondering if A.J. Pierzynski's jaw was sore all over again for all the times I saw reruns of Michael Barrett punching him.

Posted on Aug 24, 2020
Keywords: A.J. Pierzynski, José Abreu, Luis Robert, Michael Barrett, Yu Darvish

Thom Brennaman's Heart

Getting caught being a discriminatory jerk comes with rules. Call them cultural sentencing guidelines. You are normally required to admit fault.

Posted on Aug 23, 2020
Keywords: Amar'e Stoudemire, Joakim Noah, Kobe Bryant, Roy Hibbert, Thom Brennaman

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #318: Crosstown Cruise

Chicago baseball is having a moment. Plus: Blackhawks Bleak; Boylen-Free Bulls Begin; Breaking News From Bears Training Camp: Everybody Looks Great!; College Football Collapse; Sky High; Fire Below; and more!

Posted on Aug 21, 2020
Keywords: Chicago Bears, Chicago Fire, Chicago Sky, College Football, Corey Crawford, David Bote, Ian Happ, Jim Boylen, Kelly Leak, Kris Bryant, Luis Robert, Tim Anderson, Venus Flytrap, Yu Darvish

Washington Football Team Hires University Of Chicago And Northwestern Grad To Be NFL's First Black President

Upon his retirement from the gridiron, he received his MBA, graduating with high honors from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and building on his undergraduate studies in psychology at Northwestern University, where he was also an Academic All-American and captain of the football team.

Posted on Aug 20, 2020
Keywords: Dan Snyder, Jason Wright

Blackhawks Blown Out Of Bubble

And the future looks bleak.

Posted on Aug 19, 2020
Keywords: Corey Crawford, Dale Tallon, Danny Wirtz

The Real Texas Rangers Have A History Of Violence And Racism

"I just think it's impossible to talk about this particular organization and use the word 'ranger' without invoking this 200 year-old actual history of violent policing, especially against communities of color," a Loyola Chicago professor says.

Posted on Aug 18, 2020
Keywords: Arlinda Valencia, Benjamin Johnson, Byron Johnson, Doug Swanson, Georgina Pérez, Jerry Patterson, John Morán González, Longino Flores, Porvenir, Texas Rangers
The White Sox Report

Good In The Clubhouse

Bah, there have been lots and lots of guys who are not loved by their teammates who can perform better on a daily basis than most of their teammates. I'll take a clubhouse full of 'em, bad attitudes and all.

Posted on Aug 17, 2020
Keywords: A.J. Pierzynski, Albert Belle, Carl Everett, Chuck Tanner, Dalls Keuchel, Jason Kipnis, Manny Ramirez, Mike Clevinger, Rickey Henderson, Ryan Goins, Trevor Bauer, Yolmer Sanchez, Zach Plesac

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #317: Sick Sad World

Killing in the name of. Plus: Blackhawks' House Money Running Out; The Infectious Cardinals Way; More Cubs Truths Emerge; The Return Of Ricky Rentamanager; Kollege Football Kills; Bye, Bye Boylen; More Bears Truths!; Sky & Fire; and The Weight Of Gold.

Posted on Aug 14, 2020
Keywords: Alex DeBrincat, Andy Green, David Ross, Ian Happ, Javy Baez, Jed Hoyer, Jim Boylen, Joe Maddon, Jon Lester, Kris Bryant, Lou Holtz, Roquan Smith, St. Louis Cardinals, Theo Epstein
The White Sox Report

Pitchers Can't Catch

Once the season begins, the other eight defenders are given instruction and practice during pre-game drills. Not so with pitchers, and it shows.

Posted on Aug 10, 2020
Keywords: Aaron Bummer, Alex Colomé, Mark Buehrle

'Olympic Athletes Are Dying'

"Olympians including Michael Phelps, Apolo Anton Ohno, Jeremy Bloom, Shaun White, Lolo Jones and Sasha Cohen are opening up about their mental health struggles in a new sobering documentary about suicide and depression among the world's greatest athletes."

Posted on Aug 10, 2020
Keywords: Apolo Anton Ohno, Jeremy Bloom, Lolo Jones, Michael Phelps, Sasha Cohen, Shaun White, The Weight of Gold

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #316: Blackhawks, Baseball Barely Back

Deflections and denial. Plus: David Ross Week; The White Sox Are Also Playing; Boylen Not Over; Breaking Bears Truths!; Sky & Fire; Smashville; 22-Year Temper Tantrum Approaches Endgame, and more!

Posted on Aug 8, 2020
Keywords: Anthony Miller, Arlington Park, Corey Crawford, David Montgomery, David Ross, Eloy Jimenez, Jeremy Colliton, Jim Boylen, Joe Maddon, Jonathan Toews, Theo Epstein

TrackNotes: 22-Year Temper Tantrum Approaches Endgame

The (physical) jewel of American racing will soon become another array of condos, apartments and strip shopping that has already made Arlington Heights just so special.

Posted on Aug 5, 2020
Keywords: Arlington Park, Churchill Downs Inc., Dick Duchossois, William Carstanjen

Forced Sports Timeout Puts Squeeze On College Coffers, Scholarships And Towns

The reality of a fall without sports is sinking in.

Posted on Aug 5, 2020
Keywords: Clemson, Colgate, Long Beach State University, Oregon State University, Stanford, University of California-Davis, University of Texas

Chicago Smash Help Set Team Tennis Viewership Record

You were watching live on CBS.

Posted on Aug 5, 2020
Keywords: Chicago Smash, King Trophy, World TeamTennis

Cancel Culture

MLB should cancel the Marlins, Javy Baez cancels baserunners and Conor McDavid just might cancel the Blackhawks.

Posted on Aug 4, 2020
Keywords: Alex Debrincat, Conor McDavid, Don Mattingly, Javy Baez, Rob Manfred, Willson Contreras

Why A Canadian Hockey Team's Name Recalls U.S. Civil War Destruction

Sherman's "March to the Sea" commemorated on a hockey jersey.

Posted on Aug 4, 2020
Keywords: Atlanta Flames, Calgary Flames, Nelson Skalbania, Willam Tecumseh Sherman
The White Sox Report

Remembering Baseball's Historic 2020 Season

A future grandpa tells his future grandkid what the season that ruined everything was really like.

Posted on Aug 2, 2020
Keywords: Jerry Reinsdorf, Luis Robert, Rob Manfred

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #315: Seasons Greetings

Worst baseball season ever. Shut it down. Plus: Kubs Killers; Rickey Boylen; Chicago Vikings; Blackhawks Bubble; Eddie Goldman Opts Out; Remembering Lou Henson; Jim Boylen Is Still Here And We're Here; and Sky High, Fire Fluke.

Posted on Jul 31, 2020
Keywords: Craig Kimbrel, David Ross, Don Mattingly, Eddie Goldman, IHSA, Jim Boylen, Miami Marlins, Ozzie Guillen. Red Stars, Rickey Renteria, Rob Manfred

Does Home-Field Advantage Exist Without Fans?

We are now conducting a controlled experiment to find out.

Posted on Jul 30, 2020
Keywords: Bundesliga, MLB, NBA, NHL, Premier League

The Cubs Now Come With Trigger Alerts

Most unpleasant win ever.

Posted on Jul 28, 2020
Keywords: Craig Kimbrel, David Ross, Jeremy Jeffress
The White Sox Report

Weirdness Reigns

Empty stadiums, cardboard cutouts of fans, dubious rule changes, and an outbreak that may end the season already.

Posted on Jul 27, 2020
Keywords: Carson Fulmer, COVID-19, Eloy Jimenez, Leury Garcia, Luis Robert, Tim Anderson, Yolmer Sanchez

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #314: Red Stars, Blue Skies, Bat Cracks & COVID-19

Chicago's First 2020 Champions? Plus: The Cubs Are Back; The White Sox Are Back; Thibs Timeline; and Adam Bomb.

Posted on Jul 26, 2020
Keywords: Adam Shaheen, Corey Crawford, David Ross, Edwin Encarnacion, Kyle Hendricks, Red Stars, Rickey Renteria, Tom Thibodeau

Worse Than Brock?

For all Theo Epstein has done in his career, he may go down as having made one of the worst trades in baseball history.

Posted on Jul 22, 2020
Keywords: Dylan Cease, Eloy Jimenez, Jose Quintana, Theo Epstein

Japan's Child Abuse In Pursuit Of Olympic Medals

Athletes from more than 50 sports reported abuses that included being punched in the face, kicked, beaten with objects like bats or bamboo kendo sticks, being deprived of water, choked, whipped with whistles or racquets, and being sexually abused and harassed.

Posted on Jul 22, 2020
Keywords: Choi Suk-hyeon, Human Rights Watch, IOC, Tokyo Olympics
The White Sox Report

Muscled Up

Perhaps only COVID-19 can stop this team.

Posted on Jul 20, 2020
Keywords: Bob Buhl, Edwin Encarnación, Jose Abreu, Luis Robert, Nomar Mazara, Yasiel Puig, Yoan Moncada

TrackNotes: Racing's Raging Grassfire

The coronavirus spreads through a game with no leadership in site. Plus: Bob Baffert's drugs.

Posted on Jul 18, 2020
Keywords: Bob Baffert, COVID-19, Haskell Invitational, Terence Meyocks

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #313: Opening Daze

Is this really happening? Plus: Launching College Football; Corey Crawford Is "Unfit To Play;" Don't Bank On The Chicago Marathon; Fluky Fire Singe Sounders; Red Stars vs. Reign, and more!

Posted on Jul 17, 2020
Keywords: Anthony Rizzo, Carlos Rodon, Chicago Fire, Chicago Marathon, Chicago Red Stars, Corey Crawford, Ed Kelly, IHSA, Illini, Josh Phegley, Kyle Hendricks, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Terrance Gore, Varsity Blues, Yoan Moncada, Yu Darvish

Launching College Football

People in charge of making life-and-death decisions about athletes are speaking with more clarity and wisdom about perilous decisions than anyone demanding a cattle call return to schools.

Posted on Jul 16, 2020
Keywords: Mick Jagger, Notre Dame, Texas

Gold Stars For The Red Stars

The future is (almost) here.

Posted on Jul 13, 2020
Keywords: Alyssa Naeher, Casey Short, Clayton Mendez, NWSL, Red Stars
The White Sox Report

The Evolution, Revolution And Devolution Of Cuban Baseball

From the Sugar Kings to the South Side, Castro to Trump.

Posted on Jul 13, 2020
Keywords: Adolfo Luque, Alexei Ramírez, Aroldis Chapman, Camilo Pascual, Cesar Brioso, Cuban Baseball Federation, Havana Sugar Kings, Jersey City Jerseys, José Abreu, José Contreras, Leo Cárdenas, Luis Robert, Miguel González, Mike Cuellar, Mike Fornieles, Minnie Miñoso, Orlando Cepeda, Orlando Hernández, Pedro Ramos, Sandy Consuegra, Yasmani Grandal, Yoán Moncada

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #312: Options & Futures

We're day-to-day, folks. Including: Play (COVID) Ball!; Unless Someone Dies, Part 2; Blackhawk's Life Mattered; Cubs Closer Posers; If The Pros Can't Get It Together, How Can High Schools And Colleges?; Oh, Canada; WNBA Dedicates Season To Social Justice; Red Stars Life, and more!

Posted on Jul 11, 2020
Keywords: Brandon Morrow, Bryson DeChambeau, Buster Posey, COVID-19, CPS, Craig Kimbrel, IHSA, Kris Bryant, Michael Kopech, PECOTA, Positive Coaching Alliance, Red Stars, Wirepoints, WNBA, Wrigleyville

A Blackhawks Proposal

A way for the team to honor Black Hawk's legacy by ensuring a better future for his cultural heirs.

Posted on Jul 11, 2020
Keywords: Black Hawk, Chicago Blackhawks, Ma-ka-tai-me-she-kia-kiak, Meskwaki Settlement School

Blackhawk's Life Mattered

Blackhawks management and their fans are laboring under a self-enhanced delusion. Just because you stole something a long time ago does not make it yours.

Posted on Jul 9, 2020
Keywords: Blackhawks, Frederic McLaughlin, Ma-ka-tai-me-she-kia-kiak, Rocky Wirtz

Play (COVID) Ball!

Let's bust out the classics.

Posted on Jul 8, 2020
Keywords: Joe Maddon, Joe West, Mike Trout

WNBA Dedicates Season To Social Justice

Games will honor the Black Lives Matter movement and the #SayHerName campaign.

Posted on Jul 7, 2020
Keywords: #SayHerName, A'ja Wilson, Alicia Garza, Beverly Bond, Black Lives Matter, Breanna Stewart, Breonna Taylor, Carolyn DeWitt, Cathy Engelbert, Layshia Clarendon, Maya Moore, Nneka Ogwumike, Renee Montgomery, Sandra Bland, Satou Sabally, Sydney Colson, Tierra Ruffin-Pratt, Vanessa Guillen, WNBA, WNBPA

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #311: Unless Someone Dies

Sports now really a life and death proposition. Plus: The Washington Appropriators: Coach Loves The Princess Bride; Seeing Red Stars; Q-Anon; COVID Cubbie; Dash Cam; Hubba Bubbles; I'd Tap That; and Beachwood Sports Specials.

Posted on Jul 3, 2020
Keywords: The Princess Bride, Cam Newton, Casey Short, Dan Snyder, Jose Quintana, Julie Ertz, Sinbad, Tommy Hottovy

Your Move, Dan

Defund the racial slurs!

Posted on Jul 2, 2020
Keywords: Dan Snyder, Eleanor Norton Holmes, George Preston Marshall, Kylin Hill, NASCAR, The Princess Bride

Remember The '85 Bears? Actually, No You Don't

That Super Bowl year was closer to the year Eisenhower decided to build a national highway system than 2021 will be to that game. The CD was invented in 1985.

Posted on Jun 30, 2020
Keywords: Jim McMahon, Super Bowl Shuffle

Tip Your Cap To The Negro Leagues

The Beachwood, too, tips its collective cap.

Posted on Jun 30, 2020
Keywords: Barack Obama, Byron Johnson, Connie Morgan, Cool Papa Bell, Ernie Banks, Hank Aaron, Josh Gibson, Mamie Johnson, Monte Irvin, Rachel Robinson, Satchel Paige, The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Toni Stone, Willie Mays
The White Sox Report

Service Time

Altogether, approximately 500 ballplayers who appeared in a major league game served in World War II. Two didn't come back.

Posted on Jun 28, 2020
Keywords: Bob Feller, Elmer Gedeon, Hank Gowdy, Harry O'Neill, Joe DiMaggio, Luke Appling, Mike Trout, Shoeless Joe Jackson, Stan Musial, Ted Lyons, Ted Williams

TrackNotes: A Tale Of Two Tracks

Each on the cusp of very different fates.

Posted on Jun 28, 2020
Keywords: Arlington Park, Churchill Downs, Hawthrone Race Course, Illinois Racing Board, Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #310: Baseball Is Back! (But Is It Really?)

The virus doesn't care how much you want to watch a game. Plus: Other Sports Are Also Back Pending Death; Pandemic Baseball Sucks; Hub Bubs; Hall Of Fame Hossa; The Mystery Of Mitch's Motivation; Choking On Chalk; and It Was Unmistakably A Noose.

Posted on Jun 26, 2020
Keywords: Bubba Wallace, Chicago Red Stars, COVID-19, Crane Kenney, Doug Wilson, Florida, Lori Lightfoot, Marian Hossa, Mitch Trubisky, MLB, Triple Crown

Dear Media: Stop With The Racist Mascots And Team Names

The continued portrayal of racialized mascots in news media directly violates fundamental tenets of professional journalism.

Posted on Jun 25, 2020
Keywords: AAJA, NABJ, NAHJ, NAJA, Reading Red Report, SPJ

Safely Reopening High School Sports Is Going To Be A Lot Harder Than College And The Pros

An important point to remember is that the safety bubble of professional sports is a pipe dream for amateur sports.

Posted on Jun 24, 2020
Keywords: COVID-19, IHSA, Kansas State, LSU, University of Houston

SportsMonday: Ride, Sherman, Ride!

Time to teach the South another lesson - starting in Alabama.

Posted on Jun 22, 2020
Keywords: Bubba Wallace, NASCAR, Stephen A. Smith, Talladega, William Tecumseh Sherman

The Mystery Of Mitch's Missing Motivation

Trubisky requires what the equally unsolvable predecessor Jay Cutler also could have used - a rewired network of mental operational connections.

Posted on Jun 22, 2020
Keywords: Kyle Long, Mitch Trubisky

TrackNotes: Single Crown

The operating BS of the majority is that if one horse wins all three of the races this year, it will be a Triple Crown. No. And. NO!

Posted on Jun 21, 2020
Keywords: Belmont Stakes, Churchill Downs, Tiz the Law

TrackNotes: Baby Belmont

When is the Belmont Stakes not a real Belmont? 2020.

Posted on Jun 19, 2020
Keywords: Belmont Stakes, Dr Post, Max Player, Pneumatic, Tap It to Win, Tiz the Law

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #309: Life In The Fast Lane

Walls are falling. Plus: Rob Manfred Is A Cop; Wet Hot American Long Gone Summer; Bubble Life; Better At It Than Baseball; and Belmont Betting.

Posted on Jun 19, 2020
Keywords: Belmont Stakes, Calvin Griffith, James Daniels, Joel Wolfe, John Shoop, Kirk Ferentz, Lovie Smith, Mike Gundy, Paul Rudd, Rickey Renteria, Rob Manfred, Rod Carew, Shawon Dunston, The Ricketts Family

How To (Pretend To) Negotiate A Labor Deal

The secret is to not really negotiate at all.

Posted on Jun 16, 2020
Keywords: Chicago Cubs, Hamilton, MLB, Perry Mason, Rob Manfred, Sun Tzu

SportsMonday: Pro-Millionaire

Baseball's billionaire owners are terrible people.

Posted on Jun 15, 2020
Keywords: Tom Ricketts, Tony Clark

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #308: We're All NASCAR Now

A moment when everything seems possible. Plus: MLB Draft's Dizzying Heights Of Hype; We Blame The (Lying) Owners; The Neverending Sammy Sosa Saga; and NBA & NHL Flux.

Posted on Jun 12, 2020
Keywords: Bill DeWitt, Bubba Wallace, Colin Kaepernick, Ed Howard, Frank Luntz, Garrett Crochet, George Floyd, LeBron James, Megan Rapinoe, Michael Jordan, NASCAR, Sammy Sosa, Theo Epstein, Tom Ricketts

And Now, Your Hoffman Estates Bulls!

This will be a one-time situation unless it works so well that players and owners agree on having consolation tournaments for non-playoff participants at the end of future seasons. Not likely but also not impossible.

Posted on Jun 10, 2020
Keywords: Arturas Karnisovas, Gatorade League, Marc Eversley, Windy City Bulls
The White Sox Report

What Being A White Sox Fan Taught Me

Even today, as recently as last season, you can find a conversation on Yelp initiated by, "Is the White Sox Neighborhood Safe?"

Posted on Jun 9, 2020
Keywords: Comiskey Park, Highland Park, Mr. Brown

Why Crowd Noise Matters

It heightens the excitement of the game, as well as bonding fans together to share the experience.

Posted on Jun 9, 2020
Keywords: Australian Football League, National Rugby League, Premier League

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #307: Black Lives Finally (Might) Matter

Cancel culture. Plus: Defund Baseball; Bring On The Blackhawks; Bulls Miss Playoffs; Coffman Wish Granted; and Biggs Time.

Posted on Jun 5, 2020
Keywords: Akiem Hicks, Brian Urlacher, Colin Kaepernick, Connor McDavid, Drew Brees, Jean Lenti Ponsetto, Jim Boylen, Jonathan Toews, Mike Glennon, Pete Ricketts, Ryan Pace, Tim Anderson, Tom Ricketts, Vic Fangio

TrackNotes: Triple Crown Tomato

Fans, and people in general, exist only to be exploited by the fewer and fewer lords who have bought, stolen and fashioned their power purely for their own malignant aims. Racing is no different.

Posted on Jun 3, 2020
Keywords: Arlington Park, Arrogate, Bob Baffert, Churchill Downs Inc., Kentucky Derby, Triple Crown, William Carstanjen

The NFL Should Do This One Simple Thing

Well, three, really.

Posted on Jun 3, 2020
Keywords: Colin Kaepernick, Roger Goodell, Washington Redskins

SportsMonday: Blinders

It isn't just that that kid could be your kid. That kid is your kid.

Posted on Jun 1, 2020
Keywords: fans, kids, parents, referees, Umpires

I've Had It

I couldn't care less whether there's a 2020 baseball season. There, I've said it.

Posted on May 30, 2020
Keywords: Danny Mendick, Jerry Reinsdorf, Tom Ricketts, Yasmani Grandal

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #306: Baseball Is Blowing It

Billionaire owners cry poor. Plus: Our Hearts Ache For Minneapolis; Illinois Provides Week's Top Sports Story; Last Dance Remnants; The Blackhawks Just Undeservedly Made The Playoffs; Kaner & The Breadman; Reopening Sports; Remembering Biff Pocaroba!; Thibs Lives!; Biggs's Bag; and Chicago-Based Wilson Gets Back The NBA's Official Game Ball.

Posted on May 29, 2020
Keywords: Artemi Panarin, Biff Pocaroba, Blackhawks, Brad Biggs, Bundesliga, George Floyd, Jerry Sloan, Korean Baseball Organization, Lance Armstrong, Lovie Smith, Michael Jordan, Minneapolis, Patrick Kane, Rocco Baldelli, Ryan Saunders, Tom Thibodeau, Wilson Sporting Goods

Bruins, Lightning Still Betting Favorites To Win The Stanley Cup

Meanwhile, bettors rank the Blackhawks' chances at 23rd of 24 teams.

Posted on May 28, 2020
Keywords: Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks, Tampa Bay Lightning

Be Like Jerry

He became the best example in all of sports of how a coach should comport himself - displaying class and dignity every day but also flashing an ultra-deadpan sense of humor.

Posted on May 27, 2020
Keywords: Jerry Sloan, Kenyon Martin

Chicago-Based Wilson Now The Official Game Ball Of The NBA

Sucks to be Spalding.

Posted on May 26, 2020
Keywords: NBA, Wilson Sporting Goods

So Long, Jerry

I never mourn when athletic superstars fail as human beings, because I never thought of them as heroes. They had skill. Do not commingle the two. But I gave myself one exception to that cool, intellectualized appreciation. Just one.

Posted on May 22, 2020
Keywords: Chicago Bulls, Evanston Aces, Jerry Sloan, Utah Jazz

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #305: The Last Dance Has Been Danced

Bad pizza, Cheap Trick and Luc Longley. Plus: Remembering Jerry Sloan & Michael McCaskey; Matt Nagy Admits What Media Toadies Won't; The Bundesliga, NASCAR, Golf And The Pseudo-Triple Crown Are (Sorta) Back; and Steve's New iPhone And The Saga Surrounding It.

Posted on May 22, 2020
Keywords: Antoine Carr, Cheap Trick, Horace Grant, iPhone, Jerry Sloan, Juanita Jordan, Matt Nagy, Michael Jordan, Michael McCaskey, Scottie Pippen, Verizon

The Origin Of MLB Trade Rumors

As a huge Cubs fan, there was always more hope in the offseason than the regular season, site founder (and University of Illinois grad) Tim Dierkes explains, leading to his fascination with the Hot Stove League and transactions.

Posted on May 21, 2020
Keywords: MLB Trade Rumors, Tim Dierkes

They Weren't Coming Back

The Last Dance was danced, as it should have been.

Posted on May 20, 2020
Keywords: Dennis Rodman, Jerry Krause, Jerry Reinsdorf, Michael Jordan, Phil Jackson, Scottie Pippen, The Last Dance

When They Broke Up The Bulls

It's abundantly clear that it didn't have to go down the way it did.

Posted on May 19, 2020
Keywords: Jerry Krause, Jerry Reinsdorf, Michael Jordan, Phil Jackson

The John Oliver Coronavirus Chronicles VII: Bursting Bubble Leagues

Plans to bring sports back "all degrees of bad."

Posted on May 18, 2020
Keywords: Adam Driver, John Oliver, Mike Trout

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #304: The Literary Themes Of The Last Dance

Greed, ego, pride, backstabbing, rivalry, treachery, betrayal - everything but the sex. Plus: If This Is What The Post-Lockdown Sports World Will Look Like, Let's Keep It Locked Down; The Bundesliga Is Back!; Biggs Time Is Back!; and Baseball Is Not (Quite) Back!

Posted on May 15, 2020
Keywords: Bundesliga, David Montgomery, DePaul, Deshaun Watson, Jerry Krause, Jerry Reinsdorf, Michael Jordan, Phil Jackson, Scottie Pippen

Michael Jordan's Regrets(?)

He would never admit it.

Posted on May 13, 2020
Keywords: James Jordan, Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen

How Jordan Led

He cajoled, bullied, badgered, challenged, insulted, ridiculed and intimidated his teammates. It appeared to work.

Posted on May 12, 2020
Keywords: Jud Buechler, Michael Jordan, Phil Jackson, Scott Burrell, Steve Kerr

Michael Jordan Off The Court In The '80s & '90s

Was he really that nice? No.

Posted on May 12, 2020
Keywords: Bill Smith, Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen

Will COVID-19 Take Down College Football?

"Professional and college sports have been shutdown because of the COVID-19 pandemic. NCAA Chief Medical Officer Dr. Brian Hainline joins the Ground Game podcast to talk about when college teams can start gathering, practicing and competing again, as well as what might happen if a student-athlete tests positive for the virus."

Posted on May 11, 2020
Keywords: Brian Hainline, NCAA

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #303: The Neverending Last Dance

The Jordan fools. Plus: Kristin Cavallari Finally Meets Jay Cutler (Or Jay Cutler's Last Dance); Ryan Pace Claims He Still Believes In Mitch Trubisky Even After Declining His 5th-Year Option And Signing Nick Foles, Which Is A Good Way To Show How Much Confidence He Has In The Guy He (Badly) Maneuvered For So He Could Pick Him To Second Overall In The NFL Draft; The KBO On ESPN!; and The Ex-Cub Factor.

Posted on May 8, 2020
Keywords: Amos Otis, Don Shula, Horace Grant. Sam Smith, Jay Cutler, Jerry Krause, John Paxson, K.C. Johnson. The Jordan Rules, KBO, Kristin Cavallari, Michael Jordan, Mitch Trubisky, Ryan Pace, Scottie Pippen, The Last Dance

The Ex-Cub Factor

From Manny Ramirez to Mel Rojas.

Posted on May 7, 2020
Keywords: Chris Volstad, Dan Straily, Daniel Murphy, Dixon Machado, Eric Jokisch, Hee-Seop Choi, Jim Edmonds, Junichi Tazawa, Manny Ramirez, Matt Keough, Mel Rojas, Pierce Johnson, Rafael Dolis, Salty Saltwell

The Bears' Last Dance Was Their Only One

The Bears' best-ever team could only win one championship. The Bulls won three in a row - twice.

Posted on May 6, 2020
Keywords: Buddy Ryan, Mike Ditka, Nat Moore, The Last Dance

Women's Collegiate Flag Football On The Way

"Football is for everyone."

Posted on May 5, 2020

TrackNotes: Virtual Stupidity

NBC pretended one or two or three people in a single household were having Derby parties with one lady's hat and four tablespoons of sugar ruining good bourbon for the two guys.

Posted on May 3, 2020
Keywords: Arkansas Derby, Bob Baffert, Charlatan, Citation, Kentucky Derby, Nadal, Oaklawn, Secretariat

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #302: In Which We Actually Defend Ryan Pace

We like the Nick Foles deal just fine, despite the brush fire that broke out this week. Here's why. Plus: Dennis Rodman's Last Dance; Relive Sammy Sosa Next; Danny Wirtz and Michael Reinsdorf Assert Themselves; and Good Riddance, Kentucky Derby.

Posted on May 1, 2020
Keywords: Arkansas Derby, Danny Wirtz, Dennis Rodman, John McDonough, Kentucky Derby, Michael Reinsdorf, Nick Foles, Rocky Wirtz, Ryan Pace, Sammy Sosa

TrackNotes: Celebrating Oaklawn's Hijacking

When this is over, one of the good memories will be how Oaklawn Park, Hot Springs, Arkansas, rolled with the punches and singularly crafted American Thoroughbred horse racing on a festival level when horseplayers and even other gamblers appreciated it most.

Posted on May 1, 2020
Keywords: Arkansas Derby, Kentucky Derby, Oaklawn Park

TrackNotes: Zombie Churchill

Like the monster's claw arising from the hardpan, Churchill Downs Inc. is now awake, fully poised to wreak its consistent, insidious greed upon Thoroughbred horse racing and sports in general.

Posted on May 1, 2020
Keywords: Arkansas Derby, Churchill Downs, Kentucky Derby, Oaklawn Park, Robert Murphy, William Carstanjen

Authentic Bulls Fan

It's not about merch.

Posted on Apr 29, 2020
Keywords: Isiah Thomas, Michael Jordan, The Last Dance

Dennis Rodman Breaks Down The Bulls' Vaunted Triangle Offense

"This potent offense is a variation of the renowned triple post attack and a continuity offense."

Posted on Apr 28, 2020
Keywords: Dennis Rodman, Phil Jackson, Tex Winter

TrackNotes: Hot Times In Hot Springs

I couldn't be happier.

Posted on Apr 26, 2020
Keywords: Arkansas Derby, Bob Baffert, Charlatan, Churchill Downs Inc., Gary Stevens, Jeff Gordon, Kentucky Derby, Laffit Pincay III, Laffit Pincay Jr., Louis Cella, Nadal, Oaklawn, Tom Amoss

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #301: Ryan Pace's Last Dance

A draft about nothing. Plus: The Latest Last Dance; Cubs Mailbag; The Minnesota Blackhawks; Sky Watch; GRONK!; and the World's Greatest Race Car Driver.

Posted on Apr 25, 2020
Keywords: Ben Zobrist, Cole Kmet, Jaylon Johnson, Jerry Krause, Jerry Reinsdorf, Jimmy Sexton, Jordan Love, Rob Gronkowski, Ruthy Hebard, Ryan Pace, Scottie Pippen, Stefanie Dolson, Stirling Moss, The Last Dance

Is The Wonderlic Worthless?

An examination between an NFL quarterback's success and his Wonderlic test score yields a surprising - to some - answer.

Posted on Apr 23, 2020
Keywords: Dan Marino, New England Patriots, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tom Landry, Tua Tagovailoa, Wonderlic

For Godsakes, Don't Draft For Need!

That's what free agency is for. Always draft the best player available.

Posted on Apr 22, 2020
Keywords: Bobby Knight, Michael Jordan, Rod Thorn, Ryan Pace, Sam Bowie, Stu Inman, The Last Dance

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #300: Here's Why Sports Is Not Coming Back This Year

Players aren't going to wear masks and only fans in Red America are stupid enough to attend games anyway. Plus: Michael Jordan Was Singularly Awesome And Also Was (And Remains) A Terrible Person - Just Like Jerry Krause (Though Krause Is Dead Now So He's Only A 'Was' Not A 'Remains'); Time For Wrigleyville To Panic Over Cubs' Bad Start?; The Great Karnak's New Bulls; Our Hapless Athletic Careers; Bears To Sit Out First, Third And Fourth Rounds Of Draft, and more!

Posted on Apr 17, 2020
Keywords: Arturas Karnisovas, COVID-19, Jerry Krause, Kris Versteeg, Michael Jordan, Navajo Nation, Oaklawn, Roy Halladay, Sherrick McManis, The Spanish Flu

Only Science Will Bring Back Sports

Those gripped by the psychotic break of hallucinogenic spasms even put dates on the return. Safer to aim for Easter. Next Easter, that is. As for Major League Baseball, Opening Day and the Fall Classic can both occur on the same weekend. How about Halloween?

Posted on Apr 17, 2020
Keywords: Aaron Rodgers, Easter, Halloween, Jared Kushner, Lower Slobovia, Mitch Trubisky

The Solace Of Playing Golf In The Navajo Nation Amid The Pandemic

Rez golf is embedding itself in the Navajo sports culture, one course at a time. There are at least three rez golf courses on the nation's 27,425 square miles spanning swaths of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. The gritty courses, set amid red and gray sands and wind-sculpted cliffs, share the landscape with livestock, coyotes and rabbits. They hold special meaning to many Navajo golfers because they wind through clumps of sagebrush, a plant thought to have physical and spiritual healing power.

Posted on Apr 16, 2020
Keywords: Donald Benally, Jonathan Nez, Navajo Nation, Wagon Trail to Lonesome Pine

My Shitty Athletic Career

One of my primary memories is of bawling my eyes as it became clear our team was going to lose a big game.

Posted on Apr 15, 2020
Keywords: Camp Echo, Hull House, Latin School, St. Ignatius

A World Without Sports

The current sports stoppage is unprecedented. It touches every level of every game, in every country in the world, from the Olympics down to pick-up basketball.

Posted on Apr 15, 2020
Keywords: 1918 Flu Pandemic, 9/11, COVID-19, e-Sports, Pearl Harbor, The Civil War

TrackNotes: Racing In A Time Of Coronavirus

Thoroughbreds run on - and the betting window is open.

Posted on Apr 13, 2020
Keywords: Aaron Gryder, Bob Baffert, Gary Stevens, Mr. Big News, Oaklawn, Ricardo Santana Jr., The Oaklawn Stakes, Tom Amoss

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #299: Bulls Get Their (White) Man

GarPax is dead. We think. Plus: Q Life; Baseball Isn't Coming Back This Year, Folks; Bear Crazy; and Transfer Window.

Posted on Apr 10, 2020
Keywords: Abby O'Connor, Alan Griffin, Allie Quigley, Arturas Karnisovas, Gar Forman, Jim Boylen, John Paxson, Lauri Markannen, Michael Reinsdorf, Nick Foles, Patrick Beverley, Robert Quinn, Sonny Gray, Tamika Catchings

FIFA (Allegedly) Still Super Corrupt

"Prosecutors revealed new details of alleged bribes paid to FIFA executive committee members to gain their votes for Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup and charged a pair of former 21st Century Fox executives with making illegal payments to win broadcast rights for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments."

Posted on Apr 9, 2020
Keywords: 21st Century Fox, CONCACAF, CONMEBOL, FIFA

Not Quite Monsters

The real trials of being a Bears fan.

Posted on Apr 8, 2020
Keywords: Bob Avellini, Dick Butkus, Gale Sayers, Jim Finks, Walter Payton
The White Sox Report

The Farmer Files

I can recall barking at my car radio asking him to at least tell me the score. But at least he lived his dreams.

Posted on Apr 3, 2020
Keywords: Ed Farmer

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #298: With All Due Respect, Ed Farmer Was An Awful Announcer

The job of the journalist is to tell the truth, not be a clubby insider. Plus: Q Life; Les Grobstein Still Employed - Others Not So Lucky; If You Love Chicago So Much Why Don't You Live There?; Bears Bargain Basement; Dippy DePaul; Ex-Cub Jhonny Pereda Makes Coronavirus History; and How Coffman Denied His Lineage To Become A Cubs Fan.

Posted on Apr 3, 2020
Keywords: Asian Medley, Blue Herons, Bruce Levine, Connor McKnight, Dave Leitao, David Kaplan, Ed Farmer, Instacart, Jhonny Pereda, John Kass, Paul Sullivan, Ryan Pace, Trestles

How Surfers Saved Trestles

"With Surfrider and their strong coalition of grassroots organizations, they fought together against big money, big government, and almost impossible odds to protect one of the world's most iconic waves."

Posted on Apr 2, 2020
Keywords: California State Parks Foundation, Surfrider, Trestles

How I Chose The Cubs Over The White Sox

In the offseason, Richie Zisk signed with another team and then so did Oscar Gamble, and we weren't thrilled by the attempted compensatory signing of Bobby Bonds. My White Sox affinity died right there.

Posted on Apr 1, 2020
Keywords: Bobby Bonds, Oscar Gamble, Richie Zisk, Rick Monday

Sim Game: Blackhawks vs Oilers

"It looked like we were headed to overtime, but a late face-off win and a beautiful set play clinched the win for the . . . "

Posted on Mar 31, 2020
Keywords: Chicago Blackhawks, Edmonton Oilers

TrackNotes: Dastardly Derby Drama

Times like these open the curtain on who or what people really are.

Posted on Mar 29, 2020
Keywords: Arkansas Derby, Florida Derby, Kentucky Derby

Unused Rental Cars Parked At Baseball Stadiums

Thursday was supposed to be opening day for Major League Baseball, but stadiums are empty, with the season postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak. Instead, parking lots are being used to store unused rental vehicles.

Posted on Mar 28, 2020
Keywords: Angel Stadium, Dodger Stadium

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #297: The Opening Day That Wasn't

A visit to Ernie Banks' grave instead. Plus: Curly Neal Made Life Better; Tokyo Drift; The McCaskeys Absolutely Did Not 'Step Up;' Ryan Pace's Pathetic Record Just Got Worse; Bears Re-Sign Tyler Bray!; Biggs Time; Cubs, White Sox Minor Transactions; and UIC Screws Steve McClain.

Posted on Mar 27, 2020
Keywords: Curly Neal, Daniel Burnham, Danny Trevathan, Dillon Maples, Ernie Banks, Jack Johnson, Jimmy Graham, Len Kasper, Luke Yaklich, Michael Kopech, Mitch Trubisky, Nick Foles, Ryan Pace, Steve McClain, The McCaskeys, Tokyo Olympics, Tyler Bray
The White Sox Report

An Opening Day Requiem

Someday there will be another one, and when it arrives, the emotions, joy and hopes will burst forth possibly like never before. May we all be here to add it to our Opening Day memories.

Posted on Mar 27, 2020
Keywords: Bill Veeck, Edelweiss, Francis Parker, Idaho Falls Chukars, Sterch's, Van Gorder-Walden

Missing Chicago's Game

Sure, the Bears are Chicago's team, but if basketball wasn't number one in Chicago before the '90s, the glorious run of Michael Jordan's six-time champ Bulls made it so.

Posted on Mar 25, 2020
Keywords: Bobby Hull, Jim Durham, Lloyd Pettit, Mark Aguirre, Michael Jordan

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #296: Foles Gold

Least bad move. Plus: Alternate Sports Programming; Thank You (Again), NFL!; Tom Brady Is A Buccaneer; Bears Transactions; Bowman (& Co.) Will Be Back; Gar Forman On Way Out Again; UICUL8R; Elk Grove Village Bails On Bahamas Bowl; Cubs, White Sox DNP.

Posted on Mar 20, 2020
Keywords: Chase Daniel, Colin Kaepernick, Elk Grove Village, Gar Forman, Jarrett Stidham, Jimmy Graham, Kelsea Ballerini, Leonard Floyd, Nick Foles, Robert Quinn, Ryan Pace, Stan Bowman, Steve McClain

TrackNotes: Indictment Of An Industry

A dark story with more than enough stink on a lot of people.

Posted on Mar 17, 2020
Keywords: Bloodhorse, Arlington Park, Bob Baffert, Churchill Downs Inc., Gary and Mary West, Illinois Derby, Jason Servis, Jorge Navarro, Kentucky Derby, Maximum Security, Santa Anita, Saudi Cup, Steve Haskin, War Emblem, X Y Jet

SportsMonday: Thank You, NFL

With everything else essentially shut down in world sports other than Mexican and Russian professional soccer, I would like to express my humble thanks for the ongoing football offseason.

Posted on Mar 16, 2020
Keywords: Danny Trevathan, Leonard Floyd, Roquan Smith, Ryan Pace

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #295: The Day The Sports Died

Cancel culture. Plus: March Sadness; Summer Training; NBA & NHL Lose Their Christmas; Do Draft Day Digitally; Baffling Bears; Blackhawks Go Out On A High Note; Bulls Go Out On A High Note; Michael Kopech A Little Geeked; Deja Cub; Illinois Hoops Nation; Fire Singe Revolution; Can Gambling Juice Fandom For Women's Sports?; and The Ex-Cub Factor.

Posted on Mar 13, 2020
Keywords: Andy Dalton, Ayo Dosunmu, Bradley, Cole Hamels, Coronavirus, Danny Trevathan, DePaul, eSports, J.B. Pritzker, Michael Kopech, North Dallas Forty, Rick Hahn, Rudy Gobert, Stan Bowman, Starlin Castro

Can Gambling Juice Fandom For Women's Sports?

The numbers are promising.

Posted on Mar 12, 2020
Keywords: Adam Silver, March Madness, National Pro Fastpitch, National Women's Soccer League, PGA, World Cup

Chicago (Men) Can't Dance

Last hope extinguished.

Posted on Mar 11, 2020
Keywords: Ayo Dosunmu, Steve McClain, UIC
The White Sox Report

Coronavirus Spring: Mesa vs. Coachella

What a difference 250 miles made!

Posted on Mar 11, 2020
Keywords: Coachella, COVID-19, Larry Ellison, Paribas Open, Tack Room

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #294: White Sox Signings vs. Cubs Whinings

Yoan Moncada vs. Pedro Strop. Plus: The Daily Dallas Keuchel; Big Data Darvish; Why David Ross May Bring Back The Intentional Loss; Streaking Blackhawks On Life Support; Brad Biggs Talks Football With You; Bulls Finally Testing Paxson's Argument; Chicago Fire Home Opener; and Illinois Hoops Nation.

Posted on Mar 6, 2020
Keywords: Dallas Keuchel, Kris Bryant, Pedro Strop, Rick Hahn, Theo Epstein, Yoan Moncada, Yu Darvish

The Ex-Cub Factor

"Should the [luxury] tax really be a concern for the deep-pocketed Cubs? Arguably not."

Posted on Mar 5, 2020
Keywords: Alex Avila, Jonathan Lucroy, Pedro Strop, Starlin Castro, Wade Davis

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #293: Fire Stan Bowman?

Malcolm Subban is not the future. Plus: The White Sox Have A (Heads-First) Running Game: The Cubs' Unreckoning; The Tony LaRussa Rule; Fire Ryan Pace But What Else Is New; Meet The New Chicago Fire . . . ; Bulls Might Not Win Another Game This Season; and The Glorious Women (And Some Men) Of Illinois Hoops Nation.

Posted on Mar 2, 2020
Keywords: Aaron Bummer, Addison Russell, Coby White, Erik Gustafsson, Luis Robert, Malcolm-Jamaal Justin Subban, Robin Lehner, Rudy Law, Ryan Pace, Sam Kim, Stan Bowman, Tony LaRussa, Washtenaw

SportsMonday: Fire Try Not To Suck

Meet the new Fire, same as the old Fire.

Posted on Mar 2, 2020
Keywords: Chicharito, Joe Mansueto
The White Sox Report

Head First

Robert (& Co.) is gonna run.

Posted on Mar 2, 2020
Keywords: Leury Garcia, Lou Brock, Luis Robert, Nick Madrigal, Rickey Henderson, Tim Anderson, Yoan Moncada

Girls Are Reaching New Heights In Basketball, But Huge Pay Gaps Await Them As Professionals

The WNBA generates about $60 million in revenue, just a tiny fraction of 1% of the NBA's $7.4 billion revenue.

Posted on Feb 25, 2020
Keywords: All-American Red Heads, Babe Didrikson, Fran Belibi, Gianna Bryant, Kobe Bryant, Lisa Leslie, Rebecca Lobo, Sabrina Ionescu, Sheryl Swoopes, Title IX, WNBA

SportsMonday: Vacate This Lineup


Posted on Feb 24, 2020
Keywords: Ian Happ, Justin Stone

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #292: Alert Cooperstown, We Have An Idea

Cleaning up Manfred's mess. Plus: The Unprecedented Nature Of Kris Bryant; Baseball's New Freaky Rules; Marquee Media Moves; End Of The World According To GarPax?; Bulloney; Ben & Eddy; We're Confused Too, Breadman; Derek Carr's Eyelashes vs. Casey Urlacher's (Alleged) Offshore Gambling Ring; Illinois Hoops Nation Update, and more!

Posted on Feb 21, 2020
Keywords: Artemi Panarin, Ayo Dosunmu, Ben Gordon, Casey Urlacher, Derek Carr, Eddy Curry, Houston Astros, Kris Bryant, Kris Dunn, Lauri Markkanen, Luka Stojanovic, Michael Reinsdorf, Rob Manfred, Stefanie Dolson

The Ex-Cub Factor

Featuring Tuffy Rhodes, perhaps the most emblematic ex-Cub of all-time.

Posted on Feb 18, 2020
Keywords: Angel Echeverria, Carlos Zambrano, Chris Denorfia, Chris Rusin, Chris Singleton, Derek Holland, Dusty Baker, Edwin Jackson, Hector Rondon, Jon Jay, Peter Borjous, Rafael Dolis, Rene Rivera, Tommy Hunter, Tony Barnette, Trevor Cahill, Trevor Clifton, Tuffy Rhodes

SportsMonday: Blackhawks Barrel Jumping

They just can't get over the hump.

Posted on Feb 17, 2020
Keywords: Corey Crawford, Patrick Kane

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #291: Derrick Rose Wishes He Was A Dentist & Other Strange Stories Of The Week

Rich basketball player jealous of teeth-pullers. Plus: Joe Maddon Is A Liar And Clever Things To Say About The Buffalo Sabres, The Houston Asterisks, John Henry, Charles Barkley, The Chicago Bulls, The Chicago Blackhawks, Adderall & eSports; Bobby Knight; Jason Kipnis, Spring Training, PECOTA, Kenny Williams and Illinois' Basketball Nation.

Posted on Feb 14, 2020
Keywords: Adderall, Bobby Knight, Buffalo Sabres, Derrick Rose, eSports, Houston Astros, Jason Kipnis, Jim Crane, Joe Maddon, John Henry, Kenny Williams, Mookie Betts, NBA All-Star Game, XFL

Kris Bryant's Future Bar Trick

The Cubs have met the enemy - and it is them.

Posted on Feb 10, 2020
Keywords: Draymond Green, Kris Bryant, Lou Brock, The Ricketts Family, Theo Epstein

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #290: Jane Byrne, Kris Bryant, Mookie Betts & Baseball's Discontents

Why men great then they gotta be traded? Plus: Chief Chiefs; The Bulls' Neverending Implosions; Like Chicago Police, Blackhawks Accruing Too Much OT; Lincoln Park Lyins; Illinois Hoops Roundup; and Olympic Surf's Up.

Posted on Feb 7, 2020
Keywords: Chris Collins, Damien Williams, Eugene German, Jane Byrne Interchange, Jay Cutler, Jim Boylen, Kris Bryant, Laken Tomlinson, Lincoln Park High School, Mitchell Schwartz, Mookie Betts, Nolan Arenado, Pat Mahomes, Tokyo Olympics, Tyrann Mahieu

Surfing To Debut As Olympic Sport In Tokyo

"It would definitely be rad to medal."

Posted on Feb 4, 2020
Keywords: Caroline Marks, Chiba, Jim Kempton, Kolohe Andino, Tokyo Olympics

SportsMonday: Props And Queso

Oh, and I should also note that my wife's spinach dip was quite popular. Way to go honey!

Posted on Feb 3, 2020
Keywords: Damien Williams, Two Brothers North Wind

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #289: In The Wake Of Sports

Kobe Bryant's Brand. Plus: The Kris Bryant Boondoggle; In The Wake Of The Tribune; Coach Getting Wobbly On The 49ers; Goodnight Sweet Bears Prince; Baker's Baloney: Cubs Not Following Rhodes' Offseason Blueprint At All; Coach Went To A Bulls Game; Illinois Women's Basketball Teams Kicking Ass All Over The Place; The Bobby Shuttleworth Era Begins!; and AAU's Pullman Play.

Posted on Jan 31, 2020
Keywords: AAU, Bobby Shuttleworth, Dallas Keuchel, David Haugh, Dusty Baker, Dylan Strome, Elmore Leonard, Kobe Bryant, Kris Bryant, Pat Mahomes Sr., Tre Roberson, Zach LaVine

Same Old NFL: League Abuses Trademark To Shut Down New York Jets Parody Store

Seriously? The NFL - and Shopify - should be ashamed of themselves.

Posted on Jan 31, 2020
Keywords: Jets, NFL, Shopify, Zach Berger

The 12th Annual (More Or Less) Beachwood Super Bowl Halftime Show Prop Bet: Shakira & JLo Edition

Look, we've all got bigger fish to fry right now and we can do it over the embers of a once-promising democracy, but dammit, JLo got screwed.

Posted on Jan 30, 2020
Keywords: Aaron Hernandez, ARod, Coldplay, Jennifer Lopez, Jon Voight, Matthew McConaughey, Ralph Fiennes, Shakira

Baseball Furies

The sport of indie rock - and the team that was once its darling.

Posted on Jan 29, 2020
Keywords: Buzz Osborne, Steve Albini

TrackNotes: Mucho Despicable

If it's Barbie's I Married A Wiseguy Racetrack Fun Set, perfect.

Posted on Jan 25, 2020
Keywords: Gulfstream, Mucho Gusto, Pegasus World Cup, Zulu Alpha

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #288: Comical Cons

Rickey and Ricketts. Plus: The Houston Asterisks; The Green Bay Packers Are Not In The Super Bowl; The Byzantine Bears; The Blackhawks Might Be Back!; Is Zach LaVine An All-Star?; Bulls Attendance Finally Rightsizing; Illinois Hoops It Up!; and TrackNotes: Death, Destruction & The Pegasus.

Posted on Jan 24, 2020
Keywords: Black Jack McDowell, Bobby Thomson, DePaul, Dominik Kubalik, Illini, Jose Altuve, Loyola, Marquee Network, Matt Nagy, Metrodome, Northwestern, Pegasus World Cup, Raheem Mostert, Robin Lehner, Super Bowl LIV, Tom Ricketts, Tony LaRussa, UIC, Whit Merrifield, Zach LaVine

TrackNotes: Death, Destruction & The Pegasus

New year, old remnants.

Posted on Jan 23, 2020
Keywords: Arlington Park, Churchill Downs Inc., Empire Maker, Omaha Beach, Pegasus World Cup, Santa Anita, Unbridled

Mansplaining To A Millionaire

Tom Ricketts is irritating not because he's rich, but because he's greedy.

Posted on Jan 21, 2020
Keywords: Tom Ricketts

SportsMonday: The Blackhawks Might Be Back!

They have pulled within three points of the last playoff spot in the Western Conference. Is that all, you say? Well, it is a lot better than where they were when they started their current five-game win streak.

Posted on Jan 20, 2020
Keywords: Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Robin Lehner

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #287: The Houston Asterisks

The rules were clear. Plus: Pathetic Playoff Picks; Louisiana State's Universe; Bye Bye Bourbonnais; Is Jonathan Toews Back?; Bulls Midseason Report: It's The Underachieving That Stands Out; Red Star Rachel; Klopas Is Back; and Illinois Starts To Hoop It Up.

Posted on Jan 17, 2020
Keywords: A.J. Hinch, Alex Cora, Astros, Bourbonnais, Carlos Beltran, Ed Sprinkle, Jeff Luhnow, Jessica Mendoza, Jimbo Covert, Jonathan Toews, Jose Altuve, Kyle Long, LSU, Rachel Hill

Olympics Warns Athletes That Kneeling, Fist-Raising And Other Political Actions Will Be Banned At The Tokyo 2020 Games

The International Olympic Committee - long a swirling cesspool of corruption, censorship, and reputation-laundering for repressive regimes - has attained a new low.

Posted on Jan 14, 2020
Keywords: IOC, Jesse Owens, John Carlos, Tommie Smith

Tech In, Garbage Out

The suffocating irony of this latest scandal is that the information was relayed to the hitter via banging on cans, which have been around for years.

Posted on Jan 14, 2020
Keywords: A.J. Hinch, Alex Cora, Astros, Jeff Luhnow, Jim Crane, Pickles

SportsMondayTuesday: The Rules Were Clear

And the Astros are now facing the consequences.

Posted on Jan 14, 2020
Keywords: Astros, MLB

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #286: 'Yotes & Notes

News, views and blues. Including: It's Already Too Late For The Cubs; The Bullhawks; Coach Likes That; The Vegas Bowl; The Ryan Pace Bowl; Sox's Steves; Repulsive Rickettses; Red Star Fiancee; and The Disastrous Chicago Fire.

Posted on Jan 10, 2020
Keywords: Cougar Bait, Erin Andrews, Gene Lyons, Jimmy Garoppolo, Joe Mansueto, Katrina Bodowski, Kealia Ohai, Kiara Mia, Kris Bryant, Lizzo, LSU, Pekka Rinne, Pi, Rabies, Russell Wilson, Ryan Pace, Steve Cishek, Steve Stone, The Rickettses

The Ex-Cub Factor

Darwin Barney and Starlin Castro reunited - on our site - again. Throw in a little Arismendy Alacantara and we're feeling nostalgic.

Posted on Jan 8, 2020
Keywords: Arismendy Alcantara, Brett Anderson, Darwin Barney, Elliot Soto, Jen-Ho Tseng, Jeremy Farrell, Luke Farrell, Mike Freeman, Pierce Johnson, Shane Farrell, Starlin Castro, Steve Cishek

SportsMonday: Liking That

Every once in a while, the guy who has been the butt of jokes bounces back in a big way.

Posted on Jan 6, 2020
Keywords: Kirk Cousins

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #285: We Found The Bears' Turds

They're in the front office. Plus: Ravens Over Saints; Don Hahn; Maddon's Post Deleted; Bulls Still Suck; Blackhawks Still Suck; Bears Beat Beard In Bowl; DePaul Dropped By The Hall; Loyola Vexes Valpo; and The Illini Who Couldn't Shoot Straight.

Posted on Jan 3, 2020
Keywords: Eddy Pineiro, Edwin Encarcion, George McCaskey, Jane Leavy, Joe Maddon, Luis Robert, Matt Nagy, Rick Hahn, Robin Lehner, Ryan Pace, Ted Phillips

Nothing (Wrong) From The Head Up

The only thing worse than these Bears crybaby excuse cooks are the fans who swallow it.

Posted on Dec 31, 2019
Keywords: Aaron Rodgers, Chuck Pagano, Eddy Pineiro, Mitch Trubisky, Ryan Pace, Tarik Cohen

SportsMonday: Not Even

The only thing the Bears offense is close to is being a unit unable to beat a division rival's back-ups.

Posted on Dec 30, 2019
Keywords: Mitch Trubisky, Ryan Pace
The White Sox Report

Edwin A Win

Despite what one veteran Chicago baseball writer seems to think, the Encarnacion signing is a smart one.

Posted on Dec 30, 2019
Keywords: Adam Dunn, Big Hurt, Big Papi, Edwin Encarnacion, Paul Sullivan

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #284: Rooting For Bears Clarity

Is that it for Trubisky, Pace? Plus: Has It Ever Been This Bad?; White Sox Making Moves, Starting Grooves; The Cubs Reckoning That Wasn't; Brent Seabrook Is The Kyle Long Of The Blackhawks; Patrick Kane Apparently 11th Best Player Of The Decade; The Bulls Still Suck; The Redbox Bowl Is Still On For Monday; and DePaul Is Still Our Last Hope.

Posted on Dec 27, 2019
Keywords: Aaron Rodgers, Better Business Bureau, Brad Biggs, Dallas Keuchel, Danica Patrick, David Montgomery, DePaul, Jimmy Butler, Matt Nagy, Mitch Trubisky, Patrick Kane, Redbox Bowl, Ryan Pace, Theo Epstein

SportsMonday: About That Hip

It should still be attached, folks.

Posted on Dec 23, 2019

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #283: The Winter Of Chicago Sports Discontent

It's grim and we're bereft. Including: Bears Now Within Hail Mary's Of Being Within Two-Point Plays Of Winning Games; Grievance Grievance; Every Bulls Worst Loss Yet Is Worse Than The Last Worst Loss Yet; Lovie's Beard Has One Game Left This Year; Paul Reed Still The Man; and St. Edward High School's Racist Taunts.

Posted on Dec 20, 2019
Keywords: Allen Robinson, Camila Cabello, Cordarelle Patterson, Gio Gonzalez, Jim Boylen, Khalil Mack, Kris Bryant, Lovie Smith, Mitch Trubisky, Nick Kwiatkowski, Patrick Kane, Paul Reed, St. Edward High School, Theo Epstein

The Unique Concussions Of Female Athletes

More likely - and more severe - than their male counterparts.

Posted on Dec 19, 2019
Keywords: Pink Concussions, Rhazes, Roller Derby, Tim Thomas

SportsMondayTuesday: Mitch More Jacoby Than Drew

It's not even close.

Posted on Dec 17, 2019
Keywords: Drew Brees, Jacoby Brissett, Mitch Trubisky

Trump Rule Could Let Banks Classify Stadium Investments As Aid To Poor, Qualifying For Significant Tax Break

Jerry Reinsdorf would be one beneficiary.

Posted on Dec 17, 2019
Keywords: Guaranteed Rate Field, Jerry Reinsdorf, Opportunity Zones

TrackNotes: Listen To Big Hank

Such a nice galoot. All he wanted was a chance.

Posted on Dec 13, 2019
Keywords: Eugene Sawyer, Hank the Horse, John Mayall, Lasix, Linda Rice, Mary Schmich, Maximum Security, Mongolian Groom, Otis Campbell, Steve Asmussen, Sugar Ray, Tammi Regan

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #282: What The Hell Is Theo Doing?

Cubs call the wahmbulance. Plus: The Bears Are Back - To Playing On Sundays; Noah Not Happy About Nomar; Hawk Harrelson's Hall Of Shame; Bulls Fans Finally Bailing; Blackhawks Getting Boring Before January; Lovie's Beard Confirmed For Redbox Bowl; and DePaul Defeated.

Posted on Dec 13, 2019
Keywords: Aaron Rodgers, Anthony Rizzo, Brandon Saad, Calvin de Haan, DePaul, Hawk Harrelson, Illinois, Kris Bryant, Lovie Smith, Nomar Mazara, Theo Epstein, Tom Ricketts

The Ex-Cub Factor

We once wished upon a Starlin.

Posted on Dec 12, 2019
Keywords: Alex Avila, Brad Brach, Chili Davis, Martin Maldonado, Rich Hill, Rob Zastryzny, Starlin Castro

Running: Not So Much A Liberating Hobby As A Cult

I investigated what really motivates people to torture themselves by running hundreds of painful miles in their spare time, no matter the weather. What I found paints a disturbing picture.

Posted on Dec 11, 2019
Keywords: Adidas, Strava

SportsMonday: Audition Time For The Bears

No, the Bears aren't gonna make the playoffs. Time to see the kids.

Posted on Dec 9, 2019
Keywords: Cornelius Lucas, Jim Carrey, Kevin Pierre-Louis, Kevin Tolliver, Mitch Trubisky

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #281: The Bears Are (Not) Back, Baby!

But we get to dream for another week. Plus: The Blackhawks Just Made Fools Of Us; A Farewell To Mick McCall; Fire Lovie Smith!; Club DubPaul; Boylen vs. LaVine; Cole Hamels Will Be Missed; and Zack Wheeler Chooses Phillies Over Guaranteed Rate.

Posted on Dec 6, 2019
Keywords: Addison Russell, Anthony Miller, Cole Hamels, Cornelius Lucas, Jalen Coleman-Lands, Jerry Jones, Jonathan Toews, Kevin Pierre-Louis, Kevin Tolliver, Marcus Semien, Mick McCall, Mitchell Trubisky, Sears, Tom Thayer, Zach LaVine, Zack Wheeler

The Ex-Cub Factor

The String Bean Stringer is missed. The others not so much.

Posted on Dec 4, 2019
Keywords: Carl Edwards Jr., Kendall Graveman, Pierce Johnson

SportsMonday: Mitch Trubisky Won Thursday, But Ryan Pace Lost Sunday

Another painful reminder of the draft that will live in infamy.

Posted on Dec 2, 2019
Keywords: Deshaun Watson, Mitch Trubisky, Patrick Mahomes, Ryan Pace

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #280: Bears Make .500 Look Unrespectable

3-4 felt like 1-6. Now they're 3-9. Plus: BoyGarPax; Buy The Blackhawks?; Looks Like Northwestern University!; and DePaul Is The New Loyola.

Posted on Nov 29, 2019
Keywords: Chuck Pagano, Gar Forman, Jerry Reinsdorf, Jim Boylen, John Paxson, Matt Nagy, Mick McCall, Mitch Trubisky, Paul Reed, Robin Lehner

SportsMonday: Another Bears Turkey

A kickoff out of bounds. A botched two-point conversion. A missed (48-yard!) extra point. Two interceptions. And a 95-yard drive given up to the Giants, including a 4th-and-18 conversion. Yeesh.

Posted on Nov 25, 2019
Keywords: Eddy Pineiro, Matt Nagy, Mitch Trubisky
The White Sox Report

Grading Grandal

His spray chart looks like a severe case of chicken pox.

Posted on Nov 25, 2019
Keywords: Betty White, Charlie Silvera, James McCann, Joe Ginsberg, Sherman Lollar, Yasmani Grandal

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #279: The White Sox Win The Week

Give fans a cookie - with a virtue-signalling cherry on top. Plus: ZachLaVine Shakes It Up; Shout Out To Our Very Own Roger Wallenstein; Boylen Boilin'; Blackhawks Also A Bust; Chicago's Crappy College Of Coaches; DePaul On Our Bubble; At This Time Next Week The Bears Could Be .500; and Chicago Dumpster Fire.

Posted on Nov 23, 2019
Keywords: Chicago Fire, DePaul, Jeremy Colliton, Jim Boylen, Jose Abreu, Kendrick Nunn, Lovie Smith, Matt Nagy, Max Strus, Roger Wallenstein, Yasmani Grandal, Zach LaVine

Studies: For Certain Sports, Concussion Rates Are Higher In Female Athletes Than Males

The researchers conclude their findings demonstrate a need for further interventions to reduce concussion rates, such as the required use of protective head equipment in women's sports, the adoption of neck-strengthening exercises and other prevention training, and greater enforcement of rules to decrease levels of contact in men's sports.

Posted on Nov 21, 2019
Keywords: Daphne Ling, Ellen Casey, Hospital for Special Surgery

The Female Passion Report: A Deep Dive Into Female Interest And Engagement In Soccer

The report is based on findings from the seventh annual study of soccer fandom in United States.

Posted on Nov 19, 2019
Keywords: Gilt Edge Soccer Marketing, John Guppy, USWNT

SportsMonday: The Important Thing Here Is That There's No Quarterback Controversy

We already know that neither Chase Daniel nor Tyler Bray is the answer. So all is calm!

Posted on Nov 18, 2019
Keywords: Chase Daniel, Matt Nagy, Mitch Trubisky, Tyler Bray

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #278: Ryan Pace's Major Malfunction

And now Mitch Trubisky is holding us hostage. Plus: Matty Renteria; Sign Kaepernick!; The Next Man Is Inherently Up On Every Team In Every League!; Brad Biggs' Mailbox Talks Football With You; All Signs Point To Yu; Bulls Still In It!; The Blackhawks Are Back!; Lovie Smith And His Beard Are Going Bowling; Chicago Didn't Know What It Had In Sam Kerr; and Fire Coach Fired.

Posted on Nov 15, 2019
Keywords: Coby White, Colin Kaepernick, Jose Abreu, Khalil Mack, Lovie Smith, Matt Nagy, Mitch Trubisky, Robin Lehner, Ryan Pace, Sam Kerr, Veljko Paunović, Yu Darvish

Chicago Didn't Know What It Had In Sam Kerr

Elite - and now expensive.

Posted on Nov 14, 2019
Keywords: Chicago Red Stars, Sam Kerr

The Ex-Cub Factor

Even though it's the offseason, ex-Cubs are on the move.

Posted on Nov 13, 2019
Keywords: Anthony Bass, Brian Butterfield, Chili Davis, James Rowan, John Mallee, Larry Rothschild, Phil Regan, Ryan Court, Tim Buss

SportsMonday: Most Unsatisfying Win Ever?

Again, we must ask: What the hell was that?

Posted on Nov 11, 2019
Keywords: Mitch Trubisky, Ryan Pace

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #277: Ball Of Bears Confusion

Earmuffs, tunnel vision, TVs and The Temptations. Plus: Yolmer Sanchez Changes First Line Of His Obituary; Yu Darvish Is Really Funny When He's Not Sucking; Blackhawks Also Ball Of Confusion; Bulls Still In It!; and How Cubs Ticket Prices Are Like Crime Rates.

Posted on Nov 8, 2019
Keywords: Blake Bortles, Chase Daniel, Jeremy Colliton, Jim Boylen, Lovie Smith, Mark Sanchez, Matt Nagy, Mitch Trubisky, Nelson Algren, Olin Kreutz, Ryan Pace, Sparty, The McCaskeys, The Temptations, Yolmer Sanchez, Yu Darvish

I Was the Fastest Girl in America, Until I Joined Nike

"Mary Cain's male coaches were convinced she had to get 'thinner, and thinner, and thinner.' Then her body started breaking down."

Posted on Nov 8, 2019
Keywords: Alberto Salazar, Mary Cain

Status Check: Chicago Sports

What exactly is the self-delusional mental construction that allows everyone - actually demands - to be wrong about the same question?

Posted on Nov 7, 2019
Keywords: 670 The Score, Bulls, Joe Maddon, Mitch Trubisky, Ryan Pace, Theo Epstein, White Sox

What Really Causes Home Field Advantage - And Why It's On The Decline

It's not about crowd noise. But what, then?

Posted on Nov 6, 2019
Keywords: Denver, World Series

SportsMonday: The Bears Tie That Should Still Bind

We were promised by the local sporting press corp that Ryan Pace would absolutely be tethered to his beloved young quarterback. If Mitch didn't make it, Pace wouldn't either. Yet, the untethering has begun.

Posted on Nov 4, 2019
Keywords: Mitch Trubisky, Ryan Pace

TrackNotes: The Specter Of Death

The impossible quest for virtue in the face of murderous greed.

Posted on Nov 3, 2019
Keywords: Bob Baffert, Breeders' Cup, Bricks and Mortar, British Idiom, Churchill Downs Inc., Four Wheel Drive, Midnight Bisou, Mongolian Groom, Omaha Beach, Santa Anita, Storm the Court, Todd Pletcher, Vino Rosso

TrackNotes: Somebody Is Lying Here

The philosophy of IIWII claws its tentacles into skulduggery, the fix, corruption and shame in racing as ethically situational decisions are made in its behalf.

Posted on Nov 1, 2019
Keywords: Breeders' Cup, Churchill Downs, Justify, Omaha Beach, Santa Anita

The Modern World Series

Fans in the cities where the Series is played are as enthusiastic and feverish as ever, but the emotion tends to stall at the city limits.

Posted on Nov 1, 2019
Keywords: Bill Mazeroski, Don Larsen, George Springer, Juan Soto, Stephen Strasburg, Willie Mays

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #276: Bears On The Spot

The spot-on Bears. Plus: Zooless Cubs Clubhouse Is Broken; They're Bad, They're Nationalwide; Who's Next, Joe, Chris Bosio?; Castellanos vs. Merrifield; Guarded Bulls Optimism Now Unguarded Pessimism; Seabrook's Ghost; Rehire Lovie Smith Again!; Too Much Courage For Red Stars; and CPS Sports Struck.

Posted on Nov 1, 2019
Keywords: Brent Seabrook, Chicago Red Stars, Chris Tabor, CPS, Eddy Pineiro, Jim Boylen, Jimmy Garoppolo, Joe Maddon, Lovie Smith, Matt Nagy, Mitch Trubisky, Ryan Pace

NCAA Approves Compensation For Image, Likeness

One of the biggest beneficiaries: Women.

Posted on Oct 30, 2019
Keywords: NCAA

How A Tax Break To Help The Poor Went To Cavaliers Owner Dan Gilbert

After a lobbying effort, Dan Gilbert, billionaire founder of Quicken Loans, won special tax status for wealthy areas of downtown Detroit where he owns billions worth of property.

Posted on Oct 29, 2019
Keywords: Dan Gilbert, Opportunity Zones, Quicken Loans

A Union Of Women's Hockey Players Looking For A League Of Its Own

The sustainability of high caliber women's hockey talent depends upon having the opportunity to earn a living while playing the game.

Posted on Oct 29, 2019
Keywords: Courtney, CWHL, Dani Ryland, Dream Gap Tour, NHLPA, NWHL, PWHPA, Rhonda Leeman Taylor, Unifor

SportsMonday: Is Matt Nagy An Idiot After All?

Sources say Yes!

Posted on Oct 28, 2019
Keywords: Eddy Pineiro, Matt Nagy, Mitch Trubisky

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #275: Brad Biggs' Mailbag Talks Football With You

And like the road, it goes on forever. Plus: Bears' Doom Spiral; David Ross Chosen To Open Next Wrigleyville Restaurant; Kris Bryant's Last Laugh As A Cub?; Bring It Home, Red Stars!; Jim Boylen's Fred Hoiberg Bulls; Saadaissance; and Rehire Lovie Smith!

Posted on Oct 25, 2019
Keywords: Abe Gibron, Brad Biggs, Brandon Saad, Chicago Red Stars, David Ross, Jim Boylen, Kris Bryant, Lovie Smith, Matt Nagy, Mitch Trubisky, Ryan Pace

Nutritionists Fuel World Series Teams

"Talent wins games and sports RDNs fuel greatness."

Posted on Oct 25, 2019
Keywords: Roberta Anding, Sue Saunders Bouvier

Challenging Shaq Over Ring

Ring spokesman Shaquille O'Neal should cancel his appearance at a party hosted by the company at the upcoming International Association of Chiefs of Police conference in Chicago on October 27.

Posted on Oct 23, 2019
Keywords: Amazon, Ring, Shaquille O'Neal

Lake Zurich Company Named The Official/Exclusive Outdoor Power Equipment Of Minor League Baseball®

Key components of the partnership include official and exclusive designations, ballpark activations, in-park ECHO product demonstrations and integration, and a sweepstakes.

Posted on Oct 22, 2019
Keywords: ECHO, MiLB

SportsMonday: Overreaction Monday Is Hereby Canceled

Dear Coach Nagy: What the hell is the matter with you?

Posted on Oct 21, 2019
Keywords: Matt Nagy, Mick McCall, Mitch Trubisky, Ryan Pace

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #274: Run, Mitchell, Run

Trubisky's legs are the only competitive advantage he has. Plus: The Only News In Football That Really Matters; The Bears Have More Tight Ends Than The Pence Family; Where Is Your Offensive Line Coach God Now; Letter Of The Week; Saints Marching Line; Boss Ross Or New Joe; The Blackhawks' Weird Goalie Sitch; Thank You, Luol Deng; Fire Lovie Smith Watch; and The Red Stars Semifinal vs. the Portland Thorns.

Posted on Oct 18, 2019
Keywords: Chicago Red Stars, David Ross, Harry Hiestand, John Elway, Kyle Long, Lovie Smith, Luol Deng, Mitch Trubisky, Robin Lehner, Trey Burton

Could Helmetless Tackling Training Reduce Football Head Injuries?

Based on risk compensation theory, rugby players tackle with their shoulders not only because they were taught that way, but because their heads are not protected with a helmet.

Posted on Oct 15, 2019
Keywords: Grinnell College, Risk Compensation

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #273: Grandpa Vs. The Field

Meanwhile, Maddon might have choices. Plus: The Non-Mystery Of Why Virtually No One Is Calling Ozzie Guillen; The Bears Have Become The Cubs; I Figured Out How To Fix The Cubs, AMA; The Self-Impeaching Steve Stone Has Lost His Mind; There Is A Chance The Blackhawks Aren't As Bad As They Were In Their Home Opener; The NBA, China, The Score & You; The Lovie Smith Experiment Isn't Working; Thank You, Basti; It's A Red Stars Semi; and Congrats To An Old Favorite.

Posted on Oct 11, 2019
Keywords: Bastian Schweinsteiger, Brian Cashman, Chicago Red Stars, China, David Ross, Elena Della Donne, Gerritt Cole, Jeremy Colliton, Jerry Reinsdorf, Joe Girardi, Joe Maddon, Leonard Floyd, Lovie Smith, Mitch Trubisky, Ozzie Guillen, Steve Stone, Yadier Molina

The NBA, China, The Score & You

Bernstein & McKnight shrug off China's dystopian authoritarianism because, hey, we're all guilty.

Posted on Oct 11, 2019
Keywords: Adam Silver, Conor McKnight, Dan Bernstein, Daryl Morey, Steve Kerr

'I Just Couldn't Be a Sellout' | Why Rihanna Turned Down The Super Bowl Halftime Show

"There's things within [the NFL] that I do not agree with at all, and I was not about to go and be of service to them in any way."

Posted on Oct 10, 2019
Keywords: Chase Daniel, Colin Kaepernick, Maroon 5, Rihanna, Tyler Bray

SportsMonday: Club Dumb

Jon Gruden dances on Bears' grave.

Posted on Oct 7, 2019
Keywords: Khalil Mack, Matt Nagy

Jerry Reinsdorf Isn't In It For The Money (LOL)

In public, he says he just wants to bring joy to the fans who really own his teams. In private, he says finishing second is the best business model because it keeps fans hungry and hopeful.

Posted on Oct 7, 2019
Keywords: David Kaplan, Jerry Reinsdorf

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #272: Dear Cubs: Say It Ain't Joe

Joe Girardi unchecks all the boxes. Plus: Bears Over London, Bears Over Chicago; Blackhawks Lift Lid On Sloppy Stew; Boylen's Blah Bulls; The Playoff-Bound Red Stars; the Fire, the Sky and more!

Posted on Oct 5, 2019
Keywords: Alex DeBrincat, Alex Nylander, Corey Crawford, David Ross, Eddy Pineiro, Jeremy Colliton, Jim Boylen, Joe Girardi, Khalil Mack, Marian Hossa, Mitch Trubisky, Patrick Kane, Roquan Smith, Russell Wilson, Steve Stone

World's Most Famous Track Coach Is Banned For 4 Years For Doping Violations

The news came as his athletes are dominating running's premier events. Two have set world records this year; others have already won gold at this week's World Championships or are set to race later in the week; still others will vie for the win in the Chicago Marathon in two weeks.

Posted on Oct 2, 2019
Keywords: Alberto Salazar, Jeffrey Brown, Mark Parker, Nike Oregon Project, Steve Magness, USADA
The White Sox Report

The Season In Verse | A Second-Half Curse

Believe it or not, Anderson was the top batter. But the number of errors was a completely different matter.

Posted on Oct 1, 2019
Keywords: Don Cooper, Eloy Jimenez, Jose Abreu, Michael Kopech, Rick Hahn, Rickey Renteria, Tim Anderson

SportsMondayTuesday: Don't Hire Grandpa

It would just be so Cutesy Cubbie.

Posted on Oct 1, 2019
Keywords: David Ross, Joe Girardi, Joe Maddon, Theo Epstein

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #271: Someone Told You So, Repeatedly. It Might Have Been Us.

What the Cubs and Trubisky have in common. Including: Maddon's Post; Fixing The Unclutch (Another Word You Could Use Is 'Chokey') Cubs; The White Sox Core Is No Joke; Run, Mitchell, Run; Blackhawks Czech Line: Wendell Carter Jr.'s Rule-Breaking Strip Club Visit; In Other Words, The Fire Have No Shot At The Playoffs; and Red Star Sam Kerr Is A Star.

Posted on Sep 27, 2019
Keywords: David Montgomery, Joe Maddon, Mitch Trubisky, PECOTA, Sam Kerr, Theo Epstein, Tim Anderson, Wendell Carter Jr.

What If College Athletes Got Paid? 3 Questions Answered

It's not just that the colleges are making money off of the student athlete. Players are also prevented from generating any kind of compensation around their image or likeness while they're in college, which - for many of them - is going to be the only time when their likeness or their image has any economic value at all.

Posted on Sep 24, 2019
Keywords: California, NCAA

SportsMonday: Dunk Tank

Was the Cubs' method an unnecessary trade-off?

Posted on Sep 23, 2019
Keywords: Theo Esptein
The White Sox Report

Hahn's Hits & Misses

It's entirely understandable at this juncture why Hahn isn't being hailed as a genius when it comes to evaluating and signing free agent talent.

Posted on Sep 23, 2019
Keywords: Eloy Jimenez, Ervin Santana, James McCann, Jon Jay, Jose Abreu, Manny Machado, Tim Anderson, Yoan Moncada, Yonder Alonso

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #270: Mitch Impossible

The autumn of our discontent. Including: Mitch Falsbisky; Only Person In Chicago More Unpopular Than Mitch Trubisky Is Craig Kimbrel; Cubs Lab; The Undertaker; These Cards Will Run!; The Amazin' A's & Yankees; The White Sox Are Still Playing; Chicago Joe Fire; The Sky Is Crying; and The Red Stars Try To Lock Down A Playoff Spot This Weekend.

Posted on Sep 20, 2019
Keywords: Anthony Rizzo, Billy Beane, Craig Kimbrel, Fred McGriff, Gardner Minshew, Joe Maddon, Joe Mansueto, Len Kasper, Mark Grace, Matt Nagy, Mitch Trubisky, Pedro Strop, Ryan Pace, Theo Epstein

SportsMonday: The Unbalanced, Obsessive-Compulsive Matt Nagy

Paging Andy Reid.

Posted on Sep 16, 2019
Keywords: Matt Nagy
The White Sox Report

Start Now!

Finish strong.

Posted on Sep 16, 2019
Keywords: Luis Robert, Nick Madrigal, Rickey Renteria, Tim Anderson, Yolmer Sanchez, Zack Collins

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #269: Dead Team(s) Walking

Winter is here. Plus: After Over 70 Years, The Cubs On WGN Is Coming To An End; Tim Anderson Chases Obsolete Award; I AM SO SICK OF MITCH TRUBISKY; Ryan Pace Had One Job This Offseason And He Failed At It Miserably; 'Scuse Us While We Kiss The Sky; Blackhawks Open Training Camp Again!; A Chicago Bull Is Dominating The World Cup; Really Good Chicago Fire News Broke While We Were Recording This; and Chicago Red Stars Rolling.

Posted on Sep 13, 2019
Keywords: Andrew Hauptman, Courtney Vandersloot, Diamond DeShields, Jason McLeod, Joe Maddon, Joe Mansueto, Mitch Trubisky, Ryan Pace, Theo Epstein, Tim Anderson, Tomas Satoransky

Black Athletes Have A Trump Card They Are Not Using Enough

What would happen if they wielded their economic and cultural power collectively?

Posted on Sep 13, 2019
Keywords: Colin Kaepernick, Jay-Z

Founder Of Positive Coaching Alliance Passes Torch

The organization has grown to a national presence of 18 local chapters, a staff of 70 and nearly 200 trainers creating a positive, character-building youth sports environment for millions of youth athletes.

Posted on Sep 10, 2019
Keywords: Chris Moore, Jim Thompson, Positive Coaching Alliance

SportsMonday: Glorious Fall Goes Dark

The Cubs are done. The Bears?

Posted on Sep 9, 2019
Keywords: Matt Nagy, Mitch Trubisky
The White Sox Report

Reasons To Keep Watching

Despite gang of nine and general lack of ability.

Posted on Sep 9, 2019
Keywords: Jose Abreu, Lucas Giolito, Tim Anderson

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #268: Double Zoinks

Bears not who we thought they were. But who are they? Plus: Chicago Predicts Bears Season; Cubs Suddenly Better Than Bears; Like Theo Before Him, Rick Hahn Is A Stone-Cold Liar, and more!

Posted on Sep 6, 2019
Keywords: Adrian Amos, Allen Robinson, Ben Zobrist, JK Scott, Kyle Schwarber, Matt Nagy, Mitch Trubisky, Rick Hahn, Roy Robertson-Harris

The Truth About The New Halas Hall

(Hint: It's absurd.)

Posted on Sep 5, 2019
Keywords: Halas Hall, Matt Nagy, Ted Phillips

Chicago Predicts The Bears Season

The best, most comprehensive list anywhere.

Posted on Sep 5, 2019
Keywords: Adam Hoge, BearsWire, Gritty, John Kass, Lincoln Yards, Lori Lightfoot, Rahm Emanuel, Sun-Times, The Athletic, The Sporting News, Tribune

Tru Time

In college, Pat Mahomes threw more passes in a month's worth of games at Texas Tech than Mitch Trubisky threw in his entire career.

Posted on Sep 4, 2019
Keywords: Mitch Trubisky

Everything You Need To Play Baseball Is Made In China - And Getting Hit By Trump's Tariffs

Golf, lacrosse, basketball and other sports will feel the pinch, too.

Posted on Sep 4, 2019
Keywords: China, Donald Trump, Fort Wayne TinCaps, Major League Baseball, Nokona, Rawlings, Wilson

Chicago's Apocalypsticks Won The 2019 APA Ladies 8-Ball Championship

A $10,000 payday for the Cary's Lounge squad.

Posted on Sep 3, 2019
Keywords: American Poolplayers Association, Apocalypsticks, Cary's Lounge

Sinclair Rampage Continues: Acquires 20% Interest In YES Network

"With this investment, we will have 23 RSN brands, including Marquee with the iconic Chicago Cubs, and 21 RSN brands acquired from the Walt Disney Company."

Posted on Sep 3, 2019
The White Sox Report

Patience And Payment

Finishing what they've started.

Posted on Sep 2, 2019
Keywords: Dylan Cease, Jose Abreu

TrackNotes: This Is Why We Can't Have Arlington Park Anymore

There's a place in hell for Bill Carstanjen and Dick Duchossois and spokesshill Howard Sudberry. Truth scares them.

Posted on Sep 1, 2019
Keywords: Arlington Park, Bill Carstanjen, Churchill Downs Inc., Dick Duchossois, Neil Bluhm

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #267: Bipolar Cubs Now In Manic Phase

Hungry Nick and the dinosaurs. Plus: Steve Albini, Master Of Sparks; How Yu Darvish, Jose Quintana and Lucas Giolito Turned It Around; Chili Stew; This Would Be The Perfect Ending To The Bears' Kicking Circus And Give The City A New Hero To Replace Alligator Robb; and more!

Posted on Aug 30, 2019
Keywords: Ben Zobrist, Carli Lloyd, Chili Davis, David Kaplan, Eddy Piniero, Iggy Pop, Jason Heyward, Javy Baez, Joe Maddon, Jon Lester, Jose Quintana, Kris Bryant, Lucas Giolito, Nicholas Castellanos, Steve Albini, Victor Caratini, Willson Contreras, Yu Darvish

Steve Albini, Master Of Sparks

Hits, runs.

Posted on Aug 29, 2019

Sinclair Completes Acquisition Of Regional Sports Networks From Disney

Byron Allen has agreed to become a co-conspirator.

Posted on Aug 28, 2019
Keywords: Byron Allen, Fox Sports, Sinclair Broadcasting, The Walt Disney Company

The Ex-Cub Factor

Look who's doing it for the Mets . . .

Posted on Aug 27, 2019
Keywords: Amaury Telemaco, Chili Davis, Chris Rusin, Daniel Murphy, Hector Rondon, James Rowson, Josh Donaldson, Justin Wilson, Sam Fuld, Terrance Gore
The White Sox Report

Arrow Up, Folks

Look no further than the past week if you question whether the White Sox are a vastly improved aggregation than the dismal product of the past two rebuilding seasons.

Posted on Aug 26, 2019
Keywords: Lucas Giolito, Ross Detwiler, Tim Anderson

SportsMonday: Nats Envy

The contrast with the Cubs this weekend could hardly have been starker.

Posted on Aug 26, 2019
Keywords: Jason McLeod, Jed Hoyer, Kyle Schwarber, Theo Epstein

TrackNotes: Codes Of Honor

Equine and human.

Posted on Aug 25, 2019
Keywords: Code of Honor, Elate, Emisael Jaramillo, John Velazquez, Jorge Navarro, Midnight Bisou, Personal Ensign, Shancelot, Terry Bradshaw, Travers Stakes

TrackNotes: Season's Greetings, Suckers

In racing analytics, it's SSS. Still summer, STUPID!

Posted on Aug 23, 2019
Keywords: Ann Landers, Maximum Security, Mongo, Pete LaCock, Tacitus, Travers Stakes

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #266: The Cubs' Double Bipolarity

Splitsville. Plus: Nick The Stick; Bullpenmanship; Dave Roberts Abused Brandon Morrow, Then Joe Maddon Finished Him; Ben Press; Cards > Brewers; Luke Box; Rickey Rentamanager; and The Kick And The Dead.

Posted on Aug 23, 2019
Keywords: Ben Zobrist, Brandon Morrow, George McCaskey, Joe Maddon, Lucas Giolito, Matt Nagy, Nicholas Castellanos, Rickey Renteria, Rowan Wick

The Ex-Cub Factor

From the Shark to the Snake.

Posted on Aug 20, 2019
Keywords: Carl Edwards Jr., Drew Smyly, Felix Pie, Jake Arrieta, Jeff Samardzija, John Mallee, Jorge Soler, Junichi Tazawa

SportsMonday: Tom Brady No Mitch Trubisky

Bears QB has apparently been so good in practice that he doesn't need any preseason snaps, unlike, say, the defending Super Bowl champ or the reigning MVP.

Posted on Aug 19, 2019
Keywords: Devin Hester, Matt Nagy, Mitch Trubisky
The White Sox Report

Let Rickey Be

Losing never is easy, and the first target is the man in charge. Despite the criticism, Renteria appears even-keeled. There have been no temper tantrums or ragging on players or unhappy fans. He remains positive and good-natured. These qualities don't necessarily translate to a winning ballclub, but at least let's wait until the guy can put a legitimate major league lineup on the field.

Posted on Aug 19, 2019
Keywords: Casey Stengel, Joe Maddon, Joe Torre, Rickey Renteria, Terry Francona

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #265: It's The Cubs' Dutch Oven, We're Just Living In It

Philadephia Phreakout. Plus: White Sox Almost Sweep Astros and Bears Kick Camp.

Posted on Aug 16, 2019
Keywords: Brad Biggs, Cordarelle Patterson, Delaware, Derek Holland, Emanuel Hall, Heinz 57, Ivan Nova, Joe Maddon, Jordan Howard, Kaare Vedvik, Pedro Strop, Yu Darvish

SportsMonday: Sky Dogs

It's August, and the winnin' ain't easy.

Posted on Aug 12, 2019
Keywords: Chicago Sky, Lucas Giolito
The White Sox Report

Field Of Reality Checks

Maybe I needn't be such a sourpuss. This game will make lots of people curious, engaged, and gleeful. But just who will get to see it, and for how much?

Posted on Aug 12, 2019
Keywords: Comiskey Park, Field of Dreams, The Grate

U.S. Gold Medalists Raise Fists, Take Knees

Responding to "a president who spreads hate."

Posted on Aug 12, 2019
Keywords: Gwen Berry, Pan Am Games, Race Imboden

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #264: Measuring Maddon's Managing

He doesn't suck, but he does seem to grind up bullpens and talk a lot of shit. Plus: Cubs Media Meatheads Set The Tone; Cubs Hunger Games; Time For Theo To Move on?; Rickey Bunteria; Missing Trubisky; Boynton Beach Bingo; and Schweinsteiger!

Posted on Aug 11, 2019
Keywords: Ariana Dubelko Giolito, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Delaware, Jesse Rogers, Joe Maddon, Mitchell Trubisky, Rickey Renteria, Steve Cishek, Theo Epstein

TrackNotes: Finding The Arlington Million

Game, Prevailed.

Posted on Aug 11, 2019
Keywords: Arlington Million, Arlington Park, Billy Williams, Bricks and Mortar, Chad Brown, Sistercharlie, Valid Point

The Ex-Cub Factor

Jake Fox's fashion line, Brett Anderson's revenge, Crimson Tide's Scotty and more!

Posted on Aug 8, 2019
Keywords: Billy McKinney, Brandon Hyde, Brett Anderson, Fernando Rodney, Jake Fox, Jason Vosler, Matt Szczur, Neil Ramirez, Pierce Johnson, Zack Godley

Superstar Athletes Popularize Unproven Stem Cell Procedures

"These are the richest, most highly paid athletes around. So anything you can think of, they're getting. But I wouldn't use them as a role model for how to treat injuries."

Posted on Aug 6, 2019
Keywords: Gordie Howe, Kobe Bryant, Max Scherzer, Peyton Manning, Rafael Nadal, Shohei Ohtani, Tiger Woods

SportsMonday: Home Cubs > Road Cubs

At least away they've avoided sweeps.

Posted on Aug 5, 2019
Keywords: Derek Holland, Jason Heyward, Jose Quintana, Kyle Ryan, Nicholas Castellanos
The White Sox Report

Walking And Crawling

And bobbleheading.

Posted on Aug 5, 2019
Keywords: Aaron Bummer, Eloy Jimenez, Victor Velasquez, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Yoan Moncada

TrackNotes: Punching Up

I'm not saying fixed, just probable.

Posted on Aug 4, 2019
Keywords: Adam Kownacki, Bob Baffert, Jean Pascal, Marylou Whitney, McKinzie, Saratoga

TrackNotes: Casino Crazy & Whitney Day

Ignorance is one thing, but stupidity is what comedy is made of, unless it's really happening.

Posted on Aug 3, 2019
Keywords: Arlington Park, Hawthrone Race Course, Lori Lightfoot, Sebastian Cabot, Whitney Stakes

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #263: House Of Theo Crumbling

This is his mess. Plus: Trade Shade; Cubs Narratives We Can Put To Bed; Kimbrel Is Killing Us; Missing Maldonado; Cubs Farm System Still Sucks; Here Come The Brewers; Evil Sports Programming Network; The Ex-Cub Factor; Rickey Ventura; Seeing (Soccer) Stars; and Trubisky Continues To Be . . .

Posted on Aug 2, 2019
Keywords: Chicago Red Stars, Craig Kimbrel, Isaac Paredes, Kris Bryant, Martin Maldonado, Mitch Trubisky, Nicholas Castellanos, Rickey Renteria, Theo Epstein, Tony Kemp, Trevor Bauer, Willson Contreras

The Ex-Cub Factor

Accolades and anger management.

Posted on Aug 1, 2019
Keywords: Danny Hultzen, Drew Smyly, Eddie Butler, Edwin Jackson, Jason Motte, Jeimer Candelerio, Josh Donaldson, Tim Federowicz, Wade Davis, Zac Rosscup

SportsMondayTuesday: House Of Cards

The Cubs and Cardinals have been rivals for a long time, but a rivalry doesn't really mean anything when one of the teams sucks and sucks and sucks. That would describe the Cubs of the '50s, '60s and '70s and really for most of the '80s and '90s and at least the first halves of the '00s and teens.

Posted on Jul 30, 2019
Keywords: Busch Stadium, Gabe Zappin
The White Sox Report

Super Heroes, Surveys & Service

Feats and feet-shooting.

Posted on Jul 29, 2019
Keywords: Ivan Nova, Lucas Giolito

TrackNotes: A (Good) Day At The Races

When it's all about the running - and horses remind us they are better than people.

Posted on Jul 28, 2019
Keywords: Andy Serling, Enable, Gary Stevens, Monmouth, Saratoga, The Haskell Invitational, The Jim Dandy Stakes

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #262: Cubs Counternarrative

Ten games from now, they'll be in the same position they are in today. (It will still be fun, though.) Plus: Giant Flop; Addison Russell Sent Down To Learn The Signs; Boy Scout Kris Bryant Piling Up Merit Badges; Mea Culpa: Maybe Maddon Was Right About The Happ-Almora Platoon; Pedro Strop Is Carl Edwards Jr. Jr.; Robel Garcia Is Not Totally The Answer; Daddy BenZo Speaks; Road Woes; Darvish Delusions; Roadish Games; White Sox Suck; What's Really Behind The Home Run Surge; The Only Real News From Training Camp, Ever; Andrew Shaw's Crab House; and DePaul Finally Trying To Win.

Posted on Jul 26, 2019
Keywords: Addison Russell, Aja, Albert Almora Jr., Andrew Shaw, Ben Zobrist, DePaul, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Ian Happ, Jim Otto, Joe Maddon, Pedro Strop, Robel Garcia, Yu Darvish

What's Really Behind Baseball's Home Run Surge?

Recent changes to the ball, climate change and advanced analytics.

Posted on Jul 26, 2019
Keywords: Justin Verlander, Pete Alonso, Rawlings

NCAA Dings DePaul's Code Of Silence

Men's basketball coach Dave Leitao suspended; program put on probation.

Posted on Jul 24, 2019
Keywords: Dave Leitao, DePaul, NCAA

SportsMonday: Rolling Cubs Hit Tough Road

Now is the time the team confronts its major weaknesses: road games and a missing bat.

Posted on Jul 22, 2019
Keywords: Eloy Jimenez, Fernando Tatis Jr.
The White Sox Report

Streaky White Sox Right On Schedule

It's the Cubs and Astros all over again!

Posted on Jul 21, 2019
Keywords: Aaron Boone, Harold Baines, Jose Abreu, Ray Schalk, Rickey Renteria

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #261: Cubs As They Are

Just see the team in front of you, please. Plus: The Candy Man, Where Will Willy Play, Theo's Trades & Bad Baserunning; Rested White Sox Wither; Bears Angry At Video Game Ratings; Mark Potash vs. Stan Bowman; and Best Offseason Ever?

Posted on Jul 19, 2019
Keywords: Eloy Jimenez, Luis Robert, Maccabi Games, Mark Potash, Martin Maldonado, Mike Montgomery, NBA, Rickey Renteria, Stan Bowman, Steve Stone, Theo Epstein, Tim Anderson Jose Abreu, Willson Contreras

Catching Heat

Willson Contreras is not a championship catcher.

Posted on Jul 17, 2019
Keywords: Doug Glanville, Joe Maddon, Kyle Schwarber, Martin Maldonado, Ozzie Guillen, Theo Epstein, Willson Contreras
The White Sox Report

Coin Is The Lord Of The Realm

Don't pity the White Sox.

Posted on Jul 15, 2019
Keywords: Manny Machado, Tim Anderson

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #260: Cubs Sweep Problems Under Rug

Reality check! Plus: Player Notes (Alzolay to Zagunis). And: Hate The Grate.

Posted on Jul 14, 2019
Keywords: Adbert Alzolay, Craig Kimbrel, Dusty Baker, Ian Happ, Jason Heyward, Jerry Reinsdorf, Jim Deshaies, Joe Maddon, Kris Bryant, Kyle Schwarber, Len Kasper, Mark Zagunis, Pat Hughes, Robel Garcia, Ron Coomer, The Grate, Theo Esptein, Victor Caratini, Willson Contreras, Yu Darvish

Budweiser Becomes First Official Beer Sponsor Of The National Women's Soccer League

Yay! But also, gross.

Posted on Jul 9, 2019
Keywords: Budweiser, USWNT
The White Sox Report

It's All Happening

The pipeline is producing.

Posted on Jul 8, 2019
Keywords: Dylan Cease, Eloy Jimenez, Ivan Nova, James McCann, Jose Abreu, Lucas Giolito, Luis Robert, Michael Kopech, Nick Madrigal, Ozzie Guillen, Yoan Moncada, Yolmer Sanchez

SportsMonday: Yo, Joe!

Let's talk about the lineup.

Posted on Jul 8, 2019
Keywords: Joe Maddon, Kyle Schwarber, Willson Contreras

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #259: Even Theo Is A Meathead Now

PECOTA comes home to roost. Plus: White Sox Ovah The Hump; Bulls Surprisingly Sign Serviceable Players; Blackhawks Surprisingly Sign Serviceable Players; Soccer's Super Sunday; and The Fire Are Back!

Posted on Jul 5, 2019
Keywords: Chicago Fire, Chicago Red Stars, Dylan Cease, Joe Girardi, Joe Maddon, Madison Bumgarner, PECOTA, Robel Garcia, Theo Epstein, USMNT, USWNT, Willson Contreras

Chicago's Only Girls Baseball Camp

Baseball For All is leveling the playing field for girls across America.

Posted on Jul 5, 2019
Keywords: Baseball For All, Chicago Baseball And Educational Academy, Curtis Granderson, Illinois Girls Baseball, Justine Siegel, Rob Daniels

Why It Matters That More Athletes Are Talking About Their Mental Health

And an early advocate for speaking out about players' mental health, former Bull Metta World Peace - who changed his name from Ron Artest in 2011 - notes that when he first talked about his struggles, the media thought he was "crazy."

Posted on Jul 3, 2019
Keywords: Adam Silver, Brandon Marshall, Brigetta Barrett, Gary Speed, Jackie MacMullan, Kevin Love, Michael Phelps, Paul Pierce, Ron Artest

PointsBet Partners With Hawthorne

The agreement will include a first-class retail sportsbook at the center of the famed property, as well as statewide mobile betting and a PointsBet presence at off-track betting locations.

Posted on Jul 3, 2019
Keywords: Hawthorne, Pointsbet

SportsMonday: A Modest Cubs Proposal

A change whose time has come.

Posted on Jul 1, 2019
Keywords: Kyle Schwarber, Willson Contreras
The White Sox Report

Ovah The Hump

The season now is right at its halfway point, and the Sox, standing at 39-42, are a far different ballclub than a year ago when they were 28-53 on their way to 100 losses. Sox faithful, those days are ovah!

Posted on Jul 1, 2019
Keywords: Ivan Nova, Lucas Giolito, Orisdamer Despaigne, Reynaldo Lopez, Ross Detwiler

TrackNotes: Double Trouble

You either suppress the reality of the game and go along merrily, enjoying all the horses of their different colors. Or you catch the Emerald City parade and then look behind the wizards' curtains and see and understand the chicanery, hypocrisy and outright deceit. Either way, it is very stressful, I will attest.

Posted on Jun 30, 2019
Keywords: Arlington Park, Belinda Stronach, Bernard Goldberg, Bryant Gumbel, Dennis Moore, Hawthorne, Jerry Hollendorfer, Joe Drape, Santa Anita, The Stronach Group

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #258: Craptastic Cubs

Cubs continuing conundrums. Plus: Cubs To Be Well Represented In All-Star Game If You Include Alumni; The Unprecedented Nature Of Kris Bryant; The NL Central Actually Sucks; All-Star Catcher Willson Contreras Is Actually Worse Than We Thought; Tim Anderson's Got An Ankle; Yonder DFAlonso; I'm Going To A White Sox Game; Stan Bowman Rolls Draft Dice; and Rapinoe, France & Eric Trump's Spitter.

Posted on Jun 28, 2019
Keywords: Craig Kimbrel, Eric Trump, Joe Maddon, Kirby Dach, Kris Bryant, Lefty Panarin, Megan Rapinoe, Tim Anderson, Willson Contreras, Yonder Alonso, Yu Darvish

SportsMondayTuesday: Rapinoe Kicks Out Spain

Team USA may face the toughest match of the Women's World Cup on Friday. Or it may have already played it on Monday.

Posted on Jun 25, 2019
Keywords: Jill Ellis, Megan Rapinoe, USWNT

The Inaugural Winners Of The American Gambling Awards Are Here!

Chicago's Rush Street Interactive a big winner.

Posted on Jun 24, 2019
Keywords:, Rush Street Interactive
The White Sox Report

Open Letter

It boils down to this, Mr. Chairman.

Posted on Jun 23, 2019
Keywords: Bleacher Bums, Jerry Reinsdorf

For Many NBA Players, Finding A Better High School Was Critical To Success

All of the athletes in my study spoke about how beneficial it was when they left their troubled neighborhood schools in order to join teams or participate in athletic programs at better-resourced and safer schools in more affluent areas.

Posted on Jun 22, 2019
Keywords: Kevin Porter Jr., NBA Draft

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #257: Bulls Luck Out, Get Their Teen Man

Pace and space - too late. Plus: Cy Alzolay; Confounding Contreras And His Balls; Cubs Lineup Limits; Who Hurt Hendricks?: Don't Sleep On The Reds; Questioning Cardinals; Here Comes Kimbrel; White Sox Pledge Nets; The Bears Did Have A Bad Offseason, and USWNT Manages Not To Embarrass Us This Week.

Posted on Jun 21, 2019
Keywords: Adbert Alzolay, Coby White, Fred Hoiberg, GarPax, Jim Boylen, Joe Maddon, John Fox, Kris Dunn, Kyle Hendricks, USWNT, Willson Contreras, Zach LaVine

Highlights | The Premier Lacrosse League's Week 3 In Chicago

Well, Bridgeview. Still.

Posted on Jun 19, 2019
Keywords: Premier Lacrosse League

SportsMondayTuesday: Cubs Look To Get Well Against Sox

An easier stretch at home before facing the torrid Braves.

Posted on Jun 18, 2019
Keywords: Freddie Freeman, Lucas Giolito, Mike Soroka, Ronald Acuna Jr., Yu Darvish
The White Sox Report

How Lucas Giolito Changed Up His Career

Credit a coach and a catcher.

Posted on Jun 17, 2019
Keywords: Ethan Katz, James McCann, Lucas Giolito, Virgil Trucks

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #256: The Cubs Are Not In First Place

Wait, what? Plus: White Sox Finally Reach Mediocrity; Bears Continue Contest Between Kickers Who Won't Be On Opening Day Roster; USNWT's Excessive Celebration; Raptors Beat Wrecked Warriors; and Zombie Blues Rise From Dead.

Posted on Jun 15, 2019
Keywords: Beer Trifecta, Ben Zobrist, Craig Berube, Kawhi Leonard, Kyle Hendricks, Lucas Giolito, Matt Nagy, St. Louis Blues, Toronto Raptors, USWNT, Willson Contreras, Yu Darvish

Afghan Cricket Team A Sentimental World Cup Favorite

See you at Old Trafford.

Posted on Jun 12, 2019
Keywords: Afghanistan, British Empire

SportsMonday: It's Up To Yu, Now

Can he keep this feeling going?

Posted on Jun 10, 2019
Keywords: Javy Baez, Kyle Schwarber, Victor Caratini, Willson Contreras, Yu Darvish
The White Sox Report

Russian Interference

"You may not believe this, but they're having an election right now to see who gets to play in what they call the All-Star Game . . . "

Posted on Jun 9, 2019
Keywords: All-Star Game, Chris Davis, Jose Abreu, Tim Anderson, Yoan Moncada

TrackNotes: Not Upset At All

Horse racing nearly always exists in circular logic, no pun there to be pardoned.

Posted on Jun 9, 2019
Keywords: Belmont Stakes, Joel Rosario, Met Mile, Sir Winston, Tacitus, Terry Farmer, War of Will

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #255: The Craig Kimbrel Signing Is So Cub

Go get an elite player in push for World Series - but do so under an artificial budget imposed by Tom Ricketts that depended on a player unexpectedly getting waylaid by a divorce. Plus: Joe Sheehan Sucks; CarGo, We Go?; How Pedro Strop Is Like Cheap Trick; Freezing Cold Takes; The White Sox Could Have Easily Afforded Keuchel; The Chicago Media Got The Tim Anderson Imbroglio Exactly Wrong; Bears B.S.; The Raptors Could Actually Win This Thing; and The Blues Could Actually Win This Thing.

Posted on Jun 7, 2019
Keywords: Adbert Alzolay, Ben Zobrist, Carlos Gonzalez, Cheap Trick, Connor McKnight, Craig Kimbrel, Dallas Keuchel, Dan Bernstein, David Haugh, Fred Segal, Jason Benetti, Jesse Rogers, Joe Sheehan, Jose Quintana, Matthew Trueblood, Pedro Strop, Rick Hahn, Rick Morrissey, St. Louis Blues, Steve Stone, Theo Epstein, Tim Anderson, Tom Ricketts, Toronto Raptors

Toronto's Multicultural Raptors: Teamwork And Individualism

Raptor Morality in a superior city.

Posted on Jun 7, 2019
Keywords: Drake, Masai Ujiri, Nav Bhatia, Pascal Siakam, Serge Ibaka

The Ex-Cub Factor

Now appearing on Triple-A clubs across the nation.

Posted on Jun 5, 2019
Keywords: Billy McKinney, Brandon Hyde, Darwin Barney, Davey Martinez, James Russell, Jeimer Candelario, Jim Riggleman, Junior Lake, Koji Uehara, Neil Ramirez

SportsMondayTuesday: The Cubs' Crucial Couple

And it's not Bryzzo.

Posted on Jun 4, 2019
Keywords: Javy Baez, Willson Contreras
The White Sox Report

Rethinking Run Differential

When it doesn't add up.

Posted on Jun 3, 2019
Keywords: 1939 Yankees, 1959 White Sox, Francisco Lindor, Lucas Giolito, Steve Stone

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #254: Netgate

Excuses exhausted. Plus: Patrick Mannelly Great Ever; The St. Louis Bores; Astros Series Asinine; Defining Darvish Down; Contreras Can't Catch; The Dooche; Justin Verlander Reminds Us He Wanted To Be A Cub; The Cubs' Bill Buckner; White Sox Wild?; Burton's Boo-Boo; Stanley Cup Finals Moves To Nation's Most Boring City; and Why You Should Both Love Steve Kerr And Root For The Raptors.

Posted on May 31, 2019
Keywords: Albert Almora, Ben Zobrist, Bill Buckner, Bowling Hall of Fame, Dallas Keuchel, Jim Adduci, Larry David, Mark Gonzales, Patrick Mannelly, Stephen King, Steve Kerr, Trey Burton, Willson Contreras

Stan Mikita Hockey School For The Deaf And Hard Of Hearing Back For 46th Year

The school does not charge fees for athletes to attend its hockey school, all expenses incurred by the team or players (ice, time, lodging, equipment, etc.) are paid by the organization.

Posted on May 28, 2019
Keywords: AHIHA, Irv Tiahnybik, Stan Mikita

SportsMondayTuesday: Beautiful Bill Buckner

He was a great Cub and had a great, great career in baseball. Full stop.

Posted on May 28, 2019
Keywords: Bill Buckner, Steve Bartman
The White Sox Report

The Rebuild Not Taken

Envying the Twins' way.

Posted on May 26, 2019
Keywords: Byron Buxton, C.J. Cron, Eddie Rosario, Jonathan Schoop, Jorge Polanco, Martin Perez, Marwin Gonzalez, Max Kepler, Miguel Sano, Nelson Cruz, Rocco Baldelli, Thad Levine

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #253: Memorial Day Weekend State Of The Cubs, White Sox & Bears

Tales of regress, progress and egress. Including: Jim Coffman Not Here For Ben Zobrist's Divorce; Addy Is Baddy; Another Sullivan Special; Old School Cubs Lack Velocity; How Albert Almora Jr. Turned His Season Around; Salt's Sinker; So You're Saying The White Sox Have A Chance; and Bears Carousel.

Posted on May 24, 2019
Keywords: Albert Almora Jr., Ben Zobrist, Brandon Kintzler, Dallas Keuchel, Jon Lester, Lucas Giolito, Taquan Mizzell

Let's Play In The World's Largest Street Hockey Tournament

Seriously, HMU.

Posted on May 22, 2019
Keywords: Hockey Fest

Sinclair's Cubs Network Names Complicit GM

Former St. Louis Blues and Milwaukee Bucks exec joins Evil Empire.

Posted on May 22, 2019
Keywords: Chicago Cubs, Crane Kenney, Marquee Sports Network, Mike McCarthy, Sinclair Broadcasting, The Ricketts Family

Chicago's Best 8-Ball Player?

Nazario Aguilar does good in Vegas.

Posted on May 21, 2019
Keywords: American Poolplayers Association, Nazario Aguilar, South Chicago Land APA
The White Sox Report

Extend Abreu

If and when that happens, we can stomach a few more games of TBD pitching for the White Sox.

Posted on May 20, 2019
Keywords: Jose Abreu, Rick Hahn

SportsMonday: Cutesy Cubs Cruise

The lovable losers, the supposed curse, all that garbage started to drive me crazy especially after the Cubs blew it in 2003. And now it is all wrapped up in a musical. Great.

Posted on May 20, 2019
Keywords: Ernie Banks, Javy Baez, Miracle, Steve Cishek, Willson Contreras

TrackNotes: A War Of Wills

Like a twisted stage mother whose tarted-up six-year-old daughter was DQ'd from the Little Miss Pageant down at the Holiday Inn for traces of amphetamines, owner Gary West took his Maximum Security for extended pouting exile at Monmouth, over by Springsteen's Shore . . .

Posted on May 19, 2019
Keywords: Gary West, Kentucky Derby, Maxiumum Security, Preakness, War Of Will

TrackNotes: The Immutable Constant

Lord knows he's tried, but the honest man knows he'll never truly control the horse.

Posted on May 17, 2019
Keywords: Churchill Downs Inc., Kentucky Derby, Maximum Security, Mitch McConnell, Preakness, Santa Anita, Stronach Group

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #252: Bulls Crap Out

Praying for luck is not a strategy. Plus: Fear The Deer?; St. Louis Sucks; Tommy La Stella Is Doing Mike Trout-Like Things; Missing Ben Zobrist; The Unprecedented Nature Of Kris Bryant; and White Sox Still Better Than You Think.

Posted on May 17, 2019
Keywords: Ben Zobrist, David Griffin, Kris Bryant, Mark Lazerus, Tommy La Stella

Bulls Win Right To Draft The 7th-Best College Basketball Player In The Country!

It could've been worse. Barely.

Posted on May 15, 2019
Keywords: Darren Collison, Patrick Beverley, Zion Williamson
The White Sox Report

Tone Down The Future

Maybe it's time we all backed off a bit and simply let the kids play.

Posted on May 12, 2019
Keywords: Dylan Cease, Eloy Jimenez, Fernandon Tatis Jr., Harry Chappas, Michael Kopech, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Yoan Moncada, Zack Collins

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #251: The Problem With The Cubs Fan Ban

Joe Ricketts remains. Plus: Roger's Suspicious Cuba Trip; Fuck Yu; Addison Russell's Return; Stats Cast; Are The White Sox A Wild-Card Contender?; and Derby Stewards Show More Courage Than Congress.

Posted on May 10, 2019
Keywords: Addison Russell, Chris Sale, Don Cooper, Donald Trump, Emily Blady, Havana, Kentucky Derby, Max Ciofi, Welles Park Baseball, Yu Darvish

Sunny Garcia's Suicide Attempt Shakes Surf World

"Depression is no joke waking up feeling like your ready to take on the world then a couple hours later feeling down on life and wondering what's wrong with you well I know I'm not alone and I'm not sure what's wrong with me because I have no reason to feel the way I do and it's been happening for about two years and would love to hear from any of you who suffer these feelings so I can figure out what I should do #fuckdepression #needhelp #whatswrongwithme."

Posted on May 9, 2019
Keywords: Sunny Garcia, World Surf League

TrackNotes: Derby Stewards Show Courage In Trump's Lawless America

If only House Dems would do the same.

Posted on May 6, 2019
Keywords: Alex Jones, Country House, Dancer's Image, Eddie Olcyzk, Flavien Prat, Gary West, Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks, Luis Saez, Maximum Security, Peter Fuller, Sophia Doyle

SportsMonday: Cubs Currently Kicking More Ass Than Bears

Taylor Davis vs. Chris Blewitt.

Posted on May 6, 2019
Keywords: Anthony Rizzo, Casey Bednarski, Chris Blewitt, Elliott Fry, Javy Baez, Redford Jones, Willson Contreras
The White Sox Report

Playing The Game Right Now

Bat flips and dugout celebrations only go so far. Winning is what keeps bringing us back.

Posted on May 6, 2019
Keywords: El Duque, Nicky Delmonico, Tim Anderson

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #250: Ryan Pace Is A Draft Disaster

The anti-Belichick can't win at this game. Plus: Cubs Progress To The Mean; White Sox Suddenly Not As Bad As You Think They Are; Sixers-Warriors; The NHL's Deadly Denial; Wrigleyville Literally The Worst; and Dragging The Derby.

Posted on May 3, 2019
Keywords: Addison Russell, Bill Barr, Bill Belichick, Carlos Rodon, Casey Bednarski, Chris Sale, David Montgomery, El Mago, Jason Heyward, Jon Lester, Jordan Howard, Ryan Pace, Tim Anderson, Yoan Moncada

TrackNotes: Dragging The Derby

In the early handicapping, we had all kinds of news: good, bad and part-of-the-game. And once again, a professional and spiritual letdown by humans, a wolf named Wolf and a man named Smith.

Posted on May 3, 2019

The NHL's Deadly Denial

Doctors insisted Blues enforcer Todd Ewen didn't have CTE. He did. And then he killed himself.

Posted on May 1, 2019
Keywords: Gary Bettman, Kelli Ewen, Todd Ewen

Let's Get Real With College Athletes About Their Chances Of Going Pro

Fewer than 2% of college athletes ever play professional sports at any level for any amount of time.

Posted on Apr 29, 2019
Keywords: NCAA, NFL Draft

SportsMonday: Cubs Dessert In The Desert

Cheese, crackers and a cherry on top.

Posted on Apr 29, 2019
Keywords: Ben Zobrist, David Bote, Joe Maddon, Tyler Chatwood
The White Sox Report

Soul-Sapping Innings Eaters

Long list of losers.

Posted on Apr 28, 2019
Keywords: Ervin Santana, Ivan Nova, James Shields, Luis Tiant

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #249: Bears Having Killer Draft

And not because Khalil Mack was their first-round selection. Plus: Why The Raiders and Giants Ought To Use This Coping Mechanism That Some People With Depression Use; We See You, Cardinals; The Return Of Robbie Gould Journesia; Dan Bernstein In Thrall To Ryan Pace's Execufuck Of The Year Award; The Cubs Are Back - To .500!; Here's To You, John Hancock; Pedro Strop Is So Cub; TIL: Addison Russell Has Three Children Under The Age Of Four With Three Women From Pensacola; and Tim Anderson And El Mago Both Had Themselves A Week.

Posted on Apr 26, 2019
Keywords: Addison Russell, Brandon Morrow, Dave Gettleman, El Mago, John Hancock, Jon Gruden, Khalil Mack, Kyler Murray, Pedro Strop, Robbie Gould, Robert Aguayo, Ryan Pace, Taylor Swift, Tim Anderson, Tommy La Stella

The Ex-Cub Factor

Big Z is back.

Posted on Apr 23, 2019
Keywords: Aramis Ramirez, Arodys Vizcaino, Carlos Zambrano, Jen-Ho Tseng, Mike Freeman, Peter Bourjos, Terrance Gore, Tommy Hunter, Welington Castillo

SportsMonday: Baez, Bote Reset Cubs

And Tyler Chatwood continues string of strong Cubs starts.

Posted on Apr 22, 2019
Keywords: David Bote, Javy Baez, Tyler Chatwood
The White Sox Report

Tick, Tick, Tick

For the present-day White Sox, a challenge of immense magnitude.

Posted on Apr 22, 2019
Keywords: Gordon Beckham, Jose Ruiz, Reynaldo Lopez

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #248: Cubs Season Already Exhausting

Pleasure greatly exceeded by pressure, urgency, payroll, bullpen, Bryzzo. Plus: Most Dramatic Week Of White Sox Season Already Over; TWIB Notes; Tiger Woods Is No Ben Hogan, Muhammad Ali Or Rick Allen; Third-Choice Porter Moser Lays Down A Marker; and Bears Skipping First Day Of Draft.

Posted on Apr 19, 2019
Keywords: Addison Russell, Brandon Kintzler, Bryce Harper, Bryzzo, Carl Edwards Jr., Derek Jeter, DJ LeMahieu, Mark Zagunis, Ozzie Guillen, Porter Moser, Rick Allen, Tiger Woods, Tim Anderson, Victor Caratini, Willson Contreras, Yu Darvish

Whistleblower Spurned By Players For Exposing Tennis Crooks

A tennis whistleblower says he is paying a heavy price for exposing wrongdoing in the sport. Marco Trungelliti tells the AP other players have ostracized him since he gave evidence of match fixing.

Posted on Apr 19, 2019
Keywords: Marco Trungelliti

White Coaches Pick The Wrong Side When They Talk Down To Their Black Athletes

Whether coaches acknowledge it, the power differentials that exist between white people and everyone else are on steroids in collegiate basketball.

Posted on Apr 17, 2019
Keywords: Bobby Knight, Colin Kaepernick, Corinne Terrone, David Kaplan, Jim Boylen, Mark Potash, Mike Rice, Scott Van Pelt, Teddy Greenstein, Tom Izzo

The Ex-Cub Factor

Someone's about to earn this column's first moratorium.

Posted on Apr 16, 2019
Keywords: Brett Anderson, Dan Straily, Edwin Jackson, Scott Sanderson, Starlin Castro, Tommy La Stella

SportsMonday: Tiger No Ben Hogan!

Goodness gracious, people.

Posted on Apr 15, 2019
Keywords: Artemi Panarin, Ben Hogan, Liverpool, Manchester City, Tiger Woods, Tim Anderson
The White Sox Report

What About Coop?

It's time to take a hard look at the longtime pitching guru.

Posted on Apr 15, 2019
Keywords: Don Cooper, Ray Berres

TrackNotes: Storming Oaklawn

Arkansas Derby sets up Mike Smith's choice and the Kentucky Derby.

Posted on Apr 14, 2019
Keywords: Ahmed Fareed, Arkansas Derby, Bob Baffert, Charles Cella, Eddie Olczyk, Jerry Krause, Kentucky Derby, Mike Tirico, Oaklawn Park, Omaha Beach, Roadster, Scottie Pippen, Todd Schrupp, Vic Stauffer

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #247: Cy Darvish

Greatness unappreciated by all except media, Maddon. Plus: Yu Darvish Is Even Annoying His Neighbors; The White Sox Are Also 3-8; Sale Sucks, Rays Rock; The Fight To Pay Minor Leaguers; The Circuitous Route of Wauconda's Matt Mooney; Now The Bulls Pray To The Lottery Gods; Lottery Gods Smile On Blackhawks; "Q" Now Florida Man; Chicago Fired; DePaul Demons Officially Nation's 103rd Best Team; and Co-Ed Swim Team Launches.

Posted on Apr 11, 2019
Keywords: Avisail Garcia, Carl Edwards, Jason Heyward, Joel Quenneville, Joey Gallo, Jon Lester, Kris Bryant, Matt Mooney, Ozzie Guillen, Reynaldo Lopez, Theo Epstein, Tim Anderson, Tom Ricketts, Tommy La Stella, Tyler Chatwood, Yu Darvish

The Fight To Pay Minor League Baseball Players

"Depending on the level, you're making $45 a game, $60 a game, $70 a game."

Posted on Apr 9, 2019
Keywords: Jeremy Wolf, More Than Baseball

Co-Ed Swim League Launches

World's first gender-balanced sports league.

Posted on Apr 9, 2019
Keywords: International Swimming League, Katie Ledecky

SportsMondayTuesday: Players Win National Championship

The local angle: Wauconda's Matt Mooney.

Posted on Apr 9, 2019
Keywords: Matt Mooney, Texas Tech
The White Sox Report

Appreciating April

If Tim Anderson gets just one hit in his next 24 at-bats, he'll still be hitting over .300. The Cubs have the worst ERA in baseball. And we now know who Ramon Laureano is.

Posted on Apr 8, 2019
Keywords: Eloy Jimenez, Steve Cishek, Tim Anderson

TrackNotes: Svengoolie To Santa Monica

The Road to the Roses.

Posted on Apr 7, 2019
Keywords: Ahmed Fareed, Bellafina, Bob Baffert, Eloy Jimenez, Gift Box, Kentucky Derby, Randy Moss, Roadster, Santa Anita, Tacitus, Todd Schrupp, Vekoma, Vino Rosso

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #246: Cubs Panic Is Exceeding The Pleasure

Panic! At The Wrigleyville Disco. Plus: Yoan Machado; Enough About The White Sox, Let's Talk More About The Cubs; Don't Sleep On The Rays; Texas Technology; Good Riddance, Chicago Fire; and Blackhawks, Bulls, Blue Demons Still Playing.

Posted on Apr 5, 2019
Keywords: Carl Edwards Jr., Chicago City Football Club, Craig Kimbrel, David Bote, Joe Maddon, Kris Bryant, Lori Lightfoot, Texas Tech, Theo Epstein, Yoan Moncada, Yu Darvish

The Trump Administration's Attempts To Defund The Special Olympics Explained

This is the third year in a row that President Trump has tried - and failed - to zero out the federal government's relatively meager share of the popular program's funding.

Posted on Apr 5, 2019
Keywords: Betsy DeVos, Dick Durbin, Donald Trump, Roy Blunt, Tim Shriver

The Ex-Cub Factor

It's over for the Hammer. Not quite for the Grimmer.

Posted on Apr 4, 2019
Keywords: Anthony Bass, Chris Singleton, Clayton Richard, Daniel Murphy, Jason Hammel, Jesus Castillo, Joe Smith, Justin Grimm, Rene Rivera, Tony Campany

SportsMonday: Panic Room

Breaking: Joe Maddon not giving up on season two games in.

Posted on Apr 1, 2019
Keywords: Joe Maddon, Joe Ricketts, The Rickettses, Theo Epstein, Tom Ricketts
The White Sox Report

Opening Salvo

You have to start somewhere.

Posted on Apr 1, 2019
Keywords: Eloy Jimenez, Jose Abreu, Lucas Giolito, Yoan Moncada, Yolmer Sanchez, Yonder Alonso

Calculating The Future Of Sports Through Analytics

The Cubs' Jason McLeod keynotes an event exploring the escalating value of data and technology to teams, athletes and fans.

Posted on Mar 31, 2019
Keywords: Andrew Berlin, Dafna Aarons, Hart Zwingelberg, Jason McLeod, Kevin Brilliant, Michael Veley, Robby Sikka, Sean Ahmed, Shane Sanders

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #245: Opening Day Overreactions!

Cubs rule, Sox suck. Plus: Howard's End; Chalk Talk; Hoops!; Bulls Still Shit; Blackhawks Still In It; DePaul Still In Running For 102nd Best Team In Nation: Fire Still In It; and Price Of Brace Brings Soccer Player To His Knees.

Posted on Mar 29, 2019
Keywords: Bill Bamberger, David Bote, Eloy Jimenez, Gonzaga, Ian Happ, Jordan Howard, Mark Zagunis, Yonder Alonso


'An exhibition presents outdoor images of basketball courts and hoops that celebrate the sport and reveal both its global importance and enduring appeal. Hauntingly devoid of people, the images are nonetheless remarkable neighborhood and community portraits.'

Posted on Mar 29, 2019
Keywords: Bill Bamberger

Price Of A Brace Brings Soccer Player To His Knees

It's not even clear he needed it, but this tiny example once again illustrates how health care in America works.

Posted on Mar 27, 2019
Keywords: Aetna, Donjoy, Rothman Orthopaedic Institute

SportsMonday: The Not-So-Sweet 16

Rock chalk.

Posted on Mar 25, 2019
Keywords: Aubrey Dawkins, Kansas Jayhawks, Tacko Fall
The White Sox Report

The Eloy Miracle

His defense got fixed overnight last week.

Posted on Mar 25, 2019
Keywords: Eloy Jimenez, Robert Mueller

What If March Madness Was About Equity Instead Of Sports?

Another national championship for UCF!

Posted on Mar 25, 2019
Keywords: Bethune-Cookman, NCAA Tournament, UCLA, University of Central Florida

TrackNotes: Santa Anita's Sirens

As sick as they sound.

Posted on Mar 24, 2019
Keywords: American Pharoah, Bisphosphonates, By My Standards, Frank Stronach, Jerry Bailey, Lasix, Mary Scollay, Pioneerof The Nile, Randy Moss, Santa Anita, Tom Izzo, Vyjack

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #244: As Good (And Bad) As The NCAA Gets

It was the best of sports, it was the worst of sports. Plus: When The Water Polo Coach Is Corrupt . . . ; Eloy!; Ricketts' Still Out Of Money; The Ex-Cub Factor; Punter Stays Pat; So You're Saying The Blackhawks Still Have A Shot; Bulls Blowing Tank; and We Don't Start The Fire.

Posted on Mar 22, 2019
Keywords: Chuck Foreman, Craig Kimbrel, DePaul Blue Demons, Eloy Jimenez, Ja Morant, Jeff Samardzija, Jerry Burns, Keanu Reeves, Loyola Ramblers, Mark Aguirre, Murray State, NCAA Tournament, Notre Dame, Tom Izzo

As Good As The NCAA Gets

Amidst the greatest fraud in American history, the best kind of madness.

Posted on Mar 21, 2019
Keywords: Loyola Ramblers, NCAA Tournament

The Ex-Cub Factor

Hello, Cleveland!

Posted on Mar 21, 2019
Keywords: Aaron Brooks, Chris Coghlan, Chris Denorfia, Chris Rusin, Dioner Navarro, Jeff Samardzija, Jorge Soler, Justin Grimm, Mike Freeman, Tim Federowicz

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #243: Bears Make Big Little Moves; Cubs Building A Mystery

Defense to get more aggressive, incur more penalties. Plus: The Cubs Did Not Respect 90 Last Year And No One Was Held Accountable; Budget Bullpen Breaks; New Rules, Fools!; Sister Jean Has Down Year; College Admissions' Side Doors; Duncan Keith, Biohacker; Alma Otter!; Puck Drop; and Schweinsteiger!

Posted on Mar 15, 2019
Keywords: ? And The Mysterians, Adrian Amos, Alma Otter, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Ben Braunecker, Bradley, Bryce Callahan, Buster Skrine, Cordarelle Patterson, Duncan Keith, Green Bay Packers, Ha Ha Clinton Dix, Joe Maddon, Josh Bellamy, Kevin White, Mike Davis, Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournament, Minnesota Vikings, Nicolas Gaitan, Santa Anita, Sister Jean, Ted Larsen, Willson Contreras, Xavier Cedeno, Yu Darvish

College Admission Scandal Grew Out Of A System Already Rigged With 'Side Doors'

Those ensnared in the current criminal case - which alleges that they paid for their children to get spots on the sports teams of big-name schools - couldn't have succeeded if the college admissions process wasn't already biased toward wealthier families.

Posted on Mar 15, 2019
Keywords: Daniel Golden, Operation Varsity Blues

TrackNotes: Diagnosing Death

In the corporate sense, Santa Anita has put on a performance that would bring tears of joy to a damage control specialist.

Posted on Mar 13, 2019
Keywords: Battle of Midway, Big Brown, Dennis Moore, Eskenforadrink, Jack Liebau, John Sadler, Let's Light The Way, Matt Hegarty, Mick Peterson, Richard Dutrow, Santa Anita, Tim Ritvo

Manfred's Folly

Change clearly is not unknown to the Great Game. However, it's not the rules which require visitation, but rather certain trends and practices that could use investigation.

Posted on Mar 12, 2019
Keywords: Atlantic League, Rob Manfred, Wee Willie Keeler

SportsMondayTuesday: One Last Blackhawks Gasp

Back at almost being in it.

Posted on Mar 12, 2019
Keywords: Brandon Perlini, Corey Crawford, Nico Hoerner

World Cup 2022 Plan To Expand To 48 Countries Exposes Regional Fault Lines

The corruption of the Qatar bid comes full circle.

Posted on Mar 12, 2019
Keywords: FIFA, Gianni Infantino, Qatar, World Cup

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #242: Every White Sox Story Is Really About The Cubs

Baseball is back in all its dysfunction and glory. Plus: Bears Relatively Needless - Except The One Position They Refuse To Spend More Money On To Fix; Trestman Train At Last Stop; Blackhawks Dream Over; Bulls Fantasy Beginning; and Schweinsteiger!

Posted on Mar 8, 2019
Keywords: Adrian Amos, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Brad Brach, Cody Parkey, Dylan Cease, Ernie Banks, Ilhan Omar, Jason Myers, Jordan Howard, Jose Quintana, Marc Trestman, Mike Montgomery, Pedro Strop, Steve Gostkowski, Thomas Friedman, Tyler Chatwood, Walter Payton, Yu Darvish

Go Joe Becht!

"It's not glamorous," Downers Grove South product says of the California Winter League, "but you get to play ball."

Posted on Mar 4, 2019
Keywords: California Winter League, Joe Becht, Windy City Thunderbolts

SportsMonday: Cubs Will Not Finish Last

This team won 95 games last year. It won 95 with its best hitter missing 60 and struggling with the after-effects of an injured shoulder for half of the rest of them. It won 95 with an absolute ace pitcher sidelined virtually throughout. There might be something I'm missing, but I don't think so.

Posted on Mar 4, 2019
Keywords: Kris Bryant, PECOTA, Willson Contreras

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #241: Che Bryant

Cubs radicalized their MVP. Plus: The Ricketts' Very Bad Election Night; Kenny Williams Twists Knife In Back Of White Sox Fans; Blackhawks Blow Pathetic Chance To Make Playoffs; Don't Let The Upright Hit You In The Ass On The Way Out; and Tank Wank.

Posted on Mar 2, 2019
Keywords: Alex DeBrincat, Cody Parkey, Kenny Williams, Kris Bryant, Lori Lightfoot, Patrick Kane, Tom Ricketts, Toni Preckwinkle
The White Sox Report

Maybe Andy's Boys Quit

Or maybe the White Sox could have offered Manny Machado a dollar more than the Padres.

Posted on Feb 26, 2019
Keywords: Andy Green, Branch Rickey, Manny Machado, Ricky Renteria

SportsMonday: Blackhawks + Bulls = Baseball

Time to move on.

Posted on Feb 25, 2019
Keywords: Anton Khodubin, Semyon Varlamov

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #240: Thanks For Playing, White Sox!

Sign wrong brother-in-law, get outbid by a dollar, lose Manny Machado. Plus: Cubs Still Unlikable; Javy Baez Red Alert; The Ex-Cub Factor; Defenseless Blackhawks; and Bobby Portis Is Pissed.

Posted on Feb 23, 2019
Keywords: Alex DeBrincat, Bobby Portis, Brian Duensing, Connor Murphy, Dion Sims, Javy Baez, Manny Machado, Marcus Kruger, Michael Kopech, Nick Madrigal, Patrick Kane, PECOTA, Rick Hahn, Tom Ricketts, Yoan Moncada

TrackNotes: Prep Walk

You can't jump on a bandwagon that doesn't leave the station for another 76 days.

Posted on Feb 18, 2019
Keywords: Kentucky Derby, Steve Haskin, Todd Schrupp, War of Will

SportsMonday: Surging Hawks' Huge Hole

The primary problem is that this team simply doesn't have a No. 1 defenseman. A guy becomes a No. 2 defenseman by effectively doing whatever the No. 1 guy needs him to do in a team's top pairing and the Blackhawks don't have that guy either.

Posted on Feb 18, 2019
Keywords: Artemi Panarin, Brandon Manning, Brandon Saad, Connor Murphy, Joel Quenneville, Michal Kempny, Stan Bowman, Trevor Daley

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #239: Good Ship Cubs Runs Aground

Go Brew Crew! Plus: Surging Blackhawks Still In Last Place; Accidental White Sox Segment; Bulls Have 12.5 Percent Chance Of Righting Their Ship; Ramblers Puttering Toward Valley Tournament; It's The DePaul Blue Demons And The Duke Blue Devils; and Jones Prep 17-Year-Old Signs With Chicago Fire.

Posted on Feb 15, 2019
Keywords: Addison Russell, Andre Reynolds II, Brandon Morrow, Cam Ward, Collin Delia, Corey Crawford, DePaul, Jeremy Colliton, Joe Ricketts, Loyola, Manny Machado, Patrick Kane, PECOTA, Rick Hahn, Sinclair Broadcasting, Tim Anderson, Todd Ricketts, Tom Ricketts, Wetbutt23, Yoan Moncada, Zion Williamson

The Ex-Cub Factor

Minor-league contracts, a foreign Hall of Fame and an amazing comeback attempt.

Posted on Feb 13, 2019
Keywords: Arismendy Alcantara, Jason Hammel, Luke Hagerty, Rene Rivera, Ryan Dempster

SportsMonday: Here Come The Hawks?

They're surging, my friend.

Posted on Feb 11, 2019
Keywords: Alex DeBrincat, Cam Ward, Collin Delia, Corey Crawford, Dominick Kahun, Dylan Strome, Jeremy Colliton

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #238: The NFL Offseason Is On!

Will be the boringest for Bears fans ever. Plus: The Cubs Have Become More Unlikable By The Day Since Winning That World Series. You Might Say It's Been A Curse!; Baseball Discussing Ways To Ruin The Game; Coffman Welcomes Otto Porter To Chicago; Blackhawks Respond To Coffman's Challenge; So You're Saying Loyola And DePaul Still Have A Chance; and more!

Posted on Feb 8, 2019
Keywords: Alliance of American Football, Bobby Massie, Brian Flores, Bryce Harper, Derrick Rose, Jeremy Colliton, Joe Ricketts, Manny Machado, Otto Porter, Ryan Pace

Joe Ricketts, Racist

Today's Worst Family in Chicago, Omaha and America.

Posted on Feb 5, 2019
Keywords: Cubs, Joe Ricketts, Laura Ricketts, Pete Ricketts, Todd Ricketts, Tom Ricketts

SportsMonday: Blackhawks Bowl

A Blackhawks tank is unlikely - and getting unlikelier.

Posted on Feb 4, 2019
Keywords: Brent Seabrook, Dale Tallon, Duncan Keith, Erik Gustaffson, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Stan Bowman

Postscript: The 11th Annual (More Or Less) Beachwood Super Bowl Halftime Show Prop Bet: Maroon 5 Edition

Adam Levine wavered between soulless, shitless and witless before finally settling on shirtless.

Posted on Feb 4, 2019
Keywords: Adam Levine, Gin Blossoms, Maroon 5

5 Uncomfortable Super Bowl Truths

Budweiser is not an American beer. Walter Payton was a selfish dick. Janet Jackson got what she deserved. And the game is part of a racist, militaristic enterprise that exploits our troops and screws our taxpayers.

Posted on Feb 3, 2019
Keywords: Atlanta, Budweiser, Janet Jackson, Minneapolis, Walter Payton

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #237: Bill Belichick Presents The Super Bowl

Coach ascends to legendary status despite general dickishness. Plus: Roger Goodell Is An Evil, Bumbling Bore; Patriots Hate; For Some Reason Super Bowl Commercials Are Now Released The Week Before The Game; The 11th Annual (More Or Less) Beachwood Super Bowl Halftime Show Prop Bet: Maroon 5 Edition; and The Rams Will Also Reportedly Be At The Game. And: Silent Collusion Is Still Collusion; The Ex-Cub Factor; Bulls Tank Already Accomplished Thanks To New Lottery Rules; and Polar Vortex Game Is Event Of Loyola's Season.

Posted on Jan 31, 2019
Keywords: Bill Belichick, Bryce Harper, Coldplay, Manny Machado, Maroon 5, Roger Goodell, Thompson Twins, Tom Brady, Tulane, Wesleyan

The 11th Annual (More Or Less) Beachwood Super Bowl Halftime Show Prop Bet: Maroon 5 Edition

Have you listened to a Maroon 5 song lately? No one in that band is remotely interested in the sounds they are making.

Posted on Jan 30, 2019
Keywords: Adam Levine, Big Boi, Maroon 5, Travis Scott

The Ex-Cub Factor

Big flops and big guns.

Posted on Jan 29, 2019
Keywords: Drew Smyly, Jose Hernandez, Justin Wilson, Micah Bowie, Mike Olt

SportsMonday: Tanking Ranking

NBA teams no longer have to be the worst to get an equal shot at the best.

Posted on Jan 28, 2019
Keywords: Zion Williamson

TrackNotes: A Sunny Place For Shady People

America's dangling wang wants what it wants and will lie and cheat, steal and kill, and displace with extraordinary cruelty to get it. It will also ring the bell well after post-time if that's what it takes to make some special people very happy.

Posted on Jan 25, 2019
Keywords: Florida, Frank Stronach, Gulfstream Park, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Pegasus, Vic Chesnutt

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #236: Opponent Set For Annual Patriots Bowl

Bill Belichick's Brady Bunch BOAT. Plus: The Bears' Pro-Am Bowl; George McCaskey And His Family Are Still Incompetent Nincompoops Whose Ownership Of The Bears Has Been A Stinking Disaster; Fans Will Have To Wait 'Til Next Year To See Manny Machado And Bryce Harper At SoxFest; Cubs Go Old; Dyin' For Zion; Bleakhawks; Where's Your Sister Jean Now?; Better Call DePaul; and Horses With Wings.

Posted on Jan 25, 2019
Keywords: Bill Belichick, Brad Brach, Bryce Harper, Dave Leitao, George McCaskey, Jared Goff, Jim Boylen, Manny Machado, Mitch Trubisky, Pegasus Invitational, Porter Moser, Sister Jean, Tom Brady, Zion Williamson

TrackNotes: Here We Go Again

God Almighty, and I'm not a religious person in the base human organizational sense, a horse will tell you how difficult it is to carry a person two miles at top speed. But he'll do it again any time you ask him!

Posted on Jan 22, 2019
Keywords: Anthony Rizzo, Cathy, Goldikova, Secretariat

SportsMonday: The Nuclear (Non-) Call

And helmet first, for goodness sake!

Posted on Jan 21, 2019
Keywords: Nickell Robey-Coleman, Tommylee Lewis

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #235: Bears, Cubs Hangovers

Both teams and their fans suffering, but in very different ways. Including: There Is No There There; So, A Chiefs-Saints Super Bowl!; Manny Mania; Wrong Way Ricketts Wrecking Ball; Boiberg; and Bleak Blackhawks.

Posted on Jan 18, 2019
Keywords: Chuck Pagano, Jerry Reinsdorf, Jim Boylen, Kareem Hunt, Manny Machado, Matt Nagy, Oakland, Ryan Pace, Todd Ricketts, Tom Ricketts

The Ex-Cub Factor

Two White Socks, one retiree and the Yankee who is the unsung one who got away.

Posted on Jan 16, 2019
Keywords: Anthony Bass, Casey Coleman, Clayton Richard, DJ LeMahieu, Donn Roach, Jaime Garcia, Jon Jay, Justin Grimm
The White Sox Report

Get Manny!

Given all the factors, if the Sox don't land Machado, they simply just don't have the glamour and pizzazz to attract a player of his caliber.

Posted on Jan 14, 2019
Keywords: Manny Machado, Rick Hahn

SportsMonday: Parkey & Pace

Like his kicker, the Bears GM has been the most hit-and-miss at his job that we've ever seen in these parts.

Posted on Jan 14, 2019
Keywords: Ryan Pace

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #234: Double Doinkage

Worst Chicago sports loss ever? Including: What We Still Don't Know About Cody Parkey's Double Doink; Hero Or Heel?; Hawk Bearelsons; The Other 59:50 Of That Game; The Vic Vacancy; Another Inside Story Of The Bears Blowing It By Drafting Trubisky Instead Of Mahomes; The Meaning Of Mediocre; and Rewriting Robbie Gould! Plus: White Sox Making Moves!; Dear Cubs Fans: Your Favorite Baseball Team Can Afford Any Free Agent It Wants; Jim Boylen Sucks, What More Do You Need To Know?; Don't Believe The Blackhawks Hype (Apparently There's Blackhawks Hype); and The Four-Part Recipe For The Oily Stew Of Dysfunction That Ousted Tom Thibodeau.

Posted on Jan 11, 2019
Keywords: Adam Hoge, Al Michaels, Booger McFarland, Chris Tabor, Cody Parkey, Corey Crawford, Cris Collinsworth, Heidi Stevens, Jeff Joniak, Jim Boylen, Manny Machado, Mark Schlereth, Matt Nagy, Mike Glennon, Mitch Trubisky, Patrick Kane, Robbie Gould, Tarik Cohen, The Ricketts', Tom Thayer, Tom Thibodeau, Vic Fangio, Zach Zaidman

Sports Betting Should Come With A Health Warning

Luckily there are two tips that gamblers can do to keep their losses within reasonable limits.

Posted on Jan 8, 2019
Keywords: ABV, Premier League

SportsMonday: Gut-Punch

A number of folks are eligible for scapegoat status.

Posted on Jan 7, 2019
Keywords: Cody Parkey, Mitch Trubisky, Ryan Pace

Parsing Parkey Pique

What are these emotions we're feeling?

Posted on Jan 7, 2019
Keywords: Cody Parkey

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #233: Bear Raid

Legion of Boom. Plus: The NFL Season In Review & Playoffs In Preview; Managers-In-Waiting; White Sox Sweepstakes; Bulls(hit) On Parade; and Blackhawks Actually Irrelevant.

Posted on Jan 4, 2019
Keywords: Adrian Amos, Andrew Luck, Anthony Lynn, Bobbie Massie, Jameis Winston, Jeremy Colliton, Jim Boylen, Lamar Jackson, Manny Machado, Mark Loretta, Matt Nagy, Matthew Stafford, Mitch Trubisky, Pete Carroll, Rod Marinelli, Russell Wilson

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #232: Sports Evildoers Rinse, Repeat

Of greed, fanboys and the lack of accountability. Plus: The Bears Are Who They Are, So Just Let Them Be That and The Cubs Are The Most Question-Marky 95-Win Team Ever!

Posted on Dec 29, 2018
Keywords: Adam Hoge, Adam Jahns, David Haugh, George McCaskey, Joe Maddon, Matt Nagy, Mitch Trubisky, Ryan Pace, The Ricketts Family, Theo Epstein, Zach Zaidman

The Ex-Cub Factor

Of Crime Dogs, Black Dogs and just dogs.

Posted on Dec 27, 2018
Keywords: Brandon Hyde, Clayton Richard, Dexter Fowler, Fred McGriff, Joe Smith, Matt Szczur, Trevor Cahill, Zac Rosscup

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #231: The Ryan Pace Narrative That Must End

Plus: Charles Leno's Racist Fiancee; When Domestic Abuse Comes To Work; Are The Cubs The Next Blackhawks?; The Ricketts' Are One Of America's Worst Families; Jim Boilin'; and Rock Bottom: Population Blackhawks.

Posted on Dec 21, 2018
Keywords: Adam Hoge, Addison Russell, Charles Leno's Racist Fiancee, Corey Crawford, Jed Bartlet, Jim Boylen, Matt Nagy, Mitch Trubisky, Ryan Pace, Spock, The Rickettses, Vic Fangio

It's Not Club Dub, Bub

The Bears are not winning because of chemistry.

Posted on Dec 19, 2018
Keywords: Akiem Hicks, Eddie Jackson, Khalil Mack, Kyle Fuller, Ryan Pace, Tarik Cohen

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #230: Bears Go For Cherry In John Hancock Bowl

It's gonna really suck if they blow this game. Plus: Bulls' Boylen Bonkers; The Bulls Aren't Even The Worst Team In Town; One Of Us Is Dreaming Of A White Sox Christmas; Harold Gets Into Hall The Chicago Way; The Baseball Hall Of Fame Isn't Even The Worst Hall Of Fame; Cubsland; and Is The Loyola Dream Over?

Posted on Dec 14, 2018
Keywords: Bryce Callahan, Bryce Harper, Chris Tabor, Def Leppard, Harold Baines, Jabari Parker, Jim Boylen, Joe Maddon, Jordan Howard, Mitch Trubisky, Porter Moser, Stevie Nicks

TrackNotes: Mom

My mother was not a small factor in me loving the ponies and the fun of handicapping.

Posted on Dec 14, 2018
Keywords: Emily Chambers

The Ex-Cub Factor

Including Miggy, Chili and Luis.

Posted on Dec 11, 2018
Keywords: Chili Davis, Geovany Soto, Lee Smith, Luis Valbuena, Miguel Montero, Peter Bourjos, Pierce Johnson, Trevor Cahill
The White Sox Report

Good For Harold

Bill Veeck was right - again.

Posted on Dec 10, 2018
Keywords: Bill Veeck, Harold Baines, Jerry Reinsdorf, Lee Smith, Tony LaRussa

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #229: Bears > Cubs

One loathsome family suddenly trying harder to win than the other. Plus: Remembering Luis Valbuena; The Biggest Cubs News Of The Week Happened In St. Louis; White Sox To The Rescue?; The Maddons Are Outta Here!; Holiday Bowling; Boca Raton Bowling; Bulls, Blackhawks Stinks; Stevie Sunshine Hit & Ran; and These Things About Fred Hoiberg Can All Be True At The Same Time.

Posted on Dec 7, 2018
Keywords: Bryce Harper, Fred Hoiberg, Joe Maddon Jr., John Paxson, Jordan Howard, Luis Valbuena, Manny Machado, Mike Furrey, Paul Goldschmidt, Steve Rosenbloom

The Ex-Cub Factor

Dodgers now Ex-Cubs West.

Posted on Dec 4, 2018
Keywords: Brant Brown, Carlos Zambrano, Chris Gimenez, Christian Villanueva, Eddie Butler, Jim Riggleman, Mark Prior, Matt Szczur

SportsMonday: Thanks, Bears

This Bears team is seriously fun.

Posted on Dec 3, 2018
Keywords: Chris Tabor, Matt Nagy, Vic Fangio

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #228: Lame Ducks, Big Bucks And Who Sucks

Including: Steve's ER Adventure; Say It Ain't So, Theo; Retaining Russell; Joe Maddon Is A Lame Lame Duck; Loving Lovie Too Long; The White Sox Did Something; Bear Trap; Bullshit On Parade; Post-Q: So Far, So Bad; A Decade Of Greatness In DeKalb; Ramblers Not Quite Rambling Yet; Pitch By Pitch Betting?; and Schweinsteiger!

Posted on Dec 1, 2018
Keywords: Addison Russell, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Beef O'Brady Bowl, Jeremy Colliton, Jesse Chavez, Joe Maddon, Jordan Howard, Josh Whitman, Julie DiCaro, Lovie Smith, Loyola, MGM, Mitch Trubisky, NIU, NU, Rick Morrissey, Steve Rosenbloom, Theo Epstein, Tommy La Stella, Zach LaVine

Exclusive! The Real Reasons Why Lovie Smith Was Extended Instead Of Fired

For one, Professor Smith may not being doing well on the field, but his English lit students love him.

Posted on Nov 27, 2018
Keywords: Josh Whitman, Lovie Smith

SportsMonday: Loving Lovie Too Long

The thing that saves the Illinois AD here is that so few people care.

Posted on Nov 26, 2018
Keywords: Josh Whitman, Lovie Smith, Pat Fitzgerald

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #227: First Place Problems

Chasing the dream. Plus: Northwestern Way Better At Football Than Illinois, Which Is Really Weird When You Think About It; Joe Cowley's Premature Evaluation; Blackhawks Bummer; and Cubs Cookie Continues To Crumble.

Posted on Nov 23, 2018
Keywords: Chase Daniel, Eddie Jackson, Hub Arkush, Jim Hickey, Joe Cowley, Jordan Howard, Matt Nagy, Northwestern, Taquan Mizzell Sr.

SportsMonday: Cody Parkey Is Back!

There was no wind to mess with his head and his kicks went where he kicked them.

Posted on Nov 19, 2018
Keywords: Chris Tabor, Cody Parkey, Mitch Trubisky

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #226: To The CodyCopter™!

Aka Cody Clang. Plus: Local TV Misses Worse Than Cody Parkey; Money League Baseball; We All Owe Bob Nightengale An Apology; Don't Rewrite History; Cutting Robbie Gould Was The Right Thing To Do; The Kris Bryant Trade Scenario Isn't Hard To Figure Out; Blackhawks Hunk Gets First Win; NHL In Chintzy Tentative Concussion Settlement: Not Our Fault; Fire Thibs; Wild ATS; and Sister Jean Is So Last Year.

Posted on Nov 16, 2018
Keywords: Bryce Callahan, Bryce Harper, Cody Parkey, Jeremy Colliton, Jesus Christ, Kris Bryant, Loyola, Matt Nagy, Northwestern, Robbie Gould, The Rickettses, Tom Thibodeau, Tom Welch

NHL In Chintzy Tentative Concussion Settlement: Not Our Fault

"What this tells you is that it's athlete beware. The message from professional sports is: You're on your own. Once you've left the team, it doesn't matter if you're a legend, once things go south for you, you and your family are on your own."

Posted on Nov 13, 2018
Keywords: CTE, Daniel Carcillo, Steve Montador

SportsMonday: Catching Bears Fever

The improvement in receivers for the Bears from last year to this year has to rival the improvement of any position group on any team in the NFL.

Posted on Nov 12, 2018
Keywords: Allen Robinson, Anthony Miller, Bryce Callahan, Prince Amukamara, Ryan Pace, Trey Burton

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #225: Drama-Free Bears Suddenly More Stable Than Chaotic Cubs, Broken Blackhawks

Theo in a gorilla suit while Nagy sets the playoff table. Plus: Why Trubisky Polarizes; Unified Grand Cubs Theory; Coach Coffman, Coach Q And Coach Colliton; This Is No Time For Bulls Hot Takes; and Secret Agent Hahn.

Posted on Nov 9, 2018
Keywords: Fred Hoiberg, Jabari Parker, Joe Maddon, Joel Quenneville, John McDonough, Mitch Trubisky, Rick Hahn, Ricky Renteria, Stan Bowman, Theo Epstein, Wendell Carter Jr., Zach LaVine

Bizarro Chicago Sports World | Quenneville Fired, Maddon Lameducked, Renteria Extended

Who will do our Binny's ads?

Posted on Nov 7, 2018
Keywords: Joe Maddon, Joel Quenneville, Ricky Renteria

SportsMondayTuesday: Trubisky Is . . .

Good. Or not.

Posted on Nov 6, 2018
Keywords: Mitch Trubisky

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #224: Bears Turner Overdrive

Is merely taking care of business enough? Plus: Taking Care Of Bulls Shit; Blackhawks Turner Underdrive; Boston Turner Overserved; Cubs Bringing Back Camels; NIU vs. NU; and Crushing Oprah, Eddie Olczyk, The Breeders' Cup & The Soul Of Racing.

Posted on Nov 2, 2018
Keywords: Boston Red Sox, Brandon Saad, Breeders' Cup, Cole Hamels, Derrick Rose, Drew Smyly, Jordan Howard, Khalil Mack, Kyle Long, Matt Nagy, Mitch Trubisky, Nick Schmaltz, NIU, Northwestern, Three Stooges, Vic Fangio

TrackNotes: Oprah, Olczyk & The Soul Of Racing

A lot at stake this weekend.

Posted on Nov 2, 2018
Keywords: Accelerate, Breeders' Cup, Enable, Justify, Mike Watchmaker, Mr. Whoopee

Honored | Chicago's "Doctor Of Wrestling"

From the mats of a St. Sabina youth wrestling club to Beat the Streets Chicago.

Posted on Oct 31, 2018
Keywords: David Curby, Jacob Curby, National Wrestling Hall Of Fame

Segregation Snapshot: One Saturday Afternoon On The South Side

Black people on one side, whites on the other. Both on the field and in the stands.

Posted on Oct 30, 2018
Keywords: Lake Forest, Troy McAllister, Wendell Phillips

SportsMonday: TCB

The bottom line I suppose, and I will admit I am stretching, is that whatever negative impression may have been created by this game, it was at least matched by a positive.

Posted on Oct 29, 2018
Keywords: Eddie Jackson, Kyle Fuller, Matt Nagy, Mitch Trubisky

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #223: Bears Breakdown

It's special teams, stupid. Plus: Blame Ryan Pace For Setting An Impossible Standard Mitch Trubisky Will Never Meet; Check Back On The Bulls Around Christmas; Corey Crawford Is The Khalil Mack Of The Blackhawks; The Boston Red Sox Are Ridiculous; and Gold Glove Finalists Of Interest.

Posted on Oct 27, 2018
Keywords: Bill Belichick, Chris Tabor, Corey Crawford, Lyle Alzado, Mitch Trubisky, Ryan Pace

Ten Cent Beer Night Was A Total Disaster

What transpired was a night full of nudity, violence and total chaos.

Posted on Oct 25, 2018
Keywords: Cleveland Indians, Ten Cent Beer Night, Texas Rangers

SportsMonday: Sunday's Real Bears Goat

Not named Nagy, Fangio, Trubisky or Mack.

Posted on Oct 22, 2018
Keywords: Chris Tabor, Mitch Trubisky

TrackNotes: Crushing The Breeders' Cup

Now we wait.

Posted on Oct 19, 2018
Keywords: American Pharoah, Breeders' Cup, Enable, Ghostzapper, Goldlikova, Singletary, Tommy Ma, Volponi

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #222: Fins, Pats & The Cult Of Vic Fangio

State of the Bears. Plus: Bulls Season Peaks In First Quarter Of Opener; What's Up With Corey Crawford And Brandon Saad?; and AL Rules.

Posted on Oct 19, 2018
Keywords: Bill Paxton, Bill Pullman, Brandon Saad, Quentin Tarantino

Chicago vs. Michigan, 1903

"The premature blizzard which descended on Chicago yesterday made it anything but an ideal football day, but that driving snow storm was gentleness itself compared to what was in store for Chicago's two football elevens."

Posted on Oct 18, 2018
Keywords: Amos Alonzo Stagg, Chicago Maroons

SportsMonday: Come On, Vic!

This one is on the defense.

Posted on Oct 15, 2018
Keywords: Matt Nagy, Vic Fangio

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #221: Are The Blackhawks Back?

Sort of, but not really. Plus: Chili Cook-Off; MLB's Final Four; Non-Jew Tarik Cohen And The Bears Taking Their Talents To South Florida; Jimmy Hollywood vs. Toledo Thibs; 2018 Bulls Should Get Sponsorship From Elon Musk's Boring Company; and Golf At The Grate.

Posted on Oct 12, 2018
Keywords: Chili Davis, Dave Magadan, Jabari Parker, Jimmy Butler, Jonathan Toews, Kanye West, Tarik Cohen, Tom Thibodeau

It's Naive To Think College Athletes Have Time For School

The NCAA claims that student-athlete balance is not only possible, but that most Division I players achieve it. The NCAA is wrong.

Posted on Oct 11, 2018
Keywords: Bryce Love, NCAA

Did The Jackson Park Community Football Team Just Play Its Last Homecoming?

"I want the Obama Center, and the new field in Jackson Park, but I also want a CBA ordinance to make sure our youth participants don't get pushed out of the neighborhood."

Posted on Oct 9, 2018
Keywords: Ernest Radcliffe, Jackson Park Wolfpack, Obama Center

SportsMonday: The Plan

So what should the Cubs do now? I have some thoughts.

Posted on Oct 8, 2018
Keywords: Albert Almora (Jr.), Ian Happ, Theo Epstein

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #220: Worst 95-Win Team Ever!

Offense cold as The Freeze. Plus: Judging Joe; Back To The Future; Joe's Job (In)security; Jason Benetti's Awesome Statcast; The 2018 Cubs Lacked Killer Instincts; Dr. Theo & Mr. Epstein; Bring Cole Hamels Back; White Sox Season In Verse; State Of The Bears; Blackhawks Should Get Used To Winning Ugly; Bulls Set To Open Most Boring Season Yet; There Is Nothing To Say About College Football; TrackNotes, Racing Luck; Ugly Light-Up Christmas Sweaters Now With Audio!; and Tempered Expectations For 2019 Cubs.

Posted on Oct 6, 2018
Keywords: Albert Almora, Cam Ward, Cole Hamels, David Bote, Jason Benetti, Joe Maddon, Jordan Howard, Kyle Schwarber, Patrick Kane, Terrance Gore, The Freeze, Theo Epstein, Willson Contreras

New NFL Bluetooth® Ugly Christmas Sweater Has Fans Dancing Into The Holiday Spirit

"Last season we introduced the light-up sweater and it was a huge success. This year we had to up the ante, and the only way to do that was to add a sound feature. Now your sweater can literally play any sound you want it to, whether it's a touchdown celebration dance or the team's theme song."

Posted on Oct 4, 2018
Keywords: FOCO

SportsMonday: Trumagic

Okay, let's try to calm down a bit. Oh, let's not.

Posted on Oct 1, 2018
Keywords: Mitch Trubisky, Ryan Pace
The White Sox Report

The Season In Verse | Has The Rebuild Burst?

You gotta love Yolmer, he's a delight for the fans. But let's face it, folks, he's more of a utility man.

Posted on Sep 30, 2018
Keywords: Adam Engel, Avisail Garcia, Carlos Rodon, Daniel Palka, Dylan Cease, Dylane Covey, Eloy Jimenez, Jace Fry, Joakim Soria, Jose Abreu, Kevan Smith, Matt Davidson, Michael Kopech, Nicky Delmonico, Omar Narvaez, Reynaldo Lopez, Rick Hahn, Ricky Renteria, Ryan LaMarre, Tim Anderson, Welington Castillo, Yoan Moncada, Yolmer Sanchez

TrackNotes: Racing Luck

Any bettor who doesn't feel at least some luck after a nice win is lying. Granted, your wonderful race-picking know-how is massaged, but there's always a big exhale. Woo-hoo.

Posted on Sep 28, 2018
Keywords: American Pharoah, Breeders' Cup, Catholic Boy, Good Magic, Gronkowski, Jockey Gold Cup Day, Justify, Yoshida

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #219: Cubs Abyss, Bears Brink

Theo, Jed > Maddon. Plus: Joe Maddon's Take On The Addison Russell Investigation Quite Senate Republicanlike; Magic Mack vs. Fitzmagic; and Seal vs. Kayaker - Why We're Not Vegetarians.

Posted on Sep 28, 2018
Keywords: Addison Russell, Anthony Rizzo, Heather Way Kitzes, Jed Hoyer, Jeff Garlin, Joe Maddon, Matt Nagy, Melisa Reidy-Russell, Mitch Trubisky, Steve Bartman, Theo Epstein, Vic Fangio

The Ex-Cub Factor

John Lackey now lovable.

Posted on Sep 27, 2018
Keywords: Dexter Fowler, Henry Blanco, Jim Riggleman, John Lackey, Justin Grimm
The White Sox Report

A Classic Day At The Crosstown Classic

Previously I had not been aware of the inebriating effects of Bud Light. Obviously volume begins to play a role.

Posted on Sep 24, 2018
Keywords: Charles Comiskey, Daniel Palka, Joe Maddon, Kevan Smith, Reynaldo Lopez, Rick Renteria

SportsMonday: We Will Now Be Subject To Another Week Of Mitch Trubisky Analysis

So many local sports commentators spent the entire preseason telling us how smart Nagy is and how much potential Trubisky has that it isn't surprising expectations are way out of whack.

Posted on Sep 24, 2018
Keywords: Matt Nagy, MitchTrubisky

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #218: Maybe Joe Maddon Will Get Fired After All

The truth comes out about Brandon Morrow, the latest reliever the Cubs manager has ruined. Plus: Addison Russell Placed On Administrative Leave; Confounding Cubs; Mitch Trubinsky; NU & The Zips; and Post-Thibodeau Stress Disorder.

Posted on Sep 21, 2018
Keywords: Addison Russell, Baker Mayfield, Brandon Morrow, Hawk Harrelson, Jimmy Butler, Joe Maddon, Mitch Trubisky, Tom Thibodeau

The Ex-Cub Factor

Including Tony Campana and the Chicago A's.

Posted on Sep 19, 2018
Keywords: Andrew Cashner, Arodys Vizcaino, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Anderson, Dan Straily, Davey Martinez, DJ LeMahieu, Edwin Jackson, Gleyber Torres, Jeimer Candelario, Tony Campana, Trever Cahill

SportsMondayTuesday: Bears Fun Again

How cool is this?

Posted on Sep 18, 2018
Keywords: Khalil Mack, Mitch Trubisky
The White Sox Report

Hawk Harrelson Goes Out As Awfully As He Broadcasted

The ultimate homer directs a lovefest as ridiculous and far from the truth as his broadcasts.

Posted on Sep 17, 2018
Keywords: Hawk Harrelson, Jerry Reinsdorf

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #217: Bears Hold Joe Maddon's Beer

One of the game's best managers turns in perhaps the worst managed game in history. Plus: Call Crane Kenney A Wahmbulance; Matt Maddon's Chicago Bears; Hawk's Doc; Thibodeau Putting Bulls Back Together; NU Worse Than Duke; Elena Delle Donne's Mystics Get Swept in Finals.

Posted on Sep 14, 2018
Keywords: Corey Crawford, Crane Kenney, Elena Delle Donne, Joe Maddon, Pedro Strop, Terrance Gore, Tom Thibodeau, Vic Fangio

Green Bay Packers Fans Love That Their Team Doesn't Have An Owner. Just Don't Call It 'Communism.'

It doesn't take Marx, apparently, to see what's wrong with the owner-laborer, bourgeois-proletariat relation. Just look at the NFL.

Posted on Sep 11, 2018
Keywords: Green Bay Packers, Karl Marx

SportsMonday: Identifying The Culprits

Vic Fangio deserves far more scorn than Mitch Trubisky.

Posted on Sep 10, 2018
Keywords: Aaron Rodgers, Adrian Amos, Eddie Jackson, Kyle Fuller, Prince Amakumara, Vic Fangio
The White Sox Report

Kopech, Schmopech

There have been other setbacks and tragedies. Ahem.

Posted on Sep 10, 2018
Keywords: Carlos May, Joe Crede, Michael Kopech, Monty Stratton, Shoeless Joe Jackson, Wilbur Wood

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #216: Mack Trade Exposes Bears Narrative

Ryan Pace in his fourth year of trying to win now. Plus: This Year's Surprise Team In The NFL Will Be A Surprise; We Don't Care About College Football Yet; Cubs A Total Mindfuck; Eloy Jimenez And Dylan Cease Working On Defense In Their Backyards; and Onto The Mystics.

Posted on Sep 7, 2018
Keywords: Addison Russell, David Bote, Elena Delle Donne, Javy Baez, Joe Maddon, Keith Law, Khalil Mack, Mitch Trubisky, Pedro Strop, Ryan Pace, Terrance Gore, Vic Fangio

The Ex-Cub Factor

One of 'em's kinda being a dick!

Posted on Sep 5, 2018
Keywords: Arodys Vizcaino, Aroldis Chapman, Bob Brenly, Chris Gimenez, Christian Villanueva, Clayton Richard, Daniel Poncedeleon, Dexter Fowler, Dylan Cease, Eddie Butler, Edwin Jackson, Eloy Jimenez, Emilio Bonafacio, Jacob Turner, James Russell, Jorge Soler, Justin Grimm, Leonys Martin, Luis Gonzalez, Luis Valbuena, Neil Ramirez, Rafael Palmeiro, Randall Delgado, Rene Rivera, Starlin Castro, Tommy Hunter, Trevor Cahill, Wade Davis, Welington Castillo, Zac Rosscup

SportsMondayTuesday: Bears Rewrite Season's Narrative Arc: Playoffs Or Bust

A trade like this hadn't been made in the NFL in almost a decade - since the Bears made a trade like this.

Posted on Sep 4, 2018
Keywords: Khalil Mack, Ryan Pace, Ted Stepien
The White Sox Report

He Hits Dingers

We're not talking about a five-tool player here. More like one tool.

Posted on Sep 3, 2018
Keywords: Adam Engel, Daniel Palka

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #215: Maddon Madness & Magic

He's not going anywhere but the playoffs. Plus: Hot White Sox Screwing Eloy; Fake Bears Finish Fake Pre-Season With Fake Hopes; and NU's Ridiculous Football Palace On The Lake.

Posted on Aug 31, 2018
Keywords: Aaron Rodgers, Eloy Jimenez, James Daniels, Javy Baez, Joe Maddon, Kris Bryant, Matt Nagy, Michael Kopech, NU, Pedro Strop, Rick Hahn, Rick Renteria, Ryan Pace, Tommy La Stella

Beto O'Rourke's NFL Comments Have Gone Viral

U.S. Senate candidate challenging Ted Cruz makes national Dems swoon, but how does he play in his home state of Texas? (Increasingly well!)

Posted on Aug 28, 2018
Keywords: Beto O'Rourke, Colin Kaepernick, National Anthem, Ted Cruz

SportsMonday: Bears Owe Fans An Apology

Saturday's game was a sham, sold under false pretenses.

Posted on Aug 27, 2018
Keywords: George McCaskey, Matt Nagy, Mitch Trubisky, Ryan Pace
The White Sox Report

Mt. Pleasant's Michael Kopech

His homophobic, racist tweets are not the lone blemish on his ledger. He received a 50-game suspension for a banned stimulant in 2015, and a year later he punched a teammate in spring training, breaking his hand.

Posted on Aug 27, 2018
Keywords: Michael Kopech, Quintin Dailey, Urban Meyer

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #214: The Cubs Are El Mago

Strap it down for a rough - but possibly glorious - ride. Plus: Daniel Murphy Does Not Agree With The Homosexual Lifestyle; Michael KKKopech; Bears Media Talking About Practice; and Fire Fires Fans.

Posted on Aug 24, 2018
Keywords: Daniel Murphy, Eloy Jimenez, Michael Kopech, Roquan Smith
The White Sox Report

Why Kopech Now?

You have to wonder what Rick Hahn's philosophy is in terms of the ripe moment to promote these youngsters. Consistency seems to be absent.

Posted on Aug 20, 2018
Keywords: Carson Fulmer, Eloy Jiminez, Michael Kopech, Rick Hahn, Yoan Moncada

SportsMonday: Are The Cubs Okay?

The standings don't lie and the standings say the Cubs are a losing streak away from not just falling out of the division lead but falling out of a projected playoff spot.

Posted on Aug 20, 2018
Keywords: Addison Russell, Kyle Schwarber, Willson Contreras, Yu Darvish

The Ex-Cub Factor

Transaction Jackson!

Posted on Aug 16, 2018
Keywords: Edwin Jackson, Fernando Rodney, Leonys Martin, Rich Hill, Sam Fuld
The White Sox Report

Keep 'Em Down On The Farm

Why we (rightly) got Ryan LaMarre instead of Eloy Jiminez.

Posted on Aug 13, 2018
Keywords: Courtney Hawkins, Eloy Jiminez, Michael Kopech

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #213: Bears Fail Audition

First play says it all. Plus: Our Internet Doppelgangers; Stan Mikita's Legacy - Including The Donuts; Confirmed: The Cubs Are Weird; Pundits Renew Bryce Harper Takes; David Bote McBoteface; Authentic White Sox Fans; Roquan Smith Stalemate; Chicago Fire Tease; and Dan Bernstein's Native Ads.

Posted on Aug 10, 2018
Keywords: Bill Belichick, Brian McCaskey, Bryce Harper, Dan Bernstein, David Bote, Eight Ball Deluxe, Javy Baez, John Lackey, Kevin White, Mark Sanchez, Randy Rosario, Roquan Smith, Section 8, Stan Mikita

The Ex-Cub Factor

Two Diamondbacks, two A's, two Royals, a Red and a Rockie.

Posted on Aug 9, 2018
Keywords: Alex Avila, DJ LeMahieu, Edwin Jackson, Jason Hammel, Jon Jay, Luis Valbuena, Tim Federowicz, Trevor Cahill, Wade Davis

Stan Mikita's Legacy - Including The Donuts

A wondrously talented innovator who changed himself - and the game.

Posted on Aug 8, 2018
Keywords: Mike Myers, Stan Mikita

NBA Gambles With MGM

The partnership is the NBA's first with a sports betting operator in the U.S. and is the first of its kind between MGM Resorts and a major professional sports league.

Posted on Aug 7, 2018
Keywords: MGM, NBA
The White Sox Report

At Home With Nancy Faust

She has a Hammond B-3 with a Leslie speaker in her den.

Posted on Aug 6, 2018
Keywords: Bill Veeck, Dylan Covey, Eloy Jiminez, Jackie Robinson, Nancy Faust, Rusty Staub, Shoeless Joe Jackson, Ted Giannoulas, The Baseball Reliquary, Tommy John

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #212: The Cubs Are Weird

Win big, lose ugly. Plus: It's Time, White Sox. And: Hall Of Bears Mirrors.

Posted on Aug 3, 2018
Keywords: 2112, Brandon Kintzler, Brian Urlacher, Buttermaker, Cole Hamels, Eloy Jiminez, Rush

The Ex-Cub Factor

What the trade deadline wrought.

Posted on Aug 2, 2018
Keywords: Adam Warren, Austin Jackson, Billy McKinney, Casey Coleman, Chris Archer, Chris Rusin, Chris Volstad, Dan Vogelbach, Daniel Poncedeleon, Fernando Rodney, Josh Donaldson, Leonys Martin

SportsMondayTuesday: Roquan Is Wrong

Stalemates are lame.

Posted on Jul 31, 2018
Keywords: Roquan Smith, Ryan Pace

The Rulification Of Penalty Kicks - And A Reform Proposal

Bridging the gap between rules people and judgement people.

Posted on Jul 31, 2018
Keywords: FIFA, VAR, World Cup
The White Sox Report

Drama Over

Assuming Jose Abreu and Avisail Garcia will still be playing on the South Side on Wednesday as July turns into August, we now see the team that will carry Sox colors for the last two months of the season. Can you feel the excitement?

Posted on Jul 30, 2018
Keywords: Joakim Soria, Manny Machado

TrackNotes: Unjustified

His usefulness has been determined to be to make exponentially more money for a sickly large number of greedy people.

Posted on Jul 28, 2018
Keywords: American Pharoah, Bob Baffert, Justify, Seabiscuit, WinStar Farm

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #211: Microcosmic Cubs, Bewildering Bears

Theo settles for Cole Hamels. Plus: Rodon!; The Biggest Underreported Story In Chicago Sports; and We're Talking About (Bears) Practice.

Posted on Jul 27, 2018
Keywords: Bears Media, Carlos Rodon, Cole Hamels, Joe Maddon, Rick Morrissey, Roquan Smith
The White Sox Report

Cash Advance?

A strategy Ricky Renteria should consider when it comes to Reynaldo Lopez.

Posted on Jul 23, 2018
Keywords: Bryce Harper, Eddie Feigner, Kevin Cash, Reynaldo Lopez

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #210: Jabari Parker Already Grinding Coach Coffman's Gears

Someone get the young man some help. Plus: Viva La World Cup!; Rarity: Home Run Derby > All-Star Game; The Good/Bad News Cubs; White Sox Reportedly Still Playing; There Is A Thing Called The Chicago Pro Hockey League, And Jonathan Toews Is Playing In It; Coach Coffman Couldn't Be More Excited About Bears Training Camp!; and Schweinsteiger!

Posted on Jul 20, 2018
Keywords: France, Jabari Parker, Jesse Chavez, Jonathan Toews, Kyle Schwarber, Raquan Smith, World Cup

France: Worthy Winners. But Here's What The Statistics Say About Who's Best In World Cup History

Teams for the ages.

Posted on Jul 18, 2018
Keywords: Brazil, FIFA, France, World Cup

The Ex-Cub Factor

Trades that rippled!

Posted on Jul 18, 2018
Keywords: Adam Warren, Bill Mueller, Chris Archer, Scott Servais, Sean Marshall
The White Sox Report

Small Type

Baseball's glorious minutiae.

Posted on Jul 16, 2018
Keywords: Bruce Rondon, Chase Utley, Lloyd Rutzky, Sammy Esposito

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #209: Best World Cup Ever?

Full of surprises. Plus: Cub Factors; The Return Of Rodon!; Matt Nagy Married His High School Sweetheart, Therefore He's A Great Guy Who Will Lead The Bears To Glory; Beasting Up The Summer League; 7-Player Trade!; and Schweinsteiger!

Posted on Jul 13, 2018
Keywords: Bryzzo, Carlos Rodon, Croatia, Dexter Fowler, England, France, Javy Baez, Jim Hendry, Joe Mansueto, Marian Hossa's Contract, Matt Nagy, Wendell Carter Jr., Willson Contreras, World Cup

SportsMondayWednesday: On The Road To The All-Star Game

Who would have thought it would be Javy Baez and Willson Contreras representing the Cubs at the midsummer classic instead of Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo?

Posted on Jul 11, 2018
Keywords: Anthony Rizzo, Chris Berman, Javy Baez, Kris Bryant, Willson Contreras

As States Legalize Sports Betting, Will Sports Media Go All In?

When I was a reporter and editor for the Associated Press, I saw firsthand how traditional media outlets were slow to adapt to the Internet, much to their detriment. Now, with sports gambling, editors and reporters will ideally adjust appropriately, attracting more readers and subscribers by providing information that's useful to bettors. A potentially disastrous outcome would be if already cash-strapped media outlets are reluctant to change, and are slow to meet readers' needs.

Posted on Jul 10, 2018
Keywords: APSE, Bill Adee
The White Sox Report

Grateful Dead

The next two weeks will be among the season's most comforting basically because the Sox won't be playing very often.

Posted on Jul 9, 2018
Keywords: Ricky's Boys, Victor Ciardelli

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #208: Local TV News Is Hurting America

The continuing problem no one talks about anymore. Plus: I Predicted The World Cup's Final Four; Mr. Cowley; The Blackhawks Signed Some Free Agents; White Sox Waiting Game Sucks; Land Of Boz; and Cubs Factors.

Posted on Jul 8, 2018
Keywords: Albert Almora Jr., Chris Bosio, Jay Cutler, Joe Cowley, Jon Lester, Raheem Sterling, Theo Epstein, World Cup

The Ex-Cub Factor

Whoa, Dexter Fowler and Carlos Zambrano.

Posted on Jul 3, 2018
Keywords: Alex Avila, Andrew Cashner, Arodys Vizcaino, Carlos Zambrano, Dexter Fowler, Luis Valbuena, Matt Szczur, Peter Bourjos
The White Sox Report

How To Win

Can learning it be taught?

Posted on Jul 2, 2018
Keywords: Jerry Dipoto, Jose Abreu, Rick Hahn

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #207: Finally, The World Cup Moves On

Knockout round couldn't come fast enough after hot start to tourney stepped in mud

Posted on Jun 29, 2018
Keywords: Argentina, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Belgium, Brazil, Chris Bosio, England, FIFA, France, Germany, Jake Arrieta, LeBron James, Mexico, Michael Jordan's Mansion, Nigeria, Rick Morrissey, Senegal, Switzerland, World Cup, Yu Darvish, Zach LaVine

Demolition Derby In Joliet Rules So Hard

It comes with almost every ingredient you could wish for when it comes to having a good time: beer, rock 'n' roll, friends, gambling, summer, a cornfield, and cars smashing into each other. What's not to like?!

Posted on Jun 28, 2018
Keywords: Almost Famous, Cary's Lounge, Tournament of Destruction

Chicago's Ill Will Brooks Grinds Out PFL 2 Win

Hands still hurt from brick wall of opponent's face.

Posted on Jun 26, 2018
Keywords: PFL, Will Brooks
The White Sox Report

Respecting 90 - Or So

This is how to play the game the right way. Well, not exactly.

Posted on Jun 25, 2018
Keywords: Edwin Encarnacion, Jared Mitchell, Mike Trout, Nick Madrigal, Ricky Renteria, Terry Francona, Tim Anderson, Yoan Moncada

Steve Albini Is A World Series Of Poker Champion

Albini, 55, a recording engineer from Chicago, pulled off an unusual double at the final table.

Posted on Jun 25, 2018
Keywords: Steve Albini, World Series of Poker

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #206: Bulls Draft Safe And Sound

Not the right year for sexy. Plus: Neymar Is Back!; Super Eagles vs. Our Boys; New Three Favorites; Cubs' Blue Wave; The Ex-Cub Factor; Ricky's Boys Don't Quit Clowning; Joe Maddon Is A Lousy Art Critic; and Schweinsteiger!

Posted on Jun 22, 2018
Keywords: Bastian Schweinsteiger, Chandler Hutchison, David Haugh, Deandre Ayton, Jason Heyward, Joe Maddon, Maria Taylor, Michael Porter Jr., Neymar, Our Boys, Ricky Renteria, Super Eagles, Wendell Carter Jr.

The Ex-Cub Factor

We have a Rafael Palmeiro sighting!

Posted on Jun 21, 2018
Keywords: Chris Coghlan, Chris Volstad, Clayton Richard, Dan Haren, Dan Vogelach, Edwin Jackson, Hector Rondon, Jacob Turner, James Farris, Jeff Samaradzija, Jeimer Candelario, John Lackey, Jon Jay, Jorge Soler, Koji Uehara, Kosuke Fukudome, Leonys Martin, Matt Sczczur, Matt Stairs, Pierce Johnson, Rafael Palmeiro, Ryan Kalish, Starlin Castro, Tim Federowicz, Tommy Hunter, Trevor Cahill, Wade Davis, Zac Rosscup

Coffman: Ronaldo Is The King Of The World

Messi and Neymar not so much.

Posted on Jun 20, 2018
Keywords: Cristiano Ronaldo, Juan Carlos Osorio, Lionel Messi, M'Baye Niang, Neymar, VAR, Yuya Osako

World Cup VAR: Technology Is Transforming The Beautiful Game

And already causing controversy.

Posted on Jun 20, 2018
Keywords: Australia, Brazil, England, France, Switzerland, Tunisia, VAR, World Cup
The White Sox Report

Real Prospects

Not the ones we thought they were.

Posted on Jun 18, 2018
Keywords: Adam Engel, Carson Fulmer, Charlie Tilson, Daniel Palka, Dylan Covey, Michael Kopech, Yoan Moncada

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #205: Did The Cubs Keep The Right Guys?

Not sayin', just sayin'! Plus: International House of Soccer; The White Sox Are Still Playing - And Not Totally Badly; And With The 7th Pick, The Bulls Select . . . ; and Schweinsteiger!

Posted on Jun 15, 2018
Keywords: Carlos Rodon, Chicago, Dylan Covey, Egypt, FIFA, Gleyber Torres, Jurgen Klinsmann, Kyle Schwarber, Mike Montgomery, Olympics, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Uruguay, Wendell Carter Jr., World Cup

World Cup Politics: Fixed Matches, Fascism & FIFA

A dirty history of the beautiful game.

Posted on Jun 14, 2018
Keywords: Augusto Pinochet, Benito Mussolini, Charlie Dempsey, Genaro Ledesma, Hungary's Golden Team, Johan Cruyff, Jorge Videla, Sepp Blatter

SportsMonday: Bullpen Beware, Maddon At Work

Is Brandon Morrow the next victim?

Posted on Jun 11, 2018
Keywords: Brandon Morrow, Brian Duensing, Jim Hickey, Joe Maddon, Kyle Hendricks, Pedro Strop, Steve Cishek
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Ricky's Boys Run

The modern day Go-Go Sox.

Posted on Jun 11, 2018
Keywords: Carlos Rodon, Dylan Covey, Ricky's Boys, Tim Anderson, Yolmer Sanchez

TrackNotes: Justified

It was a perfect storm of breeding, training and riding.

Posted on Jun 10, 2018
Keywords: Bob Baffert, Justify, Mike Smith

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #204: George McClownsky And His Media Acolytes

That's a clown column, bro. Plus: Crazy Uncle Joe's Overmanaging Like It's Going Out Of Style; The Capitals' Blackhawk; Warriors Came Out To Play; White Sox Tips; TrackNotes Tips; The Unbelievable Money In eSports; Bet Delaware; Schweinsteiger! and The Minnesota Lynx Dunk On Donald Trump.

Posted on Jun 8, 2018
Keywords: Alex Ovechkin, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Chase Daniels, Chris Bosio, David Haugh, Devante Smith-Pelly, eSports, George McCaskey, Joe Maddon, John Mallee, Justify, Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Michal Kempny, Mike Bryant, Minnesota Lynx, Ricky's Boys, Robert Mueller, Rocky Wirtz, Vladimir Putin

TrackNotes: Justify? Justify.

For the second time in three years, there's a real chance the church ladies will have to add another square to the quilt, number 13.

Posted on Jun 7, 2018
Keywords: Belmont Stakes, Justify, Triple Crown

Full-Scale Sports Betting Arrives in Delaware

The state now has legal wagering within driving distance of three major East Coast cities.

Posted on Jun 7, 2018
Keywords: Sportsbooks, U.S. Supreme Court

Video Gamers May Soon Be Paid More Than Top Pro Athletes

As a spectator sport, video games generate viewership at least on par with professional leagues.

Posted on Jun 7, 2018
Keywords: Activision, Disney, eSports, John Skipper

Which Side Are You On? | Donald Trump And The NFL's Rich White Owners Vs. Colin Kaepernick, African Americans And People Against Unjustified Police Killings

While the master of diversion is using attacks on black athletes to pump up his white base of support for the midterms and diverting attention from the Mueller investigation, we must keep our focus on the indiscriminate police killing of our young black people and the issue of racial justice.

Posted on Jun 5, 2018
Keywords: Colin Kaepernick, Donald Trump

SportsMonday: Javy, Again

Steals home - and hearts!

Posted on Jun 4, 2018
Keywords: Javy Baez
The White Sox Report

Tips For Watching The Rest Of The Season

No. 1: Be not disappointed if Ricky's Boys do, in fact, Quit, or at the very least get outscored by a bunch of runs.

Posted on Jun 3, 2018
Keywords: Alfredo Gonzalez, Charlie Tilson, Daniel Palka, Dylan Covey, Jose Rondon, Matt Skole, Ricky's Boys, Trayce Thompson

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #203: Done With Joe Maddon

Exposed as a deceptively high-strung, arrogant, patronizing bullshitter. Plus: National Boner Association; Hit Me On The Burner, Prepaid Wireless; The NHL's Medieval Times On Ice; Bears OTAs: Over The Adoration; James Shields Is An Asset, Lucas Giolito Is A Disappointment And Michael Kopech Is In The Major League Witness Protection Program Or Something; and Schweinsteiger!

Posted on Jun 1, 2018
Keywords: Alex Ovechkin, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Bryan Colangelo, Carl Edwards Jr., Chris Gimenez, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, J.R. Smith, James Shields, Jason Heyward, Joe Maddon, Las Vegas Golden Knights, LeBron James, NBA Finals, Rick Wilkins, Stanley Cup Finals, Washington Capitals, Yu Darvish

Free At Last | A Century Later, The First Black Heavyweight Champion Of The World Is Pardoned Posthumously

After Obama declined to pardon him, Jack Johnson's family in Chicago lost hope.

Posted on May 30, 2018
Keywords: Jack Johnson, Linda Haywood

SportsMondayTuesday: Memorial Cubs

Now the umps need to step up.

Posted on May 29, 2018
Keywords: Anthony Rizzo, Clint Hurdle, Joe Maddon
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He Got Caught

The apology I'd like to hear, but never will.

Posted on May 28, 2018
Keywords: Dominican Republic, Erythropoietin, Lucas Giolito, Robinson Cano, Welington Castillo

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #202: Is Joe Maddon Okay?

Overmanaging, defensiveness and arrogance at all-time high. Plus: Honoring Hossa; Golden Knight Moves; Bulls Blew Bell; Golden State's Non-Indigenous Warriors; The Boston Irish; This Is Why They Kneel; Chicago Bears (And Their Toadying Media) Offensive To Bears; Say It Ain't So, Welington Castillo; and Schweinsteiger!

Posted on May 25, 2018
Keywords: Chicago Fire Pitch, Golden State Warriors, Joe Maddon, Jordan Bell, Kevin White, Las Vegas Golden Knights, Marian Hossa, Sterling Brown, Welington Castillo

Olympian Alleges USA Swimming Of Abuse Cover-Up

'Ariana Kukors Smith said in the lawsuit that USA Swimming officials looked the other way because Sean Hutchison delivered Olympic-level athletes.'

Posted on May 22, 2018
Keywords: Ariana Kukos Smith, Sean Hutchison, USA Swimming

SportsMonday: Joe And Javy Do It Their Way

And it drives us nuts.

Posted on May 21, 2018
Keywords: Javy Baez, Joe Maddon
The White Sox Report

Some Fans Don't Quit

Was it the "Ricky's Boys Don't Quit" t-shirts? Or the opportunity to see if the Sox could break out of their slump at home where their record was 3-15?

Posted on May 21, 2018
Keywords: Carlos Rodon, Jace Fry, James Shields, Lucas Giolito, Luis Avilan, Nate Jones, Omar Vizquel, Reynaldo Lopez, Ricky's Boys

TrackNotes: Two Down For Justify. One To Go?

Tom's Magic Eight Ball sez . . .

Posted on May 20, 2018
Keywords: Bob Baffert, Justify, Mike Smith, Preakness, Triple Crown

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #201: Much Ado About Machado

Meanwhile, Mad Joe Maddon is driving us mad. Plus: Bulls: We Stanks; Captain Kane; Ryan Pace Still Sucks; Last Year Was Supposed To Be Rock Bottom; Mike Trout, GOAT?; C'mon, Ricky, More Nicky!; and Schweinsteiger!

Posted on May 18, 2018
Keywords: Bastian Schweinsteiger, Jami Gertz, Manny Machado, Mike Trout, Nicky Delmonico, Patrick Kane, Ricky's Boys, Ryan Pace

Supreme Court Delivers For Sports Bettors. Now States Need To Scramble

Essentially, it boils down to this: Who gets a cut?

Posted on May 16, 2018
Keywords: Frank Pallone, Sportsbooks
The White Sox Report


We hear how Ricky's Boys Don't Quit, but even quitters might have been able to eke a few more wins than these guys have at this juncture.

Posted on May 14, 2018
Keywords: Carson Fulmer, Ichiro Suzuki, James Shields, Lucas Giolito, Matt Davidson, Nate Jones, Ricky Renteria, Welington Castillo

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #200: Is Chicago A Great Sports Town? Was Val Kilmer The Greatest Doc Holliday Of All Time? Is Tom Ricketts The Best Chicago Owner Ever? An All-Star Special Edition.

Featuring: Veeck As In Wreck; Ricketts As In Wrecketts; One Last Thing About The Cubs; A Very Special Schweinsteiger! And Much, Much More.

Posted on May 13, 2018
Keywords: Bill Veeck, Dick Motta, Justify, Randall Simon, Sister Jean, Val Kilmer

The Ex-Cub Factor

Look who's mashing now!

Posted on May 10, 2018
Keywords: Dan Vogelbach, Felix Pie, Jim Riggleman, Jorge Soler, Peter Bourjos

SportsMondayTuesday: The Cubs, Captain Obvious & Contreras

Coffman on the porch with his radio.

Posted on May 8, 2018
Keywords: Javy Baez, Pat Hughes, Willson Contreras

Hillside Resident Wins National Pool Championship

Joe Gotch comes home $15,000 richer.

Posted on May 8, 2018
Keywords: American Poolplayers Association, Angela Roskopf, Joe Gotch
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Young Guns

Testing the waters with the future five.

Posted on May 7, 2018
Keywords: Carlos Rodon, Carson Fulmer, Lucas Giolito, Michael Kopech, Reynaldo Lopez

TrackNotes: NBC's Derby Day Septic Tank

I really don't like to use profanity in TrackNotes. But rest assured the bad words were bouncing off the big screen like Bulls jump shots.

Posted on May 6, 2018

TrackNotes: Derby Testament

The race is so aberrational. Just a stampede at a distance many of them won't handle at a steroidal facility run by a corporation that just makes the skin crawl.

Posted on May 4, 2018
Keywords: Bravazo, Justify, Kentucky Derby, Magnum Moon

The Beachwood Radio Hour #199: Panic! At Wrigley Field

What Up With Youth? Plus: Spammy Sosa; White Sox Stuff; Bears Breakdown; Schweinsteiger!; Chicago's Pearl; and Meet The Chicago Wildfire.

Posted on May 4, 2018
Keywords: Chicago Wildfire, Pearl Gonzalez, Ryan Pace, Sammy Sosa, Trayce Thompson, Yu Darvish

Chicago Wildfire Game Highlights

Pretty awesome!

Posted on May 3, 2018
Keywords: AUDL, Chicago Wildfire

Meet Pearl Gonzalez: From The Mean Streets Of Chicago To The MMA

From Cook County Jail to the Invicta FC cage.

Posted on May 2, 2018
Keywords: Bob Schirmer, Combat-Do, Pearl Gonzalez

States Getting Ready For U.S. Supreme Court To Legalize Sports Gambling

But if they think they'll get a tax windfall for schools and roads, they could be sorely mistaken - especially if the leagues end up getting a cut.

Posted on May 1, 2018
Keywords: Bill Bradley, Frank Rosenthal
The White Sox Report

Roof Shots

Don't tell me how hard you hit it, tell me how often you hit it.

Posted on Apr 30, 2018
Keywords: Matt Davidson, Yoan Moncada

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #198: Ryan Pace Still Sucks

He got the Bears' first-round pick right Thursday night, but he only filled a hole of his own making. Plus: The Cubs Are Cohering; The White Sox Aren't Worth Watching Yet Like We Thought They'd Be: and Men In Red Over Red Bulls.

Posted on Apr 27, 2018
Keywords: Albert Almora, Baker Mayfield, Evan Silva, Javy Baez, Josh Rosen, Kris Bryant, Matt Nagy, Roquan Smith, Ryan Pace, The Harry Caray Death Cult

The One Guy Ryan Pace Better Not Take In The First Round Of Tonight's NFL Draft

If he does, it'll be time to grab pitchforks and march on Lake Forest.

Posted on Apr 26, 2018
Keywords: Alshon Jeffery, Cam Meredith, Denzel Ward, Josh Rosen, Kyle Fuller, Minkah Fitzpatrick, Quenton Nelson, Roquan Smith, Ryan Pace, Tremaine Edmunds

The Ex-Cub Factor

No one should regret the trade that sent Gleyber Torres to the Yankees, but that doesn't mean his impending stardom doesn't hurt. Plus: Here comes Christian Villanueva. And: Jorge Soler?

Posted on Apr 25, 2018
Keywords: Chris Rusin, Chris Volstad, Christian Villanueva, Gleyber Torres, Jorge Soler
The White Sox Report

Welcome To The Regression

We've been offered the Kool-Aid by the Sox PR gurus. Like most fans, I very much want to drink the Kool-Aid, but I've never been fond of the lemon-lime that they're offering. I like the red kind. The cherry. Once it's an option, give me a pint.

Posted on Apr 23, 2018
Keywords: Carson Fulmer, Courtney Hawkins, Eloy Jiminez, Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #197: On The Baseball Beat With The Cubs Conundrum And The White Sox Slog

Herky-jerky season finally coming into focus, sorta. Plus: The Bread Man!; Bumbling Bears; and Seat Geek Stadium.

Posted on Apr 21, 2018
Keywords: Artemi Panarin, Crane Kenney, Javy Baez, Marmalade, NewsDiffs, Ryan Pace, Ted Phillips, Trayce Thompson

Martysaurus Rex: A Creative Life More Important Than Football

A maker of family-driven content.

Posted on Apr 19, 2018
Keywords: Martellus Bennett

SportsMonday: The NBA Saves The Day

An antidote for baseball's weather woes.

Posted on Apr 16, 2018
Keywords: LeBron James, Manchester City, Zlatan
The White Sox Report


I've yet to get my arms around the rationale that spending $50 on a ticket to risk frostbite promotes enjoyment. We have the NFL for that.

Posted on Apr 16, 2018
Keywords: Lucas Giolito, Yoan Moncada

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #196: Are The Cubs Bad? (Yes Maybe)

Alarmingly so. Some might say "fragile." Time to panic. Plus: Coffman In Vegas; The Cam Meredith Debacle; The White Sox Are The 2014 Cubs; Patrick Sharp, Thank You For Your Service; Lottery Bulls; and Schweinsteiger!

Posted on Apr 14, 2018
Keywords: Albert Almora, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Cam Meredith, David Spade, Joe Maddon, Mandalay Bay, Michael Kopech, Nicky Delmonico, Patrick Sharp, Ray Romano, Ryan Pace, The Delano, Zlatan Ibrahimović

Meet The First (And Only) African-American Woman To Own A NASCAR Team

"Melissa Harville-Lebron, a 47-year-old single mother raising her three biological children as well as her siblings' four kids, started her career in the entertainment industry as an intern at Sony Music . . . "

Posted on Apr 11, 2018
Keywords: Melissa Harville-Lebron, NASCAR
The White Sox Report

Cold Truth

It's still a rebuild.

Posted on Apr 9, 2018
Keywords: Aaron Bummer, Bruce Rondon, Gregory Infante, Joakim Soria, Juan Minaya, Lucas Giolito, Nate Jones

TrackNotes: Pricelining To Churchill Downs

A golden opportunity to get acquainted with many of the Derby players.

Posted on Apr 9, 2018
Keywords: Bolt d'Oro, Curlin, Eddie Olczyk, Good Magic, Justify, Katie Mikolay Gensler, Kentucky Derby, Sporting Chance, Vino Rosso

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #195: Ramblers Wrap, Baseball Begins

Candlesticks always make a nice gift. Plus: White Snox, Bulls Stank, Scrubs, Shohei Goodman, Blackhawks Bigwigs Back, and just a little Schweinsteiger.

Posted on Apr 6, 2018
Keywords: Christian Villanueva, Joel Quenneville, Loyola Ramblers, Ron Shelton, Shohei Ohtani, Stan Bowman

Ramblers Notebook No. 1: What Have You Done For Us Lately?

Next year has already begun.

Posted on Apr 4, 2018
Keywords: Aundre Jackson, Cameron Krutwig, Clayton Custer, DePaul, Donte Ingram, Loyola Ramblers, March Madness, Marques Townes, NCAA Tournament, Porter Moser, Urge Overkill

Welcome, Sportsbooks!

It's inevitable, right?

Posted on Apr 3, 2018
Keywords: Cubs, NBA, PGA, White Sox

SportsMonday: Monumentally Cool

Yes, Chicago played in the Final Four and, yes, the local baseball teams made their 2018 debuts (hey Cubs, you need to do better than that, sheesh), but this past weekend was also about women's basketball and, wait for it, MLS soccer.

Posted on Apr 2, 2018
Keywords: Arike Ogunbowale, Zlatan Ibrahimović
The White Sox Report

Mighty Matt Davidson

Acquired from the Diamondbacks for Addison Reed, he seemed a bust - until Thursday.

Posted on Apr 2, 2018
Keywords: James Shields, Lucas Giolito, Matt Davidson, Rickey Renteria, Tuffy Rhodes, Welington Castillo

TrackNotes: Exclamation Point

Oh what a race it was.

Posted on Apr 1, 2018
Keywords: Aidan O'Brien, Bob Baffert, Dubai World Cup Day, Gulfstream, Kentucky Derby, Loyola, Mendelssohn, Mind Your Biscuits, Todd Schrupp, TVG, UAE Derby

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #194: Chicago Accountant Upstages Loyola, Cubs, White Sox

Scott Foster Is The Emergency Backup Goalie We Need. Plus: Cubs Opener A Perfect Preview Of The Season To Come; White Sox Opener A Perfect Preview Of The Season To Come; and So You're Saying Loyola Has A Chance?

Posted on Mar 30, 2018
Keywords: Addison Russell, Final Four, Ian Happ, James Shields, Javy Baez, Jon Lester, Kyle Schwarber, Loyola Ramblers, March Madness, Matt Davidson, NCAA Tournament, Scott Foster, Tim Anderson, Tommy La Stella
The White Sox Report

The Rebuild Returns

We know this is working. At least we think it is.

Posted on Mar 26, 2018
Keywords: Chris Sale, Eloy Jiminez, Jose Quintana, Rick Hahn, Yoan Moncada

SportsMonday: And Now We Wait

What the heck are we supposed to do for the next five days?

Posted on Mar 26, 2018
Keywords: Herman Edwards, Loyola Ramblers, March Madness, NCAA Tournament

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #193: The Suddenly Charming Loyola Brand

But don't expect a campus windfall no matter what ill-informed journos tell you. Plus: Cubs Camp Breaking Badass; Gee Oh Lito!; Fox Spox; Don't Even Think About It, Ryan Pace; and Schweinsteiger.

Posted on Mar 23, 2018
Keywords: Aundre Jackson, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Ian Happ, John Fox, Johnny Manziel, Loyola Ramblers, Lucas Giolito, March Madness, NCAA Tournament, Porter Moser

Take Loyola

The Ramblers have been underrated all season; the Wolfpack are missing their point guard.

Posted on Mar 22, 2018
Keywords: Brad Powers, Loyola Ramblers, Nevada Wolfpack, Steve Fezzik

Snoop Youth Football

More than a decade in, Snoop talks about the impact that ex-gang members have on the youth that they coach on and off the field.

Posted on Mar 21, 2018
Keywords: Snoop Dogg, Snoop Youth Football League, Snoopadelic Films

Windy City Rollers Season Opener Approaches!

Facing their greatest opponent yet.

Posted on Mar 20, 2018
Keywords: Ivy King Cup, Windy City Rollers

SportsMonday: Sweet Seeds

Don't think this is as far as Loyola can go - the brackets are breaking their way.

Posted on Mar 19, 2018
Keywords: George Ireland, Loyola Ramblers, March Madness, NCAA Tournament

The Man Who Made March Madness A Monster Moneymaker

And the ubiquitous phrase he used to do it.

Posted on Mar 16, 2018
Keywords: Eric Cartman, March Madness, NCAA, South Park, Walter Byers

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #192: Let's Go Hobos!

Starring Jonah Hill as Bo Rambler. Plus: New Bears Free Agent Haul Replaces Old Bears Free Agent Haul; Score Card; Grimm Reaper; White Sox Boo-Boos; Fire Fail; Tick-Tock, Blackhawks Clock; and Diva Delle Donne.

Posted on Mar 16, 2018
Keywords: Bo Rambler, Dan McNeil, Danny Parkins, DePaul, Elena Delle Donne, Jason Goff, Justin Grimm, Loyola Ramblers, Luis Robert, March Madness, Matt Spiegel, Michael Madigan, NCAA, Nicky Delmonico, Patrick Kane, Ryan Pace, Sister Jean, St. Xavier, Stan Bowman, The Score

TrackNotes: Pointing Toward The Derby

I don't even try for the Academy Awards, but for the Derby, it's not only more enjoyable but kind of mandatory, wagering and all, to have seen all of the 20 entries before the big day. Saturday was a big day for that.

Posted on Mar 12, 2018
Keywords: Bob Baffert, Bolt d'Oro, Enticed, Free Drop Billy, J.J. Castellano, McKinzie, Mike Smith, Quip

SportsMonday: Loyola Living The Dream

RIP, Hi-Tops.

Posted on Mar 12, 2018
Keywords: Hi-Tops, Marques Townes

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #191: Points Of Origin | Your Loyola Ramblers

Repping Chicago. Plus: Embarrables; Qbit; Schweinsteiger!; Kyle Fuller Is Transitionally It; The White Sox' $26 Million Man; The Happster; and a Cubs Web Special.

Posted on Mar 9, 2018
Keywords: Bastian Schweinsteiger, Ben Richardson, Ben Zobrist, Cameron Krutwig, Chris Gimenez, Clayton Custer, Donte Ingram, Doug Bruno, Ian Happ, Javy Baez, Joe Maddon, Joel Quennevile, Jon Jay, Kris Bryant, Kyle Fuller, Lucas Williamson, Luis Robert, Porter Moser, Revere Park, Sara Paretsky, Stan Bowman, Taylor Davis, Victor Caratini

Exclusive! Inside The Bears' New Downtown Office

Including The Mitch Trubisky Chapel, where employees are invited to pray daily.

Posted on Mar 7, 2018
Keywords: George McCaskey, Jay Cutler, John Fox, Mitch Trubisky, Ryan Pace, Ted Phillips

How To Shoot The Perfect Free Throw

Should the shooter aim towards the front of the hoop or the back? Does it depend on whether the shooter is short or tall? Launch angle? Spins?

Posted on Mar 6, 2018
Keywords: Larry Silverberg, North Carolina State

SportsMonday: Ramblers 'R' Us

One of the best things about this team is its players' points of origin.

Posted on Mar 5, 2018
Keywords: Ben Richardson, Cameron Krutwig, Clayton Custer, Donte Ingram, Loyola Ramblers, Lucas Williamson, Marques Townes

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #190: More Bat Flips

Pace of play pablum. Plus: Flaming Fastballs & Exploding Bats; Spring Cubs; The Ex-Cub Factor; The White Sox Are Also Participating In Spring Training; The Bulls Are The New White Sox Who Are The New Cubs; Blackhawks Even Sadder This Week Than Last Week; The Bears' Deja Rebuild; and Arch Madness!

Posted on Mar 2, 2018
Keywords: Artem Ansimov, Bryce Harper, Dan Vogelbach, Hector Santiago, Ian Happ, Inverse Analytics, Jake Burger, Jon Lester, Junior Lake, Kris Bryant, Loyola Ramblers, Matt Forte, Ryan Hartman, Ryan Pace, Tommy Wingels, Travis Wood, Tyler Chatwood, Welington Castillo, Willson Contreras

TrackNotes: The New Math

Horseplayers don't have inconsequential mock drafts, it's cash on the barrelhead, one minute to post. Whodoya like? And you'll have your answer in about two minutes. No combines or mandatory voluntaries. Yes, it's a lot of pressure. It's made me wonder if I really do have a problem.

Posted on Mar 1, 2018
Keywords: Fountain of Youth Stakes, Gulfstream Park, Kentucky Derby, Secretariat

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #189: Stevie Sunshine's Gold

Bullyproofing racists. Plus: Olympic Gold; The Collapse Of College Basketball?; The Cubs Are Set!; Bulls Tank You Very Much; Sad Blackhawks Season Gets Sadder; and Sitton Spin.

Posted on Feb 23, 2018
Keywords: Anthony Duclair, Ben Zobrist, Bobby Portis, Devante Smith-Pelly, Elizabeth Swaney, Jessie Diggins, Jocelyne Lamoureux, John Lackey, Jon Lester, Jonathan Eig, Josh Sitton, Justin Trudeau, Michael Kempny, Scott Moir, Steve Rosenbloom, Tessa Virtue, Tyler Chatwood, Yahoo, Yu Darvish

Black Chicago Blackhawk Reacts To Racist Blackhawks Fans

"If they're Blackhawks fans, they would know there is a black hockey player on the team."

Posted on Feb 20, 2018
Keywords: Anthony Duclair, Barry Trotz, Devante Smith-Pelly

SportsMonday: Radio Days

Spring training is here.

Posted on Feb 19, 2018
Keywords: Bubba Wallace, Laura Ingraham, Seby Zavala, WGN-AM, Zack Collins

The Beachwood Radio Hour #188: "No Competent Society Allows This To Happen"

A shitty week grinds Coach Coffman's gears. Plus: Cubs Win Winter; White Sox Battery & Assault; The Winter Olympics Are Disordered; Big If True; Ramblers On A Roll; Blackhawks Bad To Worse; and Marginal Bulls News.

Posted on Feb 16, 2018
Keywords: Adam Rippon, Bill Zwecker, Chili Davis, Chris Gimenez, Hector Santiago, Heidi Stevens, Jake Arrieta, James Shields, Jason Heyward, Joe Maddon, Joel Quenneville, Kyle Schwarber, LeBron James, Loyola Ramblers, Mike Montgomery, Parkland, Paul Bauer, Scott Moir, Seby Zavala, Steve Kerr, Tessa Virtue, The Rich Rickettses, Yu Darvish

A Long History Of Protest For Black Athletes

"Today's black athletes are part of a tradition of the intertwining of race, sports and society in America. From boxer Jack Johnson to Serena Williams, each generation has had to reckon with their era's racial climate to help move the U.S. forward."

Posted on Feb 15, 2018
Keywords: Alan Page, Colin Kaepernick, Jack Johnson, John Carlos, Muhammad Ali, Serena Williams, Tommie Smith

The Winter Olympics' Growing Pains

As larger cities further away from the mountains host the Winter Olympics instead of charming little ski resorts, the games feel more disjointed for both athletes and spectators.

Posted on Feb 14, 2018
Keywords: Chamonix, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Innsbruck, Lake Placid, PyeongChang, Salt Lake City, St. Moritz

Who Will Win The Ivy King Cup?

Don't miss the biggest night in Chicago roller derby!

Posted on Feb 13, 2018
Keywords: Ivy King, Ivy King Cup, Windy City Rollers

SportsMonday: Darvish Signing Exposes Cubs Problem

Augmenting your homegrown core with free agents is delightful. Making free agents your core? Less so.

Posted on Feb 12, 2018
Keywords: Stephen Ridings, Tommy Bergjans, Yu Darvish

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #187: Olympic Narratives Open For Business

But even Shani Davis can't make all his dreams come true. Plus: Coach Coffman's Epic Super Bowl Wrap-Up; The Mirotic Trade Looks Even Better After Seeing The Rest Of The League's Deadline Deals This Week; Derrick Rose Not Welcome In Minnesota; The Blackhawks Are So Sad We Don't Even Want To Talk About Them; PECOTA PESCHMOTA; and Help Us, Loyola, You're Our Only Hope.

Posted on Feb 10, 2018
Keywords: Bruce Rauner, Chicago Blackhawks, DePaul Blue Demons, Derrick Rose, Loyola Ramblers, PECOTA, Shani Davis, Yu Darvish, Zach LaVine
The White Sox Report

Instant Replay Radio

This has happened before. Maybe not quite like today, but the White Sox found themselves scrambling to find a radio outlet during the winter 47 years ago too, which is exactly what's going on right now.

Posted on Feb 9, 2018
Keywords: Bob Elson, Chuck Tanner, Harry Caray

SportsMonday: The Foles Factor

When it comes to quarterbacks, the NFL has no clue.

Posted on Feb 5, 2018
Keywords: Case Keenum, Dak Prescott Ryan Pace, Jared Goff, Mitch Trubisky, Nick Foles

Super Tweets

Anti-capitalist hero of non-violence goes unheeded.

Posted on Feb 5, 2018
Keywords: Cris Collinsworth, Hardees, Mike Pence, MLK, Prince

Talent Doesn't Explain The Success Of The Patriots And Eagles

Because talent goes only so far, it's important to evaluate a team's structure and mindset to determine its true strength.

Posted on Feb 4, 2018
Keywords: Alex Rodriguez, Bill Belichick

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #186: The Super Bowl Is Trolling Us

Zip lines, fedoras and Justin Timberlake. Plus: The Mirotic Miracle; Sad Saad; Oscar Gamble Was More Than Just The Game's Greatest Afro; Willson Contreras To Catch Every Game; Being Mark Appel; Foxy Friend Rips Ryan; Ramble Off; and Testify!

Posted on Feb 2, 2018
Keywords: Bastian Schweinsteiger, Bill Belichick, Doug Pederson, Janet Jackson, Jay Glazer, Joakim Noah, John Fox, Jordan Howard, Justin Timberlake, Kris Dunn, Loyola Ramblers, Luol Deng, Mark Appel, Nick Foles, Nikola Mirotic, Ryan Pace, Tom Brady, Tony Allen

The 10th Annual (More Or Less) Beachwood Super Bowl Halftime Show Prop Bet: Justin Timberlake Edition

What better way to vanquish the sublime memory of last year's Lady Gaga tour-de-force than with the weaselly little fucker who ripped off Janet Jackson's bra cup? Time's up, #MeToo!

Posted on Feb 2, 2018
Keywords: Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake
The White Sox Report

Oscar Gamble Was More Than Just A Great Head Of Hair

The guy could flat out hit.

Posted on Feb 1, 2018
Keywords: Bill Veeck, Oscar Gamble

Mishandled Decision To Drop Cleveland Indians' Racist Logo Doesn't Go Far Enough

Rob Manfred's statement implies that previous decades of use of the caricature were "appropriate for on-field use" - and leaves the offensive nickname intact.

Posted on Jan 30, 2018
Keywords: Chief Illiniwek, Chief Wahoo, Dan Snyder, Paul Dolan, Rob Manfred, Washington Redskins

TrackNotes: Gun Runner, Gulfstream & Geroux

I know a conspiracy when I see one.

Posted on Jan 28, 2018
Keywords: Florent Geroux, Gulfstream Park, Gun Runner, Pegasus Invitational

TrackNotes: Cryotherapy

Last season was so crummy . . .

Posted on Jan 27, 2018
Keywords: Breeders' Cup, Frank Stronach, Pegasus Invitational, San Luis Rey Downs

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #185: The Right Way For Owners To Get Richer

Lower prices, more revenue, better food, shorter lines. Plus: The Bears' Front Office Is Injured; I Am Obsessed With Who Will Be The Cubs' Backup Catcher; The Blackhawks Have Been Secretly Rebuilding; The Bulls' Tank Is Over; NFL's Two Worst Fan Bases To Meet In Super Bowl; Schweinsteiger!; and There Is No White Sox News.

Posted on Jan 26, 2018
Keywords: Arthur Blank, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Chris Gimenez, Chris Kennedy, Corey Crawford, Darren Rovell, Nate Breske, Niko Mirotic, Super Bowl LII

Does Spending Big In The Transfer Window Work?

Or is it better to change managers?

Posted on Jan 24, 2018
Keywords: Barcelona, Crystal Palace, Liverpool, Manchester City, Middleborough, Sunderland, Swansea City, Virgil van Dijk

SportsMonday: Tank The Tank

The fact is, no true NBA contender, let alone champion, has been built through even a one-year tank, let alone the sort of multi-year job that would probably be required to make it work.

Posted on Jan 22, 2018
Keywords: Sam Hinkie

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #184: Bell & Bulls, Vic & Vikes, Corey's Confusion

Shifting narratives all over the landscape. Plus: The Duensing Principle, and Schweinsteiger!

Posted on Jan 19, 2018
Keywords: Bastian Schweinsteiger, Brian Duensing, Case Keenum, Corey Crawford, Dax McCarty, Jordan Bell, Justin Holiday, Minnesota Vikings, Vic Fangio, Willie O'Ree

Olympian: 'Red Flags' Ignored In Nassar Abuse

"Nearly 100 women and girls who say they were sexually assaulted by former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar testified about his behavior and 'veiled sexual abuse' during a four-day sentencing hearing this week in Michigan."

Posted on Jan 19, 2018
Keywords: Kyle Stephens, Larry Nassar, McKayla Maroney, USA Gymnastics

Willie O'Ree's Little-Known Journey To Break The NHL's Color Barrier

In Chicago, a Blackhawks forward called him a nigger.

Posted on Jan 18, 2018
Keywords: Eric "Elbows" Nesterenko, Willie O'Ree

SportsMondayTuesday: The Bulls Are For Real

The sample size is no longer small.

Posted on Jan 16, 2018
Keywords: Fred Hoiberg, Justin Holiday, Kris Dunn, Lauri Markkanen, Zach LaVine

Does Defense Actually Win Championships?

Yes. And so does offense!

Posted on Jan 15, 2018
Keywords: Bear Bryant, Lee Corso

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #183: What's Nagging About Nagy

(It's mostly the media.) Plus: There Is No Longer Any Doubt That Ted Phillips Is The Theo Epstein Of The Chicago Bears; The Truth About Nagy's Press Conference; Cubs Stove Still Cold; Rick Hahn Off The Chain; Blackhawks Season Increasingly Looks Lost; Loving Lauri; Saban's Tide; Illinois Still Sucks; and Schweinsteiger!

Posted on Jan 12, 2018
Keywords: Bastian Schweinsteiger, Brent Seabrook, Dax McCarty, Illinois, Lauri Markkanen, Matt Nagy, Miguel Gonzalez, Nick Saban, Rene Rivera, Richard Panik, Ryan Pace, Ted Phillips, Wade Davis

Can The Winter Olympics Save The World?

This may be a global shadow puppet show, or it might help thaw the frozen relations between North and South Korea. It's possible to hold both positions as the complex elements of the long, tragic history of the division of Korea and its exploitation by global superpowers merge and collide.

Posted on Jan 11, 2018
Keywords: Donald Trump, Kim Jung-un, Moon Jae-in, Olympic Truce, Pyeongchang, Winter Olympics

The World's Greatest College Football Report's Championship Game Preview

Third-place game to determine the best team this side of Central Florida.

Posted on Jan 8, 2018
Keywords: Central Florida, Gatorade Fierce Grape, Nick Chubb, Nick Saban

SportsMonday: Blackhawks Treading Ice

There is nothing wrong with the Blackhawks that a four- or five-game winning streak won't fix. There is nothing wrong with the Blackhawks that a four- or five-game winning streak won't fix. There is nothing wrong with the Blackhawks that a four- or five-game winning streak won't fix.

Posted on Jan 8, 2018
Keywords: Connor Murphy, Jeff Glass

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #182: Bears Coaching Search Already A Failure

Ryan Pace hire, too. Plus: Get Bill!; Cubs' Stove Goes Cold; Say It Ain't So, Niko; Q-Less?; Congratulations To The University Of Central Florida, National Champs!; Local College Basketball Teams Still Suck; Rick Hahn Continues His Unleashed! Tour; and Schweinsteiger Is Back!

Posted on Jan 5, 2018
Keywords: Bastian Schweinsteiger, Bill Belichick, Fred Hoiberg, Jimmy Garoppolo, Joel Quenneville, Jon Gruden, Loyola Ramblers, Mitch Trubisky, Nikola Mirotic, Rick Hahn, Rick Renteria, Ryan Pace, Theo Epstein, University of Central Flordia

Olympic Athletes Struggle To Balance Their Sports With College

Their stories illustrate how, for older students, getting a degree is like skating uphill.

Posted on Jan 5, 2018
Keywords: DeVry University, Elana Meyers Taylor, Jennifer Page, Leslie Klein, Max Aaron, Mirai Nagasu, Olympics

SportsMondayTuesday: Ryan's "Rebuild"

The Bears' division rivals are reloading through the draft, while Pace has squandered his picks.

Posted on Jan 2, 2018
Keywords: Ryan Pace

The Gilded Hamster Wheel That Is The Chicago Bears

Not a results-based business for the McCaskeys.

Posted on Jan 1, 2018
Keywords: Abe Gibron, George McCaskey, Jim Dooley, John Fox, Mugs Halas, Richie Petitbon, Ross Brupbacher, Ryan Pace

Fox & Friends

Somehow it appears Ryan Pace will survive - as will team president Ted Phillips and team chairman George McCaskey. None should ever be allowed to utter the word "accountability" again.

Posted on Jan 1, 2018
Keywords: Hub Arkush, John Fox, Ryan Pace

The World's Greatest College Football Report's Bowl Game Preview Part 7

Always one for a seemed-like-a-good-idea-at-the-time last round, the bird was last seen late-night downing Don Julios with Gentamicin chasers.

Posted on Jan 1, 2018
Keywords: Alabama, Aussie-Tizers®, Bloomin' Onions, Chick-n-Strips™, Kookaburra Wings®

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #181: Vegas Is Always Right

Whales, hookers, blow and food poisoning. Plus: We Miss The Beef O'Brady Bowl; Our Hypothetical Gambling Habits; Too Early For College Basketball; All About Niko; Don't Tell Me The Cubs Couldn't Afford Wade Davis; and The Bears, Ugh.

Posted on Dec 29, 2017
Keywords: Beef O'Brady Bowl, Corey Crawford, Monsters Inside Me, Nikola Mirotic, Tarik Cohen, The Cosmopolitan, Top Golf, Wade Davis

The World's Greatest College Football Report's Bowl Game Preview Part 6

"One of the few remnants of Red Terror appears ingloriously as the name of the school's gameday bus service."

Posted on Dec 29, 2017
Keywords: Aggies, Buckeyes, Demon Deacons, Farmers & Mechanics, Red Terrors, Sun Devils, Trojans, Wildcats, Wolfpack

The World's Greatest College Football Report's Bowl Game Preview Part 5

Introducing The Fourth Down Stupidity Index, starring Northern Illinois University. Oh, Huskies!

Posted on Dec 28, 2017
Keywords: Manute Bowl, Northern Illinois University, South Alabama, The 1975 Cadillac Fleetwood, The Camping World Bowl, The Military Bowl Presented By Northrup Grumman, The New Era Pinstripe Bowl, The San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl, The Valermo Alamo Bowl

Vikings Film Room: The Bears' Offense

Mitch Trubisky's growing pains and shitty passing personnel vs. Jordan Howard's proficiency in the zone running game.

Posted on Dec 28, 2017
Keywords: Jordan Howard, Mitch Trubisky

Amid State Cuts, A Texas High School Football Coach Got A $20,000 Raise. His District Says He's Earned It.

Carthage High head football coach and athletic director Scott Surratt received a $21,400 raise this year, while the district faced a nearly $7 million shortfall. School officials say Surratt paid for his own raise by bumping ticket sales and earning championship prize money.

Posted on Dec 27, 2017
Keywords: Carthage High School, Scott Surratt

Bears Prove They Are Better Than The Browns On At Least One Given Sunday

"Wow, Cleveland is bad. The Bears aren't a whole lot better."

Posted on Dec 25, 2017
Keywords: George McCaskey, John Fox, Mitch Trubisky, Ryan Pace, Ted Phillips

The World's Greatest College Football Report's Bowl Game Preview Part 4

Overlapping with the NFL schedule this weekend provides a gift to bettors: putting action on pro/bowl teasers.

Posted on Dec 23, 2017
Keywords: San Diego State Aztecs, The Birmingham Bowl, The Dollar General Bowl, The Hawai'i Bowl, The Lockheed Armed Forces Bowl, Toledo Rockets

The World's Greatest College Football Report's Bowl Game Preview Part 3

In this world of uncertainty, the Potato Bowl remains our rock

Posted on Dec 22, 2017
Keywords: Beef O'Brady's, The Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl, The Bahamas Bowl, The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #180: Are The Bulls, Um, Good?

Is this really happening? Plus: Are The Blackhawks, Um, Good?; The Cubs Are Having An Interesting Offseason!; Can Loyola Ramble Into The Dance?; and The World's Greatest College Football Report's Bowl Preview.

Posted on Dec 22, 2017
Keywords: Addison Russell, Chris Bosio, Corey Crawford, Dan Le Batard, Fred Hoiberg, Hector Rondon, Jonathan Toews, Justin Wilson, Loyola, Manny Machado, Mike Luce, Nikola Mirotic, Rob Manfred, Taylor Davis, Tommy Wingels, Wilbur Wood, Yu Darvish

Can Weed Save Football?

Former New Orleans Saints All-Pro Kyle Turley says pot saved his life - and could save the game.

Posted on Dec 21, 2017
Keywords: Kyle Turley

The World's Greatest College Football Report's Bowl Game Preview Part 2

Executives at Cheribundi no doubt would have preferred a more competitive game. Having signed on as the bowl sponsor until 2019, Cheribundi needed the contest to attract at least some marginal attention to bolster the awareness of its tart cherry beverages nationwide.

Posted on Dec 20, 2017
Keywords: Akron Zips, Cheribundi, Florida Atlantic Owls, Lane Kiffin Face, Lindeman Kriek Lambic, Malört, National Video Game Museum

John Fox Going Down Fighting For Irrelevant Field Position

Let's not cut Ryan Pace a break either - he's presided over this mess.

Posted on Dec 18, 2017
Keywords: John Fox, Markus Wheaton, Ryan Pace

SportsMonday: Hit-Averse Hawks Hot

Taking non-physical hockey to the next level.

Posted on Dec 18, 2017
Keywords: Jordan Oesterle, Michal Kempny, Nick Schmaltz, Patrick Kane

The World's Greatest College Football Report's Bowl Game Preview Part 1

College football fans may be among the few Americans not ready for the year to end.

Posted on Dec 15, 2017
Keywords: AutoNation, Dreamstyle Remodeling, Las Vegas, Mountain Dew Mouth, North Texas Mean Green, Raycom, Troy Trojans

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #179: The Ryan Pace Narratives Drive Us Nuts

Willful ignorance. Plus: Devin Hester Retires Ridiculous And So Should Zach Miller; Schwarbs Shapes Up; Maddon's Song Remains The Same; Manny Madness; Real Chicago Blackhawks; and Niko Is Back.

Posted on Dec 15, 2017
Keywords: Devin Hester, Joe Maddon, Kyle Schwarber, Manny Machado, Mike Montgomery, Nikola Mirotic, Ryan Pace, Tarik Cohen, Tommy Wingels

Illinois Coach Banned From USA Gymnastics Over Alleged Sexual Misconduct

Sudden retirement apparently explained.

Posted on Dec 14, 2017
Keywords: Larry Nassar, Todd Gardiner, USA Gymnastics

Why Was This Game Even Scheduled?

No excuse for this. Show some compassion.

Posted on Dec 12, 2017

SportsMonday: The Blackhawks Smell A Little

But they don't stink.

Posted on Dec 11, 2017
Keywords: Artem Anisimov, Gustav Forsling, Nick Schmaltz, Patrick Kane, Tommy Wingels

All Is Not Forgiven, John Fox & Co.

Convenient competing narratives.

Posted on Dec 11, 2017
Keywords: Kendall Wright, Mitch Trubisky

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #178: Bears At Peak McCaskey

John Fox still coach, Ryan Pace still MIA, undeserving mediocre family still in charge. Plus: Cubs Stove League; The Loyola Ramblers Exist!; Coming Soon: The Niko Mirotic Story; Blackhawks Flat As A Pancake; Mystery Soccer Stadium; and Music City, Schmusic City Bowl.

Posted on Dec 8, 2017
Keywords: Corey Crawford, John Fox, Kyle Schwarber, Music City Bowl, Nikola Mirotic, Porter Moser, Ryan Pace, Shohei Ohtani, Tyler Chatwood

'Taking A Knee' In Trump Country

A protest of racial injustice highlights divisions in Robeson County, North Carolina, the most diverse rural county in America, where voters also helped Donald Trump win the county and the White House.

Posted on Dec 7, 2017
Keywords: Colin Kaepernick, Robeson County

Banning Russia

Not unprecedented, but unique: expressly because of its lack of sporting integrity.

Posted on Dec 6, 2017
Keywords: Grigory Rodchenkov, Olympics, Vitaly Mutko, Vitaly Stepanov, Vladimir Putin, Yulia Stepanova

SportsMonday: Bears Bereft

As has been pointed out in this space more than a few times, firing the coach will not be enough. Surely that is more and more obvious. The 3-9 Bears don't even have as much talent as the bereft 2-10 49ers. I understand that teams need stability, but general manager Ryan Pace is the wrong guy to stabilize around.

Posted on Dec 4, 2017
Keywords: Dowell Loggains, Jimmy Garoppolo, John Fox, Mitch Trubisky, Robbie Gould, Ryan Pace

Call 911 - Bears Twitter Is On Fire

The only thing that could make the Bears worse at this point is if Ryan Pace directed John Fox to make contact with the Russians.

Posted on Dec 4, 2017
Keywords: John Fox, Robbie Gould, Ryan Pace

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #177: 'Til Death Do The Bears Part

With all due respect, there seems to be just one way the McCaskeys will do the right thing. Plus: Cat Trick!; Acknowledging The Bulls' Existence; The Derrick Rose Non-Tragedy; and Should We Be Paying More Attention To Northwestern Football?

Posted on Dec 1, 2017
Keywords: Alex DeBrincat, Derrick Rose, Mitch Trubisky, Pat Fitzgerald, Ryan Pace, Tre McBride, Virginia McCaskey

SportsMonday: Bears, Bowling, Bulls, Bell

As far as sheer embarrassment goes, this might have been the worst weekend in Chicago sports history.

Posted on Nov 27, 2017
Keywords: Alshon Jeffery, Jordan Bell

The Connor Barf Game

Cue the Price Is Right horn.

Posted on Nov 20, 2017
Keywords: Connor Barth, John Fox, Ryan Pace

SportsMonday: Pace Pivot

It's his roster.

Posted on Nov 20, 2017
Keywords: Alshon Jeffery, Ryan Pace
The White Sox Report

The Rest Of The Jim Rivera Story

What the obits omitted.

Posted on Nov 20, 2017
Keywords: Jim Rivera

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #176: Broken Bears; Cubs' Seven-Year Itch

Browns West. Plus: Davey Martinez Came Cheap; White Sox Acquire Fireballer; Blackhawks Circus Trip Lives!; and Bulls Circus Lives.

Posted on Nov 17, 2017
Keywords: Adam Jahns, Addison Russell, Danny Trevathan, Davey Martinez, Gordon Wittenmyer, JB Pritzker, Jed Hoyer, Jerrell Freeman, Joe Maddon, John Fox, John Lackey, Michael McCaskey, Mike Mulligan, Mully & Hanley, Ryan Pace, Syd Barrett, Theo Epstein, Thyago Vieira, Vic Fangio, Zach Britton

Opioids In The Iditarod

Who slipped tramadol to the dogs?

Posted on Nov 16, 2017
Keywords: Dallas Seavey, Iditarod, Stan Hooley

SportsMonday: Peak Bears

In the end, it comes back to the one, true problem yet again - the team is run by legacy owners who have never accomplished anything independently in their privileged lives and have no clue how to build a successful organization.

Posted on Nov 13, 2017
Keywords: John Fox, Ryan Pace

Peak John Fox

Inexcusable. Flop. Messy. Undisciplined. Ugly. Outcoached. Again.

Posted on Nov 13, 2017
Keywords: JOHN FOX

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #175: Bears Trap Door Game

Don't sleep on Brett Hundley! Plus: The NFL's Tomato Cans; Martellus Bennett Is Bigger Than The Game, Y'All; Canadian GOAT: Marc Trestman; Cubs Hot Stove Burns; Dear Rick Hahn: Stay The Course!; An Analytics Story; Blackhawks Baffle; and Bobby Tortoise's Chicago Bulls.

Posted on Nov 10, 2017
Keywords: Bobby Portis, Brett Hundley, Fred Hoiberg, Jason Heyward, Joe Fortunato, Joel Quenneville, Martellus Bennett, Mitch Trubisky, Randy Hundley, Rick Hahn

In Scandal After Scandal, NCAA Takes Fall For Complicit Colleges

Rules approved by the NCAA in 2016 state that colleges should set their own academic integrity standards, with the NCAA intervening only when those internal rules are violated.

Posted on Nov 7, 2017
Keywords: Thorstein Veblen, UNC

SportsMonday: The Rebuild Is Over

Just because the Cubs tanked three seasons and the Astros really tanked three seasons doesn't mean the White Sox should.

Posted on Nov 6, 2017
Keywords: Avisail Garcia, Carlos Rodon, Joe Girardi, Jose Abreu, Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez, Rick Hahn

TrackNotes: Glory And Grit

These networks are such toadies to the moldy story lines they make up in a two-weeks-ago production meeting.

Posted on Nov 5, 2017
Keywords: Arrogate, Bob Costas, Del Mar, Gun Runner

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #174: A Different Kind Of Cubs World Series Hangover

A sense of unease. Plus: World Series Wrap; Davey Martinez and Goliath; Look Who's Coming To The Cubs!; Trubisky Gets Over; Is Youth Football Past Its Prime?; Fangio For Fox?; The Bulls . . . Stink; Quenneville On The Clock?; and TrackNotes: Out Of Kilter.

Posted on Nov 3, 2017
Keywords: A.J. Hinch, Breeders' Cup, Dave Martinez, Dusty Baker, Jerrell Freeman, Joel Quenneville, John Fox, Mitch Trubisky, Yu Darvish

TrackNotes: Out Of Kilter

The very nature of the Thoroughbred breed must be questioned.

Posted on Nov 3, 2017
Keywords: Arrogate, Breeders' Cup

Is Youth Football Past Its Prime?

The decline in football participation is real.

Posted on Oct 31, 2017
Keywords: National Federation of State High School Associations

SportsMonday: Zach Miller's Injury Now Overshadows Bears' Season

Even if it was a fluke, the NFL is getting harder and harder to take.

Posted on Oct 30, 2017
Keywords: Zach Miller

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #173: Theo Maddonizes Cubs

Cubs purge coaches. Plus: Monsters Of The Middling; Raining On Bulls' Parade; Blackhawks Rain On Own Parade; and Schweinsteiger!

Posted on Oct 27, 2017
Keywords: Alex DeBrincat, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Chili Davis, Chris Bosio, Gary Jones, Jim Hickey, Joe Maddon, John Mallee, Lauri Markkanen, Mitch Trubisky, Mrs. Butterworth, Theo Epstein

TrackNotes: Slumlords And Slot Hustlers

It's been a lousy racing season, and in recent weeks, it's snowballed into an ice boulder of bad news, including sadistic greed, disturbing trends, defection and even death. Prioritize any way you want.

Posted on Oct 27, 2017
Keywords: Jake Arrieta, Levon Helm

Until Youth Soccer Is Fixed, U.S. Men's National Team Destined To Fail

Too many American kids play soccer in high-tech cleats on manicured suburban fields, where they stand around quietly until an adult (often paid) runs them through repetitive drills - all to prepare for an expensive tournament three states away.

Posted on Oct 24, 2017
Keywords: Trinidad and Tobago

SportsMonday: Action Jackson

Putting the double-whammy on the Panthers.

Posted on Oct 23, 2017
Keywords: Eddie Jackson

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #172: Worn Cubs' Panic Exceeds The Pleasure

Bullpen bullshit. Plus: Bears Media Loves Development Of Quarterback Team Won't Let Throw; Chicago Bulls Shit; Blackhawks Playoffs Not Here Yet; Fire Playoffs Not Here Yet.

Posted on Oct 20, 2017
Keywords: Bobby Portis, Brett Hundley, C.J. Edwards, Jake Arrieta, Joe Maddon, John Lackey, John Paxson, Jordan Howard, Justin Wilson, Mitch Trubisky, Wade Davis, Willson Contreras

SportsMonday: Oblivion

Cubs headed that way; Bears already there.

Posted on Oct 16, 2017
Keywords: Corey Seager, Joe Maddon, Josh Bellamy, Kyle Fuller

SportsMondayTuesday: Ryan's Hope

To all the geniuses who tell me that if Trubisky is good, the trade details won't matter, do us all a favor and zip it.

Posted on Oct 10, 2017
Keywords: Deshaun Watson, John Fox, Mitchell Trubisky, Ryan Pace

The Season In Verse | They Needed A Nurse

David Ross retired to dance/Clark the Cub still has no pants.

Posted on Oct 5, 2017

SportsMonday: Lester & Co.

A helluva playoff roster, with balance and flexibility.

Posted on Oct 2, 2017
Keywords: Jon Lester
The White Sox Report

The Season In Verse | It Could Have Been Worse

The first year of The Rebuild/Is now in the past/But it wasn't so awful/The Sox didn't finish last.

Posted on Oct 2, 2017
Keywords: Avi Garcia, Carlos Yolmer, Carson Fulmer, Eloy Jiminez, Jose Abreu, Lucas Giolito, Michael Kopech, Nicky Delmonico, Reynaldo Lopez, Rick Hahn, Ricky Renteria, Tim Anderson, Yoan Moncada

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #171: It's Not About Trubisky!

All narrative roads lead to Ryan Pace. Plus: The President Of The United States Is Pro-Brain Damage; The Best Part Of The Cubs' Week; White Sox Making Believers; Blackhawks Backup Goalie Sitch; Wade Era vs. Glennon Era; Millennials Killing Football; Rick Pitino Was Just The Worst; and Schweinsteiger!

Posted on Sep 29, 2017
Keywords: Adam Hoge, Adam Jahns, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Brad Biggs, Carlos Rodon, Danny Parkins, David Kaplan, Dusty Baker, Dwyane Wade, Joe Maddon, John Fox, Jon Jay, Kyle Hendricks, Michael Hayden, Mike Glennon, Mitch Trubisky, Niles North, Rex Ryan, Rick Pitino, Ryan Pace, Tommy La Stella, Wade Davis, Whitney Young

Black Athletes Can Teach Us About More Than Just Sports

Racism and bullying are best defeated as a team.

Posted on Sep 27, 2017
Keywords: Colin Kaepernick, Donald Trump, Jemele Hill, Melania Trump, Steph Curry

Battle Of The Sexes - Then And Now

The challenges from today's bigmouths are being served up with irritating spin.

Posted on Sep 26, 2017
Keywords: Billie Jean King, Bobby Riggs, Donald Trump

SportsMonday: Cooper's Blooper Not As Bad As You Think

And neither was Charles Leno's false start.

Posted on Sep 25, 2017
Keywords: John Fox, Jordan Howard, Marcus Cooper, Tarik Cohen
The White Sox Report

He's A Believer

This ballclub is a far cry from Robin Ventura's White Sox.

Posted on Sep 25, 2017
Keywords: Avisail Garcia, Jose Abreu, Reynaldo Lopez, Tim Anderson, Yoan Moncada

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #170: Joe Maddon's Magical Mystery Tour

Pulling Strings, Pushing Tin. Plus: Maddon's Musical Chairs; The White Sox Are Still Playing - Some Of Them Well!; Extend The Freakin' Nets Already; The Blackhawks' Very Short Preseason Is Underway And Almost Over; Hey, Doug Collins Is Back; Schweinsteiger!; Bears Barf; and Aaron Hernandez, 12-Year-Olds & CTE.

Posted on Sep 22, 2017
Keywords: Aaron Hernandez, Alex DeBrincat, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Doug Collins, Dwyane Wade, Ian Happ, Jake Arrieta, Javy Baez, Joe Maddon, John Fox, Jon Lester, Kris Bryant, Lance Briggs, Mike Glennon, Mitch Trubisky, Nick Schmaltz, Ryan Pace, Sylvia Fowles, Tanner Gentry, Wade Davis

Study: Youth Football Linked To Adult Problems

Participation in youth football before age 12 increased the risk of problems with behavioral regulation, apathy and executive functioning by two-fold and increased the risk of clinically elevated depression scores by three-fold.

Posted on Sep 22, 2017
Keywords: CTE, Translational Psychiatry

Youth Football Team (8-Year-Olds) Take Knees In Belleville

The kids asked, and the coach agreed.

Posted on Sep 22, 2017
Keywords: Cahokia Football Club, Colin Kaepernick

Martin Truex Jr. Wins Chicagoland Tales Of The Turtles 400

First race of the playoffs in the books.

Posted on Sep 21, 2017
Keywords: Chicagoland Speedway, Martin Truex Jr., Tales of the Turtles 400

The CTE Diaries: The Life And Death Of A High School Football Player Killed By Concussions

Football killed Zac Easter.

Posted on Sep 20, 2017
Keywords: Zac Easter

SportsMonday: The Best Part Of The Bears Game

For all intents and purposes it was over by the time the Cubs contest started further down the dial.

Posted on Sep 18, 2017
Keywords: John Lackey, Kyle Hendricks
The White Sox Report

Ending Up

The future is arriving.

Posted on Sep 18, 2017
Keywords: Avi Garcia, Carson Fulmer, Jose Abreu, Jose Reyes, Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez, Ted Williams, Terry Collins, Tim Anderson, Yoan Moncada

TrackNotes: The Immortal Penny Chenery

She seen her duty and she done it.

Posted on Sep 18, 2017
Keywords: Penny Chenery, Secretariat

Bears: From Moral Victory To Immoral Loss

The clock restarts on Johnny Foxhole and Ryan Waste.

Posted on Sep 18, 2017
Keywords: John Fox, Mike Glennon, Ryan Pace

Dem Group Files Ethics Complaint Against Sarah Huckabee Sanders For Calling On ESPN To Fire Jemele Hill

18 U.S. Code § 227 makes it a federal crime - punishable by a fine or up to 15 years in prison - for an employee in Sanders' role to influence or threaten to influence a private employment decision.

Posted on Sep 16, 2017
Keywords: Jemele Hill, Sarah Huckabee Sanders

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #169: Joe Maddon Doesn't Need No Stinkin' Meetings

Inside the Cubs' volatile stretch run. Plus: Bears Strangely Competent; White Sox' Future . . . Here?; Blackhawks' Future . . . Here?; South Parking Lot Saga; Tampa Test; Stupid CFL; Amateur Doping; and Schweinsteiger!

Posted on Sep 15, 2017
Keywords: Adam Shaheen, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Bobbie Massie, David Haugh, Dion Sims, George McCaskey, Jen-Ho Seng, Joe Maddon, Kevin White, Mike Glennon, Pepper Martin, Pernell McPhee, Sam Acho, Tarik Cohen, The CFL, Wade Davis

Amateur Doping

Performance-enhancing drugs aren't just for elite athletes.

Posted on Sep 12, 2017
Keywords: CrossFit
The White Sox Report


A record-setting week.

Posted on Sep 11, 2017
Keywords: Cleveland Indians, Jose Abreu

SportsMonday: Bears Don't Totally Suck

But try to remain calm.

Posted on Sep 11, 2017
Keywords: Akiem Hicks, Tarik Cohen

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #168: Johnny Foxhole's Brutal Bears

Blowouts begin. Plus: CTE Season Preview; Johnny Foxhole; The No Fun League Loosens Up; Confounding Cubs; Something About The White Sox; and Schweinsteiger!

Posted on Sep 8, 2017
Keywords: Bastian Schweinsteiger, Danny Trevathan, Jeremy Langford, Joe Maddon, John Fox, Kevin White, Mark Sanchez, Matt Ryan, Mike Glennon, Mitch Trubisky, Ryan Pace, Tarik Cohen, Vic Fangio

CTE Season Preview

What you need to know.

Posted on Sep 8, 2017
Keywords: Bud Light, Concussions

SportsMondayTuesday: The Coming Bears Fiasco

The problem is it is most probable the Bears will be below average at running back, receiver, quarterback, offensive line, defensive line, linebackers, safeties and cornerbacks., especially in the event of just one injury.

Posted on Sep 5, 2017
Keywords: Adam Shaheen, Cam Meredith, Kyle Fuller, Quinton Demps
The White Sox Report

Colon & The Kids

Were they watching?

Posted on Sep 5, 2017
Keywords: Bartolo Colon, Chris Sale, Lucas Giolito

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #167: Bears 'A Clusterbomb Of Ridiculousness'

The Bears are who we told you they were. Plus: 'The Cubs Are Ready To Go'; Concussion Report; Rick Hahn's Best Season; and The Fire Go Up In Smoke.

Posted on Sep 1, 2017
Keywords: Bastian Schweinsteiger, Jake Arrieta, John Fox, Justin Verlander, Mitch Trubisky, Rick Hahn, Ryan Pace

Tackle Rings?

"Coaches with the Southeast Polk Youth Football League in Des Moines said recent findings on brain damage linked to player-on-player hits have hurt numbers out here on the turf."

Posted on Aug 30, 2017
Keywords: Concussions, Southeast Polk Youth Football League

Salukis Football!

An in-depth look.

Posted on Aug 29, 2017
Keywords: Dan Verdun, SIU
The White Sox Report

An Ugly, Reachable Goal

Convoluted, but not unreasonable.

Posted on Aug 28, 2017
Keywords: Carson Fulmer, Lucas Giolito, Miguel Gonzalez

SportsMonday: Does That Bears Game Matter?

The "It Just Doesn't Matter" preseason mantra is always true, even after a game in which two Bears quarterbacks performed well. Two!

Posted on Aug 28, 2017
Keywords: Cam Meredith, Kyle Long, Mike Glennon, Mitch Trubisky

TrackNotes: It's All Happening

In this year's Travers Stakes, we will have, for the first time since 1982, the winners of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes squaring off.

Posted on Aug 25, 2017
Keywords: Arrogate, Lady Eli, Songbird, Travers Stakes

Your Turn: Colin Kaepernick's Protest

"The rich white men who own the teams of the NFL aren't half the man he is."

Posted on Aug 23, 2017
Keywords: Cleveland Browns, Colin Kaepernick, Michael Bennett, NYPD, Seth DeValve

Chicago International Table Tennis

A table tennis festival - a fun-filled weekend with music, cheerleaders, dancers, magician, games and raffles."

Posted on Aug 22, 2017
Keywords: Edgeball Chicago International Table Tennis Open, Joao Monteiro, Mudit Dani, Thiago Monteiro
The White Sox Report

The Plot Against America - And Me

If this is what terrorism looks like, then I'm affected.

Posted on Aug 21, 2017
Keywords: Charlottesville, Donald Trump, Philip Roth

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #166: Bears Psychosis Grips City

Apparently all is forgiven. Plus: This Just Does Not Seem Like The Cubs' Year; Kenny, Ozzie, Jerry & Ricky; Chicago's Best Sports Columnist Somehow Under The Radar After Long, Distinguished Career; and Schweinsteiger!

Posted on Aug 19, 2017
Keywords: Bastian Schweinsteiger, Bernie Lincicome, George McCaskey, Jerry Reinsdorf, John Fox, Jon Lester, Kevin White, Kyle Long, Mike Glennon, Mitch Trubisky, Ozzie Guillen, Ryan Pace

Why Colin Kaepernick Matters

At age 29, his blacklisting may well amount to a life sentence, for no crime other than having a social conscience.

Posted on Aug 16, 2017
Keywords: Charlottesville, Colin Kaepernick, Donald Trump, Michael Bennett, Michael Vick, Muhammad Ali, New England Patriots, Ozzie Newsome, Ray Lewis, Woody Johnson

TrackNotes: The Meaning Of The Million

Just because it's Arlington's biggest day doesn't mean it's big in the grand scheme of American racing.

Posted on Aug 15, 2017
Keywords: Arlington Park, Beach Patrol, Breeders' Cup, Dacita

SportsMonday: The Kid Is In The Picture

The most important thing that happened at practice Sunday is that Mark Sanchez (what the hell is he still doing around here?) apparently suffered a very convenient injury and didn't take any practice reps.

Posted on Aug 14, 2017
Keywords: Jimmy Butler, Mark Sanchez, Mike Glennon, Mitch Trubisky
The White Sox Report

South Side 'Stros

Before the Cubs, there were the 'Stros.

Posted on Aug 14, 2017
Keywords: Derek Holland, Melky Cabrera, Reynaldo Lopez

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #165: Cubs' Mojo Missing, South Side Tank Job & Mitch Madness!

No more Maddon magic. Plus: Cardiac Cutler & Schweinsteiger!

Posted on Aug 11, 2017
Keywords: Adam Gase, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Brian Duensing, Carlos Rodon, Colin Kaepernick, Jay Cutler, Kyle Fuller, Leonard Floyd, Mike Glennon, Mitch Trubisky, Reynaldo Lopez, Tommy La Stella, Willson Contreras, Yoan Moncada

SportsMonday: The Cubs Are Back - To Shaky

So Joe Maddon busts out the motorcycle vests, ugh.

Posted on Aug 7, 2017
Keywords: Dusty Baker, Jay Cutler, Joe Maddon
The White Sox Report

Exit Velocity

Kids really do it have it tough these days.

Posted on Aug 7, 2017
Keywords: Aaron Judge, Amazon Web Services, Jose Altuve, Reynaldo Lopez, Robinson Cano, Statcast

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #164: Cubdumb, Sock Bottom & Peak Bears

Steve Bartman, Crane Kenney and Dusty Baker - the gang's all here! Plus: White Sox Suckage On Schedule; and Bizarro Bears.

Posted on Aug 4, 2017
Keywords: Bastian Schweinsteiger, Charles Leno, Crane Kenney, Patrick Finley, Steve Bartman, Willson Contreras

Letting Our Boys Onto The Football Field Is A Losing Play

I really want to be a great father to my son - so I can't pass on the parenting lessons I received from sports.

Posted on Aug 3, 2017
Keywords: CTE

Leveling The Playing Field For Women

Elite sportswomen who gain public visibility and acceptance tend to embody a femininity that appeals to white, male heterosexual audiences (and TV producers). This means that women and girls can be subjects of unparalleled achievements in sport, but at the same time, they will be looked at as sex objects - and often applauded for their commitment to heterosexual domestic mothering roles.

Posted on Aug 2, 2017
Keywords: Alana Blanchard, Casey Stoney, Heather Rabbatts, Jessica Ennis-Hill, Nicola Adams

Dan Jiggetts Is Right About CTE

Plus: Martellus Bennett, LOL.

Posted on Aug 1, 2017
Keywords: Dan Jiggetts, Martellus Bennett

SportsMonday: Cubs Fortify

The Dodgers and Nationals loom - large.

Posted on Jul 31, 2017
Keywords: Alex Avila, Justin Wilson
The White Sox Report

Keeping Moncada Company

It would be nice if he had someone to share the spotlight with.

Posted on Jul 31, 2017
Keywords: Reynaldo Lopez, Steve Bilko, Yoan Moncada

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #163: EmBearAssing

The media even more so than the team. Plus: Football Scrambles Brains; Crosstown Cubs; and Schweinsteiger!

Posted on Jul 28, 2017
Keywords: Adam Hoge, Bernie Lincicome, Brian Hanley, Chris Emma, Dan Bernstein, Dan Wiederer, Danny Parkins, David Haugh, Jason Goff, Matt Spiegel, Zach Zaidman

Study: CTE Affects Football Players At All Levels

"There's no more debate about whether this is a problem in football."

Posted on Jul 27, 2017
Keywords: CTE, NFL

TrackNotes: Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Dog Days

Four big things happened on four different ovals. Two of them should have and two of them shouldn't have.

Posted on Jul 24, 2017
Keywords: Arrogate, Lady Eli, Songbird
The White Sox Report

Times Change

This is what progress looks like.

Posted on Jul 24, 2017
Keywords: David Robertson, Dennis Rodman, Luis Aparicio, Minnie Minoso, Todd Frazier, Tommy Kahnle, Yoan Moncada

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #162: The White Sox Are Not The Cubs

Unlike the North Siders, the South Siders haven't revamped their whole organization - and Kenny Williams still lurks. Plus: Are The Cubs Back?; Hahn's Stockpile; The Ignominous Return Of Jay Cutler; and Schweinsteiger!

Posted on Jul 22, 2017
Keywords: Bastian Schweinsteiger, Blake Rutherford, Bud Black, Buddy Bell, Fernando Tatis Jr., Hector Rondon, James Shields, Jay Cutler, John Lackey, Jorge Soler, Jose Abreu, Justin Grimm, Kenny Williams, Matt Szczur, Michael Kopech, Reynaldo Lopez, Rick Hahn, Ricky Renteria, Tito Polo, Tommy LaStella, Willson Contreras, Yoan Moncada

Made In Chicago: Roller Derby Inspires World Celebration

Once drew 50,000 to Comiskey Park.

Posted on Jul 18, 2017
Keywords: Cheryl Cryer, Leo Seltzer
The White Sox Report

Meet 2020

The starting lineup.

Posted on Jul 17, 2017
Keywords: Alec Hansen, Carlos Rodon, Carson Fulmer, Dane Dunning, Dylan Cease, Eloy Jiminez, Jake Burger, Jose Abreu, Lucas Giolito, Luis Robert, Michael Kopech, Micker Adolfo, Reynaldo Lopez, Tim Anderson, Tyler Saladino, Yoan Moncada, Yolmer Sanchez, Zach Burdi, Zach Collins

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #161: Trade Wins

A rarity: Two Chicago front offices pull brilliant move - at the same time. Plus: Return To Bulls Mountain; Return To Blackhawks Mountain; Schweinsteiger!; and Bustville.

Posted on Jul 14, 2017
Keywords: Artemi Panarin, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Brandon Saad, Dylan Cease, Eloy Jiminez, Jimmy Butler, John Fox, John Paxson, Jordan Bell, Jose Quintana, Kris Dunn, Marian Hossa, Miguel Montero, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Rick Morrissey, Sonny Gray, Taj Gibson, Tom Thibodeau

Rainbow PUSH Coalition Sports Award Banquet

NBA Hall of Famers and other legends to be honored.

Posted on Jul 13, 2017
Keywords: Adrienne Lawrence, Bernard King, Isiah Thomas, Joseph Bryant Jr., Leigh Steinberg, Lloyd Walton, Richard Lapchick, Victoria Rowell

The Warrior Games 2017

"You've got a family again."

Posted on Jul 11, 2017
Keywords: Warrior Games

SportsMonday: Cubs Embarrassing Again

And here come the Cardinals.

Posted on Jul 10, 2017
Keywords: David Ross, Dexter Fowler
The White Sox Report

This Is Your Brain On White Sox

What's nice about this week is that the Sox don't play until Friday when the Mariners come to town for three games. We could use a break. Our overwrought anterior cingulate cortexes need a rest.

Posted on Jul 10, 2017
Keywords: Alen Hanson, Derek Holland, James Shields, Mike Pelfrey, Todd Frazier

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #160: Highway To Cubs Hell

Hangover City. Plus: The White Sox Are The Cleveland Browns; The Bulls Got Ripped Off, Man!; Meet Your 2019 Stanley Cup Champions!; Greatest Bears Game Ever Coming This Christmas Eve!; and Schweinsteiger!

Posted on Jul 7, 2017
Keywords: 2nd Story, Bastian Schweinsteiger, David Robertson, Henry Rollins, Jake Arrieta, Judas Priest, Led Zeppelin, Mike Daisey, NWA, Phil Rogers, Ricky Rentamanager, Spalding Gray, Tim Anderson, Tom Morello, Yoan Moncada
The White Sox Report

Walking And Leading Off

Is it not clear that Frazier is a markedly better hitter early in the game with no one on base in addition to his ability to draw bases on balls?

Posted on Jul 3, 2017
Keywords: Jose Abreu, Kendrys Morales, Melky Cabrera, Todd Frazier

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #159: The Cubs Are Team Trump Now

Hell Week exposes this franchise for what it's become. Plus: The White Sox Rebuild Is Not Going As Well As You Think.

Posted on Jun 30, 2017
Keywords: Adam Engel, Anthony Rizzo, Carson Fulmer, Donald Trump, Jake Burger, Joe Maddon, Jose Quintana, Lucas Giolito, Michael Kopech, Miguel Montero, Nicky Delmonico, Reynaldo Lopez, Ricky Renteria, Tim Anderson, Tom Verducci, Tommy Kahnle, Tyler Danish, Yoan Moncada, Zack Collins

Pro Flag Football Is Now A Thing - Starring Famous Former NFL Players!

Just stretch before you come off the couch to play, Terrell Owens warns.

Posted on Jun 29, 2017
Keywords: Chad Johnson, Michael Vick, Terrell Owens

Few Players Screened For Concussions In Last World Cup

Researchers only saw medical professionals examine players for concussions for just 15 percent of the head collisions seen on the field.

Posted on Jun 28, 2017
Keywords: FIFA, World Cup
The White Sox Report

Todd Frazier Should Lead Off. Seriously.

He's been a disaster with men on base his whole career, yet Ricky Renteria insists on batting him fourth or fifth.

Posted on Jun 26, 2017
Keywords: Mark Buehrle, Ricky Renteria, Todd Frazier

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #158: Bulls To Bears: Hold My Beer

Trade for Trubisky suddenly not the worst by a Chicago team this year. Plus: 2017 Cubs Get Even Weirder; Are The White Sox The Next Cubs?; and Schweinsteiger!

Posted on Jun 24, 2017
Keywords: Anthony Rizzo, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Brandon Saad, Jimmy Butler, Kyle Schwarber, Marion Hossa, Niklas Hjalmarrson

On Joe Louis, Race And How Society Treats Its Sports Heroes

Studying sports heroes in their context can offer insights into a nation, culture or society at the time - but the comparison with today's sports stars also reveals surprising continuities between the past and present.

Posted on Jun 22, 2017
Keywords: Anthony Joshua, Joe Louis, Max Schmeling, Tyson Fury

Driven: The Story Of The First African American Inducted Into The NASCAR Hall Of Fame

Wendell Scott was to NASCAR what Jackie Robinson was to baseball. The difference was that Robinson played in liberal Brooklyn and had the backing of Branch Rickey, and Scott raced in the segregated South and had . . . nobody."

Posted on Jun 20, 2017
Keywords: Wendell Scott
The White Sox Report

Pelfrey's Proof

Motivating Mike - and Matt.

Posted on Jun 19, 2017
Keywords: Matt Davidson, Mike Pelfrey

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #157: The Cubs Are Officially In Trouble

And help may not be on the way. Plus: On Hahn; The Human Journey Of Scott Darling; Bears Look Good Against The Bears!; Dwyane Wade's Fake News; What Kevin Durant Has Done; The Pens & P.K.; and Schweinsteiger!

Posted on Jun 16, 2017
Keywords: Bastian Schweinsteiger, Dwyane Wade, John Fox, Kevin Durant, Leonard Floyd, P.K. Subban, Rick Hahn, Scott Darling, Tommy LaStella

Throwing Injuries In Young Baseball Players: Is There Something We Are Not Considering?

There is an unaccounted workload factor right in front of us.

Posted on Jun 16, 2017
Keywords: Jason Zaremski, PitchSmart

SportsMonday: Mired In Mediocrity

I understand that we are in the "Three True Outcomes" Era, which is all about walks, strikeouts and home runs, but this is ridiculous.

Posted on Jun 12, 2017
Keywords: Bud Black
The White Sox Report

Mediocre Minors

Something special not brewing after all.

Posted on Jun 12, 2017
Keywords: Charlotte Knights, Hawk Harrelson, Ricky Renteria, Yoan Moncada

TrackNotes: Tapped Out

If these three-year-olds do anything remarkable for the rest of the year, it will be remarkable.

Posted on Jun 11, 2017
Keywords: Andy Grammer, Belmont Stakes, Bob Baffert, Disco Partner, Epicharis, Mike Smith, Songbird, Tapwrit

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #156: About Addison Russell

Theo takes honest tack. Plus: Grandpa Heyward; Cubs Still Mediocre; White Sox Now Officially The Worst; The NBA's Defenseless Finals; Pens Looking To Join Kings, Blackhawks In Decade's Pantheon; Butler Bullshit; and Schweinstieger!

Posted on Jun 10, 2017
Keywords: Addison Russell, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Dexter Fowler, DJ LeMahieu, Jason Heyward, Jimmy Butler, Jose Quintana, Kyle Hendricks, Rajon Rondo, Theo Epstein

TrackNotes: Holy Bull And The Belmont

If Thoroughbred horse racing had a mirror today and through this weekend, its gaze would reveal a diminished opacity, ghostly, with the demonic horseflies of fan discontent, ill-bred horses, greedy track companies, oversaturation and perverted priorities dancing about its head, without so much as a Thoroughbred's tail to swat them away.

Posted on Jun 9, 2017
Keywords: Belmont Stakes, Holy Bull, Santa Anita

High School Boys Fear Looking 'Weak' If They Report Concussions

Boys are anywhere from four to 11 times less likely than girls to report concussions for reasons having to do with how they were perceived by peers and coaches.

Posted on Jun 7, 2017
Keywords: Journal of Athletic Training
The White Sox Report

Hawking Hawk

You do the math. How can a 75-year-old man have been in baseball for 80 years?

Posted on Jun 5, 2017
Keywords: Hawk Harrelson

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #155: What's Wrong With The Cubs

A lot of things, it turns out. Plus: The Good News And The Bad News About Hawk Harrelson; MLB Standings Review; Ryan Pace, Secret Agent; The Patrick Sharp Dominoes; Pens Up; Warriors Golden; and Schweinsteiger!

Posted on Jun 2, 2017
Keywords: Addison Russell, Albert Almora, Anthony Rizzo, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Hawk Harrelson, Javy Baez, Kyle Schwarber, Patrick Sharp, Ryan Pace

Injury Rates In Young Female Athletes May Be Underestimated

"Most studies define injury as time loss from participation, whereas many athletes with overuse injuries continue to participate despite pain and reduced performance. When time-loss definitions are used, about 90 percent of overuse injuries appear to be missed."

Posted on Jun 1, 2017
Keywords: BMJ Open Sport and Exercise Medicine

Are eSports The Next Major League Sport?

A championship event in Chicago drew 12 million more viewers than the NBA Finals last year.

Posted on May 31, 2017
Keywords: Amazon, Big Ten Network, Call of Duty, Dota 2, ESPN, FIFA, Halo, League of Legends, Overwatch, Riot Games, Steam, Twitch

SportsMondayTuesday: Cubs Unanchored

Joe Burgundy messed with a streak.

Posted on May 30, 2017
Keywords: Chris Sale, Joe Maddon
The White Sox Report

Let's Play Two, Like We Used To!

The factory worker, cab drivers and the people flipping burgers at McDonald's in many cases have been priced out of the market. Catering to those folks ended long ago.

Posted on May 29, 2017
Keywords: Chris Sale, Matt Davidson, Ricky Renteria

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #154: Dear Cubs: Make It Stop

Please, no more cereal, no more themed road trips, no more hero worship of mundane acts. Plus: The Quintana Question; John Fox Is The Sean Spicer Of The Bears; Preds-Pens; and Schweinsteiger!

Posted on May 26, 2017
Keywords: Bastian Schweinsteiger, Harry Caray Death Cult, Joe Maddon, John Fox, Jose Quintana, Luis Robert, Trevor Daley, Willson Contreras

TrackNotes: Clouds Over The Preakness

Cloud computing's convenience is the nicotine of the digital age.

Posted on May 26, 2017
Keywords: Cloud Computing, Preakness

Championship Bowling! Lou Campi vs. Joe Norris

Make that Wrong Foot Louie vs. The Fireball Kid.

Posted on May 23, 2017
Keywords: Joe Norris, Lou Campi

SportsMonday: The Cubs Are Ridiculous

If the rotation stays healthy, the Cubs will contend for everything again.

Posted on May 22, 2017
Keywords: Ian Happ, Jed Hoyer, Theo Epstein
The White Sox Report

The Ghost Of Dayan Viciedo

Quit the hyperbole and just let the kids take their time.

Posted on May 22, 2017
Keywords: Dayan Viciedo, Luis Robert, Yoan Moncada

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #153: Is Something Still Wrong With The Cubs?

Or is the narrative the problem? Plus: Coming Soon: The White Sox' Most Interesting Time Of The Year; Blacks In Baseball; Preaching The Preakness; The Bulls & Butler; NBA Putting Us Through Needless Conference Finals'; No Mitigation For Blackhawks; and Schweinsteiger!

Posted on May 20, 2017
Keywords: Bastian Schweinsteiger, David Robertson, Ian Happ, Jake Arrieta, Javy Baez, Jimmy Butler, Joe Maddon, Jose Quintana, Kyle Schwarber

TrackNotes: Preaching The Preakness

Subliminal or spoken there's a Derby hangover, you get so worked up. I admit I feel it too; we got another game in two weeks. But for me, just how good is the Derby winner? That is a really fun question. Don't ever think Triple Crown, that's greedy. Prices, a new mix of horses, a track they'll never see again, just two weeks from the last race. Sounds like a tasty racing cocktail to me.

Posted on May 20, 2017
Keywords: Always Dreaming, Classic Empire, Conquest Mo Money, Hence, Pimlico, Preakness

Chicagoan Wins 8-Ball Classic, Advances To National Finals

Atlanta, Illinoisan also advances, as does Carbondale woman.

Posted on May 16, 2017
Keywords: Benjamin Almazan, Michelle Templeton, Taplia Renfrow
The White Sox Report

Alarming Weirdness

On Saturday, more than 29,000 fans jammed the park for a chance to see these two developing ballclubs. Well, that's not really true. The giveaway of a Hawk Harrelson alarm clocks was the real draw.

Posted on May 15, 2017
Keywords: Hawk Harrelson

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #152: Are The Cubs The 1985 Bears?

World Series hangover. Plus: White Sox Back To Rebuilding; Ronnie Woo-Woo Banned From Wrigley Field Along With Other Nonpaying Customers; The Problem With Mitch Trubisky's Honda Accord; and Bastian Schweinsteiger Already Fed Up With Quality Of MLS - Just Two Months After His Move From Manchester United.

Posted on May 12, 2017
Keywords: Bastain Schweinsteiger, Davis Ross, Jake Arrieta, Joe Maddon, Kyle Hendricks, Miguel Montero, Mike Montgomery, Mitch Trubisky, Ronnie Woo-Woo

Women + Sports Chicago

Femininity, physicality and the pressure to be pretty.

Posted on May 11, 2017
Keywords: Amanda Bingson, April Ross, Christen Press, Tori Bowie

SportsMonday: Return To Wrigley

The tanking years had driven me away, and I never regained my drive to attend games in person and give my money to the billionaire, conservative owners.

Posted on May 8, 2017
Keywords: Anthony Rizzo, Aroldis Chapman
The White Sox Report

Rebuilding And Racists

The nights will be cold. The crowds will be sparse. Spending $9.75 for a Modelo Especial is excessive. The drama won't come from the fans. No, it will be all about whether this ballclub can maintain respectability as the rebuild continues. Just the way it should be.

Posted on May 8, 2017
Keywords: Adam Jones, Curt Schilling, Dylan Covey, Tim Anderson

TrackNotes: Always Dreaming Cranks Derby

Any horseplayer will tell you finding the horse is only one thing. Crafting the bet is the Louvre.

Posted on May 7, 2017
Keywords: Always Dreaming, Anthony Bonomo, John Velazquez, Todd Pletcher, Vincent Viola

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #151: Pace Still Pantsed

In retrospect, the Bears' draft still sucks. Plus: Trump-Lover Jay Cutler Joins Fox Sports; Pax & Garfield; The Cubs & Castro; The White Sox Way; and Schweinsteiger!

Posted on May 5, 2017
Keywords: Bastian Schweinsteiger, Gar Forman, Jay Cutler, John Paxson, Ryan Pace, Starlin Castro, Yoan Moncada

TrackNotes: No Gambling!

These days, baseball games are taken out of the hands of the best pitchers and players, making handicapping impossible. Football is an inhuman, militaristic industry and not a game or a sport, civilian casualties be damned. And basketball is too painful to watch even with a wager down. But we do have Thoroughbred horse racing.

Posted on May 5, 2017
Keywords: Always Dreaming, Battle of Midway, Gunnevera, Hence, Irish War Cry, Kentucky Derby

Anti-Immigrant Hysteria Harming Churchill Downs

In the Trump era, the immigrants who make up much of the track's workforce are unwelcome.

Posted on May 3, 2017
Keywords: Churchill Downs, Kentucky Derby

The Unbearable Whiteness Of Cycling

In Chicago in particular, it seems black cyclists have been targeted by the police for unfair treatment.

Posted on May 2, 2017
Keywords: Boris Johnson, Cycling for All Manifesto, Tour de Yorkshire

SportsMonday: The Bears' Dysfunctional Draft

Ryan Pace missed a key lesson at general managers school.

Posted on May 1, 2017
Keywords: John Fox, Ryan Pace
The White Sox Report

Outperforming April

Firing on all cylinders - except catching the ball.

Posted on May 1, 2017
Keywords: Avisail Garcia, Tim Anderson

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #150: Pace Pantsed

Makes statement pick that is neither bold nor courageous. Plus: Rondo vs. Wade; Hey Hey JHey!; Avi!; Sacrificial Hawks; and Schweinsteiger: Nein!

Posted on Apr 28, 2017
Keywords: Adam Hoge, Adam Jahns, Avisail Garcia, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Jason Heyward, Mitch Trubisky, Rajon Rondo, Ryan Pace, Stan Bowman

More Teen Knowledge About Concussion May Not Increase Reporting

The underreporting of concussions is estimated to be high, and the No. 1 reason athletes do not report a concussion is because they do not want to lose playing time

Posted on Apr 25, 2017
Keywords: Journal of Athletic Training

SportsMonday: The Indecent Bulls

And their indecent coach.

Posted on Apr 24, 2017
Keywords: Fred Hoiberg
The White Sox Report

Hitless Wonders

There has been virtually no criticism of hitting coach Todd Steverson. We'll see how long that lasts.

Posted on Apr 24, 2017
Keywords: Ricky Renteria, Todd Steverson

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #149: Blackhawks Blackout

Window half-closed or half-open? Plus: Unlike Blackhawks, Bulls Still In Playoffs; Is Something Wrong With The Cubs Or No?; Cracks Showing On South Side; Draft Fever; and Schweinsteiger!

Posted on Apr 21, 2017
Keywords: Avisail Garcia, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Carl Edwards Jr., Jamal Adams, Joel Quenneville, Paul Zipser, Rogie Vachon, Tim Anderson

Canadian Youth Hockey Injuries Cut In Half After National Policy Change

And concussions were reduced by almost two-thirds.

Posted on Apr 19, 2017
Keywords: Hockey Canada
The White Sox Report

Not Irrelevant

Not yet, anyway.

Posted on Apr 17, 2017
Keywords: Avisail Garcia, Matt Davidson, Ricky Renteria

SportsMonday: Sports Are Weird

What the heck just happened?

Posted on Apr 17, 2017
Keywords: Joel Quenneville

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #148: Playoff Thrill And Chill

The Blackhawks and Bulls enthusiasm gap. Plus: Cubs Got Cool-Ass Rings; South Side Rumors; The Lessons Of Cameron Lee; Delle Donne Is Out; Schweinsteiger Is In; and Weekend Advice From The Coach.

Posted on Apr 14, 2017
Keywords: Bastian Schweinsteiger, Cameron Lee, Elena Della Donne, Rick Sutcliffe, Tim Anderson
The White Sox Report

What About Avi?

The next David Ortiz or the next Thad Bosley?

Posted on Apr 10, 2017
Keywords: Avisail Garcia, Yoan Moncada

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #147: The (New) Cubs Are Still The (New) Cubs

Coach is excited. Plus: Bulls Screwing Up In Reverse; The D League; Drama-Free Blackhawks Almost Forgotten; Awful Shooting, Awful Reffing In Awful Venue; and Schweinsteiger!

Posted on Apr 7, 2017
Keywords: Anthony Rizzo, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Carl Edwards, Dan Vogelbach, Hector Rondon, Jon Lester, Kris Bryant, Mike Matheny, Pedro Strop, Steve Trachsel, Willson Contreras, Yadier Molina

SportsMonday: The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

Finally, a reason to feel reasonably okay about Chicago sports.

Posted on Apr 3, 2017
Keywords: Willson Contreras
The White Sox Report

Unlovable Losers

There's nothing cute or lovable about a bad ballclub on the South Side.

Posted on Apr 3, 2017
Keywords: Luke Appling, Rick Renteria, Ted Lyons

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #146: Chicago Mirages

Don't believe the March Mirotic. Plus: The Bullshit Bears; Something About The Blackhawks' Gas Pedal; The Cubs' Smug Factor; White Sox Not Even Good At Being Secondary; The Chicago Fire Now World Cup Contenders; and NCAA Tourney Notes.

Posted on Mar 31, 2017
Keywords: Bastian Schweinsteiger, Buffalo Wild Wings, Fred Hoiberg, George McCaskey, John Fox, Nikola Mirotic, Ryan Pace, The Ricketts Family

The 2017 Fantasy Fix Draft Guide, Pt. 4: 76-100!

And a White Sock who probably won't be one for much longer.

Posted on Mar 31, 2017
Keywords: Jose Quintana, Wade Davis, Willson Contreras

Better Locker Rooms: It's Not Just A Transgender Thing

Consider the case of a high school in Palatine.

Posted on Mar 29, 2017
Keywords: IOC, NCAA

TrackNotes: On Saturday, We Saw 'The Greatest Horse Since Secretariat'

Arrogate just ran the race of a lifetime - our lifetime.

Posted on Mar 26, 2017
Keywords: Arrogate, Man o' War, Secretariat

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #145: The Butt Fumble Bears

Lake Forest, Loserville. Plus: The Butt Fumble Bulls; Jerry Krause Was Right; Blackhawks Grinding Against Bad Teams; The Charmed Life Of Clean-Living Kris Bryant; Cubs Playing Match Game With Starters; Joe Maddon's World Series Managing Even Worse Than We Thought; Contracting Tim Anderson; Fire Get Schweinsteiger; A Team To Root For; and UIC's Tiny Dance.

Posted on Mar 24, 2017
Keywords: Bastian Schweinsteiger, Jerry Krause, Joe Maddon, Kris Bryant, Mark Sanchez, Tim Anderson

The 2017 Fantasy Fix Draft Guide, Pt. 3: The Professor!

Guess who's No. 59?!

Posted on Mar 21, 2017
Keywords: Kyle Hendricks

SportsMonday: Hawks Hot As An Avalanche

Plus: Power Tourney.

Posted on Mar 20, 2017
Keywords: John Hayden
The White Sox Report

Renteria's Record

The right man for the job.

Posted on Mar 19, 2017
Keywords: Carson Fulmer, Rick Renteria

TrackNotes: Out Of Hibernation

Gigolo Nation.

Posted on Mar 17, 2017
Keywords: American Pharoah, California Chrome

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #144: Northwestern Still Sucks

Hard to root for from this precinct. Plus: Directionless Bulls Now Also Wadeless; Bears Sign More Guys; Joe Trump?; Blackhawks Still Blackhawks; Chicago Fire On Fire; and The White Sox Are Still Boring No Matter What Coffman Says.

Posted on Mar 17, 2017
Keywords: Dwyane Wade, Joe Maddon, Northwestern

SportsMonday: Snubbed

There is only one obvious conclusion: this sucker is rigged to ensure power conference teams populate all the spots in the Final Four year after year after year.

Posted on Mar 13, 2017
Keywords: Illinois State

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #143: An Incompetent, Money-Grubbing Shitshow

The Bear are ridiculous, and not in a Devin Hester kind of way. Plus: Blackhawks Playoff-Ready; Bulls Irrelevant; Solving Sammy Sosa; Maddon Wearing Thin; and Something About The Chicago Fire.

Posted on Mar 10, 2017
Keywords: Bartman, Brian Hoyer, Illini, Jason Hammel, Jay Cutler, Joe Maddon, Markus Wheaton, Matt Barkley, Mike Glennon, Northwestern, Ryan Pace, Sammy Sosa, The McCaskeys

The 2017 Fantasy Fix Draft Guide, Pt. 2: Schwarbs!

A most unexpected ranking.

Posted on Mar 8, 2017
Keywords: Jake Arrieta, Jon Lester, Jose Abreu, Kyle Schwarber
The White Sox Report

The Pace Of The Game

Maybe it's time that MLB sheds its inferiority complex and celebrates the three hours that folks can spend at the ballpark with friends and family, watching a ballgame, eating a hot dog, and drinking a beer.

Posted on Mar 6, 2017
Keywords: Barry Bonds, Chris Sale, Jackie Robinson

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #142: Ungolden Bulls

Big win signifies nothing. Plus: How Oduya?; Follow The Bears' Money; Don't Sleep On Illinois; and Putting The Spring In Spring Training.

Posted on Mar 3, 2017
Keywords: Alshon Jeffery, Cameron Payne, Jimmy Butler, Joakim Noah, Johnny Oduya, Nick Schmaltz, Paul Zipser
The White Sox Report

Putting The Spring In Spring Training

This is a world of athletes with optimistic hopes of reaching the next level amid blue skies, warm temperatures and encouragement from coaches, fans, and teammates. And it can't be rushed.

Posted on Feb 28, 2017
Keywords: Blake Smith, Tommy Lasorda

SportsMonday: Hot Hawks Getting Schmaltzy

Success follows Jonathan Toews' unusual public plea.

Posted on Feb 27, 2017
Keywords: Jonathan Toews, Nick Schmaltz

The 2017 Fantasy Fix Draft Guide, Pt. 1: Bryzzo!

Neither is No. 1, but . . .

Posted on Feb 24, 2017
Keywords: Anthony Rizzo, Chris Sale, Kris Bryant

Cheerleading's Peculiar Path To Olympic Sport

Follow the money.

Posted on Feb 21, 2017
Keywords: Jeff Webb, Varsity Brands Inc.

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #141: The Idea Of Trading Jimmy Butler Really Grinds Coach's Gears

Butler or Bust? Plus: Blackhawks Bye, Blame Barnwell, Joe Maddoning, and Coach Is Only Half-In On The White Sox Rebuild, Too.

Posted on Feb 17, 2017
Keywords: Bill Barnwell, Jimmy Butler, Joe Maddon, Miguel Montero, Patrick Eaves

Brain Damage In Former Players Fuels Soccer 'Heading' Fears

Some professional soccer players might risk the same long-term cognitive problems suffered by boxers and some American football players.

Posted on Feb 15, 2017
Keywords: Acta Neuropathologica

SportsMonday: Now It's Northwestern's Turn

Leicester, Cleveland, the Cubs . . .

Posted on Feb 13, 2017
Keywords: Chris Collins, Mark Aguirre

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #140: Jimmy Football

Get Garoppolo. Plus: Super Bowl Scenery Chewing; #BearsBoycott; ACL U; As The Bulls Turn, Turn, Turn; The Toewster Is Back; Brain Disease Strikes Mike Adamle; and Baseball's Worst Idea Since Using The All-Star Game To Determine Home Field For The World Series.

Posted on Feb 10, 2017
Keywords: George McCaskey, Jabari Parker, Jimmy Garoppolo, Jonathan Toews, Michael Reinsdorf, Mike Adamle, Tom Brady

Many Kids Still Don't Report Concussion Symptoms. How Can We Change That?

Young athletes face a "culture of resistance" to reporting injuries.

Posted on Feb 6, 2017
Keywords: Heads Up

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #139: Super Bowl Swoon

We are not amused. Plus: Garoppalooza; Mrs. Coach And Boy Coach At The Super Bowl!; The Super Bowl Is A Weird Animal; The NFL's Legacy Ownership Problem; Peak Jimmy Butler; Not Wild About The Blackhawks; We're Sad About Elena Delle Donne; Zigs And Zags; Cubs Stockpiling Broken-Down 35-Year-Old Pitchers; and National Everything That's Wrong With College Football Day.

Posted on Feb 3, 2017
Keywords: Chris Long, Elena Delle Donne, Jimmy Butler, Jimmy Garoppolo, Kobe Buffalomeat, Lady Gaga, Shea McClellin, Sheldon Adelson

The 9th Annual (More Or Less) Beachwood Super Bowl Halftime Show Prop Bet: Lady Gaga Edition

If you're into excruciating awkwardness and the prospect of truth chickens coming home to roost all over power, this may truly be your Super Bowl.

Posted on Feb 2, 2017
Keywords: Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Lady Gaga, Roger Goodell

'If The NFL Had A Mom, It'd Steal Money From Her Purse While She Was Sleeping'

There are two things the billionaires who run the NFL love: money and rules that make no sense.

Posted on Feb 2, 2017
Keywords: NFL, Roger Goodell

Cubs World Series Bobbleheads Unveiled

One of them is the only officially licensed Cubs' bobblehead ever made featuring a goat, and will likely be the last!

Posted on Feb 2, 2017
Keywords: Aroldis Chapman, Bryzzo, David Ross, Jake Arrieta, Joe Maddon

Youth Football Finally Listening To Coach Coffman

Say goodbye to three-point stances.

Posted on Feb 1, 2017
Keywords: Jim "Coach" Coffman, USA Football

TrackNotes Postscript: A Farewell To 'Chrome

I will remember his entire career and not just these last two losses. He ran his heart out every time, nothing less.

Posted on Jan 30, 2017
Keywords: Arrogate, California Chrome

SportsMonday: Dwyane Wade Talking About Practice

Young Bulls vs. Magic Johnson.

Posted on Jan 30, 2017
Keywords: Dwyane Wade, Jimmy Butler, Rajan Rondo

TrackNotes: Pegging The Pegasus

It's going to be very difficult for California Chrome to win this race. If he does, I promise you it will be a performance for the ages.

Posted on Jan 27, 2017
Keywords: Arrogate, California Chrome, Gulfstream Park, Pegasus

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #138: Madhouse On Madison

Wherein Gar Forman comes out the biggest loser and Rajon Rondo is the least bad guy. Plus: Fred Hoiberg's Tie; Jets Outfly Hawks; Pay The Woman, Sky; and Coffman All In On The Patriots.

Posted on Jan 27, 2017
Keywords: Corey Crawford, Dwyane Wade, Elena Delle Donne, Fred Hoiberg, Gar Forman, Jerian Grant, Jimmy Butler, Jonathan Toews, Michael Carter-Williams, Nikola Mrotic, Rajon Rondo

Russia Walks Back Doping Admission

"We want to underline that RUSADA does not have and could not have the authority to admit or deny such a fact (of an institutional conspiracy)," RUSADA said.

Posted on Jan 25, 2017
Keywords: doping, RUSADA, WADA

SportsMonday: See Ya Seabrook

If the Blackhawks want to make a trade that will give their top two lines a real boost, they'll almost certainly have to move a very good player. That and the fact they have a surplus of defensemen means . . .

Posted on Jan 23, 2017
Keywords: Brent Seabrook, Jonathan Toews

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #137: Is Glencoe Slickster Our New Skip Bayless?

Annoying start for The Score's new host. Plus: Setting The Super Bowl Table; The Sad Sack Exchange; Bears Drafting Too High!; Cubs' Neverending Caravan; Hall Of Fame Shame; Bulls On Verge Of . . . Something; and Concern Trolling The Blackhawks.

Posted on Jan 20, 2017
Keywords: Bo Jackson, Danny Parkins, Deshaun Watson, Mark Gastineau, Mike Tomlin, Sammy Sosa

Name Dan Bernstein's New Partner!

Bob Woodward, for example.

Posted on Jan 18, 2017
Keywords: Beavis, Bill Clinton, Billy Corgan, Bob Woodward, Bruce Springsteen, Dan Bernstein, Ed Burke, Jason Goff, Lee Elia, Mike North

U.S. High School Soccer Concussions On The Rise

Meanwhile, non-concussion injury rates are falling.

Posted on Jan 17, 2017
Keywords: British Journal of Sports Medicine, Morteza Khodaee

SportsMonday: Respectable Bulls On The Verge?

I am not of the mind that it is such a horror for a team to find itself "in the middle," especially in the NBA.

Posted on Jan 16, 2017
Keywords: Doug McDermott, Dwyane Wade, Fred Hoiberg, Jimmy Butler, Marian Hossa

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #136: Charged Up

Lightning strikes in California - and it really grinds Coach's gears. Plus: Playoff Possibilities; Draft Deshaun?; Cubs Con; Score Heads; Bulls World Turning Again; and Wherefore Arty Though?

Posted on Jan 13, 2017
Keywords: Artem Ansimov, Dan Bernstein, Deshaun Watson, Jason Goff, Joe Maddon, Los Angeles Chargers, Rajon Rondo, Shea McClellin

Breakfast In America: Sentiment Analysis

Making The English Premier League Great Again.

Posted on Jan 12, 2017
Keywords: Arsenal, Bournemouth, Chelsea, Donald Trump, John Terry, Roman Abramovich

USA Gymnastics Named In New Sexual Abuse Lawsuit

Larry Nassar, once a team doctor for the Olympians and a former employee at Michigan State University, has been in federal custody since December on child pornography charges. He also faces separate charges in Michigan for sexual abuse of a minor, who was neither an athlete nor a patient when police say she was abused from ages 6 to 12.

Posted on Jan 11, 2017
Keywords: Larry Nassar, Michigan State University, USA Gymnastics

Yabba Dabo Do

Final Three Games of the World Series Maddon-esque.

Posted on Jan 10, 2017
Keywords: Dabo Swinney

Clemson Confetti

Whoever that dude is making snow angels on the field, he's our favorite.

Posted on Jan 10, 2017
Keywords: Dabo Swinney, K'Von Wallace

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #135: Bears Mess Conference, Toast To Terry & Opening The Score's Door

George McCaskey is not a patient man - except when it comes to his family's ownership and management of the Bears. Then his patience is infinite. Plus: Wake Me Up When Rondo Go-Goes; Arty On Top; and Toasting Terry While Opening The Score's Door.

Posted on Jan 7, 2017
Keywords: Artem Ansimov, Dan Bernstein, George McCaskey, Jimmy Butler, John Fox, Joliet, Jordan Howard, Julie DiCaro, Michael Bennett, Mike North, Rajon Rondo, Roland Harper, Ryan Pace, Sarah Spain, Susannah Collins, Terry Boers

U.S. Supreme Court Ends Fight Over $1 Billion NFL Concussion Deal

Under the settlement, the NFL does not admit guilt.

Posted on Jan 6, 2017
Keywords: Cookie Gilchrist, Dave Duerson, Junior Seau

SportsMonday: Get To Work, Bears

You are all lucky to have your jobs, even you McCaskeys!

Posted on Jan 2, 2017
Keywords: John Fox, Ryan Pace, Vic Fangio

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour's 2016 In Review: The Cubbie Effect

Everybody's new (misunderstood) model. Including: White Sox Salvage Arrow; The Rebuild-A-Bears Narrative; Bulls Blow Up; and We Love Coach Q Deja Vu.

Posted on Dec 30, 2016
Keywords: Fred Hoiberg, Joel Quenneville, John Fox, Rick Hahn, Theo Epstein, Tom Thibodeau

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Skinned Alive

The Bears: Only 16 impact players away.

Posted on Dec 28, 2016
Keywords: Calvin Thomas, Cameron Meredith, Cody Whitehair, Craig Krenzel, Jay Cutler, John Fox, Jordan Howard, Kingsford Charcoal, Leonard Floyd, Ryan Pace, Sade, Westworld, Zangeif

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #133: Yes, Virginia, It's Your Fault

Making End-Times Christians of all of us. Featuring: Bears Fuller Shit; Fred's Funhouse; Q's Kids; and The Old College Try.

Posted on Dec 23, 2016
Keywords: Alshon Jeffery, Chris Ballard, Fred Barrett, Fred Hoiberg, Joel Quenneville, John Fox, Kyle Fuller, Rashan Salaam, Stan Bowman, Steve Kerr, Vic Fangio, Virginia McCaskey

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Cre'Von LeBleep

The Bears forgot one of the tenets of football and life in general: Always do things whole-assed.

Posted on Dec 22, 2016
Keywords: Cre'Von LeBlanc, Dowell Loggains, John Fox, Vic Fangio, Voltron

SportsMonday: Bears Loss A Win-Win

Still competing, still losing. Perfect.

Posted on Dec 19, 2016
Keywords: Aaron Rodgers, John Fox

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #132: Bulls Shit

Team Hoiberg falls of the cliff. Plus: RealFeeling The Bears and Joe Maddon Fails To Embrace The Target Of Accountability.

Posted on Dec 17, 2016
Keywords: Alshon Jeffery, Aroldis Chapman, Dwyane Wade, Fred Hoiberg, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Joe Maddon, John Fox, Matt Barkley, O.J. Simpson, Tom Thibodeau

TrackNotes: What's He To You?

When I heard about the passing early this week of former jockey, former great, Garrett Gomez, the sadness simmered along with the memories and the question: What does this really mean to me?

Posted on Dec 16, 2016
Keywords: Bill Hartack, Garrett Gomez, Jimmy Winkfield, Willie Shoemaker

Michael Jordan Wins Trademark Case In China

The Chinese characters for Jordan's name read as "Qiaodan" in basketball-mad China.

Posted on Dec 16, 2016
Keywords: Michael Jordan, Qiaodan

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Yo, You Holding?

Mouse, house, box, Fox.

Posted on Dec 15, 2016
Keywords: Aaron Rodgers, Al Franken, Alshon Jeffery, Cialis, Cre'Von LeBlanc, Davante Quincy Adams, Demontre Hurst, Dowell Loggains, Jim Bob Cooter, Jordan Howard, Matt Barkley, Porn Hub, Predator, Tater Tachos, Tawny Kitaen

Doping Probe: 'Unprecedented' Russian Corruption

More than 1,000 Russian Olympic athletes are now linked to cheating scandal.

Posted on Dec 13, 2016
Keywords: Olympics, Putin, Russia, WADA

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #131: Rebuild City

The Hot Stove League is scorching. Including: White Sox Ditch Drake LaRoche Fan Club; Cubs Always Closing; Dusty Maddon; John Fox Is Officially A Clown; Hoiberg vs. Thibodeau vs. Popovich; and Marian Hossa, MVP.

Posted on Dec 9, 2016
Keywords: Adam Eaton, Bryce Harper, Chris Sale, Dexter Fowler, Dwyane Wade, Joe Maddon, John Fox, Jorge Soler, Marian Hossa, Tom Thibodeau, Vic Fangio

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Slurpee-esque

You want to get to the playoffs, you gotta go through Disappointment City.

Posted on Dec 8, 2016
Keywords: Bill Simmons, Bryce Callahan, Josh Bellamy, Matthew Stafford, Orson Friggin' Welles, Pooh Beer
The White Sox Report

Sale, All Smiles, Sold

Ready to leave throwback uniforms and children in the clubhouse in arrears.

Posted on Dec 7, 2016
Keywords: Chris Sale, Luis Alexander Basabe, Victor Diaz, Yoan Moncada. Michael Kopech

Why People Delude Themselves With Sports Rituals & Superstitions

The illusion of control.

Posted on Dec 6, 2016
Keywords: Billy Sianis, LeBron James

SportsMonday: Barkley Buoys Bears

The accidental quarterback makes his case.

Posted on Dec 5, 2016
Keywords: Matt Barkley

Fantasy Fix: Barkley The Bear

I'm not entirely convinced he wasn't mascot understudy to Staley when this season began.

Posted on Dec 1, 2016
Keywords: Matt Barkley, Staley

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: The Case For Pace

If you're rooting for a top pick in the 2017 draft, this is your Super Bowl.

Posted on Nov 30, 2016
Keywords: Colin Kaepernick, Connor Shaw, Craisins, David Fales, Dick Wolf, Matt Barkley, Oregon, Ryan Pace

SportsMonday: Nothing To See Here

Forget the Bears.

Posted on Nov 28, 2016
Keywords: Jerian Grant, Windy City Bulls

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #129: Sick Of The Bearratives

Jay Cutler, John Fox, the McCaskeys, 1985, Soldier Field, Halas, Butkus, Urlacher, OB, Joniak, Hub . . . sick of it all. Also: The Circus - And The Soap Opera - Has Left Town; Blackhawks Can't Help It If They're Lucky; Oh, The Pageantry!; Dex Knows; Chapman Doesn't; and Selling Sale.

Posted on Nov 26, 2016
Keywords: Aroldis Chapman, Chris Sale, Derrick Rose, Dexter Fowler, Dick Butkus, Dwyane Wade, Jay Cutler, Jerian Grant, Joakim Noah, John Fox, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Phil Jackson, Tom Thibodeau, Vince Hinostroza

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Half In The Bag

A metric fuck-ton of bad luck and poor decision-making has created gaping roster holes.

Posted on Nov 23, 2016
Keywords: Alshon Jeffery, Bobby Massie, DeMarco Murray, Jay Cutler, Jerrell Freeman, John Fox, Jordan Howard, Josh Sitton, Kerry Collins, Kyle Fuller, Kyle Long, Leonard Floyd, Marcus Mariota, Matt Barkley, Robbie Gould, Zach Miller

Fantasy Fix: The Pope's Nose Awards 2016!

It's time for the annual awarding of a greasy, fatty turkey anus to the worst fantasy football performers of the season.

Posted on Nov 23, 2016
Keywords: Jay Cutler

Giants Mic'd Up Vs. Bears

"You only get one shot at this once a week . . . tomorrow's not promised and yesterday's an afterthought."

Posted on Nov 23, 2016
Keywords: Jay Cutler

Conflict Of Interest For NFL Doctors To Report To Teams: Harvard Study

The NFL called the recommendations "untenable and impractical."

Posted on Nov 22, 2016
Keywords: Chicago Bears, Dave Duerson

SportsMonday: Butler Buoys Bulls

Blowing away expectations.

Posted on Nov 21, 2016
Keywords: Fred Hoiberg, Jimmy Butler

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #128: Clarity

Love the art, not the artist. Including: The "P" In MVP Stands For "Player," Not "Person"; Peak Jay Cutler (Again); Grandpa Wade; and Corey Crawford Standing On Head.

Posted on Nov 18, 2016
Keywords: Alshon Jeffery, Corey Crawford, Dwyane Wade, Jay Cutler, Kris Bryant, Michael Jordan

Fantasy Fix: The Last Fantasy-Relevant Bear

And even he may end up sitting this week after a mystery injury last week.

Posted on Nov 17, 2016
Keywords: Dak Prescott, Jordan Howard, Zach Miller

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Serenity Now

Next time, try performance-enhancing hypnotherapy, Alshon.

Posted on Nov 17, 2016
Keywords: Fail Horn

Breakfast In America: EPL Shines Light On Trump

Into a dystopian darkness.

Posted on Nov 14, 2016
Keywords: Donald Trump, Splenda

SportsMonday: Don't Let Trump Supporter Steal Our Sundays Anymore

Let us resolve that Sunday become Funday once again.

Posted on Nov 14, 2016
Keywords: Jay Cutler, Noah Coffman

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #127: Trumped Up

Who we are. Including: Trump Ruined The Cubs' World Series Championship; Tweeting Trump; Wait 'Til This Year; Guaranteed Grate; and Back To Breeders'.

Posted on Nov 12, 2016
Keywords: Arrogate, Beholder, California Chrome, Colin Kaepernick, Donald Trump, Gregg Popovich, Hillary Clinton, Jake Arrieta, Jay Cutler, Mickey Mantle, Pegasus, Stan Van Gundy, Steve Garvey, Steve Kerr

Letter From Kentucky: I Hated Harry Caray And Other Observations On The Cubs Bandwagon

"What's my opinion of Kingman's performance? What the fuck do you think is my opinion of it? I think it was fucking fuck. Put that in, I don't fuck."

Posted on Nov 10, 2016
Keywords: Augie Busch, Ernie Banks, Hack Wilson, Harry Caray, Hillary Clinton, Ron Santo, Tommy Lasorda

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: The Audacity Of Playoff Hope

Despite their best efforts, the Bears aren't dead.

Posted on Nov 9, 2016
Keywords: Connor Barth, Dirk Koetter, Jackhammer, Jay Cutler, John Podesta, Jordan Howard, Mike Adams, Pierre, Putin

Post-Cubs Chicago

Nothing can top this, but it doesn't make Rahm any more likable.

Posted on Nov 7, 2016
Keywords: Rahm, White Sox, Wrigleyville

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #126: It Was Real, And It's Over

Shut it down. We did it. Including: Thank God It Didn't Get Away; Rally Caps; Kris Bryant's Greatest (And Most Telling) Moment; Baseball's Most Famous Rain Delay; Most Memorable Game Ever; and The Cubs 'Mystique' Was Real.

Posted on Nov 5, 2016
Keywords: Anthony Rizzo, Ben Zobrist, Brant Brown, Buster Olney, David Ross, Dexter Fowler, Jerry Garcia, Joe Maddon, Jon Lester, Kris Bryant, Kyle Schwarber, Tom Verducci

TrackNotes: Streaks

There will be plenty of compelling story lines at the Breeders' Cup, and the two feature races, the Distaff Friday and the Classic Saturday, both bring together enough stars to force you to pull out the GPS to find a value wager.

Posted on Nov 4, 2016
Keywords: Aiden O'Brien, American Pharoah, Arrogate, Breeders' Cup, California Chrome, Dortmund, Flintshire, Found, Grande Dame Beholder, Mike Smith, Runhappy, Songbird, Tepin
The Cub Factor

Yada Yada

It's all Cubbie Blue gravy now.

Posted on Nov 3, 2016
Keywords: Albert Almora (Jr.), Ben Zobrist, Darwin Barney, Dexter Fowler, Dusty Baker, Jason Heyward, Javy Baez, Joe Maddon, Kyle Schwarber, Leon Durham, Steve Garvey, Will Clark

World Series Notebook 7: The Chapman Series

Joe Maddon has absolutely lost his mind.

Posted on Nov 2, 2016
Keywords: Aroldis Chapman, Joe Maddon


They aren't suddenly a good team, Jay Cutler or no. They're just a 2-6 team instead of the 1-7 team we all expected.

Posted on Nov 1, 2016
Keywords: Jay Cutler, John Fox, Jordan Howard

Breakfast In America: Premier League Presidential Endorsements

A week from now, it will all be over. And when I say "it," I don't mean Sunderland's chances to avoid relegation.

Posted on Nov 1, 2016
Keywords: Arsenal, Bob Bradley, Jose Mourinho, Jurgen Klopp, Peter Crouch, Tony Pullis, Wayne Rooney

World Series Notebook 6: Stayin' Alive

Disrespecting 90.

Posted on Oct 31, 2016
Keywords: Anthony Rizzo, Aroldis Chapman, Eddie Vedder, Javy Baez
The Cub Factor

Scary Spice

We help the Cubs celebrate Halloween.

Posted on Oct 31, 2016
Keywords: Jason Heyward, Joe Maddon, John Lackey

World Series Notebook 5: It's All Over Now, Baby Blue

Cleveland is the best team in baseball right now, and it looks like they made the best mid-season acquisition.

Posted on Oct 30, 2016
Keywords: Andrew Miller, Aroldis Chapman, Darya Aliya Fowler, Joe Sheehan, Kyle Schwarber

World Series Notebook 4: Deja Vu All Over Again

What, us worry?

Posted on Oct 29, 2016
Keywords: Ben Zobrist, Coco Crisp, Corey Kluber, Jason Heyward, Kyle Schwarber, St. Jude

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #125: Historic World Series Edition!

First Beachwood World Series podcast since 1945. Including: Coffman Returns To Cubs Fold!; Wrigleyville Security State; Corey Kluber Introduces Self To Nation; Bam Bam Is Back!; Matchup Mania!; Schwarber, Schwarber, Schwarber!; Jay Cutler Blah Blah Blah; Coach Qalm Down; and Bulls Opener Actually Compelling.

Posted on Oct 28, 2016
Keywords: Ben Zobrist, Corey Kluber, Jason Heyward, Jay Cutler, Joel Quenneville; Taj Gibson, Kyle Schwarber, Mike Montgomery, Willson Contreras, Wrigleyville

Fantasy Fix: Cutler?


Posted on Oct 27, 2016
Keywords: Alshon Jeffery, Brian Hoyer, Jay Cutler, Jordan Howard, Zach Miller

World Series Notebook 3: Crisis Averted!

Look, we sort of don't know how to behave going this deep into the playoffs

Posted on Oct 27, 2016
Keywords: Arby's, Ben Zobrist, Jason Arrieta, Jason Goff, Kyle Schwarber, Mike Montgomery, Willson Contreras

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: America's Next Top QB

Do whatever feels right - as long as whatever you're drinking is strong because this game has very little intrigue as a standalone product.

Posted on Oct 26, 2016
Keywords: Brian Hoyer, Elvira, Exceptional D, Gladiator, Jay Cutler, John Fox, Matt Barkley

World Series Notebook 2: Choke Job

Lester set the tone, Maddon set the lineup, Schwarber set something.

Posted on Oct 26, 2016
Keywords: Joe Maddon, Jon Lester, Kyle Schwarber

World Series Notebook 1: Bam Bam Is Back

But should he be? Plus: The case for Heyward.

Posted on Oct 25, 2016
Keywords: David Haugh, Fangraphs, Jason Heyward, Kyle Schwarber, Marty

SportsMonday: Prelude To A Cubs World Series

I'm one of the guys who the camera lingered on the next night when we all knew the team was going down again.

Posted on Oct 24, 2016
Keywords: 1984, 2003
The Cub Factor

All-Star Curse

A Kansas City Royal hit a home run in a pretend game three months ago to spoil the Cubs' storybook ending.

Posted on Oct 24, 2016
Keywords: Ben Zobrist, Chico Walker, Jason Heyward, Joe Maddon, Kyle Schwarber, Rick Monday

TrackNotes: Woof

Dog days, a cat and the Breeders' Cup.

Posted on Oct 23, 2016
Keywords: Breeders' Cup, California Chrome, Creator, Exaggerator, Frosted, Nyquist, Tepin

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #124: Cubs - And Us - On The Brink

Bringing it all back home. Including: The Bunt Is Back!; Keys To Kyle Vs. Clayton; Players Performing Playoffy; Problematic Pitching Problems; Jay Cutler's Thumb Vs. Johnny Manziel's Drinking Problem, and; Your World Champion LA Sparks.

Posted on Oct 21, 2016
Keywords: Aaron Rodgers, Anthony Rizzo, Clayton Kershaw, Jake Arrieta, Javy Baez, John Smoltz, Johnny Manziel, LA Sparks, Pete Rose, Vin Scully, Willson Contreras

Cubs Retweet: Bringing It All Back Home

Here we go.

Posted on Oct 21, 2016
Keywords: Addison Russell, Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Bears, Javy Baez, Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks

Tweeting The Bears | QB 911

"Matt Barkley is the closest thing the Bears have to a developmental QB on the roster. Verdict: Keep looking."

Posted on Oct 21, 2016
Keywords: John Fox, Johnny Manziel, Matt Barkley, Ted Larsen

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Nip Slip

What if I told you . . .

Posted on Oct 20, 2016
Keywords: Aaron Rodgers, Alshon Jeffery, Arrelious Benn, Avril Lavigne, Brian Boyer, Cameron Meredith, Connor Barth, Eddie Lacy, Gorton's Fisherman, Greg Hennings, Hunter Hillenmyer, Tracy Porter, Willie Young

Fantasy Fix: Hoyer Plays Well (Again), May Lose Job

Brian Hoyer threw for 300-plus yards for the fourth straight game, but was somehow a disappointment.

Posted on Oct 19, 2016
Keywords: Brian Hoyer, Eddie Lacy, Knile Davis, Odell Beckham Jr.

Cubs Retweet: Panic! At The Disco

For the mighty Jason Heyward, pinch-hitting for Addison Russell, struck out.

Posted on Oct 19, 2016
Keywords: Addison Russell, Anthony Rizzo, Jason Heyward, Rich Hill

Breakfast In America: Chill Out, People

For once, English football is calmer than the U.S. populace. Some advice.

Posted on Oct 18, 2016
Keywords: Bournemouth, Chicago Bears, Crystal Palace, Hull City, Liverpool, Tottenham, West Ham

Tweeting The Bears | Not So Foxy

When you go from savior to irritant to punch line, you're generally on your way out the door.

Posted on Oct 17, 2016
Keywords: George McCaskey, John Fox, Michael McCaskey, Ryan Pace, Ted Phillips
The Cub Factor

The Cub Factor: Joe Blows!

Is the magic man with the Midas touch managing tight?

Posted on Oct 17, 2016
Keywords: Aroldis Chapman, Jason Heyward, Joe Maddon

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #123: The Cubs Are Ridiculous

Happy Yom Cub-pur. Plus: Dodger Dogs, The Dusty Baker Show, L.A.'s Leftorium, The Suddenly Crowded Grandpa Rossy Bandwagon, The Bears Are Connor Barth's Team Now, The Derrick Rose Trial Gets Uglier And Uglier, Meet The Bulls' New Folk Hero, And Blackhawks Blues.

Posted on Oct 14, 2016
Keywords: Brian Hoyer, Buster Olney, Clayton Kershaw, Dave Roberts, Derrick Rose, Dusty Baker, Grandpa Rossy, Isaiah Canaan, Jay Cutler, Joe Maddon, Josh McCown

Fantasy Fix: Brian Hoyer, Fantasy Darling

Jay Cutler sinks further into fantasy irrelevance.

Posted on Oct 14, 2016
Keywords: Adam Vinatieri, Bartolo Colon, Brian Hoyer, Ezekiel Elliott, Jay Cutler, Todd Gurley, Tyler Eifert

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Cap & Trade

Ah, doin' it with the ex. Feels icky at first, but they know what you like.

Posted on Oct 13, 2016
Keywords: Adam Gase, Allen Robinson, Blake Bortles, Brian Hoyer, Cameron Meredith, Connor Barth, Crocodile Dundee, Jay Cutler, Jordan Howard, Marc Trestman, Paxton Lynch, Peter Dinklage, Rocky Mountain Oysters, Totino's Pizza Rolls, Trevor Siemian, Western Kentucky University, Willie Young

Cubs Retweet: The Going Gets Weirder

In a battle of bullpens, one team's fix held while the other's did not.

Posted on Oct 12, 2016
Keywords: Aroldis Chapman, Ben Finfer, Conor Gillaspie, Jesse Rogers, Matt Moore

Cubs Retweet: Pitching The Offense

Rizzo freezing, Maddon loses Midas touch.

Posted on Oct 11, 2016
Keywords: Anthony Rizzo, Jake Arrieta, Joe Maddon

Tweeting The Bears | Ken Bone For QB

Stop pining for the Hail Alshon.

Posted on Oct 10, 2016
Keywords: Brian Hoyer, Jay Cutler, Ken Bone
The Cub Factor


The universe has a will, and it is not to be fucked with.

Posted on Oct 10, 2016
Keywords: Ben Zobrist, Bill Murray, Javy Baez, Joe Maddon, Matt Szczur, Travis Wood

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #122: Cubs Turn Weird

Dear America: Meet Javy Baez. Plus: Coffman Gives In To Grandpa Ross; Joe Midas; QB Kontroversy; Bulls New Old Vibe; Blackhawks' New Faces; The Sky; The Fire; and Oh, Lovie.

Posted on Oct 9, 2016
Keywords: Bob Costas, Brian Hoyer, David Ross, Derrick Rose, Javy Baez, Jay Cutler, Jeff Samardzija, Joe Maddon, Johnny Cueto, Lovie Smith, Madison Bumgarner, Ricky Renteria, Travis Wood

Top 10 Ways The Cubs Will Blow It

Brant Brown, Michael Ferro, Donald Trump . . .

Posted on Oct 7, 2016

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Dance Like Nobody's Watching, Chicago

If we keep up this torrid one-home-victory-per-calendar-year pace, the Cubs may lay claim to a World Series title before the Bears win another game at Soldier Field, so savor every victory as much as you can.

Posted on Oct 6, 2016
Keywords: Andrew Luck, Connor Barth, Dowell Loggains, Eddie Royal, John Fox, John Lackey, Jordan Howard, Larry Mayer, Sinestra, Viagra, Zangief

Dear Cubs Fans: Hang In There

A little history with your marching orders.

Posted on Oct 4, 2016

Breakfast In America: Old Wives And Walking Sticks

Our mission is to talk EPL football. Because we are American fans, we will accidentally ruin it.

Posted on Oct 4, 2016
Keywords: Arsenal, Bournemouth, Burnley, Crystal Palace, Everton, Leicester City, Manchester, Southampton, Swansea City
The Cub Factor

Do It For Grandpa

Who has the balls to ruin the David Ross farewell tour? Who has those balls?!?

Posted on Oct 3, 2016
Keywords: David Ross, Jake Arrieta, Joe Maddon, Ryan Dempster

The Real Bears QB Controversy

Neither Brian Hoyer nor Jay Cutler should even be here.

Posted on Oct 3, 2016
Keywords: Brian Hoyer, Jay Cutler, Ryan Pace
The White Sox Report

The Season In Verse | Back Up The Hearse

It actually got worse.

Posted on Oct 2, 2016
Keywords: Adam LaRoche, Chris Sale, Guaranteed Rate Field, James Shields, Rick Renteria, Robin Ventura

TrackNotes: 'Chrome Is King

Just enjoy it, race fans. This is fun.

Posted on Oct 2, 2016
Keywords: Beholder, California Chrome, Flintshire

Worst Place To Be On Planet This Thursday Night Announced

Chicago's Party Headquarters.

Posted on Oct 1, 2016
Keywords: David Kaplan, Ronnie Wickers, Todd Hollandsworth

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #121: Cubs Spring Fling

Pre-playoff exhibition games rankle. Plus: Theo Epstein Finally Gets Edwin Jackson Money; Robin's Return?!; Bears Still Not As Bad As White Sox; Blackhawks & Bulls Go Camping; Chicago Sky, Chicago Fire, NIU And The Tribune's Endorsement Of Gary Johnson Bring Up The Rear.

Posted on Sep 30, 2016
Keywords: Jake Arrieta, Jason McLeod, Jed Hoyer, Joe Maddon, John Fox, Michael Kempny, Miguel Montero, Robin Ventura, Sammy Sosa, Shawon Dunston, Taj Gibson, Theo Epstein, Vic Fangio

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Fifty Percent Of The Time, It Fails Every Time

Another week, another effort that was half passable and half ass-able.

Posted on Sep 29, 2016
Keywords: Brazzers, Chris Pratt, Jacoby Glenn, Jennifer Lawrence, Jordan Howard, Matthew Stafford, Mrs. The Author, Passengers, Rice Boner, Tighthead Brewing, Wicked Pictures, Zach Miller

Fantasy Fix: Trust No One . . . Except Zach Miller And Jordan Howard?

Rewriting the Bears' script.

Posted on Sep 28, 2016
Keywords: Carson Palmer, Devonta Freeman, Jeremy Hill, Jordan Howard, Tevin Coleman, Trevor Siemian, Zach Miller

The NFL Joins The Data Revolution

Catching up with baseball and basketball through chips in footballs and shoulder pads.

Posted on Sep 28, 2016
Keywords: ChyronHego, CourtVision, SportVu

Tweeting The Bears | A Reason To Watch

Still better than Arcade Fire.

Posted on Sep 26, 2016
Keywords: Arcade Fire, Brian Hoyer, Dak Prescott, Earl Bennett, John Fox

SportsMonday: Grandpa Rossy vs. Grandpa Bears

Admit it: You changed channels too.

Posted on Sep 26, 2016
Keywords: David Ross, Joe Maddon, Roger McDowell
The Cub Factor

Grandpa Rossy vs. Hank White

I had to double-check this just to be correct, but he's only been a Cub since 2015. That's last year.

Posted on Sep 26, 2016
Keywords: David Ross, Henry Blanco, Joe Maddon
The White Sox Report

Venerating Vin

He rooted for baseball, not the Dodgers.

Posted on Sep 26, 2016
Keywords: Hawk Harrelson, Jason Benetti, Steve Stone, Vin Scully

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #120: Bears Narratives Have Exhausted Themselves

Franchise's greatest quarterback also its greatest millstone. Plus: Bill Freakin' Belichick, Jesus Christ, Really?; What We Have Here Is A Failure To Develop A Quarterback; Cubs Play Cards Right; Derrick Rose Doesn't Understand Consent Or Manhood; Abreu And Frazier Put Up Huge Meaningless Numbers; The Blackhawks Are (Almost) Back; Delle Donne's Got A Thumb Too; Chicago Fire Lost In Time; and Lovie, Wesleyan And Duke.

Posted on Sep 23, 2016
Keywords: Bill Belichick, Derrick Rose, Duncan Keith, Elena Delle Donne, Jay Cutler, Joe Maddon, John Fox, Lovie Smith, Ryan Pace

TrackNotes: Road To Breeders'

As with any great destination, getting there will be just as much fun.

Posted on Sep 23, 2016
Keywords: Arrogate, Big Blue Kitten, Cathryn Sophia, Exaggerator, Nyquist, Parx, Songbird, The Cotillion

Fantasy Fix: Early Elimination

Maybe it wasn't such a good idea to take a WR in the first round . . .

Posted on Sep 23, 2016
Keywords: Adrian Peterson, Stefon Diggs

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Awwwwww Inspiring Performance

Well, Jason Heyward had a nice homer in the eighth.

Posted on Sep 22, 2016
Keywords: Jason Heyward, John Fox, Stephen "Ol' Fuckface" McGee, The National Gourd Association

SportsWednesday: Cutler Conundrum Kills Bears

Cutler was better last year with Gase at the helm but oftentimes even at his best he was just good enough to lose.

Posted on Sep 21, 2016
Keywords: Connor Cook, Dak Prescott, David Fales, Jacoby Brissett, Jay Cutler, Jimmy Garoppolo

New Research Shows How Native American Mascots Reinforce Stereotypes

People living in cities with Native American mascots - like Chicago - were more likely to think of Native Americans as warlike.

Posted on Sep 21, 2016
Keywords: Atlanta Braves, Chicago Blackhawks, Washington Redskins

Tweeting The Bears | Paging Pernell From State Farm

Highlights, lowlights, notes and observations from the Bears disaster on the lakefront before a national Monday Night Football audience.

Posted on Sep 20, 2016
Keywords: Brandon Marshall, John Fox, Martellus Bennett, Matt Forte, Pernell McPhee, Robbie Gould

Downers Grove Native Named Co-Captain Of Clarkson Women's Hockey Team

A highly skilled offensive defenseman entering her junior season.

Posted on Sep 20, 2016
Keywords: Savannah Harmon
The Cub Factor

Time/Life Of Your Life

That sucker is already brimming.

Posted on Sep 19, 2016
Keywords: Ben Zobrist, Joe Maddon, Metallica, Miguel Montero, Sean Doolittle, Starlin Castro
The White Sox Report


The only "rebuild" this team needs is in the manager's office and the bullpen.

Posted on Sep 19, 2016
Keywords: Robin Ventura

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #119: Cubs Crapshoot

Pedal to the metal. Plus: Exclusive! The Bears Have Only Played One Game; Chicago Sky Again Picks Up Slack Without Delle Donne; Consider The Chicago Fire Source!; White Sox Mandated To Continue Playing Games.

Posted on Sep 17, 2016
Keywords: Chris Coghlan, Elena Delle Donne, Jason Hammel, Jason McLeod, Jay Cutler, Jed Hoyer, Kris Bryant, Mark Appel, Miguel Montero, Rich Hill, Theo Epstein, Tommy La Stella

Fantasy Fix: The Kap Factor

I'd like to see what happens when some of the NFL's bigger stars take a knee.

Posted on Sep 16, 2016
Keywords: A.J. Green, Andrew Luck, Colin Kaepernick, Jamaal Charles, Le'Veon Bell

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: The Halves And The Half Not

Another three hours of my life wasted you worthless (gurgling noise) . . . you're just like your goddam mother!

Posted on Sep 15, 2016
Keywords: Connor Barth, Don Henley, Dowell Loggains, Flight of the Conchords, Kevin White, Sam Bradford, Swoop

My Cubs (I'm Not Betting Against . . . )

Don't be shocked when you hear the cheers in Hazel Crest.

Posted on Sep 14, 2016
Keywords: Leon Durham, Steve Garvey

Breakfast In America: Our Ann Coulter

We should invade their countries, kill their leaders, and convert them to soccer fans.

Posted on Sep 13, 2016
Keywords: Ann Coulter, Peyton Manning, Rob Lowe, Roger Goodell, Timothy McVeigh, West Bromwich Albion

SportsMonday: The Play Action's The Thing

Dak Prescott and Will Fuller vs. Jay Cutler and Kevin White.

Posted on Sep 12, 2016
Keywords: Dak Prescott, Jay Cutler, Kevin White, Will Fuller
The Cub Factor

Throat Punchers

Meaningless answers to ridiculous questions.

Posted on Sep 12, 2016
Keywords: Dave Martinez, Ernie Broglio, Joe Maddon, John Lackey, Miguel Montero
The White Sox Report

Ask About The Curve

Interested fans can learn all kinds of information at Sox games.

Posted on Sep 12, 2016
Keywords: Carlos Rodon, Chris Sale, Friendly Bob Adams, Hamm's, Miguel Gonzalez, Peyronie's disease, White Owl

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #118: Bearly .500

And that's an unlikely best-case scenario. Plus: Gone Gould; Wisconsin Sends Us An Angel; Leonard "Stink" Floyd; Ryan Pace Is Now On The Clock; Secret Bears Under Wrap?; A Lot Of Pundits Love The Packers; Coffman Can't Take The Patriots Anymore; There Are Many Ways To Be Smart, Even For Dipshits; and The NFL Is Concussed.

Posted on Sep 9, 2016
Keywords: Cam Newton, Chris Conte, Josh Sitton, Kevin White, Leonard Floyd, Robbie Gould, Ryan Pace

A Brief History Of The Paralympic Games: From Post-WWII Rehabilitation To Mega Sporting Event

The Games have evolved from an event for only athletes who used wheelchairs to now welcoming 10 different impairment types.

Posted on Sep 9, 2016
Keywords: Carlos Arthur Nuzman, Ludwig Guttmann, Rio Olympics

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: We And Connor McRib Are Back

It's been eight long months and the only thing left on Earth that can hold people's attention for seven hours at a time has returned to television!

Posted on Sep 8, 2016
Keywords: Binny's Beverage Depot, Cre'Von LeBlanc, Deonte Thompson, Ego Ferguson, J.J. Watt, Kevin VanDam, Khari Lee

SportsMondayTuesday: Bears Upgrade To 5-Win Potential

The Packers are now, perhaps, a tiny bit less way better than the Bears heading into this season.

Posted on Sep 6, 2016
Keywords: Josh Sitton, Robbie Gould
The Cub Factor

Boot 'n Scoot

A beer league invite for Tommy La Stella.

Posted on Sep 6, 2016
Keywords: Nolan Ryan Beef, Tommy La Stella

Don't Be Surprised If Colin Kaepernick Prompts More Schoolchildren To Sit For The Pledge Of Allegiance

The state of schooling for children of color is ripe for protest.

Posted on Sep 5, 2016
Keywords: Colin Kaepernick, Lauryn Crawford, Mason Michalec
The White Sox Report

Fly The Coop

If you listen to Hawk Harrelson, Don Cooper is one of the game's elite pitching coaches . . .

Posted on Sep 5, 2016
Keywords: David Robertson, Don Cooper, Francisco Liriano, Jake Peavy, James Shields, Jeff Samardzija

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #117: That's Cubs Entertainment!

Highlight reel heroes - daily. Plus: About Tommy La Stella; Hawk Harrelson Still Allowed On Air; White Sox' One Direction: Down; The Chicago Bear Sox; The Case Against Derrick Rose; and College Football's Kickass Kickoff.

Posted on Sep 2, 2016
Keywords: Addison Russell, Appalachian State, Aroldis Chapman, Avisail Garcia, Brian Hoyer, Chris Coghlan, Dak Prescott, Derrick Rose, Elena Delle Donne, Hawk Harrelson, Jason Heyward, Joe Maddon, Jonathan Bullard, Kevin White, Kris Bryant, Leonard Floyd, Miguel Montero, Pernell McPhee, Tommy La Stella, Travis Wood, Willson Contreras

The 2016 Fantasy Fix Football Draft Guide Pt. 5: King Gronk

Oh, Bears.

Posted on Sep 1, 2016
Keywords: Greg Olsen, Martellus Bennett, Zach Miller

Teen Concussion Rate Rising Significantly

Increased participation in sports or increased awareness?

Posted on Aug 31, 2016
Keywords: Alan Zhang, UCSF

Breakfast In America: The Guaranteed Rate EPL

Taking the White Sox approach overseas.

Posted on Aug 30, 2016
Keywords: Arsenal, Bournemouth, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Everton, Middlesborough, Southampton

SportsMonday: Bearly There

Not ready.

Posted on Aug 29, 2016
Keywords: Alshon Jeffery, Jay Cutler, Kevin White, Mickey Mouse
The Cub Factor

Onesies & Wine Cork

Jumping the shark at the best time of the season.

Posted on Aug 29, 2016
Keywords: Edwin Jackson, Jason Heyward, Joe Maddon, Kris Bryant, Miguel Montero
The White Sox Report

Chili Sell-Off

The team's new direction: online mortgages.

Posted on Aug 29, 2016
Keywords: Brooks Boyer, Luke Appling, Victor Ciardelli

TrackNotes: Touting The Travers

Many fine horses have been beaten here - most notably, Man o' War, by Upset. It was so monumental, the word upset became part of the sporting lexicon.

Posted on Aug 27, 2016
Keywords: American Pharoah, Atlanta Falcons, Breeders' Cup, Carmelo Anthony, Exaggerator

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #116: Guaranteed Grate

White Sox do the impossible: become even more unlikable. Plus: Cubs vs. the Calendar; Bears Lower Bar; Blackhawks Miss Target; and our Rio 2016 Roundup.

Posted on Aug 26, 2016
Keywords: Addison Russell, Bobby Hoying, Crying Jordan, Guaranteed Rate, Hope Solo, Javy Baez, Jimmy Vesey, Joe Maddon, Matthew Centrowitz, NASA, Rio Olympics, Ryan Lochte, Willson Contreras

Rio 2016: The Beachwood Roundup

Doping, misogyny and greed.

Posted on Aug 26, 2016
Keywords: Archery, IOC, Jonathan Pie, Jousting, NBC, Pat Tomasulo, Ping Pong, Rio Olympics, Russia, Sexism, Skateboarding, Tokyo 2020, USA Gymnastics, USOC, Wrestling

The 2016 Fantasy Fix Football Draft Guide Pt. 4: Throwing Deep

Just missed.

Posted on Aug 25, 2016
Keywords: Jay Cutler

Guaranteed Rate Field Is Already A Laughingstock

The $25 million alleged loan diversion scheme is my favorite part.

Posted on Aug 25, 2016
Keywords: Crying Michael Jordan, Donald Trump, Eugene Sawyer, Guaranteed Rate, Marshall Field, Prince, Ty Pennington, White Castle

Sports Betting Spotlight: Chicago Bears

Tip: Always bet John Fox against the spread on the road.

Posted on Aug 23, 2016
Keywords: Jay Cutler, John Fox, Station Casinos

With Skateboarding's Inclusion In Tokyo 2020, A Once-Marginalized Subculture Enters The Spotlight

The Olympic ideal in the DNA of skateboarding culture.

Posted on Aug 23, 2016
Keywords: Amelia Brodka, Elissa Steamer, Kareem Campbell, Peggy Oki, Ray Barbee, Salm Agah, Skatistan, Stacy Peralta, Steve Caballero, Tokyo 2020, Tommy Guerrero, Tony Alva, Tony Hawk, Tulio de la Oliviera, Z-boys
The Cub Factor

Marty's Hate List

Hey Hey, Heyward.

Posted on Aug 22, 2016
Keywords: Jason Heyward, Joe Maddon, Mike Montgomery, Taco Tuesday, Tommy La Stella, Trevor Cahill
The White Sox Report

Rick's Picks

Have any of his deals really worked out?

Posted on Aug 22, 2016
Keywords: Adam Dunn, Adam Eaton, Addison Reed, Jeff Samardzija, Rick Hahn, Todd Frazier

TrackNotes: Turf Meets Surf, Borel's Back & Inverted Arlington

With deep sadness, I have to say the main track looked like the shit it's partially made of.

Posted on Aug 20, 2016
Keywords: Arlington Million, California Chrome, Calvin Borel, Pacific Classic, Songbird

Sexism In Olympics Coverage

Words to describe men include fastest and strongest. For women, related words reference their ages or marital status.

Posted on Aug 20, 2016
Keywords: Andy Murray, Chicago Tribune, Corey Cogdell-Unrein, Dan Hicks, Katie Ledecky, Katinka Hosszu, Michael Phelps, NBC, Rio Olympics, Serena Williams, Simone Biles, Venus Williams

The 2016 Fantasy Fix Football Draft Guide Pt. 3: Embrace The Targets

One Jet vs. two Bears.

Posted on Aug 18, 2016
Keywords: Alshon Jeffery, Brandon Marshall, Kevin White

How The IOC Effectively Maintains A Gag Order On Nonsponsors Of The Olympics

Whether on television or the Internet, the vast majority of businesses are blocked from nearly any mention of the 2016 Olympic Games - whether in conjunction with promoting their own products or even just saluting their national teams.

Posted on Aug 18, 2016
Keywords: Ferret Olympics, Olympets, Rat Olympics

When USA Gymnastics Turned A Blind Eye To Sexual Abuse

USA Gymnastics' policy was to dismiss allegations of sexual abuse as hearsay unless they came directly from a victim or a victim's parents.

Posted on Aug 17, 2016
Keywords: Indianapolis Star, USA Gymnastics

Four Faces Of Premier League Management

These charismatic box-office managers will dominate headings this season - and one will lift the Premier League trophy in May 2017.

Posted on Aug 16, 2016
Keywords: Antonio Conte, Jürgen Klopp, Jose Mourinho, Pep Guardiola

Breakfast In America: My Aunt's Nuts

If the season ended today . . .

Posted on Aug 16, 2016
Keywords: Arsenal, Arsene Wenger, Bournemouth, Hull City, Jim Rome, Jose Mourinho, Leicester, Zlatan Ibrahimovic
The Cub Factor

Jason Heyward Even Worse Than Bullpen

It's time for Joe Maddon to pick his spots.

Posted on Aug 15, 2016
Keywords: Chris Coghlan, Jason Heyward, Joe Maddon, Joe Smith, Jonathan Papelbon, Mike Montgomery
The White Sox Report

Clown Show

Another creative way to lose a ballgame.

Posted on Aug 15, 2016
Keywords: Andy The Clown, Joe McEwing, The San Diego Chicken, Wild Bill Hagy

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #115: Coghlan's Army (Or, Tommy La Who?)

Winning Weird: Everything's Coming Up Cub; Grandpa!; Tommy La Stella's Search For Purpose; Jason Heyward Is A Remarkably Bad Hitter Right Now; Funky Drumming Bullpen; All Addison Russell Does Is Hit With Runners In Scoring Position. Plus: MLB Forces White Sox To Finish Season; Tickets Will Actually Be Sold. Call Team For More Information. And: We Miss Matt Slauson, And So Too, Apparently, Do The Bears; Denver's Wildcat; This Is It, John Fox; We're Already Tired Of You Going 6-10 Every Year. Finally: Amazing Feats Of Human Endeavor (Rio 2016 So Far).

Posted on Aug 12, 2016
Keywords: Addison Russell, Andre Agassi, Chris Coghlan, David Ross, Happy Gilmore, Jason Heyward, John Fox, Mara Abbott, Matt Slauson, Simone Biles, Simone Manuel, Tommy La Stella, Trevor Siemian

How Do Archers Resist Firing Arrows At Everyone In The Spectator Gallery?

"Years of training allow Olympic archer Sarah Voegel to somehow resist shooting arrows at fans, stadium ushers, or birds flying overhead."

Posted on Aug 12, 2016
Keywords: Sarah Voegel

TrackNotes: Jim Dandy, Frosted & The Pizza Man

The passwords: Wow, Dammit, Splash, and Delicious.

Posted on Aug 12, 2016
Keywords: Beholder, Creator, Exaggerator, Flintshire, Jim Dandy Stakes

The 2016 Fantasy Fix Football Draft Guide Pt. 2: Year Of The Zero RB

Hey look, Matt Forte!

Posted on Aug 11, 2016
Keywords: Jeremy Langford, Matt Forte

How Do Olympic Athletes Pay The Electric Bill?

Fifty percent of track athletes who rank in the top 10 in the U.S. in their event earn less than $15,000 annually from the sport.

Posted on Aug 9, 2016
Keywords: Ervin Santana, Gabby Douglas, Michael Phelps

Breakfast In America: Race To The Bottom

In the EPL, it's far more exciting than the race to the top.

Posted on Aug 9, 2016
Keywords: Dame Judi Dench, Elton John, Paul McCartney
The Cub Factor

All Guessed Out

I've never just shook my head in disbelief this much in as long as I can remember.

Posted on Aug 8, 2016
Keywords: Clark The Cub, Joe Maddon, Jorge Soler, Tommy La Stella
The White Sox Report

Abreu Awakens

It's not much, but it's all we have.

Posted on Aug 8, 2016
Keywords: Hawk Harrelson, Jose Abreu, Steve Stone

The Surprising Places The 5 New Olympic Sports Announced For Tokyo 2020 Could Lead Us

Why the next U.S. Olympics might include American football.

Posted on Aug 7, 2016
Keywords: IOC, Rio 2016, Sage Kotsenburg, Tokyo 2020

Chicago 2016 Spokesman, Now With USOC, Assures Us That Multimillion Dollar Donation From Scandal-Tainted Businessman Had Nothing To Do With Exclusive Rio Ticketing Contract

A lot of refusals to comment on this completely innocent arrangement.

Posted on Aug 6, 2016
Keywords: CoSport, Patrick Sandusky, Sead Dizdarevic, USOC

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #114: It's A Mad, Mad, Maddon World

He's a magic man, mama. Plus: Oh, Puig; The Bennett Brothers Vs. Everyone; Elena Delle Donne Is Gay, Engaged And In Rio; and The I Told You So Olympics.

Posted on Aug 5, 2016
Keywords: Ben Zobrist, Chris Coghlan, David Haugh, Elena Delle Donne, Ibtihaj Muhammad, Javy Baez, Joe Maddon, Jorge Soler, Kevin White, Martellus Bennett, Marty Gangler, North Korea, Paul Sullivan, Rio Olympics, Yasiel Puig, Zach Miller

On Eve Of Olympics, Top Investigator Details Secret Efforts To Undermine Russian Doping Probe

'The Russian Anti-Doping Agency would literally schedule the times to test athletes around their doping cycles.'

Posted on Aug 4, 2016
Keywords: Craig Reedie, DIck Pound, International Olympic Committee, Jack Robertson, the FSB, World Anti-Doping Agency, Yulia Stepanova

U.S. Ping Pong Prodigy Ready For Rio

Kanak Jha is the first American born in the 2000s to qualify for the Olympics.

Posted on Aug 2, 2016
Keywords: Kanak Jha, Prachi Jha
The Cub Factor

Joe's Army Knife

Cubs manager has all the gadgets working on his Cub army knife - even the tweezers and saw blade.

Posted on Aug 1, 2016
Keywords: Chris Coghlan, Italian Heritage Night, Jason Heyward, Joe Maddon

SportsMonday: We All Blacked Out, Jon

Maddon the Magician is the Best Show on Earth.

Posted on Aug 1, 2016
Keywords: Brian Matusz, Joe Maddon, Jon Lester, Willson Contreras
The White Sox Report

It's Tilson Time!

In a lost season, why not?

Posted on Aug 1, 2016
Keywords: Anthony Ranaudo, Charlie Tilson

TrackNotes: At The Top Of A Supremely Tasty Pipe

A Banzai, East and West.

Posted on Jul 30, 2016
Keywords: Bob Baffert, California Chrome, Dortmund, Doug O'Neill, Duke Kahanamkoku, Exaggerator, Iowa Derby, Nyquist, Seeing the Gold, Songbird

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #113: Aroldis Chapman Already Putting The K Back In The Kubs

Epic PR fail reminiscent of bad old days. Plus: Tommy Boy LaStella To Sell His Brake Pads In Des Moines; The Adam Warren Commission; Chris The Tank Engine; The Bears Are Already Grinding Coach Coffman's Gears; and Olympic Gamesmanship.

Posted on Jul 29, 2016
Keywords: Adam Warren, Aroldis Chapman, Chris Sale, Rio Olympics, Tommy LaStella

Does Practice Make An Olympian? No.

Practice only accounts for an average of 18 percent of sports performance variance.

Posted on Jul 29, 2016
Keywords: K. Anders Ericsson, Malcolm Gladwell, Rio Olympics

The 2016 Fantasy Fix Football Draft Guide Pt. 1: New World Order - The Top 20

Ex-Bears abound.

Posted on Jul 28, 2016
Keywords: Brandon Marshall, Martellus Bennett, Matt Forte

A Plea: Make Jousting An Olympic Sport

Riders in steel armor with 12-foot poles. What's not to like?

Posted on Jul 27, 2016
Keywords: Carter Pewterschmidt, Dominic Sewell, Peter Griffin

Breakfast In America: Aboard The Dethloon Express

Would somebody talk a little trash, please? A journey into the heart of Minnesota Nice.

Posted on Jul 25, 2016
Keywords: Bournemouth, Minnesota United, Spirit Airlines, Steve and Roz, The Acadian, The Nomad World Pub
The Cub Factor

No Longer Lovable

Lovable losers are gone. So too, now, are lovable winners. Now it's just about winning.

Posted on Jul 25, 2016
Keywords: Aroldis Chapman, Dan Vogelbach, Jed Hoyer, Joe Maddon, Matt Garza, Mike Montgomery, Theo Epstein, Tom Ricketts, Willson Contreras

SportsMonday: Bears Skies Cloudy All Day

At least the backup quarterback is "established."

Posted on Jul 25, 2016
Keywords: Adrian Amos, Brian Hoyer, Jay Cutler, Martellus Bennett, Matt Slauson, Pernell McPhee
The White Sox Report

Sale's Scissors

Had Sale been handed the shorts and knee socks, there's no telling what degree of devastation might have ensued.

Posted on Jul 25, 2016
Keywords: Bill Veeck, Chris Sale, David Robertson

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #112: Trade Bait

Grinding Coach Coffman's Gears! Plus: The Harry Caray Death Cult; Asset Sale; The Sad Sack Sox!; Derrick Rose Still Dim; In The Olympic Swim; and Dennis Green Crowned Their Ass.

Posted on Jul 22, 2016
Keywords: Adam LaRoche, Albert Almora Jr., Chris Sale, Craig Sager, Dan Vogelbach, Dennis Green, Derrick Rose, Dexter Fowler, Gabby Douglas, Harry Caray, Jake Arrieta, Jay Pharoah, Jerry Reinsdorf, Jose Abreu, Jose Quintana, Justin Morneau, Katie Ledecky, Kyle Hendricks, Matt Szczur, Mike Montgomery, Randall Delgado, Rick Hahn, Robin Ventura, Ryan Dempster, Simone Biles

Fantasy Fix: Replacing Clayton Kershaw

You can't replace Clayton Kershaw.

Posted on Jul 21, 2016
Keywords: Adam Conley, Anthony DeSclafani, Brandon McCarthy, Clayton Kershaw
The White Sox Report

Fire Sale

Tank time.

Posted on Jul 18, 2016
Keywords: Branch Rickey, Ralph Kiner
The Cub Factor

Cub Scouts

Is a little grit too much to ask for?

Posted on Jul 17, 2016
Keywords: American Airlines, Jake Arrieta, Jason Hammel, Kris Bryant, Ryan Dempster

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #111: All-Star Weak

Jake the Snake. Plus: Breaking: Cubs Not Only Team With Great Players!; The Plan! The Plan!; White Sox (Sort Of) Winning; and Chicago Baseball Is Now Chew-Free.

Posted on Jul 15, 2016
Keywords: Chris Sale, Dave Dombrowski, Elena Delle Donne, Jake Arrieta, Jason Heyward, Justin Morneau, Kris Bryant, Mark McNeill, Rick Morrissey, Scott Feldman, Stephen Colbert, Terry Collins

Chicago Baseball Becomes Tobacco-Free Today

City joins San Francisco, New York, Boston and Los Angeles.

Posted on Jul 15, 2016
Keywords: Joe Maddon, John Lackey, Miguel Montero

The Momentum Of Baseball Cards

A new study finds that the market for baseball cards shows some of the same kinds of anomalies, or factors, as the stock market.

Posted on Jul 13, 2016
Keywords: Enron, Walter Matthau

Breakfast In America: Recruitment Do's And Don'ts

Don't ask your target to attend a meeting at a hotel convention space to learn your real estate secrets.

Posted on Jul 11, 2016
Keywords: Big Sam Allardyce, Eddie Howe, Jordon Ibe
The Cub Factor

A New Kind Of Losing

Distressed caps for everyone!

Posted on Jul 11, 2016
Keywords: Fernando Rodney, Jake Arrieta, Joe Maddon

SportsMonday: The Cubs Need Help

It has now been more than two months since the Cubs put together a sustained stretch of over .500 baseball.

Posted on Jul 11, 2016
Keywords: Jake Arrieta, Jon Lester
The White Sox Report

All-Star Laments

If Robin Ventura were the most interesting manager in baseball, he might proclaim, "We don't often lose, but when we do, we prefer to be shut out."

Posted on Jul 10, 2016
Keywords: Chris Sale, Pete Rose, Ted Williams

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #110: The Bulls' Glorious Pending Disaster

Stealing the summer headlines. Plus: Defending Kevin Durant; There Are No Mediocre Players In The NBA; Jordin Tootoo Is Not An Eskimo; The White Sox Are Winning Series'; The Cubs Turned Into A .500 Team Months Ago And Everybody Missed It.

Posted on Jul 8, 2016
Keywords: Dwyane Wade, Jose Quintana, Justin Tootoo, Kevin Durant, Rajon Rondo

Fantasy Fix: Fantasy All-Stars

Are all those Cubs All-Stars deserving? Let's be honest: No.

Posted on Jul 8, 2016
Keywords: Anthony Rizzo, Ben Zobrist, Kris Bryant

SportsMonday: The Contemptibulls

Every minute Rondo plays in a Bulls jersey will be embarrassing.

Posted on Jul 4, 2016
Keywords: Bill Kennedy, Gar Forman, Rajan Rondo
The Cub Factor

Weekend At Mr. Met's

You did things you aren't proud of.

Posted on Jul 4, 2016
Keywords: Anthony Rizzo, Carlos Marmol, Chris Coghlan, Joe Maddon, Kris Bryant
The White Sox Report

Dead And Alive

Schrodinger's baseball team.

Posted on Jul 4, 2016
Keywords: Austin Jackson, Avisail Garcia, Chris Sale, Jose Quintana, Justin Morneau, Matt Davidson, Melky Cabrera, Tim Anderson, Todd Frazier

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #109: Phil Jackson Doesn't Have A TV

Chief Triangle now pigeon. Plus: The Blackhawks Are Making Me Dizzy; The White Sox Are Regressing To Mediocre; Remembering Da Co-Coach; and The Cubs Are A Crumbling Prison.

Posted on Jul 1, 2016
Keywords: Addison Russell, Andrew Shaw, Brian Campbell, Buddy Ryan, Denzel Valentine, Derrick Rose, Fred Hoiberg, Joakim Noah, Miguel Montero, Paul Zipser, Phil Jackson, Steve Swisher

Fantasy Fix: The RP Market Heats Up

All scenarios involve the Cubs.

Posted on Jun 30, 2016

Breakfast In America: Lowest Common Denominator™

Iceland's rise in soccer vs. A Swedish fart.

Posted on Jun 27, 2016
Keywords: Arsenal, Bournemouth, Everton, Hull City, Manchester United, Middleborough, Southampton, Swansea
The Cub Factor

Hell Week

Partied like 2009.

Posted on Jun 27, 2016
Keywords: Chris Coghlan, Darwin Barney, Joe Maddon, Willson Contreras
The White Sox Report

Robin Lives

Changing managers mid-stream rarely works anyway.

Posted on Jun 27, 2016
Keywords: Chris Sale, Curt Motton, Jack Harshman, Junior Lake, Pete Richert, Robin Ventura

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #108: Bullsology

The (Relatively) Sad Saga of Derrick Rose. Plus: The Jimmy Butler Trade That Wasn't (Yet); Breakfast In America; The Vincible Cubs; White Sox Are Red Sox Hot!; and The Mundanity Of Modern Mascots.

Posted on Jun 24, 2016
Keywords: Derrick Rose, El Tank, EPL, Gar Forman, Jimmy Butler, Justin Morneau, Marcus Semien, Ozzie Guillen, Robin Ventura, Southpaw, Wild Bill Hagy

Tweeting The Derrick Rose Trade

Mostly a variation on the same theme.

Posted on Jun 23, 2016
Keywords: Derrick Rose

Fantasy Fix: The Injuries Market

Even the next Babe Ruth is a trade candidate.

Posted on Jun 22, 2016
Keywords: AJ Pollock, Dexter Fowler, Felix Hernandex, Kyle Schwarber, Miguel Sano
The Cub Factor

The L

He shall so be nicknamed.

Posted on Jun 20, 2016
Keywords: Chris Coghlan, Clayton Richard, Darwin Barney, Joe Maddon, Willson Contreras

Breakfast In America: Know Your Terminology

For example, much of Illinois' politics is run from the Back Room.

Posted on Jun 20, 2016
Keywords: Arsenal, Bournemouth, Bruce Rauner, Chelsea, Chicago Fire, Chicago White Sox, Derrick Rose, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, Jose Mourinho, Manchester United, Michael Madigan

SportsMonday: One Epic Losing Streak Left

The trend is clear.

Posted on Jun 20, 2016
Keywords: Adam Silver, Bill Russell, Charles Barkley, LeBron James
The White Sox Report

Circus Trip

Put a tent over it.

Posted on Jun 20, 2016
Keywords: Dioner Navarro, James Shields, Matt Purke, Nate Jones, Robin Ventura

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #107: Summer Rituals

Milkshakes at the Tastee Freez to soothe another painful Blackhawks departure. Plus: It's Silver's Series Now; Hollywood Butler Going Minnesota?; The Welcome Willson Wagon; #FreeRickHahn; and KOPA Kabana.

Posted on Jun 17, 2016
Keywords: Adam Silver, Jimmy Butler, LeBron James, Mickey Mantle, Rick Hahn, Robin Ventura, Tastee Freez, Teuvo Teravainen, USMNT, Willson Contreras

SportsMondayTuesday: It's Silver's Series Now

If the Cavaliers go home and force a Game 7, then it gets a bit dicey.

Posted on Jun 14, 2016
Keywords: Adam Silver, Draymond Green, LeBron James

Breakfast In America: Which EPL Team Are You?

It depends on which U.S. presidential candidate you support.

Posted on Jun 13, 2016
Keywords: Bernie Sanders, Bournemouth, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz
The Cub Factor

Get On Board, Son

Baseball finally on Cub Factor kid's radar.

Posted on Jun 13, 2016
Keywords: Albert Almora Jr., Bill Murray, Donald Trump, Dusty Baker, Ferris Bueller, Joe Maddon, Matt Szczur, Sammy Sosa, Terence Mann
The White Sox Report

The Unsavior Is Here

One thing's for sure: the Sox can't be any worse with Tim Anderson.

Posted on Jun 13, 2016
Keywords: Chris Sale, Dayan Viciedo, Gordon Beckham, Tim Anderson, Zach Collins

TrackNotes: The Test Of Champions | UPDATED WITH RACE RECAP!

Kent Desormeaux has a lot to prove - and he's here on a weekend pass from alcohol rehab. But he's got the right horse.

Posted on Jun 11, 2016
Keywords: Belmont Stakes, Exaggerator, Keith Desormeaux, Kent Desormeaux

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #106: Transaction City

The White Sox are or aren't like the Cubs. Plus: Groupthink is Poopthink!; Warriors Will Win Wonderfully; Sharks On Ice; COPA!; About Alshon; and Sammy & The Donald Sittin' In A Tree.

Posted on Jun 10, 2016
Keywords: Alshon Jeffery, Chris Coghlan, Denis Potvin, Matt Murton, Sammy Sosa, Trayce Thompson

Fantasy Fix: Youth Movement

The new prospects are here - or coming.

Posted on Jun 9, 2016
Keywords: Albert Almora, Tim Anderson, Willson Contreras

Competitive Climbing Could Reach Olympic Level

Skateboarding and surfing also under consideration in bid to attract a younger audience.

Posted on Jun 8, 2016
Keywords: Olympics, Tokyo 2020

Sammy Sosa & Donald Trump (& Hillary Clinton): A History

"Sammy Sosa is orchestrating a Clinton vs. Trump election because that will give him the power over the United States government.

Posted on Jun 7, 2016
Keywords: Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Jesse Jackson, Melania Knauss, Sammy Sosa

SportsMonday: Illinois Pride, Bulls Shame

How cool would it be to see the NBA Finals MVP go to a player from our state for the second consecutive year?

Posted on Jun 6, 2016
Keywords: Andre Iguodala, Fred Hoiberg, Shaun Livingston, Tyronn Lue
The Cub Factor

Nerds & Track Suits

I'm wearing them now.

Posted on Jun 6, 2016
Keywords: Jake Arrieta, Jason Marquis, Joe Maddon, John Rocker, Jon Lester, Jorge Soler
The White Sox Report

Big Game James Neither

Unless there is an abrupt turnaround, James Shields will find himself frequently pitching in pressure situations where giving up three or four runs will be too much for his teammates to overcome.

Posted on Jun 5, 2016
Keywords: James Shields, Jose Abreu, Rich Hahn, Robin Ventura, Todd Steverson

The Contradictions Of Muhammad Ali

Perhaps no single person embodied the ethic of protest and intersected with so many lives, ordinary and extraordinary. He also endorsed Reagan and Bush.

Posted on Jun 4, 2016
Keywords: Angelo Dundee, Cassius Clay, Elijah Muhammad, Ernie Terrell, Joe Frazier, Larry Holmes, Muhammad Ali

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #105: Quantum Baseball

Higgs to Boson to Chance. Plus: The Cubs Are The Best Baseball Team On Earth; Fat Albers; The State Of The Standings; The Pride Of Peoria Could Be The NBA Finals MVP; ICYMI, The Stanley Cup Finals Are Happening Right Now; Elena Delle Donne's Silent Supremacy; and The Chicago Fire Did Not Do Anything This Week.

Posted on Jun 3, 2016
Keywords: Andre Iguodala, Big Papi, Dusty Baker, Elena Delle Donne, Fat Albers, Marty Gangler, Rick Hahn, Robin Ventura, Shaun Livingston, Starlin Castro, Trevor Daley

This Week In Concussions: Another Enforcer Down

And: Former NFL star and movie actor Bubba Smith also diagnosed.

Posted on Jun 2, 2016
Keywords: Bubba Smith, Dave Mirra, Stephen Peat, Tony Hawk

Fantasy Fix: The Paternity Test

Plus: Valuing the pure hitter.

Posted on Jun 1, 2016
Keywords: Jackie Bradley Jr., Martin Prado, Matt Harvey

SportsMondayTuesday: Respecting The Streak

If you believe you're playing well because you're getting laid, or because you're not getting laid, or because you wear women's underwear, then you are!

Posted on May 31, 2016
Keywords: Bull Durham, Jason Hammel, Joe Maddon, Travis Wood
The Cub Factor

Naperville vs. Rickettsville

Wrigley Field still has a nostalgic "it" factor, but sheesh, I'm waiting for the troughs to have a sponsor.

Posted on May 31, 2016
Keywords: Clark The Cub, Joe Maddon, Jorge Soler, Shane Victorino, Tim Federowicz
The White Sox Report

Here Are The Ugly Facts

Don "D.B." Cooper is conspicuously MIA.

Posted on May 30, 2016
Keywords: David Robertson, Matt Albers, Nate Jones, Tommy Kahnle

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #104: Triggering Chicago's Panic Meter

Warranted on the other side of town. Plus: Save The Intentional Walk!; Bulls In Quicksand; Golden Slumbers; Blackhawks Sign A Bunch Of Guys We Don't Care About; Bad Man Still Owns Chicago Fire; Chicago Sky Falling Already; Illinois Finally Tops Baylor; and The NFL Is Its Own Organized Crime Family.

Posted on May 27, 2016
Keywords: Andrew Hauptman, David Haugh, Jimmy Butler, Joakim Noah, Joe Maddon, KISS FM, Mark Buehrle, Robin Ventura

Fantasy Fix: Chicago Keepers

One on each side of town.

Posted on May 25, 2016
Keywords: Dallas Keuchel, Jason Heyward, Joey Votto, Jose Abreu, Matt Harvey

NFL Tried To Fix Concussion Study

At least a half-dozen top NFL health officials waged an improper, behind-the-scenes campaign last year to influence a major U.S. government research study on football and brain disease.

Posted on May 24, 2016
Keywords: Robert Stern, Roger Goodell, Tommie Harris

SportsMonday: A Kick In The Balls

It all goes back to the SuperSonics.

Posted on May 23, 2016
Keywords: Draymond Green, Gregg Popovich, Steven Adams
The Cub Factor

Slump Busters

We have some ideas.

Posted on May 23, 2016
Keywords: Clark The Cub, George Sun, Joe Maddon, Koyie Hill, Mark Grace, Tim Federowicz, Tyler Colvin
The White Sox Report

Video Vexation

Stay home - or go to Wrigley - for best results.

Posted on May 22, 2016
Keywords: Adam Eaton, Hunter Wendelstedt

TrackNotes: Post-Preakness

Yeah, the angle for Exaggerator was the mud, but he won this race. He won it.

Posted on May 21, 2016
Keywords: Cherry Wine, Donna Brothers, Exaggerator, Kent Desormeaux, Nyquist

TrackNotes: Dumb Asses

Nobody ever learns from history. Churchill Downs, abetted by the media, has positioned the Derby way too high as a singular race, if you're talking about the greatness of a horse.

Posted on May 21, 2016
Keywords: American Pharoah, California Chrome, Dumb Ass Stables, Funny Cide, Nyquist, Zenyatta

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #103: Chicago's Fevered Baseball Dream Is Over

Cubs, White Sox spiraling into oblivion. Plus: Cy Sale And The Rubs; Bulls Offseason Going Great!; Bears 1st-Round Draft Pick Leonard Floyd Is Stuffing His Face Right Now; Absent Alshon; The Olympic Way; and The Nerds Who Are Ruining Horse Racing.

Posted on May 20, 2016
Keywords: Alshon Jeffery, Chris Sale, Jimmy Butler, Joe Nathan, John Ligmanowski, KISS FM, Leonard Floyd, Robin Ventura, The Olympics, Tim Federowicz

Are Nerds Ruining Horse Racing?

Backed by enormous budgets, quants use state-of-the-art software that takes into account more than 100 variables which describe even the tiniest details about the horses, jockeys, tracks and so on when predicting a race's outcome.

Posted on May 20, 2016

IOC: Sochi Doping Allegations Could Show 'Unprecedented Criminality'

Russia is at the heart of the biggest doping scandal in sport.

Posted on May 19, 2016
Keywords: IOC, Olympics, Rio, Sochi, Thomas Bach

Tokyo 2020 Olympics Beset By Corruption Investigations

Japanese officials have said hinky payments were legitimate consultant's fees.

Posted on May 18, 2016
Keywords: IOC, Tokyo 2020

Who The Hell Are The Chicago Clovers?

New team, new league, really bad basketball.

Posted on May 17, 2016
Keywords: Chicago Clovers, Midwest Basketball League, Othello Mitchell Jr.

SportsMonday: Ban Beanball

The game doesn't need this garbage.

Posted on May 16, 2016
Keywords: Jose Abreu, Jose Bautista, Robin Ventura, Rougned Odor, Trevor May
The White Sox Report

Losing The Plot

Not the formula that propelled the Sox to a five-game lead in the American League Central as the week began.

Posted on May 15, 2016
Keywords: Carlos Rodon, Jose Quintana, Mat Latos, Miguel Gonzalez, Robin Ventura, Todd Frazier, Zach Duke
The Cub Factor

There Goes The Sun

Jorge Soler shining about as bright as Dusty Baker.

Posted on May 15, 2016
Keywords: Brett Jackson, Dusty Baker, Joe Maddon, John Lackey, Jorge Soler, Ryan Braun

The Beachwood Radio Hour #102: Bring On The Red Line Series

Can this be real? Plus: Arrieta Already On Way Out; The Trials of George Sun; Gonzo Hawk Harrelson, Doctor of Journalism; and Biggs Time.

Posted on May 13, 2016
Keywords: Adam Hoge, Brad Biggs, Doug Flutie, Hawk Harrelson, Jake Arrieta, Jesse Rogers, Jorge Soler, Little Tommy La Stella, Mark Buehrle, Mat Latos, Robin Ventura, Tim Lincecum

New Chicago Hotel To Offer Rooms Specifically For Visiting Athletes Like With Really Big Beds And Stuff

Is that all you got, Conrad?

Posted on May 13, 2016
Keywords: Conrad Chicago

How To Beat The Casino

Combining card counting and basic strategy can help a player convert the (long-term) house edge from 2.7% in favor of the casino to about a 1% advantage to the player.

Posted on May 11, 2016
Keywords: Edward Thorp, MIT

Fantasy Fix: Often Running

SBs in a post-Dee Gordon world.

Posted on May 10, 2016
Keywords: Alcides Escobar, Billy Burns, Billy Hamilton, Jonathan Villar

Syrian Whose Plight Went Viral Finds Refuge In Spanish Soccer

War-torn family's love of the game brings them solace.

Posted on May 10, 2016
Keywords: Getafe, Osama Abdul Mohsen, Real Madrid, Villaverde-Boetticher

SportsMonday: Maddon Moves In Mysterious Ways

It's almost creepy.

Posted on May 9, 2016
Keywords: Javy Baez, Trevor Cahill
The Cub Factor

Busting Dusty

Bologna has a first name, D-U-S-T-Y. Bologna has a second name, B-A-K-E-R.

Posted on May 9, 2016
Keywords: Bryce Harper, Chris Coghlan, Dexter Fowler, Dusty Baker, Matt Szczur
The White Sox Report

The Color Of Money

A dollar bill is worth a dollar no matter what color hands give it to you.

Posted on May 9, 2016
Keywords: Bill Veeck Sr., Cinco de Mayo, Natalie Moore

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #101: Chicago Baseball Is The One Dog

Cubs can pick any eight players and put 'em at any position and they'll win. Plus: Crane Kenney, Still Employed By Cubs, Strikes Again; Rahm Emanuel Is The Crane Kenney Of Mayors; Dusty Cannot Be Trustied; Rogers!; Ding Dong Danks; Leicester vs. Lester, and much, much more!

Posted on May 6, 2016
Keywords: Crane Kenney, Dusty Baker, George Lucas, Jesse Rogers, John Danks, Jorge Soler, Lance Johnson

TrackNotes: This Year's Derby A Value Proposition

Horseplayers look at the Derby as a wagering opportunity. Usually just that. But we do like success by a single horse. We really do.

Posted on May 6, 2016
Keywords: Babe Winkelman, Billy Bass, Creator, Danzing Candy, Lani, Mohaymen, Mor Spirit, Nyquist, Outwork

Fantasy Fix: Home Run Help

If your squad is suffering from a power outage, you still have waiver-wire options.

Posted on May 5, 2016
Keywords: Byung-ho Park, Chris Carter, Colby Rasmus, Khris Davis

Five Things You Need To Know About Leicester

Leicester's motto Semper Eadem means "always the same," and for many years the city has had a safe, slightly dull reputation. As many people said during the recent excitement around the success of the football team, this sort of thing isn't supposed to happen in Leicester.

Posted on May 4, 2016
Keywords: Blue Boar Inn, Kasabian, Leicester Foxes, Richard III

Wrestling Hall Of Fame Evicts Hastert

He wasn't even the best coach at Yorkville.

Posted on May 3, 2016
Keywords: Charles Anderson, Dennis Hastert, Rob Long

More Bad Concussion News For Young Football Players - And The Playground

From the playground to the playing field.

Posted on May 3, 2016
Keywords: Concussions
The Cub Factor

Crushing The Copycats

The Plan has another helpful subplot playing out.

Posted on May 1, 2016
Keywords: Clark The Cub, Dusty Baker, Jorge Soler, Ron Cey
The White Sox Report

Eating Up The AL

Three squares a day.

Posted on May 1, 2016
Keywords: Dioner Navarro, Matt Albers, Ron Northey, Smoky Burgess, Wilbur Wood

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #100: The Gas Mask Draft

L-I-V-I-N. Plus: Leonard "Pink" Floyd; Johnny Oduya, MVP: No Danks You; Cubs Have Owies; Jake Arrieta vs. Dee Gordon; and The Everton Minute.

Posted on Apr 29, 2016
Keywords: Dee Gordon, Jake Arrieta, John Danks, Johnny Oduya, Laremy Tunsil, Leonard Floyd, Mat Latos, Roberto Martinez

Attention NFL Draftees: Be Like Israel Idonije

During his last few years in the league, when Idonjie was making the veteran's minimum salary, he was actually bringing in more cash via his side gig.

Posted on Apr 28, 2016
Keywords: Israel Idonije

Fantasy Fix: Pitching Help

Get 'em while they're hot.

Posted on Apr 27, 2016
Keywords: Mat Latos, Rich Hill, Rick Porcello

SportsMondayTuesday: Just Wait 'Til Next Year

And now, a well-deserved rest.

Posted on Apr 26, 2016
Keywords: Artemi Panarin, Corey Crawford, Duncan Keith, Patrick Kane
The Cub Factor

Laughably Historic

The last time the Cubs were this good we were still at World War 0.

Posted on Apr 25, 2016
Keywords: Jake Arrieta, Javy Baez, Jorge Soler, Ron Santo, Starlin Castro, Tommy La Stella
The White Sox Report


We would be remiss if we didn't point out the generosity of the fellows providing the opposition.

Posted on Apr 24, 2016
Keywords: Adam Eaton, Avisail Garcia, Brett Lawrie, Dioner Navarro, Jose Abreu, Todd Frazier

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #(19)99: Prince, Kane & Jake

Game-winners and no-hitters. Plus: The Secret History Of Tiger Woods; The Who Sox; Blame Butler; Timberwolves Land Tom Thibodeau For Phil Jackson Money; Loyola Investigating Sheryl Swoopes After Mass Transfers; and Everton Board Rumored To Hold Emergency Meeting.

Posted on Apr 22, 2016
Keywords: Dan Hampton, David Ross, Everton, Jake Arrieta, Patrick Kane, Prince, Sheryl Swoopes, Tiger Woods, Tom Thibodeau

Fantasy Fix: Marathon Men

Primary offenders.

Posted on Apr 20, 2016
Keywords: Matt Harvey, Mike Trout, Zack Greinke

The Fallacy Of How The Cubs Were Built

It wasn't through the draft.

Posted on Apr 19, 2016
Keywords: Jim Hendry, Theo Epstein

SportsMonday: Q & Kane

A big-time botch.

Posted on Apr 18, 2016
Keywords: Corey Crawford, Joel Quenneville, Patrick Kane
The Cub Factor

Scar Tissue

If the rest of the season keeps going like this, how can any fan hold on to that anger of the past?

Posted on Apr 18, 2016
Keywords: Darwin Barney, Joe Maddon, Joey Votto, Jorge Soler, Kris Bryant, Kyle Schwarber
The White Sox Report

Hitless Wonders

Near-perfect pitching, upgrade in smarts propels team to strong start.

Posted on Apr 18, 2016
Keywords: Chris Sale, Jose Quintana, Mat Latos

The Beachwood Radio Sport Hour #98: Disco Cubs Embrace The Target

Ready to party on the Lido Deck. Plus: Same Old Sox!; Shhh! The Blackhawks Are In The Playoffs!; Chicago BullsShit; Big Trade In Draft Town: Chicago Racing Loses A Gem; and The Everton Minute.

Posted on Apr 15, 2016
Keywords: Addison Russell, Amy Winehouse, Bryan Robinson, Chance The Rapper, Everton, Janine Starkyowicz, Jimmy Butler, Johnny Manziel, Kyle Farnsworth, Matt Szczur

TrackNotes: Derby Field Muddy, Bye-Bye Bo-Rail & Chicago Racing Loses A Gem

Amid all of the hot air of the forums, there was one constant: Janine's the best.

Posted on Apr 15, 2016
Keywords: Calvin Borel, Janine Starykowicz, Outwork, Songbird

Fantasy Fix: Early Risers

Every baseball season has its share of surprising, fantasy-relevant performers in the early going, but they always come tagged with the difficult question, "Is this guy for real?"

Posted on Apr 14, 2016
Keywords: Eugenio Suarez, Jeremy Hazelbaker, Jeremy Hellickson, Trevor Story, Tyler White

Exclusive! What's Really Inside The Cubs' New Clubhouse

Including a tax shelter, a World Series-ring sizing room and bunk beds for Rizzo and Bryant.

Posted on Apr 13, 2016
Keywords: Dale Sveum, David Ross, Eddie Vedder, El Chapo, Harry Caray, Jed Hoyer, Jim Belushi, John Cusack, Mike Quade, Ricky Renteria, Theo Epstein, Walgreens

SportsMondayTuesday: Coffman Concedes On Cubs!

When people yammered at me about Theo Epstein's glorious "Plan," I always pointed out that a big part of it was Ricky Renteria.

Posted on Apr 12, 2016
Keywords: Addison Russell, Ricky Renteria, Theo Epstein
The Cub Factor

Home Opener Limericks

There once was a fielder named Schwarber.

Posted on Apr 11, 2016
Keywords: Jason Hammel, Joe Maddon, John Lackey, Jorge Soler, Kyle Schwarber, Tommy LaStella
The White Sox Report

Big League Flushers

No attention is paid to plumbing, bathrooms or sewage. No big deal. This is baseball, and they love their team.

Posted on Apr 11, 2016
Keywords: Alex Avila, Chris Sale, Jimmy Rollins, Sonny Gray

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #97: Cubs On The Run

Brizzo on the basepaths. Plus: Latos To The Party; Blackhawks Blues; Bulls Go Out With A Whimpering Screech; Mock Draft Mockery 2.0; Iverson, Shaq and Swoopes!; and The Everton Minute: Nani!

Posted on Apr 8, 2016
Keywords: Adam Eaton, Anthony Rizzo, Artem Ansimov, Chris Zorich, Jimmy Rollins, Kris Bryant, Kyle Schwarber, Larry Bloom, Mat Latos, Nani, Pau Gasol, Sheryl Swoopes

Four Reasons To Watch ONE: GLOBAL RIVALS

The pressure that comes with being Ben Askren is felt each time "Funky" steps inside the cage.

Posted on Apr 6, 2016
Keywords: Ben Askren, Mall of Asia, Nikolay Aleksakhin

Villanova Makes Michael Jordan Really Cry

Buzzer-beater sends America to Meme Town.

Posted on Apr 5, 2016
Keywords: Geraldo Rivera, Kris Jenkins, Marcus Paige

SportsMonday: Harshing The Cubs' Buzz

Mets still have a superior rotation.

Posted on Apr 4, 2016
Keywords: Jake Arrieta, Jason Hammel, John Lackey, Jon Lester, New York Mets
The White Sox Report

Mustard, Lemonade & Red Bull

By far the hardest sport to play at a high level.

Posted on Apr 4, 2016
Keywords: Austin Jackson, Brett Lawrie, Carl Everett, Dioner Navarro, Jimmy Rollins, Mark Buehrle, Mat Latos, Roger Angell, Smoky Burgess, Todd Frazier

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #96: Everyone Is Vine Line Now

MAKE. FANBOY. CUBS. MEDIA. STOP. Plus: Our World Series Predictions, In Which Neither Of Us Pick The Cubs; As The Blackhawks Suddenly Turn; The Magnetic Derrick Rose; Bears Sign More No-Name Linemen; Media Mistakes Activity For Genius; Let She Who Generates More Revenue Earn More Money; Cheaters Prosper!; and The Everton Minute.

Posted on Apr 1, 2016
Keywords: Anthony Rizzo, Ardavan Farhad Moshiri, Clyde Simmons, Corey Crawford, Derrick Rose, Duncan Keith, Jake Arrieta, Jimmy Rollins, Junior Lake, Kerry Wood Cubs Field, Kris Bryant, Pablo Sandoval, Sam Fuld, Tony Campana, USWNT

Courtney Conlogue Triumphs With Massive Bells Win

Dangerous dream realized.

Posted on Apr 1, 2016
Keywords: Bells Beach, Courtney Conlogue

Why So Many Baseball Experts Whiffed With Last Year's Predictions

Free agents are overrated.

Posted on Mar 31, 2016
Keywords: Pablo Sandoval, Sporting News, Sports Illustrated, White Sox

Fantasy Fix: Is Jimmy Rollins For Real?

Arguably the best-performing shortstop in the Cactus League this spring, he's likely your Opening Day starter on the South Side, and there's reason to believe he will hold some decent fantasy value this summer.

Posted on Mar 30, 2016
Keywords: Carlos Sanchez, Jimmy Rollins, Tim Anderson, Tyler Saladino

Exclusive: Joe Maddon's 2016 Entrances

Maddon will arrive to the series opener here against the Phillies in May in an electric car powered by his own urine.

Posted on Mar 29, 2016
Keywords: El Chapo, Texarkana

SportsMonday: Blue Demons Blackout; Blackhawks Back

The best basketball team in the state - by far - goes quietly.

Posted on Mar 28, 2016
Keywords: Andrew Ladd, Jessica January

DePaul's Sweet 16 Comeback Falls Short

The Blue Demons finished their season in the Sweet 16 for the fourth time in the program's history and second time in the last three years.

Posted on Mar 28, 2016
Keywords: Brooke Schulte, Chanise Jenkins, DePaul Blue Demons, Jacqui Grant, Jessica January, Mart'e Grays, Megan Podkowa

TrackNotes: The Return Of America's Muscle Horse

With 'Pharoah gone, 'Chrome has a chance to dazzle America, capture hearts at low prices all over again.

Posted on Mar 26, 2016
Keywords: American Pharoah, California Chrome, Dubai World Cup, Jeff Lukas

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #95: Bulls Dragging Blackhawks Down To Their Level

United Center curse. Plus: Reminder: Ricky Renteria Is The White Sox Bench Coach; The Joe Maddon Show Has Jumped The Shark; Illinois Team Secretly Makes Sweet 16; Triton Lays An Egg; Finding Value In Vegas, Baby; The Everton Minute; and The New York Times Smokes Out The NFL.

Posted on Mar 24, 2016
Keywords: Corey Crawford, DePaul, Drake LaRoche, Jimmy Butler, Joe Maddon, Richard Dent, Ricky Renteria, Scott Darling, Texas A&M, Triton

Fantasy Fix Baseball Draft Guide: Revisiting The Rankings

The Cardinals have themselves some outfielders too.

Posted on Mar 24, 2016
Keywords: Jorge Soler, Robinson Cano, Starlin Castro

Trump's Cubs

All game film produced by Leni Riefenstahl's closest living relative.

Posted on Mar 23, 2016
Keywords: Donald Trump, Dusty Baker, Joe Maddon

Triton's Women's Basketball Team Enjoys Resurgent Season

Led by conference Coach of the Year Kellee Robertson.

Posted on Mar 22, 2016
Keywords: Kellee Robertson, Triton College

SportsMonday: Illinois Team Secretly Makes Sweet 16

Maybe the team will win again and you'll have another chance to celebrate a triumph by Chicago's most accomplished basketball team - by far - this season.

Posted on Mar 21, 2016
Keywords: Ashton Millender, Chanise Jenkins, DePaul, Doug Bruno, Jessica January
The White Sox Report

The Real Heroes At The Cell

Hint: They're not on the field.

Posted on Mar 21, 2016
Keywords: Adam LaRoche, Chris Sale, Drake LaRoche, Kenny Williams

No. 1 Triton Falls In National Championship Game

The hopes of a storybook ending and the team's first ever national title were dashed by the Eagles as the Trojans' historic season ended with an 83-76 loss.

Posted on Mar 20, 2016
Keywords: Eddie Miles, Eric Gillespie, Josh Doss, Steve Christiansen, Triton College

No. 1 Triton Plays For National Championship Tonight

Triton has now won 30 consecutive games, improving to 34-2 overall.

Posted on Mar 19, 2016
Keywords: Triton College

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #94: The Amazingly Immature And Idiotic Adam LaRoche Affair

Plenty of children in the White Sox locker room, it turns out. And they all have lockers. Plus: We Will Miss Martellus Bennett; The Bulls Are Just Boring Now; The Blackhawks (Temporarily) Stink; March Madness Moolah - Who Gets It; Triton Advance To Final Four; and The Everton Minute: Next Six Matches Crucial!

Posted on Mar 18, 2016
Keywords: Adam Eaton, Adam LaRoche, Anthony Rizzo, Chris Sale, Dougie McBuckets, John Fox, John Thierry, Kenny Williams, Kyle Long, Len Kasper, Martellus Bennett, Rick Hahn, Robin Ventura, Ryan Pace

Trojans Defense Shuts Down Parkland To Earn Spot In Final Four

Triton (33-2) has now won an unprecedented 29 games in a row and will next take on Region IV rival, South Suburban College in the semifinals Friday at 8 p.m. in Danville.

Posted on Mar 18, 2016
Keywords: Triton College
The White Sox Report

Adios, Adam

The conversation may have gone like this.

Posted on Mar 17, 2016
Keywords: Adam LaRoche, Kenny Williams, Rick Hahn

Triton Advances To Elite Eight In Little Big Dance!

Strong second half sparks Trojans to NJCAA opening round victory.

Posted on Mar 17, 2016
Keywords: Triton College

Fantasy Fix Baseball Draft Guide: Closers!

Hector Rondon vs. David Robertson.

Posted on Mar 16, 2016
Keywords: David Robertson, Hector Rondon

March Madness Means Money - It's Time To Talk About Who's Getting Paid

To review, if Kentucky wins the national title, its coach gets $650,000 in bonus money. Its players get nothing.

Posted on Mar 15, 2016
Keywords: CBS Sports, John Calipari, March Madness, NCAA, One Shining Moment, Roy Williams, Turner Broadcasting

SportsMonday: The Bounce-Back Bears

Rebuilding smartly on the fly without pulling a Cubs-style tank job.

Posted on Mar 14, 2016
Keywords: Akiem Hicks, Danny Trevathan, Jerrell Freeman, Saskatchewan

The Rise And Fall Of Ultimate Fighting (And Why Boxing Is Now So Passé)

MMA is essentially a media sport developed to appeal to mass audiences and deliver profit to the organizations behind it.

Posted on Mar 12, 2016
Keywords: Art Davie, Conor McGregor, Holly Holm, John McCain, MMA, Ronda Rousey, UFC, Zuffa

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #93: The Bears Are Pox's Team Now

Pace, Fox make their moves. Plus: Fighting Lovie; Jimmy Butler And Derrick Rose Finally On Same Page!: Shout To The New Blackhawks Guys!; Dear Cubs: Enough With The Brotherhood. Geez; White Sox: Borrrrring; Bryce Harper Wants to Bring Pimping To MLB. So Do We; Triton Top Seed In Little Big Dance; and The Everton Minute.

Posted on Mar 11, 2016
Keywords: A-Rod, Bobby Massie, Bryce Harper, Bryzzo, Danny Trevathan, Everton, Goose Gossage, Jimmy Butler, Lovie Smith, Lyle Long, Martellus Bennett, Matt Forte, Trace Armstrong, Triton

Fantasy Fix Baseball Draft Guide: Catchers!

There is only one truly safe bet for high-level fantasy production at this position.

Posted on Mar 10, 2016
Keywords: David Ross, Kyle Schwarber, Miguel Montero, Willson Contreras

World Surf Tour Opening On Australia's Gold Coast As Bodhi Waits For His Set

He could never live in a cage, man.

Posted on Mar 9, 2016
Keywords: Adriano de Souza, Carissa Moore

No. 1 Triton Seeded No. 1 In Juco Dance

To face MCC-Penn Valley in the opener.

Posted on Mar 9, 2016
Keywords: Steve Christiansen, Triton College

No. 1 Triton Men Advance To Juco Dance

The 31-2 Trojans have won 27 straight.

Posted on Mar 8, 2016
Keywords: Triton College

SportsMonday: The Return Of Lovie Smith

Keep it simple Illinois fans: Lovie Smith is a way, way better coach than you could have ever dreamed would be on the Illini sideline next fall.

Posted on Mar 7, 2016
Keywords: Dirk Koetter, Jameis Winston, Jim Harbaugh, Lovie Smith

Behind The Unpredictable Premier League Year That Put Leicester Top Of The Pile

More money, fewer Englishmen and more Billy Beane.

Posted on Mar 5, 2016
Keywords: Billy Beane, Bournemouth, Chelsea, Everton, Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester United, Norwich, Stoke City, Sunderland, Watford, West Brom

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #92: The Many Fetishizations Of Media Fanboys

No detail too mundane, every lame joke an instant classic. Plus: The White Sox Are Also Holding Spring Training But Let's Talk About Other Stuff; Memo To Maddon: Up Your Game; Ivy League Not So Smart: Brandi's Brain; Boring Bears Banishing Bennett; I Don't Want To See Athletes' Smelly Naked Dicks; Blackhawks Babble; Bulls Babble; Go Trojans; and The Everton Minute.

Posted on Mar 4, 2016
Keywords: Aroldis Chapman, Brandi Chastain, Eddie Einhorn, Everton, Joe Maddon, Martellus Bennett, Meg Rauner, Pernell McPhee, Rob Manfred, Triton College, Yoenis Cespedes

Triton Men's Basketball Team No. 1 For First Time

26 wins in a row, 30-2 overall.

Posted on Mar 3, 2016
Keywords: Chance Jones, Dante Thorpe, Eddie Miles, Eric Gillespie, Rich Maack, Steve Christiansen, Triton College

Lady Triton Trojans Reach First Regional Title Game Since 1994

Third seed in the nation.

Posted on Mar 3, 2016
Keywords: Alondra Chavarria, Candace Madison, Coleanna Funches, Kankakee Community College, Kellee Robertson, Lady Trojans, Tashianna Walton, Taylor Pete, Triton College
The White Sox Report

Eddie Einhorn's Anti-Veeckian Legacy

Einhorn behaved as though he was unaware that Veeck may have been the most beloved owner in Chicago sports history.

Posted on Mar 2, 2016
Keywords: Bill Veeck, Eddie Einhorn, Jerry Reinsdorf, SportsVision

SportsMondayTuesday: Bulls Resting Themselves Right Out Of The Playoffs

Enabling Derrick Rose is now way to run a professional basketball team.

Posted on Mar 1, 2016
Keywords: Derrick Rose, Fred Hoiberg, Jimmy Butler, Tom Thibodeau

Fantasy Fix Baseball Draft Guide: Starting Pitchers

Jake Arrieta vs. Chris Sale; Jon Lester vs. Carlos Rodon.

Posted on Mar 1, 2016
Keywords: Carlos Rodon, Chris Sale, Jake Arrieta, Jon Lester

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #91: Cubundant™

The only fans sadder than the ones in Baltimore today are the ones on the South Side, because Cubs. Plus: Blackhawks Deal Tops Cubs Deal; Follow The Bouncing Bulls; Mocking The Bears; and Up The Toffees!

Posted on Feb 26, 2016
Keywords: Aaron Brooks, Andrew Ladd, Brad Richards, Chris Coghlan, Derrick Rose, Dexter Fowler, Dougie McBuckets, Everton, Jason Hammel, Matt Murton, Shane Victorino, Stan Bowman, Theo Epstein

Fantasy Fix Baseball Draft Guide: OF


Posted on Feb 25, 2016
Keywords: Adam Eaton, Jason Heyward, Jorge Soler, Kris Bryant, Kyle Schwarber

Kobe Bryant's Fatuous Farewell Tour

What ever happened to dignity?

Posted on Feb 23, 2016
Keywords: Jack Nicholson, Kirk Nowitzki, Kobe Bryant, Muhammad Ali, Pope Francis, Tim Duncan, Willie Mays

SportsMonday: Blackhawks Chill

Back to our regularly scheduled hockey games.

Posted on Feb 22, 2016
Keywords: Peyton Manning, Stadium Series
The White Sox Report

The (Shortstop) Solution

The importance of having a shortstop who can pick up the ball and throw it accurately can't be overstated.

Posted on Feb 20, 2016
Keywords: Alexei Ramirez, Andrelton Simmons, Luis Aparicio, Omar Vizquel, Tim Anderson, Troy Tulowitzki

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #90: Up The Toffees!

The Blues, The School of Science, The People's Club. Plus: The Bread Man & Barack; Secord Still Sucks; Bulloney, Pitchers, Catchers, Cynics Report; and Jim's Last Chicago Fire Comment Ever.

Posted on Feb 19, 2016
Keywords: Al Secord, Alonzo Spellman, Artemi Panarin, Dino Ciccarelli, Everton, Gar Forman, Harry Shipp, NASL

Fantasy Fix Baseball Draft Guide: Middle Infield

Addison Russell vs. Starlin Castro!

Posted on Feb 18, 2016
Keywords: Addison Russell, Ben Zobrist, Starlin Castro

FIFA's Radio Deals: Rigged?

"It's all closed doors. You never see contracts. Even if you want to go for the rights, you are basically told the deals have already been done," said one radio network executive familiar with bidding for soccer broadcast rights.

Posted on Feb 17, 2016
Keywords: Alejandro Gutman, Andres Cantor, ESPN Deportes, Futbol de Primera, GLR Networks, Joaquin Blaya, Prisa, Radio Unica, Sepp Blatter, Telemundo, The Simpsons

What We Can Learn From Liverpool Fans

Naturally, when the club rolled out the new pricing structure, the headline figures pointed to its more favorable offerings.

Posted on Feb 15, 2016
Keywords: Fenway Sports Group, Liverpool FC

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #89: Bears Befuddle

Matt Forte sent on his way. Plus: Krausening Peyton Manning; Maybe The Bulls Suck After All; Chicago Is Now NHL Draft Town, Too; Marian Hossa vs. Dennis Rodman; Surprising White Sox Savvy; and Livin' La Vida Liverpool.

Posted on Feb 12, 2016
Keywords: Alshon Jeffery, Ditka, Liverpool, Marian Hossa, Mat Latos, Matt Forte, NHL Draft, Peyton Manning

Why The Best Sports Stories Are Beyond The Field

The biggest headlines are won by investigative stories, from accusations of cheating in professional sports to high school hazing.

Posted on Feb 11, 2016
Keywords: L. Jon Wertheim, Sports Illustrated

The Fantasy Fix Baseball Draft Guide: First And Third

If you're a Chicago baseball fan, there's a lot to like in this year's pre-season fantasy rankings for first base and third base, including my sizable but calculated gamble to rank one of the local boys as the top fantasy find at his position.

Posted on Feb 10, 2016
Keywords: Anthony Rizzo, Brett Lawrie, Jose Abreu, Kris Bryant, Todd Frazier

Slam Stan: The Best Super Bowl Commercial Most Of America Didn't See

Besides the axe murderer and an HVAC-shilling Mike Tyson.

Posted on Feb 9, 2016
Keywords: St. Louis Rams, Stan Kroenke, Terry Crouppen. Mesothelioma

SportsMonday: Going Out Intact

Given the physical punishment dished out in some sports - and I'm always surprised to hear people condemn football and not at least mention hockey - my view has changed.

Posted on Feb 8, 2016
Keywords: Calvin Johnson, Peyton Manning

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #88: Dez Clark Super Bowl Edition

Quarterbacks? It's all about the tight ends.

Posted on Feb 6, 2016
Keywords: Antwaan Randle El, Cam Newton, Dez Clark, Gary Smith, Greg Olsen, Jake Arrieta, John Elway, John Fox, John Scott, Kawann Short, Kenny Stabler, Matt Murton, Mike Shula, Owen Daniels, Peyton Manning, Ron Rivera, Tyler Sash

Jilted NFL Cities Stuck With Stadium Debt

Across the country, cities have gotten stuck with substantial costs after sports teams leave or even move across town. Often, local governments must pay bonds, maintenance costs, or demolition fees after a team is gone.

Posted on Feb 5, 2016
Keywords: Astrodome, Edward Jones Dome, Hoosier Dome, Kingdome, RFK Stadium, Silverdome, The Vet

Warlord Patron Company To Continue As 'The Official Tire Of The NFL'

The tragic truth about football's tire company.

Posted on Feb 5, 2016
Keywords: Bridgestone, Charles Taylor, Firestone, Liberia

The NFL, Packed With Christian Players, Falls Short In Welcoming Faith

Faith Equality Index score reveals work to be done.

Posted on Feb 5, 2016
Keywords: Acura, Amazon, Audi, Avocados from Mexico, Axe, Buick, Butterfinger, Coca-Cola, Colgate, Doritos, Heinz, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Marmot, Mini USA, Mountain Dew, NFL, Pepsi, Skittles, Snickers, SunTrust, Super Bowl, T-Mobile, Taco Bell, Toyota

The Fantasy Fix Baseball Draft Guide: The (Tied At The) Top 40

Jake Arrieta, Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo vs. Chris Sale, Jose Abreu.

Posted on Feb 4, 2016
Keywords: Anthony Rizzo, Chris Sale, Jake Arrieta, Jose Abreu, Kris Bryant

The 8th Annual (More Or Less) Beachwood Super Bowl Halftime Show Prop Bet: Coldplay Edition

To gauge exactly how ill-suited this particular band is to this particular sporting event, ask yourself: Would Cam Newton dab to Coldplay? He would not, because he would look like he was having a stroke.

Posted on Feb 3, 2016
Keywords: Beyonce, Bruno Mars, Chris Martin, Coldplay, Gwyneth Paltrow, Michael Jackson, Nationwide, Pepsi, Peyton Manning, Up with People

Who's Behind The "Tennis Racket?"

Leaked files show that 16 tennis players (who at some point have been ranked in the top 50) have been repeatedly flagged to the Tennis Integrity Unit for suspicions they have thrown matches or arranged for their opponent to lose.

Posted on Feb 2, 2016
Keywords: BBC, BuzzFeed, Tennis Integrity Unit

SportsMonday: The NHL's Karmic Comeuppance

The All-Star MVP the league didn't want there.

Posted on Feb 1, 2016
Keywords: John Scott, Jonathan Toews

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #87: Blackhawks Gellin' Like A Felon

Exceeding expectations, even if Captain Serious stands accused of not being serious. Plus: Bulls Losing Meaningless Games Against Crappy Teams In Dead Of Winter Just Like We Wanted Them To; White Sox Convention Opens At Southwest Suburban Motel 6; and John Fox's Former Teams Meeting In The Super Bowl.

Posted on Jan 29, 2016
Keywords: Emery Moorehead, Jimmy Butler, Jonathan Toews' Doctor, Riverboat Ron Rivera, Todd Frazier

Match-Fixing Allegations Now Hit Wrestling

Olympic silver medalist offered money at a world championship.

Posted on Jan 26, 2016
Keywords: Stanka Zlateva

SportsMonday: Blackhawks Defense Broncos-Like

A six-pack they can count on.

Posted on Jan 25, 2016
Keywords: Brent Seabrook, Corey Crawford, Duncan Keith, Erik Gustaffson, Michal Rozsival, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Rob Scuderi, Trevor Van Riemsdyk

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #86: Like Bon Jovi, Bulls Halfway There

Also livin' on a prayer. Plus: Blackhawks Have Only Won 12 Of Last 13; Riverboat Ron Has Last Laugh; and John Baker Way Better Than Dusty Baker.

Posted on Jan 22, 2016
Keywords: Bob Parsons, Dale Tallon, Dave Leitao, Derrick Rose, John Baker, Ron Rivera, Steph Curry, Todd Sauerbrun

Streif: One Hell Of A Ride

It's ended careers, it's ended dreams, it's crushed people.

Posted on Jan 22, 2016
Keywords: Streif

The Jay Williams Story: Broken Dreams, Shattered Leg, Oprah & ESPN

After a decade spent recovering from his injuries - the rehabilitations, the comeback attempts, the professional forays into the seedy underside of sports agenting - Williams recounts with a rare honesty his hard-fought path to college basketball stardom and the painful lessons he's learned while reconstructing his fractured adulthood.

Posted on Jan 21, 2016
Keywords: Jay Williams

SportsMondayTuesday: Rose In, Noah Out, Bulls Win

Team transitioning on the fly.

Posted on Jan 19, 2016
Keywords: Bobby Portis, Derrick Rose, Dougie McBuckets, Jimmy The Butler, Joakim Noah, Pau Gasol

Game, Set, Match-Fixing

At the upper level of world tennis - including Wimbledon.

Posted on Jan 18, 2016
Keywords: Grand Slam, Tennis Integrity Unit, Wimbledon

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #85: Why Is Everyone So Mad At The Bulls?

So much anger for a 23-15 team. Plus: Giving It Up For The Q Man. Giggity; Cutesy Cubs Convention Convenes; and Put Jason Benetti On The Board, Yes!

Posted on Jan 15, 2016
Keywords: Andrew Shaw, Corey Crawford, Derrick Rose, E'Twaun Moore, Fred Hoiberg, Jason Benetti, Jimmy Butler, Joel Quenneville, St. Louis, The Ricketts'
The White Sox Report

Put Jason Benetti On The Board, Yes!

Either by dumb luck or savvy judgement, the Sox have hired a young guy who wasn't a former player ready and willing to regale fans with frequently embellished stories about his athletic past.

Posted on Jan 14, 2016
Keywords: Hawk Harrelson, Jason Benetti, Sudden Sam McDowell

St. Louis Fans Rammed - Again

City can't keep a football team.

Posted on Jan 13, 2016
Keywords: Stan Kroenke, Stanley's Lounge

SportsMondayTuesday: Bears' Hire A Short Joke

It's still all about Jay.

Posted on Jan 12, 2016
Keywords: Dowell Loggains, Jay Cutler, John Fox, Ken Whisenhunt

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #84: This Chicago Mayor Had A Good Week

So did his butler. Plus: Crow and the Breadman; Jay Cutler's Minivan Is Back; White Sox Whiff; and The Chicago Fire Are About To Do Something.

Posted on Jan 8, 2016
Keywords: Alex Gordon, Artemi Panarin, Corey Crawford, Dennis McKinnon, Fred Hoiberg, Jay Cutler, Jimmy Butler, Lovie Smith

Dead College Football Player Leaves Clues Of Concussions' Toll On Brain

He suffered more than 10 concussions, all while playing football, the first occurring at age eight.

Posted on Jan 5, 2016
Keywords: Concussion, Friday Night Tykes, Bob Probert, Jay Cutler, Patrick Grange

SportsMonday: Out With A Whimper, In With A Bang

Bears easily eclipsed by Bulls, Blackhawks.

Posted on Jan 4, 2016
Keywords: Corey Crawford, Jimmy Butler, John Fox

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #83: Our Chicago Player Of The Year

A 2015/2016 review/preview. Including: Being The Blackhawks; Cartoon Cubs; As The Bulls Turn; Not Bowled Over By John Fox; Let's Talk About The White Sox Cubs; The City's Most Inconsequential Franchise; and Party Of The Year.

Posted on Jan 2, 2016
Keywords: American Pharoah, Bobby Portis, Elena Delle Donne, John Fox, Kyle Schwarber, Patrick Kane, Willie Gault

TrackNotes: Party Of The Year

Thanks for the invite.

Posted on Jan 1, 2016
Keywords: Ahmed Zayat, American Pharoah, Bob Baffert, Coolmore Ashford Stud, Sports Illustrated, Victor Espinoza

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: The 2015 Koolie Awards!

Including the Technical Koolies!

Posted on Dec 30, 2015
Keywords: Chris Prosinski, David Fales, Eddie George, Hub Arkush, Ikea, Kristin Cavallari, Moses Malone, Smokin' Jay Cutler

Bears Media Mesmerized By Shirtless Matt Slauson

A tweetstream illuminating local fanboy media.

Posted on Dec 28, 2015
Keywords: Adam Hoge, Brian Cassella, Evan Fitzgerald, Jeff Dickerson, Matt Slauson, Peggy Kusinski, Zach Zaidman

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Paper Pancake

It's gonna take a whole hell of a lot of something alcoholic - or something with a whole lot of nudity - to keep me to seated in front of this game for three hours.

Posted on Dec 24, 2015
Keywords: John Timu, Kyle Orton, Lovie Smith, Mr. Bubble, Muscle Hamster, Necco Wafers, Patrick Mannelly, Ron Turner, Virginia McCaskey

SportsMonday: Bears Grandly Pronounce Themselves

New, improved Bears same as old, lousy Bears.

Posted on Dec 21, 2015
Keywords: Adam Gase, John Fox, Marc Trestman, Mel Tucker, Ryan Pace, Vic Fangio

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #82: Robin Ventura Still Killing White Sox Buzz

Can Rick Hahn's rescue mission overcome the lameness of his manager? Plus: We Have Jason Heyward, Can We Ditch The Onesies Now?; Everyone Still Upset That The Bulls Are Winning So Much; and Corey Crawford Hotter Than Cory Matthews.

Posted on Dec 18, 2015
Keywords: Ahmad Rashad, Corey Crawford, Cory Matthews, Jason Heyward, Johnny Morris, Marcus Kruger, Sammy White, The Thompson Twins, Todd Frazier

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Bear Goonies

Those Smokin' Jay memes aren't gonna Photoshop themselves.

Posted on Dec 17, 2015
Keywords: Pants Boner, Smokin' Jay, Socket Job
The White Sox Report

Rick's Rescue

Theo Epstein is still Best in Show in this city, but the White Sox GM just put the South Siders back in the conversation.

Posted on Dec 16, 2015
Keywords: Alex Avila, Brett Lawrie, Dioner Navarro, Todd Frazier

SportsMonday: Jay Cutler No Bill Murray

And Groundhog Day was a much better movie than Bears 2015.

Posted on Dec 14, 2015
Keywords: Groundhog Day

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #81: Cubs Set Us Up For Epicest Heartbreak Yet

Now World Series favorite. Plus: Hey White Sox, How You Doin'?; Bulls Spiting Selves; Bears Good As Mold; and Patrick Kane's Fraudulent Point Streak.

Posted on Dec 11, 2015
Keywords: Brett Favre, Jason Heyward, Marian Hossa, Patrick Kane, Ray Bourque, Robbie Gould, The Mayor

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Hype Machine, Not Engaged

I guess the takeaway is that I equate the Washington Redskins to a woman screaming something vile in a black guy's face mid-coitus.

Posted on Dec 10, 2015
Keywords: Bounce House, Mlller Lite, Steel Panther, Tracy Porter's Shovel

Fantasy Fix: Season Of Hurt

The player who ruined the most people's seasons? It's a tie.

Posted on Dec 9, 2015
Keywords: Alshon Jeffery, Cairo Santos, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Tony Romo

SportsMonday: Bereft Bears Blow It

Blame game: Cutler, Jeffery, Gould, Gase.

Posted on Dec 7, 2015
Keywords: Adam Gase, John Fox, Ryan Pace, Vic Fangio

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #80: Bears Still Under .500

Trap game ahead. Plus: Everyone Mad Bulls Just 11-5; Patrick Kane, All-American; We Were Promised David Price; and The Chicago Fire Did Something This Week.

Posted on Dec 4, 2015
Keywords: Aaron Rodgers, Blaine Gabbert, Blake Bortles, Chicago Fire, Curtis Conway, David Price, Derrick Rose, Jay Cutler, Jim Caldwell, Patrick Kane, Pau Gasol

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Magic Wand Time

The credible threat San Francisco brings to the table is essentially that every member of the 53-man roster will be angry that they play for the 49ers.

Posted on Dec 3, 2015
Keywords: Fistmas, Hitachi, Maury Buford

Wendell Phillips: The School, The Historic Football Team, The Person

And The Sideburns.

Posted on Dec 2, 2015
Keywords: Wendell Phillips, Wendell Phillips Academy

SportsMondayTuesday: Same Old Bulls

In a good way.

Posted on Dec 1, 2015
Keywords: Derrick Rose, Fred Hoiberg, Jimmy Butler, Joakim Noah, Tom Thibodeau

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #79: Bears Beat Starr, Favre, Rodgers

It's clear that coaching is occurring. Plus: Blackhawks Bounce Back; Bulls Find More Ways To Win; and Warm Stove League.

Posted on Nov 27, 2015
Keywords: Aaron Rodgers, Alex Avila, Bryce Callahan, Chris Prosinski, Colin Kaepernick, Davante Adams, Eddie Lacy, Jeff Rodgers, Jeff Samardzija, Jeremy Langford, John Fox, Johnny Manziel, Josh McCown, Kurt Becker, Lamarr Houston, Marc Mariani, Marc Trestman, Redamak's, Starlin Castro, Tracy Porter, Vic Fangio, Wayne Gretzky, Willie Young

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Confidence Picks

Things have changed.

Posted on Nov 25, 2015
Keywords: Aaron Rodgers, Brett Favre, Christian Bale, Donald Trump, Jay Cutler, Jerzy Kosinski, Jimmy Clausen, John Fox, Kevin White, Kristin Cavallari, Matt Forte, Valtrex, Zygi Wilf

Fantasy Fix: The Pope's Nose 2015

Tough choices for biggest turkeys.

Posted on Nov 25, 2015
Keywords: Eddie Lacy, Jimmy Graham, Jordan Matthews, Peyton Manning

SportsMonday: Meatball Mania

You can hear their distinctive cry across Chicago today.

Posted on Nov 23, 2015
Keywords: Jay Cutler, Jeremy Langford, John Fox, Marc Mariani

Beachwood Radio Special Edition: The Unbearable White Maleness Of Sports Media

Progress has been grudging - and it shows.

Posted on Nov 22, 2015
Keywords: Black Grantland, Cam Newton, Dan Bernstein, David Haugh, Derrick Rose, Eric Zorn, ESPN, Greg Howard, Hub Arkush, Jason Whitlock, John Kass, Julie DiCaro, Kristen McQueary, Patrick Kane, Stuart Scott, The Score, The Shadow League

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #78: Grenver Brackers Week

Bears face Brock Osweiler and Aaron Rodgers in two-game, five-day stretch. Plus: The NFL Stinks; The Slausonator; Osweiler Better Than Clausen, Fales; Packers Doom Spiral; Bulls Holding Serve; Blackhawks Gellin' Like Thornton Melon; and Cubs Hat Trick.

Posted on Nov 20, 2015
Keywords: Andre Iguodala, Brock Osweiler, David Fales, David Ross, Derrick Rose, Duncan Keith, Eleanor Mondale, Jake Arrieta, Jimmy Butler, Jimmy Clausen, Keith Van Horne, Mark Schlereth, Matt Slauson, Shea McClellin, Thornton Melon, Troy Aikman

Harlem Globetrotters Bring It All Back Home

An epic 90th anniversary tour hits Chicago.

Posted on Nov 20, 2015
Keywords: ABCs Of Bullying Prevention, Dizzy Grant, Dragon Taylor, El Gato Melendez, Goose Tatum, Guinness Book Of World Records, Harlem Globetrotters, Hinckley, New York Fashion Week, Pope Francis, Slick Willie Shaw, STOMP, Zeus McClurkin

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Adjusting Yourself In Public

When asked about the key to his run of consistent play, Cutler just responded "been listening to a lot of early Danzig" before putting out a cigarette on his wrist and exiting a press conference.

Posted on Nov 18, 2015
Keywords: Adam Gase, Brock Osweiler, Chief McSorely, Jay Cutler, Jim Sorgi, John Fox, Marc Mariani, Nick Foles, Terrapin Station, Terrell Owens, Vic Fangio

Fantasy Fix: Cutler's Revenge

More Bears crow.

Posted on Nov 18, 2015
Keywords: Alshon Jeffery, Jay Cutler, Jeremy Langford, Zach Miller

Dear Football: I'm Breaking Up With You

You've gotten too fat, you worry too much about money, and we don't agree on how to raise kids.

Posted on Nov 17, 2015
Keywords: Alex Smith, Bournemouth, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Cleveland Browns, Jay Cutler, Kyle Orton, Ray Rice, Roger Goodell, Salute to Service Month

SportsMonday: Bearsmentum

Now that was a victory; Bears finally distinguish themselves from their horrible opponents.

Posted on Nov 16, 2015
Keywords: Brock Osweiler, Hub Arkush, Jeremy Langford, Kyle Long, Martellus Bennett, Nick Foles, Todd Gurley, Zach Miller

The Incestuous World Of Daily Fantasy Sports

This is journalism, people, and the ultimate takedown.

Posted on Nov 16, 2015
Keywords: 21st Century Fox, Comcast, DraftKings, ESPN, FanDuel, HBO, MLB, NBA, NBC Sports, NFL, Time Warner

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #77: Narrating The Bears

Kill fanboy groupthink! Plus: Fight The Bulls Narratives!; Partisan Sports-Watching; Blackhawks Still Trying To Find A Narrative!; and The Hottish Stove League.

Posted on Nov 13, 2015
Keywords: Alshon Jeffery, Cam Newton, Ego Ferguson, Javy Baez, Jeremy Langford, Joe Maddon, Red Grange, The Mighty 1090

Fantasy Fix: Always Awesome Alshon

Mea culpa.

Posted on Nov 12, 2015
Keywords: Alshon Jeffery, Jay Cutler, Jeremy Langford

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Voodoo, Dr. Death & Mrs. Wifey

Bottoms up.

Posted on Nov 12, 2015
Keywords: Bud Platinum, Dr. Death, Gooey Butter Cake, John Madden, Jon Gruden, Philip Rivers, St. Louis Rams

How Russia Hid Its Doping In Plain Sight

Athletes simply needed cash and a culture that rewarded a no-holds-barred drive for champions.

Posted on Nov 11, 2015
Keywords: Sochi, World Anti-Doping Agency

SportsMondayTuesday: Bears Win Backup Battle

Being wiped out by injuries is now the norm in the NFL.

Posted on Nov 10, 2015
Keywords: Jeremy Langford, Jon Gruden, Matt Forte, Mike Tirico, Ryan Pace, Zach Miller

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #76: Jay Cutler, Derrick Rose & Patrick Kane Are Back (?)

Media narratives are not your friend. Plus: The Bears Stay The Course; Cubs At Peak Betting Value; Dusty Hoiberg; Patrick Kane Not Vindicated; Kane D.A. Shows Caveman Colors; Blackhawks Blues; and Wearing Kane's Jersey.

Posted on Nov 6, 2015
Keywords: Derrick Rose, Frank Sedita, Fred Hoiberg, Jay Cutler, Patrick Kane, Steve McMichael

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: 10 Reasons To Watch

"But Carl," you say . . .

Posted on Nov 5, 2015
Keywords: Erin Andrews, Hank Williams Jr., Jacoby "Jesus" Jones, Jeremy Langford, Matt Slauson's Big Dong, New Jack City

Fantasy Fix: Bears Week

Who knew Bears rookie RB Jeremy Langford would prove to have at least some short-term fantasy value this year?

Posted on Nov 5, 2015
Keywords: Jay Cutler, Jeremy Langford, Martellus Bennett

SportsMonday: All Bears Must Go

Let the fire sale begin.

Posted on Nov 2, 2015
Keywords: Jay Cutler, Kyle Fuller, Matt Forte, Pernell McPhee, Robbie Gould, Ryan Pace

TrackNotes Extra: American Pharoah Goes Out Grandly

I'm going to guess that, in retirement, they'll actually have to train him not to run.

Posted on Nov 1, 2015
Keywords: American Pharoah, Beholder, Bob Baffert, Breeders' Cup, Liam's Map, Maria Borell, Mongolian, Nyquist, Rosie Napravnik, Runhappy, Zayat Stables

TrackNotes: Breeders' Classic No Longer In Eye Of Beholder

American Pharoah's race to win - at a crappy price.

Posted on Oct 30, 2015
Keywords: American Pharoah, Beholder, Breeders' Cup

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #75: Black Cloud Moves From Bulls To Bears

Team hid Jeremiah Ratliff's mass murder threat in latest cover-up. Plus: A Cubs Post Post-Mortem: Not Yet Royal; Dominican Republic Dominates; Bulls' Black Cloud Lifts; and Wait 'Til Next Year For The Blackhawks?

Posted on Oct 30, 2015
Keywords: Duncan Keith, Enos Slaughter, Jeremiah Ratliff, Lorenzo Cain, Nikola Mirotic

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: A Certain Level Of Cool Indifference

For the first time in over a year, Chicago will have to figure out a way to contain Adrian Peterson as well as the NFL did.

Posted on Oct 28, 2015
Keywords: Bill Clinton, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeremiah Ratliff, Rob Wilson, Tim Tebow, Virginia McCaskey
The Cub Factor

The Season In Limerick

And Hammel shit the bed.

Posted on Oct 27, 2015
Keywords: Duran Duran, Luis Tiant, Mark Bellhorn, Michael Ferro, Pam Dawber, Ronnie James Dio

Primetime Live 1989: Wait 'Til This Year

Deja vu all over again.

Posted on Oct 26, 2015
Keywords: Don Zimmer, Dusty Baker, Mark Grace, Rick Sutcliffe, Ron Santo

The Allure Of Cage Fighting

Thrown author here to explain.

Posted on Oct 26, 2015
Keywords: Eric Koch, Kerry Howley, MMA, Sean Huffman

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #74: The Cubs' Confusing Conclusion

2016 or bust - the honeymoon is finally over. Plus: Back to the Future Was An Awful Movie And Huey Lewis Sucks; Jeremiah Ratliff's Bye-Bye Week; When It Comes To Aggrieved White Sox Fans, Cubs Fans Should Feel Fine About Gloating; Duncan Keith's Sudden Surgery; and Derrick & Joakim.

Posted on Oct 23, 2015
Keywords: Derrick Rose, Duncan Keith, Jimbo Covert, Joakim Noah, Kyle Schwarber, Theo Epstein, White Sox Fans

TrackNotes: Keeneland > Wrigley

The Lexington, Kentucky, a venue that will out-mecca the one on the North Side any day, especially now that the Ricketts' have their mitts on the "ballpark."

Posted on Oct 22, 2015
Keywords: American Pharoah, Bill Veeck, Breeders' Cup

Fantasy Fix: Best Defenses

Scoring machines.

Posted on Oct 22, 2015
Keywords: Alshon Jeffery, Matthew Stafford
The Cub Factor

Where's Your Plan Now?!

Daniel Murphy vs. Christopher Coghlan, c'mon!

Posted on Oct 19, 2015
Keywords: Chris Coghlan, Daniel Murphy, Jorge Soler, Rocky, Starlin Castro

SportsMonday: The Bears' 10-Second Saga

I'm going to argue it isn't even a legitimate beef.

Posted on Oct 19, 2015
Keywords: Jim Caldwell, John Fox

F The Goat

This club's been like a ship on the ocean; the Titanic with a fanbase full of hope and devotion.

Posted on Oct 19, 2015
Keywords: 1908, Back to the Future, Fernando Rodney, Harry Caray, Q's 'Stache, Steve Bartman

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #73: Cubbin' It

Postseason Paradise. Including: Metropolitans vs. Cubopolitans; Ron Coomer Is An Awful Announcer; Chasing Utley; No Flipping?; Bears Try To Save Season With Must-Win Game!; and Hoiberg Hooey.

Posted on Oct 16, 2015
Keywords: Anthony Rizzo, Chase Utley, Fred Hoiberg, Jay Cutler, John Baker, Mike Hartenstine, Ron Coomer

Mets Mania Shows Area Men, Pols & Local TV Newsfolk Are Idiots Everywhere

A Hollywood ending.

Posted on Oct 16, 2015
Keywords: Long Island, Peter King

Fantasy Fix: Always Absent Alshon

The biggest mystery in fantasyland.

Posted on Oct 15, 2015
Keywords: Alshon Jeffery, Josh McCown, Marquess Wilson

Chief Relief; Lion Down On The Job

Boy that's a crappy looking team they got over there in the mitten.

Posted on Oct 14, 2015
Keywords: Bold Flavor, Burgess Meredith, Jay Cutler

Song Of The Moment: Go, Cubs, Go!

I've actually always liked this song, which I admitted to my friends earlier this season. I'm not sick of it at all.

Posted on Oct 14, 2015

Upping The Cubs' Nickname Game

George Sun, Charles Schwarb.

Posted on Oct 14, 2015
Keywords: Schwarbsy
The Cub Factor

The Truth About Joe Maddon

Actually not a magic man, mama.

Posted on Oct 12, 2015
Keywords: Bernie Lincicome, Footsie Blair, Joe Maddon, Kyle Schwarber, Starlin Castro, Tommy LaStella, White Sox Resentment

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #72: Joe Cub

Manager of the Forever. Plus: Playoff-Bound Bears 10-Point Underdogs; Enough About The Bears, Let's Talk About The Cubs; The Bears' Plan; Blackhawks Belabor Banner-Raising; Enough About The Blackhawks, Let's Talk About The Cubs; and Beer Talk.

Posted on Oct 9, 2015
Keywords: Dexter Fowler, Jake Arrieta, Joe Maddon, Kyle Schwarber, Starlin Castro, William Perry

Cute Kiddie Cubs Pass Playoff Audition, Cuddle With Champagne, Complicate Feelings

Like many, I have a complex relationship with the Cubs.

Posted on Oct 8, 2015
Keywords: Bruce Springsteen, Deacon Blues, Homi Bhabha, Kevin Coval, Mark Grace, Rod Beck, Sarah From The Real World Miami, The Chicago Board of Exchange, The Ricketts', Wicker Park, Wrigley Field

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Yeezus Christ You Guys

Hurry up with the damn croissants.

Posted on Oct 8, 2015
Keywords: Derek Carr, Jay Cutler, John Fox, Martellus Bennett, Ric Flair, Robbie Gould

If Joe Maddon Were Mayor . . .

Taxes become voluntary, but for some reason you'll want to pay.

Posted on Oct 6, 2015

SportsMonday: Forte Not Jay

Little noted: Forte is second in the league in rushing - and only five yards behind leader Adrian Peterson.

Posted on Oct 5, 2015
Keywords: Jay Cutler, John Fox, Matt Forte, Pernell McPhee
The Cub Factor

What If?

That loudmouth White Sox fan you work with . . . would still be a loudmouth White Sox fan. Let's be real.

Posted on Oct 4, 2015
Keywords: Alfonso Soriano, Babe Ruth, Beachwood Inn, BIlly Goat Tavern, Bump Wills, Chip Caray, Corey Patterson, Dale Sveum, Don Baylor, Dusty Baker, Gerrit Cole, Harry Caray, Jake Arrieta, Joe Maddon, Kosuke Fukudome, Kris Bryant, Lee Elia, Lou Piniella, Mike Quade, Milton Bradley, Ricky Renteria, Sammy Sosa, Starlin Castro, Steve Bartman, Steve Garvey, Tom Trebelhorn, Will Clark
The White Sox Report

The Season In Verse | Could Hardly Be Worse

But Robin will return/The Chairman rewards loyalty. But how in the world/Is his manager still royalty?

Posted on Oct 4, 2015
Keywords: Adam Eaton, Adam LaRoche, Alexei Ramirez, Avisail Garcia, Billy Pierce, Carlos Rodon, Carlos Sanchez, Chris Sale, Conor Gillaspie, Gordon Beckham, Jeff Samardzija, Jerry Reinsdorf, John Danks, Jose Abreu, Jose Quintana, Melky Cabrera, Mike Olt, Minnie Minoso, Ozzie Guillen, Rick Hahn, Robin Ventura, Trayce Thompson, Tyler Saladino, Zach Duke

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #71: Kiddie Kubs Get Playoff Audition

Invited to cute play-in game. Plus: Inside Coach Coffman's Castle; The Immorality Of Daily Fantasy And Their Native Radio Announcer Advertising Tools; Jerry Reinsdorf's Pet Cemetery; The Ridiculous Resurrection Of Jay Cutler; The Bulls Are Back Dragging D-Rose's Baggage Around; and the Positive Coaching Alliance.

Posted on Oct 2, 2015
Keywords: Derrick Rose, FanDuel, Gordon Wittenmyer, Jake Arrieta, Jay Cutler, Jerry Reinsdorf, John Kasich, Les The Beer Vendor, Matt Spiegel, Pat O'Donnell, Phil Simms, Positive Coaching Alliance, Stefhon Hannah, Steve Dahl, The Purple People Eaters

The Spongebob Cubs

Juice boxes for everyone!

Posted on Oct 1, 2015
Keywords: Joe Maddon

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Fury Road

Congratulations on your exciting day of yardwork, tax prep, abortion, or any of the other activities more entertaining than watching the Bears.

Posted on Oct 1, 2015
Keywords: Bob Kraft, Jimmy Clausen, John Fox, L'Carpetron Dookmarriot, Mel Gibson, Mrs. Kool-Aid Report's Can, Pat O'Donnell

Derrick Rose's Week So Far: Money, Sex And Surgery

An elbow to the face may have been the best thing that could have happened to him.

Posted on Sep 30, 2015
Keywords: Derrick Rose, Gar Foreman, Lagunitas

Fantasy Fix: Get Used To It, Chicago

Opposing players popular picks.

Posted on Sep 30, 2015
Keywords: A.J. Green, Arian Foster, Ben Roethlisberger, Derek Carr, Devonta Freeman, Greg Olsen, Justin Forsett, Larry Fitzgerald, Rex Ryan, Russell Wilson, Tyler Eifert, Tyrod Taylor

Yogi Berra Was A World-Class Shill

Human widget.

Posted on Sep 29, 2015
Keywords: Aflac, AMF, Florida Orange Juice, Kinney Shoes, Miller Lite, New York Daily News, NP-27 Foot Spray, Pringles, Puss 'N' Boots Cat Food, Stove Top Stuffing, VISA, Yoo-Hoo

SportsMonday: Please, Seahawks, Don't Hurt Us

John Fox tries to hold down the margin of defeat to less than four touchdowns.

Posted on Sep 28, 2015
Keywords: Dean Blandino, John Fox
The Cub Factor

Back To Meaningless Baseball

Let's all take this week to relax, maybe step away for the team for a few games and enjoy life a little.

Posted on Sep 28, 2015
Keywords: AC/DC, Joe Maddon, Johnny Evers, Starlin Castro
The White Sox Report

Berra, Berra Bad Memories

What's most impressive about Yogi Berra is that he made contact 19 out of every 20 plate appearances.

Posted on Sep 28, 2015
Keywords: Jose Abreu, Paul LePalme, Yogi Berra

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #70: The Blackhawks & Their Barbarous Fanbase

An opportunity for heroism missed. Plus: The Score's Finest Hour; The Psychology Of Bases & Fandom; The Devil's Manager; Seahawks Game-Planning A Slaughter; 'Night, Sky; Chicago Fire Fired; and The Chicago White Sox Are Still Playing For Some Reason.

Posted on Sep 26, 2015
Keywords: Benchwarmer Bob Lurtsema, Bobby Hull, Chris Sale, Elena Delle Donne, Frank Yallop, Jay Cutler, Jimmy Pickles, Joe Maddon, Joe Palmer, John McDonough, Julie DiCaro, Michael McCaskey, Patrick Kane, Rick Sutcliffe, Rocky Wirtz, Stan Mikita, Starlin Castro, Sylvia Fowles, Tamika Catchings, The Score

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Jay Cutler's Dog Days

Daughter an instant punchline.

Posted on Sep 23, 2015
Keywords: Beast Mode, Harold Goodwin, Jay Cutler, Kristin Cavallari, Russell Wilson's Boners

Fantasy Fix: Bad Luck vs. No Luck

Still buying.

Posted on Sep 23, 2015
Keywords: Andrew Luck, Carson Palmer, Jameis Winston, Sam Bradford, Tom Brady, Tony Romo

The Beachwood Radio Hour #68: The Media Is Blowing The Patrick Kane Story

Anonymous sources, reckless rumors and uninformed speculation. Plus: My Only Japonais Story; United Airlines Has Finally Gone Too Far; Steve Reads The New York Post; and Steve Looks At Tinder.

Posted on Sep 22, 2015

They Just Held A World Triathlon In Chicago

U.S. men suck, but Minnesota's Gwen Jorgensen "has morphed into the Triathlon Terminator."

Posted on Sep 22, 2015
Keywords: Gwen Jorgensen

SportsMonday: Bears Not The Cubs

The (new) Cubs don't make critical mistakes at critical times time after time after time after time after time, sorry.

Posted on Sep 21, 2015
Keywords: Kyle Fuller, Terrance Mitchell
The Cub Factor

Coming Soon: Instant Cup-O-Game Seven

But where to watch?

Posted on Sep 21, 2015
Keywords: Cottonelle, Joe Maddon, Mickey Morandini, Starlin Castro, Tommy LaStella
The White Sox Report

Time For Jerry To Go

In 29 of Jerry Reinsdorf's 34 years owning the White Sox, they've failed to reach the postseason.

Posted on Sep 20, 2015
Keywords: Bill Veeck, Chicago Cardinals, Tom Ricketts

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #69: The Bloom Is Off The Blackhawks' Rose

Worst press conference in Chicago sports history. Plus: John McDonough Is Tone-Deaf; Dueling Settlement Sources; City Psyched Bears Now Losing The Right Way; The Curious Case Of The Cubs; Chicago's MVP; The White Sox Did Something This Week; The Chicago Fire Did Something This Week; The Waco Brothers Did Something This Week; We Don't Care About Illinois And Northwestern Football.

Posted on Sep 18, 2015
Keywords: Elena Delle Donne, Javy Baez, Joe Maddon, John McDonough, Patrick Kane, Revie Sorey, Starlin Castro, The Waco Brothers

Everyone's Juicing

Amazingly enough, world-class athletes are merely the fine layer of frost atop the iceberg's tip when it comes to the steroid economy.

Posted on Sep 17, 2015
Keywords: Columbia University, DEA, Green Bay Packers, Mark McGwire, Tony Fitton

The Blue & Örange Kool-Aid Report: Dancin' In The Ruins

I don't know what you call that drink, but a bottle of Bacardi and a gallon of Arizona Iced Tea costs a total of $14 at the Walgreens by my house, so I'll just call the savings "delicious."

Posted on Sep 17, 2015
Keywords: Blue Oyster Cult, Lee Elia, The People's Republic of the Tanzania

Fantasy Fix: Don't Panic

It's just one week, people.

Posted on Sep 15, 2015
Keywords: Adrian Peterson, Marcus Mariota, Peyton Manning

Street League Skateboarding Adds Women To World Championships In Chicago Next Month

The women's division at the Super Crown World Championship in Chicago on October 4th will bring together the world's most accomplished female skateboarders to battle it out for the title of World Champion.

Posted on Sep 15, 2015
Keywords: Alana Smith, Alexis Sablone, Lacey Baker, Leticia Bufoni, Mariso Dal Santo, Pamela Rosa, Samarria Brevard, Venessa Torres

SportsMonday: Bears Not Totally Awful

Congratulations, Bears, on not being totally embarrassed this time around but of course a loss is just a loss.

Posted on Sep 14, 2015
Keywords: Aaron Rodgers, Jay Cutler
The Cub Factor

Division Week

Like Packers Week, only with a chance of winning.

Posted on Sep 13, 2015
Keywords: Darwin Barney, Roberto Clemente
The White Sox Report

Olt Days

Slim pickings.

Posted on Sep 13, 2015
Keywords: Alexei Ramirez, Mike Olt, Ted Williams

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #68: The Bears' Grim March To Hell Begins

Including: The Coming Meatball Explosion. Plus: The Normalization Of The Cubs; White Sox Reportedly Still Playing; The Chicago Fire Did Something This Week; The Chicago Sky Head To The Playoffs.

Posted on Sep 11, 2015
Keywords: Bill Barnwell, Jim Osborne, Joe Maddon, John Fox, Lefty Rosenthal, Robin Ventura, Roger Goodell

SportsMondayTuesday: Good Job, Bears Fans

Not fooled again.

Posted on Sep 8, 2015
Keywords: Bill Barnwell, Jameis Winston
The Cub Factor

Joltin' Joe

Greatest Cubs manager ever?

Posted on Sep 7, 2015
Keywords: Joe Maddon, Milwaukee Brewers, Ryne Sandberg, Starlin Castro
The White Sox Report

Life After Death

So this is what it was supposed to look like.

Posted on Sep 7, 2015
Keywords: Cheslor Cuthbert, Kendrys Morales

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #67: The Cubs Have Issues!

Infield, outfield, starting pitching, relief pitching. Plus: I Hate John Fox; The Secret Seven-TE Spread; Fangio's Folly; Rappin' Roger Goodell; Rah! Rah! Sis-Boom-Bah Humbug; The White Sox, Fire And Sky Did Things This Week.

Posted on Sep 4, 2015
Keywords: Addison Russell, Alshon Jeffery, Austin Jackson, Babe Schwarber, Clayton Richard, Darwin Barney, Hector Rondon, Jason Hammel, Javy Baez, Joe Maddon, John Fox, Jorge Soler, Oskee, Roger Goodell, Tsuyoshi Wada, Vic Fangio

Sony Softened Concussion To Placate NFL

A top Sony lawyer took "most of the bite" out of the film.

Posted on Sep 3, 2015
Keywords: Will Smith

Fantasy Fix: Snap Up The Backup

A potentially fearsome threesome.

Posted on Sep 2, 2015
Keywords: Javy Baez, Johnny Manziel

The Chinese Guide To The Fighting Illini

Ni dui zhe ci quan zhan de jieshu, xia. What's the over and under on this dog show?

Posted on Sep 1, 2015
Keywords: Jesus, Oskee

The 'Beautiful Game' Turns Ugly: New Mob Museum Display Explores Corruption Of FIFA

Ripped from today's headlines.

Posted on Aug 31, 2015
Keywords: FIFA, Sepp Blatter
The Cub Factor

Led Cubs

No-hitter covers over the reality of a bad West Coast trip.

Posted on Aug 31, 2015
Keywords: Jake Arrieta, Joe Maddon, Starlin Castro
The White Sox Report

Sox Gonna Sox

In parts of six seasons with the Red Sox, Junichi Tazawa had been called upon to save 22 games. He had blown 19 of them.

Posted on Aug 31, 2015
Keywords: Adam LaRoche, Chris Sale, Jose Abreu, Junichi Tazawa, Robin Ventura, Tyler Flowers

TrackNotes: Don't Go, American Pharoah

We need to see him run again. We really do.

Posted on Aug 30, 2015
Keywords: Ahmed Zayat, American Pharoah, Bob Baffert, The Travers Stakes

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #66: Fall Guys And Rape Culture

The entitled Derrick Rose. Plus: UniCubs and Lollipops; Insane Clown Bullpen; The Team Without Jade; The Quality Fifth Start; 0-16; The White Sox Have A Core Four!; The Chicago Fire Did Something This Week; So Did The Chicago Sky.

Posted on Aug 28, 2015
Keywords: Backroads, Bulldog Turner, Cappie Pondexter, Carlos Rodon, Carlos Sanchez, Clayton Richard, Cris Carter, Dallas Beeler, Dan Haren, Derrick Rose, Insane Clown Posse, Jeremiah Ratliff, Joe Maddon, Kennedy Igboananike, Len Kasper, Pedro Strop, Trayce Thompson, Tyler Saladino

Fantasy Fix 2015 Football Draft Guide: TEs

Martellus Bennett vs. Greg Olsen.

Posted on Aug 27, 2015
Keywords: Greg Olsen, Martellus Bennett

SportsMonday: Slow Your Roll, Bears Fans

Everyone needs to try harder to avoid drawing too many conclusions based on pretend games.

Posted on Aug 24, 2015
Keywords: Jay Cutler, Jeremy Langford, Kyle Fuller, Pernell McPhee
The Cub Factor

Schwarber'll Be Selling Cars Soon

Why let Rizzo have all the fun?

Posted on Aug 24, 2015
Keywords: Jody Davis, Sparky Adams, The Hunter Pence Gnome, Tru-Link Fence
The White Sox Report

The Problem With Robin

He's no Joe Maddon, but is he Ned Yost?

Posted on Aug 24, 2015
Keywords: J.B. Shuck, John Danks, Ned Yost, Robin Ventura, Tyler Flowers

Man Of The Year Michael Jordan Tipped 20 Percent!

Ask yourself: Have you ever tipped that much?

Posted on Aug 22, 2015
Keywords: Chicago C, Michael Jordan, Michael Sneed

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #65: Only The Cubs' Light Shines In Chicago

Maddon for Mayor. Plus: Babe "Bam Bam" Schwarber, Ace Arrieta & Cogsy; The Chicago White Sox Did Something This Week; Chasing David Haugh; The Chicago Fire Did Something This Week; Vic Fangio Does Not Walk On Water; Two-Minute Mess; and The Erik Kramer Story Once Again Raises The Question: Should You Let Your Kids Play Football?

Posted on Aug 21, 2015
Keywords: Chase Utley, Chris Coghlan, David Haugh, Erik Kramer, Jake Arrieta, Jerry Reinsdorf, Joe Maddon, Jon Lester, Kyle Schwarber, Noah "The Buddha" Jackson, Vic Fangio

Why It's So Hard To Catch Track & Field Cheaters

"Drug testing has a public reputation that far exceeds its capabilities."

Posted on Aug 20, 2015
Keywords: BALCO, HGH, Lance Armstrong, London Marathon, NFL, Olympics, Soviet Bloc, Whizzinator

Fantasy Fix 2015 Football Draft Guide: WRs

Paging Alshon Jeffery.

Posted on Aug 18, 2015
Keywords: Alshon Jeffery, Eddie Royal, Kevin White
The Cub Factor

It's Poppa Joe's Wagon Now

Joe's got this; let's just see what happens.

Posted on Aug 17, 2015
Keywords: Chris Coghlan, Eddie Miksis, Joe Maddon, Jon Lester, Robin Ventura, Starlin Castro
The White Sox Report

Camp Crosstown

Even from Wisconsin, the differences between the Cubs and Sox were easy to see.

Posted on Aug 17, 2015
Keywords: Bernie O'Brien, Brule River, Camp Nebagamon, Dick Butkus, Jeff Samardzija

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #64: Babe Schwarber's Chicago Cubs

Takes the baton from Kris Bryant. Plus: Bad News Bears And Their Pussy Press Corps, and Frickin' Sheboygan, Wisconsin, Is Hosting The PGA Championship.

Posted on Aug 15, 2015
Keywords: Andy Heck, Anthony Rizzo, Chase Utley, Chicago Red Stars, Jon Lester, Kevin White, Kyle Schwarber, Whistling Straits

TrackNotes: Arlington Truce

You miss the grandeur of Arlington Park. But like an Easter egg, the pretty shell can't hide the goings on inside.

Posted on Aug 14, 2015
Keywords: Arlington Park, Claire Novak, Eddie Olczyk, Howard Sudberry, LiftMaster, Mike Imrem, Rich King

International Blind And Visually Impaired Sailors Coming To Race In Chicago!

Chicago Yacht Club Hosting 2015 Blind World & International Championship.

Posted on Aug 12, 2015

Fantasy Fix 2015 Football Draft Guide: RBs

Paging Matt Forte.

Posted on Aug 12, 2015
Keywords: Matt Forte

Which Is The Bigger Joke, Sports Mockery Or DNAinfo Chicago?

Pick 'em.

Posted on Aug 11, 2015
Keywords: DNAinfo Chicago, Douchebags, Patrick Kane, Sarah Spain, Sports Mockery
The Cub Factor

Waiting For The Goat

Something still just doesn't sit right with me.

Posted on Aug 10, 2015
Keywords: Bob Uecker Bobblehead, Chris Coghlan, Glenn Beckert, Joe Maddon, Starlin Castro
The White Sox Report

Royally Schooled

Isn't this a case for trading Chris Sale?

Posted on Aug 10, 2015
Keywords: Dayton Moore, Geovany Soto, Jeff Samardzija, Zack Greinke

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #63: Maddon's Mojo

Cubs manager moves in mysterious ways. Plus: Mediocre Media Moralizers; White Sox SNAFU; Bears' Foxhole; The Chicago Fire Did Something This Week; Jimmy Butler > Derrick Rose; The Return Of Epiphanny Prince; A Beer Note; and We Already Miss You, Junior Lake.

Posted on Aug 7, 2015
Keywords: 3 Floyds, Anthony Rizzo, Barry Rozner, Beer Bistro, Clayton Richard, David Haugh, Derrick Rose, Epiphanny Prince, Jay Hilgenberg, Jim Rome, Jimmy Butler, Joe Maddon, John Fox, Junior Lake, Kevin White, Patrick Kane, Pedro Strop

We Already Miss You, Junior Lake

We here at the Beachwood loved Junior Lake; he provided multiple moments of happiness and made our lives better because of it.

Posted on Aug 6, 2015
Keywords: Dale Sveum, Emilio Bonifacio, Junior Lake, Theo Epstein, Tuffy Rhodes

Fantasy Fix 2015 Football Draft Guide: QBs

In an increasingly pass-happy league, the depth chart for fantasy QBs looks deeper than ever.

Posted on Aug 5, 2015
Keywords: Adam Eaton, Jay Cutler
The Cub Factor

Pope Theo

He's infallible - to our local sports-hack fanboys.

Posted on Aug 3, 2015
Keywords: Chase Utley, Conorfber, DJ LaMahieu, Edwin Jackson, Ian Stewart, Junior Lake, Leon Brinkopf, Miguel Montero, Starlin Castro, The Ricketts Family, Theo Epstein, Welington Castillo, Yoervis Medina
The White Sox Report

If Only We Had Billy Pierce

Damn Yankees.

Posted on Aug 2, 2015
Keywords: Billy Pierce, Whitey Ford

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #62: Neither A Buyer Nor A Seller Be

Post-trade deadline edition. Plus: The Starlin Castro Saga; Len Kasper, Company Man; Bill Veeck, TV Bartender; The Journesia Of Training Camp Narratives; The Chicago Fire Continue To Disgust Us; and Eleane Delle Donne Emerges As The Face Of The WNBA.

Posted on Aug 1, 2015
Keywords: Bill Veeck, Elena Delle Donne, Jerry Seinfeld, Jose Quintana, Junior Lake, Len Kasper, Starlin Castro, Wilmer Flores

TrackNotes: The Good, Bad, Sad And Suspicious Return Of American Pharoah

Monmouth's mad money.

Posted on Jul 31, 2015
Keywords: American Pharoah, Arlington Park, Churchill Downs Inc., Haskell Invitational, Monmouth Park

In California League, Computer Calls Balls And Strikes

Next: Sending those calls to your smartwatch.

Posted on Jul 30, 2015
Keywords: Albert Park, Eric Byrnes, San Rafael Pacifics, Zack Pace

Fantasy Fix: Your 2015 NFL Top 20!

Matt Forte over Aaron Rodgers? Yes.

Posted on Jul 29, 2015
Keywords: Alshon Jeffery, Matt Forte

MLB's Next International Market: China

The Orioles strike first.

Posted on Jul 28, 2015
Keywords: MLB Development Center, Urban Youth Academy
The White Sox Report

Play Out The String

So here we are once again, four games below .500, five games from a wild-card berth with five teams to leapfrog to get there and 66 games to do it.

Posted on Jul 27, 2015
The Cub Factor

Designated For Assignment

1. Make a shoebox diorama of the bullpen.

Posted on Jul 27, 2015
Keywords: Edwin Jackson, Matt Garza Gnomes, The Great Lakes

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #61: Cold Stove League

Seasonal baseball disorder in reverse. Plus: The Same Old New Jay Cutler; The Chicago Fire Did Something This Week; Chicago Sky Still Rolling; and Duck, North Carolina.

Posted on Jul 24, 2015
Keywords: Addison Russell, Albert Almora, Bill George, David Robertson, Duck, Edwin Jackson, Jay Cutler, Jeff Samardzija, Joe Maddon, Jorge Soler, Kris Bryant, Kyle Schwarbeast, Starlin Castro

Fantasy Fix: Adrian Peterson vs. Martellus Bennett

Value fluctuating - or is it?

Posted on Jul 23, 2015
Keywords: Adrian Peterson, Calvin Johnson, Martellus Bennett, Russell Wilson

Jockeys Ride Elephants Through Chicago!

"A one-furlong race, if the road stands up to it."

Posted on Jul 22, 2015
Keywords: Chicago, Jumbo Stake

Badass BMX

Sick shit, y'all.

Posted on Jul 21, 2015
Keywords: BMX Union, Dan Lacey, Glenn Salyers, Ride BMX
The White Sox Report

Once (Or Twice) Is Not Enough

Delusional thinking debunked.

Posted on Jul 20, 2015
Keywords: 1959, Aaron Rowand, Adam LaRoche, Bill Veeck, Chris Sale, Cliff Politte, El Duque, Geoff Blum, J.B. Shuck, Jermaine Dye, Jon Garland, Jose Abreu, Juan Uribe, Melky Cabrera, Miller's Pub, Ozzie Guillen, Paulie, Scotty Pods, Timo Perez, Tyler Saladino

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #60: Talkin' Baseball

Damn Cardinals. Plus: Duncan Keith In The Pantheon; Blackhawks South; Elena Delle Donne, Superstar; and The Chicago Fire Actually Did Do Something This Week.

Posted on Jul 17, 2015
Keywords: Anaheim Angels, Clint Hurdle, Duncan Keith, Elena Della Donne, Houston Astros, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Dodgers, Minnesota Twins, New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals, Wally Chambers, Washington Nationals

TrackNotes: True Justice For Arlington Park, California Chrome

There is no way in hell the track deserved to have a horse of his stature run there.

Posted on Jul 16, 2015
Keywords: Arlington Million, California Chrome, Churchilll Downs Inc., Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, Perry Martin, Steve Coburn, Steven Seagal

Fantasy Fix: Second-Half Surprises

Jonathan Herrera vs. Carlos Rodon.

Posted on Jul 15, 2015
Keywords: Bryce Harper, Carlos Rodon, Jonathan Herrera, Stephen Strasburg, Yasiel Puig
The Cub Factor

Bot Day

All we know is pain.

Posted on Jul 13, 2015
Keywords: Chris Coghlan, Chris Denorfia, Teen Titans
The White Sox Report

Remain Calm

They ain't goin' nowhere.

Posted on Jul 13, 2015
Keywords: Chris Sale, Jeff Samardzija, Mark Buehrle, White Flag Trade

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #59: What Cubs Kids?

One is not a wave. Plus: The Crushingly Boring Crosstown Classic; Jeff Samardzija Vu; Patrick Sharp Is Still No Longer A Blackhawk; World Cup Carli; and Elena Delle Donne Deserves More Stardom.

Posted on Jul 10, 2015
Keywords: Adam LaRoche, Carli Lloyd, DJ LaMahieu, Elena Delle Donne, Jeff Samardzija, Jimmy Butler, Joe Cain, Joe Ricketts, Patrick Sharp, Ron Rivera, The Crosstown Classic, Theo Epstein, Wilber Marshall
The Cub Factor

The Real Big 3

How the Cubs are really winning.

Posted on Jul 6, 2015
Keywords: Chris Coghlan, Fitz and the Tantrums, Jake Arrieta, Jason Hammel, Joe Maddon, Kyle Hendricks, Moises Alou

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #58: The Real Cubs Story

It's not what you think. Plus: The White Sox Meet Their Past; Old White Men vs. Soccer; Bulls Media Madness.

Posted on Jul 6, 2015
Keywords: David Kaplan, Joe Cowley, K.C. Johnson, Marty Gangler, Rick Morrissey, Roger Wallenstein
The White Sox Report

Present vs. Past

Should've just scheduled the Braves.

Posted on Jul 6, 2015
Keywords: A.J. Pierzynski, Chris Sale, Conor Gillaspie, Juan Uribe, Mark Buehrle
The Cub Factor

Vote White Sox!

All-Star balloting to win.

Posted on Jun 29, 2015
Keywords: Darwin Barney, Glenallen Hill, Starlin Castro
The White Sox Report

A Failure To Communicate

Paging Anthony Bourdain.

Posted on Jun 29, 2015
Keywords: Alexei Ramirez, Anthony Bourdain, Jose Abreu, Lino Diaz, Robin Ventura

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #57: Bobby Bill Clinton Portis The Bull

Just call him Portishead. Plus: Jon Lesster, Chris Not For Sale, Breaking China, Elene Della The Dream Donne, The Chicago Fire Did Something This Week, and Here Comes Chrome.

Posted on Jun 26, 2015
Keywords: Bobby Portis, California Chrome, Chris Sale, Elena Delle Donne, Jon Lester, Kevin Hayes, Patrick Sharp, USWNT

TrackNotes: Here Comes California Chrome

Former America's Horse on the way to the White Palace.

Posted on Jun 26, 2015
Keywords: Arlington Park, California Chrome, Churchill Downs Inc.

Fantasy Fix: Shopping The DL

Can Jorge Soler deliver?

Posted on Jun 24, 2015
Keywords: Anthony Rendon, Joey Butler, Jorge Soler, Jose Fernandez, Matt Cain, Matt Moore
The Cub Factor

Special Moments In Starlin Castro

Ritalin, please.

Posted on Jun 22, 2015
Keywords: Chris Coghlan, Gavin Floyd, Joe Maddon, Marty Gangler, Mike Olt, Starlin Castro
The White Sox Report

One Cliché At A Time

The games will be played between the lines, though not particularly well.

Posted on Jun 22, 2015
Keywords: Chris Sale, Crash Davis, Nuke LaLoosh

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #56: Dynasty Schmynasty

Better than the '85 Bears? Plus: Fire Robin Ventura Already; Kyle Kub; U.S. Women's Soccer's Nostalgia Trip; The Sky's New Dynamic Duo; The Chicago Fire Did Something This Week; Springfield's Very Own NBA Finals MVP; and The Cell Is Supposedly Fun.

Posted on Jun 19, 2015
Keywords: Andre Iguodala, Chicago Sky, Courtney Hawkins, Joe DiMaggio, Jose Abreu, Kyle Schwarber, Mark Buehrle, USWNT, Wrigleyville

Fantasy Fix: Billyball

A steal.

Posted on Jun 17, 2015
Keywords: BABIP, Billy Burns, Billy Hamilton

Coffman: Blackhawks Supercede Bears

Billion dollar babies.

Posted on Jun 16, 2015
Keywords: #CupTracker, Brent Seabrook, Corey Crawford, Duncan Keith, Johnny Oduya, Jonathan Toews, Kimmo Timonen, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Patrick Kane, Stan Bowman, Stanley Cup
The White Sox Report

We Should Know Better

Why wouldn't you have felt a twinge of optimism?

Posted on Jun 15, 2015
Keywords: Tyler Flowers
The Cub Factor


So let's just say that one could "see" the Cubs laying a Blackhawks-like foundation, but stranger things have happened, like the last 100+ years.

Posted on Jun 15, 2015
Keywords: Chris Coghlan, Darwin Barney

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #55: Do The Blackhawks Suck?

No. Plus: Downstate Warriors; Canada's House of Plastic; The White Sox Are Still Playing; The Cubs' Buzzy Bullpen; Cappy & Pokey; and The U.S. Men's Soccer Team Has Best Week In History.

Posted on Jun 12, 2015
Keywords: Abe Gibron, Andre Iguodala, Double Nickel, Doug Buffone, E'Twaun Moore, Elena Delle Donne, Fermentum, Hope Solo, Jason Motte, Jim Parque, Joel Quenneville, Jurgen Klinsmann, Lance Briggs, Patrick Sharp, Pedro Strop, Rafael Soriano, Shaun Livingston, Steve Kerr, Sylvia Fowles, Welington Castillo

TrackNotes: American Pharoah's Long Strange Trip

As many horses have since the turn of the century, American Pharoah defied current common wisdom.

Posted on Jun 11, 2015
Keywords: American Pharoah, Bob Baffert, Cubs, Jimmy Fallon, Rick Harrison, Victor Espinoza, Vogue

Coffman: It's Not OK, Blackhawks Fans

Reassurance is not the proper response.

Posted on Jun 9, 2015
Keywords: Ben Bishop, Brandon Saad, Jonathan Toews, Kris Versteeg, Kyle Cumiskey, Marian Hossa, Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, Teuvo Teravainen
The White Sox Report

Try The Whitefish

Barely (not even) mediocre.

Posted on Jun 7, 2015
Keywords: Rick Hahn
The Cub Factor

Left Out

Weak links.

Posted on Jun 7, 2015
Keywords: Chris Coghlan, Chris Denorfia, Jorge Soler, Junior Lake, Matt Szczur

TrackNotes: American Pharoah Thrills And Chills

I just hope we see him run again.

Posted on Jun 7, 2015
Keywords: Ahmed Zayat, American Pharoah, Bob Baffert, Justin Zayat, Victor Espinoza

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #54: The Exquisitely Boring Blackhawks

All the drama is on the ice. Plus: Extensive Bulls Coaching Search Turns Up Fred Hoiberg; Most Boring Manager In World Manages Most Boring Team; Cubs Make Kind Of Play They Never Make; How The Triple Crown Is Like The Cubs; and Get Sepp!

Posted on Jun 5, 2015
Keywords: American Pharoah, Anthony Rizzo, Antoine Vermette, Bob Dylan, Brian Urlacher, Corey Crawford, David Ross, Fred Hoiberg, Joe Girardi, Jon Cooper, Kris Versteeg, Paul Molitor, Robin Ventura, Sepp Blatter, Teuvo Teravainen

TrackNotes: Beatable & Bettable

That 12th furlong Saturday will turn American Pharoah's legs to pudding and demand the champion's proof.

Posted on Jun 4, 2015
Keywords: American Pharoah, Belmont Stakes, Bob Baffert

SportsMondayWednesday: Stanley Cup Preview

Only one question matters: How do players react to the all-encompassing pressure when the series is on the line?

Posted on Jun 3, 2015
Keywords: Bryan Bickell

Fantasy Fix: Year Of The Rookie

Kris Bryant is no slam dunk for NL Rookie of the Year.

Posted on Jun 2, 2015
Keywords: Addison Russell, Carlos Rodon, Devon Travis, Jason Hammel, Joc Pederson, Joey Gallo, Kris Bryant
The Cub Factor

The Year Of Maybe

Will the Cubs finally put Starlin Castro on Ritalin? Maybe!

Posted on Jun 2, 2015
Keywords: Ben Zobrist, Chris Coghlan, Edwin Jackson, Luis Gonzalez, Ritalin, Todd Ricketts, Tuffy Rhodes
The White Sox Report

Somehow Hanging On

Total breakdown averted.

Posted on Jun 1, 2015
Keywords: Adam LaRoche, David Roberston, Gordon Beckham, John Danks, Josh Donaldson, Melky Cabrera

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #53: Tough Thibodeau Talk

Rhodes vs. Coffman! Plus: How The Pundits Get The Ray McDonald Story Wrong; The White Sox Are Boring And We're Done With Them; The Cubs Are Still A Bit Clownish; and The Blackhawks Are Still Playing!

Posted on May 29, 2015
Keywords: Bryan Bickell, Dante Jones, Duncan Keith, Frank Yallop, George McCaskey, Javy Baez, Jerry Reinsdorf, John Paxson, Ray McDonald, Tom Thibodeau

Fantasy Fix: Value Among The Viagra Set

Not dead yet.

Posted on May 27, 2015
Keywords: A.J. Burnett, Aaron Harang, Bartolo Colon, Chris Young

SportsMondayTuesday: Don't Blame Bickell

Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen was the worst player on the ice Monday night, and the Blackhawks still couldn't win.

Posted on May 26, 2015
Keywords: Bryan Bickell, Frederik Andersen, Mike Milbury
The Cub Factor

Lorde vs. Winger

A season teeters on a fulcrum!

Posted on May 25, 2015
Keywords: Matt Murton
The White Sox Report

We Miss Paulie More Than He Misses Us

Taking out the garbage.

Posted on May 24, 2015
Keywords: Adam Eaton, Paul Konerko

TrackNotes: The Problem With American Pharoah

We'll never know how great he could've been.

Posted on May 24, 2015
Keywords: Ahmed Zayat, American Pharoah

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #52: The Blackhawks' Biggest Problem

It's the opposite of what everyone is talking about. Plus: The Bulls Stink; The Point After; Robin Ventura Sucks Again; The Chicago Fire Did(n't) Do Something This Week; and The Cubs Make Big Moves!

Posted on May 22, 2015
Keywords: Brian Cabral, Brian Schlitter, Funky Cold Yoervis Medina, GarPax, Jaime Navarro, Joe Maddon, Joel Quenneville, King Tut, Robin Ventura, Tom Thibodeau, Trevor Van Riemsdyk, Welington Castillo

Fantasy Fix: The Bryce Is Right

Most improved - and most valuable.

Posted on May 20, 2015
Keywords: A-Rod, Bryce Harper, Jason Kipnis, Prince Fielder

Exclusive! The Real Reasons That Dude Was Banned From Wrigley

Wearing a Jeff Baker jersey just too lame.

Posted on May 19, 2015
Keywords: Edwin Jackson, Ian Stewart, Jeff Baker, Jerry Bryant, Todd Ricketts

SportsMonday: What, Hawks Worry?

The boys looked awfully good for a 4-1 loss.

Posted on May 18, 2015
Keywords: David Rundblad
The White Sox Report

Streak City

These are not your fortnight's Sox.

Posted on May 18, 2015
Keywords: Marcus Semien, Rick Hahn
The Cub Factor


This season officially means something.

Posted on May 17, 2015
Keywords: Everybody Loves Raymond, Taco Tuesday, Tommy Boy

Audio TrackNotes: Peak Preakness

The Cavs fatten up the bankroll; six horses to look at. Plus: The Streets of Baltimore.

Posted on May 16, 2015
Keywords: American Pharoah, Bob Baffert, Bodhisattva, D. Wayne Lukas, Danzig Moon, Divining Rod, Dortmund, Firing Line, Mr. Z, Todd Pletcher, Victor Espinoza

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #51: Bulloney

WTF was that? Plus: Here Come The Mighty Ducks; The Mighty Cubs; The Mighty Ramblers; The Chicago Fire Did Something This Week; and The Mighty Ramblers.

Posted on May 15, 2015
Keywords: Derrick Rose, Dick Butkus, GarPax, Joakim Noah, Loyola, Tom Thibodeau

Exclusive! A Guide To The New Wrigley Bleachers

Ronnie Woo Woo is out. Ronnie Woodfield III Woodfield III, Princeton '95, is in.

Posted on May 13, 2015
Keywords: Budweiser, Whole Foods

SportsMonday: A Bulls Nugget

The center must hold.

Posted on May 11, 2015
Keywords: Joakim Noah, Pau Gasol, Timofey Mozgov
The White Sox Report

Stirring The Drink

This team finally has a theme.

Posted on May 11, 2015
Keywords: Adam Eaton, Aroldis Chapman, Bryan Price, Carlos Rodon, David Robertson, Gordon Beckham, Melky Cabrera, Robin Ventura
The Cub Factor

Think Of The Bus People!

The team's hottest hitter is a shortstop who bats ninth and plays second. The team's best pitcher is a catcher.

Posted on May 11, 2015
Keywords: Addison Russell, Bobby Hill, Carlos Villanueva, Edwin Jackson, Joe Maddon, Junior Lake, Kosuke Fukudome, Neil Ramirez, Shawon Dunston, Starlin Castro

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #50: Vinny Del Thibodeau

Irresistible front office meets immovable coach. Plus: Back To Blackhawks; The White Sox' Most Unforgivable Sin; Cubs Still Have That New Car Smell; and A Chicago-Area School Will Win The National Men's Volleyball Championship.

Posted on May 8, 2015
Keywords: Adam Eaton, Al Secord, Anthony Rizzo, Chris Sale, Cleveland Cavaliers, Corey Crawford, Dino Ciccarelli, Don Cherry, Fred Hoiberg, GarPax, Jeff Van Gundy, Joakim Noah, Joe Maddon, Joel Quenneville, Kris Bryant, Lewis University, Loyola-Chicago, Mike Singletary, Reggie Jackson, Robin Ventura, St. Louis Cardinals, Starlin Castro, Tom Thibodeau, Vernon Davis, Vinny Del Negro

Fantasy Fix: Run, Rizzo, Run

Chris Sale not so much.

Posted on May 6, 2015
Keywords: Anthony Rizzo, Chris Sale
The Cub Factor

That New Car Smell

Oh, and your garage doesn't have a roof and is under construction.

Posted on May 5, 2015
Keywords: Addison Russell, Bobblehank, Craig Counsell, Junior Lake, Mark DeRosa
The White Sox Report

Ugliest Week Ever?

The bottom line is that for the third straight season this team does not execute the fundamentals.

Posted on May 4, 2015
Keywords: Baltimore, Robin Ventura

SportsMonday: Blackhawks Late Bloomers

Multiple overtimes, late starts and a plan coming together.

Posted on May 4, 2015
Keywords: Gary Bettman, Patrick Kane, Rocky Wirtz

TrackNotes: Worst Derby Field Ever?

Our money's on Dortmund to win and Mr. Z to lose.

Posted on May 1, 2015
Keywords: American Pharaoh, Apollo, Bob Baffert, Calvin Borel, Carpe Diem, Dortmund, International Star, Manny Pacquiao, Mr. Z

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #49: Winston vs. White

Crab legs vs. Claire's. Plus: Daft Town; Publix Enemy Number One: Kevin White Is Right; Bulls Got Next; Blackhawks Go Wild; Sox Suck; and Maddon's Magic.

Posted on May 1, 2015
Keywords: Jameis Winston, Junior Lake, Kevin Smith, Kevin White, Publix, Rahm Emanuel, Rick Reuschel

North Shore Baptist vs. The NFL

Closing streets and feeding the homeless.

Posted on May 1, 2015
Keywords: Draft Town, North Shore Baptist

Fantasy Fix: Slow Starters

A Cub & Co. try our patience.

Posted on Apr 29, 2015
Keywords: Corey Kluber, Jon Lester, Madison Bumgarner, Stephen Strasburg

SportsMondayTuesday: Bulls Unraveling?

Not necessarily.

Posted on Apr 28, 2015
Keywords: Giannis "The Greek Freak" Antetokounmpo, Tony Snell
The Cub Factor


It's like I've crawled through that sewage pipe in Shawshank Redemption and come out the other side, basking in the rain as prospects pour down on my smiling Cub-fan face. But there's still a dingleberry.

Posted on Apr 27, 2015
Keywords: Addison Russell, Arismendy Alcantara, Ben Zobrist, Edwin Jackson, Jason Marquis, Joe Maddon, Kris Bryant, Manny Alexander
The White Sox Report

Fight Club

Was it the ninth-inning heroics on Monday or the macho face-off on Thursday that shook the team out of its doldrums?

Posted on Apr 27, 2015
Keywords: A.J. Pierzynski, Billy Martin, Don Buford, Larry Doby, Michael Barrett, Nolan Ryan, Rick Hahn, Robin Ventura

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #48: Bulls vs. Blackhawks

Shifting fortunes. Plus: The Network Hockey League; Shark Tank; Cubs Make A Shit Ton Of Money; Jackie Robinson Left; and Mock Draft 5.0!

Posted on Apr 24, 2015
Keywords: Barry Bonds, Cappy Pondexter, Chris Rock, Chris Sale, Corey Crawford, Derrick Rose, Draft Town, Edwin Jackson, Jackie Robinson West, Jeff Samardzija, Joakim Noah, Julio Zuleta, Scott Darling, Theo Epstein, Tony Snell, Yordano Ventura

Chris Rock On The Disappearance Of Blacks In Baseball

One problem: Venerating a past when blacks were slaves.

Posted on Apr 24, 2015
Keywords: Chris Rock

Fantasy Fix: Russell vs. Rodon

vs. Jon Lester?

Posted on Apr 23, 2015
Keywords: Addison Russell, Carlos Rodon, Jon Lester, Kevin Plawecki

SportsMonday: Not So Darling

Let us now take some time to praise a guy who will go down as one of the 10 best athletes to ever call Chicago home.

Posted on Apr 20, 2015
Keywords: Corey Crawford, Duncan Keith, Scott Darling
The White Sox Report

North Side Story, South Side Struggle

I can't recall when Robin Ventura has ever looked as indecisive and impotent as he did last Friday.

Posted on Apr 20, 2015
Keywords: Aroldis Chapman, Robin Ventura
The Cub Factor

The Most Interesting Prospect In The World

He can turn Budweiser into Old Style.

Posted on Apr 20, 2015
Keywords: Jason Marquis, Joe Maddon, Jonathan Herrera, Kris Bryant, Mike Olt, Ryne Sandberg

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #47: The Kris Bryant Coincidence

Fanboy media endorses Theo's lies. Plus: Blackhawks In Typical Thrilling Playoff Mode; Bulls Get Bucks; Mock Journalism; The Other Baseball Team In Town; Tribute To Mark Grace.

Posted on Apr 17, 2015
Keywords: Adam Eaton, Adam Hoge, Ben Finfer, Corey Crawford, Duncan Keith, Kevin Kaduk, Kris Bryant, Mark Grace, Theo Epstein

Fantasy Fix: Good Betts And Bad Bets

Trend spotting when it's still too early to tell.

Posted on Apr 14, 2015
Keywords: Adrian Gonzalez, Ian Desmond, Mark Canha, Mookie Betts

SportsMonday: Controlling Kris Bryant

If the Cubs have to assert control over Bryant in 2021, they will have blown it.

Posted on Apr 13, 2015
Keywords: DJ LaMahieu, LaTroy Hawkins, Tyler Colvin
The Cub Factor

Spicoli And The Robot

Once we actually win the whole thing people will think it was funny that they peed on themselves.

Posted on Apr 13, 2015
Keywords: Albert Einstein, Jeff Spicoli, The Alcantaranator, Tommy Boy
The White Sox Report

Not Yet Royal

In Kansas City, the White Sox saw what it takes to be a superior ballclub.

Posted on Apr 13, 2015
Keywords: Grilled Meat, Melkmen, Port-O-Lets

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #46: Wither Chicago Sports

Bulls, Blackhawks, Cubs and White Sox all in trouble. Plus: The Chicago Fire Did Something This Week. Also: Wither College Basketball.

Posted on Apr 10, 2015
Keywords: Choose Chicago, David Ross, Derrick Rose, Doug Plank, Draft Town, Jahlil Okafor, Jon Lester, Michael Wilbon, Patrick Kane, Tom Thibodeau, Welington Castillo

The Cubs' Opening Week On Deadspin

#Urinegate, a rainout without rain, Curt Schilling's sexual mediocrity and ABC 7's inability to spell.

Posted on Apr 10, 2015
Keywords: Crane Kenney

Fantasy Fix: Deep Sleepers

The second Cub, a new face in Chicago, surprised me a little more.

Posted on Apr 7, 2015
Keywords: Javy Baez, Jose Abreu, Micah Johnson, Mystery Cub
The White Sox Report

We're Here, They're Gone

Players come and go; in a sense, they are incidental in comparison to core fans.

Posted on Apr 6, 2015
Keywords: Dayan Viciedo, Ronald Belisario, Sports Illustrated

SportsMonday: All Jumbotron, No Cattle

The giant screen isn't nearly as fun when there are no highlights.

Posted on Apr 6, 2015
Keywords: Billy Beane, Jeff Samardzija, Kris Bryant, Mike Olt, Starlin Castro

TrackNotes: Dubai Diary

As Bugsy asked, "Did you think I wouldn't see that? Do you think I wouldn't notice?"

Posted on Apr 3, 2015
Keywords: Arlington Park, Bobby Fleet and His Band with a Beat, California Chrome, Dubai World Cup, PolyTrack

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #45: The Kris Byrant Pundit Trap

Either Theo is lying or the Chicago sports media is getting the story horribly wrong. Plus: The Easier, Cheaper, Better White Sox; Deja Derrick Rose, Who Could Learn From Patrick Kane; Sports Economics For Dummies; We Thank Roberto Garza For His Service; Go Sparty! Fuck 'Em Bucky!; and Chicago Fire Averaging A Goal A Week!

Posted on Apr 2, 2015
Keywords: Barry Rozner, Chicago Fire, Derrick Rose, Javy Baez, Joe Maddon, Jose Abreu, Kris Bryant, Michael Jordan, Michigan State, Patrick Kane, Roberto Garza, The Ricketts Family, Theo Epstein, Wisconsin

SportsMonday: Drop It, DePaul

Who could have imagined that the sentimental choice would have been 100 times better than what DePaul is actually doing.

Posted on Mar 30, 2015
Keywords: Dave Leitao, Jean Lenti Ponsetto, Maine Red Claws, Ty Corbin

The 2015 Fantasy Fix Baseball Draft Guide Pt. 5: Catchers & Closers

The most thankless and boring of all fantasy rankings.

Posted on Mar 27, 2015
Keywords: David Robertson, Hector Rondon, Miguel Montero, Tyler Flowers

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #44: Alice In Cubsland

Where Javy Baez stays up and Kris Bryant goes down. Plus: Coach in Vegas; Our Elite Neighbors; We Hate Christian Laettner; McDonald McPunditry; Daft Town Chicago; Bulls' Secret Plan Coming To Fruition; Blackhawks' Secret Plan Not Coming To Fruition; DePaul's Third Strike; and The Chicago Fire Did Something This Week.

Posted on Mar 27, 2015
Keywords: Christian Laettner, DePaul, George Lucas, Kris Bryant, MGM Grand, Notre Dame, Ray McDonald, Theo Epstein, Wisconsin
The White Sox Report

Enter Courtney Hawkins

Of course, this all is practice. Any correlation to reality is pure conjecture.

Posted on Mar 24, 2015
Keywords: Brad Penny, Courtney Hawkins, Hector Noesi, Steve Bartman, Zach Putnam

SportsMonday: Cinderella Spoilers

The fat cat bureaucrats at the National Collegiate Athletic Association and its selection committee who dictate how the tournament will be structured pretend to value the underdogs.

Posted on Mar 23, 2015
Keywords: Gonzaga, Murray State, NCAA, Northern Iowa, UAB, Wichita State

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #43: Kris Bryant Has Ricketts

Kubs still Klass Klowns. Plus: Shout Outs to Tony Snell, Russell Wilson.

Posted on Mar 22, 2015
Keywords: Fred Hoiberg, Jorge Soler, Kris Bryant, Mike Olt, Sam Smith, The Allman Brothers, Theo Epstein, Tom Ricketts, Tony Snell

The 2015 Fantasy Fix Baseball Draft Guide Pt. 4: Starting Pitchers

Sale vs. Lester, Samardzija vs. Arrieta.

Posted on Mar 18, 2015
Keywords: Chris Sale, Jake Arrieta, Jeff Samardzija, Jon Lester

SportsMonday: Illinois Is In - And Out - Of The Dance


Posted on Mar 16, 2015
Keywords: DePaul, Illinois, Northwestern

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #42: Like The Honey Badger, Derrick Rose Don't Care

Bigger jerk than Cutler? Plus: NFL Free Agency Gone Wild; The Bears' Trinity; Blackhawks Stand On Heads; Illinois Basketball FAIL; and The Chicago Fire Did Something This Week.

Posted on Mar 13, 2015
Keywords: Aaron Brooks, Antrel Rolle, Chip Kelly, Corey Crawford, Derrick Rose, Eddie Royal, Fighting Illini, Fred Hoiberg, Jay Cutler, Jimmy Pickles, Pernell McPhee, Sid Luckman, Steve Rosenbloom, Tom Friedman, Tom Thibodeau, Tony Snell

The 2015 Fantasy Fix Baseball Draft Guide Pt. 3: OFs Offer A Clear No. 1

Jorge Soler vs. Avisail Garcia.

Posted on Mar 12, 2015
Keywords: Avisail Garcia, Jorge Soler

SportsMonday: Let The Cutler Countdown Begin

One more jerk move from a guy who many people believe specializes in them?

Posted on Mar 9, 2015
Keywords: Jay Cutler, Russell Wilson

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #41: Bears Get Boring

Clearing the drama decks. Plus: Who The Hell Is E'Twaun Moore?; The Big Boy Blackhawks; Tony, Oh!; Joe Maddon Is A Madman; The Mesmerizing Minnie Miñoso; and The Chicago Fire Do Some Stuff.

Posted on Mar 6, 2015
Keywords: Ben Smith, Brandon Marshall, Bulldog Turner, Chicago Fire, E'Twaun Moore, Jimmy Pickles, Joe Maddon, Koyie Hill, Minnie Minoso, Stan Bowman, Tony Campana

The 2015 Fantasy Fix Baseball Draft Guide Pt. 2: The Middle Men

Baez vs. Alcantara vs. Ramirez vs. Castro.

Posted on Mar 4, 2015
Keywords: Cubs, Derek Jeter

They Called Him Minnie

The re-acquaintance of Ernie and Minnie Miñoso is a global and heavenly celebration. We miss both of them already

Posted on Mar 3, 2015
Keywords: Ernie Banks, Harry Caray, Minnie Minoso

SportsMonday: The Big-Time Blackhawks

The Hawks have figured out something about prospects that Oakland Athletics' general manager Billy Beane determined long, long ago.

Posted on Mar 2, 2015
Keywords: Antoine Vermette, Billy Beane, Kimmo Timonen, Patrick Kane, Stan Bowman
The White Sox Report

The Mesmerizing Minnie Miñoso

While Minnie often repeated that baseball was very, very good to him, the larger truth is that he was very, very good to us.

Posted on Mar 2, 2015
Keywords: Bill Veeck, Del Prado Hotel, Gus Vernial, Minnie Minoso, Saturday Night Live

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #40: West Side Stories

Soap opera switches teams. Bulls Window Re-Opened! Blackhawks Window Slams Shut! And: Post-Combine Bears; What Kris Bryant's Status Will Tell Us; White Sox Infield By Committee; Dismembering Ricky Renteria; and The Legend Of Theo.

Posted on Feb 27, 2015
Keywords: Anti-Hero IPA, Bourbon County Stout, Chris Sale, Conor Gillaspie, Dan Jennings, Derrick Rose, Gale Sayers, Jason Goff, Jerry Reinsdorf, Kris Bryant, Lagunitas IPA, Manny Ramirez, Melky Cabrera, Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, Rafael Palmeiro, Ricky Renteria, Starlin Castro, Steve Stone, Theo Epstein, Tom Thibodeau

Palm Desert Dispatch: The Hot Stove Luncheon

No pepper, too many strikeouts.

Posted on Feb 26, 2015
Keywords: Los Angeles Dodgers, Ron Fairly, Wade Boggs

The 2015 Fantasy Fix Baseball Draft Guide Pt. 1: The Corner Men

Abreu vs. Rizzo vs. LaRoche vs. Bryant.

Posted on Feb 26, 2015
Keywords: Everybody Else, Miggy

TrackNotes: A Lo-Res Horizontal Squeeze

I don't really pay much attention to two-year-olds, and betting them in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile is more like pub darts. But once they turn the corner into the new year, you start looking in.

Posted on Feb 25, 2015
Keywords: Aqueduct, Gulfstream, Holy Bull, HRTV, iBozoputer, Seabiscuit, Storm Cat, TVG, Upstart
The White Sox Report

Speed The Plow

Baseball leads all other forms of entertainment when it comes to paranoia.

Posted on Feb 24, 2015
Keywords: Chris Sale, David Ortiz, Mark Buehrle, Tony LaRussa

SportsMonday: Chicago's Real Draft Kings

Look west, not north.

Posted on Feb 23, 2015
Keywords: Gar Forman, Jimmy Butler, Jorge Soler, Nikola Mirotic, Taj Gibson, Theo Epstein, Tony Snell

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #39: Rahm's Lips Are Moving

Pols pander; Ponce punts. The Jackie Robinson West charade continues. Plus: Let The Combine Begin! And: Blackhawks Sit Tight While Rest Of The NBA Goes Trade Crazy; A Pall Over The Blackhawks; Baseball Players Report To Work; and Illini Golf Beats The Cold To Lead The Nation.

Posted on Feb 20, 2015
Keywords: Alex Brown, Brian Hoyer, Cappy Pondexter, Chicago Bulls, Chris Williams, Cliff Stein, Clint Reif, Curtis Enis, Danny Almonte, Epiphanny Prince, Illini Golf, Jackie Robinson West, Jay Cutler, Jerry Angelo, Phil Ponce, Rashaan Salaam, Russell Wilson, Sam Hurd, The Combine, Tony Campana, Victor Henderson

SportsMondayTuesday: Let The Combine Begin

Twenty-six analysts providing four dozen hours of live coverage over six days for an almost totally worthless exercise.

Posted on Feb 17, 2015
Keywords: Marcus Mariota, NFL Network

Fantasy Fix: How I Won My League

A tummy ache. Marshawn Lynch has a fucking tummy ache. This is how my fantasy football season ends?

Posted on Feb 16, 2015
Keywords: Conor Barth, Dez Bryant, Heath Miller, Jarvis Landry, Josh Gordon, Marshawn Lynch, New England, Russell Wilson, Shane Vereen

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #38: What Pundits Are Getting Wrong About Jackie Robinson West

Almost everything. Plus: Bulls Take Midterm: Blackhawks Slackhawks; The Cubs Are Still A Last-Place Team Until Further Notice; Blue Demons Down; Illinois Up; and Loyola Rambles On.

Posted on Feb 13, 2015
Keywords: Atlanta Flames, Blue Demons, California Golden Seals, Danieal Manning, Gar Forman, Illini, Jackie Robinson West, James Shields, Josh McCown, Ramblers, Tony Snell

Tribune's Lead Sports Columnist Says We Should Be Grateful To Shut Down Congress For The NFL And Deliver Blue M&Ms To Roger Goodell

I'm not sure I've ever seen a sportswriter from a major metropolitan newspaper suck dick harder than this.

Posted on Feb 10, 2015
Keywords: Choose Chicago, David Haugh, NFL Draft, Rahm Emanuel, Roger Goodell

SportsMonday: Bulls Take Midterm This Week

Trap game and marquee match-up will tell us where this team is.

Posted on Feb 9, 2015
Keywords: Cleveland Cavaliers, Sacramento Kings

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #37: The Big Gloom

The Post-Super Bowl, pre-baseball depression. Plus: The Gloomy Bulls; The Sunny Blackhawks; Bears Draft Mockery; Mocking The NFL Draft; and Joe Maddon vs. Kris Bryant.

Posted on Feb 8, 2015
Keywords: Anthony Davis, Bill Belichick, Maurice Douglass, Patrick Kane, Roger Goodell, Tom Thibodeau, Tony Snell

SportsMonday: The Game Is Still The Thing

Despite its problems, the NFL still has one, ultimate trump card: Spectacularly compelling competition.

Posted on Feb 2, 2015
Keywords: Darrell Bevell, Steve Bartman

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #36: This Year's Super Bowl Is Peak NFL

Beyond the Square Pool: The Game, The Bets & The Depravity. Plus: As The Bulls Turn & Finally Appreciating Ernie Banks.

Posted on Jan 31, 2015
Keywords: Ernie Banks, Katy Perry, LeRoy Butler, Marshawn Lynch, Mr. Iggy Azalea, Roger Goodell, The Glantz-Culver Line, Tom Thibodeau

The College Football Report: The Season Is Over But Beanies Are Forever

Free advice for the Big Ten.

Posted on Jan 30, 2015
Keywords: Bizzair, Corn Belt, Fighting Illini, Jim Harbaugh, Kirk Ferentz, Northeastern, Northwestern, Urban Meyer

Ernie Banks Was Not A Wind-Up Toy Part 2

In this revealing interview, Ernie Banks describes feeling more comfortable in the Negro Leagues than the Major Leagues, and how he lived a life separate from his white teammates.

Posted on Jan 29, 2015
Keywords: Ernie Banks

Mr. Cub's Last Stand: Ernie Banks, 1986

Chatting it up before getting some measure of revenge against the Mets.

Posted on Jan 28, 2015
Keywords: Ernie Banks, Ron Santo

It's Back! The Beachwood Super Bowl Halftime Show Prop Bet: Katy Perry Edition

Four-year-old girls adore Katy Perry because Katy Perry is a computer program designed to appeal to four-year-old girls.

Posted on Jan 27, 2015
Keywords: Ballghazi, Katy Perry, Lenny Kravitz, Missy Elliott, Pepsi-Cola, Pharrell Williams, Queen Elsa, Rihanna

SportsMonday: Deflating Deflategate

Is Tom Brady a cheater? Tom Brady does not think so.

Posted on Jan 26, 2015
Keywords: Bill Belichick, Bill Nye, Richard Sherman

The Beachwood Radio Hour #41: Ernie Banks Was Not Just A Bobblehead

Let's not reduce him to a wind-up toy. Plus: Do We Really Need More Police Officers? Neither Side Wants You To Know; The Many Problems Of Political Polls; and Rahm Vs. The Field.

Posted on Jan 25, 2015

The Legacy Of Ernie Banks

Of course, none of us shared his most private of moments. Was he ever despondent, disillusioned, or downcast? We'll probably never know. As far as we can tell, he greeted each day with optimism and hope.

Posted on Jan 24, 2015
Keywords: Ernie Banks, Luis Aparicio, Minnie Minoso

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #35: Feeling Deflated

Tom Brady's balls. Plus: Bears Dream Team; Bulls' Weird-Ass Week; and Blue Demons Try To Justify New Arena.

Posted on Jan 23, 2015
Keywords: Aaron Rodgers, Adam Gase, Bill Belichick, D'Qwell Jackson, Darrell Bevell, DePaul, Derrick Rose, Don Shula, Joakim Noah, Marc Trestman, Matt Forte, Oliver Purnell, Peyton Manning, Roland Harper, Tom Brady, Tom Thibodeau, Vic Fangio

SportsMonday: John Fox's First Lesson

Be the Seahawks, not the Bears.

Posted on Jan 19, 2015
Keywords: Pete Carroll, Russell Wilson

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #34: Bears Hire The Fixer

The Fox is in. Plus: Trouble In Bulls Paradise; The Blackhawks Remain A Delight; Super Bowl Bound; Coach On Kogan; and Our Man On The Line.

Posted on Jan 16, 2015
Keywords: Aaron Rodgers, Barry Sanders, Chuck Foreman, Doug McDermott, Erik Kramer, Hub Arkush, Jim Brown, Joakim Noah's Knees, Joel Quenneville, John Fox, Loyola University, New York Knicks, Ohio State, Rick Kogan, Ryan Pace, Super Bowl, Teuvo Teravainen, The Fixx, Tom Thibodeau, Walter Payton

SportsMonday: League Blames Cutler

Marc Trestman getting a handful of OC interviews can mean only one thing.

Posted on Jan 12, 2015
Keywords: Atlanta Falcons, Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

SportsMonday: Considering Cutler

A simple litmus test for GM and coaching candidates.

Posted on Jan 5, 2015
Keywords: David Fales, Jimmy Clausen, Russell Wilson

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #32: The Bears Have Already Blown It

George and Ted's excellent adventure. Plus: Bucks, Ducks And College Programs Giving No Fucks; The True Story Of Costa Rica's Weird-Ass Bullfights; Wild Card Weakend. And: The Upcoming Hero of 2015.

Posted on Jan 2, 2015
Keywords: Bruce Arians, Cardale Jones, Colin Kaepernick, Doug Marrone, Eddie Accorsi, Gail Sayers, Gale Sayers, George McCaskey, Jameis Winston, Jay Cutler, Josh McCown, Marc Trestman, Marcus Mariota, Michael Bush, O.J. Simpson, Punta Islito, Randall Cunningham, Roland Harper, Ted Phillips, The Illuminati, The Latin School of Chicago

The College Football Report Bowl Preview Pt. 5: Katy Perry Still No. 1

Nice try, though, Buckeyes.

Posted on Jan 2, 2015
Keywords: Birmingham, GoDaddy, Lockheed Martin, Northwestern Mutual, Taxslayer, Ticketcity, Valero

The College Football Report Bowl Preview Pt. 4: Winner, Winner, Cricket Dinner

Our Pick: The Horned Frogs (-3.5) and the chile rub.

Posted on Dec 31, 2014
Keywords: Adobe Flash Player, Ole Miss, Smurf Turf, TCU

Browns' Andrew Hawkins Explains Why He Wore A 'Justice For Tamir Rice And John Crawford' T-Shirt

So a call for justice shouldn't offend or disrespect anybody. A call for justice shouldn't warrant an apology.

Posted on Dec 30, 2014
Keywords: Andrew Hawkins, Tamir Rice

The College Football Report Bowl Preview Pt. 3: Koozies For Floozies

What's this, a bowl featuring two ranked teams? Forsooth! Verily have we entered the Realm of Intriguing Games.

Posted on Dec 29, 2014
Keywords: AdvoCare, AutoZone, Belk, Death Row, Foster Farms, Franklin American Mortgage, Russell Athletic

SportsMonday: Son Of Buddy Next?

The Bears better at least try to talk to Rex Ryan.

Posted on Dec 29, 2014
Keywords: George McCaskey, Jim Harbaugh, Marc Trestman, Phil Emery, Rex Ryan, Virginia McCaskey

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #31: Sweet Action! A Special Report On Sports Gambling

For entertainment purposes only.

Posted on Dec 28, 2014
Keywords: Adam Silver, Brent Musburger, Chris Christie, Churchill Downs Inc., Dennis Rodman, Des Plaines, Florida State, George W. Bush, Hank Goldberg, Henry Hill, Horseshoe Cincinnati, Jimmy the Greek, Las Vegas, MLB, NHL, Pete Rose, Skip Bayless, Tim Donaghy, Tunica

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Year Of The Yuck

All joking aside, watching NFL Football was something that made made me legitimately happy, and the these Bears took that away from me.

Posted on Dec 25, 2014
Keywords: Bootsy Collins, Dr. Dre, Fitsmas Ale, Jerry Jones, Kim Cattrall, Lovie Smith, Ted Washington, Wanny

The College Football Report Bowl Preview Pt. 2: Porn, Chicken & Bitcoins

Nothing says more about the world we live in than a cryptocurrency sponsoring a college football bowl game.

Posted on Dec 23, 2014
Keywords: Allison Williams, Detroit, Electronic Arts, Fighting Illini, Old Dominion, Popeyes, USS Midway

SportsMonday: Jimmy Pickles Proves A Point - About Jay Cutler

We now know definitively what we have in Jay Cutler, and it's not good.

Posted on Dec 22, 2014
Keywords: Adam Hoge, Adam Jahns, David Haugh, Discover, Hunt's, Jason Goch, Jeff Joniak, Jimmy Clausen, Marc Trestman, Michael C. Wright, RC, Steve Rosenbloom

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #30: The Must-See Bears!

Weirdest, Worst, Wackiest Bears Team Ever. Plus: Duncan Keith, MVP; We [Heart] Pau; and Theo Forgets The Cole Slaw.

Posted on Dec 19, 2014
Keywords: Adam's Ribs, Al-Anon, David Fales, David Letterman, David Ross, Don Majkowski, Jay Cutler, Jimmy Clausen, Jon Lester, Kerry Wood, Kyle Korver, LaMarcus Aldridge, Lynn Dickey, Marc Trestman, Mike Holmgren, Mike Shanahan, Pau Gasol, Pele, Phil Emery, San Diego Padres, Steve Kerr, The Mumps, Theo Epstein, Todd Bowles, Tom Thibodeau, Walter Payton

The College Football Report Bowl Preview Pt. 1: Cheap Trick, Gold Toes & Loaded Potatoes

If there's one thing a Miner needs to win, it's comfortable feet.

Posted on Dec 19, 2014
Keywords: Duck Commander, Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Ragin' Cajuns, Royal Purple, Sack Lake City, The Cramton Bowl, The Smoothie King Center

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Go Fightin' Clausens!

The weird turn pro.

Posted on Dec 18, 2014
Keywords: Aaron Kromer, Dave Navarro, Jay Cutler, Jimmy Clausen, Tracey Gold

A Very Angry Bears Fan Christmas

Including "Cutler The Would-Be QB."

Posted on Dec 16, 2014
Keywords: Phil Guay

The Joke Is On The #Bears

This game is just stupid.

Posted on Dec 16, 2014

SportsMondayTuesday: Fire Away

Earth to idiots: We watch the games!

Posted on Dec 16, 2014
Keywords: Aaron Kromer, George McCaskey, Joe DeCamillis, Marc Trestman, Mel Tucker, Phil Emery

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #29: Bears Remorse

Coach-killer Cutler kills Kromer. Plus: Professional Baseball Comes To Chicago! And: Blackhawks Bungle.

Posted on Dec 13, 2014
Keywords: Aaron Kromer, Bobby Douglass, Brad Biggs, Bryan Bickell, David Robertson, Ian Rapoport, Jay Cutler, Jim Dooley, Jon Lester, Jonathan Toews, Theo Epstein
The White Sox Report

South Side Hope

If the White Sox bullpen converted at David Robertson's rate last year, they would have finished 87-75 instead of 73-89.

Posted on Dec 11, 2014
Keywords: Adam LaRoche, David Robertson, Jeff Samardzija, Rick Hahn, Trader Frank Lane, Zach Duke

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: The Drugs Begin To Take Hold

It's going to be tough to make things interesting from here on out, even with a mighty assist from our old friend Alcohol, but I've got some ideas.

Posted on Dec 11, 2014
Keywords: Bombay Sapphire, Elvis Costello, Gumbo D. Dog, Pai Gow, Stephen Paea

Fantasy Fix: Johnny Fantasy Football

I'll take Luck.

Posted on Dec 10, 2014
Keywords: Andrew Luck, Johnny Manziel, Kris Bryant

SportsMondayTuesday: If Only Kirk Hinrich Couldn't Breathe

What real progress would've looked like.

Posted on Dec 9, 2014
Keywords: Derrick Rose, I Can't Breathe, Kirk Hinrich

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #28: Deja Bears

Team has an identity after all. Plus: The Bulls Make The Regular Season Like Lovin' - Fun; Blackhawks Are Like Carlos Santana With Rob Thomas - So Smooth; Adam, Ricky and the Duke; and Cubs Get Their Man!

Posted on Dec 5, 2014
Keywords: A.J. Feely, Adam LaRoche, Carlos Santana, Corey Crawford, Dave Martinez, George McCaskey, Jay Feely, Kirk Hinrich, Kris Versteeg, Marc Trestman, Rick Hahn, Rob Thomas, Ryan Dempster, Stan Bowman, The Bangles, Tom Thibodeau, Zach Duke

The College Football Report: A Color-Coded Pile Of Kernels

This is where we miss the BCS and the cold-hearted algorithms of the BCS HAL 9000.

Posted on Dec 5, 2014
Keywords: BCS Hal 9000, Las Vegas, State Farm, Territorial Cup

Jay Cutler For MVP?

This discussion actually took place last July.

Posted on Dec 5, 2014
Keywords: Brandon Marshall, Jay Cutler, Marc Trestman

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: In The Hunt?

It's like I always tell my kid: Atlanta, you definitely weren't supposed to happen.

Posted on Dec 4, 2014
Keywords: Moose Johnston, Phil Spector, Rustin Cohle, Shuki Levy, Wanny

Fantasy Fix: Playoff Push Possibilities

There's still time to get help.

Posted on Dec 2, 2014
Keywords: Isaiah Crowell, Jarvis Landry, Johnny Football, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tre Mason

SportsMonday: Hire Harbaugh Or Go Home

The McCaskeys' last stand.

Posted on Dec 1, 2014
Keywords: George McCaskey, Jimbo Covert

The College Football Report: Eggs, Hooks, Frogs & Stingers

Tchotchkes, trinkets, and gewgaws.

Posted on Nov 28, 2014
Keywords: Governor's Cup, Kirk Herbstreit, Melvin Gordon, Toyota Tundra

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Having Contraction

Lick it up.

Posted on Nov 27, 2014
Keywords: Clint Eastwood, Girls on Film, Jim Cantore, KISS, Ndamukong Suh, Oakland Raiders, Snake Plisskin, Steel Dragon

Fantasy Fix: So Many Turkeys, So Little Time

Jay Cutler, Brandon Marshall and the Pope's Nose.

Posted on Nov 26, 2014
Keywords: Brandon Marshall, Jay Cutler, The Pope's Nose

The College Football Report Top Ten: Burt Reynolds, The Statue Of Liberty & Lost Rainbows


Posted on Nov 24, 2014
Keywords: Arkansas, Boise State, Hawaii, Indiana, Marcus Mariota, Samaje Perine, Tennessee

SportsMonday: Trestman Outruns Lovie In Ugly Bowl

Cutler no longer allowed to throw.

Posted on Nov 24, 2014
Keywords: Jay Cutler, Josh McCown, Matt Forte

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #27: The Bears Are Like Butter

On a roll. Plus: The Game Chicago Going Under; The Ultimate Theo-Era Cubs Headline; Still Okay To Take Blackhawks For Granted; and Jimmy The Butler.

Posted on Nov 21, 2014
Keywords: Danny Carcillo, Dioner Navarro, Jeremy Roenick, Jimmy The Butler, Kap & Haugh, Kyle Schwarber, LA Mike Richardson, Testy Tresty, The Circus Trip, Tommy La Stella, Vocalo

The College Football Report: Yada, Yada, Sooie

A trademark weekend of Directional Creampuffs and pigs.

Posted on Nov 21, 2014
Keywords: Legoland, Purdue University-Indianapolis, Razorbacks Stadium, Troy

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: To The Bearmobile!

Kromer cracks the code.

Posted on Nov 20, 2014
Keywords: Aaron Kromer, Barry Manilow, Cinemax, Lovie Smith, Marc Trestman, Slayer, The Lord Humungus, Walmart

SportsMonday: Bears Make A Statement

They will not just stand idly by and let Minnesota take control of third place in the NFC North.

Posted on Nov 17, 2014
Keywords: Blackhawks, Jay Cutler, Joe DeCamillis, Mike Zimmer

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #26: Paging Professor Trestman

The Bartman Bears. Plus: Derrick Rose Is Not A Fully Formed Human; The Blackhawks In The Cover 2; and Outlawing Sports Gambling Is Un-American, And We're Not Going To Sit Here And Listen To You Badmouth The United States Of America.

Posted on Nov 14, 2014
Keywords: Adam Silver, Bill From Bolingbrook, Charles Barkley, Company Man Kasper, David Axelrod, Derrick Rose, Jimmy The Butler, Joe Mauer, Kaner, Marc Trestman, Michele Roberts, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Ozzie Guillen, Steve Bartman

The College Football Report: Steel Panthers X Doritos = BOLD!

From Moscow to the San Jose Civic Center.

Posted on Nov 14, 2014

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Home On The Rage

We're getting dangerously close to the time of year when mascot Barry The Bear retires to sleep in his cave beneath the parking lot.

Posted on Nov 14, 2014
Keywords: Jeremiah P. Tinmouth, New Orleans Pelicans, Perkins' Trademark Onion Tanglers, Random Guy Brandon Marshall Wants To Fight, The 1921 Westchester Billy Waggles, Toni Kukoc

Fantasy Fix: Buttfumbler Bargain

Who knew?

Posted on Nov 11, 2014
Keywords: Ben Tate, Denard Robinson, LeSean McCoy, Mark Sanchez, Russell Wilson

The College Football Report Top Ten: From Haters To Infinity

Sometimes you gotta say, WTF.

Posted on Nov 10, 2014
Keywords: Auburn, Embracing The Suck, Jerry Kill, Marshall, Notre Dame, The Big Ten

SportsMonday: The Meatballs Were Right

And when you look back at the last couple years, they have been right about everything all along.

Posted on Nov 10, 2014
Keywords: Brandon Marshall, Buddy Ryan, Marc Trestman, Mel Tucker

TrackNotes: A Show About Nothing

A mugging, a theft and a horse race that nobody saw.

Posted on Nov 7, 2014
Keywords: Bayern, Bo Derek, Bob Baffert, Breeders' Cup, Shared Belief

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #25: Kickstarting The Bears

Bench Shea, Hurt Rodgers. Plus: College Football's Iron Lotus; Derrick Rosebud; Joe Maddon Facts; and Kickstart The Bla