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The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #273: Let's Face It, It's David Ross's Job To Lose

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.

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Inside Sports

SportsMonday: Club Dumb

Jon Gruden dances on Bears' grave.

Posted on Oct 7, 2019
Keywords: Khalil Mack, Matt Nagy

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

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

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
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
The White Sox Report

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
The White Sox Report

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
The White Sox Report

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 Minoso; 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 Minoso 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 Minoso

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 Blackhawks!

Posted on Nov 7, 2014
Keywords: Chris Bosio, Chuck Norris, Circus Trip, Derrick Rose, Joe Maddon, Josh Morgan, Ka'deem Carey, Kenny Williams, Marquess Wilson, Patrick Sharp, Richard J. Daley, Shea McClellin, Todd Bell, Vince Carter

The College Football Report: John The Baptist's Separation Saturday

Catch it.

Posted on Nov 7, 2014
Keywords: Allstate, Gatorade, Miller Lite, Nike, UPS

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: A Path To The Playoffs

Hint: It starts with Shea McClellin.

Posted on Nov 6, 2014
Keywords: Emery Moorehead, Lovie Smith, Monopoly Guy's Brother, Purple Jesus, the Footmasons, the Kraken

SportsMonday: In Lieu Of The Bears

A smorgasbord of sports.

Posted on Nov 3, 2014
Keywords: Andrew Ladd, Cubby Bear, Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler, Joe Maddon, Michael Frolik, Taj Gibson

The College Football Report Top Ten: Florida Folk Hero Rises To #1

Wins game, bags groceries.

Posted on Nov 3, 2014
Keywords: University of Michigan Human Resources Department, Vincent Testaverde

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #24: The Maddoning Is Happening

Cubs could still screw this up. Plus: As The Bulls Turn; Go Ahead, Sleep On The Blackhawks; and The Phil & Marc Show.

Posted on Oct 31, 2014
Keywords: Doug Buffone, Ed O'Bradovich, Jay Cutler, Joe Maddon, MadBum, Marian Hossa, Matt Notabattacola, Phil Emery, Ricky Rentamanager, Shea McClellin, Team Turmoil, Terry Bevington, Woodstock

The College Football Report: Huffing Paint And The HAL 9000

We came to resent and distrust thee and could never figure out your math, but we felt certain there was some internal logic to the process.

Posted on Oct 31, 2014
Keywords: AP Poll, BCS HAL 9000, Morgantown, Tallahassee Police Department, The Playoff Committee

TrackNotes: Bacchanalia To Binge On

For wiseguys only.

Posted on Oct 31, 2014
Keywords: Albert Brooks, Breeders' Cup, California Chrome, Game of Thrones, Santa Anita Park, Shared Belief, The Polish Prince, Trader Joe's, V.E. Day

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Bye-Curious Activities

Yada, yada, yada, the world is your oyster.

Posted on Oct 30, 2014
Keywords: Dick's Sporting Goods, Gharlock The Stormbringer, John Connor, Lamarr Houston, Luke Skywalker, Manowar, Mel Tucker, Michael Jackson, Microsoft Surface, O'Doul's, Odin The Allfather, Rod Beck, Singer Sewing Machines

Fantasy Fix: Forecasting Is Dead

And Kyle Orton is very much alive.

Posted on Oct 29, 2014
Keywords: Ben Roethlisberger, Kyle Orton, Martellus Bennett, Tom Brady

The College Football Report Top Ten: Army Training, Sir!

With girl-on-girl action.

Posted on Oct 27, 2014
Keywords: Air Force, Fort Worth Fireworks, Gophers, Mike Pereira, Ole Miss, Sgt. Hulka, Three-Mississippi

SportsMonday: Bye-Bye Bears

Hey Phil Emery, you're compiling a list of potential replacements as we speak, right?

Posted on Oct 27, 2014
Keywords: Jay Cutler, Joe DeCamillis, Lamarr Houston, Marc Trestman, Mel Tucker

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #23: It's All Cutler's Fault

No more equivocation. Plus: Dennis Rodman Was Drunk All The Time; Worst World Series Ever; Joakim Knee-Ah; Taking The Blackhawks For Granted; Little Big Ten; and Cubs Prepare To Block Their Own Views.

Posted on Oct 24, 2014
Keywords: Antti Ranta, Clint Eastwood, Dangerous Minds, Dennis Rodman, Kyle Orton, Michael Jordan, The Bluebonnet Bowl, War Games

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: You Just Kick The Ball

Brandon Marshall's milkshake brings all the boys to the yard.

Posted on Oct 23, 2014
Keywords: Daddy Peterson, Dr. Spermslayah, Jasmine Vichenko, Jesus, Kyle Long, Lavaburst Hi-C, Michi Nogami-Marshall, Robbie Gould, Samuel Adams, Steve Smith, T-Mobile, Tom Brady, Vince Wilfork

Fantasy Fix: My All-Futures Team Is A Mockery

At least Forte has delivered.

Posted on Oct 22, 2014
Keywords: Andy Dalton, Cordarrelle Patterson, Matt Forte, New England Patriots, Shane Vereen

Bears Edge Patriots In Epic Ending!

All types of yardage from Alshon Jeffery and the re-emergence of Marquess Wilson help team overcome Tim Jennings' big helmet and Jay Cutler's picks.

Posted on Oct 21, 2014
Keywords: Alshon Jeffery, Bill Belismack, Jay Cutler, Marquess Wilson, Tim Jennings

SportsMonday: Brandon Marshall Is Unacceptable

Right message, wrong messenger.

Posted on Oct 20, 2014

The College Football Report: Area Police Top Poll

Congratulations, Morgantown First Responders.

Posted on Oct 20, 2014
Keywords: Alabama, Archie Manning, Bear Bryant, Illinois, The Pick, The Rimington

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #22: The Giants Are A Better Story Than The Royals

And Brian Sabean is the game's best (and most underrated) GM. Plus: Cubs Entering "Competitive Phase" - For Fourth Place. Why The NCAA's Best Athletes Should Drop Out Of School. Miami Is A Trap Game! Coach Q vs. Tom Thibodeau. The Chicago Fire Make A Great Father's Day Gift.

Posted on Oct 18, 2014
Keywords: Antti Ranta, Brian Sabean, Carl's Wild Card Weekend Fishing Trip, Chicago Fire, Darryl Sharpton, Jameis Winston, Joel Quenneville, Kirk Reuter, Mercury Morris, Todd Gurley, Tom Thibodeau

The College Football Report: Jameis State

Incidentally speaking.

Posted on Oct 17, 2014
Keywords: Bo Jackson, Charlie Ward, Herschel Walker, James Spence Authentication, Jimbo Fisher, Johnny Football, Notre Dame, Penn State, Todd Gurley

Mojitos Over Miami

You need a straw-ready beverage when your plans include skeptically eyeballing things at the other end of the room.

Posted on Oct 16, 2014
Keywords: Ahman Green, Arthur Blank, Badlands City, Bill Lazor, Breakin', David Diehl, Fred Dryer, Ice Cube, Ice-T, Joe Friday, Jon Gruden, Keanu Reeves, Lorenzo Lamas, MacGyver, Mike Wallace, Renegade, Reno Raines, Robbie Gould, Roddy White, Ryan Mundy, Thom Brennaman, Tony Sparano, Viacom

Fantasy Fix: A World Of Pain

Infirmary central.

Posted on Oct 15, 2014
Keywords: Mohammad Sanu, Ronnie Hillman, Theo Riddick

SportsMondayTuesday: Todd Gurley vs. The NCAA

Getting suspended is the best thing that could ever happen to him.

Posted on Oct 14, 2014
Keywords: Accounting, Georgia, God's Green Earth, The Combine

Bears Fans Are Who They Are

And so is everybody else.

Posted on Oct 13, 2014
Keywords: Brian de la Puente's Butt, King of the Tomato Cans, Reggie Herring, The Two-Facer

The College Football Report Top Ten: Mississippi vs. America

Colonel Reb vs. Admiral Ackbar.

Posted on Oct 13, 2014
Keywords: Admiral Ackbar, Colonel Reb, Lou Holtz

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #21: The Chicago Bears Have Become Drama Queens

Mercurial and mysterious. Plus: No One In The Shootout's Got Swagger Like Kane; No One On The Bulls' Got Swagger Like Dougie McBuckets; and Theo Epstein's Latest Under-The-Radar FAIL.

Posted on Oct 10, 2014

The College Football Report: Condi's Kegs 'N' Eggs, The Cowbell Compromise & The Golden Hat

The Nerfing of America continues.

Posted on Oct 10, 2014
Keywords: Bo Jackson, Carl Mikovich, Condoleeza Rice, The AT&T Red River Showdown, Todd Gurley

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: The Team Of Misfit Toys

Even the bobbleheads are wack.

Posted on Oct 10, 2014
Keywords: Best Western, Johnny Walker Black, Magic Marker, Mane 'N Tail

TrackNotes: The Soul Of Cigar

Famously "unconquerable, invincible, unbeatable."

Posted on Oct 10, 2014
Keywords: Citation, Seattle Slew, Secretariat

Fantasy Fix: A Case Of Bad Reception

Why Brandon Marshall, Jay Cutler and Matt Ryan are must-starts.

Posted on Oct 7, 2014
Keywords: Brandon Marshall, Jay Cutler, Marc Trestman

SportsMonday: Jay Is As Jay Does

Unlike a box of chocolates, you always know what you're gonna get.

Posted on Oct 6, 2014
Keywords: Jay Cutler

The College Football Report: Katy Perry, Butt Chugging & Bud

Mississippi up for grabs; Tennessee leading from behind.

Posted on Oct 6, 2014
Keywords: Binge Drinking, Horned Frogs, Hotty Toddy

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #20: The NFL Is Decadent And Depraved

And it's really grinding Coach's gears. Plus: Pondering The Packers, Panthers Prognosis, Jerry's Kids, All About Jay, Being The Blackhawks, and Bulls Rolling In The Deep.

Posted on Oct 3, 2014

The College Football Report: Scooby Snacks & Rat Packs

Time is a flat circle.

Posted on Oct 3, 2014
Keywords: Brady Hoke, Charlie Weis, Johnny Football, Matthew McConaughey, Ole Miss, Rick Ross, Scooby Wright III

Tales From The Crypt

After last week, it's going to be a little tough to jump back on the bandwagon.

Posted on Oct 2, 2014
Keywords: Pat O'Donnell, Rosh Hashana, Steve Smith, Tasty Blast

Fantasy Fix: Running Scared

Role reversals in NFL backfields.

Posted on Oct 2, 2014
Keywords: Aaron Rodgers, Martellus Bennett, Matt Forte
The White Sox Report

Ode To 2014

The problems are many, the holes need filling. Start with the bullpen - their 4.38 ERA is chilling.

Posted on Sep 29, 2014
Keywords: Paulie

The College Football Report Top Ten: From Army To Amway

Multi-level marketing at its best.

Posted on Sep 29, 2014
Keywords: Amway, Georgia, LSU, North Carolina State, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Tennessee Tech, Texas, UMass, Yale

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #19: Rodgers Playing At Cutler-Like Level

R-e-l-a-x. L-i-v-i-n. Plus: Mel's Bells! It's Tucker Time. Jared Allen Is Not MIA. A Case Of The Mundys. Keeping Forte Fresh! Is Jay Cutler Bored? Leave The Black Unicorn Alone. The Verdict On Ventura. Wrigley Wrecking Ball.

Posted on Sep 26, 2014
Keywords: Aaron "R-e-l-a-x" Rodgers, Bored Jay Cutler, Jared Allen, Jimmy Dykes, Kyle "MVP" Fuller, Mel Tucker, Robin Ventura, Steve Yzerman, The Black Unicorn, Todd Ricketts

The College Football Report: The Fighting Costanzi!

Doing the opposite on a boogie-woogie weekend.

Posted on Sep 26, 2014
Keywords: Boogie Woogie, George Costanza, Pecan Bowl

TrackNotes: Tarnished Chrome, Not So Super Saturday & Game Off For Dude

Handsome ain't enough.

Posted on Sep 26, 2014
Keywords: California Chrome, Game On Dude, Super Saturday

Welcome Back To Point "A"

Unfortunately, I don't think leaving the ball in Aaron Rodgers' hands during the last possession leads to an overthrow in the end zone like it does with Geno Smith.

Posted on Sep 25, 2014
Keywords: Bart Starr, Chris Harris, Earl Bennett, Gary Fencik, Hitler, James Andrews, Kristin Cavallari, Marty Mornhinweg, Paul Rudd, Sunny D, Tiny Engebretsen

Fantasy Fix: Kiddie Quarterbacks

And their Cousins.

Posted on Sep 24, 2014
Keywords: Blake Bortles, Derek Carr, Kirk Cousins, Teddy Bridgewater

SportsMondayTuesday: In Tresty We Trusty, With A Dash Of Lovie

Cutler managed the game and the defense did the rest.

Posted on Sep 23, 2014
Keywords: Danny McCray, Jay Cutler, Jon Bostic, Kyle Fuller
The Cub Factor

Wrigley Wrecking Ball

The first nail in the Jumbotron is the last nail in the coffin.

Posted on Sep 22, 2014
Keywords: Big Ten Rivalry Week, Billy Cub, Jon Lester, Jorge Soler, Junior Lake, New Dale, The Plan
The White Sox Report

The Verdict On Ventura

Too conservative, a work in progress, and here for a few more seasons.

Posted on Sep 22, 2014
Keywords: Billy Martin, Jimmy Dykes, Tony LaRussa

The College Football Report Top Ten: The Oakland Raiders Select Jameis Winston!

The Minnesota Vikings select Pistol Pete.

Posted on Sep 22, 2014
Keywords: Emmit Smith, Milan Puskar Stadium, Northwestern State, Sports Illustrated Jinx, The Pflugerville Perines, Tim Tebow

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #18: Return To Bear Mountain!

In Tresty We Trusty. Plus: Brandon Marshall And Gloria Allred Grind Coach Coffman's Gears and California Uber Alles.

Posted on Sep 19, 2014
Keywords: Brandon Marshall, Devin Hester, Eric Weems, Gloria Allred, Josh McCown, Kane County Cougars, Kyle Fuller, Lovie Smith, Marc Trestman, New York Jets, Paul Konerko, Ricky Rentamanager, Robin Alwaysanadventura, Scotland

TrackNotes: Four Quarters And The Perfect Grift

As a wagerer, you have to have at least some faith it's on the up-and-up, square, game. I don't.

Posted on Sep 19, 2014
Keywords: Batman, California Chrome, Chuck Norris, Lovie Smith, Ray Rice

The Incredibly True Stories Of The Bears' San Francisco Feat, Kyle Fuller's Childhood & Jets Fans In The Wild

The point is that it's safe to become excited about 2014 again.

Posted on Sep 18, 2014
Keywords: Al Michaels, Boardwalk Empire, Brad Johnson, Jimmy Clausen, Rodan, Sylvester Stallone

Fantasy Fix: Reality Intrudes

So does Jay Cutler.

Posted on Sep 16, 2014
Keywords: Adrian Peterson, Jay Cutler

The College Football Report Top Ten: Go Blue Hose! Boo Charlie Weis! Why Not Pitt?

Why the Blue Hose? Tune in Friday.

Posted on Sep 15, 2014
Keywords: Arkansas, Central Michigan, Northwestern, Presbyterian College, Rutgers

SportsMonday: Bears' Season Is Back On!

Flak jackets and fishing lines.

Posted on Sep 15, 2014
Keywords: Brandon Marshall, Jay Cutler, Kyle Fuller, Quinton Dial, Willie Young
The Cub Factor

New Dale Exposed

AKA Ricky Rentamanager.

Posted on Sep 15, 2014
Keywords: Big Ten Rivalry Week, Jacob Turner
The White Sox Report

A Good Guy Who Wore Black

Paul Konerko was the voice of reason when Ozzie, Hawk, Jerry and Kenny were not.

Posted on Sep 15, 2014
Keywords: A.J. Pierzynski, Frank Thomas, Jermaine Dye, Mark Buehrle

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #17: Panic At Bear Mountain

Jay is for Jerk, The Bills Were Due, and Carl's Wild Card Weekend Fishing Trip Is Back On. Plus: How Not To Talk About Ray Rice, and The Sky Is Falling.

Posted on Sep 12, 2014
Keywords: Bobby Hull, Chris Conte, Chris Sale, Devin Hester, Elena Delle Donne, George McCaskey, Jay Cutler, Jorge Soler, Josh McCown, Lance Briggs, Ray Rice, Willie Young

The College Football Report: Chalk & Chips

Don't call it a comeback, but we're calling for the Big Ten to royally vent against a series of tomato cans this weekend.

Posted on Sep 12, 2014
Keywords: Free Money Plan, High Point Solutions Stadium, JoJo Kemp, The Cy-Hawk Trophy

Wild Card Weekend Fishing Trip Back On

Get excited as if the playoffs are on the line - because unless you think the Bears can close out the season 10-4, they absolutely are.

Posted on Sep 11, 2014
Keywords: Brian de la Puente, Mister Fantastic

Fantasy Fix: Devin Hester Is Ridiculous Again, Jay Cutler is Jay Cutler Again

Week 1 in review.

Posted on Sep 10, 2014
Keywords: Aaron Rodgers, Devin Hester, Jay Cutler, Ray Rice
The Cub Factor

The Ricketts' Sticky Ticket Wicket

Paying more for less - again.

Posted on Sep 9, 2014
Keywords: Jay Cutler, Mike Ditka, Oktoberfest

SportsMonday: Cutler Flinched

Minivan Jay back to Surly Jay in one week.

Posted on Sep 8, 2014
Keywords: Chris Conte, Jay Cutler

The College Football Report Top Ten: The Ballad Of Pat Fitzgerald And The Big Ten's Last Stand

Brings a butter knife to a gunfight.

Posted on Sep 8, 2014
Keywords: Pat Fitzgerald, Pat Haden, Playoff Committee Conspiracy Theorists
The White Sox Report

Be Like Mike

An idea for Robin Ventura, whose job is surprisingly secure.

Posted on Sep 8, 2014
Keywords: Derrick Rose, Jay Cutler

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #16: Double Nickel On The Bears' Dime

You Better Bill-ieve It's A Must-Win! Plus: The Sky Is Flying; The Derrick Rosercoaster; The White Sox In The Thick Of The Race; and The Pageantry Of College Football: Bring On The Creampuffs.

Posted on Sep 5, 2014
Keywords: Chicago Sky, Derrick Rose, Garth Brooks, Lance Brigg's Lamborghini, Lance Briggs, Looks Like It's The University Of Illinois, Lovie Smith, Northwestern, Northwestern State, Paul Konerko, Rutgers, USC

The College Football Report: Bring On The Creampuffs, Including The Big Ten

Dating back to 2007, the Big Ten is 17-41 against ranked opponents.

Posted on Sep 5, 2014
Keywords: Citadel, Florida Atlantic, Lamar, McNeese State, Northwestern State

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: You Better Bill-ieve It's A Must-Win!

The Bears light up a bad Vikings defense in the season finale and finish 10-6. However, the win is not enough to make the playoffs and Lovie Smith is fired by the Bucs.

Posted on Sep 4, 2014
Keywords: Freddie Mercury, Matty Ice, The Double Nickel Smokehouse

Fantasy Fix: Matt Forte And The Futures Market

A gambler's draft.

Posted on Sep 3, 2014
Keywords: Cordarelle Patterson, Matt Forte, Tom Brady

SportsMondayTuesday: Chris Conte Lurks

And it's hard to see that as a positive sign in any way shape or form.

Posted on Sep 2, 2014
Keywords: Manny Ramirez, Shea McClellin

The College Football Report Top Ten: Kenny Football Edition

Remember kids, keep your head on a swivel out there.

Posted on Sep 2, 2014
Keywords: Charlie Weis, North Dakota State University, Pistol Pete, Ron Turner
The White Sox Report

In The Thick Of The Race!

Spoiler City.

Posted on Sep 1, 2014
Keywords: Billy Beane, Mose Allison

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #15: Super Bears Or Bust

Plus: The Sky Is Burning; Prospects Are Suspects Until Proven Otherwise, And So Is Starlin Castro; Deadspin Is Dead Wrong; and much, much more!

Posted on Aug 30, 2014
Keywords: Adam Archuleta, Arismendy Alcantara, Bryan LaHair, Devin Hester, Elena Delle Donne, Javy Baez, Joe DeCamillis, Jordan Lynch, Jordan Palmer, Jorge Soler, Jose Abreu, Josh McNown, Lovie Smith, Mike Olt, NIU, Santonio Holmes, Starlin Castro

The College Football Report: Crystal Ball Unit

It's a Buckeyes world, we're just livin' in it.

Posted on Aug 28, 2014
Keywords: Bob Stoops, Condoleezza Rice, Johnny Manziel, Outback Bowl, Tim Tebow

Back Toub The Future

In an effort to help the cause, I gassed up the windowless van and headed for Missouri.

Posted on Aug 28, 2014
Keywords: Brendon Ayanbadejo, Garrett Wolfe, K.C. Masterpiece, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Road House, Ronnie James Dio
The Cub Factor

Inside Tarpgate

If Wittenmyer truly got the story wrong, prove it and demand a retraction. But don't try to spin it away.

Posted on Aug 27, 2014
Keywords: Joe Ricketts, Obamacare, Pete Ricketts, Tom Ricketts

SportsMonday: Shell-Shocked

Sorry, Bears fans, but the road to a Super Bowl goes through Century Link Field.

Posted on Aug 25, 2014
Keywords: Century Link Field, Pete Carroll, Russell Wilson
The White Sox Report

Schooled By JRW

Are we to believe that kids from Englewood, Woodlawn, Bronzeville or South Shore, who went to now-shuttered schools or whose present schools rank near the bottom for standardized test scores, don't have poise, humility, or a sense of how to act?

Posted on Aug 25, 2014
Keywords: Jackie Robinson West

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #14: Bearsgate vs. Tarpgate

Only Chris Conte could get a concussion while missing the tackle. Plus: Cubs waiting for shovels to go on sale, Coach K does Bulls a solid, Gordon Beckham's four-year slump finally catches up to him, the Blackhawk who got away, this week in the Sky, and Jackie Robinson West.

Posted on Aug 23, 2014
Keywords: Chicago Sky, Chris Conte, Clown Kenney, Coach K, Derrick Rose, Gordon Beckham, Jackie Robinson West, Kevin Hayes, Tarpgate, Tom Ricketts

Fantasy Fix 2014 Football Draft Guide Part 3: WRs & TEs

Brandon Marshall vs. Alshon Jeffery vs. Martellus Bennett.

Posted on Aug 20, 2014
Keywords: Alshon Jeffery, Brandon Marshall, Martellus Bennett
The Cub Factor

Reality BobbleCubs

I finally figured out who Ricky Renteria is: New Brian.

Posted on Aug 19, 2014
Keywords: Brett Jackson, Gracie the Swan, Zubaz

SportsMonday: Signing Santonio

Former Super Bowl MVP comes with a rap sheet.

Posted on Aug 18, 2014
Keywords: David Bass, Phil Emery
The White Sox Report

Baby Boomer Baseball

Television is the engineer driving professional sports, dictating the pace of the games.

Posted on Aug 18, 2014
Keywords: Jerry Reinsdorf, Rob Manfred

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #13: Yay, Tastee-Freez!

Podcasting from the picnic tables: Jackie Robinson West; The Bears' #FirstDivisionProblems; Cartoon Cub; Jose Abreu Is Tired; Kiss The Sky.

Posted on Aug 16, 2014
Keywords: Jackie Robinson West, Tastee-Freez, Zach Miller

The Fantasy Fix 2014 Football Draft Guide Part 2: QBs & RBs

Jay Cutler vs. Josh McCown.

Posted on Aug 13, 2014
Keywords: Jay Cutler, Josh McCown, Matt Forte
The Cub Factor

Rick Rentamanager

Carlos Villanuewavagoodbye.

Posted on Aug 12, 2014
Keywords: Billy Cub, Dave Otto, Jim Hendry

SportsMonday: Being Martellus Bennett

Lesson learned?

Posted on Aug 11, 2014
Keywords: Martellus Bennett
The White Sox Report

Dunn Saga Done

The future Adam is Eaton - if he can stay healthy.

Posted on Aug 11, 2014
Keywords: Adam Dunn, Adam Eaton, Avisail Garcia, Paul Konerko

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #12: Bears Play Pretend Game

Plus: Javy Time. The White Sox Report. Offseason Kaner.

Posted on Aug 9, 2014
Keywords: Allen Iverson, Javy Time, Kaner

Fantasy Fix: Javy?

Duality and defense.

Posted on Aug 6, 2014
Keywords: Javy Baez
The Cub Factor

Cupboard Wasn't Bare After All

But the bank account was.

Posted on Aug 6, 2014
Keywords: Billy Cub, Castro to Baez to Rizzo, Kris Bryant, Mike Olt, Neil Ramirez
The White Sox Report

Bad Bullpens & Vice Versa

Hawk vs. Yogi.

Posted on Aug 5, 2014
Keywords: Addison Reed, Cliff Politte, Esteban Loaiza, Matt Davidson, Neal Cotts, Scott Schoeneweis

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #11: Derrick Rose A Saboteur By Any Other Name

Plus: Drinking The Bears' Bourbon & Baseball's Blockbusters.

Posted on Aug 1, 2014
Keywords: Billy Beane, Dave Dombrowski, Emilio Bonifacio, Joe Cowley, Marc Trestman, Mega-Punt, Paranoid Jerry Reinsdorf

TrackNotes: Junkies In Narcissistic Denial

Racing can't unite on anything - even cynicism.

Posted on Aug 1, 2014
Keywords: Bo Derek, PETA, Ray Rice, Roger Goodell, Splitsville

The Fantasy Fix 2014 Football Draft Guide Part 1: The Top 20

The decline in the value of running backs is really happening.

Posted on Jul 30, 2014
Keywords: Alshon Jeffery, Brandon Marshall, Matt Forte
The Cub Factor

Top 10 Reasons To Keep Watching

Now with less Darwin Barney!

Posted on Jul 29, 2014
Keywords: Billy Cub, Jeff Garlin

SportsMonday: D & D

For the Bears, all of the questions are on D. And the D.

Posted on Jul 28, 2014
Keywords: Cliff Stein, Jared Allen, Jon Bostic, Khaseem Greene, Kyle Fuller, Shea McCLellin
The White Sox Report

The Big Heart

I just watched a large man, a sports hero, a Chicago icon, display a slice of humanity that we see all too seldom from those who claim celebrity and adulation.

Posted on Jul 28, 2014
Keywords: Frank Thomas, Hall of Fame

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #10: No Love For Bulls

Plus: Jay Cutler's Conversion Van, Hawk Gone & Patrick Kane's Excellent Offseason Adventure.

Posted on Jul 26, 2014
Keywords: Billy Cub, Frank Thomas

Fantasy Fix: Studs, Duds & A Cub

Godspeed, Darwin.

Posted on Jul 22, 2014
Keywords: Darwin Barney, Justin Verlander

SportsMonday: Offseason City

Because baseball is meaningless on the South Side, hopeless on the North.

Posted on Jul 21, 2014
Keywords: Carmelo Anthony, Tony Snell
The White Sox Report

Beyond The Cell

Are Sox fans in all these houses?

Posted on Jul 21, 2014
The Cub Factor

Minor Threat

A world-class city doesn't tout its minor leagues.

Posted on Jul 21, 2014
Keywords: Daytona, Iowa, Tennessee

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #9: Bulls Plan B, Bears Plan D

Plus: Chicago's Embarrassing Draft Bid & The Only Baseball Story Left In Town.

Posted on Jul 18, 2014
Keywords: Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Rose, Dougie McBuckets, LeBron James

TrackNotes: Miracle And Wonder

Real racing at real horse palaces.

Posted on Jul 18, 2014
Keywords: Del Mar, Saratoga

Fantasy Fix: Just Like We Planned It

A first-half report.

Posted on Jul 17, 2014
Keywords: Clayton Kershaw, Felix Hernandez, Jose Abreu, Mike Trout, Scott Kazmir
The Cub Factor

All-Star Breakage

While Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo are at the All-Star Game in Minneapolis, the rest of the Cubs will be back home taking care of business. Here's what they'll be up to.

Posted on Jul 15, 2014
Keywords: Crane Kenney, John Adams, Senior Lake
The White Sox Report

Abreu Outfoxes ESPN

The next home run he hits won't come in batting practice.

Posted on Jul 14, 2014
Keywords: Dave Parker, Lew Alcindor

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #8: The Blackhawks Are The Only Chicago Sports Franchise Not Driving A Clown Car

Chicago Held Hostage. Rocky Wirtz Knows His Limitations. Dear White Sox: Closer By Committee Doesn't Work. We [Heart] Mendy. Bearing Down Soon. The Week In The Sky.

Posted on Jul 11, 2014
Keywords: Arismendy Alcantara, Rocky Wirtz

Fantasy Fix: Fire Sale Freakout

Don't forget the impact of trades on those left behind.

Posted on Jul 9, 2014
Keywords: Adam Dunn, Dayan Viciedo, Hector Rondon, Jason Hammel, Jeff Samardzija, Joey Votto, Jose Abreu, Justin Ruggiano
The Cub Factor


Agnostic on the trade but allergic to the sycophantry.

Posted on Jul 8, 2014
Keywords: Gale Sayers, Keith Hernandez, Yoenis Cespedes
The White Sox Report

International Men Of Mystery

A Fourth of July melting pot.

Posted on Jul 7, 2014

SportsMonday: Cubbyball

Moneyball Ricketts-style.

Posted on Jul 7, 2014
Keywords: Billy Beane, Theo Epstein, Tom Ricketts

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #7: Cubs Get Beaned

The Cubs' big trade sure is part of The Plan - The Plan to fleece Cubs fans.

Posted on Jul 5, 2014
Keywords: Addison Russell, Billy Beane, Jason Hammel, Jeff Samardzija, Jim Hendry, Theo Epstein

Exclusive! Inside The Bulls' Plan To Get 'Melo

Bruce Rauner's accountant; Dennis Rodman's furs.

Posted on Jul 3, 2014
Keywords: Billy Dec, Hot Doug's, Payton Prep, Star Wars, Taste of Chicago, Tom Skilling

Fantasy Fix: Jake 'N' Bake

Mystery man.

Posted on Jul 2, 2014
Keywords: Jake Arrieta, Tim Lincecum

USA vs. Belgium: The Waffle-Eaters 'R' Us

Pay after you win.

Posted on Jul 1, 2014
Keywords: Belgium, Hulk Hogan
The Cub Factor

The Warped Tour

Edwin Jackson soon to be staff ace.

Posted on Jun 30, 2014
Keywords: Brett Jackson, Drunk Clark Cub, Edwin Jackson, Jake Arrieta, James Russell, Jed Hoyer, Jorge Soler, Junior Lake, Manny Ramirez, Theo Epstein

SportsMonday: MLB Asleep At The Switch

Don't look back; soccer is gaining on you.

Posted on Jun 30, 2014
Keywords: Bud Selig, World Cup
The White Sox Report

Against Clubhouse Chemistry

For on-field performance.

Posted on Jun 29, 2014
Keywords: Milton Bradley, Scott Downs

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #6: Backing In The Front Door

The U.S. backs into the next round by losing just one of three unlike a bunch of other teams going home. Plus: The Bulls' puzzling draft day.

Posted on Jun 27, 2014
Keywords: Dougie McBuckets, Elena Delle Donne, Jose Abreu, Michael Bradley

So You're Saying The U.S. Has A Chance?

Expect the most dramatic bore in American soccer history.

Posted on Jun 26, 2014
Keywords: Clint Dempsey, Jurgen Klinsmann, Michael Bradley

SportsMonday: The Future Is Surprisingly Now

The original plan went out the window 30 seconds into this tournament.

Posted on Jun 23, 2014
Keywords: Clint Dempsey, Herb Brooks, Jurgen Klinsmann, Michael Bradley
The White Sox Report

Not Soup Yet

Unwatched pot not boiling anyway.

Posted on Jun 23, 2014
Keywords: Eduardo Escobar, Patrick Mannelly, Team USA

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #5: Jeff Smartypants vs. Jay Butt-Head

Heroes and zeroes.

Posted on Jun 20, 2014
Keywords: LeBron James, Major Tom
The Cub Factor

What Abraham Lincoln Would Say

Rotten to the Core Four.

Posted on Jun 17, 2014
Keywords: Mr. Potato Head, Shakespeare

SportsMonday: What About The Bulls?

The Heat are still the team to emulate.

Posted on Jun 16, 2014
Keywords: Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Love, LeBron James
The White Sox Report


And Swoony. And TGIM.

Posted on Jun 16, 2014
Keywords: Adam Dunn, Ted Williams

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #4: No Cubs No!

The most interesting thing about the White Sox is that they're interesting. Plus: The shocking NBA Finals, the inauspicious opening of the World Cup, the horse racing world post-Chrome, and our exclusive report inside Chicago's bid to host the 2015 NFL Draft.

Posted on Jun 13, 2014
Keywords: Brazil, California Chrome, Detroit Tigers, San Antonio Spurs

Exclusive! Inside Chicago's NFL Draft Bid

$1 million pledged to media effort led by David Axelrod to convince Chicagoans they should feel better about themselves because a bunch of rich guys are coming here to party.

Posted on Jun 12, 2014
Keywords: David Axelrod, Harold Washington Library, Jenny McCarthy, Mike Ditka, Roger Goodell, The Admiral, Tom Ricketts

U.S. Coach: World Cup Win 'Not Realistic'

Also weighs in on Cubs, climate change.

Posted on Jun 12, 2014
Keywords: Rio

Fantasy Fix: Mining The Minors

Who's next?

Posted on Jun 10, 2014
Keywords: Javy Baez, Yasiel Puig

SportsMonday: Lay Off LeBron

The poster child for irrational sports commentary leads the media down a rabbit hole.

Posted on Jun 9, 2014
Keywords: Gregg Popovich, Skip Bayless
The White Sox Report

West Coast Woes

One can't blame Sox fans for thinking, "Is that all there is?"

Posted on Jun 9, 2014
Keywords: Chris Sale, Dodger Dog, Don Zimmer, Hector Noesi, John Danks, Robin Ventura, Ronald Belisario, Vin Scully

TrackNotes: America's (Drugged-Up) Horses, California Chrome & Betting The Belmont

If Chrome wins the Triple Crown, might we say he's the best horse ever? Um, no.

Posted on Jun 7, 2014
Keywords: California Chrome, Lasix

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #3: Blackhawks Post-Mortem, Kubs Pre-Mortem & World Cup Mortem

Plus: How the White Sox are out-rebuilding Theo.

Posted on Jun 6, 2014

SportsMonday: X Factor Stars With An O

Blackhawks season ends by slimmest of margins.

Posted on Jun 2, 2014
Keywords: Duncan Keith, Johnny Oduya, Niklas Hjalmarrson
The White Sox Report

Draft Danger

It is not unreasonable to worry that if Rick Hahn selects one of the aspiring pitching phenoms, the kid will develop arm problems requiring surgery long before he ever reaches the South Side.

Posted on Jun 2, 2014
Keywords: Chris Sale, Gary Railcats, Mark Buehrle, Rick Hahn, Steve Ballmer

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #2: Kaner & The Kubs

Here we go again. Plus: Are The White Sox Still Playing? and Chicago's French Open.

Posted on May 31, 2014
Keywords: Corey Crawford, Cosmo Kramer, Crane Kenney, Don Young, Manny Ramirez, Patrick Kane, Robin Ventura, Sammy Sosa, Taylor Townsend

TrackNotes: Murderous Marketers

It's never about the horses or the racing with these people.

Posted on May 29, 2014
Keywords: Never Tell Lynda, Seabiscuit

Fantasy Fix: Astrology

How is it that this pitcher was still available in more than 30% of Yahoo! leagues as of Monday?

Posted on May 28, 2014
Keywords: Dallas Keuchel

SportsMondayTuesday: Panic Central

Blackhawks suddenly have something in common with Cubs.

Posted on May 27, 2014
Keywords: Manny Ramirez, Patrick Kane
The White Sox Report

Jeter Exits The Cell

What's the big deal?

Posted on May 25, 2014
Keywords: Billy Martin, Casey Stengel, Copacabana, Joe Torre, Reggie Jackson, Yogi Berra

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #1: Coach Queasy & The Qubs

Welcome to the pre-beta edition of The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour, our weekly sports roundup. In this show: Coach Queasy & The Qubs. Plus: Theo Doesn't Get It, Rick Renteria's Disconnected Optimism Wearing Thin & The Jed Hoyer Condescension Meter.

Posted on May 24, 2014
Keywords: Jed Hoyer, Jeff Samardzija, Joel Quenneville, Nena

TrackNotes: Loose Ends From The Triple Crown Trail

A tradition that has no equal in American sports.

Posted on May 23, 2014
Keywords: Arlington Park, California Chrome, Churchill Downs, Dumb Ass Partners, Otis Taylor, The 1985 Bears

Tweeting Samardzija

His bobblehead just became sentient and is looking for trouble.

Posted on May 22, 2014
Keywords: Cy Young, Darwin Barney, Jose Veras, New York Yankees
The Cub Factor

Future Shock

Worrying about sustained success is for normal franchises, not the Cubs.

Posted on May 20, 2014
Keywords: Betty J. Soedler, Peter Cetera

SportsMonday: Coach Q Is Queasy

On the edge of unhingement.

Posted on May 19, 2014
Keywords: Joel Quenneville
The White Sox Report

Bye Bye Beckham

Hello, Micah Johnson.

Posted on May 19, 2014
Keywords: Bill de Blasio, Emeril, James Andrews, Rahm Emanuel, Rick Bayless, Rick Hahn

Clemente's Awesome Archers

58th in America.

Posted on May 16, 2014
Keywords: National Archery in the Schools Program

Fantasy Fix: Broken Arms

Jason Hammel vs. Jose Fernandez.

Posted on May 14, 2014
Keywords: Chris Sale, Cy Young, Jason Hammel
The Cub Factor

Misaligned Incentives

Ricky Renteria ordered the Code Red.

Posted on May 13, 2014
Keywords: Babe Ruth, Carlos Villanueva, Clark Cub, Edwin Jackson, Javy Baez, Jed Hoyer, Jeff Samardzija, Junior Lake, Kris Bryant, Pedro Martinez, Rick Sutcliffe, Ricky Renteria, Starlin Castro
The White Sox Report

Escalators & Troughs

Some choices are easier than others.

Posted on May 12, 2014
Keywords: Bill Veeck, Crosstown Classic, Ernie Banks

SportsMonday: Johnny Hockey

He doesn't do anything particularly well except be there when his team needs it.

Posted on May 12, 2014
Keywords: Joel Quenneville, Marian Hossa, Patrick Sharp

Trollscout Lives In Elmhurst

"He's not racist, he's gutless."

Posted on May 9, 2014
Keywords: Jason Whitlock, Nolan Nawrocki, Punxsutawney Phil

Fantasy Fix: A Crosstown Couple

Two local names beyond the usual suspects - the Abreus and Rizzos - who might be able to help your fantasy team.

Posted on May 8, 2014
Keywords: Dioner Navarro, Hector Rondon, Jose Abreu, Tyler Flowers
The Cub Factor

Traveling Salesmen & Hookers

When the Cubs go on the road, it must be like the flea market coming to town.

Posted on May 6, 2014
Keywords: Billy Cub, C.J. Edwards, Jeff Samardzija, Joe Borowski, Jose Abreu, Junior Lake, Justin Grimm, Masahiro Tanaka, Matt Garza
The White Sox Report

The Hits Keep Coming

New batting coach Todd Steverson's job is safe - for now.

Posted on May 5, 2014
Keywords: Greg Walker, Jeff Manto, Todd Steverson

Secret To Success: A Derby Win And Racing's Doping Addiction

Today at least 95 percent of American racehorses have the drug in their system when they leave the starting gate.

Posted on May 3, 2014
Keywords: Alex Harthill, Bill Hartack, E.P. Taylor, Horatio Luro, Northern Dancer

Meet The Magic Blackhawks Ice Bucket

100 percent aluminum.

Posted on May 2, 2014
Keywords: K-Rud, LuckyEscape

Fantasy Fix: The Best And Worst Of April

Including Jose and Hammel.

Posted on Apr 30, 2014
Keywords: K-Rod, Ted Williams
The Cub Factor

Escape From Wrigley Island

Only the best get away.

Posted on Apr 28, 2014
Keywords: Billy Cub, Bob Brenly, Brett Jackson, Carlos Villanueva, Emilio Bonifacio, Jason Hammel, Javy Baez, Josh Vitters, Junior Lake, Mark Grace, Matt Garza, Starlin Castro

SportsMonday: Thibodeau Has Been Terrible

There will have to be a reckoning that the super-coach has struggled mightily in this series - and the players have followed his lead.

Posted on Apr 28, 2014
Keywords: D.J. Augustin, Jimmy Butler, Kirk Hinrich, Luol Deng, Stacey King
The White Sox Report

El Natural

Technically, Jose Abreu is a rookie, but in reality he's anything but.

Posted on Apr 28, 2014
Keywords: Adam Eaton, Albert Pujols, Bob (Hurricane) Hazle, Carlos Delgado, Grant Balfour, Kent Hrbek, Paul Konerko, Scott Carroll

This Week In Deadspin Chicago

Hijinks in Homer City.

Posted on Apr 25, 2014
Keywords: Brent Seabrook, David Kaplan, Joey Crawford, Mark Grote, Patrick Kane, Peggy Kusinski, Sammy Sosa, The Cubs' 400-Pound Wrigley Cake

Cubs Two-Game Win Streak Finally Comes To An End!

A ninth inning 100 years in the making.

Posted on Apr 24, 2014
Keywords: Carlos Zambrano, Cubs Kid, James Russell, Jeff Samardzija, Justin Ruggiano, Lin Brehmer, Pedro Strop, Rick Renteria, Steve Bartman, Theo Epstein, Tony Campana, Wrigley Field

The Chicago Youth Boxing Club Is Really Not About The Boxing

The Gym vs. The Streets.

Posted on Apr 23, 2014
Keywords: Humboldt Park, Little Village, North Lawndale
The Cub Factor

Ricky Sveum

Another manager who didn't get the memo.

Posted on Apr 22, 2014
Keywords: Alfonso Soriano, Chico the Chihuaua, Junior Lake, Mike Olt, Travis Bickell

SportsMonday: Six Degrees Of Playoff Losses

Blackhawk and Bulls fans experienced a remarkable run of the worst of the worst over the weekend.

Posted on Apr 21, 2014
Keywords: Andre Miller, Brent Seabrook
The White Sox Report

Attendance Already In Check

It's the ballpark, stupid.

Posted on Apr 21, 2014
Keywords: Felipe Paulino, The Chairman, The Cubs

Joel Quenneville's Horse Just May Make It To The Kentucky Derby After All

Trip to the Preakness more likely, however.

Posted on Apr 19, 2014
Keywords: Bob Baffert, Mike Tice

Blackhawks Buckle

A real nut-grabber.

Posted on Apr 18, 2014
Keywords: Brent Seabrook, Corey Crawford, Joel Quenneville's Nuts, Johnny Oduya, Patrick Kane

Chicago Wildfire Catch On With ESPN

Just opened season against the Minnesota Wind Chill.

Posted on Apr 17, 2014
Keywords: American Ultimate Disc League, USA Ultimate

Fantasy Fix: Sox Appeal

Trade or hold?

Posted on Apr 16, 2014
Keywords: Alexei Ramirez
The Cub Factor

Theo Casualties Mount

Patience is not a virtue.

Posted on Apr 15, 2014
Keywords: Alfonso Soriano, Billy Cub, Javy Baez, Jose Veras, Junior Lake, Ricky Renteria, Stanley Sliwa
The White Sox Report

If Only Adam Eaton Could Pitch

If the '83 team won ugly, this crew is on the edge of repulsive.

Posted on Apr 14, 2014
Keywords: Addison Reed, Felipe Paulino, Matt Lindstrom, Nellie Fox

Jon Stewart vs. The NCAA

Take that, Davids Haugh and Kaplan.

Posted on Apr 12, 2014
Keywords: Joseph Stalin, Shabazz Napier

Our Chicago Sports Museum

Featuring greeter Dennis Green and Animatronic Ozzie.

Posted on Apr 10, 2014
Keywords: Albert Belle, Bill Wirtz, Duncan Keith's Teeth, Lee Elia

Fantasy Fix: Forfeiting The Save

Carlos Villanueva good for something.

Posted on Apr 9, 2014
Keywords: Andrew Cashner, Carlos Villanueva

SportsMondayTuesday: The View From North Texas

What can they see from up there?

Posted on Apr 8, 2014
Keywords: AT&T Stadium, Northwestern, Ryan Boatright
The Cub Factor

The Cubs' Caretaker

Ricky Renteria is already on bad paper.

Posted on Apr 8, 2014
Keywords: Carlos Villanueva, Dale Sveum, Mike Quade, Ricky Renteria, The Plan
The White Sox Report

Replays vs. Rhubarbs

The end of kicking dirt?

Posted on Apr 6, 2014
Keywords: Bobby Cox, Earl Weaver, Grande Cinnamon Dolce Latte, Leo Durocher, Ozzie Guillen, Ron Gardenhire, Tony LaRussa

Businesses Love Bucky

Badger beer bellies travel well.

Posted on Apr 4, 2014
Keywords: Bo Ryan, Bodacious Barbecue

Fantasy Fix: False Starts

It's not too early to start picking up Cubs.

Posted on Apr 1, 2014
Keywords: Alexei Ramirez, Emilio Bonifacio

SportsMonday: Theo's Real Track Record

An impressive list of failures.

Posted on Mar 31, 2014
Keywords: Andrew Cashner, Anthony Rizzo, Jeff Samardzija, Jim Hendry, Jorge Soler, Jose Abreu, Starlin Castro, Yasiel Puig, Yoenis Cespedes
The Cub Factor

The Death March Begins Again

Even Clark The Cub won't make it through the season.

Posted on Mar 31, 2014
Keywords: Dioner Navarro, Edgar Renteria, Jim Deshaies, Junior Lake
The White Sox Report

Cold Predictions

Decent - or really, really bad.

Posted on Mar 31, 2014
Keywords: Chris Sale, Francis Parker School, Mark Buehrle, Nellie Fox

Why NU Football Players Are Employees

The case presented by Northwestern turned out to be surprisingly weak.

Posted on Mar 28, 2014
Keywords: Kain Colter, Lester Munson, Peter Sung Ohr

Fantasy Fix: Slouching Toward Opening Day

Better to own Luis Valbuena or Javy Baez?

Posted on Mar 26, 2014
Keywords: Javy Baez, Luis Valbuena
The White Sox Report

Giddy In Glendale

Six weeks of warm, cordial public relations - and the bats of Avisail Garcia and Jose Abreu - puts everyone in a festive mood.

Posted on Mar 25, 2014
Keywords: Adam Dunn, Adam Eaton, Camelback Ranch, Jose Quintana, Paul Konerko

SportsMonday: Money Train

Other than that fact that it is all fundamentally corrupt, the NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament continues to be a remarkable sporting spectacle.

Posted on Mar 24, 2014
Keywords: CBS, ESPN, Lousville, Turner Broadcasting, UConn

Busting Warren Buffett's Billion-Dollar Bracket

A risk-free marketing play.

Posted on Mar 20, 2014
Keywords: Berkshire Hathaway

The Cubs Are Still A Very Bad Bet

Expect them to give the Astros a run for worst team in the majors - and place your wagers accordingly.

Posted on Mar 19, 2014
Keywords: Alfonso Soriano, Edwin Jackson, Jeff Samardzija

A Very Special 30 For 30: Brian

What if I told you he wasn't the greatest?

Posted on Mar 18, 2014
Keywords: The Greatest

SportsMonday: Keeping Hossa Healthy

Break point.

Posted on Mar 17, 2014
Keywords: Ante Raanta, Avalanche, Red Wings, Slovakia

Exclusive! Why Josh McCown Choose The Bucs Over The Bears

Was always a huge Lee Roy Selmon fan.

Posted on Mar 12, 2014
Keywords: Jeff Joniak, Jenny McCarthy, Jimmy Buffett, Joe Maddon, Lee Roy Selmon

Fantasy Fix: Baseball Draft Guide Part 6 - The Top 50

Can you spot the lone Chicago player?

Posted on Mar 12, 2014
Keywords: Albert Pujols, Alex Rios, Mike Trout, Ryan Braun

SportsMonday: A Bulls Wet Blanket


Posted on Mar 10, 2014
Keywords: Jimmer Fredette, Joakim Noah

Fantasy Fix: Baseball Draft Guide Part 5 - Closing Time


Posted on Mar 5, 2014
Keywords: Addison Reed, Craig Kimbrel

Richie Incognito Would Never Happen In Baseball

Locker room culture gap.

Posted on Mar 3, 2014
Keywords: Cornell College, Jim Bouton, Miami Dolphins

SportsMonday: Forget Carmelo And The Heat

Can't we revel in the present state of the Bulls for a just a little while?

Posted on Mar 3, 2014
Keywords: Jimmy Butler, Luol Deng

Cubs TV Deal: Obnoxious Payday Ahead

Ricketts to get richer while payroll suffers.

Posted on Mar 3, 2014
Keywords: Comcast, Crane Kenney, Fox, WGN

Soldier Field Is A Hockey Rink

How they did it.

Posted on Feb 28, 2014
Keywords: Blackhawks, Brrr, NHL, Penguins, Soldier Field, Stadium Series

Chicago Soccer Player Patrick Grange Had CTE

Doctors found extensive frontal lobe damage.

Posted on Feb 27, 2014
Keywords: Chicago Fire, UIC

Fantasy Fix: Baseball Draft Guide Part 4 - The Big Fish

What, no Junior Lake?

Posted on Feb 26, 2014
Keywords: Adam Eaton, Avisail Garcia

What The MSM Missed In Sochi

The top seven underplayed storylines.

Posted on Feb 25, 2014
Keywords: Adelina Sotnikova, Justin Reiter, Shaun White, Yulia Lipnitskaya

SportsMonday: Hoping Michael Sam's Stock Drops

That's how he becomes a Bear.

Posted on Feb 24, 2014
Keywords: Illinois State, Jason Collins, Manti Te'o, Mizzou

Relevant Excerpt: The Cartel: Inside The Rise And Imminent Fall Of The NCAA

The "student-athlete" concept was invented to avoid workers' compensation insurance claims for injured football players.

Posted on Feb 21, 2014
Keywords: liability, Workers' comp

Fantasy Fix: Baseball Draft Guide Part 3 - 3B, SS & The Last Of The Sure Thing

Starlin Castro vs. Alexei Ramirez vs. . . . Javier Baez?

Posted on Feb 20, 2014
Keywords: Alexei Ramirez, Javier Baez, Starlin Castro

Mistwood vs. Morningwood*

Hey everybody, we're all gonna get laid!

Posted on Feb 19, 2014
Keywords: Judge Smales, Lacey Underall, Romeoville, Waupaca Deep Face Bunker Sand

The Cubs Are Totally Gonna Get Their Shit Together This Spring (Not)

Why not us.

Posted on Feb 18, 2014
Keywords: Anthony Rizzo, Brett Jackson, Rick Renteria, Starlin Castro

SportsMonday: The Cubs' Bear Market

Put your money in index funds instead.

Posted on Feb 17, 2014
Keywords: Gordon Wittenmyer, Joe Ricketts, Tom Ricketts

Olympic Village Tour: See Where The Athletes Live, Train And Fuck Each Other

All these athletes are hot, horny and ready to go.

Posted on Feb 14, 2014
Keywords: Jamie Anderson, Tinder

Fantasy Fix: Baseball Draft Guide Part 2 - 1B Logjam, 2B Drought

Sorry, Barney and Beckham.

Posted on Feb 12, 2014
Keywords: Anthony Rizzo, Jose Abreu

Chicago 2016!

The most expensive games ever would have put our own toilets on display.

Posted on Feb 11, 2014
Keywords: R.J. Vanecko, Richard M. Daley, Yakov Malort

SportsMonday: Mediocre Bulls Just Starting

Even cynics must admit the team is a surprising success.

Posted on Feb 10, 2014
Keywords: D.J. Augustin, Jerry Reinsdorf, Taj Gibson

Is Martellus Bennett The Most Interesting Man In Chicago?

Black Unicorn, Orange Dino, Renaissance Rapper. He might even come to your kid's birthday party.

Posted on Feb 7, 2014

Dislike: Friday Night Tykes

Texas youth football players face injuries, foul language and hard hits - at age 8.

Posted on Feb 6, 2014

Fantasy Fix: Baseball Draft Guide Part 1 - The Pitchers And Catchers Report Report

An intracity Chicago battery makes the list.

Posted on Feb 5, 2014
Keywords: Chris Sale, Welington Castillo

Sochi Preview: Welcome To The Russian Riviera

The most expensive Games ever are being held in a subtropical resort surrounded by conflict zones and riddled with Chicago-style corruption writ large.

Posted on Feb 4, 2014
Keywords: Bode Miller, Vladimir Putin

SportsMonday: Chicago's Basketball Bounty

We are in the midst of the greatest cluster of talent to ever come out of this city.

Posted on Feb 3, 2014
Keywords: Anthony Davis, Cliff Alexander, Derrick Rose, Jabari Parker, Jahlil Okafor

Tweeting The Super Bowl Suckage

Everyone was selling cars last night.

Posted on Feb 3, 2014
Keywords: Bob Dylan, Bruno Mars, Pam Oliver, Peyton Manning, Prince, Puppy Bowl, Radio Shack, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Zooey Deschanel

The Super Bowl Is Decadent And Depraved

One of the best, funniest, strangest and most revealing football documentaries ever made.

Posted on Jan 31, 2014
Keywords: Orange Bowl, Super Bowl X, Up With People

Fantasy Fix: Hot Stove Happs

New White Sock Adam Eaton on the radar.

Posted on Jan 29, 2014
Keywords: Adam Eaton, Jacoby Ellsbury, Joe Nathan, Josh Johnson, Mark Trumbo, Prince Fielder, Robinson Cano

SportsMonday: Hawks Our Only Hope

But if they struggle on the road the next few weeks . . .

Posted on Jan 27, 2014
Keywords: Atlanta Thrashers, Bobby Hull, Calgary Flames, Phoenix Coyotes, Winnipeg Jets
The White Sox Report

Extending Robin Ventura's Pulse

Let's talk about the new contract for a 99-loss manager whose original hiring remains a curiosity.

Posted on Jan 27, 2014
Keywords: Arroyo Grande, SoxFest, The White Flag Trade, Will Rogers

Why Tanaka Rejected The Cubs And White Sox

Not room for him and Jay Cutler in same town for next seven years.

Posted on Jan 23, 2014
Keywords: Clark The Cub, Cody Ransom, Hawk Harrelson, Joe Girardi, Kosuke Fukudome, Len Kasper, Mark DeRosa, Oprah

SportsMonday: The Tanaka Tease

In classic Cubs circularity, the team has set itself up to lose out on theJapanese phenom.

Posted on Jan 20, 2014
Keywords: Jeff Samardzija, Rick Hahn, Tom Ricketts

How To Make Clark Cub Cool

For example, redesign him as the opposite of everything he is now.

Posted on Jan 17, 2014

Exclusive Interview With Clark Cub!

We talked about life, longing and what it was like being a Cubs mascot.

Posted on Jan 16, 2014
Keywords: Crane Kenney, Harry Caray's, Jeff Gordon

SportsMonday: Anti-Tanking 101

Even if it was acceptable, it almost never works.

Posted on Jan 13, 2014
Keywords: Jabari Parker, Jerry Reinsdorf, Luol Deng

NFL Concludes Ex-Players Taking Their Own Lives Because They Miss Football So Much

Merely bad cases of football withdrawal.

Posted on Jan 10, 2014
Keywords: Chicago Beef-Sharing Program, Dave Duerson, Howie & The Gang, Roger Goodell, Terry

Luol Deng Too Good To Be A Bull

Unlike Derrick Rose, a leader and a great humanitarian.

Posted on Jan 8, 2014
Keywords: Bulls PR, Miami Heat, South Sudan, Tom Thibodeau

Exclusive: Inside Jay Cutler's Contract

No one has to know about Lauren Conrad.

Posted on Jan 7, 2014
Keywords: Brian Urlacher, Hot Doug's, Lauren Conrad, Mike Martz, Obamacare, Peyton Manning, Ventra

SportsMonday: Don't Buy What Cubs Are Selling

Way too many local sports commentators have bought the company line regarding the Cubs' finances hook, line and sinker.

Posted on Jan 6, 2014
Keywords: Hook Line & Sinker, Theo Epstein, Tom Ricketts

The College Football Report: Jimmy Kimmel, Pistol Pete & The Discover Card

An exclusive club called anybody.

Posted on Jan 3, 2014
Keywords: AT&T, Chik-fil-A, Orange, Sugar, Tostitos

SportsMonday: The Bears Are Who We Thought They Were

Packers game didn't tell us anything we didn't already know.

Posted on Dec 30, 2013
Keywords: Aaron Rodgers, Chris Conte

The College Football Report: The Bowls Drone On

Forecast: Classified.

Posted on Dec 27, 2013
Keywords: Northrop Grumman, Paul Martin's American Grill, Texas, They Are Marshall, Waste Management

We Regret The Errors

The 2013 Bears: I've banged fatter!

Posted on Dec 27, 2013
Keywords: Abe Simpson, Barry Sanders, Breaking Bad, Count Chocula, Donovan McNabb, Drew Brees, Ed Hochuli, Edmonton Oilers, ExtenZe, Hawk Harrelson, Jared Allen, Joe Flacco, Joe Walsh, Kyle Orton, Mark Twain, Satan

The College Football Report: HOT-N-READY


Posted on Dec 26, 2013
Keywords: Jordan Lynch, Little Caesars

Packers Week

The NFL's oldest rivalry in five parts.

Posted on Dec 24, 2013
Keywords: Aaron Rodgers, Bart Starr, Door County, Eric & Red Forman, Jim McMahon, Jimmy Kimmel

SportsMonday: Bears Stinks

Flexed into oblivion.

Posted on Dec 23, 2013
Keywords: Aaron Rodgers' Collarbone, Carlos Zambrano, Jay Cutler, Jeremy Roenick, Seinfeld

The College Football Report And The College Football Report Free Range Sacred Chicken Present The 2013-14 Bowl Season

Winners, Losers, Covers, Pushes, Overs, Unders, Best Dressed, Worst Buffet, Bowls You Didn't Know Existed, Bowls You Knew Existed But Had Forgotten, Most Obscure, Weirdest Sponsor, Best Destination, Worst Destination, Least Interesting, Best Match-Up, Awesomest Mascot, and the debut of the College Football Report Imaginary Bowl Game Series, or the CFRIBGS as we like to call it.

Posted on Dec 20, 2013
Keywords: Beef 'O' Brady's, Bugs Bunny, Royal Purple High Performance Lubricants, Smurf Turf, Travis Tritt, USC Song Girls, Zia Pueblo

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Smokin' Jay Cutler

Bump meets grind.

Posted on Dec 19, 2013
Keywords: Alshon Jeffery, Cris Collinsworth, Dolf Lundgren, Drak, Faksimile, Nick Foles, Oog, R. Kelly

Fantasy Fix: Charles In Charge

The 2014 draft is already shaping up.

Posted on Dec 18, 2013
Keywords: Adrian Peterson, Jamaal Charles, LeSean McCoy, Matt Forte, Peyton Manning

SportsMonday: The New Jay Cutler

Maybe Josh McCown was the best thing that ever happened to him.

Posted on Dec 16, 2013
Keywords: Chris Conte, Jeremiah Ratliff, Marc Trestman, Martellus Bennett

The College Football Report: Clowneys, Couches & Coaching Carousels

There is no better display of why we love this sport than this tradition.

Posted on Dec 13, 2013
Keywords: Army-Navy, Cyril Crutchfield, Domino's Bread Bowl, Mike Tomlin, Nick Saban, the South Carolina Highway Patrol, Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, Touchdown Tommie

The Proverbial Josh McCown

Just a guy.

Posted on Dec 12, 2013
Keywords: Adam Podlesh, Larry Hagman, Marvin Ridge High School, Moonraker

Fantasy Fix: Rise Of The Anti-Cutler

Replacement stars.

Posted on Dec 11, 2013
Keywords: Adrian Peterson, Cordarelle Patterson, Joique Bell, Josh McCown, Marcel Reece, Marques Colston

SportsMondayTuesday: McCown Clowns Cowboys

On a brutally cold night in Chicago, McCown was considerably better than a $108 million man.

Posted on Dec 10, 2013
Keywords: Jack Concannon, Jay Cutler, Rich Gannon, Tony Romo

Dizzy Grant Dribbles Chicago

No green screens were used.

Posted on Dec 9, 2013
Keywords: Curly Neal, Meadowlark Lemon

The College Football Report: The Worst Best Rankings

Plus: The Jameis Winston Saga and Bowl Invites Are Here!

Posted on Dec 6, 2013
Keywords: Buster Olney, Deadspin, Kraft, NIU, Teddy Bridgewater, the Chanticleers, The Sark, the Tigers, Willie Meggs

How 'Bout Them Cowboys

It may surprise you to find out that I have a mortgage and a child.

Posted on Dec 5, 2013
Keywords: Brad Dougherty, Chad Henne, Craig Steltz, Jamie Foxx, Jay Ratliff, Joss Whedon, Matt Cassell, New Orleans Pelicans

Fantasy Fix: Get Ball

Duh and done.

Posted on Dec 3, 2013
Keywords: Donald Brown, Montee Ball, Peyton Manning

SportsMonday: Kicking Trestman

A classic case of a scared coach playing not to lose.

Posted on Dec 2, 2013
Keywords: Blair Walsh, Mike Vanderjagt, Robbie Gould

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: A Thanksgivukkah Miracle

How Josh McCown saved the Pilgrims during the harsh winter at Valley Forge.

Posted on Nov 28, 2013
Keywords: Bennie Cunningham, Eric Dickerson, Patch, Robert Irvine

Fantasy Fix: The 5th Annual Pope's Nose Awards!

When you have ruined someone's chance at fantasy football glory, a bird's butt-flap is all you're getting.

Posted on Nov 27, 2013
Keywords: Eli Manning, Fred Davis, Roddy White, Trent Richardson

SportsMonday: Bush Whacked

Just because you want him to be a short-yardage specialist doesn't mean he is a short-yardage specialist.

Posted on Nov 25, 2013
Keywords: Benny Cunningham, Michael Bush, Twitter, Zac Stacy

The College Football Report: Who Needs A Palate Cleanser?

Hide the bacon.

Posted on Nov 22, 2013
Keywords: Brutus the Buckeye, Harry Belafonte, Lane Kiffin, The Muppets, Themistocles

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Local Blackout Drunk

The chances of precipitation this week are slim.

Posted on Nov 21, 2013
Keywords: Jeff Fisher, Mary Kay Kleist

Is Marc Trestman Awesome Or What?

Everything Theo Epstein was looking for.

Posted on Nov 20, 2013
Keywords: Adam Hoge, Brian Urlacher, Lovie Smith, Olin Kreutz

SportsMonday: Tiebreakers

The Bears have been just good enough, and the Lions and Packers just bad enough, that it all still matters.

Posted on Nov 18, 2013
Keywords: Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, The Mully And Hanley Show

Explain Away The Pain

Coming to theaters next summer.

Posted on Nov 14, 2013
Keywords: Don Cheadle, Joe Flacco, John Boehner, Matt Damon, Ryan Seacrest, Seymour Butz, Staley, Steven Soderbergh

Fantasy Fix: Giving Up On Gonzo

Tight end troubles.

Posted on Nov 14, 2013
Keywords: Aaron Rodgers, Tony Gonzalez

Blackhawks Croak Bullfrogs, Jump Back Into Stanley Cup Finals!

The uniforms are phosphorescent.

Posted on Nov 12, 2013
Keywords: Baltimore Bandits, Seattle Bull Frogs

SportsMonday: Trestman, Goat

Bears coach abdicated one of his basic responsibilities.

Posted on Nov 11, 2013
Keywords: Jay Cutler, Josh McCown

The College Football Report: We Can't Stop This Wrecking Ball

They call Miley Cyrus the Crimson Tide.

Posted on Nov 8, 2013
Keywords: Avicii, Dr. Pepper Crystal, Gozer the Gozerian, Katy Perry

Lather, Rinse, Retweet

The Bears' template for success.

Posted on Nov 7, 2013
Keywords: Barack Obama, Dolph Lundgren, Eugene S. Pulliam, Florida International University Golden Panthers, George C. Scott, Maurice Jones-Drew, Richie Incognito, Seneca Wallace

Fantasy Fix: Second-Half Stars

Late bloomers who might provide the edge you need to get into the playoffs and/or win a championship.

Posted on Nov 5, 2013
Keywords: Case Keenum, Nick Foles

SportsTuesday: Maestros Marc And McCown

Meet the cheese-graters.

Posted on Nov 5, 2013
Keywords: Aaron Rodgers, Adam Podlesh, Cheese Graters, Corey Wootton, Hunter Hillenmeyer, Joe DeCamillis, Jon Gruden, Josh McCown, Julius Peppers, Marc Trestman, Matt Forte, Mel Tucker, Seneca Wallace, Shea McClellin

Bears-Packers Betting Preview: Organizations Beat Organizations

Take the Packers and the Under.

Posted on Nov 4, 2013
Keywords: Big Al, The Under

The College Football Report: Wide Right


Posted on Nov 1, 2013
Keywords: Beef O'Brady Bowl, Bottle Service, Kelli Hilliard, Kliff Kingsbury, Playmaker's Club, Ryan Gosling, Sparty, The U, Timothy the Pigeon

Monster M*A*S*H

Sackula meets the Washington Sentinels.

Posted on Oct 31, 2013
Keywords: Arsenio Hall, Earl Boykins, Hawkeye Pierce, Keanu Reeves, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Maxwell Klinger, Toxic Avenger, Trapper John McIntyre, Warren Moon

Fantasy Fix: The True Top 10

Surprise, a Bear!

Posted on Oct 30, 2013
Keywords: Josh McCown, Matt Forte

SportsMonday: Bulls Beginning To An End

One last go before the band breaks up.

Posted on Oct 28, 2013
Keywords: Carlos Boozer, Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler, Joakim Noah, LeBron James, Luol Deng, Nikola Mirotic

The College Football Report: Boot And Rally

Pigeons and ducks.

Posted on Oct 25, 2013
Keywords: Bill Murray, Lee Corso, The Battle of the Bricks, The Heisman Trophy, The Las Vegas Bowl, The Miami Beach Bowl, The State of Oregon, The U, The War of Escalating Tuitions

What The Bears Are Doing On Their Bye Week

According to sources.

Posted on Oct 24, 2013
Keywords: Cobra Lounge, Julius Peppers, Kristin Cavallari, Marc Trestman, Obamacare, Ozzie Guillen, Roberto Garza, Stephen Paea

Fantasy Fix: The Replacements

The lead-up to Week 8 is looking like it will be one of these busiest in fantasy sports waiver wire history.

Posted on Oct 23, 2013
Keywords: Jay Cutler, Josh Freeman, Sam Bradford

Inside Michael Jordan's House

Harvey Gantt darboard; LeRoy Nieman painting of him pushing off against Byron Russell.

Posted on Oct 22, 2013
Keywords: Ashley Dupre, Bigsby & Kruthers, Dennis Rodman, Harvey Gantt, Jerry Krause, LeRoy Nieman

SportsMonday: Devin Hester's Risks & Rewards

We'll remember both when he's gone - which will be sooner than you think.

Posted on Oct 21, 2013
Keywords: Deion Sanders, Jay Cutler's Groin, Joe Anderson, Joe DeCamillis, Jordan Palmer, Josh McCown

The College Football Report: Dregs Against The Spread

The app we need.

Posted on Oct 18, 2013
Keywords: Great Lakes Naval Training Station, Jimmy The Greek, Joker Phillips, Paul Brown, Pounce Panther, Ron Turner

Gigantic Meh

Based on his inability to effectively mask institutional racism, I assume that RG III's performance as a football player has experienced a bit of a drop off.

Posted on Oct 17, 2013
Keywords: Brad Biggs, Brandon Jacobs, Emery Moorehead

Fantasy Fix: Top 10 Revisited

A reality check on running backs.

Posted on Oct 16, 2013
Keywords: Adrian Peterson, Percy Harvin, Randall Cobb

It Was Bartman's Fault

With all due compassion.

Posted on Oct 15, 2013
Keywords: David Kaplan, Moises Alou, Richard Roeper, Rick Morrissey

SportsMonday: Rose Doesn't Do Rio

Bulls star still not being realistic about his rehab.

Posted on Oct 14, 2013
Keywords: Jonas Jerebko, Michael Beasley

The College Football Report: We're With Sark

Kid Smirk has always been nothing but a u-shaped formation in our book.

Posted on Oct 11, 2013
Keywords: Condoleeza Rice, Kyle Field, Lane Kiffin, QBR, The Rhinoviruses

Garbage Time

Expect a lot of points tonight - late.

Posted on Oct 10, 2013
Keywords: 1992 Ford Festva, Boardwalk Empire, David Tyree, Elias Sports Bureau

Fantasy Fix: CPR For PPR

Reconsidering a stat's relevance.

Posted on Oct 10, 2013
Keywords: Per, Points, Reception

Exclusive! Why Joe Girardi Rejected The Cubs

Even though he's really smart, he still can't spell Samardzija.

Posted on Oct 10, 2013
Keywords: Koyie Hill, Old Style, Ryan Sweeney, Ventra

Remembering Andy Pafko

And then there was one.

Posted on Oct 9, 2013
Keywords: Bobby Thomson, Lennie Merullo, Wisconsin

Tweeting Cubtober

Follow the bouncing sources.

Posted on Oct 8, 2013
Keywords: A.J. Hinch, Bob Brenly, Brad Ausmus, Jon Heyman, Kansas City Royals, Sources

SportsMonday: Bears Outblitzed

Meatball soup.

Posted on Oct 7, 2013
Keywords: Chris Conte, Lance Briggs, Major Wright, Mel Tucker

The College Football Report: All Eyes On Evanston, An Aussie, The Army & Adidas

Plus: This week's lightning special and a four-coach trifecta.

Posted on Oct 4, 2013


The Bears had some weaknesses exposed last week (i.e. "tarkling") and now we have to wonder what they plan to do about it.

Posted on Oct 3, 2013
Keywords: Brian Urlacher, Dave Toub, Knight Rider, Mel Tucker, Tentacle Tuesday
The Cub Factor

Dale Deserved It

He made us dizzy.

Posted on Oct 2, 2013
Keywords: Bobby Valentine, Chris Volstad, Edwin Jackson, Jim Bowden, Jim Riggleman, Junior Lake, Sam Fuld, Scott Baker, Steve Clevenger, Terry Francona

SportsMonday: Jekyll And Jay

So far the Bear offense is uneven except for when it's downright choppy.

Posted on Sep 30, 2013
Keywords: Glover Quin, Hunter Hillenmeyer, Israel Idonije, Steve Young
The White Sox Report

Thank God It's Ovah

Now when does it start again?

Posted on Sep 30, 2013
Keywords: Erik Johnson, Luery Garcia, Marcus Semien, Ndamukong Suh

The College Football Report: Show Some Mercy

Here's hoping the Buckeyes, Hurricanes and Cardinals all lose by three or less this weekend.

Posted on Sep 27, 2013
Keywords: BCS, FBS, FCS

Conversion Rate

Moose, maple syrup and Rush.

Posted on Sep 26, 2013
Keywords: Labatt Blue, RoboCop

Fantasy Fix: The Trade

A better team but a smaller role.

Posted on Sep 25, 2013
Keywords: Andre Johnson, C.J. Spiller, Trent Richardson
The Cub Factor

Fired Up

Hope is a hard sell when you've taken away the fun.

Posted on Sep 24, 2013
Keywords: Bob Brenly, Old Style
The White Sox Report

Thanks For The (2005) Memories

They'll have to suffice.

Posted on Sep 23, 2013
Keywords: Brandon McCarthy, Cliff Politte, Freddy Garcia, Juan Uribe, Mark Buehrle, Neal Cotts, Paul Konerko

SportsMonday: Learning To Play Ahead

Bears fans should be so fortunate that struggling to hold onto a lead is the biggest thing they have to worry about on future Mondays.

Posted on Sep 23, 2013
Keywords: Earl Bennett, Jay Cutler, Marc Trestman, Matt Forte

The College Football Report: Go Dance

And don't let the [f-bomb] door hit you on the way out.

Posted on Sep 20, 2013
Keywords: Bo Pelini, Charlie Weis, Mack Brown, Nick Saban

Bears Glass Half Full (Of Something)

But let's not piss all over rainbows.

Posted on Sep 19, 2013
Keywords: Army of Darkness, Cream of Wheat, Lisa Salters

Fantasy Fix: The Return Of Philip Rivers

Not a bad start for a guy I didn't even rank in my Top 20.

Posted on Sep 18, 2013
Keywords: Eddie Royal, Fantasy Football Tattoo League

About Stephen Paea's War Cry

From an irresistibly horrible movie based on a real team.

Posted on Sep 17, 2013
Keywords: Gary Cole, Sean Astin

SportsMonday: That's Entertainment!

Hinky rogue lunacy.

Posted on Sep 16, 2013
Keywords: Chris Kluwe, Fox Sports, Pete Rozelle
The White Sox Report

Konerko Is Dunn

Face of the franchise now just another struggling slugger traipsing back to the dugout.

Posted on Sep 16, 2013
Keywords: Babe Ruth, Chairman Jerry
The Cub Factor

Theo Is Full Of Crap, Source Says

Plagiarizing Andy MacPhail.

Posted on Sep 15, 2013
Keywords: Marty Gangler, Old Style, Tony Campana

The College Football Report: Piñatas & Virgins

Mashups and matchups.

Posted on Sep 13, 2013
Keywords: Charles Barkley, Miley Cyrus, Nicholas Cage

Ghost Peppers vs. An Assful Of Adrian Peterson

The Vikings playbook is either an Adrian Peterson rush or a strategic Christian Ponder incompletion designed to rest Adrian Peterson.

Posted on Sep 12, 2013
Keywords: Bob Barker, Bran Stark, The Mentalist

Fantasy Fix: Week 1's Epic Fails

A brief list of massively hyped players who utterly sucked in Week 1.

Posted on Sep 11, 2013
Keywords: Gale Sayers, Megatron

I Might Be In Love With Marc Trestman

The anti-Lovie.

Posted on Sep 10, 2013
Keywords: Al Franken, Coen Brothers

SportsMonday: The Gutsier Call

Better than what everyone is talking about.

Posted on Sep 9, 2013
Keywords: Marc Trestman, Marvin Lewis
The Cub Factor

Theo's Plan Is Killing Us

Unable to take any more blows, we simply give up.

Posted on Sep 9, 2013
Keywords: Class A, Cody Ransom, Doris Davis, Green Day, Pete Ricketts
The White Sox Report

How 'Bout Those Bears

Abandon ship, all ye who still care.

Posted on Sep 9, 2013
Keywords: Bo Jackson, Carlton Fisk, Deion Sanders, George Halas, Johnny Unitas

The College Football Report: That's A Clown Quarterback, Bro

Plus: The Warriors come back out to play.

Posted on Sep 6, 2013
Keywords: Buck Buchanan, Hendrix College Warriors, Johnny Football, Lou Holtz

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: And A Black Unicorn Shall Lead Them

But a beast from a Pimpcopter shall beat them.

Posted on Sep 5, 2013
Keywords: Cap'n Crunch, Cedric The Entertainer, Emery Moorehead
The Cub Factor

Promotional Considerations

Now with real hurl.

Posted on Sep 4, 2013
Keywords: American Doll, Old Style, Zubaz

Fantasy Fix: Week 1 Jitters

Best player vs. optimum match-up.

Posted on Sep 4, 2013
Keywords: T.Y. Hilton, Torrey Smith

SportsMondayWednesday: Bears' Magic Number Is 10

They certainly haven't gotten worse than last year's team.

Posted on Sep 4, 2013
Keywords: Brandon Marshall, Marc Trestman
The White Sox Report

Labor Day Blues

Boston Massacre reinforces recent history.

Posted on Sep 2, 2013
Keywords: Grover Cleveland, Naperville

The College Football Report: Mind The Sacred Chickens

And cue the hyperbole, moralizing and outrage

Posted on Aug 30, 2013
Keywords: Brent Musburger, Jadeveon Clowney, Johnny Football, Spaceballs 2, the First Punic War

Fantasy Fix: Football Draft Guide Part 4 | TEs & Sleepers

A Bear sighting amidst the injuries and murder charges.

Posted on Aug 28, 2013
Keywords: Alshon Jeffrey, Martellus Bennett
The Cub Factor

Amazing New Lows!

Utlimate Cubness continues to defy everything we know about the universe.

Posted on Aug 27, 2013
Keywords: Alfonso Soriano, Eephus, Tony Campana

SportsMonday: Bears Offense Still In Hiding

By design.

Posted on Aug 26, 2013
Keywords: Marc Trestman
The White Sox Report

Back To The Future

This was the kind of weekend we expected before the season began.

Posted on Aug 26, 2013
Keywords: Aretha Franklin, Bo Jackson, Civil Rights Game, Sharon Robinson

Raiders Superfan Picks Bears

Janikowski. Polish Sausage. Sausage. Sausage.

Posted on Aug 22, 2013
Keywords: Gorilla Rilla, Smokin' Jay Cutler, The Will To Win

Fantasy Fix: Football Draft Guide Part 3 | The Top 20 WRs

Where the variation begins.

Posted on Aug 21, 2013
Keywords: Aaron Rodgers, Jay Cutler, Peyton Manning
The Cub Factor

There Is No Core

There's just a bunch of transients.

Posted on Aug 19, 2013
Keywords: James Rowson, Mendy's
The White Sox Report

Glimmers Of Hope

The turnaround may have already begun.

Posted on Aug 19, 2013
Keywords: Andre Rienzo, Brian McCann, Jose Daniel Abreu

Howard Sudberry's Arlington Million Madness

A participation sport.

Posted on Aug 16, 2013
Keywords: Johnny Morris

Fantasy Fix: Football Draft Guide Part 2 | The Top 20 QBs & RBs

Where's Cutler? Oh, there.

Posted on Aug 14, 2013
Keywords: Joe Flacco, Matt Hasselbeck, Michael Vick
The Cub Factor

Losing Below Replacement

Worst lineup ever outperforms regulars.

Posted on Aug 12, 2013
Keywords: Darwin Barney, Donnie Murphy, Groucho Marx, J.C. Boscan, Neifi Perez
The White Sox Report

Catching A Second Wind

Let's look ahead because the past is finished and the present is, how shall I say, dismal.

Posted on Aug 12, 2013
Keywords: Alex Rios, Avisail Garcia, Charlie Silvera, Harry Chiti, Henry Blanco, Joe Ginsberg, Mark Parent, Tyler Flowers

SportsMonday: Four Bears Fallacies

Overreacting to an exhibition game.

Posted on Aug 12, 2013
Keywords: J-Webb Nation, Jay Cutler, Jonathon Bostic, Shea McClellin

Fantasy Fix: Football Draft Guide Part 1 | The Top 20

Two Bears make the list.

Posted on Aug 7, 2013
Keywords: Brandon Marshall, Matt Forte
The Cub Factor

Screwing Up In Reverse

The Cubs are so bad they couldn't score on Carlos Marmol.

Posted on Aug 5, 2013
Keywords: Alfonso Soriano, Carlos Marmol, Junior Lake

SportsMonday: In Chicago, Fantasy Football Beats Reality Baseball

Exhibition games over awful exhibitions.

Posted on Aug 5, 2013
Keywords: Donnie Murphy, Julio Borbon, Ronnie Woo Woo
The White Sox Report

Waiting For Garcia

Thank you, Biogenesis, for the outfielder we received.

Posted on Aug 5, 2013
Keywords: A.J. Pierzynski, Jake Peavy, Little Miggy

Jim Belushi Is Just The Worst

And yet the Cubs keep foisting him on us.

Posted on Aug 2, 2013
Keywords: Benghazi, Blues Brothers 2000, Curly Sue, Douche Canoe, Gangnam Style, Ronnie Woo Woo

Fantasy Fix: Worst Trade Deadline Ever

This was supposed to be the rare year when no truly big names would change hands - and it's turning out exactly that way.

Posted on Jul 30, 2013
Keywords: Alfonso Soriano, Jose Veras, Matt Garza
The Cub Factor

Facts & Figures

In honor of Kyuji Fujikawa Bobblehead Week.

Posted on Jul 29, 2013
Keywords: Baskin-Robbins, Edgar Gonzalez, Len Kasper, Pedro Strop, The Junior Lake Effect

SportsMonday: The Time Is Actually Now On The North Side

A baseball team never knows exactly when it will master the alchemy of success.

Posted on Jul 29, 2013
The White Sox Report

It's Not Over Forever

Our last hope: Things can change quickly in baseball.

Posted on Jul 29, 2013

Ryan Braun's Fantasy Fix

A punishment of convenience.

Posted on Jul 24, 2013
Keywords: Bartolo Colon, Biogenesis, Nelson Cruz
The Cub Factor

Let's Get The Party Started

Or at least start to get the party started.

Posted on Jul 23, 2013
Keywords: Cole Freakin' Gillespie, The Junior Lake Effect, Theo's Plan

SportsMonday: Don't Be Dusty, Dale

Play the kids.

Posted on Jul 22, 2013
Keywords: David DeJesus, Junior Lake
The White Sox Report

Alex Rios Had A Full Weekend

Doghouse to penthouse.

Posted on Jul 22, 2013
Keywords: Billy Martin, Pete Rose

Fantasy Fix: Forgotten Men

Two Cubs and some bubs.

Posted on Jul 17, 2013
Keywords: Alfonso Soriano, Matt Garza

Cespedes Mocks Cubs On Way To Home Run Derby Title

Cursed again - with bad management.

Posted on Jul 16, 2013
Keywords: Jorge Soler

Exclusive Preview: Hawk! The Story Of Hawk

Bar none.

Posted on Jul 16, 2013
Keywords: Billy Beane, Dan Pasqua, Joe Borchard, Ron Schueler, The Who, Yo La Tengo
The Cub Factor

Midseason Mailbag

Jumbo Dollars for the Jumbo Pockets of Jumbo Jagoffs.

Posted on Jul 15, 2013
Keywords: Carlos Zambrano, Jeff Samardzija, Lou Piniella, Marty Gangler, Matt Garza, Micah Hoffpauir, Tony Campana
The White Sox Report

Following Frantic Frank Lane

It might not take as much as fans think to right the ship.

Posted on Jul 15, 2013
Keywords: Matt Thornton, Rocky Colavito

Meet The Chicago Gay Hockey Association

Let them wash your wheels.

Posted on Jul 12, 2013
Keywords: Hockey City Classic, Johnny's Ice House

Fantasy Fix: Buzzkill Ahead?

Just when it's getting good.

Posted on Jul 10, 2013
Keywords: Biogenesis, Detroit Tigers, Starlin Castro
The Cub Factor

Rotten To The Core

More than three stooges.

Posted on Jul 8, 2013
Keywords: Castro's Head, Dioner Navarro, Matt Garza

SportsMonday: Cubs On A Relative Roll

But prepare for second-half tankage.

Posted on Jul 8, 2013
Keywords: Chris Bosio, Matt Guerrier
The White Sox Report

Waiting For Zapata

Fevered teenage dreams.

Posted on Jul 8, 2013
Keywords: Joe Nuxhall, Josh Phegley, San Pedro de Macoris
The Cub Factor

Project Garza

Ensconce him in velvet, stat.

Posted on Jul 1, 2013
Keywords: Carlos Marmol, Jorge Soler, Ryan Sweeney, Shawn Camp

SportsMonday: Don't Trade Everyone For Anyone

Playing .500 ball in the second half matters.

Posted on Jul 1, 2013
Keywords: Blake Parker, Starlin Castro, Theo Epstein
The White Sox Report

The Prospects Are Already Here

And their games are a mess.

Posted on Jul 1, 2013
Keywords: Addison Reed, Alejandro De Aza, Alexei Ramirez, Dayan Viciedo, Gordon Beckham, Nate Jones

The Glory That Was Thillens Stadium

History happened there.

Posted on Jun 28, 2013
Keywords: Don Skrinar, Jack Brickhouse, Thillens Cubs

Fantasy Fix: Movers And Shakers

Cubs will move; Sox will shake.

Posted on Jun 26, 2013
Keywords: Alex Rios, Matt Garza

Tweeting The Cup: Blackhawks & Bros

And broadcast buffoons.

Posted on Jun 25, 2013
Keywords: Chuck Goudie, Dave Matthews Band, Malort, Phil Rogers

SportsMondayTuesday: How Cool Was That?

Hockey players are just the best.

Posted on Jun 25, 2013
Keywords: Bud Light, Dave Bolland
The Cub Factor

The Ryan Sweeney Era Is So Cub

Teases and trade value.

Posted on Jun 24, 2013
Keywords: Gomer Pyle, Ronny Cedeno, Tony Campana
The White Sox Report

Alexei Knows Adversity

LeBron can always retreat back to Akron from whence he came; not so for Ramirez and his Cuban countrymen.

Posted on Jun 24, 2013
Keywords: LeBron James, Yasiel Puig

Kaner, Toewser, Bicksie, Sharpie And Crawly Put Hawks One Win Away From Another Stanley Cup

Deep, clutch and ready.

Posted on Jun 23, 2013
Keywords: Bryan Bickell, Corey Crawford, Jonathan Toews, Patrice Bergeron, Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, Tuukka Rask

Reunited And It Feels So Good

Brent Seabrook ties the series with a little help from old friends.

Posted on Jun 20, 2013
Keywords: 1985 Bears, Tuuka Rask

Fantasy Fix: Notes From The Hurt Lockers

Stars with scars.

Posted on Jun 19, 2013
Keywords: Hector Santiago, Stephen Strasburg

SportsMondayTuesday: Hawks Not Hungry Enough

Missing Marian Hossa.

Posted on Jun 18, 2013
Keywords: 2003-04 Patriots, Tuukka Rask
The Cub Factor

Making It Better

Keeping one step ahead of the Brewers.

Posted on Jun 17, 2013
Keywords: Edwin Jackson, Jeff Baker, Junior Lake, Zubaz
The White Sox Report

Ovah And Out

A last place team with no help on the way.

Posted on Jun 17, 2013
Keywords: Albert Pujols, Courtney Hawkins, Jared Mitchell, Jordan Danks, Josh Phegley, Keenyn Walker, Micah Johnson

Tyler Seguin Was Mic'd Up For His Game-Winning Overtime Assist And Other News From Game 2

The end is near enough.

Posted on Jun 16, 2013
Keywords: Mike Ditka, Stan Mikita

Andrew Shaw Was Mic'd Up For His Triple-Overtime Winner And Other News From Game 1

Blackhawks are who we thought they were.

Posted on Jun 13, 2013
Keywords: Dave Bolland, Michael Rozsival, Tuukka Rask

Fantasy Fix: The Biogenesis Factor

What should you do? Nothing.

Posted on Jun 12, 2013
Keywords: Bartolo Colon, Ryan Braun

SportsMondayTuesday: Toews & Kane Tied At The Historic Hip

Another championship sets these Hawks apart, both in the team's own annals and in that of the current league.

Posted on Jun 11, 2013
Keywords: Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita

It's Just Kids Playing A Game, Badly

Thank you, Buffalo Grove.

Posted on Jun 10, 2013
Keywords: Scouts?
The Cub Factor

Experimental Lineups, Floppy Hats And No All-Stars

Shares of Uh-Oh are trading higher already this week as investors realize the Cubs only outdrew the White Sox by 825 idiots on Sunday.

Posted on Jun 10, 2013
Keywords: Junior Lake, Sonic Youth
The White Sox Report

Honestly Unlikable

Whether you're eight or 80.

Posted on Jun 10, 2013
Keywords: Bobby Adams, Johnny Wyrostek

Fantasy Fix: Prospecting The Prospects

"NA" bets begin to pay off.

Posted on Jun 4, 2013
Keywords: Luke Gregorson, Yasiel Puig

SportsMonday: Hawks Making Quick Work Of Kings

Delightful and clever.

Posted on Jun 3, 2013
Keywords: Eastern Time Zone, Western Conference
The Cub Factor

Our Mock Draft

Toolsy game-changers.

Posted on Jun 3, 2013
Keywords: Millard Fillmore, The Kool-Aid Man, Theo Epstein
The White Sox Report

Setting Back The Game

One would have to scour Sox annals to find a week when the team played as poorly as they did the past seven days.

Posted on Jun 3, 2013
Keywords: Alexander Cartwright, Cornell College, John McGraw

Goodbye Wings, Hello Kings

Blackhawks advance from a Lifetime movie to a Twitter war.

Posted on May 30, 2013
Keywords: Axel Foley, Midway Airport, Rob Zombie

What The Bookies Are Saying About Tonight's Game 7

The Red Wings have won on the highway before.

Posted on May 29, 2013
Keywords: Tony's Picks
The Cub Factor

Sveum Sucks

Didn't get the memo.

Posted on May 28, 2013
Keywords: Bobbleheads, Deserts, Legends, Snakes

SportsMondayTuesday: Biggest Blackhawks Win Since They Won That Cup Thingy A Few Years Ago

On the verge of one of the best playoff comebacks in NHL history.

Posted on May 28, 2013
Keywords: Bryan Bickell, Corey Crawford, Joel Quenneville, Jonathan Toews, Michael Frolik, Michal Handzus
The White Sox Report

Sale's Diet Secret

Just one in a long line of Sox gluttons.

Posted on May 27, 2013
Keywords: Ron Northey, Smoky Burgess, Wilbur Wood

Fantasy Fix: Local Heroes

Cubs and Sox worth owning - or not.

Posted on May 22, 2013
Keywords: Adam Dunn, Addison Reed, Alex Rios, Alexei Ramirez, Alfonso Soriano, Anthony Rizzo, Chris Sale, David DeJesus, Dylan Axelrod, Jake Peavy, Jeff Samardzija, John Danks, Jose Quintana, Kevin Gregg, Matt Garza, Nate Schierholtz, Paul Konerko, Scott Feldman, Starlin Castro, Travis Wood, Welington Castillo
The Cub Factor

Not Even Close

And no help on the way.

Posted on May 20, 2013
Keywords: Jason Marquis, Javy Baez, Mark Grace, Tony Campana

SportsMonday: Kids At Home Should Not Watch Chicago's Baseball Teams

Sometimes you just can't believe these guys are playing at the highest level of baseball.

Posted on May 20, 2013
Keywords: Adam Dunn, Fundamentals, Ryan Sweeney, Starlin Castro
The White Sox Report

Big Daddy At The Big A

Papa John Ventura sees the same things all of us see.

Posted on May 20, 2013
Keywords: Mike Trout, Orange County

Carol Of The Bulls

A successful failure.

Posted on May 16, 2013
Keywords: Joakim Noah, Luol Deng, Nate Robinson, Tom Thibodeau

Fantasy Fix: Core Keepers

Featuring the Brewer whom Cubs fans would like Starlin Castro to be.

Posted on May 15, 2013
Keywords: Anthony Rizzo, Bryce Harper, Hippo Vaughn, Jean Segura, Manny Machado, Shelby Miller, Travis Wood

SportsMondayTuesday: Reality Bites Bulls

A familiar sense of resignation filled the United Center.

Posted on May 14, 2013
Keywords: James Loney, Nate Robinson
The Cub Factor

Blueprint Blues

Cubs formula at odds with itself.

Posted on May 13, 2013
Keywords: Kevin Gregg, Law Enforcement Appreciation Night
The White Sox Report

Red Alert On The Red Line

The CTA promises a "faster, smoother, better" experience. If only the Sox could do the same.

Posted on May 13, 2013
Keywords: CTA, Tyler Flowers

Hurt And Be Hurt: The Lessons Of Youth Sports

Our sick jock culture.

Posted on May 8, 2013
Keywords: Wimp, Wuss

If Tom Thibodeau Managed The Cubs

We wouldn't need no stinkin' Jumbotron.

Posted on May 7, 2013
Keywords: Mark DeRosa, Reed Johnson
The Cub Factor

Garbage In, Garbage Out

Eight of the nine starters on a 101-loss team are still starting.

Posted on May 6, 2013
Keywords: Dave Sappelt, Josh Vitters
The White Sox Report

Even This Team's Injuries Are Boring

Years from now, no one will say, "Gee, that sure was something when Beckham broke his wrist swinging and missing back in '13."

Posted on May 6, 2013
Keywords: Carlos May, Pete Reiser, Tony Conigliaro

SportsMonday: Noah Vs. Rose

Guess which one is more compelling?

Posted on May 6, 2013
Keywords: Kirk Hinrich, Luol Deng, Mommy

The Lost Lessons Of The Payton Prep Saga

Rational people occasionally react irrationally when confronted with issues concerning their children.

Posted on May 6, 2013
Keywords: Gwendolyn Brooks Prep, Walter Payton Prep

Tweeting Tom Ricketts

The 93rd richest family in America can afford a hotel but not a third baseman.

Posted on May 3, 2013
Keywords: Harry Caray, Prince Fielder, Steve Stone

Fantasy Fix: Run Support

Bargain shopping.

Posted on May 1, 2013
Keywords: Andrew Cashner

Exclusive! Behind The Wrigley Renovation

Views from the rooftops to be shielded by Romulan cloaking device, for example.

Posted on May 1, 2013
Keywords: Bob Rohrman, J.P. Morgan

Bulls Season Apparently Comes Down To Kirk Hinrich

Feel good about that, Derrick Rose?

Posted on Apr 30, 2013
Keywords: Jason Collins
The Cub Factor

Avoiding Relegation

History says the Marlins will be back in the World Series before the Cubs.

Posted on Apr 29, 2013
Keywords: Dale Sveum, Kevin Gregg

SportsMonday: Dodging Brooklyn

Noah's team now.

Posted on Apr 29, 2013
Keywords: Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Kirk Hinrich, Nate Robinson
The White Sox Report


Low achievement and an empty building.

Posted on Apr 29, 2013
Keywords: Adam Sanchez

Twitter Welcomes Kyle Long To Chicago

Surprise first-round pick started only four more games in college than I did.

Posted on Apr 26, 2013
Keywords: Hub Arkush, Manti Te'o, Phil Emery

Fantasy Fix: Catching Up With The Catchers

My least favorite fantasy position.

Posted on Apr 23, 2013
Keywords: A.J. Pierzynski, Starlin Castro

SportsMonday: The Week The Blackhawks Wish Wasn't

Nothing good can happen in the next six days.

Posted on Apr 22, 2013
Keywords: Mike Keenan, Tom Thibodeau
The Cub Factor

Fans File For Divorce

Theo Epstein is no Frank Wren - but he is part Jim Hendry.

Posted on Apr 22, 2013
Keywords: Frank Wren, Jim Hendry, Kenny Williams
The White Sox Report

Sacrificing Bunts

More, not less, please.

Posted on Apr 21, 2013
Keywords: Jeff Keppinger, Mickey Mantle, Ted Williams

Fantasy Fix: The Arms Of April

As good, as strong and as un-sore as they will ever be.

Posted on Apr 16, 2013
Keywords: Addison Reed, Paul Maholm
The Cub Factor

On Second Thought, Rosemont Can Have Them

We didn't send that goat's head to Tom Ricketts, but we appreciate the sentiment.

Posted on Apr 15, 2013
Keywords: Edwin Jackson, Kevin Gregg, Scott Feldman, Tom Ricketts

SportsMonday: New Cubs Way Same As Old Cubs Way

When a team doesn't care about winning, everything deteriorates quickly.

Posted on Apr 15, 2013
Keywords: Scott Feldman, Theo Epstein
The White Sox Report

Crazy Carlos Quentin

A timely diversion from Sox slump.

Posted on Apr 15, 2013
Keywords: Conor Gillaspie, Paul Konerko

Fantasy Fix: Upton vs. Upton

Stolen bases are more important than home runs in this game.

Posted on Apr 9, 2013
Keywords: Carlos Marmol, Pedro Alvarez
The Cub Factor

Abandoned Hope

Tom Ricketts prefers ads.

Posted on Apr 8, 2013
Keywords: Eddie Vedder, Luis Valbuena

SportsMonday: The Good, The Bad & The Ridiculously Cub

Deja Sveum.

Posted on Apr 8, 2013
Keywords: Carlos Marmol, Dale Sveum, Jeff Samardzija, Kyuji Fujikawa
The White Sox Report

Sale's Speeds

Precociously crafty.

Posted on Apr 8, 2013
Keywords: Comcast, Jimmy John's, State Farm

Fantasy Fix: Spring Fever

Don't catch it.

Posted on Apr 4, 2013
Keywords: Addison Reed, Michael Morse

The Wolves Held A Wine Tasting

Now, to find a new parent.

Posted on Apr 3, 2013
Keywords: San Antonio Rampage, Vancouver Canucks

It Won't Get Better Than This For Chicago Baseball This Season: Scenes From Opening Day

Enjoy it now, because it's gonna be a long year on both sides of town.

Posted on Apr 2, 2013
Keywords: A.J. Burnett, Harry Caray, St. Louis Cardinals
The Cub Factor

Spite TV

When you no longer watch for pleasure.

Posted on Apr 1, 2013
Keywords: Bob Brenly, Luis Valbuena, Peoria Rivermen, Tom Ricketts, Tony Campana
The White Sox Report

Cold Open To A Mediocre Mystery

I've hit the question mark so often in this article that I may have to get the keyboard repaired.

Posted on Apr 1, 2013
Keywords: Chris Sale, James Shields, Jeff Keppinger, Miguel Cabrera

SportsMonday: Dunks, Hat Tricks & Big Blue

Two out of three ain't bad.

Posted on Apr 1, 2013
Keywords: Final Four, Floppy Hats, Jimmy Butler

Letter From St. Louis: Letter From Spring Training

There is a promise, an inimitable baseball law stating that spring training leads to Opening Day, which leads to summer.

Posted on Mar 30, 2013
Keywords: Albert Almora, Henry David Thoreau, HoHoKam Park, Jack in the Box, Javier Baez, Jorge Soler, La Barrios Cafe

Fantasy Fix: The Top 20 Starters & Relievers

White Sox have a pulse; Cubs are sleeping.

Posted on Mar 28, 2013
Keywords: Addison Reed, Carlos Marmol, Chris Sale, Jeff Samardzija

He Pitied That Puck

Take notes, Belushi.

Posted on Mar 27, 2013
Keywords: Jim Belushi, Mr. T
The White Sox Report

Late Breaking Developments

March Madness South-Side Style.

Posted on Mar 25, 2013
Keywords: Adam Dunn, Alexei Ramirez, Chris Sale, Dale Sveum, Florida Gulf Coast University, Gem Razor Blades, James Balcer, Jeff Keppinger, Luke Appling, Paul Konerko, Rick Hahn, Robin Ventura, Tyler Flowers, Verne Lundquist, Wrigley Field

Fantasy Fix: The Top 30 Outfielders

Not very Chicagoey.

Posted on Mar 20, 2013
Keywords: Alex Rios, Alfonso Soriano

SportsMonday: Spin-O-Rama


Posted on Mar 18, 2013
Keywords: Anaheim Ducks, Chris Kuc, Patrick Sharp

Letter From St. Louis: Behind Enemy Lines

Cubs fan in exile.

Posted on Mar 15, 2013
Keywords: Dusty Baker, WGN

If Hawk Harrelson Broadcast The Blackhawks . . .

Putting the biscuit in the basket.

Posted on Mar 14, 2013
Keywords: Bobby Orr, Cesare Maniago

Fantasy Fix: The Top 20 Shortstops & Third Basemen

Hot corner cold in Chicago.

Posted on Mar 13, 2013
Keywords: Alexei Ramirez, Ian Stewart, Starlin Castro

Chicago Jazz Juniors Win Pewter

Straight outta the Northwest suburbs.

Posted on Mar 12, 2013
Keywords: Jazz Babies, Rolling Meadows Rockettes

SportsMonday: The Blackhawks' Secret Sauce

Marian Hossa + great goaltending.

Posted on Mar 11, 2013
Keywords: Bill Wirtz, Lame Ducks, Marian Hossa, Tony Esposito

The (Near) Impossibility Of The Perfect Bracket

Lots of zeroes.

Posted on Mar 7, 2013
Keywords: Math

Fantasy Fix: The Top 20 Second Basemen

Sleeper city.

Posted on Mar 6, 2013
Keywords: Anthony Rizzo, Darwin Barney, Gordon Beckham

SportsMondayTuesday: Theo's Thesis Thucks

Mr. Epstein is still selling a plan that doesn't synch up with basic baseball truths.

Posted on Mar 5, 2013
Keywords: Joe Ricketts' Wallet, Kung Fu Panda

Fantasy Fix: The Top 20 First Basemen

Anthony Rizzo vs. Adam Dunn.

Posted on Feb 27, 2013
Keywords: Paulie, Pujols

SportsMondayTuesday: Streak Freaks

The streak's great, but the playoffs will be better.

Posted on Feb 26, 2013
Keywords: Corey Crawford, Ray Emery

Reminiscing With Bobby Winkles

Former Sox third-base coach was one of the greatest college coaches ever.

Posted on Feb 26, 2013
Keywords: Reggie Jackson, Rick Monday, Sal Bando

Fantasy Fix: The Top 50

Two Cubs and two Sox make the list.

Posted on Feb 21, 2013

They Played Hockey At Soldier Field

The best game you can name.

Posted on Feb 19, 2013
Keywords: Eddie Shore, USA Warriors

SportsMonday: Rose Should Be Reasonable

No hurry, but no 110% either.

Posted on Feb 18, 2013
Keywords: Dick Butkus, Gale Sayers, Michael Jordan

Gophers Prepare For Soldier Field

Pond hockey writ large.

Posted on Feb 14, 2013
Keywords: Herb Brooks, Jerry Lundegaard, Wade Gustafson

Unicorns Play Baseball

Le Show Suisse.

Posted on Feb 12, 2013
Keywords: Zug

SportsMonday: Trying To Celebrate The Hawks' Riches

Bile and jealousy.

Posted on Feb 11, 2013
Keywords: Barry Rozner, Matt Spiegel, Steve Rosenbloom

Hockey City Classic At Soldier Field!

Mmm, outdoor hockey . . .

Posted on Feb 8, 2013
Keywords: Minnesota Gophers, Wisconsin Badgers

Letter From St. Louis: Stan Was Truly The Man

Despite his accomplishments on the field, Stan Musial led an even more exemplary life off the field.

Posted on Feb 7, 2013
Keywords: Ford Frick, Hall of Fame

Exclusive! Inside The Ricketts' New Wrigleyville Hotel

Champagne corks in Sammy Sosa Suite made from his old bats.

Posted on Feb 6, 2013
Keywords: McGoat, Slumpbusters Steakhouse

The Bobsledder Of Palos Hills


Posted on Feb 5, 2013
Keywords: St. Moritz, Western Michigan

SportsMonday: Bears' Road To The Super Bowl

It starts - or ends - with Jay Cutler.

Posted on Feb 4, 2013
Keywords: Jay Cutler

Illinois Department Of Agriculture Gets The Super Bowl Party Started

Awash in soybeans, corn and swine.

Posted on Feb 1, 2013
Keywords: Ray's Brand Chili, Uncle Joe's Sauces And Rubs

The 3rd 5th Annual Beachwood Super Bowl Halftime Bet: Beyoncé Knowles Edition

She will take it, break it, rebuild it in her image, and then destroy it just because she can.

Posted on Jan 30, 2013
Keywords: Nipplegate, Roger Daltrey

SportsMonday: Rooftop Charm Long Gone

No longer fighting over the romance of kegs and crappy patio furniture.

Posted on Jan 28, 2013
Keywords: City News Bureau, Will Clark

Don't Have A Super Bowl Food Safety Foul!

Foodborne illness is like a bad halftime show - no one wants either on Super Bowl Sunday.

Posted on Jan 22, 2013
Keywords: crockpots, USA

SportsMonday: Hawks' Hot Start Heals The Hurt

For now.

Posted on Jan 21, 2013
Keywords: Marion Hossa, Raffi Torres

To Be Young And In Love . . . With Someone Who Doesn't Exist . . . And To Have Maybe Made Up The Whole Thing

The Te'o affair, the read option and why we love college football.

Posted on Jan 18, 2013
Keywords: Aaron Rodgers, Knute Rockne, Lennay Kekua

Windy City Rollers Again A Charity Case

Round-robin giving.

Posted on Jan 16, 2013
Keywords: Double Crossers, Hell's Belles, Manic Attackers, The Fury

SportsMonday: The Bulls Suck At Home

Truly subterranean basketball.

Posted on Jan 14, 2013
Keywords: Jerry Reinsdorf, Michael Jordan, Scott Skiles

The College Football Report: Post-Mortem

Season ends appropriately with a dirty old man salivating over a beauty pageant queen in a blowout.

Posted on Jan 11, 2013
Keywords: Donald Trump, Grand Valley State, Jenn Sterger, Matt Lauer, Sports Illustrated, Steve Spurrier, Touchdown Jesus

Tweeting The Destruction Of Notre Dame

Halftime is just twenty minutes of Brent Musburger looking at Playboys and telling everyone who he likes..

Posted on Jan 8, 2013
Keywords: Brent Musburger, Rudy, Skip Bayless

SportsMonday: An Even-Up Call For NHL Fans

Bite the hands that fed you the lockout.

Posted on Jan 7, 2013
Keywords: Boston Bruins, Calgary Flames, Rocky Wirtz

The College Football Report: Carousels & Lily Pads

Don't let college football hit you on the ass on your way out.

Posted on Jan 4, 2013
Keywords: John Skelton, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Bears vs. The Offseason

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go boil some water, drop my pants and grab my cell phone.

Posted on Jan 3, 2013
Keywords: Dr. Teeth, Jerricho Cotchery, King's X, Scott Bakula

TableTalk: Cheaters, Liars & Ringing Bells

The issue isn't solely about Sosa and McGwire. What about the writers who vote?

Posted on Jan 1, 2013
Keywords: A.J. Pierzynski, NFL Films, Tony LaRussa

The College Football Report: NU & NIU Are Both In New Year's Day Bowls And Other Oddities

Hair-splitting dorks with fragile egos.

Posted on Jan 1, 2013
Keywords: Everbank, TaxSlayer, The Godfather

The College Football Report: Today's Bowls Brought To You By Franklin American Mortgage, Hyundai, AutoZone & Chick-fil-A

Ain't that America.

Posted on Dec 31, 2012
Keywords: Heisman Hype, Shakespeare, Siberia, Vanderbilt

SportsMonday: Lovie Smith Is Both Fired And Trending

Few shed tears.

Posted on Dec 31, 2012
Keywords: Alison Cuddy, Billy Dec, Jerry Azumah, John Fritchey, Mike Zalewski

The College Football Report: Specialty Yarns, Pinstripes And The Triple-Option

Thirty-five bowl games is about a dozen too many.

Posted on Dec 29, 2012
Keywords: Textron, Wild Wings, Yankee Stadium

The College Football Report: Warhawks And Weed Eaters

America: Land of Lawns.

Posted on Dec 28, 2012
Keywords: Norwood Teague, Tyler Tettleton

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Praising Arizona

A sexless marriage.

Posted on Dec 26, 2012
Keywords: Goodwill, Kevin Butler, Kim Cattrall

SportsMonday: Bears Scratch Out Ugly Win Over Third- And Fourth-String Quarterbacks Of Minor League Team At Online University Stadium In Desert Suburb; Still Alive For Playoffs

A gallery of the grotesque.

Posted on Dec 24, 2012
Keywords: Edwin Jackson, Muff, University of Phoenix

The College Football Report: These Bowl Games Are Making Me Thirsty

Good news, Chicagoans: The Beef 'O' Brady's franchise for the greater metro area is available.

Posted on Dec 21, 2012
Keywords: Aztecs, Cardinals, Colt 45, Cougars, Knights, tartar sauce

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: The Perfect Litmus Test

Say goodbye to your precious 10th tiebreaker.

Posted on Dec 19, 2012
Keywords: Jacksonville, Jason Pierre-Paul, Red Lobster

SportsMonday: Tipping Point For Lovie

If nothing else, we need someone else to kick around around here.

Posted on Dec 17, 2012
Keywords: Adam Schefter, David Haugh, Greg Couch, Jay Mariotti

The College Football Report: Potatoes, Credit Unions And Branded Basic Apparel

Midsize mammals, aerial contraptions and an ethnic group out of Central Mexico.

Posted on Dec 14, 2012
Keywords: Gildan, Idaho, San Diego County

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Introducing OAF

An algorithm for the ages.

Posted on Dec 13, 2012
Keywords: Deloitte, Germany, The Voice

This Day In Hockey

"God Bless America" debuts at the Spectrum.

Posted on Dec 12, 2012
Keywords: JP Parise, Kate Smith, The Spectrum

SportsMonday: The Bears Aren't Very Good Anymore

What the hell happened?

Posted on Dec 10, 2012
Keywords: Doug Buffone, Robbie Gould's Calf

The College Football Report: Musical Cheers

Twos at ten and tens at two.

Posted on Dec 7, 2012
Keywords: Conference USA, Gangnam Style, Jim Mora, Motley Crue

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Great Dane, A Freaked Bears Nation Turns Its Eyes To You

Now if you'll excuse me, I have to hit Legal Zoom to purchase some important DNR forms.

Posted on Dec 6, 2012
Keywords: Dane Sanzenbacher, Geno Hayes, Guy Fieri, Nick Roach

Fantasy Fix: MVPs

Brandon Marshall in an upset.

Posted on Dec 5, 2012
Keywords: Brandon Marshall, Jay Cutler

Bears Notebook: Beginning Of The End?

It's become a two-man team.

Posted on Dec 4, 2012
Keywords: Brandon Marshall, Jay Cutler

TrackNotes: Arlington Cries Itself Into Court

All talk, no walk.

Posted on Nov 29, 2012
Keywords: Churchill Downs, Illinois Racing Board, Perry White

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: SEA Is For Cakewalk

Parity is for Beer.

Posted on Nov 29, 2012
Keywords: Hollywood Diet, Newfoundland, Santana

Thanking Marvin Miller

He answered history's call.

Posted on Nov 28, 2012
Keywords: Bill Veeck, WEAW-AM

Fantasy Fix: Foster The People's Running Back

Plus: Get Bush.

Posted on Nov 28, 2012
Keywords: Arian Foster, Michael Bush

Let Us Now Welcome Rob Deer And His Viz-U-Bat To The Cubs

Envision a three-outcome guy with connections to Dale and Theo.

Posted on Nov 27, 2012
Keywords: Robert George Deer, Viz-U-Bat

SportsMonday: Loving/Hating Jay Cutler

Quarterback Jekyll and Douchebag Hyde.

Posted on Nov 26, 2012
Keywords: MVP, Sad Little Man

The College Football Report: Spiteful Dreams

Don't worry, 'Bama will save the day.

Posted on Nov 24, 2012
Keywords: Lane Kiffin, Max Wittek, Rudy

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Mmm Bot

Is that your scheduling algorithm or are you just happy to see me?

Posted on Nov 22, 2012
Keywords: Eddie Murray, Mom, Package Deal

Fantasy Fix: Jay Cutler & The Pope's Nose

Biggest fantasy disappointment?

Posted on Nov 21, 2012
Keywords: Green Bay Packers, Matt Schaub

SportsMondayTuesday: Overmatched Bears Can Still Win Super Bowl

Grim, but not fatal.

Posted on Nov 20, 2012
Keywords: Chilo Rachal, Gabe Carimi, J'Marcus Webb, Jason Campbell, Lance Louis, Lovie Smith

Tony's Picks: We Predict He Takes The 49ers

Early money's on the 49ers. The total has not moved off the opener.

Posted on Nov 19, 2012
Keywords: Courtesy Line

The College Football Report: Cupcake Break

Introducing the Sports Seal Schadenfreude Scale.

Posted on Nov 16, 2012
Keywords: Bearkats, Catamounts, Operation, Wofford

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Tight Ends And Package Deals

Tice, I'm begging you.

Posted on Nov 15, 2012
Keywords: Evan Rodriguez, Hollywood Diet, Yu-Gi-Oh! Trapper Keeper

Fantasy Fix: Megatron No Brandon Marshall

But Jason Campbell is no Jay Cutler.

Posted on Nov 14, 2012
Keywords: 49ers Defense, Rashard Mendenhall

Jay Cutler Should Consider Retiring

Welcome to Jim McMahon's world.

Posted on Nov 13, 2012
Keywords: Dave Duerson, Junior Seau, Lovie Smith

SportsMonday: Cutler's Concussion A Career Killer?

No one's talking about it much, but they should be.

Posted on Nov 12, 2012
Keywords: Caleb Hanie, Eleven City Diner, Hunter Hillenmeyer

The College Football Report: We [Heart] N. J.

Jumping off the fiscal cliff - into a pile of money.

Posted on Nov 9, 2012
Keywords: Chris Christie, Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, Wiley Coyote

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Iron Fists, Garbage Pails And Texans

They pull a guard, we pull a knife.

Posted on Nov 7, 2012
Keywords: Gary Johnson, Peanut, The Rock, Tice

Fantasy Fix: As Luck Would Have It

A better option than Cutler - at least this week.

Posted on Nov 7, 2012
Keywords: Jay Cutler, Peyton Manning

SportsMonday: Titan of the Takeaway

Turnover Tillman.

Posted on Nov 5, 2012
Keywords: Charles, Peanut, Tillman

The College Football Report: The Undefeated, Overrated And Offshore

Bowl babies.

Posted on Nov 2, 2012
Keywords: Adult Beverages, BCS, David Letterman, Destiny, Joker Phillips, Texas

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Funyuns & Obscenities

There's going to be a certain level of intrigue built into every Bears game going forward regardless of opponent, just because we're not sure if the offense is going to suck or not.

Posted on Nov 1, 2012
Keywords: Deathcrack, Graceland, Mitch Richmond, ZZ Top

The Chicago Fire Open The Playoffs On Wednesday In Bridgeview And On ESPN2

A scenario they wanted to avoid.

Posted on Oct 30, 2012
Keywords: Andrew Hauptman, Dominic Oduro, Frank Klopas

SportsMonday Halloween Special: Bears Went As Panthers


Posted on Oct 29, 2012
Keywords: Jay Cutler, These Fucking Fans

The College Football Report: Pan-Polynesia, Golden Flashes And Beavers

Coming together in the David Foster Wallace Bowl.

Posted on Oct 27, 2012
Keywords: Auckland, East Carolina Pirates, Kent State, Rick Neuheisel, Vanderbilt

Czar of the Playbook: Earl Bennett Is An X Factor!

Big day ahead.

Posted on Oct 26, 2012
Keywords: Field Side Pressure, Running Traditionally

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Peanut vs. Fig

Check and check!

Posted on Oct 25, 2012
Keywords: Barack Obama, Calvin Johnson, Jason Campbell, Jimmy Carter, Mitt Romney, Optimus Prime

Fantasy Fix: Is Cam A Sham?

This year's model is not last year's model.

Posted on Oct 24, 2012
Keywords: Bears D, RG3

SportsMondayTuesday: D-[Fence]

Gunners and gamers.

Posted on Oct 23, 2012
Keywords: Brian Urlacher, Charles Tillman, Henry Melton, Julius Peppers, Lance Briggs, Zack Bowman

Are You There God? It's Me, Vogey

Never, ever can I recall a reporter following up with something like, "Well, Ryan, I appreciate your faith and spiritual beliefs, but why would God favor you over the poor Cardinals?"

Posted on Oct 22, 2012
Keywords: Erin Andrews, God, Ryan Vogelsong

Czar of the Playbook: Forte's Belly Wins The Day

Will overcome Cutler's INTs.

Posted on Oct 22, 2012
Keywords: Jim Schwartz, Matthew Stafford

The College Football Report: Top Dogs, Wild Wings, Bib Sheets And Getaway Cars

Bank vaults and tear gas.

Posted on Oct 19, 2012
Keywords: Aristophanes, bank vaults, getaway cars

Fantasy Fix: Rookie On The Run

Is a letdown around the corner for RG3?

Posted on Oct 17, 2012
Keywords: RG3

Luc Longley Is In India

For some, the journey never ends.

Posted on Oct 16, 2012

SportsMonday: Lock Out The Owners

Stop the madness.

Posted on Oct 15, 2012
Keywords: Shane Doan, Tom Ricketts

The College Football Report: R.I.P., Beano

If God comes back and attends one game, it won't be the Super Bowl.

Posted on Oct 12, 2012
Keywords: Caroll Hoff "Beano" Cook, Gamecocks, God

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Cutler, Kipling And Kielbasa

Seriously, whose kielbasa does this guy have to scale to get a little love?

Posted on Oct 11, 2012
Keywords: Gary Bettman, Old Spice, Rudyard Kipling

Fantasy Fix: Is It Tebow Time?

The wildcat wildcard.

Posted on Oct 10, 2012
Keywords: Tim Tebow

SportsMonday: Jerry's Bears

Still Angelo's team.

Posted on Oct 8, 2012
Keywords: Charles Tillman, Chris Conte, Corey Wootton, Devin Hester, Earl Bennett, Greg Carimi, Henry Melton, Jay Cutler, Julius Peppers, Lance Briggs, Major Wright, Stephen Paea

The College Football Report: Fail Whales And Felonies

Oh, the pageantry!

Posted on Oct 5, 2012
Keywords: Arkansas, Bath Salts, Election Fraud, Kentucky
The Cub Factor

Team Bizarro

Awful season aside, the Cubs are really going places!

Posted on Oct 4, 2012
Keywords: Brooks Kieschnick, Pat Listach

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Jay Dates

Road head.

Posted on Oct 3, 2012
Keywords: Kristin Cavallari, Sad Keanu, Tommie Harris

Fantasy Fix: For The Defense

Bears not available.

Posted on Oct 3, 2012
Keywords: Charles Tillman, Lovie Smith, Tim Jennings

SportsMondayTuesday: Bears Win vs. Cowboys Lose

Takeaways vs. giveaways.

Posted on Oct 2, 2012
Keywords: Lance Briggs, Peanut Tillman
The White Sox Report


It takes a village to raise a child, and it takes an entire roster to win a division.

Posted on Oct 1, 2012
Keywords: Jim Brosnan, Pablo Ozuna

The College Football Report: Butt Booze, Bullets, Bow Ties And Ball State

Breaking News: The Big Ten sucks.

Posted on Sep 28, 2012
Keywords: Chief Munsee, TCF Bank Stadium, The Baha Men, Willie Snead

Czar of the Playbook: Bears Beat 'Boys

Boots, waggles and punching the bully in the mouth.

Posted on Sep 28, 2012
Keywords: J'Marcus Webb

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Merry Maladies And Baby Daddies

It's a push.

Posted on Sep 27, 2012
Keywords: D.J. Moore, Golden Tate, Rob Ryan

Fantasy Fix: Quarterback Controversies

Looking past Rodgers and Brady.

Posted on Sep 26, 2012
Keywords: Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady
The Cub Factor

Slouching Toward History

A colossal failure.

Posted on Sep 25, 2012
Keywords: Kerry Wood, Sammy Sosa

SportsMonday: Sack Happy

Like old times - on offense, too.

Posted on Sep 24, 2012
Keywords: Amobi Okoye, Israel Idonije, Julius Peppers, Nick Roach, Stephen Paea

He's Jay Cutler

And he's just like all the rest.

Posted on Sep 24, 2012
Keywords: Moses Moreno, Sid Luckman
The White Sox Report

The Magic Number Is The 3-Hole

Your move, Robin.

Posted on Sep 24, 2012
Keywords: Adam Dunn, Alex Rios, Gene Mauch

Czar of the Playbook: Bears Bounce Back

Fewer deep routes, Mr. Tice. More screen passes, please. Get rid of the ball quicker, Jay.