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The old man peered over the top of his newspaper, eyeing his grandchildren and their friends.
"Why did they have to trade Madrigal?" lamented one, "even to get Kimbrel. Nicky was one of my favorite players."
"Let me tell you a story," interrupted Grandpa. "When I was about your age, or maybe a few years older, the White Sox had a great, great player. His name was Minnie Minoso. Just saying his name was exciting. Randy Arozarena would be envious.
"Minnie also was the first Black player in team history which brought him immediate attention. When the Sox traded for him, on the very first pitch he ever saw in a Sox uniform in 1951, he hit a home run. Minnie played for some very good teams in the 1950s, long before even your parents were around. Minoso was something like José Abreu. No matter how much he was injured and hurting, he played every day.
"Minnie could hit .300. He led the league in triples, and if you think watching a home run is something to see, you should have seen Minoso slide into third base with a triple. He could steal bases and drive in 100 runs. Oh, did I mention that he was a terrific left fielder? He just never stopped moving, and my friends and I loved him."
"Did the Sox have a good team then?" asked one of the kids.
"Oh, yes," replied Gramps. "They won over 90 games a few times because they had other good players like Billy Pierce, Nellie Fox and Luis Aparicio."
"So they won the World Series?" asked another youngster.
"No, that's the point of my story," said the septuagenarian. "There was another team, one with lots of money, the New York Yankees, and they had even better players than the White Sox. And just about every year, they won the pennant and went to the World Series, which they usually won.
Along with evening curfews and "no dating" policies, the league's brass sought to reassure male spectators that white female players were, or appeared to be, heterosexually available - and thus worth watching.
As PointsBet buries the message, call 1-800-GAMBLER if problems arise.
Now that the Cubs are officially irrelevant . . . Plus: The Cleveland Traffic Cops; Deer District; Our Olympians; Vax Lax; Yermination; TLR LOL; Q Anon; Unfolding Ugliness; Kofi Stays; Sky Notes; Sunday, Sunday, Sunday; and Just When We Let The Fire Back Into Our Show . . .
Sports teams' lack of leadership on the issue is a crucial miss for those pushing for greater vaccination rates, and it may also depress the chances of success within their own locker rooms.
Baffert is a serial cheat and oh, by the way, he also kills horses.
A must-win series? Hardly.
Front-office fail. Plus: White Sox Begin Ceremonial Second Half; Party Time Italian-Style; Dunkin' Keith; Party Time Bobby Portis-Style; Scottie Gonna Pippen; Bears OLs Catch Up With Cutler; Candace's Cover; Red Stars Pwn Dash; On Wisconsin; and more!
"Their perceived Britishness is provisional, dependent upon their ability to kick a ball."
Coaching as a team sport.
Billionaire owners are consistently paying lower tax rates than their millionaire players - and often lower even than the rates paid by the workers who staff their stadiums. The massive reductions on personal tax bills that owners glean from their teams come on top of the much-criticized subsidies the teams get from local governments for new stadiums and further deplete federal coffers that fund everything from the military to medical research to food stamps and other safety net programs.
Red flag: The Sox have pummeled teams with losing records this season to the tune of 38-11. They're 16-24 against the clubs with winning ledgers.
Expecting a cardiac event this weekend. Plus: White Sox Have Won Their Division; Cubs Open To-Go Window; Unsteady Eddie; NBA Finals Features Dreary Interior Cities; The New Boston; Eurotrash; The COVID Olympics; Sky Lark; Red Stars Dine 'n' Dash; and Chicago Fire On Fire.
It was a joyous month, but chances are we'll never see Yermín Mercedes around these parts again.
Cubs suck, Sox survive. Including: Thermo-Bat!; The Captain's Mystery Illness; Who Knew What When?; Former Bulls On Parade; Illinois Exodus; NIL Mill; Wade Grade A; Red Stars Short A Star; Fire Doused; and The Euro.
"When playing baseball or softball, it is hard to improve your swing when you can't tell where on the bat you hit the ball," she says. "My invention changes color in the spot that you hit the ball."
Ask about facts, not feelings.
So between the Sox dinky attack, the Santiago affair, Abreu's injury, and Hendriks giving up the game-winner, we did something Sunday that we haven't done in years.
We are not amused. Plus: BenZo; The YerMIAnator; Whole Lotto Nothing; Coach [Hearts] NBA Playoffs; Les Inhabitants; and Sky, Red Stars & Fire.
Gay athletes have come out before, but this is a landmark moment.
Scores first Hell Tour win of 2021 at LaSalle.
Look out for the squirrel.
Tony's troops still holding it down.
Gripping agents and griping fakers. Including: White Sox No Longer Best Team In MLB; Cubs Bull & Pen; Go, Bears, Go!; Sky Hot; Red Stars, Fire & USMNT; and more!
The research team gathered biomechanical data of linear and rotational head accelerations of head impacts from the football group during all practice and games via the Riddell Head Impact Telemetry System in the helmets. That information was transmitted in real time to a sideline data collection field unit for later analysis.
The wins have piled up right along with the injuries.
Anti-vax clubhouse eminently despicable. Including: Anthony Rizzo No Longer Likable; Where These Cubs Came From; Next Manager Up, Please; Thibs Tout; Coby White Has A Shoulder; Justin Trubisky; Sky Trade; and The World Of Soccer.
"All children deserve to experience the most beautiful sport in the world, the only sport played on a diamond."
Did anyone mention that La Russa's 2,388 losses also are second only to Mack's 3,948? That's what longevity can do.
Messing with the betting is the mortal sin in racing.
June will tell the tale. Including: Unlike Cheers, Not Everybody Knows These Cubs' Names; White Sox Still Overcoming Manager; They Call Him Mr. Thibs; Putin's Plan Is Working; Blackhawks Lose Lottery; Sky Nothing Without Parker; Red Stars, Fire Should Move; and Is David Montgomery Really Faster?
Cubs winning with players many of us have never heard of.
Trying to decipher Tony La Russa's much-reviled old-school tactic.
And Bryant and Rizzo. Advancing the narrative. Plus: Tony La Russa's Diversions; Bulls-Adjacent; Blackhawks-Adjacent; The Sky, An Alderman And A Law School; and The World Of Chicago Soccer.
No longer worth the trouble or, more importantly, the cost.
Bots, "speculative ticketing" and all manner of sheer greed have created an exclusive secondary market that all but shuts out the vast majority of fans.
Over a short span the club can get hot, but reality tends to prevail during a 162-game marathon.
Sort of. But one thing is for sure: The media was wrong. Plus: Cubs Conspiracists; Sky Opens; Red Stars Thorned; Fire Woman; and a bunch of various tangents therein.
This might sound panicky and an overreaction, but the events of the past two nights have made today's game pivotal to the this season's journey.
The new fan experience so far.
Not this year, Bob. Not this year.
Unfortunately, both of Bob Baffert's horses figure strongly in this one.
Tony La Russa remains the White Sox's biggest threat. Plus: Cubs Starters Are Perfect Subs; Weirdest Backup Catcher Trajectory Ever?; Bulls Pre-Post-Mortem; Blackhawks Post-Mortem; Sky Opening; Red Stars Opening; and Fire Continue To Be Terrible.
The face of racing carries the sport on his despicable shoulders.
Yasmani Grandal's abysmal batting average is only part of the story.
Don't go near him! Plus: Cubs Might Be Forced To Keep Kris Bryant; The Rest Of The Bears Draft Not So Great; and more!
"The thin line of difference between fantasy sports and betting is differentiated as a game of skill versus a game of chance; this topic is a highly debatable one."
Let's just say that the criticism aimed at La Russa has been overly severe while few can argue that La Russa is the same manager he was at Oakland and St. Louis.
I was expecting NBC's coverage to be rote and lazy. It was, but it was also even worse.
Seriously, I was betting against the desk, at good prices.
After miracle move, Matt Nagy now on the clock. Plus: Tony La Russa's Apology Tour; Cubs' Giggly Garbage; Thank You, Andrew Shaw; Blackhawks, Bulls Going Out With Whimpers; Loyola's Leavers; Ramblers Women Score First Tourney Goal; Red Stars Lose Challenge; Fire May Or May Not Have Played Since Last Time We Talked; Broadcast Blues; and Aiding And Abetting.
It is an illusion that newspaper newsrooms in those days were bastions of free-thinking liberals. They weren't.
Dodged a bullet.
Nicky Two Strikes, Yaz and the Yerminator.
Same record, different journeys. Plus: Zachless Bulls; Blackhawks' Splitting Headache; Cam Pro; Red Stars Finally Score A Goal; Superleague Relegated To Dustbin; Fire Season All Downhill From Here; and Draft Memo To Ryan Pace.
Jim McMahon's graveyard is both literally and figuratively false.
Some are perfectos, and others are like Edwin Jackson's.
Our teams suck. Including: Rodon vs. Godzilla; COVIDY Crappy Clueless Cubs: Bulls Shit; Blackhawks Shit; Sky's Blue Sky; Red Stars Stuck; Down Fire Up; CeeYa CeePee; Underwood's Portal; and Leaving Lovie.
This is not complicated.
Jock idiocy in the city's locker rooms. Plus: SOS - Same Old Scrubs; Tony & Stoney; DePaul's Stumblefield; Bulls Rebound; Bowman's Borgstrom; McCaskey Mystery; Goofy Georgi; Red Stars Return, and more!
The NFL's decision to allow fans at games enabled us to examine the potential influence that large sports events can have on local viral transmission. Although we could not definitively assess cause and effect, the results were striking.
From the Pecos League to the record books.
Meet the new Cubs, same as the old Cubs. Plus: White Sox Lose Less Than Cubs; Neo Theo; Boog & Beau; Loyola Will Always Have Illinois; Deja Vucevic; and Bloom Also Off Blackhawks.
Most of the talk revolves around tamping down his exuberance and who will replace him until fall. Both of those discussions are misplaced.
Didn't need a full season to evaluate the mess GarPax left behind. Plus: Cubs Trade Looking Slightly Better; Ramblin' Men; Wildcat Women; Blackhawks Back; Cubs Going Backwards; and Bears Sign Backups.
If anyone thinks they know what the Bears are doing, can you share it with the rest of us? Plus: Illinois Madness; Leitao Out; Bulls' New Lineup; Bullish On Blackhawks; Catching The White Sox; and Crappy Cubs.
Made of 100% composite leather, the official WNBA game ball integrates Wilson's Evo NXT construction featuring an enhanced grip and a soft moisture-minimalizing feel.
How their QB search is like a CNN breaking news event. Plus: Spring Training Fever; Colliton Can Coach; Billy's Bulls; and Whining Illini.
This is mostly a test reaffirming how much trouble telling the truth can cause for media chatterboxes with no sense or decorum.
A fond farewell to one of the core four. Plus: Breaking Blackhawks; Bulls Losing More Professionally; Illini Still Fighting; Chicago Baseball Beer Pong; Kopech; Sogard, and more!
Surely in the 120-year history of the South Side franchise no front office made such a grievous error. However, investigation and hindsight are required..
If you don't know who the sucker is . . . Plus: Cubs Continue To Go Back In Time; Worst White Sox Trade Ever?; Bulls And Blackhawks Have A Lot In Common; Arlington's Amber Alert; Red Stars Get The Gist; and The State Of Basketball.
The higher purpose: Cheap-shit condos and another Starbucks.
In an age where a small-market team like San Diego makes a splash with a $340 million deal for Fernando Tatis, Jr., the owners claim they simply can't continue to stock the rosters of 160 minor league teams, paying many players less than minimum wage.
The biggest sports news in the city is the Bears not having a quarterback. When they get one, that will be the biggest news too. Plus: The
White Sox Padres/Cubs/Cleveland Report; Too Soon, Cubs?; Banged-Up Bulls; Beautiful Blackhawks; and Basketball State.
How Ryan Pace can stumble into solving a problem of his own making.
Doesn't VU have a history department?
Super Bowl recap. Plus: Bears QB Epiphany; Bill Pecota's Predictions; Building Blackhawks Better; Zach's Lack; and State Of Basketball.
Owners who refuse to sign their homegrown superstars should sell their teams, not their players.
He also found some clever and entertaining ways to get around the fact that half the audience was made out of cardboard.
With all due respect to Mr. The Weeknd, this feels like the half-time show equivalent of sweatpants on a Zoom call.
Malarkey, hooey, Barrington and Bowling Brook. Including: Propping Up The Super Bowl; Quarterback Carousel; The Right Side Of The Rivalry; White Sox-Adjacent Twins Have Nice Week; They Call Him Mr. Thibs; Blackhawks Almost On Fire; Roundball Roundup, and more!
We'll be haunted by Ryan Pace's 2017 draft for the rest of our lives. Plus: Rueing Rodgers; Pat Fitzgerald Unavailable To Coach Bears Until 2031; Lovie Smith Parlays Embarrassing Illinois Failure Into NFL Job; So Cub Again; When Not Bad Is Good Enough You're The Blackhawks; No Bulls; Sky Jacked; Roundball Roundtable, and more!
Sometimes excuses are valid.
A diminished Pegasus opens the new horse racing season amidst a giant orange background.
Attention, white people. Plus: Rags!; Comedy QBs; Kris Bryant Beefs; Does Zach LaVine Wear A Cape Or No?; Blackhawks Blackout; Evanston vs. Champaign, and more!
Theo protege's penis pride cost him dearly.
The Bulls aren't going to win the NBA title in the coming summer, but believe me when I tell you they are moving in the right direction just about as quickly as is humanly possible.
In something of a unique ascendance of insipidity, Tennessee thus hired 10 men to coach its football team to total incompetence - and cheated to do it. The "team" that coached the team was even incompetent.
Awesome culture not even able to pull off a press conference. Plus: Holy Shit, White Sox; The Bad, Bad, Bad Blackhawks; The Less Bad Bulls; Evanston vs. Champaign; and more!
An amusing little scandal.
No-man's land. Plus: Bye Bye Bam-Bam; As The Crow Retires; Zach LaVine Stuffs Stat Sheet; and Evanston vs. Champaign. Go Padres and Red Stars!
The prism of snagging a COVIDY playoff spot doesn't change the reality of the Bears' performance. Plus: Breaking Up With Jed Hoyer; Bulls No Longer Totally Sucking; Jonathan Toews' Mystery Illness; Evanston vs. Champaign; Citrus Pat; and Red Stars Blockbuster.
NAIA beats NCAA to the punch.
The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #336: All That's Left For The Bears Is The Rare Measuring Stick Lid-Closer
Only the Packers can tell us what's real now. Including: Is Matt Nagy All Growns Up?; Trubinsky; Jets Sweep. Plus: Bullskill, Blackhawks Camping, and Evanston vs. Champaign.
Human Rights Watch has extensively documented serious human rights abuses in China, and that the human rights environment has deteriorated significantly since the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
Not as easy - or valiant - as you may think.
From winning ugly to winning wrong. Including: Lazor Tag; Jennings A Joke; Low Bar, Everybody Down; Miller Lite Matt and more! Plus: It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Fitzmas; Bulls Time; Zippy Cubs, and more!
Jesus Christ, people. The previous six-plus years still happened. Plus: Lovie Claus Fired; The White Sox Have Some Good News And Some Bad; Remembering Jimmy Collins; Go Spiders!; and Illini Men vs. DePaul Women.
If he comes anywhere close to the numbers he produced in his first stint on the South Side, the critics will have to direct their displeasure elsewhere.
I'd spent my life training for the Olympics, but I wasn't prepared for what came next.
Cannon firing, fishing, pigeon racing, firefighting, hot air ballooning, kite flying, and five categories of art.
Mr. Smoke meet Mr. Mirrors.
It's Next McCaskey Up. Plus: No Joy In Cubrock.
Could no longer resist the siren call of Guaranteed Rate Field.
Will COVID be the tipping point?
Outschemed, outsmarted, outeverythinged. Plus: Northwestern Also A Lie; The Fighting Five; The Honeymooners; and Bryant's Socks.
Not your father's punch line. Plus: Artie's Bulls; Bears Backups; and Theo Not All That.
If the regulation had been altered as Perdue wanted, it would have been a boon for some of his largest donors. Perdue has received hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from the owners of professional sports clubs, including now-fellow Georgia Sen. Kelly Loeffler, who co-owns Atlanta's WNBA team, the Dream.
Evading guidelines meant to save lives because for some reason the games must go on.
Bears buffoonery. Plus: Epstein Exits, Unsatisfyingly; Masters Class; Northwestern Football Is Good This Year; and Mo Better Bulls.
Country on a sportswashing spree.
Bears fraud abetted by Matt's miserable math. Plus: Out Of Lovie; Bulls Ball Game; Blackhawks' New Enforcer; Chicago Fire Playoff Hopes Snuffed Out.
Like Donald Trump, Matt Nagy should concede - the play-calling.
Ladies, land and just a little journalism.
Can Bob Baffert put another one over?
In four weeks the Bears will be the worst 5-7 team in the league. Plus: Tony La Russia. And: The Red Stars vs. The Men In Red.
And they ruin it for everyone.
You'd have thought Blago had just announced he's running for governor again. Or maybe Paul Anka is getting a primetime special. The White Sox need a DH. Why not Harold Baines?
Will honor the Best Defensive Team in both the American® and National® Leagues.
Someone told you so. Plus: Door Matt; Running By A Committee Of One; Meet Sam Mustipher!; Honey, They Shrunk Allen Robinson; Demetrius Harris vs. Kamala Harris; Ginn Din; Nick Foles Plays To The Level Of His Colleagues; DerpFENSE; The Notorious RRH; Biggs Time; and Run Less.
Ten games above .500, we'll take it, I suppose. But the first round of playoffs, was as far as it goes.
Just the latest kick in the nuts for right-wing broadcast monsters.
The day pass, a national education program and sport-specific training.
If his title was offensive coordinator, that's exactly what everyone would be saying right now. Plus: Stop Lying, Rick Hahn; A Just World Series; Sick Saad World; and Chicago Fire Locking It Down!
There's someone else out there who Rick Hahn should hire as next White Sox manager.
Gentleman's agreement kept Blacks out.
Hint: To save us from all these damn commercials.
Including the real Chairman of the Board; that dude and his dad; and that chick who was the Italian Sausage.
There's no guarantee.
Like his boys, Rickey Renteria does not quit. He was fired. By Rick Hahn. Don't let the screen door hit you in your analytics-adverse ass on the way out.
It's Ronald McDonald With The Big Red Shoes meets Holocaust Denial.
An unorthodox manager, little-known players, a small payroll, not a whole lot of home runs, and just three wins away from the World Series.
Enter Metallica. Plus: Crow. And: Go Blue!
NHRA's 70th anniversary year.
AKA, Virginia McCaskey, keeper of the genetic code.
Video games are lucrative - and not just for the players.
The offense sucks, for sure. The defense? Jury out.
Drive south of I-80's boundary to the other world, and test how many people worry about either team.
Theo can build a team, but he can't really hold a team. Plus: Rickey Rentamanager's Lease Will Be Renewed; Central Sucking Time; Nick McCown; Red Stars & Fire.
The players make the manager.
Geez, if the Bears had named Nick Foles the starter at the beginning of the season, they might be undefeated!
A game-changer - again!
Obviously the White Sox need to turn the page. The last 10 games have been distressing.
This sonuvabitch, who is nothing but a grandstanding maniacal egotist and says he loves horses, absolutely cannot love horses, if he knows anything about horses.
All our teams are winning and nobody's happy. Including: The Return Of Rickey Rentamanager; Same Old New Cubs; Gale's Song; Bears Extend Part-Time Player Instead Of All-Pro; Mitch Cutler & The Kings Of The Tomato Cans; The Bulls Are All Growns Up; Killer College Football; Red Stars Align; and The Dynamo Stinks.
There is no appropriate compensation paid for the risks assumed by the student-athletes.
All the decisions are designed to guarantee the games proceed and income accumulates, not that players are safe. Only one value at a time can be the top priority.
Shouldn't someone ask if lives are being placed jeopardy?
They set the table.
Enjoy the mediocre moment!
Karma chameleons. Plus: Colin Kaepernick Still Screwed; White Sox vs. Dodgers; Cubs Somehow Still In First Place; Assisting Courtney; Red Stars Return To The Geek; and Lionel Messi Not Signing With The Fire.
Surely the chance to witness a big league ballgame in person doesn't even make the Top 100 of issues that need solving. But that's just it. What we have always taken for granted has been robbed from us.
John Edward "Skip" Bayless II owns decades of insufferable arrogance as a sports opinionator; seldom has he seemed so clearly trapped in the wrong century.
Beachwood taking the under. Plus: NFL Lifts Lid With Mitch Bowl; George And Virginia Really On It This Year; The White Sox' Superlicious Schedule; Cubs Cling To Lead Over COVIDY Cards; Sky Falling, Crying; Fire Down Below; Red Stars Restart; Breaking Baffert, and more!
Rising investments in athletic and fitness facilities.
Nick Foles must have really sucked.
The Tom Seaver folks in the Napa Valley knew switched from striking out big league hitters to growing cabernet grapes on 3½ acres of Diamond Mountain outside of Calistoga, with an equal amount of passion.
Aided and abetted by NBC Sports, Churchill Downs shape-shifted its 146th Kentucky Derby in the service of turning its back on the modern world.
There will almost certainly not be a Red Line World Series. Plus: Bears Lose QB Competition; Kiss The Sky; Soccer Wubble; Mubble; and Their Old Kentucky Home.
The Derby is a palpable vestige of post-war antebellum yearnings, a gripping continuum defiantly nurtured and fiercely defended.
"NBA players are doing more to make voting accessible than our own government."
Breaking even on the road the rest of the way probably puts them in position to hang on to the top spot in the Central.
With a team that's posted 11 wins in its last 13 games and finds itself tied for first place with Cleveland, why focus on the one play that made them look downright silly on Friday night?
Made us look. Plus: The Giolito Shuffle; Cubs Hit Rough Patch - Except Financially; Bears' Broken Backfield; Crow Dough; Chicago Skyward; Fire Torch Orange & Blue; Gold Stars For Red Stars; and The NU/ND Report.
Includes cameo appearances of the Washington Generals.
You can already peer over the hill and see that titanic neighborhood struggle. If Notre Dame or hometown Northwestern beats out the other for him, the loser will be depressed. The only way it would worse for the Irish is if long-hated Michigan wins the battle.
The White Sox hit so many balls into the stands over the weekend a bleacher fan could have torn his rotator cuff throwing them all back.
I kept wondering if A.J. Pierzynski's jaw was sore all over again for all the times I saw reruns of Michael Barrett punching him.
Getting caught being a discriminatory jerk comes with rules. Call them cultural sentencing guidelines. You are normally required to admit fault.
Chicago baseball is having a moment. Plus: Blackhawks Bleak; Boylen-Free Bulls Begin; Breaking News From Bears Training Camp: Everybody Looks Great!; College Football Collapse; Sky High; Fire Below; and more!
Washington Football Team Hires University Of Chicago And Northwestern Grad To Be NFL's First Black President
Upon his retirement from the gridiron, he received his MBA, graduating with high honors from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and building on his undergraduate studies in psychology at Northwestern University, where he was also an Academic All-American and captain of the football team.
And the future looks bleak.
"I just think it's impossible to talk about this particular organization and use the word 'ranger' without invoking this 200 year-old actual history of violent policing, especially against communities of color," a Loyola Chicago professor says.
Bah, there have been lots and lots of guys who are not loved by their teammates who can perform better on a daily basis than most of their teammates. I'll take a clubhouse full of 'em, bad attitudes and all.
Killing in the name of. Plus: Blackhawks' House Money Running Out; The Infectious Cardinals Way; More Cubs Truths Emerge; The Return Of Ricky Rentamanager; Kollege Football Kills; Bye, Bye Boylen; More Bears Truths!; Sky & Fire; and The Weight Of Gold.
Once the season begins, the other eight defenders are given instruction and practice during pre-game drills. Not so with pitchers, and it shows.
"Olympians including Michael Phelps, Apolo Anton Ohno, Jeremy Bloom, Shaun White, Lolo Jones and Sasha Cohen are opening up about their mental health struggles in a new sobering documentary about suicide and depression among the world's greatest athletes."
Deflections and denial. Plus: David Ross Week; The White Sox Are Also Playing; Boylen Not Over; Breaking Bears Truths!; Sky & Fire; Smashville; 22-Year Temper Tantrum Approaches Endgame, and more!
The (physical) jewel of American racing will soon become another array of condos, apartments and strip shopping that has already made Arlington Heights just so special.
The reality of a fall without sports is sinking in.
You were watching live on CBS.
MLB should cancel the Marlins, Javy Baez cancels baserunners and Conor McDavid just might cancel the Blackhawks.
Sherman's "March to the Sea" commemorated on a hockey jersey.
A future grandpa tells his future grandkid what the season that ruined everything was really like.
Worst baseball season ever. Shut it down. Plus: Kubs Killers; Rickey Boylen; Chicago Vikings; Blackhawks Bubble; Eddie Goldman Opts Out; Remembering Lou Henson; Jim Boylen Is Still Here And We're Here; and Sky High, Fire Fluke.
We are now conducting a controlled experiment to find out.
Most unpleasant win ever.
Empty stadiums, cardboard cutouts of fans, dubious rule changes, and an outbreak that may end the season already.
Chicago's First 2020 Champions? Plus: The Cubs Are Back; The White Sox Are Back; Thibs Timeline; and Adam Bomb.
For all Theo Epstein has done in his career, he may go down as having made one of the worst trades in baseball history.
Athletes from more than 50 sports reported abuses that included being punched in the face, kicked, beaten with objects like bats or bamboo kendo sticks, being deprived of water, choked, whipped with whistles or racquets, and being sexually abused and harassed.
Perhaps only COVID-19 can stop this team.
The coronavirus spreads through a game with no leadership in site. Plus: Bob Baffert's drugs.
Is this really happening? Plus: Launching College Football; Corey Crawford Is "Unfit To Play;" Don't Bank On The Chicago Marathon; Fluky Fire Singe Sounders; Red Stars vs. Reign, and more!
People in charge of making life-and-death decisions about athletes are speaking with more clarity and wisdom about perilous decisions than anyone demanding a cattle call return to schools.
The future is (almost) here.
From the Sugar Kings to the South Side, Castro to Trump.
We're day-to-day, folks. Including: Play (COVID) Ball!; Unless Someone Dies, Part 2; Blackhawk's Life Mattered; Cubs Closer Posers; If The Pros Can't Get It Together, How Can High Schools And Colleges?; Oh, Canada; WNBA Dedicates Season To Social Justice; Red Stars Life, and more!
A way for the team to honor Black Hawk's legacy by ensuring a better future for his cultural heirs.
Blackhawks management and their fans are laboring under a self-enhanced delusion. Just because you stole something a long time ago does not make it yours.
Let's bust out the classics.
Games will honor the Black Lives Matter movement and the #SayHerName campaign.
Sports now really a life and death proposition. Plus: The Washington Appropriators: Coach Loves The Princess Bride; Seeing Red Stars; Q-Anon; COVID Cubbie; Dash Cam; Hubba Bubbles; I'd Tap That; and Beachwood Sports Specials.
Defund the racial slurs!
That Super Bowl year was closer to the year Eisenhower decided to build a national highway system than 2021 will be to that game. The CD was invented in 1985.
The Beachwood, too, tips its collective cap.
Altogether, approximately 500 ballplayers who appeared in a major league game served in World War II. Two didn't come back.
Each on the cusp of very different fates.
The virus doesn't care how much you want to watch a game. Plus: Other Sports Are Also Back Pending Death; Pandemic Baseball Sucks; Hub Bubs; Hall Of Fame Hossa; The Mystery Of Mitch's Motivation; Choking On Chalk; and It Was Unmistakably A Noose.
The continued portrayal of racialized mascots in news media directly violates fundamental tenets of professional journalism.
An important point to remember is that the safety bubble of professional sports is a pipe dream for amateur sports.
Time to teach the South another lesson - starting in Alabama.
Trubisky requires what the equally unsolvable predecessor Jay Cutler also could have used - a rewired network of mental operational connections.
The operating BS of the majority is that if one horse wins all three of the races this year, it will be a Triple Crown. No. And. NO!
When is the Belmont Stakes not a real Belmont? 2020.
Walls are falling. Plus: Rob Manfred Is A Cop; Wet Hot American Long Gone Summer; Bubble Life; Better At It Than Baseball; and Belmont Betting.
The secret is to not really negotiate at all.
Baseball's billionaire owners are terrible people.
A moment when everything seems possible. Plus: MLB Draft's Dizzying Heights Of Hype; We Blame The (Lying) Owners; The Neverending Sammy Sosa Saga; and NBA & NHL Flux.
This will be a one-time situation unless it works so well that players and owners agree on having consolation tournaments for non-playoff participants at the end of future seasons. Not likely but also not impossible.
Even today, as recently as last season, you can find a conversation on Yelp initiated by, "Is the White Sox Neighborhood Safe?"
It heightens the excitement of the game, as well as bonding fans together to share the experience.
Cancel culture. Plus: Defund Baseball; Bring On The Blackhawks; Bulls Miss Playoffs; Coffman Wish Granted; and Biggs Time.
Fans, and people in general, exist only to be exploited by the fewer and fewer lords who have bought, stolen and fashioned their power purely for their own malignant aims. Racing is no different.
Well, three, really.
It isn't just that that kid could be your kid. That kid is your kid.
I couldn't care less whether there's a 2020 baseball season. There, I've said it.
Billionaire owners cry poor. Plus: Our Hearts Ache For Minneapolis; Illinois Provides Week's Top Sports Story; Last Dance Remnants; The Blackhawks Just Undeservedly Made The Playoffs; Kaner & The Breadman; Reopening Sports; Remembering Biff Pocaroba!; Thibs Lives!; Biggs's Bag; and Chicago-Based Wilson Gets Back The NBA's Official Game Ball.
Meanwhile, bettors rank the Blackhawks' chances at 23rd of 24 teams.
He became the best example in all of sports of how a coach should comport himself - displaying class and dignity every day but also flashing an ultra-deadpan sense of humor.
Sucks to be Spalding.
I never mourn when athletic superstars fail as human beings, because I never thought of them as heroes. They had skill. Do not commingle the two. But I gave myself one exception to that cool, intellectualized appreciation. Just one.
Bad pizza, Cheap Trick and Luc Longley. Plus: Remembering Jerry Sloan & Michael McCaskey; Matt Nagy Admits What Media Toadies Won't; The Bundesliga, NASCAR, Golf And The Pseudo-Triple Crown Are (Sorta) Back; and Steve's New iPhone And The Saga Surrounding It.
As a huge Cubs fan, there was always more hope in the offseason than the regular season, site founder (and University of Illinois grad) Tim Dierkes explains, leading to his fascination with the Hot Stove League and transactions.
The Last Dance was danced, as it should have been.
It's abundantly clear that it didn't have to go down the way it did.
Plans to bring sports back "all degrees of bad."
Greed, ego, pride, backstabbing, rivalry, treachery, betrayal - everything but the sex. Plus: If This Is What The Post-Lockdown Sports World Will Look Like, Let's Keep It Locked Down; The Bundesliga Is Back!; Biggs Time Is Back!; and Baseball Is Not (Quite) Back!
He would never admit it.
He cajoled, bullied, badgered, challenged, insulted, ridiculed and intimidated his teammates. It appeared to work.
Was he really that nice? No.
"Professional and college sports have been shutdown because of the COVID-19 pandemic. NCAA Chief Medical Officer Dr. Brian Hainline joins the Ground Game podcast to talk about when college teams can start gathering, practicing and competing again, as well as what might happen if a student-athlete tests positive for the virus."
The Jordan fools. Plus: Kristin Cavallari Finally Meets Jay Cutler (Or Jay Cutler's Last Dance); Ryan Pace Claims He Still Believes In Mitch Trubisky Even After Declining His 5th-Year Option And Signing Nick Foles, Which Is A Good Way To Show How Much Confidence He Has In The Guy He (Badly) Maneuvered For So He Could Pick Him To Second Overall In The NFL Draft; The KBO On ESPN!; and The Ex-Cub Factor.
From Manny Ramirez to Mel Rojas.
The Bears' best-ever team could only win one championship. The Bulls won three in a row - twice.
"Football is for everyone."
NBC pretended one or two or three people in a single household were having Derby parties with one lady's hat and four tablespoons of sugar ruining good bourbon for the two guys.
We like the Nick Foles deal just fine, despite the brush fire that broke out this week. Here's why. Plus: Dennis Rodman's Last Dance; Relive Sammy Sosa Next; Danny Wirtz and Michael Reinsdorf Assert Themselves; and Good Riddance, Kentucky Derby.
When this is over, one of the good memories will be how Oaklawn Park, Hot Springs, Arkansas, rolled with the punches and singularly crafted American Thoroughbred horse racing on a festival level when horseplayers and even other gamblers appreciated it most.
Like the monster's claw arising from the hardpan, Churchill Downs Inc. is now awake, fully poised to wreak its consistent, insidious greed upon Thoroughbred horse racing and sports in general.
It's not about merch.
"This potent offense is a variation of the renowned triple post attack and a continuity offense."
I couldn't be happier.
A draft about nothing. Plus: The Latest Last Dance; Cubs Mailbag; The Minnesota Blackhawks; Sky Watch; GRONK!; and the World's Greatest Race Car Driver.
An examination between an NFL quarterback's success and his Wonderlic test score yields a surprising - to some - answer.
That's what free agency is for. Always draft the best player available.
Players aren't going to wear masks and only fans in Red America are stupid enough to attend games anyway. Plus: Michael Jordan Was Singularly Awesome And Also Was (And Remains) A Terrible Person - Just Like Jerry Krause (Though Krause Is Dead Now So He's Only A 'Was' Not A 'Remains'); Time For Wrigleyville To Panic Over Cubs' Bad Start?; The Great Karnak's New Bulls; Our Hapless Athletic Careers; Bears To Sit Out First, Third And Fourth Rounds Of Draft, and more!
Those gripped by the psychotic break of hallucinogenic spasms even put dates on the return. Safer to aim for Easter. Next Easter, that is. As for Major League Baseball, Opening Day and the Fall Classic can both occur on the same weekend. How about Halloween?
Rez golf is embedding itself in the Navajo sports culture, one course at a time. There are at least three rez golf courses on the nation's 27,425 square miles spanning swaths of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. The gritty courses, set amid red and gray sands and wind-sculpted cliffs, share the landscape with livestock, coyotes and rabbits. They hold special meaning to many Navajo golfers because they wind through clumps of sagebrush, a plant thought to have physical and spiritual healing power.
One of my primary memories is of bawling my eyes as it became clear our team was going to lose a big game.
The current sports stoppage is unprecedented. It touches every level of every game, in every country in the world, from the Olympics down to pick-up basketball.
Thoroughbreds run on - and the betting window is open.
GarPax is dead. We think. Plus: Q Life; Baseball Isn't Coming Back This Year, Folks; Bear Crazy; and Transfer Window.
"Prosecutors revealed new details of alleged bribes paid to FIFA executive committee members to gain their votes for Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup and charged a pair of former 21st Century Fox executives with making illegal payments to win broadcast rights for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments."
The real trials of being a Bears fan.
I can recall barking at my car radio asking him to at least tell me the score. But at least he lived his dreams.
The job of the journalist is to tell the truth, not be a clubby insider. Plus: Q Life; Les Grobstein Still Employed - Others Not So Lucky; If You Love Chicago So Much Why Don't You Live There?; Bears Bargain Basement; Dippy DePaul; Ex-Cub Jhonny Pereda Makes Coronavirus History; and How Coffman Denied His Lineage To Become A Cubs Fan.
"With Surfrider and their strong coalition of grassroots organizations, they fought together against big money, big government, and almost impossible odds to protect one of the world's most iconic waves."
In the offseason, Richie Zisk signed with another team and then so did Oscar Gamble, and we weren't thrilled by the attempted compensatory signing of Bobby Bonds. My White Sox affinity died right there.
"It looked like we were headed to overtime, but a late face-off win and a beautiful set play clinched the win for the . . . "
Times like these open the curtain on who or what people really are.
Thursday was supposed to be opening day for Major League Baseball, but stadiums are empty, with the season postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak. Instead, parking lots are being used to store unused rental vehicles.
A visit to Ernie Banks' grave instead. Plus: Curly Neal Made Life Better; Tokyo Drift; The McCaskeys Absolutely Did Not 'Step Up;' Ryan Pace's Pathetic Record Just Got Worse; Bears Re-Sign Tyler Bray!; Biggs Time; Cubs, White Sox Minor Transactions; and UIC Screws Steve McClain.
Someday there will be another one, and when it arrives, the emotions, joy and hopes will burst forth possibly like never before. May we all be here to add it to our Opening Day memories.
Sure, the Bears are Chicago's team, but if basketball wasn't number one in Chicago before the '90s, the glorious run of Michael Jordan's six-time champ Bulls made it so.
Least bad move. Plus: Alternate Sports Programming; Thank You (Again), NFL!; Tom Brady Is A Buccaneer; Bears Transactions; Bowman (& Co.) Will Be Back; Gar Forman On Way Out Again; UICUL8R; Elk Grove Village Bails On Bahamas Bowl; Cubs, White Sox DNP.
A dark story with more than enough stink on a lot of people.
With everything else essentially shut down in world sports other than Mexican and Russian professional soccer, I would like to express my humble thanks for the ongoing football offseason.
Cancel culture. Plus: March Sadness; Summer Training; NBA & NHL Lose Their Christmas; Do Draft Day Digitally; Baffling Bears; Blackhawks Go Out On A High Note; Bulls Go Out On A High Note; Michael Kopech A Little Geeked; Deja Cub; Illinois Hoops Nation; Fire Singe Revolution; Can Gambling Juice Fandom For Women's Sports?; and The Ex-Cub Factor.
The numbers are promising.
Last hope extinguished.
What a difference 250 miles made!
Yoan Moncada vs. Pedro Strop. Plus: The Daily Dallas Keuchel; Big Data Darvish; Why David Ross May Bring Back The Intentional Loss; Streaking Blackhawks On Life Support; Brad Biggs Talks Football With You; Bulls Finally Testing Paxson's Argument; Chicago Fire Home Opener; and Illinois Hoops Nation.
"Should the [luxury] tax really be a concern for the deep-pocketed Cubs? Arguably not."
Malcolm Subban is not the future. Plus: The White Sox Have A (Heads-First) Running Game: The Cubs' Unreckoning; The Tony LaRussa Rule; Fire Ryan Pace But What Else Is New; Meet The New Chicago Fire . . . ; Bulls Might Not Win Another Game This Season; and The Glorious Women (And Some Men) Of Illinois Hoops Nation.
Meet the new Fire, same as the old Fire.
Robert (& Co.) is gonna run.
The WNBA generates about $60 million in revenue, just a tiny fraction of 1% of the NBA's $7.4 billion revenue.
Cleaning up Manfred's mess. Plus: The Unprecedented Nature Of Kris Bryant; Baseball's New Freaky Rules; Marquee Media Moves; End Of The World According To GarPax?; Bulloney; Ben & Eddy; We're Confused Too, Breadman; Derek Carr's Eyelashes vs. Casey Urlacher's (Alleged) Offshore Gambling Ring; Illinois Hoops Nation Update, and more!
Featuring Tuffy Rhodes, perhaps the most emblematic ex-Cub of all-time.
They just can't get over the hump.
The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #291: Derrick Rose Wishes He Was A Dentist & Other Strange Stories Of The Week
Rich basketball player jealous of teeth-pullers. Plus: Joe Maddon Is A Liar And Clever Things To Say About The Buffalo Sabres, The Houston Asterisks, John Henry, Charles Barkley, The Chicago Bulls, The Chicago Blackhawks, Adderall & eSports; Bobby Knight; Jason Kipnis, Spring Training, PECOTA, Kenny Williams and Illinois' Basketball Nation.
The Cubs have met the enemy - and it is them.
The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #290: Jane Byrne, Kris Bryant, Mookie Betts & Baseball's Discontents
Why men great then they gotta be traded? Plus: Chief Chiefs; The Bulls' Neverending Implosions; Like Chicago Police, Blackhawks Accruing Too Much OT; Lincoln Park Lyins; Illinois Hoops Roundup; and Olympic Surf's Up.
"It would definitely be rad to medal."
Oh, and I should also note that my wife's spinach dip was quite popular. Way to go honey!
Kobe Bryant's Brand. Plus: The Kris Bryant Boondoggle; In The Wake Of The Tribune; Coach Getting Wobbly On The 49ers; Goodnight Sweet Bears Prince; Baker's Baloney: Cubs Not Following Rhodes' Offseason Blueprint At All; Coach Went To A Bulls Game; Illinois Women's Basketball Teams Kicking Ass All Over The Place; The Bobby Shuttleworth Era Begins!; and AAU's Pullman Play.
Seriously? The NFL - and Shopify - should be ashamed of themselves.
Look, we've all got bigger fish to fry right now and we can do it over the embers of a once-promising democracy, but dammit, JLo got screwed.
The sport of indie rock - and the team that was once its darling.
If it's Barbie's I Married A Wiseguy Racetrack Fun Set, perfect.
Rickey and Ricketts. Plus: The Houston Asterisks; The Green Bay Packers Are Not In The Super Bowl; The Byzantine Bears; The Blackhawks Might Be Back!; Is Zach LaVine An All-Star?; Bulls Attendance Finally Rightsizing; Illinois Hoops It Up!; and TrackNotes: Death, Destruction & The Pegasus.
New year, old remnants.
Tom Ricketts is irritating not because he's rich, but because he's greedy.
They have pulled within three points of the last playoff spot in the Western Conference. Is that all, you say? Well, it is a lot better than where they were when they started their current five-game win streak.
The rules were clear. Plus: Pathetic Playoff Picks; Louisiana State's Universe; Bye Bye Bourbonnais; Is Jonathan Toews Back?; Bulls Midseason Report: It's The Underachieving That Stands Out; Red Star Rachel; Klopas Is Back; and Illinois Starts To Hoop It Up.
Olympics Warns Athletes That Kneeling, Fist-Raising And Other Political Actions Will Be Banned At The Tokyo 2020 Games
The International Olympic Committee - long a swirling cesspool of corruption, censorship, and reputation-laundering for repressive regimes - has attained a new low.
The suffocating irony of this latest scandal is that the information was relayed to the hitter via banging on cans, which have been around for years.
And the Astros are now facing the consequences.
News, views and blues. Including: It's Already Too Late For The Cubs; The Bullhawks; Coach Likes That; The Vegas Bowl; The Ryan Pace Bowl; Sox's Steves; Repulsive Rickettses; Red Star Fiancee; and The Disastrous Chicago Fire.
Darwin Barney and Starlin Castro reunited - on our site - again. Throw in a little Arismendy Alacantara and we're feeling nostalgic.
Every once in a while, the guy who has been the butt of jokes bounces back in a big way.
They're in the front office. Plus: Ravens Over Saints; Don Hahn; Maddon's Post Deleted; Bulls Still Suck; Blackhawks Still Suck; Bears Beat Beard In Bowl; DePaul Dropped By The Hall; Loyola Vexes Valpo; and The Illini Who Couldn't Shoot Straight.
The only thing worse than these Bears crybaby excuse cooks are the fans who swallow it.
The only thing the Bears offense is close to is being a unit unable to beat a division rival's back-ups.
Despite what one veteran Chicago baseball writer seems to think, the Encarnacion signing is a smart one.
Is that it for Trubisky, Pace? Plus: Has It Ever Been This Bad?; White Sox Making Moves, Starting Grooves; The Cubs Reckoning That Wasn't; Brent Seabrook Is The Kyle Long Of The Blackhawks; Patrick Kane Apparently 11th Best Player Of The Decade; The Bulls Still Suck; The Redbox Bowl Is Still On For Monday; and DePaul Is Still Our Last Hope.
It should still be attached, folks.
It's grim and we're bereft. Including: Bears Now Within Hail Mary's Of Being Within Two-Point Plays Of Winning Games; Grievance Grievance; Every Bulls Worst Loss Yet Is Worse Than The Last Worst Loss Yet; Lovie's Beard Has One Game Left This Year; Paul Reed Still The Man; and St. Edward High School's Racist Taunts.
More likely - and more severe - than their male counterparts.
It's not even close.
Trump Rule Could Let Banks Classify Stadium Investments As Aid To Poor, Qualifying For Significant Tax Break
Jerry Reinsdorf would be one beneficiary.
Such a nice galoot. All he wanted was a chance.
Cubs call the wahmbulance. Plus: The Bears Are Back - To Playing On Sundays; Noah Not Happy About Nomar; Hawk Harrelson's Hall Of Shame; Bulls Fans Finally Bailing; Blackhawks Getting Boring Before January; Lovie's Beard Confirmed For Redbox Bowl; and DePaul Defeated.
We once wished upon a Starlin.
I investigated what really motivates people to torture themselves by running hundreds of painful miles in their spare time, no matter the weather. What I found paints a disturbing picture.
No, the Bears aren't gonna make the playoffs. Time to see the kids.
But we get to dream for another week. Plus: The Blackhawks Just Made Fools Of Us; A Farewell To Mick McCall; Fire Lovie Smith!; Club DubPaul; Boylen vs. LaVine; Cole Hamels Will Be Missed; and Zack Wheeler Chooses Phillies Over Guaranteed Rate.
The String Bean Stringer is missed. The others not so much.
Another painful reminder of the draft that will live in infamy.
3-4 felt like 1-6. Now they're 3-9. Plus: BoyGarPax; Buy The Blackhawks?; Looks Like Northwestern University!; and DePaul Is The New Loyola.
A kickoff out of bounds. A botched two-point conversion. A missed (48-yard!) extra point. Two interceptions. And a 95-yard drive given up to the Giants, including a 4th-and-18 conversion. Yeesh.
His spray chart looks like a severe case of chicken pox.
Give fans a cookie - with a virtue-signalling cherry on top. Plus: ZachLaVine Shakes It Up; Shout Out To Our Very Own Roger Wallenstein; Boylen Boilin'; Blackhawks Also A Bust; Chicago's Crappy College Of Coaches; DePaul On Our Bubble; At This Time Next Week The Bears Could Be .500; and Chicago Dumpster Fire.
The researchers conclude their findings demonstrate a need for further interventions to reduce concussion rates, such as the required use of protective head equipment in women's sports, the adoption of neck-strengthening exercises and other prevention training, and greater enforcement of rules to decrease levels of contact in men's sports.
The report is based on findings from the seventh annual study of soccer fandom in United States.
We already know that neither Chase Daniel nor Tyler Bray is the answer. So all is calm!
And now Mitch Trubisky is holding us hostage. Plus: Matty Renteria; Sign Kaepernick!; The Next Man Is Inherently Up On Every Team In Every League!; Brad Biggs' Mailbox Talks Football With You; All Signs Point To Yu; Bulls Still In It!; The Blackhawks Are Back!; Lovie Smith And His Beard Are Going Bowling; Chicago Didn't Know What It Had In Sam Kerr; and Fire Coach Fired.
Elite - and now expensive.
Even though it's the offseason, ex-Cubs are on the move.
Again, we must ask: What the hell was that?
Earmuffs, tunnel vision, TVs and The Temptations. Plus: Yolmer Sanchez Changes First Line Of His Obituary; Yu Darvish Is Really Funny When He's Not Sucking; Blackhawks Also Ball Of Confusion; Bulls Still In It!; and How Cubs Ticket Prices Are Like Crime Rates.
"Mary Cain's male coaches were convinced she had to get 'thinner, and thinner, and thinner.' Then her body started breaking down."
What exactly is the self-delusional mental construction that allows everyone - actually demands - to be wrong about the same question?
It's not about crowd noise. But what, then?
We were promised by the local sporting press corp that Ryan Pace would absolutely be tethered to his beloved young quarterback. If Mitch didn't make it, Pace wouldn't either. Yet, the untethering has begun.
The impossible quest for virtue in the face of murderous greed.
The philosophy of IIWII claws its tentacles into skulduggery, the fix, corruption and shame in racing as ethically situational decisions are made in its behalf.
Fans in the cities where the Series is played are as enthusiastic and feverish as ever, but the emotion tends to stall at the city limits.
The spot-on Bears. Plus: Zooless Cubs Clubhouse Is Broken; They're Bad, They're Nationalwide; Who's Next, Joe, Chris Bosio?; Castellanos vs. Merrifield; Guarded Bulls Optimism Now Unguarded Pessimism; Seabrook's Ghost; Rehire Lovie Smith Again!; Too Much Courage For Red Stars; and CPS Sports Struck.
One of the biggest beneficiaries: Women.
After a lobbying effort, Dan Gilbert, billionaire founder of Quicken Loans, won special tax status for wealthy areas of downtown Detroit where he owns billions worth of property.
The sustainability of high caliber women's hockey talent depends upon having the opportunity to earn a living while playing the game.
Sources say Yes!
And like the road, it goes on forever. Plus: Bears' Doom Spiral; David Ross Chosen To Open Next Wrigleyville Restaurant; Kris Bryant's Last Laugh As A Cub?; Bring It Home, Red Stars!; Jim Boylen's Fred Hoiberg Bulls; Saadaissance; and Rehire Lovie Smith!
"Talent wins games and sports RDNs fuel greatness."
Ring spokesman Shaquille O'Neal should cancel his appearance at a party hosted by the company at the upcoming International Association of Chiefs of Police conference in Chicago on October 27.
Key components of the partnership include official and exclusive designations, ballpark activations, in-park ECHO product demonstrations and integration, and a sweepstakes.
Dear Coach Nagy: What the hell is the matter with you?
Trubisky's legs are the only competitive advantage he has. Plus: The Only News In Football That Really Matters; The Bears Have More Tight Ends Than The Pence Family; Where Is Your Offensive Line Coach God Now; Letter Of The Week; Saints Marching Line; Boss Ross Or New Joe; The Blackhawks' Weird Goalie Sitch; Thank You, Luol Deng; Fire Lovie Smith Watch; and The Red Stars Semifinal vs. the Portland Thorns.
Based on risk compensation theory, rugby players tackle with their shoulders not only because they were taught that way, but because their heads are not protected with a helmet.
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.
Bernstein & McKnight shrug off China's dystopian authoritarianism because, hey, we're all guilty.
"There's things within [the NFL] that I do not agree with at all, and I was not about to go and be of service to them in any way."
Jon Gruden dances on Bears' grave.
In public, he says he just wants to bring joy to the fans who really own his teams. In private, he says finishing second is the best business model because it keeps fans hungry and hopeful.
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!
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.
Believe it or not, Anderson was the top batter. But the number of errors was a completely different matter.
It would just be so Cutesy Cubbie.
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.
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.
Was the Cubs' method an unnecessary trade-off?
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.
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.
Paging Andy Reid.
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.
What would happen if they wielded their economic and cultural power collectively?
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.
The Cubs are done. The Bears?
Despite gang of nine and general lack of ability.
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!
(Hint: It's absurd.)
The best, most comprehensive list anywhere.
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.
Golf, lacrosse, basketball and other sports will feel the pinch, too.
A $10,000 payday for the Cary's Lounge squad.
"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."
Finishing what they've started.
There's a place in hell for Bill Carstanjen and Dick Duchossois and spokesshill Howard Sudberry. Truth scares them.
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!
Byron Allen has agreed to become a co-conspirator.
Look who's doing it for the Mets . . .
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.
The contrast with the Cubs this weekend could hardly have been starker.
Equine and human.
In racing analytics, it's SSS. Still summer, STUPID!
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.
From the Shark to the Snake.
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.
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.
Philadephia Phreakout. Plus: White Sox Almost Sweep Astros and Bears Kick Camp.
It's August, and the winnin' ain't easy.
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?
Responding to "a president who spreads hate."
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!
Jake Fox's fashion line, Brett Anderson's revenge, Crimson Tide's Scotty and more!
"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."
At least away they've avoided sweeps.
I'm not saying fixed, just probable.
Ignorance is one thing, but stupidity is what comedy is made of, unless it's really happening.
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 . . .
Accolades and anger management.
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.
Feats and feet-shooting.
When it's all about the running - and horses remind us they are better than people.
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.
Recent changes to the ball, climate change and advanced analytics.
Men's basketball coach Dave Leitao suspended; program put on probation.
Now is the time the team confronts its major weaknesses: road games and a missing bat.
It's the Cubs and Astros all over again!
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?
Willson Contreras is not a championship catcher.
Don't pity the White Sox.
Reality check! Plus: Player Notes (Alzolay to Zagunis). And: Hate The Grate.
Yay! But also, gross.
The pipeline is producing.
Let's talk about the lineup.
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!
Baseball For All is leveling the playing field for girls across America.
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."
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.
A change whose time has come.
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!
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.
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.
Team USA may face the toughest match of the Women's World Cup on Friday. Or it may have already played it on Monday.
Chicago's Rush Street Interactive a big winner.
It boils down to this, Mr. Chairman.
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.
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.
Well, Bridgeview. Still.
An easier stretch at home before facing the torrid Braves.
Credit a coach and a catcher.
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.
See you at Old Trafford.
Can he keep this feeling going?
"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 . . . "
Horse racing nearly always exists in circular logic, no pun there to be pardoned.
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.
Raptor Morality in a superior city.
Now appearing on Triple-A clubs across the nation.
And it's not Bryzzo.
When it doesn't add up.
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.
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.
He was a great Cub and had a great, great career in baseball. Full stop.
Envying the Twins' way.
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.
Former St. Louis Blues and Milwaukee Bucks exec joins Evil Empire.
Nazario Aguilar does good in Vegas.
If and when that happens, we can stomach a few more games of TBD pitching for the White Sox.
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.
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 . . .
Lord knows he's tried, but the honest man knows he'll never truly control the horse.
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.
It could've been worse. Barely.
Maybe it's time we all backed off a bit and simply let the kids play.
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.
"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."
If only House Dems would do the same.
Taylor Davis vs. Chris Blewitt.
Bat flips and dugout celebrations only go so far. Winning is what keeps bringing us back.
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.
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.
Doctors insisted Blues enforcer Todd Ewen didn't have CTE. He did. And then he killed himself.
Fewer than 2% of college athletes ever play professional sports at any level for any amount of time.
Cheese, crackers and a cherry on top.
Long list of losers.
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.
Big Z is back.
And Tyler Chatwood continues string of strong Cubs starts.
For the present-day White Sox, a challenge of immense magnitude.
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.
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.
Whether coaches acknowledge it, the power differentials that exist between white people and everyone else are on steroids in collegiate basketball.
Someone's about to earn this column's first moratorium.
Goodness gracious, people.
It's time to take a hard look at the longtime pitching guru.
Arkansas Derby sets up Mike Smith's choice and the Kentucky Derby.
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.
"Depending on the level, you're making $45 a game, $60 a game, $70 a game."
World's first gender-balanced sports league.
The local angle: Wauconda's Matt Mooney.
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.
The Road to the Roses.
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.
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.
It's over for the Hammer. Not quite for the Grimmer.
Breaking: Joe Maddon not giving up on season two games in.
You have to start somewhere.
The Cubs' Jason McLeod keynotes an event exploring the escalating value of data and technology to teams, athletes and fans.
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.
'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.'
It's not even clear he needed it, but this tiny example once again illustrates how health care in America works.
His defense got fixed overnight last week.
Another national championship for UCF!
As sick as they sound.
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.
Amidst the greatest fraud in American history, the best kind of madness.
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!
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.
In the corporate sense, Santa Anita has put on a performance that would bring tears of joy to a damage control specialist.
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.
Back at almost being in it.
The corruption of the Qatar bid comes full circle.
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!
"It's not glamorous," Downers Grove South product says of the California Winter League, "but you get to play ball."
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.
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.
Or maybe the White Sox could have offered Manny Machado a dollar more than the Padres.
Time to move on.
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.
You can't jump on a bandwagon that doesn't leave the station for another 76 days.
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.
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.
Minor-league contracts, a foreign Hall of Fame and an amazing comeback attempt.
They're surging, my friend.
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!
Today's Worst Family in Chicago, Omaha and America.
A Blackhawks tank is unlikely - and getting unlikelier.
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.
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.
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.
Have you listened to a Maroon 5 song lately? No one in that band is remotely interested in the sounds they are making.
Big flops and big guns.
NBA teams no longer have to be the worst to get an equal shot at the best.
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.
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.
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!
And helmet first, for goodness sake!
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.
Two White Socks, one retiree and the Yankee who is the unsung one who got away.
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.
Like his kicker, the Bears GM has been the most hit-and-miss at his job that we've ever seen in these parts.
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.
Luckily there are two tips that gamblers can do to keep their losses within reasonable limits.
A number of folks are eligible for scapegoat status.
What are these emotions we're feeling?
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.
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!
Of Crime Dogs, Black Dogs and just dogs.
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.
The Bears are not winning because of chemistry.
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?
My mother was not a small factor in me loving the ponies and the fun of handicapping.
Including Miggy, Chili and Luis.
Bill Veeck was right - again.
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.
Dodgers now Ex-Cubs West.
This Bears team is seriously fun.
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!
For one, Professor Smith may not being doing well on the field, but his English lit students love him.
The thing that saves the Illinois AD here is that so few people care.
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.
There was no wind to mess with his head and his kicks went where he kicked them.
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.
"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."
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.
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.
Who will do our Binny's ads?
Good. Or not.
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.
A lot at stake this weekend.
From the mats of a St. Sabina youth wrestling club to Beat the Streets Chicago.
Black people on one side, whites on the other. Both on the field and in the stands.
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.
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.
What transpired was a night full of nudity, violence and total chaos.
Not named Nagy, Fangio, Trubisky or Mack.
Now we wait.
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.
"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."
This one is on the defense.
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.
The NCAA claims that student-athlete balance is not only possible, but that most Division I players achieve it. The NCAA is wrong.
"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."
So what should the Cubs do now? I have some thoughts.
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.
"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."
Okay, let's try to calm down a bit. Oh, let's not.
You gotta love Yolmer, he's a delight for the fans. But let's face it, folks, he's more of a utility man.
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.
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.
John Lackey now lovable.
Previously I had not been aware of the inebriating effects of Bud Light. Obviously volume begins to play a role.
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.
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.
Including Tony Campana and the Chicago A's.
How cool is this?
The ultimate homer directs a lovefest as ridiculous and far from the truth as his broadcasts.
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.
It doesn't take Marx, apparently, to see what's wrong with the owner-laborer, bourgeois-proletariat relation. Just look at the NFL.
Vic Fangio deserves far more scorn than Mitch Trubisky.
There have been other setbacks and tragedies. Ahem.
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.
One of 'em's kinda being a dick!
A trade like this hadn't been made in the NFL in almost a decade - since the Bears made a trade like this.
We're not talking about a five-tool player here. More like one tool.
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.
U.S. Senate candidate challenging Ted Cruz makes national Dems swoon, but how does he play in his home state of Texas? (Increasingly well!)
Saturday's game was a sham, sold under false pretenses.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Why we (rightly) got Ryan LaMarre instead of Eloy Jiminez.
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.
Two Diamondbacks, two A's, two Royals, a Red and a Rockie.
A wondrously talented innovator who changed himself - and the game.
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.
She has a Hammond B-3 with a Leslie speaker in her den.
Win big, lose ugly. Plus: It's Time, White Sox. And: Hall Of Bears Mirrors.
What the trade deadline wrought.
Stalemates are lame.
Bridging the gap between rules people and judgement people.
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?
His usefulness has been determined to be to make exponentially more money for a sickly large number of greedy people.
Theo settles for Cole Hamels. Plus: Rodon!; The Biggest Underreported Story In Chicago Sports; and We're Talking About (Bears) Practice.
A strategy Ricky Renteria should consider when it comes to Reynaldo Lopez.
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!
Teams for the ages.
Trades that rippled!
Baseball's glorious minutiae.
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!
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?
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.
The next two weeks will be among the season's most comforting basically because the Sox won't be playing very often.
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.
Whoa, Dexter Fowler and Carlos Zambrano.
Can learning it be taught?
Knockout round couldn't come fast enough after hot start to tourney stepped in mud
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?!
Hands still hurt from brick wall of opponent's face.
This is how to play the game the right way. Well, not exactly.
Albini, 55, a recording engineer from Chicago, pulled off an unusual double at the final table.
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!
We have a Rafael Palmeiro sighting!
Messi and Neymar not so much.
And already causing controversy.
Not the ones we thought they were.
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!
A dirty history of the beautiful game.
Is Brandon Morrow the next victim?
The modern day Go-Go Sox.
It was a perfect storm of breeding, training and riding.
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.
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.
The state now has legal wagering within driving distance of three major East Coast cities.
As a spectator sport, video games generate viewership at least on par with professional leagues.
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.
Steals home - and hearts!
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.
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!
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.
Now the umps need to step up.
The apology I'd like to hear, but never will.
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!
'Ariana Kukors Smith said in the lawsuit that USA Swimming officials looked the other way because Sean Hutchison delivered Olympic-level athletes.'
And it drives us nuts.
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?
Tom's Magic Eight Ball sez . . .
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!
Essentially, it boils down to this: Who gets a cut?
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.
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.
Look who's mashing now!
Coffman on the porch with his radio.
Joe Gotch comes home $15,000 richer.
Testing the waters with the future five.
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.
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.
What Up With Youth? Plus: Spammy Sosa; White Sox Stuff; Bears Breakdown; Schweinsteiger!; Chicago's Pearl; and Meet The Chicago Wildfire.
From Cook County Jail to the Invicta FC cage.
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.
Don't tell me how hard you hit it, tell me how often you hit it.
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.
If he does, it'll be time to grab pitchforks and march on Lake Forest.
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?
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.
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.
A maker of family-driven content.
An antidote for baseball's weather woes.
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.
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!
"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 . . . "
It's still a rebuild.
A golden opportunity to get acquainted with many of the Derby players.
Candlesticks always make a nice gift. Plus: White Snox, Bulls Stank, Scrubs, Shohei Goodman, Blackhawks Bigwigs Back, and just a little Schweinsteiger.
Next year has already begun.
It's inevitable, right?
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.
Acquired from the Diamondbacks for Addison Reed, he seemed a bust - until Thursday.
Oh what a race it was.
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?
We know this is working. At least we think it is.
What the heck are we supposed to do for the next five days?
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.
The Ramblers have been underrated all season; the Wolfpack are missing their point guard.
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.
Facing their greatest opponent yet.
Don't think this is as far as Loyola can go - the brackets are breaking their way.
And the ubiquitous phrase he used to do it.
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.
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.
Repping Chicago. Plus: Embarrables; Qbit; Schweinsteiger!; Kyle Fuller Is Transitionally It; The White Sox' $26 Million Man; The Happster; and a Cubs Web Special.
Including The Mitch Trubisky Chapel, where employees are invited to pray daily.
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?
One of the best things about this team is its players' points of origin.
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!
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.
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.
"If they're Blackhawks fans, they would know there is a black hockey player on the team."
Spring training is here.
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.
"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."
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.
Don't miss the biggest night in Chicago roller derby!
Augmenting your homegrown core with free agents is delightful. Making free agents your core? Less so.
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.
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.
When it comes to quarterbacks, the NFL has no clue.
Anti-capitalist hero of non-violence goes unheeded.
Because talent goes only so far, it's important to evaluate a team's structure and mindset to determine its true strength.
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!
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!
The guy could flat out hit.
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.
I know a conspiracy when I see one.
Last season was so crummy . . .
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.
Or is it better to change managers?
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.
Shifting narratives all over the landscape. Plus: The Duensing Principle, and Schweinsteiger!
"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."
In Chicago, a Blackhawks forward called him a nigger.
The sample size is no longer small.
Yes. And so does offense!
(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!
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.
Third-place game to determine the best team this side of Central Florida.
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.
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!
Their stories illustrate how, for older students, getting a degree is like skating uphill.
The Bears' division rivals are reloading through the draft, while Pace has squandered his picks.
Not a results-based business for the McCaskeys.
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.
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.
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.
"One of the few remnants of Red Terror appears ingloriously as the name of the school's gameday bus service."
Introducing The Fourth Down Stupidity Index, starring Northern Illinois University. Oh, Huskies!
Mitch Trubisky's growing pains and shitty passing personnel vs. Jordan Howard's proficiency in the zone running game.
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.
"Wow, Cleveland is bad. The Bears aren't a whole lot better."
Overlapping with the NFL schedule this weekend provides a gift to bettors: putting action on pro/bowl teasers.
In this world of uncertainty, the Potato Bowl remains our rock
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.
Former New Orleans Saints All-Pro Kyle Turley says pot saved his life - and could save the game.
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.
Let's not cut Ryan Pace a break either - he's presided over this mess.
Taking non-physical hockey to the next level.
College football fans may be among the few Americans not ready for the year to end.
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.
Sudden retirement apparently explained.
No excuse for this. Show some compassion.
But they don't stink.
Convenient competing narratives.
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.
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.
Not unprecedented, but unique: expressly because of its lack of sporting integrity.
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.
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.
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?
As far as sheer embarrassment goes, this might have been the worst weekend in Chicago sports history.
Cue the Price Is Right horn.
It's his roster.
What the obits omitted.
Browns West. Plus: Davey Martinez Came Cheap; White Sox Acquire Fireballer; Blackhawks Circus Trip Lives!; and Bulls Circus Lives.
Who slipped tramadol to the dogs?
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.
Inexcusable. Flop. Messy. Undisciplined. Ugly. Outcoached. Again.
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.
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.
Just because the Cubs tanked three seasons and the Astros really tanked three seasons doesn't mean the White Sox should.
These networks are such toadies to the moldy story lines they make up in a two-weeks-ago production meeting.
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.
The very nature of the Thoroughbred breed must be questioned.
The decline in football participation is real.
Even if it was a fluke, the NFL is getting harder and harder to take.
Cubs purge coaches. Plus: Monsters Of The Middling; Raining On Bulls' Parade; Blackhawks Rain On Own Parade; and Schweinsteiger!
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.
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.
Putting the double-whammy on the Panthers.
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.
Cubs headed that way; Bears already there.
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.
David Ross retired to dance/Clark the Cub still has no pants.
A helluva playoff roster, with balance and flexibility.
The first year of The Rebuild/Is now in the past/But it wasn't so awful/The Sox didn't finish last.
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!
Racism and bullying are best defeated as a team.
The challenges from today's bigmouths are being served up with irritating spin.
And neither was Charles Leno's false start.
This ballclub is a far cry from Robin Ventura's White Sox.
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.
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.
The kids asked, and the coach agreed.
First race of the playoffs in the books.
Football killed Zac Easter.
For all intents and purposes it was over by the time the Cubs contest started further down the dial.
The future is arriving.
She seen her duty and she done it.
The clock restarts on Johnny Foxhole and Ryan Waste.
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.
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!
Performance-enhancing drugs aren't just for elite athletes.
A record-setting week.
But try to remain calm.
Blowouts begin. Plus: CTE Season Preview; Johnny Foxhole; The No Fun League Loosens Up; Confounding Cubs; Something About The White Sox; and Schweinsteiger!
What you need to know.
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.
Were they watching?
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.
"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."
An in-depth look.
Convoluted, but not unreasonable.
The "It Just Doesn't Matter" preseason mantra is always true, even after a game in which two Bears quarterbacks performed well. Two!
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.
"The rich white men who own the teams of the NFL aren't half the man he is."
A table tennis festival - a fun-filled weekend with music, cheerleaders, dancers, magician, games and raffles."
If this is what terrorism looks like, then I'm affected.
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!
At age 29, his blacklisting may well amount to a life sentence, for no crime other than having a social conscience.
Just because it's Arlington's biggest day doesn't mean it's big in the grand scheme of American racing.
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.
Before the Cubs, there were the 'Stros.
No more Maddon magic. Plus: Cardiac Cutler & Schweinsteiger!
So Joe Maddon busts out the motorcycle vests, ugh.
Kids really do it have it tough these days.
Steve Bartman, Crane Kenney and Dusty Baker - the gang's all here! Plus: White Sox Suckage On Schedule; and Bizarro Bears.
I really want to be a great father to my son - so I can't pass on the parenting lessons I received from sports.
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.
Plus: Martellus Bennett, LOL.
The Dodgers and Nationals loom - large.
It would be nice if he had someone to share the spotlight with.
The media even more so than the team. Plus: Football Scrambles Brains; Crosstown Cubs; and Schweinsteiger!
"There's no more debate about whether this is a problem in football."
Four big things happened on four different ovals. Two of them should have and two of them shouldn't have.
This is what progress looks like.
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!
Once drew 50,000 to Comiskey Park.
The starting lineup.
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.
NBA Hall of Famers and other legends to be honored.
"You've got a family again."
And here come the Cardinals.
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.
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!
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?
Hell Week exposes this franchise for what it's become. Plus: The White Sox Rebuild Is Not Going As Well As You Think.
Just stretch before you come off the couch to play, Terrell Owens warns.
Researchers only saw medical professionals examine players for concussions for just 15 percent of the head collisions seen on the field.
He's been a disaster with men on base his whole career, yet Ricky Renteria insists on batting him fourth or fifth.
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!
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.
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."
Motivating Mike - and Matt.
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!
There is an unaccounted workload factor right in front of us.
I understand that we are in the "Three True Outcomes" Era, which is all about walks, strikeouts and home runs, but this is ridiculous.
Something special not brewing after all.
If these three-year-olds do anything remarkable for the rest of the year, it will be remarkable.
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!
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.
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.
You do the math. How can a 75-year-old man have been in baseball for 80 years?
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!
"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."
A championship event in Chicago drew 12 million more viewers than the NBA Finals last year.
Joe Burgundy messed with a streak.
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.
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!
Cloud computing's convenience is the nicotine of the digital age.
Make that Wrong Foot Louie vs. The Fireball Kid.
If the rotation stays healthy, the Cubs will contend for everything again.
Quit the hyperbole and just let the kids take their time.
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!
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.
Atlanta, Illinoisan also advances, as does Carbondale woman.
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.
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.
Femininity, physicality and the pressure to be pretty.
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.
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.
Any horseplayer will tell you finding the horse is only one thing. Crafting the bet is the Louvre.
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!
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.
In the Trump era, the immigrants who make up much of the track's workforce are unwelcome.
In Chicago in particular, it seems black cyclists have been targeted by the police for unfair treatment.
Ryan Pace missed a key lesson at general managers school.
Firing on all cylinders - except catching the ball.
Makes statement pick that is neither bold nor courageous. Plus: Rondo vs. Wade; Hey Hey JHey!; Avi!; Sacrificial Hawks; and Schweinsteiger: Nein!
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
And their indecent coach.
There has been virtually no criticism of hitting coach Todd Steverson. We'll see how long that lasts.
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!
And concussions were reduced by almost two-thirds.
Not yet, anyway.
What the heck just happened?
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.
The next David Ortiz or the next Thad Bosley?
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!
Finally, a reason to feel reasonably okay about Chicago sports.
There's nothing cute or lovable about a bad ballclub on the South Side.
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.
And a White Sock who probably won't be one for much longer.
Consider the case of a high school in Palatine.
Arrogate just ran the race of a lifetime - our lifetime.
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.
Guess who's No. 59?!
Plus: Power Tourney.
The right man for the job.
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.
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.
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.
A most unexpected ranking.
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.
Big win signifies nothing. Plus: How Oduya?; Follow The Bears' Money; Don't Sleep On Illinois; and 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.
Success follows Jonathan Toews' unusual public plea.
Neither is No. 1, but . . .
Follow the money.
Butler or Bust? Plus: Blackhawks Bye, Blame Barnwell, Joe Maddoning, and Coach Is Only Half-In On The White Sox Rebuild, Too.
Some professional soccer players might risk the same long-term cognitive problems suffered by boxers and some American football players.
Leicester, Cleveland, the Cubs . . .
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.
Young athletes face a "culture of resistance" to reporting injuries.
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.
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.
There are two things the billionaires who run the NFL love: money and rules that make no sense.
One of them is the only officially licensed Cubs' bobblehead ever made featuring a goat, and will likely be the last!
Say goodbye to three-point stances.
I will remember his entire career and not just these last two losses. He ran his heart out every time, nothing less.
Young Bulls vs. Magic Johnson.
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.
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.
"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.
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 . . .
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.
Bob Woodward, for example.
Meanwhile, non-concussion injury rates are falling.
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.
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?
Making The English Premier League Great Again.
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.
Final Three Games of the World Series Maddon-esque.
Whoever that dude is making snow angels on the field, he's our favorite.
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.
Under the settlement, the NFL does not admit guilt.
You are all lucky to have your jobs, even you McCaskeys!
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.
The Bears: Only 16 impact players away.
Making End-Times Christians of all of us. Featuring: Bears Fuller Shit; Fred's Funhouse; Q's Kids; and The Old College Try.
The Bears forgot one of the tenets of football and life in general: Always do things whole-assed.
Still competing, still losing. Perfect.
Team Hoiberg falls of the cliff. Plus: RealFeeling The Bears and Joe Maddon Fails To Embrace The Target Of Accountability.
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?
The Chinese characters for Jordan's name read as "Qiaodan" in basketball-mad China.
Mouse, house, box, Fox.
More than 1,000 Russian Olympic athletes are now linked to cheating scandal.
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.
You want to get to the playoffs, you gotta go through Disappointment City.
Ready to leave throwback uniforms and children in the clubhouse in arrears.
The illusion of control.
The accidental quarterback makes his case.
I'm not entirely convinced he wasn't mascot understudy to Staley when this season began.
If you're rooting for a top pick in the 2017 draft, this is your Super Bowl.
Forget the Bears.
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.
A metric fuck-ton of bad luck and poor decision-making has created gaping roster holes.
It's time for the annual awarding of a greasy, fatty turkey anus to the worst fantasy football performers of the season.
"You only get one shot at this once a week . . . tomorrow's not promised and yesterday's an afterthought."
The NFL called the recommendations "untenable and impractical."
Blowing away expectations.
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.
And even he may end up sitting this week after a mystery injury last week.
Next time, try performance-enhancing hypnotherapy, Alshon.
Into a dystopian darkness.
Let us resolve that Sunday become Funday once again.
Who we are. Including: Trump Ruined The Cubs' World Series Championship; Tweeting Trump; Wait 'Til This Year; Guaranteed Grate; and Back To Breeders'.
"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."
Despite their best efforts, the Bears aren't dead.
Nothing can top this, but it doesn't make Rahm any more likable.
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.
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.
It's all Cubbie Blue gravy now.
Joe Maddon has absolutely lost his mind.
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.
A week from now, it will all be over. And when I say "it," I don't mean Sunderland's chances to avoid relegation.
We help the Cubs celebrate Halloween.
Cleveland is the best team in baseball right now, and it looks like they made the best mid-season acquisition.
What, us worry?
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.
Look, we sort of don't know how to behave going this deep into the playoffs
Do whatever feels right - as long as whatever you're drinking is strong because this game has very little intrigue as a standalone product.
Lester set the tone, Maddon set the lineup, Schwarber set something.
But should he be? Plus: The case for Heyward.
I'm one of the guys who the camera lingered on the next night when we all knew the team was going down again.
A Kansas City Royal hit a home run in a pretend game three months ago to spoil the Cubs' storybook ending.
Dog days, a cat and the Breeders' Cup.
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.
Here we go.
"Matt Barkley is the closest thing the Bears have to a developmental QB on the roster. Verdict: Keep looking."
What if I told you . . .
Brian Hoyer threw for 300-plus yards for the fourth straight game, but was somehow a disappointment.
For the mighty Jason Heyward, pinch-hitting for Addison Russell, struck out.
For once, English football is calmer than the U.S. populace. Some advice.
When you go from savior to irritant to punch line, you're generally on your way out the door.
Is the magic man with the Midas touch managing tight?
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.
Jay Cutler sinks further into fantasy irrelevance.
Ah, doin' it with the ex. Feels icky at first, but they know what you like.
In a battle of bullpens, one team's fix held while the other's did not.
Rizzo freezing, Maddon loses Midas touch.
Stop pining for the Hail Alshon.
The universe has a will, and it is not to be fucked with.
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.
Brant Brown, Michael Ferro, Donald Trump . . .
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.
A little history with your marching orders.
Our mission is to talk EPL football. Because we are American fans, we will accidentally ruin it.
Who has the balls to ruin the David Ross farewell tour? Who has those balls?!?
Neither Brian Hoyer nor Jay Cutler should even be here.
It actually got worse.
Just enjoy it, race fans. This is fun.
Chicago's Party Headquarters.
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.
Another week, another effort that was half passable and half ass-able.
Rewriting the Bears' script.
Catching up with baseball and basketball through chips in footballs and shoulder pads.
Still better than Arcade Fire.
Admit it: You changed channels too.
I had to double-check this just to be correct, but he's only been a Cub since 2015. That's last year.
He rooted for baseball, not the Dodgers.
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.
As with any great destination, getting there will be just as much fun.
Maybe it wasn't such a good idea to take a WR in the first round . . .
Well, Jason Heyward had a nice homer in the eighth.
Cutler was better last year with Gase at the helm but oftentimes even at his best he was just good enough to lose.
People living in cities with Native American mascots - like Chicago - were more likely to think of Native Americans as warlike.
Highlights, lowlights, notes and observations from the Bears disaster on the lakefront before a national Monday Night Football audience.
A highly skilled offensive defenseman entering her junior season.
That sucker is already brimming.
The only "rebuild" this team needs is in the manager's office and the bullpen.
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.
I'd like to see what happens when some of the NFL's bigger stars take a knee.
Another three hours of my life wasted you worthless (gurgling noise) . . . you're just like your goddam mother!
Don't be shocked when you hear the cheers in Hazel Crest.
We should invade their countries, kill their leaders, and convert them to soccer fans.
Dak Prescott and Will Fuller vs. Jay Cutler and Kevin White.
Meaningless answers to ridiculous questions.
Interested fans can learn all kinds of information at Sox games.
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.
The Games have evolved from an event for only athletes who used wheelchairs to now welcoming 10 different impairment types.
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!
The Packers are now, perhaps, a tiny bit less way better than the Bears heading into this season.
A beer league invite for 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.
If you listen to Hawk Harrelson, Don Cooper is one of the game's elite pitching coaches . . .
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.
Increased participation in sports or increased awareness?
Taking the White Sox approach overseas.
Jumping the shark at the best time of the season.
The team's new direction: online mortgages.
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.
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.
Doping, misogyny and greed.
The $25 million alleged loan diversion scheme is my favorite part.
Tip: Always bet John Fox against the spread on the road.
The Olympic ideal in the DNA of skateboarding culture.
Hey Hey, Heyward.
Have any of his deals really worked out?
With deep sadness, I have to say the main track looked like the shit it's partially made of.
Words to describe men include fastest and strongest. For women, related words reference their ages or marital status.
One Jet vs. two Bears.
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.
USA Gymnastics' policy was to dismiss allegations of sexual abuse as hearsay unless they came directly from a victim or a victim's parents.
These charismatic box-office managers will dominate headings this season - and one will lift the Premier League trophy in May 2017.
If the season ended today . . .
It's time for Joe Maddon to pick his spots.
Another creative way to lose a ballgame.
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).
"Years of training allow Olympic archer Sarah Voegel to somehow resist shooting arrows at fans, stadium ushers, or birds flying overhead."
The passwords: Wow, Dammit, Splash, and Delicious.
Hey look, Matt Forte!
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.
In the EPL, it's far more exciting than the race to the top.
I've never just shook my head in disbelief this much in as long as I can remember.
It's not much, but it's all we have.
Why the next U.S. Olympics might include American football.
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.
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.
'The Russian Anti-Doping Agency would literally schedule the times to test athletes around their doping cycles.'
Kanak Jha is the first American born in the 2000s to qualify for the Olympics.
Cubs manager has all the gadgets working on his Cub army knife - even the tweezers and saw blade.
Maddon the Magician is the Best Show on Earth.
In a lost season, why not?
A Banzai, East and West.
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.
Practice only accounts for an average of 18 percent of sports performance variance.
Riders in steel armor with 12-foot poles. What's not to like?
Would somebody talk a little trash, please? A journey into the heart of Minnesota Nice.
Lovable losers are gone. So too, now, are lovable winners. Now it's just about winning.
At least the backup quarterback is "established."
Had Sale been handed the shorts and knee socks, there's no telling what degree of devastation might have ensued.
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.
You can't replace Clayton Kershaw.
Is a little grit too much to ask for?
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.
City joins San Francisco, New York, Boston and Los Angeles.
A new study finds that the market for baseball cards shows some of the same kinds of anomalies, or factors, as the stock market.
Don't ask your target to attend a meeting at a hotel convention space to learn your real estate secrets.
Distressed caps for everyone!
It has now been more than two months since the Cubs put together a sustained stretch of over .500 baseball.
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."
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.
Are all those Cubs All-Stars deserving? Let's be honest: No.
Every minute Rondo plays in a Bulls jersey will be embarrassing.
You did things you aren't proud of.
Schrodinger's baseball team.
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.
All scenarios involve the Cubs.
Iceland's rise in soccer vs. A Swedish fart.
Partied like 2009.
Changing managers mid-stream rarely works anyway.
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.
Mostly a variation on the same theme.
Even the next Babe Ruth is a trade candidate.
He shall so be nicknamed.
For example, much of Illinois' politics is run from the Back Room.
The trend is clear.
Put a tent over it.
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.
If the Cavaliers go home and force a Game 7, then it gets a bit dicey.
It depends on which U.S. presidential candidate you support.
Baseball finally on Cub Factor kid's radar.
One thing's for sure: the Sox can't be any worse with Tim Anderson.
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.
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.
The new prospects are here - or coming.
Skateboarding and surfing also under consideration in bid to attract a younger audience.
"Sammy Sosa is orchestrating a Clinton vs. Trump election because that will give him the power over the United States government.
How cool would it be to see the NBA Finals MVP go to a player from our state for the second consecutive year?
I'm wearing them now.
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.
Perhaps no single person embodied the ethic of protest and intersected with so many lives, ordinary and extraordinary. He also endorsed Reagan and Bush.
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.
And: Former NFL star and movie actor Bubba Smith also diagnosed.
Plus: Valuing the pure hitter.
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!
Wrigley Field still has a nostalgic "it" factor, but sheesh, I'm waiting for the troughs to have a sponsor.
Don "D.B." Cooper is conspicuously MIA.
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.
One on each side of town.
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.
It all goes back to the SuperSonics.
We have some ideas.
Stay home - or go to Wrigley - for best results.
Yeah, the angle for Exaggerator was the mud, but he won this race. He won it.
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.
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.
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.
Russia is at the heart of the biggest doping scandal in sport.
Japanese officials have said hinky payments were legitimate consultant's fees.
New team, new league, really bad basketball.
The game doesn't need this garbage.
Not the formula that propelled the Sox to a five-game lead in the American League Central as the week began.
Jorge Soler shining about as bright as Dusty Baker.
Can this be real? Plus: Arrieta Already On Way Out; The Trials of George Sun; Gonzo Hawk Harrelson, Doctor of Journalism; and Biggs Time.
New Chicago Hotel To Offer Rooms Specifically For Visiting Athletes Like With Really Big Beds And Stuff
Is that all you got, Conrad?
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.
SBs in a post-Dee Gordon world.
War-torn family's love of the game brings them solace.
It's almost creepy.
Bologna has a first name, D-U-S-T-Y. Bologna has a second name, B-A-K-E-R.
A dollar bill is worth a dollar no matter what color hands give it to you.
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!
Horseplayers look at the Derby as a wagering opportunity. Usually just that. But we do like success by a single horse. We really do.
If your squad is suffering from a power outage, you still have waiver-wire options.
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.
He wasn't even the best coach at Yorkville.
From the playground to the playing field.
The Plan has another helpful subplot playing out.
Three squares a day.
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.
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.
Get 'em while they're hot.
And now, a well-deserved rest.
The last time the Cubs were this good we were still at World War 0.
We would be remiss if we didn't point out the generosity of the fellows providing the opposition.
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.
It wasn't through the draft.
A big-time botch.
If the rest of the season keeps going like this, how can any fan hold on to that anger of the past?
Near-perfect pitching, upgrade in smarts propels team to strong start.
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.
Amid all of the hot air of the forums, there was one constant: Janine's the best.
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?"
Including a tax shelter, a World Series-ring sizing room and bunk beds for Rizzo and Bryant.
When people yammered at me about Theo Epstein's glorious "Plan," I always pointed out that a big part of it was Ricky Renteria.
There once was a fielder named Schwarber.
No attention is paid to plumbing, bathrooms or sewage. No big deal. This is baseball, and they love their team.
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!
The pressure that comes with being Ben Askren is felt each time "Funky" steps inside the cage.
Buzzer-beater sends America to Meme Town.
Mets still have a superior rotation.
By far the hardest sport to play at a high level.
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.
Dangerous dream realized.
Free agents are overrated.
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.
Maddon will arrive to the series opener here against the Phillies in May in an electric car powered by his own urine.
The best basketball team in the state - by far - goes quietly.
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.
With 'Pharoah gone, 'Chrome has a chance to dazzle America, capture hearts at low prices all over again.
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.
The Cardinals have themselves some outfielders too.
All game film produced by Leni Riefenstahl's closest living relative.
Led by conference Coach of the Year Kellee Robertson.
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.
Hint: They're not on the field.
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.
Triton has now won 30 consecutive games, improving to 34-2 overall.
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!
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.
The conversation may have gone like this.
Strong second half sparks Trojans to NJCAA opening round victory.
Hector Rondon vs. David Robertson.
To review, if Kentucky wins the national title, its coach gets $650,000 in bonus money. Its players get nothing.
Rebuilding smartly on the fly without pulling a Cubs-style tank job.
MMA is essentially a media sport developed to appeal to mass audiences and deliver profit to the organizations behind it.
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.
There is only one truly safe bet for high-level fantasy production at this position.
He could never live in a cage, man.
To face MCC-Penn Valley in the opener.
The 31-2 Trojans have won 27 straight.
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.
More money, fewer Englishmen and more Billy Beane.
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.
26 wins in a row, 30-2 overall.
Third seed in the nation.
Einhorn behaved as though he was unaware that Veeck may have been the most beloved owner in Chicago sports history.
Enabling Derrick Rose is now way to run a professional basketball team.
Jake Arrieta vs. Chris Sale; Jon Lester vs. Carlos Rodon.
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!
What ever happened to dignity?
Back to our regularly scheduled hockey games.
The importance of having a shortstop who can pick up the ball and throw it accurately can't be overstated.
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.
Addison Russell vs. Starlin Castro!
"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.
Naturally, when the club rolled out the new pricing structure, the headline figures pointed to its more favorable offerings.
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.
The biggest headlines are won by investigative stories, from accusations of cheating in professional sports to high school hazing.
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.
Besides the axe murderer and an HVAC-shilling Mike Tyson.
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.
Quarterbacks? It's all about the tight ends.
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.
The tragic truth about football's tire company.
Faith Equality Index score reveals work to be done.
Jake Arrieta, Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo vs. Chris Sale, Jose Abreu.
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.
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.
The All-Star MVP the league didn't want there.
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.
Olympic silver medalist offered money at a world championship.
A six-pack they can count on.
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.
It's ended careers, it's ended dreams, it's crushed people.
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.
Team transitioning on the fly.
At the upper level of world tennis - including Wimbledon.
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!
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.
City can't keep a football team.
It's still all about Jay.
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.
He suffered more than 10 concussions, all while playing football, the first occurring at age eight.
Bears easily eclipsed by Bulls, Blackhawks.
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.
Thanks for the invite.
Including the Technical Koolies!
A tweetstream illuminating local fanboy media.
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.
New, improved Bears same as old, lousy Bears.
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.
Those Smokin' Jay memes aren't gonna Photoshop themselves.
Theo Epstein is still Best in Show in this city, but the White Sox GM just put the South Siders back in the conversation.
And Groundhog Day was a much better movie than Bears 2015.
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.
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.
The player who ruined the most people's seasons? It's a tie.
Blame game: Cutler, Jeffery, Gould, Gase.
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.
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.
And The Sideburns.
In a good way.
It's clear that coaching is occurring. Plus: Blackhawks Bounce Back; Bulls Find More Ways To Win; and Warm Stove League.
Things have changed.
Tough choices for biggest turkeys.
You can hear their distinctive cry across Chicago today.
Progress has been grudging - and it shows.
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.
An epic 90th anniversary tour hits Chicago.
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.
More Bears crow.
You've gotten too fat, you worry too much about money, and we don't agree on how to raise kids.
Now that was a victory; Bears finally distinguish themselves from their horrible opponents.
This is journalism, people, and the ultimate takedown.
Kill fanboy groupthink! Plus: Fight The Bulls Narratives!; Partisan Sports-Watching; Blackhawks Still Trying To Find A Narrative!; and The Hottish Stove League.
Athletes simply needed cash and a culture that rewarded a no-holds-barred drive for champions.
Being wiped out by injuries is now the norm in the NFL.
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.
"But Carl," you say . . .
Who knew Bears rookie RB Jeremy Langford would prove to have at least some short-term fantasy value this year?
Let the fire sale begin.
I'm going to guess that, in retirement, they'll actually have to train him not to run.
American Pharoah's race to win - at a crappy price.
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?
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.
And Hammel shit the bed.
Deja vu all over again.
Thrown author here to explain.
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.
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."
Daniel Murphy vs. Christopher Coghlan, c'mon!
I'm going to argue it isn't even a legitimate beef.
This club's been like a ship on the ocean; the Titanic with a fanbase full of hope and devotion.
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.
A Hollywood ending.
The biggest mystery in fantasyland.
Boy that's a crappy looking team they got over there in the mitten.
I've actually always liked this song, which I admitted to my friends earlier this season. I'm not sick of it at all.
George Sun, Charles Schwarb.
Actually not a magic man, mama.
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.
Like many, I have a complex relationship with the Cubs.
Hurry up with the damn croissants.
Taxes become voluntary, but for some reason you'll want to pay.
Little noted: Forte is second in the league in rushing - and only five yards behind leader Adrian Peterson.
That loudmouth White Sox fan you work with . . . would still be a loudmouth White Sox fan. Let's be real.
But Robin will return/The Chairman rewards loyalty. But how in the world/Is his manager still royalty?
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.
Juice boxes for everyone!
Congratulations on your exciting day of yardwork, tax prep, abortion, or any of the other activities more entertaining than watching the Bears.
An elbow to the face may have been the best thing that could have happened to him.
Opposing players popular picks.
John Fox tries to hold down the margin of defeat to less than four touchdowns.
Let's all take this week to relax, maybe step away for the team for a few games and enjoy life a little.
What's most impressive about Yogi Berra is that he made contact 19 out of every 20 plate appearances.
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.
Daughter an instant punchline.
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.
U.S. men suck, but Minnesota's Gwen Jorgensen "has morphed into the Triathlon Terminator."
The (new) Cubs don't make critical mistakes at critical times time after time after time after time after time, sorry.
But where to watch?
In 29 of Jerry Reinsdorf's 34 years owning the White Sox, they've failed to reach the postseason.
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.
Amazingly enough, world-class athletes are merely the fine layer of frost atop the iceberg's tip when it comes to the steroid economy.
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."
It's just one week, people.
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.
Congratulations, Bears, on not being totally embarrassed this time around but of course a loss is just a loss.
Like Packers Week, only with a chance of winning.
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.
Not fooled again.
Greatest Cubs manager ever?
So this is what it was supposed to look like.
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.
A top Sony lawyer took "most of the bite" out of the film.
A potentially fearsome threesome.
Ni dui zhe ci quan zhan de jieshu, xia. What's the over and under on this dog show?
Ripped from today's headlines.
No-hitter covers over the reality of a bad West Coast trip.
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.
We need to see him run again. We really do.
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.
Martellus Bennett vs. Greg Olsen.
Everyone needs to try harder to avoid drawing too many conclusions based on pretend games.
Why let Rizzo have all the fun?
He's no Joe Maddon, but is he Ned Yost?
Ask yourself: Have you ever tipped that much?
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?
"Drug testing has a public reputation that far exceeds its capabilities."
Paging Alshon Jeffery.
Joe's got this; let's just see what happens.
Even from Wisconsin, the differences between the Cubs and Sox were easy to see.
Takes the baton from Kris Bryant. Plus: Bad News Bears And Their Pussy Press Corps, and Frickin' Sheboygan, Wisconsin, Is Hosting The PGA Championship.
You miss the grandeur of Arlington Park. But like an Easter egg, the pretty shell can't hide the goings on inside.
Chicago Yacht Club Hosting 2015 Blind World & International Championship.
Paging Matt Forte.
Something still just doesn't sit right with me.
Isn't this a case for trading Chris Sale?
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.
We here at the Beachwood loved Junior Lake; he provided multiple moments of happiness and made our lives better because of it.
In an increasingly pass-happy league, the depth chart for fantasy QBs looks deeper than ever.
He's infallible - to our local sports-hack fanboys.
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.
Monmouth's mad money.
Next: Sending those calls to your smartwatch.
Matt Forte over Aaron Rodgers? Yes.
The Orioles strike first.
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.
1. Make a shoebox diorama of the bullpen.
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.
Value fluctuating - or is it?
"A one-furlong race, if the road stands up to it."
Sick shit, y'all.
Delusional thinking debunked.
Damn Cardinals. Plus: Duncan Keith In The Pantheon; Blackhawks South; Elena Delle Donne, Superstar; and The Chicago Fire Actually Did Do Something This Week.
There is no way in hell the track deserved to have a horse of his stature run there.
Jonathan Herrera vs. Carlos Rodon.
All we know is pain.
They ain't goin' nowhere.
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.
How the Cubs are really winning.
It's not what you think. Plus: The White Sox Meet Their Past; Old White Men vs. Soccer; Bulls Media Madness.
Should've just scheduled the Braves.
All-Star balloting to win.
Paging Anthony Bourdain.
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.
Former America's Horse on the way to the White Palace.
Can Jorge Soler deliver?
The games will be played between the lines, though not particularly well.
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.
Billion dollar babies.
Why wouldn't you have felt a twinge of optimism?
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.
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.
As many horses have since the turn of the century, American Pharoah defied current common wisdom.
Reassurance is not the proper response.
Barely (not even) mediocre.
I just hope we see him run again.
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!
That 12th furlong Saturday will turn American Pharoah's legs to pudding and demand the champion's proof.
Only one question matters: How do players react to the all-encompassing pressure when the series is on the line?
Kris Bryant is no slam dunk for NL Rookie of the Year.
Will the Cubs finally put Starlin Castro on Ritalin? Maybe!
Total breakdown averted.
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!
Not dead yet.
Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen was the worst player on the ice Monday night, and the Blackhawks still couldn't win.
A season teeters on a fulcrum!
Taking out the garbage.
We'll never know how great he could've been.
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!
Most improved - and most valuable.
Wearing a Jeff Baker jersey just too lame.
The boys looked awfully good for a 4-1 loss.
These are not your fortnight's Sox.
This season officially means something.
The Cavs fatten up the bankroll; six horses to look at. Plus: The Streets of Baltimore.
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.
Ronnie Woo Woo is out. Ronnie Woodfield III Woodfield III, Princeton '95, is in.
The center must hold.
This team finally has a theme.
The team's hottest hitter is a shortstop who bats ninth and plays second. The team's best pitcher is a catcher.
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.
Chris Sale not so much.
Oh, and your garage doesn't have a roof and is under construction.
The bottom line is that for the third straight season this team does not execute the fundamentals.
Multiple overtimes, late starts and a plan coming together.
Our money's on Dortmund to win and Mr. Z to lose.
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.
Closing streets and feeding the homeless.
A Cub & Co. try our patience.
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.
Was it the ninth-inning heroics on Monday or the macho face-off on Thursday that shook the team out of its doldrums?
Shifting fortunes. Plus: The Network Hockey League; Shark Tank; Cubs Make A Shit Ton Of Money; Jackie Robinson Left; and Mock Draft 5.0!
One problem: Venerating a past when blacks were slaves.
vs. Jon Lester?
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.
I can't recall when Robin Ventura has ever looked as indecisive and impotent as he did last Friday.
He can turn Budweiser into Old Style.
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.
Trend spotting when it's still too early to tell.
If the Cubs have to assert control over Bryant in 2021, they will have blown it.
Once we actually win the whole thing people will think it was funny that they peed on themselves.
In Kansas City, the White Sox saw what it takes to be a superior ballclub.
Bulls, Blackhawks, Cubs and White Sox all in trouble. Plus: The Chicago Fire Did Something This Week. Also: Wither College Basketball.
#Urinegate, a rainout without rain, Curt Schilling's sexual mediocrity and ABC 7's inability to spell.
The second Cub, a new face in Chicago, surprised me a little more.
Players come and go; in a sense, they are incidental in comparison to core fans.
The giant screen isn't nearly as fun when there are no highlights.
As Bugsy asked, "Did you think I wouldn't see that? Do you think I wouldn't notice?"
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!
Who could have imagined that the sentimental choice would have been 100 times better than what DePaul is actually doing.
The most thankless and boring of all fantasy rankings.
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.
Of course, this all is practice. Any correlation to reality is pure conjecture.
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.
Kubs still Klass Klowns. Plus: Shout Outs to Tony Snell, Russell Wilson.
Sale vs. Lester, Samardzija vs. Arrieta.
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.
Jorge Soler vs. Avisail Garcia.
One more jerk move from a guy who many people believe specializes in them?
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.
Baez vs. Alcantara vs. Ramirez vs. Castro.
The re-acquaintance of Ernie and Minnie Minoso is a global and heavenly celebration. We miss both of them already
The Hawks have figured out something about prospects that Oakland Athletics' general manager Billy Beane determined long, long ago.
While Minnie often repeated that baseball was very, very good to him, the larger truth is that he was very, very good to us.
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.
No pepper, too many strikeouts.
Abreu vs. Rizzo vs. LaRoche vs. Bryant.
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.
Baseball leads all other forms of entertainment when it comes to paranoia.
Look west, not north.
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.
Twenty-six analysts providing four dozen hours of live coverage over six days for an almost totally worthless exercise.
A tummy ache. Marshawn Lynch has a fucking tummy ache. This is how my fantasy football season ends?
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.
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.
Trap game and marquee match-up will tell us where this team is.
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.
Despite its problems, the NFL still has one, ultimate trump card: Spectacularly compelling competition.
Beyond the Square Pool: The Game, The Bets & The Depravity. Plus: As The Bulls Turn & Finally Appreciating Ernie Banks.
Free advice for the Big Ten.
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.
Chatting it up before getting some measure of revenge against the Mets.
Four-year-old girls adore Katy Perry because Katy Perry is a computer program designed to appeal to four-year-old girls.
Is Tom Brady a cheater? Tom Brady does not think so.
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.
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.
Tom Brady's balls. Plus: Bears Dream Team; Bulls' Weird-Ass Week; and Blue Demons Try To Justify New Arena.
Be the Seahawks, not the Bears.
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.
Marc Trestman getting a handful of OC interviews can mean only one thing.
A simple litmus test for GM and coaching candidates.
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.
Nice try, though, Buckeyes.
Our Pick: The Horned Frogs (-3.5) and the chile rub.
So a call for justice shouldn't offend or disrespect anybody. A call for justice shouldn't warrant an apology.
What's this, a bowl featuring two ranked teams? Forsooth! Verily have we entered the Realm of Intriguing Games.
The Bears better at least try to talk to Rex Ryan.
For entertainment purposes only.
All joking aside, watching NFL Football was something that made made me legitimately happy, and the these Bears took that away from me.
Nothing says more about the world we live in than a cryptocurrency sponsoring a college football bowl game.
We now know definitively what we have in Jay Cutler, and it's not good.
Weirdest, Worst, Wackiest Bears Team Ever. Plus: Duncan Keith, MVP; We [Heart] Pau; and Theo
Forgets The Cole Slaw.
If there's one thing a Miner needs to win, it's comfortable feet.
The weird turn pro.
Including "Cutler The Would-Be QB."
This game is just stupid.
Earth to idiots: We watch the games!
Coach-killer Cutler kills Kromer. Plus: Professional Baseball Comes To Chicago! And: Blackhawks Bungle.
If the White Sox bullpen converted at David Robertson's rate last year, they would have finished 87-75 instead of 73-89.
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.
I'll take Luck.
What real progress would've looked like.
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!
This is where we miss the BCS and the cold-hearted algorithms of the BCS HAL 9000.
This discussion actually took place last July.
It's like I always tell my kid: Atlanta, you definitely weren't supposed to happen.
There's still time to get help.
The McCaskeys' last stand.
Tchotchkes, trinkets, and gewgaws.
Lick it up.
Jay Cutler, Brandon Marshall and the Pope's Nose.
Cutler no longer allowed to throw.
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.
A trademark weekend of Directional Creampuffs and pigs.
Kromer cracks the code.
They will not just stand idly by and let Minnesota take control of third place in the NFC North.
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.
From Moscow to the San Jose Civic Center.
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.
Sometimes you gotta say, WTF.
And when you look back at the last couple years, they have been right about everything all along.
A mugging, a theft and a horse race that nobody saw.
Bench Shea, Hurt Rodgers. Plus: College Football's Iron Lotus; Derrick Rosebud; Joe Maddon Facts; and Kickstart The Blackhawks!
Hint: It starts with Shea McClellin.
A smorgasbord of sports.
Wins game, bags groceries.
Cubs could still screw this up. Plus: As The Bulls Turn; Go Ahead, Sleep On The Blackhawks; and The Phil & Marc Show.
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.
For wiseguys only.
Yada, yada, yada, the world is your oyster.
And Kyle Orton is very much alive.
With girl-on-girl action.
Hey Phil Emery, you're compiling a list of potential replacements as we speak, right?
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.
Brandon Marshall's milkshake brings all the boys to the yard.
At least Forte has delivered.
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.
Right message, wrong messenger.
Congratulations, Morgantown First Responders.
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.
You need a straw-ready beverage when your plans include skeptically eyeballing things at the other end of the room.
Getting suspended is the best thing that could ever happen to him.
And so is everybody else.
Colonel Reb vs. Admiral Ackbar.
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.
The Nerfing of America continues.
Even the bobbleheads are wack.
Famously "unconquerable, invincible, unbeatable."
Why Brandon Marshall, Jay Cutler and Matt Ryan are must-starts.
Unlike a box of chocolates, you always know what you're gonna get.
Mississippi up for grabs; Tennessee leading from behind.
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.
Time is a flat circle.
After last week, it's going to be a little tough to jump back on the bandwagon.
Role reversals in NFL backfields.
The problems are many, the holes need filling. Start with the bullpen - their 4.38 ERA is chilling.
Multi-level marketing at its best.
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.
Doing the opposite on a boogie-woogie weekend.
Handsome ain't enough.
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.
And their Cousins.
Cutler managed the game and the defense did the rest.
The first nail in the Jumbotron is the last nail in the coffin.
Too conservative, a work in progress, and here for a few more seasons.
The Minnesota Vikings select Pistol Pete.
In Tresty We Trusty. Plus: Brandon Marshall And Gloria Allred Grind Coach Coffman's Gears and California Uber Alles.
As a wagerer, you have to have at least some faith it's on the up-and-up, square, game. I don't.
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.
So does Jay Cutler.
Why the Blue Hose? Tune in Friday.
Flak jackets and fishing lines.
AKA Ricky Rentamanager.
Paul Konerko was the voice of reason when Ozzie, Hawk, Jerry and Kenny were not.
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.
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.
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.
Week 1 in review.
Paying more for less - again.
Minivan Jay back to Surly Jay in one week.
Brings a butter knife to a gunfight.
An idea for Robin Ventura, whose job is surprisingly secure.
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.
Dating back to 2007, the Big Ten is 17-41 against ranked opponents.
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.
A gambler's draft.
And it's hard to see that as a positive sign in any way shape or form.
Remember kids, keep your head on a swivel out there.
Plus: The Sky Is Burning; Prospects Are Suspects Until Proven Otherwise, And So Is Starlin Castro; Deadspin Is Dead Wrong; and much, much more!
It's a Buckeyes world, we're just livin' in it.
In an effort to help the cause, I gassed up the windowless van and headed for Missouri.
If Wittenmyer truly got the story wrong, prove it and demand a retraction. But don't try to spin it away.
Sorry, Bears fans, but the road to a Super Bowl goes through Century Link Field.