| May 2, 2013
| 6:22 PM
Chicago now has digested a month of uninspiring baseball on both sides of town. The reaction has me puzzled.
"It's going to be a long summer," seems to be the most common response from fans and the media.
No, it isn't. The Cubs and White Sox are on...
| Jan 25, 2013
I'm going to leave it to Joel Quenneville and his players to remind you "it's still early" in this NHL season.
It's true the Blackhawks aren't going to win the Stanley Cup this month. And they didn't get any closer to a title with their 3-2 overtime...
| Jan 10, 2013
| 10:12 PM
Be it positive or negative — and I expect more of the latter — there will be a handful of over-the-top reactions to Phil Emery's choice as the Bears new head coach once the GM finally pulls the trigger.
I'm going to do my best to avoid the...
| Jan 17, 2013
| 8:24 PM
Marc Trestman was a smash at his introductory news conference Thursday in Lake Forest. The Bears new head coach definitively answered "yes" to the qualities Phil Emery suggested were requisite for the job when the Bears general manager outlined his...
| Jan 4, 2013
With each New Year there arrives the chance to clear the slate and begin anew.
I was delighted the Bears did that Monday when they showed Lovie Smith the door. It made for a more celebratory Rockin' Bears New Year's Eve than the Fog Bowl victory over...
| Sep 15, 2012
| 2:44 PM
We have nine days to debate if the Bears offense can be as bad as Thursday night's debacle in Green Bay would lead one to believe.
I'm going with yes, it can.
For the record, I've not been pushing Lake Forest propaganda. Of the nine-man Tribune...
| Sep 20, 2012
| 5:50 PM
It would be snobbish — not to mention cowardly — if I suggested we all park our opinions of the Bears and the NFL until there's more evidence to evaluate in a few weeks.
But pessimism over the 1-1 Bears is not a rush to judgment, a knee-jerk...
| Sep 27, 2012
| 6:57 PM
Barring some miraculous turn of events this weekend, these are our final chances to reflect on the improbable 2012 White Sox.
Much of the audience already has headed for the exits, so I'm going to roll closing credits now and avoid an empty theater next...
| Jul 12, 2012
| 5:54 PM
As we continue to peel away the calendar pages — only 12 days left — until the Bears arrive in Bourbonnais, the assignment is determining the 10 most important players in 2012.
Let's first establish the criteria for "important." To me, it...
| Dec 21, 2012
The big-picture stuff going on in Lake Forest is juicier than it has been in years. To my delight, that's not going to change for many weeks.
Who coaches the Bears in 2013 is a much more meaningful, more layered conversation than if Lovie Smith's...
| Dec 13, 2012
| 5:21 PM
In less than three weeks, there will be answers to all the questions being debated around water coolers from Milwaukee to Merrillville.
Many words have been devoted to Lovie Smith's future and the power structure in Lake Forest since the Bears tumbled...
| Nov 29, 2012
| 5:43 PM
The prospect of a winter without pucks draws closer to reality as each day concludes without movement in the NHL's labor dispute.
Enthusiasts of the most electric spectator sport in the world gradually have moved away from disgust and anger to a feeling...