| Apr 10, 2014
| 2:30 AM
After spending much of his career being likened to "High Noon" star Gary Cooper, Kevin Costner gets a countdown-clock movie to call his very own in "Draft Day." Although director Ivan Reitman's sports dramedy trades the streets of the Wild West for the...
| Apr 10, 2014
| 8:23 AM
"Draft Day" feels like a play, and I don't mean a football play. It feels like a play-play at its sporadic best, in the same way J.C. Chandor's 2011 "Margin Call" felt that way.
Set mostly in a series of offices across 13 hours in a pressure-cooked day,...
| Apr 1, 2014
| 7:56 AM
The NFL is fiercely protective of its image and seldom gives Hollywood permission to use its marks, team names and logos. As a result, moviegoers wind up watching teams such as the Boston Rebels ("The Game Plan"), Los Angeles Outlaws ("Against All Odds"),...
| Jan 28, 2014
| 5:36 AM
The Miami Dolphins have filled out its coaching staff by hiring John Benton to serve as the team's assistant offensive line coach.
Benton spent the previous eight seasons coaching the Houston Texans, which arguably featured one of the best offensive...
| Oct 20, 2013
| 5:07 PM
Jamaal Charles ran for 86 yards and a touchdown, Alex Smith also ran for a score and the Kansas City Chiefs beat the banged-up Houston Texans 17-16 on Sunday to remain unbeaten.
The Chiefs (7-0) were forced to punt the ball to Houston with 1:46 left in...
| Apr 10, 2013
| 6:17 PM
This running back class has a little depth, but very little top-end talent. In fact, scouts agree this could be the first draft in 50 years in which no running back is chosen in the first round. Alabama's Eddie Lacy appears to be the only first-round...
| Sep 20, 2013
| 9:51 PM
Houston Texans running back Arian Foster says in an upcoming documentary he accepted money his senior year at Tennessee.
"Honestly, I don't know if this will throw us into an NCAA investigation, but my senior year I was getting money on the side,"...
| Nov 11, 2012
| 10:45 PM
The Bears made Jason Campbell one of the highest-paid backup quarterbacks in the NFL for situations just like this.
They have to be hoping they won't need Campbell's services for an extended period after starter Jay Cutler was knocked out of Sunday...
| Nov 19, 2012
| 10:37 PM
SAN FRANCISCO — It's too bad Colin Kaepernick wasn't available when Phil Emery set out to find a backup quarterback.
The first-year general manager had to strike quickly to find an experienced No. 2. The Bears invested big money in Jason Campbell,...
| Sep 10, 2013
Starting this week, I will be engaging Chicago's #1 White Sox fan SOXMAN in a war of words as we go up against each other in our fantasy football league. Yes, Chicago's King of Geeks (thanks for the moniker Laurence Holmes!) is also a die-hard Cubs fan,...
| Oct 2, 2013
The hottest rivalry since "Rowdy" Roddy Piper versus "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka is heating up! The Comix Warriors, fantasy football team of Chicago's King of Geeks (as christened by Laurence Holmes of NBC5 and 670 The Score) was more devastating than the...
| Oct 2, 2013
| 4:02 PM
Big-foot conferences and the NCAA bank hundreds of millions annually in television revenue. Coaches, commissioners and athletic directors reside in Rocky Mountain-high tax brackets. Jerseys and video games jump from the shelves.
Meanwhile, the linchpins...