| Oct 15, 2013
Lovie Smith never warmed up to anchormen in Chicago so, if you can, picture Smith pretending to laugh at prominent and omnipresent USC fan Will Ferrell's jokes on the sideline during a Trojans practice.
Imagine the straight-laced Smith sidling next to...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 4:22 PM
It's the most wonderful time of the year for Las Vegas where the sports books with all of their big-screen televisions and their giant scoreboards filled with flashing numbers all welcome the start of another NFL season. The major league baseball and...
| Aug 30, 2013
Because I was the only one of the Tribune's nine-man panel who correctly predicted the Bears would miss the playoffs last year, it's my privilege to hit leadoff with this year's NFL crystal ball.
It's easy to make a case for all four teams in the NFC...
| Aug 24, 2013
| 7:45 AM
With 15 days to go before the start of the NFL regular season, the Oakland Raiders don’t have their answer at quarterback.
Presumed starter Matt Flynn played poorly in Friday’s exhibition game against Chicago, completing three of six...
| Jul 26, 2013
| 8:58 PM
NAPA, Calif., — For Matt Flynn, last season was a false start.
Flynn, who had been backup to Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers, signed with Seattle during the 2012 off-season and was on track to start for the Seahawks. But Seattle selected...
| Aug 5, 2013
| 10:10 PM
The Green Bay Packers might be forced to shuffle their renovated offensive line after starting left tackle Bryan Bulaga reportedly suffered a season-ending knee injury during a weekend scrimmage.
Only three months ago, Coach Mike McCarthy moved Bulaga...
| Aug 11, 2013
| 5:28 PM
NAPA, Calif. — Terrelle Pryor, the last draft pick made by Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis, can now make a remarkable admission for an NFL quarterback.
Until this year, he didn't really know how to throw a football.
That may be a little extreme....
| May 29, 2013
| 7:28 AM
Former UCF linebacker Ray Shipman is among the players making an impression early on in his rookie career.
The undrafted free agent has found his way onto the New Orleans Saints two-deep at middle linebacker, prompting one blogger to ask, “Who...
| Oct 1, 2012
Who says Tom Brady isn't a great scrambler?
The Patriots quarterback was scrambling all over the New England sideline Sunday in Buffalo, frantically searching for his missing helmet before his team's first possession of the third quarter. He couldn't...
| Dec 11, 2012
| 5:42 PM
The Bears may appear to be going nowhere, but that doesn't mean Lovie Smith is headed anywhere.
Smith effectively can seal another contract with a victory over the Packers on Sunday. Beating the Packers is important to Bears ownership, and Smith could...
| Nov 14, 2012
1. Texans (3 last week): They proved they are for real by winning against a tough Bears team in bad conditions Sunday.
2. Falcons (1): Did anyone really think they were the '72 Dolphins? They are allowed one mulligan.
3. Bears (2): No disgrace in...
| Oct 21, 2012
Josh Scobee, you slacker.
The Jacksonville Jaguars kicker stands out from all other NFL kickers but his distinction is not likely to earn him a free beer in a Jacksonville sports bar. Scobee, you see, is the only kicker to miss an extra point this...