| May 9, 2014
In his massive and utterly definitive biography, "Michael Jordan: The Life," Roland Lazenby wastes no time establishing his subject's significance. "The convergence of culture and technology," he writes in the prologue, "had thrust him into this...
| Apr 5, 2014
| 4:01 PM
With the Bears trailing 7-0 early in the 1963 NFL championship game at Wrigley Field, Giants receiver Del Shofner got behind cornerback Dave Whitsell but dropped a pass from Y.A. Tittle in the end zone.
On the next play, linebacker Larry Morris...
| Oct 27, 2013
This is a football city, and that is because we (or most of us) still like to think we live in a rough-and-tumble town. The echo of Carl Sandburg remains strong. He called the city “alive and coarse and strong and cunning” and endowed it...
| Dec 25, 2013
| 3:13 PM
Here's a look at the other Bears-Packers season finales:
2010: Packers 10-3. Jan. 2, 2011, Lambeau Field.
Locked in a 3-3 tie, Aaron Rodgers connected on a 1-yard scoring pass to Donald Lee with 2 minutes, 50 seconds to play to give the Packers the...
| Sep 23, 2013
| 3:47 PM
George Halas, Patty Driscoll and Neil Snow have been selected as the first three finalists for this season's Rose Bowl All-Century Class.
The three players were chosen for the decades of the 1900s and 1910s. The first Rose Bowl was held in 1902 and ...
| Sep 26, 2013
| 6:36 AM
A version of "Chicago (That Toddlin' Town)" sung by Judy Garland plays over the opening moments of "Four Days in Chicago," Haskell Wexler's documentary about the protesters who came town last year during the NATO summit. As Garland sings of State Street,...
| Oct 26, 2012
| 12:53 PM
Ohio had puzzled me. On the map I saw a sprawling state, presumably rich with history. It has the seventh-highest population and big cities — but it had never been suggested to me as a vacation possibility. As a city guy, I was intrigued.
| Jun 17, 2013
| 11:47 AM
NASCAR is known for its feuds, but would a driver ever stoop to stealing another competitor's cars?
Authorities in North Carolina have issued arrest warrants for NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Mike Harmon and a business associate, who are accused of...
| Dec 31, 2012
| 2:28 PM
The epitaph for Lovie Smith's tenure as head coach of the Bears could read, "He couldn't fix the offense."
For all the good things Smith did in his nine years in Chicago, his undoing was his inability to take care of the side of the ball in which he...
| Nov 16, 2012
| 8:43 PM
Former Bears coach and Hall of Fame tight end Mike Ditka was hospitalized Friday after suffering what he said doctors told him was a "very minor stroke."
Contacted Friday evening, Ditka said, "I feel good right now and it's not a big deal."
Ditka was at...
| Nov 16, 2012
| 8:00 AM
Mention the phrase "Jewish sports legends" and you'll probably conjure up familiar suspects: Sandy Koufax, Mark Spitz, maybe that joke from "Airplane."
You're more likely to omit Sidney Franklin, a matador from Brooklyn (real last name: Frumpkin), or...
| Sep 12, 2013
| 11:30 AM
Warning: Far too much love being shown in this column.
Disclaimer: It's early, things are still good. Now, the column.
Let's just keep our emotions in check. It's only one game.
But baby, let's dream anyway! The Bears should be 2-0 after this week....