| 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...
| Dec 15, 2012
| 5:52 PM
In August 2001, Dick Butkus was approached with a deal.
If he would record a radio advertisement, he would be given an EBCT heart scan. The scan normally would have cost about $15,000 and insurance didn't cover it.
"What the hell," Butkus said. "I hadn'...
| 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...
| 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.
| Sep 18, 2012
| 1:19 PM
Steve Sabol, who helped his father get an unlikely fledgling movie company off the ground, then later took over and expanded the family business, now known to sports fans as NFL Films, has died. He was 69.
Sabol, who had served as president of NFL...
| Sep 6, 2012
| 2:08 PM
Charles Tillman came to the Bears in the 2003 draft as a relative unknown. Nine years later he is a Pro Bowl cornerback, special teams ace, fan favorite and fumble-forcing master. RedEye spoke with him about his first opening day, his 10th opening day and...
| Sep 6, 2012
| 5:04 AM
The new Ravens owner was sitting on stage at the Inner Harbor, and looking quite uncomfortable. On Nov. 6, 1995, Art Modell announced that he was moving the Browns from Cleveland to Baltimore, and while local politicians couldn't hide their enthusiasm,...
| Mar 18, 2012
Thrown together by time and a newspaper's front page, two disparate events can become related. Forty-five years ago, a horrific flash fire killed three Apollo 1 astronauts on the launch pad, the worst disaster to that date for the nascent U.S. space...
| Mar 4, 2012
On March 4, 1837, exactly 175 years ago, Chicago was incorporated. Not that Flashback needed a reason, but we took this occasion to compile a very long list of events, year by year and decade by decade, that helped shape this great city.
| Feb 21, 2012
| 12:39 PM
On the eve of Wednesday's board vote on school closings and turnarounds, Chicago Public Schools has reached a deal with community leaders on the West Side to bring in a new neighborhood high school to replace Crane Tech, which is expected to begin a...
| Dec 22, 2011
| 6:35 AM
I’ve been waiting for a “gotcha,’’ but I guess it’s true and official: Bears coach Lovie Smith named Josh McCown to lose to the Packers on Christmas night.
Smith admitted he hasn’t seen a lot from McCown, and what&...