| Dec 31, 2013
| 10:10 PM
So … we meet again.
Three of this weekend's four NFL wild-card games are rematches from the regular season, with New Orleans at Philadelphia being the only first-time matchup.
The most recent of these meetings came two weeks ago when...
| Dec 17, 2013
| 6:13 PM
Ask Meredith Marakovits how tough it is to get through the 162-game grind of a major league baseball season and she'll happily tell you: "It beats having a real job."
Marakovits, a Central Catholic graduate and Northampton native, completed her second...
| Dec 19, 2013
| 7:33 PM
Aaron Rodgers looked fine on the practice field Thursday. It doesn't mean he is going to play.
There was no definitive word on whether Rodgers would be medically cleared to return from his left collarbone injury in time for Sunday's game against the...
| Dec 21, 2013
| 3:41 PM
D is for disheartening, devastation and disappointment.
D is also for Dallas and Detroit.
In a matter of weeks, the Cowboys and Lions have gone from the thick of the playoff race to a race to the bottom. They are a combined 0-4 since posting...
| Dec 23, 2013
| 9:09 PM
Overcrowding, procrastination, people pushing and shoving for that one remaining item on the shelf…
Just the way the NFL had hoped the end of the season would go.
The league that once writhed when teams that had clinched early coasted into the...
| Dec 26, 2013
| 6:53 PM
At the risk of making my computer wonder if it was hacked, duty compels me to report Jay Cutler connected logically during a news conference Thursday at Halas Hall.
Barely anybody noticed.
The focus understandably centered on how Cutler behaved...
| Dec 28, 2013
| 2:24 PM
When Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman broke his left collarbone in the second game of the 1998 season, he missed five Cowboys games over the next 50 days.
The wait was excruciating, even between owner Jerry Jones' news conferences.
"The pain was...
| Dec 28, 2013
| 4:28 PM
The year is almost over and I must climb upon one last soap box and shout protest to the world:
"Tanking is not strategy! Tanking is cheating the people who pay your salary — your fans."
How did tanking (i.e., intentionally not making every...
| Dec 29, 2013
| 10:38 PM
Looking as devastated as every Bears fan felt early Sunday evening, safety Chris Conte slowly walked away from his locker declining comment on the biggest play of the season.
Conte's eyes were red and his head was down as he stared at the carpet....
| Nov 3, 2013
| 4:47 PM
The Packers have shown the ability to run with Eddie Lacy and that has created balance for coach Mike McCarthy's game plan. Look for the Packers to test the Bears' front seven Monday night at Lambeau Field with the rookie running back and set up play-...
| Nov 4, 2013
| 10:40 PM
GREEN BAY — For perhaps the first time in a generation of games between the NFL's most storied rivals, the Bears could make a declaration Monday night for which the Packers had no defense.
They had the best quarterback on the field.
| Nov 4, 2013
| 5:24 PM
If you're one of those fans who watched Monday's Bears-Packers game simply to pass the time before the release of "Call of Duty: Ghosts" on Tuesday, well, that's understandable.
However, you might not have realized Marc Trestman's team strikes a...