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The NBA will open for business Tuesday and already Gregg Popovich is in midseason form, bless him.
Griffith's outdoor courts were mecca for the area's best high school and college players.
CHICAGO | The Bears, top to bottom, are like a bad marriage. You stay together for the kids and because you have a lot invested in the family.
It seems like such a simple task. Kick the ball 10 yards and then jump on it like it's a gold bar.
With Indiana high school football playoffs just a pooch punt away, this should be a happy time for all players and fans of the game.
CHICAGO | Tom Thibodeau is so stubborn. He could be on the top floor of a burning building, with the crowd below yelling "JUMP!" and he'd take the stairs down out of spite.
Chuck Hughes loves his city. He worries about it like a wayward son. He wants the best for Gary and its youth.
Bulls fans are going to love Nikola Mirotic. What a refreshing new face in professional basketball and sports in general.
CHICAGO | Many of the major "books" in Las Vegas have the LeBron James-enriched Cleveland Cavaliers and Derrick Rose's improved Bulls as favorites to win the Eastern Conference.
The sad headlines continue. The news is depressing. Eventually, we become numb to what's happening around us and barely glance at these stories.
LAKE FOREST | Excuses are like the obnoxious brother-in-law who stops by for a "short" visit and brings a U-Haul.
CHICAGO | Big auditions have left many in tears when that official list of cast members is tacked onto the stage door.
CHICAGO | Jay Cutler may as well stick his jaw out and invite the critics to punch away.
I dashed into a local food establishment for a quick bite last week and immediately was approached by a father and his young son, neither of whom was smiling.
LAKE FOREST | The Bears didn't want him to, Brandon Marshall insisted, and their star wide receiver held a rambling 45-minute press conference Thursday to "vent" over a documentary ESPN did two years ago and ran again this week concerning his past transgressions.
This is the perfect fit, like pizza in college, Italian loafers on the Magnificent Mile, Jose Abreu batting cleanup.
Jeff Konopasek probably didn't know he had this many friends who cared.
The center isn't just a guy who snaps the ball to the quarterback, then becomes a human shield against defenders who want to do him harm.
Professional football has many athletes who already are living on the edge, who can't control the "neanderthal gene" we hear so much about.
CHICAGO | Shades of Mike Brown.
CHICAGO | You knew what Bears coach Marc Trestman was going to say before the playing field had cleared.
With a new Bears season set to open, chances of a Super Bowl championship are thinner than mission soup.
MERRILLVILLE | If you plan to be in one of the ALS "Ice Bucket Challenge" videos that have gone viral around the country, ask yourself this question as you towel off.
This is a great job, don't get me wrong.
If you're a diehard Colts' fan, you may be pacing the floor at night like an expectant father. Sorry for your angst.
The ball boys got more face time during Bears training camp at Olivet-Nazarene University.
Yes, it was just a preseason game, a glorified practice, and doesn't count in the standings, fortunately.
Back in the day at the old Halas Hall, wide receiver Dennis McKinnon drove a new pearl Lexus with his nickname "Silky" stenciled over both door handles.
LAKE FOREST | If there's one thing Bears fans absolutely must understand, even more than the weird spelling of Micheal Spurlock's first name, it's this:
Allow me to get something off my chest.
Matt Forte is a tough act to follow. We all know that. It's like prime rib and Spam. No contest.
BOURBONNAIS | Emotionally, Jay Cutler is flat-line.
BOURBONNAIS | Fans at Bears training camp say Zach Miller sure looks like a tight end. Unshaven. Tattoos. Tough as rawhide.
CHICAGO | The kid looked pretty good, didn't he?
BOURBONNAIS | Poor Jay Cutler. He must feel like he just had his wallet lifted at the casino.
Calumet City native Ron Loneski loved to compete, was absolutely obsessed with it.
Randy "Fox" Peters is having friends over Sept. 19 for some sports banter in his Munster basement, a converted Notre Dame football shrine that shames the campus bookstore.
BOURBONNAIS | Linebacker D.J. Williams is a pretty good football player when he's not suspended or injured.
BOURBONNAIS | When Devin Hester literally burst onto the Chicago sports scene eight years ago, media joyfully declared there was a new "23" in town.
BOURBONNAIS | Rookie cornerback Kyle Fuller forgot all about Friday's two early interceptions of backups Jordan Palmer and Jimmy Clausen, and that's good.
CHICAGO | It might not be reason to break out in dance, but seeing Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau smile for extended periods of time is so refreshing.
Steve Balash is a lifelong Hobart guy and you know all about these Brickies. They're born making a fist.
Carmelo Anthony lied. What, you're surprised?
I once wrestled a black bear at Southlake Mall. His name was Victor. He stood 7 feet tall, weighed 600 pounds and his breath could stop a train.
The black eyes are no longer purple and puffy. The fat lips have healed. The bloody noses have stopped.
There is room for others on the big stage. That's what makes sports so appealing. It's not a snooty, private club with VIP parking only.
CHICAGO | White Sox manager Robin Ventura says Seattle Mariners' counterpart Lloyd McClendon has a "fun" side.
I feel like the event planner who wished for rain.
Admit it. You love watching the National Football League because it's a brutal ballet of uncanny skill, bloodlust and fingernails-in-the-couch drama.
We all want to leave some sort of legacy.
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