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MERRILLVILLE | This wasn't going to be Spurs-Heat or Peyton Manning against Russell Wilson, but close.
LAKE FOREST | You don't hire a plumber to perform heart surgery, or a lumberjack to do Shakespeare on Broadway.
LAKE FOREST | There are more Bears fans than pigeons teetering on the ledge after that 28-point embarrassment in Seattle last week.
ST. JOHN | Sometimes, you just have to cross the street and silence that big guy flexing his muscles at you.
LAKE FOREST | When the Bears pipe in simulated crowd noise at their practices, it sounds like a grizzly with laryngitis and is as intimidating as a parking ticket.
HAMMOND | Every new prep football season is like a movie premier and all you want is a strong cast and more action than drama.
CHICAGO | Each day in the Bears' cafeteria, rookie free safety Brock Vereen is served a heaping portion of humility, hold the salt.
Do you know who Gene Schroeder is?
BOURBONNAIS | As the final training camp practice ended on an overcast 61-degree Tuesday, coach Marc Trestman huddled the team at midfield while hundreds of applauding fans gave his Bears a standing ovation.
GRIFFITH | Remember your first new car and how you drove through the neighborhoods, windows down and radio blaring, showing it off?
CHICAGO | Preseason football is like window shopping on Michigan Avenue. Look here. Look there. Find the best bargain for your money.
BOURBONNAIS | With nearly 30 minutes to go in Monday's practice, a scuffle ensued as Martellus Bennett body-slammed first-round pick Kyle Fuller.
BOURBONNAIS | Chad Rempel and Brandon Hartson may as well mow the practice fields at Olivet Nazarene University or drive the golf carts that take Bears' players to the cafeteria afterwards.
BOURBONNAIS | Michael Irvin could talk the stain off an outdoor deck, the fur off a kitten. Get the point?
BOURBONNAIS | You've seen the Packers' silly cheesehead hats, their fans' badge of honor.
CHICAGO | All that was missing Friday at the United Center were blaring trumpets, a parade down West Madison, and a fireworks show.
As the NFL becomes more of a passing league, Pierre Thomas isn't feeling like the Maytag repairman just yet.
CICERO | If you fall, stay flat on the ground, protect your head, and the bulls will jump over you. Hopefully.
CHICAGO | Valparaiso University men's basketball coach Bryce Drew can take solace in knowing few, if any, major leaguers can hit a 23-foot shot at the buzzer to win an NCAA Tournament game.
Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, meet Chesterton's Mitch McGary.
DEERFIELD | You didn't need an Ivy League diploma or job offers from Google to know what the Bulls needed in Thursday night's NBA draft.
Invitations to the 2014 NBA Draft Turnabout will be handed out tonight as Glenn Robinson III and Mitch McGary wait by the phone for a call to the formal affair.
Eric Schreiber likes challenges. He's got a new one now.
MICHIGAN CITY | Jory Peters played on Gary West Side High School's 2002 Class 4A state championship basketball team that went 23-4 and featured three Division I players.
MICHIGAN CITY | Mark Hubbard has been at the Indiana State Prison since 1990.
LAKE FOREST | Jordan Mills hears it from fans nearly everywhere he goes.
LAKE FOREST | Jimmy Clausen? Well, well.
LAKE FOREST | Jay Cutler's "hit parade" is nothing he can dance or snap his fingers to. It's painful, in fact.
Dan Plesac is coming home. Sort of.
WHITING | If you were blindfolded and led into Mayor Joe Stahura's office at City Hall, you might think you had stumbled into a Dick's Sporting Goods.
Nicole Rittenmeyer is quite a storyteller.
LAKE FOREST | Brandon Marshall's news conferences should be pay-per-view. Like a pinata, you never know what will shake out.
The Indiana University Northwest women's basketball program just added GPS.
CHICAGO | Let's put Friday's Brewers-Cubs game in perspective for a moment.
CHICAGO | It was 20 years ago when Glenn "Big Dog" Robinson, Jason Kidd, Grant Hill, Donyell Marshall and Juwan Howard sat at separate tables in a luxury hotel along Michigan Avenue, waiting for the media crush.
HIGHLAND | In the 1997 film "Starship Troopers," humans in a militaristic future battle giant alien bugs.
Tom Yohe had the world in a headlock as a former three-sport standout at Crown Point, starting quarterback at Harvard, a world traveler, and currently as a producer/director at Fox Sports.
LAKE FOREST | Kyle Fuller, your table is ready.
CHICAGO | Please don't cry for Jeff Samardzija.
LAKE FOREST | Bears general manager Phil Emery did not roll out the blackboard and list the seven players he desired in next week's NFL draft. Don't be silly.
CHICAGO | Turnovers are like leaving the wall safe open and your front door unlocked.
CHICAGO | Los Angeles Clippers' owner Donald Sterling has been tossed out on his ear for racist comments he made last weekend about his black players and fans, and the entire NBA couldn't be happier.
CHICAGO | Washington Wizards' coach Randy Wittman called his team "desperate" before the late start to Tuesday night's Game 2 of the playoffs. Desperate?
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich looked uneasy, as if he were out of place during Tuesday's heavily-attended news conference at the team's practice facility.
It's taken a while for the love-hate relationship between Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau and starting center Joakim Noah to subside.
CHICAGO | Anybody see Nate Robinson? Someone, anyone, to create their own shot.
CHICAGO | Welcome to Granderson Stadium.
CHICAGO | You'll get Tom Thibodeau to talk about the mating habits of the striped Brazilian mongoose before thumping his own chest.
SCHERERVILLE | Local officials do more than work ballgames with a deaf ear towards screaming, swearing, clueless fans.
It was a scene straight from a Norman Rockwell painting where two youngsters, in patchy jeans with slingshots in their back pockets, are peering through a hole in the outfield fence of a big-league ballpark.
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