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The athletic programs in Gary have become a joke, like the hapless victim who unknowingly has a "KICK ME!" sign taped to his back at the workplace.
Name calling and organized sports go together like buttered popcorn.
You have the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft and money to burn.
CHICAGO | What do you do, what do you say, when the end is inevitable?
CHICAGO | You can't stop Sasquatch with spitballs.
CHICAGO | Coach Tom Thibodeau says we're missing the real story.
Quit dumping your vitriol on Derrick Rose, OK?
CHICAGO | Nate Robinson isn't human.
CHICAGO | Free spirit Joakim Noah has undergone an amazing transformation from clown to All-Star since joining the Bulls.
Besides growing up together in cozy Lovington, New Mexico and being best friends, the bond between Brian Urlacher and Brandon Ridenour is as basic as milk.
Fans will turn on a professional athlete faster than a rabid dog. It's their nature as paying customers.
Batiste Haywood has a plan, a pretty good one at that.
Mary "Merciless" McGee has literally been a fighter all her life.
You could sense the shock and deep sadness in Carey Pinkowski's voice as if he were sitting next you at a Starbucks, baring his soul.
An open letter to Michigan's Glenn Robinson III, Mitch McGary and Spike Albrecht:
CHICAGO | Cover your children's ears. Don't touch the Derrick Rose poster in their bedroom, though purple bunting taped across it might be appropriate.
Feel-good stories are as rare as a Cubs winning streak.
Next to the Super Bowl, the NCAA men's basketball championship is the most popular sporting event in this country.
It was once believed Jerome Harmon could fly.
CHICAGO | Now at power forward for the Orlando Magic, No. 55, E'Twaun Moore.
CHICAGO | How sad that a high school player's future can be summed up with flashy one-liners and comparisons to an NBA star.
Occasionally, social media gets it right.
If Erik Campbell was an assistant for Marc Trestman last season, he might be on the Bears payroll in 2013-14.
CHICAGO | I took the bait. I feel so dumb.
What were you doing on Feb. 3?
WEST LAFAYETTE | Kawann Short wants so badly to play pro football, he's given up pizza and ribs and chocolate sundaes.
CHICAGO | Covering Tom Thibodeau's press conferences is like having an ill friend at the hospital and watching them slowly slip away.
AUBURN HILLS, MICH.| And now the questioning, the second-guessing, begins.
AUBURN HILLS, MICH. | Tom Izzo loves wearing a bull's-eye on his back and dodging hand grenades.
People are losing their jobs each day.
GARY | Why are so many people jealous of Bowman Academy and its wildly successful basketball program?
HAMMOND | Barry and Jason Quigg are a father-son TV movie with a hanky ready next to the remote.
We called Kawann Short a teddy bear as a basketball-football standout at East Chicago Central.
Batiste Haywood loves basketball.
The problem with your favorite pro team kicking butt and having a super season is ticket prices.
Angie Wright kept stats for Andrean baseball coach Dave Pishkur as a student, but that was just Step 1 in pursuing a career after college.
Imagine running with the bulls in Pamplona Spain and tripping.
One event can define you for life, particularly in sports where the goat lives on forever.
With all apologies to "The Music Man," we got trouble, right here in the Windy City, and it's spelled B-U-L-L-S with a capital B.
HAMMOND | Something quite special is happening at 250 Ogden St., and it's not a massive yard sale where one person's garbage is another's treasure.
CHICAGO | The Miami Heat are running away with the Eastern Conference's No. 1 playoff seed, but no one is handing out cigars and party hats.
Gay athletes in professional and amateur sports is a subject that won't go away, nor should it have to.
Last summer at Bears training camp in Bourbonnais, curious fans wondered who that frail-looking kid was watching practice from the sidelines at Olivet Nazarene University.
CHICAGO | You wouldn't want to play chess with San Antonio Spurs' coach Gregg Popovich.
WEST LAFAYETTE | Michigan State sophomore Branden Dawson will be playing in the NBA one day. He knows it.
If you were among the 108.4 million fans who watched Super Bowl XLVII on TV and live in the Chicagoland area, you had to be discouraged.
Hank Stram didn't deserve the slap in the face he got from his hometown of Gary, which still hasn't honored the Hall of Fame football coach since his 2003 induction.
The first time I saw Ray Lewis, in person, was during a Bears home game in 2005. It was pretty spooky.
Bobby Cox is one of the more transparent, accessible Indiana High School Athletic Association commissioners in recent years. He'll address any topic or issue you toss his way.
Luke Harangody would love to stop living out of an overnight bag.
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