Al Hamnik is a Region native, born in East Chicago and a graduate of Griffith High School and Calumet College.
He's been a reporter and columnist in Northwest Indiana for 42 years and is a member of the Indiana Sportswriters and Sportscasters Hall of Fame, as well as a winner of the Indiana sportswriter of the year award, an IHSAA media award winner, a Corky Lamm Award winner and a three-time HSPA winner.
He's covered two Super Bowls, six NBA championships, the Pan-American Games, the Big Ten and NCAA men's basketball tournaments, championship series for both the Cubs and White Sox and title games across the IHSAA spectrum.
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HAMMOND | Brandon Bradford played on Lew Wallace's 3A state runner-up basketball team in 2010, but never got much recruiting love.
CHICAGO | Paul Massat was too excited to notice icicles hanging from his chin or no feeling in both feet Monday night.
CHICAGO | Tony Snell's heard his share of "skinny" jokes growing up.
Enough of the bad news. Less clouds, more sun.
LAKE FOREST | I'm often asked what's the toughest interview I've ever had to do.
GARY | Willie Merriweather should be a bitter man.
Gregg Popovich and his San Antonio Spurs are at it again, out of the chute like a rocket.
It's so easy to kick professional sports teams when they're down, and their athletes, too.
Valparaiso's Robbie Hummel plays professional basketball for the Minnesota Timberwolves.
We must always open a window when talking about Purdue or Indiana football, two programs in dire need of Febreze.
CHICAGO | You can understand why pro athletes simply tolerate their fans, most of whom blow hot and cold, and can turn on them in an instant like a rabid dog.
CHICAGO | So this is how it's going to be.
CHICAGO | The Bulls have a world of worry to contend with and it's not the Derrick Rose daily injury report.
LAKE FOREST | The Bears season is coming apart like the cheap suit you wore on a date when a sleeve came off in the appetizer.
CHICAGO | Marc Trestman has been labeled a savior of sorts in hopefully bringing the Bears, particularly Jay Cutler, back to the NFL forefront.
In one corner of Soldier Field today will be Bears' injury-prone quarterback Jay Cutler, a tough guy often as delicate as a tea cup based on his history.
There are many high-risk jobs that pay well but are life-threatening.
It's the worst fear of any high school coach.
LAKE FOREST | Strolling through the Bears locker room Saturday, the first thing I noticed was an echo. When you're losing, few players feel like talking to media.
You can come in off that ledge now, Bears fans.
I remember the Soldier Field press box igniting during a Bears-Packers game, when a brutal special teams hit saw two writers give each other a high 5.
Kawann Short nailed it like a carpenter.
Bears football is like that guy at the end of the bar, holding court and sounding off like he knows it all.
It's a jungle out there in the NFL, a fight to the finish.
INDIANAPOLIS | Ryan Grigson has made the Colts relevant once again in this, just his second season as general manager.
HAMMOND | They move much slower now, though not by choice. Their hands and feet often betray them and the inability to focus frustrates them to no end.
I can no longer watch the Cubs, who are as exciting as a flooded basement, but I can help team president Theo Epstein find his next manager.
Randy McCambridge is about to go where few of us dare, a land where danger lurks around every corner and the unexpected is a way of life.
CHICAGO | Landon Cohen is that friend of a friend who can fix your leaky pipes for a third of the cost.
It's no wonder Carey Pinkowski has an office phone, a business cell phone and a personal cell phone.
Here we go again with another Brandon Marshall Watch.
CHICAGO | After most New Orleans Saints' victories, you'll find certain articles of clothing left on the field by opposing safeties.
Maybe hanging out with Hollywood tough guy Mark Wahlberg at the Berto Center last month rubbed off on the Bulls' Jimmy Butler.
For many unfortunate people, when it rains, it pours.
DEERFIELD | Remember D.J. White?
DEERFIELD | Last season is one which Derrick Rose would love to forget, though his lack of transparency was difficult to forgive.
Hammond quarterback Eric Schreiber Jr. was watching Boone Grove game film in the dark Sunday night. He had no choice.
The Bears have been the perfect blind date, so far.
The maddening postmortem never changes.
Hobart's Ted Karras Sr. was all smiles last weekend, though at the moment, those memories are fading fast.
All that Bears fans want is a simple explanation when their team sputters and is ineffective.
CHICAGO | Soon, they'll be wearing more Devin Hester No. 23 jerseys to Bears games.
A 40-year-old chicken would never sell. Too tough. Too dry. You'd need a blowtorch to slice it.
We no longer are a sensitive society. Anyone, any topic, is fair game it seems.
CHICAGO | Some people are never satisfied and always want more.
CHICAGO | Marc Trestman would not allow his Bears to hoist him upon their shoulders and carry him off the Soldier Field turf.
LAKE FOREST | You don't hire a handyman to change light bulbs and pay him $40 an hour.
Do we really need another buffoon as a sports celebrity?
General manager Phil Emery and new head coach Marc Trestman form a scary partnership because t-e-a-m is all that matters to them.
LAKE FOREST | Brandon Marshall grabbed the spotlight at Bears practice Tuesday, not for what he did on the field, but what he told a gathering of media at his locker.
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