Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Common-sense approach sets Greg Maddux apart from crowd ]]> Lead story image

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — Someone reminded Greg Maddux that when he returned to Chicago amid huge expectations for the Cubs in 2004, Kerry Wood and Mark Prior ended up struggling with injuries. The team didn’t make the playoffs. ‘‘That’s the Cubs,’’ he said. ‘‘You know the Cubs.’’ We do. We know the entire century-plus story of goofiness, and that’s actually how Maddux meant it Saturday — with no hint of malice or cruelty, only a touch of a smile at the corners of his mouth. Things went badly for the Cubs that season because they always do. Shrug. That probably won’t … ]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 02:32:43 -0500 <![CDATA[ Joe Goddard has many stories to tell from his 44 years at the Sun-Times ]]> Lead story image

RICK MORRISSEY: Mementos are everywhere in Joe Goddard’s home office in River Forest. Stories he wrote during his 44 years at the Sun-Times, including 27 years as a baseball writer. ]]> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:02:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Only time will tell if the new Bulls are an improved team ]]> Lead story image

MORRISSEY: I wish the Bulls’ season could start right now — and not just because the Cubs and White Sox aren’t good. (But mostly because of that.) There are more unknowns than knowns when it comes to this team, more unsolved mysteries than closed cases. And it should be fascinating to watch. ]]> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 17:23:58 -0500 <![CDATA[ Carmelo Anthony becomes latest top free agent to spurn Bulls ]]> Lead story image

We have two losers today — one a group, the other a person. The first is the Bulls, who, over the years, have proven themselves incapable of attracting the best free agents. It happened again Saturday, when Carmelo Anthony informed them he was re-signing with the Knicks. Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf needs to take a hard look at why his team is the Washington Generals of free agency. The other loser is Anthony, who doesn’t want to win. If he did, he would be a Bull today. Instead, he chose the huge money the Knicks were offering. Can’t blame anyone … ]]> Sun, 13 Jul 2014 02:28:24 -0500 <![CDATA[ It’s a little harder to hate LeBron James now ]]> Lead story image

Can we get a little bit of love for LeBron James? Just a smidge? Is that asking so much from you King James haters? What he did Friday demon­strated courage, loyalty and a nobility not often found in the NBA. He announced he was going back to Cleveland, to the very people who wished serious harm on him four years ago. Some of those same people will still be armed with pitchforks. True, there might not be anyone more forgiving than the American sports fan, especially one about to be reunited with the greatest player on the planet, but returning … ]]> Sat, 12 Jul 2014 18:22:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Building basepaths on the South Side ]]> Lead story image

MORRISSEY: If you look closely enough at a nondescript storefront at 36th and State streets, you’ll see a flower pushing up through the desert and hear the lovely sound of bats making contact with baseballs, of coaches barking instructions, of 11- and 12-year-old boys working on being ballplayers and on being kids. ]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 06:29:31 -0500 <![CDATA[ Fans can paint LeBron as villain, but others just want to play with him ]]> Lead story image

I’ve been writing columns in support of LeBron James for years, an exercise that always seems odd to me, like writing columns in favor of good deeds  or water. But that’s where we’re at with the guy, who still is getting blasted for ‘‘The Decision’’ despite being the best player of his generation by far. He’s also the best team player in the game, a man willing to share the spotlight and the ball, a rarity for a superstar. The hatred is crazy, but then so is the world. The hate very well might get worse for LeBron — and … ]]> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 06:28:10 -0500 <![CDATA[ Cubs should avoid major mistake with Kris Bryant ]]> Lead story image

RICK MORRISSEY: The impulse is natural. Some of you Cubs fans want to see Kris Bryant in the big leagues right now. You’d like a better reason to keep living than Mr. Potato Head Keychain Day on June 22 at Wrigley Field. ]]> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 12:48:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ MORRISSEY: World Cup last chance to convert soccer nonbeliever ]]> Lead story image

I’m going to try hard this time. I really am. I’m going into the World Cup so open-minded you could drive a Range Rover through my head. Coincidentally, some of you soccer fans have wanted to do just that for years. But the sport and I are approaching a period of peace during which all the dislike and mistrust of the past will be suspended. We will lay down our arms (not that you can use them in soccer anyway), and we will look at each other as if for the first time, with new eyes. Plus, I’ll be in … ]]> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 06:28:19 -0500 <![CDATA[ Bulls are not a destination for NBA free-agent stars ]]> Lead story image

RICK MORRISSEY: The Bulls don’t have control of what their roster will look like when next season begins. They are not in the driver’s seat as to whether Carmelo Anthony or Kevin Love will land in Chicago. They’re in the back seat or the trunk. ]]> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 06:22:47 -0500 <![CDATA[ MORRISSEY: WGN split OK as Cubs move past their past ]]> Lead story image

MORRISSEY: Everybody involved with the Cubs needs to get out of his or her comfort zone. The end of the WGN Radio relationship is part of that, even if it’s not intentional in the extreme-makeover sense. ]]> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 21:30:41 -0500 <![CDATA[ Blackhawks put on great show, except for the end ]]> Lead story image

RICK MORRISSEY: There was no shame in losing this thrilling, exhausting series. These were probably the two best teams left playing in the NHL. ]]> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 20:47:03 -0500 <![CDATA[ Patrick Kane’s game: Clutch and fab ]]> Lead story image

MORRISSEY: This little guy, this waif of an athlete, has Jordan-like flair and a Jordan-like feel for the moment. And if Kane keeps doing what he has been doing the last seven years, he could have a Jordan-like grip on Chicago. ]]> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 14:55:36 -0500 <![CDATA[ MORRISSEY: Blackhawks are far from done ]]> Lead story image

LOS ANGELES – This was how it was going to end? With the Blackhawks skating in a dry-ice fog in the biggest game of the season? That was the message being sent through their discombobulation in the first period Friday night. They were in sleep mode.   Or was it going to end with a blown lead in the third period with the prize so agonizingly close?   No and no.   Not if Patrick Kane and his teammates had anything to say about it.   Something happened to the Hawks on Friday night, though it would be much more … ]]> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 06:59:09 -0500 <![CDATA[ Michal Handzus’ goal gives Blackhawks momentum ]]> Lead story image

RICK MORRISSEY: Disaster was lurking all night for the Blackhawks. It was behind the net, around every corner and, much too often, right out in the open, cackling at them. ]]> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 12:55:58 -0500 <![CDATA[ Blackhawks still have time to find their swagger ]]> Lead story image

RICK MORRISSEY: Duncan Keith leaned on a podium last June and looked out at the thousands of people who had gathered for the Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup championship rally. ]]> Sun, 29 Jun 2014 06:36:10 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sorry, parents, but football always will be dangerous game ]]> Lead story image

So you want your kid to grow up to be a professional football player. You’d like to introduce him as ‘‘my son, the gladiator.’’ Do I have that right, Mr. and Mrs. Football Parent? If you think a pro career would be the epitome of success, what every proud mom and dad should hope his son achieves, then you’re probably in need of a head slap. One arrived last week in the form of a lawsuit filed by a group of retired players, including three Bears from the 1985 Super Bowl squad. The suit claims NFL teams gave players illegal … ]]> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 06:26:30 -0500 <![CDATA[ Blackhawks wonder what hit ’em ]]> Lead story image

RICK MORRISSEY: Not that the Blackhawks were in the market for a demonstration, but now they know what it’s like to meet the business end of a speeding truck. ]]> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 07:47:12 -0500