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RICK MORRISSEY: Notre Dame always has viewed itself as the ideal of how academics and athletics should coexist. Raising the question: If the Irish can’t make this work, who can? ]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 10:14:00 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/morrissey/29343066-452/if-notre-dame-cant-stay-clean-who-can.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/morrissey/29343066-452/if-notre-dame-cant-stay-clean-who-can.html <![CDATA[ Is Chicago ready for some football? Heavens, yes ]]> Lead story image

MORRISSEY: I can’t tell you how good it was to see football players in Bears uniforms facing off against football players in Philadelphia Eagles uniforms Friday night. I don’t care if they were third-stringers, fourth-stringers or Staley the mascot’s love children. Not after what we’ve been through this summer. ]]> Sun, 10 Aug 2014 02:33:49 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/morrissey/29140552-452/is-chicago-ready-for-some-football-heavens-yes.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/morrissey/29140552-452/is-chicago-ready-for-some-football-heavens-yes.html <![CDATA[ Martellus Bennett suspension doesn’t make sense ]]>

RICK MORRISSEY: An NFL team fining and suspending a player indefinitely for getting into a fight with a teammate during training camp? ]]> Tue, 05 Aug 2014 19:08:58 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/morrissey/29072686-419/martellus-bennett-suspension-doesnt-make-sense.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/morrissey/29072686-419/martellus-bennett-suspension-doesnt-make-sense.html <![CDATA[ Javy Baez finally with Cubs — but he’s not Superman ]]> Lead story image

RICK MORRISSEY: Are you going to let Javier Baez breathe? No, I mean really breathe, without weighing him down with all of your hopes and dreams, but specifically the dream in which he walks on water to shake hands with Kris Bryant, who is holding a cup of wine that a split second ago was water. ]]> Tue, 05 Aug 2014 19:17:20 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/morrissey/29057178-452/javy-baez-finally-with-cubs-but-hes-not-superman.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/morrissey/29057178-452/javy-baez-finally-with-cubs-but-hes-not-superman.html <![CDATA[ Derrick Rose says he has ‘no fears,’ so fans shouldn’t, either ]]> Lead story image

It sounded like one of those wise comments that end up in a book of quotations. ‘‘I have no fears; I have faith.’’  — Derrick Rose, U.S. basketball player. So simple yet so profound. Rose is a lot of things. Humble. Athletic. Agreeable to a fault. Maybe even jinxed. But Churchillian? No. Maybe we should start listening a little harder. Last week, he was telling us how to proceed. If he has no fear about his future, then why should anybody else? On Saturday at the United Center, Chicago fans followed where Rose was leading them on the subject of … ]]> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 02:34:51 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/morrissey/29305370-452/derrick-rose-says-he-has-no-fears-so-fans-shouldnt-either.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/morrissey/29305370-452/derrick-rose-says-he-has-no-fears-so-fans-shouldnt-either.html <![CDATA[ Just as Derrick Rose finds voice as leader, Bulls put him in his place ]]> Lead story image

It was so refreshing to see Derrick Rose speak from the heart last week. No shield. No filter. Just him and his thoughts. In an interview Thursday with the Sun-Times, Rose talked about the tension that had existed between his inner circle and Bulls management, his deep desire to put it in the past and his decision to help recruit Pau Gasol (and, tacitly, not Carmelo Anthony). I can’t remember Rose being so open at any time during his six years with the Bulls. This truly was a new day for the team. Its reluctant leader finally had found his … ]]> Mon, 04 Aug 2014 09:58:20 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/morrissey/28988605-452/just-as-derrick-rose-finds-voice-as-leader-bulls-put-him-in-his-place.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/morrissey/28988605-452/just-as-derrick-rose-finds-voice-as-leader-bulls-put-him-in-his-place.html <![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 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/morrissey/28885825-452/common-sense-approach-sets-greg-maddux-apart-from-crowd.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/morrissey/28885825-452/common-sense-approach-sets-greg-maddux-apart-from-crowd.html <![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 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/morrissey/28774015-452/joe-goddard-has-many-stories-to-tell-from-his-44-years-at-the-sun-times.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/morrissey/28774015-452/joe-goddard-has-many-stories-to-tell-from-his-44-years-at-the-sun-times.html <![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 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/morrissey/28721904-452/only-time-will-tell-if-the-new-bulls-are-an-improved-team.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/morrissey/28721904-452/only-time-will-tell-if-the-new-bulls-are-an-improved-team.html <![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 … ]]> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 06:26:46 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/morrissey/28597205-452/carmelo-anthony-becomes-latest-top-free-agent-to-spurn-bulls.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/morrissey/28597205-452/carmelo-anthony-becomes-latest-top-free-agent-to-spurn-bulls.html <![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 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/morrissey/28630347-452/its-a-little-harder-to-hate-lebron-james-now.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/morrissey/28630347-452/its-a-little-harder-to-hate-lebron-james-now.html <![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 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/morrissey/28187799-452/building-basepaths-on-the-south-side.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/morrissey/28187799-452/building-basepaths-on-the-south-side.html <![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 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/morrissey/28048914-452/fans-can-paint-lebron-as-villain-but-others-just-want-to-play-with-him.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/morrissey/28048914-452/fans-can-paint-lebron-as-villain-but-others-just-want-to-play-with-him.html <![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 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/morrissey/28021150-452/cubs-should-avoid-major-mistake-with-kris-bryant.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/morrissey/28021150-452/cubs-should-avoid-major-mistake-with-kris-bryant.html <![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 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/morrissey/27920134-452/morrissey-world-cup-last-chance-to-convert-soccer-nonbeliever.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/morrissey/27920134-452/morrissey-world-cup-last-chance-to-convert-soccer-nonbeliever.html <![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 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/morrissey/28121283-452/bulls-are-not-a-destination-for-nba-free-agent-stars.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/morrissey/28121283-452/bulls-are-not-a-destination-for-nba-free-agent-stars.html <![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 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/morrissey/27872284-452/morrissey-wgn-split-ok-as-cubs-move-past-their-past.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/morrissey/27872284-452/morrissey-wgn-split-ok-as-cubs-move-past-their-past.html <![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 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/morrissey/27812591-452/blackhawks-put-on-great-show-except-for-the-end.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/morrissey/27812591-452/blackhawks-put-on-great-show-except-for-the-end.html