Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ If Bears want to be Packers, then they’ll have to beat them ]]> Lead story image

To get where the Bears want to go — the Super Bowl, presumably — they’ll have to solve the Packers sooner or later. And Cutler will have to figure out how to be more Rodgers-like than Jay-like. ]]> Sun, 28 Sep 2014 02:32:23 -0500 <![CDATA[ Derrick Rose, Jay Cutler and more: A Chicago sports primer for Bishop Cupich ]]> Lead story image

RICK MORRISSEY: A reporter recently asked the soon-to-be archbishop of Chicago, Blase Cupich, what he had been doing to learn about the city. “I’m reading the sports page, for one,’’ he said. ]]> Thu, 25 Sep 2014 11:10:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Retiring Paul Konerko never stopped trying to refine his craft ]]> Lead story image

RICK MORRISSEY: You’d show up on one of the first few days of spring training and find a sunny, happy, loose Paul Konerko. ]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 11:26:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ ‘Stick to sports’ doesn’t make sense anymore ]]> Lead story image

MORRISSEY: Stick to sports. I can’t tell you how many times readers have sent me that admonishment. One problem: Sports is life, and life is sports. There is no separating them. They’re entwined. ]]> Sun, 21 Sep 2014 02:32:48 -0500 <![CDATA[ Roger Goodell gives us too little, too late ]]> Lead story image

RICK MORRISSEY: Too late. Too late for all the women who have been abused and sexually assaulted by NFL players. Too late for all the abusive players who could have been helped before they started throwing punches. ]]> Sat, 20 Sep 2014 02:09:46 -0500 <![CDATA[ Who are the real Bears? ]]> Lead story image

RICK MORRISSEY: So, who the heck are these guys? More than a day after the Bears’ death-defying victory over the San Francisco 49ers, I’m not sure I have any better sense of them. ]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:00:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Save the worship for when Cubs actually win ]]> Lead story image

It’s one thing to hope. It’s another to let your imagination run wild until panting projections become indisputable facts. In other words, howdy, Cubs fans. I don’t want to say that some of you have skipped a few important steps, but debating about what smoking jacket and ascot Theo Epstein should wear at the World Series parade seems premature. It’s great that the Cubs and their president of baseball operations have finally given you a reason to be optimistic. The young talent coming through the pipeline is promising. It’s fun to think about what free-agent pitchers the franchise might sign … ]]> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 02:34:03 -0500 <![CDATA[ Can the Bears’ problems be fixed? ]]> Lead story image

RICK MORRISSEY: If there was a theme to the Bears’ response to their season-opening loss Sunday, it was that they would have to watch game film to offer an educated explanation of what happened. Apparently, they’ll get back to us on this. ]]> Mon, 08 Sep 2014 09:48:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sponsors, not victims, force NFL to act ]]> Lead story image

RICK MORRISSEY: It took a hotel-chain boycott and the threat of other corporate action, not the welts on an abused 4-year-old boy, for the Minnesota Vikings to take Adrian Peterson off the field. No matter where this mess ends up, let’s make sure we never lose sight of that. ]]> Sat, 20 Sep 2014 20:34:18 -0500 <![CDATA[ With lots of luck to offset flaws, Bears could win it all — maybe ]]> Lead story image

MORRISSEY: This might be the last time we can put ‘‘Bears,’’ ‘‘win’’ and “Super Bowl’’ in the same sentence this season, so let’s enjoy the heck out of it. ]]> Sun, 07 Sep 2014 11:09:19 -0500 <![CDATA[ Excused absence for Lance Briggs is a head-scratcher ]]> Lead story image

MORRISSEY: I’ve heard of an excused ­absence for a pulled hamstring. But for pulled pork? No. That’s what Bears coach Marc Trestman gave linebacker Lance Briggs, who missed practice Monday to be at the opening of his new barbecue restaurant. ]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 12:48:12 -0500 <![CDATA[ Flag on the NFL’s domestic violence PR play ]]> Lead story image

Roger Goodell is being lauded for seeing the error of his ways regarding domestic violence, but I’m having a hard time getting past the idea of someone in his position being so stupendously wrong at the outset. Judging by the measly two-game suspension the NFL commissioner had given Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice in July for allegedly beating his then-fiancée into unconsciousness, Goodell’s initial message seemed to be: Go ahead and beat your fiancées into unconsciousness, everybody! When public opinion came roaring down on him, you could almost see the thought bubble above Goodell’s head: ‘‘Wait, what?’’ As if … ]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 02:37:03 -0500 <![CDATA[ Bears’ old defense seems a step slow ]]> Lead story image

MORRISSEY: After Friday’s game, coach Marc Trestman said the defense’s issues were fixable, but how do you fix “slow?’’ How do you fix “older than Methuselah?’’ ]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 12:48:36 -0500 <![CDATA[ JRW kids showed poise under glare of world spotlight ]]> Lead story image

MORRISSEY: For 10 days, a group of African-American kids from the South Side of Chicago handled everything that was thrown at it — baseballs, ­massive national attention, weighty societal issues, et al — with more grace than any 12- and 13-year-olds have a right to possess. ]]> Fri, 26 Sep 2014 13:48:49 -0500 <![CDATA[ Bears’ flop at Seattle is reason to be afraid ]]> Lead story image

SEATTLE — You hate to make any sweeping judgments off the Bears’ preseason game Friday night because the Seattle Seahawks are the defending Super Bowl champions and Russell Wilson can make any defense look bad, but . . . OH, MY GOD!!! The wide-open Seahawks receivers! The out-of-position Bears defenders! The stupid penalties! The horror! OK, I feel better for venting. Actually, no, I don’t. The Bears will tell you their first-team defense is a work in progress, but when you think about it, so is a compost heap. That’s how bad the ‘‘revamped’’ ‘‘D’’ looked Friday night in a 34-6 loss … ]]> Fri, 26 Sep 2014 13:09:41 -0500 <![CDATA[ Jackie Robinson West gives us a return to innocence ]]> Lead story image

RICK MORRISSEY: In sports, we latch on to anything that remotely resembles innocence, knowing how rare and precious it is. We want to believe in purity so much it hurts. ]]> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 12:09:23 -0500 <![CDATA[ Mike Ditka can keep calling them ‘Redskins,’ but I won’t ]]> Lead story image

RICK MORRISSEY: If you saw a Native American walking across the street, would you yell out, “Hey, Redskin, you dropped your hat’’? ]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 12:34:38 -0500 <![CDATA[ If Notre Dame can’t stay clean, who can? ]]> Lead story image

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? ]]> Sat, 20 Sep 2014 06:21:21 -0500