Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![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 02:18:59 -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. ]]> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 21:50:25 -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 … ]]> Sun, 24 Aug 2014 02:35:07 -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. ]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:33:58 -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’’? ]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:50:00 -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? ]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 10:14:00 -0500 <![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 <![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 <![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 <![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 <![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 <![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 … ]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 06:57:20 -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. ]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 06:43:32 -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 … ]]> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 06:26:46 -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