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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. ]]> Sat, 20 Sep 2014 21:04:19 -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. ]]> 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? ]]> Sat, 20 Sep 2014 06:21:21 -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. ]]> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 06:39:32 -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