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RICK TELANDER: On a very bad night, it was good to remember that Joakim Noah was made for Chicago. This is a town that appreciates effort — and that’s what the Bulls center will give you. ]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:45:45 -0500 <![CDATA[ New meal rule is coincidence only to NCAA ]]> Lead story image

May I borrow a line from John Lennon? I read the news today — oh, boy! Actually, I listened to the radio. There was NCAA president Mark Emmert, saying the recent landmark decision by the NCAA stating that revenue-producing athlete-workers on scholarship may eat a meal — and not just a snack — provided by the university when they’re hungry was a process three years in the making. Emmert called the old rule ‘‘stupid.’’ Then he said the new one had nothing to do with UConn men’s basketball star Shabazz Napier saying there were times during his years at the … ]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:37:43 -0500 <![CDATA[ Another Stanley Cup solidifies Blackhawks as a dynasty ]]> Lead story image

RICK TELANDER: The playoffs are where history is made. And if the Blackhawks can win the Stanley Cup this season, it will mark them as a dynasty. It’s that simple. ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:13:34 -0500 <![CDATA[ Derrick Rose no longer at his sneak peak with Adidas ]]> Lead story image

RICK TELANDER: Remember Derrick Rose? Adidas barely does. The giant shoe company that signed the onetime Bulls superstar to a 13-year, $185 million endorsement deal back in 2012 seems to have moved on. ]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:46:14 -0500 <![CDATA[ Weeding through Larry Sanders’ mess ]]> Lead story image

Let’s think about what Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders said recently regarding the marijuana use that got him suspended for five games. ‘‘It’s a banned substance in my league, but I believe in marijuana and the medical side of it,’’ he told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. ‘‘I study it, and I know the benefits it has.’’ Excuse me here if the hilarious image of Sanders in a white lab coat, bent over a microscope, comes to mind. ‘‘In a lot of ways we’ve been deprived,’’ he continued. ‘‘You can’t really label it with so many other drugs that people can … ]]> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 02:36:49 -0500 <![CDATA[ Overstuffed NCAA reluctant to let others feed from its cash trough ]]> Lead story image

RICK TELANDER: Wisconsin’s Zach Bohannon has an interesting story from the recent NCAA tourney. Before the Badgers’ Sweet 16 game against Baylor, Bohannon tried to walk onto the gym floor for his team’s closed shootaround while carrying a bottle of Nestle’s Pure Life water. He was stopped by a security guard. ]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 13:14:31 -0500 <![CDATA[ TELANDER: Even baby steps from Cubs would be nice ]]> Lead story image

Coming back to Wrigley Field after a half-year away is always special. How dormant are the vines? (Pretty dormant.) How much does the beer cost? (Eight dollars.) How low is the wind chill? (Twenty-eight degrees.) What is the new motto? (‘‘It’s the Party of the Century!’’) How long has it been since, um, you know? (One hundred five years, five months, three weeks, one day.) Then there’s the always-fun question: How long till next year? The royal-blue flag with the white ‘‘L’’ rippled in the sturdy breeze above center field after the Cubs lost 7-2 to the Phillies on Friday … ]]> Sun, 06 Apr 2014 02:34:48 -0500 <![CDATA[ Duke, coach Mike Krzyzewski find reputation isn’t enough against Mercer ]]> Lead story image

Mike Krzyzewski is a gentleman, and you have to like that. But wouldn’t you think the legendary, $7 million-a-year Coach K could take his famed Duke team from the mighty Atlantic Coast Conference, his global hoops reputation, his six former McDonald’s high school All-Americans, including consensus freshman of the year Jabari Parker, and beat Mercer? How many Mercer players do you think Coach K recruited? Let’s say none. Did you know Mercer is in Macon, Ga.? Probably not. Did you know Mercer lost this season to North Florida, Florida Gulf Coast and a school called South Carolina Upstate? No, no, … ]]> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 06:35:05 -0500 <![CDATA[ Henry Melton’s inebriation must have rated high if bar antics are true ]]> Lead story image

Let’s talk about drunk here. Not drunkenness, which is the noun describing the state of being intoxicated by alcohol. That’s too proper. Not drunkard, which is a person who is eight sheets to the wind. No, let’s think of drunk, sort of classically, in the sense that, according to my Webster’s Dictionary, there ‘‘are many euphemistic and slang terms in English expressing varying degrees’’ of such: ‘‘e.g., tipsy . . . tight . . . blind . . . blotto.’’ For writing purposes, I’ve usually gone with the 10 stages of drunk, as described by Dan Jenkins years ago, starting with witty and charming and ending … ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:25:26 -0500 <![CDATA[ Reflecting on USC if Taj Gibson and DeMar DeRozan stayed in school ]]> Lead story image

Sometimes it’s interesting to look back at a relatively normal situation from the past through the lens of today. I covered the NCAA  men’s basketball regionals in 2009 in Minneapolis, and one of the teams I watched was USC. The Trojans would beat Boston College 72-55, then lose to eventual tourney runner-up Michigan State 74-69. On that USC team were junior Taj Gibson, freshman DeMar DeRozan and junior Daniel Hackett. All would enter the 2009 NBA draft, but only Gibson (Bulls, 26th pick) and DeRozan (Raptors, ninth pick) would be chosen. Hackett would move to Italy and play in the … ]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 06:35:08 -0500 <![CDATA[ TELANDER: We know who failed at Curie ]]> Lead story image

Let’s not blame any of the Curie players who are now part of one of the most embarrassing moments in CPS boys basketball history. ]]> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 07:01:03 -0500 <![CDATA[ In Big Ten commish Jim Delany’s world, it’s not about the kids ]]> Lead story image

RICK TELANDER: ‘Chaos,’’ Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said. That was his short answer to what he thought would occur if big-time college football were unionized. ]]> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 10:32:30 -0500 <![CDATA[ TELANDER: There’s no end to NCAA’s hypocrisy ]]> Lead story image

Think TV networks don’t drive college football? Then you probably think it’s an accident ESPN is kicking off its 2014 season by televising Sam Houston State at Eastern Washington on Aug. 23, the earliest opener in 11 years. That’s great for couch potatoes, but it’s not so good for defenders of football as an extracurricular activity performed by amateur ‘‘student-athletes.’’ Consider that classes don’t start at Sam Houston until Sept. 8 or at Eastern Washington until Sept. 25 — more than a month after that game supposedly played for students by students. Who cares that nobody will be on Eastern … ]]> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 06:26:10 -0500 <![CDATA[ On bullies in NFL and butts in SI swimsuit issue ]]> Lead story image

TELANDER: Who hasn’t been bullied? It’s not a good feeling. In fact, it’s a horrible feeling. ]]> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 11:14:21 -0500 <![CDATA[ Can you really blame Marcus Smart? ]]> Lead story image

RICK TELANDER: Who are these people who believe that simply buying a ticket to a sporting event absolves them of common decency, empathy, civility? ]]> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 06:31:16 -0500 <![CDATA[ Bricks kill Northwestern’s growing buzz ]]> Lead story image

TELANDER: Say this for Northwestern’s basketball players: They’re dependable. When you think the Wildcats are on a roll, they’ll unroll. When you know they’re going to win, they’ll lose. ]]> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 06:28:25 -0500 <![CDATA[ TELANDER: Super Bowl ‘host’ New Jersey left out of the party ]]> Lead story image

NEW YORK — Why are the Jets and Giants called the New York Jets and the New York Giants? I don’t care enough to pursue this, but both teams play at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., and you normally expect an NFL team to be defined by the place where it plants its flag on Sundays. So we have this Super Bowl XLVIII taking place in New Jersey, right where the Jets and Giants play, and nobody for a second is even thinking about that sad little state as the real Super Bowl host. It’s all here in the … ]]> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 17:31:22 -0500 <![CDATA[ Peyton Manning doesn’t ‘duck’ Richard Sherman ]]> Lead story image

RICK TELANDER: I guess we were waiting for this, huh? Finally, chatterbox Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman said something that can go on the Broncos’ wall. To wit: Peyton Manning throws ‘‘ducks.’’ ]]> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 17:16:02 -0500