Chicago Sun-Times http://www.suntimes.com Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us webmaster@suntimes.com (Editor) Newspapers http://www.suntimes.com/csp/cms/sites/STM/assets/img/logos/suntimes.gif Chicago Sun-Times http://www.suntimes.com 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Sunday stew: Hey, Cubs, it’s time to zoom in on Joe Maddon ]]> Lead story image

So how would a pair of huge-framed Joe Maddon eyeglasses fit in historically with the massive goggles worn by Cubs legend Harry Caray? Just about perfectly. Particularly if the recently opted-out manager of the Tampa Bay Rays comes to the Cubs and leads them to something like respectability. A pair of Maddon’s signature glasses, thick black things once worn en masse by the Angels to pay tribute to Maddon’s 31 years there, could take their rightful place atop the Hancock Building or the Waveland Avenue rooftops if the man could actually lead the Cubs to the World Series. Heck, he … ]]> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 00:13:03 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/telander/30616871-452/sunday-stew-hey-cubs-its-time-to-zoom-in-on-joe-maddon.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/telander/30616871-452/sunday-stew-hey-cubs-its-time-to-zoom-in-on-joe-maddon.html <![CDATA[ Not a bad guess to say Adrian Peterson is finished ]]> Lead story image

Almost forgotten in the uproar over the brutal ‘‘whuppin’ ’’ that Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson laid on his 4-year-old son is just how great a runner Peterson was. I say ‘‘was’’ because it’s not certain Peterson, 29, will play in the NFL again. He is out indefinitely, with pay, as he awaits trial on charges of reckless or negligent injury toward his son. The trial tentatively is set for Dec. 1, too late for him to return and play this season. If he is found guilty, he could receive a prison sentence of two years and a $10,000 fine. … ]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 02:38:10 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/telander/30488568-452/not-a-bad-guess-to-say-adrian-peterson-is-finished.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/telander/30488568-452/not-a-bad-guess-to-say-adrian-peterson-is-finished.html <![CDATA[ Chris Conte hit proves concussion protocol is flawed ]]> Lead story image

RICK TELANDER: I saw it all in front of me at Bank of America Field last Sunday in Charlotte, and I scribbled in my notes, ``Conte has to be done.’’ I meant forever. As in playing football. ]]> Wed, 08 Oct 2014 12:43:20 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/telander/30324015-452/chris-conte-hit-proves-concussion-protocol-is-flawed.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/telander/30324015-452/chris-conte-hit-proves-concussion-protocol-is-flawed.html <![CDATA[ Jets’ Geno Smith pays five figures for four letters ]]> Lead story image

Two interesting things occurred last week in the New York Jets’ 24-17 loss to the Detroit Lions at MetLife Stadium. First, Geno Smith took a dirty hit from Lions safety James Ihedigbo, for which Ihedigbo was fined $16,537 by the NFL. Second, Smith, the much-criticized quarterback for the offensively troubled 1-3 Jets, was fined $12,000 for shouting an obscenity at a fan after the game. One can’t imagine a Jets fan would be anything other than polite, so Smith was clearly in the wrong. A player can’t get into it with fans, no matter what. But after the illegal hit … ]]> Sat, 04 Oct 2014 20:49:00 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/telander/30242003-452/jets-geno-smith-pays-five-figures-for-four-letters.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/telander/30242003-452/jets-geno-smith-pays-five-figures-for-four-letters.html <![CDATA[ NFL Draftpalooza is coming to Chicago! ]]> Lead story image

RICK TELANDER: Start painting your faces, folks! Got a bear carcass in the attic? Stitch it into a coat and helmet, and get ready for marching. The 2015 NFL draft is coming to Chicago! ]]> Fri, 03 Oct 2014 11:14:00 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/telander/30237273-452/nfl-draftpalooza-is-coming-to-chicago.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/telander/30237273-452/nfl-draftpalooza-is-coming-to-chicago.html <![CDATA[ Roger Goodell’s speech was self-serving pap, but Brandon Marshall’s can help ]]> Lead story image

There were two remarkable speeches given this week in the NFL. The first was Bears receiver Brandon Marshall’s mesmerizingly scattered monologue Thursday at Halas Hall. The second was commissioner Roger Goodell’s ingenious mea culpa Friday in New York. Both had to do with the domestic-violence issue sweeping the league, and we’ll start with Goodell. Did you really expect Dollar Roger to resign? When was the last time anybody making the kind of money he’s making willingly, without help from the police, a dictator or a heart surgeon, resigned? Can you say, ‘‘Never’’? Goodell started out by admitting he screwed up … ]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 06:23:11 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/telander/29974319-452/roger-goodells-speech-was-self-serving-pap-but-brandon-marshalls-can-help.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/telander/29974319-452/roger-goodells-speech-was-self-serving-pap-but-brandon-marshalls-can-help.html <![CDATA[ What’s next for Brian Urlacher? ]]> Lead story image

RICK TELANDER: Where’s our old buddy Brian Urlacher headed? It was pretty easy to tell where he was going back when he roamed Soldier Field in his No. 54 Bears jersey. ]]> Sat, 18 Oct 2014 06:33:55 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/telander/29929655-452/whats-next-for-brian-urlacher.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/telander/29929655-452/whats-next-for-brian-urlacher.html <![CDATA[ Mighty NFL could be done in by its own indecency ]]> Lead story image

TELANDER: The only thing that can go wrong with the money-minting in the NFL is scandal, shame and lawsuits. And even those rarely slow the juggernaut. Ray Rice, et al, mean almost nothing once the games begin. ]]> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 06:22:07 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/telander/29835539-452/mighty-nfl-could-be-done-in-by-its-own-indecency.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/telander/29835539-452/mighty-nfl-could-be-done-in-by-its-own-indecency.html <![CDATA[ Ray Rice learned cameras, social media are always on ]]> Lead story image

RICK TELANDER: If you watch the video closely, you can see Ray Rice waiting for the elevator, seemingly checking his phone, waiting for his fiancée, Janay Palmer, to walk by. ]]> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 17:08:56 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/telander/29790961-452/ray-rice-learned-cameras-social-media-are-always-on.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/telander/29790961-452/ray-rice-learned-cameras-social-media-are-always-on.html <![CDATA[ Ray Rice video should KO Roger Goodell ]]> Lead story image

RICK TELANDER: Am I the only person who wasn’t shocked by the Ray Rice knockout video? I guess I’ve been to more boxing matches than most people. ]]> Fri, 10 Oct 2014 06:22:35 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/telander/29768868-452/ray-rice-video-should-ko-roger-goodell.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/telander/29768868-452/ray-rice-video-should-ko-roger-goodell.html <![CDATA[ Kain Colter’s noble move, Northwestern’s fumble ]]> Lead story image

We haven’t been talking much about Kain Colter lately. The former Northwestern star quarterback was quietly waived last week by the Minnesota Vikings and then re-signed to their practice squad as a wide receiver, the position he signed on to play as a rookie free agent. Colter was hampered by ankle surgery after his final season at NU in 2013, and if he makes it in the NFL, it will be because he’s a good athlete, a hard worker and a dedicated, smart player who can learn a position he played only occasionally in college. It won’t be because he’s … ]]> Wed, 08 Oct 2014 06:26:55 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/telander/29703484-452/kain-colters-noble-move-northwesterns-fumble.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/telander/29703484-452/kain-colters-noble-move-northwesterns-fumble.html <![CDATA[ Why the Bears will go 9-7 ]]> Lead story image

RICK TELANDER: Do you have faith in the Bears? Are they your team, come hell or high slaughter? ]]> Mon, 06 Oct 2014 11:11:52 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/telander/29688786-452/why-the-bears-will-go-9-7.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/telander/29688786-452/why-the-bears-will-go-9-7.html <![CDATA[ Truth sleazier than fiction at USC ]]> Lead story image

‘I would do it again for whatever kid it was,’’ USC star cornerback Josh Shaw said valiantly after jumping down two stories onto cement to save his drowning 8-year-old nephew. Shaw received two severe high-ankle sprains as a result. ‘‘My ankles really hurt, but I am lucky to be surrounded by the best trainers and doctors in the world,’’ he added modestly. ‘‘That was a heroic act by Josh,’’ coach Steve Sarkisian told the school’s website. Aw, golly. It was a feel-good episode of ‘‘Lassie’’ or “Doogie Howser, M.D.,’’ college-style. Except it was load of crap. None of it was … ]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 06:27:01 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/telander/29549403-452/truth-sleazier-than-fiction-at-usc.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/telander/29549403-452/truth-sleazier-than-fiction-at-usc.html <![CDATA[ Cheating doper Lance Armstrong still has plenty of gall ]]> Lead story image

Disgraced cycling star Lance Armstrong was asked recently by sportscaster Dan Patrick if he could have won his seven Tour de Frances without doping. ‘‘Not in that era,’’ said Armstrong, who since has been stripped of those titles. ‘‘It was an arms race. . . . I don’t know about today. Not from the late ’80s to the mid-2000s.’’ Armstrong said he and his American racing team went over to Europe ‘‘for a knife fight. Lo and behold, the rest of them had guns.’’ So he, Tyler Hamilton, Floyd Landis and others armed up with bazookas. Every kind of performance-enhancing drug that … ]]> Fri, 26 Sep 2014 13:08:58 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/telander/29407685-452/cheating-doper-lance-armstrong-still-has-plenty-of-gall.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/telander/29407685-452/cheating-doper-lance-armstrong-still-has-plenty-of-gall.html <![CDATA[ Derrick Rose should quit Team USA, save himself for Bulls ]]> Lead story image

RICK TELANDER: OK, Derrick, just stop. Quit Team USA and call it a day. Or a week. Or whatever. Rest your right knee. Rest your left knee. Rest everything. Have yourself cryogenically frozen and then thawed in two months, ready to play NBA basketball. ]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 12:40:11 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/telander/29384473-452/derrick-rose-should-quit-team-usa-save-himself-for-bulls.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/telander/29384473-452/derrick-rose-should-quit-team-usa-save-himself-for-bulls.html <![CDATA[ Little League World Series exploits exploited by TV ]]> Lead story image

RICK TELANDER: It’s too bad the Jackie Robinson West Little League team was roughed up 13-2 by a powerful Las Vegas team Sunday in a game halted after four innings by the mercy rule. ]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 06:29:34 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/telander/29324592-452/little-league-world-series-exploits-exploited-by-tv.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/telander/29324592-452/little-league-world-series-exploits-exploited-by-tv.html <![CDATA[ Tony Stewart learns lesson, but it’s too late ]]> Lead story image

Star driver Tony Stewart officially became NASCAR’s ‘‘bad boy’’ in 2001, when he spun out Jeff Gordon at Bristol Motor Speedway after Gordon had pulled a ‘‘bump-and-run’’ on him to finish higher in the race. Stewart was put on probation for his loony act, and his temper was firmly documented. Stewart and Gordon already had gotten into it in a 2000 crash at Watkins Glen International, and Stewart had been fined for his wild-eyed, X-rated tirade after the race. In time, Stewart would have altercations with reporters, with photographers, with Kurt Busch, on and on. En route, he racked up … ]]> Sat, 16 Aug 2014 16:16:00 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/telander/29300613-452/tony-stewart-learns-lesson-but-its-too-late.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/telander/29300613-452/tony-stewart-learns-lesson-but-its-too-late.html <![CDATA[ Notre Dame reputation tarnished again by academic scandal ]]> Lead story image

RICK TELANDER: Four Notre Dame football players, all likely starters — including a potential All-American in defensive back KeiVarae Russell — were dropped from the team Friday in the midst of an academic-fraud scandal. ]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 06:31:00 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/sports/telander/29269156-452/notre-dame-reputation-tarnished-again-by-academic-scandal.html http://www.suntimes.com/sports/telander/29269156-452/notre-dame-reputation-tarnished-again-by-academic-scandal.html