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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 … ]]> Sun, 21 Sep 2014 02:32:59 -0500 <![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. ]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 10:12:00 -0500 <![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. ]]> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 02:34:15 -0500 <![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 <![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. ]]> Tue, 09 Sep 2014 10:28:11 -0500 <![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 … ]]> Sun, 07 Sep 2014 02:35:08 -0500 <![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? ]]> Fri, 05 Sep 2014 13:21:40 -0500 <![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 … ]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 02:37:16 -0500 <![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 … ]]> Sun, 24 Aug 2014 02:35:19 -0500 <![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. ]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:25:24 -0500 <![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 <![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 <![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 <![CDATA[ Michael Sam hasn’t brought dreaded ‘distractions’ to Rams ]]> Lead story image

TELANDER: Michael Sam, No. 96 in his white practice jersey and blue helmet, stretches with his teammates at the St. Louis Rams’ practice facility.Soon there are drills, and Sam blocks and sheds blocks with the other defensive ends.He touches men. He grabs them. He hits them. And no one dies. ]]> Thu, 04 Sep 2014 06:39:14 -0500 <![CDATA[ Four sportswriters try a different angle ]]> Lead story image

What happens when sportswriters go to a ballgame as . . .  da-dum, da-dum (‘‘Jaws’’ music) . . . regular humans? This doesn’t happen very often. That is, sportswriters are constantly attending games as journalists, which means they sit in a press box, take nonstop, absurdly detailed, even insane notes, leave early to make it to the locker room in time to do interviews, never cheer, never drink, never really laugh, always keep one eye on the scoreboard, the other on the stat sheet, the other — the one in the middle of their gargoyle heads — on the deadline. So when Sun-Times writer-guys Mark … ]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 06:34:51 -0500 <![CDATA[ Greg Maddux was small of stature, but had no limitations ]]> Lead story image

RICK TELANDER: Let’s call Greg Maddux’s march to the Hall of Fame a victory for little guys everywhere. ]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 06:44:44 -0500 <![CDATA[ Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong facing financial ruin ]]> Lead story image

There are few athletes, current or past, I dislike more than Lance Armstrong. I’m not talking about outright bad guys, such as O.J. Simpson — whom I spoke with several times before those unfortunate murders and always found to be cordial and helpful — or clearly troubled people, such as Albert Belle or Steve Carlton. No, I have an inner disgust for Armstrong not just because he cheated — and did it so well — but because he was so adept at playing the marketing, public-relations and vitriol game that he half-destroyed other people’s lives and nearly won it all. … ]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 06:42:31 -0500 <![CDATA[ NCAA to pay for concussion screening; time for personal relief ]]> Lead story image

RICK TELANDER: The NCAA has agreed to pay for concussion screening, medical monitoring and concussion awareness programs for college athletes. Now it’s time for the wounded former college safety to get some personal relief. ]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:05:25 -0500