Rick Morrissey has been a sports columnist at the Sun-Times since December 2009. Before that, he was a columnist at the Chicago Tribune for nine …Read More
Jabari Parker’s decision Wednesday to turn pro had all the suspense of a sunrise. I knew he was leaving Duke, you knew he was leaving Duke and your pet goldfish knew he was leaving Duke. It was the right move. And if the silly rule …Read More
RICK MORRISSEY: The Blackhawks are about to go on another roll. Can you feel it? No, not that. That’s your feet attempting to thaw. I’m talking about a team that knows how to do this, that has the rare ability to turn it on when necessary.
AUGUSTA, Ga. — The kid isn’t oblivious. He knows where he is, how old he is, the weight of the moment, the meaning of it all. Still, the thought bubble above his head seems to be, ‘‘And?’’ It must be great to be like this, …Read More
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AUGUSTA, Ga. — Of all the things that can smother a person, a green jacket wouldn’t immediately come to mind as an obvious instrument of suffocation. You’ve won the Masters, wowing the crowd with a ridiculously daring shot on the second playoff hole, and you …Read More
AUGUSTA, Ga. — If you had the pleasure and terror of being 20 yards ahead of Patrick Reed on the eighth hole Thursday, then you know what a golf ball sounds like when it’s moving at Mach 1. It sounds a bit like an angry …Read More
RICK MORRISSEY: There’s something liberating about a Masters without Tiger Woods. I think.
MORRISSEY: Welcome to Kansas City. Welcome to our small-market baseball city. Or, this being March Madness, welcome to our mid-major programs, the Cubs and the White Sox.
MORRISSEY: With the Jared Allen signing, the Bears are headed in the right direction and at interstate speeds. A poor defense should be significantly better in 2014. Give General Manager Phil Emery credit. He identified the Bears’ weaknesses and did something about it.
MORRISSEY: If I’m reading fans’ expectations correctly, the headline in the Sun-Times on Saturday should have been, ‘‘Teravainen needs to be like Superman!’’ Let’s stop with the nonsense.
RICK MORRISSEY: The Hawks must win the Cup again for the season to be a success. The Bulls need to win a first-round series and do well in a second-round series for the city to speak glowingly of the plucky team that refused to die.
RICK MORRISSEY: A little more than a year ago, I received an email from Joe Danforth, a Rockford policeman who wanted to tell me about his stepson the basketball player.
RICK MORRISSEY: With the NCAA tournament about to start, we are so grateful to be watching a team the networks haven’t shoved down our throats for years that we dissolve into tears of joy at the mere idea of a Wichita State.
MORRISSEY: Josh McCown will be one of the most intriguing stories going into the 2014 NFL season: Did a journeyman quarterback finally, miraculously discover himself and his skills at 34, or was it a head coach’s sharp mind that made the quarterback stand out?
RICK MORRISSEY: We’re finding out with Brian Urlacher that the healing process is not helped when the former athlete is handed a microphone on a regular basis.
RICK MORRISSEY: Joakim Noah was born for this kind of game. Born to live and die with every possession.
Vitali Klitschko’s awesome nickname as a boxer, ‘‘Dr. Ironfist,’’ wouldn’t seem to be a handle you’d want if you were a possible presidential candidate. Certainly not in Ukraine, which has lived under the heavy hand of an unyielding government for years. But the nickname fits …
RICK MORRISSEY: This was a fast, methodical demise, if there is such a thing, and as the game wore on, it became apparent that there was no way out for Team USA.
MORRISSEY: The Russian fans wanted it more. No, please, don’t be insulted. You couldn’t possibly have wanted this as much as these people did, even as you pawed at a buzzing alarm clock early Saturday morning and wiped the sleep from your eyes.
RICK MORRISSEY: The Ponytail knows no fear. Jitters, yes. Fear, no. Jason Brown doesn’t know any better. There’s really no other explanation for what he has done the last month and what he has done at the Winter Olympics.
RICK MORRISSEY: Let’s go way, way back — all the way back to when pitchfork-armed citizens were outside the Berto Center three months ago, clamoring for a military vehicle. Specifically, a tank.