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Rick Morrissey biography

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 …

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  • With lots of luck to offset flaws, Bears could win it all — maybe

    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.

  • Excused absence for Lance Briggs is a head-scratcher

    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.

    Flag on the NFL’s domestic violence PR play

    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 …

    Bears’ old defense seems a step slow

    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?’’

    JRW kids showed poise under glare of world spotlight

    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.

    Bears’ flop at Seattle is reason to be afraid

    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 …

    Jackie Robinson West gives us a return to innocence

    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.

    Mike Ditka can keep calling them ‘Redskins,’ but I won’t

    RICK MORRISSEY: If you saw a Native American walking across the street, would you yell out, “Hey, Redskin, you dropped your hat’’?

    If Notre Dame can’t stay clean, who can?

    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?

  • Is Chicago ready for some football? Heavens, yes

    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.

  • 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?

  • Javy Baez finally with Cubs — but he’s not Superman

    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.

  • Derrick Rose says he has ‘no fears,’ so fans shouldn’t, either

    It sounded like one of those wise comments that end up in a book of quotations. ‘‘I have no fears; I have faith.’’  — Derrick Rose, U.S. basketball player. So simple yet so profound. Rose is a lot of things. Humble. Athletic. Agreeable to a …Read More

  • Just as Derrick Rose finds voice as leader, Bulls put him in his place

    It was so refreshing to see Derrick Rose speak from the heart last week. No shield. No filter. Just him and his thoughts. In an interview Thursday with the Sun-Times, Rose talked about the tension that had existed between his inner circle and Bulls management, …

    Common-sense approach sets Greg Maddux apart from crowd

    COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — Someone reminded Greg Maddux that when he returned to Chicago amid huge expectations for the Cubs in 2004, Kerry Wood and Mark Prior ended up struggling with injuries. The team didn’t make the playoffs. ‘‘That’s the Cubs,’’ he said. ‘‘You know the …

  • Joe Goddard has many stories to tell from his 44 years at the Sun-Times

    RICK MORRISSEY: Mementos are everywhere in Joe Goddard’s home office in River Forest. Stories he wrote during his 44 years at the Sun-Times, including 27 years as a baseball writer.

  • Only time will tell if the new Bulls are an improved team

    MORRISSEY: I wish the Bulls’ season could start right now — and not just because the Cubs and White Sox aren’t good. (But mostly because of that.) There are more unknowns than knowns when it comes to this team, more unsolved mysteries than closed cases. And it should be fascinating to watch.