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
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 …Read More
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.
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.
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We have two losers today — one a group, the other a person. The first is the Bulls, who, over the years, have proven themselves incapable of attracting the best free agents. It happened again Saturday, when Carmelo Anthony informed them he was re-signing with …Read More
Can we get a little bit of love for LeBron James? Just a smidge? Is that asking so much from you King James haters? What he did Friday demonstrated courage, loyalty and a nobility not often found in the NBA. He announced he was going …Read More
MORRISSEY: If you look closely enough at a nondescript storefront at 36th and State streets, you’ll see a flower pushing up through the desert and hear the lovely sound of bats making contact with baseballs, of coaches barking instructions, of 11- and 12-year-old boys working on being ballplayers and on being kids.
I’ve been writing columns in support of LeBron James for years, an exercise that always seems odd to me, like writing columns in favor of good deeds or water. But that’s where we’re at with the guy, who still is getting blasted for ‘‘The Decision’’ …Read More
RICK MORRISSEY: The impulse is natural. Some of you Cubs fans want to see Kris Bryant in the big leagues right now. You’d like a better reason to keep living than Mr. Potato Head Keychain Day on June 22 at Wrigley Field.
I’m going to try hard this time. I really am. I’m going into the World Cup so open-minded you could drive a Range Rover through my head. Coincidentally, some of you soccer fans have wanted to do just that for years. But the sport and …
RICK MORRISSEY: The Bulls don’t have control of what their roster will look like when next season begins. They are not in the driver’s seat as to whether Carmelo Anthony or Kevin Love will land in Chicago. They’re in the back seat or the trunk.
MORRISSEY: Everybody involved with the Cubs needs to get out of his or her comfort zone. The end of the WGN Radio relationship is part of that, even if it’s not intentional in the extreme-makeover sense.
RICK MORRISSEY: There was no shame in losing this thrilling, exhausting series. These were probably the two best teams left playing in the NHL.
MORRISSEY: This little guy, this waif of an athlete, has Jordan-like flair and a Jordan-like feel for the moment. And if Kane keeps doing what he has been doing the last seven years, he could have a Jordan-like grip on Chicago.
LOS ANGELES – This was how it was going to end? With the Blackhawks skating in a dry-ice fog in the biggest game of the season? That was the message being sent through their discombobulation in the first period Friday night. They were in sleep …
RICK MORRISSEY: Disaster was lurking all night for the Blackhawks. It was behind the net, around every corner and, much too often, right out in the open, cackling at them.
RICK MORRISSEY: Duncan Keith leaned on a podium last June and looked out at the thousands of people who had gathered for the Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup championship rally.
So you want your kid to grow up to be a professional football player. You’d like to introduce him as ‘‘my son, the gladiator.’’ Do I have that right, Mr. and Mrs. Football Parent? If you think a pro career would be the epitome of …
RICK MORRISSEY: Not that the Blackhawks were in the market for a demonstration, but now they know what it’s like to meet the business end of a speeding truck.
RICK MORRISSEY: Rose and Love together? With Joakim Noah on their side? That’s when you start thinking about a legitimate chance of challenging the Heat for an NBA title.
RICK MORRISSEY: The Blackhawks couldn’t have asked for anything more out of Game 1 of the Western Conference final.