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
RICK MORRISSEY: Let’s face it, the Blackhawks have literally and figuratively skated through this season. Almost everything has come easy for them. They’ve not experienced even the vaguest feelings of impending doom.
To most of us in Chicago, there’s no hesitancy when it comes to choosing between Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant. Bryant is a great player and does a nice impression of MJ, but equals? No. We’re talking Dr. Evil and Mini- Me here. Anything Bryant has …Read More
You know, the Detroit Red Wings are pretty good. That fact apparently had escaped a segment of the local population, most of them in fan gear but some of them wearing skates, helmets and toothless smiles. The Red Wings outhustled and outmuscled the Blackhawks on …Read More
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RICK MORRISSEY: If you believe things happen for a reason, then the Blackhawks’ Western Conference semifinal against the Red Wings was meant to be. If you sit on the other side and believe life is a series of coincidences, then this series is simple chance.
Nine points. The Bulls scored nine points in the third quarter Monday night. If you want to know what hitting the wall looks like, it looks like nine points in a quarter. Hitting the wall looks like an 88-65 loss to the Heat. It looks like 17 turnovers. It looks like a 25.7 shooting percentage. It looks like … it’s over.
I don’t think I’ve seen more anger directed at a member of the Chicago sports community than I have at Derrick Rose. Not at Tank Johnson, Jay Cutler, Carlos Marmol or Adam Dunn. Not at LaTroy Hawkins, Milton Bradley, Bill Wirtz or Jerry Reinsdorf. And …Read More
RICK MORRISSEY: There’s a difference between being aggressive and being stupid. The Bulls were aggressive early in the game when Miami was intent on setting a physical tone. They stepped into stupid territory late in the game when they let their emotions get the better of them.
RICK MORRISSEY: ‘‘Is Tom Thibodeau fun to play for?’’ Joakim Noah said, repeating my question. Yeah, fun. You know, F-U-N. ‘‘I wouldn’t . . . eh . . . no,’’ he said. ‘‘Let’s not get carried away.’’
RICK MORRISSEY: Oh, my, Tom Thibodeau must have loved this. So homely was the game galumphing before his eyes that there were reports of the left corner of his mouth quivering slightly upward. But the birth of a near-smile couldn’t be independently confirmed.
RICK MORRISSEY: Let’s go back to early March. Let’s go back to a slightly less cynical time, when Rose was still a beloved figure in this town, when he was still the epitome of toughness, when he was still a shining example of what can come out of the mean streets of Chicago through talent and hard work.
Something has been bothering me for a while, and I hope you’ll indulge me while I try to make sense of it. It has something to do with sabermetrics and the abuse White Sox play-by-play man Hawk Harrelson has been getting lately, but those are …Read More
Kirk Hinrich didn’t play because of a calf injury. Luol Deng didn’t play because of flu-like symptoms or, as Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau called it, “a viral something something.’’ A test for viral meningitis came back negative, according to CSNChicago.com. Nate Robinson and Taj Gibson …
RICK MORRISSEY: The regular season means a lot when you win the Presidents’ Trophy for racking up the most points in the league. It means that anything less than a Stanley Cup being hoisted will be a disappointment. It means that not making the Stanley Cup Finals will be a colossal failure. Is that unfair?
Jason Collins has become the first openly gay male professional athlete in the four major American team sports. That’s a lot of modifiers, and it speaks both to the progress made in women’s sports and to the irrational fear that has always been part of …
I don’t want to minimize the work that Bears general manager Phil Emery and his staff did in preparation for the draft, the hours they put in and their lack of anything resembling a personal life the last year or so. But there’s no way …
I don’t know where Nate Robinson is from. I know it says Seattle in all his biographical information, but that’s fiction and quite possibly a government cover-up. He’s from some other planet where everything is unstable and combustible, where people are up and down in …
RICK MORRISSEY: This is crazy, you know. The Bulls are made up of bloody bandages, average depth and a coach who welded the pedal to the metal at birth. Does that say “playoff success’’ or “please put us out of our misery?’’
I have a very good feeling and a very bad feeling about the Bears’ draft on Thursday. The very good feeling is that they’ll use their first-round pick on Manti Te’o. That’s the very bad feeling, too. The columnist in me absolutely loves the idea …
We’re going to talk about the Bulls’ toughness, but we’re not going to comparison-shop. We won’t celebrate Joakim Noah’s heart as a way of condemning Derrick Rose’s. If you want to read or hear about how wimpy, selfish and misguided Rose is, go to Facebook, …
Several weeks ago, a reader sent me a complimentary email. I can’t remember the subject matter, but I do remember to whom it was addressed: Mr. Mortuary. This is odd, I thought. A shot across the bow in the salutation, followed by glowing praise. Then …