Rick Telander has been the lead sports columnist at the Sun-Times since April, 1995. He previously was a senior writer for Sports Illustrated and ESPN, …Read More
TELANDER: If you were planning to buy a Super Bowl TV ad, I’m sorry, it’s too late. They’re all gone.
RICK TELANDER: Rose says all the right things, but we can only hope that he will return as strong as before.
If you’re reading this before noon Sunday, you know the Bears-Vikings game is coming up soon in Minneapolis. The Bears are 6-5, and this is a big game for them if they hope to contend with the Detroit Lions for first place in the NFC …Read More
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Outfielder Andrew McCutchen won the 2013 National League MVP Award, the first Pittsburgh Pirate to do so in 21 years. No complaints here. But check out McCutchen’s stats: .317 batting average, 21 home runs, 84 RBI, 27 steals. He also had 78 walks, a .404 …
Jay Cutler is back from his groin injury and ready to start Sunday against the Detroit Lions. That he came back so quickly from an injury once thought to need six weeks or so to heal isn’t remarkable. Medical people said only a few days …
RICK TELANDER: It strikes me as that in a sport where men routinely injure one another, often seriously and with full intent to do so, that the big news of the day in the NFL is . . . bullying.
The Boston Red Sox won their third World Series title in 10 years, and let’s never again think about the allegedly sad ‘‘Curse of the Bambino’’ nonsense that supposedly kept them from a title since 1918. It’s almost like, darn, how sad it is to …
RICK TELANDER: For 11/2 years, United Center fans waited while Bulls All-Star guard Derrick Rose healed from his ACL surgery. But now he was here, in house, for the home opener.
RICK TELANDER: Praise the Lord, there he was! Oh, it was good to see Derrick Rose playing basketball for the Bulls again.
The Bulls finished the preseason undefeated, beating the Denver Nuggets 94-89 on Friday at the United Center to end up 8-0. There are three things I take from that. One: The Bulls are good. Two: The preseason means very little, but winning is always nice. …
RICK TELANDER: The Bulls have enough to derail history. Man for man, they match up with the Heat, even if no one equals LeBron. But five can always beat one.
I am so happy to see Bulls guard Derrick Rose back playing on the United Center floor — even if it’s just the preseason — that I hope he never gets injured again. His acceleration, his reckless drives to the basket, his ball-handling, his assists, …
Would it be crazy for the Cubs to interview Ozzie Guillen for their vacant manager’s job? Once upon a time, yes. Not now. Now it’s reasonable. Now it makes sense. Interview him, take him seriously, and if he understands, has the passion — if he …
At your favorite new-ish Big Ten school, the University of Nebraska, 80 coaches and athletic-department staffers get the use of free cars, valued at a collective $2.25 million. The cars come courtesy of ‘‘non-profit’’ groups, including Omaha-area car dealers who are members of the Husker …
RICK TELANDER: It would be nice to have an opponent like the Giants every week — at least for the Bears’ Jay Cutler.
It was the moment wrestler Cody Minnick had trained years for, had sacrificed so much for. He was in the 2013 Illinois high school state finals in the 106-pound weight class in February, going up against Anthony Luis, a tough nut from Harvard. They had …Read More
RICK TELANDER: Consider that New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees came into the game on Sunday against the Bears having passed for over 300 yards in his last nine games. Then, in perfect conditions at Soldier Field, he did not.
Northwestern knows how to carry a lead into the fourth quarter. The Wildcats led all three games they lost last year — Penn State, Nebraska, Michigan — and they were ahead of No. 4 Ohio State in the fourth quarter Saturday night at Ryan Field. …Read More
TELANDER: Can we put Theo on the clock? You bet we can. Cubs president Theo Epstein had no problem firing manager Dale Sveum the other day, with one-third of Sveum’s contract remaining.
RICK TELANDER: The Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup Championships from 2013 and 2010 prove that hockey will never be taken for granted in this town again.