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
Sometimes it’s interesting to look back at a relatively normal situation from the past through the lens of today. I covered the NCAA men’s basketball regionals in 2009 in Minneapolis, and one of the teams I watched was USC. The Trojans would beat Boston College …Read More
Let’s not blame any of the Curie players who are now part of one of the most embarrassing moments in CPS boys basketball history.
RICK TELANDER: ‘Chaos,’’ Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said. That was his short answer to what he thought would occur if big-time college football were unionized.
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Think TV networks don’t drive college football? Then you probably think it’s an accident ESPN is kicking off its 2014 season by televising Sam Houston State at Eastern Washington on Aug. 23, the earliest opener in 11 years. That’s great for couch potatoes, but it’s …
TELANDER: Who hasn’t been bullied? It’s not a good feeling. In fact, it’s a horrible feeling.
RICK TELANDER: Who are these people who believe that simply buying a ticket to a sporting event absolves them of common decency, empathy, civility?
TELANDER: Say this for Northwestern’s basketball players: They’re dependable. When you think the Wildcats are on a roll, they’ll unroll. When you know they’re going to win, they’ll lose.
NEW YORK — Why are the Jets and Giants called the New York Jets and the New York Giants? I don’t care enough to pursue this, but both teams play at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., and you normally expect an NFL team to …
RICK TELANDER: I guess we were waiting for this, huh? Finally, chatterbox Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman said something that can go on the Broncos’ wall. To wit: Peyton Manning throws ‘‘ducks.’’
It’s interesting to me that on the same day Jordan Spieth shot a 63 at Torrey Pines, Carmelo Anthony put up 62 at Madison Square Garden. Of course, Spieth is a golfer and ’Melo is a hoopster, and the Knicks were playing the Bobcats on …
I predict that in 10 years, you will barely recognize NCAA football. There will be the smaller, less-wealthy schools playing what you still could call ‘‘college football.’’ But there will be the behemoths — Alabama, USC, Ohio State, Clemson, Oklahoma and pals — playing something …
RICK TELANDER: As you think about the seeming decency and logic of the Bears’ brass keeping defensive coordinator Mel Tucker for at least another season, remember this: The defense was bad this season.
Let’s address the Baseball Hall of Fame voting flap for a moment. Basically, it’s this: Every baseball critic everywhere — voter and non-voter alike — has a different idea about who should get in. ESPN radio and TV host Dan Le Batard, a guy I …
I often have wondered what would happen if I came out and said I was a gay sports columnist. Would it end a bunch of this nonsense about homosexuality that seemingly will go on until, I don’t know, we have a gay president, a gay …
RICK TELANDER: Jay Cutler’s face, the one we all know and love? The one that can make a smirk look like Santa’s smile? That’s the face of the Bears franchise, folks. For now and forever.
RICK TELANDER: This was bad. This was ugly. This was put-your-face-in-a-hole-and-cover-yourself-with-a-tarp bad. This wasn’t all Jay Cutler’s fault.
Bowl season is upon us, and I’m here to give you some guidance in the jungle of fraudulence, hyperbole and worthlessness that accompany the majority of these 35 games. Until there is the Clorox Disinfecting Toilet Wand Bowl, we likely will not have truth in …
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 …