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TrackNotes: Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Dog Days

Yes, racing fans, it's that time of year.

The lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer are here, with Del Mar, site of this year's Breeders' Cup, opening Wednesday and Saratoga ringing the bell Friday.

Shipwrecked nines across America will be treading water for more than 90 days, waiting for a rescue boat, the S.S. Rebuilding Plan, that will never come. The Cubs still seem to be searching for identity, but therapy takes time. Can the White Sox get caffeinated with some wins over Crane Kenney's North Side Gang? The Bears will soon straddle the bow, bleating for relevance, while we look over their shoulders and watch the iceberg closing in on them. Dog Days, indeed.

In this last number of weeks, four big things happened on four different ovals. Two of them should have and two of them shouldn't have.

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Inside Sports

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #162: The White Sox Are Not The Cubs

Unlike the North Siders, the South Siders haven't revamped their whole organization - and Kenny Williams still lurks. Plus: Are The Cubs Back?; Hahn's Stockpile; The Ignominous Return Of Jay Cutler; and Schweinsteiger!

Posted on Jul 22, 2017
Keywords: Bastian Schweinsteiger, Blake Rutherford, Bud Black, Buddy Bell, Fernando Tatis Jr., Hector Rondon, James Shields, Jay Cutler, John Lackey, Jorge Soler, Jose Abreu, Justin Grimm, Kenny Williams, Matt Szczur, Michael Kopech, Reynaldo Lopez, Rick Hahn, Ricky Renteria, Tito Polo, Tommy LaStella, Willson Contreras, Yoan Moncada

Made In Chicago: Roller Derby Inspires World Celebration

Once drew 50,000 to Comiskey Park.

Posted on Jul 18, 2017
Keywords: Cheryl Cryer, Leo Seltzer
The White Sox Report

Meet 2020

The starting lineup.

Posted on Jul 17, 2017
Keywords: Alec Hansen, Carlos Rodon, Carson Fulmer, Dane Dunning, Dylan Cease, Eloy Jiminez, Jake Burger, Jose Abreu, Lucas Giolito, Luis Robert, Michael Kopech, Micker Adolfo, Reynaldo Lopez, Tim Anderson, Tyler Saladino, Yoan Moncada, Yolmer Sanchez, Zach Burdi, Zach Collins

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #161: Trade Wins

A rarity: Two Chicago front offices pull brilliant move - at the same time. Plus: Return To Bulls Mountain; Return To Blackhawks Mountain; Schweinsteiger!; and Bustville.

Posted on Jul 14, 2017
Keywords: Artemi Panarin, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Brandon Saad, Dylan Cease, Eloy Jiminez, Jimmy Butler, John Fox, John Paxson, Jordan Bell, Jose Quintana, Kris Dunn, Marian Hossa, Miguel Montero, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Rick Morrissey, Sonny Gray, Taj Gibson, Tom Thibodeau

Rainbow PUSH Coalition Sports Award Banquet

NBA Hall of Famers and other legends to be honored.

Posted on Jul 13, 2017
Keywords: Adrienne Lawrence, Bernard King, Isiah Thomas, Joseph Bryant Jr., Leigh Steinberg, Lloyd Walton, Richard Lapchick, Victoria Rowell

The Warrior Games 2017

"You've got a family again."

Posted on Jul 11, 2017
Keywords: Warrior Games

SportsMonday: Cubs Embarrassing Again

And here come the Cardinals.

Posted on Jul 10, 2017
Keywords: David Ross, Dexter Fowler
The White Sox Report

This Is Your Brain On White Sox

What's nice about this week is that the Sox don't play until Friday when the Mariners come to town for three games. We could use a break. Our overwrought anterior cingulate cortexes need a rest.

Posted on Jul 10, 2017
Keywords: Alen Hanson, Derek Holland, James Shields, Mike Pelfrey, Todd Frazier

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #160: Highway To Cubs Hell

Hangover City. Plus: The White Sox Are The Cleveland Browns; The Bulls Got Ripped Off, Man!; Meet Your 2019 Stanley Cup Champions!; Greatest Bears Game Ever Coming This Christmas Eve!; and Schweinsteiger!

Posted on Jul 7, 2017
Keywords: 2nd Story, Bastian Schweinsteiger, David Robertson, Henry Rollins, Jake Arrieta, Judas Priest, Led Zeppelin, Mike Daisey, NWA, Phil Rogers, Ricky Rentamanager, Spalding Gray, Tim Anderson, Tom Morello, Yoan Moncada
The White Sox Report

Walking And Leading Off

Is it not clear that Frazier is a markedly better hitter early in the game with no one on base in addition to his ability to draw bases on balls?

Posted on Jul 3, 2017
Keywords: Jose Abreu, Kendrys Morales, Melky Cabrera, Todd Frazier

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #159: The Cubs Are Team Trump Now

Hell Week exposes this franchise for what it's become. Plus: The White Sox Rebuild Is Not Going As Well As You Think.

Posted on Jun 30, 2017
Keywords: Adam Engel, Anthony Rizzo, Carson Fulmer, Donald Trump, Jake Burger, Joe Maddon, Jose Quintana, Lucas Giolito, Michael Kopech, Miguel Montero, Nicky Delmonico, Reynaldo Lopez, Ricky Renteria, Tim Anderson, Tom Verducci, Tommy Kahnle, Tyler Danish, Yoan Moncada, Zack Collins

Pro Flag Football Is Now A Thing - Starring Famous Former NFL Players!

Just stretch before you come off the couch to play, Terrell Owens warns.

Posted on Jun 29, 2017
Keywords: Chad Johnson, Michael Vick, Terrell Owens

Few Players Screened For Concussions In Last World Cup

Researchers only saw medical professionals examine players for concussions for just 15 percent of the head collisions seen on the field.

Posted on Jun 28, 2017
Keywords: FIFA, World Cup
The White Sox Report

Todd Frazier Should Lead Off. Seriously.

He's been a disaster with men on base his whole career, yet Ricky Renteria insists on batting him fourth or fifth.

Posted on Jun 26, 2017
Keywords: Mark Buehrle, Ricky Renteria, Todd Frazier

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #158: Bulls To Bears: Hold My Beer

Trade for Trubisky suddenly not the worst by a Chicago team this year. Plus: 2017 Cubs Get Even Weirder; Are The White Sox The Next Cubs?; and Schweinsteiger!

Posted on Jun 24, 2017
Keywords: Anthony Rizzo, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Brandon Saad, Jimmy Butler, Kyle Schwarber, Marion Hossa, Niklas Hjalmarrson

On Joe Louis, Race And How Society Treats Its Sports Heroes

Studying sports heroes in their context can offer insights into a nation, culture or society at the time - but the comparison with today's sports stars also reveals surprising continuities between the past and present.

Posted on Jun 22, 2017
Keywords: Anthony Joshua, Joe Louis, Max Schmeling, Tyson Fury

Driven: The Story Of The First African American Inducted Into The NASCAR Hall Of Fame

Wendell Scott was to NASCAR what Jackie Robinson was to baseball. The difference was that Robinson played in liberal Brooklyn and had the backing of Branch Rickey, and Scott raced in the segregated South and had . . . nobody."

Posted on Jun 20, 2017
Keywords: Wendell Scott
The White Sox Report

Pelfrey's Proof

Motivating Mike - and Matt.

Posted on Jun 19, 2017
Keywords: Matt Davidson, Mike Pelfrey

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #157: The Cubs Are Officially In Trouble

And help may not be on the way. Plus: On Hahn; The Human Journey Of Scott Darling; Bears Look Good Against The Bears!; Dwyane Wade's Fake News; What Kevin Durant Has Done; The Pens & P.K.; and Schweinsteiger!

Posted on Jun 16, 2017
Keywords: Bastian Schweinsteiger, Dwyane Wade, John Fox, Kevin Durant, Leonard Floyd, P.K. Subban, Rick Hahn, Scott Darling, Tommy LaStella

Throwing Injuries In Young Baseball Players: Is There Something We Are Not Considering?

There is an unaccounted workload factor right in front of us.

Posted on Jun 16, 2017
Keywords: Jason Zaremski, PitchSmart

SportsMonday: Mired In Mediocrity

I understand that we are in the "Three True Outcomes" Era, which is all about walks, strikeouts and home runs, but this is ridiculous.

Posted on Jun 12, 2017
Keywords: Bud Black
The White Sox Report

Mediocre Minors

Something special not brewing after all.

Posted on Jun 12, 2017
Keywords: Charlotte Knights, Hawk Harrelson, Ricky Renteria, Yoan Moncada

TrackNotes: Tapped Out

If these three-year-olds do anything remarkable for the rest of the year, it will be remarkable.

Posted on Jun 11, 2017
Keywords: Andy Grammer, Belmont Stakes, Bob Baffert, Disco Partner, Epicharis, Mike Smith, Songbird, Tapwrit

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #156: About Addison Russell

Theo takes honest tack. Plus: Grandpa Heyward; Cubs Still Mediocre; White Sox Now Officially The Worst; The NBA's Defenseless Finals; Pens Looking To Join Kings, Blackhawks In Decade's Pantheon; Butler Bullshit; and Schweinstieger!

Posted on Jun 10, 2017
Keywords: Addison Russell, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Dexter Fowler, DJ LeMahieu, Jason Heyward, Jimmy Butler, Jose Quintana, Kyle Hendricks, Rajon Rondo, Theo Epstein

TrackNotes: Holy Bull And The Belmont

If Thoroughbred horse racing had a mirror today and through this weekend, its gaze would reveal a diminished opacity, ghostly, with the demonic horseflies of fan discontent, ill-bred horses, greedy track companies, oversaturation and perverted priorities dancing about its head, without so much as a Thoroughbred's tail to swat them away.

Posted on Jun 9, 2017
Keywords: Belmont Stakes, Holy Bull, Santa Anita

High School Boys Fear Looking 'Weak' If They Report Concussions

Boys are anywhere from four to 11 times less likely than girls to report concussions for reasons having to do with how they were perceived by peers and coaches.

Posted on Jun 7, 2017
Keywords: Journal of Athletic Training
The White Sox Report

Hawking Hawk

You do the math. How can a 75-year-old man have been in baseball for 80 years?

Posted on Jun 5, 2017
Keywords: Hawk Harrelson

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #155: What's Wrong With The Cubs

A lot of things, it turns out. Plus: The Good News And The Bad News About Hawk Harrelson; MLB Standings Review; Ryan Pace, Secret Agent; The Patrick Sharp Dominoes; Pens Up; Warriors Golden; and Schweinsteiger!

Posted on Jun 2, 2017
Keywords: Addison Russell, Albert Almora, Anthony Rizzo, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Hawk Harrelson, Javy Baez, Kyle Schwarber, Patrick Sharp, Ryan Pace

Injury Rates In Young Female Athletes May Be Underestimated

"Most studies define injury as time loss from participation, whereas many athletes with overuse injuries continue to participate despite pain and reduced performance. When time-loss definitions are used, about 90 percent of overuse injuries appear to be missed."

Posted on Jun 1, 2017
Keywords: BMJ Open Sport and Exercise Medicine

Are Esports The Next Major League Sport?

A championship event in Chicago drew 12 million more viewers than the NBA Finals last year.

Posted on May 31, 2017
Keywords: Amazon, Big Ten Network, Call of Duty, Dota 2, ESPN, FIFA, Halo, League of Legends, Overwatch, Riot Games, Steam, Twitch

SportsMondayTuesday: Cubs Unanchored

Joe Burgundy messed with a streak.

Posted on May 30, 2017
Keywords: Chris Sale, Joe Maddon
The White Sox Report

Let's Play Two, Like We Used To!

The factory worker, cab drivers and the people flipping burgers at McDonald's in many cases have been priced out of the market. Catering to those folks ended long ago.

Posted on May 29, 2017
Keywords: Chris Sale, Matt Davidson, Ricky Renteria

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #154: Dear Cubs: Make It Stop

Please, no more cereal, no more themed road trips, no more hero worship of mundane acts. Plus: The Quintana Question; John Fox Is The Sean Spicer Of The Bears; Preds-Pens; and Schweinsteiger!

Posted on May 26, 2017
Keywords: Bastian Schweinsteiger, Harry Caray Death Cult, Joe Maddon, John Fox, Jose Quintana, Luis Robert, Trevor Daley, Willson Contreras

TrackNotes: Clouds Over The Preakness

Cloud computing's convenience is the nicotine of the digital age.

Posted on May 26, 2017
Keywords: Cloud Computing, Preakness

Championship Bowling! Lou Campi vs. Joe Norris

Make that Wrong Foot Louie vs. The Fireball Kid.

Posted on May 23, 2017
Keywords: Joe Norris, Lou Campi

SportsMonday: The Cubs Are Ridiculous

If the rotation stays healthy, the Cubs will contend for everything again.

Posted on May 22, 2017
Keywords: Ian Happ, Jed Hoyer, Theo Epstein
The White Sox Report

The Ghost Of Dayan Viciedo

Quit the hyperbole and just let the kids take their time.

Posted on May 22, 2017
Keywords: Dayan Viciedo, Luis Robert, Yoan Moncada

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #153: Is Something Still Wrong With The Cubs?

Or is the narrative the problem? Plus: Coming Soon: The White Sox' Most Interesting Time Of The Year; Blacks In Baseball; Preaching The Preakness; The Bulls & Butler; NBA Putting Us Through Needless Conference Finals'; No Mitigation For Blackhawks; and Schweinsteiger!

Posted on May 20, 2017
Keywords: Bastian Schweinsteiger, David Robertson, Ian Happ, Jake Arrieta, Javy Baez, Jimmy Butler, Joe Maddon, Jose Quintana, Kyle Schwarber

TrackNotes: Preaching The Preakness

Subliminal or spoken there's a Derby hangover, you get so worked up. I admit I feel it too; we got another game in two weeks. But for me, just how good is the Derby winner? That is a really fun question. Don't ever think Triple Crown, that's greedy. Prices, a new mix of horses, a track they'll never see again, just two weeks from the last race. Sounds like a tasty racing cocktail to me.

Posted on May 20, 2017
Keywords: Always Dreaming, Classic Empire, Conquest Mo Money, Hence, Pimlico, Preakness

Chicagoan Wins 8-Ball Classic, Advances To National Finals

Atlanta, Illinoisan also advances, as does Carbondale woman.

Posted on May 16, 2017
Keywords: Benjamin Almazan, Michelle Templeton, Taplia Renfrow
The White Sox Report

Alarming Weirdness

On Saturday, more than 29,000 fans jammed the park for a chance to see these two developing ballclubs. Well, that's not really true. The giveaway of a Hawk Harrelson alarm clocks was the real draw.

Posted on May 15, 2017
Keywords: Hawk Harrelson

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #152: Are The Cubs The 1985 Bears?

World Series hangover. Plus: White Sox Back To Rebuilding; Ronnie Woo-Woo Banned From Wrigley Field Along With Other Nonpaying Customers; The Problem With Mitch Trubisky's Honda Accord; and Bastian Schweinsteiger Already Fed Up With Quality Of MLS - Just Two Months After His Move From Manchester United.

Posted on May 12, 2017
Keywords: Bastain Schweinsteiger, Davis Ross, Jake Arrieta, Joe Maddon, Kyle Hendricks, Miguel Montero, Mike Montgomery, Mitch Trubisky, Ronnie Woo-Woo

Women + Sports Chicago

Femininity, physicality and the pressure to be pretty.

Posted on May 11, 2017
Keywords: Amanda Bingson, April Ross, Christen Press, Tori Bowie

SportsMonday: Return To Wrigley

The tanking years had driven me away, and I never regained my drive to attend games in person and give my money to the billionaire, conservative owners.

Posted on May 8, 2017
Keywords: Anthony Rizzo, Aroldis Chapman
The White Sox Report

Rebuilding And Racists

The nights will be cold. The crowds will be sparse. Spending $9.75 for a Modelo Especial is excessive. The drama won't come from the fans. No, it will be all about whether this ballclub can maintain respectability as the rebuild continues. Just the way it should be.

Posted on May 8, 2017
Keywords: Adam Jones, Curt Schilling, Dylan Covey, Tim Anderson

TrackNotes: Always Dreaming Cranks Derby

Any horseplayer will tell you finding the horse is only one thing. Crafting the bet is the Louvre.

Posted on May 7, 2017
Keywords: Always Dreaming, Anthony Bonomo, John Velazquez, Todd Pletcher, Vincent Viola

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #151: Pace Still Pantsed

In retrospect, the Bears' draft still sucks. Plus: Trump-Lover Jay Cutler Joins Fox Sports; Pax & Garfield; The Cubs & Castro; The White Sox Way; and Schweinsteiger!

Posted on May 5, 2017
Keywords: Bastian Schweinsteiger, Gar Forman, Jay Cutler, John Paxson, Ryan Pace, Starlin Castro, Yoan Moncada

TrackNotes: No Gambling!

These days, baseball games are taken out of the hands of the best pitchers and players, making handicapping impossible. Football is an inhuman, militaristic industry and not a game or a sport, civilian casualties be damned. And basketball is too painful to watch even with a wager down. But we do have Thoroughbred horse racing.

Posted on May 5, 2017
Keywords: Always Dreaming, Battle of Midway, Gunnevera, Hence, Irish War Cry, Kentucky Derby

Anti-Immigrant Hysteria Harming Churchill Downs

In the Trump era, the immigrants who make up much of the track's workforce are unwelcome.

Posted on May 3, 2017
Keywords: Churchill Downs, Kentucky Derby

The Unbearable Whiteness Of Cycling

In Chicago in particular, it seems black cyclists have been targeted by the police for unfair treatment.

Posted on May 2, 2017
Keywords: Boris Johnson, Cycling for All Manifesto, Tour de Yorkshire

SportsMonday: The Bears' Dysfunctional Draft

Ryan Pace missed a key lesson at general managers school.

Posted on May 1, 2017
Keywords: John Fox, Ryan Pace
The White Sox Report

Outperforming April

Firing on all cylinders - except catching the ball.

Posted on May 1, 2017
Keywords: Avisail Garcia, Tim Anderson

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #150: Pace Pantsed

Makes statement pick that is neither bold nor courageous. Plus: Rondo vs. Wade; Hey Hey JHey!; Avi!; Sacrificial Hawks; and Schweinsteiger: Nein!

Posted on Apr 28, 2017
Keywords: Adam Hoge, Adam Jahns, Avisail Garcia, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Jason Heyward, Mitch Trubisky, Rajon Rondo, Ryan Pace, Stan Bowman

More Teen Knowledge About Concussion May Not Increase Reporting

The underreporting of concussions is estimated to be high, and the No. 1 reason athletes do not report a concussion is because they do not want to lose playing time

Posted on Apr 25, 2017
Keywords: Journal of Athletic Training

SportsMonday: The Indecent Bulls

And their indecent coach.

Posted on Apr 24, 2017
Keywords: Fred Hoiberg
The White Sox Report

Hitless Wonders

There has been virtually no criticism of hitting coach Todd Steverson. We'll see how long that lasts.

Posted on Apr 24, 2017
Keywords: Ricky Renteria, Todd Steverson

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #149: Blackhawks Blackout

Window half-closed or half-open? Plus: Unlike Blackhawks, Bulls Still In Playoffs; Is Something Wrong With The Cubs Or No?; Cracks Showing On South Side; Draft Fever; and Schweinsteiger!

Posted on Apr 21, 2017
Keywords: Avisail Garcia, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Carl Edwards Jr., Jamal Adams, Joel Quenneville, Paul Zipser, Rogie Vachon, Tim Anderson

Canadian Youth Hockey Injuries Cut In Half After National Policy Change

And concussions were reduced by almost two-thirds.

Posted on Apr 19, 2017
Keywords: Hockey Canada
The White Sox Report

Not Irrelevant

Not yet, anyway.

Posted on Apr 17, 2017
Keywords: Avisail Garcia, Matt Davidson, Ricky Renteria

SportsMonday: Sports Are Weird

What the heck just happened?

Posted on Apr 17, 2017
Keywords: Joel Quenneville

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #148: Playoff Thrill And Chill

The Blackhawks and Bulls enthusiasm gap. Plus: Cubs Got Cool-Ass Rings; South Side Rumors; The Lessons Of Cameron Lee; Delle Donne Is Out; Schweinsteiger Is In; and Weekend Advice From The Coach.

Posted on Apr 14, 2017
Keywords: Bastian Schweinsteiger, Cameron Lee, Elena Della Donne, Rick Sutcliffe, Tim Anderson
The White Sox Report

What About Avi?

The next David Ortiz or the next Thad Bosley?

Posted on Apr 10, 2017
Keywords: Avisail Garcia, Yoan Moncada

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #147: The (New) Cubs Are Still The (New) Cubs

Coach is excited. Plus: Bulls Screwing Up In Reverse; The D League; Drama-Free Blackhawks Almost Forgotten; Awful Shooting, Awful Reffing In Awful Venue; and Schweinsteiger!

Posted on Apr 7, 2017
Keywords: Anthony Rizzo, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Carl Edwards, Dan Vogelbach, Hector Rondon, Jon Lester, Kris Bryant, Mike Matheny, Pedro Strop, Steve Trachsel, Willson Contreras, Yadier Molina

SportsMonday: The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

Finally, a reason to feel reasonably okay about Chicago sports.

Posted on Apr 3, 2017
Keywords: Willson Contreras
The White Sox Report

Unlovable Losers

There's nothing cute or lovable about a bad ballclub on the South Side.

Posted on Apr 3, 2017
Keywords: Luke Appling, Rick Renteria, Ted Lyons

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #146: Chicago Mirages

Don't believe the March Mirotic. Plus: The Bullshit Bears; Something About The Blackhawks' Gas Pedal; The Cubs' Smug Factor; White Sox Not Even Good At Being Secondary; The Chicago Fire Now World Cup Contenders; and NCAA Tourney Notes.

Posted on Mar 31, 2017
Keywords: Bastian Schweinsteiger, Buffalo Wild Wings, Fred Hoiberg, George McCaskey, John Fox, Nikola Mirotic, Ryan Pace, The Ricketts Family

The 2017 Fantasy Fix Draft Guide, Pt. 4: 76-100!

And a White Sock who probably won't be one for much longer.

Posted on Mar 31, 2017
Keywords: Jose Quintana, Wade Davis, Willson Contreras

Better Locker Rooms: It's Not Just A Transgender Thing

Consider the case of a high school in Palatine.

Posted on Mar 29, 2017
Keywords: IOC, NCAA

TrackNotes: On Saturday, We Saw 'The Greatest Horse Since Secretariat'

Arrogate just ran the race of a lifetime - our lifetime.

Posted on Mar 26, 2017
Keywords: Arrogate, Man o' War, Secretariat

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #145: The Butt Fumble Bears

Lake Forest, Loserville. Plus: The Butt Fumble Bulls; Jerry Krause Was Right; Blackhawks Grinding Against Bad Teams; The Charmed Life Of Clean-Living Kris Bryant; Cubs Playing Match Game With Starters; Joe Maddon's World Series Managing Even Worse Than We Thought; Contracting Tim Anderson; Fire Get Schweinsteiger; A Team To Root For; and UIC's Tiny Dance.

Posted on Mar 24, 2017
Keywords: Bastian Schweinsteiger, Jerry Krause, Joe Maddon, Kris Bryant, Mark Sanchez, Tim Anderson

The 2017 Fantasy Fix Draft Guide, Pt. 3: The Professor!

Guess who's No. 59?!

Posted on Mar 21, 2017
Keywords: Kyle Hendricks

SportsMonday: Hawks Hot As An Avalanche

Plus: Power Tourney.

Posted on Mar 20, 2017
Keywords: John Hayden
The White Sox Report

Renteria's Record

The right man for the job.

Posted on Mar 19, 2017
Keywords: Carson Fulmer, Rick Renteria

TrackNotes: Out Of Hibernation

Gigolo Nation.

Posted on Mar 17, 2017
Keywords: American Pharoah, California Chrome

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #144: Northwestern Still Sucks

Hard to root for from this precinct. Plus: Directionless Bulls Now Also Wadeless; Bears Sign More Guys; Joe Trump?; Blackhawks Still Blackhawks; Chicago Fire On Fire; and The White Sox Are Still Boring No Matter What Coffman Says.

Posted on Mar 17, 2017
Keywords: Dwyane Wade, Joe Maddon, Northwestern

SportsMonday: Snubbed

There is only one obvious conclusion: this sucker is rigged to ensure power conference teams populate all the spots in the Final Four year after year after year.

Posted on Mar 13, 2017
Keywords: Illinois State

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #143: An Incompetent, Money-Grubbing Shitshow

The Bear are ridiculous, and not in a Devin Hester kind of way. Plus: Blackhawks Playoff-Ready; Bulls Irrelevant; Solving Sammy Sosa; Maddon Wearing Thin; and Something About The Chicago Fire.

Posted on Mar 10, 2017
Keywords: Bartman, Brian Hoyer, Illini, Jason Hammel, Jay Cutler, Joe Maddon, Markus Wheaton, Matt Barkley, Mike Glennon, Northwestern, Ryan Pace, Sammy Sosa, The McCaskeys

The 2017 Fantasy Fix Draft Guide, Pt. 2: Schwarbs!

A most unexpected ranking.

Posted on Mar 8, 2017
Keywords: Jake Arrieta, Jon Lester, Jose Abreu, Kyle Schwarber
The White Sox Report

The Pace Of The Game

Maybe it's time that MLB sheds its inferiority complex and celebrates the three hours that folks can spend at the ballpark with friends and family, watching a ballgame, eating a hot dog, and drinking a beer.

Posted on Mar 6, 2017
Keywords: Barry Bonds, Chris Sale, Jackie Robinson

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #142: Ungolden Bulls

Big win signifies nothing. Plus: How Oduya?; Follow The Bears' Money; Don't Sleep On Illinois; and Putting The Spring In Spring Training.

Posted on Mar 3, 2017
Keywords: Alshon Jeffery, Cameron Payne, Jimmy Butler, Joakim Noah, Johnny Oduya, Nick Schmaltz, Paul Zipser
The White Sox Report

Putting The Spring In Spring Training

This is a world of athletes with optimistic hopes of reaching the next level amid blue skies, warm temperatures and encouragement from coaches, fans, and teammates. And it can't be rushed.

Posted on Feb 28, 2017
Keywords: Blake Smith, Tommy Lasorda

SportsMonday: Hot Hawks Getting Schmaltzy

Success follows Jonathan Toews' unusual public plea.

Posted on Feb 27, 2017
Keywords: Jonathan Toews, Nick Schmaltz

The 2017 Fantasy Fix Draft Guide, Pt. 1: Bryzzo!

Neither is No. 1, but . . .

Posted on Feb 24, 2017
Keywords: Anthony Rizzo, Chris Sale, Kris Bryant

Cheerleading's Peculiar Path To Olympic Sport

Follow the money.

Posted on Feb 21, 2017
Keywords: Jeff Webb, Varsity Brands Inc.

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #141: The Idea Of Trading Jimmy Butler Really Grinds Coach's Gears

Butler or Bust? Plus: Blackhawks Bye, Blame Barnwell, Joe Maddoning, and Coach Is Only Half-In On The White Sox Rebuild, Too.

Posted on Feb 17, 2017
Keywords: Bill Barnwell, Jimmy Butler, Joe Maddon, Miguel Montero, Patrick Eaves

Brain Damage In Former Players Fuels Soccer 'Heading' Fears

Some professional soccer players might risk the same long-term cognitive problems suffered by boxers and some American football players.

Posted on Feb 15, 2017
Keywords: Acta Neuropathologica

SportsMonday: Now It's Northwestern's Turn

Leicester, Cleveland, the Cubs . . .

Posted on Feb 13, 2017
Keywords: Chris Collins, Mark Aguirre

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #140: Jimmy Football

Get Garoppolo. Plus: Super Bowl Scenery Chewing; #BearsBoycott; ACL U; As The Bulls Turn, Turn, Turn; The Toewster Is Back; Brain Disease Strikes Mike Adamle; and Baseball's Worst Idea Since Using The All-Star Game To Determine Home Field For The World Series.

Posted on Feb 10, 2017
Keywords: George McCaskey, Jabari Parker, Jimmy Garoppolo, Jonathan Toews, Michael Reinsdorf, Mike Adamle, Tom Brady

Many Kids Still Don't Report Concussion Symptoms. How Can We Change That?

Young athletes face a "culture of resistance" to reporting injuries.

Posted on Feb 6, 2017
Keywords: Heads Up

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #139: Super Bowl Swoon

We are not amused. Plus: Garoppalooza; Mrs. Coach And Boy Coach At The Super Bowl!; The Super Bowl Is A Weird Animal; The NFL's Legacy Ownership Problem; Peak Jimmy Butler; Not Wild About The Blackhawks; We're Sad About Elena Delle Donne; Zigs And Zags; Cubs Stockpiling Broken-Down 35-Year-Old Pitchers; and National Everything That's Wrong With College Football Day.

Posted on Feb 3, 2017
Keywords: Chris Long, Elena Delle Donne, Jimmy Butler, Jimmy Garoppolo, Kobe Buffalomeat, Lady Gaga, Shea McClellin, Sheldon Adelson

The 9th Annual (More Or Less) Beachwood Super Bowl Halftime Show Prop Bet: Lady Gaga Edition

If you're into excruciating awkwardness and the prospect of truth chickens coming home to roost all over power, this may truly be your Super Bowl.

Posted on Feb 2, 2017
Keywords: Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Lady Gaga, Roger Goodell

'If The NFL Had A Mom, It'd Steal Money From Her Purse While She Was Sleeping'

There are two things the billionaires who run the NFL love: money and rules that make no sense.

Posted on Feb 2, 2017
Keywords: NFL, Roger Goodell

Cubs World Series Bobbleheads Unveiled

One of them is the only officially licensed Cubs' bobblehead ever made featuring a goat, and will likely be the last!

Posted on Feb 2, 2017
Keywords: Aroldis Chapman, Bryzzo, David Ross, Jake Arrieta, Joe Maddon

Youth Football Finally Listening To Coach Coffman

Say goodbye to three-point stances.

Posted on Feb 1, 2017
Keywords: Jim "Coach" Coffman, USA Football

TrackNotes Postscript: A Farewell To 'Chrome

I will remember his entire career and not just these last two losses. He ran his heart out every time, nothing less.

Posted on Jan 30, 2017
Keywords: Arrogate, California Chrome

SportsMonday: Dwyane Wade Talking About Practice

Young Bulls vs. Magic Johnson.

Posted on Jan 30, 2017
Keywords: Dwyane Wade, Jimmy Butler, Rajan Rondo

TrackNotes: Pegging The Pegasus

It's going to be very difficult for California Chrome to win this race. If he does, I promise you it will be a performance for the ages.

Posted on Jan 27, 2017
Keywords: Arrogate, California Chrome, Gulfstream Park, Pegasus

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #138: Madhouse On Madison

Wherein Gar Forman comes out the biggest loser and Rajon Rondo is the least bad guy. Plus: Fred Hoiberg's Tie; Jets Outfly Hawks; Pay The Woman, Sky; and Coffman All In On The Patriots.

Posted on Jan 27, 2017
Keywords: Corey Crawford, Dwyane Wade, Elena Delle Donne, Fred Hoiberg, Gar Forman, Jerian Grant, Jimmy Butler, Jonathan Toews, Michael Carter-Williams, Nikola Mrotic, Rajon Rondo

Russia Walks Back Doping Admission

"We want to underline that RUSADA does not have and could not have the authority to admit or deny such a fact (of an institutional conspiracy)," RUSADA said.

Posted on Jan 25, 2017
Keywords: doping, RUSADA, WADA

SportsMonday: See Ya Seabrook

If the Blackhawks want to make a trade that will give their top two lines a real boost, they'll almost certainly have to move a very good player. That and the fact they have a surplus of defensemen means . . .

Posted on Jan 23, 2017
Keywords: Brent Seabrook, Jonathan Toews

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #137: Is Glencoe Slickster Our New Skip Bayless?

Annoying start for The Score's new host. Plus: Setting The Super Bowl Table; The Sad Sack Exchange; Bears Drafting Too High!; Cubs' Neverending Caravan; Hall Of Fame Shame; Bulls On Verge Of . . . Something; and Concern Trolling The Blackhawks.

Posted on Jan 20, 2017
Keywords: Bo Jackson, Danny Parkins, Deshaun Watson, Mark Gastineau, Mike Tomlin, Sammy Sosa

Name Dan Bernstein's New Partner!

Bob Woodward, for example.

Posted on Jan 18, 2017
Keywords: Beavis, Bill Clinton, Billy Corgan, Bob Woodward, Bruce Springsteen, Dan Bernstein, Ed Burke, Jason Goff, Lee Elia, Mike North

U.S. High School Soccer Concussions On The Rise

Meanwhile, non-concussion injury rates are falling.

Posted on Jan 17, 2017
Keywords: British Journal of Sports Medicine, Morteza Khodaee

SportsMonday: Respectable Bulls On The Verge?

I am not of the mind that it is such a horror for a team to find itself "in the middle," especially in the NBA.

Posted on Jan 16, 2017
Keywords: Doug McDermott, Dwyane Wade, Fred Hoiberg, Jimmy Butler, Marian Hossa

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #136: Charged Up

Lightning strikes in California - and it really grinds Coach's gears. Plus: Playoff Possibilities; Draft Deshaun?; Cubs Con; Score Heads; Bulls World Turning Again; and Wherefore Arty Though?

Posted on Jan 13, 2017
Keywords: Artem Ansimov, Dan Bernstein, Deshaun Watson, Jason Goff, Joe Maddon, Los Angeles Chargers, Rajon Rondo, Shea McClellin

Breakfast In America: Sentiment Analysis

Making The English Premier League Great Again.

Posted on Jan 12, 2017
Keywords: Arsenal, Bournemouth, Chelsea, Donald Trump, John Terry, Roman Abramovich

USA Gymnastics Named In New Sexual Abuse Lawsuit

Larry Nassar, once a team doctor for the Olympians and a former employee at Michigan State University, has been in federal custody since December on child pornography charges. He also faces separate charges in Michigan for sexual abuse of a minor, who was neither an athlete nor a patient when police say she was abused from ages 6 to 12.

Posted on Jan 11, 2017
Keywords: Larry Nassar, Michigan State University, USA Gymnastics

Yabba Dabo Do

Final Three Games of the World Series Maddon-esque.

Posted on Jan 10, 2017
Keywords: Dabo Swinney

Clemson Confetti

Whoever that dude is making snow angels on the field, he's our favorite.

Posted on Jan 10, 2017
Keywords: Dabo Swinney, K'Von Wallace

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #135: Bears Mess Conference, Toast To Terry & Opening The Score's Door

George McCaskey is not a patient man - except when it comes to his family's ownership and management of the Bears. Then his patience is infinite. Plus: Wake Me Up When Rondo Go-Goes; Arty On Top; and Toasting Terry While Opening The Score's Door.

Posted on Jan 7, 2017
Keywords: Artem Ansimov, Dan Bernstein, George McCaskey, Jimmy Butler, John Fox, Joliet, Jordan Howard, Julie DiCaro, Michael Bennett, Mike North, Rajon Rondo, Roland Harper, Ryan Pace, Sarah Spain, Susannah Collins, Terry Boers

U.S. Supreme Court Ends Fight Over $1 Billion NFL Concussion Deal

Under the settlement, the NFL does not admit guilt.

Posted on Jan 6, 2017
Keywords: Cookie Gilchrist, Dave Duerson, Junior Seau

SportsMonday: Get To Work, Bears

You are all lucky to have your jobs, even you McCaskeys!

Posted on Jan 2, 2017
Keywords: John Fox, Ryan Pace, Vic Fangio

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour's 2016 In Review: The Cubbie Effect

Everybody's new (misunderstood) model. Including: White Sox Salvage Arrow; The Rebuild-A-Bears Narrative; Bulls Blow Up; and We Love Coach Q Deja Vu.

Posted on Dec 30, 2016
Keywords: Fred Hoiberg, Joel Quenneville, John Fox, Rick Hahn, Theo Epstein, Tom Thibodeau
Kool-Aid

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Skinned Alive

The Bears: Only 16 impact players away.

Posted on Dec 28, 2016
Keywords: Calvin Thomas, Cameron Meredith, Cody Whitehair, Craig Krenzel, Jay Cutler, John Fox, Jordan Howard, Kingsford Charcoal, Leonard Floyd, Ryan Pace, Sade, Westworld, Zangeif

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #133: Yes, Virginia, It's Your Fault

Making End-Times Christians of all of us. Featuring: Bears Fuller Shit; Fred's Funhouse; Q's Kids; and The Old College Try.

Posted on Dec 23, 2016
Keywords: Alshon Jeffery, Chris Ballard, Fred Barrett, Fred Hoiberg, Joel Quenneville, John Fox, Kyle Fuller, Rashan Salaam, Stan Bowman, Steve Kerr, Vic Fangio, Virginia McCaskey
Kool-Aid

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Cre'Von LeBleep

The Bears forgot one of the tenets of football and life in general: Always do things whole-assed.

Posted on Dec 22, 2016
Keywords: Cre'Von LeBlanc, Dowell Loggains, John Fox, Vic Fangio, Voltron

SportsMonday: Bears Loss A Win-Win

Still competing, still losing. Perfect.

Posted on Dec 19, 2016
Keywords: Aaron Rodgers, John Fox

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #132: Bulls Shit

Team Hoiberg falls of the cliff. Plus: RealFeeling The Bears and Joe Maddon Fails To Embrace The Target Of Accountability.

Posted on Dec 17, 2016
Keywords: Alshon Jeffery, Aroldis Chapman, Dwyane Wade, Fred Hoiberg, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Joe Maddon, John Fox, Matt Barkley, O.J. Simpson, Tom Thibodeau

TrackNotes: What's He To You?

When I heard about the passing early this week of former jockey, former great, Garrett Gomez, the sadness simmered along with the memories and the question: What does this really mean to me?

Posted on Dec 16, 2016
Keywords: Bill Hartack, Garrett Gomez, Jimmy Winkfield, Willie Shoemaker

Michael Jordan Wins Trademark Case In China

The Chinese characters for Jordan's name read as "Qiaodan" in basketball-mad China.

Posted on Dec 16, 2016
Keywords: Michael Jordan, Qiaodan
Kool-Aid

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Yo, You Holding?

Mouse, house, box, Fox.

Posted on Dec 15, 2016
Keywords: Aaron Rodgers, Al Franken, Alshon Jeffery, Cialis, Cre'Von LeBlanc, Davante Quincy Adams, Demontre Hurst, Dowell Loggains, Jim Bob Cooter, Jordan Howard, Matt Barkley, Porn Hub, Predator, Tater Tachos, Tawny Kitaen

Doping Probe: 'Unprecedented' Russian Corruption

More than 1,000 Russian Olympic athletes are now linked to cheating scandal.

Posted on Dec 13, 2016
Keywords: Olympics, Putin, Russia, WADA

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #131: Rebuild City

The Hot Stove League is scorching. Including: White Sox Ditch Drake LaRoche Fan Club; Cubs Always Closing; Dusty Maddon; John Fox Is Officially A Clown; Hoiberg vs. Thibodeau vs. Popovich; and Marian Hossa, MVP.

Posted on Dec 9, 2016
Keywords: Adam Eaton, Bryce Harper, Chris Sale, Dexter Fowler, Dwyane Wade, Joe Maddon, John Fox, Jorge Soler, Marian Hossa, Tom Thibodeau, Vic Fangio
Kool-Aid

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Slurpee-esque

You want to get to the playoffs, you gotta go through Disappointment City.

Posted on Dec 8, 2016
Keywords: Bill Simmons, Bryce Callahan, Josh Bellamy, Matthew Stafford, Orson Friggin' Welles, Pooh Beer
The White Sox Report

Sale, All Smiles, Sold

Ready to leave throwback uniforms and children in the clubhouse in arrears.

Posted on Dec 7, 2016
Keywords: Chris Sale, Luis Alexander Basabe, Victor Diaz, Yoan Moncada. Michael Kopech

Why People Delude Themselves With Sports Rituals & Superstitions

The illusion of control.

Posted on Dec 6, 2016
Keywords: Billy Sianis, LeBron James

SportsMonday: Barkley Buoys Bears

The accidental quarterback makes his case.

Posted on Dec 5, 2016
Keywords: Matt Barkley

Fantasy Fix: Barkley The Bear

I'm not entirely convinced he wasn't mascot understudy to Staley when this season began.

Posted on Dec 1, 2016
Keywords: Matt Barkley, Staley
Kool-Aid

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: The Case For Pace

If you're rooting for a top pick in the 2017 draft, this is your Super Bowl.

Posted on Nov 30, 2016
Keywords: Colin Kaepernick, Connor Shaw, Craisins, David Fales, Dick Wolf, Matt Barkley, Oregon, Ryan Pace

SportsMonday: Nothing To See Here

Forget the Bears.

Posted on Nov 28, 2016
Keywords: Jerian Grant, Windy City Bulls

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #129: Sick Of The Bearratives

Jay Cutler, John Fox, the McCaskeys, 1985, Soldier Field, Halas, Butkus, Urlacher, OB, Joniak, Hub . . . sick of it all. Also: The Circus - And The Soap Opera - Has Left Town; Blackhawks Can't Help It If They're Lucky; Oh, The Pageantry!; Dex Knows; Chapman Doesn't; and Selling Sale.

Posted on Nov 26, 2016
Keywords: Aroldis Chapman, Chris Sale, Derrick Rose, Dexter Fowler, Dick Butkus, Dwyane Wade, Jay Cutler, Jerian Grant, Joakim Noah, John Fox, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Phil Jackson, Tom Thibodeau, Vince Hinostroza
Kool-Aid

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Half In The Bag

A metric fuck-ton of bad luck and poor decision-making has created gaping roster holes.

Posted on Nov 23, 2016
Keywords: Alshon Jeffery, Bobby Massie, DeMarco Murray, Jay Cutler, Jerrell Freeman, John Fox, Jordan Howard, Josh Sitton, Kerry Collins, Kyle Fuller, Kyle Long, Leonard Floyd, Marcus Mariota, Matt Barkley, Robbie Gould, Zach Miller

Fantasy Fix: The Pope's Nose Awards 2016!

It's time for the annual awarding of a greasy, fatty turkey anus to the worst fantasy football performers of the season.

Posted on Nov 23, 2016
Keywords: Jay Cutler

Giants Mic'd Up Vs. Bears

"You only get one shot at this once a week . . . tomorrow's not promised and yesterday's an afterthought."

Posted on Nov 23, 2016
Keywords: Jay Cutler

Conflict Of Interest For NFL Doctors To Report To Teams: Harvard Study

The NFL called the recommendations "untenable and impractical."

Posted on Nov 22, 2016
Keywords: Chicago Bears, Dave Duerson

SportsMonday: Butler Buoys Bulls

Blowing away expectations.

Posted on Nov 21, 2016
Keywords: Fred Hoiberg, Jimmy Butler

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #128: Clarity

Love the art, not the artist. Including: The "P" In MVP Stands For "Player," Not "Person"; Peak Jay Cutler (Again); Grandpa Wade; and Corey Crawford Standing On Head.

Posted on Nov 18, 2016
Keywords: Alshon Jeffery, Corey Crawford, Dwyane Wade, Jay Cutler, Kris Bryant, Michael Jordan

Fantasy Fix: The Last Fantasy-Relevant Bear

And even he may end up sitting this week after a mystery injury last week.

Posted on Nov 17, 2016
Keywords: Dak Prescott, Jordan Howard, Zach Miller
Kool-Aid

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Serenity Now

Next time, try performance-enhancing hypnotherapy, Alshon.

Posted on Nov 17, 2016
Keywords: Fail Horn

Breakfast In America: EPL Shines Light On Trump

Into a dystopian darkness.

Posted on Nov 14, 2016
Keywords: Donald Trump, Splenda

SportsMonday: Don't Let Trump Supporter Steal Our Sundays Anymore

Let us resolve that Sunday become Funday once again.

Posted on Nov 14, 2016
Keywords: Jay Cutler, Noah Coffman

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #127: Trumped Up

Who we are. Including: Trump Ruined The Cubs' World Series Championship; Tweeting Trump; Wait 'Til This Year; Guaranteed Grate; and Back To Breeders'.

Posted on Nov 12, 2016
Keywords: Arrogate, Beholder, California Chrome, Colin Kaepernick, Donald Trump, Gregg Popovich, Hillary Clinton, Jake Arrieta, Jay Cutler, Mickey Mantle, Pegasus, Stan Van Gundy, Steve Garvey, Steve Kerr

Letter From Kentucky: I Hated Harry Caray And Other Observations On The Cubs Bandwagon

"What's my opinion of Kingman's performance? What the fuck do you think is my opinion of it? I think it was fucking fuck. Put that in, I don't fuck."

Posted on Nov 10, 2016
Keywords: Augie Busch, Ernie Banks, Hack Wilson, Harry Caray, Hillary Clinton, Ron Santo, Tommy Lasorda
Kool-Aid

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: The Audacity Of Playoff Hope

Despite their best efforts, the Bears aren't dead.

Posted on Nov 9, 2016
Keywords: Connor Barth, Dirk Koetter, Jackhammer, Jay Cutler, John Podesta, Jordan Howard, Mike Adams, Pierre, Putin

Post-Cubs Chicago

Nothing can top this, but it doesn't make Rahm any more likable.

Posted on Nov 7, 2016
Keywords: Rahm, White Sox, Wrigleyville

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #126: It Was Real, And It's Over

Shut it down. We did it. Including: Thank God It Didn't Get Away; Rally Caps; Kris Bryant's Greatest (And Most Telling) Moment; Baseball's Most Famous Rain Delay; Most Memorable Game Ever; and The Cubs 'Mystique' Was Real.

Posted on Nov 5, 2016
Keywords: Anthony Rizzo, Ben Zobrist, Brant Brown, Buster Olney, David Ross, Dexter Fowler, Jerry Garcia, Joe Maddon, Jon Lester, Kris Bryant, Kyle Schwarber, Tom Verducci

TrackNotes: Streaks

There will be plenty of compelling story lines at the Breeders' Cup, and the two feature races, the Distaff Friday and the Classic Saturday, both bring together enough stars to force you to pull out the GPS to find a value wager.

Posted on Nov 4, 2016
Keywords: Aiden O'Brien, American Pharoah, Arrogate, Breeders' Cup, California Chrome, Dortmund, Flintshire, Found, Grande Dame Beholder, Mike Smith, Runhappy, Songbird, Tepin
The Cub Factor

Yada Yada

It's all Cubbie Blue gravy now.

Posted on Nov 3, 2016
Keywords: Albert Almora (Jr.), Ben Zobrist, Darwin Barney, Dexter Fowler, Dusty Baker, Jason Heyward, Javy Baez, Joe Maddon, Kyle Schwarber, Leon Durham, Steve Garvey, Will Clark

World Series Notebook 7: The Chapman Series

Joe Maddon has absolutely lost his mind.

Posted on Nov 2, 2016
Keywords: Aroldis Chapman, Joe Maddon

Bearnesia

They aren't suddenly a good team, Jay Cutler or no. They're just a 2-6 team instead of the 1-7 team we all expected.

Posted on Nov 1, 2016
Keywords: Jay Cutler, John Fox, Jordan Howard

Breakfast In America: Premier League Presidential Endorsements

A week from now, it will all be over. And when I say "it," I don't mean Sunderland's chances to avoid relegation.

Posted on Nov 1, 2016
Keywords: Arsenal, Bob Bradley, Jose Mourinho, Jurgen Klopp, Peter Crouch, Tony Pullis, Wayne Rooney

World Series Notebook 6: Stayin' Alive

Disrespecting 90.

Posted on Oct 31, 2016
Keywords: Anthony Rizzo, Aroldis Chapman, Eddie Vedder, Javy Baez
The Cub Factor

Scary Spice

We help the Cubs celebrate Halloween.

Posted on Oct 31, 2016
Keywords: Jason Heyward, Joe Maddon, John Lackey

World Series Notebook 5: It's All Over Now, Baby Blue

Cleveland is the best team in baseball right now, and it looks like they made the best mid-season acquisition.

Posted on Oct 30, 2016
Keywords: Andrew Miller, Aroldis Chapman, Darya Aliya Fowler, Joe Sheehan, Kyle Schwarber

World Series Notebook 4: Deja Vu All Over Again

What, us worry?

Posted on Oct 29, 2016
Keywords: Ben Zobrist, Coco Crisp, Corey Kluber, Jason Heyward, Kyle Schwarber, St. Jude

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #125: Historic World Series Edition!

First Beachwood World Series podcast since 1945. Including: Coffman Returns To Cubs Fold!; Wrigleyville Security State; Corey Kluber Introduces Self To Nation; Bam Bam Is Back!; Matchup Mania!; Schwarber, Schwarber, Schwarber!; Jay Cutler Blah Blah Blah; Coach Qalm Down; and Bulls Opener Actually Compelling.

Posted on Oct 28, 2016
Keywords: Ben Zobrist, Corey Kluber, Jason Heyward, Jay Cutler, Joel Quenneville; Taj Gibson, Kyle Schwarber, Mike Montgomery, Willson Contreras, Wrigleyville

Fantasy Fix: Cutler?

Nah.

Posted on Oct 27, 2016
Keywords: Alshon Jeffery, Brian Hoyer, Jay Cutler, Jordan Howard, Zach Miller

World Series Notebook 3: Crisis Averted!

Look, we sort of don't know how to behave going this deep into the playoffs

Posted on Oct 27, 2016
Keywords: Arby's, Ben Zobrist, Jason Arrieta, Jason Goff, Kyle Schwarber, Mike Montgomery, Willson Contreras
Kool-Aid

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: America's Next Top QB

Do whatever feels right - as long as whatever you're drinking is strong because this game has very little intrigue as a standalone product.

Posted on Oct 26, 2016
Keywords: Brian Hoyer, Elvira, Exceptional D, Gladiator, Jay Cutler, John Fox, Matt Barkley

World Series Notebook 2: Choke Job

Lester set the tone, Maddon set the lineup, Schwarber set something.

Posted on Oct 26, 2016
Keywords: Joe Maddon, Jon Lester, Kyle Schwarber

World Series Notebook 1: Bam Bam Is Back

But should he be? Plus: The case for Heyward.

Posted on Oct 25, 2016
Keywords: David Haugh, Fangraphs, Jason Heyward, Kyle Schwarber, Marty

SportsMonday: Prelude To A Cubs World Series

I'm one of the guys who the camera lingered on the next night when we all knew the team was going down again.

Posted on Oct 24, 2016
Keywords: 1984, 2003
The Cub Factor

All-Star Curse

A Kansas City Royal hit a home run in a pretend game three months ago to spoil the Cubs' storybook ending.

Posted on Oct 24, 2016
Keywords: Ben Zobrist, Chico Walker, Jason Heyward, Joe Maddon, Kyle Schwarber, Rick Monday

TrackNotes: Woof

Dog days, a cat and the Breeders' Cup.

Posted on Oct 23, 2016
Keywords: Breeders' Cup, California Chrome, Creator, Exaggerator, Frosted, Nyquist, Tepin

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #124: Cubs - And Us - On The Brink

Bringing it all back home. Including: The Bunt Is Back!; Keys To Kyle Vs. Clayton; Players Performing Playoffy; Problematic Pitching Problems; Jay Cutler's Thumb Vs. Johnny Manziel's Drinking Problem, and; Your World Champion LA Sparks.

Posted on Oct 21, 2016
Keywords: Aaron Rodgers, Anthony Rizzo, Clayton Kershaw, Jake Arrieta, Javy Baez, John Smoltz, Johnny Manziel, LA Sparks, Pete Rose, Vin Scully, Willson Contreras

Cubs Retweet: Bringing It All Back Home

Here we go.

Posted on Oct 21, 2016
Keywords: Addison Russell, Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Bears, Javy Baez, Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks

Tweeting The Bears | QB 911

"Matt Barkley is the closest thing the Bears have to a developmental QB on the roster. Verdict: Keep looking."

Posted on Oct 21, 2016
Keywords: John Fox, Johnny Manziel, Matt Barkley, Ted Larsen
Kool-Aid

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Nip Slip

What if I told you . . .

Posted on Oct 20, 2016
Keywords: Aaron Rodgers, Alshon Jeffery, Arrelious Benn, Avril Lavigne, Brian Boyer, Cameron Meredith, Connor Barth, Eddie Lacy, Gorton's Fisherman, Greg Hennings, Hunter Hillenmyer, Tracy Porter, Willie Young

Fantasy Fix: Hoyer Plays Well (Again), May Lose Job

Brian Hoyer threw for 300-plus yards for the fourth straight game, but was somehow a disappointment.

Posted on Oct 19, 2016
Keywords: Brian Hoyer, Eddie Lacy, Knile Davis, Odell Beckham Jr.

Cubs Retweet: Panic! At The Disco

For the mighty Jason Heyward, pinch-hitting for Addison Russell, struck out.

Posted on Oct 19, 2016
Keywords: Addison Russell, Anthony Rizzo, Jason Heyward, Rich Hill

Breakfast In America: Chill Out, People

For once, English football is calmer than the U.S. populace. Some advice.

Posted on Oct 18, 2016
Keywords: Bournemouth, Chicago Bears, Crystal Palace, Hull City, Liverpool, Tottenham, West Ham

Tweeting The Bears | Not So Foxy

When you go from savior to irritant to punch line, you're generally on your way out the door.

Posted on Oct 17, 2016
Keywords: George McCaskey, John Fox, Michael McCaskey, Ryan Pace, Ted Phillips
The Cub Factor

The Cub Factor: Joe Blows!

Is the magic man with the Midas touch managing tight?

Posted on Oct 17, 2016
Keywords: Aroldis Chapman, Jason Heyward, Joe Maddon

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #123: The Cubs Are Ridiculous

Happy Yom Cub-pur. Plus: Dodger Dogs, The Dusty Baker Show, L.A.'s Leftorium, The Suddenly Crowded Grandpa Rossy Bandwagon, The Bears Are Connor Barth's Team Now, The Derrick Rose Trial Gets Uglier And Uglier, Meet The Bulls' New Folk Hero, And Blackhawks Blues.

Posted on Oct 14, 2016
Keywords: Brian Hoyer, Buster Olney, Clayton Kershaw, Dave Roberts, Derrick Rose, Dusty Baker, Grandpa Rossy, Isaiah Canaan, Jay Cutler, Joe Maddon, Josh McCown

Fantasy Fix: Brian Hoyer, Fantasy Darling

Jay Cutler sinks further into fantasy irrelevance.

Posted on Oct 14, 2016
Keywords: Adam Vinatieri, Bartolo Colon, Brian Hoyer, Ezekiel Elliott, Jay Cutler, Todd Gurley, Tyler Eifert
Kool-Aid

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Cap & Trade

Ah, doin' it with the ex. Feels icky at first, but they know what you like.

Posted on Oct 13, 2016
Keywords: Adam Gase, Allen Robinson, Blake Bortles, Brian Hoyer, Cameron Meredith, Connor Barth, Crocodile Dundee, Jay Cutler, Jordan Howard, Marc Trestman, Paxton Lynch, Peter Dinklage, Rocky Mountain Oysters, Totino's Pizza Rolls, Trevor Siemian, Western Kentucky University, Willie Young

Cubs Retweet: The Going Gets Weirder

In a battle of bullpens, one team's fix held while the other's did not.

Posted on Oct 12, 2016
Keywords: Aroldis Chapman, Ben Finfer, Conor Gillaspie, Jesse Rogers, Matt Moore

Cubs Retweet: Pitching The Offense

Rizzo freezing, Maddon loses Midas touch.

Posted on Oct 11, 2016
Keywords: Anthony Rizzo, Jake Arrieta, Joe Maddon

Tweeting The Bears | Ken Bone For QB

Stop pining for the Hail Alshon.

Posted on Oct 10, 2016
Keywords: Brian Hoyer, Jay Cutler, Ken Bone
The Cub Factor

Fugoataboutit

The universe has a will, and it is not to be fucked with.

Posted on Oct 10, 2016
Keywords: Ben Zobrist, Bill Murray, Javy Baez, Joe Maddon, Matt Szczur, Travis Wood

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #122: Cubs Turn Weird

Dear America: Meet Javy Baez. Plus: Coffman Gives In To Grandpa Ross; Joe Midas; QB Kontroversy; Bulls New Old Vibe; Blackhawks' New Faces; The Sky; The Fire; and Oh, Lovie.

Posted on Oct 9, 2016
Keywords: Bob Costas, Brian Hoyer, David Ross, Derrick Rose, Javy Baez, Jay Cutler, Jeff Samardzija, Joe Maddon, Johnny Cueto, Lovie Smith, Madison Bumgarner, Ricky Renteria, Travis Wood

Top 10 Ways The Cubs Will Blow It

Brant Brown, Michael Ferro, Donald Trump . . .

Posted on Oct 7, 2016

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Dance Like Nobody's Watching, Chicago

If we keep up this torrid one-home-victory-per-calendar-year pace, the Cubs may lay claim to a World Series title before the Bears win another game at Soldier Field, so savor every victory as much as you can.

Posted on Oct 6, 2016
Keywords: Andrew Luck, Connor Barth, Dowell Loggains, Eddie Royal, John Fox, John Lackey, Jordan Howard, Larry Mayer, Sinestra, Viagra, Zangief

Dear Cubs Fans: Hang In There

A little history with your marching orders.

Posted on Oct 4, 2016

Breakfast In America: Old Wives And Walking Sticks

Our mission is to talk EPL football. Because we are American fans, we will accidentally ruin it.

Posted on Oct 4, 2016
Keywords: Arsenal, Bournemouth, Burnley, Crystal Palace, Everton, Leicester City, Manchester, Southampton, Swansea City
The Cub Factor

Do It For Grandpa

Who has the balls to ruin the David Ross farewell tour? Who has those balls?!?

Posted on Oct 3, 2016
Keywords: David Ross, Jake Arrieta, Joe Maddon, Ryan Dempster

The Real Bears QB Controversy

Neither Brian Hoyer nor Jay Cutler should even be here.

Posted on Oct 3, 2016
Keywords: Brian Hoyer, Jay Cutler, Ryan Pace
The White Sox Report

The Season In Verse | Back Up The Hearse

It actually got worse.

Posted on Oct 2, 2016
Keywords: Adam LaRoche, Chris Sale, Guaranteed Rate Field, James Shields, Rick Renteria, Robin Ventura

TrackNotes: 'Chrome Is King

Just enjoy it, race fans. This is fun.

Posted on Oct 2, 2016
Keywords: Beholder, California Chrome, Flintshire

Worst Place To Be On Planet This Thursday Night Announced

Chicago's Party Headquarters.

Posted on Oct 1, 2016
Keywords: David Kaplan, Ronnie Wickers, Todd Hollandsworth

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #121: Cubs Spring Fling

Pre-playoff exhibition games rankle. Plus: Theo Epstein Finally Gets Edwin Jackson Money; Robin's Return?!; Bears Still Not As Bad As White Sox; Blackhawks & Bulls Go Camping; Chicago Sky, Chicago Fire, NIU And The Tribune's Endorsement Of Gary Johnson Bring Up The Rear.

Posted on Sep 30, 2016
Keywords: Jake Arrieta, Jason McLeod, Jed Hoyer, Joe Maddon, John Fox, Michael Kempny, Miguel Montero, Robin Ventura, Sammy Sosa, Shawon Dunston, Taj Gibson, Theo Epstein, Vic Fangio
Kool-Aid

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Fifty Percent Of The Time, It Fails Every Time

Another week, another effort that was half passable and half ass-able.

Posted on Sep 29, 2016
Keywords: Brazzers, Chris Pratt, Jacoby Glenn, Jennifer Lawrence, Jordan Howard, Matthew Stafford, Mrs. The Author, Passengers, Rice Boner, Tighthead Brewing, Wicked Pictures, Zach Miller

Fantasy Fix: Trust No One . . . Except Zach Miller And Jordan Howard?

Rewriting the Bears' script.

Posted on Sep 28, 2016
Keywords: Carson Palmer, Devonta Freeman, Jeremy Hill, Jordan Howard, Tevin Coleman, Trevor Siemian, Zach Miller

The NFL Joins The Data Revolution

Catching up with baseball and basketball through chips in footballs and shoulder pads.

Posted on Sep 28, 2016
Keywords: ChyronHego, CourtVision, SportVu

Tweeting The Bears | A Reason To Watch

Still better than Arcade Fire.

Posted on Sep 26, 2016
Keywords: Arcade Fire, Brian Hoyer, Dak Prescott, Earl Bennett, John Fox

SportsMonday: Grandpa Rossy vs. Grandpa Bears

Admit it: You changed channels too.

Posted on Sep 26, 2016
Keywords: David Ross, Joe Maddon, Roger McDowell
The Cub Factor

Grandpa Rossy vs. Hank White

I had to double-check this just to be correct, but he's only been a Cub since 2015. That's last year.

Posted on Sep 26, 2016
Keywords: David Ross, Henry Blanco, Joe Maddon
The White Sox Report

Venerating Vin

He rooted for baseball, not the Dodgers.

Posted on Sep 26, 2016
Keywords: Hawk Harrelson, Jason Benetti, Steve Stone, Vin Scully

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #120: Bears Narratives Have Exhausted Themselves

Franchise's greatest quarterback also its greatest millstone. Plus: Bill Freakin' Belichick, Jesus Christ, Really?; What We Have Here Is A Failure To Develop A Quarterback; Cubs Play Cards Right; Derrick Rose Doesn't Understand Consent Or Manhood; Abreu And Frazier Put Up Huge Meaningless Numbers; The Blackhawks Are (Almost) Back; Delle Donne's Got A Thumb Too; Chicago Fire Lost In Time; and Lovie, Wesleyan And Duke.

Posted on Sep 23, 2016
Keywords: Bill Belichick, Derrick Rose, Duncan Keith, Elena Delle Donne, Jay Cutler, Joe Maddon, John Fox, Lovie Smith, Ryan Pace

TrackNotes: Road To Breeders'

As with any great destination, getting there will be just as much fun.

Posted on Sep 23, 2016
Keywords: Arrogate, Big Blue Kitten, Cathryn Sophia, Exaggerator, Nyquist, Parx, Songbird, The Cotillion

Fantasy Fix: Early Elimination

Maybe it wasn't such a good idea to take a WR in the first round . . .

Posted on Sep 23, 2016
Keywords: Adrian Peterson, Stefon Diggs
Kool-Aid

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Awwwwww Inspiring Performance

Well, Jason Heyward had a nice homer in the eighth.

Posted on Sep 22, 2016
Keywords: Jason Heyward, John Fox, Stephen "Ol' Fuckface" McGee, The National Gourd Association

SportsWednesday: Cutler Conundrum Kills Bears

Cutler was better last year with Gase at the helm but oftentimes even at his best he was just good enough to lose.

Posted on Sep 21, 2016
Keywords: Connor Cook, Dak Prescott, David Fales, Jacoby Brissett, Jay Cutler, Jimmy Garoppolo

New Research Shows How Native American Mascots Reinforce Stereotypes

People living in cities with Native American mascots - like Chicago - were more likely to think of Native Americans as warlike.

Posted on Sep 21, 2016
Keywords: Atlanta Braves, Chicago Blackhawks, Washington Redskins

Tweeting The Bears | Paging Pernell From State Farm

Highlights, lowlights, notes and observations from the Bears disaster on the lakefront before a national Monday Night Football audience.

Posted on Sep 20, 2016
Keywords: Brandon Marshall, John Fox, Martellus Bennett, Matt Forte, Pernell McPhee, Robbie Gould

Downers Grove Native Named Co-Captain Of Clarkson Women's Hockey Team

A highly skilled offensive defenseman entering her junior season.

Posted on Sep 20, 2016
Keywords: Savannah Harmon
The Cub Factor

Time/Life Of Your Life

That sucker is already brimming.

Posted on Sep 19, 2016
Keywords: Ben Zobrist, Joe Maddon, Metallica, Miguel Montero, Sean Doolittle, Starlin Castro
The White Sox Report

Reload

The only "rebuild" this team needs is in the manager's office and the bullpen.

Posted on Sep 19, 2016
Keywords: Robin Ventura

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #119: Cubs Crapshoot

Pedal to the metal. Plus: Exclusive! The Bears Have Only Played One Game; Chicago Sky Again Picks Up Slack Without Delle Donne; Consider The Chicago Fire Source!; White Sox Mandated To Continue Playing Games.

Posted on Sep 17, 2016
Keywords: Chris Coghlan, Elena Delle Donne, Jason Hammel, Jason McLeod, Jay Cutler, Jed Hoyer, Kris Bryant, Mark Appel, Miguel Montero, Rich Hill, Theo Epstein, Tommy La Stella

Fantasy Fix: The Kap Factor

I'd like to see what happens when some of the NFL's bigger stars take a knee.

Posted on Sep 16, 2016
Keywords: A.J. Green, Andrew Luck, Colin Kaepernick, Jamaal Charles, Le'Veon Bell
Kool-Aid

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: The Halves And The Half Not

Another three hours of my life wasted you worthless (gurgling noise) . . . you're just like your goddam mother!

Posted on Sep 15, 2016
Keywords: Connor Barth, Don Henley, Dowell Loggains, Flight of the Conchords, Kevin White, Sam Bradford, Swoop

My Cubs (I'm Not Betting Against . . . )

Don't be shocked when you hear the cheers in Hazel Crest.

Posted on Sep 14, 2016
Keywords: Leon Durham, Steve Garvey

Breakfast In America: Our Ann Coulter

We should invade their countries, kill their leaders, and convert them to soccer fans.

Posted on Sep 13, 2016
Keywords: Ann Coulter, Peyton Manning, Rob Lowe, Roger Goodell, Timothy McVeigh, West Bromwich Albion

SportsMonday: The Play Action's The Thing

Dak Prescott and Will Fuller vs. Jay Cutler and Kevin White.

Posted on Sep 12, 2016
Keywords: Dak Prescott, Jay Cutler, Kevin White, Will Fuller
The Cub Factor

Throat Punchers

Meaningless answers to ridiculous questions.

Posted on Sep 12, 2016
Keywords: Dave Martinez, Ernie Broglio, Joe Maddon, John Lackey, Miguel Montero
The White Sox Report

Ask About The Curve

Interested fans can learn all kinds of information at Sox games.

Posted on Sep 12, 2016
Keywords: Carlos Rodon, Chris Sale, Friendly Bob Adams, Hamm's, Miguel Gonzalez, Peyronie's disease, White Owl

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #118: Bearly .500

And that's an unlikely best-case scenario. Plus: Gone Gould; Wisconsin Sends Us An Angel; Leonard "Stink" Floyd; Ryan Pace Is Now On The Clock; Secret Bears Under Wrap?; A Lot Of Pundits Love The Packers; Coffman Can't Take The Patriots Anymore; There Are Many Ways To Be Smart, Even For Dipshits; and The NFL Is Concussed.

Posted on Sep 9, 2016
Keywords: Cam Newton, Chris Conte, Josh Sitton, Kevin White, Leonard Floyd, Robbie Gould, Ryan Pace

A Brief History Of The Paralympic Games: From Post-WWII Rehabilitation To Mega Sporting Event

The Games have evolved from an event for only athletes who used wheelchairs to now welcoming 10 different impairment types.

Posted on Sep 9, 2016
Keywords: Carlos Arthur Nuzman, Ludwig Guttmann, Rio Olympics
Kool-Aid

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: We And Connor McRib Are Back

It's been eight long months and the only thing left on Earth that can hold people's attention for seven hours at a time has returned to television!

Posted on Sep 8, 2016
Keywords: Binny's Beverage Depot, Cre'Von LeBlanc, Deonte Thompson, Ego Ferguson, J.J. Watt, Kevin VanDam, Khari Lee

SportsMondayTuesday: Bears Upgrade To 5-Win Potential

The Packers are now, perhaps, a tiny bit less way better than the Bears heading into this season.

Posted on Sep 6, 2016
Keywords: Josh Sitton, Robbie Gould
The Cub Factor

Boot 'n Scoot

A beer league invite for Tommy La Stella.

Posted on Sep 6, 2016
Keywords: Nolan Ryan Beef, Tommy La Stella

Don't Be Surprised If Colin Kaepernick Prompts More Schoolchildren To Sit For The Pledge Of Allegiance

The state of schooling for children of color is ripe for protest.

Posted on Sep 5, 2016
Keywords: Colin Kaepernick, Lauryn Crawford, Mason Michalec
The White Sox Report

Fly The Coop

If you listen to Hawk Harrelson, Don Cooper is one of the game's elite pitching coaches . . .

Posted on Sep 5, 2016
Keywords: David Robertson, Don Cooper, Francisco Liriano, Jake Peavy, James Shields, Jeff Samardzija

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #117: That's Cubs Entertainment!

Highlight reel heroes - daily. Plus: About Tommy La Stella; Hawk Harrelson Still Allowed On Air; White Sox' One Direction: Down; The Chicago Bear Sox; The Case Against Derrick Rose; and College Football's Kickass Kickoff.

Posted on Sep 2, 2016
Keywords: Addison Russell, Appalachian State, Aroldis Chapman, Avisail Garcia, Brian Hoyer, Chris Coghlan, Dak Prescott, Derrick Rose, Elena Delle Donne, Hawk Harrelson, Jason Heyward, Joe Maddon, Jonathan Bullard, Kevin White, Kris Bryant, Leonard Floyd, Miguel Montero, Pernell McPhee, Tommy La Stella, Travis Wood, Willson Contreras

The 2016 Fantasy Fix Football Draft Guide Pt. 5: King Gronk

Oh, Bears.

Posted on Sep 1, 2016
Keywords: Greg Olsen, Martellus Bennett, Zach Miller

Teen Concussion Rate Rising Significantly

Increased participation in sports or increased awareness?

Posted on Aug 31, 2016
Keywords: Alan Zhang, UCSF

Breakfast In America: The Guaranteed Rate EPL

Taking the White Sox approach overseas.

Posted on Aug 30, 2016
Keywords: Arsenal, Bournemouth, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Everton, Middlesborough, Southampton

SportsMonday: Bearly There

Not ready.

Posted on Aug 29, 2016
Keywords: Alshon Jeffery, Jay Cutler, Kevin White, Mickey Mouse
The Cub Factor

Onesies & Wine Cork

Jumping the shark at the best time of the season.

Posted on Aug 29, 2016
Keywords: Edwin Jackson, Jason Heyward, Joe Maddon, Kris Bryant, Miguel Montero
The White Sox Report

Chili Sell-Off

The team's new direction: online mortgages.

Posted on Aug 29, 2016
Keywords: Brooks Boyer, Luke Appling, Victor Ciardelli

TrackNotes: Touting The Travers

Many fine horses have been beaten here - most notably, Man o' War, by Upset. It was so monumental, the word upset became part of the sporting lexicon.

Posted on Aug 27, 2016
Keywords: American Pharoah, Atlanta Falcons, Breeders' Cup, Carmelo Anthony, Exaggerator

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #116: Guaranteed Grate

White Sox do the impossible: become even more unlikable. Plus: Cubs vs. the Calendar; Bears Lower Bar; Blackhawks Miss Target; and our Rio 2016 Roundup.

Posted on Aug 26, 2016
Keywords: Addison Russell, Bobby Hoying, Crying Jordan, Guaranteed Rate, Hope Solo, Javy Baez, Jimmy Vesey, Joe Maddon, Matthew Centrowitz, NASA, Rio Olympics, Ryan Lochte, Willson Contreras

Rio 2016: The Beachwood Roundup

Doping, misogyny and greed.

Posted on Aug 26, 2016
Keywords: Archery, IOC, Jonathan Pie, Jousting, NBC, Pat Tomasulo, Ping Pong, Rio Olympics, Russia, Sexism, Skateboarding, Tokyo 2020, USA Gymnastics, USOC, Wrestling

The 2016 Fantasy Fix Football Draft Guide Pt. 4: Throwing Deep

Just missed.

Posted on Aug 25, 2016
Keywords: Jay Cutler

Guaranteed Rate Field Is Already A Laughingstock

The $25 million alleged loan diversion scheme is my favorite part.

Posted on Aug 25, 2016
Keywords: Crying Michael Jordan, Donald Trump, Eugene Sawyer, Guaranteed Rate, Marshall Field, Prince, Ty Pennington, White Castle

Sports Betting Spotlight: Chicago Bears

Tip: Always bet John Fox against the spread on the road.

Posted on Aug 23, 2016
Keywords: Jay Cutler, John Fox, Station Casinos

With Skateboarding's Inclusion In Tokyo 2020, A Once-Marginalized Subculture Enters The Spotlight

The Olympic ideal in the DNA of skateboarding culture.

Posted on Aug 23, 2016
Keywords: Amelia Brodka, Elissa Steamer, Kareem Campbell, Peggy Oki, Ray Barbee, Salm Agah, Skatistan, Stacy Peralta, Steve Caballero, Tokyo 2020, Tommy Guerrero, Tony Alva, Tony Hawk, Tulio de la Oliviera, Z-boys
The Cub Factor

Marty's Hate List

Hey Hey, Heyward.

Posted on Aug 22, 2016
Keywords: Jason Heyward, Joe Maddon, Mike Montgomery, Taco Tuesday, Tommy La Stella, Trevor Cahill
The White Sox Report

Rick's Picks

Have any of his deals really worked out?

Posted on Aug 22, 2016
Keywords: Adam Dunn, Adam Eaton, Addison Reed, Jeff Samardzija, Rick Hahn, Todd Frazier

TrackNotes: Turf Meets Surf, Borel's Back & Inverted Arlington

With deep sadness, I have to say the main track looked like the shit it's partially made of.

Posted on Aug 20, 2016
Keywords: Arlington Million, California Chrome, Calvin Borel, Pacific Classic, Songbird

Sexism In Olympics Coverage

Words to describe men include fastest and strongest. For women, related words reference their ages or marital status.

Posted on Aug 20, 2016
Keywords: Andy Murray, Chicago Tribune, Corey Cogdell-Unrein, Dan Hicks, Katie Ledecky, Katinka Hosszu, Michael Phelps, NBC, Rio Olympics, Serena Williams, Simone Biles, Venus Williams

The 2016 Fantasy Fix Football Draft Guide Pt. 3: Embrace The Targets

One Jet vs. two Bears.

Posted on Aug 18, 2016
Keywords: Alshon Jeffery, Brandon Marshall, Kevin White

How The IOC Effectively Maintains A Gag Order On Nonsponsors Of The Olympics

Whether on television or the Internet, the vast majority of businesses are blocked from nearly any mention of the 2016 Olympic Games - whether in conjunction with promoting their own products or even just saluting their national teams.

Posted on Aug 18, 2016
Keywords: Ferret Olympics, Olympets, Rat Olympics

When USA Gymnastics Turned A Blind Eye To Sexual Abuse

USA Gymnastics' policy was to dismiss allegations of sexual abuse as hearsay unless they came directly from a victim or a victim's parents.

Posted on Aug 17, 2016
Keywords: Indianapolis Star, USA Gymnastics

Four Faces Of Premier League Management

These charismatic box-office managers will dominate headings this season - and one will lift the Premier League trophy in May 2017.

Posted on Aug 16, 2016
Keywords: Antonio Conte, Jürgen Klopp, Jose Mourinho, Pep Guardiola

Breakfast In America: My Aunt's Nuts

If the season ended today . . .

Posted on Aug 16, 2016
Keywords: Arsenal, Arsene Wenger, Bournemouth, Hull City, Jim Rome, Jose Mourinho, Leicester, Zlatan Ibrahimovic
The Cub Factor

Jason Heyward Even Worse Than Bullpen

It's time for Joe Maddon to pick his spots.

Posted on Aug 15, 2016
Keywords: Chris Coghlan, Jason Heyward, Joe Maddon, Joe Smith, Jonathan Papelbon, Mike Montgomery
The White Sox Report

Clown Show

Another creative way to lose a ballgame.

Posted on Aug 15, 2016
Keywords: Andy The Clown, Joe McEwing, The San Diego Chicken, Wild Bill Hagy

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #115: Coghlan's Army (Or, Tommy La Who?)

Winning Weird: Everything's Coming Up Cub; Grandpa!; Tommy La Stella's Search For Purpose; Jason Heyward Is A Remarkably Bad Hitter Right Now; Funky Drumming Bullpen; All Addison Russell Does Is Hit With Runners In Scoring Position. Plus: MLB Forces White Sox To Finish Season; Tickets Will Actually Be Sold. Call Team For More Information. And: We Miss Matt Slauson, And So Too, Apparently, Do The Bears; Denver's Wildcat; This Is It, John Fox; We're Already Tired Of You Going 6-10 Every Year. Finally: Amazing Feats Of Human Endeavor (Rio 2016 So Far).

Posted on Aug 12, 2016
Keywords: Addison Russell, Andre Agassi, Chris Coghlan, David Ross, Happy Gilmore, Jason Heyward, John Fox, Mara Abbott, Matt Slauson, Simone Biles, Simone Manuel, Tommy La Stella, Trevor Siemian

How Do Archers Resist Firing Arrows At Everyone In The Spectator Gallery?

"Years of training allow Olympic archer Sarah Voegel to somehow resist shooting arrows at fans, stadium ushers, or birds flying overhead."

Posted on Aug 12, 2016
Keywords: Sarah Voegel

TrackNotes: Jim Dandy, Frosted & The Pizza Man

The passwords: Wow, Dammit, Splash, and Delicious.

Posted on Aug 12, 2016
Keywords: Beholder, Creator, Exaggerator, Flintshire, Jim Dandy Stakes

The 2016 Fantasy Fix Football Draft Guide Pt. 2: Year Of The Zero RB

Hey look, Matt Forte!

Posted on Aug 11, 2016
Keywords: Jeremy Langford, Matt Forte

How Do Olympic Athletes Pay The Electric Bill?

Fifty percent of track athletes who rank in the top 10 in the U.S. in their event earn less than $15,000 annually from the sport.

Posted on Aug 9, 2016
Keywords: Ervin Santana, Gabby Douglas, Michael Phelps

Breakfast In America: Race To The Bottom

In the EPL, it's far more exciting than the race to the top.

Posted on Aug 9, 2016
Keywords: Dame Judi Dench, Elton John, Paul McCartney
The Cub Factor

All Guessed Out

I've never just shook my head in disbelief this much in as long as I can remember.

Posted on Aug 8, 2016
Keywords: Clark The Cub, Joe Maddon, Jorge Soler, Tommy La Stella
The White Sox Report

Abreu Awakens

It's not much, but it's all we have.

Posted on Aug 8, 2016
Keywords: Hawk Harrelson, Jose Abreu, Steve Stone

The Surprising Places The 5 New Olympic Sports Announced For Tokyo 2020 Could Lead Us

Why the next U.S. Olympics might include American football.

Posted on Aug 7, 2016
Keywords: IOC, Rio 2016, Sage Kotsenburg, Tokyo 2020

Chicago 2016 Spokesman, Now With USOC, Assures Us That Multimillion Dollar Donation From Scandal-Tainted Businessman Had Nothing To Do With Exclusive Rio Ticketing Contract

A lot of refusals to comment on this completely innocent arrangement.

Posted on Aug 6, 2016
Keywords: CoSport, Patrick Sandusky, Sead Dizdarevic, USOC

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #114: It's A Mad, Mad, Maddon World

He's a magic man, mama. Plus: Oh, Puig; The Bennett Brothers Vs. Everyone; Elena Delle Donne Is Gay, Engaged And In Rio; and The I Told You So Olympics.

Posted on Aug 5, 2016
Keywords: Ben Zobrist, Chris Coghlan, David Haugh, Elena Delle Donne, Ibtihaj Muhammad, Javy Baez, Joe Maddon, Jorge Soler, Kevin White, Martellus Bennett, Marty Gangler, North Korea, Paul Sullivan, Rio Olympics, Yasiel Puig, Zach Miller

On Eve Of Olympics, Top Investigator Details Secret Efforts To Undermine Russian Doping Probe

'The Russian Anti-Doping Agency would literally schedule the times to test athletes around their doping cycles.'

Posted on Aug 4, 2016
Keywords: Craig Reedie, DIck Pound, International Olympic Committee, Jack Robertson, the FSB, World Anti-Doping Agency, Yulia Stepanova

U.S. Ping Pong Prodigy Ready For Rio

Kanak Jha is the first American born in the 2000s to qualify for the Olympics.

Posted on Aug 2, 2016
Keywords: Kanak Jha, Prachi Jha
The Cub Factor

Joe's Army Knife

Cubs manager has all the gadgets working on his Cub army knife - even the tweezers and saw blade.

Posted on Aug 1, 2016
Keywords: Chris Coghlan, Italian Heritage Night, Jason Heyward, Joe Maddon

SportsMonday: We All Blacked Out, Jon

Maddon the Magician is the Best Show on Earth.

Posted on Aug 1, 2016
Keywords: Brian Matusz, Joe Maddon, Jon Lester, Willson Contreras
The White Sox Report

It's Tilson Time!

In a lost season, why not?

Posted on Aug 1, 2016
Keywords: Anthony Ranaudo, Charlie Tilson

TrackNotes: At The Top Of A Supremely Tasty Pipe

A Banzai, East and West.

Posted on Jul 30, 2016
Keywords: Bob Baffert, California Chrome, Dortmund, Doug O'Neill, Duke Kahanamkoku, Exaggerator, Iowa Derby, Nyquist, Seeing the Gold, Songbird

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #113: Aroldis Chapman Already Putting The K Back In The Kubs

Epic PR fail reminiscent of bad old days. Plus: Tommy Boy LaStella To Sell His Brake Pads In Des Moines; The Adam Warren Commission; Chris The Tank Engine; The Bears Are Already Grinding Coach Coffman's Gears; and Olympic Gamesmanship.

Posted on Jul 29, 2016
Keywords: Adam Warren, Aroldis Chapman, Chris Sale, Rio Olympics, Tommy LaStella

Does Practice Make An Olympian? No.

Practice only accounts for an average of 18 percent of sports performance variance.

Posted on Jul 29, 2016
Keywords: K. Anders Ericsson, Malcolm Gladwell, Rio Olympics

The 2016 Fantasy Fix Football Draft Guide Pt. 1: New World Order - The Top 20

Ex-Bears abound.

Posted on Jul 28, 2016
Keywords: Brandon Marshall, Martellus Bennett, Matt Forte

A Plea: Make Jousting An Olympic Sport

Riders in steel armor with 12-foot poles. What's not to like?

Posted on Jul 27, 2016
Keywords: Carter Pewterschmidt, Dominic Sewell, Peter Griffin

Breakfast In America: Aboard The Dethloon Express

Would somebody talk a little trash, please? A journey into the heart of Minnesota Nice.

Posted on Jul 25, 2016
Keywords: Bournemouth, Minnesota United, Spirit Airlines, Steve and Roz, The Acadian, The Nomad World Pub
The Cub Factor

No Longer Lovable

Lovable losers are gone. So too, now, are lovable winners. Now it's just about winning.

Posted on Jul 25, 2016
Keywords: Aroldis Chapman, Dan Vogelbach, Jed Hoyer, Joe Maddon, Matt Garza, Mike Montgomery, Theo Epstein, Tom Ricketts, Willson Contreras

SportsMonday: Bears Skies Cloudy All Day

At least the backup quarterback is "established."

Posted on Jul 25, 2016
Keywords: Adrian Amos, Brian Hoyer, Jay Cutler, Martellus Bennett, Matt Slauson, Pernell McPhee
The White Sox Report

Sale's Scissors

Had Sale been handed the shorts and knee socks, there's no telling what degree of devastation might have ensued.

Posted on Jul 25, 2016
Keywords: Bill Veeck, Chris Sale, David Robertson

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #112: Trade Bait

Grinding Coach Coffman's Gears! Plus: The Harry Caray Death Cult; Asset Sale; The Sad Sack Sox!; Derrick Rose Still Dim; In The Olympic Swim; and Dennis Green Crowned Their Ass.

Posted on Jul 22, 2016
Keywords: Adam LaRoche, Albert Almora Jr., Chris Sale, Craig Sager, Dan Vogelbach, Dennis Green, Derrick Rose, Dexter Fowler, Gabby Douglas, Harry Caray, Jake Arrieta, Jay Pharoah, Jerry Reinsdorf, Jose Abreu, Jose Quintana, Justin Morneau, Katie Ledecky, Kyle Hendricks, Matt Szczur, Mike Montgomery, Randall Delgado, Rick Hahn, Robin Ventura, Ryan Dempster, Simone Biles

Fantasy Fix: Replacing Clayton Kershaw

You can't replace Clayton Kershaw.

Posted on Jul 21, 2016
Keywords: Adam Conley, Anthony DeSclafani, Brandon McCarthy, Clayton Kershaw
The White Sox Report

Fire Sale

Tank time.

Posted on Jul 18, 2016
Keywords: Branch Rickey, Ralph Kiner
The Cub Factor

Cub Scouts

Is a little grit too much to ask for?

Posted on Jul 17, 2016
Keywords: American Airlines, Jake Arrieta, Jason Hammel, Kris Bryant, Ryan Dempster

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #111: All-Star Weak

Jake the Snake. Plus: Breaking: Cubs Not Only Team With Great Players!; The Plan! The Plan!; White Sox (Sort Of) Winning; and Chicago Baseball Is Now Chew-Free.

Posted on Jul 15, 2016
Keywords: Chris Sale, Dave Dombrowski, Elena Delle Donne, Jake Arrieta, Jason Heyward, Justin Morneau, Kris Bryant, Mark McNeill, Rick Morrissey, Scott Feldman, Stephen Colbert, Terry Collins

Chicago Baseball Becomes Tobacco-Free Today

City joins San Francisco, New York, Boston and Los Angeles.

Posted on Jul 15, 2016
Keywords: Joe Maddon, John Lackey, Miguel Montero

The Momentum Of Baseball Cards

A new study finds that the market for baseball cards shows some of the same kinds of anomalies, or factors, as the stock market.

Posted on Jul 13, 2016
Keywords: Enron, Walter Matthau

Breakfast In America: Recruitment Do's And Don'ts

Don't ask your target to attend a meeting at a hotel convention space to learn your real estate secrets.

Posted on Jul 11, 2016
Keywords: Big Sam Allardyce, Eddie Howe, Jordon Ibe
The Cub Factor

A New Kind Of Losing

Distressed caps for everyone!

Posted on Jul 11, 2016
Keywords: Fernando Rodney, Jake Arrieta, Joe Maddon

SportsMonday: The Cubs Need Help

It has now been more than two months since the Cubs put together a sustained stretch of over .500 baseball.

Posted on Jul 11, 2016
Keywords: Jake Arrieta, Jon Lester
The White Sox Report

All-Star Laments

If Robin Ventura were the most interesting manager in baseball, he might proclaim, "We don't often lose, but when we do, we prefer to be shut out."

Posted on Jul 10, 2016
Keywords: Chris Sale, Pete Rose, Ted Williams

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #110: The Bulls' Glorious Pending Disaster

Stealing the summer headlines. Plus: Defending Kevin Durant; There Are No Mediocre Players In The NBA; Jordin Tootoo Is Not An Eskimo; The White Sox Are Winning Series'; The Cubs Turned Into A .500 Team Months Ago And Everybody Missed It.

Posted on Jul 8, 2016
Keywords: Dwyane Wade, Jose Quintana, Justin Tootoo, Kevin Durant, Rajon Rondo

Fantasy Fix: Fantasy All-Stars

Are all those Cubs All-Stars deserving? Let's be honest: No.

Posted on Jul 8, 2016
Keywords: Anthony Rizzo, Ben Zobrist, Kris Bryant

SportsMonday: The Contemptibulls

Every minute Rondo plays in a Bulls jersey will be embarrassing.

Posted on Jul 4, 2016
Keywords: Bill Kennedy, Gar Forman, Rajan Rondo
The Cub Factor

Weekend At Mr. Met's

You did things you aren't proud of.

Posted on Jul 4, 2016
Keywords: Anthony Rizzo, Carlos Marmol, Chris Coghlan, Joe Maddon, Kris Bryant
The White Sox Report

Dead And Alive

Schrodinger's baseball team.

Posted on Jul 4, 2016
Keywords: Austin Jackson, Avisail Garcia, Chris Sale, Jose Quintana, Justin Morneau, Matt Davidson, Melky Cabrera, Tim Anderson, Todd Frazier

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #109: Phil Jackson Doesn't Have A TV

Chief Triangle now pigeon. Plus: The Blackhawks Are Making Me Dizzy; The White Sox Are Regressing To Mediocre; Remembering Da Co-Coach; and The Cubs Are A Crumbling Prison.

Posted on Jul 1, 2016
Keywords: Addison Russell, Andrew Shaw, Brian Campbell, Buddy Ryan, Denzel Valentine, Derrick Rose, Fred Hoiberg, Joakim Noah, Miguel Montero, Paul Zipser, Phil Jackson, Steve Swisher

Fantasy Fix: The RP Market Heats Up

All scenarios involve the Cubs.

Posted on Jun 30, 2016

Breakfast In America: Lowest Common Denominator™

Iceland's rise in soccer vs. A Swedish fart.

Posted on Jun 27, 2016
Keywords: Arsenal, Bournemouth, Everton, Hull City, Manchester United, Middleborough, Southampton, Swansea
The Cub Factor

Hell Week

Partied like 2009.

Posted on Jun 27, 2016
Keywords: Chris Coghlan, Darwin Barney, Joe Maddon, Willson Contreras
The White Sox Report

Robin Lives

Changing managers mid-stream rarely works anyway.

Posted on Jun 27, 2016
Keywords: Chris Sale, Curt Motton, Jack Harshman, Junior Lake, Pete Richert, Robin Ventura

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #108: Bullsology

The (Relatively) Sad Saga of Derrick Rose. Plus: The Jimmy Butler Trade That Wasn't (Yet); Breakfast In America; The Vincible Cubs; White Sox Are Red Sox Hot!; and The Mundanity Of Modern Mascots.

Posted on Jun 24, 2016
Keywords: Derrick Rose, El Tank, EPL, Gar Forman, Jimmy Butler, Justin Morneau, Marcus Semien, Ozzie Guillen, Robin Ventura, Southpaw, Wild Bill Hagy

Tweeting The Derrick Rose Trade

Mostly a variation on the same theme.

Posted on Jun 23, 2016
Keywords: Derrick Rose

Fantasy Fix: The Injuries Market

Even the next Babe Ruth is a trade candidate.

Posted on Jun 22, 2016
Keywords: AJ Pollock, Dexter Fowler, Felix Hernandex, Kyle Schwarber, Miguel Sano
The Cub Factor

The L

He shall so be nicknamed.

Posted on Jun 20, 2016
Keywords: Chris Coghlan, Clayton Richard, Darwin Barney, Joe Maddon, Willson Contreras

Breakfast In America: Know Your Terminology

For example, much of Illinois' politics is run from the Back Room.

Posted on Jun 20, 2016
Keywords: Arsenal, Bournemouth, Bruce Rauner, Chelsea, Chicago Fire, Chicago White Sox, Derrick Rose, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, Jose Mourinho, Manchester United, Michael Madigan

SportsMonday: One Epic Losing Streak Left

The trend is clear.

Posted on Jun 20, 2016
Keywords: Adam Silver, Bill Russell, Charles Barkley, LeBron James
The White Sox Report

Circus Trip

Put a tent over it.

Posted on Jun 20, 2016
Keywords: Dioner Navarro, James Shields, Matt Purke, Nate Jones, Robin Ventura

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #107: Summer Rituals

Milkshakes at the Tastee Freez to soothe another painful Blackhawks departure. Plus: It's Silver's Series Now; Hollywood Butler Going Minnesota?; The Welcome Willson Wagon; #FreeRickHahn; and KOPA Kabana.

Posted on Jun 17, 2016
Keywords: Adam Silver, Jimmy Butler, LeBron James, Mickey Mantle, Rick Hahn, Robin Ventura, Tastee Freez, Teuvo Teravainen, USMNT, Willson Contreras

SportsMondayTuesday: It's Silver's Series Now

If the Cavaliers go home and force a Game 7, then it gets a bit dicey.

Posted on Jun 14, 2016
Keywords: Adam Silver, Draymond Green, LeBron James

Breakfast In America: Which EPL Team Are You?

It depends on which U.S. presidential candidate you support.

Posted on Jun 13, 2016
Keywords: Bernie Sanders, Bournemouth, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz
The Cub Factor

Get On Board, Son

Baseball finally on Cub Factor kid's radar.

Posted on Jun 13, 2016
Keywords: Albert Almora Jr., Bill Murray, Donald Trump, Dusty Baker, Ferris Bueller, Joe Maddon, Matt Szczur, Sammy Sosa, Terence Mann
The White Sox Report

The Unsavior Is Here

One thing's for sure: the Sox can't be any worse with Tim Anderson.

Posted on Jun 13, 2016
Keywords: Chris Sale, Dayan Viciedo, Gordon Beckham, Tim Anderson, Zach Collins

TrackNotes: The Test Of Champions | UPDATED WITH RACE RECAP!

Kent Desormeaux has a lot to prove - and he's here on a weekend pass from alcohol rehab. But he's got the right horse.

Posted on Jun 11, 2016
Keywords: Belmont Stakes, Exaggerator, Keith Desormeaux, Kent Desormeaux

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #106: Transaction City

The White Sox are or aren't like the Cubs. Plus: Groupthink is Poopthink!; Warriors Will Win Wonderfully; Sharks On Ice; COPA!; About Alshon; and Sammy & The Donald Sittin' In A Tree.

Posted on Jun 10, 2016
Keywords: Alshon Jeffery, Chris Coghlan, Denis Potvin, Matt Murton, Sammy Sosa, Trayce Thompson

Fantasy Fix: Youth Movement

The new prospects are here - or coming.

Posted on Jun 9, 2016
Keywords: Albert Almora, Tim Anderson, Willson Contreras

Competitive Climbing Could Reach Olympic Level

Skateboarding and surfing also under consideration in bid to attract a younger audience.

Posted on Jun 8, 2016
Keywords: Olympics, Tokyo 2020

Sammy Sosa & Donald Trump (& Hillary Clinton): A History

"Sammy Sosa is orchestrating a Clinton vs. Trump election because that will give him the power over the United States government.

Posted on Jun 7, 2016
Keywords: Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Jesse Jackson, Melania Knauss, Sammy Sosa

SportsMonday: Illinois Pride, Bulls Shame

How cool would it be to see the NBA Finals MVP go to a player from our state for the second consecutive year?

Posted on Jun 6, 2016
Keywords: Andre Iguodala, Fred Hoiberg, Shaun Livingston, Tyronn Lue
The Cub Factor

Nerds & Track Suits

I'm wearing them now.

Posted on Jun 6, 2016
Keywords: Jake Arrieta, Jason Marquis, Joe Maddon, John Rocker, Jon Lester, Jorge Soler
The White Sox Report

Big Game James Neither

Unless there is an abrupt turnaround, James Shields will find himself frequently pitching in pressure situations where giving up three or four runs will be too much for his teammates to overcome.

Posted on Jun 5, 2016
Keywords: James Shields, Jose Abreu, Rich Hahn, Robin Ventura, Todd Steverson

The Contradictions Of Muhammad Ali

Perhaps no single person embodied the ethic of protest and intersected with so many lives, ordinary and extraordinary. He also endorsed Reagan and Bush.

Posted on Jun 4, 2016
Keywords: Angelo Dundee, Cassius Clay, Elijah Muhammad, Ernie Terrell, Joe Frazier, Larry Holmes, Muhammad Ali

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #105: Quantum Baseball

Higgs to Boson to Chance. Plus: The Cubs Are The Best Baseball Team On Earth; Fat Albers; The State Of The Standings; The Pride Of Peoria Could Be The NBA Finals MVP; ICYMI, The Stanley Cup Finals Are Happening Right Now; Elena Delle Donne's Silent Supremacy; and The Chicago Fire Did Not Do Anything This Week.

Posted on Jun 3, 2016
Keywords: Andre Iguodala, Big Papi, Dusty Baker, Elena Delle Donne, Fat Albers, Marty Gangler, Rick Hahn, Robin Ventura, Shaun Livingston, Starlin Castro, Trevor Daley

This Week In Concussions: Another Enforcer Down

And: Former NFL star and movie actor Bubba Smith also diagnosed.

Posted on Jun 2, 2016
Keywords: Bubba Smith, Dave Mirra, Stephen Peat, Tony Hawk

Fantasy Fix: The Paternity Test

Plus: Valuing the pure hitter.

Posted on Jun 1, 2016
Keywords: Jackie Bradley Jr., Martin Prado, Matt Harvey

SportsMondayTuesday: Respecting The Streak

If you believe you're playing well because you're getting laid, or because you're not getting laid, or because you wear women's underwear, then you are!

Posted on May 31, 2016
Keywords: Bull Durham, Jason Hammel, Joe Maddon, Travis Wood
The Cub Factor

Naperville vs. Rickettsville

Wrigley Field still has a nostalgic "it" factor, but sheesh, I'm waiting for the troughs to have a sponsor.

Posted on May 31, 2016
Keywords: Clark The Cub, Joe Maddon, Jorge Soler, Shane Victorino, Tim Federowicz
The White Sox Report

Here Are The Ugly Facts

Don "D.B." Cooper is conspicuously MIA.

Posted on May 30, 2016
Keywords: David Robertson, Matt Albers, Nate Jones, Tommy Kahnle

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #104: Triggering Chicago's Panic Meter

Warranted on the other side of town. Plus: Save The Intentional Walk!; Bulls In Quicksand; Golden Slumbers; Blackhawks Sign A Bunch Of Guys We Don't Care About; Bad Man Still Owns Chicago Fire; Chicago Sky Falling Already; Illinois Finally Tops Baylor; and The NFL Is Its Own Organized Crime Family.

Posted on May 27, 2016
Keywords: Andrew Hauptman, David Haugh, Jimmy Butler, Joakim Noah, Joe Maddon, KISS FM, Mark Buehrle, Robin Ventura

Fantasy Fix: Chicago Keepers

One on each side of town.

Posted on May 25, 2016
Keywords: Dallas Keuchel, Jason Heyward, Joey Votto, Jose Abreu, Matt Harvey

NFL Tried To Fix Concussion Study

At least a half-dozen top NFL health officials waged an improper, behind-the-scenes campaign last year to influence a major U.S. government research study on football and brain disease.

Posted on May 24, 2016
Keywords: Robert Stern, Roger Goodell, Tommie Harris

SportsMonday: A Kick In The Balls

It all goes back to the SuperSonics.

Posted on May 23, 2016
Keywords: Draymond Green, Gregg Popovich, Steven Adams
The Cub Factor

Slump Busters

We have some ideas.

Posted on May 23, 2016
Keywords: Clark The Cub, George Sun, Joe Maddon, Koyie Hill, Mark Grace, Tim Federowicz, Tyler Colvin
The White Sox Report

Video Vexation

Stay home - or go to Wrigley - for best results.

Posted on May 22, 2016
Keywords: Adam Eaton, Hunter Wendelstedt

TrackNotes: Post-Preakness

Yeah, the angle for Exaggerator was the mud, but he won this race. He won it.

Posted on May 21, 2016
Keywords: Cherry Wine, Donna Brothers, Exaggerator, Kent Desormeaux, Nyquist

TrackNotes: Dumb Asses

Nobody ever learns from history. Churchill Downs, abetted by the media, has positioned the Derby way too high as a singular race, if you're talking about the greatness of a horse.

Posted on May 21, 2016
Keywords: American Pharoah, California Chrome, Dumb Ass Stables, Funny Cide, Nyquist, Zenyatta

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #103: Chicago's Fevered Baseball Dream Is Over

Cubs, White Sox spiraling into oblivion. Plus: Cy Sale And The Rubs; Bulls Offseason Going Great!; Bears 1st-Round Draft Pick Leonard Floyd Is Stuffing His Face Right Now; Absent Alshon; The Olympic Way; and The Nerds Who Are Ruining Horse Racing.

Posted on May 20, 2016
Keywords: Alshon Jeffery, Chris Sale, Jimmy Butler, Joe Nathan, John Ligmanowski, KISS FM, Leonard Floyd, Robin Ventura, The Olympics, Tim Federowicz

Are Nerds Ruining Horse Racing?

Backed by enormous budgets, quants use state-of-the-art software that takes into account more than 100 variables which describe even the tiniest details about the horses, jockeys, tracks and so on when predicting a race's outcome.

Posted on May 20, 2016

IOC: Sochi Doping Allegations Could Show 'Unprecedented Criminality'

Russia is at the heart of the biggest doping scandal in sport.

Posted on May 19, 2016
Keywords: IOC, Olympics, Rio, Sochi, Thomas Bach

Tokyo 2020 Olympics Beset By Corruption Investigations

Japanese officials have said hinky payments were legitimate consultant's fees.

Posted on May 18, 2016
Keywords: IOC, Tokyo 2020

Who The Hell Are The Chicago Clovers?

New team, new league, really bad basketball.

Posted on May 17, 2016
Keywords: Chicago Clovers, Midwest Basketball League, Othello Mitchell Jr.

SportsMonday: Ban Beanball

The game doesn't need this garbage.

Posted on May 16, 2016
Keywords: Jose Abreu, Jose Bautista, Robin Ventura, Rougned Odor, Trevor May
The White Sox Report

Losing The Plot

Not the formula that propelled the Sox to a five-game lead in the American League Central as the week began.

Posted on May 15, 2016
Keywords: Carlos Rodon, Jose Quintana, Mat Latos, Miguel Gonzalez, Robin Ventura, Todd Frazier, Zach Duke
The Cub Factor

There Goes The Sun

Jorge Soler shining about as bright as Dusty Baker.

Posted on May 15, 2016
Keywords: Brett Jackson, Dusty Baker, Joe Maddon, John Lackey, Jorge Soler, Ryan Braun

The Beachwood Radio Hour #102: Bring On The Red Line Series

Can this be real? Plus: Arrieta Already On Way Out; The Trials of George Sun; Gonzo Hawk Harrelson, Doctor of Journalism; and Biggs Time.

Posted on May 13, 2016
Keywords: Adam Hoge, Brad Biggs, Doug Flutie, Hawk Harrelson, Jake Arrieta, Jesse Rogers, Jorge Soler, Little Tommy La Stella, Mark Buehrle, Mat Latos, Robin Ventura, Tim Lincecum

New Chicago Hotel To Offer Rooms Specifically For Visiting Athletes Like With Really Big Beds And Stuff

Is that all you got, Conrad?

Posted on May 13, 2016
Keywords: Conrad Chicago

How To Beat The Casino

Combining card counting and basic strategy can help a player convert the (long-term) house edge from 2.7% in favor of the casino to about a 1% advantage to the player.

Posted on May 11, 2016
Keywords: Edward Thorp, MIT

Fantasy Fix: Often Running

SBs in a post-Dee Gordon world.

Posted on May 10, 2016
Keywords: Alcides Escobar, Billy Burns, Billy Hamilton, Jonathan Villar

Syrian Whose Plight Went Viral Finds Refuge In Spanish Soccer

War-torn family's love of the game brings them solace.

Posted on May 10, 2016
Keywords: Getafe, Osama Abdul Mohsen, Real Madrid, Villaverde-Boetticher

SportsMonday: Maddon Moves In Mysterious Ways

It's almost creepy.

Posted on May 9, 2016
Keywords: Javy Baez, Trevor Cahill
The Cub Factor

Busting Dusty

Bologna has a first name, D-U-S-T-Y. Bologna has a second name, B-A-K-E-R.

Posted on May 9, 2016
Keywords: Bryce Harper, Chris Coghlan, Dexter Fowler, Dusty Baker, Matt Szczur
The White Sox Report

The Color Of Money

A dollar bill is worth a dollar no matter what color hands give it to you.

Posted on May 9, 2016
Keywords: Bill Veeck Sr., Cinco de Mayo, Natalie Moore

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #101: Chicago Baseball Is The One Dog

Cubs can pick any eight players and put 'em at any position and they'll win. Plus: Crane Kenney, Still Employed By Cubs, Strikes Again; Rahm Emanuel Is The Crane Kenney Of Mayors; Dusty Cannot Be Trustied; Rogers!; Ding Dong Danks; Leicester vs. Lester, and much, much more!

Posted on May 6, 2016
Keywords: Crane Kenney, Dusty Baker, George Lucas, Jesse Rogers, John Danks, Jorge Soler, Lance Johnson

TrackNotes: This Year's Derby A Value Proposition

Horseplayers look at the Derby as a wagering opportunity. Usually just that. But we do like success by a single horse. We really do.

Posted on May 6, 2016
Keywords: Babe Winkelman, Billy Bass, Creator, Danzing Candy, Lani, Mohaymen, Mor Spirit, Nyquist, Outwork

Fantasy Fix: Home Run Help

If your squad is suffering from a power outage, you still have waiver-wire options.

Posted on May 5, 2016
Keywords: Byung-ho Park, Chris Carter, Colby Rasmus, Khris Davis

Five Things You Need To Know About Leicester

Leicester's motto Semper Eadem means "always the same," and for many years the city has had a safe, slightly dull reputation. As many people said during the recent excitement around the success of the football team, this sort of thing isn't supposed to happen in Leicester.

Posted on May 4, 2016
Keywords: Blue Boar Inn, Kasabian, Leicester Foxes, Richard III

Wrestling Hall Of Fame Evicts Hastert

He wasn't even the best coach at Yorkville.

Posted on May 3, 2016
Keywords: Charles Anderson, Dennis Hastert, Rob Long

More Bad Concussion News For Young Football Players - And The Playground

From the playground to the playing field.

Posted on May 3, 2016
Keywords: Concussions
The Cub Factor

Crushing The Copycats

The Plan has another helpful subplot playing out.

Posted on May 1, 2016
Keywords: Clark The Cub, Dusty Baker, Jorge Soler, Ron Cey
The White Sox Report

Eating Up The AL

Three squares a day.

Posted on May 1, 2016
Keywords: Dioner Navarro, Matt Albers, Ron Northey, Smoky Burgess, Wilbur Wood

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #100: The Gas Mask Draft

L-I-V-I-N. Plus: Leonard "Pink" Floyd; Johnny Oduya, MVP: No Danks You; Cubs Have Owies; Jake Arrieta vs. Dee Gordon; and The Everton Minute.

Posted on Apr 29, 2016
Keywords: Dee Gordon, Jake Arrieta, John Danks, Johnny Oduya, Laremy Tunsil, Leonard Floyd, Mat Latos, Roberto Martinez

Attention NFL Draftees: Be Like Israel Idonije

During his last few years in the league, when Idonjie was making the veteran's minimum salary, he was actually bringing in more cash via his side gig.

Posted on Apr 28, 2016
Keywords: Israel Idonije

Fantasy Fix: Pitching Help

Get 'em while they're hot.

Posted on Apr 27, 2016
Keywords: Mat Latos, Rich Hill, Rick Porcello

SportsMondayTuesday: Just Wait 'Til Next Year

And now, a well-deserved rest.

Posted on Apr 26, 2016
Keywords: Artemi Panarin, Corey Crawford, Duncan Keith, Patrick Kane
The Cub Factor

Laughably Historic

The last time the Cubs were this good we were still at World War 0.

Posted on Apr 25, 2016
Keywords: Jake Arrieta, Javy Baez, Jorge Soler, Ron Santo, Starlin Castro, Tommy La Stella
The White Sox Report

Gifted

We would be remiss if we didn't point out the generosity of the fellows providing the opposition.

Posted on Apr 24, 2016
Keywords: Adam Eaton, Avisail Garcia, Brett Lawrie, Dioner Navarro, Jose Abreu, Todd Frazier

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #(19)99: Prince, Kane & Jake

Game-winners and no-hitters. Plus: The Secret History Of Tiger Woods; The Who Sox; Blame Butler; Timberwolves Land Tom Thibodeau For Phil Jackson Money; Loyola Investigating Sheryl Swoopes After Mass Transfers; and Everton Board Rumored To Hold Emergency Meeting.

Posted on Apr 22, 2016
Keywords: Dan Hampton, David Ross, Everton, Jake Arrieta, Patrick Kane, Prince, Sheryl Swoopes, Tiger Woods, Tom Thibodeau

Fantasy Fix: Marathon Men

Primary offenders.

Posted on Apr 20, 2016
Keywords: Matt Harvey, Mike Trout, Zack Greinke

The Fallacy Of How The Cubs Were Built

It wasn't through the draft.

Posted on Apr 19, 2016
Keywords: Jim Hendry, Theo Epstein

SportsMonday: Q & Kane

A big-time botch.

Posted on Apr 18, 2016
Keywords: Corey Crawford, Joel Quenneville, Patrick Kane
The Cub Factor

Scar Tissue

If the rest of the season keeps going like this, how can any fan hold on to that anger of the past?

Posted on Apr 18, 2016
Keywords: Darwin Barney, Joe Maddon, Joey Votto, Jorge Soler, Kris Bryant, Kyle Schwarber
The White Sox Report

Hitless Wonders

Near-perfect pitching, upgrade in smarts propels team to strong start.

Posted on Apr 18, 2016
Keywords: Chris Sale, Jose Quintana, Mat Latos

The Beachwood Radio Sport Hour #98: Disco Cubs Embrace The Target

Ready to party on the Lido Deck. Plus: Same Old Sox!; Shhh! The Blackhawks Are In The Playoffs!; Chicago BullsShit; Big Trade In Draft Town: Chicago Racing Loses A Gem; and The Everton Minute.

Posted on Apr 15, 2016
Keywords: Addison Russell, Amy Winehouse, Bryan Robinson, Chance The Rapper, Everton, Janine Starkyowicz, Jimmy Butler, Johnny Manziel, Kyle Farnsworth, Matt Szczur

TrackNotes: Derby Field Muddy, Bye-Bye Bo-Rail & Chicago Racing Loses A Gem

Amid all of the hot air of the forums, there was one constant: Janine's the best.

Posted on Apr 15, 2016
Keywords: Calvin Borel, Janine Starykowicz, Outwork, Songbird

Fantasy Fix: Early Risers

Every baseball season has its share of surprising, fantasy-relevant performers in the early going, but they always come tagged with the difficult question, "Is this guy for real?"

Posted on Apr 14, 2016
Keywords: Eugenio Suarez, Jeremy Hazelbaker, Jeremy Hellickson, Trevor Story, Tyler White

Exclusive! What's Really Inside The Cubs' New Clubhouse

Including a tax shelter, a World Series-ring sizing room and bunk beds for Rizzo and Bryant.

Posted on Apr 13, 2016
Keywords: Dale Sveum, David Ross, Eddie Vedder, El Chapo, Harry Caray, Jed Hoyer, Jim Belushi, John Cusack, Mike Quade, Ricky Renteria, Theo Epstein, Walgreens

SportsMondayTuesday: Coffman Concedes On Cubs!

When people yammered at me about Theo Epstein's glorious "Plan," I always pointed out that a big part of it was Ricky Renteria.

Posted on Apr 12, 2016
Keywords: Addison Russell, Ricky Renteria, Theo Epstein
The Cub Factor

Home Opener Limericks

There once was a fielder named Schwarber.

Posted on Apr 11, 2016
Keywords: Jason Hammel, Joe Maddon, John Lackey, Jorge Soler, Kyle Schwarber, Tommy LaStella
The White Sox Report

Big League Flushers

No attention is paid to plumbing, bathrooms or sewage. No big deal. This is baseball, and they love their team.

Posted on Apr 11, 2016
Keywords: Alex Avila, Chris Sale, Jimmy Rollins, Sonny Gray

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #97: Cubs On The Run

Brizzo on the basepaths. Plus: Latos To The Party; Blackhawks Blues; Bulls Go Out With A Whimpering Screech; Mock Draft Mockery 2.0; Iverson, Shaq and Swoopes!; and The Everton Minute: Nani!

Posted on Apr 8, 2016
Keywords: Adam Eaton, Anthony Rizzo, Artem Ansimov, Chris Zorich, Jimmy Rollins, Kris Bryant, Kyle Schwarber, Larry Bloom, Mat Latos, Nani, Pau Gasol, Sheryl Swoopes

Four Reasons To Watch ONE: GLOBAL RIVALS

The pressure that comes with being Ben Askren is felt each time "Funky" steps inside the cage.

Posted on Apr 6, 2016
Keywords: Ben Askren, Mall of Asia, Nikolay Aleksakhin

Villanova Makes Michael Jordan Really Cry

Buzzer-beater sends America to Meme Town.

Posted on Apr 5, 2016
Keywords: Geraldo Rivera, Kris Jenkins, Marcus Paige

SportsMonday: Harshing The Cubs' Buzz

Mets still have a superior rotation.

Posted on Apr 4, 2016
Keywords: Jake Arrieta, Jason Hammel, John Lackey, Jon Lester, New York Mets
The White Sox Report

Mustard, Lemonade & Red Bull

By far the hardest sport to play at a high level.

Posted on Apr 4, 2016
Keywords: Austin Jackson, Brett Lawrie, Carl Everett, Dioner Navarro, Jimmy Rollins, Mark Buehrle, Mat Latos, Roger Angell, Smoky Burgess, Todd Frazier

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #96: Everyone Is Vine Line Now

MAKE. FANBOY. CUBS. MEDIA. STOP. Plus: Our World Series Predictions, In Which Neither Of Us Pick The Cubs; As The Blackhawks Suddenly Turn; The Magnetic Derrick Rose; Bears Sign More No-Name Linemen; Media Mistakes Activity For Genius; Let She Who Generates More Revenue Earn More Money; Cheaters Prosper!; and The Everton Minute.

Posted on Apr 1, 2016
Keywords: Anthony Rizzo, Ardavan Farhad Moshiri, Clyde Simmons, Corey Crawford, Derrick Rose, Duncan Keith, Jake Arrieta, Jimmy Rollins, Junior Lake, Kerry Wood Cubs Field, Kris Bryant, Pablo Sandoval, Sam Fuld, Tony Campana, USWNT

Courtney Conlogue Triumphs With Massive Bells Win

Dangerous dream realized.

Posted on Apr 1, 2016
Keywords: Bells Beach, Courtney Conlogue

Why So Many Baseball Experts Whiffed With Last Year's Predictions

Free agents are overrated.

Posted on Mar 31, 2016
Keywords: Pablo Sandoval, Sporting News, Sports Illustrated, White Sox

Fantasy Fix: Is Jimmy Rollins For Real?

Arguably the best-performing shortstop in the Cactus League this spring, he's likely your Opening Day starter on the South Side, and there's reason to believe he will hold some decent fantasy value this summer.

Posted on Mar 30, 2016
Keywords: Carlos Sanchez, Jimmy Rollins, Tim Anderson, Tyler Saladino

Exclusive: Joe Maddon's 2016 Entrances

Maddon will arrive to the series opener here against the Phillies in May in an electric car powered by his own urine.

Posted on Mar 29, 2016
Keywords: El Chapo, Texarkana

SportsMonday: Blue Demons Blackout; Blackhawks Back

The best basketball team in the state - by far - goes quietly.

Posted on Mar 28, 2016
Keywords: Andrew Ladd, Jessica January

DePaul's Sweet 16 Comeback Falls Short

The Blue Demons finished their season in the Sweet 16 for the fourth time in the program's history and second time in the last three years.

Posted on Mar 28, 2016
Keywords: Brooke Schulte, Chanise Jenkins, DePaul Blue Demons, Jacqui Grant, Jessica January, Mart'e Grays, Megan Podkowa

TrackNotes: The Return Of America's Muscle Horse

With 'Pharoah gone, 'Chrome has a chance to dazzle America, capture hearts at low prices all over again.

Posted on Mar 26, 2016
Keywords: American Pharoah, California Chrome, Dubai World Cup, Jeff Lukas

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #95: Bulls Dragging Blackhawks Down To Their Level

United Center curse. Plus: Reminder: Ricky Renteria Is The White Sox Bench Coach; The Joe Maddon Show Has Jumped The Shark; Illinois Team Secretly Makes Sweet 16; Triton Lays An Egg; Finding Value In Vegas, Baby; The Everton Minute; and The New York Times Smokes Out The NFL.

Posted on Mar 24, 2016
Keywords: Corey Crawford, DePaul, Drake LaRoche, Jimmy Butler, Joe Maddon, Richard Dent, Ricky Renteria, Scott Darling, Texas A&M, Triton

Fantasy Fix Baseball Draft Guide: Revisiting The Rankings

The Cardinals have themselves some outfielders too.

Posted on Mar 24, 2016
Keywords: Jorge Soler, Robinson Cano, Starlin Castro

Trump's Cubs

All game film produced by Leni Riefenstahl's closest living relative.

Posted on Mar 23, 2016
Keywords: Donald Trump, Dusty Baker, Joe Maddon

Triton's Women's Basketball Team Enjoys Resurgent Season

Led by conference Coach of the Year Kellee Robertson.

Posted on Mar 22, 2016
Keywords: Kellee Robertson, Triton College

SportsMonday: Illinois Team Secretly Makes Sweet 16

Maybe the team will win again and you'll have another chance to celebrate a triumph by Chicago's most accomplished basketball team - by far - this season.

Posted on Mar 21, 2016
Keywords: Ashton Millender, Chanise Jenkins, DePaul, Doug Bruno, Jessica January
The White Sox Report

The Real Heroes At The Cell

Hint: They're not on the field.

Posted on Mar 21, 2016
Keywords: Adam LaRoche, Chris Sale, Drake LaRoche, Kenny Williams

No. 1 Triton Falls In National Championship Game

The hopes of a storybook ending and the team's first ever national title were dashed by the Eagles as the Trojans' historic season ended with an 83-76 loss.

Posted on Mar 20, 2016
Keywords: Eddie Miles, Eric Gillespie, Josh Doss, Steve Christiansen, Triton College

No. 1 Triton Plays For National Championship Tonight

Triton has now won 30 consecutive games, improving to 34-2 overall.

Posted on Mar 19, 2016
Keywords: Triton College

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #94: The Amazingly Immature And Idiotic Adam LaRoche Affair

Plenty of children in the White Sox locker room, it turns out. And they all have lockers. Plus: We Will Miss Martellus Bennett; The Bulls Are Just Boring Now; The Blackhawks (Temporarily) Stink; March Madness Moolah - Who Gets It; Triton Advance To Final Four; and The Everton Minute: Next Six Matches Crucial!

Posted on Mar 18, 2016
Keywords: Adam Eaton, Adam LaRoche, Anthony Rizzo, Chris Sale, Dougie McBuckets, John Fox, John Thierry, Kenny Williams, Kyle Long, Len Kasper, Martellus Bennett, Rick Hahn, Robin Ventura, Ryan Pace

Trojans Defense Shuts Down Parkland To Earn Spot In Final Four

Triton (33-2) has now won an unprecedented 29 games in a row and will next take on Region IV rival, South Suburban College in the semifinals Friday at 8 p.m. in Danville.

Posted on Mar 18, 2016
Keywords: Triton College
The White Sox Report

Adios, Adam

The conversation may have gone like this.

Posted on Mar 17, 2016
Keywords: Adam LaRoche, Kenny Williams, Rick Hahn

Triton Advances To Elite Eight In Little Big Dance!

Strong second half sparks Trojans to NJCAA opening round victory.

Posted on Mar 17, 2016
Keywords: Triton College

Fantasy Fix Baseball Draft Guide: Closers!

Hector Rondon vs. David Robertson.

Posted on Mar 16, 2016
Keywords: David Robertson, Hector Rondon

March Madness Means Money - It's Time To Talk About Who's Getting Paid

To review, if Kentucky wins the national title, its coach gets $650,000 in bonus money. Its players get nothing.

Posted on Mar 15, 2016
Keywords: CBS Sports, John Calipari, March Madness, NCAA, One Shining Moment, Roy Williams, Turner Broadcasting

SportsMonday: The Bounce-Back Bears

Rebuilding smartly on the fly without pulling a Cubs-style tank job.

Posted on Mar 14, 2016
Keywords: Akiem Hicks, Danny Trevathan, Jerrell Freeman, Saskatchewan

The Rise And Fall Of Ultimate Fighting (And Why Boxing Is Now So Passé)

MMA is essentially a media sport developed to appeal to mass audiences and deliver profit to the organizations behind it.

Posted on Mar 12, 2016
Keywords: Art Davie, Conor McGregor, Holly Holm, John McCain, MMA, Ronda Rousey, UFC, Zuffa

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #93: The Bears Are Pox's Team Now

Pace, Fox make their moves. Plus: Fighting Lovie; Jimmy Butler And Derrick Rose Finally On Same Page!: Shout To The New Blackhawks Guys!; Dear Cubs: Enough With The Brotherhood. Geez; White Sox: Borrrrring; Bryce Harper Wants to Bring Pimping To MLB. So Do We; Triton Top Seed In Little Big Dance; and The Everton Minute.

Posted on Mar 11, 2016
Keywords: A-Rod, Bobby Massie, Bryce Harper, Bryzzo, Danny Trevathan, Everton, Goose Gossage, Jimmy Butler, Lovie Smith, Lyle Long, Martellus Bennett, Matt Forte, Trace Armstrong, Triton

Fantasy Fix Baseball Draft Guide: Catchers!

There is only one truly safe bet for high-level fantasy production at this position.

Posted on Mar 10, 2016
Keywords: David Ross, Kyle Schwarber, Miguel Montero, Willson Contreras

World Surf Tour Opening On Australia's Gold Coast As Bodhi Waits For His Set

He could never live in a cage, man.

Posted on Mar 9, 2016
Keywords: Adriano de Souza, Carissa Moore

No. 1 Triton Seeded No. 1 In Juco Dance

To face MCC-Penn Valley in the opener.

Posted on Mar 9, 2016
Keywords: Steve Christiansen, Triton College

No. 1 Triton Men Advance To Juco Dance

The 31-2 Trojans have won 27 straight.

Posted on Mar 8, 2016
Keywords: Triton College

SportsMonday: The Return Of Lovie Smith

Keep it simple Illinois fans: Lovie Smith is a way, way better coach than you could have ever dreamed would be on the Illini sideline next fall.

Posted on Mar 7, 2016
Keywords: Dirk Koetter, Jameis Winston, Jim Harbaugh, Lovie Smith

Behind The Unpredictable Premier League Year That Put Leicester Top Of The Pile

More money, fewer Englishmen and more Billy Beane.

Posted on Mar 5, 2016
Keywords: Billy Beane, Bournemouth, Chelsea, Everton, Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester United, Norwich, Stoke City, Sunderland, Watford, West Brom

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #92: The Many Fetishizations Of Media Fanboys

No detail too mundane, every lame joke an instant classic. Plus: The White Sox Are Also Holding Spring Training But Let's Talk About Other Stuff; Memo To Maddon: Up Your Game; Ivy League Not So Smart: Brandi's Brain; Boring Bears Banishing Bennett; I Don't Want To See Athletes' Smelly Naked Dicks; Blackhawks Babble; Bulls Babble; Go Trojans; and The Everton Minute.

Posted on Mar 4, 2016
Keywords: Aroldis Chapman, Brandi Chastain, Eddie Einhorn, Everton, Joe Maddon, Martellus Bennett, Meg Rauner, Pernell McPhee, Rob Manfred, Triton College, Yoenis Cespedes

Triton Men's Basketball Team No. 1 For First Time

26 wins in a row, 30-2 overall.

Posted on Mar 3, 2016
Keywords: Chance Jones, Dante Thorpe, Eddie Miles, Eric Gillespie, Rich Maack, Steve Christiansen, Triton College

Lady Triton Trojans Reach First Regional Title Game Since 1994

Third seed in the nation.

Posted on Mar 3, 2016
Keywords: Alondra Chavarria, Candace Madison, Coleanna Funches, Kankakee Community College, Kellee Robertson, Lady Trojans, Tashianna Walton, Taylor Pete, Triton College
The White Sox Report

Eddie Einhorn's Anti-Veeckian Legacy

Einhorn behaved as though he was unaware that Veeck may have been the most beloved owner in Chicago sports history.

Posted on Mar 2, 2016
Keywords: Bill Veeck, Eddie Einhorn, Jerry Reinsdorf, SportsVision

SportsMondayTuesday: Bulls Resting Themselves Right Out Of The Playoffs

Enabling Derrick Rose is now way to run a professional basketball team.

Posted on Mar 1, 2016
Keywords: Derrick Rose, Fred Hoiberg, Jimmy Butler, Tom Thibodeau

Fantasy Fix Baseball Draft Guide: Starting Pitchers

Jake Arrieta vs. Chris Sale; Jon Lester vs. Carlos Rodon.

Posted on Mar 1, 2016
Keywords: Carlos Rodon, Chris Sale, Jake Arrieta, Jon Lester

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #91: Cubundant™

The only fans sadder than the ones in Baltimore today are the ones on the South Side, because Cubs. Plus: Blackhawks Deal Tops Cubs Deal; Follow The Bouncing Bulls; Mocking The Bears; and Up The Toffees!

Posted on Feb 26, 2016
Keywords: Aaron Brooks, Andrew Ladd, Brad Richards, Chris Coghlan, Derrick Rose, Dexter Fowler, Dougie McBuckets, Everton, Jason Hammel, Matt Murton, Shane Victorino, Stan Bowman, Theo Epstein

Fantasy Fix Baseball Draft Guide: OF

Cubundant.

Posted on Feb 25, 2016
Keywords: Adam Eaton, Jason Heyward, Jorge Soler, Kris Bryant, Kyle Schwarber

Kobe Bryant's Fatuous Farewell Tour

What ever happened to dignity?

Posted on Feb 23, 2016
Keywords: Jack Nicholson, Kirk Nowitzki, Kobe Bryant, Muhammad Ali, Pope Francis, Tim Duncan, Willie Mays

SportsMonday: Blackhawks Chill

Back to our regularly scheduled hockey games.

Posted on Feb 22, 2016
Keywords: Peyton Manning, Stadium Series
The White Sox Report

The (Shortstop) Solution

The importance of having a shortstop who can pick up the ball and throw it accurately can't be overstated.

Posted on Feb 20, 2016
Keywords: Alexei Ramirez, Andrelton Simmons, Luis Aparicio, Omar Vizquel, Tim Anderson, Troy Tulowitzki

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #90: Up The Toffees!

The Blues, The School of Science, The People's Club. Plus: The Bread Man & Barack; Secord Still Sucks; Bulloney, Pitchers, Catchers, Cynics Report; and Jim's Last Chicago Fire Comment Ever.

Posted on Feb 19, 2016
Keywords: Al Secord, Alonzo Spellman, Artemi Panarin, Dino Ciccarelli, Everton, Gar Forman, Harry Shipp, NASL

Fantasy Fix Baseball Draft Guide: Middle Infield

Addison Russell vs. Starlin Castro!

Posted on Feb 18, 2016
Keywords: Addison Russell, Ben Zobrist, Starlin Castro

FIFA's Radio Deals: Rigged?

"It's all closed doors. You never see contracts. Even if you want to go for the rights, you are basically told the deals have already been done," said one radio network executive familiar with bidding for soccer broadcast rights.

Posted on Feb 17, 2016
Keywords: Alejandro Gutman, Andres Cantor, ESPN Deportes, Futbol de Primera, GLR Networks, Joaquin Blaya, Prisa, Radio Unica, Sepp Blatter, Telemundo, The Simpsons

What We Can Learn From Liverpool Fans

Naturally, when the club rolled out the new pricing structure, the headline figures pointed to its more favorable offerings.

Posted on Feb 15, 2016
Keywords: Fenway Sports Group, Liverpool FC

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #89: Bears Befuddle

Matt Forte sent on his way. Plus: Krausening Peyton Manning; Maybe The Bulls Suck After All; Chicago Is Now NHL Draft Town, Too; Marian Hossa vs. Dennis Rodman; Surprising White Sox Savvy; and Livin' La Vida Liverpool.

Posted on Feb 12, 2016
Keywords: Alshon Jeffery, Ditka, Liverpool, Marian Hossa, Mat Latos, Matt Forte, NHL Draft, Peyton Manning

Why The Best Sports Stories Are Beyond The Field

The biggest headlines are won by investigative stories, from accusations of cheating in professional sports to high school hazing.

Posted on Feb 11, 2016
Keywords: L. Jon Wertheim, Sports Illustrated

The Fantasy Fix Baseball Draft Guide: First And Third

If you're a Chicago baseball fan, there's a lot to like in this year's pre-season fantasy rankings for first base and third base, including my sizable but calculated gamble to rank one of the local boys as the top fantasy find at his position.

Posted on Feb 10, 2016
Keywords: Anthony Rizzo, Brett Lawrie, Jose Abreu, Kris Bryant, Todd Frazier

Slam Stan: The Best Super Bowl Commercial Most Of America Didn't See

Besides the axe murderer and an HVAC-shilling Mike Tyson.

Posted on Feb 9, 2016
Keywords: St. Louis Rams, Stan Kroenke, Terry Crouppen. Mesothelioma

SportsMonday: Going Out Intact

Given the physical punishment dished out in some sports - and I'm always surprised to hear people condemn football and not at least mention hockey - my view has changed.

Posted on Feb 8, 2016
Keywords: Calvin Johnson, Peyton Manning

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #88: Dez Clark Super Bowl Edition

Quarterbacks? It's all about the tight ends.

Posted on Feb 6, 2016
Keywords: Antwaan Randle El, Cam Newton, Dez Clark, Gary Smith, Greg Olsen, Jake Arrieta, John Elway, John Fox, John Scott, Kawann Short, Kenny Stabler, Matt Murton, Mike Shula, Owen Daniels, Peyton Manning, Ron Rivera, Tyler Sash

Jilted NFL Cities Stuck With Stadium Debt

Across the country, cities have gotten stuck with substantial costs after sports teams leave or even move across town. Often, local governments must pay bonds, maintenance costs, or demolition fees after a team is gone.

Posted on Feb 5, 2016
Keywords: Astrodome, Edward Jones Dome, Hoosier Dome, Kingdome, RFK Stadium, Silverdome, The Vet

Warlord Patron Company To Continue As 'The Official Tire Of The NFL'

The tragic truth about football's tire company.

Posted on Feb 5, 2016
Keywords: Bridgestone, Charles Taylor, Firestone, Liberia

The NFL, Packed With Christian Players, Falls Short In Welcoming Faith

Faith Equality Index score reveals work to be done.

Posted on Feb 5, 2016
Keywords: Acura, Amazon, Audi, Avocados from Mexico, Axe, Buick, Butterfinger, Coca-Cola, Colgate, Doritos, Heinz, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Marmot, Mini USA, Mountain Dew, NFL, Pepsi, Skittles, Snickers, SunTrust, Super Bowl, T-Mobile, Taco Bell, Toyota

The Fantasy Fix Baseball Draft Guide: The (Tied At The) Top 40

Jake Arrieta, Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo vs. Chris Sale, Jose Abreu.

Posted on Feb 4, 2016
Keywords: Anthony Rizzo, Chris Sale, Jake Arrieta, Jose Abreu, Kris Bryant

The 8th Annual (More Or Less) Beachwood Super Bowl Halftime Show Prop Bet: Coldplay Edition

To gauge exactly how ill-suited this particular band is to this particular sporting event, ask yourself: Would Cam Newton dab to Coldplay? He would not, because he would look like he was having a stroke.

Posted on Feb 3, 2016
Keywords: Beyonce, Bruno Mars, Chris Martin, Coldplay, Gwyneth Paltrow, Michael Jackson, Nationwide, Pepsi, Peyton Manning, Up with People

Who's Behind The "Tennis Racket?"

Leaked files show that 16 tennis players (who at some point have been ranked in the top 50) have been repeatedly flagged to the Tennis Integrity Unit for suspicions they have thrown matches or arranged for their opponent to lose.

Posted on Feb 2, 2016
Keywords: BBC, BuzzFeed, Tennis Integrity Unit

SportsMonday: The NHL's Karmic Comeuppance

The All-Star MVP the league didn't want there.

Posted on Feb 1, 2016
Keywords: John Scott, Jonathan Toews

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #87: Blackhawks Gellin' Like A Felon

Exceeding expectations, even if Captain Serious stands accused of not being serious. Plus: Bulls Losing Meaningless Games Against Crappy Teams In Dead Of Winter Just Like We Wanted Them To; White Sox Convention Opens At Southwest Suburban Motel 6; and John Fox's Former Teams Meeting In The Super Bowl.

Posted on Jan 29, 2016
Keywords: Emery Moorehead, Jimmy Butler, Jonathan Toews' Doctor, Riverboat Ron Rivera, Todd Frazier

Match-Fixing Allegations Now Hit Wrestling

Olympic silver medalist offered money at a world championship.

Posted on Jan 26, 2016
Keywords: Stanka Zlateva

SportsMonday: Blackhawks Defense Broncos-Like

A six-pack they can count on.

Posted on Jan 25, 2016
Keywords: Brent Seabrook, Corey Crawford, Duncan Keith, Erik Gustaffson, Michal Rozsival, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Rob Scuderi, Trevor Van Riemsdyk

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #86: Like Bon Jovi, Bulls Halfway There

Also livin' on a prayer. Plus: Blackhawks Have Only Won 12 Of Last 13; Riverboat Ron Has Last Laugh; and John Baker Way Better Than Dusty Baker.

Posted on Jan 22, 2016
Keywords: Bob Parsons, Dale Tallon, Dave Leitao, Derrick Rose, John Baker, Ron Rivera, Steph Curry, Todd Sauerbrun

Streif: One Hell Of A Ride

It's ended careers, it's ended dreams, it's crushed people.

Posted on Jan 22, 2016
Keywords: Streif

The Jay Williams Story: Broken Dreams, Shattered Leg, Oprah & ESPN

After a decade spent recovering from his injuries - the rehabilitations, the comeback attempts, the professional forays into the seedy underside of sports agenting - Williams recounts with a rare honesty his hard-fought path to college basketball stardom and the painful lessons he's learned while reconstructing his fractured adulthood.

Posted on Jan 21, 2016
Keywords: Jay Williams

SportsMondayTuesday: Rose In, Noah Out, Bulls Win

Team transitioning on the fly.

Posted on Jan 19, 2016
Keywords: Bobby Portis, Derrick Rose, Dougie McBuckets, Jimmy The Butler, Joakim Noah, Pau Gasol

Game, Set, Match-Fixing

At the upper level of world tennis - including Wimbledon.

Posted on Jan 18, 2016
Keywords: Grand Slam, Tennis Integrity Unit, Wimbledon

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #85: Why Is Everyone So Mad At The Bulls?

So much anger for a 23-15 team. Plus: Giving It Up For The Q Man. Giggity; Cutesy Cubs Convention Convenes; and Put Jason Benetti On The Board, Yes!

Posted on Jan 15, 2016
Keywords: Andrew Shaw, Corey Crawford, Derrick Rose, E'Twaun Moore, Fred Hoiberg, Jason Benetti, Jimmy Butler, Joel Quenneville, St. Louis, The Ricketts'
The White Sox Report

Put Jason Benetti On The Board, Yes!

Either by dumb luck or savvy judgement, the Sox have hired a young guy who wasn't a former player ready and willing to regale fans with frequently embellished stories about his athletic past.

Posted on Jan 14, 2016
Keywords: Hawk Harrelson, Jason Benetti, Sudden Sam McDowell

St. Louis Fans Rammed - Again

City can't keep a football team.

Posted on Jan 13, 2016
Keywords: Stan Kroenke, Stanley's Lounge

SportsMondayTuesday: Bears' Hire A Short Joke

It's still all about Jay.

Posted on Jan 12, 2016
Keywords: Dowell Loggains, Jay Cutler, John Fox, Ken Whisenhunt

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #84: This Chicago Mayor Had A Good Week

So did his butler. Plus: Crow and the Breadman; Jay Cutler's Minivan Is Back; White Sox Whiff; and The Chicago Fire Are About To Do Something.

Posted on Jan 8, 2016
Keywords: Alex Gordon, Artemi Panarin, Corey Crawford, Dennis McKinnon, Fred Hoiberg, Jay Cutler, Jimmy Butler, Lovie Smith

Dead College Football Player Leaves Clues Of Concussions' Toll On Brain

He suffered more than 10 concussions, all while playing football, the first occurring at age eight.

Posted on Jan 5, 2016
Keywords: Concussion, Friday Night Tykes, Bob Probert, Jay Cutler, Patrick Grange

SportsMonday: Out With A Whimper, In With A Bang

Bears easily eclipsed by Bulls, Blackhawks.

Posted on Jan 4, 2016
Keywords: Corey Crawford, Jimmy Butler, John Fox

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #83: Our Chicago Player Of The Year

A 2015/2016 review/preview. Including: Being The Blackhawks; Cartoon Cubs; As The Bulls Turn; Not Bowled Over By John Fox; Let's Talk About The White Sox Cubs; The City's Most Inconsequential Franchise; and Party Of The Year.

Posted on Jan 2, 2016
Keywords: American Pharoah, Bobby Portis, Elena Delle Donne, John Fox, Kyle Schwarber, Patrick Kane, Willie Gault

TrackNotes: Party Of The Year

Thanks for the invite.

Posted on Jan 1, 2016
Keywords: Ahmed Zayat, American Pharoah, Bob Baffert, Coolmore Ashford Stud, Sports Illustrated, Victor Espinoza
Kool-Aid

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: The 2015 Koolie Awards!

Including the Technical Koolies!

Posted on Dec 30, 2015
Keywords: Chris Prosinski, David Fales, Eddie George, Hub Arkush, Ikea, Kristin Cavallari, Moses Malone, Smokin' Jay Cutler

Bears Media Mesmerized By Shirtless Matt Slauson

A tweetstream illuminating local fanboy media.

Posted on Dec 28, 2015
Keywords: Adam Hoge, Brian Cassella, Evan Fitzgerald, Jeff Dickerson, Matt Slauson, Peggy Kusinski, Zach Zaidman
Kool-Aid

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Paper Pancake

It's gonna take a whole hell of a lot of something alcoholic - or something with a whole lot of nudity - to keep me to seated in front of this game for three hours.

Posted on Dec 24, 2015
Keywords: John Timu, Kyle Orton, Lovie Smith, Mr. Bubble, Muscle Hamster, Necco Wafers, Patrick Mannelly, Ron Turner, Virginia McCaskey

SportsMonday: Bears Grandly Pronounce Themselves

New, improved Bears same as old, lousy Bears.

Posted on Dec 21, 2015
Keywords: Adam Gase, John Fox, Marc Trestman, Mel Tucker, Ryan Pace, Vic Fangio

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #82: Robin Ventura Still Killing White Sox Buzz

Can Rick Hahn's rescue mission overcome the lameness of his manager? Plus: We Have Jason Heyward, Can We Ditch The Onesies Now?; Everyone Still Upset That The Bulls Are Winning So Much; and Corey Crawford Hotter Than Cory Matthews.

Posted on Dec 18, 2015
Keywords: Ahmad Rashad, Corey Crawford, Cory Matthews, Jason Heyward, Johnny Morris, Marcus Kruger, Sammy White, The Thompson Twins, Todd Frazier
Kool-Aid

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Bear Goonies

Those Smokin' Jay memes aren't gonna Photoshop themselves.

Posted on Dec 17, 2015
Keywords: Pants Boner, Smokin' Jay, Socket Job
The White Sox Report

Rick's Rescue

Theo Epstein is still Best in Show in this city, but the White Sox GM just put the South Siders back in the conversation.

Posted on Dec 16, 2015
Keywords: Alex Avila, Brett Lawrie, Dioner Navarro, Todd Frazier

SportsMonday: Jay Cutler No Bill Murray

And Groundhog Day was a much better movie than Bears 2015.

Posted on Dec 14, 2015
Keywords: Groundhog Day

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #81: Cubs Set Us Up For Epicest Heartbreak Yet

Now World Series favorite. Plus: Hey White Sox, How You Doin'?; Bulls Spiting Selves; Bears Good As Mold; and Patrick Kane's Fraudulent Point Streak.

Posted on Dec 11, 2015
Keywords: Brett Favre, Jason Heyward, Marian Hossa, Patrick Kane, Ray Bourque, Robbie Gould, The Mayor
Kool-Aid

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Hype Machine, Not Engaged

I guess the takeaway is that I equate the Washington Redskins to a woman screaming something vile in a black guy's face mid-coitus.

Posted on Dec 10, 2015
Keywords: Bounce House, Mlller Lite, Steel Panther, Tracy Porter's Shovel

Fantasy Fix: Season Of Hurt

The player who ruined the most people's seasons? It's a tie.

Posted on Dec 9, 2015
Keywords: Alshon Jeffery, Cairo Santos, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Tony Romo

SportsMonday: Bereft Bears Blow It

Blame game: Cutler, Jeffery, Gould, Gase.

Posted on Dec 7, 2015
Keywords: Adam Gase, John Fox, Ryan Pace, Vic Fangio

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #80: Bears Still Under .500

Trap game ahead. Plus: Everyone Mad Bulls Just 11-5; Patrick Kane, All-American; We Were Promised David Price; and The Chicago Fire Did Something This Week.

Posted on Dec 4, 2015
Keywords: Aaron Rodgers, Blaine Gabbert, Blake Bortles, Chicago Fire, Curtis Conway, David Price, Derrick Rose, Jay Cutler, Jim Caldwell, Patrick Kane, Pau Gasol
Kool-Aid

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Magic Wand Time

The credible threat San Francisco brings to the table is essentially that every member of the 53-man roster will be angry that they play for the 49ers.

Posted on Dec 3, 2015
Keywords: Fistmas, Hitachi, Maury Buford

Wendell Phillips: The School, The Historic Football Team, The Person

And The Sideburns.

Posted on Dec 2, 2015
Keywords: Wendell Phillips, Wendell Phillips Academy

SportsMondayTuesday: Same Old Bulls

In a good way.

Posted on Dec 1, 2015
Keywords: Derrick Rose, Fred Hoiberg, Jimmy Butler, Joakim Noah, Tom Thibodeau

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #79: Bears Beat Starr, Favre, Rodgers

It's clear that coaching is occurring. Plus: Blackhawks Bounce Back; Bulls Find More Ways To Win; and Warm Stove League.

Posted on Nov 27, 2015
Keywords: Aaron Rodgers, Alex Avila, Bryce Callahan, Chris Prosinski, Colin Kaepernick, Davante Adams, Eddie Lacy, Jeff Rodgers, Jeff Samardzija, Jeremy Langford, John Fox, Johnny Manziel, Josh McCown, Kurt Becker, Lamarr Houston, Marc Mariani, Marc Trestman, Redamak's, Starlin Castro, Tracy Porter, Vic Fangio, Wayne Gretzky, Willie Young
Kool-Aid

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Confidence Picks

Things have changed.

Posted on Nov 25, 2015
Keywords: Aaron Rodgers, Brett Favre, Christian Bale, Donald Trump, Jay Cutler, Jerzy Kosinski, Jimmy Clausen, John Fox, Kevin White, Kristin Cavallari, Matt Forte, Valtrex, Zygi Wilf

Fantasy Fix: The Pope's Nose 2015

Tough choices for biggest turkeys.

Posted on Nov 25, 2015
Keywords: Eddie Lacy, Jimmy Graham, Jordan Matthews, Peyton Manning

SportsMonday: Meatball Mania

You can hear their distinctive cry across Chicago today.

Posted on Nov 23, 2015
Keywords: Jay Cutler, Jeremy Langford, John Fox, Marc Mariani

Beachwood Radio Special Edition: The Unbearable White Maleness Of Sports Media

Progress has been grudging - and it shows.

Posted on Nov 22, 2015
Keywords: Black Grantland, Cam Newton, Dan Bernstein, David Haugh, Derrick Rose, Eric Zorn, ESPN, Greg Howard, Hub Arkush, Jason Whitlock, John Kass, Julie DiCaro, Kristen McQueary, Patrick Kane, Stuart Scott, The Score, The Shadow League

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #78: Grenver Brackers Week

Bears face Brock Osweiler and Aaron Rodgers in two-game, five-day stretch. Plus: The NFL Stinks; The Slausonator; Osweiler Better Than Clausen, Fales; Packers Doom Spiral; Bulls Holding Serve; Blackhawks Gellin' Like Thornton Melon; and Cubs Hat Trick.

Posted on Nov 20, 2015
Keywords: Andre Iguodala, Brock Osweiler, David Fales, David Ross, Derrick Rose, Duncan Keith, Eleanor Mondale, Jake Arrieta, Jimmy Butler, Jimmy Clausen, Keith Van Horne, Mark Schlereth, Matt Slauson, Shea McClellin, Thornton Melon, Troy Aikman

Harlem Globetrotters Bring It All Back Home

An epic 90th anniversary tour hits Chicago.

Posted on Nov 20, 2015
Keywords: ABCs Of Bullying Prevention, Dizzy Grant, Dragon Taylor, El Gato Melendez, Goose Tatum, Guinness Book Of World Records, Harlem Globetrotters, Hinckley, New York Fashion Week, Pope Francis, Slick Willie Shaw, STOMP, Zeus McClurkin
Kool-Aid

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Adjusting Yourself In Public

When asked about the key to his run of consistent play, Cutler just responded "been listening to a lot of early Danzig" before putting out a cigarette on his wrist and exiting a press conference.

Posted on Nov 18, 2015
Keywords: Adam Gase, Brock Osweiler, Chief McSorely, Jay Cutler, Jim Sorgi, John Fox, Marc Mariani, Nick Foles, Terrapin Station, Terrell Owens, Vic Fangio

Fantasy Fix: Cutler's Revenge

More Bears crow.

Posted on Nov 18, 2015
Keywords: Alshon Jeffery, Jay Cutler, Jeremy Langford, Zach Miller

Dear Football: I'm Breaking Up With You

You've gotten too fat, you worry too much about money, and we don't agree on how to raise kids.

Posted on Nov 17, 2015
Keywords: Alex Smith, Bournemouth, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Cleveland Browns, Jay Cutler, Kyle Orton, Ray Rice, Roger Goodell, Salute to Service Month

SportsMonday: Bearsmentum

Now that was a victory; Bears finally distinguish themselves from their horrible opponents.

Posted on Nov 16, 2015
Keywords: Brock Osweiler, Hub Arkush, Jeremy Langford, Kyle Long, Martellus Bennett, Nick Foles, Todd Gurley, Zach Miller

The Incestuous World Of Daily Fantasy Sports

This is journalism, people, and the ultimate takedown.

Posted on Nov 16, 2015
Keywords: 21st Century Fox, Comcast, DraftKings, ESPN, FanDuel, HBO, MLB, NBA, NBC Sports, NFL, Time Warner

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #77: Narrating The Bears

Kill fanboy groupthink! Plus: Fight The Bulls Narratives!; Partisan Sports-Watching; Blackhawks Still Trying To Find A Narrative!; and The Hottish Stove League.

Posted on Nov 13, 2015
Keywords: Alshon Jeffery, Cam Newton, Ego Ferguson, Javy Baez, Jeremy Langford, Joe Maddon, Red Grange, The Mighty 1090

Fantasy Fix: Always Awesome Alshon

Mea culpa.

Posted on Nov 12, 2015
Keywords: Alshon Jeffery, Jay Cutler, Jeremy Langford
Kool-Aid

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Voodoo, Dr. Death & Mrs. Wifey

Bottoms up.

Posted on Nov 12, 2015
Keywords: Bud Platinum, Dr. Death, Gooey Butter Cake, John Madden, Jon Gruden, Philip Rivers, St. Louis Rams

How Russia Hid Its Doping In Plain Sight

Athletes simply needed cash and a culture that rewarded a no-holds-barred drive for champions.

Posted on Nov 11, 2015
Keywords: Sochi, World Anti-Doping Agency

SportsMondayTuesday: Bears Win Backup Battle

Being wiped out by injuries is now the norm in the NFL.

Posted on Nov 10, 2015
Keywords: Jeremy Langford, Jon Gruden, Matt Forte, Mike Tirico, Ryan Pace, Zach Miller

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #76: Jay Cutler, Derrick Rose & Patrick Kane Are Back (?)

Media narratives are not your friend. Plus: The Bears Stay The Course; Cubs At Peak Betting Value; Dusty Hoiberg; Patrick Kane Not Vindicated; Kane D.A. Shows Caveman Colors; Blackhawks Blues; and Wearing Kane's Jersey.

Posted on Nov 6, 2015
Keywords: Derrick Rose, Frank Sedita, Fred Hoiberg, Jay Cutler, Patrick Kane, Steve McMichael
Kool-Aid

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: 10 Reasons To Watch

"But Carl," you say . . .

Posted on Nov 5, 2015
Keywords: Erin Andrews, Hank Williams Jr., Jacoby "Jesus" Jones, Jeremy Langford, Matt Slauson's Big Dong, New Jack City

Fantasy Fix: Bears Week

Who knew Bears rookie RB Jeremy Langford would prove to have at least some short-term fantasy value this year?

Posted on Nov 5, 2015
Keywords: Jay Cutler, Jeremy Langford, Martellus Bennett

SportsMonday: All Bears Must Go

Let the fire sale begin.

Posted on Nov 2, 2015
Keywords: Jay Cutler, Kyle Fuller, Matt Forte, Pernell McPhee, Robbie Gould, Ryan Pace

TrackNotes Extra: American Pharoah Goes Out Grandly

I'm going to guess that, in retirement, they'll actually have to train him not to run.

Posted on Nov 1, 2015
Keywords: American Pharoah, Beholder, Bob Baffert, Breeders' Cup, Liam's Map, Maria Borell, Mongolian, Nyquist, Rosie Napravnik, Runhappy, Zayat Stables

TrackNotes: Breeders' Classic No Longer In Eye Of Beholder

American Pharoah's race to win - at a crappy price.

Posted on Oct 30, 2015
Keywords: American Pharoah, Beholder, Breeders' Cup

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #75: Black Cloud Moves From Bulls To Bears

Team hid Jeremiah Ratliff's mass murder threat in latest cover-up. Plus: A Cubs Post Post-Mortem: Not Yet Royal; Dominican Republic Dominates; Bulls' Black Cloud Lifts; and Wait 'Til Next Year For The Blackhawks?

Posted on Oct 30, 2015
Keywords: Duncan Keith, Enos Slaughter, Jeremiah Ratliff, Lorenzo Cain, Nikola Mirotic
Kool-Aid

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: A Certain Level Of Cool Indifference

For the first time in over a year, Chicago will have to figure out a way to contain Adrian Peterson as well as the NFL did.

Posted on Oct 28, 2015
Keywords: Bill Clinton, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeremiah Ratliff, Rob Wilson, Tim Tebow, Virginia McCaskey
The Cub Factor

The Season In Limerick

And Hammel shit the bed.

Posted on Oct 27, 2015
Keywords: Duran Duran, Luis Tiant, Mark Bellhorn, Michael Ferro, Pam Dawber, Ronnie James Dio

Primetime Live 1989: Wait 'Til This Year

Deja vu all over again.

Posted on Oct 26, 2015
Keywords: Don Zimmer, Dusty Baker, Mark Grace, Rick Sutcliffe, Ron Santo

The Allure Of Cage Fighting

Thrown author here to explain.

Posted on Oct 26, 2015
Keywords: Eric Koch, Kerry Howley, MMA, Sean Huffman

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #74: The Cubs' Confusing Conclusion

2016 or bust - the honeymoon is finally over. Plus: Back to the Future Was An Awful Movie And Huey Lewis Sucks; Jeremiah Ratliff's Bye-Bye Week; When It Comes To Aggrieved White Sox Fans, Cubs Fans Should Feel Fine About Gloating; Duncan Keith's Sudden Surgery; and Derrick & Joakim.

Posted on Oct 23, 2015
Keywords: Derrick Rose, Duncan Keith, Jimbo Covert, Joakim Noah, Kyle Schwarber, Theo Epstein, White Sox Fans

TrackNotes: Keeneland > Wrigley

The Lexington, Kentucky, a venue that will out-mecca the one on the North Side any day, especially now that the Ricketts' have their mitts on the "ballpark."

Posted on Oct 22, 2015
Keywords: American Pharoah, Bill Veeck, Breeders' Cup

Fantasy Fix: Best Defenses

Scoring machines.

Posted on Oct 22, 2015
Keywords: Alshon Jeffery, Matthew Stafford
The Cub Factor

Where's Your Plan Now?!

Daniel Murphy vs. Christopher Coghlan, c'mon!

Posted on Oct 19, 2015
Keywords: Chris Coghlan, Daniel Murphy, Jorge Soler, Rocky, Starlin Castro

SportsMonday: The Bears' 10-Second Saga

I'm going to argue it isn't even a legitimate beef.

Posted on Oct 19, 2015
Keywords: Jim Caldwell, John Fox

F The Goat

This club's been like a ship on the ocean; the Titanic with a fanbase full of hope and devotion.

Posted on Oct 19, 2015
Keywords: 1908, Back to the Future, Fernando Rodney, Harry Caray, Q's 'Stache, Steve Bartman

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #73: Cubbin' It

Postseason Paradise. Including: Metropolitans vs. Cubopolitans; Ron Coomer Is An Awful Announcer; Chasing Utley; No Flipping?; Bears Try To Save Season With Must-Win Game!; and Hoiberg Hooey.

Posted on Oct 16, 2015
Keywords: Anthony Rizzo, Chase Utley, Fred Hoiberg, Jay Cutler, John Baker, Mike Hartenstine, Ron Coomer

Mets Mania Shows Area Men, Pols & Local TV Newsfolk Are Idiots Everywhere

A Hollywood ending.

Posted on Oct 16, 2015
Keywords: Long Island, Peter King

Fantasy Fix: Always Absent Alshon

The biggest mystery in fantasyland.

Posted on Oct 15, 2015
Keywords: Alshon Jeffery, Josh McCown, Marquess Wilson
Kool-Aid

Chief Relief; Lion Down On The Job

Boy that's a crappy looking team they got over there in the mitten.

Posted on Oct 14, 2015
Keywords: Bold Flavor, Burgess Meredith, Jay Cutler

Song Of The Moment: Go, Cubs, Go!

I've actually always liked this song, which I admitted to my friends earlier this season. I'm not sick of it at all.

Posted on Oct 14, 2015

Upping The Cubs' Nickname Game

George Sun, Charles Schwarb.

Posted on Oct 14, 2015
Keywords: Schwarbsy
The Cub Factor

The Truth About Joe Maddon

Actually not a magic man, mama.

Posted on Oct 12, 2015
Keywords: Bernie Lincicome, Footsie Blair, Joe Maddon, Kyle Schwarber, Starlin Castro, Tommy LaStella, White Sox Resentment

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #72: Joe Cub

Manager of the Forever. Plus: Playoff-Bound Bears 10-Point Underdogs; Enough About The Bears, Let's Talk About The Cubs; The Bears' Plan; Blackhawks Belabor Banner-Raising; Enough About The Blackhawks, Let's Talk About The Cubs; and Beer Talk.

Posted on Oct 9, 2015
Keywords: Dexter Fowler, Jake Arrieta, Joe Maddon, Kyle Schwarber, Starlin Castro, William Perry

Cute Kiddie Cubs Pass Playoff Audition, Cuddle With Champagne, Complicate Feelings

Like many, I have a complex relationship with the Cubs.

Posted on Oct 8, 2015
Keywords: Bruce Springsteen, Deacon Blues, Homi Bhabha, Kevin Coval, Mark Grace, Rod Beck, Sarah From The Real World Miami, The Chicago Board of Exchange, The Ricketts', Wicker Park, Wrigley Field
Kool-Aid

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Yeezus Christ You Guys

Hurry up with the damn croissants.

Posted on Oct 8, 2015
Keywords: Derek Carr, Jay Cutler, John Fox, Martellus Bennett, Ric Flair, Robbie Gould

If Joe Maddon Were Mayor . . .

Taxes become voluntary, but for some reason you'll want to pay.

Posted on Oct 6, 2015

SportsMonday: Forte Not Jay

Little noted: Forte is second in the league in rushing - and only five yards behind leader Adrian Peterson.

Posted on Oct 5, 2015
Keywords: Jay Cutler, John Fox, Matt Forte, Pernell McPhee
The Cub Factor

What If?

That loudmouth White Sox fan you work with . . . would still be a loudmouth White Sox fan. Let's be real.

Posted on Oct 4, 2015
Keywords: Alfonso Soriano, Babe Ruth, Beachwood Inn, BIlly Goat Tavern, Bump Wills, Chip Caray, Corey Patterson, Dale Sveum, Don Baylor, Dusty Baker, Gerrit Cole, Harry Caray, Jake Arrieta, Joe Maddon, Kosuke Fukudome, Kris Bryant, Lee Elia, Lou Piniella, Mike Quade, Milton Bradley, Ricky Renteria, Sammy Sosa, Starlin Castro, Steve Bartman, Steve Garvey, Tom Trebelhorn, Will Clark
The White Sox Report

The Season In Verse | Could Hardly Be Worse

But Robin will return/The Chairman rewards loyalty. But how in the world/Is his manager still royalty?

Posted on Oct 4, 2015
Keywords: Adam Eaton, Adam LaRoche, Alexei Ramirez, Avisail Garcia, Billy Pierce, Carlos Rodon, Carlos Sanchez, Chris Sale, Conor Gillaspie, Gordon Beckham, Jeff Samardzija, Jerry Reinsdorf, John Danks, Jose Abreu, Jose Quintana, Melky Cabrera, Mike Olt, Minnie Minoso, Ozzie Guillen, Rick Hahn, Robin Ventura, Trayce Thompson, Tyler Saladino, Zach Duke

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #71: Kiddie Kubs Get Playoff Audition

Invited to cute play-in game. Plus: Inside Coach Coffman's Castle; The Immorality Of Daily Fantasy And Their Native Radio Announcer Advertising Tools; Jerry Reinsdorf's Pet Cemetery; The Ridiculous Resurrection Of Jay Cutler; The Bulls Are Back Dragging D-Rose's Baggage Around; and the Positive Coaching Alliance.

Posted on Oct 2, 2015
Keywords: Derrick Rose, FanDuel, Gordon Wittenmyer, Jake Arrieta, Jay Cutler, Jerry Reinsdorf, John Kasich, Les The Beer Vendor, Matt Spiegel, Pat O'Donnell, Phil Simms, Positive Coaching Alliance, Stefhon Hannah, Steve Dahl, The Purple People Eaters

The Spongebob Cubs

Juice boxes for everyone!

Posted on Oct 1, 2015
Keywords: Joe Maddon
Kool-Aid

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Fury Road

Congratulations on your exciting day of yardwork, tax prep, abortion, or any of the other activities more entertaining than watching the Bears.

Posted on Oct 1, 2015
Keywords: Bob Kraft, Jimmy Clausen, John Fox, L'Carpetron Dookmarriot, Mel Gibson, Mrs. Kool-Aid Report's Can, Pat O'Donnell

Derrick Rose's Week So Far: Money, Sex And Surgery

An elbow to the face may have been the best thing that could have happened to him.

Posted on Sep 30, 2015
Keywords: Derrick Rose, Gar Foreman, Lagunitas

Fantasy Fix: Get Used To It, Chicago

Opposing players popular picks.

Posted on Sep 30, 2015
Keywords: A.J. Green, Arian Foster, Ben Roethlisberger, Derek Carr, Devonta Freeman, Greg Olsen, Justin Forsett, Larry Fitzgerald, Rex Ryan, Russell Wilson, Tyler Eifert, Tyrod Taylor

Yogi Berra Was A World-Class Shill

Human widget.

Posted on Sep 29, 2015
Keywords: Aflac, AMF, Florida Orange Juice, Kinney Shoes, Miller Lite, New York Daily News, NP-27 Foot Spray, Pringles, Puss 'N' Boots Cat Food, Stove Top Stuffing, VISA, Yoo-Hoo

SportsMonday: Please, Seahawks, Don't Hurt Us

John Fox tries to hold down the margin of defeat to less than four touchdowns.

Posted on Sep 28, 2015
Keywords: Dean Blandino, John Fox
The Cub Factor

Back To Meaningless Baseball

Let's all take this week to relax, maybe step away for the team for a few games and enjoy life a little.

Posted on Sep 28, 2015
Keywords: AC/DC, Joe Maddon, Johnny Evers, Starlin Castro
The White Sox Report

Berra, Berra Bad Memories

What's most impressive about Yogi Berra is that he made contact 19 out of every 20 plate appearances.

Posted on Sep 28, 2015
Keywords: Jose Abreu, Paul LePalme, Yogi Berra

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #70: The Blackhawks & Their Barbarous Fanbase

An opportunity for heroism missed. Plus: The Score's Finest Hour; The Psychology Of Bases & Fandom; The Devil's Manager; Seahawks Game-Planning A Slaughter; 'Night, Sky; Chicago Fire Fired; and The Chicago White Sox Are Still Playing For Some Reason.

Posted on Sep 26, 2015
Keywords: Benchwarmer Bob Lurtsema, Bobby Hull, Chris Sale, Elena Delle Donne, Frank Yallop, Jay Cutler, Jimmy Pickles, Joe Maddon, Joe Palmer, John McDonough, Julie DiCaro, Michael McCaskey, Patrick Kane, Rick Sutcliffe, Rocky Wirtz, Stan Mikita, Starlin Castro, Sylvia Fowles, Tamika Catchings, The Score
Kool-Aid

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Jay Cutler's Dog Days

Daughter an instant punchline.

Posted on Sep 23, 2015
Keywords: Beast Mode, Harold Goodwin, Jay Cutler, Kristin Cavallari, Russell Wilson's Boners

Fantasy Fix: Bad Luck vs. No Luck

Still buying.

Posted on Sep 23, 2015
Keywords: Andrew Luck, Carson Palmer, Jameis Winston, Sam Bradford, Tom Brady, Tony Romo

The Beachwood Radio Hour #68: The Media Is Blowing The Patrick Kane Story

Anonymous sources, reckless rumors and uninformed speculation. Plus: My Only Japonais Story; United Airlines Has Finally Gone Too Far; Steve Reads The New York Post; and Steve Looks At Tinder.

Posted on Sep 22, 2015

They Just Held A World Triathlon In Chicago

U.S. men suck, but Minnesota's Gwen Jorgensen "has morphed into the Triathlon Terminator."

Posted on Sep 22, 2015
Keywords: Gwen Jorgensen

SportsMonday: Bears Not The Cubs

The (new) Cubs don't make critical mistakes at critical times time after time after time after time after time, sorry.

Posted on Sep 21, 2015
Keywords: Kyle Fuller, Terrance Mitchell
The Cub Factor

Coming Soon: Instant Cup-O-Game Seven

But where to watch?

Posted on Sep 21, 2015
Keywords: Cottonelle, Joe Maddon, Mickey Morandini, Starlin Castro, Tommy LaStella
The White Sox Report

Time For Jerry To Go

In 29 of Jerry Reinsdorf's 34 years owning the White Sox, they've failed to reach the postseason.

Posted on Sep 20, 2015
Keywords: Bill Veeck, Chicago Cardinals, Tom Ricketts

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #69: The Bloom Is Off The Blackhawks' Rose

Worst press conference in Chicago sports history. Plus: John McDonough Is Tone-Deaf; Dueling Settlement Sources; City Psyched Bears Now Losing The Right Way; The Curious Case Of The Cubs; Chicago's MVP; The White Sox Did Something This Week; The Chicago Fire Did Something This Week; The Waco Brothers Did Something This Week; We Don't Care About Illinois And Northwestern Football.

Posted on Sep 18, 2015
Keywords: Elena Delle Donne, Javy Baez, Joe Maddon, John McDonough, Patrick Kane, Revie Sorey, Starlin Castro, The Waco Brothers

Everyone's Juicing

Amazingly enough, world-class athletes are merely the fine layer of frost atop the iceberg's tip when it comes to the steroid economy.

Posted on Sep 17, 2015
Keywords: Columbia University, DEA, Green Bay Packers, Mark McGwire, Tony Fitton
Kool-Aid

The Blue & Örange Kool-Aid Report: Dancin' In The Ruins

I don't know what you call that drink, but a bottle of Bacardi and a gallon of Arizona Iced Tea costs a total of $14 at the Walgreens by my house, so I'll just call the savings "delicious."

Posted on Sep 17, 2015
Keywords: Blue Oyster Cult, Lee Elia, The People's Republic of the Tanzania

Fantasy Fix: Don't Panic

It's just one week, people.

Posted on Sep 15, 2015
Keywords: Adrian Peterson, Marcus Mariota, Peyton Manning

Street League Skateboarding Adds Women To World Championships In Chicago Next Month

The women's division at the Super Crown World Championship in Chicago on October 4th will bring together the world's most accomplished female skateboarders to battle it out for the title of World Champion.

Posted on Sep 15, 2015
Keywords: Alana Smith, Alexis Sablone, Lacey Baker, Leticia Bufoni, Mariso Dal Santo, Pamela Rosa, Samarria Brevard, Venessa Torres

SportsMonday: Bears Not Totally Awful

Congratulations, Bears, on not being totally embarrassed this time around but of course a loss is just a loss.

Posted on Sep 14, 2015
Keywords: Aaron Rodgers, Jay Cutler
The Cub Factor

Division Week

Like Packers Week, only with a chance of winning.

Posted on Sep 13, 2015
Keywords: Darwin Barney, Roberto Clemente
The White Sox Report

Olt Days

Slim pickings.

Posted on Sep 13, 2015
Keywords: Alexei Ramirez, Mike Olt, Ted Williams

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #68: The Bears' Grim March To Hell Begins

Including: The Coming Meatball Explosion. Plus: The Normalization Of The Cubs; White Sox Reportedly Still Playing; The Chicago Fire Did Something This Week; The Chicago Sky Head To The Playoffs.

Posted on Sep 11, 2015
Keywords: Bill Barnwell, Jim Osborne, Joe Maddon, John Fox, Lefty Rosenthal, Robin Ventura, Roger Goodell

SportsMondayTuesday: Good Job, Bears Fans

Not fooled again.

Posted on Sep 8, 2015
Keywords: Bill Barnwell, Jameis Winston
The Cub Factor

Joltin' Joe

Greatest Cubs manager ever?

Posted on Sep 7, 2015
Keywords: Joe Maddon, Milwaukee Brewers, Ryne Sandberg, Starlin Castro
The White Sox Report

Life After Death

So this is what it was supposed to look like.

Posted on Sep 7, 2015
Keywords: Cheslor Cuthbert, Kendrys Morales

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #67: The Cubs Have Issues!

Infield, outfield, starting pitching, relief pitching. Plus: I Hate John Fox; The Secret Seven-TE Spread; Fangio's Folly; Rappin' Roger Goodell; Rah! Rah! Sis-Boom-Bah Humbug; The White Sox, Fire And Sky Did Things This Week.

Posted on Sep 4, 2015
Keywords: Addison Russell, Alshon Jeffery, Austin Jackson, Babe Schwarber, Clayton Richard, Darwin Barney, Hector Rondon, Jason Hammel, Javy Baez, Joe Maddon, John Fox, Jorge Soler, Oskee, Roger Goodell, Tsuyoshi Wada, Vic Fangio

Sony Softened Concussion To Placate NFL

A top Sony lawyer took "most of the bite" out of the film.

Posted on Sep 3, 2015
Keywords: Will Smith

Fantasy Fix: Snap Up The Backup

A potentially fearsome threesome.

Posted on Sep 2, 2015
Keywords: Javy Baez, Johnny Manziel

The Chinese Guide To The Fighting Illini

Ni dui zhe ci quan zhan de jieshu, xia. What's the over and under on this dog show?

Posted on Sep 1, 2015
Keywords: Jesus, Oskee

The 'Beautiful Game' Turns Ugly: New Mob Museum Display Explores Corruption Of FIFA

Ripped from today's headlines.

Posted on Aug 31, 2015
Keywords: FIFA, Sepp Blatter
The Cub Factor

Led Cubs

No-hitter covers over the reality of a bad West Coast trip.

Posted on Aug 31, 2015
Keywords: Jake Arrieta, Joe Maddon, Starlin Castro
The White Sox Report

Sox Gonna Sox

In parts of six seasons with the Red Sox, Junichi Tazawa had been called upon to save 22 games. He had blown 19 of them.

Posted on Aug 31, 2015
Keywords: Adam LaRoche, Chris Sale, Jose Abreu, Junichi Tazawa, Robin Ventura, Tyler Flowers

TrackNotes: Don't Go, American Pharoah

We need to see him run again. We really do.

Posted on Aug 30, 2015
Keywords: Ahmed Zayat, American Pharoah, Bob Baffert, The Travers Stakes

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #66: Fall Guys And Rape Culture

The entitled Derrick Rose. Plus: UniCubs and Lollipops; Insane Clown Bullpen; The Team Without Jade; The Quality Fifth Start; 0-16; The White Sox Have A Core Four!; The Chicago Fire Did Something This Week; So Did The Chicago Sky.

Posted on Aug 28, 2015
Keywords: Backroads, Bulldog Turner, Cappie Pondexter, Carlos Rodon, Carlos Sanchez, Clayton Richard, Cris Carter, Dallas Beeler, Dan Haren, Derrick Rose, Insane Clown Posse, Jeremiah Ratliff, Joe Maddon, Kennedy Igboananike, Len Kasper, Pedro Strop, Trayce Thompson, Tyler Saladino

Fantasy Fix 2015 Football Draft Guide: TEs

Martellus Bennett vs. Greg Olsen.

Posted on Aug 27, 2015
Keywords: Greg Olsen, Martellus Bennett

SportsMonday: Slow Your Roll, Bears Fans

Everyone needs to try harder to avoid drawing too many conclusions based on pretend games.

Posted on Aug 24, 2015
Keywords: Jay Cutler, Jeremy Langford, Kyle Fuller, Pernell McPhee
The Cub Factor

Schwarber'll Be Selling Cars Soon

Why let Rizzo have all the fun?

Posted on Aug 24, 2015
Keywords: Jody Davis, Sparky Adams, The Hunter Pence Gnome, Tru-Link Fence
The White Sox Report

The Problem With Robin

He's no Joe Maddon, but is he Ned Yost?

Posted on Aug 24, 2015
Keywords: J.B. Shuck, John Danks, Ned Yost, Robin Ventura, Tyler Flowers

Man Of The Year Michael Jordan Tipped 20 Percent!

Ask yourself: Have you ever tipped that much?

Posted on Aug 22, 2015
Keywords: Chicago C, Michael Jordan, Michael Sneed

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #65: Only The Cubs' Light Shines In Chicago

Maddon for Mayor. Plus: Babe "Bam Bam" Schwarber, Ace Arrieta & Cogsy; The Chicago White Sox Did Something This Week; Chasing David Haugh; The Chicago Fire Did Something This Week; Vic Fangio Does Not Walk On Water; Two-Minute Mess; and The Erik Kramer Story Once Again Raises The Question: Should You Let Your Kids Play Football?

Posted on Aug 21, 2015
Keywords: Chase Utley, Chris Coghlan, David Haugh, Erik Kramer, Jake Arrieta, Jerry Reinsdorf, Joe Maddon, Jon Lester, Kyle Schwarber, Noah "The Buddha" Jackson, Vic Fangio

Why It's So Hard To Catch Track & Field Cheaters

"Drug testing has a public reputation that far exceeds its capabilities."

Posted on Aug 20, 2015
Keywords: BALCO, HGH, Lance Armstrong, London Marathon, NFL, Olympics, Soviet Bloc, Whizzinator

Fantasy Fix 2015 Football Draft Guide: WRs

Paging Alshon Jeffery.

Posted on Aug 18, 2015
Keywords: Alshon Jeffery, Eddie Royal, Kevin White
The Cub Factor

It's Poppa Joe's Wagon Now

Joe's got this; let's just see what happens.

Posted on Aug 17, 2015
Keywords: Chris Coghlan, Eddie Miksis, Joe Maddon, Jon Lester, Robin Ventura, Starlin Castro
The White Sox Report

Camp Crosstown

Even from Wisconsin, the differences between the Cubs and Sox were easy to see.

Posted on Aug 17, 2015
Keywords: Bernie O'Brien, Brule River, Camp Nebagamon, Dick Butkus, Jeff Samardzija

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #64: Babe Schwarber's Chicago Cubs

Takes the baton from Kris Bryant. Plus: Bad News Bears And Their Pussy Press Corps, and Frickin' Sheboygan, Wisconsin, Is Hosting The PGA Championship.

Posted on Aug 15, 2015
Keywords: Andy Heck, Anthony Rizzo, Chase Utley, Chicago Red Stars, Jon Lester, Kevin White, Kyle Schwarber, Whistling Straits

TrackNotes: Arlington Truce

You miss the grandeur of Arlington Park. But like an Easter egg, the pretty shell can't hide the goings on inside.

Posted on Aug 14, 2015
Keywords: Arlington Park, Claire Novak, Eddie Olczyk, Howard Sudberry, LiftMaster, Mike Imrem, Rich King

International Blind And Visually Impaired Sailors Coming To Race In Chicago!

Chicago Yacht Club Hosting 2015 Blind World & International Championship.

Posted on Aug 12, 2015

Fantasy Fix 2015 Football Draft Guide: RBs

Paging Matt Forte.

Posted on Aug 12, 2015
Keywords: Matt Forte

Which Is The Bigger Joke, Sports Mockery Or DNAinfo Chicago?

Pick 'em.

Posted on Aug 11, 2015
Keywords: DNAinfo Chicago, Douchebags, Patrick Kane, Sarah Spain, Sports Mockery
The Cub Factor

Waiting For The Goat

Something still just doesn't sit right with me.

Posted on Aug 10, 2015
Keywords: Bob Uecker Bobblehead, Chris Coghlan, Glenn Beckert, Joe Maddon, Starlin Castro
The White Sox Report

Royally Schooled

Isn't this a case for trading Chris Sale?

Posted on Aug 10, 2015
Keywords: Dayton Moore, Geovany Soto, Jeff Samardzija, Zack Greinke

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #63: Maddon's Mojo

Cubs manager moves in mysterious ways. Plus: Mediocre Media Moralizers; White Sox SNAFU; Bears' Foxhole; The Chicago Fire Did Something This Week; Jimmy Butler > Derrick Rose; The Return Of Epiphanny Prince; A Beer Note; and We Already Miss You, Junior Lake.

Posted on Aug 7, 2015
Keywords: 3 Floyds, Anthony Rizzo, Barry Rozner, Beer Bistro, Clayton Richard, David Haugh, Derrick Rose, Epiphanny Prince, Jay Hilgenberg, Jim Rome, Jimmy Butler, Joe Maddon, John Fox, Junior Lake, Kevin White, Patrick Kane, Pedro Strop

We Already Miss You, Junior Lake

We here at the Beachwood loved Junior Lake; he provided multiple moments of happiness and made our lives better because of it.

Posted on Aug 6, 2015
Keywords: Dale Sveum, Emilio Bonifacio, Junior Lake, Theo Epstein, Tuffy Rhodes

Fantasy Fix 2015 Football Draft Guide: QBs

In an increasingly pass-happy league, the depth chart for fantasy QBs looks deeper than ever.

Posted on Aug 5, 2015
Keywords: Adam Eaton, Jay Cutler
The Cub Factor

Pope Theo

He's infallible - to our local sports-hack fanboys.

Posted on Aug 3, 2015
Keywords: Chase Utley, Conorfber, DJ LaMahieu, Edwin Jackson, Ian Stewart, Junior Lake, Leon Brinkopf, Miguel Montero, Starlin Castro, The Ricketts Family, Theo Epstein, Welington Castillo, Yoervis Medina
The White Sox Report

If Only We Had Billy Pierce

Damn Yankees.

Posted on Aug 2, 2015
Keywords: Billy Pierce, Whitey Ford

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #62: Neither A Buyer Nor A Seller Be

Post-trade deadline edition. Plus: The Starlin Castro Saga; Len Kasper, Company Man; Bill Veeck, TV Bartender; The Journesia Of Training Camp Narratives; The Chicago Fire Continue To Disgust Us; and Eleane Delle Donne Emerges As The Face Of The WNBA.

Posted on Aug 1, 2015
Keywords: Bill Veeck, Elena Delle Donne, Jerry Seinfeld, Jose Quintana, Junior Lake, Len Kasper, Starlin Castro, Wilmer Flores

TrackNotes: The Good, Bad, Sad And Suspicious Return Of American Pharoah

Monmouth's mad money.

Posted on Jul 31, 2015
Keywords: American Pharoah, Arlington Park, Churchill Downs Inc., Haskell Invitational, Monmouth Park

In California League, Computer Calls Balls And Strikes

Next: Sending those calls to your smartwatch.

Posted on Jul 30, 2015
Keywords: Albert Park, Eric Byrnes, San Rafael Pacifics, Zack Pace

Fantasy Fix: Your 2015 NFL Top 20!

Matt Forte over Aaron Rodgers? Yes.

Posted on Jul 29, 2015
Keywords: Alshon Jeffery, Matt Forte

MLB's Next International Market: China

The Orioles strike first.

Posted on Jul 28, 2015
Keywords: MLB Development Center, Urban Youth Academy
The White Sox Report

Play Out The String

So here we are once again, four games below .500, five games from a wild-card berth with five teams to leapfrog to get there and 66 games to do it.

Posted on Jul 27, 2015
The Cub Factor

Designated For Assignment

1. Make a shoebox diorama of the bullpen.

Posted on Jul 27, 2015
Keywords: Edwin Jackson, Matt Garza Gnomes, The Great Lakes

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #61: Cold Stove League

Seasonal baseball disorder in reverse. Plus: The Same Old New Jay Cutler; The Chicago Fire Did Something This Week; Chicago Sky Still Rolling; and Duck, North Carolina.

Posted on Jul 24, 2015
Keywords: Addison Russell, Albert Almora, Bill George, David Robertson, Duck, Edwin Jackson, Jay Cutler, Jeff Samardzija, Joe Maddon, Jorge Soler, Kris Bryant, Kyle Schwarbeast, Starlin Castro

Fantasy Fix: Adrian Peterson vs. Martellus Bennett

Value fluctuating - or is it?

Posted on Jul 23, 2015
Keywords: Adrian Peterson, Calvin Johnson, Martellus Bennett, Russell Wilson

Jockeys Ride Elephants Through Chicago!

"A one-furlong race, if the road stands up to it."

Posted on Jul 22, 2015
Keywords: Chicago, Jumbo Stake

Badass BMX

Sick shit, y'all.

Posted on Jul 21, 2015
Keywords: BMX Union, Dan Lacey, Glenn Salyers, Ride BMX
The White Sox Report

Once (Or Twice) Is Not Enough

Delusional thinking debunked.

Posted on Jul 20, 2015
Keywords: 1959, Aaron Rowand, Adam LaRoche, Bill Veeck, Chris Sale, Cliff Politte, El Duque, Geoff Blum, J.B. Shuck, Jermaine Dye, Jon Garland, Jose Abreu, Juan Uribe, Melky Cabrera, Miller's Pub, Ozzie Guillen, Paulie, Scotty Pods, Timo Perez, Tyler Saladino

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #60: Talkin' Baseball

Damn Cardinals. Plus: Duncan Keith In The Pantheon; Blackhawks South; Elena Delle Donne, Superstar; and The Chicago Fire Actually Did Do Something This Week.

Posted on Jul 17, 2015
Keywords: Anaheim Angels, Clint Hurdle, Duncan Keith, Elena Della Donne, Houston Astros, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Dodgers, Minnesota Twins, New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals, Wally Chambers, Washington Nationals

TrackNotes: True Justice For Arlington Park, California Chrome

There is no way in hell the track deserved to have a horse of his stature run there.

Posted on Jul 16, 2015
Keywords: Arlington Million, California Chrome, Churchilll Downs Inc., Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, Perry Martin, Steve Coburn, Steven Seagal

Fantasy Fix: Second-Half Surprises

Jonathan Herrera vs. Carlos Rodon.

Posted on Jul 15, 2015
Keywords: Bryce Harper, Carlos Rodon, Jonathan Herrera, Stephen Strasburg, Yasiel Puig
The Cub Factor

Bot Day

All we know is pain.

Posted on Jul 13, 2015
Keywords: Chris Coghlan, Chris Denorfia, Teen Titans
The White Sox Report

Remain Calm

They ain't goin' nowhere.

Posted on Jul 13, 2015
Keywords: Chris Sale, Jeff Samardzija, Mark Buehrle, White Flag Trade

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #59: What Cubs Kids?

One is not a wave. Plus: The Crushingly Boring Crosstown Classic; Jeff Samardzija Vu; Patrick Sharp Is Still No Longer A Blackhawk; World Cup Carli; and Elena Delle Donne Deserves More Stardom.

Posted on Jul 10, 2015
Keywords: Adam LaRoche, Carli Lloyd, DJ LaMahieu, Elena Delle Donne, Jeff Samardzija, Jimmy Butler, Joe Cain, Joe Ricketts, Patrick Sharp, Ron Rivera, The Crosstown Classic, Theo Epstein, Wilber Marshall
The Cub Factor

The Real Big 3

How the Cubs are really winning.

Posted on Jul 6, 2015
Keywords: Chris Coghlan, Fitz and the Tantrums, Jake Arrieta, Jason Hammel, Joe Maddon, Kyle Hendricks, Moises Alou

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #58: The Real Cubs Story

It's not what you think. Plus: The White Sox Meet Their Past; Old White Men vs. Soccer; Bulls Media Madness.

Posted on Jul 6, 2015
Keywords: David Kaplan, Joe Cowley, K.C. Johnson, Marty Gangler, Rick Morrissey, Roger Wallenstein
The White Sox Report

Present vs. Past

Should've just scheduled the Braves.

Posted on Jul 6, 2015
Keywords: A.J. Pierzynski, Chris Sale, Conor Gillaspie, Juan Uribe, Mark Buehrle
The Cub Factor

Vote White Sox!

All-Star balloting to win.

Posted on Jun 29, 2015
Keywords: Darwin Barney, Glenallen Hill, Starlin Castro
The White Sox Report

A Failure To Communicate

Paging Anthony Bourdain.

Posted on Jun 29, 2015
Keywords: Alexei Ramirez, Anthony Bourdain, Jose Abreu, Lino Diaz, Robin Ventura

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #57: Bobby Bill Clinton Portis The Bull

Just call him Portishead. Plus: Jon Lesster, Chris Not For Sale, Breaking China, Elene Della The Dream Donne, The Chicago Fire Did Something This Week, and Here Comes Chrome.

Posted on Jun 26, 2015
Keywords: Bobby Portis, California Chrome, Chris Sale, Elena Delle Donne, Jon Lester, Kevin Hayes, Patrick Sharp, USWNT

TrackNotes: Here Comes California Chrome

Former America's Horse on the way to the White Palace.

Posted on Jun 26, 2015
Keywords: Arlington Park, California Chrome, Churchill Downs Inc.

Fantasy Fix: Shopping The DL

Can Jorge Soler deliver?

Posted on Jun 24, 2015
Keywords: Anthony Rendon, Joey Butler, Jorge Soler, Jose Fernandez, Matt Cain, Matt Moore
The Cub Factor

Special Moments In Starlin Castro

Ritalin, please.

Posted on Jun 22, 2015
Keywords: Chris Coghlan, Gavin Floyd, Joe Maddon, Marty Gangler, Mike Olt, Starlin Castro
The White Sox Report

One Cliché At A Time

The games will be played between the lines, though not particularly well.

Posted on Jun 22, 2015
Keywords: Chris Sale, Crash Davis, Nuke LaLoosh

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #56: Dynasty Schmynasty

Better than the '85 Bears? Plus: Fire Robin Ventura Already; Kyle Kub; U.S. Women's Soccer's Nostalgia Trip; The Sky's New Dynamic Duo; The Chicago Fire Did Something This Week; Springfield's Very Own NBA Finals MVP; and The Cell Is Supposedly Fun.

Posted on Jun 19, 2015
Keywords: Andre Iguodala, Chicago Sky, Courtney Hawkins, Joe DiMaggio, Jose Abreu, Kyle Schwarber, Mark Buehrle, USWNT, Wrigleyville

Fantasy Fix: Billyball

A steal.

Posted on Jun 17, 2015
Keywords: BABIP, Billy Burns, Billy Hamilton

Coffman: Blackhawks Supercede Bears

Billion dollar babies.

Posted on Jun 16, 2015
Keywords: #CupTracker, Brent Seabrook, Corey Crawford, Duncan Keith, Johnny Oduya, Jonathan Toews, Kimmo Timonen, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Patrick Kane, Stan Bowman, Stanley Cup
The White Sox Report

We Should Know Better

Why wouldn't you have felt a twinge of optimism?

Posted on Jun 15, 2015
Keywords: Tyler Flowers
The Cub Factor

Hawks-Like?

So let's just say that one could "see" the Cubs laying a Blackhawks-like foundation, but stranger things have happened, like the last 100+ years.

Posted on Jun 15, 2015
Keywords: Chris Coghlan, Darwin Barney

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #55: Do The Blackhawks Suck?

No. Plus: Downstate Warriors; Canada's House of Plastic; The White Sox Are Still Playing; The Cubs' Buzzy Bullpen; Cappy & Pokey; and The U.S. Men's Soccer Team Has Best Week In History.

Posted on Jun 12, 2015
Keywords: Abe Gibron, Andre Iguodala, Double Nickel, Doug Buffone, E'Twaun Moore, Elena Delle Donne, Fermentum, Hope Solo, Jason Motte, Jim Parque, Joel Quenneville, Jurgen Klinsmann, Lance Briggs, Patrick Sharp, Pedro Strop, Rafael Soriano, Shaun Livingston, Steve Kerr, Sylvia Fowles, Welington Castillo

TrackNotes: American Pharoah's Long Strange Trip

As many horses have since the turn of the century, American Pharoah defied current common wisdom.

Posted on Jun 11, 2015
Keywords: American Pharoah, Bob Baffert, Cubs, Jimmy Fallon, Rick Harrison, Victor Espinoza, Vogue

Coffman: It's Not OK, Blackhawks Fans

Reassurance is not the proper response.

Posted on Jun 9, 2015
Keywords: Ben Bishop, Brandon Saad, Jonathan Toews, Kris Versteeg, Kyle Cumiskey, Marian Hossa, Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, Teuvo Teravainen
The White Sox Report

Try The Whitefish

Barely (not even) mediocre.

Posted on Jun 7, 2015
Keywords: Rick Hahn
The Cub Factor

Left Out

Weak links.

Posted on Jun 7, 2015
Keywords: Chris Coghlan, Chris Denorfia, Jorge Soler, Junior Lake, Matt Szczur

TrackNotes: American Pharoah Thrills And Chills

I just hope we see him run again.

Posted on Jun 7, 2015
Keywords: Ahmed Zayat, American Pharoah, Bob Baffert, Justin Zayat, Victor Espinoza

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #54: The Exquisitely Boring Blackhawks

All the drama is on the ice. Plus: Extensive Bulls Coaching Search Turns Up Fred Hoiberg; Most Boring Manager In World Manages Most Boring Team; Cubs Make Kind Of Play They Never Make; How The Triple Crown Is Like The Cubs; and Get Sepp!

Posted on Jun 5, 2015
Keywords: American Pharoah, Anthony Rizzo, Antoine Vermette, Bob Dylan, Brian Urlacher, Corey Crawford, David Ross, Fred Hoiberg, Joe Girardi, Jon Cooper, Kris Versteeg, Paul Molitor, Robin Ventura, Sepp Blatter, Teuvo Teravainen

TrackNotes: Beatable & Bettable

That 12th furlong Saturday will turn American Pharoah's legs to pudding and demand the champion's proof.

Posted on Jun 4, 2015
Keywords: American Pharoah, Belmont Stakes, Bob Baffert

SportsMondayWednesday: Stanley Cup Preview

Only one question matters: How do players react to the all-encompassing pressure when the series is on the line?

Posted on Jun 3, 2015
Keywords: Bryan Bickell

Fantasy Fix: Year Of The Rookie

Kris Bryant is no slam dunk for NL Rookie of the Year.

Posted on Jun 2, 2015
Keywords: Addison Russell, Carlos Rodon, Devon Travis, Jason Hammel, Joc Pederson, Joey Gallo, Kris Bryant
The Cub Factor

The Year Of Maybe

Will the Cubs finally put Starlin Castro on Ritalin? Maybe!

Posted on Jun 2, 2015
Keywords: Ben Zobrist, Chris Coghlan, Edwin Jackson, Luis Gonzalez, Ritalin, Todd Ricketts, Tuffy Rhodes
The White Sox Report

Somehow Hanging On

Total breakdown averted.

Posted on Jun 1, 2015
Keywords: Adam LaRoche, David Roberston, Gordon Beckham, John Danks, Josh Donaldson, Melky Cabrera

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #53: Tough Thibodeau Talk

Rhodes vs. Coffman! Plus: How The Pundits Get The Ray McDonald Story Wrong; The White Sox Are Boring And We're Done With Them; The Cubs Are Still A Bit Clownish; and The Blackhawks Are Still Playing!

Posted on May 29, 2015
Keywords: Bryan Bickell, Dante Jones, Duncan Keith, Frank Yallop, George McCaskey, Javy Baez, Jerry Reinsdorf, John Paxson, Ray McDonald, Tom Thibodeau

Fantasy Fix: Value Among The Viagra Set

Not dead yet.

Posted on May 27, 2015
Keywords: A.J. Burnett, Aaron Harang, Bartolo Colon, Chris Young

SportsMondayTuesday: Don't Blame Bickell

Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen was the worst player on the ice Monday night, and the Blackhawks still couldn't win.

Posted on May 26, 2015
Keywords: Bryan Bickell, Frederik Andersen, Mike Milbury
The Cub Factor

Lorde vs. Winger

A season teeters on a fulcrum!

Posted on May 25, 2015
Keywords: Matt Murton
The White Sox Report

We Miss Paulie More Than He Misses Us

Taking out the garbage.

Posted on May 24, 2015
Keywords: Adam Eaton, Paul Konerko

TrackNotes: The Problem With American Pharoah

We'll never know how great he could've been.

Posted on May 24, 2015
Keywords: Ahmed Zayat, American Pharoah

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #52: The Blackhawks' Biggest Problem

It's the opposite of what everyone is talking about. Plus: The Bulls Stink; The Point After; Robin Ventura Sucks Again; The Chicago Fire Did(n't) Do Something This Week; and The Cubs Make Big Moves!

Posted on May 22, 2015
Keywords: Brian Cabral, Brian Schlitter, Funky Cold Yoervis Medina, GarPax, Jaime Navarro, Joe Maddon, Joel Quenneville, King Tut, Robin Ventura, Tom Thibodeau, Trevor Van Riemsdyk, Welington Castillo

Fantasy Fix: The Bryce Is Right

Most improved - and most valuable.

Posted on May 20, 2015
Keywords: A-Rod, Bryce Harper, Jason Kipnis, Prince Fielder

Exclusive! The Real Reasons That Dude Was Banned From Wrigley

Wearing a Jeff Baker jersey just too lame.

Posted on May 19, 2015
Keywords: Edwin Jackson, Ian Stewart, Jeff Baker, Jerry Bryant, Todd Ricketts

SportsMonday: What, Hawks Worry?

The boys looked awfully good for a 4-1 loss.

Posted on May 18, 2015
Keywords: David Rundblad
The White Sox Report

Streak City

These are not your fortnight's Sox.

Posted on May 18, 2015
Keywords: Marcus Semien, Rick Hahn
The Cub Factor

Blowable

This season officially means something.

Posted on May 17, 2015
Keywords: Everybody Loves Raymond, Taco Tuesday, Tommy Boy

Audio TrackNotes: Peak Preakness

The Cavs fatten up the bankroll; six horses to look at. Plus: The Streets of Baltimore.

Posted on May 16, 2015
Keywords: American Pharoah, Bob Baffert, Bodhisattva, D. Wayne Lukas, Danzig Moon, Divining Rod, Dortmund, Firing Line, Mr. Z, Todd Pletcher, Victor Espinoza

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #51: Bulloney

WTF was that? Plus: Here Come The Mighty Ducks; The Mighty Cubs; The Mighty Ramblers; The Chicago Fire Did Something This Week; and The Mighty Ramblers.

Posted on May 15, 2015
Keywords: Derrick Rose, Dick Butkus, GarPax, Joakim Noah, Loyola, Tom Thibodeau

Exclusive! A Guide To The New Wrigley Bleachers

Ronnie Woo Woo is out. Ronnie Woodfield III Woodfield III, Princeton '95, is in.

Posted on May 13, 2015
Keywords: Budweiser, Whole Foods

SportsMonday: A Bulls Nugget

The center must hold.

Posted on May 11, 2015
Keywords: Joakim Noah, Pau Gasol, Timofey Mozgov
The White Sox Report

Stirring The Drink

This team finally has a theme.

Posted on May 11, 2015
Keywords: Adam Eaton, Aroldis Chapman, Bryan Price, Carlos Rodon, David Robertson, Gordon Beckham, Melky Cabrera, Robin Ventura
The Cub Factor

Think Of The Bus People!

The team's hottest hitter is a shortstop who bats ninth and plays second. The team's best pitcher is a catcher.

Posted on May 11, 2015
Keywords: Addison Russell, Bobby Hill, Carlos Villanueva, Edwin Jackson, Joe Maddon, Junior Lake, Kosuke Fukudome, Neil Ramirez, Shawon Dunston, Starlin Castro

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #50: Vinny Del Thibodeau

Irresistible front office meets immovable coach. Plus: Back To Blackhawks; The White Sox' Most Unforgivable Sin; Cubs Still Have That New Car Smell; and A Chicago-Area School Will Win The National Men's Volleyball Championship.

Posted on May 8, 2015
Keywords: Adam Eaton, Al Secord, Anthony Rizzo, Chris Sale, Cleveland Cavaliers, Corey Crawford, Dino Ciccarelli, Don Cherry, Fred Hoiberg, GarPax, Jeff Van Gundy, Joakim Noah, Joe Maddon, Joel Quenneville, Kris Bryant, Lewis University, Loyola-Chicago, Mike Singletary, Reggie Jackson, Robin Ventura, St. Louis Cardinals, Starlin Castro, Tom Thibodeau, Vernon Davis, Vinny Del Negro

Fantasy Fix: Run, Rizzo, Run

Chris Sale not so much.

Posted on May 6, 2015
Keywords: Anthony Rizzo, Chris Sale
The Cub Factor

That New Car Smell

Oh, and your garage doesn't have a roof and is under construction.

Posted on May 5, 2015
Keywords: Addison Russell, Bobblehank, Craig Counsell, Junior Lake, Mark DeRosa
The White Sox Report

Ugliest Week Ever?

The bottom line is that for the third straight season this team does not execute the fundamentals.

Posted on May 4, 2015
Keywords: Baltimore, Robin Ventura

SportsMonday: Blackhawks Late Bloomers

Multiple overtimes, late starts and a plan coming together.

Posted on May 4, 2015
Keywords: Gary Bettman, Patrick Kane, Rocky Wirtz

TrackNotes: Worst Derby Field Ever?

Our money's on Dortmund to win and Mr. Z to lose.

Posted on May 1, 2015
Keywords: American Pharaoh, Apollo, Bob Baffert, Calvin Borel, Carpe Diem, Dortmund, International Star, Manny Pacquiao, Mr. Z

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #49: Winston vs. White

Crab legs vs. Claire's. Plus: Daft Town; Publix Enemy Number One: Kevin White Is Right; Bulls Got Next; Blackhawks Go Wild; Sox Suck; and Maddon's Magic.

Posted on May 1, 2015
Keywords: Jameis Winston, Junior Lake, Kevin Smith, Kevin White, Publix, Rahm Emanuel, Rick Reuschel

North Shore Baptist vs. The NFL

Closing streets and feeding the homeless.

Posted on May 1, 2015
Keywords: Draft Town, North Shore Baptist

Fantasy Fix: Slow Starters

A Cub & Co. try our patience.

Posted on Apr 29, 2015
Keywords: Corey Kluber, Jon Lester, Madison Bumgarner, Stephen Strasburg

SportsMondayTuesday: Bulls Unraveling?

Not necessarily.

Posted on Apr 28, 2015
Keywords: Giannis "The Greek Freak" Antetokounmpo, Tony Snell
The Cub Factor

Shawshanked

It's like I've crawled through that sewage pipe in Shawshank Redemption and come out the other side, basking in the rain as prospects pour down on my smiling Cub-fan face. But there's still a dingleberry.

Posted on Apr 27, 2015
Keywords: Addison Russell, Arismendy Alcantara, Ben Zobrist, Edwin Jackson, Jason Marquis, Joe Maddon, Kris Bryant, Manny Alexander
The White Sox Report

Fight Club

Was it the ninth-inning heroics on Monday or the macho face-off on Thursday that shook the team out of its doldrums?

Posted on Apr 27, 2015
Keywords: A.J. Pierzynski, Billy Martin, Don Buford, Larry Doby, Michael Barrett, Nolan Ryan, Rick Hahn, Robin Ventura

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #48: Bulls vs. Blackhawks

Shifting fortunes. Plus: The Network Hockey League; Shark Tank; Cubs Make A Shit Ton Of Money; Jackie Robinson Left; and Mock Draft 5.0!

Posted on Apr 24, 2015
Keywords: Barry Bonds, Cappy Pondexter, Chris Rock, Chris Sale, Corey Crawford, Derrick Rose, Draft Town, Edwin Jackson, Jackie Robinson West, Jeff Samardzija, Joakim Noah, Julio Zuleta, Scott Darling, Theo Epstein, Tony Snell, Yordano Ventura

Chris Rock On The Disappearance Of Blacks In Baseball

One problem: Venerating a past when blacks were slaves.

Posted on Apr 24, 2015
Keywords: Chris Rock

Fantasy Fix: Russell vs. Rodon

vs. Jon Lester?

Posted on Apr 23, 2015
Keywords: Addison Russell, Carlos Rodon, Jon Lester, Kevin Plawecki

SportsMonday: Not So Darling

Let us now take some time to praise a guy who will go down as one of the 10 best athletes to ever call Chicago home.

Posted on Apr 20, 2015
Keywords: Corey Crawford, Duncan Keith, Scott Darling
The White Sox Report

North Side Story, South Side Struggle

I can't recall when Robin Ventura has ever looked as indecisive and impotent as he did last Friday.

Posted on Apr 20, 2015
Keywords: Aroldis Chapman, Robin Ventura
The Cub Factor

The Most Interesting Prospect In The World

He can turn Budweiser into Old Style.

Posted on Apr 20, 2015
Keywords: Jason Marquis, Joe Maddon, Jonathan Herrera, Kris Bryant, Mike Olt, Ryne Sandberg

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #47: The Kris Bryant Coincidence

Fanboy media endorses Theo's lies. Plus: Blackhawks In Typical Thrilling Playoff Mode; Bulls Get Bucks; Mock Journalism; The Other Baseball Team In Town; Tribute To Mark Grace.

Posted on Apr 17, 2015
Keywords: Adam Eaton, Adam Hoge, Ben Finfer, Corey Crawford, Duncan Keith, Kevin Kaduk, Kris Bryant, Mark Grace, Theo Epstein

Fantasy Fix: Good Betts And Bad Bets

Trend spotting when it's still too early to tell.

Posted on Apr 14, 2015
Keywords: Adrian Gonzalez, Ian Desmond, Mark Canha, Mookie Betts

SportsMonday: Controlling Kris Bryant

If the Cubs have to assert control over Bryant in 2021, they will have blown it.

Posted on Apr 13, 2015
Keywords: DJ LaMahieu, LaTroy Hawkins, Tyler Colvin
The Cub Factor

Spicoli And The Robot

Once we actually win the whole thing people will think it was funny that they peed on themselves.

Posted on Apr 13, 2015
Keywords: Albert Einstein, Jeff Spicoli, The Alcantaranator, Tommy Boy
The White Sox Report

Not Yet Royal

In Kansas City, the White Sox saw what it takes to be a superior ballclub.

Posted on Apr 13, 2015
Keywords: Grilled Meat, Melkmen, Port-O-Lets

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #46: Wither Chicago Sports

Bulls, Blackhawks, Cubs and White Sox all in trouble. Plus: The Chicago Fire Did Something This Week. Also: Wither College Basketball.

Posted on Apr 10, 2015
Keywords: Choose Chicago, David Ross, Derrick Rose, Doug Plank, Draft Town, Jahlil Okafor, Jon Lester, Michael Wilbon, Patrick Kane, Tom Thibodeau, Welington Castillo

The Cubs' Opening Week On Deadspin

#Urinegate, a rainout without rain, Curt Schilling's sexual mediocrity and ABC 7's inability to spell.

Posted on Apr 10, 2015
Keywords: Crane Kenney

Fantasy Fix: Deep Sleepers

The second Cub, a new face in Chicago, surprised me a little more.

Posted on Apr 7, 2015
Keywords: Javy Baez, Jose Abreu, Micah Johnson, Mystery Cub
The White Sox Report

We're Here, They're Gone

Players come and go; in a sense, they are incidental in comparison to core fans.

Posted on Apr 6, 2015
Keywords: Dayan Viciedo, Ronald Belisario, Sports Illustrated

SportsMonday: All Jumbotron, No Cattle

The giant screen isn't nearly as fun when there are no highlights.

Posted on Apr 6, 2015
Keywords: Billy Beane, Jeff Samardzija, Kris Bryant, Mike Olt, Starlin Castro

TrackNotes: Dubai Diary

As Bugsy asked, "Did you think I wouldn't see that? Do you think I wouldn't notice?"

Posted on Apr 3, 2015
Keywords: Arlington Park, Bobby Fleet and His Band with a Beat, California Chrome, Dubai World Cup, PolyTrack

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #45: The Kris Byrant Pundit Trap

Either Theo is lying or the Chicago sports media is getting the story horribly wrong. Plus: The Easier, Cheaper, Better White Sox; Deja Derrick Rose, Who Could Learn From Patrick Kane; Sports Economics For Dummies; We Thank Roberto Garza For His Service; Go Sparty! Fuck 'Em Bucky!; and Chicago Fire Averaging A Goal A Week!

Posted on Apr 2, 2015
Keywords: Barry Rozner, Chicago Fire, Derrick Rose, Javy Baez, Joe Maddon, Jose Abreu, Kris Bryant, Michael Jordan, Michigan State, Patrick Kane, Roberto Garza, The Ricketts Family, Theo Epstein, Wisconsin

SportsMonday: Drop It, DePaul

Who could have imagined that the sentimental choice would have been 100 times better than what DePaul is actually doing.

Posted on Mar 30, 2015
Keywords: Dave Leitao, Jean Lenti Ponsetto, Maine Red Claws, Ty Corbin

The 2015 Fantasy Fix Baseball Draft Guide Pt. 5: Catchers & Closers

The most thankless and boring of all fantasy rankings.

Posted on Mar 27, 2015
Keywords: David Robertson, Hector Rondon, Miguel Montero, Tyler Flowers

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #44: Alice In Cubsland

Where Javy Baez stays up and Kris Bryant goes down. Plus: Coach in Vegas; Our Elite Neighbors; We Hate Christian Laettner; McDonald McPunditry; Daft Town Chicago; Bulls' Secret Plan Coming To Fruition; Blackhawks' Secret Plan Not Coming To Fruition; DePaul's Third Strike; and The Chicago Fire Did Something This Week.

Posted on Mar 27, 2015
Keywords: Christian Laettner, DePaul, George Lucas, Kris Bryant, MGM Grand, Notre Dame, Ray McDonald, Theo Epstein, Wisconsin
The White Sox Report

Enter Courtney Hawkins

Of course, this all is practice. Any correlation to reality is pure conjecture.

Posted on Mar 24, 2015
Keywords: Brad Penny, Courtney Hawkins, Hector Noesi, Steve Bartman, Zach Putnam

SportsMonday: Cinderella Spoilers

The fat cat bureaucrats at the National Collegiate Athletic Association and its selection committee who dictate how the tournament will be structured pretend to value the underdogs.

Posted on Mar 23, 2015
Keywords: Gonzaga, Murray State, NCAA, Northern Iowa, UAB, Wichita State

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #43: Kris Bryant Has Ricketts

Kubs still Klass Klowns. Plus: Shout Outs to Tony Snell, Russell Wilson.

Posted on Mar 22, 2015
Keywords: Fred Hoiberg, Jorge Soler, Kris Bryant, Mike Olt, Sam Smith, The Allman Brothers, Theo Epstein, Tom Ricketts, Tony Snell

The 2015 Fantasy Fix Baseball Draft Guide Pt. 4: Starting Pitchers

Sale vs. Lester, Samardzija vs. Arrieta.

Posted on Mar 18, 2015
Keywords: Chris Sale, Jake Arrieta, Jeff Samardzija, Jon Lester

SportsMonday: Illinois Is In - And Out - Of The Dance

Inconceivable.

Posted on Mar 16, 2015
Keywords: DePaul, Illinois, Northwestern

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #42: Like The Honey Badger, Derrick Rose Don't Care

Bigger jerk than Cutler? Plus: NFL Free Agency Gone Wild; The Bears' Trinity; Blackhawks Stand On Heads; Illinois Basketball FAIL; and The Chicago Fire Did Something This Week.

Posted on Mar 13, 2015
Keywords: Aaron Brooks, Antrel Rolle, Chip Kelly, Corey Crawford, Derrick Rose, Eddie Royal, Fighting Illini, Fred Hoiberg, Jay Cutler, Jimmy Pickles, Pernell McPhee, Sid Luckman, Steve Rosenbloom, Tom Friedman, Tom Thibodeau, Tony Snell

The 2015 Fantasy Fix Baseball Draft Guide Pt. 3: OFs Offer A Clear No. 1

Jorge Soler vs. Avisail Garcia.

Posted on Mar 12, 2015
Keywords: Avisail Garcia, Jorge Soler

SportsMonday: Let The Cutler Countdown Begin

One more jerk move from a guy who many people believe specializes in them?

Posted on Mar 9, 2015
Keywords: Jay Cutler, Russell Wilson

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #41: Bears Get Boring

Clearing the drama decks. Plus: Who The Hell Is E'Twaun Moore?; The Big Boy Blackhawks; Tony, Oh!; Joe Maddon Is A Madman; The Mesmerizing Minnie Minoso; and The Chicago Fire Do Some Stuff.

Posted on Mar 6, 2015
Keywords: Ben Smith, Brandon Marshall, Bulldog Turner, Chicago Fire, E'Twaun Moore, Jimmy Pickles, Joe Maddon, Koyie Hill, Minnie Minoso, Stan Bowman, Tony Campana

The 2015 Fantasy Fix Baseball Draft Guide Pt. 2: The Middle Men

Baez vs. Alcantara vs. Ramirez vs. Castro.

Posted on Mar 4, 2015
Keywords: Cubs, Derek Jeter

They Called Him Minnie

The re-acquaintance of Ernie and Minnie Minoso is a global and heavenly celebration. We miss both of them already

Posted on Mar 3, 2015
Keywords: Ernie Banks, Harry Caray, Minnie Minoso

SportsMonday: The Big-Time Blackhawks

The Hawks have figured out something about prospects that Oakland Athletics' general manager Billy Beane determined long, long ago.

Posted on Mar 2, 2015
Keywords: Antoine Vermette, Billy Beane, Kimmo Timonen, Patrick Kane, Stan Bowman
The White Sox Report

The Mesmerizing Minnie Minoso

While Minnie often repeated that baseball was very, very good to him, the larger truth is that he was very, very good to us.

Posted on Mar 2, 2015
Keywords: Bill Veeck, Del Prado Hotel, Gus Vernial, Minnie Minoso, Saturday Night Live

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #40: West Side Stories

Soap opera switches teams. Bulls Window Re-Opened! Blackhawks Window Slams Shut! And: Post-Combine Bears; What Kris Bryant's Status Will Tell Us; White Sox Infield By Committee; Dismembering Ricky Renteria; and The Legend Of Theo.

Posted on Feb 27, 2015
Keywords: Anti-Hero IPA, Bourbon County Stout, Chris Sale, Conor Gillaspie, Dan Jennings, Derrick Rose, Gale Sayers, Jason Goff, Jerry Reinsdorf, Kris Bryant, Lagunitas IPA, Manny Ramirez, Melky Cabrera, Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, Rafael Palmeiro, Ricky Renteria, Starlin Castro, Steve Stone, Theo Epstein, Tom Thibodeau

Palm Desert Dispatch: The Hot Stove Luncheon

No pepper, too many strikeouts.

Posted on Feb 26, 2015
Keywords: Los Angeles Dodgers, Ron Fairly, Wade Boggs

The 2015 Fantasy Fix Baseball Draft Guide Pt. 1: The Corner Men

Abreu vs. Rizzo vs. LaRoche vs. Bryant.

Posted on Feb 26, 2015
Keywords: Everybody Else, Miggy

TrackNotes: A Lo-Res Horizontal Squeeze

I don't really pay much attention to two-year-olds, and betting them in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile is more like pub darts. But once they turn the corner into the new year, you start looking in.

Posted on Feb 25, 2015
Keywords: Aqueduct, Gulfstream, Holy Bull, HRTV, iBozoputer, Seabiscuit, Storm Cat, TVG, Upstart
The White Sox Report

Speed The Plow

Baseball leads all other forms of entertainment when it comes to paranoia.

Posted on Feb 24, 2015
Keywords: Chris Sale, David Ortiz, Mark Buehrle, Tony LaRussa

SportsMonday: Chicago's Real Draft Kings

Look west, not north.

Posted on Feb 23, 2015
Keywords: Gar Forman, Jimmy Butler, Jorge Soler, Nikola Mirotic, Taj Gibson, Theo Epstein, Tony Snell

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #39: Rahm's Lips Are Moving

Pols pander; Ponce punts. The Jackie Robinson West charade continues. Plus: Let The Combine Begin! And: Blackhawks Sit Tight While Rest Of The NBA Goes Trade Crazy; A Pall Over The Blackhawks; Baseball Players Report To Work; and Illini Golf Beats The Cold To Lead The Nation.

Posted on Feb 20, 2015
Keywords: Alex Brown, Brian Hoyer, Cappy Pondexter, Chicago Bulls, Chris Williams, Cliff Stein, Clint Reif, Curtis Enis, Danny Almonte, Epiphanny Prince, Illini Golf, Jackie Robinson West, Jay Cutler, Jerry Angelo, Phil Ponce, Rashaan Salaam, Russell Wilson, Sam Hurd, The Combine, Tony Campana, Victor Henderson

SportsMondayTuesday: Let The Combine Begin

Twenty-six analysts providing four dozen hours of live coverage over six days for an almost totally worthless exercise.

Posted on Feb 17, 2015
Keywords: Marcus Mariota, NFL Network

Fantasy Fix: How I Won My League

A tummy ache. Marshawn Lynch has a fucking tummy ache. This is how my fantasy football season ends?

Posted on Feb 16, 2015
Keywords: Conor Barth, Dez Bryant, Heath Miller, Jarvis Landry, Josh Gordon, Marshawn Lynch, New England, Russell Wilson, Shane Vereen

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #38: What Pundits Are Getting Wrong About Jackie Robinson West

Almost everything. Plus: Bulls Take Midterm: Blackhawks Slackhawks; The Cubs Are Still A Last-Place Team Until Further Notice; Blue Demons Down; Illinois Up; and Loyola Rambles On.

Posted on Feb 13, 2015
Keywords: Atlanta Flames, Blue Demons, California Golden Seals, Danieal Manning, Gar Forman, Illini, Jackie Robinson West, James Shields, Josh McCown, Ramblers, Tony Snell

Tribune's Lead Sports Columnist Says We Should Be Grateful To Shut Down Congress For The NFL And Deliver Blue M&Ms To Roger Goodell

I'm not sure I've ever seen a sportswriter from a major metropolitan newspaper suck dick harder than this.

Posted on Feb 10, 2015
Keywords: Choose Chicago, David Haugh, NFL Draft, Rahm Emanuel, Roger Goodell

SportsMonday: Bulls Take Midterm This Week

Trap game and marquee match-up will tell us where this team is.

Posted on Feb 9, 2015
Keywords: Cleveland Cavaliers, Sacramento Kings

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #37: The Big Gloom

The Post-Super Bowl, pre-baseball depression. Plus: The Gloomy Bulls; The Sunny Blackhawks; Bears Draft Mockery; Mocking The NFL Draft; and Joe Maddon vs. Kris Bryant.

Posted on Feb 8, 2015
Keywords: Anthony Davis, Bill Belichick, Maurice Douglass, Patrick Kane, Roger Goodell, Tom Thibodeau, Tony Snell

SportsMonday: The Game Is Still The Thing

Despite its problems, the NFL still has one, ultimate trump card: Spectacularly compelling competition.

Posted on Feb 2, 2015
Keywords: Darrell Bevell, Steve Bartman

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #36: This Year's Super Bowl Is Peak NFL

Beyond the Square Pool: The Game, The Bets & The Depravity. Plus: As The Bulls Turn & Finally Appreciating Ernie Banks.

Posted on Jan 31, 2015
Keywords: Ernie Banks, Katy Perry, LeRoy Butler, Marshawn Lynch, Mr. Iggy Azalea, Roger Goodell, The Glantz-Culver Line, Tom Thibodeau

The College Football Report: The Season Is Over But Beanies Are Forever

Free advice for the Big Ten.

Posted on Jan 30, 2015
Keywords: Bizzair, Corn Belt, Fighting Illini, Jim Harbaugh, Kirk Ferentz, Northeastern, Northwestern, Urban Meyer

Ernie Banks Was Not A Wind-Up Toy Part 2

In this revealing interview, Ernie Banks describes feeling more comfortable in the Negro Leagues than the Major Leagues, and how he lived a life separate from his white teammates.

Posted on Jan 29, 2015
Keywords: Ernie Banks

Mr. Cub's Last Stand: Ernie Banks, 1986

Chatting it up before getting some measure of revenge against the Mets.

Posted on Jan 28, 2015
Keywords: Ernie Banks, Ron Santo

It's Back! The Beachwood Super Bowl Halftime Show Prop Bet: Katy Perry Edition

Four-year-old girls adore Katy Perry because Katy Perry is a computer program designed to appeal to four-year-old girls.

Posted on Jan 27, 2015
Keywords: Ballghazi, Katy Perry, Lenny Kravitz, Missy Elliott, Pepsi-Cola, Pharrell Williams, Queen Elsa, Rihanna

SportsMonday: Deflating Deflategate

Is Tom Brady a cheater? Tom Brady does not think so.

Posted on Jan 26, 2015
Keywords: Bill Belichick, Bill Nye, Richard Sherman

The Beachwood Radio Hour #41: Ernie Banks Was Not Just A Bobblehead

Let's not reduce him to a wind-up toy. Plus: Do We Really Need More Police Officers? Neither Side Wants You To Know; The Many Problems Of Political Polls; and Rahm Vs. The Field.

Posted on Jan 25, 2015

The Legacy Of Ernie Banks

Of course, none of us shared his most private of moments. Was he ever despondent, disillusioned, or downcast? We'll probably never know. As far as we can tell, he greeted each day with optimism and hope.

Posted on Jan 24, 2015
Keywords: Ernie Banks, Luis Aparicio, Minnie Minoso

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #35: Feeling Deflated

Tom Brady's balls. Plus: Bears Dream Team; Bulls' Weird-Ass Week; and Blue Demons Try To Justify New Arena.

Posted on Jan 23, 2015
Keywords: Aaron Rodgers, Adam Gase, Bill Belichick, D'Qwell Jackson, Darrell Bevell, DePaul, Derrick Rose, Don Shula, Joakim Noah, Marc Trestman, Matt Forte, Oliver Purnell, Peyton Manning, Roland Harper, Tom Brady, Tom Thibodeau, Vic Fangio

SportsMonday: John Fox's First Lesson

Be the Seahawks, not the Bears.

Posted on Jan 19, 2015
Keywords: Pete Carroll, Russell Wilson

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #34: Bears Hire The Fixer

The Fox is in. Plus: Trouble In Bulls Paradise; The Blackhawks Remain A Delight; Super Bowl Bound; Coach On Kogan; and Our Man On The Line.

Posted on Jan 16, 2015
Keywords: Aaron Rodgers, Barry Sanders, Chuck Foreman, Doug McDermott, Erik Kramer, Hub Arkush, Jim Brown, Joakim Noah's Knees, Joel Quenneville, John Fox, Loyola University, New York Knicks, Ohio State, Rick Kogan, Ryan Pace, Super Bowl, Teuvo Teravainen, The Fixx, Tom Thibodeau, Walter Payton

SportsMonday: League Blames Cutler

Marc Trestman getting a handful of OC interviews can mean only one thing.

Posted on Jan 12, 2015
Keywords: Atlanta Falcons, Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

SportsMonday: Considering Cutler

A simple litmus test for GM and coaching candidates.

Posted on Jan 5, 2015
Keywords: David Fales, Jimmy Clausen, Russell Wilson

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #32: The Bears Have Already Blown It

George and Ted's excellent adventure. Plus: Bucks, Ducks And College Programs Giving No Fucks; The True Story Of Costa Rica's Weird-Ass Bullfights; Wild Card Weakend. And: The Upcoming Hero of 2015.

Posted on Jan 2, 2015
Keywords: Bruce Arians, Cardale Jones, Colin Kaepernick, Doug Marrone, Eddie Accorsi, Gail Sayers, Gale Sayers, George McCaskey, Jameis Winston, Jay Cutler, Josh McCown, Marc Trestman, Marcus Mariota, Michael Bush, O.J. Simpson, Punta Islito, Randall Cunningham, Roland Harper, Ted Phillips, The Illuminati, The Latin School of Chicago

The College Football Report Bowl Preview Pt. 5: Katy Perry Still No. 1

Nice try, though, Buckeyes.

Posted on Jan 2, 2015
Keywords: Birmingham, GoDaddy, Lockheed Martin, Northwestern Mutual, Taxslayer, Ticketcity, Valero

The College Football Report Bowl Preview Pt. 4: Winner, Winner, Cricket Dinner

Our Pick: The Horned Frogs (-3.5) and the chile rub.

Posted on Dec 31, 2014
Keywords: Adobe Flash Player, Ole Miss, Smurf Turf, TCU

Browns' Andrew Hawkins Explains Why He Wore A 'Justice For Tamir Rice And John Crawford' T-Shirt

So a call for justice shouldn't offend or disrespect anybody. A call for justice shouldn't warrant an apology.

Posted on Dec 30, 2014
Keywords: Andrew Hawkins, Tamir Rice

The College Football Report Bowl Preview Pt. 3: Koozies For Floozies

What's this, a bowl featuring two ranked teams? Forsooth! Verily have we entered the Realm of Intriguing Games.

Posted on Dec 29, 2014
Keywords: AdvoCare, AutoZone, Belk, Death Row, Foster Farms, Franklin American Mortgage, Russell Athletic

SportsMonday: Son Of Buddy Next?

The Bears better at least try to talk to Rex Ryan.

Posted on Dec 29, 2014
Keywords: George McCaskey, Jim Harbaugh, Marc Trestman, Phil Emery, Rex Ryan, Virginia McCaskey

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #31: Sweet Action! A Special Report On Sports Gambling

For entertainment purposes only.

Posted on Dec 28, 2014
Keywords: Adam Silver, Brent Musburger, Chris Christie, Churchill Downs Inc., Dennis Rodman, Des Plaines, Florida State, George W. Bush, Hank Goldberg, Henry Hill, Horseshoe Cincinnati, Jimmy the Greek, Las Vegas, MLB, NHL, Pete Rose, Skip Bayless, Tim Donaghy, Tunica
Kool-Aid

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Year Of The Yuck

All joking aside, watching NFL Football was something that made made me legitimately happy, and the these Bears took that away from me.

Posted on Dec 25, 2014
Keywords: Bootsy Collins, Dr. Dre, Fitsmas Ale, Jerry Jones, Kim Cattrall, Lovie Smith, Ted Washington, Wanny

The College Football Report Bowl Preview Pt. 2: Porn, Chicken & Bitcoins

Nothing says more about the world we live in than a cryptocurrency sponsoring a college football bowl game.

Posted on Dec 23, 2014
Keywords: Allison Williams, Detroit, Electronic Arts, Fighting Illini, Old Dominion, Popeyes, USS Midway

SportsMonday: Jimmy Pickles Proves A Point - About Jay Cutler

We now know definitively what we have in Jay Cutler, and it's not good.

Posted on Dec 22, 2014
Keywords: Adam Hoge, Adam Jahns, David Haugh, Discover, Hunt's, Jason Goch, Jeff Joniak, Jimmy Clausen, Marc Trestman, Michael C. Wright, RC, Steve Rosenbloom

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #30: The Must-See Bears!

Weirdest, Worst, Wackiest Bears Team Ever. Plus: Duncan Keith, MVP; We [Heart] Pau; and Theo Forgets The Cole Slaw.

Posted on Dec 19, 2014
Keywords: Adam's Ribs, Al-Anon, David Fales, David Letterman, David Ross, Don Majkowski, Jay Cutler, Jimmy Clausen, Jon Lester, Kerry Wood, Kyle Korver, LaMarcus Aldridge, Lynn Dickey, Marc Trestman, Mike Holmgren, Mike Shanahan, Pau Gasol, Pele, Phil Emery, San Diego Padres, Steve Kerr, The Mumps, Theo Epstein, Todd Bowles, Tom Thibodeau, Walter Payton

The College Football Report Bowl Preview Pt. 1: Cheap Trick, Gold Toes & Loaded Potatoes

If there's one thing a Miner needs to win, it's comfortable feet.

Posted on Dec 19, 2014
Keywords: Duck Commander, Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Ragin' Cajuns, Royal Purple, Sack Lake City, The Cramton Bowl, The Smoothie King Center
Kool-Aid

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Go Fightin' Clausens!

The weird turn pro.

Posted on Dec 18, 2014
Keywords: Aaron Kromer, Dave Navarro, Jay Cutler, Jimmy Clausen, Tracey Gold

A Very Angry Bears Fan Christmas

Including "Cutler The Would-Be QB."

Posted on Dec 16, 2014
Keywords: Phil Guay

The Joke Is On The #Bears

This game is just stupid.

Posted on Dec 16, 2014

SportsMondayTuesday: Fire Away

Earth to idiots: We watch the games!

Posted on Dec 16, 2014
Keywords: Aaron Kromer, George McCaskey, Joe DeCamillis, Marc Trestman, Mel Tucker, Phil Emery

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #29: Bears Remorse

Coach-killer Cutler kills Kromer. Plus: Professional Baseball Comes To Chicago! And: Blackhawks Bungle.

Posted on Dec 13, 2014
Keywords: Aaron Kromer, Bobby Douglass, Brad Biggs, Bryan Bickell, David Robertson, Ian Rapoport, Jay Cutler, Jim Dooley, Jon Lester, Jonathan Toews, Theo Epstein
The White Sox Report

South Side Hope

If the White Sox bullpen converted at David Robertson's rate last year, they would have finished 87-75 instead of 73-89.

Posted on Dec 11, 2014
Keywords: Adam LaRoche, David Robertson, Jeff Samardzija, Rick Hahn, Trader Frank Lane, Zach Duke
Kool-Aid

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: The Drugs Begin To Take Hold

It's going to be tough to make things interesting from here on out, even with a mighty assist from our old friend Alcohol, but I've got some ideas.

Posted on Dec 11, 2014
Keywords: Bombay Sapphire, Elvis Costello, Gumbo D. Dog, Pai Gow, Stephen Paea

Fantasy Fix: Johnny Fantasy Football

I'll take Luck.

Posted on Dec 10, 2014
Keywords: Andrew Luck, Johnny Manziel, Kris Bryant

SportsMondayTuesday: If Only Kirk Hinrich Couldn't Breathe

What real progress would've looked like.

Posted on Dec 9, 2014
Keywords: Derrick Rose, I Can't Breathe, Kirk Hinrich

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #28: Deja Bears

Team has an identity after all. Plus: The Bulls Make The Regular Season Like Lovin' - Fun; Blackhawks Are Like Carlos Santana With Rob Thomas - So Smooth; Adam, Ricky and the Duke; and Cubs Get Their Man!

Posted on Dec 5, 2014
Keywords: A.J. Feely, Adam LaRoche, Carlos Santana, Corey Crawford, Dave Martinez, George McCaskey, Jay Feely, Kirk Hinrich, Kris Versteeg, Marc Trestman, Rick Hahn, Rob Thomas, Ryan Dempster, Stan Bowman, The Bangles, Tom Thibodeau, Zach Duke

The College Football Report: A Color-Coded Pile Of Kernels

This is where we miss the BCS and the cold-hearted algorithms of the BCS HAL 9000.

Posted on Dec 5, 2014
Keywords: BCS Hal 9000, Las Vegas, State Farm, Territorial Cup

Jay Cutler For MVP?

This discussion actually took place last July.

Posted on Dec 5, 2014
Keywords: Brandon Marshall, Jay Cutler, Marc Trestman
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The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: In The Hunt?

It's like I always tell my kid: Atlanta, you definitely weren't supposed to happen.

Posted on Dec 4, 2014
Keywords: Moose Johnston, Phil Spector, Rustin Cohle, Shuki Levy, Wanny

Fantasy Fix: Playoff Push Possibilities

There's still time to get help.

Posted on Dec 2, 2014
Keywords: Isaiah Crowell, Jarvis Landry, Johnny Football, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tre Mason

SportsMonday: Hire Harbaugh Or Go Home

The McCaskeys' last stand.

Posted on Dec 1, 2014
Keywords: George McCaskey, Jimbo Covert

The College Football Report: Eggs, Hooks, Frogs & Stingers

Tchotchkes, trinkets, and gewgaws.

Posted on Nov 28, 2014
Keywords: Governor's Cup, Kirk Herbstreit, Melvin Gordon, Toyota Tundra

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Having Contraction

Lick it up.

Posted on Nov 27, 2014
Keywords: Clint Eastwood, Girls on Film, Jim Cantore, KISS, Ndamukong Suh, Oakland Raiders, Snake Plisskin, Steel Dragon

Fantasy Fix: So Many Turkeys, So Little Time

Jay Cutler, Brandon Marshall and the Pope's Nose.

Posted on Nov 26, 2014
Keywords: Brandon Marshall, Jay Cutler, The Pope's Nose

The College Football Report Top Ten: Burt Reynolds, The Statue Of Liberty & Lost Rainbows

'Merica.

Posted on Nov 24, 2014
Keywords: Arkansas, Boise State, Hawaii, Indiana, Marcus Mariota, Samaje Perine, Tennessee

SportsMonday: Trestman Outruns Lovie In Ugly Bowl

Cutler no longer allowed to throw.

Posted on Nov 24, 2014
Keywords: Jay Cutler, Josh McCown, Matt Forte

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #27: The Bears Are Like Butter

On a roll. Plus: The Game Chicago Going Under; The Ultimate Theo-Era Cubs Headline; Still Okay To Take Blackhawks For Granted; and Jimmy The Butler.

Posted on Nov 21, 2014
Keywords: Danny Carcillo, Dioner Navarro, Jeremy Roenick, Jimmy The Butler, Kap & Haugh, Kyle Schwarber, LA Mike Richardson, Testy Tresty, The Circus Trip, Tommy La Stella, Vocalo

The College Football Report: Yada, Yada, Sooie

A trademark weekend of Directional Creampuffs and pigs.

Posted on Nov 21, 2014
Keywords: Legoland, Purdue University-Indianapolis, Razorbacks Stadium, Troy
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The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: To The Bearmobile!

Kromer cracks the code.

Posted on Nov 20, 2014
Keywords: Aaron Kromer, Barry Manilow, Cinemax, Lovie Smith, Marc Trestman, Slayer, The Lord Humungus, Walmart

SportsMonday: Bears Make A Statement

They will not just stand idly by and let Minnesota take control of third place in the NFC North.

Posted on Nov 17, 2014
Keywords: Blackhawks, Jay Cutler, Joe DeCamillis, Mike Zimmer

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #26: Paging Professor Trestman

The Bartman Bears. Plus: Derrick Rose Is Not A Fully Formed Human; The Blackhawks In The Cover 2; and Outlawing Sports Gambling Is Un-American, And We're Not Going To Sit Here And Listen To You Badmouth The United States Of America.

Posted on Nov 14, 2014
Keywords: Adam Silver, Bill From Bolingbrook, Charles Barkley, Company Man Kasper, David Axelrod, Derrick Rose, Jimmy The Butler, Joe Mauer, Kaner, Marc Trestman, Michele Roberts, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Ozzie Guillen, Steve Bartman

The College Football Report: Steel Panthers X Doritos = BOLD!

From Moscow to the San Jose Civic Center.

Posted on Nov 14, 2014
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The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Home On The Rage

We're getting dangerously close to the time of year when mascot Barry The Bear retires to sleep in his cave beneath the parking lot.

Posted on Nov 14, 2014
Keywords: Jeremiah P. Tinmouth, New Orleans Pelicans, Perkins' Trademark Onion Tanglers, Random Guy Brandon Marshall Wants To Fight, The 1921 Westchester Billy Waggles, Toni Kukoc

Fantasy Fix: Buttfumbler Bargain

Who knew?

Posted on Nov 11, 2014
Keywords: Ben Tate, Denard Robinson, LeSean McCoy, Mark Sanchez, Russell Wilson

The College Football Report Top Ten: From Haters To Infinity

Sometimes you gotta say, WTF.

Posted on Nov 10, 2014
Keywords: Auburn, Embracing The Suck, Jerry Kill, Marshall, Notre Dame, The Big Ten

SportsMonday: The Meatballs Were Right

And when you look back at the last couple years, they have been right about everything all along.

Posted on Nov 10, 2014
Keywords: Brandon Marshall, Buddy Ryan, Marc Trestman, Mel Tucker

TrackNotes: A Show About Nothing

A mugging, a theft and a horse race that nobody saw.

Posted on Nov 7, 2014
Keywords: Bayern, Bo Derek, Bob Baffert, Breeders' Cup, Shared Belief

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #25: Kickstarting The Bears

Bench Shea, Hurt Rodgers. Plus: College Football's Iron Lotus; Derrick Rosebud; Joe Maddon Facts; and Kickstart The Blackhawks!

Posted on Nov 7, 2014
Keywords: Chris Bosio, Chuck Norris, Circus Trip, Derrick Rose, Joe Maddon, Josh Morgan, Ka'deem Carey, Kenny Williams, Marquess Wilson, Patrick Sharp, Richard J. Daley, Shea McClellin, Todd Bell, Vince Carter

The College Football Report: John The Baptist's Separation Saturday

Catch it.

Posted on Nov 7, 2014
Keywords: Allstate, Gatorade, Miller Lite, Nike, UPS
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The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: A Path To The Playoffs

Hint: It starts with Shea McClellin.

Posted on Nov 6, 2014
Keywords: Emery Moorehead, Lovie Smith, Monopoly Guy's Brother, Purple Jesus, the Footmasons, the Kraken

SportsMonday: In Lieu Of The Bears

A smorgasbord of sports.

Posted on Nov 3, 2014
Keywords: Andrew Ladd, Cubby Bear, Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler, Joe Maddon, Michael Frolik, Taj Gibson

The College Football Report Top Ten: Florida Folk Hero Rises To #1

Wins game, bags groceries.

Posted on Nov 3, 2014
Keywords: University of Michigan Human Resources Department, Vincent Testaverde

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #24: The Maddoning Is Happening

Cubs could still screw this up. Plus: As The Bulls Turn; Go Ahead, Sleep On The Blackhawks; and The Phil & Marc Show.

Posted on Oct 31, 2014
Keywords: Doug Buffone, Ed O'Bradovich, Jay Cutler, Joe Maddon, MadBum, Marian Hossa, Matt Notabattacola, Phil Emery, Ricky Rentamanager, Shea McClellin, Team Turmoil, Terry Bevington, Woodstock

The College Football Report: Huffing Paint And The HAL 9000

We came to resent and distrust thee and could never figure out your math, but we felt certain there was some internal logic to the process.

Posted on Oct 31, 2014
Keywords: AP Poll, BCS HAL 9000, Morgantown, Tallahassee Police Department, The Playoff Committee

TrackNotes: Bacchanalia To Binge On

For wiseguys only.

Posted on Oct 31, 2014
Keywords: Albert Brooks, Breeders' Cup, California Chrome, Game of Thrones, Santa Anita Park, Shared Belief, The Polish Prince, Trader Joe's, V.E. Day
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The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Bye-Curious Activities

Yada, yada, yada, the world is your oyster.

Posted on Oct 30, 2014
Keywords: Dick's Sporting Goods, Gharlock The Stormbringer, John Connor, Lamarr Houston, Luke Skywalker, Manowar, Mel Tucker, Michael Jackson, Microsoft Surface, O'Doul's, Odin The Allfather, Rod Beck, Singer Sewing Machines

Fantasy Fix: Forecasting Is Dead

And Kyle Orton is very much alive.

Posted on Oct 29, 2014
Keywords: Ben Roethlisberger, Kyle Orton, Martellus Bennett, Tom Brady

The College Football Report Top Ten: Army Training, Sir!

With girl-on-girl action.

Posted on Oct 27, 2014
Keywords: Air Force, Fort Worth Fireworks, Gophers, Mike Pereira, Ole Miss, Sgt. Hulka, Three-Mississippi

SportsMonday: Bye-Bye Bears

Hey Phil Emery, you're compiling a list of potential replacements as we speak, right?

Posted on Oct 27, 2014
Keywords: Jay Cutler, Joe DeCamillis, Lamarr Houston, Marc Trestman, Mel Tucker

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #23: It's All Cutler's Fault

No more equivocation. Plus: Dennis Rodman Was Drunk All The Time; Worst World Series Ever; Joakim Knee-Ah; Taking The Blackhawks For Granted; Little Big Ten; and Cubs Prepare To Block Their Own Views.

Posted on Oct 24, 2014
Keywords: Antti Ranta, Clint Eastwood, Dangerous Minds, Dennis Rodman, Kyle Orton, Michael Jordan, The Bluebonnet Bowl, War Games
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The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: You Just Kick The Ball

Brandon Marshall's milkshake brings all the boys to the yard.

Posted on Oct 23, 2014
Keywords: Daddy Peterson, Dr. Spermslayah, Jasmine Vichenko, Jesus, Kyle Long, Lavaburst Hi-C, Michi Nogami-Marshall, Robbie Gould, Samuel Adams, Steve Smith, T-Mobile, Tom Brady, Vince Wilfork

Fantasy Fix: My All-Futures Team Is A Mockery

At least Forte has delivered.

Posted on Oct 22, 2014
Keywords: Andy Dalton, Cordarrelle Patterson, Matt Forte, New England Patriots, Shane Vereen

Bears Edge Patriots In Epic Ending!

All types of yardage from Alshon Jeffery and the re-emergence of Marquess Wilson help team overcome Tim Jennings' big helmet and Jay Cutler's picks.

Posted on Oct 21, 2014
Keywords: Alshon Jeffery, Bill Belismack, Jay Cutler, Marquess Wilson, Tim Jennings

SportsMonday: Brandon Marshall Is Unacceptable

Right message, wrong messenger.

Posted on Oct 20, 2014

The College Football Report: Area Police Top Poll

Congratulations, Morgantown First Responders.

Posted on Oct 20, 2014
Keywords: Alabama, Archie Manning, Bear Bryant, Illinois, The Pick, The Rimington

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #22: The Giants Are A Better Story Than The Royals

And Brian Sabean is the game's best (and most underrated) GM. Plus: Cubs Entering "Competitive Phase" - For Fourth Place. Why The NCAA's Best Athletes Should Drop Out Of School. Miami Is A Trap Game! Coach Q vs. Tom Thibodeau. The Chicago Fire Make A Great Father's Day Gift.

Posted on Oct 18, 2014
Keywords: Antti Ranta, Brian Sabean, Carl's Wild Card Weekend Fishing Trip, Chicago Fire, Darryl Sharpton, Jameis Winston, Joel Quenneville, Kirk Reuter, Mercury Morris, Todd Gurley, Tom Thibodeau

The College Football Report: Jameis State

Incidentally speaking.

Posted on Oct 17, 2014
Keywords: Bo Jackson, Charlie Ward, Herschel Walker, James Spence Authentication, Jimbo Fisher, Johnny Football, Notre Dame, Penn State, Todd Gurley
Kool-Aid

Mojitos Over Miami

You need a straw-ready beverage when your plans include skeptically eyeballing things at the other end of the room.

Posted on Oct 16, 2014
Keywords: Ahman Green, Arthur Blank, Badlands City, Bill Lazor, Breakin', David Diehl, Fred Dryer, Ice Cube, Ice-T, Joe Friday, Jon Gruden, Keanu Reeves, Lorenzo Lamas, MacGyver, Mike Wallace, Renegade, Reno Raines, Robbie Gould, Roddy White, Ryan Mundy, Thom Brennaman, Tony Sparano, Viacom

Fantasy Fix: A World Of Pain

Infirmary central.

Posted on Oct 15, 2014
Keywords: Mohammad Sanu, Ronnie Hillman, Theo Riddick

SportsMondayTuesday: Todd Gurley vs. The NCAA

Getting suspended is the best thing that could ever happen to him.

Posted on Oct 14, 2014
Keywords: Accounting, Georgia, God's Green Earth, The Combine

Bears Fans Are Who They Are

And so is everybody else.

Posted on Oct 13, 2014
Keywords: Brian de la Puente's Butt, King of the Tomato Cans, Reggie Herring, The Two-Facer

The College Football Report Top Ten: Mississippi vs. America

Colonel Reb vs. Admiral Ackbar.

Posted on Oct 13, 2014
Keywords: Admiral Ackbar, Colonel Reb, Lou Holtz

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #21: The Chicago Bears Have Become Drama Queens

Mercurial and mysterious. Plus: No One In The Shootout's Got Swagger Like Kane; No One On The Bulls' Got Swagger Like Dougie McBuckets; and Theo Epstein's Latest Under-The-Radar FAIL.

Posted on Oct 10, 2014

The College Football Report: Condi's Kegs 'N' Eggs, The Cowbell Compromise & The Golden Hat

The Nerfing of America continues.

Posted on Oct 10, 2014
Keywords: Bo Jackson, Carl Mikovich, Condoleeza Rice, The AT&T Red River Showdown, Todd Gurley
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The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: The Team Of Misfit Toys

Even the bobbleheads are wack.

Posted on Oct 10, 2014
Keywords: Best Western, Johnny Walker Black, Magic Marker, Mane 'N Tail

TrackNotes: The Soul Of Cigar

Famously "unconquerable, invincible, unbeatable."

Posted on Oct 10, 2014
Keywords: Citation, Seattle Slew, Secretariat

Fantasy Fix: A Case Of Bad Reception

Why Brandon Marshall, Jay Cutler and Matt Ryan are must-starts.

Posted on Oct 7, 2014
Keywords: Brandon Marshall, Jay Cutler, Marc Trestman

SportsMonday: Jay Is As Jay Does

Unlike a box of chocolates, you always know what you're gonna get.

Posted on Oct 6, 2014
Keywords: Jay Cutler

The College Football Report: Katy Perry, Butt Chugging & Bud

Mississippi up for grabs; Tennessee leading from behind.

Posted on Oct 6, 2014
Keywords: Binge Drinking, Horned Frogs, Hotty Toddy

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #20: The NFL Is Decadent And Depraved

And it's really grinding Coach's gears. Plus: Pondering The Packers, Panthers Prognosis, Jerry's Kids, All About Jay, Being The Blackhawks, and Bulls Rolling In The Deep.

Posted on Oct 3, 2014

The College Football Report: Scooby Snacks & Rat Packs

Time is a flat circle.

Posted on Oct 3, 2014
Keywords: Brady Hoke, Charlie Weis, Johnny Football, Matthew McConaughey, Ole Miss, Rick Ross, Scooby Wright III
Kool-Aid

Tales From The Crypt

After last week, it's going to be a little tough to jump back on the bandwagon.

Posted on Oct 2, 2014
Keywords: Pat O'Donnell, Rosh Hashana, Steve Smith, Tasty Blast

Fantasy Fix: Running Scared

Role reversals in NFL backfields.

Posted on Oct 2, 2014
Keywords: Aaron Rodgers, Martellus Bennett, Matt Forte
The White Sox Report

Ode To 2014

The problems are many, the holes need filling. Start with the bullpen - their 4.38 ERA is chilling.

Posted on Sep 29, 2014
Keywords: Paulie

The College Football Report Top Ten: From Army To Amway

Multi-level marketing at its best.

Posted on Sep 29, 2014
Keywords: Amway, Georgia, LSU, North Carolina State, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Tennessee Tech, Texas, UMass, Yale

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #19: Rodgers Playing At Cutler-Like Level

R-e-l-a-x. L-i-v-i-n. Plus: Mel's Bells! It's Tucker Time. Jared Allen Is Not MIA. A Case Of The Mundys. Keeping Forte Fresh! Is Jay Cutler Bored? Leave The Black Unicorn Alone. The Verdict On Ventura. Wrigley Wrecking Ball.

Posted on Sep 26, 2014
Keywords: Aaron "R-e-l-a-x" Rodgers, Bored Jay Cutler, Jared Allen, Jimmy Dykes, Kyle "MVP" Fuller, Mel Tucker, Robin Ventura, Steve Yzerman, The Black Unicorn, Todd Ricketts

The College Football Report: The Fighting Costanzi!

Doing the opposite on a boogie-woogie weekend.

Posted on Sep 26, 2014
Keywords: Boogie Woogie, George Costanza, Pecan Bowl

TrackNotes: Tarnished Chrome, Not So Super Saturday & Game Off For Dude

Handsome ain't enough.

Posted on Sep 26, 2014
Keywords: California Chrome, Game On Dude, Super Saturday
Kool-Aid

Welcome Back To Point "A"

Unfortunately, I don't think leaving the ball in Aaron Rodgers' hands during the last possession leads to an overthrow in the end zone like it does with Geno Smith.

Posted on Sep 25, 2014
Keywords: Bart Starr, Chris Harris, Earl Bennett, Gary Fencik, Hitler, James Andrews, Kristin Cavallari, Marty Mornhinweg, Paul Rudd, Sunny D, Tiny Engebretsen

Fantasy Fix: Kiddie Quarterbacks

And their Cousins.

Posted on Sep 24, 2014
Keywords: Blake Bortles, Derek Carr, Kirk Cousins, Teddy Bridgewater

SportsMondayTuesday: In Tresty We Trusty, With A Dash Of Lovie

Cutler managed the game and the defense did the rest.

Posted on Sep 23, 2014
Keywords: Danny McCray, Jay Cutler, Jon Bostic, Kyle Fuller
The Cub Factor

Wrigley Wrecking Ball

The first nail in the Jumbotron is the last nail in the coffin.

Posted on Sep 22, 2014
Keywords: Big Ten Rivalry Week, Billy Cub, Jon Lester, Jorge Soler, Junior Lake, New Dale, The Plan
The White Sox Report

The Verdict On Ventura

Too conservative, a work in progress, and here for a few more seasons.

Posted on Sep 22, 2014
Keywords: Billy Martin, Jimmy Dykes, Tony LaRussa

The College Football Report Top Ten: The Oakland Raiders Select Jameis Winston!

The Minnesota Vikings select Pistol Pete.

Posted on Sep 22, 2014
Keywords: Emmit Smith, Milan Puskar Stadium, Northwestern State, Sports Illustrated Jinx, The Pflugerville Perines, Tim Tebow

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #18: Return To Bear Mountain!

In Tresty We Trusty. Plus: Brandon Marshall And Gloria Allred Grind Coach Coffman's Gears and California Uber Alles.

Posted on Sep 19, 2014
Keywords: Brandon Marshall, Devin Hester, Eric Weems, Gloria Allred, Josh McCown, Kane County Cougars, Kyle Fuller, Lovie Smith, Marc Trestman, New York Jets, Paul Konerko, Ricky Rentamanager, Robin Alwaysanadventura, Scotland

TrackNotes: Four Quarters And The Perfect Grift

As a wagerer, you have to have at least some faith it's on the up-and-up, square, game. I don't.

Posted on Sep 19, 2014
Keywords: Batman, California Chrome, Chuck Norris, Lovie Smith, Ray Rice
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The Incredibly True Stories Of The Bears' San Francisco Feat, Kyle Fuller's Childhood & Jets Fans In The Wild

The point is that it's safe to become excited about 2014 again.

Posted on Sep 18, 2014
Keywords: Al Michaels, Boardwalk Empire, Brad Johnson, Jimmy Clausen, Rodan, Sylvester Stallone

Fantasy Fix: Reality Intrudes

So does Jay Cutler.

Posted on Sep 16, 2014
Keywords: Adrian Peterson, Jay Cutler

The College Football Report Top Ten: Go Blue Hose! Boo Charlie Weis! Why Not Pitt?

Why the Blue Hose? Tune in Friday.

Posted on Sep 15, 2014
Keywords: Arkansas, Central Michigan, Northwestern, Presbyterian College, Rutgers

SportsMonday: Bears' Season Is Back On!

Flak jackets and fishing lines.

Posted on Sep 15, 2014
Keywords: Brandon Marshall, Jay Cutler, Kyle Fuller, Quinton Dial, Willie Young
The Cub Factor

New Dale Exposed

AKA Ricky Rentamanager.

Posted on Sep 15, 2014
Keywords: Big Ten Rivalry Week, Jacob Turner
The White Sox Report

A Good Guy Who Wore Black

Paul Konerko was the voice of reason when Ozzie, Hawk, Jerry and Kenny were not.

Posted on Sep 15, 2014
Keywords: A.J. Pierzynski, Frank Thomas, Jermaine Dye, Mark Buehrle

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #17: Panic At Bear Mountain

Jay is for Jerk, The Bills Were Due, and Carl's Wild Card Weekend Fishing Trip Is Back On. Plus: How Not To Talk About Ray Rice, and The Sky Is Falling.

Posted on Sep 12, 2014
Keywords: Bobby Hull, Chris Conte, Chris Sale, Devin Hester, Elena Delle Donne, George McCaskey, Jay Cutler, Jorge Soler, Josh McCown, Lance Briggs, Ray Rice, Willie Young

The College Football Report: Chalk & Chips

Don't call it a comeback, but we're calling for the Big Ten to royally vent against a series of tomato cans this weekend.

Posted on Sep 12, 2014
Keywords: Free Money Plan, High Point Solutions Stadium, JoJo Kemp, The Cy-Hawk Trophy
Kool-Aid

Wild Card Weekend Fishing Trip Back On

Get excited as if the playoffs are on the line - because unless you think the Bears can close out the season 10-4, they absolutely are.

Posted on Sep 11, 2014
Keywords: Brian de la Puente, Mister Fantastic

Fantasy Fix: Devin Hester Is Ridiculous Again, Jay Cutler is Jay Cutler Again

Week 1 in review.

Posted on Sep 10, 2014
Keywords: Aaron Rodgers, Devin Hester, Jay Cutler, Ray Rice
The Cub Factor

The Ricketts' Sticky Ticket Wicket

Paying more for less - again.

Posted on Sep 9, 2014
Keywords: Jay Cutler, Mike Ditka, Oktoberfest

SportsMonday: Cutler Flinched

Minivan Jay back to Surly Jay in one week.

Posted on Sep 8, 2014
Keywords: Chris Conte, Jay Cutler

The College Football Report Top Ten: The Ballad Of Pat Fitzgerald And The Big Ten's Last Stand

Brings a butter knife to a gunfight.

Posted on Sep 8, 2014
Keywords: Pat Fitzgerald, Pat Haden, Playoff Committee Conspiracy Theorists
The White Sox Report

Be Like Mike

An idea for Robin Ventura, whose job is surprisingly secure.

Posted on Sep 8, 2014
Keywords: Derrick Rose, Jay Cutler

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #16: Double Nickel On The Bears' Dime

You Better Bill-ieve It's A Must-Win! Plus: The Sky Is Flying; The Derrick Rosercoaster; The White Sox In The Thick Of The Race; and The Pageantry Of College Football: Bring On The Creampuffs.

Posted on Sep 5, 2014
Keywords: Chicago Sky, Derrick Rose, Garth Brooks, Lance Brigg's Lamborghini, Lance Briggs, Looks Like It's The University Of Illinois, Lovie Smith, Northwestern, Northwestern State, Paul Konerko, Rutgers, USC

The College Football Report: Bring On The Creampuffs, Including The Big Ten

Dating back to 2007, the Big Ten is 17-41 against ranked opponents.

Posted on Sep 5, 2014
Keywords: Citadel, Florida Atlantic, Lamar, McNeese State, Northwestern State
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The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: You Better Bill-ieve It's A Must-Win!

The Bears light up a bad Vikings defense in the season finale and finish 10-6. However, the win is not enough to make the playoffs and Lovie Smith is fired by the Bucs.

Posted on Sep 4, 2014
Keywords: Freddie Mercury, Matty Ice, The Double Nickel Smokehouse

Fantasy Fix: Matt Forte And The Futures Market

A gambler's draft.

Posted on Sep 3, 2014
Keywords: Cordarelle Patterson, Matt Forte, Tom Brady

SportsMondayTuesday: Chris Conte Lurks

And it's hard to see that as a positive sign in any way shape or form.

Posted on Sep 2, 2014
Keywords: Manny Ramirez, Shea McClellin

The College Football Report Top Ten: Kenny Football Edition

Remember kids, keep your head on a swivel out there.

Posted on Sep 2, 2014
Keywords: Charlie Weis, North Dakota State University, Pistol Pete, Ron Turner
The White Sox Report

In The Thick Of The Race!

Spoiler City.

Posted on Sep 1, 2014
Keywords: Billy Beane, Mose Allison

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #15: Super Bears Or Bust

Plus: The Sky Is Burning; Prospects Are Suspects Until Proven Otherwise, And So Is Starlin Castro; Deadspin Is Dead Wrong; and much, much more!

Posted on Aug 30, 2014
Keywords: Adam Archuleta, Arismendy Alcantara, Bryan LaHair, Devin Hester, Elena Delle Donne, Javy Baez, Joe DeCamillis, Jordan Lynch, Jordan Palmer, Jorge Soler, Jose Abreu, Josh McNown, Lovie Smith, Mike Olt, NIU, Santonio Holmes, Starlin Castro

The College Football Report: Crystal Ball Unit

It's a Buckeyes world, we're just livin' in it.

Posted on Aug 28, 2014
Keywords: Bob Stoops, Condoleezza Rice, Johnny Manziel, Outback Bowl, Tim Tebow
Kool-Aid

Back Toub The Future

In an effort to help the cause, I gassed up the windowless van and headed for Missouri.

Posted on Aug 28, 2014
Keywords: Brendon Ayanbadejo, Garrett Wolfe, K.C. Masterpiece, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Road House, Ronnie James Dio
The Cub Factor

Inside Tarpgate

If Wittenmyer truly got the story wrong, prove it and demand a retraction. But don't try to spin it away.

Posted on Aug 27, 2014
Keywords: Joe Ricketts, Obamacare, Pete Ricketts, Tom Ricketts

SportsMonday: Shell-Shocked

Sorry, Bears fans, but the road to a Super Bowl goes through Century Link Field.

Posted on Aug 25, 2014
Keywords: Century Link Field, Pete Carroll, Russell Wilson
The White Sox Report

Schooled By JRW

Are we to believe that kids from Englewood, Woodlawn, Bronzeville or South Shore, who went to now-shuttered schools or whose present schools rank near the bottom for standardized test scores, don't have poise, humility, or a sense of how to act?

Posted on Aug 25, 2014
Keywords: Jackie Robinson West

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #14: Bearsgate vs. Tarpgate

Only Chris Conte could get a concussion while missing the tackle. Plus: Cubs waiting for shovels to go on sale, Coach K does Bulls a solid, Gordon Beckham's four-year slump finally catches up to him, the Blackhawk who got away, this week in the Sky, and Jackie Robinson West.

Posted on Aug 23, 2014
Keywords: Chicago Sky, Chris Conte, Clown Kenney, Coach K, Derrick Rose, Gordon Beckham, Jackie Robinson West, Kevin Hayes, Tarpgate, Tom Ricketts

Fantasy Fix 2014 Football Draft Guide Part 3: WRs & TEs

Brandon Marshall vs. Alshon Jeffery vs. Martellus Bennett.

Posted on Aug 20, 2014
Keywords: Alshon Jeffery, Brandon Marshall, Martellus Bennett
The Cub Factor

Reality BobbleCubs

I finally figured out who Ricky Renteria is: New Brian.

Posted on Aug 19, 2014
Keywords: Brett Jackson, Gracie the Swan, Zubaz

SportsMonday: Signing Santonio

Former Super Bowl MVP comes with a rap sheet.

Posted on Aug 18, 2014
Keywords: David Bass, Phil Emery
The White Sox Report

Baby Boomer Baseball

Television is the engineer driving professional sports, dictating the pace of the games.

Posted on Aug 18, 2014
Keywords: Jerry Reinsdorf, Rob Manfred

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #13: Yay, Tastee-Freez!

Podcasting from the picnic tables: Jackie Robinson West; The Bears' #FirstDivisionProblems; Cartoon Cub; Jose Abreu Is Tired; Kiss The Sky.

Posted on Aug 16, 2014
Keywords: Jackie Robinson West, Tastee-Freez, Zach Miller

The Fantasy Fix 2014 Football Draft Guide Part 2: QBs & RBs

Jay Cutler vs. Josh McCown.

Posted on Aug 13, 2014
Keywords: Jay Cutler, Josh McCown, Matt Forte
The Cub Factor

Rick Rentamanager

Carlos Villanuewavagoodbye.

Posted on Aug 12, 2014
Keywords: Billy Cub, Dave Otto, Jim Hendry

SportsMonday: Being Martellus Bennett

Lesson learned?

Posted on Aug 11, 2014
Keywords: Martellus Bennett
The White Sox Report

Dunn Saga Done

The future Adam is Eaton - if he can stay healthy.

Posted on Aug 11, 2014
Keywords: Adam Dunn, Adam Eaton, Avisail Garcia, Paul Konerko

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #12: Bears Play Pretend Game

Plus: Javy Time. The White Sox Report. Offseason Kaner.

Posted on Aug 9, 2014
Keywords: Allen Iverson, Javy Time, Kaner

Fantasy Fix: Javy?

Duality and defense.

Posted on Aug 6, 2014
Keywords: Javy Baez
The Cub Factor

Cupboard Wasn't Bare After All

But the bank account was.

Posted on Aug 6, 2014
Keywords: Billy Cub, Castro to Baez to Rizzo, Kris Bryant, Mike Olt, Neil Ramirez
The White Sox Report

Bad Bullpens & Vice Versa

Hawk vs. Yogi.

Posted on Aug 5, 2014
Keywords: Addison Reed, Cliff Politte, Esteban Loaiza, Matt Davidson, Neal Cotts, Scott Schoeneweis

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #11: Derrick Rose A Saboteur By Any Other Name

Plus: Drinking The Bears' Bourbon & Baseball's Blockbusters.

Posted on Aug 1, 2014
Keywords: Billy Beane, Dave Dombrowski, Emilio Bonifacio, Joe Cowley, Marc Trestman, Mega-Punt, Paranoid Jerry Reinsdorf

TrackNotes: Junkies In Narcissistic Denial

Racing can't unite on anything - even cynicism.

Posted on Aug 1, 2014
Keywords: Bo Derek, PETA, Ray Rice, Roger Goodell, Splitsville

The Fantasy Fix 2014 Football Draft Guide Part 1: The Top 20

The decline in the value of running backs is really happening.

Posted on Jul 30, 2014
Keywords: Alshon Jeffery, Brandon Marshall, Matt Forte
The Cub Factor

Top 10 Reasons To Keep Watching

Now with less Darwin Barney!

Posted on Jul 29, 2014
Keywords: Billy Cub, Jeff Garlin

SportsMonday: D & D

For the Bears, all of the questions are on D. And the D.

Posted on Jul 28, 2014
Keywords: Cliff Stein, Jared Allen, Jon Bostic, Khaseem Greene, Kyle Fuller, Shea McCLellin
The White Sox Report

The Big Heart

I just watched a large man, a sports hero, a Chicago icon, display a slice of humanity that we see all too seldom from those who claim celebrity and adulation.

Posted on Jul 28, 2014
Keywords: Frank Thomas, Hall of Fame

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #10: No Love For Bulls

Plus: Jay Cutler's Conversion Van, Hawk Gone & Patrick Kane's Excellent Offseason Adventure.

Posted on Jul 26, 2014
Keywords: Billy Cub, Frank Thomas

Fantasy Fix: Studs, Duds & A Cub

Godspeed, Darwin.

Posted on Jul 22, 2014
Keywords: Darwin Barney, Justin Verlander

SportsMonday: Offseason City

Because baseball is meaningless on the South Side, hopeless on the North.

Posted on Jul 21, 2014
Keywords: Carmelo Anthony, Tony Snell
The White Sox Report

Beyond The Cell

Are Sox fans in all these houses?

Posted on Jul 21, 2014
The Cub Factor

Minor Threat

A world-class city doesn't tout its minor leagues.

Posted on Jul 21, 2014
Keywords: Daytona, Iowa, Tennessee

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #9: Bulls Plan B, Bears Plan D

Plus: Chicago's Embarrassing Draft Bid & The Only Baseball Story Left In Town.

Posted on Jul 18, 2014
Keywords: Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Rose, Dougie McBuckets, LeBron James

TrackNotes: Miracle And Wonder

Real racing at real horse palaces.

Posted on Jul 18, 2014
Keywords: Del Mar, Saratoga

Fantasy Fix: Just Like We Planned It

A first-half report.

Posted on Jul 17, 2014
Keywords: Clayton Kershaw, Felix Hernandez, Jose Abreu, Mike Trout, Scott Kazmir
The Cub Factor

All-Star Breakage

While Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo are at the All-Star Game in Minneapolis, the rest of the Cubs will be back home taking care of business. Here's what they'll be up to.

Posted on Jul 15, 2014
Keywords: Crane Kenney, John Adams, Senior Lake
The White Sox Report

Abreu Outfoxes ESPN

The next home run he hits won't come in batting practice.

Posted on Jul 14, 2014
Keywords: Dave Parker, Lew Alcindor

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #8: The Blackhawks Are The Only Chicago Sports Franchise Not Driving A Clown Car

Chicago Held Hostage. Rocky Wirtz Knows His Limitations. Dear White Sox: Closer By Committee Doesn't Work. We [Heart] Mendy. Bearing Down Soon. The Week In The Sky.

Posted on Jul 11, 2014
Keywords: Arismendy Alcantara, Rocky Wirtz

Fantasy Fix: Fire Sale Freakout

Don't forget the impact of trades on those left behind.

Posted on Jul 9, 2014
Keywords: Adam Dunn, Dayan Viciedo, Hector Rondon, Jason Hammel, Jeff Samardzija, Joey Votto, Jose Abreu, Justin Ruggiano
The Cub Factor

Hype-O-Dermic

Agnostic on the trade but allergic to the sycophantry.

Posted on Jul 8, 2014
Keywords: Gale Sayers, Keith Hernandez, Yoenis Cespedes
The White Sox Report

International Men Of Mystery

A Fourth of July melting pot.

Posted on Jul 7, 2014

SportsMonday: Cubbyball

Moneyball Ricketts-style.

Posted on Jul 7, 2014
Keywords: Billy Beane, Theo Epstein, Tom Ricketts

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #7: Cubs Get Beaned

The Cubs' big trade sure is part of The Plan - The Plan to fleece Cubs fans.

Posted on Jul 5, 2014
Keywords: Addison Russell, Billy Beane, Jason Hammel, Jeff Samardzija, Jim Hendry, Theo Epstein

Exclusive! Inside The Bulls' Plan To Get 'Melo

Bruce Rauner's accountant; Dennis Rodman's furs.

Posted on Jul 3, 2014
Keywords: Billy Dec, Hot Doug's, Payton Prep, Star Wars, Taste of Chicago, Tom Skilling

Fantasy Fix: Jake 'N' Bake

Mystery man.

Posted on Jul 2, 2014
Keywords: Jake Arrieta, Tim Lincecum

USA vs. Belgium: The Waffle-Eaters 'R' Us

Pay after you win.

Posted on Jul 1, 2014
Keywords: Belgium, Hulk Hogan
The Cub Factor

The Warped Tour

Edwin Jackson soon to be staff ace.

Posted on Jun 30, 2014
Keywords: Brett Jackson, Drunk Clark Cub, Edwin Jackson, Jake Arrieta, James Russell, Jed Hoyer, Jorge Soler, Junior Lake, Manny Ramirez, Theo Epstein

SportsMonday: MLB Asleep At The Switch

Don't look back; soccer is gaining on you.

Posted on Jun 30, 2014
Keywords: Bud Selig, World Cup
The White Sox Report

Against Clubhouse Chemistry

For on-field performance.

Posted on Jun 29, 2014
Keywords: Milton Bradley, Scott Downs

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #6: Backing In The Front Door

The U.S. backs into the next round by losing just one of three unlike a bunch of other teams going home. Plus: The Bulls' puzzling draft day.

Posted on Jun 27, 2014
Keywords: Dougie McBuckets, Elena Delle Donne, Jose Abreu, Michael Bradley

So You're Saying The U.S. Has A Chance?

Expect the most dramatic bore in American soccer history.

Posted on Jun 26, 2014
Keywords: Clint Dempsey, Jurgen Klinsmann, Michael Bradley

SportsMonday: The Future Is Surprisingly Now

The original plan went out the window 30 seconds into this tournament.

Posted on Jun 23, 2014
Keywords: Clint Dempsey, Herb Brooks, Jurgen Klinsmann, Michael Bradley
The White Sox Report

Not Soup Yet

Unwatched pot not boiling anyway.

Posted on Jun 23, 2014
Keywords: Eduardo Escobar, Patrick Mannelly, Team USA

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #5: Jeff Smartypants vs. Jay Butt-Head

Heroes and zeroes.

Posted on Jun 20, 2014
Keywords: LeBron James, Major Tom
The Cub Factor

What Abraham Lincoln Would Say

Rotten to the Core Four.

Posted on Jun 17, 2014
Keywords: Mr. Potato Head, Shakespeare

SportsMonday: What About The Bulls?

The Heat are still the team to emulate.

Posted on Jun 16, 2014
Keywords: Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Love, LeBron James
The White Sox Report

Shifty

And Swoony. And TGIM.

Posted on Jun 16, 2014
Keywords: Adam Dunn, Ted Williams

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #4: No Cubs No!

The most interesting thing about the White Sox is that they're interesting. Plus: The shocking NBA Finals, the inauspicious opening of the World Cup, the horse racing world post-Chrome, and our exclusive report inside Chicago's bid to host the 2015 NFL Draft.

Posted on Jun 13, 2014
Keywords: Brazil, California Chrome, Detroit Tigers, San Antonio Spurs

Exclusive! Inside Chicago's NFL Draft Bid

$1 million pledged to media effort led by David Axelrod to convince Chicagoans they should feel better about themselves because a bunch of rich guys are coming here to party.

Posted on Jun 12, 2014
Keywords: David Axelrod, Harold Washington Library, Jenny McCarthy, Mike Ditka, Roger Goodell, The Admiral, Tom Ricketts

U.S. Coach: World Cup Win 'Not Realistic'

Also weighs in on Cubs, climate change.

Posted on Jun 12, 2014
Keywords: Rio

Fantasy Fix: Mining The Minors

Who's next?

Posted on Jun 10, 2014
Keywords: Javy Baez, Yasiel Puig

SportsMonday: Lay Off LeBron

The poster child for irrational sports commentary leads the media down a rabbit hole.

Posted on Jun 9, 2014
Keywords: Gregg Popovich, Skip Bayless
The White Sox Report

West Coast Woes

One can't blame Sox fans for thinking, "Is that all there is?"

Posted on Jun 9, 2014
Keywords: Chris Sale, Dodger Dog, Don Zimmer, Hector Noesi, John Danks, Robin Ventura, Ronald Belisario, Vin Scully

TrackNotes: America's (Drugged-Up) Horses, California Chrome & Betting The Belmont

If Chrome wins the Triple Crown, might we say he's the best horse ever? Um, no.

Posted on Jun 7, 2014
Keywords: California Chrome, Lasix

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #3: Blackhawks Post-Mortem, Kubs Pre-Mortem & World Cup Mortem

Plus: How the White Sox are out-rebuilding Theo.

Posted on Jun 6, 2014

SportsMonday: X Factor Stars With An O

Blackhawks season ends by slimmest of margins.

Posted on Jun 2, 2014
Keywords: Duncan Keith, Johnny Oduya, Niklas Hjalmarrson
The White Sox Report

Draft Danger

It is not unreasonable to worry that if Rick Hahn selects one of the aspiring pitching phenoms, the kid will develop arm problems requiring surgery long before he ever reaches the South Side.

Posted on Jun 2, 2014
Keywords: Chris Sale, Gary Railcats, Mark Buehrle, Rick Hahn, Steve Ballmer

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #2: Kaner & The Kubs

Here we go again. Plus: Are The White Sox Still Playing? and Chicago's French Open.

Posted on May 31, 2014
Keywords: Corey Crawford, Cosmo Kramer, Crane Kenney, Don Young, Manny Ramirez, Patrick Kane, Robin Ventura, Sammy Sosa, Taylor Townsend

TrackNotes: Murderous Marketers

It's never about the horses or the racing with these people.

Posted on May 29, 2014
Keywords: Never Tell Lynda, Seabiscuit

Fantasy Fix: Astrology

How is it that this pitcher was still available in more than 30% of Yahoo! leagues as of Monday?

Posted on May 28, 2014
Keywords: Dallas Keuchel

SportsMondayTuesday: Panic Central

Blackhawks suddenly have something in common with Cubs.

Posted on May 27, 2014
Keywords: Manny Ramirez, Patrick Kane
The White Sox Report

Jeter Exits The Cell

What's the big deal?

Posted on May 25, 2014
Keywords: Billy Martin, Casey Stengel, Copacabana, Joe Torre, Reggie Jackson, Yogi Berra

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #1: Coach Queasy & The Qubs

Welcome to the pre-beta edition of The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour, our weekly sports roundup. In this show: Coach Queasy & The Qubs. Plus: Theo Doesn't Get It, Rick Renteria's Disconnected Optimism Wearing Thin & The Jed Hoyer Condescension Meter.

Posted on May 24, 2014
Keywords: Jed Hoyer, Jeff Samardzija, Joel Quenneville, Nena

TrackNotes: Loose Ends From The Triple Crown Trail

A tradition that has no equal in American sports.

Posted on May 23, 2014
Keywords: Arlington Park, California Chrome, Churchill Downs, Dumb Ass Partners, Otis Taylor, The 1985 Bears

Tweeting Samardzija

His bobblehead just became sentient and is looking for trouble.

Posted on May 22, 2014
Keywords: Cy Young, Darwin Barney, Jose Veras, New York Yankees
The Cub Factor

Future Shock

Worrying about sustained success is for normal franchises, not the Cubs.

Posted on May 20, 2014
Keywords: Betty J. Soedler, Peter Cetera

SportsMonday: Coach Q Is Queasy

On the edge of unhingement.

Posted on May 19, 2014
Keywords: Joel Quenneville
The White Sox Report

Bye Bye Beckham

Hello, Micah Johnson.

Posted on May 19, 2014
Keywords: Bill de Blasio, Emeril, James Andrews, Rahm Emanuel, Rick Bayless, Rick Hahn

Clemente's Awesome Archers

58th in America.

Posted on May 16, 2014
Keywords: National Archery in the Schools Program

Fantasy Fix: Broken Arms

Jason Hammel vs. Jose Fernandez.

Posted on May 14, 2014
Keywords: Chris Sale, Cy Young, Jason Hammel
The Cub Factor

Misaligned Incentives

Ricky Renteria ordered the Code Red.

Posted on May 13, 2014
Keywords: Babe Ruth, Carlos Villanueva, Clark Cub, Edwin Jackson, Javy Baez, Jed Hoyer, Jeff Samardzija, Junior Lake, Kris Bryant, Pedro Martinez, Rick Sutcliffe, Ricky Renteria, Starlin Castro
The White Sox Report

Escalators & Troughs

Some choices are easier than others.

Posted on May 12, 2014
Keywords: Bill Veeck, Crosstown Classic, Ernie Banks

SportsMonday: Johnny Hockey

He doesn't do anything particularly well except be there when his team needs it.

Posted on May 12, 2014
Keywords: Joel Quenneville, Marian Hossa, Patrick Sharp

Trollscout Lives In Elmhurst

"He's not racist, he's gutless."

Posted on May 9, 2014
Keywords: Jason Whitlock, Nolan Nawrocki, Punxsutawney Phil

Fantasy Fix: A Crosstown Couple

Two local names beyond the usual suspects - the Abreus and Rizzos - who might be able to help your fantasy team.

Posted on May 8, 2014
Keywords: Dioner Navarro, Hector Rondon, Jose Abreu, Tyler Flowers
The Cub Factor

Traveling Salesmen & Hookers

When the Cubs go on the road, it must be like the flea market coming to town.

Posted on May 6, 2014
Keywords: Billy Cub, C.J. Edwards, Jeff Samardzija, Joe Borowski, Jose Abreu, Junior Lake, Justin Grimm, Masahiro Tanaka, Matt Garza
The White Sox Report

The Hits Keep Coming

New batting coach Todd Steverson's job is safe - for now.

Posted on May 5, 2014
Keywords: Greg Walker, Jeff Manto, Todd Steverson

Secret To Success: A Derby Win And Racing's Doping Addiction

Today at least 95 percent of American racehorses have the drug in their system when they leave the starting gate.

Posted on May 3, 2014
Keywords: Alex Harthill, Bill Hartack, E.P. Taylor, Horatio Luro, Northern Dancer

Meet The Magic Blackhawks Ice Bucket

100 percent aluminum.

Posted on May 2, 2014
Keywords: K-Rud, LuckyEscape

Fantasy Fix: The Best And Worst Of April

Including Jose and Hammel.

Posted on Apr 30, 2014
Keywords: K-Rod, Ted Williams
The Cub Factor

Escape From Wrigley Island

Only the best get away.

Posted on Apr 28, 2014
Keywords: Billy Cub, Bob Brenly, Brett Jackson, Carlos Villanueva, Emilio Bonifacio, Jason Hammel, Javy Baez, Josh Vitters, Junior Lake, Mark Grace, Matt Garza, Starlin Castro

SportsMonday: Thibodeau Has Been Terrible

There will have to be a reckoning that the super-coach has struggled mightily in this series - and the players have followed his lead.

Posted on Apr 28, 2014
Keywords: D.J. Augustin, Jimmy Butler, Kirk Hinrich, Luol Deng, Stacey King
The White Sox Report

El Natural

Technically, Jose Abreu is a rookie, but in reality he's anything but.

Posted on Apr 28, 2014
Keywords: Adam Eaton, Albert Pujols, Bob (Hurricane) Hazle, Carlos Delgado, Grant Balfour, Kent Hrbek, Paul Konerko, Scott Carroll

This Week In Deadspin Chicago

Hijinks in Homer City.

Posted on Apr 25, 2014
Keywords: Brent Seabrook, David Kaplan, Joey Crawford, Mark Grote, Patrick Kane, Peggy Kusinski, Sammy Sosa, The Cubs' 400-Pound Wrigley Cake

Cubs Two-Game Win Streak Finally Comes To An End!

A ninth inning 100 years in the making.

Posted on Apr 24, 2014
Keywords: Carlos Zambrano, Cubs Kid, James Russell, Jeff Samardzija, Justin Ruggiano, Lin Brehmer, Pedro Strop, Rick Renteria, Steve Bartman, Theo Epstein, Tony Campana, Wrigley Field

The Chicago Youth Boxing Club Is Really Not About The Boxing

The Gym vs. The Streets.

Posted on Apr 23, 2014
Keywords: Humboldt Park, Little Village, North Lawndale
The Cub Factor

Ricky Sveum

Another manager who didn't get the memo.

Posted on Apr 22, 2014
Keywords: Alfonso Soriano, Chico the Chihuaua, Junior Lake, Mike Olt, Travis Bickell

SportsMonday: Six Degrees Of Playoff Losses

Blackhawk and Bulls fans experienced a remarkable run of the worst of the worst over the weekend.

Posted on Apr 21, 2014
Keywords: Andre Miller, Brent Seabrook
The White Sox Report

Attendance Already In Check

It's the ballpark, stupid.

Posted on Apr 21, 2014
Keywords: Felipe Paulino, The Chairman, The Cubs

Joel Quenneville's Horse Just May Make It To The Kentucky Derby After All

Trip to the Preakness more likely, however.

Posted on Apr 19, 2014
Keywords: Bob Baffert, Mike Tice

Blackhawks Buckle

A real nut-grabber.

Posted on Apr 18, 2014
Keywords: Brent Seabrook, Corey Crawford, Joel Quenneville's Nuts, Johnny Oduya, Patrick Kane

Chicago Wildfire Catch On With ESPN

Just opened season against the Minnesota Wind Chill.

Posted on Apr 17, 2014
Keywords: American Ultimate Disc League, USA Ultimate

Fantasy Fix: Sox Appeal

Trade or hold?

Posted on Apr 16, 2014
Keywords: Alexei Ramirez
The Cub Factor

Theo Casualties Mount

Patience is not a virtue.

Posted on Apr 15, 2014
Keywords: Alfonso Soriano, Billy Cub, Javy Baez, Jose Veras, Junior Lake, Ricky Renteria, Stanley Sliwa
The White Sox Report

If Only Adam Eaton Could Pitch

If the '83 team won ugly, this crew is on the edge of repulsive.

Posted on Apr 14, 2014
Keywords: Addison Reed, Felipe Paulino, Matt Lindstrom, Nellie Fox

Jon Stewart vs. The NCAA

Take that, Davids Haugh and Kaplan.

Posted on Apr 12, 2014
Keywords: Joseph Stalin, Shabazz Napier

Our Chicago Sports Museum

Featuring greeter Dennis Green and Animatronic Ozzie.

Posted on Apr 10, 2014
Keywords: Albert Belle, Bill Wirtz, Duncan Keith's Teeth, Lee Elia

Fantasy Fix: Forfeiting The Save

Carlos Villanueva good for something.

Posted on Apr 9, 2014
Keywords: Andrew Cashner, Carlos Villanueva

SportsMondayTuesday: The View From North Texas

What can they see from up there?

Posted on Apr 8, 2014
Keywords: AT&T Stadium, Northwestern, Ryan Boatright
The Cub Factor

The Cubs' Caretaker

Ricky Renteria is already on bad paper.

Posted on Apr 8, 2014
Keywords: Carlos Villanueva, Dale Sveum, Mike Quade, Ricky Renteria, The Plan
The White Sox Report

Replays vs. Rhubarbs

The end of kicking dirt?

Posted on Apr 6, 2014
Keywords: Bobby Cox, Earl Weaver, Grande Cinnamon Dolce Latte, Leo Durocher, Ozzie Guillen, Ron Gardenhire, Tony LaRussa

Businesses Love Bucky

Badger beer bellies travel well.

Posted on Apr 4, 2014
Keywords: Bo Ryan, Bodacious Barbecue

Fantasy Fix: False Starts

It's not too early to start picking up Cubs.

Posted on Apr 1, 2014
Keywords: Alexei Ramirez, Emilio Bonifacio

SportsMonday: Theo's Real Track Record

An impressive list of failures.

Posted on Mar 31, 2014
Keywords: Andrew Cashner, Anthony Rizzo, Jeff Samardzija, Jim Hendry, Jorge Soler, Jose Abreu, Starlin Castro, Yasiel Puig, Yoenis Cespedes
The Cub Factor

The Death March Begins Again

Even Clark The Cub won't make it through the season.

Posted on Mar 31, 2014
Keywords: Dioner Navarro, Edgar Renteria, Jim Deshaies, Junior Lake
The White Sox Report

Cold Predictions

Decent - or really, really bad.

Posted on Mar 31, 2014
Keywords: Chris Sale, Francis Parker School, Mark Buehrle, Nellie Fox

Why NU Football Players Are Employees

The case presented by Northwestern turned out to be surprisingly weak.

Posted on Mar 28, 2014
Keywords: Kain Colter, Lester Munson, Peter Sung Ohr

Fantasy Fix: Slouching Toward Opening Day

Better to own Luis Valbuena or Javy Baez?

Posted on Mar 26, 2014
Keywords: Javy Baez, Luis Valbuena
The White Sox Report

Giddy In Glendale

Six weeks of warm, cordial public relations - and the bats of Avisail Garcia and Jose Abreu - puts everyone in a festive mood.

Posted on Mar 25, 2014
Keywords: Adam Dunn, Adam Eaton, Camelback Ranch, Jose Quintana, Paul Konerko

SportsMonday: Money Train

Other than that fact that it is all fundamentally corrupt, the NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament continues to be a remarkable sporting spectacle.

Posted on Mar 24, 2014
Keywords: CBS, ESPN, Lousville, Turner Broadcasting, UConn

Busting Warren Buffett's Billion-Dollar Bracket

A risk-free marketing play.

Posted on Mar 20, 2014
Keywords: Berkshire Hathaway

The Cubs Are Still A Very Bad Bet

Expect them to give the Astros a run for worst team in the majors - and place your wagers accordingly.

Posted on Mar 19, 2014
Keywords: Alfonso Soriano, Edwin Jackson, Jeff Samardzija

A Very Special 30 For 30: Brian

What if I told you he wasn't the greatest?

Posted on Mar 18, 2014
Keywords: The Greatest

SportsMonday: Keeping Hossa Healthy

Break point.

Posted on Mar 17, 2014
Keywords: Ante Raanta, Avalanche, Red Wings, Slovakia

Exclusive! Why Josh McCown Choose The Bucs Over The Bears

Was always a huge Lee Roy Selmon fan.

Posted on Mar 12, 2014
Keywords: Jeff Joniak, Jenny McCarthy, Jimmy Buffett, Joe Maddon, Lee Roy Selmon

Fantasy Fix: Baseball Draft Guide Part 6 - The Top 50

Can you spot the lone Chicago player?

Posted on Mar 12, 2014
Keywords: Albert Pujols, Alex Rios, Mike Trout, Ryan Braun

SportsMonday: A Bulls Wet Blanket

Joakim-sanity!

Posted on Mar 10, 2014
Keywords: Jimmer Fredette, Joakim Noah

Fantasy Fix: Baseball Draft Guide Part 5 - Closing Time

Post-Mo.

Posted on Mar 5, 2014
Keywords: Addison Reed, Craig Kimbrel

Richie Incognito Would Never Happen In Baseball

Locker room culture gap.

Posted on Mar 3, 2014
Keywords: Cornell College, Jim Bouton, Miami Dolphins

SportsMonday: Forget Carmelo And The Heat

Can't we revel in the present state of the Bulls for a just a little while?

Posted on Mar 3, 2014
Keywords: Jimmy Butler, Luol Deng

Cubs TV Deal: Obnoxious Payday Ahead

Ricketts to get richer while payroll suffers.

Posted on Mar 3, 2014
Keywords: Comcast, Crane Kenney, Fox, WGN

Soldier Field Is A Hockey Rink

How they did it.

Posted on Feb 28, 2014
Keywords: Blackhawks, Brrr, NHL, Penguins, Soldier Field, Stadium Series

Chicago Soccer Player Patrick Grange Had CTE

Doctors found extensive frontal lobe damage.

Posted on Feb 27, 2014
Keywords: Chicago Fire, UIC

Fantasy Fix: Baseball Draft Guide Part 4 - The Big Fish

What, no Junior Lake?

Posted on Feb 26, 2014
Keywords: Adam Eaton, Avisail Garcia

What The MSM Missed In Sochi

The top seven underplayed storylines.

Posted on Feb 25, 2014
Keywords: Adelina Sotnikova, Justin Reiter, Shaun White, Yulia Lipnitskaya

SportsMonday: Hoping Michael Sam's Stock Drops

That's how he becomes a Bear.

Posted on Feb 24, 2014
Keywords: Illinois State, Jason Collins, Manti Te'o, Mizzou

Relevant Excerpt: The Cartel: Inside The Rise And Imminent Fall Of The NCAA

The "student-athlete" concept was invented to avoid workers' compensation insurance claims for injured football players.

Posted on Feb 21, 2014
Keywords: liability, Workers' comp

Fantasy Fix: Baseball Draft Guide Part 3 - 3B, SS & The Last Of The Sure Thing

Starlin Castro vs. Alexei Ramirez vs. . . . Javier Baez?

Posted on Feb 20, 2014
Keywords: Alexei Ramirez, Javier Baez, Starlin Castro

Mistwood vs. Morningwood*

Hey everybody, we're all gonna get laid!

Posted on Feb 19, 2014
Keywords: Judge Smales, Lacey Underall, Romeoville, Waupaca Deep Face Bunker Sand

The Cubs Are Totally Gonna Get Their Shit Together This Spring (Not)

Why not us.

Posted on Feb 18, 2014
Keywords: Anthony Rizzo, Brett Jackson, Rick Renteria, Starlin Castro

SportsMonday: The Cubs' Bear Market

Put your money in index funds instead.

Posted on Feb 17, 2014
Keywords: Gordon Wittenmyer, Joe Ricketts, Tom Ricketts

Olympic Village Tour: See Where The Athletes Live, Train And Fuck Each Other

All these athletes are hot, horny and ready to go.

Posted on Feb 14, 2014
Keywords: Jamie Anderson, Tinder

Fantasy Fix: Baseball Draft Guide Part 2 - 1B Logjam, 2B Drought

Sorry, Barney and Beckham.

Posted on Feb 12, 2014
Keywords: Anthony Rizzo, Jose Abreu

Chicago 2016!

The most expensive games ever would have put our own toilets on display.

Posted on Feb 11, 2014
Keywords: R.J. Vanecko, Richard M. Daley, Yakov Malort

SportsMonday: Mediocre Bulls Just Starting

Even cynics must admit the team is a surprising success.

Posted on Feb 10, 2014
Keywords: D.J. Augustin, Jerry Reinsdorf, Taj Gibson

Is Martellus Bennett The Most Interesting Man In Chicago?

Black Unicorn, Orange Dino, Renaissance Rapper. He might even come to your kid's birthday party.

Posted on Feb 7, 2014

Dislike: Friday Night Tykes

Texas youth football players face injuries, foul language and hard hits - at age 8.

Posted on Feb 6, 2014

Fantasy Fix: Baseball Draft Guide Part 1 - The Pitchers And Catchers Report Report

An intracity Chicago battery makes the list.

Posted on Feb 5, 2014
Keywords: Chris Sale, Welington Castillo

Sochi Preview: Welcome To The Russian Riviera

The most expensive Games ever are being held in a subtropical resort surrounded by conflict zones and riddled with Chicago-style corruption writ large.

Posted on Feb 4, 2014
Keywords: Bode Miller, Vladimir Putin

SportsMonday: Chicago's Basketball Bounty

We are in the midst of the greatest cluster of talent to ever come out of this city.

Posted on Feb 3, 2014
Keywords: Anthony Davis, Cliff Alexander, Derrick Rose, Jabari Parker, Jahlil Okafor

Tweeting The Super Bowl Suckage

Everyone was selling cars last night.

Posted on Feb 3, 2014
Keywords: Bob Dylan, Bruno Mars, Pam Oliver, Peyton Manning, Prince, Puppy Bowl, Radio Shack, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Zooey Deschanel

The Super Bowl Is Decadent And Depraved

One of the best, funniest, strangest and most revealing football documentaries ever made.

Posted on Jan 31, 2014
Keywords: Orange Bowl, Super Bowl X, Up With People

Fantasy Fix: Hot Stove Happs

New White Sock Adam Eaton on the radar.

Posted on Jan 29, 2014
Keywords: Adam Eaton, Jacoby Ellsbury, Joe Nathan, Josh Johnson, Mark Trumbo, Prince Fielder, Robinson Cano

SportsMonday: Hawks Our Only Hope

But if they struggle on the road the next few weeks . . .

Posted on Jan 27, 2014
Keywords: Atlanta Thrashers, Bobby Hull, Calgary Flames, Phoenix Coyotes, Winnipeg Jets
The White Sox Report

Extending Robin Ventura's Pulse

Let's talk about the new contract for a 99-loss manager whose original hiring remains a curiosity.

Posted on Jan 27, 2014
Keywords: Arroyo Grande, SoxFest, The White Flag Trade, Will Rogers

Why Tanaka Rejected The Cubs And White Sox

Not room for him and Jay Cutler in same town for next seven years.

Posted on Jan 23, 2014
Keywords: Clark The Cub, Cody Ransom, Hawk Harrelson, Joe Girardi, Kosuke Fukudome, Len Kasper, Mark DeRosa, Oprah

SportsMonday: The Tanaka Tease

In classic Cubs circularity, the team has set itself up to lose out on theJapanese phenom.

Posted on Jan 20, 2014
Keywords: Jeff Samardzija, Rick Hahn, Tom Ricketts

How To Make Clark Cub Cool

For example, redesign him as the opposite of everything he is now.

Posted on Jan 17, 2014

Exclusive Interview With Clark Cub!

We talked about life, longing and what it was like being a Cubs mascot.

Posted on Jan 16, 2014
Keywords: Crane Kenney, Harry Caray's, Jeff Gordon

SportsMonday: Anti-Tanking 101

Even if it was acceptable, it almost never works.

Posted on Jan 13, 2014
Keywords: Jabari Parker, Jerry Reinsdorf, Luol Deng

NFL Concludes Ex-Players Taking Their Own Lives Because They Miss Football So Much

Merely bad cases of football withdrawal.

Posted on Jan 10, 2014
Keywords: Chicago Beef-Sharing Program, Dave Duerson, Howie & The Gang, Roger Goodell, Terry

Luol Deng Too Good To Be A Bull

Unlike Derrick Rose, a leader and a great humanitarian.

Posted on Jan 8, 2014
Keywords: Bulls PR, Miami Heat, South Sudan, Tom Thibodeau

Exclusive: Inside Jay Cutler's Contract

No one has to know about Lauren Conrad.

Posted on Jan 7, 2014
Keywords: Brian Urlacher, Hot Doug's, Lauren Conrad, Mike Martz, Obamacare, Peyton Manning, Ventra

SportsMonday: Don't Buy What Cubs Are Selling

Way too many local sports commentators have bought the company line regarding the Cubs' finances hook, line and sinker.

Posted on Jan 6, 2014
Keywords: Hook Line & Sinker, Theo Epstein, Tom Ricketts

The College Football Report: Jimmy Kimmel, Pistol Pete & The Discover Card

An exclusive club called anybody.

Posted on Jan 3, 2014
Keywords: AT&T, Chik-fil-A, Orange, Sugar, Tostitos

SportsMonday: The Bears Are Who We Thought They Were

Packers game didn't tell us anything we didn't already know.

Posted on Dec 30, 2013
Keywords: Aaron Rodgers, Chris Conte

The College Football Report: The Bowls Drone On

Forecast: Classified.

Posted on Dec 27, 2013
Keywords: Northrop Grumman, Paul Martin's American Grill, Texas, They Are Marshall, Waste Management
Kool-Aid

We Regret The Errors

The 2013 Bears: I've banged fatter!

Posted on Dec 27, 2013
Keywords: Abe Simpson, Barry Sanders, Breaking Bad, Count Chocula, Donovan McNabb, Drew Brees, Ed Hochuli, Edmonton Oilers, ExtenZe, Hawk Harrelson, Jared Allen, Joe Flacco, Joe Walsh, Kyle Orton, Mark Twain, Satan

The College Football Report: HOT-N-READY

DEEP!DEEP!

Posted on Dec 26, 2013
Keywords: Jordan Lynch, Little Caesars

Packers Week

The NFL's oldest rivalry in five parts.

Posted on Dec 24, 2013
Keywords: Aaron Rodgers, Bart Starr, Door County, Eric & Red Forman, Jim McMahon, Jimmy Kimmel

SportsMonday: Bears Stinks

Flexed into oblivion.

Posted on Dec 23, 2013
Keywords: Aaron Rodgers' Collarbone, Carlos Zambrano, Jay Cutler, Jeremy Roenick, Seinfeld

The College Football Report And The College Football Report Free Range Sacred Chicken Present The 2013-14 Bowl Season

Winners, Losers, Covers, Pushes, Overs, Unders, Best Dressed, Worst Buffet, Bowls You Didn't Know Existed, Bowls You Knew Existed But Had Forgotten, Most Obscure, Weirdest Sponsor, Best Destination, Worst Destination, Least Interesting, Best Match-Up, Awesomest Mascot, and the debut of the College Football Report Imaginary Bowl Game Series, or the CFRIBGS as we like to call it.

Posted on Dec 20, 2013
Keywords: Beef 'O' Brady's, Bugs Bunny, Royal Purple High Performance Lubricants, Smurf Turf, Travis Tritt, USC Song Girls, Zia Pueblo
Kool-Aid

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Smokin' Jay Cutler

Bump meets grind.

Posted on Dec 19, 2013
Keywords: Alshon Jeffery, Cris Collinsworth, Dolf Lundgren, Drak, Faksimile, Nick Foles, Oog, R. Kelly

Fantasy Fix: Charles In Charge

The 2014 draft is already shaping up.

Posted on Dec 18, 2013
Keywords: Adrian Peterson, Jamaal Charles, LeSean McCoy, Matt Forte, Peyton Manning

SportsMonday: The New Jay Cutler

Maybe Josh McCown was the best thing that ever happened to him.

Posted on Dec 16, 2013
Keywords: Chris Conte, Jeremiah Ratliff, Marc Trestman, Martellus Bennett

The College Football Report: Clowneys, Couches & Coaching Carousels

There is no better display of why we love this sport than this tradition.

Posted on Dec 13, 2013
Keywords: Army-Navy, Cyril Crutchfield, Domino's Bread Bowl, Mike Tomlin, Nick Saban, the South Carolina Highway Patrol, Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, Touchdown Tommie
Kool-Aid

The Proverbial Josh McCown

Just a guy.

Posted on Dec 12, 2013
Keywords: Adam Podlesh, Larry Hagman, Marvin Ridge High School, Moonraker

Fantasy Fix: Rise Of The Anti-Cutler

Replacement stars.

Posted on Dec 11, 2013
Keywords: Adrian Peterson, Cordarelle Patterson, Joique Bell, Josh McCown, Marcel Reece, Marques Colston

SportsMondayTuesday: McCown Clowns Cowboys

On a brutally cold night in Chicago, McCown was considerably better than a $108 million man.

Posted on Dec 10, 2013
Keywords: Jack Concannon, Jay Cutler, Rich Gannon, Tony Romo

Dizzy Grant Dribbles Chicago

No green screens were used.

Posted on Dec 9, 2013
Keywords: Curly Neal, Meadowlark Lemon

The College Football Report: The Worst Best Rankings

Plus: The Jameis Winston Saga and Bowl Invites Are Here!

Posted on Dec 6, 2013
Keywords: Buster Olney, Deadspin, Kraft, NIU, Teddy Bridgewater, the Chanticleers, The Sark, the Tigers, Willie Meggs
Kool-Aid

How 'Bout Them Cowboys

It may surprise you to find out that I have a mortgage and a child.

Posted on Dec 5, 2013
Keywords: Brad Dougherty, Chad Henne, Craig Steltz, Jamie Foxx, Jay Ratliff, Joss Whedon, Matt Cassell, New Orleans Pelicans

Fantasy Fix: Get Ball

Duh and done.

Posted on Dec 3, 2013
Keywords: Donald Brown, Montee Ball, Peyton Manning

SportsMonday: Kicking Trestman

A classic case of a scared coach playing not to lose.

Posted on Dec 2, 2013
Keywords: Blair Walsh, Mike Vanderjagt, Robbie Gould

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: A Thanksgivukkah Miracle

How Josh McCown saved the Pilgrims during the harsh winter at Valley Forge.

Posted on Nov 28, 2013
Keywords: Bennie Cunningham, Eric Dickerson, Patch, Robert Irvine

Fantasy Fix: The 5th Annual Pope's Nose Awards!

When you have ruined someone's chance at fantasy football glory, a bird's butt-flap is all you're getting.

Posted on Nov 27, 2013
Keywords: Eli Manning, Fred Davis, Roddy White, Trent Richardson

SportsMonday: Bush Whacked

Just because you want him to be a short-yardage specialist doesn't mean he is a short-yardage specialist.

Posted on Nov 25, 2013
Keywords: Benny Cunningham, Michael Bush, Twitter, Zac Stacy

The College Football Report: Who Needs A Palate Cleanser?

Hide the bacon.

Posted on Nov 22, 2013
Keywords: Brutus the Buckeye, Harry Belafonte, Lane Kiffin, The Muppets, Themistocles

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Local Blackout Drunk

The chances of precipitation this week are slim.

Posted on Nov 21, 2013
Keywords: Jeff Fisher, Mary Kay Kleist

Is Marc Trestman Awesome Or What?

Everything Theo Epstein was looking for.

Posted on Nov 20, 2013
Keywords: Adam Hoge, Brian Urlacher, Lovie Smith, Olin Kreutz

SportsMonday: Tiebreakers

The Bears have been just good enough, and the Lions and Packers just bad enough, that it all still matters.

Posted on Nov 18, 2013
Keywords: Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, The Mully And Hanley Show
Kool-Aid

Explain Away The Pain

Coming to theaters next summer.

Posted on Nov 14, 2013
Keywords: Don Cheadle, Joe Flacco, John Boehner, Matt Damon, Ryan Seacrest, Seymour Butz, Staley, Steven Soderbergh

Fantasy Fix: Giving Up On Gonzo

Tight end troubles.

Posted on Nov 14, 2013
Keywords: Aaron Rodgers, Tony Gonzalez

Blackhawks Croak Bullfrogs, Jump Back Into Stanley Cup Finals!

The uniforms are phosphorescent.

Posted on Nov 12, 2013
Keywords: Baltimore Bandits, Seattle Bull Frogs

SportsMonday: Trestman, Goat

Bears coach abdicated one of his basic responsibilities.

Posted on Nov 11, 2013
Keywords: Jay Cutler, Josh McCown

The College Football Report: We Can't Stop This Wrecking Ball

They call Miley Cyrus the Crimson Tide.

Posted on Nov 8, 2013
Keywords: Avicii, Dr. Pepper Crystal, Gozer the Gozerian, Katy Perry
Kool-Aid

Lather, Rinse, Retweet

The Bears' template for success.

Posted on Nov 7, 2013
Keywords: Barack Obama, Dolph Lundgren, Eugene S. Pulliam, Florida International University Golden Panthers, George C. Scott, Maurice Jones-Drew, Richie Incognito, Seneca Wallace

Fantasy Fix: Second-Half Stars

Late bloomers who might provide the edge you need to get into the playoffs and/or win a championship.

Posted on Nov 5, 2013
Keywords: Case Keenum, Nick Foles

SportsTuesday: Maestros Marc And McCown

Meet the cheese-graters.

Posted on Nov 5, 2013
Keywords: Aaron Rodgers, Adam Podlesh, Cheese Graters, Corey Wootton, Hunter Hillenmeyer, Joe DeCamillis, Jon Gruden, Josh McCown, Julius Peppers, Marc Trestman, Matt Forte, Mel Tucker, Seneca Wallace, Shea McClellin

Bears-Packers Betting Preview: Organizations Beat Organizations

Take the Packers and the Under.

Posted on Nov 4, 2013
Keywords: Big Al, The Under

The College Football Report: Wide Right

IMG, FSU, ROI, WTF.

Posted on Nov 1, 2013
Keywords: Beef O'Brady Bowl, Bottle Service, Kelli Hilliard, Kliff Kingsbury, Playmaker's Club, Ryan Gosling, Sparty, The U, Timothy the Pigeon
Kool-Aid

Monster M*A*S*H

Sackula meets the Washington Sentinels.

Posted on Oct 31, 2013
Keywords: Arsenio Hall, Earl Boykins, Hawkeye Pierce, Keanu Reeves, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Maxwell Klinger, Toxic Avenger, Trapper John McIntyre, Warren Moon

Fantasy Fix: The True Top 10

Surprise, a Bear!

Posted on Oct 30, 2013
Keywords: Josh McCown, Matt Forte

SportsMonday: Bulls Beginning To An End

One last go before the band breaks up.

Posted on Oct 28, 2013
Keywords: Carlos Boozer, Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler, Joakim Noah, LeBron James, Luol Deng, Nikola Mirotic

The College Football Report: Boot And Rally

Pigeons and ducks.

Posted on Oct 25, 2013
Keywords: Bill Murray, Lee Corso, The Battle of the Bricks, The Heisman Trophy, The Las Vegas Bowl, The Miami Beach Bowl, The State of Oregon, The U, The War of Escalating Tuitions

What The Bears Are Doing On Their Bye Week

According to sources.

Posted on Oct 24, 2013
Keywords: Cobra Lounge, Julius Peppers, Kristin Cavallari, Marc Trestman, Obamacare, Ozzie Guillen, Roberto Garza, Stephen Paea

Fantasy Fix: The Replacements

The lead-up to Week 8 is looking like it will be one of these busiest in fantasy sports waiver wire history.

Posted on Oct 23, 2013
Keywords: Jay Cutler, Josh Freeman, Sam Bradford

Inside Michael Jordan's House

Harvey Gantt darboard; LeRoy Nieman painting of him pushing off against Byron Russell.

Posted on Oct 22, 2013
Keywords: Ashley Dupre, Bigsby & Kruthers, Dennis Rodman, Harvey Gantt, Jerry Krause, LeRoy Nieman

SportsMonday: Devin Hester's Risks & Rewards

We'll remember both when he's gone - which will be sooner than you think.

Posted on Oct 21, 2013
Keywords: Deion Sanders, Jay Cutler's Groin, Joe Anderson, Joe DeCamillis, Jordan Palmer, Josh McCown

The College Football Report: Dregs Against The Spread

The app we need.

Posted on Oct 18, 2013
Keywords: Great Lakes Naval Training Station, Jimmy The Greek, Joker Phillips, Paul Brown, Pounce Panther, Ron Turner
Kool-Aid

Gigantic Meh

Based on his inability to effectively mask institutional racism, I assume that RG III's performance as a football player has experienced a bit of a drop off.

Posted on Oct 17, 2013
Keywords: Brad Biggs, Brandon Jacobs, Emery Moorehead

Fantasy Fix: Top 10 Revisited

A reality check on running backs.

Posted on Oct 16, 2013
Keywords: Adrian Peterson, Percy Harvin, Randall Cobb

It Was Bartman's Fault

With all due compassion.

Posted on Oct 15, 2013
Keywords: David Kaplan, Moises Alou, Richard Roeper, Rick Morrissey

SportsMonday: Rose Doesn't Do Rio

Bulls star still not being realistic about his rehab.

Posted on Oct 14, 2013
Keywords: Jonas Jerebko, Michael Beasley

The College Football Report: We're With Sark

Kid Smirk has always been nothing but a u-shaped formation in our book.

Posted on Oct 11, 2013
Keywords: Condoleeza Rice, Kyle Field, Lane Kiffin, QBR, The Rhinoviruses
Kool-Aid

Garbage Time

Expect a lot of points tonight - late.

Posted on Oct 10, 2013
Keywords: 1992 Ford Festva, Boardwalk Empire, David Tyree, Elias Sports Bureau

Fantasy Fix: CPR For PPR

Reconsidering a stat's relevance.

Posted on Oct 10, 2013
Keywords: Per, Points, Reception

Exclusive! Why Joe Girardi Rejected The Cubs

Even though he's really smart, he still can't spell Samardzija.

Posted on Oct 10, 2013
Keywords: Koyie Hill, Old Style, Ryan Sweeney, Ventra

Remembering Andy Pafko

And then there was one.

Posted on Oct 9, 2013
Keywords: Bobby Thomson, Lennie Merullo, Wisconsin

Tweeting Cubtober

Follow the bouncing sources.

Posted on Oct 8, 2013
Keywords: A.J. Hinch, Bob Brenly, Brad Ausmus, Jon Heyman, Kansas City Royals, Sources

SportsMonday: Bears Outblitzed

Meatball soup.

Posted on Oct 7, 2013
Keywords: Chris Conte, Lance Briggs, Major Wright, Mel Tucker

The College Football Report: All Eyes On Evanston, An Aussie, The Army & Adidas

Plus: This week's lightning special and a four-coach trifecta.

Posted on Oct 4, 2013
Kool-Aid

Revisionization

The Bears had some weaknesses exposed last week (i.e. "tarkling") and now we have to wonder what they plan to do about it.

Posted on Oct 3, 2013
Keywords: Brian Urlacher, Dave Toub, Knight Rider, Mel Tucker, Tentacle Tuesday
The Cub Factor

Dale Deserved It

He made us dizzy.

Posted on Oct 2, 2013
Keywords: Bobby Valentine, Chris Volstad, Edwin Jackson, Jim Bowden, Jim Riggleman, Junior Lake, Sam Fuld, Scott Baker, Steve Clevenger, Terry Francona

SportsMonday: Jekyll And Jay

So far the Bear offense is uneven except for when it's downright choppy.

Posted on Sep 30, 2013
Keywords: Glover Quin, Hunter Hillenmeyer, Israel Idonije, Steve Young
The White Sox Report

Thank God It's Ovah

Now when does it start again?

Posted on Sep 30, 2013
Keywords: Erik Johnson, Luery Garcia, Marcus Semien, Ndamukong Suh

The College Football Report: Show Some Mercy

Here's hoping the Buckeyes, Hurricanes and Cardinals all lose by three or less this weekend.

Posted on Sep 27, 2013
Keywords: BCS, FBS, FCS
Kool-Aid

Conversion Rate

Moose, maple syrup and Rush.

Posted on Sep 26, 2013
Keywords: Labatt Blue, RoboCop

Fantasy Fix: The Trade

A better team but a smaller role.

Posted on Sep 25, 2013
Keywords: Andre Johnson, C.J. Spiller, Trent Richardson
The Cub Factor

Fired Up

Hope is a hard sell when you've taken away the fun.

Posted on Sep 24, 2013
Keywords: Bob Brenly, Old Style
The White Sox Report

Thanks For The (2005) Memories

They'll have to suffice.

Posted on Sep 23, 2013
Keywords: Brandon McCarthy, Cliff Politte, Freddy Garcia, Juan Uribe, Mark Buehrle, Neal Cotts, Paul Konerko

SportsMonday: Learning To Play Ahead

Bears fans should be so fortunate that struggling to hold onto a lead is the biggest thing they have to worry about on future Mondays.

Posted on Sep 23, 2013
Keywords: Earl Bennett, Jay Cutler, Marc Trestman, Matt Forte

The College Football Report: Go Dance

And don't let the [f-bomb] door hit you on the way out.

Posted on Sep 20, 2013
Keywords: Bo Pelini, Charlie Weis, Mack Brown, Nick Saban
Kool-Aid

Bears Glass Half Full (Of Something)

But let's not piss all over rainbows.

Posted on Sep 19, 2013
Keywords: Army of Darkness, Cream of Wheat, Lisa Salters

Fantasy Fix: The Return Of Philip Rivers

Not a bad start for a guy I didn't even rank in my Top 20.

Posted on Sep 18, 2013
Keywords: Eddie Royal, Fantasy Football Tattoo League

About Stephen Paea's War Cry

From an irresistibly horrible movie based on a real team.

Posted on Sep 17, 2013
Keywords: Gary Cole, Sean Astin

SportsMonday: That's Entertainment!

Hinky rogue lunacy.

Posted on Sep 16, 2013
Keywords: Chris Kluwe, Fox Sports, Pete Rozelle
The White Sox Report

Konerko Is Dunn

Face of the franchise now just another struggling slugger traipsing back to the dugout.

Posted on Sep 16, 2013
Keywords: Babe Ruth, Chairman Jerry
The Cub Factor

Theo Is Full Of Crap, Source Says

Plagiarizing Andy MacPhail.

Posted on Sep 15, 2013
Keywords: Marty Gangler, Old Style, Tony Campana

The College Football Report: Piñatas & Virgins

Mashups and matchups.

Posted on Sep 13, 2013
Keywords: Charles Barkley, Miley Cyrus, Nicholas Cage
Kool-Aid

Ghost Peppers vs. An Assful Of Adrian Peterson

The Vikings playbook is either an Adrian Peterson rush or a strategic Christian Ponder incompletion designed to rest Adrian Peterson.

Posted on Sep 12, 2013
Keywords: Bob Barker, Bran Stark, The Mentalist

Fantasy Fix: Week 1's Epic Fails

A brief list of massively hyped players who utterly sucked in Week 1.

Posted on Sep 11, 2013
Keywords: Gale Sayers, Megatron

I Might Be In Love With Marc Trestman

The anti-Lovie.

Posted on Sep 10, 2013
Keywords: Al Franken, Coen Brothers

SportsMonday: The Gutsier Call

Better than what everyone is talking about.

Posted on Sep 9, 2013
Keywords: Marc Trestman, Marvin Lewis
The Cub Factor

Theo's Plan Is Killing Us

Unable to take any more blows, we simply give up.

Posted on Sep 9, 2013
Keywords: Class A, Cody Ransom, Doris Davis, Green Day, Pete Ricketts
The White Sox Report

How 'Bout Those Bears

Abandon ship, all ye who still care.

Posted on Sep 9, 2013
Keywords: Bo Jackson, Carlton Fisk, Deion Sanders, George Halas, Johnny Unitas

The College Football Report: That's A Clown Quarterback, Bro

Plus: The Warriors come back out to play.

Posted on Sep 6, 2013
Keywords: Buck Buchanan, Hendrix College Warriors, Johnny Football, Lou Holtz
Kool-Aid

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: And A Black Unicorn Shall Lead Them

But a beast from a Pimpcopter shall beat them.

Posted on Sep 5, 2013
Keywords: Cap'n Crunch, Cedric The Entertainer, Emery Moorehead
The Cub Factor

Promotional Considerations

Now with real hurl.

Posted on Sep 4, 2013
Keywords: American Doll, Old Style, Zubaz

Fantasy Fix: Week 1 Jitters

Best player vs. optimum match-up.

Posted on Sep 4, 2013
Keywords: T.Y. Hilton, Torrey Smith

SportsMondayWednesday: Bears' Magic Number Is 10

They certainly haven't gotten worse than last year's team.

Posted on Sep 4, 2013
Keywords: Brandon Marshall, Marc Trestman
The White Sox Report

Labor Day Blues

Boston Massacre reinforces recent history.

Posted on Sep 2, 2013
Keywords: Grover Cleveland, Naperville

The College Football Report: Mind The Sacred Chickens

And cue the hyperbole, moralizing and outrage

Posted on Aug 30, 2013
Keywords: Brent Musburger, Jadeveon Clowney, Johnny Football, Spaceballs 2, the First Punic War

Fantasy Fix: Football Draft Guide Part 4 | TEs & Sleepers

A Bear sighting amidst the injuries and murder charges.

Posted on Aug 28, 2013
Keywords: Alshon Jeffrey, Martellus Bennett
The Cub Factor

Amazing New Lows!

Utlimate Cubness continues to defy everything we know about the universe.

Posted on Aug 27, 2013
Keywords: Alfonso Soriano, Eephus, Tony Campana

SportsMonday: Bears Offense Still In Hiding

By design.

Posted on Aug 26, 2013
Keywords: Marc Trestman
The White Sox Report

Back To The Future

This was the kind of weekend we expected before the season began.

Posted on Aug 26, 2013
Keywords: Aretha Franklin, Bo Jackson, Civil Rights Game, Sharon Robinson

Raiders Superfan Picks Bears

Janikowski. Polish Sausage. Sausage. Sausage.

Posted on Aug 22, 2013
Keywords: Gorilla Rilla, Smokin' Jay Cutler, The Will To Win

Fantasy Fix: Football Draft Guide Part 3 | The Top 20 WRs

Where the variation begins.

Posted on Aug 21, 2013
Keywords: Aaron Rodgers, Jay Cutler, Peyton Manning
The Cub Factor

There Is No Core

There's just a bunch of transients.

Posted on Aug 19, 2013
Keywords: James Rowson, Mendy's
The White Sox Report

Glimmers Of Hope

The turnaround may have already begun.

Posted on Aug 19, 2013
Keywords: Andre Rienzo, Brian McCann, Jose Daniel Abreu

Howard Sudberry's Arlington Million Madness

A participation sport.

Posted on Aug 16, 2013
Keywords: Johnny Morris

Fantasy Fix: Football Draft Guide Part 2 | The Top 20 QBs & RBs

Where's Cutler? Oh, there.

Posted on Aug 14, 2013
Keywords: Joe Flacco, Matt Hasselbeck, Michael Vick
The Cub Factor

Losing Below Replacement

Worst lineup ever outperforms regulars.

Posted on Aug 12, 2013
Keywords: Darwin Barney, Donnie Murphy, Groucho Marx, J.C. Boscan, Neifi Perez
The White Sox Report

Catching A Second Wind

Let's look ahead because the past is finished and the present is, how shall I say, dismal.

Posted on Aug 12, 2013
Keywords: Alex Rios, Avisail Garcia, Charlie Silvera, Harry Chiti, Henry Blanco, Joe Ginsberg, Mark Parent, Tyler Flowers

SportsMonday: Four Bears Fallacies

Overreacting to an exhibition game.

Posted on Aug 12, 2013
Keywords: J-Webb Nation, Jay Cutler, Jonathon Bostic, Shea McClellin

Fantasy Fix: Football Draft Guide Part 1 | The Top 20

Two Bears make the list.

Posted on Aug 7, 2013
Keywords: Brandon Marshall, Matt Forte
The Cub Factor

Screwing Up In Reverse

The Cubs are so bad they couldn't score on Carlos Marmol.

Posted on Aug 5, 2013
Keywords: Alfonso Soriano, Carlos Marmol, Junior Lake

SportsMonday: In Chicago, Fantasy Football Beats Reality Baseball

Exhibition games over awful exhibitions.

Posted on Aug 5, 2013
Keywords: Donnie Murphy, Julio Borbon, Ronnie Woo Woo
The White Sox Report

Waiting For Garcia

Thank you, Biogenesis, for the outfielder we received.

Posted on Aug 5, 2013
Keywords: A.J. Pierzynski, Jake Peavy, Little Miggy

Jim Belushi Is Just The Worst

And yet the Cubs keep foisting him on us.

Posted on Aug 2, 2013
Keywords: Benghazi, Blues Brothers 2000, Curly Sue, Douche Canoe, Gangnam Style, Ronnie Woo Woo

Fantasy Fix: Worst Trade Deadline Ever

This was supposed to be the rare year when no truly big names would change hands - and it's turning out exactly that way.

Posted on Jul 30, 2013
Keywords: Alfonso Soriano, Jose Veras, Matt Garza
The Cub Factor

Facts & Figures

In honor of Kyuji Fujikawa Bobblehead Week.

Posted on Jul 29, 2013
Keywords: Baskin-Robbins, Edgar Gonzalez, Len Kasper, Pedro Strop, The Junior Lake Effect

SportsMonday: The Time Is Actually Now On The North Side

A baseball team never knows exactly when it will master the alchemy of success.

Posted on Jul 29, 2013
The White Sox Report

It's Not Over Forever

Our last hope: Things can change quickly in baseball.

Posted on Jul 29, 2013

Ryan Braun's Fantasy Fix

A punishment of convenience.

Posted on Jul 24, 2013
Keywords: Bartolo Colon, Biogenesis, Nelson Cruz
The Cub Factor

Let's Get The Party Started

Or at least start to get the party started.

Posted on Jul 23, 2013
Keywords: Cole Freakin' Gillespie, The Junior Lake Effect, Theo's Plan

SportsMonday: Don't Be Dusty, Dale

Play the kids.

Posted on Jul 22, 2013
Keywords: David DeJesus, Junior Lake
The White Sox Report

Alex Rios Had A Full Weekend

Doghouse to penthouse.

Posted on Jul 22, 2013
Keywords: Billy Martin, Pete Rose

Fantasy Fix: Forgotten Men

Two Cubs and some bubs.

Posted on Jul 17, 2013
Keywords: Alfonso Soriano, Matt Garza

Cespedes Mocks Cubs On Way To Home Run Derby Title

Cursed again - with bad management.

Posted on Jul 16, 2013
Keywords: Jorge Soler

Exclusive Preview: Hawk! The Story Of Hawk

Bar none.

Posted on Jul 16, 2013
Keywords: Billy Beane, Dan Pasqua, Joe Borchard, Ron Schueler, The Who, Yo La Tengo
The Cub Factor

Midseason Mailbag

Jumbo Dollars for the Jumbo Pockets of Jumbo Jagoffs.

Posted on Jul 15, 2013
Keywords: Carlos Zambrano, Jeff Samardzija, Lou Piniella, Marty Gangler, Matt Garza, Micah Hoffpauir, Tony Campana
The White Sox Report

Following Frantic Frank Lane

It might not take as much as fans think to right the ship.

Posted on Jul 15, 2013
Keywords: Matt Thornton, Rocky Colavito

Meet The Chicago Gay Hockey Association

Let them wash your wheels.

Posted on Jul 12, 2013
Keywords: Hockey City Classic, Johnny's Ice House

Fantasy Fix: Buzzkill Ahead?

Just when it's getting good.

Posted on Jul 10, 2013
Keywords: Biogenesis, Detroit Tigers, Starlin Castro
The Cub Factor

Rotten To The Core

More than three stooges.

Posted on Jul 8, 2013
Keywords: Castro's Head, Dioner Navarro, Matt Garza

SportsMonday: Cubs On A Relative Roll

But prepare for second-half tankage.

Posted on Jul 8, 2013
Keywords: Chris Bosio, Matt Guerrier
The White Sox Report

Waiting For Zapata

Fevered teenage dreams.

Posted on Jul 8, 2013
Keywords: Joe Nuxhall, Josh Phegley, San Pedro de Macoris
The Cub Factor

Project Garza

Ensconce him in velvet, stat.

Posted on Jul 1, 2013
Keywords: Carlos Marmol, Jorge Soler, Ryan Sweeney, Shawn Camp

SportsMonday: Don't Trade Everyone For Anyone

Playing .500 ball in the second half matters.

Posted on Jul 1, 2013
Keywords: Blake Parker, Starlin Castro, Theo Epstein
The White Sox Report

The Prospects Are Already Here

And their games are a mess.

Posted on Jul 1, 2013
Keywords: Addison Reed, Alejandro De Aza, Alexei Ramirez, Dayan Viciedo, Gordon Beckham, Nate Jones

The Glory That Was Thillens Stadium

History happened there.

Posted on Jun 28, 2013
Keywords: Don Skrinar, Jack Brickhouse, Thillens Cubs

Fantasy Fix: Movers And Shakers

Cubs will move; Sox will shake.

Posted on Jun 26, 2013
Keywords: Alex Rios, Matt Garza

Tweeting The Cup: Blackhawks & Bros

And broadcast buffoons.

Posted on Jun 25, 2013
Keywords: Chuck Goudie, Dave Matthews Band, Malort, Phil Rogers

SportsMondayTuesday: How Cool Was That?

Hockey players are just the best.

Posted on Jun 25, 2013
Keywords: Bud Light, Dave Bolland
The Cub Factor

The Ryan Sweeney Era Is So Cub

Teases and trade value.

Posted on Jun 24, 2013
Keywords: Gomer Pyle, Ronny Cedeno, Tony Campana
The White Sox Report

Alexei Knows Adversity

LeBron can always retreat back to Akron from whence he came; not so for Ramirez and his Cuban countrymen.

Posted on Jun 24, 2013
Keywords: LeBron James, Yasiel Puig

Kaner, Toewser, Bicksie, Sharpie And Crawly Put Hawks One Win Away From Another Stanley Cup

Deep, clutch and ready.

Posted on Jun 23, 2013
Keywords: Bryan Bickell, Corey Crawford, Jonathan Toews, Patrice Bergeron, Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, Tuukka Rask

Reunited And It Feels So Good

Brent Seabrook ties the series with a little help from old friends.

Posted on Jun 20, 2013
Keywords: 1985 Bears, Tuuka Rask

Fantasy Fix: Notes From The Hurt Lockers

Stars with scars.

Posted on Jun 19, 2013
Keywords: Hector Santiago, Stephen Strasburg

SportsMondayTuesday: Hawks Not Hungry Enough

Missing Marian Hossa.

Posted on Jun 18, 2013
Keywords: 2003-04 Patriots, Tuukka Rask
The Cub Factor

Making It Better

Keeping one step ahead of the Brewers.

Posted on Jun 17, 2013
Keywords: Edwin Jackson, Jeff Baker, Junior Lake, Zubaz
The White Sox Report

Ovah And Out

A last place team with no help on the way.

Posted on Jun 17, 2013
Keywords: Albert Pujols, Courtney Hawkins, Jared Mitchell, Jordan Danks, Josh Phegley, Keenyn Walker, Micah Johnson

Tyler Seguin Was Mic'd Up For His Game-Winning Overtime Assist And Other News From Game 2

The end is near enough.

Posted on Jun 16, 2013
Keywords: Mike Ditka, Stan Mikita

Andrew Shaw Was Mic'd Up For His Triple-Overtime Winner And Other News From Game 1

Blackhawks are who we thought they were.

Posted on Jun 13, 2013
Keywords: Dave Bolland, Michael Rozsival, Tuukka Rask

Fantasy Fix: The Biogenesis Factor

What should you do? Nothing.

Posted on Jun 12, 2013
Keywords: Bartolo Colon, Ryan Braun

SportsMondayTuesday: Toews & Kane Tied At The Historic Hip

Another championship sets these Hawks apart, both in the team's own annals and in that of the current league.

Posted on Jun 11, 2013
Keywords: Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita

It's Just Kids Playing A Game, Badly

Thank you, Buffalo Grove.

Posted on Jun 10, 2013
Keywords: Scouts?
The Cub Factor

Experimental Lineups, Floppy Hats And No All-Stars

Shares of Uh-Oh are trading higher already this week as investors realize the Cubs only outdrew the White Sox by 825 idiots on Sunday.

Posted on Jun 10, 2013
Keywords: Junior Lake, Sonic Youth
The White Sox Report

Honestly Unlikable

Whether you're eight or 80.

Posted on Jun 10, 2013
Keywords: Bobby Adams, Johnny Wyrostek

Fantasy Fix: Prospecting The Prospects

"NA" bets begin to pay off.

Posted on Jun 4, 2013
Keywords: Luke Gregorson, Yasiel Puig

SportsMonday: Hawks Making Quick Work Of Kings

Delightful and clever.

Posted on Jun 3, 2013
Keywords: Eastern Time Zone, Western Conference
The Cub Factor

Our Mock Draft

Toolsy game-changers.

Posted on Jun 3, 2013
Keywords: Millard Fillmore, The Kool-Aid Man, Theo Epstein
The White Sox Report

Setting Back The Game

One would have to scour Sox annals to find a week when the team played as poorly as they did the past seven days.

Posted on Jun 3, 2013
Keywords: Alexander Cartwright, Cornell College, John McGraw

Goodbye Wings, Hello Kings

Blackhawks advance from a Lifetime movie to a Twitter war.

Posted on May 30, 2013
Keywords: Axel Foley, Midway Airport, Rob Zombie

What The Bookies Are Saying About Tonight's Game 7

The Red Wings have won on the highway before.

Posted on May 29, 2013
Keywords: Tony's Picks
The Cub Factor

Sveum Sucks

Didn't get the memo.

Posted on May 28, 2013
Keywords: Bobbleheads, Deserts, Legends, Snakes

SportsMondayTuesday: Biggest Blackhawks Win Since They Won That Cup Thingy A Few Years Ago

On the verge of one of the best playoff comebacks in NHL history.

Posted on May 28, 2013
Keywords: Bryan Bickell, Corey Crawford, Joel Quenneville, Jonathan Toews, Michael Frolik, Michal Handzus
The White Sox Report

Sale's Diet Secret

Just one in a long line of Sox gluttons.

Posted on May 27, 2013
Keywords: Ron Northey, Smoky Burgess, Wilbur Wood

Fantasy Fix: Local Heroes

Cubs and Sox worth owning - or not.

Posted on May 22, 2013
Keywords: Adam Dunn, Addison Reed, Alex Rios, Alexei Ramirez, Alfonso Soriano, Anthony Rizzo, Chris Sale, David DeJesus, Dylan Axelrod, Jake Peavy, Jeff Samardzija, John Danks, Jose Quintana, Kevin Gregg, Matt Garza, Nate Schierholtz, Paul Konerko, Scott Feldman, Starlin Castro, Travis Wood, Welington Castillo
The Cub Factor

Not Even Close

And no help on the way.

Posted on May 20, 2013
Keywords: Jason Marquis, Javy Baez, Mark Grace, Tony Campana

SportsMonday: Kids At Home Should Not Watch Chicago's Baseball Teams

Sometimes you just can't believe these guys are playing at the highest level of baseball.

Posted on May 20, 2013
Keywords: Adam Dunn, Fundamentals, Ryan Sweeney, Starlin Castro
The White Sox Report

Big Daddy At The Big A

Papa John Ventura sees the same things all of us see.

Posted on May 20, 2013
Keywords: Mike Trout, Orange County

Carol Of The Bulls

A successful failure.

Posted on May 16, 2013
Keywords: Joakim Noah, Luol Deng, Nate Robinson, Tom Thibodeau

Fantasy Fix: Core Keepers

Featuring the Brewer whom Cubs fans would like Starlin Castro to be.

Posted on May 15, 2013
Keywords: Anthony Rizzo, Bryce Harper, Hippo Vaughn, Jean Segura, Manny Machado, Shelby Miller, Travis Wood

SportsMondayTuesday: Reality Bites Bulls

A familiar sense of resignation filled the United Center.

Posted on May 14, 2013
Keywords: James Loney, Nate Robinson
The Cub Factor

Blueprint Blues

Cubs formula at odds with itself.

Posted on May 13, 2013
Keywords: Kevin Gregg, Law Enforcement Appreciation Night
The White Sox Report

Red Alert On The Red Line

The CTA promises a "faster, smoother, better" experience. If only the Sox could do the same.

Posted on May 13, 2013
Keywords: CTA, Tyler Flowers

Hurt And Be Hurt: The Lessons Of Youth Sports

Our sick jock culture.

Posted on May 8, 2013
Keywords: Wimp, Wuss

If Tom Thibodeau Managed The Cubs

We wouldn't need no stinkin' Jumbotron.

Posted on May 7, 2013
Keywords: Mark DeRosa, Reed Johnson
The Cub Factor

Garbage In, Garbage Out

Eight of the nine starters on a 101-loss team are still starting.

Posted on May 6, 2013
Keywords: Dave Sappelt, Josh Vitters
The White Sox Report

Even This Team's Injuries Are Boring

Years from now, no one will say, "Gee, that sure was something when Beckham broke his wrist swinging and missing back in '13."

Posted on May 6, 2013
Keywords: Carlos May, Pete Reiser, Tony Conigliaro

SportsMonday: Noah Vs. Rose

Guess which one is more compelling?

Posted on May 6, 2013
Keywords: Kirk Hinrich, Luol Deng, Mommy

The Lost Lessons Of The Payton Prep Saga

Rational people occasionally react irrationally when confronted with issues concerning their children.

Posted on May 6, 2013
Keywords: Gwendolyn Brooks Prep, Walter Payton Prep

Tweeting Tom Ricketts

The 93rd richest family in America can afford a hotel but not a third baseman.

Posted on May 3, 2013
Keywords: Harry Caray, Prince Fielder, Steve Stone

Fantasy Fix: Run Support

Bargain shopping.

Posted on May 1, 2013
Keywords: Andrew Cashner

Exclusive! Behind The Wrigley Renovation

Views from the rooftops to be shielded by Romulan cloaking device, for example.

Posted on May 1, 2013
Keywords: Bob Rohrman, J.P. Morgan

Bulls Season Apparently Comes Down To Kirk Hinrich

Feel good about that, Derrick Rose?

Posted on Apr 30, 2013
Keywords: Jason Collins
The Cub Factor

Avoiding Relegation

History says the Marlins will be back in the World Series before the Cubs.

Posted on Apr 29, 2013
Keywords: Dale Sveum, Kevin Gregg

SportsMonday: Dodging Brooklyn

Noah's team now.

Posted on Apr 29, 2013
Keywords: Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Kirk Hinrich, Nate Robinson
The White Sox Report

Underutilized

Low achievement and an empty building.

Posted on Apr 29, 2013
Keywords: Adam Sanchez

Twitter Welcomes Kyle Long To Chicago

Surprise first-round pick started only four more games in college than I did.

Posted on Apr 26, 2013
Keywords: Hub Arkush, Manti Te'o, Phil Emery

Fantasy Fix: Catching Up With The Catchers

My least favorite fantasy position.

Posted on Apr 23, 2013
Keywords: A.J. Pierzynski, Starlin Castro

SportsMonday: The Week The Blackhawks Wish Wasn't

Nothing good can happen in the next six days.

Posted on Apr 22, 2013
Keywords: Mike Keenan, Tom Thibodeau
The Cub Factor

Fans File For Divorce

Theo Epstein is no Frank Wren - but he is part Jim Hendry.

Posted on Apr 22, 2013
Keywords: Frank Wren, Jim Hendry, Kenny Williams
The White Sox Report

Sacrificing Bunts

More, not less, please.

Posted on Apr 21, 2013
Keywords: Jeff Keppinger, Mickey Mantle, Ted Williams

Fantasy Fix: The Arms Of April

As good, as strong and as un-sore as they will ever be.

Posted on Apr 16, 2013
Keywords: Addison Reed, Paul Maholm
The Cub Factor

On Second Thought, Rosemont Can Have Them

We didn't send that goat's head to Tom Ricketts, but we appreciate the sentiment.

Posted on Apr 15, 2013
Keywords: Edwin Jackson, Kevin Gregg, Scott Feldman, Tom Ricketts

SportsMonday: New Cubs Way Same As Old Cubs Way

When a team doesn't care about winning, everything deteriorates quickly.

Posted on Apr 15, 2013
Keywords: Scott Feldman, Theo Epstein
The White Sox Report

Crazy Carlos Quentin

A timely diversion from Sox slump.

Posted on Apr 15, 2013
Keywords: Conor Gillaspie, Paul Konerko

Fantasy Fix: Upton vs. Upton

Stolen bases are more important than home runs in this game.

Posted on Apr 9, 2013
Keywords: Carlos Marmol, Pedro Alvarez
The Cub Factor

Abandoned Hope

Tom Ricketts prefers ads.

Posted on Apr 8, 2013
Keywords: Eddie Vedder, Luis Valbuena

SportsMonday: The Good, The Bad & The Ridiculously Cub

Deja Sveum.

Posted on Apr 8, 2013
Keywords: Carlos Marmol, Dale Sveum, Jeff Samardzija, Kyuji Fujikawa
The White Sox Report

Sale's Speeds

Precociously crafty.

Posted on Apr 8, 2013
Keywords: Comcast, Jimmy John's, State Farm

Fantasy Fix: Spring Fever

Don't catch it.

Posted on Apr 4, 2013
Keywords: Addison Reed, Michael Morse

The Wolves Held A Wine Tasting

Now, to find a new parent.

Posted on Apr 3, 2013
Keywords: San Antonio Rampage, Vancouver Canucks

It Won't Get Better Than This For Chicago Baseball This Season: Scenes From Opening Day

Enjoy it now, because it's gonna be a long year on both sides of town.

Posted on Apr 2, 2013
Keywords: A.J. Burnett, Harry Caray, St. Louis Cardinals
The Cub Factor

Spite TV

When you no longer watch for pleasure.

Posted on Apr 1, 2013
Keywords: Bob Brenly, Luis Valbuena, Peoria Rivermen, Tom Ricketts, Tony Campana
The White Sox Report

Cold Open To A Mediocre Mystery

I've hit the question mark so often in this article that I may have to get the keyboard repaired.

Posted on Apr 1, 2013
Keywords: Chris Sale, James Shields, Jeff Keppinger, Miguel Cabrera

SportsMonday: Dunks, Hat Tricks & Big Blue

Two out of three ain't bad.

Posted on Apr 1, 2013
Keywords: Final Four, Floppy Hats, Jimmy Butler

Letter From St. Louis: Letter From Spring Training

There is a promise, an inimitable baseball law stating that spring training leads to Opening Day, which leads to summer.

Posted on Mar 30, 2013
Keywords: Albert Almora, Henry David Thoreau, HoHoKam Park, Jack in the Box, Javier Baez, Jorge Soler, La Barrios Cafe

Fantasy Fix: The Top 20 Starters & Relievers

White Sox have a pulse; Cubs are sleeping.

Posted on Mar 28, 2013
Keywords: Addison Reed, Carlos Marmol, Chris Sale, Jeff Samardzija

He Pitied That Puck

Take notes, Belushi.

Posted on Mar 27, 2013
Keywords: Jim Belushi, Mr. T
The White Sox Report

Late Breaking Developments

March Madness South-Side Style.

Posted on Mar 25, 2013
Keywords: Adam Dunn, Alexei Ramirez, Chris Sale, Dale Sveum, Florida Gulf Coast University, Gem Razor Blades, James Balcer, Jeff Keppinger, Luke Appling, Paul Konerko, Rick Hahn, Robin Ventura, Tyler Flowers, Verne Lundquist, Wrigley Field

Fantasy Fix: The Top 30 Outfielders

Not very Chicagoey.

Posted on Mar 20, 2013
Keywords: Alex Rios, Alfonso Soriano

SportsMonday: Spin-O-Rama

Sharpshooting.

Posted on Mar 18, 2013
Keywords: Anaheim Ducks, Chris Kuc, Patrick Sharp

Letter From St. Louis: Behind Enemy Lines

Cubs fan in exile.

Posted on Mar 15, 2013
Keywords: Dusty Baker, WGN

If Hawk Harrelson Broadcast The Blackhawks . . .

Putting the biscuit in the basket.

Posted on Mar 14, 2013
Keywords: Bobby Orr, Cesare Maniago

Fantasy Fix: The Top 20 Shortstops & Third Basemen

Hot corner cold in Chicago.

Posted on Mar 13, 2013
Keywords: Alexei Ramirez, Ian Stewart, Starlin Castro

Chicago Jazz Juniors Win Pewter

Straight outta the Northwest suburbs.

Posted on Mar 12, 2013
Keywords: Jazz Babies, Rolling Meadows Rockettes

SportsMonday: The Blackhawks' Secret Sauce

Marian Hossa + great goaltending.

Posted on Mar 11, 2013
Keywords: Bill Wirtz, Lame Ducks, Marian Hossa, Tony Esposito

The (Near) Impossibility Of The Perfect Bracket

Lots of zeroes.

Posted on Mar 7, 2013
Keywords: Math

Fantasy Fix: The Top 20 Second Basemen

Sleeper city.

Posted on Mar 6, 2013
Keywords: Anthony Rizzo, Darwin Barney, Gordon Beckham

SportsMondayTuesday: Theo's Thesis Thucks

Mr. Epstein is still selling a plan that doesn't synch up with basic baseball truths.

Posted on Mar 5, 2013
Keywords: Joe Ricketts' Wallet, Kung Fu Panda

Fantasy Fix: The Top 20 First Basemen

Anthony Rizzo vs. Adam Dunn.

Posted on Feb 27, 2013
Keywords: Paulie, Pujols

SportsMondayTuesday: Streak Freaks

The streak's great, but the playoffs will be better.

Posted on Feb 26, 2013
Keywords: Corey Crawford, Ray Emery

Reminiscing With Bobby Winkles

Former Sox third-base coach was one of the greatest college coaches ever.

Posted on Feb 26, 2013
Keywords: Reggie Jackson, Rick Monday, Sal Bando

Fantasy Fix: The Top 50

Two Cubs and two Sox make the list.

Posted on Feb 21, 2013

They Played Hockey At Soldier Field

The best game you can name.

Posted on Feb 19, 2013
Keywords: Eddie Shore, USA Warriors

SportsMonday: Rose Should Be Reasonable

No hurry, but no 110% either.

Posted on Feb 18, 2013
Keywords: Dick Butkus, Gale Sayers, Michael Jordan

Gophers Prepare For Soldier Field

Pond hockey writ large.

Posted on Feb 14, 2013
Keywords: Herb Brooks, Jerry Lundegaard, Wade Gustafson

Unicorns Play Baseball

Le Show Suisse.

Posted on Feb 12, 2013
Keywords: Zug

SportsMonday: Trying To Celebrate The Hawks' Riches

Bile and jealousy.

Posted on Feb 11, 2013
Keywords: Barry Rozner, Matt Spiegel, Steve Rosenbloom

Hockey City Classic At Soldier Field!

Mmm, outdoor hockey . . .

Posted on Feb 8, 2013
Keywords: Minnesota Gophers, Wisconsin Badgers

Letter From St. Louis: Stan Was Truly The Man

Despite his accomplishments on the field, Stan Musial led an even more exemplary life off the field.

Posted on Feb 7, 2013
Keywords: Ford Frick, Hall of Fame

Exclusive! Inside The Ricketts' New Wrigleyville Hotel

Champagne corks in Sammy Sosa Suite made from his old bats.

Posted on Feb 6, 2013
Keywords: McGoat, Slumpbusters Steakhouse

The Bobsledder Of Palos Hills

Olympics-bound.

Posted on Feb 5, 2013
Keywords: St. Moritz, Western Michigan

SportsMonday: Bears' Road To The Super Bowl

It starts - or ends - with Jay Cutler.

Posted on Feb 4, 2013
Keywords: Jay Cutler

Illinois Department Of Agriculture Gets The Super Bowl Party Started

Awash in soybeans, corn and swine.

Posted on Feb 1, 2013
Keywords: Ray's Brand Chili, Uncle Joe's Sauces And Rubs

The 3rd 5th Annual Beachwood Super Bowl Halftime Bet: Beyoncé Knowles Edition

She will take it, break it, rebuild it in her image, and then destroy it just because she can.

Posted on Jan 30, 2013
Keywords: Nipplegate, Roger Daltrey

SportsMonday: Rooftop Charm Long Gone

No longer fighting over the romance of kegs and crappy patio furniture.

Posted on Jan 28, 2013
Keywords: City News Bureau, Will Clark

Don't Have A Super Bowl Food Safety Foul!

Foodborne illness is like a bad halftime show - no one wants either on Super Bowl Sunday.

Posted on Jan 22, 2013
Keywords: crockpots, USA

SportsMonday: Hawks' Hot Start Heals The Hurt

For now.

Posted on Jan 21, 2013
Keywords: Marion Hossa, Raffi Torres

To Be Young And In Love . . . With Someone Who Doesn't Exist . . . And To Have Maybe Made Up The Whole Thing

The Te'o affair, the read option and why we love college football.

Posted on Jan 18, 2013
Keywords: Aaron Rodgers, Knute Rockne, Lennay Kekua

Windy City Rollers Again A Charity Case

Round-robin giving.

Posted on Jan 16, 2013
Keywords: Double Crossers, Hell's Belles, Manic Attackers, The Fury

SportsMonday: The Bulls Suck At Home

Truly subterranean basketball.

Posted on Jan 14, 2013
Keywords: Jerry Reinsdorf, Michael Jordan, Scott Skiles

The College Football Report: Post-Mortem

Season ends appropriately with a dirty old man salivating over a beauty pageant queen in a blowout.

Posted on Jan 11, 2013
Keywords: Donald Trump, Grand Valley State, Jenn Sterger, Matt Lauer, Sports Illustrated, Steve Spurrier, Touchdown Jesus

Tweeting The Destruction Of Notre Dame

Halftime is just twenty minutes of Brent Musburger looking at Playboys and telling everyone who he likes..

Posted on Jan 8, 2013
Keywords: Brent Musburger, Rudy, Skip Bayless

SportsMonday: An Even-Up Call For NHL Fans

Bite the hands that fed you the lockout.

Posted on Jan 7, 2013
Keywords: Boston Bruins, Calgary Flames, Rocky Wirtz

The College Football Report: Carousels & Lily Pads

Don't let college football hit you on the ass on your way out.

Posted on Jan 4, 2013
Keywords: John Skelton, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Bears vs. The Offseason

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go boil some water, drop my pants and grab my cell phone.

Posted on Jan 3, 2013
Keywords: Dr. Teeth, Jerricho Cotchery, King's X, Scott Bakula

TableTalk: Cheaters, Liars & Ringing Bells

The issue isn't solely about Sosa and McGwire. What about the writers who vote?

Posted on Jan 1, 2013
Keywords: A.J. Pierzynski, NFL Films, Tony LaRussa

The College Football Report: NU & NIU Are Both In New Year's Day Bowls And Other Oddities

Hair-splitting dorks with fragile egos.

Posted on Jan 1, 2013
Keywords: Everbank, TaxSlayer, The Godfather

The College Football Report: Today's Bowls Brought To You By Franklin American Mortgage, Hyundai, AutoZone & Chick-fil-A

Ain't that America.

Posted on Dec 31, 2012
Keywords: Heisman Hype, Shakespeare, Siberia, Vanderbilt

SportsMonday: Lovie Smith Is Both Fired And Trending

Few shed tears.

Posted on Dec 31, 2012
Keywords: Alison Cuddy, Billy Dec, Jerry Azumah, John Fritchey, Mike Zalewski

The College Football Report: Specialty Yarns, Pinstripes And The Triple-Option

Thirty-five bowl games is about a dozen too many.

Posted on Dec 29, 2012
Keywords: Textron, Wild Wings, Yankee Stadium

The College Football Report: Warhawks And Weed Eaters

America: Land of Lawns.

Posted on Dec 28, 2012
Keywords: Norwood Teague, Tyler Tettleton

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Praising Arizona

A sexless marriage.

Posted on Dec 26, 2012
Keywords: Goodwill, Kevin Butler, Kim Cattrall

SportsMonday: Bears Scratch Out Ugly Win Over Third- And Fourth-String Quarterbacks Of Minor League Team At Online University Stadium In Desert Suburb; Still Alive For Playoffs

A gallery of the grotesque.

Posted on Dec 24, 2012
Keywords: Edwin Jackson, Muff, University of Phoenix

The College Football Report: These Bowl Games Are Making Me Thirsty

Good news, Chicagoans: The Beef 'O' Brady's franchise for the greater metro area is available.

Posted on Dec 21, 2012
Keywords: Aztecs, Cardinals, Colt 45, Cougars, Knights, tartar sauce
Kool-Aid

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: The Perfect Litmus Test

Say goodbye to your precious 10th tiebreaker.

Posted on Dec 19, 2012
Keywords: Jacksonville, Jason Pierre-Paul, Red Lobster

SportsMonday: Tipping Point For Lovie

If nothing else, we need someone else to kick around around here.

Posted on Dec 17, 2012
Keywords: Adam Schefter, David Haugh, Greg Couch, Jay Mariotti

The College Football Report: Potatoes, Credit Unions And Branded Basic Apparel

Midsize mammals, aerial contraptions and an ethnic group out of Central Mexico.

Posted on Dec 14, 2012
Keywords: Gildan, Idaho, San Diego County

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Introducing OAF

An algorithm for the ages.

Posted on Dec 13, 2012
Keywords: Deloitte, Germany, The Voice

This Day In Hockey

"God Bless America" debuts at the Spectrum.

Posted on Dec 12, 2012
Keywords: JP Parise, Kate Smith, The Spectrum

SportsMonday: The Bears Aren't Very Good Anymore

What the hell happened?

Posted on Dec 10, 2012
Keywords: Doug Buffone, Robbie Gould's Calf

The College Football Report: Musical Cheers

Twos at ten and tens at two.

Posted on Dec 7, 2012
Keywords: Conference USA, Gangnam Style, Jim Mora, Motley Crue
Kool-Aid

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Great Dane, A Freaked Bears Nation Turns Its Eyes To You

Now if you'll excuse me, I have to hit Legal Zoom to purchase some important DNR forms.

Posted on Dec 6, 2012
Keywords: Dane Sanzenbacher, Geno Hayes, Guy Fieri, Nick Roach

Fantasy Fix: MVPs

Brandon Marshall in an upset.

Posted on Dec 5, 2012
Keywords: Brandon Marshall, Jay Cutler

Bears Notebook: Beginning Of The End?

It's become a two-man team.

Posted on Dec 4, 2012
Keywords: Brandon Marshall, Jay Cutler

TrackNotes: Arlington Cries Itself Into Court

All talk, no walk.

Posted on Nov 29, 2012
Keywords: Churchill Downs, Illinois Racing Board, Perry White

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: SEA Is For Cakewalk

Parity is for Beer.

Posted on Nov 29, 2012
Keywords: Hollywood Diet, Newfoundland, Santana

Thanking Marvin Miller

He answered history's call.

Posted on Nov 28, 2012
Keywords: Bill Veeck, WEAW-AM

Fantasy Fix: Foster The People's Running Back

Plus: Get Bush.

Posted on Nov 28, 2012
Keywords: Arian Foster, Michael Bush

Let Us Now Welcome Rob Deer And His Viz-U-Bat To The Cubs

Envision a three-outcome guy with connections to Dale and Theo.

Posted on Nov 27, 2012
Keywords: Robert George Deer, Viz-U-Bat

SportsMonday: Loving/Hating Jay Cutler

Quarterback Jekyll and Douchebag Hyde.

Posted on Nov 26, 2012
Keywords: MVP, Sad Little Man

The College Football Report: Spiteful Dreams

Don't worry, 'Bama will save the day.

Posted on Nov 24, 2012
Keywords: Lane Kiffin, Max Wittek, Rudy

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Mmm Bot

Is that your scheduling algorithm or are you just happy to see me?

Posted on Nov 22, 2012
Keywords: Eddie Murray, Mom, Package Deal

Fantasy Fix: Jay Cutler & The Pope's Nose

Biggest fantasy disappointment?

Posted on Nov 21, 2012
Keywords: Green Bay Packers, Matt Schaub

SportsMondayTuesday: Overmatched Bears Can Still Win Super Bowl

Grim, but not fatal.

Posted on Nov 20, 2012
Keywords: Chilo Rachal, Gabe Carimi, J'Marcus Webb, Jason Campbell, Lance Louis, Lovie Smith

Tony's Picks: We Predict He Takes The 49ers

Early money's on the 49ers. The total has not moved off the opener.

Posted on Nov 19, 2012
Keywords: Courtesy Line

The College Football Report: Cupcake Break

Introducing the Sports Seal Schadenfreude Scale.

Posted on Nov 16, 2012
Keywords: Bearkats, Catamounts, Operation, Wofford

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Tight Ends And Package Deals

Tice, I'm begging you.

Posted on Nov 15, 2012
Keywords: Evan Rodriguez, Hollywood Diet, Yu-Gi-Oh! Trapper Keeper

Fantasy Fix: Megatron No Brandon Marshall

But Jason Campbell is no Jay Cutler.

Posted on Nov 14, 2012
Keywords: 49ers Defense, Rashard Mendenhall

Jay Cutler Should Consider Retiring

Welcome to Jim McMahon's world.

Posted on Nov 13, 2012
Keywords: Dave Duerson, Junior Seau, Lovie Smith

SportsMonday: Cutler's Concussion A Career Killer?

No one's talking about it much, but they should be.

Posted on Nov 12, 2012
Keywords: Caleb Hanie, Eleven City Diner, Hunter Hillenmeyer

The College Football Report: We [Heart] N. J.

Jumping off the fiscal cliff - into a pile of money.

Posted on Nov 9, 2012
Keywords: Chris Christie, Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, Wiley Coyote

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Iron Fists, Garbage Pails And Texans

They pull a guard, we pull a knife.

Posted on Nov 7, 2012
Keywords: Gary Johnson, Peanut, The Rock, Tice

Fantasy Fix: As Luck Would Have It

A better option than Cutler - at least this week.

Posted on Nov 7, 2012
Keywords: Jay Cutler, Peyton Manning

SportsMonday: Titan of the Takeaway

Turnover Tillman.

Posted on Nov 5, 2012
Keywords: Charles, Peanut, Tillman

The College Football Report: The Undefeated, Overrated And Offshore

Bowl babies.

Posted on Nov 2, 2012
Keywords: Adult Beverages, BCS, David Letterman, Destiny, Joker Phillips, Texas

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Funyuns & Obscenities

There's going to be a certain level of intrigue built into every Bears game going forward regardless of opponent, just because we're not sure if the offense is going to suck or not.

Posted on Nov 1, 2012
Keywords: Deathcrack, Graceland, Mitch Richmond, ZZ Top

The Chicago Fire Open The Playoffs On Wednesday In Bridgeview And On ESPN2

A scenario they wanted to avoid.

Posted on Oct 30, 2012
Keywords: Andrew Hauptman, Dominic Oduro, Frank Klopas

SportsMonday Halloween Special: Bears Went As Panthers

Boo.

Posted on Oct 29, 2012
Keywords: Jay Cutler, These Fucking Fans

The College Football Report: Pan-Polynesia, Golden Flashes And Beavers

Coming together in the David Foster Wallace Bowl.

Posted on Oct 27, 2012
Keywords: Auckland, East Carolina Pirates, Kent State, Rick Neuheisel, Vanderbilt

Czar of the Playbook: Earl Bennett Is An X Factor!

Big day ahead.

Posted on Oct 26, 2012
Keywords: Field Side Pressure, Running Traditionally

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Peanut vs. Fig

Check and check!

Posted on Oct 25, 2012
Keywords: Barack Obama, Calvin Johnson, Jason Campbell, Jimmy Carter, Mitt Romney, Optimus Prime

Fantasy Fix: Is Cam A Sham?

This year's model is not last year's model.

Posted on Oct 24, 2012
Keywords: Bears D, RG3

SportsMondayTuesday: D-[Fence]

Gunners and gamers.

Posted on Oct 23, 2012
Keywords: Brian Urlacher, Charles Tillman, Henry Melton, Julius Peppers, Lance Briggs, Zack Bowman

Are You There God? It's Me, Vogey

Never, ever can I recall a reporter following up with something like, "Well, Ryan, I appreciate your faith and spiritual beliefs, but why would God favor you over the poor Cardinals?"

Posted on Oct 22, 2012
Keywords: Erin Andrews, God, Ryan Vogelsong

Czar of the Playbook: Forte's Belly Wins The Day

Will overcome Cutler's INTs.

Posted on Oct 22, 2012
Keywords: Jim Schwartz, Matthew Stafford

The College Football Report: Top Dogs, Wild Wings, Bib Sheets And Getaway Cars

Bank vaults and tear gas.

Posted on Oct 19, 2012
Keywords: Aristophanes, bank vaults, getaway cars

Fantasy Fix: Rookie On The Run

Is a letdown around the corner for RG3?

Posted on Oct 17, 2012
Keywords: RG3

Luc Longley Is In India

For some, the journey never ends.

Posted on Oct 16, 2012

SportsMonday: Lock Out The Owners

Stop the madness.

Posted on Oct 15, 2012
Keywords: Shane Doan, Tom Ricketts

The College Football Report: R.I.P., Beano

If God comes back and attends one game, it won't be the Super Bowl.

Posted on Oct 12, 2012
Keywords: Caroll Hoff "Beano" Cook, Gamecocks, God

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Cutler, Kipling And Kielbasa

Seriously, whose kielbasa does this guy have to scale to get a little love?

Posted on Oct 11, 2012
Keywords: Gary Bettman, Old Spice, Rudyard Kipling

Fantasy Fix: Is It Tebow Time?

The wildcat wildcard.

Posted on Oct 10, 2012
Keywords: Tim Tebow

SportsMonday: Jerry's Bears

Still Angelo's team.

Posted on Oct 8, 2012
Keywords: Charles Tillman, Chris Conte, Corey Wootton, Devin Hester, Earl Bennett, Greg Carimi, Henry Melton, Jay Cutler, Julius Peppers, Lance Briggs, Major Wright, Stephen Paea

The College Football Report: Fail Whales And Felonies

Oh, the pageantry!

Posted on Oct 5, 2012
Keywords: Arkansas, Bath Salts, Election Fraud, Kentucky
The Cub Factor

Team Bizarro

Awful season aside, the Cubs are really going places!

Posted on Oct 4, 2012
Keywords: Brooks Kieschnick, Pat Listach
Kool-Aid

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Jay Dates

Road head.

Posted on Oct 3, 2012
Keywords: Kristin Cavallari, Sad Keanu, Tommie Harris

Fantasy Fix: For The Defense

Bears not available.

Posted on Oct 3, 2012
Keywords: Charles Tillman, Lovie Smith, Tim Jennings

SportsMondayTuesday: Bears Win vs. Cowboys Lose

Takeaways vs. giveaways.

Posted on Oct 2, 2012
Keywords: Lance Briggs, Peanut Tillman
The White Sox Report

Post-Mortem

It takes a village to raise a child, and it takes an entire roster to win a division.

Posted on Oct 1, 2012
Keywords: Jim Brosnan, Pablo Ozuna

The College Football Report: Butt Booze, Bullets, Bow Ties And Ball State

Breaking News: The Big Ten sucks.

Posted on Sep 28, 2012
Keywords: Chief Munsee, TCF Bank Stadium, The Baha Men, Willie Snead

Czar of the Playbook: Bears Beat 'Boys

Boots, waggles and punching the bully in the mouth.

Posted on Sep 28, 2012
Keywords: J'Marcus Webb
Kool-Aid

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Merry Maladies And Baby Daddies

It's a push.

Posted on Sep 27, 2012
Keywords: D.J. Moore, Golden Tate, Rob Ryan

Fantasy Fix: Quarterback Controversies

Looking past Rodgers and Brady.

Posted on Sep 26, 2012
Keywords: Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady
The Cub Factor

Slouching Toward History

A colossal failure.

Posted on Sep 25, 2012
Keywords: Kerry Wood, Sammy Sosa

SportsMonday: Sack Happy

Like old times - on offense, too.

Posted on Sep 24, 2012
Keywords: Amobi Okoye, Israel Idonije, Julius Peppers, Nick Roach, Stephen Paea

He's Jay Cutler

And he's just like all the rest.

Posted on Sep 24, 2012
Keywords: Moses Moreno, Sid Luckman
The White Sox Report

The Magic Number Is The 3-Hole

Your move, Robin.

Posted on Sep 24, 2012
Keywords: Adam Dunn, Alex Rios, Gene Mauch

Czar of the Playbook: Bears Bounce Back

Fewer deep routes, Mr. Tice. More screen passes, please. Get rid of the ball quicker, Jay.

Posted on Sep 23, 2012
Keywords: Devin Hester, Henry Melton

The College Football Report: Combat Wear, Hokie Tracks And Big Flats By The Six-Pack

Signature wins and austerity measures.

Posted on Sep 21, 2012
Keywords: Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, They Were Penn State, Western Kentuck Hilltoppers

We Will Lose 100 Games

This ain't the team to show us how to win.

Posted on Sep 21, 2012
Keywords: Theo Epstein! Adam Greenberg! Dale Suhveeuhm!
Kool-Aid

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Head For The Mountains

#Bearshaming.

Posted on Sep 20, 2012
Keywords: Barney Rubble, Charleston Chiefs, Fred Flintstone, Karen Lewis

Fantasy Fix: Where's Welker?

Patriots patsy.

Posted on Sep 19, 2012
Keywords: Aaron Hernandez, Michael Turner, RG3, Slim Shady

The Late Late Show At Wrigley

Drinks at Len's.

Posted on Sep 18, 2012
Keywords: Starlin Castro, Wrigley Field

SportsMonday: Immature Bears Test Brass

Babysitting is exhausting.

Posted on Sep 17, 2012
Keywords: Brian Urlacher, Chris Williams, J'Marcus Webb, Jay Cutler
The White Sox Report

Wings & Rings

Halfway between the Man Cave and the ballpark.

Posted on Sep 17, 2012
Keywords: Detroit Tigers, Jose Valverde
The Cub Factor

Even Kids Can't Take It

Team has lost the 4-year-old demographic.

Posted on Sep 17, 2012
Keywords: Dale Sveum, Go Cubs Go

The College Football Report: Alabammy Whammy And Eagle Insurance

Still in the patsy portion of the schedule.

Posted on Sep 15, 2012
Keywords: Boston College, Crimson Tide, Det. Sgt. John Taggart

How Bad Did The Bears Suck? Let America Tweet The Ways

Superior crowdsourced commentary.

Posted on Sep 14, 2012
Keywords: Dr. Jill Biden, Not Aaron Rodgers, Not Brian Scalabrine, Not SportsCenter

Czar of the Playbook: The Bears In A Robbery

X-Factor: Bears safeties.

Posted on Sep 13, 2012
Keywords: Aaron Rodgers, X-Factor

Fantasy Fix: Don't Believe The Hate

You can't believe everything you see in preseason.

Posted on Sep 12, 2012
Keywords: Rex Ryan, Tim Tebow
Kool-Aid

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: There Will Be Blood On Benson And The General

No country for old penguins or Bears safeties.

Posted on Sep 11, 2012
Keywords: Robert Guillaume, The General

Take The Packers And The Over

A fair fight.

Posted on Sep 11, 2012
Keywords: Brandon Marshall, Greg Jennings

SportsMonday: Bad Start A Bears Blessing

A humble Cutler could carry this team into a deep playoff run.

Posted on Sep 10, 2012
The White Sox Report

Close At Home

Only the Tigers' puzzling ineptitude has kept the Sox in first place.

Posted on Sep 10, 2012
Keywords: Addison Reed, Luis Aparicio
The Cub Factor

A Clown Car Wreck

The Cubs somehow performed below the lowest expectations in franchise history.

Posted on Sep 10, 2012
Keywords: Jamie Quirk, Steve Clevenger

The College Football Report: Bologna On Your Underdog With A Side Of Schwetty's Balls

Momma culpa.

Posted on Sep 7, 2012
Keywords: Det. Sgt. John Taggart, Eureka Red Devils, Knox College Prairie Fire, Momma Pease

Take The Bears And The Over

Colts unlikely to exploit Bears' weaknesses.

Posted on Sep 6, 2012
Keywords: Kellen Davis, Reggie Wayne

Fantasy Fix: Top 12 TEs

Not a Bear in sight.

Posted on Sep 5, 2012
Keywords: The Ghost of Mike Martz

SportsMondayTuesday: The Bears Are So Cub

Neither Jason Campbell nor Jed Hoyer are playing this game right.

Posted on Sep 4, 2012
Keywords: Jason Campbell, Jed Hoyer
The Cub Factor

The Grand Illusion

We are being had, Cub fans.

Posted on Sep 3, 2012
Keywords: Boston Red Sox, David Copperfield, Los Angeles Dodgers, Theo Epstein
The White Sox Report

Tiger Time

Beat Detroit or go home.

Posted on Sep 3, 2012
Keywords: Miguel Cabrera

The College Football Report: Ridin' Dirty feat. The Mercury Grand Marquis w/Kristen Saban

Backed by Power Hour and the Lindenwood Lynx.

Posted on Aug 31, 2012
Keywords: Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, Kristen Saban, Mercury Grand Marquis

Local Sports Notebook: Lame, Lamer And Lamest

Unlovable.

Posted on Aug 31, 2012
Keywords: Billy Dec, Luis Valbuena, Value Mondays

Fantasy Fix: Top 20 WRs

Jay Cutler could make Brandon Marshall the best single-season WR in franchise history.

Posted on Aug 29, 2012
Keywords: Alshon Jeffery, Brandon Marshall
The Cub Factor

Benefit Of The Doubt Rescinded

A bridge too far.

Posted on Aug 28, 2012
Keywords: Alex Hinshaw, Joe Mather

SportsMonday: Cutler In Flux

Good luck, grouchy Jay.

Posted on Aug 27, 2012
Keywords: Alshon Jeffrey, Brandon Marshall, Jeremy Bates, Mike Tice
The White Sox Report

South Side Mystique

One of the most fascinating but underobserved seasons in recent baseball memory.

Posted on Aug 27, 2012
Keywords: Scorecasting, Tyler Flowers

Fantasy Fix: Top 20 RBs

Cedric Benson vs. Matt Forte.

Posted on Aug 22, 2012
Keywords: Cedric Benson, Matt Forte
The Cub Factor

New Excuses, Same Results

Building from within is the right thing to do, but it's not the only thing to do.

Posted on Aug 21, 2012
Keywords: Blake DeWitt, Groot Industries, Jim Hendry, Luis Valbuena

SportsMonday: Welcome Back, Bears

You don't matter yet, but you will soon.

Posted on Aug 20, 2012
Keywords: Jim Miller, Kirk Cousins, Lorenzo Booker, Robbie Gould
The White Sox Report

Royal Headache

Royal mythmaking.

Posted on Aug 20, 2012
Keywords: Arthur Bryant's, Metrodome

Fantasy Fix: Top 20 QBs

Mike Martz still holding Cutler back.

Posted on Aug 15, 2012
Keywords: Andrew Luck, RG3, Tim Tebow
The Cub Factor

Unwatchable

You're losing us, Theo.

Posted on Aug 14, 2012
Keywords: Christian Villanueva, Jeff Baker, Paul Ryan

SportsMonday: The Seinfeld Olympics

Rooting for clothes.

Posted on Aug 13, 2012
Keywords: Bahamas, Missy Franklin, Spice Girls
The White Sox Report

He'll Be Back

This isn't the last we've seen of Jordan Danks.

Posted on Aug 13, 2012
Keywords: Albert Pujols, Dewayne Wise, Jarrod Dyson

TrackNotes: Corruption At Calder - And Why It Matters In Chicago

Doping, kickbacks, electric buzzers and outright horse thievery - with some Chicago connections.

Posted on Aug 9, 2012
Keywords: Arlington Park, Churchil Downs Inc., Frank Calabrese

Fantasy Fix: All The Pieces Are In Place

And none of them are Bears.

Posted on Aug 7, 2012
Keywords: Jay Cutler, Matt Forte, Michael Bush
The Cub Factor

How 'Bout Them Nats?

The remote is now an even better friend than ever.

Posted on Aug 6, 2012
Keywords: Adrian Cardenas, Jeff Baker
The White Sox Report

Billy Pierce vs. Chris Sale

Liniments, salves, ointments, tablets, oils and whatnot.

Posted on Aug 6, 2012
Keywords: Eddie (Doc) Froelich, Whitey Ford

Tweeting The Trades

Cubsmaggedon.

Posted on Jul 31, 2012
Keywords: Alfonso Soriano, NBC, Rejected Olympic Events

SportsMonday: The Olympics Are Ridiculous

We're getting get swim races and gymnastics competitions in which the announcers don't know what happened but we do. This isn't working!

Posted on Jul 30, 2012
Keywords: Bela Karolyi, Jerseys, NBC
The Cub Factor

Caped Crusaders

Our superheroes.

Posted on Jul 30, 2012
Keywords: Luis Valbuena, Will Ferrel, Zorro
The White Sox Report

Liriano Is Geico

Kenny Williams adds a cheap insurance policy.

Posted on Jul 30, 2012
Keywords: Harold Baines, Ken Griffey Jr., Manny Ramirez, Zach Greinke

In Honor Of The Olympics, ProPublica Presents: The Best Investigative Reporting On Sports

Sports build (bad) characters.

Posted on Jul 27, 2012
Keywords: Barry Bonds, International Olympic Committee, Jerry Sandusky

Fantasy Fix: Trading Up

Myers and the Youk.

Posted on Jul 25, 2012
Keywords: Addison Reed, Ichiro, Kevin Youkilis
The White Sox Report

Dear White Sox: My Bad

You can't beat fun at the old computer.

Posted on Jul 23, 2012
Keywords: Jack Black, Leyson Septimo, Matt Thornton

SportsMonday: Streak Freaks

The key is limiting the damage.

Posted on Jul 23, 2012
Keywords: A.J. Pierzynski, Don Zimmer, Jim Frey
The Cub Factor

He Loved The Cubs

And his name wasn't Ron Santo.

Posted on Jul 23, 2012
Keywords: Jim Casey

It's Tackle And It's Real: Chicago's Female Football Team That Doesn't Wear Lingerie While Playing Is Undefeated And Advancing To Its Super Bowl

Faces equally undefeated San Diego Surge.

Posted on Jul 22, 2012
Keywords: Chicago Force

Fantasy Fix: Stars On Thin Ice

Patience has its limits.

Posted on Jul 18, 2012
Keywords: Joey Votto, Tim Lincecum, Trevor Plouffe

SportsMonday: Can The Clearance Sale

One year, Theo. And this is it.

Posted on Jul 16, 2012
Keywords: Theo Epstein
The Cub Factor

Shit's About To Get Real At Wrigley

Getting worse on purpose is so Cub.

Posted on Jul 16, 2012
Keywords: Cubby Bear, Jeff Baker
The White Sox Report

Baseball Brother

Trolling the Church of Baseball.

Posted on Jul 16, 2012
Keywords: Bull Durham, IBM, Tony LaRussa

TrackNotes: Angels, Devils And Drugs

The angels are the horses.

Posted on Jul 13, 2012
Keywords: Arlington Park, Hawthorne Racecourse, I'll Have Another, Illinois Derby

A.J. Pierzynski Is (Still) A Douche And Other All-Star Game Notes

The man has less class than a CPS senior.

Posted on Jul 10, 2012
Keywords: David Kaplan, JJ Stankevitz, Joe Mauer, Phil Rogers, Rick Morrissey, Ron Washington

SportsMonday: Rough Trade

Theo vs. Kenny.

Posted on Jul 9, 2012
Keywords: Chris Archer, Kenny Williams, Sam Fuld
The Cub Factor

The Glass Is Just Half

So far, so good. So what!

Posted on Jul 9, 2012
Keywords: Dalton, Megadeth
The White Sox Report

Is The Past Prologue?

The season is half full.

Posted on Jul 9, 2012
Keywords: Gavin Floyd, Jerry Manuel, Juice Cruz, The South Side Hitmen, Tony LaRussa

Fantasy Fix: Stars And Gripes

First half fabulosities and flame-outs.

Posted on Jul 3, 2012
Keywords: A.J. Pierzynski, Anthony Rizzo, Carlos Marmol, Jose Quintana

SportsMonday: The Rizzo Stretch

An umpire and a narrative.

Posted on Jul 2, 2012
Keywords: Darwin Barney, Travis Wood
The Cub Factor

Happy Days Aren't Here Again

Theo vs. eternity.

Posted on Jul 2, 2012
Keywords: Ozzie Guillen, That Big Apple
The White Sox Report

Tales Of Yankee Power

As A.J. is washed out of the All-Star game.

Posted on Jul 2, 2012
Keywords: Ron Washington, Yogi Berra

Tweeting Rizzo

Chill, people.

Posted on Jun 27, 2012
Keywords: Bill Brasky, orphans

Fantasy Fix: Spare Part Or New Start?

Testing the change of scenery hypothesis.

Posted on Jun 27, 2012
Keywords: Kevin Youkilis

The Marlon Byrd Supplemental Report

Placebos and impotency.

Posted on Jun 25, 2012
Keywords: Robert Byrd, Tyler Colvin

SportsMonday: The Fire, F-Rod And The Youk

Up close from far away.

Posted on Jun 25, 2012
Keywords: F-Rod, Kevin Youkilis
The Cub Factor

Anthony Rizzo's Magic Bag

Answer keys and pills.

Posted on Jun 25, 2012
Keywords: Jenny Craig, Ritalin
The White Sox Report

The Batboy, Dick Allen And The '72 Sox

Enigmas wrapped in baseball.

Posted on Jun 25, 2012
Keywords: Goose Gossage, Rory Clark

Fantasy Fix: One-Trick Tony

Available in 87% of Yahoo! leagues.

Posted on Jun 20, 2012
Keywords: Tony Campana

Tweeting Hawk

Silent brooding, violent impulses.

Posted on Jun 19, 2012
Keywords: AstroTurf, Fran Drescher

SportsMonday: My Son The Scorekeeper

Recording every little detail about the game unfolding in front of him.

Posted on Jun 18, 2012
Keywords: Dustin Pedroia, Starlin Castro
The Cub Factor

Bargain Broken

Apparently Dale Sveum didn't get the memo.

Posted on Jun 18, 2012
Keywords: Alfonso Soriano, Dale Sveum, Theo Epstein
The White Sox Report

Sis Boom Bah

Mascots, beach balls, pig sooey cheers and enough waves to make you puke,

Posted on Jun 18, 2012
Keywords: Matt Garza, Zach Stewart

TrackNotes: Just Say No

Only America drugs its racehorses.

Posted on Jun 15, 2012
Keywords: Bob Costas, Kentucky, Secretariat

The Real Reasons The Bulls Are Ditching Deerfield For Downtown

Tax breaks and TIFs.

Posted on Jun 14, 2012
Keywords: Billy Dec, Groupon, Rahm Emanuel

Fantasy Fix: Cubs For Sale

Fantasy trade value.

Posted on Jun 13, 2012
Keywords: Alfonso Soriano, Bryan LaHair, Matt Garza, Ryan Dempster, Starlin Castro

SportsMondayTuesday: The Thunder Are Villainous Too

Hate LeBron. Boycott Starbucks.

Posted on Jun 12, 2012
Keywords: Howard Schultz, Seattle SuperSonics

Fire Stadium Burning Taxpayers

Yet another stadium debacle.

Posted on Jun 11, 2012
The Cub Factor

Ricketty Rebuild

It's like trying to build a skyscraper with some pipe cleaners and Elmer's glue.

Posted on Jun 11, 2012
Keywords: Aramis Ramirez, Ian Stewart, Jeff Baker, Manny Corpas
The White Sox Report

Guess The Dynamic Attendance Game

If the Sox remain in contention, we'll see how dynamic the pricing becomes.

Posted on Jun 11, 2012
Keywords: Ron Kittle

The Chicago Fire's Art of Futbol

The beautiful game.

Posted on Jun 7, 2012
Keywords: Chicago Fire

Fantasy Fix: Call-Ups Maybe

Prospects on the edge.

Posted on Jun 6, 2012
Keywords: Anthony Rizzo, Dylan Axelrod

SportsMonday: Even Up

But the favorites are still the heavy favorites.

Posted on Jun 4, 2012
Keywords: Kevin Durant, Rajon Rondo
The Cub Factor

This Just In: Darwin Barney Is Adequate

Apparently it's really hard to find 30 or so people in the world capable of being better than he is.

Posted on Jun 4, 2012
Keywords: Mickey Morandini, Ryan Theriot
The White Sox Report

The Ghosts Of Birmingham

Colliding with history.

Posted on Jun 4, 2012
Keywords: Henry Mabee, Satchel Paige

You Might Be The Cubs If . . .

Telltale signs.

Posted on May 30, 2012
Keywords: Blake Lalli, Joe Mather, Koyie Hill, Rafael Dolis

SportsMondayTuesday: Go South, Young Ones

Joe Mather vs. Adam Dunn.

Posted on May 29, 2012
Keywords: Great Lakes Brewery
The Cub Factor

It's Getting Drafty In Here

We're talking about practice. Sort of. Practice.

Posted on May 28, 2012
Keywords: Allen Iverson, Austin Wilson
The White Sox Report

Bonus Baby Bingo

By the tender age of 22, Jim Derrington was out of baseball.

Posted on May 28, 2012
Keywords: Harmon Killibrew, Joe Nuxhall

The Kennedy Curse vs. The Cubs Curse

Evil patriarchs and alcoholism.

Posted on May 25, 2012
Keywords: JFK, Sammy Sosa

The Ryder Cup vs. NATO

The golfing arm of the global economic elite.

Posted on May 24, 2012
Keywords: Medinah

Fantasy Fix: Dual Diagnosis

Chris Sale vs. Jeff Samardzija.

Posted on May 23, 2012
Keywords: Anthony Rizzo

Always A Game In Town

Crosstown whimsy.

Posted on May 22, 2012
Keywords: Madison

SportsMonday: Crosstown Crapper

It just got worse.

Posted on May 21, 2012
Keywords: Dogfish Head, Jake Peavy
The White Sox Report

Samardzija's Head

Intent isn't necessarily the issue.

Posted on May 21, 2012
Keywords: Calico Joe, Don Drysdale
The Cub Factor

Kerry Wood's Weird Retirement Party

Really, Cubs?

Posted on May 21, 2012
Keywords: Aunt Gertrude, Charles Manson, Darwin Barney, Viagra

Fantasy Fix: WHIP It Good

How set-up men could help you.

Posted on May 16, 2012
Keywords: Carlos Zambrano, Mark Teixeira, Matt Cain, Matt Kemp
The White Sox Report

Cheerleading

Let's not and say we did.

Posted on May 14, 2012
Keywords: Bill Veeck, Chevy Pride Crew, Crosley Field

SportsMonday: Amnesty Now!

Send a glorious message.

Posted on May 14, 2012
Keywords: Carlos Boozer, Luol Deng, Nikola Mirotic

Bring Us The Heads Of C.J. Watson, Omer Asik And Carlos Boozer

Twits.

Posted on May 11, 2012
Keywords: Jon Greenberg, Mike Wilbon

Kerry Wood Is Far Too Relevant, Dude

The mascot meme sticks.

Posted on May 10, 2012
Keywords: Steve Stone, Tom Ricketts

Fantasy Fix: The LaHair Conundrum

Is there an argument for keeping him?

Posted on May 9, 2012
Keywords: Adam Dunn, Jim Hendry, Matt Kemp

Boxing Report: Two Chicagoans Win National Golden Gloves Titles

And a Joliet boxer becomes one of the world's top ten lightweights.

Posted on May 8, 2012
Keywords: Albert Mensah, Alex Martin, Shawn Simpson
The Cub Factor

Rooftop Drinking

It's complicated.

Posted on May 7, 2012
Keywords: Bryan LaHair, DJ LaMahieu, Hee Sop Choi, Super Joe Mather

SportsMonday: It's A Bear Market

The draft brings hope.

Posted on May 7, 2012
Keywords: Lovie Smith, Mike Martz, Shea McClellin
The White Sox Report

The Chris Sale Saga Is Just Starting

Move to closer a mystery.

Posted on May 7, 2012
Keywords: Don Cooper, Minnie Minoso, Nestor Molina

Fantasy Fix: Stars Out Of Alignment

Play, trade or bench?

Posted on May 2, 2012
Keywords: Jason Kubel, Matt Thornton

Joe Cowley Hates Women, Can't Write And Is A Lousy Reporter But Keeps Job

Time to hottie up his resume.

Posted on May 1, 2012
Keywords: Mr. Handsome

SportsMonday: Derrick Rose Will Never Be The Same

But don't blame Thibodeau.

Posted on Apr 30, 2012
Keywords: Adidas, Nike
The White Sox Report

Robin's Way

A three-oh offense and a stolen-base prevention defense.

Posted on Apr 30, 2012
Keywords: A.J. Pierzynski, Hawk Harrelson, Ozzie Guillen, Paul Konerko, Steve Stone
The Cub Factor

I Like This Team!

Bad but not stupid.

Posted on Apr 30, 2012
Keywords: Bryan LaHair, Joe Mather, Tony Campana

More Rare Than Perfect

A baseball feat that had never happened before and hasn't happened since.

Posted on Apr 27, 2012
Keywords: Bret Boone, Jim Parque, Mike Cameron

Fantasy Fix: Chicago's Very Own

With all the recommended Sox pick-ups, you'd think they hadn't lost a game. The Cubs not so much.

Posted on Apr 25, 2012
Keywords: Kerry Wood, Philip Humber

SportsTuesday: Goalie And Enforcer Send Blackhawks To Golf Course

Dominant netminder and vicious cheap shot pay off.

Posted on Apr 24, 2012
Keywords: Daniel Carcillo, Marian Hossa, Mike Smith, Nick Leddy, Pat Foley, Raffi Torres
The White Sox Report

The Humbler's Perfecto

Joins 20 others in perhaps baseball's most eclectic club.

Posted on Apr 22, 2012
Keywords: Harvey Haddix, J. Lee Richmond, Tom Browning

Fantasy Fix: How Do You Spell Relief?

Not S-A-N-T-I-A-G-O or M-A-R-M-O-L.

Posted on Apr 17, 2012
Keywords: Bryan LaHair, Jeff Samardjiza, Kyle Farnsworth

SportsMonday: Overtimes In Overdrive

Good Lord, what a week for Chicago sports.

Posted on Apr 16, 2012
Keywords: Andrew Shaw, Brent Seabrook, Derrick Rose, Luol Deng
The Cub Factor

Land Of Hope And Dreams But Mostly Failures

Born To Run Into Double Plays.

Posted on Apr 16, 2012
Keywords: Bruce Springsteen, Marlon Byrd, Mike Fontenot
The White Sox Report

Appetizing Opening

Garlic shrimp, prime sirloin, brats and burgers, and a few cocktails.

Posted on Apr 16, 2012
Keywords: Captain Morgan Club, McCuddy's

About Ozzie

Has always welcome to his opinions, but not to having them shielded by a fawning press corps.

Posted on Apr 12, 2012
Keywords: John McCain, Rick Telander

Fantasy Fix: A Cuban We Can All Love

Mission to avoid a circus accomplished.

Posted on Apr 11, 2012
Keywords: Bryan LaHair, Hector Santiago, Yoenis Cespedes, Yu Darvish

Cubs Notebook: Bison, Baker, Byrd, Bleachers

Adjusting for inflation.

Posted on Apr 10, 2012
Keywords: Alfonso Soriano, Corey Patterson, dynamic pricing, Greg Maddux
The White Sox Report

Fresh, Eager And Outclassed

We both made it to The Show - he as a right-handed pitcher (1971-73) and me as a beer vendor (1980-86).

Posted on Apr 9, 2012
Keywords: Bobby Valentine, Jim Panther, Ted Williams, Toby Harrah
The Cub Factor

Now Losing With More Data!

This could take awhile.

Posted on Apr 9, 2012
Keywords: Jim Hendry, Long Beach State, Mike Fontenot, Ron Santo

SportsMonday: No Contact Order

Beckham and Mather show how bad baserunning loses games.

Posted on Apr 9, 2012
Keywords: Len & Bob, Orel & Tito

Opening Day With The Ricketts Family!

One hand on a bat and the other in your pocket.

Posted on Apr 5, 2012
Keywords: TD Ameritrade, Undercover Boss

Fantasy Fix: The Tao of Spring Training

A resurrection story.

Posted on Apr 4, 2012
Keywords: Joe Mather, Tyler Colvin
The White Sox Report

Short People

Jake Peavy vs. Sports Illustrated.

Posted on Apr 3, 2012
Keywords: Harry Caray, Harry Chappas

Open Fire: Soccer Is Back

Back to the grind.

Posted on Mar 27, 2012
Keywords: Dan Gargan, Dominic Oduro

SportsMonday: A Slog For The Banged-Up Bulls

Trouble with Derrick Rose's groin, Luol Deng's wrist and Joakim Noah's head.

Posted on Mar 26, 2012
Keywords: Cirque Du Soleil
The White Sox Report

It Could Be Worse

Dismal outlook notwithstanding.

Posted on Mar 26, 2012
Keywords: Bruce Chen, Eduardo Escobar, Ozzie Guillen

TrackNotes: Luck Death Toll Kills Series

Attempting to turn a horse on and off at will like it was the Dukes of Hazzard Dodge Charger must be of great concern, but the story gets worse.

Posted on Mar 23, 2012
Keywords: Dustin Hoffman, Nick Nolte

Nick's Picks: Injuries, Upsets And An NBA Career On The Line - How Kansas Is Now Poised To Win It All

Coming down to a million-dollar wrist.

Posted on Mar 21, 2012
Keywords: Kendall Marshall, The State of Ohio

Kids Still Collect Baseball Cards

Autographs, too.

Posted on Mar 20, 2012
Keywords: Derek Jeter

SportsMonday: Blackhawks Playing Head Games

The first step is acknowledging the problem.

Posted on Mar 19, 2012
Keywords: Andy Shaw, concussion, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane

Nick's Picks: Prepare For An NCAA Championship That Will Be Vacated

A big hint - though applicable to many.

Posted on Mar 14, 2012

Fantasy Fix: Pitchathon

And not a Cub or Sox among them.

Posted on Mar 14, 2012
Keywords: Angels, Carlos Marmol, Phillies

Tallest! Steepest! Fastest!

Monstrous!

Posted on Mar 13, 2012
Keywords: Cedar Point, Kings Island, Six Flags

SportsMonday: Kyle Korver, The Torch And A Cinderella Story

There is nothing like a pure shooter heating up and using perfect form to drain shot after shot.

Posted on Mar 12, 2012
Keywords: Chuck Swirsk, Hernst Laroche, Jimmie Fredette, John Jenkins

TrackNotes: Satellite Dishes And Starting Gates

Hardly the the best-run sport in America, but still the greatest.

Posted on Mar 9, 2012
Keywords: Barney Fife, Linsanity, Seabiscuit

Guided Tour: Inside The Berto Center With Derrick Rose

It takes an organization to win championships.

Posted on Mar 8, 2012
Keywords: Berto Center

A Tame Version Of What A Cubs World Series Championship Would Look Like

Though the guy clipping his beard was a nice touch.

Posted on Mar 7, 2012
Keywords: Fantasyland, MLB12

Fantasy Fix: Catching Hell

Thin, vexing.

Posted on Mar 7, 2012
Keywords: Bryan LaHair, Geovany Soto

Chicago Golden Glove Wins Silver At Nationals

A long way from Harvey.

Posted on Mar 6, 2012
Keywords: King College Prep, USA Boxing

SportsMonday: Box Scores Are Back

So is stupid baserunning.

Posted on Mar 5, 2012
Keywords: Alfonso Soriano, Cubs, Dale Sveum, Darwin Barney, David DeJesus

Justifying Bears Ticket Prices

First, hire Penn & Teller to make the McCaskeys disappear.

Posted on Mar 1, 2012
Keywords: Green Bay Packers, Penn & Teller, Randy Newman

Fantasy Fix: What's Really Important About Ryan Braun

His draft position.

Posted on Feb 29, 2012
Keywords: Albert Pujols, John Danks, Matt Kemp

Giving Globetrotter Goose His Due

A true legend.

Posted on Feb 28, 2012
Keywords: Harlem Globetrotters, Indianapolis Clowns, Meadowlark Lemon

SportsMonday: LeBron Chokes, Kobe Bleeds And Kevin Durant Is MVP

Omens for a Bulls date with destiny.

Posted on Feb 27, 2012
Keywords: Derrick Rose, Dwight Howard, Michael Jordan

The New Cubs Way: A Fan's Manual

Do it right or go home.

Posted on Feb 23, 2012

Fantasy Fix: Best Chicago Players Come Up Short

When you look at preseason fantasy rankings, you aren't going to see a lot of Cubs or White Sox near the top for most positions.

Posted on Feb 22, 2012
Keywords: Alexei Ramirez, Ozzie Guillen, Starlin Castro

SportsTuesday: Rose Is Back But No Big Mac

I was dreaming of one thing - and one thing only.

Posted on Feb 21, 2012
Keywords: Brian Scalabrine, Carlos Boozer, Harry Caray, Jannero Pargo, the Luv-a-Bulls

Rare Video: Cubs vs. Tigers in The 1935 World Series

Futility in the final frame.

Posted on Feb 17, 2012
Keywords: Augie Galan, Babe Ruth, Charlie Grimm, Charlie Root, Ford Frick, Hank Greenberg, Joe Louis, Kenesaw Mountain Landis

Monster Jam Chicago!

Grave Digger? Is there any other kind?

Posted on Feb 16, 2012
Keywords: El Toro Loco, Grave Digger

Fantasy Fix: Second and Third Thoughts

Miggy vs. A-Ram.

Posted on Feb 15, 2012
Keywords: Aramis Ramirez, Brett Jackson, Miguel Cabrera

Meet Wheaton's Golden Glove

A promoter's dream.

Posted on Feb 14, 2012
Keywords: Notre Dame, Subway, Wall Street Journal

SportsMonday: It's All About The Man's Back

The Blackhawks, however, have no such excuse.

Posted on Feb 13, 2012
Keywords: Derrick Rose, Disney On Ice, Rajon Rondo

Super Bowl Housecleaning

Listen up, Goodell. Without being able to "play" the Super Bowl, I wouldn't have even watched it.

Posted on Feb 10, 2012
Keywords: Betty White, Dan Reeves, Giselle Bundchen, Glen Campbell, Kelly Clarkson, Phil Emery, Rush Limbaugh

From Bread To Shred

Chicago's mystery BMX facility.

Posted on Feb 10, 2012
Keywords: BMX

No, Cubs, Baseball Is Better When . . .

. . . one of your owners isn't a lying boob.

Posted on Feb 9, 2012
Keywords: Beck, Beer, Cardenal, Elia, Hendry, Wood

Fantasy Fix: First Basemen and First Benchmen

Young upstarts and veterans in new surroundings.

Posted on Feb 8, 2012
Keywords: Albert Pujols, Bulls Bench Mob, Paul Konerko, Prince Fielder

The Best Super Bowl Ads You Didn't See

Blown chances.

Posted on Feb 6, 2012
Keywords: Fotoshop, North Platte

The Best Of The Beachwood's Super Bowl Tweets

Is #Lame trending yet? #Madonna #SuperBowl

Posted on Feb 6, 2012
Keywords: Beckham, Bridgestone, Douchebags, Fleetwood Mac, Lana Del Rey, Marion Barber, Richard Simmons, Romney, Tim Tebow, Toradol, Woodhead

SportsMonday: The Goat Is Wes Welker But Tom Brady Was No Prize

Giselle Bundchen totally pissed.

Posted on Feb 6, 2012
Keywords: Asante Samuel, Mike Holmgren

The Super Bowl Is Decadent And Depraved

American sports at its worst.

Posted on Feb 3, 2012
Keywords: Captain Hook, Columbo, Danica, Eli Manning, Kelly Clarkson, Lipton, Madonna

A Tribute To The World's Greatest Cornerman

He didn't embarrass his mother.

Posted on Feb 3, 2012
Keywords: Cassius Marcellus Clay, Sugar Ray Leonard

Fantasy Fix: Neither Chicago Baseball Team Has A Top 10 Player; The Detroit Tigers Have Three

Not even close.

Posted on Feb 1, 2012
Keywords: Justin Verlander, Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder

SportsMonday: The Heat Is On But The Hate Isn't

Fading animus for LeBron & Co.

Posted on Jan 30, 2012
Keywords: Brett Favre, Derrick Rose, George Steinbrenner, LeBron James

What Camp Counselors Know: Joe Paterno's Shameful Legacy

By the time children were being victimized at Penn State, any responsible adult working with kids should have known how to respond.

Posted on Jan 29, 2012
Keywords: Jerry Sandusky, Joe Paterno

The 2012 Beachwood Super Bowl Halftime Prop Bet

Let's do the time warp again.

Posted on Jan 29, 2012
Keywords: Black Eyed Peas, Britney Spears, Bruce Springsteen, Cee-Lo Green, Janet Jackson, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, LMFAO, M.I.A., Madonna, Nicki Minaj, ZZ Top

The Air Jordan Retro Chicago 10s Have Dropped

Sneakerheads like but don't love.

Posted on Jan 25, 2012
Keywords: Jumpman, Tumbled Leather, Varsity Red

Chicas Furiosa Goes For Threepeat! Ivy King Cup Defense At Stake With Season Premiere At Hand

Fasten your seat belts, little babies.

Posted on Jan 24, 2012
Keywords: Ivy King Cup, Kola Loka, Ol Drrrty Go-Go, Tori Adore

SportsMonday: Get Prince!

The Cubs could sign Fielder and still have a lower payroll than last year.

Posted on Jan 23, 2012
Keywords: Anthony Rizzo, Bryan LaHair, Scott Boras

That Happened: The 2011 Women's Underwater Hockey Chicago Finals

Three-dimensional, while holding your breath.

Posted on Jan 19, 2012
Keywords: Glug

Fantasy Fix: Ditching Deadweight (Joakim Noah, Anyone?)

The time has come.

Posted on Jan 18, 2012
Keywords: Amar'e Stoudemire, Ricky Rubio

Cubs Cult Holds Annual Induction Ceremony

Kids prepared for lifetime of delusion, disappointment.

Posted on Jan 17, 2012
Keywords: Crane Kenney, Kool-Aid

SportsMonday: The Packers Are Still (Way) Better Than The Bears

And the Cardinals are still (way) better than the Cubs.

Posted on Jan 16, 2012
Keywords: Green Bay Packers, Patrick Kane, St. Louis Cardinals, Theo Epstein

Friday Night Fights At The El Rey Ballroom

Vocational High senior aims for London.

Posted on Jan 13, 2012
Keywords: Shawn Simpson

John Lucas III vs. Caleb Hanie

Bulls smarter than Bears.

Posted on Jan 12, 2012
Keywords: Dan Bernstein, Derrick Rose

Fantasy Fix: Tim Tebow vs. Ryan Braun

The rise and fall.

Posted on Jan 11, 2012
Keywords: Andrew Luck, Brady Quinn, Marreese Speights, Matt Kemp

SportsMonday: Angelo's Legacy Still Unwritten

Cutler's future success - or failure - will be the determining factor.

Posted on Jan 9, 2012
Keywords: George McCaskey, Tim Ruskell

Fantasy Fix: Fish or Cut Bait?

Rip Hamilton among those on thin ice.

Posted on Jan 3, 2012
Keywords: Rip Hamilton

Drawing Rip Hamilton

In under four minutes. While wearing headphones.

Posted on Jan 3, 2012
Keywords: The Ripster

Blue Horseshoe Loves The Bears

Traipsing down 2011's post-lockout we're-ready-because-we're-stable memory lane has been wonderful, in my world.

Posted on Dec 30, 2011
Keywords: Cincinnatus, Josh McCown, Macaroni Grill

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Lessons Learned

Favorite takeaways, paint huffed and the Tao of Jerry Angelo.

Posted on Dec 29, 2011
Keywords: Brett Favre, Daphne Rosen, Guam, John Skelton, Mike Tyson, Scarface

Fantasy Fix: And Luol Deng Shall Lead Them!

Highest-ranked fantasy player so far.

Posted on Dec 28, 2011
Keywords: Give Me The Rock, Mr. Kardashian, Rajon Rondo

The Derrick Rose Facts

Twitter follows Derrick Rose.

Posted on Dec 26, 2011
Keywords: Foot Locker, McDonald's, Michael Jordan, Twitter

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Executive Decisions

Fewer players with sprinkles, please.

Posted on Dec 22, 2011
Keywords: Dippin' Dots, Kim Jong-il, Steven Seagal, Tim Ruskell

Fantasy Fix: The NBA's Sleeping Giants

Damn lies, stats and big men.

Posted on Dec 21, 2011
Keywords: Derrick Rose, Serge Ibaka

And A Bull Named Benny Shall Lead Them . . .

You better be good, for goodness sake.

Posted on Dec 20, 2011
Keywords: Benny The Bull, Derrick Rose

SportsMonday: Martz vs. Q

Hanie's teammates and coaches failed him as much as the other way around.

Posted on Dec 19, 2011
Keywords: Donovan McNabb, Matt Forte, Ray Emery

The College Football Report: The Cheesy Bacon And Other Bowls

Culinary pairings for the postseason.

Posted on Dec 16, 2011
Keywords: KFC, Taylor Branch

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: 1-800-REALITY

The party's over but the projectiles have just begun.

Posted on Dec 15, 2011
Keywords: Bacardi Limon, Willem Dafoe

Fantasy Fix: NBA Scrambling Your Draft

Derrick Rose would increase Rip Hamilton's value.

Posted on Dec 14, 2011
Keywords: Ben Gordon, Brian Scalabrine, David Stern

SportsMonday: Tim Tebow Outclasses The Bears

Urlacher, Briggs not right with God.

Posted on Dec 12, 2011

The College Football Report: Guilty

With every t-shirt and ticket we buy.

Posted on Dec 9, 2011
Keywords: Jerry Sandusky, Joe Paterno, Urban Meyer
Kool-Aid

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Hallowed Be Thy Game

Unfortunately, this season was declared dead at 3:37 p.m. CST last Sunday.

Posted on Dec 8, 2011
Keywords: Jesus, Red Lobster

Chicago Bears Panic Button

Time to hit it.

Posted on Dec 6, 2011
Keywords: Caleb Hanie, Josh McCown, Nathan Enderle

SportsMonday: Paging Donovan McNabb?

Terrell Owens is still out there, too.

Posted on Dec 5, 2011
Keywords: Dexter McCluster

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Hype-Apathy Sets In

Consult your physician to see if Limpatol is right for you.

Posted on Dec 1, 2011
Keywords: John Oates, Kahlil Bell

Fantasy Fix: Hoop Dreams Are Here

With a shortened season, the top fantasy players will sort themselves out quickly.

Posted on Nov 30, 2011
Keywords: Derrick Rose, Dwayne Wade, Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James

They Call Theo Epstein The Seeker

Now go get us Prince Fielder!

Posted on Nov 29, 2011
Keywords: Bronson Arroyo, Buffalo Tom, Peter Gammons, The Who

SportsMonday: Paging Kyle Orton!

But we'll settle for Josh McCown.

Posted on Nov 28, 2011
Keywords: Lovie Smith, Mike Martz, Todd Collins

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Thumb and Thumber

Disinterested Christmas stripper awaits Bears.

Posted on Nov 24, 2011
Keywords: Andy A. Nonimus, Carson Palmer

Fantasy Fix: Hanie, Orton McCown And The Pope's Nose

In terms of fantasy value, neither Hanie nor Orton McCown has all that much to offer.

Posted on Nov 23, 2011
Keywords: Marion Barber, Tim Tebow

Caleb Hanie 2011 Highlights!

Surprise, surprise!

Posted on Nov 22, 2011
Keywords: Apple Vacations, Continental Mitsubishi, Midtown Athletic Club

SportsMonday: Rivers Down, Cutler Out

Who is Caleb Hanie?

Posted on Nov 21, 2011
Keywords: Caleb Hanie, Norv Turner

Meet Dale Sveum!

With a little help from Prince Fielder; a dorky kid and his dad; and some dude in his bedroom.

Posted on Nov 18, 2011
Keywords: Discovery World, Prince Fielder, The Milwaukee Brewers Community Foundation
Kool-Aid

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Hype It Up

A season-long equivalent to a draw play.

Posted on Nov 17, 2011
Keywords: DJ Ruby Rohd, Herschel Krustofski, Junior Dos Santos, Ndomikong Suh, Ron Burgundy, Tyler Durden

Paul McCartney Is A Huge Chicago Bears Fan!

Bears On The Run.

Posted on Nov 15, 2011
Keywords: Sir Paul McCartney

SportsMonday: Bears' Brain Trust Smart After All!

The talkers don't know what they're talking about.

Posted on Nov 14, 2011
Keywords: Charles Tillman, Jerry Angelo, Julius Peppers, Mike Martz, Tim Jennings

The Memory Penn State Dredges Up

I want to tell my 12-year-old self not to fucking go to this apartment. But I did.

Posted on Nov 11, 2011

TrackNotes: Lost Faith In A Ruined Sport

If the stewards are giving only 80 percent of their attention to the most important races of the year, why should I give them 100 percent of my wagering money?

Posted on Nov 11, 2011
Keywords: Courageous Cat, Goldikova, Joe DiMaggio, Joe Frazier, Richard Duchossois, Uncle Mo

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Earl Bennett And The McRib Are Back!

With a dash of Peppers.

Posted on Nov 9, 2011
Keywords: Decepticons, Energon Cubes, Jim Mora, Julius Peppers, KC Masterpiece, Ndamukong Suh

The Bears Made The Eagles Feel Bad

Upset City.

Posted on Nov 8, 2011

Fantasy Fix: QBs On The Run

Is a revival afoot?

Posted on Nov 8, 2011
Keywords: Cam Newton, Christian Ponder, Denard Robinson, Michael Vick, Tim Tebow

Meet Jason Shaver: Voice Of The Chicago Wolves

Grandson of a North Stars broadcast legend.

Posted on Nov 8, 2011

Should The Bears Really Be An 8-Point Underdog?

All eyes are on Michael Vick.

Posted on Nov 7, 2011
Keywords: Matt Forte, Michael Vick, Mike Martz

SportsMonday: They're Saying "Booackhawks"

The highlight was the anthem.

Posted on Nov 7, 2011

TrackNotes: America's Big Weekend

Heads up: Chills guaranteed.

Posted on Nov 4, 2011
Keywords: ESPN, Giant Oak, Goldlikova, Havre de Grace, Jockeys' Guild, Lance Louis, Uncle Mo

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Slim Shady vs. Jiffy Helmet

Casual Encounters of the Disney kind.

Posted on Nov 3, 2011
Keywords: Eminem, Mike Martz, Rich Eisen, Rollo, Tebowing, Yuengling

Fantasy Fix: A Camtastic First Half

Better than Rodgers, Brees and Brady.

Posted on Nov 2, 2011
Keywords: Calvin Johnson, Cam Newton, Jared Allen, Jason Hanson, Javon Ringer, Jimmy Graham, LaGarrette Blount, LeSean McCoy, the Baltimore Ravens defense, the Dallas Cowboys defense

Extreme Snowmobiling In Wrigleyville

One of the most jaw-dropping courses the sport has seen.

Posted on Nov 1, 2011

SportsMonday: The Real Cubs' Curse

The goat is not the problem.

Posted on Oct 31, 2011
Keywords: Crane Kenney, Harry Caray, Jeff Garlin, Theo Epstein

TrackNotes: Whither Illinois' Giant Oak? And Other Pressing Issues

At least you might see Goldikova make history.

Posted on Oct 27, 2011
Keywords: Bacardi at the Park. Captain Morgan Club, Breeders' Cup

Theo Is Here, But The Best Is Yet To Come

Team Theo is more important than Theo himself.

Posted on Oct 26, 2011
Keywords: Jason McLeod, Jed Hoyer

Fantasy Fix: Match-Ups Made In Heaven

Beware Tim Tebow.

Posted on Oct 26, 2011
Keywords: Brandon Lloyd, Christian Ponder, DeMarco Murray, Philip Rivers, Plaxico Burress, Tim Tebow

Best National Anthem At A Chicago Sports Event This Year

Home of the brave.

Posted on Oct 25, 2011

SportsMonday: Bears Man Up

Special brand of mediocrity puts them in wild-card chase.

Posted on Oct 24, 2011
Keywords: Earnest Graham, Man U, Matt Forte

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Gruel 'n' Chips Edition

Two overrated defenses clash over the right to hold their opponent under 500 yards of total offense.

Posted on Oct 20, 2011

World Series Special: The Right Side Of The Rivalry

Ryan Theriot was right.

Posted on Oct 19, 2011
Keywords: Buzz Bissinger, Dusty Baker, John Mozeliak, Lou Piniella, Nick Punto, Ryan Theriot, Tony LaRussa, Walt Jocketty

Fantasy Fix: Rare NFL Trades That Could Actually Affect Your Team!

Including not-so-obvious winners and losers.

Posted on Oct 19, 2011

Bears Will Arrive To NFL Fever in London

Fish and chips with Cuba Gooding Jr.

Posted on Oct 18, 2011
Keywords: Jerry Maguire, Man U, Terrell Owens, William Perry

SportsMonday: Devin Hester Is Fundamentally Ridiculous

But he did turn a crack into a canyon.

Posted on Oct 17, 2011
Keywords: Cris Collinsworth, Donovan McNabb, Jeff Joniak

The College Football Report: Waffle House Week Featuring The Halfway Halfwits

Smothered and covered.

Posted on Oct 14, 2011
Keywords: Doomsday, Illinois, Joe Montana, Tron

Bears-Vikings Preview(s): May The Worst Team Win

The 1-4 Vikings actually have the momentum.

Posted on Oct 14, 2011
Keywords: Bob Swerski, Jared Allen
Kool-Aid

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Take The Lovie Smith Challenge. Every Time.

Football + banking puns = funny?

Posted on Oct 13, 2011
Keywords: Bill Melton, Kyle Vanden Bosch, Leif Garrett, Olaf Gustafson

Fantasy Fix: Is Tim Tebow The New Cam Newton?

Plus, the Matt Forte bandwagon.

Posted on Oct 12, 2011
Keywords: David Stern, Drew Brees, John Fox

The Gun In Eric Hipple's Mouth

Bankrupt and bereft and back again.

Posted on Oct 11, 2011
Keywords: addiction, depression, Eric Hipple, suicide, Vicodin

SportsMonday: Sanity Of Bears Fans At Stake Tonight

How not to drive us crazy.

Posted on Oct 10, 2011
Keywords: Jahvid Best, Jay Cutler, Mike Martz

The College Football Report: The Shame Of College Sports And The Ol' Ballcoach's Not Unreasonable Solution

Amputating the NCAA from college athletics would be painful, but given time, we may not notice that it's gone.

Posted on Oct 7, 2011
Keywords: Frank Deford, Hayden Fry, Steve Spurrier, Taylor Branch

TrackNotes: See You At The Haw

The best dirt racing in Chicago.

Posted on Oct 7, 2011
Keywords: Giant Oak, Lovie Smith, Stickney

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Jay Cutler's Future Is Unwritten!

If you don't know what a practice wife is, you are a practice wife.

Posted on Oct 6, 2011
Keywords: Gisele Bundchen, Joe Namath, Juicy Fruit, KISS, Kristin Cavallari

Fantasy Fix: Top 5 Reasons To Love Bye Weeks

Hint: Tony Romo can't hurt you.

Posted on Oct 4, 2011
Keywords: Matt Hasselbeck, OchoCinco, Tony Romo

MLS Super Tuesday: Fire vs. Sounders

A five-time champion or a three-year winning streak.

Posted on Oct 4, 2011
Keywords: Jackie Pickering
The White Sox Report

Boats, Buehrle And The Silver Chalice

Big surprise: It comes down to money.

Posted on Oct 3, 2011
Keywords: Brooks Boyer, Jerry Reinsdorf, Kenny Williams, Ozzie Guillen

SportsMonday: Devin Hester And Matt Forte More Ridiculous Than A Bears Defense That Allowed 543 Yards

Signature moves from the dynamic duo.

Posted on Oct 3, 2011
Keywords: 2006 Bugatti Veyron 16.4, Chris Harris, Marion Barber

The College Football Report: Coyote Ugly, Evil Empires And Aggie Nation

Not all creampuffs prove accommodating guests.

Posted on Sep 30, 2011
Keywords: Hawk Harrelson, New Mexico, Sam Houston State, The College Football Reportress

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: The Most Important Game Of The Year

How did this happen two years in a row?

Posted on Sep 28, 2011
Keywords: Cam Newton, Greg Olsen, Jungle Cat Urine, Ron Rivera

Carl's Cubs Mailbag: The 2011 Cubs Happened, And We All Let It Happen

Passports revoked.

Posted on Sep 28, 2011
Keywords: David Carradine, Mick Jagger, Richard Roeper, Trois
The Cub Factor

The Ghost Of Jim Hendry Will Haunt 2012

Big Z goes boom one more time.

Posted on Sep 28, 2011
Keywords: Bobby Valentine, Esmailin Caridad, Johnny Evers, Steve Clevenger

The College Football Report: Fracking And The Honey Badger

The Friends of Coal get schooled by an undersized LSU sophomore.

Posted on Sep 28, 2011
Keywords: America's Got Talent, Friends of Coal, Tyrann Mathieu, West Virginia

SportsMonday: Packers Induce Vomiting

How did this happen?

Posted on Sep 26, 2011
Keywords: Cam Newton, Devin Hester, Pollyana
The White Sox Report

Looking For Ozzie

The choice is clear.

Posted on Sep 26, 2011

The College Football Report's Long (Somewhat) And Illustrious (Kind Of) History Of The Big Six

Welcome to footballgia.

Posted on Sep 23, 2011
Keywords: Aggies, Anarchy, Golden Handcuffs, Kentucky Barrels, Maroons, Sewanee
Kool-Aid

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: "B" Is for Blowout

Mort "Big Jew" Williams from accounting will be backing up Frank Omiyale.

Posted on Sep 22, 2011
Keywords: Caleb Hanie, Mila Kunis, Saul Bramburg

Carl's Cubs Mailbag: Raw Doggin' Some Randoms

This time next year we could be having a discussion about Tyler Colvin providing inadequate protection in the fifth spot to Albert Pujols.

Posted on Sep 22, 2011
Keywords: Jerry Hairston Jr., Ken Burns, Old Man Withers, Sammy Sosa

Czar of the Playbook Preview: Packers at Bears

The shotgun or death.

Posted on Sep 21, 2011
Keywords: Jay Cutler, Mike Martz

The Amazingly Awesome Chicago Boyz Acrobatic Team

Tumbling, trampoline and stunts inside of jump ropes.

Posted on Sep 21, 2011
Keywords: Chicago Boyz

SportsMonday: Bears Back To Reality

Wouldn't you think Jerry Angelo would get tired of it?

Posted on Sep 19, 2011
Keywords: Jerry Angelo, Kool-Aid, Pizza Hut, Troy Aikman
The White Sox Report

Losing Team, Great Experience (Not The Cubs)

There was no waiting at the urinals. However, I was third in line to wash my hands.

Posted on Sep 19, 2011
Keywords: garlic fries, Ichiro, Safeco Field
The Cub Factor

Learning To Walk Instead Of Crawling

And putting team needs ahead of personal goals.

Posted on Sep 19, 2011
Keywords: General Manager X, Joey Amalfitano, Joey Votto, Moneyball

The College Football Report: Reversals of Genetically Modified Fortune

Divine interventions and free-range chickens.

Posted on Sep 16, 2011
Keywords: Jesus, Mother Nature, Prostate

Carl's Cubs Mailbag: Wrath Of The Table Saw

Starring Koyie Hill and Damn Yankees.

Posted on Sep 15, 2011
Keywords: Doug Goldblatt, Jack Blades, Micah Hoffpauir, Ted Nugent, Tommy Shaw
Kool-Aid

Lovie's Cover 2 Live Crew

Deep passes and low, low prices.

Posted on Sep 15, 2011
Keywords: Bob Rohrman, Fred Miller, Olin Kruetz

Fantasy Fix: Our Annual Test Of Patience

Early results may not be indicative of future returns.

Posted on Sep 14, 2011
Keywords: Cedric Benson, Rex Grossman

The College Football Report: The Kettle Fried Conference, Safety School Division And Neglected Touchpads

Bonus: A new conference boasting the most unlikely group of mascots ever assembled.

Posted on Sep 13, 2011
Keywords: Confucious, Notre Dame

The Early Line: Ugly Bears A 6.5 Dog

The Bears won ugly; the Saints will move the ball.

Posted on Sep 13, 2011
Keywords: Darren Sproles, Drew Brees, Jay Cutler, Matt Forte, Mike Martz

SportsMonday: The Revenge of Mike Martz

Mastery on display.

Posted on Sep 12, 2011
Keywords: Henry Melton, Jay Cutler, Khalil Bell
The Cub Factor

Wake Them Up When September Ends

Cosmic gag reel.

Posted on Sep 12, 2011
Keywords: Chewing Gum, Walking
The White Sox Report

Paulie, Juan And The Ghost Of Nellie Fox

A game of adjustments.

Posted on Sep 12, 2011
Keywords: Adam Dunn, Alex Rios, Gordon Beckham, Luis Aparicio

Fantasy Fix: Boo Boos and Handcuffs

MRI tweets and reassessments.

Posted on Sep 7, 2011
Keywords: Arian Foster, CNBC, Maurice Jones-Drew, Peyton Manning, Ryan Grant

SportsMondayTuesday: There Goes Quade, Here Comes Cutler

Controversial quarterback on the verge of greatness.

Posted on Sep 6, 2011
Keywords: Brandon Meriweather, Bryan LaHair, Erin Heatherton, The Jewish Hammer
The Cub Factor

Ball of Confusion

They'll start changing the culture later.

Posted on Sep 6, 2011
Keywords: Bryan LaHair, Eric Young
The White Sox Report

Everything Coming Up Crabgrass

A ballclub behaving badly.

Posted on Sep 5, 2011
Keywords: Cubs, Elizabeth Taylor

The College Football Report: Dirtbags, Lies and Godwottery

Integrity officially routed by shameless money-grubbing.

Posted on Sep 1, 2011
Keywords: Craig James, ESPN, Galactic Empire, Mormons, poppycock, Steve Spurrier, super conferences

Carl's Cubs Mailbag: Put My Money On The Chorizo

That guy is muy rapido.

Posted on Sep 1, 2011
Keywords: Chipper Jones, Joey Silvera

Fantasy Fix: Tight Ends Are Your Friends

Current - but not former - Bears excepted.

Posted on Aug 31, 2011
Keywords: Greg Olsen, Jimmy Graham, Matt Forte

The College Football Report: Bring On The Skillets, Barrels And War Axes!

Time-honored traditions vs. PR schemes.

Posted on Aug 31, 2011
Keywords: ESPN, Floyd of Rosedale, Miami, Sparky, Super Conferences

Why The Bears Won't Be A Playoff Team

Nightmarish scenario?

Posted on Aug 30, 2011
Keywords: Dane Sanzenbacher, Henry Melton, Julius Peppers, Roberto Garza

SportsMonday: Cutler's Biggest Obstacle Is His Own Team

Overcoming the offensive line and the offensive receiving corps.

Posted on Aug 29, 2011
Keywords: Charley Steiner, Dan Patrick, Jerry Angelo, Keith Olbermann, Lance Briggs, Matt Forte
The Cub Factor

Waiting For Super GM

A fantasy fulfilled.

Posted on Aug 29, 2011
Keywords: Perry Mason
The White Sox Report

The South Side Knights

Prospects vs. acquisitions.

Posted on Aug 29, 2011
Keywords: Alejandro De Aza, Dayan Viciedo, Tyler Flowers

The College Football Report: Postseason Predictions From A Free Range Chicken As Well As Some Non-Fowl Pundits

Involving a Chinese calendar, Kellogg's Cornflakes and a University of Delaware tube sock.

Posted on Aug 26, 2011
Keywords: Boise State, Butch Davis, Northwestern, Rose Bowl, Shoelaces Robinson, Triple Option Offense

TrackNotes: Holy Day

The Breeders' Cup is a fine day of racing, but it's not a whole season.

Posted on Aug 26, 2011
Keywords: Eddie Arcaro, Kentucky, Man o' War, Travers Stakes, Uncle Mo

Carl's Cubs Mailbag: Hendry Signs Donovan McNabb

Spends $145 of his $200 fantasy football budget on the aging QB.

Posted on Aug 25, 2011
Keywords: Captain Morgan, Redd Foxx

ESPN Chicago's Bruce Levine Doesn't Care If Starlin Castro Faces The Outfield While Pitches Are Thrown, And Other Kubs Kulture Lunacies

Kubs Kulture extends to the media.

Posted on Aug 24, 2011
Keywords: Bob Brenly, Skokie Youth Baseball, Steve Stone

Fantasy Fix: WRs Go Deep

But not deep enough to include a Bear.

Posted on Aug 24, 2011
Keywords: Jay Cutler, Jordy Nelson, Randy Moss

The College Football Report: Rainbow Warriors, Lonesome Polecats and Carl Spackler

"Throw passes at will, put the football on display, give the fans something to cheer about, and have fun doing it."

Posted on Aug 23, 2011
Keywords: Clemson, Hawaii, Houston Cougars, Shoot-and-Run, South Florida
The Cub Factor

Starlin's Statue

An instant Cubs classic.

Posted on Aug 22, 2011
Keywords: Italian Sausage, Shooter, The Noodle

SportsMonday: Starlin Castro Still Standing At Wrigley Eating Sunflower Seeds

But he's not the only one who isn't paying attention.

Posted on Aug 22, 2011
Keywords: Bobby Valentine, Gordon Wittenmyer, Ivan DeJesus, Steve Stone
The White Sox Report

Brought To You By The DH

Jim Thome, Frank Thomas, Harold Baines and Adam Dunn.

Posted on Aug 21, 2011
Keywords: Adam Dunn, Big Papi, Chuck Thome, Frank Thomas, Harold Baines, Jim Thome

The College Football Report: Mormonism, The HAL 9000 And Endless Strains Of Rocky Top

Wild as a mink but sweet as soda pop. Hypothetically.

Posted on Aug 19, 2011
Keywords: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Directional Creampuffs, Little Caesars, Volunteers

Carl's Cubs Mailbag: Tom Sizemore Edition

You'll be partying in a gas station before you know what hit you.

Posted on Aug 18, 2011
Keywords: Bud Light Lime, Todd Hollandsworth, Wesley Snipes, Will Purdue

Fantasy Fix: Leader Of The Pack . . . And 19 Other QBs Worth Drafting

Something has changed with Jay Cutler.

Posted on Aug 17, 2011
Keywords: Aaron Rodgers, Donovan McNabb, Sam Bradford, Tom Brady

The College Football Report: About Those Other Teams Receiving Votes

We're all about the little guys - even those with criminal records.

Posted on Aug 16, 2011
Keywords: Backyard Brawl, Dave Wannstedt, Joe Cool, Our Darling Steve Sarkisian, Our Hero Chris Ault, The Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, The Rambling Wreck

Backup Bears Better Than Backup Bills

The secret to preseason football success: Keep your first-string offensive line out there longer than the other team's first-string defense. That was the key element during the Bears' lone touchdown drive on their way to a 10-3 victory over the...

Posted on Aug 15, 2011
The White Sox Report

Jesus At The Ballpark

A match-up I'd like to see.

Posted on Aug 15, 2011
Keywords: Adam Wainwright, Jesus, Manny Pacquiao's light bag
The Cub Factor

Big Z Envy

What Cubs fan wouldn't like to clean out his locker and bail?

Posted on Aug 15, 2011
Keywords: Brinks Home Security, Bryan LaHair, Tom Veryzer

Handicapping The Arlington Million

The favorite trifecta is clear.

Posted on Aug 12, 2011

Carl's Cubs Mailbag: AHHHHH-YAHH-YAHHH!

Long season.

Posted on Aug 11, 2011
Keywords: David Lee Roth, Jud Sirott

Fantasy Fix: The Top 20 RBs

Free agent frenzy.

Posted on Aug 10, 2011
Keywords: Marion Barber, Matt Forte

Mini-Ditka At Bears Training Camp With His Mini Sweater Vest

Mini-mustache, too.

Posted on Aug 9, 2011
Keywords: Ditka, Julius Peppers, Mini-Ditka, sweater vest

SportsMonday: How Devin Hester Can Be Even More Ridiculous

It's obvious.

Posted on Aug 8, 2011
Keywords: Devin Hester, Greg Olsen, Johnny Knox, Mike Martz, Roy Williams, Starlin Castro
The White Sox Report

Are South Side Fans Pathetic?

Let's just say "discerning."

Posted on Aug 8, 2011
Keywords: Eric Zorn, Jake Leinenkugel, Pat Quinn
The Cub Factor

On The North Side, Even Winning Is Losing

Going 6-1 proves the Cubs are the worst team in baseball.

Posted on Aug 8, 2011
Keywords: doubloons, Reed Johnson, Tyler Colvin

Why The Cubs Stood Pat At The Trade Deadline

Each Cub turned out to be indispensable in his own way.

Posted on Aug 5, 2011
Keywords: Big Swinging Johnson, John Grabass, Scott Podsednik, Uncle Raul

Carl's Cubs Mailbag: You Have Herpes

Bring me the head of the Chicago Sting mascot.

Posted on Aug 4, 2011
Keywords: Derrick Lee, Valtrex

Fantasy Fix: Pigskin Primer

The mighty, including Peyton Manning, are falling.

Posted on Aug 3, 2011
Keywords: Adrian Peterson, Matt Forte, NASCAR

SportsMonday: Spencer For Kreutz Is Offensive

A mediocre career in Seattle led to Spencer's release, so he'll fit right in.

Posted on Aug 1, 2011
Keywords: Dale Tallon, Roberto Garza
The Cub Factor

Spoiler Alert

Whoever has the most games left against the Cubs will win the division.

Posted on Aug 1, 2011
Keywords: Kosuke Fukudome, Manny Alexander, Tracy Byrd, Tyler Colvin
The White Sox Report

Exit Edwin, Enter Alejandro

The second coming of Julio (Juice) Cruz?

Posted on Aug 1, 2011
Keywords: Alejandro De Aza, Daniel Hudson, Edwin Jackson, Tony Bernazard

Carl's Cubs Mailbag: Pretzels and Mustaches

Movies and hookers.

Posted on Jul 28, 2011
Keywords: Kim Basinger, Mickey Rourke, Prince Fielder, Sally Struthers, The Commodores

Fantasy Fix: The Castaways

Dunn, Rios and Beckham? No. Danks? Yes.

Posted on Jul 27, 2011
Keywords: Adam Dunn, Adrian Peterson, Alex Rios, Arian Foster, B.J. Upton, Carlos Beltran, Chris Johnson, Dan Uggla, Gordon Beckham, John Danks, Neftali Feliz, Raul Ibanez, Ryan Zimmerman, Ubaldo Jimenez, Zack Greinke

From Banks To Byrd: African-Americans On The Chicago Cubs

Celebrating baseball's black heritage.

Posted on Jul 26, 2011
Keywords: Andre Dawson, Ernie Banks, Marlon Byrd

SportsMonday: Bottom Feeders

First, fire Hendry.

Posted on Jul 25, 2011
Keywords: Don Zimmer, Jim Hendry, Marlon Byrd
The White Sox Report

Nice Guys Finish Third

Times have changed.

Posted on Jul 25, 2011
Keywords: Adam Dunn, Hank Aaron, Mickey Rivers, Moose Skowron, Yogi Berra
The Cub Factor

The Sad Clowns of Baseball

Really not that funny.

Posted on Jul 25, 2011
Keywords: Aaron Miles, ComEd, Jay Leno

Carl's Cubs Mailbag: Zen And The Art of Ice Loves Coco

The Dalai Lama never buys any smokes.

Posted on Jul 20, 2011
Keywords: Coco, Ice-T, Joe Morgan, Kim Kardashian, Seal Team Six, The Dalai Lama

SportsMonday: U.S. Women Choke

What was Sundhage thinking?

Posted on Jul 18, 2011
Keywords: Abby Wambach, Carli Lloyd, Pia Sundhage, Shannon Boxx, Tobin Heath
The Cub Factor

Jeff Baker Era Right On Course

Cubs lock up key figure for 2012.

Posted on Jul 17, 2011
Keywords: Bryan LaHair, Dave Bush, Jeff Baker, Mark DeRosa
The White Sox Report

Pure Baseball

Relays, cutoffs, hit-and-runs, bunting and the 0-2 pitch.

Posted on Jul 17, 2011
Keywords: Jim Leyland, Keith Hernandez, Miguel Cabrera

Fantasy Fix: Second-Half Sleepers

One Cub and two Sox make the list.

Posted on Jul 13, 2011
Keywords: Andrew Cashner, Dayan Viciedo, Gordon Beckham

Match of the Week

Only in Chicago, baby!

Posted on Jul 12, 2011
Keywords: Foosball, Frank, Kelley, Mark, Steve

SportsMonday: When Soccer Is Better Than Baseball

A wonderful respite from the grim slog through the totally disappointing local baseball season

Posted on Jul 11, 2011
Keywords: Abby Wambach, Hope Solo, Rachel Buehler
The White Sox Report

Video Killed The Radio Star

Bob Elson delivered good news and bad.

Posted on Jul 11, 2011
Keywords: Bert Blyleven, Bob Elson, Chicago Federation of Labor
The Cub Factor

If Only We Had Cashner

The only excuse left.

Posted on Jul 11, 2011
Keywords: Andrew Cashner, Matt Stairs, Ramon Ortiz, Snickers

Op-Art: We Stinks

A grandfathered knuckle-curve.

Posted on Jul 9, 2011
Keywords: Carlos Zambrano, Stinksy The Cat

TrackNotes: Angels and Devils

Let's light this candle.

Posted on Jul 8, 2011
Keywords: Comcast, Illinois Racing Board, Life At Ten, Saratoga

Carl's Cubs Mailbag: Suicidal Tendencies

Can we please just see Trey McNutt and his minor league superfriends now?

Posted on Jul 7, 2011
Keywords: Breyer's Vanilla, Trey McNutt

SportsTuesday: The Ghost of Dusty Baker And Other Notes On The Weekend In Sports

Unwatchable.

Posted on Jul 5, 2011
Keywords: Adam Dunn, Brent Morel, Maria Sharapova
The Cub Factor

Midseason Grades

Delusions aside.

Posted on Jul 5, 2011
Keywords: Demps, Marms, Sote
The White Sox Report

A Classic Crosstown Conversation

From Aisle 237.

Posted on Jul 3, 2011
Keywords: Tito Landrum, Wrigley Field

Carl's Cubs Mailbag: Outfield Origami

Something of a mystical misfire.

Posted on Jun 30, 2011
Keywords: Aaron Rowand's Forearms, Alfonso Alfonseca, Bruce Bochy, Carnegie Hall, Keith Moreland, Kosuke Fukudome, Randy Wells

The Cubs Blame Injuries Every Year And Every Year They Are Wrong

Every team that has it worse is ahead of them in the standings.

Posted on Jun 29, 2011

Not Just For Sausages Anymore

Don't tell Ricketts about No. 4.

Posted on Jun 28, 2011
Keywords: Abe Lincoln, Aquafina, Ketchup

SportsMonday: Firing Blanks

Every time a Major League Soccer game ends in a scoreless tie, someone should be fired.

Posted on Jun 27, 2011
Keywords: Section 8
The Cub Factor

Wait 'Til Next Year

Jerry Krause was right when he infamously said organizations win championships.

Posted on Jun 27, 2011
Keywords: Jerry Krause, Jim Hendry
The White Sox Report

The Trouble With Adam Dunn

When Alfonso Soriano feels sorry for you, you've pretty much hit bottom.

Posted on Jun 27, 2011
Keywords: Adam Dunn, Dave Nicholson

TrackNotes: The End of Horse Racing Is Near

The mortal wounds are self-inflicted.

Posted on Jun 24, 2011
Keywords: Arlington Park, Jean-Claude Brizard, Midwayland, O'HareWorld, Pat Quinn

Carl's Cubs Mailbag: Strap It Down

Pure hormones.

Posted on Jun 23, 2011
Keywords: Adam Dunn, Bobby Bonilla, Doug Davis, Rahm Emanuel, Yaz

Fantasy Fix: Dunn vs. Pena

Neither may survive the trade deadline.

Posted on Jun 22, 2011
Keywords: Adam Dunn, Albert Pujols, Carlos Pena

SportsTuesday: Ozzie Guillen Once Again Manages To Make Himself The Story

The ump was right; Ozzie didn't care.

Posted on Jun 21, 2011
Keywords: British Petroleum Crosstown Classic, Horseshoe Casino, Ozzie Guillen, Starlin Castro
The Cub Factor

No Baseball, Daddy

Just the Cubs.

Posted on Jun 20, 2011
Keywords: Doug Davis, Lehigh Valley IronPigs, Ryne Sandberg
The White Sox Report

The South Side Could Use Cuban, Too

The next best thing to a Bill Veeck these days.

Posted on Jun 20, 2011
Keywords: Bill Veeck, Edelweiss, Jerry Reinsdorf, Mark Cuban, Sterch's, Tom Ricketts

Realigning Baseball

Owners would remain in a white-collar criminal class of their own.

Posted on Jun 17, 2011
Keywords: Bernie Madoff, Garcia, Gonzalez, Hernandez, Martinez, Perez, Ramirez, Rodriguez, Tony LaRussa

Carl's Cubs Mailbag: Seriously, Cubs . . .

Too little, too late.

Posted on Jun 16, 2011
Keywords: Cubbie Strikes, Jo Mama, Mark DeRosa

Fantasy Fix: It's Raining Rookies

Newbies and nightmares.

Posted on Jun 15, 2011
Keywords: Adam Dunn, Ben Revere, Ichiro
Outside Sox Park

Closing In

If there's been one weakness with Ozzie, it's his handling of closers.

Posted on Jun 14, 2011
Keywords: Carlos Quentin, Fat Bobby, Ozzie Guillen, Satan, Sergio Santos, Tony LaRussa

SportsMonday: Cut A-Ram. Now.

Throw the fans a bone.

Posted on Jun 13, 2011
Keywords: Jim Hendry
The Cub Factor

I Wanted To Like This Team

But from the top down, these guys are clowns.

Posted on Jun 13, 2011
Keywords: Clown Car, Delino DeShields, DJ LaMahieu
The White Sox Report

Scorekeeping

A lost art - now available for your iPad.

Posted on Jun 13, 2011
Keywords: Adam Dunn, Bowman Dairy

Carl's Cubs Mailbag: Exotic Side Bets And Drinking Games

Will Carlos Zambrano have more hits than wins this season?

Posted on Jun 12, 2011
Keywords: Bob Brenly, Captain Morgan, Doug Davis, Geovany Soto, Len Kasper, Rodrigo Lopez

Fantasy Fix: Heating Up

As the weather turns, so do the sluggers.

Posted on Jun 8, 2011
Keywords: Adam Dunn, Aramis Ramirez, Aubrey Huff, Michael Morse, Miguel Olivo, Nick Swisher
Outside Sox Park

The Three Jakes

In four innings, Peavy demonstrated the three modes of this year's Sox team: great, awful, and just plain unfortunate.

Posted on Jun 8, 2011
Keywords: Jake Peavy, Mule
The White Sox Report

Big Brent Lillibridge

Gets things Dunn.

Posted on Jun 8, 2011
Keywords: Adam Dunn, Brent Lillibridge, Frank Thomas, Ted Williams

SportsMonday: Winning The Weekend

Turning the karmic wheel.

Posted on Jun 8, 2011
Keywords: Flubs, White Flags
The Cub Factor

A Bad Hand Played Poorly

In poker, as in life, as in baseball, there are always more than just the cards you are dealt.

Posted on Jun 6, 2011
Keywords: Albert Pujols, Manny Trillo, Mike Quade

Fantasy Fix: Extreme Stat Makeover

One Chicago ballplayer (barely) makes the list.

Posted on Jun 1, 2011
Keywords: Aaron Crow, Bud Norris, Coco Crisp, Jake Westbrook, Mark Trumbo, Ryan Ludwick, Tony Campana

SportsMonday: Overserved, Unimpressed

Are there more drunken numbskulls in the crowd than in the good old days?

Posted on May 31, 2011
Keywords: Jose Cardenal, Rick Monday
The Cub Factor

Cubs Anonymous

It's already September call-up time.

Posted on May 31, 2011
Keywords: Coinstar
The White Sox Report

Twice The Fun, Half The Dunn

Public intoxication was tolerated, if not celebrated.

Posted on May 31, 2011
Keywords: Adam Dunn, Jimmy Piersall, Karl Malden
Outside Sox Park

A Black Eye and Hope

Thank God for the DL.

Posted on May 31, 2011
Keywords: Gordon Beckham, Pat Hughes, Tony Pena

Bulls Take Heat To Five Games! Blow 12-Point Fourth-Quarter Lead! Let Down A Nation.

Call 911, someone's choking.

Posted on May 27, 2011
Keywords: Air ball, Derrick Rose, Las Vegas Hilton

Carl's Cubs Mailbag: Go Cubs Go. No, Really, Go.

Kyle from Lyle checks in.

Posted on May 26, 2011
Keywords: Donald Duck, Eddie Vedder, ESPN, Hitler, Lou Montanez

Rose Wilts, Bulls Melt

Not valuable enough.

Posted on May 25, 2011
Keywords: Derrick Rose, LeBron James

Fantasy Fix: My All-Underestimated Team

Trends, predictions, rumors, obscure statistics and conspiracy theories produce failed over-thinking.

Posted on May 25, 2011
Keywords: Adsdrubal Cabrera, B.J. Upton, Curtis Granderson, Fat Elvis, Francisco Rodriguez, Jose Bautista, Lance Berkman, Matt Holliday, Michael Young, Russell Martin, Shawn Marcum
Outside Sox Park

Alien vs. Predator

Why beating the Dodgers felt hollow.

Posted on May 24, 2011
Keywords: Cleveland Indians, Donnie Baseball, Juan Pierre
The Cub Factor

Lou Piniella Is Back And Residing In Mike Quade's Brain

What happened to doing the opposite?

Posted on May 23, 2011
Keywords: Alfonso Soriano, Dandelion Pfeffer, Green Monster, Lou Piniella, Mike Quade

SportsMonday: Bulls Trash It Up

It wasn't the Heat that engaged in the most objectionable behavior in Game 3.

Posted on May 23, 2011
Keywords: Chris Bosh, Derrick Rose
The White Sox Report

Saving Starters

Where Ozzie's six-man rotation might end up.

Posted on May 23, 2011
Keywords: Allie Reynolds, Dennis Eckersley, Edwin Jackson, Jake Peavy, John Smoltz, Wilbur Wood

Cubs Return To Scene Of Their Alleged Crime

The Original Curse?

Posted on May 20, 2011

Bulls Ruin Unrealistic Dream Of Sweeping The Heat Spawned By Game 1 Rout; Lose Home-Court Advantage Though They Play Just As Well If Not Better On The Road In The Playoffs

We should've known better.

Posted on May 19, 2011
Keywords: LeBron

Carl's Cubs Mailbag: Git 'er Don't!

New Cubs slogan.

Posted on May 19, 2011
Keywords: Don Zimmer, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Red Stripe, Reed Johnson, Rob Schneider, Tony Campana

Take The Bulls And The Under Tonight

That's what the numbers say.

Posted on May 18, 2011
Keywords: Chris Bosh, Tom Thibodeau
Outside Sox Park

Outside Sox Park: Getting Metaphysical

The fellas decide to give it a go.

Posted on May 17, 2011
Keywords: Harlem Globetrotters, Ozzie Guillen, Paul Konerko

SportsMonday: Bulls On The Mountaintop

Seven wins from the Promised Land.

Posted on May 16, 2011
Keywords: Joakim Noah, Luol Deng, Martin Luther King, Taj Gibson
The Cub Factor

Now Hitting Third: Frank Enstein

Just like Jim Hendry drew it up.

Posted on May 16, 2011
Keywords: Blackjack's Gentleman's Club, Darwin Barney, Doug Davis, Mark DeRosa, Snapple
The White Sox Report

Retiring Paulie and Pierre

For better and worse.

Posted on May 16, 2011
Keywords: Joe Rudi, Juan Pierre, Paul Konerko, Sergio Santos

TrackNotes: Reaching The Civilians

The great things about Derby Day happen all the time.

Posted on May 13, 2011
Keywords: Animal Kingdom, Bob Costas, Bobby Flay, Kentucky Derby, REO Speedwagon, Vitaminwater

Bulls Get Dream Match-Up

Rose vs. LeBron.

Posted on May 13, 2011
Keywords: Carlos Boozer, Derrick Rose, Dwayne Wade, LeBron James

Carl's Cubs Mailbag: Theriot Tells The Truth

Except for having to live in St. Louis.

Posted on May 12, 2011
Keywords: Albert Pujols, Ryan Theriot

Fantasy Fix: Candidates For The Next No-Hitter

One Chicago pitcher among them.

Posted on May 11, 2011
Keywords: Brandon Beachy, Kendrys Morales, Phil Humber
Outside Sox Park

Outside Sox Park: One Peaceful Meal A Week

My girlfriend suggested that I was making them lose by checking the score so often.

Posted on May 10, 2011
Keywords: Gavin Floyd, Jake Austen, Nick DiGilio

SportsMonday: Bulls Neither Ready Nor Rested

A sizable screw-up.

Posted on May 9, 2011
Keywords: Carlos Boozer, Derrick Rose, Luol Deng, Tom Thibodeau
The Cub Factor

Incentivizing Cubs Fans

Cheaper beer, better hot dogs and less regret.

Posted on May 9, 2011
Keywords: Darwin Barney, Doug Davis, Ryan Theriot, Starlin Castro, The Unknown Comic
The White Sox Report

Miniscule Ball

Don't tell me something weird and strange isn't happening on the South Side.

Posted on May 9, 2011
Keywords: Bill Melton, Omar Vizquel, Tommy John, Yogi Berra

TrackNotes: Touting The Worst Derby Field Ever

The payouts will be anywhere from nice to huge.

Posted on May 6, 2011
Keywords: Animal Kingdom, Seabiscuit

Carl's Cubs Mailbag: Porn and Day Baseball

Clubhouse leaders.

Posted on May 5, 2011
Keywords: Bobby Knight, Buddy Bailey, Phil Humber, Ron Jeremy, Ted Lilly

Fantasy Fix: Trade Liriano? No-No Means Maybe

Sell high; the Sox suck.

Posted on May 4, 2011
Keywords: Carlos Pena, Francisco Liriano, Ron Cey
Outside Sox Park

Outside Sox Park: Lifeless, Clueless

All we can do is celebrate the bench players.

Posted on May 3, 2011
Keywords: Brent Lillibridge, DePaul Girl, Ozzie Guillen, Phil Humber

SportsMonday: And The Winner Is . . .

Honor's got nuttin' to do with it.

Posted on May 2, 2011
Keywords: Jerry Angelo, Kirk Hinrich
The Cub Factor

Finally Below Average

Now we can get real.

Posted on May 2, 2011
Keywords: Carlos Pena, Dusty Baker, Jeff Baker, Mike Quade
The White Sox Report

The Ex-Sox Factor

Not the finest of weeks in Soxdom.

Posted on May 2, 2011
Keywords: Bartolo Colon, Brent Lillibridge, Carl Everett, Freddie Garcia, Minnie Minoso, Vance Law

Cooking For Kyle Korver

Paleo Nutrition for sensational shooting.

Posted on Apr 29, 2011
Keywords: Kyle Korver, Paleo Diet, Terry Shanahan

Carl's Cubs Mailbag: Cold Cuts

Cubs fail meteorology.

Posted on Apr 28, 2011
Keywords: JDate, Jennie Finch, Philbot, Sharktopus

The [Wednesday] Papers

Catch-up day.

Posted on Apr 27, 2011

Fantasy Fix: Trending

Keep an eye on #MattGarza and #SergioSantos.

Posted on Apr 27, 2011
Keywords: Brandon Belt, Chris Coghlan, Johnny Damon, Jonathan Broxton, Matt Garza, Randy Wolf, Sergio Santos

Here Come The Hawks!

Flyin' high and throwin' spray.

Posted on Apr 26, 2011
Keywords: Chelsea Dagger, The Dick Marx Orchestra

Canucks Minds Thoroughly Blown

This year's humiliation almost complete.

Posted on Apr 25, 2011
Keywords: Robert Luongo
The Cub Factor

Starlin Sushi

Good but raw.

Posted on Apr 25, 2011
Keywords: Darwin Barney
The White Sox Report

Even Ozzie Is Bored

Waving white flags.

Posted on Apr 25, 2011
Keywords: Ozzie Guillen, Sam Fuld

The Blackhawks Have Risen From The Dead

But can they pull off an Easter miracle?

Posted on Apr 22, 2011
Keywords: Canucks, Corey Crawford, Duncan Keith, Jesus, Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa, Robert Luongo

Carl's Cubs Mailbag: Naming Names

Plus, what's gotten into Alfonso Soriano.

Posted on Apr 21, 2011
Keywords: Barney, Darwin

Fantasy Fix: Break Up Sam Fuld!

Another Cub who got away.

Posted on Apr 20, 2011
Keywords: Alfonso Soriano, Ed Farmer, Juan Pierre, Matt Garza, Sam Fuld
Outside Sox Park

Outside Sox Park: April Doesn't Last Forever

This month is a character-builder.

Posted on Apr 19, 2011
Keywords: Adam Dunn, Red Sox
The Cub Factor

Pigeon City

Starlin Castro is the new Derrick Rose. Dusty Byfuglien is the new Mark DeRosa. Marlon Byrd is the new Barry Bonds.

Posted on Apr 18, 2011
Keywords: Derrick Rose, Dusty Byfuglien, Mark DeRosa, Marlon Byrd, Starlin Castro, Victor Conte
The White Sox Report

Making Minnie Minoso Sick

Fifteen errors and six blown saves in 14 games.

Posted on Apr 18, 2011
Keywords: Bill Veeck, Jackie Robinson, Larry Doby, Minnie Minoso

TrackNotes: The Problem With Uncle Mo

Internet rumors and a blank work record.

Posted on Apr 15, 2011
Keywords: Ivory Soap, Kentucky Derby, Kool-Aid

Carl's Cubs Mailbag: From A-Ram to Z

Castro is the goods, Colvin isn't a first baseman, Mateo means "Farnsworth" in Spanish.

Posted on Apr 14, 2011
Keywords: Alfonso Soriano, Kyle Farnsworth, Milt Pappas, Ron Santo, Tyler Colvin

Fantasy Fix: Here Comes Willie Bloomquist

Starlin and Paulie, too.

Posted on Apr 13, 2011
Keywords: Albert Pujols, Ike Davis, Johnny Damon, Josh Hamilton, Manny Ramirez, Paul Konerko, Sam Fuld, Starlin Castro
Outside Sox Park

Outside Sox Park: Not Quite Valhalla

A cabdriver's notes on baseball.

Posted on Apr 12, 2011
Keywords: Darrin Jackson, Ed Farmer, Edwin Jackson

SportsMonday: Hawks Back Into Canucks

Vancouver may melt down, but the Blackhawks will implode.

Posted on Apr 11, 2011
Keywords: Alain Vigneault, Dustin Byfuglien, Jonathan Toews
The Cub Factor

Defining Moment?

It could have been worse. It could have been better.

Posted on Apr 11, 2011
Keywords: Mike Quade, Ryan Theriot, Starlin Castro, The Terminator
The White Sox Report

Attention Mustn't Be Paid

I'm not too concerned whether the Cubs outdraw the Sox or whether the South Siders receive the respect they deserve.

Posted on Apr 11, 2011
Keywords: Ernie Banks, Gavin Floyd, Jesse Crain, Lee Elia, Luis Aparicio, Matt Thornton, Phil Humber, Sergio Santos, Will Ohman

Being Derrick Rose

The inane and insane.

Posted on Apr 8, 2011
Outside Sox Park

Outside Sox Park: A Cabdriver's Notes on Baseball

Driving a taxi in this town for the last eight years has exposed me to more Cub fan foolishness than anyone should ever have to see.

Posted on Apr 5, 2011
Keywords: Mark Buehrle, Nelson Algren

SportsMonday: Hawks Trapped

And teetering.

Posted on Apr 4, 2011
Keywords: Andrew Ladd, Dusty Byfuglien, Pat Foley, Steve Konroyd
The White Sox Report

The White Sox Report: Who Needs Hope?

Lest our enthusiasm become too contagious, we must hearken back to some other less impressive openers.

Posted on Apr 4, 2011
Keywords: Bee Bee Richards, Bill Veeck, Billy Pierce, Bob Feller, Hubbard's Cave, Minnie Minoso

Carl's Cubs Mailbag: Opening Day

Answering your crucial Cubs questions.

Posted on Apr 1, 2011
Keywords: Andy MacPhail, Carlos Silva, Darwin Barney, Jeff Samardzija, Len Kasper, Mike Quade, Milton Bradley, Wicker Cub

TrackNotes: A Jockey's Life

Perhaps the greatest athletes of all.

Posted on Mar 31, 2011
Keywords: Eibar Coa, Giant Oak, Zenyatta

Fantasy Fix: Year of the Rookie

Put these on your radar.

Posted on Mar 30, 2011
Keywords: Brad Lidge, Darwin Barney, JaVale McGee, Starlin Castro

House Money and Valium: Our Final Four Report

Lightning in a bottle.

Posted on Mar 29, 2011
Keywords: Arizona, Butler, Jerry Tarkanian, Kentucky, The Big 10, UConn, VCU

SportsMonday: Even The Losers

Winning is rare, freakish and temporary.

Posted on Mar 28, 2011
Keywords: Brad Stevens, Hoosiers, Jon Scheyer, Loyola Park, Twix

Fantasy Fix: What's So Special About Carlos Zambrano

He goes both ways.

Posted on Mar 23, 2011
Keywords: Andrew Cashner, Carlos Zambrano, Phil Humber

Our Brackets Are Busted Too: The Inside Story

Kansas vs. The Spiders From Mars and other upcoming match-ups.

Posted on Mar 22, 2011
Keywords: girlfriend, Kansas, train wreck

SportsMonday: Buh-Bye, Illini

Don't let the gym doors hit you in the ass on the way out.

Posted on Mar 21, 2011
Keywords: Demetri McCamey, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Mike Davis, Mike Tisdale

TrackNotes: A Collective Choke

The system's failure to act put every horse and jockey in the race at risk.

Posted on Mar 18, 2011
Keywords: Breeders' Cup, ESPN, Life At Ten

Fantasy Fix: The Cub Who's No. 1

And the White Sox' sleeper.

Posted on Mar 16, 2011

The Ball Is Round: Your Beachwood Bracket Packet

Who will win and why.

Posted on Mar 15, 2011
Keywords: Illinois, Jay Bilas, Jimmer Fredette, Kansas, Kemba Walker, Marquette, The Morris Twins, UConn

SportsMonday: Head Cases

The Blackhawks, the Bulls and the Cubs have 'em.

Posted on Mar 14, 2011
Keywords: Dave Bolland, Jerry Reinsdorf, Michael Jordan, Starlin Castro

TrackNotes: Horse Racing Is Dead; Long Live Horse Racing

I would love to see how football, or any other sport, would fare if we really eradicated gambling, including fantasy leagues, from the equation.

Posted on Mar 11, 2011
Keywords: Bellagio, Eric Zorn, Uncle Mo

Can The Blackhawks Repeat?

With the flu, hangovers and other injuries behind them, maybe so!

Posted on Mar 10, 2011
Keywords: Joel Quenneville, Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa, Patrick Kane

Fantasy Fix: Top 20 Outfielders

Including one from Chicago.

Posted on Mar 9, 2011
Keywords: Alex Rios, Arizona Diamondbacks, Carl Crawford, Carlos Gonzalez, Ichiro, Jay Bruce, Milwaukee Brewers

SportsMonday: Not Signing LeBron Pays Off

Instead, a team that is a fan's dream.

Posted on Mar 7, 2011

Bob Probert's Broken Brain

A goon's life - and death.

Posted on Mar 3, 2011
Keywords: Bob Probert, Tie Domi

Fantasy Fix: Wrongway Wainwright, Doc and The Freak

A new Top 10.

Posted on Mar 2, 2011

Beachwood Exclusive: The Short List For New Cubs P.A. Announcer

Topped by David Axelrod: Because he knows all about false hope.

Posted on Mar 1, 2011
Keywords: Alfonso Soriano, Bill Kurtis, Blago, Bob Rohrman, Charlie Sheen, David Axelrod, Dock Walls, Michael Buffer, Sheila Simon, Steve Stone, Straight No Chaser, Todd Ricketts, Walter Jacobson

SportsMonday: Bulls Avoid Disastrous Trade; Hawks Locked In Four-Way Tie

Is it time for playoff fever yet?

Posted on Feb 28, 2011

Ultra-Realistic Madden To Simulate Game's Debilitating Concussions

Simulating Sunday's biggest hits.

Posted on Feb 24, 2011

Fantasy Fix: Manhattan 'Melodrama, Miguel Cabrera's DUI and Where Geovany Soto Fits Among Top Catchers

Hold on to everyone involved.

Posted on Feb 23, 2011
Keywords: Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Geovany Soto, Miguel Cabrera, Raymond Felton

Will Blackhawks U-Haul Tragedy Change Everything?

Sabres send well wishes.

Posted on Feb 22, 2011
Keywords: Blackhawks, NHL, Rocky Wirtz, U-Haul

SportsMonday: Is This Town Big Enough For Both Patrick Kane And Albert Pujols?

That depends on how much Albert drinks.

Posted on Feb 21, 2011
Keywords: Albert Pujols, Corey Crawford, Patrick Kane

Cubs Hope To Get Disappointing Soriano In Shape By Swimming With Sharks, Skydiving Without A Parachute

If he's being poisoned, it's only for his own good.

Posted on Feb 18, 2011
Keywords: Grant MacKenzie, Melissa Wells, Mike Arnshott

Fantasy Fix: Where Our Infielders Stand

Hint: Not among the leaders.

Posted on Feb 16, 2011
Keywords: Alexei Ramirez, Aramis Ramirez, Gordon Beckham, Starlin Castro

Richard Dent's Long Road To The Hall Of Fame

Vindicated.

Posted on Feb 15, 2011
Keywords: Joe Gilliam Sr., Richard Dent, Tennessee State

SportsMonday: The Bulls' Transition Game

Turning misfortune into a launching pad to go deep in the playoffs.

Posted on Feb 14, 2011
Keywords: Bill Carmody, Carlos Boozer, Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Luol Deng

Robbie Fulks vs. Christina Aguilera

Memo to NFL: Next year hire this guy and a high school marching band and be done with it.

Posted on Feb 11, 2011
Keywords: Christina Aguilera, Robbie Fulks, Super Bowl

Fantasy Fix: Carmelo Coast to Coast

From a fantasy perspective, New York is the better destination.

Posted on Feb 9, 2011
Keywords: Aaron Rodgers, Amir Johnson, Carmelo Anthony, Gilbert Arenas

SportsMonday: What The Packers' Super Bowl Win Means For The Bears

The Bears only have one option when it comes to dealing with Aaron Rodgers in the future and it isn't civilized.

Posted on Feb 7, 2011

Eat Your Hearts Out, Bears Fans

Appleton, Oshkosh, Racine, Milwaukee, Green Bay, LaCrosse, y'all.

Posted on Feb 7, 2011

The Super Bowl's Halftime Malfunction, Quite Possibly Sponsored By Groupon

It's Twitter's universe; the Black Eyed Peas are just playing in it.

Posted on Feb 7, 2011
Keywords: Axl Rose, Betty White, Black Eyed Peas, Chewbacca, Groupon, Hosni Mubarak, Kenneth Cole, Pol Pot, Prince, Super Bowl, Yoko Ono

al-Qaeda Embarrassed After Mistakenly Bombing Pro Bowl

Terrorist group loses street cred.

Posted on Feb 4, 2011
Keywords: Al Qaeda, Pro Bowl, Super Bowl

Leinenkugel's Prepares Football Fans For An Unforgettable Wisconsin-Style Big Game Party

Beergarita, anyone?

Posted on Feb 3, 2011
Keywords: Green Bay Packers, Leinenkugel's

Fantasy Fix: Snomanslandocalypse

Hot hands for cold days.

Posted on Feb 2, 2011
Keywords: C.J. Miles, Carmelo Anthony, Ersan Ilyasova, Kendrick Perkins, Martin Gortat, Randy Foye

Let's Not Get It Started And Say We Did: The Beachwood Super Bowl Halftime Prop Bet 2011

Tie-breaker: Bon Jovi or Mellencamp.

Posted on Feb 1, 2011
Keywords: Beyonce, Black Eyed Peas, Bon Jovi, John Mellencamp, Nipplegate, Roger Daltrey, Super Bowl

The Revenge of Patrick Sharp

MVP was left off All-Star ballot.

Posted on Jan 31, 2011
Keywords: Duncan Keith, Joel Quenneville, Jonathan Toews, Mike Haviland, NHL All-Star Game, Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp

SportsMonday: All-Star Agitation

One of the teams beat the other 11-10. No thank you.

Posted on Jan 31, 2011
Keywords: Luol Deng, Pro Bowl, Rescue 911, Team Lindstrom

Area Man: Chicago Post Office Destroyed His Green Bay Tourism Mag

Or maybe it's just another Chicago Coincidence.

Posted on Jan 27, 2011
Keywords: Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, United States Post Office

Fantasy Fix: Hoops Pick-Ups, First Basemen and Jay Cutler

NBA doldrums, MLB hope, NFL mope.

Posted on Jan 26, 2011
Keywords: Carmleo Anthony, D.J. Augstin, DeAndre Jordan, DeMar DeRozan, Jay Cutler, Nick Young, Ryan Andersen

Lay Down, Chicago Bears

No longer the pride of Illinois.

Posted on Jan 26, 2011
Keywords: Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Leinekugel's

A Cutler Compendium Including His Post-Game Dinner With Kristin Cavallari And The Inevitable Hitler Video

It's gonna be a long offseason.

Posted on Jan 25, 2011
Keywords: Adolf Hitler, Brian Urlacher, Jay Cutler, Jerry Angelo, Kristin Cavallari, Lovie Smith

Luck Runs Out On Classless Bears

A team lead by a sullen quarterback and a prick of a middle linebacker isn't worth rooting for.

Posted on Jan 24, 2011
Keywords: Aaron Rodgers, Brian Urlacher, Chad Clifton, Jay Cutler, Julius Peppers, Lou Canellis, Lovie Smith, Tim Masthay

SportsMonday: Lovie Blows It

Caleb Hanie may not practice well, but Todd Collins doesn't play well.

Posted on Jan 24, 2011
Keywords: Todd Collins

The View From Packerland

Bearly.

Posted on Jan 24, 2011
Keywords: Appleton, Madison, Sheboygan

Packers Fans Undeterred By Stupid Cheesehead Jokes

Will wear funny hats all the way to the Super Bowl.

Posted on Jan 24, 2011
Keywords: Cheeseheads, Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers

Royko: Packers Are America's Team

He was a fan.

Posted on Jan 24, 2011
Keywords: Green Bay Packers, Mike Royko

Soon-To-Be-Forgotten American Idol Plays Worse Than Todd Collins

Lee DeWyze heading to Disneyland.

Posted on Jan 24, 2011
Keywords: Lee DeWyze, Todd Collins

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Blue Balls, Orange Chicken

SportsCenter has fondled Aaron Rodgers so much he has blue balls.

Posted on Jan 21, 2011
Keywords: Aaron Rodgers, Jay Cutler, Mike Martz, Mike Tice's Beard, SportsCenter

TrackNotes: To Paraphrase George Costanza, If Zenyatta Fans Want To Believe Their Horse Really Won, Then It Isn't A Lie

I think I saw what I saw. I sure hope nobody comes around to take away from me the $12.40/4.40/3.80 Blame paid me that memorable evening.

Posted on Jan 21, 2011
Keywords: 60 Minutes, Blame, MC Kenny Rice, National Thoroughbred Racing Association, National Turf Writers and Broadcasters

Limited Edition Smack Da Pack T-Shirts

Made for the NFC Championship game but good for the duration.

Posted on Jan 20, 2011
Keywords: Da, Pack, Smack

Czar of the Playbook Playoff Preview: Packers at Bears

Zone blitz will kill the Bears' offense, but if Cutler protects the football the defense and special teams will squeeze out a win.

Posted on Jan 19, 2011
Keywords: Cover 2, Devin Hester, Jay Cutler, Julius Peppers

The Cheeseheadquarters of Chicago

Where the Moose Knuckles are lean and the cheese curds are beer-battered.

Posted on Jan 18, 2011
Keywords: Angry Badger, Leinenkugal, Merkt's, Moose Knuckles, Will's Northwoods Inn

Fantasy Fix: Hoops at the Half

Derrick Rose and MLK.

Posted on Jan 18, 2011
Keywords: Amar'e Stoudemire, Carlos Boozer, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Derrick Rose, Dwayne Wade, Dwight Howard, Kevin Durant, Kevin Love, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Martin Luther King Jr., Pau Gasol, Ramon Sessions

SportsMonday: Cutlery

Reality trumps image.

Posted on Jan 17, 2011
Keywords: Aaron Rodgers, Jay Cutler, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Trent Dilfer

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Key Matchups Only Found Here

The Seahawks are what we call a "practice girl."

Posted on Jan 14, 2011
Keywords: George Costanza, Jay Cutler, Liam Neeson, Lovie Smith, Marcellus Wallace, Walter Sobchak

Czar of the Playbook Playoff Preview: Seahawks at Bears

Make Hasselbeck move. Or else.

Posted on Jan 13, 2011
Keywords: Devin Hester, Israel Idonije, Jay Cutler, Matt Forte, Matt Hasselback

Fantasy Fix: Baseball on the Brain

Hot stove impact.

Posted on Jan 12, 2011
Keywords: Adrian Gonzalez, Albert Pujols, Carlos Gonzalez, Evan Longoria, Hanley Ramirez, Joey Votto, Miguel Cabrera, Robinson Cano, Ryan Braun, Troy Tulowitzki

SportsMonday: The Luckiest Season Ever Goes To The Next Level

Here come the 8-9 Seahawks!

Posted on Jan 10, 2011
Keywords: Little Sisters of the Poor, Lovie Smith, Seattle Seahawks

TrackNotes: Cool Hand Zenyatta

Is not the Horse of the Year.

Posted on Jan 7, 2011
Keywords: Blame, NFC West, Paul Newman, Rachel Alexandra, Secretariat, Zenyatta

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Bears vs. Atrophy

Then, bring on the Iggles.

Posted on Jan 7, 2011
Keywords: Jackson Pollock, Jake Plummer, Mike Martz

Czar of the Playbook Playoff Preview: Packers at Eagles

Keep the backdoor closed, Packers.

Posted on Jan 6, 2011
Keywords: A-Gap Pressure, Aaron Rodgers, Clay Matthews, Michael Vick

Fantasy Fix: INJ In The NBA

Injured players to keep and to cut.

Posted on Jan 5, 2011
Keywords: Andrea Bargnani, Andrew Iguodala, Brandon Roy, Carmelo Anthony, Caron Butler, Danilo Gallinari, David Lee, Gerald Wallace, Josh Freeman, Troy Murphy

Replacing Ronnie

The Beachwood has learned who is being considered.

Posted on Jan 4, 2011
Keywords: Bill Kurtis, Bill Murray, Bob Uecker, Jesus, Rahm Emanuel, Rod Blagojevich, Ron Santo, Ronald McDonald, Sammy Sosa, Satan, Steve Stone, Todd Stroger, Tom Skilling, Vince Vaughn, Walter Jacobson

SportsMonday: Stout Bears No Milli Vanilli

But offensive line still looks like it's faking it.

Posted on Jan 3, 2011
Keywords: Brett Favre, Dom Capers, Jay Cutler, Milli Vanilli, Sportsbook Gurus

The College Football Report: Sheldon The College Football Head Coach Serial Killer Strikes Even Amidst Legitimately Intriguing Bowls Season

College football is a crazy business.

Posted on Jan 1, 2011
Keywords: Gus Malzahn, Jim Harbaugh, Maryland, Northrop Grumman, Ralph Friedgen, Vanderbilt

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: The Green & Yellow Will Prevail

The Bears will pack it in.

Posted on Dec 31, 2010
Keywords: Garrett Wolfe, Joan Collins, Rashied Davis, Todd Collins, Voltron

Fantasy Fix: Carlos Pena Will Hit More HRs Than Adam Dunn And Other Predictions For 2011

11 for '11.

Posted on Dec 29, 2010
Keywords: Adam Dunn, Amare Stoudemire, Arian Foster, Brandon Webb, Carlos Gonzalez, Carlos Pena, Chris Paul, Cliff Lee, Jon Lester, Jose Bautista, LeBron James, MIchael Vick

SportsMonday: Lovie's Secret Sauce

Winning ugly by design.

Posted on Dec 27, 2010
Keywords: Brad Maynard, Chris Harris, Devin Hester, Iceman, Jay Cutler, Lovie Smith, Rashied Davis, Rex Ryan, Robbie Gould

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Brett Favre's Old Team Will Face Bears Without Him

What evil hath been done?

Posted on Dec 24, 2010
Keywords: Brett Favre, Brian Urlacher, Caeser, Devin Hester, Julius Peppers, Microsoft Kinect, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Tiberius

Czar of the Playbook Preview: Jets at Bears

Forte on foot, Hester in space.

Posted on Dec 23, 2010
Keywords: Brian Urlacher, Devin Hester, Matt Forte

Fantasy Fix: Sexy Rexy?

Can he deliver again?

Posted on Dec 22, 2010
Keywords: Donald Brown, Matt Flynn, Rex Grossman, Sam Bradford, Tim Tebow

The Bears Eke Out A Win

Get lucky again.

Posted on Dec 21, 2010
Keywords: Bears, Brett Favre, TCF Bank Stadium, Vikings

The College Football Report: Beef 'O'Brady's Smokin Jack Slider Basket And The Rest Of This Week's Bowl Games Preview As Well As Part 1 Of Our Season Recap

More than 250 restaurants in 20 states. Plus its own bowl.

Posted on Dec 21, 2010
Keywords: Boise State, Civilization 5, Kim Kardashian, MAACO, TCU, Wanny

Czar of the Playbook Preview: Bears at Vikings

Stay true to the Cover-2.

Posted on Dec 16, 2010
Keywords: Brett Favre, Brian Urlacher, Joe Webb, Tavaris Jackson

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Bears Actually Have Momentum

They adjusted well and took the second half in a squeaker.

Posted on Dec 15, 2010
Keywords: Aaron Rodgers, Fleetwood Mac, Joe Webb, Scarlett Johansson, Taco

Fantasy Fix: One-Trick Ponies Worth Riding

Stat-boosting specialists in every category.

Posted on Dec 15, 2010
Keywords: Aaron Rodgers, Alex Smith, Anderson Varejao, Cory Brewer, Jason Kidd, Michael Beasley, Mike Bibby, Serge Ibaka

SportsMonday: Bears Blown Over

Visions of a mitten fire dancing in my head.

Posted on Dec 13, 2010
Keywords: Deion Branch, Jay Cutler, Metrodome, Soldier Field

The College Football Report: ESPN Edition

ESPNewton and other new channels.

Posted on Dec 11, 2010
Keywords: Brett Favre, Cameron Newton, Dave Wannstedt, Derrick Rose, ESPN, ESPNw, Melissa Jacobs, Mike Leach, Pete Sampras, Stuart Scott, UConn

Czar of the Playbook Preview: Patriots at Bears

Bears in an upset.

Posted on Dec 9, 2010
Keywords: Bill Belichik, Olin Kreutz, Tom Brady

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Lovie's Game

Coach of the Year or fired?

Posted on Dec 9, 2010
Keywords: Brandon Manumaleuna, Calvin Johnson, Drew Stanton, Earl Bennett, Eugene Parker, Ford Field, Lovie Smith, Mike Tice, PBR, Superbad, Tom Brady

SportsMonday: Bears Break Through Before Lions

Lions on the verge, but Bears already there.

Posted on Dec 6, 2010
Keywords: Brad Maynard, Drew Stanton, Earl Bennett, Jahvid Best, Jay Cutler, Matt Forte, Ndamukong Suh, Robbie Gould, Stefan Logan, Tim Ryan

TrackNotes: The Real Money Is In The Shed

There's more money in the breeding than there is in the racing.

Posted on Dec 3, 2010
Keywords: Blame, Curlin, Ghostzapper, Giant Oak, Lookin At Lucky, Quality Road, Secretariat, Smarty Jones

Czar of the Playbook Preview: Bears at Lions

Bears key is BSB: Ball security and balance.

Posted on Dec 2, 2010
Keywords: Alfonso Smith, Cover-2, Mike Martz, Peanut Tillman

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Tastes Like Victory

Call it hubris, call it vengeance, call it Lovie; these are the kinds of games that this regime historically finds a way to lose.

Posted on Dec 2, 2010
Keywords: Brent Celek, Calvin Johnson, Daryl "Moose" Johnston, Devin Hester, Greg Olsen, Jay Cutler, Lovie Smith, Matt Forte, Michael Vick, Mike Martz, Soldier Field, White Sox

The View From Philly: Fuming

"They know we're the better team," Eagle Jason Peters says.

Posted on Nov 29, 2010
Keywords: Andy Reid, Asante Samuel, Brent Celek, DeSean Jackson, Ellis Hobbs, Jason Peters, Joselio Hanson, Juqua Parker

SportsMonday: A Petulant Quarterback In Full

Sure he acts like a seventh-grader, but he's our seventh-grader.

Posted on Nov 29, 2010
Keywords: Danieal Manning, Devin Hester, Earl Bennett, Greg Olsen, Israel Idonije, Jay Cutler, Jerry Angelo, Johnny Knox, Julius Peppers, Matt Toeaina, Michael Vick, Ron Santo

The College Football Report: The Mighty Ducks, The Pistol, The Iron Bowl and Tiger Droppings

The late show from Reno might determine the national championship.

Posted on Nov 26, 2010
Keywords: BCS, Colin Kaepernick, Horned Frogs, Joe Paterno, LaMIchael James, Ryan Mallet

Czar of the Playbook Preview: Eagles at Bears

The Bears' front four is key, but the secondary will win the game.

Posted on Nov 25, 2010
Keywords: Jay Cutler, Michael Vick

Fantasy Fix: The 2010 Pope's Nose Awards

We're not here to praise; we're here to bury.

Posted on Nov 24, 2010
Keywords: Brent Celek, Brett Favre, Graham Gano, Jeff Reed, Mario Manningham, Randy Moss, Ryan Mathews, Tarvaris Jackson

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Winning Ugly

Pulling on our blue chaps with orange piping on the way to a successful first-round out.

Posted on Nov 24, 2010
Keywords: Dan McNeil, Deacon Jones, Devin Aromashodu, Devin Hester, Jay Cutler, Joe Esposito, Julius Peppers, Kristin Cavallari, Michael Vick, Mike Martz, Pisa Tinoisamoa, Rod Marinelli, Tyler Thigpen, Uncle Rocko, WebMD

SportsMonday: Here Comes Vick

And it's up to Brian Urlacher to stop him.

Posted on Nov 22, 2010
Keywords: Brian Urlacher, Jerry Angelo, Julius Peppers, Michael Vick

The College Football Report: Deepwater Do-Do

The Cam Newton investigation takes a political turn.

Posted on Nov 19, 2010
Keywords: Cameron Newton, Cecil Newton, Deepwater Horizon, Justin Bieber, Larry Rogers, Maurice Clarett, Milton McGregor, Smurf Turf, Victoryland, Wrigley Field

Keep Sleepin' On Us, Haters!

Man, ain't no tellin' how far we can go this year!

Posted on Nov 19, 2010
Keywords: Doubters, Haters, Roberto Garza

Quinn vs. Quade

Both want to raise your taxes.

Posted on Nov 19, 2010
Keywords: Mike Quade, Pat Quinn

Czar of the Playbook Preview: Bears at Dolphins

Keep the highly athletic Thigpen bottled up.

Posted on Nov 18, 2010
Keywords: Jay Cutler, Tyler Thigpen

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report

Half-full or half-empty?

Posted on Nov 17, 2010
Keywords: Dan McNeil, McRib, Mike Martz, Tyler Thigpen

Fantasy Fix: The Return of Elton Brand And Other NBA Oddities

Now, sell high.

Posted on Nov 17, 2010
Keywords: Elton Brand, Eric Bledsoe, Kevin Love, Kyle Orton, Matt Cassell, Michael Vick, Paul Millsap

Up Next: Dolphins Running Out Of QBs

Chad vs. Chad ends in a whimper.

Posted on Nov 16, 2010
Keywords: Chad Henne, Chad Pennington, Miami Dolphins, Tyler Thigpen

SportsMonday: Play Action Proves Pivotal

Key play was months in the making.

Posted on Nov 15, 2010
Keywords: Brett Favre, Devin Hester, Jay Cutler, Julius Peppers, Kellen Davis, Mike Martz, Moose Johnston, Percy Harvin, Rashied Davis

The College Football Report: Let The Bloodletting Begin!

Introducing Sheldon, College Football Coach Serial Killer.

Posted on Nov 12, 2010
Keywords: Andrew Gachkar, Army, Auburn, Boise State, Brent Musburger, Gary Barnett, Keith Jackson, Mark Schlereth, Mike Bohn, Oregon, Ruters, Sheldon The Shitcanner, Tim Brewster, Todd Dodge

TrackNotes: As The Breeders' Cup Turned

Zenyatta ran the greatest race of her life in her first loss ever.

Posted on Nov 12, 2010
Keywords: Blame, Bobby Flay, Breeders' Cup, Calvin Borel, Edgar Prado, Giant Oak, Goldikova, Javier Castellano, Kenny Mayne, Life At Ten, Mike Smith, Mine That Bird, Moon hubcaps, Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, Rough Sailing, Todd Pletcher, Trevor Denman, Uncle Mo, Zenyatta

Czar of the Playbook Preview: Vikings at Bears

Plus, don't take the bait.

Posted on Nov 11, 2010
Keywords: Adrian Peterson, Antoine Walker, Brett Favre, Greg Olsen, Israel Idonije, Jay Cutler, Matt Forte

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report

Gunning and slinging ahead.

Posted on Nov 10, 2010
Keywords: Asian carp, Chan Gailey, George Carlin, Greg Olsen, Jay Cutler, Lovie Smith, Marivel Mohrbacher, Mike Martz

Fantasy Fix: There Go The Lions

Matthew Stafford's injury only increases the value of Cutler and Favre.

Posted on Nov 10, 2010
Keywords: Adrian Peterson, Arian Foster, Brett Favre, Chester Taylor, Colt McCoy, Jacob Tamme, Jay Cutler, Jon Kitna, Matthew Stafford, Shaun Hill

We Now Pronounce You Mr. And Mrs. Peanut

Chuck Tillman's hand sweat sends women into paroxysms.

Posted on Nov 9, 2010
Keywords: Charles Tillman, Mr. Peanut

The Cubs' Crappy Undercover Boss

Todd Ricketts makes a fool of himself.

Posted on Nov 8, 2010
Keywords: Todd Ricketts, Undercover Boss

SportsMonday: Bears Win Doesn't Totally Suck

A disaster avoided.

Posted on Nov 8, 2010
Keywords: Brad Maynard, Brett Favre, Chris Harris, Danieal Manning, Israel Idonije, Robbie Gould

The College Football Report: The Case of Kid Cameron's Elite Preparation as a Commodity in a Poorly Regulated Market

Follow the money.

Posted on Nov 5, 2010
Keywords: Auburn, Blinn Community College, Cameron Newton, Holy Zion Center of Deliverance, Kenny Rodgers

TrackNotes: Lookin At Lucky

Historical? Oh, I suppose.

Posted on Nov 5, 2010
Keywords: Breeders' Cup, Lookin At Lucky, Quality Road, Zenyatta

Playbook Czar Preview: Bears at Bills

Peppers should have a field day.

Posted on Nov 4, 2010
Keywords: Bears, Bills

Fantasy Fix: Detroit's Forgotten Men

Here come the Lions.

Posted on Nov 3, 2010
Keywords: Brandon Pettigrew, Calvin Johnson, Dwayne Wade, Jahvid Best, Kenny Britt, LaGarrette Blount, LeBron James, Matthew Stafford, Randy Moss, Russell Westbrook, Sam Bradford, Steven Jackson

The Cisco Kids

Eat your heart out, Cubs fans.

Posted on Nov 2, 2010
Keywords: San Francisco Giants, Tim Lincecum, World Series

SportsMonday: As The Seasons Turn

Paging Jim Finks while watching the Bears and Bulls.

Posted on Nov 1, 2010
Keywords: Abe Gibron, Bob Avellini, James Johnson, Jerry Angelo, Jim Finks, Robin Earl, Taj Gibson, Troy Brouwer

The College Football Report: Dementia Pugilistica

The original term was punch drunk.

Posted on Oct 29, 2010
Keywords: DeSean Jackson, Dunta Robinson, Eric LeGrand, Owen Thomas

TrackNotes: History Passing Us By

American racing has pulled a Jay Cutler - times 10.

Posted on Oct 29, 2010
Keywords: Breeders' Cup, Goldlikova, Rachel Alexandra, Zenyatta

What Should LeBron Do?

Tell the truth and serve others.

Posted on Oct 28, 2010
Keywords: LeBron James, Nike
Kool-Aid

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report

Like a personal timepiece made of stone, last Sunday's afternoon affair against the Washington Redskins was a hard watch.

Posted on Oct 27, 2010
Keywords: Jay Cutler, Jimmie Dimmick, Lens Crafters, Marcellus Wallace, Mike Martz, Naked Gun, Yakety Sax

Fantasy Fix: Sleeper Monsters

No Bears included.

Posted on Oct 27, 2010
Keywords: Beanie Wells, Darren McFadden, Jon Kitna, Kenny Britt, LaGarette Blount, Matthew Stafford, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tony Romo

NFL To Players: You Are On Notice

A few examples of hits to avoid.

Posted on Oct 26, 2010
Keywords: NFL, Ray Anderson

SportsMonday: Bring Me The Head Of Jay Cutler

And the brain of Lovie Smith.

Posted on Oct 25, 2010

The College Football Report: God Bless The Genius Coach Myth

Flea flickers, dipsy doodles, hook-and-ladders and the good ol' Statue o' Liberty.

Posted on Oct 22, 2010
Keywords: Dick Jauron, Nick Saban, Steve Spurrier, Urban Meyer

The Real Reasons Ryno Was Rejected

Joe Morgan used his secret veto.

Posted on Oct 21, 2010
Keywords: Cindy Sandberg, Jim Hendry, Joe Morgan, Murphy's, Ozzie Guillen, Pete Rose, Rafael Palmeiro, Ryne Sandberg, Shawn Boskie, Steve Stone

Sweet Q

The players' choice over the people's choice.

Posted on Oct 20, 2010
Keywords: Jim Hendry, Mike Quade, Ryne Sandberg

Fantasy Fix: Touch 'Em All

Can you still count on Carlos Boozer and Brandon Lloyd?

Posted on Oct 20, 2010
Keywords: Brandon Lloyd, Carlos Boozer, Cody Ross, Kyle Orton, Tim Tebow
Kool-Aid

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report

For the record, Kreutz totally had the brew situation covered.

Posted on Oct 19, 2010
Keywords: Devin Hester, Frank Omiyale, George A. Romero, Jay Cutler, PETA, Rex Grossman, Voltron

SportsMonday: The Bears' Return Game

Mike Martz is so negligent about protecting the passer with his play calls that he ought to be arrested.

Posted on Oct 18, 2010
Keywords: Devin Hester, Jay Cutler, John Ryan, Mike Martz

The College Football Report: Bear Claws, Fakes and the DMV

Things that seemed like a good idea at the time.

Posted on Oct 15, 2010
Keywords: Alabama, Big Bad Bruce, Chris Rainey, Les Miles, Nick Saban, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Texas Tech, The Swamp, University of Georgia, Urban Meyer, Washington State

TrackNotes: Disney's Fraud

Good versus manufactured evil.

Posted on Oct 15, 2010
Keywords: Diane Lane, Disney, John Malkovich, Penny Chenery, Roger Ebert, Ron Turcotte, Secretariat, William Nack

Fantasy Fix: What's New At No. 1

Not Miami.

Posted on Oct 13, 2010
Keywords: Chris Paul, Danny Granger, David Lee, Dirk Nowitzki, Dwayne Wade, Gerald Wallace, Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Stephen Curry

SportsMonday: Bears Now Hogs

Reminiscent of old Redskins.

Posted on Oct 11, 2010
Keywords: Chester Taylor, Dan LeFevour, Danieal Manning, Devin Hester, Israel Idonije, Matt Forte, Todd Collins
The Cub Factor

Lou Was A Boo-Boo

Joe Girardi would be entering his fifth season as Cubs skipper.

Posted on Oct 11, 2010
Keywords: Carlos Zambrano, Jim Hendry, Joe Girardi, Lou Piniella, Mike Fontenot, Mike Quade, Sammy Sosa

The College Football Report: Wearing Milk-Bone Underwear In A Dog Eat Dog World

Going canine.

Posted on Oct 8, 2010
Keywords: Admiral Ackbar, Alabama, Bo Jackson, Colonel Reb, Denard Robinson, LSU, Missouri, Sparty, Uga VIII, Utah

TrackNotes: Secretariat Knew

The greatest?

Posted on Oct 8, 2010
Keywords: Affirmed, Citation, Kelso, Man o' War, Seabiscuit, Seattle Slew, Secretariat, Spectacular Bid, Whirlaway, WilliamNack
Kool-Aid

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report

OL charged with second-degree football manslaughter. Plus, Jesus.

Posted on Oct 6, 2010
Keywords: Jay Cutler, Jeff Garcia, Jerry Angelo, Jon Kitna, Julius Peppers, Kurt Warner, Logan Mankins, Ron Turner, Todd Collins

Fantasy Fix: The Big Six Deep-Sixed

Running backs reshuffle.

Posted on Oct 6, 2010
Keywords: Adrian Peterson, Arian Foster, BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Chris Johnson, Darren McFadden, Frank Gore, Jay Cutler, Kevin Kolb, LeSean McCoy, Marshawn Lynch, Maurice Jones-Drew, Michael Bush, Michael Turner, Rashard Mendenhall, Ray Rick, Ryan Torain

SportsMonday: Blame Angelo

The Bears do not have one offensive lineman who can be counted on to win all the battles.

Posted on Oct 4, 2010
Keywords: Bill Walsh, Chris Williams, Frank Omiyale, Greg Olsen, J'Marcus Web, Jay Cutler, Jerry Angelo, Kevin Shaffer, Matt Forte, Mike Martz, Mike Tice, Olin Kreutz, Orlando Pace, Roberto Garza, Rudy Jaramillo, Zack Bowman
The White Sox Report

Sox Pieces Almost In Place

Only Russell Branyan missing!

Posted on Oct 4, 2010
Keywords: A.J. Pierzynski, Alex Rios, Carlos Quentin, Carlos Zambrano, Diana Reeves, Gordon Beckham, Hawk Harrelson, Jake Peavy, Jim Thome, Nancy Faust, Ozzie Guillen, Paul Konerko, Peggy Lee

The College Football Report: Daddy Needs A New Pair Of Shoes

Just remember our rule: If the first two of your three-game parlay picks come in, hedge that third game.

Posted on Oct 1, 2010
Keywords: Clay Matvick, John Brantley, John Elway, Mark Schlereth, Tim Teblow

TrackNotes: Secretariat's Not Impossible Story

Aspirations were high the minute he was born; that's how good he looked to appraisers of horse flesh.

Posted on Oct 1, 2010
Keywords: Disney, Lucien Laurin, Penny Tweedy, Rachel Alexandra, Real Quiet, Ron Turcotte, Secretariat, William Nack

Fantasy Fix: Peyton's Place Is No. 1 - And Other Surprises

Jay Cutler and Michael Vick have something in common.

Posted on Sep 29, 2010
Keywords: Austin Collie, Darren McFadden, Dexter McCluster, Dustin Keller, George Blanda, Jahvid Best, Jay Cutler, Michael Vick, Mike Nugent, Peyton Hillis, Peyton Manning, Sam Bradford

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report

Considering the stats from Monday night, past performance may not indicate future results.

Posted on Sep 29, 2010
Keywords: Chuck Norris, Jay Cutler, Jon Gruden, Uncle Marvin

SportsTuesday: Ozzie, The Bears and Ballpark Franks

One thing I am sure of is that Jay Cutler is once and for all a tough son-of-a-gun.

Posted on Sep 28, 2010
Keywords: Blackhawks, Jay Cutler, Ozzie Guillen, Tom Ricketts

I Tried To Break Into George Blanda's Car

He threw golf clubs like they were footballs.

Posted on Sep 28, 2010
Keywords: Butterfield Country Club, Chrysler Cordoba, George Blanda, Village People
The Cub Factor

Jim Hendry's Interview Schedule

Rahm Emanuel vs. Ron Santo.

Posted on Sep 27, 2010
Keywords: Ameritrade, Blake DeWitt, Bob Brenly, Carlos Zambrano, Darwin Barney, Don Wakamatsu, Dutchie Caray, Eric Wedge, Jim Hendry, Kerry Wood, Len Kasper, Lou Piniella, Mark Prior, Mike Fontenot, Mike Quade, Ozzie Guillen, Rahm Emanuel, Ron Santo, Sammy Sosa, Tom Ricketts, Yosh Kawano
The White Sox Report

Let Ozzie Walk

Not because it's easy to find a guy who overestimates the value of the Mark Kotsays of the world. It is, but that's not the point.

Posted on Sep 27, 2010
Keywords: Abilify, Carlos Quentin, David Eckstein, Dock Ellis, Gio Gonzalez, Gordon Beckham, Hawk Harrelson, Javier Vazquez, Joni Mitchell, Ozzie Guillen

The College Football Report: Blue Horseshoe Loves Boise State

What's worth doing is worth doing for money.

Posted on Sep 25, 2010
Keywords: Boise State, Bud Fox, Denard Robinson, Gordon Gekko, Heisman Trophy, Larry Wildman, SEC, Sun-tzu

Fantasy Fix: Getting Defensive

Expanding your fantasy imagination. Plus, Kyle Orton.

Posted on Sep 22, 2010
Keywords: Adrian Peterson, Clay Matthews, Dwight Freeney, James Harrison, Kevin Kolb, Kyle Orton, Larry Johnson, LeRon Landry, Michael Vick, Reggie Bush
Kool-Aid

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report

Cowboys coaches suck more than Bears coaches.

Posted on Sep 21, 2010
Keywords: Aaron Rodgers, Brett Favre, Devin Hester, Greg Olsen, Jay Cutler, Jermichael Finley, Joe Buck, Mike Martz, Pantera, Tony Romo, Troy Aikman, Wade Phillips, Zachary Bowman
The Cub Factor

How Quade Can Seal The Deal

Win less. These are the Cubs.

Posted on Sep 21, 2010
Keywords: Alfonso Soriano, Blake DeWitt, Carlos Zambrano, Eric Wedge, Jeff Baker, Jeff Samardzija, Jim Hendry, Joe Dirt, Joe Girardi, Lou Piniella, Mark DeRosa, Mike Quade, Ryne Sandberg, Sammy Sosa, Tom Ricketts, Tony LaRussa, Tyler Colvin

SportsMonday: Are The Bears Good?

There must be a few of you out there feeling vindicated.

Posted on Sep 20, 2010
Keywords: Brian Iwuh, Charles Tillman, D.J. Moore, Devin Hester, Earl Bennett, Jay Cutler, Jerry Angelo, Matt Forte, Mike Martz
The White Sox Report

Funeral For A Friend

A spectacular death blow followed by dirt on the grave.

Posted on Sep 20, 2010
Keywords: Carlos Quentin, Daniel Hudson, Eric Cartman, Gordon Beckham, Hawk Harrelson, Manny Ramirez, Nancy Faust, Ozzie Guillen

The College Football Report: Creampuffs, Legacies and Doubloons

Memo to coaches: Get your extension now.

Posted on Sep 17, 2010
Keywords: Bama, Baylor, Cornhuskers, Dave Wannstedt, Frank Beamer, Gamecocks, Hawkeyes, International Talk Like A Pirate Day, James Madison, Longhorns, New Mexico, Nittany Lions, Razorbacks, Rick Neuheisel, Starville, Stony Brook, Vandy, Virginia Tech
Kool-Aid

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report

Less O-line = more crazy offense.

Posted on Sep 15, 2010
Keywords: Brian Urlacher, Calvin Johnson, Devin Aromashadu, Jay Cutler, Jerry Angelo, Josh Beekman, Julius Peppers, Lance Briggs, Lovie Smith, Matt Forte, Tommie Harris
The White Sox Report

All Is Lost

They didn't just dig a hole, they dug a 25-man grave.

Posted on Sep 14, 2010
Keywords: Carlos Quentin, Europe, Gordon Beckham, Hawk Harrelson, Jim Thome, Manny Ramirez, Ozzie Guillen, Ron Gardenhire

Cubs vs. Twins

Will Ricketts get it? Because Hendry doesn't.

Posted on Sep 14, 2010
Keywords: Bob Brenly, Carl Pohlad, Jim Hendry, Ryne Sandberg, Starlin Castro, Tom Ricketts
The Cub Factor

The Cub Factor: New Statue Speculation

Including Brant Brown's "Nooo!"

Posted on Sep 13, 2010
Keywords: Alfonso Soriano, Ameritrade, Aramis Ramirez, Billy Williams, Blake DeWitt, Carlos Zambrano, Dave Veres, Derrek Lee, Dusty Baker, FEMA, Jim Hendry, Kerry Wood, Lou Piniella, Mark Prior, Mike Fontenot, Mike Quade, Milton Bradley, Oprah, Rod Beck, Ron Santo, Ryne Sandberg, Tom Ricketts

The College Football Report: Creampuffery and Coach Smirk

Buy the hook.

Posted on Sep 9, 2010
Keywords: AJ Green, Boise State, Eastern Illinois, Lane Kiffin, LSU, North Carolina, Terrelle Pryor, the Utes

Let The Ridiculous Games Begin

But one Bear will be merely unbelievable.

Posted on Sep 8, 2010
Keywords: Brett Favre, Darelle Revis, Dennis Dixon, Devin Aromashodu, Devin Hester, Dexter McCluster, Greg Olsen, Jay Cutler, Matt Forte, Matthew Stafford, Mike Williams, Rex Ryan, Visanthe Shiancoe
The Cub Factor

The Quade Kool-Aid

How can we tell if this guy is any good?

Posted on Sep 7, 2010
Keywords: Blake DeWitt, Carlos Silva, Carlos Zambrano, Jeff Baker, Jim Hendry, Mike Quade, Ryan Theriot, Tom Ricketts
The White Sox Report

Mirror Images

The sad, lonely dance of September.

Posted on Sep 7, 2010
Keywords: Carlos Quentin, Gordon Beckham, Hawk Harrelson, Jim Thome, Manny Ramirez, Mickey Mantle, Ozzie Guillen

SportsMonday: Bears Number Is Up

If you've got the Bears winning seven or more, God love ya' and I hope you're right. But it isn't going to happen.

Posted on Sep 6, 2010
Keywords: Devin Hester, Greg Olsen, Jerry Angelo, Mike Martz

The College Football Report: World's Greatest Season Preview

We'll identify the Broncos, Tigers, Horned Frogs and other wildlife worthy of your hard-earned money.

Posted on Sep 4, 2010
Keywords: Aggies, Badgers, Bearcats, Beavers, Buckeyes, Buffaloes, Cornhuskers, Dave Wannstedt, Directional Creampuffs, Ducks, East Coast bias, Gators, Hawkeyes, Hokies, Hurricanes, Huskies, JoePa, Lane Kiffin, Longhorns, Mountaineers, Notre Dame, SEC, Song Girls, Sooners, Tar Hells, Wildcats, Wolverines

TrackNotes: Abusing Rachel

Going to the whip 18 times is a crime.

Posted on Sep 2, 2010
Keywords: Calvin Borel, Jess Jackson, Life At Ten, Monty Roberts, Persistently, Rachel Alexandra, Ray Paulick, Steve Asmussen

Fantasy Fix: Awaken The Sleepers

Including Devin Aromashadu and Manny Ramirez.

Posted on Sep 1, 2010
Keywords: Arian Foster, Calvin Johnson, Derek Anderson, Devin Aromashodu, Dustin Keller, Jahvid Best, Kareem Huggins, Manny Ramirez, Matt Moore

Manny Vision

He can still rake.

Posted on Aug 31, 2010
Keywords: CoolStandings, David Haugh, FanGraphs, Manny Ramirez, Mark Teahen, Paul Sullivan, STATS

SportsMonday: Bears Not Safe For Work

Trouble brewing on both sides of the ball.

Posted on Aug 30, 2010
Keywords: Al Afalava, Chris Harris, Danieal Manning, First Tee, Jay Cutler, Logan Bertalan, Lovie Smith, Major Wright, Nancy Bender
The Cub Factor

Q Ball

Changes noticeable under Mike Quade.

Posted on Aug 30, 2010
Keywords: Blake DeWitt, Carlos Zambrano, Falstaff, Jeff Baker, Kosuke Fukudome, Lou Piniella, Mike Quade
The White Sox Report

Cleveland West

Sox still trying to reassemble that 1996 Indian team.

Posted on Aug 30, 2010
Keywords: Carlos Quentin, Frank Thomas, Gordon Beckham, Hawk Harrelson, Manny Ramirez, Ozzie Guillen, Sammy Sosa, Yaz

TrackNotes: The Mid-Summer Derby

This is the one where they paint the colors of the winning stable on a carved canoe that's mounted in the middle of the infield pond. Cool.

Posted on Aug 27, 2010
Keywords: Calvin Borel, J.J. Castellano, James Jerkens, Kingmambo, Leon "Blue" Blusiewicz, Nick Zito, Rachel Alexandra, Ramon Dominguez, The Personal Ensign, Travers Stakes

The College Football Report: Coach Joker, Correspondent Kardashian & Coed Hostess Hotness

Season Preview Part 1: If you are a fan of any school in the Southeast, the chances are good that you will read about your team being investigated by the NCAA this season.

Posted on Aug 27, 2010
Keywords: Black Coaches & Administrators, Boise State, Charlie Strong, Joker Phillips, Lane Kiffin, Maaco Bowl, Mike London, Nick Saban, Pineapple Bowl, Randy Shannon, Rich Rodriguez, Steve Sarkisian, Texas Longhorns, Uniform Athletes Agents Act

Fantasy Fix: Greg Olsen vs. Johnny Knox

Plus, here comes Daniel Hudson.

Posted on Aug 25, 2010
Keywords: Antonio Gates, Brent Celek, Brian Westbrook, Coco Crisp, Daniel Hudson, Greg Olsen, Hisanori Takahashi, Jason Witten, Jermichael Finley, Johnny Knox, Larry Fitzgerald, Luke Scott, Owen Daniels, Tony Gonzalez, Vernon Davis, Visanthe Shiancoe

What To Expect In The Mike Quade Era

Brisker trips to the mound and new leadoff hitter Starlin Qastro.

Posted on Aug 23, 2010
Keywords: Bruce Kimm, Joe Girardi, Mike Quade, Ryne Sandberg, Tom Trebelhorn
The Cub Factor

Why Lou Left Early

Coma patients who awaken often make rash decisions.

Posted on Aug 23, 2010
Keywords: Bart Simpson, Carlos Zambrano, Jim Hendry, Lou Piniella, Mike Quade, Tom Ricketts

SportsMonday: Young Girls Seeing Stars

Do the guys who run these teams have daughters?

Posted on Aug 23, 2010
Keywords: Chicago Stars, Toyota Park
The White Sox Report

The Truth Shall Finish In Second Place

Excuses are for losers and the White Sox.

Posted on Aug 23, 2010
Keywords: Carlos Quentin, Frank Thomas, Gordon Beckham, Hawk Harrelson, Joe West, Lou Piniella, Mark Kotsay, Mike MacDougal, Ozzie Guillen

Fantasy Fix: The Rookie RB & Top WRs

Not a Bear among them.

Posted on Aug 18, 2010
Keywords: Alex Rodriguez, Andre Johnson, Brandon Marshall, Brett Favre, Calvin Johnson, Darren Sproles, DeSean Jackson, Greg Jennings, Jacob Hester, Jeremy Hellickson, LaDanian Tomlinson, Larry Fitzgerald, Mark Teixeira, Michael Bush, Mike Stanton, Mike Tolbert, Miles Austin, Randy Moss, Reggie Wayne, Roddy White, Ryan Matthews
The Cub Factor

Bring Back The Hoff

Why is D-Lee still getting at-bats?

Posted on Aug 17, 2010
Keywords: Ameritrade, Carlos Zambrano, Darwin Barney, Derrek Lee, James Russell, Jim Hendry, Lou Piniella, Mark DeRosa, Micah Hoffpauir, Supercuts
The White Sox Report

Their Former Selves

We've got 'em where they want us.

Posted on Aug 17, 2010
Keywords: Carlos Quentin, Gordon Beckham, Hawk Harrelson, Jim Thome, Manny Ramirez, Ozzie Guillen

Fantasy Fix: Ps & QBs

Jay Cutler makes a Top 10 list.

Posted on Aug 11, 2010
Keywords: Aaron Rodgers, Brandon Morrow, Brett Favre, Brien Duensing, Colby Lewis, Drew Brees, Gio Gonzalez, Jay Cutler, Jeremy Hellickson, Matt Schaub, Matthew Stafford, Peyton Manning, Philip Rivers, Tom Brady, Tony Romo
The Cub Factor

The Spiral Toward Last Place Drinking Game

If the Cubs aren't going to make a game out of it, you should.

Posted on Aug 10, 2010
Keywords: Ambien, Ameritrade, Blake DeWitt, Carlos Zambrano, Derrek Lee, Dusty Baker, Jeff Baker, Jim Hendry, Joe Girardi, Kosuke Fukudome, Len & Bob, Lou Piniella, Ryan Theriot, Ryne Sandberg, Starlin Castro, Tom Ricketts, Xavier Nady

SportsMonday: Bears Preview

You either have the horses or you don't.

Posted on Aug 9, 2010
Keywords: Brett Favre, Chris Harris, Frank Omiyale, Jay Cutler, Jerry Angelo, Julius Peppers, Lance Louis, Major Wright, Mike Martz, Peanut Tillman, Zachary Bownman
The White Sox Report

The Cage Match Is On

Two similarly flawed teams have become the division's class by default.

Posted on Aug 8, 2010
Keywords: Bobby Jenks, Carlos Quentin, George C. Scott, Gordon Beckham, Grindy McGrinderstad, Hans Moleman, Hawk Harrelson, J.J. Putz, Mark Kotsay, Mark Prior, Ozzie Guillen

TrackNotes: Bet Bug

Maybe I take it too personally, but when you feel pushed away and there are real dollars involved, you retreat.

Posted on Aug 6, 2010
Keywords: Advance Deposit Wagering, Del Mar, Illinois Racing Board, Saratoga, TwinSpires, YouBet

Fantasy Fix: Trade Factors

Ted Lilly UP, Ryan Theriot DOWN.

Posted on Aug 4, 2010
Keywords: Brett Favre, Carlos Santana, Cliff Lee, Jake Westbrook, Jorge Cantu, Kung Fu Panda, Lance Berkman, Matt Capps, Miguel Tejada, Peter Bourjos, Roy Oswalt, Ryan Theriot, Scott Podsednik, Ted Lilly

SportsMonday: Trade Bait

Giving Kenny Williams the benefit of the doubt.

Posted on Aug 2, 2010
Keywords: Adam Dunn, Don Cooper, Edwin Jackson, Kenny Williams, Matt Capps
The White Sox Report

A Good Kind Of Whimper

Unknown knowns.

Posted on Aug 2, 2010
Keywords: Adam Dunn, Carlos Quentin, Edwin Jackson, Gordon Beckham, Hawk Harrelson, Juan Pierre, Kenny Williams, Lance Berkman, Ozzie Guillen, Prop Joe's, Roy Oswalt, Scott Podsednik
The Cub Factor

Coming Clean

They may not win many more games, but they'll finally be worth watching.

Posted on Aug 2, 2010
Keywords: Blake DeWitt, Carlos Silva, Carlos Zambrano, Derrek Lee, Lou Piniella, Ryan Theriot

Marlon Byrd vs. Robert Byrd

One played for Texas; the other voted to make Texas a state.

Posted on Jul 27, 2010
Keywords: Andrew Jackson, Ku Klux Klan, LBJ, Marlon Byrd, Nationals, Robert Byrd, Texas, Yankees

SportsMonday: Upper Deck Reserved

At the old ballpark, Old Style or Bud will do.

Posted on Jul 26, 2010
Keywords: Brendan Ryan, Budweiser, Derrek Lee, ESPN, Geovany Soto, Jermaine Dye, Les the beer vendor, Old Style, PBR, Yadier Molina