In the beginning-The Bears and Packers rivalry

In the beginning-The Bears and Packers rivalry
The great Bears-Packers rivalry doesn’t just go back to the first game between Chicago and Green Bay. It goes back even farther when the Bears were named the Staleys and the Packers were just a fledgling organization. In fact, not many fans know this, but the NFL we have today did not start out as the National Football... Read more »

The bittersweet story of Steve Goodman and Go Cubs Go

By now you’ve all heard the famous Cubs anthem “Go Cubs Go”, but do you know it’s backstory? Not that many do. It all came about in March of 1984 when WGN Chicago contacted singer-songwriter Steve Goodman and asked him to write and record a jingle that could be played at the start of every... Read more »

Fun facts about the Masters

If you are a golfer, even one with a 25 handicap, you look forward anxiously to this week’s tournament in Augusta. It is Masters week after all. No other sporting event says spring quite like this one. Everything is gorgeous and inviting and especially green. Except of course the equally beautiful Magnolia trees that line the... Read more »

Brett Bohl and Doug Plank are bringing the Celebrate Sports Tour to Chicago

Brett Bohl and Doug Plank are bringing the Celebrate Sports Tour to Chicago
A short time ago, after reading a post I wrote about Doug Plank and his time with the Chicago Bears, I was contacted by Mr. Brett Bohl. He proceeded to tell me about an exciting venture he and Mr. Plank wanted to bring to the Chicago area. It is called the Celebrate Sports Tour and... Read more »

The Chicago Bulls inaugural season was one for the record books

1966 was a time of great change in the United States. Martin Luther King was marching in Chicago. Protesters were denouncing another war abroad. Ronald Reagan gave up acting to become Governor of California, and Daylight Savings Time was introduced nationally. In the sports world, Bobby Hull of the Blackhawks broke the NHL scoring record, and the... Read more »

Martin Luther King and his Chicago campaign of 1966

Martin Luther King’s foray into Chicago’s civil rights movement actually began in the summer of 1965. It was then that several groups asked if King would lead a demonstration against segregation in education, housing, and employment. Chicago activist Albert Raby soon asked if the King led Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) would join the movement specifically for fair... Read more »

It's Time For The Annual Walter and Connie Payton Foundation Toy Drive

“Children have always brought a tremendous amount of joy to me and I feel that if you catch them at a young age you can really change a life. There are a lot of studies that show that one act of kindness to these children has a 40% chance of making that child have a... Read more »

The Lynching Of 14 Year Old Emmett Till Catalyzed The Civil Rights Act

In the summer of 1964 President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act. The new law made it illegal to discriminate against any person on the basis of his or her race, color, religion, sex or national origin. It stands today as the single largest civil rights achievement in U.S. history. The catalyst for this eventual legislation may... Read more »

Training Camp 1964 A Chicago Bears Tragedy

For the thirty years between 1944 and 1974 the Chicago Bears held their annual training camp at tiny St. Joseph’s College in the small town of Rensselaer, Indiana. In 1964, the start of camp felt markedly different. This was mostly due to the Bears becoming World Champions in 1963. It was the team’s first championship... Read more »

Whether Or Not The Confederate Flag Is Racist May Be The Wrong Debate

Ever since and even before the racist infused murders of 9 innocent church goers the debate has raged on. Is the flag a symbol of hate? Is it racist to display the flag? No matter what I write here that debate will not diminish any time soon. But is it the right debate? Or is... Read more »