Archive for December 2013

Chicago's Notable Sports Deaths in 2013

Phil Henderson April 17, 1968- February 17, 2013

Henderson was an McDonald’s All-American at Crete-Monee before starring at Duke for Mike Krzyzewski. According to the Sun-Times, Henderson scored 1,397 points at Duke and was the leading scorer on their 1990 National Runner-up.

The Sun-TImes also noted that Henderson came back to Crete to run his alma mater’s summer basketball program in 2011, after they fired coach Matt Ryndak.

After Duke, Henderson played many years overseas, including the Philippines where he passed away of an apparent heart attack.
Chicago sports lost many stars in the past year. Some were former athletes that played for Chicago teams, some reared here, others become synonymous through announcing Chicago teams and others settled here once there playing careers were over. All of these sports figures made an impact locally on their sports or both. They will all... Read more »

Cutler's Time to Make a Statement Against Packers

Cutler's Time to Make a Statement Against Packers
For the second time in four seasons, the Bears will face the Packers in a win or go home game. Tonight will be with a playoff spot on the line. The last time these teams met in a win or go home scenario was the 2010 NFC championship game. It’s been well detailed that Cutler... Read more »

Cutler Needs to Perform Better in Big Games

Cutler Needs to Perform Better in Big Games
The legacy of a great quarterback is usually tied to how well he performs in the biggest games. Jay Cutler has yet to provide a signature moment in his career. In eight years in the league he has just one playoff appearance and one playoff win. A few times he had his team on the... Read more »
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The Worst Uniforms in Chicago Sports History

Quite possibly the worst idea in the history of sportswear. The White Sox donned shorts in the 1976 season, because Bill Veeck thought his players were too hot.
The Bulls Christmas Day uniforms were the latest attempt by the NBA to promote alternate jerseys and sell more product. This is not a new phenomenon. Alternate and/or bad jerseys go back as far as there have been sports teams in Chicago. Here is a look at the worst.

Christmas Day Basketball in Chicago Predates the Bulls

Christmas Day Basketball in Chicago Predates the Bulls
The Bulls were not inaugurated as a franchise until 1966 and played in a Christmas Day game in their initial season. Christmas basketball in Chicago predates the Bulls by almost 30 years and two other Chicago franchises. Both the Stags and the Chicago Packers/Zephyrs(now the Washington Wizards) both played in Christmas Day games. Here is a... Read more »

Hahn Moves Fortify White Sox Future

Hahn Moves Fortify White Sox Future
Since taking over as the General Manager in 2012, Rick Hahn has made a variety of moves to upgrade the White Sox. After a successful 2012 season, the White Sox had optimism heading into 2013. A 99 loss season with a largely veteran team necessitated moving the team in different direction. He has made a... Read more »
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Northwestern and Illinois Ranked in the Top of Colleges Hiring Women Head Coaches

Northwestern and Illinois Ranked in the Top of Colleges Hiring Women Head Coaches
Christine Brennan had a great article posted tonight about a study about hiring practices of women head coaches in collegiate athletics. The study was conducted by the Tucker Center for Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota. The study was only 76 schools that play in the BCS automatic qualifier conferences. The schools were... Read more »

Bears Fans Should be Excited about Cutler's Return

Bears Fans Should be Excited about Cutler's Return
The sports talk shows were abuzz this week about who should be the Bears starting Quarterback once Jay Cutler was healthy enough to return.  Josh McCown is the latest in a long line of NFL quarterbacks that have peaked later in their careers. Players like Tommy Maddox, Derek Anderson and Erik Kramer had amazing seasons,... Read more »

Jordan Lynch and other Illinois Heisman Trophy Finalists

Jordan Lynch and other Illinois Heisman Trophy Finalists
Last season Jordan Lynch became only the 13th player from an Illinois University to receive a vote in the Heisman Trophy. This season he has become only the third player to receive votes in two different seasons. Darnell Autry and Dick Butkus were the first two. Lynch is a longshot to capture the 79th Heisman... Read more »
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Mike Ditka's Ten Most Memorable Games as Bears Head Coach

Mike Ditka's Ten Most Memorable Games as Bears Head Coach
Although the retirement of Mike Ditka’s number 89 is more about his Hall of Fame playing career, his coaching career was truly where he made his legend. The 1985 Bears to this day are the most beloved team in Chicago history. Twenty eight years later books are still being written about the most dominant team... Read more »