With college football kicking off, the NFL regular season set to get underway and MLB pennant races heating up, it’s a busy time in sports as we say our last goodbye to summer and usher in the fall.
I decided to offer my list of the 5 best sports stories of the past week.
Eye on Chi’s own Jack Silverstein interviewed Rick Telander of the Chicago Sun-Times in his latest People with Passion column. While it’s not directly tied to a sports story, Telander does talk about his experience as a sports journalist and also about the ever-changing landscape of media and how he will continue to stay true to his values.
Sun-Times Bears beat writer Sean Jensen writes about new Chicago Bears punter Adam Podlesh being diagnosed with salivary gland cancer last offseason and how the process from the diagnosis to where he is now has changed his life: Bears punter Adam Podlesh’s fight with cancer
ESPN’s Scoop Jackson interviewed Los Angeles Lakers forward Luke Walton. Two years ago Walton was faced with the very real possibility of never being able to play the game that he loves due to a pinched nerve in his lower back. In the interview with Jackson, Walton tells how he needed something to keep him connected to the game during a very dark time of trying to get back on the court and how taking on an assistant coaching job at the University of Memphis is a step in discovering what he wants to do after his playing career: Luke Walton’s smart choice: Memphis.
CSN Chicago White Sox Insider Brett Ballantini writes how reliever Jesse Crain manages to always keep his family with him during the season: Crain’s posse is large, animated.
There were several columns last week deriding Bears linebacker Lance Briggs for wanting to rework his current contract. After initially saying he did not want to be traded, giving the Bears unwillingness to budge in his favor with 3 years and $14.4 million remaining on a current six-year deal, Briggs put in a formal trade request. A lot of columnists were in favor of trading the dissatisfied linebacker, but Sun-Times writer Mark Potash took it one step further by asking if Briggs would even be the Briggs we know if it weren’t for the Bears' defensive system: Lance Briggs off base in demanding Bears rework his contract.
Christopher Cason covers the Chicago Bulls for the Examiner.com and freelances for HOOP magazine and contributes to Slamonline.com. He will be providing a look into Chicago sports journalism every Wednesday at Eye on Chi. You can follow him on twitter @C4DUNK.