Ashes to Ashes; David Bowie (1947-2016)

Ashes to Ashes; David Bowie (1947-2016)
(The following is a non-sports attachment to this blog; we’ll re-start shortly) The connection is too deep for me. I’m unable to scrape thoughts onto a forum like Facebook; doing so would reveal too much. David Bowie knew me too well without ever meeting me. He understood madness, the come-down from madness, and the complexities... Read more »

Northwestern Basketball to New Heights as Illinois Sinks; DePaul Still an Enigma in 2016

Northwestern Basketball to New Heights as Illinois Sinks; DePaul Still an Enigma in 2016
Losing Vic Law was supposed to be the first nail in the coffin. An injury to Alex Olah? That was going to be another typical NU early season injury to put their tournament hopes in jeopardy. Neither factors, nor the constant talk that these Wildcats are ‘too young’, seem to be stopping the Wildcats basketball... Read more »

Why the Bears Should Not Tank, Why This Mess is Butler's to Thank, and Why You Can Take the Blackhawks NOT Winning the Stanley Cup to the Bank

Why the Bears Should Not Tank, Why This Mess is Butler's to Thank, and Why You Can Take the Blackhawks NOT Winning the Stanley Cup to the Bank
Thoughts for the Week of December 27th CHICAGO BEARS The Bears played a smart, efficient game while defeating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 26-21 on Sunday. Jay Cutler played the way he has most of the season; finding quick reads, moving around in the pocket, and not throwing the ball to fat guys too often (sans... Read more »
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Where The White Sox Things Are

Where The White Sox Things Are
Last season’s winter meetings headlines were hijacked by an unlikely source. The Chicago White Sox, an American League franchise found in a nine-year deep post-championship malaise, needed a spark. General manager Rick Hahn engineered a couple of loud signings: 1) Jeff Samardzija came from Oakland to fill out a 1-2 starting punch with Chris Sale... Read more »

Chicago Sports Notes December 9th; The Cubs Play Cards, The Hawks Play Keepaway, and The Bulls on the Edge

Chicago Sports Notes December 9th; The Cubs Play Cards, The Hawks Play Keepaway, and The Bulls on the Edge
Our plan for Gray Fedora Sports’ format over the next couple weeks will be as follows: 1) Monday: Feature Article 2) Tuesday: Slow Chicago Sports Recap 3) Wednesday: Hard Chicago Sports Recap 4) Thursday: Feature Article 5) Friday: Weekend Preview Remember, you can also follow us at Gray Fedora Sports on Facebook and @grayfedorasport on... Read more »

Prioritizing the Chicago Bears Draft Needs in 2016

Prioritizing the Chicago Bears Draft Needs in 2016
Sunday’s 26-20 loss to the San Francisco 49ers was a rude awakening for many Bears fans. A weak NFC playoff picture combined with the Bears performance in Green Bay provided excitement for followers of the team.  However, a string of misplays, unfortunate special teams play, and horrendous game management led to a sobering loss to... Read more »
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A Chicago Sports Fan's Thanksgiving

A Chicago Sports Fan's Thanksgiving
If you are an aspiring journalist, and you don’t have a ‘What am I thankful for’ column around Thanksgiving…I think you’re technically eliminated from the World of Journalists Club (that’s a thing, right?). With that being said, I must succumb to the annual rite of journalism. This year, I ask myself the simple question: “What... Read more »

The Fan's Guide to Reasonable Expectations: 2015 Chicago Bears Edition

The Fan's Guide to Reasonable Expectations: 2015 Chicago Bears Edition
Weren’t we supposed to be waiting for the draft picks? Only three months have passed since the USA Today’s 3-13 prediction for the Chicago Bears 2015 campaign.  In Chicago, where Bears fans are often irrationally excited about their men in navy blue, most fans had relegated the team to a six or seven win season.... Read more »

Are These My Blackhawks? (A Semi-Appropriately Reasonable Guide to Preliminarily Judging My Favorite Hockey Team After 15 Games)

Are These My Blackhawks? (A Semi-Appropriately Reasonable Guide to Preliminarily Judging My Favorite Hockey Team After 15 Games)
We’ve become so damn spoiled, haven’t we? After 15 games, the Chicago Blackhawks sit quietly at 8-6-1.  It’s a far cry from the 48-28-6 dominance from last year’s Stanley Cup winning squad, and it’s a bit off from the 130-56-26 record of the previous three seasons. So, where does the hand-wringing start for a team... Read more »
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On Derrick Rose Finding His Play; and His Place

On Derrick Rose Finding His Play; and His Place
You’re sucked in.  Admit it. Last night, Derrick ‘The Drug’ Rose poured in 29 points on 12 of 25 shooting to lead the Bulls to a 104-98 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder. One of the Western Conference’s pre-season contenders couldn’t keep up with the fleet-footed Rose, who looked like his 2010 self while slashing... Read more »