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The Top Five Worst Sports Years in Chicago Sports History

The past couple years have not been kind to Chicago sports fans. Sure, the White Sox, Cubs, Blackhawks, and Bears each made their respective league’s expanded playoffs. However, each team lost in their opening round (NOTE: No, we’re not counting the Blackhawks’ preliminary round victory over Edmonton). Things haven’t been good, they haven’t been awful,... Read more »

32 Years Later, Michael Defeating the Cavaliers Still Matters

I kept staring at our copy of the Chicago Tribune on the morning of Sunday, May 7th 1989. And staring. And staring. And staring. Maybe the longer I looked at the sports page, the easier I could convince myself that the Bulls could do it. But the older kids around the block had already told... Read more »

A Modern History of the Chicago Bears in the First Round of the NFL Draft

Ah, yes! It’s our favorite time of the year. Time for the annual National Football League Draft. It’s that wondrous time where we gather with friends, and make concrete judgements about players we’ve never seen. You’ll love the pick. You’ll hate the pick! Somehow, your team just got worse. Or better? Hey, maybe you’re favorite... Read more »
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As Blackhawks Struggle to Make Playoffs, Colliton Struggles for an Identity

We’ve been able to look at the Blackhawks over the years, and instinctively know ‘who they are’. Yet, with the Jeremy Colliton Blackhawks, that’s felt elusive. But trying to find identity in a Hawks squad wasn’t always this tough. When you see the smooth handles of Stan ‘Stosh’ Mikita, the barrel-chested Bobby Hull, or the... Read more »

Cubs Meh and the Summer of Languish

Doctors across Chicagoland are confounded. There’s a portion of fans who woke up every day for the past seven years, excited for the upcoming baseball season. Now, these same doctors are noticing some of these individuals walking around aimlessly. There’s no pep to their step. They lounge around; looking for things to do. While the... Read more »

The New Extras; Major League Baseball and Our New Love Affair

Last season, MLB implemented multiple rules to reduce stress on pitchers and pick up the lagging pace of the game. One of these rules was adding a runner to second base at the start of each half-inning of extra-inning baseball. The extra runner for each inning is supposed to grant us a quicker winning team.... Read more »
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The Speed of it All

THE SLOW SPEED OF IT ALL Cal Quantrill’s socks are high. His long hair pops out from the back of his cap. On this April night, he wears long navy sleeves that keep his arms warm from the south side chill. Cal isn’t unique. Most players these days have longer hair. Many have beards. Some... Read more »

The Greatest Acting Job of All-Time

The Greatest Acting Job of All-Time
Today, I will be playing the role of a 40 year old man. This, I can trust you, is the greatest performance of my life. An Oscar-worthy inhabitation of character and costume. I look trustworthy. I sometimes wear slacks. I grow out my facial hair just enough to give a sense of maturity, but not... Read more »

The Christmas Eve Moon

The Christmas Eve Moon
I think of this room. This room is the third level of a barn-faced 100-year-old home in Elmwood Park, Illinois; just outside the Chicago city limits. I think of this room, and the door to the nursery on the east side of the house. I think of this room, and the sightlines through the opening... Read more »
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My Home Run Derby in the Summer of 1988

My Home Run Derby in the Summer of 1988
(This is another chapter in a set of stories about my history with the game of baseball) In the summer of 1988 I did not play baseball. I was eight years old, the youngest of four kids, and hopelessly in love with a game that would not love me back. My father worked nights at... Read more »