Mike Mulligan is a veteran sports reporter who is now the co-host of "Mully & Hanley" on WSCR-AM 670. He has covered six NBA Finals, 16 ...
May 4, 2015
The chemistry of a team — any team in any sport — is a profound mystery. In pro football, the ultimate team game in which virtually every player relies on another, building a team and creating chemistry can be downright confounding.
January 20, 2015
There is nothing quite like a plausible conspiracy theory to force a quick look over the shoulder and a swift mental connection of intriguing coincidence. Exactly when did John Fox know he was out in Denver and, more interestingly, when did the Bears know it?
January 17, 2015
It was the old Argentine rugby player Ernesto "Che" Guevara who once observed: "The revolution is not an apple that falls when it is ripe. You have to make it fall.''
December 30, 2014
The collision of hope and despair — better known around these parts as the Bears' attempt to fill their scornful structure — already has begun in depressing fashion. Names of potential general manager candidates are leaking out while nobody seems overly concerned about who is going to coach them out of this mess.
December 24, 2014
This tells you all you need to know about the Bears' miserable 2014 season: The only real question remaining isn't where it all went so wrong, but rather how far will the cleanup go?
December 16, 2014
There is no denying that the Bears season has been an unmitigated disaster. And there is no way to classify the key decision-makers at Halas Hall as anything less than critically endangered … if only in the minds of hopeful Bears fans.
December 9, 2014
In 1975, eight years before Jay Cutler was born and nine before the arrival of Brandon Marshall, the Magnuson-Moss Act became law. It was designed to protect consumers from faulty warranties on products with the psychological benefit of reducing cognitive dissonance.
December 3, 2014
It must have been nearly irresistible for Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to pass on the chance to draft Johnny Football. How did the NFL's merciless marketing maven miss on a Texas-born money-maker like quarterback Johnny Manziel?
November 25, 2014
You don't need the three-fingered grip of Odell Beckham Jr., to grasp that change is constant in the NFL. Just because you could do something one year, doesn't mean it's promised to you the next. Strengths can become weaknesses, dizzying success quickly can become dismaying failure, universal truth can turn into cosmic lie.
November 18, 2014
It's a pity Sunday's Bears-Buccaneers showdown can't be resolved like a Brandon Marshall Twitter war.
November 11, 2014
Amid the fury and outrage over the public shaming against the Packers, which was even worse than the public humiliation against the Patriots, Bears coach Marc Trestman has emerged as an obvious villain.
November 4, 2014
Here is a fun game to play for the whole family. Put both hands inside the collar of your shirt as if grabbing imaginary shoulder pads. Now stretch your neck to the left and right.
October 28, 2014
We all need a friend, a partner, even a foil.
October 21, 2014
When Brandon Marshall attempted to insert himself into the Bears leadership void Sunday, you couldn't help but think of poor old Carlos Zambrano. The volatile former Cubs pitcher once mistook confrontation for leadership too. It didn't work out well for him or his team.
October 14, 2014
Michael Ola laughs and shakes his head when asked if he feels like the Kurt Warner of Bears offensive linemen. OK, so it's a stupid question: Warner could play only quarterback while Ola already has started at left guard, left tackle — and if you count the preseason — right tackle too.
October 7, 2014
Many old teammates will be eager to catch up to Devin Hester on Sunday in Atlanta, especially if the Bears are foolish enough to kick or punt to him.
September 30, 2014
Bears cornerback Tim Jennings nodded his head when asked to name the toughest red-zone threat he has faced in the NFL.
September 24, 2014
It's comical to imagine the Bears can exact fierce revenge Sunday against the Packers at Soldier Field. Even an Old Testament-style "smiting" by the home team isn't going to return any yesterdays or erase past disaster.
September 16, 2014
It takes a certain type of mentality to play special teams.
September 9, 2014
Bills coach Doug Marrone reportedly got into it pretty good with management late in the preseason before his team tarnished the Bears' season. Word is, by the time general manager Doug Whaley and team President Russ Brandon intervened in an expletive-filled argument between the coach and the director of pro personnel, Marrone was overheard daring his bosses to fire him.
September 2, 2014
Maybe the greatest fallacy surrounding the Bears in 2014 is the idea that the offseason rebuild of the defensive line will have the same effect that rebuilding the offensive line did last season.