| Apr 7, 2011
Not so long ago, the way to convey that something was extreme was to simply call it extreme ("X" for short.) There were extreme sports (think bungee jumping), extreme tourism (think traveling in order to bungee jump) and, of course, the "Extreme Makeover"...
| Mar 31, 2011
Five years ago, on the eve of the 2006 baseball season, I put together a list of nine favorite baseball books — one for each inning, one for every player on the field. Such a list was not meant to be definitive (how could it be?), but since then I'...
| May 24, 2009
Kobe Bryant is an Olympic gold medalist and international pitchman. Dany Heatley ranked among the NHL's top 10 goal scorers this season and last year was MVP of hockey's world championships. Leonard Little is an aging pass rusher for one of football's...
| Jun 17, 2009
A New York Times report that Sammy Sosa tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003 reverberated through the White Sox and Cubs clubhouses before Tuesday's postponed opener of the City Series.
Cubs general manager Jim Hendry, who was Sosa's...
| Aug 7, 2009
Witnessing a five-run deficit in the first two innings Thursday that included a two-out throwing error, two walks and another defensive lapse drew an unflattering comparison from White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen.
"It was like a Little League game out...
| May 4, 2009
| 3:44 PM
Over the winter Ozzie and Kenny (yet again) made comments about changing the 'all or nothing' dynamic of this station-to-station offense. The first month has just ended and already the Sox have been beaten by pitchers like Kyle Davies, R.A. Dickey, Brad...
| Feb 15, 2009
At the beginning, they called it "Project Bingo." It became better known as the BALCO investigation.
Once again, the probe into athletes' steroid use is redefining America's pastime along with a few other sports, causing some to wonder if we can really...
| Feb 15, 2009
A package of human growth hormone was delivered to Larry Bigbie's home in Northwest Indiana at Christmastime 2005. Within 10 minutes, federal investigators were at the former Orioles outfielder's door.
Bigbie knew he was busted.
He said he had no choice...
| Dec 15, 2009
Now we should care.
More than ever before
Forget about the immorality of Tiger Woods' multiple mistresses.
What's much more damaging is the potential illegality of his multiple majors.
Tiger Woods cheating on his wife is ultimately between him and...
| Sep 23, 2010
| 9:07 AM
Most topics can be explained in 18.5 hours, but not baseball.
It's so much more than a game with a winner and loser; it's the hope, philosophy and history of a nation's spirit played out on a diamond. Persisting into the bottom of the ninth, with...
| Feb 12, 2010
The remarkable baseball life of Willie Mays can be measured in innumerable ways.
He started in the segregated Negro Leagues; when he retired in 1973 after 22 years in the major leagues, free agency was dawning. He was a bicoastal Giant who, in leading...