| Sep 29, 2013
The depth and diversity of Chicago's literary community sits on my desk, in the form of many piles of books that have arrived with encouraging frequency. Here is what's in one of those piles:
This piece first ran in Printers...
| Sep 26, 2013
| 5:48 PM
One of the brightest spots in what has turned into yet another bleak Cubs season isn't the blue chip first baseman or the erratic $60 million shortstop who tend to get all the headlines.
Rather, it's 30-year-old journeyman who has spent more time on the...
| Sep 25, 2013
| 8:08 PM
"What I want to avoid is the middle ground. It'd be nice to make the playoffs or get a protected draft pick. We're not hiding that. There's no glory in 78 wins instead of 73. Who cares?''
— Cubs President Theo Epstein to me in spring training...
| Sep 24, 2013
| 9:04 PM
Our neighbors to the north, Fargo and North Dakota State, did us proud this past weekend.
The senior producer of ESPN’s College GameDay show says Fargo was one of the ‘‘all-time best spots’’ for the program that aired...
| Sep 24, 2013
If Robbie Gold can keep food on the table through music, he's content.
Chances are, if you walk into some Chicago bars, the accomplished singer/songwriter from Highland Park may be onstage or has been on that stage. The opportunity to play live has...
| Sep 24, 2013
| 5:21 AM
Brandon Ort, who designed the winning logo marking Wrigley Field’s 100th anniversary next year, wants to make one thing clear — he may have grown up in Michigan, but he’s a Cubs fan.
Ort, whose design won out over about 1,200 others...
| Sep 23, 2013
| 8:47 AM
Talking baseball while wondering if the Packers are worried yet:
1. Poor Mike Burkhart. Under normal circumstances, few people in baseball have tougher jobs than the guy who runs the tiny, antiquated visiting clubhouse behind the first-base dugout at...
| Sep 16, 2013
Almost every day somebody climbs or falls onto the CTA tracks, which has led to seven deaths so far in 2013 and more than 50 fatalities in recent years, according to an analysis the transit agency is set to release Monday as part of a redoubled rail-...
| Jul 2, 2013
| 2:00 PM
Knee-jerk reaction on the Chicago Cubs’ trades Tuesday will center on whether Orioles discards Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop are enough value for Scott Feldman, who has pitched well enough to be in the All-Star discussion. But those are not the names...
| Jul 13, 2013
| 1:34 PM
Starlin Castro is 23. Ditto Anthony Rizzo. They're not exactly going to be old men when the Cubs' best-in-baseball wave of amateur talent starts rolling into Wrigley Field, although they might feel like it.
With University of San Diego slugger Kris...
| Jul 15, 2013
| 5:09 PM
Nothing in sports drags incessantly like the countdown to baseball's trade deadline, not even the NFL preseason or a Chris Berman home run call.
It seemingly begins shortly after opening day and lasts until July 31, when a brief respite from rumors...
| Jul 18, 2013
| 6:10 PM
Being a sports fan and a sportswriter, I have never fully pledged allegiance to the Cubs or White Sox. But I must say I've always had a special place in my heart for Wrigley Field. Throughout its 99-year history, the Friendly Confines has managed to...