| Aug 8, 2014
| 8:50 AM
In the early days of the tourist boom that now has the city awash in bus-boat-foot tours, clogging the summer sidewalks, streets and river, I remember a "guide" on one of the boat tours who had, shall we say, a unique take on our town.
He would point to...
| Aug 7, 2014
| 4:45 PM
Mike Bargas calls it lightning striking twice.
After the Estancia High football coach took one of his players, Alipa Peters, to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Ceremony in 2011, he never thought he would be back. But he got a chance to take a current...
| Jul 31, 2014
| 12:52 PM
The Sports Xchange
By Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
Pro Football HOF: Bottleneck frustrates worthy candidates
When seven pro football greats have their legendary status verified this weekend at the Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, many other former...
| Jul 29, 2014
| 8:30 PM
ESPN has a problem. It wants to be in the thick of things, to be part of every major debate pertaining to sports. But its commentators and analysts - rooted as they are in trade deadlines and X's and O's - can be loose cannons, occasionally getting in...
| Jul 15, 2014
| 5:18 PM
The Bears believe Martellus Bennett is poised to build on his breakthrough first season with the team but seek a more dependable backup tight end.
Biggest offseason developments: In an 11-day span in March, the Bears re-signed Dante Rosario, released...
| Jul 9, 2014
| 7:15 AM
Happy National Hot Dog Month, from Mike Ditka and his friends at Al’s Beef.
The Italian beef chain has added the “Spicy, Jumbo Ditka Dog” -- a char-grilled, 1/3 pound Vienna Beef sausage -- to its menu in honor of National Hot Dog...
| May 13, 2014
| 1:06 PM
Chicago Bears legend Mike Ditka is the new spokesman for Al’s Beef and Nancy’s Pizza.
In a partnership that seems right out of a Saturday Night Live "Superfans" skit, Da Coach was introduced Tuesday at the site of a new Al’s Beef...
| Apr 9, 2014
| 8:59 AM
Wrigley Field is celebrating its 100th birthday this year, and WGN-TV is joining the party with "Wrigley 100: A Century Celebration."
The two-hour special on the history of Wrigley Field and the Chicago Cubs, its primary occupant, will air at 7 p.m....
| Nov 27, 2013
| 5:29 PM
In introducing Herman Edwards to the crowd Wednesday afternoon at the 16th annual Lehigh Valley Chapter of Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants and LifePath Thanksgiving Benefit and Awards Luncheon, former Central Columbia High and...
| Oct 27, 2013
This is a football city, and that is because we (or most of us) still like to think we live in a rough-and-tumble town. The echo of Carl Sandburg remains strong. He called the city “alive and coarse and strong and cunning” and endowed it...
| Oct 10, 2013
| 9:43 AM
President Mike Ditka? That would be an interesting alternate timeline to visit.
Ditka, the former Chicago Bears coach, was speaking to a group of people in North Dakota when he said his biggest mistake was not running for the U.S. Senate against the...