| Jun 4, 2013
| 4:32 PM
Lombardi's Legacy on ESPN celebrates legendary NFL coach Vince Lombardi in a one-hour special hosted by Chris Berman on Thursday, June 6. Joining Berman in studio is Mike Ditka and former Green Bay Packer Jerry Kramer. Packers legend Bart Starr is also...
| Oct 3, 2012
| 4:24 PM
We've had this here on Groller's Corner earlier this year, but with it now being October and the Reds in the Major League Baseball playoffs, it's a good time to remind area sports fans that Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench will be the keynote speaker...
| Nov 27, 2012
| 4:23 PM
I don't know about you, but I am fed up with hearing the Mike Ditkas of the world lecture us about how great Andy Reid is and how ungrateful Philadelphia fans are for wanting him gone. Ditka was at it......
| Sep 1, 2013
One spring day in a much simpler time in Chicago, a photo appeared in the Cicero Life newspaper that helped create a picturesque childhood for Tony and Carl Ruzicka, twin ball boys for the 1963 NFL champion Bears.
It was a shot of good ol' No. 73,...
| Aug 31, 2013
| 4:31 PM
The story of the 1963 Bears, Chicago's overlooked champions, begins at the end of the 1962 season.
That year, the Bears won four of their last five games, including a 3-0 season finale against the Lions that many of the players recall as one of the...
| Sep 15, 2013
| 10:13 AM
The leadership question surrounding the Ravens has been a frequent topic of conversation ever since middle linebacker Ray Lewis retired, and free safety Ed Reed signed with the Houston Texans.
After losing so much institutional knowledge, the Ravens...
| Nov 21, 2012
| 9:25 PM
I did not get to ask any questions of Johnny Bench on Wednesday during his appearance in the Lehigh Valley. He had to leave immediately after his presentation at the Holiday Inn Conference Center in Foglesville. By the time I got from my table to his,...
| Oct 22, 2012
| 1:48 PM
Chicago has a TV choice to make tonight, between a presidential debate on foreign policy and that Bears-Lions game at Soldier Field on “Monday Night Football.”
And despite what you may have told yourself, the fact that you have a digital...
| Jul 29, 2013
| 11:42 AM
When the Bears retired Mike Ditka's old No. 89 in May, they announced that his would be the team's final retired number. And no wonder: their 14 retired numbers is the most in the NFL. Among the great players whose jerseys will not be removed from...
| Aug 22, 2013
| 12:41 PM
We've come across a little used option this past week. We need to use it more.
J'Marcus Webb, having lost his starting right tackle job, has agreed to take a cut in pay.
Wow. I mean … wow. I didn't think that was possible in 2013. You know,...
| Jun 25, 2013
| 5:45 PM
For Mark Keys, the pen is mightier than the scalpel.
Thirty-four surgeries on his back and legs, coupled with a host of other ailments, have left the onetime boat rigger unable to work and largely homebound since 1991.
His physical problems have led...