| 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 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...
| Aug 11, 2014
| 6:02 AM
Quick, digital-only thoughts from In the Wake of the News columnistDavid Haugh.
For openers ...
Nobody will ever know what Tony Stewart was thinking Saturday night as his car approached Kevin Ward Jr. on the dirt track in Canandaigua, N.Y.
| 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...
| Sep 2, 2014
| 4:39 AM
The Pro Football Hall of Fame displays more busts of Bears greats than any other team. But there is only one enshrined quarterback, Sid Luckman, who threw his last pass 64 years ago. Since then, there has been no shortage of Bears quarterbacks who were...
| Aug 26, 2014
| 8:25 AM
Sarah Palin has expressed her support for Mike Ditka, who has expressed his support for Daniel Snyder, who has vowed to never change the name of the Washington Redskins.
Got all that? It can get a little confusing. Just ask Palin and Ditka. Those two...
| Dec 9, 2013
| 10:54 PM
Mike Ditka didn't bring the 1985 Bears defense with him down the red carpet to midfield at halftime Monday night.
Because of the 2013 offense, he didn't have to.
Backup quarterback Josh McCown accounted for five touchdowns, three before the Bears...
| Mar 10, 2013
| 12:53 PM
Midway through my conversation with Imagine Dragons lead singer Dan Reynolds and his wife, Aja Volkman, in Nellcote's private dining area last week, Volkman — whose band, Nico Vega, opened for Imagine Dragons earlier that night at the House of Blues...
| 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...
| 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,...