| 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 27, 2013
| 12:16 PM
NFL midseason reports usually are written after eight games—ya know, at midseason. But with seven games in the books and injuries piling up, the 2013 Bears have reached a crossroads. No time like the present, then, to distribute awards and look at...
| Oct 27, 2013
| 4:25 PM
At long last, Derrick Rose is back. Not just playing preseason games, either. The Bulls' game Tuesday at Miami is the most anticipated Chicago season opener since, well, maybe ever. What did everyone miss most? You can start with this list.
| 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...
| Dec 30, 2013
| 1:26 PM
Mike Ditka, I feel your pain.
There are many days where it's a real struggle to stay awake and I find myself nodding off at my desk, too.
At times like those, I find it helpful to get up and take a walk. Maybe grab a cup of coffee or splash some water...
| Jan 6, 2014
| 1:03 PM
One coach tells his players, "rip their freaking heads off and let them bleed." Another coach smacks a player in the head while telling him, "don't give me that soft crap."
The next season of HBO's "Hard Knocks?" An ESPN documentary on the famed defense...
| Jan 15, 2014
| 2:30 PM
Pro ball seems always to just elude my soft, suburban hands. I have this dream, over and over, where the QB zips a pass high over the middle, and I am unable to go up for it. I look down, and I see two newspaper editors wrapping their arms around my legs,...
| Nov 21, 2013
| 9:09 AM
A roundup of NFL experts' picks for Sunday's game between the Ravens and New York Jets.
* Vinnie Iyer of The Sporting News expects the Ravens to win in a blowout.
The Jets on the road against a good, swarming defense? Both they and we learned the hard...
| Jan 27, 2014
| 1:54 PM
Mike Ditka has weighed in on the upcoming outdoor Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., and he didn't mince words.
The Hall of Fame player who spent much of his career playing big games in cold, inclement weather said planning the...
| Sep 16, 2013
Former Philadelphia Eagles player and Kansas City Chiefs and New York Jets head coach Herman Edwards is coming to the Lehigh Valley. He has been announced as the keynote speaker for the 16th annual LifePath and PICPA Thanksgiving Benefit and Awards...
| Dec 29, 2013
Working on a Sunday can be exhausting. Just ask Mike Ditka, who seems to have fallen asleep during ESPN's "Sunday NFL Countdown" on Dec. 29....