| Jun 4, 2013
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 19, 2011
| 9:52 AM
Mark Ditka, son of former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka, pleaded not guilty today to driving under the influence in Deerfield last month.
According to court records, it is the third DUI arrest for the 48-year-old Deerfield man, who has also been cited...
| Mar 28, 2011
| 8:40 AM
Acquiring credentials for the Super Bowl proved to be a somewhat time-consuming task and a fruitless one. After several weeks of waiting, turning in photos, curriculum vitae, blood samples, etc., I was told in no uncertain terms that while I would be...
| Aug 8, 2011
| 6:19 PM
The Ravens filled their big-back void with one of the biggest enigmas in NFL history.
Ricky Williams, who is as powerful as he is offbeat, agreed to a two-year contract with the Ravens on Monday that has a maximum value of $4 million. The 34-year-old...
| Jul 8, 2011
John Mackey, who helped revolutionize the NFL's tight end position and whose post-football struggles with dementia became emblematic of the brutality of the game, has died. He was 69.
Mackey died Wednesday in Baltimore after a 10-year battle with frontal...
| Jan 22, 2011
| 11:08 AM
It's so rare for the Bears and Packers to be playing for more than bragging rights that a magnifying glass is needed to find games approaching Sunday's importance.
Although even little games can seem big amid the lore and legend, the truth is these...
| Jul 9, 2011
| 5:00 AM
In death, legendary Baltimore Colts tight end John Mackey will undoubtedly be remembered for how he played the game. The 6-foot, 2-inch, 230-pounder who played from 1963 to 1972 set the standard for his position, combining speed and power like no tight...
| Jul 7, 2011
| 7:58 PM
John Mackey changed the game of football on and off the field. The former Baltimore Colt brought grace to a position that had been known for its brutality, and he made the first real headway in the NFL players' fight to earn a more equal share of the pie....
| Mar 19, 2011
| 5:16 PM
Our book club: has been meeting at least quarterly for the last 10 years.
Author we'd most like to meet:Keith Richards
Worst excuse anyone's given for not reading a book: There are no bad excuses.
Five books we loved:; "Coach John Wooden: 100 Years...
| Mar 28, 2011
| 8:00 AM
From Fess Parker to Greg Norman to Mike Ditka, plenty of famous folk have gotten into the wine game. But what about the hard stuff? No lack of star power there. The draw of earning extra cash has lured a number of celebrities to lend their names to a...
| Nov 25, 2010
Celebrities are cashing in on their fame by designing clothes, concocting fragrances, writing books and creating fine art. For those shopping for the celebrity obsessed, it has never been easier.
Anderson's Bookshop in Downers Grove and Naperville...