Topic: Chicago

December 26, 2013

Fall on the track with your butt as your padding a couple times—everyone does, before painful repetition drills into you that kneepads are there for a reason—and you’ll have the fresh realization that your ass is just the very bottom of your back. This is how roller derby starts, and it is the worst you have ever been at anything.

December 9, 2013

Tony Romo, Mike Ditka and the Ghost of Jay Cutler are the highlights of tonight's game. Along with, of course, our good friends at, who -- as always -- bring you the noise, the funk, and an interview with someone way more interesting than Eminem or President Obama. 

October 9, 2013

Sportswriting as we know it more or less began in Chicago. From Black Sox to Three-Peats: A Century of Chicago's Best Sportswriting from the Tribune, Sun-Times, and Other Newspapers, a new anthology of Chicago sportswriting edited by the veteran columnist Ron Rapoport, shows how sportswriting grew up, and grew with the times, in the Windy City.

June 6, 2013

Neil Gaiman once wrote that writers are liars. I respectfully disagree. Writers, like most people, are salesmen. Michael Jordan certainly is. He sold the idea that winning could bring happiness, that work was art and mattered more than life itself. The problem is he bought his own sales pitch. We all did.

September 12, 2012

Most times, you go to a baseball game hoping to see something you've never seen before. But what happens if the game is sponsored by something you've been forced (pardon the pun) to see before and didn't really enjoy the first time? 

August 9, 2012

That the 16-inch game is physically demanding and indigenous to Chicago adds to its appeal. New Yorkers don’t play it. Angelenos don’t play it. Calloused Chicagoans with broken fingers, gnarled knuckles, and giant calves do.

June 12, 2012

If it's true that there are no second acts in American life, then what is former Chicago White Sox slugger Frank Thomas doing putting his name on a high-alcohol specialty malt liquor? And, more to the point, why is anyone drinking this stuff?

May 18, 2012

Friend-of-Classical Dmitry Samarov has been steadily putting together new stories and images for his next book, but the thing is: It's really hard to write while you're driving a cab, what with all the traffic laws and overly refreshed 4 a.m. fares to wrangle.

May 8, 2012

He'll never be mistaken for Kevin Love, but after a decade as a NBA meme made pasty flesh, Brian Scalabrine has proven that he's something more, and more complicated, than an exceptionally well-paid human meme.

February 27, 2012

In which Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija conditions, exfoliates, poses, and changes the game forever. Or at least back to the mid-to-late 1980s.