Topic: Chicago Things

May 27, 2014

A Saturday afternoon White Sox game is usually a profoundly restful experience. On bobble head day, it's something else entirely.

April 1, 2014

A new season means a new start for the Chicago White Sox and those who care about them. It also involves an extremely large American flag.

January 16, 2014

For Chicago sports fans, Jay Cutler is a problem. For the Chicago Bears, he's something like a solution to a problem that has lasted for generations. No one seems all that happy about it, Cutler very much included. In every possible way, it's complicated.

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.

July 29, 2013

The rewards and punishments of following a baseball team are many and infinitely varied. If your team isn't expected to do much and ends up competing, you can celebrate that; if they're expected to win it all but end up barely breaking even, you can bemoan that. But what if everyone predicts they'll be bad and they turn out much, much worse?

June 27, 2013

My t-shirt was soaked in sweat and my hands were covered in axle grease, but I couldn’t resist the urge to check on the Stanley Cup celebrations via Twitter. I read reports of smashed storefronts and packs of marauding bros in Lincoln Park and Wrigleyville as I walked up the quiet, tree-lined streets of Beverly. The only celebration I witnessed was the dog barking like a maniac. He does that every time I come home, Stanley Cup or no Stanley Cup.

May 7, 2013

How did the severely depleted and undermanned Bulls beat the defending NBA champion on the road on Monday night? If there's even a name for it, would you really want to know it?

October 28, 2012

On a team of high-definition personalities, Luol Deng is a man who works, a masterwork of Socialist Realism. Watch him and you see this acutely: real people doing things at tremendous physical cost, a theater of humble punishment. He's a star, and he's a laborer.

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?