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Rick Morrissey biography

Rick Morrissey has been a sports columnist at the Sun-Times since December 2009. Before that, he was a columnist at the Chicago Tribune for nine …

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  • ‘Stick to sports’ doesn’t make sense anymore

    MORRISSEY: Stick to sports. I can’t tell you how many times readers have sent me that admonishment. One problem: Sports is life, and life is sports. There is no separating them. They’re entwined.

  • Roger Goodell gives us too little, too late

    RICK MORRISSEY: Too late. Too late for all the women who have been abused and sexually assaulted by NFL players. Too late for all the abusive players who could have been helped before they started throwing punches.

  • Who are the real Bears?

    RICK MORRISSEY: So, who the heck are these guys? More than a day after the Bears’ death-defying victory over the San Francisco 49ers, I’m not sure I have any better sense of them.

  • Save the worship for when Cubs actually win

    It’s one thing to hope. It’s another to let your imagination run wild until panting projections become indisputable facts. In other words, howdy, Cubs fans. I don’t want to say that some of you have skipped a few important steps, but debating about what smoking …Read More

  • Can the Bears’ problems be fixed?

    RICK MORRISSEY: If there was a theme to the Bears’ response to their season-opening loss Sunday, it was that they would have to watch game film to offer an educated explanation of what happened. Apparently, they’ll get back to us on this.

  • Sponsors, not victims, force NFL to act

    RICK MORRISSEY: It took a hotel-chain boycott and the threat of other corporate action, not the welts on an abused 4-year-old boy, for the Minnesota Vikings to take Adrian Peterson off the field. No matter where this mess ends up, let’s make sure we never lose sight of that.

  • With lots of luck to offset flaws, Bears could win it all — maybe

    MORRISSEY: This might be the last time we can put ‘‘Bears,’’ ‘‘win’’ and “Super Bowl’’ in the same sentence this season, so let’s enjoy the heck out of it.

    Excused absence for Lance Briggs is a head-scratcher

    MORRISSEY: I’ve heard of an excused ­absence for a pulled hamstring. But for pulled pork? No. That’s what Bears coach Marc Trestman gave linebacker Lance Briggs, who missed practice Monday to be at the opening of his new barbecue restaurant.

    Flag on the NFL’s domestic violence PR play

    Roger Goodell is being lauded for seeing the error of his ways regarding domestic violence, but I’m having a hard time getting past the idea of someone in his position being so stupendously wrong at the outset. Judging by the measly two-game suspension the NFL …

    Bears’ old defense seems a step slow

    MORRISSEY: After Friday’s game, coach Marc Trestman said the defense’s issues were fixable, but how do you fix “slow?’’ How do you fix “older than Methuselah?’’

    JRW kids showed poise under glare of world spotlight

    MORRISSEY: For 10 days, a group of African-American kids from the South Side of Chicago handled everything that was thrown at it — baseballs, ­massive national attention, weighty societal issues, et al — with more grace than any 12- and 13-year-olds have a right to possess.

    Bears’ flop at Seattle is reason to be afraid

    SEATTLE — You hate to make any sweeping judgments off the Bears’ preseason game Friday night because the Seattle Seahawks are the defending Super Bowl champions and Russell Wilson can make any defense look bad, but . . . OH, MY GOD!!! The wide-open Seahawks receivers! The …

    Jackie Robinson West gives us a return to innocence

    RICK MORRISSEY: In sports, we latch on to anything that remotely resembles innocence, knowing how rare and precious it is. We want to believe in purity so much it hurts.

    Mike Ditka can keep calling them ‘Redskins,’ but I won’t

    RICK MORRISSEY: If you saw a Native American walking across the street, would you yell out, “Hey, Redskin, you dropped your hat’’?

  • If Notre Dame can’t stay clean, who can?

    RICK MORRISSEY: Notre Dame always has viewed itself as the ideal of how academics and athletics should coexist. Raising the question: If the Irish can’t make this work, who can?

  • Is Chicago ready for some football? Heavens, yes

    MORRISSEY: I can’t tell you how good it was to see football players in Bears uniforms facing off against football players in Philadelphia Eagles uniforms Friday night. I don’t care if they were third-stringers, fourth-stringers or Staley the mascot’s love children. Not after what we’ve been through this summer.

  • Martellus Bennett suspension doesn’t make sense

    RICK MORRISSEY: An NFL team fining and suspending a player indefinitely for getting into a fight with a teammate during training camp?