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 …Read More
RICK MORRISSEY: We’re finding out with Brian Urlacher that the healing process is not helped when the former athlete is handed a microphone on a regular basis.
RICK MORRISSEY: Joakim Noah was born for this kind of game. Born to live and die with every possession.
Vitali Klitschko’s awesome nickname as a boxer, ‘‘Dr. Ironfist,’’ wouldn’t seem to be a handle you’d want if you were a possible presidential candidate. Certainly not in Ukraine, which has lived under the heavy hand of an unyielding government for years. But the nickname fits …Read More
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RICK MORRISSEY: This was a fast, methodical demise, if there is such a thing, and as the game wore on, it became apparent that there was no way out for Team USA.
MORRISSEY: The Russian fans wanted it more. No, please, don’t be insulted. You couldn’t possibly have wanted this as much as these people did, even as you pawed at a buzzing alarm clock early Saturday morning and wiped the sleep from your eyes.
RICK MORRISSEY: The Ponytail knows no fear. Jitters, yes. Fear, no. Jason Brown doesn’t know any better. There’s really no other explanation for what he has done the last month and what he has done at the Winter Olympics.
RICK MORRISSEY: Let’s go way, way back — all the way back to when pitchfork-armed citizens were outside the Berto Center three months ago, clamoring for a military vehicle. Specifically, a tank.
MORRISSEY: The people were gracious. Language was a challenge but not an impediment. I never had to wait more than five minutes for a bus. Trains were on time. Sochi was far from the nightmare it had been scared up to be.
SOCHI, Russia — Several years ago, bothered by some of the more obscure Olympic sports, I suggested in writing that the size of the gold medals should reflect each sport’s relative popularity and legitimacy. Sadly — and oddly — the International Olympic Committee didn’t respond. …
SOCHI, Russia — Peace, love and understanding, individually or as a team, doesn’t seem to have a chance at medaling here. The construction firm of Moe, Larry and Curly appears to be running the Olympics, and the triple downer of terrorism, corruption and human-rights issues …Read More
RICK MORRISSEY: Carlos Boozer does one thing very well: shoot. He’ll get you rebounds, too. But he’s a liability late in games, when defense becomes especially important. We’ve seen it in the postseason. We’ve seen Boozer on the bench, where he belongs.
I usually don’t root for anybody or any team. Journalistic impartiality and all that. I’m rooting for Peyton Manning. The death of the overworked narrative that the Denver Broncos quarterback needs another Super Bowl victory to reach Joe Montana/John Elway/Tom Brady status can’t come soon …Read More
RICK MORRISSEY: There’s a good chance Derrick Rose will participate in Team USA’s minicamp in July. Good news, right? His surgically repaired right meniscus might be strong enough for practices against some of the best players in the world. But hold on. You see where this is headed, don’t you?
It was fitting that the world greeted the news of White Sox manager Robin Ventura’s contract extension Friday with a blank look. Ventura greets the world with the same look. But it would be a mistake to think he was born without a pilot light. …
It’s just a mascot! You could feel the exasperation and anger in the tweets and emails that came in from a segment of Cubs fans last week. Why the uproar over Clark, the team’s cuddly new mascot, they said. It’s for the enjoyment of little …
RICK MORRISSEY: This is one of my favorite times of the year, that stretch in a long season when, faced with very little to grumble about, a segment of the Blackhawks’ faithful clears its collective throat and . . . grumbles.
RICK MORRISSEY: How New Jersey got a Super Bowl is actually quite simple. The Giants and Jets built a new stadium with private funds. That’s it. That’s how it works in the NFL.
MORRISSEY: Someday, Tom Thibodeau will simply vanish from Chicago. The only thing left will be the last, faint echo of his ragged voice as he heads to his next job. No goodbyes. No farewell news conference. No full-page ad in the local newspapers thanking fans. That’s how I expect it to end. Badly? Oh, absolutely.
Most of us love Chicago. Visiting NBA players often say they love Chicago, too. But when it comes time to commit, the top ones don’t love Chicago enough. It would be wonderful to bring you happy news that all this will change during the offseason, …
The TV news was grim, the imagery sickening. Thirty-four people had been killed in two bombings in Volgograd, Russia. An explosion at a railway station was caught on video, the doors and windows looking like dragons belching fire. Footage of the aftermath of the bombing …