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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  • It’s a little harder to hate LeBron James now

    Can we get a little bit of love for LeBron James? Just a smidge? Is that asking so much from you King James haters? What he did Friday demon­strated courage, loyalty and a nobility not often found in the NBA. He announced he was going …Read More

  • Building basepaths on the South Side

    MORRISSEY: If you look closely enough at a nondescript storefront at 36th and State streets, you’ll see a flower pushing up through the desert and hear the lovely sound of bats making contact with baseballs, of coaches barking instructions, of 11- and 12-year-old boys working on being ballplayers and on being kids.

  • Fans can paint LeBron as villain, but others just want to play with him

    I’ve been writing columns in support of LeBron James for years, an exercise that always seems odd to me, like writing columns in favor of good deeds  or water. But that’s where we’re at with the guy, who still is getting blasted for ‘‘The Decision’’ …Read More

  • Cubs should avoid major mistake with Kris Bryant

    RICK MORRISSEY: The impulse is natural. Some of you Cubs fans want to see Kris Bryant in the big leagues right now. You’d like a better reason to keep living than Mr. Potato Head Keychain Day on June 22 at Wrigley Field.

    MORRISSEY: World Cup last chance to convert soccer nonbeliever

    I’m going to try hard this time. I really am. I’m going into the World Cup so open-minded you could drive a Range Rover through my head. Coincidentally, some of you soccer fans have wanted to do just that for years. But the sport and …

    Bulls are not a destination for NBA free-agent stars

    RICK MORRISSEY: The Bulls don’t have control of what their roster will look like when next season begins. They are not in the driver’s seat as to whether Carmelo Anthony or Kevin Love will land in Chicago. They’re in the back seat or the trunk.

  • MORRISSEY: WGN split OK as Cubs move past their past

    MORRISSEY: Everybody involved with the Cubs needs to get out of his or her comfort zone. The end of the WGN Radio relationship is part of that, even if it’s not intentional in the extreme-makeover sense.

  • Blackhawks put on great show, except for the end

    RICK MORRISSEY: There was no shame in losing this thrilling, exhausting series. These were probably the two best teams left playing in the NHL.

  • Patrick Kane’s game: Clutch and fab

    MORRISSEY: This little guy, this waif of an athlete, has Jordan-like flair and a Jordan-like feel for the moment. And if Kane keeps doing what he has been doing the last seven years, he could have a Jordan-like grip on Chicago.

  • MORRISSEY: Blackhawks are far from done

    LOS ANGELES – This was how it was going to end? With the Blackhawks skating in a dry-ice fog in the biggest game of the season? That was the message being sent through their discombobulation in the first period Friday night. They were in sleep …

    Michal Handzus’ goal gives Blackhawks momentum

    RICK MORRISSEY: Disaster was lurking all night for the Blackhawks. It was behind the net, around every corner and, much too often, right out in the open, cackling at them.

    Blackhawks still have time to find their swagger

    RICK MORRISSEY: Duncan Keith leaned on a podium last June and looked out at the thousands of people who had gathered for the Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup championship rally.

    Sorry, parents, but football always will be dangerous game

    So you want your kid to grow up to be a professional football player. You’d like to introduce him as ‘‘my son, the gladiator.’’ Do I have that right, Mr. and Mrs. Football Parent? If you think a pro career would be the epitome of …

    Blackhawks wonder what hit ’em

    RICK MORRISSEY: Not that the Blackhawks were in the market for a demonstration, but now they know what it’s like to meet the business end of a speeding truck.

    All Bulls need is Kevin Love

    RICK MORRISSEY: Rose and Love together? With Joakim Noah on their side? That’s when you start thinking about a legitimate chance of challenging the Heat for an NBA title.

    Blackhawks accomplished what they wanted in Game 1

    RICK MORRISSEY: The Blackhawks couldn’t have asked for anything more out of Game 1 of the Western Conference final.

    MORRISSEY: Not buying what you’re selling, Cubs

    Marketing people have to market something. It’s what they do. Where you see a plain brown box, marketers see advertising space, tie-ins with corporate partners and free keychains to the first 10,000 box buyers. In the absence of anything resembling a consistent winner the last …