Rick Telander has been the lead sports columnist at the Sun-Times since April, 1995. He previously was a senior writer for Sports Illustrated and ESPN, …Read More
TELANDER: It would have been nicer if Joe Maddon had come to the Cubs under cleaner circumstances. But he’s here now, and Rick Renteria has been sent packing.
RICK TELANDER: All eyes were on Derrick. Yes, there was Spike Lee decked out like an orange tree. And the Blue Man Group hammered away during the intros. And the wristbands worn by the entire Madison Square Garden crowd flashed synchronized blue, white, and orange lights. But Rose was the color. The name. The fascination.
TELANDER: So how would a pair of huge-framed Joe Maddon eyeglasses fit in historically with the massive goggles worn by Cubs legend Harry Caray? Just about perfectly.
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Almost forgotten in the uproar over the brutal ‘‘whuppin’ ’’ that Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson laid on his 4-year-old son is just how great a runner Peterson was. I say ‘‘was’’ because it’s not certain Peterson, 29, will play in the NFL again. He …
RICK TELANDER: I saw it all in front of me at Bank of America Field last Sunday in Charlotte, and I scribbled in my notes, ``Conte has to be done.’’ I meant forever. As in playing football.
Two interesting things occurred last week in the New York Jets’ 24-17 loss to the Detroit Lions at MetLife Stadium. First, Geno Smith took a dirty hit from Lions safety James Ihedigbo, for which Ihedigbo was fined $16,537 by the NFL. Second, Smith, the much-criticized …
RICK TELANDER: Start painting your faces, folks! Got a bear carcass in the attic? Stitch it into a coat and helmet, and get ready for marching. The 2015 NFL draft is coming to Chicago!
There were two remarkable speeches given this week in the NFL. The first was Bears receiver Brandon Marshall’s mesmerizingly scattered monologue Thursday at Halas Hall. The second was commissioner Roger Goodell’s ingenious mea culpa Friday in New York. Both had to do with the domestic-violence …
RICK TELANDER: Where’s our old buddy Brian Urlacher headed? It was pretty easy to tell where he was going back when he roamed Soldier Field in his No. 54 Bears jersey.
TELANDER: The only thing that can go wrong with the money-minting in the NFL is scandal, shame and lawsuits. And even those rarely slow the juggernaut. Ray Rice, et al, mean almost nothing once the games begin.
RICK TELANDER: If you watch the video closely, you can see Ray Rice waiting for the elevator, seemingly checking his phone, waiting for his fiancée, Janay Palmer, to walk by.
RICK TELANDER: Am I the only person who wasn’t shocked by the Ray Rice knockout video? I guess I’ve been to more boxing matches than most people.
We haven’t been talking much about Kain Colter lately. The former Northwestern star quarterback was quietly waived last week by the Minnesota Vikings and then re-signed to their practice squad as a wide receiver, the position he signed on to play as a rookie free …
RICK TELANDER: Do you have faith in the Bears? Are they your team, come hell or high slaughter?
‘I would do it again for whatever kid it was,’’ USC star cornerback Josh Shaw said valiantly after jumping down two stories onto cement to save his drowning 8-year-old nephew. Shaw received two severe high-ankle sprains as a result. ‘‘My ankles really hurt, but I …
Disgraced cycling star Lance Armstrong was asked recently by sportscaster Dan Patrick if he could have won his seven Tour de Frances without doping. ‘‘Not in that era,’’ said Armstrong, who since has been stripped of those titles. ‘‘It was an arms race. . . . I …
RICK TELANDER: OK, Derrick, just stop. Quit Team USA and call it a day. Or a week. Or whatever. Rest your right knee. Rest your left knee. Rest everything. Have yourself cryogenically frozen and then thawed in two months, ready to play NBA basketball.
RICK TELANDER: It’s too bad the Jackie Robinson West Little League team was roughed up 13-2 by a powerful Las Vegas team Sunday in a game halted after four innings by the mercy rule.
Star driver Tony Stewart officially became NASCAR’s ‘‘bad boy’’ in 2001, when he spun out Jeff Gordon at Bristol Motor Speedway after Gordon had pulled a ‘‘bump-and-run’’ on him to finish higher in the race. Stewart was put on probation for his loony act, and …
RICK TELANDER: Four Notre Dame football players, all likely starters — including a potential All-American in defensive back KeiVarae Russell — were dropped from the team Friday in the midst of an academic-fraud scandal.