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
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 …Read More
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.
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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.
TELANDER: Michael Sam, No. 96 in his white practice jersey and blue helmet, stretches with his teammates at the St. Louis Rams’ practice facility.Soon there are drills, and Sam blocks and sheds blocks with the other defensive ends.He touches men. He grabs them. He hits them. And no one dies.
What happens when sportswriters go to a ballgame as . . . da-dum, da-dum (‘‘Jaws’’ music) . . . regular humans? This doesn’t happen very often. That is, sportswriters are constantly attending games as journalists, which means they sit in a press box, take nonstop, absurdly detailed, even insane notes, …
RICK TELANDER: Let’s call Greg Maddux’s march to the Hall of Fame a victory for little guys everywhere.
There are few athletes, current or past, I dislike more than Lance Armstrong. I’m not talking about outright bad guys, such as O.J. Simpson — whom I spoke with several times before those unfortunate murders and always found to be cordial and helpful — or …
RICK TELANDER: The NCAA has agreed to pay for concussion screening, medical monitoring and concussion awareness programs for college athletes. Now it’s time for the wounded former college safety to get some personal relief.
RICK TELANDER: Well, what new things do we know about the NCAA today? That it is a monster with so many probes, fingers and tails that it barely can control itself.
RICK TELANDER: The Bulls get 34-year-old 7-footer Pau Gasol. His contract is said to be starting at somewhere around $6.5 million, but forget about money and think about basketball.