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August 5, 2012
RedEye asked Chicago athletes for their thoughts on the relationship between sex and sports, and whether they abstain from sex before competing.   Danny Downes 26, UFC fighter Seeing that I'm a responsible Irish Catholic boy raised on the South Side of Chicago, I have no knowledge of such a conundrum. I am getting married [Aug. 4], though, so it may soon become an issue. From all the scientific evidence I have seen, the no sex before competition because "it will make your legs weak" is pure myth.
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May 8, 2014 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
I saw a fascinating headline this week. One that inspired me. It said simply "Niklas Hjalmarsson unable to speak, but will play. " And I thought, what if certain athletes had a "no speak, play only" clause in their contract? Say I'm a sports agent. I don't negotiate for ludicrous sums of money. I negotiate for "my client only wants to play, he doesn't want to talk" clauses. You say I'm crazy. I say look at our athletes in Chicago. Who's really good at talking? Right now, approximately … no one. Jay Cutler isn't.
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May 9, 2012 | By Scott Bolohan, For RedEye
When I was a kid, my mom wouldn't let me play hockey. It was one of the biggest regrets of my life. I'm still convinced I could be the next Sidney Crosby but with normal lips. With Marian Hossa's brutal concussion and the deaths of so many enforcers lately, it's made me look at sports in a new light. I remember as a kid drawing a picture of Bob Probert fighting Todd Gill (no idea why I picked him). And then the news of Junior Seau's suicide struck home again. I had a poster of him from Sports Illustrated for Kids on the wall in my room.
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February 19, 2014 | By Gwendolyn Purdom and For RedEye
Jacob Ross always has high hopes for the Olympics. The Highland Park-based trainer has been working with Aja Evans, the 25-year-old Chicago native who made her Olympic debut on the U.S. bobsled team in the Sochi Games, for two and a half years. Evans took bronze this week, so it's clear the work has paid dividends. Getting to that point physically, however, was no easy feat. While the average gym-goer might hit the treadmill a few times a week, for the elite athletes who compete at an Olympic level, training is a full-time job. So just how do these competitors get to the top of their game?
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November 10, 2011
The core of the Bears defense - Lance Briggs, Brian Urlacher, Charles Tillman and others - has been described widely as an aging unit. But these decorated veterans have performed like young and restless defenders most of this season. Briggs demonstrated his speed and agility Monday when he ran the width of the field to chase down Eagles quarterback Michael Vick. "I always take a lot of pride in that. And I think we should change [old] age to 'vintage.' I tried to do that earlier in the year," Briggs said Thursday.
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February 7, 2012 | RedEye
The Chicago Dental Society is having a meeting at McCormick Place in a couple of weeks. How do we know this? Because the organization sent out a press release with a sports angle the other day. And, no, it has nothing to do with Duncan Keith's teeth. The CDS asked 100 of its members recently which Chicago sports team "leader" had the best smile, and the results were, um, interesting. We won't reveal the results here. Instead, we'll tell you that Player A received 41 percent of the vote, followed by Player B with 22 percent, Player C at 21 percent and Player D at 5 percent.
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January 10, 2012 | By Curt Wagner and RedEye
After all the disturbing news in Chicago about pit bull attacks, it's nice to see responsible dog owners and the athletic pooches they have trained to participate in the Olympic-style events at the 14th annual Purina Incredible Dog Challenge National Finals. NBC will air the Finals, which took place in St. Louis in October, at 4 p.m. Jan. 14. The network provided this teaser clip of dogs from around the world competing in events such as Dog Diving, Freestyle Flying Disc, 30-Weave Pole Race, Jack Russell Hurdles and Agility.
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August 7, 2013 | By Jack M Silverstein, @readjack and For RedEye
Playing video games online against strangers is fun, and controlling your favorite athletes through video games is fun too. But what if the stranger you played against was also your favorite athlete? Retired Bears linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer is the co-founder of OverDog, a mobile app that allows athletes to challenge their fans to video games. The app is still in its early development stage and is currently free for both fans and players. Hillenmeyer gives RedEye his rundown on Chicago athlete gamers, from the regular winners to the guys who need some more time with the...
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October 10, 2013 | By Jack M Silverstein and For RedEye
While many wheelchair athletes are born without use of their legs, many who will compete in the Chicago Marathon ended up in a wheelchair because of injury. This is the case for three Chicago-area residents: Adam Finney of Bronzeville, Geoff Kent of River North and Bob Swanson of Round Lake, Ill. "You end up in a wheelchair and it's a confusing time," said Kent, 33. "You say, 'What am I going to do with myself?'" Kent suffered his injury while skiing in 2007. "I fell 40 feet and landed on a tree trunk on my spine.
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September 27, 2012 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
*** (out of four) At some point your mom or dad probably said, “It's all fun and games until someone gets hurt.” Ralphie from “A Christmas Story” knows what I'm talking about. Many people participating in activities without play guns know what that's about, too. In the sobering documentary “Head Games,” Chicago-based director Steve James' (“Hoop Dreams”) converts former Harvard defensive tackle Chris Nowinski's book into a study of increasing evidence about the long-term effects of sports-related brain trauma.
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February 19, 2014 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ernestwilkins and RedEye
The Sochi Olympics are in full swing, and while nothing has totally fallen apart, the fact that the focus has too frequently been more on breaking our athletes out of shoddily built bathrooms than going for the gold should be something we take to heart here in Chicago. About this time five years ago, I was fairly happy thinking there was a chance Chicago would get the Olympics. Obviously we didn't, but I now can say that I had to be popping a Molly after 10 Irish car bombs to be thinking that way because Chicago would be hell on Earth if the Games came to town.
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February 13, 2014
Just because you're a jock doesn't mean you can't get in touch with your feelings. With Valentine's Day upon us, it's a great time for Chicago athletes to take a break from their ultra-competitive personas and give us a peek at their romantic side. Namely in the form of: "What's your favorite 'chick flick'?" . Derrick Rose, Bulls "'Love & Basketball.' I think that was the perfect movie to combine with basketball. I think the actors they had in the movie were great. They did a great job putting the story together.
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February 11, 2014 | RedEye
Ah, the Olympic athlete parody video. Since the U.S. swimmers made it popular in 2012 with the "Call Me Maybe" spoof, it's up to the 2014 competitors to raise the bar. Since this is the Winter Games, we present reviews in the style of figure skating judges, grading technical and artistic mastery on a 10.0 scale. U.S. WOMEN'S SKI TEAM: Katy Perry medley Technical: 8.0 Why do they fade out the songs just before the chorus? It slows the video's cutesy momentum. Also, it's hard to tell who's who under the helmets and goggles.
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December 3, 2013 | RedEye
Eighty years ago this week, Congress passed the 21 s t Amendment to the Constitution. For those not up on their (drunk) history, it was the end of Prohibition, people! While there are well-known incidents of Chicago athletes enjoying themselves, um, a little too much, for the most part it's safe to use them as celebratory role models. . Mike Davies, Wolves forward Favorite alcoholic beverage: Vodka-water Favorite holiday beverage: Buffalo Trace whiskey and Coke Favorite Chicago spot: Anywhere that has a patio in the summer because I like drinking outdoors.
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November 21, 2013 | By Gabe Salgado and For RedEye
Regardless of what sport you play, where you play it or how good you are at it, every locker room at deals with hazing. It's not always the type of "bullying" and other cruel deeds that Miami Dolphins player Jonathan Martin is alleging, but it does exist. I played football at both the high school and semi-pro levels. I've seen and experienced hazing firsthand. Now granted I didn't go through what Martin is said to have gone through (racism, humiliation, verbal and physical threats)
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October 10, 2013 | By Jack M Silverstein and For RedEye
While many wheelchair athletes are born without use of their legs, many who will compete in the Chicago Marathon ended up in a wheelchair because of injury. This is the case for three Chicago-area residents: Adam Finney of Bronzeville, Geoff Kent of River North and Bob Swanson of Round Lake, Ill. "You end up in a wheelchair and it's a confusing time," said Kent, 33. "You say, 'What am I going to do with myself?'" Kent suffered his injury while skiing in 2007. "I fell 40 feet and landed on a tree trunk on my spine.
NEWS
February 19, 2014 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ernestwilkins and RedEye
The Sochi Olympics are in full swing, and while nothing has totally fallen apart, the fact that the focus has too frequently been more on breaking our athletes out of shoddily built bathrooms than going for the gold should be something we take to heart here in Chicago. About this time five years ago, I was fairly happy thinking there was a chance Chicago would get the Olympics. Obviously we didn't, but I now can say that I had to be popping a Molly after 10 Irish car bombs to be thinking that way because Chicago would be hell on Earth if the Games came to town.
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December 18, 2012 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
Everyone knows the star athlete. Fans cheer for him, marvel at his athleticism, seek his autograph and snap pictures. But what about the Jerry Maguires of the sports world? Every Chicago sports team has a supporting roster. The team behind the athlete is part of the entourage, in the locker room and behind the scenes. At times, they're spotted or mentioned publicly. Derrick Rose travels with a bodyguard: his former high school assistant basketball coach. White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy hired a massage therapist to help him with rehab after shoulder...
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October 10, 2013 | By Jack M Silverstein, @readjack and For RedEye
Chicagoans alive for the Michael Jordan era know how thrilling - and how difficult - it can be to pull off a three-peat. When the wheelchair portion of the Chicago Marathon kicks off Sunday, Paralympic gold medal winner Tatyana McFadden will be aiming for a pair of them. McFadden, a student at the University of Illinois and a three-time gold medal winner in the London 2012 paralympics, is the two-time reigning champ of the Chicago Marathon, as well as the reigning champ of both the Boston and London marathons.
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September 26, 2013 | By Gabe Salgado and For RedEye
Last weekend, Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter was one of many NCAA football players who sported "APU" on their wristbands during games. The letters stand for "All Players United," a movement campaigning for financial compensation for college athletes. Their actions were sparked by a class action lawsuit filed against the NCAA and the Collegiate Licensing Company. Although the NCAA prohibits student-athletes from receiving payment for playing, the players' uniform numbers, likenesses and images are used on merchandise such as video games...
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