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.
February 7, 2012 |
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.
January 10, 2012 |
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.
September 27, 2012 |
*** (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.
December 18, 2012 |
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 surgery.
August 9, 2012 |
A dozen years into the 21st century, at least one Olympic event remains frozen in time. The modern pentathlon is perhaps the least modern of all the Summer Games, combining five skills (fencing, horseback riding, swimming, shooting and running) essential for 19th century soldiers. While excelling at those skills earns you a pat on the back today, they're irrelevant for climbing the social ladder. That's why RedEye has modernized the Modern Pentathlon, a Modern Modern Pentathlon if you will, updating it with five events you need to win friends and influence...