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October 30, 2011 | By Ryan Smith and For RedEye
The myth of The Winner is a powerful one in sports. Just ask Tim Tebow, who might be the worst passer in the NFL, yet somehow the most popular. After last week's "Miracle in Miami" you could have renamed Twitter "Tebwitter" after all the talk about the Broncos' improbable comeback. So how could a kid with a goofy delivery inspire people to buy Tebow billboards or start a hilarious new internet meme called Tebowing ( tebowing.com )? Part of it is Tebow's aw-shucks, nice guy persona, but a lot of it has to do the way we rationalize things that aren't easily digested.
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March 4, 2014 | By Doris Dadayan, @dorisdadayan and For RedEye
Damn, this polar vortex has me p.o.'d and fat. The forecast calls for temperatures above freezing later this week, but I've lost all hope. I just want to scream, "GO. AWAY. No one likes you!" So over you, stupid polar vortex. Your deadline was weeks ago. If you show up again, Tom Skilling's thumb will fall off from all that tweeting. For real. Thanks a lot, Canada. Does anyone know if the polar vortex is actually a booze cruise in Alaska? Dairy Queen's new ice cream flavor? Dentyne gum?
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November 22, 2012 | By Jack M Silverstein and For RedEye
As the weather tilts toward winter, the conversation soon will turn to the notion of "Bear Weather" and the supposed advantage it offers. As the story goes, if a team accustomed to warm weather or playing in a dome travels to Chicago in November or December, they will be so flustered by the cold that they will walk off the field before the game even starts. That's the idea, anyway. The latest case study will be Sunday, when the temperature is expected to top out in the 40s when the Bears host Minnesota.
NEWS
January 4, 2014 | By Jim Walsh and RedEye
With days of subzero temperatures on the way and a predicted wind chill of 40 degrees below zero on Monday, Chicago is looking more like the ice planet Hoth than merely a Windy City. All the better to stay in and watch the season premiere of "MythBusters," airing at 7 p.m. Saturday on Discovery Channel , as the gang tests the plausibility of different "Star Wars" scenarios - like whether Luke would really survive the cold wrapped in the intestines of one of the planet's beasts.
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March 4, 2014 | By Doris Dadayan, @dorisdadayan and For RedEye
Damn, this polar vortex has me p.o.'d and fat. The forecast calls for temperatures above freezing later this week, but I've lost all hope. I just want to scream, "GO. AWAY. No one likes you!" So over you, stupid polar vortex. Your deadline was weeks ago. If you show up again, Tom Skilling's thumb will fall off from all that tweeting. For real. Thanks a lot, Canada. Does anyone know if the polar vortex is actually a booze cruise in Alaska? Dairy Queen's new ice cream flavor? Dentyne gum?
NEWS
January 4, 2014 | By Jim Walsh and RedEye
With days of subzero temperatures on the way and a predicted wind chill of 40 degrees below zero on Monday, Chicago is looking more like the ice planet Hoth than merely a Windy City. All the better to stay in and watch the season premiere of "MythBusters," airing at 7 p.m. Saturday on Discovery Channel , as the gang tests the plausibility of different "Star Wars" scenarios - like whether Luke would really survive the cold wrapped in the intestines of one of the planet's beasts.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 15, 2012 | By Sara Stewart and RedEye Sound Board
***1/2 (out of four) Dream-pop duo Beach House have mastered the recipe for a Beach House song: start quiet, add keyboard, add reverb-drenched guitar, throw in some sorrowful lyrics that sound cheery at the same time, find just the right moment to explode with energy. Mix. Repeat. The group's fourth album "Bloom" feels like an extension of breakout success "Teen Dream," delivering more of the same in ways that suit an excellent predecessor rather than feebly mimic. Victoria Legrand's voice constantly enthralls; not until she chants "Help me to make it" in "Myth"...
NEWS
April 15, 2012 | By Stephen Markley, For RedEye
I was on Sheffield Avenue the other day when a very drunk man dressed like a Chicago Cub barfed on him passed by me shouting homophobic slurs at everyone in sight, and I knew baseball season had begun. Because I'm a veteran of the North Side whose sports loyalties remain in the dismal smog of central and northeast Ohio, I obviously hate the Cubs. What Cubs fans don't understand (although some might) is that it would be a disaster if the Cubs actually won the World Series. Sports are entirely about mythmaking, about camaraderie and shared illusions.
SPORTS
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.
NEWS
April 10, 2013 | Stephen Markley
After very much enjoying this year's National Championship game in which Louisville defeated Michigan, I figured out exactly why: it looked like an NBA playoff game. This goes to an argument that drives me absolutely crazy: no, college basketball is not better than professional. People who say this may enjoy college basketball more, but they typically base their reasoning on highly fallacious talking points. Allow me to debunk some myths. Myth: College basketball has better basketball This is the most demonstrably stupid thing anyone can ever say about anything ever.
SPORTS
November 22, 2012 | By Jack M Silverstein and For RedEye
As the weather tilts toward winter, the conversation soon will turn to the notion of "Bear Weather" and the supposed advantage it offers. As the story goes, if a team accustomed to warm weather or playing in a dome travels to Chicago in November or December, they will be so flustered by the cold that they will walk off the field before the game even starts. That's the idea, anyway. The latest case study will be Sunday, when the temperature is expected to top out in the 40s when the Bears host Minnesota.
SPORTS
October 30, 2011 | By Ryan Smith and For RedEye
The myth of The Winner is a powerful one in sports. Just ask Tim Tebow, who might be the worst passer in the NFL, yet somehow the most popular. After last week's "Miracle in Miami" you could have renamed Twitter "Tebwitter" after all the talk about the Broncos' improbable comeback. So how could a kid with a goofy delivery inspire people to buy Tebow billboards or start a hilarious new internet meme called Tebowing ( tebowing.com )? Part of it is Tebow's aw-shucks, nice guy persona, but a lot of it has to do the way we rationalize things that...
ENTERTAINMENT
April 9, 2012 | By Dana Moran and RedEye
We're not saying America's passion for Ryan Gosling went into hibernation for the winter, but the Canadian hunk of many muscles and many more acting skills has been bursting back onto the scene lately like those tulips on Michigan Avenue. (We only hope the frost doesn't kill them -- or him.) On the heels of all the new developments, here's a timeline of our favorite moments that turned the Gosling from man into myth. damoran@tribune.com | @redeyedana December 2010 Hey, girl ... While the Tumblr (Bleep)
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January 27, 2012 | By Lisa Arnett
2 Sparrows 553 W. Diversey Pkwy  773-234-2320 Rating: !!! (out of four) Off to a good start The story: This Lincoln Park breakfast and lunch cafe from Gregory Ellis and Steven Fladung, who grew up and worked at Charlie Trotter's together, is a boon for those who adore artisanal eats; they make as much as possible from scratch, from the pickles on the Cuban sandwich ($12) to the ketchup on the burger ($12). The name's a nod to the Greek myth about two sparrows pulling the chariot of Aphrodite, the goddess of agriculture - so appropriate since...
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