November 22, 2011 |
**1/2 (out of four) Before “Arthur Christmas,” the theater subjected me to TWO viewings of Justin Bieber's video for “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.” So pain already was pounding my head. But the computer-animated, 3-D “Arthur” deserves blame for increasing the throbbing. This movie does not know when to take a breath. From Aardman Animations (“Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit,” “Flushed Away”) and first-time feature director Sarah Smith, “Arthur Christmas” tells many jokes for adults but moves with the frantic excess of an...
December 4, 2011 |
As a person who thinks all organized religions have been a net "bad" for human civilization, I gotta say, I still really enjoy Christmas. You get days off work, you get to see your family, your friends, there's good food, alcoholic eggnog, presents, the lights are pretty and tend to put women in an amorous mood - don't ask me why. Therefore, I'm anti-"War on Christmas. " But I'm pro-"War on Christmas Music. " There's not really a way to sugarcoat this, but people who like Christmas music are morons.
October 25, 2012 |
We put our Twitter followers to the test before every Bears game. At stake: a chance to join our Four Score panel. Enter by 1) Having the right answer, and 2) Following and tweeting @redeyesportschi with your guess by noon Monday with the hashtag #bearschallenge. Here are this week's question and answer, along with our winners (that's right, more than one!): Question Starting in Lovie Smith's hometown, if you drove to the hometowns of Jay Cutler, Brandon Marshall, Matt Forte, Brian Urlacher and Julius Peppers and then to Soldier Field, in that order,...
July 22, 2013 |
Heroes are placed on pedestals because they are what we perceive to be the idealized version of ourselves. They come through in the clutch, play the game the right way, succeed without cutting corners. Until, as we learned once again Monday, they don't. The digital handwringing began almost the second it was announced that Milwaukee slugger Ryan Braun would be suspended for the rest of the year for being tied to a Florida clinic that distributed performance-enhancing drugs.
August 8, 2013 |
Jay Cutler is going to have the best year of his NFL career in 2013. Whether you love the Bears quarterback or love to hate him, Jay does not care. (DOOOOOOOOESN'T CAAAAAAAARE.) But what's happened around Cutler is what's important in forecasting his near future. 1. The Trestman factor When Marc Trestman arrives at a new team, offensive numbers surge. He became the Oakland Raiders' offensive coordinator in 2002 - and 37-year-old Rich Gannon threw for 4,689 yards. When he took over the CFL's Montreal Alouettes in 2008, they scored 610 points in 18 games.
August 7, 2012 |
Adulthood has ruined many of the things that brought me great joy as a child. Birthdays are now reminders I'm getting old. The Easter Bunny and Santa Claus are now creepy guys in costumes. And that's not the worst of it. The one joy adulthood completely and totally obliterates is the sick day. For adults, sick days are worse than paying your student loans, missing your bus and making last weekend's regrettable walk of shame all rolled into one. This epiphany hit me recently as I recovered from a nasty infection that kept me out of the office for six days.