November 3, 2011 |
The home of the boys of summer is about to be invaded by the stuntmen of winter. Wrigley Field normally is under wraps this time of year, but it's the site for Saturday's Red Bull Fuel + Fury, a freestyle snowmobiling competition featuring eight of the world's top snowmobilers. The lineup of competitors consists of Daniel Bodin, Heath Frisby, Ted Culbertson, Fred Rasmussen, Cory Davis, Jimmy Fejas and Jeff Mullin and 2004 Fuel + Fury winner Justin Hoyer. There are plenty of Chicagoans who might not know a Ski-Doo from Scooby Doo, but it's an easy sport to follow, said Levi LaVallee, a...
June 9, 2013 |
The Blackhawks have taught me the joy of being a fair-weather fan. Like most sports fans, I used to view the fair-weather fan with derision: a scum-sucking bottom feeder who sits out the bad times and wanders in for the victory party. Yet watching the Blackhawks make their run this season, I've come to understand that being a fair-weather fan - who barely knows what's going on, who doesn't actually care about the outcome of any game - is awesome. Admittedly, I don't care for hockey.
April 14, 2013 |
From die-hard fans to national media, it seems like everyone's following the Blackhawks these days. The hype has waned since the 24-game points streak to start the season ended, but the Hawks are atop the NHL overal standings and already have clinched the Central Division title. Naturally, that success means more followers. And when a team is this good after being so bad for so long, as the Hawks were in the early 2000s, longtime fans and newcomers can be at odds. So, is there room for everyone on the bandwagon?
September 26, 2013 |
*1/2 (out of four) Boy, the only thing more thrilling than seeing who can drive laps the fastest is seeing nothing of a race other than results on screen. “British Grand Prix. Hunt wins, Lauda second.” How exhilarating! The fact is, competitions of endurance do not make thrilling sports flicks, and true stories of competition stall without an interest in the payoff of hard work. “Rush” tells a story that ... well, please let me know if this sounds fascinating: James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth)
June 30, 2013 |
2013 may have been a year of firsts for the gay athlete, but not in the Pride Parade. Wade Davis Jr. will be the fifth Grand Marshal since 1998 representing pro sports. Here's a breakdown. > Dave Kopay (1998) – The former football player was a Detroit Lion, Green Bay Packer, New Orleans Saint and Washington Redskin during his career. He came out in 1975 – one of the first pro athletes to do so – after retiring in 1972. . > Billy Bean (2003) – Bean played baseball for the Detroit Tigers, L.A. Dodgers and San Diego Padres from 1987 to 1995.
September 26, 2013 |
We've got a 3-0 football team to celebrate, fall in love with and despair over, but before that, a word of thanks to Sports Illustrated. Thank you for ruining the entire Blackhawks season by A) putting them on the cover and B) anointing them as repeat champions. Crowning them, as Dennis Green would say. Quick note to youngsters: Sports Illustrated is a "print publication" that still comes out once a week. However, since the advent of the Internet, yours truly hasn't spent a dime on that thing, opting for the freebie articles online!