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January 10, 2013 | By Matt Lindner and For RedEye
While some people might get in the pen with a 2,000-pound enraged bull and see the physical manifestation of their worst childhood nightmares, Chase Outlaw sees something different. "It's just a dancing partner," the 20-year-old professional bull rider said. Come again? "It's just like dancing," he reiterated. "You've gotta stay with them step for step. You don't want to step on her toes and you don't want her stepping on yours, so y'all stay in tune with each other. " Outlaw rides into Rosemont this weekend as part of the Professional Bull Riders' Chicago...
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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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November 10, 2011 | By Ryan Smith and For RedEye
Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs aren't the only experts in the art of tackling in Chicago. The ladies of the North Shore Rugby Club do just fine, thank you, and they don't even need helmets or pads. The city-based rugby team recently scrummed its way to the national championship game for the Division 1 Club league against the Glendale Raptors, which will take place Sunday in Virginia Beach, Va. RedEye caught up with North Shore captain Jenny Lui, and the 29-year-old Ukrainian Village resident talked about her team's success and why women's rugby players aren't necessarily...
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April 29, 2014 | By Emily Brown, RedEye
From the Original Six Blackhawks to six Bulls championships to the 1985 Bears, sports are deeply rooted in Chicago's culture. The newest addition to the city's sports scene is the Chicago Sports Museum. The venue, on the seventh floor of Water Tower Place, and opened earlier this month in conjunction with Harry Caray's 7th Inning Stretch restaurant. I visited the 8,000-square-foot museum recently to test its interactive exhibits and rated them according to their level of cool (detailed below)
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November 3, 2011 | By Ryan Smith and For RedEye
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...
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June 9, 2013 | By Stephen Markley, @stephenmarkley and For RedEye
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.
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April 14, 2013 | By Evan F. Moore and For RedEye
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?
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September 26, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
*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)
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June 30, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, RedEye
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.
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September 26, 2013 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
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!
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April 16, 2014 | By Lisa Arnett, @redeyeeatdrink
Market's owner had thought about reimagining the West Loop sports bar in 2015 to better cater to guests of the pending Nobu and Soho House hotels. “We wanted to be a little more upscale," said managing partner Donald Whitcomb. "We wanted to get away from the sports bar mentality and the kind of frat-ish, heavy drinking crowd.” Then a pipe broke and filled the space at 1113 W. Randolph St. with two feet of standing water. "The whole place was gutted, water damage everywhere," Whitcomb said.
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April 3, 2014 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
Before we begin, I would just like to say thank you to, in no particular order, the NCAA tournament, the NFL offseason, the NBA (that's you, Bulls) and of course the Blackhawks for all they've done this winter and spring. And they've done a lot. They have essentially kept me distracted, kept me occupied and really prevented me from having to look at - oh my god, Chicago's two baseball teams. Cue that black and white horror movie scream by that one girl. Screech! In case you were wondering, because I kind of was, yes, it is that bad around here!
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March 7, 2014
http://chicago.metromix.com/venues/mmxchi-red-ivy-venue Looking for a local bar to cheer for your alma mater? This guide will help you zero in on where to stake out some space on college basketball gamedays. Bar owners and alumni groups: Don't see your bar included here? We'll be adding to this guide throughout the season. Send your affiliation and specials to RedEye nightlife and events reporter  Kate Bernot  for consideration. RedEye's college sports bar guide includes official partnerships with alumni associations in addition to bars owned by alumni...
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February 20, 2014 | By Emily Brown and RedEye
Four skaters line up next to each other. Once the gates open, it's a slippery free-for-all. The skaters race down the 45-degree start ramp, trying to find an edge. They hustle up hills and swing around banked turns. Drops and big-air jumps invade their path, yet they still jockey for position. Some wipe out, while others reach speeds of 40 mph along the 430-meter course. Welcome to Red Bull Crashed Ice, aka the Ice Cross Downhill World Championship. Athletes from all over the world, including two from the Chicago area, will gather in St. Paul, Minn., this week to compete in one leg of the sport, which...
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February 12, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko
Barbie is no Kate Upton.  Despite confusion on the Internet on Wednesday, Barbie is not the cover girl of 2014's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue. An illustration featuring the iconic doll on the cover of SI circulated Wednesday, with many mistaking the promotion, paid for by Mattel, for the actual cover of the issue.  As the New York Times reports , the promotional cover will be wrapped around 1,000 copies of the issue, but the actual cover girl remains to be seen.
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January 21, 2014 | RedEye
Reading what Joakim Noah says about Luol Deng, you want to wrap your arm around the Bulls center and tell him it's gonna be OK. On Wednesday, the Bulls will face Deng for the first time since he was traded to Cleveland earlier this month. "I love Luol," Noah said. "He's my brother. But when that ball goes up, he's not going to be my brother. " OK, so Noah won't go easy on his former teammate on the court. But his friendship with Deng has earned a spot among the top Chicago sports bromances.
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April 12, 2012 | By Bag Boy, For RedEye
I'd like to speak with you seriously for a moment about words. We all use them. And I've seen a number of them lately that have sounded some alarms. They create fear, uncertainty, anxiety and ulcers. Especially this time of year heading into the NBA and NHL playoffs. Those words are: "doubtful," "questionable," "unlikely," "undecided," "sidelined" and "inactive. " It's driving me crazy. Those words refer to our two biggest stars this time of year: Jonathan Toews and Derrick Rose.
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May 10, 2012 | By Bag Boy, For RedEye
That took long enough. I've been throwing stuff for years. Hats off to Kerry Wood who did something rash, disgusting, inexplicable and inexcusable. He had an honest expression of emotion and (gasp!) threw his cap and glove into the crowd the other night. Bravo. I hate watching the Cubs. Sad, but true. They are a constant reminder that all the money in the world can't solve deep-rooted problems in culture and philosophy. Heck, St. Louis lost Albert Pujols, Tony LaRussa and Dave Duncan and they're humming along.
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January 15, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
Those watching Comcast SportsNet in Washington last night may have seen a lot more of the Cubs' new mascot than they were expecting.  In a segment about the Cubs introducting Clark the Cub, the first team mascot in modern history, Comcast SportsNet's Washington network aired a photo of Clark with a drawn-on penis and testicles.  "I think that is a gag photo, let's move on," Comcast commentator Nicole Darin said, as the photo flashed on...
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