August 15, 2013 |
Training camp is over, and we are poorer for it. I'm jacking that opening sentence from Hunter Thompson, a man who loved pro football and considered it as powerful and compelling a drug as anything else he took. And I think Thompson would have enjoyed training camp, too. After all, camp grants football fans live access to their favorite sport, the kind of access they can't get during the season. Me? I liked watching drills. I liked seeing Brandon Marshall work tirelessly on the first few steps of an inside route, or seeing Devin Hester square his body and set his feet as he fields punt after punt.
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.
June 6, 2013 |
After working on his comedic chops at both ImprovOlympic and Second City, Chicagoan Joe Nunez moved to L.A. in 2001 to pursue an acting career. You might know him as Manche Sanchez in “Prison Break,” the guy who hit Will Smith with his car in “The Pursuit of Happyness,” the unhappy liquor store employee in “Superbad” or as Lupe's brother who takes Buster with him to work in “Arrested Development.” But despite living in L.A. for...
April 29, 2013 |
He'll never be mistaken for a Hall of Famer on the court, but NBA journeyman Jason Collins just became one off it, generating the kind of shockwave he's never been able to create in over a decade in the NBA. "I'm black," the former Washington Wizards center-turned-current NBA free agent's watershed essay begins innocuously enough on Sports Illustrated's website, "And I'm gay. " That it took us over a century to reach the point where a professional...
March 4, 2013 |
Much has been made this year over the ongoing comparison between Michael Jordan and LeBron James. Some pundits make straight-up comparisons, while people like my friend T.R. Slyder of Lists That Actually Matter make counterarguments about why such comparisons are pointless. Specifically, T.R. argued that these comparisons are not simply foolish, but impossible - MJ and LeBron play in different eras and at different positions. So it's safe to say he definitely would NOT have approved of my buddy Ben telling me on Friday: "I've watched the Hawks all year, and you know who they...
January 29, 2013 |
Ricky Rubio. Derrick Rose. And now Rajon Rondo. What do they have in common? They all are lectrifying NBA point guards with last names that begin with "R. " All three have over the past year faced arduous rehabilitations of torn anterior cruciate ligaments. Can we regard this as a coincidence? A strange curiosity? No. Of course not. That's not what sports fans do. This is a curse. This is an unavoidable fact, like football players suffering a career-threatening injury after gracing the cover of a "Madden" NFL game or, you know, the Cubs not winning.