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January 22, 2012 | By Brian Moore, RedEye
ATTEND Blackhawks vs. Nashville 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, CSN Let's see if the Blackhawks can exact a bit of revenge on the Predators, who just won Saturday night's matchup of the two teams - oh, and also knocked out captain Jonathan Toews.   ATTEND Bulls vs. Indiana 7 p.m. Wednesday, CSN The Bulls and Pacers are the only teams to remain undefeated at home. The Pacers would like to change that.   RIDE Critical Mass monthly ride 5:30 p.m. Friday, Daley Plaza Layer up and,...
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September 4, 2013 | By Julie DiCaro and For RedEye
Every fall, I brace myself for 1) the pumpkinization of everything remotely edible and 2) the onslaught of bro articles that "explain" football to me. Being a girl, I'm apparently not able to survive Sundays without a cornucopia of dip recipes or 500 articles dissecting football in a "Football 101" format. Never mind how many of us broads annually win our fantasy leagues or that we grew up watching the Bears with our dads and brothers. Never mind that women make up 45 percent of the NFL fan base and buy the majority of merchandise.
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December 19, 2012 | By Ben Johnson and For RedEye
Merry Sportsmas, everybody.   Joy to the world, the Lakers suck! Let Kobe jack up threes Let Pau Gasol hang his head and pout And Metta Wo-rld Peace And Metta Wo-rld Peace And Metta, and Metta, and Metta World Peace.   Joy to the World, the Jets can't win! And Tebow's on the bench While pundits on TV when speaking of Sanchez Repeat he is no good, Repeat he is no good, Repeat, repeat, he is no good.   No more let sins and sorrows grow, Nor thorns infest the ground; If they fire Andy Reid, the Eagles won't win games ...
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August 19, 2013 | By Jack M Silverstein and For RedEye
Whenever I see people booing athletes, it takes all my strength to not turn to them and yell THIS . So last week, I wrote a column stating that sports fans should stop booing their own team . To which a colleague asked: "What should the fans do when they want to voice disapproval?" Well, I'm not opposed to expressing disapproval when watching sports. But booing is NOT the way to go. Here now is my guide to why booing is dumb, and what fans should do instead. Reason for booing: "My team is losing.
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August 15, 2013 | By Jack M Silverstein and For RedEye
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.
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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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June 6, 2013 | By Jack M Silverstein, @readjack and For RedEye
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...
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April 29, 2013 | By Matt Lindner and For RedEye
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...
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March 4, 2013 | By Jack M Silverstein and For RedEye
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...
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January 29, 2013 | By Ben Johnson and For RedEye
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.
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December 20, 2012 | By Rob Cressy and For RedEye
Kate Upton naked. Jay Cutler smoking. Hopefully I have your attention now. Had I started off just talking about hockey, most of you probably would have moved on to something else. The NHL is locked out and fan interest in the labor negotiations is lower than Adam Dunn's batting average. Despite this, why is it important the NHL comes back? Because fantasy football is over. You don't have to be a sports degenerate to play fantasy football. It caters to fans who can't pronounce Rob Gronkowski's name as well as chicks who wear pink jerseys.
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December 19, 2012 | By Ben Johnson and For RedEye
Merry Sportsmas, everybody.   Joy to the world, the Lakers suck! Let Kobe jack up threes Let Pau Gasol hang his head and pout And Metta Wo-rld Peace And Metta Wo-rld Peace And Metta, and Metta, and Metta World Peace.   Joy to the World, the Jets can't win! And Tebow's on the bench While pundits on TV when speaking of Sanchez Repeat he is no good, Repeat he is no good, Repeat, repeat, he is no good.   No more let sins and sorrows grow, Nor thorns infest the ground; If they fire Andy Reid, the...
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