April 15, 2012 |
No. 23 on a sports jersey is special in Chicago. Michael Jordan brought the Bulls a dynasty with that number. Devin Hester ran with it to the Super Bowl, although the Bears didn't win that year. Cubs legend Ryne Sandberg also wore that number, as did White Sox fielder Jermaine Dye when he was named MVP of the 2005 World Series. Now, Arne Friedrich (pronounced Ar-nuh Freed-rick) - the Chicago Fire's newly signed German defender - wants to lead the team to the playoffs with those iconic digits.
May 8, 2014 |
If you want to get more into English Premier League Soccer, well, the first thing you have to do is call it not soccer, but football. From there, this quick primer will get up to speed as the World Cup approaches. Here are 15 English football terms followed by their American sports translations. pitch = field side = team clean sheet = shutout nil = zero transfer gossip = trade rumors relegation = American sports don't have this, but imagine if the Cubs got demoted to AAA for finishing in last place supporters = fans kit = uniform friendly =...
April 15, 2014 |
Chicago soccer stars Mike Magee and Jackie Santacaterina love to compete. And now they can add this quiz - part soccer acumen and part family trivia - to their list. MIKE MAGEE, Chicago Fire forward Which country has won the most World Cups? "Brazil" (Correct answer: Brazil, with five.) What's the furthest the U.S. men's team has advanced in the World Cup? "Quarterfinals" (Correct answer: Semifinals, 1930) Name one of the two actresses who played the female leads in "Bend It Like Beckham.
October 15, 2012 |
** (out of four) For whatever reason, the American hip-hop community has never really taken to K'naan, the Somali Canadian rapper whose first two albums delivered frequently riveting descriptions of growing up in Mogadishu and moving to Toronto. Not that this turned out to be a problem -- his song "Waving Flag" was chosen by Coca-Cola as its 2010 World Cup anthem and became a massive international hit. Even Mitt Romney, who has probably never willingly listened to a rap song in his life, picked it up to use for his campaign.
November 7, 2012 |
In a national election, the buzz was in Chicago. As 31 million election-related hashtags flew through the short messaging service on election night, mentions of “Chicago” reached a monthly peak, according to a Twitter spokesperson. It's no wonder, for a full hour last night, the service saw 9,965 tweets per second being sent out among its users, as well as the most retweeted message in history: a photo of Michelle and Barack hugging with the words “four more years” sent by @BarackObama himself.
June 24, 2012 |
READ "Legends of pro wrestling" Available Tuesday Want to impress your friends with the Undertaker's career stats? Or trot out an obscure fact from a pro wrestler from the mid-1800s? This book is your chance to wow fellow enthusiasts - or anyone who might be within earshot. And if anyone argues with you, you could smack them over the head with the book. Just kidding; keep your exchanges to words, please. ATTEND Cubs vs. N.Y. Mets Monday-Wednesday, Wrigley Field It...