TELANDER: MIkita was a man who could compete ferociously at the highest level and yet remain a decent, empathetic — yes, dignified — human being.
RICK TELANDER: If Smith doesn’t show up by kickoff, he might be sticking his toe across the threshold into the hall of shame.
‘‘I don’t really know how I feel,’’ Dana Buffone said after the teleconference with Boston doctors. ‘‘They said the test was inconclusive.’’
TELANDER: For the Ricketts family, some of the aw-shucks-we’re-just-Cubs-nuts-from-Nebraska aura might be evaporating.
TELANDER: Kawano worked at the same job until he was 88, and you have to wonder when something like that will happen again.
We still have male and female competition, but we have something somewhere in between, too: the advent of transgender and gender-fluid athletes.
TELANDER: The Plan has been around in some form forever, but it is now legion, having been turned into sacred dogma by the Cubs and Astros.
Would saying the right thing so as not to tear at the fabric of our country be a difficult, delicate thing to do? Yes. Quite. But could it be done?
TELANDER: The way the Warriors are using the three-point shot, and — perhaps more important — defending it, has rewritten hoops strategy
The gravy train of open and taxed sports betting is soon to be available just about everywhere. Does this make you happy? It disgusts me.
TELANDER: It’s possible that the worst thing to happen to the Bulls in the last 10 years is also the thing that was once considered the greatest.
Roquan Smith, Yadier Molina and Corey Crawford provide three examples that can offer a new perspective on the professional life.
There never will be another Michael Jordan. There can’t be. But I’m beginning to think there never will be another LeBron James, either.
Sports always has been a priority at the Sun-Times – even as competitors cutback beat writers, columnists and travel to ‘away’ games.