‘‘The thing about me,’’ Ditka says, ‘‘is that people didn’t think I had a heart. Now they found out I got one.’’
Let me throw out a few random thoughts — some good, some bad — about this rooted American pastime.
Tom Ricketts has tried to put distance between the Cubs’ front office and his father’s emails. But the money all trickled down from Joe Ricketts.
For Jiggetts, 64, the pain from old football injuries to his shoulder, back and hips began to take over his life some time ago.
TELANDER: New York Times has a piece that makes a point I made in 2011: Our brains are more important than ever as tech evolves. True then. True now.
How can we not hate somebody who has it all? Other people’s success hurts us in the way it reflects our own imperfect lives.
Classy Rivera becomes first player to be elected to Hall of Fame unanimously; steroids-linked Bonds, Clemens still on outside looking in.
Now Marv, 79, has finally been silenced by Alzheimer’s and thus leaves his boy alone to wrestle with the demons created by a brute of a parent.
Injuries happen. Critical assistant coaches leave. The ball bounces in odd ways.
TELANDER: There were basically two Bears defenses in the recent past: the one before Khalil Mack arrived in September and the one after.
TELANDER: Even though the Packers have injuries and weaknesses in their lineup and a sudden coaching change, they are not a toasted team.
If the sight caused your brain to drift back to images of William “the Refrigerator’’ Perry carrying the ball for coach Mike Ditka, well done.
It’d be demoralizing to see Trubisky become just an old-school pocket passer. But it would be even worse to see him get badly hurt running.
Here’s the craziest thing. AD Jim Phillips invited NU’s entire undergraduate student body, roughly 8,000 students, to come to the Big Ten title game.
Trubisky isn’t a dud or a bad draft pick. He’s on his way up, not down. He’s learning. He’s excelling. He’s becoming the leader Jay Cutler never was.