TELANDER: The Bears must realize how important little things are. Call it football wisdom. You just hope they get wise before they get old and hurt.
A tell-all book suggests Wirtz was mentally incapacitated toward the end of his four-decade tenure running the Hawks.
TELANDER: Trubisky so far is a hanger-on, a confused student. He’s a player at the most important position who doesn’t win games but merely survives.
This is either an early-career death notice for Trubisky or a serious call to arms.
This is no knock on young and hopeful quarterback Mitch Trubisky, but he will never be Aaron Rodgers, who someday might be the best QB ever.
The Bears are rooted in tradition and remembering the past, no matter how primitive the old days seem to outsiders.
TELANDER: Even the beloved Bears against the wondrously antagonistic, historic Packers at Lambeau Field can’t calm this feeling of quiet discord.
There is nothing quite as exciting in sports as the dreamed-about entrance of a fresh phenom who will lead long-suffering fans to the promised land.
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.