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.
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