Laurence W. Holmes

Sports contributor
The mediocre team still can win a mediocre division ... or not.
Team president Kevin Warren isn’t running the franchise like the Halas/McCaskey mom-and-pop operation Chicago is used to.
Fans are understandably running out of patience, but the manager isn’t necessarily the villain of the season.
A big portion of players don’t want anyone knowing that they were working as hard in a classroom as they were on the field.
Bears GM Ryan Poles always speaks in a straightforward manner, which is a rarity in the NFL.
The Cubs making logical moves, plus struggling division rivals, means happy days might be returning to the North Side.
Admit it: Sox fans, by nature, are a miserable lot — we are filled with hope but fueled by bile.
Team’s trajectory is on the rise, and for once, the fans are along for the ride.
No one wants to admit it just yet, but the Cubs might actually be pretty good.