Jon Greenberg

Jon Greenberg is a columnist for ESPNChicago.com. He has lived and worked in Chicago since 2003, and is a graduate of Ohio University and the University of Chicago.

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Tillman's Peanut Punch for the ages

As injured veteran cornerback Charles Tillman faces an uncertain future, his Peanut Punch always will be remembered as a key component of the Chicago Bears' defense.

Jay Cutler gets his signature win

Quarterback Jay Cutler tossed three touchdowns in a fourth-quarter rally to beat the San Francisco 49ers and just maybe salvage the Chicago Bears season.

Money time: Cutler must beat 49ers

A fat contract and fewer excuses than ever make Sunday's game a must-win for Bears' quarterback.

Bears defense has to adjust on fly

The Chicago Bears' revamped defense failed its first test, and there's no relief in sight with the 49ers up next.

Cutler's 2014: Rubber meets road

A focused offseason of honing the details of the Bears' offense looks ready to pay off for the quarterback.

Soler, Cubs promise a fun September

Hey, why wait for next year when Wrigley Field youth movement is on display right now with Jorge Soler and the Chicago Cubs?

Bears about to enter great unknown

With variables so great for the Chicago Bears entering the regular season, optimism vs. skepticism reigns. And that's exactly what makes the NFL king of sports.

Abreu vs. Rizzo: Bringing the fun back

Young slugging first basemen Jose Abreu and Anthony Rizzo have helped bring some much-needed fun back to Chicago baseball.

Deadline end of Cubs era?

Come 2015, Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer's rebuilding process should have the team back in the hunt.

Bears' defense in good hands

The Chicago Bears seek to fix their porous defense with linemen who engage opponents with their hands, slip past them and race to the ball.

Noah channels passion for Chicago

A United Center charity event showcases the Chicago Bulls star's efforts to change the city's culture of violence and help at-risk young people.

Bears look like monsters on offense

Expect big things from the Bears this season if they can focus on doing the little things well.

No Carmelo, so Bulls get versatile

Striking out on Carmelo Anthony, the Chicago Bulls are deeper and more versatile with Pau Gasol and Co.

Fortunes fall into place for Hawks

Luck and fortunes have fallen into place for the Chicago Blackhawks, as Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane are paired for the future.

Money well spent on Kane, Toews

Worth of star duo Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews to once moribund Blackhawks franchise well beyond $21 million a year.

Deal good for Cubs, Samardzija

The pitcher goes to a winner in Oakland, while Epstein & Co. score another coup.

Derrick Rose at crux of his career

Is Derrick Rose a 1A superstar or a leading man again? That all depends on Carmelo Anthony's decision.

Parker right at home with Bucks

Chicago native and No. 2 Jabari Parker pick is ready to embrace Milwaukee and his new rivalry against fellow Simeon alumnus Derrick Rose and the Bulls.

Bulls are best career move for Melo

If a title and taking control of his career are more important than a max deal, Carmelo Anthony will pick the Chicago Bulls this summer.

Dialogue is key with Blackhawks logo

When it comes to the Chicago Blackhawks' logo, there must be continued conversation about what constitutes an important part of the Blackhawks' identity and what is old-fashioned appropriation, Jon Greenberg writes.

Time for Jay Cutler to get comfortable

There is no question after all the bad hits, all the sideline pouts and all the lost seasons, Jay Cutler and the Bears have finally found the right mix. On offense, anyway, writes Jon Greenberg.

Win or lose, Sale worth the price

A single mistake on a stellar night dooms White Sox against Scherzer, Tigers.

Blackhawks run out of ways to win

After it seemed destiny was on their side throughout these playoffs, the Blackhawks ran out of ways to win in overtime of Game 7, Jon Greenberg writes.

Finding new ways to stay alive

Michal Handzus' heroics and the 'discovery' of Patrick Kane-Brandon Saad-Andrew Shaw line were among the new ways for the Blackhawks to win and extend their season.

Dismal Cubs beat invincible Tanaka

The dismal Chicago Cubs beat the previously invincible Masahiro Tanaka at Wrigley Field.

Game 1 win shows Hawks on a roll

Since escaping the St. Louis Blues in Round 1, Chicago has gradually approached Cup form.

Hard, ugly work revitalizes Hawks

Given recent success, the Blackhawks know what is needed for a deep Cup run.

A month in, Abreu worth every cent

White Sox's Cuban import is best baseball story in downtrodden Chicago in some time.

Blackhawks stepping into spotlight

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Bulls had nothing left to offer

After enduring so much, embattled team ran out of energy in first-round exit.

Kane defines Lucky Puck with winner

Patrick Kane married preparation and opportunity to score the Game 4 winner, and the Chicago Blackhawks now have the edge on the St. Louis Blues.

Bulls' woes on defense real surprise

After squandering two fourth-quarter leads late against the Wizards, the Bulls' playoff plight is looking "unreal."

Hawks' stars come through in Game 3

Jonathan Toews opened the scoring early, Corey Crawford made it stand up versus the Blues.

Resilient Bulls in familiar territory

Losing key members along the way, Bulls know they're capable of responding to Game 1 loss.

Hawks need stars to align quickly

The Blackhawks could use hot starts from Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews to survive a first-round battle against the St. Louis Blues.

Cubs' next steps? Don't ask Ricketts

Owner has a fan's optimism but is not forthcoming with details on business or baseball.

Allen ready, excited to help Bears win

After years of losing at Soldier Field as opponent, veteran DE wants to help Bears to Super Bowl

Monsters are fearsome again

Former Chicago Bears irritant Jared Allen is the latest impact addition to a defense that is regaining its bite.

Teuvo debuts to much anticipation

Thanks to the legacy-building work put in by the likes of Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, Teuvo Teravainen's Blackhawks debut was one worth getting excited about, writes Jon Greenberg.

Rose out (really), but Bulls are all-in

Resilient bunch chugs toward playoffs without star who would make them East's best.

Abandon bracket for Bulls-Pacers

With two games in next four days, Central foes could plant seeds for playoff madness.

Work never ends for Bulls' Butler

The work never ends for coach Tom Thibodeau's defensive stopper.

Savior? No, just savor these Bulls

With Noah & Co., the foundation of a championship culture has already been laid in Chicago.

Numbers game catches up to Peppers

Julius Peppers was productive for the Bears, but his salary did him in.

Cliff Alexander, Curie stunned by loss

Cliff Alexander's high school career came to an end in unexpected fashion as Curie High School was shocked in overtime by DuSable in the first round of the state tournament, Jon Greenberg writes.

Outdoor gems too fun to get old

For as much as Stadium Series games are about marketing and TV ratings, Saturday's Penguins-Blackheads meeting at Soldier Field was all about fun.

Future bright for Chicago prep stars

Chicago prep stars Cliff Alexander and Jahlil Okafor didn't disappoint in a thrilling matchup.

Gibson helps Bulls win under duress

Taj Gibson's steady presence is helping the Bulls contend in a Derrick Rose-less season.

Keep the faith in New Cubs era

A little (more) patience is required to see the many reasons to be optimistic about the Chicago Cubs' rebuild

Hoops not on Rose's mind. That's OK.

Because he is deep into rehab, basketball is not on Derrick Rose's mind. So Chicago Bulls fans are free to delve into other intriguing aspects of the team.

Bulls, D.J. Augustin a perfect match

Former lottery pick D.J. Augustin has rejuvenated his career with a Chicago Bulls team desperate for a playmaker.

Finding a new field of dreams

Former Cub Adrian Cardenas made a 'complex' decision to quit and pursue a career as a storyteller

Noah richly deserves All-Star party

Second straight appearance a just reward for force behind IndestructiBulls.

Robin Ventura, White Sox good fit

Robin Ventura's deal shows he's in it for the long haul and the White Sox are happy to have him.

At least Cubs' future looks bright

If you can look past the Chicago Cubs ownership's current malaise, shiny young prospects await.

No tank talk from Bulls

Joakim Noah won't abide any tank talk for Chicago Bulls

Will Bears regret keeping Tucker?

Mel Tucker coached the Bears' worst defense ever, but was he solely to blame?

An error of Hall-of-Fame proportions

Letting Greg Maddux leave for Atlanta was a Hall of Fame blunder by the Cubs.

Unknown next, but no starting over

With the Luol Deng era over, the Chicago Bulls are entering the unknown. And the future depends on the front office to rebuild around its core players.

Deng a 'personal' loss for Bulls

The toughest Bull since Michael Jordan, Luol Deng will be missed, especially by his coach

Cutler, Bears are a good match

The debate will rage on, but the Chicago Bears removed a major unknown by locking up Jay Cutler.

Intriguing, ultimately disappointing

The Bears made strides on offense, but not enough to reach the playoffs in a disappointing ending.

Errors show Bears' D needs change

In the Marc Trestman era, defense is no longer the Bears' foundation.

Cutler has to answer call vs. Packers

Jay Cutler will get paid, but the Chicago Bears' quarterback can't buy what he desperately needs in his career.

Shades of the old gang

Veteran holdovers from the Lovie Smith era try to help rescue the Chicago Bears defense in their last stand.

Chicago Bulls giving all, getting little

The Bulls lost to Orlando 83-82. But heres the silver lining: At least they broke 80.

Tuning out the noise

Jay Cutler quiets calls for Josh McCown by leading Bears to win over Browns after ugly start.

Bears should ride the hot hand

The Chicago Bears are almost out of time in their quest for the playoffs, and they need to ride the hot hand -- Josh McCown -- at quarterback.

This one could linger

The Bears wasted a chance to bolster their playoffs hopes with undisciplined play in a loss to the Rams.

Rose needs reversal of misfortune

Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose's recovery from a second knee injury should be about his happiness, not ours.

McCown embraces role with Bears

A few years ago Josh McCown was helping his friend coach high school football. Now, he's about to make his third start with the Bears.

Cliff Alexander breaks Illini hearts

Cliff Alexander broke Illini hearts, but it was still a great day for Chicago hoops.

Straight to the finish

The attacking Derrick Rose is there but his game won't be back until he can finish at the rim like he used to.

Rick Renteria optimistic about job

New Cubs skipper Rick Renteria exudes a clear sense of optimism when it comes to the team's future, writes Jon Greenberg.

Advice to Renteria: Rent, don't buy

According to sources, Rick Renteria will be hired as the next manager of the Chicago Cubs. According to Jon Greenberg, the job won't last long.

Hit or miss, for Rose loves challenge

During Derrick Rose's homecoming on Thursday night, the Bulls were rewarded and the home fans satiated after missing the star guard's clutch shooting for a year and a half.

Minutes to win it

Tom Thibodeau keeps Bulls' focus at all times on winning a championship.

Two too much to handle?

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Searching for answers

The Chicago Bears face serious questions in the wake of Jay Cutler's groin injury.

Right time, right place?

At his 100th NFL start, Jay Cutler finally seems ready to fulfill the potential he showed from the beginning.

Derrick Rose efficient in UC return

As Derrick Rose continues to build his mental muscle memory after 18 months away, he realizes the rest of the league is coming for him.

Rose ready to rise again

Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose said his "knee is good" and while he may need rest on back-to-back games and distant plane rides, he is not worried about playing.

A convenient scapegoat

The reasons behind the Cubs' championship drought have nothing to do with Steve Bartman or any curse.

Faith not enough for Bears defense

With injuries mounting and a pass rush stuck in neutral, there's plenty of concern for the Chicago Bears defense.

Bears' background noise

Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery is becoming harder to miss after his record performance.on Sunday.

Growing pains

The Bears' new offensive system is flashing potential, but frustration persists.

Fitzgerald IS Northwestern football

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Back to basics for Bears defense

With the offense still finding its way, the Bears defense could use a familiar shutdown game against New Orleans.

Fixing Cubs requires proper tools

As the Cubs look to upgrade from Dale Sveum, they also need to upgrade their lineup.

Cutler doesn't look far to find culprit

Jay Cutler pointed to his four turnovers as the reason the Bears are no longer undefeated.

Will patience pay off?

Derrick Rose's long-awaited return to the Bulls is near -- and everyone's ready.

Change suits Cutler well

We've been fooled before, but it looks like there's reason to believe in the 'new' Jay Cutler.

Don't count out Steelers vs. Bears

The Bears' struggling pass rush and third-down defense must improve against Ben Roethlisberger.

Matt Forte feeling fine again

Matt Forte's mind is at ease and he's finding the Bears offense to be a great fit again.

'Mr. Fourth Quarter'

Jay Cutler is establishing a reputation for late heroics after his second straight comeback win.

Bears D focused on fundamentals

After a slow start against the Bengals, the Bears defense is focused on a return to fundamentals as it prepares for the Vikings' Adrian Peterson.

Bears embrace Trestman's words

Marc Trestman's philosophy of humility is something the Bears are embracing.

A road map back to the playoffs

Using the power of positive thinking, here's how the Chicago Bears get to 10-6 this season.

Ryno 'living the dream'

He won't say it, but returning to Wrigley Field as a manager is vindication for Ryne Sandberg.

Optimism rules for Bears

There are still many questions, but the Chicago Bears seem to have some good answers ready.

A 'fresh' approach for Hester

No longer a receiver, the career of Devin Hester, the game's most electrifying return man, has come full circle

Facing up to their future

Young Cubs stars Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo are struggling along with the team this season.

Who is the real Jay Cutler?

With a more efficient offense, a gifted playcaller and better blocking, we're going to find out who the real Jay Cutler is.

Finding their way

Bears linebackers ready to carry on tradition in post-Urlacher era.

No looking back for Bulls

History, as Mike Ditka said, is for losers, so let's look ahead at what might be in store for the Chicago Bulls this season.

A-Rod circus flops

Alex Rodriguez brushed aside questions, boos with skill of a guy who's been here before

White Sox 'restoration' begins now

The trade deadline wasn't a firesale, but the Chicago White Sox added some much-needed young talent -- and direction.

Not easily defined

Alfonso Soriano's critics knew his salary and stats, but they missed his consummate professionalism.

Bears poised to surprise

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Prospect of a brighter future

As the Cubs build for the future, trading Matt Garza was a no-brainer.

They need a drink

The Cubs' losing ways have taken a toll on beer vendors at Wrigley Field.

Wrigley is still the star

A massive video board won't change the experience of Wrigley Field.

Heading the wrong way

Starlin Castro is struggling through his fourth season with the Cubs.

Beyond the brand

Chicago Blackhawks' core players deserve all the credit for Stanley Cup title.

Hawks' attack fades in Game 2

After firing off 19 shots in the first period, the Chicago Blackhawks' offense misfired the rest of the way.

Hawks, Bulls triple their pleasure

Hawks and Bulls share a kindred spirit with their triple-OT playoff wins.

Forward thinking

Blackhawks focused on future success, not 2010 glory.

Lonely job

White Sox hitting coach Jeff Manto can't find answers to team's anemic offense.

The right man at the right time

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville is proving he's the right man to lead the team.

Maybe the joke is now the White Sox

The value of the Crosstown Cup? Showing which Chicago team has sunk the furthest.

Blackhawks more than just talented

Erasing a 3-1 series deficit against the Detroit Red Wings shows the Chicago Blackhawks have grit to go with skill.

A swinging success

The Cubs offense put it together in the Crosstown Classic opener while the White Sox's continued to fail.

More won't than will for city ballclubs

The Cubs and White Sox aren't exactly thriving heading into Chicago's Crosstown series.

Time to prove it again in playoffs

The Blackhawks know you can throw out the seedings against the Red Wings.

DePaul clear winner with arena deal

A shiny new facility won't ensure basketball prominence for DePaul, but it does provide hope.

It's official: 'Return' was a hoax

Derrick Rose didn't come back this season, and how he handles the fallout will be key.

Bulls' heart goes only so far

While the Heat are playing for another championship, the Bulls are left to play for pride.

Deng's toughness is unquestioned

No one can question Luol Deng's toughness now.

Nate a season saver for Bulls

Like the player himself, Nate Robinson's Bulls career likely will be short but certainly memorable.

Hawks take the panic out of pressure

The Chicago Blackhawks parlayed the experience of a regular season filled with tight games and overtimes into an OT victory in Game 1 against the Minnesota Wild.

The little engine that could

Nate Robinson rallied the Chicago Bulls in a Game 4 triple overtime win over the Nets.

No longer an invulnerable superstar

Some of the luster might have come off Derrick Rose but it's nothing a first dribble can't fix.

Contrasting emotions

The wait for Derrick Rose to return is almost over for the Chicago Bulls and their fans, at least for this season.

Talking a good game

Tom Ricketts' rhetoric about Wrigley Field needs to be replaced by action.

How long 'til Cubs write new script?

The Cubs begin the same story every Opening Day, one of failure and hope.

Pulling wins out of thin air

The Bulls continue to do more with less, gutting out a win over the Magic Friday.

Weathering the low expectations

The Cubs and White Sox are likely to provide another enjoyable non-championship effort this season.

Withstanding the Heat

In a lost season, the Bulls reminded just how tough they can be in snapping Miami's streak.

Sad but realistic end for Bears icon

Brian Urlacher deserved a better exit from the Bears, but there isn't much time for nostalgia in the NFL.

Suburbs not option for Cubs move

Leave Wrigleyville? That's a great plan if you want to lose ... everyone.

Officially, Bulls have bigger issues

The Bulls must shoulder the blame for their loss to the Nuggets despite questionable officiating.

Senior gives Illini a fighting chance

Brandon Paul the Illini a senior shooter to count on in the NCAA Tournament

Bill Carmody's time has come

Bill Carmody's time has come at Northwestern after 13 seasons and little success.

Bears' free-agent frenzy

The Bears improved their offense with additions of Martellus Bennett and Jermon Bushrod.

'It's just fun right now'

Halfway through season, the streaking Hawks are taking Chicago along for ride.

Tough times require tough leader

Joakim Noah shows his exhausted Bulls teammates how to keep battling.

Where will it end?

The Blackhawks are off to the start of something good.

Eye of the storm

Rose focuses on his rehab amid a whirlwind of speculation.

His time has come

Just as he did at Ohio, John Groce has Illinois playing well at the right time.

Holding Out For A Hero

Inconsistent Chicago Bulls definitely need Derrick Rose back in lineup.

All-Star honor means world to Bulls

Deng, Noah proud to represent Africa for Bulls at All-Star Game.

Pucker up: Hockey is back in Chicago

With the Hawks off to a 3-0 start, you hardly knew they were gone.

Ready for takeoff?

The Bulls should feel pretty good not to be the Lakers.

The fix is in?

The Cubs owners' sob story is suspect, but there's no denying Wrigley Field needs help.

New Cub ready to dream big

Edwin Jackson is the latest Chicago Cub to dream big at the team's annual convention.

Class is in session

Marc Trestman is ready to teach Offense 101 to Jay Cutler and the Bears.

Trestman right guy for Bears job

All three finalists can make Cutler better, but Trestman is the real deal.

The No. 1 question

Derrick Rose's return date is a constant question for the Bulls.

Change best for Lovie and Bears

Change is the best thing for the Bears -- and Lovie Smith.

Lovie's time has run out with Bears

Lovie Smith's time has run out with the Bears.

Jabari Parker's decision all his own

Jabari Parker's chosing Duke was a decision that was all his own.

Brandon Marshall has it right

Marshall is right that jobs should be lost over the Bears' shoddy offense.

Matchups just not there in Chicago

Tom Thibodeau is good, but he can't make up for his team's missing stars.

This all looks familiar to Bears

Will another Bears' December collapse cost Lovie Smith his job?

Up for debate

Parker and Okafor have sparked a debate over who is Chicago's best prep player.

Too soon to say goodbye

Brian Urlacher's Chicago Bears career shouldn't end this way.

Reason to worry

The Bears' slide creates reason to worry about playoff viability.

Sosa belongs in Hall of Fame

Denying Sosa a spot in the Hall won't make the steroid era go away.

Should have seen this coming

The Bulls shouldn't be surprised by their struggles -- especially from their bench.

The price you pay

Bears get a win despite losing five starters to injury.

New name, same identity

Jason Campbell and a stellar defense give the Bears a solid chance against the 49ers.

Safe to say Bears should sit Cutler

Cutler should sit on Monday as the NFL gets serious about concussions.

Flaws in the blueprint

Bulls mix and match but don't have enough pieces.

Don't rain on their parade

The Bears' soggy loss to the Texans wasn't disastrous.

Setting the standard

The Bears' D is playing at an elite level while the offense tries to catch up.

Bears find beauty in the big picture

The Bears didn't need to apologize for escaping with an ugly win over Carolina.

Tough enough

Jay Cutler again showed his toughness in the Bears' win over the Lions.

Prime time to prove themselves

The Bears' game vs. the Lions is finally a game worth getting excited about.

Winning doesn't add up for Sox

White Sox drew fewer than 2 million fans in 2012 despite surprising success.

Bears' dynamic duo

Cutler and Marshall have talent to be best, now they have to prove it.

Bulls' new bench a little wooden

The new-look Bulls bench was shaky in the preseason opener.

Truths starting to add up for Bears

The truths are starting to add up for the Bears.

One hundred percent awful

One 100-loss season enough for Theo Epstein's rebuilding Cubs.

Second place looks about right

The end is near for the fading White Sox, and they look as if they know it.

Chance to star on bigger court

Bulls star Derrick Rose has chance to help fight violence in Chicago.

Momentum swings with Dunn's bat

Adam Dunn's biggest career homer ends the White Sox's losing streak.

Good old dependable 'D'

The Bears' defense carried the day in a win against the Rams.

It's tough to believe in Jay Cutler

As much as we want to, we still can't count on the inconsistent Jay Cutler.

Bad blast from the past

The Bears reverted to some familiar problems in their loss to the Packers.

Carefree, confident -- and dangerous

Swagger is sincere now for Jay Cutler, even against the Packers.

White Sox hope for September buzz

The White Sox took right step in reversing recent September struggles.

Marshall right on target

Marshall will help Cutler become the QB Bears fans have been longing for.

Go ahead, believe in these Bears

It's OK to go all in for the loaded Bears this season.

Allen, Booker run for their livelihoods

Armando Allen and Lorenzo Booker had much at stake on Thursday.

Bears' blockers remain a concern

The Bears say their O-line is making strides, but are they big enough?

The real deal?

The Bears are out to prove they're as good as they look so far.

The company line

The Chicago Bears' defensive line is looking like one of their strongest suits.

Telling it like it is

Bears OC Mike Tice makes sure his players know where they stand.

Call it a good night for Manning

Peyton Manning's return showed progress and ended with him in one piece.

The man who wasn't there

While the Bears play down Urlacher's absence, you can't ignore it.

And the rest is history …

Chris Sale, the White Sox's youngest gun, is the most crucial piece of their rotation.

Here's looking at you, 2015

The Cubs confirm what most suspected: They are a ways away from competing.

Bulls put title hopes on hiatus

It's no secret the Bulls' roster won't have a championship look this season.

Ozzie returns like he never left

Even at Wrigley Field, Ozzie Guillen looked at home on Tuesday night.

Element of surprise gone for Sox

The White Sox can no longer fly under the radar after their first-place first half.

'Compelling' Cubs? Wait and see

Here are four Cubs storylines that will shape the rest of the season.

Start of something good?

The Cubs gave their fans a glimpse of hope with Anthony Rizzo's solid debut.

Edge to White Sox

Kevin Youkilis gives White Sox upgrade at third and inspirational edge.

Change is in the air

Cubs' offense could get permanent boost soon from Anthony Rizzo.

Clubs meet going different directions

Cubs, White Sox ready to collide on opposite paths to Crosstown Classic.

Theo's patient plan will go only so far

Theo Epstein's patient approach to building the Cubs will only go so far.

Harmony in the air at Bears' camp

Cutler and Marshall are primed to elevate the Bears' passing game.

Diversity important to Sox GM

As the number of African-Americans in MLB dwindles, Kenny Williams weighs his responsibilities.

Sox's message loud and clear

Hawk Harrelson's noise isn't the biggest bang coming from the South Side.

Reading the crosstown compass

The Cubs look lost but the Sox may be starting to find their way.

Memories are striking

Kerry Wood started his Cubs career with a bang and finished the same way.

Cubs, White Sox in a losing battle

Unfortunately for the Cubs and the Sox, the Crosstown Cup is their biggest prize.

Chicago baseball's sales pitch

Cubs, White Sox face different challenges selling tickets for sub-.500 teams.

The Bulls' next best hope

Luol Deng gives the Bulls the offensive boost they needed to avoid elimination.

No quick fixes in sight

Injuries mean it's time for the Chicago Bulls to start planning for the future.

Don't point finger at Thibodeau

Bad luck is to blame -- not Tom Thibodeau -- for Derrick Rose's injury.

Hawks never solved their problems

The Blackhawks were simply lacking too much in the end.

Wins don't concern Cubs in 2012

The Cubs look like a team to be reckoned with -- in 2014.

The ugly truth

Torres' hit on Hossa is the latest example of a growing violent culture in the NHL.

Sox taking the bad with the good

Some wins could help take the pressure off Gordon Beckham and Adam Dunn.

Recruits will buy into Groce's plan

New Illinois coach John Groce has the tools to be a recruiting success.

New and unproved

The Cubs have changed their culture -- not their roster.

No substitute for No. 1

Rip Hamilton finally played, but Derrick Rose is the man the Bulls really need.

Illinois gets lucky with Groce

Illinois got lucky with its hiring of Ohio coach John Groce.

NU supports the status quo

By keeping Bill Carmody, Northwestern's future is uncertain.

Cooper lacks height -- not might

D.J. Cooper gives Chicago fans a rooting interest in the NCAA tournament.

Improving the bottom line

The Bears are taking a risk with Brandon Marshall, but winning would erase any concerns.

A win worth savoring

The sum of the Bulls' parts (minus Rose) proved greater than Miami's stars.

Illinois should make Smart choice

The Illini must own Chicago, and Shaka Smart is just the guy to help them do it.

No Magic act

The Chicago Bulls are separated from the Orlando Magic by more than just winning percentage.

Counting on Rip is too risky

The Bulls shouldn't count on Rip Hamilton staying healthy for a playoff run.

Rip's back, but Bulls still rise with Rose

Tuesday's win wasn't pretty, but the Bulls are again healthy and fully staffed.

Wins no more than warm-up act for Bulls

In the second year of a Bulls renaissance, big wins will only happen in playoffs.

No substitute for No. 1

Derrick Rose's return from back spasms showed how important he is to the Bulls.

Deng thriving as a leading man

Luol Deng is growing comfortable in a leading role.

Thibodeau helps Bulls tune out noise

Tom Thibodeau never stops pushing the Bulls -- and that's fine by them.

Chicago just can't quit Ozzie

Ozzie Guillen is gone but he will never be forgotten.

The next step

New Bears GM Phil Emery must prove he's more than just a great scout.

White Sox embracing their new reality

Unlike Detroit, the Sox's big addition didn't come with a nine-figure price tag.

Bears need to see the Licht

If the Bears are serious about change, Jason Licht is their man.

Bulls can stand the Heat

The Bulls have bigger issues than Miami, but they're nothing a win couldn't help.

Gimme More

The Pacers showed the Bulls that winning the Central won't be a gimme.

Bulls' defense a team effort

Passionate Tom Thibodeau has gotten the Bulls to buy into his defensive schemes.

Praying (and paying) for a miracle

Cubs fans will put their faith -- and money -- behind Theo Epstein.

Hope always strong at Cubs Convention

Optimism runs wild at Cubs Convention, even if it's unwarranted.

Conventional wisdom

Even in the new era, Cubs Convention could have its awkward moments.

Bulls' bigs continue to disappoint

The Bulls won Wednesday -- no thanks to Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah.

Nice knowing you, Carlos

Zambrano's declining performance and erratic attitude made him expendable.

Relentless Rose getting drive back

With the game there for the taking, Derrick Rose went to work.

Bears in 'solution business' by firing GM

The Bears should look at the top of the standings to find their own Theo.

Yes, Jay Cutler is that good

What did we learn over Bears' final six games? Jay Cutler really is a star.

He Rose to superstar status

Without a title, Bulls guard Derrick Rose remains unsatisfied.

Great (unrealized) expectations

Jay Cutler's bookend injuries summed up the year in Chicago sports.

More money, no problem for Rose

Derrick Rose won't let riches impact his hunger to win.

Bulls' missing piece fits well

Richard Hamilton stood out by fitting in during his Bulls debut.

Already fired up for the Heat

The obvious goal for the Chicago Bulls? Beat the Miami Heat.

This is Bears football

This Bears roster has committed a personal foul against good football.

Bears get Tebowed

Tebow's legend grew thanks to Barber's miscues and Bears' incompetence.

Simeon follows Parker's lead to top

Parker and Simeon are bent on state domination in their quest for a three-peat.

Bulls have big goals for short season

Finally, the Chicago Bulls get back to pursing a championship.

Doubters fueling Tebow's success

Tim Tebow's faith in his ability is leading to plenty of wins.

Bears' Forte has plenty at stake

Matt Forte could cement his Chicago legacy with a triumphant return.

Memory burn

Hanie's performance Sunday evoked images of legendary Bears QB busts.

Hanie learns reckless won't cut it

The Bears threw Hanie into the fire. How he responds in Game 2 will be telling.

The future is at Hanie's fingertips

With everything to prove, Caleb Hanie is embracing his opportunity.

Strip saves Tillman's long day

After the Chargers exploit Charles Tillman, he bounces back.

Old-style manager perfect fit for Cubs

Dale Sveum's no-nonsense approach is exactly what the Cubs need.

Cubs go for more than a name

If Epstein and Boston wanted him that badly, Sveum has to be good choice.

Bad Boys no match for Bad Men

The Chicago Bears were the rougher, tougher team in Sunday's win.

Francona not a fit for Cubs' opening

With many familiar faces around him, Epstein should find a fresh one to lead the Cubs.

Meet the next Cubs manager

Maddux's blend of new and old-school ways seems a perfect fit for the Cubs.

Vick, Cutler storylines run deep

Jay Cutler and Mike Vick have more than pride to play for.

The stove is red hot at Wrigley

Don't expect the Cubs to replace Mike Quade with a household name.

No shortcuts on Cubs' road to success

The Cubs' management trio will stick with its proven methods.

Another front-office folly

Bears management did little to endear itself to its players by cutting Chris Harris.

Building on a dream

Theo Epstein is in Chicago and ready to start rebuilding the Cubs.

Extreme makeover

Theo Epstein inherits the pressure of ending the Cubs' century-long futility.

Bears going the distance on adversity

The Bears are going the distance in setting up adversity for themselves.

A timely wake-up call

Lovie Smith's motivational ploys seemed to rev up the Bears' defense.

Personal foul

NBA lockout robbing fans of Chicago Bulls, Derrick Rose a reason to smile.

Daniel Carcillo a strong addition

Daniel Carcillo's muscle should make the Chicago Blackhawks stronger.

Beyond the headlines

Jeff Pearlman's important book on Walter Payton is more than salacious anecdotes.

The art of the deal

With Cubs season-ticket invoices slated to go out Friday, Theo Epstein's hire would be perfect timing.

Blaming Angelo won't help Bears now

Blaming Jerry Angelo won't help the Bears right now.

Kenny Williams' latest gamble a doozy

A high school coach lost his top unpaid assistant -- to the White Sox.

Devin Hester the real deal

Bears return man Devin Hester proving himself to be genuine genius.

As usual, D the key for Bears

As per usual, the Bears' success on Sunday hinges on their defense.

Touting trophy's only all-Chicago winner

Touting trophy's only all-Chicago winner

White Sox's next step better be up

Now that Ozzie is gone, the pressure is on for GM Kenny Williams.

Where to begin?

The Bears' offense took a step back in loss to Packers.

Cubs fans have to appreciate end

Cubs fans have to appreciate the end to a bungled season at Wrigley.

Don't let Jay Cutler off hook

Jay Cutler is not without blame for the Bears' pressure-packed loss.

Bears get dose of reality

The Saints handed the Bears a reality check in their 30-13 victory.

Heisman: First is last in Chicago

Heisman: First is last in Chicago

The (heavy) heart of Bears' defense

Brian Urlacher's emotional return could give the Bears' defense a lift Sunday.

Sundays are paydays for Matt Forte

Sundays have become paydays for the Bears' Matt Forte.

Bears' big three find common ground

The Bears' big three has something to prove this season.

Cubs owner takes swing at shaping club

Greenberg: Tom Ricketts is putting his stamp on the Cubs, but should he?

Hardly Taylor-made

If his Bears career ended Thursday, Chester Taylor went out with a thud.

White Sox looking better already

Adam Dunn dragged down Sox for too long and will rightly sit down the stretch.

Cubs' GM choice will be telling

Greenberg: Cubs need to make a wise decision about what they need in a GM.

Bears counting on Doogie Howser, DT

Former Houston flameout Amobi Okoye is optimistic about a fresh start in Chicago.

Hester can outrun Miami allegations

The scandals Rose and Hester left behind are of little concern in Chicago.

Bottom line: Great to see Bears football

For the Chicago Bears, preseason win is a good first step.

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In Rod we trust

The Bears' defensive line guru has an abundance of talent to mold.

Cutler looking, talking the part

Maybe the burden of being Jay Cutler can be lifted this season.

Mediocrity a rough road for the Sox

The White Sox aren't very good or very bad; they're spectacularly average.

Olsen's trade a bizarre 'business' deal

The timing and circumstances surrounding Olsen's trade seem flawed.

A C.H.I.C.A.G.O. primer

Lift the fog of the NFL lockout talk with a C.H.I.C.A.G.O. primer.

Empty feeling

Cubs need to find ways to prevent further apathy from local fan base.

Quade appears blinded by the light

It was unwise of Mike Quade to call out Starlin Castro and Darwin Barney.

Here's the deal ...

The time is right for the Cubs and Aramis Ramirez to part ways.

Sammy Sosa is Chicago's power king

Sosa did a lot for the Cubs in his tenure, more than any asterisk could erase.

At midpoint, Sox's glass half-empty

White Sox continue to find ways to fail to live up to their potential.

Nostalgia now Canseco's biggest draw

Nostalgia makes Jose Canseco a draw in the North American League.

Future success starts now

While Cubs can bask in Castro's All-Star selection, Sox fighting for this year.

At Wrigley, it's Wally's world

Cubs CMO Wally Hayward is finding reasons for optimism on the North Side.

You want the truth?

In advance of this weekend's series, we share some Chicago baseball truths.

Bulls, Butler a perfect fit

Jimmy Butler has the tangibles -- and intangibles -- the Bulls were looking for.

Crosstown Cup isn't the real prize

Success in the Crosstown Classic could give the Cubs or Sox a much-needed lift.

Finally, a winning day at Wrigley Field

Cubs' win over Yankees a reminder of how success feels at Wrigley.

Cubs' plummet likely will end in fall guy

Chicago Cubs' free fall is likely to cost GM Jim Hendry his job.

A not-always happy medium

Oney Guillen keeps shoving Chicago White Sox into new age of social media.

Phil Humber finally breaking through

Phil Humber is the latest unexpected success story for the White Sox.

The wreck at Wrigley is tough to watch

The Cubs ended May miserably, and more of that looks to be in store.

'Going to get better'

This will be a season Derrick Rose will never forget.

Bulls not ready to turn up Heat

Like the shot of their MVP, the Bulls came up short again late vs. the Heat.

Heat a thorn in Derrick Rose's side

Derrick Rose hasn't been his MVP self late in games against the Heat.

Noah's game full of apologies

Joakim Noah's game is full of apologies against the Heat.

Heat prove Game 1 an aberration

Game 2 proved that the East title is going to be hard-earned.

Bulls or LeBron? Easy for Cleveland

Cleveland is waiting for a winner but a LeBron loss to the Bulls is good enough.

'It really wasn't me'

Derrick Rose didn't have a huge game, but he still led the Bulls to victory.

Rose's roots spread hope in Englewood

Derrick Rose is making an impact in his embattled neighborhood of Englewood.

Surprising finish not that surprising

The unit that closed out Game 5 for the Chicago Bulls is one of its more effective.

Urgency escapes Bulls in Game 4

Rose took the blame but team defense is at fault for the Bulls' Game 4 loss.

Joakim Noah a unique player, person

Joakim Noah has had a stellar postseason in Derrick Rose's shadow.

Rose gets his groove back

With the MVP behind him, Rose got back to basketball, and tore up the Hawks.

Not laying off the boos

The Bulls' Carlos Boozer is finding support from teammates, if not fans.

Atlanta gains an edge

Joe Johnson exploited a Bulls team that prides itself in its defense.

It's pronounced 'Coach of the Year'

Tom Thibodeau's masterful job earned him the Coach of the Year award.

Norm Van Lier's memory lives on

Wife of the late Norm Van Lier organized a charity game to help fight violence in Chicago.

Taking some solace in the silver lining

With a win over the Hawks, the Canucks avoided becoming hockey's lovable losers

Rose's wizardry reaches its limit

The Bulls were bound to run out of magic, and it happened Saturday.

The $76 million question

The Bulls signed Carlos Boozer to help take them to the next level, but will he?

Even on an off night, Rose awes

Derrick Rose's end-of-game antics baffled the Pacers once again Thursday night.

On the brink, Hawks deliver best

The threat of elimination brought out the best in the Blackhawks.

Derrick Rose deals the final blow

Derrick Rose delivered on his promise to get physical against the Pacers.

Lofty win total has Bulls wanting more

Tom Thibodeau isn't content with a "pretty good regular season."

Rose drives home his MVP candidacy

The Bulls' easy win over Boston solidified Derrick Rose's case for MVP.

Still plenty of work left for Bulls

The Celtics will provide the Bulls with a playoff tuneup.

Post play a key to Bulls' postseason

The cohesion of Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah still is a work in progress.

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No question about his intentions

Alfonso Soriano has yet to live up to expectations, but he'll never quit trying.

Edwin Jackson fine as secret weapon

Edwin Jackson happy to quietly pitch well in the shadow of his Sox teammates.

Silva shouldn't feel slighted

This spring, it was clear Carlos Silva's salary was a sunk cost for the Cubs.

Sox, Cubs count on young infielders

Darwin Barney and Brent Morel will play key roles for their Chicago teams.

Derrick Rose not letting up

His numbers may be down slightly, but Derrick Rose is not looking to rest.

Georgetown's exit hardly a Shaka

VCU's underdog days likely are over, and that's just fine with its wunderkind coach.

McMillen in his element leading Rush

Rush coach Bob McMillen is the embodiment of arena football.

Every player, every game counts

Bulls pulling together to win each game and hopefully a No. 1 seed.

Asik anchors Bulls' second unit

Omer Asik has been an unexpectedly effective contributor off the Bulls' bench.

Defense could take Bulls far

The Bulls' defense is already performing at a playoff-ready level.

Calling the shots

Stacey King has almost become the narrator of the Bulls' feel-good season.

Bears see a lot they like in Lovie Smith

Extending Lovie Smith's contract was an easy decision for the Bears.

No time to rest in dream job

Coaching the Bulls is Tom Thibodeau's No. 1 priority, making both a success.

Family keeps Jabari Parker grounded

Simeon's Jabari Parker is following the Derrick Rose model to avoid distractions.

Piecing together a special season

The Bulls just keep doing what they must to get a victory.

Scheyer waits for another shot

Jon Scheyer has a new perspective after overcoming a serious injury.

Bears hibernate, but not Chicago fans

Plenty to keep Chicago sports fans busy until the Bears hit training camp.

A matter of heart

By playing through the pain Friday, Derrick Rose showed why he's one of the NBA's most valuable players.

When questioning Bears, start with QB

The Bears' NFC Championship Game loss left plenty of questions at quarterback.

White Sox, Ozzie Guillen a perfect match

The White Sox wouldn't be same without Ozzie Guillen as manager.

Chicago ready for another party

Chicago is ready for another championship party throughout the city.

Who is Jay Cutler?

Figures from Cutler's past are surprised that he's finally playing winning football.

These are Rose's Bulls

Derrick Rose is proving capable of carrying his young team to new heights.

Things best left unsaid

When it comes to the Packers, the Bears' defense will let its play do the talking.

Cubs fans need some Rays of hope

Cubs fans may be pleasantly surprised by the additions to their team.

You've gotta trust the defense

Don't bet against Lovie Smith's defense on Sunday.

For Bears, opportunity knocks again

There's no reason the Bears should lose to the Seahawks on Sunday.

Cubs deal prospects to improve theirs

Trading for Matt Garza was the Cubs' best move for quick improvement.

Boozer at the end of the game, Thibs

Tom Thibodeau sent a message about defense by benching Carlos Boozer.

Bears' uneven offense concerning

The Bears' offense played to win Sunday, just not very well.

Hawks awe, Cubs toil in 2010

From the Stanley Cup to the BP Cup, here's the year in Chicago sports.

It's time to shed the cynicism

The Bears are proving they have what it takes to make a playoff run.

Against Jets, Bears' offense takes off

Against an elite defense, the Bears looked formidable in Sunday's win.

Derrick Rose heated but Bulls go cold

Derrick Rose struggled as the Knicks tamed the Bulls to spoil Chicago's Xmas.

Devin Hester more than a special talent

Hester's supreme skills are enhanced by a sincere and candid personality.

Bears proving you can believe

The Bears are proving you can believe after winning an NFC North title.

Cubs, Kerry Wood needed each other

Kerry Wood's return just what the Cubs needed in the midst of a rough offseason.

Webb is another stroke of luck for Bears

Facing Vikings rookie QB Joe Webb would be another stroke of luck for the Bears.

A blizzard of incompetence

The Bears couldn't weather a storm or the Patriots on Sunday.

Comics for a cause

Lance Briggs channels his superhero persona to help Chicago children.

Despite reluctance, Rose is superstar

Derrick Rose keeps saying he's not a superstar. His play indicates otherwise.

Captain rejoins a righted ship

Loyalty prevailed on both sides in Paul Konerko returning to the Sox.

Lovie Smith sets tone for success

Low-key Lovie Smith has struck all the right tones to motivate the Bears.

Kenny Williams loves to make a splash

The Adam Dunn deal is the latest coup for White Sox GM Kenny Williams.

Bears' confidence is contagious

They're not guaranteeing wins, but the Bears are thinking big.

Bulls adopting Tom Thibodeau's identity

There is no rest for the weary in Tom Thibodeau's gym.

Eagles? Grounded. Who's next?

The Bears' defense passed a big test against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Cutler, Vick win with opposite formulas

While Vick is realizing his potential, Cutler has impressed by being unimpressive.

Bears admire, prepare for Michael Vick

The Bears don't plan on changing their defense for Michael Vick.

Big mistakes in planning of big game

All involved should be embarrassed by Wrigley Field end zone debacle.

Bears go from disastrous to dangerous

The worst 5-3 team in football looks pretty dangerous at 6-3.

Rose vs. Wall? More please

A matchup between Derrick Rose and John Wall is just what NBA needs.

Rose-Wall: A changing of the guard

Rose is ready to see how Wall looks in their first regular-season matchup.

So, where is this all going?

Are the Bears playoff bound? The next few weeks will tell.

Toronto worth trip for Bears

The Bears cured some offensive ills and just might have saved their season.

Will Bears get really offensive?

It's time for the Bears' offense to make life easier on its defense.

Sluggish offense needs Randy Moss

Randy Moss could provide the boost the Bears offense desperately needs.

Bulls' dynamic duo can't do it alone

James Johnson gave the Bulls the spark they needed late against the Pistons.

Bulls headed in right direction

The Bulls should be exciting with a spectacular player in Derrick Rose.

Offense deserves a Halloween 'Booooo!'

Heading into the Halloween bye week, the Bears offense is only scaring the fans.

The rhyme and reason

We turn to Rhymefest to shed some light on what's going on at Halas Hall.

A losing equation

The Bears' inability to generate turnovers must be a short-lived trend.

Big Men on Museum Campus

Like a top-ranked college team, the Bears must approach each game as a must-win.

Fear of change

The Bears have defied the odds en route to a 4-1 record. Why change anything?

Bears find way to stumble into first

The Bears' win wasn't great, but it was good enough for first place.

Bears searching for an identity

Lovie Smith says nothing's changed, but few outside the team agree.

Have a seat, Jay

After nine sacks and a concussion, Jay Cutler needs some sideline time.

Paul Konerko should remain mainstay

The White Sox would be wise to once again retain Paul Konerko.

Bears, Hester regain that Super look

Chicago Bears bringing back memories of 2006 Super Bowl team.

Derrick Rose poised to take next step

Derrick Rose doesn't see any reason why can't be the NBA's MVP.

Cubs owner facing his first 'next year'

Cubs owner Tom Ricketts is moving forward from a disappointing first season.

Bears face crossroads against Packers

New and improved Bears facing crossroads against Packers Monday night.

A winning experience for Mike Quade

Cubs interim manager Mike Quade is making the most of his opportunity.

Shattering underwhelming expectations

With everything looking bleak for the Bears, how did we miss their success?

Blackhawks prepare for party crashers

Hawks had too much fun as Stanley Cup champs to think about relinquishing title.

Don't let the Captain go

The White Sox should do the right thing and re-sign Paul Konerko.

Not as bad as you think, Bears fans

Optimism is in rare supply among Bears fans, but have a little faith.

Manny unlikely to be the solution

The Sox can't count on Manny Ramirez to be their savior.

Third-and-wrong

The Bears defense's inability to get off the field on third down is a troubling trend

What's to think about?

Not that the Cubs job is lacks appeal, but Joe Girardi would be wise to stay with the Yankees.

Are White Sox surging or sinking?

The loss of Putz and Thornton the latest bump in a wild season for the Sox.

Heart on sleeve, Piniella says goodbye

Retiring manager Lou Piniella experienced an emotional final day.

Game looked worst from Cutler's view

Jay Cutler is in for a long, painful season if the Bears' O-line doesn't improve.

Different dugout, different story

Derrek Lee's new start with the Braves ends with the same result for the Cubs.

For Martz, everything's coming up roses

To hear Mike Martz tell it, the Bears' offense is set to be the Greatest Show on Torn-Up Grass.

Clayton Richard enjoys healthy success

Former Sox pitcher Clayton Richard has helped the Padres into first place.

South Siders go farther south

Instead of division slugfest, White Sox homestand fizzled into sluggish mess.

A tale of missed chances

By squandering numerous opportunities, Chicago's only winning baseball team put on a clinic Thursday night on how to lose.

Head South. Catch a winner.

Sox-Twins series good chance for Cubs fans to try out the other side.

Duo has Bears' hopes running high

The duo of Forte and Taylor have the Bears' hopes running high.

Brett Favre news met with shrugs

Brett Favre retirement news barely causes a ripple at Chicago Bears camp.

Exhausted Hawks let Antti Niemi go

Hawks near the end of an exhausting offseason after letting go of Antti Niemi.

Zambrano's apology is meaningless

Carlos Zambrano's apology follows a trend, but it's meaningless.

Putting a face on Bears' optimism

Jay Cutler is the focus of the franchise. Will he prove he's up to it this season?

Rookies bright spot in a dark season

Starlin Castro and Tyler Colvin give Cubs fans a reason to keep watching.

Prime time at the trade deadline

White Sox GM Ken Williams has been known to deal at the trade deadline.

Pinella's Cubs got sloppy

The Cubs did win under Lou Piniella, but not enough.

Just win, baby

The Cubs need to think about spending wisely going forward.

New kings in town

A remarkable turnaround has left the Cubs in the White Sox's wake.

Exiting via the low road

The LeBron James "Brand" isn't winning many fans outside of South Beach.

Peavy's injury a harsh reality

Can the Sox survive a possible season-ending injury to one of their ranks?

A prelude to a miss

Emotionally invested Bulls fans could be looking at a disappointing free-agent haul in Chicago.

Chicago is ready for a new king

Chicago, city of broad shoulders and giant legacies, is ready for a new King.

Subtraction still a distraction

Greenberg: Carlos Zambrano's suspension continues to be a distraction.

Zambrano's personality brings disorder

Suspended starter Carlos Zambrano can't overcome his own personality.

Gone, but not forgotten

Dustin Byfuglien won't soon be forgotten in Chicago.

Martz's offense enjoyable even in OTAs

Mike Martz's intrictate offense is finally sinking in for Cutler and the Bears.

Sox finally show potential

The red-hot White Sox are finally living up to their potential.

The clock is ticking on these Cubs

It might be a popular opinion, but the Cubs shouldn't blow up their roster.

A night to remember at Wrigley

The Cubs and White Sox stole the show back from the Hawks on Sunday.

Beyond Pitiful

The BP Cup is being greeted with fan distaste and bad baseball.

Captain Serious smiles

Chicago's search for a superstar might have ended with Jonathan Toews' ascension in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Hawks distract from bad baseball

Cubs and Sox should be thanking Hawks for distracting their fan bases.

Philly can't keep Kane down

Patrick Kane's improvisational skills awed onlookers.

Byfuglien becomes the Big Befuddlin'

It's time for Dustin Byfuglien to revert to his previously-dominating form.

The game winner that wasn't

The Flyers proved Wednesday that they aren't going to go down without a fight.

Now is the Tazer's time

Jonathan Toews' production is down in the finals. His teammates aren't worried.

All in a day's work

Blackhawks goaltender Antti Niemi keeps delivering wins, if not great insight.

3 magic -- not tragic -- number for Hossa

The numbers are adding up for Marian Hossa in his quest to avoid three-peat.

Early exit embarrassing

Cubs starter Randy Wells suffers embarrassing outing vs. Cardinals.

No reservations

The Blackhawks have gone from scourge of the city to toast of the town.

Blackhawks show Sharks their bite

Missing teeth can't distract Duncan Keith from Blackhawks' mission.

No place like the road

Right now for the Blackhawks, it seems there's no place like the road.

Win puts plug in Mount Lou

Lou Piniella vented and then the Cubs snapped out of it vs. the Pirates.

Bolt from Cavs? That's unreal, LeBron

The Bulls would love to have LeBron, but Cleveland is his best option.

Phenom makes some rookie mistakes

Cubs rookie Starlin Castro looked like one in Wrigley debut.

No reason to delay on Castro call-up

Starlin Castro could provide the jump-start the Cubs' lineup needs.

Surprise! Blackhawks deliver another

The Blackhawks delivered another surprise against the Canucks in Game 3.

Let's be Frank about Bulls' search

Lawrence Frank fits all the criteria the Bulls are looking for in their next coach.

Hired to be fired

Don't mourn Vinny; coaching is transitory, but Paxson better get next one right.

Blackhawks proving tough to love

With another Game 1 letdown, the Hawks are proving tough to love.

Here's a real crosstown classic

Forget a trophy; take the Cubs-Sox wager up a notch: Peavy for Zambrano.

Moving forward

The "Vinny Del Negro Watch" opened with a thud Wednesday.

Definitely dramatical

Marian Hossa's redemption goal a winner for Hawks in important Game 5.

Two-goal minimum

The Blackhawks' stars step up their scoring and tie the series

Don't call it an upset

Predators take series lead vs. Hawks by outworking and outhitting the visitors.

Backing it up

Joakim Noah backed up his talk against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Niemi quiets critics with shutout

Blackhawks goaltender Antti Niemi silences his critics with 2-0 shutout.

Curses

Chicago Blackhawks find Cubs' bad luck in Game 1 loss to Nashville.

Owners feed Cubs new way of life

Some Cubs aren't happy that the team is encouraging healthier eating habits.

Lots of fight left

The Bulls' infighting distracted attention from a terrific victory over the Celtics.

Hawks' run goes according to plan

As playoffs approach, the time is right for these Blackhawks.

Peavy's ho-hum debut might be trigger

Sox starter Jake Peavy is ready to put his wild debut behind him.

For Bulls, more games a good thing

Actually, the playoffs do matter to these young Bulls' development.

Purnell just one part of equation

Big-time talent, not a big-time coach, is the key to rebuilding DePaul.

'I believe in this team'

Chicago Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano believes the Cubs will be much improved this season.

Soto's poor spring has Piniella anxious

Is a poor spring reason to worry about Geovany Soto?

Byrd perched to wow Cubs fans

Marlon Byrd is good in the clubhouse and fans hope he's good on the field too.

He knows where they've been

Sox manager Ozzie Guillen has some sage advice for the Blackhawks.

Finding relief

Jeff Samardzija and Sergio Santos have taken wildly different paths to similar points in their careers.

A hit from the start

Colvin hit his way onto the Cubs roster this spring, but how long will he last?

Transition game

Ex-Bulls Skiles and Salmons are up to their old tricks with the Bucks.

Get real

DePaul can dream, but it's not getting Pittsburgh's Jamie Dixon.

An underdog with bite

Chicago native D.J. Cooper makes Ohio a lively underdog.

Circus of a season

March Madness has different meanings for Illinois and Northwestern

Hawks in trouble

The Hawks have plenty of work to do before the playoffs.

What's his problem? He's just Milton

Milton Bradley biggest problem in Chicago was in the batter's box.

Seeking inspiration

The Illini will make their last stand in hopes of making the NCAA tourney.

Note to Julius: Cash in, Peppers

Julius Peppers shouldn't wait to become the superstar the city is craving.

Deng, he's tough

Luol Deng's comeback this season has been a key to the Bulls' success.

Hawks poised for Cup run

Despite their goaltending woes, the Hawks are poised to make a run.

The freaky free-agency season

Julius Peppers is likely not the Chicago Bears' best free-agent option.

Just browsing, thanks

The Bears have needs, but will the right talent be there for them?

Time to pig out

The Bears need to dive into the free-agency buffet.

A day in the life

Here's a sneak peek at an episode of the White Sox's reality show.

Owner appreciation day

The Ricketts family greeted fans at Wrigley when tickets went on sale.

Big deal?

Time and free agents will tell if Bulls' trades were the right moves.

Questions? Here come the answers

Between injuries and the trade deadline, this week is pivotal for future of the Bulls.

Carrying Canada on their shoulders

The Hawks on Team Canada are carrying more than maple leafs on their shoulders.

Ready for takeoff

Once overlooked, OSU's Evan Turner is on everyone's radar screen now.

A win above all else

Hawks' approach to the shootout might serve them well the rest of the season.

Avoiding the hat dance

Pat Fitzgerald may not have inked any blue-chip recruits, but he's OK with that.

So much for momentum

The Clippers exposed the Bulls as a lackluster team Tuesday.

Rose reaps his just rewards

Derrick Rose more than deserves his nod for the NBA All-Star Game.

What a world (of Chicago sports)

The Bears' troubles are another sign of strange times in Chicago sports.

Mr. Everything

The superstar aspirations are starting to come true for the Bulls' Derrick Rose

Tweet this: Teahen 'comfortable' at third

Mark Teahen is looking forward to filling the White Sox's void at third base.

On his own two feet

Hawks GM Bowman may have a famous dad, but it's his brains that are key.

Accentuating the positive

After a stressful season, the collective Cubs looked and felt lighter on Friday.

Shuffling down memory lane

The Super Bowl Bears recall the video that is an enduring Chicago symbol.

Less than a dream job

Mike Martz may not be best fit for the Chicago Bears.

DePaul has lost Chicago

DePaul basketball has lost its relevance in Chicago.

DePaul coaching candidates

Here's the short list for possible DePaul coaching candidates.

Release the Hawk

Have it in your heart to let Dawson go in an Expo, Cubs fans.

From one punky QB to another

The '85 Bears have a few opinions on the 2009 version of the team.

The more things change ...

Bears fans shouldn't be shocked by what happened at Halas Hall on Tuesday.

Care-free so who cares?

There was nothing 'big' about the Bears' win over the Lions.

Big ticket to punched ticket

The Bulls could learn a lesson from their embarrassing pursuit of Tracy McGrady in 2000.

Significance of win? Who cares?

Bears' win over Vikings brought fun back to dire situation.

2009: Chicago's year in sports

Good riddance to an overall lackluster year in Chicago sports.

Proviso W. tourney can't be beat

The area's top teams and players compete in holiday tournaments.

Ten most embarrassing Chicago moments of 2009

Here are the 10 most embarrassing Chicago moments of 2009.

Full-court mess

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Gentlemen, start your engines

Best part about loss to Ravens? There's only two more to go until it stops.

The white elephant deal

Jim Hendry's Milton Bradley nightmare is finally over.

It's a great life in Charm City

Buffalo Grove's Tom Zbikowski is enjoying his time with the Ravens.

Enthusiasm's good, but scoring threat better for Bulls

The Bulls put up a fight against L.A., but they need more than energy to win.

And that's a wrap

If you weren't convinced, this loss proves Bears are a broken franchise.

Hired to be fired

Vinny Del Negro has fired back at critics, but he's still the one on the hot seat.

Tweet. Chase. Repeat

Technology such as Twitter has amped up the rumormongering that defines baseball's winter meetings.

Godzilla in the room

Kenny Williams was cagey when talking about signing Hideki Matsui.

Accentuate the positive

Greenberg: Tips to help Chicago Cubs general manager Jim Hendry market Milton Bradley to potential trading partners.

Cubs fans need return on investment

Cubs fans should get a return on their season-ticket investment.

Running men

The Bears put their heads down and ran their way to an ugly win over the Rams.

Ready for a superstar

Rose and and his deferential mates are the perfect fit for one of the big three.

Change is in the air with the Bears

If Bears Jerry Angelo and Lovie Smith are fired, it's justifiable and their fault.

Get on the bandwagon

Chicago fans left in the cold are finding a warm, safe place at the United Center.

Bears-Vikings: What a game!

Bears played their worst football of the season against the league's best.

Just not good enough

Charlie Weis is paying the price for failing to deliver for Notre Dame.

Jared Allen: The guy we love to hate

Jared Allen is the NFL's best pass-rusher -- and its most annoying.

He's Brett Favre, and you're not

Brett Favre has proved the importance of a good supporting cast.

When did Vick become a nonstory?

Michael Vick forever changed how the country views dogfighting.

Prime-time pariahs

If they hadn't already made it clear, the Bears don't deserve national stage.

McNabb's trials hold lessons for Cutler

Donovan McNabb's trials in Philadelphia hold lessons for Jay Cutler.

A road map to 9-7

The Bears won't look ahead on their remaining schedule, but I will.

Are the Wildcats cursed?

With their best player sidelined for the season, Northwestern looks ahead.

Baseball writers get it wrong

Gordon Bekcham made the strongest case for AL Rookie of the Year award.

Who will pay for this mess?

Cutler has been bad, but there is plenty of blame to spread around for the Bears.

Weis, Smith face uncertain futures

Bears coach Lovie Smith and Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis face uncertain futures

Bears' failures linger in the Atmosphere

Indie hip-hop group Atmosphere can teach us a lot about the Bears.

Who we thought they were

Alex Brown says blame players, not coaches for Bears' loss.

Searching for red (zone) November

Jay Cutler, and the Bears, need to improve in the red zone quickly.

Shuffling the deck

White Sox GM Kenny Williams' move for Mark Teahen -- and moving of Gordon Beckham -- is puzzling.

My love letter to Chicago sports

How does Jon Greenberg love Chicago sports? Let him count the ways.

Rose vs. Jennings a matchup to watch

Derrick Rose vs. Brandon Jennings could be a spicy matchup for quite awhile.

Bad choice?

The Cubs chose Lou Piniella over Joe Girardi, whose Yanks may win it all.

True blood

With the blood coming from his chin, Jay Cutler proved his toughness.

It's not easy being a Browns fan

Bears fans should spare a thought for Browns fans on Sunday.

Are Cubs fans in for a treat?

The Ricketts' family is living every fan's dream. Will Cubs fans be in for a treat?

Bulls win an ensemble performance

The Bulls proved Thursday they're more than Derrick Rose's supporting cast.

Too scary to watch

The Bears need to improve if they don't want their future game films to be scary.

Bengals, Benson pig out on Bears

Benson shows the Bears he's becoming player they hoped to see -- in Chicago.

Against Bengals, let him sling

The Bears should let Jay Cutler sling it against a woeful Bengals pass defense.

Before it was normal

University of Chicago, a football pioneer, celebrates the sport's return to campus.

The look of a superstar

Victoria's Secret calls him sexy. The Bulls hope they can call Derrick Rose healthy.

Take the money and run

Jay Cutler's recent big payday is everything the QB deserves.

What might have been with a win

Whether Charlie Weis will keep his job has become a protracted narrative.

Not ready for prime time

Jay Cutler and the Bears again suffer from stage fright on Sunday night.

Pushed aside

Notre Dame and Charlie Weis can exorcise demon of 2005 loss to USC on Saturday.

Prime opportunity

The Chicago Bears have a chance to gain national acclaim Sunday night against the Atlanta Falcons.

Must-see Cubs TV

Hiring the next Cubs manager would definitely make for must-see TV for fans.

Deserving of the roar

The Hawks played to their fan base on Saturday, and fans should be rewarded this season with some exciting hockey.

Ready for their close-up

Seeing rookie James Johnson hit the game-winning shot in London is a good sign for the Bulls.

A Bears fan's dilemma

Jon Greenberg has a quiz for Chicago Bears fans to determine who they root for on Monday Night Football: Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings or the Green Bay Packers.

Defense not resting

Chicago's defensive front four is enjoying a renaissance, and the Bears credit their new coach for making all the difference.

Sympathy pains

Chicago Cubs fans know how Olympics supporters at Daley Plaza felt Friday.

Not ready for some football

Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen isn't going into the offseason quietly.

Chicago doesn't need Games

Jon Greenberg doesn't want the Olympics in Chicago, and he proposes sending a certain group of personalities for the bid.

Under the radar no more

Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs may have played in the shadow of his more famous teammate, Brian Urlacher, but he's been great for years.

End game

In the absence of Ben Gordon, the Chicago Bulls need Derrick Rose to step into the role of go-to shooter in the closing minutes of close games.

Early returns

It's early, but with Lovie Smith calling the plays and Rod Marinelli coaching the defensive line, the Chicago Bears' defense has shown marked improvement over the previous two seasons.

Money bawl

Signing Milton Bradley will haunt Chicago Cubs general manager Jim Hendry.

Opportunity Knox

Chicago Bears wide receiver Johnny Knox has a coming-out party at Soldier Field.

Like looking in the mirror (sort of)

Jay Cutler bears similarities to Ben Roethlisberger, but Roethlisberger has victories that Cutler doesn't.

What are the odds?

Although you can't measure heart or pride, it's obvious Brian Urlacher's season-ending injury is having an effect on Vegas' odds.

Face plant

The Chicago Bears' opener Sunday against the Green Bay Packers was not a good night for franchise players Brian Urlacher and Jay Cutler.

Not quite ready for prime time

Chicago Bears fans had been waiting for this day since quarterback Jay Cutler joined the team in April. Those high expectations made his poor debut all the harder to stomach.

The Man behind the Legend

Michael Jordan's arrogant nature was revealed in his Hall of Fame induction speech, but it was that nature that made him the best basketball player ever.

On the run

The Chicago Bears' front seven need to take the pressure off a young secondary by putting the pressure on Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, writes Jon Greenberg.

The pressure is on

Saturday's game is significant for Notre Dame's Charlie Weis and Michigan's Rich Rodriguez.

Preseason football, regular-season prices

The Chicago Bears' preseason game against the Cleveland Browns was standard exhibition quality for the price of a regular-season game.

Crosstown Classic? Not so much

While Thursday's game between the Sox and Cubs might be fun, it's not as important as it could have been.

Armed with poise

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler impresses in his return to Denver.

Cubs' 2009 season can rest in peace

After dropping two of three to the Nationals, the Cubs can officially be pronounced dead in the 2009 playoff race.

Cubs' goose nearly cooked

With a loss on Tuesday, the Chicago Cubs find themselves slipping out of the playoff conversations.

White Sox blow golden chance

The White Sox had a great chance to feast on a bottom-feeding team, but blew it before their big road trip.

Ricketts family's new team needs work

Pending approval, the Ricketts family will become the new owner of the Cubs. Here's a to-do list for their newest investment.

Wade comes home -- to visit

Dwyane Wade comes home to visit, which may be more comfortable than coming home to play.

Favre provides reason to hate Vikes

Brett Favre provides a reason to hate the Minnesota Vikings.

Time for Big Z to grow up

Cubs ace Carlos Zambrano needs to take a new approach.

Ready for preseason football? Yes!

Jay Cutler adds excitement to Bears' preseason opener against Buffalo Bills.

Martinez still putting on a show

Pedro Martinez pitched well in his debut with the Phillies and could be a major asset in their bid to repeat as champions. Just ask him.

Kane can rehab image on ice

Patrick Kane's arrest for allegedly assaulting a Buffalo cab driver was a shock, if he performs well on the ice, none of this will really matter.

Rios deal shows Williams' moxie

White Sox general manager Kenny Williams made his second big move in as many weeks. Will it prove to be a stroke of genius?

No more doubters for Sox's Beckham

White Sox rookie third baseman Gordon Beckham is down to earth but full of confidence, Jon Greenberg writes.

Change of heart

Jake Peavy initially rejected a trade to the Chicago White Sox, but the shifting baseball landscape caused him to change his mind.

After Peavy, everything's Jake

White Sox general manager Kenny Williams showed his moxie Friday when he outfoxed his foes to pull off a blockbuster deal

Hendry gets his man

The Chicago Cubs traded Kevin Hart shortly after he got the win for them, but obtained coveted lefty reliever John Grabow.

On the rooftop of the world

For a mere $200, you can get a different perspective on the Wrigley Experience.

Buehrle's Perfect Circle

Buehrle is the toast of Chicago today. But he came close to leaving the Windy City a few years ago.

Just like you, but perfect

Chicago White Sox lefty Mark Buehrle has the makeup of a regular guy, except that he's thrown a perfect game.

Right stuff, wrong result

Starting pitcher Clayton Richard may have cemented place with Sox.

Overpaid, underperforming

The 2009 Chicago Cubs are a lot of money, a lot of bluster and very little in the way of results.

White Sox buyers in empty market

The Chicago White Sox need a top-of-the-line starter, but few are available for a reasonable asking price.

Prediction: Sox will fight to finish

Prediction: Chicago White Sox have a fighting chance.

Prediction: Cubs will finish strong

Prediction: Chicago Cubs will have a fighting chance at postseason berth.

Down on the farm, Cubs finding help

Homegrown position players used to be a rarity for the Cubs. No more

A-Ram back, so are Cubs

With Aramis Ramirez's return, one could say the Cubs' season has truly begun.

Seeing (no) stars

The Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox are stumbling through a summer devoid of All-Stars.

An "Answer" to a crazy day

Bulls and Blackhawks both lose their leading scorer.

DeRosa's in red, Cubs fans are blue

The Chicago Cubs let Mark DeRosa go, and now he's playing for their archrival, the St. Louis Cardinals.

White Sox not raising white flag

After taking the Crosstown Showdown, the Sox suddenly look livelier

Cubs Need A (Smokin') Hot Soto

Cubs catcher Geovany Soto is showing steady improvement.

Honoring baseball writing legend

Holtzman created "save" statistic

Bulls get tough, draft Johnson, Gibson

Does crowded frontcourt signal Thomas' exit?

Mongo seeking perfection

Chicago Slaughter head coach Steve McMichael, the immortal "Mongo," is just one game away from finishing an undefeated season.

More than whispers now for Sosa

While no one should be surprised by the latest allegations surrounding Sammy Sosa, it is still a sad day.

Top 5 players in Chicago

Ozzie Guillen says there aren't any Chicago baseball players who should make our top five, but we rank them anyway.

Still fighting for recognition

Women's sports teams face challenges in this economy.

Stutter Step

Despite a tough offseason, Derrick Rose can still be everything he wants to be -- and most of what we want him to be.

Desperate Sox Remain Picky

Being drafted by the White Sox now means being ready to play in the majors almost right away.

Hostile home games

It was a road game at home for U.S. soccer, but three points are three points, and they didn't need to go through customs to get them. It's never going to change.

Beckham a savior -- to story lines

White Sox call up media darling and top pick Gordon Beckham.

Keeping score

Official scorer Bob Rosenberg is a Chicago institution.

Looking 'Silky' -- in a bad way

Lou Piniella mentions a former race horse and the comparison fits -- but not as he intended.

'I belong in the NBA'

Undersized, under-the-radar Wyoming guard Brandon Ewing is chasing his NBA dream.

Losing it

Eight reasons the Cubs' losing streak has hit eight

Chicago's unknown farm team

Jack Wilson knows all the pain of playing for the Pirates, who were key to the Cubs' run in 2003

Padres pitcher misses boat

Chicago is a better option than San Diego, Jon Greenberg writes.

Peavy to Sox makes sense

A Jake Peavy trade to the White Sox would make sense for all involved.

Sox baseball: Enter punch line here

The White Sox need to make a bold move to reverse their losing ways.

Chi-Town and Motown, facing off again

Two cities, four hours and a world apart, renew a dormant chapter in their rivalry.

Buehrle always is on target

Sox ace Mark Buehrle is a study in efficiency.

Lay off Big Z

Zambrano critics are off base

Crossing routes

Slaughter's Jackson celebrating life; realistic about future

Through the eyes of Hawks fans

Perception of Blackhawks' success -- right now -- depends on fan pedigree

Go ahead and hate Noah: He loves that

Joakim Noah is an instigator who does all the little things and crows when he's done. Opponents hate him for his swagger, but none of that fazes the Bulls' big man.

Red fightin' blue? It's Cards vs. Cubs

The Cubs and Cardinals get together again this weekend in St. Louis. Every time these two Midwestern rivals clash, major bragging rights are at stake, writes Jon Greenberg

Quenneville in complete command

Not many teams change coaches four games into the season. But the Blackhawks' installation of Joel Quenneville as the head man set Chicago on a course toward playoff success.

Blackhawks not anonymous anymore

It's hard to believe after all the low points of the Bill Wirtz era, but Chicago is a hockey town once again, writes Jon Greenberg.

Passion runs deep on South Side

White Sox fans are every bit as loyal and passionate as the fans of that team on the North Side.