Melissa Isaacson is a columnist for espnW.com, ESPN Chicago and ESPN.com. The award-winning writer has covered Chicago sports for most of her 31-year career, including at the Chicago Tribune before joining ESPN in 2009. Isaacson has also covered tennis since 1986.
The Bears still can win the NFC North, but they looked nothing like a playoff team in an embarrassing loss to the Eagles, writes Melissa Isaacson.
The Bears' depleted defense will get a lift when Lance Briggs returns to action.
The Bears face an uphill battle after a bizarre loss to the Vikings.
For the victims of the Washington, Ill., tornado, a high school football game represented a return to normalcy after an emotional week of healing.
When the Long brothers meet on the field, it won't be easy on their parents.
Walking away from a verbal clash with Brandon Meriweather is the latest example of Brandon Marshall's growth.
Jon Bostic's dad, a former NFL player himself, has prepared the Chicago Bears rookie linebacker to make the most of his chances.
With nine playoff games in 11 seasons, Mike Dunleavy is excited for chance at a title with the Chicago Bulls.
As the Chicago Blackhawks raised their Stanley Cup banner, they appear much better prepared to avoid the post-championship letdown that dogged them after 2010.
It takes a lot to earn D.J. Williams' trust, and the Chicago Bears did just that by sticking with the veteran linebacker.
Brian Urlacher may be retired, but his imprint on the Bears remains and his public profile might even grow larger.
There's more than money on the line for the Chicago Bears' Jay Cutler in his contract year.
Marian Hossa will be playing in his fourth Stanley Cup finals in the last six years.
Patrick Kane regained his goal-scoring mojo while helping the Hawks eliminate L.A.
The Bulls' scrappy Derrick Rose-less season feels like a step back.
Derrick Rose needs to make a decision and stop the uncertainty that is taking away from the Bulls.
Bears GM Phil Emery is not oblivious to character issues, but he understands he has a job to do.
Jerry Reinsdorf reflects on Michael Jordan's epic run with the Bulls.
A thorough search is fine, but Bears GM has to act fast when he finds his man.
The Bears' glimmer of hope doesn't feel very hopeful.
Jay Cutler's value wasn't confined to box score in Bears' win over Minnesota.
Jason Campbell gives the Bears a fighting chance until Jay Cutler returns.
Cutler didn't have to win to leave a lasting mark on Vandy and Nashville .
Bears fans have seen quarterbacks struggle before, but at least Jay Cutler can triumph in the end.
The Bears' Charles Tillman seems to be getting better with age.
The Bears' offense looks like it's stuck in the past.
Matt Forte demonstrates he deserves a big part in balanced Bears offense.
Urlacher still can be plenty effective for the Bears at less than full strength.
The Bears are aware that their earning potential as players is limited.
The Bears underwhelmed in their most important preseason contest.
Bears rookie receiver Alshon Jeffery is ready for impact.
Jay Cutler could do big things with this stocked Bears offense.
First-place Sox have surprised thanks to Kenny Williams and his "hybrid rebuild."
Michael Jordan responded on Monday to Chicago Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf comparing Derrick Rose's injury situation to the one Jordan experienced with the Bulls in 1985.
Bears can finally be confident in backup quarterback with Jason Campbell.
With several players expecting their first child, veteran Bears dads share advice.
The bar shouldn't be set too high for Bears' first-round pick Shea McClellin.
The Bears aren't shrinking from high expectations as training camp begins.
The Bulls have gone back in time with the addition of Kirk Hinrich.
Ron Santo was an all-time great at third long before the Hall made it official.
Matt Forte's new deal is the latest move in a great offseason for GM Phil Emery.
The Bulls face a future of uncertainty, but who doesn't in the ever-changing NBA?
Irvin and Carter warn the Bears about the danger of not signing Forte.
Gavin Floyd's mastery of the Cubs bodes well for the Sox moving forward.
The majority of Orlando Woolridge's life was full of the joy he brought to others.
With offensive expectations high, the Bears need Gabe Carimi to bounce back.
With no title contender this spring, Chicago's focused on the new-look Bears.
The Cubs look like they're in for a long season after a sweep by the White Sox.
Another injury can't prevent the Bulls from surviving a Game 5 scare.
The Bulls' goal of making the NBA Finals was shredded by Rose's injury.
The Blackhawks aren't hanging tough against the Coyotes.
The Bulls aren't performing at playoff-ready level down the stretch.
The Bulls showed their biggest advantage on the Heat is power in numbers.
The Blackhawks are ready to test their playoff mettle.
Stacey King isn't overly concerned with Derrick Rose's latest setback.
Thursday's win against Celts hardly solves all the Bulls' problems.
The Bears' trade for talented but troubled Brandon Marshall is not without risk.
Consistent Bulls not distracted by flashier Knicks.
While Dwight Howard builds a brand, Derrick Rose hopes to build a dynasty.
The Blackhawks' troubles fade into the background as the wins keep coming.
Bruce Weber can't land quality in-state players, and it could cost him his job.
The grind of this season could catch up to the Bulls at the wrong time.
Michael Reinsdorf is making his own name as Bulls president and COO.
Bulls color commentator Stacey King is on his way to becoming a Chicago icon in the booth.
Phil Emery will have to work with Lovie Smith to succeed.
This year's SoxFest is about the team selling fans its new look.
The Chicago Bulls continue to win despite injuries to their top players.
Carlos Boozer still has a ways to go to win over Chicago Bulls fans.
Anthony Rizzo equipped to handle any adversity that being a Cub can bring.
Jerry Reinsdorf makes an impact by focusing on diversity.
Bears coach Lovie Smith favors relentless optimism over hard truths.
The Bulls will go as far as their defense takes them.
Packers clinch home-field advantage after allowing Bears a chance to dream.
Jay Cutler's value is obvious. But let him prove his legend on the field.
The Bulls need to add depth to their injury-prone frontcourt.
With his health intact, Carlos Boozer is giving reasons for optimism in Chicago.
If Kenny Williams is going to rebuild, he needs to go all out.
The Bears playoff hopes are in big trouble if Matt Forte misses much time.
Caleb Hanie's less than stellar debut shouldn't be his only chance as Bears QB.
Chicago Bears can still make playoffs with Caleb Hanie replacing Jay Cutler.
Jay Cutler's thumb injury could prove more painful for the Bears.
Dale Sveum's toughness is a good match for the Cubs.
Jay Cutler does enough to get wins on the board, but needs to play better.
Cutler is on his game off and on the field, and that's great for the Bears.
Chicago Blackhawks continue to carve niche on Chicago sports landscape.
The Blackhawks' bad game was even worse coming against the Canucks.
The Bears are rallying behind Matt Forte's quest for an extension.
There's a lot more to new Cubs GM Jed Hoyer than statistical analysis.
Andy MacPhail says Theo Epstein will face more pressure to win than he did.
The Mike Martz experiment should be coming to an end.
The Bears should be grateful the Vikings made it easy on them.
The Bears are suffering a rare defensive letdown, allowing too many big plays.
Ryan Hall placed fifth in the Chicago Marathon. Can he win an Olympic medal?
White House visit a reminder that 1985 Bears are still worth all the fuss.
Detroit washout Roy Williams is happy for the Lions' success.
The Bears' Super Bowl celebration finally gets its day at the White House.
Urlacher knows Bears won't match 2010's success unless defense improves.
The Bears' defense still hasn't returned to where it was under Ron Rivera.
Bears' lack of possession game is putting too much stress on their defense.
Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is leading an offense without an identity.
Mike Martz's system could lead to Jay Cutler's downfall if it doesn't get fixed.
Former center Jay Hilgenberg actually sees promise in Bears offensive line.
Chicago Bears support Brian Urlacher as he mourns after loss of his mother.
Chicago golf fans losing out as PGA finds greener pastures.
The Bears can't get carried away with their Week 1 victory.
The Bears' defense was right from the start against the Falcons.
History, luck and the team up north show Bears have a lot to prove.
At end of an oft-criticized offseason, the Bears made a shrewd move.
Dane Sanzenbacher made another convincing case for a roster spot.
A cancer scare gave the Bears' Podlesh new perspective on his life and career.
Chester Taylor incident is just the latest blunder for the Bears.
Chicago Bears fans shouldn't sweat the small stuff.
Should Chicago Bears fans be worried or just chalk it up to this time of year?
The Bears didn't accomplish much, but they did escape New York healthy.
Jason Kipnis has grown from personal, family controversy into a budding star.
Season looks bright for Bears' ground game, so why does it feel so glum?
As feared, the Bears' maligned O-line is picking up where it left off.
If he retired, Carlos Zambrano would be doing the Cubs' bottom line a favor.
Richard Dent's long football journey ended at the Hall of Fame.
The Bears found gold in the eighth round in 1983 when they drafted Richard Dent.
Mike Martz's offense has gone from feared to flexible.
Watching the Kreutz talks play out shouldn't instill confidence in Forte's.
Rose has all the makings of a superstar in the NBA's biggest market.
The time for changes to the Cubs might be now.
The pesky Twins piled on to the White Sox's woes.
Cubs, Sox keep sticking up for their guys and fighting for wins.
White Sox DH Adam Dunn, the current poster boy for baseball slumps, has admitted that he has put pressure on himself to help his new team and -- while not mentioned but assumed -- to live up to his four-year, $56 million contract.
Kukoc doesn't wear his title rings, but he carries the memories of the dynasty.
The rejuvenated White Sox have plenty of reasons for optimism.
After a great regular season, the Bulls can't gloss over their fundamental flaws.
A stunning turn of events ended the Bulls' season Thursday night.
Derrick Rose is discovering just how tough a deep playoff run can get.
Easy baskets have been few and far between for Derrick Rose.
Joakim Noah is a good guy who still has some growing up to do.
The Bulls are wise not to give up on a slumping Kyle Korver against the Heat.
Derrick Rose wasn't at his best in Game 2, a luxury the Bulls can't afford.
The Bulls' second-chance points "demoralized" the Heat in Game 1.
Don't expect the Eastern Conference finals to be a grudge match.
Carlos Boozer's Game 6 performance finally lived up to fans' expectations.
Derrick Rose scored 33 points in Game 5, but he had help in beating the Hawks.
Chicago Bulls fans shouldn't worry about Derrick Rose's shot total as much as his teammates' production.
Stops are nice, but the Bulls must start making more shots to advance.
An Ex-Bulls post player doesn't like what he's seeing from Carlos Boozer.
With moving MVP speech, Rose continues to amaze Bulls fans.
MVP Derrick Rose answered his own challenge for greatness.
As news broke that Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose is the MVP, he didn't have his best night.
Taj Gibson battled personal losses while helping the Bulls to a winning season.
Bears GM Jerry Angelo should not play it safe in the draft and trade down.
Derrick Rose is doing everything he can to play and put away the pesky Pacers.
After a surprisingly tough series, the Bulls saved their best for last.
The Blackhawks' series against the Canucks keeps bringing the unexpected.
The Hawks are riding high for the first time in a long time.
Boxer Francisco "Paco" Rodriguez had dreams of being a hero before suffering fatal injuries during a title fight in Philadelphia. Through organ donation, his dream was realized.
The Bulls lead 2-0, but the Pacers have shown they won't be easily dismissed.
The Hawks certainly don't look like a Cup contender against the Canucks.
The Bulls aren't that inexperienced -- not that it's all that important anyway.
After several false starts, the Bulls are back on the title track.
The Bulls may make the Pacers' Danny Granger eat his words.
Edwin Jackson's hot start is one of many reasons for optimism on the South Side.
Exemplary six-decade service to game earns Tex Winter spot in Hall.
Carlos Boozer is paid like an All-Star. He needs to start playing like one.
A contented Doug Collins is teaching the Philadelphia 76ers how to win.
Derrick Rose and the Bulls found a way to gut out a win on an off night.
With increased confidence, Derrick Rose has had an MVP-caliber season.
Robbie Gould believes the owners have been showing their true colors in recent weeks.
Bulls' performance was worthy to be witnessed by the '91 champs.
The Bulls' championship mettle was forged in a losing locker room in 1990.
It would be wrong to portray Mike Quade's Cubs as being in disarray.
Jake Peavy is determined to recover from an unprecedented injury.
With his future secured, Paul Konerko is determined to tune out distractions.
Derrick Rose responded to a challenge from his coach with a career night Thursday.
Former Bears safety Dave Duerson was found dead in his Miami home.
Either the Blackhawks get it by now or they don't.
Bill Tobin's discovery paid off with a Hall of Fame career.
The Packers are going to continue to make life difficult for the Bears.
Derrick Rose has learned to protect himself. The Bulls must follow suit.
When it comes down to it, Jay Cutler is picked on because he is not well-liked.
The Bears lost a huge opportunity against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.
Dave Toub presides over one of the top special-teams units in the NFL.
From Day 1, Lovie Smith's top priority has been to beat the Packers.
The Bears' X factor, Jay Cutler, is a step closer to elite status.
Charles Tillman embodies the thieving ways of the Bears' defense.
For his sake and the team's, the Bears should move Greg Olsen this offseason.
The Bears' postseason success rests on Jay Cutler, and that's a good thing.
Talent -- not the GM or the coaches -- restored the Bears' credibility.
One series cost the Bears' D, which regained its stingy ways.
The Bears should approach Sunday's Packers game like a playoff game.
The Bears find another way to win against the New York Jets.
The Bears shouldn't extend Lovie Smith's deal until they see the postseason results.
The Bulls can be good enough for two months without Joakim Noah.
Bears must forget bad loss and turn their full attention to beating the Vikings.
The Bears and blizzard conditions were no obstacles for the New England Patriots.
Few athletes become part of the fabric of the community like Ron Santo did.
Can Jay Cutler be the next Tom Brady? Sure, if he follows these steps.
The Bears' luck continues against the Lions but there's no need to apologize.
Chicago Cubs fans lost a friend in Ron Santo.
Everyone else might be surprised the Bears are 8-3, but not Lovie Smith.
Big stage, big implications, big opponent. None of that fazed Jay Cutler on Sunday.
Illinois RB Mikel Leshoure restored the focus to football at Wrigley Field.
In registering its first shutout in 63 games, the Bears' D showed its potential.
Quintin Dailey was more than just negative headlines.
Heading into a national game, the Bears have an edge to them. But will it last?
On Sunday, Devin Hester reminded us how devastating of a weapon he can be.
Appearing on the reality show "Undercover Boss" gave Todd Ricketts a unique look at how Wrigley works.
A series of unlikely events helped lead to Israel Idonije's NFL success.
The Bears' Jay Cutler could learn from the "other Jay Cutler."
A trip to his native Sudan and a new coach give Luol Deng a new outlook.
Critics are lining up for Jay Cutler, but he says go ahead -- he's not listening.
The giant egos of Jay Cutler and Mike Martz are blocking the Bears' progress.
Having thick skin to handle criticism should be no problem for Mike Quade.
A shuffled-up O-line carries the heaviest burden for the Bears' struggles.
From protecting Jay Cutler to running the ball, offense is a struggle for these Bears.
The extent of Jay Cutler's recovery from a concussion is tied to his truthfulness.
As the Hawks finish their Cup party, it's too early to judge the new team.
Julius Peppers probably didn't deserve the rap he had with the Panthers.
The Chicago Bears should be counting their blessings for their 3-1 record.
It's unclear how Tommie Harris will respond to his well-earned benching.
Lovie Smith made a statement by sitting underperforming players.
In the face of adversity, Devin Aromashodu's outlook is refreshing.
The Bears proved doubters wrong with a surprising win over the Cowboys.
The Bears must let Devin Hester focus on his role in the return game.
There was plenty to cheer -- and jeer -- in the Bears' odd win over the Lions.
The forecast for the Bears' season ahead looks murky if not melancholy.
What are the Bears made of? It's hard to tell after a winless preseason.
Veteran goalie Marty Turco is turning to the "kids" to help him win a Cup
A lack of trust has plagued the Bears' offense during the preseason.
As usual, the latest Guillen-Williams riff takes the focus off the Sox's real problems.
Despite some areas for concern in first two losses, the Bears aren't panicking.
For Lou Piniella, leaving baseball to care for his mother was the only call.
A safety unit rife with injuries and inexperience could make for a long year in the secondary.
The Cubs' failure to win big shouldn't overshadow Derrek Lee's productive tenure with the team.
Hard to tell much about new offense with Jay Cutler limited to one series.
The Bears' preseason opener will give fans plenty of ammo to jump to conclusions.
When given the chance to step out of MJ's shadow, Pippen showed his greatness.
Ozzie Guillen plays up his team, downplays importance of beating Twins.
Lance Briggs realizes that he must cherish the years he has left in football.
When it comes the Bears' offense, it's hard to believe the hype.
Ozzie Guillen's opinions may or may not be right, but they're worth a listen.
The Bears' defense is looking to get back to its ghoulish past.
Head coach Lovie Smith is "excited" about the season ahead. But should he be?
Bob Brenly as Cubs manager has a nice ring to it.
Cubs fans love Ryno the player, how about Ryno the manager?
The Chicago Blackhawks' facelift is starting to get painful.
Some of Carlos Boozer's prior antics didn't endear him to hometown fans.
Although the team missed out, the Bulls took the professional approach to recruiting LeBron James.
With the addition of Carlos Boozer, all is not lost for the Bulls.
Even-keeled Konerko is leading the White Sox's surge back to contention.
James' loyalty -- as well as his hometown team -- shouldn't be dismissed.
The Bulls have put themselves in position to land two franchise-changing players.
Arne Duncan says the Bulls got it right with Tom Thibodeau.
Chaperones are with the Cup trophy for every step of its excellent adventure.
The Blackhawks are 'brothers for life' and the city's new sports legends.
The Chicago Bulls' hiriing of Tom Thibodeau leaves plenty of questions unanswered.
Dustin Byfuglien and the Hawks showed a newfound intensity in Game 5.
Have no fear, Blackhawks fans, because your team doesn't.
The Hawks must try to act as if this Chris Pronger business isn't a bother.
Patrick Kane is sore after getting the Chris Pronger treatment.
This thrilling Stanley Cup finals has had a little of everything.
After five games on the bench, Tomas Kopecky delivered a winner in Game 1.
The Blackhawks are finally winning over Chicago sports fans.
Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews are the collective face of the Blackhawks.
The young Blackhawks' muted celebration is endearing.
Dave Bolland is giving opposing stars fits, and loving it.
In spite of Brian Urlacher's thin skin, Gale Sayers' opinion is valid.
The numbers shouldn't have added up for the Hawks, but once again they did.
It's becoming easier to believe LeBron James will join the Chicago Bulls.
The Bulls must hire a coach who will have no trouble winning players' respect.
The Hawks put together a complete performance in Game 6 in Vancouver.
Vancouver toned down its penalties and took control over the Hawks.
The Blackhawks rattled the Canucks for a Game 4 victory.
Antti Niemi has been good enough to get the benefit of the doubt with the Hawks.
The Blackhawks let the Canucks push them around in Game 1.
The Bulls showed that they are a star away from title contention.
The Predators were tough, but the Canucks will be tougher.
Cavaliers star LeBron James forced his will on a demoralized Bulls team.
As Milton Bradley returns to Chicago as a Mariner, signs of change are few.
The Bulls prove what they've known all along -- that they can play with the Cavs.
Moving Carlos Zambrano to the bullpen is a big gamble for the Cubs.
It's too early to call for the head of White Sox hitting coach Greg Walker.
The Blackhawks adapted in beating Nashville in Game 2.
Even when they're at their best, the Bulls are still no threat to the Cavs.
After nearly 30 years, Cubs fans finally know who owns their team.
The Bulls' rout of the Raptors isn't necessarily a sign of things to come.
It's just one game, but the Cubs' opener provided reason for concern.
The loss of Twins closer Joe Nathan casts the White Sox as the AL Central favorites.
Carlos Zambrano imploded but spared us from another tantrum.
The Bears will miss the dependable and durable Alex Brown.
His composure has made Ramirez the Cubs' best hitter.
Olympic gold medalist Evan Lysacek returned to Naperville as a hero.
Cubs pitcher Sean Marshall accepts his relief role but wants to be a starter.
The White Sox may have a growing problem with Dayan Viciedo.
Entering his 46th year in pro baseball, Lou Piniella knows his place in the dugout.
Ozzie Guillen opens up about his son's resignation from the team.
A shootout loss to the Coyotes was a fitting end to the Hawks' week.
Oney Guillen's departure is an unneeded distraction for the Sox.
Ryan Theriot is looking to have a breakout season as the Cubs leadoff man.
After two forgettable seasons, Andruw Jones is out to prove he's back.
Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano is embracing a new sense of discipline.
With injuries to key players, the Bulls playoff chances are fading fast.
On the Bears' big day, Julius Peppers silenced his critics -- for now.
Bears shouldn't hesitate to pull trigger on deals for Greg Olsen and Devin Hester.
Jarrett Payton and Steve McMichael are bent on promoting the Slaughter.
A year after their deaths, Johnny "Red" Kerr and Norm Van Lier are missed.
No reason to get all atwitter about Guillen's new way to communicate.
Jack O'Callahan: Team USA learned 'Miracle' unity lesson.
Questions remain about Vinny Del Negro's future in Chicago.
Cubs' Lou Piniella facing last year of contract with competitive juices flowing.
Shani Davis seems to be growing up before our eyes in these Olympics.
Frank Thomas was an outstanding, if reluctant, Sox superstar.
Some Olympic speedskating coaches are unhappy with lack of credentials.
Tom Waddle, other former Bears discuss effects of concussions after NFL careers.
Saints coach Sean Payton took his sister along for a magical Super Bowl ride.
It wasn't hard to spot the coach in Sean Payton from an early age.
When it comes to Mike Martz, entertainment is a given.
The Bulls return from their recent road trip as a more confident, resurgent team.
The Bears' coaching search is becoming a public-relations disaster.
A few small changes are making a big difference for Bobby Jenks.
Kenny Williams and Ozzie Guillen address fans' questions at SoxFest.
Ozzie Guillen is rejuvenated after a baseball-free offseason.
The death of Gaines Adams raises issues about testing pro athletes.
Those who knew him say Gaines Adams was a passionate family man.
Cubs fans saw a new sight at the Cubs Convention: real live owners.
Isiah Thomas recalls the life of his tough but sweet mother, Mary.
Closure is unlikely for steroids era if players remain silent.
Perry Fewell could change the Chicago Bears' defense for the better.
Several former Bears are making their mark on playoff teams.
Jeremy Bates is promising but all wrong for the Chicago Bears.
Hawks right wing Adam Burish is looking forward to getting back on the ice.
Mike Martz wants to be the Chicago Bears' OC, but would he be a good fit?
The Bears' offseason moves may not be enough to cure them.
Why wait? Chicago Bears should start cleaning house now.
Chicago coaches have plenty to learn from Bobby Bowden.
Hawks trio is rightfully excited about making Team Canada.
The Bears' win on Monday raises questions that deserve answers.
The Bears' Monday night win was a rare highlight this season
Shanahan is reportedly interested in the Bears. Are they smart enough to act?
The Blackhawks may be passing the Bulls as the most popular tenant of the UC.
To accuse the Bears of quitting is almost giving them an easy out.
Chicago Bears general manager Jerry Angelo said the team's problems will be addressed, but what if Angelo is the problem?
Can Eddy Curry rebound to find NBA stardom again?
Bears offensive coordinator Ron Turner isn't being defended by his players.
Bulls guard Derrick Rose should take Kobe Bryant's advice.
Comparing Lovie Smith to past Bears coaches.
The Bears wrapped up their third straight non-winning season in typical fashion.
As Patrick Kane prepares to play in Buffalo on Friday, he says he has grown from his experiences this summer.
New Irish coach Brian Kelly has his work cut out for him at Notre Dame.
Aaron Rodgers vs. Jay Cutler? It's not even close.
The Bulls' loss to the Nets shows in painful detail what the team lacks.
Charlie Weis' interest in the Bears should come as no surprise to anyone.
Benching Gaines Adams was the Bears' biggest statement Sunday.
Changes for Sunday's Bears' game, but it's not encouraging.
Bears' veterans Alex Brown and Lance Briggs are down, but never out.
Jay Cutler's woes aren't completely Ron Turner's fault.
To interpret Brian Urlacher's latest remarks as controversial is reaching.
Bears are who we thought they were; maybe worse
Charlie Weis is the latest in a long line of coaches caught in Notre Dame's hubris.
Rodriguez family grieves for fallen boxer but believes organ donation will keep his spirit alive
The Bears' defense came up short when the team needed it most.
Is Jay Cutler who we thought he was? Take a look at the unvarnished truth.
Accusation of poisoning by Bears fans not typical treatment of visiting fans.
Even at 47, Chris Chelios couldn't imagine quitting hockey. And the Wolves are happy to have him.
The Bears have found new ways this year to shoot themselves in the foot.
The Bears have dragged Jay Cutler down to their level.
Bears coach Smith wants people to believe, but believe in what?
The Bears' midseason grades are in. There's a lot of work to do.
Intensity and confidence aren't enough for the Bears to turn it around.
After another disturbing loss, the Bears' buzzword rings hollow.
Who are the Bears' most consistent players? The former soccer players.
Will the Bulls' enigmatic Tyrus Thomas ever get it?
Praising the toughness of Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is misguided.
Trouncing one of the NFL's worst teams doesn't clear anything up for the Bears.
Friends and family remember Sweetness on the 10th anniversary of his death.
Charles Tillman is fighting for technology that saved his daughter's life.
Could it be that the Bulls' Joakim Noah has matured into a leader?
It's time for the Bears and defensive tackle Tommie Harris to part ways.
After Bears' loss to Bengals, are there any answers for Lovie and Co.?
While Saturday's game may not have been one that pulls in the ratings, it was vitally important to the Irish.
Is Forte or the offensive line to blame for the Bears' ground game struggles?
Bengals running back Cedric Benson has come a long way since his Bears days.
Bears coach Lovie Smith preferred to accentuate the positive on Monday.
The Bears squandered plenty of opportunities to beat the Falcons in a letdown that proved plenty revealing.
Bears' defense is making life tough on opposing quarterbacks.
Bears' TE Greg Olsen expects big things from himself, but fans have yet to see that potential
For 15 years, a group of north suburban fathers have bonded over their love of floor hockey.
It used to be that the start of the Hawks' season passed without much fanfare. It's much different now.
The trade that brought Kyle Orton to Denver wasn't a big hit with Broncos fans, but Orton's results are bringing fans around.
The Bears say they could absorb a risky player like Braylon Edwards, which says a lot about how far they've come.
Bears running back Matt Forte broke off two good runs, but Chicago's ground game still needs improvement.
Chicago Bears players Jay Cutler and Greg Olsen will sport pink cleats for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. But why don't athletes use their platform on a more regular basis?
Chicago Bears wide receivers were maligned in the preseason. But led by Devin Hester and Johnny Knox, they have proved they belong in the NFL.
The debate surrounding Chicago's 2016 Olympics bid never got around to being about the Games. That's a shame.
Chicago Bears find themselves in the unusual position of looking to their quarterback to win games.
Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng has dealt with two seasons of injury and doubt, but now he's ready to prove his play is worth the big contract he signed.
Bears kicker Robbie Gould is the one sure thing on the offense.
For a team that claims its offensive game is in fine shape all around, the Bears are awfully defensive about it.
Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith has assumed play-calling responsibilities, and the defense has appeared to adopt his level-headed personality.
The Chicago Bears didn't bring their best game to Soldier Field, but it was good enough to defeat the Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers.
Hunter Hillenmeyer knows he can't replace Brian Urlacher, but he's familiar with the position.
Jay Cutler was gracious on Wednesday, but his maturity will always be under scrutiny by Bears fans.
Chicago Bears face a huge obstacle with season-ending injury to Brian Urlacher.
The Chicago Bears didn't have the closer mentality against the Green Bay Packers.
Michael Jordan didn't disappoint the paying customers, but he didn't need an audience to put on a show. His practices were also the stuff of legend.
The Chicago Bears-Green Bay Packers rivalry didn't need it, but the friendship between quarterbacks Jay Cutler and Aaron Rodgers adds another dimension.
With Chicago sports fans checking out of baseball season as September begins, it raises the stakes on a Chicago Bears team already bursting with expectations.
What did Thursday's game between the Chicago Bears and Cleveland Browns prove? Not much.
If the Bears want the kind of season for which they're hoping, the offense must help carry the load.
NBC announcers Cris Collinsworth and Al Michaels express sympathy for Kyle Orton, caught in the middle of the Jay Cutler-Denver Broncos storm.
The USTA is hoping a new Midwest Training Center will help foster new American tennis talent.
The Chicago Bears' preseason game against the Denver Broncos on Sunday doesn't count, but it does matter.
Jay Cutler, Matt Forte and the Chicago Bears' offense used their second preseason game to answer questions raised by the first.
There are no easy answers to the Chicago Cubs' problems, including who should be the closer.
Chicago Blackhawks' Patrick Kane addresses controversy in a limited, sincere fashion.
As Jay Cutler's unspectacular debut as Chicago Bears quarterback proved, preseason games are a lot less fun to watch than to discuss.
Desmond Clark took fellow Chicago Bears tight end Greg Olsen under his wing, and is now below Olsen on the depth chart.
Chicago Bears defensive end Israel Idonije lost 40 pounds in the offseason, which could help him bulk up his playing time.
The Chicago Cubs are battling injury, ineffectiveness and a season that is running out of games.
Devin Hester proved quickly that he is one of the greatest kick returners ever, and now he's out to prove he can be as good as a receiver.
Bears linebacker Lance Briggs has a good reputation on the field, and wants one off the field to match.
Though Julio Castillo was found guilty by an Ohio judge, it's fair to wonder whether the punishment will fit the crime.
Brian Urlacher heads a veteran group of Chicago Bears still willing to be taught new tricks.
The Chicago White Sox spoke like a team in awe of the New York Yankees but played more ferociously.
Tuesday night's game against the Astros was not what Lou Piniella had in mind when he talked about needing to rest the Cubs' bullpen.
The Cubs can't seem to wake up without another player on the DL. Survival is the North Siders' new watchword.
Former White Sox lefty Jim Parque was currying sympathy for HGH use, then mentioned the money he wasn't making.
Cubs call charge "unique"
Sixty years after the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, women's sports haven't come too far.
Kris Versteeg was in the middle of the restricted free-agent snafu, but said he never thought about leaving.
Fiasco with restricted free-agent contracts may have cost Tallon his job.
While winning in baseball may seem like the only thing, for some star players, there are more important battles to be won at home.
Cubs fans want to know why their $136 million left fielder can't buy a hit. Alfonso Soriano is trying hard to find an answer for his recent slump.
The White Sox have won eight of their past 10 games, but no one seems to notice or to care.
Although the younger Lou Piniella also showed flashes of temper in his playing days, there is no similarity between him and Milton Bradley.
In an excerpt from her new book "Sweet Lou," Melissa Isaacson recounts Lou Piniella's first spring training with the Cubs.
In an excerpt from her new book "Sweet Lou," Melissa Isaacson recounts Lou Piniella's first spring training with the Cubs.
In an excerpt from her new book "Sweet Lou," Melissa Isaacson details the origins of Lou Piniella's famed temper ... and the perils it has caused.
Winning basketball isn't just good for the Chicago Sky's standings. It (hopefully) will be good for business.
However you pronounce Joe Theismann's name, it still spelled quarterbacking excellence at Notre Dame.
Wins will be hard to come by on both sides of town, but there's plenty to enjoy.
Ron Santo landing in Cooperstown is the most important thing, not the timing.
Lou Piniella had a special relationship with the Yankees' Boss.
Lou Piniella told the tale of the 1978 Yankees to try and fire up his team.
The wait will be long to watch the same old Derrick Rose we're used to.
The Bulls are better at the break, but are they good enough to win a title?
Derrick Rose says he has to get better, and that bodes well for the Bulls.
Here are 10 burning questions facing the Bulls going into the offseason.
Weird things happen after losses, and it could get really weird with a 76ers' upset.
The Bulls can win without Derrick Rose. For real.
Bill Polian reportedly has interest, but would he fit into the Bears' hierarchy?
Another Super Bowl run with Briggs and Urlacher will take a lot of work.
After carrying Bears post-Cutler, the D finally caved versus Seattle.
With three straight subpar games and a new QB, Forte is trying to find his place.
Phil Emery bypassed bigger names at DE to select Shea McClellin at No. 19.
Phil Emery's first draft leading the Bears could be a revealing weekend.
Proud Chicago Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz gladly embraces Campbell Trophy.