November 6, 2013 |
Dick Butkus is ducking me. Won't return my calls, my e-mails. Butkus. The name's Lithuanian, you know - a verb, a proper noun, an act of war. You don't say it, you bark it. Like a big, flatulent truck backfiring up a hill. "But-cuss," the man himself says on his answering machine. One word, But-cuss, then a beeeeep, as if he's verbally rung your bell. He was always, even when things were going very well, frosted about mundane things, no patience with life's little inanities, which is how he probably now regards me. Back in the '60s, Butkus invented the concussion.
October 20, 2013 |
A 15-year-old Illinois boy who killed himself after repeated bullying was buried Sunday, his father said. Jordan Lewis -- who loved football and the Chicago Bears -- was memorialized in a Bears-themed service in Marion, about two hours southeast of St. Louis in southern Illinois. His father, Brad Lewis, wore a Chicago Bears tie, and bouquets of orange and blue flowers adorned the funeral home. "We tried to keep things close to what he liked," Lewis said in a telephone interview.
October 19, 2013 |
An Illinois dad got the call on Thursday that no parent ever wants to receive. Brad Lewis' ex-wife was on the phone: Their 15-year-old son had shot himself in the chest. In the note Jordan Lewis left behind, he laid blame on bullying. Although stricken with grief, Lewis, 47, found resolve. He took to Facebook that night and posted a series of videos explaining his son's death and the events leading up to it: the alleged bullying, the concern of his son's best friend, the wellness visit by police the night before the suicide, and the 911 call his son made shortly before pulling the trigger.
October 16, 2013 |
Surprise. An athletic director from a Southeastern Conference school will chair the college football playoff committee. The appointment of Jeff Long, Arkansas' athletic director, is certain to raise eyebrows everywhere north (east and west) of the South. But to get that down-home-country view you should ask someone who has spent a lot of time there. So, how does the SEC view the college football world? "That the Southeastern Conference is the college football world," UCLA offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone said.
October 11, 2013 |
Why even have other programs on television against the NFL? Thursday's game between the New York Giants and Chicago Bears on the NFL Network, which not even everybody has and which isn't always easy to find (though easier than finding Fox Sports 1, where the USC-Arizona game was), delivered a 5.0 rating and was watched by an average of 7.8 million viewers. That doesn't even include over-the-air stations that broadcast the game in Chicago and New York. Won by the Bears 27-21, the telecast topped last week's "Thursday Night Football" game between the Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns by 19% in rating (4.2)
October 9, 2013 |
N.Y. GIANTS (0-5) AT BEARS (3-2) TV: NFL Network, 5:15 PDT. Line: Bears by 8. Over/under: 47. Sam Farmer's pick: Whose defense do you trust? The Bears have had some breakdowns, but the Giants are a disaster, allowing a league-high 36.4 points per game. The Giants are on a collision course with 0-6. Bears 28, Giants 24