Live sports being back on television is like an early Christmas gift. What has been kind of strange is watching without any fan reactions. It is taking a while to adjust to that dynamic.
Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa thrilled the nation with their home-run exploits in 1998. Yet the use of performance-enhancing drugs makes "Long Gone Summer" documentary different than "The Last Dance."
Michael Jordan won't be on our televisions Sunday after five weeks of reliving his greatness. Instead, it will be another icon, Tiger Woods, taking part in an exhibition charity match with Phil Mickelson, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.
The NFL Draft had a different feeling Thursday. Make no mistake, though — it couldn't have come at a better time for sports-starved fans. Getting a peek inside people's "cribs", especially Kliff Kingsbury, was kind of cool, too.
Watching Michael Jordan is a treasured memory for all basketball fans. Getting a one-on-one interview with the greatest player who ever lived is something to remember for a lifetime.
Ed Farmer was born on Chicago's South Side and had White Sox blood running through him. He played for the Sox, making the AL All-Star team in 1980, and was on the team's radio broadcast for 21 years. Farmer died Wednesday at age 70.
Watching the Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight games during the NCAA Tournament, sandwiched around the beginning of the MLB season, was going to be a dream vacation in the easy chair. Sadly, the coronavirus pandemic had other ideas.
What would the world be like without watching live sports on television? Well, we are about to find out. After years of enjoying March Madness, welcome to March Sadness.
The shortest month of the year always seems like the longest month to sports fans, especially after the Super Bowl. Thankfully, March is arriving to bring basketball games that truly matter every day.
The media did itself proud this week in tapping the brakes on Super Bowl LIV hype and respectfully reporting the tragic death of Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven others in a helicopter crash that rocked the nation and world.
Those watching PGA Tour coverage on CBS will notice a change with this weekend's Farmers Insurance Open. Out are Peter Kostis and Gary McCord with Davis Love III, Frank Nobilo and Trevor Immelman joining the crew.
For football fans, the next three days will be a delight. The NFL's divisional round takes place with two games each on Saturday and Sunday before LSU and Clemson square off Monday for college football's top prize.
Rick Neuheisel isn't a favorite of Illinois fans. Remember the 1984 Rose Bowl? Still, his proposal for putting the College Football Playoff semifinal games on Jan. 1 would make the New Year's Day bowl games significant again.
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If an announcer of your favorite Midwest MLB team is honored with the Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasting excellence, the easy choice is the Cubs' Pat Hughes. Ken Harrelson or Mike Shannon shouldn't stand a chance.
The college basketball season began with a bang Tuesday.
Brent Musburger's voice has been absent to much of the sporting public since Jan. 31, 2017, when he retired from ESPN after broadcasting a basketball game from Rupp Arena.
Joe Girardi still wants to be in the dugout, determining the outcome of a game. That's why he is interviewing for the Chicago Cubs managerial opening.
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The Chicago Bears started training camp this week. Coming off an unexpected NFC North Division title last season, expectations are high among the loyal fans who suffered through a miserable five-year stretch under Marc Trestman and John Fox.