Ben Strauss

Ben is ChicagoSide's senior editor and a contributing writer to The New York Times. He is also a former Capitol Hill press secretary and can be reached on Twitter @bstrauss1.
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      Jan 25, 2013

      The Big Hurt Still Hurts

      By all accounts, Frank Thomas today is a success — but he is far from adored in Chicago. What gives? ChicagoSide’s Ben Strauss take another look at his favorite White Sox slugger.

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      Jan 4, 2013

      Friday Five: Jan. 4, 2013

      The best Chicago sports stories from the week… #1: Before Notre Dame Coach Brian Kelly found himself at Grand Valley State — a terrific story from Greg Bishop in The New York Times. #2: Requiem For A Lovie Nine years, …

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      Dec 31, 2012

      Editor’s Picks 12/31: Bears Done

      SEASON OVER: From 7-1 to out of the playoffs. A 10-6 record gets most teams to the postseason, but not these Bears. A 26-24 win in Detroit wasn’t enough, as Adrian Peterson and the Vikings beat the Packers in Minnesota …

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      Dec 26, 2012

      Editor’s Picks 12/26: Asik and Destroy

      OMER’S RETURN: The Bulls will have many years to pat themselves on the back or second guess their handling of Omer Asik last summer, who returned to the United Center Tuesday night and shredded the Bulls, racking up 20 points, …

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      Dec 24, 2012

      Editor’s Picks 12/24: Bears Win, But…

      STAYING ALIVE: The Bears beat the Cardinals Sunday 28-13 (highlights via and kept their playoff hopes alive. A win next week at Detroit, and a Vikings’ loss to the Packers (in Minnesota) and the Bears are in. As Lovie Smith …

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      Dec 20, 2012

      Editor’s Picks 12/20: Jabari Parker Day

      THE DECISION: At 3 p.m. this afternoon, Jabari Parker will announce where he’ll play college basketball. The finalists remain BYU, Duke, Florida, Michigan State, and Stanford. Parker insists all five are still in the running (Tribune), building the drama for this …

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      Dec 19, 2012

      Editor’s Picks 12/19: Noah Dark Thirty

      JOAKIM NOAH: On the day Noah retired his finger guns (Chicagoist), he could have used them. Noah laid a triple-double on the Celtics in a convincing 100-89 Bulls win (highlights via that moved them to 14-11. Noah’s 11-point, 13-board, 10-assist night …

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      Dec 18, 2012

      Editor’s Picks 12/18: Urlacher v. Fans

      URLACHER V. FANS: Brian went on FOX-Chicago Sunday night and delivered his defense of Lovie Smith. He also had some choice comments for the booing Bears fans, who have made his jersey one of the NFL’s most popular during his …

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      Dec 17, 2012

      Editor’s Picks 12/17: More Bears Pain

      PACK IT IN?: The 21-13 loss ( to the Packers Sunday was vintage Lovie Smith: the Bears were in position to win, but an incompetent offense assured they didn’t. Twice, the Bears had the ball deep in Packers’ territory in the …