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ChicagoSide Greatest Hits, Volume One

Opening Day 2013 marks our one-year anniversary, and in advance of that occasion, we thought it fitting to step back and take a look at our home runs — stories you loved, stories you loved to hate, stories we loved, and stories we loved or hated that you loved or hated. Enjoy…

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Michael Jordan Is A Jerk

BY BEN STRAUSS, Jan. 17, 2012
When Ben Strauss was a kid growing up in Chicago, MJ was “possibility incarnate” and protecting his greatness against any heir apparent was easy. Years later, what has become increasingly difficult is guarding the sanctity of his hero’s name.

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Should I Renew My $13,314.56 Cubs Season Tickets?

BY JONATHAN EIG, Nov. 7, 2012
Last season’s Cubs team was painful to watch, and tickets were almost impossible to unload. So, when our EIC received a mere 60-cent reduction on his 2013 tickets, a doubt developed.

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Where Are The Women In Chicago Sports Media?

BY RHIANNON FALZONE, June 4, 2012
It’s been 40 years since Title IX became law, but while the law changed the face of sports, it hasn’t done much to change sports media, especially in Chicago where men still dominate the business of sports reporting.

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Gambling Through The Recession: A True Story Of Horses, Dreams & Sleeper Sofas

BY EDWARD McCLELLAND, June 12, 2012
The author of “Horseplayers: Life at the Track,” offers an honest and personal essay about Dave The Human Computer, a man wedded to the betting life…and little else.

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How I Won $8,000 Stumping (And Pissing Off) ESPN Trivia Guru Howie Schwab

BY BRIAN SANDALOW, Feb. 19, 2013
Back in the summer of 2006, Brian Sandalow was a college student, and Schwab was the World Wide Leader’s “sports trivia guru,” and had his own show. Sandalow beat him. Twice.

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Can Jay Cutler Channel His Dickishness?

BY SOLOMON LIEBERMAN, August 13, 2012
Jay Cutler is a dick. We know this. We’ve know this for some time. if the Bears go anywhere this season it won’t be because Jay finds Joel Osteen; it’ll be because he channels his dickishness and finally lets it fly all over the football field.

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Ode To Opening Day

BY DAVE LANDSBERGER, April 5, 2013
NOTE: This is where the “excerpt” usually goes, i.e. the quippy bit that entices you to clickety-click. For this one, a poem about baseball, we are confident that any of our words wouldn’t do Dave’s work justice.

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PHOTOS: Naked New Year, 2013! Chicago Fans Undressed

BY CHICAGOSIDE TEAM, Jan. 2, 2013
In honor of the New Year, which promises to bring more pain than fortune for you the ever-dedicated Chicago fan, we give you Chicago sports fans, sans clothes.

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Rashard Griffith’s Secret To Success

BY ADAM DOSTER, July 12, 2012
In the early 1990s, there wasn’t a more coveted basketball prospect on the planet than Rashard Griffith. With a wide frame, soft hands, and a good head on his shoulders, the Chicago-bred seven-footer garnered comparisons to Wilt Chamberlain. So what happened?

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VIDEO: Meghan At Black(hawk) Friday

BY CHICAGOSIDE TEAM, Nov. 27, 2012
Meghan hunts down Black(hawk) Friday shoppers on Michigan Ave., making sure they remember what’s important this time of year: 1. Hockey, 2. Family, 3. Hockey. #EndTheLockout

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Peekaboo Derrick Rose: He’s Just Around The Corner

BY SOLOMON LIEBERMAN, Jan. 7, 2013

After months on the sideline recovering from his ACL injury, the Bulls point guard is itching to get back into the action. Giddy like a grade school kid. Everything is better with Peekaboo Derrick Rose.

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When Chicago Went Sour on Sweetness

BY JEFF PEARLMAN, Sept. 6, 2012

A year ago, Sweetness was panned by Chicagoans who wouldn’t even give what became a New York Times bestseller a chance. Author Jeff Pearlman wants another chance.

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When The Game Is Over: Missing Something In Montreal

BY PAUL SHIRLEY, April 6, 2012

What does a pro athlete do when the cheering (or booing) stops? Paul Shirley, a former member of the Chicago Bulls, answers that question in his first essay in a monthly series for ChiSide.

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14 Things I Hate About Chicago Sports

BY JOEL REESE, June 11, 2012
From Lovie Smith’s press conferences, to Michael Jordan’s cigars, sometimes it’s hard to be a Chicago sports fan. Our resident curmudgeon counts the ways.

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The Last Scorecard In Wrigley: A Tale Of OCD At The Old Ball Park

BY BILL SAVAGE, Nov. 7, 2012
Some fans can’t start the game without a brew. Some need grub. Some, like baseball scholar and season-ticket-holding Cubs fan Bill Savage, need a scorecard.

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Excessive Commemoration at US Cellular

BY BEN STRAUSS, April 16, 2012
At the 2012 White Sox home-opener, this fan can’t escape signs of the 2005 World Series. Sure, his favorite team won after 88 years and it was beautiful, but the celebration is starting to get old.

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