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  • NBA_Paul_shirley_chicagoside_smart
    Jan 17, 2013

    Pretty Smart (For a Jock): The Burden Of Being An Athlete With A Brain

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

  • sam_colonna_chicago_side_boxing_trainer
    Jan 4, 2013

    The Corner Man: Chicago’s Greatest Boxing Trainer, Sam Colonna

    Chicago’s pre-eminent boxing trainer, Sam Colonna, reckons he has been in ring corners for “thousands of fights” over the past 27 years—enough to know winning isn’t everything.

  • mariotti_seasons_greetings
    Dec 21, 2012

    Season’s Greetings From Jay Mariotti

    The holiday season now encompasses 10.6 percent of the entire American calendar. That’s actually a cool thing, for it allows Jay to guiltlessly contribute one of those cliché sports columns he hates to read but loves to write.

  • 1_Jonathan_Eig_Awards_ChicagoSide_2012
    Dec 19, 2012

    The 2012 Chicago E.I.G. Awards (Excellence In Greatness)

    2012 was rough for Chicago, but why linger over such foul-smelling stuff? Our EIC is going positive, presenting the deeply personal E.I.G. Awards (for Excellence In Greatness) to the sports figures that earned his admiration.

  • Neil_Steinberg_Sports_Chicago_Side
    Nov 13, 2012

    Neil Steinberg: Why I Love Sports (A Bit… Lately)

    Sports run off Neil Steinberg’s back, like rain off a car hood, like water off a duck’s ass. Some people feel this means he is criticizing sports or laughing at fans, but he’s not. It’s just how it is.

  • Charlie_Newton_Chicago_Side_Churchill_Downs
    Oct 27, 2012

    Riding The Paint St. Martinville: My ’50-To-1′ Shot At Churchill Downs

    Chicago novelist Charlie Newton is on set at Churchill Downs, and finds himself riding the paint, the inside rail of the track, like a jockey from St. Martinville, Louisiana.

  • Eig_Competitor
    Oct 24, 2012

    Jonathan Eig, Competitor-in-Chief

    President Obama is a ferocious competitor, and while reading about him this week our EIC started thinking about his own competitive juices, and how they fit today in a female-heavy house.

  • Jimmy_Barry_Boxer_ChicagoSide
    Oct 10, 2012

    The Toughest Chicagoan Of All Time

    History enhances some reputations and swallows others. Chicago boxer Jimmy Barry’s falls into that second category, but deserves to be in the first. Here’s why.

  • Jonathan_Eig_Wesley_Korir
    Oct 3, 2012

    Born To Jog: My (Brief) Run With World-Class Marathoner Wesley Korir

    It’s a cool, crisp autumn morning and 29-year-old native of Kenya and professional runner Wesley Korir has agreed to let me tag along on a training run. There’s only one condition: I have to keep up with him.

  • springsteenfinalfinal
    Sep 8, 2012

    Rising: Springsteen’s Tribute to Santo

    Friday night, The Boss played Wrigley–and had a special, albeit subtle, surprise for Ron Santo.

  • ernie-banks-sm
    Aug 30, 2012

    Ernie Banks, Jr.

    Ernie Banks, Jr. shares a name and a game with a legend. The 26-year-old minor league first baseman also has big league dreams, but even though he’s inextricably linked to Mr. Cub he’s never met him.

  • Springsteen_Chicago_600
    Aug 29, 2012

    Springsteen Hits Grand Slam At Wrigley

    When Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band storm Wrigley Field next month, it will mark the Boss’s first shows in Chicago in almost three years. But it will also be historic: Bruce and his band will be the first musical performers to have played in all four of Chicago’s professional sports venues.

  • finch
    Aug 28, 2012

    Jennie Finch: Still Queen Of The Diamond

    Two years after she retired, softball legend Jennie Finch is a mother of two living on a farm in Louisiana. But she’s still Queen of the Diamond.

  • Boston_Chicago_Sports_Media_600
    Aug 24, 2012

    Chitown Holmes v. Beantown Buckley: Whose Sports Hacks Blow Harder?

    Which city’s players have it worse when it comes to media? Boston or Chicago? To consider the question, ChicagoSide brought together veteran sports personalities, Steve Buckley of the Boston Herald and Laurence Holmes of The Score.

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