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The Curious Case of the Poor, Beleaguered Former Secretary of State

Condoleezza Rice, who served as Pres. George W. Bush’s National Security Advisor and Secretary of State, recently turned down an invitation to deliver the commencement address at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, to the dismay of many would-be First Amendment scholars and free-speech purists. Her reason? The wide-spread student protests that greeted the...

Dear White Sox Fans …

Thank you for reminding us, again, that you’re fans of the South Siders. Although, it was kind of a giveaway, what with the matching jacket and cap. Not to mention the faded “2005 World Series Champions” bumper sticker on your pickup truck. And the Sox flag you fly off your front porch year-round, rain, snow,...

UPDATE: Northwestern Football Players Allowed to Unionize

On Tuesday, I wrote about the efforts of Northwestern University football players, led by their former quarterback, Kain Colter, to win the right to unionize under the auspices of the College Athletes Players Association (CAPA). Now, I’m not saying that piece had any influence on the National Labor Relations Board, but let’s just say it...

UPDATE: Northwestern Football Players Allowed to Unionize

On Tuesday, I wrote about the efforts of Northwestern University football players, led by their former quarterback, Kain Colter, to win the right to unionize under the auspices of the College Athletes Players Association (CAPA). Now, I’m not saying that piece had any influence on the National Labor Relations Board, but let’s just say it...

Northwestern Football: Look for the Union Label

Damn you, Kain Colter. As a die-hard fan of the University of Illinois, it’s my sworn duty to hate our in-state rival, Northwestern. And most of the time, I do. But you, sir, have caused me to set that rivalry on the back burner while I ponder this: In January, the Chicago Tribune reported that...

Northwestern Football: Look for the Union Label

Damn you, Kain Colter. As a die-hard fan of the University of Illinois, it’s my sworn duty to hate our in-state rival, Northwestern. And most of the time, I do. But you, sir, have caused me to set that rivalry on the back burner while I ponder this: In January, the Chicago Tribune reported that...

The Sports Fan’s Infinite Capacity to Look the Other Way: NHL Edition

If you Google the name Semyon Varlamov, the first hit you come across will probably involve his less-than-stellar performance as a goalie for the Russian Federation during last month’s Winter Olympics. Like this story from Sports Illustrated: When Semyon Varlamov was yanked in Russia’s final hockey game at the Sochi Olympics after allowing three goals...

Golf, Handbag Tossing, and What Constitutes a “Real” Sport

In late 1999 or early 2000, the Chicago Tribune compiled a list of the top 100 Chicago sports moments of the 20th century. Over lunch one day with a conservative friend, I bemoaned the fact that the Tribune had omitted Khalid Khannouchi’s 2:05:42 finish in the 1999 Chicago Marathon, then a world record. Khannouchi was...

Oh, Canada: Hockey’s Most Diverse Country

  As Chicago Blackhawks fans struggled with the existential question of the 22nd Olympic Winter Games–how to root for USA Hockey when the two most Blackhawk-laden (and consequently most successful) teams hailed from Canada and Sweden–a more interesting story passed largely unnoticed here in the States. On Sunday, after Canada (featuring the Blackhawks’ Jonathan Toews,...

Pete Seeger: A Worried Man Passes Away

  When I was a kid, my dad used to play the guitar. He had a reasonably decent six-string acoustic – the same guitar my brother Tom would later cut his teeth on – and he’d play old-timey folk songs like “There’s a Hole in the Bucket” and “Worried Man Blues”. That’s him on his...