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2208, 2022

Sister Jean’s urgent plea: “Work with people of other cultures and try to understand each other” 

By |August 22nd, 2022|Categories: Main|

As she celebrates her 103rd birthday, Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt offers sage advice for young students, parents and our nation as a whole.

The longtime Loyola University men’s basketball chaplain and internationally renowned symbol of ecumenical optimism and grace, spoke to me over the weekend about her views of today’s young generation and the future of our society.

“I think if we just continue to work with our neighbors and work with people of other cultures and try to understand each other…we have to talk to each other to do that,” said Sister Jean. “We can’t be in separate groups. Then nothing will happen because there is no bridge there. So we have a lot of work to do. But it is possible. And I think we have to make that possible in the near future. The very near future.”

Sister Jean makes herself available to listen to Loyola students by keeping her […]

606, 2021

Former Bears great Steve McMichael says he is “feeling the love” as he battles ALS

By |June 6th, 2021|Categories: Chicago Bears, NFL|0 Comments

Hundreds of friends and well-wishers turned out for a fundraiser for former Chicago Bears legend Steve “Mongo” McMichael in Romeoville, Il. on June 5.

My wife, Kim, and I were invited for a private visit to his home prior to the event, dubbed “MongoPalooza,” which was held at McMichael’s restaurant. The former Super Bowl XX champion defensive tackle revealed publicly on […]

305, 2021

Toni Ginnetti, Dan Roan and Cooper Rollow honored with Ring Lardner Awards

By |May 3rd, 2021|Categories: Ring Lardner Award|0 Comments

Left to right: Cooper Rollow, Toni Ginnetti, Dan Roan.

The Ring Lardner Award is one of the most prestigious journalism honors bestowed on worthy sportswriters and sportscasters in America.

This year’s honorees were Toni Ginnetti (print), Dan Roan (broadcast) and Cooper Rollow (posthumous). The ceremony was held virtually since last spring’s annual dinner was postponed due to Covid-19 restrictions.

The event, […]

1201, 2021

Nothing will replace the written word

By |January 12th, 2021|Categories: Chicago Bears, Chicago Bulls, Chicago Cubs|0 Comments

From Michael Jordan to Muhammad Ali, Ernie Banks, Walter Payton, Tiger Woods, Dick Butkus and George Halas, I have interviewed many of the biggest names in sports

I have written newspaper articles on deadline from inside a cramped toll way phone booth during the middle of a snowstorm. Relentlessly, I have pounded out artful prose from the driver’s seat […]

3011, 2020

Dick Barnett scoring points off the court

By |November 30th, 2020|Categories: NBA|0 Comments

Inspiring Gary product on lecture tour

My home town of Gary, Indiana, has a rich history of world-class athletes, contradicting the unfortunate national narrative of it being simply beset with extreme poverty, rampant crime and virtual hopelessness.

Countless names roll off my tongue when it comes to decades-long athletic excellence from Gary products. Heisman Trophy winner Tom Harmon, boxing great […]

2310, 2020

Otis Wilson calls on NFL to support ailing former players

By |October 23rd, 2020|Categories: NFL|0 Comments

“The NFL needs to be shamed”

Sleepless nights, excruciating headaches, throbbing pain and ongoing depression.

This is no way to go through life when viable solutions could be made available

Professional football players should not be considered disposal entities, only to be cheered and celebrated during their youthful playing days, and then virtually disregarded as they deal with a life of […]

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