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How well do visiting NFL fans know Chicago?

The NFL Draft brings thousands of out-of-town visitors to Chicago. RedEye wanted to know how well some of them know the city. The answers were sometimes accurate and always hilarious.

Bulls

Relaxed and personable, Tom Thibodeau ready for Timberwolves challenge

Relaxed and personable, Tom Thibodeau ready for Timberwolves challenge

The smiles and handshakes and backslaps looked similar to those on June 23, 2010, when the Bulls introduced Tom Thibodeau as coach. Thibodeau's talk of building championship habits sounded eerily familiar. Even such classic Thibs-isms like putting as much work into each and every day felt almost...

Blackhawks

Blackhawks say inconsistency of forwards, not defense, was biggest problem

Blackhawks say inconsistency of forwards, not defense, was biggest problem

A common refrain among NHL pundits is that the Blackhawks aren't playing anymore because they did not find a replacement for Johnny Oduya, the defenseman who left in the offseason for the Stars. But to hear coach Joel Quenneville diagnose the team's shortcomings, the defense was fine and another...

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College sports

  • Ex-Loyola basketball players say Sheryl Swoopes' coaching methods behind mass transfers

    Ex-Loyola basketball players say Sheryl Swoopes' coaching methods behind mass transfers

    In the summer of 2013, less than four months after beginning her first coaching job at Loyola, Sheryl Swoopes gathered her team at a campus theater to watch an ESPN documentary about her emergence as one of the best women's basketball players ever to compete, as well as her trials with finances...

  • Northwestern, Illinois help a strong Big Ten draft class

    Northwestern, Illinois help a strong Big Ten draft class

    Not that long ago, Dan Vitale was a two-star recruit from Wheaton-Warrenville South without a true position or Big Ten offer. Scout.com ranked him 139th among defensive backs, ESPN.com listed him 260th among receivers. He accepted Northwestern's offer on the spot, hugging coach Pat Fitzgerald in...

  • Raiders pick Illinois defensive end Jihad Ward in second round of NFL draft

    Raiders pick Illinois defensive end Jihad Ward in second round of NFL draft

    Illinois defensive end Jihad Ward's long journey in football now takes him to California. Ward, who grew up in Philadelphia and played at a junior college in New York before landing in Champaign, was selected Friday in the second round of the NFL draft by the Raiders. Ward, selected 44th overall,...

More sports news

  • Bears answer the need for speed with Leonard Floyd

    Bears answer the need for speed with Leonard Floyd

    John Fox was in an interesting position during Super Bowl 50 as he watched the two teams he once led battle it out for the Lombardi Trophy. Fox couldn't have been surprised to see the Broncos throttle Cam Newton just as they'd battered Tom Brady two weeks prior in the AFC championship game. He...

  • 10 NFL Draft Town attractions to keep you busy

    10 NFL Draft Town attractions to keep you busy

    Whether you’re a die-hard or fair-weather football fan, chances are you’ll have time to kill in Draft Town this week. While you’re waiting to find out whether your favorite team scores a decent rookie, why not have a little fun? After all, the attractions and features are FREE! Here’s RedEye's...

  • Laremy Tunsil tries to tamp down furor regarding his draft freefall

    Laremy Tunsil tries to tamp down furor regarding his draft freefall

    Laremy Tunsil kept repeating the same answer to questions about his freefall in the NFL draft, the social media hacking that cost him millions and the investigation he stirred at Ole Miss. "I'm just here to talk about the Miami Dolphins," Tunsil said several times Friday. At his introductory news...

  • Confused about how the NFL Draft plays out? Use this cheat sheet

    Confused about how the NFL Draft plays out? Use this cheat sheet

    The NFL Draft starts Thursday in Chicago, meaning the city will be packed with more football die-hards and future millionaire 20-somethings than usual.  If you're near a sports bar or anyone who watches America's most profitable sport, there's a good chance you'll find yourself in a draft-related...

  • With Lovie Smith, Illinois has that 'Wow, it's really him' factor going for it

    With Lovie Smith, Illinois has that 'Wow, it's really him' factor going for it

    As Illinois football coach Lovie Smith sells his new program to potential new players, the pitch will contain a distinct NFL theme.  Smith has been out of the college game for 21 years, so he's spotlighting what he knows best. “The first step is to get people to take notice and to come and look...

  • Study: 1 minute of all-out exercise is all you need to get fit

    Study: 1 minute of all-out exercise is all you need to get fit

    Quit saying you don't have time to get to the gym, y'all.  A new study by researchers at McMaster University (yes, that's a real university, in Hamilton, Ontario) found that 1 minute of high-intensity exercise has the same benefits as a longer, moderate exertion workout.  The study began with 27...

  • UFC adds lightweight bout to United Center fight card

    UFC adds lightweight bout to United Center fight card

    The UFC continues to fill up its fight card for its next visit to the United Center.  Lightweight Tony Martin (10-3) will square off against Michel Prazeres (19-2) on July 23. Martin, 26, has eight wins by submission and five first-round finishes and won his most recent bout, on Jan. 30. Prazeres,...

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