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Dan McNeil has been a Chicago sportsradio mainstay for more than 25 years. His show, "The McNeil and Spiegel Show," airs on WSCR, the Score ...

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 Bears' victory could trigger bad decisions

Bears' victory could trigger bad decisions

October 17, 2013

In a simpler time — when we were wide-eyed and fresh-faced — all that mattered was seeing our team win.

  • Barnett's split from NU still rings false

    October 3, 2013

    Pat Fitzgerald would have preferred to spend the week answering questions about his Northwestern Wildcats opening Big Ten play against Ohio State on Saturday night in Evanston.

  • Bears-Lions rivalry intensifies

    September 26, 2013

    If you ask the old-timers, they will regale you with stories about numerous nasty confrontations between the Bears and Lions.

  • Don't underestimate Steelers; don't overestimate Bears

    September 19, 2013

    I'm giving the Bears the benefit of the doubt and trust they realize the Steelers remain an NFL franchise. It's my civic duty to remind Bears fans of it.

  • Urlacher's sour grapes unbecoming

    September 13, 2013

    Bitterness is as much a part of the Bears' storied tradition as the T-formation and a bone-crushing defense.

  • Eventful preseason gives way to real show

    September 5, 2013

    It has been anything but an uneventful seven weeks keeping tabs on the Bears. Whoever said there's nothing to be learned or nothing worth debating in preseason is a knucklehead.

  • NFC North remains Packers' division

    August 30, 2013

    Because I was the only one of the Tribune's nine-man panel who correctly predicted the Bears would miss the playoffs last year, it's my privilege to hit leadoff with this year's NFL crystal ball.

  • Bears need to score early as well as often

    August 22, 2013

    Jay Cutler was right earlier this week when he suggested the volume of words devoted to the struggles of the Bears' first-team offense has been excessive.

  • Bears compelling in August

    August 15, 2013

    It has been a jam-packed eight-plus months for the Bears since the departure of coach Lovie Smith and most of his staff. We're learning about new boss Marc Trestman and his lieutenants, several big free-agent acquisitions and a fresh crop of rookies.

  • Emery continues to send right message

    July 25, 2013

    Until the Bears beat the Bengals in the Sept. 8 opener at Soldier Field, there's no call for a victory parade. No cause for celebration.

  • Hawks now a model franchise

    June 28, 2013

    The day after a championship parade, it's easy to lose perspective on just how impressive the Blackhawks' second Stanley Cup in four years really is.

  • Momentum is overrated

    June 20, 2013

    If you've been consuming coverage of the Blackhawks-Bruins Stanley Cup Final, you've read and heard a lot about momentum.

  • Blackhawks got lucky

    June 13, 2013

    I agree with the adage that suggests "luck is where hard work meets opportunity."

  • Predicting NHL playoffs perilous

    June 7, 2013

    If anybody in the sports observation business ever tells you he or she doesn't take enormous joy in being right, they're lying.

  • Hey Hawks fans, lighten up

    May 30, 2013

    While the Blackhawks and Red Wings were shaking hands late Wednesday evening, the numeral "8" appeared on the United Center's video board.

  • The truth about Urlacher

    May 23, 2013

    Those of us in the opinion-making business are guilty of wanting it both ways.

  • Blackhawks-Red Wings rivalry fades

    May 16, 2013

    So this is the dreamy, second-round match up that was to titillate the senses? The type of grudge match that was to rekindle all the deep-seeded ill feelings Chicagoans and Detroiters had for each other in the days of the old Norris Division?

  • Reasons to enjoy Chicago baseball

    May 2, 2013

    Chicago now has digested a month of uninspiring baseball on both sides of town. The reaction has me puzzled.

  • Presidents' Trophy can be a curse

    April 26, 2013

    Another Presidents' Trophy banner will be raised to the rafters of the United Center next fall. With their victory Wednesday night in Edmonton, the Blackhawks ensured home ice throughout the playoffs, a distinction that can be dubious.

  • Foley deserves accolades Hawks bestowing on him

    April 18, 2013

    Pat Foley wasn't behind a microphone when Patrick Kane's overtime goal in Game 6 of the 2010 Stanley Cup finals lifted the Blackhawks to their first championship in 49 years.

  • Te'o will be solid draft pick

    April 11, 2013

    Two weeks from today, the water cooler is going to be enormously popular in work places all over the Chicago area. That's where Bears fans will convene to debate general manager Phil Emery's second crack at the first round of the NFL draft.

  • Hawks didn't need to make moves

    April 5, 2013

    If Stan Bowman spent Wednesday on the golf course instead of on the telephone, all I can say is I hope he broke 90.

  • Emery needs to strengthen Bears offensive line

    March 28, 2013

    Greed is unattractive, but what kind of poker player walks away from the table when the dealer keeps throwing him hot cards?

  • Bears best move is the one they didn't make

    March 14, 2013

    Even the most pessimistic types have to tip the cap to the Bears for the big splash they made as free-agency season opened this week.

  • Time for Hawks to lighten up

    March 7, 2013

    There's no point assigning letter grades to the Blackhawks now that they've reached the halfway point in the truncated 48-game season.

  • Time for NU and Carmody to part ways

    February 28, 2013

    Northwestern athletic director Jim Phillips is bunkered down and buttoned up regarding the NU men's basketball program.

  • Blackhawks create great expectations

    February 21, 2013

    If the Blackhawks earn a point against San Jose on Friday night, setting an NHL standard for best start to a season, expect the United Center ice to be littered with a variety of items from admiring patrons.

  • Super Bowl Sunday is time to take chances

    January 31, 2013

    How many times have you returned from Las Vegas with more money than when you left?

  • It's far too soon for Cup talk, but Hawks look good

    January 25, 2013

    I'm going to leave it to Joel Quenneville and his players to remind you "it's still early" in this NHL season.

  • Words won't win it for Bears

    January 17, 2013

    Marc Trestman was a smash at his introductory news conference Thursday in Lake Forest. The Bears new head coach definitively answered "yes" to the qualities Phil Emery suggested were requisite for the job when the Bears general manager outlined his blueprint on New Year's Day.

  • Show Emery some patience

    January 11, 2013

    Be it positive or negative — and I expect more of the latter — there will be a handful of over-the-top reactions to Phil Emery's choice as the Bears new head coach once the GM finally pulls the trigger.

  • Smith's dismissal renews hope

    January 4, 2013

    With each New Year there arrives the chance to clear the slate and begin anew.

  • Bears have earned 2nd-half spiral

    December 21, 2012

    The big-picture stuff going on in Lake Forest is juicier than it has been in years. To my delight, that's not going to change for many weeks.

  • Smith future remains mystery

    December 13, 2012

    In less than three weeks, there will be answers to all the questions being debated around water coolers from Milwaukee to Merrillville.

  • Urlacher party is over

    December 7, 2012

    In the early 1970s, the older kids in my neighborhood wore Dick Butkus "51" jerseys. I had to go to NFL Films to learn what all the fuss was about. The only Butkus I saw was the broken-down linebacker in his final two years.

  • 'Slap Shot' screening cures hockey blues

    November 29, 2012

    The prospect of a winter without pucks draws closer to reality as each day concludes without movement in the NHL's labor dispute.

  • Bears season comes down surviving against Vikings

    November 22, 2012

    When the ribbon was cut on this NFL season in early September, nobody gave a second thought to the Bears' Week 12 assignment, Leslie Frazier's Vikings.

  • 49ers game isn't worth playing Cutler

    November 16, 2012

    I've heard it suggested that Jason Campbell is the best backup quarterback in this year's NFL — and that maybe the former Raider and Redskin is better than any No. 2 the Bears have ever had.

  • Next 2 games watershed for Cutler

    November 8, 2012

    I'm relieved the Bears have concluded the junior varsity portion of their schedule and finally have a worthy opponent Sunday night at Soldier Field. The comedy of errors in Nashville was entertaining, but it's time for a 15-round bout between two legitimate heavyweight contenders.

  • Bears' vanishing act

    November 1, 2012

    Though nobody requested one, coach Lovie Smith said he wasn't about to offer an apology after his Bears rallied to stave off the Panthers for their fifth straight victory.

  • It's time for NU to produce

    October 25, 2012

    Beginning today, I'm resolving to give Northwestern football what those responsible for it say they desire — reviews that are honest and, if necessary, unmerciful.

  • Brenly-Kasper duo will be missed

    October 18, 2012

    I don't blame any Cubs fan for being as disappointed in Bob Brenly's departure as in the 101-loss season the team just suffered. The latter was expected.

  • This no time to extend Smith's contract

    October 11, 2012

    Of course Phil Emery and Lovie Smith denied they have been knocking knees over a fresh contract for the coach. There's no upside for either of them if they indicate otherwise.

  • Jaguars give Bears defense chance to shine

    October 4, 2012

    It doesn't look like a fair fight. The Bears, fresh off an explosive blowout victory over the Cowboys on the national stage, against the Jaguars, who've been outscored 54-17 at EverBank Field and are 1-3.

  • Sox MVP: Williams

    September 27, 2012

    Barring some miraculous turn of events this weekend, these are our final chances to reflect on the improbable 2012 White Sox.

  • Pessimism not rush to judgment

    September 20, 2012

    It would be snobbish — not to mention cowardly — if I suggested we all park our opinions of the Bears and the NFL until there's more evidence to evaluate in a few weeks.

  • Bears honeymoon over

    September 15, 2012

    We have nine days to debate if the Bears offense can be as bad as Thursday night's debacle in Green Bay would lead one to believe.

  • Season has earmarks of Urlacher's swan song

    September 7, 2012

    Pardon me if I'm a smidge disjointed with this one. I have had no experience writing about a Bears offense with players at the skilled positions who are capable of taking a team to a Super Bowl.

  • Pinkett was wrong about 'criminals'

    August 30, 2012

    Allen Pinkett didn't get into any trouble when he was wearing that fabled gold helmet in South Bend, Ind., in the mid-1980s. He waited until he was 48 to take a seat in the Dean of Discipline's office.

  • 3 reasons game 3 is a must-watch

    August 24, 2012

    If you're passing on Friday night's Bears-Giants game, I don't blame you. Summer is evaporating and it makes sense to enjoy these final weekends before the leaves change colors.

  • Not time to panic about Reed — yet

    August 2, 2012

    If Addison Reed now appears on your list of White Sox concerns as the division leaders brace themselves for the dog days of August, I understand why.

  • The 10 most important Bears for 2012

    July 12, 2012

    As we continue to peel away the calendar pages — only 12 days left — until the Bears arrive in Bourbonnais, the assignment is determining the 10 most important players in 2012.

  • An exhilarating walleye hunt

    May 31, 2012

    EAGLE LAKE, ONTARIO — I didn't gain much fishing knowledge from my father, Roy McNeil, who used to wake up his chubby son before sunrise to drown minnows and insects.

  • Ricketts to blame for Wood

    May 9, 2012

    It became obvious several years ago that when the final chapter of the Kerry Wood story was written, it wasn't going to have a happy ending. An ugly last act, however, could have been avoided.

  • No help for Cutler is just offensive

    April 26, 2012

    There's no reason to barbecue Phil Emery after the new GM's first few hours in the Bears' war room. I have no interest, however, in standing in line with anybody desirous of tossing rose petals at his feet.

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