This Week’s Biggest Gainers:
Bears QB shut up his critics with a commanding performance in his first post-season game since high school. Now he gets to go to the prom with the Green Bay Packers.
Matched Da Coach’s number of Conference Championship berths by leading the Bears to the brink of their third Super Bowl, with the help of his supporting cast of castaway head coaches.
The Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp made the NHL All-Star team for the first time, joining teammates Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith. Too bad All-Star slots don’t count toward the playoffs.
His son turned eighteen and repudiated the wrongful-death lawsuit brought against his father on his behalf when he was a minor. The kid even says he’s an honor student in high school—must have gotten his brains from his late mother.
Made the case for a starting slot on the All-Stars by putting on a show in leading the Bulls over the LeBron-less Miami, outplaying, barely, hometown turncoat Dwayne Wade of the Heat.
This Week’s Biggest Losers:
It was bash-the-Bears-QB-in-the-national-media week leading up to the playoffs game, highlighted by Rick Reilly’s ESPN.com column that dubbed him in the running for “The Most Hated Man in the NFL.”
Cook County Treasurer found to have a $94k driver and a $57k cleaning lady on her payroll. Hey, have you seen how hard it is to find parking around East Bank Club? Totally kills the yoga karma.
It was widely reported that the Channel 5 sportscaster was arrested for a DUI; that his blood-alcohol level turned out to be only half the legal limit, not so widely reported.
The Sun-Times reported that a young real estate developer once aided by the 14th Ward Alderman turned out to be an allegedly murderous drug kingpin.
Once high-flying entrepreneur behind Chicago Sports Webio—he was Mike North’s boss!—was sentenced to eight-plus years in the can for running a Ponzi scheme.