Sunday, Dec. 16, 1974 was not a particularly good day for football fans and sportswriters in Michiana, that area on God’s Great Earth where Northern Indiana and Southwest Michigan meet. The Chicago Bears had just finished a miserable 4-10 season with a 42-0 loss to the Washington Redskins in our nation’s capital when I settled … Continue reading Happy Birthday, Coach; The Fire Department Is On Alert

May 21, 2017
John Fineran

After securing his advancement to the final qualifying stage for next month’s 117th U.S. Open golf championship at Erin Hills northwest of Milwaukee, Brad Gehl walked over to South Bend Country Club head professional Chad Crane and extended his hand in appreciation. “I really enjoyed playing your course,” said the 26-year-old former Oklahoma State golfer … Continue reading A century after it opened, South Bend C.C. still drowning golfers

May 18, 2017
John Fineran

Back in the day, all this reporter needed to cover the annual NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting – i.e. “The Draft” – was a big, comfortable bed on which to lay research material, notebooks and pens, a television set connected to cable network ESPN, a good telephone and a Hibachi grill. In 1982, a good … Continue reading I’ll Take Old Days Any Day When Covering NFL Draft

May 02, 2017
John Fineran

A gentle, early-morning breeze from the Gulf of Mexico swayed the palm trees illuminated by the downtown Tampa streetlights as I walked to my car on June 8, 2004 with my boss and good friend, Buddy Martin. We were still pinching ourselves about our good fortune. “Buddy, we just covered the seventh game of the … Continue reading The Many Faces and Places on Lord Stanley’s Cup

Apr 29, 2017
John Fineran

There is perhaps no more famous sports venue address in the world. 1060 West Addison Street. Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs. Check that – Wrigley Field, home of the defending World Series Champion Chicago Cubs. Yes, after 108 years, those loveable losers have finally become loveable winners. Depending where you were for Game … Continue reading Wrigley Field now ‘Friendlier Confines’ after World Series Win

Apr 18, 2017
John Fineran

The trouble with trying to determine a Mount Rushmore of anything is finding a mountain large enough for all the heads you need to sculpt. Gutzon Borglum and son Lincoln, the sculptors, determined Mount Rushmore, the famous national memorial in the Black Hills of South Dakota, was just the right size to honor four presidents … Continue reading On Masters Eve, My Mount Rushmore Fore!-some

Apr 03, 2017
John Fineran

It’s hard to believe that it has been 32 years since I met the best friend I’ve ever had in the sports media business. I can’t recall if it was the Tuesday or Wednesday leading up to the 1985 Masters, the first one I had ever covered. It was about 5 in the afternoon that … Continue reading My Buddy: A Friendship Forged Among Attic Rats At Augusta National

Mar 30, 2017
John Fineran

College basketball, once a staple in the city that never sleeps, returns to New York in a big way this Friday night when the NCAA throws a Garden Party that even the late Rick Nelson would appreciate. There will be Gators, Badgers, Bears and Gamecocks on the floor this weekend where lions, tigers and elephants … Continue reading College basketball’s Garden Party features Gators, Badgers, Gamecocks and Bears oh my

Mar 23, 2017
John Fineran

One spring-like Monday in late February on the campus of the University of Notre Dame in northern Indiana, two students walked back to their car parked near the usually frozen Saint Mary’s Lake carrying their fishing equipment. “Catch anything?” I asked the two students, who shook their heads negatively. “Not much in there to catch,” … Continue reading It’s time, Notre Dame, to finally ‘Win One for Lefty’

Mar 17, 2017
John Fineran

Sometimes life imitates art, despite what the folks in real-life La La Land want us to believe. There’s a scene in the movie “Forrest Gump” in which the hero, played by Tom Hanks in an Academy Award-winning performance, is asked by a bumper-sticker salesman for a slogan just before they run through a pile of … Continue reading Racer Jigger Sirois Qualifies Helping Others Who Stutter

Mar 07, 2017
John Fineran