Shawn Muller

Whitney Mercilus. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Muller: Bowl Outcomes Don’t Determine Conference Superiority

I will never be one of those insane chest thumpers that feel it is necessary to puff out my chest based on how my “conference” plays in bowl games, but apparently, I am one of the few who actually feels this way.

CBS Chicago–12/26/2011

Derrick Rose

Muller: Trade Hoopla Makes Me Appreciate Derrick Rose More Than Ever

With all the hoopla surrounding Chris Paul and Dwight Howard, I realized just how blessed the Chicago Bulls are to have a guy like Derrick Rose leading the franchise back to prominence.

CBS Chicago–12/14/2011

Albert Pujols

Muller: Since When Is $130 Million An ‘Insult’?

When I first heard that Albert Pujols decided to leave the St. Louis Cardinals in favor of the Los Angeles Angels, my initial reaction was one of relief.

CBS Chicago–12/13/2011

Montee Ball. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Muller: Heisman Trophy Means Nothing Anymore

The Heisman Trophy, one of the few post season awards that I actually used to have respect for, is about to fall into the same pit of college football ridiculousness.

12/09/2011

The BCS National Championship trophy. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Muller: The BCS Championship Game Is A Farce

There are no “do overs” in life. Well, unless your favorite college football team happens to be the Alabama Crimson Tide, of course.

CBS Chicago–12/06/2011

Chris Bosh, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade talk strategy during their game against the Dallas Mavericks. (Photo by Layne Murdoch/Getty Images)

Muller: 2011 — The Year of The Paper Champion

2011 was the year of the “paper champion” in professional sports, and I have to admit, I have enjoyed watching every moment of each collapse.

CBS Chicago–12/03/2011

The BCS National Championship trophy. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Muller: Alabama Has No Business Playing In BCS Championship Game

Who deserves the chance to face the Tigers for a chance to hoist the crystal ball come January? Well, that is the million dollar question.

CBS Chicago–11/28/2011

David Stern

Muller: Miss NBA Basketball? Blame Stern

Don’t blame the owners for the lack of professional basketball in the middle of November. Don’t blame the players for nixing the latest offer earlier this week, thus extending the delay until at least mid-December, and quite possibly, until the 2012-13 season.

670 The Score–11/17/2011

Ryne Sandberg

Muller: Sandberg Wasn’t Shunned, Just Unqualified

I’m sorry that all the pro-Ryno Cubs fans aren’t going to get their wish, but it is time to put the Kleenex box away and start putting a little more faith and trust towards Epstein and his crew.

CBS Chicago–11/05/2011

Derrick Rose

Muller: No Bulls Game Last Night Made Lockout A Reality

Instead of getting excited to watch the defending league MVP Derrick Rose and his Bulls comrades begin their march towards redemption, I was stuck moping around my apartment while my wife watched re-runs of Sex and the City and whatever “breaking news” in the ever-important Kris Humphries Kim Kardashian divorce “saga” was becoming public knowledge.

CBS Chicago–11/02/2011

NCAA President Mark Emmert. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Muller: $2,000 Payments To Student Athletes Is Fine By Me

$2,000 in extra spending money for student athletes, huh? I can live with that.

CBS Chicago–10/24/2011

Cam Newton

Muller: Auburn Cleared Of Violations, But Public Perception Won’t Change

The NCAA conducted over 80 interviews, four former players admitted to receiving improper benefits, and Cecil Newton came clean about shopping his son to the highest-bidder (roughly $200,000) for his football services. Then, 13 long months later, the boobs in Indianapolis could find no wrongdoing by Auburn University?

CBS Chicago–10/13/2011

Russell Wilson and the Wisconsin Badgers. (Photo by John Gress/Getty Images)

Muller: The Big Ten Is Weak? Says Who?

The Big Ten has been classified as being “weak” for a couple of years now, and I for one, am getting tired of hearing about it.

CBS Chicago–10/05/2011

David Stern

Muller: David Stern Can Threaten Cancelation, But I’m Not Buying It

NBA commissioner Davis Stern has drawn a line in the sand.

CBS Chicago–09/30/2011

Red Sox players leave the dugout after losing Wednesday night. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Muller: Boston’s Collapse Makes ’69 Cubs Failure Look Pedestrian

“Pathetic” is the only word to describe the collapse of the Boston Red Sox. And they won’t get any sympathy from Chicago Cubs fans.

CBS Chicago–09/29/2011

Auburn's Emory Blake (80) celebrates with Cam Newtown after scoring a touchdown during the first half of the BCS National Championship NCAA college football game against Oregon  Monday, Jan. 10, 2011, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Muller: Don’t Eliminate The Two-Team Cap, Just Scrap The BCS

Any college football fan on the planet knows that none of the crap these bowl executives from the Fiesta Bowl and the Sugar Bowl would exist if the BCS system was scrapped in favor of a playoff system.

CBS Chicago–09/28/2011

Ron Zook

Muller: Schedule Set Up For Illini To Make Run

Before the college football season began, I felt that Ron Zook and his University of Illinois football team had the most to prove in the Big Ten in 2011.

CBS Chicago–09/19/2011

Brian Kelly. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Muller: Your Act Is Getting Really Old, Brian Kelly

I don’t know if the pressure of being the head coach at Notre Dame is already getting to you or what, but your act is getting really old, really fast.

CBS Chicago–09/13/2011

Tom Ricketts

Muller: Baseball’s Offseason Can’t Come Fast Enough For This Chicago Sports Fan

With college football starting last weekend and the NFL officially getting underway last night up in Green Bay, we are nearing that time of year when we put away the shorts and flip-flops and begin preparations for another cold and miserable winter in the Windy City.

09/09/2011

Aaron Rodgers

Muller: NFC Playoff Predictions Are Pretty Easy, Actually

For as much as it pains me to say so, I believe the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers will — once again — be the class of the NFC in 2011.

CBS Chicago–09/04/2011

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