Rick Telander began his writing career after graduating from Northwestern where he was a 4-year scholarship football player and an English lit major. His first major piece was for Sports Illustrated, describing the heartbreak of being cut by the Kansas City Chiefs. He worked as a waiter, played guitar in his band, the Del-Crustaceans, and hopped freights for years while freelance writing. His heroes are his father, Henry Miller, Jack Kerouac, and former Bradley basketball player Chet Walker.
All Rick Telander Stories
HOOPS COMES HOME
Four decades after he chronicled Brooklyn's vibrant street basketball scene, the author returns to the borough that spawned generations of ...
12 Drew Bledsoe
HE'S PRETTY cool, this guy Bledsoe. He's 6 ft. 5 in., 230 pounds,and he stands in the pocket, head on a swivel, patting the ball theway you ...
Easley's something special
Seattle's strong safety Ken Easley is a high-powered punt returner, too
A QUESTION OF FAIRNESS
Why am I bothered by the conviction on April 13 of sports agents Nor by Walters and Lloyd Bloom on various counts of fraud, conspiracy and ...
Monster Of The Midway
William (The Refrigerator) Perry, the Bears’ favorite appliance, is one cool commodity in Chicago
Stopped In Mid-stride
Felled by an ominous knee injury, Atlanta running back William Andrews is attempting a comeback after missing two seasons
Thunder, but no gray skies
Andre Thornton has been sorely tried en route to his booming eminence
He Ain't A Hound Dog
Keith Lee of top-ranked Memphis State is the biggest thing to hit town since Elvis Presley
He's Aiming To Make History
Walter Payton of the Chicago Bears is on target to become pro football's alltime leading rusher this season
He Takes Great Pains With His Passing
Quarterback Lynn Dickey has often come back from injuries, and with him the Pack may come back, too
CHAMPION JIGSAW PUZZLERS GET THE PICTURE WITHOUT FALLING TO PIECES
One piece every seven seconds. That's what 21-year-old Joellen Beifuss averaged during the 59 minutes and 43 seconds it took her to win the ...
ARE YOU BUGGED? BY REAL INSECTS? YOU COULD GET YOURSELF A GECKO
Let's talk for a minute about geckos. Geckos are soft-skinned, insect-eating lizards with short, stout bodies, large eyes and sticky pads on their ...
MAN GOES HOME TO THE SEA, AND HANS HASS IS UNEASY ABOUT THE RESULTS
"All life on land is life in exile," proclaims the Austrian-born underwater adventurer Hans Hass at the beginning of his book, Men Beneath the ...
WHAT DO ARCARO, DIMAGGIO, LOMBARDI HAVE IN COMMON? A NEW HALL OF FAME
"Here, you'll like this," says George Randazzo, a 38-year-old Italian-American with fire in his eyes. Randazzo walks into a storage room and ...
A SORE ARM AND CHIN MUSIC WERE FACETS OF A TRYING WHITE SOX TRYOUT
Danny Cohen had the inside dope. Danny worked in the ticket sales office at Comiskey Park and back in February was one of the first to find ...