To be a fan is, first and foremost, to join a tribe. But the borders of these sports homelands, and what's at stake, are more confusing than they first appear.
James Shields was only with the White Sox a little while, but he lasted long enough to compound and define another year in limbo. Now he may be on the move again.
...and there's not necessarily anything wrong with that. In bringing in a favorite son, the Bulls have created a strange sort of in-between team. But why not?
Willson Contreras has flattened the National League since debuting with the Cubs in late June. Here's how a cautious third baseman became a breakout catching star.
WhirlyBall is a silly sport that sticks players in goofy little vehicles and whose rules combine polo, lacrosse, and basketball. It is fun, but also ambitious.
Tim Kitzrow is the voice behind "Boomshakalaka!" and the other iconic lines from the arcade classic NBA Jam. He made $900 for his work, and he is still hustling.
Kris Bryant is sometimes spectacular, if also a whiff-prone 23-year-old rookie. But when he's right, he's already like any other slugger in the sport. It's good.
Dinosaur sweaters, stone lions in hockey helmets, and a pterodactyl in a Bulls jersey. This is how Chicago's landmarks came to wear Chicago sports teams' gear.
Jimmy Butler will be named the NBA's Most Improved Player for 2015. What's remarkable about that is that he did it just by being better at being himself.