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  • Is soccer un-American?

    Is soccer un-American?

    Today, tens of thousands of Americans filled up places like Soldier Field in Chicago to watch the USA team in a World Cup Soccer game (futbol match). It wasn’t always like that. Until the 1980s, soccer was on the way back burner and FOOTBALL was king. The US has played in the World Cup continuously only since 1990. Some resent its growth. This week, controversial conservative columnist Ann Coulter called soccer “foreign…like the metric system…and it’s not catching on,” basing … Continue reading

  • 100 years of Wrigley Field

    100 years of Wrigley Field

    Today marks the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field, iconic home of the Chicago Cubs. It was also the home of two football teams—the Chicago Bears (1921-1970) and the Chicago Cardinals (1931-1939)—and saw performances by the Chicago Blackhawks as well as musical legends like Bruce Springsteen and Pearl Jam. It can also be seen in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, The Blues Brothers, and many other movies and TV shows. Longtime White Sox owner Bill Veeck (1914-1986) had great affection for Wrigley … Continue reading

  • Spring training in the rain

    Spring training in the rain

    Today, we take you to Florida 1978, where Bill Veeck battled the rain to keep the White Sox working out during spring training. The video also includes Veeck’s reflections on spring training from 1985, shortly before his death. Watch Tom Weinberg’s full doc, Inside Spring Training. Congratulations to Steve James on his retrospective at the 2014 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, NC. The April 3-6 program will allow audiences to revisit some of his most widely admired titles … Continue reading

  • [Bears mania in Chicago 1986]

    [Bears mania in Chicago 1986]

    News report on the excitement and controversies in Chicago during the lead-up to the 1986 Superbowl. Continue reading

  • [Harry Caray moves to Cubs]

    [Harry Caray moves to Cubs]

    Press conference and interview on the day Harry Caray switched from being the voice of the White Sox to the voice of the Cubs. Continue reading

  • More Than A Game

    More Than A Game

    This is a mid-length documentary about playground basketball on the South and West sides of Chicago dealing specifically with the myths surrounding it, the culture it has created, and its effect on individuals. Notable NBA interviewees within the film are Glenn “Doc” Rivers and Eddie Johnson. Continue reading

  • Bill Murray and Christopher Guest at Super Bowl IX 1/2

    Bill Murray and Christopher Guest at Super Bowl IX 1/2

    Before covering 1976’s Super Bowl X, TVTV experimented with some comedy journalism by covering the pickup game between the CBS Superbowl Broadcast team. The game featured hall of famer Johnny Unitas with play-by-play by Phyllis George. It’s also one of the earliest TV appearances for Bill Murray and Christopher Guest. Also enjoy the full documentary, TVTV Goes To the Superbowl.

  • Chicago boxing character Johnny Lira

    Chicago boxing character Johnny Lira

    Today, we look back at Johnny Lira: boxer, “man about town… suave, debonair, and character extraordinaire.” In 1993, Doug Sawyer and Ben Joravsky interviewed Lira at the gym at Fuller Park at 45th and Princeton for our show Chicago Slices. He died Saturday at the age of 61. Make sure to read the fascinating recollections of Bruce Elliott, co-owner of the Old Town Ale House. They don’t make guys like Johnny Lira anymore… Check out the full hour with Lira.