We simply expected to see some intensity from Lovie Smith, if not at the onset of his tenure as head coach of the Bears, then down the road when, inevitably, Chicago gruffness found its way into his soft Texas drawl.
It's been an up and down season thus far for the Fenwick boys basketball team and two games last week that followed the Friars' rough go at the Proviso West Holiday Tournament couldn't have proved that more.
For the second straight year the Fenwick girls basketball team was thwarted from hefting a Dundee-Crown Charger Classic title trophy over the holiday break, but the Friars proved that the second half of the season should make for some interesting hoops play.
One could say the good news for the OPRF boys basketball team is the fact that they didn't have to face Jabari Parker and Simeon at the Pontiac Holiday Tournament. Parker, the state's top hoops college recruit, led Simeon to the title, but OPRF didn't do too bad either.
After combing through every story and every photo of 2012 and causing significant strain to our already dilapidated brains by recalling some of the plays, shots, serves, hits, blocks, pins, sprints, pitches, vaults, or game winning goals or touchdowns or walk-off homers, we had way too much content to stuff into a few pages for a year in sports review. Therefore, we did what any selfish editor would do: We only picked 10.