Chicago sports history — from ReadJack
I love Chicago sports.
I love Chicago sports history.
And I want to share both with you.
My name is Jack Silverstein, AKA ReadJack, and if you know me, you know the above three statements don’t even begin to scratch the surface of just how true they are. Like most sports fans, my fandom began at birth. But my love of history started not long after, and ever since I could read, I’ve been hunting for the backstory of everything in Chicago sports.
That’s what this newsletter, “A Shot On Ehlo,” will be about: my everlasting hunt. And with this newsletter, I’m hunting with an end in mind.
To start? The 1990s Bulls, and my forthcoming book: “6 Rings: The Bulls, The City, and the Dynasty that Changed the Game.”
This newsletter will deliver the spoils of my hunt.
Praise and endorsements from some of our favorite sports fans and press
In the past decade, I’ve raised my game as a Chicago sports historian. You’ve seen my work in the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times, in Windy City Gridiron and ChicagoNow, at the Barber’s Chair Network and Chicago Magazine and the Chicago Reader and many other places. I’ve also been a sports history source in the Ringer and Sports Illustrated.
I have also had the honor to bring my work to the airwaves: on 670 The Score and WGN, on CLTV SportsFeed and WCG Radio, on ESPN Radio and the BBC.
Among the folks who have amplified my work and shown me love:
Jack M Silverstein @readjackHe earned a championship ring with the Bulls in 1997, gave MJ his chair in the Flu Game but played only 12 minutes all season. This is the true story of Matt Steigenga, who turns 49 today and owns one of the most fortuitous places in Chicago sports history. A thread. https://t.co/Bq6FxyRjHG
Jack M Silverstein @readjack25 years ago, for two weeks in May of 1994, the Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks played a 7-game playoff series. Its highlights are legendary. Its controversy is iconic. This is the true story of how seven games in the second round forever changed the NBA. A thread. https://t.co/hS6C4iEDNn
Chicago Bears @ChicagoBearsFor our NFC North showdown this Sunday at Soldier Field we'll be wearing our classic jerseys for the first time since 1936. Here’s an important message from our players and Chairman, looking ahead to Sunday. https://t.co/SPbraNMFvL
@CLTVSportsFeed @CLTVSportsFeedHe talked MJ, Kobe, @BUrlacher54 & @olin_kreutz on Tuesday's Sports Feed. Safe to say it was a great conversation with @readjack of @WCGridiron & @BarbersChairNet on a number of topics with @paytonsun & @Josh_Frydman. Watch the full segment here: https://t.co/sX6GsmR3JB https://t.co/pcWE57mmyw
Jack M Silverstein @readjackThe road to the Bulls 2nd three-peat, the Warriors dynasty and the Raptors franchise began 24 years ago with one man: B.J. Armstrong. This is the true story of Steve Kerr, the '96-'98 Bulls, the current Warriors, and B.J. Armstrong — the first Toronto Raptor. A thread. https://t.co/yzHtYAB6JK
Jack M Silverstein @readjackSalute to @peanuttillman. My latest at @WindyCGridiron. https://t.co/cPnZ3qafVO
Jack M Silverstein @readjackThe game’s best player. Its best coach. Its best GM. Disgruntled Hall of Famers. A quiet owner. The feud that consumed them all. Why did a thriving dynasty become a lame-duck season? This is the true story of how the 1998 Chicago Bulls became #TheLastDance. A thread. https://t.co/z0AwqI11PF
Subscribe now, and enjoy Chicago sports, ReadJack-style
So here’s the deal.
I wanted to set my monthly subscription at $3 and my annual at $33 — that’s one newsletter per week, and a discount for the annual sub.
But Substack has a minimum monthly sub of $5.
So this is $5.
But I’m keeping my annual rate at $33.
Stay here for updates on “6 Rings” and other projects. I thank you for your support!