Mike Imrem

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Mike Imrem joined the Daily Herald Sports department the first week of September 1978 and a month later was appointed general sports columnist.

Imrem has held that position ever since, covering 20 Super Bowls, including a Bears' victory and Bears' defeat; nine World Series, including the White Sox' victory in 2005; all six Bulls' championship victories; both Blackhawks' appearances in the Stanley Cup Finals, one a defeat and the other a championship; more than a half-dozen NCAA basketball Final Fours, including Illinois' in 1989; four college-football championship games, including Notre Dame's victory in the Fiesta Bowl; Rose Bowls featuring Northwestern and Illinois; and a half-dozen major golf championships.

Among Imrem's journalism awards are several from The Associated Press -- including first-place honors in the state and a top 10 in the nation.

Prior to the Daily Herald, Imrem worked for the Rockford Morning Star/Register Republic, Day Publications and the Champaign News-Gazette.

Imrem grew up on Chicago's Northwest Side, graduated from Schurz High School and earned a journalism degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.

Since joining the Daily Herald, he has resided in Palatine and Arlington Heights.

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Imrem: The game within the postgame

Feb 10 2016 | 8:13 pm - Game action has become the undercard for postgame inaction as newsmakers make news by not making news.

Imrem: Like him or not, Cam Newton a star

Feb 09 2016 | 7:36 pm - Now that the furor over Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has quieted a bit — just a bit — it’s time to ponder Bears fans’ priorities.

Imrem: Maybe Chicago Bulls’ Rose needs some general rest

Feb 09 2016 | 6:48 am - So, Derrick Rose was unavailable for Monday night’s game at Charlotte because of “general body soreness.”
Maybe it’s time to shut Rose down for however long it takes to whip him into durable playing shape.

1984 flashback: Rivera, Ditka a tough combo

Feb 07 2016 | 11:22 am - What was Ron Rivera, the head coach of the Carolina Panthers, like when he was drafted by the Chicago Bears in 1984? Mike Imrem offers a telling look back in this reprint on Rivera’s introduction to the NFL.

Imrem: Will Manning keep playing or retire?

Feb 07 2016 | 10:51 pm - With an ancient body and weakened arm, Manning helped Denver beat Carolina 24-10 Sunday night in Super Bowl 50. Will he or won’t he continue playing football after two Super Bowl wins?

Imrem: How Ron Rivera stays successful on and off the field

Feb 06 2016 | 8:24 pm - Former Bears player and coach Ron Rivera of the Carolina Panthers is a throwback to the old NFL. But as intense as he can be about football, that’s how mellow he can be away from the game.

Imrem: Cam Newton embarking on special course

Feb 05 2016 | 10:26 am - The Panthers left two impressions in 2011 after losing to the Bears at Soldier Field. The first was that rookie head coach Ron Rivera would win a Super Bowl before Bears head coach Lovie Smith would.

Imrem: Another black mark on college football calendar

Feb 02 2016 | 8:01 pm - The first Wednesday in February is the Super Bowl for levels of football scrambling underneath the NFL.
It’s also when I have an annual dream that we can wake up from one of college football’s many nightmares.

Imrem: What would Walter Payton be like today?

Feb 01 2016 | 7:58 pm - Tell me whether you ever wonder about Walter Payton these days.
Like last week when the 1985 Chicago Bears were celebrated on the 30th anniversary of their Super Bowl victory.

Imrem: There’s still time for Chicago White Sox this off-season

Jan 31 2016 | 7:24 pm - Hold your fire, White Sox fans, along with your tongues.
It’s too early to vent.
Yes, yes, SoxFest came and went without a dramatic announcement about a dramatic player acquisition.

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