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AUDIO: Previewing NU football, ripping preseason award watch lists

Time to talk NU football. Yes, it’s not too early. Would you rather someone talk more Chicago Cubs storylines that have been BEATEN TO DEATH?  Yeah, the current Cubs are in last place, but they have best farm system in baseball…yeah, got it. We’ve heard that enough. Since Chicago sports talk radio pretty much never talks college football, or at least they never discuss Northwestern...
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VIDEO: HBO exposing Qatar World Cup corruption, scandal

The Qatar World Cup in 2022 is the most preposterous idea in the history of sports. You saw there were a couple cooling breaks in Brazil during this past World Cup when the temperature was in the mid 80s. Imagine the Qatar World Cup, where the temps reach 115-120 on average. The game LITERALLY CANNOT BE PLAYED. That’s how morally depraved FIFA is. They took the bribe and signed...
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Tottenham Hotspur throwing out 1st ball at Chicago Cubs

The Chicago Fire of the MLS welcome Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur to the Windy City for an international friendly on Saturday, July 26. It will be televised on ESPN2, and it kicks off at 7 p.m. CST at Toyota Park. Spurs who drew with the Seattle Sounders 3-3 last night, will play Toronto FC and then arrive in Chicago at noon on Thursday, July 24, will kick off their tour...
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Wayne Rooney should be next England Capt, thinks Gerrard

According to The Sun, Steven Gerrard reckons Wayne Rooney should succeed him as England captain. So again, that’s what is so special about playing for country over playing for club. National loyalties always trump commercial. Gerrard believes the Manchester United striker should assume the leadership role with Three Lions now that he’s stepping down.  I don’t need to...
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“Things Happened” under Tony Dungy, 17 Colts got arrested

“I wouldn’t have taken him,’’ said former Bucs and Colts coach Tony Dungy, now an analyst for NBC. “Not because I don’t believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn’t want to deal with all of it. “It’s not going to be totally smooth … things will happen.’’ Michael Sam as member of the St. Louis Rams had actually ceased to be top of mind for...
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Jimmie Ward: what San Francisco 49ers fans should expect

So what are the San Francisco 49ers getting this year in Northern Illinois safety Jimmie Ward? He became just the second Huskie ever to be drafted in the first round when he was chosen with the 30th overall pick. Ward made an impression during 2014 Reese’s Senior Bowl Week in his hometown of Mobile, Ala., and followed that with an impressive performance at the NIU Pro Day in March...
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Jaws coming to life off Cape Cod, Summer of sharks II

2001 was deemed summer of sharks; at least according to Time magazine. I know, younger readers are like “what’s a magazine?” There were four or five shark attacks that year which got a lot of press. That’s still very very low, and the percentage of sharks that have been know to attack man is miniscule. Only a handful of species of sharks have ever recorded an attack on a...
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Can New Orleans Saints defense carry them to the Super Bowl?

When discussing the New Orleans Saints…First off, anyone who ever does a “Saints go marching….” cliche gets KICKED IN THEIR THROAT SO THEY NEVER TALK AGAIN. If you really are that bad at your job that you have to make a reference to the song that helped name the team and use it to try and sound clever, you are too dumb to work in this field. And you’re too boring to be...
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Latest updates on the Baltimore Ravens

The Baltimore Ravens rode Joe Flacco’s big arm and a strong defense led by the retiring and inspiring Ray Lewis to a magical Super Bowl victory over the San Francisco 49ers. That was the 2012-2013 season. The 2013-2014 season was much different. Gone were future Hall-of-Famers Lewis and Ed Reed. Also gone was Flacco’s favorite target Anquan Boldin. To make matters worse, another...
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Tottenham ready to meet Antoine Griezmann £25m release fee

Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly ready to match the £25 million release clause belonging to Antoine Griezmann. This is an effort to try and beat Chelsea and Monaco to the signing of the Real Sociedad winger. The Telegraph understands that Tottenham are willing to improve their bid to meet Griezmann’s buy-out clause, but Chelsea and Monaco may also be prepared to do the...
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Man United closing £16m deal for Mats Hummels

Manchester United went ALL OUT for Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels; according to reports in Germany. Now he looks set to join Manchester United this week for a reported £16 million, according to reports in Spain. The two clubs remain locked in talks ahead of the prospective move, but the Old Trafford hierarchy are confident off thrashing out a deal for the highly-rated...
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Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard retiring from England National team

Steven Gerrard claimed England’s Young Lions were ready to take the World Cup by storm ahead of the final warm-up before the World Cup. Well, you know how that turned out. It’s too bad that’s the way Gerrard ends his career with the Three Lions.  The FA have announced in a statement that Gerrard is stepping down. He retires as the all-time third-most capped England player...
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Liverpool, England Icon Steven Gerrard retires from Intl play

Steven Gerrard claimed England’s Young Lions were ready to take the World Cup by storm ahead of the final warm-up before the World Cup. Well, you know how that turned out. It’s too bad that’s the way Gerrard ends his career with the Three Lions.  The FA have announced in a statement that Gerrard is stepping down. He retires as the all-time third-most capped England player...
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VIDEO: Rory McIlroy shows Man United support, gets booed in Liverpool

Rory McIlroy had just conquered the British Open at Royal Liverpool. The Merseyside crowd at the Golf Club cheered loudly for the Northern Irishman, as he had just triumphed by capping off a dominant four-day performance. Then McIlroy said one thing that inspired to the crowd to do a complete 180. Listen to how nasty the booing is: Yes, the Manchester United supporter once reaffirmed...
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WATCH: Chris Kluwe calls out Vikings on MSNBC

Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe is one of the most outspoken players in the history of the NFL. The avid marriage equality and gay rights advocate has as much a social conscience as anyone to ever play the game. From gun control to civil rights, Kluwe is somebody who almost always has something meaningful to say. And he’s had A LOT to say about the Minnesota Vikings...
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Chris Kluwe to LIGHT UP Minnesota Vikings tonight on MSNBC

Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe is one of the most interesting and outspoken men in the NFL. The avid online gamer and gay rights advocate has as much a social conscience as any former football player. From gun control to civil rights, Kluwe is somebody who always has something meaningful to say. And he’s had A LOT to say about the Minnesota Vikings lately on Twitter...
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AUDIO: NIU Coach on post Jordan Lynch QB situation

For the time being, Jordan Lynch is a member of the Chicago Bears. The NIU quarterback, who hails from Chicago, will attempt to make a professional football career in the same general area where he starred playing both his high school and college football. Lynch signed as a free agent and a Bears press release says Jordan Lynch is a running back. I guess that works since Jordan Lynch...
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ESPN ranks Penn St football win over UM 14th best game of ’13

It’s never too early to talk Penn St football. Or re-live the glory of last season. After all, we’re now less than a week from Big Ten Media Days. With the start of the 2014 college football season on the horizon, ESPNU will televise the Top 25 College Football Games of 2013. Games No. 25 through No. 6 – in descending order — will be aired each weekday (7 p.m. and 10 p.m...
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Where do the Miami Heat go from here?

The Miami Heat are trying to keep their composure after LeBron James’s decision to take his talents back to Cleveland. Thankfully, Pat Riley has managed to avoid a total destruction of his team, following LeBron’s departure. Chris Bosh was re-signed to a long term contract, Dwyane Wade will also be back and the Heat managed to land one of the top free agents available in the...
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Tottenham transfer rumors: Lloris, Schneiderlin, Vorm, Vlasic, Rose

Time to talk Tottenham transfer rumors. Ben Davies is in hand, and he becomes the first new signing of the Mauricio Pochettino era. So who’s next in coming to White Hart Lane? Let’s get this party started -From “The Sun” always outspoken and original Brad Friedel believes Hugo Lloris could remain as Tottenham’s No 1 until 2028. So to that I say wow that’s a really long...
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San Diego Chargers only go as far as suspect defense takes them

Phillip Rivers proved that he still can bring it. The San Diego Chargers QB answered his critics with authority. Just like his sperm cells often answer egg cells with authority. He led a high powered offense (almost as high powered as his fertilization capabilities) that overcame the shortcomings and the injuries on defense. Their pass defense was awful, and San Diego made some excellent...
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VIDEO: Everton FC G Tim Howard on World Cup experience

This summer, America fell in love with their goalkeeper, as Tim Howard became an even bigger national hero during the men’s World Cup. Howard is a PETA advocate, animal rights activist and part-time broadcaster. He’s idealistic and media savvy. Tim Howard is probably the best goalkeeper in the Premier League. The Everton stopper from New Jersey, USA might actually be the best...
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Will Northwestern football get back to a bowl game?

It’s time to stop to talking about Northwestern football being good by Northwestern standards. You know, standard cliches about what Pat Fitzgerald has done, despite the limitations. This discussion needs to end. No need for qualifying statements anymore. No more “given the…” It’s now just Big 10 standards; now plain and simple. This past year should have taught you that...
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Today, NIU Huskies football begins life after Jordan Lynch

Jordan Lynch was arguably the greatest player in NIU football history. You’d have to put the former Northern Illinois quarterback in the discussion for the MAC all-time Mt. Rushmore, if you don’t have him there already. But again, and it pains me that I have to say this in the first place, he’s not a NFL player. He may catch on with a practice squad somewhere, but if he makes...
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VIDEO: Everton keeper Tim Howard on the future of the game

This summer, America fell in love with their goalkeeper, as Tim Howard became an even bigger national hero during the men’s World Cup. Howard is a PETA advocate, animal rights activist and part-time broadcaster. He’s idealistic and media savvy. Tim Howard is probably the best goalkeeper in the Premier League. The Everton stopper from New Jersey, USA might actually be the best...
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