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Kansas City Chiefs in the Super Bowl?? Keyshawn Johnson thinks so

I’m not sure if the Kansas City Chiefs making the Super Bowl idea is just really dumb. Or if every NFL pregame and postgame highlights show has just jumped the Sharknado. This was EVERY NFL pregame & postgame show this weekend- pundit 1: “Ndamukong Suh is a really dirty player.” Pundit 2: “No, Suh is not a dirty player.” Rinse & Repeat. Always Rinse & Repeat...
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September 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Now even NFL Punditocracy discusses Johnny Manziel too

Johnny Manziel, which the Alabama Crimson Tide Sports Information Department claims was “contained by the Alabama defense for much of the game” (even though Texas Agricultural & Manziel set a school record for total offense on ‘Bama) is now the topic of discussion by NFL pundits. Yes, the NFL punditocracy, not the college football punditocracy. NBC Sports Scott Pioli...
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September 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Big Ten football power rankings: lipstick on a pig edition

During Big Ten football Saturdays like this, how do you spin what happened? How do you put lipstick on these pigs? And even though Northwestern out-gained an AWFUL Western Michigan team by just 126 yards, they’ve still earned the second slot. You can argue that a different Big Ten football team deserves to be there. But my argument is pretty solid for NU. Also, Illinois gave up...
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September 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Danica Patrick finishes 20th in “Homecoming Game” at Chicagoland

Danica Patrick was not one of the 12 drivers in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship, which began with the Geico 400 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill. The 12 drivers  13 drivers are competing in what is essentially the playoffs of NASCAR. Matt Kenseth won tonight. Danica Patrick finished 20th in the Geico 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday. Patrick, who started...
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September 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Manchester United vs Bayer Leverkusen: preview and prediction

This Manchester United preview and prediction is courtesy of Aayush Dureha One may be mistaken if he thinks that the Champions League draw has been kind to David Moyes in his first season at Old Trafford. For Manchester United to have a group with teams such as Bayer Leverkusen, Shakhtar Donetsk and Real Sociedad can be termed tricky at the very least. The United manager has been...
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September 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Aaron Rodgers starts his 2013 MVP campaign in blowout of the Redskins

Aaron Rodgers makes it look so easy that it’s almost difficult to sit back and realize what he just did on the football field. It was one of those days against Washington Redskins as Rodgers racked up 480 yards and four touchdowns on a precise 34-of-42 passing in the 38-20 win. The aerial assault was started in the first half as Rodgers became the first quarterback since week six...
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September 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Five reasons Wisconsin Badgers fans should move on from the ASU fiasco

Almost exactly a year apart, 2012′s Fail Mary and 2013′s Wisconsin Badgers officiating snafu will haunt the minds of diehard Wisconsin sports fans. Here’s a video of what went down last night if you missed it. It’s difficult to decide which one is worse  because they both contain an extreme incompetence for the game of football and the acting referees assumed no accountability...
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September 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Jen Bielema appears to take shot at Wisconsin

Talk about kicking a team when it’s down. That’s exactly what Jen Bielema, wife of Wisconsin Badgers former Head Coach Bret Bielema, did when she tweeted a shot at Badgers fans following a controversial loss at Arizona State on Saturday Night. Here’s what she had to say after the Badgers seemingly had a game ripped from them because of some ugly Pac-12 officiating. #karma...
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September 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Northwestern football defeats Western Michigan: rapid reaction

Northwestern football is one of the teams carrying the flag for the Big Ten this season. You could easily argue how they’re anywhere from the second to the fourth best team in the league right now, but they got off to a really rough start Saturday night. They beat Western Michigan 38-17, in a game where they trailed in the second quarter, and didn’t put them away until the fourth...
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September 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Bama official site: “Crimson Tide contained Manziel much of the game”

This is one of the worst lies I’ve seen in a press release in quite some time. And believe me, that’s really saying something because I receive like two or three dozen press releases every single weekday. And a few more on the weekends. The Crimson Tide sent this release out to their media, and posted the same offering on the Alabama Crimson Tide official website, in their game...
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September 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Arizona State escapes with a win over the Badgers in controversial fashion

No one really knows what officially happened at the end of the Wisconsin Badgers controversial 32-30 loss to Arizona State. It appeared that Badgers quarterback Joel Stave performed a hybrid of kneeling/spiking the ball which confused a questionable set of Pac-12 officials who then went on to botch the entire play completely. Regardless of whether the Sun Devils deserved the win...
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September 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Illini football Chicago Homecoming quick hits

The Illini football game in Chicago today had nice weather, a decent crowd, and a….meh performance. The offense seems to be light years ahead of the defense at this point. And the Illini football team lost by exactly ten to Washington, which was the opening line that Vega$ had. The Chicago Homecoming game saw a couple nice plays, but the 34-24 loss was not as close as it sounds...
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September 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Northwestern finds go-to receiver in Tony Jones

Northwestern wide receiver Tony Jones career high of 185 yards last week versus Syracuse is the most receiving yards in a game by a Wildcat since Jeremy Ebert had 208 yards against Rice in 2011. Pat Fitzgerald on the breakout performance of Tony Jones: “Well, it’s back-to-back weeks that Tony has played at an elite level, an All-Big Ten level. We’ve got to continue to find...
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September 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Chicago Bears Predictions: Week Two

(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) ‘Joestradmaus’ still has the magic touch. The Bengals put up three more points than I predicted, but cut a guy a break; at the end of the day, the Bears still won. Charles Tillman and the gang managed to corral the one-man wrecking crew known as A.J. Green before things got too far out of hand, and the offense showed some promising signs...
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September 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Was Kristen Saban (Nick Saban daughter) Gameday sign over the line?

Kristen Saban, daughter of Crimson Tide Coach Nick Saban, and arch-nemesis of Phi Mu sorority sister Sarah Grimes, was the subject of a very controversial sign on ESPN College Gameday this morning. How did this one get past the ESPN Gameday Sign police? Is it over the line? Well you heard about the lawsuit against Kristen Saban, how she allegedly beat her sorority sis Grimes. I don’t...
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September 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Wayne Rooney scores first goal of season in uninspiring victory

Wayne Rooney was one of the biggest topics of the Premier League off-season. His will he stay or will he go drama was the most talked about topic not just for Manchester United, but the PL in general. He started out the season on the bench, and didn’t celebrate a goal with his teammates in the opening blowout win. Then he injured his head and missed time. But eventually fortunes...
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September 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Nicole Briscoe analyzes her Green Bay Packers

ESPN NASCAR reporter Nicole Briscoe is a big Green Bay Packers fan. In part two we discuss the Green & Gold. In part one we discussed Danica Patrick, who like Briscoe attended Hononegah Community High School in Rockton Illinois. Part three runs later today on Chicago Now, discussing all things media related. Following NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup Media Day, the top 12 drivers...
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September 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Cubs minor league All-Stars Part 4: Albert Almora and Jorge Soler miss the cut

In the final installment of our 2013 Chicago Cubs minor league All-Star team, we select three outfielders and identify several others who deserve honorable mention, including the two best outfielders in the system who did not qualify because of injury-shortened seasons.    All three of our All-Star outfielders were culled from the Sothern League (SL) AA Tennessee Smokies...
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September 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Jeff Gordon now in NASCAR Chase; Brian France makes power play

“I drive fast-y call me Jeff Gordon” –Nelly Jeff Gordon is so big that he’s got much more than “crossover appeal.” With endorsements and a public profile like Jeff Gordon, even the St. Louis hip-hop artist Nelly admires him. And that’s why NASCAR made sure to not open up another spot for Jeff Gordon in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, but to actually ADD another slot to...
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September 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Brady’s Wife Gisele Bundchen presents Champion of the Earth

If only I lived in New York City, I could have met/interviewed Gisele Bundchen, UNEP Ambassador and wife of New England Patriots QB Tom Brady. Supermodel Gisele Bundchen is set to present the UN’s highest environmental accolade, the Champions of the Earth award. US-based technology giant Google Earth and Geographic Information System (GIS) pioneer, Jack Dangermond, are among this...
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September 13, 2013  |  Discuss

New Gig! Meet your new Illini and Northwestern Analyst for 1620 The Zone

  Starting Tuesday, I’ll be doing a weekly guest appearance as both a Northwestern and Illinois Fighting Illini football analyst for KOZN 1620 The Zone Omaha. It’s a station with a Fox Sports Radio affiliation. I’ll be appearing every Tuesday on KOZN at 10:30 A.M. as part of the “Big Ten Whiparound” on Sharp and Benning in the Morning. Here’s where you can listen. ...
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September 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Manchester United Champions League match should help Fox Sports 1

We’re just days from the UEFA Champions League Match between Manchester United and Germany’s Bayer Leverkusen live from Old Trafford, Tuesday, Sept. 17 (1 PM CDT) on Fox Sports 1. Manchester City and reigning victors of the prestigious club tournament, Bayern Munich, also take the field on Tuesday. Maybe the giant size fan base of Manchester United and the high television ratings...
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September 13, 2013  |  Discuss

#62 Temple Owls: College Basketball 111 in 111

Welcome to The Sports Bank’s fourth annual college basketball season preview series where we break 111 teams in the 111 days leading up to the opening tip-off of the 2013-2014 season.  We will rank the 84 power conference teams (including the new Big East and American Athletic Conferences) and top 27 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters...
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September 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Nicole Briscoe articulates on Danica Patrick (exclusive)

In part one of my exclusive with ESPN NASCAR reporter Nicole Briscoe, we discuss Danica Patrick, who like Briscoe attended Hononegah Community High School in Rockton IL. Danica was a cheerleader on the JV while Nicole Briscoe was on the varsity squad. Briscoe was a couple years ahead in school, and they weren’t close, but they did know each other. Following NASCAR Chase for the...
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September 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Illini football events in Chicago this weekend

Here is the detailed timetable of all events surrounding the Illini football game in Chicago on Saturday. Chicago Homecoming game kicks off Saturday at 5 p.m. at Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears. 1-4:30 p.m. – Illini Fest Tailgate 1 p.m. – Illini Fest opens at Stadium Green just southeast of Soldier Field – Food and beer for sale, free cotton candy, snow cones, face...
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September 13, 2013  |  Discuss
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