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Top 60 national recruit Aaron Jordan commits to Illini basketball

Shooting guard Aaron Jordan has chosen Illinois. The class of 2015 blue-chip prospect from Plainfield, Illinois picked the Illini over Northwestern, Creighton, Indiana, Wisconsin and Purdue.  Currently, Aaron Jordan is ranked as the 60th best prospect in the country, according to Rivals.com, and No. 77 by Scout.com. Aaron Jordan is considered a top prospect in the state of Illinois...
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January 04, 2014  |  Discuss

No, Aaron Rodgers is not dating Julie Henderson either

For some reason, Julie Henderson is showing up connected to Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers in my site’s search queries in the past couple days. That’s very interesting, as I don’t even know who Julie Henderson is let alone ever written about her. Obviously, I’ve never written about Julie Henderson in any connection to Rodgers. But this is the same phenomena that happened...
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January 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Chicago Bulls defense still living up to lofty standards

Under Tom Thibodeau, the Chicago Bulls play tough, hard-nosed defense. It’s what they do. Just like under Scott Skiles. As for the Vinny Del Negro years in between, well not so much. Anyway, this Chicago Bulls team, despite their awful 13-18 record, is still pretty exceptional on D. They’re second in the league in points per game allowed. Team defense is not the main issue to...
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January 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Rose Bowl done, Michigan State football thinks National Title next

Michigan State football could end up #2 or #3 in the final college football polls. They were #4 in the BCS before they vanquished #5 Stanford, and with Alabama losing badly in the Sugar Bowl, not to mention a drop coming to the national title game loser and voila. Look at where Mark Dantonio has the Michigan State football program now! Oh, if only for those 5 pass interference calls...
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January 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Florida State cheerleaders ultimate photo collection

Maybe the Florida State cheerleaders can warm you up, because it’s probably pretty cold right now no matter where you’re reading this. Auburn versus Florida State in the BCS National Title game on Monday night. I’m sure there will be lots of shots of the Florida State cheerleaders. The ratings for the national title game should be super high this year, as that specific night...
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January 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Auburn cheerleaders ultimate photo collection

Maybe the Auburn cheerleaders can warm you up, because it’s probably pretty cold right now no matter where you’re reading this. Auburn versus Florida State in the BCS National Title game on Monday night. Let’s get some Auburning done with the Auburn cheerleaders. The ratings for the national title game should be super high this year, as that specific night as temperatures forecast...
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January 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Three big Manchester United transfer rumors: Cabella, Vidal, Muric

Time to talk Manchester United transfer rumors. The holidays are over, so it’s back to work for me and the January transfer window time is at hand. Three big Manchester United targets to discuss. -United Manager David Moyes will face competition from Newcastle United over the signature of Montpellier playmaker Remy Cabella, according to the Daily Mirror. He’s been a long time...
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January 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Missing Champions League could cause United to lose Wayne Rooney

We could have Wayne Rooney and Champions League. Or we could have no Champions League and no Wayne Rooney in Old Trafford. Might be a package deal, we’ll have none of we’ll have both. It would be bad enough if Manchester United failed to get back into the top four of the Premier League table, but now an ESPN FC report, citing The Guardian, says that the 27 year old striker could...
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January 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Noah Spence Orange Bowl suspension was over PEDs

The Ohio State Buckeyes suspended defensive end Noah Spence for three games, including the Orange Bowl tonight versus Clemson. And the “Big Ten rules violation” Noah Spence committed really sounds like a performance enhancing drug issue. The Columbus Post-Dispatch reported that Noah Spence tested positive for an unapproved dietary supplement. So it must be a substance that the...
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January 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Poll says Chicago Bears are America’s 2nd most disliked team

PPP’s annual poll about the NFL is out at the Chicago Bears are the penultimate. Yes, the Chicago Bears are the second most disliked team in all of America. Guess who beat them for #1 most hated? The so-called “America’s Team” itself, the Dallas Cowboys. 23% of the poll respondents say the Cowboys are their least favorite team with the Chicago Bears a very distant second...
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January 03, 2014  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Bortles GF Lindsey Duke “worth 6 million Googles” says UCF Coach

Lindsey Duke is “internet famous” because she’s dating a college football player who has now become high profile. Due to her giant implants, extremely tanned body and rib cage script tattoo, Lindsey Duke is arguably more well known than her boyfriend UCF quarterback Blake Bortles. Of course, this could change once the NFL Draft gets here and things go right for Bortles. And...
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January 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Jenny Dell might leave NESN for Fox Sports 1

Jenny Dell, the NESN in stadium hostess of the Boston Red Sox is pondering a leave in favor of joining Fox Sports 1. The Boston Globe reports that she is in talks with the network, possibly trying to hammer out a deal. The Boston Globe was also the first to report that Jenny Dell is living with Red Sox 3B Will Middlebrooks. All of Boston knew the two were dating for well over a year...
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January 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Californians didn’t watch Rose Bowl; Stanford Cardinal horrible for TV ratings

I told you that Stanford Cardinal fans are the worst in all of college football. Stanford has been to the Rose Bowl 16 times, that’s the fifth most of any school. Yet the Cardinal fanbase is notoriously apathetic. And as a small, elite private school that fan base is tiny to begin with. Stanford couldn’t even sell out a Pac 12 championship game that they hosted. All around the...
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January 03, 2014  |  Discuss

ESPN’s Michele Steele: photos and bio

Michele Steele is name you recognize a lot from ESPN and their NFL coverage. She’s on ESPN NFL Sunday Countdown all the time and reports on site for NFL games regularly. Watch the spelling on Michele Steele, there’s one L in there, not two. She’s a fellow Illini! Yes, she’s a Daily Illini alum, as I remember that she used to write the Scout column for the student daily at...
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January 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Aaron Rodgers and Emmanuelle Chriqui doing good work

Aaron Rodgers has been in the news a lot lately. Aaron Rodgers has been dominating search queries all week. You might say that topics relating to Aaron Rodgers have been blowing up the search engines ever since last Saturday. We’re not going to get into the reasons why. You already know. There’s been both on and off the field stuff.  Now we move on to a different Aaron Rodgers...
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January 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Longhorn Network’s Kaylee Hartung to make ESPN NFL debut

Kaylee Hartung is a 29 year old reporter for ESPN’s Longhorn Network, and formerly a CBS News reporter on the daily Washington Unplugged program and featured correspondent for Unplugged Under 40. In addition, Kaylee Hartung was an assistant to Bob Schieffer and associate producer of the Sunday public affairs program Face the Nation. She’ll be reporting on an interesting feature...
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January 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Stanford Cardinal “fans” DON’T CARE about Rose Bowl, TV ratings verify

Told you Staford Cardinal fans are some of the worst in college football. The Stanford Cardinal have been to the Rose Bowl 16 times, that’s the fifth most of any school. This year marked a back-to-back trip to Pasadena. However, their fanbase is notoriously tiny and apathetic. They couldn’t even sell out a Pac 12 championship game that they hosted. Green and White absolutely...
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January 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Tottenham Hotspur Goalkeeper exclusive ahead of Arsenal match

Arsenal currently leads the Barclays Premier League standings and doesn’t show signs of slowing down, despite untimely injuries to star midfielders Mezut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey. Forwards Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott are set to lead the line against a resurgent Spurs, following the firing of manager Andre Villas-Boas. Only three points away from a UEFA Champions League spot in...
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January 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Pau Gasol future with the L.A. Lakers very much in doubt

I thought I was courtside for the last time that Pau Gasol suited up for the Los Angeles Lakers. And on the evening that the Lakers debuted their black “Hollywood Nights” uniforms too. What a way for Pau Gasol to go out, a home blow-out loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, the laughing stock of the NBA. Actually, the Bucks are so bad they might be a laughingstock in the ACC. (j/k not...
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January 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Ohio State Buckeyes cheerleaders photo collection

Tomorrow night the Ohio State Buckeyes take on the Clemson Tigers in the Orange Bowl. How will the Ohio State Buckeyes perform with three defensive starters injured? I don’t know but Clemson is known for Clemsoning. Look up Urban dictionary for what “clemsoning” is. Hey, Clemson gonna Clemson gonna Clemson. Perfect time to do an Ohio State Buckeyes cheerleaders, dance team...
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January 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Patrick Kane in, Brandon Saad out for Team USA Hockey

Team USA Hockey announced their men’s roster following the Winter Classic yesterday. For Chicago Blackhawk fans, the list of hometown players selected may have felt a little short. Patrick Kane was the lone representative for Chicago while Brandon Saad was left off the roster. Kane was a no-brainer choice for the U.S. team that won silver at the 2010 Winter Olympics. Saad’s play...
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January 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Bill O’Brien CURSES OUT the Penn State JoeBots

Bill O’Brien has left Penn State to become the new Head Coach of the Houston Texans. It appears a big reason why are the “Joebots.” For those outside of the state of Pennsylvania, “JoeBots” are the Joe Paterno zealots who cling to the past and deify Paterno in spite of any and all evidence that condemns him. They’re more than loyal to a fault, they’re loyal despite…well...
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January 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Philadelphia Eagles vs NOLA Saints: brutally honest preview

Philadelphia Eagles fans know that Chip Kelly is a genius. Year one of his regime in the NFL has proven that he can make his brilliant offense work in the pros. He brought his Oregon Ducks magic up to the next level. And he made a suspect defense into a respectable unit that is serviceable. In LeSean McCoy they have the Barry Sanders of this generation, and Nick Foles rose from obscurity...
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January 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Green Bay Packers vs. San Francisco: brutally honest playoff preview

The Green Bay Packers hosting a wildcard playoff game at Lambeau Field seemed impossible to imagine just a month ago. But here they are, welcoming the San Francisco 49ers in to the frigid cold for a shot at traveling to either Seattle or Carolina for a shot at the NFC Championship Game. Can quarterback Aaron Rodgers build upon his monumental return by knocking off a 49ers team that...
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January 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Indianapolis Colts vs K.C. Chiefs: brutally honest playoff preview

I would say the Indianapolis Colts don’t really scare anyone heading into the NFL playoffs, as their performances in December left a lot to be desired. However, the last three Super Bowl champions all had at least 6 losses, so it really doesn’t matter all that much. The Indianapolis Colts, if they run the table this month would truly represent the “just get in” mentality...
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January 02, 2014  |  Discuss
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