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Big Ten basketball postseason projections 1-6-14

Note: projections will not include my predictions for the Big Ten basketball tournament, nor any March Madness predictions. 1.  Wisconsin Badgers 15-0 (2-0) + projected 15-3 in Big Ten basketball = 28-3 #1 seed in NCAA Tournament Perhaps the most underrated and overlooked program in the country right now. 2. Ohio State Buckeyes 15-0 (2-0) + projected 14-4 in Big Ten basketball...
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January 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Southern Illinois basketball team stranded on interstate by blizzard

SIU basketball was quite relevant in the 2000s, winning a few NCAA Tournament games here and there. The Salukis were a staple in March Madness, but then vanished into obscurity when Chris Lowery took over the program and couldn’t duplicate the success of Bruce Weber and Matt Painter. We forgot about SIU basketball entirely until right before Christmas when SIU basketball coach...
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January 06, 2014  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Kate Upton movie trailer released

Can Kate Upton actually act? That is the question to be answered when “The Other Woman” hits theaters in April. The ex girlfriend of both New York Jets QB Mark Sanchez and Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander will be starring alongside Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann in 20th Century Fox’s “The Other Woman,” and this week, the first official full-length trailer for Kate Upton...
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January 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Five major cultural contributions of Florida State football

You could call this post “Five things you should know about Florida State football but probably don’t.” Or maybe “Five under the radar contributions of Florida State football .” Or Five things about Florida State football that transcend college football. Either way, here’s to hoping they end the SEC Reign of Terror tomorrow night, America wishes you Godspeed Seminoles...
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January 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Is David Moyes admitting January transfer market defeat already?

The hot seat for David Moyes got even warmer. Manchester United crashing out of the FA Cup, the team getting booed off the pitch, and the lack of inspiration thus far in the transfer window now has even more people calling for the sacking of David Moyes. It also didn’t help that Moyes didn’t get anything done in the summer transfer window either. David Moyes has insisted that...
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January 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Manchester United transfer rumors: Koke, Coentrao, Zaha, Rooney

Manchester United Manager David Moyes has said the Red Devils won’t get anyone this January transfer window. I have a hard time believing that. I think that’s just bluster and bluffing. Also, it’s something no United fan wants to hear. United has been strongly linked to Atletico Madrid’s Koke as well as Real Madrid’s Fabio Coentrao. Reps have been sent for Koke, so we should...
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January 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Illini basketball national ranking could be short-lived

Your 13-2, 2-0 Illini basketball team will probably move into the national rankings for the first time this season later today. And it’s well deserved. Other than the 8 minute collapse at Georgia Tech in the Big Ten ACC Challenge, this Illini basketball team has not really done anything wrong this year. The Mizzou win was solid and the Oregon loss wasn’t bad at all. Defeating...
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January 05, 2014  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Mike Ditka is lost, discusses wrong game on live TV

Mike Ditka has done a really fine job of exploiting one accomplishment 30 years ago and turning it into a second career as a mega-endorser of every product possible. Even more impressive is how Mike Ditka has constructed a third career as a multi-media pundit. From WMVP ESPN 1000 to the Chicago Sun-Times to ESPN NFL countdown, Mike Ditka is ubiquitous. Even if has absolutely no clue...
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January 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Georgia Tech Associate A.D. vs ESPN PR Rep: TWITTER WAR!

I enjoy making fun of tweets about television ratings, since no one outside the media field cares about them. Really no one outside of television cares at all. Yet PR reps never ever shut up about them. You need to see these self-congratulatory press releases that ESPN and every other network mail out. The grandiose self-promotion is an art form. Of course, I’m guilty of tweeting...
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January 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Chicago Bulls a likely destination for Carmelo Anthony this summer

According to ESPN.com, Carmelo Anthony will probably be opting out of his contract this summer with the early exit clause that is part of his deal. While many feel that he will stay in New York, the report also says that the Los Angeles Clippers and the Chicago Bulls are the top options. The New York Post writes that Carmelo Anthony greatly respects head coach Tom Thibodeau and that...
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January 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Who is in, out for Team Canada Hockey?

Team USA has been in the headlines after their roster announcement following the Winter Classic. Team Canada will dominate those same headlines January 7. Hockey Canada is rich with talent that could easily field two teams. The roster listed below will be broken down into three categories: Goaltenders, Defensemen, and Forwards. Team Canada will take more centers than any other forward...
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January 04, 2014  |  Discuss

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
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