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Misinterpreted Fighting Illini basketball promotion exudes family values (photo)

It’s been a great week and change for Illinois Fighting Illini basketball. They beat the #1 Indiana Hoosiers, then the #18 Minnesota Golden Gophers at their place. Then they finally ended their 8 game losing streak to Purdue, trouncing them by 20. I don’t have the facts and figures, but I bet the winning streak was good for their ticketing office. So things were going great for...
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February 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Kate Upton Justin Verlander? Upton denies it (video)

Here’s what you call a very strong denial. The Kate Upton Justin Verlander thing? Not happening according to the back to back SI swimsuit issue cover girl and hottest woman alive. Watch the clip below after the jump. Maybe the Kate Upton Justin Verland thing is still on? And this is just a vehement denial? Either way it’s a funny clip and you have to give the journalists points...
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February 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Mila Kunis named sexiest woman alive by Esquire magazine (photos)

Mila Kunis is certainly easy on the eyes. There’s no denying that. Sexiest woman alive? Well, that’s always a spirited cause for debate. I’ll let you decide. For videos, pictures and more on this go here Paul M. Banks is CEO of The Sports Bank.net, an official Google News site generating millions of unique visitors. He’s also a regular contributor to Chicago Now, Chicago...
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February 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Green Bay Packer players really resemble their wives (video)

Here’s a St. Valentine’s day story for you. According to a new online dating service and NBC 26 Green Bay, many Green Bay Packer players show a very strong resemblance to their spouses. FindYourFacemate.com is a new service that uses facial recognition technology to match couples based on how similar the facial layout. And the Packer players fit the bill. Sounds nuts, but watch...
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February 14, 2013  |  Discuss

This March Madness bracket should be madder than ever

Anyone who picks all #1 seeds in their March madness bracket this year needs to get their head checked. The Indiana Hoosiers stayed at #1 in the polls despite losing to the unranked Illinois Fighting Illini. Thus ended a stretch of five straight weeks in which the top ranked team went down. Now the #1 team in the country is just whoever hasn’t lost lately. And if these trends hold...
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February 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Give a St. Valentine’s Day gift like a man

This year, give a St. Valentine’s Day gift, and by that I mean a kiss, like a man this year. Just don’t give a St. Valentine’s Day gift, again I mean kiss, to Jenny McCarthy or Amanda Bynes; because you might get a nasty surprise in return. We know you’re thinking about sex; but a kiss opens the door to making love. You can’t enter the temple without going up the first...
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February 14, 2013  |  Discuss
ROAD TO RECOVERY

Rose might not return this season?

Derrick Rose is attempting to come back from a torn ACL and he now is saying that he might not even be back this season.

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February 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Let’s re-think the sports blog links aggregation process

  Sports blog links, the good ones, are very hard to come by. Sure you’ll easily get a lot of spammish “links” and pingbacks from sites that aren’t even ranked in Alexa. But to get an inbound link from Deadspin or another high traffic site is what really counts. Much much more so than television or radio promotion. Sports blog links from a high traffic site is what really...
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February 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Nerlens Noel ACL injury means Kentucky, college career over

The Nerlens Noel ACL injury is a game-changer to say the least. Noel has probably played his last games of college basketball, his final days with the Kentucky Wildcats. According to Matt Jones of Kentucky Sports Radio, he has a torn ACL. The Nerlens Noel ACL injury will now end his college basketball career and he’ll begin the recovery process for the NBA Draft. He would have...
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February 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Big Ten to stop playing FCS football teams

Big Ten officials have agreed to stop scheduling FCS football teams (Football Championship Series) for nonconference college football games. The change is expected to take effect before the 2016 season with a number of FCS football games already scheduled through the 2014-15 seasons. FCS football teams or Division 1-AA schools have been a part of large school schedules for years...
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February 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Danica Patrick Daytona 500 preparation and preview

The No. 10 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet Impala SS is loaded and ready. Crew chief Tony Gibson and the GoDaddy.com crew are ready. And, most importantly, Danica Patrick Daytona 500 preparation begins. As she kicks off her first full NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. The marathon 36-race Sprint Cup schedule begins with the 55th Daytona 500 Feb. 24 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway....
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February 13, 2013  |  Discuss

NHL Network’s Carrie Milbank: photos and bio

NHL Network personality Carrie Milbank is yet another example of a cheerleader turned media personality. She captained the Houston Texans squad for four years. From NHL.com The Hockey Show profile: She was discovered by NFL Films in 2003 when she auditioned as a Guest Host on NFL Under The Helmet (FOX), revealing her Number One passion as an on–camera entertainer. She quickly...
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February 13, 2013  |  Discuss

10 Hottest Jewish Women alive (photos)

To quote Adam Sandler in ‘The Channukah Song,” “so many Jews are in the show business.” And so many hot Jewish women. A lot of the Jewish names that are huge in Hollywood you already know. After seeing this list you’ll know a few more that you hadn’t known previously. Hopefully, you’ll want to check out our Ten Hottest Canadian women. You know this list is impressive...
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February 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Illini Cheerleader Sister is former WWE Diva Maria Kanellis (pics)

It’s a great thing we have student media. They’re the guys who gave me leads like this to go research important stories like this. And make no mistake this is hard hitting, extremely important news. Let’s say you’re a fan of WWE and enjoy the work of former  WWE Diva Maria Kanellis. Now let’s say you’re an Illini fan, someone who really watches a lot of Illini games...
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February 13, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 SI swimsuit issue: tradition. controversy. boobies

When you pick up the 2013 SI swimsuit issue this Valentine’s Day, remember it’s tradition of excellence; and t & a. It’s “Barely Legal” with spring training coverage. Oh wait, it’s all swimsuits now. The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue was an institution in the early 1990s, well it really took off in the 1980s with Christie Brinkley and Paulina Porizkova each gracing...
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February 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Is Michelle Vawer the next Kate Upton? (pics)

Check out Michelle Vawer, and see if she fits the bill. The bill is… …right now Kate Upton is considered the hottest woman in the world; and perhaps rightfully so. Since the 19-year-old Michigan native and Wolverines fan was named the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover girl, the entire media has been buzzing over, wanting to know more about here…like if her boobs are real...
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February 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Is Nina Agdal the next Kate Upton?

Right now Kate Upton is considered the hottest woman in the world; and perhaps rightfully so. Since the 19-year-old Michigan native and Wolverines fan was named the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover girl, the entire media has been buzzing over, wanting to know more about here…like if her boobs are real or not. Upton has been making a huge splash on the internet since last...
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February 12, 2013  |  1 Comment

Is Crystal Renn the next Kate Upton?

Right now Kate Upton is considered the hottest woman in the world; and perhaps rightfully so. Since the 19-year-old Michigan native and Wolverines fan was named the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover girl, the entire media has been buzzing over, wanting to know more about here…like if her boobs are real or not. Upton has been making a huge splash on the internet since last...
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February 12, 2013  |  Discuss

NBC Sports Carolyn Manno: photos and bio

Who’s the new hottie you saw on Sunday Night football this past NFL season. That fresh face is NBC Sports Carolyn Manno, who recently joined the network and covered the Olympics. In addition to Football Night in America, she currently works for Comcast Sports Net Boston. She also covered the aircraft carrier college basketball game between Ohio State and Florida. Carolyn Manno...
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February 12, 2013  |  Discuss

SI Kate Upton body paint photos

It didn’t take long for Kate Upton to become a polarizing figure. In the span of little more than a year, Kate Upton was a little known model on the rise to omnipresent supermodel to Kate Upton backlash. We’ll see what happens when these Kate Upton body paint photos start circulating. Apparently, a lot of people don’t appreciate her popularity, and think she’s fat. Now look...
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February 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Is Jessica Perez the next Kate Upton? (pics)

Right now Kate Upton is considered the hottest woman in the world; and perhaps rightfully so. Since the 19-year-old Michigan native and Wolverines fan was named the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover girl, the entire media has been buzzing over, wanting to know more about here…like if her boobs are real or not. Upton has been making a huge splash on the internet since last...
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February 12, 2013  |  Discuss

NFL Mock Draft: 2-12-13

In this NFL mock draft you won’t see national punchline Manti Te’o. From what I’m hearing, all the red flags are dropping him out of the first round. Seriously, you know how bad rookies get hazed? Imagine what will happen to this guy? How can talk any trash back in the locker room? There were a few other changes too. And just wait to the combine and free agency, then the whole...
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February 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Katherine Webb bikini pics launch a media, reality tv career

Perhaps no one had a better January than former Miss Alabama Katherine Webb. And now it’s continuing into February. Have you seen the Katherine Webb bikini pictures for SI? That’s right, she made the swimsuit issue. Ever since Brent Musburger ogled the girlfriend of Crimson Tide QB A.J. McCarron, Webb became an overnight celebrity. Katherine Webb took the world wide web by storm...
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February 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Half Auburn, half Alabama jersey? Katherine Webb swimsuit issue photos

Katherine Webb can thank the ESPN cameras and Brent Musburger again for launching her career. Have you seen the Katherine Webb swimsuit issue pictures? SI released 30, which are linked at the end of the piece. I also posted two of them after the jump. There’s standard bikini and cheerleader pics, which are very nice. But there’s a pic of her in boyfriend A.J. McCarron’s Crimson...
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February 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Buccaneers draft picks: 7 round mock

This is a reader submission from an author who wishes to remain anonymous? Who will the Tampa Bay Buccaneers draft this April? Depends on what happens during the NFL free agency period. The creator of this mock likes to add: “I’d like to see them sign Ed Reed being that the Ravens will probably be forced to let him go because of (paying Joe) Flacco. Not only can he still play...
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February 11, 2013  |  Discuss
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