Archive for November 2010

Derrick Rose, Bulls will Elevate Another Level when Boozer Returns

It’s been a long time since the Chicago Bulls have entered December in a position as favorable as this. They’re in first place by a game over the surprising Indiana Pacers, their biggest threat to the division, the Milwaukee Bucks, have spent most of November east bound and down, and they actually finished the dreaded... Read more »

Big Ten-ACC Challenge Preview and Predictions, Every Game!

The ACC-Big Ten Challenge has not been much of a challenge at all as the Atlantic Coast Conference has won ten of the eleven years since its inception in 1999.  The only time the Big Ten conquered this match-up was last season; as the Midwest’s premiere conference won six of the eleven games including Wisconsin‘s... Read more »

Northwestern's Persa Named Big Ten All-Conference First Team QB

Northwestern‘s Dan Persa (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty) was selected as the All-Big Ten first team quarterback by a vote of the conference coaches while wide receiver Jeremy Ebert (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Darby) is an All Big Ten first team choice of the conference media. Persa, one of the most valuable and dynamic players in the Big Ten and... Read more »
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Illini QB Scheelhaase or Badger RB White: Who's Big 10 Frosh of the Year?

Four weeks ago, The Sports Bank’s founder and senior writer Paul Banks named Illini freshman QB Nathan Scheelhaase the most likely candidate to win 2010 Freshman of the Year. Deservedly so, as Scheelhaase grabbed Big Ten Offensive Player and Freshman of the week after a magnificent win over Purdue where he went for 118 on... Read more »

Fan Dies at Bears Game, Autumn of Chicago Sports Tragedy Continues

It’s been a very tragic autumn for Chicago Sports and the people who cover them. The second city must now deal with the third highly-publicized death of an individual connected to the local sports scene. Anita Kustok, mother CSN Chicago reporter Sarah Kustok, and former Northwestern QB Zak Kustok was murdered in late September. A... Read more »

Notre Dame Likely Going to Champs Sports Bowl after USC Win

Pretty much all of the bowl projections all across the internet are saying the same thing about Notre Dame’s bowl destination: the Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando Florida on December 28th. Their opponent will be the ACC’s 3rd choice, which will likely be NC State or Maryland. So how did what seemed like a lost... Read more »
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Kendall Gill on Past, Present and Future Illini Basketball

Everyone here knows Kendall Cedric Gill, retired NBA player, now professional boxer and analyst for Comcast Sports Net and the Big Ten Network. The ex-Chicago Bulls player and current Bulls expert for CSN starred at suburban Rich Central before taking his talents to Champaign-Urbana for the “Flyin’ Illini” of the late 80s, earning a Final... Read more »

Ohio State Brutalizes Michigan in Football Portion of Border War Weekend

Assuming that it was planned and not just coincidence, “Michigan-Ohio Sports Rivalry Weekend” is a very clever and exceedingly marketable idea. I’m referring of course to the Detroit Red Wings defeating the Columbus Blue Jackets on the eve of THE GAME (In which the Michigan Wolverines were crushed by the Ohio State Buckeyes) in college... Read more »

Red Wings Take Hockey Portion of Michigan-Ohio Rivalry Weekend

Assuming that it was planned and not just coincidence, “Michigan-Ohio Sports Rivalry Weekend” is a very clever and exceedingly marketable idea. I’m referring of course to the Detroit Red Wings visiting the Columbus Blue Jackets on the eve of THE GAME (Michigan Wolverines vs. Ohio State Buckeyes) at “The Horsehoe” of college football. The only... Read more »
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Kendall Gill Extremely High on Illini Prospects

Everyone here knows Kendall Cedric Gill, retired NBA player, now professional boxer and analyst for Comcast Sports Net and the Big Ten Network. The ex-Chicago Bulls player and current Bulls expert for CSN starred at suburban Rich South before taking his talents to Champaign-Urbana for the “Flyin’ Illini” of the late 80s, earning a Final... Read more »
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