Archive for January 2011

Blizzard Putting Penn State Visit to Illini in Possible Jeopardy

As you might have heard, the city of Chicago and the state of Illinois will be transformed into the Ice system of Hoth the next two days. And it’s throwing a massive crimp into the plans of the college basketball game between the Illini and Penn State. According to the PSU SID: Due to a... Read more »

Big Ten Basketball Power Rankings 2-1-11

Lots of shakeup this week in my Big Ten Power Rankings. Let’s see where everyone shakes up. “CAN’T WAIT” as the New York Jets Bart Scott would say: 1. Ohio State Buckeyes (22-0, 9-0) Following their narrowest of escapes against a much less talented Northwestern team on Saturday night; it’s pretty obvious they’re not going... Read more »

Steelers Mendenhall: Best Illini Rusher Since Red Grange?

For the second year in a row, the Super Bowl will have a feature back from the University of Illinois. This time, the Illini tailback is the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Rashard Mendenhall;  who in 2008 became the first University of Illinois player taken in the first round of the NFL Draft since 1996. 14 years ago,... Read more »
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Northwestern ALMOST Gives #1 Ohio State their First Loss

Well, it’s going to happen sometime. Just not tonight. I’m speaking of course about the #1 team in all of college basketball, the Ohio State Buckeyes finally losing a game at some point this season. Heading to Northwestern seemed like a cakewalk for the Bucks as the Wildcats have suffered two awful losses already to... Read more »

Notre Dame Football, Basketball Notes and Nuggets

Interesting that Irish men’s basketball coach Mike Brey, late in his Saturday night post-game remarks following his team’s win over Marquette, said exactly what he planned to do Monday night in terms of using the “burn” offense against Pittsburgh. Then ND went out and executed it to near perfection. They did it without second-leading scorer... Read more »

Get to Know Very Fake Bleacher Report on Twitter

If you haven’t experienced the complete new media joy that is Very Fake Bleacher Report on Twitter, you don’t know what you’re missing. Follow @VeryFakeBR as soon as you can. And we have the man behind the machine right here for an exclusive. Thanks to VeryFakeBR for taking the time to do this!….Let’s dive right... Read more »
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Can #1 Ohio State Go Undefeated this Season?

Tuesday night’s game between top-ranked Ohio State and No. 12 Purdue – freshman phenom Jared Sullinger vs. the Moore/Johnson combo – had the makings for a classic Big Ten battle. Instead, it was a one-sided affair in favor of the Buckeyes as they embarrassed the Boilermakers 87-64. It was the first time this season that... Read more »

Cubs Owner Tom Ricketts Articulates the Club's Future Direction

Thomas S. “Tom” Ricketts is chairman of the Chicago Cubs, and CEO of Incapital LLC, a Chicago investment bank that packages corporate bonds for retail investors. The son of Ameritrade founder J. Joseph Ricketts, Tom also directs TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation. Forbes estimates the Ricketts’ family wealth ($1 Billion), consolidated under J. Joseph Ricketts at... Read more »

Visiting with Mr. Cub Ernie Banks

It’s true what they say about Mr. Cub Ernie Banks- indeed he really is that charming. 80 years young, and still the heart and soul of the Chicago Cubs franchise. He was on hand yesterday for the unveiling of the new State of Illinois Cubs license plate, just the second of its kind in the... Read more »
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Cubs Announce 21 Non-Roster MLB Spring Training Invites

The Chicago Cubs have invited 21 non-roster players to major league spring training, which begins Sunday, February 13 when pitchers and catchers are invited to report in Mesa , Ariz. Their first workout will take place on Monday, February 14. Position players report to camp Friday, February 18 with the team’s first full workout Saturday,... Read more »