Archive for July 2011

Northwestern's Dan Persa: Potential Heisman Candidate?

The 2011 Big Ten preseason is underway. And it kicked off in a “BIG” way. This season includes the inaugural conference divisions named Legends and Leaders, the addition of a 12th team the Nebraska Cornhuskers, and absence of a head coach in a red sweater vest. One player the conference is happy to have back... Read more »

Illinois Football Recruiting P. Diddy's Kid

The son of Sean “Puffy” Combs, or “Puff Daddy” or “P. Diddy,” if you will wants to be a (college foot) baller. And perhaps a shot caller as well. How you living Justin Combs? Being recruited by the University of Illinois and University of Virginia, as well as mid-major programs UAB, Middle Tennessee State and... Read more »

Big Ten Football Media Day: Notable Quotables, Nuggets and Tidbits

It’s officially “back to school” season as another round of Big Ten Football Media Days has begun. You know what it means, college football season is now within striking distance. And it’s a new era in the Big Ten, a conference championship game, new divisions, and a new member with a storied history, the Nebraska... Read more »
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#38 Illinois Fighting Illini: College Football 77 in 77

If there’s one thing I know in life, it’s that Illinois college football never ever conforms to your expectations. No one saw their two BcS appearances coming (2001, 2007); and since they followed both seasons up with sub .500 choking, both these bowl appearances are now looked upon as fluky. Whenever Illinois has been predicted... Read more »

#101 DePaul Blue Demons: College Basketball 111 in 111

The DePaul Blue Demons have been to the Big East what the Pittsburgh Pirates have been to the NL Central in recent years.  While the Pirates have come out of nowhere to be division contenders this season, second year head coach Oliver Purnell has a lot of work to do as he continues his overhaul... Read more »

Illini Need Ryan Lankford, Darius Millines to Step Up at WR

Illinois Fighting Illini WR Ryan Lankford was the team’s most improved player this spring. And if these trends continue, he could become Illinois’ third option. A.J. Jenkins, who had 746 yards and 7 TDs last season, made the Biletnikoff watch list; he’s the #1. Darius Millines, who had a big catch in the Texas Bowl... Read more »
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Can Jason Ford Fill in For Mikel Leshoure at RB for Illinois?

When Rashard Mendenhall left the Illinois Fighting Illini with a year of eligibility left in 2007, for the NFL Draft, Illinois suffered the next year. Aside from that whole “planes cannot take down a building” tweets of idiocy and the sponsorship pullout that followed, things have gone pretty well for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Mendenhall.... Read more »

Butler Final Four Run Generated Half a Billion Dollars in Publicity Value

You’ve heard the expression- “you can’t buy publicity like that?” Well if you did it would cost $512,382,703, according to a study done by Borshoff, which monitored and evaluated media coverage of the Butler University college basketball team from mid-March to mid-June, 2011. During that period, Butler garnered an estimated half-a-billion $ through television, print... Read more »

White Sox Adam Dunn is Seriously Hitting Just .029 vs. Lefties this Season

Much has been made of the Chicago White Sox Adam Dunn, and just how pathetically incompetent he’s been at the plate this season. Yes. it’s been analyzed and over analyzed, but the numbers are still STUNNINGLY BAD! Think about it, it’s almost August. So nearly four full months of the season has gone by and... Read more »
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Fire to United, MLS to EPL: English to English Translation

With team USA women’s soccer captivating conversation in this country this past week, you may or may not have heard yet another argument for this being the springboard to Americans finally embracing soccer. You’ve heard of these activating events before, yes? This is not a post to debate whether the extremely photogenic Hope Solo and... Read more »
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