Archive for August 2011

B1G 10 Football Season Predictions

There’s four good teams in the Big Ten this season and five more that could be good or just blah. You can call it parity (just don’t call it PARODY, I HATE when people make that mistake, it isn’t Weird Al Yankovic playing college football here) or you can call it mediocrity. Expect a lot... Read more »

Bears Could have DE Corey Wootton back for the Season Opener?

It’s possible that Chicago Bears defensive end Corey Wootton will return from his knee injury in time for the regular season opener September 11 versus the Atlanta Falcons. Last year’s fourth-round pick out of Northwestern suffered meniscus damage in his right knee during the very opening kickoff of the Bears preseason opener against the Buffalo... Read more »

Bears Wide Receiving Corps will Include Dane Sanzenbacher

Regarding the Bears wide receiving corps, what about the undrafted rookie free agent, Dane Sanzenbacher, the former Ohio State Buckeyes captain? Chances are he could defy all odds and make the cut this fall in Chicago. Jay Cutler has even called him a “mini Wes Welker.” It’s easy to compare a small white NFL receiver... Read more »
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Extremely Comprehensive 2011 Notre Dame Football Season Preview

Here it is- THE BIG ONE! Of all my 77 in 77s, this is my piece de resistance. The team I cover the most, Chicago’s home college football team, the program covered in the media unlike any other. Yes, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, the most storied and well-documented team in the history of the... Read more »

Notre Dame's Biggest Strength: Front Seven on Defense

In last season’s wins over Utah, Army and USC, the Notre Dame defense allowed an average of just 233.3 yards per game. In the first nine games of the season, the Fighting Irish allowed 393.1 yards per game. After surrendering 20+ points in six of the first nine contests in 2010, the Irish rebounded from... Read more »

Illinois Fighting Ilini Season Preview: Offense

Last year the Illinois Fighting Illini got a bowl win for the first time since 1999, a 38-14 drubbing of Baylor in Houston that kind of resembled their last bowl win, a 63-21 destruction of Virginia. The offense got very hot down the stretch last season, so hot that the unit set new records for... Read more »
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Notre Dame's Michael Floyd Putting Offseason Drama Behind Him

The biggest story of Notre Dame football this preseason is who will be the #1 quarterback?, as senior Dayne Crist was finally named the starter over sophomore Tommy Rees yesterday. Storyline #2 is Michael Floyd and his reinstatement back into the program. Floyd led the team last season with 79 receptions for 1,025 yards and... Read more »

2011 Illinois Fighting Ilini Season Preview Part 1: Defense

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 »

Dayne Crist Beats Out Tommy Rees for Notre Dame Starting QB Job

In the end, the California golden boy got the edge over the local kid from Lake Forest. Notre Dame Head Coach Brian Kelly said today that Senior Dayne Crist will be the starting quarterback in the season opener versus South Florida September 3rd. Tommy Rees was the other starting candidate,and Kelly said the difference between... Read more »
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Hendry Terminated; Please Jettison Zambrano Next!

Mind-numbing futility and abject failure is so commonplace to Chicago baseball that making fun of it isn’t even worth doing anymore. It’s become so routine: seeing small market teams with payroll half the size of the Cubs and White Sox, yet beating both of them down and passing them over in the Central divisions. It’s... Read more »
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