Archive for September 2011

#22 Illinois vs. Northwestern: Brutally Honest Game Preview

#22 Illinois vs. Northwestern: Brutally Honest Game Preview
Big Ten conference play begins with the annual in-state rivalry game between the Northwestern Wildcats and Illinois Fighting Illini. It does feel a little weird not having this game played on the last week of the season, when all the other intrastate, intra-region bloodfeud games are held.  But last year it was such a special... Read more »

Donovonn Young Continues Illini RB #5 Tradition

Donovonn Young Continues Illini RB #5 Tradition
Given the recent tradition/memories of the last two players to wear the famed #5 in Champaign: Mikel Leshoure (a Detroit Lions rookie who will miss the season with an injury) and the Pittsburgh Steelers Rashard Mendenhall (who’s developed into a Pro Bowl, 1,000 yard rusher style NFL back) it’s easy to see why the jersey... Read more »

Why Notre Dame Won't Win as Many Games as Illinois This Fall

Why Notre Dame Won't Win as Many Games as Illinois This Fall
You’re like, “ok Captain Obvious.” Not so fast my friend, I was saying this in August too. I thought my local media friends would find that assertion crazy given all the BCS preseason hype Notre Dame was getting, and the fact that Illinois was getting zero votes in either poll. But the truth is Notre... Read more »
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Troy Pollard, Jay Prosch Shore Up Illini Running Back Situation

Troy Pollard, Jay Prosch Shore Up Illini Running Back Situation
    While Illinois’ rushing offense has remained dominant, the Illini are doing it by committee this year rather then relaying on one dominant runner like they did in 2007 (Rashard Mendenhall) and 2010 (Mikel Leshoure). Four different Illini have over 200 rushing yards on the season, and all four have scored at least one... Read more »

Ozzie Guillen Comes Off Overly Materialistic and Greedy in Latest Interview

Ozzie Guillen Comes Off Overly Materialistic and Greedy in Latest Interview
I guess it’s fitting that one of the most popular movies in America right now is titled “Moneyball.” The message of Ozzie Guillen‘s departure from the Chicago White Sox: he’s exactly like Biggee and Jay-Z, he “loves the dough, more than you know. Gotta let it show, I love the dough.” Here are the highlights... Read more »

New Walter Payton bio Highlights Painkiller Abuse, Adultery, Suicide Contemplation

New Walter Payton bio Highlights Painkiller Abuse, Adultery, Suicide Contemplation
As this story revolves around my favorite player as a kid, Chicago Bears legend Walter Payton, who held every major NFL record for rushing at a time, I post it with a heavy heart. Not only did I look up to #34 as a kid, I had lunch with him and spent a day with... Read more »
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Illini 4-0, 1st Time in more than a Half-Century, 1st Undefeated Preconference since '01

Illini 4-0, 1st Time in more than a Half-Century, 1st Undefeated Preconference since '01
Sandwiched in between last weekend’s emotional prime time upset of nationally ranked Arizona State and next week’s Big Ten opener versus hated in-state rival Northwestern, today’s contest against MAC opponent Western Michigan certainly had a “trap game” feel. And given the Illini performance in the first half, it certainly looked that way for awhile (think... Read more »

Illini, Wisconsin Big 10's Rushing Leaders Part 1: Wisconsin

Illini, Wisconsin Big 10's Rushing Leaders Part 1: Wisconsin
Since Ron Zook took over at Illinois (2005), the top two rushing teams in the Big Ten have been Illinois and Wisconsin. It will surprise you, but the leagues top rushing team is the Illini, while the Badgers are second. Another surprising fact: the two schools are tied for 5th most players on current NFL... Read more »

Touring Big 10 Network HQ & Conference Expansion Talk

Touring Big 10 Network HQ & Conference Expansion Talk
Last night I was lucky enough to be at a small private reception that included Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany. Yes, I was at the same party as the most powerful man in the prestigious college basketball and college football league. Delaney’s a University of North Carolina alum, and this was a Chicago Carolina Club... Read more »
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Cutler Well Aware Bears OL, Martz Could Get him KILLED This Season

Cutler Well Aware Bears OL, Martz Could Get him KILLED This Season
Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has been sacked more than groceries. Actually, he’s been sacked more than David Carr in his Houston Texans days, who was sacked even more than groceries. Cutler may have the worst offensive tackles in NFL history blocking for him this week against the Green Bay Packers (4th in the league... Read more »
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