Archive for December 2011

Let's Chillax a Little with the Derrick Rose Hero Worship!

Let's Chillax a Little with the Derrick Rose Hero Worship!
Last winter, I began to notice that Derrick Rose was becoming to the state of Illinois, the city of Chicago what Brett Favre was to the state of Wisconsin 1994-2008. They were deified, canonized, sacrosanct- deemed incapable of ever doing wrong in any sense. This is a dangerous path people. I’ll admit I’ve hyped up... Read more »

Illini LB to Play in Bowl Game- Just 6 Weeks After Suffering Gunshot Wound!

Illini LB to Play in Bowl Game- Just 6 Weeks After Suffering Gunshot Wound!
This has got to be one of the most inspiring stories of the college football bowl season. This is more than a comeback. University of Illinois senior linebacker Trulon Henry was injured in a off-campus shooting November 13th. Henry, a two-year starter for the Illini (he moved from safety to linebacker this year) was shot... Read more »

Northwestern's Persa Breaks NCAA Career Comp. Pct Record

Northwestern's Persa Breaks NCAA Career Comp. Pct Record
Coming into today’s bowl game, Dan Persa of Northwestern had completed 193 of his 260 pass attempts (74.2 percent) for 2,163 yards and 17 touchdowns for the 2011 season. A two year starter, he’s battled through minor nagging injuries as well as endured a long, slow recovery from an Achilles injury suffered against the Iowa... Read more »
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Northwestern Bowl Game Preview

Northwestern Bowl Game Preview
This wasn’t they had in mind when this college football preseason began. Texas A&M and Northwestern had the talent and expectations for much more than a 6-6 record, and a berth in the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas. Last year, it was just the Texas Bowl so congrats to the marketing department on lining... Read more »

Notre Dame Belongs in the ACC, not the Big 10

Notre Dame Belongs in the ACC, not the Big 10
As Notre Dame prepares to kick off versus Florida State today in the Champs Sports Bowl, the answer to where ND fits in the long term conference expansion is becoming painfully obvious. The Irish will face their fourth ACC opponent, and look to go 4-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. I understand the desire/need to... Read more »

Brutally Honest Illini Bowl Game Preview

Brutally Honest Illini Bowl Game Preview
Ever since the bowl matchups were announced, everyone has picked on the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl for being the the worst matchup of them all. The New Year’s Eve game features not one but both teams playing under interim coaches because the regular head coach was recently canned. And both teams made dubious “history” on... Read more »
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Luther Head Left Illinois a Star; Crandall Head a Disappointment

Luther Head Left Illinois a Star; Crandall Head a Disappointment
The Head brothers are Chicago products, Luther Head (Manley high school) went into college with less hype that his little brother Crandall Head. Yet he was the leading scorer and All-American on an Illinois team that tied the NCAA record for single season victories and came a few points from winning it all. He got... Read more »

Notre Dame Meets Florida State in Bowl Game Tomorrow

Notre Dame Meets Florida State in Bowl Game Tomorrow
On Thursday, December 29th, at 5:31 pm EST, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish will take on the Seminoles of Florida State in the … Champs Sports Bowl? Yep, the Champs Sports Bowl. My, how the mighty have fallen. These two teams once played in the “Game of the Century” in 1993 as ND outlasted Charlie... Read more »

You can be a Part Owner of the Green Bay Packers for $275

You can be a Part Owner of the Green Bay Packers for $275
Want to be a balla, shot-calla, 20″ rims on your Impala? Well I can’t promise you a way to that, but if you go packersowner.com and you have $250 to burn (plus the $25 handling fee) you can become a bonafide NFL owner. That’s right, you’d own a share of the Green Bay Packers, the... Read more »
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Illini Survive Ugly, Never-Ending 2OT Conference Opener vs. Gophers

Illini Survive Ugly, Never-Ending 2OT Conference Opener vs. Gophers
One of my all time favorite The Simpsons quotes: “Mr. Simpson, this is the biggest case of false advertising since my suit against the film the never ending story” –Lionel Hutz The legendary lawyer character played by the late, great Phil Hartman refers to a 1984 film with a running time of 94 minutes in... Read more »
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