Archive for May 2012

Replacing Isaac Chew at Illinois: Deon Thomas?

Replacing Isaac Chew at Illinois: Deon Thomas?
With Assistant Coach Isaac Chew departing Illinois for Marquette, just weeks after he left Mizzou to join the Illini (More on the questionable professionalism of jumping ship like that so early here), the asst. gig is now opened up again. Top candidates include, surprisingly not Simeon coach Robert Smith, but Illinois State assistant Paris Parham, Florida State assistant Dennis Gates. And Deon Thomas. Yes, for Illini fans, Deon Thomas could soon become much more than just nostalgia and the answer to a trivia question...

Blackhawks finally comment on Patrick Kane party photos

Blackhawks finally comment on Patrick Kane party photos
The Chicago Blackhawks finally made a public comment today on the Patrick Kane party photos that caused such an internet stir a couple weeks ago. Shocking no one, the organization said via GM Stan Bowman, that they are disappointed, and consider these photos to be really bad publicity. Thus ends the bizarre public silence on... Read more »

Bulls.com: Pau Gasol interested in coming to Chicago

The Chicago Bulls will have to take stock now of what they can and cannot do, as they will be sans Derrick Rose for most, if not all of the season. This changes their complexion and outlook completely. Bulls.com reporter Sam Smith proposes an idea that they might even play for the lottery, a la... Read more »
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White Sox interested in trading Cubs for Ryan Dempster?

White Sox interested in trading Cubs for Ryan Dempster?
“Could the Cubs send Ryan Dempster 8.1 miles south to the White Sox?” That was the question posed by WSCR’s David Schuster during the Sox pregame show Saturday. “Dempster has pitched well but has nothing to show for it,” Schuster further explained minutes before the White Sox took on the Cleveland Indians at U.S. Cellular... Read more »

Ohio State A.D. says they're not facing additional major violations

Ohio State A.D. says they're not facing additional major violations
Ohio State is on probation for NCAA violations stemming from the 2010 tattoo-and-memorabilia scandal. The pay-to-play fiasco that ended up costing Jim Tressel his job, disgraced Terrelle Pryor and led to the suspension of Boom Herron and Devier Posey. The Buckeyes’ are ineligible for a bowl this college football season. This morning, Ohio State released... Read more »

Soldier Field, Obama hosting NATO dignitaries Sunday Night

Soldier Field, Obama hosting NATO dignitaries Sunday Night
The world is watching Chicago this weekend, but it’s not to see the 19-21 White Sox take on the 15-24 Cubs. Solider Field will host an event with worldwide interest and global implications, but it’s not the Bears vs. a rival NFC power for the chance to go to the Super Bowl. On Sunday and... Read more »
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White Sox Morel, Cubs LaHair: opposite ends of statistical spectrum

White Sox Morel, Cubs LaHair: opposite ends of statistical spectrum
Today’s White Sox vs. Cubs series began with very little pomp and circumstance. Since 2008, when both teams were in first place upon meeting, the red line rivalry has approached with less excitement and intrigue every season. This year, both teams entered with very low expectations and so far living down to them, as each... Read more »

Illinois alums take shot at Northwestern's "Chicago's Team" slogan

Illinois alums take shot at Northwestern's "Chicago's Team" slogan
I received a mass email today from the Illinois Alumni Association. The subject heading: ILLINOIS: Chicago’s Big Ten University The message content: Illinois alumni don’t need an expensive roadside billboard to let people know we’re the best public Big Ten university in Chicago! Instead, make your case in your office space by displaying your loyalty... Read more »

Can Tim Beckman keep Illini Defensive Dominance going?

Can Tim Beckman keep Illini Defensive Dominance going?
The Illini started to get defensive, real defensive in the 2010 Texas Bowl. In that 38-14 trouncing of Robert Griffin III and Baylor, they held RG3 and the Bears in check. The man who would win the Heisman trophy and become the #2 overall pick in the NFL Draft the very next season was out... Read more »
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Should Nate Scheelhaase still be Illini QB1?

Should Nate Scheelhaase still be Illini QB1?
In the 2012 Illini spring game, they seemed to have the same exact issue that they have during the final seven games of 2011- throwing the ball forward. Perhaps part of the spring scrimmage m.o. was to hold back that part of the offense, but then again it’s a preseason exhibition why wouldn’t you let... Read more »
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