Archive for June 2012

Sizing up Bulls Draft pick Marquis Teague

Derrick Rose.  Tyreke Evans.  John Wall.  Brandon Knight.  The lineage of John Calipari-coached point guards is beyond impressive.  That tradition continues with McDonald’s All-American and one-and-done Marquis Teague from Kentucky. Teague is one of six players from Lexington who were drafted this year.  He was joined by fellow Wildcats Anthony Davis,  Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (who went... Read more »

Illinois big man Meyers Leonard joins Damian Lillard as Portland NBA Lottery pick

The Portland Trail Blazers made an interesting splash in the 2012 NBA Draft taking a point guard from a mid-major school that few people had heard off, and a project pick at center. They took Damian Lillard at #6 from Weber St. and a guy who played for someone named Weber in Meyers Leonard from... Read more »

Illini Meyers Leonard going 14th to Milwaukee Bucks tonight?

Illini Meyers Leonard going 14th to Milwaukee Bucks tonight?
Meyers Leonard to the Milwaukee Bucks at #12 in tonight’s NBA Draft. That’s what we’re hearing. It makes sense, as Milwaukee is now sans Andrew Bogut and desperately needs a big even though they just acquired Samuel Dalembert (Dalembert is in the final year of his contract though so the Bucks could allow Leonard to... Read more »
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Details on new College Football Playoff System

Details on new College Football Playoff System
Like the famous book is titled “Death to the BCS ,” and it looks like it’s finally here as the University presidents announced approval of a 4-team seeded playoff for college football. The committee will select teams based on conference championships and strength of schedule, beginning with the 2014 season. There will be 6 bowls to be utilized as part of the semifinals, likely to include the 4 BCS bowls. The title game will be bid out to cities just like the Super Bowl. One city you’ll see for sure in the mix is Indianapolis...

What moves should Bulls make on Draft night?

What moves should Bulls make on Draft night?
Winning 50 games in the lockout shortened season of 2011-12 was a major accomplishment for the Chicago Bulls.  However, all that excitement and hopefulness of re-claiming the Larry O’Brien Trophy came crashing down with one injury to Derrick Rose.  Unfortunately, that’s how the Bulls 2011-12 season will be remembered. Being the best regular season team... Read more »

How Derrick Rose's injury reshapes Bulls entire offseason approach

How Derrick Rose's injury reshapes Bulls entire offseason approach
With Derrick Rose’s health condition up in the air for the 2012-13 season after tearing his ACL in the playoffs, the Chicago Bulls enter the off-season with a ton of uncertainty.  Luol Deng’s name has already popped up in numerous trade rumors as the team tries to deal with the fallout from losing their star... Read more »
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Cubs logo on Travis Wood's batting helmet escaping: PHOTO

Cubs logo on Travis Wood's batting helmet escaping: PHOTO
The Chicago Cubs are on pace to lose at least 105 games, and 110 is on the table. For historical reference, the club record for Ls is 103. Things are getting so bad for the Cubbies that even their logo is trying to flee away from the team. Take a look at Cubs pitcher Travis Wood, and his batting helmet. This occurred in last night’s win over the New York Mets in which Wood out-dueled Johan Santana...

Illini get much needed boost to the return game in NIU transfer

Illini get much needed boost to the return game in NIU transfer
Illini Coach Tim Beckman landed a pretty important although bound to be somewhat overlooked recruit today. It’s the ultimate needs-based pick up. Yuo can easily say without hyperbole that Illinois had the worst special teams in all of college football last year. Aside from the placekicking, it was all around atrocious and cost them a win at Penn State, and probably another two games as well. The return game was stunningly bad, but it got a nice boost in defensive back and kick returner Tommy Davis, who will transfer to Illinois for the 2012 season after spending the last four years at Northern Illinois University...

Illinois star Brandon Paul fractures jaw in open gym session

Illinois star Brandon Paul fractures jaw in open gym session
Illini guard Brandon Paul will have to carry the load for Illinois college basketball next season. Especially now that Meyers Leonard is gone to the NBA (most likely the Milwaukee Bucks with the #12 pick). BP dropped 43 in the season’s biggest win over Final Four team Ohio State, but he was still largely inconsistent, and committed way too many turnovers. Paul will need to be the go-to guy in new coach John Groce’s first season. And his offseason preparing for that role just suffered a major setback...
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Danica Patrick visits Oak Street Beach (interview video)

Danica Patrick visits Oak Street Beach (interview video)
Danica Patrick came back to her home state (Chicago’s Oak Street Beach) to help promote Chicagoland Speedway‘s summer events. The Roscoe, Illinois native was back in her home state and greeted both media and fans. In the two videos below, she answers racing questions. The most searched female athlete on the internet talked about what she’s learned in her first year of NASCAR, and what she remembers about racing at each track she comes across. Then, in video two she discusses the possibility of doing “the double,” on a future Memorial Day weekend. The “double” is racing in both the Coca-Cola 600 and the Indy 500 on the same weekend. Tony Stewart was the last one to attempt it...
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