Archive for July 2012

Notre Dame comprehensive 2012 Season Preview

Notre Dame comprehensive 2012 Season Preview
There certainly was no shortage of storylines in South Bend this offseason. Start with the quarterback controversy, and the fact that last year’s starter, Tommy Rees, is trying to get back in good graces after getting busted for underage intoxication and resisting arrest. His sister even has an alcohol offense on her recent rap sheet.... Read more »

B1G QB Power Rankings: 2012 Preseason

B1G QB Power Rankings: 2012 Preseason
No snarky or witty intro here, let’s just get down to the brass tax. You know what this post is about. For our team power rankings go here 1. Denard Robinson- Wolverines All his deep completions are just lucky jump balls that he throws up there. And he lofts it when he shouldn’t. And doesn’t... Read more »

Post Media Day B1G Power Rankings

Post Media Day B1G Power Rankings
These are highly subject to change. Brady Hoke remarked at Media Day that UM was picked fifth in their division a year ago; and just outside the top 25 in the year they won their last national title- 1997. So maybe these rankings don’t really mean all that much? Of course, that won’t stop you... Read more »
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Iowa Hawkeyes Football 2012 Season Preview

Iowa Hawkeyes Football 2012 Season Preview
One thing I won’t get to do this year when writing about Iowa Hawkeyes football is say Marvin MCNUTT! Because the greatest receiver in UI history and funnest name to say is now gone, haven re-written the Iowa City record book along the way. 2011 was: another solid year, another bowl appearance. Yet another year... Read more »

NASCAR Nationwide Chicagoland Speedway Photo Journal

NASCAR Nationwide Chicagoland Speedway Photo Journal
This past weekend was the NASCAR Nationwide series at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois. The STP 300, held Sunday, was won by Elliot Sadler. It was another big money win for him in “Dash for Cash.” Above you’ll see the stock cars being taken to the track from the haulers...

Penn State Football Season Preview (some "on the field" stuff)

Penn State Football Season Preview (some "on the field" stuff)
This is a first for the two years I’ve been doing the college football 77 in 77- having to move a team WAY DOWN the rankings before the season has even started. And putting the Penn State Nittany Lions this high, is still way too high. But there’s nothing else I can do given the... Read more »
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Chicagoland Speedway hosts NCWTS; James Buescher wins

Chicagoland Speedway hosts NCWTS; James Buescher wins
Like country music recording artist Kip Moore said “there’s somethin’ ’bout a truck.” And there’s definitely something souped up about the pick-up trucks of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. James Buescher won the NCWTS American Ethanol 225 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois Saturday night. It was his third win this season, and in his 82 race career...

Denis Savard flourishing as Chicago Blackhawks Ambassador

Denis Savard flourishing as Chicago Blackhawks Ambassador
Denis Savard may not have been the perfect coach for the Chicago Blackhawks (but he was a decent bench boss at the time for the team), but he is currently flourishing as the team’s ambassador. The former center was the biggest star on the team in the 1980s, and his stint as coach in the late 2000s helped revive interest in the team. He just wasn’t the guy to bring them the Cup. But as ambassador, he’s perfect. And I caught up to him last week as he helped unveil the Hockey City Classic, a college hockey double header between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Miami Red Hawks, Minnesota Golden Gophers and Wisconsin Badgers...

College Football Hall of Fame Class Enshrined this weekend

College Football Hall of Fame Class Enshrined this weekend
The College Football Hall of Fame and the National Football Foundation hold the 18thAnnual Enshrinement Festival this Friday and Saturday in South Bend. This year’s class consists of:   Players: CARLOS ALVAREZ (Florida); CHRIS BISAILLON (Illinois Wesleyan); DOUG ENGLISH (Texas) (1972-74); BILL ENYART (Oregon State); EDDIE GEORGE (Ohio State); MARTY LYONS (Alabama); RUSSELL MARYLAND (Miami,... Read more »
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Northwestern football: 2012 comprehensive season preview

Northwestern football: 2012 comprehensive season preview
What a difference a year makes for Northwestern QB Kain Colter. Last season the backup QB to Dan Persa found himself making the stat sheet as a triple threat. You had to look in three areas of the box score: rushing, passing and receiving, to see the entire scope of his impact on the game. This year, the starting signal caller job is all Colter’s and his main weapon will be Kyle Prater (if the NCAA waiver goes through). A lot of things have to go right in Evanston, but if they do, NU will have one of the best pitch and catch combos in the Big Ten, and the Wildcats offense could make some noise this college football season. On defense, well……...
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