Archive for September 2012

Why is Illinois so bad at football?

Why is Illinois so bad at football?
The Illinois Fighting Illini are 2-3, but those two wins came courtesy of a MAC and FCS team. They’ve been absolutely destroyed by every FBS team they’ve faced this season, even getting routed at home by a non power conference team in Louisiana Tech. In their three losses, the Illini have surrendered an average of... Read more »

Northwestern sets school record for total offense

Northwestern sets school record for total offense
In their 44-29 victory over Indiana Saturday, Northwestern had an extremely balanced attack on offense: accruing 310 yards passing and 394 yards rushing (704 overall on 93 plays). The first and only 700 yard total offense day in school history just says so much about how a very bad Hoosier defense was just so over-matched... Read more »

Northwestern: Chicago's 5-0 B1G team

Northwestern: Chicago's 5-0 B1G team
Entering this college football Saturday 4-0, Northwestern was just outside the national rankings. If that seemed perplexing, consider the unimpressive record of NU’s four vanquished opponents. After today however, with a 44-29 victory over the Indiana Hoosiers bringing NU to 5-0, the Wildcats should be well within the national rankings, and deservedly so. Not that... Read more »
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Cubs bar and grill opening up in O'Hare Airport

Cubs bar and grill opening up in O'Hare Airport
Air travelers passing through Chicago O’Hare International Airport can now get a taste of the Friendly Confines and take a piece of Cubs history home to share with family and friends. The Chicago Cubs today unveiled the Cubs Bar & Grill, which is a licensing deal with HMSHost and the Chicago Department of Aviation. The... Read more »

Northwestern wins 2nd half, battle vs. Vanderbilt

Northwestern wins 2nd half, battle vs. Vanderbilt
Northwestern QB Kain Colter, usually a dual threat, was very inconsistent tonight. He finished 7 of 14 passing for 44 yards, with 66 yards rushing in the Northwestern Wildcats 23-13 victory over the Vanderbilt Commodores. But he made a big play when it counted; running for a 29 yard touchdown to ice the game. Vanderbilt... Read more »

Bears-Packers wager made by top NASCAR drivers

Bears-Packers wager made by top NASCAR drivers
Typically when NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stars Matt Kenseth and Kurt Busch discuss the “field” it has to do with 41 other drivers and isn’t named “Lambeau,” but on Thursday, Sept. 13 that all changes. Prior to heading to Chicagoland Speedway to kick off the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Kenseth and Busch will... Read more »
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NIU Huskies come up just short vs. Iowa at Soldier Field

NIU Huskies come up just short vs. Iowa at Soldier Field
  In Soldier Field Showdown III the PA system didn’t work for almost nearly a half. There wasn’t a lot of material noise, but a message was sent with the college football being played at the home of the Chicago Bears. For the NIU Huskies this was a home game, but the crowd was overwhelmingly... Read more »

llini win Tim Beckman's debut convincingly

llini win Tim Beckman's debut convincingly
One thing is for sure- this Illinois Fighting Illini team can play some defense. With starting quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase injured, safety Ashante Williams returned an interception 60 yards for a fourth-quarter touchdown to help Illinois and new coach Tim Beckman hang on for a 24-7 win Saturday over Western Michigan in the season opener for... Read more »
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