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Picking EVERY College Football Bowl game (with cheerleader photos)

Picking EVERY College Football Bowl game (with cheerleader photos)
It’s that time of year again, when I make smart ass remarks justifying why I’m picking one college football team to beat another. Not only do I give you the full bowl schedule with tv listings, there’s fun and goofy pictures of cheerleaders and hot female fans interspersed within the listing. And to make the post more pure to the game and traditional, I took OUT all the corporate sponsor names of the bowls...

Pat Fitzgerald has his Best National Signing Day Ever

Pat Fitzgerald has his Best National Signing Day Ever
Happy National Signing Day. Northwestern’s 21 commits (the largest class of the Pat Fitzgerald era) hail from 10 states. The Wildcats signed 13 of their 21 players from three states—five from Pennsylvania, four from Illinois and four from Ohio. Scout ranks the class 5th in the Big Ten, 44th in the nation. Those numbers are... Read more »

Illini Have #1 & #2 Receivers, Need Ryan Lankford to Become #3

Illini Have #1 & #2 Receivers, Need Ryan Lankford to Become #3
Illinois Fighting Illini WR Ryan Lankford was the team’s most improved player this spring practice session. But he didn’t have a catch on Saturday in the big 33-15 win over Arkansas State. Someone preferably Lankford needs to become Illinois’ third option. Quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase threw for a career-best 267 yards. His 16 completions went to... Read more »
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Extremely Comprehensive 2011 Notre Dame Football Season Preview

Here it is- THE BIG ONE! Of all my 77 in 77s, this is my piece de resistance. The team I cover the most, Chicago’s home college football team, the program covered in the media unlike any other. Yes, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, the most storied and well-documented team in the history of the... Read more »

Notre Dame is very Deep at the Defensive End Position

Notre Dame senior defensive end tandem of Kapron Lewis-Moore and Ethan Johnson were named preseason candidates for the 2011 Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award. Lewis-Moore and Johnson are one of three sets of teammates to appear on the list of 35 players. The other two are North Carolina’s Quinton Coples and Donte... Read more »

Notre Dame, Illinois, and Northwestern Possess Some of Nation's Top QBs

Never has there been more excitement for college football award watch lists. The twin lockout-induced free agency voids in the NFL and NBA has given us even less to talk about during MLB’s slowest (and overall sports’ slowest) week for media. Cuz NO ONE cares about the All-Star game and the ratings numbers reflect that.... Read more »
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College Football Hall of Fame to Remain in South Bend through 2012

During a street naming ceremony today, South Bend Indiana Mayor Steve Luecke imparted a recent developement regarding the future of the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend. “I am also pleased to announce that, as a result of further discussions with the National Football Foundation, the College Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement will... Read more »

Notre Dame Defense: WAY Too Early 2011 Season Preview

In 2010, the Notre Dame defense improved dramatically over its 2009 output, making big leaps in scoring defense (63rd nationally to 23rd), interceptions (50th to 19th) and sacks (89th to 54th). Those numbers come mostly from the final four games, when they seem to just “get it,” a stark contrast from the first nine games... Read more »

Department of Justice investigating BCS Cartel

Department of Justice investigating BCS Cartel
As you might have just heard, the Fiesta Bowl will be allowed to remain part of the Bowl Championship Series, though it must pay a $1 million fine (which sounds like a lot of money, but really isn’t in the grand spectrum when you consider their annual earnings history) for apparent illegal campaign contributions and... Read more »
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Door Opening for College Football Playoff with Department of Justice Ruling

The Department of Justice is currently investigating the BCS, the OPEC of big money sports, and NCAA President Mark Emmert and BCS Director Bill Hancock are doing little more than playing the denial and ignorance game. The Fiesta Bowl’s egregious offenses (and the slap-on-the-wrist ruling that followed) have called attention to corruption within the BCS.... Read more »
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