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Gang Related Shooting and Basketball: that's what people associate with Chicago

Gang Related Shooting and Basketball: that's what people associate with Chicago
Before Michael Jordan won the first of his many NBA MVPs and the Chicago Bulls their first of many Championships, an interesting thing happened when you told people around the world that you were from Chicago. “Al Capone! Bang bang!” people said to us when traveling in Europe in the early ’90s; quite a bit... Read more »

Talking Illini Football Recruiting, Signing Day with Fox Sports' Taylor Rooks

Talking Illini Football Recruiting, Signing Day with Fox Sports' Taylor Rooks
Yesterday was college football's National Signing Day and with it Illinois Football Coach Tim Beckman unveiled his latest recruiting class. Here to break down it with me is Illini recruiting expert Taylor Rooks of Fox Sports Next. We're going to find the bright side in Illini football recruiting. Yes, Rooks is talented enough to pull of such an accomplishment. Finding the silver lining in an otherwise bleak situation. During Beckman's Signing Day press conference he said something rather unintelligent about the city of Chicago. It was self-aggrandizing and took a direct shot at Northwestern and Pat Fitzgerald. This ended up overshadowing the other news on signing day as I received a very high volume of messages (texts, tweets, direct, emails etc) that all said essentially the same thing. Those messages derided the intelligence and vocational competency of Tim Beckman. And most of the messages said very little beyond that. It's understandable as Beckman's boastful Chicagoland comment deriding NU seems rather non-sensical. Recruiting service 24/7 has Colorado, Purdue, Illinois and Washington State as the lowest-rated 2014 classes from the power five leagues...

Fox Sports, Sun-Times Beth Long talks ND, Big Ten, Illini and more (video)

Fox Sports, Sun-Times Beth Long talks ND, Big Ten, Illini and more (video)
It’s a very special, heart-warming edition of the Chicago Sports Media Watch interview series! Why? Because this one is VIDEO! That calls for ALL CAPS! We also have a fantastic guest on today: Beth Long of Fox Sports, Fox Sports Next and the Chicago Sun-Times. See just how much more wonderful the CSMW interview becomes when it’s done via video instead of by email, over-the-phone or in person with recorded audio. Beth Long and I did this segment after the conclusion of Big Ten football media day. I think you can tell from the bags under my eyes that I did this on four hours sleep. But hey, like Ryan Lochte famously told us “if you want to be a man at night, you’ve got to be a man in the morning.” And no, I have no clue what that means. Unlike Lochte, Long is a swimmer with an intellect, having competed on the Division I level. Also, she ran track for Syracuse and Gardner-Webb...
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McDonalds All American game notebook

McDonalds All American game notebook
Before we begin the McDonalds All-American game media notebook, I just want to say RIP to Sun-Times columnist, UI alum, iconic journalist and great man Roger Ebert. His life achievements were too many to list, and his passing is much bigger news than any basketball game. As an Illinois alum, I recommend you read one... Read more »

Susannah Collins talks Blackhawks, Mr. T, Belushi and more (exclusive)

Susannah Collins talks Blackhawks, Mr. T, Belushi and more (exclusive)
(UPDATE 5-7-13 11:50 A.M.: Susannah releases public statement on her own home page) UPDATE 5-3-13: Susannah is fired by Comcast SportsNet. This link explains why I believe the Blackhawks themselves had more to do with her dismissal than CSN!!! Susannah Collins was hired by Comcast SportsNet Chicago this past September. You know her best from Chicago Blackhawks broadcasts; but Collins also covers Bulls, White Sox and Cubs for the network. CSN has broadcast partnerships with all four Chicago teams.  Susannah Collins became an internet superstar last week thanks to ’80s icon Mr. T (watch here to see him score a goal) It was one of the best moments in shoot-the-puck history; right up there with this one. Susannah Collins is both an Illini and a local. She grew up in the western suburb of Downers Grove, IL and graduated from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana in 2001. For a full biography go here. There’s so much going on in April with Chicago sports, and at CSN. So what better time than now to talk Blackhawks, Bulls, Derrick Rose, hockey and more with a famous CSN anchor/reporter? (Yes, that’s a rhetorical question) And yeah, we discuss Jim Belushi and Mr. T too. You can follow Susannah Collins on Twitter and on Facebook (She may or may not be on Google+ as well, but I didn’t look because no one cares about Google+)...

Tour Simeon high school with Jabari Parker (Video)

Tour Simeon high school with Jabari Parker (Video)
Yesterday, the nation’s #1 recruit Chicago’s very own Jabari Parker of Neil F. Simeon Career Academy picked the Duke Blue Devils as his college basketball choice. Over Michigan State, and a host of other schools. And people on Twitter lost their minds over it; very much disapproving of Parker’s choice. But there’s still a season to be played for Jabari Parker and the Simeon Wolverines. There’s a fourth state title and possibly a national title to be won, and Jabari Parker takes you inside the school to show you what it’s all about. Jabari Parker highlights the winning tradition at Simeon, which includes Chicago Bulls franchise cornerstone Derrick Rose. Simeon is also a pipeline to the Illinois Fighting Illini. And future Illini Kendrick Nunn appears in the video along with another Parker teammate Kendall Pollard...
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