Chicago is the most insane sports city in the world. And it’s a crazy football town. NFL
only though. This is a Bears
town first and foremost. Even the Bulls
take a backseat to them. However, in college football
, it's not as passionate. Who is the college football team of Chicago?
Well, you can answer that question with three different answers and they’d all be right. You could say
a.) Notre Dame
maybe, sort of.
c.) a combination of four teams.
Obviously, geography has a lot to do with it. There just isn’t a team here within the city limits; you have to drive to reach all of the four candidates. So let’s examine the strengths and weaknesses for each of the four options who you could consider to be Chicago’s college football team.
I ranked them by mileage and driving time from City Front Plaza on Michigan
That’s where all the big media corporations in this city are headquartered, so we’ll use that as “point A.”...
There’s been a lot of bad news surrounding Notre Dame
football the past couple years. Manti Te’o, Lennay Kakua
, Tommy Rees
, Lizzy Seeberg
, Declan Sullivan
, Michael Floyd
and now, just this past weekend, starting QB Everett Golson
. (Related: Brian Kelly
discusses post Everett Golson QB situation
Throw in the embarrassment at the hands of the Alabama Crimson Tide
in the college football
national title game, and Brian Kelly
flirting with NFL
head coaching gigs, and you have enough drama to fill a full season of Friday Night Lights.
Heck, there’s enough material for a few episodes generated by the quarterback position alone: Everett Golson
, Gunner Kiel
, Tommy Rees.
and Jimmy Clausen
was pretty much a real life version of J.D. McCoy from FNL.
And I haven’t even mentioned that star Defensive Lineman Louis Nix
III is now Twitter BFF with porn star Emily Austin
. Not that there’s anything wrong that!
What red-blooded American male wouldn’t want to get to know Ms. Austin! (And why am I using all these exclamation points!) However, at a socially ultra-conservative Catholic school like Notre Dame
, it’s probably frowned upon to have one of your marquee athletes as social media
buddies with the star of Innocent Until Proven Filthy 11
So with all the off-the-field noise and distractions at the most marquee program in college football
history, how does coach Brian Kelly
Time for a Paul M. Banks Chicago Sports Media Watch interview...
During his first two years in South Bend, Brian Kelly
coached Notre Dame
to a 16-10 record, and one bowl win. In his third season, the Irish went undefeated (12-0) in the regular season only to get throttled by the Alabama Crimson Tide
in the national title game. So Kelly does have a BCS Championship game appearance on his resume, even though they only showed up on paper; they didn't seem to show up for the actual game. During Kelly’s tenure, the most prestigious program in college football
has seen a lot of negative attention; mostly off-the-field.
In just three years at the helm, there have been eight incidences of bad press
to hit Kelly’s Fighting Irish
program. Some of the negative publicity is warranted, some is overblown. Three were essentially the same thing (underage alcohol citation/arrests) and two involved student fatalities. And one involved the fatality of a fake person. Heck, the ND quarterbacks alone
have provided enough drama lately to fuel a whole season of Friday Night Lights
Let’s go through all eight...
The talk of Notre Dame NFL
draft picks (potentially) starts with Manti Te’o. And last night on NFL
Network, a panel of their “experts” mocked Te’o to the Chicago Bears
at #20. FACEPALM.
Good Lord, please don’t.
Can “Touchdown Jesus” intervene here and prevent the dumbest jock this side of Ryan Lochte
from coming to Chicago? Actually, it was NFL
Network analyst Melissa Stark
who made the Te’o pick, and I’ll try to keep our discussion of Manti Te’o as limited as possible for this evening. I am more sick of Te’o talk than I am Tim Tebow
and Jeremy Lin
COMBINED. And that’s really saying something.
Because every time I hear the name Manti Te'o I channel Jay Cutler: DONNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN'T CARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Network’s leading draft expert Mike Mayock
moderated the panel, and in his one and only mock draft he mocked Te'o to Chicago.
I swear to God, I will "c*** punt" (CC Rebecca Martinson) the next person who mock drafts Te'o to Chicago
If the Bears do actually pick Manti tonight, then again credit Becca Martinson: "just go ahead and punch yourself in the f***ing face so that I don't have to find you, and do it for you."
Mayock predictably went Eric Fisher of Central Michigan #1 to Kansas City. Because Mayock
gets as excited about Eric Fisher as I get over Kate Upton
NBC announced Dan Hicks as Tom Hammond’s replacement for lead play-by-play on Notre Dame
football broadcasts this fall. Hammond has been calling Notre Dame
football since 1992. Hammond will continue at NBC, announcing horse racing
, figure skating and track and field at the Olympics
. In other words, three sports you don’t care about. However, Hammond will also call the next two Olympics
; which is a very cool, high-powered assignment...
This week we look at where numerous publications have Notre Dame players, including Manti Te'o, going in the NFL Draft. Many "experts" have a couple mocked to the Bears, find out who! Next week we'll look at who various publications have mocked to the Bears at #20.
But first, Colin Cowherd to WMVP 1000 ESPN radio?
Get ready to hear more Colin Cowherd on ESPN’s local stations. That could mean you, Chicago.
It’s a definite possibility. Much like it does with the Greenberg-Golic morning show, there is talk that ESPN wants to give Cowherd more visibility on its locally-owned stations.
Chicago could be the next major market to get “The Herd,” whose show airs from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. ET. Last Thursday, WMVP-AM 1000 fired Harry Teinowitz
from its afternoon team that also includes Carmen DeFalco and John Jurkovic.
It is expected that ESPN 1000 will shift the Tom Waddle-Marc Silverman duo from 9 a.m.-1 p.m
. to afternoon drive. That would leave an opening to slide in Cowherd’s national show in the morning slot...
It could easily be the most watched college football
game of all time: the BCS National title game, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish
vs. the Alabama Crimson Tide
. The media
hype has been ridiculous; ESPN and the rest of the press
have been talking about this game forever. Imagine what the publicity for the Super Bowl will be like this year.
So here’s a guide, with links to everything to prepare for the big game...
With Notre Dame
playing in the BCS Championship game, the spotlight is brighter than ever on ND
football. And with that limelight brings more scrutiny, especially on the Federal case of Lizzy Seeberg, a young woman who killed herself after allegedly being sexually assaulted by an Irish football player, and allegedly threatened by another.
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During the Civil War, you often literally had brother vs. brother. According to the Alabama Crimson Tide
fight song they are “Dixie’s football pride.” And Indiana (despite the fact that it often votes with the old Confederacy these days in elections) was a Union state. So this Notre Dame
vs. Alabama national title game matchup does have a bit of a Civil War feel to it.
Here are two brothers who fit the mold: Thomas Rayam Bama 90′ and I-Hardy Rayam Notre Dame
80′ are the only brother combination that played for both Notre Dame
and Alabama. Ironically, some local people don’t understand why some national news source have not given this article some attention. Hardy Rayam, graduated from Notre Dame
1980′ BBA and was on Notre Dame
’s 1977 Football National Championship Team. Hardy Rayam is also a Two Times Liver Transplant Survivor, since 1997 (PSC-Walter Payton)...
NBC Sports network is truly suffering from the NHL lockout. The network known last year as Versus, and Outdoor Life Network previous to that, is really hurting in the ratings department. In fact the only thing drawing viewers at all is hunting and fishing shows. Notre Dame game replays are not helping the network. Although the numbers are obviously not in yet for the New Year's Day ND marathon on programming. But I'm guessing it won't be favorable considering it had to compete with live college football bowl games.
As the NHL lockout could be nearing an end, things may turn around soon for the struggling channel...