New Blog; New ChicagoNow

THE CHICAGO SPORTS HOUSE That is the name of the new blog, on the new ChicagoNow, that yours truly will be writing for. After writing for ChicagoNow Sports since March it has been a fun deal and now I have been awarded my own blog. Thank you for all of the feedback on Facebook and... Read more »

Jiu Jitsu Returns as a Self-Defense Method for the U.S. Military

The exponential increase in the popularity of MMA as a sport has led to an associated increase in the popularity of jiu-jitsu as an individual sport.  And tournaments certainly serve as a valuable barometer of a student’s aptitude and skill.  But the importance of self-defense should never be minimized in favor of maintaining position and... Read more »

Chicago Blackhawks Steal the Show at The Draft Two Huge Trades

  Stan Bowman And the Chicago Blackhawks came to St. Paul, MN on a mission. Yes draft a couple of young hockey players, but they also wanted to shed so cap space. Mission accomplished. The Blackhawks spent the whole day shopping around forward Troy Brouwer, and finally the Washington Capitals agreed. In exchange for Brouwer the... Read more »
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Blackhawks Deal Troy Brouwer

  After a day filled with rumors about the Blackhawks trading Brian Campbell, it was forward Troy Brouwer who met the end of his stay in Chicago.  The Blackhawks had originally been shopping around big contract defensive man Brian Campbell all week, but he refused to waive the “no trade” clause in his contract. The Blackhawks... Read more »

Whitney Young football takes to MMA Training

Whitney Young football takes to MMA Training
While MMA training is becoming increasingly popular among pro athletes, very few amateur athletes appear to have adopted its techniques as a form of cross-training.  Until now.  Whitney Young High School’s football team, in a very progressive move, spent a week cross-training in MMA at the Emerald Smoke MMA gym in Chicago.   This appears... Read more »

Velasquez v. Dos Santos - Early Picks?

Junior Dos Santos put in two good rounds of work on Saturday (please don’t argue that the third round was entertaining) effectively destroying Shane Carwin.  His win moves him into a seat he already owned prior to Cain Velasquez’s shoulder surgery, but interestingly, he is now the betting favorite in that fight.   There is... Read more »
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Chicago Sky Notches First Win of The Season

  In what some people are calling a season of uncertainty for Chicago Sky; the team played a competative game against the Conneticut Sun, and won.      Sylvia Fowles lead the way for the team scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds to get the 78-75 victory over the Connecticut Sun on Friday night.       Fowles... Read more »

Chicago United Hoops Classic: Silencing the Violence in 2012

“You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you”-Coach Wooden Norm Van Lier knew he was going to make something of himself. He shared these words with the legendary Sonny Vaccaro, who helped shape Norm’s ideals of what could be possible. With every day Norm... Read more »

Lockout Pushing NFL Players to MMA

As the NFL lockout continues, the migration of NFL players to MMA training seems to be increasing.  In addition to long-time adherents Clay Matthews and Jared Allen, all-pro tight end Mercedes Lewis has joined the fold.  Whether it is merely a method of staying in shape during the lockout, or perhaps a future career should... Read more »
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WNBA; Chicago Sky Drop Season Opener to the Indiana Fever

    For the sixth straight time the Indiana Fever beat the Chicago Sky 65-57 in Saturday night’s WNBA season opener.             The Chicago Sky came in the season with uncertain expectation and during the season opener they proved why.             The Sky could not make shots at the beginning of the game, and they could... Read more »