Tonight’s McDonald’s All-American Game in Chicago has two Illini basketball related themes to it (sort of); despite the fact that zero Illini basketball commits are playing in it. There are what seems like a record high eight undecideds playing at the United Center tonight, and Illinois is not within the final list for any of the prospects.Follow paulmbanks
Sunday night the Chicago Cubs will host Opening Night vs. the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cubs will begin 2015 by honoring Hall of Famer and “Mr. Cub” Ernie Banks, who passed away at the age of 83 in January.
Ernie Banks will be honored with a pregame ceremony Sunday night and his sons, Joey and Jerry, will throw the game’s ceremonial first pitches and lead the 7th inning stretch.Follow paulmbanks
The “2nd round state” label is often applied to Michigan St. basketball as a pejorative. Although there is an air of condescension surrounding this concept, it’s not actually a negative. Because after all, who, outside of Kentucky, Duke, North Carolina, Kansas and a select few in this rarified are, can claim to be “1st round state?”
Or “NBA Draft Lottery State?”
Michigan St. Coach Tom Izzo said last season, “now anyone who stays all four years, people look at you like you’re diseased or something.”Follow paulmbanks
The NBA has seen some pretty great players in its history — players with amazing shooting percentages; players that know how to take charge of a team; and players who have a lot of hustle and can defend the basket with ease. This article is an ode to those players that can hold their own on the court and have a career that proves it. Here are six great NBA players at the top of the list.Follow paulmbanks
Here are some of the most interesting Liverpool news and transfer rumor stories circulating amidst the Twitterverse, blogosphere, cyberspace and media world. We begin with the concept of Luis Suarez returning to the Reds one day. Well, don’t hold your breath. We’ll believe it when we see it.Follow paulmbanks
College basketball transfers are becoming a growing trend. Here is a list of players from the marquee conferences who are transferring out of their respective programs after this past season and a list of college basketball transfers who will be eligible to play at their new school for the 2015-16 season. Bookmark this page as we will continue to update the list as the off-season progresses.
UPDATED: 4/1/15 [Read more…]Follow paulmbanks