Archives for January 2010

Can Illinois Fans Expect To See Mike Davis in the Starting Lineup Soon?

By Paul Schmidt

The title is self explanatory.  Will we, Bruce?  Though he didn’t say it outright, his answers during yesterday’s press conference after Illinois’ 72-70 win over Indiana spoke volumes about his intentions. [Read more…]

Super Bowl Shuffle Reunion? Lord Help us All

By Paul M. Banks

In America, every single holiday is pretty much all about consumption and consumerism. Therefore, the Super Bowl, a day in which the opportunity to sell us crap costs more than it does at any other point, is truly our national holiday. It’s the time when Madison Avenue’s All-Star team gets to shine. But let’s be honest the Mad Men haven’t really given us much to enjoy or talk about on Super Sunday ever since the Justin Timberlake/Janet Jackson “wardrobe malfunction”. However all of that will change one week from today, when Boost Mobile gives us the Super Bowl Shuffle 25 year reunion spots.

The Sports Bank.net has acquired these exclusive advance teaser clips for your amusement (and/or bemusement). I still remember giving the original Super Bowl Shuffle 45 record away in a 1st grade Christmas party grab bag. So I guess I’m getting old. Especially since I don’t recall being this excited about a Super Bowl advertisement. I really can’t.

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Sidetracked: Crap, Valentine’s Day is Coming

By: Smoove C

Oh no.  I hate the singular act of turning the calendar from the month of January to February.  Why even turn the thang?  I turn it and POOF.  My woman’s voice mysteriously echoes throughout the room and the 14th jumps out at me like an ugly Harangody all up in my face.  Her voice starts calling out thangs she wants. This year, I’m cutting her off like Daniel Snyder putting a sock in Jim Zorn. It’s about what Smoove C wants.  Fellas, if we gotta do this, we gonna to do it my way. And for those of you without a woman, I’ve got something in this article for you, too.

For those of you with a big pocketbook, maybe seven figures on your contract, we gonna benefit from this here research. Go big or go home on the court or on the field; that’s what we do. So this is what the professionals are doing this Valentine’s Day, and that’s right—this really does exist.  If you don’t believe me, all the details are right here.

We’re going to DC’s W Hotel for their Valentine’s Day Package.  In short, you get VIP copter rides to private wine tastings, bottomless champagne, Kobe steak and Maine lobster, a personal Body Chocolatier that makes candy molds of your naked selves, Louis Vuitton luggage full of lingerie for her and some Swarovski crystals on your PJ’s or whatever. It’s gonna set you back $28 G’s man, but it’s worth it. Here’s what they give ya. [Read more…]

Demetri McCamey IS Illinois Basketball


By Paul Schmidt

“No question about it, everyone in the huddle knew where it was going.” –Bill Cole, Illini junior forward. [Read more…]

Northwestern Visits Michigan St. can Lightning Strike Again?

Jeff Ghiringhelli asks the questions, Paul M. Banks answers

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Illinois-Indiana: A More Prestigious Rivalry Than You Think

By Paul M. Banks and Paul Schmidt

Obviously, there have been bigger games than this between Indiana and Illinois lately. A match-up between one probable NIT team and a no postseason team isn’t exactly the biggest case on the docket today. But there have been some REALLY BIG games in the history of  rivalry. And here are some fun facts about these two programs and this rivalry which will make the reader realize how underrated this rivalry is. Dare I say it might even be the basketball answer to Ohio St.-Michigan in football?

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Saturdays with Izzo: Michigan St.-Michigan Rivalry

By Jeff Ghiringhelli and Paul M. Banks

Welcome to a new quasi-weekly feature where we discuss some of the biggest topics in the Michigan State Spartan world, including the insight and observations of legendary MSU coach Tom Izzo. In our first installment, we discuss the rivalry with Michigan.

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Coaches vs. Cancer Suits & Sneakers Awareness Weekend

Coaches wearing Nikes Saturday; Illini to wear uniforms trimmed in pink

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2010 NBA Mock Draft-First Round (1-29-10)

By: David Kay

Team needs have not been taken into account with this mock draft.  Click on the players’ name for a complete scouting report.

1. New Jersey- John Wall, PG, Kentucky, 6-4, Fr.
Wall has been as good as advertised for the ‘Cats.  He is beyond gifted and so quick with the ball in his hands whether it’s creating on the drive for other teammates or finishing at the rim himself.  His outside shot does need some work though.
Think: Derrick Rose

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2010 NBA Mock Draft-Second Round (1-29-10)

By: David Kay

Team needs have not been taken into account with this mock draft.  Click on the players’ name for a complete scouting report.

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The Field of 65 (TSB’s Bracketology)

By: David Kay

It is Friday!  That means a new version of The Sports Bank’s “Field of 65” in which David Kay goes back to school to study the bracketology of what the NCAA Tournament will look like come Selection Sunday.  Agree or disagree with any of the projections?  Leave a comment at the end and David will defend his position.
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Deron Williams, All-Star: About Frickin Time!

By Paul M. Banks

Yesterday was a glorious day that I have waited a long time for. It felt exactly like a special night about 14 years ago when a T.F. South high school cheerleader took…well never mind, let’s just focus on the now.

Deron Williams will return to his hometown as an NBA All-Star. The former Illini will suit up for the Western Conference Feb. 14 NBA at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, according to the report. The Utah Jazz point guard is the first NBA All-Star from Illinois since Don Ohl in 1967, according to UI sports information.

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