Time to talk NU football. Yes, it’s not too early. Would you rather someone talk more Chicago Cubs storylines that have been BEATEN TO DEATH? Yeah, the current Cubs are in last place, but they have best farm system in baseball…yeah, got it. We’ve heard that enough. Since Chicago sports talk radio pretty much never talks college football, or at least they never discuss Northwestern or the Illini…well, I talked some NU football on 1620 The Zone this morning.Follow paulmbanks
The Qatar World Cup in 2022 is the most preposterous idea in the history of sports. You saw there were a couple cooling breaks in Brazil during this past World Cup when the temperature was in the mid 80s. Imagine the Qatar World Cup, where the temps reach 115-120 on average.
The game LITERALLY CANNOT BE PLAYED. That’s how morally depraved FIFA is. They took the bribe and signed on for this. Oh, and then there’s that whole thousands of people dying during the construction phase of the stadium thing.
So we give you “HBO Real Sports: The Price of Glory in Qatar”Follow paulmbanks
The Chicago Fire of the MLS welcome Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur to the Windy City for an international friendly on Saturday, July 26. It will be televised on ESPN2, and it kicks off at 7 p.m. CST at Toyota Park.
Spurs who drew with the Seattle Sounders 3-3 last night, will play Toronto FC and then arrive in Chicago at noon on Thursday, July 24, will kick off their tour of the city by joining in a ceremonial bell-ringing at the Chicago Board Options Exchange.Follow paulmbanks
According to The Sun, Steven Gerrard reckons Wayne Rooney should succeed him as England captain. So again, that’s what is so special about playing for country over playing for club. National loyalties always trump commercial. Gerrard believes the Manchester United striker should assume the leadership role with Three Lions now that he’s stepping down.Follow paulmbanks
It’s time to stop to talking about Northwestern football being good by Northwestern standards. You know, standard cliches about what Pat Fitzgerald has done, despite the limitations. This discussion needs to end. No need for qualifying statements anymore. No more “given the…”
It’s now just Big 10 standards; now plain and simple. This past year should have taught you that Northwestern football has arrived to the point where you can hold them to the same standards as the rest of the teams in the conference. I know that sounds bizarre given that they finished 5-7, missing a bowl game for the first time since 2007, but it’s true. They have hosted ESPN College Gameday not once but twice in the past four seasons.Follow paulmbanks
So what are the San Francisco 49ers getting this year in Northern Illinois safety Jimmie Ward? He became just the second Huskie ever to be drafted in the first round when he was chosen with the 30th overall pick. Ward made an impression during 2014 Reese’s Senior Bowl Week in his hometown of Mobile, Ala., and followed that with an impressive performance at the NIU Pro Day in March.
Ward measured in at 5-10 ½ inches and 197 pounds, ran the 40 yard dash in 4.45 seconds, had a 38-inch vertical jump and a broad jump of 10 ½ feet.Follow paulmbanks
2001 was deemed summer of sharks; at least according to Time magazine. I know, younger readers are like “what’s a magazine?” There were four or five shark attacks that year which got a lot of press. That’s still very very low, and the percentage of sharks that have been know to attack man is miniscule.
Only a handful of species of sharks have ever recorded an attack on a human being. Yet through all the Jaws films and everything else that copied them…sharks are the gangsters of the sea. They’re the villains; that we can’t get enough of.Follow paulmbanks
When discussing the New Orleans Saints…First off, anyone who ever does a “Saints go marching….” cliche gets KICKED IN THEIR THROAT SO THEY NEVER TALK AGAIN. If you really are that bad at your job that you have to make a reference to the song that helped name the team and use it to try and sound clever, you are too dumb to work in this field. And you’re too boring to be allowed to speak. I hope your NFL credentials are revoked for that.
Now, let’s get on to talking about the New Orleans Saints defense.Follow paulmbanks
Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly ready to match the £25 million release clause belonging to Antoine Griezmann. This is an effort to try and beat Chelsea and Monaco to the signing of the Real Sociedad winger.
The Telegraph understands that Tottenham are willing to improve their bid to meet Griezmann’s buy-out clause, but Chelsea and Monaco may also be prepared to do the same.Follow paulmbanks
Manchester United went ALL OUT for Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels; according to reports in Germany. Now he looks set to join Manchester United this week for a reported £16 million, according to reports in Spain.
The two clubs remain locked in talks ahead of the prospective move, but the Old Trafford hierarchy are confident off thrashing out a deal for the highly-rated defender.Follow paulmbanks
Steven Gerrard claimed England’s Young Lions were ready to take the World Cup by storm ahead of the final warm-up before the World Cup. Well, you know how that turned out. It’s too bad that’s the way Gerrard ends his career with the Three Lions. The FA have announced in a statement that Gerrard is stepping down.
He retires as the all-time third-most capped England player behind Peter Shilton and David Beckham, and in total captained the Three Lions on 38 occasions. He will stay involved in the England set up in a “high profile ambassadorial role.”Follow paulmbanks
Rory McIlroy had just conquered the British Open at Royal Liverpool. The Merseyside crowd at the Golf Club cheered loudly for the Northern Irishman, as he had just triumphed by capping off a dominant four-day performance.
Then McIlroy said one thing that inspired to the crowd to do a complete 180. Listen to how nasty the booing is:Follow paulmbanks