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
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
It’s down to 16 teams; single game elimination in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Just like in March madness, it’s “survive and advance” time. So I decided to match each country with their corresponding college basketball program. If you’re a college hoops fan, but still need a rooting interest in the World Cup, this will help you pick a team.
I’m still not sure how much Americans have embraced soccer; as of yet. I do know they’ve embraced skipping work to go drink and watch sports during the day.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 2014-15 season. Bookmark this page as we will continue to update the list as the off-season progresses.
UPDATED: 6/3/14Follow paulmbanks
It’s actually been awhile since we’ve heard anything about the imminent revolution coming in college basketball and college football. There hasn’t been much publicity surrounding the unionization effort, CAPA, Northwestern football, Kain Colter etc. etc. Which is obviously a stark contrast from January-April when we heard about it incessantly.
Also we never heard from the man Sports Illustrated called the “4th most powerful person in sports,” John Skipper, President of ESPN on the matter. We do now, as a reporter recently asked him about the possible revolution taking place within college sports.Follow paulmbanks
There are two occasions where you can usually rely on Illini football winning: fourth tier bowl games and NFL Draft night. Last year the Illini had more NFL Draft picks than any Big Ten team; despite going 2-10 the previous college football season. From 2007-2012, the Illini had more first round draft picks than any Big Ten team. Illinois saw guys taken in both the first and second round in both 2011 and 2012; despite going just 14-12 in the two season preceding those drafts.
This draft though, brings nothing to get excited about for Illini fans. Ditto for Northwestern.Follow paulmbanks
Now that we know which college basketball players have declared for the NBA Draft and top 2014 recruit Myles Turner has made his college decision, it is time to update my insanely early 2014-15 Top 25 college basketball rankings. Here is a list of which players have already announced they are transferring and entering the draft. Leave a comment below if you think a team is too high, too low, not getting enough respect, or if you notice an error in a projected roster. (Click here to see how my 2013-14 way too early preseason college basketball rankings turned out.)
Allow me to present to you my way too early 2014-2015 preseason Top 25 college basketball rankings. (Check out The Sports Bank’s 2015 NCAA Tournament Bracketology.)Follow paulmbanks
Caley Chelios is one of four Chelios offspring continuing the athletic tradition of their famous father. Former Blackhawks legend Chris Chelios was in attendance, as his daughter Caley Chelios, a Northwestern lacrosse defender, saw some playing time in the Friendly Confines. NU defeated USC 12-7 last night in front of about 5,000 people.
Caley hails from Detroit, where her dad works in the Red Wings front office, and she’s a graduate of the famous Cranbrook Academy. (Quoting Jimmy B. Rabbit Smith, in reference to his rap battle opponent Papa Doc in 8 Mile: “Cranbrook- that’s a private school!”) Caley led Cranbrook to a state title in ice hockey in 2010, but chose lacrosse instead in college.Follow paulmbanks
The Chicago Blackhawks have eliminated the St. Louis Blues, just like Kelly Amonte-Hiller said they would. She made the Hawks prediction, only because I asked her last night after her Northwestern Lacrosse team defeated USC 12-7 at Wrigley Field last night.
Kelly Amonte-Hiller (a five time Coach of the Year, who’s gone 211-20 since 2005) is the sister of Blackhawks icon Tony Amonte, the high scoring forward.
“I’m a Chicago sports fan, I have always been since my brother was captain of the Blackhawks,” Amonte-Hiller said.Follow paulmbanks
Today’s Northwestern football union vote is getting a lot of local and national media attention, but in the bigger picture, it’s actually small potatoes. The NU football players are employees by legal definition until ruled otherwise by the Federal level of the National Labor Relations Board. The results of today’s secret ballot, which we will not know for at least a few months, do not change that status at all.
Even if the Northwestern football union vote goes against the interests of CAPA and collective bargaining advocates everywhere, it still doesn’t change the fact that the myths of “amateurism” and “student-athletes” are now deceased for good.
Kain Colter, Ramogi Huma, Ed O’Bannon, CAPA, Shabazz Napier etc. they’ve already won in the court of public opinion.
here’s the audio file of my segment today on the Northwestern football union vote on KOZN 1620 The Zone. I was on “Game Time with Nick Bahe.”Follow paulmbanks
We know that we hate Darren Rovell.
We know that Darren Rovell loves Darren Rovell and also loves the fact that we hate Darren Rovell. He’s pretty obsessed with his critics. So enter @RovellReplies.
As the account’s biography reads: “Darren Rovell receives a lot of hilarious @ replies. We bring you the best of the best.”
And I present, without comment, some of the best of the best of the best.Follow paulmbanks