Jay Cutler Will Call His Very First Game in Chicago; Obvious FOX Publicity Stunt

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Sports television networks LOVE to bombard the journalists on their email distribution lists with mass mailings they refer to as “news,” but which are in reality nothing more than product promotion. Ninety-nine point nine percent of these press releases are instantly deleted, due to their worthlessness, but hey, it’s the age of shameless self-promotion, and everyone must to do it to try and survive.

Besides, it’s not like the pointless mass emails from the pro and college teams themselves, are any more useful, right?

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The IlliNation Show Featuring Peanut Tillman, Dick Butkus and Dee Brown

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Welcome to The IlliNation Show, inaugural edition! It’s volume I, chapter I of The Sports Bank’s special, exclusive Illini podcast. We have an action packed first show for you which covers the following topics in the segments below:

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Forbes: Chicago Bears 16th Most Valuable Team in the World, Cubs #18

In summarizing the Chicago Bears consistent recent ineptitude, the legendary Dick Butkus concluded: “It’s embarrassing. I don’t give a damn (about) the draft or whatever; there’s no reason we should be in this situation, one of the best franchises.”

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2018 NFL Mock Draft 7-13-17

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Welcome to the 2018 NFL mock draft. Order was based on an amalgam of NFL power rankings from across the internet. If you have issue with the order, well so do many others. That’s what the comments section is for! Just keep it above board and professional in your criticism.

Team needs were not taken into account for the 2018 NFL mock draft as it’s just too early. 2017 NFL Draft picks were mostly not taken into account for our projections.

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Dick Butkus Gets Candid on Steroids, Concussion Crisis (EXCLUSIVE)

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For football legend Dick Butkus, the first and foremost cause celebre is keeping the next generation of athletes from resorting to illegal and dangerous steroids, as well as other performance enhancing products. Butkus and his son Matt formed the I PLAY CLEAN program in 2006  to educate and encourage high school students to make the right choice of playing clean.

While steroid usage has been a major problem in young males for quite some time (and continues to be today), the program’s research has shown that the biggest increase, recently is in female athletes.

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Dick Butkus Doesn’t know “what the hell” Keeps the Chicago Bears Down (EXCLUSIVE)

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Dick Butkus simply does not hold back, nor should he. He’s got a lot more than “senior privilege” backing his right to conduct candid conversation, as he’s simply the greatest linebacker in football history. He’s a franchise cornerstone for two storied Land of Lincoln football clubs that sport the orange and blue, and he just can’t understand why both of them, the Chicago Bears and the Illinois Fighting Illini, can’t get to the top and stay there.

Speaking ahead of the inaugural Illini Athletics Hall of Fame gala (Butkus was a member of the very first class to be honored), he told a group of reporters his bold thoughts on the Illini football struggles (read that over at this link and listen to the audio below)

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2018 NFL Mock Draft 6-29-17

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Welcome to the 2018 NFL mock draft. Order was based on an amalgam of NFL power rankings from across the internet. If you have issue with the order, well so do many others. That’s what the comments section is for! Just keep it above board and professional in your criticism.

Team needs were not taken into account for the 2018 NFL mock draft as it’s just too early. 2017 NFL Draft picks were mostly not taken into account for our projections.

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Dick Butkus Sees “Golden Opportunity” for Illinois Recruits to Turn Illini Around

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Shakespeare famously said “past is prologue,” and Dick Butkus is hoping that the Illini football program can repeat the glorious history that he helped make. In the inaugural Illinois Athletics Hall of Fame class, Butkus is as much a “this individual needs no introduction” as possible.

In Illini football lore, there’s Dick Butkus and Red Grange, and then there’s everybody else. The nation’s top linebacker, at both the high school and collegiate level, receives the “Butkus Award” each season, and that says it all.

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Illini Football: Peanut Tillman Sees Improvement for Lovie Smith in Year Two (Exclusive)

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The preseason prognosticators are not very high on 2017 Illini football. That’s been well documented.

However, given the much more favorable schedule that they have this season, one could reasonably expect the Illini to win more games this fall than they did last year. Chicago Bears legend Charles “Peanut” Tillman sees his former Head Coach Lovie Smith taking the program in the right direction this season.

“I definitely see improvement,” Tillman said during our exclusive conversation with him. 

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Chicago Bears TE Zach Miller is Going to Have a Major Milestone Offseason

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This offseason will be as eventful as possible for Chicago Bears Tight End Zach Miller. Organized Team Activities wrap up June 15th, with Camp Bourbonaiss opening up July 26th. In between, Zach Miller and his family will experience something that is much more meaningful than football.

We caught up to Miller at the fifth annual Charles Tillman Celebrity Pro BOWLer Tournament at Kings Bowl in Rosemont. During our exclusive interview we asked him about his off-season plans:

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Chicago Bears True Star Player Could be Jordan Howard Says Zach Miller

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The Chicago Bears are severely lacking in star power and it remains to be seen if that will change in 2017. There is certainly no true “face of the franchise” individual player right now.

“Kyle Long is probably the most popular person on the team and he’s an offensive lineman, so they got to get some superstars,” said legendary Chicago Bears cornerback Charles “Peanut” Tillman during our exclusive conversation.

“He is a funny guy, but I don’t think an offensive lineman should be the franchise, face of the team. That’s not good marketing. It shouldn’t be ‘Kyle Long and the Chicago Bears,’ it should be a skill position player, or maybe a defensive player, c’mon.”

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Charles Tillman Describes His Early Broadcasting and Acting Misadventures (Exclusive)

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Former NFL Cornerback Charles Tillman is wearing many different hats during his retirement. He’s certainly keeping busy, whether it’s being a self-described “Mr. Mom,” making a foray into acting or his broadcasting gig with FOX Sports.

He’s encountered a bit of misadventure within the show-business/media realm.

We caught up with the Chicago Bears legend Thursday night as he hosted the fifth annual Charles Tillman Celebrity Pro BOWLer Tournament at Kings Bowl in Rosemont. Proceeds from the evening’s festivities support the Charles Tillman Cornerstone Foundation.

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