Ex Raiders LB Napoleon Harris Fends Off Muggers; Helps Catch Murder Suspects


Take a seat because this Napoleon Harris story is one that you’ve got to consume.

I first knew Harris as a star on one of the most crazy athletic high school basketball teams of all time. On that Thornton Township high school hoops team with Napoleon Harris (Thornton Wildcats class of ’97) was- former 49ers wide receiver Tai Streets, former Pittsburgh Steelers star Antwaan Randle-El and former college hoops stars Erik Herring and Melvin Ely.

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Move Over NIU; Here Comes P.J. Fleck and Western Michigan Now


“Remembering those who fell that we may rise” reads the inscription on the souvenir coffee mug I bought at an exhibition honoring the centennial of the Irish revolution. I was in Dublin this past May as they commemorated the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rebellion; or Easter Rising.

Obviously, college football is pretty insignificant when compared to generational Earth shattering events like a republic uprising against an empire to commence the journey towards becoming a sovereign independent nation.

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2017 NFL mock draft 9-22-16

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The night time is the right time for a 2017 NFL mock draft. If you’re reading this during daylight, we’re cool with that as well. The 2017 NFL mock draft order was based on the latest Chicago Tribune NFL power rankings. Team needs were sometimes but not always taken into account.

The Sports Bank is the only independently owned, mom and pop on the internet with a mock draft for the top four American professional sports leagues. Be sure to check out our 2017 NFL mock draft, 2016 NBA mock draft, 2016 MLB mock draft and 2016 NHL mock draft.

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Rick Neuheisel on Infamous Illini Rose Bowl Playboy Mansion Party Tale


Rick Neuheisel somehow already knew where we were going with our question. We didn’t need to mention the infamous urban legend, because he brought it up first, without being unprompted. Kudos to the former UCLA quarterback and current CBS Sports College Football Analyst for knowing exactly what we were truly asking about.

You’ve heard the narrative:

the 1983 Illini, 10-1 and ranked #5, heavily favored over an unranked 6-4-1 UCLA team, partied too hard at the Playboy mansion with Hugh Hefner the night before the 1984 Rose Bowl, and that’s why the team was obliterated 45-9 by the underdog Bruins.

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Verne Lundquist on his 2016 SEC, College Football Farewell Tour


Verne Lundquist would never call it a victory lap, but it’s sort of, kind of, exactly what the 2016 college football season will be for him. After he calls his final game, Army-Navy, on the regular season’s final weekend, it will be just college hoops and golf for Lundquist from here on out.

SEC football, and southern culture, will never be quite the same. Verne Lundquist on calling the game the first game of his final season in College Station, Texas:

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P.J. Fleck Bests Pat Fitzgerald, Student Beats Teacher


On a collective level, the team of Western Michigan upset Northwestern Wildcats today. On the individual level, a theme us media types love to over-exaggerate, P.J. Fleck bested Pat Fitzgerald.

It’s literally an example of apprentice taking out tutor, student besting teacher, padawan defeating Jedi master. No Fleck has never been an assistant under Fitzgerald, nor even coached on the same staff as him. However, Fitzgerald is Fleck’s role model, as he whole-heartedly expressed. 

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Western Michigan Achieves Controversial Upset Win at Northwestern


Today, P.J. Fleck won for the second time this week. On Monday, Fleck dismissed two Western Michigan football players who were arrested on very serious criminal charges.

He then performed an action that few, if any, college football coaches ever do. P.J. Fleck put the onus on himself for what the players did. Yes, on the Mid-American Conference weekly coaches call, he took ownership of the situation, a bold, admirable move that’s almost without peer.

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Northwestern Football vs Western Michigan Game Preview


We’re just days from the return of college football. You can even start counting down the hours, not just the days at this point. Northwestern football opens with a really tough Western Michigan team led by Coach P.J. Fleck. The Sugar Grove native has a public persona similar to that of Northwestern head man Pat Fitzgerald.

It’s not by coincidence. Fleck modeled himself after Fitzgerald, as Fitz graciously mentored him at a time when the WMU leader was still cutting his teeth in the coaching world.

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P.J. Fleck has Influential Role Model in Pat Fitzgerald


Western Michigan football Coach P.J. Fleck has a public persona similar to that of Northwestern head man Pat Fitzgerald.

It’s not by coincidence.

Fleck modeled himself after Fitzgerald, as Fitz graciously mentored him at a time when the WMU leader was still cutting his teeth in the coaching world.

Both are well known for being high intensity, having a strong work ethic and occasionally YELLING when the situation requires it. That’s not by accident and Saturday will see the two clash at Ryan Field in the season opener for both teams.

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Joe Flacco’s Little Brother WMU’s Backup QB; Someday Potentially “Elite”?


Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco  has a little brother who also plays quarterback. Tom Flacco, a sophomore at Western Michigan University, is the WMU Broncos QB2. Senior Zach Terrell is ahead of him, and he’s really good. In fact, Athlon rated Terrell the 24th best QB in the nation this season.

Tom Flacco is more of a “change of pace quarterback;” you know like a “change of pace back.” He’s a run first quarterback, unlike Terrell, and unlike his brother.

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Two Western Michigan Football Players Arrested; Kicked Off Team


Two Western Michigan football players were arrested over the weekend on armed robbery charges. Bond was today at $100,000 each for freshmen, linebacker Ron George and wide receiver Bryson White of Mason, Ohio. They allegedly used a gun and a knife to rob a Kalamazoo woman at her apartment Friday night.

The legal charges facing the two players are: armed robbery, first-degree home invasion and larceny in a building. Western Michigan football coach P.J. Fleck indefinitely suspended the two players from the team upon first hearing the news. When more information surrounding the alleged crimes became available, he kicked the duo off the team.

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Jim Harbaugh Likely Attending Chelsea vs Real Madrid, Won’t Pick Side

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On Saturday, Chelsea FC will take on Real Madrid at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It’s the second largest stadium in the world, and the biggest one outside North Korea. It’s home to Jim Harbaugh and his University of Michigan Wolverines. 

Harbaugh will be there; probably.

The last time a soccer game was played at the venue commonly referred to as “The Big House” was August of 2014 between Real Madrid and Manchester United; and that match such a new record set for American single game soccer attendance.

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