NIU Football Game at White Sox Park 2016 Season’s Highlight


Looking at the 2016 NIU football schedule, you quickly find one game to proverbially “circle the date.” It’s November 9th, versus MAC powerhouse Toledo, in the only game this season that has its own brand name- the “Chi-Town Showdown.” It’ll be held at U.S. Cellular Field, Guaranteed Rate Field, home of Major League Baseball’s Chicago White Sox.

By the way, Twitter really had a lot of fun at the expense of the White Sox and their stadium name change. You can see the best those over at this link. 

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White Sox Have Awful New Ballpark Name; Best of #BetterSoxStadiumNames Tweets


For the first time since the Adam LaRoche debacle in spring training, the Chicago White Sox are nationally relevant. Once again it’s not because of anything that anyone could consider “good.” Comiskey Park II opened in 1991. It became U.S. Cellular Field in 2003. Today it was announced that the venue will be renamed again, to Guaranteed Rate Field, effective November 1st.

Basically going from U.S. Cellular Field to Guaranteed Rate Field is like a teenage girl telling her parents that her 25 year old boyfriend left his mall kiosk job; and now works as a credit default swap salesman.

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Donald Trump Presidential Campaign Equals Political Version of 1919 White Sox


As unstable and non-intellectual as GOP Presidential Candidate Donald Trump is, he is not AS insane and THIS LEVEL of stupid as he is conveying this week. While the Republican nominee to lead the free world isn’t as wildly successful a businessman as his brand signifies, he’s also not dumb.

You know the old saying- a fool and his money are soon parted, and if Trump were truly as dumb as his behavior has been this week, he’d be penniless.

Thus, it’s become clear, he knows what he’s doing, and he’s “throwing it.” Yes, Donald Trump has to be sabotaging his own presidential campaign. Although only Trump and those closest to him can verify this idea, it’s pretty obvious now to anyone with half a brain.


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Chelsea FC Met the Minnesota Vikings, Attended Twins Game


As the 2016 Chelsea FC summer preseason tour winds down, the club have taken in some rest and relaxation on their off days. Some of the Blues attended a home game of the Minnesota Twins, of Major League Baseball, at Target Field.

Then they had the chance to interact with the MLB players.

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Former Padres Hostess, Pageant Winner Laura Rutledge Gets New Gig


ESPN just released the information on who who will be calling their college football broadcasts this upcoming season. Laura Rutledge will be on the sideline Thursday nights. It’s a position previously held by Jenn Brown, Erin Andrews and Kaylee Hartung.

Samantha Ponder, Allison Williams, Dawn Davenport and many, many others have served or currently serve in a similar role.  Play-by-play commentator Dave Flemming will move to Thursday nights and will call games alongside college football analyst Jesse Palmer in a two-man booth.


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Manchester United Among Five Most Profitable Sports Teams on Earth


As the 2016 football season fast approaches, Forbes magazine released their annual list of the most profitable sports franchises on earth. With the 2016 NFL draft long over, all eyes are on the approaching start of training camp. All 32 teams are commencing preparation for this season, with one of the most well known NFL franchises topping the list of the most valuable sports teams on Earth.

Who rounds out the top five, and did your favorite team make the list?

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Sex, Drugs, Drinks: Doc & Darryl is Best Baseball 30 for 30 Ever


Extremely iconic but also intensely troubled 1980s New York Mets cornerstones Darryl Strawberry and Dwight Gooden are the subjects of the very next ESPN 30 for 30 film, entitled “Doc & Darryl.” Several months ago, when Bristol sent out their promotional snippets describing the upcoming season of 30 for 30, I was immediately compelled to this edition. I had a feeling it would be the best film of the season, and the greatest baseball documentary of the entire series.

While it’s far from perfect, I was definitely right on both counts. The ’90s nostalgia craze 30 for 30s are good, but nothing beats the overzealous ’80s for subject matter; think Pony Exce$$ for Major League Baseball with this one.

And move over “Catching Hell,” as there’s a new ace of the baseball 30 for 30 pitching staff.


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2016 MLB Mock Draft 6-9-16 FINAL


It’s version 1.0 of The Sports Bank’s 2016 MLB Mock Draft. TSB 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.

The 2016 Major League Baseball Draft is June 9th-11th. Let’s get started with the 2016 MLB mock draft.

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Believeland: Sweet Masochism for Cavaliers, Browns, Indians Fans


The ESPN Films 30 for 30 series is like eating pizza or having sex- it’s very difficult to get it wrong. Most of the time, the experience is very enjoyable. That said “Believeland,” the latest 30 for 30 entry, is a very solid entertaining viewing experience, and I’d rather watch Believeland again than just about anything else on television, but…..

…it falls a bit short by 30 for 30’s lofty standards, and it does so because it adheres way too strongly to the corporate culture and ethos of ESPN.

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How Vegas Dave Made Millions Betting on Baseball


Vegas Dave is an example of the ultimate gambler. He took one of the biggest punts in sports betting history, and it paid off in the amount of $2.5 million when the Kansas City Royals won the World Series of baseball at the end of 2015.

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Ryne Sandberg returns to Cubs as club Ambassador


It’s official, Ryne Sandberg or “Ryan Sandburg” as some Chicago Cubs “fans” refer to him, is returning to the club in an official capacity. Sandberg will be re-introduced tomorrow night as the Cubs new community and sponsor “Ambassador” during the opening ceremonies of the 2016 Cubs Convention.

Ryne Sandberg assumes this post just seven months after resigning as manager of the Philadelphia Phillies.

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Zach Randolph tops 10 best interviews of 2015

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As we continue our 2015 “best of” series, The Sports Bank counts down the ten best interviews we did this past year. As I’ve said repeatedly, 99% of media interviews and press conferences are utterly worthless and completely pointless.

However, I probably did well over a thousand or two thousand media opps this past year because everything that follows is pure gold.

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