Patriots Owner Bob Kraft Getting Involved in 2026 World Cup Bid

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A majority of American sports fans may not love Robert Kraft, but they may have to root for him now anyway. At least, if they want the U.S. (along with Mexico and Canada) to land the World Cup in 2026New England Patriots Owner Bob Kraft may have deplorably awful politics, or at least terrible taste in politicians, but the man certainly dominates the sports executive game.

Since Robert Kraft purchased the New England Patriots in 1994, the club has won more games, playoff games (28), division titles (16), conference titles (8) and Super Bowl championships (5) than any other team in the NFL.

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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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RG3 and Wife, Alleged Former Mistress Grete Sadeiko Welcome New Baby

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Robert Griffin III, or RG3 as he’s affectionately known, doesn’t currently have a gig with a NFL team these days, but he’s having a milestone summer nonetheless. Griffin and his new wife/once alleged mistress Grete Sadeiko, welcomed a new baby into the world during the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

Meet Gloria Griffin, via the photo posted on the official RG3 Instagram account. The former Washington Redskins and Cleveland Browns QB has another child, Reese Ann Griffin, from his first marriage to his college sweetheart Rebecca Liddicoat.

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Marcus Rashford Plays Ball, Swaps Shirts with Odell Beckham Jr.

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It’s another edition of football/soccer meets football/American football player, and game recognizing game. Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford met New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. at the Nike World Campus in Oregon. The two young star athletes swapped shirts and played catch at the event, leading to some fantastic videos and photos being posted on social media.

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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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