2017 NFL mock draft 10-13-16


In our 2017 NFL mock draft, we based the order on a hybrid of three facets: the latest Chicago Tribune NFL power rankings, the current NFL standings and our speculation of how the league will play itself out during the remaining three quarters of the season the post-season.

Team needs were sometimes, but not always taken into account, as team needs are a very fluid situation.

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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P.J. Fleck Does Local TV Weather Report for Western Michigan Game


Weather, and by that I mean really INTENSE weather, is the lead story right now in the news right now. For one day at least, the total lunacy and idiocy of Donald J. Trump is not he top story in national news. All it took was an act of God in Hurricane Matthew.

You’re seeing some college football games affected by this superstorm, currently at Category 4 status.

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Illini Football Game Preview: vs Purdue Boilermakers


What a difference a week or two can make for the mood Illini football fans. The season began with ebullient enthusiasm. As opening day approached, and with a 52-3 favorable result over Kent State, the mood was like listening to Earth, Wind and Fire’s “September.” (or the Phats & Small September ’99 remix for my younger readers).

After a thorough demolishing at the hands of MAC foe Western Michigan in week three, the mood then became more Green Day “Wake Me Up When September Ends.”

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P.J. Fleck Bowl Preview: #25 Western Michigan vs NIU Huskies


“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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Rigging Games in the NFL or College Football: Possible or Impossible?


The NFL and college football devotes large amounts of money to run their activities. With that in mind, the biggest question is whether there is any possibility to rig the results of their scheduled games. This question first came up on November 28, 2015 on Quora, which is an online network in which people share knowledge and insights by answering a wide range of compelling questions.

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Napoleon Harris “Went Hulk Hogan” on Muggers Pat Fitzgerald Heard


Last week Napoleon Harris had an experience that rivals a blockbuster Hollywood crime drama. Harris, a Chicago native and current resident of Flossmoor, IL is a member of the Illinois Senate representing the 15th district since 2013. He’s also an owner of two Beggar’s Pizza franchises; a very popular chain exclusive to the Chicago south lands.

When closing up shop at his pizzeria in Harvey, Illinois one evening last week he delivered the final order himself. The late night pizza order was a scam and four men physically attacked Harris.

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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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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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