New York Mets star outfielder and native Chicagoan Curtis Granderson will help christen the newly completed Curtis Granderson Stadium on April 17. The University of Illinois at Chicago, Granderson’s alma mater, will unveil the new ballpark with a grand opening celebration; kicking off a weekend of activities at the new ballpark.Follow paulmbanks
Herb Kohl, Milwaukee Bucks Owner, announced today that he has sold the team to Wesley Edens and Marc Lasry. The new ownership group means that the Milwaukee Bucks, or as I call them “Milwaukee’s Big Ten Team,” are staying put in Brew City?
So yey? Excitement? Huzzah? Rejoice?
MKE will continue to have a NBA franchise…if we can still refer to the Milwaukee Bucks as an NBA franchise. For legal purposes, yes we still can.Follow paulmbanks
Wrigley Field’s 100th birthday arrives April 23rd when the Cubs host the Arizona Diamondbacks exactly one century after the Chicago Federals opened then Weeghman Park against the Kansas City Packers April 23, 1914.
The first 30,000 fans at the game will receive a replica 1914 Chicago Federals jersey as they enter the ballpark, mirroring the throwback Chicago Federals home uniforms the Cubs will wear on the field that day.Follow paulmbanks
Chelsea were given the green light to sign Diego Costa last night by Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone. This according to the Daily Star. Jose Mourinho is confident Chelsea have tied up a £50million deal for the striker, claims the Daily Mirror.
Manchester United Manager David Moyes “loves” Diego Costa. Andy Mitten, creator of long-standing fanzine United We Stand conducted an interview with former two-time United assistant Carlos Queiroz, now national coach of Iran, and claimed via Twitter that both the Portuguese and Moyes are both very keen admirers of Costa.Follow paulmbanks
We know that we hate Darren Rovell.
We know that Darren Rovell loves Darren Rovell and also loves the fact that we hate Darren Rovell. He’s pretty obsessed with his critics. So enter @RovellReplies.
As the account’s biography reads: “Darren Rovell receives a lot of hilarious @ replies. We bring you the best of the best.”
And I present, without comment, some of the best of the best of the best.Follow paulmbanks
Maybe Kate Upton is overrated after all.
I know I’m guilty for contributing to that possible “over rating.” I might still think that Kate Upton is the hottest woman alive. No one can deny how much she’s done to help the body issues and self-esteem of young women everywhere. I like my women curvy, and Kate Upton, more than any one individual has shown us all that real women have curves.
She’s been the five-star general in the fight against the misnomer that emaciated equals beautiful. And more importantly, the anorexia and bulimia that accompanies that dangerously unhealthy fallacy.
However, I also never said that Kate Upton was the most profound woman alive. Her quote that went viral yesterday only verifies that she’s not a truly great role model.Follow paulmbanks
Here is our seven round NFL mock draft. It’s not written by me, it’s authored by a website reader who wishes to remain anonymous. I will tell you he puts a whole lot of work into it. And of course because a seven round NFL mock draft is a ton of work. And this version is even improved and augmented, as there’s even a little bit of commentary sometimes.
As always, here’s my latest NFL mock draft; which is only one round, but goes into detail on every pick in the first round.
Anyways, let’s begin our full seven round NFL mock draft.Follow paulmbanks
Manchester United are confident they’ll secure a £30 million deal for Southampton‘s Luke Shaw according to a variety of sources.
Daily Mail, The Telegraph, Daily Star and Red Issue and sources close to Andy Mitten have now all said that United are feeling pretty sure they’ll secure a deal to bring the Saints star left-back to Old Trafford in the summer.Follow paulmbanks
Reports in Portugal today suggested that Manchester United have agreed to a £35 million deal for Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho. Carvalho has been coveted by United for some time. That’s no secret. We’ve posted about the midfielder’s transfer rumors over and over again. As have numerous publications. Now it appears William Carvalho is indeed coming to Old Trafford.Follow paulmbanks
Today marks the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy, during which 96 Liverpool F.C. men, women and children lost their lives, having travelled to Sheffield Wednesday Stadium at Hillsborough to watch their team play an FA Cup semi-final versus Nottingham Forest.
That means April 15th 2014 was a time for reflection and remembrance. For unity, as every one put their traditional and local rivalries aside. Liverpool fans will never walk alone; and Everton and Manchester United fans walk with them.Follow paulmbanks
The Illinois Fighting Illini will debut their new uniforms at a special event tomorrow night on the UI campus. Illinois Fighting Illini
student-athletes employees (according to a recent local NLRB ruling) from football, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, volleyball, soccer and baseball will model several of the new uniforms.
You can watch the show on live stream at the University’s website FightingIllini.com
(UPDATE: John Groce and I have an exclusive conversation (AUDIO) about these uniforms, as well as talking shop about next basketball season)
(UPDATE: Tim Beckman and I have an exclusive conversation (AUDIO) about these uniforms, as well as talking shop about next football season)
In the meantime, a couple photos of the new uniforms leaked. And wow! They do look sharp. I’m loving these. Truly fantastic work by all those involved!Follow paulmbanks