Big Ten Media Days start tomorrow, as the season is now a month and change away. The league actually does it much later than the other power conferences, so if you think this is too early, than you must really think the other leagues are insanely early. Over the weekend, the Big Ten released its preseason poll, and the usual favorite in Columbus, is once again expected to win it all. However, Michigan State is right up there as well.Follow paulmbanks
Retired Chicago White Sox legend Frank Thomas is an MLB analyst for Fox Sports 1 and Comcast SportsNet Chicago. As Thomas enters the Hall of Fame today, CSN Chicago presented a documentary on the extraordinary career and life of Frank Thomas.
Narrated by radio host and lifelong White Sox fan Richard Roeper, “Welcome to Cooperstown: Frank Thomas” premiered Thursday, July 17. I originally did a preview on this documentary, which got a whopping 17 page views! 17!!! For the greatest player in White Sox history, going into the Hall of Fame. Tells you everything you need to know about how White Sox content, or baseball content in general, does on the web. When you consider that my site got 38,000 page views the day that I ran it, and the site in general gets 20,000 page views a day.Follow paulmbanks
The Reds are currently in my home town of Chicago. I’ll be covering the game tonight, just a 20 minute drive from my home. Yesterday, LFC Manager Brendan Rodgers gave a press conference and one of the topics was Liverpool transfer rumors. (You can listen to the whole thing here). He didn’t say much on the transfer front, so by clicking on it I don’t want you to expect to gain any new real insight into what players are coming to Anfield next.
However, in this piece I did round-up the latest in Liverpool transfer rumors from around the web, let’s take a look.Follow paulmbanks
More Arturo Vidal talk, as well as updates on Kevin Strootman and Mats Hummels in this edition of Man United transfer rumors round-up. And of course, the Sunday edition is usually the most robust. As your best Man United transfer rumors come out on Sundays. Well most of the time anyway.Follow paulmbanks
Harry Kane met the media in Chicago tonight following the 2 nil triumph over the Chicago Fire in a preseason friendly between the MLS and Premier League. Kane scored the first goal assisted by Lewis Holtby. Aaron Lennon tallied the second with an assist from Roberto Soldado.
In the media session I asked Kane, (KANER!!!, people reading this in Chicago will get that joke, no one outside of Chicago probably will) about meeting Cubs All-Star Anthony Rizzo, National League leader in home runs.Follow paulmbanks
Mauricio Pochettino met the media in Chicago tonight following the 2 nil victory over the Chicago Fire in a preseason friendly between the MLS and Premier League. The topics of transfer rumors came up, specifically whether the manager will buy any new players from his old side or not. So that means Morgan Schneiderlin, who has been heavily linked with a move to White Hart Lane recently.Follow paulmbanks
Brad Friedel may have just played his last game on American soil. Tottenham Hotspur shut out the Chicago Fire Saturday evening 2-0 in an international friendly. Friedel, a native of Lakewood, Ohio (336 miles from Chicago) got an extremely warm reception as he stepped off the pitch for the evening. It was loud. The crowd of 17,156 (in a stadium that has a capacity of 30,000) loved the 43-year-old keeper.
Brad Friedel was magnificent tonight, having his best performance of the preseason tour thus far.Follow paulmbanks
Mauricio Pochettino and Harry Kane met the media in Chicago tonight following the 2 nil defeat of the Chicago Fire in a preseason friendly between the MLS and Premier League. Kane scored the first goal assisted by Lewis Holtby. Aaron Lennon tallied the second with an assist from Roberto Soldado.
This completes the United States portion of Spurs tour. In addition to defeating Chicago 2-0, they beat Toronto FC 3-2 and drew 3-3 with the Seattle Sounders.Follow paulmbanks
We know it’s summer, the regular season doesn’t kick off until August 17th for Liverpool FC. Luckily I have your Premier League fix right here. I took lots of footage of Liverpool training in Chicago today at Soldier Field. There were a few hundred supporters of The Reds watching and at certain moments, cheering wildly.Follow paulmbanks
Reds supporters, we know it’s summer, and the regular season doesn’t start until August 17th. Luckily I have your Premier League fix. I took lots of footage of Liverpool training in Chicago today at Soldier Field (view it, watch it here). There were a few hundred supporters of The Reds watching and at certain moments, cheering wildly.
Tomorrow night Liverpool takes on Greek Champion Olympiacos in the International Champions Cup. Brendan Rodgers and Brad Jones met the media and discussed a whole lot of Liverpool FC related topics (have a listen after the jump)Follow paulmbanks