Loyola Ramblers Basketball 2021/22 Season Preview

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Congratulations to the Loyola Ramblers, you have established yourself as the top tier college basketball program in the state of Illinois right now. Reaching the sweet 16 in two of the last three NCAA Tournaments, the Ramblers proved that the 2018 Final Four run was no fluke.

They thwarted the top seed Illinois Fighting Illini in the second round of March Madness, and in our exclusive with new coach Drew Valentine (who was an assistant then), he explained exactly how. What a monumental upset it truly was!
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Olivia Dunne: LSU Gymnast Winning the NIL Money-Making Game

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NIL is a brand new ballgame to be sure, and we’re all still figuring out the rules and regulations right now, but Olivia Dunne is the college athlete who is winning it. The LSU class of ’24 gymnast is poised to become the first Name, Image and Likeness generated millionaire.

That’s right, Livvy Dunne, a decorated gymnast who has competed alongside Olympian level talents like Simone Biles, Jade Carey, and Suni Lee, should hit that very lucrative mark first, and not somebody from one of the two revenue sports (football, men’s basketball).

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Kofi Cockburn (B1G Preseason POY) Must Take the Leap this Season

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Preseason awards are what they are- it’s like when you meet someone in college and they tell you that they are “Pre-Med” or “Pre-Law.” So take them with a grain of salt, but Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year is still indeed B1G POY and shout to to Kofi Cockburn for claiming it just now.

Although I was not invited on the media panel to vote for it, so again, how much stock do you want to really put in the award? Or any Big Ten award that I was somehow, someway left out of voting for. That said, I would voted for the Illini junior center anyway!

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DePaul Blue Demons Basketball 2021/22 Season Preview

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DePaul Blue Demons men’s basketball- a sleeping giant or just forever doomed to toil in irrelevancy? Well, last year brought the first season under a new Athletic Director that actually means business in trying to build a winner in DeWayne Peevy, but he was still working with a Jean Lenti-Ponsetto hired head coach in Dave Leitao.

As everyone expected, Leitao was sacked and Peevy brought in his guy, in the form of Tony Stubblefield. The new head coach has learned under legends like Dana Altman and Lou Henson, so we’ll see if he can eventually (this is going to take time, for real) program build like those two men did,

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Minnesota Golden Gophers at Northwestern Wildcats Game Preview

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Saturday afternoon brings a match-up of master vs. apprentice, teacher vs. student, sort of. Northwestern Coach Pat Fitzgerald didn’t tutor Minnesota head man P.J. Fleck, in any way, but he did directly inspire him.

Fleck himself has said as much, and then you have the famous story of their 2017 power lunch. Yes, Fleck, then an assistant on the staff of his alma mater, Northern Illinois, called every coach he had in his contacts folder, offering to take them out to lunch, and pick their brain about how to become a successful college football coach.

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2022 NFL Mock Draft 10-27-27

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Welcome to our latest 2022 NFL mock draft! For our last 2021 NFL mock go here. Team needs were sometimes, but mostly not taken into account here. The order is taken from Tankathon. Also, here is the link to a list of 70 of the worst NFL Draft cliches, buzzwords and other pointless word salad.

Far as we know, we’re the only mom and pop shop, small business style site on the whole world wide web that does a mock draft for all four major American sports. Here are the links to the latest mocks for the NBA, MLB and NHL.

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P.J. Fleck on His True Coaching Role Model Pat Fitzgerald

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(With Minnesota visiting Northwestern this week, we flashback to this piece from summer, 2019)

Other than himself, obviously, there is probably one specific individual that Minnesota mentor P.J. Fleck would have win the Big Ten Coach of the Year award. That would be the current reigning the B1GCOY, Fleck’s coaching mentor, Northwestern head man Pat Fitzgerald.

Back when Fleck was just starting out in his coaching career, working as an assistant at his alma mater, Northern Illinois, he called up all the coaches in his contacts and offered to take them out to lunch and talk shop. The aim was to pick their brains and get some pro tips about how to move up the ladder.

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P.J. Fleck, Pat Fitzgerald on Their Power Lunch a Decade Ago

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(Flashback: with Minnesota visiting Northwestern this week, we re-update this piece from 2017)

This past summer, Minnesota Golden Gophers Coach P.J. Fleck opened up the early morning session of B1G Media Days. His INTENSE HIGH ENERGY style was no doubt placed in this specific slot to help supplement the caffeine for everyone. Fleck was immediately followed by Northwestern head man Pat Fitzgerald, and the juxtaposition of the two head coaches invites a recall of their famous meeting of the minds a decade ago. 

“Pat Fitzgerald, I remember 10 years ago I came here to Chicago to meet Pat and just had lunch, talked to me about what being a head coach was all about,” Fleck said in his opening statement on dais.

“I knew I wanted to be a head coach.”

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Carli Lloyd Became a True Legend Off the Pitch as Well

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Tonight saw Carli Lloyd call time on her storied career, as she started the USWNT’s 6-0 rout of South Korea. She came off in the 66′ of this meaningless contest, replaced by Alex Morgan. Lloyd was presented with an honorary kit numbered 316, referencing her number of total caps, which places her second on the all-time list.

She also has the fourth-most goals and fifth-most assists, ever, in United States Women’s National Team history. This past March, she was named the highest paid female soccer player in the world.

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Lebron James, Squid Game Creator Trading Verbal Barbs

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The NBA season is very very young but Lebron James and the Los Angeles Lakers off to just a 1-2 start. It’s not a mark you would expect from a team with this much NBA title potential. There is certainly plenty of room for criticism, when it comes to how Lebron and his mates have performed this season, but King James is actually making headlines for his critique of someone else’s work right now.

Perusing headlines on sites like lakersnews.net, you’ll find that Lebron James said that he didn’t care for the ending to Squid Game. It’s a Netflix series, over a decade in the making that’s poised to become their greatest ever non-English speaking hit.

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Solskjaer Still United Manager as Conte Pursued, Zidane Disinterested

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer despite the pathetic display over the weekend and his unimpressive run of results overall, will stay the Manchester United manager for at least another week. The Norwegian still stay in charge as the Red Devils take on Tottenham Hotspur next weekend.

That’s according to multiple reports, some of which also state that OGS has been told his position is very much precarious. He’s in limbo, with patience running thin, even among the board, which has been overly and unjustifiably supportive of him.

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Predicted Liverpool Line-up at Preston North End (Carabao Cup)

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After a thrilling 5-0 win at Old Trafford, Liverpool quickly rebound to face Preston North End Wednesday in the Carabao Cup.

It is a chance for some non-regulars to get some good minutes, and Jurgen Klopp will heavily rotate his side.

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