Archives for August 2010

Notre Dame’s Mike Brey donning Kilt for Charity

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I’ve always been a fan of the wardrobe of Notre Dame men’s basketball coach Mike Brey. He’s well known for his suit with no tie and a turtleneck sweater underneath instead of dress shirt look. I rock a similar look often, except I substitute a tight Banana Republic stretch t-shirt underneath instead of the turtleneck sweater.

So I don’t mind following his lead on fashion, especially if it helps out a good cause. And Brey is issuing a challenge to all Fighting Irish fans in an effort to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities in Michiana.

As part of McDazzle 2010 “Men in Kilts,” Brey is participating in a fundraising effort that will provide a free overnight stay at the Ronald McDonald Family Room for the family of a critically ill child.  Brey is among 12 participants who have joined forces in this unique promotion in an effort to raise money and awareness for the Ronald McDonald charities in the South Bend and Mishawaka region.

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AL Cy Young Watch

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The Sports Bank’s AL Cy Young Watch is back for installment number two, and perhaps some things could be learned from each of the original five contenders that were listed in the July edition: [Read more…]

Michigan State’s Lucious facing DUI Charges

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It hasn’t been the best offseason for Michigan State basketball. First the troubled Chris Allen, who had been in and out of Coach Tom Izzo‘s doghouse, was kicked off the team.  And now backup point guard Korie Lucious, who became a star in his own right during March madness faces a charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

Kalin Lucas will be running the point again in East Lansing, but if he goes down with an injury again, Lucious will be a key player.

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Tune into Tonight

Tune in to the “Triple Threat Show” on Chicagoland Sports tonight from 7-10. I’ll be on at 7:30 doing my weekly college sports segment.

I made my debut last week discussing Illinois, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Michigan and more. I’ll be appearing every week from now on as the show’s official college sports reporter.

And they’ll be giving away free White Sox tickets tonight!

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99 in 99: #77 USC Trojans

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A year removed from being ineligible for post-season play due to self-imposed restrictions from the university, USC is once again able to dance.  More than likely though, the NCAA Tournament will be out of the Trojans’ reach this season.

The Sports Bank’s “99 in 99” runs down the 72 power conference college basketball teams and top 27 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  Click here if you missed teams #78-#99.

By: David Kay
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99 in 99: #78 Oklahoma State Cowboys

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The Sports Bank’s “99 in 99” countdown ranks the 72 power conference college basketball teams and top 27 mid-majors in reverse power rankings order, and will lead right up to the start of the season. Coming in at number 78 is the Oklahoma State Cowboys who lose All-American James AndersonClick here if you missed teams #79-#99.

By: David Kay
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Linebacker Quentin Davie leads Northwestern’s strongest Position Group


From Nick Roach to Barry Gardner to Napoleon Harris, Northwestern has produced it’s fair share of NFL linebackers recently. And 6-4, 230 pound Quentin Davie could be the next in line. He enters this fall as arguably NU’s best player, and the member of the roster most likely to make an impact at the next level. (Although we might be saying the same thing one day soon about sophomore starting Right Tackle Patrick Ward).

“Davie’s been mentioned a lot because of the 3-4 stuff that people play and he can certainly fill that role at the next level,” said NU Defensive Coordinator Mike Hankwitz.

By Paul M. Banks

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Ohio St. vs. Marshall: the Brutally Honest Game Preview

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Basically, college football is to me what cocaine is to Paris Hilton- I go through withdrawal without it. Therefore, as the season begins (and that long offseason finally ends) I’m covering not one but two games this week.

Throughout the season, I’ll be bringing you these informative yet blunt game previews of every contest I cover; with a heavy focus on Northwestern, Illinois, Notre Dame, and the Big Ten in general.

Ohio St. versus Marshall should be a very tight and exciting game…for the first quarter and a half. Ohio St QB Terrelle Pryor came into Columbus with sky high expectations. In the state of Ohio, he’s had almost as much hype as ESPN’s airing of Lebron’s The Decision. After two seasons of mixed reviews, Pryor began to live up to that hype in the 2010 Rose Bowl, as he carved up the Oregon defense like a surgeon (“Like a surgeon, HEY! Cutting for the very first time. Like a surrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgeon, here’s a waiver, for you to sign.”)

By Paul M. Banks

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Winning month for the Baltimore Orioles? Yes, Really


When the Baltimore Orioles take the field Tuesday night against the Boston Red Sox, they will do so with a 16-11 record in the month of August. Considering the team is 48-83 with a winning percentage of .366 on the year, that fact truly says something. Since new manager Buck Showalter took over the team on August 3rd, the O’s have been 16-10. The “Buck Bump” brought them up from the worst record in Major League Baseball to just simply the worst record in the American League.

The Orioles haven’t had a winning season since 1998, but they still can avoid a 100 loss season in 2010 should they manage a 15-16 record or better down the stretch.

Given their phantasmagoric futility the last decade and change, you might have forgotten what the Orioles were from 1966-1997.

By Paul M. Banks

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Ohio State 2010: Preseason Jitters

This Thursday, at about 7:15 p.m. on September 2, the 2010 Ohio State Football Buckeyes will rush from the depths of Ohio Stadium and onto the Horseshoes’s FieldTurf for their opening game battle against the Marshall Thundering Herd. For the faithful, there will be goose bumps. For the rest of the college football community (and the Ohio faithful too), there will be a torrential downpour of expectations for the Buckeyes to play up to. And for many Ohio State fans, that’s a little scary.

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Blue Chip LB Manti Te’o leads Notre Dame’s Defense


Notre Dame head Coach Brian Kelly made it quite clear at Media Day who his leader on defense will be this season.

“There are guys that people gravitate towards. There are guys that set a standard for the way they play. And right now it’s (Manti) Te’o on defense and (Michael) Floyd on offense,” Kelly said at the season opening presser.

Te’o, an inside linebacker, is one of those all-worldly college football recruits that earn the highest ratings possible from every recruiting service imaginable. His recruiting process was highly publicized, and his final two choices were the Irish and USC. Given the current direction of the two programs, it’s pretty obvious he made the right choice.

Te’o discussed his status as the face of the 2010 ND defense despite being just a sophomore.

By Paul M. Banks

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Greatest Athletes in SICA History

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Sports Bank #2 officer David K. and I go way back. Like myself, he’s from Palos Township and the idea of this site was tossed around in the Southwest suburbs of Chicago many years before it’s founding in 2008. Dave, myself, and our closest bunch of friends refer to our hometown not as Palos Park, Palos Heights, or “the burbs,” but “the SICA” instead.

Named after the now defunct high school sports conference SICA (South Inter Conference Association), we felt our home needed a nickname. This area stretches from Summit to Kankakee, Bolingbrook to Chicago Heights. Obviously, SICA country is more than a geographic area, it’s a state of mind like “Margaritaville.”

Now that high school football season has started, we constructed the short list of SICA-bred jocks. Our home region is so rich in talent, we probably left off a few big names but  we both agree on the all-time #1.

By Paul M. Banks and David K.

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