NIU Coach Rod Carey, Players Express Excitement for Florida State Game

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One week at a time is the mantra for every football coach, at every level, everywhere. It’s the most shopworn of sports cliches because it’s the only approach you can realistically take. However, you can save that bromide for the actual regular season, when you get into game week preparation.

Today is Media Day, which means it’s just talking season, and in talking season all topics are on the table. With that in mind, week four, Sept 22nd at Florida State, is the very definition of “circle the date” for the NIU Huskies.

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2019 NFL Mock Draft 7-17-18

It’s version 1.0 of our 2019 NFL mock draft. The order is completely randomized at this point. Don’t read anything more into the order than that. The 2018 NFL Draft has not been taken into account, as it obviously has not transpired yet! We did not figure our 2018 NFL mock draft selections into this mock either, as that’s kind of overkill- engaging in that kind of behavior.

However, if you want to see the 2018 mock, go to this link. Team needs were sometimes, but mostly, not taken into account, as it’s still absurdly early for a 2019 mock draft in the truest sense. Really, it’s more of a glorified prospect list at this point, to be honest. Have issues with the mock draft picks?

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College Sports Fans Beware the Nefarious Influence of the Recruiting-Industrial Complex

It’s really astounding when you think about it- in an era when almost no one is willing to pay for news content, recruiting services can survive and thrive off a subscription-based business model.

The year-round extensive coverage of college recruiting, at every step in the process, has destroyed media coverage of college sports. It’s not just the rise of the recruiting-industrial complex itself that ruined it. Recruiting sites flourished at the same time social media exploded and these two phenomena fed off of each other to concoct a toxic cocktail.

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Bodybuilding Heroics Highlight College Football Talking Season

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The World Cup has now arrived to help fill the void of the baseball-only doldrums that mark this portion of the annual sporting calendar. Off course, the United States of America didn’t qualify for this one, so for many sports fans, this period will remain dull until football season gets here.

At the very least, football talking season will be here soon, as it’s only a month or so away now. Each year, football talking season officially arrives when college football media days begin in mid-July.

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Hunter Johnson: Dossier on the Northwestern Wildcats QB of the Future

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Huge Northwestern Wildcats football news broke yesterday as the program got a commitment from Hunter Johnson, the #1 ranked quarterback, nationally, in the entire 2017 recruiting class.

Johnson, a five star rated recruit, originally committed to Clemson, and he did play very well with the Tigers in the limited action that he saw. Much of his playing time came in mop-up duty, but he completed 77.8 percent of his passes for 234 yards and two touchdowns for the Atlantic Coast Conference champions. However Johnson was a victim of a numbers game at Clemson.

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Wrigley Field College Football Bowl Game Possible in 2021

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If a Wrigley Field bowl game is to happen, it won’t be coming along until 2021, according to Chicago Cubs President Crane Kenney.  Many have called 2010’s Wrigleyville Classic, in which Illinois defeated Northwestern 48-27, the first bowl game ever held at Wrigley Field.

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Why Wisconsin, not Illinois is the Northwestern Opponent at Wrigley Field

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Tuesday morning saw the Chicago Cubs and Northwestern athletics “announce” during a news conference at Wrigley Field that NU will play the Wisconsin Badgers in a 2020 college football game. In having 2020 vision, you’ll see that NU was forced to choose between one of two Ryan Field home dates that could be moved to the Friendly Confines. 

Obviously, the park’s main tenants, the Chicago Cubs, are kind of busy with it each September, and having reached the last three Naitonal League Championship Series, likely using it in October too.   [Read more…]

Butch Hobson Leads Chicago Dogs, Talks Red Sox, Crimson Tide and More (Exclusive)

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The Chicago Dogs, the metropolitan area’s newest professional, independent league baseball team, will open their inaugural season May 18 at Sioux Falls. The team, managed by former Boston Red Sox skipper Butch Hobson, opens its home slate on Memorial Day weekend.

The Dogs, beginning with Friday night May 25 against the Kansas City T-Bones, will play 50 home games between Memorial Day and Labor Day at the brand new, state-of-the-art Impact Field in Rosemont.

We had an exclusive chat with Butch Hobson, on the eve of the team’s spring training, where we discussed all things Chicago Dogs as well as a few other topics, including his Boston Red Sox and Alabama Crimson Tide.

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QB Shea Patterson Finally Cleared to Play at Michigan, Expresses Gratitude

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The long, drawn out, extremely tedious eligibility saga of quarterback Shea Patterson is now over! Michigan fans can rejoice because they now have their blue chip signal caller officially cleared to play this fall. Reports had surfaced last night that this might be coming, and the official announcement came in the traditional, industry standard Friday at 5 pm when everyone has already checked out for the weekend news dump.

The University of Mississippi QB and the U of M then sent out a joint statement that was so dull and boring that I won’t dare burden you with citing it.

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2018 NFL Mock Draft 4-26-18 FINAL EDITION

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Welcome to the 2018 NFL mock draft. The big night, at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas is now upon us. What will happen at Jerry’s World/The DeathStar? Our best projections follow below.

With only 32 picks to go around, yes, there will be a guy or two that you feel very strongly should be a first rounder, but got left out. Sorry, but it’s inevitable. Also, many of you will strongly disagree with the projections here, and with the write-ups, but try to be respectful about it in the comments section.

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Chicago Bears 2018 NFL Draft Mocksourcing: Denzel Ward or Tremaine Edmunds?

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The Chicago Bears are bound to get a great prospect #8, given a.) they have so many needs and b.) it’s a deep draft across multiple positions. The consensus seems to believe that Chicago should go cornerback or linebacker here, but obviously you couldn’t go wrong trying to beef up the line to protect the investment in Mitch Trubisky either. Some mock drafts slot an OG to the Monsters of the Midway.

They also need wide receiver help, but that could wait until a later round. Without further ado, let’s dive right in to the Chicago Bears 2018 NFL Draft mocksourcing.

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Notre Dame 2018 NFL Draft: Former Teammate Describes Irish Pro Prospects

It’s going to be a very exciting and extremely interesting 2018 NFL Draft for Notre Dame Fighting Irish fans. Offensive Guard Quenton Nelson could be a top five overall pick. Offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey could go in the top 10-15. Then you’ll see some skill position players picked in the mid rounds. Wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown is looking like a round 2-4 pick, while running back Josh Adams projects round 3-4ish. 

Additional former members of the Fighting Irish should be selected on day three. We did a “mocksourcing,” showing where all the blue chip prospects are projected, and you can view that over at this link. Also, here’s the link to our latest mock draft, and you can see where we slotted Nelson and McGlinchey.

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