Shoeless Joe Jackson, 1919 Black Sox: “Let’s Get Weird, Sports” Podcast

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Shoeless Joe Jackson is a whole lot more than the man with the 3rd highest career batting average in Major League Baseball history and still NOT in the Hall of Fame. 

You’ve read about him in books and seen him portrayed in movies such as Eight Men Out (a thorough biography of the Black Sox scandal, written by Eliot Asinof and adapted for the screen by John Sayles, Jackson was played by D.B. Sweeney) and Field of Dreams (where he was played by Ray Liotta, a movie based on the novel Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella). 

However, the real life Shoeless Joe Jackson was plenty interesting enough and doesn’t actually need to be fictionalized.

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Yankees Slam Papa John’s Founder, Suspend Partnership in Response to N-Word Scandal


The massive fallout for pizza company Papa John’s and their founder John Schnatter continued Friday as the New York Yankees joined the list of businesses distancing themselves from the currently radioactive brand.

The Yankees suspended their current partnership with the pizza chain and blasted Schnatter’s remarks which recently came to light as “reprehensible.” Schnatter resigned as chairman of the Papa John’s board on Wednesday, after Forbes reported the pizza magnate’s having used the N-word during a media training exercise in May.

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Bill Murray Stories: New Doc Exactly What’s Needed Right Now

Paying very close attention to current events these days is a lugubrious chore. Keeping up on trending terms, then seeing why they’re trending, is also currently a very depressing experience.

We really need something and/or someone to step in and remind us all what is actually good about American life. Enter “The Bill Murray Stories: Life Lessons Learned From A Mythical Man.”

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Chicago Cubs vs Cincinnati Reds Series Preview, Prediction

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The Chicago Cubs are taking care of business on this home stand, achieving two series wins over AL Central foes the Minnesota Twins and the Detroit Tigers. Now the Cubs close the home stand by welcoming the division rival Cincinnati Reds to Wrigley Field. This will be the Redlegs first visit to the Friendly Confines this season.

Yes, despite being a much more talented team and possessing a superior record, the Cubs have indeed struggled mightily with the Reds.

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Jose Canseco Has Been Killing in on Twitter Lately

Back in late February, where we scheduled to have a phone interview with legendary former Major League Baseball player Jose Canseco, but the publicist who was working to promote his Renegades show, with Jim McMahon and Terrell Owens, in Las Vegas totally dropped the ball.

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EXCLUSIVE: Darrin Fletcher on Illini Baseball Next Big Thing Bren Spillane


Darrin Fletcher is no doubt on the Illini baseball Mt. Rushmore, right next to Lou Boudreau. Bren Spillane, if he takes the success that he’s enjoyed in college and translates it to the Major League level, could one day join them.

Fletcher, who played 14 years in the big leagues with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies, Montreal Expos and Toronto Blue Jays, set an Illinois career batting average record of .497 (80-161) that still stands today. If you’re familiar with baseball betting, then you obviously realize how superlative it is to hit safely half the time. Bren Spillane, a 3rd round pick of the Cincinnati Reds (82nd overall) in the MLB Draft earlier this month, put up similarly eye-popping numbers in Champaign this past season. 

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Top 10 Most Memorable Promotions in Major League History


It’s safe to say that promotional nights these days ain’t quite what they used to be. Back in Bill Veeck’s heyday, owners didn’t just think outside the box – they flat out blew it up, and sometimes literally.

So without further ado, The Sports Bank is proud to present the most memorable promotional nights in Major League history. These are the nights you wish you could’ve attended just to say that you were there, the nights that keep team PR Directors awake at night, the nights that live on forever and ever through because people can’t stop reliving the experience.

By Matt Lindner

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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


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…]

Chicago Dogs Provide Winning Experience for Fans, Despite Losing Games

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The Chicago Dogs lost the first home game in franchise history Friday night, and they got swept in their inaugural home series, but they certainly won over thousands of hearts and minds. The Dogs were defeated by the Kansas City T-Bones 8-4 in their inaugural home opener at Impact Field in a manner that  the late great Earl Weaver would have loved.

The Baltimore Orioles legend believed in winning with “pitching, defense, and the three run homer,” and that’s the formula K.C. used to win opening night at $60 million, 6,300-seat stadium in the village of Rosemont. The ballpark setup is reminiscent of the New York Mets’ old Shea Stadium (near LaGuardia Airport) with commercial jet liners consistently flying low over the ballpark (O’Hare international airport is adjacent).

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Shoeless Joe Jackson: New Sports Betting Laws Could Change His Legacy

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On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal anti-sports gambling law, which now gives states the right to allow betting on sports. The Supreme Court’s opinion on Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Association determined the federal ban on sports wagering, as established by the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) to be unconstitutional, which now paves the way for the legalization of sports betting in all 50 states.

In other words, this is a seismic event, and the sports gaming industry is about to boom once again. People will be wagering everywhere, including on the world wide web, and thus, online casino reviews will be seeing an increase in traffic. These are indeed exciting times for all topics relating to sports gaming. 

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White Sox GM Rick Hahn a Disaster Thus Far; Team Currently Abysmal


Rick Hahn is the current Vice-President and General Manager of the Chicago White Sox, and it is certainly time to start re-evaluating his future with the club. Since his promotion before the 2013 season, the Sox are 300–385, with zero postseason appearances.

This season, they have the lowest winning percentage in the Major Leagues by some consider margin, well behind the penultimate Baltimore Orioles. The Sox were also the last team in the Majors to reach double digit wins. Tied for the worst start (10-27) in the 118-year history of the franchise, in the words of ’90s BritPop band Blur “This is a low.”

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