By Paul M. Banks & Paul Schmidt of The Sports Bank and Joe Kutsunis of Hail to the Orange, "Home of the Blogging Illini" When putting together an All Decade Team, our first effort was Nick Smith, at guard, forward, and center. Nick Smith all the way baby. So obviously someone spiked our Egg Nog with opium or something. Eventually we decided to take the job seriously and … [Read more...] about Illini Hoops All-Decade team
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By Paul M. Banks In case you missed it, today was "National Signing Day" for basketball. I totally understand if it's not on our your radar, because it's the day that we "officially" learn what we've already known for months, and sometimes years. We pretty much know where all the top recruits are going, but this is the day it becomes a contract. It just puts the notoriously … [Read more...] about Illini Ink Top 10 Recruiting Class
2007 New England Patriots By Paul M. Banks This team was not playing football. They were pure transcendence. Watching them roll to the first and only 16-0 season in NFL history. And to do it with the distraction of Spygate hanging over them just made it all the more special. They set records for TDs, points, pretty much every offensive record you can think of. And it's … [Read more...] about What were the best teams to NOT win a championship?