LIVE! From Wrigley Field! The Allstate Wrigleyville Classic!

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12:30 PM, Central: HELLO EVERYBODY!!!! It’s an exciting day in my neighborhood!  This is Paul Schmidt, and I’m hunkered down in The Sports Bank’s underground secret auxiliary headquarters, and I’m getting fired up for a stroll down to Wrigley Field.

That happens often to me, as even when the Cubs are terrible, I get fired up for baseball at Wrigley, but today, I’m covering the first college football game at Wrigley Field since 1938!!  It’s been so long since there was a college football game there that the two teams that played in that game, DePaul and St. Louis, don’t even have football programs any more!

It’s going to be a historic day at Wrigley, and just like Northwestern and Illinois, I’m proud to be a part of that history, as is THE CEO, Paul M. Banks (also covering the game). There’s a ton of story lines today, and we all know them at this point, and we’ll be revisiting ALL of them throughout the day, as we bring you all of the action and all of the sites and sounds from Wrigley! [Read more…]

Illinois! Kent State! NIT Madness!!

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By Paul Schmidt

I suppose by madness, you could look at it as mad that I drove for 2 or 3 hours to cover a second round NIT game.  That certainly could be considered MAD!

Or just plain dumb, depending on your point of view.

But the fact is that I really like this group of Illinois players. I wish them nothing but success.  I want them to win. And though I’m not that emotionally invested in their success in the NIT, I still want to see them do well.

I guess, for better or worse, I’ll have the action for you here tonight, in about two minutes. Only roughly 9-10,000 tickets sold, too, so I know you’re at home in front of your laptops…

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Big Ten Quarters/Big East Semis Live Chat!

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By The Sports Bank Staff

The title says it all, we’re here talking conference tourneys all day long at The Bank! The most important early day plot lines are whether or not Michigan can keep this up (THIS being a 16-10 lead halfway through the first half) and whether or not the Illini can punch their ticket to the Big Dance with a victory against Wisconsin.

Join us, as we have Paul Schmidt and Paul Banks live in Indy at the tournament, and David Kay and a host of others will be here once the Big East action gets under way. Will upsets hold sway in Madison Square Garden again? Stay tuned.

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Illinois-Minnesota Live Blog, NCAA’s at Stake!

By Paul Schmidt and Paul M. Banks

Let’s not understate the importance of this game: Illinois MUST win at home, and Minnesota MUST win to keep their slim NCAA hopes alive. Neither team can afford the blemish of this loss.

The key will be which team doesn’t succumb to the immense pressure that comes with must-win games nearly every time out at this time of the season.  Tip off is in just a couple of minutes! [Read more…]

Illinois vs. #25 Northwestern, LIVE from Assembly Hall!

7:40 PM: Welcome back to the cozy, cozy Ass. Hall, in Champaign-Urbana Illinois!  The prairie is covered in snow, and the Illini are taking to the court! Happy Holidays all, and hopefully we’ll have a great game to start the Big Ten season, one that will need to spell redemption for the Illini, or trouble could ensue…

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Illinois Sports EXTRAVAGANZA!!! Part 1 Football

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By Paul Schmidt and Paul Banks

Yes that’s right, the two Pauls are in Champaign for all your Illinois needs…we have Illinois football just underway and Illinois basketball later tonight, making for a day where you don’t even need to leave your computer!  Just come hang with us!

Let’s get started with the Illinois football action!juice2willimas

Illinois 7, Fresno State 0, 9:30 left 1Q
The Illini running game was strong early on there, chewing up a ton of yardage, gaining 54 yards on nine carries.  While the Bulldog offense may be very, very good, their defense doesn’t strike fear, at least early on.  Also, there’s around 20,000 here, a little bit bigger crowd than either myself or Banks expected. (PS)

Illinois 7, Fresno State 7, 1:30 left 1Q
After an Illinois punt, Fresno State put together a really nice drive to get down and punch in a one yard TD run. The Illini, plagued all year by poor tackling, were, perhaps not shockingly, plagued by poor tackling.  Has the basketball game started yet?

(PMB) The first quarter was promising…I guess. But all that non-catastrophic set of events is by the wayside, as Juice just threw the worst pick-six I’ve ever seen in my life. Seriously, I know it’s the Christmas season, but that was gift-wrapped, in gift wrapping. The present was also “parsum brown” and it had “bells on bobtails” even though I have no idea what those last two phrases mean. So yeah it was bad

This stadium feels like 3/4 empty. in other words like Ryan Field for a non-conference game. My favorite are the group of kids who went shirtless and painted their chests with each and every letter to spell out “why are we here” they even had shirtless people with the spaces so people can read it better. And now they’re gone!

After questioning their presence for a qtr, now they are no longer present. What a great postmodern existential query. If “I think, therefore I am” than they must have stopped thinking.

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Illinois 14, Fresno St. 14 4:29 left 2Q
Good times, good times, the shirtless guys came back after the Illini tied the game and Jeff Cumberland made me look psychic.  I was in the process of saying that some team should take a late-round flier on Cumberland as a tight end or a slot receiver, and he caught a great little fade route from Juice Williams for an 18 yard TD where he blew right by the linebacker. “You’re telling me that something like that wouldn’t be useful?” I said.  Psychic indeed.

Meanwhile, Illinois just turned Fresno right back over with a wounded-duck pass and then a pick by Garrett Edwards, taking over deep in Bulldog territory.  The pass was so bad that Banks said, “Wow…easy to see why Fresno State has the nation’s leading rusher!” (PS)

Illinois 21, Fresno State 14 3:30 left 2Q
And Illinois punches it in! Jason Ford with an eight yard run.  There was some discussion whether any Jason Ford carries are a good thing, but for the Illini on that drive, it certainly was. As an addendum to the rushing of Fresno State, Ryan Colburn is 1-4 for 25 yards and an interception.  It is, however, windy on the field. I guess. (PS)

I still can’t believe your Cumberland comment, right on cue! unbelievable, seriously, I doubted the next level of status of Cumberland and he shuts me up by scoring a TD. I still believe he won’t get a chance in the NFL though. But this is actually turning out to be a much more entertaining game than I thought it would. 21-14 Illini, 1:36 left in half.

I wonder which FSU would win? Fresno state or Florida State. Let’s pour out some liquor for Bobby Bowden. By the way too late to get on the Seyi Ajirotutu bandwagon? seriously, Ajirotutu for the Biletnikoff award 09

Coburn hurt us making fun of him, he’s now 5-8 for 65 yards. led a very nice scoring drive into the wind, and the cold. Did we mention it’s COLD? Because of course, I’m sure the Big Ten Network isn’t mentioning that enough? how COLD it is.(PMB)

Illini head to the break tied at 21

WHOOPS I JUST SPOKE TOO SOON.

Instead of the Illini just taking a knee, Juice aired it out, badly underthrows Arrelious Benn on a deep fade route, Benn strips the ball out of the FSU defensive back’s hands. and turns a INT into a TD. Seriously! that might have the play of the year for Illini football. Funny funny stuff. A 58 yard TD pass, a scoring drive that took 15 seconds. And Benn improves his NFL Draft stock by 5 picks on that one play. (PMB)

And what you didn’t see on tv, was why Benn got flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct. He chucked the ball into the crowd to celebrate, and got flagged. I guess it’s good they didn’t show that on tv. don’t want to corrupt the virgin eyes of our nation’s youth football players. Have Benn set a bad example. Remember Steve Stone saying on Cubs broadcasts “for all you youngsters out there…..”

Illinois 28, Fresno State 21 12:40 left 3Q
Just checking in to say that the announced attendance at the game was over 48,000. I know it’s an old joke, but if there’s 48,000 here, about 28,000 those people, at least, are disguised as empty bench seats…

In all seriousness, if the attendance is half that, I would be surprised.  We estimated 20K at most in the first half, and there’s less than that now.  The student section isn’t half full.  There’s a couple of sections that have so few people in it you can count them on one hand.

And the shirtless guys are, once again, M. I. A. (PS)

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48,000?? I doubt that’s even the paid attendance let alone those who showed up. If it holds 65-70,000, and the stadium is clearly 65-75% empty the math is easy. Ryan Matthews, did I mention, he’s the nation’s leading rusher? scores on a 2 yard TD run, so it’s now 31-28 Illini 3:51 left (PMB)

Illinois 31, Fresno State 31 1:44 left 4Q
And the Illini turn it over on the kickoff.  Some dude we’ll never see again named London Davis made a terrible play on the kickoff, and it went straight through his arms into a Fresno State defender.  The Illini defense held and forced them three and out, but the game is tied up after the long field goal.

Shockingly, London Davis did make an appearance on the ensuing kick team.

Also, Juice Williams is back on the field after getting his bell rung on a play earlier in the third quarter.

Banks also just got me yelled at in the press box for being too loud.  I think I was being delightful, but, probably, I was acting like an ass.  It was something about Chris Brown changing his name to Mahmoud-Abdul Rauf, and then getting killed driving a truck in Iraq.  I don’t really have all the details….(PS)

Illinois 38, Fresno State 31 End 3Q
This one is getting a little crazy here. Mikel Leshoure just took off 61 yards straight up the gut for a long TD run at the end of the third quarter, giving the Illini back a one TD lead.

Leshoure had a long run perfectly set up on a similar dive play in the first quarter, but cut the ball right back into the defender and instead of gaining 20 yards gained roughly two. On this play, he had a similar situation, trying to split two defenders. Leshoure faked the cutback at one of the Bulldog defenders and then shifted to a higher gear. Both Fresno State defenders bit right on the fake and Leshoure blew right by them.

Illinois 38, Fresno State 38 12:56 left 4Q
Well, that was fast.  A nifty move by Ryan Mathews (did you know he is the nations’ leading rusher?) led to a 27 yard touchdown run and a tie football game.

I can safely say that the Illini defense has struggled in the second half today. The part that might be disheartening to Illini fans is that the Bulldog defense might finally be showing up.

Check that — 48 yard gain from Juice to Eddie McGee for a first down.  Unfortunately, they needed most of that for the first down…(PS)

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Illinois 45, Fresno State 38, 9:29 left 4Q
The Illini rushing offense is a juggernaut.  They have 45 points, and only 5 complete passes.  313 total rushing yards for the team, just insane. Mikel Leshoure just scored his second long TD of the game, this time going scoring from 19 yards out.

Leshoure’s numbers for the day? 11  rushes, 184 yards. 16.7 yards per carry! And before I could finish typing this entry….

Illinois 45, Fresno State 45 8:52 left 4Q
So…again…the Illini defense isn’t very good. But the Bulldogs needed just 2 plays to score and tie the game: A 42 yard dash from Ryan Mathews that only was stopped by Terry Hawthorne from scoring…and then the “fleet of foot” Ryan Colburn ran it in from 25 yards out.

And Illinois is already almost at midfield.  Incidentally, this game is already the highest scoring game in Memorial Stadium history. And it’s only been around since 1923…(PS)

Fresno State 53, Illinois 52 FINAL
Wow.  Just wow.  We disappeared to head down to the field, but at the same time, we were right on top of the plays for some description.  I’ll leave that to Banks, but there was some interesting info from the Illinois Presser.

Just a wild finish to a season that couldn’t have let down expectations any more than it did. To have things wrap up this way, really, made more sense than anything — how else COULD this season have ended up?  Not happily, that’s for certain.

Rejus Benn was very cagey after the game about his future plans. “That’s a decision that I will probably make down the road, and I’m not sure exactly what I am gonna do yet,” Benn said. “You know, I’ll probably make a decision sooner than later about whether I’m gonna stay or go.”

He was pretty upset about the way the game went down for the seniors on the team, as well. “Our last game of the season, you just don’t want to end it like that,” Benn said. “That’s just the game of football, and you can’t control it, and that’s the way it goes sometimes.”

Juice Williams was also fairly upset after the game, though he was all smiles at the podium.

“I am trying to cover it up,” Williams said. “I’m sad on the inside, but at the same time joyful, because I get a chance to reflect on all of the great memories that I’ve made with my brothers.”

I’ll have more thoughts on Juice Williams soon, but for now, that’s where I will leave things. (PS)

Live, From Assembly Hall, It’s Illinois Basketball Tonight!

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By Paul Schmidt

Hello sports fans, and welcome to part of ESPN’s 24-hour Tipoff, sponsored by Valtrex, because if you’ve got genital warts, you can’t watch college basketball!

OK, I made that up.  At least the last part.

But I am live at the Ass. Hall, bringing exciting Illinois basketball action to you, as they take on the overmatched Northern Illinois Huskies, which will be their official name tonight.  You can see the action live on…uhhh….ESPN360.com.  Ummm…yeah.

Check in here for all the game updates!

19:50 left 1st half
Demetri McCamey hits his first shot off the tip, while being guarded by someone I saw play high school basketball at Seton Academy in South Holland, IL less than 12 months ago…by the way, that’s not a good sign for the Huskies tonight.

18:00 left 1st half
Brandon Paul for three!  He is silky, silky smooth on that long jumper. I am thinking we’ll be saying that a lot this season.

16:39 left first half
Another Brandon Paul three and it’s 9-6 Illini early.  The bigger problem that I see is that right now the Illini look fairly disorganized on the court.  Also, there have now been six total team fouls by both teams before the first TV timeout at 16:00….

15:54 left first half
My man-crush just hit a really nice basket, Dominique Keller, and gets the and-1 after the timeout. Keller and Alex Legion were the first off the bench for the excessively deep Illini, in an ongoing battle for who gets minutes.  Interestingly, both freshmen Paul and D. J. Richardson were in the starting lineup for this one.  Just how far can a team starting two freshman swingmen go in the deep and experienced Big Ten?

15:36 left first half
Remember when I made fun of Tony Nixon, from Seton Academy?  Yeah, he just drained a three.  Should have seen that coming…Also, overmatched Northern Illinois has no one to defend Keller. He’s too big and fast for their post guys, and he’s just pushing their guards around.

Also, Illinois is in the bonus on the next Northern foul…

13:45 left first half
Another Brandon Paul three is answered by ANOTHER Tony Nixon three, this after he blew by three Illini and made a nifty little scoop shot.  Illinois still only leads by two, as they can’t seem to defend Nixon well, or at all. I would assume that doesn’t bode well for the season.

11:53 left first half
ANOTHER Brandon Paul three, and he’s clearly feeling it on the court right now, with 14 of the Illini’s first 21 points. Mike Davis has zero shot attempts thusfar, which is probably not the way Bruce Weber wants his team to run their offense.  Still, you can’t complain when someone is as hot as Paul has been early in this game.

10:42 left first half
Double foul on Sean Kowal and Mike Tisdale…they are pushing eachother a lot in the post.  At least, it looks like it.  I will again say that’s probably bad for the Illini.  Davis finally hits on his first attempt — I’d missed seeing him shoot that little 12-footer from the wing! Damn, it feels good to be seeing college basketball again!!  Also, before I forget, that double-foul put the Illini in the double bonus…yikes for the overmatched Huskies…

10:00 left first half
Illinois just extended to a 27-20 lead here in the first half with a Demitri McCamey steal and then a great pass back to Davis for a big dunk that caused the overmatched Huskies to use a 30-second time out.  Also…the Illini are on pace for 108 points.  I don’t recall them scoring that many points.  Ever.  This might be a new day for Illinois basketball this season.

7:29 left first half
Illinois now is up by double digits for the first time in the game, extending their lead to 34-22. Defensively, they have been underwhelming, but their offense is looking very, very good.  If anyone was doubting McCamey’s ability to run the point, don’t.  He seems perfectly content to take a back seat in scoring and to just run the offense.  So far, he has been the most impressive part of the offense, taking shots when he needs to, distributing the ball the rest of the time.

7:06 left first half
Tyler Griffey was the least-heralded of these Illini freshmen, but he just gave the Illini 5 or 6 great minutes off the bench, scoring 6 points and grabbing a couple of boards.  If he can give the team that in the post every night while Davis or Tisdale rest, he will be invaluable to the Illini this season.

Now…he needs to bulk up, because he looks like a freshman.  But they aren’t asking him to play 30 minutes a night, either.

3:45 left first half
The Orange Krush is definitely shaking off some rust, and there’s only about 12K here tonight…but they are lobbing a ridiculous amount of boos and taunts at Northern point guard Mike DiNunno.  And I can honestly say I don’t know why. 

Brandon Paul is making this look easy tonight, as he just grabbed a rebound and put it back through over DiNunno for his 20th point of the first half.  He and Richardson (though he isn’t scoring much) have been VERY impressive in this first half.

HALF, Illinois 49, Northern Illinois 41
WOW.  Well things took a turn there.  With under 4 minutes left, Illinois led by 18, and with under two minutes, they led by 15.  They got lazy on offense, and looked the same on defense.  What it basically looks like they lost some intensity and focus, and that completely changed the complexion of the game.  Also, it looked like Weber fiddled with the lineup some and that that affected a lot of the continuity on the court, although you can’t balme him for wanting to get some of the other guards like Legion and Richardson some time at the point.

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18:20 left second half
This one is getting interesting, as the Huskies just cut it to a three point game now out of the gate.  Bruce Weber is yelling push it a lot.  That’s going to be the key, as the Illini can out-athlete these guys if they could avoid playing sloppy.

Also, Mike Tisdale hasn’t broken double-digit minutes yet in this game because of foul trouble.  He got two early in the first half, and just picked up his third moments ago.

15:01 left second half
Just heard Jerrance Howard yelling about something at someone (maybe he wants a hotdog or something), all the while we have our first replay of the season, with an over turn and everything.  Plus, we just had our second medical emergency of the game in the stands…just all kinds of weird going on right now htat have nothing to do with basketball.

Also, in a related story, the second half has started off slowly in terms of basketball…

12:53 left second half
Nice passing there by the Illini as they worked the length of the court without dribbling, ending in a Tyler Griffey dunk. He’s looking really impressive in some extended minutes because of Tisdale and foul trouble.  Makes you feel good about his prospects for the season, even if it is against sorta-overmatched Northern Illinois.

Did I mention that this was an Northern Illinois team that lost by 22 last week to Northwestern, who was playing without their best player, Kevin Coble?  Parts of this game may not reflect well on the Illini.

10:06 left second half
Nice little run by the Illini to get the lead back to double-digits, and now Mike Tisdale goes to the line, and he hits the first.  That’s only notable because that would be his first point of the game. Whatever is worse than underwhelming is what Tis has done this game.

6:30 left second half
Every time the Illini pull away, they let Northern back into it.  I stress that I phrased that correctly, because they get up by that then commit poor turnovers or take bad shots and allow the Huskies a little bit of momentum.  Just moments ago, the Illini were up 17 with the ball, but it’s now a 12 point game, with Northern having possession. I fear that the defense this season is going to haunt me as much as the offense did last year.

5:49 left second half
Illinois leads 71-59 after two Demitri McCamey FTs, giving him 10 points on the game.  He got to the line on a nice slash to the hoop after a miss of a long three, which Mike Davis was able to rebound. 

I mention all of this because Davis right now has 16 rebounds, with 5:24 left in the game…

4:51 left second half
Northern Illinois wing Michael Fakuade just fouled out…and the Krush couldn’t execute on the “Left, Right….SIT DOWN” chant.  Definitely a rough night for them, hope to see more in the future, there’s a lot to build on….

3:57 left second half
Some other fun scores from around the country…get ready for all of the Big Ten is overrated talk, as Gonzaga  is currently up 2 with 3:40 left in the second half at the Breslin Center. Michigan State has only led twice in the game for roughly a minute of game time…and Bruce Pearl REALLY wanted his 100th win tonight as they nearly beat UNC-Asheville by 80.  And that’s not a typo.  Also, Bruce Pearl is a douche.

3:18 left second half
And just like that the Illini are up 19 points, 78-59, and Mike Tisdale has 10 points.  Nice second half for him.  Mike Davis is also closing in on 20 (!!!!) rebounds.

2:00 left second half
The Illini are in the four corners offense, and this one is pretty much over.  More from the post-game presser, with some final thoughts from me, the team, and Bruce Weber.  Til then….

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Illinois 80, Northern Illinois 61
Lots of good, lots of bad from the game. Brandon Paul finished with a game-high 20 points, but he scored all of them in the first half. Mike Davis was pretty outstanding all game long in the post, posting his second double-double of the season with 14 points and a career-high 17 rebounds.  The bench was outstanding, as well, contributing 21 points. Demitri McCamey is adjusting quite well to his new role, too, scoring 10 points and dishing out 8 assists. 

Some thoughts from the players….

Brandon Paul, shooting the ball well in the first half, but for some reason not in the second: “In the first half, we came out with a lot of excitement, and my teammates did  a great job of getting me the ball. I don’t really know what happened in the second half other than it wasn’t going in. But I tried to focus a little bit more on the defensive end.”

Mike Davis on why he was so successful on the glass: “Just boxing out really. I knew they were going to shoot alot of threes, and jack it really quick. I tried to get in position and just know where the ball was going to be coming off the rim. I did a good job of that.”

Demitri McCamey on the offense coming together with new parts and everyone adjusting to new roles: “I think we’re gelling pretty fine. It’s like I said last week, you never know who is going to score, whether it’s me, Mike Davis, Brandon, D. J., Alex…we’ve got a lot of guys that can score, so different nights, it’s different people. As long as we’re happy, and winning basketball games, we all don’t have to go out there and score.  Everyone will be gelling, and we’ll all be on one page.”

Northern Illinois head coach Ricardo Patton’s opening comments: “Hope the roads are clear, I’m ready to get home…This Big Ten trip hasn’t been a lot of fun, but I think it’s been a great experience for our players.”

Bruce Weber on whether or not he wants to run the half-court offense more, or keep pushing the ball in transition: “I want to run; that’s our strength, our athleticism. Demitri’s learning to push it. Last year, when I wouldn’t run, that’s all I heard was, ‘Why don’t you run??’ So now we’re running. But we also have to get better in the half-court. Because anyone who knows basketball, whether it’s the NBA or the college game, you’re going to have to, somewhere, score in the half-court. We’re going to have to get better at that. We have seven or eight plays that we just put in to the offense, and I really don’t want to use them, to be honest, right now, and I want them to learn how to make plays together.

We called some things, some ball screens, during time outs, and some different actions, but I want…my goal is to get them to play and be smart and move the ball, and get open on their own.  I thought Demitri cut without the basketball as well as he’s done since he got here. Just pass, cut through the defense, come off a tight curl and hit a jumper…next time, he’d dish it to somebody…and the next time he’d penetrate and kick it to somebody…you know, that’s what he’s gotta be. He’s gotta be a little more than one-dimensional with the ball. He’s gotta learn to play without the ball.  A lot of our guys are like that.”

Week 7 NFL Live Blog

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11:30 AM — Hey everyone, welcome to our NFL live blog for Week 7 of the NFL!  This is the first of three straight weeks with 6 teams on a bye, so hopefully, even if YOUR favorite team isn’t playing this week, you’ll still come in to chat us up.  Learn more about those other teams! Analyze those matchups for later in the season!

But until the games start, check out some of these great stories from the week gone by…

Looking for some NFL pick advice?  Tom Lea talks Halloween in his picks, and there’s a picture at the top of Where The Wild Things Are…if that doesn’t make you smile, I don’t know what will.

Paul Schmidt takes on Vegas and the spread again this week, looking for redemption after last week’s 0-4 debacle. His bank account would also appreciate the reprieve…

How about notes from on of the more pure football experiences you could have?  That’s right, Melissa Wollering is back with “Sidetracked” again, and she talks Wisconsin High School football.  Friday night lights, baby!

It’s like an early Christmas present here at The Bank, with our Fantasy Football Advice!

Finally, Wanda Sykes gets abused by a racist dolphin.  Presumably not Greg Camarillo.

Week 5 NFL Live Blog

11:00 AM – Hey everyone, welcome to what has now become just as much of a weekly institution as NFL Sundays!

OK, OK…maybe BECAUSE of NFL Sundays…

That’s right it’s our NFL live blog, come on in and chat about the things that we know, that you want to know!  We have the answers! We have the knowledge!  THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE!

Sorry…late night TV rots your brain…

Anyway, here’s some links to occupy you for the next hour while we get caffeinated and ready for you!

Check out Paul Schmidt’s quest for a perfect weekend (4-0 yesterday against the spread in college football) with his NFL picks!

Paul Banks had a great little feature about NFL offenses and the gimmicky nature of many of the new twists.

Tom Lea is back with his weekly musings, and they’re sleep deprived.  Maybe THAT will help him win some games…

And as always, don’t forget to come back and chat today!

College Football Week 6 Live Blog

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10:30 AM:  Hey everyone, thanks for stopping by!  We’ll be chatting up some solid college football action, with a lot of Big Ten early on in the day, and some big national games later on!  Paul Banks will help us get things kicked off live from the Northwestern campus, giving us insight from the “box”, and the rest of us will have insights on the games on TV.  The tentative schedule we’ll be watching below.
11AM
Purdue at Minnesota
Michigan State at Illinois
Miami (OH) at Northwesterm
2:30PM
Bama at Ol’ Miss
Wisconsin at tOSU
 Oregon at UCLA
7PM
Florida at LSU
Ga. Tech at Florida State
Michigan at Iowa

In the meantime, check out some of our great content from the week:

Paul Banks with a nice feature on should-be Heisman candidate Case Keenum.

The weekly Big Ten Power Rankings…many shuffles in the rankings this week.

Paul Banks talked to the resurgent Penn State running backs, including the effervescent Stephfon Green.

Could we interest you in some gambling, hmmmm?

And last but not least, Paul Schmidt waxes poetic on the benching of Juice Williams.

Most importantly, we’ll be back in 30 minutes for some great college football action!

College Football Live Blog, Week 5!

10:30 AM  — Big slate of games this week and a hearty Howdy-Do to everyone.  Welcome to The Sports Bank’s weekly college football blog.  Good stuff abounds here today, as we’ve got a ton of Big Ten action early, then a great slate of games of national importance later tonight.  First, the loose schedule for the day:

11AM games:
Michigan at Michigan State
Wisconsin at Minnesota
Northwestern at Purdue
Arkansas St at Iowa 
 
2:30 games:
LSU at Georgia
Penn State at Illinois
UCLA at Stanford
Washington at Notre Dame
 
Late games
6PM
Ohio State at Indiana
7PM
USC at Cal
Oklahoma at Miami

Now, some links for your reading pleasure….

Once the game starts, check out Paul Squared’s running commentary on the Illinois game.  They’ll have so much to say it’ll clutter up the live chat too much with, “Oh, the Illini are so overrated.” 

Or check out Paul Schmidt’s college football prognostications…this week’s guest picker is his Mom.  He’s…well, he’s lowering the bar, isn’t he?

Mike Gallagher says Minnesota’s Eric Decker is the nation’s top WR.  Do you agree?

Plus check out the latest on Ohio State, Wisconsin, and Michigan.

We’ve got you covered from all angles!  And don’t forget, come back and chat with us All.  Day.  Long.

College Football Live Blog, Part 2! Now With More Night Games!

We’re back for the evening, and it’s been a “great” day of football so far.  You know, unless you happen to like Illinois.  Then you’re surly. 

I’m not saying…I’m just saying.

You can expect to see some commentary on a lot of games this evening, including, but not limited to:

Iowa at Penn St.
Notre Dame at Purdue
Texas Tech at Houston

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