It's already that time of year when this site shifts more into pop culture, media and entertainment mode. What did you think I did when there was no football and basketball? Well, Spurs vs Heat Finals? Yawn.Been there. Done that. And the Blackhawks have obviously jumped the shark now. So hockey and NBA are both done for me for this season. That summer lull of dullness also … [Read more...] about College Football Preview Series: the 32 teams we’ll cover this summer
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Illini Legend Red Grange is Big Ten Icon #1!!!
Just announced today, the #1 overall sports icon in Big Ten history is.....Red Grange of the Illinois Fighting Illini! The man who was the Babe Ruth of college football and the NFL. He even had a candy bar named after him; just like Ruth. Grange was named the greatest college football player of all time on New Year's Day 2008, and he pretty much put the Chicago Bears on the … [Read more...] about Illini Legend Red Grange is Big Ten Icon #1!!!
Will Super Bowl Make Rashard Mendenhall Greatest Illini Rusher Ever?
For the second year in a row, the Super Bowl will have a feature back from the University of Illinois. This time, the Illini tailback is the Pittsburgh Steelers' Rashard Mendenhall; who in 2008 became the first University of Illinois player taken in the first round of the NFL Draft since 1996. 14 years ago, UI produced the #2 (Kevin Hardy taken by Jacksonville) and #3 … [Read more...] about Will Super Bowl Make Rashard Mendenhall Greatest Illini Rusher Ever?
Mendenhall, Pierre Thomas Making Illinois Running Back U. (sort of)
By Paul M. Banks It hasn’t been the greatest season for the Pittsburgh Steelers, but it has been a very productive campaign for the man who usurped Willie Parker as starting tailback. This year Rashard Mendenhall is living up to the lofty expectations he had as a first round draft pick in 2008. The Skokie native and University of Illinois product is in the NFL’s top ten in … [Read more...] about Mendenhall, Pierre Thomas Making Illinois Running Back U. (sort of)