Big Ten Men's Basketball Preview
Posted November 13, 2011, 9:20am by Doug Ropp
Hereís a look into the Big Ten season this year. I am not into making predictions but I will give you a break down of what to look for this year. Donít go by the order as a predicted order of finish.
1. 1. Ohio State
I do figure Ohio State to be the beast of the conference. I think Thad Matta is an excellent coach and I like the job he has done there. Last year was disappointing as they fell to Kentucky in the Sweet 16. They do have big shoes to fill with the loss of David Lighty and sharp shooter Jon Diebler.
For the Buckeyes, it all starts with big man Jared Sullinger. He had a very solid freshman year and should continue to even better [ Read More... ]
30 Years of Celebration: Cubs and White Sox
Posted November 13, 2011, 9:20am by Doug Ropp
As part of my 30 years of sports celebration, I have come up with my memorable moments and all-time teams for the Cubs and White Sox spanning from 1980-2010:
LF Andre Dawson
2. CF Bob Dernier
3. RF Sammy Sosa
4. 1B Mark Grace
5. 2B Ryne Sandberg
6. SS Shawon Dunston
7. 3B Aramis Ramirez
C Jody Davis
SP Rick Sutcliffe, Greg Maddux, Carlos Zambrano, Kerry Wood, Rick Reuschel
RP Bruce Sutter, Lee Smith [ Read More... ]
Rivera Brings Excitement To The Carolina Panthers
Posted August 29, 2011, 3:50pm by Doug Ropp
On a summer day in 1995 or 1996 in the pre-WNBA days, I headed off to DePaul University for a womenís basketball game involving what I believe was the Chicago Twisters (after searching on google.com).
I was up in the stands that day and I ran into former Bears linebacker Ron Rivera. I do not know much about his playing days except that he was on the Bears Super Bowl Championship team. I addressed him immediately and he was very nice. I enjoyed listening to him on the Score in those days. His wife Stephanie was a coach on one of the teams. Yahoo says she was the Coach of the Twisters. Little did I know Rivera and I would wind up in Charlotte; 10 years later for me and 15 for him.
Rivera brings a new infusion of energy to the Panthers. After working for the Bears, Chargers and Eagles, Rivera figures to bring an attacking defense. The early reports from Steve Reed of the CarolinaGrowl.com say [ Read More... ]
Cubs Search For A New General Manager
Posted August 24, 2011, 9:50pm by Jamal Collier
The greatest Cubs general manager of my generation, Jim Hendry, was fired last week. Iíve never been one to call for Hendryís head, actually Iíve sang his praises; he pulled off a steal in 2003 trading for Aramis Ramirez and Kenny Lofton and the Cubs won three division titles during his tenure.
This Summer's NFL Lockout Was Actually A Good Thing
Posted August 18, 2011, 1:10pm by Jamal Collier
Usually getting excited to see your favorite team play isnít weird. But I find myself asking why am I excited to see my favorite team, the defending AFC Champion Pittsburgh Steelers, play the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday night football. Itís the preseason.
Should The White Sox Be Taken Seriously?
Posted August 17, 2011, 12:20am by Aaron Brown
I sat watching the Chicago White Sox in a fourteen inning game against
the Cleveland Indians on August 16/17, I tried to determine whether or
not they were really a team that could win their division in 2011.
They entered the night just 3.5 games behind the division-leading
Tigers with 45 games left to play, but had only reached the .500 mark
for the first time this season the night before.
They had a chance to win in the ninth after Tyler Flowers hit a two-out triple, but Gordon Beckham couldn't knock him in. In the tenth, the Sox had two runners on base with one out, but their best hitter, Paul Konerko, hit into a double play. In the eleventh, Alex Rios led off with a triple, but [ Read More... ]
Time To Show Big Z The Door
Posted August 15, 2011, 8:00am by Jamal Collier
At about 6:35pm on Friday evening, I tuned in to watch my beloved Chicago Cubs take on the Atlanta Braves. I then proceeded to watch our ďaceĒ Carlos Zambrano (and I use the term loosely) give up five home runs and then throw two straight pitches at Chipper Jones. This left me scratching my head, but it wasnít even the most baffling part of the night.
WaitÖwhat? [ Read More... ]
Why Chicago Has The Best Sports Fans In The World
Posted August 15, 2011, 7:00am by Jamal Collier
Chicago is often coined as the ďSecond CityĒ or the second most prestigious city in the United States because of its' entertainment, culture and finance. I donít know much about that stuff, but what I do know is that Chicago should be the first city when it comes to sports.
The Real Reason Why I Hate Chicago Sports Teams
Posted August 12, 2011, 3:15pm by Chris Fetterman
The real reason I hate Chicago sports teamsí is because they are just so damn good. I mean, wait, no. People ask me almost daily why I dislike the Bulls, the Cubs, the Sox, the Bears, the Hawks, and the University of Illinois -- and the truth is itís because of how I was raised.
I grew up in Lansing, MI so naturally my love for Sparty doesnít need to be explained, but Iíll give you a little background. Along with the pledge of allegiance, we sang the Michigan State University fight song every morning when I was in kindergarten. My father was a teacher at MSU and my entire family, save for one cousin (who for the sake of his safety will remain nameless), all grew up going to games and loving the green and white. [ Read More... ]
Relegation Would Make American Sports More Interesting
Posted August 11, 2011, 7:55pm by Aaron Brown
As a fan of the English Premier League and other European football leagues , I often find that a major part of the excitement in a season is seeing which teams will get relegated and have to drop down to a lesser league the following year. Assuming it's not my team (Aston Villa FC), the race at the bottom of the standings is just as important as the race at the top of the league all the way to the end of the season. The teams that finish in the bottom three of the league standings are forced to drop down a level, while the top three teams from the league below get to advance and play with the big boys in the following season. [ Read More... ]
Jim Leyland Is The Problem In Detroit, Not The Solution
Posted August 11, 2011, 7:40pm by Chris Fetterman
NFL is about to kick off, the sun is still shining, the birds are
still chirping, and the Tigers are actually playing with a small
amount of emotion tonight...I honestly don't know what to think. But,
I'm going to pull a Dennis Miller and go off on a rant for a moment.
Aston Villa's Season Hinges On Positive Start
Posted August 11, 2011, 3:40am by Aaron Brown
The last twelve months or so have truly been chaotic for Aston Villa supporters. After playing for three different managers and flirting with relegation last season, Villa finished a respectful ninth in the English Premier League. A stable offseason would have helped, but the club lost two of their top players (Ashley Young to Manchester United and Stewart Downing to Liverpool) while they made the controversial appointment of manager Alex McLeish from their hated crosstown rivals, Birmingham FC. There are some positives, however, as the club signed goalkeeper Shay Given from Manchester City and Charles N'zogbia from Wigan and have a plethora of younger talent ready to step up to the first team in the 2011-2012 season. Yet one of the biggest positives to the upcoming season is how a favorable schedule could get the team on the right track. [ Read More... ]