September 8, 2013 |
Do you ever have great contradictions between your head and your heart? Like you can deeply admire President Obama but be extremely troubled by certain policies from his administration, or think John Mayer is an abject tool but now you've listened to his new album around 700 times? Sometimes it feels like everything in life is that lying, cheating lover who's too sexy, too fun, too panty-melting to give up. But there's no greater contradiction than football. Football, college and pro, is irredeemably corrupt, staked through with ugly values and exploitative of America's lower classes in a way no...
December 5, 2013 |
All right, Northern Illinois fans, it's time to stop drinking the Jordan Lynch Kool-Aid. Yes, the kid is having an amazing season. Yes, he is the best quarterback (if not player) to put on a Huskies uniform. Yes, he should be in the conversation as a Heisman finalist. But unfortunately, he will not, and should not, win the award. I've loved watching Lynch play this season. He's doing things I've never seen a quarterback do in college. But it's not always about records and stats, especially when your university has the 33 r ...
August 30, 2012 |
The turn of the calendar to September marks an awakening for college football fans. Hats and hoodies emblazoned with alma maters are dusted off, game-day party plans are organized and preseason rankings are scrutinized. The same rituals hold true for about 4,800 Chicago-area Penn State graduates, with one notable difference: The conviction of former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky on child sexual abuse charges has brought severe sanctions upon the Big Ten team and has shaken the community as a whole.
September 26, 2012 |
Move over, Bears. There's an undefeated football team in the Chicago area that's beating expectations - and it doesn't play at Soldier Field. The Northwestern Wildcats are 4-0 heading into this week's game in Evanston against Indiana in the opening weekend of Big Ten play. The Wildcats aren't just seeing success on the field, either. Since branding itself as "Chicago's Big Ten Team" two years ago with billboards around town, Northwestern has seen its season-ticket base for football jump 80 percent, senior associate athletic director Mike Polisky...