January 2, 2013 |
What was the Lovie Smith era in Chicago? If you take the Bears' average record under Smith, you get nine years of 9-7 teams with a one-in-three chance of making the playoffs and an average playoff exit in the second round after winning the wild card game. Good morning, Chicago, it's mid-August, and your football team is about to go 9-7 with a one-in-three chance of making the playoffs. If they make the playoffs, they'll probably lose in the second round. Are you in? Keep in mind you don't have a choice.
April 8, 2014 |
Pat Fitzgerald is the face of modern Northwestern football. He's the embodiment of the recent success the program has had. After all, the school will tell you it is Chicago's Big Ten team. Not only is Fitzgerald a former player coaching at his alma mater, he represents hope for a program with a well-documented history of futility. That makes him a company guy. Last week, Fitzgerald broke his silence when he made his stance known regarding the recent National Labor Relations Board ruling that allows football players to unionize.
July 23, 2012 |
Let's make one thing clear for those of you who apparently have completely misinterpreted everything Penn State-related over the past week--the NCAA isn't punishing the innocent by levying severe sanctions against Penn State, rather they're punishing the university culture that allowed the innocent to be stripped of their innocence in the first place. The facts are there. Multiple people looked the other way while an assistant football coach sexually abused a number of children, continually allowing him to attend university functions and use university...
February 27, 2013 |
We seem to be on an entertainment streak this week, so this seemed as good a time as any to collect my thoughts on the bygone NBC cult hit “Friday Night Lights.” I'm terrified to report that throughout my viewing of all five seasons, I felt unusual things. I'm told these things were called “emotions.” Along with most Americans, I did not watch the high school football drama while it was on the air. Despite critical praise and ardent fan support, the show never found much of a following.
November 15, 2011 |
In a Monday phone interview with NBC's Bob Costas, former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky denied claims that he's a pedophile . Though Sandusky was staunch in his innocence, the interview left some viewers skeptical, to say the least. Here are some reactions circulating the web today: "At the very least, he confirmed to viewers that he exhibits inappropriate behavior around young boys. In hearing the way he spoke and sounded, I was left with a creepy feeling about him and I'm sure I'm not alone," Mark Paul, Yahoo News "Jerry Sandusky's...
January 4, 2013 |
Northwestern University has already raised $55 million, more than a quarter of its $220 million goal, to build a brand new athletic complex on the north end of its main Evanston campus. University President Morton Schapiro and Vice President for Athletics and Recreation Jim Phillips made the fundraising announcement Sunday, two days before Northwestern's football team beat Mississippi in the Gator Bowl on New Year's Day. The win was the university's first bowl victory in 64 years.