November 19, 2012 |
Now that Notre Dame is a national title contender, everyone in Chicago has to pretend it's a "Chicago team" although it's 100 miles away and half of us assume South Bend is south of the city, not east. Notre Dame football elicits two distinct responses from sports fans: You love 'em for their tradition or you hate 'em for their stupid gold helmets that have actual 23.9-karat gold. The next few weeks will provide plenty of entertainment for both camps. Because USC starting quarterback Matt Barkley is out for this weekend's game, the Irish need only to make sure their buses take the northbound...
January 7, 2013 |
The last time the Notre Dame Fighting Irish won a national championship was January 2, 1989, or 8,771 days, 24 years and four coaches ago. Tonight, the 2012 version of the Irish take the field in the Fiesta Bowl against the Alabama Crimson Tide to try and win another one. If they do, it will be the first in the lifetime of Lakeview resident Annie Scully, an alumnus who was one of the first to arrive at Racine Plumbing this afternoon. Scully, 23, may not have seen the title, but her father, John Scully, was an offensive lineman on the 1977 championship squad and...
January 9, 2013 |
With the Big Ten men's basketball season under way, we're only a few months from learning who will reign as conference champs. Of course, we'd rather not wait that long. So we asked alums from all 12 schools to tell us why their team is the one to beat in 2012-13. ILLINOIS I-L-L! The team hasn't played this well since the days of Dee Brown and Deron Williams, back when we ended up at the Final Four in 2005. Brandon Paul and Co. have made watching Illini basketball exciting again - as opposed to embarrassing.
July 8, 2012 |
PLAY "NCAA Football 13" Available Tuesday on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 The best thing about video game college football? Not having to deal with the BCS. Wait, that might not be the case until the 2014 season. Oh well, at least if your team falls short of the national title, you don't have to fire yourself as coach. WATCH MLB All-Star Game 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Fox The official Home Run Derby is Monday, but with the White Sox's Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko and the Cubs' Bryan LaHair suiting up, there could be...
April 7, 2014 |
Sure, the NCAA tournament is all about chaos, but did anyone see this championship game coming? Perhaps someone should have, given Kentucky was ranked No. 1 and Connecticut was in the top 20 before the season began. Still, the finale of March Madness has never seen two teams with a combined higher seeding (No. 7 UConn plus No. 8 UK). What last-minute surprises did the title game hold? We've got six, ranking them on a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being the most shocking). Presidents play nice Democrat Bill Clinton and Republican George W. Bush enjoyed the game from...
October 3, 2013 |
Like the series finale of "Breaking Bad," last weekend's college football slate was fantastic. With its victory over LSU, Georgia firmly planted its flag in the national title hunt. Alabama rolled Ole Miss, Notre Dame disappointed, Ohio State balled hard and Oklahoma State laid a major egg versus West Virginia. This week there are numerous matchups featuring ranked teams, including one right in our backyard between 16th-ranked Northwestern and fourth-ranked Ohio State . Ladies, get all primped because dreamboat Kirk Herbstreit and "College GameDay" are in Evanston...