I'm a Chicago Boy who fell in love with the White Sox as they were Winnin' Ugly. My cat was named Kittle. I still know every word to the Super Bowl Shuffle. I watched the Bulls win title number three at a high school graduation party and title six at a bar in Iowa City. I get a big smile on my face just thinking of October 26, 2005. I went to Iowa for Law School, practiced in Kansas City, and now work at the University of Alabama.
Beyond the teams listed, I root for the Crimson Tide, Royals, and whomever plays the Cubs.
Ahhhhh...Ohio State Academics. So important to so many great scholars...like Maurice Clarett and this guy. (h/t Awful Announcing, who got it from a guy, who got it from a guy...)
Rob Neyer has a great piece about new Astros manager Bo Porter. Who does Porter cite as an example of his managing philosophy? None other than Hayden Fry. "I think my football background has a...
Because of the cheating at The Ohio State University and the disgusting events at Penn State, you've found yourself in a four team division. And one of those teams is Indiana. Do you realize what that means?
[Shhhhh...I'm not here. I just couldn't hold this back.] So, it's the off season. You hope that you're school's players are spending their days improving, building camaraderie, making paper dolls...wait, what? UniWatch, a sports fashion blog, has had a recent development of do-it yourself paper football dolls (that they call "Cubees"). Several readers of the blog have sent in their team in paper form. From the section of that entry: Cubee update: Another day, another nice round of Cubees. Here’s the latest batch: • Jason Torban made himself a Randall Cunningham/Eagles Cubee. • Gary Chanko is making Cubees of 2012 Heisman Trophy candidates. His latest rendition is of Clemson QB Tajh Boyd. (If you want to make this one yourself, here’s the template.) • James Ferentz made himself a very nice Iowa Hawkeye Cubee. Did you see it? That's right, James Ferentz, the starting center of YOUR Iowa Hawkeyes is proving that his hands are tough enough to snap the ball and dainty enough to create beautiful dolls. Now, you might be worried about this being wasted time over the summer, but compared to how Iowa players spent their summer in years past, we'll take it.
Game Two of the tournament; surely Indiana can't upset Wisconsin, right? I mean 12 seeds never beat the 5 seeds...
Is this the new Iowa Defensive Coordinator? Last night Jaleel Johnson, an incoming defensive line recruit, tweeted that "The Iowa hawkeyes will be gettin a new defensive coordinator….the LB coach from the NEW YORK GIANTS!!!!" That name may be familiar to B1G fans as well. Before heading to the NFL, Jim Herrmann was the Defensive Coordinator for the Michigan Wolverines - during a run that included their 1997 National Championship. Two good thoughts: 1) It's always nice to have a coach walk in a living room of a recruit with a National Championship and a Super Bowl ring. 2) He has shown a mastery for beating the offense that Penn State will be running next year. One bad thought: Michigan fans weren't all that sad to see him go. I'm sure there are reasons for that.
We showed the new Gopher uniforms as they were unveiled. We'll do the same thing with Illinois, as they have decided that they want to purge not just Zook, but also the Zook-look from their future. These are things that have been on display for recruits and at various alumni events. Personally, I think that Illinois belongs in orange helmets, but I do like the blue text.
Saw this on the interwebs today, and thought that it was a pretty nice way of graphically representing a rivalry. I don't know if there are similar examples for some of the other games. Click here to go to full size.
So...Northwestern lost another bowl game. Ho-hum. What does this mean? Northwestern has now lost nine straight bowl games, tying Notre Dame's all-time record of futility. Northwestern hasn't won a bowl game since 1948, easily the longest drought in the world's history. Northwestern has spread it's losses around very well. In the streak, it lost in every bowl of the B1G's early '00s lineup (Rose, CapitalOne, Outback, Alamo, Sun, Motor City). With the losses in the Texas and TicketCity bowls, the Wildcats have the chance of completing the current series sweep if they can reach the Gator and Insight in the next two seasons. Northwestern is still the only B1G team to lose to a MAC team in a bowl game. Welcome to 2012. Are you going to change anything, Wildcats, or will I get to do this again in 12 months?