If nothing else, Dave Wischnowsky is an Illinois boy. Raised in Bourbonnais, educated at the University of Illinois and bred on sports in the Land of Lincoln, he now resides on Chicago’s North Side, just blocks from Wrigley Field. Formerly a reporter and blogger for the Chicago Tribune, Dave currently writes a syndicated column, The Wisch List, which you can check out via his blog at wischlist.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wischlist.
Sitting 15 games out of first place, the Chicago Cubs couldn’t be much further from a world championship right now if they were, well, living on a different planet.
And this I know, as well: The Blackhawks now own Chicago. Truly they do.
Over the years, Chicago has seen a lot of bad baseball.
He arrived in Miami predicting “Not one, not two, not three, not four, not five, not six, not seven” NBA championships, which leaves us to assume that LeBron James bolted Cleveland for South Beach to win eight crowns with the Heat.
With Lunt now officially an Illini, however, Beckman has in his program a quarterback who’s probably Illinois’ best – on paper, at least – since former pro Kurt Kittner. But the looming question hanging above Lunt’s transfer is will Beckman ever get a chance to actually coach the QB in a real game?
Remarkably, for the third year in a row, the Windy City is home to the No. 1 high school basketball player in America, with rising Whitney Young senior Jahlil Okafor following in the large footsteps of prior Public League phenoms Jabari Parker (2013) and Anthony Davis (2012).
The Ghost hasn’t galloped in Champaign since 1925. But come August, Red Grange will be back. In spirit, at least.
The Chicago Bears are retiring the retirement of numbers.
What I’m instead wondering today is what Bryant’s presence might mean for Starlin Castro’s future. Because from my view, the arrival of a stud third base prospect very much could impact the fate of the Cubs’ 23-year-old shortstop – and not just because he might stand next to him on the field.
In the entire country, there is no nonconference college basketball rivalry better than Illinois-Missouri. But in all of America, there was no nonconference college football rivalry worse than Illinois-Missouri.
In light of those issues, what might be the wisest thing for MLB to do is to work with the NCAA to help college baseball secure a legitimate television contract to broadcast the sport on a national level.
The Illinois administration long ago should have worked to turn the Chief into something better, broader and more beneficial. It didn’t.
When it comes to numbers, I don’t trust the city of Chicago.
Over the past few years – and months – Notre Dame has taken its share of big hits. But what the university hasn’t taken is big responsibility.
The signs around campus still read “University of Illinois,” but right now the place is going by a different name: Transfer Central.
Here are five Windy City athletes who looked the weirdest playing for a team other than the one they’re best known for.
The only thing that is certain for Bears this season is that one eye will be on Jay – and the other on the future – throughout 2013.
In any case, however, the question of who ultimately foots the bill isn’t the one I’m interested in delving into today. Rather, it’s this: Is DePaul’s new arena actually a good thing for its students?
In many ways, LeBron, Wade & Co. strikes me as Chicago’s new version of the Detroit Pistons’ “Bad Boys,” the hated mountain that the Michael Jordan-era Bulls once had to climb. And while losing to the Heat again is disappointing indeed, just like with the Pistons, this series loss will only make victory all the sweeter when the Bulls finally do beat them.
So, Mayor Rahm Emanuel reportedly has a $300 million plan to build new basketball arena at McCormick Place and bring the DePaul Blue Demons back into the city after more than 30 years in Rosemont.