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InternetFM presents sports content from our partner site YourSportsFan.com including podcasts of “The Weekend Sports Report” with Les Grobstein, Steve Leventhal and Alison Moran, along with “Dorf on Sports” with Fred Wallin and Andy Dorf. YSF also features original sports articles.


cubs-logoOn The Weekend Sports Report with Packer Dave and Steve Leventhal

…Cubs play by play broadcaster Pat Hughes joins us to talk about Baseball Voices, his series of tribute CD’s devoted to Hall of Fame baseball broadcasters. Pat also gives us a Chicago Cubs preview of the 2015 season.

We also bring in our hockey expert, John Poulter, to discuss the shoulder injury suffered by Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks, and how that will affect the rest of their season. He also talks about the surprising Nashville Predators and the rest of the NHL as we head into the final quarter of the hockey season.  Plus, we finally have some soccer talk.

Don’t miss cameos from Mr. Baseball, Bob Uecker and Chris Berman.

 


Cats

When you think tradition in college basketball, you have to think Indiana University.

The Hoosiers are five-time National Champions; they have made eight Final Four appearances, won 21 Big Ten Championships, and produced 44 All-Americans and 74 NBA Draft picks. Not too shabby at all.

The Northwestern Wildcats (14-14,5-10) on the other hand have produced a few solid seasons throughout the years, but have still never been invited to the “Big Dance.” In fact, the Wildcats last winning season came in the 2010-2011 campaign, when they finished 20-14 yet, still failed to reach the NCAA Tournament.

However, expectations have changed on campus in Evanston. After 13 seasons, Northwestern fired former head coach Bill Carmody in 2013, and replaced him with former Duke player and assistant coach Chris Collins. By bringing in Collins, Northwestern made it clear that it was time to put basketball in Evanston on the map and make a serious run in the Big Ten.

To no surprise, when Northwestern hosted Indiana on Wednesday night the team was greeted by one of their biggest and most intense crowds of the season. It is pretty clear the Wildcats and their fans want to be in the same class as Indiana, and Northwestern could be on the right track if they continue to play well in their zone defense.

Both teams came out firing in the first half Wednesday evening. Indiana, who entered the game 3rd in the country in 3 point field goal percentage (41.2) went 9-14 from downtown in the first 20 minutes, while Northwestern shot 5-13 behind the arc and 51% from the floor to enter the half tied at 40 even.

“I didn’t feel there was any way we could win a shootout. So 40-40 at halftime … I didn’t feel good about it,” Collins said. “The pace was too fast, it was too high-scoring. We weren’t going to win a game in the 80s. I thought we did a better job in the second half of getting stops and kind of getting it more to our liking.”

The second half would be a nice glimpse of what the future may hold for the Wildcats and proved that coach Collins young squad is ready to compete and is not intimidated by any team, no matter how many championships they have won.

After a Dave Sobolewski foul, Wildcats freshman Vic Law would have words with Hoosiers guard Yogi Ferrel- which ignited the crowd and would swing the momentum in favor of Northwestern.

After the heated exchange, fellow Wildcat freshman Scottie Lindsey would block an Indiana layup attempt-leading to a Tre Demps three pointer to give the Wildcats a six point lead and force Indiana to take a timeout with the crowd growing louder and the momentum clearly in Northwestern’s favor.

Indiana (19-10,9-7) would have no answer the rest of the way going cold in the second half, shooting only 28% on 9-32 shooting from the field. Leading scorer Yogi Ferrell would score only 11 points and Indiana struggled to find scoring in the paint as the Wildcats would take control for good

Tre Demps would continue to torch the Hoosiers. The junior guard would score a game high 23 points on 8-12 shooting and the Wildcats would cool of the Hoosiers in the second half, to win their fourth straight game in the Big Ten, 72-65.

“I have great respect for the history of the program, but for me it’s all about what we’re doing going forward,” Collins said. “All I know is that the kids worked incredibly hard since I’ve been here.”

Alex Olah would contribute 17 points and 11 rebounds, and Freshman Vic Law would score 14 to give Northwestern their fourth straight conference win after losing ten straight.

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Vic Law is finally starting to figure it all out and the results have been great for the Northwestern Wildcats.

After a 10-game conference losing streak, Northwestern had finally started to show signs of life by winning two straight Big Ten games— including a road win against Minnesota on Wednesday night.

On Saturday afternoon the Wildcats looked to stay hot when they welcomed Penn State to Welsh Ryan Arena for the lone regular season meeting between the two teams— in a matchup of two squads looking for just their fourth conference win of the season.

Northwestern (13-14, 4-10) continued their strong play in the first half, taking a 28-20 lead into the break. Law would lead the Wildcats in the first half with nine points and six rebounds and Northwestern forced nine turnovers to take control early and frustrate the Nittany Lions with their new look zone defense.

Law would stay dialed in for the second half, scoring eight more points to finish the game with 19 and a game high 11 rebounds to lead Northwestern to a 60-39 win, after outscoring the Nittany Lions 32-19 in the second half.

“Vic is going to be a good player in this league” Northwestern head coach Chris Collins said after the win on Saturday. “He knows no one believes in him like I do. He believes in me, he believes in our program. He believes in what we are trying to do.”

Law entered Saturday’s game averaging just 6.3 points per game on .365 shooting. Saturday was another story however, as Law would play his best basketball of the year. “ Welcome to the Big Ten” Collins would tell his young star after the game.

“ I am starting to get used to college basketball now” Law said. “Everything is getting a little easier. My mindset has changed greatly since the beginning of the season to now. I am starting to mature more.”

Northwestern would also get 16 points from guard Tre Demp’s on 5-10 shooting from the field, and Alex Olah would chip in with 10 points and five rebounds to help Northwestern win their third straight conference game.

Penn State dropped to 15-13 this season and 3-12 in the Big Ten. Leading scorer D.J. Newbill came into the game averaging 21.1 points per game, but was held to just three points on 1-6 shooting. The Nittany Lions were led by Geno Thorpe who would score 13 points on 5-17 shooting in a losing effort.

Northwestern will look for their fourth straight win on Wednesday when they host Indiana. (18-9)

Penn State will look to get back on track on next Saturday when they host Iowa (16-10)

Click below for Audio from Saturdays game.

UNC's Nate Britt during a timeout.  Courtesy: GoHeels.com

UNC’s Nate Britt during a timeout. Courtesy: GoHeels.com

The Weekend Sports Report with Packer Dave and Steve Leventhal

SRN’s own Phil Meyers joins us to talk about another amazing contest in the Carolina – Duke rivalry, Wednesday night the 92-90 OT thriller at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Plus, Ryan Horvat, also from SRN analyzes the NBA trade deadline deals, while Dave and Steve discuss news from around the NFL.

Hear interviews from Mike McCarthy, new Bears GM Ryan Pace and head coach John Fox, as well as Lions GM Martin Mayhew.

Don’t miss cameos from Dick Vitale, Bob Uecker, and Kareem Abdul Jabbar.

Iowa-Northwestern Final, 66 - 61

Iowa-Northwestern Final, 66 – 61

Living in Chicago most of my life, driving slow and steady during the winter months is more of a way of life than an inconvenience. As I was driving to Welsh-Ryan arena this afternoon, it was abundantly clear that my 30 minute drive was going to double thanks to Mother Nature and it was time to enjoy the 15 mph drive.

Even with the traffic, I was able to make the tip off as my alma-matter (Iowa) was in town for a 2 pm showdown with the 1 – 10 Wildcats. These two teams have been evenly matched the past couple years as they have spilt the last 14 meetings. NU beat Iowa in the 2013-14 BIG Ten tournament, 67 – 62, thanks to a 20 point performance from Tre Demps.

The slow and steady pace of my day was even more evident as the Hawkeyes and Wildcats were having a hard time finding their offensive mojos. The first half seemed to drag along as neither team could sustain any offensive rhythm as the Cats took a 27 – 24 lead going into the half.

Tre Demps had 8 points in the first half and finished with 16, while adding 4 rebounds and 3 assist. Demps hit a pair of 3 pointers late in the second half to regain the lead, which they would hold for most of the second half.

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Iowa Hawkeye visiting Northwestern Wildcats

Bryant McIntosh is only 1 of 3 true freshman in the country who is averaging 11.5 points and 4.0 assist per game this season. McIntosh did not play like a freshman, as he gave Iowa all they could handle by pouring in 18 points and dishing out 4 assist.

It was McIntosh’s 2 late free throws that should have sealed the game for NU in regulation and would have given the Cats their 2nd win in conference play… but it is never that easy for Chris Collin and his squad.

Jarrod Uthoff had a game to remember as he momentarily broke the hearts of the Evanston faithful as his 3 pointer with under 3 seconds left, sent the game into overtime. Uthoff finished with a game high 25 points on 8 for 16 shooting from the field.

“I really feel that the shot by Uthoff went in to test us in a sick kind of way. We have had so many of these kind of games and we played that exactly how we wanted,” Coach Collins said in his post-game press conference. “The looks I saw in the huddle at the end of regulation were different then the looks I saw at MSU, or down the stretch against OSU or at Maryland. It was a determined look.”

NU Center Alex Olah

NU Center Alex Olah

Overtime was the Alex Olah show, as his defensive performance and clutch free throw shooting broke the Cats 8-game losing streak. In the 5 minute OT period, Olah had 3 points, 4 rebounds and added 2 key blocks to seal the victory. Olah finished with another double-double, 11 points and 13 rebounds, which puts him in the top 10 for the conference.

NU’s matchup with Iowa started off at a snail’s pace but ended up being an exciting game with a furious finish. Both teams had opportunities to win today’s game but it was the youngsters that were able to hold on in OT.

Coach Chris Collins breaks down the Iowa Northwestern game

The Cats have a couple days off until their next game in Minnesota on February 18th, where they will look to make it 2 wins in a row.

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Phil Ford and Dean Smith

I’ll countdown my top ten Dean Smith wins at UNC, leaving out only two types of games, national championship wins, (as obviously those are my favorites) and any game against Duke, which almost demand their own category.

#10:  UNC-Maryland, 1976, at Maryland, UNC won 81-69.    UNC and Maryland were two of the very best teams in the nation that year, in the January game in Chapel Hill, UNC own in overtime, by two points, after trailing most of the game.  UNC was VERY fortunate to win that one, so much, most people figured Maryland would easily win the rematch in College Park.   Well, the game in College Park was never really close, UNC kept a working lead pretty much  the entire game, ended up winning by 12.  A dominating performance, against a very good team.   Those were fairly common  back then.

#9:  1990 NCAA tourney, Oklahoma.  After 8 straight trips to the Final 16 (or further!), UNC was an 8 seed, playing the #1 team in the nation, Oklahoma.    Close game all the way, UNC tied the game on a King Rice foul shot with 8 seconds left, Rice missed the second shot, ball went out-of-bounds off Oklahoma.   Dean called a timeout, and he did many times, drew up a perfect play.   I still remember yelling “it’s over,” with about 2 seconds left, as Rick Fox was driving to the basket for the game winning shot. The final score:  79-77.

#8:  1997 NCAA tourney, 2nd round, UNC beat Colorado 73-56 to advance to another Final 16.   It was a rather “ordinary” game. However that one gave Dean Smith the all-time wins record, at the time, at  877 victories.

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Walter Davis

#7:  UNC-UNLV, national Semifinal, 1977.  In the middle of the season, UNC lost Center Tommy LaGarde with a season-ending injury.   In the ACC tournament, Walter Davis injured his hand, was playing with 2 of his fingers taped together in the NCAA tourney.   Phil Ford got injured in their Regional game against Notre Dame, was nowhere close to 100%.  So lead by Mike O’Koren and John Kuester, UNC beat the Running Rebels, 84-83, to advance to the national final.    Another tremendous coaching job by Dean Smith.

#6:   We’ll go with a ‘group’ of games, the 4 Regional games of the 1991 NCAA tournament.  The scores were, in order, 101-66 over Northeastern, 85-69 over Villanova, 93-67 over Eastern Michigan, and 75-72 over Temple.  As you can see, all of the games were routs, except for the last one, which set off a wild celebration.    It had been 9 years since we’d made a Final Four, (we’re currently on a 5 year run of not making a Final Four, the longest since that 9 year gap), and I even seem to also remember I was interviewed on Franklin Street after the game, I said something like it had been a long time since we’d made a Final Four!

#5:   Another “group,” the 1975 ACC Tournament.  By far, the Best ACC tourney ever.    Maryland had won the regular season title, so with only 2 teams per league going to the NCAA tournament, obviously whoever won the Tourney, (if not Maryland), would also go.    The 6 games in the Tournament had a combined margin of 20 points!   UNC won their first game, in a miracle comeback win over Wake Forest, 101-100, in OT.   They won the semifinal 76-71, also in OT, over Clemson.  I can still remember a last shot by Clemson in regulation rolling around the rim, before falling out.    UNC won the final over NC State, 70-66, lead by freshman Phil Ford.  NC State, as you remember, had David Thompson.

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1981 NCAA Semi Final UNC vs Virginia

#4:  A single game, I attended this one in person; the 1981 Final Four win over Virginia 78-65.    UNC had lost twice to UVa in the regular season, both very close games, both after being way up.   In the semi, it was relatively close at halftime, then Al Wood took off, putting on an exhibition that ranks as one of the best in Final Four history!  His 39 points in that game still is the record for individual points in a national semifinal game.

#3:  Two games in this one, both involved comebacks, but only one by UNC.    In 1993, I went to the UNC-FSU game with one my friends, good thing we were sitting on opposite sides of the building, and we did not have cell phones, as we may have missed UNC’s astounding comeback from a 23-point deficit, including down by 21 in the last 10 minutes.   UNC won 82-77, outscoring FSU 28-4 down the stretch.    The Dean Dome when George Lynch stole the ball and hit the go-ahead dunk is about the loudest I have ever heard the Smith Center.    And back in 1979, UNC was playing at NC State, and it was NC State who came back from a 21 point hole at halftime, to go ahead by 1 late in the game.   UNC missed a shot, NC State had the ball, Clyde Austin was dribbling out the clock, and Dudley Bradley stole the ball, and dunked with 5 seconds left to win the game, 70-69.

#2:  Not sure how many of you are old enough to remember this one, UNC-Davidson, playing in the East Regional Final in 1969.  UNC was behind a good part of the game, caught up to tie with about a minute left, then got the ball on a Davidson turnover.  Charlie Scott hit a jumper at the buzzer to put Carolina in the Final Four.    I was 8 years old, and can remember it like it was yesterday!

#1:  My favorite UNC win, (other than a national title win), by a landslide, UNC over Kentucky, 74-61, in the 1995 Regional Final  In front of a very partial Kentucky crowd, in Birmingham, #1 ranked Kentucky was so sure of a win they’d rented a banquet hall for their post-game victory celebration.  Probably not a good idea when you’re going against Rasheed Wallace & Jerry Stackhouse, coached by Dean Smith.   UNC was in control pretty much the entire second half, Stackhouse driving, drawing the D, then passing to Wallace for the game-clinching slam may be my all-time favorite play in UNC history!

No doubt I’ve left out a lot of amazing UNC games over the years!

Dean-Smithwith Dave Rusch and Steve Leventhal…..

on the Weekend Sports Report our guests Fred Pearlman and Bob Heymann share their recollections of North Carolina coach Dean Smith and some great games in Tar Heel lore, as we recount the legacy of coach Smith, who was much more than just coach. Dean was a teacher, a mentor of young men, and a socially conscientious leader during some very turbulent times in college sports.

Smith wasn’t the only basketball icon to pass away. Dave talks about his days in Las Vegas during the tenure of Jerry Tarkanian.  Lastly we cover the controversy over the Jackie Robinson West Little League team from Chicago, the Blackhawks loss to Vancouver in overtime, and coaching moves made by the Green Bay Packers

Hear interviews from a member of the Jackie Robinson West, and Hawks coach Joel Quenneville. Also Dick Vitale makes a cameo appearance.

Tiger Woods

photo courtesy PGATour.com

with Packer Dave and Steve Leventhal….

Tiger Woods Quits and Withdraws from the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego. Rory Spears from Golfers On Golf.com joins us to talk about the impact on Tiger’s season, career, golf. Also Paul Banks from The SportsBank.net chimes in on Big Ten college basketball.

Lastly, on what is hopefully the last football segment for a while, Dave still whines about the end of the Super Bowl. Hear audio comments from Pete Carroll and Bill Belichick.  Cameo appearances by Bob Costas and Dick Vitale.

 

Chris Collins after loss

Saturdays contest between Purdue and Northwestern University was a matchup between two teams on completely different paths.

Northwestern entered the game with a 10-10 overall record and a putrid 1-6 mark in Big Ten play. The Wildcats could have easily been 13-7 however, losing their last three games by a combined five points before Saturday’s matchup with Purdue.

The Boilermakers on the other hand visited Welsh Ryan Arena- coming off two big wins against nationally ranked opponents, and with a rejuvenated defense that leads the Big Ten in field goal percentage defense (.383)

None of that mattered to Northwestern however in the first half— as they opened the game by shooting 42% from the field, and took a 29-28 lead into the break after a buzzer beating-running jumper by freshman point guard Bryant McIntosh. McIntosh had another impressive first half, scoring 8 points and dishing out 3 assists to make up for the early struggles of Tre Demps (3-11 from the field)

The second half was another story however, as Purdue (14-8) would come out of the locker room looking like a totally different team. The Boilermakers would outscore the Wildcats 40-31 in the second half and improve to 6-3 in conference play, while beating Northwestern in Evanston for the first time since the 2011-2012 season– 68-60.

Northwestern center Alex Olah had no answers for Purdue big man, A.J. Hammons who would lead the Boilermakers with 16 points and 9 rebounds. Rapheal Davis would also have a big second half, scoring 12 of his 15 points for Purdue.

“We have had a tough time with Olah in the past.” Purdue head coach, Matt Painter said after the win. “ Obviously Northwestern beat us twice last year, and I thought he played really well. That matchup was really key and we were able to get the best of him this time.”

Bryant McIntosh would continue his strong play in the second half for the Wildcats and finished the game with 18 points on 7-12 shooting, but Northwestern struggled to get any stops in the final ten minutes and could never pull closer than six points.

“ The game was lost in the first six minutes of the second half” Northwestern head coach Chris Collins said after the game. “Give Purdue credit. They deserved to win tonight”

Northwestern guard Tre Demps would improve on his rough start— going 3-7 in the second half—to finish with 18 points, but it was not enough for Northwestern (10-11), who now has to travel to Nebraska on Tuesday to take on the (12-9) Cornhuskers.

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Maynard Louis 1929-2015

with “Packer Dave Rusch and Steve Leventhal

….A Super Bowl 49 preview with Andy Dorf from Sports Byline Sunday.  The show includes interview audio from Richard Sherman, Russell Wilson, and Pete Carroll from the Seattle Seahawks, along with Justin Edelman, Tom Brady, and Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots. Plus, a cameo appearance from Dick “Dookie V” Vitale.

A very special dedication goes out to Maynard Louis, who provided the seed money for SRN Broadcasting, the parent of InternetFM.com.  He passed away on Monday January 26th after a brief battle with cancer.  Mayn was 85 years young.

 

Jermaine Kearse Game Winning TD vs GB

Jermaine Kearse Game Winning TD vs GB

In the wake of “Deflate Gate” and anticipation of the Super Bowl Sunday, it is time to reflect on the NFC Championship game that transpired last Sunday. No matter who you pledge your football allegiance to, that was one of the most improvable come back wins in recent memory.

With that being said, Bears Nation exhaled as Jermaine Kearse caught a perfectly thrown ball by Russell Wilson for a 35-yard game winning TD against Green Bay. Aaron Rodgers and the Pack were sent home after a 28 – 22 OT loss to the defending champs with nothing to show for it except a Bear-like meltdown.

Yipee… Packers pissed their opportunity to play in the Super Bowl right down their leg.

I understand that Bears fan would rather eat ketchup on their hot dogs then see the Packers win, but THIS type of loss takes away from a tradition that Bears fans are so accustom to seeing from their team… a tradition aptly named, a “Bears Loss.”

Whether it is Marion Barber fumbling while trying to run out the clock or Jay Cutler throwing 4 inceptions against a sub-500 team, a “Bears Loss” was one of the only thing the Bears had going for it that the Packers couldn’t touch.

They have Aaron Rodgers and a ring, you have a 42 – 21 loss in 2013 against a Kellen Clemens-lead Rams team who hasn’t made the playoffs since 2004. This Rams game is one of the many instances where fans were left asking themselves, “How did we lose that game?”

Brandon Bostick misplays SEA onside Kick

Brandon Bostick misplays SEA onside kick

Like AA, steps have to occur to validate whether or not a game can be considered a “Bears loss.” First step: be overcome with an uncontrollable anger that can only be expressed thru social media. Second step: pointing a finger at anything and everything that may have resulted in your team’s loss. Third step: and the most important, realizing your team had everything to do with their own demise and it is time to start preparing for next year.

Check, check and check for Cheese land.

By no means am I suggesting that Bears fans should have been rooting for the Packers to win the game, but they should have been rooting for them not to lose like their ‘The Beloved’.

One of the following situations would be considered a ‘bad loss’ but all of them in one game… now that’s a “Bears Loss.”

  • 2 red zone appearance in the first 8 minutes of the game for only 6 points
  • Fake FG TD pass given up
  • Julius Peppers waving Morgan Burnett to get down after an interception
  • Not capitalizing off of 4 interceptions
  • Brandon Bostick onside kick miscue
  • Successful 2 pt. conversion by Seahawks

Aaron Rodgers and Olivia Munn

The Chicago Bears had cornered the market on ridiculous losses and could puff out their chests as they waltz their way into last place in the NFC North. But the Packers had to 1-up them… again. They couldn’t just lose like everybody else and go home to their decently attractive Olivia Munn-like women… they had to make it an ALL-TIMER which cut into the Bears market share!

Usually a “Bears Loss” in a NFC Championship game would haunt a franchise for years to come, but with Aaron Rodgers at the wheel, I would imagine the Packers will make it to the ‘Ship in the next couple of years.

But if they don’t… I will be referencing this game once Rodgers retires.

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Packers Seahawks

 

 

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Derrick Rose came ready to play on Thursday night and prove to the national audience watching on television that he is still one of the best point guards in the league.

Entering Thursdays matchup against the San Antonio Spurs Rose had averaged 24.0 ppg on .484 shooting in his previous six games. The Bulls on the other hand were not playing so hot-losing six of their last eight. However,Thursday night just may have been the breakout game Chicago needed, and the proof that Rose can still lead a team that the critics needed to see.

Rose led the Bulls with 22 points on 9-15 shooting and ignited the early spark by getting to the rim, rather than settling for jump shots in the first half. The result? The Bulls beat the defending champion, San Antonio Spurs (27-17) 104-81 and played arguably their best game of the season.

The win could not have come at a better time for Chicago (28-16), who lost on Monday night in Cleveland, which resulted in Rose calling out his team, and a player-coach-meeting with Tom Thibodeau.

“I said what I had to say, and I think my teammates took it to heart” Rose said after Thursday nights win. “That was my first time ever doing that, and it showed tonight that guys were a little bit composed.”

It was not only Rose who came to compete against San Antonio. All five starters would score in double figures and Aaron Brooks came off the bench to score 15 points in 24 minutes. While it was a nice win- to get the Bulls back on track, coach Thibodeau still had to address the rumors of being on the “hot seat” after the Bulls recent struggles, and reports he may have lost the locker room.

“As I told you yesterday, I could care less, couldn’t care less, and I don’t think our team couldn’t care less about that stuff,” Thibs said.

Well, maybe Thibodeau did not have much to say about the issue, but Rose stuck up for his coach after the game.

“This don’t have anything to do with Thibs at all,” Rose said. “The way that we’ve been playing don’t have anything to do with Thibs. He’s preparing us right. He’s doing everything and did everything possible to prepare us as a coach. It is up to the players to give that effort.”

Even Spurs head coach Greg Popovich had to answer questions about Thibodeau.

“He’s not gonna lose any team,” Popovich said before the game. “I think you guys just have to have stories. So somebody loses a few games, there’s got to be a reason. I guess that’s the one that was picked. Sometimes players listen to me. Timmy stopped listening to me a long time ago. I don’t even coach him. You guys think I’m kidding. He just plays. I talk to him once in a while, but sometimes some guys don’t want to hear it”

Popovich clearly did not want to talk about problems in Chicago when he has his own team to deal with and a NBA Title to defend this season. Kawhi Leonard led the Spurs with 16 points but was held scoreless in the second half. Leonard also had the tough task of guarding a focused Derrick Rose and struggled to keep up with the former MVP who would score 14 of his 22 points in the paint.

Jimmy Butler also had a nice bounce back game after a two week slump, scoring 17 points and Pau Gasol— who was named a starter on the Eastern Conference All Star Team added 12 points and 16 rebounds. The Bulls will travel to Dallas to take on the Mavericks Friday night.

Post Game Audio below.

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Duke’s Cameron Indoor Stadium

I took advantage of some frequent flyer miles and a break in my schedule to head east to North Carolina and visit some hallowed hoops ground down on Tobacco Road.

The UNC Tar Heels and Duke Blue Devils had back-to-back home basketball games against Virginia Tech and Pittsburgh, respectively. Over the years, I’ve seen countless games on television played at each venue, but I didn’t quite know what to expect being there in person. My feeling was that Cameron Indoor Stadium was small and the fans, the “Cameron Crazies” are just that, and that the Tar Heels have a pretty good basketball heritage.

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Banners in the rafters at the Dean Smith Center

In Chapel Hill, my most indelible moment came the minute I entered the arena and was struck by the dozens of banners hanging in its rafters, celebrating the school’s numerous national titles (five) and the incredible number of great players that starred there. Outside of perhaps UCLA and Kentucky, I don’t know of another program that can come close to matching UNC’s success on the hardwood. The Dean Dome is large, and more of a typical NBA arena, but you can see and feel the history from the banners in the rafters.  Despite its size (21,750 capacity) it maintains the atmosphere of a college venue and the student section is rowdy, providing a definitive home court advantage. Everywhere you look you see Carolina Blue, from the seats to the players’ uniforms.

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Duke students erect tents to camp out for tickets to the upcoming Carolina game.

At Duke, one of the neat things I encountered happened as I walked from the parking lot to Cameron, and passed through “Krzyzewski-ville,” where the undergraduate students were already camped out for tickets for the highly anticipated game against rival North Carolina. That game doesn’t take place until February 18!!!

Once inside, I sat courtside opposite the visitors’ bench. The students certainly make their presence known. The heckling of the opponent begins during warmups. The cheering goes non-stop the entire game too, which the Blue Devils won, 79-65, giving coach Mike Krzyzewski his 999th victory.

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Sitting close to the action at Cameron Indoor Stadium

I was little surprised to see how the student seating worked. There are literally no actual seats.  It was basically a metal standing area that fills up some ninety minutes before tipoff.  They were literally breathing down my neck, positioned no more than a foot behind me. Their constant screams had my ears ringing.

Now that I’ve experienced both places, I can say firsthand that it’s a pilgrimage any college hoops fan would relish.

Tagged: UNC and Duke Basketball

Russell Wilson talks about the NFC Championship win

Russell Wilson talks about the NFC Championship win

with Dave Rusch and Steve Leventhal

….Steve can only sit by helplessly as Packer Dave uses the radio show to crawl out of that deep dark pit of despair, by ranting and raving, following the Packer loss to Seattle in the NFC Championship game.  Not withstanding the fact that every other radio, television, and newspaper scribe has already weighed in on this subject.  It’s the catharsis that Dave needs to head into the other Packer season – waiting for next year.

Hear interviews from the winners, Russell Wilson, Pete Carroll, Tom Brady, and Bill Belichick.  Hear from the losers, Mike McCarthy, Aaron Rogers, and Andrew Luck.

Plus, don’t miss cameos from Jeff Foxworthy, Bob Costas, and Len Dawson.


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Join us on the Weekend Sports Report for a preview of the NFC and AFC Championships of 2015 with guest Fred Wallin from Sports Byline USA. We will also discuss the newest coaching hires in the NFL, and Ohio State’s surprising win over Oregon in the College Football Championship game.

Hear interviews with Clay Matthews, Randall Cobb, Pete Carroll, Tom Brady, Pats WR Julian Edelman, and Indy coach Chuck Pagano.

Plus, catch a cameo from Brent Musberger.