One nation under blog

One nation under blog

Coaches, AD might have to go

What is worse, an athletic director who is unaware of things happening on his watch or one who allows them to occur?

Allegations made by former University of Illinois football player Simon Cvijanovic and former women's basketball players have rocked the university and made life unpleasant for AD Mike Thomas.

Decatur: Hockeyville USA

Danville has had a passion for junior hockey throughout the years, but it appears Decatur's bond is just as strong.

When it comes to Tiger, there is no debate

Tiger Woods will not win the Masters this weekend. In fact, he hasn't won a major since 2008. And he hasn't slipped on a green jacket at Augusta National since 2005.

His victory in 2008 at Torrey Pines, where he played basically using one leg and defeated Rocco Mediate in a 19-hole playoff, is the greatest U.S. Open to date. 

The real Madness is about money

While you are pondering matchups involving 15 seeds and 2 seeds, here are a few more mind-boggling numbers before the greatest weekend for college basketball fans.

Forbes recently released its rankings of the most valuable college basketball teams, and it's apparent they were done before Alabama dismantled Illinois on Tuesday night in their NIT opener.

N(ow) I(s) T(ime) for Illinois-Illinois State

Barring a miracle, Illinois' men's basketball season will end in the NIT. The Illini, who stumbled in crucial games against Purdue and Michigan, will hear their name called ... when the "NIT Selection Show" reveals the 32-team bracket at 7:30 p.m. Sunday on ESPNU.

Bears traded the wrong guy

In the words of former Bears receiver Brandon Marshall, "That's unacceptable."

Chicago traded its standout receiver -- a five-time Pro Bowler -- to the New York Jets on Friday for a mid-round draft pick.

After a 5-11 season, the Bears are looking to chart a new course, but maybe new general manager Ryan Pace and coach John Fox should have sent quarterback Jay Cutler packing.

After 35 years, we still believe in miracles

They are the reason fans chant "USA! USA!" at sporting events.

They are the reason fans proudly wave American flags at the Olympics.

They are the reason, after 35 years, that we still believe in miracles.

They, of course, are the members of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team.

God isn't a Bears fan, but maybe Jesus is

A few days after the NFC Championship Game, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was asked whether God roots for one team over another. Rodgers said he didn't think God plays favorites when it comes to determining outcomes of games.

Talk about a deflating loss

The New England Patriots, who have been known to stretch (or even break) the rules, apparently underinflated 11 of 12 footballs that were used during the AFC Championship Game, according to an ESPN report.

There is crying in basketball (and football)

It's OK to cry when you lose -- or when you win (as Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson did after his team's miraculous comeback in the NFC Championship Game against the Green Bay Packers).

Emotions are part of sports, and they have been even before "Wide World of Sports" host Jim McKay uttered his famous phrase, "The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat."