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Huff’s Hoops: “The Last Dance” highlights change in NBA rivalries

Huff's Hoops:

Jarrett Huff, Sports Editor

April 28, 2020

Episodes three and four of ESPN 30 for 30’s “The Last Dance” aired Sunday, giving us arguably some of the best two hours in the documentary series’ history. From Ron Harper’s criticism of Cleveland Cavaliers Head Coach Lenny Wilkens decision to have Craig Ehlo guard Michael Jordan on “T...

Huff’s Hoops: Jerry Krause destroyed the Bulls, not Michael Jordan

Huff's Hoops: Jerry Krause destroyed the Bulls, not Michael Jordan

Jarrett Huff, Sports Editor

April 21, 2020

"The Last Dance," a long-awaited ESPN 30 for 30 documentary, premiered Sunday with its first two of 10 episodes, and it became clear from the jump that deceased Chicago Bulls general manager Jerry Krause was designated the antagonist. Krause, who died in 2017, is obviously unable to defend himself...

In honor of Black History Month: Five important black athletes and coaches in NIU’s history

Jemea Green, Columnist

February 27, 2020

DeKALB — In honor of Black History Month, here are a few black NIU athletes who have played a significant role in paving the way for past, present and future Huskies. Elzie Cooper: 1933-1936 football, basketball and baseball player Elzie Cooper was the first black athlete to play at NIU. He played full...

Why the NFL needs to change its playoff format

San Francisco 49ers running back Raheem Mostert (31) is congratulated by wide receiver Kendrick Bourne (84) after scoring against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019.

Matt Boecker

December 20, 2019

DeKALB — The NFL’s current playoff format does a disservice to the best teams from each conference, and it’s time for the league to change the rules. The current playoff formatThe four division winners and the two teams with the best record from each conference who didn’t win their division qualify for the playoffs. The ...

Huskies impress with rotations in offensive line, Bowers Childers ‘two-headed moster’

Mike Knapp

November 14, 2019

TOLEDO, Ohio — This season has certainly been a test of character for the Huskies.Between close losses and key injuries, it seems like NIU has been scratching and clawing for everything it has gotten all season long.In a must-win game Tuesday night against the University of Toledo at the Glass Bowl, th...

Ashley Tutt and the cross country team carry the torch for NIU athletics this season

James Krause

November 6, 2019

DeKALB — While some teams in NIU Athletics have struggled to find consistency, the cross country team has emerged as the strongest team of this fall season.The Huskies finished two-points shy of tying Eastern Michigan University for the Mid-American Conference championship over the weekend.Even in de...

Fatty’s to host NIU versus Central Michigan watch party

The Huskies run onto the field Oct. 5 at Huskie Stadium before a game against Ball State University.

Northern Star Staff

November 1, 2019

DeKALB – Fatty’s Pub, 1312 W. Lincoln Highway, will host a football watch party 11 a.m. Saturday for the NIU versus Central Michigan University game.The Huskies stand at 3–5 this season. NIU is coming off a Homecoming game victory where the Huskies dominate University of Akron, 49–0.With a strong ...

Northern Star Staff previews the Chicago Bulls 2019-20 season


Northern Star Sports Staff

October 23, 2019

DeKALB – The Chicago Bulls will focus on taking care of each other this season — at least that’s what Head Coach Jim Boylan said during Tuesday’s news conference. This shouldn’t be a surprise, as the Bulls will need every single player on the roster to perform at their best. The Eastern Conferenc...

Teams should not ignore extra baggage athletes carry no matter skill level

Matt Boecker

October 15, 2019

DeKALB — There are plenty of die-hard sports fans who will cheer on their team through thick and thin. However, the bonds that fans have with their teams are being tested as we learn more about athletes and their personal lives.With the continued emergence of the internet and technology, we know more ...

Huskies find their groove in conference win

Mike Knapp

October 13, 2019

DeKALB — All season long, the Huskies have been looking for more consistency on offense.It finally showed up in the second half against Ohio University, as the Huskies hung 29 points on the scoreboard in the final two quarters.The final three were the most important, as a field goal 37-yards out by...

More rain than shine in the third quarter for Huskies

Mike Knapp

October 6, 2019

DeKALB — The start of conference play is always a great opportunity for struggling teams to clear the slate and begin again.Returning to Huskie Stadium for the first time since Aug. 31 and opening Mid-American Conference play against Ball State gave the Huskies a chance to hit the refresh button on...