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Northern Star wins awards at ICPA convention

By Northern Star Staff | February 19, 2012

The Northern Star took home 16 individual awards and an honorable mention in general excellence Sunday at the Illinois College Press Association convention.Several current and former staff members won individual awards for their contributions to the paper....

NIU men’s, women’s basketball get some love on Valentine’s Day

By Jimmy Johnson | February 13, 2012

Since it's Valentine's Day, it's time to show some love to NIU athletics.Specifically, I'll be shedding some affection for the Huskies' basketball teams.Here's some love for NIU hoops... 1) Kathi Bennett/Amanda Corral/Claire Jakubicek Mad props to Bennett,...

The Rant – Enjoy your retirement, Ricky Williams

By Jimmy Johnson | February 7, 2012

A friend of mine once called Ricky Williams "The Greatest Player in Sports Entertainment."Well football friends the Williams' show has come to an end.The once beard coated faced running back announced his retirement Tuesday from the NFL.And this time,...

The Rant- Goodell’s good move would be to squash the Pro Bowl

By Jimmy Johnson | February 6, 2012

Roger Goodell frequently strikes out with NFL players and fans.Often, the NFL's commissioner is the subject of displeased Tweets or comments from players questioning his judgement, and boos from spectators in the stands.But, it sounds like good ol' Roger...

No reason to complain about Super Bowl match-up

By Jimmy Johnson | January 23, 2012

Super Dud seems to be the title many are labeling this year's big game.Oh, no. The Patriots are playing the Giants, again.A rematch of one of the best finishes in Super Bowl history.Tom Brady versus Eli Manning; count me out, many of you have spewed.Wah,...

Winning in the MAC has its consequences

By Jimmy Johnson | January 19, 2012

Success has its consequences.This is even more true for a college football team like NIU.While the Huskies were cruising along toward their successful season, other top-level programs took notice.It's like big brother with these major conferences: They're...

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Harnish named MAC MVP

By Jimmy Johnson | December 1, 2011

While he's received numerous awards, winning the MAC Vern Smith Award might be Chandler Harnish's most prestigious individual honor in his college career. Harnish was named MAC Player of the Year Tuesday, and the four-year starter is only the second quarterback...

MAC title wait could be over for NIU

By Jimmy Johnson | November 30, 2011

Good things come to those who wait.If we're going by that assertion, NIU has been waiting 28 years for a MAC Championship; 28 years that all share the same result: coming up short.Teams, players and coaches have gone off to other pastures from NIU, whether...

Penn State made the right decision

By Jimmy Johnson | November 10, 2011

Wednesday night, about a quarter after 9 o'clock, I checked and saw the headline that instantly sent a wave of astonishment over me: Joe Paterno's Coaching Career Is Over.These are words that many college football fans thought would never...

Keeping up with a NBA dud and a Kardashian wacko

By Jimmy Johnson | November 2, 2011

It's bad enough that Kris Humphries is an NBA bum slayer.But now, he's the one who has been slayed, but not by fellow bum-ballers like Aaron Gray, Timofey Mozgov or Shelden Williams.Instead, Humphries has been vanquished by the voluptuous, and also bat...

Facebook: NIU basketball

By Brian Thomas and Jimmy Johnson | October 24, 2011

Brian Thomas: The basketball madness is back. In roughly two weeks, seasons will tip off for NIU men's and women's hoops. Some may think it is early to start talking about basketball, but we have been dying to talk about it.Jimmy Johnson: No doubt, Brian....

It’s time to pay Forte, Jerry Angelo

By Jimmy Johnson | October 24, 2011

As a college student, I can't say that I balance my budget very well.Often, I throw cash at things I don't need, so I don't tell other people how to spend their money.But then there's Jerry Angelo, the Chicago Bears' general manager. Good ol' Jerbear...