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My NBA nightmare is coming true

By Jimmy Johnson | October 21, 2011

That dark, unsettling feeling is starting to creep up on me.It appears NBA labor talks have been stonewalled for now.Three days of NBA owners and players conversing resulted in nothing more than fans getting blue-balled into the belief that progress was...

Konerko as Sox Skipper? No way.

By Jimmy Johnson | October 11, 2011

Paul Konerko is an almost guarantee to be a consistent year-in and year-out player for the Chicago White Sox.Despite his concrete feet and inability to run normally, he's the last of any worries for Sox fans with his reliable bat and glove.But what about...

Pick up your ticket, head to Huskie Stadium

By Jimmy Johnson | October 9, 2011

Homecoming.Ah, what is there to say about this upcoming weekend of limitless fun?Loads and loads of festivities.NIU students, past and present, downing charred food, all while washing it down with their beloved drink of choice.Well, NIU. Call me selfish,...

Epstein should be Cubs next GM

By Jimmy Johnson | October 3, 2011

Theo Epstein is considered Beantown's golden child.The Boston Red Sox's general manager helped architect two World Series Champion teams in 2004 and 2007.But now, Epstein's tenure with the Red Sox may be over.Who is his next employer that is lathered...

FILE - This Aug. 9, 2011 file photo shows Chicago White Sox
manager Ozzie Guillen watching during the ninth inning of a
baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, in Baltimore.
Guillens website said hes joining the Florida Marlins, but the
post was soon taken down. The post quoted Guillen as saying he was
thrilled to join the Marlins and couldnt wait to get started. The
post went up Monday night, Sept. 26, 2011, then was removed a short
time later and replaced by a blog that discussed Guillens
departure from the Chicago White Sox while making no mention of the
Marlins. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Ozzie shouldn’t be only one to lose job.

By Jimmy Johnson | September 27, 2011

Ozzie Guillen’s tenure as the Chicago White Sox manager is over.On Monday, the heavily outspoken human firecracker was cleared of his contract by the Sox and reportedly signed on to manage the Florida (soon to be Miami) Marlins.But should the axe only...

Playing Cal Poly could help propel NIU forward

By Jimmy Johnson | September 21, 2011

This could be exactly what the doctor ordered for NIU football.Well, not exactly the doctor, but perhaps the timing of the Huskies' schedule.The past two weeks have been disappointing for NIU. The Huskies suffered a down-to-the-wire loss to Kansas, which...

Badgers thrash Huskies 49-7

By Jimmy Johnson | September 17, 2011

Wisconsin vs. NIU ended up not being a Showdown. In fact, the Soldier Field Showdown II turned out to be a one-sided throbbing by the Badgers, as they trumped the Huskies, 49-7. Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema applauded his team for composing themselves...

NIU will need to make it rain versus Wisconsin

By Jimmy Johnson | September 15, 2011

Upsetting Purdue two years ago was nice.Pounding Minnesota at its stomping grounds had its sentimental value.But Saturday for NIU football offers a potentially even more special Big Ten upset of an opponent in Wisconsin.Unlike The Boilermakers and Gophers,...

Women’s golf places fourth at Green Bay Invite

By Jimmy Johnson | September 14, 2011

NIU women's golf opened its season by placing fourth in the two-day Green Bay Invitational."I think for the first tournament of the year, considering the conditions of today and yesterday, we had a couple 70 scores and low 80s for the rest of the tournament,"...

Fitzpatrick has a cannon of a brain

By Jimmy Johnson | September 14, 2011

Jimmy JohnsonSports Editor Peyton Manning's neck injuries might turn out to be a blessing in disguise for some fantasy football owners.At least for myself.Unfortunately, I was dim-witted enough to miss my fantasy draft a week ago.And knowing my luck,...

The Rant

By Jimmy Johnson | September 12, 2011

The New York Times.

"All the news that's fit to print."

A bold pronouncement announces to the world, ‘we give you the stories that matter.'

The Mecca of newspapers, specifically Lee Jenkins, highlighted NIU and MAC football.

Eloquently written and filled with clever writing, Mr. Jenkins used ruggedly romantic prose.

Touchdown to you Mr. Jenkins. You correctly labeled NIU as a March Madness-esque No. 12 seed.

FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2011 file photo, Atlanta Falcons
quarterback Matt Ryan (2) gets tackled by Chicago Bears defenders
Julius Peppers (90) and Henry Melton (69) just as he released the
ball during an NFL football game in Chicago. The Bears won 30-12.
The Bears couldnt have asked for much more from their defense
after a convincing victory in their season-opener. (AP
Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

Will Bears make you happy or let you down?

By Jimmy Johnson | September 12, 2011

One game into theNFL season and fans are already jumping for joy about the <a href="" target="_blank">ChicagoBears.The Bears werenearly perfect in three phases against the <a href=""...