Tuesday, January 1, 2013
The roster includes Winkel, Santacaterina and more. These and other athletes from Chicago suburbs and Patch towns are on some of the best teams in college football this season.
The BCS bowl season has begun, but two area schools had to wait until the new year to play in some of the most prestigious bowl games—and their rosters feature lots of area talent from Chicago suburbs and Patch towns. Notre Dame, the No. 1 team in the country, plays Alabama in the BCS National Championship game Jan. 7. And No. 15 Northern Illinois, a surprise BCS team, was at the Orange Bowl to play No. 12 Florida State on New Year's Day. A number of athletes from Patch towns are on the rosters of these teams, as well as others who played in bowl games over the past few weeks. Many are underclassmen probably yet to see game action, but their names are among some of the most powerful rosters in college football. If we've missed out on any …
Friday, November 30, 2012
Northern Illinois University beats Kent State in 2 OTs at Ford Field and Randy Hultgren wins Boogie Board from Tim Ryan.
Friday, November 30, 2012
Congressman Randy Hultgren (IL-14) won a friendly wager he initiated with Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH-17) on last Friday’s Mid-American Conference Championship game at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. Hultgren represents No. 21 ranked Northern Illinois University (NIU) in DeKalb, Ill., and Ryan represents No. 17 ranked Kent State in Kent, Ohio. The NIU Huskies defeated the Kent State Flash at Ford Field in Detroit, MI, in two OTs Friday. The congressman representing the losing team will present the Congressman representing the winning team with treats from his district. Hultgren has offered up a holiday basket from Graham’s Chocolate in Geneva. “I look forward to sampling the gift basket of gourmet goods from Kent’s local bakeries and the …
Monday, November 26, 2012
Schiller's uncle, Charles Siebert, writes about "The Hard Life of an N.F.L. Long Shot."
In case you missed it, yes, that guy on the cover of the Nov. 21 New York Times magazine is none other than Geneva's very own Patrick Schiller. The cover story, titled "The Burden of Dreams—Hanging on to the fragile hope of an NFL career," was written by Schiller's uncle, author and NYT contributing writer Charles Siebert, and it's a wonderfully told tale of The Hard Life of an N.F.L. Long Shot. We all know Schiller's story, from Geneva Viking to Northern Illinois University standout linebacker, to his selection by the Atlanta Falcons in the NFL draft. But we don't know about the struggle to get there and the sacrifices and tough times his family went through. This story is nothing short of excellent. It's 13 pages of online reading, …
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Really nice articles by Rick Armstrong and Matt Trowbridge as well as some other kudos for the NIU linebacker who's got an All-Star invite and a shot at the pros. He's also training in Batavia.
NIU lineback Pat Schiller of Geneva is going to start training for the pros by doing some yoga and pilates at Pro Force in Batavia. That is, after he plays in the 2012 Astroturf NFLPA Collegiate Bowl on Jan. 21 at the Home Depot Center in Los Angeles. Rick Armstrong of The Beacon-News has a great story on the former Geneva Viking, who was NIU's last scholarship pick in 2007. During his senior year, Schiller had 115 tackles for NIU's Huskies—the 11-win team that won the Mid-American Conference title and beat Arkansas State in the GoDaddy.com Bowl. Matt Trowbridge of the Rockford Register Star has an equally great article on Schiller. I knew Schiller had been an underdog, but I had no idea just how far under until I read that story. Former …