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Paul M. Banks

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Paul M. Banks is a RedEye special contributor.

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  • Rating every Big Ten team's chances of making a bowl game in 2016

    Rating every Big Ten team's chances of making a bowl game in 2016

    The Big Ten, like college football at large, is a world of haves and have-nots. Distinct tiers exist within the conference, and the bowl system complements this stratification. Some might call that system overgrown. Regardless, it's the only one that exists right now, and teams often measure success...

  • #YourMottoHere: What's in a college football team's slogan?

    #YourMottoHere: What's in a college football team's slogan?

    "Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can't Lose!" is one of the greatest motivational mantras ever. Unfortunately, it belongs to a fictional team on "Friday Night Lights," a TV series that went off the air in 2011. However, the saying conveys how seriously football teams take sloganeering. While some slogans...

  • Chicago's lucky the Olympics ended up in Rio

    Chicago's lucky the Olympics ended up in Rio

    "Blame it on Rio" will be a popular headline/hashtag this month. No, Hollywood isn't rebooting the 1984 Michael Caine-Demi Moore rom-com, as it has done with seemingly every '80s film these days. Rather, it's the reality of Rio de Janeiro, awarded this Summer Olympiad over Chicago and two other...

  • Quad goals: U.S. women's soccer can almost taste 4th straight Olympic gold

    Quad goals: U.S. women's soccer can almost taste 4th straight Olympic gold

    Rio de Janeiro has likely surpassed the 2014 Sochi Olympics in regards to negative publicity. As the 2016 Olympics begin, the host city grapples with a litany of issues that transcend sport.  There are public health concerns including the Zika virus, antibiotic-resistant superbugs and contaminated...

  • Sorry, Bears fans, Peanut likes playing with Cam Newton too much to come back

    Sorry, Bears fans, Peanut likes playing with Cam Newton too much to come back

    Charles Tillman played 12 seasons with the Bears, but he didn't have an NFL MVP as a teammate until his 13th. "Peanut," as Bears fans affectionately call him, spent last season with the 17-win Carolina Panthers and practiced daily against quarterback Cam Newton, who had one of the more dominant...

  • 8 Copa America teams and their Chicago sports doppelgangers

    8 Copa America teams and their Chicago sports doppelgangers

    "This is no friendly," Kobe Bryant says in a promo for the Copa America. He speaks the truth, as the soccer tournament essentially is the championship of the Western Hemisphere. This is a special edition of the event, as it marks both its centennial and the first time it will be held outside South...

  • RedEye contributor recalls scene of Manchester soccer match bomb scare

    RedEye contributor recalls scene of Manchester soccer match bomb scare

    The greatest service Twitter can provide is confirming for your loved ones that you are alive and well. Thus I made sure, once I safely exited Old Trafford on Sunday, to let everyone know I was all right. Then I shifted to journalist mode, tweeting photos of the exodus from Manchester United's...

  • With Lovie Smith, Illinois has that 'Wow, it's really him' factor going for it

    With Lovie Smith, Illinois has that 'Wow, it's really him' factor going for it

    As Illinois football coach Lovie Smith sells his new program to potential new players, the pitch will contain a distinct NFL theme.  Smith has been out of the college game for 21 years, so he's spotlighting what he knows best. “The first step is to get people to take notice and to come and look...

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