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Bruner’s Beat: Why Dak Prescott is Getting Too Much Heat

by Evan Bruner Once again, The Dallas Cowboys found themselves on the losing end of a playoff game, falling to the red-hot 49ers, 19-12. The closely contested game was a stalemate for the first three quarters before the 49ers took control and sent Dallas packing for the second year in ...

Bruner’s Beat: What to Make of Brock Purdy’s Success

by Evan Bruner There are many reasons people are drawn to sports. The action, the complexity, the teamwork. Few activities can match the excitement of a sporting event. Sports don’t just make for great games, they make for great stories — ones that can be told for decades. For every ...

Bruner’s Beat: Kliff Kingsbury and the Failure of College Coaches in the NFL

by Evan Bruner The Arizona Cardinals officially moved on from head coach Kliff Kingsbury on Monday after a disappointing 4-13 season. To many, Kingsbury’s firing seemed inevitable. He was a controversial hire from the start. His uninspiring 35-40 record as head coach at Texas Tech did little to ease skeptics ...

Bruner’s Beat: Is J.J. McCarthy Really the Answer for Michigan?

by Evan Bruner 2022 went out in style, thanks to two thoroughly entertaining playoff games. The contests, which featured TCU taking down Big Ten Champion Michigan and top-ranked Georgia clawing out a victory against Ohio State, were decided by one score and came down to the final seconds. For college ...

Cardinals Take Home Second National Championship

by Evan Bruner The North Central College Cardinals won their second Stagg Bowl in the last three seasons, taking down bitter rival Mount Union 28-21 to cap off the program’s first-ever perfect season. The Cardinals delivered the first punch, putting together a six-play, 78-yard scoring drive on the opening possession. ...

2022 Stagg Bowl Preview

by Evan Bruner The NCC football team is in Annapolis, Maryland, today to take on a familiar foe in the Mount Union Raiders. This meeting will mark the third consecutive postseason where the two schools have faced off, with North Central coming out on top in both. Most recently, winning ...

Bruner’s Beat: Bears Drop Their Sixth Straight

The Chicago Bears’ skid continued in Week 13, as they fell to Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers by a score of 28-19. The loss marks the Bears’ sixth straight and their eighth consecutive against their rival. Additionally, the defeat, combined with the Detroit Lions’ win, puts Chicago in ...

Bruner’s Beat: The Bears Drop Their Third Straight

by Evan Bruner The Chicago Bears dropped their third straight game Sunday, falling to the Detroit Lions 31-30. The team’s struggles from the past month persisted, as the offense’s solid play was overshadowed by the defense’s inability to make a stop. With the recent trades of Roquan Smith and Robert ...

Ian Happ Wins His First Gold Glove Award

by Andy Jachim After an up-and-down 2022 season, Ian Happ brings home some hardware to the Northside of Chicago. While it isn’t what most Cubs fans would prefer, a Gold Glove trophy is still nothing to frown at. Ian is the first Cub to win a Gold Glove since Javier ...

Bruner’s Beat: Breaking Down the Chase Claypool Trade

by Evan Bruner   The Chicago Bears finished off the trade deadline with another splash move, acquiring wide receiver Chase Claypool from the Pittsburgh Steelers for a 2023 second-round pick. Claypool, a second-round selection in the 2020 draft, has 32 catches for 311 yards and a touchdown on the year ...

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