From the Upper Deck

Sundays from 6 to 8PM

A weekly roundup of all sports hosted by Sam Fretto, Sam Corbett, and members of the WONC Sports Department, From the Upper Deck focuses on North Central College athletics, as well as Chicagoland teams and national news. Fantasy sports match-ups, minor league baseball coverage, and random trivia break up the in-depth analysis on the official home for Cardinal Athletics. Check out WONC Sports on Twitter!

About the Hosts

Sam Fretto

Sam has been around sports for much of his life. He originally started playing baseball at 5 years old and stopped in high school. Although Sam doesn’t play anymore, he still has a passion for baseball, football, and basketball. He fills his passion broadcasting NCC Sports.

Despite living in NYC for nearly 8 years, he’s a diehard Chicago sports fan. He’s been a White Sox, Bears, and Bulls fan since birth.

Sam Corbett

Sam has been playing baseball since he was 2 years old. Other sports came and went, but he ended up saying goodbye to all of them except for baseball to broadcast his high school football team. He’s known for a long time that sports broadcasting is his dream job, and he’s not aiming to be the next Vin Scully or Joe Buck. He wants to be the first Sam Corbett.

Sam is currently a pitcher for the NCC baseball team. Despite being raised on the north side, he proudly roots for the St. Louis Cardinals. And possibly an even bigger sin, he’s a New England Patriots fan.

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Bruner's Beat

Bruner’s Beat: The Absurdity of Playoff Jimmy Butler and The Miami Heat

by Evan Bruner Everyone loves a good underdog story. No matter what sport, fans gravitate toward the little guy, the one that everyone else has counted out. Unfortunately for basketball fans, the NBA’s lack of parity in recent years has led to many highly predictable champions. However, Jimmy Butler and the ...


Predicting The 2023 NFL Draft’s 1st-Round Picks

By: Sam Fretto The NFL Draft is a few hours away and for just about every NFL fan it is like Christmas Day. The draft can leave fans excited for their future, devastated, or ready to get the NFL season going. The Carolina Panthers traded a king’s ransom to the ...


Predicting The Bears’ 2023 Draft

By: Andy Jachim Just like that, it’s draft day. The day I have been waiting on for months. This is a major opportunity for Ryan Poles to turn the state of this Bears team around and set them up for long-term success. Having the capital he does in this draft, ...

Bruner's Beat

Bruner’s Beat: The Case for Anthony Richardson

by Evan Bruner The 2023 NFL Draft is just a few days away, and Alabama’s Bryce Young quarterback going first overall is close to a guarantee. This move, in many ways, makes sense. Young was a highly productive college player who played in a pro-style offense with the Crimson Tide. He’s ...

Bruner's Beat

Bruner’s Beat: The Bryce Young Discussion

The 2023 NFL Draft is less than a week away, and according to most sports books and NFL insiders, former Alabama quarterback Bryce Young is a shoo-in for the No. 1 overall pick held by the Carolina Panthers. As a result, the question has shifted from who the Panthers will ...


Previewing The 2023 Chicago Cubs

By: Andy Jachim With opening day in the rearview, a new season of Cubs baseball is officially underway on the north side of Chicago. Despite just playing one game, there’s a lot to like about this 2023 group, however, there a still a fair amount of question marks that are ...

Bruner's Beat

Bruner’s Beat: Why Caitlin Clark is the NCAA’s Most Valuable Asset

by Evan Bruner Ever since the NCAA’s founding in the early 20th century, men’s athletics have been at the forefront of collegiate sports. Even with the implementation of Title IX and increasing pressure on media outlets to give more coverage to female athletes, women’s sports have continued to lag behind the ...


Previewing The 2023 Chicago White Sox

By: Sam Fretto Spring training is wrapping up and the regular season is right around the corner. Baseball is back! For some this is a breath of fresh air as their team is a World Series contender, such as the New York Mets, or they’re a young squad with unlimited ...


Reviewing The Bears’ FA Moves

By: Devin Braden The Chicago Bears have been among the most active teams so far during the 2023 NFL offseason. It appears that Ryan Poles understood the magnitude of this offseason in reference to the future of the franchise. Poles finally fixed the disaster that he was handed by the ...


Bruner’s Beat: NCAA Tournament First Round Recap

by Evan Bruner Few sporting events can match the intrigue and excitement of the men’s NCAA basketball tournament. The unpredictability and intensity make for one of the most entertaining spectacles in all of sports. 2023 has been no different thus far, as several high seeds have already made premature exits. ...

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