From the Upper Deck

Sundays from 6 to 8PM

(returning in August)

A weekly roundup of all sports hosted by Sam Fretto 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 Host

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.

The Cardinal Podcast


The Fighting Illini Fastbreak: Transfer Portal and Recruiting Update

by Drew Hackler   It’s no secret to anyone following men’s college basketball that the transfer portal has almost completely washed away any sense of loyalty left in the sport. For the majority of the top teams competing at the high major D1 level, the transfer portal has become the ...


Recapping the Madness of March: My Personal Experience

by Devin Braden March Madness isn’t just an annual basketball tournament, but a cultural phenomenon. As far as I can tell, there aren’t many other sporting events where people fill out more brackets than they can keep track of and watch four straight days of basketball action over the opening ...


Top 5 Quarterbacks in the 2024 NFL Draft

by Jake Lynch Quarterback is one of the most important positions across all sports. There are only a couple of quarterbacks in the NFL that can take over a team and win right away. Patrick Mahomes had a terrible wide receiver group all year with drops and fumbles at crucial ...

Bruner's Beat

Bruner’s Beat: Can the Caitlin Clark Effect Permeate the WNBA?

by Evan Bruner   What is there to say about Caitlin Clark that hasn’t already been stated one thousand times over? She’s approaching a point where merely calling her a star is an understatement. She’s a supernova, her own entity, and a trailblazer who’s helped change how women’s athletics is covered. ...

Sam Fretto

A Wish List for EA College Football 25

by Sam Fretto After an 11 year wait, we’re finally getting another college football video game from EA. With the last installment being NCAA Football 14, released July 9th, 2013, fans of sports video games have grown a love for the game and have been hoping for a revival of ...

Jayden Lawrence

Bulls vs Hawks Recap

by Jayden Lawrence   The Atlanta Hawks secured a hard-fought victory over the Bulls in Chicago on Monday, and I was there to see it. Despite the absence of star player Trae Young, the Hawks have won 5 of their last 6 games, including back-to-back wins against the Celtics, and ...


Imanaga Dominates in MLB Debut

by Dylan Gantz The Cubs faced the Rockies on Monday in what was the much-anticipated Major League debut of Shōta Imanaga, the Japanese star who signed a 4-year, $53 million deal with the Cubs. The first home game of the year ended up being a fun matchup in which we ...

Andy Jachim

Bears Mock Draft 1.0

by Andy Jachim Following a hectic week of free agency and trades across the NFL, it’s time to settle in and fully prepare for the draft. This full-steam-ahead mentality excites every single fanbase. Regardless of the current situation their franchise might be in, it’s hard not to get excited about ...

Hayden Krzyzanowski

Chicago Red Stars: What to Know Before the Season Starts

by Hayden Krzyzanowski A team that doesn’t get the recognition it deserves, The Chicago Red Stars, have restructured their entire front office which has led to major changes on the field. This renaissance of the Red Stars has been a wonderful thing to see in Bridgeview. A slow close to ...

Sam Corbett

A Season of Change for Cardinal Baseball

by Sam Corbett   Back on May 12th, Jack Oberli swung right over the top of a fastball from Illinois Wesleyan’s Luke Costello. In an instant, North Central was eliminated from the conference tournament, ending their season. A 7-5 loss to the Titans was the program’s second loss of the ...

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