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.

The Cardinal Podcast

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Bruner's Beat

Bruner’s Beat: Justin Fields and the State of Chicago Bears Football

by Evan Bruner   No matter what your expectations were for the Chicago Bears in 2023, it’s hard to imagine the season getting off to a worse start. The team has been a disaster on all fronts. The offense is predictable and stagnant, and the defense looks sloppy and ineffective.  ...

Bruner's Beat

Bruner’s Beat: What is Jordan Love?

by Evan Bruner   The Jordan Love era is officially underway in Green Bay. After sitting behind Aaron Rodgers for three years, Love has finally been given the reins to the Packers offense and will be the full-time starter in 2023. Although Love is a fourth-year player, he has the mystery of ...


White Sox Blow It Again, Promote Getz to GM

by Sam Fretto Just nine days after the dismissal of President Ken Williams and General Manager Rick Hahn, the White Sox have found their new Senior Vice President and GM with a former Chicago White Sox player in Chris Getz. Getz played 117 games over two seasons with the White, ...

Bruner's Beat

Bruner’s Beat: Can Lionel Messi Change How America Views Soccer?

by Evan Bruner It’s barely been a month since Lionel Messi’s MLS debut, but in his limited time playing on American soil, he’s managed to do more for soccer than most American players do in a lifetime. Since joining Inter Miami, Messi has led what was statistically the worst club in ...


The End of an Error: The White Sox Fire Ken Williams and Rick Hahn

pic.twitter.com/l6EBrb7j3g — Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) August 22, 2023 “The Chicago White Sox announced that Ken Williams, executive vice president, and Rick Hahn, senior vice president/general manager, have been relieved of their responsibilities, effective immediately.” There it is, finally. There’s been a flurry of White Sox news the last couple ...

Bruner's Beat

Bruner’s Beat: Jonathan Taylor, Saquon Barkley, and the Running Back Position in 2023

by Evan Bruner Football is an ever-evolving sport. Since its inception in the 19th century, the game has undergone countless transformations that took it from a soccer spin-off to a multi-billion-dollar enterprise. For any sport that’s been around for over a century, paradigm shifts are inevitable. The more a game is ...


What to Expect from the White Sox at the Trade Deadline

by Sam Fretto Back in 2016, the White Sox tore down the team and promised fans multiple playoff runs, World Series Championships, and a decade of success starting in 2020. Fast forward to 2023 and that has yet to happen. The Sox finished 2022 81-81 and missed the playoffs, and, ...


How the Cubs Should Approach the 2023 Trade Deadline

by Andy Jachim Through almost 100 games, the Cubs are 48-51 and 6.5 games back of first place in the NL Central. This is coming off an incredible week, with a 5-2 homestand, taking two of three from the Nats and three of four this past weekend from the Cardinals. ...

Bruner's Beat

Bruner’s Beat: The Chicago Bulls Are Trapped in Mediocrity

by Evan Bruner It’s been over three months since the Chicago Bulls 2022-23 season came to a disappointing end. Although they put up a respectable fight against the eventual Eastern Conference Champion Miami Heat, the loss gave Chicago the unenviable title of the ninth team in a conference with eight playoff ...


Predicting the Blackhawks’ 2023 Draft

by Andy Jachim With the biggest night in this Chicago Blackhawks rebuild less than 48 hours away, it’s time to look at who could be joining Connor Bedard in the 2023 draft class. Having six selections in the first two rounds of this draft is a luxury and I expect ...

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