Strictly Sports

Wednesdays From 6 to 8PM

Hosted by Evan Bruner and Andy Jachim, Strictly Sports tackles the biggest stories in both local and national sports. Tune in for a combination of predictions, recaps, and debate segments to keep you in-the-know with all things sports. 

About the Hosts

Evan Bruner

Evan has been involved in sports for almost his entire life. He started playing t-ball when he was three years old and continued participating in sports throughout high school. While his competition days are behind him, sports still play a massive role in Evan’s life and are the main reason he’s studying journalism at NCC. Growing up in the Chicagoland area, Evan had no choice but to be a Chicago sports fan. Most notably, he’s a diehard Bears fan who remains loyal, no matter how many times they break his heart. 

Andy Jachim

Originally from Bartlett, Andy spent the last two years at Carthage College in Kenosha before deciding to return closer to home to finish his undergrad at NCC. His passion as a sports broadcaster was born his sophomore year of high school when he began calling basketball and football games, and sports broadcasting is now the career he’s pursuing. Andy is a fan of the Cubs, Bears, Bulls, Blackhawks, and Michigan State Spartans. When he’s not cheering on his favorite teams, he enjoys listening to a wide variety of music and spending time with his family and friends.

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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.  ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...


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. ...

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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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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 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, ...

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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 ...

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