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: 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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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 ...

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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 ...


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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Bruner’s Beat: What Jon Jones’ Return Means for the UFC

by Evan Bruner The word “perfect” is often overused in sports. Very rarely does an individual team or athlete deliver a performance without a single identifiable flaw. Jon Jones, though, has proven to be an outlier in many ways throughout his career. He became the youngest champion in UFC history at ...

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Bruner’s Beat: Breaking Down The Bears’ Trade With the Panthers

by Evan Bruner   The Chicago Bears officially traded away their first overall pick in the upcoming draft on Friday afternoon to the Carolina Panthers in exchange for the ninth overall pick, the No. 61 pick, a 2024 first-round pick, a 2025 second-round pick, and wide receiver D.J. Moore. Though ...

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Bruner’s Beat: Is the XFL Built to Last?

by Evan Bruner There are few things Americans enjoy more than watching football. Every Saturday and Sunday throughout the fall, millions of fans turn on the TV to watch their favorite teams play. Even events that don’t contain actual football games, like the NFL Draft, have become lucrative television events. ...

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Bruner’s Beat: Patrick Mahomes’ Quest for GOAT Status

As the clock struck zero and confetti rained down from above, it was official: the Kansas City Chiefs were once again Super Bowl Champions. The game itself was a classic, a down-to-the-wire thriller between the two best teams in the league. There were so many storylines and implications riding on the ...

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