1. Is the Big Ten Headed for Bowl Game Disaster Again?

    Bowl Season used to bring joy to the Big Ten. Now it brings a bottle of Jack Daniel's to make fans forget the pain and agony of the used-to-be powerhouse conference and its futility in the postseason...

    Jerry Burnes Written by Jerry Burnes about almost 5 years ago 462 reads 9 comments

  2. MAC Title Still in Reach for Northern Illinois Huskies

    When the 2009 season began, the Northern Illinois Huskies were projected to finish third in the Mid-American West behind Western and Central Michigan. Now 10 games into the season, the Huskies (7-3, 5-1 MAC) will be no worse than the No...

    Jerry Burnes Written by Jerry Burnes about almost 5 years ago 89 reads 0 comments

  3. What If The Oakland Raiders Drafted Adrian Peterson In 2007?

    In 2007, the Oakland Raiders forever altered the history of the franchise. With the No. 1 pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, the Raiders selected LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell...

    Jerry Burnes Written by Jerry Burnes about almost 5 years ago 1,039 reads 39 comments

  4. Northern Illinois Huskies: Stick To The Run Game To Win

    I've been preaching this in my columns all season long: To win the Huskies have to play their game. And that game, the NIU game, is on the ground, running the football...

    Jerry Burnes Written by Jerry Burnes about almost 5 years ago 191 reads 0 comments

  5. Northern Illinois Huskies: No More Excuses

    No more excuses. It's time to play football now. Here comes the most crucial stretch of football for the Northern Illinois Huskies. At a point in the season when NIU could have been looking at a 4-2 record, it's currently at 3-3...

    Jerry Burnes Written by Jerry Burnes about almost 5 years ago 133 reads 0 comments

  6. What Happened to Northern Illinois University's Olympic Involvement?

    It was all in place, NIU would host preliminary soccer rounds at Huskie Stadium for the 2016 Olympics if (or when) Chicago grabs the bid...

    Jerry Burnes Written by Jerry Burnes about almost 5 years ago 113 reads 0 comments

  7. Northern Illinois Huskies Need to Stay Humble After Purdue Win

    Some games define teams and the future of a program. Take Boise State. After beating Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl, the Broncos were a legitimate BCS buster. On the other hand, take Ohio State...

    Jerry Burnes Written by Jerry Burnes about almost 5 years ago 154 reads 0 comments

  8. Week 1: A Tough Week for the MAC

    Overview: The MAC had a tough go around in Week 1, going 3-10 overall and 0-4 versus the Big Ten. Winners were Buffalo, Bowling Green and Kent State; all MAC East teams...

    Jerry Burnes Written by Jerry Burnes about 5 years ago 39 reads 0 comments

  9. Predicting the 2009 Season for the NIU Huskies

    Larry English is gone from the NIU defensive end position. How much will that hurt the Huskies in 2009? Will Chandler Harnish continue his development? And can the Huskies improve from ...

    Jerry Burnes Written by Jerry Burnes about 5 years ago 188 reads 0 comments

  10. Questions in NIU's Running Game: Justin Anderson Is the Answer

    If Northern Illinois head football coach Jerry Kill wants consistency at running back, look no further than the veteran of the group, Justin Anderson...

    Jerry Burnes Written by Jerry Burnes about 5 years ago 251 reads 3 comments

  11. Mike Korcek and NIU's Dirty Little Secret

    Northern Illinois University has a secret. A deep, dark secret. See, after over 40 years as a member of the NIU family, former Sports Information Director Emeritus Mike Korcek was not renewed by the athletic department...

    Jerry Burnes Written by Jerry Burnes about 5 years ago 726 reads 3 comments

  12. Richard Gasquet's Life-Changing Kiss and the Lessons That Can Be Learned

    Richard Gasquet kissed a girl, and the International Tennis Federation didn't like it. The kiss, according to Gasquet, caused him to inadvertently consume cocaine which led to a positive test and a two-year ITF ban in March at the Sony Ericsson Open...

    Jerry Burnes Written by Jerry Burnes about 5 years ago 665 reads 3 comments

  13. Chandler Harnish, DeMarcus Grady Bring Experience to Young NIU QB Spot

    Last season was the start of a new era in NIU football. An unknown entity named Chandler Harnish stepped into the starting role at quarterback in the Huskies first game versus Minnesota. The redshirt freshman threw for 326 yards and two touchdowns...

    Jerry Burnes Written by Jerry Burnes about 5 years ago 312 reads 0 comments

  14. What If Albert Pujols Sets The Home Run Records?

    Albert Pujols is good; almost as good as winning a million bucks. But is he good enough to make baseball forget the dark times it has been through the better half of this decade? That seems to be the million-dollar question...

    Jerry Burnes Written by Jerry Burnes about 5 years ago 743 reads 2 comments

  15. Sammy Sosa Should Be Honored by Cubs—Just Not Yet

    Former Cubs right fielder Sammy Sosa announced he will retire and await his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame.Confident words for someone so closely linked to the use of performance-enhancing drugs...

    Jerry Burnes Written by Jerry Burnes about over 5 years ago 149 reads 0 comments

  16. Jay Cutler Still Looking For No. 1 Target

    Jay Cutler is still searching for his Brandon Marshall replacement in Chicago. Cutler, who the Bears acquired from the Denver Broncos via trade on April 2, is entering a system which saw its running back become its leading receiver a year ago...

    Jerry Burnes Written by Jerry Burnes about over 5 years ago 469 reads 8 comments

  17. Larry English Stays Steady On The Road to The NFL

    When Larry English first watched the game of football, he didn’t fully understand the game. He picked up the concept but never realized that the men more than twice his size at the time were wearing pads...

    Jerry Burnes Written by Jerry Burnes about over 5 years ago 87 reads 0 comments

  18. Top 10 Busts of the 2008 NFL Season

    So many expectations linger throughout an NFL season and so many fail to live up to them. The following are the top 10 players in the 2008 NFL season to fall short, some very short, of their expectations for the season...

    Jerry Burnes Written by Jerry Burnes about over 5 years ago 513 reads 0 comments

  19. The View From Seat 113: Cubs and CC Sabathia Becomes a Distant Afterthought

    Back in July, CC Sabathia to the Cubs in 2009 seemed like a warm thought to North Siders. And why not? A former Cy Young winner that's under the age of 30, a lefty, strong as a bull, and a free ...

    Jerry Burnes Written by Jerry Burnes about 6 years ago 265 reads 2 comments

  20. The View From Seat 113: Rich Harden's Rest Will Key Cubs' Playoff Run

    Rich Harden has been good for the Chicago Cubs. Check that, he's been great. Most importantly though, he's been healthy. That in itself will give the Cubs an edge in the playoffs, and the Cubs are making sure Harden gets there...

    Jerry Burnes Written by Jerry Burnes about 6 years ago 203 reads 1 comments

  21. Breaking News: Fox Sports Reports Brett Favre Traded To The Jets

    New York is now the land of oppourtunity for Brett Favre. Foxsports.com is reporting the Packers agreed to trade Favre to the New York Jets, as of late Wednesday night...

    Jerry Burnes Written by Jerry Burnes about 6 years ago 189 reads 0 comments

  22. The View From Seat 113: Time For Ozzie Guillen To Face His Actions

    Ozzie Guillen has finally done it. After all these years of tirades towards umpires, opposing players, and Jay Mariotti, "The Blizzard of Oz" has finally let the truth out...

    Jerry Burnes Written by Jerry Burnes about 6 years ago 296 reads 17 comments

  23. Is Writing For Bleacher Report Unethical For Paid Sports Journalists?

    I've recently hit a small crossroads in life that directly involves my contributions here on Bleacher Report. In a matter of about 10 months, I will be out of school and searching for a coveted ...

    Jerry Burnes Written by Jerry Burnes about 6 years ago 1,317 reads 3 comments

  24. Chicago Cubs' Top 10 of the Past Century: No. 7, Ernie Banks' Back-to-Back MVPs

    There's a reason why Ernie Banks is nicknamed "Mr. Cub." Not only did Banks spend his entire 19-year career within the Friendly Confines; he did so while being an outstanding hitter, all-around ...

    Jerry Burnes Written by Jerry Burnes about 6 years ago 438 reads 2 comments

  25. Chicago Cubs' Top 10 of the Past Century: No. 8, The 500-Home-Run Club

    In an era of baseball that has produced astronomical home-run numbers, the 500-home-run mark is still a great milestone, and an almost guaranteed ticket to the Hall of Fame...

    Jerry Burnes Written by Jerry Burnes about 6 years ago 841 reads 3 comments