Air affair: Simeon's pass game keys victory

Air affair: Simeon's pass game keys victory

Saturday, Nov. 7, 2010
12:49 AM

By Phil Brozynski

The Public League's dream of a state football title is still alive.

Six-foot-4 junior quarterback Robert Gregory completed 14 of 20 passes for 300 yards and five touchdowns and ran for two more to lead No. 2-ranked Simeon (11-0) to a wild 55-50 victory in a Class 7A second-round shootout at Schaumburg.

My guys predicted a high scoring game, but I didnt believe them, Gregory said. They (Schaumburg) were the best team we played. They did a good job stopping our running game, but our passing game was working. Nobody can stop our offense.

Simeon broke a 36-36 halftime tie by scoring on three consecutive second-half possessions. Gregory completed touchdown passes of 22 yards to Devanta Elzy and 26 yards to Cywettnie Brown, and scored on a 47-yard run to give the Wolverines a 55-43 lead.

Schaumburg (8-3) which stayed even in the first half as Shepard Little (21 carries, 92 yards) scored on runs of three, two and one yards and returned two kickoffs for 83 and 88 yards, got within 55-50 on a 16-yard touchdown run by Mark Ianotti (29 carries, 248 yards) with 7:56 remaining.

After taking over at its own 11 with 4:58 left following a Simeon punt, Schaumburg drove to the Wolverines 16-yard line with 26.6 seconds left. But a pass to the endzone by Ianotti on fourth down fell incomplete.

Numbers 3 (Gregory) and 37 (Horactio Banks) are pretty darn good football players, said Schaumburg coach Mark Stilling. They presented a real challenge. We got some stops in the first and fourth quarters, but we couldnt get any in the second or third.

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 31st homer in 1998

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 31st homer in 1998

It's the 20th anniversary of the Summer of Sammy, when Sosa and Mark McGwire went toe-to-toe in one of the most exciting seasons in American sports history chasing after Roger Maris' home run record. All year, we're going to go homer-by-homer on Sosa's 66 longballs, with highlights and info about each. Enjoy.

Sosa's 18th homer of June and 31st of the season came off the Tigers in the Cubs' brief 2-game Interleague series in Detroit. 

Sosa connected in the first inning off Tigers starter Seth Greisinger, going back-to-back with Mickey Morandini. 

The Cubs wound up getting out to a 5-0 start in the game but still lost 7-6 on a Gabe Alvarez single in the bottom of the 11th.

The aforementioned Morandini homer was only the 3rd of the season for the Cubs second baseman. He finished with 8 homers on the year and 224 total bases on 172 hits in what was a very good offensive season. Yet it paled in comparison to Sosa, who had nearly 200 more total bases (416) and a slugging percentage nearly 200 points above Morandini's (.647 to .471), a testament to how truly incredible Sosa's season was.

Fun fact: Tony Clark was the Tigers' cleanup hitter that day. Clark is now the head of the MLB Players Union.

Fun fact No. 2: Paul Bako was the Detroit catcher in the game. He later became the Cubs backup catcher in 2003 and 2004, when he posted a .611 OPS in 119 games over the two years.

Mitch Trubisky jersey sales trending in right direction

Mitch Trubisky jersey sales trending in right direction

Positive press about the Chicago Bears' offseason is having a strong impact on the jersey sales for the team's highest-profile player, Mitch Trubisky.

According to Dick's Sporting Goods, Trubisky's No. 10 is the fifth-most popular jersey among offensive players over the last 30 days. He's No. 6 among all players, regardless of position.

The Bears' offseason has been full of superlatives since their aggressive approach to free agency. The signings of Allen Robinson, Trey Burton and Taylor Gabriel put the spotlight on Trubisky and the potentially surging passing game. The second-round selection of Anthony Miller and word of Kevin White's offseason emergence has turned positive momentum into higher-than-anticipated expectations for Trubisky this season.

For Chicago to have any chance at meeting those expectations, Trubisky, who's entering his first full season as a starter with a new head coach and offensive system, has to thrive. Fans must be confident that he will, considering the investment they're making in his jersey.

Trubisky ended his rookie season with four wins in 12 starts, throwing for 2,193 yards with seven touchdowns and seven interceptions. He completed 59.4 percent of his passes. He should have a much more productive season in 2018 with his new arsenal of skill players and an innovative coaching staff, led by coach Matt Nagy and offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich.